Date: 1/25/02 7:30:13 PM Pacific Standard Time

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A White Knight Talking Backwards



Michael C. Ruppert

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TORONTO, [Filed January 25, 2002] - Delmart Edward "Mike" Vreeland, an
American citizen whose claims to being a US Naval Lieutenant assigned to
the Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) are being increasingly
corroborated in open court, has been in a Canadian jail since December
6, 2000. On August 11 or 12 of 2001, the date is uncertain, after trying
to verbally alert his Canadian jailers to the coming World Trade Center
attacks, he wrote down key information and sealed it in an envelope
which he then had placed in jailers' custody. Exactly what the letter
said is unknown at this point. The letter has fallen into a black hole
of national secrecy with the lid sealed by two governments. What is
known is that when the envelope was opened on September 14th it set off
alarms in the US and Canada. According to reports in The Toronto Star, a
burgeoning court record, and his lawyers, the envelope mentioned Osama
bin Laden, the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and imminent attacks.

The US wants Vreeland back in the States on a Michigan warrant for
credit card fraud - using his own credit card. Vreeland, convinced that
a return to the US means certain death, wants to stay in Canada in a
witness protection program. His lawyers Rocco Galati and Paul Slansky,
two former Canadian prosecutors, agree with Vreeland's assessment. They
should. Both have been the victims of harassment and threats including
dead cats hung on porches and car windows smashed out in car burglaries.

The position -- less defensible by the day -- of the United States
government, as represented by Crown Solicitors in Toronto, is that all
of this is nonsense. Vreeland, says the Navy, was discharged as a Seaman
after a few months of service for unsatisfactory performance in 1986. He
has never had anything to do with intelligence according to 1200 pages
of Navy records filed in Toronto Superior Court.

On its face the official US position is absurd. And the courtroom
prowess of Slansky and Galati in making a mockery of the straight-faced
presentations of opposing counsel and the US government are eerily
unnoticed by any major media and, apparently, also the judge.

"How is it," says Galati, "that the Navy says that he was only in the
service a few months and then send us a 1200 page personnel file? Some
of the entries are obvious forgeries or alterations and the sanitizing
of his records was done so hurriedly that some dates of medical exams in
the 1990s were left intact."

In a January 10, 2002 tactic worthy of Perry Mason, with the greatest
possible risk to his client if it failed, attorney Slansky got the judge
to agree to let him call the Pentagon from open court. Using a speaker
phone, in front of at least six witnesses, Slansky first dialed
directory information and got a number for the Pentagon switchboard.
Then, calling that number he asked the Department of Defense operator to
locate the office of Lt. Delmart Vreeland. Within moments the operator
had confirmed Vreeland's posting, his rank as a Lieutenant O-3, his room
number and given Slansky his direct-dial number.

All of this is a part of the court record.

On January 17, as this writer sat in the courtroom, another mind numbing
event occurred.

As Vreeland sat shackled in a corner, closely flanked by two guards, the
Crown Solicitor sought to debunk Vreeland's assertions that he had been
assigned to travel to Moscow to review and retrieve highly technical and
classified documents pertaining to Russian and Chinese efforts to
counter the proposed US "Star Wars" missile defense system. [Ed Note: We
believe this to be a cover story]. "Why," said the Crown Solicitor,
"would the US choose, in a case involving some of the most highly
technical intelligence, a random seaman with training in the tool and
die field." The point that someone discharged in 1986 with no special
training and rank would be sent to review technical documents sounded
reasonable - assuming that Vreeland's background was as the Solicitor

The reasonableness vanished a few moments later as the Crown Solicitor
argued that Vreeland, who has been in jail and without access to a
computer for thirteen months, had somehow cracked the Pentagon's
personnel records and inserted his name, an office number, and telephone
extension into the Pentagon database.

No one except for Vreeland and attorney Galati seemed to notice the

The Crown Solicitor ventured further through the looking glass by then
arguing that Vreeland, having certain papers in his possession at the
time of his arrest, had memorized Russian and Albanian documents and
then had translated them from memory. Vreeland doesn't speak Russian or
Albanian. The judge, waking up for this one, asked the Solicitor to
restate the point. The argument then became that Vreeland had an unnamed
colleague go to an unspecified web site, print Russian and Albanian
documents for him, and then used foreign language dictionaries to
translate them.

Vreeland's extradition process could take years and his time in jail has
not been easy. There have been threats, illnesses and his every move is
watched. Galati and Slansky wonder how long his psyche will hold up. The
history of jailhouse deaths of key witnesses leans heavily in favor of
Vreeland's belief that he could be killed at any moment. His apparent
strategy is to not reveal any accurate Top Secret material to either his
lawyers or the press, hoping that his silence will provide him with some
support from US clandestine services. This a standard approach taken in
dozens of similar cases researched by FTW in the past They include the
cases - well known in research circles - of William Tyree and Michael
Riconosciuto. Tyree has been jailed on a questionable murder conviction
since 1979 and Riconosciuto on a variety or drug-related charges since
the early 1990s. Both men have been directly connected to CIA and other
intelligence operations by official documents.

"We don't need to know and we don't want to know the secret details,
"says Galati. "They're not necessary for us to do the job of keeping our
client alive and in Canada. He faces a special danger in the US because
he has also been an informant against an organized crime family in
Michigan where the criminal charges originate. The most he is facing
there is two years but we believe he might not live for two days in that

Additional press reports indicate that Vreeland's intelligence work was
connected to drug smuggling - a much more likely reason for his trip to
Moscow. And the history of the relations between Naval Intelligence and
the mafia is documented as far back as the Second World War when ONI
officers made deals with convicted mafia don Lucky Luciano and his
Lieutenant Vito Genovese to protect New York docks and assist with the
subsequent Allied invasion and occupation of Italy.

Mike Vreeland is one man who, in a rational world, could totally expose
the complicity of the US government in the attacks of September 11th. No
one has disputed what he wrote and stuffed into that mysterious
envelope. In a rational world that would be the most pressing and public
inquiry of all. The two questions remaining are whether Vreeland will
live and whether or not he will ever tell what he knows. That may be a
mutually exclusive proposition.

FTW has retained the services of freelance journalist Greta Knutsen in
Toronto to report on developments in this critical case for our
subscribers. Important updates will be posted and sent out via
subscriber bulletin to our readers as they become available.