The BUSH-LADEN Connection (continued)
There is a long and tangled history between the Bush family and the elite of Saudi Arabia, including the bin Laden family. It begins in the 1970's in Houston, Texas, when George W. Bush was just starting out in his family's two businesses of politics and oil. The powerful - and very rich - bin Laden family helped fund his first venture into oil. The cozy friendship continued for decades. After a terrorist attack at a barracks in Saudi Arabia which killed 19 Americans, the bin Laden family received a multi-billion dollar contract to re-build. And incredibly, George Bush Sr. was in a business meeting at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Washington on the morning of September 11th with one of Osama bin Laden's brothers. While serving as governor of Texas, George W. Bush met with high-level Al Qaeda leaders, hoping to get support to build a pipeline across Afghanistan. Four months into his presidency, he rewarded the Taliban by handing over $43 million in May 2001, only four months before the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
All airlines in the United States were grounded for two days after 9/11. Yet, on September 13, 2001, the White House authorized six Saudi jets to fly bin Laden family members from America to Saudi Arabia. The members of the bin Laden family were never questioned by United States authorities. Judicial Watch called for George Herbert Bush to resign from the Carlyle Group, when it became known that Osama bin Laden was a major investor in the firm. (Judicial Watch, March 5, 2001) After the September 11 terrorist attacks, Judicial Watch Chairman and General Counsel Larry Klayman said, "This conflict of interest has now turned into a scandal. The idea of President George W Bush's father, an ex-president himself, doing business with a company under investigation by the FBI in the terror attacks of September 11 is horrible. President Bush should not ask, but demand, that his father pull out of the Carlyle Group." (Judicial Watch, September 28, 2001)