Gary Kokalari i shkruan Presidentit Obama

“Ata që e mbajnë pushtetin përmes korrupsionit dhe mashtirimit e duke heshtur disidencën e dinë që janë në anën e gabuar të historisë.” Me këto fjalë që Obama shqiptoi gjatë ceremonisë së inagurimit, lobisti shqiptaro-amerikan i drejtohet Presidentit amerikan me anë të një letre ku i shpreh shqetësim të thellë për gjendjen e demokracisë në Shqipëri. Në letër ai akuzon aferat korruptive të Gërdecit, trafikun e armëve me Iranin, arrestimin e Mediut në Itali dhe skandalin seksual të Pangos. Kokalari nuk nguron të ekspozojë emrat e Sali Berishës, Fatmir Mediut, Lulzim Bashës dhe të tjerëve si pushtetarë të korruptuar dhe të inkriminuar. Në vijim mund të lexoni letrën në origjinalin anglisht, e cila iu dorëzua Presidentit Obama më 30 mars, 2009.

 

 


March 30, 2009 

 

The Hon. Barack H. Obama

The White House

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW

Washington, DC  20500

 

RE:  Albania

 

Mr. President: 

 

In your inaugural speech you stated, "To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history."

 

Based on your words, it seems you were speaking directly to those like Sali Berisha, Albania’s Prime Minister.  Yet, in the first week of February, members of your administration, including Vice President Joseph Biden and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, as well as other members of your administration and Congress, met in Washington with Prime Minister Berisha and his travel companion, former Defense Minister Fatmir Mediu.

 

On the eve of your trip to Europe to attend G-20 and NATO meetings, I am writing to brief you about the Berisha regime, a “government” that, in my opinion, is little more than an international criminal conspiracy.

 

By way of background, I was a founder of the Albanian Relief Foundation and the National Albanian American Council, and I established the first lobbying office for Albanian Americans in Washington.  I also served as a Director of the Kosova Relief Fund and the Albanian Heritage Foundation.   My grandfather, my father (who emigrated from Albania as a young boy and served in the U.S. Army Air Corp during WWII) and my mother were all active in the affairs of the Albanian American community. 

 

My efforts helped expose several incidents of impropriety by Albanian government officials including the AEY arms deal with the U.S. Department of Defense, which was reported on the front page of the March 27, 2008 edition of The New York Times, and is currently the subject of an investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice.   I was also a catalyst for the House Oversight Committee’s investigation of AEY.   Kosta Trebicka, who was an Albanian businessman, was the AEY whistle-blower, and I worked with him to help shed light on this scandal.   As such, Trebicka was a material witness to this effort to defraud DOD and American taxpayers.  Unfortunately, last fall, Kosta was found dead on a remote back road in Albania in what was called a "car accident" by the Berisha government.  Because of the highly suspicious nature of his death and the fact that Kosta implicated Berisha and Mediu in the AEY deal, most Albanians believe he was murdered.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H2UyfK6pN1I   

 

Information regarding Berisha and Mediu that should be of concern to the U.S. government follows:

 

1.  Several days after Fatmir Mediu met with officials of your administration, he was indicted by Albania’s prosecutor in conjunction with the March 15, 2008 explosion at the ammunition demilitarization facility located at Gerdec, Albania (there is reason to believe the Gerdec operation was initiated because of direct pressure from the U.S. government).  The Gerdec tragedy resulted in 26 deaths, hundreds of injuries and thousands of damaged properties. The hazardous conditions at this plant were well known to Albanian government officials, including Berisha and Mediu, and U.S. Embassy officials in Tirana.  As was well known in Albania and to State Department officials, at the time Mediu met with Vice President Biden and Secretary of State Clinton, he was under investigation for Gerdec (despite Berisha's ongoing attempts to undermine the Albanian prosecutor’s investigation).  Several of Mediu's associates were previously indicted for negligence and mass murder in conjunction with Gerdec.  The news of the charges against Mediu appears in this International Herald Tribune report:  http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2009/02/11/europe/EU-Albania-Blast-Probe.php .  Prior to the Berisha/Mediu visit to Washington, I informed American officials via email about their intentions to use the visit to their advantage.   Those officials were fully aware that Mediu presided over Albania’s Ministry of Defense at the time of the AEY scandal as well as the persistent allegations about Mediu’s corrupt practices.

 

2. A report issued by The Economist in January called Albania a "hybrid democracy" describing it as a hybrid between democracy and totalitarianism.  The report ranked Albania as the least democratic country in the Balkans and stated, "the spread of democracy has come to a halt" in Albania.  http://www.albanianeconomy.com/news/2009/01/19/albania-a-hybrid-democracy-the-economist/  

 

3. In a recent series of condemnations of Berisha, The International Press Institute and Transparency International joined the chorus of Reporters Without Borders and the Committee for the Protection of Journalists in criticizing Sali Berisha for his latest blatant effort to block free speech.  In this episode Berisha sent state police to close the office of the Albanian newspaper TEMA for criticizing his government.

 

IPI:  http://www.freemedia.at/cms/ipi/statements_detail.html?ctxid=CH0055&docid=CMS1232472684899  

 

TI:   http://www.worldbulletin.net/news_detail.php?id=35419   

 

As anyone familiar with Albania knows, this is far from the first time Berisha has used anti-democratic, repressive tactics.  He used the tax authorities to bully Top Channel TV into silence.  And after The New York Times interviewed Fatmir Mediu about the AEY deal, Mediu sent goons to confiscate the video tapes and equipment that were used for the interview.  This can be confirmed with The Times journalist who conducted the interview.  But the ultimate act of blocking free speech occurred last September when Kosta Trebicka, the AEY whistle-blower, was silenced forever when he was killed in the "car accident" in Albania.  

 

4. The old, corroding, Chinese ammunition AEY bought from the Albanian government (via Cyprus-based Evdin, a company controlled by the notorious and watch-listed Swiss arms dealer Henry Thomet), for sale to the U.S. Department of Defense, was repackaged by AEY in Albania in order to remove the Chinese markings.  The ammunition was then shipped to Afghanistan where defective munitions placed - and continue to place – American troops at risk in Afghanistan.  All of this was paid for by American taxpayers, and this serves as a perfect example of the type of government waste you have promised to combat.   Milhal Deligjoji is an Albanian "businessman" who was awarded the contract (by Berisha and Mediu) to repackage the ammunition.  This was done during the period Marcie Ries served as U.S. Ambassador to Albania (currently serving as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State), but the shipments continued when John Withers assumed the position of Ambassador.  You should be aware that Ms. Ries attended several of the meetings held by Berisha and Mediu when they visited Washington, and she was fully aware of all of the allegations contained herein. Deligjorji was also the owner of Albademil, the company that was awarded the contract to demilitarize the ammunition at the Gerdec plant that exploded.  Deligjorji, who was a known thug around Tirana, was also known to keep close company with Shkelzen Berisha, the son of Sali Berisha.  As was suggested by AEY’s president during a recorded telephone conversation (DOJ and House Oversight are in possession of the recordings, Shkelzen Berisha has been alleged to have participated in the AEY deal.  Deligjorji's attorney was Argita Berisha Maltezi, who incorporated Albademil for Deligjorji and is Sali Berisha’s daughter.   Deligjorji is now in jail on charges of negligence and mass murder in conjunction with the Gerdec explosion

 

5.  According to news reports in Albania, Fatmir Mediu was also indicted on criminal charges in Italy along with Gazmend Mahmutaj, a known Albanian trafficker and gangster.  Mediu was acquitted – apparently, he cut some form of deal - but Mahmutaj was serving time in an Italian prison as of last year.   Mediu is Chairman of the Republican Party of Albania, part of Berisha's coalition government.   The head of one of the Republican Party's local chapters in Albania is Kassem Mahmutaj, the brother of Gazmend.   Kassem Mahumutaj was appointed director of Albania's largest munitions depot (the site of another recent explosion that resulted in one death) by Fatmir Mediu, and this depot is alleged to have been one of the sources of ammunition for the AEY deal. 

 

6. A story reported by Fox News in February implicates the Berisha family in a cover-up regarding a World Bank project in Albania.  http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,491006,00.html

 

7. A story published last week by Shekulli, one of Albania’s largest newspapers, revealed that Albania sold 10,000 mortar rounds to Iran in March 2006 while Berisha and Mediu had authority over these weapons sales.  http://www.shekulli.com.al/2009/03/25/qeveria-trafik-armesh-me-iranin.html

 

Upon request, I can provide details about other allegations of criminal and corrupt criminal practices by Berisha, Mediu, Foreign Minister Lulzim Basha (who is also under investigation for corruption) and other officials of the Berisha government.  In the most recent example, earlier this month, Ylli Pango, Albania’s Minister of Culture and Tourism, was forced from his office in disgrace after a recording surfaced that exposed him attempting to extract sexual favors from a young woman  seeking employment.   http://www.pr-inside.com/albanian-culture-minister-fired-over-r1094877.htm

 

During this time of economic crisis in America, why should the machinations of a corrupt government in a small Balkan country matter to you?   Because advancing democracy remains a core mission of American foreign policy, and crime and corruption are tearing at the foundations of the fledgling “democracy” in Albania.   For this reason, the U.S. has an obligation to confront this problem to advance our objectives and protect our strategic interests in Southern Europe.  Furthermore, the AEY scandal represents just the tip of an enormous iceberg of government waste in our country, and correcting DOD procurement irregularities will help save billions of dollars for American taxpayers.  

 

I fully support strong relations between the U.S. and Albania; however, the U.S. government seems to have forgotten that the reason Albanian officials have been able to cooperate with American foreign policy initiatives is because of the great admiration the people of Albania have for America.   Allowing Albanian officials to exploit this status for their own personal gain would be an abuse of this precious relationship.  

 

Berisha and senior Albanian government officials continue their economic and political rape of Albania, and, in my opinion, any perceived U.S. support of Berisha's criminal regime would represent a disturbing double standard.   

 

I would be happy to discuss any of the information contained herein with appropriate officials from your administration. 

 

Thank you.

 

Respectfully, 

 

Gary Q. Kokalari

 

 

 

cc:        The Hon. Joseph Biden

            The Hon. Hillary Clinton

            The Hon. James Jones

            The Hon. Edolphus Towns

            The Hon. Henry Waxman

            The Hon. Richard Lugar

            The Hon. John McCain

            The Hon. James Baker

            The Hon. Henry Kissinger

            The Hon. Richard Holbrooke

            The Hon. Carl Levin

            The Hon. Scott Garrett

            The Hon. William Cohen

            The Hon. Dan Fried

            The Hon. John Withers

            The Hon. Charles Schumer

            The Hon.  Frank Lautenberg

            The Hon. Robert Menendez

            The Hon. Nancy Pelosi

            The Hon. Eliot Engel

            The Los Angeles Times

            The New York Times

            The Wall Street Journal

19 Komente

hahaha, po kjo nuk sulm qeverise. Biles do te thoja, qe sikur disa personazhe ne Washington po ta lexojne letren drejtuar presidentit dhe nese per nje moment i besojne, atehere shume prej emrave te permendur kane perpara nje karriere te shkelqyer ne Halliburton.

I lumte.

Kesaj i thojne te jesh i superpregatitur, intiligjent, largpames, trim, gojemjalt, strateg, gjykates, prokuror, gazetar, artist, kengetar.

Kishim nje udheheqes si ky ne, por vdiq, edhe pse i falem dite nga jeta jone.

Hahhahahhahahah ca gallalte ketu?

 

 

O Gery , e ke shkruar si e ke shkruar kete, e kishe bere me mire. Sikur ta kishe pasuruar edhe pak me shume letren me ca pika te tjera.

8-Edi Rama shet lejet e ndertimit, edhe ku pjesen me te madhe te te gjith tenderave qe ai ben ne Bashkine bunker te Tiranes i merr pronari i Gazetes Shekulli ( sipas teje me e madhja ne treg)

9- Pronari firmes se Gerdecit, Mihal Deliorgji ka marre 30 leje ndertimi nga Edi Rama.

 

10- e gjith media vizive ne shqiperi komandohet nga Edvin Rama. Qe censuruan edhe nje vajze te vdekur bashke me te ndjerin pronar te Top Medias.

 

p.s Kjo me duket me ato letra qe i dergoni nne Suedi per cmimin Nobel qe donin ti jepnin Kadares, qe e sabotuan. Nuk e kuptoni mor njerz pa dinjitet, pa ndjenja kombetare qe problemet tona, ska pse ti marri vesh e gjith bota, se na ulni shume si komb. Shko o Gery, voto Ramen, ose G69 , nuk po ja ndjen ndonjerit. Se Amerika e ka dhene fjalen e vete per Shqiperine. E futi ne NATO, Salen bashke me Mediun ( qe skam preference per asnjerin nga te dy) por jam Shqiptare edhe keto shkrime sabotuese nuk i bejn mire imazhit te Shqiperise.

 

 

Proud to be Albanien...

O Castor ben mire qe kete qe ke shkruajtur ne shqip ta perkthesh ne gjuhen angleze, se kam degjuar qe Bomi (Obama) ka fillu me i hedh nga nje sy ketij blogu.

E kthej mer berber e kthej, por e shkruajta shqip, se per shqiptare e kisha. Por sinqerisht po flas, me vjen shume keq. Pa u marre me politike, me duket veprim shume i ulet. Duket sinqerisht si ato ankesat, qe benin Zogistet e Ballistet ne kohen e Enverit tek Shtetet e Medha.

 

Pse ju mendoni, qe Obama & Co, po priste letren e Garit qe te vendosi ca marrdheniesh te kete me Shqiperine. Ai ka ambasadorin me 4 pale sy aty, si buf. Qe e paguajn per kete gje. Kjo tregon kapacitetin e ulet qe kemi ne, qe perfaqesohemi me keto intelektuale.(se kam iden,ca fushe eshte intelektual ky Gary Kokolari). Nuk do ishte me mire, sikur te kishte marre Ismail Kadre cmimin Nobel per letersine? sesa te sabotohej, ne menyre meskine, na letra te tilla?ne humbim shume nga keto veprime.

 

Tregojme nje injorance,edhe japim pershtypjen ne bote, sikur ky Gary skishte ku ti thoshte ato fjale se ne Shqiperi do ta vrisnin, po zgjodhi ti shkruanete Obames. Tv u ben copash duke shkruar e duke folur gjith diten, kunder Sales e & Co edhe si ka hyre gje ne kembe,per kundrazi, shtohen e fuqizohen dita dites.  Kurse ky Kokolari  ben politike rajonale ne bote.

Me demek ti kishe shkruar edhe ndonje pike tjeter, qe ne Macukell te Matit, filan kryetare komuna ka vjedh me tenderin e kanalit vadites....kryetari eshte i PD.

 

Jam i mendimit, qe politka rajonale ndryshon nga ajo nderkomtare, edhe letra te tilla PUCIste sna bejn mire, thjeshte na demtojne.Jo Salen apo MEdiun qe eshte munduar ky Kokolari, por ne te tjerve sidomos qe jetojme larg.

Shaka 1 Prilli?!  Nuk ka mundesi ndryshe.

Jo mo monda, ca shakaje.

 

Ca nuk pret prej ketyre.

Mos eshte ky Geri Kokalari qe para 3-4 muajve i nisi nje leter te gjithe shqiptaro-amerikaneve ku e akuzonte Obamen se do te behej Enver i dyte?

Po kush i beson dacibaot e Geri Kokalarit more njerez?  Ketij i eshte mbushur mendja (jo edhe aq falas) se mesia i Shqiperise eshte Edi Rama.  Prandaj per ta ndihmuar nuk e ka problem te shkarravite dacibao te tilla, me materialet qe grumbullohen ne zyrat e PS-se.

Ishte po ky Geri Kokalari qe me shpifjet e Agron Dukes dhe PS-se, beri nje dacibao te tille per Sokol Olldashin kur kandidonte kunder Edi Rames dhe gazeta e Koco Kokedhimes e shiti si raport i ambasades amerikane.  Gjerat u sqaruan por ishte teper vone, tashme demi elektoral ndaj Olldashit ishte bere.

 

 Gery Kokalari e ka qendisur kete leter, si Marigoja flamurin!! Nuk e di po kjo leter eshte shume e perputhur me te gjitha dyshimet qe kane te gjithe shqiptaret ,pjesa me e madhe ne shqiperi dhe neper bote!

Informacionet e Gerit mbi korrupsionin ne shqiperi,jane me fakte!

Gary thote se, ne shqiperi demokracia eshte si nje hibrit, misri,ose portokalli i shartuar me Totalitarizem do te shtoja un!

Cte them une i ka kapur nga fillimi,nga kopsa e grikes e deri tek ajo e fundit,e ka zberthyer bluzen e bardhe te mjekut,aq bukur sa s`ka me !

Po qe keto akuza te Garyt qarkullojne si mejrgulla ne kokat e shqiptareve,prej shume kohesh ,kjo eshte e vertete.

Te pakten te akuzuarit ne krye,"demokrate,repuplikane"nuk mund te thone se Gery eshte komunist,dhe se, ka paguar median,ose e ka blere ate!

Interesant amerikano shqiptari,thote: se Trebicka eshte vrare jo aksidentalisht,ai ka version te kundert me ate te Qeverise.,perpos shume akuzave ,eshte e dhe ajo e lidhjes se Delijorgjit ,nje thug i vertete qe eshte shoqeruar me SHB,per te marr "ok-in"e aferave ne bisnesin e armeve.....

Te gjithe kane nuhatur se dicka nuk shkon  mire atje ne vendlindje,shume tym ka dal ne godinen e kryeministrise.

A do ta mare ne konsiderate Obama letren e Kokalarit?!!

obama paska te drejte vote ne albania, kshu? smiley

Ore mire qe Geri ka roitur dhe aq i thote mendja. Ata te tavolines se shqiperise ne Departamentin e shtetit ja marin letrat dhe ja hedhin ne kosh pa ja lexuar fare se i ka dale boja ( Jo se nuk ka te drejte po eshte bere aq boze sa tani dihet se cfare shkruan pa ja lexuar letrat fare)  

Por mua me cudit fakt qe kjo vjen ketu tek peshku pas shkrimit filozofiko-psikologjik- optimist per shqiperine dhe shqiptaret dhe mendesine se tyre.

Sic duket fushata nuk njeh kufij .

Toko dhe Castor  . Sa mire sikur te gjithe te marrim dhe te shkruajme  nga nje leter ku te pakten ne dy rreshta te themi dicka te vertete per shqiperine qofte dhe per ate qe ndodh tek lagja e gjithsecilit  dhe na shqeteson. Do ti benim nder vetes te kthejme fokusin nga problemet tona dhe ti verbalizojme ato . Sa keq qe jemi,  kemi frik me i pa gjerat ashtu si jane ne te vertete.

Castro me vjen keq qe ndjenjen e inferioritete e paske shume te larte. aq te larte sa sipas teje tani na duhet dhe te superpozojme per boten qe te ata te besojne  se ne jetojme te lumtur dhe skemi probleme. se cme kujton Enver Hoxhen dhe shoqerine patriakale kjo perpjekja jote.

Dhe kujt tja drejtome kete leter Obames apo vetes tone. Kush ka interes nga lufta kunder korupsionit Obama apo shqiptaret? Ah me fal qeveria e koruptuar e Afganistanit apo Paksitanit po mer $miljarda nga Obama qe filloj fjalmin e tij te inagurimit me luften ndaj korupsionit ne bote. Sa mire sikur te tere te cmendemi si Kokalarai 

Ka shume rruge per te luftuar korrupsionin,Gary ka gjetur te veten! Po "ju", qe merreni me Gary dhe gjykoni ate,cilen rruge keni gjetur?

Sa kot ky re!

E fillon duke e quajtur qeverine Berisha kriminele dhe nga fundi permend edhe Pangon.

S'ka pune Obama tashi e do merret edhe me hallatet e Pangos.

 

Cfare pret nga Amerika ky?!

Te rrezoje Berishen apo t'i fuse gishtin Shqiperise meqe eshte ne pushtet Berisha? Per me teper, Shiperia eshte ne prag zgjedhjesh dhe i takon popullit te vendose, sic ndodh ne te gjitha demokracite. Totalitarizmi eshte pikerisht menyra se si Gary kerkon ta zgjidhe hallin e madh te demokracise shqiptare.

 

Po t'u interesoje, s'besoj se Obama a ndonje zyrtar tjeter ka nevoje per informatat e Kokalarit sepse ata kane ne dispozicion raporte te hollesishme per gjithcka.

 

 

 

 

 

why should the machinations of a corrupt government in a small Balkan country matter to you?   Because advancing democracy remains a core mission of American foreign policy

Kam patur pershtypje se G.Q. Kokalari eshte me realist se sa tregohet ne kete leter. Misioni i politikes te jashtme te Amerikes NUK ESHTE KY!(te pakten per ata qe dine te lexojne mes fjaleve)

Sa kritikues qe jeni cfare analistash qe mund te beheni ju por jo per dicka pozitive por perkundrazi ju vetem po luftoni te miren tuaj

po cfare ka te keqe ne se dikush mer mundimin dhe iniciativen te shkruaj nje leter presidentit te vet nje situate nen kendveshrimin e tij

a beni ju dicka me te mire?

une kam nje cope toke trasheguar nga te paret qe nuk munda kurre as ta perdor as ta shes dikush ka ndertuar mbi ate toke megjithese njihet nen pronesine time dhe sot dikushi mer legalizim per ndertimin e dhunshem te pa leje mbi pronen e dikujt tjeter

po une cfare te bej ajo ishte e ardhmja ime ndoshta

ndoshta per ate cope prone nuk u largova nga shqiperia me shpresen se do na kthehej

pa prone na la sistemi komunist si pronare na luftoi pa shkolle na la si te deklasuar

shpresuam do fitonim te drejtat e mohuara padrejtesisht

por sot ato te drejta na jane shkelur dhe mohuar dyfish

ku jane parate e te vdekurve ne burgje? ne ne kohen e komunizmit vuajtem luften klasore!

ku jane pronat e mara padrejtesisht qe nuk na u kthyhen kurre?

e shume te tjera si keto

po padyshim shqiptaret nuk duan veten dhe vendin e tyre mos pres te me duan mua?

behuni te ndergjegshem o njerez se jemi jete njerezish dhe kjo qe po jetojme nuk eshte jete

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