The "Blowback"

Oct 22, 2006 (Updated Dec 29, 2007)
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Pros:Shows how power and money corrupt.

Cons:This corruption is affecting our Republic.

The Bottom Line: It is unconscionable how some of our leaders can be so dishonest. This book is proof that Power and Money corrupt.


This book was banned in Switzerland. The bin Laden family has much of their wealth in Switzerland, so Yeslam bin Laden was able to stop it.

The material for this book took over three years to research. It was released shortly after 911. The researchers and authors claim that the Bush administration had been conducting a covert, and illegal, foreign policy designed to serve the interests of powerful oil and arms dealers. They claim this was carried out through elements in the State Department, Defense Department, the CIA and the FBI.

The more explosive accusation is that key figures in the Bush administration deliberately suppressed efforts to penetrate the terrorists, so they could avoid upsetting the secret oil negotiations that were underway. The authors give evidence of collusion between the Bush administration, private oil interests, and the Saudi government in a secret pipeline deal with the Taliban.

John P. O’Neill, FBI Agent, provided the authors with his virtual last words on the subject of his investigation of bin Laden’s network. His thoughts reveal cover-ups reaching high into the echelons of political power in Washington, Saudi Arabia and the Oil company headquarters in Texas. This book provides the historical record of O’Neill’s words that he may have written himself, had he survived.

The Story:

Part I – Blowback and the BCCI Scandal Revival

This book is about the aftermath of an erroneous foreign policy that was implemented many years ago by the George H. W. Bush administration. The policy was implemented jointly by the US and Saudi Arabia in the 1980s, when they created an extremist Islamic mercenary army to bring down the Soviet Union by miring it in a war in Afghanistan. This same army then turned against their creators – the “Blowback”. (Blowback is unintended consequences of covert operations in the CIA that are usually kept secret from the American public and from Congress).

The remnants from this ill-conceived US policy included: The Saudi front men, BCCI bank, Saudi and Pakistani intelligence. They all came back together to retool the Arab fighters of the Afghanistan war into an Islamic Frankenstein.

Khalid bin Mahfouz was the operational director of BCCI (Bank of Credit and Commerce International). BCCI was the bank at the center of the largest financial scandal in history during the 1980’s. The bank was connected to fraud, secret weapons deals, money laundering and the financing of terrorist groups. The authors claim that essentially the system financing bin Laden was more or less the revival of the BCCI.

Mahfouz had common interests with American Oil companies, specifically concerning the area around the Caspian Sea. One such company was Unocal, which merged with Chevron in 2005. He also financed Texas oil companies in the late 1970s, including Harken.

Part II – Afghanistan & Oil/Gas Pipelines in the Caspian Area

Oil companies from the USA and other countries have been negotiating with the Taliban for decades, in an effort to secure an oil/gas pipeline across Afghanistan. The country is seen as necessary for supremacy in Central Asia, and is the best location to build an oil/gas pipeline to the Caspian Sea. The area has one of the largest untapped reserves in the world.

The Taliban signaled the new Bush administration they were ready to negotiate. Risky negotiations took place between February 5, 2001 and August 2, 2001, and then suddenly broke off, unsuccessfully. The authors believe that during the negotiations, the Taliban felt threatened when a US official told them, that if they cooperated with them they would be given “a carpet of gold, but if they didn’t, they would suffer under a carpet of bombs.” The result was Osama ordering a preemptive strike on September 11, 2001.

Part III - US & Saudi Connections and dichotomized thinking

The Saudis have to support the religious fundamentalists because they are a large part of the regime of the kingdom, and they need them to survive politically. However, on the other hand they have a close relationship to the Bush family in the USA, among others.

After 911, the Saudi Royal family refused to share information about the fifteen Saudi citizens who took part in the hijackings. Yet, the White House describes the Saudis as “wonderful allies” in the war on terrorism. It’s as if the “ties that bind the US and Saudi Arabia appear to be far stronger than what separates them.”

The money trail in this book connects Osama bin Laden to many family members, the House of Saud, the Pakistani Intelligence ISI, other wealthy Saudi bankers and merchants, Islamic charities, US Oil tycoons, and US defense contractors like the Carlyle Group. The links even extend into the George W. Bush White House, his father and Vice President Dick Cheney who was a beneficiary of Saudi money as the head of the oil services company, Halliburton.

Co-Author Jean-Charles Brisard:

Brisard is formerly, a consultant for Vivendi Universal. He attended Georgetown University. He earned his Ph.D. in International law, and has advanced degrees in comparative law, and international finance from Paris. His work has appeared in numerous professional journals, as well as Salon magazine. He was also the lead investigator in the trillion-dollar lawsuit against Al Qaeda bankrollers.

His report, “The Economic Network of the bin Laden Family” was Commissioned by the French intelligence community, and was used by the French parliament to close down fraudulent Islamic charities. These charities were all over the world, and being used to fund terrorism. President Chirac came to the US after 911, and gave President Bush a copy of this report. It reveals the extent to which the influence of Arab oil has compromised, and corrupted the political leadership of the Western world.

The first 10 pages of this book come from discussions Brisard had with FBI Agent, John P. O’Neill. Their discussions focused on the sources of the threat, the roots of the problem, and the way to deter further action. They didn’t talk about the threat itself. They met on two occasions, the first time being in June 2001 in Paris, and then in July in New York. O’Neill wanted to meet him because of “The Economic Network of the bin Laden Family” report. The intent of the meeting was for the FBI, and the French to share information.

Brisard said that O’Neill clearly knew extensively about the threat of Osama bin Laden and the Al-Qaeda network. O’Neill told him that the FBI had identified for years the financial supports of bin Laden. He mentioned that O’Neill thought the USS Cole attack pointed to Osama bin Laden, but that there was unwillingness among US diplomats to act, and to put any kind of pressure against the government of Yemen. He felt the lack of action was due to the economic interests of the US – Oil.

Interview with Brisard:

Co-Author Guillaume Dasquie:

He is an Investigative journalist who is Editor-in-Chief of the respected intelligence newsletter Intelligence Online. He has worked for several radio and television stations and has published an investigation work titled “The Appalling Lie: Theories and Fantasies about the September 11 Attacks.”

He has a law degree and a graduate degree in Political Science and Sociology from the Sorbonne.

The Book:

The Introduction is written by Joseph Trento and Wayne Madsen. There is a Preface to the American edition. The book is 249 pages, and in paperback format.

The Appendix is 100 pages and includes copies of: a chronology, an Interpol arrest warrant for bin Laden, Interpol Red Notice on bin Laden, State Department fact sheet on bin Laden, CIA memo on bin Laden, FBI file on Omar and Abdullah bin Laden, and the report “The Economic Network of the Bin Laden Family,” which was the basis for this book.

The Afterward discusses a 1998 seven page memo written by Al Qaeda military chief Mohammad Atef. This memo revealed that Osama bin Laden had detailed knowledge of the oil/gas pipeline negotiations between the Taliban and the US. The memo was found by John O’Neill, FBI, in a raid.

Charts are included of: the Saudi bin Ladin Group, Investments of bin Laden, bin Laden Family, bin Mahfouz Family, bin Laden and Mahfouz, and BCCI.

There is an extensive list of Notes which verify the facts in this book. The end of the book has a short biography of the authors.

The book is divided into four sections:

I. Secret Liaisons: The US and the Taliban.
II. Saudi Arabia, Kingdom of Many Dangers.
III. Bin Laden, the Myth of a Renegade.
IV. Khalid bin Mahfouz:Lucrative Business of Terrorism.


“Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive!” – Sir Walter Scott

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