Sunday, July 15, 2007

The Bin Laden Family

Osama bin Laden at Oxford (on the right)

In 1931, Osama bin Laden's father, Mohammed, set up the the BinLaden Group. The group deals in publishing, banking, construction, property and transport and is worth several billions.

The bin Ladens have connections to top people, including several US presidents. ( Bin Laden family gave $1 million to Carter )

According to French intelligence, during the 1980's, Salem bin Laden helped the Reagan Administration when it secretly arranged for an estimated thirty-four million dollars to be funnelled through Saudi Arabia to the Contras, in Nicaragua. ( Meet The Bin Ladens: Osama's Road to Riches and Terror ... )

Reportedly, in 1979, Osama bin Laden's tutor, Prince Turki al Fay├žal al Saud (director of Saudi Arabia secret services from 1977 to August 2001), asked Osama to direct and financially manage the CIA secret operations in Afghanistan. (The Hidden Financial Ties between the Bush and the Bin Laden ...)

On the morning of September 11, 2001, George W. Bush's father, George H. W. Bush, was meeting with Osama bin Laden's brother, Shafig bin Laden, in the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Washington, on Carlyle Group business. (Osama Bin Laden, 1957 – 2001)

From the Daily Telegraph, 20 July 2004: (Telegraph Entertainment The acceptable face of the bin Ladens) :

"...The bin Ladens have dealings with Citigroup, General Electric, Merrill Lynch, Goldman Sachs and the Fremont Group, as well as Microsoft and Boeing.

"The family is reported to have given $2 million to Harvard and $300,000 to Tufts University, as well as owning massive amounts of real estate in Florida and Massachusetts."

Osama bin Laden's niece is called Waffah and she is a 'pop star, reality TV star and wannabe actor'. In December 2005, Wafah posed naked except for an ostrich feather in an American men's magazine. (Welcome to the family, Mrs bin Laden)

According to The Sunday Telegraph, "Wafah's favourite media pose is straddled provocatively across a massive bed clad only in her lingerie, high heels and a feather boa. Her stage act is a mix of suggestive and shy..." Welcome to the family, Mrs bin Laden

One of Osama's brother is called Yeslam. His company produces watches, handbags, belts and sunglasses and £66-a-flagon perfume. He runs his luxury goods business from Geneva.

Yeslam's former wife, Carmen, is not a Moslem.

According to The Sunday Telegraph (Welcome to the family, Mrs bin Laden) :

"When Carmen married into the bin Ladens in 1974, she thought them a thoroughly Westernised family. They had jeans and Afro hair, and they loved pop music and Western magazines. A glance at the family album, which includes a 1971 photograph of a family holiday in Falum, Sweden, would certainly have suggested they enjoyed all things Western. It shows a group of bin Laden cousins posing in jocular mood beside a gaudy pink Cadillac."

Another of Osama's brothers, Abdullah Mohammed, lives in America. He has a doctorate from Harvard Law School and he is a one of the world's wealthiest bachelors.

According to Le Figaro newspaper, 11 October 2001, a CIA agent met Osama bin Laden in July 2001, while Osama was getting treatment for kidney problems at an American hospital in Dubai. ( Guardian Unlimited Special reports CIA agent alleged to have ... )

Bin Laden checked into the American Hospital Dubai, a 100-bed, acute-care general hospital, July 4 and stayed until July 14.

He arrived from Quetta, Pakistan, accompanied by his personal doctor...

Le Figaro cited a "professional partner" linked to the hospital's management as its source.

Besides a stream of local dignitaries and family members, bin Laden's visitors included a local CIA agent, the newspaper reported. The agent was widely recognized locally, Le Figaro said, and later told several friends of the meeting. The alleged American spy was called back to the CIA's McLean, Va., headquarters July 15 - a day after bin Laden checked out, Le Figaro reported, citing "authorized sources."

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