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Senators push vote to block Saudi arms sales after Khashoggi disappearance


Seth AbramsonVerified account @SethAbramson 58m58 minutes ago


Seth Abramson Retweeted POLITICO


The Saudis expected not just arms but *nuclear tech and an agreement to let them develop nuclear weapons* for their support of Trump's candidacy.

What happens now that even Trump's DC allies say

the Saudi Crown Prince's bloodthirsty murder of a WP journalist nixes that?


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Ryan GoodmanVerified account @rgoodlaw 9h9 hours ago


Reporter: “Did the US have any kind of responsibility to warn him?”

Pres. Trump: “It’s not our country…and it’s not a citizen”


WRONG. Intelligence Directive 191 (Duty to Warn) applies to non-US citizens especially in foreign countries

I discuss it here: https://www.justsecurity.org/61001/united-states-fail-duty-warn-jamal-khashoggi-intelligence-directive-191-applies/ 

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I find it bordering on an act of war what the Saudis most probably did to journalist Khashoggi - which is kill him, dismember his body, and cart it out of the country. Back of this, when the Saudis singled out Canada for sanctions after Trudeau spoke of Saudi human rights abuses, I wondered to myself, my the Saudis are emboldened! I wonder why? Now I know. Trump is in deep with the Saudis in his business deals. What do you think would happen to Iran if they lured a legal American resident and journalist to his death? I'm sure the bombs would be dropping on Tehran as I speak.

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15 hours ago, mr6666 said:


Ryan GoodmanVerified account @rgoodlaw 9h9 hours ago


Reporter: “Did the US have any kind of responsibility to warn him?”

Pres. Trump: “It’s not our country…and it’s not a citizen”


WRONG. Intelligence Directive 191 (Duty to Warn) applies to non-US citizens especially in foreign countries

I discuss it here: https://www.justsecurity.org/61001/united-states-fail-duty-warn-jamal-khashoggi-intelligence-directive-191-applies/ 

Plus the royal Saudi prince and the president's son-in-law are close. And they spoke on the phone the day before Khashoggi disappeared and was likely murdered.

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Jamal Khashoggi Wasn’t the First — Saudi Arabia Has Been Going After Dissidents Abroad for Decades


................ In recent years, Saudi Arabia has employed a wide spectrum of tactics in dealing with dissidents abroad. Often, the Saudi government will begin with an attempt to persuade dissidents to cease their criticism or request that they return to the kingdom to sort out the issue on Saudi soil. Should these efforts fail, the government may move into a more coercive mode. Saudi activists abroad report receiving phone calls from their local embassies and consulates, urging them to come in for undefined reasons. “None of us would ever actually go to these meetings,” one Saudi activist, currently living in the United States, told The Intercept several weeks before Khashoggi’s disappearance. “We know inside there, anything could happen.” .......

.... The audacious, and outsized, nature of Saudi’s more recent crackdowns on its citizens abroad reflect MBS’s intense desire to control the narrative — in any and every form — about his rule. The crown prince has spent millions to project an image of himself as a reformer and visionary for a burgeoning Saudi renaissance, but his rule has been marked by increasingly autocratic tactics both domestically and abroad. ...


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State Department Team Led by Former Raytheon Lobbyist Pushed Mike Pompeo to Support Yemen War Because of Arms Sales


"....the bombings of densely populated areas, but also a humanitarian crisis exacerbated by the fighting, with up to 8.4 million people at risk of starvation.

Those concerns, however, were overruled after Pompeo discussed the matter with the State Department’s legislative affairs team. The legislative affairs staff, according to the Wall Street Journal,

argued that restricting U.S. support would endanger billions of dollars in future weapons sales, including a massive sale of precision-guided munitions between Raytheon, a U.S. weapons manufacturer, and Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

That staff — the legislative affairs team at the State Department — is led by a former Raytheon lobbyist....


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Disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi leads companies to boycott Saudi summit-

"As the international outrage grows over the disappearance and suspected murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, mounting evidence implicating Saudi Arabia is compelling companies and public figures to distance themselves from the kingdom.

The billionaire founder of the Virgin empire, Sir Richard Branson, says he is halting talks over a $1 billion investment by Saudi Arabia in Virgin’s space firms as a result over the Khashoggi case.

“What has reportedly happened in Turkey around the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, if proved true, would clearly change the ability of any of us in the West to do business with the Saudi government,” he said.....


Sponsors of the Future Investment Initiative, a major Saudi investment summit to be held in Riyadh, its capital, later in October, are pulling out. Among the companies are The New York Times, CNN and the Financial Times.....


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The HillVerified account @thehill 4h4 hours ago


#BREAKING: NY Times releases bombshell reporting finding Kushner has paid almost nothing in federal taxes



Seth AbramsonVerified account @SethAbramson 5h5 hours ago


(1) Kushner is worth $324 million.

(2) Since 2016, Kushner has connived, with Saudi help, to force the Qataris (literally at a ship's gunpoint) to "loan" him $900 million.

(3) This is consistent with the Steele dossier.

(4) Kushner is unlikely to ever have to pay the "loan" back.

So as you read about his tax practices, you should take from it that it's practices of this sort that ensure that he's able to extort money from foreign governments while Trump is POTUS

without ever having to pay the money back.


It also explains why he's in the Saudis' pocket.

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Jamal Khashoggi and Saudi Arabia’s Overdue Reckoning

For decades, Saudi Arabia has gotten a free pass from the US for its unabashed brutality. But Jamal Khashoggi's alleged murder may finally be a step too far.

When your despotic, war-hungry regime has lost Lindsey Graham, you know it’s lost nearly everyone.

“I’ve never been more disturbed than I am right now,” the South Carolina Republican senator said on Wednesday about the recent, almost-certain state-orchestrated murder of Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul, Turkey.

“If this did in fact happen, if this man was murdered in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, that would cross every line of normality in the international community,” Graham went on. “If it did happen, there would be hell to pay.”

It’s worth remembering who’s speaking these words: Lindsey Graham, the man who opposed declassifying the twenty-eight pages of the 9/11 report implicating the Saudi government because of the “damage” it could do to that same government; the man who, when the Saudis needed to pressure President Obama to go into Syria so they could topple Bashar al-Assad, was the first to sign up to help; the man who has consistently backed arms sales to the despotic regime because “it would be a disaster to sever the relationship with Saudi Arabia”; the man who has implacably cheered on the Saudi government’s perverse destruction of Yemen because “we have no perfect allies.”

If someone this slavishly devoted to both the Saudi government and war is talking like this, it may well be a sign of something much bigger bubbling up.

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Reuters Top NewsVerified account @Reuters


U.S. arms makers express concern to Trump administration about Saudi deals: official


Ben RhodesVerified account @brhodes 20h20 hours ago


U.S. arms makers shouldn't dictate our foreign policy. President Eisenhower warned us about that.


Elizabeth WarrenVerified account @SenWarren 4h4 hours ago


Saudi Arabia – a country that's bombed thousands of innocent Yemenis & stands accused of murdering journalist Jamal Khashoggi – is shelling out millions to lobby the Trump Admin. My bill to #EndCorruptionNow would ban Americans from lobbying for foreign governments like Saudi.


Kenneth P. VogelVerified account @kenvogel


NEW: SAUDI ARABIA has paid nearly $9M to lobbying firms so far this year. But at least one firm ended its contract today, & others are considering following suit, as the country faces mounting backlash over its alleged assassination of JAMAL KHASHOGGI.


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Saudi Media Casts Khashoggi Disappearance as a Conspiracy,

Claims Qatar Owns Washington Post (it doesn't)


".... a foreign conspiracy to denigrate the image of the kingdom. The media accounts, which come from outlets run with the backing of Saudi Arabia and other Persian Gulf monarchies, are spinning the coverage of Khashoggi’s disappearance as a plot by rival governments and political groups to hurt the kingdom — going so far as to make false claims about the Washington Post’s owners. ....

that Khashoggi has advanced the interests of Qatar. He then falsely claimed that Qatar has a “50 percent ownership of the Post and has influence over its editorial direction.” Qatar, notably, has no ownership stake in the Washington Post, a paper that is privately owned by American billionaire Jeff Bezos. ....

that the government critic was a terrorist sympathizer whose sectarian goals were designed to destabilize the Saudi government. Al-Jahrani suggests that Khashoggi’s disappearance from Turkey represented liberation, since he had been “kidnapped” by “extremist groups” while living abroad in self-imposed exile. ....

S audi-affiliated outlets reacted by defending the rights of the accused hit squad. Al Yaum, a pro-government newspaper published in Saudi Arabia, reported the disclosure of the 15 men as a violation the “rights of tourists.” ....

.... Similarly, after the 28 pages of the 9/11 Commission Report were declassified, revealing that Saudi government agents had provided financial support and recommendations for flight schools to some of the Al Qaeda hijackers, Saudi Arabian media outlets attempted to deflect blame on Iran.


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Jake TapperVerified account @jaketapper


BREAKING — 2 sources tell @clarissaward and @TimListerCNN that the Saudis are preparing a report that will acknowledge Jamal Khashoggi's death was the result of an interrogation that went wrong, one that was intended to lead to his abduction from Turkey.

12:08 PM - 15 Oct 2018
Seth AbramsonVerified account @SethAbramson 25m25 minutes ago

..... Saudi Royal Family to Disavow and Execute the Trained Killers Who They Directly Ordered to Kidnap, Murder, and Dismember the Washington Post Journalist Who Displeased Trump and Kushner Pal Mohammed Bin Salman (the Saudi Crown Prince)

Seth AbramsonVerified account @SethAbramson

/ Every Saudi expert questioned on the topic has said that absolutely *no* kidnapping and murder of a Western-dwelling journalist could *possibly* have occurred without the approval of the Saudi royal family

—this is an absolute monarchy in which disloyalty typically means death

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Saudi Arabia To Admit Killing Journalist Jamal Khashoggi During Interrogation: Report


Jamal Khashoggi has been a critic of the Saudi kingdom for years. 

The Turkish Attorney General’s office confirmed it has found evidence supporting the suspicion of Jamal Khashoggi’s alleged murder in the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul, Al Jazeera said Monday.

There are also signs that the evidence was tampered with, the Arabic news outlet reported.

Saudi Arabia is preparing to admit that journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed in the country's consulate in Istanbul during questioning after coming into the mission's building to ask for a marriage-related document, sources familiar with the case told CNN Monday. 

A source warned that the report is still being prepared and could change, CNN said. The other source said that the report will probably conclude that the operation was carried out without permission and that those involved should answer for their responsibility in the events, the news channel said.

Khashoggi, a vocal critic of the policies of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, and a columnist of Washington Post disappeared on October 2, was allegedly murdered by the Kingdom when he entered the consulate, sources close to the Turkish investigation have told Middle East Eye.

Speculation mounts that Salman ordered the killing of the journalist, who had been in self-imposed exile in Washington for the last year.

 The Washington Post published a full-page notice demanding answers.

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