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CIA Publicly Honors Massive Terrorist State — Proving Whose Side They’re On

In a move that would make Orwell spin in his grave, the CIA presented to the heir to the throne in Saudi Arabia — one of the biggest sponsors of terrorism on the planet — an award for ‘counter-terrorism.’

Central Intelligence Agency Director Mike Pompeo traveled to Saudi Arabia to award Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef the George Tenet Medal in recognition of his “excellent intelligence performance, in the domain of counter-terrorism and his unbound contribution to realise world security and peace.”


In a statement paraphrased by Arab News, “the crown prince said the award represents international recognition of the Kingdom’s anti terrorism efforts under the directives of King Salman.”

The irony of any Saudi winning an award for combating terrorism is staggering — particularly given revelations found last year in emails leaked by Wikileaks showing the U.S. political establishment has been well aware Saudi Arabia funds and supports the Islamic State.

“While this military/para-military operation is moving forward, we need to use our diplomatic and more traditional intelligence assets to bring pressure on the governments of Qatar and Saudi Arabia, which are providing clandestine financial and logistic support to ISIL and other radical Sunni groups in the region,” Hillary Clinton wrote to John Podesta in an email dated August 17, 2014.

“This effort will be enhanced by the stepped up commitment in the [Kurdish Regional Government]. The Qataris and Saudis will be put in a position of balancing policy between their ongoing competition to dominate the Sunni world and the consequences of serious U.S. pressure.”

Perhaps bin Nayef couldn’t have been better poised to win this award from the CIA, given its namesake’s role in the U.S. invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq — two failed military endeavors undertaken due to fabricated and false claims. Tenet served

According to Al Jazeera, “Bin Nayef, 57, has been interior minister since 2012 and has years of experience in intelligence work.

“He oversaw a crackdown on al-Qaeda, a group that killed security officers and foreigners in the kingdom between 2003 and 2007.”

Bin Nayef vowed Saudi Arabia would continue to fight terrorism, and noted the Kingdom has thwarted a number of terrorist attacks, even against ally nations — though he didn’t elaborate on the nature of these alleged attacks.

“We are surrounded by areas of conflict, and we were the first affected by terrorism from various sources, but we are equipped to combat terror in any place and under any circumstances,” the crown prince claimed.

“The Kingdom has been keen to combat terrorism based on its conviction that terrorism has no identity and no religion, and from its belief that the terrorists are committing these acts stemming from their deviant ideologies and evil thought,” bin Nayef asserted. “All negative religious, political and social ideologies that use religion as a tool throughout human history, do not reflect the absolute truth about religion.”

While his statement certainly sounds legitimate, for the crown prince to dismiss Saudi Arabia’s support for the world’s enemy number one, Islamic State terrorists — not to mention the Kingdom’s horrendous human rights record, thanks to Wahhabist Islam — is the epitome of hypocrisy.

Hypocritical, but not surprising — and certainly far from shocking on the part of the of the CIA.

If the United States government were actually fighting the terrorism it claims to be, Saudi Arabia should not have received a dime of support in funds or arms once its ties to the Islamic State became common knowledge among the political powers-that-be. Of course, Washington already ignores the exacting human rights abuses the Saudis commit against their own people under a twisted amalgamation of monarchy, government, and religion.

Nevertheless, the pantomiming continues — the U.S. pretends to fight terrorism while arming and funding terrorists, and the Saudis do the same — each turning blind eyes to the other’s indiscretion and hypocrisy.

As bin Nayef stated,

“Combating terrorism requires a joint international effort at all levels; financially, intellectually, militarily and through the media. This should be coordinated and conducted in accordance with the UN’s covenants and laws including particularly the principle of sovereign equality.”

Riyadh had grown somewhat disillusioned with the administration of former President Barack Obama, which appeared hesitant to engage in the Syrian civil war. Relations chilled further upon a highly-criticized international deal to lift sanctions on Iran, which agreed not to pursue nuclear weapons — a deal Pompeo has denounced.

All hypocrisy on terrorism apparently aside, Bin Nayef seemed optimistic about the future shared goals of the two nations, saying,

“Our relationship with the United States is historical and will continue to succeed.”


    Secret courts, loyalty purges? It is not the job of the C,I.A. to play politics. The same with upchuck Rosenberg dictating U.S. foreign policy to China. They are far from their element. Who needs politicians or who needs Trump these Authoritarian despots are allowed to dictate policy? In failing to manipulate Trump they(the intelligence community) are taking it upon themselves to step across the line and attempt to manipulate world affairs themselves. They have been shown to be no more than a renegade gang of outlaw governmental parasites. he C.I.A. is in serious need of reform. Because of incompetence in the drug war on Americans and other abuse’s of office their budget needs serious cuts. The Authoritarian evil should not be allowed to use law enforcement as their power base and funding.

    • What’s more frightening to me is that the Congress, the Courts, and the Media all know how the C.I.A. plays a continuous shell game with the truth,… and they don’t care,… or rather, they don’t object?! Contemplate that for a little while and one begins to appreciate just how deep the rabbit hole goes.

      Military men are dumb, stupid animals to be used as pawns for foreign policy.

      It’s not a matter of what is true that counts but a matter of what is perceived to be true.
      ~ Henry Kissinger, Nobel Peace Prize recipient


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      CIA is in serious need of being abolished as Ron Paul sanely suggested

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  • Ninthlive

    WOW. There’s an award named after the war pig G. Tenet? A weasel who’s responsible for the deaths of how many Iraqi’s?
    I knew when Drumpf picked this clown that it was gonna be a problem. He’s the one that introduced the Dark Act in Congress because he was bought of by Monsanto, and Monsanto is an arm of the deep state that’s trying to poison the world with their garbage.

    These people really do think we’re stupid.

  • Gary Lagerstrom

    Nice article unfortunately it does an excellent job of covering up the reason this award was given in the first place. Prince Mohammed bin Nayef was given this award for helping the C.I.A in the uncovering a radical Islamic spy ring in the State Dept. Tapes were made of Elliot Abrams talking to The Chairman of the Senate of Pakistan Ghafhoor Haideri a long time supporter of the Taliban and The Muslim Brotherhood, which resulted in the barring of Abrams becoming Deputy Secretary of State and a lifetime ban on Haideri entering the U.S. According to intelligence sources Haideri has also been in contact with North Korean military officials as well. Perhaps The Free Thought Project should quit trying to manipulate the facts and acting like the Mainstream Media propaganda outlets. Who did you guys sell out to the Washington Post or the New York Times?

    • Blaine

      How about a link?

      The only hit comes back from “What Does it Mean” with a bunch of non-information. At least a link to the original SVR article…

    • junktex

      More reasonable to assume that the CIA would favor Neocon nutjob Abrams as Deputy Sec of State.Aint buyin’ it Bubba.

      • Gary Lagerstrom

        wait and see

    • The Saudi government does have to play a cat and mouse type game with Islamists, otherwise, they might be thrown out of power. So while you see them sometimes fighting terrorists (typically low ranking individuals in organizations) and helping the CIA out here and there, behind the scenes, they are spending billions of dollars every year building Wahhabist schools all around the world.

  • A kingdom of head, hand and tongue choppers.Jails filled with”terrorists”who have attacked the regime.Usually on social media or by being a woman and speaking at all.Or worse driving a car.The CIA has lost all credibility, worldwide.This is just another nail in two coffins.Both too little too late.

  • harry freeloaderII

    I don’t know why people are surprised at this. The deepest cover story of the CIA is that it is an intelligence organization. The CIA is is/has been a terrorist organization since its inception in 1947. It was created to fight covert warfare because the advent of nuclear weapons prevented all-out conventional warfare during the Cold War era. They work for Wall Street and international concerns like corporations and banks, not the American people.