WASHINGTON: Did a relationship among U.S. Senator Barack Obama, Nadhmi Auchi, and Antoin “Tony” Rezko lead to the 2014 Gulftainer-Port Canaveral “Project Pelican” deal that could allow bad actors to ferry weapons of mass destruction into the U.S. undetected?
This is all returning to the forefront following a $4 billion lawsuit that alleges Nadhmi Auchi provided chemical weapons to Saddam Hussein’s regime. Those weapons, the lawsuit alleges, were unleashed in a Kurdish-Iraqi city during the Halabja Genocide.
The alleged connections among Barack Obama, Nadhmi Auchi, and Antoin “Tony” Rezko
In 2008, Chicago Sun-Times reporter Michael Sneed wrote about Obama meeting with Rezko and Auchi in Rezko’s Wilmette home. “A top Sneed source claims Obama not only gave Rezko’s guest of honor, Iraqi billionaire Nadhmi Auchi, a big welcome . . . but he made a few toasts!” Sneed wrote.
Rezko is best known for being a fundraiser and political fixer for former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich. Both men were sent to federal prison.
Sneed’s article is not available online. However, The National Review wrote:
“A follow up to this item, regarding Barack Obama claiming to have no recollection of meeting Nadhmi Auchi, a “controversial Iraqi-born billionaire who Tony Rezko was trying to get to invest in a South Loop real-estate development.” In the Rezko trial, the prosecution’s star witness said Monday that Obama attended a party that Rezko threw for Auchi. While it’s still possible Obama never encountered Auchi at the party, it seems a little strange that an up-and-coming senatorial candidate and the guest of honor were never introduced to each other by the host.”
Barack Obama’s association with Nadhmi Auchi via Chicago “fixer” Antoin “Tony” Rezko
Strikingly, Nadhmi Auchi and former President Barack Obama connect through their mutual long-term association with Syrian-American (and convicted felon) Antoin “Tony” Rezko. As revealed in the above video, Obama’s purchase of his Chicago mansion coincided with the purchase, by Rezko’s wife, of a lot next door to the Obama home.
Robert Novak reported on Senator Obama’s purchase in 2005 of a Chicago mansion in a March 3, 2008 Washington Post op-ed piece called Obama and the Fixer:
Federal prosecutors recently revealed that Nadhmi Auchi, an Iraqi billionaire who lives in London, wired $3.5 million to the financially strapped Rezko in Chicago less than a month before the Obama-Rezko purchases. James Bone, an investigative reporter for the Times of London, wrote last Tuesday that “the money transfer raises the question of whether funds” from Auchi “helped” Obama buy his house.
Novak further wrote in the Washington Post that:
“Obama has conceded that his simultaneous home purchase with Rezko was a “boneheaded” mistake.”
“The testimony of the federal government’s star witness in the trial of indicted political fixer Tony Rezko appears to contradict Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama’s past statements that he does not recall meeting Iraqi-born billionaire, Nadhmi Auchi” “
Barack Obama’s second connection to Nadhmi Auchi: Chicago politician and “basketball buddy” Alexis Giannoulias
Barack Obama also connects to Nadhmi Auchi through Chicago politician Alexi Giannoulias. Giannoulias is the Illinois State Treasurer who ran for U.S. Senate in 2010. Giannoulias is also President Obama’s “basketball buddy” according to the Washington Post. President Obama endorsed Giannoulias in a television campaign advertisement despite the fact that the Giannoulias family’s Broadway Bank loaned Auchi $22.75 million.
“Alexi’s my friend…I know his character. You can trust him” President Obama said in a Giannoulias campaign ad:
In 2010, foreshadowing the Halabja lawsuit that would follow eight years later, Daniel Halper wrote in The Weekly Standard
“To summarize, Alexi Giannoulias and his Broadway Bank loaned $22.75 million to Nadhmi Auchi – a man whose own bank financed the delivery of chemical weapons to Saddam Hussein, which may have been used to gas the Kurdish city of Halabja in 1988.”
With hindsight, we need to ask if these early contacts between Obama, Rezko, and Auchi may have lead to the Obama administration approving Gulftainer’s 35-year lease to Florida’s Port Canaveral cargo container terminal in a secretly-negotiated deal code-named “Project Pelican.” Gulftainer describes itself as a “privately owned United Arab Emirates (UAE) enterprise established in 1976 and “a rapidly expanding, dynamic ports and logistics company.”
The Halabja Genocide “was and remains the largest poison gas/chemical weapon attack launched against civilians since World War II“ according to the complaint. The Halabja Genocide was part of a “highly organized, genocidal campaign called Anfal, the spoils, which is also the name of the eighth sura of the Koran.
The Anfal military actions lasted from February 23 until September 6, 1988. During the genocide, the Hussein Regime “murdered as many as 180,000 Kurdish civilians, destroyed approximately 4,000 Kurdish villages, and depopulated areas of the Kurdish Region of Iraq” says the complaint.
The Halabja Genocide survivors’ lawsuit against Nadhmi Auchi
Nadhmi Auchi is named as a defendant in the lawsuit that was filed on behalf of victims and survivors of the March 16, 1988 chemical weapons attack. The lawsuit alleges Nadhmi Auchi was the supplier of the mustard gas that Saddam Hussein’s military forces used in the Halabja Genocide over 5,000 Kurdish civilians were killed. More than 10,000 were injured.
The complaint alleges that Nadhmi Auchi and other defendants conspired to commit genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity, torture, and ethnic cleansing.
Former Pentagon official says Nadhmi Auchi was Saddam’s arms dealer and financial bagman
Dr. John A. Shaw, the former head of the U.S. Department of Defense Office of International Technology Security writes :
“Auchi had been Saddam Hussein’s senior arms dealer and had
morphed into his principal international financial bagman”
The complaint names Nadhmi Shakir Auchi (alias Nadhmi Shakir Awji) and Auchi’s financial holding company General Mediterranean Holding among the defendants. The complaint also names Kredietbank Luxembourg (successor to Banque Continentale du Luxembourg) as a defendant.
Lawsuit also names Lt. General Dr. Amir Al-Sa’adi as Halabja co-conspirator
Alongside Nadhmi Auchi, the lawsuit also names Saddam Hussein’s“Superweapons Czar” Lt. General Dr. Amir Al-Sa’adi as a co-conspirator in the Halabja poison gas genocide.
The complaint alleges that Saddam Hussein, Nadhmi Auchi, Lt. General Dr. Amir Al-Sa’adi, and others participated in the Halabja Genocide chemical weapons conspiracy. Defendants include not only financier Auchi and members of the Saddam Hussein regime, but also some German companies. The complaint also names as defendants French and Dutch companies that those German companies recruited to get around German export controls.
According to the HALABJA VICTIMS SOCIETY
“Europe’s largest tourist company, TUI, is being sued along with a number of other German, French, and Dutch corporations and individuals for their alleged central role in perpetrating the genocide of thousands of Kurds, by building and equipping Saddam Hussein’s chemical weapons program knowing that it was foreseeable that he would use the weapons to commit war crimes and genocide and continuing the conspiracy even after it was public knowledge that Saddam was bombing Iranians with chemical weapons and massacring thousands of Iraqi Kurds.”
Additionally, the complaint names as defendants individuals associated with those companies.
Lt. General Dr. Amir Al-Sa’adi, the “Seven of Diamonds” in the Operation Iraqi Freedom “Personality Identification Playing Cards”, created the chemical weapons that killed thousands of Kurds” during the 2003 Halabja Genocide according to NBC News .
US government investigated Al-Sa’adi and Gulftainer’s Iraqi co-owner Hamid Jafar in oil for WMD scheme
In 1993, U.S. Congressional records identified Nadhmi Auchi’s alleged Halabja Lt. General Dr. Amir Al-Sa’adi as a co-conspirator with Hamid Dhia Jafar, Chairman of Crescent Petroleum, in a scheme known as “Oil-For-Superweapons.”
Hamid Dhia Jafar is the brother and business partner of Baghdad-born nuclear physicist Dr. Jafar Dhia Jafar, the mastermind of Saddam’s “Arab Bomb” nuclear weapons program.
In the “Oil-For-Superweapons” scheme, Hamid Dhia Jafar and Lt. General Dr. Amir Al-Sa’adi plotted to sell Iraqi oil to fund Saddam Hussein’s and Dr. Jafar Dhia Jafar’s weapons of mass destruction (WMD) programs.
The U.S. Treasury Department and three Congressional committees (Banking, Foreign Affairs, and Ways and Means) investigated the “Oil-For-Superweapons” scheme hatched by Lt. General Dr. Amir Al-Sa’adi and Hamid Dhia Jafar to determine if Crescent Petroleum was a Saddam Hussein front company.
The House Committee on Foreign Affairs entered a copy of a letter from Lt. General Dr. Amir Al-Sa’adi to Hamid Dhia Jafar and Crescent Petroleum into the Congressional record. The letter authorized the “Oil-For-Superweapons” operation.
Hamid Dhia Jafar, according to World Bank documents, is also the co-owner of ports and container management company Gulftainer, founded in 1976.
Dr. Jafar Dhia Jafar ran Saddam’s WMD programs with Lt. General Dr. Amir Al-Sa’adi
Notably, Dr. Jafar Dhia Jafar is considered the father of Iraq’s nuclear weapons program. Jafar was also deeply involved in managing Iraq’s chemical weapons program, according to CIA documents. Dr. Jafar oversaw procurement and technology transfer operations for Iraq’s nuclear, chemical, and biological WMD programs.
Dr. Jafar Dhia Jafar and Lt. General Dr. Amir Al-Sa’adi collaborated as two of Hussein Kamel’s [Saddam Hussein’s son-in-law] closest scientific collaborators. Namely the three ‘deputy ministers’ of industry and military industrialization,” according to Vienna-based Eurozine.
The Pentagon placed Dr. Jafar on U.S. CENTCOM’s secret Operation Iraqi Freedom “Blacklist,” designating him an enemy of the United States and a legitimate military target wanted for capture or kill.
Obama Administration Project Pelican
In 2014, the Obama administration facilitated and approved a secretly-negotiated deal, code-named “Project Pelican,” that awarded Gulftainer a 35-year cargo container terminal lease at Florida’s Port Canaveral. Of particular concern, Gulftainer’s Canaveral terminal is located 1,000 feet from a U.S. Navy Trident submarine base.
Port Canaveral is a critical infrastructure port vital to U.S Navy, U.S. Air Force, and NASA operations. Astonishingly, Obama administration officials bypassed the mandated CFIUS National Security Threat Analysis for the Gulftainer-Port Canaveral deal.
Gulftainer is in the process of securing control of Delaware’s entire Port of Wilmington under a 50-year lease, a process initiated under the Obama administration.
Nadhmi Auchi helped the Saddam regime buy mustard gas chemical precursors, the complaint alleges
TDG, thiodiglycol, is a mustard gas precursor. SEPP is the Iraqi State Establishment for Pesticide Production. SEPP was “tasked with producing chemical weapons for the Saddam Regime military forces” according to the complaint.
The complaint alleges:
By issuing Letters of Credit facilitating the shipments of Van Anraat’s TDG to SEPP, Banque Continentale du Luxembourg and its manager Nadhmi Auchi and controlling shareholder, knowingly, intentionally and purposefully joined the Conspiracy and provided the mustard gas that was used by their Co-Conspirator, the Saddam Regime, in the genocidal attacks on the citizens of Halabja and other Kurdish towns.
The complaint also alleges:
Auchi directed Banque Continentale du Luxembourg to assist the Saddam Regime in the procurement of chemical precursors relating to the Iraqi chemical weapons program. Auchi knew that the shipments to SEPP were unlawful and that documentation had been forged to conceal the true nature of the materials from law enforcement.
Nadhmi “Auchi is considered an undesirable alien by the U.S. State Department and is barred from entering the United States” NBC 5 Chicago reported.
That Nadhmi Auchi has a connection to Barack Obama and is being sued as an alleged co-conspirator in the Halabja Genocide alongside the Iraqi general who produced the chemical weapons, is shocking.
The fact that the Iraqi general was also a co-conspirator with Hamid Jafar in a scheme to fund WMD production and that President Obama allowed Hamid’s ports company Gulftainer to operate at strategic US ports, is even worse.
Handing over control of strategic U.S. ports to Iraqi operatives connected to WMD and genocide is far more than “a boneheaded mistake.”
It is a national security nightmare.