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FTR #342 Al-Taqwa

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1. Nada Man­age­ment and Al-Taqwa are an impor­tant ele­ment in under­stand­ing the role of what may be called “the Under­ground Reich” and its appar­ent role sur­round­ing the events of 9/11/2001. This broad­cast fur­ther devel­ops this con­nec­tion.

2. Begin­ning with dis­cus­sion of a fel­low trav­el­er of the Ger­man neo-Nazi NPD, the broad­cast high­lights the con­nec­tions between Ahmed Huber and the milieu of Osama Bin Laden. (“Far Right Has Ties with Islam­ic Extreme” by Hugh Williamson and Philip Jak­lin; Finan­cial Times; 11/9/2001; p. 4.)

3. Huber has met mem­bers of Bin Laden’s orga­ni­za­tion, but denies that the Al-Taqwa man­age­ment group and the relat­ed Nada Man­age­ment firms were involved with fund­ing Bin Laden’s orga­ni­za­tion. (Idem.)

4. Like Horst Mahler, Huber is an asso­ciate of the NPD, as well as Islam­ic extrem­ists. (Idem.)

5. A doc­tri­naire anti-Semi­te and Holo­caust denier, Huber was close­ly asso­ci­at­ed with a Nazi émi­gré milieu in Nasser’s Egypt dis­cussed in numer­ous past broad­casts. (“Les Amis de Fau­ris­son: Ahmed Rami” by Gilles Kar­masyn.)

6. In par­tic­u­lar, Huber was asso­ci­at­ed in Egypt with Johann Von Leers, a Goebbels assis­tant for anti-Semit­ic pro­pa­gan­da. (Idem.)

7. In Egypt, Von Leers ran an anti-Semit­ic pro­pa­gan­da insti­tute for Nass­er, and became asso­ci­at­ed with a milieu that includ­ed the noto­ri­ous Swiss Nazi Fran­cois Genoud and the Grand Mufti. (Dream­er of the Day: Fran­cis Park­er Yock­ey and the Post­war Fas­cist Inter­na­tion­al; by Kevin Coogan; Autono­me­dia; Copy­right 1999 [SC]; ISBN 1–57027-039–2; p. 585.)

8. Wealthy Saud­is have been a pri­ma­ry source of cap­i­tal for the Al-Taqwa orga­ni­za­tion (lat­er reor­ga­nized as Nada Man­age­ment, part of the Al-Taqwa Group). In an inter­view with Richard Labeviere, author of Dol­lars for Ter­ror, Huber stressed the impor­tance of the feu­dal nature of the Sau­di state in pre­serv­ing the secre­cy of Al-Taqwa’s bene­fac­tors. (“Rich Saud­is Said to Back Bank Linked to Bin Laden”; The Boston Her­ald; by Jonathan Wells; 11/8/2001.)

9. Youssef Nada denies the charge by the U.S. gov­ern­ment that his orga­ni­za­tion is involved with Bin Laden’s ter­ror­ists. A num­ber of facts lend cred­i­bil­i­ty to the charges, includ­ing the fact that the Bin Ladens are among the wealthy Sau­di con­trib­u­tors to Al-Taqwa appar­ent­ly referred to by Huber. Six mem­bers of the Bin Laden fam­i­ly are among the orig­i­nal con­trib­u­tors to the Nas­sau, Bahamas branch of Al-Taqwa, found­ed in the late 1980’s. (“The Scat­tered Case against an Alleged Ter­ror Accom­plice”; Roger Thurow; Wall Street Jour­nal; 12/27/2001; p. A6.)

10. Much of the broad­cast con­sists of dis­cus­sion and analy­sis of a recent Swiss arti­cle detail­ing some of the diverse and pow­er­ful ele­ments involved with the Bin Laden ter­ror­ist milieu. (“Im Wun­der­land des Has­s­es”; by Johannes von Dohnanyi; Welt­woche; Aus­gabe 01/2002.)

11. Of par­tic­u­lar sig­nif­i­cance in the analy­sis of the Al Que­da milieu is the pres­ence at its core of mem­bers of the Bin Mah­fouz fam­i­ly, (like the Bin Ladens) one of the most pow­er­ful fam­i­lies of Sau­di Ara­bia. (Idem.)

12. Like the Bin Laden fam­i­ly, the Bin Mah­fouz fam­i­ly was rep­re­sent­ed in North Amer­i­ca by James R. Bath, an orig­i­nal investor in Arbus­to Ener­gy, George W. Bush’s first ener­gy com­pa­ny. (The Mafia, CIA & George Bush; by Pete Brew­ton; SPI Books; Copy­right 1992 [HC]; ISBN 1–56171-203–5; p. 221–222.)

13. Close­ly con­nect­ed to the BCCI, Khalid Bin Mah­fouz is alleged­ly mar­ried to Osama Bin Laden’s sis­ter. [This has been dis­put­ed by Bin Mah­fouz’s lawyers.] (“Im Wun­der­land des Has­s­es”; by Johannes von Dohnanyi; Welt­woche; Aus­gabe 01/2002.)

14. The Bin Mah­fouz and Bin Laden fam­i­lies have a num­ber of busi­ness oper­a­tions togeth­er, includ­ing the Cam­bridge (Mass­a­chu­setts) based Hybri­don firm. (Idem.)

15. The Welt­woche arti­cle high­lights alleged con­nec­tions between Bin Laden’s ter­ror­ist milieu and Soma­li bank­ing inter­ests and the Koso­vo Lib­er­a­tion Army. (Idem.)

16. Fur­ther devel­op­ing links between Al Que­da and the Chechen rebels, the broad­cast sets forth the activ­i­ties of Sak­i­na Secu­ri­ty Ser­vices, an appar­ent Al Que­da front with an alleged train­ing base in the Unit­ed States. (Idem.) (FTRs 329, 341 dis­cuss Al Que­da and Wah­habi activ­i­ties in Chech­nya, as well as the pos­si­bil­i­ty that intel­li­gence ele­ments asso­ci­at­ed with the Under­ground Reich and the petro­le­um indus­try may be involved with the gueril­las.)

17. The Sak­i­na train­ers were described as hav­ing back­grounds with “the SAS and the U.S. Marines.” (Idem.)

18. Of pri­ma­ry sig­nif­i­cance in the dis­cus­sion of Welt­woche’s analy­sis is a series of inter­lock­ing con­nec­tions between pow­er­ful Sau­di finan­cial and phil­an­thropic orga­ni­za­tions and Bin Laden’s ter­ror­ist activ­i­ties. (Idem.)

19. These orga­ni­za­tions are, in turn, alleged­ly con­nect­ed to Al-Taqwa. (Idem.)

20. These insti­tu­tions include: the Faisal Islam­ic Bank, Islam­ic Invest­ment Com­pa­ny of the Gulf, the Dar al Maal Al Isla­mi and the Inter­na­tion­al Islam­ic Relief Orga­ni­za­tion (the pri­ma­ry Sau­di vehi­cle for the prop­a­ga­tion of the Wah­habi brand of fun­da­men­tal­ism.) (Idem.)

21. The lat­ter resides at the same address as the Bin Mah­fouz-owned Inter­na­tion­al Devel­op­ment Foun­da­tion, and it has alleged­ly received mon­ey from Al-Taqwa. (Idem.)

22. Next, the broad­cast reviews many of the Bush family/Bin Laden fam­i­ly busi­ness con­nec­tions, such as the Car­lyle Group. (Idem.)

23. The Welt­woche arti­cle makes the impor­tant state­ment that the con­nec­tions of Islam­ic ter­ror­ism to pow­er­ful cen­ters of finan­cial and indus­tri­al pow­er in the West and Sau­di Ara­bia must be inter­dict­ed if the men­ace is to be suc­cess­ful­ly dealt with. (Idem.)

24. Next, the pro­gram sets forth the con­nec­tions between Youssef Nada, Sau­di Prince Alwaleed (one of the world’s rich­est men) and Ital­ian Pre­mier Sil­vio Berlus­coni. Alwaleed is involved with Medi­aset, one of Berlus­coni’s many media com­pa­nies. (“The Alms of Mon­sieur Youss­eff Nada” by Peter Gomez and Leo Sisti; L’E­spres­so; 11/22/2001; p. 48.) Once again, the con­nec­tions between the pow­er cen­ters of the petro­le­um indus­try and fas­cist ele­ments in the West is cen­tral to an under­stand­ing of the events in, and around, the 9/11/2001 attacks. (A mem­ber of the fas­cist P‑2 Lodge, Berlus­coni’s gov­ern­ment includes the fas­cist Nation­al Alliance and the xeno­pho­bic North­ern League.)

25. Next, the pro­gram reviews sus­pi­cions that the Al-Taqwa firm (Nada Man­age­ment) was asso­ci­at­ed with stock mar­ket manip­u­la­tion. (“Stock Trades Probed for Ties to Bin Laden” by William Droz­di­ak; Wash­ing­ton Post; 9/18/2001; p. A08.)

26. Among the com­pa­nies whose stocks were involved in the “short sell­ing” are Swiss Rein­sur­ance and Munich Rein­sur­ance. (Idem.) Both com­pa­nies have lia­bil­i­ty in the World Trade Cen­ter bomb­ing.

27. One of the pri­ma­ry ele­ments of the Bor­mann orga­ni­za­tion is the Thyssen-Borne­misza orga­ni­za­tion, head­quar­tered in Lugano, Switzer­land (the base for Youssef Nada’s oper­a­tions.) (Mar­tin Bor­mann: Nazi in Exile; Paul Man­ning; Copy­right 1981 [HC]; Lyle Stu­art Inc.; ISBN 0–8184-0309–8; P. 237.) It can be spec­u­lat­ed that the Nada/Al-Taqwa orga­ni­za­tion may very well be part of the Bor­mann orga­ni­za­tion.

28. The pro­gram con­cludes with a look at the respons­es of two con­tem­po­rary Nazi orga­ni­za­tions to the ter­ror attacks. Ahmed Huber is, as we have seen, asso­ci­at­ed with the NPD. Horst Mahler, a key mem­ber of the NPD, arguably Ger­many’s top neo-Nazi group, applaud­ed the attacks of 9/11. (“Ger­man Right-Winger Applauds Ter­ror­ists” by Toby Helm; Dai­ly Tele­graph; 9/25/2001.)

29. The NPD is close­ly asso­ci­at­ed, in turn, with the Nation­al Alliance. (“Far Right Vio­lence Soars in Ger­many” by Mar­tin A. Lee; San Fran­cis­co Bay Guardian; 3/19/2001.) The Nation­al Alliance is the pub­lish­er of Ser­pen­t’s Walk, the “Turn­er Diaries” of the Bor­mann orga­ni­za­tion.

30. The Nation­al Alliance has also endorsed the 9/11 attacks. (“U.S. Groups Have Some Ties to Germ War­fare” by Jo Thomas; New York Times; 11/2/2001; p. B8.)

31. The last item in the pro­gram is an analy­sis of Islam­ic fun­da­men­tal­ism as a form of “Islam­o­fas­cism.” ” . . .Our soci­eties are in cri­sis. They’re illit­er­ate, impov­er­ished, job­less. That makes it easy for reli­gious lead­ers to exploit peo­ple at the bot­tom. It enables fas­cism to come out of the clos­et. What we’re see­ing here is that fas­cism wears reli­gious cloaks.” (“For Mus­lims, Bin Laden’s Star Is Fad­ing as Quick­ly as It Rose”; by David Lamb; Los Ange­les Times; 12/31/2001; p. A7.)


4 comments for “FTR #342 Al-Taqwa”

  1. With respect to Point 13 in the sum­ma­ry of FTR #342, addi­tion­al cor­rec­tion is in order. Khalid bin Mafouz and Osama bin Laden are broth­ers-in-law if Khalid mar­ried Osama’s sis­ter or if Osama mar­ried Khalid’s sis­ter. Dav­e’s asser­tion sev­er­al times in FTR #342 is the for­mer, except he mis­poke short­ly before the end of side one and acci­den­tal­ly stat­ed that Osama was mar­ried to Khalid’s sis­ter.

    Accord­ing to Wikipedia, “In 1974, at the age of 17, bin Laden mar­ried Najwa Ghanem at Latakia, Syria;[30] they were divorced before Sep­tem­ber 11, 2001. Bin Laden’s oth­er known wives were Khadi­jah Sharif (mar­ried 1983, divorced 1990s), Khairi­ah Sabar (mar­ried 1985), Siham Sabar (mar­ried 1987), and Amal al-Sadah (mar­ried 2000). Some sources also list a sixth wife, name unknown, whose mar­riage to bin Laden was annulled soon after the cer­e­mo­ny.”

    Ref: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osama_Bin_Laden#Personal_life

    In the sum­ma­ry, Dave writes “Khalid Bin Mah­fouz is alleged­ly mar­ried to Osama Bin Laden’s sis­ter. [This has been dis­put­ed by Bin Mahfouz’s lawyers.]”

    A sep­a­rate Wikipedia arti­cle (plead­ing for ver­i­fi­ca­tion cites), sug­gests that most of the lit­i­ga­tion on the broth­er-in-law ques­tion was prompt­ed by the same error — a claim that Osama bin Ladin was mar­ried to Khalid bin Mafouz’ sis­ter rather than that bin Mafouz was mar­ried to Osama’s sis­ter. Note espe­cial­ly the pre­cise lan­guage of Woolsey’s cor­rec­tion.

    “In Unit­ed States Sen­ate tes­ti­mo­ny in 1998, Cen­tral Intel­li­gence Agency Direc­tor James Woolsey stat­ed (wrong­ly, and lat­er retract­ed) that bin Mah­fouz’s sis­ter is a wife of Osama bin Laden, mak­ing the two broth­ers-in-law. Bin Mah­fouz has con­sis­tent­ly denied this. Many pub­li­ca­tions, includ­ing The Wall Street Jour­nal, the Los Ange­les Times, For­tune, the Wash­ing­ton Post, and USA Today, report­ed that the two were broth­ers-in-law. Each pub­li­ca­tion has since issued a retrac­tion, some­times after lengthy litigation.[citation need­ed]

    “In the libel tri­al against him, Woolsey tes­ti­fied that bin Mah­fouz had been misiden­ti­fied. Woolsey lat­er stat­ed, ‘I don’t know what to say oth­er than there was some con­fu­sion, but I nev­er meant to refer to Bin Mah­fouz’s sister.’[11]”

    Ref: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khalid_bin_Mahfouz

    Posted by Terry Goodman | January 26, 2012, 1:21 am
  2. Strike the words “the same error — ” in my pre­vi­ous sub­mis­sion. It reads as if I was refer­ring to my quote from the pro­gram sum­ma­ry when the ref­er­enced error was instead in the broad­cast, and strik­ing those words fix­es it.

    Posted by Terry Goodman | January 26, 2012, 1:30 am
  3. Hi Ter­ry–

    Good to see your par­tic­i­pa­tion on this web­site and grat­i­fy­ing to see that you are fol­low­ing the pro­gram mate­r­i­al close­ly.

    As you know, I have been forced to tem­porar­i­ly sus­pend pro­duc­tion of new FTR pro­grams due to the pres­sures of the day job.

    I am blog­ging away, how­ev­er, and decid­ed to recy­cle many of my pro­grams deal­ing with 9/11.

    I worked exhaus­tive­ly for years on that piv­otal event and it is very sat­is­fy­ing to see that some are pay­ing close atten­tion to the mate­r­i­al.

    Oth­ers have sim­ply dis­missed the 9/11 shows as “old.”

    The al-Taqwa con­nec­tion comes full cir­cle to the Bush white house and GOP, through the Grover Norquist/Karl Rove/Muslim Broth­er­hood link.

    One advi­so­ry note: Wikipedia must be care­ful­ly used. There is much good infor­ma­tion there, but the pow­ers that be have done plen­ty of dis­in­for­ma­tion seed­ing there as well.

    Again, it is VERY grat­i­fy­ing to see some­one pay­ing close atten­tion to the mate­r­i­al.

    Some­times I feel like I’m hol­ler­ing into a bar­rel.

    Posted by Dave Emory | January 26, 2012, 1:50 pm
  4. Hel­lo there, Ter­ry. Some inter­est­ing infor­ma­tion you have there on bins Laden & Mah­fouz.

    @Dave: I real­ly don’t see why peo­ple would brush away the 9/11 stuff, either. And, P.S., I do hope you can get back on WFMU sometime(out of plain curios­i­ty, just what is your day job? Or is that some­thing you’d rather not release? If not, that’s alright of course.). =)

    Posted by Steven L. | January 26, 2012, 2:04 pm

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