by Christopher Bollyn
Sept. 3, 2008
The closed trial and sentence of 5 years for Osama bin Laden’s driver, Salim Ahmed Hamdan, by a military tribunal in Cuba was "a hollow victory in the war on terror," the New York Times opined in their Sunday editorial of August 10, 2008. The Hamdan verdict reached through the closed process of the secretive military tribunal at Guantánamo was "a blow to America’s standards of justice and image in the world," the nation's most prestigious newspaper wrote:
The New York Times knows it is on safe ice with the position stated in this editorial. Most Americans, indeed, most of the world would readily agree that any Guantánamo detainee charged of a crime should be tried in a real court, not before a Soviet-style military tribunal in which acquittals are ruled out beforehand.
"There are some evidently dangerous men in Guantánamo, including Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, accused of being the organizer of the Sept. 11 attacks," the Times wrote. "But it is hard to see a real trial ever taking place for Mr. Mohammed, who was subject to waterboarding and other abuse during interrogation," the editorial continued without explaining for the reader why the New York Times found it "hard to see a real trial ever taking place" for the confessed "mastermind of 9-11."
NOT ONE SINGLE TRIAL FOR VICTIMS OF 9-11
As we approach the seventh anniversary of 9-11, one might expect the New York Times to speak out as strongly on behalf of the victims and relatives of those lost on 9-11. It should be remembered, after all, that not one of the 96 wrongful death lawsuits of 9-11 victims has come close to getting a "fair and open trial." Nearly all of the wrongful death lawsuits have been settled secretly out of court through the special negotiator Sheila L. Birnbaum, a New York lawyer who specializes in insurance law and tort litigation at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP (a.k.a. Skadden Arps), where she works with her senior partner, Kenneth J. Bialkin, age 79.
Sheila Birnbaum - the "Special Master"
Birnbaum is responsible for reaching out-of-court settlements for all 9-11 wrongful death lawsuits in the federal court of Alvin K. Hellerstein. She is a multi-millionaire partner at Skadden Arps where she works with the chief of the International Order of B'nai B'rith (Jewish Freemasons), Kenneth J. Bialkin.
The 9-11 settlements all come with gag orders preventing the plaintiffs from speaking about the settlements. In this way, all of the 9-11 lawsuits may soon be wrapped up behind closed doors without a single case going to trial. Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein has long pushed the victims' lawyers to negotiate with Birnbaum and settle the cases as quickly as possible.
There are only 5 wrongful death cases remaining of the original 96. These 96 cases represented the families who sought justice for the loss of their loved ones through the U.S. court system. These are the 9-11 victims who who did not want to accept a one-time government payment for their loss, negotiated by the previous "special master" Kenneth Feinberg, who doled out money from the taxpayer-funded 7 billion dollar September 11 Victim Compensation Fund.
Kenneth Feinberg was the "Special Master"
of the 7 billion dollar 9-11 Victim Compensation Fund
Hellerstein, who oversees all 9-11 litigation, holds the position that the public doesn't need to know how the 9-11 victims are being silenced with "blood money" in a legal war of attrition in which the first casualty was the truth of what happened on 9-11.
I called Sheila Birnbaum, the "special master" of the 9-11 litigation, at her office at Skadden Arps on September 2 and asked her how many of the original 96 cases remained to be settled or tried. Birnbaum said there were only 5 wrongful death cases remaining. Asked if it is possible that all the 9-11 cases could be settled without a single case going to trial, Birnbaum said, "It's possible."
I then asked Birnbaum if she thought it was "acceptable" for the book to be closed on the 9-11 victim mass tort litigation without a single case going to trial while the "terror suspects" and "mastermind of 9-11" were being tried in a Soviet-style military gulag in Cuba without ever being brought to court in the United States.
"I will say, like Obama said, that that decision is above my pay level," Birnbaum said. It should be noted that Birnbaum has long been one of the highest paid corporate lawyers in the United States. Forbes magazine reported in May 2001, that Birnbaum, whose practice primarily involves defending large corporations against consumer tort claims, had earned 3.8 million dollars by early 2001.
Birnbaum said she has been involved in settling all of the cases since she became "special master." Asked why the names of the plaintiffs were being kept secret, she said it was out of respect for the privacy of the families.
BIALKIN - CHIEF ELDER OF ZION
Who is Kenneth J. Bialkin, Birnbaum's partner at Skadden Arps?
Kenneth Bialkin has served as
a director of several Israeli software companies.
He is one of the key Zionist leaders in the United States. He is or has been the chairman of the America-Israel Friendship League, the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith, the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, the American Jewish Historical Society, and the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York.
BIALKIN - CHAIRMAN OF B'NAI B'RITH
These are just some of the positions Bialkin has held to further Zionist efforts. Not all of his positions are included in his Skadden or Who's Who biographical details. His most influential position, for example, is not even mentioned.
When I say that Bialkin is a "key Zionist leader," I do mean key. Bialkin was no less than the head of the very powerful and secretive organization of Jewish Zionist Freemasons, the International Order of B'nai B'rith. In 1979, the Chicago Tribune reported that Bialkin was the Chairman of the National Executive Committee of B'nai B'rith, which it noted had some 500,000 members at the time.
Most likely, Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein is also a high-level member of B'nai B'rith, as, I expect, are Kenneth Feinberg, Michael Mukasey, and Michael Chertoff. (Being an exclusive and highly secretive order of Freemasonry, closed to all non-Jews, it is difficult to say who belongs to this group of Jewish conspirators living in our midst, but it is safe to say that the American Jewish Zionists mentioned above are probably members in good standing of the International Order of B'nai B'rith. The Sulzberger family, for example, the owners of the New York Times, has had several members in the highest positions of Lodge No. 1 in New York City.)
The Tribune article, entitled "Stop pressuring Israel, B'nai B'rith tells Carter," reported that Bialkin had sent a "strongly worded message to President Carter criticizing recent United States policy in the Middle East."
The "strongly worded message" was sent directly to the President. "It's directed principally at him since he is the architect of United States policy," Bialkin said. This is an example of organized Jewish pressure on our elected leaders.
Bialkin is or has been director of several Israeli software companies, notably Technomatic Technologies Ltd., OSHAP, and Sapiens International Corp.NV (based in the Netherlands Antilles, i.e. Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao). He has also represented Maurice Greenberg of AIG. He is also head of the Israeli business at Skadden Arps, which is quite substantial.
I had to make a large chart to diagram the personal and corporate connections while doing research for the latest chapter of Solving 9-11, "The Architecture of Terror: Mapping the Israeli Network Behind 9-11." Kenneth J. Bialkin's name is at the top of this diagram with other senior Zionist gangsters like Henry Kissinger and Maurice Greenberg.
Bialkin is tied to all of the key players in the Israeli network behind 9-11. He is on the board of the Citizens Budget Committee of New York, for example, where Larry Silverstein and Stephen Berger also sit. But far more telling about his role in 9-11 is his crucial role as the lawyer for the Israeli military intelligence companies, such as Amdocs, NICE, and Scitex, who are all discussed in the latest chapter about the Israeli network behind 9-11.
Bialkin is also the President and Chairman of the Board of the America-Israel Friendship League, the organization which connects the highest level of Israeli military intelligence with the Jewish Zionist leadership in the United States. Put simply, Bialkin is the chief of the Zionist criminal gang in the United States.
Kenneth Bialkin with Benjamin Netanyahu,
the leader of the extreme right-wing Likud party,
Bialkin and his partner Birnbaum, and Alvin K. Hellerstein, the federal judge who presides over all 9-11 litigation, are all extremely devoted Zionists, i.e. they are dedicated to the State of Israel. It should be remembered that one of the key defendants in the 9-11 litigation, Huntleigh USA, the passenger screening and airline security firm, is a company wholly owned by an Israeli company run by senior members of Israeli intelligence. Why is this serious conflict of interest issue in the tort litigation related to the crime of the century not discussed in the mass media?
This is the real reason we will not see a "fair and open trial" for the victims of 9-11 seeking justice through the courts. It's the same reason the Soviet-style "trials" in Cuba are being carried out behind closed doors. It's a national disgrace that justice for the victims of 9-11 has been hijacked by high-level Zionists who consider defending Israel to be their sacred duty – above serving justice.
"Stop pressuring Israel, B'nai B'rith tells Carter," UPI, Palm Beach, Chicago Tribune, February 5, 1979