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I'm now a 52-year-old American male raised as an Episcopalian, veteran of submarines, Peace Corps, and State Department. I like teaching people about what they can do with computers and have gotten by as an independent Microsoft trainer teaching networking, but I really hope to someday find a way to make a living traveling on my motorcycle, camping, and writing about places and people I meet along the way.

Thursday, June 29, 2006

Susan will be in the news

Al Jazeera picked up on Susan's story, I'm told. Expect to see them go forward with some kind of article. While I like the idea of Susan getting more publicity, and while it may be good for Susan, this kind may not be good so good for U.S. national interests. It's the the kind of reason that goes to the point of how stupid it might have been to indict her on such nervous-Nellie charges to start with. When IS the last time the FBI did anything of actual service to the country, I wonder. Are they all just sucking up big paychecks and waiting for retirement while telling homophobic jokes?

The problem is that, as I've said before, whether Susan was or was not an actual intelligence asset, and if she was, whether or not those who were handling her were do so ethically and correctly, are questions somewhat beside the point because in most every respect she looks like she was and is indistinguishable from anyone else who is. It's not beyond our expectations, of the agency that first brought us LSD, that they would, as pre-trial records describe, prescribe her medications that unbalance her and make her seem less sane to others.

Where this goes is to the issue of how intelligence assets are treated, and how little supervision various operators have regarding their employment of others and influence upon others.

It is a lot easier to recruit intelligence assets when the world things our country wears the white hat. When ordinary citizens of foreign countries do not see us holding the ethical high ground, or as a beacon of hope for enlightened civilization, then they have lost one of the best reasons that ever served us in recruitment. Beyond that, if those who work for us do not get their due, and beyond that are taken down and discredited and impoverished when they seek to serve the truth to unappreciated bureaucrats, and the word gets out. Well, then we are just the same shit as every other tin pot tyrant who ever walked the earth.

The shame of this is that we have challenges ahead of us, real challenges, not pretend Iraq WMD phobias, and we may need every friend we can find to survive in a world where military might suddenly becomes a liability.

Monday, June 26, 2006

Thomas Nephew also blogs and analyzes Susan Lindauer's plight

newsrack blog: "Fair and balanced news and opinion commentary by Thomas Nephew. Can you hear me now?"

I've very envious of how thoughtful and well written this is.

Sunday, June 25, 2006


On my way back from the West coast, in 2003, I travelled through Canada. By some good fortune, I found a German resort on Lake Wobegon (right). As I traveled into town the next day, I passed a young middle eastern man riding a bicycle in the opposite direction who seemed to look at me with unveiled hatred. The next night I dreamed that Al Queda members had managed to get a nuclear weapon into a Canadian port, shipped it by rail and were riding a train across the boarder into Chicago.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

A breaking story: Corruption in Federal Prisons


The same organization that runs Carswell. Story is that this is one of the alternative places where FBOP sends people that they want to keep on ice as it is very hard for relatives to visit.

No news on Susan

Karin called the lawyer's office, this morning. There is no news.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Susan's phone minutes

One of the most tyrannical aspects of Susan's incarceration is the limitation of her freedoms of speech and the press while still unconvicted. While in prison, she is forbidden any contact with the press, limited to call only those who are approved, and we are prohibited from conference calling her in with journalists. On top of that, she is limited to four or five hours of phone calls a month, less than half of my current cell phone calling plan.

Tonight she called, sounded like she was in tears, claimed to be frightened and begged me to come visit. Then the phone went dead. Probably, she is out of minutes until the beginning of the next month.

Karin will call her attorney in the morning to find out if anything happened.

Half of me is pissed at Susan for the dramatic timing and not answering the couple of questions that I got in sideways as to whether anything had happened. The other half worries that the worst has happened and she's on her way to Carswell, never mind the assurances of additional motions and proposals.

Just a great cap on an otherwise productive day, and I'm not sure how many more days I'm going to need or allow this kind of dramatic intrusion--emotions that are always so self important and so seldom considerate of whatever situation in which the listener may be already involved. Nevertheless, being held in such uncertainty with so little regard for her own interests... well, I guess it would drive anybody crazy.

It's an interesting question: Who do I trust least, Susan or our government? Neither have great reputations for integrity at the moment.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

No hearing

Turns out that there was no hearing. The judge has all the information that he needs to make a decsion and we will probably be hearing it in the very near future. Susan's lawyer thinks it's a tough case for the judge, so nothing is for sure.

CORRECTION: Susan's Next Hearing...

...is scheduled for June 13th.

Correct that. I just called Susan's Uncle Ted. He said there will be no hearing. The judge doesn't need to call everyone into court. He will just sign some papers and that will be that.

Ted thinks there is a very good chance that Susan will not go back to Carswell, but be released to a private facility near her home in the DC area.

Sunday, June 11, 2006

Sunday, Hearing Tuesday

Well, Susan woke me up at 9:00 A.M. this morning. It wasn't her fault that I stayed up until 2:00 A.M. on the computer. The wake-up call got me out of bed in time for ten o'clock church at the Church of the Ascension on Sligo Avenue. Good thing it's only ten blocks away and no lights.

Susan is in a panic. She is of the impression that her Uncle has not gotten the family's motions into the judge. She wants me to call him? Me? Why not her? Well, because she can't leave messages on his cell phone the way the prison telephone system works. You would think there would be some human operator required to intervene when an answering machine message clearly says that it will accept all incoming calls. Oh well.

Karin, who is as close to all of this as I am and takes care of Susan's house and her two dachshunds, says that Ted filed two motions: One, to get her out of incarceration, entirely; and another to allow for her being medicated and monitored in a medical community near where she lives.

After church I went to the Takoma Park Farmers' Market. I found a park bench. I may as well be sitting outside as at home with my injuries. A gathering of people showed up discussing how the police department made a mistake on a report. They were chasing some people who had car-jacked a SUV, the SUV took out this lady's fence, but because the police wrote down a non-existent address on their report, she is not able to get insurance to fix it. As she wandered off, one of her lady friends allowed to me as to how much energy this woman had for all kinds of activist causes.

"Oh, well, I could use her," I replied and sketched out Susan's predicament.

"Oh, yes, I remember her," she replied, "They got her on treason."

How interesting. Those of us who read the indictment know that treason was not the charge. Nevertheless, by insinuating treason and espionage, the people in government empowered to prosecute managed to position her in a way that scares the bejesus out of liberals. Mother Susan, at the Episcopal Church of the Ascension, was just as quick to distance herself. The ability of politicians to sever a citizen from their rights and due process just through innuendo and indictment, to so ruin someone's life over such a long period of time... well, it is exactly why the founding fathers thought up the idea of having a new country.

I venture to say we are less and less the "land of the free" because we are less and less the "land of the brave." We think bravery is sending soldiers to Afghanastan or Iraq, and dropping bombs on foreign cities from 60,000 feet. From super power to third-rate in one generation.

Thursday, June 08, 2006

Treatment Simular to Susan's: Les Coleman, a previous Lockerbie figure


Key Lockerbie Witness
Les Coleman -
'I Got My Integrity Back'
From Rumor Mill News

From Rayelan --

I received this from Doretta this morning --- As soon as she knows more, she will keep us posted. I want to thank all of you for taking the time to write letters to Judge Platt. I believe your letters changed his heart.

Please take the time to write a letter to Les. If you can afford it, please send him a postal money order. He will need money to supplement food, and if he gets out in a month, he will need money to get back to Kentucky.

Lester Coleman ID #47321-019 Metropolitan Detention Center 100 29th Street Brooklyn, NY 11232

Thank you --


From Doretta --


Les called this evening. The hearing of this morning lasting three hours. Present were Les and his attorney, the plaintiff (US gov) represented by Special Agent David Edward, plaintiff's attorney. Also present was a representative from the Department of Justice whose name Les was not able to determine. This fellow sat in the back of the courtroom observing the proceeding.

Who else do you suppose was present? Two old prosecutorial friends. The prosecutor in Les's Kentucky trial. And the federal probation officer from Kentucky.

The FBI took the trouble and expense of transporting these witnesses from Kentucky to the Uniondale courtroom.

The prosecution harped on Les's testimony in the Kentucky trial, contending that he renounced his affidavit and discussed the Pan Am 103 trial against the mandate of Judge Platt. They insisted on a maximum sentence of two years.

But Judge Platt wasn't moved by their argument. He said that he would not sentence Les on the basis of anything remotely to do with the Pan Am 103 affidavit or trial. He would sentence Les solely on the basis of his "violation" of the supervised release. (As you know, the fact that Les was arrested and convicted of a crime in Kentucky constitutes a violation of his release terms.)

Les was allowed to read, word for word, the transcript of his 1997 meeting with public defender Abraham Clott and his supervisor before the court. This transcript is now part of the public record. It contains evidence that Les was coerced by his public defense team to plead guilty to the perjury charges, as well as his emotional trauma and previous medical neglect/mistreatment. I believe it was presented to support Les's claim that he has no memory of pleading guilty to perjury. Judge Platt has accepted this claim as a fact.

Les put it aptly: "I got my integrity back."

Platt gave Les a sentence of 10 months in prison. Les and his attorney believe this sentence is retroactive to September 1999. If this is true, Les will be released on July 3, 2000. If the sentence will not credit him for time already served, however, he will be held until next February.

By Saturday I should know when his release date will be.

Les told me that Agent Edward was visibly outraged by the relative lightness of this sentence. He described Edward as "apoplectic."

Les truly believes that Platt was moved by the content of the many letters he received from members of Raye's group. That could very well be true. Without those letters, Platt might have taken everything the plaintiffs said at face value. But I also think Platt knows he went too far with his original sentence, and wishes to wash his hands of the matter.

Paul Rinaldo told Les that if he's called to testify in the Lockerbie trial, there is little the FBI can now do to muffle him. I know there's still the matter of a charge issued via the Chicago court. Perhaps Mike can better explain this particular issue.

I would have been happier if the sentence were lighter. The idea of Les in prison for even one more month disturbs me deeply. But Les is satisfied that this was the best outcome he could have hoped for. And he credits all of his friends and supporters with making it possible.

Paul Rinaldo, Les's attorney, will be issuing Les a transcript of this hearing, which he will make available to all of us.

I'll let you know more once I hear from Les on Saturday. For now, heartfelt gratitude to all of you from Les.

"Doretta _____

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Tuesday, June 06, 2006

To write or not to write...

One of the associates in the law firm that represents Susan sends the following:


"Sam asked that I pass along the following. We were contacted by the
Court today and they informed us that they have been receiving
letters on Susan's behalf. We were told that these communications
are not helping Susan in any way but are actually more harmful to
the case. If you would be kind enough to let the people out there
know, either through your blog or other means of communication,
that these letters should not be going directly to the Court. If
anyone would like to send information to our office we are more than
happy to receive it. At that point we can pass it along to the Judge
through the proper channels. As always, feel free to call me with any

"John McPadden"

I'll admit that I had already gotten a package off to the court at
Susan's behest. It contained samples of her children's story and Ian
Ferguson's e-mail attesting to the connection between Susan, the
CIA, and DIA figures being real (during the Lockerbie period).
Generally, I trust her lawyers' advice as they would be in trouble
if they were to be caught intentionally deceiving anyone in such

Saturday, June 03, 2006

Why they might want to get Susan? Remember Lockerbie!

PEJ News



Sunday Herald
Scotland's award-winning independent newspaper Est 1999

28 May 2000

Lockerbie: CIA witness gagged by US government

A FORMER CIA agent who claims Libya is not responsible for
the Lockerbie bombing is being gagged by the US government
under state secrecy laws and faces 10 years in prison if
he reveals any information about the terrorist attack.

United Nations diplomats are outraged that the US government is
apparently suppressing a potential key trial witness. Diplomats
are now demanding that the CIA agent, Dr Richard Fuisz, be
released from the gagging order. Fuisz, a multi-millionaire
businessman and pharmaceutical researcher, was, according
to US intelligence sources, the CIA's key operative in the
Syrian capital Damascus during the 1980s where he also had
business interests.

One month before a court order was served on him by the US
government gagging him from speaking on the grounds of national
security, he spoke to US congressional aide Susan Lindauer,
telling her he knew the identities of the Lockerbie bombers
and claiming they were not Libyan.

Lindauer, shocked by Fuisz's claims, immediately compiled notes
on the meeting which formed the basis of a later sworn affidavit
detailing Fuisz's claims. One month after their conversation,
in October 1994, a court in Washington DC issued an order
barring him from revealing any information on the grounds of
"military and state secrets privilege".

When contacted by the Sunday Herald last night, Fuisz said when
asked if he was a CIA agent in Syria in the 1980s: "That is
not an issue I can confirm or deny. I am not allowed to speak
about these issues. In fact, I can't even explain to you why I
can't speak about these issues." Fuisz did, however, say that
he would not take any action against a newspaper which named him
as a CIA agent.

Congressional aide Lindauer, who was involved in early
negotiations over the Lockerbie trial, claims Fuisz made
"unequivocal statements to me that he has first-hand knowledge
about the Lockerbie case". In her affidavit, she goes on: "Dr
Fuisz has told me that he can identify who orchestrated and
executed the bombing. Dr Fuisz has said that he can confirm
absolutely that no Libyan national was involved in planning or
executing the bombing of PanAm 103, either in any technical or
advisory capacity whatsoever."

Fuisz's statements to Lindauer support the claims of the two
Libyan accused who are to incriminate a number of terrorist
organisations, including the Popular Front for the Liberation
of Palestine-General Command, which had strong links to Syria
and Iran.

Lindauer said Fuisz told her he could provide information on
Middle Eastern terrorists, and referred to Lockerbie as an
"example of an unsolved bombing case that he said he has the
immediate capability to resolve".

Lindauer says Fuisz told her CIA staff had destroyed reports he
sent them on Lockerbie. Lindauer also refers in her affidavit
to speculation that the USA shifted any connection to Lockerbie
away from Syria to Libya in return for its support during the
Gulf war.

She added that Fuisz told her: "If the [US] government would let
me, I could identify the men behind this attack today. I could
do the right thing ... I could go into any crowded restaurant
and pick out these men ... I can tell you their home addresses
... You won't find [them] anywhere in Libya. You will only
find [them] in Damascus. I was investigating on the ground
and I know."

The 1994 gagging order was issued following disclosures by
Fuisz during other legal proceedings about alleged illegal
exports of military equipment to Iraq. The order claims that
the information held by Fuisz is vital to the "nation's
security or diplomatic relations" and can not be revealed
"no matter how compelling the need for, and relevance of,
the information". The submission also makes clear that the
government is empowered to "protect its interests in this case
in the future", thereby gagging Fuisz permanently.

Details of Fuisz's gagging have been passed to the United
Nations, including UN secretary general Kofi Annan, Russia's UN
ambassador Sergey Lavrov and the Libyan UN ambassador, as well
as representatives of France and China. The report on the Fuisz
gagging, containing Lindauer's affidavit, refers to "the history
of US interference ... [and] ... sabotage by the United States".

One senior UN diplomat said: "In the interests of natural
justice, Dr Fuisz should be released from any order which
prevents him telling what he knows of the PanAm bombing." With
Fuisz prohibited from speaking, neither the defence nor
prosecution can call him as a witness.

A legal source close to Fuisz said: "We want the truth out. The
naming of knowledgeable witnesses who can't be called would
utterly change the face of this trial. Dr Fuisz obviously
cannot claim he has any knowledge because of national security
issues and he could face 10 years in jail. However, if he is
not allowed to talk the entire case should be dropped.

"Apart from the US government freeing him from the gag, the
only way to allow him to speak would be to subpoena him to
the Scottish Court, but the court has no power of subpoena
in America."

The Sunday Herald will make the Lindauer affadvit and Fuisz
gagging order available to both the Crown and defence if they
require the documents.


And more on Lockerbie:


Tuesday, May 09, 2006 - FreeMarketNews.com

The 1989 bombing of a Pan Am airliner over Lockerbie, Scotland may not have happened as the official story has it.

According to a story in the Scotsman, a former Scottish police chief has come forward with a signed statement indicating that a key piece of evidence in the trial of the alleged perpetrator was fabricated by the CIA.

The small shred of circuit board used in convicting Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi, who is currently serving a life sentence in Greenock Prison, was planted, according to the retired officer's statement delivered to Megrahi's lawyers, who are seeking a new trial for their client. - ST

staff reports - Free-Market News Network


Susan gets called to court

Tuesday morning, Susan says she was awakened early to go to the courtroom. The judge wanted to see all concerned. Somebody had heard me on the PID radio show and downloaded her medical records from this blog site then sent them to the judge. He had not seen the pre-trial findings, earlier. Now, he says he will read everything that comes across his desk about her case.

So, it may be that letters are now a good thing... if they're on target.

Key is to document that she is not fantasizing her connections to CIA and DIA people. She may be paranoid and she may exagerate her relationship, but she is not completely fabricating things. Also, in diagnosing her as delusional, Carswell went through many of the journals that the FBI seized when they searched her home and arrested her. What nobody has explained to the judge is that she writes fiction, some for children, and some adult political satire. I personally submitted her "Joy Santa" piece to Rain Tree press, as a favor for her, last year. Probably, Karin and I will print out a few pages to send to the judge.

Somewhere there is a PDF of the CIA's letter to the UN and the Scottish court releasing Richard Fuisz from his oath of silence. Susan's deposition is also a matter of record that is easily found on the Internet.

Last, a lady friend raises the question as to why the Justice Department and the Bureau of Prisons had to have Susan go to Carswell, instead of St. Elizabeth's here in DC, or some place in New York or Boston. Her theory is that Carswell was chosen because the government knew that Susan had actual dealings with agency people and they wanted her to be dealt with by people who would find such claims to be far-fetched rather than folks in communities who know how politicians and their secrecy sometimes screw up so royally.