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Posted on 09/11/2007 9:04:52 PM PDT by jdm
WASHINGTON - Despite six years of promises, Saudi Arabia has failed to pursue wealthy individuals identified as sending millions of dollars to Al Qaeda, the US official in charge of tracking terror financing said in an ABC News interview on Tuesday.
If I could somehow snap my fingers and cut off the funding from one country, it would be Saudi Arabia, said Stuart Levey, the under secretary of the Treasury.
No one identified by the United States and the United Nations as a terror financier has been prosecuted by the Saudis, Levey said.
When the evidence is clear that these individuals have funded terrorist organizations, and knowingly done so, then that should be prosecuted and treated as real terrorism because it is, Levey said.
Saudi Arabia is a US ally in Washingtons campaign to combat terrorism launched after the Sept. 11 attacks carried out by Osama bin Ladens Al Qaeda network.
Bin Laden, who has eluded capture for six years, is from a wealthy and influential Saudi family.
Yasin al Qadi, a wealthy Saudi businessman named in both the US and U.N. lists of Al Qaeda financiers one month after the Sept. 11 attacks, is among those identified as donors, ABC reported, citing American officials.
Al Qadi has repeatedly denied the allegations. He remains free and is still a prominent figure in Saudi Arabia, ABC said.
His London-based attorney, Guy Martin, told ABC the United States has never produced any evidence in support of the allegations against his client.
He hasnt been charged or tried anywhere in any jurisdiction in the world, Martin said. While allegations have been made, there have been no formal criminal proceedings.
The Saudi embassy in Washington had no comment, ABC said.
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If they’ve identified the donors, then take them out, period.
gosh, i’m really
I bet this writer expects a Pulitzer prize for this earth-shaking profound headline....what a surprise!!
I still believe one of the main factors in the decision to go into Iraq, was to get another friendly government in the Middle East, so that we could finally tell the Saudis to “F Off” once and for all.
“..Saudi Arabia has failed to pursue wealthy individuals identified as sending millions of dollars to Al Qaeda..”
Saudi has not failed, they are simply unwilling to take action against these individuals.
That’s what happens when every nation is expected to treat a WAR as a criminal enterprise instead.
An interesting part of Looming Tower is the efforts of the Saudis to get Bin Ladin under control. They visited him in Sudan and later in Afghanistan, bribing him with $500m. He eluded the best efforts of lots of governments, not just ours.
These guys are about to get hit.
They have the Shia after them, as well as the Mossad.
See yah, hate ta be yah!
We should have conquered Saudi Arabia on 9-12-07.
We should have conquered Saudi Arabia on 9-12-01.
See next post!
What are the unintended consequences of paying trillions $$$ oil ransom to 7th century cultures?
Psst! Don’t tell anybody but between you and me, Saudi Arabia has been in Al Queda’s gunsights all along but nobody sees it—yet.
Our “FRiends” the Sauds. ****rolls eyes**** Blackbird.
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