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Entries in khashoggi (2)

Thursday
Oct252018

It is called Murder and the Saudis Did It

The Saudis admitted today that the death of Jamal Khashoggi was "premeditated."  In other words, it was planned.  Premeditated is an interested word.  As a former Prosecutor and Criminal Defense Attorney, I walk into courtrooms everyday and that is a words that is not thrown around lightly.  In fact this is the word you use only when this is your cold, thought out and intended decision.  In other words, this is called murder.

The Saudis murdered Jamal Khashoggi.  So, why would the Saudi admit this after lying, and I use these words purposely, every single day?  Simply put, they had no choice.  They were backed into a corner and every story they concocted fell apart and was laughable on its face.

So what's the point?  Simple.  To things. Protect the King. And protect the Crown Prince.  Ok, so how do you do that? Well, you sometimes have one choice: embrace what is objectively true (because you have no choice) and them find a way to protect them.  So, the answer is that they will claim this was planned without their knowledge and consent.  Further, they themselves will likely change some of the 18 operatives they sent to Istanbul and they will pay the price for the protection of the Kingdom.

Watch.  You'll see.  I appear on Voice of America to discuss.  

Sunday
Oct142018

Khashoggi's Death is Going to Cost the Saudis

On October 2nd, Washington Post Journalist Jamal Khashoggi walked into a Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.  This was the last time he was ever seen alive.  Since then, the Saudis have come up with a whole list of stories, each less likely to be true the last one.  The problem is that Turkish President Erdogan, no stranger to extremism and dictatorial abuse himself, seems to have substantial information regarding what happened and he is not letting go.

President Trump seems to be providing cover for the Saudis and talking about rogue elements who did this without authorizations.  This is quite astounding and says a lot.  The Americans provide enormous support, weapons, training for the Saudis and the Saudis seem to be a lynch pin for the American Administration.

So what comes next? I will appear on RT Arabic to discuss.  This program is translated live into Arabic and airs throughout the Middle East.  Futher, I will be on with a Saudi official and a Turkish official.  This is expected to be feisty.