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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cheech_wizard's picture

Channeling Dennis Gartman... I'll send over an exorcist immediately.

Of course, there is now the English translation for those do-it-yourselfers out there...


DjangoCat's picture

Sure looks like more good news.  Can this be the thin end of the wedge which will drive the Bush and Clinton crime families into prison?  Is this the storm the Donald spoke of a couple of weeks ago.

Sure do hope so.

JoseyWalesTheOutlaw's picture

I am just an old country boy but when The Donald made that tweet I got the feeling he had already seen the Movie. We'll see. Many believe he was speaking about Rocket Man. "I don't see it that way".....Ray Charles

MK13's picture

Okay, for the newbies, this is how it goes.

Even if old Deep State guys get deposed or stop breathing, the key is not to make it too public. Otherwise the sheep might learn that they are things far worse than wolves out there. So even if old deep state is being put out to pasture, it's done quietly while new ones take its place. So no public spectacles of collusion/bribery/murder/corruption for old uniparty/old alphabet agencies. 

STP's picture

If what they're doing in Saudi Arabia is any indication, it might be a prelude to what's going to happen here.  There is no 'draining' the swamp and DJT knows it.  They're going to have to use dynamite and lots of it.  There's a whole bunch of sealed indictments sitting at the US District Court in DC and we know the Podesta's are just part of it.  Imagine the huge snowflake outcry if HRC was among them?   Remember, they were screaming at the sky last night!  HRC would claim a coup and try to energize that group of idiots to rise up and it may take the National Guard to quell them and jail them.  From what I hear, that's exactly the plan...


alexcojones's picture

Bandar Bush not a "Protected" asset anymore? 

Gee, being part of the NWO / Mafiosa doesn't mean much these days

Txpl9421's picture

I am begining to wonder if the good guys are actually pulling this off.

When I see Congressmen in handcuffs or "helicopter accidents" I will finally believe.

semperfi's picture

the storm?

drain the swamp?


JoseyWalesTheOutlaw's picture

You're Fired ...Bandar



any_mouse's picture

Would be nice to arrest Bush, Obama, Clinton, the private owners of the FED. and a bunch of dual passport Congress critters. Sigh.

David Wooten's picture

Saudis (and Netanyahu) are in a state of sheer desperation over their loss in Syria.

el buitre's picture

They were so sure of themselves that they never really had a plan B.  But plan B now is to start a war with Iran and Russia.  Be aware of all the crypto Neocons who want to start a war with Iran.  Greg Hunter appears to be one.  Gerald Celente took him down with a machete last year for being a Zionist, but Hunter doesn't seem to learn.

SixIsNinE's picture

come on guys -  Putin goes to the Joo Wall as well and dons the Vatican Yarmulke.

minor upsets may not be what they seem. 

Putin gave the Trumpus a solid firm handshake. 

meanwhile the march to eliminate cash and go all in digital continues.


chestergimli's picture

THat so called Jewish wailing wall is actually a wall left standing of Ft. Antonia, a Roman garrison. These guys might actually have been praying to Our Lord Jesus Christ as Christianity was formally recognized by the Roman state.

guru69's picture

Not a chance in hell.  Only Christians pray to false idols.

semperfi's picture

when are articles like this going to start associating these fuckers to 9/11 along with our U.S. fuckers ?

robertocarlos's picture

He kissed him on the lips!

DollarMenu's picture

Not in the above photo.

I thought so, but closer look reveals Saudi whispering

sweet somethings into Bush's ear.

Too much dynasty, too much royalty, too much celebrity.


youngman's picture

Its midnight in the oasis...put the camels to wait bring me one for ole times sake

robertocarlos's picture

Tony Blair should also be hanged.

el buitre's picture

And then drive a wooden stake through his heart, just to be sure.

HowdyDoody's picture

A few silver bullets would help too. Look at it as an investment.

Sy Kloine Bee's picture

Something to lighten the mood going into the weekend:

"Visitors at a visual effects museum in Indonesia can pose for a snap with a wax Adolf Hitler, against a banner depicting the Auschwitz death camp. Seen as “fun” by the museum, HRW and a US Jewish organization called it 'sickening' and 'wrong.' "


shovelhead's picture

They should do a Debbie Harry copy and put it with Hitler.

Hitler loves Blondi.

Those Indonesians are regular cut ups.

Yes We Can. But Lets Not.'s picture

I spent a lot of years in DC.  I believe Bandar is the prince who had the fabulous estate in Arlington, VA, on the high bluff over-looking the Potomac River.  Actually, not far at all from Fort Marcy park where Vince Foster's body was dumped.

Don't really see how this MBS dude can release all these people alive - I'd think that would come back to haunt him and prolly get him killed before long.

Will be interesting to see if this Saudi upheaval is somehow linked with Vegas/Oct 1/Paddock/Four Seasons....

Thought Processor's picture



Lots of rumors of Saudi human trafficking in and around their D.C. residences.  Bandar is a big player.  Something much bigger is going down here.

As for Vegas: biggest link to the Vegas event is actually the planes the guy owned.  Planes that are controlled by the C.I.A. are pretty easiy to figure out just by looking at the numbers / flight records and connecting the dots.  And there are lots of dots to connect.  So something was going on.  Must be much more to the story.


Are these all linked together?

DollarMenu's picture

The top 5 floors of the Mandalay Bay Hotel (35-39) is the Four Seasons Hotel. Since 2007, Bill Gates, who donated 1 million to ‘gun control’ and Saudi Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal, a member of the Saudi Royal family, have been majority owners of the Mandalay Bay Hotel’s Four Seasons. The Saudi royal family members often reserve whole floors for their private use. Talal hates Donald Trump and On December 11, 2017, Talal sent a twitter message to presidential candidate Trump that read:

“You are a disgrace not only to the GOP but to all America. Withdraw from the U.S. presidential race as you will never win.” 

Omen IV's picture

The walk thru the Tropicana on the casino floor was  a stunt - not  MBS as characterized by dsinformation to layoff the blame


- I believe - the whole thing is a false flag gone bad and due to multiple fronts being observed due to cameras on Smart Phones and the internet full of people who have discreet  technical knowledge shared - organized by ? or Chertoff?

Yes We Can. But Lets Not.'s picture

Well, I'd for one would sure like to know who those people were in that gang that marched through the Tropicana.  WTF was THAT?

Who.  Are.  Those.  People?

RussianSniper's picture

The corrupt Bandar, is a liability to Bush, Clinton, Bush II, Obama, and many in the Senate.

He would be an invaluable singing canary to a world criminal court.

The US justice system is FUBAR.

Banana Republican's picture

That’s why he will be assuming room temperature very shortly.

BuddyEffed's picture

Any of these princes have knowledge and details of insider oil reserve and oil production facts and outlooks?

Maybe there will be some interesting leaks.

moorewasthebestbond's picture

Goatfucking is a not a strategy.

alexcojones's picture

Hollywood should make a Reality TV show over there in SA. Maybe have Harvey Weinstain produce it.

Call it "Days of Our Lives & Deaths."

MaxThrust's picture

Hollywood should make a Reality TV show over there in SA. Maybe have Harvey Weinstain produce it.  Call it "Days of Our Lives & Deaths."

Good suggestion but the big hit movie will be the Goat Busters

Ms No's picture

"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."

That is a completely common sense conclusion but just wait...

Que the people who spend too much time at InfoWars and /pol/ coming out to breathlessly proclaim their ludicrous narrative that Trump is playing 12D chess and while he behaves in quite similar fashion to the last POS, he is really a sleeper for the US people and is taking down 'Bandar Bush' because he is breaking up the evil Saudi arms deal gone wrong during the Las Vegas false flag in a heroic act of vengeance and where apparently some Hajis just got mad and decided to bust some windows out and go nuts with their new guns that they must have found unsatisfactory in said fantasy arms deal which was located in literally the worst place an arms deal could be held, or some such other absurd shit.



mc888's picture

You win best sarc run-on sentence of the week award.

Ms No's picture

lol  Yeah I'm good for those.  Probably spelled something wrong too.

One thing that I had to laugh my ass off about as Trump was going to be elected, was where the CIA came out and said that they were concerned that Trump's narcissistic characteristics left him vulnerable to manipulation.  They for once told the truth there.  Psychos and sociopaths are usually surrounded by NPDs and sometimes they even call them their flying monkeys.  The reason why is that all you have to do is treat them like they are complete godly royalty and you can completely control them.  Their psychological stability requires the narcissistic supply so through doling it out and then taking it away they gain control of them.  You can totally watch the Sauds just roll out the red carpet, make him center of attention and give him light orb blow jobs knowing full well what they are doing.  Trump bloats up on a high.  It's funny.



shovelhead's picture

No conspiracy theory without space aliens is acceptable.

They hide under the flat Earth.

SixIsNinE's picture

no silly - why hide under flat earth where it get hot and volcanoey like - they have plenty of bases on the dark side of the moon

RationalLuddite's picture

I don't think people understand how insightful and useful you brilliant comment was No. Well done


The Q clearance /pol/ psychop is confusing ZHerss' analysis 

Ms No's picture

Thank you, that was awful nice.  Yeah.... it's growing quick too. 

guru69's picture

thanks for learning punctuation

hola dos cola's picture

literally the worst place an arms deal could be held

It's an environment that stimulates people to lose control of themselves. Per definition the environment must be able to control the people aka it's a highly controlled environment. Any shady deals can only be succesfull if both parties to the deal commit to control themselves in order for all to stay 'under the radar'. Should any of the parties be provoked to lose control of itself, the environment is guaranteed to register the parties and pick up on any of their (inter)actions.

Such a deal probably involves huge amounts of cash, gold or the like. If there is one place (besides the NYSE ;-) where transfers in or out of huge amounts (value) do not raise suspicion it is exactly that place.

The latter is so obvious to the party carrying the 'monies' to the deal, there probably is no better place to 'frame' them. Or all of them, in case of a 'controlling' third party.

Berspankme's picture

I am thinking MBS may be a real reformer. Trying to modernize SA as the oil runs out. It cant survive as a backwoods shithole terrorism hangout. Hoping anyways.

my new username's picture

The CIA will be pissed - another Deep State crony Deep Sixed.