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Who is Bandar Bush?
Prince Bandar graduated from the British Royal Air Force College at Cranwell, England, in 1968 and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF). He received pilot training in the United Kingdom and the United States, and has flown numerous fighter aircraft including the JP 3-4, T-38, T-33, F-5, F-53/55, F-102, and the F-15. During his seventeen-year military career he attained the rank of lieutenant colonel, commanded fighter squadrons at three RSAF bases, and undertook program management responsibilities in the major RSAF modernization project Peace Hawk. In addition, Prince Bandar carried out special assignments in Washington, DC, during the debates between the U.S. administration and the Congress concerning the sale to Saudi Arabia of F-15s in 1978 and of AWACs in 1981. In 1982 he was assigned to Washington, DC, as the Kingdom's defense attaché.
Prince Bandar completed his post-graduate work in several U.S. military schools including staff courses with the Air Command and Staff College at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama, and with the Industrial College of the Armed Forces at Fort McNair in Washington, DC. He received his master's degree in international public policy from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, Washington, DC, in 1980. - saudiembassy.net
Documented Summary of the Case Against Bush's War on Terror
Bandar Bush Tells Us What We Need to Do In Iraq
Bandar was unhappy with the outcome of Iraq War I, and we had to
promise him to do it right this time and remove Saddam from
power. Colin Powell was not told anything until after Bandar had
given his approval.
you're new to this planet, the 9/11 attackers and sponsors were
mostly Saudis, and there was quite possibly no Iraqi involvement
at all. We've spent several years now scouring the earth for
little specks of evidence that Saddam had something to do with
9/11, while ignoring warehouses of evidence that high-level
Saudis were implicated.
Bandar, who's skeptical because he knows in the first Gulf War we
didn't get Saddam out, so he says to Cheney and Rumsfeld,
So Saddam this time is gonna be out, period? And
Cheney - who has said nothing - says the following: Prince
Bandar, once we start, Saddam is toast."
left, according to Woodward, Cheney said, I wanted him to
know that this is for real. We're really doing it."
wasnt enough for Prince Bandar, who Woodward says wanted
confirmation from the president. Then, two days later,
Bandar is called to meet with the president and the president
says, Their message is my message, says
Paranoid as I am,
I find this almost unbelievable. I also find it unbelievable that
there has been so little media outcry, and that
still are able to believe anything that the man says.
this modern world
cbsnews - 60minutes/
Promises to Keep Oil Prices Down
you read this story carefully, you can see that Bandar has been
keeping Bush on a string. He did not come to the rescue
immediately when OPEC decided to cut production, but waited a
bit. Presumably he got his quid pro quo in the meantime, and we
can expect that oil prices will go down in time for the election.
No problem here -- move along, folks.
discussing his new book, Plan of Attack, on the Bush
Administration's preparations for the Iraq war, told CBS
television that Prince Bandar pledged the Saudis would try to
fine-tune oil prices to prime the US economy for the election - a
move they understood would favour Mr Bush's re-election.
his claim at a time when oil prices are nearing a 13-year high,
Woodward, a senior editor at The Washington Post, said:
'They're high. And they could go down very quickly. That's the
Saudi pledge. Certainly over the summer or as we get closer to
the election they could increase production several million
barrels a day and the price would drop significantly.'"
I. The Bushes and
Bush-Saudi links are many, and include direct links between
members of the Bush family and members of the Bin Laden and
Mahfouz families -- two billionaire clans whose power in Saudi
Arabia approaches that of the ruling Saud clan.
Bath was in the National Guard with George W. Bush and left at
about the same time under suspicious circumstances. He made a
career investing large amounts of money for the Mahfouz clan.
(Mahfouz money played a big role in the BCCI financial crimes,
which along with the U.S. Savings and Loan frauds pioneered the
kinds of management looting which we have been forced to accept
as normal.) It seems likely that Bath funneled Mahfouz money into
George W. Bush's early business ventures, though (as often) the
investigation was squelched and no smoking gun has been found.
until shortly after 9/11 Bin Ladens were part owners of the
Carlyle Corporation, for which George H. W. Bush (the father) did
some very lucrative consulting which was presumably mostly
"access capitalism" or influence peddling. As it
happened, at the moment of the 9/11 attacks, the elder Bush was
at a Carlyle meeting with Bin Laden's brother Shafig. Shortly
after this, the Bin Ladens were asked to leave the group.
Bush, as usual, was the one who brought the bad publicity. Not
long after the 9/11 attack he made a speech in Jeddah explaining
that the Saudis had a P.R. problem and needed to do something
(presumably involving a job for Neil) to get their point of view
Saudi ambassador to the U.S., Prince Bandar, is so close to the
Bush family that he is sometimes called "Bandar
and in August of 2002 he was invited to visit the Bush ranch in
Crawford, Texas. Bandar was probably responsible for the
high-level arrangements for the evacuation of all Bin Ladens from
the U.S. on 9/13 -- a complex task, since the Bin Ladens were
scattered all over the country. Bandar and his wife were also
responsible for distributing millions of dollars of aid to Saudis
resident in the U.S., some of which ended up in the hands of two
of the hijackers.
lobbyist is US ambassador to Saudi Arabia
Welch: Bandar Bush Summary
During the first weeks of the second Bush Administration, the Saudi Arabian Ambassador to the United States, Prince Bandar bin Sultan, met with the new President. Bandar.....was so close to the President's father, George H. W. Bush, that he was considered almost a member of the family.
Magazine Bush-Saudi Timeline:
At a desert resort outside Riyadh, Bush meets with Crown Prince
Abdullah on behalf of Carlyle, which is pursuing a partnership
with SBC Communications, a Texas-based Baby Bell, to buy a 25%
stake in the Saudi national phone system. After the January
meeting, Bush spends several hours on a yacht in the Red Sea with
Saudi business officials and attends a party at a private Saudi
residence. The Carlyle Group denies that Bush discussed Carlyle
business. The proposed telecommunications deal with the Saudis
later falls through.
Shortly after his son's election day, the former President flies
to Spain with Prince Bandar for a hunting trip.
Bush-Bin Laden: Sept. 11, 2001
The morning of the attack George Bush Sr. is meets with members
of the Carlyle Group in Washington. Bin Laden's own brother
[Shafig] is at the meeting. Members of the Bin Laden family are
allowed to leave the U.S. without questioning two days
Neil Bush Advises the Saudis on Public Relations
Jan. 24, 2002 | Presidential brother Neil Bush, while giving a
speech Monday in Saudi Arabia, condemned the American media for
stereotyping the Arab world and urged Arab leaders to hire
lobbyists and public relations representatives to combat these
negative images as well as to sway public opinion to a more
sympathetic view of Arabs in the Arab-Israeli conflict, according
to reports in foreign media outlets. Bush implied that Israel has
done a better job of getting its message across in the American
media campaign against the interests of Arabs and Muslims, and
the American public opinion on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,
could be influenced through a sustained lobbying and P.R.
said the younger Bush, according to the Arab
News, Saudi Arabia's first English-language daily.
shapes public policy dramatically. It's true in the U.S., in this
part of the world and elsewhere."
The Bush-bin Laden
Andrew Wheat, Texas Observer, 9 November 2001
the death of Mohammed bin Laden, control of the company passed to
Salem bin Laden, Osamas half brother. The roots of the
first known Bush-bin Laden convergence date back to the
mid-1970s, when the two clans were linked by a Houston
businessman named James R. Bath. Bath had befriended George W.
Bush in the late 1960s, when they both served in the Texas Air
National Guard. By 1976, when Gerald Ford appointed the elder
George Bush as CIA director, Bath was acting as a business agent
for Salem bin Ladens interests in Texas. (Texas and Saudi
Arabia were well-connected by this point through U.S. oil
companies and related industries with operations in both
locations.) In 1991 Time magazine and later other
publications reported on allegations by Baths former
business partner that the Bush CIA hired Bath in 1976 to create
offshore companies to move CIA funds and aircraft between Texas
and Saudi Arabia.
W. lost a bid for Congress, he decided to launch an oil company
in Midland in 1979. For $50,000, Bath bought a 5 percent stake in
W.s Arbusto (Spanish for "Bush") partnerships. At
the time, Bath also served as business agent for several
prominent Saudis, including Salem bin Laden. In exchange for a
percentage of the deals, Bath made U.S. investments for these
clients in his own name, according to Time. Although Bath
has said that he invested his own money in Arbusto, not Saudi
money, the fact that he was Salems agent at the time has
fueled speculation that Osama bin Ladens eldest brother was
an early investor in W.s first oil venture. It was around
the time of this investment, incidentally, that Osama bin Laden
made his first trip to the Khyber Pass, where he would soon join
the Mujaheddin and the CIA in the holy war that expelled the
Soviets from Afghanistan. (Salem, for his part, owned a house in
Marble Falls, and died in a 1988 plane crash near San Antonio.)
bin Ladens cemented clearer-cut financial ties with the Bush clan
in 1995, when they invested $2 million in the Carlyle Group.
Carlyle specializes in the buyout of government defense
contractors, and many of its principals were heavyweights in the
Reagan and Bush administrations. Carlyles chair is former
Reagan Administration Defense Secretary Frank Carlucci. Former
Bush Secretary of State James A. Baker III is a Carlyle partner
and the firms senior counsel. Ex-President Bush himself is
a Carlyle board member and its senior Asian advisor. In recent
years, Carlyle has dispatched Carlucci, Baker and Bush to Saudi
Arabia to butter up the bin Ladens.
Chronicle, June 4, 1992:
George W. Bush's
company, Bush Exploration Co., general partner in the limited
partnerships, went through several mergers, eventually evolving
into Harken Energy Corp., a suburban Dallas-based company. Bush,
known informally as George Jr., is a shareholder and director of
Harken, which has been granted lucrative offshore drilling rights
off the coast of Bahrain in the Persian Gulf. One of the top
shareholders of Harken, a public company, is Saudi businessman
Abdullah Taha Bakhsh. Bush said that to his knowledge, Bath 's
investment was from personal funds, and no Saudi money was
investedin Arbusto .
Bath, 55, a former U.S. Air Force pilot, declined to comment for
the record. Spokesmen for FinCEN and the FBI also declined to
comment." According to a 1976 trust agreement, drawn shortly
after Bush was appointed director of the Central Intelligence
Agency, Saudi Sheik Salem M. Binladen appointed Bath as his
business representative in Houston.
Newsnight has uncovered a long history of shadowy connections between the State Department, the CIA and the Saudis. The former head of the American visa bureau in Jeddah is Michael Springman.
In Saudi Arabia I was repeatedly ordered by high level State Dept officials to issue visas to unqualified applicants. These were, essentially, people who had no ties either to Saudi Arabia or to their own country. I complained bitterly at the time there. I returned to the US, I complained to the State Dept here, to the General Accounting Office, to the Bureau of Diplomatic Security and to the Inspector General's office. I was met with silence.
By now, Bush Sr, once CIA director, was in the White House. Springman was shocked to find this wasn't visa fraud. Rather, State and CIA were playing "the Great Game".
What I was protesting was, in reality, an effort to bring
recruits, rounded up by Osama Bin Laden, to the US for terrorist
training by the CIA. They would then be returned to Afghanistan
to fight against the then-Soviets.
The attack on the World Trade
Center in 1993 did not shake the State Department's faith in the
Saudis, nor did the attack on American barracks at Khobar Towers
in Saudi Arabia three years later, in which 19 Americans died.
FBI agents began to feel their investigation was being
obstructed. Would you be surprised to find out that FBI agents
are a bit frustrated that they can't be looking into some Saudi
Greg Palast, BBC:
Bush - Cheney - Neocon - Saudi - oil
According to an April 29, 2002 report in Britain's Guardian, ARAMCO constitutes 12% of the world's total oil production; a figure which has certainly increased as other countries have progressed deeper into irreversible decline.
ARAMCO is the largest oil group in the world, a state-owned Saudi company in partnership with four major US oil companies. One of them is ExxonMobil which gave up one of its board members, Condoleezza Rice, when she became the National Security Advisor to George Bush. All of ARAMCO's key decisions are made by the Saudi royal family while US oil expertise, personnel and technology keeps the cash coming in and the oil going out. ARAMCO operates, manages, and maintains virtually all Saudi oil fields - 25% of all the oil on the planet.
It gets better.
According to a New York Times report on March 8th of this year, ARAMCO is planning to make a 25% investment in a new and badly needed refinery to produce gasoline. The remaining 75% ownership of the refinery will go to the only nation that is quickly becoming America's major world competitor for ever-diminishing supplies of oil: China.
Almost the entire Bush administration has an interest in ARAMCO.
The Boston Globe reported that in 2001 ARAMCO had signed a $140 million multi-year contract with Halliburton, then chaired by Dick Cheney, to develop a new oil field. Halliburton does a lot of business in Saudi Arabia. Current estimates of Halliburton contracts or joint ventures in the country run into the tens of billions of dollars. So do the fortunes of some shady figures from the Bush family's past.
As recently as 1991 ARAMCO had Khalid bin Mahfouz sitting on its Supreme Council or board of directors. Mahfouz, Saudi Arabia's former treasurer and the nation's largest banker, has been reported in several places to be Osama bin Laden's brother in law. However, he has denied this and brought intense legal pressure to bear demanding retractions of these allegations. He has major partnership investments with the multi-billion dollar Binladin Group of companies and he is a former director of BCCI, the infamous criminal drug-money laundering bank which performed a number of very useful services for the CIA before its 1991 collapse under criminal investigation by a whole lot of countries.
As Saudi Arabia's largest banker he handles the accounts of the royal family and - no doubt - ARAMCO, while at the same time he is a named defendant in a $1 trillion lawsuit filed by 9/11 victim families against the Saudi government and prominent Saudi officials who, the suit alleges, were complicit in the 9/11 attacks. Both BCCI and Mahfouz have historical connections to the Bush family dating back to the 1980s. Another bank (one of many) connected to Mahfouz - the InterMaritime Bank - bailed out a cash-starved Harken Energy in 1987 with $25 million. After the rejuvenated Harken got a no-bid oil lease in 1991, CEO George W. Bush promptly sold his shares in a pump-and-dump scheme and made a whole lot of money.
- COUP D'ETAT: The Real Reason Tenet and Pavitt Resigned from the
CIA on June 3rd and 4th
see also Osama is a Bush
2003 New Yorker on "Bandar Bush"
In the early
eighties, Bandar began having regular lunches with Vice-President
George Bush, in his office at the Old Executive Office Building.
Although Bush was widely considered a weak Vice-President, Bandar
believed that he was the first important American politician he'd
known who did not automatically favor Israel; from the start,
Bandar had found Bush helpful in advancing the Saudi cause, and
supportive of Saudi efforts to buy weapons from the United
States. Bandar also liked him personally.
In 1985, Bandar threw a lavish
party for Bush, who never forgot the courtesy, and always had
time for the Saudi Ambassador. "Most important, he was a
troubleshooter for King Fahd," Brent Scowcroft, Bush's
national-security adviser, wrote of Bandar in a joint memoir with
Bush. "The King frequently turned to him for advice. For
these reasons, we knew he was a special conduit from us to
Tracking bin Laden's money
flow leads back to Midland, Texas: Bush, Bath, Mahfouz, Bin Laden BCCI
Though Bush told the Wall Street Journal he had no
idea BCCI was involved in Harkens financial dealings,
the network of connections between Bush and BCCI is so extensive
that the Journal concluded their investigation of the
matter in 1991 by stating: The number of BCCI-connected
people who had dealings with Harkenall since George W. Bush
came on boardraises the question of whether they mask an
effort to cozy up to a presidential son. Or even the
president: Bath finally came under investigation by the FBI in
1992 for his Saudi business relationships, accused of funneling
Saudi money through Houston in order to influence the foreign
policies of the Reagan and first Bush administrations.
Worst of all, bin Mahfouz allegedly has been financing the bin
Laden terrorist networkmaking Bush a U.S. citizen who has
done business with those who finance and support terrorists.
Madsen, In These Times, 12 November 2001
H. W. Bush, Carlyle, and the Saudis
(March, 2001 - pre-
The NYT ran a front-page photo of former President Bush with
Saudi King Fahd on a trip to Saudi Arabia as part of his work for
the Carlyle Group. The ice-breaking story by Leslie Wayne quoted
Charles Lewis: "In a really peculiar way, George W. Bush
could, some day, benefit financially from his own
administration's decisions, through his father's investments. The
average American doesn't know that and, to me, that's a
: James Bath and the Saudis pdf
Bush Family Values
Favoritism to the Saudis
Bin Ladens Leave the Country Without Being Questioned
manifest was submitted the day before. It was obvious that
someone in Washington had said OK, but the FBI didn't want to say
they could go, so it was really tense. In the end, nobody was
interrogated." According to the passenger list, among the 46
passengers were several high-level Saudi royals with diplomatic
passports. On Sunday, Sept. 16, the flight finally left for
Geneva, Switzerland. The FBI did not even get the manifest until
about two hours before departure. Even if it had wanted to
interview the passengers -- and the Bureau had shown little
inclination to do so -- there would not have been enough
the Saudis after 9/11
the Saudis buy a President?
is especially disturbing since it is now known that the Saudi
intelligence service and the Pakistani service kept up
communications with top bin Laden aides until the spring prior to
the 9-11 attacks. That information was withheld from the
congressional joint inquiry even though both the Bush White House
and CIA were aware of it. Prince Turki resigned as head of the
Saudi intelligence service and became the Saudi ambassador to the
Court of St. James in the aftermath of 9-11."
The CIA and the Saudis
The FBI file, marked Secret and
coded 199, which means a case involving national security,
records that Abdullah bin Laden, who lived in Washington, had
originally had a file opened on him "because of his
relationship with the World Assembly of Muslim Youth - a
suspected terrorist organisation".....
But the FBI files
were closed in 1996 apparently before any conclusions could be
reached on either the Bin Laden brothers or the organisation
itself. High-placed intelligence sources in Washington told the
Guardian this week: "There were always constraints on
investigating the Saudis".....
They said the
restrictions became worse after the Bush administration took over
this year. The intelligence agencies had been told to "back
off" from investigations involving other members of the Bin
Laden family, the Saudi royals, and possible Saudi links to the
acquisition of nuclear weapons by Pakistan.
particular investigations that were effectively killed."
in The Guardian
visit by Bandar, August, 2002.
The two leaders,
Fleischer said, discussed the recent Rand Corporation
presentation to the U.S. Defense Policy Board that portrayed
Saudi Arabia as supporting the enemies of the United States.
Fleischer said the President conveyed to the Crown Prince that
the Rand analyst's views "had nothing to do with the views
of any senior-level government administration officials,
including himself, including the Secretary of Defense or the Vice
President. And they also talked about the path to peace in the
Middle East," Fleischer said.
Censors Congressional report to Protect Saudis.
At Bush administration's request, 28 pages on Saudi involvement
in 9/11 are blacked out of congressional 9/11 report "for
reasons of national security".
Most of bin Laden's relatives were attending high school and
college. The young members of the bin Laden family were driven or
flown under FBI supervision to<
size="4" face="Arial"> a secret place in Texas and then to
Washington, The Times reported Sunday.....They left the country
on a private charter plane when airports reopened three days
after the attacks. -
(Sept 2003) White House Approved Secret Evacuation of Bin
Ladens After 9-11
"Richard Clarke, who ran White House crisis team after Sept
11 terror attacks, says top White House officials personally
approved evacuation of dozens of influential Saudis, including
relatives of Osama bin Laden, from United States in days after
Sept 11, when most flights were grounded."
Tribune: Bodyguards tell of Secret Bin Laden Flight
"The hastily arranged flight out of Raytheon Airport
Services, a private hangar on the outskirts of Tampa
International Airport, was anything but ordinary. It lifted off
the tarmac at a time when every private plane in the nation was
grounded due to safety concerns after the Sept. 11 attacks.
Immigration missed many clues missed on 9/11 plotters (LA Times, January 27,
Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, the suspected mastermind of the Sept. 11,
2001, plot, obtained a visa to come to the United States just
weeks before the attacks despite being under a federal terrorism
indictment, a report by the federal commission investigating the
attacks revealed Monday.
And as many as
eight of the hijackers entered the country with doctored
passports that contained "clues to their association with Al
Qaeda" that should have been caught by immigration
authorities, commission investigators said.....
Ginsburg cited a
series of other security breakdowns that had not been previously
disclosed. She said investigators now believe eight hijackers
entered the country on passports that had been doctored "in
ways that have been associated with Al Qaeda." ......
said that leading up to Sept. 11, customs officials were
discouraged by their superiors from hassling Saudi travelers,
seen as big spenders who made frequent visits to theme parks in
the Orlando area. Fifteen of the 19 hijackers were from Saudi
Greg Miller and Josh Meyer Times Staff Writers
[Note; In December, 2002 -- after 19 other
countries had already been put on the visa special registration
list -- Saudi Arabia was finally added]
Royalty Above the Law in the US
Orlando Sentinel, July 2, 2003
No link, but a "Buniah + Soryono" google gets 31
al-Saud was at home in the desert kingdom when her plea of no
contest to a misdemeanor battery charge was entered, seven months
after she was accused of pushing her maid down a flight of
stairs. An Orlando judge ordered the princess to pay a $1,000
fine and $133 in court costs and write the court a letter of
Troutman said he
was outraged that the U.S. government did not allow Suryono, 36,
to return for trial. Paperwork shows that her visa was denied on
the grounds that she might remain in the United States
indefinitely. Troutman said the denial of her visa was tantamount
to a conspiracy by the governments of both countries to keep the
maid from returning to testify.
king's niece has been charged with a felony in this country, then
it's strictly a little favor, even though it's minuscule compared
to the issues facing the world today," he said.
to Saudi elite may be hurting war on terrorism
A steady stream of
billion-dollar oil and arms deals between American corporate
leaders and the elite of Saudi Arabia may be hindering efforts by
the West to defeat international Islamic terrorism.
U.S. business and
political leaders are so wedded to preserving the gilded
American-Saudi marriage that officials in Washington D.C.
continue to give the oil-rich Gulf monarchy a wide berth, despite
mounting evidence of support in Saudi Arabia for Osama bin
Laden's terrorist network, some experts say.
by Jonathan Wells, Jack Meyers and Maggie Mulvihill (Boston
Herald) Monday, December 10, 2001
House connection: Saudi agents' close Bush friends
Mulvihill, Jonathan Wells and Jack Meyers (Boston Herald)
Tuesday, December 11, 2001
Washington, D.C., law firm with unusually close ties to the White
House has earned hefty fees representing controversial Saudi
billionaires as well as a Texas-based Islamic charity fingered
last week as a terrorist front.
law firm of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld has represented
three wealthy Saudi businessmen - Khalid bin Mahfouz, Mohammed
Hussein Al-Amoudi and Salah Idris - who have been scrutinized by
U.S. authorities for possible involvement in financing Osama bin
Laden and his terrorist network.
In addition, Akin,
Gump currently represents the largest Islamic charity in the
United States, Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development in
Holy Land's assets
were frozen by the Treasury Department last week as government
investigators probe its ties to Hamas, the militant Palestinian
group blamed for suicide attacks against Israelis.
Partners at Akin,
Gump include one of President Bush's closest Texas friends, James
C. Langdon, and George R. Salem, a Bush fund-raiser who chaired
his 2000 campaign's outreach to Arab-Americans.
this link is now gone(Seems
to be the following story, wrongly attributed to Molly Ivins:
advisers cashed in on Saudi gravy train
Many of the same
American corporate executives who have reaped millions of dollars
from arms and oil deals with the Saudi monarchy have served or
currently serve at the highest levels of U.S. government, public
financial relationships call into question the ability of
America's political elite to make tough foreign policy decisions
about the kingdom that produced Osama bin Laden and is perhaps
the biggest incubator for anti-Western Islamic terrorists.
by Maggie Mulvihill, Jack Meyers and Jonathan Wells (Boston
Tuesday, December 11, 2001
clans working with U.S. oil firms may be tied to bin Laden:
Saudi families scrutinized by authorities for possible financial
ties to Osama bin Laden's terrorist network continue to engage in
major oil deals with leading U.S. corporations.
The bin Mahfouz
and Al-Amoudi clans, who control three private Saudi Arabian oil
companies, are partners with U. S. firms in a series of ambitious
oil development and pipeline projects in central and south Asia,
by Jack Meyers, Jonathan Wells and Maggie Mulvihill (Boston
Monday, December 10, 2001
Saudi support for terrorism
official story is that Osama Bin Laden has been rejected both by
his family and by the Saudis as a whole, but this is not true. He
is not the only terrorist among the Bin Ladens, and several
family members maintain contact with him. He has received a great
deal of support from his fellow millionaires in Saudi Arabia and
the Gulf States, and while he leads an insurgent faction opposed
to the ruling group, he still maintains significant support
within Saudi Arabia, some of it at high governmental levels.
Through a network of semi-governmental Islamic charities, Saudi
Arabia has been sponsoring Muslim fundamentalists and terrorists
in many parts of the world for decades.
is an enemy of the ruling faction in Saudi Arabia, but he is the
leader of the insurgent faction and has a great deal of support
in high places in Saudi society. Saudi Arabia is an archaic,
bizarre clan society whose ruling Saud, Mahfouz, and Bin Laden
clans (together with the Muslim clergy) dominate the commoners,
but are unable to control their own members. (For example,
Mahrous Bin Laden, who was involved in an attempted insurrection
over a decade ago, remains free; everyone else involved was
beheaded.) For a decade or more the Saudi leaders have tried to
buy off their own domestic opposition by giving them control of
the educational system and by giving them money to wreak havoc,
in the name of Islam, elsewhere in the world. 9/11 was the
ultimate fruit of that policy.
[cws note: ]
Is Bush is oblivious to
what's going on?
Or is the Saudi monarchy a cultic front helping to steer terror?
gift, Saudi envoy expresses dismay over strains (NYT, Nov 27,
Saudi Ambassador Prince Bandar bin Sultan and wife Princess Haifa
al-Faisal say they are loyal partners in Bush administration's
fight against terrorism and are pained that her gifts to ailing
Jordanian wife of Saudi man have strained United States-Saudi
ties by ending up in hands of two of Sept 11 hijackers.
money and the terrorists
FBI officials are seeking to question, anew, Saudi businessman
Omar al-Bayoumi. During his time in San Diego, he threw a
welcoming party for eventual hijackers Khalid al-Mihdhar and
Nawaf al-Hazmi and put down money for their deposit and first
instance, Prince Bandar, the Saudi ambassador to the United
States, and his wife, Princess Haifa al-Faisal, wrote tens of
thousands of dollars of checks to a Saudi named Usama Basnan and
his wife, Magda Ibrahim Dweikat, who were in San Diego around the
time of the hijackers stay.
said Bandar gave charitable donations to Basnan to help cover his
wife's medical bills starting in 1998 and that al-Faisal
separately gave regular monthly payments to Dweikat, who used her
maiden name that did not call attention to her marriage to
said Saudi investigators traced every payment which
totaled more than $100,000 and found evidence two or three
of the princess' checks to Dweikat were signed over to
Cases, David Armstrong
Harper's Magazine, 3/2004 (no link)
September 2001, the administration has designated hundreds of
individuals and organizations, including several Islamic
charities, as terrorists or sponsors of terrorism and frozen
their assets. Yet Saudi organizations and individuals have
emerged relatively unscathed.... And although in January the
Treasury Department designated several branches of the Saudi
charity al-Haramain, U.S. officials declined to freeze the assets
of the group's dozens of other offices worldwide, including its
headquarters in Riyadh.....
I.I.R.O. [The International Islamic Relief Organization] and
M.W.L. [Muslim World League] were known to have funded al Qaeda,
U.S. government sources indicated to Newsweek in October 2001
that the Bush Administration left the two organizations off a
list of designated terrorist groups in order to spare the Saudi
government from embarassment. On top of this, the most promising
domestic inquiry into these Saudi groups has been dismantled.....
One of the Muslim
activists who met with [Secretary of the Treasury] O'Neill was
Talat Othman, a longtime friend and former business partner of
President Bush. [The purpose of the meeting was to call Customs
agents off Saudi Islamic charities]. The two served together on
the board of the Texas-based oil company Harken Energy starting
in the late 1980's and have remained close ever since. Othman sat
on Harken's board as a representative of Abdullah Taha Bakhsh. a
Saudi business magnate and close associate of suspected terrorist
financier Khalid bin Mahfouuz. Bakhsh now heads an oil company
that is a subsidiary of Halliburton, the energy giant formerly
run by Vice President Dick Cheney. In addition to his work with
the Islamic Institute, Othman served on the board of Amana Mutual
funds, an Islamic investment group that had close ties to raided
entities and yet was not itself targeted. At the time of the
Green Quest raids in March 2002, at least four figures in the
targeted groups were affiliated with Amana, including M. Yaqub
Mirza, the individual who set up the U.S. branch of M.W.L., the
fund-raising branch of the U.S. branch of M.W.L., the
fund-raising arm of the U.S. branch of I.I.R.O., and many of the
other raided organizations. Despite Mirza's presence on the
board, and despite the fact that large sums of money from the
suspect groups have moved through Amana, Green Quest agents chose
not to raid the firm.
More on Talat Othman
important in recruiting Muslim-American voters to the Bush cause
for the 2000 election.
terror: Time magazine, Sept. 15, 2003
non-cooperation in terror investigations; Saudi sponsorship of
hard-core fundamentalism (and terrorism) worldwide; Saudi schools
teach hatred of infidels:
investigators, he says, sometimes suspect that the Saudis are
fishing, trying to ferret out details of U.S. intelligence, or
stalling, to protect Saudi individuals from embarrassment. One of
the Administration's top counterterrorism officials says the
Saudis still appear to be protecting charities associated with
the royal family and its friends.....
President Bush spoke to Abdullah for 20 minutes by phone last
week [fall 2003], say U.S. and Saudi sources, he went out of his
way to compliment the Prince on Saudi Arabia's efforts to combat
Rubin, New York Times Magazine, March 7, 2004
story of three extremely isolated Saudi liberals makes Saudi
Arabia seem virtually hopeless. During the Soviet-Afghan war (and
after the 1979 occupation of the Grand Mosque), the most extreme
fundamentalists had a free hand there for well over a decade.
After 1995 when they attacked again within Saudi Arabia, the
regime cracked down a little, and even more so after 9/11. Yet
there is almost no evidence in this piece that things will
improve much. The liberals are pariahs, small suggestions for
reform are angrily rejected, no challenge to the royal power is
even imaginable, and at the same time that some government
officials are rather brutally attacking the fundamentalists and
terrorists, others are quietly supporting them. It seems entirely
out of the question that the few real liberals will accomplish
anything, and quite possible that the fundamentalists will
untimately defeat the (relative) moderates.
on this article, Saudi Arabia seems far more oppressive than the
Soviet Union and its satellites during its last years, where
there always was an educated resistance which barely seems to
exist in Saudi Arabia.
what are the chances that George W. Bush will bring up this
article next time he has Bandar over?
make me laugh. It's not George's way to spoil a good time by
going to the defense of a liberal. He's barely willing to timidly
mention the Saudi-American children abducted to Saudi Arabia in
violation of American law.
Crucifixion and Torture in Saudi Arabia
this was Westerners. You don't even want to ask what happens to
Saudi Arabia's guest workers from impoverished Asian nations.
RANSOM: How vulnerable are the Saudi royals?
have demonstrated to analysts that by 1996 Saudi money was
supporting Osama bin Laden's Al Qaeda and other extremist groups
in Afghanistan, Lebanon, Yemen, and Central Asia, and throughout
the Persian Gulf region. "Ninety-six is the key year,"
one American intelligence official told me. "Bin Laden
hooked up to all the bad guysit's like the Grand
Alliance and had a capability for conducting large-scale
operations." The Saudi regime, he said, had "gone to
the dark side."....
The American intelligence
officials have been particularly angered by the refusal of the
Saudis to help the F.B.I. and the C.I.A. run
"traces"that is, name checks and other background
informationon the nineteen men, more than half of them
believed to be from Saudi Arabia, who took part in the attacks on
the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. "They knew that
once we started asking for a few traces the list would
grow," one former official said. "It's better to shut
it down right away." He pointed out that thousands of
disaffected Saudis have joined fundamentalist groups throughout
the Middle East. Other officials said that there is a growing
worry inside the F.B.I. and the C.I.A. that the actual identities
of many of those involved in the attacks may not be known
definitively for months, if ever. Last week, a senior
intelligence official confirmed the lack of Saudi co�eration
and told me, angrily, that the Saudis "have only one
constantand it's keeping themselves in power."....
In 1994, Mohammed
al-Khilewi, the first secretary at the Saudi Mission to the
United Nations, defected and sought political asylum in the
United States. He brought with him, according to his New York
lawyer, Michael J. Wildes, some fourteen thousand internal
government documents depicting the Saudi royal family's
corruption, human-rights abuses, and financial support for
terrorists. He claimed to have evidence that the Saudis had given
financial and technical support to Hamas, the extremist Islamic
group whose target is Israel. There was a meeting at the lawyer's
office with two F.B.I. agents and an Assistant United States
Attorney. "We gave them a sampling of the documents and put
them on the table," Wildes told me last week. "But the
agents refused to accept them." He and his client heard
nothing further from federal authorities. Al-Khilewi, who was
granted asylum, is now living under cover.
The Saudis were
also shielded from Washington's foreign-policy bureaucracy. A
government expert on Saudi affairs told me that Prince Bandar
dealt exclusively with the men at the top, and never met with
desk officers and the like. "Only a tiny handful of people
inside the government are familiar with U.S.-Saudi
relations," he explained. "And that is
In the aftermath
of the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, the royal
family has repeatedly insisted that Saudi Arabia has made no
contributions to radical Islamic groups. When the Saudis were
confronted by press reports that some of the substantial funds
that the monarchy routinely gives to Islamic charities may
actually have gone to Al Qaeda and other terrorist networks, they
denied any knowledge of such transfers. The intercepts, however,
have led many in the intelligence community to conclude
by SEYMOUR M. HERSH, New Yorker, 2001-10-22
U.S. diplomats return to troubled Saudi kingdom
United States has authorised the return of non-essential
diplomats and their families to Saudi Arabia, two months after
they were told to leave the kingdom for security reasons.
unrest in Saudi Arabia
Qaeda and the Saudi Establishment
joint congressional report on the intelligence community and the
Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and
the Pentagon released last month covers the question of official
Saudi Arabian support for the attackers, drawing attention once
again to troubled Saudi-U.S. relations. Despite the highly
controversial White House decision to keep details about the
possible Saudi connection classified, the report highlights the
need to resolve longstanding contradictions in the relationship.
Saudi Arabia has
been a close ally, friend, and business partner of the United
States for more than 60 years. Saudi Arabia was also a breeding
ground for the Sept. 11 attacks. Fifteen of the 19 Arabs involved
in the attacks were Saudi nationals. Bin Laden, whose
organization Al Qaeda has taken credit for the attacks and
promised more, is from Saudi Arabia. The intelligence community
is strongly convinced that much of Al Qaeda's finances come from
private Saudi sources. The question that remains unresolved is
whether Al Qaeda has managed to penetrate the Saudi ruling elite
to the extent that it has received intelligence, logistical, or
financial support from official Saudi sources.
the Bin Ladens
The vast majority of the bin Ladens have truly disowned Osama, as
the family have continually told the world since 1994. But there
is proof that a few rogue members are still in contact with Osama
and may hold dangerously similar political beliefs. The lingering
fear is whether or not this means Osama still has some sort of
financial link to the family or even, through them, access to the
corridors of power in Saudi Arabia and beyond.
This isn't a
family with just one aberrant son. If you look below the surface,
Osama is not the only member of the family with links to
terrorism. One of Osama's brothers was involved in an attack in
Saudi Arabia, another helped Osama flee the country when he was
under effective house arrest, and a brother-in-law has been
linked by the CIA to the attack last year on the USS Cole in
Yemen by Osama's terror group, al-Qaeda ('the base').
While the family
say publicly that they have no contact with Osama, that is not
quite the case. Certainly, the world's most wanted man is still
close to some of his relatives. He phoned his stepmother,
Al-Khalifa bin Laden, two days before the terrorist attacks on
America to tell her 'something big' was about to happen. Osama
and his stepmother, who raised him after the death of his natural
mother, had been planning a meeting in the Middle East somewhere,
say wire-tappers with the US National Security Agency, who
listened in on the call. Bin Laden told her they would be unable
to meet and she wouldn't hear from him for a while.....
There are also
reports that Osama's step-mother and other family members
attended the marriage of his son in Kandahar in Afghanistan
earlier this year......
officials believe that at least two of the more junior members of
the family have maintained contact with Osama. Two
brothers-in-law -- Mohammed Jamal Khalifa and Saad al-Sharif --
are alleged to have financial connections to al-Qaeda. Khalifa,
who is based in Saudi Arabia, is suspected by US intelligence of
using a charity called the International Islamic Relief
Organisation to finance Islamic terrorists in the Philippines.
These terror groups are also connected to al-Qaeda. Vincent
Cannistraro, the former CIA chief of counter-terrorism, said
Khalifa may also have funded the Islamic Army of Aden, which
claimed responsibility for the bombing of the USS Cole. Khalifa
was detained briefly in the US in 1994 after immigration
officials discovered that he had been sentenced to death in
Jordan in absentia for 'conspiracy to carry out terrorist
One of bin Laden's
brothers, Mahrous -- who was once arrested over his connections
to armed Islamists in Saudi Arabia -- is currently manager of the
Saudi Binladin Group, the family's multibillion-dollar business,
at its branch in Medina.
After studying in
England in the 1970s, Mahrous struck up a friendship with members
of the Muslim Brothers, a Syrian Islamic fundamentalist
organisation then in exile in Saudi Arabia. Members of this
organisation used bin Laden company trucks to get weapons into
the city of Mecca in 1979 when at least 500 dissidents invaded
and seized the Grand Mosque.....
Direct Financial Support for Terrorism & Direct Contact with
intelligence services are now examining the financial ties that
may exist between the affairs of the United States' public enemy
number one and those of his family. The SBG group encompasses
some 100 offshore subsidiaries in tax havens, most of which are
managed, under very obscure conditions, by Yeslam Bin Ladin's
Saudi Investment Group." ("Bin Ladin Family Businesses
Scrutinized for Ties to Terrorism", Le Monde, September 23,
also discussed the intense pressure he is getting from U.S.
intelligence agencies who suspect him and other family members of
funneling money to Al Qaeda." (Peg Tyre, Periscope section,
Newsweek, November 19, 2001)
are among Osama Bin Ladens important financial
"backers." (David E. Kaplan; Joshua Kurlantzick,
"How a terror network funds attacks--and hides its
tracks", U.S. News & World Report, October 1, 2001)
appearances of impropriety. No question about it." says
Vince Cannistraro, former counterterrorism chief at the CIA
(Interview with JohnDoe, September 2001)
one of the more than 50 children of Mohammed bin Laden, is shut
out of the closely held family business, his own children are
not. According to Jamal Khashoggi, deputy editor in chief of the
Arab News, based in Jidda, who has known the family -- including
Osama -- for years, the militant's oldest son Abdullah, in his
early 20s, lives in Jidda and participates in running the
family's company." (Yaroslav Trofimov, "Attack on
America: Saudi Arabia's bin Laden Clan Loses Support of Royal
Family --- Riyadh Shows Shift in Attitude Following Sept. 11
Attacks Against U.S. --- Plenty of Hometown Defenders
Remain", The Wall Street Journal Europe, October 2, 2001)
bin laden family.com
non-cooperation: Wright on O'Neill (2002).
was initially optimistic that the Saudis would co-operate, but
O'Neill became increasingly frustrated, and eventually a rift
seems to have developed between the two men. "John started
telling Louis things Louis didn't want to hear," Clarke
said. "John told me that, after one of the many trips he and
Freeh took to the Mideast to get better co�eration from the
Saudis, they boarded the Gulfstream to come home and Freeh says,
'Wasn't that a great trip? I think they're really going to help
us.' And John says, 'You've got to be kidding. They didn't give
us anything. They were just shining sunshine up your ass.' For
the next twelve hours, Freeh didn't say another word to
against the Saudi government for a lack of cooperation in the
U.S. war against terrorism is no new development. The U.S.
government has for years sought Imad Fayez Mugniyah -- one of the
top 22 "most wanted terrorists" who in 1983 led the
bombings of the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, which killed 16, and the
U.S. Marine barracks, which killed 241. In 1995, the FBI learned
that Mugniyah was on a commercial airliner scheduled for a
layover in Saudi Arabia. But at the last minute, the Saudi
government -- against U.S. wishes -- denied the plane permission
to land, and Mugniyah thus avoided capture. A couple years later,
before U.S. officials could interrogate four individuals
responsible for the 1997 truck-bombing of the Khobar Towers
housing complex in Dhahran -- in which 19 American soldiers were
killed -- the Saudi authorities had the four men beheaded. Eleven
others are wanted for extradition, but the Saudi government has
refused those requests.
Bush's Indifference to Counterterrorism
When Bush took
office, he and his appointees ignored and rejected all attempts
by departing Clinton officials to inform them of the importance
of the terrorism threat. The man specifically in charge, Atty.
General Ashcroft, was uninterested in counter-terrorism before
9/11, preferring to devote the Justice Department's resources to
victimless sex-and-drug-related crimes (e.g., as Tommy Chong's
Clark on Wolf Blitzers show
But I would say this,
Wolf, that if this does become the issue in the campaign, there
will be many of us who will point out that this administration
did not do everything it could have done prior to 9/11.
We still don't have the results of the 9/11 commission. The White
House is still quarreling and quibbling with providing a full
disclosure of everything they knew and what they did before 9/11.
And, you know, one of the things I always saw in any large
organization is it's not just the people in the middle, it's the
people at the top that have to participate in getting a grip on
what went wrong.
As Americans, we deserve an answer to what went wrong that
enabled Osama bin Laden and the terrorists to come in and conduct
the attacks of 9/11. If that does become the issue, I think it's
a loaded gun pointed right back at the White House.
cnn.com(March 7, 2004: page down)
But that's not the
end of the story. A far more revealing indication of the
administration's ma�na mindset about terrorism comes a month
later, on Sept. 9, when Donald Rumsfeld threatened a presidential
veto if Congress moved $600 million out of the White House's
prized ballistic missile defense system and into
counterterrorism. On Sept. 10, John Ashcroft submitted a final
Justice Department budget request calling for increases in 68
programs, none of them directly related to combating terrorism.
Rich, New York Times, 5-25-2002
Bush's weak counter-terrorism record
uninterested in counter-terrorism before 9/11
September 10 last year, the last day of what is now seen as a
bygone age of innocence, Mr Ashcroft sent a request for budget
increases to the White House. It covered 68 programmes, none of
them related to counter-terrorism.
He also sent a
memorandum to his heads of departments, stating his seven
priorities. Counter-terrorism was not on the list. He turned down
an FBI request for hundreds more agents to be assigned to
tracking terrorist threats.
began using a chartered private jet to travel around the country,
rather than take commercial airliners as Ms Reno had done.
Report Ignored by Bush Administration
the White House decided to go in its own direction, Congress
seemed to be taking the commission's suggestions seriously,
according to Hart and Rudman. "Frankly, the White House shut
it down," Hart says. "The president said 'Please wait,
we're going to turn this over to the vice president. We believe
FEMA is competent to coordinate this effort.' And so Congress
moved on to other things, like tax cuts and the issue of the
Porter Goss's Cocaine Import Agency (CIA) has links to "Al Qaeda" and Saudis.
Wayne Madsen | 22.04.2006 23:11
Porter Goss's Cocaine Import Agency (CIA) has links to "Al Qaeda" and Saudis. Last year, WMR reported on links between the Saudi Royal Family and CIA proprietary airline companies involved in cocaine smuggling.
April 21, 2006 -- SPECIAL REPORT. Porter Goss's Cocaine Import Agency (CIA) has links to "Al Qaeda" and Saudis. Last year, WMR reported on links between the Saudi Royal Family and CIA proprietary airline companies involved in cocaine smuggling. On April 10, Mexican police, acting on a tip from INTERPOL, seized a DC-9 aircraft carrying 5.5 tons of cocaine with an estimated street value of $100 million. The U.S.-registered plane was en route from Caracas, Venezuela, which, according to French intelligence, is a known hub for cocaine shipments from Colombia to Saudi Arabia (see article below). The DC-9 (registration number N900SA) made an emergency landing at Ciudad del Carmen in Campeche state. A Falcon aircraft that arrived at Ciudad del Carmen from Toluca airport in Mexico state in advance of the arrival of the DC-9 was also seized. The cocaine was contained in 128 suitcases. The Mexican police later claimed the unidentified DC-9's pilot managed to escape. However, the police did arrest the co-pilot.
The DC-9 was painted in the familiar blue and white colors of the U.S. Transportation Security Administration with am official-looking seal with an American eagle bearing the inscription: "Sky Way Aircraft - Protection of America's Skies." The registered owner of the aircraft is: Royal Sons Inc., 15875 Fairchild Drive, Clearwater, Florida. On April 5, 2006, the plane flew from St. Petersburg/Clearwater International to Simon Bolivar International in Caracas. "Sky Ways" (see article below) has also been linked to the Saudi government and Bush family/CIA activities. Royal Sons, the name of which may indicate the involvement of Saudi princes, such as the cocaine-transporting Prince Nayif, cited below, also maintained an office at 224 East Airport Ave., Venice, Florida, at the same time lead hijacker Mohammad Atta and Marwan al-Shehhi were training at Huffman Aviation, which was located near by at 400 East Airport Avenue. Two years before 911, Venice was also the subject of intensive intelligence operations by Israeli intelligence agents masquerading as "art students." Not surprisingly in light of Saudi involvement with cocaine smuggling, the activities of the Israelis drew the particular attention of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), which had Venice airport under surveillance and later prepared a lengthy report on the activities of the Israelis. Atta and al Shehhi also used Clearwater airport for practice take-off and landings during off-peak hours.
In 2004 a Sky Way Aircraft Beechcraft BE-200, registration N391SA, flying under the false registration of N168D, was confiscated by the Venezuelan government after flying from Caracas Charallave airport to Santiago Marino airport on Margarita island. FAA records indicate that Sky Way's office of record was 341 8th Ave. SE # 3C, St. Petersburg, Florida. The FAA registration database also states, "N391SA has multiple records" in addition to its status as being "exported" to Venezuela and, thus, "de-registered" with the FAA. After the revelations about CIA rendition flights and proprietary companies, it was discovered that N168D was the tail number for a Casa CN-235-300 registered to Devon Holding and Leasing of Lexington, North Carolina.
Sky Way Beechcraft that was held by Venezuela after it used a false registration number N168D, the same tail number used by one of the CIA's rendition planes.
The DC-9 seized by Mexico was previously owned by a partnership of Royal Sons and Skyway Communications Holding Corp. (Symbol: SWYCQ) of 6021, 142nd Avenue North Clearwater, Florida. SWYCQ's web site states, "SWYC was founded in 2000 by Mr. Brent Kovar. SWYC's focus includes in-flight wireless Homeland Security and In-flight Entertainment (IFE) service." In 2003, then-House Majority Leader Tom DeLay appointed Kovar as Honorary Chairman of the Business Advisory Council of the National Republican Congressional Committee. According to the Securities and Exchange Commission's EDGAR database, "Kovar has been President and Director of Sky Way Aircraft since inception. In addition, as president and director of research and development and engineering, Mr. Kovar founded Sky Way Global in 2000, a high speed broadband wireless service company. From 1996 to 2000, Mr. Kovar served as the executive vice president and director of research and development for Satellite Access Systems, a satellite services company. In 1990, Mr. Kovar founded PC, Ltd., a company that produced specialty-designed remote controlled arm and RF/communications related products, and until 1996, he served as president and director of new product engineering. From 1987 to 1989, he was associated with Jacobs Engineering, an national engineering company in Pasadena, California. From 1986 to 1987, Mr. Kovar worked with Falcon Communications as a wireless communications engineer.
Also, EDGAR provides details on SWYCQ's CEO and CFO Jim Kent, "Mr. Kent has been CEO and Director of Sky Way Aircraft since July 2002 and its CFO since February 2003. He has been director of business operations for Sky Way Global since 2000. From 1998 to 1999, Mr. Kent served as director of operations for Satellite Access Systems, Inc., a satellite services company where he was responsible for the day-to-day operations. From 1997 to 1998 he served as a senior management consultant for Booz, Allen & Hamilton, a government contractor and national/international business consulting firm providing program and financial management services to the U. S. Government. From 1980 to 1997, Mr. Kent served in various government contract management positions providing financial and program management services supporting national communications and intelligence projects for the Department of Defense, National Security Agency, and Department of the Navy." Also, according to the SEC, Kovar is affiliated with Net Command Tech Inc. (a St. Petersburg, Florida-based corporation formerly known as Acunet Corporation and Corsaire, Inc.). The company primarily markets video surveillance systems. According to SEC records, Banque Francaise De L'Orient has a significant financial stake in Net Command Tech. According to SEC filings, one of the significant shareholders is Fever Holdings Limited, c/o Banque Francaise de L'Orient, with an office listed at50 Curzon Street, London, England. Satellite Access Systems of Nevada is a Net Command Tech subsidiary.
Banque Francaise de l'Orient was originally Banque Al Saoudi, which was under the financial control of the Bin Laden family and other top Saudi royals and businessmen. In 1989, Banque Indosuez partly assumed control of the near bankrupt Bank Al Saoudi and it became Banque Francaise de l'Orient. The bank then merged with the late Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri's Mediterranee Group. Banque Francaise de L'Orient maintains an office in Geneva. Bank Indosuez (now Credit Agricole Suez) maintains an address in Sana'a, Yemen. Bank Indosuez was used by the CIA for the establishment of secret accounts held by top Kazakhstan officials in return for lucrative Tengiz oil field contracts for Amoco, Mobil, Phillips Petroleum, Texaco, and Halliburton (scandal that became known as "Kazakhgate"). Previously, WMR also reported on the use of Christian missionary aircraft linked to the CIA to smuggle high-grade heroin out of Afghanistan.
Intelligence insiders report that CIA Director Porter Goss has authorized the CIA to resume Iran-contra-era networks that is permitting former agency contractors to renew their illicit trade in drugs.
The sudden in flow of cocaine and heroin into the United States is an early warning sign that covert operators are attempting to earn large amounts of cash for one or more "special projects." On April 20, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that security guards at the Beaver Valley Power Station in Pennsylvania stopped a truck containing $504,230 in cash wrapped in ten bundles with clear plastic and duct tape. The bundles were locked in a duffel bag. A drug sniffing dog reacted positively to the bag. The driver of the truck and a passenger came from Texas and said they were en route from Chicago and were to deliver tools from the power plant to Youngstown, Ohio. Police in Shippingport, Beaver County stopped the truck after the power plant security guards notified them. The guards grew suspicious when they cut the lock off the duffel bag and saw the cash. The truck occupants said the cash belonged to their boss in Houston. The trucking company was reportedly a contractor for San Francisco-based Bechtel Corporation, which was doing construction work at the power plant. When the guards called the boss in Houston he denied the cash was his. The truck quickly left the power plant, which is owned by First Energy Nuclear Operating Company. Shippingport Police and Pennsylvania state troopers later stopped the truck near the Shippingport Bridge and confiscated the cash. The passenger in the truck claimed his identification had been stolen from the truck the previous night. Shippingport Police Sgt. R. N. Davis, Jr., scoffed at that explanation in remarks to the Post-Gazette. "Your ID is stolen but not that bag of cash? Red flags were popping up all over," Davis said. The incident is highly reminiscent of cases involving Israeli "movers" picked up around the United States after 9-11 who had similarly unconvincing stories. The FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force was notified about the Pennsylavnia incident and are said to be "investigating."
In 1999, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) broke open a major conspiracy involving a Saudi prince's Colombian cocaine smuggling from Venezuela to support some “future intention" involving Koranic prophecy. The DEA operations were contained in a “Declassification of a Secret DEA 6 Paris Country Office" memorandum dated June 26, 2000, a date which coincided with the height of Israeli art student and 911 hijacker activity in the United States. In June 1999, 808 kilograms of cocaine were seized in Paris. At the same time, the DEA was conducting a major investigation of the Medellin drug cartel called Operation Millennium.
Through an intercepted fax, the Bogota Country Office of the DEA learned of the Paris cocaine seizure and linked the drug smuggling operation to the Saudis. The DEA investigation centered around Saudi Prince Nayif al Saud, whose alias was El Principe (the Prince). Nayif's full name is Nayif (or Nayef) bin Fawwaz al-Shaalan al-Saud. In pursuit of his international drug deals, Nayif traveled in his own Boeing 727 and used his diplomatic status to avoid customs checks. The DEA report stated Nayif studied at the University of Miami, Florida, owned a bank in Switzerland, speaks eight languages, was heavily invested in Venezuela's petroleum industry, regularly visited the United States, and traveled with millions of dollars of U.S. currency. Nayif is also invested in Colombia's petroleum industry.
Nayif was also reported to have met with drug cartel members in Marbella, Spain, where the late Saudi King Fahd and the Saudi royal family maintained a huge palatial residence. The report states that when a group of cartel members traveled to Riyadh to meet Nayif, “they were picked up in a Rolls Royce automobile belonging to Nayif, and driven to the Riyadh Holiday Inn hotel. The next day they were met by Nayif and his brother [believed to be named Saul [sic] [His twin brother is Prince Saud. Nayif's older brother, Prince Nawaf, is married to King Abdullah's daughter].)… The second day they all traveled to the desert in terrain vehicles [hummers]. During this desert trip they discussed narcotics trafficking. UN [The DEA informant] and Nayif agreed to conduct the 2,000 kilogram cocaine shipment, which would be delivered to Caracas, VZ, by UN's people, where Nayif would facilitate the cocaine's transport to Paris, France. Nayif explained he would utilize his 727 jet airliner, under Diplomatic cover, to transport the cocaine. The Boeing 727 was operated by Skyways International,a Saudi-owned airline with past connections to the mysterious James Bath, George W. Bush's Texas Air National Guard friend and later Arbusto and Harken Energy investment pass-through between the Saudis and Bush. These investors included Salem Bin Laden, Osama Bin Laden's late older brother who was killed in a 1988 plane crash in Texas. Bath was the registered agent for Salem Bin Laden.
Nayif told "UN" that he could transport up to 20,000 kilograms of cocaine in his jet airliner, and propositioned "UN" “to conduct 10-20,000 kilogram shipments in the future." "UN" wondered why Nayif, supposedly a devout Muslim, would be involved with drugs. Nayif's response in light of what is now known about Saudi funding of terrorism, is worth a close perusal. During the Riyadh meeting, Nayif responded to "UN's" question by stating that “he is a strict advocate of the Muslim Corran [sic]." "UN" stated, “Nayif does not drink, smoke, or violate any of the Corran's [sic] teachings. "UN" asked Nayif why he [Nayif] wanted to sell cocaine and Nayif stated that the world is already doomed and that he has been authorized by God to sell drugs. Nayif stated that "UN" would later learn of Nayif's true intentions for trafficking narcotics although Nayif would not comment further." The Saudi prince's drug smuggling operation was smashed by the DEA and French police in October 1999.
On May 16, 1999, Prince Nayif's Skyways Boeing 727 touched down at LeBourget Airport outside of Paris ( this is the same airport that received the Bin Laden family flight from the United States following the 911 attacks). Also on board the plane were a number of Saudi princes and princesses. Two tons of cocaine, smuggled on to the aircraft in Caracas, were transported as one large diplomatic pouch by two waiting Saudi vans. The cocaine was transported to Noissy-le-Sec, a Paris suburb. A French-US law enforcement case against Nayif and his entourage, complete with evidence and confidential informants soon collapsed.
Wayne Madsen Report.com has come into possession of a "Confidential Diplomatic" cable from the French embassy in Saudi Arabia to Paris warning that Saudi Interior Minister Prince Nayef had warned that if France pursued the case against the Saudi prince, a lucrative $7 billion radar defense contract, Project SBGDP (Garde Frontiere), with the French firm Thales would be canceled. The embassy cable sought pressure against the French Interior Ministry to drop its investigation of Nayif. The cable also indicated that Saudi Interior Minister Nayef's irritation at the French investigation was shared by his brothers Abdullah (then-Crown Prince) and Sultan (Defense Minister) as well as the Governor of Riyadh Province Prince Salman. Saudi informers have revealed that Al Qaeda members routinely traveled through Riyadh on their way to Pakistan and then to Taliban Afghanistan. These insiders report that Salman's office arranged for cash payments, hotels, and air fares for the Al Qaeda members.
The French cable also states that the Saudis reiterated that it was merciless to drug traffickers for which Saudi youth were often the victims. The Saudis also told the French that unlike Afghanistan, Pakistan, Egypt, Syria, and Lebanon, Saudi Arabia was not a base for drug trafficking. The reaction by the Saudi government's key principals to the French drug investigation indicates they had something to hide. Perhaps similar to the Bush family, they had an off-the-books operation to generate hundreds of millions of dollars for their Wahhabi compatriots in Afghanistan and Pakistan, including the Taliban and Al Qaeda. The French cable draws attention to intelligence rumors that the cocaine transported by Nayif from Venezuela originated in Colombia -- the same country where George H. W. Bush and his Iran-contra co-conspirators arranged for cocaine-for-cash-for-weapons transfers involving Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega as a middleman. CIA sources have recently reported that lead hijacker Mohammed Atta was known to U.S., British, and Saudi intelligence as a heroin courier from Mujaheddin-controlled Afghanistan as early as 1991. Atta was also identified as a cocaine user. Hence, what the French and U.S. law enforcement investigators discovered in 1999 may have been a major financial source for Al Qaeda's terrorist attacks. Recent revelations that a Top Secret U.S. Special Operations Command/Defense Intelligence Agency unit code named Able Danger was shadowing Al Qaeda operatives in 1999, the same year that Nayif and his courier activities were discovered, indicates high level collusion inside the United States Defense and Justice Departments with elements that did not want to embarrass the Saudis. As with the DEA investigation of Nayif, Able Danger was shut down on orders by Pentagon lawyers.
It is quite possible that the massive amounts of Able Danger data reported to have been destroyed on the Atta team may have included gigabytes of financial data on Prince Nayif's drug money laundering activities. Wayne Madsen Report.com has obtained a European intelligence agency flow chart titled "Operation Palme," illustrating the connections of Nayif's brother Nawwaf's financial operations to a myriad of other entities, a large number of them based in Geneva, a city where Wayne Madsen Report.com has previously reported the presence of a number of Bush-connected entities tied to the 911 attacks, including a money transfer to at least one of the hijackers.
According to the Operation Palme chart, Nawwaf bin Fawwaz al-Shaalan is Vice President of Kanz Bank located at 65 rue du Rhone in Geneva. This bank is linked to Bammer Financial Trade Organization at 7 rue Versonnex in Geneva, Virgin Corporation LLC in Vessy (Geneva Canton), Maison Virgin Corporation also in Vessy, Degroof Luxembourg SA of Genf, Geneva Canton, and Capital Trust SA, 640 Avenida Diagonal, Barcelona, Spain.
The most interesting document passed to Wayne Madsen Report is a business card that shows a clear link between Skyways International, the firm tied to the Bush family and the Saudis, and the National Commercial Bank of Saudi Arabia. The business card for a flight engineer named Keith Monroe indicates that Skyways International is a subsidiary of the National Commercial Bank.
In 1992, according to The Houston Chronicle, George W. Bush's friend James Bath was investigated by the Treasury Department's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FINCEN) and the FBI. Investigators suspected Saudi investors who worked with Bath of illegally trying to influence U.S. policy during the Reagan and Bush I administrations. Bath invested Saudi money in Arbusto '70 Ltd., Arbusto '80 Ltd., and Bush Exploration Co. (which later morphed into Harken Energy Corp., which included George W. Bush as its director). After Desert Storm, Harken was granted lucrative off-shore drilling rights by Bahrain, a Desert Storm coalition partner. One of the other shareholders of Harken, along with Bush, was Saudi businessman Abdullah Taha Bakhsh. According to the Chronicle, Bath, who was a sole agent of Salem Bin Laden, was also the sole director of Skyway Aircraft Leasing Corp., one of the affiliates of Skyways International. Bath established four corporate entities with the name "Skyway" and the firm that incorporated the corporate contrivances in the Cayman Islands for Bath was the same one that established a Cayman-based money laundering front company for Oliver North in the Iran-contra scandal. In 1977, Bath bought Houston Gulf Airport on behalf of Salem Bin Laden. Skyway Aircraft Leasing Corporation was, according to the Chronicle, owned by Khalid Bin Mahfouz, a major shareholder in the defunct Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI), a major money laundering activity for George H. W. Bush's Iran-contra caper. Bin Mahfouz was also the owner of the National Commercial Bank of Saudi Arabia.
There has never been any explanation by the Saudis of what Prince Nayif's ultimate intentions were and what he was planning to do with the cash from the illegal cocaine shipments. In light of the funding for 911 and other terrorist incidents, the DEA report on Operation Millenium takes on greater significance. Did Saudi drug smuggling proceeds help pay for the 911 attack? Why was this possible connection overlooked by the 911 Commission? What did the Able Danger team stumble across while Nayif was smuggling drugs? Was Atta a part of this Saudi drug network? If so, why was Atta, a drug courier, permitted to enter the United States on numerous occasions?
It would appear that the Saudis, in connection with people closely associated with George W. Bush (perhaps including Bush himself as well as his father), have been giving a "wink and a nod" to illicit airline smuggling businesses involving drugs and money laundering for a number of years. There are American citizens currently sitting in prisons under mandatory harsh drug-related sentences for doing much less than what the Bush crime family, their Saudi partners, and their network of drug mules and couriers (including Mohammed Atta and Saudi Prince Nayif) have been getting away with for decades. The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization (RICO) statutes cry out for an accounting by these individuals before a court of law.
 Drug Enforcement Administration, Memorandum, Declassification of Secret DEA 6 for Paris Country Office, June 26, 2000.
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