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MerchantBridge, J.P. Morgan Execs Killed In Crash

By John Spence

Published February 05, 2011

BOSTON -- The chief executive of private-equity firm MerchantBridge and two executives at J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. were among seven killed in a plane crash in Iraq, Reuters reported Saturday. MerchantBridge in a statement said CEO Basil Al-Rahim and Abdallah Lahoud, a partner, died when their plane crashed "in unknown circumstances over Iraq."

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Re: JP Morgan exec's die in plane crash in "unknown circumstances"
« Reply #1 on: February 05, 2011, 06:32:27 pm »
Holy crap!
Why were they in Iraq wtf?


right after the madoff stuff too?
Yeah. That's what I though.

There has got to be a lot more to this story.

Can't wait to find out more.

Real curious about this one.

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Re: JP Morgan exec's die in plane crash in "unknown circumstances"
« Reply #2 on: February 05, 2011, 06:44:39 pm »
Meet the Carlyle Group

Fahrenheit 9/11


CAST OF CHARACTERS (in Order of Appearance)

http://www.fahrenheit911.com/library/book/carlyle/index.php?page=3

Stephen Norris—co-founder Carlyle Group.
Norris was the driving force behind the creation of the company. A mercurial executive, bent on hunting down big deals, Norris ultimately would be forced out of the firm by his fellow co-founders in an acrimonious conflict.

David Rubentstein—co-founder Carlyle Group.
Still the brains of the operation, Rubenstein is widely considered one of the most intelligent men in Washington, DC. His IQ is surpassed only by his tireless work ethic and extensive Rolodex. He is what holds Carlyle together.

Dan D’Aniello—co-founder Carlyle Group.
A former colleague of Norris at Marriott, D’Aniello was brought on board only after Norris personally guaranteed his salary. He is among the more enigmatic, behind-the-scenes members of Carlyle, often serving as a buffer between the more explosive executives.

William Conway—co-founder Carlyle Group.
The son of a quality control guru and former chief financial officer at MCI, Conway is reputed to be one of the finest financiers in the world. His conservative style and waste-not approach would eventually clash with Norris’s larger-than-life personality, resulting in Norris being sent packing.

Frederic Malek—former Carlyle consultant.
This former Nixon aide and close friend of George Bush Sr. ran to Carlyle after a furor erupted in Washington over his involvement in the documented anti-Semitic actions of former President Nixon. He would go on to introduce Carlyle to some big names in Washington, but would later be excommunicated from the firm.

William Barr—former Attorney General.
A one-time law partner of David Rubenstein’s, Barr would help Carlyle, along with Rubenstein, funnel millions of dollars through a temporary tax loophole known as the Great Eskimo Tax Scam, taking Carlyle into the Big Leagues.

Arthur Miltenberger—then chief investment officer of the Mellon Foundation.
As an original investor in Carlyle Group, Miltenberger was among the first to see the potential of an investment bank based in Washington, DC. His early contributions would get Carlyle on its feet.

J. W. Marriott—chairman of Marriott Corp.
The hotel magnate was once the boss of Steve Norris, Fred Malek, and Dan D’Aniello. The influence of Marriott on Carlyle was a pervasive force, and his former employees still utter his name with the highest respect.

Dan Altobello—former chairman of Caterair.
Yet another former Marriott employee, Altobello had the dubious honor of presiding over one of Carlyle’s worst investments ever in Caterair. Like many others, he would clash badly with Norris, and later sell off Caterair at a loss.

George W. Bush—president of the United States of America.
An early hire of Carlyle, Bush was placed on the board of Caterair in 1990 and served for four years, before leaving to run for governor of Texas. His early stint with Carlyle would become a source of controversy later during his presidency.

Frank Carlucci—chairman 1989–2002, currently chairman emeritus of Carlyle Group.
A lifelong public servant, former secretary of defense, former deputy director of the CIA, and more, Frank Carlucci would lead Carlyle into the murky world of defense buyouts in the late 1980s and early 1990s. It is Carlucci’s close friendship with Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld that the press most often seizes on when criticizing Carlyle.

Patrice Lumumba—former president of Zaire.
Assassinated after only two months in power, Lumumba would later become the subject of the film Lumumba, directed by Raoul Peck. In the film, there was originally a scene showing Frank Carlucci plotting the murder of the erstwhile leader. The scene was edited at Carlucci’s request before the film’s release.

Mobuto Sese Seko—former president of Zaire.
Chosen by Americans to succeed Lumumba, Sese Seko led Zaire into decades of famine and war. He remains part of Carlucci’s legacy from his time as second secretary to the U.S. Embassy in Zaire.

Raoul Peck—filmmaker.
It was Peck’s accounting of the murder of Patrice Lumumba that caused an uproar from Frank Carlucci. At Carlucci’s request, Peck edited the scene that showed Carlucci plotting the assassination, but Peck stands by the film’s veracity.

Donald Rumsfeld—secretary of defense.
A former college roommate and wrestling teammate of Frank Carlucci, Rumsfeld and Carlucci are never far apart. The two followed each other through the executive ranks of government, worked for Sears Roebuck together, and remain very close friends to this day.

Caspar Weinberger—former secretary of defense.
As one of Carlucci’s many mentors, Cap Weinberger helped legitimize Carlucci, grooming him to one day become secretary of defense.

Roderick Hills—former CEO of Sears World Trade.
As the CEO of Sears World Trade, Hills fought off allegations of the company being a front for CIA activity and eventually resigned amidst huge financial losses, leaving Carlucci to succeed him.

Earle Williams—former CEO of BDM.
In leading BDM, a highly successful defense consultancy, Earle Williams curried favor with countless Washington, DC insiders, among them Frank Carlucci. Carlyle would go on to buy BDM and make a killing.

Melvyn Paisley—former Naval officer.
When in the Navy, Paisley was in charge of awarding Navy contracts, a task he did while accepting kickbacks from defense contractors. He would go on to work for BDM, then get convicted after pleading guilty in the Ill Wind investigation into corruption in the Pentagon.

Vicki Paisley—Melvyn’s wife.
Also an employee at BDM, Vicki was thought to be the reason that Earle Williams received a highly coveted appointment to the Naval Advisory Board.

Phil Odeen—chairman of TRW.
Williams’ successor as BDM CEO, Odeen would grow the company into a highly successful and diversified consultancy. He was also CEO when BDM employees were targeted in a vicious car bombing in Saudi Arabia.

M. W. Gambill—former CEO of defense contractor Harsco.
The CEO of one of Carlyle’s early takeover targets, Gambill would fight the fledgling buyout firm for control of Harsco, eventually conceding only a seat on the company’s board.

Norman Augustine—former CEO of defense contractor Martin Marietta.
Augustine would go toe-to-toe with Carlyle over the heavily disputed takeover of LTV, an aerospace company spun out of Ford. After a protracted battle, Augustine and Martin Marietta would eventually lose out to Carlyle.

Prince Alwaleed bin Talal—Saudi Arabian prince.
A billionaire international investor, the Prince played a central role in raising Carlyle’s name recognition, both at home and in Saudi Arabia. The Prince would go on to become close friends with Steve Norris, and make enormous investments in American companies.

King Fahd—king of Saudi Arabia.
As the leader of Saudi Arabia, King Fahd hired Carlyle companies to protect him and his family, as well as to manage the Saudi Economic Offset Program, a government-run program that brings foreign investment into Saudi Arabia.

Faissel Fahad—San Francisco lawyer.
This friend of Prince Alwaleed was responsible for making the key connection between Carlyle and the Prince, which led to the $590 million investment in Citicorp.

Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz—Saudi Arabian defense minister.
According to a financial advisor to Prince Alwaleed, Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz used Prince Alwaleed bin Talal as a front to invest money on his behalf, among others, in U.S. companies, like Citicorp. Prince Alwaleed denies the allegation.

Henry Jackson—former U.S. senator.
Jackson saw early on the perils of letting private companies contract with foreign governments on military missions. His investigation into Vinnell’s deal with Saudi Arabia revealed a contract fraught with controversy.

Richard Secord—retired Air Force general.
An ex-employee of Vinnell, but better known as one of the IranContra fall guys, Secord drew unwanted attention to Vinnell when he was implicated in trading arms for hostages.

James Baker III—Carlyle managing director, senior counselor.
The former secretary of state under President George Bush Sr. led five different Republican presidential campaigns, and spent 12 straight years in the White House during the Reagan and Bush administrations. He took a position with Carlyle in 1993, and would later lead George W. Bush’s successful battle for the presidency during the Florida recounts.

Richard Darman—Carlyle executive.
The former director of the Office of Management and Budget under Bush Sr., Darman wrangled his way into a position at Carlyle by including himself in a package deal with Baker.

Colin Powell—secretary of state.
A former Carlyle advisor, Powell’s role in Carlyle’s history is a bit of a mystery. Most believe that he merely advised the company while he was not in public office. One of his early mentors was Frank Carlucci, and the two remain close.

Michael Eisner—chairman of Walt Disney.
Eisner was involved with a deal between Prince Alwaleed and Euro Disney, in which Norris negotiated a huge investment from the Prince. Eisner was among the many that found Norris undisciplined.

Antonio Guizzetti—Italian business man.
After meeting Steve Norris in a sauna at a Washington area gym, Guizzetti led Norris and Baker on a wild tour of Italy in search of the perfect investment. Ultimately, the investment they had targeted fell apart when Norris resigned in the middle of negotiations.

Basil Al Rahim—former Carlyle employee.
In charge of raising capital in Middle East during the early 1990s, Al Rahim was the man who introduced Carlyle to members of the bin Laden family, a relationship that would later cause both parties discomfort.


George Soros—Carlyle investor.
This internationally respected investor and speculator helped legitimize Carlyle when he committed $100 million to the Carlyle Partners II fund. The sizeable investment was accompanied by Soros’ public endorsement of Carlyle.

John Major—chairman Carlyle Europe.
The former prime minister of the United Kingdom, Major came on board with Carlyle during a fevered spate of highly political hirings by the company. Since then he has spent time stumping for Carlyle throughout the world.

Paul Silvester—former Connecticut state treasurer.
Silvester is awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to corruption charges while working as the state treasurer of Connecticut. In his final two months in office, after losing reelection, Silvester invested $800 million of the state’s pension fund in several private equity firms for which he received kickbacks. One of the firms he invested in was Carlyle, which was investigated, but no charges were brought.

Wayne Berman—president of Park Strategies.
A consummate Washington insider, Berman is a major financial backer of George W. Bush, as well as the president of Park Strategies, the company that hired Silvester after he invested Connecticut’s pension funds through his firm.

Denise Nappier—Connecticut state treasurer.
Stepping into the mess that Silvester left behind, Nappier required that all firms doing business with the Connecticut state pension fund disclose their finder’s fee arrangements. After initially holding out, Carlyle disclosed a $1 million fee to Wayne Berman.

Thomas Hicks—founder of Hicks, Muse, Tate & Furst.
This Texas billionaire and George W. Bush backer was responsible for taking the University of Texas’ asset management private and investing the school’s money with various Republican-friendly firms, including Carlyle.

William Kennard—Carlyle managing director.
The former chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Kennard approved a highly questionable bid by SBC Communications, a Carlyle client, to enter into long-distance markets days before he left office. Two months later, he landed a job with Carlyle.

Frank Yeary—Carlyle managing director.
A former investment banker at Salomon Smith Barney, Yeary used his extensive connections at SBC to get Carlyle business there.

Arthur Levitt—Carlyle senior advisor.
The former chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) was known for his policy that protected the individual investor and railed against corporate malfeasance. The irony of his current position with Carlyle is less than subtle.

George Herbert Walker Bush—Carlyle advisor.
The former president of the United States of America has been the source of the majority of Carlyle’s controversy. His visits with world business leaders everywhere from Saudi Arabia to South Korea and his repeated influence on American foreign policy make him an easy target for public advocacy groups, who accuse him of influence peddling and damaging conflicts of interest.

Park Tae-joon—Carlyle advisor.
This former prime minister of South Korea was instrumental in securing Carlyle’s extensive business interests in the Korean Peninsula.

Michael Kim—Carlyle managing director.
The son-in-law of Park Tae-joon, Kim runs Carlyle’s Korean operations, and spearheaded the successful buyout of one of Korea’s few healthy banks, KorAm.

Crown Prince Abdullah—heir to the Saudi Arabian throne.
Upset with George W. Bush’s pro-Israel policy, Prince Abdullah received a phone call from the president’s father, George H. W. Bush, reassuring him that his son was okay, and that George W.’s “heart is in the right place.”

Tom Fitton—president of Judicial Watch.
A died-in-the-wool Clinton hater, Fitton caused a stir in Washington when he came out publicly against George H. W. Bush’s involvement with the Carlyle Group. His efforts to obtain documents from the federal government have produced some of the most tangible evidence of Carlyle’s influence yet.

General Shinseki—U.S. Army chief of staff.
In favor of a more mobile and agile army, General Shinseki originally presented the argument that would ultimately kill United Defense’s Crusader, a 42-ton howitzer on wheels.

Andrew Krepinevich—executive director of the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments.
As a member of the Congressionally appointed 1997 National Defense Panel which analyzed military spending, Krepinevich came out against the further development of Crusader, citing the gun’s weight and obsolescence as his reasons.

Milo Djukanovic—president of Montenegro.
In searching for support to pursue independence for his country, Djukanovic lobbied the American government to no avail. But he found an ally in Frank Carlucci, who met with Djukanovic and then lobbied his former understudy, Colin Powell, to consider Djkanovic’s requests.

Frank Finelli—Carlyle employee.
A retired Army colonel, Finelli is perhaps the most mysterious of all Carlyle’s employees. He was instrumental in working with lawmakers to push through incremental approvals of the Crusader program. He has been characterized as a “behind the scenes” type that “works in the dark.”

Shafiq bin Laden—estranged half-brother of Osama bin Laden.
Shafiq is the representative to Carlyle for his family’s investments with the company, and as such, was at the Carlyle annual investor conference in Washington, DC, on September 11, 2001.

Cynthia McKinney—former democratic representative from Georgia.
McKinney was an outspoken critic of Carlyle and was openly ridiculed for voicing her concerns that people close to the George W. Bush administration stood to gain financially from the ongoing war on terrorism.

Chris Ullman—Carlyle spokesperson.
Hired only after the ironies of Carlyle’s bin Laden ties were discovered afterSeptember 11. Ullman has been a busy man, trying to hold back a barrage of negative criticism.

Paul Wolfowitz—deputy secretary of defense.
Recently profiled by the media as the man behind Bush’s war fetish, Wolfowitz is also reported to be the man that killed the Crusader, not Rumsfeld. Regardless, United Defense felt no pain from the cancellation of the program when the company was awarded another contract to build a different gun the very same day.

Louis V. Gerstner Jr.—chairman of Carlyle, former IBM chief executive.
At IBM, Gerstner earned a reputation as a driven executive, directing Big Blue through an unforgettable turnaround, restoring the company’s reputation as a global behemoth. It is anticipated that he will only spend 20 percent of his time on Carlyle, advising on two funds and mentoring senior managers.
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Re: JP Morgan exec's die in plane crash in "unknown circumstances"
« Reply #3 on: February 05, 2011, 06:47:38 pm »
Basil Al Rahim
http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Basil_Al_Rahim

"Al Rahim has emerged as a strong advocate of neo-liberal policies in Iraq. He has been a guest of the American Enterprise Institute and testified before the US Congress Joint Economic Committee (JEC) on the economic transformation of Iraq. In an economic paper for the Iraq Foundation, Al Rahim provides the classic neo-liberal argument: “The fact that the [Iraqi] state (through nationalization and expropriation) owns over 80% of the productive economic assets of the country must be recognized and immediately addressed. It is only by shifting these assets squarely back into the private sector that the economy will be properly invigorated and set on a path of sustainable long-term growth." [40][1] Basil Al Rahim is also founder and managing partner of MerchantBridge, a Riyadh-based private equity firm, and chief executive officer of MerchantBridge-UBS, a joint venture with the Swiss financial services firm. [41][2]
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Re: JP Morgan exec's die in plane crash in "unknown circumstances"
« Reply #4 on: February 05, 2011, 06:49:03 pm »
Basil Al-Rahim
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_American_University_of_Iraq_%E2%80%93_Sulaimani#Basil_Al-Rahim

Basil Al-Rahim is founder and managing partner of MerchantBridge, a private international equity firm, as well as the chief executive officer of MerchantBridge-UBS, a joint venture with the Swiss financial services firm. A longtime advocate for political and economic reform in Iraq, Mr. Al-Rahim has been actively engaged in efforts to invigorate Iraq’s emerging private sector and to set it on a path toward sustainable long-term growth. He has served as an economic advisor to the Iraq Foundation, and continues to promote entrepreneurship and the development of free markets in Iraq and the Middle East. It was announced on Saturday February 5th, 2011, that Basil Al-Rahim was killed in an plane crash in Sulaimani airport in Iraqi Kurdistan
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Re: JP Morgan exec's die in plane crash in "unknown circumstances"
« Reply #5 on: February 05, 2011, 06:49:39 pm »
Oh, boy.

Possible 9/11 connection.

Thx, Dig.

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Re: JP Morgan exec's die in plane crash in "unknown circumstances"
« Reply #6 on: February 05, 2011, 06:51:59 pm »
excerpts from the book
The Iron Triangle
Inside the Secret World of the Carlyle Group

by Dan Briody
John Wiley and Sons, 2003, paper
http://www.thirdworldtraveler.com/Bush_Gang/Iron_Triangle.html
p144
Bin Laden's Business

... Carlyle had been doing business with dozens of families and businesses throughout the Middle East since the early 1990s. And they had been extremely successful in the region. So successful that they had garnered a reputation for having a tremendous amount of influence over the deal flow in the area. After all, the company had been running the Saudi Economic Offset Program for years, a government funded program designed to encourage foreign investment into Saudi Arabia, under the condition that a portion of the profits be reinvested in Saudi Arabia. In a sense, Carlyle had become the gatekeeper to foreign investing in Saudi Arabia.

Not many people knew any of this at the time of the September 11 attacks. But by the end of September, the general public would know far more about Carlyle's business than anyone at Carlyle was comfortable with. In the weeks following the attacks, the name Osama bin Laden leaped onto the forefront of America's consciousness as public enemy number one. Storefronts hung pictures of his likeness, cut out of newspapers, with headlines of "Wanted: Dead or Alive." Not since the Red Scare of the 1950s had the United States had a more tangible opposition. It seemed that the entire nation was united in its hatred of one man. Then, on September 27, the Wall Street Journal ran a story entitled "Bin Laden Family Is Tied to U.S. Group." That group, of course, was Carlyle.

Carlyle had a relationship with the bin Ladens that began in the early 1990s, when they tried to put together a deal for the Italian Petroleum (IP) company. At the time, Basil Al Rahim, a young Carlyle associate, was traveling from Saudi Arabia to Amman to Bahrain, to United Arab Emirates, drumming up support for Carlyle's forthcoming international funds. "I met with 101 different potential clients in 16 days," recalls Al Rahim. "No one had really ever heard of us." Since that time, Carlyle's business in the Middle East blossomed. One of the clients that Al Rahim helped secure was the bin Laden family, which owned a $5 billion construction business by the name of Saudi Bin ladin Group.

The bin Laden family consists of more than 50 brothers and sisters, all the progeny of Mohammed bin Laden. Osama had his Saudi citizenship revoked in 1991, and was reportedly cut off from his family. Since his father's passing, Bakr bin Laden became the head of the business and the family, and as such he committed money to Carlyle on several occasions. It was a fruitful relationship for both parties involved. But now, all of that had changed.
The article in the Wall Street Journal pointed out the most stunning and atrocious irony of Carlyle's history: through Carlyle, the bin Laden family was in a position to make millions from the war being waged against their own brother. The news that George Bush Sr., James Baker III, and Frank Carlucci had visited the bin Ladens in recent years also stunned the American public. It was, in fact, the Carlyle Partners II fund in which the bin Laden family was invested. The same fund that held United Defense, as well as a host of other defense holdings.

Carlyle told the press that the bin Ladens were only in for $2 million, a relatively small amount of money considering the whole fund was worth $1.3 billion. But one bin Laden family financial representative says the number was much larger. And Al Rahim says that earlier in his time with Carlyle, which ended in 1997, the bin Laden family had several times that amount invested in the company. Regardless of the actual amount, the irony ultimately approved too much for Carlyle, and by the end of October, they severed ties to the family, liquidating their holdings.
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Re: JP Morgan exec's die in plane crash in "unknown circumstances"
« Reply #7 on: February 05, 2011, 08:36:49 pm »
Hows that for a Bonus Wall St?

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Re: JP Morgan exec + Man who got Bin Laden into Carlyle group killed in plane
« Reply #8 on: February 05, 2011, 10:30:46 pm »
Looks like there might be a little "payback" going on.

These are extremely high level operations:

NUKE GATE - SWISS EXPOSE THAT ALL NUKE OPERATIONS IN IRAN ARE CIA/MI6 CONTROLLED

NukeGate: Swiss Court Finds “NO AQ Khan Network, Only WESTERN Suppliers”
http://www.antifascistencyclopedia.com/allposts/nukegate-swiss-court-finds-no-aq-khan-network-only-western-suppliers
Shahidur Rehman
International Herald Tribune | January 6, 2011

ISLAMABAD: There was no AQ Khan nuclear proliferation network; there were only Western suppliers of nuclear wares. This is borne out by the report submitted recently by a Swiss Magistrate into the affairs of three members of Tinner family.

The report has spelt out that there was as such no AQ Khan network but several members of the so-called network (actually suppliers) were collaborating with CIA and MI6.

The report submitted by a Swiss Magistrate into the affairs of three members of Tinner family last month has spelt out in words what previous accounts of Dr. A.Q. Khan saga had stated between the lines i.e. – several members of the so-called network were collaborating with CIA and MI6.

It has been established beyond doubt that three Tinners,-
father Frederick Tinner and his two sons Marco and Urs Tinners
were working for CIA at least since 2000
till Dr. Khan’s fall from high pedestal on February 4, 2004
on charges of proliferation to Libya, Iran and North Korea.


Magistrate Andreas Muller has recommended that charges be brought against three Tinners for violation of Swiss laws and obstructing justice.

“They massively interfered in the wheels of justice,” the judge said.

Muller had investigated proliferation activities of Tinners for four years and the reports that a huge drove of documents and electronic files including allegedly “a highly sophisticated Pakistani bomb design” were destroyed by the Swiss authorities on pressure from CIA.

Tinners played a central role in Pakistan’s nuclear program since its inception in the 1970’s till the disgraceful fall of Dr. Khan in February 2004.

In February 2008 when Swiss President had acknowledged that document and files relating to Tinners have been destroyed by Swiss authorities, Pakistan Foreign Ministry spokesman had regretted that while the design is being stated of Pakistani origin, Pakistan government was never taken into confidence.

Dr. Khan had told Kyodo News Agency that the destruction of the documents wiped out some proof that would have proved that he was innocent of the wrongdoing heaped on his doorstep.

The observations by the Swiss judge about CIA’s complicity in the whole affair has partially vindicated the stance taken by Pakistan government and Dr. Khan.

The whole story of how CIA carried out several sting operations to bring down Dr. Khan and who played a role in it would be brought out once Tinners go on trial.

More facts about Tinners and CIA have been promised by David Albright of Washington-based ISIS who has promised to shortly release a preliminary assessment of CIA Recruitment of the Tinners.

The recruitment of Tinners by CIA to spy on Dr. Khan is not surprising because without his double deals, Frederick Tinner would not have managed to proliferate for at nearly three decades.

Frederick Tinner was manager of Cora Engineering company in the picturesque Chur Valley in Switzerland from whom Khan had brought a key component for enrichment plant at Kahuta in 1976 and almost all the books about Pakistan’s nuclear program written in the 1980’s and 1990’s have talked about Dr. Khan visit to Cora Engineering in 1976, in graphic details.

According to “Islamic Bomb” published in 1982, Dr. Khan had ordered “ a major component,-a gasification and solidification unit to feed uranium hexafluoride gas into the centrifuges, and then to transform it back into a solid at the end of the centrifuge process,” from Cora Engineering in 1976.

In 2004 when Dr. Khan saga broke out, Frederick Tinner was operating a workshop and a company in Dubai and his son Urs Tinner was manager of the factory in Malaysia which was manufacturing the components for Centrifuge meant for the Libyan program.

The factory in Malaysia was owned by a Sri Lankan national B.S.A. Tahir who has been dubbed as Dr. Khan’s deputy and Chief Financial Officer of the so-called Khan network.

“Dr. Khan used to call him son and Tahir called him pa. He was the son that Khan never had,” Gordon Correra has said in his book “shopping for Bombs.” For once Dr. Khan has concurred with Correra.

The components of centrifuge that were seized on a ship BBC-China on October 4, 2003 was the turning point in Dr. Khan Saga. The components were sent by Urs Tinner in four consignments to Dubai from where they were to be dispatched to Libya.

After sending the last consignment to Dubai, Urs Tinner removed the information about himself and drawings of the component from computer and disappeared. He was finally arrested in Switzerland with two other Tinners, who were released in 2008 under US pressure.

According to NYT report dated April 25, 2008 CIA paid up to $ 10 million to Tinners, “some of it delivered in a suitcase stuffed with cash.”

But Tinners were not the only three members of the so-called network working for CIA and MI6. In 2004 when CIA and MI6 agents had visited Malaysia they could not conveniently find Urs Tinner and only interviewed Tahir.

According to Tahir, his company had manufactured the components on order from a Dubai-based company owned by a British national Peter Griffin- dubbed conveniently as another member of the so-called network.

Dr. Khan has accused Peter Griffin of working for MI6.

After Dr. Khan’s proliferation activities came to light, Peter Griffin was widely reported as a member of the alleged network.

Peter Griffin sued Guardian newspaper and BBC for reporting that he had signed the contract for supply of centrifuges. He claimed that he had supplied machines that ended up in Libya to B.S.A. Tahir and that Tahir used his company’s name by counterfeiting the stationary of his company to fabricate the sub-contract deal.

He ended up in getting sizeable amounts from both the media organizations (?).

What is surprising is the fact that Dr. Khan’s acquaintance with Peter Griffin also goes back to his 1976 shopping trip to Europe. Peter Griffin is mentioned by name, by the Islamic Bomb. (published in 1982).

Another member of the so-called network whose name has been mentioned only in passing was Chacha (Uncle) Mohammad Farooq, paternal uncle of B.S.A. Tahir- Chief Financial Officer of the network and Khan’s deputy. Farooq is known to have en-cashed $ 3 million check paid by the Atomic Energy Agency of Iran to the network in 1987 but surprisingly no effort has been made by the western authors of Dr. Khan saga and host of inquiry commissions to locate him.

The latest report by David Albright about Libya has only mentioned erroneously that he is living in Singapore.

“The Ba…d died of cancer that he deserved,” according to Dr. Khan.

Farooq split with his nephew in mid-1990’s and the two were engaged in a legal row ending in a settlement paying him a hefty amount. Chacha Farooq is known to have blackmailed Tahir in 2003 on the ground that a CIA team was in Srilanka to demand his extradition.

“Chacha Farooq was a CIA agent,” a 2-star general told me during a rare interview granted for my book. Dr. Khan concurred.

The general said that after Dr. Khan Saga, Pakistani intelligence agencies tried to locate Chacha Farooq but it appeared that he had disappeared in thin air.

There are reasons to believe that Pakistani investigators mistook Engineer Mohammad Farooq as Chacha Farooq who had contacted the Iranians in 1980’s.

Foreign office spokesman Masood Khan had told a briefing on December 2003 that Iran and IAEA had provided details of two Pakistani scientists who received money for supplying used centrifuge.

Let us assume that the first beneficiary was Dr. Khan but who was the second Pakistani scientists receiving money from Iran? The books about Dr. Khan Saga have reported Chahca Farooq to be major beneficiary of the money received from Iran.

None of the dozen books and accounts of Dr. Khan saga has found any deposits in any Pakistani scientist account. The names given to Pakistan was that of Mohammad Farooq, uncle of B.S.A. Tahir. The over –zealot Pakistani investigators assumed it to be engineer Mohammad Farooq, director Foreign Procurement, KRL. Engineer Mohammad Farooq is the only member of KRL who is still under virtual house arrest in Rawalpindi suburb of Satellite Town.

A book by David Armstrong about Dr. Khan Saga. America and the Islamic Bomb have highlighted that CIA could have wound up Khan network in 2000 when a British custom agent had tracked possible proliferation exports to Tahir in Dubai.

However, MI6 station chief in Dubai forced the British Custom agent back to London.

The million dollar question is not why the so-called network was not closed down in 2000 but how its members managed to stay in proliferation business for nearly three decades?

All the key members of the network, Gothard Lerch, Hans Mabus, Hank Slebos besides Frederick Tinner and Peter Griffin go back to Dr. Khan’s 1976 shopping trip to Europe or his stay in Holland, Belgium and Germany.

Chacha Farooq was also inducted into the business in 1977 when Bukhari (full name not available) father of B.S.a. Tahir was encouraged by Dr. Khan to set up a company to supply wares to Pakistani nuclear program.

The role played by CIA n bringing about Dr. Khan’s fall has been touched upon by several other books and commissions.

On February 5, 2004, a day after Dr. Khan’s disgraceful fall, CIA chief George Tenet concluded his speech at the Georgetown University with “one final story” about Dr. Khan. He had said:

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”Last year (2003) in my annual world-wide threat testimony before Congress in an open session, I talked about the emerging threat from private proliferators specially, nuclear brokers I was cryptic about this in public, but I can tell you now that I was talking about A.Q. Khan. His network was shaving years off the nuclear weapons development timelines of several states including Libya.

Now as you know from news coming out from Pakistan, Khan and his network has been dealt a crushing blow, with several of his senior aids in custody… what did intelligence have to do with this? First we discovered the extent of Khan’s network. We tagged the proliferators. We detected the network stretching from Pakistan to Europe to the Middle East to Asia, offering its wares to countries like North Korea and Iran.

We were inside his residence, inside his facilities, inside his rooms. We were everywhere these people were.”


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George Tenet has said in his Memoirs that on his second last day in office as CIA Chief, he walked down to a room in the CIA building at Langley to pin a medal on the man who had brought down Dr. Khan. Tenet has not given the name of the officer but most probably, it was Rolf Mowit Larson, director Operation CIA.

Mowit is a Jew and in Hebrew his name means Death. Probably, he was the second person who had accompanied CIA Chief George Tenet to his meetings with Musharraf on December 1, 2002 in Islamabad and on September 2003, in New York.

As a result of the December 1 meeting, Musarraf detained two Pakistani nuclear scientists Bashir uddin Mehmood and Abdul Majid who were interrogated by CIA and American nuclear scientists while the second meeting triggered the investigation against Dr. Khan that finally led to his downfall.

Both Tenet and Ron Suskind have given graphic details of the two meetings of the CIA chief with Musharraf. However, a paragraph in Suskind’s book about the meeting speaks loudly of the stuff our leaders are made of.

“Everyone rose. Tenet left a packet with a list of demands” Suskind has reported in “THE ONE PERCENT DOCRINE.”

What was in the packet? I will like to ask of former President Musharraf. I hope it was not a packet containing one hundred dollars note that Tenet has said he left behind in several brief cases that he gave to people who had provided tips in the war on terror.

After Musharraf resigned as President, I had the opportunity to met him at Army House. My meeting with him turned sour when I asked him why he had to meet CIA Chief and agents without any aide. He flatly refused that he met CIA chief or CIA agents alone.

“What about December 1, 2002 meeting at the Presidency at which George Tenet asked for arrest of Bashir uddin Mehmood and another Pakistani nuclear scientist?” I asked.

“Who was Bashir uddin Mehmood,” Musharraf asked quizzically.

That was the end of my interview with him. My requests seeking another interview from him in London or Duabi has evoked no response.

While the details of CIA operations to bring down Dr. Khan have remained secret and bulk of its details would remain so, the best compliments to CIA and its agents in bringing down Dr. Khan could be discerned from a paragraph in the report of “The Commission on the Intelligence Capabilities of United States regarding the WMD (Weapons of Mass Destruction). The Commission was set up by Bush Administration after 9/11 and presented its report in 2005.

The Commission hailed CIA operations against Dr. Khan as third biggest CIA success since the Second World War. It observed that

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“Human intelligence serves policy-makers by providing a unique window into our target’s most guarded intentions, plans and programs.

During the Cold War, intelligence from GRU Colnol Oleg Penkovosky proved critical to our management and eventual restoration of the Cuban Missile crisis. Later, Polish Colnol Ruszard Kukilinsky provided us with highly secret war plans of the Soviet Union.

The recent penetration of Dr.A.Q. Khan’s nuclear proliferation network is another example of an impressive human intelligence achievement. …. The intelligence community learnd through what former DCI George Tenet correctly described as “Operation Daring” that the Khan network was the source of Libya’s procurement of a nuclear weapon design. Further information about the details of these efforts is classified and cannot be discussed in classified setting.”


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According to another CIA agent Valerie Palme, who shared room with the group against Terrorist WMD, CIA had launched an innovative operation code-named ‘Operation Daring’ against the CIA. Plame had given some context to the innovative CIA program by reproducing some extracts from George Tenet and outlining CIA counter-terrorism center activities.

The names of foreign agents of CIA and MI6 spying on Pakistan’s nuclear program are cropping up in western media. However, there have been stories of influential people in Pakistani nuclear establishment working for the western intelligence agencies. Dr. Khan and his associates have named people but obviously what they say is tainted with bias.

The million dollar question is if the Pakistani nuclear establishment could be ever purged of these people?

Dr. Khan had fallen from his pedestal on February 4, 2004 and new facts have emerged about his alleged proliferation activities. Surprisingly, several lies in the meantime have been exposed.

There was no proliferation network. The term was given currency by western intelligence and western media and our media also jumped on the western media bandwagon,” Tasneem Aslam, former spokesman of Foreign Office who handled media query in the wake of Dr. Khan Saga told me in her farewell meeting.

It was said that Dr. Khan proliferated for money. However, almost all the accounts of Dr. Khan Saga have found that Dr. Khan did not attend any of the meeting with Iranian Atomic Energy officials in 1987 and 1994 which led to the supply of discarded Pakistani centrifuges to Iran.

“If I proliferated for money than why Musharraf sent General Kidwai and his wife to my house with money to overcome financial problems and fixed my pension,” Dr. Khan had been telling his critics.

During Khan Saga, at least 27 members of KRL were debriefed. Those who were taken into custody were asked to write down the names of all their relatives. The bank accounts of all these relatives were investigated.

A 2-star general who investigated Dr. Khans alleged proliferation activities told me that the biggest account discovered was one million dollars I held by his daughter Dina Khan in a bank in Dubai.

The general said that Dina Khan had explained that the money was her share from the inheritance that her grandmother had left for her in her inheritance. Dr.Khan’s mother-in-law had died in Islamabad and rests in a graveyard in Islamabad.

Dina also disclosed to author in a meeting in Dubai that some of the amount came from the sale of her apartment in London.

“Dr Khan was brought down as a result of a sting operation, one big sting operation having several smaller sting operations within,” a former aide of Dr. Khan believed. He pointed out that it has been established beyond doubt by people like Samual Hersh and Ron Suskind that BBC-China was a sting operation by several western intelligence agencies.

There was no network. There were only western suppliers. At some point and time, they also started supplying the same ware that they were supplying to Pakistan to Iran and Libya, Dr. Khan has maintained.

However, he has conceded that he was aware that the western suppliers were fueling the Iranian and Libyan nuclear programs.

“When people who make bombs meet, they talk about bombs,” he said and added “ What was I expected to do. Ring the American Embassy ask for CIA mission chief and say”Hey, this is Dr. Khan. I want to tell you about some companies selling nuclear wares to Iran and Libya.”

Dr. Khan opined that the design that the design of P-1 centrifuge and the so-called Pakistani device that he is alleged to have delivered to Iran and Libya could have been collected by CIA-MI6 from western suppliers and their agents and portrayed as result of his proliferation activities.

As for example, in his confession to Pakistan government, Dr. Khan had named Benazir Bhutto’s military advisor General Imtiaz and her dentist Dr. Niazi to have asked him to provide the centrifuges to Iran. His words were not believed but David Albright has conceded in his latest article about Libya that the role of Dr. Niazi in the initial shipments resulting from 1987 meeting cannot be ruled out.

*Shahidur Rehman has authored a book about Pakistan’s nuclear program “Long Road to Chaghai’ in 1999 and another book “Horrible examples,- Z.A. Bhutto. A.Q. Khan and Iranian Nuclear program” is being published.

http://tribune.com.pk/story/99782/nuclear-proliferation-no-aq-khan-network-only-western-suppliers/.
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AND BUSHGATE - BUSH CANCELS TRIP TO SWITZERLAND BECAUSE HE WILL BE ARRESTED

Bush’s Swiss visit off after complaints on torture
By Reuters
Saturday, February 5th, 2011 -- 9:06 am

GENEVA (Reuters) - Former U.S. President George W. Bush, under fire from human rights group over allegations of ordering torture, has canceled a visit to Switzerland where he was to address a Jewish charity gala.

Bush was to be the keynote speaker at Keren Hayesod's annual dinner on February 12 in Geneva. But pressure has been building on the Swiss government to arrest him and open a criminal investigation if he enters the Alpine country.

read more @ http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/02/bushs-swiss-visit-complaints-torture/#
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Re: JP Morgan exec + Man who got Bin Laden into Carlyle group killed in plane
« Reply #9 on: February 05, 2011, 10:33:43 pm »
Quite possibly.

Carlyle group.  Bush Crime Family.  Switzerland.

I knew this story was going to open up several cans of worms.

More will be revealed for sure.

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Re: JP Morgan exec + Man who got Bin Laden into Carlyle group killed in plane
« Reply #10 on: February 05, 2011, 10:39:59 pm »
CIA's wikileaks has been targeting swiss banks since they exposed the CIA-Iran-Nuke operations. They leaked 50 year old crap about nazi connections. derrr like no one knew. what about project paperclip, dulles, gehlen, and prescott bush. Wikileaks is becoming so obvious as an extortion weapon for remnants of dulles' cia covert nazi operations
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Re: JP Morgan exec + Man who got Bin Laden into Carlyle group killed in plane
« Reply #11 on: February 21, 2011, 02:29:03 pm »
Quite possibly.

Carlyle group.  Bush Crime Family.  Switzerland.

I knew this story was going to open up several cans of worms.

More will be revealed for sure.

Likely more infighting between all the nutty elites.

They are their own worst enemies. All for the love of power and money!!
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Re: JP Morgan exec + Man who got Bin Laden into Carlyle group killed in plane
« Reply #12 on: February 21, 2011, 02:42:56 pm »
Wow....

http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/business-executives-killed-in-iraq-plane-crash/85840/



06 Feb 2011
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The plane went down shortly after takeoff on Friday from an airport at Sulaimaniya in Iraq's semi-autonomous northern Kurdish region.

Airport officials said the businessmen on the plane had flown to Sulaimaniya to visit the offices of AsiaCell, one of Iraq's major mobile phone service providers, which is partially owned by Qatar Telecommunications.

Rahim was a member of the AsiaCell board of directors, AsiaCell said in a statement. JPMorgan executives Murad Megalli and Javier Zurita also were killed in the crash, along with the three crew members on board, it said.

Megalli "had been with J.P. Morgan for more than a decade and successfully led our businesses in Turkey, Central Asia and the Middle East, North Africa (MENA) region," JPMorgan Chief Executive Officer Jamie Dimon and two other executives said in an email to employees.

Zurita had been head of telecom investment for Europe, Middle East and Africa and had worked for the bank for four years, the email said.

A JPMorgan representative could not immediately specify the victims' nationalities.

MerchantBridge said last October it had launched an equity fund in Iraqi equities. An executive said at the time that the company had over $1.5 billion (931.1 million pounds) worth of investments in Iraq.

http://www.lebnews.net
February 8 2011/


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Lebanese delegation returns with black box from jet crash in Iraq

BEIRUT: A delegation from Lebanon?s Civil Aviation General Directorate returned to Lebanon at dawn Monday after a short visit to Iraq where they received the black box of a private jet that crashed last week, killing seven people, including three Lebanese.

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/article.asp?edition_id=1&categ_id=1&article_id=124631#axzz1Ed2BuOW9
02/07/2011
Bodies of Lebanese killed in private jet crash in Iraq return to Beirut
BEIRUT: The bodies of six victims - including three Lebanese nationals - killed in a plane crash in northern Iraq were transferred to Beirut over the weekend, as details continued to emerge over the fate of the destroyed private jet. The Lebanese victims were named as businessman Abdullah Lahoud, from Aamchit, Jbeil, co-pilot Abdullah Yazbeck , from Hawsh al-Rafka

Bodies of Lebanese killed in private jet crash in Iraq return to Beirut
Preliminary probes point to engine stall as possible cause behind plane crash, says source
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The Lebanese victims were named as businessman Abdullah Lahoud, from Aamchit, Jbeil, co-pilot Abdullah Yazbeck, from Hawsh al-Rafka, Bekaa and air hostess Stephanie Luca, from Batroun. Yazbeck and Luca were buried Sunday
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The black box will then be sent to the U.S. for further analysis. The source said according to preliminary findings, the plane’s right engine had stalled immediately after takeoff.
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The plane, which was a small private jet, crashed shortly after it took off because of bad weather,” the official said. “Seven people have died, including three crew.”

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Re: JP Morgan exec's die in plane crash in "unknown circumstances"
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The Iron Triangle
Inside the Secret World of the Carlyle Group

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The rise of one of the most powerful and influential and secretive firms in Washington. The company is called The Carlyle Group. And in the wake of the events of September 11th and the invasion of Iraq, its power and influence have become significantly stronger. The company operates within the so-called iron-triangle of industry, government and the military. Its list of former and current advisers and associates includes a vast array of some of the most powerful men in America and indeed around the world. This program exposes the history of the Carlyle Group, from it's inception as a private equity firm to it's precent status as one of the largest defense contractors in the world.

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The Iron Triangle - The Carlyle Group Exposed - Part 3 of 5
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4b3zf31Dts0

The Iron Triangle - The Carlyle Group Exposed - Part 4 of 5
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The Iron Triangle - The Carlyle Group Exposed - Part 5 of 5
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uZMOOZssrSE


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