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FTR #405 Fifth Column

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Beginning with discussion of a Muslim soldier who conducted a fatal grenade attack on his command structure in Kuwait, the broadcast discusses what appears as an Underground Reich Fifth Column within the American military, intelligence, political and economic establishments. After highlighting the links between the Al Qaeda/Wahhabi milieu targeted by the Operation Green Quest raids of March 20, 2002, and the organization that vets Muslim Chaplains for the US military, the broadcast highlights the geopolitical and economic struggle between the dollar and the euro—a central factor underlying the Iraq war. At the center of the discussion is the fiscal suicide being proposed by the Bush administration and its economic point man Grover Norquist. Norquist is also the primary contact point for the Al Qaeda/Al Taqwa/Wahhabi milieu targeted in the March 20, 2002 Green Quest raids.

Program Highlights Include: EU pressure on Boeing to price its product in euros; the effect of 9/11 on the aviation industry; Norquist’s Islamic Institute and its links to the Al Qaeda milieu; Norquist’s efforts at keeping the US in the red; the effects of the Iraq war on the dollar; review of the alleged German links to the 9/11 hijackers; a possible German intelligence link to Mohammed Atta; involvement of elements of the Rudi Dekkers flying school to drug trafficking; the German construction of the bunker in which Saddam Hussein resides.

1. Introducing a concept that is the thematic core of the analysis presented in this broadcast, the program begins with discussion of a Wahhabi “Trojan/Horse” in the US military. This “Trojan Horse” could be viewed as part of the Underground Reich Fifth Column embedded within American society, although the most significant elements of this are economic/political in nature, rather than strictly military. The GSISS (involved with the organizations targeted in the all-important Operation Green Quest raids of March 20, 2002) vets chaplains for the U.S. military. Author Robert Williscroft begins with discussion of the role of the Chaplain Corps in the military—a function that is important to understand in order to comprehend the implications of the GSISS’s role in vetting chaplains. “ . . . From a logistics perspective within the Chaplain Corps, it is not possible for the services to place a chaplain of each faith group in every unit. Instead, Chaplains learn to minister to every faith, at least in the sense that they can meet the immediate needs of men and women preparing for battle. When a young military man or woman faces another kind of problem outside of the immediate military situation, then the local Chaplain can call in one of his colleagues from the appropriate faith to deal with the specific situation. In this sense, Chaplains work closely together to serve their combined flocks.” (“The Wahhabi Trojan Horse in the U.S. Military” by Robert G. Williscroft; Defense Watch: “The Voice of the Grunt”; p. 1.)

2. “All Chaplains have at least a four-year college degree, some type of formal training within their specific faiths, and some level of experience ministering to congregations. Within the military community, each service determines how the available Chaplain billets are allocated among the different faiths. Normally, the allocation is between Christian (including all the various denominations), Jewish, Buddhist, and Muslim, according to some formula.” (Idem.)

3. “Within the individual religious faiths, and their denominations, each determines its own qualifications for a chaplaincy. Depending on the structure and nature of a specific faith, an appointment may be formalized through a certification board, or as informal as through an individual application by a practicing minister. Because the people coordinating Chaplain admissions in all the services typically have a Christian background, with a growing Jewish representation, they tend not to be very knowledgeable about the other faiths. It is natural, therefore, that they should turn to organizations that are knowledgeable to qualify Chaplains from these faiths.” (Ibid.; pp. 1-2.)

4. “In early July 2002, the U.S. Air Force asked the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) for assistance in recruiting Muslim chaplains. On July 20, 2002, the ISNA announced that it ‘is recognized by the Department of Defense as an endorser of Chaplains.’ As of July 22, 2002, ISNA had vetted all 13 of the Muslim clerics serving in the U.S. military. Since then, it has endorsed four more . . .” (Ibid.; p. 2.)

5. Highlighting information first presented in FTR#356 and further developed in FTR#386, author Williscroft discusses the role of the GSISS in vetting chaplains. A principal figure in the GSISS is Jamal Barzinji, associated with the WAMY (alleged to be a funding conduit for Wahhabi monies flowing to Al Qaeda.) Barzinji is also associated with the Al Taqwa milieu. (For more about Barzinji, see FTR#’s 356, 357, 382.) “ . . . My research has uncovered the additional fact that the ISNA relies upon the Graduate School of Islamic Social Sciences (GSISS) for its actual vetting information. The GSISS also had developed a reputation for moderation, so even this further connection appears on the surface to be reasonable. A major player in all these interactions is Dr. Jamal Barzinji, the director of GSISS . . .” (Idem.)

6. After presenting the author’s substantive, detailed outline of the Operation Green Quest raids and the Al Taqwa milieu and the links with the GSISS nexus, the program highlights the recent lethal assault by an American Muslim soldier on people in his command structure. “ . . . Let’s pass that by once again: Evidence unearthed in the past year strongly suggests that Wahhabi Muslim extremists indirectly control the vetting procedure for all Muslim Chaplains in the U.S. military. The implications for this are staggering. On March 22, 2003, an American Muslim soldier rolled grenades into the tents of the entire command structure of the 101st Airborne Division’s 1st Brigade command group at Camp Pennsylvania in Kuwait. One man was killed, and 11 were seriously injured. At this time it is not known whether or not he was under orders from an Islamist cleric.” (Ibid.; p. 3.)

7. The author notes that Chaplains have the ability to influence personnel assignments in the military. Whether the GSISS is, in fact, involved with subversion within the ranks of the military is an interesting concept to ponder. Whether or not Islamofascist elements associated with the Underground Reich are infiltrated into the military, we have seen in past broadcasts that Nazi/white supremacist elements certainly have, and they may strike from that vantage point. “What we have in place, however, is a mechanism that practically guarantees that this will happen with increasing frequency. We already know that a properly motivated Muslim terrorist will willingly kill himself in order to take out an important target. Military Chaplains have the ability to influence personnel assignments. With proper manipulation, several ‘sleeper’ Chaplains can arrange for a significant number of undercover terrorists to be pre-positioned so that they can cause maximum damage to our command structure. . . .” (Idem.)

8. The assault against the US by the Underground Reich and its Islamofascist allies that Mr. Emory believes to be under way is—in its primary manifestation—economic in nature. It is believable that the goal of the gambit of which the 9/11 attacks is a component, is the destruction and/or subjugation of the United States. The attack, from a conceptual point of view, could be viewed as a combination of the German invasion of France in World War II, the battle of Verdun in World War I, and Operation Bernhard in World War II. The goal of the German high command in the battle of Verdun was to attack a position (the steel-making city of Verdun) that the French would not be willing to lose. In so doing, the Germans hoped to bleed the French army dry—to inflict so many casualties that they would have to sue for peace. Operation Bernhard was a German gambit intended to destroy the British economy by forging pound notes and destroying the UK’s ability to finance its war effort. The following article discusses the economic aspects of the war with Iraq. Asian central banks’ support of the dollar has—to date—made this an easier enterprise to undertake than it might have been under different circumstances. This situation might change should the economic landscape be altered in a significant fashion. “The 19th century British political economist Walter Bagehot had a pithy quote from Louis XIV on war finance. The last guinea, said the Sun King, will always win. In the case of Iraq it will be the last US dollar. And one of the more remarkable things about the US-led invasion of Iraq is just how easily and cheaply the venture will be financed. On the face of it, war has rarely been waged in such inauspicious financial circumstances. At a time of extreme geopolitical uncertainty the payments balances of the world’s biggest economies are badly out of kilter. US household savings are seriously depleted and the deficit on the current account of the American balance of payments is close to an unprecedented 5 per cent gross domestic product.” (“The Sinews of War are Asian” by John Plender; Financial Times; 3/21/2003; p. 17.)

9. “The US has, since the bursting of the stock market bubble, become a relatively unattractive destination for foreign private capital. Interest rates are low, the dollar is weak and the US economy will advance this year at less than its underlying trend growth rate. Yet as private capital has fought increasingly shy of the world’s largest economy, the central bankers have come to George W. Bush’s rescue. Japan, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore alone have accumulated official reserves worth more than $1,100bn, of which the great majority is invested in dollar-denominated IOU’s such as US treasuries. For many central banks these reserves are earning much less in interest than they could earn back at home.” (Idem.)

10. If the US should become enmeshed in a costly post-war, or if the Bush administration’s plans to drastically increase military spending while dramatically slashing taxes on the wealthy should come to fruition, the effect on the dollar could be disastrous and decisive. “This is not, of course, a philanthropic gesture. For Japan, with a stagnant economy, it is a matter of resisting an appreciation of the yen that would hit the export sector. The others maintain a dollar peg, largely for reasons of competitiveness . . . Yet it remains the case that global finance has been exceptionally kind to Mr. Bush. And Louis XIV was indeed expressing an age-old verity. The Tacitus version was pecunia nervus belli: money is the sinew of war. We should not forget that unlimited money, however helpful, cannot guarantee the peace.” (Idem.)

11. The pivotal conflict between the euro and the dollar—a central behind-the-scenes aspect of the Iraq war—is at the core of the fiscal contest between Boeing and the EU-manufactured Airbus. It is important to note that the 9/11 attacks had a huge, negative impact on the airline industry and (consequently) on the Boeing corporation. “The owners of Airbus, the pan-European aircraft maker, are seeking to persuade their main US aerospace rival Boeing to adopt the euro as the benchmark currency for the traditionally dollar-based commercial aircraft market. The call from Philippe Camus, co-chief executive of the Franco-German European Aeronautic Defence and Space company (EADS), reflects the cost disadvantage that Airbus currently suffers following the sustained depreciation of the dollar against the euro. ‘Currencies are a factor of competition and we want to force Boeing to adopt our currency structure,’ said Mr. Camus in his first interview since the death earlier this month of Jean-Luc Lagardere, the EADS co-chairman.” (“Europeans Try to Pull Boeing into Euro” by Paul Betts and Martin Arnold; Financial Times; 3/25/2003; p. 20.)

12. “However, Mr. Camus’ call also has a symbolic edge, reflecting the recent change in the balance of power in the civil aircraft market. Airbus—of which EADS owns 80 percent—last year claimed 54 per cent of new orders for large aircraft by units and dollar value, with Boeing taking the rest. . . .A similar shift in base currencies was proposed a year and a half ago by some oil producing countries including Iran, Libya and Russia, which suggested that oil prices should be expressed in euros. Before the outbreak of war, Iraq was already pricing its oil in euros. . . . A US oil industry analyst yesterday suggested that there would only be a case for the euro to become the reference currency for oil if it unseated the US dollar to become the strongest currency on a lasting basis.” (Idem.)

13. The effect of the Iraq war on the fate of the dollar is not to be overlooked. “Currency strategists are wondering if military strategists may not have a better idea of the dollar’s immediate movements than they do. . . .That limbo state currently applies to the dollar. Surprisingly rapid advances at the outset of the allied campaign in Iraq pushed the dollar to two-month highs by Friday. But setbacks at the weekend sent it sharply lower early this week, and the greenback’s movements since the conflict began show its near-term fortune is almost entirely captive to military action.” (“Fate of the Dollar Remains Tied to the Fortunes of War”; Financial Times; 3/27/2003; p. 22.)

14. As discussed in FTR#’s 357-359, the point man for the Republicans’ tax-slashing program is also the point man for the Islamist/Al Qaeda/Wahhabi/Muslim Brotherhood faction of the Republican ethnic outreach organization. That man is Grover Norquist. (One should not fail to note in this context that the Islamist milieu is the one alluded to in the article about the Wahhabi Trojan Horse in the Chaplain Corps.) Slashing taxes while increasing expenditures to fight wars will represent a synthesis of Verdun and Operation Bernhard. It will destroy the US economy (and also the military, which will not be able to finance its operations.) Note that Norquist is “primary tax-cutter” and also “primary Islamist contact man” for the GOP. The program reviews the Sami Al-Arian lawsuit, which led to the Operation Green Quest Raids of March 20, 2002. Again, note Norquist’s position here. “The indictment alludes to efforts by the defendants to gain political clout, alleging that they sought ‘to obtain support from influential individuals in the United States under the guise of promoting and protecting Arab rights.’ It offers few details of such efforts, but likely will inflame a debate embroiling the Republican Party over efforts to court Muslim Americans. The spat pits conservative activist Grover Norquist—a close ally of the Bush White House who has spent years wooing Muslims through a group he founded called the Islamic Institute—against pro-Israel conservatives led by Frank Gaffney. . . .Last year, Mr. Arian visited the Islamic Institute’s Washington offices, which shares offices with Mr. Norquist’s Americans for Tax Reform. . . . The Islamic Institute has received at least $31,000 from a network of Islamic organizations in Virginia under investigation by federal authorities for suspected ties to terrorism, canceled checks and tax records show. Investigators have said in court papers that the basis of that probe is a financial relationship between the Virginia groups and Mr. Arian’s alleged Palestinian Islamic Jihad fronts.” (“Florida Professor, 7 Others Are Accused of Terror Funding” by Jess Bravin and Glenn R. Simpson; The Wall Street Journal; 2/21/2002; p. A8.)

15. Norquist’s role as primary tax-slasher is highlighted in the article that follows. “Reaction from advocates and critics was swift and strong. ‘It’s a tax shelter for the wealthy. This is really an attempt to help the president’s friends,’ said Rep. Robert t. Matsui, D-Sacramento. ‘It’s unbelievable.’ ‘These are the building blocks of a new tax system,’ said Grover Norquist, president of the conservative Americans for Tax Reform.” (“Bush Proposes New Tax-Free Savings Plans” by Peter G. Gosselin; The Los Angeles Times; 2/1/2003; p. A20.)

16. In the context of the economics of 9/11, the depressed state of the air travel industry as a result of those attacks, and the struggle between the dollar and the euro, one should note the German connection to the 9/11 hijackers. The broadcast reviews the pivotally important article researched by Daniel Hopsicker, the author of Barry and the Boys. “A year-long MadCowMorningNews investigation has uncovered evidence that at least seven of Mohamed Atta’s closest associates in Florida during the year leading up to the 9/11 attack were not Arab, but German. The names of the seven, all pilots, have not surfaced in any press accounts of Atta’s stay in the U.S., nor has their existence been mentioned or alluded to in official statements. Traveling with Atta, or meeting him around the state, Atta’s German friends appeared to share a relationship with him of long-standing, according to eyewitnesses, dating back to his days in Hamburg. The meetings, in places like key West and Miami, were apparently very serious business; when they returned, said someone who was there, Atta and his German associates ‘always came back glum.’ Only one of the seven is still in the U.S.; five live in Germany or Switzerland. The seventh, with whom Atta reportedly traveled extensively, has a criminal record in Germany, and today lives in Saudi Arabia. The identities of the seven German nationals were pieced together from information gleaned in interviews with Atta’s one-time American girlfriend, corroborated by independent aviation sources in Venice and Naples, FL. . .” (“9/11: The German Connection” by Daniel Hopsicker; p. 1.)

17. The article stresses the structural similarity of Atta’s German associates with the background of Andreas Strassmeir, alleged mastermind of the Oklahoma City bombing and associate of Timothy McVeigh. “ . . . Strassmeir’s father was once a top aide to German Chancellor Helmut Kohl; Atta’s German friends are all children of the German elite. But before delving further into Atta’s German connections, there were two other related developments in Florida last week. In the first, the former owner of the terror flight school in Venice, FL., Rudi Dekkers, was arrested last week on a single count of felony fraud, and booked into the Collier County jail in Naples, FL.” (Ibid.; p. 2.)

18. Both of the men running the flying schools in Florida that trained the hijackers were Dutch nationals. Might this have some connection to the Thyssen-Bornemisza link to the Netherlands described in FTR#370? “As the MadCowMorningNews has been reporting, suspicious and often illegal activities were commonplace occurrences at Dekkers-owned flight schools at the same time the schools were training a veritable ‘Who’s Who’ of Hamburg cadre terrorists. Now the arrest of the controversial Dutch national comes amid indications from authorities that Federal agencies involved in the 9/11 investigation are taking a closer look at Dekker’s business activities in Florida during the past decade, fueling speculation he might become the first non-Arab charged in a wider 9/11 conspiracy than has so-far been revealed. . . .Posing for a new mug shot is the latest in a series of reversals suffered recently by the Venice ‘Magic Dutch Boy,’ so-called because he is one of two Dutch nationals who owned flight schools at the Venice Airport which each—by apparent freak coincidence—ended up training terrorists to fly. . .” (Idem.)

19. Is someone working to silence Dekkers and Kruithof? “ . . . Then, too Dekker’s helicopter crashed recently, while he was en route to a showdown meeting with partner Wally Hilliard over control of Huffman Aviation. In another freak coincidence, owner of the second Dutch-owned flight school at the Venice Airport, Arne Kruithof, also suffered a near-fatal aviation mishap last summer when his plane fell from a hundred feet in the air onto the runway of the Venice Airport. It appears as if both would be well-advised to stay away from open windows.” (Ibid.; pp. 2-3.)

20. “The German element arrived in Florida with ‘Wolfgang’ in 1996. Prior to arriving in Naples he was associated with an organization called ‘The Flying Club of Munich.’ ‘Wolfgang showed up from Munich in the mid-1990’s and immediately began operating a flight school illegally in ’96,’ stated an aviation source in Naples. ‘He’s half Swiss, half German.’ Wolfgang was instrumental in bringing another of Atta’s German associates to Florida, a pilot named ‘Stephan,’ who we were to learn has done jail time in Germany, was on parole there when he came to the U.S., and recently spent a year in Gundogdu, Turkey.” (Ibid.; p. 3.)

21. “While regular German flight students struggle to obtain the necessary visas, Wolfgang and Stephan apparently had inside connections which smoothed their progress. ‘Sometimes it makes me mad that a criminal gets preference,’ stated one German national flight instructor in Naples with obvious bitterness. ‘Wolfgang signed off on Stephan’s books, and Stephan also got in on a fraudulent business investor’s visa.’ ‘Wolfgang was in his thirties,’ says Amanda Keller, who lived with Atta during March and April of 2001. ‘He and Wolfgang were very tight, they went everywhere together. When he came into the picture they were together all the time. . .’” (Idem.)

22. “Strangely, Keller also states that Atta always spoke German with Wolfgang, a statement contradicted by the testimony of Rudi Dekkers, who told a Congressional Committee that when he addressed him in German, Atta had merely looked at him strangely . . . Newsweek says its sources say the unnamed country is Saudi Arabia. That may prove to be at least partly correct; still, there are few, if any, Saudis named ‘Wolfgang.’ Newsweek should keep digging.” (Ibid.; pp. 3-4.)

23. Hopsicker has provided supplemental information that points to a German institutional connection on Atta’s part—possibly an intelligence connection. “Suspicion is growing in Hamburg, Germany that Atta maintained ties with Western intelligence agencies while in technical School, says one former German intelligence official, pointing to Atta’s participation in an elite program sponsored by the German equivalent of the Agency for International Development, an arm of the government which often harbors intelligence operatives in the U.S.” (“Mohammed Atta Connected to Saudi Royal Family?” by Daniel Hopsicker; pp. 1-2; accessed at his vitally important website www.madcowprod.com; .)

24. “Even the Hamburg electronics company which employed three members of the core cadre—Atta, Marwan al-Shehhi, and Ramzi Binalshibh—for more than two years while they were students is beginning to appear to be not quite what it seemed at first glance. Hay Computing Service GmBH is suspected of being what is known in German as a ‘briefkastenfirma,’ literally a ‘mailbox firm,’ commonly referred to in the U.S. as a ‘dummy front company.’” (Ibid.; p. 2.)

25. Reviewing an article first presented in FTR#336, the broadcast further underscores the German associates of Atta and company. “When Thorsten Biermann arrived at the Florida Flight Training center a year ago for a six-week course for an instrument license, he was pleased to be housed with three other German-speaking students in a school-owned apartment within walking distance of the airfield. One of his roommates, a congenial Lebanese, was even willing to cook most of the group’s dinners and lend the others his red Mitsubishi—the only transportation the four students had. But the Lebanese left a nightmare legacy when he turned in his key. He was Ziad Samir Jarrah, one of the suspected Sept. 11 airplane hijackers, and the young German has been tainted by association. . . ‘It was a coincidence that both Jarrah and I were from Hamburg; maybe that is what raised suspicion,’ said Biermann, noting that none of the other Germans or Austrians who moved in and out of the apartment he shared with Jarrah had been placed on the FBI watch list. [Italics are Mr. Emory’s].” (“Suspicion Hangs Over Hijack Suspect’s Ex-Roommate” by Carol J. Williams; The Los Angeles Times; 11/15/2001; p. A4.)

26. One of the activities that may have been undertaken by the milieu of the “Flying Dutchmen” was drug-trafficking. “In point of fact, the revelation of the four additional terror suspects brings the current total of 9/11 cadre terrorists known to have been enrolled at flight schools owned by Dutch nationals Rudi Dekkers and Arne Kruithof to eight. Rudi Dekkers’ figure alone stands at five . . . and counting. Hilliard [Dekkers’ partner] was asked about his business associations with persons of dubious repute, like Rudi Dekkers. One of Hilliard’s prized Lear jets was confiscated from him by the DEA after having been found with 43 pounds of heroin aboard.” (“Four More 9/11 Terrorists Linked to Rudi Dekker’s Flight School” by Daniel Hopsicker; 2/5/2003; p. 2.)

27. With the demise of Saddam Hussein, it is interesting to contemplate the German “bunker-builder” who constructed Saddam Hussein’s underground shelter. (The Germans have quite a history building underground bunkers for fascist dictators.) “The German architect of one of Saddam Hussein’s main bunkers in Baghdad said on Friday the Iraqi leader can survive anything short of a direct hit with a nuclear bomb if he stays within its four-feet-thick walls. ‘It could withstand the shock wave of a nuclear bomb the size of the Hiroshima one detonating 250 meters away,’ said Karl Esser, a security consultant who designed the bunker underneath Saddam’s main presidential palace in Baghdad. U.S.-led troops will also find it hard to fight their way in through its three-ton Swiss-made doors, Esser told Reuters in an interview.” (David Crossland [Reuters]; 3/28/2003; p. 1.)

28. “Esser said he had no qualms about having helped to protect a dictator likened to Hitler. ‘It’s not just one person getting protection, it’s several people, it’s the palace staff as well. I just see it as an achievement of bunker technology,’ said Esser.” (Ibid.; p. 3.)

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