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Looking Ahead to the Olympics: Bandar Bush and The German “Lord of the Rings”

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COMMENT: With the Winter Olympics scheduled for Sochi (Russia) in 2014, there are a number of interesting things to contemplate. Prince Bandar bin Sultan (“Bandar Bush”) [3], the chief of Saudi intelligence, had an interesting thing to say to the Russians, in the context of proposing assistance if Russia would abandon its support for Assad and Syria.

Indicating that the Saudis had control of the Chechen Islamic terrorists who have bedeviled Russia, Bandar made what could be construed [4] as a Mafia-like threat of protection or violence if the Russians should fail to cooperate.

Recalling the last terrorist incident at the Olympics–in Munich in 1972 [5]–there are several things for us to remember:

Also of interest is Thomas Bach, the new (German) head of the International Olympic Committee. There are several things to note in connection with Bach:

Will there by an incident at the Sochi Olympics? Is this what the Underground Reich has in mind? Will the U.S. be blamed by the Russians, because of the close relationship between “Bandar Bush” and the CIA? Will this further German “Ostpolitik” [16]?

“REPORT: The Saudis Offered Mafia-Style ‘Protection’ Against Terrorist Attacks At Sochi Olympics” by Geoffrey Ingersoll; Business Insider; 8/27/2013. [4]

EXCERPT: . . . . Buried inside a Telegraph post about secret Russian and Saudi talks was a strange passive-aggressive alleged quote from the Saudi head of intelligence about terrorist attacks at the Sochi Olympics in 2014.

The talks — divulged in leaked documents — were allegedly about an oil deal that would stabilize Russia’s markets, if Saudi Arabia curtailed the amount of oil it put on the global market. In exchange for their global price fixing — the Telegraph‘s Ambrose Evans-Pritchard writes that Russia “relies on an oil price near $100 to fund the budget” — Russia would back off its support for Assad.

But there was a threat allegedly hidden in there right along with the fruit.

From The Telegraph [emphasis theirs]:

[Saudi intel chief] Prince Bandar [bin Sultan] pledged to safeguard Russia’s naval base in Syria if the Assad regime is toppled, but he also hinted at Chechen terrorist attacks on Russia’s Winter Olympics in Sochi if there is no accord. “I can give you a guarantee to protect the Winter Olympics next year. The Chechen groups that threaten the security of the games are controlled by us,” he allegedly said.

Along with Saudi officials, the US allegedly gave the Saudi intelligence chief the thumbs up to conduct these talks with Russia, which comes as no surprise. Bandar is American-educated, both military and collegiate, served as a highly influential Saudi Ambassador to the U.S., and the CIA totally loves the guy. . . .

“Lord of the Rings: New IOC chief Thomas Bach”; [10]Deutsche Welle. [10]

EXCERPT: . . . . According to Germany’s “Der Spiegel” magazine, Bach had a consultancy contract with Siemens for around 200,000 euros and allegedly had been trying to use his IOC connections to win Kuwait as a large-scale investor for a Siemens project.

Such accusations have so far never really hurt Bach. . . .

Samaranch protégé

 . . . . Bach later worked for Adidas, learning the ropes of sport lobbying and building his network of contacts. He speaks English, French and Spanish and was supported by former IOC President Juan Antonio Samaranch. Bach got voted into the IOC when he was just 37 years old. Not long after, he made it to the organization’s executive committee. Finally, in 2000 he became Vice President of what is one of the world’s most powerful sports bodies.

Bach worked reliably at the side of current IOC President Jacques Rogge, waiting patiently for his opportunity. During what was possibly the IOC’s most severe crisis, the corruption scandal around the 2002 Salt Lake City games, Bach got a lot of praise for his crisis management.

Bach is also said to have another powerful ally, the Kuwaiti Sheikh Ahmad al-Sabah, president of the powerful Association of National Olympic Committees and considered an influential figure in Olympic circles. Just last week, al-Sabah was celebrated at Tokyo’s victory party after his lobbying reportedly helped them win the right to host the 2020 games. He also backed wrestling’s successful return to the fold. Even before the results were announced, the Sheikh had admitted to not just backing, but lobbying for Bach, in an apparent breach of IOC protocol; but that, and a documentary broadcast in Germany containing allegations about Bach’s character and conduct, failed to derail the favorite from his target. . . .

 “The Withering Whispers of the IOC” by Jens Weinrich; playthegame.org; 6/25/2013. [13]

EXCERPT: . . . . Since his appearance at the 1981 Olympic Congress in Baden-Baden, when he was chosen by the then IOC president Juan Antonio Samaranch for the new Athlete’s Commission, Thomas Bach has been considered a possible future IOC president. His patron and former employer Horst Dassler – the former head of the sporting goods company Adidas, founder of corruption giant ISL and string-puller in the Olympic world – is said to have once introduced Bach to Samaranch with the words: This is Thomas, a future IOC president.

Many long-serving Olympians know this story. These days they tell it again and again. Besides Samaranch and Dassler, Bach has had a third major supporter in his career: The long-time IOC vice-president Willi Daume, a major German sports leader. Daume stepped down from the IOC in 1991 in order to pass on his place, his personal membership, to Thomas Bach. . . .

. . . . The role of Al-Sabah

But Bach polarizes the most, too. For example because of his alliances and his proximity to the alleged IOC kingmaker, the powerful Sheikh Ahmed Al-Sabah of Kuwait.

Al-Sabah, former OPEC boss, serves, among other posts, as president of the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) and president of the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC). The Sheikh, an IOC member as well, has been outed as a supporter for Bach.

Al-Sabah is repeatedly mentioned in connection with corruption scandals. Some of his staff and allies are even bribe-takers, for example, his long-time confidant and former OCA general secretary Ahmad Muttaleb. According to court documents he has received millions of Swiss francs from the former sports marketing agency ISL/ISMM. Because of another case Muttaleb was excluded from the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens after a decision of the IOC Ethics Commission.

Thomas Bach maintains important business relations to Kuwait. The company Weinig AG from his hometown Tauberbischofsheim, where he acts as chairman of the Advisory Board, is in the hands of Kuwaiti investors. And in 2008, in connection with the worldwide corruption scandal of the German industry giant Siemens, it turned out that Mr. Bach has been a well-paid Siemens lobbyist for many years. In his role as a consultant he has used his contacts to Sheikh Al-Sabah to acquire Kuwaiti investors for Siemens. . . . .

“Juan Antonio Samaranch”; Wikipedia. [15]

EXCERPT: . . . . During the Spanish Civil War, he was conscripted into the Republican forces in 1938, at the age of 18, to serve as a medical orderly. However, he was politically opposed to the Republic, and escaped to France. He quickly returned to Nationalist Spain under Francisco Franco and enrolled in the Spanish fascist movement Falange.[5] . . .