"Bandar Bush": We were "actively following" most of the 9/11 plotters "with precision"

Ex-Saudi ambassador: Kingdom could have helped U.S. prevent 9/11

(CNN) -- Saudi Arabia could have helped the United States prevent al Qaeda's 2001 attacks on New York and Washington if American officials had consulted Saudi authorities in a "credible" way, the kingdom's former ambassador said in a documentary aired Thursday.

The comments by Prince Bandar bin Sultan are similar to the remarks this week by Saudi King Abdullah that suggested Britain could have prevented the July 2005 train bombings in London if it had heeded warnings from Riyadh.

Speaking to the Arabic satellite network Al-Arabiya on Thursday, Bandar -- now Abdullah's national security adviser -- said Saudi intelligence was "actively following" most of the September 11, 2001, plotters "with precision."

"If U.S. security authorities had engaged their Saudi counterparts in a serious and credible manner, in my opinion, we would have avoided what happened," he said.

Bandar was the Saudi ambassador to Washington for nearly 22 years before he was replaced in 2005. A knowledgeable U.S. official told CNN that Bandar's comments should be taken "with a grain of salt."

On Monday, Abdullah told the BBC that Saudi Arabia had sent warnings to British authorities before the London subway bombings that killed 52 people -- the city's bloodiest day since World War II.

"We have sent information to Great Britain before the terrorist attacks in Britain," Abdullah said. "But unfortunately, no action was taken, and it may have been able to avert the tragedy."

The September 11 attacks killed nearly 3,000 people in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania. All but four of the suicide hijackers who carried out the plot were Saudi nationals, and after the attacks, the kingdom was widely criticized for having tolerated Islamic militancy.

The Saudis have called the criticism unfair, pointing out that al Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden's original grievance was against the country's ruling family, which invited U.S. troops into the kingdom after the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait in 1990.

A string of attacks on Western compounds, oil installations and Saudi institutions between 2003 and 2006 were blamed on al Qaeda's followers.

And Saudi officials say that since 9/11, they have taken steps to ensure charitable donations do not fall into the hands of al Qaeda.

Et tu Bandar?

You too, documenting the Patsies for Bubba Dubbya?

A grain of salt

Yes, Bandar should be taken with a grain of salt.

Sadly, we need to take our own government with salt quarry.

White Man speaks with Forked Tongue.

Bandar B.


This doesn't sound like support for Bush but rather the second shot across the bow as a warning not to really destroy everything with an attack on Iran. Bandar and the king's comments hurt Bushco more than help. Certainly the Saudis knew what was going on -- their people were being used -- and they surely were in touch with U.S. intelligence and swapped warnings. But their bringing up the subject now goes way beyond picking at old sores. They know what happened and are prepared to reveal it.

The Islamic world knows 911 is an Inside Job



Bandar "Bush" and friends are trying to cover their rear end.

I am quite sure most Saudi's KNOW 911 is an Inside Job and are fully aware of the direction and purpose of the 911 Wars.

We have to read between the lines.

The alliance is cracking.

More suprises on the way.

Two-legged snakes ALWAYS stab each other in the back.

Stalin & Hitler come to mind.

The CONSTITUTION is NOT going to "collapse" into pulverized dust no matter how much thermate/explosives or planes they throw at

Did Bush Cut Secret Oil Deal With Saudis Ahead of 2004 Election?

Did Bush Cut Secret Oil Deal With Saudis Ahead of 2004 Election?

The White House and a top Saudi official are denying allegations that before the invasion of Iraq, the Bush administration made a secret deal with Saudi ambassador Prince Bandar bin Sultan involving oil price fixing ahead of the November presidential elections. [includes rush transcript]

The charge came in an interview Sunday on 60 Minutes with Washington Post journalist Bob Woodward. His new book “Plan of Attack” hit news stands yesterday and has already caused a firestorm of controversy. Here is an excerpt from 60 Minutes Host Mike Wallace’s interview with Bob Woodward.

WALLACE: Prince Bandar enjoys easy access to the Oval Office. His family and the Bush family are close. And Woodward told us that Bandar has promised the president that Saudi Arabia will lower oil prices in the months before the election to ensure the US economy is strong on Election Day.


Brothers in Arms: Bandar Bush Took a Billion in Bribes to Push UK Weapons Deal

So says the Guardian, which has had a sneak peek at the evidence compiled by Britain's Serious Fraud Office (SFO) in its lengthy investigation of vast corruption in a decades-long arms deal between Saudi Arabia and the Anglo-American arms merchant, BAE, Tony Blair's favorite war profiteer. The SFO's probe was preemptorily quashed by Blair's ever quiescent attorney general, Lord Goldsmith, last December. Now the Guardian has learned that BAE paid a quarterly bribe to Prince Bandar bin Sultan bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud-- long-time ambassador to the United States, and so intimate with America's ruling family that the president nicknamed him "Bandar Bush." BAE was plying Prince Bush with $30 million every quarter -- for ten years. Nice work if you can get it.


Bandar B. (cont.)


Remember the cigars on the Lincoln Balcony, the evacuation ahead of the FBI of the Ss and BLs, the agreement to remove American forces from the kingdom as per OBL's wishes and the oil deal menioned above. Close buddies, indeed, but no cigars this time.