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05 February 2007


medium_banner1.2.gifTERROR-FREE OIL SAYS "NO THANKS"

(Coral Springs, FL) An executive from Citigroup, said to be the largest corporation in the world, has contacted the Terror-Free Oil Initiative (TFOI) to offer assistance in financing Terror-Free Oil gas stations, the first of which just opened in Omaha, Nebraska. TFOI turned it down, on the grounds that the company is tied to radical Saudi financier Prince Alwaleed bin Talal.

In an e-mail sent to TFOI from Citigroup, the exec stated that he "would be more than excited to assist [TFOI] with financing to grow this business."

TFOI Spokesman Joe Kaufman, responded stating that he was concerned that Citigroup "is tied to Saudi financier Alwaleed bin Talal, someone that has given money to causes that we would consider very harmful to the United States and her ally Israel."

Bin Talal, Citigroup's second largest shareholder, in April of 2002, donated $27 million, during a three-day telethon, sponsored by the Saudi government group, the Committee for Support of the al-Aqsa Intifada. Documents secured by Israel show that funds from this telethon went to support the families of Palestinian suicide bombers.

Five months later, bin Talal donated $500,000 to the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a group that was created by a Hamas front, to go towards a library project that featured a Quran banned by the Los Angeles school district for having contained numerous Anti-Semitic commentaries.

Bin Talal was also the individual that had his $10 million dollar check for the renewal of New York, following 9/11, returned to him by then-Mayor of New York Rudy Giuliani. Bin Talal, after giving the check, had said that the United States was partly to blame for 9/11 and needed to "reexamine its policies in the Middle-East" with regard to Israel.

Kaufman finished his e-mail reply to Citigroup, stating, "If I am wrong in this assessment, please tell me." TFOI has not heard back from Citigroup.

About Citigroup's e-mail, Kaufman later stated, "Terror-Free Oil will not compromise its principles for money. Our organization was not created to profit off of the war on terrorism, and we will never allow ourselves to be bought by those we deem contrary to our cause."

Joe Kaufman is available for interview. E-mail: Joe@TerrorFreeOil.org.


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