Introduction by Jim Dean and Gordon Duff
Foreword: Kings and princes never leave the public scene, not now, not ever. There is always a “look alike cousin” or double of some kind as in the films Dave or Moon Over Parador…
This all goes back to the Silk Road and before, the “walk in.” You head out across the steppe to relieve yourself, get knocked in the head with a giant dreidle and someone else become you, take the camel, the trade goods and raises your kids.
All of what we have been told about Saudi Arabia of late just doesn’t fit. How did they become the tail to the Israeli dog? … Gordon
Update: Additional information is coming in via comment helpers below, including a photo of the Crown Prince reported to be from today. We will be sifting through all the new material.
An SA press conference with the CP would solve the matter in a jiffy, and it seems strange they would let this issue simmer when a public appearance would put it to bed… JD
Update 2: We were just informed that the meta-data on this photo has all been stripped off. Also, something odd, a formal photo like this would not have had the other people cut out, so it looks like its been cropped. Will the real Crown Prince please step forward, even from your hospital bed if necessary, as we have plenty of other things to do than chasing a ghost around. Thank you… JD
[ Editor’s Note: Only moments ago, Jim Dean got a call telling us that Saudi Crown Prince bin Salman was killed in an April coup and that an announcement of his death is imminent.
We wait for confirmation. We have been waiting for weeks for the hammer to drop on why the Crown Prince disappeared after an alleged drone shoot down in the palace area, but nothing has come out to explain it, even after Pompeo visited a soon after and would normally have met with him and done some press work.
The video below claims Pompeo met with the Crown Prince, but for there to be no media of that is off the charts suspicious. But we got nothing…until today.
“An annoucement is to be made that Muhammad Bin Salman is dead and shall be proceeded by Mut’ib ibn Abd Allah as heir to the throne and Minister of Defence.”
More than a little effort has been going into learning not just if the Crown Prince is dead, but who would have done it, and what is causing the problem with not going public after all this time. It’s not like the sky is going to fall after another Arab inter-rivalry coup, especially after the Crown Prince put a bunch of the Princes on the rack for pilfering the country.
But we are told he did not arrest any of his supporters who had done so. That left some angry people standing, including those who had not been arrested yet. We will of course be updating as more comes in… Jim W. Dean ]
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Saudi royal urges coup to depose King Salman, protect kingdom from harm
An exiled Saudi prince has called for a coup by his influential uncles to depose King Salman and prevent the current ruling structure led by his son, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, from doing more damage to the kingdom.
Prince Khaled bin Farhan, who has been awarded asylum in Germany, made the call on Prince Ahmed bin Abdulaziz and Prince Muqrin bin Abdulaziz in comments to the Middle East Eye news portal published on Monday.
He asked the duo to use the influence they wield with their fellow royals as well as with the military to bring about the palace coup.
Such a change, bin Farhan asserted, was imperative to salvage the kingdom from Salman’s “irrational, erratic, and stupid” tutelage.
Saudi King Salman appointed bin Salman as the first in line to the throne in a surprise move last June that saw the monarch ousting Crown Prince Muhammed bin Nayef, who had himself replaced Muqrin in 2015.
Calling bin Salman’s meteoric rise to power into question, bin Farhan said, “If King Salman had been in a good state of health, things wouldn’t have reached this stage. When we see public policy in Saudi Arabia, we can see that King Salman is completely absent from the screen or from the political scene in Saudi Arabia.”
Bin Salman, also the country’s defense minister, is seen as the all-powerful figure in Saudi Arabia, whose impulsive attitude towards domestic and regional affairs has fueled much unrest both inside and outside the kingdom.
Late last year, he arrested hundreds of fellow princes and businessmen in what the young prince tried to portray as an “anti-corruption campaign,” seizing a total of $100 billion in exchange for their freedom.
He is also seen as the architect of the three-year-long Saudi-led invasion of neighboring Yemen, which has killed and displaced tens of thousands, and a key proponent of maximum regional and international pressure on regional powerhouse Iran.
Under bin Salman, the Saudi regime has also been rushing towards the normalization of ties with the regime in Tel Aviv at the expense of undermining the Palestinian cause.
Prince Khaled’s comments come amid the Saudi crown prince’s mysterious absence from the public eye since heavy gunfire and explosions were reported just outside the royal palace in Riyadh late last month.
Some sources claimed that the incidents on April 21 were part of a coup led by Saudi royals who are opposed to King Salman, while other reports suggested that the shooting occurred when the palace guards targeted a small drone which approached Salman’s residence.
Royal scene pregnant with change?
Bin Farhan further explained that the arrest spree of the powerful figures by bin Salman has created much resentment within the royal family against the crown prince, noting, “The family feels it has been humiliated.”
“There is so much anger within the royal family” to the point that a potential evolution in the country’s ruling structure would be backed by “99 percent of the members of the royal family, the security services, and the army would stand behind them,” bin Farhan said. “I have received a large number of emails from within the police and army in support of my call.”
He referred to the April 21 alleged coup attempt in Riyadh as an instance of preparedness for action against the ultra-powerful in the kingdom.
Bin Farhan contested reports that the security forces had tried to shoot down a drone during the incident, saying destroying an aircraft like that would not requires hours of exchange of fire.
He added, “It was a shock for the entire family because prominent figures in the family were detained, in a way that held a great deal of humiliation. It was a shock for the entire family. The family is now facing the undermining of its standing in the eyes of the people. And this will inevitably undermine its legitimacy.”
Even now, those freed are being kept on a short leash, with travel bans imposed upon them all, locators fitted onto their feet in most cases, and their contacts being closely monitored, he added.
The dissident royal also lashed out against a strict rule under which the ultimate power should solely rest in the hands of the king, warning about the consequences of such a one-man show for the kingdom.
“The make-up of the state will constantly change with the personality of the king,” Prince Khaled said.
“Where is the strategic plan for the state? We need to have a clear goal that we’re working towards. And it’s the role of the king to come up with a tactical plan to help us enact these strategies,” he said. “But, with the way we’re going, our country will be late reaching them. We’re already late. We use to think that we had financial assets and educated individuals, but unfortunately the situation right now is taking us back years.”
Bin Salman’s ‘psychological problems’
Speaking of bin Salman, bin Farhan said, “At school, he had psychological problems and I’d rather not go into too much detail, but mental health can affect someone entirely, and I can see clearly that after he came into power and the way he deals in politics is reflective of his psychological problems.”
Being treated as a non-significant ordinary prince has contributed to bin Salman’s current state of mind, he analyzed.
‘Bin Salman rule threatens world’
Bin Farhan warned that if MBS, as the crown prince is known, stayed in power, upheavals would follow.
“I would like to say to the Europeans that the situation in Saudi Arabia resembles a volcano that is about to erupt. If it erupts, it will affect not only the situation inside Saudi Arabia or in the Arab region but it will have an effect on you too,” he said.
“We should not forget that there are terrorist sleeper cells within Saudi Arabia, and that Wahhabi ideology” serves as the basis for the ideology of the Takfiri terrorists that “Europeans and Americans are frightened most of.”
“So, if Saudi Arabia descends into a state of chaos, there will be global chaos, and it (Saudi Arabia) will be a source of terrorism for the entire world as it will support and sustain international terrorism,” said the royal.
Gordon Duff is a Marine combat veteran of the Vietnam War. He is a disabled veteran and has worked on veterans and POW issues for decades. Gordon is an accredited diplomat and is generally accepted as one of the top global intelligence specialists. He manages the world’s largest private intelligence organization and regularly consults with governments challenged by security issues.
Duff has traveled extensively, is published around the world, and is a regular guest on TV and radio in more than “several” countries. He is also a trained chef, wine enthusiast, avid motorcyclist, and gunsmith specializing in historical weapons and restoration. Business experience and interests are in energy and defense technology.