The United States Embedded in Libya: Libyan National Assets – Tobruk 1962 & 2015

 

Fifty-three years apart and the same subject is discussed in the same city with the same international actor seeking to influence Libyan domestic politics.    The years are 1962 & 2015.   The subject is The Libyan National Assets.   The city is Tobruk and the international actor is the United States.
The difference is that unlike in 1962, in 2015 the international actor succeeded.   We argue that success is reflected in the entirety of the United States Government’s Foreign Agent Registration Unit- FARA #6261.

Our previous article about FARA #6261 with STILL downloadable PDFs.

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A 4 January 2016 Conclusion from the Authors about the scandal of FARA #6261 and Libya:  Washington Africa Consultancy Group with respect to the 10 November 2014 registration statements for Libya is no longer on the US Government FARA site as of June 2015.   In an unusual act for the US Government, noted as “extraordinary”  “by an expert on the Foreign Agents Registration Act” – “the records were pulled from the Justice Department’s website entirely, leaving no public record.”
Shane Harris, then of The Daily Beast in his articleFeds Wise Up to Shady Foreign Lobbyist Hunting for Gaddafi Treasure” noted that:
“Joseph Sandler, a lawyer and expert on the Foreign Agents Registration Act, said that he’d never heard of the Justice Department pulling someone’s files because he might not actually be working for a foreign government.
“It’s extraordinary,” Sandler said. Usually, the Justice Department investigates people who are lobbying on behalf of foreign countries but who have failed to register, not the other way around, he said.
“When it comes to the department’s attention in a press story or a complaint, then they’ll look into it,” Sandler added. “They don’t have the resources on their own initiative to monitor compliance with the act.”
Sandler noted that even when an individual or a company stops lobbying for a foreign government, their filings are usually still publicly available. In Goaied’s case, however, the records were pulled from the Justice Department’s website entirely, leaving no public record that he ever claimed to have worked for Libya or that he successfully passed himself off to U.S. officials as a representative of that country’s government.”
We also refer to an earlier article by Shane Harris, the 25 May The Daily Beast articleHe’ll Tell You Where to Find Gaddafi’s Missing Billions—If He Gets His Cut”  details the official action by Libyan Embassy to the US Government to disavow one of the asset recover teams – Team Erik Goaied & WACG.  (Our previous WACG articles: HERE, HERE, HERE).  Not only did the Embassy disavow the WACG team, but ALSO the Libyan agency who signed with WACG – The National Board.   The Tobruk-linked Embassy’s 15 April repudiation was first documented on Page 146 in a 23 February 2015  (AFTER THIS ARTICLE) United Nations Security Council report.   Our PDF: UN SC Report on Libya 23 February 2015 N1502120.   Excerpts from Mr. Harris’ The Daily Beast article:
“The National Board by its very title would seem to be a valid government group,” Baker Garrari told me, “but this is not correct.”       AND
“Garrari said that the National Board “is not a Libyan government agency, and has no authority to make any commitments whatsoever on behalf of [the] Libyan government.  The minister of justice of Libya has found the actions of the National Board of Erik Goaied to be fraudulent.” 
Considering the events listed above came after this and our other articles, we present the rest of this 16 February 2015 article:

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The United States Embedded in Libya: Libyan National Assets – Tobruk 1962 & 2015

 

Our op/ed discussion will argue that the current events in Libya that are bound by subject, locale and intrusion to a chain of incidents commencing in February 1962.

'Blair, Gaddafi and the BP oil deal

‘Blair, Gaddafi and the BP oil deal. Image AP HERE

In many ways the current Libyan Assets Recovery saga could be compared to Tony Blair’s Deal in the Desert.   The UK Prime Minister’s 2004 deal with Muammar Gaddafi gave Shell Oil trade deals ‘worth £120 million’.   For British Petroleum, the British/Libyan arrangement meant that the ‘full potential of the deal could be worth £13 billion.’   As the Assets Recovery Deal could mean up to $USD 2 Trillion of Libyan National Assets residing in the US, what will its name be?   Our sordid suggestion: The Tryst in Tobruk.

Tryst or Deal, we can now conclude that this was the plan all along.  Because Libya’s Assets Recovery Entity, The National Board signed on August 22nd to repatriate the recovered Libyan assets, AND THEN on November 10th, The National Board allowed their US lobbyist to file a contradictory FARA document with the stated intent to keep the assets within the US, we can conclude that The National Board, HoR, the Thinni Government and the United States Government colluded to deceive the Libyan people.

We base this on (1) Libya’s Lobbyist, the Washington African Consultancy Group (WACG) retains it contract despite the discrepancies between the consultancy agreement and US Government’s FARA document, (2) the international recognition of questionable and/or negative due diligence conducted by journalists and academics about WACG, WACG principals and their consultancy agreement, (3) the deal’s timing to the African Summit and (4) the prominence of the US Government in the consultancy agreement – in that the US gave prior approval to the agreement.  BEFORE the signatures, the US Government was ‘informed and consulted’ and gave their ‘support herein’ ‘on this matter’.  (Page 16)

Reflected in FARA #6261 is the irony that these elected Libyan officials forgot their duty WAS NOT to the United States but to their constituents, the Libyan People.   As such, a question begs to be answered.  Why didn’t these Libyan politicians instead of stockpiling the assets in the US, use the recovered assets to establish from its inception, the world’s most prosperous sovereign wealth fund?

 

To examine this American entente cordiale with the HoR, the National Board and the Government of Abdulla Thinni, this discussion was divided into two parts.  First, a background focusing on the United States in the 2015 deal and its parallels to the 1962 incident.   Secondly, we provide a translation of the 1962 Tobruk incident for comparison.

 

Tobruk

The epicenter of both events is the eastern city of Tobruk.  Tobruk is a Libyan port city of ~120,000 situated on the eastern Mediterranean coast.   The scene of many WWII Allied and Axis battles, Tobruk is the present locale of the Internationally recognized Libyan Government consisting of the HoR and the cabinet of Abdulla Thinni.  Tobruk distinguishes itself as the city that witnessed many of the first protests in the 2011 Revolution.  In 1962 Tobruk was the site of a historic meeting by then Libyan ruler, King Idris.

حان الوقت ليعلم شعبنا الليبي' HERE

حان الوقت ليعلم شعبنا الليبي’ HERE by Moftah Faraj

 

The parallels between 1962 and 2015

The parallels from that 1962 meeting are reverberating, literally screaming to be acknowledged.  As analogous to today’s events, they are as pertinent as 53 years ago.  To reveal the impact of 1962, we are publishing a translated excerpt from an Arabic vignette.  This account is derived from the recollections of a credible witness to Libyan history.

Our incentive is to draw awareness to the wisdom and sincerity of a Libyan ruler with his advisers from a generation ago.   Their foresight is evident in their decision rejecting foreign interference regarding the Libyan National Assets.   As a case-study, it provides the HoR and the Thinni Government an impetus with which to reconsider their decisions made on behalf of the Libyan people.   Specifically, we refer to their choices concerning the Washington African Consultancy Group.    First, to understand one’s present and future, one must contemplate one’s past.

 

Tobruk 1962:  King Idris and Armand Hammer

In 1962 King Idris met with Armand Hammer, an emissary of US President John F. Kennedy.   The subject was the Libyan National Assets.  With only three months of revenues in its treasury, Libya had just begun to acquire wealth from the discovery and subsequent profits of its oil sales.   Noting its recent revenue, Mr. Hammer submitted the American Administration’s request that a percentage of the new Libyan National Assets to be given for the development of Africa.

-King Idris -حان الوقت ليعلم شعبنا الليبي' -

-King Idris -حان الوقت ليعلم شعبنا الليبي’ – HERE

King Idris, Libya’s only king, was from the Sannusi order and ruled from 1951 until 1969 at which time he ‘was deposed in a 1969 coup d’etat by army officers led by Muammar Gaddafi.’  Dr. Frederic Wehrey wrote about the Sanussi order in a 2011 Foreign Affairs article entitled ‘Libya’s Terra Incognita’ that:

The revivalist Sanussiya Sufi order has featured prominently in the country’s collective memory. It provided the organizational base for the Libyan resistance to the Italian occupation and was the pillar of support for the monarchy under King Idris, who held sovereign power from 1951 until 1969.

Armand Hammer - 'حان الوقت ليعلم شعبنا الليبي'

Armand Hammer – ‘حان الوقت ليعلم شعبنا الليبي’ HERE

Armand Hammer was an American entrepreneur.  He was a witness & participant to many of the Twentieth Century’s political events and its actors.   He was the ‘chief executive officer and chairman of the board’ of Occidental Petroleum Corporation.   Mr. Hammer turned a ‘near bankrupt’ company to a profitable venture; much due to the ‘profitable oil ventures in Libya’.  He acquired Occidental Petroleum in 1956 and in 1957 was elected president & CEO.  Libya is the locale of OXY’s first contract in 1965.  OXY continues to win Libyan contracts.  Additional creditability for Armand Hammer’s presence in Libya is an OXY water project confirmed to us from a worker on that project.  We found this particular story within the narrative verifiable in that Armand Hammer knew and did requests for President Kennedy.

However, to understand the historical significance of that fated meeting of February 1962, we must first reacquaint ourselves with the current events happening in Tobruk…

THE NATIONAL BOARD #6261 Page 5

Consultancy Agreement (Page 5) HERE

 

…and specifically, the Assets Recovery Issue:

A short background from our previous article: The Washington African Consultancy Group (WACG) was hired on the 22 August 2014 through a consultancy agreement with their client, THE NATIONAL BOARD FOR THE FOLLOWING-UP AND RECOVERING OF THE LIBYAN LOOTED AND DISGUISED FUNDS aka “THE NATIONAL BOARD”.

In the consultancy agreement the National Board noted their affiliation with the HoR and the Thinni Government by noting the ‘principal address’ (Page 1) and on (Page 9) their affiliation to HoR.

The Libyan Government
Prime Minister’s Office
Libya

“HEAD OF GOVERNMENT” shall mean Prime Minister Abdullah Al Thani.

“Parliament” or “Government” shall mean The House of Representatives as elected on the 25th of June 2014 who is responsible to elect the new Prime Minister as Head of Government, The House of Representatives replacing the GNC as the de facto Government of Libya.

As required by US law, the lobbyist, WACG must make a public accounting with the US Department of Justice (DOJ) and its Foreign Agents Registration Unit (FARA) for the lobbying activities they intend to execute for their Libyan client, The National Board.   When WACG filed the registration statement, it provided a copy of the attached consultancy agreement with The National Board.   Both documents make the FARA #6261 registration statement.  The number 6261 is WACG’s foreign agent ID number.  As WACG is a new agent, they provided the company’s and directors’ credentials to the FARA Registration Unit.

 

WACG, The National Board … and the United States
Abdullah Al Thinni meets John Kerry at African Summit August 2014. Image Zimbo .com HERE

Abdullah Al Thinni meets John Kerry at African Summit August 2014. Image Zimbo .com HERE

 

As we noted in our previous articles, (HERE & HERE) The National Board hired as its asset recovery team the immature Washington African Consultancy Group only 14 days after its Texas incorporation and only 16 days after the conclusion of the African Summit hosted from 4-6 August in Washington DC.    The Washington Post noted that ‘40 African heads of state are gathering in Washington for an unprecedented summit that involves three days of meetings and events.’    The White House stated that the African Summit was to focus on trade and investment in which Libya sent a delegation.

We considered the timing of the African Summit (4-6 August 2014), the timing Washington African Consultancy Group’s incorporation (8 August 2014 & HERE) and the timing of the signatures on the consultancy agreement between Libya and WACG (22 August 2014 on Page 22).   We noted that all occurred within 16 lightning days.   So hurried was the incorporation, signatures and FARA filing that the ‘principal business address’ listed was also the personal ‘residence’ of WACG Director Douglas Keith Foree.  (questions 1 & 3, 5 c, g)   The time frame:

  • 4-6 August 2014-African Summit held in Washington, DC.
  • 8   August 2014-Washington Africa Consultancy Group was incorporated.
  • 22 August 2014-The National Board sign the consultancy agreement with WACG.
6261-Exhibit-AB-20141110-1 1 Repatriating page 15

6261 Repatriating (page 15) HERE

 

‘Repatriate’ or ‘-keeping them within the United States-‘

Although WACG signed a consultancy agreement to ‘repatriate’ (Page 15), WACG attested and filed with the US Government (Page 4- Exhibit B question 9) a contradictory statement that it will keep all the Libyan Assets identified abroad (except Libya) ‘within the United States’.

In addition, WACG stated in Exhibit B question 9,  that ‘…it will then provide for the USE of those assets…’   Meaning that “It”, the Washington African Consultancy Group will be deciding how the Libyan Assets will be spent.  WACG Principals’ Erik Goaied and Douglas Keith Foree, without ANY specified oversight, democratic or otherwise, ‘will then provide for the use of those assets … for the benefit of the Libyan people…’    WACG’s FARA #6261 (Page 4- Exhibit B question 9):

Exhibit B Question 9

‘Washington African Consulting Group, Inc. will seek to influence United States policies concerning suspended or frozen assets of Libya within the United States and to strengthen the inter-governmental relations between the two nations.

The Washington African Consulting Group, Inc. will achieve this purpose through the identification of Libyan assets within the United States and abroad, but not in Libya, It will then provide for the use of those assets keeping them within the United States – for the benefit of the Libyan people and the rebuilding of Libya.’

 

‘-Keeping them within the United States-’

Page 4 of FARA Registration Statement #6261

#6261 Exhibit B Question 9 (Page 4) HERE

“Them” would be the Libya’s Recovered Assets.  We discussed two interlocking points in the previous article.

First, one can deduce that ‘keeping them within the United States’ suggests the assets, by inference, will be kept within American banking institutions.  That will be up to USD$2 Trillion of Libyan assets on their books which will flow through the American banking network allowing them to generate oodles of interest-based revenue for those American banking institutions.

Secondly, based on the wording in Exhibit B Question 9, we questioned if the Libyan Assets -with the full knowledge of the HoR and Thinni government- were being used as a bargaining chip for recognition.  Are the assets relocated to the US being used to assure international/American support for the HoR and government of Abdulla Thinni over the rival government of Omar Al-Hassi?

Are the Libyan assets being used as a bargaining chip?

From our previous article: Since its publication on the 10 November 2014, The National Board has seemingly allowed their lobbyist, through #6261, to insinuate that the Libyan assets are available as a bargaining chip.  In the previous excerpt Exhibit B question 9, WACG details that one of their aims is “to strengthen the inter-governmental relations between the two nations.’   That would be the the United States and the Libyan government headed by Abdullah Thinni.

To strengthening ‘inter-governmental relations’ between the Thinni Government and Washington, WACG explains HOW it ‘will achieve this purpose…’    The sentence continues by noting blatantly, that the assets will be kept within the United States.   And this seems to be the key, the explanation by inference, is that the assets will be kept within US Banks.  With educated speculations of at least USD2 trillion of Libyan assets in gold, diamonds and USD$260 Billion in just 4 South African banks and warehouses, let alone the rest of the world, this offer becomes one spectacular financial bargaining chip.

If the Libyan assets are being offered as an incentive for United States to maintain its official recognition of the HoR and the Al Thani government – is it working?  As of 9 December 2014, The Libyan Herald noted that the international and US communities reaffirmed that they ‘recognize and support’ the  Thinni Government and House of Representatives.   ‘According to a statement from Thinni’s press office, they also said that they do not recognise any other entity as the legitimate government in the country.’

 

Let’s check our bearings in this discussion:  As FARA #6261 has been public for three months and WACG maintains its contract with the inane discrepancies, we can conclude that although Libya signed to ‘repatriate’,  The National Board, the HoR and the Thinni Government jointly colluded to have their US-based lobbyist maintain USD$2 Trillion in Libyan National Assets.   Colluded here means that repatriate was just for domestic consumption as no Libyan official bothered to inform the Libyan People of the real deal.   Let’s continue.

 

WACG, The National Board and the United States: a deeper relationship
6261-Exhibit-AB-20141110-1 Page 16

6261 US Government (Page 16) HERE

 

The United States: An Atypical Warrant.

Not only did WACG indicated in FARA #6261 that the assets remain in the US, WACG’s consultancy agreement required that the United States was well aware of the relationship between WACG and The National Board.

In fact, the consultancy agreement requires Libya through The National Board to pledge that the US Government was “INFORMED and CONSULTED” and gave PRIOR “SUPPORT” of WACG’s relationship with The National Board. (Page 16)

We have to ask why? 

FARA REGULATIONS: DOJ & DOS knew and approved of #6200 & 6202

FARA REGULATIONS: #616 HERE

It is an atypical requirement by a lobbyist to require that their client must warrant that the US Government be informed and consulted while giving support of the relationship PRIOR to filing the FARA document.  We know that under FARA regulation #616 the US Department of State must be notified by the Department of Justice and both must give approval of a FARA statement as “appropriate from the point of view of the foreign relations of the United States.”   However, this approval comes AFTER the document has been filed…NOT BEFORE.

The US was ‘informed and consulted’ and gave prior ‘support’ ‘of this matter’

WARRANTIES PROVIDED BY THE NATIONAL BOARD:

3.2 The National Board Members confirm that representatives of Libya has duly informed and consulted with the US and its various agencies on this matter and have received their support herein.

On page 16 of the consultancy agreement: The National Board ‘confirms that representatives of Libya has duly informed and consulted with the US … on this matter and have received their support herein’.   

 

Another bearings check:   As the US was ‘consulted and informed’ and gave ‘support herein’,  we can conclude The National Board, the HoR, the Thinni Government AND the United States jointly pre-approved that Libya’s National Assets will remain in the US even though ALL knew that the asset were signed to be repatriated.   Therefore, we can conclude that ALL jointly colluded to deceive the Libyan people about the final destination of  those assets.    To finish the parallel to the 1962 American request for Libya’s national assets slated for the development of Africa, we offer…

 

…“Our African Partners”

The US is to maintain up to USD$2 Trillion of the Libyan National Assets, lets add the African angle.   We offer a hauntingly relevant quote from one of the three members of The National Board, Mohamed Tag, Mohamed El Bakshi and Youssef Siriheid. (page 5).  We refer to the Le Monde article entitled Le dernier chasseur du « trésor » de Kadhafi:

Le comité qu’il dirige en a fait sa priorité, voire son obsession. « Nous tablons sur une restitution d’au moins 400 milliards de dollars, une somme vitale pour la reconstruction de la Libye, et qui bénéficiera à toute la région, en particulier à nos partenaires africains », insiste l’un des trois membres de ce comité rencontré à Tunis.”

Our translation is from two attorneys & graduates of Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne:

“The Committee which he heads has made its priority, or even its obsession [to recover the assets].We are counting on a restitution of at least 400 billion dollars, a vital sum for the reconstruction of Libya and that will benefit the entire region, in particular our African partners”, insists one of the three members of the Committee that met in Tunis.”

‘… that will benefit the entire region and in particular our African partners…   It echoes, doesn’t it?

 

Please keep in mind all the previous facts when appraising the 1962 American request for Libyan National Wealth to fund African development.   Afterwards, ask yourself is it coincidental that consultancy group was incorporated with the name the Washington African Consultancy Group?

 

Tobruk: February 1962

We provide this excerpt in its original Arabic, our PDF: ‘حان الوقت ليعلم شعبنا الليبي’ and our English translation.  We edited out Moftah Faraj’s opinion and slightly reordered the account for easier understanding.  This came from a detailed account posted online during the Gaddafi-era by Moftah Faraj.  As Libyan criticism of the Gaddafi Regime was always met with threats, acts of intimidation and/or assignations, many Libyan then and now, assume a pen-name. This is the case with Moftah Faraj.  This account is first-hand observation and interviews with the actors in Libyan history.   This is a link for Dr. Ali Al Sahli, head of the Ruler’s Dewan which is the equivalent to Chief of Staff to an American Presidency.

A Libyan assessment on the website:

“An important article was written by Moftah Faraj (pseudonym) about secrets of the military coup that set off from Benghazi at 2: 30 a.m. on Monday, 1st September 1969 which was published on the website Libya News on 29 May 2005.  It was well received and endorsed by the many Libyans.

Mr. Faraj lived those events and is a witness to many of the facts mentioned in the article.  The article is well researched. The writer personally verified the facts from the original sources.

After the publication of the first article, the publisher received inquiries and clarifications on several points which were referred to the author who graciously reviewed and taken into account.”

The beginning

Dar Al Salaam Palace - 'حان الوقت ليعلم شعبنا الليبي'

Dar Al Salaam Palace – ‘حان الوقت ليعلم شعبنا الليبي’

On a Thursday of February 1962, the Libyan army Chief Gen. Nouri Bin Ismail asked his office manager to pick up the president of the US oil company Occidental, Armand Hammer (1898-1990), from Al Abraga airport near the city for Al Bayda.  Mr. Hammer was to be taken to the Dar Al Salaam Palace in Tobruk to meet King Mohammed Idris Al-Senussi.  The City of Tobruk is about 300 km from the airport of Al Abraga which had modest equipment, where aircrafts were guided to land by releasing smoke.

Armand Hammer

Ibrahim Al-Al Shlhai حان الوقت ليعلم شعبنا الليبي'

Ibrahim Al-Al Shlhai

Hammer, who was assigned the task of a private and confidential mission by the U.S President John F. Kennedy arrived by private jet from the Greek island of Crete, accompanied by a secretary.  Hammer, his secretary and the pilot rode a Mercedes 300 with a glass partition between driver and rear seat.  At 7 p.m. the US delegation arrived in Dar Al Salaam Palace and was greeted at the back door of the Palace by the King’s private secretary Mr. Ibrahim Al-Al Shlhai (died in a car accident on April 23, 1964 at the age of thirty-three) and Dr. Ali Al Sahli, the Chief of Staff (Head of the Dewan).   Hammer was wearing a (Texan hat) and high-heeled cowboy boots.  Hammer was taken to the second floor by Ibrahim Al-Al Shlhai to meet King Mohammed Idris Muhammad al-Mahdi Al Senussi (1890-1983).   The interview lasted about two and a half hours.  Then Mr. Hammer returned to Al Abraga airport and boarded his plane leaving the country at 1 a.m.

Dr. Ali Sahli - 'حان الوقت ليعلم شعبنا الليبي'

Dr. Ali Sahli

                              Dr. Ali Al Sahli

A few days later he, (Dr. Ali Al Sahli) met a friend at the Ali Atyara’s Café near the near the town of Al Marj and narrated to him what took place in that interview by saying, “There was a controversy between the King and the American who is a prominent figure and a confidante of President Kennedy who sent him.  In addition to his work as petroleum expert and President of a large company Occidental, he is a secret intelligence agent.”  Hammer greeted the King and then asked the King “Your Majesty, over the past three months, since the start of oil exports, apparently you have a good balance of foreign currency, and it will increase with the increase of high prices or increase exporting.  Therefore, our government (the American) requests that your Majesty deduct a percentage of cents (he specified) of your income to help poor nations in Africa, and this will not effect your income. “

The King's points.

The King’s points.

 

 

King’s response was clear and unequivocal as he reminded him (Armand Hammer) several points through the King’s translator Dr. Awni Al-Dajani which were:

  1. Libya is at its first phases of reconstruction and reform and we have begun to plan for development and housing.
  2. Libya has suffered more than any other country because of the Italian colonization and by the destruction of installations resulting from fighting on its own territory (referring to the Second World War).
  3. There are Arab countries which have supported us during our ordeal and they should be the first to receive help.
  4. Libya is the poorest country in Africa. Its wealth was looted and her children were taken into slavery.
  5. If we consider of this matter, it is necessary to refer it to the Parliament, like your Congress.

The Meeting’s Conclusion

When he was coming down the stairs (after the meeting), Mr. Hammer was angry and stumbled twice and was heard saying by Dr. Al Sahli, “this country does not need a Congress; we only need one man with which to agree.” 

Dr. Al Sahli commented to his friend in the coastal café near the city of Al Marej “I swear I am afraid of these last words, they could be planning a coup for us. These Americans are crazy.”

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Assertions in this 1962 event:

“…this country does not need a Congress; we only need one man with which to agree”, said Armand Hammer as quoted by Dr. Al Sahli.   The King’s righteous refusal for the Libyan National Wealth to be given without democratic process was met with American hostility and threats.

For those Arabic readers Moftah Faraj’s account continues with the events that led up to the 1969 coup d’état.  However, for this English discussion we conclude our translation and refer to another source that gives a visual credence to Dr. Sahli’s premonition “…they could be planning for a coup for us…”

1969 Libyan coup d’état

Much has been written about the September 1st coup d’état led by Muammar Gaddafi.  Giving credibility to Moftah Faraj’s account of Dr. Sahli forewarning is this short video from Aljazeera with its English subtitles.  The compelling video illustrates the relentless allegations in and out of Libya that Muammar Gaddafi came to power at the behest of the American Government.

Do note that Gaddafi so incensed after the affront in 2003 Arab League in Sharm el-Sheikh Summit, the regime was implicated in the assignation of late King Abdulla of Saudi Arabia.   One of “Gaddafi’s Secret Missionaries” was sentenced to 23 years for charges of the 2004 plot to assassinate the Saudi ruler and receiving money from Gaddafi’s World Islamic Call Society (WICS.)   He did receive an early release.

 

‘Who brought you into power? You tell the truth. Who brought you into power?’

The significance of this video is that a discussion even took place.   The transcript at 1:29 quotes late King Abdulla of Saudi Arabia:

‘Who brought you into power? You tell the truth. Who brought you into power?’

http://youtu.be/eYY_ws6axKo

Salim000001 uploaded his video on 6 June 2010.   He entitled it “Saudi King Abdullah vs. Gaddafi (with English subtitles)”.   He noted that “Saudi King Abdullah confronts the Libyan Leader Muammar Gaddafi.  (I’ve translated their conversation with accurate English subtitles).”

 

Before we conclude…
'' Compensation - % Commission Douglas Keith Foree 6261-short-form-20141110-2

” Compensation -% Commission Douglas Keith Foree 6261-short-form-20141110-2

WACG’s Remuneration/Commission – Is that “10%” or “TBD” To be Determined?

In the 22 August 2014 #6261 attached consultancy agreement under 6.1 Remuneration, WACG will be receiving a 10% fee for ‘locating and identifying the assets’ (Page 17).   Yet, both WACG Principal Erik Magnus Iskander Goaied and Douglas Keith Foree attested, signed and filed on 10 November 2014 with US DOJ-FARA Registration Unit that the ‘commission is “TBD” percentage of the recovered assets.’  “TBD”… is commonly accepted as TO BE DETERMINED. 

What compensation or thing of value have you received to date or will you receive for the above services?  Commission at  TBD % of Recovered  Assets

And from the consultancy agreement  (page 17)

Renumeration 6.1 Consultancy Agreement #6261

Remuneration 6.1 Consultancy Agreement #6261  (Page 17)

REMUNERATION

6.1 In recognition of having located and identified the Assets THE NATIONAL BOARD agrees to pay an amount equal to 10% (ten percentage) to the Company or its nominee(s), as provided for in Article 6 Of the Decree, free from any withholdings and/or deductions, if and where possible, taking into account any local and or Applicable Laws, calculated on the net value of any liquid assets to be transferred, less any cost that has of is to be incurred, as agreed between the parties, such to apply to all Assets qualifying as liquid assets which the Company or its nominee has identified and successfully attached in terms of due process, in accordance with the relevant local legislation, as applicable from time to time.

So will WACG’s remuneration or commission be 10% or TBD…To Be Determined?   Douglas Keith Foree and Erik Magnus Iskander Goaied’s Short Form Registration Statements (page 2 question 14) HERE & HERE

 

A Conclusion:

What are the implications today of this historic meeting?  We conclude with a few points to ponder.

'Gaddafi. SA President Jacob Zuma & Bashir Saleh

Gaddafi, SA President Jacob Zuma & Bashir Saleh HERE

In 1962 an American request for Libyan oil wealth to be slated for Africa nations was rejected.   Yet, during the Gaddafi-era, Libyans are well aware of Libyan money spent on Africa at the expense of Libyan domestic development.  Moftah Faraj noted that in 2006 Gaddafi, then friend to the United States, set up the African Fund for economic projects.  Without consulting the People’s Congresses, Muammar Gaddafi set up the fund with UDS$5 million, increased it to USD$7 million in 2007 and placed Bashir Saleh in charge.

Now, that Gaddafi’s undemocratic dispersal of Libyan Wealth to Africa is no more, who will pick up the slack?   Is it coincidental that in 2014, up to USD$ 2 Trillion of Libya’s wealth is signed and fated to remain in Washington DC, to be spent by a lobbyist named the Washington African Consultancy Group with a ‘mandate’ from The National Board to spend Libyan Wealth ‘in particular on our African Partners’.

Most disturbing is now we can conclude, this was the plan all along.  Because The National Board signed on August 22nd to repatriate the recovered Libyan assets, AND THEN on November 10th The National Board allowed their lobbyist, WACG to file a contradictory FARA statement with the stated intent -to keep the assets within the US, we can conclude that The National Board, HoR, the Thinni government AND the United States colluded to deceive the Libyan people.

 

About King Idris and his Cabinet

History has recorded –for the first time in its history- and only three months after having Libyan wealth in the hands of a Libyan ruler and parliament, the American government requested that that wealth be distributed to Africa.  When that 1962 request was met just resistance, the US Government reciprocated with verbal hostility at the minimum and physical intervention at the maximum.  One could argue each time (1962, 1969 or 2015) Libyans begin to enjoy their wealth, that same actor, the United States steps in to deprive Libyans of their inalienable right to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness within their OWN borders enjoying their OWN national wealth.

History has recorded the King Idris justly declined the American request for among other reasons, the lack of the democratic process- no parliamentary consultation.  History has also recorded that King Idris’ stipulations were for the benefit of the Libyan People at the expense of his personal legacy…a decision that most likely laid the seed of his demise.

A generation ago the Libyan ruler and his cabinet listed for Armand Hammer the suffering of the Libyan people.  They knew the toll of the Italian occupation of Libya; the extrajudicial hangings; the Roman military practice of decimation on a civilian population; the first concentration camps located the Libyan Desert (see aerial video below).  And when Libya became a country; it was one of the poorest in the world.   During the first years post-independence, the King and his cabinet knew the economic disparity from having a state income based ONLY on the sale of World War II scrap metal, the rent of two military bases and export of few agricultural items.

History will record, unlike King Idris, The National Board, the HoR, the Thinni government WILLINGLY allowed The National Wealth of the Libyan people, without any stipulated Libyan oversight and control, to be kept “within the United States.”   Lest they forget:  to the HoR and Thinni Government we remind them of their lobbyist’s words in Exhibit B question 9 (Page 4- Exhibit B question 9):

Exhibit B question 9

‘Washington African Consulting Group, Inc. will seek to influence United States policies concerning suspended or frozen assets of Libya within the United States and to strengthen the inter-governmental relations between the two nations.

The Washington African Consulting Group, Inc. will achieve this purpose through the identification of Libyan assets within the United States and abroad, but not in Libya, It will then provide for the use of those assets – keeping them within the United States – for the benefit of the Libyan people and the rebuilding of Libya.’

Whereas the rulers in Tobruk of a generation ago hampered the intrusion of the United States, the government in Tobruk today welcomes the intrusion.   As evidence, we point to the collection of articles about the assets recovery issue by many inquisitive international journalists.   With so much questionable and negative due diligence about the principals, consultancy group and its consultancy agreement, the Washington African Consultancy Group STILL retains their contract.  We note with the blessing of Tobruk and the American ‘support herein’.  We offer a few examples Tobruk refuses to acknowledge. HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, & HERE.

 

To the HoR and Abdulla Thinni:  Before history records YOUR legacy, the consultancy agreement CAN and SHOULD be terminated.  A legal opinion in our previous article will explain how.

 

Post Script: We contacted a Canadian philosopher who is a world-renowned legal, political and historical scholar.   We asked him if would be interested in providing his insight on the developing scandal of the Libyan Assets Recovery.  He replied, “I would be honored.”  He has graciously agreed to offer his time and insight into all aspects of this story.   We hope the Libyan people and the World are listening.   Tune in next week, it should be interesting.

An Update from the Authors on 15 March 2015:  We are pleased to announce that the prominent “Canadian philosopher and Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at York University, Dr. Howard Adelman has given his critical insight into the issue of Libyan Assets Recovery.   An author of many books; Dr. Adelman was one of the founders of Rochdale College, as well as the founder and director of York’s Centre for Refugee Studies.  He is the recipient of numerous awards and grants, and presented the inaugural lecture in a series named in his honor at York University in 2008.”

In December 2014, Dr. Adelman LIKE(D) our article, George Clooney’s Friends-Amal Alamuddin, Samantha Power and R2P: Implications for Libya on 2014 US/ UN policy plan for Libya.    We wrote to thank him for his recognition of our efforts.   As Dr. Adelman writes on many pertinent issues, we asked him if he would consider examining the Libyan Assets Recovery issue.  He graciously said, “I would be honored.”

So, we offer Dr. Adelman our sincere gratitude for making time to cover this issue & providing his critical insight.

The New Libya Report

 

Excerpts from Dr. Adelman’s series.   We think this sums up the scandal that is the Libyan Asset Recovery issue.   This quote is from Dr. Adelman’s second article:

“In a nutshell, billions and perhaps trillions of U.S. dollars of purloined Libyan assets are hidden away in various countries, but primarily in South Africa.  The internationally-recognized government in Tobruk set up an assets recovery committee headed by Tag that contracted with an obscure Texas-based company with no known experience in asset recovery. WACG received funds and then passed those funds onto a very important lobby group with close connections to Secretary of State John Kerry. The U.S. would score a double gain, for the assets would be parked in the U.S., and, at the same time, the party most resistant to Islamists, more particularly General  Haftar, could buy the military equipment it needs to defeat the Islamicists.”   Read More…

On the 10th of March 2015, Dr. Howard Adelman started his three part series:

“Mar10 by howardadelman  An Introduction to Libya  By Howard Adelman”

“So I am leaving the Iranian nuclear issue for now and will re-visit it at a later date. Instead of mounting complexity topping relatively simple choices, when we move to Libya we meet confusion head on. So I will have to clear the jungle before we get down to one single issue – wealth and lots of it. “Follow the Money,” This was the advice Deep Throat (Mark Felt) gave to Bob Woodward as the Watergate scandal unfolded. It certainly will apply to Libya in a myriad of ways. But in order to follow the money, you need to know who the main players are from whom you can choose the ones to follow, where they are now, where they have been and where they might be going. In addition to the pursuit of money, it also helps to know what else motivates the various players.”   Read More…

On the 12th of March 2015, Dr. Adelman released his second article:

“The Quest for Libya’s Assets Mar12 by howardadelman   For this blog, I am very grateful to the New Libya Report that allowed me to use the vast array of documents they had collected.

Money, Money, Money Makes the World Go Round – The Quest for Libya’s Assets  By Howard Adelman”

“One of the two competing firms hired to recover Libyan assets is the Texas-based Washington African Consulting Group (WACG), an overnight creation for this purpose led by Erik Magnus Iskander Goaied and incorporated on 8 August 2014. Erik is of Tunisian and Swedish background and is a Swedish citizen, though he boasts extensive South African connections and lists his position as Director of Darron international marketing of South Africa. It is probably through Darron that between 2012-2014 he worked for Denel, the South African defense company, as a technical adviser to the German/South African defense company Rheinmetall Denel Munition (Pty) Ltd. In other words, Erik was probably an arms salesman.

Darron appears to simply exist as a corporation for his personal business activities. He also indicates that he was Managing Director of Terre d’Ancêtres of Tunisia. Though the company has a logo and seems to be in the business of chartering private jets, it also advertises itself as an international advisory group (the wording in its web page sates: “advising international group”) operating in the North African market with a specialty in both “the management of petroleum companies networks” (I believe he meant to write “companies’ networks”) as well as the installation and management of farming projects. Yet there is no record I could find in his career of doing either. He also lists himself as the North African exclusive distributor for Levtrade International of South Africa. Levtrade is a medical manufacturer of Burnshield Emergency Burn Care and First Aid Kits. He also lists himself as a director of Socam Sarl in Tunisia which may have been involved in marble excavation. Before that he was evidently a consultant in the petroleum industry and the night manager of a Sheraton Hotel.”   Read More…

On the 13th of March 2015, Dr. Adelman concluded with his last article:

“The Competition – Libya and its Fortune Hunters Mar13 by howardadelman  By Howard Adelman”

“One source of competition for the Washington African Consulting Group (WACG) is the Malta-based Sam Serj (SS) company in Tripoli led by Taha Buishi. SS advertises itself as a Libyan and African marketing company active in dealing with large projects in the following fields: oil and gas trade, petrochemical products and raw material trading. SS also claims to provide oil and gas consulting services and consulting services for large construction projects in Libya. SS also purports to provide guidance for investing in Libya. SS declares that it can provide financing, legal advice and logistic services as well as sea communications to connect to Libya as well as connections to the rest of the world for internet and phone services. I write this after correcting all the grammar and spelling errors on its web site. Other than such a description, SS offers no record of any of the above activities and no contact persons other than the general manager Taha Buishi. The company is, however, listed under recycle.africa.net as a scrap metal dealer, a frequent cover for an arms dealer. Whatever SS is, it does not advertise itself as having expertise in asset recovery.”  Read More…

 

Finally, we conclude with aerial video from the Italian concentration camps in the Libyan desert.  This was uploaded by Tarek Abdel Aziz .

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NuMSBP66D0c

 

Parts of this op/ed article is reproduced in accordance with Section 107 of title 17 of the Copyright Law of the United States relating to fair-use and is for the purposes of criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research.

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