“The information is staggering,” the whistle-blower told FoxNews.com.
A Justice Department spokesman on Thursday told FoxNews.com it “does not comment on grand jury proceedings,” as a matter of longstanding policy. Fry, reached for comment late Thursday, also would not confirm or deny the claim.
‘When I mentioned the tech that was compromised to the Armed Services Committee, their jaws just dropped.’
- Congressional source
The claims originate with several past and current NASA employees concerned with the systemic leak of highly sensitive information relating to missile defense systems, as well as what they call a troubled investigation into the leak.
The documents claim the FBI has been working with other agencies since 2009 on an investigation into foreign nationals working at Ames. This follows allegations by two Republican lawmakers earlier this month that the U.S. attorney’s office in the Northern California district was ultimately denied by the Justice Department when it tried to proceed with indictments.
Melinda Haag, the U.S. attorney for the Northern District of California, denied claims her office was blocked in trying to proceed with the case.
“I am aware of allegations our office sought authority from DOJ in Washington, D.C. to bring charges in a particular matter and that our request was denied,” she said in a written statement. “Those allegations are untrue. No such request was made and no such denial was received.”
Yet two members of Congress, Reps. Frank Wolf, R-Va., and Lamar Smith, R-Texas, said in a statement to FoxNews.com that Haag’s denial “conflicts with information we have received from federal law enforcement sources,” and added “we hope that the DOJ Inspector General will take our request seriously.” The lawmakers had requested, via letter, an IG investigation.
Rob Storch, a spokesman for the DOJ inspector general’s office, confirmed to FoxNews.com the office received the letter from Wolf and Smith. “We’re evaluating (the letter),” he said.
Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, the Ames Research Center has been a center of high tech innovation for more than 60 years. As the space agency’s mission has changed over the years since it was built, NASA has turned it into a commercial research facility, leasing out space to a number of companies including rocket firm SpaceX and tech giant Google, which leases 42 acres there through a holding company called Planetary Ventures.
The accusations stem from a reported violation of the International Traffic in Arms Regulation (ITAR), which governs the export of defense weaponry. In 2006, Ames adapted specialized rocket engines — originally developed for the Pentagon missile defense “Kinetic Kill Vehicle” program — for a moon lander prototype that ultimately became NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE). The robotic moon orbiter is set to launch on Aug. 12, 2013.
Information on guidance and terrain-mapping systems from the Tomahawk cruise missile and a radar from the F-35 were also shared, according to one report in Aviation Week.
“When I mentioned the tech that was compromised to the Armed Services Committee, their jaws just dropped,” a congressional source told FoxNews.com.
The sources allege that Ames Center Director Simon P. “Pete” Worden and Will Marshall, a British citizen, shared that moon lander project – and the missile defense technology – with individuals from foreign countries including China, South Korea and Saudi Arabia.
“Will Marshall in particular had demonstrated far too great an interest in locating U.S. spy satellites, giving interviews to Chinese and American newspapers on curtailing U.S. space security,” reads a document that was purportedly given to the FBI. Marshall could not be reached for comment by FoxNews.com.
The document claims foreign nationals, under the direction of Worden, were since 2006 brought in to work on space flight projects, without the proper export control licenses. Further, the document claims they were planning to share technology with the Chinese and other countries through the International Space University.
The document also charges the Department of Homeland Security “intercepted” Marshall at the San Francisco airport, and “confiscated” his NASA-issued computer, suggesting it contained sensitive information.
“Foreign nationals had access to technology and even brought foreign visitors in to see it. Three left the country and talked about the technology,” congressional sources told FoxNews.com. “The case was referred to the U.S. attorney – it’s a clear violation of ITAR.”
A NASA engineer was subpoenaed to testify before a secret grand jury in February 2011 in San Jose, according to the documents. But the attorney assigned to the case – Gary Fry — was removed at the last minute, before the case was transferred to another office within Haag’s district. Fry still works out of the San Jose office.
NASA headquarters deferred questions to the Department of Justice. The Justice Department headquarters also declined to comment to FoxNews.com.
But Worden told FoxNews.com the accusations are “rubbish.”
“I take very seriously our responsibility to safeguard sensitive information. I say this unambiguously — I have not, would not, and could not impede a law enforcement investigation. To the best of my knowledge I am not the subject of a current investigation,” he said in a statement.
On Feb. 8, Reps. Wolf and Smith sent letters to the Justice Department inspector general and the director of the FBI regarding the allegedly illegal movement of this crucial technology. Wolf chairs the House Appropriations Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies subcommittee. Smith heads the House Science, Space and Technology Committee.
The letters allege the FBI had uncovered the ITAR violations, and the U.S. attorney was prepared to issue indictments. But it says the case has been stalled for more than a year, agents in the case were reassigned, and the statute of limitations on the violations is already beginning to expire.
“It is our understanding that this illegal technology transfer may have involved classified Defense Department weapons system technology to foreign countries, including China, potentially with the tacit or direct approval of the center’s leadership,” the letters read.
Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, also wrote to NASA as early as April 2012 asking about allegations that Worden “allowed foreign nationals” to access Ames – along with “NASA secrets and cutting edge technology” in violation of ITAR.
Is the Obama Administration Committing Sedition or Treason?
Written on Sunday, February 24, 2013 by Sean Aland
With many unanswered questions still looming large from the Fast and Furious investigation, Occupy Wall Street, and the 9-11 Attack on the American consulate in Benghazi it is time to ask whether the Obama administration with its reckless policies to “fundamentally change America” is guilty of sedition or perhaps even treason.
Webster’s defines sedition as, Crime of creating a revolt, disturbance, or violence against lawful civil authority with the intent to cause its overthrow or destruction. Because it is limited to organizing and encouraging opposition to government rather than directly participating in its overthrow, sedition is regarded as falling one step short of the more serious crime of treason. In the U.S. the display of a certain flag or the advocacy of a particular movement….(such as anarchism, or communism). Knowingly illegally arming Mexican drug cartels to gain evidence to abridge the second amendment is violence against lawful civil authority, even if it does not result in the murder of a law enforcement official, which Fast and Furious did. This administration supported the Occupy Wall Street (OWS), a movement that was rife with socialists and anarchists calling for the overthrow of our government and economy, often resorting to violence with the blessings of former advisors. The Failed Gun running operation to arm Libyan rebels in Benghazi resulted in the consulate being overrun and four American lives being lost. Without delving into the administration’s policies, these three cases show an obvious tie to “organizing and encouraging opposition to government” as well as “advocacy” in the case of the OWS movement.
Treason is defined as, Offense of attempting to overthrow the government of one’s country or of assisting its enemies in war. In the U.S., the framers of the Constitution defined treason narrowly—as the levying of war against the U.S. or the giving of aid and comfort to its enemies…
In all three of the examples mentioned above the administration directly or indirectly assisted our enemies in time of war. In the case of Benghazi and Fast and Furious the gun running provided aid… to our enemies. If they used the weapons against us did they levy war? The drug cartels are enemies of the U.S. Further, OWS wants to undermine our economy, which was Al-Qaida’s goal on 9-11. Both of these examples are a form of domestic terror. Since the Libyan rebels were assisted by the Muslim brotherhood that came from Egypt and has the same goals as Al-Qaida, the administration is guilty of encouraging terrorism against the U.S. Ask, were the weapons given to the rebels passed through to Al-Qaida and used against us in the consulate attack? We have seen the lack of cooperation by the DOJ in the Fast and furious Investigation, praise for the OWS demonstrations by the president, and the great Benghazi cover-up after the Consulate attack , yet we still do not know the truth regarding guns, intelligence, security, and missing weapons. The administration shared the bogus story regarding a video about Mohammed the pedophile and womanizer as the cause of the attack. Then the State Department said it was a planned 9-11 terrorist attack and not a demonstration about a video. What will the next STORY be? We have heard that the president knew, did not know, went to bed, never called, etc. which brings to mind something I was told as a child: “When you tell the truth, the story doesn’t change.” One thing is certain, with all the changes to the Benghazi story that have come out of the Obama Administration, someone is lying and others are covering it up.
Call it the total incompetence of this administration with guns and OWS or the A,B, C, foreign policy, (Appease, Apologize, Bow down to out of a Lack Courage in the Face of Crisis), that actually led to this latest round of terrorist attacks. The Obama Administration has ignored the truth about Fast and Furious, hoping it will go away. Now it appears they are doing the same with the Benghazi gun running operation. Whatever the facts are the American people deserve to know what occurred and why in each circumstance. Is this administration guilty of sedition and or Treason? The policies point to it and the actions scream it. The Obama camp has yet to truthfully respond about any of these cases, and continues to be evasive, unclear, and confusing very effectively, with full media protection and complicity.
Brigitte Gabriel, a leading expert on Islamic extremism stated “It is such a shame that in our country today, we have an administration that is not forthright and truthful, and is more concerned with public appearances and elections than protecting America. It is shameful the way this administration has handled national security and foreign policy, to the point where we have become the laughingstock of our enemy…”
Sedition and treason aside, our lack of response only emboldens militant Islamists who understand and respect strength, not the weakness continually shown by this administration.
The president took the following oath of office “I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” –Article II, Section 1, Constitution of the United States With his administration bordering on sedition and treason, it is time for Obama to not only protect and defend the constitution but, as he stated in 2008, it is time for some “transparency, honesty and Change” before any more damage occurs to our nation.
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