Extracted from Nexus Magazine
Volume 12, Number 6 (October -
Al-Qa’ida is the
product of an Arab fascist group that was set up
in the 1920s, funded by Adolf Hitler, used by
British, French and American Intelligence after WWII,
and later was supported by the Saudis and
reactivated by the CIA.
From a speech by John Loftus (former US Justice
Department prosecutor) to mark Holocaust Remembrance
Day, (Yom Ha’Shoah), April 18, 2004
First published in Jewish Community News, August 2004
We downloaded this version
from the website
have slightly edited it.
It always seems a little strange to have an Irish Catholic talking
about Yom Ha’Shoah. I had an unusual education in the Holocaust.
When I was working for the Attorney General, I was assigned to do
the classified research about the Holocaust, so I went underground
to a little town called Suitland, Maryland, right outside
Washington, DC, and that’s where the US Government buries its
There are 20 vaults underground and each vault is one acre in size.
Anyone see the movie Raiders of the Lost Ark? The last scene of that
movie is what the underground vaults are really like, only not as
organized as they are in the movie. And in those underground vaults
I discovered something horrible.
I learned that many of the Nazis that I had been assigned to
prosecute were on the CIA payroll, but the CIA didn’t know they were
Nazis because the British Intelligence Service had lied to them.
What the British Intelligence Service didn’t know was that their
liar was Kim Philby, the Soviet communist double agent—a little
scandal of the Cold War. But our State Department swept it all under
the rug and allowed the Nazis to stay in America until I was stupid
enough to go public with it.
What do you do when you want to go public with a story like this
one? You call up 60 Minutes. We had a great time. Mike Wallace gave
me 30 minutes on his show. For a long time, it was the longest
segment that 60 Minutes ever did. When the episode about Nazis in
America went on the air back in 1982, it caused a minor national
uproar. Congress demanded hearings, Mike Wallace got the Emmy award,
and my family got the death threats. It was a great trip.
Then a funny thing happened. Over the last 25 years, every retired
spy in the US and Canada and England all wanted me to be their
lawyer—for free, of course. So I had 500 clients; they paid me a
dollar apiece. So I am the worst-paid lawyer in America, but among
the better employed.
Let me give you an example. This year a friend of mine from the CIA,
named Bob Baer, wrote a very good book about Saudi Arabia and
terrorism; it’s called Sleeping with the Devil.1 I was reading the
book and I got about a third of the way through and I stopped. Bob
was writing about when he worked for the CIA and how bad the files
were. He said, for example, the files for the Muslim Brotherhood
were almost nothing. There were just a few newspaper clippings.
I called Bob up and said, "Bob,
that’s wrong. The CIA has enormous files on the Muslim
Brotherhood, volumes of them. I know because I read them a
quarter of a century ago."
He said, "What do you mean?"
Here’s how you can find all of the missing secrets about the
Muslim Brotherhood—and you can do this, too.
I said, "Bob, go to your computer and type two words into the
search part. Type the word ’Banna’, B-a-n-n-a."
He said, "Yeah."
"Type in ’Nazi’."
Bob typed the two words in, and out came 30 to 40 articles from
around the world. He read them and called me back and said, "Oh
my God, what have we done?"
What I’m doing today is doing what I’m
doing now: I’m educating a new generation in the CIA [about the
fact] that the Muslim Brotherhood was a fascist organization that
was hired by Western Intelligence and evolved over time into what we
today know as Al-Qa’ida [Al-Qaeda].
history of the Muslim Brotherhood
Here’s how the story began. In the 1920s there was a young Egyptian
named [Hassan] Al-Banna. And Al-Banna formed this nationalist group
called the Muslim Brotherhood. Al-Banna was a devout admirer of
Adolf Hitler and wrote to him frequently. So persistent was he in
his admiration of the new Nazi Party that in the 1930s Al-Banna and
the Muslim Brotherhood became a secret arm of Nazi Intelligence.
The Arab Nazis had much in common with the new Nazi doctrines: they
hated Jews; they hated democracy; and they hated the Western
culture. It became the official policy of the Third Reich to
secretly develop the Muslim Brotherhood as the "fifth parliament",
an army inside Egypt.
When war broke out, the Muslim Brotherhood promised in writing that
they would rise up and help General Rommel and make sure that no
English or American soldier was left alive in Cairo or Alexandria.
The Muslim Brotherhood began to expand in scope and influence during
World War II. They even had a Palestinian section headed by the
Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, one of the great bigots of all time. Here,
too, was a man... the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem was the Muslim
Brotherhood representative for Palestine. These were undoubtedly
Arab Nazis. The Grand Mufti, for example, went to Germany during the
war and helped recruit an international SS division of Arab Nazis.
They based it in Croatia and called it the Handzar Muslim Division,
but it was to become the core of Hitler’s new army of Arab fascists
that would conquer the Arabian Peninsula and, from there, on to
At the end of World War II, the Muslim Brotherhood was wanted for
war crimes. Their German Intelligence handlers were captured in
Cairo. The whole net was rolled up by the British Secret Service.
Then a horrible thing happened. Instead of prosecuting the Nazis—the
Muslim Brotherhood—the British Government hired them. They brought
all the fugitive Nazi war criminals of Arab and Muslim descent into
Egypt, and for three years trained them on a special mission. The
British Secret Service wanted to use the fascists of the Muslim
Brotherhood to strike down the infant state of Israel in 1948. Only
a few people in the Mossad know this, but many of the members of the
Arab armies and terrorist groups that tried to strangle the infant
State of Israel were the Arab Nazis of the Muslim Brotherhood.
Britain was not alone. The French Intelligence Service cooperated by
releasing the Grand Mufti and smuggling him to Egypt, so all of the
Arab Nazis came together. So, from 1945 to 1948, the British Secret
Service protected every Arab Nazi it could, but failed to quash the
State of Israel.
What the British did, then, was they sold the Arab Nazis to the
predecessor of what became the CIA. It may sound stupid, it may
sound evil, but it did happen. The idea was that we were going to
use the Arab Nazis in the Middle East as a counterweight to the Arab
communists. Just as the Soviet Union was funding Arab communists, we
would fund the Arab Nazis to fight against them. And lots of secret
classes took place. We kept the Muslim Brotherhood on our payroll.
But the Egyptians became nervous. Nasser ordered all of the
Brotherhood out of Egypt or be imprisoned and executed. So, during
the 1950s, the CIA evacuated the Nazis of the Muslim Brotherhood to
Saudi Arabia. Now, when they arrived in Saudi Arabia, some of the
leading lights of the Muslim Brotherhood, like [Dr Abdullah]
became the teachers in the madrassas, the religious schools. And
there they combined the doctrines of Nazism with this weird Islamic
Everyone thinks that Islam is this fanatical religion, but it is
not. They think that Islam—the Saudi version of Islam—is typical,
but it’s not. The Wahhabi cult has been condemned as a heresy more
than 60 times by the Muslim nations. But when the Saudis got
wealthy, they bought a lot of silence. This is a very harsh cult. Wahhabism was only
practiced by the Taliban and in Saudi
Arabia—that’s how extreme it is. It really has nothing to do with
Islam. Islam is a very peaceful and tolerant religion. It always had
good relationships with the Jews for the first thousand years of its
For the Saudis, there was a ruler in charge of Saudi Arabia, and
they were [providing] the new home of the Muslim Brotherhood.
Fascism and extremism were mingled in these schools [the madrassas].
And there was a young student who paid attention: Azzam’s student
was named Osama bin Laden. Osama bin Laden was taught by the Nazis
of the Muslim Brotherhood who had emigrated to Saudi Arabia.
In 1979, the CIA decided to take the Arab Nazis out of cold storage.
The Russians had invaded Afghanistan, so we told the Saudis that we
would fund them if they would bring all of the Arab Nazis together
and ship them off to Afghanistan to fight the Russians. We had to
rename them. We couldn’t call them the Muslim Brotherhood because
that was too sensitive a name. Its Nazi past was too known. So we
called them Maktab al-Khadamat al-Mujahidin, the MAK.
And the CIA lied to Congress and said they didn’t know who was on
the payroll in Afghanistan, except the Saudis. But it was not true.
A small section of the CIA knew perfectly well that we had once
again hired the Arab Nazis and that we were using them to fight our
Azzam and his assistant, Osama bin Laden, rose to some prominence
from 1979 to 1989, and they won the war. They drove the Russians out
of Afghanistan. Our CIA said, "We won—let’s go home!", and we left
this army of Arab fascists in the field of Afghanistan.
The Saudis didn’t want [them] to come back. The Saudis started
paying bribes to Osama bin Laden and his followers to stay out of
Saudi Arabia. Now the MAK was split in half. Azzam was mysteriously
assassinated, apparently by Osama bin Laden himself. The radical
group—the most radical of the merge of the Arab fascists and
religious extremists—Osama called Al-Qa’ida. But to this day, there
are branches of the Muslim Brotherhood all through Al-Qa’ida.
Osama bin Laden’s second-in-command, Ayman Al-Zawahiri, came from
the Egyptian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood—the Egyptian Islamic
Jihad, the result of a Palestinian Islamic Jihad.
There are many flavours and branches, but they are all Muslim
Brotherhoods. There is one in Israel. The organization you know as
Hamas is actually a secret chapter of the Muslim Brotherhood. When
Israel assassinated Sheik [Ahmed] Yassin a month ago [March 22,
2004], the Muslim Brotherhood published his obituary in a Cairo
newspaper in Arabic and revealed that he was actually the secret
leader of the Muslim Brotherhood in Gaza.
So the Muslim Brotherhood became this poison that spread throughout
the Middle East, and on 9/11 it began to spread around the world.
I know this sounds like some sort of a sick fantasy, but go to your
computer and type in the words "Banna" and the word "Nazi", and you
will see all of the articles come up. Those are all the pieces of
information that the CIA was trying to hide from its employees. It
did not want them to know the awful past. In 1984, when I was
exposing European Nazis on the CIA payroll, at the same time they
were trying to hide from Congress the fact that they had Arab Nazis
back on the payroll to fight the Russians—a stupid and corrupt
So, when Bob Baer studied his files, he was just stunned. A whole
generation... the current CIA people know nothing about this. And
believe me, the current generation CIA are good and decent Americans
and I like them a lot. They’re trying to do a good job, but part of
their problem is their files have been shredded. All of these
secrets have to come out.
So, of course, my clients in the intelligence community said,
"Well, what are you doing?" They
gave me an example. They said, "Here’s how the Saudis finance
these groups. The Saudis have established a group of charities
on a street in Virginia. It’s 555 Grove Street, Herndon,
So I said, "Okay, the Saudis are terrorists, so what?"
"These charities fund Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas, Hizballah, Al-Qa’ida.
The Saudis are getting tax deductions for terrorism. They have
set up front groups so all the terrorist groups in the US and
the front groups get the Saudi money as a charitable donation."
I said, "You’re kidding me."
And they told me that right near where I
lived in Tampa, Florida, was one of the leading terrorists in the
world. There were these two professors at the University of South
Florida. One had just left and was now in Syria, and he was the
world head of Islamic Jihad. His number two, the head of Islamic
Jihad in the Western hemisphere, was Dr Sami Al-Arian, who is still
employed as a professor at the University of South Florida.
"You’ve got to be kidding. This
can’t be true."
Yes, these guys are raising money all
across America and shipping it to Syria to go down to Palestine, the
Palestinian areas, and hire suicide bombers to kill Jews. They sent
me the videotapes. There was Professor Al-Arian on stage and one of
his friends gets up and says,
"Now, who will give me $500 to kill a
Jew? There are people standing by in Jerusalem who will go out in
the street and stab a Jew with a knife, but we need $500." And he
said, "All of this money will go to the Islamic Committee for
And that is the front group in the United States for the
Palestinian Islamic Jihad.
So I had all my friends in the FBI and CIA send in these files.
I said, "Why haven’t you prosecuted
this guy? You’ve known about him since 1989."
"We’d love to. We’ve tried to prosecute him but we were told we
couldn’t touch him because he gets all of his money from the
Saudis, and we are all under orders not to do anything to
embarrass the Saudi Government."
I said, "I don’t mind embarrassing them."
You know what I did? I donated money to
the charity that was the terrorist fund, because under Florida law
that gave me the right to sue the charity to find out where my money
was going. It was hilarious.
In early March 2002, I drafted a long lawsuit exposing Professor Sami Al-Arian, naming all the crimes he’d committed, all the
bombings in Israel, the fundraising in America linked with
terrorism. I mentioned how his money got to him from the Saudis and
how the Saudis had convinced our government not to prosecute him for
Because of my high-level security clearances, everything I write is
sort of classified material and has to be sent back to the
government before publication, for censorship. So I sent my long
lawsuit complaint to the CIA, and they loved it.
They said, "Oh, great. We don’t like
the Saudis, either. Go sue them."
Three days later, two FBI agents showed up at my door, saying,
"You know, there are only 21 people in the US government that
knew some of this information, and now you’re twenty-two. How
did you find out?"
I said, "I’m sorry, I can’t tell you: attorney-client
privilege." That’s why my clients pay me $1.00 each.
The day before I went to file the lawsuit, I got a frantic phone
call from the United States Department of Justice. They said,
"John, please don’t file the lawsuit tomorrow. We really are
going to raid these Saudi charities. We’re going to close them
down. Just give us more time."
"Oh yeah, you’re going to raid them. That’s what you told me in
January, and again in February, and now it’s March. You want
more time? I’ll give you until 4.00 o’clock tomorrow. I’m filing
my complaint at 10.00 am, so that at 4.00 pm I’m going to
release the address of the Saudi charities."
Back to tomorrow. I filed my lawsuit at
10.00 o’clock, and told the press I was going to hold something back
for a little bit.
At 10.15 am, the US Government launched Operation Green Quest, a
massive raid on all the Saudi charities in homes and businesses, and
in one hour we shut down the entire Saudi money-laundering network
From March 20, 2002 to the present, the government has found more
and more evidence seized in those archives in that single raid that
day. The evidence was so compelling that Professor Al-Arian is no
longer giving his speeches. He is now in federal prison awaiting
trial. His accomplice, [Sameeh] Hammoudeh, has also been indicted.
Some 32 different people have been indicted in the United States as
a direct result of these efforts. But not the Saudis—not the Saudis.
A month after I filed my lawsuit against Al-Arian, I did it: I
caused some trouble. I invited 40 of the top trial lawyers in
America to come down to St Petersburg, Florida. Boy, did I have a
deal for them. I wanted them to put up millions of dollars of their
own money—I’m poor, I had no money to give them—but I wanted to do
something for America. These are lawyers like Ron Motley, who had
won billions of dollars in lawsuits against the tobacco industry and
the asbestos industry.
I said, "What I want you to do is
look at the evidence I’ve collected. It’s the same Saudi banks
and charities that funded Sami Al-Arian that also funded
I said, "I want you to bring a class action in Federal Court in
Washington on behalf of everyone who died on September 11
. I’m going to work for free and collect all the evidence,
introduce you to the experts, provide all the exhibits and
documents... and we have to do this for America."
The lawyers studied all the documents I
collected, and on August 15, 2002 they filed the largest
class-action lawsuit in American history in the Federal District
Court in Washington, DC, asking for one trillion dollars’ damages
against the Saudis. The lawsuit said essentially that all these
Saudi banks had one thing in common: they were bribing Osama bin
Laden 300 million dollars a year to stay out of Saudi Arabia and go
blow up someone else.
Well, on 9/11 we found out we were someone else. The Saudis had to
pay for their negligence. So, that lawsuit is coming along very
from the past
More and more people in the CIA and FBI are sort of using me as a
back channel to get out information. So, believe it or not, they’ve
actually given me my own TV show now on Sunday mornings on Fox TV
nationwide. I’m on at 11.20 Eastern Standard Time. And ABC Radio has
given me a national radio program, but I’m on at 10.30 at night and
it’s past your bedtime.
What I’ve become in my old age is a teacher. Twenty-five years ago I
was a lot younger, a lot thinner, but now every day I get 500 to
1,000 emails from honest men and women around the world from the
We have to end the evil in this world. We have to recognize that Al-Qa’ida
simply didn’t spring up on its own. The evil route was Nazism. The
Al-Qa’ida doctrine is the same as the Arab Nazis held. They hate
Jews, they hate democracy and they hate Westerners for Western
culture. Al-Qa’ida is nothing more than the religious expression of
Arab fascism. We allowed this branch of the Nazi trunk to survive,
to flourish, and it has come back to haunt us.
We must do a better job. Look at these children. They are our
legacy. If we are to keep our children safe, we must teach them the
lessons of the past. Every generation should know what these candles
mean: not only that one of the greatest tragedies in the history of
the world really happened, but that the evil that caused
it—Nazism—survived because we didn’t fight hard enough. We didn’t
finish the job.
But we must tell our children that in every generation the men and
women of America have stood side by side with our Jewish, Christian
and Moslem brothers. We have risen up together against hatred.
America is united now.
We will win the war on terror, and we will finish the job that these
soldiers and survivors started more than a half-century ago. We must
set the standard that to teach a child to hate is the worst form of
child abuse. We must work together to end racism in our children’s
lifetime. We must teach our children to remember the Holocaust and
be proud, so proud of those who survived and inspired us with their
courage. In their name, in their honour, let us go forward and fight
1. Baer, Robert,
with the Devil: How Washington Sold Our Soul For Saudi Crude,
Three Rivers Press/Crown Publishing, USA, 2003, 2004 (ISBN
1-4000-5268-8; see review in NEXUS 11/06).