ALIEN HAD ACCESS TO SECURE D.O.D. AREAS
By Jon Christian Ryter
July 29, 2004
On August 7, 2000 a random, periodic sweep for listening devises by the security division at the Pentagon revealed that someone had planted an electronic listening devise in the office of the Inspector General's office. The DoDIG is responsible for criminal investigations in the Department of Defense. The wire led to an adjoining office where, whomever planted the bug, could eavesdrop or record the conversations that took place in the IG's office.
Joseph E. Schmitz, President George W. Bush's pick to head the office of DoDIG was finally confirmed on March 21, 2002—after a lengthy confirmation battle. It took 10 months to get an up-and-down vote on his nomination because Senate Democrats (who were receiving massive campaign contributions from defense lobbyists) thought the U.S. Naval Academy graduate and civil litigation lawyer was too conservative to investigate the corruption and cronyism-plagued military defense bidding system. Schmitz was nominated by President Bush on June 18, 2001.
During a routine planning meeting on June 17, 2002, Schmitz was told that a listening devises had been planted in the wall of his personal office and in the offices of the Criminal Investigation Division. The wiretap line went from the 9th to the 10th floors. It is unclear how long it had been there or who authorized it but the consensus in the Pentagon was that the bugging had been surreptitiously done by the Clinton Administration which was extremely mistrustful of anyone with independent investigative authority.
An even more sensitive revelation was conveyed to Schmitz in a May, 2002 meeting. A series of memos presented to Schmitz by his staff at that time revealed that a serious security leak existed in the DOD during the Clinton years. The memos revealed that a Muslim national who had been employed in the Clinton Defense Department as an auditor was granted a "top secret" security clearance, was a Mideast native. Not only was he not an American citizen, he gained employment in the Clinton Administration with a phony Social Security card that was tied to several confirmed aliases. Even the most perfunctory background check would have revealed the man was not who he claimed to be.
The fact that a foreign national—a Muslim from the Mideast—could gain a job in the US Department of Defense with access to sensitive defense data speaks volumes about the lackadaisical attitude of the Clinton-Gore Administration, and actually provides America with credible insight into how another antiwar president (John Kerry) would likely treat national security issues should this nation have the misfortune of placing him in the White House.
If you recall, when the co-presidency of Bill and Hillary Clinton and their third sneaker, Al Gore, descended on Washington in January, 1993, the first thing Hillary wanted to do was replace the FBI and Secret Service in the White House with their own private Arkansas security team. Hillary immediately brought one of her own covert operatives from the campaign, Craig Livingstone, on board as head of security in the White House. With her man on board, she then attempted to replace the White House Secret Service head with Livingstone. When she discovered she couldn't, she simply bypassed the Secret Service and the FBI, whom she did not trust. Not only did the White House Secret Service have to report directly to Livingstone, all security clearance requests, whose background checks were to be conducted by the FBI, had to be authorized by Livingstone before they were done by inhouse FBI agents. If Livingstone did not issue a request for a background check—as required by federal law—none was done. That's precisely how a good many Clintonoids who could not even qualify for admittance to the White House as a tourist were able to hold jobs there. That is one of the reasons why the cocaine and marijuana habits of many of the fringe Clintonoids was never uncovered by the FBI—the background checks somehow never got done. Employees wearing temporary, unsecured employee ID badges were commonplace in the White House for eight years. If you recall, it was Livingstone and his partner, Anthony Marcea who requested the background files on all of the past and present White House employees who were not viewed by Hillary Clinton to be "one of us." Somehow, those files, which were then copiously scanned for information that the Clintons could use against the subject of the file, if need be, contained the deep background checks on several conservative Congressmen and Senators who were most certainly not applying for work in the White House. Thus the data in those files was information the Clintons were not legally privy to.
It was that atmosphere that allowed a Mideastern Muslim national free access to areas of the Department of Defense that you and I would go to jail if we were found there. When Rowan Scarbrough of the Washington Times received a confidential tip concerning the DoDIG office bugging and, more important, the heads-up that a Muslim national had "foraging rights" in the Pentagon's files, he contacted John R. Crane, the spokesman for Joe Schmitz, to learn [a] if the stories were true, and [b] what the DOD was doing about both issues. Crane replied that, with respect to the Muslim national "...the memos provided information that is not releasable to you....[T]he Privacy Act protects the personal information contained in one of the memos..." adding that the Privacy Act itself prevented him from releasing any information contained in the memos since he would then be liable for both civil and criminal sanctions. Another official told Scarbrough that the man in question had resigned and was no longer employed by the Department of Defense. With respect to the "bugging," the second official noted only that the devise was removed. "No one knows who was spying on who," he said. "They just removed it."
© 2004 Jon C. Ryter - All Rights Reserved
Jon Christian Ryter is the pseudonym of a former newspaper reporter with the Parkersburg, WV Sentinel. He authored a syndicated newspaper column, Answers From The Bible, from the mid-1970s until 1985. Answers From The Bible was read weekly in many suburban markets in the United States.
Today, Jon is an advertising executive with the Washington Times. His website, www.jonchristianryter.com has helped him establish a network of mid-to senior-level Washington insiders who now provide him with a steady stream of material for use both in his books and in the investigative reports that are found on his website. E-Mail: BAFFauthor@aol.com
It was that atmosphere that allowed a Mideastern Muslim national free access to areas of the Department of Defense that you and I would go to jail if we were found there.