Profile: Russell Defreitas

Profile: Russell Defreitas

There are 8 comments on the Newsday story from Jun 3, 2007, titled Profile: Russell Defreitas. In it, Newsday reports that:

Since being laid off from his job as a cargo worker several years ago, Russell Defreitas has lived a meek existence -- at times sleeping in trains and trying to eke out a living running two-bit scams, selling ...

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Austin, TX

#1 Jun 4, 2007
Evergreen International Aviation, Inc. is an Oregon-based aviation company with longstanding ties to the CIA. Its huge Evergreen Maintenance Center in Arizona was bought from the Agency, which offered the property to no-one else.[1] In 1980 an Evergreen plane flew the recently deposed Shah of Iran from Panama to Egypt, hours before the Panamanian government was due to receive an extradition request from the new government in Tehran.[2] Giving rides to dictators is something of a specialty for the company - it also allowed El Salvador's President Duarte to use its helicopter, which was officially in the country to help repair power lines.[3]

And according to a series of articles in The Oregonian in 1988, Evergreen's owner and founder Delford M. Smith "...acknowledged one agreement under which his companies provide occasional jobs and cover to foreign nationals the CIA wants taken out of other countries or brought into the United States. However, neither Smith nor CIA officials would say whether any broader agreement existed."[4]


2000 onwards
1988: We don't know when the CIA uses us. 2006: We know our planes aren't used for extraordinary rendition

In April 2006, Evergreen denied that its planes had ever been used for extraordinary rendition:

"Evergreen President Tim Wahlberg, commenting through a spokeswoman, emphatically denied any company involvement in the program when contacted Wednesday about Amnesty's allegations. Evergreen founder Del Smith stood by the denial in a letter published in today's News-Register. He points out that the company hasn't flown passengers since 1995."[5]

However, back in 1988 Smith gave a rather different impression about how much Evergreen knows about when and how its planes are used by the CIA:

"Smith said he normally wouldn't know if or when Evergreen did anything to help the CIA.'I want to make it perfectly clear -- I believe in their cause,' Smith said.'I think America needs it, and it worries me that we're in a decline. And I think that we've done more for the world than any other country in the history of man on Earth. But I respect what they've done. And we don't know when we supported them and when we didn't -- as a contract carrier.'"[6] .

Monterey, CA

#2 Jun 4, 2007
Is Evergreen one of the CIA affiliate airlines?
jose alvarez

Belchertown, MA

#3 Jun 5, 2007
Tes DeFreitas

New York, NY

#4 Jun 5, 2007
I hope people or society doesn't look at the rest of the De'Freitas family as terrorist...
Russell De'freitas doesn't represent the high quality of intergity, the De'freitas family shows on a daily basis to people and society..

Tes De'Freitas

Belchertown, MA

#5 Jun 6, 2007

Belchertown, MA

#6 Jun 6, 2007

Belchertown, MA

#7 Jun 6, 2007

San Mateo, CA

#8 Jun 11, 2007
Evergreen Aviation is an enormous private company that has five sub companies and various locations throughout the world. They have an air charter service in which they lease out their planes to companies, a helicopter (fixed wing company) they operate Boeing's 747 large charter aircraft.
Every major airline in the world ahs done business with governmental agencies, including the CIA.
Evergreen hires over 4500 employees. If Defreitas worked as a cargo worker at one of their sites, say in New York, his employment would be stated as out of the corporate offices in McMinnville, ORE, just as Apple Computer employees get their checks from Silicon Valley, Hewlett Packard employees get their checks from Oregon, Microsoft employees get their checks from Seattle, etc......
Instead of trying to find black helicopters and conspiracies everywhere, why not focus on the very serious problem of terrorism in the U.S. today and how it affects us...that would be far more productive.
I have to laugh when I read the far stretches and inuendoes made from a few facts. Wait and see what shakes out...probably far bigger than any of us realize as far as the real people behind this plot.....
The REAL story is why one of Defreitas' co-conspirators was going to VENEZUALA to get his passport to go to IRAN, to meet WHOM???????
Trivia question? What major terrorist, most wanted by the U.S. was last seen in Guayana?
Trivia Question 2: Just how many terrorists are in South and Central America now and how many are coming over the border per year?
Trivia Question 3: Just who in South and Central America is supporting the terrorists in their country?
Have fun...following the clues. The pieces to the puzzle have been put out there by the media in bits and pieces.
The direction you're going in, is definitely laughable. After you figure it out, you'll be thankful for an aggressive federal law enforcement agency and our soldiers in Iraq.

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