Introduction This broadcast—like the preceding three programs—might have been titled “Strange Bedfellows.” In this program, we look at the use of native, “unrepresented” peoples by political elements that don’t appear to be genuinely concerned with the welfare of those population groups. Specifically, we look at a strange brew of Tibetan Buddhists, Islamists and Pan-Turkists working under the auspices of the House of Habsburg in order to precipitate the secession of Xinjiang province from China. It is Mr. Emory’s opinion that the use of unrepresented, “native” peoples by ultra-reactionary interests like the Hapsburgs and the associated House of Liechtenstein is a cynical manipulation of these populations.
Rather than sincerely championing the interests of these groups and promoting their welfare, sustenance and democratic governance, they appear to be using these groups as vehicles for the destabilization and partitioning of larger nations—Russia and China in particular. It is for the purposes of covert destabilization that the Habsburgs and its royalist ally the House of Liechtenstein appear to be “going native.” Are the Lakota [Sioux] being similarly targeted? (The Lakota are among the “unrepresented” peoples that belong to the UNPO, headed up by Karl von Habsburg and prominently featuring the milieu of the Dalai Lama.) Do the Hapsburgs and their Underground Reich allies intend to precipitate a geographical Balkanization of the United States? Do the apparent Underground Reich elements intend to precipitate a bloody repression of the Lakota in order to [further] discredit the United States? Or are the Native Americans—including the Lakota—intended to be used as what Lucy Komisar calls “offshore elements?”
Program Highlights Include: An account of the Pan-Turkist (and Muslim) basmachi uprisings in the former Soviet Union shortly after its formation; further description of the Uighur separatist movement in Xinjiang province of China; review of the role of the Dalai Lama and his milieu in the UNPO; review of the Dalai Lama’s association with the Pan-Turkist and Islamist Uighur separatist movement; review of the connections of elements of U.S. intelligence to the Uighur separatists in the 1970’s and 1980’s; review of the Uighur separatist movement’s links to Al Qaeda; review of the Bush administration’s classification of the Uighur separatist movement as terrorist in nature; the House of Liechtenstein’s close connections to the Habsburgs; the House of Liechtenstein’s links to the Bank Al Taqwa; the links of the House of Liechtenstein’s sponsorship of “self-determination” studies for areas of violent Islamist activity (Kosovo, Kashmir and Chechnya); the links of the Habsburgs to international fascism and the Underground Reich; links of the other royal families of Europe to fascism. Note that this program, perhaps more than others, is highly referenced to other programs. It is emphatically recommended that listeners use the hyperlinks to other broadcasts, as well as the search function to supplement their understanding of these admittedly complex topics.
1. The program begins with review of an uninformed (and unintentionally informing) article by Wayne Madsen, a former intelligence agent himself. Madsen notes that the Bush administration classified the Uighur independence movement as terrorist. As can be seen in material that follows, this is an accurate designation. This classification, like the Bush administration’s classification of the Bank Al Taqwa as terrorist, is one of the relatively few things the Bush administration has done right in the war on terror. In the case of the Uighur independence movement, the impetus to classify the movement as terrorist may well have come from State Department intelligence elements. In this context, one should note that the national security establishment is not monolithic. It appears that in the case of the Uighur independence movement and Al Taqwa, some elements of U.S. intelligence were functioning with effectiveness and accuracy. As we saw in FTRs 513 and 514, Bank Al Taqwa was eventually let off the hook when the United States refused to provide information to the Swiss, who then dropped much of their investigation of Bank Al Taqwa. Links between the royal family of Liechtenstein and the Bank Al Taqwa are highlighted below.
“Superman comic book fans will fondly recall the topsy-turvy Bizarro world, a planet shaped like a cube where everything happened backwards and nothing made any sense. Welcome now to the Bush world, where the revered Dalai Lama of Tibet may now be branded by the United States as a ‘fellow traveler’ of terrorists or, worse yet, an ‘enemy combatant.’ On August 27, Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage, a shadowy ex-Special Forces officer who has been linked to everything from heroin smuggling in Burma’s Golden Triangle to smuggling weapons to the Iranian regime of Ayatollah Khomeini, met with senior Chinese officials in Beijing. According to Reuters, Armitage, representing the world’s second largest totalitarian regime, told the leadership of the world’s largest one that the State Department had added a new group to its list of foreign terrorist organizations: the movement seeking independence for western China’s Sinkiang region, an area that Chinese Uighur (pronounced ‘wee-ger’) Muslims regard as East Turkestan or Uighurstan. The only problem with this designation, obviously designed to please the Chinese regime prior to the upcoming October summit in Washington between Chinese Vice President Hu Jintao and President Bush, is that the new ‘terrorist group’ is a member of the same non-government organization as the Dalai Lama’s Tibetan government-in-exile, the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO), officially recognized by the United Nations as an international human rights organization. . . .”
2. Madsen’s striking naivete (if that’s what it is) concerning Alptekin, the Dalai Lama and the UNPO exemplifies the dynamic noted by Christopher Hitchens.
” . . . In fact, Erkin Alptekin, East Turkestan’s exiled leader serves as Secretary General of UNPO, and thus, represents the Dalai Lama and other ethnic and tribal leaders of 52 members of the organization. The Director General of UNPO, hardly a terrorist, is Karl von Habsburg of the former Austro-Hungarian royal family. Last September 12, Alptekin, America’s newest ‘terrorist,’ stated in a letter to President Bush, ‘UNPO is greatly shocked and saddened by the immense destruction, injury, and loss of life which have occurred in New York, Washington DC and elsewhere in the United States, as a result of deadly acts of terrorism.’ But now Alptekin’s movement has been tossed into the same category as Al Qaeda and Hamas and its Tibetan and Chechen allies now risk similar treatment at the hands of a U.S. administration that could be legitimately ruled by any psychiatrist as clinically insane.”
3. Note that Madsen himself (for whatever reason) gave money to the UNPO!! Another important point to note here is the fact that the Lakota are among the “unrepresented” peoples championed by the UNPO. Later on in the program, we will examine the possibility that the Lakota may be targeted for some type of covert operation, perhaps even the destabilization and/or geographical dissolution of the United States itself!
“East Turkestan is represented internationally by a number of organizations, now being linked by Armitage to terrorism. They include the Eastern Turkestan National Congress, based in Munich, Germany, and affiliated groups in Istanbul, Turkey; Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan; Almaty, Kazakhstan; and New York. With Armitage’s announcement, all these Uighur groups face sanctions and deportation. Under the terms of the USA Patriot Act and other U.S. criminal statutes, the State Department’s arbitrary designation of a group as a ‘foreign terrorist organization’ has severe ramifications. People who contribute to such organizations and financial institutions who handle transactions for such organizations can face criminal prosecution. Anyone who contributes money, lodging, expert assistance, transportation or other ‘material support’ to such organizations can face long prison terms and seizure of their assets. Resident aliens in the United States can be deported, or worse, be declared enemy combatants and wind up on a one-way flight to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. In fact, this writer once contributed money to UNPO. . . . Even native Americans are no longer safe from renewed Federal subjugation. One of the members of UNPO is the Sioux Lakota Nation, the scene of past bloody battles between encroaching Federal troops and FBI agent and the Sioux. [Emphasis added.] . . .”
4. Providing background information about Pan-Turkist and Islamist separatism inside of the former Soviet Union, the broadcast highlights the basmachi uprising in the former Soviet Union. This event helped shape the ongoing effort at utilizing Pan-Turkist and Islamist elements to break off pieces of China and (in the case of Chechnya among other regions) Russia as well. NOTE THAT XINJIANG PROVINCE IS RICH IN PETROLEUM AND OTHER RESOURCES. THIS NO DOUBT MAKES IT A VERY ATTRACTIVE TARGET TO POWERFUL CORPORATE INTERESTS.
“The first serious Islamic uprising against the Soviets in Central Asia occurred in 1918. Trading in a Czarist for a communist yoke was definitely a bad deal for Central Asia’s Muslims. A month after their October 1917 victory far to the north, the Bolsheviks sent a detachment to seize the important regional capitol of Tashkent. The new commissars began by requisitioning all the food they could lay their hands on and seizing the cotton crop in the name of the people’s republic. A famine soon followed that would kill as many as a million Central Asians. In February 1918, Bolshevik troops put down a revolt in the ancient Uzbek caravan city of Kokand, sacking and slaughtering as they went, and the basmachi revolt was on. While the Bolsheviks were occupied by consolidating their victory elsewhere in the Soviet Union, the uprising spread. Victory followed on victory. At its height, the rebellion counted maybe twenty thousand soldiers in its ranks, most of them peasant fighters, all of them Muslims. The end, though, seemed foreordained. The communists outnumbered the basmachi; they had heavy weapons; and after the White Russians were defeated, the rebels got the Reds’ full attention. By 1920, the basmachi had been driven back into the mountains of Tajikistan. That’s when Enver Pasha showed up.”
5. Note that the minister of war for the Ottoman Empire during World War I played an important role in motivating the Pan-Turkist elements that attempted to break off from the Soviet Union.
“Turkey’s minister of war during World War I, Enver Pasha fled to Berlin after the defeat of the Central Powers, and then went to Moscow at Lenin’s invitation. Lenin wanted to use the charismatic Turk to draw Central Asia’s Muslims into the Soviet fold, but as it turned out, Pasha had a grander vision: a pan-Turkic state that would stretch from the Straits of Bosporus to Mongolia. He was only thirty-two. In February 1922, Pasha captured Dushanbe, the capital of modern Tajikistan. By the end of spring, he had taken control of virtually all of the emirate of Bokhara. In July 1922, the Soviets were forced to react to Pasha’s treachery and sent a division south to stop him. It worked. He was killed in battle on August 4 of that year. But the basmachi wouldn’t be completely snuffed out until 1934. Some of the rebels, it was thought, holed up in the remote mountain valleys of Tajikistan. Most took refuge in Afghanistan. More than a few slipped as far away as Saudi Arabia. Some took up residence in Mecca and became dyed-in-the-wool Wahhabis.”
(Ibid.; pp. 131–132.)
6. Next, the program fleshes out information about the separatist movement in Xinjiang province, China. Note that both Islamist and non-theocratic Pan-Turkist elements are involved in this movement.
“China has not been spared. Xinjiang (southern China), has a population that is 55% Uighur (a Turkophone Sunni ethnic group); it has been confronted with Islamist violence since the beginning of the 1990’s. Created in 1955, Xinjiang (which means ‘new territory’) is one of the five autonomous areas of China and is the largest administrative unit of the country. The area is highly strategic at the geopolitical level — Chinese nuclear tests and rocket launches take place on the Lop Nor test grounds — as well as from an economic standpoint, since it abounds in natural wealth (oil, gas, uranium, gold, etc.). Against this backdrop, attacks have proliferated by independence-seeking cliques, all preaching ‘Holy War.’”
7. “Some are acting in the name of Turkish identity, while others are fighting in the name of Allah (especially in the southern part of the region). As in the rest of Central Asia, in Xinjiang we are witnessing the rising influence of Wahhabi groups and the increasing proselytism of preachers from Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Traditionally allied with popular China, Pakistan is nevertheless trying to extend its influence to this part of China, using the Islamists as it did in Afghanistan. For this reason Beijing closed the road from Karakorum, connecting Xinjiang to Pakistan, between 1992 and 1995. Since 1996, the frequency of the incidents has skyrocketed. In February 1997, riots exploded in Yining (a town of 300,000 inhabitants located to the west of Urumqi, near the Kazakh border). This violence caused ten deaths, according to Chinese authorities, and the Uighurs have counted more than a hundred victims.”
8. “Every week in 1998 saw a bombing or an attack with automatic weapons. The region’s hotels, airports and railway stations are in a constant state of alert. In April, Chinese authorities in the vicinity of Yining seized 700 cases of ammunition from Kazakhstan. In September, the Secretary of the Xinjiang Communist Party declared that ’19 training camps, in which specialists returning from Afghanistan educate young recruits in the techniques of terrorism, with the assistance of the Taleban,’ were neutralized. In January 1999, 29 activists implicated in the February 1997 riots were arrested. On February 12, violent clashes between the police and groups of Uighur militants wounded several dozen people in Urumqi. Two hundred people were arrested. In early March, 10,000 additional soldiers arrived at Yining to beef up security, while in Beijing, the Uighur Islamist organizations took credit for several bomb attacks.”
(Ibid.; pp. 10–11.)
9. “This Asian test-bed is supporting the emergence of a new type of radicalism. Sunni-ite and ideologically conservative, it is supranational in its recruitment and in its ideology. It does not emanate out of scissions in the great Islamists organizations, but from a radicalization of the Afghan Talebans, from their sanctuaries and their ties with small terrorist and mafia groups, marginalized and radicalized by repression (as in Egypt and Algeria), in a context of economic and financial globalization, as well as from the circulation of militants who have lost their territories. The principal characteristic of these networks (except in Central Asia and Egypt) is that they recruit, establish their bases, and act at the margins of the Arab-Muslim world. In addition to the Egyptians, Pakistanis, Sudanese, Yemenites, and Filipinos, recently there has been a wave of immigration to Great Britain and the United States. Operations take place in Egypt, certainly, in Algeria and Central Asia, but also in the east and the south of Africa, in Yemen, Bangladesh, New York, etc. The favorite ‘holy wars’ are Kashmir, Afghanistan, Chechnya, the Caucasus and, now, China.”
(Ibid.; p. 11.)
10. Note the role that Islamists play in the multinational corporate globalization movement. They are working in a fashion that diminishes national control and regulation and accentuates laissez-faire market dynamics. (“Liberalism” in the context presented here means “free-market” rather than traditional American political liberalism.)
“Taking advantage of economic liberalization, many former chiefs of the ‘holy war’ have now transmuted into businessmen. They make up an ‘Islamo-business’ world that has colonies in various sectors: Islamic financial institutions, Islamic garment industries, humanitarian and benevolent organizations, private schools, and so on. As political scientist Olivier Roy says, ‘Today’s Islamic actors are working for liberalism and against state control.’ They represent a globalization of Islam, deterritorialized, in an approach that has been uncoupled from the Middle East. A striking Westernization of Islamism is taking place or, more precisely, of the traditionally infra-state networks; tribes, Koran schools, etc. are linking up with worldwide networks that function in an extremely modern way and outside the control of any State authority. This evolution results from a history that began long ago...”
11. The broadcast reviews the fact that the Dalai Lama has collaborated with Islamists from among the Uighur population of Xinjiang province of China. (The Uighurs refer to Xinjiang as East or Eastern Turkestan.) With Xinjiang province being rich in petroleum, the Uighurs have had little trouble obtaining support from foreign intelligence services. For additional information about Uighur involvement with the Muslim Brotherhood/Al Qaeda milieu, see FTR#348 as well as FTR#549. It should be noted that we are a long way from dealing with “Buddhists” here!! The Dalai Lama’s milieu is part of a larger Underground Reich “virtual state.” It is also important to bear in mind that the milieu of which the Dalai Lama is a part appears to focus on Central Asia—that part of the “Earth Island” seen by geopoliticians as key to controlling that land mass and, as a consequence, the world. Note that the Uighurs are counted by the Pan-Turkists as among the “outside Turks” to be included in a “Greater Turkestan”.
“India should have reasons to be concerned over the Dalai Lama’s hobnobbing with the pan– Islamic elements in Xinjiang. One cannot avoid suspecting that the influence of these elements must have been behind his participation in a conference organized in Chennai last year by some elements, which have been acting as apologists for Gen. Pervez Musharraf, the Pakistani military dictator, which was attended by a representative of the Huryiat of J&K and a large number of Pakistanis, some of them retired Pakistani military officers. The Dalai Lama’s set-up subsequently denied or played down some of the controversial remarks attributed to him at the conference. The Government of India should consider conveying to the Dalai Lama its unhappiness and concern over his association with pan-Islamic elements in Xinjiang.”
12. Note that the U.S. has maintained a double standard on Islamist and separatist terrorist organizations. Those perceived as “purely indigenous” are not classified as terrorist, and may be receiving assistance from elements of the intelligence community that are at least nominally American. It is Mr. Emory’s view that this element of the intelligence community is associated with the petroleum industry and, at a more profound level, the Underground Reich. It appears that this same element (or related elements) is at the epicenter of the drug-trafficking milieu within U.S. intelligence. For listeners who might find this difficult to understand, consider the situation vis a vis drug-trafficking. Some elements of U.S. intelligence are complicit in the drug trafficking, while other elements (in conjunction with law enforcement) are sincerely active in opposing it. Not only are the terrorist and drug-trafficking situations analogous, but, again, the drug-trafficking elements are associated with the terrorist elements. As researcher Peter Dale Scott has illustrated in his work [Drugs, Oil and War], the terror/drug element is closely associated with the petroleum industry. This element of the intelligence community may well be part of the “Safari Club” milieu.
More on the Uighur involvement with Al Qaeda:
“10. The Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan and the Abu Sayyaf of the southern Philippines have been designated as Foreign Terrorist Organizations under the US law of 1996, but not the Eastern Turkestan Islamic Party, though all the three are members of Osama bin Laden’s International Islamic Front For Jehad Against the USA and Israel. In initiating action, either for designation as a Foreign Terrorist Organization or for action under the UN Security Council Resolution No, 1373 in respect of bank accounts, the US and the European Union have focused essentially on terrorist organizations, which are perceived by them as international in nature or which are seen as posing a threat to their nationals and interests. Terrorist organizations viewed by them as purely indigenous have been excluded. These multiple yardsticks have been used vis– a-vis China as well as India.”
13. Note that both the Islamist element of the Uighur independence movement and its more secular Pan-Turkist allies have collaborated with the Dalai Lama.
“7. Uighurs were found fighting with al-Qaeda in Afghanistan. We are aware of credible reports that some Uighurs who were trained by al-Qaeda have returned to China. . . .24. The second similarity relates to the external causes of aggravation of the terrorist violence in Xinjiang. Just as in J & K, in Xinjiang too, there are two distinct terrorist/extremist movements– –one resorting to violence on ethnic grounds to assert the Uighur ethnic identity against the perceived Han Chinese domination and the other using religious and pan-Islamic arguments to justify violence for the establishment of an independent Islamic State. While the ethnic separatist elements have been the beneficiaries of sympathy and support from the Dalai Lama’s set-up and the Tibetan diaspora abroad, and the US, Taiwanese and Turkish intelligence agencies, the religious fundamentalist elements have been in receipt of support from the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI)-backed jehadi organizations in Pakistan, the Taliban and bin Laden’s International Islamic Front For Jehad Against the USA and Israel.”
14. According to the Raman paper, the CIA had close connections to Erkin Alptekin, a member of the board of the Dalai Lama foundation and a functionary of the movement to establish Xinjiang province of China as an independent (Muslim) Uighur state—East Turkestan. It should be noted that Alptekin is an operative of the Pan-Turkist movement, which is distinct from the Islamist element in the Uighur independence movement. The Pan-Turkist movement is discussed at length in AFA#‘s 14 and 21, available from Spitfire.
“25. In the 1970s and the 1980s, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) of the USA had built up a network of contacts with the Uighur separatist elements and some of those, who had in the past worked for the Munich-based Radio Liberty of the CIA such as Erkin Alptekin, chairman of the Europe-based Eastern Turkestani Union and a close Uighur associate of the Dalai Lama, are now in the forefront of the ethnic separatist movement. . . .”
15. In addition to his background with Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty—both closely connected to U.S. intelligence—Erkin Alptekin is a founder and key member of the UNPO, about which we will have more to say below. Alptekin is also on the board of the Dalai Lama Foundation.
“ERKIN ALPTEKIN is one of the foremost human rights advocates for the Uighur people of Eastern Turkestan, also known as the Xinjiang Autonomous Region of the People’s Republic of China. Mr. Alptekin was employed by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty from 1971 to 1994. He is one of the founders of the Unrepresented Nations and People’s Organization (UNPO), and currently serves as its general secretary.”
(Excerpt from the list of the board of the Dalai Lama Foundation.)
16. Another board member of the Dalai Lama Foundation is a member of the UNPO. Again, this will be discussed at greater length below.
“MICHAEL VAN WALT currently serves as Executive President of the Peace Action Council, and Legal Advisor to the Office of H.H. The Dalai Lama. From 1991 to 1998 Dr. Van Walt was General Secretary of UNPO, the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization. Dr. Van Walt holds law degrees from Europe and America, and is currently Adjunct Professor of International Law, Golden Gate University School of Law, San Francisco.”
17. With the Dalai Lama and his milieu, we appear to be looking at manifestations of the Underground Reich as a “virtual state”—a state without formal geographical borders. We should also note that Central Asia—the area that is the focal point of the Dalai Lama’s and UNPO’s support for Uighur separatist elements was viewed by geopoliticians as critical for maintaining control of the Earth Island.
“The eldest son and heir of the dynasty is Karl (Karl’s website), who lives in Austria and has served in the Austrian army and was a member of the European Parliament, like his father, from 1996–1999. [Emphasis added.] He has worked hard to keep the family in the public limelight, even hosting a popular television game show. He works quietly to change the Austrian laws of 1919 that forbid the Habsburgs from holding any political office and has often been mentioned as a possible Chancellor of the Austrian Republic. At this time he is the Generaldirektor of the UNPO (Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization). In 1993 Karl married Francesca Thyssen-Bornemisza who is well known in European high society.”
18. The broadcast sets forth the fascist inclinations of Otto von Habsburg, the aging patriarch of that family and the father of Karl von Habsburg. (Younger listeners should note that Rudolph Hess was one of Hitler’s closest aides and the last prisoner at Spandau prison.)
” . . . The final escalation was reserved for Otto von Habsburg, a CSU delegate to the European parliament and the son of the last Austrian emperor; since 1973 he has also been president of the ultra-right Pan-Europa-Union and a member of the Freedom for Rudolf Hess Committee [Emphasis added.] . . . .”
19. Otto von Habsburg is very close to the World Security Network. Note the biography of the elder von Habsburg on the World Security Network’s web site. One should also be aware of the interview with Habsburg on their web site. The World Security Network appears to be an organ of the Underground Reich, and is very close to the milieu of the Schmitz family—Joseph E. Schmitz is on their advisory board. Schmitz is also among the contributing authors of the network: http://www.worldsecuritynetwork.com/network/dsp_author3.cfm. Joseph E. Schmitz and his brother John P. Schmitz are discussed at length in FTR#‘s 469, 476, 529. Note their apparent connections to the milieu of the Underground Reich and 9/11.
20. Otto von Habsburg’s son and heir to the Habsburg throne, Karl von Habsburg, married Francesca Thyssen-Bornemisza in the Zagreb (Croatia) cathedral. The Thyssen-Bornemisza family is at the epicenter of the Thyssen industrial empire, the Bormann capital network and the Underground Reich. (The information about the Habsburg/Thyssen-Bornemisza marriage was originally sourced at a geneological website.)
21. The fascist inclinations of the Habsburgs are not unique among European monarchical families.
“It is more than eerie. A disturbing sidebar to the political culture of these restorations was how many of the would-be monarchs, royal houses, and supporting factions had been on the fascist side in World War II. Italy’s House of Savoy was banished in part for backing Mussolini and supporting his 1938 race laws, targeting Jews. In Bulgaria, Simeon’s House of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha fought through much of the war as an ally of Nazi Germany. The Serbian factions backing the potential Alexander II evoked memories of World War II massacres and ethnic battles still commemorated after six hundred years. The Romanian House of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen, supported by the Iron Guard movement that blended rural Eastern Orthodox religion with folkish nationalism, fought most of World War II on Hitler’s side.”
22. In the paragraph that follows, Phillips remarks on the impetus given to what he calls “aristophilia” by economic forces. In the context of this broadcast, it is important to underscore the fact that the “Earth Island” and the parts of it apparently targeted for covert operations by the royalist networks discussed here are rich in petroleum and other natural resources. Because of that, it is not unreasonable to suppose that intelligence elements associated with major corporations—oil companies in particular—may very well be involved in the destabilization efforts in Xinjiang and (perhaps) in Chechnya and other parts of the former Soviet Union in particular.
“Unfair as it may be to lump together the Houses of Karadjordjevic, Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, Savoy, and Honenzollern-Sigmaringen, they suggest the dark side of the global political force that has buoyed dynasty and restoration. The analogy to the English-speaking nations is obviously limited, but the caveats cannot be entirely ignored. And now, we must turn to the different encouragement given to aristophilia during the 1980’s and 1990’s by economic forces. . . .”
(Ibid.; p. 64.)
23. Delving into the nature of the royal family of Liechtenstein, the program notes the closeness between Hans-Adam II’s clan and the Habsburg dynasty that ruled the Austro-Hungarian Empire until the end of World War I.
“LADISLAV KAHOUN: To what degree does your family feel spiritually akin to the Habsburg dynasty? Do you know that in the Czech and Moravian awareness you were always considered the house closest to the Habsburg dynasty? PRINCE HANS-ADAM II: My grandmother was a sister of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand who was killed in Sarajevo. This is perhaps the reason why in the Czech and Moravian awareness the Liechtenstein house is considered the closest to the Habsburg dynasty. Historically one has to say that the Liechtenstein family became a foreign dynasty with the end of the Holy Roman Empire and were therefore quite close to the Habsburg dynasty. A number of those foreign dynasties kept properties in the Austrian-Hungarian Empire after 1806 as the Liechtensteins did. They were also very often closer related to the Habsburg dynasty through marriage—just think about Empress Sissi, the wife of Emperor Franz Joseph II. . . .”
24. Next, the broadcast reviews information from FTR#442. One of the most important connections illustrated in this program is the evidentiary tributary connecting the Bank Al Taqwa and the royal family of Liechtenstein. Recall that Bank Al Taqwa is a principal financial source for Al Qaeda and other Muslim Brotherhood offshoots. One should not forget that Al Taqwa itself originates from a firm established in Vaduz, Liechtenstein—that nation’s capital. Liechtenstein is one of the principal “funny money” centers of Europe, and an apparent major pivot point for the Underground Reich and the associated Bormann capital network. This information should be evaluated against the background of the information presented in FTR#‘s 352, 357, 359, 377, 378. Those broadcasts highlight the intersection between the Al Taqwa milieu and European far-right interests, including the P-2 and Alleanza Nationale milieu in Italy. These links with powerful European capital interests and far-right networks indicate that there is much more going on here than just Islamic fundamentalism. In light of the links between Liechtenstein, Crown/Alpha (Norbert Seeger) and the Carl Duisberg Gesellschaft, the Asat Trust/Liechtenstein royal family connection assumes potentially larger significance. (For more about these interests and their links to 9/11, see FTR#‘s 530, 536.) Do the various tendrils of the creature portrayed in this program description constitute a Bormann/Underground Reich network deeply involved in 9/11?!
” . . . The prosecution also alleged that [alleged Al Qaeda financier Soliman] Biheiri is linked to a secretive financial network in Switzerland and Liechtenstein called Al Taqwa, which American and European investigators say is a financial backer of the Muslim Brotherhood. The Brotherhood, often depicted as the ideological parent of most radical Islamic groups, recently has come under government scrutiny for its possible direct role in supporting terrorism, most prominently because of Al Taqwa.”
25. A brief review of Bank Al Taqwa’s links to the Muslim Brotherhood and Al Qaeda:
“The Bush administration and the United Nations have designated the Al Taqwa network and its main officials—two self-avowed Muslim Brothers and an admitted Nazi sympathizer—as supporters of Al Qaeda. As a result, their assets have been frozen and they are the focus of a Swiss investigation. The Al Taqwa officials have repeatedly rejected the charges. At the [alleged Al Qaeda financier Soliman] Biheiri detention hearing last month, prosecutor Steven Ward described Biheiri as the Muslim Brotherhood’s ‘financial toehold in the U.S.’”
26. “The prosecution said it had established links between [alleged Al Qaeda financier Soliman] Biheiri and the two principals of Al Taqwa, Youssef Nada and Ghaleb Himmat. According to testimony from special agent Kane of the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the addresses of Nada and Himmat were found in Biheiri’s laptop computer. Kane told the court that there were ‘other indications’ of connections between al Taqwa and Biheiri’s company BMI, including financial transactions. . . .”
27. The Liechtenstein royal family’s involvement with Al Taqwa centers on Asat Trust.
“. . . One company in the Al Taqwa galaxy that was designated by the United States and the U.N. as a terrorist-related entity is a Liechtenstein entity called Asat Trust. Its director Martin Wachter, told the Forward this year that Asat Trust operates merely as a registry for businesses and is not involved in the operation of any company. He added that the American government had wrongfully designated Asat Trust as a terrorist-related entity because it had once represented Al Taqwa in a small real estate deal in Switzerland.”
(Ibid.; pp. 2–3.)
28. Asat Trust’s involvement with Bank Al Taqwa is more significant than its apologists have maintained:
“Still, copies of business registration documents on file with authorities in Liechtenstein show that Asat Trust has been intimately involved with the Al Taqwa network during the last 30 years, registering changes in company names, personnel and financial structure, which may explain why Asat Trust landed on the American and U.N. terrorist lists.”
(Ibid.; p. 3.)
29. The information about the Al Taqwa links with the royal family of Liechtenstein is set forth as follows:
“The records also shed light on the involvement of one member of the royal family of Liechtenstein in Asat Trust. According to the documents, deceased Prince Emanuel von und zu Liechtenstein became a board member of Asat Trust in May 1970 and stayed until November 1990, when he was replaced by Wachter, the trust’s current director. Florian Krenkel, a spokesman for the royal family, said Prince Emmanuel had died in 1987 and that he was a distant cousin from ruling Prince Hans Adam II. . . .”
30. In addition, a bank owned by the Liechtenstein royal family appears to have been involved with Al Taqwa/Asat Trust’s operations. WHY?
” . . . There also appears to be some links between Asat Trust and a bank owned by the Liechtenstein royal family. Several Asat Trust documents feature on their letterheads ‘Bank in Liechtenstein AG’ beneath ‘Asat Trust.’ The royal family bank has changed its name and is now called LGT bank. A telephone and an e-mail query to the bank’s spokesman Hans-Martin Uehringer went unreturned. . . .”
31. A recent endowment by Hans-Adam II to Princeton University established an academic institute that will concentrate on areas that have been major focal points of Islamist activity—Chechnya, Kosovo and the Balkans, and Kashmir. Is this institution a think tank that will work as part of a NGO covert operations milieu? Does this institution, in effect, constitute another link of the Liechtenstein royal family to Islamists (like the Asat Trust discussed above)? In this context, one should not lose sight of the similarity of the focus of the Liechtenstein Institute and the UNPO. Are both of these organizations part of the new “kinder, gentler” covert operations paradigm? Bear in mind that both the Hapsburgs and the closely-associated House of Liechtenstein are conservative Catholics. Their interest in “native peoples” and “self-determination” for Islamists, Turks, Tibetan Buddhists and Lakota Sioux is all the more suspicious, under the circumstances!!
“A $12 million gift to Princeton from Prince Hans-Adam II of Liechtenstein will create the Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination, which will serve as a center for research and teaching on issues of self-determination around the world. The gift will expand the University’s existing Liechtenstein Research Program on Self-Determination, which also has been funded by Prince Hans-Adam II. It will enable Princeton faculty, students and outside experts to expand their work and embark on wide-ranging new projects in such places as Kosovo, Kashmir, and Chechnya. [Emphasis added.]”
32. “As a bridge between academia and the practical world, the Liechtenstein Institute will engage both in fundamental research and in a practical search for solutions to real-world problems. ‘By creating a non-polemical environment for research and discussion, we hope to help reduce the tumultuous and frequently violent process inherent in the search for increased autonomy,’ said Wolfgang Danspeckgruber [a nice Anglo-Saxon name—D.E.], a lecturer in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the founding director of the new institute. He believes the institute can advance compromises that recognize community autonomy within existing states along with regional integration, preventing secession in all but the most extreme cases.”
33. “Researchers at the institute are beginning work on three major projects. An initiative launched in June by Danspeckgruber and Stephen Kotkin, director of the Russian Studies Program, is exploring state power, borders and self-governance in the former Soviet Union. The project is expected to conclude with findings and recommendations presented at a major conference in 2001. In the second project, which is also supported by a grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, researchers will develop strategies to prevent and manage crises of self-determination. This project brings together Danspeckgruber, Michael Doyle, director of the Center of International Studies, Jeffrey Herbst, chair of the Department of Politics; and Gilbert Rozman, professor of sociology.”
34. Notice that Kashmir is one of the areas on which the Hans-Adam-financed Liechtenstein institute will focus. In paragraphs 11–14 above, the B. Raman paper notes that the Dalai Lama/Xinjiang separatist/Islamist milieu overlaps the interests at war against India in that area.
“In the third project, researchers will search for solutions to the problem in Kashmir, where separatist groups have mounted an 11-year struggle against Indian rule. Predominantly Muslim Kashmir has been the main point of conflict between India and Pakistan since the partition of India in 1947. At the same time, the institute will continue to work to assist in finding a peaceful solution for conflict in the Balkans. An international conference evaluating the implications of self-determination at the beginning of the 21st century is planned for the coming academic year, Danspeckgruber said. . . . The institute is an outgrowth of the Liechtenstein Research Program on Self-Determination, which was created in 1994 and supported by Prince Hans-Adam II. . . .”
35. Ending on a decidedly speculative note, the program highlights the fact that the Lakota [Sioux] Native American people are one of the groups in which the UNPO is greatly interested. The Lakota occupy a very important strategic position within the geographical United States. Note the map of the Lakota territory as portrayed by the UNPO. It is Mr. Emory’s opinion that the use of unrepresented, “native” peoples by ultra-reactionary interests like the Hapsburgs and the associated House of Liechtenstein is a cynical manipulation of these populations. Rather than sincerely championing the interests of these groups and promoting their welfare, sustenance and democratic governance, they appear to be using these groups as vehicles for the destabilization and partitioning of larger nations—Russia and China in particular. Are the Lakota being similarly targeted? Do the Hapsburgs and their Underground Reich allies intend to precipitate a geographical Balkanization of the United States? Do the apparent Underground Reich elements intend to precipitate a bloody repression of the Lakota in order to [further] discredit the United States? Or are the Native Americans—including the Lakota—intended to be used as what Lucy Komisar calls “offshore elements?”