After the FBI busted Hosam Maher Husein Smadi last week for trying to blow up Fountain Place, Dallas County Republican Party chair (and the Observer's 2009 Best Politico) Jonathan Neerman found himself the victim of a pretty sick joke. Seems as though his GOP and CIA ties made it too easy to paint him as Smadi's target, but Neerman, being a laidback guy, took it well. (Neerman is a lawyer at Hunton & Williams, which offices at Fountain Place.)
But the latest association between Neerman and Smadi goes way beyond a simple piece of paper taped to an office door. Conspiracy theorist Alex Constantine uses our photos and excerpts from our December 2008 cover story to link Neerman to Smadi's plot to blow up the skyscraper.
The CIA's Jonathan Neerman (left) works for Dallas' Hunton & Williams, a criminal enclave of a law firm embroiled in a number of Republican scandals including Enron's collapse and the CIA torture debacle. As it happens, Neerman is on the outs among local GOP leaders for trying to revive the Party by recruiting (duping, IMhO, "reaching out to") minorities, like himself (he's a Hispanic Jew) - even homosexuals - and easing up on traditional hard-nosed Republican social positions. Old Guard Republicans vow to fight Neerman to the bitter end ... then an accused Middle Eastern terrorist pulls up to the building where Neerman practices law, loaded, unbeknownst to him, with dummy explosives, gratis the FBI. I've provided a number of leads to track. Anyone making headway on this case is urged to send me research for posting (mainly because I'm anxious to know more about this case).
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He also finds a way to toss in the owners of Fountain Place and cocaine into the conspiracy. Geez, and we thought Schutze was paranoid.