Arms for Libya 2.0
|Planners||US Deep state|
|Perpetrators||Marc Turi, Turi Defense Group|
|Description||A replay of the original Arms For Libya, in that a US deep state arms dealer was charged with selling weapons to Libya. However, in contrast to the original case, Marc Turi had a secret ace in the hole which caused the USDOJ to drop all charges and hush the affair up.|
Arms for Libya 2.0 was an arms deal intended to send US produced weapons to Libya. It was worked on by Marc Turi and his Turi Defense Group. As with the 1970s deal of Edwin Wilson, it attracted the attention of US law enforcement and in 2011 Turi found himself on trial. After the USDOJ failed to use "national security" to restrict the permissible evidence all charges were dropped.
In March 2011, just as the attacks on Libya were intensifying, Mr. Turi realized that Libya could be a lucrative new market, and applied to the US State Department for a license to provide weapons to the rebels there, according to e-mails and other documents he has provided. In May 2011, his application to ship more than $200 million worth of weapons to Qatar was approved.
DoHS raid on Turi's Home
Two months later, Turi's his home near Phoenix was raided by agents from the Department of Homeland Security. Administration officials said[When?] that he remained under investigation in connection with his arms dealings. The US Justice Department declined to comment.
USA v. Turi et al
The USA brought a case against Marc Turi and Turi Defense Group. The DOJ tried to claim that "national security" meant that matters relating to the U.S. State Department and Hillary Clinton should be kept under wraps during the pre-trial motions. However, a federal judge[Who?] ruled that the defense could use the documented evidence that Turi possessed in his defense.
|The first interview Turi gave after the charges were dropped in 2016.|
Turi's unknown "ace in the hole"
Roscoe Davis tweeted: "Don't know what ace in the hole Marc Turi that kept him alive, but it must be good, because in Obama's last few days in office, they dropped all charges on Turi and he walked on all the charges."
Dismissed with prejudice
Following the decision that Turi would be allowed to defend himself with the documents in his possession, the case was withdrawn, amid fears that it would "cast additional scrutiny on Hillary Clinton's private emails as Secretary of State, and to expose reported Central Intelligence Agency attempts to arm rebels fighting Libyan leader Moammar Qadhafi."
The four felony counts — which included two of arms dealing in violation of the Arms Export Control Act and two of lying on his State Department weapons application — were dismissed last week against Turi “with prejudice,” meaning the government cannot come after him again on this matter. Under the deal, Turi admits no guilt in the transactions he participated in, but he agreed to refrain from U.S.-regulated arms dealing for four years. A $200,000 civil penalty will be waived if Turi abides by the agreement.
In an October TV interview following the deal, Turi stated “It really is ungodly, and unjust and unconscionable, that the entire force of the United States government came after me for a simple application. I was working for the U.S. government.” He added, “I never shipped anything. I never even received the contract. So all I received was an approval for $534 million to support our interests overseas. And it would have been the United States government that facilitated that operation from Qatar and UAE by way of allowing those countries to land their planes and land their ships in Libya.”