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  •  I just remember that Riggs Bank was closed down (3+ / 0-)

    because there were "irregularities" in their Embassy Banking division in relation to accounts, if my recollection is correct, of Gabon or Equatorial Guinea. I can't do the research right now, but my first google came up with this:
    Bank with close ties to Bush administration engulfed in scandal

    I never quite understood how this all ended. Riggs Bank was closed and bought by PNC bank. I remember one person working at the Embassy Banking division saying that one of their employees had basically "taken out money from one of the accounts of Equitarial Guinea" and it was tolerated by the account holder. Why that was I don't know. I am not much of a researcher (too complicated for me) to understand what really went on, it just didn't seem to be a complete picture that was revealed in the press of what went on inside that division of Riggs Bank.

    "False language, evil in itself, infects the soul with evil." ----Socrates

    by mimi on Thu Jun 07, 2007 at 07:44:57 AM PDT

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    •  Not everything came out in the Riggs Bank scandal (2+ / 0-)
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      There was some juicy stuff but they definitely did not tell all. It looked a lot like Arabia and the Saud regime was  protected from fallout.

      "We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy"--ML King, Jr. "Beyond Vietnam"

      by skywriter on Thu Jun 07, 2007 at 08:09:20 AM PDT

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      •  Wasn't Riggs Bank CIA-connected? (0+ / 0-)

        I think I remember reading something about that.

        Katrina was America's Chernobyl.

        by lysias on Thu Jun 07, 2007 at 10:46:45 AM PDT

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      •  The Bush-Saudi relationsip is the key to this (1+ / 0-)
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        The CIA stuff is in the background but it is the personal ties between those two families that makes it smell so bad.

        The Bush-Saudi Connection By Michelle Mairesse
        Dubya and his buddy Abdullah

        "We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy"--ML King, Jr. "Beyond Vietnam"

        by skywriter on Thu Jun 07, 2007 at 01:34:51 PM PDT

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      •  Brother Marvin, the Sauds and Riggs Bank (3+ / 0-)
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        This article touches them all, like roaches under the refrigerator.

        This story appeared in the Baltimore Sun at this url, which is probably behind a firewall by now.

        Saudis admit money trail leads to envoy

        Officials say ambassador, wife provided $130,000 to help couple in need; Some checks were signed over; At least one went to wife of Saudi man suspected of helping 9/11 hijackers

        By Mark Matthews
        Sun National Staff

        November 25, 2002

        WASHINGTON -- Saudi Arabia scrambled over the weekend to defuse a new crisis in its relations with the United States after the disclosure of a money trail leading indirectly from the Saudi Embassy to a man who befriended two Sept. 11 hijackers.

        Saudi sources acknowledged that the embassy; the ambassador, Prince Bandar bin Sultan; and his wife, Princess Haifa al-Faisal, together provided about $130,000 in what they called charitable donations over a four-year period to Majida Ibrahim Ahmad al-Dweikat, who needed medical treatment.

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        A $15,000 check from Prince Bandar was sent to the family, embassy officials said. Toward the end of 1998, Majida Ibrahim Ahmad, who is a Jordanian, wrote to Princess Haifa seeking help. In response, the embassy officials said, the ambassador's wife instructed Riggs Bank in Washington to send monthly cashier's checks worth $2,000 to the woman. Officials told the Los Angeles Times that the princess maintains an account at the bank.

        In 2000, the embassy paid $20,000 to cover the costs of a thyroid operation for Majida Ibrahim Ahmad performed at a University of California hospital in San Diego, the officials said.

        When the payments started, Majida Ibrahim Ahmad and her family were living in Virginia; they later moved to California.

        This is where Vuthaina Chakrouf of Baltimore entered the picture. When Majida Ibrahim Ahmad left Virginia, she notified the Saudi Embassy to start sending the checks to the Kentucky Avenue address.

        Chakrouf, an American citizen who became friends with Majida Ibrahim Ahmad while a nursing student in their native Jordan, agreed to forward the checks to San Diego. She said she never opened the envelopes but put them into new envelopes addressed to her friend in California.

        "She asked me if she could use my address. She needed someone to send the money there," Chakrouf recounted in a telephone interview yesterday. She said Majida Ibrahim Ahmad expressed fear that the Saudi government would stop the payments if officials knew she had moved to California. But Chakrouf didn't say why Majida Ibrahim Ahmad thought that. ...

        Embassy sources said the payments stopped in May, although they said it was unclear why. They said about half the checks reviewed by Princess Haifa's bank over the weekend appeared to have been signed over to other people after Majida Ibrahim Ahmad got them, including her husband, Basnan; Janet Basnan, who may be a daughter, The Los Angeles Times reported; and al-Bayoumi's wife, who received at least one.

        Omar al-Bayoumi is described by Newsweek as having befriended two hijackers, Nawaq Alhamzi and Khalid al-Midhar, when they arrived at Los Angeles International Airport at the beginning of 2000. He threw a welcoming party for them and arranged for them to get an apartment next to his, paying $1,550 to cover the first two months' rent, according to Newsweek.

        The Los Angeles Times reported that the hijackers reimbursed the rent money in cash the same day. ...

        Security, Secrecy and a Bush Brother

        A company that provided security at the World Trade Center, Washington D.C.'s Dulles International Airport and United Airlines between 1995 and 2001 was backed by a private Kuwaiti-American investment firm whose records were not open to full public disclosure, with ties to the Bush family.

        Marvin P. Bush, a younger brother of George W. Bush, was a principal in the company from 1993 to 2000, when most of the work on the big projects was done. But White House responses to 9/11 have not publicly disclosed the company's part in providing security to any of the named facilities.
        ...
        According to its present CEO, Barry McDaniel, the company had an ongoing contract to handle security at the World Trade Center "up to the day the buildings fell down." Yet instead of being investigated, the company and companies involved with it have benefited from legislation pushed by the Bush White House and rubber-stamped by Congressional Republicans. Stratesec, its backer KuwAm, and their corporate officers stand to benefit from limitations on liability and national-security protections from investigation provided in bills since 9/11.

        HCC Insurance Holdings, Inc., a reinsurance corporation on whose board Marvin Bush sat as director until November 2002, similarly benefits from terrorism insurance protections. (Bush's first year on the board at HCC coincided with his last year on the board at Stratesec.) HCC, formerly Houston Casualty Company, carried some of the insurance for the World Trade Center. It posted a loss for the quarter after the attacks of Sept. 11 and dropped participation in worker's compensation as a result. Bush remains an adviser to the chairman and the Board of Directors, as well as a member of the company's investment committee....

        ...
        There's a lot more at the link.
        Security, Secrecy and a Bush Brother

        "We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy"--ML King, Jr. "Beyond Vietnam"

        by skywriter on Thu Jun 07, 2007 at 01:58:16 PM PDT

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