A brave Salt Lake City radio station is breaking
the Wayne Owens murder. For once, there is a feeling that this
lonely work of mine could result in an official investigation.
I exposed the murder on the Barbara Jean Show three days ago and
have been invited to talk about Owens for two hours on Monday,
Feb.17 at 11AM MST on the same station. Try and listen.
I promised Jim Dexter that I
would update my research for his program and I remained true to
Jim Dexter Show" Mondays & Tuesdays,
11:00 AM to 1:00 PM (Mountain)
The Voice of Utah
Past shows archived @ http://www.mindcleaner.com
By Barry Chamish
February 15, 2003
FORMER Utah Senator Wayne
Owens was murdered on Dec.18 in Tel Aviv at the end of a factfinding mission
shared with House Representatives David Price and Jim Davis. Price prepared
a summation of the mission, noting early on that, "Wayne Owens had
few illusions about the obstacles to getting peace negotiations back on
He continued: "We met in Cairo with Chief of Intelligence General
Omar Seuliman regarding the next round of cease-fire talks to be brokered
by Egypt among Hamas, Fatah, and possibly other groups.
"We then visited chief Palestinian Authority negotiator Abu Mazen
on the day it was determined that he would personally attend this second
"We met with Palestinian Authority Finance Minister Salam Fayyad
regarding financial and budget reform, where there has been enough progress
to allow the U.S. to broker the release of a first installment of Palestinian
Authority revenues impounded by Israel.
"We talked with Sari Nusseibeh, head of Jerusalem Affairs for the
PLO, about the back-channel, unofficial peace initiatives undertaken by
him and others."
By Akiva Eldar (Ha'aretz)
Dec. 20, 2002
Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat has taken over responsibility
for the Jerusalem portfolio by deposing prominent Palestinian peace
Nussibeh, president of Al Quds University, hammered out a peace plan
with former Shin Bet chief Maj. Gen. (res.) Ami Ayalon earlier this
year. A senior Palestinian official who asked to remain unnamed said
that Nusseibeh's removal and the establishment of the two committees
appear to be part
of a pattern of eccentric behavior exhibited by Arafat.
The official mentioned, for example, Arafat's announcement that East
Jerusalem publisher Hanna Siniora would be the PA's ambassador in Washington,
but when the prospective envoy arrived in the U.S. capital, Arafat backed
down from the appointment.
Recent visitors to Arafat's office in the Muqata said his behavior has
become strange. They said he was not focused, spoke in a confused manner,
and his lips are shaking again. His doctors attribute the shaking lips
to neurological damage that followed an airplane crash in the Libyan
desert that Arafat survived.
During the past year, Nusseibeh and Ayalon worked out a draft peace
plan based on the 1967 borders without a right of return for Palestinian
refugees. The paper was presented publicly a few months ago at a modest
ceremony in Athens attended by former U.S. president Bill Clinton and
the Greek foreign minister.
Yesterday, however, Nusseibeh issued a statement saying that in protest
of the arrest of Musa Balawneh, a former militant-turned-peace activist
in Nusseibeh's "People's Peace Campaign," which hopes to get
one million signatures on the Nusseibeh-Ayalon plan, Nusseibeh is ceasing
his peace activist work in the Palestinian community, his dialogue with
Israel, and his efforts to transform the armed intifada into a non-violent
civil disobedience campaign - until Balawneh is released.
Balawneh was arrested Wednesday night at a checkpoint near Nablus while
on his way to a meeting of peace activists in Ramallah.
According to Nusseibeh, Balawneh has not been accused of anything nor
informed of the reason for the arrest. Balawneh's travel permit, according
to the Nusseibeh statement, was issued by Israel at Nusseibeh's request
and with Israeli understanding that he would not be intercepted or arrested.
1. ON December 17,
Owens' group met with Sari Nusseibeh, the Palestinian Authority's Jerusalem
Affairs minister and Finance Minister Salam Fayyad.
2. On Dec.18, Owens met with Avi Gil, Shimon Peres' deputy director,
for dinner. Owens was found dead on a Tel Aviv beach two and a half hours
3. A short time after Owens' body was discovered, Nusseibeh's political
partner, Ibrahim Musa Mussalam Balawneh, was arrested by IDF troops.
4. On Dec.19, Nusseibeh condemned the arrest of Balawneh who was
travelling on a special permit that he personally arranged.
5. Also on Dec. 19, Arafat stripped Nusseibeh of his Jerusalem
And jumping ahead:
6. On Feb.15, under
American pressure, Arafat agreed to share power with
If no one minds, I'm
going to give away the motive for murder. I may have been underestimating
Owens. It seems that he was plotting behind Arafat's back with the, possibly,
untainted Nusseibeh. The goal was to replace Arafat's criminal regime
with one run by Nusseibeh and Fayyad. If that happened, a lot of crooks
headed by Arafat and Peres were going to lose hundreds of millions of
dollars, if not billions.
I am not going to rehash my previous articles at this point. I will send
them to those who so request. But I had put Owens in the middle of an
enormous Oslo embezzlement cartel whose members included Arafat, Peres,
Muhamed Rashid, Hani Masri, Yossi Ginosar, the Greek Orthodox Patriarch
of Jerusalem and a host of sundry American, Arab and Israeli politicians,
all taking their cuts of the peace pie. Now we must ask if Owens was attempting
to destroy this extended crime family.
I was asked by Salt Lake City radio hostess Barbara Jean if there was
any chance that Owens didn't know about the crimes being run through his
and Peres' peace centers. I answered that after 13 years in the Middle
East peace business, Owens had to have been a willing participant. The
latest evidence more than suggests that either he was used all these years
or he had a change of heart and decided to do the right thing and end
the Arafat/Peres crime syndicate. This betrayal would have constituted
a strong motive for murder.
READERS will recall that
at the time of his murder, Owens was the CEO of a desalinization project
and Peres was the project's NGO director. USAID provided $128 million
of American taxpayer's money to fund the enterprise. Following is a press
release from the US Consulate in Jerusalem from April 4, 2002 announcing,
"The U.S. Government to finance construction of a seawater desalination
plant and water carrier pipeline in the Gaza Strip.
"Congratulating Minister Sha'ath and Chairman
Sharif, U.S. Consul General Schlicher remarked, "The Palestinian
Authority is to be complimented for taking the steps necessary to introduce
desalinated water on a large scale for the people of Gaza. This agreement
will result in an increased supply of water while also protecting the
ground water quality in Gaza."
USAID Mission Director Garber added that, "USAID financed a pilot
desalination project in Gaza with superior results. We are pleased that
MOPIC and the PWA have asked us to help them with these historic desalination
and water distribution projects that will bring healthier lives to people
throughout the Gaza Strip."
SO who is the USAID Director
Larry Garber? Here is a bit of background found, guess where? On Wayne
Owens own web site. Why is Larry Garber's bio on Owens site? Because they
invited him to speak at the Center for Middle East Peace and Economic
Development on January 29, 2002.
The topic was "Challenges Facing the Donor Community"
Here are some key points from his talk:
***The West Bank and Gaza are among the top five
recipients of U.S. assistance in the world and are probably the largest
recipients of per capita aid other than Israel.
*** Congressional legislation prevents USAID (and the United States) from
providing any funding directly to the Palestinian Authority; it only provides
grants to NGOs and commercial businesses, whose programs are overseen
and audited by USAID.
*** Before September 2000...The Peres Center for Peace was working with
USAID on developing an information technology park in Tulkarm, and USAID
was in the third phase of developing its wastewater treatment program.
*** In response to the deteriorating situation... Border industrial zone
and local government projects have been suspended, but rule of law and
civil society programs continue, as do some infrastructure projects, such
as a desalination plant and water carrier in Gaza and a wastewater treatment
facility in Hebron.
NOW what do we notice
here? We learn that USAID, and its billion dollars invested in the
region so far, only work through NGOs; and who is NGO director of the
biggest project of all, Wayne Owens' desalinization plant? Why it just
happens to be Shimon Peres. But recall that Arafat's NGOs also received
$75 million from USAID to construct a water carrier in Gaza, we must believe,
to transport some of the desalinized water to him for sale to his people.
But of course, a good chunk of the dough will finance terror and Peres
and Owens, unless they were completely blind, had to have known that when
they arranged it for him.
Owens, however, had an out. USAID had a director in the region who was
responsible for auditing the funds. His name was Larry Foley and he was
Lawrence Foley who was the
most senior USAID employee based in Amman Jordan. Unfortunately he was
assassinated on October 28, 2002. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/2367311.stm
NOW who would have benefitted
from this murder? You can be sure, for starters, everyone involved in
the Owens desalinization project. For instance, the builders:
Desalination To Meet
Shortfall After Water Import Deal Setback
National Infrastructure Minister Avigdor Lieberman said on 11/28 that
Israel would have to build a new desalination plant for 50 million cubic
meters of water a year if the government fails to follow through plans
to import water from Turkey. Lieberman made the comment following the
tender's cancellation by an inter-ministerial committee. The only two
bidders - Universe Waters and Anatalia - said a clause in the tender
that would allow the government of Israel to cancel the project without
compensation for up to a year after the contract is signed was unacceptable.
The companies said they could not afford to invest tens of millions
of dollars in refitting oil tankers for water transport without receiving
compensation if the project is scrapped. Water experts say that even
if the import of water from Turkey goes forward, the panel's decision
would set the project back by up to two years and leave the country
short of 50 million cubic meters of water a year. A senior ministry
official said that if a desalination plant is built in place of importing
water from Turkey, it should be constructed south of Ashkelon, where
plans are already afoot for such a plant that is to be built by the
VID consortium, composed of Dankner Elran Investments, Engineering &
Desalination (part of Israel Chemicals) and Vivendi, the world's largest
The government has the option of asking the consortium to increase its
production from 50 million cubic meters of water a year to 100 million
cubic meters. But David Gershonovitz, chair of the central committee
for desalination, said last week that if an additional facility is to
be constructed, the contract will not be automatically given to VID
but would be subject to an international tender.
AFTER sabotaging the Turkish
water project with an option no company could accept, desalinization carried
on, full steam ahead:
The tender for the
construction of Israel's first seawater desalination plant ended this
week with a surprising price - 52.69 cents per cubic meter - the lowest
ever price offered worldwide for seawater desalination. The group that
was awarded the project is V.I.D. Desalination, comprising Dankner-Elran
investments (25%), Desalination Engineering (50%) and Vivendi (25%), which
is the world's largest water company and is French-American owned.
THE tie here which should
raise alarm bells is Vivendi. In July 2000, the Seagrams Group, founded
and controlled by the Bronfman family, bought Vivendi. Charles Bronfman
is a member of the board of The Peres Center For Peace. He is, along with
Daniel Abraham, Owens' business partner, the leading contributor to Peres'
center and to Peace Now. Sarah Ehrman, on the board of both Owens' peace
center and water project, was director of Peace Now - America.
And the ties get deeper and deeper.
Let's cut to the chase. Did the Bronfman family decide to go into the
water business in July 2000 because of the guaranteed prospect of building
a $150 million desalinization plant in Ashkelon and other projects funded
by USAID? How much of USAID funds to "peace" went into the hands
of other nepotists and insiders for "peace?" How much funded
the murders of Israelis for "peace?"
THE FALLOUT SINCE THE
Feb. 5, 2003
Palestinian Finance Minister
Salaam Fayad confirmed Tuesday that Israel earlier this week transferred
to the Palestinian Authority almost $60 million in taxes (some NIS 280m.)
collected from Palestinian laborers and businesses, the single largest
payment since the fighting began.
A senior diplomatic official
said Israel is satisfied that with a new US-backed supervisory mechanism
in place, the money is not being funneled to fund or support terrorism.
Some NIS 100m. of this amount is not merely tax payments due the PA
from the previous month, but comes from the more than NIS 2.5 billion
that has been frozen since the early days of the violence.
"There is an expectation that Israel will make the payments regularly
now," The Associated Press quoted Fayad as saying. Fayad, according
to one senior Israeli official, is "giving us hope that at least
in the financial sphere some reform is being done. He is trying to do
what he can."
The transfer of the
funds was made possible after the establishment of a supervisory mechanism
to ensure that the money is not misused. The main component of the supervisory
mechanism is the placement of officials from the US Agency for International
Development inside the PA Finance Ministry to train auditors and help
monitor the money flow.
USAID is now firmly
in charge of auditing funds to the PA. And Fayad is sharing power with
Arafat. It seems Owens got his way after all. But look at one of the conditions
for releasing new funds:
to the second intifada, the PLO agreed to cooperate with our requests
for information available to them that could shed light on the status
of U.S. nationals known to have been held by the PLO or factions thereof
in the past. Currently, we do not have an ongoing relationship with the
PLO on these matters."
NOW who are these Americans
held by the PLO? Could they have been USAID workers who got in the way
and had to be persuaded not to report anything that would upset the Arafat/Peres
crime yndicate? Presumably they got off cheaper than Foley and Owens.
I owe much to my researcher David Miller; a truly great snoop.
In preparation for my Australian tour next month, I created a video to
sell at lectures. It is a recording of my lecture, Who Murdered Yitzhak
Rabin, at the Windmill Hotel in Jerusalem last October. I played it for
the first time last night and I'm delighted. The film and sound qualities
are fine. And I was hot that night. In 1997, a similar video filmed in
Toronto was released and it was one hour in length. The new video is two
hours and fourteen minutes in length with all the latest information.
And it's entertaining without a letup. I'll be reproducing the video and
printing a cover next week. Let me know if you'd like a copy of the first
run for $25 or NIS 80. It's important that Americans inform me quickly,
since Israel and Australia employ PAL, while I have to know how many American
NTSC tapes to make. And of course, my new book, Save Israel! is also available
for the same price by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org