- John Loftus, a former federal prosecutor and author of
several books, including The Secret War Against the Jews, is currently
president of the Florida Holocaust Museum. He has instituted a lawsuit
that he claims will expose the Saudi-funded terrorist network in Florida
and elsewhere. Loftus, by the way, is an Irish-Catholic.
- Loftus's press release about his lawsuit follows below.
You not only should read this, but you should pass it on. It's an incredible
- Lawsuit to expose federal cover-up of Saudi-funded terrorist
net in Florida
- The following is a statement by John Loftus:
- For 20 years, I have served without compensation as a
lawyer for federal whistle blowers within the US intelligence community.
In the last year, I have received highly classified information from several
of my confidential clients concerning a Saudi covert operation. The Saudi
relationship is so sensitive that, for more than a decade, federal prosecutors
and counter-terrorist agents have been ordered to shut down their investigations
for reasons of foreign policy.
- I am filing a lawsuit in Hillsborough County Court to
expose the manner in which Florida charities were used as a money laundry
for tax-deductible terrorism. The complaint cites specific testimony, including
highly classified information which has never been released before.
- Simply put, the Saudi Government was laundering money
through Florida charities run by the University of South Florida - Tampa
Professor Sami Al Arian for the support of terrorist groups in the Middle
East. Through the Al Arian network and others, the Saudi Government secretly
funded Al Qaida, Hamas and Islamic Jihad.
- The Saudi purpose was twofold: the destruction of the
State of Israel and the prevention! of the formation of an independent
Palestinian State. Two particular terrorist groups, Hamas and the Palestinian
Islamic Jihad, were specifically chosen and funded by the Saudis for their
willingness to undermine Arafat's Palestinian Authority. The secret Saudi
goal was to create such animosity between Israel and the Palestinian Authority
that it would wreck any chance for the creation of an independent Palestinian
- Their tactics specifically called for the intimidation
or murder of those Palestinians who were willing to work with Israel for
peace. To put it bluntly, the covert Saudi network in Florida funded the
murders of fellow Muslims for the crime of wanting to create the first
democratic Arab State.
- Whatever harm the Israelis may have done, they did build
an excellent public education system, including several universities, for
the benefit of their Palestinian neighbors. That was the problem: While
literacy in the Arab world is below 50%, in Israel it is 97%.
- Israel is the only place in the Middle East where an
Arab woman can vote.
- After 50 years, Israel has created the first Arab class
exposed to democracy, literacy and western values.
- To the Saudis, a democratic Palestinian nation would
be a cancer in the Arab world, a destabilizing example of freedom that
would threaten Arab dictators everywhere. As King Fahd said, "Next
to the Jews, we hate the Palestinians the most." The harder the Israelis
and Palestinians worked for peace, the more money King Fahd poured into
his murder for hire program.
- The Saudi Government has already begun its spin operations,
claiming that this terror network was a rogue operation financed by a radical
Saudi businessman without the support or knowledge of the Saudi Government.
- The truth is that many of the Saudi princes, notably
Prince Bandahar and Prince Alwaheed, are good and loyal friends of America
who want to lead Saudi Arabia into the modern world. Unfortunately, they
are now in the minority in their own country. King Fahd is on his deathbed,
and his nephew and heir apparent, Crown Prince Abdullah depends on the
most radical southern and eastern clans for his political base.
- The southern faction is the center of popular support
for Al Qaida and the Taliban, because it is the home of the most extreme
Muslim sect, the Wahabbis. Ninety-nine percent of the Muslim world rejects
the Wahabbi religious tenets as utterly repugnant to the teachings and
examples of the Prophet as written down in the Hadith. Since most Wahabbis
are functionally illiterate, they cannot read about this conflict on their
- Typically, they memorize a few passages of the Koran
taken out of context, and never read the accompanying Hadith for explanation.
For example, the Wahabbis are taught by rote that Jews are subhuman who
should be killed as a religious duty. In contrast, the Hadith explains
that the prophet Mohammed honored Jews. Married a Jewish wife, forbade
forced conversions of Jews. Always bowed in respect when a Jewish funeral
passed, and promised that good and faithful Jews would go to Paradise just
as good Muslims and Christians would. That the Jews would have their Holy
Place in the West (meaning Jerusalem) while Muslims would have their Holy
Place in the East (meaning Mecca).
- Illiteracy is a weapon of oppression. The Saudis, and
their Wahabbis, the Taliban, have decreed that women cannot work or even
sit in the front seat of a car. In contrast, the Hadith records that the
Prophet worked for his wife, and that she drove her own caravans in international
- The Prophet forbade racism, the Wahabbis practice it,
especially against their non-Arab Shiite minority.
- The Wahabbis (both in Saudi Arabia and the Taliban) discriminate
viciously against women. The Prophet, who lovingly raised three daughters,
insisted that women should have substantially equal rights in contract,
ownership and divorce.
- The Muslim faith envisioned by the Prophet in the Koran
and recorded by his contemporaries in the Hadith is a religion that practices
tolerance towards all races and religions, stresses the extreme importance
of literacy and education, and elevates the status of women to unprecedented
levels in many societies. This is the gentle, peaceful Muslim faith practiced
everywhere in the world, except in Saudi Arabia and the Taliban provinces
of Afghanistan and Pakistan.
- Muslim scholars speak derisively about the primitive
Wahabbi apostasy, but rarely in public. The reason for this deafening silence
is simple: Most Mosques in the world are impoverished and depend upon Saudi
subsidies for their operation. In return, however, the Saudis have gained
a foothold for proselytizing and radicalizing the Muslim youth through
religious education in the form of militant Wahabbism. Children learn to
hate because they are being taught that way.
- The Saudis dabbled with funding anti-Semitic hate groups
as a means of breaking down American support for Israel. After the fall
of communism, the Saudis took over funding the most militant terror organizations
for direct attacks against Jewish and Palestinian supporters of the peace
process. Year after year, members of the intelligence community warned
that a rising wave of terror was coming. [TEXT MISSING] something about
terrorism, he was told to stop because it would embarrass the Saudi Government.
John O'Neill quit his job as head of FBI counter-terrorism for the same
reason. Jonathan Pollard went to jail.
- Federal agents in Tampa, who had known about the Saudi-Sami
Al Arian connection since 1990, were ordered to drop the investigation
in 1995. The Saudi influence-buying machine had effectively shut down any
threat of criminal prosecution. Those Americans, including a former President,
who lobbied for the Saudis have a lot to answer for. So d! o the Saudis.
With the explosive growth of Al Qaida and their Taliban allies, the Saudis
finally recognized that they had gone too far. As Osama Bin Laden laughingly
related on videotape, he was approached prior to the attack on the twin
Trade Towers by his relatives, who offered him $300,000,000 to cancel the
- Apparently, the Bin Laden family really had not broken
off all ties and knew exactly what was coming. So, my clients say, did
- Six months later, a much-chagrined Prince Abdullah belatedly
announced that the Saudis would release the names of the terrorists whom
their charities had unwittingly funded, but only in Somalia and Asia. The
main Saudi charities in Herndon, Virginia, and the Al Arian network in
Florida are still untouched.
- My clients are betting that the American influence peddlers
hired by the Saudis will succeed once again in derailing a federal investigation.
They came to me for help in exposing the cover-up! p. That is why I am
filing this lawsuit. In the months to come, the American public may finally
begin to learn why the Saudi-Sami Al Arian terror networks went untouched
for so long. It wasn't an intelligence failure, it was a foreign policy
failure. The orders were not to embarrass the Saudi government. Year after
year, the cover-up orders came from the State Department and the White
- The CIA, the FBI, and the Justice Department just did
what they were told. No one intended the harsh consequences of letting
the Saudis get away with it again and again. Only after September 11, when
the Treasury Department found the financial transactions linking the Saudi
charities directly to Osama bin Laden, did American officials realize the
extent of their betrayal.
- We are not alone in our grief and anger. Saudi money
sabotaged every Israeli initiative to make peace. The bewildered Palestinians
may finally realize that they have been stabbed in the back by an Arab
- The rules have changed after September 11, but the bottom
line remains the same: If we want to stop terrorism, we have to tell the
Saudis to stop funding it.
- John Loftus