Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Suspicious airline threatens World Trade Center engineering student investigators By The Wayne Madsen Report

Suspicious airline threatens World Trade Center engineering student investigators By The Wayne Madsen Report

The annual commemoration of the 9/11 attack brings out the best and, sometimes, the worst in people. An aspect of the worst was recently visited upon engineering graduate students at the University of Alaska.

The graduate students, who assisted Professor Leroy Hulsey in his research, have concluded, following a two-year Finite Element Analysis of World Trade Center building number 7, that the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) report on the collapse of the building during the late afternoon of September 11, 2001 was seriously flawed. Hulsey and his team concluded that building 7 did not collapse due to a fire, which was alleged by NIST.

Hulsey and his graduate students received a letter from a principal of a murky company called Air Cargo Carrier (ACC), based at General Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, that clearly intimidated Hulsey and the engineering students. The letter implied that the group was somehow aiding and aiding "terrorism" with their research on the collapse of building 7 and that the future careers of the graduate students could be in jeopardy. It should be noted that the University of Alaska engineering department is considered a center of excellence on the construction of tall buildings, especially when it comes to their withstanding earthquakes.

ACC is owned by ACC Holding, Inc. ACC also owns Telford Aviation, Inc., also based in Milwaukee, and also does business as "The Telford Group." ACC, which is also known as ACC Integrated Services, Inc., "offers short notice service throughout North America, Mexico, and the Caribbean." ACC was founded in 1986, at the height of the Iran-contra affair, and specializes in airlifting freight to various destinations in North America and the Caribbean. The President of ACC is listed as James M. Germek of Milwaukee. A subsidiary of ACC is Milwaukee Avionics & Instruments. ACC also serves Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport.

Ironically, former president George H. W. Bush was diverted to Milwaukee while in flight from Washington, DC to St. Paul, Minnesota during the morning of the 9/11 attack. Bush had spent the previous day and night at the White House. Bush claims he and Barbara Bush were whisked off to a motel well outside the city limits of Milwaukee by the U.S. Secret Service. During the night and morning of September 10-11, 2001, Bush, Sr. attended a board meeting of The Carlyle Group at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Washington. Also attending that meeting was the brother of Osama bin Laden, according to The Washington Post:

"It didn’t help that as the World Trade Center burned on Sept. 11, 2001, the news interrupted a Carlyle business conference at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel here attended by a brother of Osama bin Laden [Shafiq bin Laden]. Former president Bush [senior], a fellow investor, had been with him at the conference the previous day. (Greg Schneider, 'Pairing the Powerful With the Rich,' Washington Post, March 16, 2003.")

The author of the intimidating letter has a relationship with ACC. He is an attorney who uses addresses in Janesville, Wisconsin and Brooklyn, New York. Janesville is the hometown of U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan.
Telford operates a facility at the Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland under a Department of Defense contract. Aberdeen is tasked with testing new ordinance, including explosives, for the U.S. military. Telford also maintains an office in Dothan, Alabama, which is near the Army's Fort Rucker aviation training base.

The owner and founder of Telford Aviation, Telford Allen II, 64, was killed on August 1, 2010 in the crash of his Cessna A185F floatplane into Moosehead Lake in Rockwood, Maine. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) concluded that Allen had taken too much of the over-the-counter antihistamine, diphenhydramine, which impaired his judgment and caused him to crash his plane. The NTSB interim report stated: "While the pilot may have been having difficulty sleeping due to back pain or his impending surgery or possible chemotherapy, the investigation was unable to determine that fatigue was a factor in the accident." While Allen was killed, a passenger, although injured, survived the crash. The passenger indicated to the Bangor Daily News that they "had a normal flight” and the location of the crash was in "the same area" Allen always landed.

   Kevin Kuranz, left, of Sheboygan and Christopher Schmidt of Maryville, Tennessee, listen to Schmidt's mother Debbie during a judicial hearing in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The pilots returned home after 18 days in jail in the Dominican Republic.
Telford Allen [left], founder of Telford Aviation, killed in suspicious plane crash in 2010. Left-to-right, second photo: ACC pilots Kevin Kuranz and Christopher Schmidt, arrested in Dec. 2010 after cocaine and heroin was discovered on board their chartered aircraft in the Dominican Republic.
Some four months after Allen's death in Maine, two ACC pilots, Kevin Kuranz of Sheboygan, Wisconsin and Christopher Schmidt of Maryville, Tennessee, were arrested by the Dominican Republic police in Santo Domingo on December 2, 2010. 321 pounds of cocaine and 4 pounds of heroin were discovered hidden beneath the floor boards and behind the wall panels of their ACC-owned aircraft. Some 19 members of the Dominican military were also arrested in connection with the illegal narcotics discovery. 

Kuranz and Schmidt, who were temporarily based in Puerto Rico, were released on bail of $12,160 each after an intercession by ACC with the Dominican Republic's ambassador in Washington and the government in Santo Domingo. The two pilots agreed to return to Santo Domingo in the event of a trial, however none was ever scheduled for them. The Dominican prosecutor assigned to the case, Carmen Diaz Amezquita, wanted the two American pilots held until he could fully prepare the case. The presiding judge overruled the prosecutor and ordered the pilots released on bail. The case was never brought to trial and 12 of the Dominican military personnel initially arrested in connection with the drug bust were released without charges being brought.

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ACC has been involved in a number of civil cases brought by ex-employees and business partners.  In 2015, Jesus Alvarez, an ACC/Telford Field Service Engineer in Texas, filed a discrimination suit against Air Cargo Carrier LLC/Telford Aviation, Inc. in the Texas District Court in El Paso, Texas.  Alvarez claimed that Anglo-American employees of ACC/Telford subjected him to harassment over his Hispanic heritage, claiming that Mexicans are "worthless." The harassment continued until ACC fired Alvarez. The El Paso court dismissed Alvarez's lawsuit for damages. Court records indicate that ACC has been active not only in west Texas, but also in Arkansas in the late 1980s and 90s.  ACC's operations in Arkansas would place it within the milieu of several Central Intelligence Agency covert operations in support of the Nicaraguan contras and Colombian drug cartels.