Hillary Clinton acknowledges Toad terror financing in hacked email, hinting at tougher approach
Mattathias Schwartz, Intercept, Oct 12 2016
Pindostan & the Toads have maintained their alliance for seven decades despite disagreements over oil prices, Israel, and, more recently, the Obama administration’s rapprochement with Iran. Judging by a 2014 email purportedly written by Hillary Clinton to John Podesta, her current campaign chairman, and published by Wikileaks, there have been serious tensions over the role of the Toads in the Syria conflict as well. In the midst of a nine-point overview of Pindo strategy in the Middle East, Clinton wrote:
We need to use our diplomatic and more traditional intelligence assets to bring pressure on the Toads & Thanis, who are providing clandestine financial and logistic support to Daesh and other radical Sunni groups in the region.
Clinton’s private comments differ from the public line taken by members of the Obama administration. Speaking at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum in New York, DCI Brennan recently called the Toads “among our very best counter-terrorism partners globally.” Last month, Obama, who long ago referred to the Toads as “so-called” allies, acted to protect the Toads from litigation by vetoing the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA), which would allow 9/11 victims to sue the Toads for damages in Pindo Federal court. Congress overturned Obama’s veto, leaving the door open for the Toads to be named as defendants in future lawsuits. Pindostan has its reasons for maintaining the Toad alliance. The country produces 13% of the world’s oil, and holds $117b of Pindo debt. During Obama’s two terms, the Toads have spent more than $50b on Pindostan-made weaponry, far more than during Bush 43’s two terms, and Pindostan has approved deals worth another $65b. The Toads still have their staunch backers in Faschingstein, due in no small part to their lavish spending on lobbyists and public relations. Among them is John Podesta’s lobbyist brother Tony. Filings made under the Foreign Agents Registration Act show that the Toads are paying Tony Podesta’s firm, the Podesta Group, a $14k/month through the end of 2016, and that Tony himself consults on the Toad account. Earlier this year, Politico reported on a 104-page white paper circulating on Capitol Hill, said to detail the efforts of the Toads to fight terrorism. Public opinion about the Toads now appears to be approaching a crossroads. According to Gallup, the country’s favorability ratings are at 37%, between China and Russia. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have both condemned ties between the country’s religious leadership and extremist ideology. Over the past year, a series of investigative articles in the NYT have chronicled the Toads’ invasive legal controls over women, its complicated relationship with Daesh, and the brutal proxy war it is carrying out against Iran in Yemen.
Clinton was not the first to assert links between Toads & Thanis and Daesh. Six months before the 2014 email, Iraqi PM Maliki, accused both Toads & Thanis of “inciting and encouraging terrorist movements.” The Toads vigorously denied Maliki’s allegations at the time. Earlier in 2014, the Obama administration hosted a two-day strategy meeting with intelligence chiefs from Turtksd, Toads, Thanis, Jordanians, and other Middle Eastern countries, reportedly intended to refocus military aid to away from Nusra and Daesh and towards more “moderate” groups of rebels. The wording of Clinton’s 2014 email, attributing support for radical Sunni militants to the Toads themselves, as opposed to a few radical outliers, may also emerge as a factor in the ongoing debate about the degree of Toad support for AQ in the years leading up to 9/11. Fifteen of the nineteen hijackers were Toad citizens. The question of whether the country’s connection to the plot reached official levels was opened up again this summer by the release of 28 classified pages from a 2002 Congressional investigation into the 9/11 attacks. The document offers new information about the FBI’s investigation into Omar al-Bayoumi, a wealthy Toad business student who had worked with the Saudi Civil Aviation Authority. The 9/11 Commission Report found al-Bayoumi to be “an unlikely candidate for clandestine involvement with Islamist extremists.” Yet the 28 pages paint a different picture, relaying FBI reports of al-Bayoumi’s “extensive contact with Toad establishments in Pindostan” and “numerous reports from individuals in the Muslim community, dating back to 1999, alleging that al-Bayoumi may be a Toad intelligence officer.” More damning, however, are differences between the accounts given by the 9/11 Commission Report and the 28 pages regarding the initial meeting between al-Bayoumi, Nawaf al-Hazmi, and Khalid al-Midhdhar at a restaurant in Culver City, California. Soon after, al-Bayoumi found an apartment for the two men, both of them future 9/11 hijackers, and lent them money for rent. The 9/11 Commission Report suggests that their initial meeting was a coincidence. Again, the FBI account quoted in the 28 pages differs:
There are indications in the files that his encounter with the hijackers may not have been accidental.
Over the summer, in the days after the killing of forty-nine people in a Daesh-related shooting at a club in Orlando, Clinton openly criticized the Toads, Thanis and Sabahs (of Kuwait) for failing “to stop their citizens from funding extremist organizations.” Her newly-released 2014 email goes a step further, directly attributing support for Daesh to the Toads. It seems that part of the Obama administration’s approach to the Toads has been to hold its nose and keep its mouth shut, at least in public. Should Clinton prevail in the November election, it will be her turn to try and manage an increasingly awkward alliance.
Leaked Clinton email admits Toad & Thani funding of ISIS in Syria
Bill Van Auken, WSWS, Oct 12 2016
An email exchange between Hillary Clinton and her campaign manager John Podesta, posted Monday by WikiLeaks, frankly acknowledges that Daesh is funded and supported by Washington’s chief Arab vassals. The Sep 2014 exchange was contained in one of the 2,086 documents posted by WikiLeaks Monday, following up on the release a week ago of over 2,000 more of Podesta’s emails and attachments. At the time of the exchange on ISIS, Podesta was a White House counselor to Obama. One of the most powerful figures in the Democrat Party establishment, he is the former White House chief of staff to Bill Clinton, the former chairman of the Obama transition and a corporate lobbyist for corporations like WalMart, BP and Lockheed Martin. For her part, Clinton had left her post as Sec State over a year earlier. The email acknowledges that the sources for the assessment of the Toad & Thani support for Daesh “include Western intelligence, Pindosi intelligence and sources in the region.” The document calls for increased reliance upon the Iraqi Kurds as a key proxy force for combating Daesh in Iraq, pointing to the Kurdish militia’s “long-standing relationships with CIA officers and SOF operators.” It adds:
While this military/ para-military operation operation is moving forward, we need to use our diplomatic and more traditional intelligence assets to bring pressure on the Toads & Thanis, who are providing clandestine financial and logistic support to Daesh and other radical Sunni groups in the region… This effort will be enhanced by the stepped-up commitment in the KRG. The Toads & Thanis will be put in a position of balancing policy between their ongoing competition to dominate the Sunni world and the consequences of serious Pindosi pressure.
The Obama administration has publicly embraced the Toads as its closest Arab allies and the ostensible leaders of an “Islamic alliance” against terrorism. The Toads are the patrons of the High Negotiations Committee (HNC), which purportedly represents the so-called “moderate” opposition that is also supported by Washington. Officially, the Pindo administration has maintained that, while wealthy Toads & Thanis had helped finance Daesh, the despotic governments of these oil monarchies were blameless. This pretense was blown in Oct 2014, barely a week after the Podesta-Clinton email, when Joe Biden told an audience at Harvard University:
The Toads, along with Turks & Thanis, have poured hundreds of millions of dollars and tens, thousands of tons of weapons into anyone who will fight against Assad. Except that the people who are being supplied are Nusra and AQ and the extremist elements of Jihadis coming from other parts of the world. We cannot convince our colleagues to stop supplying them.
The State Dept subsequently “clarified” Biden’s remarks and he wrote:
I apologize for any implication that Turks or other vassals in the region have intentionally supplied or facilitated the growth of Daesh or other violent extremists in Syria.
The contents of the Clinton-Podesta email are supplemented by a separate email released by WikiLeaks that includes an excerpt from a secret speech delivered by Clinton in 2013 that was flagged as problematic by her staff. In it she claimed:
(Attempts to) vet, identify, train and arm cadres of rebels (sic – RB) are complicated by the fact that the Toads and others are shipping large amounts of weapons and pretty indiscriminately, not at all targeted toward the people that we think would be the more moderate (and) least likely to cause problems in the future.
And previously, WikiLeaks posted a secret State Dept memo signed by Clinton in 2009 that affirmed:
The Toads remain a critical financial support base for AQ, the Taliban, Lashkar and other terrorist groups.
The Clinton camp has responded to the latest release of emails by ratcheting up its virulently anti-Russian campaign, claiming that WikiLeaks was acting as a pawn of the Kremlin and that the material released may have been altered to serve Moscow’s foreign policy purposes. In the Sunday debate, Clinton herself acknowledged the authenticity of the documents, attempting to defend a statement quoted in one of them from a speech to real-estate investors, in which she declared that in politics, “you need both a public and a private position.” She claimed that her inspiration for this approach was Abraham Lincoln. The method of the “public and private” position is clearly in force in relation to the Toads, and for good reason. The Toads remain a key pillar of political reaction and imperialist domination in the Middle East, and the world’s chief customer of the Pindo arms industry. Some $115b in Pindo weapons and military support have poured into the KSA since Obama took office in 2009. More importantly, Toad support for AQ, Daesh and similar Islamist militias has developed in close collaboration with the CIA, which coordinated the flow of arms, money and foreign fighters into Syria from a station in southern Turkey. Such collaboration began long before the Syrian civil war, dating back to the 1980s, where AQ got its start under the leadership of Osama bin Laden, who collaborated closely with the CIA and Pakistani intelligence. The determination of the Pindosi ruling establishment to maintain a veil of secrecy over this collaboration was underscored by Obama’s veto, subsequently overridden, of legislation allowing Pindosis to sue foreign governments alleged to be responsible for terrorist attacks in Pindostan. The clear target of the bill was the Toads, based on ample evidence of their involvement in 9/11. The overriding fear within the administration and Piondo ruling circles is that any serious probing of the role of the Toads in these attacks would uncover the complicity of elements within the Pindosi intelligence agencies themselves in the events of 9/11. Another significant element of the Clinton-Podesta email is its welcoming of the Daesh 2014 offensive in Iraq. It states:
The advance of Daesh through Iraq gives the Pindosi government an opportunity to change the way it deals with the chaotic security situation in MENA. The most important factor in this matter is to make use of intelligence resources and SOF in an aggressive manner.
In other words, Daesh provided a pretext for launching a renewed Pindo military intervention aimed at furthering the strategic goal of Pindo hegemony in the Middle East under the guise of a struggle against terrorism. The email exchange further exposes Hillary Clinton’s deep involvement in all of these crimes.