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Special Reports Last Updated: Jan 4th, 2007 - 01:08:31

Litvinenko & Scaramella reportedly linked to former EPA criminal enforcement official
By Wayne Madsen
Online Journal Contributing Writer

Dec 19, 2006, 00:34

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(WMR) -- The reported links between Alexander Litvinenko's Italian interlocutor Mario Scaramella and at least one former official of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Office of Criminal Enforcement's Center for Strategic Environmental Enforcement raise some troubling issues, according to an EPA insider.

A top EPA official attended, along with Scaramella and former EPA criminal enforcement branch legal counsel Michael Penders, the Nov. 15 and 16, 2000, conference in New York City on "Combating International Eco-Crime in a Global Economy. The official represented the EPA's Office of Criminal Enforcement's Center for Strategic Environmental Enforcement. That office has been described by an EPA insider as consisting of "cover up artists." The insider further stated the EPA criminal investigative branch "has access to NASA skyviewing . . . geographical information system (GIS), they know where every little ounce of bad stuff is in the world and they can get access to it." The insider said it would not surprise him in the very least that "the [polonium] 210 came from people inside this group. Their loyalty ties strongly to Bush and company" and that previous external-to-EPA criminal investigations "thwarted some of their past misdeeds."

The EPA enforcement center's data import/export database system has the capability to "identify suspect shipments," according to the EPA. A number of other EPA officials, including those involved in international issues, attended the New York conference.

Scaramella's Environmental Crime Prevention Program, falsely billed as a European counterpart to the EPA's Center for Strategic Environmental Enforcement, also claims a similar role: "aerial surveillance and the remote sensing capabilities of satellites to detect environmental crimes in Eastern and Southern Europe and eco-terrorism in Central Africa and South America."

The compromise of agencies in the United States and Europe that are responsible for monitoring the location and transport of nuclear materials represents an immense danger to public safety around the world.

Equally interesting is that Scaramella once offered FS (the Italian Railway) an estimated 17 million euro video surveillance system for free. The system would have covered every train station and other railway facility in Italy. Scaramella's deal was that he would provide the system for free in exchange for the exclusive use of the video images captured by the system.

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Wayne Madsen is a Washington, DC-based investigative journalist and nationally-distributed columnist.He is author of the forthcoming book, �Jaded Tasks: Big Oil, Black Ops & Brass Plates.�He is the editor and publisher of the Wayne Madsen Report.

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