High Level Intrigue Revealed In San Diego Intelligence "Mishandling" Case

By WILLIAM MAYER and BEILA RABINOWITZ

November 19, 2008 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Though Gunnery Sgt. Gary Maziarz calls himself a patriot he has been the focal point of an internal spy investigation at Camp Pendleton California.

That investigation has so far resulted - along with many red faces in local intelligence circles - in Maziarz' court martial, his having admitting guilt [2006] for, "mishandling intelligence and stealing government property," which netted him a sentence of 26 months, along with an order not to speak to the media.

Despite that gag-order Maziarz recently presented his version of the story in an interview given to San Diego Union Tribune reporter, Rick Rogers and published Monday. [see, Rick Rogers, Former Marine outlines secret dossiers, Muslims, Arabs not targeted, FBI says, http://www.signonsandiego.com/uniontrib/20081117/news_1m17maziarz.html, November 17, 2008]

The case is complex, as one might imagine in matters bearing on national security and intelligence. It centers on the unauthorized flow of information from Camp Pendleton to the Los Angeles Terrorism Early Warning [TEW] Group, part of a nation-wide multi-disciplinary intelligence infrastructure designed to foster the interagency exchange and sharing of terror related data in a post 9/11 world.

Sgt. Maziarz' methodology involved accessing sensitive domestic intelligence information via Camp Pendleton's computer system and then handing it off to Col. Larry Richards, the base's previous intel chief, who was also the founder of the Los Angeles TEW group.

Aside from that basic information much remains hazy, both about the case and whether or not Camp Pendleton is a legitimate part of the LA TEW.

Maziarz' claim of patriotism however seems a bit strained at this point. Not only has he broken the gag order which was part of his plea-bargain, the very fact of him airing any more about the case can't help but damage national security - a very real consideration. There is an implicit thread in Maziarz' statements and the press' subsequent characterization of them, that the subjects of the intelligence gathering operation were surveilled simply because of their religion and/or ethnicity. This has raised the charge so popular among the Islamist enemy and their brethren on the left of racial profiling.

For evidence of that one only need consult the omnipresent Council on American Islamic Relations' [CAIR] newsletter, with its November 17 edition headline screaming, "Secret Dossiers Kept On U.S. Muslims," and linking back to the SD Tribune article.

CAIR's MO on such matters is legendary.

The group, a Saudi funded mouthpiece for the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas is an unindicted co-conspirator in the largest U.S. terror [Hamas] financing trial, U.S. vs. Holy Land Foundation. CAIR has a history of perfidy in such matters, advancing allegations generally concocted out of whole cloth based upon the canard that there is widespread discrimination against American Muslims, indicating the presence of rampant Islamophobia.

Sgt. Maziarz could not have been unmindful of the potential repercussions of his going to the press in this matter, especially considering that since no one else is talking, his presentation will likely serve to characterize the case for a long time.

Maziarz' claims of patriotism also seem to break down given his admission in his court martial to the lesser charge of stealing large quantities of war souvenirs including AK-47s, Russian sniper rifles and body armor, something not generally regarded as an indicator of great devotion to country.

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