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Saturday, February 26, 2005

Adnan Khashoggi Linked to 911 Terrorists


By Alex Constantine

Prelude: Abu Sayyaf & the CIA'S Terror Incubator in the Philippines

It's generally agreed that the same arm of Al Quaeda responsible for the 1993 WTC bombing returned on 9/11/01 to finish the job. It's a reasonable assumption that the first attempt to level the towers, and the subsequent paths of blind cleric Rahman's fellow conspirators, should provide some answers to questions left in the wake of 911 concerning its obscure history and sponsorship.

Media histories of al-Queda trace its roots to Saudi Arabia. Founder Osama Bin Laden pushed early funding through the International Islamic Relief Organization (IIRO), as arranged in meetings between al Qaeda's inner-circle and the charity's directors. (The Saudi government funded terrorist attacks on Israel in utter secrecy throughout most of the 1990's via charities in Virginia and Florida.1) Ayman al-Zawahiri, bin Laden's lieutenant, was employed by the IIRO in Albania. The Philippine branch office was run by Osama's brother-in-law (1986-94), who made a hand-off of cash to the Abu Sayyaf, an al Quaeda offshoot.2

The DoD, CIA and other opaque branches of government (oh, and the Mafia), drawn by the lure of Japanese and German gold (see part 5), maintained a particularly busy presence in the Philippines as the Marcos kleptocracy declined and fell. Khashoggi's Iran-contra ally, Oliver North, oversaw "back door" shipments of the recovered gold, much of it to Arab governments, some of it to Middle Eastern terrorists trading on the black market. North met with Osama Bin Laden's money men often to negotiate exchange of the gold.3

The Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG), like Al Quaeda, owed its existence to the intelligence establishment. The ASG was co-founded by Edwin Angeles, an undercover agent for the Defense Intelligence Group at the Department of National Defense, Republic of the Philippines. His Muslim handle was "Ibrahim Yakub" and as the organization's operations officer and chief recruiter, he was largely responsible for the spread - and criminalization - of the Abu Sayyaf.

Filipino television news reporter Arlyn de la Cruz, in her history of the ASG, writes that Angeles/Yokub "holds the key to the deep intricacies of how some government agencies manipulated the rawness of the Abu Sayyaf during its early years." This observation still applies, and can be said of al Quaeda, the CIA-bred Taliban mutation, as well.

It was Angeles "who actually introduced the idea of kidnapping as part of the fund-raising activities of the Abu Sayyaf," she recalls - this would be the abduction of a wealthy woman in Davao. "Edwin planned the abduction and even initiated the plan himself." The victim was held not far from the Brigade Headquarters of the Philippine Marines in Tabuk. She was released after her family paid the million-pesos ransom to Abu Sayyaf.

The next abductee was Luis "Ton-Ton" Biel, a five year-old child, and his grandfather ... then Claretian priest Bernardo Blanco. Soon, the media were requesting interviews, and "Yokub" stepped before the cameras to act the role of lethal but well-spoken religious lunatic. Angeles, according to Cruz, was a "good speaker, a good actor. He spoke like a Leftist leader espousing Fundamentalist principles."4

The May 16 2004, an accidental blast at the Evergreen Hotel in Davao was a clear statement that the "Al Quaeda" offshoot still functions as an intelligence front, a proxy army of the National Security Council that exists to justify intervention in the Philippines.

The explosion - publicized in the States as the work of the dread ASG - was set off by a store of dynamite belonging to one Michael Meiring, an African-born, naturalized, proverbially Ugly American citizen. Meiring claimed that Abu Sayyaf's mad dogs had lobbed a grenade into his hotel room, an alibi proven to be false upon examination of the scene by local police. Meiring was so badly injured that both of his legs had to be amputated at the knees.

The dynamite, the Manila Times reported, also tore off his "mantle of obscurity," exposing the accident-prone Ugly American "and his numerous American and Filipino partners, to the public limelight."6 From the rubble at the Evergreen Hotel emerged the story of "a complex man, whose trail leads back to South Africa and boxes supposedly containing US Federal Reserve notes and bonds obtained from the Abu Sayyaf." The Times reported that employees of the hotel "claimed that while they were cleaning Meiring's room before the explosion, he warned them not to touch two metal boxes, which he said contained important documents. Police investigators said they recovered blasting caps and ammonium nitrate from the room, where Meiring had stayed since Dec. 14 2001."

Meiring refused to talk to Philipine police. Bloodied and burned by the explosion, he was whisked out of the country on a chartered plane, according Col. Lino Calingasan, a local immigratiion official, by agents of the FBI and NSC. "American David Hawthorn, a close friend of Meiring, claimed the blast victim had confessed passing to Mandela's government the proceeds of a box of old US federal notes." That box was one in a set of twelve, containing an estimated $500-million in counterfeit American notes.

Hawthorn had been shown a letter from the South African government and a US Treasury permit to support his story. Hawthorn also saw a packing list' that had "a cover sheet printed with the words US ARMY,' the Army seal, some numbers and a group of upper case letters. Meiring, he said, claimed the list represented the serial numbers of the missing notes, dating back to 1937. Similar boxes' were recovered by United States Secret Service and the Philippine Central Bank late last year. Other counterfeit bonds and currency were also recovered from a hotel in Davao a few months ago. It has been reported that these were to be ... shipped to Las Vegas, Nevada."

Philippine police discovered that Meiring, the NSC amputee, had run with neo-nazis and Islamic radicals alike, including the Abu Sayyaf and other radical fronts. His key contact in Nevada was financier James Rowe of Nevada, an executive producer for Wild Rose Productions, an independent documentary production company in New Green Valley, near Las Vegas. Rowe, in turn, ran with white supremacists and tax rebels in Nevada, also neo-nazis in the United States and Germany. Another of Meiring's contacts back home was Chuck Ager, an ultracon mining engineer in Colorado. Another was Nina North (possibly an alias), a CIA operative who took over "back door" financial transactions in black market gold formerly conducted by Oliver North. Another was Filipino-American Bob Gould, a tax protester from Hayward, California in league with Fred Obado, leader of the Kodar Kiram terrorist cell, son of Sultan Jumalul Kiram.

Meiring operated a shell company called PAROUSIA - a term used by right-wing Christian evangelicals, a reference to the second coming of Christ.

But Meiers wasn't the only home-grown terrorist running loose in the Philippines: "Three Vietnamese terrorists arrested last year for plotting to blow up the Vietnamese Embassy here were assets of the US intelligence community," the Times reported.7


Robert J. Freidman, a journalist for the Village Voice, wrote one of the most signally important articles of the previous decade, "The CIA and the Sheikh."5 The feature was an inventory of critical leads, eroded over time, sadly, by opportunities lost.

If the killers of Rabbi Meir Kahana, the vitriolic leader of the Jewish Defense League, had been captured and sentenced, Freidman contends, the 1993 World Trade Center bombing - and by extension, 911 - would have never have occurred.

"On November 5, 1990," Freidman wrote, "El Sayyid Nosair, a pudgy, bearded 34-year-old Egyptian American and a core member of the El Salaam Mosque, calmly walked up to the podium of a conference room in the Halloran House, a midtown Manhattan hotel, after Kahane had finished a one-hour speech. Moments later, Kahane was shot once in the throat at point-blank range with a .357 magnum, and Nosair bolted outside. During a running gun battle down Lexington Avenue, Nosair was wounded by an off-duty postal inspector and finally captured by New York City police."

An FBI informant told Freidman that Nosair frequented the El Salaam Mosque in Jersey City. Nosair was close with Sheikh Abdel Rahman. "I told them that, four days before, I saw with my own eyes the Sheikh meeting with Nosair at a Lebanese restaurant on Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn. It was 7 p.m. There was Nosair, the Sheikh, a person escorting the Sheikh, and another person I don't know. They were deep in conversation."

After the arrest of Kahane's assailant, police found evidence that Kahane's murder "was just the first in a planned spree. Scrawled on a bank calendar in Nosair's home was a hit list' that included the names of a U.S. representative, two federal judges, and a former assistant U.S. Attorney."

The secretive clutch of Muslims from the Mosque often met with Nosair to discuss means of destroying symbols of the Israeli-loving Babylon they despised, "the Empire State Building, and the Statue of Liberty." The World Trade Center.

"Many are wondering why there wasn't a comprehensive, wide-ranging investigation of Meir Kahane's murder," Friedman reported. "What investigators would have found if they had done their job thoroughly is that Sheikh Abdel Rahman and El Sayyid Nosair were at the heart of a far-flung terrorist conspiracy."


1) John Loftus, "What Congress does not know about Enron and 9/11," May 31, 2002,

2) Dore Gold, "The Suicide Bombing Attacks in Saudi Arabia: A Preliminary Assessment," Jerusalem Issue Brief, Institute for Contemporary Affairs, Vol. 2, No. 28, May 13, 2003,

3) Edith Regalado, "CIA whisks away Brit-Am blast victim; now in US," Philippine Star, July 9, 2002.

4) Anon., "Edwin Angeles: The spy who came in from the cold,",

5) Robert J. Freidman, "The CIA and the Sheikh," Village Voice, March 30, 1993.

6) See, for a summary of the Manila Times series written by Dorian Zumel-Sicat and Jeannette Andrade, May 29, 2002 through May 31, 2002. Also see, Manila Times' news reports to June 19, 2002.

7) Ibid.


Friday, February 25, 2005

Adnan Khashoggi Linked to 911 Terrorists


By Alex Constantine

"The first prisoner [at Guantanamo] formally charged with committing war crimes was 34 year-old Yemeni Salim Ahmed Hamdan, Osama bin Laden's driver.... His military-appointed attorney Navy Lieutenant Commander Charlie Swift questioned the suitability of four members of the panel judging him, contending they had PERSONAL CONNECTIONS WITH THE 9/11 ATTACKS and the subsequent war on terror' and as such, would be prone to partiality...." - News wires, August 29, 2004

"Any terrorist offence is the result of an intelligence failure..."- Indian Intelligence Official

Two months after the horror show in Manhattan, a federal grand jury issued subpoenas for the records of the Holy Land Foundation. The same day, federal agents froze the assets of InfoCom Corp., an Internet provider in Richardson, Texas. Both companies relocated to Richardson and opened on opposite sides of the street at the same time. InfoCom had been raided five days before the WTC meltdown.

When a platoon of 80 federal officers pulled the plug, 500 websites crashed.1

Agents of the FBI, Secret Service, INS, IRS and multiple branches of law enforcement pored over the company's files and copied every hard disk on the premises for four days.

The charity and the Net provider were symbiotic. Ghassan Elashi, marketing vice president of InfoCom, was chairman of the Holy Land Foundation, a faith-based terrorist front, the government charged, represented by the law firm of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld. After the raid on the foundation, the Boston Herald hit on the fact that the charity was represented by "a powerful Washington, D.C. law firm" appended to the Bush White House, one that had "earned hefty fees representing controversial Saudi billionaires as well as a Texas-based Islamic charity fingered last week as a terrorist front." Akin, Gump has handled the knotty legal affairs three wealthy Saudi businessmen (Khalid bin Mahfouz, Salah Idris and Mohammed Hussein Al-Amoudi) who are key suspects in the financing of Al Qaeda's war.

Partners at Akin, Gump include James C. Langdon, a close friend of G.W. Bush, and George R. Salem, chairman of the Republican party's Arab outreach program in the 2000 campaign; also Barnett A. Sandy' Kress, a former Dallas School Board president, appointed by Bush to a post as an unpaid consultant on education policy to the White House.

This firm, the Herald reported, keeps "an office in Riyadh and is a registered foreign agent of the Saudis. It was paid $77,328 in lobbying fees by the Saudis during the first six months of 2000, public records show."1

In 1999, Saudi authorities placed bin Mahfouz under house arrest after the discovery that his bank, National Commercial, "funneled millions to charities believed to be serving as bin Laden fronts. One of his business partners, Al-Amoudi, was represented by Akin Gump." After the press reported in 1999 that the Feds were also investigating Al-Amoudi's Capitol Trust Bank, Akin Gump quickly issued a press release on behalf of their client denying any connections to terrorism. The denial crumbled, though, when it was reported that a year before, Akin Gump had co-sponsored "an investment conference in Ethiopia with Al-Amoudi."2

Attorneys are paper mercenaries in the ditches in a strategy-of-tensions war engineered for profit and the advancement of "conservative" geopolitical aims.

When the victims and survivors of 911 filed a trillion-dollar lawsuit against the Saudi ruling family, the kingdom assembled an immense legal team to deflect the accusations.

Newsweek's web site reports: "Their opening defense salvo in what promises to be a bruising legal battle was fired last week when a trio of lawyers from Baker Botts, a pricey and prestigious Houston-based legal firm, filed a motion on behalf of Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz, the Saudi defense minister."

The defense fell back on a claim of diplomatic immunity and motioned to dismiss.

But in documenting their motion, the Baker-Botts team "presented highly detailed new evidence of the Saudi government's role in funneling millions of dollars to a web of Islamic charities that are widely suspected by U.S. officials of covertly financing the operations of Al Qaeda and other international terrorist groups."

The Sultan's right honorable and learned legal defense attorneys were paid millions of dollars in retainers. They brought along piles of affidavits and cancelled checks, admitting in a brief that His Highness had contributed over $2 million to the International Islamic Relief Organization, a Saudi charity raided by federal agents, and disbursed a total of $52,000 in grants to the World Assembly of Muslim Youth, yet another organization on the FBI's charitable-front blacklist.3

Former Secretary of State James Baker is a senior partner at the Sultan's legal firm. Robert Jordan, one of President Bush's personal attorneys, is U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

Some legal firms retained by the Saudis in the 911 families' suit:

  • Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering/Prince Mohammed al Faisal
  • Kellog, Huber, Hansen, Todd & Evans/Prince Turki al Faisal
  • Jones, Day/the Binladin Group• Ropes & Grey/Khaled bin Mahfouz
  • White & Case/the Al-Rajhi Banking Group
  • King & Spalding/the Arab Bank and Youssef Nada
  • Fulbright & Jaworski/Nimir Petroleum.4
Meanwhile, in Guantanamo, the Defense Department's prosecutorial Kangaroos oversaw a tribunal that has drawn fire from human rights activists since the word "detainee" was first breathed by Donald Rumsfeld. On June 12, 2004, New York Times Magazine ran a feature on Naval Lt. Commander Charles Swift, a defense attorney appointed by the Defense Department to represent the accused at the Cuban tribunal.

Swift and his legal team submitted a provocative friend-of-the-court brief to the Supreme Court, the Times' Jonathan Mahler reported, "in which, among other things, they compared their commander in chief, President Bush, to the villain of the American Revolution, King George III."

In April, Swift took it the next step - he filed a suit against Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and President Bush in a Seattle federal courtroom, arguing that the tribunal for his client - still not charged or given a trial date - violates the Constitution, the Geneva Conventions, federal law and the Uniform Code of Military Justice.4

"An optimist by nature," Mahler noted, "Swift was inclined to believe that the post-9/11 military-tribunal process would be fair. But over the course of the spring last year, as the Defense Department continued to define the workings of the military tribunals, his hopefulness began to fade." Swift was told that hearsay was permissible in court. He could only file appeals to the four-member review panel selected by Rumsfeld.

"What is more, the Defense Department (in effect, the prosecution) was not only defining the crimes worthy of trial by military tribunal but also doing so only after hundreds of suspects were already in custody and had been repeatedly interrogated."

"It was like a Monty Python movie," Swift said.

"The government had this wonderful suit of armor, a lance and a sword. And I had been given a sharp stick..."5

1) Maggie Mulvihill, "White House Connection - "Saudi Agents Close to Bush," Boston Herald, December 12, 2001. On September 7, 2004, UK's Register reported that the FBI "suspected that the Holy Land Foundation was being used to filter money through to Middle East terrorists and so shut it down." The proprietors were arrested "on 18 December 2002 on charges of dealing illegally with Mousa abu Marzook and illegally exporting computer equipment and technology to Libya and Syria."

2) See, The Guardian, Sept. 10, 2001.

3) Anon., "A Legal Counterattack,"

4) Ibid.

5) The Guantanimobile Project, Newswatch web page, "Military Lawyer Files Suit Against Tribunal System," August 29, 2004


Sunday, February 20, 2005

Adnan Khashoggi Linked to 911 Terrorists



By Alex Constantine

After the nightmare of Black Tuesday, a tape recording of a private conference at the Hotel Royale Monceau in Paris, France found its way to Observer reporter Greg Palast. The topic of this meeting of minds was protection money, as in how much of it to give bin Laden to assure that no messy al Qaeda bombs exploded in Saudi Arabia. This cabal was in general agreement that their friend Osama had done quite well promoting Wahhabism in the Middle East. They were very complimentary.

Some of the usual suspects attended this session:

• Prince Turki al-Faisal.
• Khalid bin Mahfouz.
• Saudi Sheikh Abdullah Bakhsh (bailed W. and his oil company from bankruptcy).
• Adnan Khashoggi.1

(The 9/11 families have mentioned a French intelligence report of the meeting in a lawsuit filed against Saudi royals, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune on August 16, 2002.)

Reverse the tape, now. More wretched voices drift upward from the charred recesses of 911 history...

On April 4, 1993, the Las Vegas Sun revealed that it had obtained a tape recording of its own, this one from an unnamed intelligence source. On the tape, Middle Eastern gold traders toyed with the notion of killing President Bill Clinton.3

As if this little attention-getter wasn't enough, the Arab businessmen went on to discuss options for dealing with widow Imelda Marcos and her son, then exiled in Hawaii. From the balmy islands, Imelda Marcos was heaving billions of dollars in gold on the black market, frantically, before the remains of their tin dictatorship was seized by the courts.

The sudden infusion of Philippine gold on the world market threatened to depress the already-sagging price of the metal. This cabal settled on a drastic solution - a strategic terrorist act staged to drive up the price of gold.

The threats "may be nothing more than ill-conceived boasting," the Sun allowed. "There may well be no connection between the [1993] New York blast - which DID impact installation of new computer programs at a major commodity exchange [also, one of the largest repositories of gold in the world, worth $1 billion, situated beneath the skyscraper4] - and the Marcos efforts to sell.... Yet far-fetched as it sounds, terrorist acts aimed at eroding public confidence in the world's most stable nation and commodity markets could make gold more attractive and drive its price higher."5

The Ford Econoline that exploded at the World Trade Center on February 26, 1993 left behind one of the biggest crime scenes in New York history, with six dead, 1,000 injured. The damage was estimated at an excess of $500 million.

Police dubbed it "the case of the century."6

Assistant FBI director James Fox explained to reporters that Mohammed Salameh, a follower of Omar Abdel Rahman, had been ID'd as the bomber. The New York Times reported that Rahman was a "Suspect Tied to an Islamic Fundamentalist Sect." Ramzi Yousef, suspected to be the "mastermind" of the plot, lit for Pakistan...

Khashoggi was given a taste of the Marcos gold back in 1963 - when he was running with Edwin Pauley and George DeMorenschieldt - converted into a certificate issued by the Bank of Switzerland to one "Adnan Kasogi."

Adnan was a familar face around the Marcos palace. So was Kodama Yoshio, a Khashoggi business partner - also a Japanese Naval rear admiral during WW II, a CIA asset, a thug in the Yakuza crime organization, a future mover in the Unification Church. Yoshio had shipped the so-called "Golden Lilly" Japanese gold war reserve to the Philippines after the war.

Sterling and Peggy Seagrave, in Gold Warriors (2002), detail a "great fortune discovered by U.S. intelligence services in 1946 ... $13-billion in war loot amassed by underworld godfather Kodama Yoshio who, as a rear admiral' in the Imperial Navy working with Golden Lily in China and Southeast Asia, was in charge of plundering the Asian underworld and racketeers. He was also in charge of Japan's wartime drug trade throughout Asia. After the war, to get out of Sugamo Prison and avoid prosecution for war crimes, Kodama gave $100-million to the CIA." Kodama, the all-purpose Yakuza, "personally financed the creation of the two political parties that merged into Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), strongly backed to this day by Washington."

As the Seagraves detail it, Kodama "spent two years in Sugamo Prison as an indicted war criminal, but was magically released in mid-1948 when he made a deal with General Willoughby [a viable suspect in the plot to murder John Kennedy] to give the CIA $100-million (equal to $1-billion in today's values.) This payment [was] placed in one of the secret slush funds controlled by the CIA station at the U.S. Embassy. Subsequently, Kodama was put directly on the CIA payroll."

Khashoggi's gold certificate was his own pay-off for services rendered. Gary Weadon, in The Nazi Hydra in America, recalls that Khashoggi was an agent of Lockheed with a Yakuza business partner who'd brought a furtune in gold to the Philippines: "This gold certificate was issued just before Lockheed paid the first known bribe to Prince Bernhard. Lockheed was being used by the CIA to funnel money worldwide. Moreover, Lockheed's European Sales Director, Dutchman Fred Meuser, had been a member of Prince Bernhard's wartime air force squadron. An additional member of the Lockheed bribe team was CIA officer Nicholas Deak."

Deak had set up a brokering front to launder CIA funds and slip them discreetly to Kodama. Deak merged with Lionel C. Perera, founder of Perera, Manfra & Brookes. "Perera was attached to the Chief of Military Government Finance Office at the Third Army's headquarters in Germany at war's end, where he interviewed Colonel Rauch. Rauch was the SS colonel responsible for hiding the Reich Bank gold reserves."

Another Nazi entrusted with the postwar wealth of the SS was Francois Genoud. In 1992, the Observer identified Genoud as "one of the world's leading Nazis." Authorites suggest that he "transferred the defeated Nazis' gold into Swiss bank accounts." Genoud underwrote the postwar Odessa organization.8 On March 12, 2002, the San Franciso Chronicle let on that Swiss police "believe Genoud founded al Taqwa Bank and allocated its resources to support international terrorists such as Vladimir Ilich Ramirez, alias Carlos the Jackal, and bin Laden."9 A few days later, Salon reported that Osama bin Laden had received funding from Al Taqwa, with "shareholders that include prominent Arab figures from numerous countries in the Middle East. Among the shareholders are the grand mufti of the United Arab Emirates and prominent families in the UAE and Kuwait. Two sisters of Osama bin Laden are also on the list, undermining the bin Laden family's claim that it separated itself from his terrorist pursuits after he was expelled from Saudi Arabia in 1994.10

With all this subterfuge in the background, the Khashoggi-Lockheed bribery scandal begs reappraisal. Marcos, Yoshia and Iran-contra's John Singlaub were all charter members of the World Anti-Communist League (WACL), a para-fascist organization of old guard Nazis, death squad leaders, spooks and propagandists. WACL provides further right-wing context; the CIA and WACL were arguably symbiotic.

David Guyatt reports that a letter from Henry Kissinger dated February 21, 1986 was sent to Marcos, ordering the sale of 63,321 tons of gold to 2000 US and European banks. Marcos stubbornly refused and was dethroned.11


1) Greg Palast, The Best Democracy Money Can Buy, London: Pluto Press, 2002.

2) Gary Thompson and Steve Kanigher, "Coverup Spans 50 Years," Las Vegas Sun, April 4, 1993.

3) Ibid.

4) "World Trade Center of New York City, "One of the world's largest gold depositories was stored underneath the World Trade Center, owned by a group of commercial banks. The 1993 bomb detonated close to the vault, but it withstood the explosion. One source estimates the 1993 value of the gold at one billion dollars, believed to be owned by Kuwaiti interests." The gold was recovered in late 2001.
5) Anon., "The World Trade Center Bombing," Law Enforcement Agency Resource Network,

6) See Santa Fe New Mexican, March 20, 2003.

7) Sterling and Peggy Seagrave, Gold Warriors, Bowstring, 2002. Another, immense domestic gold reserve began as cachés of Nazi and Japanese loot, seized by the allies, intended not as compensation to victims and survivors of the war, but as an "action fund" - for bribing foreign officials, influencing elections, and such - known as the Black Eagle Trust. Seagraves:
"The idea for a global political action fund based on war loot actually originated during the Roosevelt administration, with Secretary of War Henry L. Stimson. During the war, Stimson had a braintrust thinking hard about Axis plunder and how it should be handled when peace came.... To eliminate any trace of original ownership, the Nazis had melted it down, and recast it as ingots hallmarked with the swastika and black eagle of the Reichsbank."

The "egg" of the Black Eagle Trust was laid at the secret Bretton Woods conference in 1944, when representatives of forty-four nations met to plan the postwar global economy. This has been verified by documents and official sources. One of them is former CIA Deputy Director Ray Cline [yet another Iran-contra conspirator], who was aware of Nazi and Japanese gold recoveries in 1945. "As recently as the 1990's," the Seagraves write, "Cline continued to be involved in attempts to control Japanese war-gold still in the vaults of Citibank.... Captain Lansdale returned to Tokyo in November 1945 with Robert B. Anderson."

General MacArthur then accompanied Anderson and Lansdale on a covert flight to manila, where they set out for a tour of the vaults Santy already had opened. In them, we were told, Anderson and MacArthur strolled down row after row of gold bars stacked two meters tall'. From what they saw, it was evident that over a period of years Japan had looted many billions of dollars in treasure from all over Asia. "What was seen by Anderson and MacArthur was only the gold that had not reached Japan. Far from being bankrupted by the war, Japan had been greatly enriched." And so had the U.S. after the war when the pelf was seized and cabbaged away as a covert foreign policy slush fund.

8) David Lee Preston, "Hitler's Swiss Connection," Philadelphia Inquirer, Jan. 5, 1997.

9) Jay Bushinsky, "Suspected financial ties to al Qaeda," San Francisco Chronicle, March 12, 2002.

10) Lucy Komisar, "Shareholders in the Bank of Terror? Salon, March 15, 2002. See,

11) For Guyatt's reconstruction, See Gary Weadon excerpt, "Nazi Gold," chapter 10.


Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Adnan Khashoggi Linked to 911 Terrorists


By Alex Constantine

In December 2002, federal prosecutors unsealed a RICO complaint in a Minnesota bankruptcy court filed by a Minneapolis securities firm – MJK Clearing vs. Deutsche Bank Securities, Adnan Khashoggi, Ramy El-Batrawi, GenesisIntermedia (GENI), et al. The complaint posited that the Alex. Brown investment house had run a "loaned shares" stock inflation game from its Toronto office. Two investors stood to profit: Adnan Khashoggi and his lieutenant, Ramy El-Batrawi.

Others headed for the docket, Business Week reported in May 2003, ranged from "an executive at Deutsche Bank Securities in Toronto to stock promoter Rafi Khan and a motley pair of New Jersey brokers, one a convicted felon"1

Like Elgindy, Khashoggi seemed to be pre-cognitive. The plot depended upon foreknowledge of the Wall Street stock tumble that would follow the destruction of the Trade Center towers.

MJK Securities trustee James Stephenson filed the lawsuit, maintaining that Khashoggi and El-Batrawi had loaned shares of the stock to a number of brokerage houses. In exchange, they came away with cash collateral.

"To maximize the amount of cash squeezed out of the stock-lending process, the stock price had to rise, and according to lawsuits, that was done by extensive hyping of the stock," Business Week reported. After 911, when GENI stocks deflated, Khashoggi and Ramy El-Batrawi, the company's CEO, strolled away with millions of dollars. This left the brokerage houses stuck with his devalued paper. The case has since branched into further investigations by the U.S. Attorney's office in Los Angeles and the SEC.2

But in the early 00's, the trail of financial carnage blazed by Khashoggi and his Egyptian crony at Genesis was pushed to the back pages by a story about a rising scandal at Los Alamos Labs. The director of the country's jewel-in-the-crown nuclear R&D facility was forced to resign after the public exposure of slush expense accounts and the disappearance of classified nuclear technology.

With these outrages crowding the front page, the press also paid little mind when, on February 28th, 2001, as the business wires reported, Los Alamos National Laboratory entered into a contract with Nuclear Solutions, Inc., the radioactive waste treatment people.

A year later, Nuclear Solutions' CEO Dr. Paul A. Brown stepped up to announce an agreement with Israel's Institute of Industrial Mathematics to treat waste-water. At this time, Nuclear Solutions, Inc. was dipping into the red. The Israeli contract would certainly lead to more nuclear-waste reclamation projects, but Dr. Brown had secrets that jumped his claim to optimism: an extortion plot and a shower of death threats engineered by an Egyptian investment adviser in Florida, the business partner of a wealthy Saudi "arms dealer."

Anthony Elgindy had recently been arrested for his involvement in a stock swindle involving FBI agents and pilfered classified crime data. The indictment filed against Anthony Elgindy noted that the FBI agents recruited to his immediate crime family combed confidential federal files, and learned that Dr. Brown at Nuclear Solutions had a criminal history. With this information in hand, Elgindy immediately shot off an e-mailed threat to Brown. He went on a binge of short-selling shares in Nuclear Solutions, spread word of Dr. Brown's past on the Internet, barraged him with threatening e-mails.3

But Dr. Brown was dead by the time Elgindy and his entourage were in custody, and faced convicted felon status themselves. On April 7, 2002, he was killed in a car accident. He was driving alone on an icy road late at night and lost control of the vehicle, according to police reports. Coincidence or not, there was a drastic shift in the direction of Nuclear Solutions from its niche in nuclear waste clean-up to development, as the company's web site boasts, of: "licensable product technologies for use in products and services intended for homeland security, defense, nanotechnology, and environmental technology applications."4

One of Nuclear Solutions' contributions in the post-911 age of stress was an invention for detecting smuggled or shielded nuclear material - a device patented by Dr. Brown before his death.5

A month before the accident, Dr Brown (the target of death threats) announced the appointment of John Dempsey to the office of executive vice president and chief operating officer at Solutions. Dempsey was a Naval veteran and nuclear engineer with 21 years at Bechtel, the sprawling military-industrial construction company based in San Franciso. (George Schultz, another Iran-contra conspirator, hailed from Bechtel - and received a warning not to fly on September 11, 2001, according to press reports. Bechtel, of course, cleaned up after the invasion of Iraq, a war "provoked" by the antics of Saddam Hussein and his "mobile bio-weapons labs," according to associates of Khashoggi.

Researcher Lois Battuello sees the saga of Nuclear Solutions as a chapter in an unwritten tome on geopolitcal subterfuge. "As we speak," she says, "Bushies have allocated money for more nuclear weapon output -- not the reverse. The U.S. continues to use radioactive waste in bombs." The political establishment, she says, "doesn't necessarily want to bury all of it. Egyptian Dr. Magdy Elamir created radioactive sites around his MRI imaging clinics at nine locations in New Jersey (nuclear medicine waste improperly disposed), and just maybe this was on purpose."

Is it possible, she asks, that "The Arabs" intended to liberate Dr. Brown's nuclear waste-remediation technology for their own dirty-bomb program? "After all," she says, "we read of the lads in England using all those smoke detectors to put together a small dirty bomb ... To a certain extent, the NWO types need to keep up the fear level and the terrorists are a great way to do it. So give 'em the means to an end.' When you have Elgindy, who is so Muslim Brotherish, bashing this stock, you have to think in terms of how terrorists' might benefit by Paul Brown's death - financially.

"When that stock price slumped, man, potential investors beat a hasty retreat. The irony is that Tony Elgindy is soon to be in the big house, likely for the rest of his life."6

1) Joseph Weber With Gary Weiss, "A Saudi Financier's Squeeze Play," Business Week, May 12, 2003.

2) Ibid.

3) Mary La Rosa, "Nuclear Solutions Lost In Ambiguity," Argentina Indymedia, September 05, 2004.

4) Nuclear Solutions, Inc. Press Release via Primezone Media Network:

5) La Rosa.

6) Lois Ann Battuello, e-mail exchange with author, October 3, 2004.


Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Adnan Khashoggi Linked to 911 Terrorists


By Alex Constantine

"The theological-political order that is promoted by the Islamist ideology is perfectly in tune with the requirements of American capitalism, [which] heralds the unilateral reign of uncontrollable globalization in the hands of business mafias and religious fanatics." - Richard Lebeviere, Dollars for Terror

In a televised post-911 address, President Bush probed the soul of The Terrorist: "By sacrificing human life to serve their radical visions – by abandoning every value except the will to power -- they follow in the path of fascism and Nazism and totalitarianism" - a reasonable description of his business circle and its bomb-throwing enforcers (or a Nietzchian slip).

On a daily basis, the press, seemingly blind to the domestic financial connections to terrorism, grips the Octopus, scrapes a nerve, and a tentacle buried in the mud trembles and unfurls, as in this recent business wire report on Citigroup: "... links traverse a curious variety of unexamined threads in the U.S. financial community. Online Journal's Larry Chin (2-1-2002) reminded that Citigroup has repeatedly been charged with money laundering. This, as it's Board of Directors includes John Deutch, former CIA Director, Robert Rubin, former Treasury Secretary and intimate friend of Enron's Ken Lay, but also former CIA Executive Director Nora Slatkin...'"

Haunting, unexplained lapses on the part of government officials - "FBI agents in the United States probing relatives [of] Osama Bin Laden before September 11 were told to back off soon after George W Bush became president, the BBC has reported ..." - aren't so anomalous to the eye once it is open.

Not, as a reporter for the Canadian Broadcasting Service shrilled in October 2003, so "incredible": "There are many business connections between the Bush family and the elite of Saudi Arabia.... The powerful - and very rich – Bin Laden family helped fund [W.'s] first venture into oil. The cozy friendship continued for decades. After a terrorist attack at a barracks in Saudi Arabia, which killed 19 Americans, the bin Laden family received a multi-billion dollar contract to re-build. And incredibly, George Bush Sr. was in a business meeting at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Washington on the morning of September 11th with one of Osama Bin Laden's brothers..."1

Another "incredible" lapse amused liberal talk show hosts at the newly-christened Air America network in the summer of 2004: the quizzing of Condoleeza Rice by the 911 Commission revealed that Bush had received a "detailed and lengthy presidential daily briefing from the CIA in which Osama Bin Laden and al Qaeda's aim of launching an attack against the U.S. [was] discussed." The White House refused to release the report.2

Some things were simply no one's business - like the relationship of the Bush clan to Adnan Khashoggi, who was beholden to and cherished by the bin Ladens and Bush's Saudi business partners. Khashoggi surfaced most visibly from the trenches of Iran-Contra affair; here, too, scraps of the pre-history of 911 are scattered like bomb debris.

In 1985, Khashoggi turned to the Saudi National Commercial Bank, controlled by Sheikh Mahfouz, to borrow $35-million dollars to buy military hardware for shipment to Iran.

Was it such an anomaly, after all, that Mahfouz, the Saudi banker and part-owner of BCCI - later a key suspect in the 911 plot - Adnan, and Bush were tight? W. had been bailed out three times when his business ventures went under. In 1988, the year his father won the presidency, a gaggle of Saudis bought into Harken Oil. Later the same year, Harken drilled for oil in the Persian Gulf, the company's first offshore contract. Two of the investors in Harken were Mahfouz and Osama's brother, Salem bin Laden.3

But reporters continued to be shocked by the continuous stream of "revelations." "In politics, truth is often stranger than fiction," wrote Martin Rivers at the Center for Research on Globalization. "Sheikh Mahfouz's sister is actually one of four wives of Osama bin Laden, making the two men brothers-in-law, a fact that former CIA Director James Woolsey revealed in 1998 Senate testimony. Thus, Osama bin Laden is sleeping with the sister of Bush's [and Khashoggi's] business partner. Really."

Absolutely, and reporters, tank-thinkers, even prosecutors were "shocked" when they tripped on the miz-maze of illegal financial transactions preceding 911.

On May 22, 2002, FBI agents Jeffrey A. Royer and Lynn Wingate were indicted for engaging in securities fraud, racketeering and obstruction of justice. An extortion charge was also filed against Royer.

The next morning, the Washington Post printed the remarks of prosecuting U.S. attorney Alan Vinegard: "The allegations reveal a shocking partnership between an experienced stock manipulator and law enforcement agents, undertaken for their illicit personal financial gain." Seems Royer and Wingate dipped into the FBI's case-file database to keep tabs on the investigation and pass confidential information on to perpetrators in the stock scheme.

Kenneth Breen, an assistant federal attorney assigned to the case, added that one Amr Ibrahim "Anthony" Elgindy, a financial consultant and co-conspirator named in the indictment, notified his Salomon Smith Barney broker to to sell off $300,000 worth of stocks from his children's trust funds. While chatting with his broker by phone, Anthony Elgindy predicted that a stock market crash was imminent and the index would fall to 3000 (it did).4 The broker contacted the FBI, but Elgindy explained away his apparent foreknowledge of the 911 terrorist assaults with the alibi that he'd been trying to unload the stock shares for several weeks (this explanation didn't rule out the possiblility that Elgindy's foreknowkedge preceded 911 by the same margin, however).

Elgindy had co-conspired lustily for shares in a communications company, GenesisIntermedia (GENI). It was a stock pumping orgy. The proprietors of GENI were Adnan Khashoggi and Ramy El-Batrawi (both career criminals lurking behind their GENI blind would be instrumental in a wide-ranging disinfomation campaign waged to confuse the public after 911).

In the sealed indictment, opened in November of the same year, a bit of transcribed dialogue was included in the evidence file that referred to an "Anthony" receiving "$1.8 million" to inflate the price of GENI stock.

Elgindy ... didn't that name surface during the Iran-contra investigation? Gary Dobray, in his "Body Politic" Internet column, found another Iran-contra link, this one to Anthony's brother, Khaled: "Recently the White House made this Iran-Contra co-conspirator [Elliot Abrams] a new National Security Council official.... [Abrams] chaired the US Commission on International Religious Freedom and, as fate would have it, [sat] on the DC Human Rights Committee chaired by Abrams was ... Anthony Elgindy's brother, Khaled Elgindy. Khaled is a DC Arab activist who served as a policy analyst on Elliot Abrams' Human Rights Committee. Anthony and Khaled's father, Ibrahim Elgindy, was reported by the press to have founded an umbrella group of Muslim organizations in Chicago and led a 1998 protest on behalf of Muhammad Salah, a man the US government calls a designated global terrorist. Salah confessed to Israeli authorities that he was raising money for Hamas' suicide bombings and training cells in the US to make bombs and explosives."5

There were more ties to Iran-Contra on the GENI payroll: The director of GENI was Michael Roy Fugler. Fugler was a business front organizer for CIA "informant" Barry Seal. Seal, of course, allegedly ran cocaine into the U.S. until 1986, when he turned witness against his Colombian suppliers.

He's dead, of course.

All of which goes to say that once you map this underworld out, nothing surprises you anymore.


1) CBC Broadcast, "CONSPIRACY OR COINCIDENCE?," October 29, 2003. See,

2) Ibid.

3) See Salon, November 19, 2001 and Intelligence Newsletter, March 2, 2000.

4) Anthony M. DeStefano, "Ex-Agent Had Key Data Stock scam charges have eerie link," Newsday, May 29, 2002

5) Gary Dobray,


Saturday, February 05, 2005

Adnan Khashoggi Linked to 911 Terrorists
Part II

An American Pinay Circle

By Alex Constantine

"... [An] experienced C.I.A. operative was similarly skeptical about the rival agency's ability to transform itself. 'They're cops,' he said of the F.B.I. agents. They spent their careers trying to catch bank robbers while
we spent ours trying to rob banks...
'" - Seymour Hersh, Chain of Command

Adnan Khashoggi's mercenary army of global corporate criminals lives in Mafia mansions, basks in the political limelight, enjoys privileges of royalty in tyrannical desert dystopias, sips vodka in the shadow of gleaming Moscow spires. They are kings, Pentagon officials, priests, S&L thieves, assassins, prostitutes, nazis, Big Oil executives, metals merchants, New Age cultists, drug barons, boiler-room con artists, mobsters, dictators by the horde. And terrorists, of course.

Adnan Khashoggi is a Turkoman, the son of a doctor who tended to Abdul al-Aziz Ibn Saud. His career as an international "connector" began in the 1950s, while still an undergraduate at Chico State College. His purchase of fifty Kenworth trucks for resale to Saudi Arabia's bin Laden Group demonstrated his business savvy and provided him the capital to launch his career as world-class death merchant.

In the early 1960s, he could be found languishing or plotting world domination at Edwin Pauley's Coconut Island estate in Hawaii. Pauley, then Democratic Party chairman, operated an oil company called Zapata with the son of Prescott Bush, the Nazi collaborator.1

Houston attorney Linda Minor sidelines as an investigator into banking and political malfeasance. She discovered that Pauley was a slimy operator years before his alliance with Bush.

"He was a spy within the White House," Minor says, "acting as a funnel for campaign funds to FDR, while at the same time gathering and transmitting information about oil policy and captured Nazi and Japanese assets back to his California business associates."

Pauley's political significance stems from his participation in Gulf of Mexico oil explorations in the 1950's when, with a concession from Mexico, he threw in with Howard Hughes and G.H.W. Bush.

"Pauley taught Bush how to launder money through corporate subsidiaries to be used for political payoffs and the financing of political campaigns," Minor notes. "Both Pauley and Bush used this system to finance Richard Nixon's presidential campaigns."

The laundering scheme unravelled after the 1972 election, when a check drawn at a Mexican bank -the subsidiary of a Houston corporation controlled by associates of George H.W. Bush - surfaced in the Miami bank account of a Watergate plumber.2

Saudi royals and domestic oil barons struck up alliances. Shiek Kamal Adham - soon to conceive Oryx Investments, the owner of Huffman Aviation, with Khashoggi and Hilliard - and a circle of cohorts in sandals founded Arabian Shield Development Co. in Texas (since re-named the Arabian American Development Company).

Sheikh Mohammad Salem Ben Mahfouz, c/o National Commercial Bank, was an Arabian Shield investor.3 "During the 1980's," reports Martin J. Rivers of the Center for Research on Globalization, "Sheikh Mahfouz's syndicate performed major CIA-inspired banking operations for such former CIA assets as Osama bin Laden ... Saddam Hussein, Manuel Noriega and other drug dealing generals. George W. Bush, for his part, had important business relationships ... with a total of nine prominent individuals central to Mahfouz's financial empire."4

The early 1970s also brought Saudis recruited by the CIA to train at American military bases, including Prince Bandar bin Sultan. Bandar has long been an ally, if not an asset, of the CIA. When DCI William Casey wanted a cell of alleged terrorists killed, King Fahd sent Bandar to Langley to make the arrangements.5 The plan backfired when the subsequent car bombing took down an apartment building near Beirut, killing 80 innocent civilians.

After September 11, 2001, Bandar would fall under suspicion when it was discovered that two of the terrorists involved were found to have received financing from the Prince. Bandar was trained at Ellington AFB near Houston.6

In the early 1970s, Lois Battuello says, "Khalid Abdullah and Adnan Khashoggi were hovering around. Bandar first entered James A. Baker's social circle in Texas where he met Joanne Herring, who would later play a significant role in coaxing Texas democrat Charlie Wilson to support Muslim Brother Gul Hekmatyar in Afghanstan by the late-1970s."

The Oil-CIA-Saudi alliance was consummated with the establishment of the Safari Club of elite cut-throats, founded with covert Agency support on Sept. 1, 1976. Bush the elder was then DCI, and Nelson Rockefeller vice president under Ford.

Battuello: "The Safari Club was a grouping that followed the pattern of Europe's Pinay Circle - intelligence agents, politicians, businessmen from Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Iran."

Terrorism was a natural by-product of this alliance.

The CIA funded the Muslim Brotherhood in 1977, and trained Mujahadin to support Hekmatyar of the Brotherhood in Afghanistan. The fundamentalism-happy Muslim Brothers have served the CIA operationally for some 40 years, an arrangement rubber-stamped by Allen Dulles, Frank Wisner and Kermit Roosevelt.

Airline hijacker Mohammed Atta was ID'd as a Muslim Brother in the Wall Street Journal and New York Times shortly after the jet attacks on the World Trade Center. So were Khalid Shaik Mohammed and Ramzi Yousef, reportedly guided to a sacrificial pyre in the sky by Aman Zawahiri, Al Queada's second-in-command - also a co-conspirator in the murder of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat (while still operating under the aegis of the CIA) and the 1993 WTC bomb plot.

The Muslim Brotherhood is a bund of Middle Eastern thugs ultimately led by their generous American Big Brother. That they harbored enmity against the United States was evident in the person of Sami Al-Arian.

Al-Arian, a friend of George W. Bush, once called for the blood of American and Israeli infidels to a congregation of Muslims: "We assemble today to pay respects to the march of the martyrs and to the river of blood that gushes forth and does not extinguish, from butchery to butchery, and from martyrdom to martyrdom, from Jihad to Jihad!"7

Between 1988 and 1992, Al-Arian hosted a series of conferences of "the world's top terrorist leaders" and openly associated with Hamas officials in the States and elsewhere. Al-Arian was also alleged to have "helped oversee terrorist cells in the Middle East," according to Newsweek on July 16, 2001.8

John Loftus, a former State Department official and author of The Secret War Against the Jews, tried for the better part of a decade to have Al-Arian arrested. He was frustrated at every turn. It took 911 to get the FBI's interest. Al-Arian was finally arrested in February 2003 ... and out spilled his past as an FBI informant.

Lois Battuello: "He has been charged with moving money for Hamas, Al Qaeda, Palestinian Islamic Jihad, and others -- all offshoots of the Muslim Brothers. The only thing that explains the vast Al Qaeda network in 60 plus countries is the Muslim Brotherhood, who have been spread out around the globe for decades, ready to respond to command. The Jihad wing of the Muslim Brothers formed in 1953, an offshoot of the Al Banna main group. That this group responds to command' is evident in Wesley Clarke's statement last winter: I know who is doing this (ordering Muslim Brother's activities) and I know how to stop it (terrorist attacks) - but it takes being President of the United States to do so.'" Command and control.9


1) Bruce Campbell Adamson, letter to Congressman Sam Farr, September 15, 2001,

2) Linda Minor, "Follow the Yellow Brick Road: From Harvard to Enron,",30,02,harvardtoenronpt4.htm

3) Lois Battuello, e-mail exchange with author, October 2, 2004.

4) Martin J. Rivers, "A Wolf in Sheikh's Clothing: Bush Business Deals with Nine Partners of bin Laden's Banker,", March 15, 2004,

5) Anon., "Bandar bin Sultan, a CIA Agent," House of Saud site,

6) Battuello.

7) Debbie Schlussel, "Bush's Favorite Terrorist Buddy," WorldNetDaily, October 1, 2001.

8) Ibid.

9) Battuello.