well, well. President George was in one hell of
bind this week when it turned that that Saudi
Arabia funded Al Qaeda, not Iraq. Realizing we'd
invaded the wrong country, Bush did the honorable
thing: he's come out against gay marriages.
caused some real confusion in my staff where a
gay member of our investigations team announced
he was changing his allegiance from Howard Dean
to George Bush. "Bush Saves Gays from Marriage!
Bush Saves Gays!" he rushed around the office
beaming. "Gay people exempt from going to in-laws
for Thanksgiving dinner! Gay-mericans exempt from
PTA meetings and hiring divorce lawyers!"
then I had to bring him down to earth. ('Had to'
because, while Bush announced last month that
our conquest of Iraq had made 'the world a safer
place', our President mentioned THIS week there's
now a 'real threat' of new Al Qaeda hijackings.
So is America safer ? As long as one stays indoors.)
here's the real kick in the head. Turns out that
unlike the 18 minutes missing from the Nixon tape,
the 28 pages missing from Congress' publicly released
report on the September 11 attack has been found.
And it turns out to be a summary of Saudi Arabia's
financing of terrorist fronts including the 'charities'
supporting Al Qaeda.
now, the New York Times tells us, the US Senate
has been embarrassed into holding hearings on
those Saudi charity fronts including one named
course, this is ancient news to those who watched
my report on WAMY and Saudi funding of terror
-- broadcast on BBC's evening news on November
9, 2001. (In the USA, that report earned me the
title of 'conspiracy nut.' In America, a 'conspiracy
nut' is defined as a journalist who reports the
news two years before the New York Times.)
here's the ugly little punch line to the story
you WON'T read in the Times. Why has the Bush
Administration covered up for WAMY and the Saudi's
other blood-soaked 'charity' operations?
the answer, let me take you back to Midland, Texas,
1986. A young old man, George W. Bush, seems to
have trouble finding oil. But he strikes it rich
when his failing drilling partnership is bought
out by Harken Oil. Despite the addition of the
business acumen of Bush Jr., Harken faces collapse;
but it's pulled from the brink by a cash infusion
from a Saudi, Sheik Bakhsh. The money from Arabia
has nothing to do, we must assume, with Dubya's
daddy at the time holding the post of Vice-President
of the Free World.
Bakhsh booty continued a pattern of the young
Bush being saved from his dire business decisions
by a line of Sheik angels. His first oil company,
Arbusto, going bust-o, was aided by the American
financial representative of the bin Laden family.
on BBC TV last month, I reported this: following
the bombing of our embassies, the Clinton Administration
sent two delegations to Saudi Arabia to tell their
royal highnesses to stop giving money to the guys
who are killing us. But Mr. Bush, once in office,
put the kibosh on unfriendly words to the Saudis.
in the summer of 2001, Mr. Bush disbanded the
US intelligence unit tracking funding of Al Qaeda.
What is it our G-men were uncovering? According
to two separate sources speaking to BBC, the funders
of Al Qaeda fronts, including those who have previously
funded Bush family business and political ventures.
that's a wee bit embarrassing. Something you wouldn't
want in a congressional report. Something you
may not want the FBI to dwell on. (And you can
unlock the women and children: the BBC reports
will NOT be broadcast on US television.)
there's this: a document marked "Secret" and "199I"
(meaning 'national security') which found its
way out of the offices of the FBI in into the
office of our BBC/Guardian newspaper team. It
indicates (and whistleblowers confirmed) that,
prior to the September 11 attack, the Bush Administration
held back agents of the FBI from tracking two
members of the bin Laden family. According to
the buried FBI report, the bin Laden lads were
operating in the USA for "a suspected terrorist
we mustn't ask too many questions of the Bush
Administration's blindfolding the FBI, nor, Heaven
forbid, discomfit the Saudis over their contributions
to Terror-R-Us. After all, in BushWorld, Saudi
Arabia and America have shared values: we want
our boys to kill, not to kiss.
Palast is author of the New York Times bestseller,
The Best Democracy Money Can Buy, which includes
the award-winning report, "Did Our President Spike
the Investigation of bin Laden?" View his report
for BBC Television's Newsnight on Bush, WAMY and
the bin Ladens at www.GregPalast.com. You can
purchase Greg Pelast's excellent book by clicking
on its cover to the left of this article.
August 2, 2003