Subject: [Educate-Yourself_Forum] Riconosciuto's Letter, The Smoking
'Howitzer' of 9-11?
> Dear List,
> This is the article I attempted to upload last night, but couldn't. It
> still not uploaded to my web site, but maybe a few of you can send it
> here and there to other sites-just to be on the safe side...Ken
> Riconosciuto's Letter, The Smoking 'Howitzer' of 9-11?
> Michael Riconosciuto's 2/5/2001 Letter Warning of Planned
> Hijack Plane Attacks in the U.S. by Al Qaeda Terrorists
> [Editor's Note: This letter was sent U.S. certified mail (#7000 0600
> 0027 1175 1175) by Michael Riconosciuto, who is incarcerated at the
> Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) in Allenwood, PA, .to his
> attorney, Don Bailey, on February 6, 2001, seven months before planes
> struck the twin towers of World Trade Center in New York City. The
> original four page letter was hand written by Riconosciuto and can be
> viewed at these links: Page 1, Page 2, Page 3, Page 4 and certified
> proof of post mark. I typed the letter shown below without changing
> abbreviations, contractions, or misspelled words in order to match the
> original handwritten copy as accurately as possible. .Square bracketed
> items, "[ ]", are informational clarifications by me, Ken Adachi (or
> indicate blacked out words). Ted Gunderson included a copy of this
> handwritten letter as "Exhibit A" in a large multi page report ( Ted
> Gunderson 9-11 Terrorists' Report) presented to 155 U.S. Senators and
> members of Congress, to every congressional committee, to the
> Department of Justice, and to numerous members of the Executive Branch
> in Washington D.C. on January 7, 2003; two days after interviewing
> Michael Riconosciuto at FCI in Allenwood.
> On Feb.. 13, 2001, Riconosciuto sent a certified letter ("Exhibit B"
> in Gunderson's Report) to his congressman, Bryan Baird (D-WA), to
> expedite contact with appropriate authorities to report his
> intelligence information. Louis Buffardi, a second attorney working
> with Riconosciuto, sent a letter on February 19, 2001 to Secretary of
> State Colin Powell and Attorney General John Ashcroft ("Exhibit C" in
> Gunderson's Report) reporting that he had a client who possessed
> highly detailed information about an imminent terrorist attack to take
> place on the United States, but requested that some agency other than
> the FBI should debrief his client. On February 20, 2001, Riconosciuto
> requested from the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) ("Exhibit D") a private,
> unmonitored telephone line to convey sensitive information about 37
> Soviet-made missiles being shipped from Bulgaria to Colombia and
> finally to Quebec City within a 30 hour 'window' of opportunity of
> interdiction. Attorney Louis Buffardi passed this same information
> along to the FBI and the US Attorney's Office in Chicago, Illinois,
> while Riconosciuto spoke directly over the phone with John O'Neill,
> former FBI terrorist expert in charge of security for the World Trade
> Center ( killed in the WTC attacks).
> On an unspecified date in March, 2001, Riconosciuto was paid a visit
> by FBI Special Agent Keith Cutri from the Williamsport, PA FBI office.
> Riconosciuto identified for Cutri an individual in New Jersey who: (1)
> was coordinating forthcoming terrorist attacks on the U.S.; (2) had
> information on the movement of Soviet-made shoulder-fired missiles
> coming into the U.S.; (3) was coordinating skyjacking operations,
> bombings, and espionage in the U.S.; and (4) knew the identity of
> "sleepers" in the U.S. and overseas. Riconosciuto also gave Cutri
> information about a false ID ring operating in Montreal and New Jersey
> and gave him the exact fake ID's of 30 terrorists who had been chosen
> for carrying out operations inside the United States. Riconosciuto
> told Special Agent Cutri that Thabet Aviation of Quebec City, Canada
> was brokering older D.C.-9's, 747's, and other high performance
> military aircraft that could be used for terrorist attacks and he knew
> the names of terrorists who were taking flight training in the US for
> those very types of aircraft. Riconosciuto indicated that Thabet
> Aviation was the company scheduled to receive the 37 Soviet-made,
> shoulder-fired missiles. Riconosciuto's only request of the FBI was
> immunity from government prosecution for himself and his informants.
> >From the end of the interview with Cutri in March, 2001, until
> September 13, 2001, Riconosciuto did not hear one word from the FBI,
> Special Agent Keith Cutri, or any federal investigative agency.
> On September 13, 2001, two days after the attacks of Sept. 11, Cutri
> returned with another FBI agent to talk with Riconosciuto and accused
> Riconosciuto of being "anti-FBI"; "anti-government"; a "conspiracy
> theorist'; a "know-it-all"; a "hoaxer"; and a "publicity seeker" who
> wanted to "bother the FBI and waste its time". Cutri told Riconosciuto
> that he discounted his terrorist information because the info
> Riconosciuto had provided about a prison staff member at Coleman,
> Florida FCI was "untrue". He also warned Riconosciuto that he was
> under investigation by the FBI for "threats" made against that staff
> member at Coleman (this trumped up charge by prison officials at
> Coleman and the FBI was designed to intimidate Riconosciuto and
> sequester him in solitary confinement for 7 months. Riconosciuto was
> later acquitted of the charge at a BOP hearing).
> The stonewalling, obfuscations, non-response, denials, feigned
> ignorance, and threats emanating from the FBI, from the Justice
> Department, and from high government officials in both the Legislative
> and Executive branches following this Sept. 13 meeting between Michael
> Riconosciuto and the two FBI agents (including the non-reportage of
> Riconosciuto's dead-on warnings by major newspapers in the United
> States approached by Gunderson) leave no doubt that Ted's 9-11 Cover
> Up Report contains the most powerful documentation to date of the
> government's complicity and fore knowledge in the tragic events of
> September 11, 2001. Further details can be read from Ted Gunderson's
> full public report titled: Terrorism Cover up in America which will
> posted in its entirety at this web site and at www.tedgunderson.com
> ...Ken Adachi]
> By Michael Riconosciuto
> Posted Sept. 27, 2003
> I have written to the editor of Insight magazine to request a copy of
> the Wackenhut letter, and the taped telephone conversation transcript.
> The Wackenhut letter makes reference to Dr. Harry Fair, describing me
> as a potential national resource because of certain of my technical
> abilities. Dr. Fair is the former head of tactical technology research
> for DARPA. At the time Dr. Fair made this characterization of me, he
> was in this position. This is a very strong statement for a govt.
> agency department head to go on record with. It is also significant
> that the govt. prevented this type of information from being in front
> of the jury in my case! The motion in liminal filed by the govt, and
> granted by the judge, contains some of the most bizarre legal
> reasoning I have ever encountered. The taped conversation was a
> telephone call I had with an FBI agent to make a pretrial proffer. One
> of the significant things about my pretrial proffer is that every
> single detail of it turned out to be true. The only fault in its
> accuracy is that my proffer was an understatement. Even as such, the
> US Attorney in charge of drug prosecutions stated that my pretrial
> proffer was, "a lot of garbage and delusional"! The US Attorney in
> charge of drug prosecutions actually testified at my trial, so these
> remarks are part of the actual trial record. My detailed and specific
> proffer was given almost five years prior to some of the parties I
> named were indicted on the same charges I outlined in my proffer.
> The material contained in my pretrial proffer (the Abell/Cali cartel
> connection), had it been acted on in a timely manner by the govt.,
> would have led to the interdiction of over 200 tons of cocaine. Most
> of the bad acts charged in the indictment against Abbell et. al.,
> occurred a significant time after my original proffer. A question that
> needs to be addressed is the legality of the US Attorney interfering
> with my proffer.
> To facilitate my pretrial proffer, I did the following:
> 1) I had Ted Gunderson as an investigator to help independently
> corroborate key points of my proffer.
> 2) I had Alan Boyak, an attorney and former DEA agent, prepare the
> pretrial proffer. Alan also had direct knowledge of some of the key
> points in my proffer because he had worked cases against some of the
> targets when he was a DEA agent.
> 3) The head of the intelligence unit of the Tampa Bay Fla. Police
> Dept. offered to be the intermediary for the deal.
> The govt. reacted to my proffer by:
> 1) Threatening Ted with arrest and banning him from visiting me in the
> county jail before and during my trial.
> 2) Refusing to allow Alan Boyak to attend any of the pretrial proffer
> meetings with my other attorneys.
> 3) Formally demanding that the Tampa Bay P.D. refrain from interfering
> with a case outside of their jurisdiction.
> 4) Filed a motion with the court for 4141 and 4142 competency
> hearings. This go vt. motion questioning my competency was based in
> part on the govt's stated position that my proffer was delusional.
> 5) The AUSA prosecuting my case flew to Los Angeles from Seattle and
> presented Robert Booth Nichols with a copy of my pretrial proffer
> where I had named Nichols and his associates as targets.
> I would have been declared incompetent had not the series of articles
> appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle outlining the bio warfare
> projects at the Wackenhut /Cabezon joint venture. My claim to have
> been involved in bio warfare work was cited, by the govt, in the
> motion for the competency hearing These clearly documented my claim
> concerning bio warfare work. When the forensic evaluation was sent to
> the court, it established that "...some of my most unlikely sounding
> claims turned out to be true upon checking with collateral sources.
> The govt. response was that so what if it is true, it is not relevant
> to their case in chief which is a drug case.
> My proffer was never reconsidered by the govt after the determination
> of my competency. The fact of the matter is that I have a solid
> established record of reliability in the counterintelligence field.
> This is clearly documented in my central file. The US Attorney
> handling my pretrial proffer certainly had this information available
> to him at the time. The glaring question is why did the AUSA reveal
> the details of my pretrial proffer to potential targets!?
> As I have stated to you in past letters,and telephone calls, I have
> been attempting to proffer against Nichols and his crew. The DOJ/BOP
> [Department of Justice/Bureau of Prisons] has consistently interfered
> with all of my attempts in this proffer. I have stated that I need you
> to facilitate my communication with other parties that have direct
> knowledge against Nichols et. al.
> Things have now come to a head! I now have contact with an operative
> that is in an Arabic group known as The Base. They are presently
> engaged in preparation for a major attack in the US. [..blacked out
> words..] currently represents the Abuhouran brothers, two of the
> brothers are incarcerated in the US. The third is a fugitive facing 15
> years jail time in the US. We have an insider to this group that
> handles fake ID and passports for the group's operations. I also have
> contact with one of the parties that supplies explosives materials to
> this group. I am deliberately keeping myself with a paucity of
> specific details until the govt issues an immunity agreement with my
> contacts. If the govt will not issue the immunity agreement, no more
> details of these ongoing activities will be forthcoming from anybody.
> My bonafides are:
> 1) I have family members in the SPLA leadership (Sudanese People
> Liberation Army) a Christian militia group
> 2) Thirty-four days before the two US Embassy bombings in East Africa
> happened, I notified the FBI in Miami! Two days before these bombings
> occurred, I made an emergency request of BOP staff at FCI Coleman to
> make an overseas telephone call to ECOMAG security headquarters to
> warn African officials. The BOP categorically turned me down on this
> call. I have the documentation on all of this.
> 3) In the 1980's, Ted Gunderson , myself, and Ralph Olberg were
> involved in negotiations with the Afghan Mujahadeen on behalf of the
> US govt. Ted will verify that we had these meetings and that OSAMA BIN
> LADEN was present in the US under the name of TIM OSMAN. Mr. Osman was
> taken to special demonstrations at US military bases.
> 4) I have an exemplary track record in the counter intelligence field.
> Mr. Robert Caddell is flying out to visit me this week. This letter is
> my authorization for you to discuss the details of all my written and
> oral communications with him. The Abuhousan Brothers are writing
> similar letters to their attorneys: [..blacked out words..] to
> authorize them to speak to both you and [..blacked out words..] on
> this matter. This authorization will also include your access to
> As soon as we learned that an actual attack was in the works, we
> realized we can't fool around with this. On the other hand, we don't
> want to get screwed by the govt.
> Mike Riconosciuto
> P.S. Somebody just got certiorari on the PLRA exhaustion of
> administrative remedy requirements. Notice on this enclosed.