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FTR #666 Badjacketing Obama, Part 4

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Review­ing infor­ma­tion from FTR #663, the pro­gram begins with review of Dick Cheney’s omi­nous pre­dic­tion (fore­shad­ow­ing?) of a ter­ror­ist attack on the United States with WMD’s–this (accord­ing to Cheney) because of the Obama administration’s aban­don­ment of W’s “anti” ter­ror poli­cies. Suc­cess­fully leav­ing office with­out any seri­ous inves­ti­ga­tion of the GOP/Muslim Brotherhood/al Qaeda polit­i­cal nexus, the Bush/Cheney camp has left the incom­ing Obama admin­is­tra­tion to deal with those very forces.

Com­pris­ing the bulk of the first side, the pro­gram reviews a very impor­tant arti­cle indi­cat­ing that some of those same GOP-connected Mus­lim Broth­er­hood ele­ments are the so-called “mod­er­ates” reach­ing out to Obama. Headed by Abubaker Ahmed al-Shingieti (aide to indicted war crim­i­nal Omar al-Bashir), the AMCE out­reach group fea­tures Jamal al-Barzinji and Yaqub Mirza, two of the key fig­ures in the SAAR net­work and the milieu tar­geted by the Oper­a­tion Green Quest raids of 3/20/2002. (The only gov­ern­ment presently in power con­trolled by the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood, the mur­der­ous Sudanese regime, is per­pe­trat­ing geno­cide for the sec­ond time in a decade, giv­ing the lie to those who por­tray the Broth­er­hood as a “mod­er­ate” force.)

The bal­ance of the pro­gram high­lights intel­li­gence official Den­nis Blair’s stun­ning appoint­ment of Charles W. Free­man to a key intel­li­gence post in the Obama admin­is­tra­tion. George H.W. Bush’s ambas­sador to Saudi Ara­bia dur­ing the Gulf War, Free­man is inex­tri­ca­bly tied to that benighted coun­try, as well as the al-Taqwa milieu. Free­man heads the Mid­dle East Pol­icy Coun­cil, a think tank devel­oped with seed money from Saudi Ara­bia and fea­tur­ing many highly dubi­ous fig­ures on its board.

Of the many sus­pi­cious and/or malev­o­lent MEPC board mem­bers, per­haps the most impor­tant is Talat Oth­man. A pro­tégé of the BCCI milieu, busi­ness asso­ciate of George Bush, an inti­mate of (and inter­locu­tor for) the milieu of Youssef Nada and Al Qaeda, as well as a key player in the GOP eth­nic out­reach orga­ni­za­tion, MEPC board meme­ber Talat Oth­man embod­ies the over­lap of the oil busi­ness and the 9/11 Fifth Col­umn. Oth­man, in turn, is a pro­tégé of Abdul­lah Bak­shs, the U.S. busi­ness rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the Bin Laden fam­ily between 1976–1982.

On April 4 (2002), Trea­sury Sec­re­tary O’Neill met with pow­er­ful Islamist Repub­li­cans whose spheres of inter­est over­lap those of the insti­tu­tions and indi­vid­u­als tar­geted by the Trea­sury Depart­ment on the March 20 (2002) coun­tert­er­ror raids. The for­mi­da­ble and Machi­avel­lian Karl Rove and pow­er­ful GOP oper­a­tive Grover Norquist and their Islamic Insti­tute are at the epi­cen­ter of this milieu. One of the most impor­tant of these inter­locu­tors on behalf of the Al Qaeda/Al Taqwa milieu was Oth­man. (O’Neill was forced to resign in late 2002, and Oper­a­tion Green Quest was blunted.)

In addi­tion to Car­lyle Group head Frank Car­lucci and Oth­man, other direc­tors of Freeman’s MEPC include Cur­tis Brand (retired Chair­man of Exxon­Mo­bil, Saudi Ara­bia, Inc. and Dr. Fuad A. Rib­ani, Direc­tor, Research and Devel­op­ment of the Saudi Bin­ladin Group.

Arguably the most impor­tant and omi­nous aspect of Freeman’s behav­ior is the fact that he had con­tact with, and ran inter­fer­ence for the bin Laden fam­ily after 9/11! This is deeply sin­is­ter and sug­gests at least the pos­si­bil­ity that Free­man may have been an acces­sory after the fact in 9/11. The ques­tion is–-“What did Charles Free­man know and when did he know it?” In fact the SICO com­pany, run by Yeslam Bin­laden, is at the epi­cen­ter of the inves­ti­ga­tion into 9/11.

Pro­gram High­lights Include: Review of the Oper­a­tion Green Quest tar­gets and their rela­tion­ship to ele­ments with which Obama is faced and with which he is being bad­jack­eted; the bizarre and anti-Semitic man­i­fes­ta­tions of Freeman’s Mid­dle East Pol­icy Coun­cil; the MEPC’s pub­li­ca­tion of the Mearsheimer/Walt paper on the “Israel Lobby;” the fact that Obama’s diplo­matic point man for Syria–Fred­eric C. Hof–also serves on the Mid­dle East Pol­icy Coun­cil; the fact that the Obama admin­is­tra­tion has con­tin­ued to pros­e­cute the war against Islamic fas­cism and terror.

1. Review­ing infor­ma­tion from FTR #663, the pro­gram sets forth Dick Cheney’s omi­nous pre­dic­tion (fore­shad­ow­ing?) of a ter­ror­ist attack on the United States with WMD’s–this because (accord­ing to Cheney) because of the Obama administration’s aban­don­ment of W’s “anti” ter­ror poli­cies. NOTE: the mate­r­ial in this broad­cast must be eval­u­ated in the con­text of the other three pro­grams about the bad­jack­et­ing of Obama, as well as the pro­grams deal­ing with 9/11 and the Bush administration’s response to it.

“In an inter­view two weeks after leav­ing office, for­mer Vice Pres­i­dent Dick Cheney pre­dicted a ‘high prob­a­bil­ity’ of a nuclear or bio­log­i­cal attack in the next few years and said the Obama admin­is­tra­tion was approach­ing a ‘tough, mean, dirty, nasty busi­ness’ of keep­ing the coun­try safe from ter­ror­ists too timidly.

Mr. Cheney sin­gled out Mr. Obama’s deci­sion to close the deten­tion facil­ity at Guan­tá­namo Bay, Cuba, and to ban coer­cive inter­ro­ga­tion meth­ods as changes in course that could make the coun­try more vulnerable.

He also sought to jus­tify the Bush ter­ror­ist sur­veil­lance pro­gram and the antiter­ror­ism leg­is­la­tion called the USA Patriot Act. . . .”

“Cheney Pre­dicts ‘Prob­a­bil­ity’ of Attack” by Michael Fal­cone; The New York Times; 2/5/2008; p. A21.

2. The bulk of the first side of the pro­gram con­sists of review of a very impor­tant arti­cle indi­cat­ing that GOP-connected Mus­lim Broth­er­hood ele­ments are the so-called “mod­er­ates” reach­ing out to Obama.

“In the 1990s, the extrem­ist Mus­lim Broth­er­hood gov­ern­ment of Sudan, led by Pres­i­dent Omar al-Bashir, was con­tin­u­ing a geno­ci­dal jihad against the Chris­t­ian and ani­mist pop­u­la­tions inhab­it­ing the south of the coun­try that killed nearly two mil­lion peo­ple and forced another four mil­lion from their homes. In July 2008, Bashir was indicted by the Inter­na­tional Crim­i­nal Court for war crimes related to the regime’s sub­se­quent geno­cide in Darfur.

As Bashir was wag­ing his holo­caust against the Chris­tians dur­ing the 1990s, one of his clos­est advi­sors and top aides was Abubaker Ahmed al-Shingieti, who from 1993 to 1995 served as spokesman for Bashir’s gov­ern­ment (as he was iden­ti­fied in a 1994 New York Times arti­cle). Accord­ing to al-Shingieti’s own pub­lished résumé, he later served Bashir as direc­tor of pub­lic affairs for the pres­i­dency from 1995 to 1998, as the geno­ci­dal jihad against the Chris­tians was at its height and Sudan was the hub of the inter­na­tional Islamic ter­ror net­work. As reported by the New York Times, eight indi­vid­u­als charged in the New York land­marks bomb­ing plot in 1993 were trav­el­ing on Sudanese passports.

As a result of those arrests, Sudan was added to the U.S. State Depart­ment list of state spon­sors of ter­ror­ism in August 1993. That was not long after al-Shingieti’s boss began shel­ter­ing Osama bin Laden, who lived in Khar­toum from 1992 to 1996. With the close advi­sory role that bin Laden had with the Sudanese pres­i­dent and other high-ranking offi­cials, it is highly likely that al-Shingieti would have had reg­u­lar direct con­tact with bin Laden, as well as a host of other ter­ror­ist lead­ers who reg­u­larly vis­ited Khar­toum dur­ing al-Shingieti’s tenure.

This is par­tic­u­larly rel­e­vant as al-Shingieti will be head­ing the U.S. Mus­lim out­reach to the Obama admin­is­tra­tion as the pres­i­dent of Amer­i­can Mus­lims for Con­struc­tive Engage­ment (AMCE), a col­lab­o­ra­tive effort by U.S.-based Mus­lim Broth­er­hood front orga­ni­za­tions to infil­trate our fed­eral gov­ern­ment. A recent open let­ter signed by al-Shingieti iden­ti­fies him as AMCE’s pres­i­dent. The group states its vision as:

The United States Mus­lim com­mu­nity and the United States gov­ern­ment work­ing together con­struc­tively in enhanc­ing national secu­rity and national inter­ests of the United States of America.

The lead orga­ni­za­tion in AMCE, the Inter­na­tional Insti­tute for Islamic Thought (IIIT), which al-Shingieti serves as regional direc­tor, is the cur­rent focus of a fed­eral grand jury probe into ter­ror­ist financ­ing. At least two other AMCE groups, the Coun­cil on American-Islamic Rela­tions (CAIR) and the Islamic Soci­ety of North Amer­ica (ISNA), were named by fed­eral pros­e­cu­tors as unin­dicted co-conspirators in the recent Holy Land Foun­da­tion ter­ror­ism finance trial, which resulted in con­vic­tions on all 108 counts. And the Mus­lim Amer­i­can Soci­ety (MAS) was iden­ti­fied in fed­eral court briefs by the Depart­ment of Jus­tice as ‘the overt arm of the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood in America.’. . .”

“Geno­cide Hench­man Lead­ing Mus­lim Out­reach to Obama” by Patrick Poole; Paja­mas Media; 1/22/2009.

3. In addi­tion to al-Shingieti, the AMCE fea­tures Jamal al-Barzinji and Yaqub Mirza, two of the key fig­ures in the SAAR net­work and the milieu tar­geted by the Oper­a­tion Green Quest raids of 3/20/2002.

” . . . And doc­u­ments received this past August by the Inves­tiga­tive Project through a Free­dom of Infor­ma­tion Act request revealed that AMCE steer­ing com­mit­tee mem­ber Jamal al-Barzinji and AMCE advi­sory coun­cil mem­ber Yacub Mirza were listed in FBI memos as ‘mem­bers and lead­ers of the Ikhwan’, which is the Ara­bic term for the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood. Depart­ment of Home­land Secu­rity senior agent David Kane has tes­ti­fied in a fed­eral court affi­davit that ‘Barz­inji is not only closely asso­ci­ated with PIJ [Pales­tin­ian Islamic Jihad], but also with Hamas.’

A Decem­ber 2002 Wall Street Jour­nal arti­cle relates some addi­tional infor­ma­tion about the ter­ror­ist con­nec­tions of AMCE advi­sory coun­cil mem­ber Yacub Mirza:

Accord­ing to court records and Jus­tice Depart­ment doc­u­ments, Mr. Mirza and sev­eral asso­ciates are sus­pected of fund­ing the Pales­tin­ian Islamic Jihad, which tar­gets Israeli civil­ians with sui­cide bombers. U.S. offi­cials pri­vately say Mr. Mirza and his asso­ciates also have con­nec­tions to al-Qaeda and to other enti­ties offi­cially listed by the U.S. as spon­sors of terrorism.

Another FBI memo obtained by the Inves­tiga­tive Project states that al-Shingieti’s orga­ni­za­tion, IIIT, was one of the ‘khwan orga­ni­za­tions’ that ‘are involved in orga­niz­ing polit­i­cal sup­port which involves influ­enc­ing both pub­lic opin­ion in the United States as well as the United States gov­ern­ment.’ This polit­i­cal influ­ence cam­paign was con­sid­ered the first phase in a plan ‘to insti­tute the Islamic rev­o­lu­tion in the United States,’ accord­ing to the FBI document.

It is appro­pri­ate to revisit these exten­sive con­tacts between AMCE mem­ber orga­ni­za­tions and offi­cials and the inter­na­tional Mus­lim Broth­er­hood net­work, and even activ­ity by AMCE lead­ers in sup­port of Islamic ter­ror­ist orga­ni­za­tions, because another Mus­lim Broth­er­hood strate­gic doc­u­ment entered into evi­dence by fed­eral pros­e­cu­tors in the Holy Land Foun­da­tion trial revealed that the activ­ity of these orga­ni­za­tions in the U.S. is part of a “grand jihad” to destroy the West from within:

The process of set­tle­ment is a “civilization-jihadist process” with all the word means. The Ikhwan must under­stand that their work in Amer­ica is a kind of grand jihad in elim­i­nat­ing and destroy­ing the West­ern civ­i­liza­tion from within and “sab­o­tag­ing” its mis­er­able house by their hands and the hands of the believ­ers so that it is elim­i­nated and God’s reli­gion is made vic­to­ri­ous over all other religions.

These con­nec­tions and the Mus­lim Brotherhood’s stated goal of wag­ing a “grand jihad” inside the U.S. raise par­tic­u­lar con­cerns con­sid­er­ing state­ments reported by the Wall Street Jour­nal made by al-Shingieti’s cur­rent boss, Jamal al-Barzinji, at a fall 2001 Orga­ni­za­tion of Islamic Con­fer­ence meet­ing in Qatar, brag­ging how he and his asso­ciates had suc­cess­fully infil­trated Washington:

At this time, the pres­i­dent and his admin­is­tra­tion are con­tin­u­ally seek­ing the coun­sel and input of Amer­i­can Mus­lim lead­ers. At no other time has the Mus­lim com­mu­nity in Amer­ica been more effec­tive in rela­tion to the processes of Amer­i­can government.

When con­sid­er­ing the con­certed and exten­sive effort by the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood to infil­trate the U.S. gov­ern­ment, we can gain insight into how Abubaker al-Shingieti has tran­si­tioned from being a top offi­cial in the geno­ci­dal Sudanese Mus­lim Broth­er­hood regime, to a top offi­cial in the U.S.-based Mus­lim Broth­er­hood net­work, to lead­ing the U.S. Mus­lim community’s out­reach to the Obama admin­is­tra­tion as the head of Amer­i­can Mus­lims for Con­struc­tive Engagement. . . .”

Idem.

4. The bal­ance of the pro­gram high­lights intel­li­gence offi­cial Den­nis Blair’s stun­ning appoint­ment  of Charles W. Free­man to a key intel­li­gence post in the Obama admin­is­tra­tion. George H.W. Bush’s ambas­sador to Saudi Ara­bia dur­ing the Gulf War, Free­man is inex­tri­ca­bly tied to that benighted coun­try, as well as the al-Taqwa milieu.

“At the request of House Repub­li­cans, a gov­ern­ment watch­dog is exam­in­ing whether the new chair­man of an influ­en­tial U.S. intel­li­gence panel has com­pro­mis­ing ties to Saudi Arabia’s government.

At issue is the appoint­ment of Charles Free­man, U.S. ambas­sador to Saudi Ara­bia dur­ing the Gulf War, to lead the National Intel­li­gence Coun­cil. It writes the national intel­li­gence esti­mates, the best judg­ments on crit­i­cal secu­rity issues from the 16 intel­li­gence agen­cies, for the president.

The national intel­li­gence direc­tor, Den­nis Blair, said through a spokes­woman he believes the inspec­tor gen­eral review­ing the mat­ter “will put to rest any ques­tions about Ambas­sador Freeman’s suit­abil­ity, char­ac­ter and finan­cial history.”

A dozen House Repub­li­cans, includ­ing House Minor­ity Leader John Boehner of Ohio and party whip Eric Can­tor of Vir­ginia, asked this week for a probe into whether Free­man has per­sonal, finan­cial or con­trac­tual links with the Saudi gov­ern­ment. . . Free­man until recently was pres­i­dent of the Mid­dle East Pol­icy Coun­cil, a Wash­ing­ton think tank. The Repub­li­cans claim in their let­ter the Saudi gov­ern­ment funds the orga­ni­za­tion and there­fore paid his $87,000 annual salary.”

“Review of Intel Official’s Ties to Saudi Gov’t” by Pamela Hess [AP]; news.yahoo.com; 3/5/2009.

5. More about Freeman’s back­ground. Note that the MEPC, which he heads, has strong links to Saudi Arabia.

“Dur­ing the pres­i­den­tial cam­paign, a con­stant refrain of Barack Obama and other Demo­c­ra­tic can­di­dates was that the Bush admin­is­tra­tion had severely politi­cized intel­li­gence, result­ing in such dis­as­ters as the war in Iraq.

The irony of course is that, if any­thing, Pres­i­dent Bush badly failed at depoliti­ciz­ing a CIA that was often hos­tile to his agenda. Wit­ness the repeated leaks of clas­si­fied infor­ma­tion that under­cut his poli­cies. It now appears Mr. Obama has appointed a highly con­tro­ver­sial fig­ure to head the National Intel­li­gence Coun­cil, which is respon­si­ble for pro­duc­ing National Intel­li­gence Esti­mates. The news Web site Politico.com yes­ter­day reported that it could con­firm rumors that a for­mer Ambas­sador to Saudi Ara­bia, Charles “Chas” Free­man Jr., has been appointed chair­man. (My calls to the White House and the Office of the Direc­tor of National Intel­li­gence pro­duced nei­ther con­fir­ma­tion nor denial.)

With­out ques­tion, Mr. Free­man has a dis­tin­guished résumé, hav­ing served in a long list of State and Defense Depart­ment slots. But also with­out ques­tion, he has dis­tinc­tive polit­i­cal views and affil­i­a­tions, some of which are more than eyebrow-raising.

In 1997, Mr. Free­man suc­ceeded George McGov­ern to become the pres­i­dent of the Mid­dle East Pol­icy Coun­cil. The MEPC pur­ports to be a non­par­ti­san, public-affairs group that ‘strives to ensure that a full range of U.S. inter­ests and views are con­sid­ered by pol­icy mak­ers’ deal­ing with the Mid­dle East. In fact, its orig­i­nal name until 1991 was the American-Arab Affairs Coun­cil, and it is an influ­en­tial Wash­ing­ton mouth­piece for Saudi Arabia.

As Mr. Free­man acknowl­edged in a 2006 inter­view with an out­fit called the Saudi-US Rela­tions Infor­ma­tion Ser­vice, MEPC owes its endow­ment to the ‘gen­eros­ity’ of King Abdul­lah bin Abdul Aziz of Saudi Ara­bia. Asked in the same inter­view about his organization’s cur­rent mis­sion, Mr. Free­man responded, in a reveal­ing non sequitur, that he was ‘delighted that the King­dom of Saudi Ara­bia has, after a long delay, begun to make seri­ous pub­lic rela­tions efforts.’

Among MEPC’s recent activ­i­ties in the pub­lic rela­tions realm, it has pub­lished what it calls an ‘unabridged’ ver­sion of ‘The Israel Lobby and U.S. For­eign Pol­icy’ by pro­fes­sors John J. Mearsheimer and Stephen M. Walt. This con­tro­ver­sial 2006 essay argued that Amer­i­can Jews have a ‘stran­gle­hold’ on the U.S. Con­gress, which they employ to tilt the U.S. toward Israel at the expense of broader Amer­i­can inter­ests. Mr. Free­man has both endorsed the paper’s the­sis and boasted of MEPC’s intre­pid stance: ‘No one else in the United States has dared to pub­lish this arti­cle, given the polit­i­cal penal­ties that the Lobby imposes on those who crit­i­cize it.’ . . .”

“Obama’s Intel­li­gence Choice” by Gabriel Schoen­feld; The Wall Street Jour­nal; 2/25/2009.

6. A pro­tégé of the BCCI milieu, busi­ness asso­ciate of George Bush, an inti­mate of (and inter­locu­tor for) the milieu of Youssef Nada and Al Qaeda, as well as a key player in the GOP eth­nic out­reach orga­ni­za­tion, MEPC board meme­ber Talat Oth­man embod­ies the over­lap of the oil busi­ness and the 9/11 Fifth Col­umn. Oth­man, in turn, is a pro­tégé of Abdul­lah Bak­shs, the U.S. busi­ness rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the Bin Laden fam­ily between 1976–1982. Osama’s brother Salem Bin Laden was rep­re­sented by another Bush busi­ness asso­ciate, James R. Bath-himself a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the Bin Mah­fouz busi­ness inter­ests (closely linked to the sup­port net­work under­ly­ing Al Qaeda.)

“His [Bak­shs] rep­re­sen­ta­tive within Harken Energy is not unknown either. Talat Oth­man, is a mem­ber along­side Frank Car­lucci of one of America’s most pres­ti­gious think tanks, the Mid­dle East Pol­icy Coun­cil as well as being a lead­ing Arab-American sup­porter of the Repub­li­can party.”

(For­bid­den Truth; Jean-Charles Bris­ard & Guil­laume Dasquie; Copy­right 2002 [SC]; Thunder’s Mouth/Nation Books; ISBN 1–56025-414–9; p. 133.)

7. More about the back­ground of for­mer Bin Laden fam­ily busi­ness agent Bak­shs,  men­tor and pro­tec­tor of MEPC borad mem­ber Talat Othman:

“Between 1976 and 1982, Abdul­lah Taha Bakhshs-an investor in Harken energy, recall-was the rep­re­sen­ta­tive for the Bin Laden fam­ily in the United States. He also rep­re­sents Khalid bin Mahfouz’s finan­cial inter­ests in the Mid­dle East. What’s more, sev­eral sources empha­size the fact that he rep­re­sents the inter­ests of Khalid Salim bin Mah­fouz on the board of direc­tors of Invest­corp. In fact, Bin Mah­fouz holds a 25 per­cent stake in Invest­corp, thanks to Bakhsh’s services.”

(Ibid.; p. 136.)

8. On April 4 (2002), Trea­sury Sec­re­tary O’Neill met with pow­er­ful Islamist Repub­li­cans whose spheres of inter­est over­lap those of the insti­tu­tions and indi­vid­u­als tar­geted by the Trea­sury Depart­ment on the March 20 coun­tert­er­ror raids. Pow­er­ful GOP oper­a­tive Grover Norquist and his Islamic Insti­tute was at the cen­ter of this nexus. (”O’Neill Met Mus­lim Activists Tied to Char­i­ties” by Glenn R. Simp­son [with Roger Thurow]; Wall Street Jour­nal; 4/18/2002; p. A4.)

9. One of the most impor­tant of these inter­locu­tors on behalf of the Al Qaeda/Al Taqwa milieu was Talat Othman.

“Among the Mus­lim lead­ers attend­ing [the meet­ing with O’Neill] was Talat Oth­man, a long­time asso­ciate and sup­porter of Pres­i­dent Bush’s fam­ily, who gave a bene­dic­tion at the Repub­li­can National Con­ven­tion in Philadel­phia in August 2000. . . But he [Oth­man] also serves [with Islamic Insti­tute co-founder Jamal Barz­inji] on the board of Amana Mutual funds Trust, an invest­ment firm founded by M. Yac­qub Mirza, the North­ern Vir­ginia busi­ness­man who set up most of the enti­ties tar­geted by the Trea­sury and whose tax records were sought in the raid.”

(Idem.)

10. The Amana orga­ni­za­tion has numer­ous areas of over­lap with orga­ni­za­tions described as being impli­cated in ter­ror­ism and the milieu of Al Qaeda/Al Taqwa.

“Two non­prof­its affil­i­ated with Mr. Mirza and named in the search war­rant, the SAAR Foun­da­tion Inc. and the Her­itage Edu­ca­tion Trust Inc., held large blocks of shares in Amana’s mutual funds in 1997, accord­ing to SEC records. The SEC doc­u­ments and other records detail­ing con­nec­tions between Mr. Oth­man and the Islamic Insti­tute [on the board of which Mr. Oth­man serves] and the raided groups were com­piled by the National Secu­rity News Ser­vice, a Wash­ing­ton based non­profit research group.”

(Idem.)

11. Fur­ther details have emerged about the links between Oth­man, Al Taqwa and the GOP/Bush admin­is­tra­tion. Note that Jamal Barz­inji is part of the “mod­er­ate” Mus­lim out­reach to the Obama administration.

“Mr. Oth­man also is on the board of Mr. Saffuri’s [and Norquist’s] Islamic Insti­tute, the GOP-leaning group that received $20,000.00 from the Safa Trust, one of the raid’s tar­gets. The pres­i­dent of the Safa Trust, Jamal Barz­inji, is a for­mer busi­ness asso­ciate of Switzer­land based investor Youssef Nada, whose assets were frozen last fall after the Trea­sury des­ig­nated him a per­son sus­pected of giv­ing aid to terrorists.”

(Idem.)

12. As seen below, Othman’s links to Bush are profound.

“Mr. Oth­man has ties to the Bush fam­ily going back to the 1980’s, when he served with George W. Bush on the board of a Texas petro­leum firm, Harken Oil & Gas Inc. Mr. Oth­man has vis­ited the White House dur­ing the admin­is­tra­tions of both Pres­i­dent Bush and his father George H.W. Bush.”

(Idem.)

13. High­light­ing one of the prin­ci­pal focal points of the dis­cus­sion, the pro­gram fur­ther delin­eates major areas of inter­sec­tion between the labyrinthine net­work attacked in the 3/20/2002 Oper­a­tion Green
Quest raids, the Al Taqwa milieu, and the Repub­li­can Party. A recent Wall Street Jour­nal arti­cle described some of the orga­ni­za­tions tar­geted in the raids. Note that Oth­man asso­ciate Yac­qub Mirza is–along with Barzinji–one of the “mod­er­ates” involved with Mus­lim out­reach to the Obama admin­is­tra­tion. Barz­inji, Oth­man and Mirza are all part of the milieu tar­geted by the Oper­a­tion Green Quest raids.

“These include Al-Taqwa Man­age­ment, a recently liq­ui­dated Swiss com­pany the U.S. gov­ern­ment believes acted as a banker for Osama bin Laden’s al Qaeda ter­ror­ist net­work. . . Two peo­ple affil­i­ated with the com­pa­nies and char­i­ties are linked by records to enti­ties already des­ig­nated as ter­ror­ist by the U.S. gov­ern­ment. Hisham Al-Talib, who served as an offi­cer of SAAR, the Inter­na­tional Insti­tute of Islamic Thought and Safa Trust Inc., another Mirza char­ity, dur­ing the 1970’s was an offi­cer of firms run by Youssef M. Nada, records show. Mr. Nada is a Switzerland-based busi­ness­man whose assets have been frozen by the U.S. for alleged involve­ment in ter­ror­ist financ­ing, and is alleged by U.S. offi­cials to be a key fig­ure in the Taqwa net­work. . .Jamal Barz­inji, an offi­cer of Mr. Mirza’s com­pany Mar-Jac and other enti­ties, also was involved with Mr. Nada’s com­pa­nies in the 1970’s, accord­ing to bank doc­u­ments from Liecht­en­stein. A mes­sage was left yes­ter­day for Mr. Barz­inji at his address in Hern­don. Mr. Barz­inji and Mr. Talib live across the street from each other. A third busi­ness asso­ciate of Mr. Nada, Ali Ghaleb Him­mat (who also has been des­ig­nated by the Trea­sury as aid­ing ter­ror­ism), is listed as an offi­cial of the Geneva branch of another char­ity oper­ated by Mr. Mirza, the Inter­na­tional Islamic Char­i­ta­ble Organization.”

(”Funds Under Ter­ror Probe Flowed From Off­shore” by Glenn R. Simp­son [with Michael M. Phillips]; Wall Street Jour­nal; 3/22/2002; p. A4.)

14. In addi­tion to Car­lyle Group head Frank Car­lucci and Oth­man, other direc­tors of Freeman’s MEPC include Cur­tis Brand (retired Chair­man of Exxon­Mo­bil, Saudi Ara­bia, Inc. and Dr. Fuad A. Rib­ani, Direc­tor, Research and Devel­op­ment of the Saudi Bin­ladin Group.

Source­watch arti­cle on Mid­dle East Pol­icy Council.

15. More about Freeman’s MEPC and the views that they prop­a­gate were pre­sented in an op-ed col­umn in The Wash­ing­ton Times. Note that that paper should be approached with the great­est cau­tion, as a gen­eral consideration–available infor­ma­tion sug­gests that its par­ent organization–the Uni­fi­ca­tion Church–is an exten­sion of the Japan­ese Patri­otic Soci­eties that brought fas­cism to Japan.

“Ambas­sador Charles W. ‘Chas’ Free­man Jr.‘s nom­i­na­tion as chair­man of the National Intel­li­gence Coun­cil (NIC) has quickly become the Obama administration’s most con­tro­ver­sial appoint­ment to date.

Mr. Freeman’s two post-government activ­i­ties involved being a de facto employee of Saudi Ara­bia. In exchange, he received lav­ish sup­port for his Mid­dle East Pol­icy Cen­ter (MEPC) and lucra­tive con­tracts for the con­sult­ing firm he founded to guide inter­na­tional com­pa­nies into find­ing royal family-connected part­ners within the Saudi elite. This raises the rea­son­able ques­tions as to whether Ambas­sador Free­man acted as an unreg­is­tered Saudi agent. This role has cre­ated sig­nif­i­cant con­cern about his impar­tial­ity as chief U.S. intel­li­gence ana­lyst on mat­ters that will clearly involve Saudi views and interests.

While many for­mer diplo­mats, espe­cially for­mer Saudi ambas­sadors, are not known for being big fans of Israel, Mr. Free­man presided over a cen­ter and pub­li­ca­tion fea­tur­ing hos­til­ity to Israel that is beyond the broad­est main­stream of U.S. think­ing on the region. In addi­tion, his slav­ish fol­low­ing of the Saudi ‘party line’ has involved Mr. Free­man in some embar­rass­ing situations.

For exam­ple the MEPC, which receives major fund­ing from the Saudi royal fam­ily, pub­lishes a resource for Amer­i­can teach­ers called ‘Arab World Stud­ies Note­book.’ This note­book includes bizarre his­tor­i­cal anom­alies, such as that Mus­lims inhab­ited the New World in pre-Columbian times, and Eng­lish explor­ers met “Iro­quois and Algo­nquin chiefs with names like Abdul-Rahim and Abdal­lah Ibn Malik.”

Another MEPC project is the quar­terly mag­a­zine, Mid­dle East Pol­icy, the edi­to­r­ial pages of which are filled with dis­turbingly rad­i­cal anti-Israel polemics. Claims such as the Iraq war was waged for the United States on behalf of Israel (fall 2008 issue) or that the United States allows Israel to ‘call the shots’ on pol­icy in the region, includ­ing a strat­egy of ‘buy­ing off Fatah and starv­ing Hamas’ that is ‘an Israeli plan that Wash­ing­ton has had to accept’ (fall 2007 issue). Mr. Freeman’s will­ing­ness to push these extreme posi­tions for finan­cial reward is troubling.

The chair­man of the National Intel­li­gence Coun­cil serves many of the same func­tions as the edi­tor of a jour­nal. He must review, edit, add con­text to and decide what to present in terms of good intelligence.

Mr. Freeman’s judg­ment may be tainted because of a desire to stay in the good graces of the House of Saud for his post-NIC career. As long as we are fight­ing a global war on Islamic ter­ror­ism, Mr. Freeman’s judg­ment as a de facto employee of the Saudi gov­ern­ment should trou­ble cit­i­zens and sup­port­ers of the United States. . . .”

“BENOIT: Big National Intel­li­gence Mis­step” by Sammy Benoit; The Wash­ing­ton Times; 3/4/2009.

16. Free­man had con­tact with, and ran inter­fer­ence for, the bin Laden fam­ily after 9/11! This is deeply sin­is­ter and sug­gests at least the pos­si­bil­ity that Free­man may have been an acces­sory after the fact in 9/11. The ques­tion is–“What did Charles Free­man know and when did he know it?” In fact the SICO com­pany, run by Yeslam Bin­laden, is at the epi­cen­ter of the inves­ti­ga­tion into 9/11. Other mem­bers of the bin Laden fam­ily have been linked to al-Qaeda.

Charles Free­man, Obama’s reported pick for chair­man of the National Intel­li­gence Coun­cil, talked busi­ness with the Bin Laden fam­ily even after Sep­tem­ber 11.

Amid the crit­i­cism that has already emerged about Pres­i­dent Obama’s reported pick for the pow­er­ful posi­tion of chair­man of the National Intel­li­gence Coun­cil, there is an as-yet unmen­tioned prob­lem that is likely cause even big­ger trou­bles: He had busi­ness ties to the bin Laden fam­ily after the 9/11 attacks.

Charles ‘Chas’ Free­man, a for­mer US ambas­sador to Saudi Ara­bia, had busi­ness con­nec­tions with the bin Laden fam­ily and their Saudi Bin­laden Group, a multibillion-dollar con­struc­tion con­glom­er­ate founded by the father of Osama bin Laden. As chair­man of Projects Inter­na­tional Inc., a com­pany that devel­ops inter­na­tional busi­ness deals, Mr. Free­man asserted in an inter­view with the Asso­ci­ated Press less than a month after Sep­tem­ber 11 that he was still ‘dis­cussing pro­pos­als with the Bin­laden Group—and that won’t change.’

In an inter­view, Free­man con­tested the notion that inter­na­tional com­pa­nies who had busi­ness with the bin Laden fam­ily should be ‘run­ning for public-relations cover’, not­ing that bin Laden was still ‘a very hon­ored name in the king­dom [of Saudi Arabia].’

In the same inter­view, Free­man also con­tested the notion that inter­na­tional com­pa­nies who had busi­ness with the bin Laden fam­ily should be “run­ning for public-relations cover,” not­ing that bin Laden was still ‘a very hon­ored name in the king­dom [of Saudi Ara­bia]’, despite its fam­ily tie to the Al-Qaeda leader. (Free­man wasn’t imme­di­ately avail­able for comment.)

Mr. Free­man fre­quently main­tained that the larger bin Laden fam­ily was closely aligned with Amer­i­can inter­ests. Con­trary to the notion that the fam­ily was still sup­port­ing and even fund­ing Osama bin Laden, the bin Laden fam­ily and its busi­ness con­glom­er­ate were part of the ‘estab­lish­ment that Osama’s try­ing to over­throw,’ as Mr. Free­man told The Wall Street Jour­nal in a sep­a­rate inter­view less than two weeks after Sep­tem­ber 11.

How­ever, the Jour­nal also noted that Freeman’s con­nec­tions with the bin Laden fam­ily went beyond busi­ness: Freeman’s Mid­dle East Pol­icy Coun­cil, a think tank ded­i­cated to Mideast issues, was receiv­ing ‘tens of thou­sands of dol­lars a year from the bin Laden fam­ily’ at that time. Since the rumors of his appoint­ment broke, Free­man has been crit­i­cized because the pro-Saudi MEPC also accepted dona­tions in the mil­lions of dol­lars from the Saudi royal family.

Sub­se­quent inves­ti­ga­tion by US intel­li­gence agen­cies and jour­nal­ists of bin Laden fam­ily ties to Al-Qaeda and Osama bin Laden raised ques­tions about the authen­tic­ity of the family’s claim of finan­cial and emo­tional dis­tance from the world’s most-wanted ter­ror leader. A num­ber of experts, includ­ing Vin­cent Can­nistro, a for­mer CIA coun­tert­er­ror­ism spe­cial­ist, assert that while some mem­bers of the bin Laden fam­ily have dis­owned Osama bin Laden in a com­plete sense, other fac­tions have not. Car­men bin Laden, a sister-in-law of Osama, told Der Spiegel that ‘bin Ladens never dis­owned Osama; in this fam­ily, a brother remains a brother, no mat­ter what he has done.’ . . .”

“Obama Appo­ing­tee Had Ties to Bin Laden Fam­ily” by Ash­ley Rinds­berg; thedailybeast.com; 2/24/2009.

17. Obama’s diplo­matic point man for Syria–Frederic C. Hof–also serves on the Mid­dle East Pol­icy Council.

“‘Mr. Hof cur­rently serves on the National Advi­sory Com­mit­tee of the Mid­dle East Pol­icy Coun­cil. . . .”

“Fred­eric C. Hof”; sourcewatch.org.

18. An encour­ag­ing sign may be found in Obama’s deci­sion to resist an order from a Bush judi­cial appointee that would have ben­e­fited the jihadist Al-Haramain.

“A fed­eral appeals court rejected the Obama administration’s attempt Fri­day to stop a judge in San Fran­cisco from review­ing a chal­lenge to the wire­tap­ping pro­gram ordered by for­mer Pres­i­dent George W. Bush.

Hours later, Pres­i­dent Obama’s Jus­tice Depart­ment filed papers that appeared to defy the judge’s order to allow lawyers for an Islamic orga­ni­za­tion to see a clas­si­fied sur­veil­lance doc­u­ment at the heart of the case. The depart­ment said the judge had no power to enforce such an order.

Chief U.S. Dis­trict Judge Vaughn Walker had given the depart­ment until Fri­day to explain how it would com­ply with his order last month that would let attor­neys for Al-Haramain Islamic Foun­da­tion review the doc­u­ment after obtain­ing secu­rity clearances.

The doc­u­ment report­edly showed that the orga­ni­za­tion had been wire­tapped, evi­dence the group needs to estab­lish its right to chal­lenge the legal­ity of the sur­veil­lance. A gov­ern­ment agency inad­ver­tently sent the papers in 2004 to Al-Haramain dur­ing an inves­ti­ga­tion that resulted in its clas­si­fi­ca­tion as a ter­ror­ist organization.

Bush acknowl­edged in 2005 that he had ordered the National Secu­rity Agency to inter­cept phone calls and e-mails between Amer­i­cans and sus­pected for­eign ter­ror­ists with­out seek­ing approval from Con­gress and the courts. Other suits chal­leng­ing the sur­veil­lance pro­gram have been dis­missed because plain­tiffs were unable to show they were targets.

Al-Haramain returned the clas­si­fied doc­u­ment to the gov­ern­ment and has been barred from rely­ing on it to prove its right to sue. But in a Jan. 5 rul­ing deny­ing the Bush administration’s request to dis­miss the group’s suit, Walker said Al-Haramain had shown through offi­cials’ state­ments that it had prob­a­bly been wiretapped. . . .”

“Feds Defy Judge’s Order in Islamic Group Case” by Bob Egelko; San Fran­cisco Chron­i­cle; 2/28/2009.

Discussion

3 comments for “FTR #666 Badjacketing Obama, Part 4”

  1. wow. I love you. Your another Robert Fisk. Anna

    Co. Kerry. Ireland.

    Posted by Anna O'Leary | April 8, 2009, 7:28 am
  2. [...] Over­all, I think we can assume that Barack Obama is deeply bad­jack­eted. Whether it is the result of his own voli­tion or of the actions of the dif­fer­ent peo­ple he met in his life, it seems that both the man and the politi­cian are smeared beyond any point of redemp­tion. From the infor­ma­tion avail­able above, we can see that he is bad­jack­et­ted from the Left big time. In Chicago, he met with all kinds of activists, left­ists, Islamists, rad­i­cals, com­mu­nists, etc, that evi­dently forged his poli­cies up to this day. William Ayers and Berna­dine Dohrn, Louis Far­rakhan, Jere­miah Wright, Der­rick Bell, Rashid Kha­lidi and the legacy and polit­i­cal her­itage of Fran­cis Parker Yockey had nec­es­sar­ily a last­ing impres­sion on him. On the other hand, Dave Emory has made the case in a series of shows that Barack Obama was bad­jack­eted from the Right side of the polit­i­cal spec­trum as well. Through the Bush/GOP/Rove/Norquist con­nec­tions, he was intro­duced and linked to a series of indi­vid­u­als who would con­tribute to dete­ri­o­rate his image, such as for exam­ple, Tony Rezko. You can know more about of this by vis­it­ing these shows here, here, here and here. [...]

    Posted by Ayers and Dohrn, Barack Obama, the death of Andrew Breitbart and the rise of Third Position fascism | Lys-d'Or | June 12, 2012, 10:27 am
  3. In an ironic twist to the tragic shoot­ing of Malala Yousafzai — the heroic Afghan girl recently hunted down and shot in the head by Tal­iban — Pres­i­dent Obama is now being used to bad­jacket Malala:

    Wash­ing­ton Post
    Octo­ber 16, 2012, 7:09 pm
    After a Bul­let in the Head, Assaults on a Pak­istani Schoolgirl’s Char­ac­ter Fol­low
    By ROBERT MACKEY

    Last Updated | Wednes­day, 4:03 p.m. As a Pak­istani school­girl who was shot in the head by Tal­iban mil­i­tants last week fights for her life in a British hos­pi­tal, a bat­tle to tar­nish her rep­u­ta­tion is being waged on social net­works and news sites in Pakistan.

    In yet another state­ment to the Pak­istani news media defend­ing the assas­si­na­tion attempt, a Tal­iban spokesman claimed on Tues­day that young Malala Yousafzai, who had crit­i­cized the Islamists for clos­ing girls’ schools in a blog she wrote for the BBC when she was 11, was “a spy who divulged secrets” and “cre­ated pro­pa­ganda.” The spokesman, Ehsan­ul­lah Ehsan, also took pains to note reports that the girl had turned 15 in July, sug­gest­ing that this meant that she was no longer a child. “Even if no sign of puberty becomes notice­able,” he said, “this age of the girl marks the end of pre­pu­berty phase.” That being the case, he added, the “Tal­iban exe­cuted the attack on an adult girl only after she emerged as a piv­otal char­ac­ter in the media war against us.”

    The Taliban’s media wing issued the state­ment after an out­pour­ing of sym­pa­thy for the girl, and anger at the mil­i­tants, swept Pak­istan. As my col­league Declan Walsh reported, “Front-page head­lines have car­ried updates of her med­ical treat­ment, school­child­ren held prayer ser­vices and can­dle­light vig­ils, and the polit­i­cal sys­tem has united to con­demn the Tal­iban with an unusual vehe­mence and unity.”

    That sol­i­dar­ity, how­ever, has been less than uni­ver­sal online, where extreme nation­al­ists and politi­cians from reli­gious par­ties who sup­port the Tal­iban have attempted to tar­nish the image of the young activist by spread­ing rumors of her sup­posed com­plic­ity with the Amer­i­can mil­i­tary. One of the main ele­ments in the viral cam­paign is a mis­la­beled image of Malala and her father, Ziaud­din, meet­ing in 2009 with Pres­i­dent Obama’s envoy to the region, Richard Holbrooke.

    As the Pak­istani jour­nal­ist and blog­ger Beena Sar­war noted, the image was posted on Twit­ter repeat­edly by Samia Raheel Qazi, a senior fig­ure in Pakistan’s largest reli­gious party, Jamaat-e-Islami. Ms. Qazi, who is the daugh­ter of the party’s for­mer leader, added a cap­tion that falsely claimed that the child had attended “a meet­ing with Amer­i­can mil­i­tary officers.”

    Far from being a glimpse of a secret meet­ing, how­ever, the image is actu­ally a still frame taken from a doc­u­men­tary about the fam­ily made by my col­league Adam Ellick. As the film makes clear, the Yousafzais and other grass-roots activists were invited to meet Mr. Hol­brooke on July 24, 2009, as they made their way home to the Swat Val­ley, fol­low­ing a Pak­istani mil­i­tary oper­a­tion to regain con­trol of the region from Tal­iban mil­i­tants. When it was her turn to speak, Malala said sim­ply, “I will request you all, and respected Ambas­sador, I will request you that if you can help us in our edu­ca­tion, so please help us.”

    ...

    Ah, the Tal­iban: “She wasn’t 14, she had recently turned 15 so it was OK for us to shoot her because she wanted an edu­ca­tion. See, we’re the good guys”.

    Some social move­ments really need a “prod­uct unsafe for human con­sump­tion” con­sumer pro­tec­tion label. Although it’s also worth remem­ber that the Tal­iban isn’t the only one.

    Posted by Pterrafractyl | October 17, 2012, 2:12 pm

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