Mr. Tenet’s Trojan Horse
Date: Sunday, April 29 @ 11:32:26 PDT
Topic: Albania News
Inside: „Tenet Correspondence“ by Gary Q. Kokalari
With the events of September 11th, we have witnessed the greatest intelligence failure in history since the Greeks sent the Trojan horse to rescue Helen of Troy. Ironically, a “Greek” presided over the CIA on one of the darkest days in American history.
George Tenet – Ex Director of CIA
By Gary Q. Kokalari – Exclusively for ACLIS
In 1997, George Tenet, who presents himself as a Greek American, was nominated by President Clinton to be CIA Director. As required, his nomination had to be ratified by Congress. On April 27, 1997, I wrote to Senator Richard Shelby, then Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, requesting that the Committee require Mr. Tenet to disclose any relationships he may have with Greek radicals or organizations that support the concept of a “Northern Epirus”.
I also warned that a destabilized Albania had significant ramifications for U.S. strategic interests, and that political instability in Albania could lead to armed conflict in Kosova.
I copied George Tenet on my letter to Senator Shelby and also sent a separate letter to Tenet in which I wrote,
“It is my understanding that you represent yourself as a Greek American. It is also my understanding that your father was born in the Albanian village of Qeparo and that your mother was born in Himara, Albania. If this information is correct, it would indicate that there may be some confusion about your ethnic heritage due to the fact that the inhabitants of this area of Albania are ethnic Albanians….. Your comment on this matter will be greatly appreciated.”
Gary Q. Kokalari – Political Analyst
Not surprisingly, Mr. Tenet did not respond to my letter. Many Albanians would like to know if there is any truth to the speculation about Tenet’s ethnic origin, and due to his reticence to comment, anyone who can shed light on this matter is encouraged to come forward.
After sending letters to Senator Shelby and Mr. Tenet, I had the opportunity to discuss this issue with the staff of the Senate Intelligence Committee. Following a cursory investigation of the matter, in the end, Albania’s affairs were not deemed important enough to alter the judgment of the Committee. Unfortunately, my ultimate objective of blocking Tenet’s nomination was unsuccessful.
In March 2000, I wrote to Senator Shelby once again. But this time it was to protest a comment made by Mr. Tenet during a December 1999 speech at the annual conference of the Hellenic Medical Society of New York. Mr. Tenet’s speech included a reference to his mother’s migration from Albania as follows:
“My mother escaped from Northern Epirus on a British submarine a step ahead of the communist takeover and the closing of the border, never to see her family again.”
I explained to Senator Shelby that the term “Northern Epirus” is used exclusively by Greek radicals to describe what is in fact southern Albania, and that these radicals have as their common objective the annexation of southern Albania by Greece. I also informed him that the term “Northern Epirus” is not recognized by Albanians, Albania or for that matter, any other country. I expressed my outrage that Mr. Tenet, while a standing Director of the CIA, would behave so irresponsibly in using the highly inflammatory term “Northern Epirus” to describe Albania. By so doing he has acted in a belligerent manner toward Albania, insulted Albanians throughout the world and embraced the dangerous ambitions of Greek provocateurs.
If we assume just for the sake of conversation that there is some truth about Mr. Tenet’s Albanian origins, it would appear that we have a factually challenged CIA director with respect to his own ethnic identity and the existence of a sovereign country named Albania. If this is the case, we should not be surprised by the astonishing intelligence failure that led to the tragic events of September 11th.
Given his roots in the Clinton administration and the events of September 11th, why hasn’t Tenet been fired from his job as CIA director? Perhaps we can find a clue in Faik Konitza’s book “Albania: The Rock Garden of Southern Europe” in which he writes on the Albanian character and states:
“It is important to know that the greatest insult in Albania is to call a man i-pabese, that is to say, disloyal. By contrast, it is interesting to note that in modern Greece, the grossest insult is to call a person illiterate and unintelligent: the ideal of Albania’s southern neighbors is cleverness instead of character.”
Despite his glaring deficiencies in intelligence gathering, Tenet’s ability to hang on to his post may have something to do with the classic “Greek cleverness” referred to by Konitza. Tenet quickly moved to develop a warm working relationship with George W. Bush. In fact, several days after the attacks, the President visited CIA headquarters and in a show of support threw his arm around Tenet. But perhaps Tenet’s most cunning maneuver was to curry favor with the Bush family by naming the CIA headquarters building after George W’s father, ex-CIA Director and former President George H.W. Bush.
The bombing of the World Trade Center in 1993, and the subsequent bombings of the U.S. Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania and the U.S.S. Cole in Yemen should have been sufficient to convince Mr. Tenet that Binladin and al Qaeda were deadly serious about their intentions to inflict damage upon America. And just one day before their most recent attacks, according to The New York Times, intelligence officials intercepted a September 10th telephone call between Binladin and his mother when he told her, “something big is coming – you’re going to hear big news and you’re not going to hear from me for a while.” What was Mr. Tenet waiting for – an engraved invitation to Binladin’s next terrorist attack?
I remember what a beautiful day it was on September 11th when I arrived at my office in Manhattan shortly after 8:00 AM. Tragically, in less than an hour, that beautiful Tuesday would be violently interrupted by terrorists using modern day Trojan horses, this time in the form of airplanes laden with jet fuel, that would reshape the magnificent Manhattan skyline and all of our lives forever. It shouldn’t have happened. We should have known. But it did happen, and it happened on George Tenet’s watch. If Mr. Tenet was a man of character, he would resign. And if he doesn’t, he should be fired.
You may be interested in knowing that former CIA Director George Tenet will be interviewed on the CBS show „60 Minutes“ to be broadcast Sunday evening (today) at 7:00 PM EST. Tenet is appearing to promote At the Center of the Storm, his new book to be released Monday that he is using in an attempt to improve his badly discredited image. According to press releases, in this book he paints himself as the victim instead of the bungling sycophant/accomplice/weasel he was. It was bad enough that the greatest intelligence failure in American history occurred on his watch. But now we have to listen to this gomar’s Greek myths. To make matters worse he is Albanian (original family name was Koka – no relation), but fortunately for us, he calls himself Greek. They can have him, we have enough Albanian gomars like Sali Berisha and Fatos Nano – we don’t need anymore!
In honor of Tenet’s TV appearance, I thought I would use this opportunity to re-distribute Mr. Tenet’s Trojan Horse, an article I wrote after 9/11.
P.S. I don’t intend to waste money and time reading the book, but perhaps someone can let me know if Tenet gets South Eastern Europe’s geography correct this time if he discusses his family’s exodus from Albania.
In light of all the attention – mostly negative – that publication of George Tenet’s book „At the Center of the Storm“ has brought upon him, I thought it might be of interest to some to revisit my correspondence to Tenet as well as my correspondence to Senator Shelby regarding Tenet’s nomination as CIA Director. A link to Mr. Tenet’s Trojan Horse provided by ACLIS also appears at the bottom of the page.
P.S. Charles K., a friend of mine who is Albanian by marriage, brought to my attention a song titled „Albania“ by Richard Summerbell from his album Light Carries On. Don’t know the genesis of this song and Summerbell is a relatively unknown performer, but he reminds me a little of Neil Young and lyrics have hints of Leonard Cohen and Warren Zevon. The song is pretty good and Summerbell appears to have some knowledge of Albania, possibly from direct experience. If you’d like to check it out you can access Albania via this link
April 22, 1997
Mr. George J. Tenet
c/o Central Intelligence Agency
Washington, DC 20505
Dear Mr. Tenet:
Attached herewith is a copy of my April 22, 1997 letter to Senator Richard Shelby concerning your nomination for Director of the Central Intelligence Agency.
As you will ascertain from my letter, I am deeply concerned about the allegations in the attached article and other reports that have circulated in the Albanian American community about your relationship with Greek radicals who are considered enemies of the Albanian people.
Please be advised, the Albanian American community will not tolerate the use of the office any U.S. government official as a tool of Greek radicals in their efforts to impose their doctrine upon Albania.
It is my understanding that you represent yourself as a Greek American. It is also my understanding that your father was born in the Albanian village of Qeparo and that your mother was born in Himara, Albania. I have been informed that your father may have changed your family name, possibly from Koka to Tenet, and that you may have relatives still living in Albania under the name Koka. If this information is correct, it would indicate that there may be some confusion about your ethnic heritage due to the fact that the inhabitants of this area of Albania are ethnic Albanians and the name Koka is undeniably Albanian in origin. Your comment on this matter will be greatly appreciated.
Gary Q. Kokalari
April 22, 1997
BY TELEFAX (202) 224-3416
The Hon. Richard C. Shelby
Senate Select Committee on Intelligence
Washington, DC 2051
RE: Nomination of George J. Tenet for Director of the CIA
Attached herewith is an article that appeared in the March 23, 1997 edition of the Italian newspaper LA STAMPA. The article, titled “Role of the new head of the CIA in the revolt”, contains allegations by Bashkim Gazidede, then chief of Albania’s secret service, that George Tenet had a hand in provoking the current chaos in southern Albania. The article also alleges that Mr. Tenet may maintain relationships with members of the “Greek orthodox lobby” who may have an interest in destabilizing Albania with the objective of having southern Albania annexed by Greece.
What makes the allegations in the attached article particularly disturbing is that if there is any validity to Mr. Gazidede’s statements, it implies that Mr. Tenet has been conducting his own foreign policy, a policy that would have evolved from a hidden agenda that is in direct conflict with the policy of the United States toward Albania.
Given the chaos that has engulfed Albania and the potential for further conflict in regions of the Balkans inhabited by ethnic Albanians, and given the historical efforts by Greek/Serb factions in agitating the greater Albanian nation, it is imperative that Mr. Tenet be required to disclose any relationships he may have with individuals who have attempted to disrupt Albania’s internal affairs. It is also imperative that Mr. Tenet disclose any relationships he may have with any organizations that support the existence and legitimacy of the concept of “northern Epirus” since this has been a source of friction between Greece and Albania. Furthermore, Mr. Tenet should be required to clarify his position and intentions regarding Albania, the relationship between Greece and Albania, and the predicament of the repressed ethnic Albanians in Kosova, Macedonia and Greece.
A destabilized Albania has significant potentially negative ramifications for U.S. strategic interests. First, due to the current chaos the potential exists for Albania to retrogress into a communist dictatorship, and this would be a tragedy because the U.S. had a role in setting the stage for the Albanian debacle. Also, political instability in Albania could be the catalyst to incite the Albanians in Kosova and Macedonia into an uprising that could escalate into inter-regional armed conflict requiring military intervention by the United States. Therefore, it is crucial that you determine if there is any validity to Mr. Gazidede’s allegations of Mr. Tenet’s involvement in a concerted effort to destabilize Albania.
Mr. Tenet seems eminently qualified to run the CIA; therefore, I hope he can be cleared of Mr. Gazidede’s allegations so that his nomination will be approved by your committee. However, the security of the United States of America and its relationship with foreign countries cannot be jeopardized by any lack of vigilance by your committee in examining any potential conflicts of interest that may exist between Mr. Tenet’s personal motives and U.S. foreign policy.
I am at your service if you should require assistance in investigating any of the issues raised in this correspondence.
Gary Q. Kokalari
cc: The Hon. Samuel Berger
John Fund, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
Suzanne Spaulding, Senate Select Committee on Intelligence
George Tenet, Central Intelligence Agency
March 3, 2000
The Hon. Richard C. Shelby
Senate Select Committee on Intelligence
United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510
RE: ALBANIA/CIA DIRECTOR GEORGE TENET
Attached herewith is a copy of an article from the December 11-12, 1999 edition of THE NATIONAL HERALD titled, “The Force of Family and Tradition”. This article includes excerpts from CIA Director George Tenet’s December 4, 1999 speech at the annual conference of the Hellenic Medical Society of New York. Mr. Tenet’s speech included a reference to his mother’s migration from Albania as follows: ……………..
As you are well aware, Kosova did indeed explode into armed conflict which required U.S. military intervention. Given the ongoing presence of U.S. military personnel in the Balkans, and given the continued political instability in the region, it is an outrage that Mr. Tenet, while serving as Director of the CIA, would act so irresponsibly in using the highly inflammatory term “Northern Epirus” to describe Albania. By so doing he has acted in a belligerent manner toward Albania, insulted Albanians throughout the world and embraced the dangerous ambitions of Greek provocateurs.
Because Mr. Tenet acted in this irresponsible manner while serving as Director of the CIA, I am requesting that Mr. Tenet provide your committee with an explanation of his actions. I am also requesting that he be censored with respect to using the term “Northern Epirus” in the future and that he issue a formal apology to Albania and to all Albanians.
Gary Q. Kokalari
cc: The Hon. Madeleine Albright
Mr. Ekrem Bardha, ILLYRIA
The Hon. Sandy Berger
The Hon. Sali Berisha
The Hon. William Clinton
The Hon. Jesse Helms
The Hon. Henry Kissinger
The Hon. Joseph Limprecht
The Hon. Rexhep Meidani
The Hon. Ilir Meta
Mr. Avni Mustafaj, NAAC
Mr. Ilir Zherka, NAAC
Click here for link to Mr. Tenet’s Trojan Horse article
Himariotes joint the Albanian Opposite Protest, marching to the Central Boulevard of Tirana
Public opinion was surprised after seeing people of Himara Union, coming from Himara this morning, most members of Omonia and the Democratic Party, who have marched in the main boulevard of the city, even inside the tent of the opposition, with Nationalist Background, to be part of the protest for the removal of government Rama.
On the one hand, the Prime Minister of Albania Edi Rama, has threatened they to destroy their houses and giving under concession the Dhermi beaches, to the oligarchs, on the other hand, the people of Himara surprising, demonstrating in front of the Prime Minister office in Tirana.
Omonia, has called The Prime Minister of Albania, that for any action contrary to the interests of Himara, will be responsible, but it is little to say, since Tourist Resorts and looting of properties, continues with high intensity in Himara Region.
However, against the people of Himara, more than ever, continues the violation of human rights and freedom, for which, the property, the historic territory and Ethnic Hellenic Identity, remains a difficult challenge, to be resolved by the Albanian State, including opposition, which during 15 years in power of his leader Sali Berisha, does not share anything from the fascist Government of Edi Rama (together with Ilir Meta) for which, these parties, in the Name of National Albanian Interests, have signed an agreement, for the assimilation of The Himara Region.