Adnan Khashoggi Linked to 911 Terrorists

Part XX: PAKISTAN'S KALASHNIKOV CULTURE AND THE CIA-ISI-SAUDI AXIS

By Alex Constantine

While a fugitive in Pakistan, Ramzi Yousef was instrumental in several
bombings and a plot to kill Benazir Bhutto, then prime minister. Today, Mrs.
Bhutto chairs the Pakistan People's Party, founded in 1967 by her father,
Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. In July 1977, Mr. Bhutto was unseated as prime minister
himself in a CIA-planned coup led by General Mohammed Zia Al-Haq. Benazir
has long experience with the political intrigues of the Pakistani contras:
"As a moderate, progressive, democratically-elected woman prime minister of
Pakistan," Mrs. Bhutto said in a 2001 interview, "I was a threat to the
fundamentalist zealots on multiple levels and targeted by them." The
zealots, of course, had a distinct advantage: "The support of sympathetic
elements within Pakistan's security apparatus and the financial support of
people like Osama Bin Laden."

Bhutto had shut down an al Qaeda-affiliated university in Peshawar, and that
brought retaliation - "My government was destabilized," she says; Ramzi
Yousef had been caught, extradited and "money was pilfered and laundered
from state banks to fund the campaigns of opposition parties." The
interrogation of Yousef revealed "two separate assassination attempts in
1993. Osama bin Laden personally spent over $10 million in late 1989 in
support of a motion of no confidence to topple my government. And
ultimately, with the active support of elements of the Pakistani military,
my two democratically elected governments were sacked and elections rigged
to ensure that my party would not return to power. Beware the power of
zealots who are well-funded, well-armed and supported by elements of your
own government!"1

Yousef was arrested at the Su-Casa Guest House in Islamabad on February 7,
1995 by Pakistani police, agents of the FBI and U.S. Diplomatic Security
Service.

In November, Bhutto was dismissed as "paranoid" by clerical opponents when
she condemned the intrusion of religion into politics, and spoke in favor of
a liberal democratic state. She also denounced the irrelevant, bomb-throwing
fundamentalists agitating for her removal as "western agents" financed "by
the CIA."2

Bhutto takes a dim view of the current administration under Pervez
Musharraf. In a recent Guardian editorial, she saw that in Bush's war or
terror, Musharraf "gets to play good cop and earn Washington's pleasure to
continue his dictatorship." Unfortunately, "eyebrows are raised as to why
leading al Qaeda militants found it necessary to hide" - and continue to
operate, like Yousef and Murad and Atta - "in a land run by Washington's
key ally' in the war against terror."3
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US CENTCOM CHIEF MEETS MUSHARRAF
Islamabad, Oct 6, 2003, IRNA - ... Pakistan is a close ally of the United
States in the war against al-Qaeda ... and US Deputy Secretary of State
Richard Armitage has praised Pakistan's cooperation with the United States
...
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American news outlets have been all too willing to distort the Islamic
threat and report dubious federal pronouncements without question. At the
same time, U.S. involvement in terrorism, particularly the "conservative"
variety, is downplayed.

The bonds between the CIA, according to Australian reporter Ben Vidgen,
"anti-Communist elements of the Vatican and Hitler's men are not slim. Since
the final days of World War II, the totalitarian seekers have made use of
people's hatred by establishing a clandestine fascist network." The said
network would, of course, include "government-endorsed death squads"
prowling the countryside like the Black Reichswehr of proto-Nazi Germany ...
or the Nicaraguan contras.

Pakistan's faith-based death squads "possess the financial, logistical and
political support of agents whose influence equals or betters the ruling
system's power. The above is a premise wholeheartedly agreed with by the
US-based right-wing Center for International Affairs (a favourite stomping
ground of Henry Kissinger and Zbigniew Brzezinski). The Center for
International Affairs (and its close cousin, the Center for Strategic and
International Studies) utilised this hypothesis to promote the perception
that the Soviet Union lay behind all incidents of international terrorism.
Their prestige and influence was so great that when the CIA's own analysts
could not find verifiable proof of a Soviet terrorist conspiracy, the CIA
director, William Casey, chose to rely on the information of journalist
Claire Sterling in her book, The Terror Network. Read Claire Sterling's
book and forget this mush. I paid $13.95 for this and it told me more than
you bastards whom I pay $50,000 a year,' responded Casey in fury. The irony
was that Claire Sterling's book had used material that was in fact part of a
CIA propaganda scheme."4

In November 2001, members of a militant group calling itself Mohammed's Army
hijacked a bus in Pakistan after the driver ignored a demand to turn off the
muzak. Police caught up with them and seized firearms, grenades, a variety
of arms ... and weapons permits issued by Pakistan's Inter-Services
Intelligence (ISI) Agency.5

"Since its founding in 1948," the Baltimore Sun reports, "the ISI has grown
into a giant intelligence and covert operations network with an estimated
10,000 employees - an invisible government,' some say - that wields
considerable influence over Pakistani foreign policy and sometimes meddles
in domestic politics."6

It is well-known that the ISI was a CIA cut-out in the arming of Afghan
guerillas, and that BCCI laundered opium profits for the war. (Dozens of al
Qaeda histories and timelines on the Internet weave the Byzantine maze of
Bush administration, CIA and bin Laden connections to BCCI, so the banking
network won't be discussed in this account unless necessary.)

There are critical, even shocking gaps in the files among those kept between
1982 through 1992. Not all is known about the CIA-BCCI scandal or some of
principal contacts in the Middle East, including BCCI shareholder Kamal
Adham and a favored client, Adnan Khashoggi. However, as The New Yorker
reported on March 17, 2003, when Khashoggi embargoed missiles to Iran on
behalf of North's NSC, he "borrowed much of the money for the weapons from
the Bank of Credit and Commerce International, whose collapse, in 1991,
defrauded thousands of depositors and led to years of inquiry and
litigation."

Investigations of Adnan Khashoggi have cost American taxpayers hundreds of
millions of dollars - and they always come up dry due to backstage
intrigues.

But there is a substantial record of Bush ties to the ISI and bin Laden. The
bin Ladens and their Saudi business partners owned Texas property banks,
airlines. Intensive lobbying efforts, Wayne Madsen reports, "carried out
with the help of Texans like Houston socialite and TV personality Joanne
Herring, Baron and Baroness di Portanova, and Vice President George H. W.
Bush, in concert with Richard Perle, former New Hampshire Senator Gordon
Humphrey, the Congressional Jewish Caucus, and the ever-enigmatic shady
operator Richard Armitage, radicals like bin Laden and his associates, Dr.
Ayman al Zawahiri and Professor Abdul Rasul Sayyaf (the founder of a
Saudi-financed and ISI-organized Terrorist University' which spawned the
Philippine terrorist Abu Sayyaf Group'), were able to cobble together an
impressive jihadist army armed with stockpiles of Soviet-made weapons from
Egypt, captured Soviet weapons from Israel, and tons of cash from
billionaire Saudi benefactors. George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush's
Florida election fixer' and newly-named Bush debate coach James Baker III
have both been honored guests, according to The Wall Street Journal, at the
bin Laden family's palatial headquarters in Jeddah. With the active support
of Pakistan's military dictator Mohammed Zia Ul-Haq (who was killed along
with the U.S. ambassador, Pakistan's ISI chief Akhtar Abdul Rahman, and
others in a mysterious 1988 plane crash determined by an unpublished
Pakistani court of inquiry report to have been caused by the pilot being
knocked out by gas in the cockpit), the Afghan mujaheddin became
increasingly radicalized in the Wahhabi traditions."7

Saudi Royals furnished the madrasas, and Pakistan's ISI whipped them into
fundamentalist soldiers for Allah (and the CIA).

[TO BE CONTINUED]

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NOTES

1) "A Former Pakistani Prime Minister Weighs In:
Benazir Bhutto," Slate.com, Sept. 21, 2001.
http://slate.msn.com/id/1008335/

2) "Bhutto's paranoid accusations," Independent Center for Strategic Studies
and Analysis.
http://icssa.org/ICSS%20-%20theme_secularism_Bhuttos_paranoid.htm

3) Benazir Bhutto, "Dictatorship and religious extremism are fuelled by
gross inequality," Guardian, August 9, 2004.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/pakistan/Story/0,2763,1279225,00.html

4) Ben C. Vidgen, "A State of Terror: How many 'terrorist' groups has your
government established, sponsored or networked lately?" Nexus,
February-March 1996.
http://www.nexusmagazine.com/articles/terror.html

5) Frank Langfitt, "Pakistani spies long linked to militants - Agency gave
backing to Taliban, Kashmir fighters, mujahedeen," Baltimore Sun, November
25, 2001.

6) Ibid.

7) Wayne Madsen, "Osama bin Laden: a Texas-style Republican in Muslim
clothing," Online Journal, September 12, 2004.
http://www.onlinejournal.com/Special_Reports/091204Madsen/091204madsen.html

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