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FTR #601 You Gotta Be Kidding: 9/11 Update

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Introduction: Much of Mr. Emory’s discussion of 9/11 and related matters has focused on the Muslim Brotherhood, an Islamic fascist organization that supported the Axis in World War II. The parent organization of Al Qaeda and Hamas, the Brotherhood’s corporatist economic philosophy has won approval in a growing number of Western business circles. News of the Brotherhood is prominent in this broadcast as well.

After presenting Brotherhood associate Achmed Huber’s analysis of September 11, the program sets forth the House of Representatives’ vote to discontinue aid to Saudi Arabia because of its support of terrorism. [The CIA resettled much of the Muslim Brotherhood in Saudi Arabia after Egyptian president Nasser expelled the organization from the land of the Nile.]

The Bush administration is considering a diplomatic rapprochement with the Brotherhood, viewed by some administration personnel as a viable diplomatic ally in the Muslim world. The charter of Hamas, a Brotherhood offshoot, is more revealing of the organization’s true character, drawing heavily on Nazi and fascist ideological themes. After reviewing some of [Saudi] Prince Bandar’s intrigue on behalf of Western intelligence, the aerospace industry and the Saudi royal family, the program presents still more discussion about the relationship between Islamism, the narcotics trade, organized crime and elements of the intelligence community.

Program Highlights Include: The employment of alleged terrorist conspirator Joseph Defreitas with a subsidiary of CIA Air proprietary Evergreen Aviation; Hamas’ agreement to continue a deal to allow a British corporation to drill for natural gas off of Gaza; the use of the hashish trade by European Islamists to generate funds for terrorism; review of a 2002 meeting of prominent European fascists and Islamists.

1. Beginning with an Islamofascist’s analysis of 9/11, the program highlights Al Taqwa’s Achmed Huber. Huber’s analysis of the attacks is similar to Mr. Emory’s—that the attacks were launched by a milieu of domestic right-wingers, aided by foreign and American Islamofascists. The purpose, according to Huber, was to bring about a 1933-style upheaval like the one that brought Hitler to power. Huber presents America as run by “Zionists” and “Jews.” It is Huber’s belief that events following the attacks—the invasion of Iraq in particular—will disillusion the American people with their “Zionist” government. (For more about Huber, see—among other programs—FTR#’s 343, 352, 354, 371, 456.) Note that Huber’s analysis is remarkably similar to Mr. Emory’s working hypothesis, which attributes the attacks to an Underground Reich milieu consisting of domestic and foreign neo-Nazis, domestic and foreign Islamists, and elements within the Bush administration. “I have my own idea about 11 September. Among Muslims it’s a very controversial debate. Many Muslims still believe that the 11th of September was organized by the CIA and the Mossad to bring closer together the relationship between Israel and the United States, and to help make war in the Middle East, and to put under Western-Jewish control the most important geo-political zone on earth, which is the Middle East. I believe that 11 September, but I have no proof, was organized by American patriots, Muslims and non-Muslims together with the help of foreign Muslims residing in the United States.”
(The Enemy of My Enemy; by George Michael; Copyright 2006 by the University Press of Kansas; ISBN 0-7006-1444-3; p. 236.)

2. Huber sets forth the types of people who attended at his lecture tours in the United States and who, in his opinion, were behind the 9/11 attacks. Note that he feels that people from the right-wing of the GOP were part of the 9/11 milieu. (For more about the GOP/Islamist/Al Taqawa connection, see—among other programs—FTR#’s 454, 462, 464, 467, 515, 538.) “From 1988 to 1998, I was in America every year, at Islamic conferences. I made big lecture tours through the United States and I always met three groups of people at these conferences. There were American right-wing people . . . people who were rather close to the extreme right of the Republican Party, or other independent right-wing groups. Then [the second group was] Muslims, young American Muslim patriots, who came from Muslim countries. And then [the third group was] the Nation of Islam people. And these three groups . . . always told me two things. They said, ‘We must free American from Jewish-Zionist rule.’ And two, ‘Then we must change the foreign policy of the United States toward the national interests of the American people. . . . We must end this Jewish-Zionist rule over America.’ And when I asked, them, ‘How will you do it?’ they said, ‘Well, we have friends in very high places and there will be a big bang. It will happen here to wake up the American people, you know, like Pearl Harbor.’ Pearl Harbor was organized by Roosevelt and his Jewish [advisers] to provoke Japan to attack America. Then Hitler would immediately declare war on America. It was not Japan—they really wanted America to go to war against Germany. . . . Then the way was open to make war against Germany. And this is what these people told me. Something similar will happen here. They said, ‘You will hear a big bang.’” (Ibid.; pp. 236-237.)

3. “And then came the 11th of September, and my Egyptian wife said, ‘You see the Mossad and the CIA.’ And I believed it also. But then I got telephone calls from American friends, and they said, ‘See now they have done it.’ I said. What?’ and then they said to me, they have done it, and then the coin was dropped. I said, ‘This is counterproductive. This 11 September will provoke a huge alliance of American and Israeli Zionism against Islam, against the Muslim world.’ And they told me, ‘Yes, it will be at the beginning, but then America will get into difficult days and after some time, the American people will wake up. When it is up to the nose in difficult days—political, economic, war, and so on—they will ask who is responsible for this. And they will say it’s the Jews and the Zionists.’ One told me that around the beginning of September 2001, a telephone call, a very good friend of mine, told me, ‘You know Ahmed, then we will have 1933.’ And then of course, I knew. He said that the American people will wake up [as did] the German people [woke] up in 1933. For me, I still didn’t believe it. Now the more and more things go on, I see how Bush and all his experts, I mean Mr. Wolfowitz, Mr. Perle, Mr. Kissinger, Mr. Feingold, I say maybe there is something to what my friends in America told me. It is possible now that things will go in that direction. You know. In the 1990’s, when I was in America , we were talking about how to change Jewish rule in America. For me, a Swiss, it was fascinating. One of these young persons said, ‘You know, we may have many sympathizers in the American Army, and if necessary the American Army will make a coup d’etat against the Zionist-American regime in Washington.’” (Ibid.; p. 237.)

4. Next, the program revisits a point of information discussed in—among other programs—FTR#’s 378, 456, 535. In the spring of 2002, as the preparations for the Iraq war were underway, Al Taqwa director Achmed Huber networked with other American and European fascists and far rightists, including Gianfranco Fini, head of the Italian Alleanza Nationale. Might the meeting have had something to do with Iraq? Had the “Atlanticist” orientation of the P-2 milieu been superseded by an anti-U.S./Third Position orientation in the Italian fascist milieu? Did this meeting have anything to do with the feeding of false intelligence to the US in order to lure the country into a draining, expensive and (ultimately) fatal war with the Muslim population of the “Earth Island”? Was this meeting in keeping with the perception discussed by Huber in the quote above? Note in this regard, that Fini is currently the Italian foreign minister. Is it possible that the man (Fini) who characterized Mussolini as “the greatest statesman of the 20th century” has not changed his stripes? Is it possible that he was conferring with the other European fascist leaders in order to help lure the US into a trap in Iraq, with the results discussed with his far-right American friends? (For more about the P-2 milieu, the Sismi Italian intelligence service and the maneuvering around events in the Middle East, see—among other programs—FTR#’s 535, 592, 595, 600.) “Perhaps the most recent remarkable story concerning Huber comes from a brief item in the Swiss tabloid Blick that in an April 26, 2002 article by Alexander Sautter that Huber was involved in a meeting of far-right leaders from Europe. A photo showing Huber with Jean Marie Le Pen accompanies the article. The Blick story (available on the web) is as follows: ‘Mon Pelerin VD: Christian Cambuzat, the promoter (Scharfmacher) of the right extremist Jean-Marie Le Pen (73): The guru assembles together some of the top leaders of the European right. On the idyllic Mont Pelerin, they debate their crude ideas. At his secret visit to a spa in Switzerland, Le Pen hardly remained alone. Rightist leaders from all over Europe traveled to meet the extremist presidential candidate who was hosted by Cambuzat. Franz Schonhuber (79). Founder of the Republican Party in Germany and a former member of the SS. He talked with Le Pen who constitutes together with Schonhuber the ‘Front National’ Faction in the European parliament. Gianfranco Fini (50). Italian post-fascist, Mussolini admirer, and founder of the Alleanze Nationale. He also was at the meeting with Le Pen and Schonhuber. Ahmed Huber (74). The Swiss is on the Bush Administration blacklist . . . ‘I met le Pen at Mont Pelerin as he went to Christian Cambuzat’s spa,’ Huber told Blick yesterday. At the extremist rendezvous an American far right politician was also supposed to have taken part. [Note: the American is not further identified.—KC] Christian Cambuzat said that Le Pen (after the election) had again become the sharpest weapon of the ‘Front National’ because Le Pen changed his image from a venomous old man to a ‘kindly U.S. TV evangelist.’ Proudly Cambuzat brags, ‘With me Le Pen can relax well’ [from his political endeavors—KC]. And openly link up with new contacts. [Although the Blick story does not give details, Cambuzat runs a spa for the very rich, the Lemanique de Revitalisation, inside a hotel on the famous Mont Pelerin.]’”
(“Report on Islamists, The Far Right, and Al Taqwa” by Kevin Coogan; pp. 14-15.)

5. In a number of past broadcasts, we have discussed the fact that members of the bin Laden family were allowed to leave the U.S. after 9/11 without being properly interrogated. Some of them appear to have been involved with terrorist-related activities. (For more about this flight, see—among other programs—FTR#’s 423, 460, 467.) This program discloses that the bin Laden family flight may have been chartered by Osama bin Laden himself! “Osama bin Laden may have chartered a plane that carried his family members and Saudi nationals out of the United States after the September 11, 2001 attacks, said FBI documents released Wednesday. The papers, obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, were made public by Judicial Watch, a Washington-based group that investigates government corruption. One FBI document referred to a Ryan Air 727 airplane that departed Los Angeles International Airport on September 19, 2001, and was said to have carried Saudi nationals out of the United States. ‘The plane was chartered either by the Saudi Arabian royal family or Osama bin Laden,’ according to the document, which was among 224 pages posted online. The flight made stops in Orlando, Florida; Washington, DC; and Boston, Massachusetts and eventually left its passengers in Paris the following day. In all, the documents detail six flights between September 14 and September 24 that evacuated Saudi nationals and bin Laden family members, Judicial Watch said in a statement. ‘Incredibly, not a single Saudi national nor any of the bin Laden family members possessed any information of investigative value,’ Judicial Watch said. ‘These documents contain numerous errors and inconsistencies which call to question the thoroughness of the FBI’s investigation of the Saudi flights. . . . Meredith Diliberto, an attorney with Judicial Watch, said that her group had seen a first version of the documents in 2005, although the FBI had heavily redacted the texts to black out names, including all references to bin Laden. Nevertheless, unedited footnotes in the texts allowed lawyers to determine that bin Laden’s name had been redacted. They pressed the issue in court and in November 2006, the FBI was ordered to re-release the documents. Diliberto said mention that ‘either’ bin Laden or Saudi royals had chartered the flight ‘really threw us for a loop.’ ‘When you combine that with some of the family members not being interviewed, we found it very disturbing.’”
(“Bin Laden May Have Arranged Family’s US Exit: FBI Docs” [Agence France-Presse]; Yahoo.com; 7/20/2007.)

6. With a Democratic congress in power, the culpability of the Saudis with international terrorism has not gone completely unanswered. Although it faces the threat of a veto by President Bush, the House of Representatives voted to cut off aid to Saudi Arabia, because of that country’s violations of human rights and their support for terrorism. “The U.S. House of Representatives voted on Friday to prohibit any aid to Saudi Arabia as lawmakers accused the close ally of religious intolerance and bankrolling terrorist organizations. The prohibition, reflecting persistent tensions with the kingdom after the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States in 2001, was attached to a foreign aid funding bill for next year that has not yet been debated by the Senate. . . .”
(“House Votes to Ban Aid to Saudi Arabia” by Richard Cowan; Reuters; 6/22/2007.)

7. The Islamist links to the GOP may be bearing fruit. [For more about this link, see the programs noted in paragraph #2.] The Bush administration is considering the formation of a working relationship with the Islamofascist Muslim Brotherhood. (For more about the Brotherhood, see—among other programs—FTR#’s 343, 455, 473, 514, 537. For more about the Brotherhood’s economic agenda, see—among other programs—FTR#’s 560, 561) “The Bush administration is quietly weighing the prospect of reaching out to the party that founded modern political Islam, the Muslim Brotherhood. Still in its early stages and below the radar, the current American deliberations and diplomacy with the organization, known in Arabic as Ikhwan, take on new significance in light of Hamas’s successful coup in Gaza last week. The Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood is widely reported to have helped create Hamas in 1982. . . .”
(“Bush Weighs Reaching Out to ‘Brothers’” by Eli Lake; New York Sun; 6/20/2007.)

8. By way of illustrating the fascist nature of the Brotherhood, consider the charter of Hamas, a Brotherhood offshoot. The anti-Semitism expressed here has definite European fascist overtone. Note the references to the Jews being behind all wars and revolutions, controlling finance and media and the references to “Jewish control” or genesis of the Freemasons, the Rotary Club, etc. This is straight Nazi/fascist ideology. Note also the references to the Protocols of the Elders of Zion. “ . . . For our struggle against the Jews is extremely wide-ranging and grave, so much so that it will need all the loyal efforts we can wield, to be followed by further steps and reinforced by successive battalions from the multifarious Arab and Islamic world, until the enemies are defeated and Allah’s victory prevails. …The prophet, prayer and peace be upon him, said: The time will not come until Muslims will fight the Jews (and kill them); until the Jews hide behind rocks and trees, which will cry: O Muslim! There is a Jew hiding behind me, come on and kill him!”
(“The Hamas, MI6, BBC Axis” by Melanie Phillips; Melanie Phillips’ Diary; 6/18/2007.)

9. “The enemies have been scheming for a long time, and they have consolidated their schemes, in order to achieve what they have achieved. They took advantage of key elements in unfolding events, and accumulated a huge and influential material wealth which they put to the service of implementing their dream. This wealth [permitted them to] take over control of the world media such as news agencies, the press, publication houses, broadcasting and the like. [They also used this] wealth to stir revolutions in various parts of the globe in order to fulfill their interests and pick the fruits. They stood behind the French and the Communist Revolutions and behind most of the revolutions we hear about here and there.” (Idem.)

10. “They also used the money to establish clandestine organizations which are spreading around the world, in order to destroy societies and carry out Zionist interests. Such organizations are: the Freemasons, Rotary Clubs, Lions Clubs, B’nai B’rith and the like. All of them are destructive spying organizations. They also used the money to take over control of the Imperialist states and made them colonize many countries in order to exploit the wealth of those countries and spread their corruption therein. As regards local and world wars, it has come to pass and no one objects, that they stood behind World War I, so as to wipe out the Islamic Caliphate. They collected material gains and took control of many sources of wealth. They obtained the Balfour Declaration and established the League of Nations in order to rule the world by means of that organization. They also stood behind World War II, where they collected immense benefits from trading with war materials and prepared for the establishment of their state. They inspired the establishment of the United Nations and the Security Council to replace the League of Nations, in order to rule the world by their intermediary. There was no war that broke out anywhere without their fingerprints on it…Their scheme has been laid out in the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, and their present [conduct] is the best proof of what is said there… Within the circle of the conflict with world Zionism, the Hamas regards itself the spearhead and the avant-garde. It joins its efforts to all those who are active on the Palestinian scene, but more steps need to be taken by the Arab and Islamic peoples and Islamic associations throughout the Arab and Islamic world in order to make possible the next round with the Jews, the merchants of war. . . .” (Idem.)

11. Next, the broadcast revisists the web of corruption and scandal surrounding Saudi Prince Bandar, a former Ambassador to the United States so close to the Bush family that he is sometimes referred to as “Bandar Bush.” A recent British aerospace scandal involving the alleged placement of billions of dollars in bribes to Bandar has refocused journalistic attention on the Prince and his shenanigans. If Bandar and his accounts at Riggs Bank were to be fully investigated, many cans of worms would be revealed. Bandar had long used the bank to provide finances for Saudi-assisted US covert operations. In addition, Bandar’s wife was providing financial support to the families of the two of the 9/11 hijackers. (For more about Riggs, Bandar and the scandals in which they have been involved, check out—among other programs—FTR#’s 431, 442, 461, 517. Read more on the Bandar-Riggs relationship.) “Hundreds of pages of confidential U.S. bank records may be the missing link in illuminating new allegations that a major British arms contractor funneled up to $2 billion in questionable payments to Saudi Prince Bandar bin Sultan. The BBC and Guardian newspaper reported last week that BAE Systems made “secret” payments to a Washington, D.C., bank account controlled by Bandar, the longtime Saudi ambassador to the United States who is now the kingdom’s national-security adviser. The payments are alleged to be part of an $80 billion military-aircraft deal between London and Riyadh. Last week British Prime Minister Tony Blair acknowledged that his government shut down an investigation into the payments, in part because it could have led to the “complete wreckage” of Britain’s “vital strategic relationship” with Saudi Arabia. Before the U.K. closed the inquiry, British investigators contacted the U.S. Justice Department seeking access to records related to the Saudi bank accounts. Many of these records were first obtained by NEWSWEEK in 2004. At the time, the magazine reported that federal regulators had been alerted to millions of dollars in ‘suspicious’ activities in Saudi accounts at the now-defunct Riggs Bank. . . .”
(“Bandar and the $2 Billion Question” by Michael Isikoff and Mark Hosenball with Emily Flynn Vencat in London; Newsweek; 6/18/2007.)

12. In Mr. Emory’s many visits with Daniel Hopsicker, we have examined the connections between Islamist terror and organized crime activities. Apparently, hashish trafficking can be added to the criminal activities used to generate funds for Islamist terrorists. “Cannabis smokers are unwittingly funding Islamist extremists linked to terror attacks in Spain, Morocco and Algeria, according to a joint investigation by the Spanish and French secret services. The finding will be seized on both by campaigners for a harsher clampdown on cannabis and by those who argue that legalization is the only way to end a petty dealing trend that is dragging growing numbers of teenagers into crime. The investigation by the Centro Nacional de Inteligencia and the Renseignements Generaux was launched after Spanish police found that the Islamists behind the March 2004 bombings in Madrid bought their explosives from former miners in return for blocks of hashish. The bombings claimed 191 lives. . . .”
(“Cannabis cash ‘Funds Islamist Terrorism’” by Alex Duval Smith in Paris; 5/13/2007; The Observer.)

13. In our visits with Daniel Hopsicker, we have seen how some of the 9/11 hijackers infiltrated into the United States through the intelligence community’s controlled drug-smuggling networks. (For more about this, see—among other programs—FTR#’s 482, 483, 484.) The most famous of the CIA drug airlines was Air America. It was succeeded by, among other entities, Evergreen Air. “In the end, Oceanside finished second in the bidding, beaten by Evergreen International Aviation Inc. ‘The issue turned into a moot point,’ Rodee recalled, ‘as Delford Smith of Evergreen Airlines – the CIA’s (contract) airline that replaced Air America of the Vietnam era – worked an insider deal with the Aero Club of SoCal (the Goose’s owner) and came out as the first choice on their list.’ Not surprisingly, McMinnville, Ore., Evergreen’s headquarters in the wine country 35 miles southwest of Portland, welcomed the Goose with open arms. . . .”
(“Oceanside, Spruce Goose (and the CIA?) by Logan Jenkins; San Diego Union Tribune; 12/02/2004.)

14. Evergreen was the employer of Joseph Defreitas, a suspect in an alleged plot to wreak havoc in New York City by blowing up jet fuel lines from Kennedy airport. “Defreitas was hired by a cargo transportation company at Kennedy Airport, Watts said. Documents show he was employed as a “trainee supervisor” in 2001 with Evergreen Eagle, a subsidiary of Oregon-based Evergreen International Aviation. Officials there declined to comment. . . .”
(“Profile of Defreitas: Suspect’s roots never took hold here” by Alfonso A. Castillo; Newsday; 6/4/2007.)

15. The “corporatist” economic philosophy of the Muslim Brotherhood may well have been passed on to its offspring Hamas. “The Islamist group Hamas said it will not hinder plans to drill for natural gas off the shores of the Gaza Strip after it took control of the coastal territory a week ago, a Hamas official said on Friday. Sami Abu Zuhri, a senior Hamas official, said the group would not block an agreement between British gas producer BG Group Plc and the Palestinian Authority to drill for reserves discovered off Gaza’a coast in 2000. . . .”
(“Hamas says it will not block Gaza natural gas deal” [Reuters]; Reuters; 6/22/2007.)

16. In the concluding passage of the program, Mr. Emory returned to The Enemy of My Enemy, reading about the Muslim Brotherhood and Muslim Arab support for the Axis in World War II. “ . . . The genesis of cooperation between militant Islam and the extreme right can be traced back to the early years of the Third Reich. During World War II, much of the Islamic world sympathized with the Axis alliance. Members of the Muslim Brotherhood would often say prayers for an Axis victory during their meetings. Moreover, some Muslims went so far as to fantasize over putative Islamic affinities of fascist leaders. For example, rumors abounded that Benito Mussolini was an Egyptian Muslim whose real name was Musa Nili (Moses of the Nile) and that Adolf Hitler too had secretly converted to Islam and bore the name Hayder, or ‘the brave one.’ . . .”
(The Enemy of My Enemy; p. 112.)

17. Two video productions are being generated by a couple of documentary filmmakers. One is a DVD of a three-lecture series called “The First Refuge of a Scoundrel: The Relationship Between Fascism and Religion.” To learn more about this, visit The Anti-Fascist YouTube.com page. In addition, there will soon be a documentary about Mr. Emory, titled “The Anti-Fascist.” For more about this project, visit theantifascist.com.

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