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Macron Rebooting Alliances Middle East

by Oui Sun Dec 5th, 2021 at 01:35:40 PM EST

How high-level discussions about Pegasus spyware can lead to an unexpected order for fighter planes ... Labour PM Tony Blair suffered the same sickness with Saudi Arabia and the BAE Order of the Century.

Tool of Choice by Abusive Regimes Middle East

Project Raven :  Ex-NSA operatives reveal how they helped spy on targets for the Arab monarchy -- dissidents, rival leaders and journalists | Reuters - 2019 |

Prosecuting Project Raven: A New Frontier for Export Control Enforcement | Lawfare Blog |

A previous diary in 2019 ...

Black-Ops Mercenaries On the Internet

Dark Matter, Leading UAE Hacking Firm, Entices IDF Cyberwar Veterans at $1-Million a Pop, Israeli Media Report Censored

Former FBI Director Louis Freeh, now attorney to Prince Bandar

Business is booming for Freeh Group International Solutions, the consultancy he founded in 2007 | Fortune - July 2013 |

From my diary ...

Saudi Prince Bandar: The Butcher of Christians and Shiites Speaks Out

Prince Bandar Bin Sultan personally threatened Russian president Putin ahead of the Sochi Winter Olympics with terror attacks ... after Vladimir Putin's reply, the Saudi Prince hastily retreated to the Kingdom.

Yep the FBI Investigation put blame on Iran . so much horse manure ...

Remembering the Khobar Towers bombing

As the deputy assistant secretary of defense for the Near East and South Asia I was the most senior civilian Defense Department official in Saudi Arabia. The Air Force assigned to me a control officer as usual. She was a lieutenant who had been wounded in the attack. In our first meeting she was still bleeding a little.

I meet with the Saudi ambassador to the United States who had been home in Riyadh when the attack occurred and rushed to Dhahran immediately. Prince Bandar bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz was an old friend; we had worked closely together after the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait in August 1990 and the Gulf War in 1991. Bandar was careful not to state unequivocally that Iran was behind the attack but he certainly pointed in that direction.


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The US Treasury announces sanctions on a man who aided Dan Gertler, an Israeli mining billionaire sanctioned by the United States for corruption.

According to the Treasury, Alain Mukonda -- and 12 entities linked to Mukonda in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Gibraltar -- have been marked for sanctions due to their ties to "serious human rights abuse and corruption."

Washington claims Gertler deprived the DRC of $1.4 billion in tax revenues over the past decade. The Trump administration lifted sanctions on the Israeli billionaire, but the Biden administration reinstated them in March.

After Trump eased them, Biden reinstates sanctions on Israeli mining tycoon | TOI - March 3, 2021 |

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Louis Freeh lawyer for Saudi war criminal Saudi Prince Bandar ...

Louis Freeh's Last Case | The New Yorker - May 14, 2001 |

On June 25, 1996, shortly before 10 p.m., three sentries posted on a rooftop at Khobar Towers, a high-rise compound that housed the two thousand American military personnel assigned to the King Abdul Aziz Airbase, in Saudi Arabia, noticed a tanker truck pull up to a perimeter fence. The area had been declared a likely target for a terrorist attack, and when the sentries saw two men jump out of the truck into a car and speed away they recognized the possibility of a bomb. They desperately tried to evacuate the building ....

Louis Freeh Praises Saudi Cooperation on Khobar Investigation | Saudi Embassy - Oct. 9, 2002 |

Freeh Became "Defence Lawyer" for Saudis on Khobar Towers bombing

When Freeh took the accounts from the Shi'a detainees in interrogations witnessed by the FBI team, however, the Justice Department didn't buy them as valid testimony. The department refused to go ahead with an indictment as Freeh had desired, evidently based on the same objection that had been raised two years earlier: the Shi'a had been subject to torture.

But in January 2001, President George W. Bush kept Freeh on as FBI director. Freeh told the new president that Iran had masterminded the Khobar bombing, according to his testimony before the 9/11 Commission, and the Justice Department then began collaborating with Freeh on an indictment of the Saudi Hezbollah which implicated Iran in the Khobar bombing.

The indictment was announced on Jun. 21, 2001 - Freeh's last day as FBI director.

Highly credible evidence soon showed, however, that the Mabahith, the Saudi secret police, did indeed use torture and coercion to get detainees to tell the stories demanded by the Saudi regime - even in front of foreign observers - and that they did so to protect al Qaeda from investigation by the United States.

Muzzling Critical Voices | Amnesty International |

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Intelligence, National Security, Sharing Military Technology, Sales Growth ...

Emmanuel Macron identified in leaked Pegasus project data | The Guardian |

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Statement from KLM ...

KLM Group chooses Airbus A320neo family for KLM and Transavia's European fleet

Pssst ... don't tell ... Air France (re: Élisée) controls the unified board, first slice of AUKUS payback? The Dutch and KLM have always had a preference for the American manufacturing from Douglas to Boeing.

Review of a century of the Flying Dutchman, from its first Fokkers to the Dreamliner's debut

The Boeing 737 has played an integral role in KLM's short-haul fleet. More than 90 examples have been operated by the airline since 1986.

Dubai Airshow: Airbus receives order for 255 jets in first major deal since Covid outbreak

Related reading ...

The Battle On The Narrow Body Market: Boeing 737MAX or Airbus A320neo? | Dec. 18, 2014 |

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