- In January of 1992 a committee investigating "Scientists
and Human Rights in Guatemala" met with the Guatemalan Ambassador
to the United States, Juan Jose Caso-Fanjul. Among other concerns they
expressed to him was their interest in seeing those responsible for the
murder of anthropologist Myrna Mack brought to justice. Members of the
committee gave the ambassador the committee's list of colleagues who were
believed to have been killed for political reasons or who had simply
- One issue the committee addressed was "the attached
list of 32 scientists, engineers, health professionals, and students of
these disciplines, who are reported to have disappeared or have been murdered
-- in some cases after being abducted". [For the complete report
please go to: http://www.nap.edu/html/guat/mission.html
- It would be very interesting to have just such a committee
appointed to look into the kidnappings, disappearances and murders of
scientists executed in the United States. What type of outrage would be
generated if just two of the murders connected to the Echelon technology
could be examined? Would there be justice for the family of Dr. Eric
Rosskoss who was killed on June 29, 1960? Would law enforcement suddenly
find the killer of Alan David Standorf murdered in January of 1991?
- This author was an associate and friend of investigative
reporter, Joseph "Danny" Casolaro. Danny was hot on the trail
of what he called "The Octopus", an intricate web of black operations
ranging from drugs-for-arms to pornography-for-control. The common denominator
was profit. The gold and money was laundered through a variety of banks
from Nugen Hand to BCCI, commonly called the Bank of Crooks and Criminals
- Casolaro shared information with many reporters around
the world and interviewed numerous CIA/DIA/DEA/NSA operatives in his quest
for the truth. He called me one evening and sounded very excited. He
said that he was going to meet a source at the Sheraton Inn in Martinsburg,
West Virginia. He claimed that the source was very close to Senator Byrd,
the patron of the CIA. He announced that this source was going to "give
me [the solution to] the Inslaw case on a silver platter".
- Two days later I received a call from a mutual friend
who was crying. She told me she had just talked with the owners of the
Inslaw Corporation, Bill and Nancy Hamilton. They were in shock and told
her that Danny Casolaro had been found dead in his room at the Sheraton
Inn. His naked body was found in a bathtub filled with bloody water. Both
wrists had been slashed to the bone numerous times, drugs were found in
his body, a 'suicide' note allegedly written in his own handwriting was
found nearby. His clothes were found neatly folded on the bed. All of
his countless files and reporter's notes were missing. No files or paperwork
was found in his car. His body was embalmed before his family was notified
as though someone was in a hurry to cover up a murder eventually labeled
a suicide. The vast majority of reporters who had worked with Danny
believe to this day that Casolaro was executed by the very forces he was
- The last person to see Danny Casolaro alive was a man
named Bill Turner. I interviewed Turner many times over the phone before
he was arrested and jailed on phony bank robbery charges. In one such
interview, Turner told me that the only time he had seen the reporter depressed
was in January of 1991, about six or seven months before his murder. Turner
said Danny was sad and told him that he had "lost a very important
source" whose body was discovered "stuffed in the trunk of his
car at the Washington Airport."
- Pursuing that lead led to a conversation with Detective
Joseph Young of the Airport Police. Young acknowledged that a man named
Alan David Standorf, 34, of Warrenton, Virginia, had been found in his
car by an airport patrolman on January 29. Young stated that Standorf
had apparently been beaten to death several weeks earlier and his body
was covered with luggage and personal effects. Later Dr. Stephen Sheehy
of the Medical Examiner's office in Northern Virginia would confirm that
Standorf had died from a blunt force blow to the back of the head around
- Police said that Standorf was a civilian employee at
Vint Hill Farm, a military installation near Manassas, Virginia. That
facility is a US Army Information Systems Command Center that gathers
electronic intelligence from spy satellites and other sources around the
world. It operates in top secrecy under the National Security Agency.
Standorf oversaw the repair and distribution of electronic equipment
at Vint Hill.
- Standorf's family stated that he had resigned from his
civilian job the previous month because his Army Reserves had been called
up for Persian Gulf War training at Fort Bragg, N.C. Family members
last saw him alive on December 28 and he was last seen alive by his landlady
on January 2.
- Standorf's mother would worry when Alan told her he
might get out of military work to become a policeman. Most of Standorf's
military career has been spent in intelligence divisions around the world.
Alan's mother, Jeanette, told him that a policeman's job was dangerous
and her son responded, "What I do now is dangerous".
- Within hours the Airport Police could or would no longer
talk to reporters. When told that Standorf had been a source to murdered
Danny Casolaro, Lt. Norman Ford, of the airport police, said, "This
is not strictly a police investigation anymore. The government is involved
too". He acknowledged to this reporter that the FBI and Army authorities
were working together with police from the airport and Martinsburg, West
- It was later confirmed that Standorf and Casolaro had
been meeting and copying documents in a hotel room in Martinsberg. Someone
did not appreciate their communicating and both men ended up murdered
within the same year. Did Echelon kill a reporter and the man working
at Vint Hill?
- Investigating the Standorf murder led to sources who
wish to rename anonymous. These sources independently confirmed that
another source of Casolaro's had been killed in June of 1990. All that
was known, at that time, was that he had been run over on Highway I-95
near the Imporia, Virginia exit.
- The man turned out to be Dr. Eric Rosskoss who worked
for the National Computer Security Center at the time of his death. Rosskoss
had been a boyhood genius who earned his PhD from Vanderbilt and soon
began working for the CIA, NSA, and the IDA [International Defense Agency].
The IDA was identified by an associate of Rosskoss's as a "spook
- Dr. Rosskoss had worked at the National Computer Security
Center since 1988 on a three year program entitled "The Trusix Papers".
This was a trusted computer system for UNIX designed to develop security
systems for large companies, according to another employee of the Center.
The Trusix Papers had been criticized by several large companies who
publicly stated that the development was really a front for the NSA that
would allow the agency to install a 'back door' or 'Trojan Horse' in order
to monitor the 'companies' private product development.
- In March or April of 1990, Eric told his parents that
his employer or someone at the Center had injected errors into a paper
he had written and was trying to get him to sign reaffirming his authorship
of the paper. He sounded very upset.
- The last time his parents heard from their son, Eric,
was at 2:00 a.m. on June 27, 1990. He called his parents and said, "There
are strange goings on and I am going to get to the bottom ot it -- I know
what I have to do".
- On Saturday, June 30, 1990 at 11:00 a.m., Eric's parents
received a call from law enforcement. They were told that Eric was dead.
He had apparently been seen walking naked down the center divider of
Highway I-95. Someone called police who said they arrived within 45 seconds
but it was too late. A man who said that he had been driving all night
had hit and killed Dr. Rosskoss at 3:30 a.m. the night of Friday, June
29, 1990. Of course, the determination was that Eric had committed suicide.
- Rosskoss had been staying at the Comfort Inn where he
had checked in to attend a meeting. None of his clothes were found; his
shoes were gone; the glasses he needed to see were missing; no paperwork
was discovered. It was as if Dr. Rosskoss had never been there.
- Eric's parents went to Virginia to pick up his car and
drive it back. It behaved funny on the trip home. They took it to their
mechanic who told them the lug bolts and pins were missing from the front
wheel. The mechanic told them someone had tampered with the car. The
parents contacted the local FBI and expressed their concern. The FBI
responded to them by advising them "to stay out of Virginia"
for their own safety.
- So this, then, is how America treats its scientists
who work on the project called Echelon. Certainly it is not unreasonable
to request a committee be formed to investigate the issue of Scientists
and Human Rights in the United States. The results would determine just
how free we are in this country.
- (c) 2000 Virginia McCullough First published by NewsMakingNews
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