Abdallah Jum'ah, CEO of the normally secretive Saudi Aramco, recently went public with details of the state-owned oil company's security arrangements in an effort toreassure doubters. He said company facilities are protected by 5,000 security guards.
"There is nowhere in the world that oil facilities are protected as well as in Saudi Arabia and Saudi Aramco," he said.
Nail Al-Jubeir, spokesman for the Saudi embassy in Washington, says the kingdom has spent decades beefing up security. "Our oil can come out of the (Persian) Gulf, or... from the Red Sea. We've built in redundancies to make sure there's enough oil for the world and for our income for the future."
"We must be ready to dare all for our country. For history does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or the timid. We must acquire proficiency in defense and display stamina in purpose." - President Eisenhower, First Inaugural Address
Thursday, December 08, 2005
The Counterterrorism Blog: Al-Zawahiri Calls for Attacks on Gulf Oil Facilities
Noting that in the post-Katrina period it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that oil is the lifeblood of the American economy, The CounterTerrorism Blog reports that Al-Zawahiri Calls for Attacks on Gulf Oil Facilities. The Gulf referred to is the Arabian/Persian Gulf. We've had these warnings before (see here, here and here, here), and the Saudis have an establishment to fend off attacks (although some cast doubt on its effectiveness):
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