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FTR #352 Forward Into The Past, Part 2

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This pro­gram con­tin­ues the dis­cus­sion of the 9/11/2001 attacks and sur­round­ing (and pre­ced­ing) events. Sup­ple­ment­ing pre­vi­ous dis­cus­sion [4] on the Al Taqwa milieu, the broad­cast cites recent (March, 2002) news cov­er­age cor­rob­o­rat­ing pri­or analy­sis of the sub­ject. This descrip­tion will focus pri­mar­i­ly on new addi­tions to this analy­sis.

1. Much of the first side of the pro­gram is devot­ed to a very impor­tant arti­cle about Al Taqwa. Swiss “neo”-Nazi Ahmed Huber. (“Swiss Probe Anti‑U.S. Neo-Nazi”; San Fran­cis­co Chron­i­cle; 3/12/2002; p. A12.) [5] “Experts say Islam­ic mil­i­tants and far-right movements‑a coali­tion they call the Third Posi­tion-share com­mon hatreds: the Unit­ed States and Jews.” (Idem.) Swiss “neo”-Nazi Ahmed Huber (an Al Taqwa board mem­ber) is quot­ed in ref­er­ence to the com­mon (per­ceived) inter­ests of Islam­ic extrem­ists and Nazis. “The U.S. is the ally of 15 mil­lion Jews against 1.3 bil­lion Mus­lims; it is allied with 5 mil­lion Israelis against 200 mil­lion Arabs. . .We will bring down the Israel lob­by and change for­eign pol­i­cy. We’ll do it in Amer­i­ca. When it hap­pens, you’ll under­stand.” (Idem.) Han­sjuerg Mark Wied­mer (a spokesman for the Swiss attor­ney gen­er­al) is quot­ed as regard­ing Al Taqwa as a prob­a­ble ele­ment in the events of 9/11. (Idem.) One of the major break­throughs in the arti­cle is an asser­tion that Third Reich oper­a­tive Fran­cois Genoud is believed to have found­ed Al Taqwa in order to fund ter­ror­ists such as Car­los the Jack­al and Bin Laden. “Author­i­ties believe Genoud found­ed Al Taqwa Bank and allo­cat­ed its resources to sup­port inter­na­tion­al ter­ror­ists such as Vladimir Ilich Ramirez, alias Car­los the Jack­al, and Bin Laden.” (Idem.) Genoud also financed Aya­tol­lah Khome­ini’s stay in France, when he was in exile. (Idem.) Genoud’s 1996 sui­cide is described as (prob­a­bly) being relat­ed to the inves­ti­ga­tion into Holo­caust vic­tims’ assets that have lan­guished in Swiss banks since the war. (Idem.) As not­ed [6] numer­ous times, this inves­ti­ga­tion would inevitably have lead to the remark­able and dead­ly Bor­mann orga­ni­za­tion.

2. Next, the pro­gram reviews infor­ma­tion about the Sau­di and Arab invest­ment in the Swiss banks (alleged­ly) increased to com­pen­sate for the insti­tu­tions’ loss­es fol­low­ing the 1996 inves­ti­ga­tion. “The affair of the ‘Nazi gold,’ and the fact that Swiss banks have recent­ly been oblig­ed to return funds to sev­er­al Jew­ish asso­ci­a­tions, have encour­aged Gulf financiers to pre­fer the Swiss mon­ey mar­ket, accord­ing to sev­er­al finan­cial experts, who con­firm that Sau­di cap­i­tal plays a cen­tral role in Swiss bank­ing cir­cles. The pub­li­ca­tion of a con­fi­den­tial report from the For­eign Office on Sep­tem­ber 10, 1996, relat­ing to the deposits of Nazi gold in Switzer­land (esti­mat­ed at the end of the war to be between $200 and $500 mil­lion), set off the pow­der keg and launched the affair known as the ‘Jew­ish funds.’ Switzer­land took on the com­mit­ment to restore sev­er­al bil­lion dol­lars to the World Jew­ish Con­gress. ‘In return, this event has caused a sym­pa­thet­ic reac­tion among cer­tain Arab finan­cial milieux, espe­cial­ly Sau­di, for the Swiss mon­ey mar­ket,’ the banker adds.” (Dol­lars for Ter­ror: The Unit­ed States and Islam; by Richard Labeviere; Copy­right 2000 [SC]; Algo­ra Pub­lish­ing; ISBN 1–892941-06–6; pp. 339–340.)

3. The pro­gram then sup­ple­ments dis­cus­sion [7] con­cern­ing grow­ing col­lab­o­ra­tion between Islam­ic extrem­ists and domes­tic Amer­i­can ter­ror­ists. (“Domes­tic Ter­ror­ism Lurks as Grow­ing, Potent Threat” by Lau­rent Belsie [Chris­t­ian Sci­ence Mon­i­tor]; San Jose Mer­cury News; 3/15/2002; p.11A.) “And there is evi­dence they [Islam­ic extrem­ists] are forg­ing links with ter­ror­ists from the Mid­dle East, the [South­ern Pover­ty Law] cen­ter claims. White suprema­cists and Islamist extrem­ists share some of the same agen­da, says Stephen Gale, Uni­ver­si­ty of Penn­syl­va­nia pro­fes­sor, who spe­cial­izes in ter­ror­ism.” (Idem.) Mr. Emory reit­er­ates his view that domes­tic and for­eign ter­ror­ists are linked through the events of 9/11, con­sti­tut­ing a “pin­cers” move­ment by the Under­ground Reich against Amer­i­ca.

4. The first side of the pro­gram con­cludes with dis­cus­sion of the World Mus­lim Con­gress, an insti­tu­tion that cements the Third Reich, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Sau­di Ara­bia, Amer­i­can neo-Nazis and the anti-Sovi­et Afghan effort of the 1980s that saw the gen­e­sis of Osama Bin Laden as a war­rior. (The Beast Reawak­ens; Mar­tin A. Lee; Copy­right 1997 [HC]; Lit­tle, Brown & Co.; ISBN 0–316-51959–6; pp. 225–226.)

5. Inter­est­ing­ly (and per­haps sig­nif­i­cant­ly), the recent­ly indict­ed alleged Al qae­da oper­a­tive Zac­cha­rias Mous­saoui is being rep­re­sent­ed in France by Isabelle Coutant-Peyre, “who is well known for rep­re­sent­ing-and lat­er promis­ing to mar­ry-Illych Ramirez Sanchez, bet­ter known as Car­los the Jack­al.” (“‘It’s As If He Had Died,’ Moth­er of Sus­pect Says” by David Zucchi­no; Los Ange­les Times; 12/13/2001; p. A5.)

6. Car­los the Jack­al’s attor­ney and future wife, Isabel Coutant Peyre, is the attor­ney [8] for alleged Al Qae­da mem­ber Zac­cha­rias Mous­saoui. Coutant Peyre is a pro­tégé of Verges. (“Buck­ing the Court, Again, to Mar­ry the Jack­al” by Suzanne Daley; New York Times; 1/12/2002; p. A4.) As not­ed in FTR pro­grams about the afore­men­tioned Fran­cois Genoud, Genoud was very close to Car­los and Verges.

7. A recent arti­cle in Newsweek fur­ther high­lights Al Taqwa and Huber. (“Ter­ror’s Cash Flow” by Mark Hosen­ball with Kevin Peraino and Cathrine Skipp; Newsweek; 3/25/2002; pp. 28–29. [9]) This sto­ry notes that the afore­men­tioned Ahmed Huber had addressed meet­ings of the Nation of Islam, as well as hav­ing been invit­ed to sit at the feet of Aya­tol­lah Khome­i­ni in Iran. (Ibid.; p. 28.) In addi­tion, the sto­ry links Al Taqwa to the attacks by Al Qae­da on U.S. embassies in Africa in 1998. (Ibid.; p. 29.) The arti­cle also fur­ther links the Al Taqwa milieu with Sheikh Rah­man, con­vict­ed in con­nec­tion with the 1993 attacks on the World Trade Cen­ter. (Idem.) Most impor­tant­ly, the Hosen­ball arti­cle links Al Taqwa with sup­port for Bin Laden after Sep­tem­ber 11. “[Trea­sury offi­cial Jaime] Zarate also tes­ti­fied that intel­li­gence agen­cies now have evi­dence that ‘as of late Sep­tem­ber 2001’-after the attacks—‘Bin Laden and his Al Qae­da orga­ni­za­tion received finan­cial assis­tance from [Al Taqwa’s] chairman’—though he gave no details about what that mon­ey might have been used for.” (Idem.)

8. The broad­cast con­cludes with analy­sis of a vital­ly impor­tant inter­view giv­en with a for­mer State Depart­ment and CIA counter-ter­ror offi­cial. (“Re-Emerg­ing Ter­ror Groups” Lar­ry John­son inter­viewed by Liane Hansen; NPR; All Things Con­sid­ered; 3/21/2002.) Ana­lyz­ing recent attacks alleged­ly con­duct­ed by the Red Brigades in Italy and Sendero Lumi­noso in Peru, John­son felt it like­ly that Islamist ter­ror groups and right-wing mil­i­tary offi­cers in Latin Amer­i­ca may be respon­si­ble. (Idem.) John­son made the fol­low­ing points: con­tacts in the Philip­pines and Argenti­na had point­ed out the links between Islamist ter­ror groups and fas­cist ele­ments, Syr­ia rep­re­sent­ed an ele­ment of com­mon­al­i­ty between some of these ele­ments, and that anti-Amer­i­can­ism and anti-Semi­tism rep­re­sent­ed an ele­ment of com­mon­al­i­ty between these forces. (Idem.) It is worth not­ing that both Sendero Lumi­noso and the Red Brigades have been assist­ed by Ital­ian fas­cist Stephano Delle Chi­aie, a prime expo­nent of the Strat­e­gy of Ten­sion [10]. It has also been not­ed that P‑2 [11] Grand Mas­ter Licio Gel­li [12] was a founder of the Red Brigades. Ital­ian Prime Min­is­ter Sil­vio Berlus­coni [13] is a for­mer mem­ber of the P‑2, as well as an asso­ciate of the Al Taqwa milieu. In addi­tion, it should not be for­got­ten that the Okla­homa City bomb­ing has evi­den­tiary trib­u­taries stretch­ing in the direc­tion of both the Philip­pines and Argenti­na.