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FTR #328 Connections Between the Iran-Contra Scandal, Covert Action of the 1980s and the Terrorist Blitzkrieg of 9/11/2001

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Con­tin­u­ing dis­cus­sion of the dev­as­tat­ing attacks of 9/11, this pro­gram high­lights con­nec­tions between intel­li­gence oper­a­tions of the 1980s and the ter­ror­ist blitzkrieg.

1. The chief sus­pect in the ter­ror­ist attacks of 9/11, Osama Bin Laden had his gen­e­sis as a war­rior in the Afghan war against the Sovi­ets dur­ing the 1980’s. (“Blow­back Chron­i­cles” by Giles Fold­en; The Guardian, 9/15/2001; p. 2.)

2. Among the ele­ments that fig­ured in both the Iran-Con­tra scan­dal and the Afghan muja­hadeen sup­port net­work was Kee­nie-Mee­nie Ser­vices, a British secu­ri­ty firm with strong con­nec­tions to the intel­li­gence com­mu­ni­ty. (Idem.)

3. Anoth­er ele­ment that fig­ured in both the Iran-Con­tra scan­dal and the Afghan sup­port effort was BCCI. (Ibid.; p. 3.) The milieu of BCCI fig­ures heav­i­ly in the Iran-Con­tra scan­dal and also looms large in the con­nec­tions of George W. Bush, James R. Bath and the Bin Laden fam­i­ly. (Robert Mueller, appoint­ed as head of the FBI in July, was less than vig­or­ous in his inves­ti­ga­tion of BCCI when he was with the Jus­tice Depart­ment of the elder George Bush.)

4. The Afghan muja­hadeen sup­port effort was heav­i­ly under­writ­ten by the Saud­is. (Idem.)

5. The broad­cast under­scores the fact that Bush’s father has strong ties to Uno­cal, which was plan­ning to put a pipeline through Afghanistan. (Ibid.; p. 4.)

6. Next, the pro­gram details the sig­nif­i­cant role of the World Mus­lim Con­gress in the muja­hadeen sup­port effort. (The Beast Reawak­ens; Mar­tin A. Lee; copy­right 1997 [HC]; ISBN 0–316-51959–6; pp. 225–226.)

7. The WMC was found­ed by Haj Amin al-Hus­sei­ni, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, a major in the SS and a key Axis spy. (Ibid.; p. 225.)

8. Fund­ed by the Sau­di roy­al fam­i­ly and the Sau­di gov­ern­ment, WMC has retained all of its fas­cist char­ac­ter. Pro­vid­ing speak­ers for the Holo­caust-deny­ing Insti­tute of His­tor­i­cal Review, the WMC has mailed holo­caust denial lit­er­a­ture to mem­bers of con­gress and the British par­lia­ment. (Ibid.; p. 226.)

9. It should be not­ed that the Sau­di gov­ern­ment hired Amer­i­can neo-Nazi William Grim­stead as an Amer­i­can lob­by­ist. (Idem.)

10. Next, the pro­gram high­lights the alleged con­nec­tions of Imad Muganiyeh to the milieu of the Sep­tem­ber 11 attacks. (“Two New Names Sur­face as Sept. 11 Ring­lead­ers” by Chris Black­hurst [Lon­don Inde­pen­dent]; San Fran­cis­co Chron­i­cle; 9/21/2001; p. A20.)

11. Alleged­ly a key play­er in Bin Laden’s net­work, Muganiyeh was a key fig­ure in the tor­ture and kid­nap­ping of CIA offi­cer William Buck­ley (an inci­dent cen­tral to the machi­na­tions of the Iran-Con­tra scan­dal.) (Idem.)

12. He also was piv­otal­ly involved in the bomb­ing of the Israeli embassy in Argenti­na in 1992 and the AMIA, a Jew­ish cul­tur­al cen­ter, in 1994. (Idem.)

13. The remain­der of the broad­cast con­sists of an excerpt from FTR 109, detail­ing con­nec­tions between the Iran-Con­tra scan­dal, the Argen­tine secu­ri­ty ser­vices and the two bomb­ings alleged­ly mas­ter­mind­ed by Muganiyeh. Argen­tine inves­ti­ga­tors have alleged­ly linked Monz­er Al-Kas­sar to both bomb­ings. (“Gov­ern­ment Wor­ried About Vis­it of Al-Kas­sar;” Clar­in; 8/2/98.)

14. Al-Kas­sar, a Syr­i­an intel­li­gence offi­cer close to him, for­mer Argen­tine pres­i­dent Car­los Menem’s first wife and Men­em asso­ciate Alfre­do Yabran are all from the same city in Syr­ia. (Idem.)

15. Swiss inves­ti­ga­tors have also linked Al-Kas­sar to the bomb­ings. (“Syr­i­an Linked to Bomb­ings” [Jew­ish Tele­graph­ic Agency]; Jew­ish Bul­letin of North­ern Cal­i­for­nia; 6/21/96.)

16. In addi­tion to Al-Kas­sar, a for­mer Argen­tine intel­li­gence agent (Leonar­do Sanchez Raisse) con­nect­ed to the Iran-Con­tra affair appears to be an evi­den­tiary trib­u­tary to the two bomb­ings in which Muganiyeh was involved. (“For­mer Spy Released from Jail After 34 Days;” Clar­in; 8/2/98.)


One comment for “FTR #328 Connections Between the Iran-Contra Scandal, Covert Action of the 1980s and the Terrorist Blitzkrieg of 9/11/2001”

  1. The Rea­gan Lega­cy Project is nev­er fin­ished:

    Mad­dow Blog
    Rand Paul vows to fol­low Reagan’s poor exam­ple on Iran
    04/07/15 04:45 PM—Updated 04/07/15 04:47 PM

    By Steve Benen

    A crit­i­cal­ly impor­tant inter­na­tion­al debate unfold­ed last week once a frame­work was in place to cur­tail Iran’s nuclear pro­gram. Sen. Rand Paul (R‑Ky.), how­ev­er, skipped the argu­ment, remain­ing silent while on vaca­tion.

    The sen­a­tor did, how­ev­er, broach the sub­ject in his pres­i­den­tial announce­ment speech in Ken­tucky this after­noon:

    “I envi­sion a nation­al defense that pro­motes, as Rea­gan put it, ‘peace through strength.’

    “I believe in apply­ing Ronald Reagan’s approach to for­eign pol­i­cy to the Iran issue. Suc­cess­ful nego­ti­a­tions with untrust­wor­thy adver­saries are only achieved from a posi­tion of strength.”

    You know, there was a point – say, around 1987 – when the very idea of a Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial can­di­date emu­lat­ing Reagan’s pol­i­cy towards Iran prob­a­bly seemed rather ridicu­lous.

    After all, Reagan’s the one who tried to ille­gal­ly sell weapons to Iran, in exchange for hostages, in order to finance an ille­gal war in Cen­tral Amer­i­ca. Rea­gan was caught lying about his administration’s crim­i­nal scheme, and 14 mem­bers of his nation­al secu­ri­ty team, includ­ing his Defense Sec­re­tary, faced mul­ti­ple felony counts in one of the most seri­ous scan­dals in Amer­i­can his­to­ry.

    Rand Paul wants to apply “Reagan’s approach to for­eign pol­i­cy to the Iran issue”? Does Rand Paul remem­ber Iran-Con­tra? How about Rea­gan cut­ting and run­ning from Iran’s allies in Lebanon?


    It’s turn­ing into an inter­est­ing week for unin­formed Rea­gan acolytes, isn’t it? Some of them don’t remem­ber his eco­nom­ic record near­ly as well as they think they do, and some of them obvi­ous­ly don’t remem­ber his for­eign pol­i­cy record well, either.

    At this rate, I half-expect Repub­li­cans to argue tomor­row that Ronal­dus Mag­nus low­ered the nation­al debt, too, despite Rea­gan adding to the debt at a pace unseen in mod­ern times.


    Yes, the Rea­gan Lega­cy Project: the gift that keeps on giv­ing. For instance, did you know that Ronald Rea­gan once fought a griz­zly bear with his mag­i­cal fire breath and trav­eled to the year 3010 to fight the Robot King? He also built the pyra­mids!

    Oh wait, that’s from a dif­fer­ent lega­cy project. Easy mis­take.

    Still, giv­en Rand’s indi­rect Iran Con­tra ref­er­ence, the ques­tion is raised of who would fill the role of the Con­tras and secret­ly receive the pro­ceeds from the secret arms sales to Iran under a future Paul pres­i­den­cy? Anoth­er group of right-wing cen­tral Amer­i­can mil­i­tants? Ukrain­ian “vol­un­teer bat­tal­ions”?

    Or might it be a group even clos­er to home? That seems pos­si­ble.

    Posted by Pterrafractyl | April 8, 2015, 1:52 pm

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