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Sultan bin Abdul Aziz, son "Bandar Bush", & Al-Queda direct link: interrogation works!

Of course the direct links have already been established that the Sultan's family, the Bush family, the CIA, and Al-Queda are basically the same terror network of mafia families that have gone international in schemes for A LONG TIME: Well known links:

1. The whole Bush family and the bin Ladens since the 1970s (vacationed together and invested in oil companies together; invested in Carlyle Corporation--two families with the largest 'bets' on Carlyle Corporation)

2. CIA creations of Taliban; CIA creations of Al-Queda

3. Bush family and the CIA links (duh!), and through that--drug running to the present.

4. here it comes full circle: Al-Queda and Saudis--the very Saudi elements that are damn near lifelong pals of the Bush family. Oops! Interrogation works! It always comes back to THE BUSH FAMILY OF TERROR. You'll see what I mean when you read the scanned page.
Sultan bin Abdul Aziz
Sultan bin Abdul Aziz
from House Bush/Saud: Al-Queda chief in interrogation: stop it! call the Sultan!
from House Bush/Saud: Al-Queda chief in interrogation: stop it! call the Sultan!
his son,
his son, "Bandar Bush", Saudi's US Ambassador, meets Bush in '02 pre Iraq attack
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READ THE SCANNED PAGE, THEN READ


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Sultan bin Abdul Aziz

Sultan bin Abdul Aziz (born 1927) is one of the most powerful princes in Saudi Arabia. He has been the Minister of Defense and Aviation since 1962, and in 1982 was named by his full brother King Fahd as Second Deputy Prime Minister, the position Fahd and Crown Prince Abdullah each held immediately before becoming Crown Prince. Thus, though there is no formal line of succession in the Kingdom after the Crown Prince, he is generally considered likely to be the next Crown Prince, and thus second in line to be king.

His son Prince Bandar bin Sultan is Saudi Arabia's Ambassador to the United States, and his son Prince Khalid bin Sultan was a key Saudi general in the 1991 Gulf War.

He is one of the Sudairi Seven, seven close-knit sons of King Abdul Aziz "ibn Saud" by Hassa bint Ahmad Sudairi,of whom King Fahd is the oldest. Prince Nayef bin Abdul Aziz, the Interior Minister, and Prince Salman bin Abdul Aziz, the Governor of Riyadh, are among the others.


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HIS SON, BANDAR BUSH


BandarWho is Bandar Bush?

A Documented Summary of the Case Against Bush's War on Terror

This page and its linked pages include abundant documentation of George W. Bush's involvements with the Saudis, the Saudis' implication with terrorism, special privileges given the Saudis by Bush and others, Bush's weaknesses regarding counter-terrorism both before and after 9/11, and the irrelevance of the Iraq War to the war on terror.

Updates

Since mid March I've been updating only intermittently, but the stories below were too big to leave out:

Bandar Bush Tells Us What We Need to Do In Iraq

Apparently Bandar was unhappy with the outcome of Iraq War I, and we had to promise him to do it right this time and remove Saddam from power. Colin Powell was not told anything until after Bandar had given his approval.

If you're new to this planet, the 9/11 attackers and sponsors were mostly Saudis, and there was quite possibly no Iraqi involvement at all. We've spent several years now scouring the earth for little specks of evidence that Saddam had something to do with 9/11, while ignoring warehouses of evidence that high-level Saudis were implicated.

"And so Bandar, who's skeptical because he knows in the first Gulf War we didn't get Saddam out, so he says to Cheney and Rumsfeld, 'So Saddam this time is gonna be out, period?' And Cheney - who has said nothing - says the following: 'Prince Bandar, once we start, Saddam is toast.'"

After Bandar left, according to Woodward, Cheney said, "I wanted him to know that this is for real. We're really doing it."

But this wasn't enough for Prince Bandar, who Woodward says wanted confirmation from the president. "Then, two days later, Bandar is called to meet with the president and the president says, 'Their message is my message,'" says Woodward."

Paranoid as I am, I find this almost unbelievable. I also find it unbelievable that there has been so little media outcry, and that Bush supporters still are able to believe anything that the man says.

 http://www.thismodernworld.com/weblog/mtarchives/
week_2004_04_18.html#001461

 http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2004/04/15/60minutes/
main612067.shtml


Bandar Promises to Keep Oil Prices Down

If you read this story carefully, you can see that Bandar has been keeping Bush on a string. He did not come to the rescue immediately when OPEC decided to cut production, but waited a bit. Presumably he got his quid pro quo in the meantime, and we can expect that oil prices will go down in time for the election. No problem here -- move along, folks.

"Woodward, discussing his new book, Plan of Attack, on the Bush Administration's preparations for the Iraq war, told CBS television that Prince Bandar pledged the Saudis would try to fine-tune oil prices to prime the US economy for the election - a move they understood would favour Mr Bush's re-election.

Questioned about his claim at a time when oil prices are nearing a 13-year high, Woodward, a senior editor at The Washington Post, said: 'They're high. And they could go down very quickly. That's the Saudi pledge. Certainly over the summer or as we get closer to the election they could increase production several million barrels a day and the price would drop significantly.'"

 http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/04/19/1082357116200.html

 http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=4867352

 http://www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-3930038,00.html

NYT Review of Unger's House of Bush, House of Saud

Evasive, stupid review says the book is just a conspiracy theory while conceding most of Unger's facts. One of his big arguments is that we pretty much have to do what the Saudis tell us so we shouldn't fret out little heads about any problems. (The reviewer is "the senior editor" of the prestigious journal [COUNCIL ON FOREIGN RELATIONS, CFR] Foreign Affairs, so his views have some [DISINFO] weight.)

 http://www.nytimes.com/2004/04/18/books/review/18TEPPERT.html?
pagewanted=1&ei=5062&en=d901a97ec848dbfa&ex=1082865600&partner=GOOGLE

Back Pages:

Missed Warnings

The 9/11 and Iraq War Commissions

Al Qaeda Finances and Money-Laundering

Pakistan, al Qaeda, and the Bomb

Republicans and the Islamofascists

Blowback

Carlyle / Halliburton

Where's Osama?
Bandar Bush:

During the first weeks of the second Bush Administration, the Saudi Arabian Ambassador to the United States, Prince Bandar bin Sultan, met with the new President. Bandar.....was so close to the President's father, George H. W. Bush, that he was considered almost a member of the family. Updated:
March 18, 2004.
Suggestions and comments to
 zizka@johnjemerson.com.

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John Kerry:

"I do not fault George Bush for doing too much in the War on Terror; I believe he's done too little".

Look for Richard Clarke's Against All Enemies

Look for Craig Unger's House of Bush, House of Saud

Look for John Dean's Worse than Watergate

(Excerpt from Unger)


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Richard Clarke (Mar. 21-3)

Clarke will be hard to discredit

 http://billmon.org/archives/001239.html

Sketch of Clarke's career:

 http://slate.msn.com/id/2097685/

Summary of administration smears against Clarke

 http://www.americanprogress.org/site/pp.asp?c=biJRJ8OVF&b=39828

TNR on Clarke

 http://www.tnr.com/doc.mhtml?i=express&s=lizza032304

"The president dragged me into a room with a couple of other people, shut the door, and said, 'I want you to find whether Iraq did this.' Now he never said, 'Make it up.' But the entire conversation left me in absolutely no doubt that George Bush wanted me to come back with a report that said Iraq did this.

"I said, 'Mr. President. We've done this before. We have been looking at this. We looked at it with an open mind. There's no connection.'

"He came back at me and said, "Iraq! Saddam! Find out if there's a connection.' And in a very intimidating way. I mean that we should come back with that answer. We wrote a report."

Clarke continued, "It was a serious look. We got together all the FBI experts, all the CIA experts. We wrote the report. We sent the report out to CIA and found FBI and said, 'Will you sign this report?' They all cleared the report. And we sent it up to the president and it got bounced by the National Security Advisor or Deputy. It got bounced and sent back saying, 'Wrong answer. ... Do it again.'

"I have no idea, to this day, if the President saw it, because after we did it again, it came to the same conclusion. And frankly, I don't think the people around the president show him memos like that. I don't think he sees memos that he doesn't-- wouldn't like the answer."

 http://www.talkingpointsmemo.com/archives/week_2004_03_21.html#002738

"Rumsfeld was saying that we needed to bomb Iraq," Clarke said to Stahl. "And we all said ... no, no. Al-Qaeda is in Afghanistan. We need to bomb Afghanistan. And Rumsfeld said there aren't any good targets in Afghanistan. And there are lots of good targets in Iraq. I said, 'Well, there are lots of good targets in lots of places, but Iraq had nothing to do with it.

"Initially, I thought when he said "There aren't enough targets in-- in Afghanistan" I thought he was joking.

 http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2004/03/19/60minutes/main607356.shtml

 http://news4colorado.com/topstories/topstories_story_080210238.html

 http://www.j-bradford-delong.net/movable_type/2004_archives/000500.html

 http://msnbc.msn.com/id/4571338/

More Below: Search "IV."


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Contents:

I. viiBush - Saudi Connections
II.V Favoritism to Saudis
III.I iSaudi Support for Terrorism
IV.I Bush's Indifference to Counterterrorism (pre-9/11)
V.I The Iraq War and the War on Terror

(Just do a case-sensitive Roman-numeral search on this page)


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I. The Bushes and the Saudis



The Bush-Saudi links are many, and include direct links between members of the Bush family and members of the Bin Laden and Mahfouz families [al-Queda funder family] -- two billionaire clans whose power in Saudi Arabia approaches that of the ruling Saud clan.

James Bath was in the National Guard with George W. Bush and left at about the same time under suspicious circumstances. He made a career investing large amounts of money for the Mahfouz clan. (Mahfouz money played a big role in the BCCI financial crimes, which along with the U.S. Savings and Loan frauds pioneered the kinds of management looting which we have been forced to accept as normal.) It seems likely that Bath funneled Mahfouz money into George W. Bush's early business ventures, though (as often) the investigation was squelched and no smoking gun has been found.

Up until shortly after 9/11 Bin Ladens were part owners of the Carlyle Corporation, for which George H. W. Bush (the father) did some very lucrative consulting which was presumably mostly "access capitalism" or influence peddling. As it happened, at the moment of the 9/11 attacks, the elder Bush was at a Carlyle meeting with Bin Laden's brother Shafig. Shortly after this, the Bin Ladens were asked to leave the group.

Neil Bush, as usual, was the one who brought the bad publicity. Not long after the 9/11 attack he made a speech in Jeddah explaining that the Saudis had a P.R. problem and needed to do something (presumably involving a job for Neil) to get their point of view out.

The Saudi ambassador to the U.S., Prince Bandar, is so close to the Bush family that he is sometimes called "Bandar Bush", and in August of 2002 he was invited to visit the Bush ranch in Crawford, Texas. Bandar was probably responsible for the high-level arrangements for the evacuation of all Bin Ladens from the U.S. on 9/13 -- a complex task, since the Bin Ladens were scattered all over the country.

Bandar and his wife were also responsible for distributing millions of dollars of aid to Saudis resident in the U.S., some of which ended up in the hands of two of the hijackers.


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James Baker (Bush loyalist) defends Saudi princes against 9/11 survivor lawsuit; Limbaugh and others spread disinformation
www.johnjemerson.com/zizka.survivor.htm

Oil lobbyist is US ambassador to Saudi Arabia

 http://www.commondreams.org/views03/1205-14.htm


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Matt Welch: Bandar Bush Summary
 http://www.mattwelch.com/NatPostSave/bandar.htm

Time Magazine Bush-Saudi Timeline
www.johnjemerson.com/zizka.Timebbl.htm

2000
At a desert resort outside Riyadh, Bush meets with Crown Prince Abdullah on behalf of Carlyle, which is pursuing a partnership with SBC Communications, a Texas-based Baby Bell, to buy a 25% stake in the Saudi national phone system. After the January meeting, Bush spends several hours on a yacht in the Red Sea with Saudi business officials and attends a party at a private Saudi residence. The Carlyle Group denies that Bush discussed Carlyle business. The proposed telecommunications deal with the Saudis later falls through.

2000
Shortly after his son's election day, the former President flies to Spain with Prince Bandar for a hunting trip.

Bush-Bin Laden: Sept. 11, 2001
 http://www.cbc.ca/fifth/conspiracytheories/saudi.html

The morning of the attack George Bush Sr. is meets with members of the Carlyle Group in Washington. Bin Laden's own brother [Shafig] is at the meeting. Members of the Bin Laden family are allowed to leave the U.S. without questioning two days later."

Neil Bush Advises the Saudis on Public Relations
 http://www.salon.com/politics/feature/2002/01/24/neil_bush/index.html

Jan. 24, 2002 | Presidential brother Neil Bush, while giving a speech Monday in Saudi Arabia, condemned the American media for stereotyping the Arab world and urged Arab leaders to hire lobbyists and public relations representatives to combat these negative images as well as to sway public opinion to a more sympathetic view of Arabs in the Arab-Israeli conflict, according to reports in foreign media outlets. Bush implied that Israel has done a better job of getting its message across in the American media.

"The U.S. media campaign against the interests of Arabs and Muslims, and the American public opinion on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, could be influenced through a sustained lobbying and P.R. effort," said the younger Bush, according to the Arab News, Saudi Arabia's first English-language daily. "Public opinion shapes public policy dramatically. It's true in the U.S., in this part of the world and elsewhere."

The Bush-bin Laden Connection
Andrew Wheat, Texas Observer, 9 November 2001

After the death of Mohammed bin Laden, control of the company passed to Salem bin Laden, Osama's half brother. The roots of the first known Bush-bin Laden convergence date back to the mid-1970s, when the two clans were linked by a Houston businessman named James R. Bath. Bath had befriended George W. Bush in the late 1960s, when they both served in the Texas Air National Guard. By 1976, when Gerald Ford appointed the elder George Bush as CIA director, Bath was acting as a business agent for Salem bin Laden's interests in Texas. (Texas and Saudi Arabia were well-connected by this point through U.S. oil companies and related industries with operations in both locations.) In 1991 Time magazine and later other publications reported on allegations by Bath's former business partner that the Bush CIA hired Bath in 1976 to create offshore companies to move CIA funds and aircraft between Texas and Saudi Arabia.

After W. lost a bid for Congress, he decided to launch an oil company in Midland in 1979. For $50,000, Bath bought a 5 percent stake in W.'s Arbusto (Spanish for "Bush") partnerships. At the time, Bath also served as business agent for several prominent Saudis, including Salem bin Laden. In exchange for a percentage of the deals, Bath made U.S. investments for these clients in his own name, according to Time. Although Bath has said that he invested his own money in Arbusto, not Saudi money, the fact that he was Salem's agent at the time has fueled speculation that Osama bin Laden's eldest brother was an early investor in W.'s first oil venture. It was around the time of this investment, incidentally, that Osama bin Laden made his first trip to the Khyber Pass, where he would soon join the Mujaheddin and the CIA in the holy war that expelled the Soviets from Afghanistan. (Salem, for his part, owned a house in Marble Falls, and died in a 1988 plane crash near San Antonio.)

The bin Ladens cemented clearer-cut financial ties with the Bush clan in 1995, when they invested $2 million in the Carlyle Group. Carlyle specializes in the buyout of government defense contractors, and many of its principals were heavyweights in the Reagan and Bush administrations. Carlyle's chair is former Reagan Administration Defense Secretary Frank Carlucci. Former Bush Secretary of State James A. Baker III is a Carlyle partner and the firm's senior counsel. Ex-President Bush himself is a Carlyle board member and its senior Asian advisor. In recent years, Carlyle has dispatched Carlucci, Baker and Bush to Saudi Arabia to butter up the bin Ladens.

Bush-Bath-Bin Laden
 http://www.conspiracyplanet.com/channel.cfm?
channelid=39&contentid=269

Houston Chronicle, June 4, 1992:

George W. Bush's company, Bush Exploration Co., general partner in the limited partnerships, went through several mergers, eventually evolving into Harken Energy Corp., a suburban Dallas-based company. Bush, known informally as George Jr., is a shareholder and director of Harken, which has been granted lucrative offshore drilling rights off the coast of Bahrain in the Persian Gulf. One of the top shareholders of Harken, a public company, is Saudi businessman Abdullah Taha Bakhsh. Bush said that to his knowledge, Bath 's investment was from personal funds, and no Saudi money was investedin Arbusto .

Bath, 55, a former U.S. Air Force pilot, declined to comment for the record. Spokesmen for FinCEN and the FBI also declined to comment." According to a 1976 trust agreement, drawn shortly after Bush was appointed director of the Central Intelligence Agency, Saudi Sheik Salem M. Binladen appointed Bath as his business representative in Houston.

Greg Palast, BBC:
 http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/events/newsnight/newsid
_1645000/1645527.stm

SPRINGMAN:
What I was protesting was, in reality, an effort to bring recruits, rounded up by Osama Bin Laden, to the US for terrorist training by the CIA. They would then be returned to Afghanistan to fight against the then-Soviets.

The attack on the World Trade Center in 1993 did not shake the State Department's faith in the Saudis, nor did the attack on American barracks at Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia three years later, in which 19 Americans died. FBI agents began to feel their investigation was being obstructed. Would you be surprised to find out that FBI agents are a bit frustrated that they can't be looking into some Saudi connections?

March 24, 2003 New Yorker on "Bandar Bush"
 http://www.saudi-us-relations.org/newsletter/saudi-relations-04.html#3

In the early eighties, Bandar began having regular lunches with Vice-President George Bush, in his office at the Old Executive Office Building. Although Bush was widely considered a weak Vice-President, Bandar believed that he was the first important American politician he'd known who did not automatically favor Israel; from the start, Bandar had found Bush helpful in advancing the Saudi cause, and supportive of Saudi efforts to buy weapons from the United States. Bandar also liked him personally.

In 1985, Bandar threw a lavish party for Bush, who never forgot the courtesy, and always had time for the Saudi Ambassador. "Most important, he was a troubleshooter for King Fahd," Brent Scowcroft, Bush's national-security adviser, wrote of Bandar in a joint memoir with Bush. "The King frequently turned to him for advice. For these reasons, we knew he was a special conduit from us to Fahd."

Wayne Madsen, In These Times, 12 November 2001
Tracking bin Laden's money flow leads back to Midland, Texas: Bush, Bath, Mahfouz, Bin Laden

Though Bush told the Wall Street Journal he had "no idea" BCCI was involved in Harken's financial dealings, the network of connections between Bush and BCCI is so extensive that the Journal concluded their investigation of the matter in 1991 by stating: "The number of BCCI-connected people who had dealings with Harken—all since George W. Bush came on board—raises the question of whether they mask an effort to cozy up to a presidential son." Or even the president: Bath finally came under investigation by the FBI in 1992 for his Saudi business relationships, accused of funneling Saudi money through Houston in order to influence the foreign policies of the Reagan and first Bush administrations.
Worst of all, bin Mahfouz allegedly has been financing the bin Laden terrorist network—making Bush a U.S. citizen who has done business with those who finance and support terrorists.

George H. W. Bush, Carlyle, and the Saudis (March, 2001 - pre- 9/11)
 http://www.nytimes.com/2001/03/05/politics/05CARL.html

The NYT ran a front-page photo of former President Bush with Saudi King Fahd on a trip to Saudi Arabia as part of his work for the Carlyle Group. The ice-breaking story by Leslie Wayne quoted Charles Lewis: "In a really peculiar way, George W. Bush could, some day, benefit financially from his own administration's decisions, through his father's investments. The average American doesn't know that and, to me, that's a jaw-dropper."

James Bath and the Saudis:  link to www.cbc.ca
_xymphora_archive.html#107699778130709322

Bush Family Values  http://www.motherjones.com/news/feature/1992/09/bushboys.html

(More Bush-Saudi Links)

(9/11 Survivors)


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II. Favoritism to the Saudis

Craig Unger's House of Bush, House of Saud:

Saving the Saudis after 9/11
 http://www.salon.com/books/feature/2004/03/11/unger_1/index2.html

Did the Saudis buy a President?
 http://salon.com/books/feature/2004/03/12/unger_2/index.html

The manifest was submitted the day before. It was obvious that someone in Washington had said OK, but the FBI didn't want to say they could go, so it was really tense. In the end, nobody was interrogated." According to the passenger list, among the 46 passengers were several high-level Saudi royals with diplomatic passports. On Sunday, Sept. 16, the flight finally left for Geneva, Switzerland. The FBI did not even get the manifest until about two hours before departure. Even if it had wanted to interview the passengers -- and the Bureau had shown little inclination to do so -- there would not have been enough time".

The CIA and the Saudis
 http://www.publicedcenter.org/stories/
saudi-evacuation/behind-the-scenes.shtml

"This is especially disturbing since it is now known that the Saudi intelligence service and the Pakistani service kept up communications with top bin Laden aides until the spring prior to the 9-11 attacks. That information was withheld from the congressional joint inquiry even though both the Bush White House and CIA were aware of it. Prince Turki resigned as head of the Saudi intelligence service and became the Saudi ambassador to the Court of St. James in the aftermath of 9-11."

Has someone been sitting on the FBI?
Greg Palast (transcript), BBC, 6 November 2001

MICHAEL SPRINGMAN:
In Saudi Arabia I was repeatedly ordered by high level State Dept officials to issue visas to unqualified applicants. These were, essentially, people who had no ties either to Saudi Arabia or to their own country. I complained bitterly at the time there. I returned to the US, I complained to the State Dept here, to the General Accounting Office, to the Bureau of Diplomatic Security and to the Inspector General's office. I was met with silence.....

The attack on the World Trade Center in 1993 did not shake the State Department's faith in the Saudis, nor did the attack on American barracks at Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia three years later, in which 19 Americans died. FBI agents began to feel their investigation was being obstructed. Would you be surprised to find out that FBI agents are a bit frustrated that they can't be looking into some Saudi connections?

Palast in The Guardian


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 organisation".....

But the FBI files were closed in 1996 apparently before any conclusions could be reached on either the Bin Laden brothers or the organisation itself. High-placed intelligence sources in Washington told the Guardian this week: "There were always constraints on investigating the Saudis".....

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.

"There were particular investigations that were effectively killed."

Crawford visit by Bandar, August, 2002.
 http://usinfo.state.gov/topical/pol/terror/02082704.htm

The two leaders, Fleischer said, discussed the recent Rand Corporation presentation to the U.S. Defense Policy Board that portrayed Saudi Arabia as supporting the enemies of the United States. Fleischer said the President conveyed to the Crown Prince that the Rand analyst's views "had nothing to do with the views of any senior-level government administration officials, including himself, including the Secretary of Defense or the Vice President. And they also talked about the path to peace in the Middle East," Fleischer said.

Bush Censors Congressional report to Protect Saudis.
 http://www.nydailynews.com/front/story/105046p-94824c.html

At Bush administration's request, 28 pages on Saudi involvement in 9/11 are blacked out of congressional 9/11 report "for reasons of national security".

The Bin Ladens Leave the Country Without Being Questioned
 http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2001/09/30/archive/main313048.shtml

Most of bin Laden's relatives were attending high school and college. The young members of the bin Laden family were driven or flown under FBI supervision to a secret place in Texas and then to Washington, The Times reported Sunday.....They left the country on a private charter plane when airports reopened three days after the attacks.

NY Times (Sept 2003): White House Approved Secret Evacuation of Bin Ladens After 9-11
 http://www.truthout.org/docs_03/090503A.shtm

"Richard Clarke, who ran White House crisis team after Sept 11 terror attacks, says top White House officials personally approved evacuation of dozens of influential Saudis, including relatives of Osama bin Laden, from United States in days after Sept 11, when most flights were grounded."

Tampa Tribune: Bodyguards tell of Secret Bin Laden Flight
 http://www.dirtybush.com/connectthesedots.html

"The hastily arranged flight out of Raytheon Airport Services, a private hangar on the outskirts of Tampa International Airport, was anything but ordinary. It lifted off the tarmac at a time when every private plane in the nation was grounded due to safety concerns after the Sept. 11 attacks.

Immigration missed many clues missed on 9/11 plotters (LA Times, January 27, 2004)
 http://www.indianexpress.com/print.php?content_id=39944

By Greg Miller and Josh Meyer Times Staff Writers

WASHINGTON — Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, the suspected mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001, plot, obtained a visa to come to the United States just weeks before the attacks despite being under a federal terrorism indictment, a report by the federal commission investigating the attacks revealed Monday.

And as many as eight of the hijackers entered the country with doctored passports that contained "clues to their association with Al Qaeda" that should have been caught by immigration authorities, commission investigators said.....

Ginsburg cited a series of other security breakdowns that had not been previously disclosed. She said investigators now believe eight hijackers entered the country on passports that had been doctored "in ways that have been associated with Al Qaeda." ......

Melendez-Perez said that leading up to Sept. 11, customs officials were discouraged by their superiors from hassling Saudi travelers, seen as big spenders who made frequent visits to theme parks in the Orlando area. Fifteen of the 19 hijackers were from Saudi Arabia.


 http://www.johnjemerson.com/zizka.binladen.htm



4.

Thursday, September 04, 2003

Two More Straws

There are so many political and policy atrocities associated with the modern GOP and this administration that it becomes hard to feel anything more than a sort of resigned acceptance and hope that the historians will place them in their proper place in history beside other failed radical experiments.

But, every once in a while something comes to light that begets an emotional charge of such white hot anger and outrage that I find I'm shocked and awed once again at the sheer lack of decency and any claim to honor these people have, particularly after having to listen to their phony pretensions of patriotism and virtue.

Two such cases came up just recently and I wondered once again how low they can possibly go. Pretty low, apparently.

First, I simply cannot wrap my arms around the fact that the White House "sexed down" the EPA assessment of the air quality around ground zero. That they would knowingly place the people involved in the rescue and clean-up operation in long term health danger is simply so disgusting that I find it hard to imagine that any public safety worker in this country could ever vote for the Republicans again.

Remember, the people most likely to be affected by the bad air quality around the WTC after the attacks were cops, firefighters, municipal workers, rescue units and military personnel. The heroes of 9/11, the ones Bush so shamelessly exploited day after day after day --- the ones that Peggy Noonan and K-Lo and Coulter got all misty and moist over.

Thanks guys. And by the way, Fuck You.

Would it have been too much trouble for the party of personal responsibility to give unspun information to citizens of the site of the most deadly terrorist attack in the nation's history so they could decide for themselves how to mitigate the risk of serious long term consequences? The workers would have gone to work anyway, guaranteed, but they might have used more sophisticated equipment and might have discouraged people with respiratory problems from going into the area until it was completely cleared. Gosh, maybe they would have had themselves medically monitored more closely. That would have been terrible.

The only people who likely would have held back are those who work in the Stock Exchange, and there we find the real reason for the lie. Because a bunch of rich traders might have stayed home rather than expose themselves to long term lung damage, Bush and his cronies decided to throw them to the wolves, too.

Good thing you got those tax cuts boys. You're going to need them to pay for your health costs.
Vote Republican. They care.

The other story that made me erupt with righteous indignation is the story this morning in the NY Times affirming that the White House authorized the bin Laden family "evacuation" from the US during the time that flights were suspended after 9/11.

This story has been out there from early days and those who placed any credence in the story were derided as dupes and 5th columnists.



With all that honor and dignity swirling around the oval office, you would have thought that somebody would have been concerned about whether it was right to spirit a bunch of Saudis out of the country rather than "protect" them from the supposed howling mob by putting them in protective custody until matters became clearer.

Meanwhile, the FBI was rounding up thousands of Middle Eastern men all over the country, many held for months on end with no legal representation, even eventually trumping up charges of thought crimes against a handful of dumbshits who failed to be born into rich Saudi "friends of Bandar" families.

This seems like a big story to me --- one that should rightly have the entire beltway awash in gossipy speculation.

Let's be clear. One of the more fanciful conspiracy theories to emerge immediately after 9/11, the one charging the Bush administration of protecting the Saudi royal family and the family of Osama-bin-fucking-Laden turns out to be TRUE!

Ok. It isn't as big of a deal as fundraising at a Buddhist temple or a DNA stained dress. I understand that. But, you would think that Tweety and the rest might find it just a little bit intriguing that our president authorized the escape of intimates and family members of the mastermind of the worst terrorist attack in American history.

Wait...

Look! Over There! Arnold's shaking hands at a fair!

Britney Luvs Bush!



never mind...

 http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2003_08_31_digbysblog_archive.html


IMPEACH THE TERRORIST DRUG RUNNER NETWORK IN THE WHITE HOUSE! NOW!

wierd formatting 04.Jun.2004 17:36

corrected?

from House Bush/Saud: Al-Queda chief in interrogation: stop it! call the Sultan!
He is one of the Sudairi Seven, seven close-knit sons of King Abdul Aziz "ibn Saud" by Hassa bint Ahmad Sudairi,of whom King Fahd is the oldest. Prince Nayef bin Abdul Aziz, the Interior Minister, and Prince Salman bin Abdul Aziz, the Governor of Riyadh, are among the others.


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HIS SON, BANDAR BUSH


BandarWho is Bandar Bush?

A Documented Summary of the Case Against Bush's War on Terror

This page and its linked pages include abundant documentation of George W. Bush's involvements with the Saudis, the Saudis' implication with terrorism, special privileges given the Saudis by Bush and others, Bush's weaknesses regarding counter-terrorism both before and after 9/11, and the irrelevance of the Iraq War to the war on terror.

Updates

Since mid March I've been updating only intermittently, but the stories below were too big to leave out:

Bandar Bush Tells Us What We Need to Do In Iraq

Apparently Bandar was unhappy with the outcome of Iraq War I, and we had to promise him to do it right this time and remove Saddam from power. Colin Powell was not told anything until after Bandar had given his approval.

If you're new to this planet, the 9/11 attackers and sponsors were mostly Saudis, and there was quite possibly no Iraqi involvement at all. We've spent several years now scouring the earth for little specks of evidence that Saddam had something to do with 9/11, while ignoring warehouses of evidence that high-level Saudis were implicated.

"And so Bandar, who's skeptical because he knows in the first Gulf War we didn't get Saddam out, so he says to Cheney and Rumsfeld, 'So Saddam this time is gonna be out, period?' And Cheney - who has said nothing - says the following: 'Prince Bandar, once we start, Saddam is toast.'"

After Bandar left, according to Woodward, Cheney said, "I wanted him to know that this is for real. We're really doing it."

But this wasn't enough for Prince Bandar, who Woodward says wanted confirmation from the president. "Then, two days later, Bandar is called to meet with the president and the president says, 'Their message is my message,'" says Woodward."

Paranoid as I am, I find this almost unbelievable. I also find it unbelievable that there has been so little media outcry, and that Bush supporters still are able to believe anything that the man says.

 http://www.thismodernworld.com/weblog/mtarchives/
week_2004_04_18.html#001461

 http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2004/04/15/60minutes/
main612067.shtml


Bandar Promises to Keep Oil Prices Down

If you read this story carefully, you can see that Bandar has been keeping Bush on a string. He did not come to the rescue immediately when OPEC decided to cut production, but waited a bit. Presumably he got his quid pro quo in the meantime, and we can expect that oil prices will go down in time for the election. No problem here -- move along, folks.

"Woodward, discussing his new book, Plan of Attack, on the Bush Administration's preparations for the Iraq war, told CBS television that Prince Bandar pledged the Saudis would try to fine-tune oil prices to prime the US economy for the election - a move they understood would favour Mr Bush's re-election.

Questioned about his claim at a time when oil prices are nearing a 13-year high, Woodward, a senior editor at The Washington Post, said: 'They're high. And they could go down very quickly. That's the Saudi pledge. Certainly over the summer or as we get closer to the election they could increase production several million barrels a day and the price would drop significantly.'"

 http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/04/19/1082357116200.html

 http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=4867352

 http://www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-3930038,00.html

NYT Review of Unger's House of Bush, House of Saud

Evasive, stupid review says the book is just a conspiracy theory while conceding most of Unger's facts. One of his big arguments is that we pretty much have to do what the Saudis tell us so we shouldn't fret out little heads about any problems. (The reviewer is "the senior editor" of the prestigious journal [COUNCIL ON FOREIGN RELATIONS, CFR] Foreign Affairs, so his views have some [DISINFO] weight.)

 http://www.nytimes.com/2004/04/18/books/review/18TEPPERT.html?
pagewanted=1&ei=5062&en=d901a97ec848dbfa&ex=1082865600&partner=GOOGLE

Back Pages:

Missed Warnings

The 9/11 and Iraq War Commissions

Al Qaeda Finances and Money-Laundering

Pakistan, al Qaeda, and the Bomb

Republicans and the Islamofascists

Blowback

Carlyle / Halliburton

Where's Osama?
Bandar Bush:

During the first weeks of the second Bush Administration, the Saudi Arabian Ambassador to the United States, Prince Bandar bin Sultan, met with the new President. Bandar.....was so close to the President's father, George H. W. Bush, that he was considered almost a member of the family. Updated:
March 18, 2004.
Suggestions and comments to
 zizka@johnjemerson.com.

The original contents of this page are not copyright and may be reprinted or copied freely, in whole or in part, in any format.

Acknowledgements, etc.



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John Kerry:

"I do not fault George Bush for doing too much in the War on Terror; I believe he's done too little".

Look for Richard Clarke's Against All Enemies

Look for Craig Unger's House of Bush, House of Saud

Look for John Dean's Worse than Watergate

(Excerpt from Unger)


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Richard Clarke (Mar. 21-3)

Clarke will be hard to discredit

 http://billmon.org/archives/001239.html

Sketch of Clarke's career:

 http://slate.msn.com/id/2097685/

Summary of administration smears against Clarke

 http://www.americanprogress.org/site/pp.asp?c=biJRJ8OVF&b=39828

TNR on Clarke

 http://www.tnr.com/doc.mhtml?i=express&s=lizza032304

"The president dragged me into a room with a couple of other people, shut the door, and said, 'I want you to find whether Iraq did this.' Now he never said, 'Make it up.' But the entire conversation left me in absolutely no doubt that George Bush wanted me to come back with a report that said Iraq did this.

"I said, 'Mr. President. We've done this before. We have been looking at this. We looked at it with an open mind. There's no connection.'

"He came back at me and said, "Iraq! Saddam! Find out if there's a connection.' And in a very intimidating way. I mean that we should come back with that answer. We wrote a report."

Clarke continued, "It was a serious look. We got together all the FBI experts, all the CIA experts. We wrote the report. We sent the report out to CIA and found FBI and said, 'Will you sign this report?' They all cleared the report. And we sent it up to the president and it got bounced by the National Security Advisor or Deputy. It got bounced and sent back saying, 'Wrong answer. ... Do it again.'

"I have no idea, to this day, if the President saw it, because after we did it again, it came to the same conclusion. And frankly, I don't think the people around the president show him memos like that. I don't think he sees memos that he doesn't-- wouldn't like the answer."

 http://www.talkingpointsmemo.com/archives/week_2004_03_21.html#002738

"Rumsfeld was saying that we needed to bomb Iraq," Clarke said to Stahl. "And we all said ... no, no. Al-Qaeda is in Afghanistan. We need to bomb Afghanistan. And Rumsfeld said there aren't any good targets in Afghanistan. And there are lots of good targets in Iraq. I said, 'Well, there are lots of good targets in lots of places, but Iraq had nothing to do with it.

"Initially, I thought when he said "There aren't enough targets in-- in Afghanistan" I thought he was joking.

 http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2004/03/19/60minutes/main607356.shtml

 http://news4colorado.com/topstories/topstories_story_080210238.html

 http://www.j-bradford-delong.net/movable_type/2004_archives/000500.html

 http://msnbc.msn.com/id/4571338/

More Below: Search "IV."


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Contents:

I. viiBush - Saudi Connections
II.V Favoritism to Saudis
III.I iSaudi Support for Terrorism
IV.I Bush's Indifference to Counterterrorism (pre-9/11)
V.I The Iraq War and the War on Terror

(Just do a case-sensitive Roman-numeral search on this page)


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I. The Bushes and the Saudis



The Bush-Saudi links are many, and include direct links between members of the Bush family and members of the Bin Laden and Mahfouz families [al-Queda funder family] -- two billionaire clans whose power in Saudi Arabia approaches that of the ruling Saud clan.

James Bath was in the National Guard with George W. Bush and left at about the same time under suspicious circumstances. He made a career investing large amounts of money for the Mahfouz clan. (Mahfouz money played a big role in the BCCI financial crimes, which along with the U.S. Savings and Loan frauds pioneered the kinds of management looting which we have been forced to accept as normal.) It seems likely that Bath funneled Mahfouz money into George W. Bush's early business ventures, though (as often) the investigation was squelched and no smoking gun has been found.

Up until shortly after 9/11 Bin Ladens were part owners of the Carlyle Corporation, for which George H. W. Bush (the father) did some very lucrative consulting which was presumably mostly "access capitalism" or influence peddling. As it happened, at the moment of the 9/11 attacks, the elder Bush was at a Carlyle meeting with Bin Laden's brother Shafig. Shortly after this, the Bin Ladens were asked to leave the group.

Neil Bush, as usual, was the one who brought the bad publicity. Not long after the 9/11 attack he made a speech in Jeddah explaining that the Saudis had a P.R. problem and needed to do something (presumably involving a job for Neil) to get their point of view out.

The Saudi ambassador to the U.S., Prince Bandar, is so close to the Bush family that he is sometimes called "Bandar Bush", and in August of 2002 he was invited to visit the Bush ranch in Crawford, Texas. Bandar was probably responsible for the high-level arrangements for the evacuation of all Bin Ladens from the U.S. on 9/13 -- a complex task, since the Bin Ladens were scattered all over the country.

Bandar and his wife were also responsible for distributing millions of dollars of aid to Saudis resident in the U.S., some of which ended up in the hands of two of the hijackers.


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James Baker (Bush loyalist) defends Saudi princes against 9/11 survivor lawsuit; Limbaugh and others spread disinformation
www.johnjemerson.com/zizka.survivor.htm

Oil lobbyist is US ambassador to Saudi Arabia

 http://www.commondreams.org/views03/1205-14.htm


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Matt Welch: Bandar Bush Summary
 http://www.mattwelch.com/NatPostSave/bandar.htm

Time Magazine Bush-Saudi Timeline
www.johnjemerson.com/zizka.Timebbl.htm

2000
At a desert resort outside Riyadh, Bush meets with Crown Prince Abdullah on behalf of Carlyle, which is pursuing a partnership with SBC Communications, a Texas-based Baby Bell, to buy a 25% stake in the Saudi national phone system. After the January meeting, Bush spends several hours on a yacht in the Red Sea with Saudi business officials and attends a party at a private Saudi residence. The Carlyle Group denies that Bush discussed Carlyle business. The proposed telecommunications deal with the Saudis later falls through.

2000
Shortly after his son's election day, the former President flies to Spain with Prince Bandar for a hunting trip.

Bush-Bin Laden: Sept. 11, 2001
 http://www.cbc.ca/fifth/conspiracytheories/saudi.html

The morning of the attack George Bush Sr. is meets with members of the Carlyle Group in Washington. Bin Laden's own brother [Shafig] is at the meeting. Members of the Bin Laden family are allowed to leave the U.S. without questioning two days later."

Neil Bush Advises the Saudis on Public Relations
 http://www.salon.com/politics/feature/2002/01/24/neil_bush/index.html

Jan. 24, 2002 | Presidential brother Neil Bush, while giving a speech Monday in Saudi Arabia, condemned the American media for stereotyping the Arab world and urged Arab leaders to hire lobbyists and public relations representatives to combat these negative images as well as to sway public opinion to a more sympathetic view of Arabs in the Arab-Israeli conflict, according to reports in foreign media outlets. Bush implied that Israel has done a better job of getting its message across in the American media.

"The U.S. media campaign against the interests of Arabs and Muslims, and the American public opinion on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, could be influenced through a sustained lobbying and P.R. effort," said the younger Bush, according to the Arab News, Saudi Arabia's first English-language daily. "Public opinion shapes public policy dramatically. It's true in the U.S., in this part of the world and elsewhere."

The Bush-bin Laden Connection
Andrew Wheat, Texas Observer, 9 November 2001

After the death of Mohammed bin Laden, control of the company passed to Salem bin Laden, Osama's half brother. The roots of the first known Bush-bin Laden convergence date back to the mid-1970s, when the two clans were linked by a Houston businessman named James R. Bath. Bath had befriended George W. Bush in the late 1960s, when they both served in the Texas Air National Guard. By 1976, when Gerald Ford appointed the elder George Bush as CIA director, Bath was acting as a business agent for Salem bin Laden's interests in Texas. (Texas and Saudi Arabia were well-connected by this point through U.S. oil companies and related industries with operations in both locations.) In 1991 Time magazine and later other publications reported on allegations by Bath's former business partner that the Bush CIA hired Bath in 1976 to create offshore companies to move CIA funds and aircraft between Texas and Saudi Arabia.

After W. lost a bid for Congress, he decided to launch an oil company in Midland in 1979. For $50,000, Bath bought a 5 percent stake in W.'s Arbusto (Spanish for "Bush") partnerships. At the time, Bath also served as business agent for several prominent Saudis, including Salem bin Laden. In exchange for a percentage of the deals, Bath made U.S. investments for these clients in his own name, according to Time. Although Bath has said that he invested his own money in Arbusto, not Saudi money, the fact that he was Salem's agent at the time has fueled speculation that Osama bin Laden's eldest brother was an early investor in W.'s first oil venture. It was around the time of this investment, incidentally, that Osama bin Laden made his first trip to the Khyber Pass, where he would soon join the Mujaheddin and the CIA in the holy war that expelled the Soviets from Afghanistan. (Salem, for his part, owned a house in Marble Falls, and died in a 1988 plane crash near San Antonio.)

The bin Ladens cemented clearer-cut financial ties with the Bush clan in 1995, when they invested $2 million in the Carlyle Group. Carlyle specializes in the buyout of government defense contractors, and many of its principals were heavyweights in the Reagan and Bush administrations. Carlyle's chair is former Reagan Administration Defense Secretary Frank Carlucci. Former Bush Secretary of State James A. Baker III is a Carlyle partner and the firm's senior counsel. Ex-President Bush himself is a Carlyle board member and its senior Asian advisor. In recent years, Carlyle has dispatched Carlucci, Baker and Bush to Saudi Arabia to butter up the bin Ladens.

Bush-Bath-Bin Laden
 http://www.conspiracyplanet.com/channel.cfm?
channelid=39&contentid=269

Houston Chronicle, June 4, 1992:

George W. Bush's company, Bush Exploration Co., general partner in the limited partnerships, went through several mergers, eventually evolving into Harken Energy Corp., a suburban Dallas-based company. Bush, known informally as George Jr., is a shareholder and director of Harken, which has been granted lucrative offshore drilling rights off the coast of Bahrain in the Persian Gulf. One of the top shareholders of Harken, a public company, is Saudi businessman Abdullah Taha Bakhsh. Bush said that to his knowledge, Bath 's investment was from personal funds, and no Saudi money was investedin Arbusto .

Bath, 55, a former U.S. Air Force pilot, declined to comment for the record. Spokesmen for FinCEN and the FBI also declined to comment." According to a 1976 trust agreement, drawn shortly after Bush was appointed director of the Central Intelligence Agency, Saudi Sheik Salem M. Binladen appointed Bath as his business representative in Houston.

Greg Palast, BBC:
 http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/events/newsnight/newsid
_1645000/1645527.stm

SPRINGMAN:
What I was protesting was, in reality, an effort to bring recruits, rounded up by Osama Bin Laden, to the US for terrorist training by the CIA. They would then be returned to Afghanistan to fight against the then-Soviets.

The attack on the World Trade Center in 1993 did not shake the State Department's faith in the Saudis, nor did the attack on American barracks at Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia three years later, in which 19 Americans died. FBI agents began to feel their investigation was being obstructed. Would you be surprised to find out that FBI agents are a bit frustrated that they can't be looking into some Saudi connections?

March 24, 2003 New Yorker on "Bandar Bush"
 http://www.saudi-us-relations.org/newsletter/saudi-relations-04.html#3

In the early eighties, Bandar began having regular lunches with Vice-President George Bush, in his office at the Old Executive Office Building. Although Bush was widely considered a weak Vice-President, Bandar believed that he was the first important American politician he'd known who did not automatically favor Israel; from the start, Bandar had found Bush helpful in advancing the Saudi cause, and supportive of Saudi efforts to buy weapons from the United States. Bandar also liked him personally.

In 1985, Bandar threw a lavish party for Bush, who never forgot the courtesy, and always had time for the Saudi Ambassador. "Most important, he was a troubleshooter for King Fahd," Brent Scowcroft, Bush's national-security adviser, wrote of Bandar in a joint memoir with Bush. "The King frequently turned to him for advice. For these reasons, we knew he was a special conduit from us to Fahd."

Wayne Madsen, In These Times, 12 November 2001
Tracking bin Laden's money flow leads back to Midland, Texas: Bush, Bath, Mahfouz, Bin Laden

Though Bush told the Wall Street Journal he had "no idea" BCCI was involved in Harken's financial dealings, the network of connections between Bush and BCCI is so extensive that the Journal concluded their investigation of the matter in 1991 by stating: "The number of BCCI-connected people who had dealings with Harken—all since George W. Bush came on board—raises the question of whether they mask an effort to cozy up to a presidential son." Or even the president: Bath finally came under investigation by the FBI in 1992 for his Saudi business relationships, accused of funneling Saudi money through Houston in order to influence the foreign policies of the Reagan and first Bush administrations.
Worst of all, bin Mahfouz allegedly has been financing the bin Laden terrorist network—making Bush a U.S. citizen who has done business with those who finance and support terrorists.

George H. W. Bush, Carlyle, and the Saudis (March, 2001 - pre- 9/11)
 http://www.nytimes.com/2001/03/05/politics/05CARL.html

The NYT ran a front-page photo of former President Bush with Saudi King Fahd on a trip to Saudi Arabia as part of his work for the Carlyle Group. The ice-breaking story by Leslie Wayne quoted Charles Lewis: "In a really peculiar way, George W. Bush could, some day, benefit financially from his own administration's decisions, through his father's investments. The average American doesn't know that and, to me, that's a jaw-dropper."

James Bath and the Saudis:  link to www.cbc.ca
_xymphora_archive.html#107699778130709322

Bush Family Values  http://www.motherjones.com/news/feature/1992/09/bushboys.html

(More Bush-Saudi Links)

(9/11 Survivors)


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II. Favoritism to the Saudis

Craig Unger's House of Bush, House of Saud:

Saving the Saudis after 9/11
 http://www.salon.com/books/feature/2004/03/11/unger_1/index2.html

Did the Saudis buy a President?
 http://salon.com/books/feature/2004/03/12/unger_2/index.html

The manifest was submitted the day before. It was obvious that someone in Washington had said OK, but the FBI didn't want to say they could go, so it was really tense. In the end, nobody was interrogated." According to the passenger list, among the 46 passengers were several high-level Saudi royals with diplomatic passports. On Sunday, Sept. 16, the flight finally left for Geneva, Switzerland. The FBI did not even get the manifest until about two hours before departure. Even if it had wanted to interview the passengers -- and the Bureau had shown little inclination to do so -- there would not have been enough time".

The CIA and the Saudis
 http://www.publicedcenter.org/stories/
saudi-evacuation/behind-the-scenes.shtml

"This is especially disturbing since it is now known that the Saudi intelligence service and the Pakistani service kept up communications with top bin Laden aides until the spring prior to the 9-11 attacks. That information was withheld from the congressional joint inquiry even though both the Bush White House and CIA were aware of it. Prince Turki resigned as head of the Saudi intelligence service and became the Saudi ambassador to the Court of St. James in the aftermath of 9-11."

Has someone been sitting on the FBI?
Greg Palast (transcript), BBC, 6 November 2001

MICHAEL SPRINGMAN:
In Saudi Arabia I was repeatedly ordered by high level State Dept officials to issue visas to unqualified applicants. These were, essentially, people who had no ties either to Saudi Arabia or to their own country. I complained bitterly at the time there. I returned to the US, I complained to the State Dept here, to the General Accounting Office, to the Bureau of Diplomatic Security and to the Inspector General's office. I was met with silence.....

The attack on the World Trade Center in 1993 did not shake the State Department's faith in the Saudis, nor did the attack on American barracks at Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia three years later, in which 19 Americans died. FBI agents began to feel their investigation was being obstructed. Would you be surprised to find out that FBI agents are a bit frustrated that they can't be looking into some Saudi connections?

Palast in The Guardian


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 organisation".....

But the FBI files were closed in 1996 apparently before any conclusions could be reached on either the Bin Laden brothers or the organisation itself. High-placed intelligence sources in Washington told the Guardian this week: "There were always constraints on investigating the Saudis".....

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.

"There were particular investigations that were effectively killed."

Crawford visit by Bandar, August, 2002.
 http://usinfo.state.gov/topical/pol/terror/02082704.htm

The two leaders, Fleischer said, discussed the recent Rand Corporation presentation to the U.S. Defense Policy Board that portrayed Saudi Arabia as supporting the enemies of the United States. Fleischer said the President conveyed to the Crown Prince that the Rand analyst's views "had nothing to do with the views of any senior-level government administration officials, including himself, including the Secretary of Defense or the Vice President. And they also talked about the path to peace in the Middle East," Fleischer said.

Bush Censors Congressional report to Protect Saudis.
 http://www.nydailynews.com/front/story/105046p-94824c.html

At Bush administration's request, 28 pages on Saudi involvement in 9/11 are blacked out of congressional 9/11 report "for reasons of national security".

The Bin Ladens Leave the Country Without Being Questioned
 http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2001/09/30/archive/main313048.shtml

Most of bin Laden's relatives were attending high school and college. The young members of the bin Laden family were driven or flown under FBI supervision to a secret place in Texas and then to Washington, The Times reported Sunday.....They left the country on a private charter plane when airports reopened three days after the attacks.

NY Times (Sept 2003): White House Approved Secret Evacuation of Bin Ladens After 9-11
 http://www.truthout.org/docs_03/090503A.shtm

"Richard Clarke, who ran White House crisis team after Sept 11 terror attacks, says top White House officials personally approved evacuation of dozens of influential Saudis, including relatives of Osama bin Laden, from United States in days after Sept 11, when most flights were grounded."

Tampa Tribune: Bodyguards tell of Secret Bin Laden Flight
 http://www.dirtybush.com/connectthesedots.html

"The hastily arranged flight out of Raytheon Airport Services, a private hangar on the outskirts of Tampa International Airport, was anything but ordinary. It lifted off the tarmac at a time when every private plane in the nation was grounded due to safety concerns after the Sept. 11 attacks.

Immigration missed many clues missed on 9/11 plotters (LA Times, January 27, 2004)
 http://www.indianexpress.com/print.php?content_id=39944

By Greg Miller and Josh Meyer Times Staff Writers

WASHINGTON — Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, the suspected mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001, plot, obtained a visa to come to the United States just weeks before the attacks despite being under a federal terrorism indictment, a report by the federal commission investigating the attacks revealed Monday.

And as many as eight of the hijackers entered the country with doctored passports that contained "clues to their association with Al Qaeda" that should have been caught by immigration authorities, commission investigators said.....

Ginsburg cited a series of other security breakdowns that had not been previously disclosed. She said investigators now believe eight hijackers entered the country on passports that had been doctored "in ways that have been associated with Al Qaeda." ......

Melendez-Perez said that leading up to Sept. 11, customs officials were discouraged by their superiors from hassling Saudi travelers, seen as big spenders who made frequent visits to theme parks in the Orlando area. Fifteen of the 19 hijackers were from Saudi Arabia.


 http://www.johnjemerson.com/zizka.binladen.htm



4.

Thursday, September 04, 2003

Two More Straws

There are so many political and policy atrocities associated with the modern GOP and this administration that it becomes hard to feel anything more than a sort of resigned acceptance and hope that the historians will place them in their proper place in history beside other failed radical experiments.

But, every once in a while something comes to light that begets an emotional charge of such white hot anger and outrage that I find I'm shocked and awed once again at the sheer lack of decency and any claim to honor these people have, particularly after having to listen to their phony pretensions of patriotism and virtue.

Two such cases came up just recently and I wondered once again how low they can possibly go. Pretty low, apparently.

First, I simply cannot wrap my arms around the fact that the White House "sexed down" the EPA assessment of the air quality around ground zero. That they would knowingly place the people involved in the rescue and clean-up operation in long term health danger is simply so disgusting that I find it hard to imagine that any public safety worker in this country could ever vote for the Republicans again.

Remember, the people most likely to be affected by the bad air quality around the WTC after the attacks were cops, firefighters, municipal workers, rescue units and military personnel. The heroes of 9/11, the ones Bush so shamelessly exploited day after day after day --- the ones that Peggy Noonan and K-Lo and Coulter got all misty and moist over.

Thanks guys. And by the way, Fuck You.

Would it have been too much trouble for the party of personal responsibility to give unspun information to citizens of the site of the most deadly terrorist attack in the nation's history so they could decide for themselves how to mitigate the risk of serious long term consequences? The workers would have gone to work anyway, guaranteed, but they might have used more sophisticated equipment and might have discouraged people with respiratory problems from going into the area until it was completely cleared. Gosh, maybe they would have had themselves medically monitored more closely. That would have been terrible.

The only people who likely would have held back are those who work in the Stock Exchange, and there we find the real reason for the lie. Because a bunch of rich traders might have stayed home rather than expose themselves to long term lung damage, Bush and his cronies decided to throw them to the wolves, too.

Good thing you got those tax cuts boys. You're going to need them to pay for your health costs.
Vote Republican. They care.

The other story that made me erupt with righteous indignation is the story this morning in the NY Times affirming that the White House authorized the bin Laden family "evacuation" from the US during the time that flights were suspended after 9/11.

This story has been out there from early days and those who placed any credence in the story were derided as dupes and 5th columnists.



With all that honor and dignity swirling around the oval office, you would have thought that somebody would have been concerned about whether it was right to spirit a bunch of Saudis out of the country rather than "protect" them from the supposed howling mob by putting them in protective custody until matters became clearer.

Meanwhile, the FBI was rounding up thousands of Middle Eastern men all over the country, many held for months on end with no legal representation, even eventually trumping up charges of thought crimes against a handful of dumbshits who failed to be born into rich Saudi "friends of Bandar" families.

This seems like a big story to me --- one that should rightly have the entire beltway awash in gossipy speculation.

Let's be clear. One of the more fanciful conspiracy theories to emerge immediately after 9/11, the one charging the Bush administration of protecting the Saudi royal family and the family of Osama-bin-fucking-Laden turns out to be TRUE!

Ok. It isn't as big of a deal as fundraising at a Buddhist temple or a DNA stained dress. I understand that. But, you would think that Tweety and the rest might find it just a little bit intriguing that our president authorized the escape of intimates and family members of the mastermind of the worst terrorist attack in American history.

Wait...

Look! Over There! Arnold's shaking hands at a fair!

Britney Luvs Bush!



never mind...

 http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2003_08_31_digbysblog_archive.html


IMPEACH THE TERRORIST DRUG RUNNER NETWORK IN THE WHITE HOUSE! NOW!

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