S E C T I O N 8.0 "Q-Mr. President, considering your concern about propriety in government, what was your reaction when a senior member of your White House staff, ERogers, left the White House employ and signed a contract with a Saudi sheikh accused of being a key figure in the BCCI scandal? President-Well, he is a free citizen to do anything he wants once he leaves the White House. My concern is about the White House itself, which it is beyond any perception of impropriety. Q-Well, what do you think he was selling to the Saudis except for accessing--- The President--Ask him. I don't know anything what he's selling. I don't know anything about this man, except I've read bad stuff about him. And I don't like what I read about him. But I would suggest that the matter be best dealt with by asking this man what kind of representation he is doing for this Shekh. But it has nothing to do, in my view, with the White House." from the Official Papers of the Presidents, Press Conference, October 25, 1991 The Senate Committee on BCCI noted that ERogers, the White House political director, was hired directly away by the BCCI Sheikh and paid, along with a hitherto unknown assistant named HBarbour (later to become National Republican Committee Chairman), the sum of $600,000 to not do much of nothing. The Senate Committee concluded that it, along with the "gifts" of cash to GWB, was intended to influence President Bush. After GWB's company, ARBRUSTO, went bust, the bin Laden connection with BCCI went to work once again to prop up the president's son and to buy influence. W swapped out shares until he had an interest in a new company, HARKEN Energy, which quickly received a lucrative oil concession in Bahrain. An "extraordinary number of people connected to HARKEN or the oil deal have ties to BCCI...Sheikh Khalifa bin-Salman al-Khalifa helped to ensure that HARKEN was awarded the offshore drilling contract...Sheikh Abdullah Taha Baksh..Ghairth Pharaon...bin Mahfouz...Talat Othman who has visited the White House..." from False Profits, page 370. "Knowledgeable oil company sources believe that the Bahrain oil concession was indeed an oblique favor to the president of the United States but say that Saudi Arabia (home of bin Laden) was behind the Decision". From Outlaw Bank, page 230. "After the Harken-Bahrain deal was signed, Talat Othman was added to a group of Arabs who met with Bush and Security Adviser BScowcroft three times in 1990 -- once just two days after Iraq invaded Kuwait. Othman was the representative of Sheikh Abdullah Bakhsh, who purchased 10% of …………….
OBL CONNECTION : J. Bath, friend and neighbor of W. Bush, was used as a cash funnel from Osman bin Laden's rich father, Sheikh bin Laden, to set W. Bush up in business, according to reputable sources from the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times. The connection between GWB, the bin Laden family, and the Bank Commerce Credit International (BCCI) is well documented. One can find them in books and archived news articles. bin Laden-backed BCCI money was funneled into the Bush family in return for favors. "Bath--who made his fortune by investing money for Mahfouz and another BCCI-connected Saudi, Sheikh bin-Laden--...was an original investor in Jr's oil exploration company..." from The Outlaw Bank, page 229. "Bath provided financing to W when he went into the oil business..." from False Profits, page 365. "Bath told me he was in the Agency...he had been recruited by Bush himself 1n 1976 when Bush was director of the agency...Bath and, Jr. were pals and flew together in the same Air National Guard unit, and Bath lived down the street from the Bush family when, Sr. was living in Houston...he became representative for Sheikh Khalid bin-Mafouz...one of the richest men in the world, and he was a controlling shareholder in..BCCI..." from The Outlaw Bank, page 228. "BCCI was charged with laundering drug money..." from False Profits, page 433. "During Bush's tenure as Agency director, the agency was allegedly involved in a very curious business deal with Bath, a Texas businessman who is a friend and sometime financial backer of one of Bush's sons. Bath was also a business associate of Khalid bin Mafouze and an important BCCI insider. BIN LADEN MONEY SENT TO GWB THROUGH J. Bath "...BCCI would make payments to key officials, sometimes in suitcases filled with cash. As BCCI officer Abdur Askhia stated in interviews tithe Subcommittee staff: Abedi's philosophy was to appeal to every sector. Carter's main thing was charity, so he gave Carter charity. Pakistani President Zia's brother in law needed a job- he got a job. Bangladeshi president Ashraf's mistress needed a job- she got a job. Admission of your son to a top college, he would arrange it somehow. There was a world wide list of people who were in the payoff of BCCI...". from United States Senate Subcommittee Report on Bank Credit Commerce International, 1992 Osman bin Laden, whose funds were inherited from his father, Sheikh bin Laden's BCCI investments, has been operating out of Afghanistan since he was established as a conduit for Agency funds in the 1980's. "Afghanistan was by far the biggest; it was, in fact, the biggest Agency operation of all time, both in terms of dollars spent ($5-$6 billion) and personnel involved..."from the book The CIA's Greatest Hits. The story of the Bush involvement in the BCCI scandal involved "trails that branched, crossed one another, or came to unexpected dead ends...". It was like a "three dimensional chess game." from The Outlaw Bank, page 227. The BCCI bribery connection went straight to the Bush oval office. The White House political director, a man whom the Senate noted sat in on presidential meetings, named ERogers, was hired away from the Chief of Staff's Offirken stock and had several ties to the infamous BCCI bank. Bakhsh was a co-investor in Saudi Arabia with alleged BCCI front man Ghaith Pharaon. Bakhsh's banker, Khalid bin Mahfouz, was another BCCI figure and head of the largest bank in Saudi Arabia. Sheikh Kalifah, the prime minister of Bahrain, was a BCCI shareholder and played the key role in selecting Harken for the oil contract."
"B. Scowcroft, the national security advisor to President Bush, said that the younger Bush clearly lacks international credentials as reported to the Boston Globe April 5th. "Is he comfortable with foreign policy? I would say not." Scowcroft said. The governor's main experience "was being around when his father was in his many positions." J Bath cash flow W. Bush >>Bank Credit Commerce International BCCI Official Reports and the Bush White House THE MONEY FUNNEL FROM Bush TO Osman MONEY FLOW GOES BOTH WAYS Sheikh bin Laden/BCCI to W. Bush President Bush to PAKISTANi General PAKISTANi General to Osman bin Laden 20 August 1998 TEXT: U.S. GOVERNMENT FACTSHEET ON USAMA BIN LADIN (Saudi advocates destruction of United States) (860) Al-Qa'ida supports Muslim fighters in Afghanistan, Bosnia, Chechnya, Tajikistan, Somalia, Yemen, and Kosovo. February 12, 1989 Bush OKs Military Aid For Rebels ByAP KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine (AP) - Bush has approved continuing U.S. military aid to the Mujahadeen rebels resisting the Soviet-imposed government in Afghanistan, an administration spokesman said Saturday. Deputy press secretary SHart confirmed that Bush had decided Friday to continue helping the rebels. "The president met with his National Security Council," Hart said, "and reaffirmed U.S. policy" of continuing the flow of money, arms and supplies to the rebels..." March 16, 1989 Column: Financing Afghan guerillas may return harsh dividends WASHINGTON - The situation in Afghanistan is fluid, as the diplomats say, but it's clear the "freedom fighters" American taxpayers financed with more than $2 billion have now become "holy warriors" with no debt of friendship to the United States. In celebrating the rebel victory, Americans might also contemplate the possibility that other Islamic "holy warriors" may soon be perched near airports around the world, targeting civilian planes with the deadly U.S. missiles we sent to the "freedom fighters." June 6, 1989 Pentagon Plans Sale Of Arms to PAKISTAN WASHINGTON (AP) - The Pentagon notified Congress on Monday it had approved sales of torpedoes and anti-aircraft missiles valued at $68 million to PAKISTAN. The plans were announced the day PAKISTAN's Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto was scheduled to arrive in the capital for talks with President Bush, Secretary of State James A. Baker III and congressional leaders. PAKISTAN has supported anti-Communist fighters battling the Marxist government in neighboring Afghanistan, and it has served as a conduit for U.S. aid destined for the rebels..." July 26, 1990 Baker denies accord in Afghan dispute ByAP JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP)..." The Bush administration has been hoping for a breakthrough to end the war between Afghan government forces armed by the Soviet Union and a guerrilla coalition fighting with American- supplied weapons funneled through PAKISTAN..." bin Laden, US' own creation, becomes its enemy no 1 --------
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Osman bin Laden, the Saudi millionaire-turned-renegade charged with international terrorism, bears a striking similarity to the late Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale. The resemblance is more than just facial. Like Bhindranwale, bin Laden was created by the very forces which are now seeking to destroy him. Experts are almost unanimous in saying that bin Laden is a creature of a US foreign policy which recklessly fed and nurtured him and his Islamic warriors with million of dollars worth of money and arms to fight the Soviet occupation in Afghanistan. The money was funnelled largely through PAKISTAN's maverick Inter-Services Intelligence. Even at that time, bin Laden and his holy warriors had made it clear that the US was as much anathema to them as the communists. The Agency is now trying to destroy the same camps it helped set up, Fisk, a British writer who covered the region and who met bin Laden at his camp recently said on Friday in an interview on National Public Radio. He said bin Laden did not appear to be such a fearsome international terrorist that the US was making him out to be. On the contrary, he was isolated, lonely, virtually unlistened to, and was constantly trying to know what was happening in other parts of the world. US officials have made bin Laden out to be a terrorist mastermind operating out of a high-tech cave filled with satellite phones and other gizmos overseeing a worldwide network of extremist organisations. The operation was a complete disaster. Mr. Bhutto promoted General Zia-Ul-Haq in part because the Director of ISI, General Gulam Jilani Khan, was actively promoting him. General Zia, in return, retained General Jilani as head of ISI after his scheduled retirement. Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto established the Federal Security Force and gave it wide-ranging powers to counter the influence of ISI, but the force was abolished when the military regime of Zia ul-Haq seized power in 1977. When the regime was unpopular with the military and the president (as was Benazir Bhutto's first government), the agency helped topple it by working with opposition political parties. The ISI became much more effective under the leadership of Hameed Gul. The 1990 elections are widely believed to be rigged. The Islami Jamhoori Ittehad [IJI] party was a conglomerate formed of nine mainly rightist parties by the ISI under Lt General Hameed Gul to ensure the defeat of Bhutto's PAKISTAN People's Party (PPP) in the polls. Gul denies this, claiming that the ISI's political cell created by Z.A. Bhutto only 'monitored' the elections. The Soviet invasion of Afghanistan made PAKISTAN a country of paramount geostrategic importance. In a matter of days, the United States declared PAKISTAN a "frontline state" against Soviet aggression and offered to reopen aid and military assistance deliveries. For the remainder of Zia's tenure, the United States generally ignored PAKISTAN's developing nuclear programme. PAKISTAN's top national security agency, the Army's Directorate for Inter-Services Intelligence, monitored the activities of and provided advice and support to the mujahidin, and commandos from the Army's Special Services Group helped guide the operations inside Afghanistan. The ISI trained about 83,000 Afghan Mujahideen between 1983 to 1997 and dispatched them to Afghanistan. PAKISTAN paid a price for its activities. Afghan and Soviet forces conducted raids against mujahidin bases inside PAKISTAN, and a campaign of terror bombings and sabotage in PAKISTAN's cities, guided by Afghan intelligence agents, caused hundreds of casualties. In 1987 some 90 percent of the 777 terrorist incidents recorded worldwide took place in PAKISTAN. The ISI continues to actively participate in Afghan Civil War, supporting the Talibaan in their fight against the Rabbani government. ISI is currently engaged in covertly supporting the Kashmiri Mujahideen in their fight against the Indian authorities in Kashmir. Reportedly "Operation Tupac" is the designation of the three part action plan for the liberation of Kashmir, initiated by President Zia Ul Haq in 1988 after the failure of "Operation Gibraltar." The designation is derived from Tupac Amru, the 18th century prince who led the war of liberation in Uruguay against the Spanish rule. According to a report compiled by the Joint Intelligence Committee (JIC) of India in 1995, ISI spent about Rs 2.4 crore per month to sponsor its activities in Jammu and Kashmir. Although all groups reportedly receive arms and training from PAKISTAN, the pro-PAKISTANi groups are reputed to be favored by the Directorate of Inter-Services Intelligence. As of May 1996, at least six major militant organizations, and several smaller ones, operate in Kashmir. Their forces WERE variously estimated at between 5,000 and 10,000 armed men. They are roughly divided between those who support independence and those who support accession to PAKISTAN. The oldest and most widely known militant organisation, the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), has spearheaded the movement for an independent Kashmir. Its student wing is the Jammu and Kashmir Students Liberation Front (JKSLF). A large number of other militant organizations have emerged since 1989, some of which also support independence, others of which support Kashmir's accession to PAKISTAN.
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