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FTR #359 Mein Jihad Part 7

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1. This pro­gram presents more infor­ma­tion about the 9/11 attacks. Con­tin­u­ing dis­cus­sion of “Islam­o­fas­cism,” this broad­cast fur­ther explores the Al Taqwa con­nec­tion. (As under­scored in pre­vi­ous pro­grams, one should not mis­un­der­stand this state­ment as char­ac­ter­iz­ing Islam as fas­cist.)  This broad­cast explores some of the polit­i­cal, finan­cial, mil­i­tary and his­tor­i­cal con­nec­tions of Al Taqwa.

2. Begin­ning with infor­ma­tion about one of the most impor­tant fig­ures in post­war fas­cism, the broad­cast high­lights the polit­i­cal lega­cy of Hitler, as pro­mul­gat­ed by Nazi banker and ter­ror mas­ter­mind Fran­cois Genoud.  “In the pref­ace to the [Mar­tin] Bor­mann doc­u­ment, Hitler’s Table Talk, Genoud wrote that Hitler want­ed the peo­ple of the third World to car­ry on the work of the Thou­sand Year Reich.” (“Hitler’s Swiss Con­nec­tion” by David Lee Pre­ston; The Philadel­phia Inquir­er; 1/5/1997; p. 3.)

3. The pro­gram con­tin­ues with a review 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. (“The Swasti­ka & the Cres­cent” by Mar­tin A. Lee; Intel­li­gence Report; Spring 2002 [#105]; Pub­lished by the South­ern Pover­ty Law Cen­ter; p. 1.) [4]

4. An illu­mi­nat­ing state­ment was made by Nazi/Islamist Ahmed Huber.  “By his [Ahmed Huber’s] account, a group of aging SS offi­cers and mem­bers of Hitler’s per­son­al guard who meet every few weeks in the Ger­man state of Bavaria for beer and con­ver­sa­tion recent­ly bestowed the title ‘hon­orary Pruss­ian’ on Bin Laden.  They praised his ‘valiant fight’ against the Unit­ed States, Huber said.  One of the mem­bers called Huber after the meet­ing to tell him that hence­forth they had decid­ed to call the Al Que­da leader ‘Herr von Laden,’ Huber said.” (“Unlike­ly Allies Bound by a Com­mon Hatred” by Peter Finn; Wash­ing­ton Post; 4/29/2002; p. A13.) [5]

5. A ter­ri­fy­ing dis­clo­sure was recent­ly revealed by British intel­li­gence ana­lysts. In the con­text of the dis­cus­sion that fol­lows, one should not lose sight of the alleged source of the new financ­ing for Al Qae­da-Sau­di Ara­bia. “The al-Qae­da ter­ror­ist net­work has been del­uged with funds from Osama Bin Laden’s Sau­di sup­port­ers since the start of the Mid­dle East cri­sis, a British intel­li­gence dossier has revealed.Intelligence chiefs have also warned the gov­ern­ment that Mr. Bin Laden could be plot­ting anoth­er ter­ror­ist atroc­i­ty on the scale of the Sep­tem­ber 11 attack on the World Trade Cen­ter.  One senior min­is­ter said he was shocked by the scale of the threat out­lined in the ‘chill­ing’ intel­li­gence brief­ing pre­sent­ed to the gov­ern­ment recent­ly.  It sug­gest­ed the Sep­tem­ber 11 atroc­i­ties could be repeat­ed at any time. . .The min­is­ter said: ‘Bin Laden might be cor­nered in a cave, but that won’t nec­es­sar­i­ly pre­vent Al-Qae­da car­ry­ing out fur­ther attacks.  We were pret­ty shocked at what we heard.  “The Amer­i­can attacks were five years in the plan­ning: who knows what could also be in the pipeline?” (“Bin Laden Sup­port­ers ‘Still Fund­ing Al-Qae­da’ ” by Cathy New­man; The Finan­cial Times; 5/8/2002; p.8.)  Through­out the dis­cus­sion of 9/11, the ubiq­ui­tous Sau­di foun­da­tion of Al Qae­da is only too evi­dent.  Dubya’s “spe­cial rela­tion­ship” with the Saud­is is remark­able and stun­ning. Even for a cow­ard and trai­tor such as George W. Bush, his grov­el­ing before Sau­di Crown Prince Abdul­lah dur­ing the lat­ter’s vis­it to his Texas ranch was out­ra­geous.  Win­ston Churchill’s rebuke of Neville Cham­ber­lain upon his return from the diplo­mat­ic capit­u­la­tion to Hitler at Munich applies to Bush.  “You had a choice between war and dis­hon­or.  You chose dis­hon­or.  Now you will have war!”

6. Per­haps one should not be over­ly harsh, how­ev­er.  Bush may sim­ply have been respond­ing to the veiled threat to the Unit­ed States made by the afore­men­tioned Ahmed Huber dur­ing a recent inter­view.  “Hap­py with his sit­u­a­tion, Ahmed Huber dis­cours­es about the good and the bad Jews, the ‘nec­es­sary’ dis­ap­pear­ance of the State of Israel, and guar­an­tees that his ideas have sym­pa­thiz­ers in all spheres of Swiss soci­ety.  ‘Bush and his Zion­ist advis­ers made a seri­ous error in attack­ing Arab finance, con­nect­ed to the great fam­i­lies of Sau­di Ara­bia, of Jor­dan, of Moroc­co [and] the Gulf Emi­rates.  They have thus repu­di­at­ed their true allies.  One could accu­rate­ly say an ele­phant in a chi­na shop.’ ” (“Ahmed Huber, Un Admin­is­tra­teur Aux Sym­pa­thies Islamistes et Nazies;” Le Monde; 5/3/2002; p. 2.)

7. Devel­op­ing dis­cus­sion of Al Taqwa and the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood, an Islam­o­fas­cist sect at the core of Islam­ic fun­da­men­tal­ist ter­ror­ism, the pro­gram under­scores Huber’s remarks about the Broth­er­hood’s pro­found links to the insti­tu­tion.  In addi­tion, Huber describes (appar­ent­ly accu­rate­ly) Nada’s con­nec­tions with promi­nent Arab roy­al­ty, as well as sec­u­lar Arabo-fas­cist regimes such as Iraq and Libya.  “Tariq Ramadan always denied any bond with rad­i­cal move­ments, like the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood, to which all the Al-Taqwa Man­age­ment admin­is­tra­tors belong, accord­ing to Achmed Huber. . .Youssef Nada, him­self, is a busi­ness­man pos­sess­ing an impres­sive address book.  ‘He knows the Sul­tan of Brunei, the emirs of the Per­sian Gulf, the roy­al fam­i­ly of Sau­di Ara­bia, Sad­dam, the Ira­ni­ans and Khadaffy,’ [expounds] Ahmed Huber, Al-Taqwa Man­age­ment mem­ber.” (“Al-Taqwa, La Banque Islamique Qui Refuse de Livr­er Ses Secrets;” Le Monde; 5/3/2002; p. 2.)

8. Much of the pro­gram focus­es on dis­clo­sure of a list of cap­i­tal par­tic­i­pants in Al Taqwa/Nada man­age­ment. (“Share­hold­ers in the Bank of Ter­ror?” by Lucy Komis­ar; Salon; 3/15/2002; p. 1.) [6]

9. This list has (alleged­ly) been pub­lic for some time, and the gov­ern­ment of Switzer­land may have been active­ly obstruct­ing the inves­ti­ga­tion of the Al Taqwa/terrorist link.  In addi­tion, the verac­i­ty of the doc­u­men­ta­tion has been endorsed by Nada him­self.  “The FBI may have known who the share­hold­ers were for as long as four years.  There is also evi­dence that Swiss author­i­ties have, since the mid-1990’s, refused to coop­er­ate with inter­na­tion­al intel­li­gence inquiries into the bank’s activ­i­ties. . .The names appear on an unpub­lished share­hold­ers reg­is­ter of ‘Bank of Al Taqwa,’ that reflects hold­ings as of Decem­ber 1999. . .The list has been con­firmed as authen­tic by both U.S. offi­cials and Al Taqwa.  Michele Davis, spokes­woman for the Trea­sury Depart­ment, was shown the doc­u­ments on March 13 and acknowl­edged, ‘We have the list.  We are doing the same as you-try­ing to find out who these peo­ple are.’  There are 745 names on the 18-page reg­is­ter.  Al Taqwa pres­i­dent Youssef Mustafa Nada, one of sev­er­al top bank offi­cials who was put on the U.S. ‘sup­port­ers of ter­ror­ism’ list in Novem­ber, also con­firmed the verac­i­ty of the list.  ‘It is gen­uine, he said in a phone inter­view.  ‘You can ask Mr. Nicati [the Swiss deputy attor­ney gen­er­al].’ ”(Ibid.; pp.1–2.)

10. Among the lumi­nar­ies on this list is one “Has­san el-Ban­na,” as well as Bin Laden sis­ter.  It is not imme­di­ate­ly appar­ent if this is the orig­i­nal founder of the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood him­self, or a blood descen­dant.  (Has­san Al-Ban­na, him­self, was born in 1907 and would have been 81 at the time that Al Taqwa was found­ed.)  “Includ­ed on the list are Yousuf Abdul­lah Al-Qaradawi, the grand mufti of the Unit­ed Arab Emi­rates, and five mem­bers of his fam­i­ly; Mari­am Al-Sheikh A. Bin Aziz Al-Mubarak of a branch of the Kuwaiti roy­al fam­i­ly; and mem­bers of the promi­nent Khal­ifeh fam­i­ly of the Unit­ed Arab Emi­rates.  Sis­ters Huta and Iman Bin­laden, who live in Sau­di Ara­bia, and Has­san el-Ban­na, a leader of the Egypt­ian Moslem Broth­er­hood group, are list­ed.” (Ibid.; p. 2.)  (For more about Al-Ban­na, see, among oth­er pro­grams, FTR#343.)

11. Accord­ing to Swiss jour­nal­ists, Ital­ian intel­li­gence prod­ded the gov­ern­ment of Switzer­land to inves­ti­gate Al Taqwa, to no appar­ent avail.  (Huber’s pro­fessed lack of wor­ry about the inves­ti­ga­tion of Al Taqwa and his state­ment that his Nazi/Islamist views enjoy the sym­pa­thies of peo­ple in all stra­ta of Swiss soci­ety [includ­ing gov­ern­ment] bear con­sid­er­a­tion in this con­text.) “In the mid-1990’s, the Ital­ian anti-ter­ror­ist agency DIGOS (Divi­sion of Gen­er­al Intel­li­gence and Spe­cial Oper­a­tions), con­cerned about rad­i­cal Islam­ic activ­i­ty at the Islam­ic Cul­tur­al Insti­tu­tion of Milan, found links to Al Taqwa.  In 1995, accord­ing to jour­nal­ists Pao­lo Fusi and Mar­tin Stoll in the Swiss newsweek­ly Facts, DIGOS told Swiss fed­er­al pros­e­cu­tor Car­la Del Ponte, ‘The Nada group com­pris­es the most impor­tant finan­cial struc­ture of the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood and Islam­ic ter­ror­ist orga­ni­za­tions.’  The newsweek­ly said the agency lat­er report­ed that Swiss offi­cials appeared loath to look into Nada’s oper­a­tions.” (Idem).

12. Accord­ing to the Swiss arti­cle, the PLO appears to have been among the ben­e­fi­cia­ries of Al Taqwa’s largesse.  “Accord­ing to Facts, a 1996 DIGOS report said Al Taqwa han­dled financ­ing for a num­ber of Arab and Islam­ic polit­i­cal and mil­i­tant groups, includ­ing the Pales­tine Lib­er­a­tion Orga­ni­za­tion, Hamas, the Alger­ian Armed Islam­ic Group (GIA) and the Egypt­ian Gama’a al-Islamiya, as well as for­mer Afghan muja­hedin in Bin Laden’s camps.  It said the net­work aid­ed ter­ror­ist groups in Kuwait, Yemen, Libya, Jor­dan, Lebanon and Sudan.” (Ibid.; pp. 3–4.)

13. Among the pos­si­ble rea­sons for the Swiss reluc­tance to con­sum­mate the inves­ti­ga­tion of Al Taqwa is the fact that fed­er­al pros­e­cu­tor Car­la Del Ponte was a law part­ner of Nada’s attor­ney, Pier Felice Barchi. “The week­ly Facts also report­ed that, in 1997, DIGOS asked for Swiss help. Del Ponte (who is now lead­ing the U.N’s pros­e­cu­tion of for­mer Yugosla­vian Pres­i­dent Slo­bo­dan Milo­se­vic for war crimes) start­ed ques­tion­ing Al Taqwa offi­cials.  Nada’s attor­ney, Pier Felice Barchi, in whose law firm Del Ponte had worked, recalled to Facts how he end­ed the inves­ti­ga­tion.  Barchi said, ‘When I learned about the Ital­ian inquiry, I imme­di­ate­ly called Del Ponte and said to her, ‘Hey Car­lot­ta, stop this shit.’  A few hours lat­er, the non­sense was off the table.’  Barchi told Salon his true remark was, ‘Please Mrs. Del Ponte, make an inquiry.’  He said, ‘After 20 or 30 days, Mrs. Del Ponte said it’s not nec­es­sary to make an inquiry; there’s no evi­dence against Mr. Nada.’  He said he had­n’t asked Facts for a cor­rec­tion because ‘I have oth­er things to do.’  Del Pon­te’s press spokesman declined to respond to a detailed query.” (Ibid.; p. 4.)  (Cor­rec­tion: In FTR#354, Mr. Emory misiden­ti­fied the head of the U.N. pros­e­cu­tion of Milo­se­vic as Mag­dale­na Kopp.) Asso­ci­at­ed with the Shakarchi fam­i­ly (direc­tors of SICO, the Euro­pean sub­sidiary of the Bin Laden busi­ness empire), Kopp was involved with the Shakarchi A.G. affair, which also entan­gled Ms. Del Ponte)

14. The Salon then touch­es on the rela­tion­ship between Al Taqwa and the Ban­ca del Got­tar­do.  It also inter­est­ing (and, per­haps, sig­nif­i­cant) that Got­tar­do has a cor­re­spon­dent account at Citibank, whose prin­ci­pal stock­hold­er is Sau­di Prince Alwaleed. “Al Taqwa has, for years, enjoyed the pro­tec­tion in Switzer­land, where it moves mon­ey through cor­re­spon­dent accounts in the polit­i­cal­ly influ­en­tial Ban­ca del Got­tar­do, also in Lugano.  Got­tar­do pres­i­dent Clau­dio Gen­er­ali is a local vice pres­i­dent of the rul­ing Lib­er­al Rad­i­cal Par­ty and a for­mer finance min­is­ter of Tici­no.  Got­tar­do has New York cor­re­spon­dent accounts in Citibank and the Bank of New York, which gave Al Taqwa entry in the U.S.” (Idem.)  (For more about the Ban­ca del Gottardo/Al Taqwa link, see FTR#‘s 356, 357.  For more about Prince Alwaleed, see FTR#‘s 342, 353.)

15. Next, the progam reviews the link between Ban­ca del Got­tar­do and the for­mer Sovi­et (now Russ­ian) bio­log­i­cal war­fare pro­gram.  “[Nada Man­age­ment board mem­ber] Mohamed Man­sour is on the board of the Bosn­ian Insti­tute in Zurich.  So is [Begh­jet] 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.)  Mr. Emory notes 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.

16. In FTRs 356 and 357, the link between the Al Taqwa/Banca del Got­tar­do milieu and the GOP was ana­lyzed at con­sid­er­able length.  In light of the fact that key Sen­a­to­r­i­al Democ­rats were among the prin­ci­pal tar­gets of the anthrax let­ters, the pos­si­bil­i­ty that the attacks may have been per­pe­trat­ed (in part) by GOP-con­nect­ed Islamists is not one to be too read­i­ly dis­missed.  The anthrax attacks con­tin­ue to be inves­ti­gat­ed.  (“Anthrax Sent Through Mail Gained Poten­cy by the Let­ter” by William J. Broad and David John­ston; The New York Times; 5/7/2002; p. A1.)  If the anthrax attacks involved Al Taqwa-relat­ed ele­ments, it is pos­si­ble that these attacks were coor­di­nat­ed with oth­ers per­pe­trat­ed by domes­tic Amer­i­can fas­cists and/or Fifth Col­umn ele­ments with­in the U.S. nation­al secu­ri­ty estab­lish­ment.

17. An intrigu­ing alle­ga­tion was made about a pos­si­ble Ital­ian fas­cist link to Al Taqwa. “Anoth­er Con­nec­tion involves al-Taqwa group share­hold­er Alle­san­dro Ghe, an Ital­ian rad­i­cal who has been ques­tioned by his coun­try’s secu­ri­ty forces about his links to Bin Laden.  Ghe was a mem­ber of the Ital­ian neo-fas­cist ‘Ordine Nuo­vo’ that began cou­pling up with Moslem rad­i­cals in the 1970’s, says Ely Kar­mon.” (“A Ter­ri­fy­ing Alliance” by Yael Haran; 1/14/2002; Enduring-Freedom-Operation.org; pp. 4–5.)

18. Next, the pro­gram fur­ther devel­ops Mr. Emory’s view that the Islamofascist/Underground Reich milieu impli­cat­ed in the 9/11 attacks helped to infil­trate the Unit­ed States intel­li­gence sys­tem by assist­ing with the strug­gle against the Sovi­ets. “Mar­ried to an Egypt­ian woman, father of a lawyer and a data pro­cess­ing spe­cial­ist [who had] fought the Sovi­ets in Afghanistan for a few months, Ahmed Huber has main­tained his address book for thir­ty years, in the Arab world, while tak­ing part in con­fer­ences on Islamism.” (“Ahmed Huber, Un Admin­is­tra­teur Aux Sym­pa­thies Islamistes et Nazies;” Le Monde; 5/3/2002; p. 2.)

19. Anoth­er Ger­man neo-Naz­i/ Al Taqwa link to the Afghan war was high­light­ed in a recent arti­cle. “In late 1997, a Ger­man neo-Nazi and con­vert to Islam, Steven Smyrek, who alleged­ly trained at an al Que­da camp in Afghanistan, was arrest­ed in Israel for plan­ning a sui­cide attack, accord­ing to the Duis­burg cen­ter [Infor­ma­tion Ser­vice Against Right-Wing Extrem­ism].” (“Unlike­ly Allies Bound by a Com­mon Hatred” by Peter Finn; Wash­ing­ton Post; 4/29/2002; p. A13.) [5]

20. Huber has stat­ed that the Bin Laden fam­i­ly has spon­sored Al Taqwa at two recent Islamist conventions.(“Ahmed Huber, Un Admin­is­tra­teur Aux Sym­pa­thies Islamistes et Nazies;” Le Monde; 5/3/2002; p. 2.) “Two or three times, the fam­i­ly Ben Laden were the Al-Taqwa spon­sor.  It is nor­mal; it is about the largest con­struc­tion com­pa­ny of the Moslem world.  But they were estranged from Osama.”

21. Mr. Emory has not­ed the recent death of a key mem­ber of the dead­ly Bor­mann orga­ni­za­tion and a res­i­dent of Lugano, Switzer­land (home of Al Taqwa and the relat­ed Ban­co del Got­tar­do).  Baron Hein­rich Thysssen-Borne­misza was old (18 years younger than U.S. Sen­a­tor Strom Thur­mond), but his death was time­ly in light of the inves­ti­ga­tion of the Bin Laden finan­cial trail.  (“Baron Thyssen-Borne­misza, Indus­tri­al­ist Who Built Fabled Art Col­lec­tion, Dies at 81” by Jonathan Kan­dell; The New York Times; 4/2/2001; p. 39.)  One won­ders whether the Bin Laden mon­ey trail has become too hot, and some­one (younger Bor­mann peo­ple, Islamists or Allied intel­li­gence assas­sins) may be at work.

22. From the stand­point of strate­gic intel­li­gence, one should come to under­stand the Nazi men­tal­i­ty that under­lies the onslaught of 9/11.  There is a Ger­man card game, sim­i­lar to Bridge, but involv­ing only three play­ers.  It is called Skat.  One should play it, and under­stand it, in order to come to antic­i­pate (and inter­dict) the Under­ground Reich.  Recall­ing FTR#‘s 344–346, the nature of the assault on the Unit­ed States may be intend­ed to destroy the coun­try eco­nom­i­cal­ly.  Con­sid­er that the point man for Islamist liai­son with the Repub­li­can Par­ty is Grover Norquist, who is also a pri­ma­ry advo­cate of the Repub­li­can tax strat­e­gy. If we do not intel­li­gent­ly increase the mil­i­tary bud­get and fight the war, the U.S. will be phys­i­cal­ly anni­hi­lat­ed.  If we increase the mil­i­tary bud­get and do not increase rev­enues, we will be eco­nom­i­cal­ly bank­rupt-the U.S. will have an unsus­tain­able cur­rent accounts deficit. The enor­mous increase in mil­i­tary spend­ing that will be required in order to win this essen­tial war-an exten­sion of the Sec­ond World War-must be accom­pa­nied by an appro­pri­ate increase in fed­er­al rev­enues.  The per­cent­age of GDP required for such an increase will not be pro­hib­i­tive, if the tax code and fis­cal pol­i­cy of this coun­try is effec­tive­ly, intel­li­gent­ly man­aged. If, on the oth­er hand, George W. Bush’s tax cut remains in place (while mil­i­tary expen­di­tures are increased), it will bank­rupt the Unit­ed States and destroy the coun­try.  Quite sim­ply, the future of civ­i­liza­tion depends upon the intel­li­gent (and, where nec­es­sary, mer­ci­less) appli­ca­tion of Amer­i­can mil­i­tary pow­er, a bal­anced and far-sight­ed approach to applied eco­nom­ics, and the removal from pub­lic office of George W. Bush and the inter­ests he rep­re­sents.  Learn the game of Skat.  It can be instruc­tive.  Win­ston Churchill described what would hap­pen if Hitler won World War II. “The world will be plunged into an abyss, made more sin­is­ter by the knights of per­vert­ed sci­ence.” Think about it.