This is Salem bin Laden, Osama's oldest brother, he was one of the two closest friends of Saudi Arabia's King Fahd. As such, he often performed important missions for Saudi Arabia. He is speculated by the French to have been involved in secret Paris meetings between US and Iranian emissaries. Rumors of these meetings were called the October Surprise and some have speculated Bush Sr. negotiated in these meetings a delay to the release of the US hostages in Iran, thus helping Ronald Reagan and Bush win the 1980 Presidential election. All of this is highly speculative, it points to a long-standing connection of highly illegal behavior between the Bush and bin Laden families, Lets Talk.
In June 1977, George W. Bush formed his own oil drilling company, Arbusto Energy, in Midland, Texas. James Reynolds Bath was a former director of Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI), and part owner of Arbusto Energy with George W. Bush, with whom Bath served as a member of the Texas Air National Guard. Bath was used to funnel money from Salem bin Laden and Khalid bin Mahfouz, to set up George W. Bush in the oil business at the toon of $1-million of the Saudis money.
In 1986 the CIA, ISI and bin Laden work together to build the Khost tunnel complex in Afghanistan. This would later be a major target of bombing and fighting in the US defeat of the Taliban in 2001. It is reported before 9/11 that "bin Laden worked closely with Saudi, Pakistani and US intelligence services to recruit mujaheddin from many Muslim countries.
Michael Springmann, the head US consular official in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, later claimed that he is repeatedly told to issue visas to unqualified applicants. He turns them down, but is repeatedly overruled by superiors. Springmann loudly complains about the practice to numerous government offices, but no action is taken. He eventually is fired and the files he has kept on these applicants are destroyed. Springmann speculates that the issuing of visas to radical Islamic fighters continued until 9/11. He says he later learns that recruits from many countries fighting for bin Laden against Russia in Afghanistan were funneled through the Jeddah office to get visas to come to the US. They would then train for the Afghan war in the US. He says the Jeddah consulate was run by the CIA and staffed almost entirely by intelligence agents. Springmann suggests that this visa system may have continued until present day, and that the 15 of the 19 9/11 hijackers getting their visas through Jeddah could have been a part of it. I guess we know now why and how they got here.
Salem bin Laden met an untimely end in a freak flying accident near San Antonio Texas in 1988.
It is reported that on June 1992 the FBI was investigating the connections between James Bath and George Bush Jr. Bath is Salem bin Laden's official representative in the US. Documents indicate that the Saudis were using Bath and their huge financial resources to influence US policy, since Bush Jr.'s father was president. Bush denies any connections to Saudi money. What became of this investigation no one knows.
Office of bin Ladens in Dubai, The United Arab Emirates
Jeddah, Michael Springmann, Salem bin Laden,
King Fahd, October Suprise, BCCI, Khalid bin Mahfouz