For Immediate Release
Contact: Robert Hughes
202-483-5700 or 703-527-0237
WASHINGTON, D.C., April 8 When John Wilkes Booth left the Surratt boarding house on H Street in Northwest Washington in April of 1865, he and his fellow conspirators knew that his next stop would be Fords Theater where he assassinated Abraham Lincoln.
The same H Street house is now the site for secret meetings organized by Richard Hines, a sniper equipment lobbyist and a major Bush political contributor who is a confidant of senior White House counsel Karl Rove. Hines, a former official of the General Services Administration during the administration of Bushs father and the husband of a former White House domestic policy aide, is now a lobbyist for the Ashbury International Group, which markets sniper equipment to U.S. Special Forces.
The group that meets at the Surratt house is known as the Jefferson Davis Camp No. 305 of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. Those who have participated with the group have been Col. Jeffrey Addicott, former senior counsel to the Special Forces and author of the book Winning the War on Terror; John Czwartacki, former press aide to Senator Lott and current director of public affairs for FEMA who worked on the Rewards for Justice Program; Herbert Harmon,former president of the Reserve Officers Association; and David Eno, an investigator in the office of legal counsel for the Federal Credit Union Administration and a director of the Federal Criminal Investigators Association.
Others include Tucker Eskew, who now heads the White House Office of Global Communications which promotes the war on Iraq; Alan Rothenberg, chairman of the board of the U.S. Federal Credit Union; Charles Goolsby, contact man for the terrorist tip list at the Voice of America and the State Department; and Admiral James Loy, former commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard and current head of the Transportation Security Administration.
Hines has also financed many of the demonstrations for retaining the Confederate flag on the South Carolina Capitol. He coordinated this and other Confederate projects with Kirk Lyons, the lawyer for the Aryan Nations, National Alliance and other white supremacist groups that include the Ku Klux Klan. Lyons, although not charged, was mentioned in the recent indictment of former Army National Guard Major Rafael Davila for espionage. The indictment said that Lyons received stolen classified documents.
John Edward Hurley, president of the Confederate Memorial Association, said the Hines group had targeted him and his organization for the past 15 years because his organization had refused to adopt a white supremacist agenda. Threatening notes had been placed on Hurleys door and he receives menacing telephone calls on a regular basis. He has also been physically attacked by the son of a Coast Guard admiral who attempted to kill responding police officers. Hurley considers this attack, and a serious automobile accident that totally demolished his car, to be assassination attempts.
Hurley says that his requests to investigate the matter to Attorney General John Ashcroft have been unavailing because both Hines and Rove have been political supporters of Ashcroft. He noted that significant funds for scholarships at Patrick Henry College in Leesburg, Virginia, have been donated by David Eno, a commander of the group who is suing Hurley. Ashcrofts wife serves on the board of the College. Enos work with the National Credit Union Administration was the influence that quashed a subpoena fora political slush fund of Hines, Hurley said.
There is absolutely no doubt, Hurley said, that Judge William Jacksons refusal to allow the deposition of these characters in the lawsuit that is before him is because of his top White House connections. Hurley said that he had recently discovered that Judge Jacksons wife, Susan Sinclair, works for the Domestic Terrorism section of the Justice Department.
Hurley said the reason that the judge is now considering liquidating the Confederate Memorial Association is so he can shut down the Associations Web site that is exposing this domestic terrorism operation against American citizens by top government officials.
Hurley is hopeful that his contacts with Assistant U.S. Attorney Earl Hicks, who is prosecuting the espionage case against Major Davila, will thwart Judge Jacksons plans. Hurley is petitioning for the recusal of the judge. Two other judges in the D.C. Superior Court case were forced to recuse themselves previously: Judge John H. Bayly, who hired the individuals to sue Hurley; and Judge Joan Zeldon, who had undisclosed contacts with Hurley's adversaries
The meetings of the group at the H Street house have been kept secret by listing the meeting site at another location in Alexandria, Virginia, which is used by another group of Sons of Confederate Veterans.
When Hines was a $550,000 lobbyist for Cambodia during the Bush 2000 election battles, he financed a last-minute racist direct mail campaign that scuttled Senator John McCains presidential bid in the South Carolina primary. The campaign was devised in South Carolina by Karl Rove and Tucker Eskew, working with Hines. Such expenditures must be reported to the Justice Department under the Foreign Agents Registration Act, as the Wall Street Journal reported in an article on Hines political activities.
The expenditures were never reported and Attorney General John Ashcroft has failed to act despite numerous requests to do so. Hines interviewed Ashcroft for the controversial Southern Partisan magazine article that was cited during Ashcrofts nomination hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee..
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