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The Covert Origins of the Af-Pak War – The Road to World War III

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Editor’s Note: This report is an excerpt from David DeGraw’s new book, “The Road Through 2012: Revolution or World War III.” It is a continuation from the previous section, “Inside the Global Banking Intelligence Complex, BCCI Operations.” This is the fourth installment to a new series. To be notified via email of new postings from this series, subscribe here.


The Covert Origins of the Af-Pak War -
The Road to World War III

I: The CIA, BCCI & The Origins of Al Qaeda
II: “The Strategy of the Silk Route” & 9/11
III: The Road to World War III
IV: War Racket: The Global Banking Intelligence Complex Business Plan


I: The CIA, BCCI & The Origins of Al Qaeda

The Covert Origins of the Af-Pak War and How It May Lead to World WarNow that we have an understanding of how the Global Banking Intelligence Complex ran operations through BCCI, let’s look at how some of BCCI’s key players kept operating after the bank was finally shut down. As discussed in the last chapter, during the 1980s and early ’90s, the CIA worked in partnership with BCCI in what was, at the time, the agency’s largest covert operation ever, pumping an estimated $10 billion into funding the Afghan Mujahideen. Through this operation, Osama bin Laden’s al Qaeda network was formed. Bin Laden had accounts in BCCI and ran CIA/BCCI-funded camps.

In “Modern Jihad:Tracing the Dollars Behind the Terror Networks,” investigative reporter Loretta Napoleoni described the origins of the al Qaeda network:

“[During the Afghan-Soviet war,] potential Arab warriors traveled to Pakistan where they resided in guesthouses. These hostels did not keep any records and not a single organization listed the names of the fighters, where they had gone to fight and if they had been injured or killed. The lack of vital information caused distress among relatives. At that time bin Laden was in charge of several guesthouses and was embarrassed by the hundreds of calls requesting information. Hence, he decided to keep track of whoever stayed at the hostels and that record came to be known as the Record of al-Qaeda. This is how al-Qaeda, which means the base or the scroll, was born.”

Throughout this time period, bin Laden’s mentor was a man named Gulbuddin Hekmatyar. In “Afghanistan 1979-1992: America’s Jihad,” William Blum reported some background information on Hekmatyar:

“His followers first gained attention by throwing acid in the faces of women who refused to wear the veil. CIA and State Department officials I have spoken with call him ‘scary,’ ‘vicious,’ ‘a fascist,’… ‘definite dictatorship material’…. His name was Gulbuddin Hekmatyar. He was the head of the Islamic Party and he hated the United States almost as much as he hated the Russians. His followers screamed ‘Death to America’ along with ‘Death to the Soviet Union’… some of them had kidnapped the American ambassador in the capital city of Kabul, leading to his death in the rescue attempt… these same people shot down civilian airliners and planted bombs at the airport… anti-American mobs had burned and ransacked the US embassy in Islamabad and American cultural centers in two other Pakistani cities… their brother Islamic fundamentalists in next-door Iran seized the US Embassy in Teheran… and held 55 Americans hostage for over a year.”

Supporting acknowledged terrorists and enemies presented the US government with a huge public relations problem. So the White House and CIA went to work on the propaganda front. The United Sates Information Agency (USIA) launched the “Afghan Media Project.” The project was run by Joachim Maitre, a man who also worked with Oliver North to make TV ads attacking government officials who were against giving aid to the Contras during the BCCI-financed Iran-Contra Affair.

Reporting in “Covert Action: The Afghan Pipeline,” Steve Galster revealed the hypocrisy of the US propaganda campaign:

“Widespread corruption also exists among the [Afghan] rebel leaders but has gone practically unnoticed in the United States thanks to CIA propaganda. The same kinds of things that tarnished the Contras’ image, such as killing civilians, drug smuggling and embezzlement are practiced by many Afghan rebels. Taking no prisoners, assassinating suspected government collaborators, destroying government-built schools and hospitals, killing ‘unpious’ civilians are just a few of the inhumane acts they have carried out. But the picture we receive of the rebels in the United States is of an uncorrupt, popular group of freedom-loving people who aspire toward a democratic society.”

In “Jihad International Inc.,” Eqbal Ahmad further exposed the propaganda effort:

“They also invested in this Jihad the legitimacy of their enormous power, and the luster of their media-made glory. On one especially memorable occasion when Afghanistan’s hard-line Islamists visited the White House, President Ronald Reagan described them as the Muslim world’s ‘moral equivalent of our founding fathers.’ Similarly, the American and European media played up the war in Afghanistan as the greatest story of the eighties. Foreign correspondents combed the Hindu Kush for stories of ‘Mooj’ heroism. Competition for Jihad narrative was so great that in one instance a major network, CBS, paid handsomely to film a staged battle between Islam and Communism. As the western media carries great importance and authority in the third world, its Afghanistan war coverage made an enormous impact, especially on Muslim youth.”

As bin Laden himself would later say in his 1997 interview with CNN, “I have benefited so greatly from the Jihad in Afghanistan that it would have been impossible for me to gain such benefit from any other chance…”

Thanks to CIA funding and weapons, delivered through BCCI’s “black network” with the help of Pakistan’s intelligence service the ISI, bin Laden and al Qaeda were off and running. In 1992, just after BCCI had been shut down in a global sweep, the Afghan-Soviet war finally came to an end. The war resulted in the death of 1.3 million Afghans, three million were disabled, and 5.5 million became refugees – in total, about half the population.

When BCCI was shut down, most of its major players were allowed to walk away without being held accountable, due to the fact that BCCI was deeply entwined within the upper echelons of US intelligence. Elements of BCCI would then evolve into al Qaeda, as the Washington Post revealed in 2002:

“William F. Wechsler, who monitored bin Laden’s finances at the National Security Council during the last two years of the Clinton administration, told Congress in September that bin Laden initially rose to prominence for building ‘a financial architecture that supported the Mujaheddin in Afghanistan against the Russians.’

‘It’s this financial architecture that continued with him when he turned to terrorism, and it’s this financial architecture that is at the heart of how al Qaeda today gets its finances,’ he said.

Much of that architecture, according to French, Pakistani and American investigators, is modeled on the Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI)…. In the 1980s it was used to launder drug money, harbor terrorist funds and buy illegal weapons. Its collapse in 1991 was a major global financial scandal.

The CIA used BCCI to funnel millions of dollars to the fighters battling the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan. Bin Laden had accounts in the bank, U.S. officials said….

The BCCI Model

A 70-page French intelligence report, prepared for Parliament in October and obtained by The Washington Post, outlined some details of this network. ‘The financial network of bin Laden, as well as his network of investments, is similar to the network put in place in the 1980s by BCCI for its fraudulent operations, often with the same people (former directors and cadres of the bank and its affiliates, arms merchants oil merchants, Saudi investors),’ the report said. ‘The dominant trait of bin Laden’s operations is that of a terrorist network backed up by a vast financial structure.’

A senior U.S. investigator said U.S. agencies were looking into these ties because ‘they just make so much sense, and so few people from BCCI ever went to jail. BCCI was the mother and father of terrorist financing operations.’

The report identifies dozens of companies and individuals who were involved with BCCI and were found to be dealing with bin Laden after the bank collapsed. Many went on to work in banks and charities identified by the United States and others as supporting al Qaeda.”

BCCI’s Chief Operations Officer and the man the US Senate Intelligence Committee considered to be “the most powerful banker in the Middle East,” Khalid bin Mahfouz, was let off with a fine and would become a major al Qaeda funder.

As the Washington Post report continued:

“The French report highlighted the role of Saudi banker Khalid bin Mahfouz, a former director of BCCI, whose sister is married to bin Laden. In 1995 bin Mahfouz paid a $225 million fine in a settlement with U.S. prosecutors for his role in the BCCI scandal and went on to serve as director of the National Commercial Bank, one of Saudi Arabia’s largest….

Saudi officials, at the urging of the United States, audited his bank and found that millions of dollars were being funneled through the bank to charities controlled by bin Laden, U.S. officials and the French document said…. U.S. intelligence officials said Washington pushed for the audit of bin Mahfouz’s bank but was never allowed to question him.

Saudi officials ‘weren’t willing to let us talk to him,’ said one U.S. source with direct knowledge of events, ‘and we asked at a very senior level.’”

One vital point that most of the US mainstream media obscured when revealing bin Mahfouz as a key al Qaeda funder was his heavy ongoing involvement with top US officials and oil companies throughout BCCI’s reign and after the bank’s collapse.

Editor’s Note: In an earlier version of this posting, we accepted an unreliable Boston Herald report of December 10th, 2001, which we reproduced without having access to a retraction published by the newspaper on February 19th, 2002. Our attention has been drawn to factual inaccuracies concerning the ownership of assets by an international business figure from which certain inappropriate conclusions were drawn by the newspaper. We have, therefore, removed this short section of the original article out of concern for accuracy and we apologize for any unintended distress caused to the individual concerned.

II: “The Strategy of the Silk Route” & 9/11

The Covert Origins of the Af-Pak War and How It May Lead to World WarOne of the world’s richest oil fields is on the eastern shore of the Caspian sea, just northwest of Afghanistan. The Caspian oil reserves are of top strategic importance in the quest to control the earth’s remaining oil supply. The U.S. government developed a policy called “The Strategy of the Silk Route.” The strategy was designed to lock out Russia, China, and Iran from the oil in this region. This called for U.S. corporations to construct an oil pipeline running through Afghanistan. Since the mid 1990s, a consortium of US oil companies led by Unocal, which was later bought by Chevron, have been pursuing this goal. The plan was to build a Trans-Afghanistan Pipeline from Turkmenistan’s natural gas fields to Pakistan. Unocal partnered with Saudi Delta Oil, which was owned by al Qaeda funder Khalid bin Mahfouz, and they formed Central Asia Gas Pipeline, Ltd. (CentGas).

A feasibility study for the Central Asian pipeline project was performed by Enron. This study concluded that as long as the country was split among fighting warlords the pipeline could not be built. Stability was necessary for the $4.5 billion project and the US believed that the Taliban would impose the necessary order. U.S. intelligence and Pakistan’s ISI then continued the close relationship that they established through BCCI and agreed to funnel arms and funding to the Taliban in their war for control of Afghanistan. Until 1999, US taxpayers paid the entire annual salary of every single Taliban government official. The U.S., Saudi and Pakistani alliance established within BCCI reunited to facilitate the rise of the Taliban.

The American oil interests at the heart of this pipeline deal took control of the White House on January 20, 2001, when George Bush Jr. became president. As previously mentioned, Enron was heavily involved in this oil deal. Enron CEO Ken Lay was an old Bush family friend and was Bush Jr.’s biggest campaign contributor. Donald Rumsfeld, who became the Secretary of Defense, was a large stockholder in Enron. Thomas White, former vice-chairman of Enron, became the Secretary of the Army. Condoleezza Rice, a former Chevron board member, became National Security Advisor and then Secretary of State. A major benefactor of the CentGas deal was going to be Halliburton. Dick Cheney, who became Vice President, was Halliburton’s CEO. Richard Armitage, who worked as a key lobbyist for Unocal, became Under Secretary of State. Hamid Karzai, who would later become Afghanistan’s Prime Minister, was a top Unocal adviser.

Shortly after taking office, the Bush Administration was quickly losing faith in the Taliban’s ability to control Afghanistan and be a reliable partner in the pipeline deal. James Baker, who was also a key BCCI player, having served as Treasury Secretary, Bush Sr.’s Secretary of State and Chief of Staff during BCCI’s reign, was a leading player in developing the “Strategy of the Silk Route.” In April 2001, Baker and the Council on Foreign Relations demanded immediate action and publicly released a Task Force Report entitled, “Strategic Energy Policy Challenges For The 21st Century,” by the James A. Baker III Institute. They stressed the urgency of the pipeline project and openly called for the Bush Administration to “quickly facilitate higher exports of oil from the Caspian Basin region…” and they reiterated the basic premise of the “Strategy of the Silk Route,” stating, “the exports from oil discoveries in the Caspian Basin could be hastened if a secure, economical export route could be identified swiftly.” That “export route,” as previously planned, would need to run through Afghanistan and into Pakistan.

The tangled web of conflicts of interests within the Bush Administration, oil industry, Taliban and al Qaeda were concisely summed up by investigative reporter Loretta Napoleoni:

“The CentGas deal never came to fruition. The Taliban’s inability to commit to any agreement, coupled with public recognition of the exploitive nature of their regime, contributed to its failure. For years, the Taliban skilfully conducted simultaneous negotiations with two potential oil companies: Argentinean Bridas [later bought by BP] and Unocal/CentGas. Both companies showered the Taliban with gifts and money, flying their delegations to the US to win them over. On one occasion, a group of Taliban met high-ranking executives of Unocal in Texas. Parties, dinners and trips to the local shopping malls were organized. At the same time, Zalmay Khalizad, who was working for Unocal, lobbied the Clinton administration to ‘engage’ with the Taliban. The press reported some of these ‘informal’ meetings between US officials and rulers of Afghanistan: ‘Senior Taliban leaders attended a conference in Washington in mid-1996 and US diplomats regularly traveled to Taliban headquarters,’ wrote the Guardian….

‘The United States wants good ties [with the Taliban] but can’t openly seek them while women are oppressed,’ reported CNN. None the less, negotiations carried on more or less openly until 1998, when bin Laden’s associates bombed US embassies in Africa. Clinton launched cruise missiles at bin Laden’s supposed whereabouts in Afghanistan, an act that convinced the oil lobby that, for the moment, the pipeline deal could not go ahead….

Corporate America continued to do business with people who supported Islamist insurgency. The oil industry, in particular, continues to be run by a very small group of American and Saudi families with close financial relations. Among them were the Bush family, the bin Laden family and Osama bin Laden’s Saudi sponsors. The ties among these people go back a long way….

Naturally, as soon as George W. Bush was elected president, Unocal and BP-Amoco, which had in the meantime bought Bridas, the Argentinean rival, started once again to lobby the administration, among whom were several of their former employees. Unocal knew that Bush was ready to back them and resumed the consortium negotiations. In January 2001, it began discussions with the Taliban, backed by members of the Bush administration among whom was Under Secretary of State Richard Armitage, who had previously worked as a lobbyist for Unocal. The Taliban, for their part, employed as their PR officer in the US Laila Helms, niece of Richard Helms, [BCCI player] former director of the CIA and former US ambassador to Iran. In March 2001, Helms succeeded in bringing Rahmatullah Hashami, Mullah Omar’s adviser, to Washington…. As late as August 2001, meetings were held in Pakistan to discuss the pipeline business….

While negotiations were underway, the US was secretly making plans to invade Afghanistan. The Bush Administration and its oil sponsors were losing patience with the Taliban; they wanted to get the Central Asian gas pipeline going as soon as possible. The ‘Strategy of the Silk Route’ had been resumed….

Paradoxically, 11 September provided the Washington with a casus belli to invade Afghanistan and establish a pro American government in the country. When, a few weeks after the attack, the leaders of the two Pakistani Islamist parties negotiated with Mullah Omar and bin Laden for the latter’s extradition to Pakistan to stand trial for the 11 September attacks, the US refused the offer. Back in 1996, the Sudanese Minister of Defence, Major General Elfaith Erwa, had also offered to extradite Osama bin Laden, then resident in Sudan, to the US. American officials declined the offer at that time as well. ‘Just don’t let him go to Somalia,’ they added…. When Erwa disclosed that he was going to Afghanistan, the American answer was ‘let him go’….

In November 2001… Hamid Karzai was elected [Afghanistan’s] prime minister…. Yet very few people remember that during the 1990’s Karzai was involved in negotiations with the Taliban regime for the construction of a Central Asian gas pipeline from Turkmenistan through western Afghanistan to Pakistan. At that time he was a top adviser and lobbyist for Unocal… In the early 1990’s, thanks to his [Karzai's] excellent contacts with the ISI, he moved to the US where he cooperated with the CIA and the ISI in supporting the Taliban’s political adventure.

President Bush’s special envoy to the newly formed Afghanistan state is a man named Zalmay Khalilzad, another former employee of Unocal. In 1997, he produced a detailed analysis of the risks involved in the construction of the Central Asian gas pipeline. Khalilzad also worked as a lobbyist for Unocal and therefore knows Karzai very well. In the 1980s… President Reagan named Khalilzad special adviser to the State Department; it was thanks to his influence that the US accelerated the shipment of military aid to the Mujahedin.”

Yet another interesting conflict of interest: the Chairman of the 9/11 Commission investigation was Thomas Kean. Kean was also a key player in this pipeline deal as a director of Hess Corp., which was in a joint venture called Delta Oil, with Khalid Bin Mahfouz. It is also important to mention that James Baker, who had a lead role in developing the “Strategy of the Silk Route” and BCCI operations, was hired by these same BCCI/Saudi/al Qaeda oil interests to defend them against lawsuits brought by families of 9/11 victims.

As mentioned in the last chapter, George Bush Sr.’s role in the BCCI Affair cannot be overstated. Even George Bush Jr. had oil companies that were funded by these same BCCI/Saudi/al Qaeda interests. To make matters even worse, the same person who played a pivotal role in covering-up and derailing investigations into BCCI at the Justice Department, was the person who was put in charge of the FBI on September 4, 2001, Robert Mueller – and he is still running the FBI under Obama.

In summation, the CentGas oil consortium that connected all of these interests with Bush Jr.’s administration are undeniably suspect, at best. All of these players and interests are so incestuous that the heated debate over whether or not 9/11 was an inside job is almost irrelevant when you understand the history behind it. Whether it was an attack by al Qaeda or a false flag covert intelligence operation to win public support and trillions of taxpayer dollars for the never-ending “War on Terror” and control of Central Asian oil is essentially a non-issue. The main point, which cannot be legitimately argued, is that 9/11 would never have happened if it wasn’t for an out-of-control intelligence apparatus, and we now know the people who were operating that intelligence apparatus. All of the players involved were part of the same banking intelligence network known as BCCI. Al Qaeda and 9/11 were a direct outgrowth and evolution of BCCI intelligence operations. It was the same people, continuing to do what they had been doing all along, except this time their target was on US soil.

And this same out-of-control intelligence apparatus was the biggest beneficiary of 9/11, having had their funding budgets more than doubled since the attack. Knowing how uncontrollable the intelligence world was leading up to 9/11, let’s look again at this report from the Washington Post:

“The top-secret world the government created in response to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, has become so large, so unwieldy and so secretive that no one knows how much money it costs, how many people it employs, how many programs exist within it or exactly how many agencies do the same work…. After nine years of unprecedented spending and growth, the result is that the system put in place to keep the United States safe is so massive that its effectiveness is impossible to determine…. The U.S. intelligence budget is vast, publicly announced last year as $75 billion, 2 1/2 times the size it was on Sept. 10, 2001. But the figure doesn’t include many military activities or domestic counterterrorism programs.”

III: The Road to World War III

The Covert Origins of the Af-Pak War and How It May Lead to World WarThe war for a pipeline to extract oil from the Caspian Sea is far from over. China, a country US oil interests were determined to block out of the region, has been making moves to take control and has clearly established the upper hand. In a TomDispatch report entitled, “Pipelineistan’s New Silk Road,” Asia Times correspondent Pepe Escobar reports:

“Future historians may well agree that the twenty-first century Silk Road first opened for business on December 14, 2009. That was the day a crucial stretch of pipeline officially went into operation linking the fabulously energy-rich state of Turkmenistan (via Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan) to Xinjiang Province in China’s far west….

The bottom line is that, by 2013, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Hong Kong will be cruising to ever more dizzying economic heights courtesy of natural gas supplied by the 1,833-kilometer-long Central Asia Pipeline, then projected to be operating at full capacity…. When the Bush administration’s armchair generals launched their Global War on Terror, this was not exactly what they had in mind.

Meanwhile, in the New Great Game in Eurasia, China had the good sense not to… get bogged down in an infinite quagmire in Afghanistan. Instead, the Chinese simply made a direct commercial deal with Turkmenistan and, profiting from that country’s disagreements with Moscow, built itself a pipeline which will provide much of the natural gas it needs.

No wonder the Obama administration’s Eurasian energy czar Richard Morningstar was forced to admit at a congressional hearing that the U.S. simply cannot compete with China when it comes to Central Asia’s energy wealth. If only he had delivered the same message to the Pentagon….

If China has so far proven masterly in the way it has played its cards in its Pipelineistan ‘war’, the U.S. hand — bypass Russia, elbow out China, isolate Iran — may soon be called for what it is: a bluff.”

If you have wondered why so many US/NATO/private military troops have been deployed to the Af-Pak region, just consider that China, which shares a border with Pakistan and Afghanistan, has also begun moving troops into the region (it is also important to note that Iran is surrounded by Afghanistan and Iraq). As a New York Times report stated:

“[Pakistan] is handing over de facto control of the strategic Gilgit-Baltistan region in the northwest corner of disputed Kashmir to China.

The entire Pakistan-occupied western portion of Kashmir stretching from Gilgit in the north to Azad (Free) Kashmir in the south is closed to the world, in contrast to the media access that India permits in the eastern part, where it is combating a Pakistan-backed insurgency. But reports from a variety of foreign intelligence sources… reveal two important new developments in Gilgit-Baltistan: a simmering rebellion against Pakistani rule and the influx of an estimated 7,000 to 11,000 soldiers of the [Chinese] People’s Liberation Army.

China wants a grip on the region to assure unfettered road and rail access to the Gulf through Pakistan. It takes 16 to 25 days for Chinese oil tankers to reach the Gulf. When high-speed rail and road links through Gilgit and Baltistan are completed, China will be able to transport cargo from Eastern China to the new Chinese-built Pakistani naval bases at Gwadar, Pasni and Ormara, just east of the Gulf, within 48 hours.”

As the war in Afghanistan continues to escalate over the border into Pakistan, you can be assured that China, Russia and Iran will become more militarily involved in defense of their region’s resources. Pakistan is already becoming increasingly hostile to an escalation of US drone and NATO strikes within its borders, and have even begun to openly aid the Taliban by cutting off key NATO supply lines. Pakistan has also recently deployed anti-aircraft missiles on its border with Afghanistan. Current intelligence leads one to conclude that the war will continue to expand further into Pakistan, which will lead to China and Iran becoming more involved in what is essentially a proxy war against US/NATO/private military forces.

The bottom line, and one of the main themes of this book, is that we have entered a period of major wars over declining resources. The Af-Pak operations are only initial moves in an attempt to control the earth’s remaining oil supply.

Any talks of troop withdrawals from the Af-Pak region and Iraq are psychological operations. US/NATO/private military contractors are still in the process of building the world’s largest military bases in this region, they are not going to abandon these newly constructed mega-bases. These bases are designed to be operational and, as oil continues to become more scarce, they will be used to militarily control the remaining supply throughout this region.

Chris Martenson, a former Vice President at intelligence company SAIC, recently wrote the following in an analysis entitled, “Future Chaos: There Is No ‘Plan B’:”

“The future is likely to be more chaotic than you probably think. This was the primary conclusion that I came to after attending the most recent Association for the Study of Peak Oil & Gas (ASPO) in Washington, DC in October, 2010…. The impact of Peak Oil on markets, lifestyles, and even national solvency deserves our very highest attention…. Rear Admiral Lawrence Rice… presented the findings of the 2010 Joint Operating Environment (a forward-looking document examining the trends, contexts, and implications for future joint force commanders in the US military), which spends 76 pages summarizing the key trends and threats of the world…. Peak Oil dominates the discussion. Among the conclusions (on page 29), we find this:

‘By 2012, surplus oil production capacity could entirely disappear, and as early as 2015, the shortfall in output could reach nearly 10 MBD.’”

The Covert Origins of the Af-Pak War and How It May Lead to World WarThe Joint Operating Environment report goes on to reveal:

“To meet climbing global requirements, OPEC will have to increase its output from 30 MBD to at least 50 MBD. Significantly, no OPEC nation, except perhaps Saudi Arabia, is investing sufficient sums in new technologies and recovery methods to achieve such growth. Some, like Venezuela and Russia, are actually exhausting their fields to cash in on the bonanza created by rapidly rising oil prices….

A severe energy crunch is inevitable without a massive expansion of production and refining capacity. While it is difficult to predict precisely what economic, political, and strategic effects such a shortfall might produce, it surely would reduce the prospects for growth in both the developing and developed worlds….”

Increasing OPEC output up to 50 MBD from the current level of 30 MBD is simply not possible, in fact it’s absurd to even consider that as a possibility. Once you disregard that, as the report states, “A severe energy crunch is inevitable.” To make matters even worse, we are much more likely to see a steady decline in output. So war with Pakistan, China, Russia and Iran, along with continued military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, is increasingly probable, and their planned strategy.

Their strategy becomes all the more apparent when you consider the ramp up in military exercises and drills around China, which has included a series of massive 86,000-troop war games throughout the Korean Peninsula. Add in the recent record-setting $123 Billion in weapons sales to Gulf nations, with Saudi Arabia getting $67.8 Billion in weapons, which was the largest US arms deal ever. Israel also recently purchased 20 F-35 fighter jets for $2.5 billion, and has recently conducted their largest ever joint military exercises with the US. [See Moves Upon the Grand Chessboard for more information. In the next part of this series, we will take a close look at how Iraq fits into this picture.]

Now that we have a basic understanding of how much effort has gone into controlling Middle East and Caspian oil, and as demand for oil increases as production decreases, we can easily see how this is going to become an increasingly dangerous and hostile situation. If we stay on this present course, the “Strategy of the Silk Route” leads us straight down the road to World War III.

IV: War Racket: The Global Banking Intelligence Complex Business Plan

The Covert Origins of the Af-Pak War and How It May Lead to World WarOne of the reactions a person may have after learning this information, is to believe that perhaps these wars to control the earth’s remaining oil supply are beneficial to the US population. It may even eventually be a clever propaganda strategy to paint these wars as preserving the American way of life and our standard of living by obtaining these vital resources. Coming to this belief would be tremendously naïve.

As recent history has proved, US oil interests and the bankers behind them are global in nature and they don’t have any loyalty to the American people. As their actions have clearly demonstrated, they use the oil, and the obscene profits obtained from it, for their own short-sighted personal gain, at the brutal expense of the overwhelming majority of humanity and at the extraordinary expense of the earth’s ecosystem. Americans are shielded from the enormous inhumanity of millions of maimed and dead bodies as a result of their addiction to power. If these wars continue to escalate, they will inevitably lead to more attacks on American soil.

The profits from these wars are also a primary driving factor in having them in the first place, and is a major incentive to keep them going. Billions of taxpayer dollars are thrown around in the “fog of war,” in what is called a “free-fraud zone.” The military companies and the bankers behind them reap huge profits in the process. So fighting these highly profitable wars, for highly profitable resources, is the ultimate win-win situation, and the deliberately chosen business model for the Global Banking Intelligence Complex.

A point that clearly demonstrates the parasitic nature and pure insanity of this: the world’s #1 polluter and consumer of oil is the US/NATO/private military machine. So while they so desperately fight for oil, they are burning up significant amounts of it in the process.

The fact that the average American never gets the information presented in this report via mainstream media proves how tightly controlled the corporate media is. It also clearly demonstrates the blatant fact that the Global Banking Cartel doesn’t want American citizens to have even a basic understanding of geo-strategic interests and how power really functions. Above all, the American public must be kept in its place, as the cartel emphatically believes that they are the kings and we are the serfs, and it is none of our business how they conduct themselves. If you are not already a multi-millionaire or billionaire, you have now been marked for either servitude or slow death. That is a very harsh truth, but in the new world of declining resources, looted economies and environmental upheaval, this is the unfortunate reality of the situation. Until the American public can wake up to this new reality, turn off the television and fight back, our living standards will continue to decline at an increasing rate.

~~ The next part of this series will be posted in a few days. Stay tuned for “The Covert Origins of the Iraq War: BCCI, Kissinger Associates, SAIC, & Robert Gates.” To be notified via email of new postings from this series, subscribe here.


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  1. Tom said:

    David, I first heard of you about two years ago when you were detailing the financial coup. My first reaction was that you were crazy, but you intrigued me enough to read through your reports. They all made so much sense and I did extensive research on the topics you discussed. I don’t know how it is that you have this level of insight and knowledge on these topics, but I am very thankful that you are making the effort to expose all of this.

    I’m hoping that this series ends with you announcing your 2012 presidential campaign. Other than someone like yourself becoming president, I don’t see how we have any chance of getting out of this mess. I joined the 99% movement, how many others have joined as well? Is it going to be reach enough people to effect change? I don’t think we have the time or resources to make it happen.

    TL

  2. Hillary said:

    Ha! I’m going to send this to all my friends who think the war on terror has nothing to do with oil. The MSM has everyone so brainwashed.

  3. Jeff said:

    The road to WWIII indeed… China’s continued growth = America’s continued decline. Bombs will fall at some point, you can count on it.

  4. Danny said:

    David,

    Another highly valuable piece of work. Every time I read one of your essays I can feel the tide turning. You’re slashing and burning the evil empire with every keystroke.

    99%

  5. Doug Wilson said:

    Make sure to Stumble and Digg (and others) when you find something you want everybody to read. Stumble and Digg, for example have 10′s of millions of people worldwide. Care2 has over 7 million members. The social networks are the key to spreading fact (as well as fiction) and I try to use it to do just that. You can set up a ping.fm account and post to multiple sites at once…

  6. Janis said:

    EXCELLENT

    You know people are going to turn these comments into a purely 9/11 debate. Can we just leave that argument at “9/11 would never have happened if it wasn’t for an out-of-control intelligence apparatus” and move on to getting this information out to as many people as possible so we can stop this war before it becomes a world war?

    This information should be required reading on college campuses across the country. I’ll do my part – i’ve been printing copies of all of these reports and sharing them with my students.

    Thank you David and AmpedStatus! :)

  7. Will said:

    David

    I have been screaming about this stuff for years now. I used to argue with my brother-in-law all the time. He constantly tried to blow me off as a conspiracy theorist. I gave him your Economic Elite Vs. The People book and he actually woke up and realized that this is all real. He’s my biggest ally now. I think it really does come down to the ability to clearly present the details in the way you are doing. Please keep going, tell us everything you know, every detail. It’s just a matter of time before people wake up from their long slumber. You’re their alarm clock!

  8. Debra said:

    I love reading the report here and then watching it spread all over the net for next two weeks. It’s gotten to a point where the sites who don’t run it become questionable to me. What serious news site wouldn’t run important info like this? Are there sites that you guys don’t let run these pieces? if so, why?

  9. Roger said:

    brilliant. will share with others.

  10. Ben said:

    Conspiracy theory! Conspiracy theory! Conspiracy theory! Conspiracy theory!

    Oh, wait… A history lesson. A genuine, honest, accurate, actual history lesson.

    The average person’s head will explode when reading this. You’re not in Kansas anymore!

  11. Jason said:

    You are one intelligent and brave mother f@$ker Dave. The amount of research it takes to keep pounding out these reports is awe inspiring.

    TRUTH TO POWER

  12. Cathy said:

    WHEN WILL AMERICANS WAKE UP! HELLO! DOES ANYONE OTHER THAN THE PEOPLE WHO KNOW ENOUGH TO BE READING THIS SITE KNOW THAT WE ARE ON THE FAST TRACK TO HELL?

  13. Stelios said:

    David,

    Your work is exceptional on so many levels. You drop serious knowledge my brother.

    Viva la revolution

    Stelios

  14. Mark said:

    “If you are not already a multi-millionaire or billionaire, you have now been marked for either servitude or slow death. That is a very harsh truth, but in the new world of declining resources, looted economies and environmental upheaval, this is the unfortunate reality of the situation. Until the American public can wake up to this new reality, turn off the television and fight back, our living standards will continue to decline at an increasing rate.”

    Word!

  15. Lech said:

    Good reporting, not merely a great report but you connect the details and create a historical roadmap that cannot be denied. Thanks.

  16. Sanger said:

    Truth to Power! Despite all of their high tech weaponry and subtle but brilliant propoganda/psy op techniques, they will be quaking in their boots when enough of humanity gets a whiff of the stench coming off of these ‘Demonic Parasites’ and decides to banish them and their brood from the Earth forever and ever.

    Thanks for eloquently pointing out the stench.

  17. Jesse said:

    David – this is your best series yet. i became a fan when you were railing about the economic attacks. now see how you knew so much back then, you’ve been following these fuckers for a long time and haven’t missed a trick. looking forward to the next sections!!!

    Shine on you crazy diamond :)

  18. Mr Uniter said:

    Mr Uniter is back. Is it possible that you have just managed to unite the 9/11 truth movement and skeptics by revealing the “entwined, incestuous” history behind all this?

  19. Sylvie said:

    Brilliant work! So I’m going to buy the book, then pass it around my family and friends. Everyone needs to read this material!

  20. crater said:

    Well written and explained – - would be interesting to see whether the last 50 years will be accurately included in history books for the next generations??….assuming that the world meanwhile has not imploded…
    Bring back the Horse and buggy !!!

  21. Jack said:

    These reports are spectacular. Who is David DeGraw and who does he work for?

  22. Timothy Michel said:

    Janis said that she hoped this would turn into a purely 9/11 debate and I agree that it should be just about 9/11. But 9/11 certainly should be a rallying point for Americans because 3,000 of them were already sacrificed simply to inaugurate “The Strategy of the Silk Route.” if this is the opening salvo, what cant we expect down the road?

    I also think it important that the Average American understands that the international forces at work have no compunction to spare the lives of Americans. This is why the truth of 9/11 is important, not because it is or is not an inside job, but because the international players that orchestrated that horrific event will sacrifice Americans as readily as those of any other nationality; Americans need to know that.

    Once Americans understand that they are just as expendable as any other people in the world, then maybe they will wake from their slumber. And maybe then they will take the development of alternative energy seriously.

  23. Timothy Michel said:

    The above comment should have read “would not turn into” have and “shouldn’t be just about” in the first sentence

  24. Michael said:

    I spent my morning read this series. Many comments have already pointed out the quality of this work and I have to agree. Extraordinarily eye opening, insightful and well constructed. I’m definitely not a person who pushes views on people but these reports need to be read by a much wider audience. If this book could reach the general public, we would have a much better chance in fixing this mess and avoiding the calamities that are just around the corner.

    Many people seem to think it is already too late to avoid much of this. I think people who say it’s too late are weak and lazy.

    If you can see what is about to happen you have to do whatever you can to stop it! It’s not too late! I will not have a defeated attitude! We can fix this, we have to!

  25. mcthorogood said:

    I hope that Dave will say something about the “exorbitant privilege” that the U.S. has as de facto reserve currency hegemon. The first article in Project Censored 2011 is about global plans to replace the dollar as the reserve currency.

    The U.S. pays dollars to build bases around the world and the dollars end up in the central banks, which have two choices, either invest in U.S. Treasuries, or sell the dollars on FOREX markets. Most countries simply recycle the dollars into U.S. Treasuries, which enable further military spending by the U.S.

    As the hegemon, the U.S. simply prints currency when needed, e.g. quantitative easing. Foreign countries have been making agreements to bypass the dollar, see the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, or the Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas.

    The U.S. is the richest country, but also has the largest debt. Current austerity measures are only affecting foreign countries, because the U.S. essentially controls the IMF. With such a large deficit and the accompanying interest, how long can the U.S. continue to build its empire, while ignoring the social needs of its citizens at home?

  26. sam said:

    David Degraw the only way to get these valueable information to the massess is by creating an alternative TV news chaneel like the Press tv, but American one.I am sure there are noble able people in america if approached will help in creating a tv channel which will be surely the people channel, we must outFOX the Fox News channel, other wise it will take us 10 times more than what acheived by TV, I hope DAvid will read this

  27. Saleem said:

    Excellant work. Eye opener. Researched and written by highly intelligent authors. Please keep up.

  28. poopoo said:

    Wow, very informative and truthful in every way. I have read Invisible history of Afghanistan and all the facts stated here were also stated in that book as well. These words are the truth, something that is hidden from us these days. Good job!

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  32. FAYAZ AHMAD GANAI said:

    David,

    As per various coments listed above, it seems as if americans are knowing nothing about real facts behind Afgan war. But we indians are sure that by virtue of afganistan war RUSSIA, CHINA, IRAN will lastly join hands to rended America a no more Superpower. You know that though pak govt. supports USA but majority hate USA and consider it a demon along with Israel. we indians know that world war-iii has already begun between muslims & Jew + christians. Now the time has come that only truth shall prevail. Either Islam or Christianity has to prevail.

    Americans though literate but are illiterate. After going through bible they are not able to perceive that Jesus (peace be upon him) a number of times has said that I am messenger of god.

    let us wait and watch ongoing world war-iii.

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