Not a Joke: Saudi Prince in Line for Throne gets CIA Anti-Terrorism Medal

Guest essay by William J. Murray

First week on the job new CIA Director bows to Saudis: This is not a joke, it is not fake news and it has not been reported by CNN, Fox News, ABC, CBS, or NBC. This CIA award to a Saudi prince has not been mentioned in the New York Times, the Washington Post or any other American newspaper—but it is big news in the Middle East!

To be honest, I was just flat out shocked when the new director of the CIA, Mike Pompeo, jumped on a military aircraft and flew to Saudi Arabia his first week on the job. One source told me the new desk he ordered had not even been delivered to his office before he headed to Saudi Arabia. What he did there was even more shocking.

CIA Director Mike Pompeo handed the George Tenet Medal for Counter-terrorism work to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Naif bin Abdulaziz, Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior in Saudi Arabia, for “his unbound contribution to realize world security and peace.” This is the man next in line for the Saudi “throne” (next dictator).

In a press statement to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), which is operated by the Saudi government, Abdulaziz expressed his appreciation for Director Pompeo bestowing on him the award. Again, this is not a joke and it is not fake news.

The only outlets in the United States reporting this outrage were the Ron Paul Institute, Barbwire, The Religious Freedom Coalition and a handful of other Internet sites critical of Saudi Arabia. My good friend Julio Serveo wrote the Barbwire story which was posted at the Religious Freedom Coalition site.

I am astonished that this has been hidden from the American people so successfully.

Julio Serveo said it best in his article, “An award to Saudi Arabia for fighting terrorism is akin to an award to Hitler for fighting Nazism or an award to Stalin for fighting the Soviet communism.” If this award was a joke, it was a bad one.

All the major terror organizations including al-Qaeda, al-Nusra, the Islamic State (ISIS) and the Taliban have at one time or the other been supported in some way from Saudi Arabia.

Fifteen of the nineteen 9-11 Islamic terrorists were from Saudi Arabia. Osama bin Laden was from Saudi Arabia and his family still runs major businesses there.

Virtually all the financing for Sunni Muslim terrorist groups comes from Saudi Arabia and the other Sunni Muslim Gulf States. The Saudi intelligence services financed and armed the Sunni gangs that started the Syrian Civil War in 2011.

Virtually all Islamic terror is Sunni Muslim. The only Shia “terror group” is Hezbollah which has literally fought wars with Israel. But Hezbollah attacks military, not civilian, targets and is the largest operator of hospitals in Lebanon. That does not make them “good guys,” but they are not in the same league with al-Qaeda and have never attacked a target in the United States or Europe.

In fact, there has never been, to my knowledge, a Shia Muslim terror attack on civilians in Europe or the United States. On the other hand, every terror attack in America has been Sunni Muslim and has had some ties to Saudi Arabia. By some ties, I mean either direct or the terrorists attended Sunni Muslim mosques associated in some way with Saudi Arabia.

Every attack in the USA has been done by Sunni Muslims, even the Ft. Hood attack which President Obama called “workplace violence.”

In Serveo’s article, he referred to a comment by John Perkins in his 2004 book “Confessions of an Economic Hit Man.” He said:

“The evidence was indisputable: Saudi Arabia, America’s longtime ally and the world’s largest oil producer, had somehow become, as a senior Treasury Department official put it, ‘the epicenter’ of terrorist financing… Saudi largess encouraged U.S. officials to look the other way, some veteran intelligence officers say. Billions of dollars in contracts, grants, and salaries have gone to a broad range of former U.S. officials who had dealt with the Saudis: ambassadors, CIA station chiefs, even cabinet secretaries…”

Did President Trump send CIA Director Pompeo to Saudi Arabia for his first overseas mission as director, or was this his decision?

I don’t think President Trump ordered Pompeo to go to Saudi Arabia. I do not believe that President Trump was aware that Pompeo was going to give Prince Abdulaziz this prestigious CIA medal. Rather, I believe that CIA Director Pompeo has been in the pocket of the Saudi royal family since his time on the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence in the House. It was Pompeo’s duty in Congress to oversee the CIA and now he runs it.

Just as was true under the Bush and Obama Administrations, the Saudis can do no wrong in the eyes of the CIA. Every briefing that President Trump receives will pump up the Saudi royals, while Christians in the Middle East will pay the price. I pray that the President will watch his Twitter account and read about the human rights abuses of the Saudi royals. If he reads just his briefings from the CIA, the Christians of the Middle East may be exterminated.

Frankly, I don’t know how Director Pompeo can sleep at night.


William J. Murray is the chairman of the Religious Freedom Coalition based in Washington, DC. For more than three decades, Mr. Murray has been at the forefront of social conservatism. From his office in Washington, DC, he continues to work for the rights of Christians in America and persecuted Christians around the world.

Religious Freedom Coalition
PO Box 77511
Washington, DC 20013

Originally published by the Religious Freedom Coalition in their newsletter The Chairman’s Action Report, February 24, 2017.

Used by permission ©2017

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