After 9/11, the United States federal law enforcement and intelligence agencies began an unprecedented shift, refocusing on intelligence and surveillance abilities, rather than traditional crime-fighting. Robert Mueller, former Director of the FBI, broke down the Bureau’s transformation into a three-phase plan.
By the summer of 2006, the FBI was entering the third and final phase, looking to solidify the changes made in the first two phases. Director Mueller announced unprecedented personnel changes, not only establishing new divisions within the FBI, but filling those positions with people from outside the Bureau. This was a stark shift from the decades long tradition of promoting from within the ranks.
On July 26, 2006, these changes were announced:
Vahid Majidi, a scientist formerly at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, would take command of the newly established weapons of mass destruction division.
Chief Information Officer Zalmai Azmi, whose resume includes a stint as a project manager at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, was given expanded duties in his role overseeing the bureau’s computer operations.
Kerry E. Haynes, a former CIA director of technical collection, was picked to run a new science and technology branch.
Donald E. Packham, a former BP senior executive, will oversee human resources and training.
Vahid Majidi is an Iranian national. He immigrated here with his parents when he was 18 years old.
Zalmai Azmi is an Afghan national. He immigrated here as a teenager with his family also.
Kerry Haynes is a former CIA agent who specializes in “investigative technology” or in other words, surveillance. He also serves on the board of directors for a company called Signalscape. Joining him on that board is former NSA Deputy Director and a former FBI Deputy Assistant Director for Investigative Technologies.
Donald Packham, while not as obvious, could be the most disturbing of the lot. After leaving the Bureau, he took the position of Chief Human Resources Officer at the TCS Education System, an affiliate of the Higher Education Recruitment Consortium, or HERC. HERC is a nationwide far left university organization funded by the Tides Center, a George Soros funded group.
Vahid Majidi | DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE | MAY 11, 2017
From 2006 to 2012, Dr. Vahid Majidi served as the Assistant Director for the Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Directorate at the Federal Bureau of Investigation. His Directorate was responsible for coordinating and managing FBI’s equities, activities, and investigations involving WMD. Specifically, the Directorate was charged with developing and executing an integrated approach to deny access to WMD materials and technologies, prevent WMD attacks, and respond to WMD threats and incidents.
Dr. Vahid Majidi became the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear Matters in December 2013. In this position, he is responsible for all aspects of nuclear weapon surety and the management, integration, and coordination of activities relating to the acquisition and modernization of the nuclear weapons stockpile. His office approves procedures and requirements relating to all facets of the nuclear weapons logistics and establishes procedures for review, approval, and transmittal to the Department of Energy on nuclear weapons matters.
Just prior to joining the Department of Defense, Dr. Majidi served as the Chief Scientist for TASC Inc., and was the Director of University Multispectral Laboratories. His work focused on national security, homeland security, and issues concerning advanced technologies.
Weapons of Mass Destruction | FBI | MAY 19, 2017
In July 2006, the FBI created the Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Directorate to build a cohesive and coordinated approach to incidents involving chemical, biological, radiological, or nuclear (CBRN) material—with an overriding focus on prevention. The WMD Directorate proactively seeks out and relies on intelligence to drive preparedness, countermeasures, and investigations designed to keep WMD threats from becoming reality.
The WMD Directorate exists to ensure the FBI and partners are prepared to anticipate, mitigate, disrupt, or respond to WMD threats. With the continued evolution of the WMD threat and the possibility of an overseas origin or nexus, the Directorate advances WMD prevention activities by supporting international WMD capacity building, developing plans and policies at strategic and operational levels, developing partnerships, training, and conducting outreach endeavors. By improving WMD security on a global level, the Directorate protects U.S. interests abroad and keeps WMD threats outside our borders.
Vahid Majidi | IRANIAN OF THE DAY | AUG 23, 2008
Dr. Majidi was appointed by Director Mueller to serve as the Assistant Director for the Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate. Dr. Majidi comes to FBI from Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), where he served as the Chemistry Division Leader. The Chemistry Division at LANL is a premier scientific organization with extensive research capabilities essential to national security and civilian research programs. Chemistry Division’s strategic programs included nuclear weapons-related research, non/counter-proliferation, homeland security, isotope science, applied energy, and nanoscale science and engineering
FBI: 100 Percent Chance of WMD Attack | NEWSMAX | FEB 14, 2011
The probability that the U.S. will be hit with a weapons of mass destruction attack at some point is 100 percent, Dr. Vahid Majidi, the FBI’s assistant director in charge of the FBI’s Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate, tells Newsmax.
Libya and weapons of mass destruction | WIKIPEDIA
Libya acceded to the Chemical Weapons Convention effective 5 February 2004 and began destroying its chemical munitions later that year, but missed the deadlines for converting one chemical weapons production facility to peaceful use and for destroying its stockpile of mustard agent. In October 2014, Libya asked for foreign assistance to transport its 850 tonnes stockpile of precursor chemicals for making nerve gas out of Libya for destruction. In February 2015, Libyan military sources told media that unidentified armed men have captured large amounts of Libya’s chemical weapons, including mustard gas and sarin.
The chemical weapons program was also actively maintained by Libya under the dictatorship of Muammar Gaddafi, but it was ostensibly decommissioned in the 2000s and early 2010s as Gaddafi sought to normalise relations with the Western world. Libya joined the Chemical Weapons Convention in 2004, and declared 24.7 metric tonnes of mustard gas, 1390 metric tonnes of chemical precursors for making sarin, as well as 3563 unloaded chemical weapon munitions(aerial bombs).
The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) supervised the destruction of Libya’s chemical weapons caches through February 2011, when it was forced to suspend its operations due to the uprising against Gaddafi and the resulting deterioration of the country’s stability. At this point the Libyan government had destroyed 40% of its precursor materials and 55% of its mustard gas, as well as 3500 chemical weapon munitions.
The Libyan Conflict began in 2011. The “Civil War” is a myth. This conflict is 100% a CIA/Western backed coup with the majority of the fighting being done by foreign mercenaries. One key indicator that the NATO mission was NOT to help the Libyan people is the fact that one of the first NATO targets was the man made rivers which supplied most Libyans with their drinking water.
Libya had a vast chemical weapons program, and arsenals/facilities with hundreds and even thousands of tons chemical weapons and chemical weapons precursors. We have known that for years. Everyone in the intelligence community knew what would happen if the legitimate Libyan government was toppled.
Just as predicted, chaos engulfed the region, and now, several warring factions are fighting for control of Libya’s resources. Not only did Gadhafi have a vast arsenal of chemical weapons, but of conventional weapons also. We know as a matter of fact that ‘rebels’ acquired many of these. It is no different with the chemical weapons. Many of these simply vanished. It also turned out that they had more than we were aware of. As late as 2016, there were stories written about the chemical weapons stockpiles that still remained in the country. One such story was written by Greg Jaffe, and in it, he detailed a facility that had 500 tons of toxic, dual use chemicals, that were yet to be destroyed/removed. The facility was being guarded by Libyans.
Libya: Chemical Weapons Secure According To U.N. Watchdog | WASHINGTON POST | SEP 7, 2011
THE HAGUE, Netherlands — Libya’s remaining chemical weapon stockpiles are believed to be secure despite the turmoil that has roiled the country since February, the chief of a U.N. watchdog said Wednesday. Ahmet Uzumcu, director general of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, said his inspectors are ready to return to Libya to oversee the destruction of Moammar Gadhafi’s poison gas supplies “when the conditions will allow us.” The organization had inspectors in Libya up until February verifying the destruction process but left as the anti-Gadhafi rebellion gathered intensity.
However, Uzumcu said Wednesday he had heard from sources that “remaining stockpiles of chemical weapons are secured.” He did not identify the sources. “Once the circumstances will permit, we hope the destruction (of the supplies) will resume,” he said.
In 2004, Gadhafi agreed to dismantle his weapons of mass destruction, and his regime underscored its commitment by using bulldozers to crush 3,300 unloaded aerial bombs that could have been used to deliver chemical weapons. Libya destroyed nearly 13.5 metric tons (15 tons) of sulfur mustard last year, about 54 percent of its stockpile. It received an extension to eliminate the rest by May 15, the organization said. Nearly 40 percent of the chemicals used to make sulfur mustard also have been destroyed since 2005, it said. Twice-yearly inspections have found no evidence of Libya reviving the chemical weapons program.
Security Incidents Prior to the Benghazi Attack | CBS NEWS | MAY 13, 2013
Before death, Amb. Stevens warned of “violent” Libya landscape | CNS NEWS | OCT 20, 2012
(CBS News) In the weeks before his death, U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens sent the State Department several requests for increased security for diplomats in Libya. Stevens and three other Americans were killed in a terror attack this past Sept. 11 at the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi and a separate attack that same night on a safe house where consulate staff had been evacuated. Steven’s memos to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which is investigating attacks, show he personally pressed for strengthened security.
On July 9, 2012, Stevens sent a “request for extension of tour of duty (TDY) personnel.” That refers to a 16-man military temporary security team with expertise in counter terrorism. They were set to leave in August, but Stevens asked to keep them “thru mid-September.”
On August 2, six weeks before he died, Stevens requested “protective detail bodyguard potions,” saying the added guards “will fill the vacuum of security personnel currently at post who will be leaving with the next month and will not be replaced.” He called “the security condition in Libya … unpredictable, volatile and violent.” It’s not known what happened to that request.
On August 8, as the special security teams left Libya, another cable from Stevens says “a series of violent incidents has dominated the political landscape” and calls them “targeted and discriminate attacks.”
Then on September 11 — the day the Ambassador lost his life — he sent this Benghazi weekly report. It expressed Libyans’ “growing frustration with police and security forces who were too weak to keep the country secure.” Colonel Andrew Wood led the U.S. military team that left Libya in August. He testified before Congress last week. He told CBS News that Stevens fought losing another security team.
“It was quite a degree of frustration on their part,” Wood said. “They were — I guess you could say — clenched-fist over the whole issue.”
Friday, the State Department told CBS News an independent board is conducting a thorough review of the assault, and once they have the result, they can fully address the questions.
In August of 2012, less than one month before the attack on Benghazi, Majidi said “the WMD Directorate was established to coordinate all elements of the FBI that deal with WMD cases. When FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III hired him in 2006 to head the WMD Directorate, he said to Majidi, “Your mission is prevention. I want you to think 24/7 prevention.””
In the months leading up to the military strike on the US compound in Benghazi, embassy personnel repeatedly requested security, citing specific incidents of violence that gave them cause for concern. Clinton did nothing. In August, the month before the attack, the State Department withdrew the last remaining security teams.
The State Department frequently hires security companies to protect diplomats in conflict zones. It usually is done through what’s known as the Worldwide Protective Services contract, in which a handful of approved firms compete to safeguard specific diplomatic installations. In Benghazi, this did not happen.
Headlines from various news outlets, outlining some key moments from the conflict.