Exxon Mobil reported a 91% jump in 2nd quarter profits, while Chevron Texaco saw profits triple due to “higher energy prices”. But the military half of the industrial complex had a terrible week. A US audit revealed that the Pentagon is unable to account for more than $9 billion in Iraqi Treasury money they received to pay for “reconstruction” contracts. Bechtel? Halliburton? Little Dick Cheney?
Worse yet for the war profiteers and their Pentagon enablers, the New York Times, the London-based Guardian and the German weekly Der Spiegel released WikiLeaks documents painting a mighty ugly picture of the US-led war in Afghanistan.
One revelation involved a US special operations assassination unit known as Task Force 373 prone to killing women and children.
Another implicates Pakistan’s ISI intelligence agency in “meet(ing) directly with the Taliban in secret strategy sessions to organize networks of militant groups that fight against American soldiers in Afghanistan”. This, the same fundamentalist Islam Pakistani government which Secretary of State Hillary Clinton promised yet more aid last week.
In fact, our old chum Pakistan created the Taliban, which emerged in 1994 from religious schools known as madrassas in Northwest Pakistan. The schools, which preach an extreme Wahabist form of Islam, are funded by the Saudi Arabian government. Al Qaeda emerged from these same “schools”.
As I discuss in my book Big Oil & Their Bankers…, the Taliban came to power in 1996 after CIA heroin warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar captured Kabul then turned it over to the Taliban. Planes landed in Kabul carrying Taliban leaders and seven top-ranking Pakistani military officers. Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates were the only countries to ever recognize the medieval Taliban government.
Big Oil took an early shine to the Taliban, viewing them as a “stabilizing force in the region”. They were eager to convince the feudalists of the importance of building a gas pipeline across Afghanistan to the Indian Ocean from the vast natural gas fields of Turkmenistan, which borders Afghanistan to the north. The more left of center Rabbani Afghan government which Hekmatyar deposed had been negotiating with an Argentinean consortium called Bridas to build the pipeline.
This ticked off the Four Horsemen, who backed a Unocal-led consortium known as Centgas. Unocal is owned by Chevron Texaco. It formed Centgas in 1995 with Delta Oil, owned by Saudi billionaire Mohammed Hussein al-Amoudi. Al-Amoudi is under investigation in the US for his contributions to al Qaeda.
With Rabbani conveniently out of the picture, Centgas began negotiating in earnest with the Taliban for rights to build their pipeline from the massive natural gas field near Dauletbad, Turkmenistan, across Afghanistan and Pakistan, to the port of Karachi, where a US Naval base was “coincidentally” being built.
According to French writer Olivier Roy, “When the Taliban took power in Afghanistan, it was largely orchestrated by the Pakistani secret service (ISI) and the oil company Unocal, with its Saudi ally Delta”.
In 1998 Centgas agreed to pay the Taliban $100 million a year to run their gas pipeline across Afghanistan. Centgas arranged high-level meetings in Washington between Taliban officials and the State Department.
Representing Unocal was Zalmay Khalilzad, Assistant Undersecretary of Defense in the Bush Sr. Administration. Khalilzad was born in Mazar-i-Sharif to wealthy Afghan aristocrats. His father was an aide to King Zaher Shah.
He had worked at Rand Corporation, a longtime CIA asset. He left his post at Unocal to join the National Security Council in the Bush Jr. Administration. In 2002, Bush appointed Khalilzad US envoy to Afghanistan, where he presided over the building of the Centgas pipeline, along with former Unocal lobbyist and now-Afghan President Hamid Karzai.
According to French intelligence analyst Jean-Charles Brisard, President George W. Bush blocked US Secret Service investigations into US-based al-Qaeda “sleeper” cells while he continued to negotiate secretly with Taliban officials. Brisard warned, “The American addiction to Saudi oil and arms money threatens to undermine national security in the West”.
The Bush Administration gave $43 million in aid to the Taliban in 2000 and $132 million in 2001. The Taliban were told by the White House to hire a Washington PR firm to scrub up their image. The firm was headed by Laila Helms, niece of former CIA Director Richard Helms. According to Brisard, one Big Oil representative presiding over the Bush-Taliban Centgas pipeline negotiations told the Taliban at one last August 2001 meeting, “You either accept our offer of a carpet of gold, or we bury you under a carpet of bombs.” This was five weeks before 911.
In July 2001 FBI Deputy Director John O’Neill resigned stating, “The main obstacles to investigating Islamic terrorism are US corporate interests and the role played by Saudi Arabia.” O’Neill became Chief of Security at the World Trade Center. He was killed during the 911 attacks.
In late November 2002 Newsweek reporter Michael Isakoff broke a story revealing that Princess Haifa, wife of Saudi Ambassador to the US Prince Bandar, had written checks to two Saudi intermediaries, who delivered the proceeds to two of the alleged 911 hijackers, 15 of 19 whom hailed from Saudi Arabia. Bandar was at the White House with Bush on the evening of 911.
Lead hijacker Mohammed Atta received $100,000 to carry out the terror attacks from accounts at the British old money Standard Chartered Bank’s Dubai branch. Standard Chartered was founded by the Illuminated Cecil Rhodes, whose last will and testament called for “the establishment of a trust, to and for the establishment and promotion and development of a secret society, the true aim and object whereof shall be the extension of British rule throughout the world…and the ultimate recovery of the United States of America as an integral part of the British Empire.”
According to British MP Michael Meacher in an article in The Guardian, Omar Saeed Sheikh, the man who beheaded US journalist Daniel Pearl in 2002, is a British intelligence agent. He says Sheikh, at the behest of Pakistani ISI General Mahmood Ahmed, wired the $100,000 to Mohammed Atta. This fact is confirmed by Dennis Lomel, director of FBI’s financial crimes unit, as well as an October 11, 2001 article in The Times of India.
Yet more disturbing is the fact that Pakistani ISI Chief Ahmad was in Washington on September 11, 2001 meeting with CIA Director George Tenet, Assistant Secretary of State Richard Armitage, current Vice President Joe Biden, and Joint Senate Intelligence Committee Co-Chairs Florida Senators Bob Graham and Porter Goss. Goss, a former CIA operative, was appointed CIA Director by George W. Bush in 2004.
Ahmad’s predecessor as ISI Chief General Hamid Gul says that the CIA assassinated Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. He also says al-Qaeda was not behind the 911 attacks. Maybe he should tell us who was?
Dean Henderson is the author of four books: Big Oil & Their Bankers in the Persian Gulf: Four Horsemen, Eight Families & Their Global Intelligence, Narcotics & Terror Network, The Grateful Unrich: Revolution in 50 Countries, Das Kartell der Federal Reserve & Stickin’ it to the Matrix. You can subscribe free to his weekly Left Hook column @ www.deanhenderson.wordpress.com