AMBASSADOR BANDAR HAS BANQUET AT THE SAUD FAMILY EMBASSY
Ambassador Prince Bandar bin Sultan Abdul Aziz co-hosted a banquet at the Saud family Washington embassy with a successful medical malpractice attorney who is a prominent member of the Washington Jewish community. The attorney also has been a successful Democratic fund raiser for many years. It seemed to be an effort at reconciliation on behalf of the Saud family after a Saudi defector divulged that they were spying in the United States on Jewish groups. The attorney controlled the list of Saud family embassy guests. The guests pushed and shoved each other to get at the lobster, shrimp, salmon etc in the buffet line supplied by Ambassador Prince Bandar. At this event Bandar did respect the no alcohol Islamic prohibition and thus the unruly guests concentrated on the food. A copy of the guest list is available to responsible media.
AMBASSADOR PRINCE BANDAR AND PRINCE MOHAMMED ROLES IN TORTURING EASTERN PROVINCE CITIZENS
Torture is increasing in the Eastern Province governed by Fahd’s son. Prince Mohammed can do with impunity what he wants not only because of his father’s absolute rule but because Ambassador Prince Bandar has bought off concern from Washington. Washington disregards the open torture of Eastern Province citizens even though it is going on under the very noses of thousands of United States troops stationed there. Governor Prince Mohammed has made no effort to conceal the tortures from the US military.
DOES WASHINGTON CALL DISSENTING ARABS UNDER THE SAUD FAMILY DICTATORSHIP “TERRORISTS” TO PROTECT THE OIL FLOW?
The Washington Times reports: “The Bureau of Intelligence and Research, known as INR, stated in written answers to questions from the Senate Intelligence Committee that — Terrorists in Saudi Arabia do not have the capability to foment widespread activism or internal disorder — ‘Nor do they appear able to disrupt the economy or the flow of oil.’ ” I76 It seems Washington is more concerned about the “flow of oil” and the defense of the Saud family “economy” than either the human rights of US troops or Arab citizens under the control of the Saud family dictatorship. Is Washington using the ruse of defending against an expansionist Iraq to save the Saud family from the Arabs they control?
GULF WAR VETERAN HEADS CARNEGIE COMMISSION STUDY
The Dallas Morning News reports: “Ms Holl, a 16 year Army veteran who served as a major on Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf’s staff in the Gulf War, directed the commission’s study. — She said the international community should work to achieve basic human-rights among countries at risk of war, including the rule of law and decent living standards. ‘There is no greater political right than a say in how one is governed,’ she said.” I77 Perhaps Washington and the Commission should start with the torture of United States citizens by the Saud family. We know that Washington with Ambassador Prince Bandar’s coaxing is yet again turning a blind eye and a deaf ear to the rampant torture of Eastern Province citizens by Governor Prince Mohammed.
US TROOPS IN SAUDI ARABIA QUESTION THE REASON FOR THEIR PRESENCE
US News & World Report reports: “The ostensible purpose of U.S. troops in the gulf is to deter Saddam Hussein from expanding his arsenal — But troops believe they are also guaranteeing a world supply of cheap oil and defending the interests and power of the Kuwaiti and Saudi monarchies. ‘I signed up to defend the Constitution,’ reports another pilot, ‘But we go to countries where they couldn’t care less about democracy.’ Statements by Kuwaiti and Saudi officials — make it even harder for commanders to explain what America is defending.” I78 How can US military commanders explain the unexplainable to their troops? Ambassador Prince Bandar lavishes gifts upon his Washington retainers but could care less about the US troops sent over to defend his Saud family. Perhaps it is time for Bandar to have another media walk through visit to the US troops defending his family!
AL KHOBAR BOMBING
New York Times reports: “A year and a half after 19 American airmen were killed in Saudi Arabia, officials have told the victims’ relatives that investigators still do not know who carried out the truck bombing of the American barracks. — American intelligence officials believe the bombings were carried our by Saudi dissidents who oppose the stationing of American troops in the Kingdom and the rule of the Saudi royal family. But exactly who they were is still unclear, officials say.” I79 Commenting on the morale of US troops, US News & World Report reports; “Time away from home — four to six months a year for the busiest troops — is clearly a strain. But the biggest complaint of desert-bound troops is that they are on an ambiguous mission that does not justify the sacrifices made by themselves and their families. ‘Morale goes back to having a mission and the guys don’t perceive a mission.’ ” I80 What is clear is that Governor Prince Mohammed (King Fahd’s son) is considered the most corrupt of the Saud family, that is, after King Fahd and Ambassador Prince Bandar. Unfortunately, Prince Mohammed governs the Eastern Province where most of the United States military are based. Governor Prince Mohammed subjects the US forces to humiliations, does not cooperate with US military in the Al Khobar bombing investigation and is arrogant to United States generals protecting him and his Saud family. The Al Khobar bombing probably happened because of Governor Prince Mohammed’s recalcitrance on security measures requested by these US generals. Considered most corrupt of the corrupt governors, the Arabs under the control of Governor Prince Mohammed hate him and view the United States military as his protector. Among other things, he extorts money from businesses in the Eastern Province to support his parties and drug habit.
It is obvious that the United States military in the Eastern Province are in a very dangerous situation. Are Ambassador Prince Bandar’s Washington retainers keeping the truth from United States citizens in general and the US troops based in the Eastern Province in particular? Is there a disaster waiting to happen? Will Bandar and his Washington retainers yet again attempt to blame US military commanders if there is another mass killing of US soldiers?
ANOTHER OF KING FAHD’S SONS BUILD A PALACE NEAR HOLLYWOOD
Another of Fahd’s sons is building a 20,000 square foot palace in exclusive Bel Air near other princely palaces. These palaces are built with money stolen from the Arabian Peninsula citizens controlled by the Saud family. There was a time when Mohammed Al Fassi was banished from Beverly Hills for giving wild parties and painting the genitals of his statues. The Saud family cannot stay away from Hollywood. It is believed the Hollywood area attracts these princes in order to get easy access to models and movie stars of both sexes. We do know they have shipped in prostitutes from Europe and New York for sexual dalliances in the past but we believe they will have more than enough to draw from in Hollywood.
SAUD FAMILY SECURITY CONTRACTS TIED TO FORMER PRESIDENTIAL FAMILY MEMBERS
The Saud family pay millions to two security/consulting firms, connected to two former presidents’ family members. Both of these security firms are ostensibly used to train Saud family military within Saudi Arabia. One firm is used to guard King Fahd’s sons when in the United States. The security teams also guard the perimeters of their Beverly Hills/Bel Air palaces from paparazzo incursions when the princes give wild parties. Fahd’s sons do not want pictures of the parties becoming public, especially since the guest list contains many prostitutes. Hundreds of millions of dollars are spent by the Saud family on giving money to such security and consulting firms based in the Washington area. These firms are filled with numerous past Washington politicians and political appointees who favored Saud family policies during their US government stints.
AMBASSADOR PRINCE BANDAR’S PAST
Bandar was the product of a dalliance between Prince Sultan and one of his servants. Bandar was raised thoughtfully by his mother (Sudanese) but he was not acknowledged by his father. Growing up in a palace, he could not help picking up the bad habits of the Saud family. Bandar seduced the daughter of then Prince Faisal, who would later become King. To save the honor of his daughter, Prince Faisal demanded that Bandar’s father (Prince Sultan) recognize Bandar as a son, give him the princely title and force him to marry his daughter. This was done with great reluctance by Prince Sultan and Bandar married Prince Faisal’s daughter. The Washington Post reports: “Prince Bandar bin Sultan — marked the 25th anniversary of his marriage to Princess Haifa bint Faisal at their McLean home — Bandar toasted his wife as his support, his strength and the mother of their eight children.” I81
Prince Sultan was never close to his son Bandar and resented having to recognize Bandar as a son. Bandar has never had the stature of his father. Bandar was sent to the United States for schooling and to learn how to fly planes. Somewhere along his career Bandar started charming then Crown Prince Fahd, now King. King Fahd has a close relationship with Bandar, most probably because they think alike in their willingness to steal the oil revenues from the Arabs they control. King Fahd relies on Bandar to keep the Washington politicians happy and controlled. Fahd gives Bandar $70,000,000 yearly as a slush fund for Washington political payoffs. Bandar does not have to account for this money and is said to pocket a substantial amount of it. Some of the things purchased by Ambassador Prince Bandar from Washington are Saud family human rights non compliance, freedom from United States civil and criminal laws when in the United States, capability of circumventing immigration and customs et al.
ARE AMBASSADOR PRINCE BANDAR’S DAYS NUMBERED IN WASHINGTON?
This is a recent picture of Ambassador Prince Bandar bin Sultan Abdul Aziz while entertaining Presidents Carter, Bush and 120 others at his 25th wedding anniversary. Washington Post reports: “Bandar — threw the opulent fete at his sprawling home overlooking the Potomac. The pool was covered with a faux marble floor, tented with acres of satin, lighted by chandeliers and scented by huge urns of lilies, roses and orchids.” I82 We do not know what Ambassador Prince Bandar is thinking in this picture. Perhaps that he is unexpendable because he and he alone knows his secret Washington retainers. Perhaps he is hoping his Presidents and others in Washington will put pressure on Crown Prince Abdullah to keep him as Ambassador so that he can continue entertaining them in his Washington, Aspen and Glympton palaces. A copy of Ambassador Prince Bandar’s party guest list is available to responsible media.
WASHINGTON’S FUTILE ATTEMPTS TO DRAW HRH PRINCE ABDULLAH INTO SUPPORTING MILITARY ACTION AGAINST SADDAM HUSSEIN
Secretary of State Madeline Albright met with HRH Prince Abdullah to seek support for military action against Iraq with Saudi Arabia and Kuwait paying the bill. Prince Abdullah found it easier to tell her a fable rather than answer her proposal. He told her about a desert chieftain whose sheep were being eaten by wolves. A friend told him to get German shepherds to defend the sheep. The German shepherds kept the wolves from eating the sheep. Prince Abdullah stopped his story and the perplexed Secretary asked why he didn’t end the story. She then walked out of the room confused. Prince Abdullah then continued the rest of the story with one of her advisors. He said the German shepherds started eating more sheep than the wolves had eaten. Prince Abdullah did not want to offend the Secretary by equating the United States with the German shepherd. HRH Prince Abdullah and Prince Sultan were against King Fahd, President Bush, Prince Khalid (Bandar’s 1/2 brother) and Ambassador Bandar rushing into a military assault on the Iraqis without negotiating the planned withdrawal of Iraqi troops from Kuwait. Prince Sultan was even willing to give the Iraqis part of Kuwait. It must be remembered the Emir of Kuwait told Saddam Hussein to make the daughters and mothers of Iraq whores to pay for their war with Iran, rather than ask Kuwait to pay some of the bill for protecting Kuwaitis from an Iranian hegemony.
PRINCE TALAL AL RASHID IS A MIDDLE EAST FORCE TO BE RECKONED
Prince Talal al Rashid is the head of the Shammar tribe which is the largest tribe in the Middle East. There are approximately 5 million members in Saudi Arabia, 2 million in Iraq and many more scattered throughout Syria and Iran. Prince Talal was exiled from Saudi Arabia and now lives in Paris. His property in Saudi Arabia was confiscated and he was denied a Saudi Arabian passport. He was given a Jordanian passport by King Hussein but will not use it in protest for what he deems as King Hussein double crossing the Iraqis. He uses a Libyan passport. HRH Prince Abdullah would like to see Prince Talal return to Saudi Arabia not only because of his being a powerful force in the region but also to strengthen HRH Prince Abdullah’s position.
HRH PRINCE ABDULLAH HAS THE LOYALTY OF THE FORMIDABLE NATIONAL GUARD
The National Guard under the control of HRH Prince Abdullah is a probably the strongest force in the country. The Saud family army which is made up of rag tag conscripts is no match for the National Guard. The Sudeiris fear HRH Prince Abdullah because he could very well eliminate them when he becomes King. Abdullah, admired throughout the Middle East, is considered honest and forthright in comparison to the corruption of Fahd and Bandar. He believes in sharing the power with the intelligencia outside of the Saud family. The Sudeiris want to keep absolute power among themselves.Nevertheless Abdullah will most probably keep Bandar as Ambassador to the United States since Bandar has an effective network of retainers in Washington which skews United States Middle East foreign policy in favor of the Saud family; that is, but for the Israelis. However, HRH Prince Abdullah will cut Bandar’s power and make him accountable for all Washington slush fund expenditures. Bandar will never have the power that he has had under Fahd. Who knows, he may have to give all the palaces and money back!
As we have reported, Bandar’s slush fund is working it’s way down to legislative assistants in the US Congress. A pattern of behavior is unfolding whereby Ambassador Prince Bandar advises his pliable Washington retainers to skew foreign policy towards Saudi Arabia to the advantage of the Sudeiris in general and to himself and King Fahd in particular. This has a deleterious effect on US Middle East Foreign policy, especially when concerning human rights and the safety of US troops billeted in the Eastern Province.
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