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- OSAMA BIN LADEN, AFGHANISTAN, TALIBAN, AL-QAEDA, FLORIDA & GEORGE BUSH, 1996
- THE SAUDI BIN LADENS
- THE FRACTIOUS MUJAHIDEEN: CIVIL WAR
- ENTER THE TALIBAN
- OSAMA BIN LADEN: DOUBLE AGENT
- PRINCE BANDAR ON BIN LADEN
- BUSH & BIN LADENS: PARTNERS IN THE BUSINESS OF TERRORISM
- THE SAUDIS & CIA SEND BIN LADEN ON A MISSION
- THE US IMPORTS & TRAINS 9/11 HIJACKERS & TERRORISTS AT U.S. MILITARY BASES
- THE BIN LADEN BROTHERS IN THE USA
- AL-QAEDA SETS UP SHOP IN THE USA
George H.W. Bush was riding high in the polls, in 1992, and he was looking forward to his reelection, and the election of his two sons who were seeking the governorships of Texas and Florida. He had every reason to believe he would easily be reelected. The Soviet Union had ceased to exist on December 21, 1991. Najibullah, the former secret police chief and the communist leader of Af ghanistan had been overthrown by the mujahideen and was now hiding out. Iraq had been defeated and was slowly being strangled to death through economic sanctions. And Bush had a 90% approval rating.
Bush, the CIA, the Department of Defense, were making long range plans for the establishment of the “new world order” (1)— echoing the words of Adolf Hitler some 60 years before.
The “new world order” is, however, a “Hegelian” concept, and the Hegelian dialectic requires controlled conflict, between opposing parties (2): thesis antithesis = Synthesis (the New World Order). For the last half of the 20th century, the communist Soviet Union had made up half of that equation. But in December, 1991, the Soviet Union, the communist threat, and the “Cold War,” had died and ceased to exist.
Bush, the CIA, the bankers, arms merchants, and the Wall Street elite, needed a new boogey man, other than just Saddam Hussein.
So Bush and team met with his Saudi friends… And they plotted and they planned…
The American people did not know it yet…
Terrorism was coming home, courtesy of the CIA and George Bush’s Saudi friends.
The CIA, during the Reagan and the first Bush administra tion, imported foreigners into this country, where they were trained to conduct terrorist acts (3,4). These CIA trained terrorists, were then unleashed on other countries, such as Nicaragua, Afghani stan, East Timor, Salvador, Columbia, and so on.
During the Reagan and the first Bush administration, the CIA and the Saudis, via Pakistan, were also funding the education and the training of “Holy Warriors” the Mujahideen, who would then go forth and murder women, children, old men, and shoot down and blow up commercial airlines. Although the vast majority of the Mujahideen were trained in Pakistan (5), some of the more promising candidates for terrorist training, those destined to take leadership roles, were brought to the United States (6).
According to Michael Springman, the former head of the American visa bureau in Jeddah: “While 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. What I was protesting was, in reality, an effort to bring recruits, rounded up by Osama Bin Laden, to the US for ter rorist training by the CIA.”
Some of them stayed.
But, on whose orders and why?
The Saudis funded hundreds of madrassas (religious schools) many of which were located adjacent to the numerous squalid refu gee camps in Pakistan where the preyed upon the tens of thou sands of impoverished, unskilled young men who were without hope and without a future. This hopeless youth were lured to the madrassas which provided them a religious education that empha sized “jihad,” “Islamism,” “Wahhabism,” and the harshest inter pretations of Islam (7).
“Jihad” these young boys and men learned, meant holy war against all non-Muslim infidels. This training was in accordance with Ibn Taymiyya’s classic and literal interpretation of jihad as laid out in his book, “alSiyasa alshariyya fi Islah al rai’i wa al ra’iyya” (8). “Islamism” too emphasizes “jihad” and is likewise based in part on the work and thought of Ibn Taymiyya. Those adhering to Islamism believe it is permissible to kill those practic ing other faiths including those Muslims who do not accept Sunni ideology, such as Shiits, Tajiks, Hazaras and Uzbeks.
“Jihad” is a religious duty (8,9,10).
“The command to participate in jihad and the mention of its merits occur repeatedly in the Koran and the Sunna. Jihad…is the best voluntary act that man can perform…Jihad implies all kinds of worship, both in its inner and outer forms. More than any other act it implies love and devotion for God, Who is exalted… trust in Him, surrender one’s life and property to Him…Since lawful warfare is essentially jihad and since its aim is that the religion is God’s en tirely and God’s word is uppermost, therefore according to all Muslims, those who stand in the way of this aim must be fought” (10).
Their training complete, the Mujahideen were shipped off to Afghanistan, where they shot down civilian airliners with U.S. supplied stinger missiles, and murdered doctors, nurses, teachers, and whipped and tortured women for not wearing the veil or for allowing a wisp of hair or a patch of bare skin to show (5,6,11).
For decades the oil men and the Saudis have been lusting after the oil rich Caspian Basin and the undeveloped oilriches beneath the soil of the Soviet central Asian republics (Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, and Uzbekistan). However, the best oil pipeline route to the Soviet underbelly, was, and is, through Af ghanistan.
In the early 1970s, Afghanistan was being actively considered for international aid and assistance. “A model for development,” re called Amir Usman, a Pakistani ambassador Afghanistan.
A lot of countries wanted a piece of the action.
Added Amir, “The Americans built the KabulTorkham road leading east to Pakistan and the Russians built the road to the Amu
Darya leading north to the thenSoviet Union. It was a happy coexistence.”
When it came to the Soviet Union, however, happy coexistence was not the aim of Republican foreign policy, which also ex plains the road being constructed to Pakistan. The ulterior goals of the United States were not so much to aid in the development of Afghanistan but to eliminate Soviet influence (28,30,31,32). Any oil pipeline that might someday link the oilrich states to the sea, must pass through Afghanistan and then Pakistan. Pakistan was the key to Afghanistan and Pakistan never wanted an independent or Soviet-controlled Afghanistan. They wanted a Pakistani puppet.
However in 1973, the Soviets gained the upper hand, when a series of coups brought down Afghani King Mohammed Zahir Shah. A Marxist dictatorship later came to power in 1978.
In the late 1970s, the CIA in conjunction with the Saudi Royal family, began to sketch out long ranged plans to destabilize Afghanistan, Iraq, and the southern Islamic states of the Soviet Union (28,30,31,32). It was believed that terror attacks and the importing of Sunni Wahhabism into these regions would create a Islamic fun damentalist uprising, causing the oilrich southern states to break away (3,5). These uprisings, it was hoped would also cause the secular government of Iraq and the communist government of Af ghanistan, to fall.
Once this was accomplished the oil of the Soviet central Asian republics, could then be pumped, along a pipeline leading across Afghanistan into Pakistan, and from there to the sea. Hence, not only the southern states, but Afghanistan would have to be freed from communist Soviet control.
The Soviets had been in Afghanistan since the Bolshevik revolution in 1919. When, a few years later, the Afghans broke the yoke of the English, the Russians invaded the country, setting up hospitals, schools, and telephone and telegraph communications systems (33). Nevertheless, the Brits remained interested parties and struggled with the Soviets to regain influence. They were soon joined by the Americans.
In 1929 Nader Shah became king of Afghanistan, and was then succeeded by his son Mohammed Zahir Shah who attempted to maintain a neutral relationship with the Soviets, the British, and the Americans. However, in 1947 when Pakistan became a state, the new Pakistani government began a political dispute with Af ghanistan over the right of selfdetermination of the Pashtun and Baluch tribes who lived along the frontier between the two coun tries (43). Pakistan was making demands on Afghani territory. America and Britain began championing the Pakistani cause. In deed, in 1953, VicePresident Nixon—the Bush families mouth piece in the White House— made a visit to Kabul and made de mands that favored Pakistan which was aligned with Saudi Arabia, thus forcing Afghanistan into the arms of the Soviets (43).
In 1973 King Mohammed Zahir Shah was overthrown by his cousin, Prince Sardar Mohammad Daoud who made himself President. In April 1978 Daoud and his entire family were mur dered during a bloody coup that also clamed the life of U.S. Am bassador Adolph “Spike” Dubs.
In 1978, the first Marxist government was established in Afghanistan (43).
In 1978, Osama bin Laden who was representing his family company in Istanbul, began working with the Saudi and Pakistani Intelligence Agencies, in conjunction with the CIA, providing sup port, funds and other assistance to develop an Afghani resistance movement that would overthrow the Soviet backed Afghan government (44). The “freedom fighters” would trek from Pakistan to Afghanistan along the roads constructed by the bin Ladens with the financial assistance of the NixonFord, and the Bush CIA.
In 1979, the CIA and the Carter administration officially agreed to join in Saudibacked efforts that were already underway in Afghanistan. As detailed by Zbigniew Brzezinski, National Se curity Adviser to the Carter Administration (13), in July 1979 the CIA and Carter administration began providing massive aid to the Afghan resistance in order to draw the Soviets into Afghanistan and to instill civil unrest in the central Asian countries it controlled.
As admitted by Brzezinski, “according to the official ver sion of history, CIA aid to the mujahideen began during 1980 after the Soviet army invaded Afghanistan. But the reality, secretly guarded until now, is completely otherwise: Indeed , it was July 3, 1979, that President Carter signed the first directive for secret aid to the opponents of the pro-Soviet regime in Kabul. This aid was going to induce Soviet military intervention. We didn’t push the Russians to intervene, but we knowingly increased the probability that they would.”
As detailed by Peter Schweizer (12), “arms were being pur chased on the international market with Saudi money and the CIA was flying them from Dhahran to Islamabad” where Osama bin Laden was headquartered. “The CIA was also flying in weapons and ammunition. Ten thousand tons of arms and ammunition were going through the channel every year. However, that this was done through the Wahhabi clan was top secret.”
By 1979, Osama bin Laden, had taken a leading role in re cruiting “ArabMuslim volunteers for Afghan’s resistance against the Red Army” (34) and the launching of CIAbacked holy war which was to hopefully strip the oil rich regions of central Asia, from the grasp of the Soviet Union. He was headquartered in Islamabad, the nexus for the intermingling of CIA, Pakistani, and Saudi support (45).
Islamabad, Pakistan, is the main route from the sea to Afghanistan, and Pakistan’s rulers and the Pakistan military and In telligence services were eager to play a role, not just because of the secret aid coming in from the Saudis and CIA, but the riches that would be theirs once a pipeline was built, linking the oilrich Caspian basin with Pakistan—a pipeline that would cross Afghani stan once these states were freed of Soviet control.
According to William Casey, Director of the CIA during the ReaganBush administration, the principle reason for training and funding the Afghan mujahideen, was to wage terrorism and war against the Soviet Union, “with Saudi cooperation,” and to sow discord in the Soviet Central Asia, in order to stir an Islamic revo lution and pry these states away from the Soviet sphere of influ ence (12).
As detailed by Casey (12): “The strategy included substan tial financial and military support to the Afghan resistance, as well as supplying the mujahideen personnel to take the war into the Soviet Union itself with Saudi cooperation.”
“Arms were being purchased on the international market with Saudi money and the CIA was flying them from Dhahran to Islamabad. The CIA was also flying in weapons and ammunition. Ten thousand tons of arms and ammunition were going through the channel every year” (12).
The CIA, under Reagan-Bush, also “ordered the Directorate of Operations to seek out and recruit Afghans living overseas to help run the international conduit of arms to the rebels.” Hundreds of “Afghans were trained by the CIA in the art of international arms shipping” (12).
Soon covert assistance came to include sophisticated high tech military hardware, including “advanced night vision technol ogy, special explosives and precision guided munitions” as well as “access to hightech American intelligence” (5,12)
Saudi Arabia’s King Faud, and other prominent Saudi fami lies belonging to the Wahhabi clan, matched the CIA and the Ameri can government dollar for dollar in stirring up revolution not only in the incredibly oil rich Soviet states of Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, and Uzbekistan, but Afghanistan; and in this regard, the Saudis and the CIA, worked directly with Pakistan’s Islamic government (45,46).
Why Pakistan and Afghanistan and not Iran?
Because the Muslim majority of Afghanistan, and the Mus lim ruling class in Pakistan, were Sunni Muslims and thus closely associated with SunniWahhabism (5). An oil pipeline, built across Afghanistan and Pakistan, would thus enable these states to be come like oilrich Saudi Arabia, as well as ruled by Muslims sub scribing to the Wahhabi branch of Sunni Islam. By contrast, the SunniWahhabis not only detested Iran, with its Shiit population, but hoped to someday conquer and convert its people to the Sunni branch of the Islamic faith (3,5).
Pakistan was therefore a key player, and the Saudi Royal family began pouring hundreds of millions of dollars into Pakistan to build, equip and staff, hundreds of orthodox, fundamentalist, Islamic schools, the madrasahs.
A madrasah specializes in teaching students to memorize the Koran and to correctly perform Islamic rituals and initially these schools were established to teach the sons of the Afghan Mujahideen, whose families were in refugee camps in Pakistan.
The madrasahs would be employed to train young men in the strict Wahhabism branch of Islam, and to turn out thousands of holy warriors willing to martyr themselves on the battlefields of Afghanistan.
At the end of their schooling these young men then received military training after which they were sent back into Afghanistan to wage war and to help create a unified Mujahideen and a unified Afghanistan. However, it was never in the cards for Afghanistan to become an independent state. Afghanistan was to be under the control of the royal family of Saudi Arabia and the Saudifunded Pakistani Intelligence Service.
In addition to providing financial aid to the mujahideen the Saudis and King Faud provided funds “to boost their religious and anticommunist radio broadcasts into Afghanistan and Soviet Cen tral Asia, the oilrich underbelly of what had been the Soviet Union (12,13). One of the projects close to Faud’s heart was the effort to support Islamic movements in Soviet Central Asia. This was done through the Wahhabi clan and was top secret (12).
Mujahideen fighters were becoming more deadly and more effective thanks to the numerous schools established in 1985 to train fighters in weapons use. Twoweek courses in antitank and antiaircraft guns, mine laying and lifting, demolitions, urban war fare and sabotage were offered for thousands of fighters. Twenty thousand mujahideen were being pumped out every year by these schools dubbed ‘CIA U’ by some wags” (12).
Before the end of the first term of the Reagan-Bush administration, the CIA had trained tens of thousands of mujahideen.
Central to this effort, was the Saudis and the bin Ladens. Osama bin Laden had been working for the CIA and the Saudi Intelligence service, since 1978 (14)—the same year that George
W. Bush founded Arbusto, an oil drilling company that the Saudis/ bin Ladens invested in (15).
In 1988, bin Laden was given a new assignment. Osama became the main financier for “Maktab al-Khidamat” (“the Office of Services”), which recruited Muslims from around the world to serve Islam through charitable donations or to come forward to fight as “holy warriors” against the Soviets. This assignment en abled bin Laden to recruit and organize an international network of Islamic radicals, which in turn gave rise to alQaeda.
In 1988, alQaeda was born—the same year G.H.W. Bush was elected president.
AlQaeda was to be the Islamic version of the CIA, with in telligence operatives and an intelligence network that would span the globe and infiltrate every conceivable Islamic terrorist organi zation in the world. In 1988, however, the main target remained the oilrich central Asian states and the progressive and socialist government of Afghanistan.
As summed up by Schweizer (12): “Osama bin Laden’s or ganization was incubated by the CIA in the 1980’s when the larg estever covert operation by the CIA was carried out in Afghani stan against a newly born progressive and socialistoriented gov ernment and then against Soviet troops who had come to the de fense of that government.”
Essentially, the CIA provided a model of training that was retained and employed by Osama bin Laden and alQaeda, an or ganization, that was established in the year George H.W. Bush was elected President, 1988.
It is the key role of the Saudi royal family which explains why Osama bin Laden was chosen to lead this mission. As noted in previous chapters, the bin Ladens have maintained an excep tionally close relationship with the Saudi royal family since the 1930s. This relationship is not based just on business ties, but on friendship, trust and shared secrets and goals (47).
The sons of the Saudi royals and the bin Laden have attended the same schools and have followed the same paths. However, this relationship was never limited to just the Saudis and bin Ladens but includes the Kashoggi brothers (whose father was the king’s personal physician), and Kamal Adham the director of the Saudi services (under King Faisal). The bin Ladens, being part of this network, are thus not just friends and business partners, but trusted advisors who act according to the best interests of the Saudi royals (47).
Thus, whereas Saladin bin Laden and other Saudis had gone into business with the Bush family, Osama bin Laden was acting in concert with the Bush family fingers which not only gripped the CIA, but were playing it like a violin.
Osama bin Laden thus became a major player due to his family’s close ties with the Bush family and the Saudi Royal family. Osama brought money and the expertise of his family’s construction business to Afghanistan, and, again, with CIA assistance, constructed roads and tunnels and provided funds for arms and munitions (47). However, it was not just money for arms and religious training, that bin Laden provided, for in addition to his expertise in construction, bin Laden was also an expert at propaganda.
In an interview in the deserts near Kandahar Osama bin Laden explained: “My job is to inspire, to organize people. My job is to provoke people. I’m not doing it myself, but I’m preaching so that others will do it” (48).
Osama bin Laden was an expert at Hegelian manipulation.
Osama used religion to manipulate the Mujahideen so that they were willing to martyr themselves for a goal that was never revealed to them: oil.
In February of 1989, the Soviet Union, after having sustained incredible losses, decided to withdraw from Afghanistan. Afghanistan, with its numerous tribes and ethnic groups, dissolved into civil war, with different factions of Mujahideen murdering, raping, and destroying one another (46).
By the end of 1992, although George H.W. Bush was out of a job, the mission of the Brotherhood remained the same: the toppling of Saddam Hussein, the seizure of the Iraqi oilfields, the installation of cooperative regime in Afghanistan, the grabbing of the central Asian oil prize, and the creation of a New World Order—a New Order that would be governed by the defense and petro-pharmaceutical industries, and the Wall Street elite.
In 1992, the likelihood of a New World Order, still seemed a world away.
Clinton had been elected president. Saddam was still in power as was the communist regime, in Kabul. The oil fields of Iraq and the south central Asian states, were still years beyond reach.
Finally, in April of 1992, as the mujahideen advanced on Kabul, the capital, Dr. Najibullah was forced to resign as President of the Republic of Afghanistan (16). He had been forced out by turncoats in his own party, including General Abdul Rashid Dostum (17).
No lover of democracy, in the 1980s, Dostum had served as a communist union boss on an Afghan gas field, acting as a col laborator with invading Russian forces. Later, he became a major commander for Afghanistan’s Communist dictatorship and then joined the communist government, serving as defense minister under President Najibullah. But, in 1992, Dostum decided to mu tiny and his betrayal led directly to the downfall of Najibullah, and the mass murder of tens of thousands of Afghans living in Kabul.
Dostum, leaders of the mujahideen and other opposition groups, formed an agreement, through the UN, for the establishment of a broad based government that would be led by Prime Minister Gulbuddin Hekmatyar and President Burhanuddin Rabbani. Najibullah, his wife and three daughters, spent the next four years hiding inside a United Nations compound.
However, because they belonged to so many different tribes and ethnic groups, the mujahideen couldn’t stop fighting each other long enough to consolidate power (16). Indeed, in addition to the Pashtun majority, there were four other major ethnic groups all vying for power: the Tajik, Hazara, Uzbek, and Turkmen. And then there were the dozen or so other tribes which had battled against one another for generations: the Aimaq, Kirghiz, Wakhi, Farsiwan, Nuristani, Baluch, Brahui, Qizilbash, Kabuli, and Jat.
Even the UN brokered government was fractured. Prime Minister Gulbuddin Hekmatyar and President Burhanuddin Rabbani began scheming against one another from the start. Their disagree ments and infighting contributed to a growing civil war which killed about 50,000 people (16).
The civil war in Afghanistan was completely contrary to what the Saudis, Pakistanis, or the CIA had hoped for. Although they never wanted an independent Afghanistan, the chaos which ensued prevented them from creating a Pakistani/Saudi puppet, making it impossible to establish the stability necessary for the construction of an oil pipeline.
The Saudis and Pakistan’s Interior Ministry in Islamabad again turned to the madrassas to create a new, unified fighting force which would be trained and then unleashed on the warring tribes of Afghanistan (5,6,16,18). This decision apparently caused some dissent within Pakistan’s InterServices Intelligence (ISI) agency, which had run the Afghan operations since the late 1970s. The ISI were backing the regime of Prime Minister Hikmatyar which was at war with the Rabbani government. The ISI—which represented Pakistan’s military establishment—also distrusted the Pakistani government of Benazir Bhutto, and were concerned that Bhutto might use this new fighting force for her own ends in Afghanistan (19).
The civil war in Afghanistan, displaced tens of thousands of Afghans who, like their forebears, took up life inside the squalid refugee camps along the Pakistani-Afghan border. And like their forbears, the children of these refugees began studying, in increasingly larger numbers, in the numerous madrassas which had been established throughout Pakistan by the Saudis (5,6,16).
One of the largest and most important madrassas, “Jamiat ulUloomilIslamiyyah,” was located in Karachi. Over 8,000 stu dents were enrolled, most from different nationalities. It has been said that future Taliban leader, Mullah Omar, studied at this semi nary. Omar, in turn, was associated with Nabi Mohammadi’s Harkat group, a “terrorist” organization which was funded by the Saudis.
The Saudis were coordinating the activities of the different madrassas, especially those belonging to the Wahhabi/Deobandi denominations (20). The intention was to form a cohesive group of students (Talibs) who could be trained, armed, and then unleashed on Afghanistan in order to purify the country of its corrupt Mujahideen leaders, and bring Afghanistan under Saudi/Pakistani control. Soon, a puritanical group of young men began to stream out of Pakistan, into Afghanistan (16,18,19,20). They were known as the Taliban (“the Koran students”).
The Taliban, led Mullah Omar, stormed into Afghanistan in 1993, and in battle after battle, they routed the mujahideen while serving Pakistani/Saudi needs. In November 1994, Benazir Bhutto utilized the Taliban to rescue a major trade caravan that had been captured and was being held for ransom by the local warlord of Kandahar.
The incredible success of the Taliban also caused a rethink ing within Pakistan’s ISI. The ISI joined with the Interior Ministry’s special forces to train and equip the Taliban. However, much of that funding was coming from Saudi Arabia, as the Taliban were eating up almost $70 million a month.
On November 5, 1994, the Taliban captured Kandahar, and immediately set about establishing their brand of Islam on the con quered province. It was ordered that all girls and women were no longer to be educated nor allowed to work. Girls were allowed only to study the holy scriptures of the Koran and only up to age 8. Females could not leave their homes unless covered completely by a Burqa and accompanied by a male relative. The Taliban also banned music, movies, television, videos, kite flying, and the owning of pigeons, and ordered that all men must grow a beard and adopt Islamic names. Stoning, whipping, and executions became commonplace as the Taliban conquered more and more of Afghan territory (16,21)
The Saudis were most pleased with the Taliban’s strict en forcement of the Wahhabi brand of Islam. By contrast, the Shiits and thus the Iranians, along with the Tajiks, Hazaras and Uzbeks feared them as it was a common practice for the Taliban to murder Shiit men, women, and children—including virgins who would be raped first, as it is against Islamic law to kill a virgin.
In September of 1996, after fierce fighting, the Taliban seized Jalalabad, Sarobi, Asadabad, and drove General Abdul Rashid Dostum from Kabul. As they retreated, General Dostum’s fighters reportedly slaughtered over 30,000 people and raped young girls and mutilated their bodies and breasts (17). Dostum would later become an ally of the George W. Bush administration.
General Dostum escaped the Taliban. Najibullah was not so lucky. The Taliban tortured him, cut off his genitals which were stuffed into his mouth, and then hanged him and his brothers and assistants (16). On the same day, the Taliban installed a ruling coun
cil of six men (a shura) which was commanded by the oneeyed, 6′ 6″ tall, Mullah Mohammed Omar. Afghanistan had a new govern ment which was ruled by the Taliban whose goal was to establish a pure Islamic state.
Iran, Russia, India, and the central Asian states all condemned the takeover. But not the U.S., Saudi Arabia or Pakistan. Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, and the United Arab Emirates gave diplomatic recognition to the Taliban. They were eager to do business with the Taliban, as Afghanistan held the key to the oil riches in the territo ries north of Afghan’s border: Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, and Uzbekistan. The plan was, once Afghanistan was completely conquered and stabilized, an oil pipeline could be con structed, from the central Asian states, across Afghanistan, and then to Pakistan and thus to the sea and world markets.
Of course, there were other routes, such as through Russia or Iran—but these were unacceptable to the Saudis, the U.S., and Pa kistan. An oil pipeline, built across Afghanistan and Pakistan, would enable these states to become like oilrich Saudi Arabia, as well as ruled by Muslims subscribing to the Wahhabi branch of Sunni Islam. By contrast, the SunniWahhabis not only detested Iran, with its Shiit population, but hoped to someday conquer and convert its people to the Sunni branch of the Islamic faith.
Likewise, the U.S. had no interest in doing business with the Iranians and thus favored the AfghanistanPakistan plan.
Islamabad, Pakistan, is the main route from Afghanistan to the sea, which is yet another reason Pakistan’s rulers and the Paki stan military and Intelligence services helped to create and were eager to support the Taliban. A puppetlike Afghanistan would not only extend their control and power, but would serve as a conduit for incredible riches that would be theirs once a pipeline was built, linking the oilrich Caspian basin and the central Asian states with Pakistan—a pipeline that would cross Afghanistan once the Taliban conquered the country.
The Taliban, however, were not alQaeda. They were not only independent of Osama bin Laden, but as they continued to capture more and more of Afghanistan, and were closing in on Kabul, they were becoming more independent of Pakistan and Saudi Arabia (16). As they captured more of Afghanistan, that indepen
dence increased even though Saudi Arabia and King Faud, were providing additional financial help.
An independent Afghanistan was not what Pakistan or Saudi Arabia desired (16). They wanted a puppet and the Taliban were refusing to allow the Pakistanis or the Saudis to pull the strings. In fact, the Taliban were casting a disdainful eye upon Pakistan’s demo cratic government, democracy being the antithesis of a pure Is lamic state. Saudi Arabia was also drawing their ire, due to the presence of the American military on Islam’s most holy shores.
By 1996, it had become apparent to the Pakistanis and the Saudis that they may have created a monster they could not control (16).
Enter bin Laden who had established his credentials as a “friend” to Afghanistan, during the 1980s.
His mission: to infiltrate the Taliban and to buy friends and influence with incredible sums of Saudi money coupled with pro paganda laced with his new found religious zeal.
But for what purpose?
To destroy them, help them, or bring them to heal?
Osama bin Laden, born in 1957, was one of the youngest of the 54 sons and daughters of Sheik Mohammed bin Laden, a former brick layer turned billionaire construction magnate. Sheik Mohammed bin Laden died in 1968, leaving Osama with approximately $25 million as inheritance (22).
Many of the bin Laden brothers have different nationalities—if determined via the maternal line—the result of Sheik Mohammed bin Laden’s forming strategic international alliances through numerous marriages. Thus there is a “Syrian group” (headed by bin Laden brothers Bakr andYehia), a “Lebanese group” (headed byYeslam), and a “Egyp tian group” (headed by Abdul Aziz). Osama bin Laden is of the “Saudi group” as he was born of a Saudi mother (23)—though some accounts say his mother was from Yemen.
In 1972, the bin Laden organization was given a group struc ture and name: the “Binladen Brothers for Contracting and Industry.” Although it is headquartered in Jiddahh, it is also represented in a number of capital cities including Beirut, Cairo,Amman, Dubai, Paris, and Geneva (23).
The Bin Laden group, although primarily a construction con cern, also has holdings in agriculture, steel production and distribu tion, automanufacturing, and petropharmaecuticals. It was also a major investor in the Carlyle group (24) as well as in businesses owned or run by the Bush family (15).
After his father’s death, Osama bin Laden moved to Beirut where some say he lived like a spoiled playboy. There are reports of heavy drinking and womanizing, and occasional fights with other spoiled playboys, over some small slight, or because of a woman (25).
However, he also studied engineering in college, an indication that he intended to take an active role in the family company.
In the late 1970s, he was given the opportunity to take a major role in the joint SaudiCIA mission to recruit, equip and train Afghan freedom fighters.
Osama was chosen for several reasons, such as his family’s very close relationship with the Saudi Royal family. Indeed, ‘the relation ship between the bin Ladens and the Saudi royal family is quite exceptional in that its not simply one of business ties: it is also a relationship of trust, of friendship and of shared secrets. The ties of friendship binding bin Laden family members to King Faud and his brothers make them prime confidantes and advisors” (23).
And then there was another factor: The business relationship that had been established between the bin Ladens and the Bush family (15,24). As observed by PBS Frontline (24), there is evidence of “a longstanding connection of highly illegal behavior between the Bush and bin Laden families.”
In the late 1970s and throughout the 1980s, Osama bin Laden was used as a recruiter, spymaster, and paymaster, buying “friends” and establishing relationships with a wide variety of Muslim groups throughout the world. Osama bin Laden apparently channeled hun dreds of millions of dollars’ worth of US/CIA and Saudi funds to the Afghan “freedom fighters” and other groups.
In 1988, the year George H.W. Bush was elected president, Osama used his international connections to establish alQaeda (the base).
In 1990, however, following Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait, Osama bin Laden returned to Saudi Arabia. Osama wished to be part of any force that would repel Saddam, should he decide to invade SaudiArabia.
To his chagrin, Osama’s help, would not be needed.
The United States was intending on stationing 230,000 Ameri can troops in SaudiArabia to take up “defensive action” against Saddam Hussein as part of “Operation Desert Shield.” This was to be followed by an additional 200,000 troops who would be deployed to take offen sive action by the U.S.led coalition forces (26).
According to conventional wisdom: High ranking members of the Saudi military, the intelligence community, and the bin Laden and other powerful Arabian families, vehemently objected to Ameri can plans to establish military bases in Saudi Arabia (27). They argued that Saudi Arabia should defend itself, and that the pres ence of the Americans in Saudi Arabia would be an affront to Is lam. Osama bin Laden, backed up by other leading families and members of the military, directly appealed to the Saudi royal family to rely on native fighters.
We have also been informed that King Faud was cool to the Bush plan to base hundreds of thousands of U.S. troops on Saudi soil, whereas Prince Bandar was pushing for the stationing of per manent U.S. ground troops, explaining to Faud that the troops would be necessary to protect Saudi Arabia from Iraq (27).
Prince Bandar, however, never believed that Iraq was a threat. Instead, he saw the presence of these troops as necessary to de stroy Iraq, because “they betrayed us” (22).
As we also know, the Saud family has been eyeing Iraq for decades, as Iraq had at one time been part of Arabia. The Saudis not only wanted it back, but were offended by its secular govern ment and the freedom provided to its women.
Prince Bandar also believed the U.S. would be useful for fur ther joint military operations in the future. Indeed, Prince Bandar eagerly welcomed the U.S. because as he explained to PBS Front line (22): “America has never been a colonizing power as far as we were concerned. Our relationship with America did not start in 1990. It started in the 1930s. And when the Americans came to Saudi Arabia, they didn’t come as an invader. They came actually as a private sector, trying to help us find oil. They found the oil for us,
and they’ve been our friends ever since.”
Insofar as Bandar was concerned, this relationship was based on a business partnership, and he trusted his business partners, the Bush gang, to take care of his and their interests as they had been doing for half a century.
As detailed in chapter 6, Bandar was directly involved in working with Bush to illegally fund the Contras who were waging a bloody terrorist campaign in Nicaraugua. According to the Final Report of the Independent Counsel for Iran/Contra Matters, “Bandar, Ambassador of Saudi Arabia, had earmarked $25 million for the contras in $5 million increments.” This same report also accused Bandar of repeatedly making false statements in an at tempt to cover up these illegal activities.
Prince Bandar, like George H.W. Bush, and the bin Ladens, is also a major investor in the Carlyle Group.
As to the Gulf War and Saddam Hussein, Prince Bandar ex plained that he welcomed the destruction of Iraq. “We felt we are the injured party. We are the one who stood up with Iraq and the Iraqi people. We are the one who brought the whole West to them….
They betrayed us. But my point here is, with all of that betrayal, we did not treat Saddam as a Muslim country….We treated them as somebody who betrayed Islam and Arab culture and religion” (22).
For almost a century the Saudis had been lusting for Iraq, to “liberate” it from its secular rulers, to seize its oil reserves, and make it again a truly Islamic state that was part of Arabia and ruled and exploited by the Saud family. The United States’ intention to attack Iraq, was thus a source of extreme delight to Bandar and his clan.
Prince Bandar also disputes any and all claims that Osama bin Laden was angry with Saudi policy toward the Americans. “Bin Laden used to come to us when America — underline, America — through the CIA and Saudi Arabia were helping our brother mujahideen in Afghanistan to get rid of the communist, secularist Soviet Union forces, to liberate them. … Osama bin Laden came and said, “Thank you. Thank you for bringing the Americans to help us to get rid of the secularist, atheist Soviets”(22).
Thus we are told by no less than one of the future kings of Saudi Arabia, Prince Bandar, that bin Laden did not hate the United States, nor did he object to the U.S. presence in Saudi Arabia. He welcomed the U.S. And why not? The U.S. had given him funds, equipment, prestige, and his family stood to make millions of dol lars by constructing barracks, housing, and other facilities for the Americans before and after they arrived to fight Saddam. Indeed, even when the Kobie towers were destroyed by “terrorists,” and American troops killed and injured, the U.S. and the Saudis hired the bin Ladens to build new facilities.
Why should Osama bin Laden object? His family had been in business with the Bush family for decades (15,24), and the U.S. had helped to make him and his family very rich.
Although the Bush administration and the corporatecon trolled mass media wishes us to believe otherwise, no less than Prince Bandar, the Saudi government’s official representative to the U.S., has told us that: “Osama bin Laden came and said, “Thank you. Thank you for bringing the Americans to help us.’”
Saudi Arabia, bin Laden’s homeland, was soon overwhelmed by more than half a million American troops—many of which were there to stay: Indefinitely.
There was outrage throughout the Middle East.
Saudi Arabia is the home of Mecca—Islam’s holiest of sites— and now the holy lands hand been invaded and occupied by the American military.
This was sacrilege, an affront to god!
Worse, not only had the godless and polytheistic Americans invaded the Holy lands, but their women, female GIs, were pranc ing around “half naked,” in shorts, revealing blouses and with their faces painted with rouge and makeup.
These actions were an insufferable insult to the pious.
Female GIs, were soon ordered to dress more conservatively and to remain on base. But the damage was done.
The American infidels had arrived, bearing weapons, guns and innumerable gods. They had invaded the holy lands. It soon became clear that the Americans were here to stay.
Again, however, according to Prince Bandar (22), those who were unhappy with the American presence were in fact a minority.
As to bin Laden, Prince Bandar tells us, however, that the Saudi Royal family never considered Osama to be a threat. Ac cording to prince Bandar, Osama was “not expelled” from Saudi Arabia, but left on his own accord and went to the Sudan. “He left, but we didn’t say, ‘Get out.’ He left.” And, when he moved to the Sudan he continued his relationship with his family who, along with the Saudi Royal family, did business with him in the Sudan (22).
During and after this same period, the bin Ladens and the Saudis were also still doing business with the Bush family and the Bushconnected Carlyle group. However, although bin Laden, who was also a business man, may have privately approved or at least accepted this relationship between his family and the Americans, publicly it was important that he maintain his persona as an Is lamic purist, otherwise his credibility among those groups who truly hated America, would be lost.
The Bush family, the Saudis, and the bin Laden had established business relationships together, back in the 1970s—a relationship which included the illegal selling of arms to the terrorist regime of Iran, and the training of terrorists who were set lose on the men, women, and children of Central and South America (see chapter 6).
In 1995, the bin Laden’s again joined with the Bush family by becoming partners in the Carlyle Group, a well-connected Washington investment bank and defense consortium, whose director is former CIA deputy director and Secretary of Defense, Frank Carlucci. The bin Laden’s made an initial investment of over 2 million dollars in the Carlyle Group (28).
George H.W. Bush is a highly paid consultant to the Carlyle Group. Mr. Bush generally receives $80,000 to $100,000 per speech—money which is then placed in the Carlyle group’s investment fund. In other words, Carlyle gives Bush money which Bush then invests in the Carlyle group.
Likewise, during this same time period, when Bush jr. was governor of Texas, the board that he appointed took 10 million dollars of the Texas school teachers’ pension funds and invested that in the Carlyle Group. Later, that same Bush appointed school board would up the ante to $100 million. Like his father, Bush jr. was also being paid by the Carlyle Group. According to BBC News (29), before he became President, George W. Bush “received fees as director of a subsidiary of Carlyle,” i.e., Caterair.
Thus George jr., was paid by an investment group which included the bin Ladens.
As summed up by the Wall Street Journal (28): “Through this investment and its ties to Saudi royalty, the bin Laden family has become acquainted with some of the biggest names in the Re publican Party.”
Of course, this was nothing new. The bin Ladens had bought into the Bush family back in the 1970s (15,24). However, in the late 1990s, what the bin Ladens and the Carlyle Group were bank ing on was war—a war on terrorism and a war on Afghanistan and then Iraqa war which would result in all concerned making a healthy return on their investments (30).
The bin Ladens had in fact already made money off terrorism. After Osama’s alQaeda reportedly blew up the U.S. military barracks in Saudi Arabia, the bin Laden family was paid to rebuild it. Ignoring for the moment that the explosive used was traced back to the U.S. military, from a business perspective it is a rather neat trick to have a member of one’s family blowing up buildings that the same family will be paid to rebuild. It is like starting fires in order to be paid to put them out.
As bin Laden once said: “This is not jihad. Its business.” According to the Wall Street Journal (28), increases in U.S. defense spending, or any war that might be launched because of the actions of Osama bin laden, would directly “benefit Osama’s family. If the United States boosts defense spending in its quest to stop Saudi dissident Osama bin Laden’s alleged terrorist activities, his family may be the unexpected beneficiary.”
In 1996, Osama bin Laden, the business man, was sent to Afghanistan.
In 1996, as election season began in earnest in the United States, Osama bin Laden received emissaries from the Saudi royal family (22). He was summoned from Sudan. Osama had a new mission. He was to travel to Afghanistan and ingratiate himself with the Taliban.
The official story is that the United States and the Saudi royal family asked the government of Sudan, to expel Osama bin Laden. What has not been explained, however, is why?
According to Prince Bandar: “We sent people to him from his family, and we tried to reason with him”(22).
Osama bin Laden, in addition to his many business ventures and economic projects, was also providing funds for the establish ment of training camps and guesthouses for Islamic militants. Why Prince Bandar and the Saudi royals found this objectionable, is not clear, as they and other leading Saudi families were providing funds to the same Islamic “terrorists.”
Nevertheless, because they were unable to “reason with him,” the Saudis and the U.S. had him expelled to Afghanistan.
But again, why?
What was to stop Osama from establishing training camps and guesthouses for Islamic militants in Afghanistan?
Or was that the goal?
Conventional wisdom proclaims that he left the Sudan be cause the Saudis issued an arrest warrant for him.
Prince Bandar says that is not true (22), and that the Saudis never considered Osama to be a threat. Bandar further admits that the Saudis had no interest in arresting Osama, even though the gov ernment of Sudan apparently offered him up.
Arrest Osama? Certainly not. According to Bandar, even af ter the events of 9/11, if Osama were to return to Saudi Arabia, “He’s welcome,” he would be “welcome if he comes” (22).
Likewise, U.S. officials declined any interest in arresting Osama. As will be detailed in chapter 13, the British secret service in fact quashed an international arrest warrant for bin Laden that had been issued by Libya.
It was important that Osama leave the Sudan, and that he not be arrested.
Some intelligence officials found this curious. As one later remarked: “We kidnap minor drug czars and bring them back in burlap bags. Somebody didn’t want this to happen” (31).
Thus we should not be surprised that permission was granted for Osama to fly out of the Sudan, and to freely soar over Saudi airspace, after which he arrived in Afghanistan and began buying influence.
Again, why Afghanistan?
Is it because the Taliban, in 1996, were on their way to establishing a pure Islamic state?
Was it because the Taliban might someday pose a fundamentalist threat to Pakistan and the rulers of Saudi Arabia?
Was it because of those untapped oil reserves in the central Asian states north of Afghanistan?
Was it because an independent Afghanistan ruled by an in dependent minded Taliban, were not at all what the Saudis and the Pakistanis had in mind?
Or all of the above?
According to Prince Bandar, “the Taliban people double crossed everybody. They double-crossed us and broke the oath they made in Mecca” (22).
The Taliban would not obey, and in 1996, Osama bin Laden was on his way.
Hamid Karzai, a CIA-sponsored “freedom fighter” and Afghanistan’s first deputy foreign minister when Afghanistan was governed by the mujahideen, recalled that when Osama and his men showed up, so to did “the hidden hand of Pakistani intelligence” (33).
“The Taliban were good, honest people. They were connected to the madrassas in Quetta and Peshawar, and were my friends from the jihad against the Soviets. I had no reservations about help ing them. I had a lot of money and weapons left over from the jihad. I also helped them with political legitimacy. It was only [later] that others began to appear at the meetings — silent ones I did not recognize, people who took over the Taliban movement. That was the hidden hand of Pakistani intelligence” (33).
As detailed by Mohammed Khaksar, former Taliban deputy interior minister, and director of security, and as reported by the Washington Post, the Associated Press, and the BBC News(32) “Osama bin Laden” immediately began “buying the [Taliban] off with huge cash payments. Bin Laden freely distributed bundles of notes to officials.” Indeed, it was not uncommon for bin Laden to hand out $50,000 and even $100,000 at a time. “He had the money in his pocket,” Mr. Khaksar told the Washington Post. “Any time he wanted, he would just pull it out and give it to them.”
Osama was not trusted, however, by Mohammed Khaksar, or Mohammed Omar. Both were suspicious of his motives.
In May 1998, when a Pakistan journalist arranged an inter view with bin Laden, Mullah Omar became enraged. Although Osama’s money was welcome, he was not trusted. In May of 1998, Mullah Omar issued a statement that bin Laden was not in Af ghanistan “to conduct political or military activities.”
Mohammed Khaksar, former Taliban deputy interior minis ter, told the Associated Press (32), that he feared Osama and Pakistan’s powerful intelligence agency were trying to hijack the Islamic movement. He believed that the goals of bin laden and Pakistan had little to do with the spread of Islam, but that they had another agenda altogether. “Their promises were all lies. From the beginning, I was against [Osama] coming to Afghanistan. I felt our country would be destroyed.”
Osama was dishing out more than cold cash, but propaganda. Osama preached about the need to create a pure Islamic state. He publicly castigated the United States for basing its troops in the holy lands of Arabia and criticized the royal family as “corrupt” and “hypocrites.” In 1996 and again in 1998, Bin Laden, issued his “Ladenese Epistle: Declaration of War,” in which he publicly declared war on the U.S. and urged his Muslim brothers to “kill Americans.” However, except for his brief public outburst against the Saudi royal family, in 1996—which we presume was designed to help establish his cover— thereafter he described them as the injured party who were “helpless” against American aggression.
“For over seven years the United States has been occupying the lands of Islam in the holiest of places, the Arabian Peninsula, plundering its riches, dictating to its rulers, humiliating its people, terrorizing its neighbors and turning its bases in the Peninsula into a spearhead through which to fight the neighboring Muslim peoples.”
“If some people have in the past argued about the fact of the occupation, all the people of the Peninsula have now acknowledged it. The best proof of this is the Americans’ continuing aggression against the Iraqi people using the Peninsula as a staging post, even though all its rulers are against their territories being used to that end, but they are helpless.”
“So here they come to annihilate what is left of this people and to humiliate their Muslim neighbors. The Americans’ aims behind these wars are religious and economic, the aim is also to serve the Jews’ petty state and divert attention from its occupation of Jerusalem and murder of Muslims there. The best proof of this is their eagerness to destroy Iraq, the strongest neighboring Arab state and their endeavor to fragment all the states of the region such as Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Sudan into paper state lets and through their disunion and weakness to guarantee Israel’s survival and the continuation of the brutal crusade occupation of the Peninsula.”
“It is the individual duty for every Muslim to kill the Americans and their allies — civilians and military — it is an individual duty for every Muslim who can do it in any country in which it is possible to do it, in order to liberate the al-Aqsa Mosque and the holy mosque [Mecca] from their grip, and in order for their armies to move out of all the lands of Islam, defeated and unable to threaten any Muslim. This is in accordance with the words of Almighty God, ‘and fight the pagans all together as they fight you all together,’ and ‘fight them until there is no more tumult or oppression, and there prevail justice and faith in God.’”
“We — with God’s help — call on every Muslim who believes in God and wishes to be rewarded to comply with God’s order to kill the Americans and plunder their money wherever and whenever they find it. We also call on Muslim ulema, leaders, youths, and soldiers to launch the raid on Satan’s U.S. troops and the devil’s supporters allying with them, and to displace those who are behind them so that they may learn a lesson.”
“It is the duty of every Muslim to kill the Americans.”— Osama bin Laden, 1998.
Osama was an expert at propaganda. But he was not a leader (22).
As he admitted in a December 23, 1998, interview with Pakistani journalist Rahimullah Yusufzai: “My job is to inspire, to organize people. My job is to provoke people. I’m not doing it myself, but I’m preaching so that others will do it.”
As summed up by Prince Bandar (22), “He uses the right sentences that he thinks could touch the sentiments of the public.” But Osama bin Laden “wouldn’t impress me as somebody who would be a leader for anything. He couldn’t lead eight ducks across the street.”
Likewise, according to Osama bin Laden’s handpicked biographer, Hamid Mir, Osama was not a leader, and he was certainly not the leader of al-Qaeda. The real leader was Egyptian radical Ayman al-Zawahiri, often misidentified as bin Laden’s top lieutenant (34).
Similarly, others who dealt with Osama have ridiculed his so called leadership abilities.
No, Osama was not a leader. He had not been sent to Afghanistan to lead. He had been kicked out of the Sudan at the behest of the US/CIA and Saudi Arabia because he had a mission to perform.
In 1996, Osama bin Laden, at the request of the United States and Saudi Arabia, resettled in Afghanistan, where he then began ingratiating himself with the Taliban and making terrorist threats against America.
Likewise, in 1996, four Saudi citizens arrived in the United States where they began receiving “training at secure U.S. military installations (35). Two were former Saudi Air Force pilots, and all four of these men, Saeed al-Ghamdi, Ahmad al-Nami, Ahmed al-Ghamdi, would later assist in the hijacking of four commercial jetliners on the morning of September 11, 2001.
As detailed in Newsweek magazine which gives their number as five (35): “Three of the hijackers listed their address on driv ers licenses and car registrations as the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Florida. The three [who received] training in Pensacola appear to be Saeed alGhamdi and Ahmad al-Nami, who were among the four men who commandeered United Airlines Flight 93. The third man, Ahmed Al-Ghamdi, helped high-jack United Airlines Flight 75. Drivers licenses issued in 1996 and 1998 list the barracks as their residences. Another of the hijackers [received training] in strategy and tactics at the Air War College in Montgomery, Ala.. The fifth man received instruction at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Tex.”
Following the 9/11 tragedy, when contacted about these men, the Air Force offered a curiously worded denial: “Some of the FBI suspects had names similar to those used by foreign alumni of U.S. military courses. However, discrepancies in their biographical data, indicate we are probably not talking about the same people.”
It was also suggested that some of the hijackers had stolen the identities of these five men. Why they would bother to perpetrate such a hoax is unclear particularly in that the names given were in fact the names of five of the hijackers.
The FBI has been silent on the issue other than to issue a statement to the effect that “they are trying to sort through something complicated and difficult.”
As revealed in court records (36) Ali Mohamed was yet another bin Laden operatives trained at a U.S. military installation. He was not only trained, but he became a lecturer at the United States Army’s special warfare school in Fort Bragg, North Carolina. And then, in 1989, while still in the U.S. Army, he traveled to and fought in Afghanistan where he also trained the mujahideen. Although the U.S. Army claims this illegal action was unauthorized, he was not disciplined, which is not entirely surprising as Ali Mohamed had been recruited by the CIA during the Reagan-Bush administration. Indeed, according to his defense attorneys, Mohamed was serving as a CIA link to U.S.sponsored covert training and arming of Afghan rebels. Ali Mohamed taught group survival techniques, map reading, how to fire automatic weapons and build booby traps with explosives (36,37).
In 1992, he again traveled to Afghanistan, and, according to Court records, he “also conducted intelligence training for al Qaeda. I taught my trainees how to create cell structures that could be used for operations.” In addition, he helped Osama bin Laden become established in the Sudan (36).
In 1994, he was again dispatched from the U.S. to help Osama bin Laden: “In 1994, after an attempt to assassinate Bin Laden, I went to the Sudan to train Bin Laden’s bodyguards.” After completing this mission, he reported to FBI agents (36).
Ali Mohamed also reported to the CIA. According to his neighbors, in California, where he lived during the 1990s, every one “took for granted that Mr. Mohamed was helping the Central Intelligence Agency in its proxy war against the Soviets in Afghanistan. At the time, the anti-Soviet jihad was a worldwide cause among Muslims. Everyone in the community knew he was working as a liaison between the CIA and the Afghan cause, and everyone was sympathetic” (37).
Indeed, for five years he was moving back and forth between the U.S. and Afghanistan, making contact with Osama bin Laden and collecting and providing information as well as engaging in financial transactions on bin Laden’s behalf—and he reported all this activity to U.S. intelligence agents.
In 1995, he was given another important mission. He made arrangements and helped Osama’s “lieutenant” al-Zawahiri to travel from Afghanistan to the United States (36,37).
When his connections to al-Qaeda were inadvertently and accidentally revealed, Ali Mohamed was arrested. However, he was then “held” with his permission for almost a year without charge, waved his right to a trial, pled guilty to five counts, but was never sentenced.
In 1995, two of Osama’s brothers, had also established them selves in the United States. In 1996, one of them, Abdullah bin Laden, had come to the attention of the FBI. FBI field agents were curious about the World Assembly of Muslim Youth (WAMY) a suspected terrorist organization which Abdullah bin Laden directed. India, for example, was claiming that WAMY was funding a ter rorist organization that had conducted bombings in Kashmir. The Philippine’s military accused WAMY of funding Muslim insur gency and terrorism. As detailed in the British newspaper, The Guardian (38) WAMY “was named as a discreet channel for pub lic and private Saudi donations to hardline Islamic organizations. One of the recipients of its largesse has been the militant Students Islamic Movement of India, which has lent support to Pakistani backed terrorists in Kashmir and seeks to set up an Islamic state in India.”
WAMY was directed by Abdullah bin Laden who lived with his brother, Omar, in Falls Church, Virginia, which is right outside Washington, DC (39). They both lived just a few miles from WAMY.
The World Assembly of Muslim Youth, was located at 5613 Leesburg Pike. Four of the 9/11 hijackers lived just three blocks down the street, at 5913 Leesburg Pike (39).
However, when FBI headquarters learned of the investiga tion being conducted by lower level FBI field operatives, it was called off (39).
A high placed intelligence official told the London Guardian (38): “there were always constraints on investigating the Saudis. There were particular investigations that were effectively killed.”
Another U.S. intelligence agent told the BBC “There is a hidden agenda at the very highest levels of our government” (39).
The FBI and CIA has known for years that bin Laden associates have been streaming into the United States. In fact, the CIA, State Department, and other agencies during and after the first Bush administration, made special arrangement to allow terrorists into this country under clandestine conditions.
In an interview broadcast by BBC News (40), Michael Springman, the former head of the American visa bureau in Jeddah, admitted that “while in Saudi Arabia I was repeatedly ordered by high level State Dept. officials to issue visas to unqualified appli cants. I complained bitterly. I was met with silence. 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.”
Many of them received training, but then never left. Some left, only to return to the U.S. in order to organize terrorist cells, conduct surveillance, and raise funds. At the time of the 9/11 hijackings, at least five hard core groups of al-Qaeda sympathizers, were known to have been operating in the United States since 1996.
Some work as university professors. Some in restaurants as cooks. Yet others as cab drivers, such as Boston cab drivers, Nabil Almarabh and Raed Hijazi—men directly linked to three of the hijackers and who may have acted as a conduit for the flow of money that helped fund the attack. Raed Hijazi is also a terrorist in his own right. He is accused of plotting to kill American tourists in Jordan, on January 1, 2000.
In cities in Florida, Massachusetts, California, and other communities scattered throughout the United States, al-Qaeda agents would meet together at homes late at night, plotting, formulating plans, discussing how best to kill innocent American people.
Al-Qaeda terrorist cells have also been identified in Santa Clara, California—the heart of Silicon Valley, as well as Brooklyn, Tucson, Providence Rhode Island, Arlington Texas, South Florida, and Boston and surrounding Massachusetts towns (17,41). At least three of the hijackers lived in Massachusetts and two of them had obtained Massachusetts driver’s licenses; Ahmed al-Ghamdi in Cambridge, and Saeed alGhamdi in Salem.
A number of groups established roots in the United States during the first Bush administration, in the early 1990s. Others arrived in 1996. Among the earliest arrivals: the 9/11/2001 hijackers.
Two of the 9/11 hijackers had been imported into the United States in 1990 and 1991. Ahmed AlGhamdi moved to Massachu setts in 1990. Hani Hanjour, arrived in New York on Oct. 3, 1991. Both 9/11 hijackers came to America, from Saudi Arabia, during the administration of George H.W. Bush (41).
In 1996, whereas five of the 9/11 hijackers may have been receiving training at U.S. military installations (35), Hani Hanjour began receiving pilot training at CRM Airline Training Center in Scottsdale, Arizona (41).
Two more hijackers, Saeed al-Ghamdi and Waleed al-Shehri arrived in 1993, and 1994. Waleed al-Shehri resided in Daytona Beach, Florida, and obtained a social security card in 1994. Mr. al Shehri also had a pilot’s license (41).
As noted, three other hijackers also resided in Florida, and in 1996 men with their names began receiving training at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola (35).
It is standard procedure for the CIA to recruit and then plant agents in a community with orders to blend in. Consider, again, al-Qaeda terrorist, Ali Mohamed who was recruited by the CIA during the Reagen-Bush administration. Although Egyptian-born, he was granted U.S. citizenship and became a longtime Silicon Valley resident and an FBI and CIA informant. Ali Mohamed was provided “freedom to operate unchecked in the United States.” In 1995, Ali Mohamed also assisted al-Zawahiri, a top al-Qaeda leader, to enter the United States to recruit volunteers and to raise funds (36,37).
Ali Mohamed also trained Osama bin Laden’s bodyguards and helped plan the 1998 bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Kenya. However, for almost as long as he was a terrorist, Mohamed also was in contact with U.S. intelligence, and served as a U.S. govern ment informant according to court records (36). Indeed, he even informed U.S. intelligence, in advance, about the plans to bomb the two U.S. embassies in Africa.
As noted, several of the 9/11 hijackers also established roots and sought to blend in with the community, as they waited for instructions to strike. Ali Mohamed even married an American woman, and lived with her for years in California.
This CIA-inspired policy was also adopted by al-Qaeda.
In preparing for the 1998 bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Kenya, al-Qaeda agents rented houses, married local women and lived in nearby communities for years prior to the attacks. These men also acted as spies. They gathered data and information on potential targets and helped to establish a local network that could help them commit their foul deeds.
Again, the same pattern was implemented in the U.S., both during the first Bush administration, and after he had been voted out of office. However, let us not be so foolish to believe that “out of office” means “out of power.” The CIA is a power unto itself, and the CIA, for almost 50 years, has had George H.W. Bush’s paw prints all over it.
FLORIDA: BUSH COUNTRY, HIJACKER HAVEN
Florida is “Bush country” and Florida was to become hi jacker heaven (41). In July 2000, Marwan AlShehhi and Atta, who carried a Saudi passport, traveled from Germany to Florida. They told people they were “cousins.”
Waleed alShehri and Saeed al-Ghamdi, shared an address in Daytona Beach. Waleed alShehri and his brother Wail also shared yet another address with a woman living in Hollywood, Florida. The woman, Ms. alShehri, was also on the FBI’s “watch list.”
Abdul Alomari rented a $1400 a month pastel stucco house in Hollywood Florida. Ahmed alNami and Saeed al-Ghamdi, lived in a two bedroom apartment numbered 1504, at the Delray Racquet Club.
The hijackers may have chosen Florida for a number of rea sons, including the warm weather and perhaps the chance to ogle decadent Western females as they pranced nearly naked in string bikinis on south Florida’s famed white sand beaches.
All that sand, it may have reminded them of their own desert kingdoms.
They may have also believed they were less likely to stand out and draw attention in Florida, as compared, for example, to Vermont or South Dakota. Over 30,000 Muslims live in South Florida, the vast majority of whom are foreign-born. In fact, several of the hijackers had been living in Florida for years, including Mohald alShehri who owned a luxurious condo at a private golf club in Delray Beach.
The dark skinned Arabs may have also felt they would be less conspicuous because Florida is also the home of millions of dark skinned Latin peoples.
Also, Florida attracts a flood of tourists year round, over 70 million in 2000, the fact that these men were jobless and without any obvious means of supporting themselves financially, but were nevertheless spending gobs of cash, would have gone virtually unnoticed. They would have easily blended in with the millions of other rich foreigners who come to the U.S. every year to stay, play and have fun.
Florida also has a unique status second only to California, and it has nothing to do with Florida oranges.
Florida has an incredible concentration of flight schools offering aviation instruction. Florida boasts more than 225 flying schools, including those sponsored or offered at Florida’s public airports.
Because Florida is number 2, they try harder, and prior to the 9/11 tragedy, anyone who wanted to learn how to fly a jet in order to commit mass murder could easily obtain the requisite training— no questions asked; other than: Show me the money. In Florida, training in aviation is a $1 billion a year industry.
And, as many as 30% of the students are foreigners
Florida was a perfect location for terrorists—especially those in the service of the CIA (42,43). Indeed, the CIA has been using south Florida since at least 1960, when a CIA operation coded named “JM/WAVE” was established in preparation for the Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba. “Fronts, proprietaries, suppliers, transfer agents, conduits, dummy corporations, blind drops, detective agencies, law firms, electronic firms, airlines,” and so on, including banks, were all hooked up into the “secret nervous system twitching to stimuli supplied by the cortex in Clandestine Services in Langley” (43).
Florida has also been Bush country since the 1950s. In 1959 George H.W. Bush began running his Zapata oil company from a headquarters located in Houston. However, he also spent a lot of time in Louisiana and Florida, where Zapata was drilling off shore for oil (27). Indeed, George H.W. Bush was not only spending time in Florida when the CIA set up “JM/WAVE”, but in a 1963 FBI memo written by FBI Director, Hoover (44), there is reference to “Mr. George Bush of the CIA,” and activities related to the “Mi ami, Florida, Office.”
Florida is Bush country, and Jeb Bush, the son of George H.W. Bush, was governor of Florida when many of the 9/11 hijackers began arriving.
Fifteen of the 9/11 hijackers were Saudi citizens. Three of them may have received training, in Florida, at U.S. military institutions, in 1996.
In 1996, not only were a number of 9/11 hijackers in the United States, but the Saudi government began making huge payments to Osama bin Laden and his al-Qaeda organization (42) — funds which were used to buy influence and to finance terrorism in the United States.
Following the 1996 elections, President Bill Clinton was preparing to serve his final term in office.
Likewise, in 1996, the son of G.H.W. Bush, George Bush jr. won a second term as governor of Texas and was being groomed to make a run for the Presidency in 2000.
It was also in 1996 that Mohamed Atta, the ostensible leader of the September 11, hijackings, wrote in his diary that he had decided to become a martyr (41).
1996 was a key year.
A terrorist attack was being planned, with the United States as the target, and top officials in the CIA, FBI, and the Clinton and both Bush administrations knew about it (41).
“You said that it is not true that we didn’t know about these people? No, it’s not true. It’s not true. Everybody knew …there was intelligence available that some of these people were taking flight school lessons in the United States… And we had names, yes, all of us.” —Prince Bandar, September, 2001 (22).
1). Washington Post, “Bush: Out of These Troubled Times… a New World Order,” 9/12/1990; Washington Post, “Bush’s Talk of a ‘New World Order:’ Foreign Policy Tool or Mere Slogan?” 5/26/1991.
2). Phenomenology of Spirit; Philosophy of History; Science of Logic; The Philosophy of Right; by Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
3). The School of the Americas (SOA) at Fort Benning, Georgia, is notorious for training terrorists, torturers, and the future leaders of death squads, including SOA graduate Roberto D’Aubuisson who organized hundreds of right wing death squads which plagued Salvador during the Reagan-Bush administration. According Human Rights Watch, in a re port titled, “The Ties that Bind: Colombia and Military-Paramilitary Links:” numerous officers implicated in recent cases of torture and mur der were graduates of the SOA. In Guatemalan, numerous SOA graduates have been arrested for terrorist acts and murder, including Colonel Byron Disrael Lima Estrada who was recently arrested for the 1998 mur der of Bishop Juan Gerardi. Gerardi was documenting the involvement of the SOA during Guatemala’s thirtyyear war and had written a report titled, “Guatemala: Nunca Mas,” in which he detailed how SOA graduates had terrorized, tortured, and murdered untold civilians. Because the SOA is directly responsible for training terrorists, torturers and murder ers, it has also been referred to as the “School of the Assassins.” The SOA’s reputation is so tarnished that administrators have decided to change its name to “The United States Defense Institute for Hemispheric Secu rity Cooperation.” Yet another terrorist training program was established when George H.W. Bush became CIA director, i.e. the International Military Education and Training (IMET)program, which funds training in “lethal” methods for foreign military personnel. In 1992, the U.S. was forced to suspend IMET training for Indonesia when graduates murdered hundreds of civilians and tortured two U.S. journalists.
4). Burton Hersh, “The Old Boys: The American Elite and the Ori gins of the CIA,” Tree Farm Books, 2001. Christopher Simpson, “Blowback.” T. H. Tetens, “The New Germany and the Old Nazis.” John Stockwell, “The Secret Wars of the CIA.” Speech given on 10/10/1987.
5). B. Raman, “Harkat Ul-Mujahideen: An Update, HUM,” Paper 42, March, 1999; Central Intelligence Agency, “Special National Intelligence Estimate 3789, Afghanistan: The War in Perspective,” November 1989; Peter Schweizer, “Victory- The Reagan Administration’s Secret Strategy that Hastened the Collapse of the Soviet Union.”
6). Jason Burke, “Frankenstein the CIA created Mujahideen trained and funded by the US are among its deadliest foes,” The Guardian, 1/17/1999. See also, Michael Parenti, “The Terrorism Trap: September 11 and Beyond.” William Blum, “Rogue State: A Guide to the World’s Only Superpower.”
7). Earleen Fisher, “Rise of Taliban rooted in events of last 2 de cades,” Associated Press, 11/11/2001; Hamid Algar, “Wahhabism: A Criti cal Essay,” Islamic Publications International, 2002.
8). Ibn Taymiyya, “Governance According to God’s Law in Re forming Both the Ruler and his Flock.”
9). Ahmed Rashid, Jihad: The Rise of Militant Islam in Central Asia,” Yale Univ Press, 2002; Hamid Algar, “Wahhabism: A Critical Es say,” Islamic Publications International, 2002. Robert Spencer, David PryceJones, “Islam Unveiled: Disturbing Questions About the World’s Fastest Growing Faith,” Encounter Books, 2002; Stephen Schwartz, “The Two Faces of Islam,” Double Day, 2002.
10). Rudolph Peters, “Jihad in Classical and Modern Islam,” Markus Wiener Publishers, Princeton, 1996.
11). Sayed Qasim Reshtya, “The Price of Liberty: The Tragedy of Afghanistan,” Bardi Editore, Roma Italy, 1984.
12). Peter Schweizer, “Victory- The Reagan Administration’s Secret Strategy that Hastened the Collapse of the Soviet Union.”
13). Le Novel Observateur, 11/1521/1998; Bill Blum, “Killing Hope.”
14). Le Figaro, 10/31/2001.
15). Wall Street Journal, “Vetting the Frontrunners: From Oil to Baseball to the Governor’s Mansion,” 9/28/1999; Jonathan Beaty & S.C. Gwynne, “The Outlaw Bank: A Wild Ride Into the Secret Heart of BCCI,” Random House, 1993; James H. Hatfield, “Fortunate Son,” St. Martins Press.
16). Earleen Fisher, “Rise of Taliban rooted in events of last 2 decades,” Associated Press, 11/11/2001.
17). Sara Jess & Gabriel Beck, “John Walker Lindh, American Taliban,” University Press, California, 2002.
18). Davis, Anthony. “Terrorism’s Ground Zero; Afghan Camps Created a Muslim Brigade,” Asiaweek, September 4, 1998.
19). Central Intelligence Agency, “Special National Intelligence Estimate 3789, Afghanistan: The War in Perspective,” November 1989.
20). B. Raman, “Harkat UlMujahideen: An Update, HUM,” Pa per 42, March, 1999;
21). John F. Burns, “New Afghan Rulers Impose Harsh Mores of the Islamic Code,” New York Times, 10/1/1996; John F. Burns, “Stoning of Afghan Adulterers: Some Go to Take Part, Others Just Watch,” New York Times, 11/3/1996.
22). PBS Frontline, Prince Bandar interview, 9/2001.
23). PBS Frontline, “About the bin Laden Family. Origins of the bin Laden Family,” 2002.
24). PBS, Frontline, 2001; see also Peter Brewton, “Harken Energy: George W.’s Perfect Storm,” 7/15/2002; Jonathan Beaty & S.C. Gwynne, “The Outlaw Bank: A Wild Ride Into the Secret Heart of BCCI,” Random House, 1993; Wall Street Journal, “Vetting the Front-runners: From Oil to Baseball to the Governor’s Mansion,” 9/28/1999.
25). Weaver, Mary Anne. “The Real bin Laden,” The New Yorker, 1/24/2000
26). Department of Defense, “21st Century Complete Guide to the Gulf War, Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm, from the Invasion by Iraq and Saddam Hussein to the Liberation of Kuwait, with Declassified Military and CIA Files,” Department of Defense, Progressive Management, 2002.
27). Webster G. Tarpley & Anton Chaitkin, “George Bush: The Unauthorized Biography,” The Executive Intelligence Review.
28). Daniel Golden et al. “Bin Laden Family Could Profit From a Jump In Defense Spending Due to Ties to U.S. Bank,” Wall Street Journal, 9/27/2001.
29). BBC News, 6/11/2001.
30). Robert Scheer, Making Money, the Bush Way,” Los Angeles Times, 2/20/2002; Baltimore Chronicle, “Republican-controlled Carlyle Group poses serious Ethical Questions for Bush Presidents, but ‘News’ Media ignore it,” 10/4/01; Jason Nisse, “Carlyle Group, Employer of Bush Sr., Profits from Massive Weapons Program Signed by Jr. which the Pentagon had advised be Canceled,” Independent, 1/30/02.
31). Village Voice, 10/31/01; Washington Post, 10/3/01.
32). Washington Post, 11/30/2001; Associated Press, 6/10/2002; BBC News, 12/1/2001.
33). Richard D. Kaplan, The Lawless Frontier,” 9/2000. 34). Christian Science Monitor, 10/31/2001.
35). Newsweek, 9/15/2001.
36). UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT, SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, v. ALI MOHAMED, New York, N.Y. October 20, 2000.
37). Peter Waldman, The Wall Street Journal, 11/26/2001; see also San Francisco Chronicle, 11/4/2001.
38). The Guardian, 11/7/2001.
39). BBC Newsnight, 6/11/2001; Guardian, 7/11/2001
40). BBC New, Newsnight, Greg Palast, 6/11/2001.
41). Sara Jess, et al., “America Attacked,” University Press, Cali fornia, 10/11/2001; Joint House and Senate Intelligence Committees, United States Congress, June-October, 2002.
42). Peter Kornbluh (Editor), “Bay of Pigs Declassified: The Secret CIA Report on the Invasion of Cuba, National Security Archive Documents Reader,” New Press, 1998; James G. Blight & Peter Kornbluh (Editors), “Politics of Illusion: The Bay of Pigs Invasion Reexamined,” Lynne Rienner Publishers, 1998. Syrokomsky, Vitaly, “International Terrorism and the CIA: Documents, Eyewitness Reports, Facts,” Moscow: Progress Publishers, 1983.
43). Donald Freed, “Death in Washington,” Westport Press, 1980. 41). “Date: November 29, 1963 To: Director Bureau of Intelligence and Research Department of State From: John Edgar Hoover, Di rector Subject: ASSASSINATION OF PRESIDENT JOHN F. KENNEDY NOVEMBER 22, 1963. Our Miami, Florida, Office….The substance of the foregoing information was orally furnished to Mr. George Bush of the Central Intelligence Agency…”
42). New Yorker, 10/16/2001.
43). Sayed Qasim Reshtya, “The Price of Liberty: The Tragedy of Afghanistan,” Bardi Editore, Roma Italy, 1984.
44). Le Figaro, 10/31/2001.
45). John Prados, “Afghanistan lessons from the Last War. U.S.Analy sis of the Sovet War in Afghanistan: Declassified,” 10/9/2001.
46). Central Intelligence Agency, “Special National Intelligence Estimate 3789, Afghanistan: The War in Perspective,” November 1989; Cen tral Intelligence Agency, Directorate of Intelligence, Office of Political Analysis, “The Soviets and the Tribes of Southwest Asia,” CIA Declassification Release, 9/23/1980.
47). PBS Frontline, 2001; Jean Charles Brisard & Guillaume Dasquie, “Bin Laden: The Forbidden Truth.”
Indeed, like the Nazi laws passed 70 years prior, the Patriot Act, signed into law by Bush, suspends or curtails a number of constitutionally guaranteed civil rights, i.e., individuals can be arrested and detained indefinitely without charge; police powers are increased enabling them to monitor private telephone conversations or to conduct secret searches with minimal judicial oversight; private business records can be seized even if there is no evidence of a crime; American citizens can be spied on for “intelligence” purposes and without the need of a warrant; even librarians can be ordered to provide police with lists of all books and reading material checked out by a “person of interest” even though there is no evidence of a crime.Continue reading →
The attendees included the owners and representatives of Germany’s largest companies and corporations including those that were controlled or directed or in business with Prescott Bush, his father-in-law George Walker, and their associates, Harriman and Rockefeller: Standard Oil, IG Farben, Hamburg-Amerika shipping, Consolidated Silesian Steel Corporation, German Steel Trust’s Union Banking Corporation, etc. Continue reading →
“Some of the biggest men in the U.S. in the fields of commerce and manufacturing know that there is a power so organized, so subtle, so complete, so pervasive that they had better not speak above their breath when they speak in condemnation of it.” -President Woodrow Wilson, 28th President of the USA Continue reading →
Throughout the 1930′s and early 1940s, Prescott Bush, the Harrimans, Rockefellers, and their associates, had been in business with Nazis and the terrorist brotherhood, the SS. With the assistance of the Dulles brothers, who were playing pivotal roles in and out of the White House, the Brotherhood of Death began expanding its cancerous tentacles into the heart of the United States government. With the help of friends in high places, including Dulles and hundreds of Nazis in the new CIA, Bush and friends were not only able to completely cover up their treacherous crimes, but would use the government of the United States as a tool for committing new ones. Continue reading →
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The economy of the world is dependent on black gold, oil that is. Saudi Arabia has the largest pool of oil reserves. The desert kingdom is awash with oil. The second largest known reserves are beneath the soil of Iraq. However, in the 1970s, evidence began to accrue to suggest that beneath the Caspian Basin and in the adjoining Central Asian states of Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, and Uzbekistan, lay incredible huge pools of oil, perhaps as much or more than the total reserves of Iraq. Continue reading →
This partnership, which has its roots firmly entrenched in Nazi Germany, was given renewed emphasis when Khalid bin Abdul Aziz (King Khalid) became the fourth King of Saudi Arabia, reigning from 1975 to 1982… It was during the co-reign of these two monarchs, that the bin Ladens became business partners with the Bush family. The Bush clan also forged relations with other Saudi families who would later play a significant role in financing and aiding the 9/11 terrorist attack on America. Continue reading →
Although many Nazi doctors were hanged, just as many be came agents of the CIA and United States government, including Walter Schreiber, who helped conduct many of the Nazi medical experiments at Dachau. Yet another famous Nazi, Dr. Josef Mengele—the ultra-sadistic “angel of death”— also began working for the good ‘ol USA. Continue reading →
The “new world order” is, however, a “Hegelian” concept, and the Hegelian dialectic requires controlled conflict, between opposing parties: thesis antithesis = Synthesis (the New World Order). Continue reading →
The Bush administration and high ranking members of the FBI and CIA, have claimed that it is impossible for the CIA to plant or recruit spies from within terrorist organizations such as al-Qaeda. That differences of language, religion, and ethnicity, make recruitment impossible. American spies would “stand out like a sore thumb” and would be killed and eliminated by “evil doers.” Continue reading →
Indeed, just as the Bush family and their associates have partnered with the bin Laden family and a number of Saudis and Pakistanis who helped finance the 9/11 attack, George H.W. Bush, his CIA and FBI, the Saudis and Pakistanis were also linked to the 1993 World Trade Center bombers.Continue reading →
12. TERROR FOR OIL
In 1996, soon after the Taliban took Kabul, and following the arrival of bin Laden, the Taliban leaders were persuaded to start talking business with the Bush clan, and to agree to the construction of an oil pipeline. Soon, the Taliban were on their way to Houston, Texas—Bush country. The Taliban were then dined and lavishly entertained by executives of the oil company, Unocal, the same Unocal that has extensive ties to the current administration of George W. Bush. Continue reading →
Immediately following 9/11, George Bush, Dick Cheney, and Condoleezza Rice, made it vehemently clear that they opposed any public or congressional inquiry into the so called “intelligence failures” which led to this horrible tragedy. Bush, Cheney, and Rice, all mouthed the same self-serving absurdities: an investigation would interfere with the war on terrorism. Continue reading →
White House aids entered the room where Cheney was still enjoying the spectacle on TV. They told him that a Boeing 757, an American Airlines commercial jet had been hijacked by terrorists. They feared that it might be headed directly toward Washington, the nation’s capital. Continue reading →