The CIA – Pentagon arm business, with the Albanian Mafia

Ammunition supplied by an American contractor to Afghan forces. Some of it was in such poor shape that it was not used.

 


The New York Times

March 27, 2008

Supplier Under Scrutiny on Arms for Afghans

This article was reported by C. J. Chivers, Eric Schmitt and Nicholas Wood and written by Mr. Chivers.

Since 2006, when the insurgency in Afghanistan sharply intensified, the Afghan government has been dependent on American logistics and military support in the war against Al Qaeda and the Taliban.

But to arm the Afghan forces that it hopes will lead this fight, the American military has relied since early last year on a fledgling company led by a 22-year-old man whose vice president was a licensed masseur.

With the award last January of a federal contract worth as much as nearly $300 million, the company, AEY Inc., which operates out of an unmarked office in Miami Beach, became the main supplier of munitions to Afghanistan’s army and police forces.

Efraim Diveroli and David M.Packouz

Since then, the company has provided ammunition that is more than 40 years old and in decomposing packaging, according to an examination of the munitions by The New York Times and interviews with American and Afghan officials. Much of the ammunition comes from the aging stockpiles of the old Communist bloc, including stockpiles that the State Department and NATO have determined to be unreliable and obsolete, and have spent millions of dollars to have destroyed.

In purchasing munitions, the contractor has also worked with middlemen and a shell company on a federal list of entities suspected of illegal arms trafficking.

Moreover, tens of millions of the rifle and machine-gun cartridges were manufactured in China, making their procurement a possible violation of American law. The company’s president, Efraim E. Diveroli, was also secretly recorded in a conversation that suggested corruption in his company’s purchase of more than 100 million aging rounds in Albania, according to audio files of the conversation………

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/27/world

   
  House to investigate defense contract to firm that shipped Chinese-made ammo to Afghanistan

Nick Juliano
Published: Thursday March 27, 2008

http://rawstory.com/news/2008

Pentagon Gives 22 y/o $300 Million Arms Contract

Efraim Diveroli talks with Kosta Trebicka

„n the audio recording, Diveroli is speaking to Kosta Trebicka, an Albanian businessman, about Ylli Pinari, director of an Albanian agency in charge of arms exports.

Diveroli says he „can’t play monkey business with the mafia … and all those fucking guys in Albania“ because his contract is with the US government and „everyone is watching me.“

Trebicka, who was acting as a middle man for the deal, said „Pinari and his mafia guys … will create lots of problems,“ but he tried to calm the young AEY president.

„Probably I will be invited in Washington DC from the CIA guys and from my friends over there,“ Trebicka tells Diveroli in the conversation recorded June 11, 2007. „Two weeks from now I will come to Florida to shake hands with you and discuss future deals.““


ALBANIAN GERDEC EXPLODIMI MA E RE EXLUSIVE GERDEC TIRANA

The head of the state-owned company MEICO, Ylli Pinari, and the head of Alba Demil, Mihal Delijorgji have both been detained along with Dritan Minxholi, the Alba Demil director at the depot in the village of Gerdec, outside the capital Tirana.

Albanian Prosecutor-General Ina Rama, announced Sunday the start of an investigation into the incident.

Rama announced in a press conference that a special investigative group headed by Tirana’s Chief Prosecutor Gerti Xholi, will shed light on any foul play in the blast, vowing not to spare any public official, no matter how high their position in government.

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The investigators will also look into any errors by the directors or workers from the company Alba Demil, the Albanian subcontractor for United States‘-based Southern Ammunitions Company, which was in charge of the programme to dismantle the huge arsenal of munitions being stored at the depot. Read more:

http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/main/news/8686/

UN helps Albania assess area around site of munitions blast

24/03/2008

TIRANA, Albania — A UN disaster and assessment co-ordination team (UNDAC) is evaluating the situation in Albania where explosions at an ammunition depot recently killed at least 22 people, the UN said in a statement Sunday (March 23rd). The seven-member team began an assessment of the affected area last week in collaboration with the Albanian government. Albanian authorities asked the UNDAC to help identify priority needs and co-ordinate their response to the March 15th blasts, triggered during efforts to destroy old military ordnance in the village of Gerdec. Helping to find the causes of the blasts will be a team of six FBI experts, who will arrive on Wednesday from the United States, following an official request by General Prosecutor Ina Rama. (Shqip, Xinhua, News24, Klan – 24/03/08; Focus, A1 – 23/03/08)

Albanian, german press

Zuständig im Pentagon ist fuer diese kriminellen Abwicklungen mit Jugendlichen von 19 und 22 Jahren Bryan Whiteman !!!!

28. März 2008, 11:58 UhrRÜSTUNGSAFFÄRE
Alte Waffen für Afghanistan – Ausschuss prüft Pentagon-Deal
Eine vom Pentagon beauftragte US-Firma hat über 40 Jahre lang alte Waffen und Munition nach Afghanistan geliefert. Der Untersuchungsausschuss des Repräsentantenhauses will jetzt die Hintergründe des 300-Millionen-Dollar-Deals aufklären.

Washington – Der zentrale Untersuchungsausschuss schaltet sich um den Skandal um eine für das Pentagon tätige Waffenfirma aus Florida ein. In einer Anhörung am 17. April werde es darum gehen, wie es zu der Auftragsvergabe an das Unternehmen AEY kam, kündigte Ausschusssprecher Henry A. Waxman von den Demokraten an.

Die „New York Times“ hatte berichtet, das vom US-Verteidigungsministerium beauftragte Unternehmen habe über 40 Jahre alte Waffen und Munition aus dem Ostblock nach Afghanistan geliefert. Das Vertragsvolumen habe 300 Millionen Dollar (rund 190 Millionen Euro) betragen.

Die Firma mit dem Namen AEY, die von dem 22-jährigen Efraim E. Diveroli in Miami geführt wurde, sei einer der Hauptlieferanten von Munition für die afghanische Armee und Polizei gewesen. Die US-Streitkräfte hätten die Zusammenarbeit mit dem Waffenhändler inzwischen aufgekündigt.

Teile der Munition, die AEY Inc. aus Lagerbeständen ehemaliger Warschauer-Pakt-Staaten zusammengekauft hatte, waren bereits zur Vernichtung durch die Nato oder US-Stellen vorgesehen, da sie unzuverlässig und veraltet waren. Amerikanische und afghanische Kommandeure hätten sich über die Qualität der Munition beklagt, berichtet die „New York Times“. Der Chef des Unternehmens bestritt in einem Telefoninterview jegliches Fehlverhalten.

Die afghanischen Sicherheitskräfte sind noch weitgehend mit Waffen aus sowjetischer Produktion ausgerüstet. Seit 2006, als die Kämpfe in Afghanistan gegen das Terrornetz al-Qaida und die radikal-islamischen Taliban an Intensität zugenommen haben, hängt das afghanische Militär immer mehr von US-Lieferungen ab.

Die USA schalteten in den Waffenhandel zunehmend private Firmen ein. In diesem Zusammenhang trat auch die Firma AEY auf den Plan. Einige der Mittelsmänner und der Firmen, die für AEY Inc. arbeiteten, standen auf einer US- Regierungsliste über verdächtige illegale Waffenhändler.

Zu der Anhörung will der Untersuchungsausschuss Firmenchef Diveroli und hohe Pentagon-Angehörige laden.

als/dpa

http://www.spiegel.de/politik/ausland/0,1518,543934,00.html

Predators und Pfusch

Thomas Pany 28.03.2008

Von kleinen und großen Kalibern im Kampf gegen Extremisten

Während [extern] amerikanische Emissäre in Islamabad vorfühlten, ob sie für [extern] Predator-Abschüsse auf Al-Qaida-Zellen in Pakistan auch die Unterstützung der neu gewählten Regierung haben würden, zeigt sich laut New York Times, dass der andere Verbündete im Kampf gegen den Taliban-Terrorismus, die afghanische Armee, mit [extern] 40 Jahre alter, funktionsschwacher Munition kämpfen muss – aus Beständen des früheren Ost-Blocks, die eigentlich zerstört werden sollten. Die Zulieferfirma: ein dubioses Unternehmen, das vom Pentagon Verträge in Höhe von mehr als 300 Millionen Dollars bekam.

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http://www.heise.de/tp/r4/artikel/27/27595/1.html

wrong dokuments, false and fake firms and a big corruptions system between CIA and the Albanian Mafia!

youtube in albanian news!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oTbYBJhCmzE&feature=related

The CIA and MEICO arm business for uncovered albanian (SHIK) – CIA secret operation is over 15 years old!

Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 98-02-01

Albania’s Speaker Skender Gjinushi spoke of the undeclared budget of the SHIK, the daily Shekulli reports. He said that these are illegal financing, which are estimated at $40 million, what is a real financial scandal. To this end the parliamentary commission investigating March events have assumed the responsibility to throw light on the SHIK budget, and other finances obtained through mysterious sources.

„All materials will be submitted to the Prosecutor’s office, despite the parliment,“ the same daily quotes Gjinushi as saying.

The daily Dita Informacion reports on the same issue under the title „SHIK runs contraband,“ and quotes Pashko as saying „Gazidede’s service has been financed by money laundering.“ s.sh./ak/ (more) Press Review (3)

Under the title „Weapons‘ traffic, ‚Meiko‘ to pass through a sieve,“ the daily Koha Jone, referring to annual meeting of the Albanian army, reports that the „arms‘ trafficking is done contrary to the laws of the state.“ This is the conclusion of an auditing team in the Defence ministry on „Meiko“ firm, which handled the arms‘ trafficking during ’91-’96.

„All the documentation is not kept in regular and that arms‘ trafficking is done contrary to the procedures of the Defence Ministry and laws of the Albanian state,“ Koçi Koçibelli, Director General on Economy in the Defence ministry, told the annual meeting.

„I have nothing to add on this disputable issue of arms‘ trafficking, because in 1994 I have denounced what is being uncovered today,“ Perikli Teta, Secretary of State for Defence said to the daily.

Koha Jone quotes Koçibelli as saying that „All this doubtful procedures of arms’s trafficking cast doubts on the then leaders of the Defence Ministry.“

Reliable sources at the Defence Ministry confirmed that the remaining archive files from the time of Zhulali will be used in examining documentation on arms‘ trafficking along with a possible cooperation with foreign firms, which have signed accords with the Albanian side on Albanian-produced weapons and ammunition, the same paper reports.

ATA

MEICO (Military Export Import Company)

ADDRESS

„MEICO“ attached to the Ministry of Defense

Rr „Dëshmorët e 4 Shkurtit“ Nr 5 Tirana, Albania

 

What is „MEICO“ ?

„MEICO“( Military Export Import Company ) is a public enterprise subordinate by the Albanian Ministry of Defense. It was established in 1991, with the Order of Council of Ministers Nr 366 date 05.10.1991 „For the creation of Import- Export Enterprise subordinate by the Ministry of Defense“. Since that year, it has exercised its activity to supply Albanian Armed Forces and other institutions, with specific import wares of military character and exports of new military wares and stocks of Albanian Army and productions of military industry. „MEICO“ is made up of a specialized staff in the field of import- exports. Its General Director is Mr. Ylli PINARI.

http://www.mod.gov.al/index.php?crd=0,0,0,0,0,1,Lng2