Saudi "Deep State" Prince Bandar Among Those Arrested In Purge: Report

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According to a new report by Middle East Eye, Prince Bandar bin Sultan - Saudi Arabia's most famous arms dealer, longtime former ambassador to the US, and recent head of Saudi intelligence - was among those detained as part of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's (MBS) so-called "corruption purge" that started with the initial arrests of up to a dozen princes and other top officials last weekend.

If confirmed, the arrest and detention of Bandar would constitute the most significant and high profile figure caught up in the purge - even above that of high profile billionaire investor Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal - given Bandar's closeness to multiple US administrations and involvement in events ranging from Reagan's Nicaraguan Contra program (including direct involvement in the Iran-Contra scandal), to making the case for the Iraq War as a trusted friend of Bush and Cheney, to directing US-Saudi covert operations overseeing the arming of jihadists in Syria.

Famous photograph of George W. Bush and his close confidant Prince Bandar bin Sultan.

Middle East Eye issued the report based on multiple contacts "inside the royal court" and indicates further that the scale of MBS' aggressive crackdown is much larger than previously reported, and even involves the torture of "senior figures" among those detained:

Some senior figures detained in last Saturday's purge in Saudi Arabia were beaten and tortured so badly during their arrest or subsequent interrogations that they required hospital treatment, Middle East Eye can reveal.  People inside the royal court also told MEE that the scale of the crackdown, which has brought new arrests each day, is much bigger than Saudi authorities have admitted, with more than 500 people detained and double that number questioned.

And shockingly, those sources say that the longtime Saudi 'deep state' power broker and liaison with the West, Prince Bandar, is among the detained:

One of the most famous is Prince Bandar bin Sultan, a former Saudi ambassador to Washington and confidant of former US President George W Bush.  There is no word on his fate, but Saudi authorities said that one of the corruption cases they are looking at is the al-Yamamah arms deal, in which Bandar was involved.

While no doubt Bandar's very well-known role in Saudi "oil for arms" programs which have come to define Saudi relations with the West over the past decades is a trumped up and "selective" charge (insofar as the highest levels of the state have overseen such shady dealing) the al-Yamamah deal in particular - which goes back to the mid-1980's - has been an historical embarrassment to both the UK and Saudi governments (BAE Systems was the prime British contractor involved) for the astounding level of fraudulent accounting exposed in UK courts. 

Concerning Prince Bandar's role in the al-Yamamah deal, Middle East Eye continues

Bandar bought an entire village in the Cotswolds, a picturesque area of central England, and a 2,000-acre sporting estate with part of the proceeds from kickbacks he received in the al-Yamamah arms deal, which netted British manufacturer BAE £43bn ($56.5bn) in contracts for fighter aircraft.


As much as $30m (£15m) is alleged to have been paid into Bandar’s dollar account at Riggs Bank in Washington and the affair led to corruption probes in the US and UK, although the case was dropped in the UK in 2006 after an intervention by then-prime minister Tony Blair.

But more likely is that Bandar has been caught up in this week's MBS dragnet for his closeness to Western heads of state and foreign intelligence services. With MBS' aggressive consolidation of power which could result in ascension to the throne at any moment, and with fate of multiple princes and officials still unknown - not the least of which is now ex-PM of Lebanon Saad Hariri - a shroud of secrecy has resulted in myriad theories concerning what is really happening behind the scenes. 

Likely, Bandar has been detained to ensure a communications blackout with Western intelligence and media until MBS' plans are complete, with the added benefit of ensuring the "anti-corruption" angle to the purges for the consumption of international media. 

Bandar (left) has been close to multiple US administrations
 spanning decades with direct involvement in events ranging from Reagan's Nicaraguan Contra program (including being named in the Iran-Contra scandal), to making the case for the Iraq War as a trusted friend of Bush and Cheney, to directing Obama-era covert operations to arm jihadists in Syria.

Ironically, Bandar himself once seemed to publicly boast about receiving massive kickbacks in relation to Saudi weapons dealing, which perhaps further made him an easy and high profile target in this week's crackdown. According to a royal family profile highlighting corruption in the New York Times from early this week

Perhaps the most famous statement on corruption in Saudi Arabia was made by Prince Bandar. In an interview with PBS in 2001, he said: “If you tell me that building this whole country, and spending $350 billion out of $400 billion, that we had misused or got corrupted with $50 billion, I’ll tell you, yes. But I’ll take that anytime.”

And the New York Times summarized the key events of the multi-billion pound weapons deal with the UK as follows:

Weapons contracts have long been a source of wealth. British media reported that Prince Bandar received well over $1 billion in secret payments from BAE Systems, the leading British military contractor, over the course of a decade. The son of founding King Abdulaziz’s personal doctor, Adnan Khashoggi, became a billionaire as an arms dealer and go-between for weapons makers and members of the royal family.

Meanwhile news of Bandar's possible arrest and detention hasn't spread very widely in international media reports as of this writing, but it will be interesting to see the response in the West should the news be confirmed. Will Bandar's friends in Washington and London go to bat for him? Or will Prince Bandar quietly recede into the background of a permanent forced retirement from public life?

Most likely the latter will be the case. Regardless, for friends of the former powerful Saudi intelligence director on either side of the Atlantic and within Saudi Arabia itself, Bandar no doubt knows where all the skeletons are buried, and this alone makes him a worrisome, volatile and unpredictable figure in the midst of a transfer of power.

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chestergimli's picture

I am sure that there are a lot of good Khazarians out there. Kushner could be one of them just pretending to be a good little Talmudist while he is really a crypto Christian. When you are working under cover, you must be very careful.

Rockatanski's picture

and anyone notice the republican shit bag type retiring? flake, mcconnell, corcker...swamp purge?

el buitre's picture

Anyone notice the real head of the Fed, dual citizen and former president of the Bank of Israel, retiring?  Former Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer.  May we live in interesting times.

Justin Case's picture

Get a load of this arrogant phuking country:

US lawmakers want to legally prohibit any financial and military assistance to countries opposing Washington's foreign policy. A bill advocating such course of action based on a certain country's "behavior" at the UN has been introduced by Republican Congressmen.

any_mouse's picture

"Eventually, less than 10 weeks after they were taken into custody, these Mossad suspects of 9/11 were rescued by fellow agent and dual citizen Israeli Michael Chertoff, released from custody, and sent to Israel on minor visa violations."

Justin Case's picture

It's no secret that the capital of USA Inc. is Tel Aviv and the plans were carried out by a certain group. It wasn't a coincedence that all the airports that the planes took off from, were Israeli subcontracted security firms. Bush grabed Philippine's gold and the sell transaction went through the market at the time records were not being kept by the exchange due to damage caused by the planes. Also the Bush family were under investigation by the FBI for the theft of the $280 billion gold from Philippines. One of the planes happened to hit the floor where the FBI offices were and all the evidance was destroyed in the fire. What luck ay? Marcos also died. How unfortunate.

E5's picture

If this guy knows the truth about 9/11, the new king will beat it out of him and tell the world.

The CIA skeletons are at risk.  Funny that Israel is in bed with him now.  Maybe the 9/11 truth is safe.

Crazy Or Not's picture

You may be interested to know, in the 1980's through to the 1990's a single Hercules could be seen at the far end of the tarmac at R.A.F. Lyneham. Inside that plane (on a weekly basis) were Rolls Royce's, Ferrari's and other trinkets to keep the wheels turning from the al-Yamamah arms deal,British manufacturer BAE were later investigated over bribery charges relating to that and other Saudi deals, but died a slow death in Parliment...

Winston Churchill's picture

I saw a very pretty blond working for Boeing deliver suitcases of $100 bills to an Emirs brother.

From the state of her clothing afterwards, I'd say she was also part of the bribe package.

Whats your point again ?

Crazy Or Not's picture

My regret for not documenting it at the time, and for not understanding then how its those little secrets that keep their game & power going...

lucitanian's picture

I'm glad you remembered, and that SA was involved in the inside job is not a question of doubt either, and that Bandar was a key player in the set up of the alleged hijackers of the alleged planes. This guy knows more about 9/11 than just about anyone, except the Israelis who sent over their explosives teams.

I wonder, and hope that a side effect of the blood letting in SA will be that some more light will shine on the truth of those events so closely tied with the ambitions of the NeoCons and the NWO.

CajonRat's picture

Yeah, right after that Jet fell out of the sky in NY, smells like CIA/Mossad to me...

RumpleShitzkin's picture

Israelis like to dance. No doubt about that.

Shit it down

Crazy Or Not's picture

I may just book a ticket to viewing gallery of Chop Chop Sq.

MK13's picture

Yet somehow close connection to Clinton escaped detection, huh?

This is a Bush/Obama/uniparty/alphabet agencies guy.

HRClinton's picture

Is this the same "Dopey Prince" that Trump referred to?

Berspankme's picture

No, that was Alaweed. also under arrest

el buitre's picture

No that was Prince Dickweed bin Goatfucker.

el buitre's picture

Bin Laden like Saddam had nothing to do with 9/11.  After a lifetime of service as Tim Osman, he was near dead so the CIA Deep State decided to use him just as they used LHO, i.e. throw him under the bus.  OBL died in Tora Bora Dec 15, 2001 of kidney failure.  But he was resurrected like Lazarus, or for a better analogy, Emmanuel Goldstein of 1984.  I am more interested who flew out the "dancing Israelis" who bragged when they got back to Ha Aretz that they had come to the USA to "film the event."

Justin Case's picture

He was in Dubai the last time the CIA spoke to him. Bin Laden has often been reported to be in poor health. Some accounts claim that he is suffering from Hepatitis C, and can expect to live for only two more years.

French report claims terrorist leader stayed in Dubai hospital

Anthony Sampson

Thursday 1 November 2001 03.17 GMT
Two months before September 11 Osama bin Laden flew to Dubai for 10 days for treatment at the American hospital, where he was visited by the local CIA agent, according to the French newspaper Le Figaro.

The disclosures are known to come from French intelligence which is keen to reveal the ambiguous role of the CIA, and to restrain Washington from extending the war to Iraq and elsewhere.

Bin Laden is reported to have arrived in Dubai on July 4 from Quetta in Pakistan with his own personal doctor, nurse and four bodyguards, to be treated in the urology department. While there he was visited by several members of his family and Saudi personalities, and the CIA.

The CIA chief was seen in the lift, on his way to see Bin Laden, and later, it is alleged, boasted to friends about his contact. He was recalled to Washington soon afterwards.

Intelligence sources say that another CIA agent was also present; and that Bin Laden was also visited by Prince Turki al Faisal, then head of Saudi intelligence, who had long had links with the Taliban, and Bin Laden. Soon afterwards Turki resigned, and more recently he has publicly attacked him in an open letter: "You are a rotten seed, like the son of Noah".

The American hospital in Dubai emphatically denied that Bin Laden was a patient there.

In March 2000, more than a dozen Pakistani religious students offered to donate kidneys to the leader of the al Qaeda network.

No one has ever lived moar than 5 years that was on dialysis

The president of Pakistan, General Pervez Musharraf, said yesterday he thinks Osama bin Laden has probably died from an untreated kidney disease.

Explains the kind funeral at sea. Why the respect all of a sudden?

Wage Slave 927's picture

Exactly, that raghead is a tool of the bush cartel.

JakeSphinx's picture

Bandar was the Bush's inside man in Saudi........if he goes down, he might be willing to tell all....about the crooked deals with the Bush much to gain, and yet look at the price.......his life!


shizzledizzle's picture

He also threatened Tony Blair that Saudi Arabia would stop cooperating with anti terrorism efforts if the investigation into bribery on the BAE Al Yamamah contract wasn't shut down.  Not an empty threat considering how many terrorists hail from there. 

Matteo S.'s picture

And MBS is the piece of shit responsible for supporting ISIS, for slaughters in Yemen, for joint attempts with Israel to trigger a war against Iran.

serotonindumptruck's picture

George Jr is trying to slip the king some tongue.

kbohip's picture

If there were any justice we'd be arresting the Patriot Act signing war crime A-Hole ex-Commander In Chief too!

Cluster_Frak's picture

Wake me when executions of these deep state scum begin. Live broadcast should help ESPN with ratings.


eatthebanksters's picture

Hillary and her cadre should be forewarned.

Lost in translation's picture

Just remember that when DC is reduced to Hiroshima 2.0 .gov plans to relocate to CO and party on.

WillyGroper's picture

but will all of them get there in time?

i don't think cog means all of the compromised puppets that make up the district of criminals.

Barfetto's picture

I wonder if there is a 24/7 watch by alt media for heads of states flying in at the Denver airport and the Underground millitary bunkers?  That would be a tip off to the "End of the world as we know it".

any_mouse's picture

Print up a million decks of cards with HVTs and distribute for when they emerge from the bunkers.

MrBoompi's picture

Maybe we can waterboard Bush and throw him in the same goddamned cell.  We used to do a lot worse to murderers.  

FORD_FIESTA's picture

Between Bush and Hussein,,,,,,they should have put the rope around Bush's neck.

Mena Arkansas's picture

Karma's a bitch. Rot in hell asshole.

newmacroman's picture

His eyes are saying to Condi "you want some of this". No question mark.

JoseyWalesTheOutlaw's picture

Condi...."Bandar, short dicks will come back in style one of these days"

JakeSphinx's picture

Her look spoke would love to put this on FB and ask people to give a byline for this pic......too funny....!


warpigs's picture

I hope Bandar Bush meets the firing squad.

TheSilentMajority's picture

Only a complete douche would wear a blazer with mommy jeans.


richsob's picture

True story:  Years ago I was asked to help pay for a special event at the Oklahoma Governor's mansion that was held to honor Texas Gov. George Bush.  Gov. Keating was trying to ingratiate himself with Bush at the time and I agreed to pony up part of the money although I'd never been a big Keating supporter.  After the meal, everyone was standing around talking and Keating asked me if I would like to meeet Gov. Bush.  Why not?  So we got off in a room by ourselves for about 15 minutes.  Afterwards some friends asked me what I thought of Bush.  I told them "Well, one thing we don't have to worry about is him every being elected President.  The SOB is too stupid to ever get elected."  That was the worst prediction I ever made in my whole life.  :(

Neochrome's picture

Because it's got electrolytes.

WillyGroper's picture

fbigovkeating...another complicit in evil doing.

you must have bathed in tomato juice to remove the stench of that "hoe" down whingding.

Rainman's picture

"They misunderestimated me." — GWB , Bentonville, Ark., Nov. 6, 2000

slyhill's picture

"we got off in a room by ourselves for about 15 minutes"


how much did that cost ya?

richsob's picture

I had already cut a $10K check a few days earlier and I didn't even expect an invitation for the "private time".  I had already had my picture taken with him and figured that was the "highlight" of the evening.  The weather was cold as hell and everyone was trying to find a place in front of the fireplace.  Don't worry; I finally quit giving money to politicians about 15 years ago.  It's just a mating dance that I got sick and tired of.

SummerSausage's picture

That's why Bush pere was so enthusiasic about Jeb! being elected.  If the stupid older brother could be president, the dimwitted younger brother was a shoo-in, too!