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Special Report: The Carlyle Group & The War On Terror

How will President George W. Bush personally make million$, if not billion$ from the War on Terror?
The easy way.  He'll inherit it.

Meet the Carlyle Group
Former World Leaders and Washington Insiders Making Billions in the War on Terrorism

Bush Baker Carlucci Darman Major   Ramos
US President
Former Director of the CIA 
Secretary of State
Bush Administration
Secretary of Defense
Reagan Administration
White House Budget Advisor
Bush / Clinton Administrations
Former Prime Minister of UK
Former President of the Phillipines
Carlyle Senior Advisor Carlyle Senior Counselor Carlyle Chairman/CEO Carlyle Managing Director Carlyle Europe Chairman Carlyle Asia Advisory Board

                                               Courtesy: Pearly Gates

Pie Chart Courtesy: The Carlyle Group Web site

What's interesting about this story is that it hasn't been picked up by CNN, FOX, MSNBC,  or any major news organization, although  the Washington Post, New York Times, New York Post, and the Wall Street Journal have all attempted to bring it to national attention.

The Carlyle Group|Bin Laden Connection

The Carlyle Group is a private investment firm that was established in 1987. According the organization's online manifesto,The Carlyle Group has invested over six billion dollars of equity in 247 corporate and real estate transactions that are valued at eighteen billion dollars. According to this pie chart, the group's specialty is investment firm buyouts, which contributes to the Carlyle Group's  monopoly potential.
The Connection: The Bin Laden family has funded almost half of all Carlyle activities since the late 1980s. Why is that significant? It isn't really, although  the family claims to have "disowned" Osama bin Laden. What is significant is the fact that the Bush family oil business is in association with a group of Saudi billionaires that finances the Taliban and Al-Qaeda organizations. They also financed President Bush's gubernatorial and presidential campaigns. Salem bin Laden took charge of the bin Laden family after his father Mohammed was killed in a 1968 plane crash.
"Dubya" made his first million with an oil company twenty years ago  partly funded by a US representative for Salem bin Laden . Salem is the family member believed to have started the rumor that his brother Osama bin Laden is the black sheep of the family and that the bin Laden family has nothing to do with him. I call it a rumor because Osama and his "former" family have connections to two bin Ladens living in the U.S.
Osama's cousin Abdullah is president and treasurer of  suspected terrorist network World Assembly of Muslim Youth, or WAMY.
Osama's cousin Omar once lived in a house that was located near WAMY headquarters. If I'm not mistaken, they were located within two or three blocks of each other. In addition to that, four 9-11 hijackers listed their address as a home located two blocks from Omar's and three or four blocks from WAMY. WAMY claims to be a charity, but Pakistani officials expelled WAMY "operatives" and officials in India accused WAMY of funding an organization that had ties to another organization which claimed responsibility for bombings in Kashmir.

The FBI Was Told To Back Off Bin Ladens
Agents were told to halt their investigation once President Bush took office

*Parts of this article contain quotes from an Austrailian news publication

*US special agents were told to back off the bin Laden family and the Saudi royals soon after George Bush became president, although that has all changed since September 11, it was reported today.*

And the BBC2's Newsnight program also said the younger George Bush made his first million 20 years ago with an oil company partly funded by the chief US representative of Salem bin Laden, Osama's brother, who took over as head of the family after his father Mohammed's death in a plane crash in 1968.

The program said it had secret documents from the FBI investigation into the terror attacks on New York and Washington which showed that despite the myth that Osama is the black sheep of the family, at least two other American-based members of it are suspected of links with a possible terrorist organisation.

*The program said it had obtained evidence that the FBI was on the trail of bin Laden family members living in the US after, and even before, September 11.*

A document showed that special agents from the Washington field office were investigating Abdullah, a close relative of Osama, because of his relationship with the World Assembly of Muslim Youth (WAMY), a suspected terrorist organization, it said.

The program said it had found where he used to live with another close relative, Omar, also an FBI suspect, in Falls Church, Virginia, a suburb of Washington. The house was conveniently close to WAMY, it said, and just a couple of blocks down the road was a place listed by four of the alleged hijackers as their address.

The US Treasury has not frozen WAMY's assets, and insists it is a charity, the program said, yet Pakistan had expelled WAMY "operatives" and India claimed WAMY was funding an organisation linked to bombings in Kashmir.

*The FBI did look into WAMY, but for some reason agents were pulled off the trail, it said.*

The program has uncovered a long history of shadowy connections between the State Department, the CIA and the Saudis, it said.

*The former head of the American visa bureau in Jeddah from 1987 to 1989, Michael Springman, told the program: "In Saudi Arabia I was repeatedly ordered by high-level State Department officials to issue visas to unqualified applicants.

"People who had no ties either to Saudi Arabia or to their own country. I complained there. I complained here in Washington to Main State, to the inspector-general and to Diplomatic Security and I was ignored."

He added: "What I was doing was giving visas to terrorists - recruited by the CIA and Osama bin Laden to come back to the United States for training to be used in the war in Afghanistan against the then Soviets."*

The US wanted to keep the pro-American Saudi royal family in control of the world's biggest oil spigot, even at the price of turning a blind eye to any terrorist connection - so long as America was safe, the program said.

The program said the younger George Bush made his first million 20 years ago with an oil company partly funded by the chief US representative of Salem bin Laden, Osama's brother, who took over as head of the family after his father Mohammed's death in a plane crash in 1968.

Young George also received fees as director of a subsidiary of Carlyle Corporation, a little-known private company which in just a few years of its founding has become one of America's biggest defence contractors, and his father, Bush Senior, is also a paid adviser, the program said.

And it became embarrassing when it was revealed that the bin Ladens held a stake in Carlyle, sold just after September 11, it added.

The program said it had been told by a highly-placed source in a US intelligence agency that there had always been "constraints" on investigating Saudis, but under President Bush it had become much worse.

After the elections, the intelligence agencies were told to "back off" from investigating the bin Laden family and the Saudi royals, and that angered field agents, the program added.

The policy was reversed after September 11, it reported.

The program was told by FBI headquarters that it could not comment on its findings.

A spokesman reportedly said: "There are lots of things that only the intelligence community knows and that no one else ought to know."



UNOCAL Pipeline In Afghanistan
The War on Terror will generate billions of dollars for UNOCAL and the oil business

  • Since 1995, UNOCAL has sought to build  $1.9 billion, 790-mile oil and natural gas pipelines in Afghanistan from the Dauletabad Field in Turkmenistan across Afghanistan to Pakistani ports in the Arabian Sea as an alternate route for transporting Caspian region oil and gas to the  Indian  markets.
  • After the Taliban took control in 1997, UNOCAL  made attempts to establish an agreement for the transporting of oil and natural gas across Afghan borders. But when the Taliban demanded more than $100 million a year for hosting the pipeline in the form of  road construction, water supplies, telephone lines, and electricity power lines, as well as a tap in the pipeline to provide oil and gas for Afghanistan, UNOCAL  backed out of the agreement.
  • The US Energy Information Agency says, "Afghanistan's significance from an energy standpoint stems from its geographical position as a potential transit route for oil and natural gas exports from Central Asia to the Arabian Sea. This potential includes the possible construction of oil and natural gas export pipelines through Afghanistan."

With the Taliban out of its way, UNOCAL has already begun discussions with the new Afghan governement to build its oil and gas lines in Afghanistan.

Carlyle Assets

The Carlyle Group owns several smaller investment firms, real estate, health care companies, Internet companies, a bottling company, and the French newspaper Le Figaro, and has over $12 billion from private investors.
"It owns so many companies that it's one of the nation's largest defense contractors."- Democracy NOW!

Bush Hides Presidential Records
He's not as dumb as you think

*Parts of this article contain quotes from The Cox News Service and Tom Teepen.

Does George W. Bush have something to hide?

An awkward question, unpleasant to ask at any time and especially in the midst of  a war, but inevitable after Bush signed an executive order last Thursday putting the lid on presidential papers that had been scheduled to become public.

The wonder is that the question isn't being asked more broadly and urgently than it has been so far.

The order sabotages the intent of the 1978 Presidential Records Act that made the papers of subsequent presidents public 12 years after a president leaves office.

Ronald Reagan's presidency was the first to fall under the act, and the White House says Bush's order was prompted in part by a request for some 68,000 pages of Reagan records.

Covering also the records of former vice presidents, the order authorizes the incumbent president or the former president -- or his family, in some instances, if the former president has died -- to withhold documents from researchers, scholars, journalists and others.

The papers can be iced by the sitting president even if a former president wants them released, or by a former president even if the sitting president would release them. A former president could, for instance, be denied the validation or vindication his papers would provide by a politically antagonistic successor. White Houses could effectively redact whole previous presidencies.

Presumably withholdings under this order, and perhaps the order itself, can be challenged in court, but that process would take years.

This is an assault on history, on the public's understanding of its government and on the principle of accountability. And why? No cited abuse of the system was proclaimed as provoking the order, and with his handlers sharply limiting open-forum press conferences, the chances for asking Bush are scant.

The device allows George W. Bush, if he wishes, to throw a blanket over the vice presidency and presidency of his father, an act of archival nepotism of which the very best that can be said is that it is unseemly. At worse, suspicions flourish.

Could this be still more stonewalling of the Iran-Contra affair, the shady business that found the Reagan administration running a secretly, often privately funded foreign policy that, if it wasn't unconstitutional, was certainly extra-constitutional? The role of Bush the First in that murky matter has never been clear.

Are there members of the administration of Bush fils, brought back from Bush pere, whose current roles could be compromised if their past roles were closely examined?

Is this president, commanding an anti-terror campaign whose means may become, let's say, infastidious, cutting himself some dubious tactical slack by assuring that he or his family can keep his actions secret even long after he has left office?

This quirky decision almost forces such questions, however unwelcome they may be.

So far, the answer to only one question is clear: Just who will the order hide information from?



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