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FTR #334 Protocols of the Elders of Oil

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1. Set­ting forth aspects of the ter­ror­ist blitzkrieg of 9/11/2001 that per­tain to the petro­le­um indus­try, we begin with dis­cus­sion of Muslim/Jewish rela­tions in the Unit­ed States. The broad­cast high­lights the ten­sions wrought between these two reli­gious com­mu­ni­ties by the fall­out from the attacks of 9/11. (“Jew­ish-Mus­lim Dia­logue Fal­ters” by David Fire­stone [New York Times]; San Jose Mer­cury News; 10/22/2001; p. 4A.)

2. Ele­ments of the Islam­ic com­mu­ni­ty in this coun­try have echoed a line of dis­in­for­ma­tion wide­ly accept­ed out­side of the U.S. that the Mossad (Israeli intel­li­gence) was behind the attacks. (Idem.)

3. Inter­est­ing­ly (and, per­haps, sig­nif­i­cant­ly) the Saud­is have devot­ed a great deal of effort to pro­mot­ing Wah­habism among U.S. Mus­lim con­gre­ga­tions. (“Saud­is Seek to Add U.S. Mus­lims to Their Sect” by Blaine Hard­en; New York Times; 10/20/2001; p. A1.)

4. Next, the broad­cast touch­es on Hanan Ashrawi, a Pales­tin­ian spokes­woman who has been very vis­i­ble in the Unit­ed States, par­tic­u­lar­ly in the so-called pro­gres­sive sec­tor. (“Pales­tin­ian Law­mak­er Dis­cuss­es Peace in S.F.” by Thy­che Hen­dricks; San Fran­cis­co Chron­i­cle; 11/4/2001; p. A14.)

5. A pro­tégé of for­mer Bush (Senior) Sec­re­tary of State James Bak­er, Ashrawi is one of a num­ber of appar­ent CIA Pales­tin­ian assets, dubbed by the Agency “Bak­er’s dozen.” (The Secret War Against the Jews: How West­ern Espi­onage Betrayed the Jew­ish Peo­ple; John Lof­tus and Mark Aarons; Copy­right 1994 [HC]; St. Mar­t­in’s Press; ISBN 0–312-11057‑X; p. 476.)

6. These “mod­er­ate” Pales­tini­ans com­prised the nego­ti­at­ing team for the PLO in their peace talks with the Israelis. (Idem.)

7. In that con­text, it is inter­est­ing to note that the day that petro­le­um indus­try pro­fes­sion­al Dick Cheney (anoth­er Bush Sr. cab­i­net offi­cer) was named as George W’s Vice-Pres­i­den­tial can­di­date, Yass­er Arafat walked out of the Camp David peace talks that were being bro­kered by Pres­i­dent Clin­ton. (“Clin­ton Ends Dead­locked Peace Talks” by Jane Per­lez; New York Times; 7/26/2000; p. A1.; “Bush Names Cheney , Cit­ing ‘Integri­ty’ and ‘Expe­ri­ence’ ” by Frank Bruni; New York Times; 7/26/2000; p. A1.) The pos­si­bil­i­ty that the Republican/petroleum industry/Saudi con­nec­tion may have played a backchan­nel role in inter­dict­ing the peace talks is not a pos­si­bil­i­ty to be too read­i­ly dis­card­ed. (It should be not­ed that, as not­ed in FTR#284, the elder George Bush was in touch with the Sau­di Roy­al fam­i­ly dur­ing the 2000 cam­paign through the Car­lyle group. The Bush/Saudi con­nec­tion appears to have helped to destroy Jim­my Carter’s elec­tion prospects in 1980. Had Pres­i­dent Clin­ton suc­cess­ful­ly bro­kered the Israeli/Palestinian peace process, it might have very well giv­en the 2000 elec­tion to Al Gore.)

8. The week before the attacks, the Saud­is changed intel­li­gence chiefs. (“Sta­tus Quo in the Per­sian Gulf” by Jim Hoagland; Wash­ing­ton Post; 9/9/2001; p. B7.)

9. In addi­tion, the Sau­di gov­ern­ment had mem­bers of the Bin Laden fam­i­ly flown out of the U.S. before the FBI. could ques­tion them about the 9/11 attacks! (“U.S. Is Real­ly Alone in this War” by Antho­ny Lewis [New York Times]; San Fran­cis­co Chron­i­cle; 10/29/2001; p. A17.)

10. Inter­est­ing­ly (and, per­haps, sig­nif­i­cant­ly) the Bin Laden fam­i­ly end­ed their finan­cial involve­ment with the above-men­tioned Car­lyle Group in the after­math of the 9/11 attacks. (“Bin Laden Fam­i­ly Liq­ui­dates Hold­ings with the Car­lyle Group” by Kurt Eichen­wald; New York Times; 10/26/2001; p. C6.) (See more about the busi­ness rela­tion­ships between both Georges Bush and the Bin Laden Fam­i­ly.) As not­ed, in addi­tion to both Georges Bush, the Car­lyle group also con­nects Hanan Ashrawi men­tor James Bak­er to both the Bin Laden fam­i­ly and the Sau­di roy­al fam­i­ly.) The Car­lyle Group spe­cial­izes in takeovers of com­pa­nies involved in mil­i­tary man­u­fac­tur­ing.

11. The pro­gram sets forth: con­nec­tions between the Bin Ladens and for­mer Sec­re­tary of State George Shultz; Bin Laden fam­i­ly hold­ings in biotech­nol­o­gy (anthrax?); Bin Laden con­nec­tions to Deutsche Bank and Cit­i­group; the Bin Laden fam­i­ly’s geo­graph­i­cal base in Boston (both planes that crashed into the World Trade Cen­ter took off from that city) and Bin Laden com­mu­ni­ca­tions with Osama while he was tak­ing refuge in Sudan. (“Bin Laden Fam­i­ly, with Deep West­ern Ties, Tries to Re-Estab­lish a Name” by Leigh Cow­an, Kurt Eichen­wald and Michael Moss; New York Times; 10/28/2001; p. B3.)

12. Although it has been com­mon­ly report­ed that Osama has been “cut out“of the enor­mous fam­i­ly for­tune, one of his sons appar­ent­ly helps run the fam­i­ly busi­ness. (“Roy­al Sup­port of Bin Ladens Appears to Slip” by Yaroslav Trofi­mov; Wall Street Jour­nal; pp. A15-A16.)

13. With 25% of the world’s proven oil reserves, Sau­di Ara­bia appears to help dic­tate, rather than help to pur­sue Amer­i­can for­eign pol­i­cy. Impor­tant liai­son func­tions between the U.S. and the Saud­is were car­ried out by Sec­re­tary of Defense Don­ald Rums­feld, Pres­i­dent Rea­gan’s for­mer spe­cial envoy to the Mid­dle East. (“Nam­ing of Hijack­ers as Saud­is May Fur­ther Shake Ties to U.S.” by Elaine Sci­oli­no and Neil Mac­Far­quhar; New York Times; 10/28/2001; p. B4.) As not­ed, all of Rea­gan’s appoint­ments were select­ed from a list of indi­vid­u­als drawn up by Otto Von Bolschwing pro­tégé Helene Von Damm, adding pos­si­ble addi­tion­al sig­nif­i­cance to Rums­feld’s role in the Mid­dle East.

14. Bush recent­ly signed an exec­u­tive order empow­er­ing ex-Pres­i­dents to block the release of their papers. (“Pres­i­dents’ Papers to Be Kept Secret” by Mike Allen and George Lard­ner Jr. [Wash­ing­ton Post]; San Fran­cis­co Chron­i­cle; 11/2/2001; p. D3.)

15. Crit­ics have charged that this may have been done to pro­tect mem­bers of the Rea­gan and Bush admin­is­tra­tions who hold office under George W. (Idem.)

16. It is inter­est­ing to note that the Clin­ton admin­is­tra­tion had warned the Saud­is (to no avail) about char­i­ties that have alleged­ly been involved in fund­ing ter­ror­ism. (“Clin­ton Told Saud­is of How Char­i­ties Fund­ed Al Qae­da” by Glenn R. Simp­son; Wall Street Jour­nal; p. A2.)

17. Despite this, the Saud­is have yet to freeze these alleged Bin Laden assets. (“Sau­di Ara­bia Has Yet to Join U.S. Dri­ve To Block Assets Tied to Ter­ror­ist Groups” by Glenn R. Simp­son; Wall Street Jour­nal; p. A28.)

18. Sup­ple­ment­ing infor­ma­tion pre­sent­ed in FTRs 182 and 329, the pro­gram high­lights Russ­ian pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin’s offer of West­ern access to Russ­ian oil in exchange for U.S. accep­tance of Russ­ian mil­i­tary action in Chech­nya. (“Rus­sia and U.S. See a Break­through on Divi­sive Issues” by Patrick E. Tyler; New York Times; 10/19/2001; pp. A1-B4.) One can spec­u­late that Al Qae­da, con­trolled by the Under­ground Reich, may have ful­filled the goal of Friedrich von Paulus’ Sixth Army, the cap­ture of the Russ­ian oil fields of the Cau­ca­sus.

19. A pipeline across Afghanistan to car­ry oil from the Caspi­an Sea is being pushed by Unocal—in which the elder George Bush has a stake—British Petro­le­um and the Saud­is. (“The Blow­back Chron­i­cles” by Giles Foden; The Guardian; 9/15/2001.)

20. The cur­rent war in Afghanistan would appear to be fur­ther­ing the prospects for real­iza­tion of the Unocal/BP/Saudi project. (“It’s About Oil” by Ted Rall; San Fran­cis­co Chron­i­cle; 11/2/2001; p. A25.)

21. It is worth not­ing that, even as Bush is call­ing for Amer­i­cans to unite, he is using the 9/11 attacks to push a right-wing, par­ti­san agen­da. One of the ele­ments of that agen­da is Bush’s advo­ca­cy of drilling for oil in the Alas­ka Wildlife Refuge. (“Bush Calls on Cal­i­for­nia to Sup­port Ener­gy Pack­age” by Paul Rogers; San Jose Mer­cury News; 10/18/2001; p.4A.)


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