King, who illegally supported the IRA, wants The New York Times prosecuted for doing its job
By Wayne Madsen
Online Journal Contributing Writer
Jun 29, 2006, 00:51
(WMR) -- Republican Rep. Peter King
(NY), the chairman of the House of Representatives Homeland Security Committee,
has called for the U.S. Attorney General to prosecute The New York Times
under the Espionage Act for revealing the existence of a secret program by the
Bush administration to spy on international financial transactions involving
the Belgium-based Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication
(SWIFT), an international clearinghouse consortium of 7,800 banks in over 204
countries that electronically wires trillions of dollars between banks on a
King told Chris
Matthews Tuesday on MSNBC, "The New York Times is putting its own
arrogant elitist left-wing agenda before the interests of the American people,
and I�m calling on the attorney general to begin a criminal investigation and
prosecution of the New York Times -- its reporters, the editors who
worked on this, and the publisher."
However, WMR has
learned that the monitoring of SWIFT by the National Security Agency (NSA), via
links with the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FINCEN), a Treasury
Department financial monitoring activity located in Tyson's Corner, Virginia,
and CIA financial monitoring systems connected to SWIFT mainframe gateways in
La Hulpe, Belgium; Culpeper, Virginia; and Zouterwoude, Netherlands, is nothing
new and predates 9-11 by almost two decades. The Bush
administration has expanded the program to monitor transactions involving
smaller monetary transfers.
In fact, during the
1980s and 90s, the NSA and CIA collected intelligence on financial transactions
between the United States and Ireland and Northern Ireland involving Irish
terrorist groups supported by Peter King. The group Irish Northern Aid (NORAID)
funneled money to the Irish Republican Army (IRA) that was used to buy weapons used
to blow up civilians and members of the British government, military, and
King was an active
supporter of NORAID, a tax-exempt front for the IRA. Martin Galvin, King's
friend and former NORAID chief, rejected the Northern Ireland Good Friday
agreement and supports the agenda of the terrorist "Real IRA."
During the 1980s,
NSA's British counterpart, the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ),
intercepted a number of King's phone calls from the United States and from
within Britain, in which his political and financial support for the IRA was
discussed. GCHQ relied on Canada's Communications Security Establishment (CSE)
to monitor King's domestic phone calls in New York and Long Island since U.S.
law, including the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), prohibited the
surveillance of King by NSA assets.
and political support for the IRA coincided with the terrorist group's
alliances with Palestinian, Lebanese, Latin American, Basque, Corsican, German,
and Breton terrorist groups and the Libyan government of Muammar el Qaddafi.
NSA signals intelligence (SIGINT) intercepts demonstrate that Libya and
Lebanese terrorist groups targeted Americans in terrorist attacks during the
1980s, while King supported their Irish compatriots with money and weapons.
If Mr. King wants
the New York Times prosecuted for espionage, he should be prepared to be
prosecuted for aiding and abetting acts of terrorism against American citizens
and the citizens of America's allies.
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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
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