The Crusader & The Spooks

(Excerpted from Chapter 20: 911: Big Oil & Their Bankers…)

Immediately after 911 President Bush began tossing about the word “crusade” in a thinly-veiled attempt to conjure up images of the ancient Crusades, where Christian secret societies led by the Knights Templar worked with Muslim Brotherhood Assassins to attack nationalist Muslim Saracens.On September 26th- two weeks after 911- Carlyle Group’s United Defense Industries (UDI) signed a $665 million contract with the Pentagon to complete its Crusader Advanced Field Artillery System.  UDI stock skyrocketed. On December 14th Carlyle sold its shares netting a cool $237 million in one day.  A day earlier Congress had approved the Bush defense budget, which funded the UDI contract with the US Army. [923]  In May 2002- with Carlyle cashed out- Carlucci’s Yale roommate Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld announced the cancellation of the Crusader program.

Until 1998 Carlyle owned BDM Federal of McLean, VA- just down the road from Langley.  BDM’s Saudi offices are unmarked. Its role in the Kingdom includes training Saudi personnel in the operation of US-made weapons systems and modernization of the Saudi National Guard.  BDM was awarded a $50 million contract to oversee the Saudi Air Force from 1995-1997. It got a $44.4 million contract to construct housing at the Khamis Mushayt military base.  Some of the six Americans killed in the 1996 car bomb at a US military base in Saudi Arabia were BDM employees. [924]

In 1998 Carlyle sold BDM to TRW, leading producer of spy satellites for NSA, whose headquarters are located on aptly named Savage Road in Ft. Meade, MD and whose European operations are run out of the I. G. Farben building in Frankfurt.  NSA teamed up with IBM during the 1970’s on Project Lucifer- which produced a thumbnail-sized microchip cipher machine. [925]  From its symbolic pyramid-shaped headquarters in San Francisco, TRW is one of three US credit reporting agencies that constantly collect information on all Americans.  One of its more sophisticated NSA satellites is named Pyramider.  In July 2002 Northrup Grumman bought TRW for $7.8 billion in stock- becoming the 2nd largest US defense contractor after Lockheed Martin.  Northrup boasts annual revenues of $26 billion and has 123,000 employees.

TRW is the parent of Vinnell Corporation- now in its 26th year of “modernizing” the Saudi National Guard in cooperation with the US Army.  The Saudi Guard is split into two units.  One protects the kingdom from external threats.  The other guards ARAMCO oil installations from the Saudi people.  Vinnell’s most recent contract from the House of Saud came in 1998 and is worth $831 million.  A prior three year $163 million contract included Crown Prince Abdullah’s brother-in-law as junior partner.  Before coming to Saudi Arabia Vinnell made hundreds of millions of dollars constructing US bases during the Vietnam War, then made still more money blowing up those bases when US forces to pull out.  A Pentagon official once described Vinnell to the Village Voice as “our own little mercenary army”.

From 1990-9595 the Saudis spent $62 billion on US weapons including F-15 fighters, Apache helicopters and M-1A Abrams tanks.  Spook outfits like Vinnell and BDM are then paid to train Saudi forces in operating this equipment and in managing Saudi military forces.  Tens of thousands of Americans and their families now live in Saudi Arabia and work for these firms.  In 2000- after Carlyle sold BDM to TRW- BDM got a $65 million contract to maintain the Saudi Air Force F-15 fleet.

Three other firms involved in both Saudi and US spook affairs are O’Gara Protective Services, Booz Allen Hamilton and Science Applications International Group (SAIC).  O’Gara provides security for the House of Saud and other GCC monarchs.  The House of Saud security detail also includes many American mercenaries.  Booz Allen- based in McLean, VA- received a 5-year $21.8 million contract to upgrade the Saudi Navy in 1995.  Booz also advises Saudi Marines and runs the Saudi Armed Forces Staff College. [926]

According to the Center for Public Integrity, Booz Allen began receiving contracts for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA) Total Information Awareness program before 911.  Booz received 13 DARPA contracts worth $23 million. That was bested only by the 23 DARPA contracts worth $27 million granted to Lockheed Martin.  Former CIA Director and Dyncorp CEO James Woolsey now works for Booz Allen. In 2008 Carlyle Group bought a majority stake in Booz Allen for $2.54 billion.

SAIC received two House of Saud contracts in the late 1990’s worth $166 million, bringing the Royal Saudi Naval Forces communications and command systems up to speed.  SAIC often brings Saudi personnel to its San Diego headquarters for training.  The CIA contracted with SAIC to reassess Gulf War illness among US troops who served in the 1991 conflict.  In 1995 SAIC took over Network Solutions- the company that assigns domain names and “oversees” the Internet.

SAIC’s board includes former CIA Deputy Director and Naval TF-157 alumnus Bobby Inman, Nixon Defense Secretary Melvin Laird, retired Army General Maxwell Thurman, Bush Sr. CIA Director Robert Gates, Clinton CIA Director and Citigroup board member John Deutch and Clinton Defense Secretary William Perry.  SAIC runs the FBI Interstate Identification Index- a database of 30 million criminal histories- while holding investigative contracts worth $200 million with the IRS. [927]

Dean Henderson is the author of five books: Big Oil & Their Bankers in the Persian Gulf: Four Horsemen, Eight Families & Their Global Intelligence, Narcotics & Terror Network, The Grateful Unrich: Revolution in 50 Countries, Das Kartell der Federal Reserve, Stickin’ it to the Matrix & The Federal Reserve Cartel.  You can subscribe free to his weekly Left Hook column


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