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DrMarty | March 29, 2012 at 01:24 amby
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On March 27, in an item entitled "Murky Waters," Pravda.Ru countered the attacks on Russia by Transparency International by covering the partial exposure and continuing cover-up of Saudi Arabia's involvement in 9/11.
"Having kept silent for 10 years, Senate Committee members finally revealed that Saudi Arabian government may be linked to 9/11 attacks. All these years public non-governmental organizations such as 'Transparency International' were deflecting attention away from Saudi Arabia money in the U.S. telling stories of African dictators and Russian mafia."
The article then refers to statements made by ex-senators Bob Graham and Bob Kerry, who led the joint 2002 Congressional inquiry into the 9/11 attacks. "They issued sworn statements that the Committee has ample evidence that the government of Saudi Arabia, has played a certain role in the terror attacks. However, for some reason they have revealed this only 10 years after the attack, in February 2012.
Excerpts from the article follow:
It's widely believed that Patriot Act (federal law adopted in 2001, which increased government surveillance powers) is first and foremost important for preventing money laundering and terrorist financing.
What sort of sums of money are we talking about here, if the devastating attacks of 9/11 cost only a hundred thousand dollars to execute?
Terror attacks in Madrid and London were significantly less expensive and, according to the results of the investigation, got funding through street crime, pick pocketing and retail drug trade.
Was it worth introducing a global financial monitoring system, that undermines the very basis of capitalism, because what kind of capitalism can we talk about without confidentiality of commercial and transactions or banking secrecy?
The U.S. lawmakers themselves have been often saying they have taken the risk not so much to keep track of suspicious transactions worth not more than several thousand dollars, but identify those who benefit from terrorism.
Those who adopted the Patriot Act were aware that some traders who had short positions earned themselves billions of dollars, closing them right before the 9/11 attacks.
All they needed was inside information. And they didn't necessarily need to be hiding in the mountains at Tora Bora with Osama bin Laden to get it. They didn't even need a telephone connection with his cave.
Princes and princesses
The mechanism of trading on inside information has long been known. People who have some knowledge or are capable of getting information that is unobtainable by ordinary mortals are calling themselves competent investors and are setting up investment funds, managed by just as qualified brokers.
The financial system has already seen the examples of global manipulation. Take as an example the Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI) scandal.
In its most primitive expression the scandal became the basis for the movie "The International" starring Clive Owen as an Interpol agent who travels the world over chasing financial mafia from Luxemburg.
In real life one of BCCI directors was Sheikh Kamal Adham, who headed Saudi Arabia's intelligence service for quite a while, and one of the VIP clients of the bank was a major financial gambler George Soros who used Sheikh Kamal to execute financial manipulations including those related to the devaluation of the pound sterling.
When the BCCI scandal erupted, Soros managed to escape serious trouble with U.S. law owing to BCCI's close ties to CIA. The U.S. intelligence agencies used BCCI as a channel for covert funds to supply weapons to Afghan Mujahideen, including Ben Laden, who co-operated with Americans at the time and supervised these shipments.
The Nicaraguan Contras were supplied with weapons using funds received selling some spare parts to Iran for their US made weapons systems, inherited by ayatollahs from the regime of the shah. Journalists later dubbed it the Iran-Contra scandal. So George Soros was well aware of CIA operations in Afghanistan involving Ben Laden and covert supplies to Iran and Nicaragua. Soros had close ties with Bandar bin Sultan who was Saudi ambassador in Washington for more than a quarter of a century (1983-2005).
His wife, Princess Haifa bin Faisal, was the object of study of intelligence, who believed that using someone called Omar al-Bayoumi (who was allegedly a resident of Saudi clandestine intelligence network in the U.S.) she was involved in opening bank accounts with Riggs bank used to buy tickets for the hijackers of 9/11 flights.
So in 2002 it became clear that Riggs bank had some covert accounts. But the commission's report which mentioned these accounts was shamefully hushed up, however a report by the subcommittee in 2004 received the most high-profile media attention.
Though there was no mention of the multibillion-dollar transfers to accounts of Saudi nationals. All the issues related to the Saudis were for some reason thoroughly hidden from the media focus which was on everybody now but the Saudis.
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