February 24, 2009
Obama to Put bin Laden Associate in Charge of National Intelligence Council
This shouldn't come as a surprise:
Amid the criticism that has already emerged about President Obama's reported pick for the powerful position of chairman of the National Intelligence Council, there is a yet unmentioned problem that is likely cause even bigger troubles: He had business ties to the bin Laden family after 9/11.
Charles "Chas" Freeman, a former U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia, had business connections with the bin Laden family and their Saudi Binladin Group, a multi-billion dollar construction conglomerate founded by the father of Osama bin Laden. As chairman of Projects International, Inc., a company that develops international business deals, Mr. Freeman asserted in an interview with the Associated Press less than a month after September 11 that he was still "discussing proposals with the Bin Laden Group — and that won't change."
Also, Freeman's think tank Middle East Policy Council has raked in tens of $thousands per year from the bin Laden family. He opines that bin Laden is still "a very honored name" in Saudi Arabia, but the extent to which Osama's activities have alienated him from the rest of the family is highly disputable.
Freeman has established his liberal bona fides by denouncing America's successful antiterror policy, siding with Arabs against Israel, sympathizing with Jewish conspiracy crapola, publicly comparing W with Caligula, and donating $1,000 to Chairman Zero's campaign.
We have only just begun to pay the price for letting our country's worst enemies take over our government.
On a tip from Ashley R.
Posted by Van Helsing at February 24, 2009 2:30 PM
If you wrote a screenplay with stuff like this in it and tried to sell it to a studio, they would reject it as being too far-fetched. The lengths the media and the Dems will go to in turning a blind eye to obvious conflicts and security risks are staggering. Why is there no outrage at this? If it was a conservative, there sure as hell would be.
Posted by: CoderInCrisis at February 24, 2009 3:24 PM
There's one ray of hope. Maybe he will get kneecapped by Jack Bauer.
Posted by: Anonymous at February 24, 2009 3:43 PM
Posted by: Rob Banks at February 24, 2009 3:43 PM
He looks like a Georg Soros clone.
Posted by: chuck in st paul at February 24, 2009 4:31 PM
With all due respect, attempting to connect a U.S. politician, be it Chas Freeman or George W. Bush (As Michael Moore once claimed), to the bin Laden family is a moot point, for three reasons:
1. The bin Ladens are a very big, very wealthy, and very influential family. It would be almost impossible to have business dealings in the middle east without the bin Ladens getting involved in some way.
2. With the obvious exception of Osama, the bin Laden family tends to be quite friendly towards the west.
3. Going along with point # 2, Osama had long been the black sheep of his family. He was an illegitimate heir to begin with, born from one of his father's concubines rather than from one of the family matriarchs. His family quickly recognized Osama's extremist views distanced themselves from him as much as possible, officially disowning him when he was in his twenties. None of them had spoken to him for years before 9/11.
Posted by: Adam at February 24, 2009 4:56 PM
Coming soon to your neighborhood: minarets blaring the call to prayer.
Posted by: Abdul at February 24, 2009 6:02 PM
"CoderInCrisis at February 24, 2009 3:24 PM"
You're not kidding.
Do any of you old timers remember those cheesy movies and televison show where the villian was connected to everybody and everything and we said "that's just crazy, there is no way that could happen in real life"? WELL WE'RE LIVING IN ONE OF THOSE STUPID STORYLINES NOW!
Posted by: KHarn at February 24, 2009 6:36 PM
I'm with Adam on this one. Suppose the Kennedys had a son who was a patriotic American (I know, I've got an amazing imagination). Would we hold his family's views against him?
You choose your friends, but not your family, and you certainly can't control family members.
I haven't read the background info on this decision, but I wouldn't condemn it on the family basis alone.
Posted by: Jay Guevara at February 24, 2009 7:33 PM
Who is his selection for SECATARY OF DEFENSE will it be DR ZINN?
Posted by: SPURWING PLOVER at February 24, 2009 7:45 PM
Obama's New Spy Chief Publishes a Vicious Anti Israel Journal
Posted by: J at February 24, 2009 9:28 PM
More on Mr. Freeman over at Sultan Knish:
'Chas Freeman: "Help the Shiites win fast, consolidate their damn dictatorship and get the hell out"
Chas Freeman is co-chair of the US China Policy Foundation and the American Iranian Council, with offices in Iran, holder of the Order of Abd Al-Azziz, 1st Class. He is also board chairman of Projects International Inc, a company that facilitates all sorts of projects, particularly in Saudi Arabia.
And even more significantly, Chas Freeman is on the International Advisory Board of China National Offshore Oil Co. CNOOC is a State owned enterprise , controlled by the Chinese government. As such Chas Freeman has openly worked for both Saudi Arabia and the People's Republic of China.
CNOOC did business pretty much the way you expect a Chinese state owned company to do business, with large scale pollution, intimidation and evictions. And CNOOC has designs on snapping up American oil companies, so it can do business in the US. This closeness between Chas Freeman and the People's Republic of China has translated into Freeman ruthlessly doing their propaganda for them.
This puts into perspective the Weekly Standard's revelation that Chas Freeman sent out a message saying that China did not go far enough in the Tiananmen Square Massacre '
Clear on that? The man who will be advising the White House on the world situation, favored setting up an Iranian backed dictatorship in Iraq, and then quickly withdrawing.
And we're just getting started.'
Posted by: Mike_W at February 24, 2009 11:22 PM
Yeah, I think this one is a reach as well.
Posted by: Smoke TNT at February 24, 2009 11:43 PM