by Paul & Phillip D. Collins ©, June 28th, 2007
It is now official: the U.S Justice Department will be looking into BAE Systems to see if the UK defense firm violated any anti-corruption laws (“US to probe BAE over corruption,” no pagination). Of particular interest to the DOJ is BAE’s business relationship with a member of the Saudi Royal family, Prince Bandar bin Sultan (Sullivan, no pagination). Beginning in 1985, Prince Bandar brokered a series of arms deals totaling $80 billion between Britain and Saudi Arabia (no pagination). This series of arms deals came to be known as the Al-Yamamah (which is, ironically, Arabic for dove) (no pagination). Two billion dollars of that money ended up lining Bandar’s own pockets (no pagination). Suspicions surrounding the deal led to an investigation conducted by the Serious Fraud Office that might have turned up evidence of slush funds and bribes (no pagination). However, in December of 2006, the British Government dropped the investigation with Tony Blair claiming it would jeopardize the strategic relationship between Britain and Saudi Arabia (no pagination).
But the fraud investigation may have turned up a whole lot more about Prince Bandar. Is Prince Bandar merely a greedy Royal in search of profit and monetary gain? Evidence suggests an even darker side to the Saudi Prince beyond bribery and fraud. The darker side involves the financing of terrorists. In the case of Prince Bandar, the terrorists in question are none other than the infamous 9/11 hijackers. Of course, the 9/11 attacks are considered to be watershed moments in history not just for America, but for the whole world as well. It was an event that opened the door for US imperialism abroad and police state measures at home, all in the name of fighting terrorism. Therefore, it is hard for some to imagine that Prince Bandar, an individual who presents himself as pro-America to the public, would be involved in such a heinous act. However, before dismissing the claim, please consider Prince Bandar’s ties to the mysterious Saudi named Omar al-Bayoumi.