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FTR #347 Axis of Evil (Carlyle’s Way)

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Con­tin­u­ing dis­cus­sion of the 9/11 attacks, this pro­gram presents new mate­r­i­al and reviews infor­ma­tion touched on in pre­vi­ous pro­grams.

1. Cen­tral to the dis­cus­sion in this broad­cast is the Car­lyle Group. One of the most suc­cess­ful invest­ment firms in the world, Car­lyle is an orga­ni­za­tion that cements the Bush fam­i­ly, key offi­cials from the Rea­gan and George H.W. Bush admin­is­tra­tions to the “Petrodol­lar” milieu of which the Bin Laden fam­i­ly is an inte­gral part.

The pro­gram’s sub­ti­tle is a direct, pro­found­ly respect­ful ref­er­ence to the title of an impor­tant and dis­turb­ing arti­cle about the Car­lyle Group in the respect­ed busi­ness pub­li­ca­tion Red Her­ring. (“Car­lyle’s Way” by Dan Briody; Red Her­ring; 1/8/2002.)

“Like every­one else in the Unit­ed States, the group stood trans­fixed as the events of Sep­tem­ber 11 unfold­ed. Present were for­mer sec­re­tary of defense Frank Car­luc­ci, for­mer sec­re­tary of state James Bak­er III, and rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Bin Laden fam­i­ly. This was not some under­ground pres­i­den­tial bunker or Cen­tral Intel­li­gence Agency inter­ro­ga­tion room. It was the Ritz-Carl­ton in Wash­ing­ton, C.C., the plush set­ting for the annu­al investor con­fer­ence of one of the most pow­er­ful, well-con­nect­ed, and secre­tive com­pa­nies in the world: the Car­lyle Group. And since Sep­tem­ber 11, this lit­tle-known com­pa­ny has become unex­pect­ed­ly impor­tant. That the Car­lyle Group had its con­fer­ence on Amer­i­ca’s dark­est day was mere coin­ci­dence, but there is noth­ing acci­den­tal about the cast of char­ac­ters that this pri­vate-equi­ty pow­er­house has assem­bled in the 14 years since its found­ing. Among those asso­ci­at­ed with Car­lyle are for­mer U.S. Pres­i­dent George Bush Sr. [as well as George W. Bush] . . . and Osama bin Laden’s estranged fam­i­ly. . . And as the Car­lyle investors watched the World Trade tow­ers go down, the group’s prospects went up.” (Idem.)

2. Before return­ing to the remark­able arti­cle from Red Her­ring, the pro­gram high­lights a cou­ple of oth­er points of infor­ma­tion. FTR#334 high­lights the fact the Bin Laden fam­i­ly were flown out of the Unit­ed States the day after the attacks, before they could be inter­viewed by the FBI. This pro­gram sets forth more spe­cif­ic infor­ma­tion. Twelve mem­bers of the fam­i­ly were flown out of the coun­try the day after the attacks, alleged­ly with the clear­ance of the CIA. (“Amer­i­ca, Afghanistan & the Con­trar­i­an” by Christo­pher Hitchens; San Jose Mer­cury News; 1/27/2002; p. 5C.)

3. The pro­gram also reviews infor­ma­tion pre­sent­ed in FTR#343. Author Richard Labeviere quotes a Euro­pean mil­i­tary attache sta­tioned in the Per­sian Gulf for many years.

“Con­trary to its recur­ring denials, the Bin Laden fam­i­ly nev­er cut its ties with Osama, the prodi­gal son. In spite of his loss of Sau­di nation­al­i­ty-which was announced in response to inter­na­tion­al require­ments-Osama always relied on the fam­i­ly group to con­clude the train­ing and the many relo­ca­tions of his ‘Afghan’ mer­ce­nar­ies. These suc­ces­sive rede­ploy­ments were always car­ried out at the insti­ga­tion of Tur­ki and in con­nec­tion with his CIA con­tacts. Among his many activ­i­ties, the chief of the Sau­di secret ser­vice, endowed with a pow­er that cuts across many fields, polit­i­cal­ly super­vis­es the allo­ca­tion of State con­tracts and always gives pref­er­ence to the Bin Laden Group and ensures it the best terms of pay­ment. This metic­u­lous care part­ly explains the finan­cial pow­er of the ‘Banker of the Jihad’ . . . Still today [1999], Prince Tur­ki, the con­strained friend of the CIA, and his secret ser­vice, make abun­dant use of Osama bin Laden’s net­works, where­as the fed­er­al court of New York has issued an inter­na­tion­al war­rant for his arrest. . .Tak­ing into account the close ties between the Unit­ed States and Sau­di Ara­bia, it is incon­ceiv­able that Bin Laden remains beyond reach! Bin Laden’s net­works, with all their many branch­es, also enjoy the active sup­port of the Mus­lim Broth­ers. The pow­er­ful reli­gious fra­ter­ni­ty nev­er refused to put its mil­i­tary and finan­cial logis­tics at the dis­pos­al of the Sau­di bil­lion­aire.”

(Dol­lars for Ter­ror: The Unit­ed States and Islam; Richard Labeviere; Copy­right 2000 [SC]; Algo­ra Pub­lish­ing; ISBN 1–892941-06–6; pp. 117–118.)

Mr. Emory notes that the CIA (not to men­tion the rest of the U.S. intel­li­gence com­mu­ni­ty) is not mono­lith­ic. For Labaviere’s use of the term “CIA,” one might well sub­sti­tute the term “petro­le­um-relat­ed fac­tion of U.S. intel­li­gence.”

4. The dis­cus­sion then returns to the vital­ly impor­tant arti­cle about the Car­lyle Group. Mr. Briody reports that the 9/11 attacks result­ed in the res­ur­rec­tion of the Cru­sad­er self-pro­pelled how­itzer, a Car­lyle-owned project and one that enrich­es the dis­trict of Repub­li­can J.C. Watts. (Idem.) It is worth not­ing that, among the major areas of Car­lyle’s inter­est is Korea-an invest­ment under­tak­ing heav­i­ly pro­mot­ed by the Senior George Bush. (Idem.)

It should be not­ed in that con­text that North Korea was recent­ly cit­ed by George W. as part of the “axis of evil” that his admin­is­tra­tion would focus on. Mr. Emory spec­u­lates that the inclu­sion of North Korea in his speech may have been an echo of Ronald Rea­gan’s “Evil Empire” speech refer­ring to the Sovi­et Union.

Rea­gan’s mil­i­tary buildup and war-mon­ger­ing rhetoric were designed to destroy the Sovi­et Union by forc­ing it to attempt to match the U.S. mil­i­tary buildup and, in so doing, bank­rupt itself. It should be not­ed that Car­lyle is quite explic­it about using its gov­ern­ment con­nec­tions to do busi­ness.

“In run­ning what its own mar­ket­ing lit­er­a­ture spook­i­ly calls ‘a vast, inter­lock­ing, glob­al net­work of busi­ness­es and invest­ment pro­fes­sion­als’ that oper­ates with­in the so-called iron tri­an­gle of indus­try, gov­ern­ment, and the mil­i­tary, the Car­lyle Group leaves itself open to any num­ber of con­flicts of inter­est and stun­ning ironies.” (Idem.)

5. The pro­gram then pro­ceeds to a review of the inter­twin­ing of the busi­ness and ter­ror-pro­mot­ing inter­ests of the Bin Laden and Bin Mah­fouz fam­i­lies, excerpt­ing an arti­cle that was one of the cen­tral ele­ments of FTR#342. (“Im Wun­der­land des Has­s­es”; by Johannes von Dohnanyi; Welt­woche; Aus­gabe 01/2002.)

Of par­tic­u­lar sig­nif­i­cance in the analy­sis of the Al Qae­da 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.) Close­ly con­nect­ed to the failed BCCI, Khalid Bin Mah­fouz is report­ed­ly mar­ried to Osama Bin Laden’s sister!(Idem.) The Bin Mah­fouz and Bin Laden fam­i­lies have a num­ber of busi­ness oper­a­tions togeth­er, includ­ing the Car­lyle group. (Idem.) Mr. Emory notes that the sig­nif­i­cance of the pres­ence of mem­bers of the vast Bin Laden and Bin Mah­fouz fam­i­lies in busi­ness inter­ests involv­ing mem­bers of the Bush fam­i­ly lies in the fact that this involve­ment con­notes the “petrodol­lar” milieu dis­cussed in FTR#345.) The actu­al dol­lar amount of the invest­ment of any giv­en indi­vid­ual in these fam­i­lies is rel­a­tive­ly unim­por­tant.

6. Next, the pro­gram repris­es dis­cus­sion of the con­nec­tion of James R. Bath to all three fam­i­lies. 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. 219; pp. 221–222.)

7. The inter­lock­ing busi­ness inter­ests of the Bush, Bin Laden and Bin Mah­fouz groups are worth not­ing in the con­text of the fact that a num­ber of Bin Mah­fouz fam­i­ly bank accounts are under scruti­ny in con­nec­tion with Sep­tem­ber 11. (“Sau­di Ara­bia Is Mon­i­tor­ing Key Bank Accounts” by James M. Dorsey; Wall Street Jour­nal; 2/6/2002; p. A10.)

8. The fam­i­ly that “preys” togeth­er stays togeth­er. The pro­gram reviews an ele­ment of dis­cus­sion from FTR#346. Bush’s edu­ca­tion pro­gram may well ben­e­fit his broth­er Neil and his Sau­di busi­ness asso­ciates. FTR#345 pre­sent­ed infor­ma­tion about a recent con­fer­ence in Jed­dah, Sau­di Ara­bia, at which the Bin Ladens (among oth­ers) expressed anx­i­ety about their U.S. busi­ness ties. Bush’s younger broth­er Neil was using that (in part) Bin Laden-spon­sored con­fer­ence to recruit Sau­di investors for his new edu­ca­tion­al soft­ware com­pa­ny, which fig­ures to be a ben­e­fi­cia­ry of his broth­er’s edu­ca­tion pro­gram. (“Neil Bush’s Sau­di Busi­ness Con­nec­tion” by Michael Isikoff; Newsweek; 2/4/2002; p. 6.) It is worth not­ing that anoth­er of the spon­sors of the con­fer­ence was Prince Alwaleed, a major play­er in Car­lyle Group, as well as an asso­ciate of Youss­eff Nada. (For more about the Nada, Alwaleed con­nec­tion, see FTR#343. For more about Nada, see FTR#‘s 335, 336, 340, 342.)

9. The cozy rela­tion­ship between the Bush­es and the fam­i­lies of Amer­i­ca’s mor­tal ene­mies is worth not­ing, in that anoth­er attendee at the Jed­dah con­fer­ence, for­mer Pres­i­dent Clin­ton, point­ed­ly dis­in­vit­ed the Bin Laden fam­i­ly and Prince Alwaleed to his address. (Idem.) Clin­ton’s speech crit­i­cized the Sau­di stance with regard to its own Islam­ic fun­da­men­tal­ists and also crit­i­cized the PLO over its unwill­ing­ness to arrive at a peace set­tle­ment with the Israelis. (“Jed­dah Busi­ness­men Frus­trat­ed by Tense Rela­tions with U.S.” by Roula Kha­laf; Finan­cial Times; 1/21/2002; p. 5.)

10. In that con­text, it is inter­est­ing to con­tem­plate the fact that the PLO is financed by Sau­di Ara­bia, pos­sess­ing more for­eign cur­ren­cy reserves than many Third World coun­tries. (The King­dom: Ara­bia and the House of Sa’ud; Robert Lacey; Copy­right 1981 [HC]; Har­court Brace Jovanovich; ISBN 0–15-147260–2; p. 446.) It is note­wor­thy that this wealth does not appear to “trick­le down” to the Pales­tin­ian peo­ple. In addi­tion, the Saud­is, like oth­er Arab (and Mus­lim) nations, divert atten­tion to the Israeli/Palestinian con­flict in an attempt to scape­goat Israel (and Jews) for their own fis­cal prob­lems.

11. It is also worth not­ing that the stan­dard of liv­ing for the aver­age Sau­di is declin­ing, amidst grow­ing finan­cial cor­rup­tion. (“Sau­di Deficit Mys­tery Sym­bol­izes Frus­tra­tion” by Roula Kha­laf; Finan­cial Times; 1/28/2002; p. 5.)

12. Next, the pro­gram explores in greater depth a top­ic of dis­cus­sion touched on in FTR#346. This sub­ject serves to fur­ther under­score the inex­tri­ca­ble rela­tion­ship between the for­eign, domes­tic, eco­nom­ic and mil­i­tary impli­ca­tions of the Sep­tem­ber 11 attacks. The pro­gram returns to the sub­ject of the reprisal against the Al Shi­fa phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal plant for the attacks on U.S. embassies in August of 1998. Repris­ing a point pre­sent­ed in FTR#346, Mr. Emory notes that the Al Shi­fa attack was attrib­uted by the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood to Clin­ton’s desire to dis­tract from his domes­tic prob­lems stem­ming from the Lewin­sky scan­dal. (Dol­lars for Ter­ror.; p. 367.)

13. Mr. Emory then sets forth a cyn­i­cal, Machi­avel­lian rela­tion­ship between the Repub­li­can estab­lish­ment, the Israeli right, and the Pales­tin­ian nego­ti­at­ing team. It is Mr. Emory’s view that this rela­tion­ship was instru­men­tal in desta­bi­liz­ing Clin­ton’s for­eign pol­i­cy and weak­en­ing his domes­tic polit­i­cal con­sen­sus.

14. The Repub­li­cans tried to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Yitzhak Rabin and Clin­ton viewed this as inim­i­cal to the peace process, and the leg­is­la­tion passed by the Repub­li­can dom­i­nat­ed Con­gress was vetoed. (Ibid.; p. 167.) Sub­se­quent­ly, Rabin was assas­si­nat­ed. Mr. Emory notes that Ben­jamin Netanyahu (who suc­ceed­ed Rabin) was almost indict­ed for incite­ment in the mur­der.

In 1998, as Clin­ton was deal­ing with the Mon­i­ca Lewin­sky scan­dal, Newt Gin­grich was cater­ing to the Israeli right, under­min­ing U.S. pol­i­cy with a speech in the Knes­set (the Israeli par­lia­ment) which direct­ly coun­tered the admin­is­tra­tion’s pol­i­cy. Also in 1998, a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the Likud par­ty (to which Sharon and Netanyahu belong) was present at the con­gress of the Allian­za Nationale, the Ital­ian fas­cist par­ty and heir to Mus­solin­i’s fascisti. (Netanyahu’s father, one of his clos­est polit­i­cal advis­ers, was the per­son­al sec­re­tary of the Betar, the fas­cist ele­ment in the Zion­ist move­ment.) There are indi­ca­tions that the Lewin­sky scan­dal was being exploit­ed by a right-wing ele­ment of Israeli intel­li­gence.

In the spring of 2000, Ariel Sharon was meet­ing with for­mer U.S. ambas­sador to Italy Maxwell Rabb and Sil­vio Berlus­coni, whose gov­ern­ment includes the Allian­za Nationale. In the sum­mer of 2000, the Camp David nego­ti­a­tions failed, after Yass­er Arafat walked out of the talks. (This occurred on the same day that Bush named Cheney as his run­ning mate.)

15. The pro­gram con­cludes with review of “Bak­er’s Dozen” the so-called “mod­er­ate” Pales­tini­ans who com­prised the PLO nego­ti­at­ing team. (The Secret War Against the Jews: How West­ern Espi­onage Betrayed the Jew­ish Peo­ple; John Lof­tus and Mark Aarons; Copy­right 1994 [HC]; St. Mar­t­in’s Press; ISBN 0–312-11057‑X; p. 476.) These “mod­er­ates” were polit­i­cal and diplo­mat­ic pro­teges of James Bak­er, who watched the col­lapse of the World Trade Cen­ter tow­ers with his Car­lyle Group part­ners the Bin Ladens. One should not over­look the pos­si­bil­i­ty that the peace talks were delib­er­ate­ly sab­o­taged by the Repub­li­cans and their fas­cist and intel­li­gence-con­nect­ed allies to deny Al Gore the cam­paign issue of a suc­cess­ful Demo­c­ra­t­ic bro­ker­ing of the Mid­dle East peace process.


3 comments for “FTR #347 Axis of Evil (Carlyle’s Way)”

  1. Ger­mans admit to sub­ver­sion via polit­i­cal char­i­ties...


    Posted by G | February 7, 2012, 4:57 am
  2. @G: If by Ger­mans you mean Spiegel, they admit no such thing... at least not in the piece you’ve cit­ed.

    Although their indi­vid­ual agen­das may dif­fer, all of these foun­da­tions are advo­cates of democ­ra­cy, human rights and social jus­tice.

    Wow, if I weren’t read­ing that in Spiegel — and by exten­sion Spit­firelist — I’d swear it was a fluffy Amer­i­can Sun­day morn­ing soft­ball, wor­thy of the late, but still embar­rass­ing Tim Russert.

    Posted by Rob Coogan | February 7, 2012, 10:00 pm
  3. [...] were on the board of direc­tors of the Car­lyle Group, which Dave Emory has stud­ied and pre­sent­ed in For The Record # 347. The Car­lyle Group is one of the most influ­en­tial invest­ment firms of the world. Only the great­est [...]

    Posted by Interview with Robert Parry on For The Record: The Bushes and the bin Ladens helped each other | Lys-d'Or | February 12, 2012, 8:04 pm

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