Voice of the White House July 15, 2005

Had lunch today with a good friend from Department of State. Fascinating conversation that your readers might be interested in. Seems the folks there are becoming highly agitated because a certain “front operation” for DHS has been breaking into the confidential computers of mid-east banking concerns, initially spying on certain Saudi bank accounts believed to be controlled by the bin Laden family. I made notes and these are the banks involved in the clandestine hacking:

National Commercial Bank, Riyad
Riyad Bank, Riyad
Saudi American Bank, Riyad
Al Rajhi Banking and Investment Corp., Riyad
Saudi British Bank, Riyad
Arab National Bank, Riyad (Arab Bank Subs.)
Al Bank Al Saudi Al Fransi, Abha
Saudi Hollandi Bank, Riyad
Al-Jazeera bank, Riyad
Al-Akami bank, Riyad
Al Bank Al Saudi Al Tejari Al Muttahed, Dammam
Faysal Islamic Bank of Bahrain, Jeddah
International bank, Riyad
Islamic Development Bank, Jeddah
Saudi Arabian Agricultural Bank, Riyadh
Saudi Cairo Bank, Riyadh
Saudi Development and Industrial Corp., Riyadh
Saudi French bank, Riyad
Saudi Investment Bank, Riyad
Saudi United commercial bank, Riyad
United Saudi Bank, Riyadh
Western union, Jeddah
World Bank, Riyadh

It looks like the clearing house SAMA uses is SWIFT, The Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication, Avenue Adèle 1, B-1310 La Hulpe, Belgium. Their “secure” electronic transfers have also, apparently, been breached by the snoopers. State is afraid that if the Royal family of Saudi Arabia ever finds out that we are snooping, if we are, into their own personal financial dealings, it could cause immense trouble over oil. The State people are livid with rage over this because of the collateral damage that could result but my friend told me that DHS is run by a bunch of rejects from the BATF and who have no oversight and less intelligence. I would wager that certain previous financial transactions between the Bush interests and the bin Laden family will never be mentioned. Toss this up in the air and see if anyone is interested. Perhaps Conyers might be and even the New York Times (who is growing increasingly disenchanted with the Bush machine) might find this of interest. There are some very skilled hackers out there and even worse are the so-called “crackers” who are contract specialists hired specifically to break high level security codes. Surely the right hand knoweth not what the left hand doeth! Selah”

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