(10 am. – promoted by ek hornbeck)
Which President was really palling around with terrorists?
Via Kos himself, from back in May 17, 2004
RIGGS BANK FINED FOR LAX OVERSIGHT OF SAUDI MONEY, WHICH MIGHT HAVE GONE TO TERRORISTS
According to the 5/14/04 New York Times, Federal regulators fined the Riggs National Corporation, the parent company of Riggs Bank, $25 million yesterday for “failing to report suspicious activity, the largest penalty ever assessed against a domestic bank in connection with money laundering. The fine stems from Riggs’s failure over at least the last two years to actively monitor suspect financial transfers through Saudi Arabian accounts held by the bank.” The 5/14/04 Wall Street Journal reported that of particular concern, Riggs failed to monitor “tens of millions of dollars in cash withdrawals from accounts related to the Saudi Arabian embassy,” including “suspicious incidents involving dozens of sequentially numbered cashier’s checks and international drafts written by Saudi officials, including Saudi Ambassador Prince Bandar bin Sultan.” According to the 4/18/04 Washington Post, Saudi Prince Bandar’s wife, Princess Haifa al-Faisal, “may have used a Riggs account to donate money to a charity that then gave some of it to the Sept. 11 terrorists.” According to the Washington Post, federal regulators “called Riggs actions a “‘willful, systemic’ violation of anti-money-laundering law.” Riggs officials have “acknowledged years of deficiencies in reporting to law enforcement hundreds of millions of dollars in suspicious financial transactions by foreign customers, particularly those connected with the embassies of Saudi Arabia.”
It seems that while Bush was creating his own evidence of a link between Saddam Hussein (who was executed for crimes against humanity) and al Qaeda, he was also burying and ignoring evidence that his good family friends the Saudi Royal family was financing al Qaeda themselves.
As the Senate Intelligence Committee chairman during the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks and the run-up to the Iraq war, Sen. Bob Graham tried to expose what he came to believe were national security coverups and manipulations by the Bush administration. But he discovered that it was hard to reveal a coverup playing by the rules. Much of the evidence the Florida Democrat needed to buttress his arguments was being locked away, he found, under the veil of politically motivated classification.
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In general terms it included the details of why we [on the committee] had raised suspicion that the Saudi government and various representatives of Saudi interests had supported some of the hijackers — and might have supported all of them. My own personal conclusion was that the evidence of official Saudi support for at least two of the terrorists in San Diego was, as one CIA agent said, incontrovertible. That led us to another question: Why would the Saudis have provided that level of assistance to two of the 19 [hijackers] and not the other 17? There wasn’t an adequate attempt to answer that question. My feeling was there wasn’t anything to justify that discrepancy, and so there was a strong possibility that such assistance had been provided to others of the terrorists, but we didn’t know about it. Then there’s another question: If there was this infrastructure in place that was accessed by the terrorists, did it disappear as soon as 9/11 was completed? There’s no reason to believe that it did.
Now, some would call this old news, but I think it is important to remind ourselves that the war profiteering traitors of the Bush/Cheney Junta not only wasted American lives and our international honor by starting an illegal war of aggression in Iraq, not only did we torture to gain false evidence to connect al Qaeda with Iraq, but we threw away and buried evidence that proved that Saudi Arabia was the real link to al Qaeda, not Iraq.
Saudi Arabia, but, they are our friends and allies, right?
Wrong. They were BUSH’S friends and allies. Not America’s.
In charitable contributions alone, the Saudis gave at least $3.5 million to Bush charities — $1 million by Prince Bandar to the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, $1 million by King Fahd to Barbara Bush’s campaign against illiteracy, $500,000 by Prince Al Waleed to Philips Academy, Andover, to finance a newly created George Herbert Walker Bush Scholarship Fund, and a $1 million painting from Prince Bandar to George W. Bush’s White House.
Then there were the corporate transactions. In 1987, a Swiss bank linked to BCCI and a Saudi investor bailed out Harken Energy, where George W. Bush was a director, with $25 million in financing. At the Carlyle Group, investors from the House of Saud and their allies put at least $80 million into Carlyle funds. While it was owned by Carlyle, BDM and its subsidiary Vinnell received at least $1.188 billion in contracts from the Saudis. Finally, Halliburton inked at least $180 million in deals with the Saudis in November 2000, just after Dick Cheney began collecting a lucrative severance package there.
In all, at least $1.476 billion had made its way from the Saudis to the House of Bush and its allied companies and institutions. It could safely be said that never before in history had a presidential candidate — much less a presidential candidate and his father, a former president — been so closely tied financially and personally to the ruling family of another foreign power. Never before had a president’s personal fortunes and public policies been so deeply entwined with another nation.
Follow this logic. Saudi Arabia helps finance at least two, if not more, 9/11 hijackers. America has evidence before and after 9/11 that there is a financial link between the Saudi Royal family and the top leaders of al Qaeda. This evidence is buried and false evidence claiming that Iraq is the real link to al Qaeda is manufactured for the public with the help of the Corporate media. As all this goes on, the Bush/Cheney administration enjoys a very cozy relationship with the Saudi Royal family.
War Crimes? How about just straight up treason?
If Jack Bauer knows his good friend is a terrorist financier what would he do?
Even in fantasy land, the Bush Administration is still totally criminal.
A comment from the Kos story above sums the whole thing up perfectly.
So lemme get this straight…
the 9/11 hijackers were primarily Saudi, Osama is a bin Laden (Saudi Royal Family), the Bushes have been in bed with the Saudis for generations, and now we know that a domestic bank has been “assisting” with money “transfers”. Oh yeah, the extreme form of the Muslim religion that they practice is against most western values and couldn’t be more anti-American if it tried.
But Iraq was an immenent threat to the security of the U.S.
What am I missing?
Well, the fact that we tortured to gain false evidence of a link between Iraq and al Qaeda while we buried all connections between Saudi Arabia and al Qaeda, whose royal family had been doing business with both the Bush family and the Cheney family for at least 20 years before 9/11. I could say this comment missed that, but, then again, we still do not know enough right now.
What we do know is that along with being guilty of war crimes, one could make the argument that the Bush/Cheney administration is guilty of treason.
We are still waiting for justice, President Obama. Those of us who believe in the rule of law are waiting for you or AG Eric Holder to show us that you do not think it “isn’t illegal if the President/Vice President, SecDef, etc does it.”
The day of President Obama’s own complicity through inaction draws closer and closer. The only way to stave off that ill fate is to investigate and prosecute the Bush/Cheney Administration for War Crimes.
And while we are at it, we should find out if Bush/Cheney committed treason as well.