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FTR #365 The Ties That Bind, Part 4: Geopolitics and 9/11

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This broad­cast high­lights and ana­lyzes some of the polit­i­cal, eco­nom­ic and strate­gic alliances, rela­tion­ships and con­flicts under­ly­ing the 9/11 attacks. If one could sum up the 9/11 attacks in one sen­tence, it might be as fol­lows. If Adolf Hitler had been in the White House when Pearl Har­bor was attacked this is what you would be see­ing.

1. The pro­gram begins with James Stew­art Mar­t­in’s obser­va­tions about the per­pet­u­a­tion of the eco­nom­ic forces that backed Hitler, as well as their atti­tude toward the Third Reich. (One should bear in mind that the Bush fam­i­ly and Allen Dulles were a promi­nent part of the Amer­i­can half of this “net­work­ing” rela­tion­ship. The writer (James Stew­art Mar­tin) was in charge of the eco­nom­ic war­fare sec­tion of the antitrust divi­sion of the Depart­ment of Jus­tice dur­ing the Sec­ond World War. As such, he was in charge of attempt­ing to inter­dict the eco­nom­ic forces under­ly­ing the Third Reich. “Our obser­va­tions in post­war Ger­many did not sup­port the the­o­ry that the Nazi regime was a run­away affair. Pro­pa­gan­da has been turned out in an effort to con­vince peo­ple that the indus­tri­al­ists who backed the Hitler coup did not real­ize they were open­ing a Pan­do­ra’s box. We are to believe that the trou­bles they set loose plagued them no less than the rest of mankind. On the con­trary, from all that we could gath­er in talk­ing with Ger­man indus­tri­al­ists, the big-indus­try group in Ger­many regrets the Hitler peri­od only because the Nazis lost the war. We found no evi­dence that the lead­ing indus­tri­al groups had acquired a fun­da­men­tal dis­taste for Ger­man nation­al­ism as such. They are still work­ing toward the orga­ni­za­tion of Europe in such a way as to sup­port a dom­i­nant Ger­man indus­tri­al econ­o­my, and the orga­ni­za­tion of Ger­many’s own eco­nom­ic life around a con­cen­tra­tion of heavy indus­tries.” (All Hon­or­able Men; James Stew­art Mar­tin; Copy­right 1950 [HC]; Lit­tle, Brown & Co.; p. 292.) The Euro­pean Mon­e­tary Union and EU are con­trolled by Ger­many. The polit­i­cal and eco­nom­ic goals of the Third Reich indus­tri­al­ists and financiers and the ecopo­lit­i­cal con­trol of Europe were real­ized.

2. “Except for its mil­i­tary out­come, the Nazi exper­i­ment appears to have been a suc­cess in the eyes of its orig­i­nal spon­sors. The uni­ty of Ger­man busi­ness and finance in back­ing the Nazis was matched only by the pre­ci­sion with which the Nazi gov­ern­ment moved in to sup­port the aims and inter­ests of the dom­i­nant financiers and indus­tri­al­ists. They, in turn, have been wag­ing a hard post­war fight to keep the eco­nom­ic lines of the Nazi sys­tem intact.” (Idem.) As has been seen in numer­ous pro­grams, the Third Reich per­pet­u­at­ed itself in an under­ground fash­ion, ema­nat­ing from the remark­able Bor­mann orga­ni­za­tion, and its dead­ly intel­li­gence com­po­nent under ex-Gestapo chief Hein­rich Muller. The Bush fam­i­ly is inex­tri­ca­bly linked with the Thyssen eco­nom­ic inter­ests, a pri­ma­ry ele­ment of the Bor­mann nexus. The Muller out fit, in turn wield­ed pow­er­ful influ­ence with­in both the U.S. and inter­na­tion­al intel­li­gence com­mu­ni­ties.

3. Next, the pro­gram dis­cuss­es what the Nazis called “geo-pol­i­tics.” The cen­tral ele­ment in that con­cept was what the Ger­man geo-politi­cians called “the Earth Island.” This referred to the huge land­mass stretch­ing from the Straits of Gibral­tar, all the way across Europe, the Mid­dle East, the for­mer Sovi­et Union, Chi­na, India and Pak­istan. This ter­ri­to­ry embraces the bulk of the world’s land-mass and most of its oil resources. Across the mid­dle of this “Earth Island” is a vast stretch of pri­mar­i­ly Mus­lim pop­u­la­tion. The Third Reich saw the con­trol of this Mus­lim pop­u­la­tion as the key to con­trol­ling the world-its land and petro­le­um reserves. “The Nazi effort came as near to mil­i­tary suc­cess as it did because Ger­man mil­i­tary plan­ners took advan­tage of the lessons of geo-pol­i­tics. The rela­tion of strate­gi­cal­ly placed land mass­es and nation­al resources to the con­trol over larg­er areas of the earth­’s sur­face had been stud­ied with great care not only by Pro­fes­sor Haushofer and his “geo-polit­i­cal insti­tute” but by a great num­ber of oth­er Ger­man sci­en­tists, econ­o­mists, and polit­i­cal ana­lysts. In the same way, the Ger­man plan­ners shaped the eco­nom­ic war, not only as a sup­ple­ment to mil­i­tary oper­a­tions but as a sub­sti­tute to hedge against mil­i­tary defeat. The Ger­man high com­mand made use of what we might call ecopo­lit­i­cal orga­ni­za­tions, com­bin­ing both eco­nom­ic and polit­i­cal forces under com­mon con­trol. Though they had no polit­i­cal insti­tute labeled as such, the Ger­mans arranged the strate­gic con­trol of large areas of eco­nom­ic activ­i­ty both at home and abroad by main­tain­ing con­trol of bot­tle­neck points. It was this fea­ture of the ‘car­tel sys­tem’ that Gen­er­al Clay and his eco­nom­ic advis­ers tend­ed to ignore plac­ing their chief empha­sis on so-called ‘war poten­tial.’ ” (Ibid.; pp. 292–293.)

4. “The Ger­man ecopo­lit­i­cal organizations‑I.G. Far­ben, Unit­ed Steel, the Deutsche Bank and Dres­d­ner bank and all the rest-did not die with the dis­mem­ber­ment of the Ger­man mil­i­tary machine. When our mil­i­tary gov­ern­ment took over, the Ger­mans had the stage set for real­ly fatal blun­ders on our side. The occu­piers failed to real­ize that the Ger­man ecopo­lit­i­cal forces still exist­ed and that their com­plete over­haul was a first order of busi­ness. Instead, by delay­ing reor­ga­ni­za­tions and by tak­ing the lead­ers of the com­bines into the man­age­ment of the new eco­nom­ic revival, Gen­er­al Clay’s mil­i­tary gov­ern­ment entan­gled itself with the very forces it came in to crush.” (Ibid.; p. 293.)

5. The fail­ure of the Unit­ed States to come to terms with the ecopo­lit­i­cal real­i­ties under­ly­ing 9/11 is evi­dent in the state­ment of an Amer­i­can mil­i­tary offi­cial, com­ment­ing about Sau­di Ara­bia. In that same con­text, one should lose sight of the pro­found con­nec­tions between Sau­di Ara­bia and the Third Reich in its above-ground and under­ground phas­es. “Anoth­er fac­tor is Sau­di Ara­bi­a’s inter­nal pol­i­tics, which require the roy­al fam­i­ly to care­ful­ly bal­ance secu­ri­ty needs with the sen­ti­ment of Sau­di cit­i­zen­ry, many of whom dis­like the U.S. mil­i­tary pres­ence on the penin­su­la. ‘Once they real­ized they had scared us too much, they start­ed to edge back the oth­er way,’ a senior U.S. Navy offi­cial said. ‘They real­ized they had tak­en things too far.’ ” Kind of like the Japan­ese did at Pearl Har­bor. (“Saud­is Strength­en Ties With U.S. Mil­i­tary” by Greg Jaffe; The Wall Street Jour­nal; 6/13/2002; pp. A14-15.)

6. The intel­li­gence com­mu­ni­ty’s fail­ure to inter­dict 9/11 appears to stem from a pol­i­cy fail­ure. The U.S. con­tin­ues its fail­ure to deal with Sau­di Ara­bia. “FBI and mil­i­tary intel­li­gence offi­cials in Wash­ing­ton say they were pre­vent­ed for polit­i­cal rea­sons from car­ry­ing out full inves­ti­ga­tions into mem­bers of the Bin Laden fam­i­ly in the U.S. before the ter­ror­ist attacks of Sep­tem­ber 11.” (“FBI And U.S. Spy Agents Say Bush Spiked Bin Laden Probes Before 11 Sep­tem­ber” by Greg Palast and David Pal­lis­ter; The Guardian; 11/7/2001; p. 1.)

7. “U.S. intel­li­gence agen­cies have come under crit­i­cism for their whole­sale fail­ure to pre­dict the cat­a­stro­phe at the World Trade Cen­ter. But some are com­plain­ing that their hands were tied.” (Idem.)

8. “FBI doc­u­ments shown on ‘BBC News­night’ last night and obtained by The Guardian show that they had ear­li­er sought to inves­ti­gate two of Osama bin Laden’s rel­a­tives in Wash­ing­ton and a Mus­lim orga­ni­za­tion, the World Assem­bly of Mus­lim Youth (WAMY), with which they were linked.” (Idem.)

9. “The FBI file, marked Secret and cod­ed 199, which means a case involv­ing nation­al secu­ri­ty, records that Abdul­lah bin Laden, who lived in Wash­ing­ton, had orig­i­nal­ly had a file opened on him ‘because of his rela­tion­ship with the World Assem­bly of Mus­lim Youth‑a sus­pect­ed ter­ror­ist orga­ni­za­tion.’ ” (Idem.)

10. “Abdul­lah, who lived with his broth­er Omar at the time in Falls Church, a town just out­side Wash­ing­ton, was the U.S. direc­tor of WAMY, whose offices were in a base­ment near­by.” (Idem.)

11. “But the FBI files were closed in 1996, appar­ent­ly before any con­clu­sions could be reached on either the Bin Laden broth­ers or the orga­ni­za­tion itself. High-placed intel­li­gence sources in Wash­ing­ton told The Guardian this week: ‘There were always con­straints on inves­ti­gat­ing the Saud­is.’ ” (Idem.)

12. “They said the restric­tions became worse after the Bush admin­is­tra­tion took over this year. The intel­li­gence agen­cies had been told to ‘back off’ from inves­ti­ga­tions involv­ing oth­er mem­bers of the Bin Laden fam­i­ly, the Sau­di roy­als, and pos­si­ble Sau­di links to the acqui­si­tion of nuclear weapons by Pak­istan.” (Idem.)

13. ” ‘There were par­tic­u­lar inves­ti­ga­tions that were effec­tive­ly killed.’ ” (Idem.)

14. “But as long as 10 years ago, it was named as a dis­creet chan­nel for pub­lic and pri­vate Sau­di dona­tions to hard­line Islam­ic orga­ni­za­tions. One of the recip­i­ents of its largesse has been the mil­i­tant Stu­dents Islam­ic Move­ment of India, which has lent sup­port to Pak­istani-backed ter­ror­ists in Kash­mir and seeks to set up an Islam­ic state in India.” (Ibid.; p. 2.)

15. “Since Sep­tem­ber 11, WAMY has been inves­ti­gat­ed in the U.S. along with a num­ber of oth­er Mus­lim char­i­ties. There have been sev­er­al grand jury inves­ti­ga­tions but no find­ings have been made against any of them.” (Idem.)

16. Fur­ther evi­dence of the Saudi/Al Qaeda/9/11 links is to be found in dis­cus­sion of NSA inter­cepts of Al Qae­da oper­a­tives com­mu­ni­cat­ing with their com­mand struc­ture. “Con­ver­sa­tions inter­cept­ed the day before Sep­tem­ber 11 caught Al-Qae­da oper­a­tives boast­ing in Ara­bic, ‘The match begins tomor­row’ and ‘Tomor­row is Zero Hour.’ But U.S. intel­li­gence did­n’t trans­late them until Sep­tem­ber 12, con­gres­sion­al and admin­is­tra­tion sources dis­closed Wednes­day.” (“Heard 9/10: ‘Tomor­row is Zero Hour’ by John Dia­mond and Kathy Kiely; USA Today; p. 1A.)

17. “[NSA chief Gen­er­al Michael] Hay­den told the law­mak­ers the inter­cepts cap­tured al-Qae­da mem­bers com­mu­ni­cat­ing with allies in Sau­di Ara­bia, accord­ing to one of the offi­cials.” (Idem.)

18. Bin Laden’s con­ver­sa­tions, also being mon­i­tored, are indica­tive of an impend­ing oper­a­tion. ” ‘This was an exam­ple that some­thing was up,’ the offi­cial said of the Sep­tem­ber 10 calls. ‘But it does­n’t tell you where it was, what it was or how we could stop it.’ U.S. offi­cials said last fall that Osama Bin Laden had tele­phoned his wife and his moth­er in Dam­as­cus, Syr­ia, on Sep­tem­ber 10. He report­ed­ly urged his wife to return to Afghanistan, and told his moth­er she would not hear from him for a long time.” (“Two Al Qae­da Mes­sages Were Inter­cept­ed on Sept. 10, Offi­cials Con­firm” by Josh Mey­er, Janet Hook, Eric Licht­blau; Los Ange­les Times; 6/20/2002; p. A10.)

19. Next, the pro­gram dis­cuss­es con­flicts between Ger­man and U.S. intel­li­gence con­cern­ing the inves­ti­ga­tion of 9/11. These con­flicts (like the US war against Islam­o­fas­cism) are part of what is, quite lit­er­al­ly, a con­tin­u­a­tion of the Sec­ond World War, with the ecopo­lit­i­cal ele­ments of the Under­ground Reich wag­ing war against the Unit­ed States. “Intel­li­gence offi­cials in Wash­ing­ton have not respond­ed to requests for infor­ma­tion about a vis­it to Ger­many by Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, an oper­a­tive for Al Qae­da who has emerged as a cen­tral fig­ure in the Sep­tem­ber 11 attacks, Ger­man offi­cials said today. They added that their own checks had turned up no trace of Mr. Mohammed’s ever vis­it­ing or liv­ing here.” (“Ger­many Says Qae­da Fig­ure Was Nev­er in Coun­try” by Steven Erlanger; The New York Times; 6/11/2002; p. A19.)

20. Note the ret­i­cence of U.S. intel­li­gence to dis­close too much to the Ger­mans. “The offi­cials said they had first heard from the Amer­i­can press, not Amer­i­can offi­cials, about a pos­si­ble vis­it by Mr. Mohammed to Ham­burg in 1999.” (Idem.)

21. “Their own requests for infor­ma­tion have not been answered, the senior Ger­man offi­cials said, express­ing annoy­ance at the way infor­ma­tion was appar­ent­ly leaked by the Fed­er­al Bureau of Inves­ti­ga­tion and the Cen­tral Intel­li­gence Agency in Wash­ing­ton. They sug­gest­ed that in try­ing to deflect the blame for intel­li­gence fail­ures, the Amer­i­can agen­cies may be unfair­ly point­ing the fin­ger at Ger­man offi­cials.” (Idem.)

22. “Mr. Mohammed has been described by some Amer­i­can offi­cials as the mas­ter­mind of the Sep­tem­ber 11 attacks, which were car­ried out by a group that includ­ed Mohamed Atta, Ziad al-Jar­rah and Mar­wan al-She­hhi, who had lived in Ham­burg.” (Idem.)

23. ” ‘We have no record of him liv­ing in Ger­many,’ a senior Ger­man intel­li­gence offi­cial said, ‘and we have no infor­ma­tion about him vis­it­ing Ger­many in 1999.’ ” (Idem.)

24. One should also note the French and Ger­man ret­i­cence to pro­vide infor­ma­tion about Zac­cha­rias Mous­saoui to the Unit­ed States–ostensibly because Mous­saoui (an appar­ent would-be sui­cide attack­er) could get the death penal­ty. “While the Ger­man author­i­ties shared what they knew about Mr. Mous­saoui with the F.B.I. and C.I.A. on an infor­mal, inves­tiga­tive basis, the Ger­mans and the French have balked at pro­vid­ing evi­dence that could even­tu­al­ly serve to exe­cute Mr. Mous­saoui. For exam­ple, the Ger­mans have the orig­i­nal bank trans­fer doc­u­ments used to get mon­ey to Mr. Mous­saoui and said to bear Mr. Shib­h’s fin­ger­prints, but they have thus far pro­vid­ed Wash­ing­ton only copies. The copies would not be admis­si­ble in court.” (Idem.) Mous­saoui’s con­nec­tions include liaisons with the milieu of Fran­cois Genoud.

25. Still more con­flict between the U.S. and Ger­man intel­li­gence sys­tems involves obfus­ca­tion con­cern­ing Hei­dar Zam­mar (who even­tu­al­ly turned up in Moroc­can cus­tody.) “While the Unit­ed States denies hav­ing the man, Mohamed Hei­dar Zam­mar, in its cus­tody, a senior Ger­man intel­li­gence offi­cial said, ‘I would be glad if the Amer­i­cans would tell us if they have Zam­mar under their con­trol or not in some oth­er coun­try.’ ” (“Ger­man Offi­cials Deny Know­ing Where­abouts of Impor­tant Fig­ure in Ham­burg Plot” by Steven Erlanger; The New York Times; 6/13/2002; p. A20.)

26. “Mr. Zam­mar, 41, A Syr­i­an-born Ger­man cit­i­zen, is under inves­ti­ga­tion for his ties to Al Qae­da. He was not arrest­ed after Sep­tem­ber 11, but was not arrest­ed after Sep­tem­ber 11, but was allowed to go to Moroc­co on Octo­ber 27 with Amer­i­can knowl­edge, Ger­man offi­cials say. He then dis­ap­peared.” (Idem.)

27. “Mr. Zam­mar’s role in the ter­ror­ist plot has been under­es­ti­mat­ed, Ger­man offi­cials say. An impos­ing man of over 300 pounds, Mr. Zam­mar was a vocal advo­cate of holy war in Ham­burg mosques and gave young Mus­lims advice on how to go to Afghanistan for mil­i­tary train­ing. He befriend­ed Mohamed Atta and some of the Ham­burg-based hijack­ers, Ger­man offi­cials and res­i­dents said, and he was a wit­ness at the wed­ding of a cell mem­ber Said Baha­ji.” (Idem.)

28. “But a senior Ger­man intel­li­gence offi­cial said the Ger­mans had no evi­dence to sup­port a report in The Wash­ing­ton Post today that says inves­ti­ga­tors have iden­ti­fied Mr. Zam­mar as the per­son who first recruit­ed Mr. Atta into Al Qae­da and played a key role in con­nect­ing him with the Qae­da lead­er­ship in Afghanistan.” (Idem.)

29. “But the offi­cials sup­port­ed a strong sug­ges­tion in the Post arti­cle that Mr. Zam­mar might be in cus­tody, and said that Amer­i­can offi­cials have giv­en the Ger­mans only lim­it­ed infor­ma­tion about him or about Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, who the Amer­i­cans say orches­trat­ed much of the plan­ning behind the Sep­tem­ber 11 plot. Mr. Mohammed also vis­it­ed Ger­many and is said to be a key con­nec­tion between Al Qae­da in Afghanistan and the Ham­burg cell.” (Idem.)

30. “After Sep­tem­ber 11, in the apart­ment of Mr. Baha­ji, the cell mem­ber, Ger­man inves­ti­ga­tors found books and holy war in which Mr. Zam­mar had writ­ten ded­i­ca­tions. There were 94 copies of Mr. Bin Laden’s call for war against the infi­dels, also seized, which had been pho­to­copied by Mr. Zam­mar, he told friends.” (Idem.)

31. “When Ger­man offi­cials searched Mr. Zam­mar’s apart­ment in mid-Novem­ber, they found doc­u­ments from Pak­istan and two car­tridges from Kalash­nikov com­bat rifle. In addi­tion, accord­ing to Der Spiegel, two of his young recruits on their way from Ger­many to Afghanistan, a 27-year-old Ger­man from Koso­vo and a 22-year-old from Lebanon, were arrest­ed in Pak­istan on Sep­tem­ber 10.” (Idem.)

32. Anoth­er prob­a­ble are­na of polit­i­cal and intel­li­gence con­flict focus­es on the Balka­ns and the war crimes tri­al of Slo­bo­dan Milo­se­vic. Islamist ele­ments con­nect­ed to the Saudi/Al Qae­da milieu, as well as to the milieu of the Grand Mufti and the Balkan Waf­fen SS (13th [Han­jar] and 21st [Skan­der­beg] divi­sions) worked against the for­mer Yugoslavia under Milo­se­vic. There is strong evi­dence of U.S. involve­ment with this milieu dur­ing the Balka­ns wars of the 1990’s. The sen­si­tiv­i­ty of this rela­tion­ship may account for U.S. ret­i­cence in let­ting the “archi­tect of the Day­ton peace accords” (Richard Hol­brooke) tes­ti­fy at Milo­se­vic’s tri­al. “The U.S. is jeo­pradiz­ing the war crimes tri­al of Slo­bo­dan Milo­se­vic, the for­mer Ser­bian pres­i­dent, by demand­ing that a key wit­ness tes­ti­fies behind closed doors, accord­ing to diplo­mats.” (“Milo­se­vic War Crimes Tri­al threat­ened by U.S. Demand” by Car­o­la Hoyos; Finan­cial Times; 6/12/2002; p. 1.)

33. “The State Depart­ment is push­ing for the court in The Hague to keep secret the tes­ti­mo­ny of Richard Hol­brooke, archi­tect of Bosni­a’s Day­ton peace accords.” (Idem.)

34. Con­sid­er­ing the poten­tial embar­rass­ing ques­tions US/Saudi/Al Aae­da col­lab­o­ra­tion in the Balka­ns might raise, one should not lose sight of who is in charge of the Milo­se­vic pro­ceed­ings. “Nego­ti­a­tions with the State Depart­ment have become so dif­fi­cult that Car­la del Ponte, the Unit­ed Nations’ pros­e­cu­tor who has been giv­en 14 months to present her case, is said to be con­sid­er­ing not call­ing the wit­ness.” (Idem.) Del Ponte is con­nect­ed to the Youssef Nada/Al Taqwa milieu, as well as the Shakarchi fam­i­ly, who were heav­i­ly involved with the Euro­pean Bin Laden inter­ests, as well as the Iran-Con­tra and Muja­hadeen net­works of the 1980’s.

35. The U.S. has recent­ly encoun­tered dif­fi­cul­ty in attempt­ing to neu­tral­ize Al Taqwa, as well as some of the oth­er fund­ing con­duits based in Europe. ” ‘The Amer­i­cans are good at intel­li­gence infor­ma­tion,’ says an Ital­ian offi­cial who has fol­lowed Bank al Taqwa, a Bahamas-based lender that the U.S. alleges financed the al Qae­da ter­ror­ist net­work. ‘But they pro­vide lit­tle that can be used in court. We’re still wait­ing for real infor­ma­tion.’ ” (“Bush Faces Widen­ing Gap with Europe” by Ian John­son, Christo­pher Coop­er and Philip Shishkin; Wall Street Jour­nal; 5/21/2002; p. A15.)

36. Like Al Taqwa, the PFLP has been the ben­e­fi­cia­ry of Euro­pean good will. “Indeed, Europe’s list omits sev­er­al groups whose U.S. assets Wash­ing­ton has frozen. They include the anti-Israel Hezbol­lah group and the Pop­u­lar Front for the Lib­er­a­tion of Pales­tine, a Syr­ia-backed group that Israel holds respon­si­ble for the recent mur­der of its tourism min­is­ter. This reflects Europe’s efforts to dis­tin­guish between ter­ror­ist groups and orga­ni­za­tions deemed to have legit­i­mate polit­i­cal and human­i­tar­i­an goals.” (Ibid.; p. A16.) Both Al Taqwa and the PFLP have con­nec­tions to the Under­ground Reich and to the milieu of Fran­cois Genoud.

37. The con­flict between the U.S. and EU over some of these Islam­o­fas­cist mon­ey trails con­sti­tutes anoth­er ele­ment of the geopolitical/ecopolitical war between the Under­ground Reich and the Unit­ed States. “Mohamed Man­sour-Switzer­land may push to have the direc­tor of Bank al Taqwa removed from ter­ror­ism lists.” (Idem.)

38. Con­tin­u­ing this line of inquiry, the pro­gram ana­lyzes the ero­sion of some of the mon­ey-laun­der­ing vehi­cles essen­tial to the oper­a­tions of the Under­ground Reich’s Islam­o­fas­cist van­guard. “The US-led crack­down on ter­ror­ist fund­ing is being under­mined by a lack of co-oper­a­tion in the inter­na­tion­al finan­cial com­mu­ni­ty, secret talks between the world’s top finan­cial inves­ti­ga­tors have con­clud­ed.” (“Track­ing of Ter­ror Funds ‘Under­mined’ ” by Jim­my Burns; Finan­cial Times; 6/10/2002; p. 1.)

39. “After mak­ing a gloomy assess­ment of efforts since Sep­tem­ber 11 to close down the finan­cial resources of ter­ror­ist groups such as al-Qae­da, inves­ti­ga­tors believe it is vir­tu­al­ly impos­si­ble to hit the dead­line of the end of this month for imple­ment­ing mea­sures to com­bat ter­ror­ist fund­ing.” (Idem.)

40. “The new mea­sures, from mak­ing ter­ror­ist fund­ing a crim­i­nal offense to laws requir­ing finan­cial insti­tu­tions to pro­vide detailed infor­ma­tion on mon­ey trans­fers, were rec­om­mend­ed last autumn by the Finan­cial Action Task Force, cre­at­ed by the Group of Sev­en lead­ing indus­tri­al­ized nations, which set the dead­line.” (Idem.) That such delay may well be the prod­uct of delib­er­ate obstruc­tion by Euro­pean and Islam­o­fas­cist ele­ments of the Under­ground Reich is not one to be too read­i­ly dis­missed.

41. Anoth­er front in the war between the Unit­ed States and the Under­ground Reich con­sti­tutes the eco­nom­ic sit­u­a­tion with­in the Unit­ed States itself. Trea­sury Sec­re­tary O’Neill gave voice to some of these anx­i­eties. “Mr. O’Neill said that recent move­ments in equi­ties-which dropped sharply last week-belied the under­ly­ing strength of the U.S. econ­o­my. ‘I don’t know why mar­kets are where they are today,’ he said. ‘Even­tu­al­ly it will go back up, per­haps soon­er than lat­er. There is an unbe­liev­able move­ment in the mar­ket with­out what I believe to be sub­stan­tive infor­ma­tion.’ ” (“Share Price Falls Are Inex­plic­a­ble, Says O’Neill” by Alan Beat­tie; Finan­cial Times; 6/17/2002; p. 3.)

42. The eco­nom­ic effect the threat of ter­ror­ism was high­light­ed by O’Neill. “He said that there were ‘a cou­ple of clouds’ over U.S. con­fi­dence-fears of anoth­er ter­ror­ist attack and con­cerns about Enron and oth­er cor­po­rate bank­rupt­cies-but that this should be out­weighed by the strong fun­da­men­tals of the U.S. econ­o­my. The meet­ing did not dis­cuss the recent falls in the dol­lar, and Mr. O’Neill said the U.S.‘s strong dol­lar pol­i­cy remained unchanged.” (Idem.)

43. There were tan­gi­ble indi­ca­tions of Switzer­land’s role in obstruct­ing the mauney-laun­der­ing reforms. “The com­mu­nique issued by the [G8] group also con­tained a thin­ly veiled threat to Switzer­land that it would not be allowed to con­tin­ue block­ing infor­ma­tion flows to oth­er gov­ern­ments on tax pay­ments.” (Idem.)

44. “Many coun­tries have become irri­tat­ed with Switzer­land’s bank­ing secre­cy laws, which they say pre­vent effec­tive cam­paigns against tax eva­sion and mon­ey laun­der­ing.” (Idem.)

45. Anoth­er pos­si­ble area of con­flict con­cerns the issue of Holo­caust-era pay­ments. Past pro­grams have exam­ined the eco­nom­ic and polit­i­cal issue of Holo­caust-era pay­ments. These pay­ments have recent­ly become a source of con­flict between the Unit­ed States and the Swiss. “The US judge over­see­ing pay­outs to Holo­caust sur­vivors whose mon­ey was left in Swiss banks has pro­voked an inter­na­tion­al dis­pute by forc­ing the res­ig­na­tions of lawyers in Zurich deal­ing with the claims.” (“Judge angers Swiss on Holo­caust Cash” by John Authers and William Hall; Finan­cial Times; 6/12/2002; p. 6.)

46. “The Swiss media have com­plained that Judge Kor­man has been replac­ing the respect­ed inter­na­tion­al judges with young Amer­i­cans who knew lit­tle about Switzer­land or its lan­guages.” (Idem.)

47. “Judge Kor­man’s report­ed com­ment that ‘it’s because of young Amer­i­cans that every mess in Europe was cleaned up this cen­tu­ry’ has par­tic­u­lar­ly upset the Swiss.” (Idem.) Judge Kor­man’s obvi­ous ref­er­ence to the Sec­ond World War should not be over­looked.

48. In the con­text of the US war against the Under­ground Reich/Islamofascist mileiu, the pro­gram reviews the Sau­di rela­tion­ship to the Holo­caust law­suits. “The affair of the ‘Nazi gold,’ and the fact that Swiss banks have recent­ly been oblig­ed to return funds to sev­er­al Jew­ish asso­ci­a­tions, have encour­aged Gulf financiers to pre­fer the Swiss mon­ey mar­ket, accord­ing to sev­er­al finan­cial experts who con­firm that Sau­di cap­i­tal plays a cen­tral role in Swiss bank­ing cir­cles. The pub­li­ca­tion of a con­fi­den­tial report from the For­eign Office on Sep­tem­ber 10, 1996, relat­ing to the deposits of Nazi gold in Switzer­land (esti­mat­ed at the end of the war to be between $200 and $500 mil­lion), set off the pow­der keg and launched the affair known as the ‘Jew­ish funds.” Switzer­land took on the com­mit­ment to restore sev­er­al bil­lion dol­lars to the World Jew­ish Con­gress, “In return, this event has caused a sym­pa­thet­ic reac­tion among cer­tain Arab finan­cial milieux, espe­cial­ly Sau­di, for the Swiss mon­ey mar­ket,’ the banker adds. ‘But inde­pen­dent­ly of this inci­dent, Sau­di funds are regard­ed as vital for the future of Swiss finance.” (Dol­lars for Ter­ror: The Unit­ed States and Islam; by Richard Labeviere; Copy­right 2000 [SC]; Algo­ra Pub­lish­ing; ISBN 1–892941-06–6; pp. 339–340.)

49. The last major area of dis­cus­sion con­cerns the effect of ter­ror­ism on the U.S. invest­ment cli­mate. In addi­tion to being fright­ened by the dra­con­ian prospects of anni­hi­la­tion of their invest­ment through destruc­tive force, investor con­fi­dence has been under­mined by Bush admin­is­tra­tion pol­i­cy. “For­eign­ers have been wild­ly enthu­si­as­tic about Amer­i­ca for years-an atti­tude we have come to count on, because we need $1.2 bil­lion in cap­i­tal inflows every day to cov­er out for­eign-trade deficit. What hap­pens as they lose their enthu­si­asm?” (“Where’s The Boom” by Paul Krug­man; The New York Times; 5/28/2002; p. A23.)

50. “One of the large­ly unre­port­ed sto­ries of the last few months-in the U.S. media, any­way-is the pre­cip­i­tous decline of for­eign con­fi­dence in Amer­i­can lead­er­ship and insti­tu­tions. Enron, aggres­sive account­ing, bud­get deficits, steel tar­iffs, the farm bill, F.B.I. bungling-all of it adds up, in Euro­pean minds in par­tic­u­lar, to what Bar­ton Big­gs of Mor­gan Stan­ley calls a ‘fall from grace.’ For­eign pur­chas­es of U.S. stocks, for­eign acqui­si­tions of U.S. com­pa­nies, are way off.” (Idem.) One should bear in mind the fact that the Sovi­et Union was not destroyed on the bat­tle­field, but eco­nom­i­cal­ly. In that con­text, one should not lose sight of the con­sum­mate eco­nom­ic pow­er of the Bor­mann orga­ni­za­tion or its inti­mate con­nec­tions to the Bush admin­is­tra­tion.

51. One can imag­ine the effect on investor con­fi­dence of Dick Cheney’s recent obser­va­tions. “Vice-Pres­i­dent Dick Cheney said yes­ter­day that future ter­ror­ist attacks on the U.S. were ‘almost cer­tain.’ ” (“More Ter­ror­ist Attacks ‘Almost Certain’-Cheney” by Per­onet Despeignes; Finan­cial Times; 5/20/2002; p. 4.)

52. “Mr. Cheney, inter­viewed on NBC’s Meet the Press, said: ‘Prospects of anoth­er attack on the U.S. are almost cer­tain. The pos­si­bil­i­ty is just as real as it was on Sep­tem­ber 11. It’s not a mat­ter of if, but when.” (Idem.) Many have not­ed the pos­si­bil­i­ty of oppor­tunism in Mr. Cheney’s com­ments. Cheney’s warn­ing also comes at a time when the admin­is­tra­tion is under crit­i­cism for its han­dling of the war on ter­ror. (This is not to say that ter­ror­ism is not a major and dev­as­tat­ing threat. Rather, one won­ders if Cheney is actu­al­ly con­cerned with the threat, or cov­er­ing his own rear end.)

53. Investors should be great­ly cheered by Mr. Rums­feld’s recent state­ments. “Ter­ror­ists will inevitably get their hands on chem­i­cal, bio­log­i­cal and nuclear weapons and use them against the U.S., Don­ald Rums­feld, the U.S. defense sec­re­tary, said yes­ter­day.” (“Mass Destruc­tion Weapons Attack ‘Inevitable’ ” by Lydia Ade­tun­ji; Finan­cial Times; 5/22/2002; p. 6.)

54. The same day that Rums­feld’s com­ments were made, the cap­i­tal mar­kets reflect­ed investor anx­i­ety. “U.S. equi­ties fell sharply, accel­er­at­ing loss­es late in the ses­sion as more warn­ings of pos­si­ble ter­ror­ist attacks sent jit­ters through Wall Street.” (“Ter­ror Alerts Accel­er­ate Wall Street Loss­es” by Mary Chung; Finan­cial Times; 5/22/2002; p. 36.)

55. “A slide in stocks yes­ter­day helped gov­ern­ment bonds hold on to their gains of Mon­day with investors also favor­ing Trea­suries amid ner­vous­ness over fur­ther pos­si­ble ter­ror­ist attacks . . . Con­cerns are mount­ing over a pos­si­ble fall in for­eign invest­ment as the U.S. dol­lar weak­ens against the yen.” (“Ter­ror Fears Trig­ger Run for Havens” by Jen­ny Wig­gins, James Poli­ti, and Ken Hiji­no; Finan­cial Times; 5/22/2002; p. 24.)

56. Many of the peo­ple act­ing in con­cert in this war with the ecopo­lit­i­cal objec­tives of the Under­ground Reich may be doing so for alto­geth­er cyn­i­cal rea­sons, not nec­es­sar­i­ly con­scious col­lab­o­ra­tion. In order to under­stand some of the com­plex­i­ties involved in this con­flict, lis­ten­ers are enjoined to read The Prince by Nico­lo Machi­avel­li, The Art of War by Sun-Tzu and On War by Carl Von Clause­witz.


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