Print this imedietely before they take me away! Aug 15, 2003 12:48:16 GMT -5
Post by degicank on Aug 15, 2003 12:48:16 GMT -5
Q. What do Afghanistan, Enron, 9-11, Anthrax and Iraq have in common?
The following pages are condensed down from thousands of documents. It took me over 500 hours to compile and understand the big picture. The information all came from a multitude of credible sources including many different government documents, numerous news sources and energy trade journals. All information is sourced and the headlines were added to summarize the topic.
The short story in a nutshell. Oil and natural gas reserves worth over 5 trillion dollars discovered in former USSR Central Asia countries were land locked. Working with global oil companies under the Clinton administration, the U.S. government covertly supported and courted the Taliban with cash and arms to get a huge pipeline project through Afghanistan. After several al-Qaeda terrorist attacks (on US embassies in Africa and the USS Cole) Bill Clinton finally told the oil companies “You’re on your own”. Enron had been counting on this project to happen so as soon as George W. Bush was in office, the State Department resumed negotiations with the Taliban. By July 2001, the US had threatened the Taliban with military action if they did not cooperate and take the great deal they were being offered. An agreement was NOT reached. The US planned an invasion of Afghanistan before winter of 2001 but then the 9-11 attack occurred. The 9-11 attack was carried out by mostly Saudi Arabians. Iraq had nothing to do with al-Qaeda, 9-11 OR the Anthrax attacks but Iraq was the weakest Arab country and considered an easy target. Plans to invade both Afghanistan and Iraq were made long before 9-11. Read the details to learn how greed created the situation we are currently in.
1993: Chevron Wins Huge Contract: A famous contract was signed between Kazakhstan and Chevron in 1993, granting the Chevron a stake in ALL oil and natural gas development there the rich oil resources of the Caspian Basin, which multinational corporations hope to massively exploit in the 21st century. (DOE)
October 21, 1995: We need a Pipeline through Afghanistan: The oil company Unocal signs a contract with Turkmenistan to export $8 billion worth of natural gas through a $3 billion pipeline which would go from Turkmenistan through Afghanistan to Pakistan. Political considerations and pressures allow Unocal to edge out a more experienced Argentinean company for the contract. Henry Kissinger, a Unocal consultant, calls it "the triumph of hope over experience." [Washington Post, 10/5/98]
October 27, 1997: Halliburton Involved in Project Halliburton, (Dick Cheney CEO) announces a new agreement to provide technical services and drilling for Turkmenistan. "Halliburton has been providing a variety of services in Turkmenistan for the past five years." A consortium to build a pipeline through Afghanistan is formed. It's called CentGas, and the two main partners are Unocal and Delta Oil of Saudi Arabia. [Halliburton press release, 10/27/97, CentGas press release, 10/27/97] [DOE/EIA Reports on the Caspian 5/17/00 Page 64]
December 4, 1997: Taliban are Invited Guests to Texax Taliban representatives visit Unocal headquarters in Texas and agree to a $2 billion pipeline deal if the US officially recognizes the Taliban regime. [BBC, 12/4/97, Telegraph, 12/14/97] FTW
December 14, 1997: Unocal Prepares Crew to Build Pipeline Across Afghanistan Unocal hired the University of Nebraska to train 400 Afghani teachers, electricians, carpenters and pipefitters for their pipeline in Afghanistan. 150 students are already attending classes. [Telegraph, 12/14/97]
February 12, 1998: Need Stability in Afghanistan to get this Pipeline Done: Unocal Vice President John J. Maresca - (later appointed Special Ambassador to Afghanistan) - testifies before the House of Representatives; the trans-Afghani pipeline will not be built until a single, unified, friendly government is in place in Afghanistan. The Caspian basin could produce 20 percent of all the non-OPEC oil in the world by 2010. [House International Relations Committee testimony, 2/12/98]
March 1998: Afghanistan’s Civil War Delays Pipeline Unocal announced a delay in finalizing the pipeline project due to Afghanistan's continuing civil war
June 23, 1998: Cheney’s Company Drooling over Opportunities Dick Cheney, CEO of Halliburton, a Dallas-based oil services giant, states: "I can't think of a time when we've had a region emerge as suddenly to become as strategically significant as the Caspian. It's almost as if the opportunities have arisen overnight." [Cato Institute Library, Chicago Tribune, 8/10/00]. Cheney sits on Kazakstan's Oil Advisory Board, a sounding board for the country's president. Between 1992 and 1999, the Pentagon paid Halliburtons BRS division more than $1.2 billion for its work in trouble spots around the globe. Dick Cheney helped broker the Chevron-Kazakhstan deal when he sat on the Kazakhstan Oil Advisory Board in the mid-'90s (Amarillo Globe-News, June 13, 1998)
June 1998: Pipeline Delays Cause Big Problems for Enron "Failure of Enron's flagship project" is an inability to get the natural gas out of the region. "Uzbekistan is extremely concerned at the growing strength of the Taliban and potential impact on stability in Uzbekistan, making future cooperation on a pipeline project which benefits the Taliban unlikely." A $12 billion pipeline through China is being considered.. [Alexander's Gas and Oil Connections, 10/12/98]
June 12, 1998 Bin Laden Makes Threats The State Department received information on June 12 that bin Laden was threatening "some type of terrorist action in the next several weeks". [International News Electronic Telegraph]
August 7, 1998: al-Qaeda Attacks US Embassies Terrorists bomb the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. The attack is blamed on al-Qaeda. [PBS Frontline, 2001]
August 9, 1998:Taliban control 90% of Afghanistan - Secures Pipeline Route: Taliban control 90% of Afghanistan, including the entire pipeline route. CentGas partners are Unocal and Delta Oil of Saudi Arabia, Hyundai of South Korea, two Japanese companies, a Pakistani conglomerate and the Turkmen government." The pipeline cannot be financed unless the government is officially recognized. "Diplomatic sources said the Taliban's offensive was well prepared and deliberately scheduled two months ahead of the next UN meeting" to decide if the Taliban should be recognized. [Telegraph, 8/13/98]
Aug. 20, 1998 Clinton Orders Attacks Clinton ordered cruise missile attacks (75-80) on Afghanistan and Sudan targets.
August 22, 1998: Pipeline on Hold, Unocal suspended construction plans due to continuing civil war in Afghanistan. Unocal stressed that the pipeline project would not proceed until an internationally recognized government was in place in Afghanistan. While the governments of Turkmenistan and Pakistan, as well as the Taliban authorities in Afghanistan, have continued discussions on the route, there does not seem to be any near-term likelihood that it will be built. (DOE/EIA Reports on the Caspian 5/17/00 Page 64)
December 5, 1998: Pipeline Deal Dead US gives up on putting a pipeline through Afghanistan after al-Qaeda attacks US embassy. Unocal withdraws from the CentGas and closes three of its four offices in Central Asia. A concern that Clinton will lose support among women voters for upholding the Taliban also plays a role in the cancellation. [New York Times, 12/5/98]
Late 1998 (B): FBI Learns al-Qaeda Was Spying On Pipleine Negotiations An e-mail memo on a computer seized by the FBI during the investigation of 1998 African embassy bombings revealed that Osama bin Laden's group had detailed knowledge of negotiations that were taking place between Afghanistan's ruling Taliban, the American government and business leaders over plans for a U.S. oil and gas pipeline across Afghanistan. Jean-Charles Brisard - June 5, 2002
April 30, 1999: Pipeline Project Resumes Without US Companies, Afghanistan, Pakistan, & Turkmenistan reactivated the gas pipeline project excluding (Unocal) US interests www.afghanonlineforum.com/news/1999/april/apr30b1999.htm
July 4, 1999: Now US Says: Taliban Bad: The US government finally issues an executive order prohibiting commercial transactions with the Taliban. [Executive Order, 7/4/99]
July 14, 1999: Those Towers Are Coming Down. A government informant records a conversation between some illegal arms dealers and Pakistani ISI agents held within view of the WTC. An ISI agent points to the WTC and says, "Those towers are coming down." He later makes other references to an attack on the WTC. The informant passes these warnings on to Senator Bob Graham and others, but later claims "The complaints were ordered sanitized by the highest levels of government." Senator Graham admits being "concerned" about this warning before 9/11, but apparently the warning is not passed on. [cooperativeresearch.org]
Oct. 15, 1999: The U.N. Says Taliban Bad The UN Security Council imposed sanctions on the Taliban (Resolution 1267), demanding that the Taliban "turn over the terrorist Usama Bin Laden without further delay..." usinfo.state.gov/topical/pol/terror/99101507.htm