David vs. Goliath
Viktor Bout and his defense attorney Albert Y. Dayan against all odds are facing the largest and most powerful legal entity in the world, the United States government! Representing the U.S. government is Assistant District Attorney, Brendan R. McGuire. Coincidentally Albert Dyan is much shorter than McGuire. Dayan is less experienced, less polished but much livelier than his rival. Dayan as well as being tenacious, exhibits determination and veracity. Dyan in his own words to the jury, “I’m just an attorney from Queens.”
Viktor Bout's attorney, Albert Dayan carrying legal documents for his case.
The Attorney From Queens
In my opinion, all these qualities are a big plus to Viktor Bout. Dayan appears to have much more in common with the jury which is comprised of 9 females and 6 males, with most of the jurors appearing to be minorities as far as ethnicity is concerned. Dayan engaged the jury well and even got a chuckle out of them in his opening statement. At one point he objected that two handbooks written in Russian of Ilyushin-76 and Ilyushin-18 cargo planes were being admitted into evidence because prosecutor McGuire translated one small except as opposed to the entire book. Dayan insisted that the jury examine the two handbooks written in Russian to understand how many pages there were in each handbook. The jury appeared to have been woken up and even seemed glad to have a temporary distraction from McGuire’s monotonous drone of voluminous evidence. Several times during the trial when prosecutor McGuire had DEA agent William S. Brown on the witness stand, I elbowed Viktor and Alla’s daughter Elizabeth and pointed to how many people fell asleep. I joked with her that the Honorable Judge Shira A.Scheindlin looked like she was almost asleep as well.
Ilyushin IL-76 Russian Medium-Range Transport Aircraft.
The Players Enter The Theater
Attorney Brendan McGuire is tall and slender with slightly-long wavy hair as well as being well-spoken and experienced he also exudes an air of self-confidence. It is understandable that he would be confident with the full backing and financial support and virtually unlimited resources available to him. Being inside the court was like deja vu. To me it was very surreal, almost like I was watching a live play but for the second time.
Alla Bout and defense attorney (far right) Albert Dayan waiting to enter the Federal court building.
Over the years I have met Viktor Bout face-face, spoken and even interviewed him in the court room in Bangkok, Thailand. I know his wife Alla and their beautiful and charming 16 year old daughter Elizabeth. I have seen pictures and video and watched on television, DEA agents Derek Odney, William S. Brown and the rest of their posse. I have read many statements and articles about the Honorable Judge Shira Scheindlin. I have met with, spoken with and have lunched with Lak, Viktor’s Thai lawyer.
In addition I have become very close with the two foremost experts on the Bout case (in respect to the Thai court case), Daniel Estulin and Dimitri Khalezov. Estulin is an investigative journalist and author of several books including SHADOW MASTERS, in which he devoted a large portion of his book specifically on Viktor Bout. No author’s have spent more time with or interviewed Viktor Bout more extensively than Estulin and Khalezov. Dimitri Khalezov is a former Soviet nuclear intelligence officer and author of 911thology. To my knowledge, no one besides Viktor Bout’s wife Alla, has spent more time with him during his almost three years of incarceration in Bangkok than Dimitri Khalezov.
There were also a vast array of journalist’s both international and domestic covering the Bout trial, a few I met in Bangkok but most I met on Wednesday for the first time. As I was waiting for Alla and Elizabeth Bout outside the court room, at least thirty people were re-directed to the overflow room 9A where they would be able to to watch the trial live on television. They did add several folding chairs inside court room 15C since the Honorable Judge Shira A. Scheindlin does not allow standing in her court room. Thus there was no where near enough room to accommodate all the attorneys, journalists and general public that wanted to get into court room 15c.
The reason that Vikor Bout was found not guilty twice in the Royal Thai courts is due to lack of evidence. It took a back room deal between the U.S. and Thai authorities to extradite Bout illegally from Thailand to America. Viktor Bout’s court case is still legally pending in Thailand. Also, there are no legal transfer of custody papers between the Thai prison and the U.S. government according to his Thai lawyer Lak and Alla Bout.
Viktor Bout's Thai lawyer Lak during an interview in Bangkok, Thailand.
There are many people who have questioned the jurisdiction of the trial even to be allowed in the U.S. since Viktor Bout has never been to the U.S. nor committed any crimes in this country. Even the Judge presiding over the case has questioned the legality of jurisdiction as well as many politicians and human rights interest groups. In my in-depth and detailed article, Imaginary Crimes: The Never Ending Viktor Bout Story, I give a multitude of quotes as well as their sources in relation to both the illegality of the extradition as well as the legal issue of jurisdiction.
Now let us examine a small snippet of the evidence presented by prosecuting attorney McGuire. Some of the evidence presented included a paper napkin with some scribbling on it, a Lonely Planet Guide for Columbia, exhibit 304 which is a map of Montenegro, as well as some pictures with paid DEA informant Andrew Smullian dining with Viktor Bout in Moscow as well as many other pictures of various hotel lobbies in several different countries. Also there is exhibit 1208 a black thumb drive alleged to be Viktor Bout’s, according to both the word of the convicted criminals who also happen to be generously paid DEA informants as well as the DEA agents themselves.
Basically, it is exactly the same evidence presented by the DEA in Thailand which was not nearly enough to convict Viktor Bout. In fact, the Thai ruling warranted Bout a free man come Novemebr 20, 2010. Since Viktor Bout’s Thai attorney Lak filed an appeal, which was accepted by the Royal Thai court, Viktor Bout’s legal case was still open, pending and on-going. With the deadline of Bout’s extradition to the U.S. set by the Thai courts of 20 November, 2010 fast approaching and his court case in appeal, the DEA had decided to ‘rendition’ Viktor Bout on 16 November 2010. He was swiftly and expeditiously renditioned just 4 days before he would be set free under Thai law, without his lawyer or wife (Alla did not have a chance to even say goodbye) being notified.
The DEA’s Bait and Switch scheme
Viktor’s defense lawyer, Albert Dayan, argued that his client had only agreed with DEA operatives to secure the sale of two transport jets, for a total cost of $5m. The reason is that Viktor Bout was so desperate to sell his last two planes since many years earlier the U.S. had ceased doing business with him. In fact they froze millions of dollars in assets that belonged to Richard Chichakli for simply being a business associate of Bout’s.
In my piece about Viktor Bout that I wrote in September 2010 titled, The Assassination of Viktor Anatoliyevich Bout, which discusses who is behind the character assassination of Viktor Bout, I pointed out that Viktor Bout was not a billionaire as stated by the media but in actual fact that he was broke. Alla Bout in a press conference held in Bangkok on Monday 22 November 2010, stated that the family is in debt.
“Mrs. Bout detailed how the Bout family is actually in debt, having to support her daughter in Russia and herself in Thailand, paying for rent, food, transportation fees, visa fees, and Viktor’s care,” according to Russia Today.
In the court room on Wednesday Bout’s attorney Dayan said, “Bout was framed by U.S. undercover sources who pulled a “bait and switch,” according to an article in Bloomberg. An excerpt from the same article stated that:
“They baited Viktor by pretending they were interested in purchasing two cargo airplanes,” Albert Dayan told jurors in his opening argument. “They then planned to inject a conversation about arms into that deal.”
Bout “never wanted to, never intended to, and was never going to sell arms to anyone in this case,” Dayan said.
The $9 Million Man
That is right, it is now public record. Three DEA informants were paid $9 million to help caputure and entrap Viktor Bout in the DEA’s sting operation. A slight exaggeration, the total is actually $8,990,000.00! DEA agent William S. Brown testified that DEA informants, Carlos and Ricardo were both previously convicted criminals.
DEA informant Mike Snow was paid $420,000.00, Carlos $750,000.00 and Ricardo $320,000.00. In addition, Carlos was paid a separate sum of $7,500,000.00 by the U.S. State Department. The same guys who paid millions to bail out CIA assassin, Raymond Davis from a Pakistan jail.
Raymond Davis after his arrest in Pakistan on January 27, 2011.
During the cross-examination, defense-attorney Dayan, asked Agent Brown, “Why did the DEA use two convicted criminals as opposed to two of their own agents. Were their not two capable DEA agents available?” Agent Brown replied, “Since they were overseas, it was too dangerous for DEA agents.”
Ironically, the DEA has approximately 87 offices is 63 countries, so I thought agents Brown’s testimony was inconsistent. Perhaps, like the CIA who have approximately 25,000 employees which only 22% are non-white, it poses challenges in covert ops in many countries; like Egypt, Yemen, Somalia, Pakistan etc. Since Carlos and Ricardo were supposed to be FARC rebels from Columbia, it is understandable why they had to outsource. However, I do think it would have been possible for DEA agent Derek Odney to pose and pass as a FARC rebel.
In this short video on November 16, 2010, you can see DEA agent Brown to the screen’s right, arm in arm with Viktor Bout. Also in the first row on the screen’s far left is DEA agent Derek Odney. The video is of Viktor Bout’s arrival from his extradition from Bangkok, Thailand in a charter jet which arrived at a White Plains, NY airport.
Spies and Lies
Here is an extremely important observation that I want to acknowledge, according to a very well-written and informative article titled, Turf Wars in Washigton, which was published September 2010, Bout never before had any dealings in Latin America before the DEA sting operation where the agents posed as Columbian FARC rebels. Also Viktor Bout told me himself last year in a Thai court room that he never, ever had any dealings in Latin America. Bout told me in so many words he was simply set up and framed.
Assistant District Attorney, Brendan R. McGuire repeated the indictment against Viktor Bout verbatim in his opening statement to the jury. The entire list can be found in my article titled, The Assassination of Viktor Anatoliyevich Bout, as well as my thoughts on the indictment [PDF] which can be downloaded in its entirety.
The DEA has testified to spending together in conjunction with the U.S. State Department astronomical sums to just three DEA informants to catch their prey. Andrew Smullian has not yet testified nor Misha another snitch and paid informant in the DEA sting operation. Andrew Smullian was at one time a friend and business associate of Viktor Bout for many years who out of pure greed became a DEA paid informant and helped the DEA entrap Bout. Mike Snow was paid $420,000.00 for merely introducing the DEA to Smullian. I can not begin to imagine how much money the DEA paid Smullian to rat out and entrap his one time friend and business associate that could possibly put Viktor Bout behind bars for life?
David Gaddis deputy chief of operations for the DEA.
I do know for a fact that DEA agent Derek Odney offered $20 million to a very close associate of Viktor Bout’s in Bangkok, Thailand in order for his help to extradite Viktor Bout to America. The same person has told me that they have the entire conversation on tape.
That is the DEA’s modus operandi to turn convicted criminals into rats in turn for leniency, to throw vast sums of money at people to testify in their favor as well as plant evidence to achieve their ‘by any means necessary’ objectives. I just read today in an article published yesterday concerning the Iranian terror plot that the DEA was involved in as well. The article asks,”how is it that these two Iranian “terrorists” just happened to meet up with a Mexican drug cartel assassin who just happened to be a longtime DEA informant?”
I have extensive first hand knowledge on former DEA operative David Coleman Headley. Headley later graduated to become a deep cover operative for the CIA / ISI as a double agent. He by his own admission admitted being the mastermind behind the Mumbai fidayeen-style terrorists attacks on 26/11. Much of what I learned about Headley and how the the DEA operates came via his wife Faiza Outalha whom I know extremely well. In fact I spent 6 weeks with her in Morocco as well as interviewed her earlier this year. Let us examine the DEA a bit more closely.
Former DEA operative David Coleman Headley.
The Terrorist Hunters
The DEA have expanded and diversified from the drug trafficking business into the terrorism business. According to a Wikileaks cable the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has become a vast international spy network. The DEA now has 87 offices in 63 countries and close partnerships with governments that distrust the CIA, such as Nicaragua and Venezuela. Many nations are eager to take advantage of the agency’s drug detection and wiretapping technologies. The cables also shows that the DEA use scores of informants and that a few agents have been killed in Mexico and Afghanistan.
DEA agent William S. Brown is own our right holding Bout's arm and DEA agent Derek Odney is on the far left corner.
Last August there was a fascinating article in Time magazine about the DEA titled, The DEA’s Terrorist Hunters: Overreaching Their Authority? The article also questions the issue of jurisdiction which I discussed in Imaginary Crimes last January. Here is an excerpt from the Time article:
The prosecutions are almost exclusively handled in New York’s Southern District [exactly where Bout’s case is being held], where defense lawyers and some judges alike have questioned the DEA’s tactics, raising criticism that investigators have “manufactured jurisdiction” and ensnared common criminals with no link to terrorism.
One of those judges mentioned above is the Honorable Judge Shira A. Scheindlin, who just happens to be Viktor Bout’s judge. I must say that she exhibited no bias whatsoever and is very detailed and patient. I have met and witnessed several judges in at least three countries and she is definitely first class material. Another excerpt from the same article:
Judge Shira A. Scheindlin accused the government of “bravado” in making its case to prosecute the Russian citizen in the U.S. “There’s a long line of cases where we look at the facts of each case,” she said. “This one is weak.”
A sketch of Viktor Bout with translation earphones and the Honorable Judge Shira A. Scheindlin on the bench.
Investigative journalist Wayne Madsen also voiced some criticism toward the DEA and their new ‘mandate’. Madsen also mentions the broader range of the DEA as well as having a new mandate. He states in a RT television interview last year that, “The DEA is not only involved in drugs anymore but they have a new mandate. The DEA is now in the intelligence gathering business which is perhaps out of their league. According to Madsen, the new DEA is “operating far beyond it capabilities and its knowledge.” Wayne Madsen also states that “Viktor Bout was entrapped in Thailand by the DEA.” Madsen goes on to say that “Bout was not really extradited he was renditioned.”
One thing that struck me as odd during Viktor Bout’s attorney’s opening statements was why didn’t Albert Dayan tell the jury that it was also the U.S. that employed Viktor Bout’s services and hired him? In my brief meeting alone with Albert Dayan, I had many things to discuss and did not have a chance to ask him this specifically. It is well documented that various branches of the U.S. government used Bout’s planes to transport goods. I will just share a few excerpts from the the following article, Turf wars in Washington.
The only fly in the ointment of this roseate picture of U.S. determination to bring Bout to justice is that the Pentagon freely used his services in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Beginning in 2003, Bout’s 60 aircraft and 300 pilots and personnel provided Pentagon officials with “plausible deniability” in case one is downed, causing far less of a PR ruckus than if insurgents downed U.S. military aircraft. Bout’s airline, British Gulf, flew massive amounts of material into Baghdad International airport for the U.S. occupation forces.
To a question about whether the DoD had ever used Bout’s services Hess replied, “I have not heard anything about that. But if you had some details, we can certainly check into it.” The next month, in a January 2005 letter to Congress, then-assistant defense secretary Paul Wolfowitz admitted the Defense Department “did conduct business with companies that, in turn, subcontracted work to second-tier providers who leased aircraft owned by companies associated with Mr. Bout,” ABC news reported.
The judge presiding over the Viktor Bout trial has instituted a no Internet policy for the jurors. According to an article that appeared in the Gothamist, “Judge Shira Scheindlin ordered jurors to sign a pledge not to research the case online or post information about their involvement as jurors on social media outlets like Facebook and Twitter.”
My question is how good is that signed pledge? The jury was dismissed on Wednesday and they do not return to the court room until Monday morning. I have some friends who can not stay off Twitter or Face Book for more than an hour. As far as I understand the pledge does not ban jurors from using social media, just not to post or research anything associated with the trial or Viktor Bout. Jurors are also instructed not to read about the cases in newspapers or discuss the case with friends and family. However, the easiest way to arouse a human beings interest in a particular topic is to tell them that they can not know or I can not tell you. This goes back to childhood. If one were to be a rogue juror and go to a friends house there really wouldn’t bea way to trace the IP address directly back to them.
My really big concern is how come the jury is not sequestered in this case? In an AFP article last month titled, Google effect worries judge in Viktor Bout trial the judge said “she could not sequester the jury for a trial that could last several weeks.” However, in this age of information and social media, it poses concern with the defense as well as the judge. In the same article mentioned above Federal Judge Shira Scheindlin said that this could be “a major problem” in making sure that the jury trial, which starts October 11, is fair. But Scheindlin said that in the Internet age, that rule was becoming increasingly hard to enforce, noting, “It’s a problem now in any high-profile case. I can’t seize their computers… I can’t lock them up,” she said.
Ironically, there is absolutely not one charge related to narcotics in the Viktor Bout indictment. However, the DEA have a history of catching drug addicts and dealers and turning them into paid informants. They quite often display a ‘by any means necessary’ attitude to obtain their objectives as well a pattern of throwing vast sums of money to convince people to rat out their friends. The following is an excerpt from the same Time magazine article mentioned previously:
One DEA informant, Patrick “Paddy” McKay, a former pilot with the South African mercenary company Executive Outcomes said he has received $450,000from the government since 2005. “When I first saw these cases, I found it hard to believe that all these resources were being expended,” Merer says.
Drug money and weapons seized by the DEA.
If anyone has followed the trial of former DEA agent David Coleman Headley they would know that he threw onto the railroad tracks his boyhood friend Tahawwur Rana. Headley also used and physically abused his wife Faiza Outalha.
Mike Snow was paid $420,000 simply for introducing the DEA to Andrew Smullian. Smullian out of pure greed turned on his one time friend and long-time business associate Viktor Bout. As I previously mentioned Ricardo was paid $320,000 for being a fake FARC rebel in the bait and switch scheme to entrap Bout. Carlos, who apparently was a far better negotiator, got $750,000 from the DEA and $7,500,000 from the U.S. State Department for his performance.
My most pressing concern is that with the jury not being sequestered and the U.S. government investing millions upon millions of dollars already in their quest to capture and set up an innocent man and tear apart his family, how far will they go? It is not beyond the DEA to throw $5, $20 or perhaps $50 million additional dollars at a few select jurors that are probably struggling working class citizens like most Americans. It only takes 1 or 2 to sway a jury pool. They have already invested many years and millions upon millions of taxpayer dollars to entrap Viktor Bout. Paranoid you make ask? Perhaps I just watched the movie “Runaway Jury” too many times. Then again, thousands of people watch the fictional movie the “Lord of War” and actual believe that it is a true and accurate depiction of Viktor Bout which is pure fantasy. It is an entertaining movie and it grossed well in Hollywood and it conveniently has helped to assassinate Viktor Bout’s name in the main stream media.
PLEASE WATCH: Runaway Jury Trailer
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist
to understand that if Bout was really guilty it wound not be so costly, time-consuming and difficult to catch him. Not to mention the international and extradition laws and treaties that were bypassed and broken. Perhaps Time magazine got it right, The DEA’s Terrorist Hunter’s: Overreaching Their Authority?
Additional Articles about Viktor Bout written by me:
Imaginary Crimes: The Never Ending Viktor Bout Story
Face to Face with Viktor Bout: Court Room Conversations
The Curious Case of Viktor Bout: Bout’s extradition case has more curves, twists and turns than Penelope Cruz naked
The Assassination of Viktor Anatoliyevich Bout
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Viktor Bout: ‘The Lord of War’ Quietly Awaits his Fate – The Silence is Deafening Part 2
Viktor Bout: `The Lord of War` Quietly Awaits his Fate – The Silence is Deafening Part I
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