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FTR #435 The Road to Lugano

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Intro­duc­tion: At the core of the the­sis pre­sent­ed in “For The Record” about the 9/11 attacks is the Under­ground Reich. With Islam­o­fas­cist ele­ments attack­ing from with­out at the same time as ele­ments of the Bor­mann group—crystallized in the Bush administration—subvert from with­in, the Under­ground Reich is per­pet­u­at­ing the Sec­ond World War after a fifty-year hia­tus. At stake is noth­ing less than the sur­vival of the Unit­ed States, democ­ra­cy, and civ­i­liza­tion as we under­stand it. FTR#435 high­lights Lugano, Switzerland—the cross­roads at which the Thyssen-Borne­misza indus­tri­al and finan­cial inter­ests (to which the Bush fam­i­ly is behold­en) and the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood’s Al Taqwa net­work intere­sect. It is upon the “Road to Lugano ” that the fate of civ­i­liza­tion and human­i­ty will be deter­mined. Begin­ning with bril­liant, vital research by “The New Hamp­shire Gazette, ” the pro­gram doc­u­ments the fact that the Bush fam­i­ly’s busi­ness deal­ings with the Thyssen inter­ests encom­passed the post­war flight cap­i­tal pro­gram that was the foun­da­tion of the Bor­mann orga­ni­za­tion. This rela­tion­ship extend­ed up until the time of Prescott Bush Sr.‘s 1952 Sen­ate cam­paign. The Bush fam­i­ly helped to frus­trate Oper­a­tion Safehaven—directed at inter­dict­ing Nazi flight cap­i­tal. Al Taqwa, too, is escap­ing suc­cess­ful inter­dic­tion due to the inter­na­tion­al finan­cial con­duits upon which it feeds. Al Taqwa’s founders—Youssef Nada and Ahmed Idris Nasreddin—continue to attempt to res­ur­rect their oper­a­tions.
Pro­gram High­lights Include: A U.N. report detail­ing the con­tin­ued machi­na­tions of Nada and Nasred­din; the pair’s con­nec­tions to Abdur­rah­man Alam­ou­di; the Al Taqwa/Al Qae­da Fifth Col­umn with­in the mil­i­tary; the Al Taqwa/Al Qae­da Fifth Col­umn with­in the GOP; the fas­cist her­itage and phi­los­o­phy of the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood.

1. The pro­gram begins with a con­sum­mate­ly impor­tant arti­cle about the Bush fam­i­ly’s Nazi busi­ness con­nec­tions. As dis­cussed in FTR#‘s 273, 370, these rela­tion­ships pro­ceed­ed into the post­war peri­od and involved Bush fam­i­ly par­tic­i­pa­tion in the Nazi flight cap­i­tal pro­gram that evolved into the Bor­mann orga­ni­za­tion.

“After the seizures in late 1942 of five U.S. enter­pris­es he man­aged on behalf of Nazi indus­tri­al­ist Fritz Thyssen, Prescott Bush, the grand­fa­ther of Pres­i­dent George W. Bush, failed to divest him­self of more than a dozen ‘ene­my nation­al’ rela­tion­ships that con­tin­ued until as late as 1951, new­ly-dis­cov­ered U.S. gov­ern­ment doc­u­ments reveal. Fur­ther­more, the records show that Bush and his col­leagues rou­tine­ly attempt­ed to con­ceal their activ­i­ties from gov­ern­ment inves­ti­ga­tors. Bush’s part­ners in the secret web of Thyssen-con­trolled ven­tures includ­ed for­mer New York Gov­er­nor W. Averell Har­ri­man and his younger broth­er, E. Roland Har­ri­man. Their quar­ter-cen­tu­ry of Nazi finan­cial trans­ac­tions, from 1924–1951, were con­duct­ed by the New York pri­vate bank­ing firm, Brown Broth­ers Har­ri­man. The White House did not return calls seek­ing com­ment. ”

( ” ‘Bush-Nazi Deal­ings Con­tin­ued Until 1951’—Federal Doc­u­ments ” by John Buchanan and Stacey Michael; The New Hamp­shire Gazette; 11/7/2003 [vol. 248, #3]; p. 1.)

2. High­light­ing the post­war Bush/Thyssen/UBC trans­ac­tions, the broad­cast under­scores the fact that some of the Bush-con­nect­ed com­pa­nies seized under the Trad­ing with the Ene­my Act were con­fis­cat­ed after the war.

“Although the addi­tion­al seizures under the Trad­ing with the Ene­my Act did not take place until after the war, doc­u­ments from The Nation­al Archives and Library of Con­gress con­firm that Bush and his part­ners con­tin­ued their Nazi deal­ings unabat­ed. These activ­i­ties includ­ed a finan­cial rela­tion­ship with the Ger­man City of Hanover and sev­er­al indus­tri­al con­cerns. They went unde­tect­ed by inves­ti­ga­tors until after World War II. . . . ”


” . . . After the war, a total of 18 addi­tion­al Brown Broth­ers Har­ri­man and UBC-relat­ed client assets were seized under The Trad­ing with the Ene­my Act, includ­ing sev­er­al that showed the con­tin­u­a­tion of a rela­tion­ship with the Thyssen fam­i­ly after the ini­tial 1942 seizures. The records also show that Bush and the Har­ri­mans con­duct­ed busi­ness after the war with relat­ed con­cerns doing busi­ness in or mov­ing assets into Switzer­land, Pana­ma, Argenti­na and Brazil—all crit­i­cal out­posts for the flight of Nazi cap­i­tal after Ger­many’s sur­ren­der in 1945. [Ital­ics are Mr. Emory’s]. . . . ”

(Ibid.; p. 2.)


“One of the final seizures, in Octo­ber 1950, con­cerned the U.S. assets of a Nazi baroness named There­sia Maria Ida Bened­it­ka Huber­ta Stanisla­va Mar­ti­na von Schwarzen­berg, who also used two short­er alias­es. Brown Broth­ers Har­ri­man, where Prescott Bush and the Har­ri­mans were part­ners, attempt­ed to con­vince gov­ern­ment inves­ti­ga­tors that the baroness had been a vic­tim of Nazi per­se­cu­tion and there­fore should be allowed to main­tain her assets. ‘It appears, rather, that the sub­ject was a mem­ber of the Nazi par­ty,’ gov­ern­ment inves­ti­ga­tors con­clud­ed. At the same the last Brown Broth­ers Har­ri­man client assets were seized, Prescott Bush announced his Sen­ate cam­paign that led to his elec­tion in 1952. ”

(Ibid.; pp. 2–3.)

5. Note that in Mar­tin Bor­mann: Nazi in Exile, Paul Manning—excerpting a cap­tured Ger­man doc­u­ment from Trea­sury Depart­ment files—emphasizes that “New York address­es ” were to be used by the assem­bled Third Reich eco­nom­ic king­pins assem­bled at Bor­man­n’s behest and addressed by SS gen­er­al Dr. Scheid. The Ham­burg-Ameri­ka line was also one of the Bush fam­i­ly’s Nazi-con­nect­ed busi­ness­es.

” . . . Dr. Scheid also affirmed, ‘The ground must now be laid on the finan­cial lev­el for bor­row­ing con­sid­er­able sums from for­eign coun­tries after the war.’ As an exam­ple of the kind of sup­port that had been most use­ful to Ger­many in the past, Dr. Scheid cit­ed the fact that ‘patents for stain­less steel belonged to the Chem­i­cal Foun­da­tion, Inc. New York, and the Krupp Com­pa­ny of Ger­many, joint­ly, and that of the Unit­ed States Steel Cor­po­ra­tion, Carnegie, Illi­nois, Amer­i­can Steel & Wire, Nation­al Tube, etc., were there­by under an oblig­a­tion to work with the Krupp con­cern.’ He also cit­ed the Zeiss Com­pa­ny, the Leica Com­pa­ny, and the Ham­burg-Ameri­ka line as typ­i­cal firms that had been espe­cial­ly effec­tive in pro­tect­ing Ger­man inter­ests abroad. He gave New York address­es to the twelve men. ”

(Mar­tin Bor­mann: Nazi in Exile; Paul Man­ning; Copy­right 1981 [HC]; Lyle Stu­art Inc.; ISBN 0–8184-0309–8; p. 25.)

6. Empha­siz­ing the sig­nif­i­cance of the hero­ic New Hamp­shire Gazette sto­ries, the broad­cast excerpts an inter­view of John Lof­tus (author of The Secret War Against the Jews), con­duct­ed by John Buchanan, co-author of the Gazette arti­cles.

“BUCHANAN: What do you think is the true sig­nif­i­cance of the sto­ry in The New Hamp­shire Gazette? LOFTUS: Your Sto­ry, the first in a ‘rep­utable’ US news­pa­per in 60 years, redeemed my two decades of work that only result­ed in the main­stream media slam­ming doors in my face, despite my cre­den­tials as a Jus­tice Depart­ment Nazi war crimes pros­e­cu­tor. I give a lot of cred­it to the courage of The New Hamp­shire Gazette as well, for prac­tic­ing jour­nal­ism as it should be practiced—tell the truth and let the facts speak for them­selves. LOFTUS: It’s a com­plex sto­ry and the media hate that now in the age of the sound bite head­line. It’s also unpop­u­lar and fright­en­ing to most peo­ple, under­stand­ably. But the truth about this peri­od of our his­to­ry as a nation must come out and be dealt with. You and The Gazette have helped to accom­plish that. It will come out now, I think. ”

( “Inter­view with a Pros­e­cu­tor ” by John Buchanan; The New Hamp­shire Gazette; 10/24/2003 [Vol. 248, #2]; p. 1.)


“BUCHANAN: What is the impor­tance of it com­ing out, in your view? LOFTUS: Your sto­ries will be the crack in the dam and it will come flood­ing out. For 60 years, it has been a huge cov­er-up of the activ­i­ties of some of the peo­ple who brought us the worst grief in the his­to­ry of the world—the Holo­caust. This coun­try needs to under­stand which of its most promi­nent fam­i­lies sup­port­ed Hitler, even after the US went to war with Ger­many. . . . ”



” . . . BUCHANAN: How do you account for the fail­ure of the media to break this sto­ry before The Gazette did? LOFTUS: My feel­ing is that about 15 years ago, when big cor­po­ra­tions start­ed tak­ing over media com­pa­nies that had been pri­vate­ly owned by fam­i­lies or indi­vid­u­als, we end­ed up with an over-worked but well-inten­tioned media with­out the staff or resources, in light of all the cor­po­rate cost-cut­ting that was done, to look into the real­ly big sto­ries. The real ene­my is the multi­na­tion­al cor­po­ra­tions who are only inter­est­ed in prof­its and choose prof­its over truth. . . . BUCHANAN: Should Prescott Bush, George Her­bert Walk­er and the Har­ri­mans have been tried for trea­son? LOFTUS: Yes, they should have been tried for trea­son, because they con­tin­ued to sup­port Hitler after the US entered the war. As a for­mer pros­e­cu­tor, I could have made that case. . . . ”

(Ibid.; p. 2.)


” . . . BUCHANAN: If there is infor­ma­tion like that to be uncov­ered still, what do you pro­posed? LOFTUS: I want a full Con­gres­sion­al inves­ti­ga­tion and I think your report­ing in The Gazette cer­tain­ly jus­ti­fies one. I want the cov­er-up itself inves­ti­gat­ed, and I want the long-con­cealed Nazi his­to­ries of these fam­i­lies brought out to the pub­lic. BUCHANAN: Who should inves­ti­gate? LOFTUS: Now that this infor­ma­tion has final­ly come out, I am call­ing for full inves­ti­ga­tions by both the house and Sen­ate Judi­cia­ry com­mit­tees. We’ll see where it goes from there. But I want the cov­er-up ful­ly and aggres­sive­ly inves­ti­gat­ed. The Amer­i­can peo­ple and Con­gress have a right to find out how this hap­pened, to make sure it nev­er hap­pens again. It’s too late for jus­tice, but it’s nev­er too late for the truth. The Amer­i­can peo­ple and sur­vivors of the Holo­caust and vet­er­ans of the war are enti­tled to the truth. BUCHANAN: Why has­n’t it come out before? LOFTUS: Pres­i­dent Clin­ton want­ed all the Nazi files declas­si­fied, but it did­n’t hap­pen fast enough. Some of the doc­u­ments you saw on I.G. Far­ben were only declas­si­fied a few days before you walked into the archives. You were very lucky, I’d say. . . . ”

(Ibid.; pp. 2–3.)

10. As empha­sized in numer­ous pro­grams (par­tic­u­lar­ly FTR#370), the Swiss City of Lugano is the epi­cen­ter of the Thyssen-Borne­misza oper­a­tions, dat­ing to the post-World War I peri­od. Thyssen-Borne­misza is the par­ent firm of the Thyssen empire, the largest com­po­nent of which is Thyssen-Krupp (the largest heavy indus­tri­al firm in West­ern Europe). “Hein­rich Thyssen-Borne­misza runs his pri­vate Dutch-based invest­ment group from Lugano, Switzer­land, and his cousin Count Fed­eri­co Zichy-Thyssen, grand­son of old Fritz Thyssen, exer­cis­es con­trol over Thyssen A.G. from his base in Buenos Aires. ”

(Mar­tin Bor­mann: Nazi in Exile; Paul Man­ning; Copy­right 1981 [HC]; Lyle Stu­art Inc.; ISBN0-8184–0309‑8; p. 237.)

11. Repris­ing a point of infor­ma­tion from FTR#370, the broad­cast presents the untime­ly deaths of the for­mer Dutch man­ag­er of the Bush/Harriman/Thyssen bank in Rot­ter­dam, as well as that of Dutch jour­nal­ist Eddy Roev­er in 1996. Roev­er’s demise under­scores the fact that the Bush family/Nazi indus­tri­al con­nec­tions are not “old news. ”

“In 1945, the for­mer Dutch man­ag­er of the Rot­ter­dam bank resumed con­trol only to dis­cov­er that he was sit­ting on a huge pile of hid­den Nazi assets. In 1947, the man­ag­er threat­ened to inform Dutch author­i­ties, and was imme­di­ate­ly fired by the Thyssens. The some­what naïve bank man­ag­er then fled to New York City where he intend­ed to talk to Union Bank direc­tor Prescott Bush. As Gowen’s Dutch source recalled, the man­ag­er intend­ed ‘to reveal [to Prescott Bush] the truth about Baron Hein­rich and the Rot­ter­dam Bank, [in order that] some or all of the Thyssen inter­ests in the Thyssen Group might be seized and con­fis­cat­ed as Ger­man ene­my prop­er­ty.’ The man­ager’s body was found in New York two weeks lat­er. ”

( “How the Bush Fam­i­ly Made its For­tune from the Nazis ” by John Lof­tus; p. 4.)


“Sim­i­lar­ly, in 1996, a Dutch jour­nal­ist Eddy Roev­er went to Lon­don to inter­view the Baron, who was neigh­bors with Mar­garet Thatch­er. Roev­er’s body was dis­cov­ered two days lat­er. Per­haps, Gowen remarked dry­ly, it was only a coin­ci­dence that both healthy men had died of heart attacks imme­di­ate­ly after try­ing to uncov­er the truth about the Thyssens. ”


13. Just as the Bush/Dulles/Harriman/Thyssen con­nec­tion was used to help under­mine Oper­a­tion Safe­haven, so, too, the inter­na­tion­al finan­cial con­duits asso­ci­at­ed withy the Al Taqwa net­work have frus­trat­ed Oper­a­tion Green Quest. It is sig­nif­i­cant under the cir­cum­stances that both Green Quest and Safe­haven were Trea­sury-depart­ment intel­li­gence oper­a­tions direct­ed at ele­ments asso­ci­at­ed with the finances of the Third Reich—Safehaven in the late World War II peri­od and Green Quest after the Under­ground Reich’s attack on the US of 9/11.

“The inter­na­tion­al sys­tem designed to curb the flow of finan­cial resources to al-Qae­da is being dan­ger­ous­ly under­mined by inad­e­quate co-oper­a­tion, leg­isla­tive loop­holes and a lack of polit­i­cal deter­mi­na­tion, the Unit­ed Nations has warned. A new UN report, obtained by the Finan­cial Times, reveals that despite ‘con­sid­er­able progress’ in com­bat­ing ter­ror­ist financ­ing, al-Qae­da-relat­ed busi­ness­es and char­i­ties con­tin­ue to oper­ate across the globe. It high­lights the activ­i­ties of Youssef Nada and Idris Nasred­din, direc­tors of al-Taqwa, a finan­cial group the US believes was the most impor­tant fund-rais­ing oper­a­tion for al-Qae­da. The report says the two men con­tin­ue to main­tain com­mer­cial inter­ests and prop­er­ty in Italy and Switzer­land, despite their des­ig­na­tion as ter­ror­ist financiers. It says Mr. Nada trav­eled to Liecht­en­stein in Jan­u­ary 2003 and tried to re-reg­is­ter two al-Taqwa-relat­ed com­pa­nies under new names. By doing so he vio­lat­ed a UN-sanc­tioned trav­el ban. . . . ”

( “Loop­holes Under­min­ing Crack­down on Ter­ror Financ­ing ” by Mark Turn­er and Edward Alden; Finan­cial Times; 11/14/2003; p. 1.)


“Two men at the cen­ter of what US inves­ti­ga­tors believe was the most impor­tant financ­ing net­work for al-Qae­da and oth­er ter­ror­ist groups con­tin­ue to oper­ate busi­ness­es in sev­er­al Euro­pean coun­tries, accord­ing to an inves­ti­ga­tion by the Unit­ed Nations group mon­i­tor­ing inter­na­tion­al sanc­tions on al-Qae­da and the Tal­iban. The report, obtained by the Finan­cial Times, traces the recent activ­i­ties of Youssef Nada and Ahmed Idris Nasred­din, who were direc­tors of a finan­cial group known as al-Taqwa. Mr. Nada was named as a ter­ror­ist financier by the US on Novem­ber 7, 2001 in action by Wash­ing­ton to crack down on fund­ing for ter­ror­ists after the Sep­tem­ber 11, attacks. ”

( “Al Qae­da ‘Financiers’ Active in Europe ” Edward Alden, Mark Huband and Mark Turn­er; Finan­cial Times; 11/24/2003; p. 5.)


“Mr. Nasred­din was list­ed by the US on April 18, 2002, on alle­ga­tions that he head­ed a net­work of com­pa­nies that pro­vid­ed direct sup­port for Mr. Nada and Bank al-Taqwa. The UN has also des­ig­nat­ed both men, requir­ing all UN coun­tries to shut down their finan­cial com­mer­cial oper­a­tions. ”



“But the UN report says that, while the bank accounts of both men and of the al-Taqwa enti­ties have been frozen, ‘noth­ing has been done with respect to any of their oth­er phys­i­cal or busi­ness assets’. The report adds that both con­tin­ue to have com­mer­cial prop­er­ty inter­ests in Italy and pos­si­bly Switzer­land, as well as res­i­dences in Lugano and Italy. Mr. Nada also defied a UN trav­el ban to go to Liecht­en­stein in Jan­u­ary 2003, where most of al-Taqwa’s off­shore com­pa­nies were reg­is­tered. While there, he applied to change the names of two of his com­pa­nies and to name him­self as liq­uida­tor of both com­pa­nies. After the UN mon­i­tor­ing groups raised ques­tions, the Liecht­en­stein gov­ern­ment removed Mr. Nada as the liq­uida­tor. ”



“But because of Liecht­en­stein’s lax reg­is­tra­tion require­ments for off­shore shell com­pa­nies, the gov­ern­ment has no infor­ma­tion regard­ing Mr. Nada’s com­pa­nies the report said. Jonathan Win­er, a for­mer senior State Depart­ment offi­cial and expert on ter­ror financ­ing, called it ‘shock­ing to think that any ele­ment of al-Taqwa is still func­tion­ing. Their busi­ness activ­i­ties are sup­posed to be shut down. It’s cut and dried.’ ”



“US and Euro­pean inves­ti­ga­tors believe that Bank al-Taqwa, orig­i­nal­ly set up in 1988 with sig­nif­i­cant back­ing from Egyp­t’s Mus­lim Broth­er­hood, was at the mid­dle of an inter­na­tion­al net­work of char­i­ties and com­pa­nies used to fun­nel mon­ey to al-Qae­da and to oth­er groups, includ­ing Hamas. ‘US ter­ror­ism finance inves­ti­ga­tors view al-Taqwa as the spine on which oth­er ter­ror­ist finance oper­a­tions were built,’ says Mr. Win­er. In just one year, 1997, the US believes that $60m col­lect­ed for Hamas was fun­neled through Bank al-Taqwa. ”


19. Some of the links between Oper­a­tion Green Quest, Al Taqwa and Abdur­rah­man Alam­ou­di are detailed in the Finan­cial Times arti­cle. (For more about Alam­ou­di, see below.)

“US inves­ti­ga­tions of Islam­ic busi­ness and char­i­ties in north­ern Vir­ginia known as the Safa Group—which the US believes fun­neled mil­lions of dol­lars to ter­ror­ist groups—have turned up sev­er­al links to al-Taqwa. In addi­tion, the names of Mr. Nada and Ghaleb Him­mat, both of whom found­ed Bank al-Taqwa, were dis­cov­ered on the elec­tron­ic orga­niz­er of Abdur­rah­man Alam­ou­di, who was charged last month with vio­lat­ing US sanc­tions against Libya and is alleged by Wash­ing­ton to be part of a larg­er US-based ter­ror financ­ing net­work. . . . ”


20. The pro­gram reviews an item from FTR#433 about an Al-Taqwa-con­nect­ed Fifth Col­umn with­in the US polit­i­cal and mil­i­tary infra­struc­tures. This Fifth Col­umn is fun­da­men­tal­ly con­nect­ed to the Repub­li­can Par­ty and the Bush admin­is­tra­tion.

” . . . OLBERMANN; NBC’s Lisa Myers on this extra­or­di­nary sto­ry in Wash­ing­ton. Join­ing us now, with more on the pur­port­ed dou­ble life of this promi­nent Mus­lim-Amer­i­can is John Lof­tus, host of ‘The Lof­tus Report’ and fre­quent guest on this show. John, good evening. ”

( ” ‘Count­down with Kei­th Olber­man’ for Oct. 23 “; MSNBC News; 10/23/2003.)

“LOFTUS: Well, you know, it’s a fun­ny sto­ry. About a year-and‑a half ago, peo­ple in the intel­li­gence com­mu­ni­ty came and said-guys like Alam­ou­di and Sami al-Ari­an and oth­er ter­ror­ists weren’t being touched because they’d been ordered not to inves­ti­gate the cas­es, not to pros­e­cute them, because they were being fund­ed by the Saud­is and a polit­i­cal deci­sion was being made at the high­est lev­els, don’t do any­thing that would embar­rass the Sau­di gov­ern­ment. So, of course I imme­di­ate­ly vol­un­teered to do it and I filed a law­suit, against al-Ari­an charg­ing him with being a major ter­ror­ist for Islam­ic Jihad; most of his mon­ey came from Sau­di char­i­ties in Vir­ginia. ”



“Now, Alam­oudi’s head­quar­ters were in the same place, he was raid­ed the same day, on March 20. An hour after I filed my law­suit, the U.S. gov­ern­ment final­ly got off its butt and they raid­ed these offices. And, the stuff that they’re tak­ing out of there now is absolute­ly hor­ren­dous. Al-Ari­an has now, final­ly been indict­ed, along with Alam­ou­di, today. But, who ws it that fixed the cas­es? How could these guys oper­ate for more than a decade immune from pros­e­cu­tion? And, the answer is com­ing out in a very strange place. What Alam­ou­di and al-Ari­an have in com­mon is a guy named Grover Norquist. He’s the super lob­by­ist. Newt Gin­grich’s guy, the one the NRA calls on, head of Amer­i­can tax­pay­ers. He is the guy that was hired by Alam­ou­di to head up the Islam­ic insti­tute and he’s the reg­is­tered agent for Alam­ou­di, per­son­al­ly, and for the Islam­ic Insti­tute. ”



“Grover Norquist’s best friend is Karl Rove, the White House chief of staff, and appar­ent­ly Norquist was able to fix things. He got extreme right wing Mus­lim peo­ple to be the gate­keep­ers in the White House. That’s why mod­er­ate [Mus­lim] Amer­i­cans could­n’t speak out after 9/11. Mod­er­ate Mus­lims could­n’t get into the White House because Norquist’s friends were block­ing their access. ”



“OLBERMANN: How does this tie back into the thing that appar­ent­ly pulled the stop­per out of the drain, if you will-The devel­op­ments at Guan­tanamo Bay? How rot­ten is the sys­tem of the inter­preters and the chap­lains-the Mus­lim chap­lains that Alam­ou­di was involved in set­ting up? ”


25. As the­o­rized in FTR#‘s 356, 386, 405, Islamist ele­ments of this Under­ground Reich milieu appears to have suc­cess­ful­ly infil­trat­ed the US mil­i­tary.

“LOFTUS: It’s as rot­ten as it gets. Think of the Mus­lim chap­lain’s pro­gram that he set up as a spy ser­vice for al-Qae­da. The dam­age that’s been done is extreme. It was­n’t just send­ing home mom and dad mes­sages. From the pris­on­ers. These guys, this net­work in Guan­tanamo, stole the CIA’s brief­ing books. Every­thing that the CIA knew about al-Qae­da is now back in al-Qaeda’s hands. That’s about as bad an intel­li­gence set­back as you can get. ”



“OLBERMANN: John, how does this end up? How far will the inves­ti­ga­tion into this nec­es­sar­i­ly have to go to get to the bot­tom of it? ”



“LOFTUS: There’s a lot more to go. Norquist had a lot of oth­er clients. There’s a whole alpha­bet soup of Sau­di agen­cies that fund­ed ter­ror­ism in this coun­try. They had an awful lot of pro­tec­tion. And one of the things we may find about 9/11 is that peo­ple out in the field weren’t allowed to con­nect the dots and ques­tions will be asked whether guys like Grover Norquist were part of the prob­lem? ”



“While estab­lish­ing its head­quar­ters in a tax haven, the Broth­ers’ bank opened a branch, Al Taqwa Man­age­ment Orga­ni­za­tion S.A., in Ital­ian Switzer­land, in Lugano. Lugano, a dis­creet fron­tier bank­ing locale, is a stone’s throw from Milan, a major finan­cial cen­ter, and above all the Islamist groups’ entry point to Europe.”

(Dol­lars for Ter­ror: The Unit­ed States and Islam; by Richard Labeviere; Copy­right 2000 [SC]; Algo­ra Pub­lish­ing; ISBN 1–892941-06–6; pp. 139–140.)

29. The bal­ance of the pro­gram reca­pit­u­lates infor­ma­tion about Al Taqwa, the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood and its fas­cist her­itage. Note that Al Taqwa is based in Lugano, Switzerland—as is Thyssen-Borne­misza. In turn, both Thyssen-Borne­misza and Al Taqwa inter­sect the milieu of the Bush fam­i­ly. Nada has been less than forth­com­ing about the true nature of his orga­ni­za­tion. It should be not­ed in this con­text that the Under­ground Reich/Bormann Orga­ni­za­tion also main­tains a rig­or­ous, and secre­tive infra­struc­ture.

“Al Taqwa is sit­u­at­ed on the top floor of a small glass build­ing, right in the cen­ter of Lugano, in the bank­ing dis­trict, a dis­trict where over­ly curi­ous jour­nal­ists are imme­di­ate­ly denounced to the police, who then con­duct Amer­i­can-style iden­ti­ty checks in the mid­dle of the street . . . In Lugano, bank secre­cy is no laugh­ing mat­ter. Sev­er­al times we tried to meet Mr. Nada, who even­tu­al­ly respond­ed by mail, ‘We allow nei­ther you nor any oth­er jour­nal­ist, nor pub­li­ca­tion, to speak about us—positively or negatively—without our writ­ten per­mis­sion.’ Signed, Yussef Nada. ”

(Ibid.; p. 140.)

30. Dis­cussing the dias­po­ra of the Broth­er­hood fol­low­ing its expul­sion from Egypt, the pro­gram dis­cuss­es the estab­lish­ment of Munich as a pri­ma­ry base of oper­a­tions.

” ‘Why Munich, why Ger­many?’ I asked Rifaat Said. ‘Because there, one finds old com­plic­i­ties that go back to the late 1930’s, when the Mus­lim Broth­ers col­lab­o­rat­ed with the agents of Nazi Ger­many. . . By soak­ing up the sav­ings of these Mus­lim work­ers, Yussef Nada, like Said Ramadan, took advan­tage of an extreme­ly favor­able con­text and used it as a spring­board for the Mus­lim Broth­ers’ eco­nom­ic activ­i­ties.’ ”

(Ibid.; p. 153.)

31. Nada him­self is alleged to have been agent of the Abwehr, the mil­i­tary intel­li­gence ser­vice of the Third Reich. (See FTR#416.)

“But Yussef Nada is even bet­ter-known to the Egypt­ian [intel­li­gence] ser­vices, who have evi­dence of his mem­ber­ship in the armed branch of the fra­ter­ni­ty of the Mus­lim Broth­ers in the 1940’s. At that time, accord­ing to the same sources, he was work­ing for the Abwehr under Admi­ral Canaris and took part in a plot against King Farouk. This was not the first time that the path of the Mus­lim Broth­ers crossed that of the ser­vants of the Third Reich. ”

(Ibid.; 140–141.)

32. High­light­ing the polit­i­cal incli­na­tions of the “Fra­ter­ni­ty ” (Labaviere’s nick­name for the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood), the pro­gram sets forth the fas­cist ori­en­ta­tion of this orga­ni­za­tion.

“The his­to­ry of the Fra­ter­ni­ty makes the Broth­ers’ con­cept of the Islam­ic State clear: a theo­crat­ic State of fascis­tic inspi­ra­tion. . . . Some of them were fel­low trav­el­ers of the Nazis, and are still try­ing today to resus­ci­tate the old alliance of Islamism and the swasti­ka. ”

(Ibid.; p. 121.)


“Muham­mad Said al-Ash­mawy con­tin­ued: ‘All my research always brings me back to the same point: at the begin­ning of this process of the per­ver­sion of Islam are the Mus­lim Broth­ers, an extreme Right cult.’.. . An extreme Right cult? ‘The his­to­ry of the Mus­lim Broth­ers is infused and fas­ci­nat­ed by fascis­tic ide­ol­o­gy,’ Said al-Ash­mawy adds. ‘Their doc­trines, their total (if not total­i­tar­i­an) way of life, takes as a start­ing point the same obses­sion with a per­fect city on earth, in con­for­mi­ty with the celes­tial city whose orga­ni­za­tion and dis­tri­b­u­tion of pow­ers they can dis­cern through the lens of their fan­tas­ti­cal read­ing of the Koran.’ This ‘Fascis­tic affil­i­a­tion’ would crop up in the analy­ses of sev­er­al of our inter­locu­tors, in par­tic­u­lar that of the jour­nal­ist Eric Rouleau, who is a spe­cial­ist in the Mid­dle East, for­mer French ambas­sador to Tunisia and Turkey. ”

(Ibid.; p. 124.)

34. As not­ed in FTR#332 and FTR#340, the fas­cists used anti-colo­nial sen­ti­ment in the Third World to recruit con­fed­er­ates against Britain and France. The Mus­lim Broth­er­hood was uti­lized in this fash­ion.

“Last­ly, the emer­gence and the rise to pow­er of Fas­cism, hos­tile to French and British colo­nial­ism, gave rise to many analo­gies with cor­po­ratist pro­pa­gan­da and the meth­ods of mobi­liza­tion of Mus­solin­i’s gangs. ”

(Ibid.; p. 126.)

35. The theo­crat­ic fas­cism of the Broth­er­hood was enun­ci­at­ed by the orga­ni­za­tion’s founder Has­san al-Ban­na.

” ‘Islam is doc­trine, divine wor­ship, the father­land, the nation, reli­gion, spir­i­tu­al­i­ty, the Koran and the sword.’ ”


36. Fur­ther high­light­ing the com­par­isons between the Broth­er­hood’s pro­gram and those of Mus­soli­ni and Hitler, the broad­cast con­tin­ues.

“Tak­ing Italy’s choic­es under Mus­soli­ni for inspi­ra­tion, the eco­nom­ic pro­gram set three pri­or­i­ties . . . The social pol­i­cy fore­saw a new law on labor, found­ed on cor­po­ra­tions. This eco­nom­ic pro­gram would more direct­ly reveal its rela­tion­ship to total­i­tar­i­an ide­olo­gies a few years lat­er, with the works of Mohamed Ghaz­a­li . . . . Mohamed Ghaz­a­li rec­om­mend­ed ‘an eco­nom­ic reg­i­men sim­i­lar to that which exist­ed in Nazi Ger­many and fas­cist Italy.’ . . .The moral code is also an impor­tant com­po­nent in this pro­gram, which is intend­ed to cre­ate the ‘new Mus­lim man.’ . . . The notion of the equal­i­ty of the sex­es is inher­ent­ly negat­ed by the con­cept of the suprema­cy of male social respon­si­bil­i­ties . . .the ‘nat­ur­al’ place of the woman is in the home. ”

(Ibid.; p. 127.)


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