Sunday, December 30, 2012

Arab Money and the Purchase of a President

Guest post by John A. Shaw

In the run-up to the 2012 election, a story surfaced about an Iraqi billionaire who managed to buy access to Washington policy makers while funding a Chicago Pay-to-Play scheme that helped produce a Governor, a U.S. Senator, and, ultimately, a President of the United States.

The story was eight years in the making, yet despite the extent of his political influence, this Iraqi’s name remains largely unknown. He wants it that way. In fact, he has spent a significant sum attempting to hinder the reporting of his activities by the news media. The lack of attention paid to him, however, is inversely proportional to his level of importance.

His name is Nadhmi Auchi.

Auchi is now a British citizen. He bought respectability in Britain and in Europe through both donations to charities and self-serving gifts to politicians.

He was once Saddam Hussein’s arms merchant. He morphed into Saddam’s main financial operative in Europe. Today, he is one of the richest men in the world, and has, over the last few decades, been a player in nearly every noteworthy, corrupt, international deal involving Europe and the Middle East.

He was convicted of fraud in a $504 million corruption scandal -- the Elf Aquitaine case – the largest corruption trial in French history.

He was a central figure in one of the largest corruption cases during the Iraqi reconstruction, involving $3 billion dollars.

His U.S. visa was revoked for his alleged facilitation of $30 million in bribes to American and British officials in Iraq.

Auchi was a primary beneficiary of the widely abused and notoriously corrupt U.N. "Oil for Food" program while he was the single, largest stockholder in the merged French megabank BNP Parisbas. The bank was a major conduit for the funds flowing through the U.N. program.

He also reportedly gained access to the White House over the course of four separate administrations, beginning with George H. W. Bush, through the Clinton era and that of Bush 43. And it goes without saying that he was intimately involved with the political career of one Barack H. Obama.

Auchi's Chicago proxy was a man named Tony Rezko, best known for his curious land deal with Obama. At the same time, Auchi staged his worldwide operations out of London. But Chicago was the Alpha and Omega of his empire.

Rezko reportedly used Auchi money to grease political skids and buy access into the shadowy world of the Chicago political machine.

With Rezko on the ground there, the Auchi-Rezko combine created an Arab-American network linking Chicago and the Middle East in ways that brought financial support to two promising, Illinois politicians: Rod Blagojevich and Barack Obama.

Rezko and Blagojevich now sit in federal prison convicted of corruption, but Barack Obama is the 44th President of the United States, thanks, in no small part, to early financial support from Nadhmi Auchi. Both are said to expect early pardons from Barack Obama.

Meanwhile, Auchi is believed to have maintained ownership of significant assets in Chicago, where Rahm Emanuel, once Obama’s Chief of Staff, now serves as Mayor.

Valerie Jarrett, a member of the Auchi-Rezko network, was part of both the finance arm of the operation and, having been born in Iran, also part of Auchi’s Chicago Arab-American coterie. Jarrett is now the principal advisor to the President and, reportedly, was recently discovered to have clandestinely negotiated with Iran on Obama’s behalf.

Auchi is said to have spent many years serving as a protégé of British Intelligence, brokering its needs in the Middle East and beyond. That connection, and millions of dollars, enabled him to bring his problem-solving capabilities to the attention of U.S. policy makers at the time of the First Gulf War.

The connections he developed during the war positioned him to become a key advisor to the Department of Defense (DoD) during the Reconstruction planning for Iraq. Auchi eventually leveraged his advisory role into becoming the central figure in Iraqi Reconstruction, which was plagued with corruption.

I learned these facts while assigned by the DoD to track illegal arms sales in Iraq. In that role, I learned that Auchi appeared to cover his tracks using his intelligence and political connections.

In 2008, the files which documented and confirmed what I had learned were transferred to the Chicago Office of United States Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald. Since then, that office has taken no action to pursue Auchi, or his network.

Similarly, the Chicago media has demonstrated only occasional and cursory interest in Auchi’s role in Chicago politics.

But then, Chicago is accustomed to accepting such skulduggery, seeing as it's the home of Al Capone and the Daley Machine, for starters.

Nadhmi Auchi has gambled very successfully on his investments -- questionable or not -- around the world. Has Nadhmi Auchi gotten a good return on his investments in Chicago and D.C.?

It could be said that Auchi has considerable sway over Chicago City Hall and the White House. My guess is that his aim is to make a lot more money and to influence policy. Don’t bet against his ability to do both over the next four years.


John A. Shaw, a former senior official of the Defense, State, and Commerce departments, served on several White House staffs. He is a specialist in international technology transfer and arms sales, and in the economic development of the Middle East.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Did you not know Valerie Jarrett was the managing executive for Paul Volker during his official role of Principle Investigator for the official UN commission appointed to uncover the corruption and fraud suspected in the UN Oil For Food Programme?

Did you not know that Auchi-dominated BNP Parabas enjoyed the involvement of Jacques Chirac?

Did you know that googling wikileaks exposed documents claimed as evidence of 8 major stories had been quashed or censored to protect Obama, Auchi and cohort interests? Build your search from that sentence. It was easily found.

Did you not know that BNP Parabas enjoyed a patronage monopoly granted by Kofi Annan as the only official international settlements bank for the UN Oil For Food Programme vouchers? These vouchers spread round the world could only be formally redeemed via the official monopoly granted to BNP Parabas.

Did you ever consider the possibility of the world's largest international criminal syndicate that could be operating behind the veil of the multi-nation, transnational Socialist International and its official affiliate, the Democratic Socialists of America?

Did you know the relationships between Scytl and the murdered founder who created the software code so elections could be liberated from fraud; the ownership of Scytl by George Soros and the contracts and licensing involving Obama? Or the relationships between Scytl and Auchi?

Have you looked into the alleging links that tie Scytl to Chicago to Rezko to Auchi to Rothchild to Khashoggi to Obama to BCCI?

Chicago and the dark clouds lawlessness some fear roils from the underculture of CBOT/CME is the malignancy in metastasis destroying the American nation. Washington D. C. is merely one of the diseased organs being rendered to worthless, lifeless protoplasm in the final fungal bloom of decay. Wall Street is but the morgue, selling off the remaining organs and bundling body parts to optimize selling to the highest bidder.

If we indeed face an transnational criminal hegemony expanding their control of infiltrated national governments, we should also admit there is nothing new here. This was the same reality faced by founding generation of America in 1776.

Today, all roads lead to Chicago; and from there, to everywhere but the American people. Today it is the Americans who have been fattened up, dumbed down; now being led to slaughter. And for the same old reason by the usual suspects: To be rendered into "a greater good" in the name of Social Justice.

The nearly 2,000 episodes of serialized murder in Chicago during the Obama Presidency is but a metaphor for the nation. Moreover, they are the story of murder-by-neglect in Benghazi foretold.

In the era of Obama, we are all Christopher Stevens.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous , wow what a lot of powerful information you posted , thank you for being a patriot !

Bill Baar said...

Don't want to over look Ahim Alsammarae's role with the guys either. We Chicagoans have been watching him for a long time http://baarswestside.blogspot.com/search?q=Alsammarae