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The untold Reagan conspiracyReporter Is Buried Amid Questions Over His Pursuit of Conspiracy Idea
Published: August 17, 1991

A freelance writer who was found dead with his wrists slashed in a hotel room in Martinsburg, W.Va., a week ago was buried near here today amid uncertainty about the cause of death and evidence that he was working on an article about a major Government conspiracy.

The body of Joseph Daniel Casolaro, 44 years old of Fairfax City, Va., was discovered by West Virginia authorities on Saturday in what was tentatively ruled a suicide.

Mr. Casolaro's family and friends said he had told them he was going to Martinsburg to meet a source for the story he had been working on for more than a year.

Family members and associates have said that despite the views of the local authorities and the findings of an autopsy, they strongly believed that Mr. Casolaro might have been slain because of what he had discovered.

Mr. Casolaro had been investigating a case in which the owners of a computer software company, Inslaw, have accused the Justice Department of stealing programs the company had designed to track criminal cases worldwide. The department has denied the accusations and resisted all court challenges by Inslaw. 'Don't Believe It,' He Said.

The case has been in the courts for nearly a decade and Mr. Casolaro's brother, Dr. Anthony Casolaro of Arlington, Va., has told reporters he believed his brother may have been close to uncovering a major conspiracy in connection with the Inslaw case. He said in an interview today that his brother had told him in the last two months that if he died in an accident, "don't believe it."Dr. Casolaro said he was very skeptical that his brother committed suicide for several reasons, including the facts that his brother had recently received numerous death threats and that none of his notes on the case were found with his body.

Friends of the journalist said he was looking into a connection between the Inslaw matter and the Bank of Credit and Commerce International, a loosely regulated international banking concern that Federal regulators say is at the center of a worldwide banking fraud. U.S. Inquiry Is SuggestedElliot Richardson, a former United States Attorney General who now represents Inslaw in its suit against the Justice Department, said Mr. Casolaro's death should be the subject of a Federal investigation led by someone "of unquestioned integrity and independence.

"Mr. Richardson said today, "The significant thing about Danny's death is that he was just seeking confirmation of what he believed he already knew." He said that if the informers Mr. Casolaro had already talked to were to be believed, it involved a conspiracy "far worse than Watergate," one that involved B.C.C.I., drugs and the persistent but unproven allegations that in 1980 some members of Ronald Reagan's Presidential campaign team worked to delay the release of American hostages in Iran to damage President Jimmy Carter's re-election chances."These are not separate cases if these people are to be believed," he said.

As for himself, Mr. Richardson said he did not know whether to believe Mr. Casolaro's far-reaching conspiracy theory, which the reporter dubbed "The Octopus."Mr. Casolaro, who was not widely known in the Washington journalism community, had published a novel and some short stories and for a time owned a small group of computer industry trade publications.Cynthia Gaither, the West Virginia prosecutor investigating the death, said the authorities still believed that Mr. Casolaro committed suicide, although an investigation was continuing because of the concern expressed by friends and family. Note Found With Body

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She said Mr. Casolaro was found in the hotel room bathtub with numerous cuts on his wrists. There were no signs of forced entry to the room or any kind of a struggle. A note was found in the room that the authorities have characterized as a suicide note, but they would not reveal its exact contents. His brother said the note was an apology and a plea for understanding, addressed in part to a 22-year-old son from a failed marriage and concluded with the hope that "God will let me in."

Ms. Gaither said that the authorities had found "nothing inconsistent with the earlier finding that it was a suicide." A finding of suicide was made by Dr. James Frost, West Virginia's deputy medical examiner, but he said he could not rule out foul play.

Ms. Gaither said that investigators were continuing to interview everyone they believed Mr. Casolaro had met while in Martinsburg. She was also awaiting results of toxicological tests and the examination of other physical evidence like fingerprints.

A Congressional committee has been investigating the Inslaw matter.

Officials of the Federal Bureau of Investigation said that there was as yet no Federal aspect to the Casolaro death that would warrant its entry into the case.

Dr. Casolaro said that in a July 22 letter to his agent his brother complained of his anxiety over a mortgage payment, but also expressed exultation over his progress in the investigation.

After talking about the payments, which he subsequently made, Mr. Casolaro said in the letter, "I feel the happiness that an Eskimo must feel when he comes across fresh bear tracks before any other sled."

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This "news" is from the last century.

See the WIRED MAGAZINE archive for the whole story.

Also look up how the Israelis stole an American Company names WIRE CLOTH PRODUCTS

the makers of air filters for use by aircraft in the sandy desert conditions.

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The INSLAW Octopus

The Inslaw affair,how the US government stole a company's work. (promis software)

Software piracy, conspiracy, cover-up, stonewalling, covert action: Just another decade at the Department of Justice

By Richard L. Fricker

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"The Octopus"                                                                      part1


Nothing Is Secret

By Kelly Patricia O’Meara

Insight uncovers a spy probe in the United States by the Canadian government into the theft of computer software that allegedly allows surveillance of top-secret government computer systems.

Good morning, Mr. McDade. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police has reason to believe that the national security of Canada has been compromised. A trojan horse, or back door, allegedly has been found in computer systems in the nation’s top law-enforcement and intelligence organizations.
       “Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to establish whether this is the PROMIS software reportedly stolen in the early 1980s from William and Nancy Hamilton, owners of Inslaw Inc., and reportedly modified for international espionage. As always, should you or any of your associates be caught, the governments of Canada and the United States will disavow any knowledge of your actions. This recording will self-destruct in five seconds. Good luck, Sean.”
       Sounds like the opening taped message from an episode of the 1960s TV action series Mission Impossible. But just such a mission was offered — and accepted — by two investigators of the National Security Section of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). The Mounties then covertly entered the United States in February of last year and for nearly eight months conducted a secret investigation into the theft of the PROMIS software and whether and by whom it had been obtained for backdoor spying. PROMIS is a universal bridge to the forest of computer systems. It allows covert and undetectable surveillance, and it and its related successors are unimaginably important in the new age of communications warfare.
       In this exclusive investigative series Insight tracks the Mounties and explores the mysteries pursued by the RCMP, including allegations involving a gang of characters believed to be associated with the suspected theft of PROMIS, swarms of spies (or the “spookloop” as the Mounties called them), the Mafia, big-time money laundering, murder, international arms smuggling and illegal drugs — to name but a few aspects of the still-secret RCMP probe.
       But the keystone to this RCMP investigation is PROMIS, that universal bridge and monitoring system, which stands for Prosecutor’s Management Information System — a breakthrough computer software program originally developed in the early 1970s by the Hamiltons for case management by U.S. prosecutors. The first version of PROMIS was owned by the government since the development money was provided by the Department of Justice (DOJ), but something went awry on the way to proprietary development.
       For more than 15 years the story of the allegedly pirated Hamilton software, and how it may have wound up in the hands of the spy agencies of the world, has been hotly pursued by law-enforcement agencies, private detectives, journalists, congressional investigators, U.S. Customs and assorted U.S. attorneys. Even independent researchers have taken on the role of counterespionage agents in a quest to uncover the truth about this allegedly ongoing penetration of security.
       But each new U.S. investigation has failed fully to determine what happened. While the Mounties encountered a similar fate, officers Sean McDade and Randy Buffam have been the most successful to date. Last May, with the assistance of Hercules, Calif., detective Sue Todd, the Mounties walked away with a package of startling evidence that many believe will solve the case of the pirated software and its reported continuing use for international espionage and a host of other illegal activities.
       Insight has spent months retracing the steps of the two RCMP officers and interviewing their sources, poring over copies of documents they secured, listening to tape recordings of meetings in which they were involved and reviewing scores of reports and depositions that have been locked up for years.
       The result is this first installment of a four-part investigative report about how the Mounties conducted their covert border crossings and investigation that ranged across the United States and back again before returning to Canada where they discovered their cover had been blown. By late summer of 2000 the Canadian press was reporting not only the existence of this secret national-security probe — “Project Abbreviation” — but that if the reported allegations prove true “it would be the biggest-ever breach of Canada’s national security.” Confusing official comments about the probe added further mystery. But Insight has confirmed many of the details, including the fact that the investigation is continuing. And it’s serious stuff.

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part 2

McDade began his extended trip into international espionage early last year. It began at least on Jan. 19, 2000, with an e-mail that said: “I am looking to contact Carol (Cheri) regarding a matter that has surfaced in the past. If this e-mail account is still active, please reply and I will in turn forward a Canadian phone number and explain my position and reason for request.” This communication, from e-mail account simorp (PROMIS spelled backward), was the first of hundreds sent during an eight-month period from “dear hunter,” also known as Sean McDade. It reached Cheri Seymour, a Southern California journalist, private detective and author of a well-regarded book, Committee of the States.
       Seymour became one of the most important of McDade’s contacts during the Mounties’ continuing investigation. Although she had agreed to remain silent about their probe until McDade filed a report with his superiors, she changed her mind when news of the probe began to leak in the Canadian press. It was then that the Southern Californian contacted Insight and offered to share what she knew about the investigation if this magazine would look into the story. And what a story it is.
       A petite, attractive, unassuming middle-aged woman, Seymour looks more like a violinist in a symphony orchestra than an international sleuth. But one quickly becomes aware of the depth of her knowledge not only of the alleged theft of the PROMIS software, but also of other reported illegal activities and dangerous characters associated with it.
       Seymour’s involvement with PROMIS began more than a decade ago while working as an investigative reporter on an unrelated story about high-level corruption within the sheriff’s department of the Central California town of Mariposa, near Yosemite National Park, where deputies reportedly were involved in illegal-drug activity. The dozen or so who were not involved repeatedly had begged the journalist to conduct an investigation. When she learned that one of the officers had taken the complaints to the state attorney general in Sacramento and within weeks was reported missing in an alleged boating accident on nearby Lake McClure, she launched her probe.
       The owner of the local newspaper, the Mariposa Guide, in time contacted ABC television producer Don Thrasher and the story of the corruption within the Mariposa Sheriff’s Department ran in 1991 on ABC’s prime-time television news program 20/20. Seymour’s investigation is chronicled in a draft manuscript called the “Last Circle,” written under her pseudonym Carol Marshall but made available anonymously on the Internet in 1997. PROMIS then was only a sidebar to the larger story, but it was this obscure Internet posting that led RCMP investigators McDade and Buffam to Seymour’s living room two years later.
       According to Seymour: “Nothing [previously] came of the work I did. Even though in October of 1992 I had sent a synopsis of my work to John Cohen, lead investigator on the House Judiciary Committee, looking into the theft of PROMIS and its possible connections to the savage death of free-lance journalist Danny Casolaro. But by then the committee had completed its report and published its findings. It was a closed case. Nothing ever happened with the connections I was able to make among the players involved in the theft of PROMIS and illegal drug trafficking and money laundering.” That is, until McDade sent his first cryptic e-mail.
       Within a week the Mountie had arranged to meet Seymour at her home to discuss aspects of his own secret investigation and begin the laborious task of copying thousands of documents Seymour had collected from an abandoned trailer in Death Valley belonging to a man at or near the center of the PROMIS controversy, Michael Riconosciuto, a boy genius, entrepreneur, convicted felon — and the man who has claimed that he modified the pirated PROMIS software. The documents provided specific information about Riconosciuto’s connections to the Cabazon Indian Reservation, where he claims to have carried out the modification, but they also painted a clear picture of the men with whom Riconosciuto associated, including mob figures, high-level government officials, intelligence and law-enforcement officers and informants — even convicted murderers.
       Before McDade focused on a three-day copying frenzy, the Mountie gathered Todd, Seymour and an impartial observer invited by Seymour to corroborate the meeting around Seymour’s dining-room table and began to tell a dramatic tale of government lies and international espionage.
       “I sat there with my mouth wide open and my eyes practically popping out of my head — you know, that deer-in-the-headlights look,” Seymour recounts. “I couldn’t believe what this guy was telling us. It wasn’t anything I anticipated or even was prepared to hear.” She says, “McDade told us his investigation had to do with locating information on the possible sale of PROMIS software to the RCMP in the mid-1980s. He had found evidence in RCMP files that PROMIS may have been installed in the Canadian computer systems, and he said an investigation was initiated by his superiors at the RCMP.”

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