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i stand before you tonight in my red chiffon evening god. my face softly made up and my fairy head gently way. on. the. go with. this extraordinary deal between the united kingdom and saudi arabia in which ronald reagan wanted to sell the saudis billions and billions dollars worth of equipment but these radios stopped it and congress wouldn't approve it because they feared the saudi would strengthen israel. handed the deal is there effectively to his political soulmate margaret sacha un see nothing there was. a very tough
act to follow was. when we stumbled on the saudi arms. deal we really started to stumble on a central feature of british politics over the last thirty years. has been at the heart of many of the great quote of the end of the post. i was always pleased to see him when i was prime minister because he brought me extraordinary insight i'm bold proposal. she informed us she considers saudi arabia as a strong friend and would be willing to support taking them with whatever the kingdom needs and the. discussion from there on everything else was taken to get he
explained to mr stature that this was a deal with saudi arabia and therefore things were done differently. they wanted forty three billion dollars worth of weaponry that was six billion pounds intermission. the cost majority of most people understand as bribes. we'll continue to work together against the terrorists who threaten the way of life of us to this. one day i so bright and it was a man to look at it coming i'm actually he said i've been working for a travel company and we had a kind of slush fund we used to distribute to saudis and other arabs when they came to britain for be all to help the path of arms deals. and he told us that sort restore is that when saudi military officers would come
along he would present them with canteens of cut through that was something that they light the other thing they like girls so he would take about the town and get them girls. to be honest it seemed like quite small beer payments made some of them from rather on as manic activities and in chips to the talks about cooldowns that sort of thing there's only two things that count in business my friend money and sex the rest you can write as much as you like is absolute garbage you can measure weapon beautiful the president secretary. because the more destructive look you the secretary the you want to have you're talking about. and that is sometimes all that is you need. i have to use an escort agency called launches because of the specialties of the
chief of staff of the army like blowing bits of them. and. we had their secretary of the embassy come and review the photos she said i want this one i want this one i win this one i win this one i had the girls i arrived one day before and i said girls i know you will be paid handsomely for this but do me a favor if you get any people thought that is relevant please bring your cross because i could use it and for each interesting information i will give another two thousand euro bonus so with sixty grand i signed the contract with three million so it wasn't ideal. m m i phone rang again. it was another whistleblower and he said you have no idea what it is that you're getting into here. and he said this slush fund is much much bigger than you realize our job was to look after the really high level people those who used to come to england who were being bribed essentially by be a people of the level of the head of the saudi air force who was
a royal prince. we would fly the two of us angelica's and they would buy cars dresses and it wasn't shopping like you would i would think in the end when they gather together all the shopping we would charge an entire jumbo jet to fly it all back to saudi arabia it was in the attempt to try and trace through the bank accounts who the ultimate beneficiary saw that the case became really very serious is the trail appeared to lead towards senior members of society royal family. the most outrageous example was that maybe eighty i don't want it to go the way with prince bandar at one point i made him a present of a huge commercial airliner all of his very. which he promptly have painted in the gray and silver colors of the dallas cowboys and rays favorite american team i mean is the fly around in that quite cheerfully. the case
scented on establishing the ultimate beneficiary of exceptionally large amounts of money paid by big sherry space for consultancy said to say. there's evidence that mark fashion of this is that your son got twelve million in cash for his work as a fixer. this is a start and i don't. this is who. don't want it it's a really beautiful weapon it's also made if you want to sell on the market and you're looking probably about three thousand five hundred euros and why you keep it in the house because it was all her and you can do that legally. you know but you got more work if you care as long as it's in the house. it is all
should because of the neighbor. i don't know the u.s. money i don't mind paying bribes to politicians spite of the deal the thing about politicians is that they're very much like prostitutes but only more expensive. polities is it day that by the whims of the homes in the street politicians are nothing more than sales reps by the front to have as much power as a middle ranking executive in law to martin a dent of the day they do with the tolls. when an executive goes to bribe a foreign official he says to himself look i've taken a lot of risk to take this five million dollars that i'm paying to the prime minister of x.y.z. who makes an arrangement with prime minister of x.y.z. . i'll hand over the five million could you take half of that five million and you send it to the following bank account in churchill and we'll share in this for. the
first time an executive does that and he collects two point five million dollars he says wow this is a good business to be and within moments of that realisation he is no no longer in the business of selling airplanes he's in the business of selling bribes and he is now scouring the world for somebody to find to bribe. we. had a few. who can. chew through it. i. had to. see what it. is out it said. i play. each child to.
each careful city. formed by. i sees. me. when. i'm in the phone rang again. this was somebody who said you have no idea what you're getting into he said this whole be a thing is much much bigger it goes right to the very top what he had was something that you never see is this swiss bank records of international cover payments going all over the world he showed me how be a set of a whole system with lloyds bank under which they channeled secret payments into a british virgin islands offshore company called red diamond from red diamond the money went into this guy's swiss bank account and he then used it to distribute to the local politicians taking a big check for himself of course you know i can assure you we don't we and i
believe most companies all go to the business of late payments as you suggest a lot of sums up what they do employees of government it is just the way the business is done. we were actually able to publish what was the most dangerous story the prince had been given not just the plane but over the years a total of one billion pounds we did not invent. corruption i mean i doubt many would have been and they had hanky panky and they had to go down to ed so i mean this is this is what made sure i salute you prince of state run and a friend. what is great. of course none of us are greedy it's only the other families greed. this the world runs on individuals pursuing their self-interest. all those people who believe that greed violence etc these
primal so-called primal instincts other real instincts and everything else is a social construction they've lost their mind and for the last fifty years at least policy has been made based on the assumption of greed and it's ruined the world. had hundreds believe there is no nature of society so you have to nurture individual is i don't accept that at all i think there are very many good public policy initiatives for creating societies. in the beirut there's a load to you. there's a comment isn't a k forty seven kalashnikov. a society that decides that the bulk of its budget is going to go to arms manufacturing building of a military eccentric the have made a moral decision that militarism is more important then the creation of wellbeing
for the population. this is not the world i want to live in i want to live in the real world and the real world is peopled by real emotions including love and generosity. my god if you want is freedom the freedom of human beings of individuals to pursue their own say is i think what they term freedom means is economic license and the economic license of those who control property and those who control capital has in fact been a threat not only to equality but a threat to the freedom of peoples all over the world and not only in europe and in the united states but nafta in asia and in latin america i want you to name me any society in which you have any large measure of that freedom where capitalism and free enterprise has not been the predominant mechanism of the free enterprise system has spread through the force of on some notes on through wielded by governments that was government intervention under the name of the free enterprise system but a government intervention which destroyed the freedoms of many people not least of
which of the people of chile. from the one nine hundred fifty s. all the way through the one nine hundred seventy s. the cia and the u.s. military were engaged in covert actions throughout central mad america throughout africa really throughout the world where they were assassinating populist leaders they were backing up right wing military juntas funding and arming death squads like the contras in nicaragua or battalion three sixteen and under us and i and there were these spate of assassinations across the globe. in countries like mine people have been killed to be quiet to know that any day any time you're going to be killed you don't know how but it's coming. we
were fighting in the league and still we are fighting you know body guards minds that don't want to work going inclusiveness they just take a. action is not only about taking from india but taking from the people. even to dreams take on the next. the last hostile of what is called the cold war i don't know it to be a very hard war for many parts of the wood. from the standpoint of want it by them and cause the victims or what i would think of really as of people trying to make their own futures. there was an attempt in the global south to create an alternative imagination for people. but in the early one nine hundred seventy s. this attempt was destroyed and it was stopped through a real genuine attempt by the global lot to take over the institutions of the world
including the world bank the i.m.f. . souls not simply that the bible of the south was incapable of carrying forward their dreams. to. it was a very strong with their dreams were assassinated. it's not just the one off killings the coil or the cool there. it's the entire dream that had to be killed. to be sure to do less than to be a book. but aren't going to or much else. to live by a similar and man merely or the sure loser will be because on the
the joint hearings of the house select committee to investigate covert arms transaction with iran. and the select committee on secret military assistance to iran in the neck ragon opposition will come to order. al-jazeera for me is different because there's a maturity about its views and there is really genuinely over all says channel but the pads take the risk of a story. to go over the top of the note going anywhere al-jazeera is setting out to convey to the reality on the ground how the reality on the ground can only be combined with the magic of the people and that's what we do i think that's what we do well. medieval western society it was
a feudal society. you keep the wind out of the mall and as soon as the pope ended his speech some people stood up and said god will sit down and the entrance to the city was horrific they killed people in the streets in their houses and in. the crusades an arab perspective episode one shot at this time on. the strength of al jazeera is that because we have to actually spend fifteen hour poor people with and actually share any nation with. a low paid to be here in doha with the top stories from al-jazeera more than forty people have died after
a tsunami hit the coast of indonesia and struck areas along the east and us straits between two of the country's biggest islands the disaster management agency says five hundred people were injured and dozens of buildings damaged it's believed the tsunami may have been triggered by undersea landslides are all kind of corruption. the top u.s. official in the fight against eisel has quit over president donald trump's sudden decision to pull troops from syria brett mcgurk departure follows the resignation of the us defense secretary james mattis the american government remains partially shut down after politicians failed to break an impasse on budget spending is the result of a standoff over funding for president from his planned mexico border war the senate's now been adjourned until thursday when those negotiations produce a solution that is a trap of all parties which mange sixty votes in the shadow of. a majority in the. presidential sugar at that point we will take it up almost on
a floor. senators will be notified one of voters go to. and in the main. their discussions and negotiations can turn or a group of protesters have attacked police officers during demonstrations in the french capital paris fighting broke out when protesters started throwing objects at the offices the so-called yellow vest protests began moment five weeks ago against plans to increase fuel tanks which were later scrapped. the u.n. teams landed in yemen to observe the departure of saudi backed government forces and who see fighters from who data the two sides agreed to a cease fire in the port city during their talks in sweden the area is the main entry point for most food aid into a country that's enjoyed almost four years of war. fifteen people have been killed in two car bomb attacks in somalia's capital mogadishu a london based somali journalist was among those killed the country's intelligence agency says those behind the attacks of now been arrested sudan's government says
at least ten people have been killed during four days of protests against the rising cost of food and fuel protesters are angry about high inflation which is running at around seventy percent. those are your headlines the news continues here on al-jazeera shadow world with the news a very soon see about. this encampment that we're in today it didn't exist three weeks ago now there's at least twenty thousand refugees who live here. all i'm hearing is good journalism. cover ups.
in the city. the joint hearings of the house elect committee to investigate covert arms transaction with iran. and the select committee on secret military assistance to iran in the nicaraguan opposition will come to order congress began to address what they perceive to be an insanely out of control series of covert actions with little to no congressional oversight we have been supplying lethal weapons to terrorist nation involving the us government in
military activities in direct contravention of the law and lying to the congress now i believe that democracy cannot survive that kind of abuse. and people like dick cheney and donald rumsfeld who are relatively new to government at the time did not like when congress said we need to step in and confront the national security state and what's become a very out of control kill program cheney then went on during the reagan years in the eighty's to serve in congress and when the iran contra scandal broke out into the open cheney did not like congress being involved with anything that the executive branch was doing. and you had this other scandal that emanated from the highest echelons of power and the reagan administration was acting as though it had nothing to do with it i've told you all that i know and you know the truth of the matter is for quite some long time all that you knew was what i told you. to let
me. tell you. our witnesses morning is mr robert mcfarlane the former national security adviser to the president. mr mcfarlane will you welcome you to the committee and we look forward to your testimony. mr mcfarlane. did you have any discussion about the possibility. of in effect farming out the whole contra support operations in nicaragua to another country which will call country run yes that's correct and did you in fact succeed in obtaining money from another country. which we'll call country toe. that's correct. i had a practice meeting periodic lee who was the official from the country true
about the systems we could provide some cases arms sales. and he intended to provide a contribution of a million dollars per months to the contras through the end of the year. you had no problems working with the cia we have no problem working with the united states government and unless the cia does not work for the government then i think we have a bigger problem than a cases or some other question that you know well thank heavens. not in connection with. i think that there was a substantial shadow government trying to run for if they actually managed a. these events have been characterized by some pretty strong statements we've
heard talk of a grave constitutional crisis and even been treated to talk about a coup in the white house not only does cheney sort of defend iran contra but he argues that iran contra is actually a model for how the u.s. should be conducting its national security policy he is a radical subscriber to this notion of the unitary executive effectively what you're doing is saying on certain parts of american policy we don't have a democracy we have a dictatorship as a matter of fact i was. very definitely involved in the decisions about support to the freedom fighters my idea to begin with. in my opinion there is no justification for further restrictions on the power and flexibility of future presidents. the national security today is mostly composed of people who hit the revolving door multiple times during their last nomination of richard b.
cheney to be secretary of the friends is the make a name for themselves in the private industry and then they come into the go. this revolving door keeps the national security leak very small and very wealthy. and increasing its wealth as it goes up the chain to the extent that then when you get to the top as cheney did then you can become a member of the plutocracy that runs the country to this is impressive crowd the haves. and the have more. money commissioned a study by halliburton to find out how much more of the defense department could be privatized robert proud to serve our troops and was he laid to get this million dollar contract and of course returned a verdict that oh mr secretary lots more of it can be privatized. dick cheney leaves the defense department and goes and heads halliburton himself
and he spends the entire nine hundred ninety s. building up the how important war empire well if we're going to talk about star wars we might as well invite darth vader i. am. happy to accept. when he comes back into power as vice president and then they start hiring halliburton to you know in advance even if u.s. troops going into iraq personnel and equipment was being deployed to the gulf it's hard to look at this and not say these guys had a very long term plan for how they were going to increase the powerful infrastructure of private companies. what we've essentially done is to create a network of corporations that have the fire. power of small nation states that could you know overthrow some small governments around the world. in
essence we in the united states have privatized the ultimate public function war. and i want to get out of the market right now even obama's of the time with the like food. you know munitions is good does good to know so by that it's. good. to see. you can see. in iraq that if this feels and i say teens where firing six million dollars within seconds coming back re army in going up again.
there's no hope of anymore because there's always a small cobble of people for wars really really good business. it doesn't matter that we're losing the war in afghanistan albertan could care less it's good for them good for profit. like israel. does have always been the. bad law how is her. really good. and i don't know your last.
it. well we've undergone a corporate coup d'etat in slow motion. thirty five thousand lobbyists in washington they write the legislation they write the bills. all it takes is one phone call from somebody on the hill to someone in the pentagon saying hey turn on the dogs the hills out to get our program the guys in the senate are on board we need you to turn on the gucci shoes guys to straighten this thing out the guy's been the lobbyist. and what this does is just lock the system up and that's the whole name of the game it's it's called political engineering and i'm like political science political engineering is real. one of the most important things done or stand is essentially creates what we call a self licking ice cream cone. and it's like a perpetual motion machine for getting ever increasing defense budgets the way we
do it is by downplaying the future consequences to start a new weapon we over promise as performance under promise it's cost we then systematically spread dollars jobs and profits to as many congressional districts as quickly as possible so that everybody has skin in the game. the people who are invested in this day or people like the largest defense contractor in the world lockheed martin they will die before they see it going to. going to change the world. we're probably already working. for good margin basically similar to your last two posts. goals you know in all branches of the government and the whole them. and that's a group that make them if you're going to schoolboys. fiscal
year one thousand nine hundred ninety two point three trillion missing fiscal year two thousand one point one trillion missing the pentagon has claimed year after year that the reason it can't account for the money is because its computers don't communicate with each other one trillion one dollar bills stacked high would reach nearly sixty eight thousand miles into space one third of the way to the moon. i got a phone call from the f.b.i. saying that i was a target of a death threat and that's what happens when you go against the big boys who has the contract today to make those systems communicate with each other and how much have the taxpayers paid for them there are times that corporations do things they should not do in which case they tend to be suspended for some period there are times then that corporations can get out of the penalty box it. was never in the penalty box if you could proceed to my second question please. the second question