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FTR #357 Mein Jihad Part 5 (“The Jihad for Freedom”, Part II)

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This pro­gram presents more infor­ma­tion about the 9/11 attacks. Con­tin­u­ing dis­cus­sion of the inter­sec­tion between the milieux of oil, inter­na­tion­al finance, fas­cism and “Islam­o­fas­cism” the pro­gram explores spheres of influ­ence in which the forces behind the 9/11 attacks oper­ate. Par­tic­u­lar empha­sis is on the con­nec­tion between the Repub­li­can Par­ty’s eth­nic out­reach oper­a­tions and the Wahhabi/Islamofascist ele­ments behind Al Que­da. The title is a ref­er­ence to the Cru­sade For Free­dom, an ille­gal, Nazi-linked, domes­tic intel­li­gence oper­a­tion. This oper­a­tion is described more ful­ly in FTRs 48, 186, 248 and 346, among oth­er pro­grams. FTR 353 and FTR 356 direct­ly presage this pro­gram. Par­tic­u­lar empha­sis is on the numer­ous inter­sec­tions between the Repub­li­can Par­ty, the Bush admin­is­tra­tion and Al Taqwa.

1. The dis­cus­sion begins with the freez­ing of the funds of Ahmed Idris Nasred­din, a key mem­ber of the Al Taqwa net­work. (“Keep­ing Up the Fight Against the Financiers” by Mark Hosen­ball; Newsweek; 4/29/2002; p. 10.)

2. That same arti­cle notes that there has been a recent strug­gle between the Trea­sury and Jus­tice depart­ments over the raids on March 20. (Idem.) Mr. Emory spec­u­lates that this strug­gle may well involve efforts on the part of FBI direc­tor Robert Mueller and John Ashcroft to block the inves­tiga­tive path­ways lead­ing in the direc­tion of the Under­ground Reich. (For more about Mueller, see FTR#‘s 310, 325, 349. For more about Ashcroft, see FTR#‘s 271, 339.)

3. High­light­ing one of the prin­ci­pal focal points of the dis­cus­sion, the pro­gram delin­eates major areas of inter­sec­tion between the labyrinthine net­work attacked in the 3/20 raids, the Al Taqwa milieu, and the Repub­li­can Par­ty. (FTR#342 doc­u­ment­ed the role of six mem­bers of the Bin Laden fam­i­ly in the found­ing of Al Taqwa.) A recent Wall Street Jour­nal arti­cle described some of the orga­ni­za­tions tar­get­ed in the raids.

“These include Al-Taqwa Man­age­ment, a recent­ly liq­ui­dat­ed Swiss com­pa­ny the U.S. gov­ern­ment believes act­ed as a banker for Osama bin Laden’s al Que­da ter­ror­ist net­work. . .Two peo­ple affil­i­at­ed with the com­pa­nies and char­i­ties are linked by records to enti­ties already des­ig­nat­ed as ter­ror­ist by the U.S. gov­ern­ment. Hisham Al-Tal­ib, who served as an offi­cer of SAAR, the Inter­na­tion­al Insti­tute of Islam­ic Thought and Safa Trust Inc., anoth­er Mirza char­i­ty, dur­ing the 1970’s was an offi­cer of firms run by Youssef M. Nada, records show. Mr. Nada is a Switzer­land-based busi­ness­man whose assets have been frozen by the U.S. for alleged involve­ment in ter­ror­ist financ­ing, and is alleged by U.S. offi­cials to be a key fig­ure in the Taqwa net­work. . .Jamal Barz­in­ji, an offi­cer of Mr. Mirza­’s com­pa­ny Mar-Jac and oth­er enti­ties, also was involved with Mr. Nada’s com­pa­nies in the 1970’s, accord­ing to bank doc­u­ments from Liecht­en­stein. A mes­sage was left yes­ter­day for Mr. Barz­in­ji at his address in Hern­don. Mr. Barz­in­ji and Mr. Tal­ib live across the street from each oth­er. A third busi­ness asso­ciate of Mr. Nada, Ali Ghaleb Him­mat (who also has been des­ig­nat­ed by the Trea­sury as aid­ing ter­ror­ism), is list­ed as an offi­cial of the Gene­va branch of anoth­er char­i­ty oper­at­ed by Mr. Mirza, the Inter­na­tion­al Islam­ic Char­i­ta­ble Orga­ni­za­tion.”

(“Funds Under Ter­ror Probe Flowed From Off­shore” by Glenn R. Simp­son [with Michael M. Phillips]; Wall Street Jour­nal; 3/22/2002; p. A4.)

4. Fill­ing in more detail about the Repub­li­can Par­ty and the Al Taqwa/Al Que­da milieu, the broad­cast notes post‑9/11 con­tacts between Pres­i­dent Bush and peo­ple who are part of the GOP/Islamofascist milieu under inves­ti­ga­tion.

“On the After­noon of Sep­tem­ber 26, George W. bush gath­ered 15 promi­nent Mus­lim-and-Arab-Amer­i­cans at the White House. . . Unfor­tu­nate­ly, many of the lead­ers present had­n’t unam­bigu­ous­ly reject­ed it [ter­ror­ism]. To the pres­i­den­t’s left sat Dr. Yahya Basha, pres­i­dent of the Amer­i­can Mus­lim Coun­cil, an orga­ni­za­tion whose lead­ers have repeat­ed­ly called Hamas ‘free­dom fight­ers.’ Also in atten­dance was Salam al-Mary­ati, exec­u­tive direc­tor of the Mus­lim Pub­lic Affairs Coun­cil, who on the after­noon of Sep­tem­ber 11 told a Los Ange­les pub­lic radio audi­ence that ‘we should put the State of Israel on the sus­pect list.’ And sit­ting right next to Pres­i­dent Bush was Muza­m­mil Sid­diqi, pres­i­dent of the Islam­ic Soci­ety of North Amer­i­ca, who last fall told a Wash­ing­ton crowd chant­i­ng pro-Hezbol­lah slo­gans, ‘Amer­i­ca has to learn if you remain on the side of injus­tice, the wrath of God will come.’ ”

(“Fevered Pitch” by Franklin Foer; The New Repub­lic; 11/12/2001; p. 1.) [4]

5. Speak­ing of key GOP oper­a­tive Grover Norquist, the arti­cle attrib­ut­es some of these events to the influ­ence of Norquist.

“Accord­ing to sev­er­al sources, Norquist helped orches­trate var­i­ous post-Sep­tem­ber 11 events that brought togeth­er Mus­lim lead­ers and admin­is­tra­tion offi­cials.”

(Ibid.; pp. 1–2.)

6. Con­firm­ing spec­u­la­tion that Mr. Emory had put for­ward in FTR#‘s 353 and FTR#356, the pro­gram under­scores the point that Norquist helped forge the GOP/Islamist links to coun­ter­act the tra­di­tion­al Jew­ish links to the Demo­c­ra­t­ic Par­ty.

“. . . he [Norquist] fig­ured that he could turn Mus­lims into the obvi­ous coun­ter­weight to the rela­tion­ship between the Jews and Dems.”

(Ibid.; p. 2.)

7. Some of the GOP/Islamist links are even more alarm­ing.

“The record of the Coun­cil on Amer­i­can-Islam­ic Rela­tions (CAIR)-which, like the AMC, sends mem­bers to meet­ings orga­nized by Norquist and Saf­fu­ri-is no more encour­ag­ing. When inter­viewed by Salon’s Jake Tap­per on Sep­tem­ber 26, CAIR Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Direc­tor Ibrahim Hoop­er refused to con­demn Osama bin Laden. CAIR founder Nihad Awad, who appeared with Bush at the Wash­ing­ton Islam­ic Cen­ter, has argued that ‘there is ample evi­dence indi­cat­ing that both the Mossad and the Egypt­ian Intel­li­gence [ser­vice] played a role in the [1993 World Trade Cen­ter] explo­sion.’ And Sir­aj Wahaj, who has served as a CAIR board mem­ber, has been described by fed­er­al pros­e­cu­tor Mary Jo White as a pos­si­ble con­spir­a­tor in the ’93 bomb­ing.”

(Ibid.; pp. 5–6.)

8. In the con­text of the Ms. White’s state­ments about Sir­aj Wahaj, con­sid­er the fol­low­ing dis­cus­sion about the 1993 WTC attack­’s mas­ter­mind (Ramzi Youssef) and Okla­homa City bomber Ter­ry Nichols.

“While mak­ing final prepa­ra­tions for Bojin­ka [a ter­ror­ist attack], the ter­ror­ists met with Ter­ry L. Nichols sev­er­al times in Cebu City. Nichols, along with Tim­o­thy McVeigh, were charged with the bomb­ing of the Alfred P. Mur­rah Fed­er­al Build­ing in Okla­homa City on April 19, 1995, that killed 168 peo­ple and wound­ed anoth­er 600. Some FBI offi­cials now believe that Nichols, who has ‘mail-order’ Fil­ipino wife from Cebu, obtained con­tact with Youssef through Mus­lim stu­dents at South­west Col­lege in Weath­er­ford, Okla­homa. The offi­cials fur­ther believe that Youssef and [Abdul Hakim] Murad pro­vid­ed Nichols with train­ing in mak­ing and han­dling bombs. With­out such instruc­tion, Nichols and McVeigh would not have been able to assem­ble a 5,600-pound bomb made of ammo­ni­um nitrate and nitromethane. Sev­er­al infor­mants recent­ly gave tes­ti­mo­ny that they met Nichols with Youssef in the Philip­pines and that the Amer­i­can was affec­tion­ate­ly known there as ‘the Farmer.’ After that Okla­homa bomb­ing, Murad told prison guards that Yousse­f’s ‘Lib­er­a­tion Army,’ a branch of Al Qae­da, was respon­si­ble for it. He lat­er made this same claim in writ­ing.”

(Al Que­da: Broth­er­hood of Ter­ror; by Paul Williams; Copy­right 2002 [SC]; Alpha Books; ISBN 0–02-864352–6; pp. 145–146.)

9. It is inter­est­ing, and impor­tant, to note that the hero­ic John Lof­tus (co-author of The Secret War Against the Jews) helped to pre­cip­i­tate the 3/20 raids with his inves­tiga­tive work. (“Finances Prompt­ed Raids on Mus­lims” by John Mintz and Tom Jack­man; Wash­ing­ton Post; 3/24/2002; p. A21.) Lof­tus’ work on the Cru­sade For Free­dom is a con­cep­tu­al foun­da­tion of this (and the pre­vi­ous) pro­gram.

10. Next, the pro­gram reviews (and fur­ther high­lights) con­nec­tions between Al Taqwa, Gulf Office, Ahmed Idris Nasred­din, and the “Bank of Gothard” [Ban­co del Got­tar­do].

“The Milanese con­nec­tion orig­i­nates in the Bahamas. Since leav­ing its first head office in Nas­sau, Al Taqwa estab­lished itself at NIGH (Nasred­din Inter­na­tion­al Group Holdings)-10 Dewaux Street in Nas­sau. The NIGH hold­ing com­pa­ny deserves close atten­tion. Yusef Nada’s assis­tant Ali Ghaleb Him­mat works there. The Bank of Gothard is NIGH’s bank, through account CC/B No. 313656, through the agency of Chi­as­so, in the name of a Char­i­ty Foun­da­tion. The Bank of Gothard also appears, in a con­fi­den­tial report on Al Taqwa’s activ­i­ty, under the head­ing of busi­ness con­nec­tions. The bank man­ag­er at Gothard, Clau­dio Gen­erale, told me how­ev­er, that he does not know either Al Taqwa, or its direc­tor, much less the hold­ing com­pa­ny NIGH. The Pres­i­dent and cre­ator of NIGH, Nasred­din Ahmed Idris, who also appears on the list of the first share­hold­ers in Al Taqwa, is hon­orary con­sul of Kuwait in Milan. Liv­ing in Italy, Switzer­land and Moroc­co, this busi­ness­man directs a mul­ti­tude of finan­cial com­pa­nies, most of which end up lead­ing again to the neb­u­la of Al Taqwa. One of them, Gulf Office (Asso­ci­a­tion for Com­mer­cial, Indus­tri­al and Tourist Devel­op­ment between the Gulf States and Switzer­land), cur­rent­ly dor­mant, had been housed in the same build­ing as the mosque of Lugano.”

(Dol­lars for Ter­ror: The Unit­ed States and Islam; by Richard Labeviere; Copy­right 2000 [SC]; Algo­ra Pub­lish­ing; ISBN 1–892941-06–6; p. 150.)

11. As dis­cussed in FTR#351, Gulf office was a focal point of the “Clean Hands” inves­ti­ga­tion in 1994. “In 1994, the Ital­ian judi­cial sys­tem had its sights on Gulf Office and con­duct­ed an inquiry into its activ­i­ties in the con­text of the oper­a­tion ‘clean hands.’ ” (Idem.) That inves­ti­ga­tion (Clean Hands) result­ed in the indict­ment of for­mer P‑2 Lodge mem­ber and Ital­ian Prime Min­is­ter Sil­vio Berlus­coni.

12. The pro­gram then reviews alleged links between Nazi banker Fran­cois Genoud, the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood and the bank­ing cen­ter of Switzer­land. (For more about the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood, see [among oth­er pro­grams] FTR#‘s 343 and 351.) “The Saud­is advised to him [Said Ramadan of the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood] to make his home in Switzer­land for both finan­cial and polit­i­cal rea­sons. After the Sec­ond World War, the petrodol­lars from the Gulf ben­e­fit­ed from the dis­cre­tion and effi­cien­cy of the Swiss bank­ing world. . .Let us men­tion only the inci­dent of the trea­sure of the FLN, at the cen­ter of which the banker Fran­cois Genoud may be found. Ramadan and the Mus­lim Broth­ers thought that they could play a part in the Alger­ian process as they had done in Pales­tine in 1947. Said Ramadan thus left Munich to set­tle in the city of Calvin.” (Dol­lars for Ter­ror: The Unit­ed States and Islam; p. 154.)

3. Next, the broad­cast reviews the Clearstream finan­cial net­work. The con­nect­ing links between Clearstream, Al Taqwa, the Ban­co del Got­tar­do and Bin Laden were fur­ther described by one of Clearstream’s founders, Ernest Back­es, in a recent arti­cle. “In Novem­ber, U.S. author­i­ties named some banks that had bin Laden accounts, and it put them on a black­list. One was Al Taqwa, ‘Fear of God,’ reg­is­tered in the Bahamas with offices in Lugano, Switzer­land. Al Taqwa had access to the Clearstream sys­tem through its cor­re­spon­dent account with the Ban­ca del Got­tar­do in Lugano, which has a pub­lished Clearstream account (No. 74381). But Bin Laden may have oth­er access to the unpub­lished sys­tem. In what he calls a ‘spec­tac­u­lar dis­cov­ery,’ Ernest Back­es reports that in the weeks before CEO Andre Lus­si was forced to leave Clearstream last May, a series of 16 unpub­lished accounts were opened under the name of the Sau­di Invest­ment Com­pa­ny, or SICO, the Gene­va hold­ing com­pa­ny of the Sau­di Bin­laden Group, which is run by Osama’s broth­er Yeslam Bin­laden (some fam­i­ly mem­bers spell the name dif­fer­ent­ly.) Yeslam Bin­laden insists that he has noth­ing to do with his broth­er, but evi­dence sug­gests SICO is tied into Osama’s finan­cial net­work. SICO is asso­ci­at­ed with Dar Al-Maal-Al-Isla­mi (DMI), an Islam­ic finan­cial insti­tu­tion also based in Gene­va and presided over by Prince Muhammed Al Faisal Al Saoud, a cousin of Sau­di King Fahd, that directs mil­lions a year to fun­da­men­tal­ist move­ments. DMI holds a share of the Al Shamal Islam­ic Bank of Sudan, which was set up in 1991 and part­ly financed by $50 mil­lion from Osama bin Laden. Fur­ther­more, one of SICO’s admin­is­tra­tors, Gene­va attor­ney Bau­doin Dunand, is a part­ner in a law firm, Magnin Dunand & Part­ners, that set up the Swiss finan­cial ser­vices com­pa­ny SBA, a sub­sidiary of the SBA Bank in Paris, which is con­trolled by Khaled bin Mah­fouz. Mah­fouz’s younger sis­ter is mar­ried to Osama bin Laden.” (“Bank­ing with Bin Laden” by Lucy Komis­ar [side­bar to “Explo­sive Rev­e­la­tion$”]; In These Times; 3/15/2002.)

14. FTR#356 under­scored the fact that Clearstream was 50% owned by the Deutsche Borse (the Ger­man Stock Exchange) at the time of the trans­ac­tions men­tioned above. In Feb­ru­ary of this year, Deutsche Borse bought out the rest of Clearstream. (“Deutsche Borse Buys Clearstream” by Jonathan Braude; The Deal.com; 2/1/2002.)

15. Hav­ing not­ed [5] alle­ga­tions that the above-men­tioned Fran­cois Genoud found­ed Al Taqwa. This broad­cast fur­ther devel­ops dis­cus­sion of Genoud, Al Que­da, the Under­ground Reich and some of the insid­er trad­ing involved in the run-up to the 9/11 attacks.

“Finan­cial expert Ernest Back­es of Lux­em­bourg has [stud­ied] white-col­lar crime in the field of bank­ing for many years. Accord­ing to him, there are indi­ca­tions of unusu­al trans­ac­tions with which the groups [asso­ci­at­ed with] bin Laden could have earned mon­ey. ‘You can, for exam­ple, exam­ine whether, with­in a cer­tain time peri­od there’s been an attack against the secu­ri­ties of a giv­en air­line com­pa­ny. Since these secu­ri­ties are safe in a ‘clear­ing sys­tem,’ you can’t get an over­all view, who the own­er was at a giv­en time.’ . . .Accord­ing to Back­es’ infor­ma­tion, the trail leads to Switzer­land, to the accounts of an orga­ni­za­tion that was found­ed by the late lawyer Fran­cois Genoud and evi­dent­ly still sur­vives. Says Back­es, ‘One of the grounds for accu­sa­tion is that this Swiss attor­ney had the clos­est con­nec­tions with the Bin Laden fam­i­ly, that he was an advi­sor to the fam­i­ly, one of its invest­ment bankers. It’s known for cer­tain, that he sup­port­ed ter­ror­ism and was the estate execu­tor for Hitler and part of the ter­ror milieu.’ ”

(“Insid­er Trad­ing Pri­or to the Ter­ror Attacks in the US?: Spec­u­lat­ing on Ter­ror-Who Prof­it­ed from the Attacks?” by Rolf Bovi­er & Pierre Matthias; Bay­erische Rund­funk Online (BR-Online); 9/25/2001.)

16. The pro­gram con­cludes with anoth­er look at links between Al Taqwa, Clearstream, the Ban­ca del Got­tar­do in Lugano, alleged Sovi­et bio­log­i­cal war­fare oper­a­tions and ele­ments con­nect­ed to the Balka­ns wars.

“Begin­ning in 1973, Bio­preparat pro­duced and stock­piled hun­dreds of tons of anthrax and dozens of tons of plague and small­pox. Doc­u­ments obtained in Switzer­land by this reporter show that the Ban­ca del Got­tar­do in Lugano has been tight­ly involved in deals between Russ­ian weapons firms and Inter­plas­ti­ca, a com­pa­ny which, begin­ning in the 1960’s, spe­cial­ized in trade with the coun­tries of the East bloc to pierce west­ern embar­goes. Inter­plas­ti­ca is reg­is­tered in Mor­bio Infe­ri­ore near Lugano, in the can­ton of Tessin in south­ern Switzer­land. Among the deals, doc­u­ments show that the Ban­ca del Got­tar­do financed a con­tract between Bio­preparat and Inter­plas­ti­ca in 1993. . . .Begh­jet Pacol­li . . . ran Inter­plas­ti­ca. Pacol­li, who was born in Koso­vo, sup­ports mil­i­tant Mus­lim groups. . . . Through the Fund for Recon­struc­tion of Koso­vo (FORK), in Lugano, he finances the Koso­vo Lib­er­a­tion Army or UCK, (known in the West as KLA) described by Robert Gel­bard, who was Amer­i­ca’s spe­cial envoy to Bosnia as ‘Islam­ic ter­ror­ists’ . . . .On Wednes­day, Novem­ber 6, the U.S. announced that it was adding to its black­list of banks and indi­vid­u­als believed con­nect­ed to the Bin Laden net­work the Al Taqwa bank, with oper­a­tions in Switzer­land, Italy, Liecht­en­stein and the Bahamas, and its chief exec­u­tive Youssef Nada and board mem­bers Mohamed Man­sour and Albert Huber. Mohamed Man­sour is on the board of the Bosn­ian Insti­tute in Zurich. So is Pacol­li. Pier Feli­ci Barchi, Nada’s lawyer, and Clau­dio Gen­er­ali, pres­i­dent of the Ban­ca del Got­tar­do, serve togeth­er on boards of a cap­i­tal man­age­ment foun­da­tion in Liecht­en­stein and sev­er­al enter­pris­es in Switzer­land. They are both lead­ers of the Lib­er­al Rad­i­cal Par­ty, which rules in Switzer­land and which, till now, has afford­ed the bank polit­i­cal pro­tec­tion from intru­sive inves­ti­ga­tions by author­i­ties. The U.S. should put an end to that.”

(“Swiss Bank Han­dled Sale from Russ­ian Bioweapons Com­pa­ny” by Lucy Komis­ar; Earth Times News Ser­vice; Novem­ber 2001.) Note that the bio­log­i­cal war­fare attack that presages the Nazi takeover in the book Ser­pen­t’s Walk is per­pe­trat­ed with genet­i­cal­ly-engi­neered microor­gan­isms of Osten­si­bly Russ­ian ori­gin.