FEDS FAIL TO MAKE TERROR CONNECTION
FAULTY OVERSIGHT SHOWS SAD STATE OF NATIONAL SECURITY
Semion Mogilevich (also known as Mogelivich) now tops the FBI’S Most Wanted list.
The Russian crime boss, who set up an office in Newtown, Pennsylvania, stands accused of ordering assassinations, money laundering, passport crimes, mail fraud, and a host of other financial crimes.
Mogilevich bilked Canadian and US investors of more than $150 million through a bogus company called YBM Magnex International, which was incorporated in Pennsylvania.
YBM Magnex did not produce highly revolutionary and incredibly powerful magnets as its brochure proclaimed.
Though listed on the New York Stock Exchange, the company did not produce anything but hype and cash for Mr. Mogilevich.
His fraudulent scheme made him the subject of America’s Most Wanted, a Fox crime program with John Walsh.
But neither the FBI nor America’s Most Wanted appear to be aware of the depth of Mr. Mogilevich’s criminal activity, let alone the reason why he remains a threat to national security.
The Russian crime boss not only controls extensive natural gas pipelines in Eastern Europe but he also is the world’s leading illegal arms dealer.
Mr. Mogilevich specializes in state of-the-art weaponry. He provides the Taliban not only with AK-47s and AK-74s (Soviet assault rifles), Stalin Organ-style RPGs (rocket-propelled grenades), LAWs (light antitank weapons) and thousands of crates of land mines but also Stinger surface-to-air missiles and even Tomahawk AGM-86Ds, 550 mile-per-hour “smart bombs.”
But even this fact is not the reason for real alarm.
Mr. Mogilevich has sold nuclear materiel and devises to Osama bin Laden and the leaders of al Qaeda. Israeli intelligence has documented one sale of twelve to fifteen kilos of uranium-236. The uranium had been enriched to 85 percent – – far beyond the standards of enrichment for weapons-grade quality. For this transaction, Mogilevich received a relatively modest payment of $70 million
The Russian crime lord continues to be the leading supplier of weapons of mass destruction.
Will he be caught?
Probably not until the Department of Justice comes to realize the real scope of his criminal activity and the real reason he must be collared at all costs.