oil and the Taliban
Feb. 8, 2002 | PARIS
-- In a new book, "Bin Laden: The Forbidden Truth," two French intelligence
analysts allege the Clinton and Bush administrations put diplomacy
before law enforcement in dealing with the al-Qaida threat before
Sept. 11, in order to maintain smooth relations with Saudi Arabia
and to avoid disrupting the oil market. The book, which has become
a bestseller in France but has received little press attention here,
also alleges that the Bush administration was bargaining with the
Taliban, over a Central Asian oil pipeline and Osama bin Laden, just
five weeks before the September attacks. The authors, Jean-Charles
Brisard and Guillaume Dasquie, see a link between the negotiations
and Vice President Dick Cheney's energy policy task force, with its
conclusions that Central Asian oil was going to become critical to
the U.S. economy. Brisard and Dasquie also claim former FBI deputy
director John O'Neill (who died in the attack on the World Trade Center,
where he was the chief of security) resigned in July to protest the
policy of giving U.S. oil interests a higher priority than bringing
al-Qaida leaders to justice ...
the Taliban and the Bush Oil Team
for Research on Globalisation When one peers beyond
all of the rhetoric of the White House and Pentagon concerning the
Taliban, a clear pattern emerges showing that construction of the
trans-Afghan pipeline was a top priority of the Bush administration
from the outset. Although UNOCAL claims it abandoned the pipeline
project in December 1998, the series of meetings held between U.S.,
Pakistani, and Taliban officials after 1998, indicates the project
was never off the table ...
Assisting with the CentGas negotiations with the Taliban was Laili
Helms, the niece-in-law of former CIA Director Richard Helms. Laili
Helms, also a relative of King Zahir Shah, was the Taliban's unofficial
envoy to the United States and arranged for various Taliban officials
to visit the United States. Laili Helms' base of operations was in
her home in Jersey City on the Hudson River. Ironically, most of her
work on behalf of the Taliban was practically conducted in the shadows
of the World Trade Center, just across the river ...
The Bush Oil Team, which can now rely on the support of the interim
Prime Minister of Afghanistan, may think that war and oil profits
mix. But there is simply too much evidence that the War in Afghanistan
was primarily about building UNOCAL's pipeline, not about fighting
terrorism. The Democrats, who control the Senate and its investigation
agenda, should investigate the secretive deals between Big Oil, Bush,
and the Taliban.
Analysis: Oil and the Bush cabinet
News Monday, 29 January, 2001: A majority of President
Bush's new cabinet are millionaires and several are multimillionaires
... The concentration of energy connections is so pronounced that
some critics are calling the Bush government the "oil and gas administration"
... Of the 100 million Americans who do not vote, the overwhelming
majority are lower middle class or poor.
Bush Oil-igarchy's Pipeline Protection Package
Huffington ... And now the oil-igarchy in the White House
has chosen to reward this shining example of the idiocy of capitalism
with a no-strings- attached corporate welfare check. Testifying before
Congress last week, Secretary of State Colin Powell summed up the
administration's position: "We thought a $98 million investment in
Colombian brigades to help protect this pipeline is a wise one and
a prudent one. What makes this pipeline unique is that it is such
a major source of income." Income for whom? It's the new, improved
Powell Doctrine: "U.S. military might should never be used -- unless
it helps Corporate America turn a profit." ...
the Bush Oil (Energy) Policy Will Fail
Following his four predecessors, President Bush has identified dependence
on imported oil as a urgent energy, economic, and national security
concern. The gap between consumption and domestic production is more
than 50 percent of total oil consumption; by 2020 it will grow to
65 percent of consumption ...
U.S. Eyes Oil in Asia and THE NEW COLD WAR
As the war winds down, the U.S. is eyeing Central Asia as a new colony.
And as America projects its power across the region, it runs the risk
of setting off a new cold war with Moscow. A few reasons why: ...
oil behind Bush and Son's campaigns
Times Online "US influence and military presence in
Afghanistan and the Central Asian states, not unlike that over the
oil-rich Gulf states, would be a major strategic gain," said V R Raghavan,
a strategic analyst and former general in the Indian army. Raghavan
believes that the prospect of a western military presence in a region
extending from Turkey to Tajikistan could not have escaped strategists
who are now readying a military campaign aimed at changing the political
order in Afghanistan, accused by the United States of harboring Osama
European activists slam Caspian oil pipeline project
Sep 22, 2002 (Al-Bawaba via COMTEX) -- Over Sixty nongovernmental
organizations, most of which are European-based, have recently urged
international financial institutions and bilateral export credit agencies
to deny funding for a multi-billion-dollar oil pipeline project BP
and other oil companies have proposed to build across Turkey.
The NGOs claim that the HGA allows the consortium building the pipeline
to demand unlimited protection from Turkish security forces, without
safeguards against human rights abuses. Under the wording of the agreement,
paramilitary units could be placed along the pipeline route to pre-empt
"civil disturbance" or "terrorist" activities, they warn ...