Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Friends of Ours

"[9/11] was too sophisticated and complicated an operation, [Paul Wolfowitz] said, for a terrorist group to have pulled off by itself,"
--Against All Enemies
(Page 30)
In June of 2001, a "high-placed member of a US intelligence agency" told BBC reporter Greg Palast that "after the 2000 elections, the agencies were told to "back off" investigating the Bin Ladens and Saudi royals."1

In May of 2002, former FBI Agent Robert Wright delivered a tearful press conference apologizing to the families who lost loved ones on 9/11. He described how his superiors intentionally obstructed his investigation into Al-Qaeda financing.2 3

Agent Wright would later tell ABC's Brian Ross that September 11th was a direct result of the government's hindering of his investigation into Yassin al-Qadi (al Kadi), who Ross described as a powerful Saudi Arabian businessman with extensive financial ties in Chicago.4 One month after 9/11, the US government officially identified Yassin al-Qadi as one of Osama bin Laden's primary financiers and a specially designated global terrorist.5

In an interview with Computerworld Magazine, a former business associate described his relationship with al-Qadi: "I met him a few times and talked to him a few times on the telephone. He never talked to me about violence. Instead, he talked very highly of his relationship with Jimmy Carter and Dick Cheney." 6

The Muwafaq Foundation, which U.S. authorities have confirmed was an arm of bin Laden's terror organization, was headed by Yassin al-Qadi,7 who was also known as the owner of Ptech8 -- a company that has supplied high-tech computer systems to the FBI, the IRS, Congress, the Army, the Navy, the Air Force, NATO, the FAA, and the White House. A former FBI Counter Terrorism Agent commented: "For someone like [al-Qadi] to be involved in a capacity, in an organization, a company that has access to classified information, that has access to government open or classified computer systems, would be of grave concern." Also sitting on Ptech's board of directors was Yacub Mirza -- a senior official of major radical Islamic organizations that have been linked by the US government to terrorism. In addition, Hussein Ibrahim, the Vice President and Chief Scientist of Ptech, was vice chairman of a now defunct investment group called BMI, a company the FBI has named as a conduit used by al-Qadi to launder money to Hamas terrorists.9

1. BBC Newsnight - June 11, 2001
2. LA Weekly - August 2002
3. Cooperative Research - Robert Wright
4. ABC News: Primetime Live - December 19, 2002
5. Comprehensive List of Terrorists and Groups Identified Under Executive Order 13224
6. Computer World Magazine - January 17, 2003
7. The Weekly Standard - April 8, 2002
8. CNN - December 6, 2002
9. CBS - December 9, 2002

Originally written by "BuckDevlin" for wikipedia.


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