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Hariri probe winds down

Posted by Charles II on January 17, 2011

The UN has finally completed its investigation of the assassination of Rafik Hariri. The first probe had to be abandoned because it had been deeply corrupted, with witnesses being offered huge sums in exchange for their testimony. Robert Parry has reviewed the history here:

In 2009, the UN tribunal examining Hariri’s murder and other terrorist acts in Lebanon had acknowledged that it lacked the evidence to indict the four Lebanese security officials who had been held without formal charges since 2005. Finally, Judge Daniel Fransen of a special international tribunal ordered the four imprisoned security officials released.

In a similar situation – say, one that involved a U.S. ally – the release would have been viewed as proof of innocence or at least the absence of significant evidence of guilt.

The report has not yet been unsealed. And, as Parry says, the fact that the original probe was so incompetent and corrupt will weaken the credibility of this report. But this is a story we covered early on and will continue to cover even if the evidence leads us to overcome our skepticism that Syria was behind it.

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Stuff Darrell Issa Doesn’t Want You To See

Posted by Phoenix Woman on January 17, 2011

Howie Klein Tweeted this the other day:

So I clicked on the link Howie provided, and here’s some of what I found:

In 1971, Issa reportedly took a Dodge sedan from an Army post where he was stationed near Pittsburgh. There were no charges filed in that case, but the story was leaked to the press by a retired Army sergeant, who says he threatened Issa and then was able to retrieve the car. As a college student in 1972, Issa and his brother were arrested in Cleveland, suspected of stealing a red Maserati from a dealership. The witnesses recognized Darrell and his brother, William as they pushed the Maserati down the street. The third incident took place in San Jose, California. In 1980, Issa, then 27 years old, and his brother William, 29, were again arrested and this time indicted on felony auto theft charges. William Issa, using his brother’s second driver’s license, sold younger Darrell’s cherry red Mercedes to a dealer for $16,000.00. Three hours after William received and cashed the check, Darrell reported the car stolen. The police also charged Darrell because his answers to questions were inconsistent. Why did he have two driver’s licenses? Initially, Issa denied having two driver’s licenses, but then changed his story. Simple, responded Issa. He did not like the way his picture came out in the first one. As to whether Darrell knew the identity of the man pictured in the composite drawing of the suspect (his brother), Issa stated he did not know who the man was, but would like to send the picture to his mother to see if she knew who it was. According to detectives, the composite was so detailed that it was clearly a composite of William. That answer and answers to other questions created so much doubt in the minds of the police officers involved, they arrested and charged both brothers, even though Darrell reportedly offered to pay the auto dealer more than the $16,000.00 that William was paid.

Please see the article:http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2003/06/25/ISSA.TMP

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In 1982, Issa was suspected, but never charged in a suspicious fire that burned his Ohio manufacturing plant. Although there was insufficient evidence to prosecute Issa, the police suspected he was behind the fire based on two facts. Just a few weeks prior to the fire, Issa increased the fire insurance coverage to quadruple the original amount and according to the company bookkeeper, Karen Brasdovich, a few days before the fire, records and a company computer were removed from the plant, which was completely out of character for Issa. Charges were not filed due to lack of evidence, but the suspicions remain.

Issa was arrested twice for weapons charges, once in Ohio and once in Michigan. While Issa was in Ohio, he was given the job of firing a high level executive, Jack Frantz. Frantz recalls that Issa came into his office carrying a box. Issa opened the box and showed Frantz the gun. Frantz knew he was being fired and felt that was Issa’s method of intimidating him. Frantz relayed the story to the Los Angeles Times and in response, Issa told the reporter, “No shots were ever fired.” He further stated that he doesn’t even remember whether he had a gun that day. The bookkeeper backed up Frantz’s story, telling the LA Times that day was frightening. In the Michigan case, Issa received probation and paid a fine.

Please see: http://politicalcorrection.org/factcheck/201006010007

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To see Issa’s more recent escapades, link to: http://hubpages.com/hub/Darrell-Issa-Guarded-Nixon-During-The-1971-World-Series-Problem-Nixon-Wasnt-There

So, let’s see: Caught stealing motor vehicles on three different occasions that we know of, suspected of burning down his Ohio manufacturing plant right after he a) quadrupled the coverage amount and b) pulled the company records and computer out of it, arrested twice for weapons charges, and lied about being Nixon’s bodyguard:

Of all the lies reportedly told by Darrell Issa, maybe the worst is that he guarded then President Nixon during the 1971 World Series Games. According to the Nixon Library, Nixon did not attend the World Series that year. To couple America’s Greatest Pastime with a lie is unforgivable, but with Issa, that lie is the tip of the iceberg! In 1971, Issa was a 17 year old high school dropout who had enlisted in the Army. Records show that while in the Army, he did serve in an exclusive unit for less than six months, but that he was cited for bad conduct, suffered a demotion and accused of auto theft. The San Francisco Examiner ran a scathing article in May of 1998 which helped to derail Issa’s then bid for Senate. The article researched Issa’s actual military record and compared that to Issa’s accounts of his military service and the results were devastating for Mr. Issa. The above allegations were a part of that article.

More can be found here. (Update: Here’s a better link.)

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