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Dining with the Devil – How the CIA cooperated with the PLO (Dutch Subtitles)

Dining with the Devil – How the CIA cooperated with the PLO

Four German neo-Nazis, trained by the Palestine Liberation Organization in Lebanon had the help of the West German Embassy in Beirut

 
 
 
 
Transcript
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since the terror attacks in the USA
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American intelligence agents are on
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their way to a Palestinian military base
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near the Dead Sea under conditions of
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great secrecy the head of the local CIA
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arranges to meet a man known as the West
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Bank’s santim Hussein a man who has
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served a 17-year prison sentence in
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Israel for terrorism the dreaded Colonel
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Rajab is a man with blood on his hands
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now the USA wants to buy his services
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officially the CIA has always been on
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the Palestinians list of deadly enemies
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but in fact a secret an intimate
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cooperation between the two has been
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going on for decades two top palestinian
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agents the red prince and the grey
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eminence have nurtured these highly
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sensitive contacts all the way to the
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heart of the white house a succession of
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american presidents has allied
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themselves to men whom they are
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officially described as cold blooded
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terrorists the US has made secret pacts
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with the devil the reality is that you
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learn very early on to eat with the
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devil because if you don’t you will have
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absolutely no idea of what the devil is
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doing
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[Music]
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this young Palestinian refugee Ali
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Hassan Salameh was to grow up to become
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the man who began talking to the devil
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to the enemy the USA the Solana family
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came from Kula a small village on the
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west bank
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Hassan the father was a legendary
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guerrilla fighter who was killed in the
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war in 1948 the same year that the State
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of Israel was proclaimed kuda became a
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ghost village an Israeli shooting range
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the family was wealthy and never
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experienced life in the expanding
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Palestinian refugee camps Ali Hassan was
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able to attend reputable foreign schools
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first in Cairo and later in West Germany
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and Switzerland
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Salameh lived well on his inheritance
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and found a good job in Kuwait he chose
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a life of luxury over the struggle for
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Palestine but in 1967 Israel won a
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crushing victory in the war against the
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Arab states
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Salameh no longer had a choice with the
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honour of his family at stake he was
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forced to join Yasser Arafat’s expanding
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guerrilla organization one member of
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Fatah his name Abu Saleh he was a
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relative of ours he said you are the son
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of Hassan tsunami so it it doesn’t make
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sense that you are not a member of fact
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that you have to be in Fatah
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[Music]
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with nine other hand-picked young
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Palestinians he was sent to Cairo on a
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six-week training course led by the
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Egyptian Secret Service one of his
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colleagues on this course was a man who
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is today wanted by police in many
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countries of the world
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the legendary palestinian leader abu
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daoud from his secret hideout in
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damascus he describes the instructions
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he in Salama were given by Arafat it was
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to create the first intelligence of the
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Palestinians that time the Secret
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Service probably a Palestinian
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counter-espionage peonage and other
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branches
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Salameh was sent to the PLO headquarters
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in Beirut where his mother and teenage
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sister lived you know he was so tender
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so loving it was so emotional with me
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you know he always smiled and you he
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liked to buy me things chocolates and
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Elvis Presley records you know because I
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was fond of Elvis Presley and he was
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fond of him too Salaam is charm
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talents and leadership skills was soon
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recognized by Yasser Arafat he entrusted
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Salama with the job of organizing and
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leading his bodyguards the notorious 417
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was named after salam ‘as telephone
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extension number at the Fatah
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headquarters in Beirut
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when he was 21 a clairvoyant told him
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you’re gonna be a very important man
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you’re gonna be a leader and you’re
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gonna have sons you’ll not have
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daughters you’ll be very important man
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and at the time you’re gonna be
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assassinated you’re gonna be killed you
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will not die of normal causes so he said
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oh you believe in science I just say
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nonsense
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[Music]
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Salameh
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may have called himself a refugee but he
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lived the life of royalty in fact he was
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soon given a nickname the red prince not
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only because of his political opinions
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but also because of his closeness to the
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king arafat and his love of luxury on
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ostentation he wore satin shirts ordered
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handmade shoes from Italy and dressed in
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made-to-measure suits from Savile Row in
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London he had a black belt in karate and
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a preference for fast sports cars
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he drank single malt whiskies and
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developed a reputation as a womanizer
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well he was a charming man who’s Eve he
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was he looked like a movie star and he
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was very affable very a very pleasant
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person he’s really fond of life but this
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charming pleasure-seeking man had
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another side Salameh trained his
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commando soldiers in the art of killing
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he planned several ruthless attacks and
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belonged as Abu Dawud did to the dreaded
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terrorization Blanc September
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we have Omni guns and these Ravens have
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everything and they were bombing us
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daily daily therefore Black September
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was created from this time on the United
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States were forced to take the
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Palestinian struggle in Serie C
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President Nixon ordered the head of the
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CIA to protect the lives and interests
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of the American people
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Robert Ames an agent fluent in Arabic
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was instructed to infiltrate the PLO a
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succession of American presidents was to
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use Ames as a direct link between
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themselves and the terrorists well he
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was a CIA employee who I knew and I
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thought he was an outstanding person in
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a flexible way as people who operate in
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a world of secrecy are able to do robert
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Ames was one of the very few people at
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the time in the US government who had a
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comprehensive understanding of the
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Middle East the Arab governments and the
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political currents going on he also
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tried to understand what was going on in
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the minds of these people and I think he
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also felt that we would be better off
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talking to them than not
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meanwhile Yasser Arafat was finding
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himself in an increasingly strange
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situation in the bloody Lebanese civil
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war at length he could see no other way
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out than to try to talk to the devil
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Israel’s lifeline the United States I
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[Music]
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think RF is an ambitious political
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figure understood that he needed to have
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a channel powerful country in the world
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[Music]
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Ali Hassan Salameh was given the hugely
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delicate task of making the first highly
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secret contact with the Americans and
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the Americans would like a man who in so
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close to affect these were contacts were
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authorized and directed by the President
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of the United States it was a way for
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the president very various presidents to
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maintain a line into the PLO contact
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with them without having to officially
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say that we are in touch with the
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Palestinians was always done
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clandestinely so they they could be
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disavowed if it became public and
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embarrassing that was the CIA’s role to
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maintain these contacts I heard that he
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met Americans that’s what I heard
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but not from him he wouldn’t talk about
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such things you know
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Eames and Salama met at a small hotel on
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the corniche in bare-root both men
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slipped in through the back door
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Ames asked Salamah to deliver a blunt
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message to Arafat he said you claimed
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that no one in Washington is prepared to
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listen to your opinions well now’s your
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chance
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through me you’re speaking directly to
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the president it gave a channel to get
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his views across to the highest levels
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of the United States government and vice
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versa gave the u.s. a government the
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channel back into the Palestinians so
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that they could modify their behavior so
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that they could encourage moderate
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statements by the PLO
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about their drive to establish a
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Palestinian state did not necessarily
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mean that they were opposed to the State
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of Israel and these kinds of de marshes
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were made through this channel over the
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years and I think generally were fairly
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effective in moderating Palestinian
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behavior particularly the evolution of
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the PLO itself but Salama was soon to be
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accused of being the brains behind one
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of the most publicized acts of terror of
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our time the PLO had applied to send a
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squad to the Olympics in Munich in 1972
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but the application had been rejected
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well that big vacation from Israel is
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going to share there the same time there
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is no possibility to let the
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Palestinians share therefore we decided
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to take the Israeli group as hostages
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and ask for releasing our people in the
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israelian prism
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as dawn breaks on the 5th of September
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1972 all is quiet in the Olympic Village
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in Munich eight Palestinians climb over
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the fence and storm the Israeli quarters
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Abu Daoud follows his men right up to
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the Olympic villages perimeter we gave
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the information to the people who are
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going to do it not to kill not to say
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more 24 hours to leave to an Arab
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country but what happened
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two Israelis are killed immediately nine
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more are taken hostage the West German
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police’s response is a disastrous
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failure all the hostages are killed as
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are five of the eight terrorists the
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Israeli government swears it will take
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revenge and singles out Salama as the
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instigator of the Munich Massacre
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[Music]
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but despite the fact that Salama has
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been accused of a horrendous crime that
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was condemned throughout the world
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the CIA continued his close cooperation
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with him he was the counterpart to CIA
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so if you want to maintain a channel to
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him you had to talk to him the USA’s
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decision to continue to collaborate with
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the terrorists Salama was necessary
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according to a former chief analyst at
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the Pentagon’s
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intelligence department Anthony
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Cordesman encounter terrorism in dealing
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with violent movements intelligence has
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to be able to penetrate the movement and
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you cannot do that by waiting for the
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movement to somehow produce a Joan of
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Arc or Saint Augustine as an informant
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and if you wish to maintain a rule of
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law if you wish to protect the innocent
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if you wish to understand the forces
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shaping violent extremism and terrorism
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this is the only way to do it there’s no
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question that in the pursuit of
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protecting innocent life you should be
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willing to talk to the devil yes
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[Music]
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in the summer of 1973 Israeli agents in
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Beirut reported to Jerusalem that the
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relationship between Salama and the CIA
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had become dangerously intimate and
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open-hearted
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the Israelis came to us and said
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something to the effect that they
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thought that Ali Hassan Salameh was
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working for the Americans it was on our
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payroll and if we would confirm that to
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them they would leave him alone but
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otherwise they were going to get rid of
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him because they blamed him for the
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Black September attack in Munich and in
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the world of intelligence I gathered
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people do not answer questions of that
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sort and so we didn’t confirm that he
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was in fact working for us we simply
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didn’t say anything in the autumn of
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1973 Mossad thought they had found
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Salama
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working undercover as a waiter at a
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discotheque in Lillehammer in Norway the
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Israeli agents shot down their victim in
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the street he died in the arms of his
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pregnant Norwegian wife but Mossad had
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made a terrible mistake the murdered man
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was in fact an immigrant from Morocco
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several of the Israelis were arrested
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and sent to prison
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[Music]
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shortly after the murder in Lillehammer
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Salameh married the world’s most
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beautiful woman
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the Lebanese Miss Universe Georgina risk
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she was acquainted with the future
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American President Jimmy Carter an
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acquaintance that Salama would soon
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share
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in 1974 in New York
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Salameh stood right behind Yasser Arafat
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just before the Palestinian leader was
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to make his famous gun an olive branch
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speech to the United Nations some weeks
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before Arafat’s arrival in the States
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a secret meeting was held the Waldorf
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Astoria Hotel in New York Salameh and
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Robert Ames drew up a unique pact
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between the USA and the PLO the
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Palestinians promised to protect
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American interests in Lebanon and to
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warn the USA of future terrorist attacks
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in return the USA would not block
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Arafat’s historic speech to the United
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Nations General Assembly the PLO had
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finally got their foot in the door and
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were now recognized as the legitimate
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representatives of the Palestinian
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people basically a deal was struck that
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the PLO would provide security for the
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American Embassy and keep things from
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happening we have decided from 1974 to
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stop any activity from Black September
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they protected the American community
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they protected American interest no
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Americans were killed while they had a
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relationship with the US government
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through the CIA they provided the
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security services they provide the
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intelligence warning to our people and
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we didn’t lose anyone while they had
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that role
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the CIA gave Salama information about
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planned attacks against Arafat and the
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PLO in exchange the USA received a
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constant stream of intelligence about
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terrorist threats we began to get in the
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mid-1970s and by then I was in
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government and reading some of the
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intelligence very high quality
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information from inside the PLO and I
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have always thought that it was from him
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Robert Ames knew him they had a
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professional relationship I think he
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ultimately recruited Ali Hassan Salameh
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and then the CIA asked him to visit you
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would say in 1976 the CIA showed their
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appreciation by inviting Salama in great
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secrecy to visit their headquarters in
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the USA the head of the CIA was at this
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time George Bush the elder
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Salameh came accompanied by his wife
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Miss Universe the CIA treated the
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terrorists to a fantastic honeymoon
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[Music]
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he was flown to Hawaii and taken to
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Disneyland and he fell in love with the
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American Way of life
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though he’d been a very active terrorist
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type he had become convinced that this
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wasn’t going to get them anywhere he’d
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become genuinely in his heart of hearts
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he become a believer in a negotiated
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peace process but as early as 1975 the
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year before Solanas trip to the States
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Israel had demanded and received an
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assurance from Secretary of State
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Kissinger that the US would not talk to
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the PLO when Jimmy Carter became
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president in 1976 he swore he’d keep
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that promise we will not negotiate with
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his PLO we will not recognize a PLO but
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Carter via the CIA secretly intensified
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the contacts with Salama and the PLO one
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of the great things when I need
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information a hurry it’s always there
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Carter also asked Landrum bowling a
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quake Kapusta and the friend of Salama
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to open yet another line of
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communication with Arriflex President
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Carter asked me to carry some messages
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Arafat and ask him questions and so on
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so I made a number of trips to Beirut
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specifically to see him and I tried to
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get him to say certain things that would
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open up discussions the u.s. were
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playing a double game
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when the American UN ambassador Andrew
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Young had a short informal meeting with
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the pl o–‘s UN observer Israel
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protested and Carter sacked young but at
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the same time he continued to cultivate
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his own contacts with Arafat sometimes
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through Salama sometimes through bowling
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who was ordered to discreetly hand in
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his reports to the president’s wife I’d
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Gore the White House
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you listening mrs. Carter she would give
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it at the president a few days I would
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get back a photocopy of my letter with
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his handwritten notes back to me this is
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the way we communicated but the
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clandestine contacts with the PLO served
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to protect only American interests the
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guerrilla attacks against Israel
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continued Israel refused to recognize
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the PLO and considered talking to the
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devil to be out of the question
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he should be killed
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[Music]
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at dawn to frogmen leave an Israeli
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naval vessel just off the Lebanese coast
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they swim in to a deserted beach with
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their heavy load on the night of January
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the 22nd a yellow VW Beetle is parked
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near Salaam is flat the following day at
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a quarter to 4:00 in the afternoon Ali
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Hassan Salameh says goodbye to his wife
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and son before going to his niece Demers
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birthday party on the way he will pass a
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parked car
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[Music]
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you know I was raising my daughter
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preparing her for her birth because he
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was coming we prepared the cameras no it
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was the movie camera
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and then I heard the explosion I heard
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the other side of town started shelling
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our side of town and I stood at the
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balcony somebody in the house tell me
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that there is a smoke I went to the
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window and I saw my son and my god
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we’re running I turned on the radio so I
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heard that he was shot half of his face
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was the ambulance takes Ali Hassan
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Salameh to the American University
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Hospital in Beirut I always thought he
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was immortal I never said that anything
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could happen to my brother in my
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particular you know but our Hassan Ali
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Hassan Salameh the red Prince died on
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the operating table at 1603 on the 22nd
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of January 1979 the murder was headline
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news in the Arab world a quarter of a
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million mourners followed Salam as
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coffin Abu Hassan was buried between his
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personal bodyguards Yasser Arafat
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attended the ceremony and stood beside
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Salam as oldest son her son who held his
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father’s gun in his hands Arafat was
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devastated over the loss of his brother
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in arms
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he was really shocked when he heard that
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my brother what happened to my brother I
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was told he said I lost my my right arm
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he hung Salam is portrait on the wall by
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his desk in their room he’d looked on
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Salama as his Crown Prince he accused
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the US and Carters security adviser
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Brzezinski of giving Israel the go-ahead
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for the assassination well present he
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called me after this outburst from
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Arafat and said Lander I want you to go
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I want you to get Arafat to repudiate
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that statement he knows it’s not true
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we knows perfectly well that we had
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every reason to want to keep this man
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alive we could not have agreed to his
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assassination that’s crazy
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one would-be CIA man said that we have
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lost a good friend in Beirut a lot of
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people in the CIA as well as more
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broadly in the US government felt that
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the Israelis kill Salome on purpose
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because they viewed him as a threat to
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their own relationship to the Americans
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and they were worried that the Americans
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might be somehow persuaded to support
27:20
some aspect of the Palestinian case if
27:22
they had these relations and I think
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they saw out the contacts with Salome as
27:26
a threat to their own objectives and
27:28
goals and I think that’s why he was
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killed
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there’s no question about it
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in 1982 Israel invaded Lebanon the
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intention was to crush the PLO and to
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protect the Jewish state from the
27:46
constant guerrilla raids in the north
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the Israelis did invade Lebanon drove
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the Palestinians out Palestinians had
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been ironically the guarantor of
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American security in Lebanon all that
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was lost
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at this the collaboration between the
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USA and the Palestinians came to an end
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it would be ten years before the CIA and
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the PLO renewed their secret contacts
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Arafat was forced to leave Beirut having
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received assurances from Secretary of
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State Shultz that the US would defend
28:35
the Palestinian refugee camps but the
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super power did not lift a finger when
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Israel’s allies the Christian militia
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killed men women and children in Sabra
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and Shatila
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I don’t feel responsible for the
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massacres the massacres were done by a
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Lebanese group will let in there by the
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Israelis and we have made an agreement
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in which we took the Israelis word that
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they would not allow that to happen and
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they did so I was very critical of the
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Israelis in that regard
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before that the Americans have been
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looked at as neutral not identified with
29:27
either side in the Civil War
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but we soon became involved because we
29:33
started showing shiite villages from the
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battleship New Jersey that was perceived
29:38
as a hostile act by the Shiites
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not very long after you got you got the
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retaliation as long as the US talked to
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the devil the PLO terrorism could be
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controlled but when the PLO had been
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thrown out and the Americans were seen
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to be taking sides in the conflict
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Muslim extremism began to grow stronger
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in April 1983 a lorry filled with a ton
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of explosives was detonated outside the
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American Embassy in Beirut 63 people
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were killed among them CIA agent Robert
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Ames
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meant a great deal and I don’t think we
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realized at the time how deep the wave
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of terrorism was likely to become
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[Music]
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a busload of CIA officers from the
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Department for the Middle East
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visit the wall Cemetery in Arlington in
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silence they approached one of the
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graves in the eyes of the CIA the dead
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man Robert Ames is the real hero behind
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the new peace agreements the secret
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contacts
31:22
he and Salama instigated paved the way
31:25
for the peace process the same day that
31:28
the agents pay their respects the peace
31:31
agreement between Israel and the
31:33
Palestinians is signed on the lawn
31:35
outside the White House it was a very
31:41
important moment it was something that
31:43
our government had been working for for
31:46
quite a long time
31:52
in 1994 Yasser Arafat arrives in Gaza in
31:56
triumph his long motorcade is protected
32:00
by Ali Hassan Salameh as creation force
32:03
17 in one of the cars sits a profoundly
32:07
serious giant of a man he had been
32:11
forced to leave Palestine five years
32:13
earlier deported as a terrorist after 17
32:16
years in prison
32:18
he has now been appointed head of the
32:21
West fence preventive security science
32:24
you should know that I am a freedom
32:26
fighter and I have been fighting the
32:31
Israelis for the last 36 or 37 years
32:37
Rajab is very different to the red
32:40
prince he is a grey eminence
32:42
uninterested in frivolity or chitchat
32:45
the USA will soon discover and his
32:48
qualities the former terrorist Jibril
32:52
Rajab will become the Ali Hassan Salameh
32:55
of the 1990s George Shultz had
33:00
recognized that the absence of any
33:03
communication between the United States
33:06
and the Palestinian leadership was a
33:08
detriment and an obstacle to any further
33:11
progress and so this was the key to
33:15
unlocking that door
33:20
the peace agreement meant that majid
33:23
security service had to cooperate with
33:25
Israel in the United States in the fight
33:28
against the opponents of the peace
33:29
primally the militant Muslim
33:31
organization Hamas
33:33
[Music]
33:40
raju was on the horns of a dilemma he
33:43
was supposed simultaneously to both
33:44
fight and protect his own people those
33:48
who saw the piece as treasonous
33:49
challenged him tens of young
33:52
Palestinians blew themselves up in
33:54
crowded Israeli buses Jewish settlers
34:02
took up arms and attacked Palestinian
34:05
civilians the increasing violence was a
34:08
threat to the peace which is why the CIA
34:11
once again played a major role says the
34:14
USA’s chief negotiator after four bombs
34:20
in nine days we had to worry as to
34:24
whether or not there was even going to
34:25
be a process so at this point we got
34:29
commitments from Yasser Arafat’s that he
34:31
would do what was necessary and in
34:33
return we said I tell us what kind of
34:36
help you need and were provided to we’re
34:37
prepared to provide the help so that’s
34:39
why the CIA became involved purely from
34:42
a security standpoint President Bill
34:47
Clinton drew up secret instructions that
34:50
the CIA should furnish rajab and his
34:52
security service with tens of millions
34:54
of dollars no matter how effective the
35:02
Israeli security services are you really
35:07
do need Palestinian security officers to
35:12
get on the inside of the Palestinian
35:14
community if you’re going to really
35:18
establish a control over terrorism
35:24
Rajib’s men underwent intensive
35:27
schooling by the CIA in both combating
35:30
terrorism and interrogation techniques
35:32
the assistance and the training had the
35:35
desired effect
35:36
rajab security forces struck hard at
35:40
targets at the CIA and Israel pointed
35:42
out Hamas was to be destroyed they
35:48
arrested all the leaders of it they went
35:50
in and replaced most of the Imams in the
35:52
mosque
35:53
I mean it was a systematic effort at
35:55
dealing in fact for the first time and
35:57
really the only the only time with not
36:00
only Hamas as an organization but
36:01
including the Hamas infrastructure
36:05
dozens of Hamas activists were killed
36:08
and thousands imprisoned without trial
36:12
the laws of warfare and respect for
36:15
human rights ceased to apply in the
36:18
fight against terrorism the real world
36:23
is the real world you are going to have
36:26
to go in and you’re going to have to
36:28
conduct searches and interrogations
36:30
which don’t meet the kind of standards
36:33
for Western warrant we have many noble
36:37
goals but if the noble goals is to
36:40
simply leave a democratic or any other
36:42
society totally vulnerable to acts of
36:45
violence and terrorism you are depriving
36:48
the human rights of the innocent to
36:51
protect somewhat theoretical human
36:53
rights of the guilty
36:57
quite simply suspected terrorists have
37:00
no legal rights Rajab and the
37:03
Palestinian Authority sanctioned by the
37:06
USA systematically violated Human Rights
37:11
torture becomes as a policy in the
37:14
Palestinian Geo’s all of the prisoners
37:18
who arrested by the Palestinian
37:20
Authority were tortured by God
37:24
I did fight for the issue of assuring
37:30
security and stability in order to make
37:34
progress in the whole process of
37:37
reconciliation between US and Israelis
37:42
Raju was accused by his own people
37:44
obtain a US and Israeli puppet this of a
37:48
man who had at the age of 15 thrown a
37:50
petrol bomb at an Israeli occupation
37:52
patrol for which he had served 17 years
37:55
in prison
37:58
[Applause]
38:00
me who suffered will not cause suffering
38:03
for my people
38:04
but if there is anyone who will act
38:10
against the law according to the law he
38:13
should be punished CIA officers have
38:19
participated regularly when Rajab
38:22
security police have interrogated
38:23
political opponents the Palestinian
38:26
interrogators had been trained in the
38:29
USA
38:30
they got extensive training here and
38:34
some of that training to be fair was on
38:38
the ways you do interrogation the way
38:40
you don’t do interrogation but the USA
38:46
turned a blind eye to the abuse
38:47
inflicted on the Palestinian opposition
38:50
according to Ross Israel was allowed to
38:53
dictate US policy towards Arafat and
38:55
Rajab in retrospect I think we made a
38:59
mistake we tended to follow the Israeli
39:02
lead on this more than we should have
39:03
you know you took ravine use to say to
39:05
us don’t press him on the human rights
39:07
let him take care of the security
39:10
security was put before human rights the
39:14
torturers were able to torment their
39:16
victims without interference while
39:19
United States agents made themselves at
39:21
home in the Palestinian prisons
39:24
you know we started from zero as they
39:28
tried to help us to have a professional
39:31
security services all the time the CIA
39:40
trying to make a kind of civil war
39:45
inside Palestinian Street by encouraging
39:49
some of Palestinians to attack their
39:52
people by training some of Palestinians
39:57
to crack down on Palestinian
40:00
organizations which seek independence
40:04
for Palestinians and freedom rant AC
40:09
defended the suicide attacks shortly
40:12
after this interview
40:14
she was killed in an Israeli helicopter
40:16
attack
40:18
[Applause]
40:23
rajab was praised in the u.s. and israel
40:25
for his tough approach to Hamas hundreds
40:29
of suicide attacks have been prevented
40:31
between 1997 and 1999 Raju was invited
40:37
to the States by the head of the CIA
40:39
George Tenet the former convict and
40:44
terrorist was received and embraced by
40:47
the CIA just as Ali Hassan Salameh had
40:50
been in the seventies well I think they
40:54
built up a good relationship George
40:57
Tenet is someone who relates on a
41:00
personal level with people he meets and
41:02
works with he’s what we call a people
41:04
person and I think he hit it off with
41:07
Raju I think in in American terms we
41:10
call it bonding they bonded
41:12
I admit many times listen we had a
41:20
honeymoon relationship and as I told you
41:23
that the Americans then we’re trying and
41:27
pushing and they were serious to Bush
41:31
the whole process toward an agreement we
41:34
developed I say we the US government
41:37
developed a great deal of trust and in
41:39
the relationship with Rocco
41:42
as it was apparent that they needed
41:45
outside help the CIA became
41:48
progressively more involved in the
41:51
process over time the full depth of that
41:55
mission has never been made public
41:57
[Music]
42:01
but a taxi driver in Bethlehem reveals
42:04
the breath for the CIA secret training
42:07
program wahlid sawara had previously
42:11
belonged to Arafat’s elite force and
42:13
describes how he and future terrorists
42:15
received advanced weapon training by
42:18
USA’s elite unit
42:19
Delta Force sophiana column in Palestine
42:27
in Bethlehem a linear Qaddafi will ever
42:29
come out of fear has had moving true for
42:32
the LeFleur of cushy American armored
42:34
car at least 40 Palestinians were
42:40
invited to CIA complexes in Virginia
42:43
Walid took his pocket camera and several
42:47
notebooks to the top secret training not
42:51
by any stop living I know
42:55
okay now I’m in the Sultan American in a
42:59
hastily
43:01
myeloma and in Laguna or the name for it
43:08
boss idiots what do now hotel is Mattel
43:13
holiday and garden officially banned
43:16
third party
43:21
Glenn Allah boss mavala Limbaugh a
43:24
Beatle bass Latoya on a scepter the
43:27
jalapeño lives in a little boss move a
43:30
lot maybe Jewish male she meant oh hi
43:34
Alan Campbell signify
44:10
[Music]
44:22
– Palestine which is to interpret Alamo
44:26
Schallert if Ptolemy girl
44:28
hawala McCann who had Authority
44:35
[Music]
44:36
Leverkusen to custom and matashiro at
44:39
the table who said this can new your
44:45
happy I will interpret the Kia standing
44:50
can cool the sweet but women and honor
44:52
was cozy qual had the any for us the
44:59
heart of Kazuko had elite soldiers from
45:04
Bethlehem were invited to a series of
45:06
cocktail parties with high-ranking CIA
45:08
Chiefs and well aide took pictures of
45:12
the CIA instructors arm in arm with the
45:15
Arab recruits
45:16
[Music]
45:22
we are take dakea lisara no aunty 10 mio
45:28
o salafi malumat Alfie cattle nos Badu
45:33
memorabilia
45:38
the Palestinians were given the chance
45:41
to mingle with the tourists shoot video
45:43
films take a tour of the White House and
45:46
photograph each other on the steps to
45:48
the Congress the Palestinian officers
45:50
moved around freely in close proximity
45:53
to the heart of the super power it
45:57
crossed no one’s mind that they could be
45:59
dangerous terrorists but the truth was
46:02
soon to be revealed
46:11
the American training of ruthless
46:14
security forces led to an upsurge in
46:16
violence Jabril Rajib’s powerful
46:19
security apparatus was seen as an enemy
46:22
of its own people Palestinian students
46:25
challenged the Palestinian police
46:27
eventually Rajab realized where the
46:30
problem lane will never work without
46:42
giving hope to the people without
46:48
pushing tower a political settlement
46:52
security for security will never be done
47:03
today even the American chief
47:05
negotiators are self-critical Ross
47:08
regrets that the superpower didn’t
47:10
concentrate its efforts on the building
47:12
of democratic Palestinian institutions
47:15
instead the USA gave the Arafat
47:18
dictatorship free hands in its attempt
47:21
to crush all opposition our approach
47:24
should have been create real courts
47:27
create real judges create a real law ok
47:32
transparency create accountability those
47:35
are the things we should have done we
47:36
didn’t do that was our mistake Clinton’s
47:46
presidential mandate came to an end a
47:48
crucial meeting was held at Camp David
47:51
in the summer of 2000 the negotiations
47:55
collapsed the breakdown meant the end of
47:57
the peace process as a political tension
48:01
approach oiling point Israel’s future
48:03
prime minister Ariel Sharon visited the
48:06
Temple Mount the Muslims holy Haram
48:09
al-sharif
48:10
[Applause]
48:16
I wrote this one day before his visit
48:20
that if mr. Sharon’s going to visit
48:23
al-aqsa there will be no more
48:26
cooperation between the Israelis and the
48:29
[ __ ] and secret services and I think
48:32
that this will lead to and some kind of
48:35
ethnic work and this will push the
48:38
voltage in a vicious circle the al-aqsa
48:44
Intifada broke out the new American
48:49
President George Bush blamed Arafat
48:51
because it was said he failed to stop
48:54
the terrorists but Arafat of Rajab were
48:59
to get a new an unforeseen opportunity
49:02
as a result of the terror attack in the
49:04
United States on the 11th of September
49:07
2001 just five days after the attack the
49:13
CIA’s tel-aviv station chief approached
49:16
Cheryl Raju with an offer
49:21
Jeff O’Connor told him the President
49:24
Bush wanted a close collaboration in the
49:27
war on terrorism he was offered both
49:29
money and goods in exchange
49:32
rajab promptly agreed to become the
49:35
USA’s number one Arab terrorist hunter
49:38
this was his and Arafat’s chance to come
49:42
in from the cold and win the new
49:44
president’s trust
49:48
but Arielle Sharon saw the new
49:51
cooperation between the US and the
49:53
Palestinians as a threat in April of
49:59
2002 he ordered the Israeli army to
50:02
strike Rajib’s headquarters in Ramallah
50:05
officially because Rajab was sheltering
50:07
Islamic terrorists you know I tried to
50:14
reach the people of the CIA but as far
50:18
as what I didn’t understand from them
50:20
that they could not convince the
50:23
Israelis or prevent Israelis to stop
50:25
attacking and destroying the native
50:28
quarter the security services secret
50:33
archive of Palestinian terror groups was
50:35
destroyed carefully collected
50:38
information on suspected terrorists went
50:41
up in smoke I thought it was a waste
50:49
at our waste as I was counterproductive
50:53
Sharon had several reasons for wanting
50:56
to get rid of the Palestinians head of
50:58
security an obedient and efficient
51:01
Palestinian security service was a great
51:03
importance to Washington not least in
51:06
the infiltration of other militant
51:08
movements in the Arab world Rajab might
51:11
well become a dangerous competitor for
51:14
the favors of the Americans just as Ali
51:16
Hassan Salameh had once been which was
51:20
why he had been killed by the Israelis
51:31
overnight Rajab was seen to lose
51:34
everything
51:35
America’s darling saw his dreams
51:37
shattered see I was very disturbed to
51:44
think George Tenet was very disturbed by
51:46
it because CIA put a lot of effort into
51:49
the training they established good
51:51
relationships with a lot of key people
51:53
who were responsive to us and who were
51:56
basically giving us advanced information
51:58
on impending terrorist attacks so they
52:01
were doing what they were supposed to be
52:03
doing and then of course Chiron came in
52:06
and destroyed the entire infrastructure
52:08
as part of his animosity towards Arafat
52:13
himself so all that work had been
52:15
destroyed
52:17
Rajib’s USA trained elite soldiers turn
52:20
their weapons in fury against the
52:23
Israelis and deserted to join exactly
52:26
the extremist groups they had been
52:28
trained to fight one of them was killed
52:31
when making a bomb for the terrorists
52:33
fruit al-aqsa while others were killed
52:36
or expelled from Israel the USA had
52:41
trained terrorists
52:43
we weren’t training terrorists we were
52:46
training people to deal with terrorists
52:47
it turned out that some of them went
52:49
back and joined them the Oscar Mayer
52:51
Brigade so you could say that the net
52:53
effect was to contribute to insecurity
52:56
not to contribute to security the CIA
53:04
had for years under President Clinton
53:06
nurtured a u.s. a friendly Palestinian
53:09
security chief for the new President
53:12
Bush allowed Israel to crush the USA’s
53:15
Palestinian allies Rajab now condemns
53:20
his previous bedfellow I don’t think
53:26
that this administration is adopting a
53:29
fair and honest position tower this
53:32
conflict and I think that they are
53:36
supporting and protecting the worst kind
53:41
of terror is this occupation
53:51
we need to be honest about the mistakes
53:53
we make if we’re not honest about it how
53:56
can we learn from the mistakes we made
53:59
how can we shape a different future
54:01
unless we’re prepared to understand what
54:02
went wrong with the past
54:08
[Music]
54:20
for decades after the first secret
54:22
contacts between agents Salameh and
54:25
Eames discussions have now been
54:27
superseded by the war against terrorism
54:32
instead of talking to the devil the
54:35
American administration now believed
54:37
they can kill him
54:41
you can’t deal with terrorism from the
54:44
point of view of let’s just kill them
54:46
and it goes away it doesn’t happen newer
54:48
people come up same way with al-qaeda
54:51
the same way with Hamas and Palestinian
54:54
Islamic Jihad you create new blood debt
54:59
following the death of Yasser Arafat the
55:02
u.s. promised the Palestinian security
55:04
service millions of new dollars in the
55:07
war against the Muslim extremists the
55:10
new Palestinian President is expected to
55:13
carry on what Arafat and Rajab started
55:15
an attempt to disarm the militant
55:18
Islamists the Palestinian and American
55:22
agents in the field are in agreement
55:24
there can be no lasting peace until both
55:28
sides once again start talking to the
55:31
devil
55:36
the reality is that you learn very early
55:39
on to eat with the devil because if you
55:43
don’t you will have absolutely no idea
55:46
of what the devil is doing
55:49
[Music]
 
 

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