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Looking Ahead to the Olympics: Bandar Bush and The German “Lord of the Rings”

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Dave Emory’s entire life­time of work is avail­able on a flash dri­ve that can be obtained here. [2] (The flash dri­ve includes the anti-fas­cist books avail­able on this site.)

COMMENT: With the Win­ter Olympics sched­uled for Sochi (Rus­sia) in 2014, there are a num­ber of inter­est­ing things to con­tem­plate. Prince Ban­dar bin Sul­tan (“Ban­dar Bush”) [3], the chief of Sau­di intel­li­gence, had an inter­est­ing thing to say to the Rus­sians, in the con­text of propos­ing assis­tance if Rus­sia would aban­don its sup­port for Assad and Syr­ia.

Indi­cat­ing that the Saud­is had con­trol of the Chechen Islam­ic ter­ror­ists who have bedev­iled Rus­sia, Ban­dar made what could be con­strued [4] as a Mafia-like threat of pro­tec­tion or vio­lence if the Rus­sians should fail to coop­er­ate.

Recall­ing the last ter­ror­ist inci­dent at the Olympics–in Munich in 1972 [5]–there are sev­er­al things for us to remem­ber:

Also of inter­est is Thomas Bach, the new (Ger­man) head of the Inter­na­tion­al Olympic Com­mit­tee. There are sev­er­al things to note in con­nec­tion with Bach:

Will there by an inci­dent at the Sochi Olympics? Is this what the Under­ground Reich has in mind? Will the U.S. be blamed by the Rus­sians, because of the close rela­tion­ship between “Ban­dar Bush” and the CIA? Will this fur­ther Ger­man “Ost­poli­tik” [16]?

“REPORT: The Saud­is Offered Mafia-Style ‘Pro­tec­tion’ Against Ter­ror­ist Attacks At Sochi Olympics” by Geof­frey Inger­soll; Busi­ness Insid­er; 8/27/2013. [4]

EXCERPT: . . . . Buried inside a Tele­graph post about secret Russ­ian and Sau­di talks was a strange pas­sive-aggres­sive alleged quote from the Sau­di head of intel­li­gence about ter­ror­ist attacks at the Sochi Olympics in 2014.

The talks — divulged in leaked doc­u­ments — were alleged­ly about an oil deal that would sta­bi­lize Rus­si­a’s mar­kets, if Sau­di Ara­bia cur­tailed the amount of oil it put on the glob­al mar­ket. In exchange for their glob­al price fix­ing — the Tele­graph’s Ambrose Evans-Pritchard writes that Rus­sia “relies on an oil price near $100 to fund the bud­get” — Rus­sia would back off its sup­port for Assad.

But there was a threat alleged­ly hid­den in there right along with the fruit.

From The Tele­graph [empha­sis theirs]:

[Sau­di intel chief] Prince Ban­dar [bin Sul­tan] pledged to safe­guard Russia’s naval base in Syr­ia if the Assad regime is top­pled, but he also hint­ed at Chechen ter­ror­ist attacks on Russia’s Win­ter Olympics in Sochi if there is no accord. “I can give you a guar­an­tee to pro­tect the Win­ter Olympics next year. The Chechen groups that threat­en the secu­ri­ty of the games are con­trolled by us,” he alleged­ly said.

Along with Sau­di offi­cials, the US alleged­ly gave the Sau­di intel­li­gence chief the thumbs up to con­duct these talks with Rus­sia, which comes as no sur­prise. Ban­dar is Amer­i­can-edu­cat­ed, both mil­i­tary and col­le­giate, served as a high­ly influ­en­tial Sau­di Ambas­sador to the U.S., and the CIA total­ly loves the guy. . . .

“Lord of the Rings: New IOC chief Thomas Bach”; [10]Deutsche Welle. [10]

EXCERPT: . . . . Accord­ing to Ger­many’s “Der Spiegel” mag­a­zine, Bach had a con­sul­tan­cy con­tract with Siemens for around 200,000 euros and alleged­ly had been try­ing to use his IOC con­nec­tions to win Kuwait as a large-scale investor for a Siemens project.

Such accu­sa­tions have so far nev­er real­ly hurt Bach. . . .

Sama­ranch pro­tégé

 . . . . Bach lat­er worked for Adi­das, learn­ing the ropes of sport lob­by­ing and build­ing his net­work of con­tacts. He speaks Eng­lish, French and Span­ish and was sup­port­ed by for­mer IOC Pres­i­dent Juan Anto­nio Sama­ranch. Bach got vot­ed into the IOC when he was just 37 years old. Not long after, he made it to the orga­ni­za­tion’s exec­u­tive com­mit­tee. Final­ly, in 2000 he became Vice Pres­i­dent of what is one of the world’s most pow­er­ful sports bod­ies.

Bach worked reli­ably at the side of cur­rent IOC Pres­i­dent Jacques Rogge, wait­ing patient­ly for his oppor­tu­ni­ty. Dur­ing what was pos­si­bly the IOC’s most severe cri­sis, the cor­rup­tion scan­dal around the 2002 Salt Lake City games, Bach got a lot of praise for his cri­sis man­age­ment.

...Bach is also said to have anoth­er pow­er­ful ally, the Kuwaiti Sheikh Ahmad al-Sabah, pres­i­dent of the pow­er­ful Asso­ci­a­tion of Nation­al Olympic Com­mit­tees and con­sid­ered an influ­en­tial fig­ure in Olympic cir­cles. Just last week, al-Sabah was cel­e­brat­ed at Toky­o’s vic­to­ry par­ty after his lob­by­ing report­ed­ly helped them win the right to host the 2020 games. He also backed wrestling’s suc­cess­ful return to the fold. Even before the results were announced, the Sheikh had admit­ted to not just back­ing, but lob­by­ing for Bach, in an appar­ent breach of IOC pro­to­col; but that, and a doc­u­men­tary broad­cast in Ger­many con­tain­ing alle­ga­tions about Bach’s char­ac­ter and con­duct, failed to derail the favorite from his tar­get. . . .

 “The With­er­ing Whis­pers of the IOC” by Jens Wein­rich; playthegame.org; 6/25/2013. [13]

EXCERPT: . . . . Since his appear­ance at the 1981 Olympic Con­gress in Baden-Baden, when he was cho­sen by the then IOC pres­i­dent Juan Anto­nio Sama­ranch for the new Athlete’s Com­mis­sion, Thomas Bach has been con­sid­ered a pos­si­ble future IOC pres­i­dent. His patron and for­mer employ­er Horst Dassler – the for­mer head of the sport­ing goods com­pa­ny Adi­das, founder of cor­rup­tion giant ISL and string-puller in the Olympic world – is said to have once intro­duced Bach to Sama­ranch with the words: This is Thomas, a future IOC pres­i­dent.

Many long-serv­ing Olympians know this sto­ry. These days they tell it again and again. Besides Sama­ranch and Dassler, Bach has had a third major sup­port­er in his career: The long-time IOC vice-pres­i­dent Willi Daume, a major Ger­man sports leader. Daume stepped down from the IOC in 1991 in order to pass on his place, his per­son­al mem­ber­ship, to Thomas Bach. . . .

. . . . The role of Al-Sabah

But Bach polar­izes the most, too. For exam­ple because of his alliances and his prox­im­i­ty to the alleged IOC king­mak­er, the pow­er­ful Sheikh Ahmed Al-Sabah of Kuwait.

Al-Sabah, for­mer OPEC boss, serves, among oth­er posts, as pres­i­dent of the Olympic Coun­cil of Asia (OCA) and pres­i­dent of the Asso­ci­a­tion of Nation­al Olympic Com­mit­tees (ANOC). The Sheikh, an IOC mem­ber as well, has been out­ed as a sup­port­er for Bach.

Al-Sabah is repeat­ed­ly men­tioned in con­nec­tion with cor­rup­tion scan­dals. Some of his staff and allies are even bribe-tak­ers, for exam­ple, his long-time con­fi­dant and for­mer OCA gen­er­al sec­re­tary Ahmad Mut­taleb. Accord­ing to court doc­u­ments he has received mil­lions of Swiss francs from the for­mer sports mar­ket­ing agency ISL/ISMM. Because of anoth­er case Mut­taleb was exclud­ed from the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens after a deci­sion of the IOC Ethics Com­mis­sion.

Thomas Bach main­tains impor­tant busi­ness rela­tions to Kuwait. The com­pa­ny Weinig AG from his home­town Tauber­bischof­sheim, where he acts as chair­man of the Advi­so­ry Board, is in the hands of Kuwaiti investors. And in 2008, in con­nec­tion with the world­wide cor­rup­tion scan­dal of the Ger­man indus­try giant Siemens, it turned out that Mr. Bach has been a well-paid Siemens lob­by­ist for many years. In his role as a con­sul­tant he has used his con­tacts to Sheikh Al-Sabah to acquire Kuwaiti investors for Siemens. . . . .

“Juan Anto­nio Sama­ranch”; Wikipedia. [15]

EXCERPT: . . . . Dur­ing the Span­ish Civ­il War, he was con­script­ed into the Repub­li­can forces in 1938, at the age of 18, to serve as a med­ical order­ly. How­ev­er, he was polit­i­cal­ly opposed to the Repub­lic, and escaped to France. He quick­ly returned to Nation­al­ist Spain under Fran­cis­co Fran­co and enrolled in the Span­ish fas­cist move­ment Falange.[5] . . .