The owner of
one of the air charter companies involved in the airlift of Saudi Royals and bin
Laden family members out of the U.S. after the 9/11 attack has been identified
in numerous published reports as a business partner and “close associate” of New
England Mob Boss Raymond J. (Junior) Patriarca, the
MadCowMorningNews has learned.
Northstar Aviation in Warrick R. I. flew four Saudis, including
a Saudi Sheikh (name unfortunately redacted) on a flight which left Providence R.I. September 14, 2001 and
flew to Paris.
FBI documents refer to it as the “Northstar Aviation flight.”
however, there is no mention of the organized crime connections of air charter
owner Zammiello in either the 9/11 Commission Report, which covered the Saudi flights,
or in recently-released FBI documents rebutting allegations that bin Laden
family members were allowed to leave the U.S. without being interviewed by
is surprising, especially considering Frank Zammiello's relevance to
the story of President George
W. Bush's amazing claim of executive privilege in early 2002 for
all records of the Boston FBI.
Sheiks (and Sheik-ettes) on a plane
Northstar's questionable associations are by no means an isolated circumstance
among the air charter companies involved with the Saudi flights.
charter companies flying Saudi Royals and bin
Laden family members out of the U.S. after the 9/11 attack can be firmly located
seldom-glimpsed netherworld of Saudi money, CIA covert activities, international
organized crime... even Jack Abramoff's billion dollar influence peddling on an intercontinental
It is an untold story of chilling
proportions, some sinister, some comic.
number of Saudi Royals flew home from Las Vegas in a
plane which sported on its tail the Christian dove symbol of the Christian TV
network which owned it.
Moreover, that the mainstream media has not seen fit to so much as lift
an eyebrow at Saudi Royals leaving the U.S. on the airplane of
President-for-Life Omar Bongo of Africa's beyond-corrupt Republic
of Gabon is so way beyond surreal as to defy belief.
FBI 'Straw Man' burned beyond recognition
The FBI has been quick to respond to the “straw man” accusation that the FBI failed to conduct interviews with bin Laden family members before they were allowed to leave the U.S.
released last month stress that they were all over the Northstar
Saudi flight, and all over the other Saudi flights, too.
September 14, 2001, a Northstar Aviation flight to Paris, France, departed
from Providence, Rhode Island. There were four Saudi nationals on board.
According to the FBI, all four passengers “were interviewed and their identity
as far as it goes. But the comments of Democratic Senators Charles Schumer and
Frank Lautenberg, when the
“Phantom Flight” from Tampa to Lexington was
finally confirmed by the 9/11 Commission Report in 2004, focused on
another aspect altogether:
September 11, there were thousands of planes for rent and hundreds Boeing 727s
virtually identical to the one the Bin Laden’s used," Senator Schumer said.
plane that flew the Bin Laden’s back to Saudi Arabia ‘just happened’
to be same one used by the Bush White House as a press charter.”
1. Don't pull on Superman's cape.
noted, “There were 57 charter operators registered to rent out over 375 Boeing
727s nationwide, and commercial aviation was still at a relative standstill, so
it's likely that most if not all of the charter jets in the United States were
available that day.”
the Saudi flight flown by an airliner often used by the White House to fly the
press corps, Lautenberg asked, “When was the first time after September 19, 2001
that the Executive Office of the President used B727 N521DB or any other
aircraft from DB Air or Ryan International?”
suspicions about the identities of the air charter companies involved in the
Saudi flights, as we will see, are nothing if not prescient...
brief thumbnail sketch of air charter operator Frank Zammiello’s “greatest hits”
which follows raises the question: What business did Saudi Sheiks have
with Mobsters from the Northeast?
2. Never eat a restaurant named Mom's.
Zammiello once pledged more than $6 million to secure a pretrial release for New
England mob boss Raymond J. “Junior” Patriarca, when he was facing racketeering
That’s a lot of clams.
Zammiello’s got them. He owns
Camille’s restaurant, a downtown Providence landmark where you could
run into Frank Sinatra at dinner, or New England mob boss Raymond Patriarca
counting the spoons. Count the looted bank vaults. According to the Boston
Globe, just before
Jefferson Loan and Investment Bank of Cranston
R.I. went bust in 1989:
went to a Patriarca business associate, Frank Zammiello, owner of Northstar
Aviation Inc., which operates an aircraft service hangar at T.F. Green Airport
payment to Zammiello's firm was toward the purchase of Northstar.
taxpayers (who always get stuck with the bill) when the bank went under,
Zammiello didn't have to give it back, because it was a nonrefundable down payment.
3. And never ever ever fire the son of a Mob Boss.
also figured in a famous case involving a nightclub
owned by the son of mob boss Cadillac Frank Salemme.
According to the U.S. Attorney
the club "was a business operated on behalf of La Cosa Nostra and run by people
closely associated with the Mafia."
When the nightclub was given
two weeks by the Boston Licensing Board to resolve its “problems,” the manager,
Steve DiSarro, allegedly offered to placate the pols by firing the son of the
Mistake-o. The manager went "missing." His body has never been found.
And questions about his final
resting place--or places--join the ranks of
other popular questions in Beantown. What happened to the Boston Strangler?
Whose idea was it to put Dukakis in a tank?
"Been a privilege claiming privilege with you, Sir
Opined the Boston Herald,
"The relationship between DiSarro and Providence real estate developer Frank J.
Zammiello, a known friend and partner of the jailed New England crime boss
(Patriarca), suggests the South Boston club may be under the
control of organized crime.”
Frank" Salemme also figured in the corruption trial of former Boston FBI honcho
But we may never learn more
than we do now about John Connelly—known as “Zip” to his Mob buddies—and his 30-year crime spree.
When the House Government
Committee attempted to hold hearings on corruption in the Boston FBI, they were
thwarted in the Spring of 2002 by President George W. Bush.
Bush shocked the
Congressional watchdog committee’s chairman, conservative Republican Dan Burton,
by claiming executive privilege to keep Congress from gaining
access to documents generated by the Boston FBI.
You would have
thought Bush had more important things on his mind at that particular moment than FBI corruption in Boston,
but who knows?
The Dept of Rhetorical Questions
If Connelly's crime family and
Bush's claim of executive privilege were to one day dovetail just
perfectly with the FBI raid on Boston computer services company Ptech
because of it's ownership's uncomfortable resemblance to the financiers of
were both threads turn out to be decisive factors in the Saudi's
choice of a Mob-linked aircraft charter company in Rhode Island to get a Saudi
Sheik and three other men out of the U.S. tout de
Would anyone really be surprised?
Bush and Zammiello no doubt know more about these things than we do.
after all, promised to track down Osama bin Laden dead or alive, and he’s still
alive, so he was at least half-right.
Zammiello is today a respected real estate developer in
Palm Beach Florida.
He was even able to borrow $12.5 million from the
Providence city employees retirement fund to build a shopping center...
obviously knows something
we don't. Because we
can’t imagine any city’s retirement fund offering us that
kind of money.
imagine you can, either.
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