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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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