The Body Politic
The Body Politic
Nabila Khashoggi, socialite and daughter of Iran-Contra arms dealer, Adnan Khashoggi, is an aspiring Hollywood actress. One might've seen Nabila on FOX TV. Perhaps in her role as a clerk in episode #281, ‘Tainted Love‘, of Beverly Hills 90210. Nabila's father, Adnan Khashoggi, spent over $100 million to build a yacht that sported fifteen suites, a disco, a helipad and 296 telephones. Adnan named his precious yacht after his precious daughter, Nabila. Adnan is alleged to have defaulted on a personal loan which resulted in the Nabila passing hands in hoi-poloi heirachy from Adnan to the Sultan of Brunei to Donald Trump to Prince Alwaleed.
Nabila Khashoggi's raison d'etre, like her pedigree, transcends playing bit-parts on trendy American pop-culture TV series. In bigger, more glamorous, starring roles, Nabila plays officer and director, per Florida Corporate filings, in two film production companies, Plum Pictures, Inc and In Motion Pictures, Inc.. Nabila’s companies have something in common with one of her father’s, Adnan's, ventures, GenisisIntermedia, GENI. They share the same address.
The United States Securities and Exchange Commission filed a civil suit on June 4, 2003 against some of the players in the GENI market. The GENI cast is star-studded and features, not only Nabila’s Iran-Contra arms dealer father Adnan Khashoggi, but also penny-stock scofflaw and promoter Rafi Khan, the Toronto branch of Deustche Bank Securities (Alex . Brown), the Vancouver Stock Exchange (VSE) and Thomas Brooks, a broker, who can't seem to account for shares loaned from another aspiring starlet's firm, Native Nations Securities.
There are more ties between some of the Iran-Contra co-conspirators and GENI than just arms dealer Adnan Khashoggi. The director of GENI, for example, is Michael Roy Fugler. Fugler appears to have been an integral part of drug smuggler and CIA informer Barry Seal’s organization. Barry Seal allegedly made more than $50 million smuggling drugs into the U.S. from South America between the years of 1977 and 1986 and he became a key witness/informer for the government against the Colombian Cocaine Cartel. It was Barry Seal's C-123K cargo plane crashing in Nicaragua that exposed the Iran-Contra affair to the public and put it into the limelight. Researchers rummaging through Louisiana corporate filings at the Secretary of State’s Office apparently found evidence that Barry Seal’s drug proceeds helped finance a company called Trinity Energy. Apparently, it was Fugler’s job to set-up the front companies for Seal’s drug proceeds.
The SEC is claiming that the clearing firm of MJK was defrauded when millions of dollars in "marks" outstanding on Native Nations Securities’ borrowed GENI shares could not be collected. The SEC alleges it was a "daisy chain" of lent, borrowed and shorted shares that couldn’t be delivered to MJK, the last link in the "daisy chain" scam.
Native Nations Securities, a New Jersey firm, was run by another aspiring starlet, Valerie Red-Horse, and like Nabila who made cameos on popular television series like Beverly Hills 90120, Valerie, herself, appeared in a number of television series including Murder She Wrote, Babylon 5 and Perry Mason, but... Valerie's biggest role, like Nabila's, wasn't one she played on the silver or television screen. It was in her role as office manager for junk-bond king Michael Milken.
Valerie Red Horse has another noteworthy feature role to her credit. She played the manager of the investment banking division, of the West Coast office, of Drexel Burnham Lambert. Drexel Burnham Lambert was alleged by former FBI agent and decorated Vietnam veteran, Richard Taus to be connected to Drexel Company, which changed it’s name to Castle Securities, after the Cayman Island Bank that was it’s parent, Castle Bank.
Agent Taus told congress that the National Security Agency (NSA) and White House were involved in "criminal activities to finance the aquisition of arms and ammunitions". Agent Taus told congress about the dealings of the Iran-Contra co-conspirators.
The U.S. Attorney Eastern District of New York, in May of 2002, indicted hi-profile Egyptian-American on-line "investment advisor" and shortseller, Amr Ibrahim ’Anthony’ Elgindy, charging him with multiple counts including illegal market manipulation and extortion. Elgindy was also attempting to sell $300,000 worth of stock the afternoon of September 10, 2001. AUSA, Ken Breen, suggested to the judge assigned to the case that… "Perhaps Mr. Elgindy had preknowledge of Sept. 11, and rather than report it he attempted to profit from it."
Elgindy was charged with being the leader of a criminal racketeering enterprise that is alleged to have been short-selling and illegally manipulating stock in companies that were under criminal investigation. The information about these companies was provided to Elgindy, allegedly, by FBI agents that were members of his criminal enterprise. Among the other counts against Elgindy, he is accused to of extorting shares from companies that he learned, via the information these FBI agents provided him, were under criminal investigation. One of the companies Elgindy targeted and traded was GenesisIntermedia.
Like most front companies in rigged markets, most of GENI‘s, shares were tightly held. In the case of GENI, by Adnan Khashoggi and Ramy el-Batrawi. Interestingly enough, in a BK case filed under seal in September of 2002, and later unsealed in November of the same year, and moved to Federal Court in Minnesota, some dialogue was transcribed and included in court docs regarding another undisclosed "Anthony" receiving "$1.8 million" to keep the GENI market artificially inflated. MJK went belly-up after the millions in marks on Native Nations’ loaned GENI shares could not be collected. Around the same time, Elgindy, and other members of his criminal enterprise, were indicted.
Richard Taus joined the FBI as a Special Agent. He discovered covert CIA ops which he says included the looting of Savings and Loans and the CIA's involvement in narco-trafficking with the American faction of the Mafia. Taus spoke of a white-collar upper-enchelon faction of the American Mafia called the "K-Team". He spoke of government drug routes and suppliers in the Middle East, by way of Turkey, Bulgaria and Lebanon a la' the French Connection. He spoke of competition between the American and Silician factions of the Mafia and the competition over this established criminal and banking network. Taus claimed that the competition between these two factions of the Mafia was the rationale behind personnel at the Justice Department moving towards eliminating the Sicilian Mafia from the drug biz.
According to Agent Taus, the K-Team was based in Freeport, Long Island and it partially consisted of several operators that were associated with a CIA banking front, Drexel Company. Drexel Company, as noted earlier, changed its' name to Castle Securities. Taus described, as is the case with the 9-11 World Trade Center Suicide Bombers, how his investigation into their activities took him to Florida and looking into certain flight and aviation fronts. In this case, Southern Air Transport, which Taus alleges was involved with the CIA in drug-trafficking ops. Taus also says he discovered that Oliver North, the White House and the National Security Council were all involved.
There is another Iran-Contra co-conspirator that can be traced from the GenesisIntermedia story. More accurately, it can be traced to GENI by way of investment advisor Amr 'Anthony' Elgindy via his brother, Khaled.
Recently the White House made this Iran-Contra co-conspirator a new National Security Council official. Elliot Abram’s new official title is Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Near East and North African Affairs. Abram's was former President Ronald Reagan's Assistant Secretary of State. Abram’s is also a Bush-pardonned Iran-Contra war criminal that, via his new role in the NSC, will now be working on Arab-Israeli peace initiatives.
Before Abram's NSC gig, circa 1999 through 2001, Abrams was advising President Bush on human rights issues. He chaired the US Commission on International Religious Freedom and, as fate would have it, sitting on the DC Human Rights Committee chaired by Abrams was our investment advisor Anthony Elgindy's brother, Khaled Elgindy.
Khaled is a DC Arab Activist who served as a policy analyst on Elliot Abrams' Human Rights Committee. Anthony and Khaled's father, Ibrahim Elgindy, was reported by the press to have founded an umbrella group of Muslim organizations in Chicago and led a 1998 protest on behalf of Muhammad Salah, a man the US government calls a designated global terrorist. Salah confessed to Israeli authorities that he was raising money for Hamas' suicide bombings and for training cells in the US to make bombs and explosives.
Steve Emerson, a Terrorism expert, says US officials are concerned about Hamas fund-raising activities in the U.S. and about Hamas continuing to use the U.S. as a base to plan its attacks on Israel. In that respect, the International Coptic Federation , a federation that states they defend coptic human rights in Egypt, against Islamic abuse, has been critical of Khaled Elgindy. They suggest that Khaled employs a "double standard" when attempting to "defend Islamic rights within a foreign context". Khaled, on behalf of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), along with other Muslim org "voices", joined together to petition against the US government's actions against the Holy Land Foundation. A Muslim foundation which President Bush announced freezing the assets of for providing financial and material support to the terrorist organization Hamas.
Another Muslim org whose "voice" was among those voices echoing CAIR and Khaled Elgindy, petitioning on behalf of the Holy Land Foundation, was the American Muslim Council (AMC), as was MPAC, The Muslim Public Affairs Council, a public-policy lobby allied with AMC and CAIR.
The Justice Department accused Sami Al-Arian, a former Florida University professor, of conspiracy to commit murder via suicide attacks in Israel and Palestinian territories and said Al-Arian kept his role as a top leader of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorist organization a secret. Al-Arian is the co-founder of the Islamic Association for Palestine (IAP). The Holy Land Foundation shares several IAP directors.
Sami Al-Arian is also alleged to have raised funds for Hamas suicide bombers. Al-Arian called upon Muslims to support the jihad effort in Palestine so that terrorist operations could continue and he was indicted, with seven others, for their links to terrorist organizations that have murdered hundreds of innocent civilians. Attorney General Ashcroft announced a 50-count indictment against eight operatives linked to numerous terrorist organizations, including Al-Arian's Palestinian Islamic Jihad. Sami’s daughter, Laila Al-Arian, a Georgetown University grad, was noted along with Amr’s brother, Khaled Elgindy as contributors to the AMC’s Legislative Agenda for the 107th Congress.
It is a curious thing to see George W. Bush inviting a terrorist like Sami Al-Arian to a White House briefing (June, 2001) regardless of the fact that his Secret Service advised him against it. It is also curious why Sami’s son, Abdullah, a member of a delegation of US Muslim community activists, was invited to the White House to discuss George W’s faith-based initiative that provides federal funds to religious organizations involved in charity and community work just days after his father’s visit.
Another curious relationship worth noting is the one between George Salem, a partner in the law firm of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, an advisor to the Bush administration, who just happens to be representing the Holy Land Foundation in a civil matter. Salem chaired the Arab-American campaign for Bush's election. He is also a former Labor Department solicitor and he was a major Republican fundraiser. In fact, Salem, according to Federal Election Commission records, gave more than $43,000 to Bush's campaign, both individually and through Arab-American and law firm political action committees. Curiously, Sami Al-Arian, himself, raised $3 million for the Bush camaign via his own "foundations" and the Muslim community. In fact, no sooner had Bush shut down the Holy Land Foundation for its support of Hamas, then the press was reporting that Bush Energy Secretary, Spencer Abraham was meeting, and being photographed with Holy Land Foundation lawyer, George Salem. The curious irony here is apparent; Salem, while serving as legal counsel for the Holy Land Foundation; a foundation shut down by Bush for supporting Hamas and terrorism, was also advising Bush’s administration on relations with the Muslim community and raising funds for Bush's campaign.
On September 11, 2001, at 08:48AM, a commercial jet airliner crashed into the he north tower of the World Trade Center. At 09:07AM, another airliner crashed into the south tower. At 09:58AM, the south tower collapsed. At 10:28AM. the north tower collapsed. In Washington DC, at 09:45AM, a third airliner crashed into the Pentagon. On a fourth airliner, passengers fought the hijackers and forced the plane to crash at 10:10AM in a rural area eighty miles southeast of Pittsburgh. "As soon as the event happened, we kicked into action," recalls George Salem.
"We anticipated the inevitable." - George Salem
Iran-Contra operatives first were exposed via the foreign press, not here at home. As news of the scandal leaked into the U.S. mainstream press, Congress was forced to deal with the matter. FBI Agent Taus claims that he was instructed by his FBI supervisor, Patrick Groves, to "eliminate" informants and cooperatives who were "no longer interested in cooperating" with the K-Team's very own "investigation" in the affair.
Agent Taus claims that he was told by FBI K-Team case agent, Carmine Rivera, that he would be "seriously hurt" if he continued with his investigation into "Oliver North's enterprise". In fact, Taus claims that supervisory FBI officials warned him to cease and desist or he "will be in great trouble". Even so, Taus continued on with his investigation into the Iran-Contra matter and he was, indeed, finally arrested on November 4, 1988, just prior to '88 presidential elections. Taus was charged with using a government credit card to put $10 worth of gas into his personal automobile and... for molesting young boys.
The government's case against Taus was moved from federal to state court when the federal charges against him were dropped. In State court, Taus claims that the NY State judge refused a jury to hear any testimony regarding the government's motivation for arresting him. Taus claims also that the NY State judge refused testimony exposing the fact that the families of the boys had been, themselves, charged with criminal offenses and that the charges were dropped only after the boys testified as the prosecutors wanted. Senior FBI Supervisory agents testified that Taus's arrest was ordered at the "highest level in Washington".
Agent Taus claims that his refusal to falsify information and state, for the record, that he knew of no unreported criminal activites by the Iran-Contra co-conspirators, was what triggered retaliation against him by the government. Agent Taus was predictably found guilty and was sentenced to prison for 32 to 90 years.
In the aftermath that followed Taus's verdict and sentencing there was a mass firing and/or resignation of most of Taus's opponents. In fact, the prosecutor himself was ousted by the DA for soliciting sex with a minor. FBI Director William Sessions was fired by then President Clinton when Sessions, a la' Taus, stated he was going to conduct an investigation of corruption in Government. James Fox, the Assistant Director-In-Charge of the FBI, was suspended because he wouldn't retract a statement he made to the press regarding the innocence of another agent who, like Taus, was exposing drug related activities and the bribery of politicos. The government's house of cards was teetering.
In an eerie paralell to the story Taus tells, Dee Ferdinand, the daughter of a NY City Vice-Squad Detective with alleged ties to the Gambino family echoes Taus's claims regarding the relationship between the Mafia and the CIA. According to Ferdinand, her father, Al Carone, was a former member of the OSS (precursor of the CIA). Ferdinand's claims have been confirmed by Jim Rothstein of the NYPD and CIA operatives Gunther Russbacher and Oswald LeWinter.
Ferdinand claimed that Sam Giancana "did a lot of drug deals with the Agency" and that the CIA had "regular drug dealings with Noriega...". Manuel Antonio Noriega was eventually convicted in 1992 of money laundering and drug trafficking charges.
The government, at Noriega's trial, put 51 witnesses on the stand to prove its case against Noriega. At least 18 of those witnesses were confessed or convicted drug offenders that gave first-hand accounts of payoffs to Noriega by Colombian drug lords. Noriega himself was not allowed to call witnesses to the stand or enter letters favoring his release. These letters, on Noriega's behalf, were penned by; a former U.S. ambassador to Panama, a former CIA station chief in Panama and a former U.S. Southern Command official.
Noriega had dealings with George H Bush when Bush was Director of, and oversaw, the CIA. Noriega was regarded a Bush/CIA source. And, like Saddam Hussein in Iraq, Noriega soon became the target of a U.S. invasion. The invasion of Hussein's Iraq was ordered by George W, who appears to some, to be picking-up where George H, who ordered the invasion of Panama (and the fall of Noriega), left off.
Meyer Lansky died in 1983. Reader's Digest named an individual described by federal authorities as a "top associate of organized crime figures", Alvin Malnik, as Lanksy's "heir apparent". Lansky was widely regarded as the U.S. Mafia's treasurer. Lansky allegedly laundered Mafia proceeds to Israel via front companies that were set-up in the Bahamas. Malnik himself was, at one time, listed as the director of a Bahama based entity called, Bank of World Commerce, that was alleged to be involved with some of U.S.'s "top gangsters".
A Bahamian company named Appolonia Investment Limited allegedly paid over three million dollars to purchase property just north of a parcel of land, and a ranch, owned by Malnik. According to records filed with the Register General's Office in the Bahamas, it appears that the Mafia wasn't the only ones incorporating in the offshore haven. Records filed with the Register General's Office disclose that the principal shareholder in Appolonia Investment Ltd. was a member of Saud Royalty, the son of King Abdul Aziz. This Royal Prince just happens to have been a neighbor of Alvin Malnik's in Florida. They lived in neighboring condos and there appears to be more than just 'friendship' and 'business' tying Malnik to the Prince and his Royal Family. Malnik's son Mark, in fact, changed his name to Shareef and married into the Saud Royal family. This would make Malnik Sr. not only a neighbor, business associate and friend, but family as well.
The Saudi Prince's father - whose daughter Mark, n/k/a Shareef, Malnik married - is not only alleged to have ties to US organized crime associates, but he is also said to have complete control over his daughter's actions.
When FBI agent Taus told Congress about an upper echelon faction of the American Mafia with ties to covert CIA ops, the NSC, the White House... When Agent Taus told Congress that established criminal and financial networks were being used by both CIA operatives - and the Mafia - to launder money, route drugs and sell arms... When Agent Taus told Congress that this lucrative drug biz was being fought over by American and Silicilian factions of the Mafia... According to Taus, he was "taken care of", ie; indicted on bogus charges, tried by a court he claims refused him justice and was sentenced to a long prison term.
So who is listening now? As noted earlier, Bush ignored the Secret Service's advice not to invite a terrorist, Sami Al-Arian, to a White House briefing. He did so anyway, and followed-up by inviting Sami's son to the White House a few days later. George W, like George H before him, also appear to have ignored substantial intelligence regarding Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the U.S., Prince Bandar. Ambassador Bandar himself is a Royal figure. He is the grandson of a King, nephew to four more and there are those who suggest, like writer Seymour Hersch does, that Prince Bander has fallen "out of favor" with another Royal figure, Saudi Arabia's ruler, Crown Prince Abdullah.
Hersch accuses Prince Bandar of corruption, in particular to "helping himself to mega-commissions on arms deals". Both the Times and Los Angeles Times have "scalded" Saudi Arabia for "refusing to freeze assets connected to Osama Bin Laden...". Assets of the Holy Land Foundation remain frozen regardless of the public outcry from the Muslim community. Ironically, as the Times and New York Times turn up the heat on Saud Royalty to freeze Osama Bin Laden's assets, "voices" from the Muslim community at home are joining the "voices" petitioning on behalf of the Holy Land Foundation to unfreeze the foundation's assets. These are the "voices" of Sami Al-Arian's Islamic Association for Palestine (IAP) and the "voices" of directors serving both the Holy Land Foundation and Sami Al-Arian's IAP, the "primary political propaganda wing for Hamas in the United States". These are the "voices" of the CAIR and the AMC and their MPAC allies. These are the "voices" of CAIR's Khaled Elgindy and Sami Al-Arian's IAP's Raeed Tayeh.
Raeed Tayeh served on the executive board of Al-Arian's IAP. Authorities say that IAP's finances are entwined and frozen with those of the Holy Land Foundation. Tayeh was also a researcher for the United Association for Studies and Research (UASR). In 1993 a convicted Hamas operative testified in an Israeli court that the UASR was the political arm of Hamas in the United States. Tayeh, like Khaled Elgindy, was working as a member of former Georgia Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney's staff. Tayeh was employed as an aide. Elgindy was employed as McKinney's Press Secretary.
At a fundraiser for the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), which, by the way, was incorporated as an offshoot of Al-Arian's IAP, McKinney called CAIR "a reputable and respected Muslim civil-rights organization".
Tayeh resigned his aide position from McKinney's staff after he declared that Jewish members of Congress had divided loyalties between America and Israel. Tayeh's comments appeared as a letter to the editor in an issue of The Hill.
"What is more disturbing to me is that many of these pro-Israeli lawmakers sit on the House International Relations Committee despite the obvious conflict of interest that their emotional attachments to Israel cause..."
Tayeh identified himself as a member of Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney's staff.
"The Israeli occupation of all territories must end, including Congress..."
Khaled Elgindy appears to have been living somewhat of a political and ideological double life. While Khaled was spouting rhetoric like this:
"Equally as disturbing as the alleged ties to Zionists are the Coptic associations' affinities for another group inimical to Arabs and Muslims. The powerful Christian Right, whose cult-like devotion to Israel and profound disdain for Islam are among the pillars of its religious-political doctrine, has also given wide play to Coptic claims of persecution. For evangelical Christians, the litany of "social ills" these born-again soldiers of God aim to defeat -- abortion, homosexuality, pornography, higher taxes, etc. -- was added a crusade against Islam and Muslims."
... and was employed as Georgia Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney's Press Secretary, he was also serving Abrams on his DC Human Rights Committee.
Mckinney losing her seat in Congress may very well have come down to her pressing for an investigation into the Bush's Administration's links to 9-11. McKinney wanted to know how much of a role our reliance on imported oil played in the military policies being put forward by the Bush Administration. She wanted to know what role the close relationship between the Bush Administration and the oil and defense industries played in Bush administration policy decisions. Most importantly, McKinney wanted to know why Bush's Administration remained steadfast in its opposition to an investigation into the biggest terrorism attack upon our nation. Are we seeing shades of FBI Agent Richard Taus? McKinney pressed for an investigation into the President's father's relationship, through the Carlyle Group, with joint business interests with the bin Laden construction company and many defense industry holdings, the stocks of which, soared after September 11.
George W Bush told the American public that ties between 911 mastermind Osama bin Laden and Sadam Hussein - and WMD - were behind implementation of Operation Iraqi Freedom. James A. Baker was George H's Administration's Secretary of State. Baker's law firm represented George W during his legal battle with Al Gore in the Florida state vote fraud debacle. Baker is Senior Counselor for Carlyle and it is noteworthy that Mr. Baker's law firm is representing the Royal Saud family in their defense of civil law suits filed by the survivors and heirs of those killed or injured in 911. The lawsuit names the suspected financiers of 911, including Osama bin Laden. So the American Public is to understand now that Baker's firm is defending co-defendants of Osama bin Laden?
While Khaled Elgindy was employed as Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney's Press Secretary... as she pressed for investigations into Bush's administration's links to 9-11... Khaled was also, concurrently, serving a Bush pardonned Iran-Contra war criminal who, himself, had served as Ronald Reagan's Assistant Secretary of State, Elliot Abrams.
News of Khaled's brother, Amr 'Anthony' Elgindy, being indicted for his role as the ringleader of a stock manipulation racketeering enterprise, brought Khaled, albiet no doubt begrudgingly, into the spotlight with his hi-profile 'investment advisor' brother. Here was a guy, Amr Elgindy, an Egyptian American, whose father, the press was telling us, led protests on behalf of "global terrorist" Muhammad Salah. Here was a guy who was indicted on multiple counts including illegally manipulating stock in - and extorting shares from - companies he learned were under criminal investigation from rogue FBI agents on the take. Here was a guy that the AUSA suggested traded to profit on prior knowledge of 9-11 and here was a guy whose brother just happened to be working as a press secretary for Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney (as she pressed for investigations into Bush's administrations links to 911) while he was sitting on an ex-Reagan staffer and Bush pardonned Iran Contra war criminal Elliot Abrams, DC Human Rights Committee.
What did McKinney think about all this? A poster on an internet bulletin board, signing her post as "Cynthia Mckinney", on May 23, 2002 at 5:56AM, PST, posted this:
"I'm not guilty. It's a setup".
Seymour Hersch reminds us that Adnan Khashoggi was a middlemen between Oliver North and the mullahs in Iran and that Khashoggi claimed to have lost million of dollars that he put up to obtain embargoed weapons for Iran which were to be bartered, with Presidential approval, for American hostages. A congressional investigation revealed that Khashoggi had actually borrowed much of the money for the weapons from the Bank of Credit and Commerce International (B.C.C.I.). BCCI went belly-up in 1991 after defrauding thousands of depositors.
Hersch says that in January 2003, Khashoggi was attempting to broker another deal. He claims that Khashoggi arranged a "private lunch" to which he invited the Chairman of the Defense Policy Board, Richard Perle and Saudi Industrialist Harb Saleh al-Zuhair.
Hersch tells us that Perle is a managing partner in a venture-capital company called Trireme Partners L.P.. Trireme' s main business "according to a two-page letter that one of its representatives sent to Khashoggi last November" is investing in "technology" companies and companies offering services that are "of value to homeland security and defense". The letter argued that "the fear of terrorism would increase the demand for such products in Europe and in countries like Saudi Arabia and Singapore".
Hersch informs us that Richard Perle, seeing he is the Chairman of the Defense Policy Board, is considered a "special government employee" and therefore he is subject to a federal Code of Conduct. A "special government employee" is barred from participating in an official capacity in any matter in which he has a financial interest.
In March of 2003, Richard Perle announced his resignation as chairman of the Defense Policy Board. He said he was quitting because he was hired to help bankrupt Global Crossing win approval from the Department of Defense to sell the company to billionaire Li Ka-Shing and Hutchinson-Whampoa Ltd.. Senator/Astronaut John Glenn, during the Thompson hearings, pointed out that Li Ka-Shing had strong investment ties to Henry Kissinger, George Bush and Oliver North. Ka-Shing, as it is, controls four of Panama's ports via Hutchinson-Whampoa (post-Noriega) and was a shareholder in BCCI.
Back to Perle and Trireme; Hersch adds that Adnan Khashoggi and Harb Saleh al-Zuhair told him, at their lunch meeting, that they understood that "one of Trireme's objectives was to seek the help of influential Saudis to win homeland-security contracts with the Saudi royal family for the businesses it financed". According to Hersch, Trireme apparently turned to Adnan Khashoggi for help.
The Clinton Administration's decision to have intervened in the Yugoslavian Civil War, to some, was a policy decision with Taus-esque histrionic reverberations. One can easily look at the Albanian Civil War from a perspective of Iran-Contra. Seemingly, Clinton's administration appears to have been oblivious to Balkan history and seemingly failed to consider the motivations of the Albanian criminal enterprise posing as a 'freedom fighter' militia, the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA).
What we seemingly had was the United States, UN and NATO joining forces to create a nation for a faction regarded by many to be a criminal enterprise. Together, the US, UN and NATO created a strategic stronghold from which “Greater Albania” nationalists could attack the rest of Serbia, Macedonia, Western Greece and all the surrounding states.
In a paradigm where criminal enterprises can masquerade and operate as US, UN and NATO-backed "freedom fighters", a la' the Contras in Nicauragua, is it really a giant leap in logic for one to deduce that these "freedom fighters" in Kosovo were/are, in essence, de facto allies of Al-Qaeda terrorists fighting Serbs?
George W's administration told the American public that "weapons of mass destruction" and "Hussein's ties to al Qaeda" were the reasons behind the implementation of Operation Iraqi Freedom. If one turns back some pages in history to Noreiga's Panama and consider Noriega’s ties to George H's CIA, does it help us understand any better what may have been behind the invasion of Panama and removal of Noriega? Perhaps history can shed light on the invasion of Iraq and removal of Hussein?
The Council for Peace in the Balkans consisted of Trialateral Commission hawks that represented the world’s biggest banking institutions and multinational corps, ie; Zbigniew Brzezinkski, Frank Carlucci, Hodding Carter, Max Kampelman and United Nations Ambassador Jeanne Kirkpatrick ; the same Jeanne Kirkpatrick that told the world that the US “needed more Vietnams”- that the US needed to pressure all communist totalitarian nations unreceptive of change with “military force”. In a paradigm where there is the existence of a US/UN/NATO alliance aligned de facto with al Qeada terrorists fighting Serbs… where history echoes Richard Taus in regards to his claims of Iran-Contra co-conspirators and "freedom fighters" in Nicaragua… where everybody knows exactly why it was that Jeanne Kirkpatrick once said, "we needed more Vietnams"… In this paradigm - any smaller nation possessing WMD, like North Korea, can tell you exactly why Kirkpatrick said that. They can also tell you why they possess, or are attempting to obtain weapons of mass destruction. It may very well may be the only way for them to protect their national autonomy from the "fourth reich", "one world" philosophy in a paradigm where these kinds of alliances lead by example.
Jamie Dettmer of Insight investigated Macedonians claims that Bush's administration had shown little interest in pursuing uncovered links between al-Qaeda and the Albanian nationalists. Dettmer says that "Macedonian intelligence has been in regular contact with the CIA and the FBI. Both have been supplied with details of the al-Qaeda relationship with militant Albanian nationalist groups in neighboring Kosovo, which is under UN protection, and Macedonia, which was spared a civil war last year following NATO brokering a peace agreement between the majority Macedonians and minority ethnic Albanians".
When we have the US, UN and NATO supporting these "Greater Albanian" nationalists attacking the rest of Serbia, Macedonia, Western Greece and surrounding states… When we have these "nationalists", as Dettmer suggests, "closely aligned with organized crime syndicates" and whose "objective" it is is to create their very own state (Greater Albania), aren't we hearing the echoes of Richard Taus?
Jerry Seper reported in the Washington Times that the KLA had rapidly become a "political and military force in the Balkans" and that bin Laden's al-Qaeda network had both "trained and financially supported the KLA", ie; "Nationalists". State Department officials labeled the KLA a terrorist organization that financed its' operatives "with the proceeds from the heroin trade and loans from known terrorists like bin Laden". State department officials also said that the KLA used terrorist tactics to "assault Serbian and ethnic Albanian civilians in a campaign to achieve independence", on behalf of this Greater Albanian State.
Seper tells us that, "the KLA's involvement in drug smuggling as a means of raising funds for weapons is long-standing" Intelligence documents reveal that the KLA has aligned itself "with an extensive organized crime network in Albania that smuggles heroin to buyers throughout Western Europe and the United States." Seper informs us that drug agents in five countries believe that this cartel is "one of the most powerful heroin smuggling organizations in the world." Documents show us something very similar to what Taus told Congress in regards to who fought over narco-trafficking routes in the Middle East. In this case, Seper tells us that heroin and cocaine is moved "over land and sea" from Turkey through Bulgaria, Greece and Yugoslavia to Western Europe and elsewhere. This circuit is known as the Balkan Route.
Seper's Washington Times article quotes the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration stating that drug smuggling organizations composed of Kosovo's ethnic Albanians were considered "second only to Turkish gangs as the predominant heroin smugglers along the Balkan Route". Greek Interpol representatives have called Kosovo's ethnic Albanians "the primary sources of supply for cocaine and heroin in that country."
The KLA, according to France's Geopolitical Observatory of Drugs, was also a "key player in the rapidly expanding drugs-for-arms business and helped transport $2 billion in drugs a year into Western Europe." Seper reported that German drug agents said, "$1.5 billion in drug profits is laundered annually by Kosovo smugglers, through as many as 200 private banks or currency-exchange offices.".
Daniel McGrory and James Doran reported in Reality Macedonia that clues to how bin Laden was financing his terrorist ops were "revealed in a terrorist trial in New York". McGrory and Doran claim that, buried within hundreds of pages of testimony, regarding four men accused of bombing US Embassies in East Africa, was evidence of how bin Laden’s terrorist network was "using bogus relief organizations to raise millions". They reported that, "from a refugee centre in Brooklyn to a mosque in a commuter suburb of San Diego", bin Laden's supporters were, "operating a web of tax-deductible religious charities to collect money and then siphon it to Islamic fundamentalist groups around the world."
Insight's Jamie Dettmer says that al-Qaeda is believed to have financed the Albanian seperatists and, in doing so, al Qaeda has "established strong ties" to Albanian Mafia leaders and KLA financiers/fund-raisers. Aren't these "Albanian Seperatists" the same Albanian faction of "Nationalists" backed by a US/UN/NATO alliance?
Fatos Klosi, the head of Albanian intelligence, claims a, "major network of bin Laden supporters was established in 1998 in Albania under the cover of various Muslim charities". Ths network, according to Klosi, "served as a springboard for operations in Europe" and as part of a war on terrorism, the Bosnian government ordered investigations into foreign humanitarian agencies.
One charity the Bosnian government investigated and subsequently raided was Benevolentia International Foundation. They seized weapons, plans for making bombs and fake passports from the "founation's" offices. The United States froze the assets of Benevolence International which had it's head offices in Illinois and New Jersey.
In Part One it was noted that James Baker's law firm was representing co-defendants of Osama bin Laden, The Saud Royal Family, in a civil suit filed by the heirs, victims and survivors of the 911 bombings. Benevolence International is also named in the same lawsuit as being a financier of 911:
"On or about March 19, 2002, law enforcement authorities in Bosnia-Herzegovina searched eight locations affiliated with BIF, including BIF’s offices in that country. The documents recovered included documents establishing direct communication between Enaam Arnaout and Osama bin Laden and others in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s. The documents included a disk found at BIF’s office in Bosnia which included scanned images of these documents"
The US Government shut down Benevolence's ops in the US, as they did Global Relief and the Holy Land Foundation, accusing all three charities of "supporting terrorism". The Holy Land Foundation was the first targeted, closely followed by the raids on the offices of Global Relief and Benevolence . Their assets, as noted in Part One, have been frozen much to the chagrin of the Muslim community and political factions like Sami Al-Arian's IAP, the CAIR, MPAC, AMC and others.
Holy Land Foundation attorney and Bush Advisor, George Salem went to George W, without much success, on behalf of Holy Land. Salem was also featured prominently in a photo op, as noted in Part One, with George W's Energy Secretary, the former Republican Senator Spencer Abraham.
George Salem appears to believe that George W's appointment of the former Senator Abraham as his administration's Energy Secretary makes Spencer Abraham a politico with "increased Arab American clout" and "good access" to George W's White House.
Spencer Abraham has Middle Eastern roots that trace back to Lebanon. His grandfather, also a Lebanese immigrant, worked in the coal mines of West Virginia before moving to Michigan where he worked as an auto worker and store owner. Spencer's father was an auto worker as well who opened-up his own small business in Lansing.
Spencer attended Michigan State University as an undergrad and went on to study law at Harvard Law School. Abraham also served George H's Administration, as Deputy Chief of Staff to Vice President Dan Quayle, before his stint as a US Senator.
Julie Deardorff, a staff writer for the Chicago Tribune reported in a 1999 article about another individual who may have also felt Spencer Abraham was a man with "clout", Amr 'Tony' Elgindy. Deardorff reported that when the "U.S. Embassy in Macedonia would not issue visas" for two Kosovar Albanian Refugees, a certain "California Commodities trader, Tony Elgindy" went to then Senator Spencer Abraham, and others, "asking for help". Deardorff reported that "about a week later" a call was received "from the U.S. Embassy" informing them that the refugees would be accepted into the US "immediately" and "several other Kosovar Albanians" would be accepted at a "later date".
In June of 2000, Amr Elgindy posted on an on-line message board that he had traveled to Macedonia "with two individuals" he had "met on the internet". He posted that these two individuals had "relatives who lived in Kosovo and had become refugees". Mr. Elgindy solicted, and claims he collected, "$14k" from other on-line message board posters as charitable contributions to the "Mother Thereza Humanitarian Organization (MTHO) of Skopje".
Elgindy posted on the message boards, where he had solicited funds for MTHO, that he had "never met either of these individuals" prior to their depature. Even so, Elgindy went on to tell the message board posters that he was "made an agent of the Mother Thereza Humanitarian Organization" so he could "handle and disburse the funds raised for the refugees" and "provide instructions for direct donations to MTHO."
Without citing former Senator Spencer Abraham in his posts, like the Chicago Tribune's Julie Deardorff had in her article, Elgindy told the message boarders of the "many friends stateside" that helped to "bring back the very first two Kosovo refugees to the United States". He also informed the message boarders that he was "invited to testify in Washington DC before members of Congress and their staffs." Elgindy echoed Deardorff''s reporting in the Chicago Tribune regarding more Kosovar Albanian refugees being accepted into the US at a "later date". In Deardorff's article she reported that "Pat Walsh, the head of consular services" at the "US embassy" provided this approval confirmation. Elgindy posted to his message board minions that the number of refugees being accepted into the US was "20,000".
Upon his return to San Diego, Elgindy posted, he was "busy with the Hoti family..." and, that he was informed that the MTHO's tax ID number "wasn't valid". Instead of returning the charitable donations to the message board donors who could no longer write-off the contributions as tax deductions, Elgindy opted to post letters from some of the "good people" to whom the "money went". One of the letters was signed by Rexhep Hoti. Hoti, in the letter Elgindy cut, pasted and posted to his fellow message boarders, Rexhep Hoti wrote:
"...Mr. Elgindy helped us, every month, to pay the rent and other every day needs..."
Rexhep Hoti was political advisor to Prime Minister Bajram Rexhepi of the Democratic Party of Kosovo. Agence France-Presse praised Rexhepi, considered a moderate, for his efforts to ease tensions among ethnic Albanians and minority Serbs but, to many, it appears more so that the KLA simply morphed under UN supervision into a so-called Kosovo Protection Force. Their mandate? "To help in civil emergencies and natural disasters". But, Intelligence expressed concern that the organization continued on, business as usual, "controlling the province's drug, illegal arms and white-slavery trade, in addition to continuing its campaign of terrorism and intimidation against Kosovo's non-Albanian population."
Bajram Rexhepi, a physician and former member of the KLA, was installed into office resulting from a deal brokered by U.S. officials in January, 2002. Nebojsa Covic, who is vice-president of the Serbia government claims that Rexhepi "beheaded a 19-year-old Yugoslav army recruit during the guerrilla war that raged in Kosovo from 1998-99", a charge that Rexhepi has denied. Rexhep Hoti’s home was raided by Serbian police allegedly in connection with arms possession.
Reuters reported that Rexhep Hoti told European Union leaders, at a summit meeting in Greece, that "active involvement of Washington was badly needed in the Balkan region". Hoti, according to Reuters, went on to say that "the United States must continue to play a major role".
Michel Chossudovsky, a professor of Economics at the University of Ottawa, suggests, in echoes of Richard Taus, what the United State’s role might be. Chossudovsky suggests that global media heralded the US, UN and NATO backing of the Kosovo Protection Force as a "humanitarian peace-keeping mission" while NATO was ruthlessly bombing Belgrade and Pristina. Chossudovsky suggests that this "goes far beyond the breach of international law". He says that "while Slobodan Milosevic has been demonized and portrayed as a remorseless dictator, the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) is upheld as a self-respecting nationalist movement struggling for the rights of ethnic Albanians". The "truth of the matter", says Chossudovsky, is that "the KLA is sustained by organized crime with the tacit approval of the United States and its allies".
* Footnotes: Shades of Taus? FBI Agent Robert Wright claims that he was prevented from pursuing counterterrorism leads, particularly in the area of terrorism financing, that might have prevented the Sept. 11 attacks. A story came out of Washington DC (6/13/03) over the Associated Press newswire reporting that three senior senators were raising questions about the FBI's decision to conduct a fourth internal investigation of Robert Wright, an agent who aired concerns about the bureau's counterterrorism investigations.
"...Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, Republican from Utah, and Senators Patrick Leahy, Democrat from Vermont, and Charles Grassley, Republican from Iowa, said in a letter to FBI Director Robert Mueller that the FBI seems quick to launch such probes when agents speak out publicly. The FBI's Office of Professional Responsibility has already conducted three investigations of FBI agent Robert Wright, who has claimed during news conferences and television appearances that he was ordered to drop terrorism investigations in the Chicago area by FBI intelligence officials..."