(Gateway Pundit) – A 2016 DOJ criminal investigation was suppressed and buried by the DOJ/FBI that involved a major NY Democratic power broker, Bill and Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation.
The investigation revolved around the illegal sale of US technology that was ITAR/EAR controlled and US State Department regulated. This included advanced intelligence systems, surveillance, thermal cameras, sensors, radar, C4I and cyber warfare systems that were sold to Russia and China in the years before the 2016 election.
The DOJ terminated its internal investigation despite clear and irrefutable evidence of criminal activity and hid it from the public!
This story begins with the Clintons and their Clinton Foundation. It includes Russia and China, and ends with another FBI/DOJ cover-up of Clinton crimes.
In our first post we discussed the Clinton Foundation and the Clintons’ efforts in assisting their friends’ business venture. Marty Edelman and Mati Kochavi created the family of companies under the AGT International umbrella and then donated heavily to the Clintons and in turn the Clintons helped them promote their business. This was a typical ‘pay to play’ arrangement with the Clintons – donate to the Clintons and the Clintons will help you get what you want.
Today we discuss the firm AGT International. This firm that the Clintons helped create did all it could to generate revenues, even if it meant flagrantly breaking US law. In 2014, AGT described itself on its website as the following –
Today’s world has more devices and sources of information than ever before, but are they truly interconnected? AGT International is revolutionizing public safety and security by connecting previously unlinked devices and data, making relevant information accessible and actionable for decision-makers and citizens alike.
We use our deep domain expertise to collect, analyze and identify the most relevant data; and our solutions provide enhanced visibility to empower people, governments and businesses to predict, visualize and manage cities and other complex environments.
Since its launch in 2007, AGT ($1B annual revenues) has been a pioneer, making the world safer by leading the integration of devices and new information sources. In the last five years we have connected a greater variety of sensors than anyone else in our industry while successfully delivering some of the world’s largest and most sophisticated public safety and security projects.
AGT International leverages three of the most compelling current technology trends to revolutionize public safety and security: the Internet of Things, Big Data Analytics and Cloud Computing. Our advanced proprietary software powers cloud-based knowledge solutions that make connected sensors and data accessible and delivers services that aid complex problem solving.
AGT is privately held with headquarters in Switzerland. The company is proud of its diversity: more than 50 nationalities are represented among its 2,400 employees.
AGT’s International Management Team –
The Clintons were compensated for their support and endorsement by Kochavi and Edelman through payments to the Clinton Foundation. These payments totaled millions of dollars.
AGT Statistics from company presentations –
AGT Introduction – slide detailing company offering and experience –
Edelman and Kochavi were both involved in running the day to day business. For example, an AGT Management Meeting that includes executives from all of its business units, included Martin Edelman at the top of the list –
AGT’s flagship platform had multiple names such as “Wisdom” and “Urban Shield”. This platform was a C4I (Command, Control, Communications, Computers, and Intelligence) system. Some of the other derivatives technologies that came with it were ITAR regulated.
ITAR refers to “International Traffic in Arms Regulations“. These regulations authorize the President to control the export and import of defense articles and defense services. To put it simply, if a company’s articles and services are related to national defense, there are certain things that must happen. For example, the individuals dealing in these items must undergo and maintain training regarding US laws and the nature of items prohibited for sale under these laws. US law also prohibits the sale of ITAR products and services to certain foreign countries, like China and Russia.
AGT and 4D Security Solutions were fully aware of this and even stated this in writing in internal communications and mandated from all employees ITAR training and certification. Wisdom as well as some of the technologies that it used (such as thermal cameras, optics, radar and communications) were also fully ITAR regulated.
Below is a look at the 4D Security Solutions internal ITAR and EAR compliance information page. It indicates that 4D products are fully regulated by ITAR –
AGT sold the Wisdom platform under different names and configurations to various clients in the US. AGT’s platform was purchased and used in the Philadelphia Real Time Crime Center, by the Memphis Police, and the Tuscan Police. In order to circumvent the ITAR and export controls, the products were relabeled and sold by different companies under the same AGT umbrella.
For example, in Tuscan, AGT sold its product under its company named 3i-MIND, which was based in Fort Lee New Jersey and called the product “OpenMIND” and “UrbanShield”. In Philadelphia the product was sold by 4D Security Solutions where it was packaged as a Real Time Crime Center and was deployed in the DVIC (Delaware Valley Intelligence Center).
AGT described their RTCC offering in the following way:
Law enforcement agencies use AGT International’s Connected City solution for crime prevention, crime response, criminal investigation, command and control (C2) centers and real-time crime centers.
Because our Urban Shield platform was specifically designed by leading edge software engineers working with law enforcement professionals to suit critical operational needs, investigation and analysis starts at a much more advanced level, with significantly more information.
By using powerful analytic algorithms that automatically convert data into decision-quality intelligence and embedding operational expertise, Urban Shield provides actionable information that empowers an entire organization – including less experienced personnel – to instantly take advantage of best practices.
Urban Shield makes people more effective and efficient by helping jump-start investigations and potentially disrupting criminal activity before it happens through early identification of leads, links, trends, patterns and suspicious activities. It also automates ongoing data capture and analysis, freeing personnel to focus on where the biggest impact can be realized – drawing conclusions and recommending action.
AGT was selling its product around the world to countries like India, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates and Kazakhstan. AGT also began selling its ITAR controlled product in China and Russia. This would be OK if its product did not have to comply with ITAR and other defense regulations, but it did.
AGT’s success formula was based on using the Clinton political capital muscle and also ‘special inducements’ for foreign leaders to allow AGT to enter these domestic markets and compete against companies like IBM. As can be seen from the Malaysian RTTC project details below, Dato Sri Najib, the Malaysian prime minister, who in 2018 was arrested and charged with corruption and embezzlement of tens of millions of dollars, paid a key role in pushing through AGT’s multi-million USD RTCC project intuitive.
Malaysia Police RTCC Project – Part I –
Malaysia Police RTCC Project – Part 2 –
Malaysia Police RTCC Project – Part 3 –
Malaysia Police RTCC Project – Part 4 –
Per a review of AGT’s Malaysian project it is clear that AGT in an attempt to win this project utilized methods like:
⦁ Demanding and obtaining political support from Prime Minister Dato Sri Najib
⦁ Demanding and obtaining political support from Minister of Home: Dato Hishamuddin
⦁ Working to “influence” the PM during his upcoming New York visit
⦁ Using the UAE/ Mubadala (Foreign investors) to pressure the PM
⦁ Using impending general elections to accelerate procurement
These tactics and strategies fit squarely within the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act which prohibit US companies from using bribes or large gifts to solicit business worldwide. No doubt that actions like these were never reported to the US government by AGT.
AGT circumvented the ITAR and other limitations on exporting Wisdom and many of its derivative technologies to places like China and Russia, by marketing the solution using the names “Urban Shield”, “CityMind”, “OpenMind”, and claiming that it was not a US based or a regulated product. However, this was not the case.
AGT’s iAGT Access Portal shows that companies under the AGT umbrella were using the same email, file depository, and messaging systems –
AGT also utilized US based shell companies and holding companies such as Star Management Services as the worldwide headquarters of AGT International, where the CEO Mati Kochavi was located. This location also included other top executives such as the CFO, COO, CIO, Legal, Operations, HR, IT, Product, Sales and Marketing.
This was done at least in part to circumvent the enormous tax liability AGT had because it conducted all of these operations from New York. As can be seen below Star Management was located in New York on Park Avenue –
AGT firm 4D Security Sources was also located in New York at the same location on Park Avenue –
In addition, companies under the AGT umbrella, such as 3i-MIND and others, provided their employees with fake aliases and identities. It’s believed that this was done to prevent the US government from locating these individuals and tracking them as they came to the US or when they traveled internationally in case ITAR crimes were investigated. Another potential reason why this elaborate disguise method was used was to bypass Visa travel restrictions and limitations that the US imposes on individuals who deal in intelligence and defense systems. Any Internet research would have yielded no matches for such individuals because they were using aliases for all of their work communications.
One illustration of this wide practice at AGT was identified in the corporate portal announcing that a new SVP Business Operations was joining the team and his name was “Neo Burton”. The posting then provided the following details about his CV and work history –
However, the same individual, Nithai Barzam, is listed on LinkedIn with a different name than the one he used at the AGT related company.
In his profile Barzam claims he was the SVP at AGT –
The companies under the AGT umbrella didn’t have real financial, compliance, regulatory, and governance boundaries. All financing, legal, and management directives came from the management team that was located at the Star Management offices in NYC.
In the invoice below for example, we can see that 3i-MIND purchased some “Consulting Services” for a Fusion Center project. The request for payment was then routed and paid by AGT International from a Swiss bank in Zurich. This is despite the fact that 3i-MIND was incorporated in the US and was registered and operated from New Jersey –
One of the most alarming characteristics of AGT’s management culture was its complete disregard for classified information, despite the fact that it’s employees and executives signed strict project secrecy requirements and NDAs. Often times, the company provided presentations to clients using classified information. Considering that many of clients of AGT were in places like China and Russia, it is certain that most of the foreign clients were never cleared for this information.
The family of AGT companies did business at multiple locations in China, Russia, FSU (the Former Soviet Union), and throughout the Middle East, often knowingly and willingly dealing directly with the host country’s teams likely connected with their local intelligence services.
For example, AGT released a corporate portal publication of a Safe City project launch in China (based on the Wisdom intelligence platform). Also, note that on the left side ‘Recent Comments’ section, the company is advertising that 4D Security Solutions was awarded the NYC’s Penn Station Surveillance project –
One company presentation detailed some of the features offered to the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs –
Below is a slide detailing some of the features offered to the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs – Part 2 –
Below is a slide detailing some of the features Offered to the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs – Part 3
In summary it can’t be overstated the amount of defense technology and state secrets that were illegally exported to Russia, China and elsewhere by AGT and its host companies as a result of these sales!
In our first post we discussed how the Clintons helped build the family of companies known as AGT International. They promoted the company in return for ‘donations’ to their Foundation.
Today we’ve discussed the many actions that AGT International took to increase sales worldwide. It didn’t matter which country customers were located in or if it was legal to provide the customers in these countries sensitive defense and intelligence related technology. A sale was a sale and ethics were out the window.
In our next post we’ll discuss how the FBI/DOJ got involved but then suppressed and eventually terminated their investigation of AGT shortly before the 2016 Presidential election.