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FTR #625 Update on 9/11 and Related Matters

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The program begins with a look at behind-the-scenes machinations of Prince Bandar of Saudi Arabia—the former Saudi ambassador to the United States. Bandar is so close to the Bush family, that he has been nicknamed “Bandar Bush.” When it came to light that Bandar had worked with Tony Blair to cover-up the ongoing scandal involving a British aerospace contractor and a Saudi slush fund used to bribe Western corporations and individuals, Bandar threatened Britain with a cut-off in intelligence, assuring another 7/7. In this context, it is interesting to contemplate the behavior Bandar and other Saudi luminaries demonstrated in this country in the aftermath of 9/11. Were similar threats made concerning the consequences of a complete investigation into 9/11 and the Saudi complicity with it? Next, the program reviews some of the links of SICO to the events in and around the 9/11 attacks. The Geneva-based holding company for the fabulously wealthy bin Laden family’s holdings, SICO is another player in the al-Yamamah slush-fund milieu. Moving from the al-Yamamah milieu to the Republican Party of the United States, the program highlights the fact that a former GOP congressman from Michigan has been indicted for assisting in the financing of terrorism. The United States is not alone in experiencing an Islamofascist Fifth Column—British authorities feel that Islamists have infiltrated essential infrastructure environments for the purpose of conveying vital and deadly intelligence to terrorist elements. An American Islamist may have communicated intelligence to insurgent forces in Iraq, permitting the evacuation of WMD technology right under the noses of U.S. troops. Concluding with discussion of the Iranian nuclear program, the broadcast notes that European intelligence services—British in particular—do not agree with the U. S. National Intelligence Estimate view that Iran abandoned its WMD program several years ago.

Program Highlights Include: Review of SICO director Baudoin Dunand’s links to Nazi banker Francois Genoud; review of payments made by Prince Bandar’s wife to two of the hijackers that crashed into the Pentagon; speculation that Prince Bandar and/or other Saudis may have made threats against the United States if the 9/11 evidentiary trail were properly pursued; speculation that those threats may have given rise to the so-called 9/11 Truth Movement; review of the profound link of the GOP to individuals and institutions connected to Islamist financing.

1. The program begins with a look at behind-the-scenes machinations of Prince Bandar of Saudi Arabia—the former Saudi ambassador to the United States. Bandar is so close to the Bush family, that he has been nicknamed “Bandar Bush.” When it came to light that Bandar had worked with Tony Blair to cover-up the ongoing scandal involving a British aerospace contractor and the al-Yamamah deal, Bandar threatened Britain with terrorism by threatening a cut-off in intelligence, assuring another 7/7. In this context, it is interesting to contemplate the behavior Bandar and other Saudi luminaries demonstrated in this country in the aftermath of 9/11. Were similar threats made concerning the consequences of a complete investigation into 9/11 and the Saudi complicity with it?! Note that Bandar’s wife had to leave the United States after it was revealed that she had made payments to two of the hijackers. A serious investigation into “Bandar Bush”, his wife and 9/11 would have uncovered decades of political intrigue and covert operations by elements of the U.S. intelligence establishment underwritten by the Saudis and the Safari Club milieu. Imagine the threats that Bandar must have made when THAT came to light! Is this why the so-called 9/11 “Truth” movement fantasizes and intones about “no plane” hitting the Pentagon? (For more about the Safari Club, see FTR#’s 522, 524. For more about Bandar’s wife and her payments to the families of two hijackers, see FTR#’s 442, 447, 460. For more about Bandar, his accounts at the Riggs Bank and his involvement with decades of U.S. covert operations—see FTR#’s 461, 495, 517. One of Riggs Bank’s directors is Jonathan Bush—President George W. Bush’s uncle.) “Saudi Arabia’s rulers threatened to make it easier for terrorists to attack London unless corruption investigations into their arms deals were halted, according to court documents revealed yesterday. Previously secret files describe how investigators were told they faced ‘another 7/7’ and the loss of ‘British lives on British streets’ if they pressed on with their inquiries and the Saudis carried out their threat to cut off intelligence. Prince Bandar, the head of the Saudi national security council, and son of the crown prince, was alleged in court to be the man behind the threats to hold back information about suicide bombers and terrorists. He faces accusations that he himself took more than £1bn in secret payments from the arms company BAE. He was accused in yesterday’s high court hearings of flying to London in December 2006 and uttering threats which made the prime minister, Tony Blair, force an end to the Serious Fraud Office investigation into bribery allegations involving Bandar and his family. . . .”
(“BAE: Secret Papers Reveal Threats from Saudi Prince” by David Leigh and Rob Evans; The Guardian; 2/15/2008.)

2. Next, we review some of the links of SICO to the events in and around the 9/11 attacks. The Geneva-based holding company for the fabulously wealthy bin Laden family’s holdings, SICO is another player in the al-Yamamah milieu. (For more about SICO and its relationship to the 9/11 attacks, see FTR#’s 498, 499.) Note that Mahrous bin Laden, the head of SBG at the time of the 9/11 attacks, is anything but divorced from the milieu of Osama bin Laden. Mahrous participated in the Muslim Brotherhood seizure of the Great Mosque in Mecca in 1979. (For more about the Muslim Brotherhood, see—among other programs—FTR#’s 343, 455, 473, 537.) Note, also, that Baudoin Dunand is a prominent director of SICO. Dunand is a protégé of the late Nazi spy and banker Francois Genoud. (For more about Genoud, see—among other programs—FTR#’s 453, 456.) “ . . . After studying in England in the 1970s, Mahrous struck up a friendship with members of the Muslim Brothers, a Syrian Islamic fundamentalist organization then in exile in Saudi Arabia. Members of this organization used bin Laden company trucks to get weapons into the city of Mecca in 1979 when at least 500 dissidents invaded and seized the Grand Mosque. The organization justified the attack by saying the Saudi regime had lost its legitimacy through ‘corruption, ostentation and mindless imitation of the West’. All the men who took part in the attack were later beheaded in the squares of four Saudi cities but Mahrous was freed from prison after a period of detention. Saudi intelligence later said that the bin Ladens were the only people in possession of full maps of Mecca. It is believed that the bin Ladens’ close relationship with the Saudi royal family saved Mahrous. . . . The Saudi Investment Company is chaired by Beatrice Dufour, of Iranian origin and sister-in-law of one of the bin Laden brothers, Yeslam. In 1983, her co-chairman, Baudoin Dunand, represented Swiss banker Franois Genoud, who had helped finance Arab extremists in Algeria and was on trial for participation in international terrorism. The board of directors included members of the Shakarshi family, linked to a money-laundering scandal and drug-trafficking in Zurich. A member of the Shakarshi family was also a director of the SICO office in London. There have been allegations that the Zurich company was a CIA front used to finance Afghan resistance – in which bin Laden was a prime mover – during the Soviet occupation of the country. Yeslam bin Laden continues to maintain relations with the Shakarshis. The bin Laden family – and Yeslam in particular – have long- standing links to Al Bilad, a London-Geneva company used as part of the negotiations over the Anglo-Saudi Al Yamama arms-for-oil agreement, which was worth (pounds) 21.5 billion. Present at the negotiations was the now disgraced former Tory minister Jonathan Aitken, sent by John Major to represent the UK. Major claims he has no connection to the bin Laden family, despite his links to them through his job as European chairman of the Carlyle Group. Mark Thatcher was also involved in the Al Yamamah deal. . . . .”
(“Family Ties; The Bin Ladens” by Neil MacKay; The Sunday Herald; 10/7/2001.)

3. A former GOP congressman from Michigan has been indicted for assisting in the financing of terrorism. This is business as usual for the GOP, many of whose brightest stars are directly connected to and/or lobbying for terrorist financiers. (For more about this subject, see—among other programs—FTR#’s 356, 454, 462, 464, 467, 515, 538.) “Former U.S. Congressman Mark Deli Siljander (R-MI) was indicted Wednesday for money laundering, conspiracy and obstruction of justice, in connection with charges that a Muslim charity, the Islamic American Relief Agency (IARA), was involved in efforts to finance the Afghan jihad terrorist Gulbuddin Hekmatyar. The IARA was named a specially designated global terrorist organization by the U.S. Treasury Department in 2004. John F. Wood, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, declared: ‘An organization right here in the American heartland allegedly sent funds to Pakistan for the benefit of a specially designated global terrorist with ties to al-Qaeda and the Taliban…. The indictment also alleges that a former congressman engaged in money laundering and obstruction of a federal investigation in an effort to disguise IARA’s misuse of taxpayer money that the government had provided for humanitarian purposes.’ According to the indictment, the IARA sent around $130,000 to bank accounts controlled by its parent organization, the Islamic Relief Agency (ISRA), in Peshawar, Pakistan, where the money went to Hekmatyar’s activities. The ISRA’s headquarters are in Khartoum, Sudan, with the Columbia, Missouri-based IARA as its American office until it was shut down. According to the Treasury Department, ‘IARA is formerly affiliated with Maktab Al-Khidamat (MK), which was co-founded and financed by UBL [Osama bin Laden] and is the precursor organization of al Qaida.’ The IARA has also funneled money to Hamas. . . .”
(“A Congressman for Jihad” by Robert Spender; FrontPageMagazine.com; 1/17/2008.)

4. British security forces have taken stock of the fact that Islamists and elements sympathetic to their cause have infiltrated into sensitive positions in the UK, comprising a deadly Fifth Column. (For more about the Islamist Fifth Column in the U.S., see—among other programs—the broadcasts annotated in paragraph 3.) “Islamist extremists have infiltrated Government and key public utilities to pass sensitive information to terrorists, the security services have warned. Counter-terrorism officials say ‘insiders’ or their associates are almost certainly working ‘undetected’ in sensitive posts and are actively supporting the activities of extremists. In some cases, lifelong relationships between friends or relatives are being exploited to obtain crucial information from those in sensitive posts. The development is detailed in intelligence reports circulated to the Home Office, police and Whitehall officials. The London Underground, Gatwick airport and BT are cited as examples of organizations which have been targeted by individuals linked to terrorists. . . .”
(Revealed: Islamist extremists have penetrated the heart of Britain; Daily Mail; 7/8/07.)

5. There are indications that the Islamist Fifth Column in the United States may very well have leaked information about Saddam’s WMD’s to elements in Iraq. That disclosure may well have led to the successful evacuation of the WMD’s from Iraq. (For an indication of how deeply rooted the Fifth Column in the United States is, see—among other programs—FTR#467.) “How the classified military documents from Iraq, which named the coordinates of where the Army suspected weapons of mass destruction to be hidden, ended up in an Arabic translator’s apartment on Hoyt Street in Brooklyn, is clear. Not likely to be known anytime soon is what, if anything, the army contractor did with the documents. The U.S. attorney’s office in Brooklyn, which is prosecuting the case, appears to have little direct evidence that Noureddine Malki passed information on to the insurgency, either during his time in Iraq in 2003 and 2004, or upon his return to America in 2005. But it has raised the possibility that he may have done so. The government has said Malki regularly called phone numbers connected to insurgents and took bribes of at least $11,500 from Sunni tribal leaders. The government, prosecutors wrote in one court filing, could ‘establish that the defendant had an opportunity to provide stolen classified information to anti-coalition forces.’ . . .”
(“Mystery Deepens Over WMD Documents” by Joseph Goldstein; The New York Sun; 2/6/2008.)

6. Foreign intelligence services harbor serious doubts about the accuracy of a National Intelligence Estimate that says that Iran is not attempting to produce nuclear weapons. The WMD situation with regard to both Iran and Iraq will be discussed at length in future broadcasts. “British spy chiefs have grave doubts that Iran has mothballed its nuclear weapons programme, as a US intelligence report claimed last week, and believe the CIA has been hoodwinked by Teheran. Analysts believe that Iranian staff, knowing their phones were tapped, deliberately gave misinformation. The timing of the CIA report has also provoked fury in the British Government, where officials believe it has undermined efforts to impose tough new sanctions on Iran and made an Israeli attack on its nuclear facilities more likely. . . .”
(“Iran ‘Hoodwinked’ CIA over Nuclear Plans” by Tim Shipman, Phillip Sherwell and Carolynne Wheeler; Daily Telegraph; 12/12/2007.)

Discussion

2 comments for “FTR #625 Update on 9/11 and Related Matters”

  1. http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/07/22/new-saudi-intel-chief-is-former-ambassador-to-u-s-nicknamed-bandar-bush/

    Former ambassador to U.S. known as ‘Bandar Bush’ is new Saudi intel chief

    By Agence France-Presse
    Sunday, July 22, 2012 16:30 EDT

    RIYADH — The appointment of Saudi Arabia’s longtime envoy to the United States as intelligence chief marks an attempt to give the service a diplomatic edge at a time of turmoil in the region, analysts say.

    Prince Bandar bin Sultan, who served in Washington from 1983 to 2005 and was named intelligence chief on Thursday, has the ability “to think outside the box, overcome obstacles, make decisions and work in an innovative way,” international relations analyst Abdullah al-Shummari told AFP.

    He could play a key role in helping the kingdom “re-evaluate its strategies in foreign policy… (as) major geostrategic changes across the Arab world will rearrange the roles of Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Iran in the Middle East,” Shummari said.

    Saudi Arabia has “an opportunity to regain its leading role” in the region after it “subsided in favour of Iran and Turkey following the September 11, 2001 attacks and the US invasion of Iraq” in 2003, he said.

    Abdulaziz Sager, chairman of the Gulf Research Centre, believes that “the current situation requires greater coordination, not only on a regional level but also internationally.”

    The kingdom, which had traditionally focused on maintaining strong ties with Western powers, had in recent years tried to “establish good relations with Russia and exchanged visits on the highest levels,” said Sager.

    But relations with Moscow have taken a series of hits since the Arab Spring uprisings swept the region last year, notably over Russia’s support for its longtime ally Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

    While Saudi Arabia has openly called for the arming of rebels fighting Assad’s regime, Russia has joined China in repeatedly using its veto to block tough action at the UN Security Council over the 16-month revolt.

    The situation “requires someone accustomed to the game of interests” of international powers, Sager said, noting that Prince Bandar had achieved “several” major successes on the world stage over the years.

    For instance he managed to convince Russia not to oppose UN resolutions to expel now executed Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein’s troops from Kuwait following his invasion of the emirate in 1990.

    Bandar was also heavily involved in diplomatic contacts over the crisis in Lebanon that followed the 2005 assassination of former prime minister Rafiq Hariri, a key Saudi ally.

    The outcry that followed the killing resulted in Syria’s withdrawal of troops and intelligence agents from its smaller neighbour, ending a three-decade presence in a boost to Saudi interests.

    In 2005, Bandar also took charge of the newly created National Security Council to oversee the kingdom’s battle against Al-Qaeda following a string of deadly attacks.

    The prince will retain that position even after his appointment as intelligence chief but his new posting is expected to bring him back to the limelight after a nearly five-year absence.

    Born in 1949, he is son of the late crown prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz, who died last year, and enjoyed close ties with both US president George Bush and his son, president George W. Bush.

    He “is among the people who best understood US policies and managed to deal well with the decision-makers,” said Anwar Eshki, president of the Saudi-based Middle East Centre for Strategic and Legal Studies.

    He “will be able to achieve better understanding between Americans and Arabs” as the Middle East faces persistent upheaval from the Arab Spring uprisings that erupted at the end of 2010, said Eshki, who worked with Bandar in Washington.

    Posted by R. Wilson | July 23, 2012, 6:43 pm
  2. Oh great. The prisoner swap for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has catalyzed an outbreak of Bergdahlzi fever in DC. That didn’t take long. The virus isn’t lethal, but a rapid, aggressive onset of Bergdahlzi fever might indicate that a little bit of your soul just died.

    Posted by Pterrafractyl | June 3, 2014, 5:43 pm

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