New York Times plays down Saudi role in promoting terrorism

“WikiLeaks cables portray Saudi Arabia as a cash machine for terrorists,” declares The Guardian, reporting on the US State Department’s concerns about the Kingdom’s role in funding al Qaeda and other militant organizations.

The New York Times opts for the bland, “Cash Flow to Terrorists Evades U.S. Efforts,” with a subhead, “Arab Allies Resist U.S. Moves to Close Aid Pipelines, Cables Say.”

Reporters Eric Lichtblau and Eric Schmitt wait until paragraph nineteen of their report to declare: “Saudi Arabia, a critical military and diplomatic ally, emerges in the cables as the most vexing of problems.” Paragraph nineteen! Why wasn’t that in the first paragraph? Just because President Obama has demonstrated his willingness to bow to King Abdullah, does the Times feel obliged to assume the same posture?

The Guardian reports:

Saudi Arabia is the world’s largest source of funds for Islamist militant groups such as the Afghan Taliban and Lashkar-e-Taiba – but the Saudi government is reluctant to stem the flow of money, according to Hillary Clinton.

“More needs to be done since Saudi Arabia remains a critical financial support base for al-Qaida, the Taliban, LeT and other terrorist groups,” says a secret December 2009 paper signed by the US secretary of state. Her memo urged US diplomats to redouble their efforts to stop Gulf money reaching extremists in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

“Donors in Saudi Arabia constitute the most significant source of funding to Sunni terrorist groups worldwide,” she said.

Three other Arab countries are listed as sources of militant money: Qatar, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates.

The cables highlight an often ignored factor in the Pakistani and Afghan conflicts: that the violence is partly bankrolled by rich, conservative donors across the Arabian Sea whose governments do little to stop them.

The problem is particularly acute in Saudi Arabia, where militants soliciting funds slip into the country disguised as holy pilgrims, set up front companies to launder funds and receive money from government-sanctioned charities.

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4 thoughts on “New York Times plays down Saudi role in promoting terrorism

  1. Vince J

    This is from ‘Informed Comment” at

    “Is AIPAC a Wikileaks Operation?”

    I know… “wikileakes is a covert operation blah blah blah.t this article is very informative! Not about wikileaks, but about the the whimpy Eric Holder and his prossecution of wikileaks…

  2. Norman

    Isn’t this the pot calling the kettle black? Embarrassment, should be another phrase used here. The U.S. pours pallet loads of brand new $100.00 bills into each and any country that it settles into, thinking it’s O.K. But then criticize the leaders of said country as being corrupt. Unless I’m mistaken, this has been the way things always have been in other countries, so copping an attitude such as we see today about Wikileaks, because the messages reveal what the U.S. has been doing, for how many years? Bribes, pay offs, what ever name one puts on the subject, the U.S. is just as guilty if not more so, especially in the countries of the Wars this decade. What really astounds me, is the silence from the people of the U.S. to know that their leaders are just as corrupt, care less about them as the ones being painted overseas. As for the NYTimes, they are just as guilty as all the rest of the media in U.S. for censoring the news. The U.S. is really close to a legitimate police state today, thanks to the spineless Congressional, Executive, Supreme Court selling out to the highest bidder, though considering the quality of payoffs, I would venture it was the lowest bidder. The Government of the U.S. is no different than the other ones, who live in Glass Houses, except the the U.S. has taken to throwing rocks at the others. Hope that all the Wikileaks will be shown, perhaps this might wake up the people enough to get off their collective ass, turn of the media news, stand up for their own rights here in the U.S., spend those funds here, take care of our own, screw the others, as the U.S. has no business sticking its nose in other peoples affairs. The Business people can go fight their own battles instead of sending the young men & women off to fight, die, come hove either in a box or in such mental/physical states that require care for the rest of their lives. Where is that outrage from the politicians? There isn’t any because the politicians are all corrupt, from the top down. It’s too bad that Washington can’t be flushed down the toilet like the rest of the shit.

  3. Ian Arbuckle

    So, now that you start to see the structure, why not ask Mossad or GW Bush, ex Pres. ex CIA boss-man, long time biz associate with Bin Laden family etc., how difficult it was or it might have been to get together the necessary elements of 9-11 and make it look like……?? all through Saudi Arabia, no trace back, no documentation. So the key will be the local support for demolition of WTC twin towers and Bldg. 7, and control of aircraft which normally cannot fly like that…. We can hope that some one who knows will come to WikiLeaks or the like. I’m sure he/she cannot trust the Federal law enforcement agencies, as they have furthered the lies put out by the government. Another reason that they are falling over themselves to stamp WikiLeaks out……

    Ya, Ya, and now we have the same Saudis learning how convenient a War on Terror at home is, (how many hundred were arrested last month, I’m sure they’ll get a fair trial) to get rid of any opposition, Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, my foot.

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