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9-11 Inside Job and Neocons Hacked 2004
The Best Enemies Money Can Buy
From Hitler To Saddam Hussein to Osama bin Laden - Insider Connections and the
Bush Family's Partnership with Killers of Americans
Brown Brothers, Harriman - BNL- and the Carlyle Group
By Michael C. Ruppert
[© Copyright 2001. All Rights Reserved, Michael C. Ruppert and From The
Wilderness Publications, www.copvcia.com. May be reprinted or
distributed for non-profit purposes only.]
FTW, Oct. 9, 2001 - Since the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade
Center and the Pentagon, major media powerhouses and the increasingly
influential alternative media alike have begun to focus attention on Bush
family connections and a long history of arming and financing America's
attackers in the months and years prior to the outbreak of war. Recent
stories in the Wall Street Journal (Sept. 27 & 28, 2001), ABC News (Oct.
1, 2001), as well as a host of reports from so-called alternative news
sources have begun to focus attention on the Bush family's
profit-making role in creating and arming our enemies.
The following is a more comprehensive look at the documented history of
these relationships that will also open some new avenues of inquiry for
the press, Congress and the American people.
In a world now filled with biowarfare agents, backpack nuclear devices,
and chemical weapons like Sarin gas -- where there are people in many
countries with reasons to oppose the United States -- the Bush
Administration is following predictable strategies in a way that redefines the
concept of brinksmanship. Human survival may depend upon the will and
the ability of both the Congress and the press to focus on these
relationships and to take appropriate action. Moreover - and I am not the first
to say this - if a national security priority is to seize the financial
assets of those who support terrorists, then perhaps we should start
right here at home.
Meticulous research, including U.S. government records from the era,
along with contemporaneous news stories from the New York Times and other
papers is presented in the 1992 book entitled, "George Bush, The
Unauthorized Biography" by Webster G. Tarpley & Anton Chaitkin, Published by
The Executive Intelligence Review and located at
http://www.tarpley.net/bushb.htm. The following is sourced entirely
from Chapter II of this essential work. [Note: Although FTW does not
always agree with conclusions reached by the Executive Intelligence Review,
or its founder Lyndon La Rouche, we have never found a single flaw in
any of their factual research. History is history, no matter who
presents it. And this history is essential to understanding our era.]
George W. Bush's grandfather, Prescott Bush, was the Managing Director
of the investment bank Brown Brothers, Harriman from the 1920s through
the 1940s. It was Brown Brothers, in conjunction with Averell Harriman,
the Rockefeller family, Standard Oil, the DuPonts, the Morgans and the
Fords who served as the principal funding arm in helping to finance
Adolph Hitler's rise to power starting in 1923. This included direct
funding for the SS and SA channeled through a variety of German firms.
Prescott Bush, through associations with the Hamburg-Amerika Steamship line,
Nazi banker Fritz Thyssen (pronounced Tee-sen), Standard Oil of
Germany, The German Steel Trust (founded by Dillon Read founder, Clarence
Dillon), and I.G. Farben, used the Union Bank Corporation to funnel vast
quantities of money to the Nazis and to manage their American interests.
The profits from those investments came back to Bush allies on Wall
Street. Thyssen is universally regarded as having been Hitler's private
banker and ultimate owner of the Union Bank Corporation.
Early support for Hitler came from Prescott Bush through the
Hamburg-Amerika Steamship line -- also funded by Brown Bothers -- that funneled
large sums of money and weapons to Hitler's storm troopers in the 1920s.
According to Tarpley and Chaitkin, "In May 1933, just after the Hitler
regime was consolidated, an agreement was reached in Berlin for the
coordination of all Nazi commerce with the U.S.A. The Harriman
International Company... was to head a syndicate of 150 firms and individuals, to
conduct all exports from Hitler Germany to the United States."
Furthermore, a 1942 U.S. government investigative report that surfaced
during 1945 Senate hearings found that the Union Bank, with Prescott
Bush on the board, was an "interlocking concern" with the German Steel
Trust that had produced:
- 50.8% of Nazi Germany's pig iron
- 41.4% of Nazi Germany's universal plate
- 36% of Nazi Germany's heavy plate
- 38.5% of Nazi Germany's galvanized sheet
- 45.5% of Nazi Germany's pipes and tubes
- 22.1% of Nazi Germany's wire
- 35% of Nazi Germany's explosives
The business relationships established by Bush in 1923 continued even
after the war started until they became so offensive and overt as to
warrant seizure by the U.S. government under the Trading with the Enemy
Act in 1942.
In 1942, "Under the Trading with the Enemy Act, the government took
over Union Banking Corporation, in which Bush was a director. The U.S.
Alien Property Custodian seized Union Banking Corp.'s stock shares...
"... all of which shares are held for the benefit of... members of the
Thyssen family, [and] is property of nationals... of a designated enemy
"On October 28, the government issued orders seizing two Nazi front
organizations run by the Bush-Harriman bank: the Holland-American Trading
Corporation and the Seamless Steel Equipment Corporation."
"Nazi interests in the Silesian-American Corporation, long managed by
Prescott Bush and his father in law George Herbert Walker, were seized
under the Trading with the Enemy Act on Nov. 17, 1942..." These seizures
of Bush businesses were reported in a number of American papers
including The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.
Prescott Bush went on to become an influential Republican Senator from
Connecticut who went on to be a regular golfing partner of President
Dwight Eisenhower. His attorneys were the lawyers John Foster and Allen
Dulles, the later became the CIA Director under Eisenhower.
After becoming President in January 1989, Prescott Bush's son, George
Herbert Walker Bush - father of our current President - authorized a
series of programs that not only armed Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein but
also provided him with technology that assisted in his development of
chemical weapons like Sarin gas, and biological weapons, which he still
possesses. Apologists for Bush (the elder) say that, after the Iran-Iraq
War of the 1980s left the region unstable, he was just trying to
establish a new balance of power. Not so. Bush directives and policies,
including relationships with the Bank of Credit and Commerce International
(BCCI), and the Banca Nazionale del Lavoro (BNL) were directly and
deliberately responsible for creating the army the U.S. fought in 1991.
A story by Russ W. Baker, in the March/April issue the Columbia
Journalism Review (CJR), provided the most compelling overview of Iraqgate
that I have seen.
"ABC News Nightline opened last June 9 with words to make the heart
stop “It is becoming increasingly clear,' said a grave Ted Koppel, that
George Bush, operating largely behind the scenes throughout the 1980s,
initiated and supported much of the financing, intelligence, and
military help that built Saddam's Iraq into the aggressive power that the
United States ultimately had to destroy...
"Why, then, have some of our top papers provided so little coverage?"
Baker poignantly asks.
" The result: readers who neither grasp nor care about the facts behind
facile imagery like The Butcher of Baghdad and Operation Desert Storm.
In particular, readers who do not follow the story of the Banca
Nazionale del Lavoro, which apparently served as a paymaster for Saddam's arms
buildup, and thus became a player in the largest bank-fraud case in
"Complex, challenging, mind-boggling stories (from Iran-Contra to the
S&L crisis to BCCI) increasingly define our times: yet we don't appear
to be getting any better at telling them...
"Much of what Saddam received from the West was not arms per se, but
so-called dual-use technology -- ultra sophisticated computers, armored
ambulances, helicopters, chemicals, and the like, with potential
civilian uses as well as military applications. We've learned that a vast
network of companies, based in the U.S. and abroad, eagerly fed the Iraqi
war machine right up until August 1990, when Saddam invaded Kuwait.
"And we've learned that the obscure Atlanta Branch of Italy's largest
bank, Banca Nazionale del Lavoro, relying partly on U.S.
taxpayer-guaranteed loans, funneled $5 billion to Iraq from 1985 to 1989. Some
government-backed loans were supposed to be for agricultural purposes, but
were used to facilitate the purchase of stronger stuff than wheat. Federal
Reserve and Agriculture department memos warned of suspected abuses by
Iraq, which apparently took advantage of the loans to free up funds for
munitions. U.S. taxpayers have been left holding the bag for what looks
like $2 billion in defaulted loans to Iraq.
"... In fact, we now know that in February 1990, then Attorney General
Dick Thornburgh [appointed by George H.W. Bush] blocked U.S.
investigators from traveling to Rome and Istanbul to pursue the case...
"... As New York Times columnist William Safire argued last December 7,
Iraqgate is uniquely horrendous: a scandal about the Systematic abuse
of power by misguided leaders of three democratic nations [The U.S.,
Britain, and Italy] to secretly finance the arms buildup of a dictator."
While Democrat Henry Gonzales, Chairman of the House Banking Committee
during the period, stood as the lone voice from the wilderness in
raising alarms about Bush's obvious corruption, the rest of the Congress
sheepishly ignored all the signs demanding immediate action. Gonzales'
voice reportedly fell silent after his empty car was machine-gunned in a
Washington suburb in what passed for a drive-by shooting.
The CJR continues: "Meanwhile, The Village Voice published a major
investigation by free-lancer Murray Waas in its December 18, 1990 issue...
"That American troops could be killed or maimed because of a covert
decision to arm Iraq,' Waas wrote, "is the most serious consequence of a
U.S. foreign policy formulated and executed in secret, without the
advice and consent of the American public..."
The L.A. Times, on Feb 23, 1992, dug deep enough to find secret
National Security Decision Directives by the Bush Administration in 1989
ordering closer ties with Baghdad and paving the way for $1 billion in new
aid. The Times' series, co-authored with Waas, emphasized that, "buried
deep in a 1991 Washington Press piece - that Secretary of State James
Baker, after meeting with Iraqi foreign minister Tariq Aziz in October
1989, intervened personally to support U.S. government loans guarantees
Baker's CJR report also noted, "On October 3, the [Wall Street] Journal
reported [BNL official Christopher] Drogoul's assertion that the
director general of Iraq's Ministry of Industry and Military Production had
told him, ‘We are all in this together. The intelligence service of the
U.S. government works very closely with the intelligence service of the
Iraqi government.' Three weeks later, the Journal reported that [Henry]
Gonzales ‘produced a phone-book-sized packet of documents' showing the
involvement of U.S. exporting firms... The documents mentioned one...
which designed parts for Iraq's howitzers and was financed through
In the wake of highly suspicious anthrax outbreaks in Florida, just
miles from where several of the WTC suicides pilots trained, we add one
final note. In his 1998 book "Bringing the War Home" author William
Thomas writes, " Under that same [weapons transfer] program, 19 containers
of Anthrax bacteria were supplied to Iraq in 1988 by the American Type
Culture Collection company, located near Fort Detrick, MD, the site of
the US Army's high security germ warfare labs."
The Carlyle Group, the Bushes and bin Laden
The warnings about the Carlyle Group, the nation's 11th largest defense
contractor, and the Bushes came long before the World Trade Center
attacks. The Carlyle Group is a closely held corporation, exempt, for that
reason, from reporting its affairs to the Securities and Exchange
Commission. Little is known of what it actually does except that it buys and
sells defense contractors. As of October 4, 2001, it has removed its
corporate web site from the World Wide Web making further investigation
through that channel impossible. Its Directors include Frank Carlucci,
former Reagan Secretary of Defense; James Baker, former Bush Secretary
of State; and Richard Darman, a former White House aide to Ronald Reagan
and Republican Party operative.
On March 3, 2001, just weeks after George W Bush's inauguration, the
conservative Washington lobbying group Judicial Watch issued a press
release. It said:
"(Washington, D.C.) Judicial Watch, the public interest law firm that
investigates and prosecutes government abuse and corruption, called on
former President George Herbert Walker Bush to resign immediately from
the Carlyle Group, a private investment firm, while his son President
George W. Bush is in office. Today's New York Times reported that the
elder Bush is an "ambassador" for the $12 billion private investment firm
and last year traveled to the Middle East on its behalf. The former
president also helped the firm in South Korea.
"The New York Times reported that as compensation, the elder Bush is
allowed to buy a stake in the Carlyle Group's investments, which include
ownership in at least 164 companies throughout the world (thereby by
giving the current president an indirect benefit). James Baker, the
former Secretary of State who served as President George W. Bush's point man
in Florida's election dispute, is a partner in the firm. The firm also
gave George W. Bush help in the early 1990's when it placed him on one
of its subsidiary's board of directors.
"This is simply inappropriate. Former President Bush should immediately
resign from the Carlyle Group because it is an obvious conflict of
interest. Any foreign government or foreign investor trying to curry favor
with the current Bush Administration is sure to throw business to the
Carlyle Group. And with the former President Bush promoting the firm's
investments abroad, foreign nationals could understandably confuse the
Carlyle Group's interests with the interests of the United States
government," stated Larry Klayman, Judicial Watch Chairman and General
"Questions are now bound to be raised if the recent Bush Administration
change in policy towards Iraq has the fingerprints of the Carlyle
Group, which is trying to gain investments from other Arab countries who
[sic] would presumably benefit from the new policy," stated Judicial Watch
President Tom Fitton."
Judicial Watch noted that "even the Clinton Administration called on
the Rodham brothers to stop their business dealings in [The former Soviet
Republic of] Georgia because those dealings started to destabilize that
Since the WTC attacks the Wall Street Journal has reported (Sept. 28,
2001) that, "George H.W. Bush, the father of President Bush, works for
the bin Laden family business in Saudi Arabia through the Carlyle Group,
an international consulting firm." The senior Bush had met with the bin
Laden family at least twice in the last three years - 1998 and 2000 --
as a representative of Carlyle, seeking to expand business dealings
with one of the wealthiest Saudi families, which some experts argue, has
never fully severed its ties with black sheep Osama in spite of current
reports in a mainstream press that is afraid of offending the current
The Nation, on March 27, 2000 - in a story co-authored by David Corn
and Paul Lashmar - wrote, "In January former President George Bush and
former British Prime Minister John Major paid a social call on Saudi
Arabian Crown Prince Abdullah..." This story confirms at least one meeting
between the elder Bush and Saudi leaders, including the bin Ladens.
That the bin Ladens attended this meeting was confirmed in a subsequent
September 27, 2001 Wall Street Journal (WSJ) story. The January 2000
meeting with the bin Ladens was also later confirmed by Bush (the elder's)
Chief of Staff Jean Becker, only after the WSJ presented her with a
thank you note sent by Bush to the bin Ladens after that meeting.
James Baker visited the bin Ladens in 1998 and 1999 with Carlyle CEO
The WSJ story went on to note, "A Carlyle executive said that the bin
Laden family committed $2 million through a London investment arm in
1995 in Carlyle Partners II Fund, which raised $1.3 billion overall. The
fund has purchased several aerospace companies among 29 deals. So far,
the family has received $1.3 million back in completed investments and
should ultimately realize a 40% annualized rate of return, the Carlyle
"But a foreign financier with ties to the bin Laden family says the
family's overall investment with Carlyle is considerably larger..."
In other words, Osama bin Laden's attacks on the WTC and Pentagon, with
the resulting massive increase in the U.S. defense budget have just
made his family a great big pile of money.
More Bush connections appear in relation to the bin Ladens. The WSJ
story also notes that, "During the past several years, the [bin Laden]
family's close ties to the Saudi royal family prompted executives and
staff from closely held New York publisher Forbes, Inc. to make two trips
to the family headquarters, according to Forbes Chairman Caspar
Weinberger, a former U.S. Secretary of Defense in the Reagan administration.
‘We would call on them to get their view of the country and what would be
of interest to investors.'"
President G.H.W. Bush pardoned Weinberger for his criminal conduct in
the Iran-Contra scandal in 1989.
Our current President, George W. Bush has also had -- at minimum --
indirect dealings with Carlyle and the bin Ladens. In 1976 his firm
Arbusto Energy was funded with $50,000 from Texas investment banker James R.
Bath who was also the U.S. investment counselor for the bin Laden
family. In his watershed 1992 book, "The Mafia, The CIA and George Bush,"
award winning Texas investigative journalist Pete Brewton dug deeply into
Bath's background, revealing connections with the CIA and major
fraudulent activities connected with the Savings & Loan scandal that took $500
billion out of the pockets of American taxpayers. A long-time friend of
George W. Bush, Bath was connected to a number of covert financing
operations in the Iran-Contra scandal, which also linked to bin Laden
friend Adnan Khashoggi. One of the richest men in the world, Khashoggi was
the arms merchant at the center of the whole Iran-Contra scandal.
Khashoggi, whose connections to the bin Ladens is more than superficial, got
his first business break by acting as middle-man for a large truck
purchase by Osama bin Laden's older brother, Salem.
Another key player in the Bush Administration, Deputy Secretary of
Defense Richard Armitage, left his post as an Assistant Secretary of
Defense in the Reagan Administration after a series of scandals connected to
CIA operatives Ed Wilson, Ted Shackley, Richard Secord and Tom Clines
placed him at the brink of criminal indictment and jail. Shackley and
Secord are veterans of Vietnam operations and have long been linked to
opium/heroin smuggling. The Armitage scandals all focused on the illegal
provision of weapons and war materiel to potential or actual enemies of
the U.S. and to the Contras in Central America.
Armitage, a former Navy SEAL, who reportedly enjoyed combat missions
and killing during covert operations in Laos during the Vietnam War, has
never been far from the Bush family's side. Throughout his career, both
in and out of government, he has been perpetually connected to CIA drug
smuggling operations. Secretary of State Colin Powell, in a 1995
Washington Post story, called Armitage, "my white son." In 1990, then
President Bush dispatched Armitage to Russia to aid in its "transition" to
capitalism. Armitage's Russian work for Bush has been frequently connected
to the explosion of drug trafficking under the Russian Mafias, which
became virtual rulers of the nation afterwards. In the early 1990s
Armitage had extensive involvement in Albania at the same time that the
Albanian ally, Kosovo Liberation Army was coming to power and consolidating
its grip, according to The Christian Science Monitor, on 70% of the
heroin entering western Europe. [See FTW Vol. II, No 2 - April 24, 1999]
Armitage and Carlucci are both Board Members of the influential
Washington think tank, the Middle East Policy Council.
The connections continue with Vice President Dick Cheney. Amongst the
multitude of oil pipeline construction running through the new war zone
is one project - according to a Sept. 19, 2001 Wall Street Journal
story - a joint venture in which the bin Laden family joined with the
construction firm H.C. Price. A researcher named "Phoenix," writing for the
Internet news site Rumor Mills News Agency located at
www.rumormillnews.com, reported that Price subsequently changed its name to Bredero
Shaw, Inc. and is now owned by a subsidiary of the Halliburton Corporation,
Dresser Industries. It was Dresser industries that gave George H.W.
Bush his first post war job in 1948. A check of the relevant corporate web
sites has confirmed this.
Vice President Dick Cheney, who served as Secretary of Defense during
Desert Storm, directing the campaign against Saddam Hussein, was
Halliburton's CEO until last year's election.
And, according to a 2000 story from Harper's Magazine, in 1990 our
current President, through a position as a corporate director of Caterair,
owned by the Carlyle Group - at a time when the bin Laden's were
invested in Carlyle - had additional connections to the bin Laden family. In
addition, on March 1, 1995, when George W. Bush was Texas governor and
a senior Trustee of the university, the University of Texas Endowment
voted to place $10 million in investments with the Carlyle Group. As to
how much of that money went to the bin Ladens we can only guess. But we
do know that there is a long tradition in the Bush family of giving
money to those who kill Americans.
Now, as the people of America are beginning to awaken to what is really
being unleashed upon them, as a few brave souls are asking who's going
to get all the money the Bush Administration is "borrowing" from
government coffers and who's going to pay for it - the above history is more
Considering that during the 1980s, under the pretext of fighting a
Sandinista regime in Nicaragua that never once launched an attack on the
U.S., these same people oversaw an explosion in U.S. cocaine consumption
that went from 80 metric tons in 1979 to 600 metric tons in 1989 -
considering that the CIA trained and equipped death squads that tortured
and murdered hundreds of thousands of people from Guatemala to Panama -
considering that these same people have brutalized Iraq, leaving
portions of it radioactively contaminated by depleted uranium for the next 4
billion years and causing a fivefold increase in the number of childhood
leukemia cases amidst a starving population, one can only wonder what
they will produce for the world now given the context of the World Trade