The Saudi 9/11 Blackmail Explained: The K-Street Lobby Racketeers Have It Covered

Tyler Durden's picture

Submitted by Mike Krieger via Liberty Blitzkrieg blog,

Although scores of us in the alternative media world have been discussing the obvious links between Saudi Arabia and the attacks of 9/11 for many years, this reality has only now started to enter the mainstream consciousness due to a recent report on 60 Minutes.

But that’s not the only reason Saudi Arabia has been in the news as of late. In an extraordinary act of blackmail, Saudi officials have warned the U.S. government that it could be forced to sell $750 billion in U.S. assets if a specific piece of legislation currently circulating in Congress becomes law.

The New York Times covered the threat on Friday:

WASHINGTON — Saudi Arabia has told the Obama administration and members of Congress that it will sell off hundreds of billions of dollars’ worth of American assets held by the kingdom if Congress passes a bill that would allow the Saudi government to be held responsible in American courts for any role in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

 

The Obama administration has lobbied Congress to block the bill’s passage, according to administration officials and congressional aides from both parties, and the Saudi threats have been the subject of intense discussions in recent weeks between lawmakers and officials from the State Department and the Pentagon. The officials have warned senators of diplomatic and economic fallout from the legislation.

Read that last part again. U.S. officials have warned of “diplomatic and economic fallout from the legislation.” So what sort of economic fallout do they envision? Part of the concern is no doubt related to the impact on global financial markets from a Saudi fire sale, but there’s a potentially even bigger concern at play.

Specifically, Saudi Arabia pays Washington insiders an exorbitant amount of money to put the monarchy’s interests ahead of what’s best for the American people. It does this via an elaborate propaganda network, which we first learned about in last year’s post, A Look Inside Saudi Arabia’s Elaborate U.S. Propaganda Machine. Here are a few excerpts:

Elements of the charm offensive include the launch of a pro-Saudi Arabia media portal operated by high-profile Republican campaign consultants; a special English-language website devoted to putting a positive spin on the latest developments in the Yemen war; glitzy dinners with American political and business elites; and a non-stop push to sway reporters and policymakers.

 

That has been accompanied by a spending spree on American lobbyists with ties to the Washington establishment. The Saudi Arabian Embassy, as we’ve reported, now retains the brother of Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman, the leader of one of the largest Republican Super PACs in the country, and a law firm with deep ties to the Obama administration. One of Jeb Bush’s top fundraisers, Ignacio Sanchez, is also lobbying for the Saudi Kingdom.

 

In September, the Kingdom helped sponsor opulent galas for Washington’s business elite at the Ritz Carlton and the Andrew Mellon Auditorium. The events were attended by King Salman, along with the chief executives of General Electric and Lockheed Martin, the chairman of Marriott International, and prominent think tank officials.

The above excerpt mentions the brother of Hillary Clinton’s campaign chair working as a lobbyist for the Saudis, but an article just published at The Hill provides some much needed detail:

Saudi Arabia has threatened to sell off $750 billion in Treasury securities and other assets it holds in the United States if the bill passes Congress, according to The New York Times, which also mentions a fierce lobbying campaign by the country. The selling of assets would prevent them from being frozen by U.S. courts if American victims are able to sue.

 

The terrorism bill, which President Obama is threatening to veto, would weaken legal immunity of foreign governments in cases “arising from a terrorist attack that kills an American on American soil.”

 

Saudi Arabia has an army of Washington lobbyists to deploy as it tries to stop Congress from passing legislation that could expose the country to litigation over the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

 

The kingdom employs a total of eight American firms that perform lobbying, consulting, public relations and legal work.

 

Five of the firms work for the Saudi Arabia Embassy, while another two — Podesta Group and BGR Group — have registered to represent the Center for Studies and Media Affairs at the Saudi Royal Court, an arm of the government. PR giant Edelman, meanwhile, is working for the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority to encourage international investment.

The Podesta Group is the key firm in question for the purposes of this article. So what is the Podesta Group? From the firm’s website we learn that:

The Podesta Group is a top-ranked bipartisan team of tested global advocacy and strategic communications specialists.

So it’s a bipartisan group of lobbyists. In case you forgot what George Carlin told us about “bipartisan.”

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With that out of the way, who runs the show at the Podesta Group? Well that would be none other than Tony Podesta, the brother of Hillary Clinton’s Campaign Chair, John Podesta. Here’s a description of Tony Podesta from the firm’s site:

Many people in Washington can tell you what just happened to you. Tony Podesta helps you change outcomes. From the halls of the Capitol to the agencies that operate the country, Tony draws on his unique mastery of how the nation’s capital works to navigate the policy landscape as Founder and Chairman of the Podesta Group. Dubbed one of DC’s “50 heavy lifters” by the Financial Times and “one of Washington’s biggest players” by The New York Times, Tony is recognized by his peers, the news media and decision-makers across the federal government as the man with the judgment and smart, strategic sense to get things done.

Similar to Hillary, I have no doubt that Tony “gets things done.” The problem is who he “gets things done” for, and it’s not the American people. So who does he work for?

Here are a few examples of Podesta Group clientele over the years according to Open Secrets: BAE Systems, BP, Credit Suisse Group, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, General Electric, KKR & Co, Lockheed Martin, Monsanto Co, Wal-Mart Stores and Wells Fargo. Of course, this is just a small fraction and you can examine the entire list here.

All that said, lobbying for U.S. corporations is one thing. Lobbying for a barbaric monarchy with “classified” ties to the 9/11 attacks is quite another. Yet that’s exactly what the Podesta Group does. Once again, the Founder and Chairman of the firm, Tony Podesta, is the brother of Hillary Clinton’s Campaign Chair, John Podesta.

To see just how much dough the Podesta Group is earning from the Saudis, let’s return to that Hill article:

The dispute is causing a diplomatic storm for the Obama administration; Saudi Arabia has long been an ally of the U.S. despite the country’s history of abusing human rights.

 

The country has some top-flight representation in Washington — at a hefty price tag.

 

The Podesta Group is billing Saudi Arabia $140,000 a month for its public relations services. During the last few months of 2015, it sent 27 emails, had two phone calls and one meeting with lawmakers and staffers, journalists, and organizations including Human Rights Watch and the Center for American Progress, disclosure forms show.

Yes, you read that right, $140,000 per month. Of course, they’re not the only ones.

DLA Piper receives $50,000 a month from the kingdom and sent hundreds of emails to top congressional staffers between September and the end of February regarding meeting requests and, more generally, “issues affecting U.S.-Saudi Arabia national security interests.”

 

Only one meeting appears to have occurred, between the firm and a counsel with the House Judiciary Committee. There were also several phone calls with staffers, forms show.

 

The law and lobby firm Hogan Lovells, which includes former Rep. Norm Coleman (R-Minn.) on its $60,000-per-month Saudi Arabia contract, scored meetings with Sens. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), Richard Burr (R-N.C.), John McCain (R-Ariz.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), as well as Reps. Ed Royce (R-Calif.) and Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), from September to February, in addition to numerous phone calls and emails with members and senior staffers. 

Look at the kind of access to so-called U.S. “representatives” Saudi Arabia achieves through its network of lobbyists. No wonder nobody in Congress has any time to think about the needs of the American people. This is absolutely disgusting. The lobbying of U.S. elected officials by foreign governments via egrgious payments to Washington D.C. insiders should be 100% illegal.

While a foreign nation should have the right to make its grievances known to the U.S. government, this should only be done via officials channels and no money should ever change hands. This is ethics 101.

Of course, the Saudis make sure to spread out the money…

The bulk of Saudi Arabia’s advocacy spending goes to MSL Group, a PR and consulting firm, which took in more than $7.9 million from the country last year, according to a tally of disclosure records.

 

The firm, which has had the kingdom as a client since 2002, has been working with Saudi Arabia to create a positive image for its military strikes in Yemen, according to news website The Intercept, as well as a more positive image for the U.S. ally overall.

 

A subsidiary of Saudi Aramco, the Saudi Arabian Oil Company, has also registered as a foreign agent to represent its oil interests and the government of Saudi Arabia.

 

In September, it shelled out almost $1 million to host an event in Washington during King Salman’s visit.

So the next time you wonder why the U.S government seems to never listen to the American public, you know the answer. You don’t have a lobbyist.

But hey…

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Paveway IV's picture

Time to start the traitor kill list.

clooney_art's picture

We can do nothing about all of this. The cancer has become terminal. Enjoy the show and go home.

nuubee's picture

Goddamnit Jim, I'm a doctor, not a savior of mankind. The masses asked for this mess, let them eat shit.

macholatte's picture

John Podesta:
see Center for American Progress
see Soros-Clinton Machine

Life of Illusion's picture

 

 

140k a month,,thats chump change.

No the real deal somthing someone wants is much much bigger...

 

 

wee-weed up's picture

 

 

"Saudi Arabia pays Washington insiders an exorbitant amount of money to put the monarchy’s interests ahead of what’s best for the American people."

Ha! Someone needs to tell this writer that America's congresscritters have been doing this for a looong time for anyone who "shows them da money" - and not just the Sauds.

The Clinton Crime Family Foundation is a perfect example!

johngaltfla's picture

It's a moot point now.

Senator Lindsissy "Chckenhawk" Graham (RINO-SC) has tabled the bill in committee and it is D.O.A.

Debate is over and no furthre discussion will occur.

beemasters's picture

So SA funded 9/11 and probably paid hundreds of millions to cover it up ....because???

Whodathunkit's picture

The SA brand of religion hates our way of life?

beemasters's picture

Here are the choices:

a. They just felt like blowing things up and wanted to know they could pull it off.

b. Allah told them to and they were promised success (or virgins, in case)

c. Someone (ie. Mossad) threatened them to and SA were deceived with a promised protection. Mossad got what they wanted and ended up so clean that not even alternative media could trace it back to them.

d. SA really HATED our freedom - ie. Bush was right.

Heavy's picture

So we're going to sue them for 750 billion or so?  That'd be fun.

 

In reply to the above nonsense:

E. Bush wanted to war on SA's enemies and only needed an excuse(false flag)

Bush should get sued too!   ...also do we still hang people for treason?  That'd be fun.

johngaltfla's picture

I would just LOVE to know the actual PUT OPTION positions of the Saudi investment shell corporations on 9/10/01.

Paveway IV's picture

"...We can do nothing about all of this. The cancer has become terminal..."

Cancer is a disease that usurps your cell's own self-destruct, programmed cell death mechanism called apoptosis. A healthy cell will try to kill itself if infected with cancer to keep the organism alive rather than let the cancer take over the cell's reproductive mechanism and grow into a cancerous tumor. Death is a crucial and necessary part of life. Without programmed cell death, you have incurable cancer.

Fuck your learned helplesness. The DNA of liberty is programmed to survive, not curl up in a fetal position under the table and wait for death when infected with a few diseased individuals.

Our government has been usurped by cancerous individuals who have turned off liberty's apoptosis mechanism so they can flourish. This has allowed corruption and treason to grow tumor-like. Time to turn on liberty's apoptosis mechanism to preserve the nation. There are certain individuals that would normally not be allowed to corrupt the entire government in a healthy society. Recognize the disease for what it is, and sacrifice what is necessary to kick its ass.

FreeMoney's picture

Uhh, time to water the tree.

Rubicon727's picture

"Enjoy the show" - you can't. Not when the cancer is voraciously eating away at all American citizens. And ya know, even if 90% of Americans knew these little tidbits, they still wouldn't do a damned thing.

It's better being informaed rather than geo-politically ignorant..........time to go down to the river bank until I see these people's corpses floating by.

luckylongshot's picture

Because the Fed will buy everything the Saudis want to sell, the Saudi threat of selling is of no concern. What is the big deal here?

chunga's picture

In the battle of "good" vs. "evil", evil wins again.

If there is some sort of super-good omnipotent being flying around somewhere...hello.

Evil is really running up the score.

beemasters's picture

We were TOLD that was the only threat. The threats not told were the BIG deal.

SgtShaftoe's picture

One word: Treason

One could also add to make a list: Crimes aganist humanity, racketeering, espionage, mass murder, torture, kidnapping, fraud, grand theft, armed robbery etc, etc.   

Those on K street may very well have an unexpected arrest and relocation to a nice cage somewhere prior to dangling from a rope.  It won't stay a secret forever.  Tick tock. 

 

More Ammo's picture

All those imply "Rule of Law" a concept of which is moving into unicorn territory...

SgtShaftoe's picture

My post was the optimistic scenario for their sake.  Based on my reading of where we are and where things are going: If rule of law disintegrates further, they can expect to get the mafia treatment before this is all over, an eye for and eye and all that.  They should pray and try to restore rule of law if they knew what was best for them.  The alternative would probably result in dismemberment while still alive with garden shears.  During this process, they would likely be given a caffeine saline drip to amplify the pain and to keep them conscious.  

Kayman's picture

Rule of law is not enough.

Rule of the many for the many, not ruling of the many for the few.

And without enforcement against the criminals at the top, what good is "rule of law"

 

Ivanka2032's picture
Ivanka2032 (not verified) Apr 20, 2016 3:32 PM

"K" Street ALWAYS has the "circle jerk" angle well covered.

DaBard51's picture

Geore Carlin has it right: 

"Bi-partisan usually means that a larger-than-usual deception is being carried out."

skinwalker's picture

I realize I'm in a tiny minority, but I consider Carlin to be dreadfully unfunny and only moderately insightful. Junk away. 

Dubaibanker's picture

Off topic...But another brilliant article about the leadership of Putin and a critique of Hollande. Russia Vs France. And, Russia wins again!

Two Heads of State face their fellow citizens
alexcojones's picture

the Kenyan is a Traitor

Bush/Clinton Crime Families - Traitors too

9/11 Inside Job

Jackagain's picture

He's not a traitor....he never was an American citizen.

zstard's picture

And Congress ... does nothing. They are complicit.

Rainman's picture

well , this is the United States of Saudi Israelia we're talking about...right ?

Bob's picture

True, dat. But then there's what sounds like the usual bullshit from Barry O. et al, that "it could put American in legal jeopardy overseas."

Think about it: USSA, the world's most prolific terrorist, murdering citizens planet-wide day after day after day, in its claimed "War on Terror."

Under international law, most all of those attacks are criminal.

Lawyers would have a field day mounting collectable cases against the US if the legal environment surrounding this shit were to so drastically change.

Saudi Arabia is small potatoes.  Not that they don't have their own very strong motivations to defeat this bill. 

But I think Barry's story may actually be the main reason for his veto if it reaches his desk.  Fuck, he doesn't wanna start seeing his name as Defendant in billion dollar lawsuits in a few years!

That's lookin' out fo Number One.

Laughinggrizzley's picture

Just think if they donated to the Clinton Foundation, if Hillary is POTUS! Oh wait...

In 2011, the State Department cleared an enormous arms deal: Led by Boeing, a consortium of American defense contractors would deliver $29 billion worth of advanced fighter jets to Saudi Arabia, despite concerns over the kingdom's troublesome human rights record. In the years before Hillary Clinton became secretary of state, Saudi Arabia had contributed $10 million to the Clinton Foundation, and just two months before the jet deal was finalized, Boeing donated $900,000 to the Clinton Foundation, according to an International Business Timesinvestigation released Tuesday.

are we there yet's picture

We will never know, but academically I would like to know how many layers of corruption on top of corruption on top of spin, on top of falsification, on top of obsfucitation, on top of different kinds of lies by how many different hidden power brokers are going on in washington. Realistically I believe that no one in DC even knows the full picture of corruption beyond their onw area of corruption. It is like 14 different Mafia bosses operating in one single area without any central control of corrutption. How does DC corruption  even function?

PhiBetaZappa's picture

There's been an algorithm running on all the worlds super computers for the past 50 years to try to determine how many layers of corruption .gov consists of. As of today there has been no determination although 'infinite' seems to be the general consensus.

Carry on.

 

N0TaREALmerican's picture
N0TaREALmerican (not verified) are we there yet Apr 20, 2016 4:43 PM

How else could things be organized?    People forget that constitutions only keep the smart-n-savvy people that own and operate the government from killing the dumb-n-clueless people; none of them say the smart-n-savvy people can't use the dumb-n-clueless as food tho. 

TradingIsLifeBrah's picture
TradingIsLifeBrah (not verified) Apr 20, 2016 3:45 PM

What ever happened to innocent until proven guilty?

Jackagain's picture

I'm still waiting the the JFK hit info to be released....

Nameshavebeenchangedtoprotecttheinnocent's picture

It has - sort of; http://www.jfkmurdersolved.com/

 

James Files fired the fatal head shot and has not only admitted and demonstrated how he did it, but hard evidence found at the site also backs him up. He also implicates others that have long been suspected as being involved.

NoWayJose's picture

This is why Trump has to be President - no one else in the field will be able to bend Congress to do the will of the people.

BigRedRider's picture

"The Obama administration has lobbied Congress to block the bill’s passage..."

obama just stopped off in Saudia Arabia today in Riyadh and guess wh met him at the plane? The governor of Riyadh. Not the king or any royal dudes...not even the street sweeper. The governor of Riyadh. Now that should put a dent in Obama's narcissistic ego. A fucking governor...and that dude didn't even have a ring for Obama to kiss.
http://www.cnn.com/2016/04/20/politics/obama-saudi-arabia-tensions/

just the tip's picture

yes, butt did hussein bend over for the governor?

Berspankme's picture

That will be back in the tent. Obama bends over for any male

nakki's picture

It still makes me laugh when the president is called the most powerful man in the free world. 

withglee's picture

Although scores of us in the alternative media world have been discussing the obvious links between Saudi Arabia and the attacks of 9/11 for many years,

And how was it again that the Saudis made WTC7 fall down?

Sudden Debt's picture

Well, they pay for the war machine and in return America keeps the meatgrinder rolling.

Now why would anybody want to come between a deal like that?

unless it's your kid that is send into the meatgrinder with patriotic songs and flags...

 

Thank god most Americans are dumb enough to believe in all that patriotic crap because if they figured out that they're fighting for the wrong country they might not do what their masters tell them to do.

And that might put a dent in their bribes and they would need to learn to survive from their meager politician wage...

I think it's all clear. If you're against the Saudi's, you're a communist.

And sure... over a million citizens died in those Saudi wars by the hand of those brave patriots but at least America's politicians get to send their kids to private school with the extra pocket money so they don't need to be raised in the midst of those dirty servants kids. bwah... that's not how the elite should live....

 

Slarti Bartfast's picture

I thought the government of the USA didn't negotiate with terrorists. 

Paul Kersey's picture

Don't want to put that $60 billion Saudi weapons sale in jepardy.  Larry Fink, Blackrock CEO and largest military contractor stocks holder, wouldn't like it.  Now's the time for the war profiteers to make money, because when the Wahhabis kill off the Royal Family, the US contractors won't be able to legally make billions of dollars off of the Saudis.

Urban Roman's picture

First as tragedy, then as farce ...

Next spring, it's gonna come out as 911, the Musical Comedy! With the new president, and an all-star cast.