Did this man predict Sept.11?
                       Strange story of a jailed spy unfolds in Toronto court
                        From the Toronto Star

                       While jet fighters drop bombs on Afghanistan in the wake of the World Trade Center
                       tragedy and FBI agents search for the source of anthrax letters, an
                       incredible tale has been unfolding in a Toronto courtroom.

                       It draws together the threads of a narrative some describe as "stunning and
                       fantastic," while others wonder if it isn't just the ravings of a lunatic.

                       The man telling the tale in sworn court affidavits is Delmart Edward
                       Vreeland, who faces credit fraud charges in Canada and in the United
                       States, where officials are attempting to extradite him.

                       The 35-year-old American claims to be a lieutenant in a U.S. Navy intelligence unit
                       a spy who says he 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 written off as a petty criminal.

                       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 extradition,
                       telling the court he could face treason charges and the death penalty in the U.S.

                       In the first stage of hearings, federal prosecutor Kevin Wilson yesterday
                       told Mr. Justice Archie Campbell of the Superior Court of Justice that he
                       was skeptical of Vreeland's claims.

                       "Is his story possible? I can't go so far as to say it's not possible, but it's not
                       plausible," Wilson said.

                       The prosecutor said he has seen no evidence to back Vreeland's claim that
                       Canadian embassy official Marc Bastien was murdered in Moscow in December.
                       Canadian officials said the 35-year-old computer specialist died of natural causes.

                       So, who is Delmart Edward Joseph Michael Vreeland II?

                       According to court documents, Vreeland was 18 when he enlisted in the
                       U.S. Navy in 1984.

                       Two years later, Vreeland says in his affidavit, he joined a special unit
                       investigating drug smuggling into the U.S. by naval personnel. But 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.

                       Late last year, 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 defence system.
                      While in Moscow, Vreeland says, he met Bastien.

                       Vreeland was arrested by a police fugitive squad nine months ago. While in Toronto (Don) Jail,
                        he met Nestor Fonseca, who was facing drug smuggling charges and extradition to the U.S.
                       The court documents say Fonseca allegedly told Vreeland of his plans to kill a Toronto judge
                        and others. Fonseca was charged with counselling to commit murder.

                       Galati and Slansky said in the documents 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."

                       It would appear, Galati says in the brief, that the Canadian and American governments have
                       written Vreeland off as a "nut case," which he says is a "patently absurd conclusion."
 

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