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Hello Friends,
What do y'all make of this article from today's Times
of India?

"Bush took FBI agents off Laden family trail"

From: The Times of India Nov 9 01


LONDON: America was itself to blame for the events of
September 11 because the US administration was using
"kid gloves" in tracking down Osama bin Laden and
"other fanatics linked to Saudi Arabia", a special BBC
investigation has alleged in a damning indictment of
the two presidents Bush and American foreign policy.

The report, which the BBC claimed was based on a
secret FBI document, numbered 199I WF213589 and
emanating out of the FBIs Washington field office,
alleged that the cynicism of the American
establishment and "connections between the CIA and
Saudi Arabia and the Bush men and bin Ladens" may have
been the real cause of the deaths of thousands in the
World Trade Centre attacks.

The investigation, which featured in the BBCs leading
current affairs programme, Newsnight, said the FBI was
told to "back off" investigating one of Osama bin
Ladens brothers, Abdullah, who was linked to "the
Saudi-funded World Association of Muslim Youth (WAMY),
a suspected terrorist organisation," whose accounts
have still not been frozen by the US treasury despite
being banned by Pakistan some weeks ago and India
claiming it was linked to an organisation involved in
bombing in Kashmir".

Newsnight said there was a long history of "shadowy"
American connections with Saudi Arabia, not least the
two presidents Bushs "business dealings" with the bin
Ladens and another more insidious link revealed by the
former head of the American visa section in Jeddah.

The official said he had been concerned about visas
issued to large numbers of "unqualified" men "with no
family links or any links with America or Saudi
Arabia", only to find out later that it "was not visa
fraud" but part of a scheme in which young men
"recruited by Osama bin Laden" were being sent for
"terrorist training by the CIA" after which they were
sent on to Afghanistan.

In a reiteration of a now well-known claim by one of
George W Bushs former business partners, the BBC said
he made his first million 20 years ago on the back of
a company financed by Osamas elder brother, Salem.
But it added the more disturbing assertion that both
presidents Bush had lucrative stakes along with the
bin Ladens in Carlyle Corporation, a small private
company  which has gone on to become one of America's
biggest defence contractors. The bin Ladens sold their
stake in Carlyle soon after September 11, it said.

American politicians later told the BBC programme that
they rejected the accusation that the establishment
had called the dogs of the intelligence agencies off
the bin Ladens and the royal House of Saud because of
a strategic interest in Saudi Arabia, which has the
world's biggest oil reserve.

Note: Carlyle was rated #12 of 100 top USA defense
contractors in 1999 dh

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