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In Black Money, Frontline correspondent Lowell Bergman investigates this shadowy side of international business, shedding light on multinational companies that have routinely made secret payments — often referred to as “black money” — to win billions in business. “The thing about black money is you can claim it’s being used for all kinds of things,” the British reporter David Leigh tells Bergman. “You get pots of black money that nobody sees, nobody has to account for, … you can do anything you like with. Mostly what happens with black money is people steal it because they can.”

Leigh knows. In his groundbreaking reporting for The Guardian newspaper, he helped uncover one of the biggest and most complicated cases currently under investigation — a story involving a British aerospace giant, the Saudi royal family, and an $80 billion international arms deal known as Al Yamamah, or “The Dove” in Arabic. “If there was one person who was the main man behind this arms deal, it turned out it was the U.S. ambassador, Prince Bandar bin Sultan,” says Leigh.

It all started back in 1985, when the charismatic Prince Bandar was put in charge of acquiring new fighter jets for the Saudi Arabian air force. The Israeli lobby in Congress reportedly stood in the way of the United States making a deal with the Saudis, so President Ronald Reagan sent Bandar to the British. The prince approached a willing Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, and they sealed the massive deal between the United Kingdom, BAE Systems (formerly British Aerospace) and the Royal Saudi Air Force.

Rumors swirled that billions in bribes had changed hands to secure the deal, but British officials denied wrongdoing. “Of course there is suspicion, and of course people are entitled to be suspicious,” says Lord Timothy Bell, who was involved in the deal from the beginning on behalf of the Thatcher government. “But as far as I’m concerned, if the British government … and the Saudi government reached a sovereign agreement over an arms contract that resulted in a tremendous number of jobs in Britain, a great deal of wealth creation in Britain, … and enabled Saudi Arabians to defend themselves, … I think that’s a jolly good contract.”

 

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Dispatches: Inside Britain’s Israel Lobby (Full Version)

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November 16 2009 – Dispatches investigates one of the most powerful and influential political lobbies in Britain, which is working in support of the interests of the State of Israel.

Despite wielding great influence among the highest realms of British politics and media, little is known about the individuals and groups which collectively are known as the pro-Israel lobby.

Political commentator Peter Oborne sets out to establish who they are, how they are funded, how they work and what influence they have, from the key groups to the wealthy individuals who help bankroll the lobbying.

He investigates how accountable, transparent and open to scrutiny the lobby is, particularly in regard to its funding and financial support of MPs.

The pro-Israel lobby aims to shape the debate about Britain’s relationship with Israel and future foreign policies relating to it.

Oborne examines how the lobby operates from within parliament and the tactics it employs behind the scenes when engaging with print and broadcast media.

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  • Joseph Conrad

    UNtil Americans compel th U.s. government to cut Israel loose, this nation will be in grave danger. Think 9/11 when Mossad, the CIA and Cheney collaborated in MURDERING 3,000 Americans an plunging this nation into 2 Middle East wars.
    When Israel attacks Iran, it will start WWIII and end the sway of 2 of most RACIST nations on Earth – the US & Israel.

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  • B

    To state that Israel and the USA are the two most racist nations on earth defies reality in that it completely ignores social reality of the vast majority of the eastern hemisphere ie: China. Be careful what you wish for, as you just might get it.

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  • Amy

    Time for the U.S. government to turn inward and pay attention to its own nation. We have become the disgrace in the Middle East which at one time respected our nation, until we permit the little state of Israel, which would not be a state without all the financial and other support we give it.
    We have an unrealistic debit which looks like it will never be paid, yet we continue to give Billions to Israel, and other nations, when that money should stay at home to pay off our bills and keep our own nation debt free.

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  • Adam Brown

    Why do you state that “this video does not exist ” when it is available via search engine ? ?

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