Dear Dr. Fawzi;
CIA Paid Millions to Jordan's King Hussein
Bob Woodward, Washington Post Staff WriterLEAD: The Central
Intelligence Agency for 20 years has made secret annual payments
totaling millions of dollars to King Hussein of Jordan, The Washington
Post has learned.
February 18, 1977; Page A1
The Central Intelligence Agency for 20 years has made secret annual payments totaling millions of dollars to King Hussein of Jordan, The Washington Post has learned.
The payoffs were reported last year to President Ford as an impropriety by the Intelligence Oversight Board, a three-member panel set up by Ford to curb CIA abuses. President Ford took no steps to stop the covert payments. Last hear Hussein was paid approximately $750,000 by the CIA.
President Carter learned of the payoffs earlier this week after this newspaper began its investigation. He ordered that the payments be stopped.
The secret arrangement with Hussein had not been disclosed to Carter by the CIA or by any member of the previous administration, including President Ford, former Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger, or former CIA Director George Bush.
Carter was "distressed" that he had not been told, according to well-placed sources, and sees the solution to CIA abuses as quick confirmation of his nominee as CIA director, Navy Adm. Stansfield Turner.
In addition, the Senate Intelligence Committee created last year to oversee the CIA apparently was not given the full story by the Ford administration of the secret payments to Hussein.
One of the most closely held and sensitive of all CIA covert activities, the payments to Hussein were made under the codeword project name of "No Beef." They were usually delivered in cash to the king by the CIA station chief in Amman.
As justification for the direct cash payments to Hussein, the CIA claimed that Hussein was allowing U.S. intelligence agencies to operate freely in his strategically placed Middle Eastern country.
Hussein himself provided intelligence to the CIA and forwarded money from the payments to other government officials who provided intelligence or cooperated with the CIA.
Nonetheless, some CIA officials considered the payments nothing more than "bribes" and reported the matter to President Ford's oversight panel.
Hussein, according to sources, considers the payments simply another form of U.S. assistance.
Within the CIA, the "No Beef" project has been considered one of its most successful operations, giving the United States great leverage and unusual access to the leader of a sovereign state.
The payments were first made to Hussein in 1957 during the Eisenhower administration. The initial payments apparently ran in the millions of dollars but they were sharply curtailed to the $750,000 level last year.
Hussein was only 21 when he first became a beneficiary of CIA funds. It was a time when Jordan was virtually a ward of the United States and Hussein had little money to support his lifestyle, which earned him the reputation as a "playboy prince."
Hussein has a well-publicized taste for sports cars and airplanes. As once previously reported, the CIA has provided Hussein with female companions. The agency also provided bodyguards for Hussein's children when they were abroad in school.
Some money from the most recent CIA payments to Hussein have been used to pay for bodyguards for his children.
Over the years, Hussein has maintained friendly relations with the United States and his country has been the recipient of substantial military and economic aid - about $200 million in loans and grants last year alone.
The "No Beef" payments to Hussein were made outside the conventional channel of military and economic assistance.
Well-placed sources said that nonetheless the United States has not been able to direct Hussein's overall policy decisions. He has not been a "puppet," the sources said, but he has rarely drifted outside the U.S. orbit.
In late 1974 the CIA became the focus of several government investigations into alleged abuses, and in February, 1976, President Ford directed a reorganization of the intelligence community.
Part of a Feb. 18, 1976, executive order set up the Intelligence Oversight Board which, among other things, was to "report in a timely manner to the President any activities that raise serious questions about propriety."
The office of the general counsel in the CIA was assigned by the exectuve order to report any alleged abuses to the oversight panel.
The general counsel soon made such a report on the Hussein payments, and called them possibly improper.
The panel appointed by Ford included former Under Secretary of State Robert D. Murphy, former Secretary of the Army Stephen Ailes, and business book publisher Leo Cherne.
By last summer the oversight panel had made a formal report to President Ford on the payments, concluding that they were improper. Ford read the report but ordered no action taken.
Secretary of State Cyrus R. Vance is scheduled to meet with King Hussein today during Vance's six-nation trip to the Middle East.
Jordan is widely considered a moderating influence on the Palestinians and a key to any lasting Middle East peace settlement.
The country is considered a vital part of any realistic option for getting the Palestinians represented at a future Geneva peace conference.
Geographically, Jordan is in a central position, sharing borders with Israel, Syria, Iraq, and Saudi Arabia. Israel's entire eastern border touches Jordan.
Hussein's decisions have often been highly compatible with U.S. and Israeli interests. For example, he expelled the Palestine Liberation Organization from Jordan in 1970, though this also helped Hussein's own domestic situation.
In 1973, Hussein refused to join in the Arab war against Israel.
It is often considered a miracle that Hussein has held power for 24 years through the turbulence of the Middle East wars, frequent internal strife and at least a dozen assassination attempts.
Last week his wife, Queen Alia, 26, died in a helicopter crash while
returning from a hospital mercy
dear arab times
My name is Karim Taysir Toukan, age 32, (b. August 4th 1970, in Beirut,
Leb.), of Jordanian Nationality, living in Amman, Jordan,
(tel.#962-79-5477021), (E.-Mail address; firstname.lastname@example.org
<mailto:email@example.com>). My late father Taysir Alaa'eddin
Toukan, was Ambassador of Jordan to various countries from 1967 till
1985, & 'Secretary General Of The Ministry Of Foreign Affairs' in Jordan
from 1985 till 1987. He was murdered in 1996 in Jordan (supposedly Mercy
Killing?!). For nearly seven years, I've had very sensitive & severe
political & security problems here in Jordan, with the Jordanian Regime,
Intelligence Services, & State. As well as with United States
authorities & Security & Intelligence Services, including the Federal
Bureau Of Investigations (F.B.I.), & the Bureau Of Alcohol Tobacco And
Firearms (B.A.T.F.). This all cocerns 'Gun-Smuggling' from the U.S.A. to
Jordan, & intelligence gathering concerning Iraq.
Let me first briefly explain my political/security problems here in
Jordan, with King Abdullah II Of Jordan, the Jordanian General
Intelligence Department (G.I.D.), & State. In late summer 1997 in
Montreal Canada, while finishing my Bachelor's Degree from Concordia
University (grd. B.A. Political Science, Class of 1999), I informed U.S.
authorities & the(F.B.I.), by telephone, a few major details about a
'Gun-Smuggling' operation which ran continuously for a few years from
Cincinatti, Ohio, to Amman, Jordan. The 'Gun-Smuggling' ring was headed
by Mr. Zeid Saaduddin Jumaa, King Abdullah II's brother in-law, (Mr.
Zeid Jumaa, is the husband of Princess Aisha Al-Hussein). The
smuggling-ring consisted of Jordanian Army Officers from the Army
Special Forces etc. who continuously went on training missions to the
U.S.A., & a few civilians including a Jordanian named Mr. Simone Hatar
(a known arms-smuggler in Jordan), & a certain Mr. Attalah Adwani, among
As far as I know as fact, every two to three months, for about three
years, these gun-smugglers used to illegally buy around twenty-five (25)
combat handguns & semi-automatic rifles in the U.S.A. (God knows what
else they did there), & smuggle them illegally out of the U.S.A., in
military baggage & illegally into Jordan, selling them for profit in the
local markets to the general public. Some handguns were sent-off from
Jordan & smuggled into Lebanon & Iraq for sale. All this, a serious
crime according to U.S. Federal Law, & Jordanian Military & Civil Law.
In Jordan, for many years, Mr. Simone Hatar, with good connections to
the Royal Family, has been an (illegal) 'arms-dealer' & smuggler,
dealing & smuggling hand-guns as well as fully-automatic assault-rifles
& submachine-guns in Jordan, & to & from Lebanon etc..
Myself, proven merely, as a known avid 'Gun Collector' & enthusiast, & a
member of the 'Royal Jordanian Gun Club', was on friendly terms with Mr.
Simone Hatar, (a member of the gun-smuggling ring), knowing details
about him & his associate's operation, & purchasing from him in Jordan,
over a period of one year & a half (early 1996-mid 1997), eleven (11)
'brand-new' combat handguns for my personal use & collection, which I
know were part of the batches smuggled from the U.S.A. It is proven &
known to U.S. authorities (& everybody) that I never had any role in
'Gun-Smuggling' or 'Gun-Dealing'. These eleven (11) handguns (makes, &
serial numbers etc. easily confirm their origin, & production dates,
etc.), were all legally licensed for me personally by Jordanian
authorities (Ministry Of Interior, Intelligence Services (G.I.D.), &
Police (P.S.D.) ) in the period 1996-1999. Authorities here in Jordan,
turning a blind-eye, knew that these guns, as all others in Jordan, were
smuggled illegally into Jordan. Specifically, the (G.I.D.) in early 1999
had total knowledge that my eleven (11) handguns were smuggled from the
U.S.A., & knew exactly who smuggled them, & how.
I informed U.S. authorities about the 'Gun-Smuggling' operation in late
summer 1997, after futile attempts to telephone the Jordanian Royal
Court from Canada (telephone records will verify this, & my telephone
was actually tapped in Montreal by Canadian authorities), to guarantee
my safety from the 'Gun-Smugglers' & (G.I.D.), upon my close & final
return to Jordan. The 'Gun-Smugglers', after having severel severe rows
& problems with them on my four yearly trips back to Jordan, causing Mr.
S. Hatar's arrest for a week by the (G.I.D.) in late-1996, & being in
constant contact with them while I was in Canada & they in the U.S.A. &
Jordan. Obviously 'sensing trouble', suddenly & ridiculously in July
1997, the 'Gun-Smugglers' wanted to meet me in the U.S.A. before I
finally returned to Jordan!?!? They obviously had 'very bad' intentions
towards me! I actually had threatened, on my previous visit to Jordan,
to inform the Royal Court, & specifically the late King Hussein of
Jordan (who died in early 1999) about them & their operation! The
'Gun-Smugglers' obviously wanted to kill me the last two months I was in
Canada (July, August 1997), by luring me to the U.S. or otherwise, &
later for three months when I returned to Jordan (September, October,
November 1997). This is well known now to U.S. authorities, as well as
Additionally, the (G.I.D.), keeping me under surveillance on my visits
to Jordan, had covered-up my father's murder a year earlier (explained
below), anticipating my final return from Canada, wary, to keep my
father's scandalous murder concealed! I had also threatened while in
Jordan previously, to expose to weekly newspapers upon my supposed
graduation & final return to Jordan in Fall 1997, certain "scandalous
issues"! This was a delicate time in Jordan, just before the 1997
Parliamentary Elections. The Royal Court & (G.I.D.), instead of helping
me, sent undercover, to Montreal, a 'Jewish' woman named (Ms.) Claudia
Baruch, who falsely & illegally entrapped me, trying to portray me as a
'paranoid' psychiatric patient or drug-abuser (ofcourse proven otherwise
medically), just as authorities & others in Canada were urging me to
apply for political-asylum & stay in Canada, (details, later). Thus, I
was 'thrown' back to Jordan, my life under extreme threat. Luckily, I
had managed to inform U.S. authorities, while in Canada, of the
'Gun-Smuggling' ring before this happened, leading to it's breakdown &
an investigation by U.S.authorities.
From the tips I told U.S. authorities about the 'Gun-Smuggling'
operation in Canada, the operation uncovered & broke-down, U.S.
authorities, including (B.A.T.F.), 'clamped down', begining an
investigation into the ring. Interpol requested from Jordan, Mr. Simone
Hatar's name etc. & his associate's, Mr. Atallah Adwani's, who both
quickly fled the U.S.A. to Jordan in late summer 1997, sensing
'trouble'! They have since been barred from entering the U.S.A.. In
Jordan, at the end of 1997, 'trouble' ensued, & I heard from people
(including Mr. Simone Hatar) that 'Jordanian Military Security' was
investigating the affair, & looking for smuggled guns. In 1998, Mr.
Simone Hatar was arrested & detained twice (for one week each time), by
the 'Preventive Security Directorate' of the (P.S.D.) for being 'a
threat to my life'. At the end of 1997, King Hussein, upon learning of
some details about the gun-smugglers & me (from U.S. authorities), he,
out of respect for my parents & family, ordered the (G.I.D.) to stay
away from me, then, concerning the affair.
In late 1998- early 1999, I was investigated by the Jordanian General
Intelligence Department (G.I.D.), accused of 'dealing' with U.S.
Security/ Intelligence Services while in Canada, & informing them about
the very serious & scandalous 'Gun-Smuggling' ring/crime, which caused
immense trouble in the Royal Court, (G.I.D.), & Army. Legally in Jordan,
I could have been sentenced to life imprisonment for this by the 'State
Security Court', a military court, on the charges of 'Jeopardizing
National Security', & 'Contacting A Foreign State', each carrying
life-sentences. But actually, if the furious (G.I.D.) had their way
then, I would have 'dissappeared' in their cells forever, to avoid
attention & more knowledge of the affair by U.S. authorities. Only after
my mother & family's appeal to King Abdullah II (we also have relatives
through marriage, to the Royal Family), did he release me from the
(G.I.D.) in early 1999, on the condition of my total silence on all
matters! But I was still continuosly put under close surveillance by
them (including tapped telephones).
Later in late September 1999, I was offered (verbally, by telephone),
"financial assistance", the Royal Court's term for 'financial
compensation'. This was done by Mr. Ibrahim Nabulsi, the 'Secretary' of
then 'Chief Of The Royal Court' Mr. Abdul-Karim Al-Kabariti, (on King
Abdullah's orders, ofcourse), also an 'audience' with King Abdullah II
was being arranged for me. Money & a 'friendly chat' with King Abdullah
was to guarantee my silence on my problems with the (G.I.D.), including
my father's murder, & keep me in the 'Jordanian fold', away from U.S.
authorities. Refusing to compromise on my rights, I immediately then,
called Amnesty International in London, England, just as King Abdullah
was in England on an Official visit! (I later called Human Rights Watch
In New York), informing them all of my problems. The (G.I.D.)
immediately threatened me by telephone, & the money promised me was
never sent. King Abdullah was furious for humiliating him, & the Royal
Family, & disgracing the Jordanian Armed Forces, (G.I.D.), & State.
On January 21st 2000, my home was ransacked & robbed by known thieves,
stealing my legally licensed 'firearms-collection' worth (30,000 U.S.$),
the (G.I.D.) obviously had prior knowledge of this (details, later). The
thieves were caught the next day, recovering, among other things, my
licensed 'smuggled' handguns, but Amman Metropolitan Police, refused
(illegally) to return the guns to me (on orders from the Royal Court).
All this was to pressure me more, distract me, & blackmail me into
silence, & getting hold of the 'licensed', 'smuggled', guns (actual
evidence). (The guns are now in possession of U.S. authorities, along
with copies of the licenses in my name). Again, refusing to compromise,
bow to threats, blackmail & intimidation, I immediately telephoned the
(F.B.I.), (B.A.T.F.), Customs Department, Justice Department, & State
Department, in Washington D.C., (my home telephone records confirm all
this) & sending a fax to Ohio Congressman Tony Hall, (as well as Amnesty
Int., HRW, & the United Nations U.N.R.C. in Geneva, Switzerland),
informing them all, of what had been happening, & exposing King
Abdullah's & the State's lies & charades. And all this, with the
knowledge of the 'horrifyed' Royal Court & (G.I.D.)!
Unfortunately, before proper action was taken (on my part, mainly), on
June 14th 2000, I was arrested, & beaten by Jordanian Police on orders
from the Royal Court, & immediately thrown in Jweida Prison the next
day, without trial ridiculously, for six (6) full months! All this was
illegal, according to Jordanian law. Only a small statement at the Amman
Governor's Office (on orders from the Royal Court, & Minister Of
Interior) stated the charge of "informing foreign newspapers about my
problems with the (G.I.D.)". This charge ofcourse, was merely for a
record. After six (6) full months in prison, I was reluctantly released
free on December 5th 2000. In mid-2001, Amnesty International from
London, sent an official protest letter to the Jordanian Minister Of
Interior, protesting the repressive measures & imprisonment taken upon
me by the Government Of Jordan. If I hadn't contacted the various U.S.
authorities in Washington D.C., I, (again), would have 'dissappeared' in
prison, (if not killed). However, U.S. authorities, knowingly, were
awaiting my release from prison, it was too late, & too embarrassing for
the Jordanian Regime & State to keep me in prison any longer.
Upon my release from prison, in early 2001, I contacted the U.S.
authorities at the American. Embassy in Amman, (as told to do from
Washington, before my imprisonment). From early 2001, till early 2002, I
met on several occassions with U.S. authorities at the U.S. Embassy in
Amman, including the Federal Buruea Of Investigations (F.B.I.),
submitting them with valuable & sensitive information about the
'Gun-Smuggling' case, as well as actual concrete evidence, the eleven
(11) 'smuggled' handguns, & their licenses (in my name), & a few copies
of 'Checks' to Mr. Simone Hatar for their purchase. I had also agreed to
co-operate fully in the investigation, & testify fully as a witness
against the 'Gun-Smugglers' in a U.S. Court of Law. In mid-2001 to early
2002, I sent letters of protest (explaining my problems) about King
Abdullah & his repressive & corrupt Regime to U.S. Senator Joseph Biden,
U.S. Senator John Kerry, & the 'Young President's Organization' in
Dallas, Texas. This again, just as King Abdullah was in the U.S.A. on an
Official visit to the U.S.A., exposing his lies & charades to
desperately gain U.S. political & economic aid. This adding to King
Abdullah & the Jordanian State's disgrace & humiliation! Merely for
sending each letter like these, outside the country, I could be
sentenced to three (3) years in prison (at the very least), according to
Jordanian 'State Security Laws'.
U.S. Security / Intelligence Services at the American Embassy in Amman,
were 'very pleased' about me, for the 'Gun-Smuggling' case, as well as
for conveniently using me for political leverage on King Abdullah & the
(G.I.D.), & for intelligence gathering. Keeping my life under great
risk! Humiliated immensely, Jordan & King Abdullah II, being immensely
dependent on American political, economic, & military support & aid,
could not/ cannot but forcefully accept the inevitable, bowing to let me
proceed with my co-operation with U.S. Security Services without
blatantly arresting/ putting a stop to me etc. But all throughout this,
I received numerous 'veiled' threats, & continuous harrassment etc. from
Jordanian authorities, in a desperate effort to keep me away from them.
In July 2001, Jordanian Police forcefully & unjustly impounded till
today, my/ my family's 90,000 U.S. $ Mercedes car, in another effort to
pressure & blackmail me into silence!?!? All this ofcourse, failed to
deter me, only increasing my resolve! Desperate efforts by the Royal
Court & State to lure me away from U.S. authorities & to 'keep quiet'
included inducements of , Government positions, money & material gain,
marriage & women, & a re-approachment with King Abdullah, etc..
Ofcourse, I flatly rejected all of this.
Disgracefully & shamefully, on April 16th 2002, U.S. Security &
Intelligence Services ordered my arrest by the Jordanian General
Intelligence Department. I was assaulted, arrested, & beaten by the
(G.I.D.), shamefully & cowardly on orders from U.S. authorities, for
absolutely no justifyable reason, other than to appease the 'boilingly
furious' King Abdullah & the (G.I.D.), in return for their increased
co-operation with the United States in the 'War On Terror' & the planned
war against Iraq. Jordan & King Abdullah, since last year have been
co-operating largely, but quietly, in the coming war with Iraq. This has
only very recently become public, being considerate to Jordan's
sensitive position, since it has a staunchly pro-Iraqi population.
Cowardly, & ungratefully, U.S. Intelligence Services, used me as a pawn
for political & intelligence gains, risking my life immensely!
I was arrested by the (G.I.D.) on April 16th 2002, beaten & detained for
eight (8) days at the (G.I.D.)'s main-compound, then unjustly charged
with the offense of 'Slandering The King', & tried by a judicial panel
in the 'State Security Court', a Military Court. The 'State Security
Court' unjustly found me 'Guilty' of the offense of 'Slandering The
King', & sentenced me to four (4) months in prison. I was transferred
from the (G.I.D.)'s main-compound to Jweida Prison, where I spent my
four (4) month sentence (four months equaling 90 days according to law),
being released free on July 24th 2002. Ten days later, around August 5th
2002, I was again arrested & beaten by the (G.I.D.), spending three (3)
days at their compound?! This was for sending more protest letters
(faxes) to the 'Young President's Organization' in Texas, as well as one
to 'Time-Life Co.' in New York, etc. just as King Abdullah again, was in
the U.S.A. on an Official visit. Again, my cowardly arrest, was on
orders from U.S. Security & Intelligence Services!
As I mentioned, U.S. authorities 'Run The Show' now, here in Jordan.
Specifically in my case. They had me imprisoned, thinking I wouldn't
know it was on their orders, but I knew from the start, it was obvious!
Upon leaving prison, in August 2002, I telephoned U.S. Security Services
at the U.S. Embassy, who naively pretended that they didn't know that I
had been in prison, & began arranging another appointment for me with
them. But upon hearing me publically state my knowledge that they had
ordered my imprisonment, embarrassed, they kept on stalling my
appointment & then never made one, preffering I contact them on their, &
the U.S. State Department's Internet Website. U.S. Security/Intelligence
Services have been closely monitoring me, & keep me under constant
surveillance, (my cell-phones are monitored by U.S. authorities, as well
as by the G.I.D. & Royal Court. My P.C. is also monitored, as are my
E.-Mails, including this one!).
In the past few months, I have submitted (over the Internet Website) to
U.S. Security/ Intelligence Services valuable information & leads, among
other things, concerning Iraq, ranging from 'gun-smuggling' to
'money-smuggling' to Iraq, & Jordanian companies (some owned by
aquaintances of mine) which have been breaking the U.N. Embargo over the
years, smuggling & exporting from Jordan to Iraq, various chemicals, &
proscribed materials. U.S. authorities were very pleased about this
information, & urged me to keep on providing more. All this again, to
the detrement of the corrupt Jordanian government & authorities who have
systematically colluded with companies over the years, breaking the U.N.
Embargo & exporting various materials to Iraq. And again, putting my
very life at additional risk!
I know that some of this information has been exaggerated & used by the
American Administration & Government in their presentation to the United
Nations & the world, as a pretext for the coming war with Iraq! Let me
clearly add, that my case & situation, & specifically lately, my
information & leads concerning Iraq, constantly reach the 'Highest' &
'Very Top' officials in the U.S. Administration in Washington D.C.! This
also makes my disgracefull imprisonment in April 2002 by U.S.
authorities, all the more embarrassing! They are currently furious at me
for revealing all this, as are officials in the American Administration!
When I started to publically talk about all this in late December 2002,
U.S. authorities in Amman sent me the (G.I.D.) again, infront of my
house, to intimidate me into keeping quiet & to make me continue
submitting information. I subsequently sent Senator Joseph Biden a
letter, as well as the U.N.R.C. in Switzerland, HRW in New York, &
Amnesty Int. in London, explaining & protesting all if this. Amnesty
Int. advised me to begin, with their help, a process to seek asylum in
France. Efforts by the U.S. Embassy here to 'Save Face' & 'calm me down'
have failed, I've had many members of the American community in Amman
follow me on my 'outings' trying to be friendly etc. American Security &
Intelligence Services disgracefully had me imprisoned, desperate to
obtain results & cover their incompetence & failures, especially on the
'War On Terror' & events of September 11th in the U.S.A.. Ironically, my
own father, while serving as Ambassador of Jordan to Italy in 1983,
survived an assassination attempt on his life by the Palestinian,
'Abu-Nidal Organization' (Fateh Revolutionary Council), surviving
miraculously with numerous bullet wounds.
My troubles in Jordan, actually began on July 21st 1996 when my late
father Taysir Alaa'eddin Toukan (age 70, b.1926), a former Ambassador of
Jordan & 'Secretary General of the Ministry Of Foreign Affairs' was
murdered in the Arab Heart Center Hospital in Jordan, supposedly by what
is referred to as 'Mercy Killing', where he was suffering from the
debilitating, degenerative 'Motor Neuron Disease Syndrome'. My father,
awake & totally conscious, until the day of his death, was murdered by
doctors (without the knowledge of the Hospital's administration),
without his prior knowledge or consent, the crime of premeditated murder
according to Jordanian law, as any other country's laws. This was done
most probably by a large dose of anasthetic. No autopsy was performed on
him. But I knew from the start as I returned from Montreal as I was
finishing my Bachelor's Degree at Concordia University, for the funeral.
It was obvious that his actual death was suspicious. My father was
murdered on request of my sister Nadine (single, age 35), & cousin
Nabeel Salah Toukan, an engineer whose daughter Dana, in 1999 married
Prince Firas Raad. Prince Firas Raad, until a few months ago had been
for the last years, King Abdullah II's Health Adviser.
My father was murdered, supposedly by what is known as 'Mercy Killing',
without the knowledge or consent of my mother Najwa, (maiden name, Najwa
Jawdat Kazoun, b.1937 in Lebanon) who was present at the Hospital the
day of the murder. My mother currently lives with her family in Lebanon,
unable to face the disturbing fact that her 'degenerate' daughter
murdered her father (husband). At any cost, my mother wants me to stop
pursuing this disturbing affair to imprison my sister (& my cousin etc.)
for my father's murder, as well as for my sister's failed/ false &
illegal attempt to portray me as a 'paranoid' psychiatric patient or
drug-abuser in late 1997 in Jordan.
My sister did this to distort my accusations about my father's murder
etc. & push me to leave the country, out of her way (she would be
imprisoned for up to three (3) years for this), entrapping me then
knowingly, illegally actually in an act of kidnapping according to law,
along with known 'crooked & charlatan' doctors, with my serious problems
with the (F.B.I.) & Jordanian Intelligence Services (G.I.D.) which I
obviously could not reveal then. Ofcourse, my psychological/ mental
state has been proven medically to be always/ all along, totally devoid
of any psychiatric illness/ disorder or drug-use etc..
As in late 1998- early 1999 during my investigation by the Jordanian
General Intelligence Department (G.I.D.) on the accusation of dealing
with U.S. Security/ Intelligence Services in Canada (which led to the
'Gun-Smuggling' ring's breakdown etc.), I was also thoroughly examined
by a psychiatrist Dr. Adnan Takriti as part of the investigation with
the (G.I.D.), just to clear-up my sister's (& Ms. Claudia Baruch's in
Canada) obviously false accusations. Again, Prince Firas Raad, the
King's Health Adviser, co-ordinated the psychiatric examination with the
(G.I.D.). After King Abdullah II 'freed' me of the (G.I.D.) in early
1999, the (G.I.D.), & Public Security Department (P.S.D.), legally
licensed for me my eight (8) remaining 'smuggled' handguns to appease me
(I already had three handguns legally licensed from before), Etc..
On my father's murder on July 21st 1996, the Jordanian General
Intelligence Department (G.I.D.), knew of the murder & covered it up,
till today keeping all the details hidden etc. This was done to avoid
public scandal in this conservative Arab-Muslim society, which could
have had socio-political repercussions, as, as I mentioned, my father
was a known, respected Ambassador etc. for twenty years from a very old
& very prominent family, additionally my father was the uncle of the
late Queen Alia of Jordan, the late King Hussein's third wife who died
in 1977, (the mother of Prince Ali & Princess Haya). As I mentioned, in
1999, my cousin Nabeel Toukan's daughter Dana, became a Princess,
marrying Prince Firas Raad, making the pursuit & uncovering of my
father's murder even more sensitive & difficult, in this highly
autocratic & repressive country (where, in cases like this, the law
shamefully doesn't exist at all!).
'Mercy Killing' was just an excuse for my sister to murder my father (my
cousin Nabeel, initially at least, didn't have any bad intentions, he
merely wanted an end to my father's suffering), my 'scheming' sister had
'plans', for me to emigrate 'out of her way' to Canada after my
graduation, & to benefit financially & 'socially' from my absence. Let
me add, that for ten years, my sister Nadine, was a heavy drug-abuser,
had psychiatric problems & treatment, & had 'Moral' problems, making
this case all the more scandalous in our conservative-traditional
society! Additionally, my father's murder in the prominent Arab Heart
Center Hospital is considered a scandal to the Jordanian Medical
Establishment, which has been vying these past ten years to be a
regional medical center in the Middle-East, which Jordan's (small &
weak) economy relies heavily on for income, from patients from
neighboring Arab countries.
In 1999, Prince Firas Raad & his mother Princess Majida Raad, admitted &
verifyed to me by phone (after 'Royal' inquiries), that, "Yes", my
father "was murdered" by doctor's, my cousin Nabeel, & sister Nadine,
but told me not to get them involved in it, as they had nothing to do
with it, & didn't know about it before, (this is actually true).
Officers of the (G.I.D.), in 1999, also actually admitted to me of
having all the knowledge & details of my father's murder, as did an
official of 'National Security Council' in the Royal Court (by
telephone). However, having these people actually testify in court, is
something totally different, specifically in Jordan, having a corrupt &
inefficient legal system too, where even the Judges & Courts easily
succumb to orders from the Royal Court etc.. Prince Firas Raad also
personally admitted to me that "Yes", the Royal Court had also sent to
Montreal, undercover, the 'Jewish' woman, (Ms.) Claudia Baruch. Officers
of the (G.I.D.) also admitted this to me! And ofcourse, now, U.S.
authorities know this, & who Ms. Claudia Baruch actually was.
Till today, the Royal Court, (G.I.D.), (P.S.D.), & Government, all,
still cover & conceal my father's murder, on orders of King Abdullah II
himself. As my oppression by the State these past three years has been
on the total desire, & knowledge, of King Abdullah, whose wrath at me is
immense for all the trouble I have caused in Jordan, & for humiliating
him & his family immensely, all over the world! Though my father was
'Head' of the extended 'Toukan' family, & a respected Ambassador etc.,
members of my family are naturally too scared to help me, or to defy the
'heavy-handed' authoritarian Regime & State (as literally everybody else
in the country is), in my many extremely serious & sensitive problems.
I'm considered a "Threat to State & National Security" by the Regime &
State. King Abdullah II, & the Prime Minister of Jordan, have often
referred to me & 'attacked' me personally, 'veiledly', in their official
& public speeches. For seven (7) years, the authoritarian Regime & the
'always feared' (G.I.D.), have disastrously failed to 'put an end' to me
in every way, & conceal all my 'security' problems etc., their inability
& incompetence has also made an embarrassing mockery of the Royal Family
& State, in & out of Jordan. Adding to their rage! Other than accused of
"Jeopardizing State Security" & "Dealing With, & Contacting A Foreign
State", I'm also accused of undergoing a campaign of "sabotage" &
"slander" against the State, by publically exposing & spreading all
these problems & issues. The grave sensitivity & dangerous nature of my
case & problems, touching King Abdullah himself, the Army, the (G.I.D.)
& U.S. Intelligence Services, & National Security, Etc., is something
quite unheard-of here in Jordan.
The 'prime-suspect' in my father's murder in hospital, is Dr. Obeida
Maswedeh, a Jordanian, who I was told has been in the United States
practicing medicine & finishing his 'specialization' for the last four
(4) years. Two American nurses, one from Oregon, the other a
Lebanese-American, were present the day my father was murdered (but I
don't think they were involved), I was told they are back in the U.S.A.
now. It is noteworthy that U.S. Security Services in Amman who I used to
meet with for the 'Gun-Smuggling' investigation last year (early 2001
till early 2002), after mentioning my father's murder to them, obviously
now have all the information, much more than I do!
All I have written is totally accurate, & devoid of any exaggeration or
bias. It can be verifyed & confirmed by many, including the
above-mentioned U.S. Senators, Amnesty Int. in London, the U.N.R.C. in
Switzerland, the 'Young President's Organization' in Dallas, & Human
Rights Watch in New York, etc. All of whom I'm sure will verify all I've
written! I certainly have absolutely no intention of compromising on any
of my rights at all, with the U.S. Government, as well as with the
Jordanian Regime & Government, at whatever cost! I certainly want to
emigrate from Jordan soon, something deemed neccessary by everybody, for
my very life's sake. I initially wanted to emigrate to the United
States, but after U.S. authoritie's despicable treatment & imprisonment
of me, I now prefer emigrating to Western Europe. And I now, still agree
to co-operate on the 'Gun-Smuggling' case, but on nothing else, with
U.S. authorities, & still am prepared to testify in a Court of Law as a
witness against the gun-smugglers, that's if there's going to be a
In the past seven (7) years, my father was murdered. I narrowly escaped
a planned attempt to murder me. I've been 'kidnapped' & illegally &
unjustly thrown into psychiatric hospitals for nearly two (2) months.
I've been unjustly imprisoned for one (1) year. I've had my home wrecked
& robbed, & my car unjustly impounded. My mother & I unjustly have had
tremendous amounts of our money & possessions squandered. I've been
beaten, harrassed continuosly, & my life threatened many times (as has
my mother's), living till today under continuous threat. All this by, &
sanctioned by, the criminaly- oppressive & corrupt Jordanian 'Hashemite'
Regime & State. I certainly have, & certainly will continue, to have the
perpetrators of all of these despicable acts, severely punished!
Finally, I want to pursue my urgent desire, & need, to emigrate to
Western Europe soon. Also, I plan to pursue a lawsuit in the United
States against U.S. authorities for having me unjustly imprisoned etc.,
& rightfully receiving financial compensation for this. Additionally I
want to guarantee my protection here in Jordan, as my life is obviously
under severe threat, solely for co-operating with U.S. authorities on
the 'Gun-Smuggling' case, & the other issues. Ofcourse, I certainly will
fight to rightfully receive complete financial compensation from the
Jordanian Regime & Government for all the financial losses incurred on
me & my mother in the past seven (7) years, as well as full compensation
for the shamefull oppression of me here in Jordan, a grotesquely corrupt
& unlawfull State! Again, all this for co-operating with U.S.
authorities! I certainly will not compromise on anything, at whatever
cost! And I ofcourse, want to pursue the uncovering of my father's
murder, & the rightfull prosecution & imprisonment of all his 'known'
murderers! My life remains under constant & grave threat. An unjust
nightmare has befallen me & my parents all these years, & it all will
certainly not go unchecked! And no reconciliation, between me & the
despicable King Abdullah II, & his corrupt State, is possible at all!
KARIM TAYSIR TOUKAN
March 5th, 2003
Tel.#079-5477021 /# 079-6602099
E.-Mail (karimtoukan @hotmail.com)