Monday, September 26, 2011

Joseph Demarest, love G-woman, and slezzy contacts, including those inTbilisi Georgia

FBI's deputy chief of field OPs is in Tbilisi Georgia - something brewing?

Spooky combination, FBI and Vano Merabishvili; soon there will be a cold and iceberg HOMELAND SECURITY in Georgia.

There is a sordid history of visits of the FBI to Georgia,  cover up of the death of PMs, kidnapping of a US citizens off the street and beaten, summarily executions in the Pankisi Valley, and the cover up of a Israeli-Georgian-Jordanian weapons deal that was riddled with corruption. One field agent, former West Point Graduate, homeboy from Mississippi, Bryan.  - ended up married to thewife of a GRU, Russian Military Intelligence Officer, took her first to Ukraine and back to the US. HShe should have her Green Card by now. A former girlfriend told, I don’t know if he is responsible for the death of Zurab Zhvania, former Georgian PM minister who gassed himself (allegedly) along with his homosexual lover (also allegedly)  was promoted. She told that she knew, however, “100 percent that he covered up all the evidence.”

Is this again connected with weapons trafficking, and logistical preparations for Iran?  I guess US Ambassador John Bass and KRB need some backup, as in checks and balances!

Africa. Congo. September 7, 2007.

In the air crash of “AN-12” – killed  8 persons, including two Georgian citizens, including the pilot, Zurab Mosia, 55 years old and also a mechanical worker, and Artur Bagdasarov. No specific information ever about the cargo on board and only it has been mentioned that the airplane registered in the name of “Transaviaservice” – there was no license for the flights, and no safety inspection, since 2007.

Philippines. August 17, 2009.

A ship flying the Panama flag was seized with 13 Georgian sailors. All suspected of weapon smuggling but only an American captain accepts responsibility.

Azerbaijan. Baku. March 17, 2010.

Information agencies of Azerbaijan notify us that the officers of the National Safety Ministry arrested 8 members of a radical religious group, among them- the locals of Dagestan and Chechnya, which were planning these terrorist acts. A large amount of the weapons have been transported to Azerbaijan from Georgia.

Washington  DC, May 5, 2010.

According to American information sources, this case, on corruption including facts of weapons smuggling, where the main suspect is Daniel Alvares, he is also charged with corruption related to weapons sales for Georgian government members.
United States of America. Washington, DC. May 6, 2010. The General Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) of the USA Robert Muller is in Tbilisi.  Muller had a meeting with the Minister of Internal Affairs – Vano Merabishvili and Minister of Justice- Zurab Adeishvili. Both meetings were held behind closed doors. The visit of the General Director of FBI to Georgia lasted for several hours.
Anway, regardless of ledger of guilt or innocence where is a better place for tainted FBI agents.

Head of FBI's NY office, Joseph Demarest, reassigned during probe over alleged affair with staffer

Friday, March 19, 2010

New York FBI agents are not exactly distraught over the reassignment of their office's director over a probe into his relationship with a G-woman lover, sources told the Daily News Friday.


Joseph Demarest was temporarily reassigned to Washington headquarters while the Justice Department's inspector general reviews the matter, sources said.

"The New York office is celebrating Demarest's demise because he bullied subordinates but let the New York Police Department bully the Bureau," said a retired senior FBI official.

Inspectors are trying to determine how truthful Demarest was about the alleged relationship when he was questioned during an internal review in January, sources said.


By Christopher M. Matthews | November 1st, 2010
The U.S. Justice Department’s FCPA investigation of corruption in the international defense supply industry is shining a light on the role Israeli brokers played in preparing the Caucasian republic of Georgia go to war against Russia in 2008. Georgian Ministry of Defense officials allegedly accepted bribes to purchase 21 million rounds of ammunition from a U.S. source. Three defendants in the FBI’s massive FCPA sting case are implicated.
By Steve LeVine | November 1st, 2010
Former Georgian Defense Minister David Kezerashvili spent his teenage years in Israel. “I like weapons a lot. In my case, it is bladed weapons that I like. I have a favorite sword which I carry with me from one office to another,” Kezerashvili told an interviewer in 2006, when President Mikhail Saakashvili elevated him to the defense post at age 28.

Development aid as a "weapons system"--a soft one to be sure

Ranks of USAID riddled with endemic corruption 

I thought of you, when they interviewed Andrew Wilder, a development expert some months ago – and reading about corruption in some of your posting about Georgia, Afghanistan and Azerbaijan.  It seems to be never ending.

Andrew Wilder is a professor at Tufts University. And he was talking about how foreign aid can contribute to endemic corruptions.  He talked about how the military in Afghanistan now thinks of development aid as a "weapons system"--a soft one to be sure, but I couldn't believe it was so obviously stated as such.  It's nothing new to us in the trade, but to hear it on the radio, it's a change-it's no long secret.  Aid, which use to be thought of as "honorable, neutral" etc.,  is clearly exposed for what it is; and he talked about how the aid -depending on who gets it--creates winners and losers in the local community. 

He talked about how subcontracting and sub-sub contracting etc just adds to corruption. All this reminded me of your presentation of the Lugar et al report; bio weapons labs in Georgia, Bechtel National and my own work in the Middle East with weapons trafficking. 

From his site, I found this, “Wilder’s current research study is titled Winning Hearts and Minds? Examining the Relationship Between Aid and Security in Afghanistan, Pakistan and the Horn of Africa. This 18-month study, funded by AREU and the governments of Australia, Norway, and Sweden, focuses on the central question of the effectiveness of humanitarian and reconstruction assistance in promoting security in insecure areas. In particular, the study is researching the widespread assumption, especially visible these days in counterinsurgency doctrine and operations, that aid projects can help promote stability and security by helping to win hearts and minds.

According to Wilder, “given how influential this assumption is in influencing where aid money is spent, how much is spent, and who spends it, there is currently remarkably little empirical evidence that either proves or disproves the assumption.” Specific study questions include: Does reconstruction assistance win hearts and minds, and if so whose and how? Does winning hearts and minds promote security, and if so how? Is security-driven development effective in achieving poverty alleviation and development objectives?
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Friday, September 23, 2011

No Media Freedom in Georgia in post Rose Revolution period

Newspaper “Batumelebi”
N17 (389)23-30 May/2011, published every Monday
Violence toward Journalists in Batumi

On May 21 in Tbilisi and Batumi some journalists were arrested because they participated in an anti-government protest. They were not allowed to use their cameras and were insulted. All their video material was taken from them.
On May 22 the son of Nino Burjanadze, leader of the People’s Assembly, is alleged to have poked a flag stick into the stomach of Tamaz Kupreishvili, a journalist from “Netgazeti”, while he was trying to record an interview about the incident, which occurred near the public TV station building. “Nino Burjanadze told him to go and take comments from the police, and at that very moment her son, who was nearby, pushed a flag stick into my stomach, but it was not painful”, alleges Kupreishvili.
Kupreishvili says that Burjanadze’s press office has contacted him and said that Anzor Bicadze wanted to meet him to apologize for the misunderstanding.
Information agency ”Interpressnews”  also stated on May 22, 2011 that someone stole video materials from their correspondent, who had been filming the confrontation in front of the Public TV Station on Kostava Avenue the previous day. The correspondent stated that the material was taken from him by a person dressed as a civilian. At the May 21 demonstration at the same venue members of the People’s Assembly forced cameraman and journalist Imeda Darsalia to switch off their camera, causing a heated dispute which was resolved when he said he was from the studio GNS. Demonstrators also insulted the correspondents of “Interpressnews” and asked them to turn off their cameras while they were shooting a report about the GNS cameraman’s group.
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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Georgian Education Reform, arrest the teachers, scare the children,Pankisi Gorge

Based on Maestro TV Report
News at 21:00
19 Sept 2011

Education reform in Georgia, arrest the teachers? Pankisi Gorge tells more sad tales ... and what comes next?

"Three days ago they jailed my niece Shorena Khargoshvili," Pankisi Gorge

Indriza Gumrashvili remembers the day police imprisoned his niece Shorena Khargoshvili. 16. September Shorena had gone to to Akhmeta to from a village in the Pankisi Gorge to obtain a new passport. After arriving at the bus station she went into a drug story. The police apprehended her on the way out.

Khargoshvili's uncle says the police took her to Tbilisi and are holding her on one month pre-trial detention.

[Indriza Gumrashvili - - - ]

The prisoner was presented with a charge of selling drugs, but there are indications that the imprisonment of Shorena was connected to her fugitive from justice brother Musa Khargoshvili.

According to Indriza Gumrashvili, police have been looking for him for the last ten years in connection with all edged murder and kidnapping. He remembers that during all these years, his nephew Musa hasn't shown
himself in the village.

[Indriza Gumrashvili: He is wanted for murder and kidnapping, but they can't arrest Shorena because of that, she has nothing to do with it. She's a good teacher, knows English well.]

People in Duisi had gathered from early morning today to protest the imprisonment of Shorena Khargoshvili. They say the police have unlawfully imprisoned her and demand her release, collecting signatures to ask help from international organizations. They do not believe the official charge, as being fabricated.

[Irina Machalikashvili: We demand an explanation, why was Shorena Khargoshvili taken, what do they accuse her of? We are all gathered here today to demand her release.]

[Eteri Tsikhesiashvili: In the times when they took our men away, took them to Tbilisi, they used to put something in their pockets. It can't be ruled out that Shorena was taken in a similar way.]

[Duisi woman: Today we protest the imprisonment of English teacher Shorena Khargoshvili. The entire village can testify and confirm that she has great authority and respect in the village. She is a teacher and has a child.]

[Margo Beghakeshvili: Everyone in the village sympathizes with her, because there has never been anything bad with her. Everyone knows her
as a good person, and the children like her.]

38 years old Shorena Khargoshvili previously studied/worked as journalist, even graduating from the US State Department funded, GIPA, institute for public administration. For the last three years, however, she has worked for Roddy Scott Foundation in Duisi, teaching English to locals and refugees.

Her colleagues are upset and are in protest over her detention and rule out that it has anything to do with narcotics – some other motive, The school’s director calls Shorena one of her best teachers.

[Lia Margoshvili: Other teachers have worked for us, but I can't remember a better, more organized teacher. I am 100% sure that she's innocent. ...]

At the Duisi municipality today, they refused to comment the case.

The police also refused to comment.

A support campaign is started and continues until police free her. Next protest is planned on Saturday.

The section of the law which Shorena is charged under carries a penalty of between 7 and 14 years in prison if found guilty.

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Monday, September 19, 2011

Pankisi Gorge on Alert, here we go again, 10 years later! ShorenaKhangoshvili Arrested

Police forces on alert in Pankisi Georgia, Georgia over arrest of English teacher!

Media sources report, "police groups are patrolling Pankisi and warn local residents against participating in the protest rally scheduled for today. They say that rally participants will have serious troubles, Kakheti Information Center reports. Local intend to rally in support of English language teacher Shorena Khangoshvili, who was arrested last Friday in Akhmeta on drug-related charges. Local schools and kindergartens have closed in Duisi in a sign of protest against Khangoshvili’s arrest."

One of the teachers, Shorena, connected to the Roddy Scott Foundation, name in honor of a 31 year murdered Journalist who had visited the region in documented the plight of the Kist and Chechen people during the two Chechen wars. Pankisi is an enclave of ethnic Chechens, called Kist, who have lived for hundreds of years in Georgia.

Some consider that this is but one move in a ,much larger game, which is not to be discussed in a bloggl.

However, as one school age teen student wrote,  "I just got the news and was seeking for the source online. I'm literally shocked cause this woman was the most normal teacher  when I did an internship in Pankisi over the summer. I just watched some videos  and her mother claims that Asmat,  Shorena Khangoshvili, has contacted with her. Shorena  told how police was searching her bag but could find nothing and on their way to Tbilisi she heard how they were talking between each other which drug to mention in the official document. I am not sure how convincing these words are, but honestly, during those 5 days I've been there she was the only one i could really trust."

Shorena is a journalist by training, having graduated from a US State Department funded Master's program in Tbilisi, Georgian Insitute of Public Administration in Tbilisi - and the first ethnic Chechen to ever graduate from the English taught program. She had lived in Chechyna and became a refugee with the Chechen war. Becasue of her English skills she was able to find local employment with the Roddy Scott Foundation as a program coordinator and teacher of English.

It is hard to say other than the face value charges, drug related, as why she was actually arrestd but some insiders suspect that it is politically motivated. The arrests serves many purposes. not only in terms of upsetting the local population against the Central government but to be make certain that a foreign funded school teaching English and Computer Skills for IDPs and local children is shut down, too many uncontrollabe eyes on the situation there,. a very cozy situation over the years.  All this, includng the most recent fanfair and recriminations may be part of a larger plan to again use the once imfamous Pankisi Gorge (valley) as a device of subterfuge.

Asmat Khangoshvili

New story today!

Subject: Roddy Scott Foundation, Drug Trafficking

Roddy Scott Foundation Excludes Asmat Khangoshvil’s Involvement in Drug

Vladimir Lozinski, a Trustee and Director of the Roddy Scott Foundation, sent statement to InterPressNews. According to him, participation of
Asmat Khangoshvii in drug trafficking is excluded. I and many people in the foreign community of Tbilisi have known and worked with Asmat “Shorena” Khangoshvili for seven years in a professional capacity. It is impossible that she would be involved in drug trafficking”, Vladimir Lozinski said. He was informed by his staff about detention of Khangoshvili, according to which, she was arrested by a group of Tbilisi based plain clothes security in Akhmeta on Friday 16th her outside the pharmacy in Akhmeta. “Locals citizens, Lukhumi Kushtanashvili and Lino Kushanashvili tried to help her because they thought it was a kidnap.  The police told them to go away." Unless you want more problems go away". The local taxi drivers asked, “Why are you arresting this woman? They said " We have found drugs in her bag".

A local resident responded. "You have not even opened her bag yet".

The police then opened her bag and went through it, took out her cosmetics”, Lozinski says.

He has been informed that local eyewitnesses heard the police ask each other in the car what kind of drugs would they accuse her of carrying –
pills or narcotics. Eye witnesses refuse to be named out of fear of reprisal from the police.

Roddy Scott was young English journalist who was killed in Chechnya. The Foundation is named after him and is supported by private donations from the international journalist community, senior foreign correspondents from the BBC, the Estonian, Dutch Embassies and the International
Women's association in Tbilisi. It is running English language and computer classes for more than 160 young students in the Pankisi Valley
for the past 4 years.

The management of the foundation assesses that Asmat Khangoshvili is one of their best teachers.

Roddy Scott foundation collaborator Asmat Khangoshvili was detained on Friday in Akhmeta. Her mother, Tina Gumashvil informs that Khangoshvili was taken to Tbilisi the same day and sentenced to a month of imprisonment without being questioned.

The local residents of village Duisi protests her detention and they are not going to stop. They also plan to gather signatures and address
international organizations.

(Source: Interpressnews, 19 Sept 2011.)

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Sunday, September 11, 2011

US Mechanism for Arms Shipments via Georgia?

Export credits, drugs and international weapons, “wheeling and dealing" in Georgia and Azerbaijan `

The real breaking news is already know, and it has nothing to do with petty traders and the latest headlines, “Alleged arms dealer Viktor Bout whisked to America Viktor Bout, a former Russian Air Force officer accused of being one of the world's biggest illicit arms traffickers, was handed over to the US by Thai officials. It is more likely at attempt at damage control and to keep under wraps the extent of the involvement of various US government agencies and friendly governments in the tangle network of arms trafficking – and arms for drug swaps that make the wheeling of dealing of Lt. Col Oliver North and Iran-Contra look like small potatoes in comparison.  We must not forget the nexus to another friend of America and those hounds that run with the likes of KBR and other defense contractors, as North had a very close relationship with Noriega, and the same mechanism works today in Georgia and Azerbaijan.

Russian Information Agency Novosti
July 6, 2011

Azeri cargo plane with 9 crew crashes in Afghanistan

Baku: Fragments of a crashed Azerbaijani cargo plane were found on Wednesday to the north of Kabul, the Azerbaijani Civil Aviation Administration said.

The Soviet-designed Ilyushin Il-76, which Afghan television said was carrying fuel intended for the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), an international U.S.-led coalition fighting the Taliban, crashed late on Tuesday while preparing for landing at the airport of the northern Afghan town of Bagram.

The plane, operated by Azerbaijan's Silk Way Airlines, with 9 crew members on board, ripped into many pieces after crashing. Investigators believe the aircraft collided with an unspecified object, probably a mountain [or loaded].

The plane took off from the Geidat Aliyev Airport in Baku at 9:26 p.m. local time (16:26 GMT) on Tuesday, the Azerbaijani aviation agency said. At around 21:10 GMT, it disappeared from radars, the report said, adding that its crew had not sent any warning signals.

The plane fragments were found some 50 kilometers to the north of Kabul, in the Parwan Province.

The crashed Il-76 plane was produced in 2005, with the latest inspections carried out in June. Planes of this kind are capable of carrying up to 40 tons of cargo.

Export credits, drugs and international weapons “wheeling and dealing”, not Victor Bout

The real breaking news is already know, and it has nothing to do with petty traders and the latest headlines, “Alleged arms dealer Viktor Bout whisked to America Viktor Bout, a former Russian Air Force officer accused of being one of the world's biggest illicit arms traffickers, was handed over to the US by Thai officials earlier this. It is more likely at attempt at damage control and to keep under wraps the extent of the involvement of various US government agencies and friendly governments in the tangle network of arms trafficking – and arms for drug swaps that make the wheeling of dealing of Lt. Col Oliver North and Iran-Contra look like small potatoes in comparison.  

We must not forget the nexus to another friend of America, and those hounds that run with the likes of KBR and other defense contractors, as North had a very close relationship with Noriega. The same can be said of the US Ambassador to Georgia, John Bass, and his connections – prior and current to KBR and US Vice President Dick Chaney, and then Mathew Bryza, US Ambassador that was appointed under dodgy circumstances to the top post in Azerbiajan during a recess, not subject to normal confirmation, that is another rabbit to chase.

However, looking at the bigger picture of things, a turn of a shovel on the Internet put today’s extradition of Viktor Bout, the poster child weapons trafficker in proper perspective. North emerged as the central figure in the infamous Iran-contra affair.  Under a grant of immunity he testified before Congress in July, 1987. He was convicted (1989) on criminal charges arising from the affair, but his conviction was later reversed on the grounds that immunized testimony had been used at his trial. It is definately necessary to know a bit of such history in order to see the big picture of US speical operations, and logistical support, both on and off the books.

In 1994, North was the Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate from Virginia, but he lost the election. Since 1995 he has hosted radio and television programs. North has written Mission Compromised (2002), a semiautobiographical novel of Washington intrigue. It makes you wonder what lies ahead for Viktor Bout and if he has so many friends in such high places. Victor might even end up as a delegate to the UN.  The real Merchants of Death are those that are the closest of friends, NATO, US and the UK, and why are we not hearing about them in the news.  Take for information what was being said just a few years ago, BAe uses export import credits and moves to DC. The EXIM Bank of White House vicinity fame is like giving fire to a pyromaniac!

How much of the British arms race and British Aerospace [BAE] military global is made possible through the Exim Bank loans? THE GUARDIAN newspaper of London has written much on the export certification and bank loan scandals they have had the misfortune of bringing heaps of attention upon themselves. BAE is now more a presence near the Pentagon in the weapons loop around Washington DC than a member of the Airbus Consortium of Europe!

US EXPORT-IMPORT BANK (EXIM) and Georgian Scams, Rest of the Story

To read the press releases, as in Georgian Journal and government website, it would seem that the US is helping Georgia go green and improve trade relations, which may be the same stuff that globalization is made of – but that not be the case, albeit  better crafted and more responsible PR.
 The US and Georgian have signed yet another memorandum of understanding on November 5, 2010 which “implies” – and an article in Georgian Journal, November 11-17 issue states. 

However, one only needs to read a bit between the lines, aside from the Georgian English to understand that this is but a Red Herring for something much bigger and much more insidious – especially considering the track record on the International level and the US Export-Import banks connections to Merchants of Death. There is little if any proof based on the claims being made in the press, and the intentional dearth of information on its official website of the media claims of will make loans “collaborate” in the4 spheres of green technologies, tourism, health care, and agriculture. 
Does the Georgian media and US government really think people are so naïve to take that story line – hook, line and sinker?  One only needs to do a bit of research into the Bank’s sorted history:


The Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank) and Georgia back in the late 90’s provided a Project Incentive Agreement (PIA) laying the foundation for financing of U.S. exports to the former Soviet republic. Ex-Im Bank also agreed to finance the $15.6 million sale by Northrop Grumman Corp., Baltimore, MD of an air traffic control system to Georgia. This first transaction under the PIA will support U.S. jobs at Northrop Grumman and its sub-suppliers in Massachusetts, New York and Texas. It is Ex-Im Bank`s first transaction in Georgia.

Harmon hailed the innovative financing arrangements of the Northrop Grumman transaction. An Ex-Im Bank-guaranteed loan by Citicorp, New York, NY, will be repaid from revenues Georgia receives from international aircraft crossing its air space. The revenues will be deposited in an account with the International Air Transport Association in Switzerland, from which repayments will be made. James S. Cox, Director, Project and Trade Finance, Northrop Grumman, said: "Northrop Grumman is particularly pleased to see our joint efforts with Ex-Im Bank culminate in the opportunity to provide this state-of-the-art country-wide air traffic control system to Georgia. We are delighted to be involved in a transaction that will help sustain high quality U.S. jobs."

Was any of this money ever repaid and how was it used? Northrop Grumman was to have provided Georgia with radars, an airspace management system that provides radar and flight data processing, microwave communications, generators and uninterruptable power supplies. Ex-Im Bank is an independent government agency that promotes and finances the sale of U.S. goods and services around the world.”

Here's how it really works and the major players---- the infamous Exim Bank, Export Import Bank, gets to make loans that the World Bank and IMF only dream about, “and no structural adjustment or strings attached, only do as you are told as a conduit for illegal arms and other instruments of US foreign policy.  It is not hard to connect the dots, and that’s why most of these loans are hidden and concern themselves with global weapons, including software for space and satellite warfare, and not just jets for banana republic’s to buy from us and destroy their next door neighbors, or breakaway regions!

It will blow your mind ... and also your bank account! FFB --- Federal Finance Bank, the real funding agency set up as part of a larger shell game that not even the best of bean counters can keep up with, which was created by Richard Nixon in 1974 and is able to loan money to federal agencies without being held accountable to the public.  It history is so sorted, and even the U.S. Post Office, when the FFB threatened to cut off the USPS from this trillions of dollars of fun money in our U.S. Treasury, and even the Post Office screamed "foul," and was deeply offended that they were no longer on the same tier of access to the trillions of dollars that are not even in the Congressional National Budget.

The DoD, the Department of Defense [War], is not and never will be cut out of the FFB, Federal Finance Bank gravy train loop!  So here we have the nexus to Georgia and a possible link to how the US government will support business. The timing of such news cannot be worst, as the US prints billions more to keep its own economy at float “beggar thy neighbor” style and conducting illegal wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and with plans for new wars in Iran and Pakistan.
It is wonder that the American people and US Treasury is being bilked out of most of its money holdings, even more than through extremely foolish and unwise selling of T-bonds to China in relation to bad Fannie Mae mortgage loans, [now being repurchased with question fresh green banks in the amount of 650 billion USD], is through contracts and loans via DoD, Pentagon and military & federal "contractors".  

However, the official story line, as repeated by US support think tanks and 4-hire Russian baiting journalists claim that projects will be such as green loans, “Georgia, U.S. Export-Import Bank in Talks on $200 Million Green Car Plan”. Georgia is in talks with the US EXPORT IMPORT BANK on plans to spend as much as $200 million on electric and hybrid cars in a bid to create the first “green government” among the former Soviet republics. The government plans to buy about 4,000 cars in the next three to four years from producers such as General Motors Co., Ford Motor Co. and Toyota Motor Corp., said the Georgian Economy Minister, Vera Kobalia. Well, YES, well yes if it is carried out under the direction of the Department of Defense [DOD] through the Federal Finance Bank [FFB], and a lot of it through loans to buy our weapons hardware and software over in foreign countries with GIANT loans handed out like regime savers by our Export Import Bank [Exim] to them, so they can afford our death-delivery manufactured goods, and these loans are guaranteed by our FFB and there is ABSOLUTELY NO ACCOUNTABILITY!!!  And then you wonder why some people with little if any education and cannot even speak their own language on a high level are being placed in high positions in the Georgian government.

Meanwhile, American taxpayers are being ROBBED BLIND, Georgians being forced to flee their own country out of fear or inability to survive. A major exponent of EXIM deals in Europe is the consultancy agency, MCKINSEY COMPANY [much like Goldman Sachs but about power more than money], which close CIA and DOD connection in Azerbaijan and other countries, especially Afghanistan. Aircraft, aerospace, satellites, telecommunications and its infrastructure, weapons, nuclear power plants, hydroelectric dams, jet fuel production [especially the world king of high quality hi speed jet fuel for aerospace and commercial jet planes, NIGERIA, the king of kings of jet fuel], aluminum processing complexes, etc., are the domain of Exim loans.

How CBOs [Certificates of Beneficial Ownership] play a role in this dreadful sacrifice of our national treasury: [1982], and that is yet another can of worms to open up [to be continued].

"Financing--To finance its purchases of agency debt and loan assets and its direct loans to guaranteed borrowers, the FFB may either sell its own securities directly to the public or it may borrow from the Treasury. Although, according to the bank's charter, the FFB may borrow only $15 billion from the public at any time, it may, with the Secretary's approval, borrow without limits from the Treasury. Originally, it was thought that the FFB would borrow from the Treasury on an interim basis, repaying these borrowings periodically through the sale of its own securities in the market. It was assumed that the bank's securities would pay the same low interest rates paid by the Treasury on its own obligations."

Consider the following two examples. The Export-Import Bank (Eximbank) has the authority to borrow to finance direct loans to promote exports of American goods. Eximbank may borrow from the FFB, by selling a bond to it, and then use the funds to make a direct loan to the national airline of a foreign country to assist it to buy a U.S.-built commercial jetliner. The loan from the FFB to Eximbank is treated as a means of financing, and has no effects on the unified budget. The direct loan by Eximbank to the foreign airline, however, is recorded as an outlay in the Eximbank budget and in the unified budget totals.

Contrast that transaction to the following one.

The Department of Defense issues a guarantee to the same foreign government for a loan to finance the purchase by that nation's armed forces of U.S.-made military equipment. The loan is financed by the FFB. In this case no outlays are recorded in the unified budget, although the transaction was initiated by the Defense Department." Since the FFB borrows all its funds from the Treasury, it has practically unlimited available funds. This has enabled the FFB to increase greatly the scope of its operations without having to seek Congressional approval for increases in borrowing authority. For example, at the end of fiscal year 1981, all but $10,000 of the FFB's total holdings of $107.3 billion of agency debt, loan assets, and direct loans to guaranteed borrowers had been financed by borrowing from the Treasury. This is over seven times what the FFB could have financed if it had been limited to its initial $15 billion of authority to borrow from the public."

My, how the FFB-Exim Bank matrix has grown! Far back in 2001 the following was written:

"When it was initially established, the Bank was capitalized by an appropriation of $1 billion from the U.S. Treasury. The Bank also is authorized to borrow up to $6 billion directly from the Treasury, and it may draw upon a substantial line of credit with the Federal Financing Bank (FFB). (The Federal Financing Bank is a part of the Department of the Treasury and obtains its funds from regular Treasury issues.)

Eximbank uses its Treasury borrowings to finance its short-term needs, and repays the Treasury quarterly from loan repayments and by borrowing from the FFB on a medium- and long-term basis. The Bank’s authority to lend, guarantee, and insure is limited to a total of $75 billion. Eximbank’s direct loans are charged at their full value against the $75 billion limitation. When it was initially established, the Bank was capitalized by an appropriation of $1billion from the U.S. Treasury. The Bank also is authorized to borrow up to $6 billion directly from the Treasury, and it may draw upon a substantial [unlimited] line of credit with the Federal Financing Bank (FFB). (The Federal Financing Bank is a part of the Department of the Treasury and obtains its funds from regular Treasury issues.)

"As part of its direct lending program, the Bank has a tied aid “war chest” it uses to counter specific projects that are receiving foreign officially subsidized export financing. Tied aid credits and mixed credits are two of the primary methods whereby governments provide their exporters with official assistance to promote exports. Tied aid credits include loans and grants which reduce financing costs below market rates for exporters and which are tied to the procurement of goods and services from the donor country.  Mixed credits combine concessional government financing (funds at below market rates or terms) with commercial or near-commercial funds to produce an overall rate that is lower than market-based interest rates and carries more lenient loan terms. The United States does tie substantial amounts of its agricultural and military aid to U.S. goods, but it generally has avoided using such financing to promote American capital goods exports."

How much of the British arms race and British Aerospace [BAE] military global trading focus is on this slush fund of FFB Bank goodies funneled through the Exim Bank loans? THE GUARDIAN newspaper of London has written much on the export certification and bank loan scandals they have had the misfortune of bringing heaps of attention upon themselves. BAE is now more a presence near the Pentagon in the weapons loop around Washington DC than a member of the Airbus Consortium of Europe! ]

The Exim Bank and the FFB can drain our Treasury with no checks or balances and without virtually any public accountability, if they deem it necessary to do so. Of course, they have many methods of putting their inconsequential loans on the public record for their integrity to appear intact. The FFB Bank, aka Federal Finance Bank, is the best darned tool the Department of Defense could ever have wished for, it is like weapons of war paradise for the killer class!  Good reading material, Becker & McClenahan, two experts on the Exim Bank, about the EXPORT IMPORT BANK 1934-2000, published by Cambridge Books in 2000.

* 1938 -- ITT, International Telephone and Telegraph, became a big part of Exim Bank and got yet another $10 million loan to provide phone lines to nearly all the South American countries, since they [ITT] controlled all the knowhow at the time. ITT controlled and owned the phone lines and brain centers for North and South America at this time, as well as for half of Mexico, all of Romania, Shanghai, and many many others.

* Exim Bank's role in WWII was massive and no one could have foretold such a development beforehand! This led to Exim Bank playing a major leading role in the MARSHALL PLAN for the Reconstruction of Europe.

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Thursday, September 8, 2011

Another secret military base in Georgia?

Some fishy in friendly skies of Georgia

Georgia said three Mi-8 helicopters intruded 3 km deep and circled over border guard post for 15 minutes.

Chechen border - looking to see if it was a regular border post or something more.

Wonder what the Russians will say?

I know the Georgians are building these in some odd places - the USACE are building one at Tanie - no roads to it, all construction materials and equipment will need to be flown in by whirlybird...

1.8. Due to the austere location of the project site, it is assumed that all material shall be transported by helicopter from the closest accessible road point. The Georgia Patrol shall provide fuel, pilot, and the use of the MI8 helicopter for transport. Dates must be coordinated with the Georgia Patrol in advance. The coordinates for the Contractor staging area is 42.490567, 44.9188.

This post is going to be powered by a local stream so maybe there was some similar work going on at this other one which the Russians wanted to check out.

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