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697The false US Imprisonment of Susan Lindauer

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  • dick.mcmanus
    Oct 1, 2013
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      The false US Imprisonment of Susan Lindauer

       

      Susan Lindauer was a liberal, activities who worked and protested against the ten years of sanctions on Iraq after the first Gulf War in 1991.   Because of these sanctions, Iraq could not import medical supplies, food, and other stuff and as a result, some million Iraqis, mostly children and older people, died because the US wanted to punish Saddam Hussan, but these sanctions only hurt the Iraqi people. 

      An alleged US government intelligence agency talked Susan Lindauer into volunteering to work for them.  I say alleged because all it takes is money and anyone can claim they are CIA or DIA and convince someone to work as an agent or confidential informant.   In fact in the past rich Americans and/or US corporations have been doing covert operation in support of their foreign policy objectives.

      In late August 1993, Susan Lindauer got a phone call from Mrs. Pat Wait.  Wait was chief of staff to Congresswoman Helen Bentley, R-MD and she invited Susan Lindauer to lunch.  Without first informing Lindauer,  Pat Wait had invited Paul A. Hoven as well.   Wait told Lindaurer that Hoven works for the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA).   This was the only confirmation Lindauer ever got about Hoven was working for the DIA.  Paul Hoven’s name was mentioned in the book Blond Ghost: Ted Shackley and the CIA’s Crusades (1994) by David Corn, noting Hoven had connections to the CIA in the past in Laos during the Vietnam war.

      Lindauer states that after several meetings with Paul Hoven and another alleged former CIA officer, Dr. Richard C. Fuisz. Both Hove and Fuisz told her they were working for DIA.  

      The only other proof Lindauer had that Dr. Fuisz was a US government intelligence officer was the fact that a court had issue a permanent gagging order on him in 1994 during legal proceedings about illegal exports of military equipment to Iraq.   Allegedly Fuisz played a central role in the 1992 Congressional investigation of a US corporation that supplied SCUD mobile missile launchers to Iraq before the first Gulf War.

      The gag order claims that the information held by Fuisz is vital to the “nation’s security or dip­lomatic relations” and cannot be revealed “no matter how compelling the need for, and relevance of, the information.”  Details of Fuisz’s gagging have been passed to the United Nations, including UN secretary general Kofi Annan, Russia’s UN ambassador Sergey Lavrov and the Libyan UN ambassador, as well as representatives of France and China. One senior UN diplomat said: “In the interests of natural ­justice, Dr Fuisz should be ­released from any order which prevents him telling what he knows of the Pan Am bombing.”

      Lindauer agreed to work with them as a back channel to Libya, and in May 1995 Lindauer was tasked to go to the Libyan Embassy in New York to make friends with them.  An issue of concern was the Pan AM 103 crash in Lockerie, Scotland in 1988 allegedly carried out by Libya.  She told them up front that she was acting as a back channel for a US intelligence agency.   

       I don’t know if she was paid during the eight or nine years she says she work for or with DIA (1994 to 2003).  Susan Lindauer worked as a journalist and congressional staff member for various Congress people.  I don’t know what work she did from about 1994 to the day she was arrested or when she was out on bail.

       It should be noted that DIA is not authorized to run agents (or assets) inside the US.  Only the FBI can lawfully to that.   But that is a side issue that needs some investigation by Congress.

      In August 1996 Lindauer began working as an alleged US back channel to Iraq and so she just showed up at their Embassy and/or their UN office.  She also told them up front that she was speaking for a US government intelligence agency and wanted to end the sanctions against Iraq that had killed over a million Iraqis due to the lack of medical supplies, food, and other things they need to import.   

      Hoven and Fuisz most likely recruited Lindauer because of her political activism against the sanctions would help them build trust with the Iraqis.  Lindauer says she drove from her Takoma Park, Maryland home to New York about every three weeks and met these Libyans and Iraqis over 150 times.  She alleges she met with Hoven and Fuisz 700 to 800 times.   They allegedly tasked her about what to discuss with the Libyans and Iraqis and she reported what these diplomats told her.

      On March 11, 2004, Lindauer was arrested after a grand jury indictment on charges under the PATRIOT Act of acting as an unregistered agent of a foreign government. The indictment alleged that she accepted $10,000 from the Iraqi Intelligence Service in 2002. Lindauer denied receiving the money, but confirmed taking a trip to Baghdad.  The real secret charges were based on secret evidence.   She was freed on $500,000 bond.

      An Assistant US Attorney told Federal Judge Susan Gauvey that a family member had told Pre-Trial Services that Lindauer had threatened suicide several weeks before her arrest.

       

       So the judge had no objection to her release, but they wanted her to undergo a psychological evaluation.  A Baltimore forensic psychiatrist Dr. Roskes, stated Lindauer was not suicidal and was her cognition was grossly intact.  This means she could understand and was compitant to stand trial.  

       

      A second psychological evaluation was done two days later by Dr. John S. Kennedy, MD a psychiatrist at the Family Health Service in Hyattsville, MD.   He prescribed psych medication because Lindauer was having panic attacks from the stress of her arrest and past work for the US government.   She took this off and on for the next 18 months. 

      Dr. Kennedy said he never faced such political pressure to deliver a negative evaluation on any defendant in his whole career anxious to impress him about her need for psychiatric intervention.  Dr. Kennedy recommended weekly counseling for 4 to 12 weeks and Lindauer agreed to this condition of her release on bail.

      On March 13, 2004 Dr Kennedy concluded that her:

      "… thought content was free of hallucinations, delusions, homicidality, or suicidality. She expressed confidence in an acquittal.  Judgment and insight were fair.  Cognition was grossly intact. … I don’t not believe there are grounds for a psychosis diagnosis." 

       

      “There is a consistent pattern of assessed psychological stability in every single monthly summary.  A frequent theme is expressed over time is that Lindauer, "appears to maintain psychological stability and shows no sign or symptom of mania or psychosis."   Her treatment was concluded on April 7, 2005 with the note, "So far she has shown no signs of mania or depression and any symptoms of psychosis that would require additional intervention."

       

       

      Lindauer attended psychological counseling from May 2004 to March 2005 with Dr. (Bruke?) Tadesse (or Taddesseh) a psychologist at the Family Health Center in Gaitherburg and Spencerville, MD.  He stated after this counseling Lindauer, that she “ showed no sign of mania or depression, nor symptom of any psychosis that may require additional intervention.”   Translated, she was not incompetent to stand trial.

       

      At the instance of Lindauer’s court appointed defense attorney, she volunteered to another psych evaluation on January 18, 2005 by Sanford L. Drob, a psychologist and he issued a report declaring her incometent to stand trial.  Drob stated something to the affect/effect that  Susan Lindauer was delusional because she insists that she was working DIA and she refused follower her defense attorney’s advice to pursue a defense of mental illness.

      With the backing of Assistant US Attorney Ed O'Callaghan, US District Court Judge Michael B. Mukasey ordered Lindauer to be jailed in at the Carswell Federal Mental Health Hospital near Fort Worth, TX for four months until February 3, 2006. Lindauer ended up staying seven months at Carswell.

      Carswll Dr. James Shadduck, a forensic psychologist established from observations that Lindauer was not suffering hallucinations, depression, hysteria, was not threatening violence toward herself or others.  All the staff notes in her 120 days at Carswell were positive with every monthly report declaring that she “socialized well.” showed “good intelligence functioning,” and had good physical health and there was no “delusional disorder.”

      The several Carswell psychiatrists ended up telling Judge Mukasey that Lindauer should be detained indefinitely.   That it might take a couple years or it might take 10 years.  Lindauer was later transferred to the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan, New York City, and after being jailed for eleven months she was released.  Judge Mukasey questioned whether Lindauer’s actions rose to the level of criminal activity at all, and he doubted the Assistant US Attorney was serious about trying her case.

      In June (unknown year) Federal Judge Preska was forced to grant Lindauer’s  request for a hearing to challenge the finding of incompetence to stand trial.  At this hearing an investigative journalist Kelly O’Meara testified that she had known Paul Hoven for more than 20 years and they were very close friends.   Hoven had previously lied to the FBI in saying that he had only met O’Merra once or twice at dinner parties.  O’Meara when asked about his statement, she said he was lying.   O’Meara stated Hoven worked for US intelligence for years and that Hoven talked about Lindauer “all the time.”  O’Meara stated she knew Lindauer for many, many years and she did not consider Lindauer mentally unstable.

      Also at the hearing Parke Godfrey, associate professor of computer science at York University in Toronto, testified that he was a close friend of Ms. Lindauer since 1990.  He visited Lindauer’s home and spoke with him several times a week.   He swore that he never observed any signs of mental illness or instability in all those years.  He testified that Lindauer had warned him in late 2000 of a terrorist attack at the World Trade Center and to stay away from the southern part of New York City (Manhattan).    And Lindauer’s warnings became more emphatic and explicit in the spring and summer of 2001 and this attack would involve airplane hijacking and/or airplane bombs. In August 2001, she said the attack was imminent.  He said Lindauer told him that she was meeting with consulate folks with different Middle East countries.   Godfrey said he had told the FBI special agent Suzan LeTourneau about her warnings in September 2004.  Godfrey said he never observed mental instability or illness in her behavior, she “is now, and always was competent to stand trial.”

      On January 16, 2009, the US Justice Department decided to not continue with the prosecution saying "prosecuting Lindauer would no longer be in the interests of justice.”

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      The following people were willing to testify if and when Susan Lindauer case went to trial acting as an unregistered agent of Iraq.

      Ian Ferguson, a former Scottish journalist and co-author of Cover Up of Convenience:  the Hidden Scandal of Lockerie.  Ferguson served as Chief Criminal investigator vouched for the connection of Dr. Fuisz and Paul Hoven and Susan Lindauer’s close working relationships.  Ferguson’s sources told him that Hoven was working as a liaison to the Defense Intelligence Agency on the Lockerie case.

      Scottish solicitor Edward MacKechnie had confirmed that Dr. Fuisz was connected with US intelligence, noting that Fuisz’s central role in the 1992 Congressional investigation of a US corporation that supplied SCUD mobile missile launchers to Iraq before the first Gulf War.

      Susan Lindauer’s long time boyfriend, JF Fields, a veteran with six years of service in Navy intelligence with a top secret security clearance, a computer technician  Takoma Park, Maryland.

      The FBI had transcripts from wire taps 28,000 of Lindauer’s phone calls, they had copies of 8,000 of her emails, and hundreds of copies of faxes to or from her.

      In mid-2002, Susan Lindauer told the staffs of US Sen. Carl Levin, Sen. Debbie Stabenow, Sen. Wellstone, US Rep. Elijah Cummings, Rep. Connie Morella, and Rep. Jane Harman.   These Congressional staff member should be called to confirm that Lindauer told them.  That she told them about peace offers Iraq was making to prevent a US invasion, that Iraq hated Al Qaeda and/or extremist Muslims, that Iraq invited the FBI to come to Iraq in investigation terrorist and even allowed the FBI to arrest them, that wanted the UN inspector to inspect for WMDs, and that Iraq had warned the US about the attack on the USS Cole ten days before it happened.   

      According to US intelligence sources, Dr. Fuisz was the CIA's key operative in the Syrian capital Damascus during the 1980s where he also had business interests. 

      United Nations diplomats were outraged that the US government is apparently suppressing a potential key trial witness in Lindauer’s case. 

      The following diplomats may still be alive and willing to testify on her behalf. 

      Rani Ismail Hadi Ali:  Malayian diplomat

      Dr. Saeed Hasan:  Iraq’s UN Ambassador Nov. 2002

      Hasmy Agam:  UN Ambassador for Malaysia

      Salih Mahmoud:   Iraqi diplomat

       

       

      Conclusion:  Susan Lindauer was denied her Constitutional rights to a speedy jury trial.  She was indicted on March 11, 2004 and jailed from Oct. 2005 until Sept. 2006, at total of some two and a half years.  All total she was under indictment for four years and some eleven months.

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      The Sixth Amendment (Amendment VI) to the United States Constitution is the part of the United States Bill of Rights that sets forth rights related to criminal prosecutions. The Supreme Court has applied the protections of this amendment to the states through the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.

      Criminal defendants have the right to a speedy trial. In Barker v. Wingo, 407 U.S. 514 (1972), the Supreme Court laid down a four-part case-by-case balancing test for determining whether the defendant's speedy trial right has been violated. The four factors are:

      Length of delay: A delay of a year or more from the date on which the speedy trial right "attaches" (the date of arrest or indictment, whichever first occurs) was termed "presumptively prejudicial," but the Court has never explicitly ruled that any absolute time limit applies.

      And a criminal defendant has the right to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation against him and confront his accusers in court.

      She has grounds to sue the US government on the grounds that the Patriot Act is unconstitutional because she was charge in a secret indictment using secret evidence.