Posts Tagged ‘Alfreda Frances Bikowsky’


The state of the cover-up:

Former FBI agents say the agency’s bin Laden unit misled them about two hijackers

Some explanation is needed.

What low-level CIA operatives are told and what high-level strategists actually want to have happen are not necessarily the same thing.

Former counter-terrorism “Czar” Richard Clarke has let the cat out of the bag.  The CIA top leadership all knew that Al Qaeda hijackers were living in the US, and for 16 months, they let them.  Even one week before 9/11 this info was kept hidden from high-level people like Richard Clarke and the head of FBI.

Clarke, the good insider, floats a tailor made excuse that CIA’s intentions were pure and that they only wanted to turn these hijackers into double agents.  This story has nothing supporting it.  What’s more, CIA actions allowed the hijackers to succeed in their mission, rendering whatever excuses that can be concocted moot.

It is entirely possible that low-level CIA people were fed this story, while the upper people were okay with a “new Pearl Harbor” event.  The Project for a New American Century is aimed at the top decision makers, the politicos in the white house, political appointees, not the grunts carrying out orders.  The orders to allow the hijackers to operate freely could be justified by this recruitment meme, even more conveniently when Saudi agents like Omar Al Bayoumi could be said to be handling the contacts.  All that CIA people needed to do was to keep it quiet, and not tell the FBI — despite being legally required to do so.

So the cover story that a recruitment operation is the highest priority, and that Saudi “allies” are carrying it out — because CIA isn’t supposed to operate domestically, of course — convinces low-level personnel that they’re doing the right thing.

Only, they weren’t doing the right thing at all.  The hijackers weren’t recruited.  The Saudis supported 9/11 hijackers, and for all we know were happy that they succeeded in their mission, with Bandar Bush and the PNAC gang popping champagne that night.  This “new Pearl Harbor” event opened the floodgates to endless war and imperial expansion.


Zero Dark Thirty failed to take home any of the big awards at Oscars 2013.

“Instead, the CIA learned of the existence of the courier, his true name and location through means unrelated to the CIA detention and interrogation program.”  —Senate Intelligence Committee Letter to Sony Pictures

Articles on the torture scandal:

Letter to the Editor


Academy member, actor David Clennon, has spoken out against Zero Dark Thirty, urges boycott.

“At the risk of being expelled [from the Academy] for disclosing my intentions, I will not be voting for Zero Dark Thirty – in any Academy Awards category. Everyone who contributes skill and energy to a motion picture – including actors – shares responsibility for the impressions the picture makes and the ideas it expresses. If I had played the role that was offered to me on Fox’s 24 (Season 7), I would have been guilty of promoting torture, and I couldn’t have evaded my own responsibility by blaming the writers and directors.”


Ed Asner and Martin Sheen also protesting the film, urge other actors to speak out.


“Co-Chair” of Sony Pictures, Amy Pascal, had the brass balls to type:

“We fully support Kathryn Bigelow and [screenwriter] Mark Boal and stand behind this extraordinary movie. We are outraged that any responsible member of the Academy would use their voting status in Ampas as a platform to advance their own political agenda. … This film should be judged free of partisanship. To punish an artist’s right of expression is abhorrent.”

Torture is a partisan political issue now?

Amy Pascal is a frothing fount of idiocy.

Sony used special insider access to create a pro-torture film, probably fed lies by the tortuers themselves at CIA.  They created scenes, most likely as all-too willing dupes of their CIA sources, which showed information extracted via torture, that never happened in real life.  The real Osama bin Laden location was determined “through means unrelated to the CIA detention and interrogation program.” (Senate Intelligence Committee Letter)




“And in fact when the FBI saw what was going on and how the CIA intended to treat him,  they withdrew, because they were afraid it was criminal.  And in fact one of the FBI agents told headquarters of the FBI, he thought that the CIA interrogators should be arrested.”


Mayer Interview Begins About 10 Minutes Injane-mayer.

We’re told repeatedly how we should praise the “strong women” like director Kathryn Bigelow and her CIA protagonist in Zero Dark Thirty, despite the latter being a torturer and war criminal in real life.

What about strong women who don’t torture and commit murder for the state?  Like Amy Goodman, Jane Mayer, Sibel Edmonds, Colleen Rowley, Medea Benjamin, Jill Stein and Cynthia McKinney?  Their stories remain off the radar, off the mainstream news, and off the minds of Americans who are increasingly indoctrinated to worship the military and militarism.  Those who stand up for human rights and opposed to war and torture are sidelined in this culture, despite their allegedly valued “strength” and character.

“They got a lot of bad information, and they have radicalized the world against the United States.”




Mayer wrote about the CIA Officer Alfreda “Frances” Bikowsky in her book, detailing an aggressive, felonious CIA manager who reveled in the torture of Khalid Shiekh Muhammad.  She also sent an innocent tourist to be tortured in Afghanistan for 5 months and refused to release him even after being informed by the German government that his passport was legitimate.

More about Alfreda Frances Bikowsky at the History Commons:

Profile: Alfreda Frances Bikowsky at History Commons


Bikowsky is the obvious real-life model for Zero Dark Thirty’s protagonist played by Jessica Chastain, and named as “Maya.


On the trail of the CIA Officers who hid the San Diego Cell 9/11 hijackers from the FBI and from White House Counterterrorism Advisor Richard Clarke:


The CIA is protecting two employees at the heart of the 9/11 intelligence failures, threatening journalists John Duffy and Ray Nowosielski – yours truly – with a possible unprecedented federal prosecution under the Intelligence Identities Protection Act. The incident concerning the two in the run up to the Sept 11th tragedy has become infamous.

“Its one of the most troubling aspects or our entire report, that particular thing,” explained 9/11 Commission chairman Thomas Kean. The Newsweek journalist who broke the story in 2002, Michael Isikoff, goes even further. “That was a pretty stunning intelligence lapse. Probably one of the biggest intelligence lapses of our time.”

The identities in question are those of a former staff operations officer at the CIA’s Al Qaeda unit in 2000, called Michael in the Commission Report, and her immediate supervisor at the time, referred to by her middle name, Frances, in an AP story about CIA accountability in February.

Likely candidates for their names were discovered through savvy internet research conducted based on minimal background details provided from various sources and previously published stories. When we were not corrected after using the names in conversations with people in a position to know, we had a sort of confirmation.

The real confirmation came on Thursday via CIA’s reaction to our email informing them that the names would be included in an investigative podcast to be released Sunday on iTunes, Who Is Rich Blee? “We strongly believe it is irresponsible and a potential violation of criminal law to print the names of two reported undercover CIA officers whom you claim have been involved in the hunt against al Qa’ida.”

The federal law in question was later stated: the Intelligence Identities Protection Act. The law has never before been applied to journalists who find information in open-source materials. This possible expansion of precedent fits an ongoing pattern of intimidation and redefining precedent regarding leaks and whistleblowers from the White House. The Obama administration has used the Espionage Act to prosecute more whistleblowers in one term than all previous Presidents combined, as the New York Times noted last month.

We are told that the two were analysts whose names were not classified at the time of 9/11. Following that tragedy, the Agency might have chosen to hold them accountable in some appropriate manner. Instead, they were placed into cover status where today they work, according to the Agency, as important players in the fight against Al Qaeda.

We have confirmed with The New Yorker’s Jane Mayer that “Frances” is the same red-haired CIA employee described in her best-selling book The Dark Side as having been reprimanded for making herself involved in the waterboarding of Khalid Shaikh Mohammad without being officially assigned to do. The CIA has told us this did not happen, though it was unclear if they meant the incident or the reprimanding. She was reportedly later informed by superiors, “Its not supposed to be entertainment.”

She is also “the analyst at the heart of the el-Masri mishap,” as reported by AP in February. El-Masri was an innocent German citizen who was kidnapped in December 2003 and interrogated for five months in a secret prison. A source in a position to know has further asserted that “Frances” was partially singled out for blame in an internal CIA review of the suicide bombing in Khost that killed seven officers. The Agency was widely criticized for failing to take basic safety steps before bringing the double-agent bomber into a CIA base.

This is one of the people the CIA says we would be irresponsible to reveal to the American public.

Posted 22nd September 2011 by STARstream Research | STARpod.US |

“Frances” may indeed be the heroine of Kathryn Bigelow’s ZERO DARK THIRTY, whose real name is Alfreda Frances Bikowsky.

Jessica Chastain in Zero Dark Thirty


Is this the woman lionized by Kathryn Bigelow in Zero Dark Thirty?


“Her name is Alfreda Frances Bikowsky and, according to independent reporters Ray Nowosielski and John Duffy, she is a CIA analyst who is partially responsible for intelligence lapses that led to 9/11. The two reporters recently released a “documentary podcast” called “Who Is Richard Blee?” about the chief of the agency’s bin Laden unit in the immediate run-up to the 9/11 attacks and featuring interviews with former counterterrorism official Richard Clarke, former CIA agent Bob Baer, Looming Tower author Lawrence Wright, 9/11 Commission co-chairman Tom Keane, and others. In it, Nowosielski and Duffy make the case that Bikowsky and another CIA agent named Michael Anne Casey deliberately declined to tell the White House and the FBI that Khalid al-Mihdhar, an Al Qaida affiliate they were tracking, had obtained a visa to enter the U.S. in the summer of 2001.

That “Gawker” wording is inaccurate and problematic.  The visas were obtained a full 16 months prior to the 9/11 attacks, in 2000.  The botched wording implies that the visas were obtained in summer 2001, which is not the case.

Former FBI translator Sibel Edmonds also exposed Bikowsky:

“Both the previous and current administrations appear to have deemed Alfreda Frances Bikowsky’s direct involvement in intentional obstruction of justice, intentional cover up, lying to Congress, and overseeing rendition-kidnapping-torture practices as qualifying factors to have kept promoting her. She now leads the CIA’s Global Jihad Unit and is a close advisor to the President.”

Michael Ruppert, Colleen Rowley and others have for many years talked about the promotion of the people directly responsible for allowing the hijackers to remain at large prior to 9/11.  This rewarding of “failure” is one of the most striking aspects of the 9/11 cover up.

History Commons Entries on Alfreda Frances Bikowsky

The filmmakers are featured on Sibel Edmond’s Boiling Frog Podcast here.

“Filmmakers Ray Nowosielski and John Duffy join us to discuss their extensive research, interviews and findings which have resulted in the unmasking of three former top CIA officials- George Tenet, Cofer Black and Richard Blee- and their role in withholding intelligence on two key 9/11 hijackers and subsequent cover-ups.”

The explosive interview with former White House Counter-terrorism Advisor (“Czar”) Richard Clarke:


CIA threatens filmmakers Nowosielski and Duffy forcing them to censor their 9/11 investigation and take down the “” website.

More from Sibel Edmonds:

Alfreda Frances Bikowsky is the person described in New Yorker journalist Jane Mayer’s book The Dark Side as having flown in to watch the waterboarding of terrorist Khalid Sheikh Mohammad without being assigned to do so. “Its not supposed to be entertainment,” superiors were said to have told her. She was also at the center of “the el-Masri incident,” in which an innocent German citizen was kidnapped by the CIA in 2003 and held under terrible conditions without charges for five months in a secret Afghan prison. The AP characterized it as “one of the biggest diplomatic embarrassments of the U.S. war on terrorism.”

These are crimes.

In an unaccountable empire criminals are heralded as “heroes.”

It’s all fine and well with the racism directing the torture and murder at foreigners, Arabs, Islamic people.  Of course Americans don’t notice they’ve been flushed down the slippery slope and no longer have any right to privacy as the government claims the right to detain them at will and bomb their houses with drone missiles.

Cheer on.