Saturday, March 03, 2007

Assets of Reported CIA Front-Man Frozen in Turkey

A court in Turkey has ruled to freeze the assets of Yasin al-Qadi [1], a one-time acquaintance of Vice President Dick Cheney [2] and reported “chief money launderer” of Osama bin Laden. [3]

Al-Qadi, prior to being publicly identified as a key al-Qaeda financer, owned a prominent U.S. technology firm and reported CIA front known as Ptech. [4]

He also escorted U.S. officials around during their visits to Saudi Arabia. [5]
Similar allegations of obstruction of justice and dereliction of duty have been reported here in the United States, where following the 9/11 attacks FBI agent Robert Wright and other members of his unit claimed that their investigation into Yasin al-Qadi had been repeatedly blocked by higher ups at the FBI. [13]

As Agent Wright told ABC News in 2002, “the supervisor who was there from [FBI] headquarters was right straight across from me and started yelling at me: 'You will not open criminal investigations. I forbid any of you. You will not open criminal investigations against any of these intelligence subjects.'" [14]

According to Agent Wright, who seized $1.4 million directly linked to al-Qadi in 1998 [15], it is very likely that 9/11 would have been prevented if he had simply been allowed to do his job. [16]

Hat tip to Lukery


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