by Randy Reynolds

Khalid bin Mahfouz is Osama bin Laden's (and Salem bin Laden's) brother-in-law. One of his jobs since the 1970's was to buy influence in the U.S. and other countries for the bin Ladens.

Mahfouz supplied bin Laden money to James Bath. Bath invested it in companies such as Arbusto Oil in Midland, Texas, owned by George W. Bush, son of the CIA Director George H.W. Bush.

Mahfouz was a principal in BCCI, a bank the U.S. Senate called the largest criminal enterprise in the world. Investigative reporter Christopher Bryon wrote: "It laundered money on a global scale, intimidated witnesses and law officers, engaged in extortion and blackmail. It supplied the financing for illegal arms trafficking and global terrorism."

Harken Energy bailed out George W. Bush when his oil company (Arbusto) failed. A BCCI subsidiary saved Harken Energy, with a $25-million loan.

By 1981, the CIA was using BCCI to finance "black ops," (off-the-record operations that the Reagan-Bush Administration wanted to keep hidden from Congress and the public.)

During the George H.W. Bush presidency, lower level investigators were told to "lay off BCCI." President Bush appointed his own investigator--Robert Mueller.

The U.S. Senate said the Mueller investigation was "botched." CIA records were lost, witnesses disappeared and the scandal quietly sank from public awareness.

And Bush appointed Mueller to head the FBI.

Mahfouz owns a Pakistani Bank with a stake in the Carlyle Group. George H.W. Bush was a director in the Carlyle Group, along with Osama bin Laden's brother Shafig bin Laden. Bush 41 and Osama's brother were having breakfast in Washington with other Carlyle directors the morning of the 9/11 attacks.

(George H.W. Bush resigned from the Carlyle Group 2 years later, but James Baker is still involved with them.)

Mahfouz is one of the biggest investors in Delta Oil, which has a major joint venture with Amerada Hess. A director of Amerada Hess (incorporated in an off-shore tax haven) is Thomas Kean, chairman of the 9/11 Commission.


Kevin Phillips, Commondreams.org: "Eldest son George W. Bush made his first Middle East connection in the late 1970s with James Bath, a Texas businessmen who served as the North American representative for two rich Saudis (and Osama bin Laden relatives) — billionaire Salem bin Laden and banker and BCCI insider Khalid bin Mahfouz. Bath put $50,000 into Bush's 1979 Arbusto oil partnership..."

Ted Koeppel, Nightline, 1992: "It is becoming increasingly clear that George [H.W.] Bush, operating largely behind the scenes through the 1980s, initiated and supported much of the financing, intelligence and military help that built Saddam's Iraq into the aggressive power that the United States ultimately had to destroy (in the First Gulf War)."

Senator Daniel K. Inouye, Iran Contra Hearings, 1987: "There exists a shadowy Government with its own Air Force, its own Navy, its own fundraising mechanism, and the ability to pursue its own ideas of national interest, free from all checks and balances, and free from the law itself."