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Dubai's Grand Central Station purchase raises terrorism questions
Date: Monday, February 20
Topic: Bush Corruption
Dubai's Grand Central Station purchase raises terrorism questions
Long-time Bush friend Robert Bass was lead investor in building sale to royal family
by Tom Flocco
New York CityFebruary 20, 2006TomFlocco.comThe Bush administration and the House and Senate are not addressing implications for a terrorist attack on New York Citys Grand Central Station, given United Arab Emirate (UAE) Dubais multiple alleged links to terrorism and the recent purchase of Gothams Helmsley [also known as the New York Central] building by a Dubai-based investment firm owned by the Emirates royal family.
Over the past three years, Dubai has also quietly invested more than $1 billion in real estate in the United States, putting money into nursing homes, office buildings, hotels and thousands of apartments in Dallas, Phoenix, Nashville and Atlanta, according to the Times.
Bin Sulayems firm, Istithmar PJSC, purchased the Helmsley building for $705 million, paying 20% of the purchase price on a down payment financed by Credit Suisse First Boston, according to Associated Press wire reports, which added that the Dubai firm is also looking at other U.S. commercial property in Miami, Chicago and Los Angeles.
First Boston has past links to the 1989 Housing and Urban Development (HUD) scandal and convicted felon Phil D. Winn, an MDC Holdings, Inc. director whose subsidiary Silverado Savings and Loan collapsed in a major scandal linked to President Bush's brother Neil, a Silverado director, after which Winn received a pardon from President Clinton for his theft of 500,000 HUD apartment units and 79,000 stolen and re-possessed houses.
Current public outrage over President Bushs transfer of the control over the ports in New York, New Jersey, Baltimore, New Orleans, Miami and Philadelphia to Dubai Ports World has raised public awareness of potential threats to U.S. national security in the face of Dubais past record.
Foreign control and supervision of U.S. ports also raises questions about the roles of both Bush and Bass and their ultimate intentions regarding the ownership changes in spite of links to terrorism and their implications for the safety of American citizens.
A few legislators have questioned why Mr. Bush would turn over control of American ports to foreigners when he has not yet permitted the U.S. Border Patrol or Customs Service to be controlled by foreign governments.
Secretary of State ignores multiple Dubai links to terrorism
Interestingly, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is scheduled to visit the UAE this week and was quoted as saying there had been a thorough review on the sale of the ports and it was decided that this could be done and done safely.
Rice also described another Emirate, Abu Dhabi, as a very good friend of the United States even though two of the alleged 9-11 hijackers were citizens of the UAE and the countrys banking system helped transfer money to the attackers.
The UK Guardian reported that the man at the center of the UAE financial web is believed to be Sheikh Saeed, also known as Mustafa Mohammed Ahmad.
Money transfers have been traced to Florida on September 8 and 9before the 9-11 attacksfrom an account under Ahmads name in Dubai to Mohammed Atta, leader of the 19 alleged hijackers who outwitted the United States military infrastructure for two hours even as the Air Force had multiple jets in the air during several simultaneous East Coast training operations involving hijacked jets being flown into U.S. buildings.
This, according to testimony of military generals and their aides before the 9-11 Commission and personal interviews conducted by this writer while attending most of the hearings in the Hart Senate office building.
According to a U.S. intelligence source familiar with the investigation, cash flowed from Ahmad, the suspected paymaster in the UAE to Germany and the U.S., and to Florida in particular.
Financial ties to terrorism
According to dozens of interviews with intelligence officers, law enforcement officials, investigators, gold brokers, and sources with direct knowledge of al Qaeda financial movements in Pakistan, UAE, Europe and the U.S., the desert sheikdom of Dubai has played a key role as a depository and protector of al Qaeda wealthparticularly in the form of goldboth before and after the September 11 attacks.
This, according to the Washington Post foreign service, which added that as U.S. forces attacked Afghanistan after 9-11, couriers with bars of gold and bundles of U.S. dollars were smuggled into Pakistan and then moved via the untraceable hawala money transfer system to the port of Karachi and then to Dubai, effectively preserving financial resources to be used against the United States.
Pakistani financial authorities said $2-3 million was hand-carried into Dubai each day from the port of Karachi, Pakistan, mostly to buy gold, according to the Post.
A senior U.S. intelligence official was quoted as saying, Why move it [gold] through Dubai? Because there is a willful blindness there.
Dubai is one of seven sheikdoms that make up the United Arab Emirates and has one of the largest and least regulated gold markets, raising questions as to why the Senate is not unanimously forcing President Bush to retain U.S. control of public buildings and ports when questionable terrorist links exist and U.S. national security is at stake.
French, Pakistani and American investigators say much of the financial layering in the al Qaeda system is modeled on the Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI).
BCCI was founded by Pakistanis and largely bankrolled by leaders of the UAE; and in the 1980s the bank was used to launder drug money, harbor terrorist funds and buy illegal weapons.
The BCCI, with alleged close links to Dubai and UAE covert financial operations, ultimately collapsed during George H. W. Bushs presidential administration in a major global financial scandal which was covered up by Bush 41 through a series of presidential pardons, weak congressional oversight and suspect career federal investigators and prosecutors.
BCCI was the mother and father of terrorist financing operations, said a senior U.S. investigator to the Post Foreign Service.
Mary Schneider contributed research for this report.
[Mary Schneider is a court-adjudicated official federal whistleblower and former immigration officer from Orlando, Florida, fired for reporting on-going briberies and cover-up conspiracies in giving aid and comfort to illegal Muslims and the rewarding of numerous felonies by U.S. government officials. Because she had the courage to sue Attorney General John Ashcroft and other Bush administration officials for their crimes, Marys firing has cost her the loss of all income and she will shortly lose her home. We are asking Americans and others around the world to help Mary with financial donations in any amount so that she will be able to continue her pursuit of justice against the Bush administration. Please visit her website and send contributions to: Mary Schneider, P.O. Box 2660, Windermere, Florida 34786. TF]
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