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  1. 1. Plantation Man Pleads Guilty To Shipping Military Aircraft Parts to Iran - Miami News - Riptide 2.0 25/10/2011 15:54 Browse Voice Nation Most Popular | Most Recent Sign up Log inBlogs Search Miami New Times News Sports Banana Republican Politicks TOP Walmart Eyes Wade Dominates Marc Sarnoffs Rubio Caught blog Massive New Midtown Miami Flamingo Senior Rec League in Five Biggest Lies Lying About His Family Story by Store Ad Birthers STORIES By Tim Elfrink By Tim Elfrink By Francisco Alvarado By Michael Miller The Judge Plantation Man Pleads Guilty To Shipping Most Popular Stories Military Aircraft Parts to Iran Viewed Commented Recent By Tim Elfrink Thu., Apr. 2 2009 at 1:44 PM Comments (1) IPhone 4Ss "Personal Assistant" Siri Tells Us Where Categories: The Judge to Get Hookers, Weed, and Drunk Share Like 0 0 tweet 0 digg Gainesville Woman Tossed Used Condoms at Store StumbleUpon Clerk Before Exposing Herself Its probably safe to add "shipping military aircraft parts to Iran" to your running list of "Bad Business Plans." Drunk Florida Man Tries to Use Taco as ID After His Car Catches Fire at Taco Bell Traian Bujduveanu, a Romanian citizen living in Plantation, learned that the hard way, Florida Elementary Students Accidentally Given pleading guilty in downtown Miami federal court today of plotting to ship sensitive Pornographic Slap Bracelets military parts to Iran, the U.S. Attorneys Office tells Riptide. Marco Rubio Caught Lying About His Family Story by Birthers, National Media Its the latest in a bizarre South Florida-Iran More Most Popular... illicit arms connection. Shahrzad Mir Gholikhan, whose story we brought you a few months ago, earned a 29-month sentence for her part in a deal to send night-vision goggles to the Islamic Republic. Bujduveanu, 53, ran a company called Orion Aviation in Plantation. In 2007, he hooked up with a California man named Hassan Saied Keshari, who had connections in Tehran. Keshari, who plead guilty for his role in the scheme in January, took orders from Iranian officials for parts for the F-14 Fighter Jet, Cobra AH-1 Attack Helicopter and CH-53A Military Helicopter and forwarded them to Bujduveanu. All those aircraft are used by the Iranian military, the U.S. attorneys office says, and only the Iranians still fly the F-14. After receiving the orders, Bujduveanu shipped them to a holding company in Dubai, which sent them along to Tehran. Both Bujduveanu and Keshari are awaiting sentencing. Page 1 of 5
  2. 2. Plantation Man Pleads Guilty To Shipping Military Aircraft Parts to Iran - Miami News - Riptide 2.0 25/10/2011 15:54 Comments (1) Write Comment Email to Friend Print Article Like Related Content Iranian Hipsters June 3, 2010 More About: Miami New Times on Facebook Iran Underground April 15, 2010 Tehran Like Miami Drug Smuggler Pleads Guilty, Has His Plane Taken Away July 1, 2011 U.S. Attorneys Office Iranian Armed Forces 16,408 people like Miami New Times. No, Your $4,000 Tax Refund Was Not Legit July 12, 2011 Armed Forces Florida Man Arrested for Hacking Scarlett Johanssons Nude Pictures October 12, 2011 Manny Jenny Brian Lizzie Isabella Like Facebook social plugin Add New Comment Optional: Login below. Sign up for free stuff, news info & more! enter email Miami Classifieds Post as ! buy, sell, trade (7,982) musician (1,101) rentals (3,535) jobs (1,438) Showing 1 comment personals (1,205) adult entertainment (14,704) Sort by Oldest first Real-time updating is enabled. (Pause) Ziare 8 months ago Slideshows Wynwood Art Fair 2011 A New American Story “World events do not occur by accident. They are made to happen, whether it is to do with national issues or commerce; and most of them are staged and managed by those who hold the purse strings” Denis Healey, former British Defense Minister Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull at American Airlines Arena On January 3, 2011, Traian Bujduveanu will be released from a federal halfway house to return to his family in Plantation, Florida. And halfway is precisely how it feels to him. He will have his freedom, but not his good name. The government took that from him in June of 2008 when they used explosives to blast open the doors Bassnectar at the Fillmore to his home in order to execute a raid at six o’clock in the morning. They took it when they struck his Miami Beach blind and elderly mother as they marched through his home, eventually dragging Bujduveanu in handcuffs from his bedroom into the backyard. It was a scene reminiscent of war time videos taken by imbedded photo journalists in Iraq or Afghanistan, but the similarities are not just visual. The details are all too remindful of stories of betrayal at the hands of the American government. The same government that, in times past and present, seeks More Slideshows >> out the help of Iraqi or Afghanistan, or Vietnamese, citizens to overthrow their government, only to be thrown themselves beneath the wheels of democracy when it suited American interests to do so. Like his name, Bujduveanu’s story is complex, until you break it down into smaller parts and review it a few times so that it becomes familiar. Traian Bujduveanu, a naturalized citizen of the United States, was recruited by the American government back in the 1980’s to assist in its plans to overthrow the Tools communist regime of his native Romania. Two decades later, that same government accused Search Riptide 2.0 Follow us on: Bujduveanu of conspiring to export military aircraft parts to Iran. In the process they were sufficiently able to threaten and intimidate him until he plead guilty to a crime he didn’t commit. The question of why – why did the government fabricate this case, is just as complex and, yet, just as simple. Bujduveanu came to the United States, to New York City, from Romania in 1974 with his family. He was Categories... Archives... 18 years old and filled with optimism. This was America, land of the free, and a place where anyone could succeed through hard work and determination. After six years in the United States, Bujduveanu applied for and was granted citizenship in his adopted home. His parents and two sisters also became naturalized citizens. But they were not the first in the Bujduveanu family to take this path. His family and all ancestors were born in Greek-Macedonia, near the ancient city of Pela. By the late 1930’s Greece, through the Greek Secret Services, had begun an aggressive campaign to confiscate territory and property from ancient Macedonia and its people, employing a form of ethnic cleansing in its wake. By 1939 there was a mass exodus from Greek-Macedonia, also known as ancient Macedonia, with half settling in far away Australia, Canada and the United States. While Traian’s grandfather fled to Romania, his grandfather’s brother immigrated to the United States, settling in New York. There Traian’s young uncle, Ionel, enlisted Page 2 of 5
  3. 3. Plantation Man Pleads Guilty To Shipping Military Aircraft Parts to Iran - Miami News - Riptide 2.0 25/10/2011 15:54 as a pilot in the United States Army during World War II. Along with thousands of other pilots, Ionel was assigned to Operation Ploiesti, making dangerous daylight bombing raids against petroleum refineries in oil rich Romania. During the latter stages of World II, Romania, in the concert with the German/ Italian axis of power, was supplying as much as a third of petroleum Hitler’s forces needed on the eastern front against Russia. Because of Ionel’s extensive ties in Romania, the U.S. Army agreed to change his legal name to John Nicholas should he be shot down in one of the raids and there be reprisals against the Bujduveanu clan. It was this story of his uncle that inspired Traian to enter the Spartan College of Aeronautics in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with the goal of getting a pilot’s license. He graduated in 1980 with a degree in Avionics and Instruments. In 1984 Bujduveanu moved to Florida where he began working for a company called New World Aviation. He quickly found himself in sales, assisting the company as it grew and expanded, selling to foreign governments and their military, throughout Central and South America. A year later, agents of the United States government approached Bujduveanu to enlist his assistance in its efforts to bring down the dictatorial government of Nicolae Ceausescu. After World War II, Romania had fallen under Russia control and influence, leading to a succession of repressive communist leadership, ultimately culminating with the installment of Ceausescu in 1965. Ceausescu vacillating between support of Russian submission and Romanian independence, but maintained absolute control throughout, never wavering in his fervor for the Marxist concept. Bujduveanu possessed all the qualities the U.S. government desired. Although born in a small village, his family moved to Bucharest, Romania’s capital, when he was still an infant. He grew up with Romania’s Retail political elite, many of whom attained important government offices themselves when their time came. Some were even placed in highly sensitive security positions. Bujduveanu had been able to maintain General friendship and contacts from his childhood as he returned to Romania year after year on holiday, and Kendall Conservatory Music occasionally business. View Ad | View Site He was obviously fluent in the Romanian language, as well as Macedonian. He was additionally fluent in English and had picked up some Spanish-language skills during his travels throughout Latin America. Although a Romanian citizen by birth, Bujduveanu was a proud citizen of the United States and a firm Florida Law Partners believer in democracy. View Ad | View Site “If Greece was the cradle of democracy,” Bujduveanu is fond of saying, “then Macedonia was its birthplace.” Of course he would help the American government in its opposition to the corrupt communist regime in Kitchen 305 his home country in the name of democracy. Although he was a willing soldier in the cover war, he was View Ad | View Site not a spy, not in the Hollywood sense of the word. He was not involved in any kind of assassinations or death squads. His job was to target high level assets and gather information. Mikes At Venetia He left New World Aviation and began his own business, Orion Aviation Corporation, a modest company View Ad | View Site which he operated from his home in Florida. But it was more than a front for his clandestine services, it was part of his dream, the same American dream that brought his family here in the first place. More >> Ultimately, the Ceausescu regime was toppled over the course of a single week, from December 16 through 22 in 1989. “Minor incidents in the Transylvania city of Timisoara led to violence, which quickly spread to other cities.” – Encyclopedia Britannica, 15th Edition (1995). Ceausescu was arrested, tied and executed on Christmas Day. Bujduveanu’s picture had been taken shaking the leader’s hand only months before. “I am familiar with these events and the role of the U.S. government in them,” Bujduveanu admits. “But it’s not important. What is important is that Romania is once again a democracy, and a better democracy than what we have here now. Of course I’m talking about the government, the corruption of the United States government in recent years.” Find A Coupon Bujduveanu is quick to add, “It is the government and not the American people. But if they don’t wake up, if the American public does not begin to hold their government responsible for its actions, they will Search by Category lose what rights and what democracy they have left.” After the fall of Ceausescu, all seemed right with the world. Orion Aviation was doing well, following the Zip Code Keywords Search same line of business as his former employer, but with more of a focus in Eastern Europe and Pacific Rim countries. But the U.S. government and its agents were never far behind, contacting him regularly for input on a variety of issues. Popular Coupons Bujduveanu’s arrest and search warrant were executed on June 21, 2008, and he and his family were $5.00 Off Shipping! not very fortunate. Organo Gold The sound of the explosion when government agents blew open his front door, combined with the ensuing smoke, prompted a neighbor to jump over his fence to investigate, worried that something was $9.99 Rib Special All You Can wrong. 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Interestingly, the government claims to have “found boxes of military aircraft parts stored on Bujduveanu’s property, including hundreds of parts for the C-130, the F-5, and other military aircrafts.” The court, in its limited wisdom, has decided not to allow Bujduveanu to present a multitude of proofs on appeal by granting the government’s “Motion in Limine”, filed after it saw the defensive evidence he Twitter Feed planned to present on appeal. It is an obscure legal maneuver that “preclude(s) the Defendant from challenging these (parts) classifications in Court or at trial,” or otherwise in public. Follow miaminewtimes on Twitter The government’s motion goes on: “In the sampling of the Defendant’s filings attached hereto …, the MiamiNewTimes Eight Foot Tall Lego Man Washes Up on Defendant attempts to explain that the parts at issue are not military or are not suitable for military use Florida Beach because they are used antiqued parts. 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  4. 4. Plantation Man Pleads Guilty To Shipping Military Aircraft Parts to Iran - Miami News - Riptide 2.0 25/10/2011 15:54 At this Bujduveanu’s demeanor change and he is no longer the stoic protagonist. Struggling to maintain MiamiNewTimes The McRib is Back: My Chihuahua is his emotion he asks, “What are they trying to hide? Why don’t they discuss this in the open? In fact, Iran McLovin It (via @Short_Order) has a firm order for 250 MIG-29 and 250 SU-27 aircrafts, or because the Iran Aircraft Industry #mcrib 47 minutes ago ! reply ! retweet ! favorite manufactures its own aircrafts including a variant of the F-5 aircraft, or because the Iranian Helicopter Industry has been placed there and is manufactured its own Bell Helicopters. Do they really need 40 MiamiNewTimes Duck Sauces "Big Bad Wolf": A Couple of years old junk parts? Or is this the kind of noise that we need to make before we enter into Iran in order Dickheads Having NSFW Fun (via to create another revolution there? Can anybody see that we are a total failure when it comes down to @Crossfade_SFL) @DuckSauceNYC 49 minutes ago ! reply ! retweet ! favorite foreign policy and relations?” Bujduveanu’s frustration grows with each question. He is frustrated with the court’s compliance with the government in keeping him silent when they have so publicly humiliated MiamiNewTimes Republican State Rep. Wants Doctors to him. There was no court stepping in to stop the federal government, or the multitude of separate Go to Jail for Abortion about 1 hour ago ! reply ! retweet ! favorite government agencies from putting out their own press releases after his arrest. No judge to keep government friendly websites, indeed some government sponsored websites, from presenting a one- MiamiNewTimes Collins Avenue Slated For $2.5 Million, side view – the prosecution’s view, before he had been arraigned. 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They are very good at lying. This I’ve experienced first hand,” Bujduveanu says with an almost diggs Love To Eat casual reference to his past dealings with government agents during the Romanian plot. “I had to think of my elderly mother and my son.” Bujduveanu has a seventeen year old son who lives with his ex-wife only a few miles from his home. 27 Top 5 Halloween Candy Urban Their residence was also searched, computers confiscated and his son’s vacation money seized. diggs Legends Additionally, Bujduveanu had no access to his documents or the Internet in order to properly aid in his defense. He went through three different lawyers before he was able to find someone with the expertise to help him. By then he had pled guilty and had been sentenced, but still held out hope for his appeal. Then the court, in alliance with the government, instituted the gag order, giving him little to hope for at 12 Muammar Gadhafi And 5 this point, like being halfway home. diggs Other Gruesome Dictator All were in the overused name of national defense and homeland security. Indict and convict, but don’t Deaths allow the defendant to put on a defense or appeal by confronting their accusers or challenging the evidence. With the stroke of an executive order pen here and a government sponsored gag order there, 29 Wookiees With Boobs (NSFW) a new American story is told. But that still doesn’t answer the original question. Why? And why Traian Bujduveanu? As one recent diggs U.S. president said, simply because they can. The United States foreign policy efforts since the Iraqi war have been dismal. Friendly or otherwise empathetic countries around the world have been hesitant to give America the same kind of carte blank support they once did in the immediate aftermath of 09/11. This is particularly true of the cautious, or even skeptical, view countries take with regard to America stands regarding Iran. In a related case this past May, a French court refused an American request to extradite an Iranian businessman who was accused of violating an American embargo on exports to Iran. Majid Kakavand, Links 37, had been arrested at a Paris airport in March of 2009 on an American warrant. But the French government prosecutor opposed the extradition request noting that Kakavand had not violated French VVM Blogs The Pulp (Broward-Palm Beach) law and that the equipment involved “was not necessarily military in nature.” (The New York Times, Runnin Scared (New York) Thursday, May 6, 2010) So the American government seeks to achieve their goals by finding scapegoats here at home, backed Local News Blogs by the courts and, in particular, a conservative Supreme Court found to be even more conservative in its Babalu interpretations of the War Powers Act. 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  5. 5. Plantation Man Pleads Guilty To Shipping Military Aircraft Parts to Iran - Miami News - Riptide 2.0 25/10/2011 15:54 Miami Condo Investments Reply to this comment Cocoselu Anton Miami-Dade Dems On June 21, 2008, the United States by and through the following agencies: Federal Bureau of Miamism Investigations, United States Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Nielsen Readings National Security Agency, United States Custom Office, United States Immigration Department of Phin Phanatic Defense Criminal Investigation Service, Department of Treasury - Office of Foreign Assets Control, Random Pixels Plantation Police Department, Broward County Sheriff Department, Plantation Fire and Rescue Service, Sex and the Beach Department of Commerce, United States Department of State – Directorate of Defense Trade Controls, SFLTV Department of Justice, United States Marshall, did raid Traian Bujduveanu’s residence. South Florida Daily Blog This raid requiring over 30 agents to overwhelm any resistance which may have been offered by Traian South Florida Lawyers Bujduveanu or his eighty-four year old blind mother, permitted the government to seize extremely Spokes n Folks valuable assets which according to the lead prosecutors for the United States were claimed in Court to swampstyle be worth more than “$ 100,000 from the boxes alone”, not including the cash or computers. Sweet Home Hialeah Contrary to the representations made by the assistant United States attorney in her place as an attorney The Reid Report before the bar in the open court, during the preconvention motion, the assets seized were less than $ Transit Miami 10,000.00 rather than considerable “ over $ 100,000.00” aircraft parts and consisted of antiqued aircraft View From Virginia Key parts, this even after an extensive search involving dozens of agents digging holes in the Traian Bujduveanu’s garden. Media Blogs Bob Normans Blog The patently ridiculous television type drama did not harvest anything more than would have been Burnettiquette recovered if the United States had chosen to detain Traian Bujduveanu while at or on the way to Publix Crime Scene the previous day, or had the United States calmly knocked on the door with a search warrant instead of Cuban Colada terrorizing an eighty-four year old blind woman and sending her to the hospital by striking her. Dave Barry According to the witnesses that have been questioned or interrogated, Traian Bujduveanu was under Dolphins In Depth surveillance since 2007, which represents considerable time before the raid, and could have been Fish Bytes detained without the need to break in and breakdown doors, causing unneeded damages to the Gay South Florida property and by standers. Inside Track Apparently, the bureaucratic imperative of needing to justify the expenses of this misadventure create Naked Politics sufficient rationale for the United States Attorney’s Office to behave in a manner more consistent with Pitts Stop Romania’s former communism regime than the spirit of the “taking clause” in the United States Scene in the Tropics Constitution. The Frugalista Files It is regrettable Bujduveanu’s prior counsels, openly admitted, they were afraid to challenge the United The Grimm Truth States otherwise this matter could have been more promptly addressed. Total Futbol A current colleague of Bujduveanu has said it is a shame to hear this type of fear comment from any citizen, let alone attorneys, because when the government’s citizens have become afraid of the government, especially where it involves the citizens willingness to speak the truth, “the government no longer has legitimate authority to govern”. The government conducted a massive investigation to get a handful of used parts, which if presented to a jury would have resulted not only in acquittal, but made the government a laughing stock. Bujduveanu regrets buckling into the coercion of the government and his innate fear of government instead of properly presenting the case to court and public and having his day in court. Like Reply The E-Cigarette EXPOSED** Banks Forced to Forgive Credit Do not try until you read this new study on the Card Debt results of using" Find Out If You Qualify for Debt Settlement! About Us | Work for Miami New Times | Esubscribe | Free Classifieds | Advertising | Privacy Policy | Problem With the Site? | RSS | Site Map ©2011 Miami New Times, LLC. All rights reserved. Page 5 of 5