Wednesday, June 11, 2008

The Path to 9/11: PARTS 9-16

(Footnotes are not in consecutive order - the content of this post is, in part, drawn from papers that I've written in the past few years. At some point, I may put them in order, but at the moment I'm more concerned with cross-referencing and updating connections, so there has been some editing of those texts insofar as they have been supplemented by new information. References to the original texts are given with section headings.)

By Alex Constantine

CONTENTS:

PART NINE: The Military Forces Behind the Election-Fixing Technologists Central to the Black Tuesday Covert Operation
PART TEN: Blackstone, Bear-Stearns, Warren Buffett, Larry Silverstein, Eliot Spitzer, Kroll, Jerry Hauer, BCCI, SAIC ...
PART ELEVEN: Adnan Khashoggi & the 1999 Trial Run in Moscow
PART TWELVE: Foreword to a Series of Deadly Video Psyops - A Sleepy Little Horse Farm in Lexington, Ky.
PART THIRTEEN: Bin Laden TV - A Tale of Two Heart Attacks
PART FOURTEEN: The Saudi Research & Publishing Co.
PART FIFTEEN: Al Qaeda Videos are CIA Black Op Propaganda
PART SIXTEEN: Robert Zoellick, Bush's State Department & the German Marshall Fund, a Nazi Industrial Front

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PART NINE: The Military Forces Behind the Election-Fixing Technologists Central to the Black Tuesday Covert Operation

(Originally The Lexington Comair Crash, part 42B)


Jesus Christ & the CIA on "The Path to 9/11"

ABC was mugged by reality and struggled to redeem its reputation in the days prior to airing "The Path to 9/11," a movie financed in large part by the Longleaf Partners Fund, aka Southeastern Assets Management (SAM) ...

Max Blumenthal, writing in The Nation on September 8, 2006, described the critical uproar preceding the broadcast of the movie as a "siege": "ABC advances the illusion that the deceptive nature of 'The Path to 9/11' is an honest mistake committed by a hardworking but admittedly fumbling team of well-intentioned Hollywood professionals who wanted nothing less than to entertain America. But this is another Big Lie. In fact, 'The Path to 9/11' is produced and promoted by a well-honed propaganda operation consisting of a network of little-known right-wingers working from within Hollywood" The core of this "network within the ABC network" is neo-con opinion-shaper David Horowitz, "who has worked for more than a decade to establish a right-wing presence in Hollywood and to discredit mainstream film and TV production. On this project, he is working with a secretive evangelical religious right group founded by 'The Path to 9/11' director David Cunningham that proclaims its goal to 'transform Hollywood' in line with its messianic vision."

Before "The Path to 9/11" went into production, Disney/ABC hired David Cunningham to direct the film. "Cunningham," writes Blumenthal, "is no ordinary Hollywood journeyman. He is in fact the son of Loren Cunningham, founder of the right-wing evangelical group Youth with a Mission (YWAM). The young Cunningham helped found an auxiliary of his father's group called The Film Institute (TFI), which, according to its mission statement, is 'dedicated to a Godly transformation and revolution TO and THROUGH the Film and Television industry.'

As part of TFI's long-term strategy, Cunningham helped place interns from Youth With A Mission's global training network in film industry jobs 'so that they can begin to impact and transform Hollywood from the inside out,' according to a YWAM report Last June, Cunningham's TFI announced it was producing its first film, mysteriously titled Untitled History Project.

Cyrus Nowrasteh

"Early on, Cunningham had recruited a young Iranian-American screenwriter named Cyrus Nowrasteh to write the script of his secretive Untitled film. Not only is Nowrasteh an outspoken conservative, he is also a fervent member of the emerging network of right-wing people burrowing into the film industry with ulterior sectarian political and religious agendas, like Cunningham. ... This June, while 'The Path to 9/11' was being filmed, LFF founders Govindini Murty and Jason Apuzzo – both friends of Nowrasteh – announced they were "partnering" with right-wing activist David Horowitz. Indeed, the 2006 LFF is listed as "A Program of the David Horowitz Freedom Center." Since the inauguration of Bill Clinton in 1992, Horowitz has labored to create a network of politically active conservatives in Hollywood.... The group's headquarters are at the offices of Horowitz's Center for the Study of Popular Culture, a 'think tank' bankrolled for years with millions by right-wing sugardaddies like eccentric far right billionaire Richard Mellon Scaife... "328

Scaife, of course, is a veteran state propagandist, a CIA Mockingbird. He was recruited to the CIA by Frank Bennett, who once wrote, "political warfare is warfare – not public relations. It is one part persuasion and two parts deception. The aim of political warfare ... is to discredit, displace, and neutralize an opponent, to destroy a competing ideology, and to reduce the adherents to political impotence."329

Howard Ahmanason, Jr. COULDN'T, as I say, be far away. "After more than 20 years of politically oriented philanthropy," Blumenthal wrote in Salon, January 2004, "Ahmanson is now emerging as one of the major financial angels of the right, putting him in the company of Richard Mellon Scaife, the oil and banking heir who bankrolled the groundwork for much of the conservative movement's apparatus."330

Washington Post, November 6, 2003: "The Scaife and Ahmanson families are heirs to banking fortunes who have given to a range of conservative causes. Richard Mellon Scaife of Pittsburg" and the CIA "bankrolled the American Spectator magazine's $2.4 million 'Arkansas Project' to turn up dirt on President Bill Clinton in the 1990s. Howard F. Ahmanson, Jr., of Newport Beach, Calif., was among the largest donors ... to the Chalcedon Foundation, a California-based religious movement that calls for a theocratic state enforcing biblical law, [and] the Institute for Religion and Democracy (IRD), which share headquarters space in Washington, D.C."331 The IRD is also largely financed by Scaife.

Scaife and Ahmanson, the fundamentalist-Mockingbird-Siamese-twin-from Hell-fountainheads for Jesus, are the dark beating heart of American "conservative" fundamentalist Christian extremism. Ahmanson is a major share-holder in ES&S, together with the Hunts, and the financial bridge to Diebold.

Lisa Burks, vice president of the Arkansas NOW chapter, writes that ES&S Vice President Todd Urosevich "is the brother to the Diebold President Bob Urosevich. The Urosevich [brothers] were fronted monies to start ES&S and then what is now Diebold by extreme right-wing financier Howard Ahmanson. Mr. Ahmanson ... believes that slavery is a 'biblical right.' There is a serious problem here that must be corrected immediately."332

A HOUSE of corrections might conceivably suit the occasion. All that remained was a joint venture with ChoicePoint to complete the election fraud connections to 9/11:

NEW YORK, Nov. 3, 2004 /BSNewswire/ - Diebold, ChoicePoint and Sproul - In a new partnership between government and business involving unprecedented interagency cooperation between the RNC/PNAC, the Patent Office, the Justice Department and the Department of Homeland Security - and funded in part by venture capital from Microsoft's capital-markets division [recall those Gates' donations to the German Marshall Fund] - have announced plans to form a joint venture to leverage core software patents and other intellectual property for the purpose of maintaining America's strategic edge at providing 'the best democracy money can buy.'"333

This consortium of election-fixing technologists is driven by military forces central to the covert operation known as 9/11 – not the plotline involving Islamo-fascist patsies, but the domestic, Christ-loving genus:

"The mad rush to install unverifiable computer voting is DRIVEN by the Help America Vote Act, signed by Bush last year. The chief lobbying group pushing for the act was a consortium of arms dealers - those disinterested corporate citizens - including NORTHROP-GRUMMAN and LOCKHEED-MARTIN. The bill also mandates that all states adopt the computerized 'ineligible voter purges' system that Jeb used to eliminate 91,000 eligible black voters from the Florida rolls in 2000. The Republican-run private company that accomplished this electoral miracle, ChoicePoint, is bagging the lion's share of the new Bush-ordered purge contracts."334 The very idea.

This is the hub of it all in the context of 9/11 and 5191 – a clutch of military-industrialists with fantastically deep pockets ... a vicous coup disguised as an election ... 9/11 ... the drive to war with Iraq ... neo-fascist religious fronts ... the bilking of Health and Human Services ... propagandistic TV movies ...

Circumnavigate and return to the same crowd, the center of gravity

On board of General Motors, for instance – a SAM holding – you find one of the powerbrokers of military industry: Kent Kresa from Northrop Grumman. Kresa handled the most important aquisitions of Northrop Grumman. He was a force in Grumman's Logicon TASK, a step on the path to the 9/11 covert operation.

Logicon (a Northrop-Grumman subsidiary) TASK was cobbled together by Booz Allen Hamilton Inc., Titan, Boeing, EDS, manufacturer of e-voting machines, Neil Armstrong's Veridian, and several other tech contractors. Logicon was a partner in the Eagle Alliance, the NSA-revamping group that included ACS, CACI, TRW, etc., led by Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC).335

These, together with Raytheon and a number intelligence-related high-tech fronts, were instrumental in the 9/11 operation. In bestowing power upon them, ChoicePoint is a critical element here, of course, and CP was directed by Kenneth Langone, the Tricon/Yum! Brands (held by "The Path to 9/11" sponsor SAM) and former NY Stock Exchange director. (Yum! Brands began as Tricon Global Restaurants, Inc. an independent, publicly-traded company that spun-off from PepsiCo, the Tom Kean haunt – which appeared prominently in the Lexington-Seattle, terrorist gun-running chain that I've written about in relation to the 2006 Lexington Comair crash.)

Officers of these companies meet in herds at various think-tanks and corporate fronts, but most tellingly at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), where ChoicePoint's Langone is a trustee.

NOTES

328.) Max Blumenthal column, September 8, 2006.
http://maxblumenthal.blogspot.com/2006/09/discover-secret-right-wing-network.html

329.) Andrew J. Weaver & Nicole Seibert, "Church & Scaife," Media Transparency Project, August 2, 2004.
http://www.mediatransparency.org/story.php?storyID=42

330.) Max Blumenthal, "Avenging angel of the religious right," Salon, January 6, 2004.
http://dir.salon.com/story/news/feature/2004/01/06/ahmanson/index.html

331.) "F.C. Episcopal Withholding $ From Virginia Diocese," Falls Church News-Press, November 6, 2003.
http://www.fcnp.com/335/story4.htm

332.) Lisa Burks, "One Person Can Make a Huge Difference," Fair Elections web site, undated.
http://www.fairelections.us/article.php?id=104

333.) Reprinted at:
http://rigorousintuition.blogspot.com/2004_11_01_rigorousintuition_archive.html

334.) "George W. Bush – Terrorist in the White House – Election Fraud."
http://www.nogw.com/electionfraud.html

335.) Nico Haupt, "9/11: The lost War drill? (Chapter 10)," GlobalFreePress mirror, June 18, 2004.
http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2004/06/290960.shtml
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PART TEN: Blackstone, Bear-Stearns, Warren Buffett, Larry Silverstein, Eliot Spitzer, Kroll, Jerry Hauer, BCCI, SAIC ...

Buffett and Blackstone in the News

Blackstone Group eyes German utility giant RWE
Marietta Cauchi, LBO Wire
30 May 2008

" ... Blackstone Group has been looking at German utility giant RWE, a person familiar with the situation told Dow Jones. The person was responding to market rumors that Blackstone was working with Permira and Warren Buffett on a joint bid for RWE. ... "
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Blackstone Group, Larry Silverstein, Kroll Associates, Eliot Spitzer

From: "Spitzer's Real Scandal"
http://www.nymegaphone.com/node/24

... New York real estate baron Larry Silverstein became primary lease-holder on the World Trade Center a mere six weeks before 9/11. It had never changed hands before. For a down payment, Silverstein put up only $14 million of his own money, and his friends at the powerful investment bank Blackstone Group kicked in another $111 million. After 9/11, Silverstein demanded a whopping $7 billion insurance payout, in the form of two $3.5 billion payments. He argued the two different plane crashes were two separate “occurrences” of two separate attacks.

The Megaphone has now learned that as attorney general, Spitzer got involved behind the scenes, and in the courts, filing a amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) brief on Silverstein’s behalf on Jan. 15, 2003. For years, this brief languished in the files of the public records room on the 17th floor of the Second Circuit Court in Manhattan, until it was discovered and brought to The New York Megaphone by NYC attorney and author Carl Person. The court ended up agreeing with Spitzer and Silverstein, over-turning the decision of a lower court. Spitzer helped mid-wife a fat compromise and an eventual $4.5 billion payout for Silverstein. The Megaphone’s multiple requests for comment from Governor Spitzer were ignored.

Attorney Carl Person told The Megaphone, “I was surprised to see that Spitzer had used his position as attorney general to support one private litigant over another. Normally, this is not done…Silverstein could well have been someone who destroyed evidence concerning the 9/11 events by apparently ordering or consenting to the tearing (pulling) down of 7 WTC and the removal of the debris from his multiple ground leased premises thereafter.”

Silverstein’s World Trade Center Building 7 collapsed at 5:20 p.m. on 9/11 without being hit by an airplane. Thirty seven eyewitnesses working on the ground as firefighters, EMTs, and reporters, recalled being warned in advance the tower was coming down. The official story however, claims a fire ignited a fuel tank in the building, hastening its sudden collapse.
WTC 7 was the NY headquarters of CIA and the SEC office investigating Enron. 9/11 skeptics believe the building was taken down by controlled demolition. Larry Silverstein himself said in a 2002 episode of PBS’s Frontline that on 9/11 he recalled remarking, "Maybe the smartest thing to do is pull it…they made that decision to pull and we watched the building collapse." Silverstein later claimed that by “pull,” he meant removing firefighters, not pulling the building down. However, all firefighters had been “pulled” from the building three hours earlier.

The Kroll Connection

This past August, another scandal radiated from the Spitzer circle. This time it was Nixon’s arch-strategist Roger Stone leaving a threatening voice mail for Spitzer’s dad, Bernard. Stone allegedly claimed he would subpoena the elder Spitzer for the $5 million in illegal loans Spitzer senior made to his son during his 1998 Attorney General campaign. Stone denied he had made the call. To prove he did, the Spitzer family hired Kroll Associates to trace the call. Why Kroll? Spitzer has a long relationship with this powerful, cryptic security company.

Kroll’s CEO on 9/11 was one of Spitzer’s old mentors from the Manhattan DA’s office, Michael Cherkasky. Cherkasky investigated bank BCCI (which had links to both Islamic terror and the CIA), and the mysterious 1993 World Trade Center (WTC) bombing. Cherkasky’s 2002 book Forewarned: Why the Government is Failing to Protect Us, and What We Must Do to Protect Ourselves is a confused mix of fear-mongering and insider’s analysis. He sheepishly admits that the CIA was in part culpable for the 1993 WTC bombing, since they helped pull known terrorist “Blind Sheikh” Abdel bin-Rahman into the country. Cherkasky admits the FBI had a mole inside Rahman’s 1993 WTC bombing cell, and lays blame for the bombing on the FBI.

After observing the 1993 WTC bombing as an operation penetrated by CIA and FBI, Cherkasky he became head of Kroll, the “the CIA of Wall Street.” Kroll took on the management of WTC after the 1993 bombing. Blackstone Group, the same financiers who backed the Larry Silverstein, have also been involved with Kroll, owning big chunks of Kroll stock on occasion, according to SEC reports.

Cherkasky has donated $14,500 to Eliot Spitzer's political campaigns.

The Anthrax Connection

Eliot Spitzer’s connection to key 9/11 players extends to fellow life-long Democrat, Jerome Hauer, managing director of Kroll on 9/11. Only Jerome Hauer and his former boss, Rudolph Giuliani, were indicted by the San Diego Citizens Grand Jury.

According to Bay Area News (a San Francisco-bay based publication) and Wikipedia, Jerome Hauer warned the Bush White House to go on Cipro, the anti-anthrax drug, on 9/11/01. Hauer denied this allegation to The Megaphone. The White House did go on Cipro. Six days later, the anthrax attacks started, and sent the country back into paroxysms of terror.

Government watchdog group Judicial Watch demanded to know who warned the Bush White House, but not the public, about anthrax. The White House stonewalled their Freedom of Information Act requests.

“I read that the White House did know, and they went on the anti-biotics,” says Judicial Watch founder Larry Klayman. He got involved because, “African American employees at Brentwood [US Postal Facility] were basically left out there to twist in the wind when the white guys up on Capitol Hill got immediate treatment.”

Post-9/11, Jerome Hauer went on to be Coordinator of the National Institute of Health's investigation of anthrax deaths. His report blamed Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda. That assertion has been widely discredited, since the five deaths in 2001 were from a fine, “weaponized” form of anthrax, the “Ames Strain” that only the U.S. military and U.S. federal government possessed.

On 9/11, Jerome Hauer appeared on television with Dan Rather. Rather posited that the 9/11 attacks must have had state sponsorship. Hauer urged Rather to blame Bin Laden only. When Rather voiced suspicions about the way the buildings fell, Hauer offered that they simply came down because they were hit by a plane. Without an investigation, Hauer somehow knew two major parts of 9/11’s official story before it emerged.

Hauer is biological terrorism expert whose resume includes time at Science Applications International Corp (SAIC), a military contractor doing work in nuclear issues and psy-ops, and Bioport, manufacturer of the controversial anthrax vaccine.

Jerry Hauer and anthrax go way back. In May of 1998, he spoke at the Council on Foreign Relations on the topic of "Building a 'Biobomb': Terrorist Challenge." That evening Hauer co-presented on the topic Steven Hatfill. Yes, that Steven Hatfill, the one who later became the FBI’s prime suspect in the anthrax mailings. A year after their CFR presentations, Hatfill and Hauer would become coworkers at SAIC's Center for Counterterrorism Technology and Analysis.

Hatfill had worked at Ft. Detrick, the U.S. Army’s bio-weapons lab in Maryland. Hatfill was never convicted, nor even prosecuted, for anything. Today he’s suing reporters for defamation. On Aug. 15, a judge ruled that five top national reporters would have to reveal confidential government sources who fingered Hatfill.

In his interview with The Megaphone, Hauer repeatedly referred to the Grand Jury as “a bunch of nutjobs” and he defended Steven Hatfill. But when asked directly if Hatfill was innocent, Hauer was less than clear:
“I think that the FBI should not have said anything about Hatfill until they knew more. I do not believe Hatfill is a murderer. And I think Steve Hatfill is very passionate, but I don’t think he’s a murderer, and I don’t believe he did it.”

Hauer was not willing to conclusively say that Hatfill was uninvolved in the anthrax attacks, stating, “I’m not going to get into those details.”

Of the five people who died from anthrax exposure, one was a New Yorker. Kathy Nguyen, a hospital worker in the Bronx, was a victim of inhalation anthrax. She died alone in a hospital on October 31, 2001.

A 2004 petition gathered 100,000 signatures begging then-Attorney General Eliot Spitzer to investigate the real source of the 2001 attacks. A Zogby poll that year likewise found that 66 per cent of voters wanted Eliot Spitzer, to tackle these tough questions. What those poll respondents didn’t know is that Spitzer can’t investigate 9/11 or anthrax. He would have to indict his friends from Kroll, Jerry Hauer and Michael Cherkasky. That’s the real scandal.
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SCAM: BEAR STEARNS - TIMOTHY GEITHNER AND THE BLACKSTONE-BCCI SET UP

http://www.corpwatch.org/article.php?id=14995

SUMMARY


The Blackstone Group, a major private equity firm tied to foreign policy influence lobbying groups such as Kissinger Associates, Scowcroft Advisors, and the Madeline Albright Group, had an affiliated spinoff company, BlackRock, a Caymans Island foreign bank associate, evaluate the “fairness” to shareholders of the JP Morgan Acquisition of Bear Stearns. The deal involved a bailout of Bear Stearns creditors directly, and indirectly through cash infusions via the Fed’s open window of lending, including lending billions to Citibank in exchange for mortgage collateral. The lead negotiator of the deal, the President of the NY Fed, Geithner, is a former employee of Kissinger Associates, a Saudi-China lobbying firm, and was appointed to the Fed by Peter Peterson of Blackstone. He also worked for Secretary Rubin at the Clinton Treasury Department. Secretary Rubin is now an executive with Citibank a major beneficiary of the bailout. Citibank has major Saudi shareholders, and as such is not an American bank, per se. Citibank has been investigated for illegal terrorist money laundering activities in the Middle East, and Geithner was an employee at Kissinger Associates when it was engaged in discussions of mergers with BCCI, which was later indicted for drug money laundering.


CHRONOLOGY


1988 Blackstone forms BlackRock as mortgage investment subsidiary. Its CEO is Peter Peterson, also CEO of the Council on Foreign Relations, for which Henry Kissinger, Brent Scowcroft, and Robert Rubin are officers.
1986 East Asian International economic specialist, Timothy Geithner joins Kissinger and Associates, a major Chinese Financial lobbying firm with strong ties to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. At the time both Kissinger and Brent Scowcroft are partners, as well as international economist Alan Stoga. It is not clear whether Geitner worked with Stoga at this time, but his expertise in China would be welcome in its China Joint Venture.


1986-1989 Kissinger Associates, Stoga and consultant ambassador Sergio Correa discuss a merger between BCCI and Kissinger Associates. Correa acts as a front man for BCCI in acquisition explorations as a paid retained consultant to both BCCI, and separately to Kissinger Associates. toga arranges contacts between BCCI Saudi linked executives Gaith Pharaon and Abol Helmy. It is not known whether Geithner worked on these transactions.

c. 1989 BCCI is indicted and Kissinger Associates ends discussions.


Geithner leaves Kissinger Associates and begins work as a civil servant in the Treasury Department. He is confirmed as Asst. Sec. for International Affairs in Treasury working for Secretary Rubin of the Clinton Administration.[Senior executive at Goldman Sachs and later Citibank a Saudi controlled foreign bank]. Rubin also serves as an officer of the CFR managed by Peter Peterson CEO of Blackstone.
1992 BlackRock is spinoff Blackstone and becomes independent.


2001 Geithner joins International Monetary Fund IMF.


2003 Blackstone CEO Peter Peterson names Geithner as President of the New York Federal Reserve Bank. 
2007 Peterson’s Blackstone sells 3 Billion dollar stake in Blackstone to the People’s Republic of China. 
2007 Rubin ‘s Citibank receives billions in bailout loans in exchange for mortgage collateral. 
March 2008 Blackrock creates firm to buy distressed mortgage securities 
April 3, 2008 Blackstone mentioned as advisor to Bear Stearns valuation, later amended to be Blackrock, founded by Blackstone.



REFERENCES


Bernanke Defends Fed's Role in Bear Stearns Deal http://www.pbs.org/newshour/updates/business/jan-june08/fed_04-03.html
BCCI AND KISSINGER ASSOCIATES, Congressional Report, 1992, http://www.fas.org/irp/congress/1992_rpt/bcci/20kiss.htm
Blackstone? BlackRock? Whoever

http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2008/04/03/blackstone-blackrock-whoever/?mod=WSJBlog
BlackRock set to profit from Mortgage Distress Bailout, The new company has been formed by BlackRock, Highfields, and a management team of mortgage industry led by Stanford Kurland, Private National Mortgage Acceptance Company's (PennyMac) chairman and CEO. PennyMac will raise capital from private investors, acquire loans from financial institutions seeking to reduce its mortgage exposures, and seek to create value for both borrowers and investors through distinctive loan servicing. http://www.banking-business-review.com/article_news.asp?guid=17D0DB88-3917-44F6-AFF3-1D1AECC10E77
New York Fed Names Timothy F. Geithner President
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PART ELEVEN: Adnan Khashoggi & the 1999 Trial Run in Moscow

(Originally, Adnan Khashoggi Linked to 9/11 Terrorists, Part 21)

Two years before the towers in Manhattan crumbled under the weight of global political corruption, a spate of bombings in Russia left relatives and
victims, CNN reported on September 10, 1999, "searching for answers."

At least 90 bodies, including seven children, were dragged from the wreckage of a bombed-out apartment building in Moscow in early September 1999. Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, in a televised speech, suspected terrorism; if so, he said, "we are facing a cunning, impudent, insidious and bloodthirsty opponent."1

CNN reported: "Russian President Boris Yeltsin declared a day of mourning on Monday for the victims of Russia's last three explosions and bombings - the Moscow blast, the bombing of a shopping center near the Kremlin and the September fourth car bomb that demolished another apartment building in Buinaksk, in the southern Russian region of Dagestan"

By the third week of September, the death toll rose to over 200. Chechen
forces were behind the bombings, proclaimed Yeltsin, a belief shared by Yuri
Luzkhov, the mayor of Moscow. Interior Minister Vladimir Rushailo oversaw
the investigation and announced that the Russian government "will consider
itself within its rights to use all resources at its disposal to rebuff the
aggression."2

And none of this added up. The harried Russian proles were quick to accept
the governemnt's explanation that Chechens were responsible for the blasts
in Moscow and the Caucasus. But the Asia Times editorialized, "it is highly
unlikely." And no one stood to benefit by the ourbreak of bombing but but,
well, Yeltsin

In a statement of denial, Chechen leader Shamil Basayev stated, "We had
nothing to do with the explosion in Moscow. We never kill civilians. This is
not our style."

Provisions anticipating the Patriot Act were proposed. The Duma considered
declaring a state of emergency. Until the bombings, the public had
steadfastly opposed such measures, but even Yegor Stroyev, speaker of the
Federation Council, the upper hall of parliament, had to admit that he'd
firmly opposed emergency measures in the past but after the second Moscow explosion, well, there was an obvious "need to consolidate the legal base for combating the rampage of terrorism and crime."3

Still, there were the usual skeptics. Viktor Ilyukhin, a Communist leader,
dismissed the bombings as provocateur actions: "Political hysteria is being
fanned artificially, including by way of explosions to cancel parliamentary
and presidential elections through a state of emergency."4

Day by day, the true, sordid details emerged in Versiya, Novaya Gazeta and
UK's Independent to erode Yeltsin's credibility. It developed that there was
more to the bomb plot than the government had revealed that its true
origins lay not in the Russian satellites but in a meeting of conspirators
held at the flat of Adnan Khashoggi

"It is clear that apartment explosions in Moscow would not have happened if
somebody in the Russian political elite did not want them," Novaya Gazeta
opined on January 24, 2000. "One by one, pieces of puzzle were put together.

But there were a few details that were lacking. They began to clear in
January, when Zhirinovsky and Chubais finally broke up. And at the same
time, some of the participants started to tell their version of events. In
the Versiya newspaper, there was an article about the meeting of [Alexander]
Voloshin with [Shamil] Basayev in France." Basayev was the radical Muslim
leader who planned the violence on Dagestan. "This did not happen in Paris,
as some of the newspapers reported later, but on the villa of Adnan
Khashoggi, Arabic millionaire, on the Mediterranean."

French intelligence agents monitored the meeting and details surfaced in
the public print. Khashoggi denied that he had attended the meeting. But Its
main participants - Anton Surikov, "formerly" of Army special forces, and
Aleksandr Voloshin, Yeltsin's Chief of Staff - offered no comment. When
reporters asked Surikov, he claimed that he hadn't travelled abroad in
years, especially not to France. This did not quite square with the public
record, however, Just a few months before, he was in Washington, D.C. to
meet with Yuri Maslukov, Russia's deputy prime minister, and Michel
Camdessus, managing director of the IMF. Surikov had also flown to France on a couple of occasions - once in December 1994, and again in the summer of 1999. He had departed on June 23 aboard an Aeroflot bound for Paris, in fact, and returned from Nice on July 21, nearly a month later.5

A book on the Russian spy agency, Spetzsnaz GRU, written by former
intelligence agents, reports that when the rebels entered from Chechnya, the
government's forces were "commanded not to enter into battle with them and not to hinder the movement of the rebels."6

The 1999 bombing campaign punctuated an uneasy period of calm. From August 1996 through August 1999, Chechnya had been relatively still. "Hostilities resumed following a bold incursion from Chechnya into neighboring Dagestan by an 'international' force of Wahhabis," John Dunlop at the Hoover Institute reports, "whose titular leaders were the legendary Chechen field commander Shamil Basaev and the shadowy Arab commander Khattab. In September of 1999, there occurred the notorious terror bombings of large apartment complexes in Moscow, Volgodonsk and Buinaksk which served to infuriate the Russian populace in a way similar to the American public's reaction to the events of 11 September in this country. On 23 September, Moscow once again commenced the bombing of Chechnya, and the second Russo-Chechen war of the past decade was on."7

Alexander Voloshin, who attended the meeting at Khashoggi's villa, is a
singular political figure in Russia, outspoken in his support of the United
States, in temperament comparable to an American Cold Warrior, Al Haig or
Donald Rumsfeld. On October 23, 2003, the Guardian reported that Vladimir
Putin's chief of staff was at the center of "a furious row" between Moscow
and Kiev "after he reportedly suggested Russia might bomb Ukraine if it did
not back down in a diplomatic tiff over a small island between the two
former Soviet states. Alexander Voloshin, the head of the president's
administration, made the remarks while he was briefing Ukrainian journalists
at the Kremlin. The row is over 100 metres of sand."8

In the end, however, Voloshin was forced out of government not for his ties
to the meeting at Khashoggi's villa, or to terrorists, but to Big Oil:

Putin's powerful chief of staff resigns
Voloshin's resignation over arrest of top oil tycoon widens political
scandal
Pakistan Daily Times
November 1, 2004

MOSCOW: Moscow press reported Wednesday that Kremlin's powerful chief of staff had resigned in protest of the arrest of a top oil tycoon in a
widening political scandal on the eve of Russian parliamentary elections.
The Vedomosti business daily said that President Vladimir Putin had accepted Alexander Voloshin's resignation on Monday night after meeting for several hours with top Kremlin officials.

Newspaper reports said that Voloshin had handed in his resignation on
Saturday only hours after Russia's richest man, Yukos chief Mikhail
Khodorkovsky, was hauled in by secret service men at gunpoint in a Siberian
airport and flown to Moscow for questioning.

Voloshin, 47, is seen as one of the last figures in the Kremlin to have hung
on from the era of Putin's predecessor Boris Yeltsin and a leader of an
administration clan known as "the Family" that battled the hawkish
"siloviki" camp of former secret service agents that recently emerged in
Putin's court. He was seen as a strong backer of big business and an
instrumental Kremlin aide who managed to skilfully mediate between the
various administration factions and parliament lawmakers on key economic
reform issues.

His potential resignation had been rumoured in Moscow for months as the
Family ‹ which supported big businesses including Yukos ‹ was being squeezed out by the "siloviki" clan.

Western investors said that Voloshin's resignation ‹ if officially confirmed ‹ would mark an escalation of political instability on the eve of December 7 parliamentary elections.

"Assuming Voloshin's departure is confirmed today, this will only underline
the seriousness of the political crisis resulting from Putin's decision to
deal with the political problem of Khodorkovsky using KGB methods," the
United Financial Group wrote in a research note. The investment house noted that Voloshin "seems to have made himself indispensable to Putin as a discreet but effective administrator with a good grasp of the reform policy
agenda and adept at arbitrating between competing interests." Besides
heading Putin's administration, Voloshin for the past four years has also
served as chairman of the board of the United Energy System electricity
monopoly that has been struggling to undertake reforms for the past four
years.

But the United Financial Group predicted that Putin would probably try to
seek a balance within his administration and was unlikely to give the post
to any of the top members of the secret service Kremlin factions.
Voloshin became deputy head of Yeltsin's administration in 1998 and became chief of staff the following year. He was attributed with drafting economic portions of Yeltsin's speeches. Putin kept Voloshin on his post when he took the presidency following Yeltsin's abrupt resignation on December 31, 1999.9

NOTES

1) Jill Dougherty, "At least 90 dead in Moscow apartment blast," CNN report,
September 10, 1999.
http://www.cnn.com/WORLD/europe/9909/10/russia.explosion.03/

2) STRATFOR.COM, "Who gains from the Moscow apartment bombings?" Asia Times,
September 14, 1999. http://www.atimes.com/c-asia/AI15Ag01.html

3) Ibid.

4) Dougherty.

5) Boris Kagarlitsky, 'We Donít Talk To Terrorists. But We Help Them?'
Novaya Gazeta, [translation by Olga Kryazheva, research intern, Center for
Defense Information, Washington DC], January 24, 2000.
http://geocities.com/chechenistan/conspiracy.html

6) John B. Dunlop, 'The Second Russo-Chechen War Two Years On," Presentation
at U.S. and World Affairs Seminar, Hoover Institution, October 17, 2001.
http://66.102.7.104/search?q=cache:nGpCwJsA3z0J:www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1233969/posts+Voloshin+and+khashoggi

7) Ibid.

8) Nick Paton Walsh, "Russian official condemned for joke about bombing
Ukraine," Guardian, October 23, 2003.
http://www.rusnet.nl/news/2003/10/23/currentaffairs04.shtml

9) http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=story_30-10-2003_pg4_1
•••••••
PART TWELVE: Foreword to a Series of Deadly Video Psyops - A Sleepy Little Horse Farm in Lexington, Ky.

(Originally: The Lexington Comair Crash, Part 25: Return of the Bluegrass Conspiracy – Versailles)

BY ALEX CONSTANTINE

The begging questions are back, rattling cups. What do the Saudi propaganda minister and terror from the skies on 9/11 have to do with an obscure race horse breeding farm in Lexington, Kentucky?
... Every question you answer only tosses off ten more questions, like sparks from a grinding wheel ...

Prince Bin Salman boarded his horses at the Mill Ridge stables ...

Mill Ridge is not far from the site of the Comair crash, Bluegrass Airport.

Hal Price Headley

Dr. John Chandler and Alice Headley Chandler

The 484-acre breed farm, according to it's web site, was founded in 1962 by Alice Headley Chandler. The current owners are Dr. John Chandler and Alice Headley Chandler. Alice inherited the property from Hal Price Headley, her father – the founder of the famed Keeneland racetrack near Lexington, and its first president. Dr. Chandler is from south Africa.185 The Mill Ridge logo displayed at racing events is made of Hal Headley's old racing silks. His influence on the racing industry survives in the bloodlines of several champion broodmares, most notably Alcibiades.186

The Chandlers not only cared for Prince Ahmed bin Salman's horses, as widely reported – the family is VERY close to the Saudi royal family. In fact, Dr. Chandler oversees ALL horse-related business in North America for Khalid Abdullah, the cousin of bin Salman and Prince Turki – the focus of rage in England over the sale of torture implements to the Saudi rulers and a secret slush fund (part 23).187

Dr. Chandler RUNS Prince Abdullah's racing enterprise, Juddmonte Farms ... but that only raises ... more questions.


Beginning with: How is it this sleepy little horse farm in rural Lexington is in business with Saudi eminences tied to arms smuggling, BCCI, 9/11 psyops [the subject of Part 13 to come] and the wretched Bush clan?

These aren't just any Saudi eminences – they've long been financially symbiotic with the Bush family and Big Oil down in Houston and Dallas.

Alice Headley Chandler is their kind of woman.

The Breeders' Cup, where Lexington Comair crash casualty Marcie Thomason worked, is managed by a set of trustees, among them Alice Headley Chandler.

Two other trustees of the Breeders' Cup are old familiars in the history of the Bush clan:

William S. Farish.
• William S. Farish Jr.188

Alice Chandler was born with her father's horse sense, not just his assets. And she's a very busy little woman. Ms. Chandler also chairs the University of Kentucky's Equine Research Foundation. On the board of directors, once again ...

• William S. Farish.189

Farish is a known unknown in Blue Grass country, but the Chandlers are old friends. Will's horse farm, Lane's End, is just down the road from Mill Ridge. On this map, The Headley-Chandler property is located immediately south of Blue Grass Airport (the airplane marker). Will Farish's ranch is to the north of Versaille Road, marked by the green stars. Comair Flight 5191 crashed between the two horse farms:


"William S. Farish III (born March 17, 1939) is an American millionaire," says his Wikipedia entry, "a previous U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom (2001-2004) ... a horse-breeder, a chairman of Churchill Downs, major Republican Party donor, and family friend of President George W. Bush for several decades. He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws from the UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY in 2003. Farish was born in Houston, Texas in 1939. His father, William S. Farish Jr., was killed in an airplane accident during World War II. He is the grandson of William Stamps Farish II, who was President of Standard Oil from 1937 to 1942."190

Some basic Farish facts:

• Wife: Sarah
• Son: Bill Farish, Jr.
• Daughters: Mary Farish Johnston, Laura Farish Chadwick, Hillary Farish Stratton

• "Farish owns a trust company in Houston, Texas called W.S. Farish & Co.

• "An avid horse-breeder, Farish owns the 1800 acre Lane's End Farm near Lexington, Kentucky, which hosted Queen Elizabeth, a family friend, during her visits to Lexington.

• "Prescott Bush and William Farish Sr. were business partners in the 1930s and 1940s. Farish Sr. died of a heart attack on 29 November 1942; his son, William Farish II, died in a training accident in Texas six months later. William Farish III served on the board of GHW Bush's Zapata Corporation starting in 1966. Farish III was tapped in 1980 to manage Vice President Bush's blind trust.

• "Farish's grandfather, William Farish, on March 25th, 1942, pleaded no contest to conspiring with Nazi Germany while president of Standard Oil in New Jersey. He was described by Senator Harry Truman in public of approaching "treason" for profiting off the Nazi war machine. Standard Oil, invested millions in IG Farben, who opened a gasoline factory within Auschwitz in 1940. President George W. Bush appointed Farish American Ambassador to London.

• "Farish's contributions to the Republican Party include: $100,000 to the Bush-Cheney inauguration committee fund – $26,875 to Republican candidates and parties between 1999-2000, including the maximum $1,000 to President Bush's campaign – $5,000 to the Bush-Cheney vote recount – Farish's support for Democrats was limited to a single contribution of $1000 to the unsuccessful campaign of former Rep. Scotty Baesler (D-Ky.). Farish's wife Sarah has also contributed to Republican politicians: $11,000 between 1999-2000, $1,000 to President Bush's campaign.190d
• Farish, Sr. drips with Holocaust wealth, but – like his friend George Bush – he is deeply concerned about the world affairs:

Farish fears war might force cancellation of Dubai World Cup







"William S. Farish, the United States Ambassador to Great Britain and owner of Lane's End near Versailles, Kentucky, considers a war with Iraq all but inevitable and fears it may result in the cancellation of the Dubai World Cup (UAE-G1) program in the United Arab Emirates on March 29. Farish, a close friend of the family of President George W. Bush and an acquaintance of Dubai Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, said he thinks a decision on war is likely by the end of next week ... "191

East meets West at the oil well, at the racetrack and Mill Ridge Farm. This particular branch of the Fahd family may be Saudis, but they are are planted to both worlds. Prince Turki, for instance (from the 9/11Encyclopedia site):

"Prince Saudi Turki al Faisal has a long tradition of friendship with the US government." Among his associates, count "Bin Laden's cousin Sheikh Suhail Ibn Mustahil Ibn Salem," who in league with James R. Bath and Khaled bin Mafhuz, were business partners of George W. Bush "in the family's Zapata Oil and Arbusto Ltd. Bin Laden's family had invested in the Carlyle Group (Blackstone), specializing in buyouts of defense and aerospace companies, in which George Bush Sr. holds the position of Consultant. According to business magazine Forbes, the father of Khalid bin Mafhuz (BCCI, Harken) [founded] the main Saudi bank, the Commercial National Bank, that created diverse companies in collaboration with the Sico, Swiss society of the Bin Laden Group....








"In December 2002, it was revealed, that Mahfouz' main business partner, YASSIN AL-KADI, was the secret owner of US-computer company PTECH." His business clients include Applied Materials, BoozAllenHamilton (Woolsey territory, the first witness called by the Kean Commission, name-dropper ((see parts 13, 21)), FBI, IBM Global Services, IRS, The Mitre Corporation, NATO, NAVAIR, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Sprint and the US Air Force.188

Ptech and the Mitre Corporation have been associated with 9/11 since financial analyst Indira Singh maintained that both "were in the basement of the FAA for two years prior to 9/11. Their specific job [was] to look at interoperability issues the FAA had with NORAD and the Air Force in the case of an emergency. If anyone was in a position to know [there] was a window of opportunity ... it would have been Ptech along with Mitre."192

Al-Kadi, Mahfouz's partner, was a member of the World Anti-Communist League (WACL), but that's another story ...













[This continues ... ]

NOTES

185.) http://www.ntra.com/stats_bios.aspx?id=2019

186.) http://www.zoominfo.com/Search/PersonDetail.aspx?PersonID=1849708

187.) http://www.millridge.com/who_history.asp

188.) "Breeders' Cup Limited Members & Trustees."
http://66.102.7.104/search?q=cache:wLOdGVV1vd8J:www.ca.uky.edu/agcollege/vetscience/Spring99.pdf+keeneland+and+farish+and+chandler&hl=en&gl=us&ct=clnk&cd=6

189.) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_S._Farish

190.) Ibid.

191.) Thoroughbred Times archive, March 7, 2003.
http://www.thoroughbredtimes.com/todaysnewsarchive/ttodaysnewsviewarchive.asp?ArchiveDate=3/7/2003#31104

192.) "Prince Turki al Faisal al Saud," 9/11 Encyclopedia.
http://911review.org/Sept11Wiki/PrinceTurkiAlFaisalAlSaud.shtml
•••••••
PART THIRTEEN: Bin Laden TV - A Tale of Two Heart Attacks

(Adapted from The Lexington Comair Crash, Part 24)

Back in Blue Grass (Farish) country, Mill Ridge Farm is where Saudi Prince Ahmed bin Salman Abdulaziz stalled his racehorses (see part twelve).

His death by apparent heart attack in 2002 was a shock to his many friends in the industry, as one horse racing trade publication notes: "On Monday, July 22, 2002, the racing world was stunned by the announcement of the death of 43-year-old Prince Ahmed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, the principal partner of te Thoroughbred Corporation, from a heart attack. ... Currently Thoroughbred Corp. has approximately 60 horses in training mostly stabled with Bob Baffert, D. Wayne Lukas, and John Shireffs, along with 45 broodmares, mostly at Mill Ridge Farm in Lexington. ... His name will always be associated with War Emblem, his one Kentucky Derby winner [in 2002], which he quipped was 'one of the best investments I ever made in my life, besides buying oil in Saudi Arabia,' after he won the Preakness. He bought a 90% share in the colt just three weeks before the Derby, and with the win, became the first Arab owner to capture the Roses."178


Bin Salman was one of several family members who died prematurely. Prince Ahmed's older brother, Prince Fahd, was also an owner and breeder of horses. His grass mare Fiji II (GB) was the 1998 champion. Prince Fahd passed away a year earlier, almost to the day, also due to a heart attack, at age 46.

Prince Ahmed was a nephew of Saudi King Fahd.179

From his newswire obit: "The nephew of Saudi Arabia's King Fahd was born on November 17, 1958. After studying in both the military and the University of California at Irvine he went into business, eventually becoming chairman of Saudi Arabia's Research and Marketing Group, a publishing company with offices in Riyadh and Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, and also in London, England. ... "

King Fahd

Mohammed al-Awwam, deputy editor of the leading Arabic-language newspaper, Asharq Al-Awsat, published by the Saudi Research and Marketing Group, chaired by Prince Ahmed, told the AP that the prince had been "complaining of stomach problems and had been taken to hospitals several times over the past six weeks."180

Bin Salman was the nephew of King Fahd, and ran the ruling family's publishing and media empire of television stations, newspapers, the official Saudi public relations arm, and a holding company.

Khazen

Jihad Khazen, a former editor at Al Hayat, bin Salman's London-based Arabic newspaper, frowns on the theory, first floated by Gerald Posner, a one-man CIA propaganda front, that the Saudi family may have been behind his death:

"The reasons for the deaths are well established but I want to settle once and for all the controversy about the death of Prince Ahmed as I knew him and his family for many many years and also the hospital and doctors. Prince Ahmed went into hospital for the simple treatment of hemorrhoids and once there decided to have a gastric ligation because he always suffered from a weight problem and was on a constant diet. This led to a heart attack and he passed away. No more no less...."181

This account leaves a mistaken impression: Bin Salman didn't have a heart attack on the operating table, or even at the hospital, under supervision.

Bloodhorse.com subsequently corrected the record. In "early reports on the death of Prince Ahmed, it was incorrectly reported that he died in his sleep from a heart attack. Reports published later said he was stricken at his HOME, then taken to a local hospital in Riyadh, where efforts to save him were futile."

A couple of professors at the University of Kentucky opined in a local newspaper interview that Posner *may* have a hidden agenda with his claim that the Prince had "foreknowledge of 9/11."182

Bin Salman's family, friends and most researchers dismiss the allegation out of hand. There are outrageous falsehoods in Posner's story, and most in the racing industry consider the allegations ridiculous.

Some, however, questioned Ahmed's odd behavior. Billy Reed, a columnist who writes on horse racing, recalls:

"After War Emblem's Derby victory, The New York Times, Sports Illustrated, The Blood-Horse and others attempted to get interviews with the prince He refused all requests. Why was that? He was sitting on top of the racing world. He had an opportunity to promote the sport on an international basis. But he didn't. This doesn't make him a conspirator, or co-conspirator, but Posner's story is disturbing, and it makes me wonder about Ahmed bin Salman. ... "183

Yes, Posner's book has its "hidden [CIA] agenda." Of course.

Everyone in this story has "a hidden agenda."

Posner supports his allegations by pointing out that the Saudi Research and Marketing Group publications are "virulently" anti-American.

But bin Salman loved the United States. He was educated here and was avidly pro-American. Nevertheless, it's true that the publications under his control – which dominate printed media in the Gulf states – were hostile to the United States, and fed the rage that pervades the Middle East. But this doesn't necessarily mean that Prince Ahmed bin Salman was allied with Muslim extremists – the anti-American slant of state-run media under most repressive regimes in the Middle East serves to DISTRACT from THEIR OWN EXCESSES. Anti-Semitism serves the same purpose. This is what authoritarian government does, where it lives, concocting strategies of "tension."

It also keeps the Middle East destabilized. And many Muslims in the region know their enemy:

"You know, we're saying 'death to America,' but we're not really against Americans. We're really just against the CIA." – Iranian protester to NewsHour's Elizabeth Farnsworth

The dissenters in the Middle East may want to take a closer look at bin Salman's media group. 9/11 researcher Chaim Kupferberg writes that, leading up to 9/11, in the Spring of 2001, "an incriminating wedding videotape, apparently implicating bin Laden in the Yemen bombing, was circulating around the Middle East after being broadcast on the ubiquitous al-Jazeera television station." Bin Laden, in the video, according to the Saudi-owned al-Hayat newspaper (more on them later, too), "recited a poem celebrating the bombing of the U.S.S. Cole. This from the ABCNEWS.com site dated March 1: "Al-Hayat, which carried a photo of bin Laden and his son at the wedding, said ITS CORRESPONDENT WAS THE ONLY JOURNALIST AT THE CEREMONY, also attended by bin Laden's mother, two brothers and sister who flew to Kandahar from Saudi Arabia.

The wedding that Osama bin Laden (supposedly) attended, according to Atwan

"And yes, here, too, Atwan offers his thoughtful review of the bin Laden video, courtesy of PTI, datelined London June 22, 2001: '[Atwan] said the video was proof that the fugitive Saudi millionaire [the Bruce Wayne of terrorists] was fit, well equipped and confident enough to send out a call to arms.' Why this sudden need for proof? According to Atwan in the same article: 'There have been rumours that [bin Laden] is ill and that he is being contained by the Taliban in Afghanistan. It is quite clear from the film that he is in good health to the point where he can fire a rifle, and is free to operate as he chooses.' In other words, limber enough for his *STARRING ROLE* in the months ahead.

Atwan

"So who is Abdel Bari Atwan and why is he anxious to tell us so much? According to the Winter 1999 issue of INEAS (Institute of Near Eastern and African Studies), Abdel Bari Atwan, a Palestinian, was born in a refugee camp in the Gaza Strip in 1950. Educated at the American University of Cairo, Atwan moved to Saudi Arabia and worked as a writer for the al-Madina newspaper. In 1978, he moved to London, where he became a correspondent for the Saudi-owned Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper ... Incidentally, Atwan had personally interviewed bin Laden in Afghanistan in 1996 - among the very few to do so. As reported by Michael Evans in the August 24, 1998 issue of The Times, Atwan 'is trusted by bin Laden.'"

Is that so? Atwan was the American media's "go-to" guy "back in 1998 when he informed us, after President Clinton bombed tool sheds in Afghanistan, that bin Laden issued this threat against the United States: 'The battle has not started yet. The response will be with action and not words.' In the same article (which I took from Nando Times), ABC News is the source for an additional threat called in by Ayman al-Zawahiri, a senior bin Laden aide: 'The war has just started. The Americans should wait for the answer.'

"Only a few months before that, ABC had conducted its televised interview of bin Laden. By the summer of 1998, primed by Atwan, ABC NEWS, and a surprisingly small clique of well-worn sources, we had come to know bin Laden as America's latest "Saddam", "Qaddafi", "Noriega" - take your pick and set your bomb sites. By October 2000, when the U.S.S. Cole was bombed in Yemen, in case there was any doubt, Atwan offered Reuters his helpful analysis with regards to the source of blame: "I do not rule out that this was undertaken by Osama bin Laden. Yemeni groups don't have the experience to carry out this kind of operation." Atwan informed Reuters that bin Laden 'was unlikely to claim direct responsibility for Thursday's attack for fear of U.S. reprisals.' One can imagine, then, that Atwan gave his trusting phone mate cause for many a sleepless night. With friends like these... "


Atwan was a Chalabi and a Mockingbird, "Trusted Source" Division. And the "anti-American" al-Hayat, owned by Prince Ahmed bin Salman, was, in coordination with ABC, playing a deadly *PSYOP* game ... 184




NOTES

178.) Obit., "Prince Ahmed bin Salman 1958 - 2002," Horse-Races.net, July 23, 2002.
http://horseracing.about.com/library/weekly/aa072302a.htm

179.) Obit., "Prince Ahmed, 43, dies suddenly on Monday in Saudi Arabia," ThoroughbredTimes.com, July 22, 2002.
http://horseracing.about.com/gi/dynamic/offsite.htm?site=http://www.thoroughbredtimes.com/todaysnews/newsview.asp%3Frecno=24008%26subsec=1

180.) Ibid.

181.) Jihad Khazen, "Secrets of Posner - Part 2," Al-Hayat, June 6, 2005.
http://j-khazen.blogspot.com/2005/06/secrets-of-posner-part-2.html

182.) Lenny Shulman, "The Thoroughbred Corp.'s Ahmed Salman Dead at 43," Bloodhorse.com, July 22, 2002.
http://horseracing.about.com/gi/dynamic/offsite.htm?site=http://news.bloodhorse.com/viewstory.asp%3Fid=10594

183.) Billy Reed, "Did Saudi horseman know about 9/11?" Posner.com, undated.
http://www.posner.com/Reviews/snitch%20WAS%20column.htm

184.) Chaim Kupferberg, "The mystery surrounding the death of John O'Neill: The Propaganda Preparation for 9/11," Global Research, June 13, 2002.
http://www.globalresearch.ca/articles/KUP206A.html
•••••
PART FOURTEEN): The Saudi Research & Publishing Co.

(Originally, The Lexington Comair Crash, Part 26. The footnotes to this series are not in order.)

Bin Salman was central to the widespread (planted) misunderstanding that 9/11 was sponsored by the Saudis - the dizzy, diversionary thesis dripping from Gerald Posner's still of CIA moonshine. The anti-American rhetoric of periodicals under the Saudi Research & Publishing Co. (SPRC) banner is posture - psyop matter strikingly similar to the political manipulations of the American press - and this works to Gerald Posner's advantage.

There was nothing anti-American, for instance, about this business deal, reported in the business press on Oct. 29, 2003:

"The Wall Street Journal and the Saudi Research & Publishing Co. (SRPC) reached an agreement to publish a weekly Wall Street Journal Special Edition inside The Arab News, the leading [and the first] English newspaper in the Arab world." The Arab New is published by the Saudi Research & Publishing Co.

Nothing particularly anti-American about that.

"The articles in this section will be selected and paginated by the Journal's global copy desk. The Arab News also will have the rights to select Journal editorial-page articles for publication on its opinion pages. The Wall Street Journal Special Editions [are] published in local language or English in leading newspapers around the world." By folding it in Arab News, "The Wall Street Journal Special Editions will reach more than 6 million readers in 35 countries through 34 newspapers. The special editions are published in 12 languages. The Wall Street Journal Special Editions began in 1994 with The Wall Street Journal Americas. It is now published in Spanish and Portuguese in 18 newspapers in 16 Latin America countries."

"'We are delighted that a Wall Street Journal Special Edition will reach so many in the Arab world,' said WILLIAM E. CASEY JR., vice president of Special Editions for The Wall Street Journal?"193

Birds of a feather psyop together.

Modern American warfare depends on a military press.

The murder of Nicholas Berg was a psychological operation that drew on the services of the SPRC. On May 11, 2004, the website of the Muntada al-Ansar, an "arm of AlQaeda," broadcast a video on a Malaysian web site entitled, "Abu Masab al-Zarqawi shown slaughtering an American." "Both al-Zarqawi and Muntada al-Ansar," American news actors said, "are associated with the movement."194 The execution was said to be retaliation for the "Satanic degradation" of Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib.

"This shows the true nature of the enemies of freedom," Scott McClellan explained to the assembled press. Reporters took dictation. "They have no regard for the lives of innocent men, women and children. We will pursue those responsible and bring them to justice."

But the combined forces of the CIA and Malaysian authorities couldn't answer the riddle of Al-anser. A few highly-trained intelligence professionals (bloggers), however, tracked them down without too much difficulty:

Al-ansar Net
184 High Holborn
London, London WC1V 7AP
United Kingdom
2078312310

Saudi Research & Marketing (UK) Ltd. is located at 184 High Holborn Street. The Democratic Underground bloggers ran the London address and came up with these results:

Al Jamilla, 184 High Holborn, WC1V 7AP (7831 8181);
Al Majallah , 184 High Holborn, WC1V 7AP (7831 8181);
Arrajul, 184 High Holborn, WC1V 7AP (7831 8181) ;
Asharq Al Awsat, 184 High Holborn, WC1V 7AP (7831 8181) ;
Hiya, 184 High Holborn, WC1V 7AP (7831 8181) ;
Sayidaty, 184 High Holborn, WC1V 7AP (7831 8181) ;
http://www.global-london.com/arabic/media.htm

"Asharq Al-Awsat daily Arabic newspaper is the leading newspaper in the Arabic World and is the flagship of sixteen publications owned by the Group. Asharq Al-Awsat is published in London by H. H. Saudi Research & Marketing (UK) Ltd. The Editor in chief is Mr Abdul Rahman Al Rashed. The newspaper is printed via satellite in London, Frankfurt, Marseilles, New York, Casablanca, Cairo, Riyadh, Jeddah, Dharan, Dubai, Baghdad and, Lebanon. The London print centre, Satellite Graphics Ltd., is also owned by the Group. Other titles include: Al Majalla (International News Magazine ), Arrajol (Men's Interest Magazine), Sayidaty (Arab Family Magazine), Hia (Women's Interest Magazine) and Al Jamila (Beauty Magazine)."195

The Baltimore Sun went with the pack in mustering support for genocide (the kindest word the UN's final, pre-war report had for it) in Iraq: "Prince Faisal Bin Salman's brother is one Prince Ahmed bin Salman, owner of War Emblem, winner of the Kentucky derby in 2002. Some six weeks earlier, a high-ranking al-Qaida operative captured in Pakistan reportedly had named him as a go-between linking the terrorist organization and the Saudi royal family." Seven weeks later, "the prince was dead at age 43. News accounts said he succumbed to a heart attack in Saudi Arabia. His death is deemed suspicious in Posner's and Unger's books because the two other alleged intermediaries named by Zubaydah also died within four months of the interrogation. Both were relatives of the prince. One died in a one-car crash on the way to the prince's funeral. The other was found in the desert, having apparently died of thirst."196

Editors at the Saudi media group have denounced Posner as an incompetent reporter, but the false dialectic served its purpose, protecting the CIA from exposure.


Salman himself was a con artist. Paul Moran, the investigative slice-and-dice racing industry reporter at Newsday, reports that bin Salman directed his reporters at Arab News to announce that he'd been "selected honorary president of the New York Racing Association, the first non-American to hold that prestigious post." Moran called up the official president of the NYRA, Terry Meyocks, who responded, "There has never been an honorary president of NYRA, Arab or otherwise."197

He was a natural.

After 9/11, the Bush administration went to the trouble of flying the prince and his entourage to Lexington, then to the UK – away from prying reporters.

Who did the prince know in the UK? Silly question. Who else would a Saudi prince know well in London but Ambassador Farish's friend and houseguest – the QUEEN ... One of the late bin Salman's publications (the web site) explains that "Al Bawaba licenses BOTH READY MADE FEEDS (with pre-defined areas of coverage and languages) AND TAILOR-MADE PRODUCTS (coverage of specific topics, companies or personalities). The company's content clients include Reuters, Dow Jones, The Financial Times, Lexis-Nexis, ISI, and many other top information companies." Oh, and one more client: "Al Bawaba is proud to count .. among its clients H.M. Government - United Kingdom."198 This page has emblazoned upon it the Royal Arms of the British Empire. The Royal Arms are licensed by the Queen (http://www.royal.gov.uk/output/page323.a – "The Royal Arms may only be used by businesses which are holders of a Royal Warrant ... The Queen handed the new seal matrix over to the Lord High Chancellor, currently Lord Irvine of Lairg, who is the traditional keeper of the Great Seal.")199

But today the prince is only a memory.

NOTES

193.) Anon., "The Wall Street Journal and The Arab News Form Special Editions Partnership; Four-page Section of Journal News to be Published Weekly," Business Wire, Oct. 29, 2003.http://www.businesswire.com/webbox/bw.102903/233025617.htm

194.) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muntada_al-Ansar

195.) http://www.dailykos.com/story/2004/5/13/232047/462

196.) Quoted, http://www.dailykos.com/story/2004/5/13/232047/462

197.) http://www.robertbove.net/bloodlines.htm

198.) http://corporate.albawaba.com/main/site/index.php3?lev <1>=9&page=9&stId=2&static=1

199.) Quoted at http://www.dailykos.com/story/2004/5/13/232047/462
•••••••
PART FIFTEEN: Al Qaeda Videos are CIA Black Op Propaganda

" ... A team from the Lausanne-based Dalle Molle Institute for Perceptual Artificial Intelligence, IDIAP, said it was 95% certain the tape does not feature the voice of the al-Qaeda leader. ... "
http://www.911lies.org/fake_bin_laden.html

A DIGITAL CREATION FROM "AL QAEDA"
MSNBC Report

... [In] one recent video, Zawahiri was featured in what appeared to be a library, complete with a desk, a banner, a bookshelf and even a toy cannon mounted on the bookshelf. All of it [was] created digitally using software like 3DStudio. Even the lettering on the banner was added separately. The software permits the creation of wire frame images that can be inserted over a green screen.

They use multiple overlays,” said [Ph.D. computer specialist from Texas A&M University, Dr. Neal] Krawetz. “I suspect they have a portable green screen or black fabric they use for the shoot, then edit the video with multiple overlays,” all of which can be seen in a forensic analysis of the video.

“You can tell the number of times it was layered and the order in which the layers were added,” Krawetz added. And a close examination can even determine whether the “green screen” has wrinkles in it. Krawetz said he has noticed the same wrinkle in several Zawahiri videos. ...

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21530470/page/2/

" ... Intelligence sources tell ABC News they believe the video message from Osama bin Laden is authentic ... 'It does look oddly like he is wearing a false beard,' [intelligence source] Richard Clarke, a former White House counterterrorism official and now ABC News consultant, said. "If we go back to the tape three years, he had a very white beard. This looks like a phony beard that has been pasted on. ... "
http://blogs.abcnews.com/theblotter/2007/09/new-videotape-f.html

Fake Osama bin Laden Confession Video Fraud
http://tim.2wgroup.com/blog/archives/001006.html
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Submitted by Amanda on Sun, 2007-09-09 04:52.

Fake Bin Laden Videos Part 1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cd1h-i-U55M

Fake Bin Laden Videos Part 2
The propaganda continues...unabated in the mainstream news: Not only has bin Laden just colored his hair and beard, but he pays particular attention to Democratic partisan politics within the US. Those siding with progressives within the party, are described, in the video, as siding with terrorism and therefore on his side. A very clever video...I must say, and probably produced by you know whom...???
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eumKpDgjAnY

Fake Bin Laden Videos Part 3
More propaganda in the main stream news. It is virtually endless these days, unless you pay very close attention to the sources they cite..
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6fGxH2eH_-c

"Many in Arab world call bin Laden video fake"

Comment: Forget the average arab: "I think your average American is wary enough of our govt at this point to be a little skeptical of a video of Bin Laden admitting guilt just happening to show up in some house in Afghanistan. ... "

Cache of http://archive.japantoday.com/jp/news/186632/all
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" ... In a few days, our devoted elected representatives will be asked to authorize continuing pay outs of millions more of our dollars to Halliburton, Fluor, DynCorp, etc. etc., not to mention the usual payoff from war in general for Lockheed Martin, Boeing, General Dynamics, etc.Why should we pay? It’s protection, stupid. Multi-billion dollar protection racket? ... "

Days of Future bin Laden Videos Past ...

"See the picture [left]? The guy on the right is Osama bin Laden. Who’s the guy on the left? According to the government, it’s Osama bin Laden. Specifically, the guy on the left is Osama bin Laden confessing to the 9-11 attacks. You can watch the video here, but not anywhere else, because none of the mainstream media websites have 'the smoking gun of 9-11' on their websites any more. The tape was a revelation, because on a tape leaked to Al-Jazeera on September 16th of 2001, bin Laden denied involvement in 9-11. The above tape was supposedly “found” by the C.I.A in a ruined house in Jalalabad, Afghanistan in November, 2001. You can read the official story about that ... Once the C.I.A. 'found' the bin Laden confession video, they had a link between 9-11, the Taliban (which had supported bin Laden), and Afghanistan, which our government wanted to invade. This tape was the justification which led directly to U.S. soldiers invading Afghanistan. They’re still over there, folks! Too bad 'In 2006,' Rex Tomb of the FBI’s public affairs unit said, 'The reason why 9/11 is not mentioned on Osama bin Laden’s Most Wanted page is because the FBI has no hard evidence connecting bin Laden to 9/11.' OOPS! Who then, pray tell, coordinated the attacks on September 11th of 2001? Must have been the Iranians, I guess!"

http://www.philly.com/philly/wires/ap/news/nation_world/20070910_ap_alqaidasays2ndbinladenvideocoming.html
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Video of bin Laden released in 2001

Washington Post: " ... Bin Laden, after denouncing the 'capitalist system' that 'seeks to turn the entire world into a fiefdom of the major corporations,' called for Americans to convert to Islam because, among other things, taxes are lower in Islamic states. It's a bizarre, almost ridiculous, video - and before it is forgotten in the coming debate on Gen. David Petraeus's Iraq report, it's worth spending a few minutes, on the sixth anniversary of Sept. 11, trying to understand what it might mean.

"I am not alone, I should note, in wondering whether a man who is supposedly hiding in the Hindu Kush could possibly care about the 'insane taxes and real estate mortgages' endured by Americans. A number of commentators are suspicious about the video, in which bin Laden has dyed his beard jet black -- either a sign that he intends to renew his jihad or evidence that the tape, though authenticated by the CIA, is fake."

"Others wonder whether the speech, which makes approving references to the wisdom of Noam Chomsky yet garbles the chronology of the Vietnam War, might actually have been written by Adam Gadahn, an American who does English-language propaganda for al-Qaeda, has been indicted for treason and now is featured on a Justice Department 'wanted' Web posting, along with bin Laden himself. ... "

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/09/10/AR2007091002064.html
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September 10, 2007

Osama tape fake after all?
American Thinker
James Lewis
Is it an OsamaBot? Or a clever audio forgery?

Blogger George Maschke at Boomantribune.com has spotted an intriguing bit of cutting and splicing in the latest video purported to be from Osama Bin Laden. The only evidence that the video is authentic is that Osama's presumed voice refers to recent events. But as Maschke writes, "All references to current events, such as the 62nd anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing of Japan, and Sarkozy and Brown being the leaders of France and the UK, respectively, occur when the video is frozen!"

Odd, isn't it? Maybe Osama has joined the worms in some cave after all, as many of us suspected. And maybe a voice-alike is doing the audio.

Otherwise, why freeze the tape just at the most crucial bit of evidence?

Maschke believes that "The audio track does appear to be in the voice of a single speaker. What I suspect was done is that an older, unreleased video was dubbed over for this release, with the video frozen when the audio track departed from that of the original video."

Well, no wonder Osama looks years younger in this tape. He's discovered the secret of eternal youth! It's like the 1989 movie A Weekend at Bernie's! Osama might be a little bit gaga, but with some help from his friends he looks like the real, live thing. Al Qaida even has its own "media production company," according to CNN. Anybody with cheap video software could produce this fake.

One of Osama's sons could have been used to do a voice-over, in a particularly goulish bit of terrorist showbiz --- but that's what these characters do anyway. What's the reason to have a young boy cut off some unfortunate man's head, except for terrorist showbiz?

And if Osama is alive, why freeze the video just at that point?

http://www.californiachronicle.com/articles/viewArticle.asp?articleID=35106V

"Blackbeard" Bin Laden and the Great American Protection Racket:
Can We Be Fooled Again?


by Rosa Schmidt Azadi
OpEd News
September 11, 2007

In the new video, "Blackbeard" [bin Laden] says the US is losing in Iraq. He speaks fondly of the Democrats and Noam Chomsky. If you ask me, the people "bin Laden" really loves are Bush Sr., Dick Cheney, and Bush Jr. . . . [T]he bearded boogeyman sure seems to want to help the American Far Right. This is at least the third time he or al Qaeda has emerged like an evil genie from a magic lantern just in time to restore citizen support for the neoconservative agenda. . . .

I’m not kidding around, though, when I suggest that the U.S. military-industrial-security complex has been running a protection racket against U.S. taxpayers, and "bin Laden" is in on it, whether "he" knows it or not.

In a few days, our devoted elected representatives will be asked to authorize continuing pay outs of millions more of our dollars to Halliburton, Fluor, DynCorp, etc. etc., not to mention the usual payoff from war in general for Lockheed Martin, Boeing, General Dynamics, etc.

Why should we pay? It’s protection, stupid. Protection from . . . terrorism, personified by the boogeyman, who has appeared on TV with perfect timing—just before the Iraq War progress report—in the form of "Blackbeard" bin Laden.

Here in Iran I watch satellite TV—BBC, CNN international, EuroNews, Aljazeera English. Some of the commentators on these channels have been discreetly hinting that they have doubts about the identity of the black-bearded one. One commentator asked, "Can’t Al Qaeda afford a decent camera?" The picture is quite blurry; the channels show contrasting images of "bin Laden" in previous incarnations so that we can make our own comparisons. Another journalist remarked, "Funny that bin Laden knows so many details about internal U.S. politics, don’t you think?"

http://www.opednews.com/articles/opedne_rosa_sch_070910__22blackbeard_22_bin_lad.htm

" ... Leaked documents even admitted that the Pentagon had concocted fake Al-Zarqawi letters boasting about suicide attacks and leaked them to the New York Times. The same documents directly stated that the false promotion of Al-Zarqawi included marking the the 'U.S. Home Audience" as one of the targets of a broader propaganda campaign.' ... "

New Al Qaeda Video More CIA Black Op Propaganda

Pathetic pretence kept up that "Al Qaeda" is still or ever was a real organized terror outfit and not the creation of deep intelligence.

Steve Watson
Infowars
September 4 2006

The latest cobbled together trash home video to be released and accredited to "Al Qaeda" is yet another piece of scripted propaganda that portrays a desperate attempt to give the impression that the group operates as a cohesive unit.

It is becoming tiresome to have to address these endless videos which are released whenever the Administration is feeling the pressure, something that now seems to be a permanent feature of this government.

As Kurt Nimmo so eloquently puts it, this time the tape features “Azzam the American,” aka Adam Yahiye Gadahn, born Adam Pearlman, and also going by the names Abu Suhayb al-Amriki, Abu Suhayb, and Yihya Majadin Adams (a score card is required to keep track).

“Californian Adam Gadahn, wearing a white robe and turban, introduces the message by calling on Westerners to convert,” reports CNN. “We invite all Americans and believers to Islam, whatever their role and status in Bush and Blair’s world order,” Gahahn declares. “Decide today, because today could be your last day.”

Oh the drama. FEEEEL the force of the Dark Side, you know you want to give in to it, come over to us while you still have a chance.

Gadahn is the perfect turncoat, the proof positive that we are engaged in a global turf war with the terrorists for hearts and minds.

Gadahn, who disappeared from California seven years ago, first appeared unmasked on an al Qaeda tape made public in July of this year. His past is however very sketchy and more than a little suspicious. Could he be an invention of Western intelligence?

Adam Gadahn is in fact the grandson of the late Carl K. Pearlman; a prominent Jewish urologist in Orange County. Carl Pearlman was also a member of the board of directors of the Anti-Defamation League, which was caught spying on Americans for Israel in 1993. This information today also appeared in the Jerusalem post.

The Washington Post has previously reported that “While living with his grandparents in suburban Santa Ana, he made his first trip to the nearby mosque in 1995. He introduced himself as Yahya - the Arabic name for John the Baptist, revered as a great prophet in Islam.”

So what is the grandson of a prominent Jew who lives with his grandfather doing attending a mosque? Furthermore given this context it seems suspicious that he would then assault members of the Mosque and turn to radical Islam, which is what he then did just before disappearing off to Pakistan.

Gadahn / Azzam/ Pearlman is also known for an internet essay “Becoming Muslim”, which, as Los Angeles City Beat Journalist Annette Stark has pointed out, is itself very suspicious:

“On the left, conspiracy theorists – no less energized than their right-wing counterparts – got busy, too. They thought it strange, they said, as if the government stitched the story together from scratch. Some kid who never before posted to the Internet drops a deeply personal revelation onto a USC website, a diatribe that is chock full of anti-government, anti-Christian sentiments, and then pretty much disappears from cyberspace."


It is basically written from a Zionist perspective and not the perspective of the American government in 1995. Remember there was no war on "Islamic Fascism" in 1995.

Another key indicator that Gadahn / Azzam/ Pearlman is in the employ of Western Intelligence comes from a report out of the Orange County Weekly which details how a man named Khalil Deek, a computer expert who attended the same Mosque as Gadahn and later became a "top Al Qaeda deputy", was continually protected by US authorities and allowed to go free on several occasions. Khalil Deek and Adam Gadahn were accused of organizing a terrorist cell in Anaheim in the mid to late nineties.

In the past we have highlighted numerous cases of intrinsic links between the major intelligence agencies and Al Qaeda operatives. Quite a few of these have happened to be Jewish or MOSSAD operatives....

The Sydney Morning Herald also reported :

"The Palestinian Authority arrested a group of collaborators who confessed they were working for Israel, posing as al-Qaeda operatives in the Palestinian territories," said the official, on condition of anonymity."


The AP also reported the operation:

"Early last week, Rashi Abu Sba, head of the preventive security apparatus in Gaza, the equivalent of the Shin Bet, accused the Israeli security service of tricking young Palestinians into conducting missions in the name of Al-Qaida."


MOSSAD has been caught on many occasions infiltrating radical groups to further their own agendas.

There are also many examples of other intelligence agencies using Al Qaeda as a front for their activities.

“Al Qaeda,” formerly a Mujahideen database, began as a CIA-ISI contrivance, with likely more than a little help not only from Mossad, but German intelligence (BND) and NATO, the latter two teaming up during the so-called Kosovo War (see German Intelligence and the CIA supported Al Qaeda sponsored Terrorists in Yugoslavia). ...

We have previously revealed how former MI5 officer David Shayler has alleged, and French intel sources have corroborated, that the MI6 paid a Libyan Al Qaeda cell £100,000 in 1995 to assassinate colonel Qaddafi. The use of the group that has come to be known as "Al Qaeda" as assets by Intelligence services the world over is well documented.

The London Independent also reported 2 days before the London Bombings how MI5 has previously used so called Al Qaeda operatives as informants, allowing them to be left alone as a trade off.

This only came to light when Bisher al-Rawi was captured by the CIA and taken to the detention centre at Guantanamo Bay. The original Independent link has now mysteriously been removed. ...

Furthermore, before he was laid out to pasture earlier this year, presumably because it was getting ridiculous the amount of times he had already been reported captured or killed, Musab Al-Zarqawi's role was exaggerated by The Pentagon in order to subtly link Iraq and 9/11 and quell criticism of the war.

Leaked documents even admitted that the Pentagon had concocted fake Al-Zarqawi letters boasting about suicide attacks and leaked them to the New York Times. The same documents directly stated that the false promotion of Al-Zarqawi included marking the the "U.S. Home Audience" as one of the targets of a broader propaganda campaign."

This information is startling and again highlights how Al Qaeda exists as an organized body only where the intelligence services have created, funded and employed it.

What purpose does Azzam the American serve?

Of course the new evil is the Homegrown terrorist. As the recent plots in Britain and before them the London bombings have proven, Al Qaeda is now an ideology. This latest piece of scripted propaganda directly supports that notion. So it works on different levels to reinforce everything that the government is saying about the war on terror, that it is expanding and it is global, being fought on home and foreign soil.

The latest video also comes on the same day as the announcement that the number 2 of "Al Qaeda in Iraq" has been captured, whoever that is.

This latest video again features Ayman al-Zawahiri, the Al Qaeda number 2 - where's the number 1 again?

As we have exhaustedly documented, it is becoming increasingly difficult to use new material of Bin Laden because he has been dead for at least 4 years. Much like the cult sixties TV show The Prisoner, it is clear that number one doesn't actually exist and the power behind this phantom menace will never actually reveal its face.

http://www.infowars.net/articles/September2006/040906AlQaeda.htm

CIA reportedly disbands Bin Laden unit

' ... A CIA unit that had hunted for Osama bin Laden and his top deputies for a decade has been disbanded, according to a published report. Citing unnamed intelligence officials, The New York Times reported Tuesday that the unit, known as 'Alec Station,' was shut down late last year. The decision to close the unit, which predated the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, was first reported Monday by National Public Radio. (Source: Associated Press, July 4, 2006)
http://www.911lies.org/fake_bin_laden.html

" ... [A] senior U.S. intelligence official tells NBC News the U.S. believes the tape is new. He would not discuss the reasons why intelligence analysts feel that way. ... "
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21530470/page/2/

Osama Bin Laden and September 11
Pakistan Daily
28 MAY 2008

Top Bin Laden Expert: The Tapes are Fakes

... Professor Bruce Lawrence, head of Duke University’s Religious Studies Department, has just finished a book of translations of Bin Laden’s speeches. He says the recent tape is a fake ... (ABC 2004).

New Bin Laden Video: 100% Forgery

" ... references to current events occur during video freeze ... the video freezes at about 1 minute and 58 seconds, and motion only resumes again at 12:30. The video then freezes again at 14:02 remains frozen until the end. All references to current events, such as the 62nd anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing of Japan, and Sarkozy and Brown being the leaders of France and the UK, respectively, occur when the video is frozen! The words spoken when the video is in motion contain no references to contemporary events and could have been (and likely were) made before the U.S. invasion of Iraq. ... "
http://www.infowars.net/articles/september2007/100907BinLaden.htm
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PART SIXTEEN: Robert Zoellick, Bush's State Department & the German Marshall Fund, a Nazi Industrial Front

a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_mg7D3kYysfw/Ros8syxSO0I/AAAAAAAAB54/vvgsDfM9pM0/s1600-h/b040627c.jpg">Zoellick has replaced Paul Wolfowitz at the World Bank. Some are pleased about the appointment - "Applause greets Zoellick at World Bank" - according to the Economic Times.

Zoellick

But this isn't a welcome development. Robert Zoellick hails from the German Marshall Fund, a Nazi front.

Time Machine

The Allies rolled back and crushed the German military in 1945, but not the covert operators of the Nazi Party who fled the wasteland via escape routes set up every 40 miles along the German border. They left behind an industrial base tainted by failed world conquest and genocide. The German-American barons of industry who profited from the chaos that left 50 million dead were faced with a pressing public relations dilemma.

In his postwar biography of Martin Bormann, Hitler's secretary, Paul Manning described a photo op event *staged* on June 5, 1972, featuring Chancellor Willy Brandt at Harvard with an announcement that the German government would graciously donate $47-million toward the creation of a German-American foundation – "a statesmanlike approach to the recovery of former enemies." Brandt pledged that the German-Marshall Fund would be "an independent American-run educational foundation" to study and recommend "solutions" to European economic problems.Manning notes that the mission of the German George C. Marshall Research Foundation is "public relations, to cosmetize" the industrial-financial underpinnings of Hitler's Reich.

Some of the corporations and organizations that have made substantial contributions to the German-Marshall Fund:

Bertelsmann Stiftung
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
The Boeing Company
The Brookings Institution
Charles Stewart Mott Foundation
Chicago Council on Foreign Relations
Citigroup Foundation
DaimlerChrysler Corporation Fund
Draeger Stiftung
Foreign Relations Committee of the German Bundestag
GE Foundation
German Federal Ministry of the Interior
Governments of Belgium
Heinrich-Böll Stiftung
King Baudouin Foundation
Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung
Koerber Stiftung
Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation
Merck & Co.
Microsoft
Ministry of Defence of Georgia
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Robert Bosch Stiftung
Rockefeller Brothers Fund
Rockefeller Foundation
Royal Netherlands Embassy, Belgrade
Stavros S. Niarchos Foundation
Swedish International Development Assistance (SIDA)
U.S. Agency for International Development
U.S. Mission to NATO
William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
World Affairs Council of Greater Dallas7


In October 1978, the German-Marshall Foundation sponsored a luncheon chaired by Wall Street's John J. McCloy (Nazi recruitment, Pentagon design, J.F. Kennedy murder cover-up). Hermann J. Abs (1901-94 – Hitler's banker, "architect" of the postwar German "economic miracle," honorary president of Deutsche Bank A.G., to be cherry-picked by the Pope after the P-2 Masonic money-laundering scandal to reorganize the Vatican Bank) addressed this conclave of "businessmen and bankers and members of the Foreign Policy Association in New York City on the ‘Problems and Prospects of American-German Economic Cooperation.’"

Rubbing elbows with McCloy and the Reich's ranking banker at the dais were "Henry H. Fowler, Wall Street investment banker and former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury; Henry Cabot Lodge, former U.S. ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany; George C. McGhee, another former American ambassador to West Germany, also a trustee of the Marshall Foundation and a member of various private and government advisory groups. These, along with the others on the dais and in the audience, represent firms and banks that are among the most prestigious in the United States and throughout the world." Every one of them had one thing in common – "all benefited from the rebirth and rebounding prosperity of the new Federal Republic of Germany. Knowingly or no, these figures and their corporations are indebted to the man who was not there, the financial and administrative genius who set the foundation for the postwar recovery of West Germany, Martin Bormann."

Under Secretary of State – and nuclear black marketeer – Marc Grossman of the German Marshall Fund and the Cohen Group lobbying firm.

Wind forward to the present. At the State Department under Condoleeza Rice, a trustee of the German-Marshall Fund is her deputy, one Marc Grossman, vice chair of the Cohen Group, Lockheed lobbyist and black marketeer. As trustee of a German industrial front set up by Nazi Bormann, Mr. Grossman might be expected to maintain connections to international terrorists.

Pakistani journalist Amir Mateen of Karachi News Service reported – one day before the air assaults on New York's World Trade Center – that Pakistani ISI Chief Mahmoud, a CIA surrogate, best-known for transferring $100,000 to Mohammed Atta, was a "week-long presence in Washington" before the destruction in Manhattan, prompting "speculation about the agenda of his mysterious meetings at the Pentagon and National Security Council... Official sources confirm that he met [George] Tenet this week. He also held long parleys with unspecified officials at the White House and the Pentagon. But the most important meeting was with MARC GROSSMAN, U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs. ... "

Another German-Marshall trustee who served as deputy secretary under Condoleeza Rice, from February 22, 2005 to July 7, 2006, was Robert B. Zoellick. The State Department web site posts these career highlights:

"During President George H.W. Bush's Administration, Mr. Zoellick served with Secretary of State James A. Baker, III, as Under Secretary of State for Economic and Agricultural Affairs, as well as Counselor to the Department (under-secretary rank).... He served as the senior U.S. official in the 'Two-plus-Four' negotiations for German unification and worked closely with Secretary Baker on the policies pertaining to the end of the Cold War.... Mr. Zoellick received the Distinguished Service Award, the Department of State's highest honor. The German government awarded him the Knight Commanders Cross for his role in developing the U.S. strategy toward German unification. the U.S. strategy toward German unification. From 1985 to 1988, Mr. Zoellick served at the Department of the Treasury in various positions, including Counselor to Secretary James A. Baker, III."

The German-Marshall Fund is a Nazi military-industrial front, and its presence at the State Department is a statement on American foreign policy, undeniably ... but of immediate interest here is another GMF trustee and torch-bearer of Bormann's dream: "Jeffrey A. Goldstein, Managing Director, HELLMAN & FRIEDMAN LLC"

Hellman & Friedman often partners in business investments with the Hunt family of Texas. Warren Hellman, founder of the firm, sits on a Hunt family foundation.

BIOGRAPHY

Robert B. Zoellick
Deputy Secretary of State,
Term of Appointment: 02/22/2005 to 07/07/2006
http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/biog/42449.htm

Robert B. Zoellick's nomination as Deputy Secretary of State was confirmed by the Senate on February 16, 2005. He was sworn in on February 22, 2005.
Since February 2001, Mr. Zoelick served as the 13th U.S. Trade Representative. During his tenure as U.S. Trade Representative, Mr. Zoellick completed the negotiations to bring China and Taiwan into the World Trade Organization; developed a strategy to launch new global trade negotiations at the WTO meeting in Doha and to press the negotiations forward in 2004; completed and enacted Free Trade Agreements with Singapore, Chile, Australia, and Morocco; completed FTAs with five nations of Central America and the Dominican Republic, as well as with Bahrain; worked with Congress to enact the Jordan FTA and the Vietnam Trade Agreement; launched Free Trade Agreement negotiations with the Southern African Customs Union, Panama, the Andean countries, and Thailand; and worked with Congress to pass the Trade Act of 2002, which included new Trade Promotion Authority, and to expand the African Growth & Opportunity Act (AGOA).

During President George H.W. Bush's Administration, Mr. Zoellick served with Secretary of State James A. Baker, III, as Under Secretary of State for Economic and Agricultural Affairs, as well as Counselor to the Department (Under Secretary rank). Mr. Zoellick's responsibilities included political, economic, and security topics in all regions of the world. He served as the senior U.S. official in the "Two-plus-Four" negotiations for German unification and worked closely with Secretary Baker on the policies pertaining to the end of the Cold War. Mr. Zoellick was the lead State Department official in the negotiations on the North American Free Trade Agreement, the Uruguay Round, and the launch of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation group. He played a key role in the Central American peace processes. Mr. Zoellick was also appointed the President's personal representative, or Sherpa, for the G-7 Economic Summits in 1991 and 1992. In August 1992, Mr. Zoellick was appointed White House Deputy Chief of Staff and Assistant to the President.

Mr. Zoellick received the Distinguished Service Award, the Department of State's highest honor. The German government awarded him the Knight Commanders Cross for his role in developing the U.S. strategy toward German unification.

From 1985 to 1988, Mr. Zoellick served at the Department of the Treasury in various positions, including Counselor to Secretary James A. Baker, III, Executive Secretary of the Department, and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Financial Institutions Policy. Mr. Zoellick received the Alexander Hamilton Award, the Department of Treasury's highest honor.

After leaving government service in 1993, Mr. Zoellick was appointed an Executive Vice President at Fannie Mae, the largest housing finance investor in the United States, where he managed the company's affordable housing business; legal, regulatory, government relations activities; and international financial services. He also served as the John M. Olin Professor of National Security at the U.S. Naval Academy, Research Scholar at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University, and Senior International Advisor to Goldman Sachs.

In May 2002, Mr. Zoellick was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from St. Joseph's College in Rensselaer, Indiana. He also served as board member of a number of private and public organizations, including Alliance Capital, the Council on Foreign Relations, the German Marshall Fund of the United States, and the World Wildlife Fund Advisory Council.
Raised in Naperville, Illinois, Mr. Zoellick received a J.D. magna cum laude from the Harvard Law School and a Master of Public Policy degree from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government in 1981. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Swarthmore College in 1975.

Rice's No.2 to join Goldman Sachs
The Associated Press
June 19, 2006

WASHINGTON Deputy Secretary of State Robert Zoellick, the department's No. 2 official, is resigning, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice announced Monday.

Rice praised Zoellick's "tireless work ethic," and said he had served as her "alter ego" in the department. She did not announce a replacement.

"Our nation is stronger and safer because of your work," Rice said at a State Department announcement.

"I appreciate your confidence and friendship," Zoellick replied.

Zoellick, who served six years in the Bush administration, said he would join the Wall Street investment house Goldman Sachs Group Inc.

In his resignation letter, dated June 15, Zoellick, 52, did not say why he was leaving. A former U.S. trade representative, Zoellick reportedly wanted to be promoted to treasury secretary to replace departing secretary John Snow, but President George W. Bush nominated Goldman Sachs executive Henry Paulson instead.

"I'm pleased to have built a first-rate team, offer counsel on a number of initiatives and backup the secretary," Zoellick said at the news briefing. "I've accomplished what I set out to do, and it's time to step down."

White House spokesman Tony Snow said Zoellick had "been wanting to pursue options in the private sector for some time and now he's going to do it."

"Bob Zoellick is a guy who is highly competent and has served a number of presidents but you also know at a certain juncture in an administration some people who have worked hard for a long time, need to go back and pursue other opportunities."

Zoellick is expected to leave the State Department in July, officials said.

He has been the administration's leading diplomat handling the volatile situation in Sudan's western Darfur region, where at least 180,000 have died since villagers began an uprising in 2003.

Zoellick has also been the State Department's chief diplomat dealing with China.

"He has been one of my closest and most valued advisers on every single international issue," Rice said.

Although Zoellick was not widely known beyond Washington, Rice made a joking reference to one instance when Zoellick's photo was printed around the world. During a visit last year to a Chinese panda preserve, the severe, often demanding Zoellick was photographed nuzzling a panda cub and looking delighted.

Rice said she had given Zoellick tough assignments that required him to travel often and fill in for her in Washington, "and occasionally even hug a panda."

http://www.iht.com/articles/2006/06/19/news/web.0619zoellick.php

Board of Trustees

Guido Goldman, Co-Chairman
, Director, German Studies Program,
 Harvard Center for European Studies
Marc Leland, Co-Chairman, 
President
, Marc Leland and Associates
Calvin M. Dooley
, President
, Food Products Association
Jeffrey A. Goldstein, 
Managing Director, 
Hellman & Friedman LLC
Marc Grossman, 
Vice Chairman 
The Cohen Group


David Ignatius
, Editorial Columnist, 
The Washington Post
Nike Irvin
, President
, Riordan Foundation


Craig Kennedy
, President
, The German Marshall Fund of the United States

Scott Klug, 
Chief Executive Officer
, Wisconsin Trails Publishing
Roman Martinez IV
, New York, New York
Richard Powers, 
Managing Director, 
Goldman Sachs International


J. Thomas Presby
, Deputy Chairman and Chief Operating Officer, retired
Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu

John A. Ross
New York, New York 

Barbara Shailor
Executive Director 
Solidarity Center


Amity Shlaes
, Syndicated Columnist, 
Bloomberg


Jenonne Walker, 
Washington, DC


Leah Zell Wanger, 
President, 
LZW Group


J. Robinson West
, Chairman, 
PFC Energy


Suzanne H. Woolsey, 
Washington, DC

http://www.gmfus.org/partnership/index.cfm
A NUMBER OF ORGANIZATIONS HAVE MADE SUBSTANTIAL FINANCIAL OR IN-KIND CONTRIBUTIONS TO GMF’S ACTIVITIES, INCLUDING:

American Council of Young Political Leaders
Atlantic Philanthropies
Bertelsmann Stiftung
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
The Boeing Company
The Brookings Institution
Bucerius Law School
Charles Stewart Mott Foundation
Chicago Council on Foreign Relations
Citigroup Foundation
The Cleveland Foundation
Compagnia di San Paolo
Council for the United States and Italy
Council of State Governments
DaimlerChrysler Corporation Fund
Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs, University of Washington
Draeger Stiftung
European Commission
Erste Bank Stiftung
Foreign Relations Committee of the German Bundestag
Fundaçao Luso-Americana
Fundación BBVA
GE Foundation
Gemeinnutzige Hertie-Stiftung
German Federal Ministry of the Interior
Greek Foreign Ministry
Governments of Belgium
Heinrich-Böll Stiftung
Henry M. Jackson Foundation
HTC America
International Visitors Council/World Affairs Council of Raleigh, North Carolina
Institute of Public Policy Studies, University of Denver
King Baudouin Foundation
Kongsgaard-Goldman Foundation
Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung
Koerber Stiftung
Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation
Merck & Co.
Microsoft
Ministry of Defence of Georgia
Monitor Group
Netherlands Atlantic Commission
Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Pacific Council on International Policy
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Robert Bosch Stiftung
Rockefeller Brothers Fund
Rockefeller Foundation
Royal Netherlands Embassy, Belgrade
Safeco Corporation
Seattle Foundation
Stavros S. Niarchos Foundation
Swedish International Development Assistance (SIDA)
Tipping Point Foundation
Trust for Mutual Understanding
U.S. Agency for International Development
U.S. Mission to NATO
William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
World Affairs Council of Greater Dallas
Zeit-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius

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United States Trade Representative, Ambassador Robert B. Zoellick 
www.ustr.gov

Robert B. Zoellick assumed office as the 13th U.S. Trade Representative on February 7, 2001.

During his tenure as U.S. Trade Representative, Mr. Zoellick completed the negotiations to bring China and Taiwan into the World Trade Organization; developed a strategy to launch new global trade negotiations at the WTO meeting in Doha and to press the negotiations forward in 2004; completed and enacted Free Trade Agreements with Singapore, Chile, Australia, and Morocco; completed FTAs with five nations of Central America and the Dominican Republic, as well as with Bahrain; worked with Congress to enact the Jordan FTA and the Vietnam Trade Agreement; launched Free Trade Agreement negotiations with the Southern African Customs Union, Panama, the Andean countries, and Thailand; and worked with Congress to pass the Trade Act of 2002, which included new Trade Promotion Authority, and to expand the African Growth & Opportunity Act (AGOA).

During President George H.W. Bush's Administration, Mr. Zoellick served with Secretary of State James A. Baker, III, as Under Secretary of State for Economic and Agricultural Affairs, as well as Counselor to the Department (Under Secretary rank). Mr. Zoellick's responsibilities included political, economic, and security topics in all regions of the world. He served as the senior U.S. official in the "Two-plus-Four" negotiations for German unification and worked closely with Secretary Baker on the policies pertaining to the end of the Cold War. Mr. Zoellick was the lead State Department official in the negotiations on the North American Free Trade Agreement, the Uruguay Round, and the launch of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation group. He played a key role in the Central American peace processes. Mr. Zoellick was also appointed the President's personal representative, or Sherpa, for the G-7 Economic Summits in 1991 and 1992. In August 1992, Mr. Zoellick was appointed White House Deputy Chief of Staff and Assistant to the President.

Mr. Zoellick received the Distinguished Service Award, the Department of State's highest honor. The German government awarded him the Knight Commanders Cross for his role in developing the U.S. strategy toward German unification.

From 1985 to 1988, Mr. Zoellick served at the Department of the Treasury in various positions, including Counselor to Secretary James A. Baker, III, Executive Secretary of the Department, and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Financial Institutions Policy. Mr. Zoellick received the Alexander Hamilton Award, the Department of Treasury's highest honor.

After leaving government service in 1993, Mr. Zoellick was appointed an Executive Vice President at Fannie Mae, the largest housing finance investor in the United States, where he managed the company's affordable housing business; legal, regulatory, government relations activities; and international financial services. He also served as the John M. Olin Professor of National Security at the U.S. Naval Academy, Research Scholar at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University, and Senior International Advisor to Goldman Sachs.

In May 2002, Mr. Zoellick was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from St. Joseph's College in Rensselaer, Indiana. He also served as board member of a number of private and public organizations, including Alliance Capital, the Council on Foreign Relations, the German Marshall Fund of the United States, and the World Wildlife Fund Advisory Council.
Raised in Naperville, Illinois, Mr. Zoellick received a J.D. magna cum laude from the Harvard Law School and a Master of Public Policy degree from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government in 1981. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Swarthmore College in 1975.

http://www.spitfirelist.com/f302.html

2. As the story indicates, the FCC ruling establishes WTO membership and "the public interest" as the primary criteria for evaluating purchases of American telecommunications firms by companies controlled by foreign governments. Much of the first half of the program reviews information about Robert Zoellick, one of the principal architects of the WTO. (The articles are excerpted from FTR#273.) (Zoellick was appointed as U.S. Trade Representative by George Bush.)
As noted in FTR-186, WTO midwife Zoellick is a fellow and board member of the German Marshall Fund of the United States. ("Robert Bruce Zoellick" by Joseph Kahn; New York Times; 1/12/2001; p. A15.) ...

Paul Manning describes this organization in some detail in his book Martin Bormann: Nazi in Exile. "By the 1970’s, the West Germans had concluded that influencing U.S. public opinion is better accomplished with a skilled touch than with a meat cleaver, which had characterized their efforts during the two world wars. An example of such skill was the staged news event of June 5, 1972, when Willy Brandt announced at Harvard University that the Federal Republic of Germany would donate 150 million marks ($47 million) to establish a foundation in honor of the Marshall Plan - a statesmanlike approach to the recovery of former enemies, and to the recovery generally of Western Europe. Brandt stated that the money would arrive in equal installments for the next fifteen years, for the establishment and operation in the United States of an independent American-run educational foundation specializing in solutions to European problems, to be known as the ‘German Marshall Fund of the United States - A Memorial to the Marshall Plan.’

5. "The overriding function of this German George C. Marshall Research Foundation is public relations, to cosmetize the German industrialists and bankers whose corporations whose corporations had worked so successfully for the Third Reich. In October 1978, the Marshall Foundation was utilized as a platform for Dr. Hermann J. Abs, now honorary president of Deutsche Bank A.G., as he addressed a meeting of businessmen and bankers and members of the Foreign Policy Association in New York City on the ‘Problems and Prospects of American-German Economic Cooperation.’ This luncheon meeting was chaired by his old friend, John J. McCloy, Wall Street banker and lawyer, who had worked closely with Dr. Abs when McCloy served as U.S. High Commissioner for Germany during those postwar reconstruction years. At that time, Hermann Abs, as chief executive of Deutsche Bank, was also directing the spending of America’s Marshall Plan money in West Germany as the chairman of the Reconstruction Loan Corporation of the Federal Republic of Germany. With them on the dais were Henry H. Fowler, Wall Street investment banker and former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury; Henry Cabot Lodge, former U.S. ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany; George C. McGhee, another former American ambassador to West Germany, also a trustee of the Marshall Foundation and a member of various private and government advisory groups. These, along with the others on the dais and in the audience, represent firms and banks that are among the most prestigious in the United States and throughout the world; all benefited from the rebirth and rebounding prosperity of the new Federal Republic of Germany. Knowingly or no, these figures and their corporations are indebted to the man who was not there, the financial and administrative genius who set the foundation for the postwar recovery of West Germany, Martin Bormann." (Martin Bormann: Nazi in Exile; Paul Manning; Copyright 1981 [HC]; Lyle Stuart Inc.; ISBN 0-8184-0309-8; pp. 261-262.)

6. Manning goes on to describe the function of the German Marshall Fund, an interesting factor to contemplate in connection with Zoellick, his pivotal role in the creation of the WTO and, in turn, the WTO’s important role as the yardstick by which purchases of American telecommunications firms will be measured by the FCC. "The Stroking of American public opinion by German interests, as by those of Japan, is calculated to open further the American market. The United States remains the richest and the most profitable market on the face of the earth, and these businessmen and bankers know that they either buy their way in or negotiate their way in. They know that if they are going to succeed as world companies they must have a generous slice of the U.S. market, and today this can be accomplished only through ties, treaties, and agreements, no longer entirely through retained earnings and bank lines of credit." (Ibid.; p. 262.)

7. Zoellick’s eventual ascent to a position of power in this institution is particularly interesting to note in the context of some of his other actions, professional associations and beliefs. A member of the Bush State Department, Zoellick was a strong, effective advocate within James Baker’s foreign policy establishment for speedy German reunification, and he played a pivotal role in bringing it about. "Mr. Zoellick, the other leading candidate for the trade job, was a foreign policy wunderkind under Mr. Baker. He helped design and carry out United States policy on German reunification a decade ago. He also helped start NAFTA negotiations from his post in the State Department." ("Bush Seeking to Overhaul Policy Making" by Joseph Kahn and Frank Bruni; New York Times; 1/6/2001; p. B14.)

8. Significantly, Zoellick midwifed a diplomatic compromise to create the World Trade Organization. ("Robert Bruce Zoellick" by Joseph Kahn; New York Times; 1/12/2001; p. A15.)

9. With regard to German reunification, Zoellick convinced the Bush administration to embrace German unity. "A confidant of former Secretary of State James A. Baker III, he rallied western allies to back a speedy German reunification and finagled a compromise that led to the creation of the World Trade Organization. . . .But he is most widely remembered in foreign policy circles for being the Unites States’ representative at the multiparty negotiation of the future of divided Germany. He persuaded the Bush administration to embrace German unity despite the qualms of allies and alarm in the former Soviet Union." (Ibid.; p. A15.)

10. Another credit on Zoellick’s curriculum vitae, is his participation with James Baker, his apparent mentor, in the "Florida Recount," that gave Bush his "victory." "Zoellick also served as counselor to the Treasury secretary during the Ronald Reagan administration, in addition to other posts. He is a protégé of James A. Baker III, the longtime Republican official. Both traveled to Florida to help George W. Bush during the recent ballot recount controversy." ("Bush’s Trade Chief Rated as Smart, Smooth Negotiator" by Jonathan Peterson; Los Angeles Times; 1/12/2001; p. A15.)

11. With the types of connections exemplified above, Zoellick is viewed with favor in Europe. "The appointment will be greeted favorably in Europe, where Mr. Zoellick has strong contacts in both government and business. He was one of a handfull of Bush advisers that a senior EU delegation sought out last month when they visited Washington." By Edward Alden, Richard Wolffe and Stephen Fidler; Financial Times; 1/12/2001; p. 4.)

12. Zoellick’s partisan role on behalf of Germany during the closing phase of the Cold War, his pivotal role in the creation of the WTO, and his significance in the Bush/Baker milieu would seem to augur well for conditions in America for German corporations. Given FCC Chairman Michael Powell’s recent actions on acquisitions of American telecommunications companies, Zoellick’s actions have helped to open up the American telecommunications landscape to German corporate predators. ("US Ruling on Telekom Could Lead to Wave of Investment" by Peter Spiegel; Financial Times; 5/2/2001.)

13. This, in turn, is to be evaluated in terms of the scenario presented in the Nazi tract Serpent’s Walk. Mr. Emory believes that, like The Turner Diaries (also published by National Vanguard Books), the book is actually a blueprint for what is going to take place. It is a novel about a Nazi takeover of the United States in the middle of the 21st century. The book describes the Third Reich going underground, buying into the American media, and taking over the country. "It assumes that Hitler’s warrior elite - the SS - didn’t give up their struggle for a White world when they lost the Second World War. Instead their survivors went underground and adopted some of their tactics of their enemies: they began building their economic muscle and buying into the opinion-forming media. A century after the war they are ready to challenge the democrats and Jews for the hearts and minds of White Americans, who have begun to have their fill of government-enforced multi-culturalism and ‘equality.’" (From the back cover of Serpent’s Walk by "Randolph D. Calverhall;" Copyright 1991 [SC]; National Vanguard Books; 0-937944-05-X.)

14. This process is described in more detail in a passage of text, consisting of a discussion between Wrench (a member of this Underground Reich) and a mercenary named Lessing. "The SS . . . what was left of it . . . had business objectives before and during World War II. When the war was lost they just kept on, but from other places: Bogota, Asuncion, Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro, Mexico City, Colombo, Damascus, Dacca . . . you name it. They realized that the world is heading towards a ‘corporacracy;’ five or ten international super-companies that will run everything worth running by the year 2100. Those super-corporations exist now, and they’re already dividing up the production and marketing of food, transport, steel and heavy industry, oil, the media, and other commodities. They’re already dividing up the production and marketing of food, transport, steel and heavy industry, oil, the media, and other commodities. They’re mostly conglomerates, with fingers in more than one pie . . . . We, the SS, have the say in four or five. We’ve been competing for the past sixty years or so, and we’re slowly gaining . . . . About ten years ago, we swung a merge, a takeover, and got voting control of a supercorp that runs a small but significant chunk of the American media. Not openly, not with bands and trumpets or swastikas flying, but quietly: one huge corporation cuddling up to another one and gently munching it up, like a great, gubbing amoeba. Since then we’ve been replacing executives, pushing somebody out here, bringing somebody else in there. We’ve swing program content around, too. Not much, but a little, so it won’t show. We’ve cut down on ‘nasty-Nazi’ movies . . . good guys in white hats and bad guys in black SS hats . . . lovable Jews versus fiendish Germans . . . and we have media psychologists, ad agencies, and behavior modification specialists working on image changes.” (Ibid.; pp. 42-43.)

15. Before turning directly to the subject of music, the broadcast addresses the gradual remaking of the image of the Third Reich that is represented in Serpent’s Walk. In the discussion excerpted above, this process is further described. "Hell, if you can con granny into buying Sugar Turds instead of Bran Farts, then why can’t you swing public opinion over to a cause as vital and important as ours?’ . . . In any case, we’re slowly replacing those negative images with others: the ‘Good Bad Guy’ routine’ . . . ‘What do you think of Jesse James? John Dillinger? Julius Caesar? Genghis Khan?’ . . . The reality may have been rough, but there’s a sort of glitter about most of those dudes: mean honchos but respectable. It’s all how you package it. Opinion is a godamned commodity!’ . . . It works with anybody . . . Give it time. Aside from the media, we’ve been buying up private schools . . . and helping some public ones through philanthropic foundations . . . and working on the churches and the Born Agains." (Ibid.; pp. 42-44.)

16. Next, the program considers an odd lawsuit, which embraces evidentiary tributaries running in the direction of the remarkable and deadly Bormann organization, as well as the issue of culture and historical revisionism. The heirs to Hitler’s personal photographer are suing to obtain paintings done by Hitler. ("Court Considers Ownership of Seized Hitler Paintings" by William H. Honan; New York Times; 5/8/2001; pp. B1-B6.)

17. Some experts view the return of the paintings by the United States government to be conducive to a restoration of Hitler’s image and a rehabilitation of his politics. (Idem.)

18.The rights to photographer Heinrich Hoffman’s pictures of Hitler were held exclusively by Martin Bormann, suggesting at least the possibility that the considerable sum from the lawsuit would be destined for the Bormann organization. (Martin Bormann: Nazi in Exile; by Paul Manning; Lyle Stuart Inc.; 1991; p. 44.)

19. Just as the Hitler watercolors were seen by some as presenting the threat of marketing "a kinder, gentler Hitler," so too were a series of forged sketches attributed to Hitler while he was serving in the German army during World War I. Those drawings received the enthusiastic endorsement of Dirk Bavendamm, the official house historian for the Bertelsmann firm. ("Bertelsmann’s Revisionist;" The Nation; 11/8/99.) This "cultural revisionism" would fit in well with the scenario presented in Serpent’s Walk.

20. The broadcast concludes with supplemental discussion of personalities in the Hitler watercolors case whose Nazi careers overlapped Bormann’s sphere of influence. (Quest by Frank Brandenburg and Ib Melchior; Copyright 1990 [SC]; Presidio Press; p. 109.) (Recorded on 5/13/2001.)

http://www.spitfirelist.com/f273.html

FTR-273 "B" as in "Bush," "B" as in "Bormann" (Two 30-minute segments) (Sources are noted in parentheses.)

1. Supplementing a line of inquiry developed in past programs, this broadcast sets forth more circumstantial evidence that the Bush family may be the American point element of the remarkable and deadly Bormann organization. (For more on this hypothesis, see also: FTR #'s 186, 194, 272. The Bormann organization is discussed at greater length below.)

2. A clandestine powerhouse, the Bormann group (in Mr. Emory's opinion) will prove to be the decisive element in human affairs, barring a sea-change in the political currents. (For more on this hypothesis, see also: FTR #'s 186, 194, 272. The Bormann organization is discussed at greater length below.)

3. Recently, former Justice Department official John Loftus disclosed that the Bush family fortune came from the 1951 liquidation of the Union Banking Corporation. ("Author Links Bush Family to Nazis;" Sarasota Herald-Tribune; 11/11/2000; accessed at www.newscoast.com.)

4. Excerpting a June, 1992 addendum to Miscellaneous Archive Show M-11, the program illustrates that the Union Banking Corporation was confiscated by the Alien Property Custodian in World War II. (“Will Family Scandals Sink George Bush?” by Curtis Lang; Village Voice; 5/5/92.)

5.This firm was a front for the Thyssen interests before, and during, the war. (Idem.) (Fritz Thyssen was one of Hitler's earliest and most prominent financial backers.)

6. Much of the first side of the broadcast consists of an excerpt of FTR-186. The discussion further develops the profound involvement of George Herbert Walker (W's great grandfather) and his son-in-law, Prescott Bush, (W's grandfather) in the financing of the German industrial concerns that backed Hitler. (The Secret War Against the Jews: How Western Espionage Betrayed the Jewish People, by John Loftus and Mark Aarons; St. Martin's Press; copyright 1994; ISBN 0-312-11057-X pp. 358-61.)

7. In particular, the excerpt from FTR-186 further underscores the Walker-Bush involvement with the Union Banking Corporation. (Idem.)

8. The broadcast also focuses heavily on the Hamburg-Amerika Line, one of the Bush-connected companies that played a key role in Nazi espionage before, and during, World War II. (Idem.)

9. The company helped to finance the operations of the SS. (Martin Bormann: Nazi in Exile; by Paul Manning; copyright 1981; Lyle Stuart [hardcover]; ISBN 0-8184-0309-8; p. 43.)

10. Hamburg-Amerika Line was also deeply involved with the Bormann flight capital organization.

When considering German corporations, it is important to remember that they are controlled by the Bormann Organization. This institution has perpetuated its power in an effective, clandestine, and deadly, Mafia-like fashion in the years since World War II. American corporations are driven by the profit motive, and coordinate policies on labor, environmental, marketing and taxation issues--they are otherwise relatively apolitical. In contrast, German corporations (under control of the Bormann group) function as coordinated elements of international economic and political control, not unlike the divisions in an army. Although they, too, strive to make money, profit is subordinate to the goal of German national hegemony.

11. The Hamburg -Amerika Line was among the firms discussed in the August 10, 1944 meeting, at which SS Lieutenant General Dr. Scheid coordinated the genesis of the Bormann flight capital program. “He [Scheid] also cited the Zeiss Company, the Leica Company, and the Hamburg-Amerika Line as typical firms that had been especially effective in protecting German interests abroad. He gave New York addresses to the twelve men.” (Ibid.; p. 25.)

12. The firm also served as a conduit for flight capital in, among other countries, Sweden. “Swedish companies owned or controlled by German shipping interests accepted vessels built by the Swedish firms and kept them in Swedish waters until after the war. A further example of masked investment was the money paid into the Swedish shipping firm of Rederi A/B Skeppsbron, which received a German-guaranteed loan of $3 million made from German supplies of free Swedish Kroner, in which the vessels were mortgaged to the lender. Although the Swedish company remained officially the owner of the vessels, the German Hamburg-Amerika line was the real owner.” (Ibid.; pp. 132-133.)

13. Further underscoring the strong connections between Walker, Prescott Bush Sr. and the Thyssen interests, the program illustrates that the Walker-Thyssen relationship began in 1924. (The Secret War Against the Jews; p. 358.)

14. The close relationship between Fritz Thyssen and Adolf Hitler began at about the same time. (Martin Bormann: Nazi in Exile; by Paul Manning; pp. 242-3.)

15. The very close relationship between the Thyssen family and Martin Bormann is underscored by the fact that Bormann utilizes the Thyssen family's Latin American estates as homes and bases of operation. (Ibid., p. 292.)

16. The Thyssen estates also serve as refuge for Bormann's son, Adolf Martin, and daughter Neumi. (Ibid.; p. 290.) (FTR-155 presents information that Adolf Martin and Neumi allegedly head the Bormann organization today.)

17. Carrying on "an old family tradition," Thyssen's heir, Count Frederico Zichy-Thyssen manages the Thyssen heavy industrial firm, a critical component of the Bormann group. (Ibid.; pp. 256-7.)

18. One of Dubya’s last cabinet appointments was Robert Zoellick, who was appointed U.S. Trade Representative shortly before Bush took office. ("Bush’s Trade Chief Rated as Smart, Smooth Negotiator" by Jonathan Petersen; Los Angeles Times; 1/12/2001; p. A15.)

19. An excerpt from FTR-186 highlights Zoellick’s role as a key foreign policy adviser to Bush during the campaign. ("Bush Questions Aid to Moscow in a Policy Talk" by R.W. Apple, Jr.; New York Times; 11/20/99.)

Underscoring the probability of strong ties between the Bush camp and the Bormann group, the program sets forth Zoellick's participation in the German Marshall Fund of the United States. (Idem.)

21. Set up as a P.R. front for German heavy industry, the German Marshall fund is, in effect, a Bormann front group. (Martin Bormann: Nazi in Exile; by Paul Manning; pp. 261-262.)

22. Zoellick was one of the principal figures in the launching of NAFTA, as well as the Bush/Baker State Department point man in the negotiations that led to the reunification of Germany. ("Bush Seeking To Overhaul Policy Making" by Joseph Kahn and Frank Bruni; New York Times; 1/6/2001; pp. B1-14.)

23. Handling German reunification, Zoellick must have worked closely with Gunther Strassmeier, Helmut Kohl's former chief of staff and the architect of German reunification. Strassmeier is the father of Andreas Strassmeier, a key figure in the Oklahoma City bombing investigation. (The Beast Reawakens, by Martin A. Lee; hardcover, Little Brown & Co., pp. 352-3, ISBN 0-316-51959-6.)

24. Zoellick also helped to midwife the World Trade Organization. ("Robert Bruce Zoellick;" by Joseph Kahn; New York Times; 1/12/2001; p. A15.)

25. A James Baker protege, Zoellick worked with Baker in the Florida recount machinations. ("Bush’s Trade Chief Rated as Smart, Smooth Negotiator" by Jonathan Petersen; Los Angeles Times; 1/12/2001; p. A15.)

26. Not surprisingly in light of the Bormann group's decisive influence in the European economy, Zoellick's ascenscion is viewed with favor by the EU. ("Zoellick Faces Task of Building Trade Bridges;" by Edward Alden, Richard Wolffe, and Stephen Fidler; Financial Times; 1/12/2001; p. 4.)

27. The program concludes with speculative information supplementing the discussion in FTR-272. One of the principal Thyssen heirs (and Bormann associates) is Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza. His financial operations are based in the Netherlands, one of the principal places of business for old Fritz Thyssen. (Martin Bormann: Nazi in Exile; by Paul Manning; p. 237.)
28. In the discussion of ASM Lithography (see FTR-272), the broadcast highlights the fact that the company's full name is “ASM Lithography Holding." ("ASM Lithography Will Wait to Acquire Silicon Valley Group" by Glenn R. Simpson; Wall Street Journal; 1/9/2001; p. B7.) Holding companies have been one of the financial cloaking vehicles through which the aforementioned Bormann group has hidden its ownership of key companies around the world, as well as maintaining its control of the German economy. (Martin Bormann: Nazi in Exile; by Paul Manning; pp. 134-5.)

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A55964-2005Jan7.html

Bush nominated Rice to succeed Secretary of State Colin L. Powell. Zoellick, whose nomination also needs Senate confirmation, would replace Richard L. Armitage.

Zoellick, who served at the State Department as undersecretary for economic affairs and as counselor for then-Secretary of State James A. Baker III, has steered U.S. trade policy around the world over the past four years. Known as an experienced international strategist, he has worked closely with Rice during the current and former Bush administrations.

"He already knows the building and is widely respected in Washington and on the international stage for his strong intellect," an administration official familiar with staff plans said on the condition of anonymity before the appointment is announced. Both Rice and Zoellick are known as "hard chargers and perfectionists," he added.

Zoellick's expected appointment provides the first insight into the team Rice hopes to assemble at the State Department, which has often been a dissenting voice within the administration on Iraq and other key foreign policies. Powell and other State officials have promoted diplomacy and cooperation with the United Nations, clashing with Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld and administration neoconservatives who have often favored a more unilateral approach on foreign policy.

What is striking about Zoellick and others being talked about as candidates for top jobs at State, foreign policy analysts said, is that most of them are professional diplomats. Zoellick is considered an internationalist attuned to the need for building coalitions, which he has had to do as trade representative.

The roster of others officials have said are in the running for the new State Department team are NATO Ambassador Nicholas Burns, who worked with Rice at the National Security Council during the first Bush administration, and Philip D. Zelikow, director of the University of Virginia's Miller Center of Public Affairs and co-author with Rice of "Germany Unified and Europe Transformed." Zelikow was also staff director of the commission investigating the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. Both men are personal friends with whom Rice holds working dinners. As U.S. trade representative and NATO ambassador, Zoellick and Burns also come with expansive global contacts.
Another name touted for a senior position is the ambassador to Turkey, Eric S. Edelman, a career diplomat who was an assistant national security adviser to Vice President Cheney.

A graduate of Swarthmore College, Harvard Law School and Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, Zoellick had also been mentioned as a leading candidate for the presidency of either Fannie Mae or the World Bank after James Wolfensohn's term ends in the summer. Some foreign policy analysts were surprised Zoellick would give up the possibility of the World Bank job to become the United States' No. 2 diplomat, but State Department officials point out that the deputy secretary can be highly influential in shaping U.S. foreign policy.

Zoellick has played a major role in jump-starting stalled World Trade Organization talks to remove barriers to the free trade of goods, services and investment. But he has been criticized for focusing much of his energy on concluding relatively modest bilateral pacts with individual countries such as Morocco, Australia, Bahrain, Singapore and Central American nations.

During the first Bush administration, he took the lead for the State Department in talks on the North American Free Trade Agreement and in developing policy as the Cold War ended, particularly in talks on German unification -- an issue close to Rice's specialty as a Soviet expert.

"Policy differences aside, he is a serious and talented economic policymaker who certainly knows the bumps and bruises of wrestling with the world's most delicate and controversial economic issues," said Gene B. Sperling, national economic adviser to President Bill Clinton and now a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. "Hopefully, he will use this position and his experience to highlight the importance of economic development, multilateral engagement and global poverty reduction as critical foreign policy imperatives."

Among the people being suggested to replace Zoellick are Josette Shiner, Zoellick's deputy; Gary Edson, former deputy national security adviser responsible for international economic affairs; Rep. Jim Kolbe (R-Ariz.); Grant Aldonas, undersecretary of commerce for international trade; and Robert M. Kimmitt, a former colleague of Zoellick's at the State and Treasury departments and a former ambassador to Germany.

Several State officials also said yesterday that they believe John R. Bolton, undersecretary of state for arms control, would be replaced by Robert G. Joseph, his counterpart at the National Security Council. But in response to inquiries and news reports, State officials said Bolton has no plans to resign.
Bolton is known for taking a hard line on arms control, and is leading the administration's campaign to prevent Iran from gaining a nuclear weapons capability. Joseph represented the administration in talks that led to Libya's disarmament decision in late 2003.

Staff writers Paul Blustein and Dafna Linzer contributed to this report.

http://www.counterpunch.org/barry01142005.html
January 14, 2005

Rice's #2 at the State Department
Robert Zoellick: a Bush Family Man
By TOM BARRY

To what degree do neoconservatives and militarists control U.S. foreign policy? And how much influence do the less ideological figures like former National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice have over President Bush?
Those were questions continually debated by foreign policy observers during last three years of the first Bush administration. And at the onset of Bushs second term, assessing the new ideological/realist balance in the foreign policy team is the main topic of Washingtons foreign policy community.

The presidents nomination of Condoleezza Rice and her selection of Robert Zoellick as her top deputy indicate that the ultra-hawks and neocon foreign policy revolutionaries wont completely dominate the second administration.

Neither Rice nor Zoellick, who served as the U.S. Trade Representative during the first administration, are ideologues. But neither are they moderate conservatives. Only when compared with such figures as Rumsfeld and his deputies at the Pentagon, such as Paul Wolfowitz, Stephen Cambone, and Douglas Feith, could they be considered moderates.

Both Rice and Zoellick are nonideological foreign policy operatives who are not idealists or true believers. Rather they are realists who accept the neoconservative premise of U.S. global supremacy but want to wisely manage that power to further their notions of U.S. national security and interests.

At first glance, Zoellick could be mistaken for an ideologue, as an evangelist for free trade and a member of the neoconservative vanguard. But when his political trajectory is more closely observed, Zoellick is better understood as a can-do member of the Republican foreign policy elitea diplomat who always keeps his eye on the prize, namely the interests of Corporate America and U.S. global hegemony. Based on his record in the Bush Sr. administration and the current Bush presidency, Zoellick is highly regarded as an astute dealmaker.

Rices surprise selection of Zoellick was greeted with an almost palpable sense of relief inside Washingtons foreign policy circles. The great fear, outside the neoconservative and militarist camps, was that Cheney and company would insist that the shrill unilateralist John Bolton, current undersecretary for arms control, serve as Rices deputy.

Zoellicks Track Record

Robert Zoellick, who enjoys long-distance running, has a long track record in the economic policy and diplomatic affairs of Republican administrations since the late 1980s. During the second Reagan administration, Zoellick, who began his career as a Harvard-educated lawyer, served as a special assistant at the Treasury Department. During the Bush Sr. administration, Zoellick became a key figure shaping post-Cold War economic policy as a senior officer in both the Treasury and State Departments and a personal adviser to the elder Bush.

While serving in the Bush Sr. administration, Zoellick was instrumental in sealing the NAFTA accord with Mexico. When the negotiations hit a rough spot, Zoellick served as a special assistant to President Bush in his relations with President Salinas of Mexico and managed to keep jump-start the stalled negotiations. As an indicator of the degree that U.S. foreign policy in the 1990s increasingly became focused on global economic policy, Zoellick, while serving as a counselor at the State Department and Under Secretary of State for Economics, played a key role in launching the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation forum. In recognition for this achievement, Zoellick received the Distinguished Service Award, the State Departments highest honor.

Zoellick shuttled all over the world during the Bush Sr. administration to promote U.S. global economic policy. Before the founding of the World Trade Organization, Zoellick was the Bush administrations top negotiator with the European Union at a time when the Uruguay Round of multilateral trade negotiations was blocked by U.S.-European differences over agricultural trade liberalization. He helped break the logjam by forging the Blair House Accord, which helped save the foundering Uruguay Round. Among other functions in his role as the roving ambassador for the U.S. free trade agenda, Zoellick was the administrations sherpa at the G-7 summits in 1991 and 1992.

His reputation of an Atlanticist was secured during the Bush administration when he persuaded the U.S. government to support the reunification of West and East Germany. According to the New York Times: He is most widely remembered in foreign policy circles for being the United States representative at the multiparty negotiation over the future of divided Germany. He persuaded the Bush administration to embrace German unity despite the qualms of allies and alarm in the former Soviet Union.

Zoellick is highly respected on Wall Street and by Corporate America at large. Not only a highly effective government representative of U.S. capital, Zoellick has benefited from direct personal ties with the U.S. financial community and transnational corporations. He has directly worked in the highest echelons of the U.S. corporate community, including serving as an executive at Goldman Sachs. Before joining the Bush Jr. administration as a cabinet official in the capacity of the U.S. Trade Representative, Zoellick served on an advisory council at the Enron Corporation. In addition, Zoellick also served on the boards of such corporations as Alliance Capital, Jones Intercable, Said Holdings, and the Precursor Group.

A protÈgÈ of James Baker, who served as treasury secretary during the Reagan administration and secretary of state during the Bush Sr. administration, Zoellick has close ties to the Bush family. He was an adviser to Governor George W. Bush and served as a foreign policy adviser to presidential candidate Bush.

A New Republican Foreign Policy

Zoellicks essay in Foreign Affairs in January 2000, entitled Campaign 2000: A Republican Foreign Policy, highlighted Zoellicks grasp of the radical new foreign policy directions that would come with a Bush Jr. administration. Zoellick faulted the Clinton administration for focusing too narrowly on economic policy and for promoting social and environmental clauses within free trade organizations, as Clinton did at the outset of the WTO ministerial in Seattle. He spelled out a new foreign policy that would be based on the preeminence of military powera concept of a new American century in which unquestioned U.S. military superiority would allow the United States to shape the international order.

Zoellick was perhaps the first Bush associate to introduce the concept of evil into the construct of Bushs radical overhaul of U.S. grand strategy. A year before Bush was inaugurated, Zoellick wrote: A modern Republican foreign policy recognizes that there is still evil in the worldpeople who hate America and the ideas for which it stands. Today, we face enemies who are hard at work to develop nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons, along with the missiles to deliver them. The United States must remain vigilant and have the strength to defeat its enemies. People driven by enmity or by a need to dominate will not respond to reason or goodwill. They will manipulate civilized rules for uncivilized ends.

Although regarded as a pragmatic promoter of U.S. economic interests, Zoellick has an idealist streak that also aligns him with the neoconservatives. In his Foreign Affairs article, Zoellick points to the need for a foreign policy that recognizes the appeal of the countrys ideas are unparalleled, and points favorably to the idealism of presidents Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson in promoting their visions of an international order based on their visions of Americas transformational role in world history.

Zoellicks Foreign Affairs essay was a companion piece to another predictive about new directions in foreign policy by Secretary of State-designate Condoleezza Rice. Zoellick worked alongside Rice in the National Security Council in the Bush Sr. administration.

In 1998 Zoellick joined a group of neoconservatives and militarists, many of whom would later form the upper ranks of George W. Bushs foreign policy teams, in signing statements of the neocon Project for the New American Century (PNAC). The statements among other things called for increased military budgets and a policy of regime change in Iraq.

Coalition of the Liberalizers

The Senate unanimously confirmed Zoellick as USTR in 2001, and it is expected that his nomination as deputy secretary of state will also receive strong bipartisan support. Although Zoellick failed to seal a Free Trade of Americas Agreement during his tenure as USTR, he won respect among the corporate community for his role in gaining bipartisan support for Bushs request for trade promotion authority, also know as fast-track authority because it reduces the role of congressional and public review of new free trade pacts.

When it comes to global economic policy, Zoellick is not a free trade ideologue or a committed advocate of the World Trade Organization (WTO). Instead, he regards free trade philosophy and free trade agreements as instruments of U.S. national interests. When the principles of free trade affect U.S. short-term interests or even the interests of political constituencies, Zoellick is more a mercantilist and unilateralist than free trader or multilateralist.

Zoellick coined the phrase the coalition of the liberalizers prior to the failed WTO ministerial in September 2003. Thats what Zoellick called the group of countries that have joined the United States in bilateral or regional trade pacts. In the face of mounting opposition from Brazil and other developing nations to the U.S. global economy agenda, USTR Zoellick began forging a coalition of trade partners that agree to open their markets and protect U.S. investment in order to ensure coveted access to the huge U.S. market.
In early 2003 Zoellick outlined a free trade strategy that anticipated rising opposition to Washingtons liberalization agenda. Instead of committing itself to making the compromises necessary to completing another negotiating round in the WTO, the Bush administration announced that it would pursue its agenda through free trade agreements (FTAs) with single nations or subregional groupings. Our FTA partners are the vanguard of a new global coalition of open markets, declared Zoellick.

At the beginning of the Bush administration, the United States had FTAs with only a few nations, including Canada, Israel, and Mexico. However, once Congress in 2002 gave the executive branch Trade Promotion Authoritythe go-ahead to pursue fast-track trade negotiationsthe Office of the U.S. Trade Representative launched free trade initiatives around the world outside of the WTO. Zoellick took the lead in negotiating the Central America Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) in May 2004. That same month the USTR announced the start of bilateral trade negotiations with Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru (and possibly Bolivia) as part of the planned U.S.-Andean Trade Agreement as well as the beginning of free trade negotiations with Panama.
Zoellick termed his free trade strategy one of competitive liberalization. By establishing numerous bilateral and regional agreements outside the WTO, the United States hopes to undermine opposition to its aggressive liberalizing agenda and weaken developing country demands for U.S. market access, subsidy reduction, and Special Treatment in the WTO. In a July 10, 2003 op-ed in the Wall Street Journal the administrations trade czar clearly articulated the U.S. global trade and investment strategy. Zoellick explained that under WTO consensus procedures, one nation can block progress in extending economic liberalization to new areas. Explaining that Washington can pursue its liberalization agenda outside the WTO, Zoellick warned: It would be a grave mistake to permit any one country to veto Americas drive for global free trade.

Although other nations remain committed to a multilateral forum and universal trade rules, Zoellick signaled that Washington was willing to proceed unilaterally. He predicted, The WTOs influence will wane if it comes to embody a new dependency theory of trade, blaming developed countries... Seeing the recalcitrance of many developing countries to approve new trade and investment rules, the Bush administration has adopted a my way or the highway approach to global economy issues. This unilateral posture with respect to trade and investment rules mirrors its unilateralism in foreign and military policy.

The day the WTO talks broke down in Cancun, the USTR said that the wont do countries had won the day over the can do countries. Referring to the developing country coalitions that had come together to block the must-do agenda of Washington and the EU, Zoellick issued a veiled threat to the multilateral process: Were going to keep opening markets one way or another, he said.

The Bush administrations decision to raise agricultural subsidies by $80 billion in the 2002 farm bill underscored the charges that the United States is a free trade hypocrite. But protectionism and subsidies have political payoffs. When Zoellick returned from the failed Cancun talks, he was praised by leaders of the American Farm Bureau Federation for not budging on the issue of farm subsidies. This hypocrisy galls many developing countries, who see their competitively priced exports blocked by U.S. protectionism while at the same time heavily subsidized U.S. exports flow into their own domestic markets.

The USTR relentlessly pressured other nations, particularly poorer ones, to liberalize their economies. For itself, however, free trade serves more as a battering ram to knock down national barriers to U.S. trade and investment than a universal principle.

In a speech to the right-wing Heritage Foundation in Washington, Zoellick made the case that there is no alternative to globalization and that U.S. companies and consumers were already benefiting in countless ways from this new wave of corporate-led economic integration. To drive his point home about all the new opportunities, Zoellick noted: Even the funeral business has gone global, with a Houston-based company now selling funeral plots in 20 countries.

Neoconservative-Realist Balance in New Bush Administration
The selection of Rice and Zoellick to direct the State Department points to President Bushs determination to consolidate his foreign policy team. Although Rice and Zoellick are not blazing hawks like Rumsfeld, Cheney, and Wolfowitz, they are loyalists and hardliners when it comes to promoting U.S. military supremacy and corporate economic interests. Set to replace Colin Powell and his deputy Richard Armitage, Rice and Zoellick can be counted on for reducing frictions within the foreign policy apparatus and seeking more policy coherence with the Pentagon and Cheneys office.

Part of that policy coherence was expressed by Zoellick in the aftermath of the September 11th attacks when he conflated his free trade initiatives with the war on terrorism. Now we have a clear enemy who is not only trying to do us great damage, but is also trying to terrorize us to paralyze us by terrorizing us, said Zoellick. The terrorists deliberately chose the World Trade towers as their target. While their blow toppled the towers, it cannot and will not shake the foundation of world trade and freedom. Our response has to counter fear and panic, and counter it with free trade.

This coherence was also on exhibit during a speech by Zoellick at the Institute for International Economics in 2003, when he linked economic agreements with political adherence to U.S. foreign policy. The U.S. seeks cooperationor betteron foreign policy and security. Given that the U.S. has international interests beyond trade, why not try to urge people to support our overall policies? Negotiating a free trade agreement with the U.S. is not something one has a right to doits a privilege.

Although not part of the new rights militarist and neoconservative camps, Zoellicks personal arrogance, his unilateralism, and his loyalty to Bush and the Republican Partys new radical elite make him a perfect fit for Bushs new foreign policy team.

Tom Barry is policy director of the International Relations Center, online at and author of numerous books on international relations.

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