A White Knight
SPY CASE IN CANADIAN
COURTS SUGGESTS US NAVAL OFFICER HAD FOREKNOWLEDGE OF 9-11
Michael C. Ruppert
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TORONTO, [Filed January 25, 2002,
and Revised January 28, 2002] -
EDITORIAL NOTE: In our original story we indicated that
the note written by Delmart "Mike" Vreeland had
been sealed in court records. We based this on a misreading
of Canadian press stories. In fact, the warning of the World
Trade Center attacks, written by Vreeland on either August
11th or 12th has been introduced into open evidence in Vreelands
case in Toronto. Using court records in our possession,
FTW has scanned the document and it is available for viewing
in this story. We apologize for the error. Following is
a revised story which we feel is the best way to present
this important information in context.]
Delmart Edward "Mike" Vreeland,
an American citizen whose claims to being a US Naval Lieutenant
assigned to the Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) are being
increasingly corroborated in open court, has been in a Canadian
jail since December 6, 2000. On August 11 or 12 of 2001,
the date is uncertain, after trying to verbally alert his
Canadian jailers to the coming World Trade Center attacks,
he wrote down key information and sealed it in an envelope
which he then had placed in jailers custody. This
event is not disputed by Canadian authorities. The letter
specifically listed a number of targets including The Sears
Towers, The World Trade Center, The White House, The Pentagon,
The World Bank, The Canadian parliament building in Ottawa
and the Royal Bank in Toronto.
A chilling sentence follows the list of
targets, "Let one happen. Stop the rest!!!"
When the envelope was opened on September
14th it set off alarms in the US and Canada.
The US wants Vreeland back in the States
on a Michigan warrant for credit card fraud - using
his own credit card. Vreeland, convinced that a return to
the US means certain death, wants to stay in Canada in a
witness protection program. His lawyers Rocco Galati and
Paul Slansky, two former Canadian prosecutors, agree with
Vreelands assessment. They should. Both have been
the victims of harassment and threats including dead cats
hung on porches and car windows smashed out in car burglaries.
The position of the United States government,
as represented by Crown Solicitors in Toronto, is that all
of this is nonsense. Vreeland, says the Navy, was discharged
as a Seaman after a few months of service for unsatisfactory
performance in 1986. He has never had anything to do with
intelligence according to 1200 pages of Navy records filed
in Toronto Superior Court.
"How is it," says Galati, "that
the Navy says that he was only in the service a few months
and then send us a 1200 page personnel file? Some of the
entries are obvious forgeries or alterations and the sanitizing
of his records was done so hurriedly that some dates of
medical exams in the 1990s were left intact."
In a January 10, 2002 tactic worthy of
Perry Mason, with the greatest possible risk to his client
if it failed, attorney Slansky got the judge to agree to
let him call the Pentagon from open court. Using a speaker
phone, in front of at least six witnesses, Slansky first
dialed directory information and got a number for the Pentagon
switchboard. Then, calling that number he asked the Department
of Defense operator to locate the office of Lt. Delmart
Vreeland. Within moments the operator had confirmed Vreelands
posting, his rank as a Lieutenant O-3, his room number and
given Slansky his direct-dial number.
All of this is a part of the court record.
On January 17, as this writer sat in the
courtroom, another mind-numbing event occurred.
As Vreeland sat shackled in a corner, closely
flanked by two guards, the Crown Solicitor sought to debunk
Vreelands assertions that he had been assigned to
travel to Moscow to review and retrieve highly technical
and classified documents pertaining to Russian and Chinese
efforts to counter the proposed US "Star Wars"
missile defense system. [Ed note: FTW believes this to be
a cover story.] "Why," said the Crown Solicitor,
"would the US choose, in a case involving some of the
most highly technical intelligence, a random seaman with
training in the tool and die field." The point that
someone discharged in 1986 with no special training and
rank would be sent to review technical documents sounded
reasonable - assuming that Vreelands background
was as the Solicitor argued.
The reasonableness vanished a few moments
later as the Crown Solicitor argued that Vreeland, who has
been in jail and without access to a computer for thirteen
months, had somehow cracked the Pentagons personnel
records and inserted his name, an office number, and telephone
extension into the Pentagon database.
No one except for Vreeland and attorney
Galati seemed to notice the contradiction.
The Crown Solicitor ventured further through
the looking glass by then arguing that Vreeland, having
certain papers in his possession at the time of his arrest,
had memorized Russian and Albanian documents and then had
translated them from memory. Vreeland doesnt speak
Russian or Albanian. The judge, noticing this stretch of
credibility, asked the Solicitor to restate the point. The
argument then became that Vreeland had an unnamed colleague
go to an unspecified web site, print Russian and Albanian
documents for him, and then used foreign language dictionaries
to translate them.
Vreelands extradition process could
take years and his time in jail has not been easy. There
have been threats, illnesses and his every move is watched.
Galati and Slansky wonder how long his psyche will hold
up. The history of jailhouse deaths of key witnesses leans
heavily in favor of Vreelands belief that he could
be killed at any moment. His apparent strategy is to not
reveal any accurate Top Secret material to either his lawyers
or the press, hoping that his silence will provide him with
some support from US clandestine services. This a standard
approach taken in dozens of similar cases researched by
FTW in the past They include the cases - well known
in research circles - of William Tyree and Michael
Riconosciuto. Tyree has been jailed on a questionable murder
conviction since 1979 and Riconosciuto on a variety or drug-related
charges since the early 1990s. Both men have been directly
connected to CIA and other intelligence operations by official
"We dont need to know and we
dont want to know the secret details, "says Galati.
"Theyre not necessary for us to do the job of
keeping our client alive and in Canada. He faces a special
danger in the US because he has also been an informant against
an organized crime family in Michigan where the criminal
charges originate. The most he is facing there is two years
but we believe he might not live for two days in that system."
Additional press reports indicate that
Vreelands intelligence work was connected to drug
smuggling - a much more likely reason for his trip
to Moscow. And the history of the relations between Naval
Intelligence and the mafia is documented as far back as
the Second World War when ONI officers made deals with convicted
mafia don Lucky Luciano and his lieutenant Vito Genovese
to protect New York docks and assist with the subsequent
Allied invasion and occupation of Italy.
Mike Vreeland is one man who, in a rational
world, could totally expose the complicity of the US government
in the attacks of September 11th. No one has disputed what
he wrote and stuffed into that envelope. In a rational world
that would be the most pressing and public inquiry of all.
The two questions remaining are whether Vreeland will live
and whether or not he will ever tell what he knows. That
may be a mutually exclusive proposition.
FTW has retained the services of freelance
journalist Greta Knutsen in Toronto to report on developments
in this critical case for our subscribers. Important updates
will be posted and sent out via subscriber bulletin to our
readers as they become available.
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