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Re: [CT] Untangling the Bizarre CIA Links to the Ground Zero Mosque
Email-ID 373982
Date 2010-09-13 14:38:35
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The Imam is an operational asset of the FBI.

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From: Sean Noonan
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Date: Mon, 13 Sep 2010 07:22:26 -0500
ReplyTo: CT AOR
Subject: [CT] Untangling the Bizarre CIA Links to the Ground Zero Mosque
[very conspiratorial, but interesting]
Untangling the Bizarre CIA Links to the Ground Zero Mosque
New York Observer
By Mark Ames
September 10, 2010 | 2:36 p.m

So far, the debate over the proposed Islamic center near Ground Zero has
unfolded along predictable lines, with the man at the center of the
project, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, drawing attacks from the right painting
him as a terrorist sympathizer with ties to Hamas and the Muslim

But meanwhile, links between the group behind the controversial mosque,
the CIA and U.S. military establishment have gone unacknowledged.

For instance, one of the earliest backers of the nonprofit group, the
Cordoba Initiative, that is spearheading the Ground Zero mosque, is a
52-year-old Scarsdale, New York, native named R. Leslie Deak. In addition
to serving on the group’s board of advisors since its founding in 2004 by
Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, Deak was its principal funder, donating $98,000 to
the nonprofit between 2006 and 2008. This figure appears to represent
organization’s total operating budget-though, oddly, the group reported
receipts of just a third of that total during the same time period.

Deak describes himself as a “Practicing Muslim with background in
Christianity and Judaism, [with] in-depth personal and business
experiences in the Middle East, living and working six months per year in
Egypt.” Born into a Christian home, Deak became an Orthodox Jew and
married a Jewish woman before converting to Islam when he married his
current wife, Moshira Soliman, with whom he now lives in Rye.

Leslie Deak’s resume also notes his role as “business consultant” for
Patriot Defense Group, LLC, a private defense contractor with offices in
Winter Park, Florida, and in Tucson. The only names listed on the firm’s
website are those of its three “strategic advisers.” These include retired
four-star General Bryan “Doug” Brown, commander of the U.S. Special
Operations Command until 2007, where he headed “all special operations
forces, both active duty and reserve, leading the Global War On
Terrorism,” and James Pavitt, former deputy director for operations at the
Central Intelligence Agency, where he “managed the CIA’s globally deployed
personnel and nearly half of its multi-billion dollar budget” and “served
as head of America’s Clandestine Service, the CIA’s operational response
to the attacks of September 11, 2001.”

Besides Pavitt, Brown and a third advisor, banker Alexander Cappello, the
Patriot Defense Group is so secretive it doesn’t even name its management
team, instead describing its anonymous CEO as a former Special Forces and
State Department veteran, the group’s managing director as a former CIA
officer experienced in counter-terrorism in hostile environments and the
group’s corporate intelligence head as a “23-year veteran of the U.S.
Secret Service who worked on the personal security details of former
Presidents Bush and Clinton.”

Leslie Deak and Moshira Soliman/ PanachePrive

Patriot Defense Group’s primary business involves leveraging its
government connections and know-how. The firm is divided into two
divisions: one that “focuses exclusively on the needs of the U.S. military
and law enforcement communities as well as the requirements of friendly
foreign governments,” and a corporate division, which “provides business
intelligence and specialized security services to corporate clients and
high net-worth family enterprises.”

So, to recap: From 2006 to 2008, R. Leslie Deak worked as a “business
consultant” to this super-secretive security contractor with ties to the
CIA and counterterrorism forces, and in those same three years he also
donated nearly $100,000 in seed money to the foundation now advocating the
construction of the so-called Ground Zero Mosque.

Interestingly, during the same three-year period during which the Deak
Family Foundation was financing the Cordoba Initiative, Deak also donated
a total of $101,247 to something called the National Defense University
Foundation. The National Defense University is a network of war and
strategy colleges and research centers (including the National War
College) funded by the Pentagon, designed to train specialists in military
strategy. The organization recently announced a November 5 dinner gala in
honor of Defense Secretary and former CIA chief Robert Gates. Sponsors
include Northrup Grumman, Boeing, Lockheed Martin and…the Patriot
Defense Group.

Deak also sits on the NDUF’s board of directors, the chairman of which is
Mark Treanor, the former general counsel for Wachovia bank from 1998
through its collapse in 2008 and a major bundler of campaign donations for
the McCain-Palin ticket in 2008. Wachovia, now owned by Wells Fargo, was
recently fined $160 million for laundering “at least $110 million” in
Mexican drug money between 2003 and 2008, while Treanor was Wachovia’s
general counsel, though the figure is likely higher since Wachovia
admitted it didn’t put any controls on at least $420 billion-that’s
billion-in cash moved through its network of Mexico currency exchanges.

Which leads to another odd coincidence: Laundering money for drug lords is
what brought down Deak & Co., the company run by Leslie Deak’s father,
Nicholas Deak, years ago. The elder Deak, a former top intelligence
commander during World War II for the OSS (the forerunner of the CIA), was
the founder of Deak-Perera, which became for a time one of the world’s
biggest foreign currency and gold dealers. But in 1984, a Presidential
Commission on Organized Crime accused the firm of acting as a money
laundering operation for Columbia drug cartels, who reportedly brought
sacks of cash containing tens of millions of dollars into Deak’s Manhattan
offices. By the end of 1984, Deak & Co. had declared bankruptcy, and a
year later, Nicholas Deak was murdered in the company’s headquarters at 29
Broadway by a deranged homeless woman.

After the firm went bankrupt and Leslie Deak was left on his own, the
corporation was broken up and sold off in pieces. One company that traces
its beginnings to the defunct Deak empire is Goldline International, a
business concern well known to fans of Glenn Beck as well as California
investigators. Goldline is to Glenn Beck what General Electric was to
Ronald Reagan: The company sponsors Beck’s TV and radio shows as well as
his touring act, and Beck is its public face. The Los Angeles County
District Attorney’s office, along with the Santa Monica City Attorney’s
office, are currently investigating Goldline for defrauding customers by
railroading gullible customers into buying their most debased products.

Speaking of Glenn Beck, it has been reported that Saudi Prince Al-Waleed
bin Talal, the second-largest shareholder in News Corp., the parent
company Fox News, which airs Beck’s program, is also a major funder of
Imam Rauf’s projects, as Jon Stewart viewers heard all about last week.

Coincidences happen, of course. (For instance, Pamela Geller, the blogger
who’s become the leading voice denouncing the mosque project was once,
bizarrely enough, associate publisher of The New York Observer.)

But add to this array of unexpected connections the work of Imam Rauf on
behalf of the U.S. government-which includes serving as an FBI
“consultant” and being recruited as a spokesperson by longtime George W.
Bush confidante Karen Hughes, who headed up the administration’s
propaganda efforts in the Muslim world-and a compelling picture begins to
emerge. Bush’s favorite Imam, with backing from a funder with connections
to the CIA, the Pentagon and the currency trading company that now
sponsors rightwing firebrand Glenn Beck, proposes to build a mosque around
the corner from the site of the most devastating terrorist attack ever
visited on America. In the name of “[cultivating] understanding among all
religions and cultures,” he puts forth a project that offends a majority
of Americans and deals a significant setback to the broader acceptance of
Muslim-Americans. It’s a little like Billy “White Shoes” Johnson claiming
the only reason he moonwalks after scoring a touchdown is to lower
tensions on the football field and raise the other team’s spirits.

Whether the Cordoba Initiative ever gets its way with the Ground Zero
Mosque, it may well have a lasting legacy at odds with its stated
intention: By damaging the very moderates and progressives who actually
view New York, and the nation as a whole, as a tolerant melting pot, and
strengthening the position demagogues on both sides, it will almost
certainly deal a setback to interfaith relations. It will also help to
hobble the Democratic party. Which just might have been the point all

Either that, or it’s merely a coincidence that this controversy has
erupted now, during crucial mid-term elections. In which case we can all
go back to what we were doing before-either denouncing the Park51 Mosque
as an affront to Americans, or championing it as a symbol of our
fundamental rights-playing our accustomed roles in a drama that seems too
perfect, somehow, to believe.

Sean Noonan

Tactical Analyst

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