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Monday, March 28, 2005

What? Sam's Town Wasn't Good Enough?

Vegas, Bro


What happens in Vegas - stays in Vegas.

Here's the story from the NY Times - a follow up on the charges that the White House/FBI shuttled a number of important Saudis (including relatives of Bin Laden) out of the country right after 9/11 without giving them a thorough security check.

"New Details on F.B.I. Aid for Saudis After 9/11"

WASHINGTON, March 26 - The episode has been retold so many times in the last three and a half years that it has become the stuff of political legend: in the frenzied days after Sept. 11, 2001, when some flights were still grounded, dozens of well-connected Saudis, including relatives of Osama bin Laden, managed to leave the United States on specially chartered flights.

Now, newly released government records show previously undisclosed flights from LAS VEGAS and elsewhere and point to a more active role by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in aiding some of the Saudis in their departure.
Fine, great, details, details, read the article.

Here's what I'm interested in; the Vegas angle:
The F.B.I. records show, for instance, that prominent Saudi citizens left the United States on several flights that had not been previously disclosed in public accounts, including a chartered flight from Providence, R.I., on Sept. 14, 2001, that included at least one member of the Saudi royal family, and THREE FLIGHTS FROM LAS VEGAS between Sept. 19 and Sept. 24, also carrying members of the SAUDI ROYAL FAMILY. The government began reopening airspace on Sept. 13, but many flights remained grounded for days afterward.
Q: Is there a Saudi consulate in Vegas?

"Um, maybe. It's in the Aladdin, right?"

(Sorry. Bad schtick. Couldn't help it.)

A: New York, Washington, L.A., Houston.
The three Las Vegas flights, WITH A TOTAL OF MORE THAN 100 PASSENGERS, ferried members of the Saudi royal family and staff members who had been staying at CAESAR'S PALACE and the FOUR SEASONS hotels. The group had tried unsuccessfully to charter flights back to Saudi Arabia between Sept. 13 and Sept. 17 because they said they feared for their safety as a result of the Sept. 11 attacks, the F.B.I. documents say.
100 passengers.

Members of the Saudi Royal Family.

Caesar's Palace and the Four Seasons.


Wink-wink, nudge-nudge.

I'd like to CUT TO the EXT of the POOL at Caesar's Palace, but I'm not. I'm merely going to suggest - to the strippers and high-end call girls in New York and Los Angeles - that you no longer have to travel to Riyadh to make the big bucks.

Call your friends in Vegas and get in on the action - if you haven't already.

"We have."

I bet.

(Harkens back one of my favorite conversations ever - overheard in the parking lot of the Rite Aid at Sunset & Fairfax. Between two "girls." One says to the other, "You should totally go over there. You can make, like, a hundred grand in one month." Hey now!)

God, life is great.

I wonder if the "members of the Saudi Royal Family" have ever ridden the coaster at Buffalo Bill's? Seen Neil Sedaka at the Orleans (March 29-April 3)? Visited the buffet at the Rio?

"And mingle with American pig-dogs? Are you out of your f*cking mind?!"

The Rio buffet is pretty awesome.

More later...

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    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:22 AM  

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