#1454: Marine Links Lester Crown to Menwith-In-the-Middle Attacks and Obama-Mentored Tillman Hit

Plum City – (AbelDanger.net). United States Marine Field McConnell has linked former General Dynamics boss Lester Crown to man-in-the-middle attacks on RAF Menwith Hill network time protocols and the contract hit of Pat Tillman, allegedly killed by Menwith defence-contractor protégés, mentored over the U.S. Federal Bridge Certification Authority by then Illinois State Senator, Barack Obama (1997-2004).

McConnell notes that Crown and Obama have over seventy years of collective experience in mentoring man-in-the-middle attacks on America and its allies and, by 2004, they had procured Serco Common Access Cards and Bowman satellite radios needed by protégé hit teams in the Illinois Terrorism Task Force and Menwith Hill MOD Police for CSI time-splicing and target acquisition associated with the Tillman assassination.

3-16-2013 #1442 Marine Links Obama Mentor to Stolen Bowman bull-pup Radios, Serco time-spliced Tillman GPS

Address to Chicago Council on Global Affairs


“Donald G. Kauerauf, Illinois Terrorism Task Force [02:26 Abel Danger]”


 “Spies on the Hill – Base Facts”

Tainted Exec Could Lose Security Pass
March 01, 1985|By From Chicago Tribune writes.

WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger has ordered an investigation into General Dynamics Corp.`s failure to alert the Pentagon of criminal activities by Chicago industrialist Lester Crown, a company board member, before Crown got a top-security clearance, it was disclosed Thursday.

Weinberger wrote to Rep. John Dingell (D., Mich.) that the Pentagon was unaware until recently that Crown was an unindicted co-conspirator in a corporate-bribery scheme in the early 1970s.

The defense secretary said that he was ordering a hearing to decide whether Crown should retain his security clearance and that he also was ordering an inquiry by the Defense Investigative Service into “why the company failed to report the information regarding Mr. Crown“ to the Pentagon.

Dingell announced Weinberger`s decision at a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing in which Dingell and six other House Democrats pressed General Dynamics Chairman David Lewis about the Crown affair and numerous other allegations of company abuses.

Crown, 59, was granted immunity from prosecution in 1973 in return for his testimony involving a scheme to bribe members of the Illinois General Assembly. Lewis supported Crown`s elevation to the board in 1974.

The Crown family holds the largest block of stock in the company, and Henry Crown of Chicago, Lester`s father, was already a board member.

Lester Crown is president and chairman of the Material Service Corp. and executive vice president of General Dynamics Corp., its parent company. He also is a director of Trans World Airlines and Esmark Inc. and is an owner of the Chicago Bulls basketball team.

Crown was a principal witness in a trial that led to the conviction of five former state legislators and a lobbyist for taking bribes to secure legislation benefiting the ready-mix-concrete industry. Several other men, including executives in the industry, pleaded guilty in the case.

All defendants were accused of giving or accepting $30,000 in bribes in order to secure passage of a law that would increase the allowable weight of cement trucks on state highways. Prosecutors said increasing the allowable weight of cement trucks would increase the profits of the concrete firms.

The bill was passed in 1972 but was vetoed by then-Gov. Richard Ogilvie after state engineers said the heavier trucks would damage roads.

On the witness stand, Crown admitted that he knowingly contributed $15,000 of the bribe money. Executives of his firm testified that they were told to pad their expense accounts for months to make up the $15,000, then give it back to Crown.

Crown, his company and his executives were granted immunity from prosecution for their testimony, an action that was criticized by defense lawyers and even by the jurors.
The immunity was granted at the request of then-U.S. Atty. James Thompson, now governor, who said the action was necessary to get enough evidence to expose and prosecute the bribery scheme.

It was not until 1977 that General Dynamics told shareholders of Crown`s involvement in the conspiracy. Lewis asserted repeatedly during the hearing that company lawyers had advised him not to divulge the immunity agreement, except to the company`s executive committee.
In response to a question from Rep. Ron Wyden (D., Ore.), Lewis defended the elevation of Crown to the board.
“Mr. Crown is deeply regretful of this action, which is the only blot on his career,“ he said.

Asked whether Crown would be kept on the board, Lewis said, “I would say so, yes.“

The response prompted Rep. John Bryant (D., Tex.) to denounce Lewis.

“You`ve got a crook on your board, and you say that individual ought to stay there. You`re the problem in that corporation. I`m absolutely disgusted you could sit here and make that statement with a straight face,“ Bryant said.”
Network & Information Assurance Manager
June 2005 – June 2006 (1 year 1 month)

Lead security specialist responsible for IAAP, EMSEC, COMSEC, COMPUSEC and Information Protection. Performed vulnerability assessments to treat/validate security of the base SIPRNET & NIPRNET. Identified weak configurations and security holes by auditing and monitoring events occurring on the network. Monitors audit & error logs for security violations.”
“SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Oct. 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — The ational  Security Agency (NSA) has awarded a contract to General Dynamics C4 Systems enabling military and government users to order the Sectera(R) Edge(TM)  secure, wireless phone/personal digital assistant (PDA) or “smartphone.” The Sectera Edge smartphone will be available to U.S. Department of Defense, Homeland Security and other government personnel with initial deliveries expected in fourth-quarter 2007. The Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (ID/IQ) contract has a potential value of $300 million over five years. General Dynamics C4 Systems is a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE:   GD). “The Sectera Edge smartphone effectively replaces multiple devices and is an elegant convergence of cutting-edgecommunications and informationassurance technologies packaged in a rugged, user-friendly design,” said John Cole, vice president of Information Assurance at General Dynamics C4 Systems. “Military and government users will have secure network connectivity whenever they need it, even on-the-move.” Developed under the NSA Secure Mobile Environment/Portable Electronic Device (SME PED) program, the Sectera Edge smartphone will provide wireless access to the U.S. Government’s Secret Internet Protocol Router Network (SIPRNet) and Non-classified Internet Protocol Router Network (NIPRNet), enabling users to email, web-browse and, with one touch, switch between classified and unclassified data communications. Similar in form and function to a commercial cell phone/PDA, the Sectera Edge smartphone will operate on existing Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM), Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) and wireless fidelity (Wi-Fi) commercial cellular networks. The smartphone will also interface with the Department of Defense Public Key Infrastructure using the government’s standard Common Access Card.

 General Dynamics C4 Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics, is a leading integrator of secure communication and information systems and technology. General Dynamics, headquartered in Falls Church, Virginia, employs approximately 82,900 people worldwide and anticipates 2007 revenues of more than $27 billion. The company is a market leader in business aviation; land and expeditionary combat systems, armaments and munitions; shipbuilding and marine systems; and information systems and technologies. More informationabout the company is available online at http://www.generaldynamics.com.
“Obama was elected to the Illinois Senate in 1996, succeeding State Senator Alice Palmer as Senator from Illinois’s 13th District, which at that time spanned Chicago South Side neighborhoods from Hyde Park – Kenwood south to South Shore and west to Chicago Lawn.[51] Once elected, Obama gained bipartisan support for legislation that reformed ethics and health care laws.[52] He sponsored a law that increased tax credits for low-income workers, negotiated welfare reform, and promoted increased subsidies for childcare.[53] In 2001, as co-chairman of the bipartisan Joint Committee on Administrative Rules, Obama supported Republican Governor Ryan’s payday loan regulations andpredatory mortgage lending regulations aimed at averting home foreclosures.[54] Obama was reelected to the Illinois Senate in 1998, defeating Republican Yesse Yehudah in the general election, and was reelected again in 2002.[55] In 2000, he lost aDemocratic primary race for Illinois’s 1st congressional district in the United States House of Representatives to four-term incumbent Bobby Rush by a margin of two to one.[56] In January 2003, Obama became chairman of the Illinois Senate’s Health and Human Services Committee when Democrats, after a decade in the minority, regained a majority.[57] He sponsored and led unanimous, bipartisan passage of legislation to monitor racial profiling by requiring police to record the race of drivers they detained, and legislation making Illinois the first state to mandate videotaping of homicide interrogations.[53][58] During his 2004 general election campaign for U.S. Senate, police representatives credited Obama for his active engagement with police organizations in enacting death penalty reforms.[59] Obama resigned from the Illinois Senate in November 2004 following his election to the U.S. Senate.”
 “A consortium including Serco has been appointed by the US government to a renewed and enlarged five year contract to provide operational support at RAF Menwith Hill, worth £10m to Serco. The contract has been awarded to a consortium led by Raytheon [John Deutch], and including Serco, Lockheed Martin [Lynne Cheney USNO Master Clock], Northrop Grumman and General Dynamics [run by Obama sponsor Lester Crown]. In total, the contract involves support across multiple global locations with Serco providing skilled manpower at RAF Menwith Hill, including system engineers, project managers, system integration and planning, architecture & analysis, metrology, phone technicians, network engineers, IT support, hardware and software support, admin support, graphics and mechanical engineers. RAF Menwith Hill is an integral part of the US Department of Defense world-wide defence communications network, whose primary mission is to provide intelligence support for UK, US and allied interests.”
“U.S. State Department investigators found that Litton Industries, a subsidiary of Northrop Grumman, provided portions of the computer source code of Air Force One to a company in Russia in 1998. Northrop Grumman agreed to pay a $15 million fine for 110 violations, occurring between September 1998 and November 1998, of the Arms Export Control Act and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). The ITAR violations centered around guidance and navigation system interface information unique to Air Force One. Additionally, documents filed by the State Department state that between 1994 and 2003, Northrop Grumman failed to notify the U.S. State Department about the computer guidance systems also being transferred to Angola, Indonesia, Israel, China, Ukraine and Yemen.”
 RAF Menwith Hill is a Royal Air Force station near HarrogateNorth Yorkshire, England which provides communications and intelligence support services to the United Kingdom and the United States of America. The site contains an extensive satellite ground station and is a communications intercept and missile warning site[1] and has been described as the largest electronic monitoring station in the world.[2]
RAF Menwith Hill is commanded by a Royal Air Force Officer, supported by an RAF element, whilst the majority of support services are provided by the United States Air Force, 421st Air Base Group.

The site acts as a ground station for a number of satellites operated by the US National Reconnaissance Office,[3] on behalf of the US National Security Agency, with antennae contained in a large number of highly distinctive white radomes, and is alleged to be an element of the ECHELON system.[4]
 Menwith Hill Station was opened on 545 acres (2.21 km2) of land acquired by the British War Office in 1954 and leased to the United States. The U.S. Army Security Agency established a high frequency radio monitoring capability, monitoring communications emanating from the Soviet Union, operating from 1958.

In 1966 the National Security Agency took on responsibility for the U.S. operation of the site, expanding the capabilities to monitor international leased line communications transiting through Britain. The site was then one of the earliest to receive sophisticated early IBM computers, with which NSA automated the labour-intensive watch-list scrutiny of intercepted but unenciphered telex messages.

The European Parliament‘s Temporary Committee on the ECHELON Interception System stated: “It seems likely, in view of the evidence and the consistent pattern of statements from a very wide range of individuals and organisations, including American sources, that its name is in fact ECHELON, although this is a relatively minor detail.” During the early 1970s, the first of what became more than eight large satellite communications dishes were installed at Menwith Hill.”

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