Brexit, Britain, BAE, Saudi Arabia, The 28 Pages, and The Military Industrial Complex
Prince Bandar bin Sultan of “The 28 Pages” and the UK’s Margaret Thatcher involved in “…(the UK’s) biggest, most lucrative arms deal in history….”
~~~ The United Kingdom’s largest ever export contract and largest ever arms deal. ~~~
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BAE Systems plc is a British multinational defense, security and aerospace company.
The New York Times – Feb 2010 – “BAE Settles Corruption Charges”
“Al-Yamamah arms deal” – Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al-Yamamah_arms_deal
“Al Yamamah is the name of a series of a record arms sales by the United Kingdom to Saudi Arabia, which have been paid for by the delivery of up to 600,000 barrels of crude oil per day to the UK government. The prime contractor has been BAE Systems and its predecessor British Aerospace… … It is Britain's largest ever export agreement, and employs at least 5,000 people in Saudi Arabia….”
(Amazon books - https://www.amazon.com/Keys-Kingdom-Bob-Graham/dp/159315660X )
Senator Bob Graham interview about “The Keys to the Kingdom”
Tampa Bay Times – June 2011
Former Sen. Bob Graham puts inside knowledge to use in new novel 'Keys to the Kingdom'
Bob Graham: ”…It does start from two factual situations.
One is the unanswered questions about 9/11 and the coverup.
And also, there's the situation involving BAE (an international defense contractor) and the Saudi princes. (In the mid 2000s, the British government investigated a multimillion-dollar "slush fund" BAE was alleged to maintain for bribing powerful Saudis.)
I fictionally merge them. In the novel, the BAE money is used not to pay off the Saudi princes but to fund a Saudi nuclear program….”
---- BREXIT and Military Industrial Complex ---
On June 23, 2016, Britain voted to leave the European Union. Financial markets went into a wild spin, along with the sudden destabilization of European Union objectives.
------- European Union -------
February 26, 2016
EU parliament votes for embargo on arms sales to Saudi Arabia
…The European parliament voted by a large majority for an EU-wide ban on arms sales to the kingdom, citing the “disastrous humanitarian situation” as a result of “Saudi-led military intervention in Yemen”…
…The resolution also turns up the heat on the British government, which has supplied export licences for up to £3bn worth of arms to Saudi Arabia in the last year. The UK has been accused of direct involvement in the bombing campaign through the deployment of UK military personnel to the kingdom…
“The UK is one of the biggest suppliers of arms to Saudi Arabia and needs to heed this call, which has been overwhelmingly supported across the political spectrum and by a vast citizen campaign,” said Labour MEP Richard Howitt.…
PRESS TV – Saudi Arms Sales by Britain – February 25, 2016
”…War is good for business…”
~~~ The United States of America ~~~
CLUSTER BOMBS and The United States
…Cluster bombs were banned by a treaty signed by 119 countries, though a few countries, including the U.S., China and Russia, have NOT signed the treaty…
January 17, 2016 – ABC News
House OKs Ongoing Cluster Bomb Sales to Saudi Arabia
”The volume of major deals concluded by the Obama Administration in its first 5 years exceeds the amount approved by the Bush Administration in its full eight years of office. – William Hartung
Democracy Now – April 2015
Are Obama's Record Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Egypt and Iraq Fueling Unrest in Middle East?
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WASHINGTON POST - "…Saudi Arabia overtook Russia to become the third-largest (military) spender, mainly due to the fall in the value of the rouble…."
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~~~ Saudi Arabia’s New Transition ~~~
SAUDI ARABIA – Reduced External Military Spending in its VISION 2030
(See also “Game of Thrones – The Recent Saudi Coup” - http://911blogger.com/news/2016-05-31/game-thrones-recent-saudi-coup )
EXCERPTS from the interview with Prince Mohammad bin Salman
Turki Al-Dakhil: Your Highness the Prince, you mentioned in the strategy, the issue of military industries, and you said that 2 percent of military equipment are bought from inside.
Prince Mohammed: The goal is to buy military equipment up to 50 percent from the inside and manufactured in Saudi Arabia. Is it reasonable that in 2014, Saudi Arabia was the largest fourth country in the world, and the largest third country in 2015 in terms of military spending; while we don't have industry inside Saudi Arabia?
Turki Al-Dakhil: Military industry?
Prince Mohammed: Yes, we spend more than Britain, and France, and don't have industry. We have a strong demand that we should meet inside Saudi Arabia, which is the demand on the military industries.
If we can raise this percentage to 30 or 50 percent, we will create a new huge industrial sector, will support [the] economy very strongly, and will create many jobs and I think it is a challenge. We are only restructuring many military deals to be linked to Saudi manufacturing.
Turki Al-Dakhil: What is meant by restructuring?
Prince Mohammed: Now, it is a part of the launched policies that the Ministry of Defense or other security and military bodies make deals with any foreign body only if linked to local industry.
We are now in the process of establishing a holding company for military industries; which is 100% for the government. It will be later in the Saudi market, also for "transparency", so a citizen can know the military deals, the company's performance, sales, deals, and industries very clearly and highly. We achieved a great progress in establishing this company. We still have simple things to do.
We think it will be launched in late or early 2017 with more details. We also have a problem in the military spending. It is not reasonable when we are the third or fourth largest country in the world in terms of military spending and our army is evaluated in twenties. There is something wrong.
Turki Al-Dakhil: This statement is made by the Defense Minister.
Prince Mohammed: Undoubtedly, There is imbalance. For example, when I enter a base in Saudi Arabia, I find the ground is made of marble, walls are ornamented, and finished with high quality. When I enter a base in America, I see no ceiling, the ground is neither furnished with carpets nor made of marble, but only concrete and practical.
There is very high waste in spending; which will give us an opportunity to raise the level of security services and the Saudi army, and to reduce spending in the military and security fields.
~~ VIDEO of above transcript ~~
“Al Arabiya News” interviews Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (Excerpt on military)
~~~ More on Prince Bandar ~~~
Family Tree – HOUSE OF SAUD – Bandar bin Sultan
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Prince Bandar bin Sultan - History – Wikipedia
Bandar on Larry King about the Bin Laden Family (One minute)
”…and so with the cooperation of the FBI, we got them all out….”
April 25, 2004 Meet The Press
Transcript of “Meet The Press” - http://www.nbcnews.com/id/4829855/ns/meet_the_press/t/transcript-april/#.V21pJ6_6tKY
Meet The Press - Prince Bandar (Part 1 of 2)
… MR. RUSSERT: Let me turn to Saudi Arabia. Here is a photograph of 15 of the 19 hijackers on September 11, all members of your country. Two years--more than a year, November of 2002, after the September 11 hijackings, this is what your interior minister said: "We put big question marks and ask who committed the events of September 11 and who benefited from them. Who benefited from the events of 9/11? I think they [the Zionists] are behind these events."
Is that the position of your government?
PRINCE BANDAR: No. But I don't know what circumstances this quote was made. But I can tell you the position of my government, that includes Prince Nayef. 9/11 was an earthquake. It shook us to the roots. It's an evil work done by evil people who were targeting your country but also targeting the relationship between our two countries. Otherwise, is it accidental that they will choose 15 misguided young people to be out of 19 when they had a pool of so many people from so many different countries? So it was intentional, in my judgment, to do it that way to hurt our relationship.
MR. RUSSERT: So the Zionists were not behind it?
PRINCE BANDAR: Zionists were not behind it, but there is a reason why people were skeptical. If you watch 9-11--Commission of 9/11, people just could not believe that those young people who came--who were trained in caves in Afghanistan could do something so spectacular and evil and sophisticated. The truth of the matter, we all were. So there was doubt, is it true that those people are the ones who planned it and executed it? Well, we discovered later that it is true….
Meet The Press - Prince Bandar (Part 2 of 2) (12 minutes)
… PRINCE BANDAR: … As far as the embassy's accounts or my wife's account or my account, there is not one question that we had from the U.S. government of concern of what happened to these accounts.
But here is the problem. When a story like this, that has a prince, a princess, money, terrorism, it is exotic. The tragedy that I find when--I like this country and I like the American people. They're fair people. But one thing that is done in this country that really disappoints me, and I could say something stronger, is when somebody puts a story like that like Newsweek did, it's a big story. When the two people that started all of this, Mr. Basnan and Bayoumi, a month ago the FBI came and said, "After two years of investigation, there is no connections. There is no foul play." Guess what? How many times did you make a special program about it or Newsweek have an announcement? They didn't…
…the bombing in Riyad two days ago was not done by Irish people. It was done by the same people who blew up 9/11….”
~~~ More on Basnan and Bayoumi ~~~
June 11, 2005: Gerarld Posner talked about his book Secrets of the Kingdom: The Inside Story of the Secret Saudi-U.S. Connection. Links between two Hijackers, Khalid al-Mihdhar, Nawaf al-Hazmi and Saudi intelligence agents Omar al-Bayoumi, Osama Basnan in San Diego leading up to the events of 9/11.
December 17, 2001 - MCNBC “Hardball” interview with Bandar (14 minutes)
…”We knew Bin Laden was a terrorist before September 11th… … …Bin Laden or the 15 people who were there on the airplanes or people who follow them or support them, they are not just terrorists…they are evil…we think Bin Laden is evil. We think that people who follow him are evil…
…This is THE TRAGEDY, and you have to forgive me, American Media is either lazy or ignorant… … …This is the problem: You all start with a premise… … …you know what?! This is bullshit… …I think the danger: A large segment of the American Media are shallow, really shallow….”
Prince Bandar: Saudi Intelligence following Hijackers "with precision." 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.
~~~ CORRUPTION, BRIBES, “Wasta” and MISUSE OF MONEY ~~~
Wasta or wasata is an Arabic word that loosely translates into nepotism or 'clout' or 'who you know'. It refers to using one’s connections and/or influence to get things done, including government transactions such as the quick renewal of a passport, waiving of traffic fines, and getting hired for or promoted in a job. It amounts to getting something through favoritism rather than merit
For many years, Saudi Arabia has had a reputation of corrupt activities, both internally and externally, along with extremely extravagant, wasteful and careless spending of ‘government’ funds.
It became part of the culture within the very large Royal Family, sometimes done by rogue members of the Royals.
Current transitions in Saudi Arabia are to curb the corruption and rogue elements with also providing more transparency.
(See also “Game of Thrones – The Recent Saudi Coup” - http://911blogger.com/news/2016-05-31/game-thrones-recent-saudi-coup )
June 21, 2016 – GULF BUSINESS
Wasta seen as main source of corruption in Saudi
…Saudi Arabia’s National Anti Corruption Commission…recommended the adoption of measures to reduce nepotism, the use of awareness campaigns and greater punishments for financial and administrative corruption….
Bandar Bin Sultan candidly talks about the corruption within Saudi Arabia but also that it exists with other countries.
HISTORY COMMONS - http://www.historycommons.org/project.jsp?project=911_project
”The Complete 911 Timeline” video (8 minutes)