Not that one can be overly shocked that the man who is so close to George Bush he is almost family, would do this...Indeed, Prince Bandar whose uncle is Crown Prince Abdullah, has more access to Bush than some of Bush's own cabinet, including his Secretary Of State. His nickname given affectionately by the president himself and not for nothing, was Bandar Bush.
According to Bob Woodward, Bandar was given all the top secret details of the Iraq war invasion by Cheney and Rumsfeld, when he was the Saudi ambassador in Washington before even Colin Powell was briefed.
The Guardian has the latest amazing details of the long shadow 'Bandar Bush' continues to cast..
Saudi Arabia's rulers threatened to make it easier for terrorists to attack London unless corruption investigations into their arms deals were halted, according to court documents revealed yesterday.
Previously secret files describe how investigators were told they faced "another 7/7" and the loss of "British lives on British streets" if they pressed on with their inquiries and the Saudis carried out their threat to cut off intelligence.
Prince Bandar, the head of the Saudi national security council, son of Crown Prince (Sultan bin Abdul Aziz, the Deputy Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia) was alleged in court to be the man behind the threats to hold back information about suicide bombers and terrorists. He faces accusations that he himself took more than £1bn in secret payments from the arms company BAE.
He was accused in yesterday's high court hearings of flying to London in December 2006 and uttering threats which made the prime minister, Tony Blair, force an end to the Serious Fraud Office investigation into bribery allegations involving Bandar and his family.
The threats halted the fraud inquiry, but triggered an international outcry, with allegations that Britain had broken international anti-bribery treaties.
Lord Justice Moses, hearing the civil case with Mr Justice Sullivan, said the government appeared to have "rolled over" after the threats. He said one possible view was that it was "just as if a gun had been held to the head" of the government
Greg Palast describes Bush's unctuous trip to Saudi Arabia, a month ago. It wasn't about the spread of democracy or the march of freedom.
Bush's trip to Abdullah's tent is all about this vast business of keeping this petro-dollar treadmill spinning.
The Bush Administration, rather than tax Americans to cover our deficits or make the banks suffer the consequences of their predatory lending practices, is allowing the Saudis to charge us big time at the pump with the understanding they will lend it all back to us - so the party never has to stop.
It has been reported that the President's Secret Service men traveling with him seemed embarrassed by the eye-popping loads of diamond and gold gifts which they have to carry back for President Bush. They need not feel they have taken too much from their hosts: Bush has assured Abdullah that the King can suck it back out through our gas tanks.
And in exchange, they will write checks to his future Freedom Institute, the Presidential Library, and continue to give preferential treatment to the Carlyle Group..and if the West dare look into the extensive BAE arm sale bribery allegations, the House of Saud can utter more threats, perhaps not even idle ones, that they would unleash Al-Qaeda on us. Try that the next time you are at the airport, unless you are Bandar Bush. Of course, the Bushies and the Blairites for all their tough -minded rhetoric about facing down terrorism, leap at every chance they get, to bend over and kiss the House of Saud on both cheeks.
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