Mauritania hosts International Military Exercise with 19 European, Arab and African Nations, among growing concerns for Spill-Over of Mali War and a widening of the French Africa Pivot

christof-lehmann-20112Christof Lehmann (nsnbc) On Monday, 18 February 2013, a military exercise with participation of 19 European, Arab, and African nations began in Mauritania. Among the participating nations are members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, NATO/OTAN. The initiative for the exercise was taken among growing concerns about a possible spill over of the war in neighboring Mali into Mauritania. The exercise raises concerns about the possibility that Mauritania will fall victim to the recent years French / NATO pivot in Central and Northern Africa.

Atar, Mauritania. Photo WTG, Th. Morgan

Atar, Mauritania. Photo WTG, Th. Morgan

According to a high-ranking Mauritanian military source, Colonel Tayeb Ould Ibrahim, the 19 nations military exercise will benefit the country by improving the performance of the Mauritanian army. Mauritania has over the last months witnessed increased activities by Salafist organizations and militants with ties to Al Qaeda.

Last week, a Mauritanian journalist, who is reporting from Mauritania for nsnbc said, that French troops had crossed the border from Mali into Mauritania, in pursuit of purported Al-Qaeda fighters, and that the inhabitants of the ancient Mauritanian city of Atar were shocked over the firefight, that ensued between insurgents and the French troops.

Last weekend, command posts of Mauritania´s National Gendarmerie, were opened in the eastern and the central parts of the country, and the Mauritanian army deployed troops to several strategic cities and locations to bolster security. The additional military presence is supposed to increase security in inland areas, where serious incidents, including terrorist attacks and abductions of both Mauritanian military officers and foreigners have taken place in recent years.

According to the newspaper Magharabia, Colonel Mohamed Ould Zein stated, that the steps were taken in the wake of years, where terrorists managed to hit targets in the heart of Mauritanian territory, by taking advantage of the lack of security outside the capital, and that the Mauritanian government had recognized the need to change that policy and the need to enhance security in remote provinces which are targeted by terrorists. (1

President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz. Photo, Magharebia

President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz. Photo, Magharebia

A tendency to increasingly describe Mauritania as a “spearhead for those terrorists who are operating in Mali” can be observed in many francophone and European media. Also among NATO circles, there is an increased tendency to describe Mauritania as “problem” with regard to purported terrorists in Mali rather than a partner. The fact, that the government of Mauritania´s President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz and the military of Mauritania, over the last months, have made a great effort at preventing the infiltration of Mauritania by insurgents from Mali, and that Mauritanian military forces repeatedly have been crossing into Mali for operations against Al-Qaeda troops however, is not being reported. The manufacturing of a public discourse with Mauritania as a problem could turn into a problem for Mauritania.

Mauritania possibly the Next target of French / NATO Pivot in Africa

There are well-founded reasons to assume, that Mauritania, rather than being supported in its attempts to secure the country´s security and national integrity, may in fact be covertly targeted by France and other NATO members. It is a situation, which would leave the government of President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz in an extremely difficult and volatile situation with regard to considerations about national security.

Dr. Oumar Mariko. Presidential Candidate SADI, Mali

Dr. Oumar Mariko. Presidential Candidate SADI, Mali

According to well-informed, professional Africa experts, and persons close to the Presidential Candidate of Mali´s SADI Party, Dr. Oumar Mariko, the conflict between purported Al-Qaeda and Malian as well as French and other troops, is a situation that has been carefully planned and prepared, and which is being executed in an attempt to assure the continued French dominance over the regions national economies, the domestic and foreign policy of the regions countries, and the regions resources.

To fully comprehend the implications of the crisis in Mali and the presence of French and other NATO troops in Mauritania for Mauritania´s national security, it is necessary to fully understand the evolution and dynamics of the conflict in Mali. The situation is by far more complicated than one is led to assume when reading French newspapers.

Amadou Toumani Touré, Photo: nsnbc files

Amadou Toumani Touré, Photo: nsnbc files

The events which lead up to the military coup against the former Malian President Ammandou Touré were, that it had transpired, that Touré and associates from the ADEMA Party, where about to sell the northern part of Mali, that is, concessions for the exploitation of the regions resources, and in particular the rich, still untapped resources, to French interests. To secure the region militarily, President Touré, began cooperating with extremists of the region, including insurgents with ties to Al Qaeda.(2

Dioncounda Traoré, Photo, nsnbc files

Dioncounda Traoré, Photo, nsnbc files

It is necessary to be explicit about the fact, that both the ousted Malian President Ammandou Touré and the current interim President Dioncounda Taoré, which both are backed by France, are close personal friends as well as party associates of the Malian Al-Qaeda leader Ihyad Ag Ghali, who also entertains close ties to the French government. The Al-Qaeda campaign in northern Mali was in other words, planned and executed by members of the ADEMA party, the FDR coalition. Initially it was an attempt to sell off the north of Mali, and after the military coup, the campaign is being waged to reverse the results of the coup. What finally “triggered” the military coup under the command of colonel Sanogo, was the murder on a Malian military officer.

Amadou Sanogo. Photo, MaliWeb.Net

Amadou Sanogo. Photo, MaliWeb.Net

The officer had arrested an Al-Qaeda commander and taken possession of his telephone, when President Ammandou Touré called from his satellite phone, to give explicit orders to the Al-Qaeda commander to attack certain Malian military units. After the officer made the President aware of, whom he was talking to, and after the officer rejected attempts to bribe him by promotions and money, the officer was murdered in cold blood, by driving a 4×4 over his chest, and other officers who had witnessed the phone call were shot. It is this event that eventually triggered the coup by Mali´s military commander Sanogo.

By now it is also a well established fact, that France and interim President Dioncounda Traoré have signed agreements with the Touareq to invade northern Mali, promising the Touareq regional autonomy. It was the sudden influx of Touareq fighters in the north, that enabled the Al-Qaeda troops under Ag Ghali to attain control over much of the region.

Admiral James G. Stavridis. Libya a teachable moment and model for future interventions

Admiral James G. Stavridis. Libya a teachable moment and model for future interventions

After the 25th NATO Summit in Chicago in 2012, where top NATO leaders including, Ivo H. Daalder and James G. Stavridis called NATO´s war in Libya, procured under UNSC Resolution 1973(2011)  “A Teachable Moment and Model For Future Interventions”, that NATO has made “Discount Warfare” part of its official military doctrine. (3

Other examples for NATO´s procurement of Al-Qaeda to manufacture an invasion, occupation or regime change are, the use of former Guantanamo inmate and commander of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, Abdelhakim Belhadj. (4

Abdelhakim Belhadj, From Al-Qaeda Commander to NATO Ally and Tripoli Military Governor

Abdelhakim Belhadj, From Al-Qaeda Commander to NATO Ally and Tripoli Military Governor

Abdelhakim Belhadj was, according to the former Spanish Prime Minister José Aznar, the mastermind behind the 2004 Madrid Train Bombings that killed numerous Spanish citizens, and secured that the Spanish Parliament would approve the continued deployment of Spanish NATO troops to Afghanistan.

In 2011, NATO cooperated with Abdelhakim Belhadj and the LIFG, to oust and murder the former head of state of Libya, Muammar Ghadafi. Abdelhakim Belhadj has since been installed as the Military Governor of Tripoli. In 2012, the Military Governor of Tripoli, Abdelhakim Belhadj, led 20,000 Al-Qaeda mercenaries, which had been transported to the city of Al-Mafriq, at the Jordanian – Syrian border in a massive assault against Syria under the guise of “Free Syrian Army”. (5

Mauritania - Mali MapMauritania is rich enough in natural resources for the IMF to report in 2011, that Mauritania recovered “vigorously” from the global economic crisis. (6  Since 2006 Mauritania began producing oil, it has still untapped gold, diamond and other reserves of valuable minerals, and moreover, it has access to the Atlantic Ocean, which Mali does not have. A look at the topography of Mali and Mauritania and maps over the rich resources of both countries, the dynamics caused by the presence of Al-Qaeda and Touareq forces in the region and the documented cooperation of both with France, is leaving Mauritania vulnerable to a potentially much greater threat against its security, independence and national integrity, than a purported “terrorism threat”.

The question how Mauritania´s President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz will walk the tightrope between dealing with genuine terrorism, mercenary forces under the guise of terrorism, and the presence of allies who are known to procure both of them as either friend or foe is decisive for the future, security, integrity and independence of both Mali and Mauritania. An appropriate name for the 19 nations military exercise in Mauritania would be “Operation Trojan Horse“.

Christof Lehmann – 19.02.2013

Related  article: EU Stability Fund releases 20 Million to Mali for Joint European-African Economic Suicide

Notes:

1) Mauritania expands security amidst Mali fallout fears 

2)Mali(gn) French and NATO Pivot in North-West Africa threatens Regional Stability.

3)NATO`s 25th Summit in Chicago in Preparation of Global Full Spectrum Dominance, Interventionism, Possible Preparations for A Regional War Directed against Russia and China, and Developments in Global Security.

4)Abdelhakim Belhadj The Mask Behind The Many Men

5) Palestinian Intelligence Source: Saudi Arabia ships Weapons to NATO-led Insurgents in Jordan and Syria.

6) IMF Islamic Republic of Mauritania – Program Note

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nsnbc – from blog to daily newspaper next week. A letter from Christof Lehmann to nsnbc readers.

nsnbc daily independentDear nsnbc readers.

Maybe already tomorrow, 25 February, but certainly within one of the next days, you will see a new nsnbc with a lot more, independent, international news, opinion and analysis, covering more subjects and more regions and countries. Maybe this is the last time that you see the “good old nsnbc blog”, so let me say a few words before I see you on the other side at the new nsnbc ínternational. 

christof-lehmann-20112When I started nsnbc as a blog in 2011, it was because I wanted to have a repository for my own articles about Libya and Syria, and the aggressions which mainstream media sold under The Arab Spring, R2P and other apparent justifications for wars of conquest and re-colonization.

I was surprised to see, how many people there were, who began reading nsnbc and I am ever grateful for every single reader who supported the project from the start. Within one month, there were a few thousand readers per day. A lot of other independent writers and journalists, whistle-blowers, activists and other began contributing. It inspired me to carry on and slowly, I became aware of, that a new, independent, international media was urgently needed for really making an impact on the public discourse without compromising quality.

I started nsnbc under the motto “breaking the embargo on truth”, knowing that neither I nor anyone else has a patent on truth. What is meant, is the embargo on information, which  covers those news, analysis and opinions, which are disquieting for those who are waging a war against the 99 %. I presume, that includes you. (if not, please donate).

One of my primary reasons for turning nsnbc into a newspaper was the realization, that even 10,000 bloggers, who have 10,000 readers per day, hardly reach enough people to make a real impact on the mainstream media dictated discourse. It was the realization, that we are stronger when we are united. The new nsnbc invites independent journalists from literally every country to contribute. The goal is to reach critical mass, internationally first, regionally next, and in every country where it is possible as soon as possible. To create a basis for change, we need to reach out to the masses, everywhere without compromising on quality.

Tomorrow – you will see nsnbc in a new format, with more features on a more professional media platform, as “Your Daily Independent” to help secure “Your Daily Independence”.

There will not only be more content. There will be more features that invite you to get involved. We are looking for contributors from all continents and all countries and invite you to suggest new journalists and contributors. We invite you to contact us directly with breaking news.

You will be able to comment on hot topics and take part in much needed dialog. During the first couple of weeks, we will steadily add more features,  such as a video channel, and special subscribers features.

For only pennies per day you will be able to become an nsnbc insider, and be able to discuss special content with other nsnbc insiders or get access to the section with important articles. We are also building a vault with important documents, many of them have preciously been, and some still are classified.

Primarily however, we want to deliver a solid, daily, independent, international on-line newspaper that offers all the features a mainstream newspaper offers – with the one big difference, that nsnbc is and always will be independent, sharp as a knife, and more courageous than a lion in the face of injustice, war-mongering, the bailing-out of banksters, state-sponsored terrorism, and a thousand other issues we address.

Now the time has come to get really serious about “breaking the embargo on truth” with nsnbc ìnternational . As founder and editor, I invite you to become part of the project.

To all of you who have been with nsnbc from the start, to all of you who came along later, and also to you who reads nsnbc for the first time today, I say

Thank you for taking the time to informing yourselves and for reading nsnbc. See you on the other side tomorrow“.

Christof Lehmann

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Equatorial-Guinea President Obiang Mbasogo at third ASA Summit. An indirect Challenge to French Modo-Colonialism

President Obiang Mbasogo. Photo, der. Agencia Brazil

President Obiang Mbasogo. Photo, der. Agencia Brazil

Christof Lehmann (nsnbc) On Friday 22 February 2013, the President of Equatorial Guinea, Theodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, called on African and South American Countries (ASA) to adopt strategies for increased co-operation between Africa and Latin America, in a globalized world, in which there is a confrontation of interests.  Venezuela´s President Hugo Chavez, wrote a letter, which was read by Venezuela´s Foreign Minister Elias Raua, in which Chavez  called for greater cooperation between the two continents nations. Obiang Mbasogo indirectly challenges French modo-colonialism in Central Africa.

At the opening of the third Summits of Heads of State and Government of Africa and South America (ASA), President Obiang Mbasogo said:

The history of our continents, largely explored by other countries, and the current economic framework, force us to adopt initiatives and strategies of co-operation for development, which enable our countries to emerge with full independence, liberty and self-sufficiency, in order to coexist in this globalized world with confrontation of interests

Foreign Minister Elias Raua, Photo, premier.gov.ru

Foreign Minister Elias Raua, Photo, premier.gov.ru

The Equatorial-Guinean President emphasized, that ASA member states should focus on co-operation and multi-lateralism, peace, security, democracy, good governance, human rights, economy, trade, banking, social affairs, sports, science and technology,  development of infrastructure, the fight against poverty and hunger, energy, minerals, industrialization, education, culture and preservation of the environment.

The ASA has since 2006, been working at clearly defining principles and objectives for the multi-lateral co-operation, aiming at empowering the  individual member states to increased self-sufficiency based on multilateral relations. Especially the national economies of many of the Central African nations and the former French colonies, including Equatorial Guinea, are in spite of the countries apparent independence, still under absolute French control.

President Obiang Mbasogo  also addressed, that the absence of the Caribbean and Central American nations in the ASA was neither economically nor politically justifiable.

Brasilian President Dilma Rousself stressed the importance of South American and African nations economic growth, and stated that the trade between Brazil alone and African countries had grown from USD 5 billion in 2002, to 26.5 billion in 2012.

The words of President Obiang Mbasogo are an indirect, but much needed challenge to the usurpation of the 15 former French-African Colonies, who have their currency, the F-CFA created by France, its value and parities regulated by France, who have to deposit 65 % of all foreign currency reserves in France, with France earning the interest, who have to deposit their gold reserves in France, and whose three regional central banks are controlled by French commissars with veto right.

A 2012 article by Christof Lehmann addresses the system, which some Africans call French Finance Naziism, and with good reason. No press statements directly addressed the role of France in Africa and the problem which the French dominance over the Central African economies poses to the region. It is however likely, that member states of the ASA closely monitor the French Africa policy, and that increased cooperation could create a viable and needed alternative to a policy of usurpation and of a  Coup d´Etat, each time a Central African government attempts to attain full independence and sovereignty.

Related articles:

Venezuela’s Chavez to Africa – South America Summit: We Must Unite

French Africa Policy Damages African and European Economies. Bleeding Africa and Feeding France. The Face of French Modo-Colonialism. – – Christof Lehmann (2012).

Neo-Colonialism, Subversion in Africa and Global Conflict – Christof Lehmann (2011)

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Palestinian Detainee Arafat Jaradat Dies In Israeli Prison

Arafat Jaradat died in an Israeli prison on 23 February 2013

Arafat Jaradat died in an Israeli prison on 23 February 2013

Saed Bannoura (IMEMC) Saturday February 23, 2013; Palestinian Ministry of Detainees, Issa Qaraqe’, stated that a Palestinian detainee held under interrogation at an Israeli detention and interrogation facility, died Saturday after being tortured and subjected to harsh conditions.

The detainee has been identified as, Arafat Shahin Jaradat, 33, from Sa’ir town, near Hebron city in the southern part of the occupied West Bank.

Qaraqe’ stated that a lawyer working for the Ministry Of Detainees visited Jaradat two days ago, and Jaradat complained that he was subject to torture and very harsh detention conditions leading to several health complications.

Jaradat was then moved to the Majiddo Israeli prison where he was interrogated again and subject to the same torture and abuse. Some Israeli sources claimed that the detainee suffered a heart attack and died instantly.

Qaraqe’ held Israel responsible for the death of Jaradat, and called on human rights groups to intervene and act on revealing all incidents that led to Jaradat’s death.

Jaradat was taken prison a week ago, and was subject to harsh interrogation and torture since then, the Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) reported.

Jaradat is married and a father of two children. Palestinian detainees held by Israel sad that they will hold a hunger strike Sunday in protest to the death of Jaradat and the ongoing Israeli violations against the detainees.

On January 21, the PPS reported that a former Palestinian political prisoner from Hebron, died at a hospital in Jerusalem after falling into a coma 50 days ago due to a serious health condition resulting from his imprisonment by Israel, and the lack of medical treated while in prison.

The PPS said that Ashraf Abu Thra’, 27, from Beit Awwa village, west of the southern West Bank city of Jenin, was hospitalized at the Augusta Victoria hospital in Jerusalem where he fell into a 50-day coma until his death.

79 detainees have died in prison since the beginning of the Al-Aqsa Intifada (In late September 2000) due to torture, medical neglect, excessive use of force by the soldiers and interrogators, in addition to several detainees who were executed by the arresting officers, former Political Prisoner, Palestinian Researcher, former political prisoner, Abdul-Nasser Farawna said.

More than 202 detainees died or were killed in Israeli prisons since 1967; dozens of detainees also died after they were released due to diseases they encountered in prison or due to complications resulting from extreme torture and bad conditions in prisons.

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Deutsche Bank Alex Brown and 9/11 Insider Trading – A Final Word from Lars Schall

Deutsche Bank, 11 September 2001 New york, Photo: FEMA, Michael Rieger

Deutsche Bank, 11 September 2001 New york, Photo: FEMA, Michael Rieger

I had the feeling that there was one final thing left for me to do regarding my research of informed trading activities in connection to the terror attacks of September 11, 2001 in order to close that chapter of my journalistic work once and for all. And so I went back to the 9/11 stories involving Deutsche Bank Alex Brown. I considered it a journalistic obligation to exercise diligence. – By Lars Schall

The following article was originally published at the Foreign Policy Journal here.

Re: Deutsche Bank Alex Brown and 9/11 Insider Trading

I had the feeling that there was one final thing left for me to do regarding my research of informed trading activities in connection to the terror attacks of September 11, 2001 in order to close that chapter of my journalistic work once and for all. And so I went back to the 9/11 stories involving Deutsche Bank Alex Brown. I considered it a journalistic obligation to exercise diligence.

With regard to the research that I’ve done on the topic of “9/11 Insider Trading” there was one thing that I hadn’t gone after sufficiently enough: so far I had not asked the Deutsche Bank for a statement on two particular issues. I also noticed that no one else had asked the Deutsche Bank for it – at least I could not find anything that suggested otherwise.

What those two issues were should become evident if I just cite some various e-mails. Moreover, they will give you all relevant links/sources to follow up on the whole story if you want to. I am aware that the format is a bit unusual and a bit hard to follow, but I am confident that you will understand it in the end.

On December 31, 2012, I wrote this e-mail to the press department at the headquarters of Deutsche Bank in Frankfurt, Germany (db.presse@db.com), which included two relevant excerpts from my research.

Media Request re Deutsche Bank – Alex Brown – 9/11 Informed Trading

Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,

My name is Lars Schall, I am a freelance journalist for finance. Earlier this year I’ve published an article at Asia Times Online, the biggest English news website in Asia, on the topic of alleged informed trading activities prior to the terror attacks of September 11, 2001:

http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Global_Economy/NC21Dj05.html.

In this article I’ve mentioned that something strange occurred related to Deutsche Bank’s computer systems in New York City.* The source for this, the investigative journalist Michael C. Ruppert, repeated this story again on record in this video of mine:

http://www.foreignpolicyjournal.com/2012/04/09/terror-trading-911/.

Since I have never seen that the Deutsche Bank was officially asked about this, I would like to ask you for a comment on this specific story.

I would also like to ask for a comment from you on the fact that Alex Brown, a subsidiary of Deutsche Bank, traded massive put options purchases on United Airlines Company UAL through the Chicago Board Option Exchange (CBOE).**

Kind regards,

Lars Schall.

* Excerpt:

But let’s get back to the subject of destruction. On September 11, not only human life, aircraft and buildings were destroyed in New York City, but also data on computers and in archives. For example, several federal agencies occupied space in Building 7 of the World Trade Center, including the Securities and Exchange Commission on floors 11 to 13.

Those and other data could have given information about the alleged 9/11 insider trading (though it seems to be very unlikely that no backup existed elsewhere independent of the local computer systems). In fact, some technology companies were commissioned to recover damaged hard disks, which had been recovered from the debris and dust of Ground Zero.

One of these companies was the English company group Convar, more precisely: their data rescue center in the German city Pirmasens. Erik Kirschbaum from the news agency Reuters reported in December 2001 that Convar had at that time successfully restored information from 32 computers, supporting “suspicions that some of the 911 transactions were illegal”.

‘The suspicion is that inside information about the attack was used to send financial transaction commands and authorizations in the belief that amid all the chaos the criminals would have, at the very least, a good head start,’ says Convar director Peter Henschel.” [36] Convar received the costly orders – according to Kirschbaum´s report the companies had to pay between $20,000 and $30,000 per rescued computer – in particular from credit card companies, because: “There was a sharp rise in credit card transactions moving through some computer systems at the WTC shortly before the planes hit the twin towers. This could be a criminal enterprise – in which case, did they get advance warning? Or was it only a coincidence that more than $100 million was rushed through the computers as the disaster unfolded?” [37]

The companies for which Convar was active cooperated with the FBI. If the data were reconstructed they should have been passed on to the FBI, and the FBI, according to its statutory mandate, should have initiated further investigation based on the data to find out who carried out these transactions. Henschel was optimistic at the time that the sources for the transactions would come to light.

Richard Wagner, a Convar employee, told Kirschbaum that “illegal transfers of more than $100 million might have been made immediately before and during the disaster. ‘There is a suspicion that some people had advance knowledge of the approximate time of the plane crashes in order to move out amounts exceeding $100 million,’ he says. ‘They thought that the records of their transactions could not be traced after the main frames were destroyed’.” [38]

Wagner’s observation that there had been “illegal financial transactions shortly before and during the WTC disaster” matches an observation which Ruppert describes in Crossing the Rubicon. Ruppert was contacted by an employee of Deutsche Bank, who survived the WTC disaster by leaving the scene when the second aircraft had hit its target. According to the employee, about five minutes before the attack the entire Deutsche Bank computer system had been taken over by something external that no one in the office recognized and every file was downloaded at lightning speed to an unknown location. The employee, afraid for his life, lost many of his friends on September 11, and he was well aware of the role which the Deutsche Bank subsidiary Alex Brown had played in insider trading. [39]

** I specifically asked financial journalist Max Keiser, who for years had worked on Wall Street as a stock and options trader, about the put option trades. Keiser pointed out in this context that he “had spoken with many brokers in the towers of the World Trade Center around that time. I heard firsthand about the airline put trade from brokers at Cantor Fitzgerald days before.” He then talked with me about an explosive issue, on which Ruppert elaborated in detail in Crossing the Rubicon.

Max Keiser: There are many aspects concerning these option purchases that have not been disclosed yet. I also worked at Alex Brown & Sons (ABS). Deutsche Bank bought Alex Brown & Sons in 1999. When the attacks occurred, ABS was owned by Deutsche Bank. An important person at ABS was Buzzy Krongard. I have met him several times at the offices in Baltimore. Krongard had transferred to become executive director at the CIA. The option purchases, in which ABS was involved, occurred in the offices of ABS in Baltimore. The noise which occurred between Baltimore, New York City and Langley was interesting, as you can imagine, to say the least.

Under consideration here is the fact that Alex Brown, a subsidiary of Deutsche Bank (where many of the alleged 9/11 hijackers handled their banking transactions – for example Mohammed Atta) traded massive put options purchases on United Airlines Company UAL through the Chicago Board Option Exchange (CBOE) – “to the embarrassment of investigators”, as British newspaper The Independent reported. [7]

On September 12, the chairman of the board of Deutsche Bank Alex Brown, Mayo A Shattuck III, suddenly and quietly renounced his post, although he still had a three-year contract with an annual salary of several million US dollars. One could perceive that as somehow strange.

A few weeks later, the press spokesperson of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) at that time, Tom Crispell, declined all comments, when he was contacted for a report for Ruppert’s website From the Wilderness, and had being asked “whether the Treasury Department or FBI [Federal Bureau of Investigation] had questioned CIA executive director and former Deutsche Bank-Alex Brown CEO [chief executive officer], A B ‘Buzzy’ Krongard, about CIA monitoring of financial markets using PROMIS and his former position as overseer of Brown’s ‘private client’ relations.” [8]

Just before he was recruited personally by former CIA chief George Tenet for the CIA, Krongard supervised mainly private client banking at Alex Brown. [9]

In any case, after 9/11 on the first trading day, when the US stock markets were open again, the stock price of UAL declined by 43%. (The four aircraft hijacked on September 11 were American Airlines Flight 11, American Airlines Flight 77 and UAL flights 175 and 93.)

Nothing happened afterwards. So on February 6, 2013 I wrote again to the press department of Deutsche Bank in Frankfurt:

Media Request re Deutsche Bank – Alex Brown – 9/11 Informed Trading

Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,

May I remind you that I’m still waiting for an official statement with regards to my questions that I did forward to you on December 31, 2012?

On this occasion I would also like to ask you why then-chairman of the board of Deutsche Bank Alex Brown, Mayo A Shattuck III, actually renounced his post on September 12, 2001? So far I was not able to find an official explanation/statement related to it. However, given the circumstances, the whole thing looks a bit fishy, wouldn’t you agree?

Thank you for your attention!

Best regards,

Lars Schall.

A few hours later I received a response from Deutsche Bank in New York City, namely, from Duncan King, the Director of Press and Media Relation of Deutsche Bank in the Americas.

Having read Mr. King’s response, I contacted immediately the newspaper The Independent in the UK (newseditor@independent.co.uk) with this e-mail in order to get in touch with Chis Blackhurst, the Editor of The Independent. Moreover, I copied the e-mail to Mr. King.

Media Request for Mr. Chris Blackhurst

Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,

Could you forward the following message to Mr. Chris Blackhurst, please?

Thank you!

Dear Mr. Blackhurst,

Solomon Brothers Building (Building 7) on 11 September 2001, housed the Securities and Exchange Commission. Photo, NY District Attorney. Anonymous Photographer.

Solomon Brothers Building (Building 7) on 11 September 2001, housed the Securities and Exchange Commission. Photo, NY District Attorney. Anonymous Photographer.

My name is Lars Schall, I am a journalist for finance from Germany. I have one question:

On which sources have you actually based your report for The Independent back in October of 2001, “Mystery of terror ‘insider dealers’”, when you wrote:

“To the embarrassment of investigators, it has also emerged that the firm used to buy many of the ‘put’ options … on United Airlines stock” was Deutsche Bank Alex Brown?

I know a long time has passed since then but I came across two serious scientific papers that suggest that informed trading on UAL via put options took place indeed:

-    Allen M. Poteshman: “Unusual Option Market Activity and the Terrorist Attacks of September 11, 2001”, published in The Journal of Business, University of Chicago Press, 2006, Vol. 79, Edition 4, page 1703-1726.

-    Marc Chesney, Remo Crameri and Loriano Mancini: “Detecting Informed Trading Activities in the Option Markets”, University of Zurich, April 2010.

However, when I asked the press department of Deutsche Bank, inter alia, for a comment on this – that Alex Brown traded massive put options purchases on United Airlines Company UAL through the Chicago Board Option Exchange (CBOE) – I was given this statement today:

Lars-

Here is the statement for your piece.  Thank you for being in touch.

“We wouldn’t comment on this type of speculation.”

Best,

Duncan

https://brandportal.intranet.db.com/img/modules/logo.gif

Duncan King

Director | Press and Media Relations, Americas

Deutsche Bank AG, Filiale New York

60 Wall Street, 10005-2836 New York, NY, USA

Thus, I am interested if the story related to Alex Brown and the put options on UAL that you have reported on was/is just “speculation,” as far as you were/are concerned.

For more information related to the scientific papers that I have mentioned:

http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Global_Economy/NC21Dj05.html

and:

http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Global_Economy/ND27Dj02.html

Thank you very much for your attention!

Best regards,

Lars Schall.

Up to this moment of publication, Mr. Blackhurst / The Independent has not responded.

Moreover, I wrote on the same day (February 6) to Mike Ruppert, the author of the book Crossing the Rubicon:

Re Deutsche Bank’s computer systems on 9/11 // Alex Brown

Hi Mike,

Building 7, Collapsed with free-fall acceleration. Photo, 9/11 Research

Building 7, Collapsed with free-fall acceleration. Photo, 9/11 Research

Could you do me a favour, please? Could you get in touch for me with this former employee of Deutsche Bank?

Ruppert was contacted by an employee of Deutsche Bank, who survived the WTC disaster by leaving the scene when the second aircraft had hit its target. According to the employee, about five minutes before the attack the entire Deutsche Bank computer system had been taken over by something external that no one in the office recognized and every file was downloaded at lightning speed to an unknown location. The employee, afraid for his life, lost many of his friends on September 11, and he was well aware of the role which the Deutsche Bank subsidiary Alex Brown had played in insider trading.

I am sorry that I have to ask you for this, but here follows the reason why…

Best,

Lars.

Then I showed him the e-mail that went to The Independent, including the response from Mr. King.

Mike Ruppert wrote back (and I am allowed to quote him):

Not possible. I got the statement only on the condition that I never identify the source.

Are you trying to get them killed? I will never disclose the source. I cannot. I gave my word. I will not put someone’s life in danger.

I told Mr. Ruppert:

I think that this is an answer that everyone can understand who knows about the rules of high-stake investigative journalism.

He then asked me to add:

All told there have been at least ten confirmed homicides in connection with PROMIS/Ptech software.

Next I wrote an e-mail to Max Keiser:

Hi Max,

Is it possible to back this up a bit in order to counter the word “speculation” (see below)?

Deutsche Bank Headquarters, Frankfurt, Germany, Photo, Thomas Wolf, www.foto-tw.de

Deutsche Bank Headquarters, Frankfurt, Germany, Photo, Thomas Wolf, http://www.foto-tw.de

I specifically asked financial journalist Max Keiser, who for years had worked on Wall Street as a stock and options trader, about the put option trades. Keiser pointed out in this context that he “had spoken with many brokers in the towers of the World Trade Center around that time. I heard firsthand about the airline put trade from brokers at Cantor Fitzgerald days before.” He then talked with me about an explosive issue, on which Ruppert elaborated in detail in Crossing the Rubicon.

Max Keiser: There are many aspects concerning these option purchases that have not been disclosed yet. I also worked at Alex Brown & Sons (ABS). Deutsche Bank bought Alex Brown & Sons in 1999. When the attacks occurred, ABS was owned by Deutsche Bank. An important person at ABS was Buzzy Krongard. I have met him several times at the offices in Baltimore. Krongard had transferred to become executive director at the CIA. The option purchases, in which ABS was involved, occurred in the offices of ABS in Baltimore. The noise which occurred between Baltimore, New York City and Langley was interesting, as you can imagine, to say the least.

Under consideration here is the fact that Alex Brown, a subsidiary of Deutsche Bank (where many of the alleged 9/11 hijackers handled their banking transactions – for example Mohammed Atta) traded massive put options purchases on United Airlines Company UAL through the Chicago Board Option Exchange (CBOE) – “to the embarrassment of investigators”, as British newspaper The Independent reported. [7]

Please take a look at this…

Best,

Lars.

Then I showed him also the e-mail that went to The Independent including the response from Mr. King.

Up to this moment of publication, Max Keiser has not responded.

In addition to all of this, I also contacted on February 6, 2013, Paul Elsberg, a press person of Exelon Corporation, a company where Majo A Shattuck III serves currently as Executive Chairman. That e-mail contained both e-mails that I had written to the press department of Deutsche Bank in Frankfurt.

Media Request for Mayo A Shattuck III

Dear Mr. Elsberg,

Would you be so kind to forward the following media request to Mr. Mayo A Shattuck III, please?

Thank you!

Dear Mr. Shattuck,

As a financial journalist from Germany I am interested in the alleged 9/11 insider trading. As you know, there is an aspect to it that involves Deutsche Bank Alex Brown / put option purchases on United Airlines Company UAL through the Chicago Board Option Exchange (CBOE) / and the fact that you renounced your post as chairman of the board of Deutsche Bank Alex Brown on September 12, 2001.

As you can see below based on the request that I did just forward to the press department of Deutsche Bank, so far I wasn’t able to find an official statement related to your demission of job.

Therefore, may I ask you for such an explanation, please?

Thank you very much!

Up to this moment of publication, there has been no response to my request from Mr. Elsberg, nor Mr. Shattuck.

So, unfortunately, I am not able to provide any further information; instead it was rather futile to go back to this story. Or, like Bertold Brecht wrote at the end of his play, “The Good Person of Szechwan”:

“We feel deflated too. We too are nettled / To see the curtain down and nothing settled.”

And that is that.

Lars Schall is a freelance finance journalist, frequent contributor to international TV programs, and his articles are widely published in international media, including AsiaTimesOnline. Lars Schall is a frequent contributor to nsnbc. Lars Schall entertains his own website, LarsSchall.Com.

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Lavrov: US Veto of UNSC Resolution to Condemn Damascus Blasts Indicates Double Standards

Lavrov 16.082012Christof Lehmann (nsnbc) – After talks with his Chinese counterpart Yang Jiechim the Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sergei Lavrov, stated, that the US veto of a resolution to condemn Thursday´s terrorist attacks in Damascus at, the UN Seceurity Councel, stresses US double standards when dealing with terrorism.

In statements to the press, Lavrov voiced the Russian governments frustration over the fact that the UNSC standards, that all nations, without exclusion, would condemn terrorism, regardless of the perpetrator, place or motives, was no longer upheld. Lavrov stated, “Russia sees in the American position the use of double standards and a dangerous approach in terms of the Americans moving away from the main principle of condemning terrorism in all its forms”.

Lavrov called on all parties to be guided by the Geneva Statement from 30 June 2012, and stressed, that Russia and China call for respecting provisions of the Charter of the UN to prevent military intervention and the use of force as a means to solve the crisis in Syria, as well as with regard to Iran and Afghanistan.

China´s Minister of Foreign Affairs Yang Jiechim stated, that China condemns the terrorist attacks without any reservations, and Beijing supports an unbiased approach toward the crisis in Syria.

Foreign Minister Lavrov´s condemnation of the US veto underlines a previous statement, in which he explicitly held the USA accountable for acts of terrorism in Syria, because even if the USA officially proclaims that it no longer will support armed insurgents, it still fails to use the influence it has over its allies, including Qatar and Saudi Arabia, who do support the armed insurgency.

International lawyers and analysts are warning of a rapid deterioration of international law at its very foundation since the onset of the war on terror in 2001. In a 2012 article by Black, Fetzer, Mezyaev and Lehmann, the authors warn about the gravest possible consequences this explosion of international law at its foundations has for international, national and individual security.

The Russian and Chinese unequivocal condemnation of the terrorist attacks and the US-American veto could however, signal that this abuse of international law and international institutions by the USA and NATO is increasingly met by a more assertive Russian and Chinese opposition.

CL/nsnbc

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Sanctions Show US Foreign Policy Hypocrisy – Interview with American author E. Michael Jones

E-Michael-Jones-KouroshKourosh ZiabariMuch can be said about the enormous amount of sanctions imposed on Iran by the United States and its European allies. Apparently, the purpose of the sanctions is to frustrate the Iranian people and turn them against their own government, but it seems that this objective is not going to be realized, as it failed with regards to Cuba when the United States began to impose sanctions on the Latin American country in 1960.

It cannot be denied that the sanctions are harming Iran’s economy at the detriment of the ordinary people who should buy foreign goods at increasingly unstable and unusual prices, but at the same time, the sanctions are igniting anti-American sentiments among the Iranian citizens who blame the West for the hardships and difficulties they’re experiencing.

In order to study more about the impact of sanctions on Iran’s economy, foreign policy and the future of Iran-West relations, Iran Review has started a new series of interviews with prominent political scientists, authors, thinkers, academicians and intellectuals to discuss with them some questions regarding the different aspects of the sanctions. We have previously interviewed prominent peace activist Kenneth O’Keefe and former U.S Senator Mike Gravel. Today, our interviewee is Dr. E. Michael Jones.

E. Michael Jones is an author, political commentator, foreign university professor and the editor of Culture Wars magazine. His latest book “Ballet Parking: Performing The Nutcracker as a Counter-Revolutionary Act” was published in 2009 by the Fidelity Press. Jones is a vocal critic of Zionism and has been attacked by pro-Zionism organizations such as the Anti-Defamation League for his criticisms of the Israel. What follows is the text of Iran Review’s interview with Dr. E. Michael Jones.

Q: Why do you think the sanctions imposed on Iran by the United States and EU have diverted from nuclear disarmament and are targeting the ordinary citizens and their daily life? The sanctions are now making it difficult for the Iranian people to get access to food, medicine and other basic goods. Why is that so?

A: I think the whole issue of nuclear weapons is a pretext. I think the real issue is the revolution of 1979; first of all, the humiliation that the United States suffered because of the hostage crisis and its inability to do anything as their attempts to rescue the hostages failed is a contributing factor, and secondly because Iran has revolted against the New World Order, we see the hostilities. So, I think that’s the main reason for the sanctions. I think also there’s a political element to it in that the Israeli lobby has kept pushing for an attack on Iran, but the U.S. military did not want to do the attack and so this came out as a sort of compromise between those two options so as to placate the both sides, and that’s why we have the sanctions.

Q: Is the United States morally and legally entitled to the right to pressure the other nations to impose sanctions and put embargo on Iran and cut their trade with Iran?

A: No, they are not entitled to this right. It’s a violation of international law. The purpose of the sanctions is to cause a regime change, to cause unrest among the local population so that they rise up and overthrow the government and put in power someone who is more compatible with what the Americans want. It’s unconscionable and unjust, but the government of the United States does not really represent the will of the people. It represents the will of the powerful interests and the overwhelming majority of the people really don’t want them.

Q: Along with the expansion of the sanctions, the resistance of the Iranian nation has also increased. Why haven’t the sanctions had the effect which the West desires, whether in the political or the social level?

A: Because the majority of people in Iran support the current regime. They understand that the sanctions serve political purposes and are unjust so the sanctions aren’t going to work.

Q: It seems that Israel, through issuing frequent war threats against Iran, is after goading the United States and EU to intensify the sanctions against Iran. How much accurate is this analysis?

A: I think it’s an accurate analysis. Israelis prefer a military attack, but that’s not going to happen. The Obama administration told the Netanyahu that it will not be going to attack Iran. Netanyahu campaigned against Obama, even though that’s repugnant to most of people in the country, and he lost and so the options are being taken off the table. The Congress is dominated by the Israeli lobby, and the most certain way of placating the Israeli lobby is to do something.

Q: Iran says that the sanctions have led to some economic reforms which couldn’t be realized under normal circumstances. From what aspects are the sanctions going to turn into new opportunities for its economy?

A: Well, it will foster domestic production, and that’s why it’s good. The more you produce domestically, the more wealth everyone has in the economy. So that’s a good thing. We have the exact opposite situation in America where the domestic manufacturing is losing ground, and this invariably means the impoverishment of the American people. It will in a sense lower the cost of the Iranian goods, and raises the costs of the foreign goods, and domestic manufacturing will prosper, and it will have such positive effects.

Q: As you already mentioned, it seems that the final objective of the sanctions is to create social unrest and bring about regime change in Iran. Some Russian officials have also admitted this belief. What message do the sanctions impart? Diplomacy or conspiracy?

A: Yes, that’s true. The sanctions are aimed at turning the Iranian people against their own government. If someone tries to do that in America, it would be wrong and he would be demonized. It just shows the hypocrisy of the American foreign policy. Everybody is discussing it, but the trouble is to figure out how to stop it. That’s the problem. Because it’s all the power of money in the United States that is so entrenched, nobody knows how to break the hole on the political process. My message to the Iranian people is that you’re not going to make things better by overthrowing your government. Why would anyone follow the advice of Hilary Clinton? Look at what happened to Gaddafi; when he tried to compromise his people, she [Clinton] murdered them. So I think that’s why we are seeing this intransigence in Syria. Because they know they can’t surrender their people. Gaddafi tried to surrender and placate these people. Continue to resist. God will hear the cries of the poor, and He will prevail. Justice will prevail.

Via: Kourosh Ziabari

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Venezuela’s Chavez to Africa – South America Summit: We Must Unite

Foreign Minister Elias Raua, Photo, premier.gov.ru

Foreign Minister Elias Raua, Photo, premier.gov.ru

Ewan Robertson – Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez in an open letter has urged countries of the South American and African continents to unite into a “true pole of power”, while railing against recent Western interventions in Africa. The letter was read out yesterday by Venezuelan foreign minister Elias Jaua to the sixty-three countries at the III Africa – South America Summit (ASA), which is taking place in Equatorial Guinea.

In the letter, Chavez called for “an authentic and permanent link of joint work” between Africa and South America to search for strategies of sustainable development that could benefit both continents.

“It’s in our continents, where enough natural, political and historic resources are found…to save the planet from the chaos it’s been driven towards [by the capitalist system],” he argued.

The Venezuelan president further urged countries of the two continents “not to miss the opportunity…to unite the capacities of our nations into a true pole of power”.

He also wrote that while “in no way do we deny our sovereign relations with Western powers, we must remember that they are not the source of the comprehensive and definitive solution to the problems that our countries share”.

Venezuelan foreign policy during the Chavez presidency has held that greater cooperation between Africa and Latin America is important to the attainment of a “multipolar” world order, to counteract the dominance of the United States and its allies.

Venezuela has been a key nation promoting the ASA Summit initiative, hosting the II ASA Summit in 2009 and taking on the organisation’s secretariat. The first summit was held in Nigeria in 2006.

In his letter Chavez urged that the pace of integration between the two continents be picked up, and argued that priorities for cooperation should be energy, education, agriculture, finance and communications.

He also suggested that Venezuela’s proposals for integration projects be advanced, such as the University of the Peoples of the South, Petrosur, and the Bank of the South. Trade between the two regions has increased from US $7.2 billion in 2002 to $39.4 billion in 2011, Telesur reports.

Representatives of other South American countries also argued for the need to increase cooperation with Africa. Ecuador’s foreign minister, Ricardo Patiño said that sometimes it had been difficult for the two regions to reach agreements.

He said that this was because “we don’t know each other well, we don’t have experience of joint work…there’s so much we can offer each other, and not only in terms of commerce”. The minister argued that the historic lack of cooperation between the two continents was rooted in the legacy of colonialism by European powers.

Chavez claimed in his letter that modern-day intervention by Western powers had interrupted the path of joint work between Africa and South America set by the ASA summit in 2009.

Referring to Western interventions in Libya and Mali, among others, Chavez wrote, “It’s not by luck or chance…[that] since the Summit in Margarita (Venezuela) the African continent has been the victim of multiple interventions and attacks by Western powers”.

The Venezuelan president argued that one of the objectives of these interventions had been to put a brake on the consolidation of African unity, in turn slowing cooperation between Africa and South America.

As such, Chavez repeated Venezuela’s “total rejection of all interventionist activity by NATO” in Africa and around the world.

The summit continues, with president of Bolivia Evo Morales and summit host and president of Equatorial Guinea, Teodoro Obiang, making speeches today.

Health update

The Venezuelan government released another update on Chavez’s health yesterday as he is recovering from a cancer operation undergone last December.

The official statement informed that “[Chavez’s] respiratory insufficiency, emerging in the course of the post operatory phase, persists and its tendency has not been favourable, due to which it continues to be treated”.

“However, medical treatment for the base illness [cancer] continues, without presenting any significant adverse effects up to now,” the statement added.

Chavez returned to Venezuelan on Monday after spending over two months in Cuba recovering from his operation. He will continue to receive treatment at the Dr. Carlos Arvelo military hospital in Caracas.

Ewan Robertson – via venezuelanalysis.com

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