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Qatar Will Pay John Ashcroft $2.5M To Defend Against Terrorism
Tyler Durden, Zero Hedge, Jun 10 2017

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Who better to defend Qatar it is a hotbed of terrorism funding, as per a recent list released by the Toads et al, according to which 59 individuals and 12 entities in Qatar are terrorist, than the AG who served during the 9/11 attacks, John Ashcroft? At least that’s what the government of Qatar is thinking, which hired the former AG to defend the world’s world’s wealthiest nation per capita from accusations by Donald Trump and Arab neighbors that it supports terrorism. As a reminder, Ashcroft was AG under 43 from Feb 2001 to Feb 2005, years in which Pindo policies and laws were reshaped by the so-called GWOT. Under Ashcroft, Pindostan spawned the “Patriot Act”, trampling over civil rights everywhere, and made pervasive spying on virtually everyone the norm, courtesy of the NSA. Recall Qatar give Bill Clinton a $1m “present” for his Birthday, and was one of the biggest foreign “donors” of the Clinton Foundation even when Hillary was still at the State Dept, and was never once accused of sponsoring terrorism. Perhaps Definitely – RB relying on the assumption that Qatar can simply bribe its way again into Pindostan’s good graces, on Friday a FARA posting with the DoJ revealed that Qatar will pay the Ashcroft Law Firm $2.5m for a 90-day period as the country seeks to confirm its efforts to fight global terrorism and comply with financial regulations including Treasury rules. In a letter by Ashcroft partner Michael Sullivan included in the filing, the law firm said:

The firm’s work will include crisis response and management, program and system analysis, media outreach, education and advocacy regarding the client’s historical, current and future efforts to combat global terror and its compliance goals and accomplishments.

In other words, propaganda, aka “fake news.” The filing came just hours after Trump accused Qatar of being a “high-level” sponsor of terrorism in public remarks made shortly after Rex Tillerson pushed Qatar’s Arab neighbors to “immediately take steps to de-escalate the situation.” The Ashcroft firm was also hired to do a compliance and regulatory view of Qatar’s anti-money-laundering and counter-terrorist financing framework, Sullivan told Reuters in an email. Considering it is being paid nearly $30k/day by the gas-rich country, we are confident Ashcroft will find “nothing there.” Sullivan said:

Qatar is confident that the review and analysis will confirm that Qatar has significant measures in place to prevent and detect efforts to launder funds and/or to use its financial systems to finance terrorist organizations.

A veritable tribute to neocondom, Ashcroft’s firm includes an array of former senior government officials including Michael Sullivan, a former federal attorney in Massachusetts appointed by Bush to lead the BATF, Johnny Sutton, who led the Bush-Cheney transition team, and Luis Reyes, another ex-Bush appointee, who served as General Counsel for the Office of the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction. The full filing and retention letter is here.

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