Wednesday, May 1, 2013

#1503: Marine Links Sidley’s Pedo-Hybris Immigrant Database to Marcy, Canadian’s Mumbai Massacre

Plum City – (AbelDanger.net). United States Marine Field McConnell has linked Sidley Austin’s apparent development of a Pedophile Hybristophiliac Immigrant Database (‘PHIDb’), to his sister Kristine ‘Paperclip’ Marcy and the Canadian Tahawwur Rana, who allegedly used the Sidley Austin database to select snuff-film torturers and killers for deployment during the Mumbai Massacre of 2008.

McConnell claims that Sidley began assembling names for its Pedophile Hybristophiliac Immigrant Database (‘PHIDb’) in 1984 when Sidley partner Newton Minow, allegedly hired Bernardine ‘The Fork’ Dohrn to groom female interns in the art of pedophile entrapment and extortion of government officials such as McConnell’s sister, Kristine Marcy, the former Senior Counsel for the Detention and Deportation Program of the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service.

N.B. Abel Danger forced Sidley and DLA Piper trustees to close Hull House in January 2012 [sic].

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David Headley, conspirator in Mumbai attacks sentenced to 35 years

 

“Welcome to CISCO India [allegedly provided Sidley with ‘Hastily Formed Network’ linking PHIDb actors to on-scene commander and Mumbai snuff films]


 

Huff Post The Blog Why is the Chabad Center Torture Not Being Reported?
Posted: 12/03/08 04:41 PM ET 

On Monday, Dec. 1, the UK Telegraph reported statements by doctors who examined the bodies of those killed in the Mumbai massacre. "Many of the bodies showed signs of torture," they said, one going on to explain that "of all the bodies, the Israeli victims [clarified elsewhere in the article to mean the victims at Nariman Chabad Center] bore the maximum torture marks. It was clear that they were killed on the 26th itself. It was obvious that they were tied up and tortured before they were killed. It was so bad that I do not want to go over the details even in my head again."

Horrifying. And mystifying -- because this news item, carried around the world, has been utterly absent from the mainstream U.S. media. Other than The Huffington Post and The Drudge Report (unusual bedfellows indeed), you cannot find this report anywhere on CNN, CBS, ABC, FOX, The New York Times, LA Times, Washington Post -- nowhere.” 

“For the past three days, Mr. Headley has been laying out his life story while giving evidence against Tahawwur Rana, a Pakistani-Canadian whose Chicago immigration consultancy provided the fake credentials Mr. Headley used to sneak into India and videotape targets. If convicted of helping plan the Mumbai Massacre, Mr. Rana could spend the rest of his life in prison. 

Mr. Rana says he was duped by his lifelong friend. 

According to Mr. Headley's testimony, it was a schoolyard fight at a Pakistani military boarding school that first brought the two men together. Mr. Rana was said to be merely an onlooker, but one who felt afterward that he had to get to know the white boy who swore a blue streak in Punjabi as he engaged in fisticuffs. 

A Canadian citizen was sentenced to 14 years in prison Thursday for lending support to the terrorist schemes of David Headley, the Pakistani-American operative who will be sentenced himself later this month for plotting the mass murder known as the 2008 Mumbai massacre. 

"This serious prison sentence should go a long way towards convincing would-be terrorists that they can’t hide behind the scenes, lend support to the violent aims of terrorist organizations, and escape detection and punishment," said Gary Shapiro, acting U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, according to a news release. 

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He said that Tahawwur Rana "provided critical support to David Headley and other terrorists from his base in the United States, knowing they were plotting attacks overseas." 

The tandem of Mr. Headley and immigration consultant Mr. Rana was first explored at a sensational trial in Chicago two years ago, where evidence revealed how the boyhood friends from Pakistan grew up to become North American-based operatives for the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) Islamist guerilla group. 

Mr. Rana, a Pakistan-born Canadian citizen who ran an immigration consultancy in Illinois, had faced up to 30 years in prison. He provided cover stories for and travel documents to Mr. Headley, a chameleon of a man who frequently crossed borders while scheming violence on an epic scale. 

When arrested in Chicago in 2009 by Federal Bureau of Investigation agents, both men stood accused of helping LeT scout out the targets in India before the attacks where, over three days in November, 2008 , 

LeT-trained gunmen shot dead nearly 200 people in India’s largest city. The FBI further accused both men of plotting a distinct but never-realized scheme to follow up Mumbai, one which involved tasking gunmen to storm a Copenhagen newspaper that had lampooned the Prophet Mohammed. 

Evidence aired during trial showed the two suspects had become acquainted with loose network of shadowy intelligence, military and terrorist figures in Pakistan who helped to try to turn these conspiracies into reality. 

Mr. Rana, 52, beat the U.S. charges that he helped plan the Mumbai Massacre. Yet he was convicted and sentenced for knowingly lending support to Mr. Headley, LeT and the Denmark plot. 

The Canadian citizen had a heart attack in a Chicago prison last year. His lawyers had pleaded for clemency, arguing he is a very ill man who amounts to a peripheral and largely unwitting player. A defence brief filed this month portrays Mr. Rana as a successful immigrant, a loving father, and a “compulsive entrepreneur” whose downfall came only out of a misguided desire to help a friend. 

“Emigrating first to Canada, Rana eventually settled in the United States, a country he loves to this day,” reads the submission. “... But for his friendship with David Headley, Rana would never have been so much as suspected of involvement in any sort of violent activity, let alone face sentencing following a conviction for providing material support” for terrorism. 

Whether that’s true or not, Mr. Headley is by far the more culpable figure. Following his arrest, he turned FBI witness to give testimony against Mr. Rana, speaking nonchalantly at trial about how they plotted the deaths of scores of people. 

Mr. Headley cooperated in hopes of escaping the U.S. death penalty. He is to be sentenced on Jan. 24. 

The son of a Pakistani diplomat and American woman who owned a Philadelphia bar called the Khyber Pass, Mr. Headley was raised in both countries. He grew up to become a lawless globetrotter whose allegiances were ever in flux. 

Convicted of dealing drugs in New York in the 1980s, he became a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent who spied on Pakistan trafficking networks during the 1990s. During the 2000s, he fell in with LeT figures in Pakistan, who trained him to be a terrorist bent on attacking India. 

The chameleon retained one true friend in his life – Mr. Rana, whom he met as a boy at a Pakistani military-boarding school before the two got reacquainted as adults in the United States. 

In months and years leading up to the Mumbai massacre, Mr. Headley – born “Daood Gilani” – meticulously planned. He officially adopted an Anglicized name and also prevailed upon Mr. Rana for false credentials from his Chicago immigration consultancy. The hope was that this name and cover story would better afford Mr. Headley opportunities to scope out luxury hotels, trains stations and a synagogue in Mumbai, without anyone asking questions about his Pakistani heritage. 

Mr. Headley testified that he brought videotaped reconnaissance of the eventual targets back to his LeT handlers in Pakistan, and that the attack’s masterminds used the footage to train the gunmen who would rampage through Mumbai. 

When the gunmen did arrive, they came by boat to the city’s harbour before shooting dead scores of civilians, as they were given tactical telephone instructions by commanders in Pakistan who watched the carnage transpire live on 24-hour news television. 

After the massacre, the FBI sought wiretaps against Mr. Headley and Mr. Rana for reasons that remain unclear. Before long, the two men were caught discussing a scheme to have gunmen besiege the Copenhagen offices of the Jyllands Posten newspaper. 

xThis plot was apparently supported by an al-Qaeda figure named Illyas Kashmiri in Pakistan who pledged to lend men and materiel to the cause. The common hope was that the attack would avenge the honour of the Seventh Century Prophet Mohammed, whose caricature in that newspaper had by then already inspired a terrorist bombing against a Danish embassy Prosecutors are seeking two consecutive 15-year sentences for Mr. Rana. 

“The evidence demonstrated that the defendant knew that he was assisting a terrorist organization and murderers, knew their violent goals, and readily agreed to play an essential role in achieving their aims,” reads a U.S. Department of Justice sentencing submission. 

At trial, prosecutors introduced wiretap evidence revealing that Mr. Rana had expressed hopes that the shooting of Danish citizens “would be a huge event in the media” and that he had also praised the Mumbai Massacre after the fact as an event that had struck “fear in the hearts of Indians.” 

The sentencing submissions reveal a previously unheralded piece of evidence – Mr. Rana’s wife was also caught on wiretaps prior to the arrests. She was allegedly overheard by the FBI as she griped about how her husband had fallen under his boyhood friend’s spell. 

[Headley] is absolutely crazy. . . . Both [Rana and Headley] are alike [and] have ended up together. They talk nonsense all day, idiots,” she said, according to prosecution brief. 

According to the filings, she was overheard saying the men would say things “such as, ‘kill him, he is not practising like us – kill him, do that to him, do this to him’ … She is said to have asked rhetorically: “Is this how Islam spreads? ... Hatred spreads like this, not Islam.”” “

POLITICAL ASYLUM AND IMMIGRANTS' RIGHTS PROJECT 

 In 2006, Sidley established a second firmwide initiative, which is now known as the Political Asylum and Immigrants’ Rights Project. The Project was an outgrowth of the pro bono work many Sidley lawyers had undertaken over the years on behalf of immigrants, and fills a significant gap in legal services in light of recent heightened immigration enforcement efforts. 

To support the Project, Sidley now has a centralized database of materials that includes all firm asylum cases handled since 2004. Sample forms and briefs, as well as useful descriptions of the source country situation, are available on the network. The firmwide Project, spearheaded by Chicago lawyer Mel Washburn, also includes training and mentoring (a list of experienced lawyers and translators is maintained on the network). Since the Project launched, the scope of the project has expanded beyond asylum cases to address other immigration matters, including Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), U visa and battered spouse waiver cases. To date, Sidley has undertaken 33 VAWA, U visa and battered spouse waiver cases. In 2007, Sidley lawyers in Chicago partnered with a local agency and in-house lawyers from firm client Exelon to host Asylee and Refugee Legal Assistance Clinics. 

Since the inception of the Political Asylum and Immigrants' Rights Project, the firm has undertaken more than 90 new asylum matters. To date, the Project has obtained asylum for 24 individuals. Each domestic office has taken at least one new asylum case. These cases include appeals in the Second, Fourth, Seventh and Ninth Circuits. More than 100 Sidley lawyers are currently working on asylum cases in partnership with one or more local pro bono legal services organizations in each of the U.S. cities in which Sidley has an office, as described below. Through this initiative, Sidley has donated over 28,000 hours to work on behalf of asylum seekers and other immigrants, achieving success every month of 2008. 

Dallas In Dallas, Sidley lawyers work with the Human Rights Initiative of North Texas (HRI). HRI was founded in 1999 to promote international human rights for refugees and immigrants who have suffered human rights abuses. HRI has successfully represented more than 1500 victims of human trafficking, persecution and violence against women. The HRI Women’s and Children’s Project is devoted to the legal protection of immigrant child victims of human rights abuses. 

Chicago Sidley works with the National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC). The NIJC, a partner of Heartland Human Care Services, is dedicated to ensuring human rights protections and access to justice for all immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers. Thirty-nine lawyers in the Chicago office have taken on cases from NIJC. 

New York Sidley works with Human Rights First and the City Bar Justice Center. Human Rights First is a non-profit, nonpartisan international human rights organization. The City Bar Justice Center is the pro bono affiliate of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. Human Rights First's Refugee Protection Program and the City Bar Justice Center's Refugee Assistance Project recruit and train volunteer lawyers to represent asylum seekers who have suffered torture and other forms of persecution in their home countries and who are seeking political asylum in the United States. 

Los Angeles Sidley partners with the Public Counsel Law Center on asylum cases. Public Counsel, the nation’s largest public interest pro bono law firm, provides volunteer legal services for the poor and underrepresented. Nine Sidley lawyers in LA have taken on immigrants’ rights or asylum matters from the Public Counsel Law Center. 

San Francisco In San Francisco, Sidley partners with the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights (LCCR). LCCR's Asylum Program recruits and trains volunteer lawyers to represent indigent refugees seeking asylum. As of the end of 2007, nine lawyers in the San Francisco office had worked on matters that the LCCR referred to Sidley. 

Washington, D.C. The Washington office has worked with three nonprofit organizations that refer immigrants rights and asylum matters to lawyers in the area: the Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project (IRR Project) of the Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs, the Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights (CAIR) Coalition, and, as in New York, Human Rights First (described above). The IRR Project has deployed the talents of several thousand volunteer lawyers to protect the basic legal rights of immigrants and refugees throughout the D.C. metropolitan region. The IRR Project provides pro bono legal representation to individuals seeking asylum in the United States and promotes fair and equitable immigration laws and standards through policy advocacy and comments on proposed laws. CAIR Coalition provides services to the immigrant advocacy community in the greater Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. CAIR Coalition brings together community groups, pro bono lawyers, volunteers and immigrants to work for a fair and humane immigration policy. CAIR Coalition provides individuals and organizations representing immigrants education and training services, public policy development leadership, forums for sharing information, legal support services and other empowerment programs. By the end of 2007, thirteen Sidley lawyers in D.C. had taken on cases from these three organizations.”  

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