American media is ignorant, lazy and shallow. — Ambassador Prince Bandar bin Sultan bin Abdul Aziz
IRONIES OF THE PROFIT TAKERS AFTER 9/11/01
The Wall Street Journal reports: “If the U.S. boosts defense spending in its quest to stop Osama bin Laden’s alleged terrorist activities, there may be one unexpected beneficiary: Mr. bin Laden’s family. Among its far-flung business interests, the well-heeled Saudi Arabian clan — which says it is estranged from Osama — is an investor in a fund established by Carlyle Group, a well-connected Washington merchant bank specializing in buyouts of defense and aerospace companies. Through this investment and its ties to Saudi royalty, the bin Laden family has become acquainted with some of the biggest names in the Republican Party. In recent years, former President Bush, ex-Secretary of State James Baker and ex-Secretary of Defense Frank Carlucci have made the pilgrimage to the bin Laden family’s headquarters in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Mr. Bush makes speeches on behalf of Carlyle Group and is senior adviser to its Asian Partners fund, while Mr. Baker is its senior counselor. Mr. Carlucci is the group’s chairman. … The bin Laden family has long disavowed Osama, and has cooperated fully with several federal investigations into his activities. The family business, headed by Osama’s half-brother Bakr, epitomizes the U.S.-Saudi alliance that the suspected terrorist often rails against. … But the Federal Bureau of Investigation has issued subpoenas to banks used by the bin Laden family seeking records of family dealings, a person familiar with the matter said. This person said the subpoenas weren’t an indication the FBI had found any suspicious behavior by the family. A family spokesman said he had no knowledge of the subpoenas but that the family welcomes them and has nothing to hide. … ‘If there were ever any company closely connected to the U.S. and its presence in Saudi Arabia, it’s the Saudi Binladin Group,’ says Charles Freeman [prior Bush appointed Ambassador to Saudi Arabia] , president of the Middle East Policy Council, a Washington nonprofit concern that receives tens of thousands of dollars a year from the bin Laden family. … They told him, he says, that the FBI has been ‘remarkably sensitive, tactful and protective’ of the family during the current crisis, recognizing its longstanding friendship with the U.S. … A U.S. inquiry into bin Laden family business dealings could brush against some big names associated with the U.S. government. Former President Bush said through his chief of staff, Jean Becker, that he recalled only one meeting with the bin Laden family, which took place in November 1998. Ms. Becker confirmed that there was a second meeting in January 2000, after being read the ex-president’s subsequent thank-you note. ‘President Bush does not have a relationship with the bin Laden family,’ says Ms. Becker. ‘He’s met them twice.’ Mr. Baker visited the bin Laden family in both 1998 and 1999, according to people close to the family. In the second trip, he traveled on a family plane. … During the past several years, the family’s close ties to the Saudi royal family prompted executives and staff from closely held New York publisher Forbes Inc. to make two trips to the family headquarters, according to Forbes Chairman Caspar Weinberger, a former U.S. secretary of defense in the Reagan administration. … There is no indication President George W. Bush has met any of the bin Ladens, but he was indirectly linked to one of them two decades ago.” A229 M, CIA & GB says: “Bath became an asset of the CIA, reportedly recruited by George Bush [Sr] himself … It was in the Air National Guard that Bath met George W. Bush Jr. They became good friends, but, according to Bush, never did any business together. However, records filed in a law suit in Houston involving Bath contradict the President’s son: they show Bath was an investor in a Bush oil and gas enterprise. … [In 1986] Bath … was named as a trustee for Sheikh Salem bin Laden of Saudi Arabia, a member of the family that owns the largest construction company in the Middle East. Bath’s job was to handle all of bin Laden’s North American investments and operations.” A300 James Bath was involved in the S&L scandal. Caspar Weinberger received a presidential pardon from then President Bush after his Iran Contra related conviction. Larry Klayman of Judicial Watch said: ” ‘I think there is some concern about what the democrats have on the Bush family.’ When News Max approached Klayman to elaborate, he referred us to a lengthy article on his web site entitled ‘Storm Clouds Over the Bush Presidency’ wherein he refers to the Bush family as the Republican counterpart to the Kennedy clan, always able to go from one questionable deal to another with impunity, largely because of money and influence.” A301 We are seeing at this time a deliberate and methodical obfuscation of any investigation into the Saud, bin Laden and Bush family dubious business relationships. Remember the old Washington maxim: “The one who controls the investigation wins.” The Bush family are clearly in control.
MAHFOOZ AND THE BUSH/SAUD FAMILY INTRIGUES
Inter Press Service reports: “Under the influence of U.S. oil companies, the government of George W. Bush initially blocked U.S. secret service investigations on terrorism, while it bargained with the Taliban the delivery of Osama bin Laden in exchange for political recognition and economic aid, two French intelligence analysts claim. In the book ‘Bin Laden, la verite interdite’ (‘Bin Laden, the forbidden truth’), that appeared in Paris on Wednesday, the authors, Jean-Charles Brisard and Guillaume Dasquie, reveal that the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s deputy director John O’Neill resigned in July in protest over the obstruction. Brisard and Dasquie claim O’Neill told them that ‘the main obstacles to investigate Islamic terrorism were U.S. oil corporate interests and the role played by Saudi Arabia in it’. ” A302 Brisard continues: “Carlyle has connections to the bin Laden family. Also, [Saudi banker and alleged terrorist financer] Khaleed bin Mahfooz financed the Bush oil companies in Texas in the late ’70s and we discovered that he is also the primary financial support of Osama bin Laden. For years he was the personal banker of King Fahd, but now Mahfooz is under house arrest in Saudi Arabia for allegedly financing terrorists groups. He was arrested in 1999, but he is still a shareholder of the Saudi Bank National Commercial. He had charities around the world and one of them, International Development Foundation in London, has just been banned by the charity commission in London because of our book. We also make lots of connections with BCCI [Bank of Credit and Commerce International, the foreign bank closed 10 years ago after a huge scandal connected it to fraud, secret weapons deals, money laundering and the financing of terrorists groups]. We say the system financing bin Laden was more or less the revival of the BCCI. Even the associates of the BCCI are now involved in those networks. And bin Mahfooz was the operational director of BCCI.” A303 It is rather disconserting to find those in control of US foreign policy involved in such sordid for profit intrigues.
Crown Prince Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz al Saud With Friends
IRELAND GETS TOUGH WITH SAUDIS
The Irish Times reports: “Fine Gael spokesperson on Foreign Affairs, Mr Jim O’Keeffe, claimed in the Dail today a supporter of Osama bin Laden, Sheikh Khalid bin Mahfouz and his family, held Irish citizenship. He said it now transpired Sheikh Mahfouz was a brother-in-law of Osama bin Laden. Mr O’Keeffe called for their citizenship to be immediately revoked. Replying to Mr O’Keeffe, the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr Brian Cowen, said that an individual and his family had been given Irish passports in December 1990, but, that their passports had expired last year and so revoking them did not arise.” A304 M, CIA & GB comments on the complicities of Sheikh Mahfooz saying: “Bath’s ( Bush family operative) job was to handle all of bin Laden’s North American investments and operations. … Then sometime later he began working for Sheikh Khalid bin Mahfouz, the former chief executive officer of his family’s National Commercial Bank, Saudi Arabia’s biggest and most closely related to the royal family bank. … Sheik Khalid was an investor in Main Bank [S&L victim] in Houston along with Bath, former Texas governor John Connally and Gaith Pharoan, another Saudi indicted in the BCCI scandal. … In 1979, Sheikh Khalid purchased the River Oaks mansion of Chester Reed, the father-in-law of John Ballis, who pleaded guilty to S&L fraud … Cayhaven Corporate Services was ostensibly what is called a ‘captive manager’. This is a company that handles self-insurance plans for companies that want to take advantage of the tax-free environment of the off-shore Cayman Islands. …provides accounting services …Skyways continues to be owned by Saudi Arabians.” A305 It is obvious Ireland has no-nonsense when it comes national security whereas Washington continues to jeopardize US citizens through selective partiality for economic gain. We have mentioned in the past that Khalid bin Mahfooz continues the family use of his Houston palace neighboring President George Bush Sr. We believe neither the bin Laden nor Saud families will loose their above-the-law privileges within the US. Their Washington retainers are much too influential to have their “special relationship” status revoked.
BUSH ALLOWS BIN LADEN FAMILY MEMBERS TO ESCAPE FBI INTERROGATION
9:40 AM on September 11, 2001 the FAA (US Federal Aeronautical Administration) for the first time in history halted and suspended all ariline traffic within the US. Michael Moore (Fox news Judith Regan) said: “Michael Moore (Fox news Judith Regan) said: “The only jet allowed in the air [immediately after 9/11], while all other non-military planes were grounded, was a Saudi jet that was flying around the country picking up bin Laden family members.” A306 On September 19, the bin Ladens living in Boston were evacuated on this Saud family plane. The Bush administration allowed this escape of bin Laden family members during the flight moratorium. The Bush administration was not questioned by the media as to the real intent after they said: “It was done for their own safety.” A Saud family reliable source has contradicted this statement saying after deliberations with Ambassador Bandar President George Bush Sr. through Brent Scowcroft told his son to get the bin Laden family members away from FBI interrogators via the plane. The Saud family did not want the bin Ladens interrogated about Saud family donations to Osama’s Al Queda. The Bush family did not want their dubious business dealings with the bin Laden and the Saud families investigated. This seems to be accurate since the present Bush administration could have put the concerned bin Laden family members in protective custody until interrogation could be complete rather than assisting in their escape. If valid, this Bush family action has again put the US citizery in general and the US military in particular in needless jeopardy for personal profit.
Crown Prince Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz al Saud With Friend
US STATE DEPARTMENT OFFICIAL DIVULGES WASHINGTON/SAUD FAMILY CORRUPTION
A concerned State Department official comments: “I read one of your (apparently) middle eastern interlocutors who challenged the facts and information published in Sauduction.com and challenged you to produce evidence, witnesses, etc. I would be happy to address some of his concerns. … I can personally verify the horrid words of King Fahd which serve as a sort of capital for your publication. Fahd’s words were widely quoted in diplomatic circles in Jeddah in 1993. Those who have had no contact with the real Saudi regime assume good motives and a generous if mistaken heart. After my study and service I would characterize the regime as one built on police state technology, excessive militarization, fear as state policy, and the generation and exploitation of human misery. I was amazed to learn that the ruling dynasty is well known for its dependence on western drugs, alcohol and thrills. By my observation, the true Muslims of the Hejaz feel nothing but contempt for a regime lawlessly imposed on them by barbarians in the 1920s. The al-Saud dynasty fears democracy and elections because they would never receive a majority of votes even in their home region of Nejd. US analysis showed that the most advanced peoples in the Kingdom, the Hejazi’s, gave about 9% of their support to the al-Saud. Some regions of the country are heavily Shiite and live for the day of their freedom. During the Gulf War the Saudi state choose to expel about 1 million Yemenites, immigrants from a kindred and friendly country. Many had been residents for as long as 30 years. The Saudi police ruined careers, wrecked the heath of elderly people forced onto the roads, despoiled personal goods and allowed people to take only what they could carry, reportedly. Yet the Saudis are not even held to account for crimes against their fellow Muslims involving savagery and inhumanity. Our offices in the former US Embassy (now a Consulate General) were located on Palestine Street near to the favorite royal palace. Staff would advise me from time to time of shrieks and screams they heard from inside the King’s Palace driving by. The gore and the horror was all around us in Jeddah. In one prominent British-style “round-about” the head of the secret police installed a huge Stalinoid fist – with no marker and no explanation.One day my staff all disappeared from the office – I noticed many of our US Mission personnel in a panic -rushing out the gate. I investigated and found a parking lot, across the street, and a great, wet stain. I was told that a Filipina had been thrown off the second floor by her Saudi landlord. She was late on her rent, supposedly and the workers said that the Saudi landlord commented, “People should feel sorry for me. I have to deal with these “qa-whagis” (unbelievers.) Her life is nothing. There are millions of Filipinos – one, more or less doesn’t matter. The police will not charge me. I am Saudi. I have had to do this before.” When I returned to the US compound I ran into an American Foreign Service Officer who had spent his entire career in the Arabian peninsula: Kuwait, UAE, Bahrain, Riyadh, Saana. Though he never joined in the 5 times/day prayer calls at the US Mission (Christian and Jewish services were forbidden at that time) he had boasted that he had become fully “Saudized.” I told him about the blood, feces and urine smearing the parking lot across from the US compound, in plain sight of the flag of the United States. I suggested sending a cable to Washington to advise of the blatant murder. He laughed, ‘You are new in Saudi, I am an old hand. These things happen all the time. Don’t give it another thought.’ When I first arrived in Jeddah I was taken to ‘Chop-Chop Square’ by a consular officer who was assigned to introduce me to the area. He regaled me with the lore of the massacres that take place, Taliban-style, on a weekly basis. Hands chopped off, decapitations, beatings. And, he said, “the funniest part is that most of the people being executed are innocent foreign worker Muslims set up by the Saudi police for nonexistent drug crimes.” He explained that Saudi police run a “sting operation” in which they go to a poor Muslim country and advertise high paying jobs and the chance to visit Mecca. Many devout applicants appear, men who are lured by the good job plus the prospect of performing the sacred Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca’s holy places. The undercover police explain the applicant can have the job if he show he will obey instructions, and carry a small package which must not be opened. When the victim arrives in Saudi Arabia he is picked up by the police and beheaded in ‘Chop-Chop Square.’ Why? I was advised: the Saudi police are exceptionally inept at real drug fighting. besides which the most lucrative drug networks are operated out of the Royal palaces. The rate of executions is window-dressing that the police are vigorous. When I heard this narrative for the first time (I heard it again from time to time in various discussions) I said we had to notify Washington immediately, get a message out about this barbaric practice. He responded, ‘we have reported it for years. No one in the US government gives a damn about little people being kicked around.’There is no doubt the al-Saud dynasty will be overthrown – whether in stages or in a violent revolution is hard to say. But one thing must be agreed: that an international commission must take hold of the dynasty’s assets and hold them for survivors’ claims of those who have been abused and desolated. I do not blame the Saudis for their corruption and mendacity. After all, a snake can only be a snake. But what I found loathsome were my fellow American diplomats and military officers who chucked at torture, laughed at murder, and enjoyed the sight of blood in Chop-Chop Square.” A307 We have gotten numerous emails regarding the Fahd quotation at the top of every issue, especially from concerned US military personnel. We have commented many times on how the Saud family and their Washington retainers have sacrificed unsuspecting powerless US citizens to similar treatment as noted in the above Filipino scenario. The Saud family needs powerless US citizens to torture so they can say they are not lackeys of Washington special interests. Again, the winners are the Saud family and their Washington retainers while the losers are average US citizenry, especially those in the military in Saudi Arabia ordered to protect the Saud family. This is a particularly delicate subject which has caused great concern among not only US citizens but British subjects who see the same scenario unfold time and time again within their own country.
Emails to the Editor
US TAXPAYER INQUIRES
I heard yesterday on the Mike Reagan (Ronald Reagan’s son) radio talk show that Neil Bush spoke in Saudi Arabia and said the following: that the Saudis have a bad image in the US; and that they should do a massive publicity campaign in the US to restore their image. Some of us have already seen the power of the Saudi publicity machine at ———–. What gives? I did a search on Drudge and various other news search engines and came up with nothing on Neil Bush. Sounds to me as if he’s going to be the black sheep of the Bush family (like Billy Carter & Roger Clinton), embarrassing the administration. However, maybe he is the unofficial mouthpiece of the Bush family! Have you heard anything about this speech to the Saudis? It is an outrage!!
Also, I read that the parts of Osama bin Laden’s tapes that were embarrassing to the Saudis were edited out and never released in the US (or in the Middle East, for that matter). I found this on the Drudge Archives, but when I tried to link to the article, the
link had been taken down. Does either of you know whether the public can access the entire transcripts of the bin Laden tapes? If the Saudis have been allowed to keep out detrimental information, then this is another outrage!!
Please forward this to anyone who may have answers or information on Neil Bush’s speech or the Osama bin Laden tape transcripts.
MORE US TAXPAYER INQUIRIES
I read lately that Jeb Bush was involved in a Nigerian scheme defrauding the US taxpayers of $74,000,000. He represented on Nigerian “business” trips a Florida water pump company which conspired with Nigerian government officials during his Father’s presidency to obtain US taxpayer guaranteed loans. The [alleged] scam helped Nigeria get U.S. loans for projects with inflated prices, then used the money to pay off Nigerian officials to give commissions for the company’s Nigerian agent. The unneeded equipment was overpriced as much as 500 percent and is now rusting in Nigerian fields. This is the same scam you mentioned Neil Bush [allegedly] used in Kuwait while representing Enron. Have the Bush family been doing the same thing with the Saudi Royal family? I heard the family has lots of [allegedly] stolen money off shore. I heard former President Bush has collected millions from the Saud family through Saudi Royal family speaking engagements for representing them when he was president. How come Muslims know these things and US Christian taxpayers don’t?
PERCEPTIVE READER JESTS
My review of nearly all of anti-Saudi sites is not good. I wonder if some of them are actually have their strings pulled in Saudi G2? Most of them don’t link to their links, no one responds to the email, etc. In short, these sites resemble the efficiency (and treachery?) of the middle east. Your stuff is therefore in an elite category. Your site is plainly outside the given sequences. Your material is simply astounding. Your effort is plainly nongovernmental. But it is focused, disciplined. Your legal background gives your writing a rational and sober manner – definitely needed with all the Gothic horror you have unearthed. Maybe its time for “cult” type film treatment on the al-Saud? The sort of film that plays in art theaters outside University gates and draws in the college professors. How about this title: “Here’s Sand in Your Eye: From Saudi Arabia to Houston” ?
An “opportunity and “above the law” status given to the perpetrators of Iran Contra, S&L, BCCI, BNL and 9/11/01 scandals continues to this very day. Many of those involved started out in Texas as flim flam oil patch promoters, con artists, petty criminals, corrupt lawyers or Saud/bin Laden family associates. They were recruited into the Iran Contra conspiracy and then rewarded with “opportunity” as well as “above the law” status given to those who assisted. The Iran Contra media investigations were so poor many of those recruited from private Houston country clubs for domestic operations were never interviewed. Iran Contra Senate Foreign Relations Committee investigation was shut down after then Committee Chairman Claiborne Pell was threatened with the exposure of his relationships with Senate pages boys. We commended Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts for attempting to carry on the investigation but Pell used the cover; “I will not have people with black hoods testifying before my Committee.” to close any investigation. Some of the unindicted Iran Contra alumni then moved into the S&L scandal which increased their fortunes by controlling the subsequent investigation through Bentson/Bush family intercessions. Their S&L loans as well as those of the Bentsen/Bush families were forgiven by their Washington associates. We now ominously see some of these men shorted the international markets before 9/11/01 further increasing their fortunes. A past issue told of Democratic Party National Chairman Ron Brown’s Cayman Island account blatantly under his own name. There is approximately $1,000,000,000US off-shore in the Cayman Islands with a good proportion of this money, we are told, in the accounts of Iran Contra, S&L, BCCI, BNL and 9/11/01 scam perpetrators. It is a well known maxim that men like to have their money as close as possible. This could be the reason why there are direct flights from Houston to the Cayman Islands. We believe the criminal activities of these men are causing increasing suspicions among the world populations. I personally asked one of these men about any ramifications and he said: “Nothing will happen other than a few reporters yapping. Everything is covered.” This only perpetuates the anger of world citizenry, especially Moslems, in a increasingly transparent global economy.
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