According to several articles and interviews, the recent French book "Bin Laden-The Forbidden Truth", by Jean-Charles Brisard and Guillaume Dasquie makes some stunning revelations about U.S. corporate/government interests in the oil and gas rich regions of Central Asia. Also their significance to Afghanistan, 9.11 and other terrorist acts against the U.S.
Transporting the oil and gas from Central Asia to the U.S. was a major obstacle.The preferred route was a pipeline through Turkmenistan, across western Afghanistan and Pakistan to the Indian Ocean. Co-author Brisard spoke extensively with the former FBI deputy director John O'Neill who tragically died in the World Trade Center attacks. According to a review by Julio Godoy
"Brisard claim O'Neill told them that "the main obstacles to investigate Islamic terrorism were U.S. oil corporate interests and the role played by Saudi Arabia in it".
The two claim the U.S. government's main objective in Afghanistan was to consolidate the position of the Taliban regime to obtain access to the oil and gas reserves in Central Asia.
"They affirm that until August, the U.S. government saw the Taliban regime "as a source of stability in Central Asia that would enable the construction of an oil pipeline across Central Asia", from the rich oilfields in Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Kazakhstan, through Afghanistan and Pakistan, to the Indian Ocean.
"At one moment during the negotiations, the U.S. representatives told the Taliban, 'either you accept our offer of a carpet of gold, or we bury you under a carpet of bombs'," Brisard said in an interview in Paris."
Below is the piece from "The Village Voice" and other quotes from articles found on the Internet about the staggering statements made by the authors.
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The Irish Times
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ANALYSIS: The fate of John O'Neill, the Irish-American FBI
agent who for years led US investigations into Osama bin
Laden's al-Qaeda network, is the most chilling revelation in the
book Bin Laden: The Hidden Truth, published in Paris this
O'Neill investigated the bombings of the World Trade Centre in
1993, a US base in Saudi Arabia in 1996, the US embassies in
Nairobi and Dar-Es-Salaam in 1998, and the USS Cole last year.
Jean-Charles Brisard, who wrote a report on bin Laden's
finances for the French intelligence agency DST and is co-author
of Hidden Truth, met O'Neill several times last summer. He
complained bitterly that the US State Department - and behind it
the oil lobby who make up President Bush's entourage - blocked
attempts to prove bin Laden's guilt.
World Socialist Web Site
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