Saudi King & Princes Blackmail U.S. Government

Eric Zuesse

Saudi Arabia, owned by the Saud family, are telling the U.S. Government, they’ll wreck the U.S. economy, if a bill in the U.S. Congress that would remove the unique and exclusive immunity the royal owners of that country enjoy in the United States, against their being prosecuted for their having financed the 9/11 attacks, passes in Congress, and becomes U.S. law.

As has been well documented even in sworn U.S. court testimony, and as even the pro-Saudi former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton acknowledged privately, “Donors in Saudi Arabia constitute the most significant source of funding to Sunni terrorist groups worldwide.” She didn’t name any of those “donors” names, but the former bagman for Osama bin Laden, who had personally collected all of the million-dollar+ donations (all in cash) to Al Qaeda, did, and he named all of the senior Saud princes and their major business-associates; and, he said, “without the money of the — of the Saudi you will have nothing.” So, both before 9/11, and (according to Hillary Clinton) since, those were the people who were paying virtually all of the salaries of the 19 hijackers — even of the four who weren’t Saudi citizens. Here’s that part of the bagman’s testimony about how crucial those donations were:

Q: To clarify, you’re saying that the al-Qaeda members received salaries?

A: They do, absolutely.

So: being a jihadist isn’t merely a calling; it’s also a job, as is the case for the average mercenary (for whom it doesn’t also have to be a calling). The payoff for that job, during the jihadist’s life, is the pay. The bagman explained that the Saud family’s royals pay well for this service to their fundamentalist-Sunni faith. Another lifetime-payoff to the jihadists is that, in their fundamentalist-Sunni culture, the killing of ‘infidels’ is a holy duty, and they die as martyrs. Thus, the jihadist’s payoff in the (mythological) afterlife is plenty of virgins to deflower etc. But, the payers (the people who organize it, and who make it all possible) are the Saud family princes, and their business associates — and, in the case of the other jihadist organizations, is also those other Arabic royal families (the owners of Qater, UAE, Kuwait, Bahrain, and Oman). However, 9/11 was virtually entirely a Saudi affair, according to Al Qaeda’s bagman (who ought to know).

The report of the threat by the Saud family comes in veiled form in an April 15th news-story in The New York Times, headlined, “Saudi Arabia Warns of Economic Fallout if Congress Passes 9/11 Bill.” It says that the Saud family’s Foreign Minister is “telling [U.S.] lawmakers that Saudi Arabia would be forced to sell up to $750 billion in [U.S.] treasury securities and other assets in the United States before they could be in danger of being frozen by American courts.” The NYT says that this threat is nothing to take seriously, “But the threat is another sign of the escalating tensions between Saudi Arabia and the United States.” While the carrying-out of this threat would be extremely damaging to the Saud family, the NYT ignores the size of the threat to the Sauds if their 9/11 immunity were removed — which could be far bigger. Consequently, this matter is actually quite a bit more than just “another sign of the escalating tensions between Saudi Arabia and the United States.”

Russian Television is more direct here: “Saudi Arabia appears to be blackmailing the US, saying it would sell off American assets worth a 12-digit figure sum in dollars if Congress passes a bill allowing the Saudi Government to be held responsible for the 9/11 terrorist attacks.” (The Saudi Government is owned by the Saud family; so, even that statement is actually a veiled way of referring to the possibility that members of the royal Saud family — the individuals name by the bagman — could be held responsible for 9/11.)

Even immediately in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, there had been some mentions in the U.S. press of the U.S. Government making special allowances for Saud Prince Bandar al-Saud, a close friend of the Bush family (and he was also one of the Saudi Princes mentioned specifically by the bagman), to fly out of the country to avoid being sought by prosecutors. Furthermore, Newsweek’s investigative journalist, Michael Isikoff, headlined on 12 January 2001, “The Saudi Money Trail”, and he reported statements from royal Sauds, that they didn’t really mean for their donations to be going to such a thing as this. (Perhaps those individuals didn’t, but Bandar almost certainly did, because he was the Saud Ambassador to the U.S. at the time of 9/11.) However, now that the U.S. Government is relying heavily upon Saudi money to pay for the U.S. weapons and to help to organize the operation to overthrow Bashar al-Assad in Syria and to replace him with a fundamentalist-Sunni leader, there is renewed political pressure in the United States (from the victim-families, if no one else), for the arch-criminals behind the 9/11 attacks to be brought to American justice. After fifteen years, this process might finally start. That would be a drastic change.

Clearly, the threat from the Sauds is real, and the royal response to this bill in the U.S. Congress reflects a very great fear the owners of Saudi Arabia have, regarding the possible removal of their U.S. immunity, after 15 years.

Prosecution of those people will become gradually impossible as they die off. But a lot more time will be needed in order for all of the major funders of that attack to die natural deaths and thus become immune for a natural reason — the immunity of the grave. The U.S. Government has protected them for 15 years; but, perhaps, not forever.

To say that this threat from the Sauds is just “another sign of the escalating tensions between Saudi Arabia and the United States” seems like saying that a neighbor’s threat to bomb your house would constitute just “another sign of escalating tensions” between you and your neighbor. The passing-into-law of this bill in Congress would actually constitute a change from the U.S. Government being a friend and partner of the Sauds, to becoming their enemy.

Obviously, there is little likelihood of that happening; and, on April 20th and 21st, U.S. President Barack Obama is scheduled to meet with Saudi King Salman al-Saud. Without a doubt, this topic will be on the agenda, if it won’t constitute the agenda (which is allegedly to improve U.S. relations “with Arab leaders of Persian Gulf nations” — not specifically with Saudi King Salman and with his son Prince Salman).

If President Obama represents the American public, then the Sauds will have real reason to fear: the U.S. President will not seek to block passage of that bill in Congress. However, if the U.S. President represents instead the Saud family, then a deal will be reached. Whether or not the U.S. Congress will go along with it, might be another matter, but it would be highly likely, considering that the present situation has already been going on for fifteen years, and that the high-priority U.S. Government foreign-policy objective, of overthrowing Bashar al-Assad, is also at stake here, and is also strongly shared not only by the Sauds but by the members of the U.S. Congress. Furthermore, the impunity of the Saud family is taken simply as a given in Washington. And, the U.S. Government’s siding with the Sauds in their war against Shia Muslims (not only against one Shiite: Assad) goes back at least as far as 1979. (Indeed, the CIA drew up the plan in 1957 to overthrow Syria’s Ba’athist Government, but it stood unused until President Obama came into office.)

Furthermore, the U.S. Government is far more aggressive to overthrow Russia-friendly national leaders, such as Saddam Hussein, Muammar Gaddafi, Bashar al-Assad, and Viktor Yanukovych, than it is to stop the spread of fundamentalist Sunni groups, such as Al Qaeda, ISIS, etc.; and, a strong voice for U.S. foreign policy, the Polish Government, even said, on April 15th, that as AFP headlined that day, “Russia ‘more dangerous than Islamic State’, warns Poland foreign minister”; and Russia itself is, along with Shiite Iran, the top competitor against the fundamentalist Sunni Arab royal families in global oil-and-gas export markets. So, clearly, the U.S. Government is tightly bound to the Saud family. Terrorism in Europe and America is only a secondary foreign-policy concern to America’s leaders; and the Saud family are crucial allies with the U.S. Government in regards to what are, jointly, the top concerns of both Governments.

Consequently, there is widespread expectation that some sort of deal will be reached between U.S. President Barack Obama and the Saudi leaders, King and Prince Salman, and that the Republican-led Congress will rubber-stamp it, rather than pass the proposed bill to strip the Saud family’s immunity.


Investigative historian Eric Zuesse is the author, most recently, of  They’re Not Even Close: The Democratic vs. Republican Economic Records, 1910-2010, and of  CHRIST’S VENTRILOQUISTS: The Event that Created Christianity.

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  • kimyo

    However, 9/11 was virtually entirely a Saudi affair, according to Al Qaeda’s bagman

    did i miss the link supporting this claim? is this info extra-reliable or are we talking bagdad-bob-style reporting here? as far as i can see, the saudi hijackers = lee harvey oswald. his bullet didn’t kill kennedy and their ‘piloting’ of the planes didn’t bring down the wtc/pentagon.

    we want to find the people who planned/paid for the 3 wtc buildings to be wired for controlled demolition. the ones who arranged for norad to stand down. the bbc announced building 7’s fall hours before it happened. the saudis didn’t arrange that.

    • Store this in a file. Aug 29, 2010 WTC 7 Explosion One of the surviving videos actually captured the sound of the explosives.

      Unedited video of ‘WTC-7 collapse’ reveals sound of explosion as collapse starts at Penthouse at the 12 second mark Explosion heard at 0:11 mark, just before east penthouse collapse.

    • Sarastro92

      The 9/11 Inquiry documents the salient point: 9/11 was a terror spectacle used for political ends, that was staged in a joint production of the Saudis with rogue elements of the US military and intelligence. The names and dates are quite specific. No need to drag in 9/11 WTC Trurther stories that lead nowhere.

      The Saudis provided the money and the stooges; the Intelligence agencies (CIA) imported the hijackers and let them roam freely for 18 months; while the FBI monitored, housed and protected the Al Qaeda crew. The US military executed the attacked themselves and made sure the skies were clear of military aircraft for 90 minutes on the day of the attacks. The names and actions of key perps are known and published.

      • kimyo

        so you’ve read the 28 pages?

        Did Certain Foreign Governments Facilitate the 9/11 Attacks?

        If the 9/11 hijackers had outside help – particularly from one or more foreign governments – the press and the public have a right to know

        shutting down the investigation before all the dirt has emerged paints you as more of the clouseau school than that of columbo.

        9/11: The FBI Report and the Dancing Israelis Standing Truth on its Ear

        A search of the vehicle turned up several passports, cameras, rolls of film, a sock stuffed with $4700 in cash, backpacks, notebooks and, according to the Bergen Record, “maps of the city with certain places highlighted….It looked like they were hooked in with this. It looked like they knew what was going to happen.”

        • Sarastro92

          Hey clueless… Sen Graham has pretty much disclosed the contents and other congressman have confirmed the general lines of findings from the Inquiry… also additional materials were released through the National Archives years ago.

          Try using Google before mouthing off.

          • kimyo

            i’m not trying to put words in your mouth, but if i understand you correctly, you believe that rogue elements in the u.s. military and intelligence facilitated the attacks, yet you maintain that it’s simply impossible for any similar such apparatus to exist within the military/intelligence agencies of israel.

            am i accurately portraying your position?

          • Sarastro92

            Again, why go on a wild-goose chase when the actual perps in the US military and intelligence have been identified as playing substantial roles in 9/11.

            Try reading the Congressional Inquiry instead of chasing after mirages and shadows.

            No one is arguing that state intelligence agencies in any number of nations “could” have run at least “parts” of 9/11. However, even the Mossad can’t clear the skies of US Air Force aircraft and order a stand-down.

            The fact is that no one has identified an operational role for the Israelis in 9/11. This is silly.

    • Leo News

      Creating Frankenstein: The Saudi export of Wahhabism!!!
      —interesting article.

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    On 7th September 2002, speaking at a Press Conference flanked by Prime Minister, Tony “dodgy dossier” Blair, President George W. Bush stated that Saddam Hussein was just six months away from an Iraqi nuclear age. (1) The timeline, said Bush, had come from the International Atomic Energy Agency Report issued that morning.

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    • diogenes

      Thank you for being on the case here, Lincoln. The supposition forwarded by this piece, that the official account of 9/11 is to be taken seriously, merely means that the author is not to be taken seriously. That, of course, does not mean that the Saudis are not scoundrels, but on the list of scoundrels there are at least two parties well in the lead of them, and one of them is a whole lot closer to home, woe is us. Time for Americans to stop thinking like fools led around by the noses by other fools and much worse, and start trying to think like adults and act intelligently before our democracy and the American dream are irremediably lost.

      • cettel

        You are wrong to assume that just because the Sauds were working with George W, Bush and other Americans to produce the attacks, the American participants were innocent. Your supposition there is crazy.

        • diogenes

          I assume no such thing. You attribute assertions to me that I don’t make and then criticize me for them. As argument that’s obvious barefaced deceitful bullshit. Shame on you

  • diogenes

    If the Saudis are blackmailing Congress they’re only trying to follow the example Israel has set successfully since before there was an Israel. And whether they are or not, the toxic underlying supposition involved in this discussion, that the preposterous official account of 9/11 is to be taken seriously, with its defiance of physics, chemistry, and the evidence of hundreds of eyewitnesses and scores of video tapes and innumerable experts, is grossly suspect on the face of it.

  • Sarastro92

    So let’s be crystal clear: The US was attacked and 3,000 people died in a terror event staged and financed by a foreign government (KSA) in league with rogue elements of the US military and intelligence communities. And two Presidents have protected the perps, including, most conspicuously the Saudi Royal family (Prince Bandar).

    When will a Treason Tribunal be convened?

    • kimyo

      who wired building 7? the saudis? the rogue elements? how do you know?

      how on earth did cnn report a third ’50-story’ tower collapse at 11:07am? it didn’t go down until 5:20pm.

      CNN BREAKING NEWS (transcript)

      Alan Dodds Frank joins on the phone in lower Manhattan — Alan?

      FRANK: Aaron, just two or three minutes ago there was yet another collapse or explosion. I’m now out of sight, Good Samaritan has taken me in on Duane Street (ph).

      But at a quarter to 11:00 there was another collapse or explosion following the 10:30 collapse of the second tower. And a firefighter who rushed by us estimated that 50 stories went down.

      • Sarastro92

        That’s exactly the point. No one knows who may have wired up these buildings. So it’s all a dead end. I don’t disagree with the idea that explosives probably were set based on the way the building came down and the fact that the NIST simulation was never run to completion, and thus even the official hypothesis was never validated.

        Meanwhile the names, dates and places that pertain to other aspects of 9/11 are know on the Military and intelligence side… so that’s where the focus needs to be to indict the perps of 9/11 and not get sidetracked.

        • kimyo

          No one knows who may have wired up these buildings.

          that’s obviously not true. for a false flag operation of this magnitude, dozens would have been directly involved and hundreds would know who did the wiring, ordered the materiel, had access to the buildings. not at all a dead end, and most certainly necessitating thorough investigation, rather than putting ones thumbs in ones ears.

          the surgeon must remove ALL of the cancer, otherwise the operation will be of no benefit to the patient.

          World Trade Center’s Infamous 91st-Floor Israeli ‘Art Student’ Project

          In the period leading up to 9/11, a group of Israelis managed to secure “temporary construction” passes to perform work on the 91st floor of WTC 1. These passes gave them access to the entire WTC complex. The pretense was an art project called the “B-Thing” and the group is called Gelatin.

          • Sarastro92

            the “gelatin” group were not Israelis… but Ok… it shows that WTC security could be breached… Nothing in the link you post suggests and Israeli angle… The Israeli art student were tailing around the al Q hijackers in Florida… the dots don’t really connect… Gelatin is still around…

            And again, you’re grasping at straws when the actual perps in 9/11 are well known! Why pursue a wild goose chase when the real criminals are visible to all?

          • kimyo

            who are the top three ‘well-known actual perps’, in your view?

          • Sarastro92

            George Tenet, U.S. Air Force General Ralph Edward Eberhart and Robert Mueller.

          • kimyo

            would you describe these three as 1) planners 2) henchmen or 3) (insert your choice here)?

      • Hear who exited the building right before the collapse for yourself. May 25, 2014 FDNY 9/11 Survivor Witness and Whistleblower Speaks on WTC 7

        Listen very carefully starting at the ’30’ second mark!

        As a firefighter on 9/11, he was at Ground Zero and was there when Building 7 came down. In this episode of 9/11 Free Fall, he relives his experience that day, recounting how he believes the buildings in New York were brought down in controlled demolitions.

    • diogenes

      Let’s be truthful as well as clear: it is entirely unproven that Saudis were involved at all — a theory that rests on accepting at least part of the truly ludicrous official story and this new tease about “exposing” further “secrets” of the official investigation (why in the world this is to be regarded as trustworthy when the rest is an obvious hoax is not discussed — like facts, reason, physics, chemistry, eyewitness testimony, copious video footage and simple common sense) — and that meanwhile conveniently ignores (and in fact provides a cover for) the obvious fact that the Saudis were by no means the likeliest to benefit from the event, especially when compared to, for instance and especially, Israel, which is implicated in dozens of ways not involved or even mentioned by the official story, from the the dancing Israelis to the Towers’ owner and and huge insurance beneficiary, to the staff of the Project for a New American Century with their expressed public wish for a “new Pearl Harbor” to the stock-options profits implying foreknowledge and its coverup, and much else.

      • kimyo

        saudi arabia is being sacrificed because it’s already over for them: Saudi Arabia Stakes a Claim on the Nile – After draining four-fifths of its massive underground aquifer for unsustainable agriculture, the Saudi Kingdom turns to verdant Ethiopia.

        Forty years ago, when the farming started, there was a staggering 120 cubic miles (500 cubic kilometers) of water beneath the Saudi desert, enough to fill Lake Erie. But in recent years, up to five cubic miles (20 cubic kilometers) has been pumped to the surface annually for use on the farms. Virtually none of it is replaced by rainwater, because there is no appreciable rain.

        Based on extraction rates detailed in a 2004 paper from the University of London, the Saudis were on track to use up at least 400 cubic kilometers of their aquifers by 2008. And so experts estimate that four-fifths of the Saudis’ “fossil” water is now gone. One of the planet’s greatest and oldest freshwater resources, in one of its hottest and most parched places, has been all but emptied in little more than a generation.

        Parallel to the groundwater pumping for agriculture, Saudi Arabia has long used desalination of seawater to provide drinking water. But, even for the cash-rich Saudis, at about a dollar per 35 cubic feet (one cubic meter), the energy-intensive process is too expensive to be used for irrigation water.

      • Sarastro92

        The 9/11 Inquiry ( and the national archives) has the cashed checks from the Saudi Ambassador’s family to the 9/11 perps from their Saudi controllers (al Bayomi and Basnan). These latter figures have a long history of being Saudi agents, including the fact that one of them was involved in the earlier WTC bombing in 1993.

        The majority of the 9/11 hijackers were also Saudi nationals… no coincidence. These are findings from the Congressional Inquiry investigators. You’re smearing these investigations with no facts whatsoever. Of course, full disclosure of the 28 pages text will clarify details…

      • Sarastro92

        Neither you nor anyone else has described an operational role of the Israelis in 9/11. It’s true that the Israelis were shadowing the hijackers as they roamed freely about the US thanks to CIA- FBI protection.

        Since at least 50 CIA execs knew that al Qaeda was in the US for 18 months before the attacks it wasn’t hard for Israeli moles to have some knowledge of events as they unfolded. And yeah, Mossad was cheering when the towers came down. But the ISraeli role seems to have been passive.

        If you have some actual facts to the contrary, please let us know what they are.

        • diogenes

          We don’t need to “describe an operational role of the Israelis.” The implicating facts have been on the table for 15 years — you just prefer to pretend they don’t exist. I wonder why.

          • Sarastro92

            What implicating facts?

            Please tell us where the Israelis fit into the 9/11 timeline. How did the Mossad organize, fund or otherwise guide and enable the 9/11 hijackers. I’m all ears.

  • It is the Saudis that are being blackmailed. Deep state intelligence uses misinformation detours called “slides”. This is to prevent people from looking and thinking in the right directions. Anything that has to do with the 28 pages and Saudi Arabia needs to be looked at in this light. See |”Is the 9/11 Detour Framing of the Saudis Breaking Down?

    Dont ever lose sight of the fact that no passenger planes were highjacked on September 11. The so called highjackers were patsies regardless of who paid them. Even the FBi said publicly that they had no evidence that Osama bin Laden was connected to September 11. That’s why his Most Wanted FBI poster made no mention of it. The Saidi uproar is a limited hangout and damage control to deflect an inquiry into those most responsible. I’ll let you guess who those people might be.

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  • michaelrivero

    Blackmail is perhaps too strong a word (although the western media will use it to demonize Saudi Arabia). I think “self defense” is more apt. Saudi Arabia knows that the US links 9-11 to every nation it wants to invade. First it was Afghanistan, then Iraq (after which George W. Bush admitted on TV Iraq had nothing to do with 9-11).

    Saudi Arabia now finds themselves in the croshairs of the US war machine!

    To find out if you are being lied to, look for what should be there and isn’t, and what isn’t there is a motive for Saudi Arabia to attack the United States on 9-11. Saudi Arabia has grown very rich off of the United States with the petrodollar deal. And they have invested much of that money in the United States. Why would Saudi Arabia do anything that would risk having the United States confiscate that money or end the lucrative petrodollar arrangement? Especially without some compelling reason? And as the Saudi threat confirms, if Saudi Arabia really did want to harm the United States they would not need to crash airplanes into buildings, all they need do is take their investment funds back and the US economy would implode. The resulting economic devastation would make the loss of the World Trade Towers seem like a minor inconvenience in comparison! And it would be perfectly legal for Saudi Arabia to do so.

    And let us be honest, it wasn’t Saudis who were arrested for cheering and clapping while the towers came crashing down, it was Mossad agents. Israeli owned companies like Odigo received advance warning of the attack. Saudi companies did not.

    Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice (or thrice) shame on me!

  • 0jr

    jewmerika blackmail jewrabia and covering up jews doing 911