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FTR #355 Ties that Bind, Part 2

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This program presents more information about the 9/11 attacks, continuing the discussion of the overlapping milieux of oil, international finance, fascism, “islamofascism” and “neo”-fascism, and exploring the spheres of influence in which those forces behind the 9/11 attacks continue operate.

1. The program begins with description of former Third Reich defense minister Albert Speer’s account of Hitler’s vision of the annihilation of New York City. “As Germany’s defeat loomed during the final months of World War II, Adolf Hitler increasingly lapsed into delusional [?] fits of fantasy. Albert Speer, in his prison writings, recounts an episode in which a maniacal Hitler ‘pictured for himself and for us the destruction of New York in a hurricane of fire.’ The Nazi fuehrer described skyscrapers turning into ‘gigantic burning torches, collapsing upon one another, the glow of the exploding city illuminating the dark sky.’ An approximation of Hitler’s hellish vision came true on September 11, when terrorists destroyed the Twin Towers in New York, killing nearly 3,000 people. But it was not Nazis or even neo-Nazis who carried out the attack the deadliest terror strike in history allegedly came at the hands of foreign Muslim extremists.” Still, in the aftermath of the slaughter, white supremacists in America and Europe applauded the suicide attacks and praised Osama bin Laden, the mastermind of the massacre.” (“The Swastika & the Crescent” by Martin A. Lee; Intelligence Report; Spring 2002 [#105].)

2. Next, the program explores friction between the United States and the EU over the freezing of terrorist assets apparently linked to Al Qaeda. (“U.S.-European Divisions Hinder Drive to Block Terrorists’ Assets” by Michael M. Phillips and Ian Johnson; Wall Street Journal; 4/11/2002; p. A1.) This friction may be due to the enormous influence within European finance and politics of the Underground Reich and its economic component, the Bormann organization: the major goals of the 9/11 attacks include the destruction and/or subjugation of the United States, the annihilation of Israel and world Jewry, and the elimination of the United States as a significant force in the Middle East. Driving a wedge between the U.S. and the EU would advance that goal. Treasury Secretary O’Neill has recently been in Europe to convince America’s “allies” that they should do more to neutralize Al Qaeda finances. (Idem.)

3. Perhaps in response to O’Neill’s trip, the French and Swiss have recently been moving to curtail the operations of Yeslam Bin Laden, Osama’s wealthy sibling and the head of SICO. (“A Half Brother Under Scrutiny” by Mark Hosenball [with Peg Tyre and Alison Langley]; Newsweek; 4/8/2002; p. 7.) Bin Laden denies any involvement with his brother’s operations, but others (apparently) disagree with that view. (Idem.) The article also contains discussion of alleged connections between the Bin Laden family and Al Taqwa. (Idem.) Yeslam Bin Laden has threatened legal action against anyone claiming he was involved in his brother’s terrorist operations. (Idem.)

4. In that context, it should be noted that Bin Laden’s legal representatives have successfully blocked publication of the Swiss edition of a recent book. (“Yeslam Binladen Bloque la Vente en Suisse du Livre ‘La Verite Interdite’ by Yves Petignat; Le Temps; 1/26/2002.) As discussed in previous broadcasts, the book charges that powerful Saudi interests have been centrally involved in Islamist terrorism (Bin Laden’s operations, in particular) and that that fact has been deliberately obscured at the behest of powerful corporate interests allied with the petroleum industry. Jean-Charles Brisard has charged that the editorial revision obliged by Bin Laden’s counsel constitutes a fundamental restriction of freedom of expression. (Idem.)

5. Exploring the networking through which the Islamist/Al Qaeda network has successfully operated, the broadcast highlights an Italian article about some of the petro-financing connections of the George W. Bush milieu. (“The U.S. President’s Dangerous Connections” by Francesco Bonazzi; L’Espresso; 11/1/2001; p. 54.) The article further explores the milieu of Bush, his father, James R. Bath, Salem Bin Laden, Khalid Bin Mahfouz, the BCCI and the murky world of intelligence operations. (Idem.)

6. Of particular interest in the L’Espresso is the Skyway corporation, an aircraft brokerage firm. “In 1976, when George Bush was appointed to head the CIA, he quickly sold a large number of the clandestine services’ aircraft to a private company. That company was Skyway, formed by James Bath, a Texan who had been in the military [reserve] with George Bush junior. During this period Bath became the U.S. representative of Saudi millionaire Salem Bin Laden, one of Osama Bin Laden’s brothers. In 1977, bath gained management control of the Port of Houston and Bush junior founded Arbusto Energy. Within twelve months, Arbusto needed money, so Bath offered the company $50 million. In an embarrassing bulletin issued shortly after the 9/11 attacks, the White House tried to say that Bath had invested his own money in the company. Arbusto’s financial situation worsened, and in 1986, after a series of mergers, it became Harken Energy. Among its shareholders and board of directors: George Bush Junior. In the space of a year, Harken needed money. To save it from bankruptcy, Saudi banker Khalid Bin Mahfouz injected $25 million into the company. The transaction was negotiated in great secrecy in Geneva. The money arrived from Unione Banc Suisse [UBS] and the Bank of Commerce and Credit International [BCCI].” (Idem.)

7. It should be noted that one of the financial firms allegedly closely connected to the Bin Mahfouz financing of Harken is the UBS. UBS, in turn, is strongly connected to the Borman organization, through Interhandel, the Swiss-based holding company that was formed to manage much of the stock of I.G. Farben. (Martin Bormann: Nazi in Exile; Paul Manning; Copyright 1981 [HC]; Lyle Stuart Inc.; ISBN 0-8184-0309-8; pp. 160-161.)

8. Next, the program underscores the connection between Francois Genoud (part of the Islamofascist milieu connected to 9/11) and the postwar Nazi financial underground. (“The Swastika & the Crescent” by Martin A. Lee; p. 4.) “Where did the money come from? According to European press accounts, Genoud was managing the hidden Swiss treasure of the Third Reich, most of which had been stolen from Jews, ‘Security services claim he transferred the defeated Nazis’ gold into Swiss bank accounts,’ reports Gitta Sereny, who called Genoud ‘the most mysterious man in Europe.'” (Idem.)

9. It should be noted in that context that all money belonging to the postwar Nazi treasure was carefully managed exclusively by Bormann. “The ruthlessness that characterized Martin Bormann when he served Hitler and the Third Reich as Reichsleiter did not disappear when he made it to South America. Everyone wanted in on the wealth, but he sat on it like the chairman of a bank. ‘It belongs to the party, and I am the party treasurer,’ he would say, and unless sums requested contributed to the growth of corporate entities that his organization controlled, the money would remain in the banks, He wanted no layabouts, and the news soon spread that he was a tight-fisted leader.” (Martin Bormann: Nazi in Exile; p. 287.)

10. As noted in many of the programs dealing with Paul Manning’s work on Bormann, Manning’s journalistic credentials are impressive. He was part of Edward R. Murrow’s CBS news team that covered World War II in Europe. He trained as a 50-caliber gunner on B-17’s in order to cover bombing raids into occupied Europe, and ultimately broadcast the surrender of Germany on CBS. He then trained as a gunner on B-29’s, order to cover the air war over Japan-ultimately broadcasting the surrender of Japan on CBS. (Manning was the only broadcast journalist to broadcast both surrender ceremonies. His work on Bormann was underwritten by CBS, which ultimately refused to broadcast it, despite an abundance of documentation from various official sources. Several major publishers had contracts interdicted, as a result of pressure from the deadly Bormann organization. Those inclined to dismiss his efforts should evaluate how readily they might be ready to follow in his footsteps, and do what he has done, and endure what he has endured.

11. Next, the program underscores the fact that Saudi Arabia has set aside $50 million for the families of Palestinian ‘martyrs,’ including suicide bombers. “The Saudi Committee for Support of the Al-Aqsa Intifada distributes payments of $5,333 to the families of the dead and $4,000 to each Palestinian receiving medical treatment in Saudi hospitals. The fund is managed by Saudi Interior Minister Prince Nayef fin Abdulaziz, according to the embassy. The sum . . . is nonetheless significant to the average Palestinian whose annual income is $1, 575.” (“Saudi Arabia Sets Aside $50M for ‘Martyrs’ “; United Press International; 4/9/2002.)

12. In that context, it is interesting to contemplate the fact that the PLO is financed by Saudi Arabia, possessing more foreign currency reserves than many Third World countries. (The Kingdom: Arabia and the House of Sa’ud; Robert Lacey; Copyright 1981 [HC]; Harcourt Brace Jovanovich; ISBN 0-15-147260-2; p. 446.) It is noteworthy that this wealth does not appear to “trickle down” to the Palestinian people.

13. The broadcast then turns to the subject of the profound corporate connections between the Bin Laden milieu and the influence-buying that its petroleum-generated wealth can generate. After reviewing the connection between Baudoin Dunant, Francois Genoud and SICO, the program highlights the fact that one of the subsidiary companies of SICO is the Daniels Realty Corporation, a subsidiary of the powerful Fluor Corporation. “SICO, as the parent company of the group’s foreign interests, also has offices in London and in Curacao in the Dutch Antilles. The latter outpost established in 1984, manages among other things the relations of the Bin Laden group with an American company, the Daniels Realty Corporation, a subsidiary of the Fluor Corporation, which, through the influence of the Bin Ladens, was awarded many reconstruction contracts in Kuwait after the Gulf War.” (In the Name of Osama Bin Laden; by Roland Jacquard; Copyright 2002 [SC]; Duke University Press; ISBN 0-8223-2991-3; pp. 17-18.)

14. Much of the second side of the program is devoted to detailed discussion of the Fluor Corporation’s significant involvement on behalf of Saudi Arabia in establishing powerful influence at the University of Southern California. (The American House of Saud; by Steven Emerson; Copyright 1985 [HC]; Franklin & Watts; ISBN 0-531-09778-1; pp. 294-297.) This influence, representative of the petro-dollar connection to many opinion-forming institutions, was heavily protested by the faculty at USC.

15. The broadcast then recapitulates the fact that key Palestinian diplomats were proteges of James Baker, another intimate of the Bush/Bin Laden milieu. The CIA termed them “Baker’s dozen.” “. . . the CIA secretly brought several moderate Palestinians to the United States for intensive briefing. This group, code named ‘Baker’s Dozen,’ included most of the ‘official’ Palestinian negotiating team with Israel: ‘Hannan Ashrawi, Hanna Seniora, Saeb Erakat, Sari Nusseibeh and other lower ranking Palestinians were summoned to Langley for a three day conference on integrating their politics with the U.S.” (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.) Mr. Emory notes the interdiction of the 2000 Camp David peace talks, the same day that Bush named Cheney as his Vice-Presidential candidate. As passions run high (and intellects run low) on the subject of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, listeners may want to note the significant presence in American media of “Baker’s Dozen” — Ashrawi, Erekat and Nusseibeh, in particular.

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