Rex W. Tillerson
5959 Las Colinas Boulevard
Irving, Texas 75039-2298 Dear Mr. Tillerson:
This letter is being sent to you on behalf of the Qatar Awareness Campaign Coalition. The purpose is to inform you and the public of the activities of Qatar. Of all the American companies currently involved with Qatar, none is more responsible for Qatar’s economic success than ExxonMobil. Indeed, Qatar has the world’s highest per capita GDP, at $102,100 (2013).
The United States has two massive military bases in Qatar: Al Udeid, the home of CENTCOM for the region, and As Sayliyah, the largest pre-positioning base outside the continental United States. One primary reason that these bases exist in Qatar is because they are subsidized (or, as the Washington Post put it, owned) by the Qatari government. These Qatar-owned bases are what protect Qatar from their neighbors, many whom have been thrown into Qatari-induced chaos following the Muslim Brotherhood’s Arab Spring.
In addition to these bases, the Muslim Brotherhood broadcaster, Al Jazeera, has huge annual budget, partially subsidized by the Qatari state – $650 million in 2010!
Where has Qatar gained the wealth required to develop modern military bases and a worldwide multimedia network with an oversized budget? More than 50% of Qatar’s GDP comes from natural gas and oil extraction. Proven reserves of the North Field are estimated at 900 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. In order to exploit this resource, the technology and capital equipment poor Qataris needed a partner in a multinational energy company. Hence, ExxonMobil’s presence in Qatar since the early 1990s.
It is only natural for a small, energy rich nation to partner with a foreign extraction company, who can offer capital and development. And this is what Qatar has done with ExxonMobil, to the point where the country and company are intertwined to an astounding degree:
- ExxonMobil is involved with no less than nine joint ventures with Qatar, with ownership varying between 10%-45%.
- As of 2010, there were 550 ExxonMobil employees based out of Qatar, assisting local Qatari companies with whom they are partnered.
- In May 2013, it was reported by Bloomberg that ExxonMobil announced that they would be partnering with Qatar Petroleum International to build a $10 billion natural gas export terminal in Texas.
- ExxonMobil sponsored the Qatar ExxonMobil Open 2014, an annual tennis tournament held in Doha. This marked the 20th straight year that ExxonMobil had sponsored the tournament, to which the company name has been appended.
- ExxonMobil is a corporate sponsor of WISE, the global Qatari education initiative, which is active throughout public schools in the United States.
Additionally, Qatar it is involved in Taliban narcotics trafficking through a relationship with the Pakistani National Logistics Cell, and profits from operating a virtual slave state. A recent press report explained how a Qatari citizen was the moneyman for an Al Qaeda group in Syria. His alias? Umar al-Qatari.
The QAC Coalition and petitioners ask that you consider the attached sourced report on Qatar’s activities. The links cited are vetted and credible sources. We hope you take the time to verify the truth of the statements for yourself.
After doing so, the Coalition of the Qatar Awareness Campaign calls on you to exert due influence on the Qatari government to cease any type of involvement in all forms of Islamic terrorism, slavery, and drug trafficking!
|Lt. Col. Allen B. West (US Army, Ret)
|Frank J. Gaffney, Jr
Center for Security Policy
|Paul E Vallely, US Army (Ret)
Chairman, Stand Up America
** Select signatures as of 9/27. The Qatar Awareness Campaign Coalition is comprised of more than 25 journalists, national security experts, publishers, and independent researchers. To view all Coalition participants, please visit the Campaign’s website.
CC: Corporate Media, ExxonMobil.