CIA & US Support of Middle Eastern Terrorism I
Alex Constantine
CIA & US Support of Middle Eastern Terrorism I
Sun Apr 10, 2005 15:29

Adnan Khashoggi, the CIA
& American Support of Middle Eastern Terrorism

Part I

Adnan Khashoggi, the CIA
& an American Pinay Circle

"... [An] experienced C.I.A. operative was similarly skeptical about the rival agency's ability to transform itself. 'They're cops,' he said of the F.B.I. agents. ŌThey spent their careers trying to catch bank robbers while we spent ours trying to rob banks...'"
-- Seymour Hersh, Chain of Command

Adnan KhashoggiÕs mercenary army of global corporate criminals lives in Mafia mansions, basks in the political limelight, enjoys privileges of royalty in tyrannical desert dystopias, sips vodka in the shadow of gleaming Moscow spires. They are kings, Pentagon officials, priests, S&L thieves, assassins, prostitutes, nazis, Big Oil executives, metals merchants, New Age cultists, drug barons, boiler-room con artists, mobsters, dictators by the horde. And terrorists, of course.
Khashoggi is a Turkoman, the son of a doctor who tended to Abdul al-Aziz Ibn Saud. The Khashoggi brothers were classmates of the future King Hussein and several sons of the bin Ladens.1 His career as an international "connector" began in the 1950s, while still an undergraduate at Chico State College. His purchase of fifty Kenworth trucks for resale to Saudi ArabiaÕs bin Laden Group demonstrated his business savvy, and provided him the capital to launch his career as world-class death merchant.
In the early 1960s, he could be found languishing in the sun or plotting world domination at Edwin PauleyÕs Coconut Island estate in Hawaii. Pauley, then Democratic Party chairman, operated an oil company called Zapata with the son of Prescott Bush, the Nazi collaborator.2
Houston attorney Linda Minor sidelines as an investigator into banking and political malfeasance. She discovered that Pauley was a slimy operator years before his alliance with Bush.
"He was a spy within the White House," Minor says, "acting as a funnel for campaign funds to FDR, while at the same time gathering and transmitting information about oil policy and captured Nazi and Japanese assets back to his California business associates."
Pauley's political significance stems from his participation in Gulf of Mexico oil explorations in the 1950's when, with an oil concession from Mexico, he threw in with Howard Hughes and George H.W. Bush.
"Pauley taught Bush how to launder money through corporate subsidiaries to be used for payoffs and the financing of political campaigns," Minor notes. "Both Pauley and Bush used this system to finance Richard Nixon's presidential campaigns."
The laundering scheme unraveled after the 1972 election, when a check drawn at a Mexican bank -Š the subsidiary of a Houston corporation controlled by associates of Bush the elder - surfaced in the Miami bank account of a Watergate plumber.3

Saudi shiekhs and domestic oil barons struck up alliances. Shiekh Kamal Adham and a circle of cohorts founded Arabian Shield Development Co. in Texas. (since re-named the Arabian American Development Company).
Sheikh Mohammad Salem Ben Mahfouz at National Commercial Bank was an Arabian Shield investor.4 "During the 1980's," reports Martin J. Rivers of the Center for Research on Globalization, "Sheikh Mahfouz's syndicate performed major CIA-inspired banking operations for such former CIA assets as Osama bin Laden ... Saddam Hussein, Manuel Noriega and other drug dealing generals. George W. Bush, for his part, had important business relationships ... with a total of nine prominent individuals central to Mahfouz's financial empire."5
The early 1970s also brought Saudis recruited by the CIA to train at American military bases, including Prince Bandar bin Sultan.6
After September 11, 2001, Bandar drew the attention of the press when it was discovered that two of the terrorists involved were found to have received financing from the Prince's wife. Bandar trained at Ellington AFB near Houston.7
In the early 1970s, the prince fell in with James A. Baker's social circle, struck up an alliance with Joanne Herring, who was instrumental in luring Texas Democrat Charlie Wilson to support Gul Hekmatyar of the Muslim Brotherhood chaptger in Afghanstan by the late '70s.
The Big Oil-CIA-Saudi alliance was consummated with the establishment of the Safari Club of elite cut-throats, founded with covert Agency support on Sept. 1, 1976. George Herbert Walker Bush was then director of the Agency,. Nelson Rockefeller was vice president under Ford.
The Safari Club was a CIA cut-out: This clutch of intelligence agents, politicians and businessmen from three countries (Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Iran) was founded with the express purpose of engaging in covert operations in Africa and the Middle East without leaving a CIA footprint.
Political researcher Lois Battuello: "The Safari Club was a grouping that followed the pattern of EuropeÕs Pinay Circle - intelligence agents, politicians, businessmen from Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Iran."
Terrorism was a natural by-product of this alliance.
Chicago Tribune book reviewer Padam Ahlawa neatly summarized the tensions that gave rise to the Safari Club: "The origins of world terrorism go back to the cold war era. MoscowÕs monumental blunder in invading Afghanistan in 1979 set off a sequence of intrigue-laden events in Afghanistan.... High-profile military operations were out. Carter wanted a covert CIA operation like the one it had carried out in Laos, with no US personnel directly involved. The Agency, it was decided, would co-opt specialized American military personnel with the support of the Pakistan military to train an army of Muslim zealots."
Anwar Sadat entered into an agreement to assist in the training and equipping of recruits for the coming Anti-Communist jihad. "Russian weapons were flown to Afghanistan. Encouraging fundamentalism to grow in Egypt had its fallout when these Mujahadins turned hostile to Sadat for signing the peace treaty with Israel. It led to SadatÕs assassination and terrorist acts of killing 58 tourists. Zia ul Haque of Pakistan made the best of this opportunity, created the ISI to train Pakistanis and Afghans. By doing this, PakistanÕs economic and social instability increased and terrorist acts in Sindh grew."8
The Safari ClubÕs cover was blown when the Ayatollah Khomeini allowed an Egyptian reporter to peek into the archives of the exiled Shah of Iran Š a Club member.9 The CIA/Safari Club left footprints in the destabilization campaign at Mengistu in Ethiopia, the unrest in Costa Rica, and there were treadmarks all over Iran-Contra, not to mention the funding of UNITA in Angola and the Afghan "freedom fighters,Õ including bin-Laden.10

The CIA funded the Muslim Brotherhood in 1977, and trained Mujahadin to support Hekmatyar of the Brotherhood in Afghanistan. The Koran-happy Muslim Brothers have served the CIA operationally for some 40 years, an arrangement rubber-stamped by Allen Dulles, Frank Wisner and Kermit Roosevelt.
Airline hijacker Mohammed Atta was IDÕd as a Muslim Brother in the Wall Street Journal and New York Times shortly after the jet attacks on the World Trade Center. So were Khalid Shaik Mohammed and Ramzi Yousef, reportedly guided to a sacrificial pyre in the sky by Aman Zawahiri, Al QeadaÕs second-in-command Š also a co-conspirator, while operating under the aegis of the CIA, in the murder of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, and the 1993 WTC bomb plot.


1) Roland Jacquard, In the Name of Osama Bin Laden, Duke University Press, 2002,

2) Bruce Campbell Adamson, letter to Congressman Sam Farr, September 15, 2001,

33) Linda Minor, "Follow the Yellow Brick Road: From Harvard to Enron,",30,02,harvardtoenronpt4.htm

4) Lois Battuello, e-mail exchange with author, October 2, 2004.

5) Martin J. Rivers, "A Wolf in SheikhÕs Clothing: Bush Business Deals with Nine Partners of bin LadenÕs Banker,", March 15, 2004,

6) Anonymous, "Bandar bin Sultan, a CIA Agent," House of Saud web site,

7) Battuello.

8) Padam Ahlawat, "JournalistsÕ account of terrorism," Chicago Tribune, May 5, 2002 Š review of Unholy Wars. Afghanistan, America and International Terrorism, by John K. Cooley, Penguin.

9) Imad-ad-Dean Ahmad, review of Unholy Wars, Journal of Islam and Muslim-Christian Relations, Minaret of Freedom Institute,

10) Dr Samir Rihan, "Arms or democracy, but not both,"

11) Debbie Schlussel, "Bush's Favorite Terrorist Buddy," WorldNetDaily, October 1, 2001.

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