Why is Donald Trump so soft on terrorism? Is it because he’s being blackmailed over criminal acts with Saudi Arabia committed by his son, Donald J Trump Jr, his son in law, Jared Kushner, and his ally and ‘backchannel’ to Russia, Erik Prince?
Saudi Arabia’s crown prince, Mohammed Bin Salman, ordered that a US person be lured into a Saudi consulate and chopped up alive. Per reporting, the United States has proof of this in the form of a recording. This is straight terrorism; Khashoggi was tortured before he was killed.
“Radical Islamic Terror” was a keystone of Donald Trump’s attacks on Hillary Clinton. He said it over and over again. He accused Saudi Arabia of funding ISIS, and demanded she return every penny her charitable foundation had accepted from them.
So, for Trump, this should be easy. This should be red meat to Trump’s Republican base. Here is a cut and dried opportunity to prove he’s tough on radical Islamic terror.
Instead, Americans are treated to the shameful sight of Mike Pompeo glad-handing the playboy prince who spat in Trump’s face when he ordered Khashoggi slaughtered. And people want to know why, exactly, Trump is acting like such a gutless coward before the Saudi terrorists. Did they pay him off? Or did they pay his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, off?
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(The White House reviewed the background investigation by the FBI on Kushner and then granted ‘Top Secret’ clearance, which it has the right to do whatever the FBI report says; but the CIA prevented Kushner from regaining the TS/SCI clearance that Kelly effectively stripped from him. The stripping followed accusations that Kushner had given names of MBS opponents taken from the Presidential Daily Briefing to MBS in Saudi Arabia, which resulted in the Prince’s torture purge of his opponents, discussed below.).
“Jared Kushner is in my Pocket”
Mohammed Bin Salman, the terrorist and murderer of the Washington Post journalist, reportedly boasted that Jared Kushner was “in his pocket”. But why should he be?
Kushner sought funding from Qatar, Saudi Arabia’s regional rivals, for his personal property, the tower at 666 5th Avenue, shortly after Trump won the election, in spring of 2017. They turned him down. Kushner also sought funding from the Saudis, and in contrast, they agreed.
On May 9th, Trump fired James Comey, who was investigating his campaign for its links to Russia.
Trump then headed off to Saudi Arabia on May 19th, with Ivanka and Kushner in tow.
Weeks after this visit, with Jared Kushner’s approval, according to reports, the United States changed decades of foreign policy and allowed Saudi Arabia to blockade Qatar.
But that’s not all. In doing so, Kushner and Trump allowed the Saudis to literally cut off a major United States military base. Al Udeid Air Base, in Doha, Qatar, is the forward headquarters of the United States Central Command.
There was an outcry. Donald Trump tweeted his support for the blockade,
outraging commentators in America and throughout the world. Rex Tillerson, the Secretary of State, was aghast.
Yet in the end, the Qataris did pay up. They had to. Using their company Brookfield, a beneficiary of their sovereign wealth fund, Qatar invested in Kushner’s abominably run company.
But the blockade is still in effect. And Kushner had his security clearance downgraded in Feb 2018. It went from TS/SCI to merely ‘Secret’. It has only been restored to ‘Top Secret’.
Did Jared Kushner actually solicit a bribe from either Qatar or Saudi Arabia, and then change US foreign policy to reflect the results, even allowing the blocking of US Central Command’s main forward base? If there is any proof that he did so, that is not merely ’emoluments’. That is treason.
And Mohammed Bin Salman, MBS, would think himself untouchable. If he has a recording of Jared agreeing to take a bribe, or discussing what he would do to Qatar for failing to pay up, then he has Kushner’s liberty, and possibly life, in his hands. He can do whatever he likes, including cutting up US persons with bone saws. He can blackmail the President of the United States.
Was Erik Prince Involved in the Death of Khashoggi?
Reviewing the published materials, it is easy, looking at Kushner, to forget the reporting on Erik Prince and the Saudis. The UK tabloid the Daily Mail claimed that American mercenaries were torturing Saudis that were enemies of Bin Salman.
The Mail said that a ‘source in the country’ reported that Erik Prince’s company Academi, formerly Blackwater, was involved in this torture.
arrests have been followed by ‘interrogations’ which a source said were being carried out by ‘American mercenaries’ brought in to work for the 32-year-old crown prince…
‘They are beating them, torturing them..’ the source told DailyMail.com.
‘Blackwater’ has been named by DailyMail.com’s source as the firm involved…it strongly denies even being in Saudi Arabia and says it does not engage in torture, which it is illegal for any U.S. citizen to commit anywhere in the world.
The article cited a deleted tweet by the President of Lebanon, which appeared to back up their source:
‘Lebanese authorities have unconfirmed information that the Blackwater firm is guarding Hariri and his family – not official Saudi security forces,’ Michel Aoun, the President of Lebanon, tweeted last Wednesday.
The first group of Blackwater mercenaries arrived in Saudi Arabia one week after the coup on Bin Nayef, about 150 fighters; Bin Salman [MBS] sent some of them to guard Bin Nayef where he was detained, and kept another group to protect himself.
It took me a little time to find President Aoun’s statement confirmed by a more reputable news source, but the tweet was indeed covered by the BBC’s Arabic service. The relevant quote attribute to Aoun reads:
“لدى السلطات اللبنانية معلومات غير مؤكدة على أن من يحرس الحريري هو جهاز “بلاك ووتر”، وليس الأمن السعودي الرسمي”.
Translated, this reads:
“The Lebanese authorities have unconfirmed information that those guarding Hariri are Blackwater, not Saudi official security.”
It is indeed surprising that this deleted accusation, coming from Lebanon’s President, was not more widely covered in the West, but the BBC are absolutely accurate and trustworthy as a source. So if MBS routinely detains and tortures his enemies, and Academi/Erik Prince are thought, by Middle Eastern heads of state no less, to be part of that, is it not likely that Erik Prince would have had something to do with MBS trained thugs who murdered Khashoggi?
And if Erik Prince helped carry this torture out, did Jared Kushner help identify the targets by leaking MBS classified US intelligence?
The two princes are said to have stayed up until nearly 4 a.m. several nights, swapping stories and planning strategy
Donald Trump Jr Met With Erik Prince About Saudi Help to Get Trump Elected Using Fake News
Among the dizzying web of connections between Trump, the Saudis and the Russians, Mr. Prince looms large. That he was setting up a private contractor army for MBS is not itself in dispute. The New York Times reported:
Mr. Nader was also in discussions with Mr. Prince, the former head of Blackwater, about a plan to get the Saudis to pay $2 billion to set up a private army
On August 3rd 2016, the pedophile George Nader, representing the UAE, and, as we see here, also a connection directly to the Saudis and MBS, met with Donald Trump Jr and Stephen Miller in Trump Tower, as did Joel Zamel of Psy Group. Zamel was to help Trump get elected by running fake bots and personae on Facebook:
Mr. Zamel had been working on a proposal for a covert multimillion-dollar online manipulation campaign to help elect Mr. Trump…using thousands of fake social media accounts to promote Mr. Trump’s candidacy on platforms like Facebook.
The Trump campaign apparently thought Zamel’s work was effective. The Times reported he met with Jared Kushner and Steve Bannon many times in the final weeks of the campaign and the transition.
In the hectic final weeks of the campaign and during the presidential transition, several of Mr. Trump’s advisers drew Mr. Nader close. He met often with Mr. Kushner, Mr. Flynn and Stephen K. Bannon
Was Zamel doing for Trump what he’d done for the Russians? He’d run similar fake botnets for Oleg Deripaska and Dimitry Rybolovev, whose plane met Trump’s frequently in the campaign. Furthermore the pedophile Nader paid him $2m after the campaign after going to Moscow.
Reports just out indicate that Jared Kushner is urging Trump to “stand by” terrorist Mohammed Bin Salman – and he is citing the kidnapping of the Lebanese Prime Minister “blowing over” as one reason for that. That’s the very same kidnapping that Erik Prince was involved in, according to the Lebanese President.
So, as insane as it may seem, is Mohammed Bin Salman right? Does he have Jared Kushner, and Erik Prince, in his pocket for taking his money to do illegal acts? Does he have Donald J Trump Jr in his pocket for accepting his illegal election help at Trump Tower? Because if so, it will be very easy for MBS to blackmail the President of the United States.
And, going back to this noxious, yet probably accurate, phrase, why did MBS reportedly say Kushner was “In his pocket” in the first place? He was not referring to Saudi Arabia’s bribe over the Qatar blockade, he was referring to Erik Prince’s mercenaries helping to detain and torture his enemies – with some of those names being leaked to him, by Kushner, from the Presidential Daily Brief. That’s the incident Kushner is referring to, right now, telling Trump that it “blew over” – and so will the murder of Khashoggi.
Mr. Kushner has argued that the crown prince can survive the outrage just as he has weathered past criticism.
Yet Trump should watch out. All the reporting indicates Mueller is well aware of Saudi-Russian money washed through Nader and Zamel, that he has seized Zamel’s computers, and that he is preparing to announce the collusion in his forthcoming report. As John Schindler reports in the Observer, Donald Trump knew, through official US intelligence channels, that the Saudis planned to harm Khashoggi:
I can confirm that the National Security Agency, America’s big ear, indeed intercepted Saudi communications that indicated Riyadh had something unpleasant in store for Khashoggi. Listening in on foreign governments, after all, is NSA’s main job, and that includes frenemies like Saudi Arabia as well as hostile regimes. At least a day before Khashoggi appeared at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, an NSA official told me, the agency had Top Secret information that Riyadh was planning something nefarious—though exactly what was not clear from the intercepts. This was deemed important because Khashoggi is a legal resident of the United States, and is therefore entitled to protection. According to the NSA official, this threat warning was communicated to the White House through official intelligence channels.
Trump did not legally have to do anything. But if the reason that he did not act was that Donald J Trump Jr and Jared Kushner committed crimes with Saudi Arabia, and that his ally Erik Prince’s mercenaries were involved, then every day that Trump delays answering Mohammed Bin Salman’s act of terror against a US person will be merely another mark against him on the criminal scoresheet that Mueller and the FBI are building.
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