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9-11 Commission: Chairman Kean & Conflict of Interest

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posted on Apr, 16 2004 @ 10:44 AM
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This is my very first ATS posting and it pertains to the first segment of a serial article recently appearing within the AsiaTimes Online --- this article details the apparent conflict of interests held by many members of the 9-11 Commission, including 9-11 Commission Chairman Thomas Kean. I find the specific allegations about Chairman Thomas Keans business ties to Saudi oil and the binLaden family to be especially troubling given the "official" investigatory duties of the 9-11 Commisision.


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AsiaTimes Online
By Pepe Escobar -- From AxisofLogic.com -- Apr 8, 2004, 10:25

www.atimes.com...

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Independents in conflict

There are devastating cases of conflict of interest in the commission. Chairman Thomas Kean may be the most obvious. The US$1 trillion lawsuit filed in August 2002 by the families of the victims of September 11 includes two of Kean's business partners among the accused: Saudi billionaires Khalid bin Mahfouz (who is Osama bin Laden's brother-in-law, no less), and Mohammed Hussein al-Amoudi. They are key financial players behind al-Qaeda: Mahfouz transferred millions of dollars from a Saudi pension fund to bank accounts in London and New York linked with al-Qaeda. He is a former director of BCCI, the bank in the center of a notorious $12 billion bankruptcy scandal during the presidency of Bush senior.

Kean is director and shareholder of Amerada Hess Corporation, an oil giant involved in a joint venture with Delta Oil of Saudi Arabia - which is owned by the clans of Mahfouz and Amoudi - to explore Caspian Sea oilfields. Amerada Hess severed the joint venture only three weeks before Kean was appointed chairman of the 9-11 Commission by his friend George W Bush.

It's unlikely fellow members at the 9-11 Commission will ask Kean to reveal to what extent he was aware of Mahfouz's links to al-Qaeda; or ask Amerada Hess to open its books and reveal what kind of deals it was cooking up with Mahfouz. After all, Bush himself also had a business connection with Mahfouz, owner of various investments in Houston, Texas. As to the 28 pages of the joint congressional committee detailing Saudi support to al-Qaeda, they also seem to have vanished into thin air.

more at the following URL: www.atimes.com...




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