‘Night of the Long Knives’ for Princes comes to Saudi Arabia

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11 Saudi princes, 4 ministers arrested as Crown Prince unleashes crackdown on corruption

… from Russia Today,  Moscow 

I don’t think the King would have gotten the idea of a corruption purge from Mr. Trump

[ Editor’s Note: There had been hints that this was coming. Will it be a shuffling of chairs on the Titanic? We will need to know more.

One of the intriguing possibilities could be that the Crown Prince may be unhappy with the disastrous policy of the proxy terror wars; and Yemen and the Saudi-Israeli plan to take Iran down boomeranged on them.

Those targeted by the terror twins and the Neocon colonialists have forced those they have targeted to form a mutual defense force which now has a lot of experience in fighting terrorism; and they are intimately aware as to who the driving forces have been.

There has been no political blowback in the US, despite the huge duckblind the US is presenting, as being involved in anti-terrorism when terrorism has become the US’ “go to” tool for regime change. And gosh, it all got put on steroids right after 9-11, imagine that.

We will have to see the bios of those Saudis who are replacing those who have been arrested. Is this a real corruption purge, when the country is corrupt to the bone, or a political purge in disguise?

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If it is the later, we will be reading the tea leaves to see what the new direction could be. That Lebanon’s Hariri actually flew to Saudi Arabia to resign was an unprecedented groveling, even for the Mideast.

Those being arrested have enough offshore money to fight back if they are being lynched, so we should be hearing their side of it. But even if they are guilty as hell, we will mostly certainly learn what innocent lambs they are, or we might even see them spill the beans on others.

My bet now on the front end of this is the King and Crown Prince team are clearing out opposition they will know will want to undermine changes they want to make. So they are demonstrating to these opponents that, since the entire country is corrupt, bringing corruption charges is mere child’s play.

They can be separated from their assets in a jiffy, to help out with the budget shortfalls and maybe even lose their heads. This is a lit dynamite stick here folks Jim W. Dean ]

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Good gosh, could it be head chopping time, the free-for-all kind, in Saudi Arabia?

– First published … November 05, 2017

The decree appoints the crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, to lead the committee, granting it broad powers to fight corruption. The committee is exempted from “laws, regulations, instructions, orders and decision” while performing its wide range of duties, namely “identifying offenses, crimes, persons and entities” complicit in corruption, and gives it the power to impose punitive measures on those caught red-handed. Those include asset freezes, travel bans and arrests.

The committee made its first arrests hours after it was created, detaining 11 princes, four current ministers as well as “tens” of ex-ministers of the Saudi government in connection with newly opened corruption probes, Al-Arabiya reported.

Minister of the National Guard Prince Miteb bin Abdullah and Economy Minister Adel Fakeih are among those arrested, Al Arabiya cited a senior Saudi official as saying, on condition of anonymity. Alwaleed al-Ibrahim, owner of television network MBC, was also detained.

Dozens of former ministers were arrested by the Crown Prince committee, including a former governor of Riyadh province, former finance minister, and former chief of the Royal Court.

The committee said it is relaunching a probe into the devastating floods that killed over 120 people in the city of Jeddah in 2009, while inflicting millions in property damage. In wake of the wide-ranging investigation, concluded in December 2014, the Saudi court found 45 people guilty, including senior officials, on charges of bribery, misuse of power and public funds, money laundering and illicit business operations.

Another high-profile case resumed by the anti-corruption committee is the investigation into the outbreak of the so-called Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) virus in Saudi Arabia in 2014, which resulted in nearly 300 deaths and the ouster of the country’s health minister.

Most senior Saudi officials in charge of state oversight, investigation and prosecution will sit on the committee, which will comprise the attorney general and the heads of state security, anti-corruption authority, audit bureau, and the chair of the monitoring and investigation commission.

“In view of what we have noticed of exploitation by some of the weak souls who have put their own interests above the public interest, in order to illicitly accrue money,” the Saudi King said in a statement, explaining the need to form the body.

Crown Prince Salman, appointed the heir of the Saudi throne in June, is known for his reform-minded views. The prince, who held a number of key government positions even before his elevation, is said to be behind a series of the latest domestic reforms in the ultra-conservative country, loosening a grip on the state’s strict social laws.

In one of the latest policy moves, the Saudi government lifted a ban on women driving. Crown Prince Salman reportedly spearheaded the milestone policy change, persuading his father, the king, to review the restriction. Earlier, women in Saudi Arabia were also permitted to use state services without male guardians.

The prince hinted last month that he would not stop at that, promising a return from hardline interpretation of the religion to what he described as “moderate Islam,” while vowing to eradicate extremist beliefs inside the country.

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  1. Within the past few days two Saudi princes have net untimely deaths. One in a helicopter accident near the Yemen border and another killed in a shoot out with Saudi militia.
    Coincidence?
    What was it Ian Flemming said?
    Wonder how many more are going to hit the ground?

  2. Watching all this make my nipples explode with delight!
    No, seriously, I am getting a bit of a giggle from it. Anticipating what happens next in the land of fraud, I mean Saud.
    Assassinations coming? False flags, Saudi style? Rounding up the usual suspects; and what happens if the Crown Prince gets taken down?
    Things could get very messy, very quickly and as usual a lot of innocent people end up paying the price.

  3. No, it is not related to corruption. Why a criminal will care about corruption if he did much worst things?

    What is happening is easy to understand. The Crown Prince is a despot, his appointment as next king broke all the local traditions followed by the 6 thousand princes of al-Saud family, and to ensure the power he is arresting and killing those that are or may become a threat, or he dreamed they are against him.

  4. Israel’s best long-term shot at domination is building a Riyadh-style city as economic hub powerhouse structure one that regional folks would flock to, and the one that would replace the ancient indoctrinated Jerusalem “appeal” and rearrange it for modern times for all concerned parties of the world. All these wars and false flags will never work.

  5. Saudis will not bow to western wishes of waging war(s) with Iran, no matter how much they experiment militarily in regional religious demographics, it would take a coup within royal ranks to do that. If this is an attempt of such a coup it is a pathetic one, this is more like a private step-brother spanking. US-Israel desperate seeking from Morrocco to China for someone to wage wars with Iran has beared zero fruit. Even more so noone from the 3 “old” continents will behave to that one.

  6. I wonder also, if this may be a group who attempted to put forth some sort of subversive opposition to the notification of changes by new leadership such as the living of the driving ban. Internally, it is worth noting, that changes are happening inside many power structures right now. Mostly to the benefit of the treatment and empowerment of Women. It seems to be Global and overdue.

    • The bottom line on this “shift” is the huge upset it will be to the parasitic religious class there who has never worked a day in their lives, nor do they intend to ever, who know that once they lose their lock of complete moral and social control over the people, they may turn on them and chase them off to the caves of Afghanistan.

    • Jim, you nailed it . Most of the Saudis never worked a day in their life instead living off the oil revenues.
      And as Gordon has often reported its military officer corps couldn’t hand a lickin’ to a chicken; lazy and corrupted.
      As far as the people there, if they finally do something could it also end up like Haiti after Baby Doc was sent packing?

    • A friend many years back, whose father had been ambassador to one of those countries, I forget what country it was, told me that the people down there, when purchasing a rifle, did not care much about range or accuracy. For them it was the sound it made that counted.

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