Saturday, April 16, 2005

Neil Livingstone Intelligence World "mover and shaker" or "groupie."

Hill & Knowlton - Robert Gray and the CIA - by Johan Carlisle: "Despite large gaps in the official inquiry, it has been established that Robert Owen, Oliver North's messenger and bagman, worked for Gray and Co. after leaving then-Senator Dan Quayle's staff in 1983. Owen worked primarily with Neil Livingstone, a mysterious figure who claims to be a mover and shaker in the intelligence world but who is described as a "groupie."

Livingstone worked with Ed Wilson, Air Panama, and as a front man for business activities sponsored by the CIA and Israeli intelligence. Owen and Livingstone traveled frequently to Central America to meet with the Contras in 1984. An interesting footnote to Iran-Contra is that in 1986, Saudi Arabian arms broker Adnan Khashoggi hired Hill and Knowlton and Gray and Co. to milk maximum publicity out of his major donation to a $20.5 million sports center, named after him, at American University."

Neil Livingstone Linked to Sun Myung Moon

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Pro-Terrorist "Experts" outlines U.S. options on Iran in Capitol Hill session

Iran Focus-News - Special Wire - Policy-group outlines U.S. options on Iran in Capitol Hill session: "Policy-group outlines U.S. options on Iran in Capitol Hill session Thu. 7 Apr 2005

Iran Focus

Washington, Apr. 07 – A leading Iran-policy group in Washington discussed U.S. policy options towards the clerical state, in a conference on Capitol Hill yesterday, at the invitation of the Iran Human Rights and Democracy Caucus of the U.S. House of Representative.

Iran Policy Committee, comprised of former officials from the White House, State Department, Pentagon, intelligence agencies, the Congress, and experts from think tanks and universities, called on the Bush Administration “to provide a central role for the Iranian opposition to facilitate regime change”.

Prof. Raymond Tanter, a Middle East security expert and former staff member of the U.S. National Security Council under President Ronald Reagan, advocated "forceful diplomacy" to prevent Iran from building nuclear weapons.

Prof. Tanter, whilst outlining IPC’s approach, said that there was a race being run between two clocks. “While Iran’s nuclear clock is ticking very fast, the clock for a regime change is much too slow. And if Iran were to acquire the bomb before the people are able to change the regime, it might obtain a new lease on life”, he added. Thus he argued that it was imperative to deal effectively with the issue of the People’s Mojahedin (PMOI) and remove their name from the list of terrorist organisations.

The PMOI is a member organisation of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, the main umbrella coalition opposing the Iran’s religious leaders. The State Department designated the PMOI as a terrorist organisation in 1997 in what many analysts believe was part of the Clinton administration's policy of appeasement towards Tehran.

The conference on Capitol Hill drew more than 80 members of the Congress and their aides, foreign diplomats, experts from other think tanks, and members of the press, according to the organising committee.

Lt. General Edward Rowny (ret.), former Ambassador to Strategic Arms Reduction Talks, Dr. Neil Livingstone, terrorism expert and CEO, Global Options, Inc., Paul Leventhal, founder and President Emeritus, Nuclear Control Institute, Captain Chuck Nash (ret.), President, Emerging Technologies International, Lt. Col. Bill Cowan, USMC (ret.), CEO, wvc3, Inc., and Clare Lopez, strategic policy and intelligence analyst, were among the other IPC panellists who joined the conference.

The advocacy group believed that engagement, pursued by the Europeans and consecutive U.S. administrations, had produced little tangible results over the past quarter century.

They explained that the solution to the Iran conundrum was to support the Iranian people and their organised resistance movement.

IPC called on the Bush administration to remove the name of the PMOI from the list of terrorist organisations, so as to send a clear message to Tehran that Washington was serious about its support for the democratic aspirations of the Iranian people.

Congressman Bob Filner, (D-CA), Co-chair of the Caucus, chaired the briefing session and said that it was an attempt by the Caucus to provide a setting whereby members of the Congress could learn about Iran and consider options to deal with threats Tehran posed to the region and the world.

Congressman Tom Tancredo, (R-CO), a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee in Congress and Co-chair of the Caucus, said, “The MEK [PMOI] was designated not because it was involved in terrorist activities, but because the Clinton administration sought to curry favour with the Iranian regime”.

The idea of engaging a terrorist-sponsoring regime such as Iran only emboldens it to continue its “rogue-like behavior”, Dr. Livingstone argued.

Mr. Leventhal, addressing Tehran’s nuclear threat and the breaches of its obligations to the International Atomic Energy Agency, rejected the regime’s justification for embarking on a nuclear path. He emphasised that the regime had hidden its nuclear weapons program from the eyes of the international community and that it was the NCRI which revealed it to the world.

Captain Nash speaking about the pros and cons of military action against Iran, argued that while all options must remain on the table, a limited or large-scale military campaign was not only impractical, but also likely to be ineffective in ending the Iranian nuclear and terrorist threats, and therefore the least desirable of options.

Lt. Col. Cowan suggested that there was an urgent need to address the Iran issue, adding that a wait-and-see attitude could have “dire consequences, given the nature and the urgency of the threat posed by Tehran”.

Ms. Lopez condemned the human rights violations by the Iranian regime and cited several recent anti-government rallies and demonstrations as proof of growing opposition to the regime inside the country.

Background

Earlier this year the IPC released a policy paper outlining their recommended approach to the Tehran regime.

The IPC report said, "Iran is emerging as the primary threat against the United States and its allies: Iran's drive to acquire nuclear weapons, continuing support for and involvement with terrorist networks, publicly-stated opposition to the Arab-Israel peace process, disruptive role in Iraq, expansionist radical ideology, and its denial of basic human rights to its own population are challenges confronting U.S. policymakers".

IPC recommended backing the PMOI, whom they said was "indisputably the largest and most organised Iranian opposition group".

The IPC noted that a review of U.S. policy concerning the MEK [PMOI] and the overall Iranian opposition was in order. It wrote, “The designation of the MEK as a foreign terrorist organization by the State Department has served, since 1997, as an assurance to the Iranian regime that the United States has removed the regime change option from the table. Removing the terrorist designation from the MEK could serve as the most tangible signal to the Iranian regime, as well as to the Iranian people, that a new option is now on the table. Removal might also have the effect of supporting President Bush's assertion that America stands with the people of Iran in their struggle to liberate themselves.”

The policy group added, “In the same way that the United States was receptive to South African anti-apartheid leaders and the Soviet Union's anti-communist activists, Washington should invite prominent opposition figures both in Iran and in exile to the United States. They might meet with U.S. officials, Members of Congress, academics, think tanks, and the media. The European Parliament offered such an example in December 2004, when it invited Maryam Rajavi, the president of the NCRI to its headquarters in Strasburg, where she offered an alternative view to that of the Iranian regime. Tehran's angry reaction to this invitation served to highlight the effectiveness of such measures”.

The IPC also argued, “As an additional step, the United States might encourage the new Iraqi government to extend formal recognition to the MEK, based in (Camp) Ashraf, as a legitimate political organization. Such recognition would send yet another signal from neighbouring Iraq that the noose is tightening around Iran's unelected rulers”.

The PMOI's military wing, as part of the National Liberation Army of Iran (NLA), is based in Camp Ashraf, some 60 miles northeast of Baghdad.

The policy paper suggested, “In light of the MEK's status as protected persons under the Fourth Geneva Convention and the continued protection that the U.S. military provides the group in Iraq, Washington has an opportunity to decide whether to return to the MEK its weapons, which would relieve responsibility from the American military for the protection of its camps and personnel. Such a move also would send an unambiguous signal to the Iranian regime that it faces an enabled and determined opposition on its borders”."

Neil Livingstone CEO of GlobalOptions

International Mentoring Network Organization :: IMNO.ORG: "CEO of GlobalOptions
Neil Livingstone

Neil C. Livingstone has spent more than two decades advising clients regarding a wide array of difficult and complex problems ranging from the prevention of industrial espionage to conducting internal investigations, suppressing the theft of intellectual property, advising corporations on political and economic risks, protecting corporate leaders and celebrities, and recovering hostages and kidnap victims.

He has been described by NBC's Tom Brokow as "one of this nation's preeminent authorities on terrorism." He is a familiar face on the nation's newscasts as a commentator on terrorism, intelligence, and other national security issues. A veteran of more than 1000 television appearances, he has appeared on such programs as "Nightline," "Meet the Press," "Today," "The Charlie Rose Show," "Crossfire," "Newsmaker Sunday," "The Newshour with Jim Lehrer," "Dateline," and the evening news on all of the major networks. He served as an on-air commentator to NBC News during the Atlanta Olympics and in the aftermath of the Oklahoma City and Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Dr. Livingstone has authored nine books on terrorism, security, and foreign policy, including Inside the PLO, The Cult of Counterterrorism, The War Against Terrorism, Rescue My Child, Protect Yourself in an Uncertain World, America the Vulnerable: The Threat of Chemical/Biological Warfare, Fighting Back: Winning the War Against Terrorism, and The Complete Security Guide for Executives. In addition, he has published more than 180 articles in such publications as The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, The Washington Post, Newsday, USA Today, and the Los Angeles Times.

Leading corporations and institutions routinely seek his views on a variety of topics, and he has delivered nearly 500 major addresses, both in the U.S. and abroad. He has advised top government officials and testified before Congress.

He serves on a number of fiduciary and advisory boards in the aviation, entertainment, and banking sectors. He was a founding member and incorporator of the Solidarity Endowment, established in the West to promote the goals of Polish Solidarity. He also was the founder and chairman of the Institute on Terrorism and Subnational Conflict.

An Honors graduate of the College of William and Mary, he also has an M.A. from the University of Montana, and an M.A., M.A.L.D., and Ph.D. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.

He is a member of the Cosmos Club, the Association of Former Intelligence Officers, the Writers Guild of America, the Georgetown Club, and the Harvard Club of Boston. He received an Honorable Discharge from the USAR."

Dr. Neil Livingston and the James Bond Fantasy World (Livingston's Brain Seems Shaken Not Stired)

The World Today - 'Lone wolves' also a terror threat: "'Lone wolves' also a terror threat PRINT FRIENDLY EMAIL STORY
The World Today - Monday, 24 February , 2003 00:00:00
Reporter: Nick Grimm
JOHN HIGHFIELD: There's a growing apprehension today that a US-led war in Iraq will actually increase the threat of terrorism. Renowned right-wing American commentators like Pat Buchanan are talking up the threat of imperialism being the root causes of terrorism.

And even the FBI has issued a warning that much danger exists from lone terrorists; those without links to Al Qaeda and other big organisations. The Confidential Intelligence Bulletin released by the US Federal Bureau of Investigation last week has been leaked to the New York Times over the weekend.

It warns law enforcement officials to be on guard for what it terms 'Lone Wolves'. And as Nick Grimm reports, it cites home-grown, not foreign terrorists, as the example.

NICK GRIMM: As their name suggests, lone wolves are out for themselves. Beyond that characteristic, they may have very little in common.

NEIL LIVINGSTONE: We've been worried about ‘lone wolves’ well before 9/11.

NICK GRIMM: In fact, in the struggle to classify ‘lone wolves’, security experts like Neil Livingstone are obliged to reach for cinematic references.

NEIL LIVINGSTONE: What we began to see in the mid-1990s were a variety of lone wolf terrorists that seemed to operate almost like in the James Bond movies where you had this organisation, SHMERSH, that played off the East against the West.

[audio excerpt, Bond film]

BOND: Do you expect me to talk?

SHMERSH AGENT: No, Mr Bond, I expect you to die.

NICK GRIMM: The author of nine books on terrorism, Neil Livingstone is the Chairman of the International Risk Management firm, Global Options. He says that while some ‘lone wolves’ are just plain mad, others take a far more calculated approach to terror.

[audio excerpt, Bond film]

SPECTRE AGENT: I'm a member of SPECTRE.

BOND: SPECTRE?

SPECTRE AGENT: SPECTRE. Special Execuctive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge, Extortion.

NEIL LIVINGSTONE: We have a grey area, where a lot of people who are living on the fringes of major societies offer their talents and their capabilities to various terrorist organisations as mercenaries, and then add to that in addition, the kinds of people that might be reactive, or that they would become emotionally wrought over some type of particular action in the world that decide to take some type of violent action on their own.

NICK GRIMM: The FBI has warned in a classified intelligence bulletin that the United States will face an increased threat of attack from the so-called ‘lone wolves’ should it invade Iraq. That threat will be posed from individuals who may not in fact be associated with groups like Al Qaeda, but sympathise with their goals.

And the threat posed from angry individuals cannot be under-estimated. In the past, angry individuals have killed hundreds. Oklahoma bomber Timothy McVeigh, who did have accomplices, is now regarded as a classic ‘lone wolf’.

Dr. Neil Livingston again.

NEIL LIVINGSTONE: Timothy McVeigh, we believe at this point, was a ‘lone wolf’, and yes, he would be an illustration of someone who was very wrought up. [In his] anger against the Federal Government, [he] decided to take matters into his own hands, went out and acquired the bomb-making materials ands so on that were necessary to carry out an attack, picked a target, and then enlisted in that process two other individuals to assist him.

NICK GRIMM: Typically, what's the profile of a ‘lone wolf’?

NEIL LIVINGSTONE: Well, a ‘lone wolf’ is someone in the past that we've seen that might be equivalent to Ramsey Yusef, the alleged mastermind of the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Centre.

He appeared to be someone who's in the business for thrills or as a mercenary, but not someone who shared the deep religious convictions that the other conspirators did. So, it's someone who takes some other kind of either pleasure, remuneration or thrill factor from the work they're doing.

NICK GRIMM: Could it just be that's somebody who's just mentally disturbed?

NEIL LIVINGSTONE: Certainly it could be someone who's mentally disturbed, and some terrorists tend to be psychopaths or even sociopaths, but generally those kinds of people don't escape notice for very long.

They're usually not very effective terrorists, so we don't worry as much about the mentally disturbed person as we do someone who is careful and calculating and cunning, and who is able to blend into a society until they want to carry out some type of attack.

JOHN HIGHFIELD: Dr Neil Livingstone was formerly with the Washington-based Institute on Terrorism and Sub-national Conflict, a specialist there. These days he heads the firm, the International Risk Management Firm, of Global Options. Nick Grimm with that report."

Dr. Neil Livingstone -- tied to AEI

Dr. Neil Livingstone -- Speaker Biography, AEI Speakers Bureau: "Dr. Neil Livingstone

Dr. Neil Livingstone is Co-Chairman and CEO of a crisis management firm in Washington, DC. During the past two decades he has served as a "corporate equalizer" on a variety of investigative assignments including kidnappings, homicides, industrial espionage, celebrity stalking, missing CEOs and threats against top executives. Dr. Livingstone taught for ten years at Georgetown University and has served on advisory panels to the Secretary of State, the Chief of Naval Operations and the Pentagon. He was an assistant to Senators Stuart Symington and James Pearson. In addition, he has written nine books and more than 200 articles and monographs, while finding the time to appear on more than 600 television programs and give more than 400 major speeches on national security topics, both here and abroad."

Neil Livingstone and Ray Tanter Expand Terrorist Network

Iran News: "USA Today Friday Apr 15 2005Iran's 'terrorists' helped disclose nuke programFri Apr 15, 2005 05:24

Iran's 'terrorists' helped disclose nuke program

USA Today Friday Apr 15 2005
By Barbara Slavin, USA TODAY
Tall and handsome, Arash Sametipour could be living a very different life in Northern Virginia if he hadn't joined the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK).

Sametipour, 29, of Burke, Va., says he became involved in the Iranian opposition group in the late 1990s when he developed a crush on one of its members. In love and convinced that the group was working for the good of Iran, he agreed to go to an MEK base in Iraq for military training. In 2000, he says, he was selected to go to Iran to assassinate a former police chief.

The murder attempt failed and Sametipour tried to commit suicide by swallowing cyanide. But the poison had lost its potency so he detonated a grenade, blowing off his right hand. Iranian authorities jailed him for four years. One of six former MEK members produced by the Iranian government to talk to a reporter here, he acknowledges that his criticism of the MEK serves the Islamic government but says his main motivation is to stop others from joining the group.

"I had a green card, and in a few years I could have had my U.S. citizenship," he says. "I ruined my life, but I don't want others to do so." Sametipour's American brother, Asef, backed up the description of how he joined the MEK.

Iran's government produced Sametipour to underscore its intense frustration with a group that has long been a major source of friction between the Bush administration and the ruling clerics here. The MEK is the largest known organization working to overthrow Iran's theocratic regime, and Iranian officials have demanded the United States rein it in.

The U.S. posture has been ambiguous. The MEK's violent habits - it has a history of bombings and assassinations, including the murder of six Americans - earned it a spot on the State Department list of terrorist groups in 1997. But the group gained publicity three years ago by exposing a secret Iranian nuclear program, alerting the public to the extent of Iran's apparent efforts to build a bomb. President Bush alluded to this in a March 16 news conference, when he said that the nuclear program had been revealed by a "dissident" group.

Meanwhile, nearly 4,000 members of the group are in a military camp in Iraq, Camp Ashraf, 60 miles north of Baghdad. The regime of Saddam Hussein gave them refuge before the war. Since Saddam's ouster, U.S. forces have prevented MEK members from attacking Iran but do not know what to do with them.

Iranian officials, including former president Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, want Camp Ashraf dismantled, the inhabitants sent to Iran and MEK leaders, some of whom are in Europe, tried there or in Iran. Nearly 300 MEK members have already returned to Iran from Iraq.

"I would expect that you forward a question to President Bush," Rafsanjani said in an interview earlier this year. "Why terrorists who have committed crimes in Iran are not returned here? Worse yet, they are permitted to enter your Congress, the U.N., and have lobbying and political activities."

Supporters in the U.S.

The MEK wants its people in Iraq to regain their freedom of movement. "The Iranian regime is more afraid of the Mujahedin than before because the Iranian regime is in a very shaky situation," says Mohammed Mohadessin, a senior official with the MEK's political wing, the National Council of Resistance, based outside Paris.

Beyond Iraq, the group has an unknown number of adherents in Europe and the United States, and supporters on Capitol Hill and in Washington foreign policy circles. Several hundred sympathizers attended a convention in Washington on Thursday.

"The enemy of my enemy is my friend," said terrorism expert Neil Livingstone at a news conference in Washington in February where he and several retired U.S. diplomats and military men unveiled a new organization, the Iran Policy Committee, whose goal is to overthrow the Iranian government by supporting Iranian opposition groups.

Another committee member, Ray Tanter, a Middle East expert on the National Security Council under President Reagan, said the United States should use the MEK to try to destabilize Iran's government before it acquires nuclear weapons.

It seems highly unlikely that the group has the capability to bring down the Iranian government. The main indication that it still poses any threat is the amount of attention Iranian officials give to it.

Army Maj. Kreg Schnell, an intelligence officer in the Iraqi province that includes Camp Ashraf, said the CIA last year detained and questioned a man who appeared to be working for the Iranians and trying to apprehend MEK members. He was looking to see if it was possible "to snatch some of them (MEK) back as an example" to others, Schnell said. Last August, Schnell said, an Iraqi army patrol was approached by two Iraqis who said they were bounty hunting for members, offering $400 a head.

Founded in 1965, the MEK blended nationalism, Marxism and Islam in a potent mix that attracted thousands of students from traditional Shiite Muslim families. Aided by training from the Palestine Liberation Organization, the group began attacks on officials of the U.S.-backed shah. The group also killed six Americans in Iran during the 1970s - three military officers and three contractors involved in selling weapons to the shah.

The MEK took part in the 1979 revolution that overthrew the shah and supported the seizure of U.S. Embassy hostages. But it broke with revolutionary leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in 1980 when he barred the MEK's leader, Massoud Rajavi, from participating in presidential elections.

Rajavi escaped, first to Paris and later to Iraq. The group once had strong support in Iran, but lost much of it by siding with Iraq during the 1980-88 Iraq-Iran war, which killed or injured 750,000 Iranians. Of more than 50 people interviewed about the MEK during a recent visit to Iran, only one had anything positive to say about it.

Aspects of a cult

Former members and friends of members of the group describe the organization, which insists its members be celibate, as a cult. "They take your individuality and beliefs and tell you that all the love you have must go to the leadership," Sametipour says. "That's how they make terrorists."

Ronak Dashti, 20, who was also introduced to a reporter by the Iranian government, said she was abducted in Turkey by MEK members who took her to Iraq. There, she says, she had to sign documents saying she had no right to contact her family and should not think about marriage. She and three other defectors described communal living, hours of menial work and nightly self-criticism sessions.

Mohadessin denies that anyone is forced to join or remain in the MEK. He points to the group's success in revealing Iranian nuclear installations as evidence that it still has a large network of supporters within the country.

"The message you (the United States) give is that you prefer the current (Iranian) regime" when you keep the MEK on the terrorism list, Mohadessin says."