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

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  1. Die absolute Schrott Firma ist der CIA und diese faschistischen Geschäfte Macher des Pentagon und diesen armseligen Pyschopaten, welche sich US Präsidenten nennen!

    Zweifellos hat die CIA in einigen Fällen erfolgreich gearbeitet – im handwerklichen Sinne jedenfalls. Z. B. wurden der Sowjetunion in den 80er Jahren geschickt Computerprogramme und Konstruktionszeichnungen zugespielt, die so mit Fehlern gespickt waren, daß sie enorme wirtschaftliche Schäden anrichteten. Ihre Hauptaufgabe, vor politischen Überraschungen zu warnen, hat die CIA jedoch so gut wie nie erfüllen können. Ganz im Gegenteil: Sie hat ihre eigene Regierung sehr oft mit falschen Informationen beliefert, die zu politischen Desastern führten. So mancher Präsident wußte das oder ahnte es zumindest: CIA-Analysen wanderten oft ungelesen in den Panzerschrank.

    Weiners Buch müßte jedem Leser die letzte Illusion nehmen, daß die CIA oder einer ihrer Mitarbeiter in irgendeiner Weise der Demokratie oder gar dem Humanismus verpflichtet seien. Den Beamten und Offizieren dieser Agentur ging es stets darum, ihr Verständnis des »american way of life«, ihre überhebliche Vorstellung von »God’s own country« durchzuboxen: mit Bestechung in Millionenhöhe, mit Erpressung oder Mord.
    Millionen Tote
    Die USA wären sicher besser damit gefahren, die CIA schon in den 50er Jahren aufzulösen. Was wäre ihnen und der Menschheit alles erspart geblieben –es sei nur an die Toten in Guatemala, im Iran, in Vietnam, in Afrika, im Irak, in Afghanistan erinnert – Millionen waren es, eine schon fast hitlerische Größenordnung. Viele der Probleme, die die CIA angeblich bekämpfen will, hat sie zudem selbst geschaffen. Der unter Präsident Clinton eingesetzte CIA-Chef R. James Woolsey jr. scheint das zumindest eingesehen zu haben. Weiner schreibt: »Vier Wochen nach Clintons Wahl erklärte Woolsey in einer vielbeachteten Rede, die Vereinigten Staaten hätten vierundfünzig Jahre lang einen Drachen bekämpft und ihn schließlich besiegt, mit dem Ergebnis, daß sie jetzt in einem Dschungel voller Giftschlangen gelandet seien.«

    Tim Weiner: CIA – Die ganze Geschichte. S. Fischer, Frankfurt am Main 2008, 864 Seiten, 22,90 Euro

    http://www.jungewelt.de/2008/04-07/002.php

  2. Albania’s Socialist Party seeks full compensation for Gerdec blast victims

    14/04/2008

    TIRANA, Albania — The opposition Socialist Party (SP) has initiated an action plan seeking to fully compensate victims of the March 15th munitions blasts in the village of Gerdec. A teenager who worked at the depot died on Sunday (April 13th) from burns, bringing the death toll to 29, with hundreds more injured. SP parliamentary group head Valentina Leskaj visited the affected area in Gerdec on Sunday and said, „Legal experts have been involved in this initiative that aims for 100% compensation, and it should be prioritised by the parliament to solve the problem.“ The cost of repairs to thousands of homes and other buildings would be covered as well. (Gazeta Shqiptare, Shekulli – 14/04/08; BalkanWeb, Topchannel – 13/04/08)

  3. Kerry demands answers on contractor
    By Klaus Marre
    Posted: 04/10/08 12:25 PM [ET]
    Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) says the Bush administration owes “Congress and the American public some answers” in the case of a 22-year-old man who secured nearly $300 million in federal contracts and allegedly delivered faulty ammunition to U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

    “Faulty contracting procedures and deficient safeguards are no excuse for putting troops in Afghanistan and Iraq in greater danger,” said Kerry.

    The senator, who chairs the Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, is focusing on whether the company of the man was “erroneously labeled as a Small Disadvantaged Business.” This, according to Kerry, helped AEY Inc. secure multiple contracts.

    “The Bush administration needs to explain how and why this mistake occurred not once, but 50 times, and what steps they are taking to make sure that it never happens again,” Kerry said.

    The senator on Thursday sent letters to the departments of State and Defense, demanding answers on how contractors are selected and how AEY Inc. could have slipped through the cracks.

    In addition, in a letter to the Small Business Administration, Kerry is also seeking information on the Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB) program.

    “Lack of oversight of contracting programs within the federal government is allowing companies like AEY Inc. to erroneously access hundreds of millions of dollars in contracts as an SDB, undermining a program created to level the playing field for small disadvantaged businesses,” Kerry said in the letter.

    Requests for comment to the departments and the SBA were not immediately returned.

    http://thehill.com/leading-the-news/kerry-demands-answers-on-contractor-2008-04-10.html

    Senate chairman probes contractor’s erroneous classification as disadvantaged business
    By Robert Brodsky rbrodsky@govexec.com April 10, 2008

    The chairman of the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee is demanding an explanation from the State and Defense departments for how a wealthy 22-year-old arms dealer, under investigation for providing decades-old ammunition to Afghan security forces, was inappropriately classified as a small disadvantaged business on dozens of federal contracts.

    Responding to an April 3 report from Government Executive, Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., sent letters to Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Thursday requesting responses about AEY Inc. of Miami, and its owner, Efraim Diveroli.

    Kerry is interested in how AEY obtained its SDB designation — despite never requesting or garnering such a classification from the Small Business Administration — and if the company received any preferential treatment as a result of the mistake.

    „I believe your agency owes Congress and the American public some answers,“ Kerry wrote to Gates. „I am concerned that a lack of oversight of contracting programs at DoD is allowing companies like AEY to erroneously access hundreds of millions of dollars in contracts as an SDB, undermining efforts to level the playing field for small firms.“
    ………..“

    http://www.govexec.com/story_page.cfm?articleid=39755&sid=61

    Senate chairman probes contractor’s erroneous classification as disadvantaged business
    April 10, 2008 – 09:49 PM

    By Robert Brodsky

    Government Executive.com Story Link

    The chairman of the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee is demanding an explanation from the State and Defense departments for how a wealthy 22-year-old arms dealer, under investigation for providing decades-old ammunition to Afghan security forces, was inappropriately classified as a small disadvantaged business on dozens of federal contracts.
    …………
    The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is scheduled to hold a hearing on AEY’s business practices and possible violations of U.S. law and contracting regulations on April 17.

    Among those invited to testify are Diveroli, the company’s president; Levi Meyer, the firm’s former general manager; David Packouz, AEY’s former vice president; and officials from State and Defense. A committee spokeswoman said it has yet to receive confirmation from any of the potential witnesses.

    http://www.johnkerry.com/2008/4/11/senate-chairman-probes-contractor-s-erroneous-classification-as-disadvantaged-business

  4. April 27, 2008
    Allegations Lead Army to Review Arms Policy
    By C. J. CHIVERS

    MOSCOW — The United States Army has begun a broad review of procedures used to supply security forces in Afghanistan and Iraq with foreign arms, prompted by an allegation of fraud and questions about the competence of the main private supplier of ammunition to Afghanistan.

    The company, AEY Inc. of Miami Beach, was suspended last month after Army investigators accused it of shipping aged Chinese rifle cartridges and claiming they were Hungarian.

    The Army decided to review its contracting procedures as several arms-industry officials said that long before the suspension, it was clear the Army had erred by not recognizing risk factors in AEY’s history and activities, and by being lured by a very low bid.

    Problems with the contract, they said, were evident again early this year when AEY’s president was seen shopping for foreign munitions, including shoulder-fired rockets, at an American gun show. The money he was offering, the officials said, was too little to buy quality ammunition.

    Lt. Gen. William E. Mortensen, deputy commanding general of the Army Materiel Command, and Jeffrey P. Parsons, executive director of the Army Contracting Command, said last week that based on questions about AEY’s performance and initial inquiries into the contract’s history, the Army had undertaken an extensive review of its arms-contracting standards and procedures and planned to overhaul several.

    The contract has drawn the attention of three Congressional committees, which are expected to hold hearings in the next few weeks.

    General Mortensen and Mr. Parsons said the Army was examining how it ordered foreign munitions and supervised their quality, packaging and shipment. It also plans to review how it vets Pentagon-sponsored deals in the often murky world of foreign arms procurement.

    “We are taking a look at what we have done under this contract,” General Mortensen said. “We recognize that we need to make changes.”

    AEY, a tiny company operating from an unmarked office, is led by Efraim E. Diveroli, 22, who has limited business and munitions experience. His father, Michael, incorporated the company in 1999. In 2004, AEY listed Efraim Diveroli as an officer.

    In January 2007, the company was awarded a contract, potentially worth $298 million, that made it the primary munitions supplier for Afghan security forces in the fight against Al Qaeda and the Taliban.

    The company’s activities have provided a window into the world of foreign arms dealing, as well as the shortfalls in oversight of dealers doing business for the United States.

    The contract also points to strains in the military’s procurement practices, which were detailed in the report of an independent panel last October. Known as the Gansler Commission, the panel sharply criticized the Army for failing to train enough experienced contracting officers, deploy them quickly and ensure that they properly manage billions of dollars in contracts to supply troops in Afghanistan and Iraq.

    A new element of the Army’s review — the question of how to vet the ties between the Pentagon’s contractors and other businesses — is being conducted with the Department of Defense, General Mortensen said.

    Under American law, American dealers must disclose every entity involved in an arms shipment overseas, including brokering, transportation and repackaging companies. The State Department checks subcontractors and partners against a watch list of entities suspected of involvement in illegal arms deals.

    But the law exempts federal agencies and contractors working for them. Arms-trade researchers have complained that many contractors supplying the wars, including AEY, have worked with suspicious companies abroad, and that the Pentagon has not screened their activities.

    General Mortensen acknowledged that the Army had not reviewed AEY’s relationships and said the question of vetting was now being reviewed. “If there is a seam in our process, then clearly we need to take a look at it,” he said.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/27/world/27ammo.html?_r=1&scp=1&sq=arms+afghanistan+policy+aey&st=nyt&oref=slogin

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