from huffington post: Giuliani’s bid for the GOP nomination may be on the verge of capsizing amidst a perfect storm of sex, money and terrorists. Links to terrorists, that is. Oy.
Ben Smith of Politico.com posted a story of Giuliani’s shady financial records while mayor, but it is Wayne Barrett of The Village Voice with a devastating report about Giuliani’s post-9/11 business dealings with a Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifah al-Thani, a Qattari oil tycoon with well known ties to the 9/11 terrorists.
As usual, Barrett sums up the significance of the story for the Giuliani campaign:
In retrospect, Giuliani’s embrace of the emir appears peculiar. But it was only a sign of bigger things to come: the launching of a cozy business relationship with terrorist-tolerant Qatar that is inconsistent with the core message of Giuliani’s current presidential campaign, namely that his experience and toughness uniquely equip him to protect America from what he tauntingly calls “Islamic terrorists” – an enemy that he always portrays himself as ready to confront, and the Democrats as ready to accommodate.
The contradictory and stunning reality is that Giuliani Partners, the consulting company that has made Giuliani rich, feasts at the Qatar trough, doing business with the ministry run by the very member of the royal family identified in news and government reports as having concealed KSM – the terrorist mastermind who wired funds from Qatar to his nephew Ramzi Yousef prior to the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center, and who also sold the idea of a plane attack on the towers to Osama bin Laden – on his Qatar farm in the mid-1990s…
In other words, as incredible as it might seem, Rudy Giuliani – whose presidential candidacy is steeped in 9/11 iconography – has been doing business with a government agency run by the very man who made the attacks on 9/11 possible.