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Thestar.com/Did bin Laden have help from U.S. friends?
Mon Jul 1, 2002 - Updated at 02:46 PM News Thestar.com >News Ontario Canada Nov. 27, 2001. 02:00 AM WorldW eather GTACanadaOpinionMail this story to a friendPrinter friendly version USAEditorials W orldDid bin Laden have help from U.S. friends?Search TheStar.comLetters National Repor Editorial CartooByThomas WalkomCOLUMNISTHeadlines Only Star ColumnistSearch the WebCareers AN INTRIGUING new book, just Classifieds published in France, details the curiously amicable relationship between Grads 2002 the regime of U.S. President George W. Bush and Afghanistan's Taliban, Stock Quotes Newinhomes.coma relationship that turned hostile only after the terror attacks of Sept. 11. Ticker Name Specials Ben Laden: La Verité Interdite(Bin Laden: The Forbidden Truth) is Fallen Soldier written by former French spook Jean-Charles Brisard and journalist byFinancials.com G-8 SummiGuillaume Dasquie. Both are said to be plugged into the murky world of Around the World intelligence. During his time with French intelligence, Brisard was RaceInside regarded as something of an expert on bin Laden's finances. Future of Medicar  Community NewsCanada Day The nub of their argument is that the Bush regime's attitude toward the ieCambridge Reporter New Deal for Cit Taliban - and even to bin Laden - was driven by the new president's fixation on energy. A stable regime in Afghanistan would allowGuelph Mercury Report on Beaches Marriagesconstruction of an oil and gas pipeline from the former Soviet republics in Hamilton Spectator War AgainstCentral Asia to Pakistan and the sea. And initially, Washington's best bet The Record for a stable regime in Afghanistan was the Taliban. Terrorism  Affiliated SitesWalkerton Traged FeaturesFrom February, when the Taliban first offered to extradite bin Laden in Workopolis exchange for U.S. recognition, until August when negotiations stalled, the Archives toronto.com Bush administration and the government it later labelled a terrorist regime Photo Sales got along just fine. Newinhomes.com Classroom Connection Toronto Star TV Indeed, the book quotes John O'Neill, a former director of anti-terrorism Contests/Event eHarlequin.com for the Federal Bureau of Investigation as complaining that American and Crosswords Saudi oil interests acting through the U.S. State Department kept Metroland E-mail Newsletters interfering with efforts to track down bin Laden. Fresh Air FundTorstar.com Horoscopes In particular, the authors say, O'Neill was irked after the State DepartmentTorstar Corp Lottery Resultrefused to let his FBI team return to Yemen to investigate the terrorist Annex Publishing bombing of the USS Cole there last year. Frustrated, he quit to take a TV Listings private sector job. Unfortunately for him, that job was as head of security Thestar.com in New York's World Trade Center. O'Neill was killed on Sept. 11. Subscribe Skeptics might argue that his death proved convenient for the authors. Advertising Info Now there is no one to dispute their account of what he said. Certainly, News Releases Bin Laden: The Forbidden Truthhas the whiff of an old-fashioned Special Sections conspiracy theory starring the usual panoply of villains. Retail Promotions About Us Still, the details that Brisard and Dasquie provide (including the fact that Help / FAQs the Taliban hired the niece of former CIA director Richard Helms to Privacy Policyorchestrate their publicity) do not contradict what was already known
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