USA Means 'Under Saudi Arabia'
January 9, 2002
by Mike Hersh

You may think this is the United States of America. It's not. Now USA now means "Under Saudi Arabia." The Saudis bought both George W. Bush and his father. Ties between the Bush and bin Laden families, the Carlyle Group and Saudi Arabia let the Riyadh regime beat America like a rented camel.

As the Boston Herald reported, "Many of the same American corporate executives who have reaped millions of dollars from arms and oil deals with the Saudi monarchy have served or currently serve at the highest levels of U.S. government, public records show."

According to the Herald, we have to worry because, "Those lucrative financial relationships call into question the ability of America's political elite to make tough foreign policy decisions about the kingdom that produced Osama bin Laden and is perhaps the biggest incubator for anti-Western Islamic terrorists."

How close are Bush family ties to Saudi Arabia? "Nowhere is the revolving U.S.-Saudi money wheel more evident than within President Bush's own coterie of foreign policy advisers, starting with the president's father, George H.W. Bush," explains this Herald expose'.

Columnist Jimmy Breslin wrote: "Our government knows . that Saudi Arabians were the murderers on the planes on Sept. 11. The leader was this guy Atta, from Saudi Arabia, and he flew the plane into the north tower." But these are just terrorists, out of favor with the Saudis, right? Wrong. "Listen to the tape that finally got out Friday, here is a cleric saying with exuberance that people in Saudi Arabia thought bin Laden had done a great thing, killing all those people in New York."

How does all this Saudi money in the pockets of Bush's friends and family hurt us? On the BBC Newsnight program, Greg Palast asks: "The CIA and Saudi Arabia, the Bushes and the Bin Ladens. Did their connections cause America to turn a blind eye to terrorism?"

On that program, National security expert Joe Trento answers clearly. These conflicts of interests mean: "[T]housands of Americans had to die needlessly." Peter Elsner wonders: "How can it be that the former President of the US and the current President of the US have business dealings with characters that need to be investigated?"

Citing a document marked "'Secret'. Case ID - 199-Eye WF 213 589," Palast explained: "Washington field office special agents were investigating [Osama Bin Laden's brother Abdullah Bin Laden, president and treasurer of WAMY - a suspected terrorist organisation]"

Palast identified "3411 Silver Maple Place" in Washington DC suburb Falls Church, Virginia as "the former home of Abdullah and another [Osama bin Laden] brother, Omar, also an FBI suspect. It's conveniently close to WAMY, [located] in the basement at 5613 Leesburg Pike. [And] a couple blocks down the road at 5913 Leesburg [Pike] where four of the hijackers that attacked New York and Washington ... lived."

Trento explains, "The FBI wanted to investigate these guys. [But] they weren't permitted to. [WAMY has] connections to Osama Bin Laden's people. [And] They fit the pattern of groups that the Saudi royal family . have funded who've engaged in terrorist activity. [A]s far back as 1996 the FBI was very concerned about this organisation...."

National security agents told Palast that Bush ordered them to "back off" their investigations into the bin Ladens, WAMY, and the terrorists living nearby. This Bush obsequiousness toward Saudis with alarming connections to terrorism is nothing new.

Also on the BBC, former head of the American visa bureau in Jeddah, Michael Springman appeared explaining: "In Saudi Arabia I was repeatedly ordered by high level State Dept officials to issue visas to unqualified applicants." [And] I complained bitterly at the time there." [Because] "What I was protesting was, in reality, an effort to bring recruits, rounded up by Osama Bin Laden, to the US for terrorist training by the CIA."

The BBC reported "The attack on the World Trade Center in 1993 did not shake the State Department's faith in the Saudis, nor did the attack on American barracks at Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia three years later, in which 19 Americans died. FBI agents began to feel their investigation was being obstructed."

Bush concerns for Saudi sensibilities fatally compromised our national security. According to a Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune story the Pan Am International Flight Academy reported suspicious behavior to the FBI and FAA. Some Arab nationals were lying about their background, and trying to learn to fly 747s.

According to this report, published December 21, 2001, "Besides alerting the FBI about [Zacarias] Moussaoui, the school's Phoenix office called the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) early this year about another student -- Hani Hanjour, who was believed to be the pilot of the plane that flew into the Pentagon on Sept. 11." But the Bush administration did nothing.

Look how specific the warning was: "Do you realize how serious this is?" the instructor asked an FBI agent. "This man wants training on a 747. A 747 fully loaded with fuel could be used as a weapon!" this quoted from briefings to Congressional offices, as reported in the Star Trib. One of the suspicious men reported to the FBI flew the jet into the Pentagon. The other is about to stand trial for terrorism.

Pan Am reported suspicions about these men to the Bush FBI and the Bush FAA. Because Bush's family makes $millions in business with the bin Ladens and other Saudis, Bush ordered the investigators to "back off," jeopardizing our national security to coddle Saudis. Again, as reported in the Star Tribune:

"[Minnesota Rep. Jim] Oberstar, the ranking Democrat on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, said Pan Am 'acted in the public interest' with both Moussaoui and Hanjour." Too bad that concept is alien to the oil obsessed Bushes, who sold out thousands of American lives to appease Saudi sensibilities.

"An FAA representative sat in on a class to observe Hanjour, who was from Saudi Arabia." Did this Bush official report Hanjour to the FBI? No. He "discussed with school officials finding an Arabic-speaking person to help him with his English, said Oberstar and others with direct knowledge of the school's briefings." Rather than haul in this terrorist in training for questioning, the Bush FAA helped him learn to fly one of our jets into one of our buildings..

Pan Am personnel weren't as trusting as the Bush administration, and sought to alert law enforcement. The Star Trib reports: "When the instructor phoned, the FBI agent strongly urged him to pursue the matter but gave him the wrong agent to call, the sources said. The instructor made three more calls before reaching the right agent on Aug. 15, the sources said. Moussaoui was arrested the next day and held on an immigration violation." Clearly the problem was not the FBI, at least not the local agents.

"The FBI then checked Moussaoui's name with foreign intelligence agencies, and was warned by the French intelligence service that he may have terrorist connections. But the Minneapolis agents were unable to persuade FBI lawyers in Washington, D.C., to seek a warrant." Was this because Bush ordered the FBI to drop its investigations which might embarrass Bush's Saudi bosses?

The Tribune added: "Oberstar and Minnesota Rep. Martin Sabo [House appropriations transportation subcommittee Chairman], who also was briefed by the school, praised Pan Am for its efforts to safeguard the skies and for passing federal authorities clues to possible terrorist activities before Sept. 11."

Bush - more afraid of us offending Saudis than of Saudis killing us - ordered our watchdogs to ignore those critical clues. Now thousands of us are dead. Reports from ABC News prove Bush even doctored the bin Laden tapes to avoid embarrassing the Saudis who support bin Laden, and praised the 9/11 murders

On BBC's Newsnight, Palast asks: "Does the Bush family also have to worry about political blow-back?" We should hope so, because, "The younger Bush made his first million 20 years ago with an oil company partly funded by Salem Bin Laden's chief US representative. [He] also received fees as director of a subsidiary of Carlyle Corporation, a little known private company which has, in just a few years of its founding, become one of Americas biggest defence contractors. His father, Bush Senior, is also a paid advisor. And what became embarrassing was the revelation that the Bin Ladens held a stake in Carlyle, sold just after September 11."