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by Alex Constantine
Wednesday, Nov. 03, 2004 at 8:45 AM
Iran-contra alumni have been romancing al Qaeda for some time ... still do ...
Saudi Entrepreneur Adnan Khashoggi
Linked to 911 Terrorists
Part XIX(D): AN IRAN-CONTRA/AL QAEDA READER, cont’d
E.dited by Alex Constantine
John Singlaub, Prince Bandar bin Sultan, William Casey, King Fahd:
"Many of those involved in the Reagan Administration’s war against Nicaragua shared a common desire to consolidate support for right-wing guerillas....
"Gen. John Singlaub set up committees within the World Anti-Communist League for eight different guerilla groups.... Singlaub also drafted a memo outlining a contra international of sorts with its own arms company, financed by a series of technology transfers among Israel, South Africa and China. Once this flow of technology was in place, they wrote, 'The United States then has at its disposal a large and continuous supply of Soviet technology and weapons to channel to Freedom Fighters worldwide.' ... [The Singlaub memo] was later found in Oliver North’s safe.
"Even the Saudis got into the act, with a proposal to establish offshore companies to serve a multiplicity of purposes. Palestinian-American businessman Sam Bamieh says he was approached by Prince Bandar bin Sultan, Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the United States, and at a separate time, by a member of the embassy’s staff, and asked 'to set up a company, an offshore company, whereby we will supply goods and services to different anti-communist movements in different parts of the world.'...
"Bamieh said that the offshore company would buy the oil from Saudi Arabia - which nominally adheres to the UN oil embargo against the apartheid regime - and resell it to South Africa at a markup of 75 cents to one dollar a barrel. He said while he was discussing this with Bandar in Cannes in February 1984, Bandar sought to reassure him it was in line with U.S. policy by telling him that CIA Director Casey and King Fahd were at that very moment discussing the same topic in a yacht in the Mediterranean [Adnan Khashoggi’s?]. (This was later confirmed.) Bamieh said he refused the request, even though Bandar told him such a company could make to 0 million in annual profits."
Jane Hunter, "Tricontranental," Report on the Americas, September-October 1988, p. 15.
Mohammed Zia ul-Haq, Pakistani Prime Minister:
"… Dictator of Pakistan, and knew all about Iran/Contra, the training, funding, and arming of narco-terrorists like Osama bin Laden. In August 1988, the same day George Bush got the Republican nomination, his plane crashed into the ground with all engines running. The Pakistanis kept the bodies around (in violation of Islamic custom) ..." http://bushbodycount.com/voices/thelist.php?catid=24&blogid=4
"Ejaz ul-Haq, Zia’s eldest son, has launched a barrage of allegations about a cover-up. Generally, his target has been the Bhutto government, but at a news conference earlier this week he blamed the United States ..." - "50,000 Pakistanis Mark Anniversary of Ruler Zia’s Death," Orange County Register, August 18, 1989.
"Sabotage or another criminal act caused a plane crash that killed President Mohammed Zia ul-Haq.... About 30 people aboard the plane were killed, including U.S. Ambassador Arnold Raphel; Brig. Gen. Herbert Wasson, a U.S. defense adviser, and five top Pakistani generals ... Among the scenarios, [Pakistan Air Force Commander Abbas] Mirza suggested were that the flight crew was drugged ..." - Kathy Gannon, "Sabotage caused crash of Zia plane, report says," AP, October 17, 1989.
Slade Gorton, 911 Commissioner:
"Former Senator Slade Gorton served on the notorious Senate Intelligence Committee for over a decade. Throughout his career, over scores of ‘hearings’, the hawkish Gorton consistently ran interference for Iran-Contra-smeared Republicans, such as Robert Gates..."
Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of Defense:
"911, CIA Drug Traffic, Iran-contra, ISI, Daniel Pearl?" - Online Journal "... Then there is Baron Rumsfeld over at DoD, who seemed to dart around like a bee pollinating CBW (chemical and biological weapons) to Saddam under the Reagan administration, being part of Iran-Contra, planning and practicing the invasion of Afghanistan in early 2001 well in advance of 9-11, attacking on October 7, 2001, to get rid of those silly Taliban folks, and immediately after 9-11 wanted to start planning to go kick Saddam really good."
Charles M. McKee and Matthew Gannon
"Charles M. McKee, ostensibly a military attaché for the DIA in Beirut, Matthew Gannon, CIA Deputy Station Chief in Beirut, and three others were on board Pan Am Flight 103, which exploded over Lockerbie, Scotland. They were part of a counter-terrorist team in Beirut investigating the possible rescue of nine American hostages in Lebanon. The McKee team uncovered evidence that a rogue CIA unit called COREA, based in Wiesbaden, was doing business with a man called Monzer Al-Kassar, a Syrian arms dealer and drug trafficker.
"Al-Kassar was part of the covert network run by U.S. Lieut. Colonel Oliver North. Outraged that the COREA unit in Wiesbaden was doing business with a Syrian who had close terrorist connections and might endanger their chances of rescuing the hostages, the McKee team decided to fly back to Virginia unannounced and expose the COREA unit's secret deal with al-Kassar. They never got there. ‘For three years, I've had a feeling that if Chuck hadn't been on that plane, it wouldn't have been bombed,’ said Beulah McKee, 75, Charles McKee's mother, to Time Magazine. Four months after her son was killed for his efforts to expose the CIA, Mrs. McKee received a sympathy letter from George H. W. Bush. Mrs. McKee has never been satisfied with the government's version of events."
Senator Henry John Heinz III
"He chaired the three-man presidential review board that probed the Iran-contra affair. He died in a plane crash in April 1991..."
Israel, Jonas Savimbi, Unita, Saudis:
"Israel, which in 1982 began training a 5,000-man Zairian unit in Shaba proince that was to be stationed along the border with Angola, is well-positioned to take over adising Unita should the U.S. public eer force Congress to halt aid, as it did in 1975 and more recently with the contras. As one of the major right-wing guerilla armies still in the field, Unita is almost certain to attract the covert action funds Saudi Arabia continues to wish to bestow upon Washington. In addition to wateer Saudi funds he may be receiving, Jonas Savimbi gets million in South African aid. And though ‘the Enterprise’ has been put out of business, the fronts run by retired military and intelligence officers that competed to sell arms to the contras are still open for business to supply Unita." - Jane Hunter, "Honduras All Over Again," Report on the Americas, September-October 1988, p. 24.
Jeb Bush, governor of Florida, and Khashoggi:
Bush "spent most of his time in the early and mid-1980s hobnobbing with ex-Cuban intelligence officers, Nicaraguan Contras, and others plugged into the lucrative orbit of
Miami-area front groups for the CIA. But he, too, had some Middle East connections. Two of his business associates, Guillermo Hernandez-Cartaya and Camilo Padreda, both indicted for financial dealings, were longtime associates of Middle Eastern arms dealer, BCCI investor and Iran-Contra figure Adnan Khashoggi.
Prosecutors dropped the case against the two, and a federal judge ordered Padreda's name expunged from the record. But a few years later Padreda, a former Miami-Dade County GOP treasurer, was convicted of fraud over a federally insured housing development that Jeb Bush had helped to facilitate. Jeb Bush also socialized with Adbur Sakhia, the Miami BCCI branch chief and later its top U.S. official.
Michael Ledeen, advisor to Carl Rove:
"September 01, 2004 - Ledeen has been branded an 'ultra neo-conservative' and is seen by his critics as the most sinister and radical of them all. He is a scholar at the neo-conservative think tank The American Enterprise Institute, which also counts the former chair of Pentagon Defence Policy Board Richard Perle among its members.
"He also writes regularly for American Spectator magazine. A former Rome Correspondent for the New Republic newspaper, Ledeen first rose to political prominence as a member of the National Security Council during Ronald Reagan's reign.
"But it was in 1985, that he became a well-known figure in the US when his Israeli intelligence contacts were used to help broker the illegal Iran/contra rebel affair - a move was aimed at destablising the left-wing government in Nicaragua.
"However, he does say that he didn't approve of the final deal in that affair. Prof Ledeen is also a student of Machiavelli and has written a book about the Renaissance philosopher whose name has become synonymous with strong and brutal governments. He is also the author of The War Against the Terror Masters, which claims that America must topple the regimes of the terror masters such as Iraq, Syria and Saudi Arabia to eliminate the threat of terrorism.
"Prof. Ledeen is also believed to have the ear of the White House's current Chief of Staff Karl Rove, and has regular conversations with him. His view on the war on terror is clear, he said: "Iraq is just one battle in a larger war, bringing down the regime in Iran is the central act, because Iran is the world's most dangerous terrorist country."
[TO BE CONTINUED]
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