By Wayne Madsen
In the latest leak from WikiLeaks of hacked e-mails from the private intelligence firm Stratfor, Fred Burton, Stratfor’s vice president for intelligence, reveals that Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is an intelligence source for Stratfor. However, the e-mails sent by Burton strongly indicate that Stratfor, which was founded by pro-Israeli businessman George Friedman; Netanyahu, and Mossad are of the same mindset when it comes to a perception that President Barack Obama is a threat to Israel.
In a May 12, 2009 e-mail, Burton wrote: “BB [Netanyahu], being the man of honor that he is, intends to let Obama know (I’ve been told man to man) that he is the vanguard of the State of Israel, with the hell bent intentions (Bush like I may add) of neutralizing the Iranian nuclear menace, because he trusts this Presidency about as much as I do. For that, he gets my man of the year award.”
It is a February 22, 2010 e-mail from Burton that should be causing the most concern for the U.S. Secret Service, which is charged with protecting the life of the President of the United States, Burton writes: “One can look at MOSSAD’s recent covert activities and get a sense of their mindset. I also think they will assassinate A-Dogg. His helo will have a malfunction.”
In a March 19, 2010 e-mail, Burton wrote: “BB dislikes Obama immensely. After hosting Biden, the last thing he wants to do is kiss Obama’s arse. From my lips to your ears.” On November 10, 2009, Burton wrote again of Netanyahu’s dislike for Obama: “From my lips to your ears. I would imagine that my good friend BB Netanyahu told Obama what the Sword of Gideon has in store for the Iranian menace. I also have it on good word that BB trusts Obama about as much as he trusted Arafat or Waddi [sic] Haddad.”
Arafat is a reference to the late Palestine Liberation Organization leader Yasir Arafat and Wadi Haddad was the leader of the armed wing of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine who died in 1978 in East Germany after eating Belgian chocolates that were reportedly laced by Mossad with slow-acting poison.
It is clear from a December 11, 2009 e-mail that Burton’s source on all the anti-Obama references ascribed to Netanyahu are from Netanyahu himself. The e-mail, referencing Burton’s source, states: “Fred Burton wrote: my source is bb (eyes only).”
However, the most important statement is Burton’s comment, keeping in mind that Netanyahu was passing on to Burton the strategic thinking of Mossad, that “I think they [Mossad] will assassinate A-Dogg. His helo will have a malfunction.”
Burton is a former Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) special agent at the Department of State. From other leaked Stratfor e-mails, Burton, who previously served as the Texas Department of Public Safety’s Assistant Director for Intelligence and Counter-Terrorism and currently serves on Governor Rick Perry’s Texas Border Security Council, is known for making racist references to minorities, including describing Arabs as “towel heads,” “camel jockies,” and “sleezy arsehole ragheads.” Burton has also referred to Pakistanis as “Pakis” and has charged that “black Dems” commit election fraud in the United States and that Obama has a “black thing” going with Nigerian anti-oil drilling activists.
Burton was part of a State Department team that investigated the 1995 assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin by right-wing Israeli Yigal Amir, a known supporter of Netanyahu.
While Burton may have been referring to either Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad or Ayatollah Khamenei in his reference to “A-Dogg” having a “helo malfunction,” courtesy of Mossad, the spelling of “Dogg” indicates a racial reference. Burton spells “dog” as “Dogg,” a likely reference to the rapper “Snoop Dogg.” The “A” in “A-Dogg” would indicate that he referring to an “A” or “top Dog,” a possible reference to President Obama. Nevertheless, Ahmadinejad and Khamenei do occasionally travel around Iran by helicopter.
In addition to Burton’s boss, Friedman, being a major supporter of Israel, the Mossad threat to Obama’s life is not isolated to the Stratfor e-mail. In a January 13, 2012, editorial in theAtlanta Jewish Times, the paper’s then-owner and publisher, Andrew Adler, laid out three scenarios open to Netanyahu regarding the Iran issue. Adler’s third option was for the Mossad to assassinate Obama. WMR previously reported on Adler’s close connection to Israel’s Consul General in Atlanta. The Atlanta Consulate General is also a major Mossad base of operations in the southern United States.
Adler’s Option Three is as follows: “Three, give the go-ahead for U.S.-based Mossad agents to take out a president deemed unfriendly to Israel in order for the current vice president to take his place, and forcefully dictate that the United States’ policy includes its helping the Jewish state obliterate its enemies.
Yes, you read “three” correctly. Order a hit on a president in order to preserve Israel’s existence. Think about it. If I have thought of this Tom Clancy-type scenario, don’t you think that this almost unfathomable idea has been discussed in Israel’s most inner circles?
Another way of putting ‘three’ in perspective goes something like this: How far would you go to save a nation comprised of seven million lives . . . Jews, Christians and Arabs alike?”
Although Adler resigned as publisher of the paper, neither the U.S. Secret Service nor the Justice Department took any criminal action against the publisher for his suggestion that Mossad kill President Obama.
On March 9, 2010, Netanyahu, during a ceremony in Jerusalem, handed visiting Vice President a frame of broken glass with the comment, “I have one thing to offer you right now, and it’s broken glass.” Biden was hit with shards of glass from the broken frame. It was an ominous warning to the vice president.
The President’s helicopter is Marine One and is maintained and flown by the U.S. Marine Corps’ Marine Helicopter Squadron One (HMX-1) headquartered at the Marine Corps Air Facility at Quantico, Virginia. HMX-1 also has detachments at the Naval Support Facility in Anacostia, Washington, DC and at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland. The President usually travels between the White House and Air Force One at Andrews by helicopter. It is also normal that the President uses Marine One for trips to destinations nearby Washington, including the Camp David presidential retreat in the Catoctin Mountains of Maryland. The President also occasionally uses Marine One on trips around the country and abroad when travel using the presidential limousine is inconvenient.
For as yet unknown reasons, the White House abruptly moved the venue for the upcoming May 18-19 G-8 economic summit of world leaders from Chicago to Camp David. President Obama and the NATO leaders still plan to hold their NATO summit in Chicago from May 20-21. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Obama’s former White House chief of staff who is also known to have close connections to Mossad, was given only a few hours notice of the change in plans and was reported miffed at the White House’s sudden decision. Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, who will be sworn in as President of Russia on May 7, will attend the G-8 summit in Camp David.
Assassinations from tampering with helicopters are not uncommon. Ecuador’s President Jaime Roldos died in a helicopter crash on May 24, 1981, a crash that was blamed on the CIA. On April 28, 2002, retired Russian Army General Alexander Lebed,a former presidential candidate, died in a suspicious helicopter crash in the Sayan Mountains of Russia.
The Burton e-mail on “A-Dogg’s” helicopter experiencing a Mossad “malfunction.”