We?ve heard many urban legends about psychics who predicted the September 11 events (although we didn?t hear about them until after the terrorist attacks happened). We?ve heard creepy stories that appear to be true, about school children from Middle Eastern families dropping hints about what was to come. Now the story of another 911 prediction is unfolding in a Toronto, Canada jail cell.
Delmart Edward Vreeland, who faces credit fraud charges in Canada and in the United States, has told his story in sworn court affidavits. The 35-year-old American claims to be a lieutenant in a U.S. Navy intelligence unit, and also a spy who knew in advance about the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
In his affidavit, he says he tried to warn Canadian intelligence about possible terrorist attacks on New York and the Pentagon, along with targets in Ottawa and Toronto, but was ignored. So he wrote the warning on a piece of paper, sealed it in an envelope, and handed it to jail guards a month before the attacks. They opened the letter Sept. 14 and immediately forwarded the information to Ottawa.
His lawyers, Rocco Galati and Paul Slansky, are fighting his extradition to the U.S., telling the court he could face treason charges and even the death penalty here. But federal prosecutor Kevin Wilson is skeptical and asks, ?Is his story possible? I can?t go so far as to say it?s not possible, but it?s not plausible.?
According to court documents, Vreeland was 18 when he enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1984. Two years later, he joined a special unit investigating drug smuggling into the U.S. by naval personnel. The navy says Vreeland was ?unsatisfactorily discharged? in 1986. Vreeland also claims he gathered information on a crime family in Detroit and testified against them in 1998.
He says he came to Canada to help smuggle Russian military secrets out of Moscow, including Russia?s plan to counter the American ?Star Wars? missile defense system. While in Moscow, Vreeland says, he met Canadian embassy official Marc Bastien, whom he claims was murdered in Moscow last December. Canadian officials say the 35-year-old computer specialist died of natural causes.
Vreeland was arrested by a police fugitive squad nine months ago. While in the Toronto jail, he met Nestor Fonseca, who was facing drug smuggling charges and extradition to the U.S. Fonseca allegedly told Vreeland of his plans to kill a Toronto judge, among others, and Vreeland warned officials about these plans.
His lawyers believe that Vreeland should be put into the witness protection program in Canada because he is the main witness against Fonseca. Galati writes in one document, ?Neither myself, nor Mr. Slansky ... have seen anything as incomprehensibly frustrating, inexplicable and irresponsibly absurd ... as the RCMP?s position that they are not interested in reviewing Mr. Vreeland?s information.?
He says that the Canadian and American governments have written Vreeland off as a ?nut case,? which is a ?patently absurd conclusion.?
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