HAIL TO THE CHIEF!
THE BUSH DYNASTY
"The Gang's All Here!"
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The government which was designed for the people, has got into the hands
of their bosses and their employers, the special interests. An invisible
empire has been set up above the forms of democracy.
– Woodrow Wilson
Sightings from The Catbird Seat
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July 27, 2009
Washington Post editorial
calls for a prosecutor
The flood gates have been opened!
We will succeed! The indictment and prosecution of those who committed crimes during
the Bush era will soon become a reality. Nothing is more important to restore the
The flood gates have been opened because of the massive grassroots intervention by
you and hundreds of thousands of others who have petitioned, sent emails and letters,
and made phone calls that deluged the White House, Justice Department, Congress
and the mass media.
The Washington Post lead editorial today calls for Attorney General Eric Holder to
appoint a prosecutor to "look at the facts and apply the law" for the "violent deaths of
detainees" in U.S. custody.
This is a remarkable development. The pressure to appoint a prosecutor will not go
away until justice is served.
Once the prosecution opens, it will lead inevitably to the doorsteps of Dick Cheney and
George W. Bush. It was they who ordered the torture, secret assassination teams,
the breathtaking massive spying operation against the American people and, most
importantly, launched a war of aggression in Iraq that led to the deaths of nearly 1
million people at the cost of nearly $2 trillion.
Now we are entering the next stage of the IndictBushNow movement. We must
guarantee that the truth be told—all the truth—and that the prosecution not end
with the indictment of low-level officials and operatives.
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April 10, 2009
Breaking news: Indictment of Bush
Officials May Come in Days
Newsweek Breaks Shocking New Revelations
About Disappeared Persons
From Pinochet to Bush, the Path to Prosecution
* The imminent indictment in Spanish courts of former officials of the Bush
Administration is being applauded by civil and human rights organizations and legal
scholars. The popular wave of support for indictment of Bush officials will inevitably lead
to Bush himself.
* Newsweek Magazine blew open more shocking news about Bush' system of
kidnapping, secret prisons and torture. A secret Red Cross report indicates that many
kidnapped and tortured people were turned into "disappeared persons" by the CIA
under instructions from Bush and Cheney. A former Bush administration official told
Newsweek's Michael Isikoff that the information had been hidden from the Red Cross.
"The majority of the people in the CIA program are unaccounted for. We don't know
what happened to them," a human rights investigator told Isikoff.
* Like Bush, former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet, thought his power would shield
him from criminal prosecution when his regime kidnapped and tortured and
assassinated individuals who became known as the "disappeared." It was when
Spanish courts brought indictments against Pinochet that everything changed. As
Michael Ratner, president of the Center for Constitutional Rights said, "the
importance of this investigation [in Spain] can not be understated. Contrary to
statements by some, the Spanish investigations are not 'symbolic.' Just ask Augusto
Pinochet, who was stranded under house arrest in England and who ultimately faced
criminal charges in Chile because of the pressure of the Spanish courts. If and when
arrest warrants are issued, 24 countries in Europe are obligated to enforce them. The
world is getting smaller for the torture conspirators.”
Ramsey Clark, former U.S. Attorney General has called for the prosecution of Bush
and other high officials in the United States, stating, "The greatest danger arising
from impunity for President Bush and his cohorts would be that all subsequent
officials will feel secure in committing the same crimes and the people, having
failed to compel impeachment for such open, notorious and egregious crimes,
will feel even more helpless to prevent them. Ultimately the power and the
responsibility to prevent criminal acts by government is with the people."
Now is the time for massive outreach and publicity. This requires newspaper ads,
organizing national call-in days to pressure Congressional representatives, intensive
media work, teach-ins and educational forums, and providing literature for people of
conscience to distribute in cities and towns across the country....
--All of us at http://www.IndictBushNow.org
“Blinded by the lies,” by Carl Klang
"Can't you see? Are you blinded by the lies?"
- Jesus Christ of Nazareth
April 7, 2009
Ex-Bush Officials May Be Indicted
in Spain This Week For Torture
By William Fisher
Human rights organizations and legal scholars are applauding the efforts of Spanish
lawyers in seeking the indictment of six former officials of the administration of
President George W. Bush in connection with the torture of detainees at the U.S.
military's Guantanamo Bay prison.
Spanish prosecutors may decide this week whether to proceed with an investigation.
The prosecutors were asked to review the case by Baltasar Garzon, the crusading
investigative judge who ordered the arrest of the former Chilean dictator Augusto
Pinochet in 1998.
The official said that it was “highly probable” that the case would go forward and that it
could lead to arrest warrants.
Garzon asked for the review following a complaint filed by Spanish human rights
lawyers, who could pursue the case in court even if prosecutors decide not to take it
further. This occurred in the Pinochet case.
The U.S. officials involved in the investigation include former U.S. Attorney General
Alberto Gonzales; John Yoo, the former Justice Department lawyer who wrote
secret legal opinions saying President George W. Bush had the authority to
circumvent the Geneva Conventions, Douglas Feith, the former undersecretary of
defense for policy; William Haynes II, former general counsel for the Department of
Defense; Jay Bybee, Yoo's former boss at the Justice Department's Office of Legal
Counsel and now a Federal judge; and David Addington, chief of staff and legal
adviser to former Vice President Dick Cheney.
The investigation would likely focus on whether these officials violated international law
by providing a legal justification for the torture. It was triggered by a complaint filed by
the Association for the Dignity of Inmates, a Spanish legal rights organization.
The six are said to have “participated actively and decisively in the creation, approval
and execution of a judicial framework that allowed for the deprivation of fundamental
rights of a large number of prisoners, the implementation of new interrogation
techniques including torture, the legal cover for the treatment of those prisoners, the
protection of the people who participated in illegal tortures and, above all, the
establishment of impunity for all the government workers, military personnel, doctors
and others who participated in the detention center at Guantánamo.”
A spokesman for the association, attorney Gonzalo Boye, said the six Americans had
well-documented roles in approving illegal interrogation techniques, redefining
torture and abandoning the definition set by the 1984 Torture Convention.
The views of Michael Ratner, president of the Center for Constitutional Rights –
which has played a major role in mobilizing lawyers to defend Guantanamo detainees,
probably represent the consensus among U.S. human rights advocates. He said, “The
importance of this investigation can not be understated. Contrary to statements
by some, the Spanish investigations are not ‘symbolic.’ Just ask Augusto Pinochet,
who was stranded under house arrest in England and who ultimately faced criminal
charges in Chile because of the pressure of the Spanish courts.”
He added, “If and when arrest warrants are issued, 24 countries in Europe are
obligated to enforce them. The world is getting smaller for the torture
Brian J. Foley, Visiting Associate Professor of Law at Boston University, told us, “I
hope Spain goes ahead with a full and fair investigation. These are serious allegations,
and there needs to be a forum to air them. U.S. officials seem unwilling to look into the
alleged war crimes, which is unfortunate and further diminishes any remaining U.S.
moral authority. I hope the Spanish investigation is open and transparent, revealing the
truth for the whole world to see -- including, perhaps especially, American citizens. We
need to face what has been done in our name.”
And Marjorie Cohn, President of the National Lawyers Guild, told us, “The only reason
Spain is considering the prosecution of Americans for torture is because the United
States is refusing to do so. Eric Holder must follow U.S. law and initiate criminal
investigations of Bush officials who committed torture and other war crimes.
Political considerations should not control our obligation under the Torture
Convention to prosecute or extradite war criminals."
A similar view was expressed by Ben Wizner, attorney in the National Security Project
of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). He told us, “The idea of Spain
investigating America’s treatment of detainees is an embarrassment to us. Once we
were the world’s leading champions, not only of human rights, but of accountability. We
shouldn’t be depending on other countries to clean up our mess.”
“If the Obama Administration did what the law required – appoint a special prosecutor
– we would see fewer of our allies feeling they have to do our work,” he added.
Spain's law allows it to claim jurisdiction in the case because five Spanish citizens or
residents who were prisoners at Guantanamo Bay say they were tortured there.
The U.S. detention camp in Cuba was set up to hold foreigners captured after U.S.-led
forces invaded Afghanistan to root out al Qaeda and its Taliban protectors in response
to the attacks of September 11, 2001 against the United States. U.S. officials held that
Guantanamo was beyond the reach of U.S. law, thus giving detainees no rights. But
three landmark rebukes by the U.S. Supreme Court have destroyed that defense by
ruling that prisoners have a right to challenge their detentions in U.S. civilian courts.
In one of his first acts in office, U.S. President Barack Obama set a one-year deadline
for shutting the prison where about 245 people are still detained and which has been
widely viewed by the international community as a stain on the U.S. human rights
Under Spanish law, prosecutors recommend whether to proceed with cases and
determine whether any trial would come under the jurisdiction of the High Court.
While there is no set deadline for a decision, a recommendation could come this week,
according to court officials.
See also: Uncle Sam’s Torture Chambers
July 31, 2008
Federal judge rules Bush's aides
can be subpoenaed
By MATT APUZZO, Associated Press
WASHINGTON - A federal judge on Thursday rejected President Bush's contention that
senior White House advisers are immune from subpoenas, siding with Congress' power
to investigate the executive branch and handing a victory to Democrats probing the
dismissal of nine federal prosecutors.
The unprecedented ruling undercut three presidential confidants who have defied
congressional subpoenas for information that Bush says is protected by executive
privilege. Democrats swiftly announced they would schedule hearings in September, at
the height of election season.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the House could soon vote on a contempt citation
against one of the three officials, Karl Rove, formerly Bush's top adviser.
"It certainly strengthens our hand," she said of the ruling. "This decision should send a
clear signal to the Bush administration that it must cooperate fully with Congress and
that former administration officials Harriet Miers and Karl Rove must testify before
That wasn't clear at all to the White House or Rove's attorney. Bush administration
lawyers were reviewing the ruling and were widely expected to appeal. They also could
seek a stay that would suspend any further congressional proceedings.
"We disagree with the district court's decision," White House spokeswoman Dana
With only a few months left in Bush's presidency, there appeared to be no sense of
urgency to make the next move.
"I have not yet talked with anyone at the White House ... and don't expect that this
matter will be finally resolved in the very near future," Rove attorney Robert Luskin
said in an e-mail.
The case marked the first time Congress ever has gone to court to demand the
testimony of White House aides.
In his ruling, U.S. District Judge John Bates said there's no legal basis for Bush's
argument that his former legal counsel, Miers, must appear before Congress. If she
wants to refuse to testify, he said, she must do so in person. The committee also has
sought to force White House chief of staff Joshua Bolten to release documents on any
role the White House may have played in the prosecutor firings.
"Harriet Miers is not immune from compelled congressional process; she is legally
required to testify pursuant to a duly issued congressional subpoena," Bates wrote. He
said that both Bolten and Miers must give Congress all nonprivileged documents
related to the firings.
Bates, who was appointed to the bench by Bush, issued a 93-page opinion that strongly
rejected the administration's legal arguments. He said the executive branch could not
point to a single case in which courts held that White House aides were immune from
"That simple yet critical fact bears repeating: The asserted absolute immunity claim
here is entirely unsupported by existing case law," Bates wrote.
The ruling is a blow to the Bush administration's efforts to bolster the power of the
executive branch at the expense of the legislative branch. Disputes over congressional
subpoenas are normally resolved through political compromise, not through the court
system. Had Bush prevailed, it would have dramatically weakened congressional
authority in oversight investigations.
That remains a risk, one Republican said.
"Unfortunately, today's victory may be short-lived," said Rep. Lamar Smith, the ranking
Republican on the House Judiciary Committee. "If the administration appeals the ruling,
our congressional prerogatives will once again be put at risk."
Congressional Democrats called the ruling a ringing endorsement of the principle that
nobody is above the law. Shortly after the ruling, the chairmen of the House and
Senate Judiciary Committees quickly demanded that the White House officials
subpoenaed appear before their panels.
Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., chairman of the House panel, signaled that hearings
would commence in September on the controversy that scandalized the Justice
Department and led to the resignation of a longtime presidential confidant, Attorney
General Alberto Gonzales.
"We look forward to the White House complying with this ruling and to scheduling future
hearings with Ms. Miers and other witnesses who have relied on such claims," Conyers
said in a statement. "We hope that the defendants will accept this decision and expect
that we will receive relevant documents and call Ms. Miers to testify in September."
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., said, "I look forward to
working with the White House and the Justice Department to coordinate the long
Between now and September, Congress will recess for five weeks of summer vacation.
Bates scheduled a conference between the litigants on Aug. 27 to take stock of whether
negotiations had moved forward, as he urged in his ruling. Congress then returns to a
brief, three-week session before scattering to the campaign trail. All 435 House seats
and a third of the Senate are up for grabs, as well as the presidency.
Republicans said there was little reason to rush to an accommodation, noting that
subpoenas will expire at the end of the 110th Congress in January.
"I'm sure it will be appealed and it will go on into next year, and it will become a moot
issue," said House GOP Leader John Boehner of Ohio.
Several Democratic officials said they expected the subpoenas to be reissued in
January if their party retains control of Congress in the November elections.
June 9, 2008
Rep. Kucinich introduces
Bush impeachment resolution
WASHINGTON - Rep. Dennis Kucinich, a former Democratic presidential contender,
said Monday he wants the House to consider a resolution to impeach President Bush.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi consistently has said impeachment was "off the table."
Kucinich, D-Ohio, read his proposed impeachment language in a floor speech. He
contended Bush deceived the nation and violated his oath of office in leading the
country into the Iraq war.
Kucinich introduced a resolution last year to impeach Vice President Dick Cheney.
That resolution was killed, but only after Republicans initially voted in favor of taking up
the measure to force a debate.
Kucinich won 50 percent of the vote in a five-way House Democratic primary in March,
beating back critics who said he ignored business at home to travel the country in his
quest to be president.
On the Net
The Articles of Impeachment
June 11, 2008
KUCINICH COMMENTS ON REFERRAL OF
Washington, Jun 11 - Congressman Dennis J. Kucinich released the following
statement upon House action today which approved his motion to refer to committee
Articles of Impeachment concerning President George Bush. "The sheer volume of
the Articles required a referral to provide Members with an opportunity for review,"
"It is now imperative that the Judiciary Committee begin a review of the 35 Articles. I will
be providing supporting documentation to the committee so that it can proceed in an
orderly manner. The weight of evidence contained in the Articles makes it clear that
President Bush violated the Constitution and the US Code as well as International law.
"It is the House's responsibility as a co-equal branch of government to provide an
effective check and balance to executive abuse of power. President Bush was
principally responsible for directing the United States Armed Forces to attack Iraq,"
Kucinich said. "The June 5th Senate Intelligence report convinced me it was time to
In a report just released, the Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Senator
Jay Rockefeller, said: "In making the case for war, the Administration repeatedly
presented intelligence as fact when in reality it was unsubstantiated, contradicted, or
even non-existent. As a result, the American people were led to believe that the threat
from Iraq was much greater than actually existed."
"I believe that there is sufficient evidence in the Articles to support the charge that
President Bush allowed, authorized and sanctioned the manipulation of intelligence by
those acting under his direction and control, misleading Congress to approve a
resolution authorizing the use of force against Iraq. As a result over 4,000 United States
soldiers have died in combat in Iraq, with tens of thousands injured, many of them
permanently impaired. Over a million innocent Iraqis have perished in a war which was
based on lies, a war which will cost the American taxpayers as much as three trillion
dollars," Kucinich explained.
"Now it is incumbent for the Judiciary Committee to review the evidence. If it fails to
hold any hearings on the resolution within the next thirty days, given the gravity of the
charges and the moment, I will once again bring a similar privileged resolution of
Impeachment to the House. We must not only create an historical record of the
misconduct of the Bush Administration but we must make sure that any future
Administration is forewarned about the Constitutionally proscribed limits of
executive authority and exercise of power contravening the Constitution," he
For more, GO TO > > Hail to The Chief!...The Bush Dynasty; Impeach Bush!
June 10, 2008
Ramsey Clark: A decisive moment for impeachment
Your help is needed!
Now is the time that our actions can prove decisive. Rep. Dennis Kucinich has
introduced 35 articles of impeachment. Please read the important statement released
today by former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark, which is below.
As Ramsey Clark makes clear, the impeachment of George W. Bush is the most
important task of the moment for the safety and security of the people of the
United States, the Middle East and throughout the world. None of us can risk
being plunged further into war.
More than 1 million people have joined together in support of the impeachment
movement launched by Ramsey Clark at ImpeachBush.org. From collecting signatures
in towns and cities across the land to letter writing campaigns to direct congressional
visits volunteers have forced impeachment "on the table."
Now we must act and take the next steps. We are doubling our efforts and we need
everyone to pitch in. Please contact your congressional representative and demand
they support the 35 Articles of Impeachment, and take a moment to make as
generous a donation as you can to support this movement as we make this push.
We are printing thousands of leaflets, organizing door-to-door outreach for volunteers,
phone banking, and exploring the possibilities for internet advertising and more
newspaper ads. What we can achieve depends on the level of financial support
provided by those who believe that the impeachment of George W. Bush and Dick
Cheney is necessary.
Message from Ramsey Clark
Impeachment is not a political question. Impeachment is a constitutional duty. It
is the one power and highest duty the Constitution rests in the Congress to preserve,
protect and defend the Constitution of the United States when the President, Vice
President, and other civil officers of the United States commit treason, bribery, or other
High Crimes and Misdemeanors.
George Bush has deliberately, falsely and systematically mislead the Congress and
the American people concerning the most criminal, costly and harmful acts of his
administration, leading us to war, tragic loss of human life, the devastation of Iraq,
military expenses reaching trillions of dollars, disruption of the economy that will take
decades to overcome, a contemptuous assault on the Bill of Rights, an international
humanitarian disaster, deliberate antagonism and provocation of nations and people,
most once friendly, and an enlarging assault on the earth's environment.
On June 5, 2008, a long delayed five year U.S. Senate Select Committee on
Intelligence study and 170-page report unanimously found President Bush, Vice
President Cheney and other top officers had made false charges and systematically
presented a more dire picture about Iraq than justified by intelligence provided only to
them. The Committee included both Democrats and Republicans.
Today President Bush is exerting all his power and influence to repeatedly urge Europe,
Israel and others to support an attack on Iran which he intends to commence in the
remaining months of the presidency. Iran is larger than Iraq and Afghanistan, has
millions of people, richer by a multiple, unimpaired by recent war and will fight fiercely if
attacked. He is negotiating a permanent U.S. military presence in Iraq placing the U.S.
on Iran's border.
The next several Presidents of the United States will spend their time in office miserably
fighting wars started by Bush, as our economy is consumed in military spending.
Impeachment, a Constitutional duty, is the only way to prevent George W. Bush and his
cabal from vastly enlarging the disastrous wars he has already inflicted on the world
and the American people. The House of Representatives must quickly consider Bills of
Impeachment long overdue, and the Senate must prepare to sit in judgment of
President Bush, Vice President Cheney other officers who are implicated.
June 10, 2008
January 22, 2008
Study: False statements
By DOUGLASS K. DANIEL, Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON - A study by two nonprofit journalism organizations found that
President Bush and top administration officials issued hundreds of false statements
about the national security threat from Iraq in the two years following the 2001
The study concluded that the statements "were part of an orchestrated campaign
that effectively galvanized public opinion and, in the process, led the nation to
war under decidedly false pretenses."
The study was posted Tuesday on the Web site of the Center for Public Integrity,
which worked with the Fund for Independence in Journalism.
White House spokesman Scott Stanzel did not comment on the merits of the study
Tuesday night but reiterated the administration's position that the world community
viewed Iraq's leader, Saddam Hussein, as a threat.
"The actions taken in 2003 were based on the collective judgment of intelligence
agencies around the world," Stanzel said.
The study counted 935 false statements in the two-year period. It found that in
speeches, briefings, interviews and other venues, Bush and administration officials
stated unequivocally on at least 532 occasions that Iraq had weapons of mass
destruction or was trying to produce or obtain them or had links to al-Qaida or
"It is now beyond dispute that Iraq did not possess any weapons of mass
destruction or have meaningful ties to al-Qaida," according to Charles Lewis and
Mark Reading-Smith of the Fund for Independence in Journalism staff members,
writing an overview of the study. "In short, the Bush administration led the nation to
war on the basis of erroneous information that it methodically propagated and
that culminated in military action against Iraq on March 19, 2003."
Named in the study along with Bush were top officials of the administration during the
period studied: Vice President Dick Cheney, national security adviser Condoleezza
Rice, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, Secretary of State Colin Powell,
Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz and White House press secretaries Ari
Fleischer and Scott McClellan.
Bush led with 259 false statements, 231 about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq
and 28 about Iraq's links to al-Qaida, the study found. That was second only to
Powell's 244 false statements about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and 10
about Iraq and al-Qaida.
The center said the study was based on a database created with public statements
over the two years beginning on Sept. 11, 2001, and information from more than 25
government reports, books, articles, speeches and interviews.
The cumulative effect of these false statements — amplified by thousands of news
stories and broadcasts — was massive, with the media coverage creating an almost
impenetrable din for several critical months in the run-up to war," the study concluded.
"Some journalists — indeed, even some entire news organizations — have since
acknowledged that their coverage during those prewar months was far too deferential
and uncritical. These mea culpas notwithstanding, much of the wall-to-wall media
coverage provided additional, 'independent' validation of the Bush administration's false
statements about Iraq," it said.
On the Net:
Center For Public Integrity: http://www.publicintegrity.org/default.aspx
Fund For Independence in Journalism: http://www.tfij.org/
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Looking Behind the Bushes
Great moments in a great American family
1918 - 2001
Much of this article originally appeared in the Progressive Review during the 1992
campaign. It has been updated.
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Prescott Bush Sr., leads a raid on a Indian tomb to secure Geronimo's skull for Skull
Prescott Bush's investment firm sets up deal for the Luftwaffe so it can obtain
Three firms with which Prescott Bush is associated are seized under the Trading with
the Enemy Act.
SARASOTA HERALD-TRIBUNE: The president of the Florida Holocaust Museum said
Saturday that George W. Bush's grandfather derived a portion of his personal fortune
through his affiliation with a Nazi-controlled bank. John Loftus, a former prosecutor in
the Justice Department's Nazi War Crimes Unit, said his research found that Bush's
grandfather, Prescott Bush, was a principal in the Union Banking Corp. in Manhattan
in the late 1930s and the 1940s. Leading Nazi industrialists secretly owned the bank at
that time, Loftus said, and were moving money into it through a second bank in Holland
even after the United States declared war on Germany. The bank was liquidated in
1951, Loftus said, and Bush's grandfather and great-grandfather received $1.5 million
from the bank as part of that dissolution...
Loftus pointed out that the Bush family would not be the only American political dynasty
to have ties to the "wrong side of World War II." The Rockefellers had financial
connections to Nazi Germany, he said. Loftus also reminded his audience that John F.
Kennedy's father, an avowed isolationist and former ambassador to Great Britain,
profited during the 1930s and '40s from Nazi stocks that he owned. "No one today
blames the Democrats because Jack Kennedy's father bought Nazi stocks," Loftus
said. Still, he said, it is important to understand these historical connections for what
they tell us about politics today. The World War II experience points out how easy it
was then -- and remains today -- to hide money in multinational funds. . . .
George Bush and the Liedtke brothers form Zapata Petroleum. Zapata's subsidiary,
Zapata Offshore, later becomes known for its close ties to the CIA.
The Bush family buys out the Liedtke brothers.
George Bush sets up a Mexican drilling operation, Permago, with a frontman to
obscure his ownership. The frontman later is convicted of defrauding the Mexican
government of $58 million.
Manuel Noriega recruited as an agent by the US Defense Intelligence Agency.
Some investigators believe George Bush spent part of this year and the next in Miami
on behalf of the CIA, organizing rightwing exiles for an invasion of Cuba. Is said to have
worked with later Iran-Contra figure Felix Rodriguez.
According to the Realist, CIA official Fletcher Prouty delivers three Navy ships to
agents in Guatemala to be used in the Bay of Pigs invasion. Prouty claims he delivered
the ships to a CIA agent named George Bush.
Agent Bush named the ships the Barbara, Houston and Zapata.
Bay of Pigs invasion fails. Right-wingers blame Kennedy for failure to provide air cover.
CIA loses 15 men, another 1100 are imprisoned.
George Bush invites Rep. TL. Ashley -- a fellow Skull & Boner -- down to Texas for a
party in order to meet "an attractive girl." Bush writes that "she may be accompanied by
an Austrian ski instructor but I think we can probably flush him at the local dance hall."
Bush notes that he's had to unlist his phone because "Jane Morgan keeps calling me
all the time." [From a letter in the Ashley archives uncovered by Spy magazine.]
Zapata annual report boasts that the company has paid no taxes since it was founded.
John F. Kennedy is assassinated. Internal FBI memo reports that on November 22
"reputable businessman" George H. W. Bush reported hearsay that a certain Young
Republican "has been talking of killing the president when he comes to Houston."
The Young Republican was nowhere near Dallas on that date.
According to a 1988 story in The Nation, a memo from J. Edgar Hoover states that
"Mr. George Bush of the CIA" had been briefed on November 23rd, 1963 about the
reaction of anti-Castro Cuban exiles in Miami to the assassination of President
George says it ain't him, admits he was in Texas but can't remember where.
George Bush runs as a Goldwater Republican for Congress. Campaigns against the
Civil Rights Act.
Bush, runs as a moderate Republican, gets elected to Congress. Robert Mosbacher
chairs Oil Men for Bush.
Apache leader Ned Anderson meets with the Skull & Bones lawyer and George Bush's
brother Jonathan who attempt to return the skull Prescott Bush had looted.
Anderson refuses the skull because he says it isn't Geronimo's.
George W. Bush joins Skull & Bones at Yale
Bush loses Senate race to Lloyd Bentsen, despite $112,000 in contributions from a
White House slush fund. Jim Baker is campaign chair. Bush later claims to have
reported correctly all but $6000 in cash --which he denies he got. A 1992 story in the
New York Times says the $6000 was listed in records of Nixon's "townhouse operation"
which was designed in part to make GOP congressional candidates vulnerable to
Bush is named UN Ambassador by Nixon.
Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs finds enough evidence of Noriega's
involvement in drug dealing to indict him, but US Attorney's office in Miami considers
grabbing Noriega in Panama for trial here to be impractical. State Department also
urges BNDD to back off.
Bill Liedtke gathers $700,000 in anonymous contributions for the Nixon campaign,
delivering the money in cash, checks and securities to the Committee to Re-Elect the
President (the infamous CREEP) one day before such contributions become illegal. Bill
says he did it as a favor to George.
Bush is named GOP national chair. Brings into the party the Heritage Groups Council,
an organization with a number of Nazi sympathizers.
Bush, according to Lowell Weicker, inquires as to whether records of the "townhouse
operation" should be burned.
Robert Mosbacher wins an offshore drilling concession from Philippine dictator
Watergate tapes indicate concern by Nixon and aide HR Haldeman that the
investigation into Watergate might expose the "Bay of Pigs thing." Nixon also speaks of
the "Texans" and the "Cubans." and mentions "Mosbacher."
In another tape, Nixon decides following his re-election to get signed resignations from
his whole government so he can centralize his power. Says Nixon to John Erlichman:
"Eliminate everyone, except George Bush. Bush will do anything for our cause."
Bush is named special envoy to China.
DEA report notes Noreiga's involvement in drug trade.
George W. Bush graduates from Harvard Business School
Jerry Ford names George Bush CIA director, his fourth political patronage job in a
little over five years. Bush later claims this is the first time he ever worked for the CIA.
At his confirmation hearings, Bush says, "I think we should tread very carefully on
governments that are constitutionally elected."
Bush holds first known meeting with Noriega. Noriega starts receiving $110,000 a year
from the CIA.
Noriega found to be working for Cubans as well, but keeps his CIA gig.
Bush sets up Team B within the CIA, a group of neo-conservative outsiders and
generals who proceed to double the agency's estimate of Soviet military
Senate committee headed by Frank Church proposes revealing size of the country's
black budget -- intelligence spending that, in contradiction to the Constitution, is kept
secret even from the Hill. According to journalist Tim Weiner, Bush argues that the
revelation would be a disaster and would compromise the agency beyond repair. By a
one vote margin the matter is referred to the Senate. It never reaches the floor.
Chilean dissident Orlando Letelier is assassinated by Chilean secret police agents. CIA
fails to inform FBI of pending plot and of assassins' arrival in US. CIA claims the
hit was the work of left-wingers in search of a martyr.
Bush writes internal CIA memo asking to see cable on Jack Ruby visiting Santos
Trafficante in jail. In 1992, Bush will deny any interest in the JFK assassination while
Bush claims nuclear war is winnable. (See: The Nuclear Nests)
Philippine dictator Marcos buys back Robert Mosbacher's oil concession. Mosbacher
claims he was swindled. Philippine officials say they never saw any expenditures by
Mosbacher on the project.
Bush, Mosbacher and Jim Baker become partners in an oil deal.
From a Washington Post article by Bob Woodward and Walter Pincus: "According to
those involved in Bush's first political action committee, there were several occasions in
1978-79, when Bush was living in Houston and traveling the country in his first run for
the presidency, that he set aside periods of up to 24 hours and told aides that he had to
fly to Washington for a secret meeting of former CIA directors. Bush told his aides that
he could not divulge his whereabouts, and that he would not be available." Former CIA
chief Stansfield Turner denies such meetings took place.
George W. Bush declares his candidacy for the Midland Congressional district. He
wins the Republican primary and loses in the general election.
George W. Bush begins operations of his oil firm, Arbusto Energy. With the help of
Jonathan Bush, he assembles several dozen investors in a limited partnership
including Dorothy Bush, Lewis Lehrman, William Draper, and James Bath, a
Houston aircraft broker
Bush becomes Reagan's vice presidential candidate. Runs as a rightwinger again.
Mosbacher becomes chief fundraiser for Bush's presidential campaign. Forms a
millionaire's club of 250 contributors, each of whom cough up $100,000.
William Casey forms a working group to prepare for possible Carter October political
surprise. In early October, an Iranian official meets with three top Reagan campaign
aides. All three deny memory of the meeting in subsequent proceedings.
On October 21, Reagan hints he has a secret plan to release the hostages. This is right
around the alleged date of a Paris meeting at which the so-called "October Surprise"
was settled. Some allege that at this meeting it was agreed to end the arms embargo
against Iran if Iran would release its hostages after the election. While Bush's presence
at this meeting has been denied by the House committee investigating the October
Surprise, Bush's whereabouts at this critical time remain in doubt. The White House, in
fact, has leaked conflicting stories.
Rep. Dan Quayle goes on a Florida golfing vacation with seven other men and Paula
Parkinson -- an insurance lobbyist who later posed nude for Playboy. Parkinson
describes Quayle as a husband on the make, but says she turned him down because
she was already having an affair with another congressman. Marilyn Quayle says,
"anybody who knows Dan Quayle knows he would rather play golf than have sex."
The Reagan-Bush campaign receives stolen copies of Carter's briefing books.
Bush's campaign manager, James Baker, forces the dismissal of Bush aide Jennifer
Fitzgerald, described in a 1982 Time story as having "much to say about where Bush
goes, what he does and whom he sees." Bush continues to pay Fitzgerald out of his
Reagan-Bush inaugurated. Hostages released moments before. Shortly thereafter,
arms shipments to Iran resume from Israel and America. In July, an Argentinean plane
chartered by Israel crashes in Soviet territory. It is found to have made three
deliveries of American military supplies to Iran. In a 1991 story in Esquire, Craig
Unger quotes Alexander Haig as saying "I have a sneaking suspicion that someone in
the White House winked."
Says Unger: "This secret and illegal sale of military equipment continued for years
James Baker named Reagan's chief of staff.
SEC filings for Zapata Oil for 1960-66 are found to have been "inadvertently destroyed."
Reagan authorizes CIA assistance to Contras.
CIA director William Casey begins Operation Black Eagle to expand US role in
Central America. Urges use of "selected Latin American and European governments,
organizations and individuals" in the project.
Inslaw, a computer software company, signs a $10 million contract to install a case-tracking program in 94 US Attorney's offices. Four months later, after obtaining a copy
of Inslaw's proprietary version of the program, the government cancels the contract and
begins an aggressive campaign to force the company into bankruptcy. Later sources
claim that the program was installed by the CIA and sold to various foreign intelligence
After $3 million is poured into Arbusto with little oil and no profits, just tax shelter
George W. Bush changes the company name to Bush Exploration Oil Co.
Subsequently he is kept afloat by an investment from Philip Uzielli, a Princeton friend
of James Baker III. For the sum of $1 million, Uzielli bought 10% of the company at a
time in 1982 when the entire enterprise was valued at less than $400,000.
Subsequently, to save the company George W. Bush merges with Spectrum 7, a small
oil firm owned by William DeWitt and Mercer Reynolds. DeWitt had graduated from
Yale a few years earlier than Bush and was the son of the former owner of the
Cincinnati Reds. Bush becomes president of Spectrum 7. He also gets 14% of the
Spectrum's stock. Meanwhile, 50 original investors in Arbusto get paid off at about 20
cents on the dollar.
Noriega meets again with George Bush.
Bush presents an autographed photo to a WWII Ukrainian leader under the Nazis,
whose regime killed 100,000 Jews.
KAL 007 crashes under circumstances that remain suspicious to this day.
Bush promotes Jennifer Fitzgerald from appointments secretary to executive
assistant. Seven staffers resign in protest. Fitzgerald tells the New York Post:
"Everyone keeps painting me as this old ogre. I really don't worry about it. All these
bizarre things just simply aren't true."
Neil Bush forms his first oil company. He puts in $100, his partners contribute
$160,000 and Neil is named president of the firm, JNB Exploration.
Jeb Bush's business partner, Alberto Duque, goes bankrupt, is eventually convicted
of fraud and is sentenced to 15 years in prison.
Jeb Bush lobbies the Department of Health & Human Services on behalf of Cuban-American businessman Miguel Recarey, Jr., whose medical firm later collapses.
Recarey, who was close to mobster Santos Trafficante, later flees the US under
indictment with at least $12 million in federal funds.
George Bush takes part in meetings to plan increased "third country" aid to the
CIA mines Nicaraguan harbors.
Jennifer Fitzgerald is sent to work on Capitol Hill after stories arise linking her
romantically with George Bush.
Stuart Spencer's public relation firm starts receiving over $350,000 from Panama to
improve Noriega's image.
CIA starts using BCCI as a conduit.
George Bush thanks Oliver North for "dedication and tireless work with the hostage
thing, with Central America." Bush will later deny knowing about the Contra effort until
Neil Bush joins the board of Silverado S&L, serves until 1988. Silverado loans his
partners in JNB $132 million which they never repay. Silverado will eventually
collapse at a taxpayer cost of $1 billion.
408 TOW anti-tank missiles are shipped from Israel to Iran. A day later, US hostage
Benjamin Weir is released.
VP Bush goes to Honduras to promote support for the Contras. Takes along baseball
players Nolan Ryan and Gary Carter.
Contra figure Felix Rodriguez meets with Donald Gregg, Bush's national security
advisor, to complain about Iran-Contra operatives skimming funds from the Contras.
Bush may have made several secret visits to Damascus between 1986-88 according to
a 1992 report in Time, which said two senior GOP senators were pressing for a probe.
The allegation is that Bush went to negotiate the release of hostages in Lebanon but in
fact stonewalled Syria, "playing for campaign timing. Republicans want to get to the
bottom of intelligence-community suspicions that the US somehow blew a chance to
free Terry Anderson and his fellow captives."
Iranian arms runner Manucher Ghorbanifar proposes "diversion" of profits from Iran
arms sales to Contras.
George W. Bush and partners receive more than $2 million of Harken Energy stock
in exchange for a failing oil well operation, which had lost $400,000 in the prior six
months. After Bush joined Harken, the largest stock position and a seat on its board
were acquired by Harvard Management Company. The Harken board gave Bush
$600,000 worth of the company's publicly traded stock, plus a seat on the board plus a
consultancy that paid him up to $120,000 a year. When Harken runs short of cash it
hooks up with investment banker Jackson Stephens of Little Rock, Arkansas, who
arranges a $25 million stock purchase by Union Bank of Switzerland. Sheik Abdullah
Bakhsh, who joins the board as a part of the deal, is connected to the infamous BCCI.
Bush's former chief of staff, Daniel Murphy, flies to Panama with South Korean
influence peddler Tongsun Park on a private plane owned by arms dealer Sargis
Soghnalian to meet with Noriega. Murphy later tells a Senate subcommittee that he
informed Noriega that he need not resign before the 1988 election despite the Reagan
administration public pressure to the contrary.
Bill Casey dies.
Lee Atwater accuses Robert Dole of spreading stories about Bush and Jennifer
Fitzgerald. An agreement is worked out, as reported by Sidney Blumenthal in the
Washington Post: "The Dole people didn't spread any rumors and promised not to do it
again. And the Bush people haven't spread rumors about the Dole people spreading
rumors and won't do it again. "
Harken Energy project gets rescued by aid from the BCCI-connected Union Bank of
Switzerland in a deal brokered by Jackson Stephens, later to show up as a key
supporter of Bill Clinton.
Jeb Bush and a partner default on a $4.5 million loan from a Florida S&L. The default
will cost taxpayers' millions. Bush and his partners will repay only ten percent of the
loan but will keep all real estate collateralized by it.
Silverado S&L goes under after receiving 126 cease & desist orders in past four years
from the Topeka office of the Office of Thrift Supervision. These orders found conflict of
interests, insider abuse and other violations.
Dwight Chapin, ex-Nixon dirty trickster, gets job in Bush campaign.
Rudi Slavoff becomes head of Bulgarians for Bush. In 1983, Slavoff organized an
event honoring Austin App, promoter of the theory that the Holocaust was a hoax.
Slavoff joins other GOP ethnic leaders in the Coalition of American Nationalities co-chaired by Edward Derwinski. Among them is a former member of an Hungarian pro-Nazi party. After press revelations, eight of the leaders accused of anti-semitism resign
from the campaign. Bush says: "Nobody's giving in... These people left of their own
GOP flier warns that "all the murderers, rapists and drug pushers and child molesters in
Massachusetts vote for Michael Dukakis."
Bush establishes Team 100, which will eventually grow to 249 individuals who
contribute nearly $25 million in soft money to help the GOP cause. The contributions
also apparently help the contributors, various of whom get ambassadorial
appointments, legislative favors, and intervention on regulatory and criminal matters.
Bush denies knowledge of Noriega's involvement in drug dealing.
The Willie Horton ad is aired. Credit for similar tactics is given to campaign guru Lee
Atwater, whose PR firm had represented drug-connected Bahamian prime minister
Oscar Pinding and the Philippines' Marcos. Atwater himself had represented UNITA,
the CIA-backed Africa rebel group.
Fred Malek, ex-Nixon aide, resigns from the Bush campaign after it's revealed that he
compiled a list of Jews in the Labor Dept. as part of a Nixon investigation of a "Jewish
A few days before the supposedly surprise arrest of five BCCI officials, some of the
world's most powerful drug dealers quietly withdraw millions of dollars from the
bank. Some government investigators believe the dealers were tipped off by sources
within the Bush administration.
Although Felix Rodriguez, former leading cop under Batista, claims he left the CIA in
1976, Rolling Stone reports that he is still going to CIA headquarters monthly to receive
assignments and get his bulletproof Cadillac serviced.
Bankruptcy judge George Bason Jr. concludes that the government stole Inslaw's
software through "trickery, fraud and deceit."
Stock market drops 43 points on false rumor that Washington Post was about the
publish the Bush-Fitzgerald story.
Bush inaugurated. Aides tell the press that the new administration would rather "stay
one step behind than be one step ahead."
Bush authorizes CIA support to Noriega's opposition, giving Noriega an excuse to annul
Bush claims executive privilege to avoid testifying in the Oliver North trial, thus
becoming first president to use this power to keep his acts as vice president under
Dan Quayle declares changes in Soviet Union "just a public relations extravaganza."
Bush brother Prescott flies to Shanghai after the Tiananmen Square massacre to close
a deal for an $18 million resort there, despite his brother's ban on high-level Chinese
contacts. Prescott says, "We aren't a bunch of carrion birds coming in to pick the
carcass. But there are big opportunities in China, and America can't afford to be shut
Prescott Bush also visits Japan, searching for consulting contracts just ten days
before his brother arrives on a presidential tour. The Japanese firm that paid Prescott a
quarter-million dollar consulting fee comes under investigation for exchange law
violations and links to the Japanese mob. (See: “Bush calls for reforms in Japan”)
C. Boyden Gray, the president's top ethics official, corrects his 1985 and 1986 financial
disclosure forms. He forgot to include $98,000 in income.
George Bush signs the S&L bailout bill promising that "these problems will never
The Chicago Tribune reports: "After 14 fishing outings, the President has failed to catch
a single fish."
At White House behest, the DEA lures drug dealer to Lafayette Park to make arrest in
front of presidential home for the benefit of Bush's upcoming drug speech. At first, drug
dealer is dubious, asks DEA agent, "Where the fuck is the White House?"
Defense secretary nominee John Tower runs into confirmation troubles when it is
revealed that he has received hundreds of thousands of dollars in consulting fees from
defense contractors. Runs into more trouble with revelations of womanizing and
drinking. His nomination is rejected.
The sale of three communications satellites to China is announced. Prescott Bush is a
$250,000 consultant in the deal.
GOP memo is leaked implying that House Speaker Tom Foley is a homosexual.
President Bush signs a top-secret directive ordering closer ties with Iraq, which opens
the way for $1 billion in new aid just a little more than a year before Bush goes to war
against that country. The agricultural credit allows Saddam Hussein to use his hard
currency for a massive military buildup.
A second judge concurs that the government stole Inslaw's software.
The Statistical Abstract of the United States, published by the US government, reports
that the GNP of East Germany during the 1980s was greater than that of West
Germany. The figures come from the CIA.
Bahrain officials suddenly break off offshore drilling negotiations with Amoco and
decide to deal with Harken Energy, George Bush Jr.'s firm. Harken has had a series of
failed ventures and no cash, so the Bass brothers are brought in to finance Harken's
efforts at a cost of $50 million.
Neil Bush bails out of JNB Exploration, the firm where he became president with a
$100 ante, leaving his partners to worry about its debt. Days earlier he forms Apex
Energy with a personal investment of $3000. The rest of the money -- $2.7 million --
comes from an SBA program designed to help "high risk start-up companies." Like JNB,
it proves to be just that. Apex will later go belly-up with no assets.
Two months after his father's inauguration, George W. Bush announces that he and a
syndicate of investors have purchased the Texas Rangers. The investors are Edward
"Rusty" Rose, Richard Rainwater, Bill DeWitt, Roland Betts (a former Yale frat
brother) and Tom Bernstein (Bett's partner in a film investment concern).
While Bush appears to lead the group, Rainwater makes clear that Rose is to control
how the business is run. Bush's stake in the $86 million deal is 2%, financed with a
$500,000 loan from a Midland Bank of which he had been a director and $106,000
from other sources. Rainwater and Rose put up 14.2 million, Betts and Bernstein
invested about $6 million and the balance comes from smaller investors and loans.
Bush will eventually sell his share for $15 million.
Federal regulators give Bush son Neil the mildest possible penalty in the $1 billion
failure of the Silverado S&L. The deal is so good that Bush drops his appeal. Among
other things, Neil, as a Silverado director, voted to approve over $100 million in
loans to his business partners.
January: Bahrain awards exclusive offshore drilling rights to Harken Oil. This is a
surprise as Harken is in very shaky financial condition, has never drilled outside of
Texas, Louisiana and Oklahoma and had never drilled undersea at all. The Bass
brothers are brought in by Harken for sufficient equity to proceed with the effort.
Harken's stock price increases from $4.50 to $5.50.
George W. Bush sells two-thirds of his Harken Energy stock at the top of the market
for $850,000, a 200% profit, but makes no report to the SEC until March 1991. Bush Jr.
says later the SEC misplaced the report. An SEC representative responds: "nobody
ever found the 'lost' filing." One week after Bush's sale, Harken reports an earnings
plunge. Harken stock falls more than 60%. Bush uses most of the proceeds to pay off
the bank loan he had taken a year earlier to finance his portion of the Texas Rangers
August: Saddam Hussein invades Kuwait. Harken's stock price drops substantially.
Two months after Bush sells his stock, Harken posts losses for the 2nd quarter of well
over $20 million and is shares fall another 24 %, by year end Harken is trading at $1.25.
Bush has insisted that he did not know about the firm's mounting losses and that his
stock sell-off was approved by Harken's general counsel.
George W. Bush is asked by Carlyle Group to serve on the board of directors of
Caterair, one of the nation's largest airline catering services which it had acquired in
1989. The offer is arranged by Fred Malek, long time Bush associate who is then an
advisor to Carlyle.
October: Arlington, Texas Mayor Richard Greene signs a contract that guarantees
$135 million toward the new Texas Ranger Stadium's estimate price of $190
million. The Rangers put up no cash but finance their share through a ticket surcharge.
From the team's operating revenues, the city will earn a maximum of $5 million annually
in rent, no matter how much the Rangers reap from ticket sales and television (a sum
that will rise to $100 million a year). Another provision permits the franchise to buy the
stadium after the accumulated rental payments reached a mere $ 60 million. The
property acquired so cheaply by the Rangers includes not just a fancy new stadium with
a seating capacity of 49,000 but an additional 270 acres of newly valuable land.
Legislation is passed and signed that authorizes the Arlington Sports Facilities
Development Authority with power to issue bonds and exercise eminent domain over
any obstinate landowners. Never before had a Texas municipal authority been given
the license to seize the property of a private citizen for the benefit of other private
citizens. A recalcitrant Arlington family refuses to sell a 13 acre parcel near the stadium
site for half its appraised value. The jury awards more than $4 million to the family.
Fred Malek returns to power with ambassador status to head up planning for the
S&L industry is losing money at the rate of $3 million a minute. Bailout chief
estimates total cost at $325-500 billion.
Some 200 young soccer players have their games canceled for security reasons
because Bush wants to go fishing on the Potomac nearby. Says one seven-year-old
player: "We had a tough soccer game and he's just going fishing. He could play
Bush brother Jonathan's east coast brokerage fined in two states for violating
laws and Jonathan is barred from public trading in Massachusetts.
Bush's attorney general, Richard Thornberg, is warned about BCCI but does nothing.
Federal court of appeals throws out the Inslaw case on the grounds that it did not
belong in bankruptcy court.
Bush says, "The economy is headed in the right direction."
Former top aide to White House Chief of Staff John Sununu goes to work for a
prominent figure in the BCCI scandal less than a month after leaving the Bush
administration. Edward Rogers Jr. signs a $600,000 contract to give legal advice to
Sheik Kamal Adham, an ex-Saudi intelligence officer who is being investigated for his
role in BCCI's takeover of First American Bancshares.
The Miami acting US Attorney is allegedly rebuffed by the Justice Department in his
efforts to indict BCCI and some of its principal officers on tax fraud charges. Justice
Department later denies this occurred.
Danny Casolaro, a reporter investigating the Inslaw story, is found dead in a motel
room bathtub, the day after he met a key source. The death was ruled a suicide.
Perhaps he is despondent over the loss of his briefcase, which is missing from the
George Bush spends three nights in a Houston hotel so he can claim Texas residency.
Texas has no income tax.
Neil Bush bails out of Apex Energy after collecting $320,000 in salary plus expenses.
Bill Daniels, cable-TV magnate who has been lobbying against regulation of the cable
industry, offers Neil a job. According to a representative, he "thought Neil deserved a
New York Times reports that three of Bush's top fundraisers are being sued in
connection with bank failures and another pleaded guilty to mail fraud in connection
with an S&L. These men include the GOP national finance chair, vice chair and two co-chairs of the President's Dinner, which raised $9 million for Republican causes.
Former US Attorney General Elliot Richardson, representing the owners of Inslaw,
tells Mother Jones, "I don't know any case where the government has stonewalled
First of Harken Energy's wells off Bahrain comes up dry. George W. Bush takes a leave
of absence from the firm to work in his father's campaign, saying "I don't want to involve
this company in any kind of allegations of conflicts or whatever may arise."
Village Voice reports that President Bush has taken at least 76 partisan flights during
his term, at a cost to the taxpayers of over $6 million.
Nixon's Jew hunter Fred Malek is back as Bush's campaign manager.
Campaign sells photo opportunities with the president at a fundraiser for $92,000 each.
Washington, DC, loses $52,000 in taxes because Bush claims to be a Texas resident.
Donald H. Alexander contributes $100,000 to Team 100; shortly thereafter he's named
ambassador to the Netherlands.
Bush says: "I will do what I have to do to be reelected."
* * *
JERRY URBAN, HOUSTON CHRONICLE, JUNE 4, 1992: The Financial Crimes
Enforcement Network -- known as FinCEN -- and the FBI are reviewing
accusations that entrepreneur James R. Bath guided money to Houston from
Saudi investors who wanted to influence US policy under the Reagan and Bush
administrations, sources close to the investigations say....
The federal review stems in part from court documents obtained through litigation by
Bill White, a former real estate business associate of Bath . . . White became
entangled in a series of lawsuits and countersuits with Bath, who for some six years has
prevailed in the courts. . . .
In sworn depositions, Bath said he represented four prominent Saudis as a trustee and
that he would use his name on their investments. In return, he said, he would receive a
5 percent interest in their deals.
Tax documents and personal financial records show that Bath personally had a 5
percent interest in Arbusto '79 Ltd., and Arbusto '80 Ltd., limited partnerships controlled
by George W. Bush, President Bush's eldest son.
Arbusto means 'bush' in Spanish. Bath invested $ 50,000 in the limited partnerships,
according to the documents. There is no available evidence to show whether the money
came from Saudi interests.
George W. Bush's company, Bush Exploration Co., general partner in the limited
partnerships, went through several mergers, eventually evolving into Harken Energy
Corp., a suburban Dallas-based company...
Bush said that to his knowledge, Bath's investment was from personal funds, and no
Saudi money was invested in Arbusto. Bath, 55, a former U.S. Air Force pilot,
declined to comment for the record. Spokesmen for FinCEN and the FBI also declined
to comment. According to a 1976 trust agreement, drawn shortly after Bush was
appointed director of the Central Intelligence Agency, Saudi Sheik Salem M.
Binladen appointed Bath as his business representative in Houston.
Binladen, along with his brothers, owns Binladen Brothers Construction, one of the
largest construction companies in the Middle East. According to White, Bath told him
that he had assisted the CIA in a liaison role with Saudi Arabia since 1976. Bath has
previously denied having worked for the CIA...
Bath received a 5 percent interest in the companies that own and operate Houston
Gulf Airport after purchasing it on behalf of Binladen in 1977.
With the new Ranger stadium being readied to open the following spring, George W.
Bush announces that he would be running for governor. He is says his campaign theme
will be self-reliance and personal responsibility rather than dependence on government.
PBS FRONTLINE: [From a French source] The Saudi authorities' decision to issue an
arrest warrant for Osama bin Laden on 16 May 1993 does not threaten to affect the
relationship between the bin Ladens and the royal family. Osama, one of Mohammed's
youngest son, has been known for years for his fundamentalist activities...
King Fahd's two closest friends were: Prince Mohammed Ben Abdullah (son of
Abdul Aziz' youngest brother), who died in the early '80s and whose brother, Khaled
Ben Abdullah (an associate of Suleiman Olayan), still has free access to the king; and
Salem bin Laden, who died in 1988...
Like his father in 1968, Salem died in a 1988 air crash ... in Texas.
He was flying a BAC 1-11 which had been bought in July 1977 by Prince Mohammed
Ben Fahd. The plane's flight plans had long been at the center of a number of
investigations. According to one of the plane's American pilots, it had been used in
October 1980 during secret Paris meetings between US and Iranian emissaries.
Nothing was ever proven, but Salem bin Laden's accidental death revived some
speculation that he might have been "eliminated" as an embarrassing witness. In
fact, an inquiry was held to determine the exact circumstances of the accident. The
conclusions were never divulged...
There was also a political aspect to Salem bin Laden's financial activities . . .
Salem bin Laden played a role in the US operations in the Middle East and Central
America during the '80s. On his death in 1968, Sheik Mohammed left behind not only
an industrial and financial estate but also a progeny made up of no less than 54 sons
and daughters, the fruit of a number of marriages . . .
Upon Sheik Salem's death, the leadership of the group passed to his eldest son, Bakr,
along with thirteen other brothers who make up the board of the bin Laden group. The
most important of these are Hassan, Yeslam and Yehia.
Most of these brothers have different mothers and different nationalities as well. Each
has his own set of affinities, thus contributing to the group's international scope.
Bakr and Yehia are seen as representatives of the "Syrian group"; Yeslam, of the
"Lebanese group". There is also a "Jordanian group." Abdul Aziz, one of the
youngest brothers, represents the "Egyptian group" and is also manager of the bin
Laden group's Egyptian branch, which employs over 40,000 people.
Osama bin Laden is, incidentally, the only brother with a Saudi mother.
George W. Bush is elected Governor of Texas, defeating Ann Richards 53 to 46 %....
George W. Bush executes his 99th prisoner.
George W. Bush celebrates the Martin Luther King holiday by staying inside the
Governor's Mansion with the windows closed so he wouldn't hear the thousands of
Martin Luther King celebrants listening to speeches right outside his window on the
Texas capitol grounds, less than a football field away . .
Bush claims to be reading four serious books while campaigning for president. Total
pages of the four books: 1,762
* "When I was coming up, it was a dangerous world and you
knew exactly who they were. It was us versus them and it
was clear who them was. Today we are not so sure who the
they are, but we know they're there." -- Texas Gov. George
W. Bush, presidential candidate.
* "Food on the family." -- George W. Bush listing one of the
priorities of his future administration.
* "This is Preservation month. I appreciate preservation.
This is what you do when you run for president. You've got
to preserve." -- George W. Bush to several hundred children
at an elementary school in Nashua that was celebrating
what it called Perseverance Month (not Preservation
* "Is your children learning?" -- George W. Bush on
* "Some people have too much freedom." -- George W.
* "The Grecians." -- George W. Bush on Greek people.
* "What I'm against is quotas. I'm against hard quotas,
quotas that basically delineate based upon whatever.
However they delineate, quotas, I think, vulcanize society." -- George W. Bush, meaning to say "balkanize," not
"vulcanize" -- we think -- and something about quotas
(Austin American-Statesman 3/23/99).
* "Sitting down and reading a 500-page book on public
policy or philosophy or something." -- George W. Bush
when asked to name something he isn't good at (Talk
magazine, September 1999).
* "Please! Don't kill me." -- George W. Bush to Larry King,
mocking what Karla Faye Tucker said when asked "What
would you say to Governor Bush?" prior to her execution by
lethal injection (as reported by Talk magazine, September
* "Tell them I have learned from mistakes I may or may not
have made." -- George W. Bush
"Jeb's the smart one" -- George Bush Sr. to dinner partner
Former President George Bush tries to block Gen. Manuel Noriega's release from a US
prison because he fears the Panamanian strongman wants to kill him. Noriega attorney
Frank Rubino says the assertion was made by Assistant US Attorney Pat Sullivan, who
represented the government at a parole hearing for Noriega.
George W. Bush begins his term as the 43rd President of the United States of America.
. . .
BEHIND THE BUSHES
Campaign for America's Future: Privatizing Social Security
On May 2, 2001 President Bush appointed a Commission that will recommend details
to privatize Social Security.
The White House handpicked the members of the Commission. In the words of Ari
Fleischer, White House Press Secretary, they all "share the President's view that
personal retirement accounts are the way to save Social Security."
Following is a brief profile of each Commission member:
Co-Chair: Richard Parsons, AOL Time Warner
Co-Chief Operating Officer Richard Parsons has a proven track record as a corporate
executive willing to undermine the retirement security of his employees. Parsons
managed a "permatemps" system at Time Warner where many employees were falsely
classified as temporary workers or independent contractors. These workers did not get
the same benefits - including pensions and employer contributions to Social Security -
as other Time Warner employees. In 1998, the Department of Labor sued Time Warner
on behalf of these employees, forcing them to pay $5.5 million in back-compensation
through a settlement reached in 2000.
Co-Chair: Daniel Patrick Moynihan
Former Senator Moynihan once was a defender of Social Security; he now advocates a
position that combines a return to pay-as-you-go with substantial benefit cuts and
Carolyn Weaver, American Enterprise Institute
Carolyn Weaver served on the 1994-1996 Advisory Council on Social Security, and was
the prime architect of the most radical of its two personal account privatization plans.
Her plan would have diverted forty percent of Social Security revenues into investment
John Cogan, Hoover Institution
John Cogan served in the Reagan Administration Office of Management and Budget.
Earlier this year, Cogan was quoted as saying that the money to pay for the privatized
accounts could come out of the Social Security surplus that is building up for the baby
boom generation: "Right now, if you look at the next 10 years, one could allow
individuals to invest 25% of their payroll taxes into PRAs without jeopardizing benefits
paid to current retirees"
Thomas Saving, Texas A&M.
Thomas Saving is a public trustee of Social Security and Medicare. He has
acknowledged that moving to a system of privatized accounts will impose a harsh
penalty on many people. "It's good in the end, but during the transition to the new,
better world, somebody is going to be worse off. Who that somebody is makes a big
difference" In 1995, when Saving was director of the Private Enterprise Research
Center at Texas A&M University, he wrote in an article advocating complete
privatization, "Strange as it sounds, we must destroy the social security system,
as we know it, to save it"
Fidel Vargas, Reliant Equity Investors.
Fidel Vargas was once the mayor of Baldwin Park, CA, but now works for an
investment firm. He also was a member of the 1994-1996 Advisory Council on Social
Security, and supported the most radical of its two personal account privatization plans.
That plan would have diverted forty percent of Social Security revenues into investment
Robert Pozen, Fidelity Investments.
Robert Pozen runs a $450 billion financial services company that could make billions
in profits annually from the privatization system that Pozen will recommend
through his service on this commission. Along with Estelle James, he served on a
conservative commission that recommended partial privatization - financed by raising
the retirement age, reducing spousal benefits, and severely lowering the benefit
payments to middle-income retirees.
Robert De Posada, Hispanic Business Roundtable.
Robert De Posada and HBR have proposed a privatization plan that is fairly specific
about the size and nature of the investment accounts - but fails to grapple with the
question of financing the investment accounts, saying only that "transition costs must
be spread evenly and fairly across generations."
Olivia Mitchell, Wharton School.
Olivia Mitchell is perhaps the only independent expert on the panel, although she
supports privatization and raising the retirement age. Mitchell co-authored a 1998 paper
directly refuting the most prominent claim put forward by the Bush White House, that
Social Security provides a poor rate of return and that private accounts could do better:
"A popular argument suggests that if Social Security were privatized, everyone could
earn higher returns. We show that this is false...the net advantages of privatization and
diversification are substantially less than popularly perceived."
Gerald Parsky, Aurora Capital Partners.
In addition to being Chairman of a large financial firm, Parsky was chairman of the Bush
California presidential campaign. He was Assistant Treasury Secretary under Ford, and
his name was floated as a candidate for G.W. Bush's Treasury Secretary.
Robert Johnson, Black Entertainment Television.
Robert Johnson has a limited record around retirement security issues - although he
has been involved in a protracted dispute with entertainment artist unions over his
refusal to pay fair wages or contribute towards benefits - including pensions - for the
comics on BET's show "Comic View." He is also involved in a significant effort to create
a new airline, DC Air, which requires regulatory approval from the Bush Administration.
Gwendolyn King, Marsh and McLennan (parent of Putnam Investments).
Gwendolyn King, a former Commissioner of Social Security under the first President
Bush, serves on the board of Marsh and McLennan, a financial services firm.
Bill Frenzel, former U.S. Representative.
Bill Frenzel is a former Republican representative from Minnesota. He is co-chair of the
Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget (with Tim Penny).
February 18, 2002
BUSH CALLS FOR
REFORMS IN JAPAN
URGES WRITING OFF OVER $100 BILLION
IN BAD BANK LOANS
By Bob Deans, Cox News Service
TOKYO - Paying tribute to Japan’s past while voicing concern for its future, President
Bush visited a shrine to the 19th century Meiji emperor today and urged modern leader
Junichiro Koizumi to take tough steps to get his country’s stagnant economy moving
Bush and his wife, Laura, began their day with a stroll through the wooded grounds of
the Meiji shrine, a tranquil oasis amid the bustle of Tokyo.
Meeting later with Prime Minister Koizumi, Bush stressed the need for Japan to swallow
a bitter pill and write off more than $100 billion in bad bank loans that have
become a drag on the economy.
Japan’s economy, the world’s second largest, is idling through its third recession in a
decade, threatening regional and U.S. growth. Bush’s own Economic Report, released
earlier this month, labeled Japan’s economy “moribund” and said Koizumi’s government
was not aggressive enough in dealing with the problem.
With a sluggish economy, Japanese spend less on U.S. and other imports and are also
less likely to invest abroad. Experts worry that trend will threaten the U.S. recovery....
The Japan visit, Bush’s first as president, is the first stop in a tour that takes him to
Seoul tomorrow and Beijing on Thursday.
Bush hopes to use the trip to shore up regional support for his anti-terror campaign as it
moves beyond Afghanistan toward a second and broader phase.
From Rule by Secrecy, by Jim Marrs:
SKULL AND BONES
Skull and Bones, a highly secret fraternal order apparently only found at Yale
University, has been the source of an unprecedented number of government officials
who have furthered the globalist aims of their brethren in other covert groups, according
"Members of the CFR (Council on Foreign Relations) when accused of being
involved in a conspiracy, have protested to the contrary. And by and large they are
right," wrote conspiracy researcher and author Anthony C. Sutton.
"Most CFR members are not involved in a conspiracy and have no knowledge of any
conspiracy. . . . However, there is a group WITHIN the Council on Foreign Relations
which belongs to a secret society, sworn to secrecy, and which more or less controls
Members have included extremely powerful men such as Henry Stimson, Secretary of
War under Franklin D. Roosevelt, and described as "a man at the heart of the heart of
the American ruling class"; U.S. Ambassador to Russia Averell Harriman; publisher
Henry Luce, and J. Richardson Dilworth, longtime manager of the Rockefeller
According to Sutton and others, this secret society is the American chapter of an earlier
German secret organization. Known variously as Chapter 322, the "Brotherhood of
Death," or "The Order," this group is most popularly known as "Skull and Bones" or
The American chapter of The Order was founded at Yale University in 1832 by General
William Huntington Russell and Alphonso Taft.
Taft, who would become Secretary of War in 1876 and U.S. Attorney General and an
ambassador to Russia, was the father of William Howard Taft, the only person to serve
as both president and chief justice of the United States.
Russell would go on to become a member of the Connecticut Legislature. His family
was at the center of Russell and Company, a firm controlled by some of Boston's finest
"blue blood" families that were enriched first by the slave trade and then by opium
smuggling in the early 19th century. Some researchers believed this unsavory
background explained the pirate symbol of skull and crossed bones adopted as The
Order's insignia, an emblem originally used as a flag of the old Knights Templar.
According to Sutton, The Order was brought from Germany to Yale by Russell, whose
cousin, Samuel Russel, was an integral part of the British-inspired Opium Wars in
The secret German society may have been none other than the mysterious and
Author Ecke agreed, writing that The Order was merely the "Illuminati in disguise..
Considering the nefarious background of its founders and their families, authors
Webster Griffin Tarpley and Anton Chairkin warned, "The background to Skull and
Bones is a story of opium and Empire, and a bitter struggle for political control over the
new U.S. republic."
Whatever its inception, Skull and Bones was officially incorporated as the Russell Trust
in 1856. The Order conducts annual meetings at a club site on New York's Saint
Lawrence River named Deer Iland (sic). The misspelling was at the request of its donor,
Bones member George D. Miller....
Author Sutton noted that active membership in Skull and Bones comes from a "core
group of perhaps 20-30 families ... First we find old line American families who arrived
on the East coast in the 17th century, e.g. Whitney, Lord, Phelps, Wadsworth, Allen,
Bundy, Adams and so on," he wrote. "Second, we find families who acquired wealth in
the last 100 years, sent their sons to Yale and in time became almost old line families,
e.g. Harriman, Rockefeller, Payne, Davidson."
Ecke wrote that these families exhibited an Old World concern over their heritage and
bloodlines. He said they utilize arranged marriages "to protect or 'advance' the genetic
lines of the pseudo-blue bloods who owe the origins of their inherited wealth and
influence to drug running, slavery and carefully chosen marriage partners. These
intermingled families help and support each other in their quest for financial, political
and genetic dominance." . . .
Nepotism runs deep in The Order as seen in the fact that modern finances of the
Russell Trust were handled by John B. Madden Jr., a partner in Brown Brothers
Harriman, formed by the merger of Brown Bros. & Company and W.A. Harriman &
Company in 1933.
Madden started there in the 1940s working under Senior Partner Prescott Bush, father
of former president George Bush, all of them members of Skull and Bones.
A more recent example of members' fierce loyalty was shown in the 1980s scandal of
President Bush's connection with the criminal activity in the Bank of Credit and
Commerce International (BCCI).
As the bank's illegal activities came to light involving many prominent names - attempts
were made by the Bush administration to block or blunt any meaningful investigation.
Finally a formal investigation of the BCCI was launched by the Senate Foreign
Relations Subcommittee on Terrorism, Narcotics, and International Operations
headed by Massachusetts senator John Kerry.
Kerry was chairman of the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee, which had
received significant BCCI contributions, and he was also a member of Skull and Bones.
The Kerry investigation foundered. Jack Blum, a special counsel to Kerry's
subcommittee, stated, "I proposed a serious investigation of BCCI and was brushed
aside. ... A high-level cover-up of everything concerning BCCI was set into place after
Customs stumbled across their money-laundering operation in Miami, and it's still in
The interests of both the Morgans and Rockefellers were well represented in The
Order. Member Percy Rockefeller tied The Order to Standard Oil properties, while a
number of Morgan men show up on the rolls of Skull and Bones....
McGeorge Bundy (The Order, 1940) was president of the Ford Foundation from 1966
to 1979. During the early to mid-1960s, Bundy served as a national security adviser to
both Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson. At the same time, his
brother William Bundy (The Order, 1939) who had been with the CIA, served as
Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs.
Many other illustrious names can be connected to Skull and Bones, such as Low,
Forbes, Coolidge, Delano, Taft, Stimson, and others. Prominent recent Bonesmen
include President George Bush (The Order, 1949); William Bissell (The Order, 1925)
whose brother, Richard Bissell, became Deputy Director of Plans for the CIA; Amory
Howe Bradford (The Order, 1943), who married Carol Warburg Rothschind in 1941 and
soon became general manager of the New York Times; Henry Luce (The Order, 1919)
who became head of the powerful and influential Luce publishing empire which
included Time and Life magazines; and William F. Buckley (The Order 1950) a
nationally syndicated conservative columnist....
Other researchers see Skull and Bones as the epicenter of New World Order control.
The Order has been called a "stepping stone" to the Council on Foreign Relations,
Bilderbergers, and the Trilateral Commission.
After examining The Order's influence and control in the areas of foreign policy,
finance, education, and religion, Christian author and publisher Texe Marrs urged, "The
Order of Skull and Bones must be unmasked for what it is - a great and present danger
to our freedoms and to our constitutional rights."...
"The Order has either set up or penetrated just about every significant research, policy,
and opinion-making organization in the United States," declared Sutton....
One of the most thorough investigations of institutional stockholders ever conducted
was a 1980 study by the Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs entitled Structure
of Corporate Concentration. Its conclusion, as reported by author Donald Gibson, was
to the point: "Financial institutions, part of or extensively interrelated with the
Morgan-Rockefeller complex, are the dominant force in the economy."
After studying this report, Gibson wrote, "The board of directors of Morgan included
individuals serving on the boards of 31 of the top 100 firms. Citicorp was tied to 49 top
companies, and Chase Manhattan, Chemical Bank, and Metropolitan Life each had
24 other top companies represented on their boards.
These and a multitude of other overlaps among the top 100 firms provide a dense
network of relationships reinforced by frequent ties through private clubs, educational
background, marriages, and membership in organizations such as the Council on
Foreign Relations, Skull and Bones, The Trilateral Commission, and the Business
Gibson also noted that at least two Morgan-Rockefeller institutions were among the
top six stockholders in AT&T, General Motors, Du Pont, Exxon, General Electric,
IBM, United Technologies, and Union Pacific....
Yale has influenced the Central Intelligence Agency more than any other university,
giving the CIA the atmosphere of a class reunion," stated Yale history professor Gaddis
Rosenbaum made a point of mentioning that Yale slang for a secret society member is
"spook," the same term used in the CIA for an undercover operative....
From The Progressive Review:
The BCCI affair
CARTER, REAGAN, BUSH, CLINTON,
BUSH, AND BCCI
THE GREATEST FINANCIAL scandal in history -- the BCCI affair -- left American
participants virtually untouched. The media covered the scandal poorly even though,
according to one investigative journalist, up to a hundred Washington politicians and
lawyers might have been criminally liable.
As a result -- much like Clinton and the Dixie Mafia -- Americans have but the vaguest
notion of what happened. In fact, the two stories overlap. And like many contemporary
sagas of corruption, the two stories reached deep into both the major parties. In fact, if
George W. Bush is elected, we will be entering our fifth consecutive presidential
administration (two Democratic and three Republican) with direct ties to leading figures
in the biggest financial scandal of all time.
This time line suggests some of the interplay of individuals and parties:
National Bank of Georgia president Bert Lance, whom former Georgia Governor
Jimmy Carter described as being like a brother and was Carter's chosen but defeated
successor, meets with Jackson Stephens, a Naval Academy classmate of Carter.
Stephens Inc. arranges public offering of NBG stock. Stephens would later be
described by the New York Post as the man who was to "Clinton what Bert Lance was
to candidate Jimmy Carter."
Both Stephens and Lance help Carter in his race for the White House. Carter uses the
NBG corporate plane without disclosing it. Campaign is later fined.
Two Indonesian billionaires come to Arkansas. Mochtar Riady and Liem Sioe Liong
are close to Suharto. Riady is looking for an American bank to buy. Riady's agent is
Lance comes to Washington as director of the Office of Management and Budget. He
quickly comes under investigation for his past financial dealings and in September
resigns. His lawyer is Clark Clifford, later embroiled in the BCCI case.
Hillary Clinton, the Arkansas governor's wife, is getting considerable business from
George W. Bush begins operations of his oil firm, Arbusto Energy. He assembles
several dozen investors in a limited partnership including Dorothy Bush (a friend of
BCCI figure Robert Altman), Lewis Lehrman, William Draper, and James Bath, a
Houston aircraft broker who bought several planes from Air America, a CIA front.
Bath's firm appears to be owned by Saudi investors. He also was a part-owner of a
Houston's Main Bank, along with a couple of BCCI figures.
Stephens brokers the arrival of BCCI to this country, and steers BCCI's founder,
Hassan Abedi to Bert Lance.
Stephens Inc tries to sell Riady stock in the National Bank of Georgia. The Washington
Post quotes a US banker suggesting that Riady is working for Suharto, who is trying to
butter up Carter: "They think of this country like a 'regime' similar to their own and they
just don't realize that such a ploy wouldn't work." There's no deal. Lance's bank will
eventually be taken over by a BCCI front man -- Ghaith Pharaon. Pharaon later sells
his bank to First American. Pharaon will be fined $37 million by the Federal Reserve
Board and become a fugitive.
Abedi moves to secretly take over First American Bankshares -- later the subject of
the only BCCI-connected scandal to be prosecuted in the US.
Mochtar Riady and Stephens Inc set up Stephens Finance Ltd. In Hong Kong.
Lance is indicted on charges of violating federal banking laws. Clifford's partner, Robert
Altman, represents Lance who eventually achieves a hung jury.
During this same period, Stephens is, according to Peter Truell and Larry Gurwin in
"False Profits," playing "a crucial role in BCCI's penetration of the US market."
Mochtar Riady buys a stake in the Worthen holding company whose assets include the
Stephens-controlled Worthen Bank. Price: $16 million. Other Worthen co-owners will
eventually include BCCI investor Abdullah Taha Bakhish. Deal handled by C. Joseph
Giroir II. Giroir is the Rose law firm chair who hired Hillary Clinton. Giroir will continue
to be a deal-maker for the Riadys.
Arkansas state pension funds -- deposited in Worthen by Governor Bill Clinton --
suddenly lose 15% of their value because of the failure of high risk, short-term
investments and the brokerage firm that bought them. The $52 million loss is covered
by a Worthen check written by Jack Stephens in the middle of the night, an insurance
policy, and the subsequent purchase over the next few months of 40% of the bank by
Mochtar Riady. Clinton and Worthen escape a major scandal. Mochtar's son James
comes back to Arkansas to manage Worthen as president.
Worthen is investigated by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency for improper
loans to companies owned by the Riadys and Stephenses.
George W. Bush and partners receive more than $2 million of Harken Energy stock in
exchange for a failing oil well operation, which has lost $400,000 in the prior six months.
After Bush joins Harken, the largest stock position and a seat on its board is acquired
by Harvard Management Company. The Harken board gives Bush $600,000 worth of
the company's publicly traded stock, plus a seat on the board plus a consultancy that
pays him up to $120,000 a year. When Harken runs short of cash it hooks up with
Jackson Stephens, who arranges a $25 million stock purchase by Union Bank of
Switzerland. Sheik Abdullah Bakhsh, who joins the board as a part of the deal, is
connected to BCCI.
Stephens' wife Mary Ann runs George Bush's campaign in Arkansas. He is a member
of Team 100 -- individuals who have given $100,000 to the Republican party.
A few days before the supposedly surprise arrest of five BCCI officials, some of the
world's most powerful drug dealers quietly withdraw millions of dollars from the bank.
Some government investigators believe the dealers were tipped off by sources within
the Reagan administration.
Bahrain officials suddenly break off offshore drilling negotiations with Amoco and
decide to deal with Harken Energy, George W. Bush's firm. Harken has had a series of
failed ventures and no cash, so the Bass brothers are brought in to finance Harken's
efforts at a cost of $50 million. Harken's investment banker is the same firm that helped
in BCCI's acquisition of First American. Among the other BCCI-connected figures that
help the deal: Bahrain's prime minister.
Bush's attorney general, Richard Thornberg, is warned about BCCI but does nothing.
Stephens Inc gives $100,000 to a Bush dinner committee.
With Stephens, Mochtar Riady buys BCCI's former Hong Kong subsidiary from its
A former top aide to White House Chief of Staff John Sununu goes to work for a
prominent figure in the BCCI scandal less than a month after leaving the Bush
administration. Edward Rogers Jr. signs a $600,000 contract to give legal advice to
Sheik Kamal Adham, an ex-Saudi intelligence officer who is being investigated for his
role in BCCI's takeover of First American Bankshares.
The Miami acting US Attorney is reportedly rebuffed by the Justice Department in his
efforts to indict BCCI and some of its principal officers on tax fraud charges. Justice
Department later denies this occurred.
Ronald Reagan is introduced at the GOP convention by former senator Paul Laxalt,
whose law firm represented BCCI in a drug money case. The chair of the convention,
Craig Fuller, has been the number two official of Hill & Knowlton which was involved
in the BCCI-First American case. Bush's campaign press representatives has done PR
for a Saudi sheik accused of involvement in the BCCI affair, earning $200,000 in fees in
just two months.
Employees of Stephens Inc. give more money to the Clinton campaign than those of
any other firm except Goldman, Sachs and the NY law firm of Wilke, Farr &
Stephens' Worthen Bank gives Clinton a $3.5 million line of credit allowing the cash-strapped candidate to finish the primaries. Little Rock Worldwide Travel provides
Clinton with $1 million in deferred billing for his campaign trips. Without the Worthen
and Worldwide largess, it is unlikely that the cash-strapped candidate could have
survived through the later primaries.
Webster Hubbell, a former Rose law firm partner -- although not known for skill in
Asian trade matters -- goes to work for a Lippo Group affiliate after being forced out of
the Clinton administration and before going to jail. Hubbell represented both Worthen
and James Riady during the 1980s.
With the settlement of civil fraud charges against Clark Clifford and Robert Altman,
the puny and often diverted investigation into the American branch of the BCCI scandal
effectively comes to an end. Under the deal, the pair will have to surrender $5 million in
stock in First American Bankshares, which had been illegally controlled by BCCI. They
will, however, get to keep $10-15 million in proceeds obtained during their tenure as
First American attorneys.
The BCCI scandal cheated depositors out of over $10 billion worldwide. Many of
these were lower income people now being paid off at 15 and 25 cents on the dollar for
damage done by a illegal operation willingly used not only by hundreds of drug dealers
and other criminals from various countries but by the intelligence services of five
nations (including the CIA) and at least one government, Pakistan, seeking to
finance its nuclear weapons development.
Things always moved a little too smoothly in the BCCI investigation, leaving scores of
unanswered questions and, so far as can be determined, hardly anyone to blame. One
exception, Swaleh Naqvi, BCCI's number two man, was given a mild sentence -- over
the objections of Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau. He later told
prosecutors that he had never explained to Altman and Clifford who really owned First
Naqvi's plea bargain with Justice appeared to have been what the Wall Street Journal
called "sweetheart justice."
Said the Journal: "When drugs and money laundering arrive, political corruption
cannot be far behind. If we had an explanation of how BCCI got away with its
illegal purchase of First American, we could afford to dismiss such ambiguous
connections as lawyer-client relationships. But we have no such answer, and are
left to speculate why, in the Naqvi plea-bargain, the Justice Department does not
seem to be pressing for one."
The American media has studiously downplayed the story to the end. The New York
Times, for example, put the Altman-Clifford settlement on its business page.
But while the story has disappeared not all the characters connected to this saga have.
One, for example, is still president and another is ahead in the polls....
For more, GO TO > > > The Strange Saga of BCCI
From Free Republic, Dec 12, 1998, posted by Stefan Lemieszewski:
The Secret Financial Network Behind
‘Wizard’ George Soros
This is another post in the series along the theme that: “Corrupt elites prosper at the
people’s expense of the IMF, World Bank and ‘shock therapy’ policies of Western
advisors under the guise of free-trade or democratic or market-reforms.” . . .
In his article, “Communique of American-Ukrainian Advisory Committee,” ...
Eugene M. Iwanciw wrote: “The American-Ukrainian Advisory Committee met in New
York on Nov 17-18, 1995 and reiterated its strong conviction that a resilient Ukraine is
in the interest of European stability and thus also American security.” . . .
The American participants of the AUAC sponsored by the Center for Strategic and
International Studies (CSIS) included:
Zbigniew Brzezinski (CSIS counselor); Richard Burt (chairman, International Equity
Partners); Frank Carlucci (chairman, Carlyle Group); Gen. John Galvin (dean,
Fletcher School of International Law and Diplomacy); Michael Jordan (chairman
and CEO, Westinghouse Electric Corp); Henry Kissinger (chairman, Kissinger
Associates) and George Soros (chairman, Soros Foundation).
Previous American advisers of AUAC included Malcolm Steve Forbes, Jr. (editor-in-chief, Forbes magazine) ... and Dwayne Orville Andreas (chairman and CEO, Archer
Daniels Midland Co.), whose company pleaded guilty last month for anti-trust and
price-fixing violations and agreed to pay a $100 million fine– the largest fine on its kind
Also in a previous post it was indicated that at least six of the current seven American
members of AUAC are also members of the Council of Foreign Relations (CFR),
including George Soros. . . .
George Soros is part of a tightly knit financial mafia– “mafia,” in the sense of a closed
masonic-like fraternity of families pursuing common aims. Anyone who dares to
criticize Soros or any of his associates, is immediately hit with the charge of being “anti-Semitic”– a criticism which often silences or intimidates genuine critics of Soros’s
unscrupulous operations. . . .
According to knowledgeable U.S. and European investigators, Soros’s circle includes
indicted metals and commodity speculator and fugitive Marc Rich of Zug, Switzerland
and Tel Aviv; secretive Israeli arms and commodity dealer Shaul Eisenberg, and
“Dirty Rafi” Eytan, both linked to the financial side of the Israeli Mossad; and the
family of Jacob Lord Rothschild. . . .
Rich, Reichmann, and Soros’s Israeli Links.
According to reports of former U.S. State Dept intelligence officers familiar with the
Soros case, Soros’s Quantum Fund amassed a war chest of well over $10 billion, with
the help of a powerful group of “silent” investors who let Soros deploy the capital to
demolish European monetary stability in September 1992.
Among Soros’s silent investors, these sources say, are the fugitive metals and oil trader
Marc Rich, based in Zug, Switzerland; and Shaul Eisenberg, a decades-long member
of Israeli Mossad intelligence, who functions as a major arms merchant throughout
Asia and the Near East. Eisenberg was recently banned from doing business in
Uzbekistan, where he had been accused by the government of massive fraud and
corruption. A third Soros partner is Israel’s “Dirty Rafi” Eytan, who served in London
previously as Mossad liaison to British intelligence.
Rich was one of the most active western traders in oil, aluminum, and other
commodities in the Soviet Union and Russia between 1989 and 1993. This, not
coincidentally, is just the period when Grigori Luchansky’s Nordex Group became a
multibillion-dollar company selling Russian oil, aluminum, and other commodities. . . .
From European-American Evangelistic Crusades, Inc. 9 February 2001:
THE ELECTIONS IN ISRAEL
by John S. Torrell
Most Gentiles living today do not know a whole lot about Israel and its people. Some
people might remember that Israel became a state in 1948, but why and how it
happened is not well known today. Evangelical Christians are told by their leaders that,
as Christians, they must support Israel at any cost or God will curse them. That this is
not in the Bible, it is nowhere to be found, does not bother the Christian leadership. It’s
the official doctrine, right or wrong.
Neither are Christians told by their leaders, that most Jewish people in Israel do not
believe in God but are atheists embracing a culture called Judaism. The few Jews who
do believe in God and live in Israel are called "Ultra Nationalists," and are portrayed in a
negative light on newscasts where they are shown either praying at the Wailing Wall,
throwing stones at other Jews, or blocking streets in protest.
Most of the Jewish political leaders, including bankers, business men, military officers
and industrial leaders, have embraced Zionism which is a Cabalistic system working to
bring their messiah into power. These people have rejected the God of Abraham, Isaac
and Jacob and have embraced the Luciferian teaching of the Cabala.
What happens in Israel will affect the entire world. A war in the Middle East could easily
escalate into a World War. I also want to educate my readers to understand, that the
World Government leaders do not reside in Israel but in New York, London and
The local Jewish leaders in Israel are well aware that the State of Israel is just another
province to the World Government and that local issues in Israel are not necessarily
embraced by the Jewish World Leaders. Anyone reading the Jewish media knows the
infighting that is constantly taking place between Israeli Jews and Jews living in other
Knowing this, you will be able to understand why local Israeli members of the Knesset
(parliament) in Jerusalem voted for a campaign finance law in 1994, which prohibits
foreign (Jewish) contributions to Israeli parties and partisan political campaigns.
In other words, the Jews living in Israel do not want to be run as colonists by Jews living
in other nations. There are a total of 14 million Jews living in the world today, and of
these only four million reside in the State of Israel.
In the 1988 Israeli election, Shimon Peres received $1.6 million from Canadian Jewish
Whiskey distiller, Charles Bronfman and the French Jewish tycoon Jean Friedman.
(The Bronfman family is one of the most powerful Jewish families today. Charles’
brother Edgar Bronfman is the current president of the World Jewish Congress, and
his son, Edgar "Effer" Bronfman Jr. is in charge of Seagrams [an American alcohol
distiller giant], MCA Universal studios in Hollywood, ABC news, and a number of other
In the 1992 election, a total of $4 million dollars flowed into Israel in order to sway the
election according to the World Government scheme. In the 1996 election, despite the
ban of foreign money, $8 million dollars flowed into Israel from American Jews. Since
the money cannot be given directly to a candidate, it is used in the same way as
elections are done in America and it is called "soft money”. Advertisement is purchased
to promote the platform of a candidate, without mentioning his name. It is also used to
register new voters (especially the large number of Russian Jews who have been
arriving in Israel), furnish transportation for them, organize rallies and bring in busloads
of protesters. The most costly of them all, flying in Jews from other nations to register
them as voters.
The worst meddling came in the 1999 election when Benjamin Netanyahu was running
against Ehud Barak. The latter was the choice of Edgar Bronfman, and to make sure
that Barak would win, former President Bill Clinton dispatched his worst "attack dog,"
James Carville, and a group of democratic election specialists who managed to get
Barak elected through their smear, slash and burn campaign. Inside sources place the
money which flowed into Israel on this project to at least $10 million.
But in the early part of 2000, Israel’s state comptroller fined Barak’s "One Israel Party"
$3 million for having illegally taken money from foreign sources. This was the beginning
of the erosion of power for prime minister Barak.
SOME MAJOR MONEY SOURCES
The World Government is relying on some of the super rich American Jews to funnel
money into Israel. The American Jew, S. Daniel Abraham, the owner of "Slim Fast"
and a major investor in the dieting aides market, has been a major donor to dovish
candidates, and it has been reported that he arranged a dinner meeting between Barak
and Yasser Arafat toward the end of year 2000.
Another donor is the American Jew, Haim Saban, chairman of "Fox Kids Worldwide,”
and known as one of the most powerful Jews in Hollywood. Two of his best known
productions are, "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" and "Mighty Morphin Power
Rangers.” Saban hosted a reception for Barak during the 1999 elections, that netted
The American Jew, Ron Lauder, the son of Estee Lauder and heir to her $8.2 billion
cosmetic company has been in opposition to Edgar Bronfman and supported the right-wing party, Likud.
The American Jew, Irving Moskowitz, a retired obstetrician and owner of gaming
businesses close to Los Angeles, has also been in opposition against Bronfman. This
retired medical doctor has given his money to buy homes in Palestinian areas, and has
settled Jewish families there, particularly in Jerusalem. These are just a few of the
wealthy American Jews who do not live in Israel but are eager to dictate policies for the
people living there.
In a small nation like Israel, with a total of some six million people (2 million Israeli
Arabs) a few million dollars will make a big difference during elections.
In the elections just held in Israel, only 58 % of the voters went to the polls. Many
people in Israel did not like either candidate, and just stayed home. With Ariel Sharon
winning 62.1 % of the votes, he will take this as a mandate to implement his policies.
The danger with Sharon is that he is known as a ruthless man who is responsible
for terrible war crimes, both in Lebanon and in previous wars. Being old, he has
nothing to lose, and he might just start a war to prove a point and try to make a
name for himself. He will be opposed by the World Government and I would not
be surprised if he was taken out by assassination.
Those people who have knowledge of Jewish history, will remember prime minister
Yitzak Rabin, who was murdered in public in November, 1995. Just as in the murder of
Prime Minister Olof Palme (Jewish) in Stockholm, Sweden in 1986, the Swedish
intelligence service "SAPO," was implicated along with the Israeli intelligence service,
"the Mossad," in the murder of Rabin.
It is not in the World Government’s interest at this time to have a major war on its hands
in the Middle East. They are not going to be able to do what they did in 1948, when
huge numbers of Palestinians were eliminated. With global television, the world
population would not accept the slaughter of hundreds of thousands of Arabs.
You can rest assured that Bronfman and his staff are now working overtime to control
Sharon and make sure he does not start a war.
Remember this, it was Ariel Sharon’s visit to the Arab controlled Temple Area that
sparked the current cycle of violence in Israel.
This was a very well planned visit. This is how he began his campaign to become
prime minister and the road is paved by dead bodies from both sides who had to die for
Sharon to have his way.
THE PRESIDENTIAL PARDON OF MARC RICH
When Bill Clinton gave a presidential pardon to Marc Rich on the last day of his
presidency, just hours before George W. Bush was sworn in as the new president,
most Americans did not know who this man was and what he has done. As the facts
are now coming out, it again shows the corruption of Bill Clinton and his total lack of
integrity. . . .
Let me give you the facts and then you can make your own judgment.
Here is what the media told you: Marc Rich has an ex-wife, night club singer and
song writer, Denise, who lives in New York. She raised one million dollars for the
Democratic Party and gave Bill and Hillary furniture worth $7,000.00 for their new home
in New York. She also asked Bill to pardon her ex-husband. At official parties in New
York she was caught on video tapes, giving Bill warm and snug embraces, more
passionate than what Monica Lewinsky was seen to do. Some of these video tapes
were aired on national news coverage.
When the Al Gore campaign demanded a recount in Florida, Denise Rich gave
$25,000.00 to Al Gore to help pay for the recount. At a dinner party in New York on
November 30,2000, Denise gave Bill Clinton an expensive saxophone, which was
recorded on a picture where Hillary Clinton is standing on one side applauding, Bill is in
the middle holding up the saxophone and Denise is standing on the other side.
This is all the media (World Government) wanted you to know. Now, here is the
rest of the story.
Marc David Rich was born in Antwerp, Belgium on December 18, 1934, to Jewish
parents. His parents fled from Europe to escape the Nazis and came to the United
States. As a young man Marc was recruited by the Israeli intelligence service, the
Mossad. A number of brilliant and talented young Jewish men were recruited in the
years after World War II, the most well known of them was Robert Maxwell. Here is a
brief rundown on Maxwell so that my readers will understand the vastness of this spy
Maxwell’s original name was Jan Ludvik Hoch, who was born to Jewish parents in
Slatina-Selo, Czechoslovakia, 1923. Most of Hoch’s family died in Hitler’s concentration
camps, but Jan was able to flee, first to France and then to England, where he joined
the British army and became and officer. At that time he changed his name to Robert
Maxwell. His Mossad handlers placed Robert in Germany after the war where he was
given access to highly classified German academic and scientific papers, which he sold
for a high profit in England. The money was used to purchase a publishing house in
England which, in 1951, he named Pergamon Press Ltd. Money was pumped in by the
Mossad and Maxwell purchased a number of other businesses in the publishing
industry. He ran for the British Parliament on a Labor ticket, and served between 1964-70.
Robert Maxwell became morally corrupted, as do most intelligence agents. He had a
great appetite for women and luxury. In his many wheelings and dealings he spent
more than he had, so he began to borrow from pension funds and floating loans.
He mishandled his business and siphoned off $1.2 million dollars from his two major
corporations, but his financial empire continued to sink. If he had become an
embarrassment to the Mossad or if he had made some major blunders is not known,
but the Mossad decided to take him out. While he was sailing on his luxury yacht (with
a large crew) outside the Canary Islands, Mossad agents on the ship stripped him of his
clothes, injected him with a lethal dose of poison and dumped his naked body into the
water. Instead of drifting out into the South Atlantic, his body floated the other way and
washed up on a beach on the Canary Islands, on November 5, 1991.
After the Spanish police had identified the body and done an autopsy, the Government
of Israel requested that the body be given to them and Robert Maxwell was buried in a
cemetery for Jewish heroes in Israel.
There are two other Jewish men, who cannot be confirmed to have been Mossad
agents, but who have greatly affected political events in the world, and that is the
German born Jew, Henry Alfred Kissinger (born May 27, 1923 in Furth, Germany,
whose parents moved to the United States in 1938 to escape the Nazis) and the
Hungarian born Jew, George Soros (born in Budapest, August 12, 1930, surviving the
Nazi years and as a family moved to London in 1947). Most people are aware that
Kissinger has been and is a major player in world politics, and Soros runs a financial
business known as the Quantum Fund. Soros is feared by all national governments.
Wherever he is investing and dealing, the local currency will plummet, and when he is
done with a nation, he walks away with billions in profits.
According to the FBI, Marc Rich speaks French, German and English. He used to have
citizenship in the United States, Spain and Israel. Since he fled from the United States
in 1983 together with one of his partners, the American Jew, Pincus Green, both he
and Green have renounced their American citizenship. He has been living in
Switzerland since his flight, and also has his business headquarters there. He has
personal wealth in billions of dollars.
Rich was indicted on September 19, 1983, by a U.S. Federal Grand Jury on more than
fifty counts of wire fraud, racketeering, trading with the enemy and evading more than
$48 million in income taxes.
When the American embassy was stormed in Tehran ,Iran on November 4, 1979, they
held the entire American staff hostage for 14 months. The United States was able to
organize a total embargo on trade with Iran during the stand off. In April, 1980, Marc
Rich conspired with the Iranian Government to purchase six million barrels of oil and
sell it on the world market. Payments were made fraudulently through American banks
and illegal use of American telecommunications facilities (profit: $200 million)....
WHO REQUESTED THE PARDON FOR MARC RICH?
The most vocal person requesting a pardon for Marc Rich was Mrs. Denise Rich, who
not only had become "a friend" of the Clintons, but gave huge amounts of money and
personal gifts to them. Secondly, the sitting prime minister of Israel, Ehud Barak,
repeatedly cited Rich’’s contributions to Israel’’s "national security" in phone calls to Bill
Clinton during his last month in office. Former Mossad chief Shabtai Shavit (1989-1996) wrote a letter to Clinton confirming that Rich provided "assistance" to the Israeli
spy agency (the Mossad) that produced results "beyond the expected."
The lead attorney for Marc Rich in the United States is Jack Quinn, a former White
House counsel for Bill Clinton. When defending his pardon of Marc Rich, Clinton states
that he based his decision on "critical information" provided by Jack Quinn. The latter
based his "critical information" on an analysis done a decade ago by Georgetown
University Jewish law professor, Martin Ginsburg. He is the husband of Supreme
Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (also Jewish), who was appointed to the Supreme
Court by Bill Clinton.
Bill Clinton did not consult with the Justice Department, nor with the FBI or any other
federal law agency.
SOME OTHER LAST MINUTE PARDONS BY BILL CLINTON
Former CIA director John M. Deutch (born in Brussels, Belgium, July 27, 1938, the
son of a German Jewish couple who had fled from Germany and then moved to the
United States in 1940) had previously been indicted for having taken home classified
information and kept it on his home computer. As he was trying to work out a plea
bargain and plead guilty to a misdemeanor, he was given a presidential pardon
the last hours before Bill Clinton ceased to be president.
There were also four Hasidic Jews from New York, Benjamin Berger, Jacob Elbaum,
David Goldstein and Kalmen Stern who had been sentenced to prison for having
swindled the government of tens of million of dollars with various fraudulent schemes.
They had set up a fictitious Jewish school, a yeshiva, and then collected tens of millions
of dollars from various Federal programs to support the nonexistent school and its
Of the 140 felons receiving a last minute pardon from Clinton, 17 are Jewish.
Some more facts as we close this newsletter: When former president, Bill Clinton, took
office after his election in 1992, he appointed 37 American Jews to his administration,
which consisted of 67 openings. Six American Jews held a cabinet post and he
appointed two American Jews to the Supreme Court, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and
Stephen Breyer. Both paid their dues back to Clinton when the Supreme Court made
a final decision of the presidential election in the State of Florida.
The prestigious Jewish magazine, The Jerusalem Report, makes the following
statements in its January 15, 2001 issue in an article titled "Unchartered Waters.”
"The Jews are not at the table. Once again, for American Jews, the sky is falling. At
noon on January 20, George W. Bush takes office as president, unbeholden to a
community that voted overwhelmingly for his opponent, Al Gore.... The most obvious
manifestation of the Jews’ diminished influence in the new administration is their small
numbers within Bush’s inner circle. His initial cabinet appointments included not one
Jew. After the Clinton years, when Jews held a high number of senior posts, that’s a
For more, GO TO > > > Hail to the Chief!...William J. Clinton
NOW TO TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT SOME OF THE
Ann Veneman - Bush’s U.S. Secretary of Agriculture.
From Stupid White Men (Copyright 2001), by Michael Moore:
Like may in the Bush cabinet, Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman has a long career
within Republican administrations. She worked for both Ronald Reagan and Poppy
Bush and then served as director of California’s Food and Agriculture Department
under Governor Pete Wilson.
In California she encouraged policies that have helped giant corporate farms squeeze
out family-owned farms – so that now, for example, a mere four companies process 80
percent of American-produced beef.
One of the least wealthy of the cabinet members (worth a mere $680,000), Veneman
supplemented her income by serving on the board of Calgene – the first company to
market genetically engineered foods to stores.
Calgene was bought out by Monsanto, the nation’s leading biotech company.
Monsanto was then bought by Pharmacia.
Monsanto, which gave $12,000 to Bush’s presidential campaign, is trying to block
legislation that would require food labels to identify biotech ingredients.
Veneman has also served on the International Policy Council on Agriculture, Food
and Trade, a group funded by major food manufacturers such as Nestlé and Archer
For more on Monsanto and Archer Daniels Midland, GO TO > > > The Biotech
Carla A. Hills - Chairman and CEO of Hills & Company, International Consultants.
The firm provides advice to U.S. businesses on investment, trade, and risk assessment
issues abroad, particularly in emerging market economies.
Hills currently serves as a Member of the Board of Directors for American
International Group, Chevron, Lucent Technologies Inc., and Time Warner. She is
a Co-Chair of the International Advisory board of the Center for Strategic and
International Studies; a Vice Chair of the National Committee on U.S.-China
Relations and U.S. China Business Council; a Member of the Board of Trustees of
the Asia Society, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Institute for International
Economics, and the America-China Society; and a Member of the Trilateral
Commission and the Inter-American Dialogue.
Hills served as United States Trade Representative from 1989-1993. As a member of
President Bush's Cabinet, Hills was the President's principal advisor on international
trade policy. She was also the nation's chief trade negotiator, representing American
interests in multilateral and bilateral trade negotiations throughout the world.
Hills was chairman of the Urban Institute from 1983 through 1988, and was a member
of the Executive Committee of the American Agenda, co-chaired by Presidents Ford
and Carter. In 1981-1982, she served as Vice-Chairman of President Reagan's
Commission on Housing and in 1985-1986 as a member of the President's
Commission on Defense Management. Hills has been active in the American Bar
Association, serving as Chairman of the Antitrust Section 1982-1983, and as
Chairman of the Conference of Section Chairmen in 1983-1984.
From 1974 to 1975, she was Assistant Attorney General, Civil Division, United
States Department of Justice.
In 1975, Carla Hills, already serving as an assistant attorney general, was named by
Republican President Gerald Ford as Secretary of the Department of Housing and
Urban Development, becoming the third woman in the US to hold a cabinet-level
position. Her lack of relevant experience was somewhat controversial during the
appointment hearings. She was succeeded, when Democratic President Jimmy Carter
took office, by Patricia Robert Harris, in 1977.
In 1989, President George Bush appointed her to another cabinet level position, this
time as US Trade Representative. (At the same time, Bush appointed Elizabeth Dole,
the former Secretary of Transportation, as Secretary of Labor.)
A free trade advocate, Hills was the primary US negotiator of the North American
Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
She was first offered an appointment as assistant US Attorney by Elliot L. Richardson
in 1973, but he resigned shortly thereafter during the Watergate scandal. The
offer was renewed by his successor, William B. Saxbe, in 1974.
From 1978 through 1989 she was active again in her profession of law; after 1993 she
has worked as a consultant and public speaker. She was one of the founders of the
Forum for International Policy.
Hills co-founded the Los Angeles law firm of Munger, Tolles & Hills, where she was a
partner from 1962-1974. She was an Adjunct Professor at the University of California at
Los Angeles Law School, teaching antitrust law, and co-authored the Antitrust Adviser,
which was published by McGraw-Hill.
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THE JAPANESE WURLITZER
From “Agents of Influence: How Japan Manipulates America’s Political and
Economic System,” (copyright 1990)
by Pat Choate
JAPAN’S ECONOMIC PROPAGANDA techniques are remarkably similar to America’s
political propaganda techniques. A quick way to understand how Japan spreads its
propaganda in America is to look at how America spreads its own propaganda
America operates two propaganda program – one is overt, the other is covert. The
overt program is operated by the U.S. Information Agency (USIA), which diffuses
information about American culture, history, and political positions. USIA employs all
the standard public relations techniques – hosting lunches, arranging interviews,
distributing literature, providing American guest speakers, stocking libraries, arranging
cultural exchanges, sponsoring conferences, and financing trips to America for
students, academics, and foreign opinion leaders.
America’s covert propaganda program is directed by the Central Intelligence
Agency. By any measure, this is a massive undertaking. Loch Johnson estimates that
fully 40 percent of CIA secret operations are propaganda programs....
In addition to advancing specific U.S. themes, the CIA also uses its media assets to
boost politicians and opinion leaders in other countries whose positions are favorable to
the United States and to tarnish those whose positions are not. Other nations do the
same, including Japan....
Japan’s propaganda techniques are similar to those used by America. Much like an
enormous Wurlitzer organ, Japan pumps out a steady flow of propaganda through
thousands of outlets – books, speeches, reports, conferences, television, editorials,
articles, and whisper campaigns....
It’s not surprising, Japanese investors provide much of the new money on which Wall
Street depends. And Japanese investors now own an extensive financial stake in may
of American’s leading investment firms. Nomura Securities, for instance, owns 20
percent of Wassertein, Perella, the prominent merger and acq1uisition (M&A)
specialists. Yamaichi Securities holds 20 percent of the Lodestar Group, which is led
by the ex-vice chairman of Merrill Lynch & Company and former chairman of Morgan
Stanley & Company.
Sumitomo Bank bought a 12.5 percent share in Goldman, Sachs for $500 million in
1986. Former Federal Reserve chairman Paul Volcker works for Fuji-Wolfensohn, a
joint venture to which Fuji Bank contributed $52.5 of the $55 million start-up capital....
Japan’s Political Mind-set
... In late 1988, there was much speculation about who would be named to the position
of U.S. Trade Representative. Although Carla Hills’s name was never mentioned in
the American press during this period, the Japanese knew she was the leading
candidate weeks before she was appointed.
One week prior to her appointment, a Japanese official bragged to an American friend
that “the lady” who would be USTR was “most acceptable” to Japan. Two days before
President Bush announced Hills’s appointment, a Japanese newspaper broke the
story in Tokyo.
What these examples illustrate is that Japan may now have the best political
intelligence system in America. Certainly it rivals the information-gathering efforts of the
Soviet KGB. It is comprehensive and systematic. It employs thousands of Americans,
may of whom have direct access to the most intimate political information of virtually
ever important organization or network in this country....
Washington’s Revolving Door
In theory, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) is responsible for
developing and coordinating U.S. trade policy and for leading trade negotiations. It sits
in the Executive Office of the President, where its staff can coordinate the trade
activities of the other departments of the federal government.
Though the office is staffed by career trade specialists, it is headed by political
appointees – the USTR, three deputies, and a general counsel. Since the inception of
this office in the early 1960s, its top tier has been regularly depleted by the revolving
Between 1973 and 1990, one-third of the USTR officials who held principal trade
positions left to become registered foreign agents. Of these, most did work for Japan.
Half (four of eight) of those who served as the USTR later became lobbyists for foreign
concerns. Of these, three went to work for Japan. All but two of those who served as
the Office’s general counsel – America’s top trade lawyer – hired out as foreign agents
when they left. Again, most worked for Japan.
In 1989, the top three American trade positions – the USTR and the two senior deputy
USTRs – went to people who were working for Japanese and other foreign interests.
Each was once a high-ranking federal official. Each represented overseas concerns
after leaving government. Each spun the revolving door full circle by reentering public
office. If history is a guide, moreover, one or more of the three will again represent
foreign interests when they leave public office.
Carla Hills, the President’s choice to be America’s top trade negotiator, had been an
Assistant Attorney General in the Nixon Administration and was HUD Secretary
under Gerald Ford.
In the mid-198s, she worked as a registered foreign agent for Daewoo, a Korean
conglomerate that makes autos, steel, ships, electronics, and heavy machinery and
operates a major bank and construction company.
In the late 1980s, Hills also lobbied for two Canadian timber companies. Just prior to
entering office as the USTR, she was providing business and legal advice to Japan’s
Her husband is Roderick Hills, who represented C. Itoh, one of Japan’s largest trading
companies, when it was caught up in the Toshiba affair.
President Bush chose Julius Katz to be one of two senior Deputy USTRs. Prior to
being named Hill’s deputy, Katz, a former Assistant Secretary of State for Economic
Affairs in the Nixon Administration, was head of the well-connected Government
Research Corporation (GRC), a Washington-based public affairs firm, whose clients
included the Japanese government, Hitachi, and Toyota.
As the other Washington Deputy USTR, Bush chose S. Linn Williams, a former
general counsel at the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), to focus on
U.S.-Japan trade. His immediate prior position was representing Japanese clients as
the partner who opened the Tokyo office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, one of Los
Angeles’ largest law firms and a major firm representing Japanese interests....
For more, GO TO > > >: BiotechBirds; HUD; The Sinking of the Ehime Maru; The
Secret Nests; The Story of Enron
Colin Powell - U.S. Secretary of State.
From Stupid White Men (Copyright 2001), by Michael Moore:
When not fighting wars, Powell sat on the boards of Gulfstream Aerospace and AOL.
Gulfstream makes jets for both Hollywood honchos and foreign governments like
Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.
During his time at AOL, the company merged with Time Warner, and Powell’s stock
rose in value by $4 million. At the time, Colin’s son, Michael Powell, had been the
only Federal Communications Commission (FCC) member who advocated that the
AOL/Time Warner merger go through without question.
Powell’s son has since been named chairman of the FCC by George W. Bush; part of
his job is to oversee the activities of AOL/Time Warner.
He will also oversee any regulation of AOL’s monopolistic “instant messaging”
For more, GO TO > > > The Mating of AOL & Time Warner; Nests in the Pentagon;
The Rise & Fall of Summit Communications; Vultures of the Sandwich Isles
Condoleezza Rice - Bush’s National Security Adviser
From Stupid White Men (copyright 2001) by Michael Moore:
National Security Adviser – Condoleezza Rice
For her service on Chevron’s board of directors, Rice had a 130,000-ton oil tanker
named after her.
She was also a director at Charles Schwab and Transamerica, and has served as an
adviser for J.P. Morgan; she also served on Bush the Elder’s National Security team.
For much more, GO TO > > > Condoleeza and the Chicken Hawks; The Mating of
Chevron-Texaco; Nests of the Insurance Vampires
Donald Rumsfield - “Rummy” to his friends.
From nancymarkle.com (www.nancymarkle.com/nutrapoison/believers.html):
G.D. Searle, the pharmaceutical firm that introduced NutraSweet, worked symbiotically
with federal and congressional officials, bribed investigators when violations of law
were exposed, “anything” to move aspartame to market.
As far back as 1969, an internal Searle "strategy memo" concluded the company must
obtain FDA approval to outpace firms competing for the artificial sweetener market.
Another memo in December 1970 urged that FDA officials were to be "brought into a
subconscious spirit of participation" with Searle.
To that end, with enormous profits at stake, the pharmaceutical house set out on a long
struggle to transform the Pentagon's biochemical warfare agent into "the taste
Mother Nature intended”....
Aspartame found early opposition in consumer attorney James Turner, author of The
Chemical Feast and a former Nader's Raider. At his own expense, Turner fought
approval for ten years, basing his argument on aspartame's potential side effects,
particularly on children.
His concern was shared by Dr. John Olney, Professor of neuropathology and psychiatry
at Washington School of Medicine in St. Louis. Dr. Olney found that aspartame,
combined with MSG seasoning, increased the odds of brain damage in
Internally, aspartame breaks down into its constituent amino acids and methanol, which
degrades into formaldehyde. The FDA announced in 1984 that "no evidence" has been
found to establish that the methanol byproduct reaches toxic levels, claiming that "many
fruit juices contain higher levels of the natural compound."
But the Medical World News had already reported in 1978 that the methanol content of
aspartame is 1,000 times greater than most foods under FDA control....
Senator Orrin Hatch, a hidebound archconservative and NutraSweet advocate,
downplayed criticism of the sugar substitute.
"Some people have lost their memory after drinking a variety of things," he argued.
''The bottom line is this: The studies supporting aspartame's approval have been
examined and reexamined. More than enough sound, valid studies exist to demonstrate
Hatch of Utah, reports the Wall Street Journal, has "given his strong support of the
So have the "Hatchlings."
David Kessler, FDA Commissioner under presidents Bush and Clinton, was once an
aide to Orrin Hatch.
Hatch's former campaign manager and aide, C. McClain Haddow, was sentenced to
prison for conflict-of-interest charges arising from his work as a Reagan
administration health official.
And Thomas Parry, Hatch's former chief of staff, has carved a sumptuous life for
himself as a Republican fund-raiser and lobbyist with clients in the pharmaceutical
industry. All told, Parry represents 30 clients, including Eli Lilly, Warner-Lambert, and
Johnson & Johnson, not to mention ranking defense firms and the Bahamas
Parry's pharmaceutical clients have enriched Senator Hatch's campaign coffers, and in
turn Hatch lavishes his attentions on them.
By the time Orrin Hatch was stumping for NutraSweet in the U.S. Senate, the Center
for Disease Control in Atlanta had received 600 letters complaining of
NutraSweet's adverse effects. The National Soft Drink Association (NSDA) had them
Also at the center of the effort to land FDA approval of NutraSweet stood Donald
Rumsfeld - "Rummy" to his friends - chairman of G.D. Searle upon leaving the Ford
administration in 1977.
Rumsfeld, the product of a wealthy Chicago suburb, was a Princeton graduate and a
Navy pilot during the Korean conflict. He entered politics as a Congressional House
aide attending night classes at Georgetown University Law School, which is closely
aligned with the CIA.
Rumsfeld campaigned ambitiously for Richard Nixon, who drafted him to direct the
Office of Equal Opportunity on May 26,1969. He quickly established an office to spy on
his employees in a holy crusade to flush out "revolutionaries" said to be granting federal
funds to politically subversive organizations-a throwback to McCarthy's tantrums.
Rumsfeld also figured in Nixon's notorious Power Control Group, spearheaded by
Charles Colson and John Ehrlichman.
Gerald Ford named Rumsfeld executive chief of staff upon the resignation of Al Haig.
In 1986 he was named chairman of the Institute for Contemporary Studies, a
neoconservative "think tank" (read: propaganda mill) established in 1972 by Edwin
Meese and Caspar Weinberger.
ICS has sponsored such opinion-shaping projects as a study of expansions in
"entitlement programs" and their erosive effects on the economy, and a book on the
uses of coercion by Communist regimes.
Rumsfeld, at 43, became the county's youngest secretary of defense.
For many years he has been a vocal proponent of chemical weapons. He is
chairman of the Rand Corp.
In 1988, he dropped a presidential bid, and was named a v.p. of Westmark Systems,
led by past NSA Director Bobby Ray Inman.
Rumsfeld was one of Westmark's founding directors, sharing the board with Joseph
Amato, a former vice president at TRW (and a colleague of Inman's at the National
Security Agency), and Dale Frey, chairman of the General Electric Investment Corp.
Rumsfeld, a veteran political operative, was an adept at the vulgar art of public
relations. He was recruited by G.D. Searle because he had "a Boy Scout image,"
according to one company official.
A house politician was precisely what Searle needed to compensate for the damage
done by independent researchers concerned about the toxic effects of aspartame. In
March 1976, an FDA task force brought into question all of the company's testing
procedures between 1967 and 1975.
The task force described "serious deficiencies in Searle's operations and practices
which undermine the basis for reliance on Searle's integrity."
The final report of the FDA task force noted faulty and fraudulent product testing,
knowingly misrepresented findings, and instances of "irrelevant or unproductive
animal research where experiments have been poorly conceived, carelessly
executed or inaccurately analyzed."
For more, GO TO > > > The NutraSweet Syndrome; Rand Corporation
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The following is a Radio Interview between James Norman, formerly Senior Editor of
Forbes Magazine and now with Media Bypass Magazine and Jim Quinn, DJ of WRRK
96.9 FM in Pittsburgh.
In this interview from December 7th, 1995, they discuss issues of national importance
and STUNNING IMPACT.
Essentially they give out the reason for Vincent Foster's Death, and the fact that the
"resignations" of the Congresspersons are NOT for policy reasons but because they
have been caught with millions in corrupt funds in Swiss Banks.
Read this to learn what the "mainstream media" doesn't ever tell you...
Quinn's Interview with Jim Norman
QUINN: Jim Norman, former Senior Editor at Forbes Magazine, and currently writing for
Media Bypass Magazine after having uncovered Caspar Weinberger's Swiss bank
account (we do get punished for some of the truths we uncover, do we not?). Jim is on
the phone with us this morning. Good Morning, Jim.
NORMAN: Hi, how are you?
QUINN: Pretty good. I want to give people a chance to get an idea of what it is we are
going to launch into after 8 o'clock, and I want to give some background into this. Is it
fair to say that since Iran-Contra that the government has sort of been involved in the
NORMAN: Yes, it goes way back before then, actually. It goes back even to the
Vietnam War days -- remember the Golden Triangle, Laos, Cambodia and all that,
Pakistan and Afghanistan, but it was always on a much smaller scale. What
apparently happened was that in the 80s we got into it in a big way, basically
nationalizing the wholesale importation of drugs from Central and South America. The
idea was that we control it somehow that way; instead, it has just become the tail
wagging the dog, I think.
QUINN: It's become the funding source for just about anything that the government
covertly wants to do, and for the moneys that various elements of the government don't
want to ask the Congress for, nor do they want Congress to know about.
NORMAN: Right. And it's an arms business, too. They are kind of all tied up together.
QUINN: So it's arms and drugs?
QUINN: Kenneth Starr is currently our Whitewater prosecutor, and I have long said on
this show that I find Ken Starr interesting but also troubling in that there are many
elements to the Whitewater scandal. Part of the laments have to do with banking and
have to do with Madison Savings and Loan, check kiting, stuff that went on with the
Arkansas Development Financial Authority, but basically there are really two
elements -- there is Whitewater and then there is all the stuff with Mena Airport,
Iran-Contra, drugs into the country, various unexplained deaths, one of them
Vince Foster, the possibility of espionage on the part of the first lady, and all of
this lies behind a brick wall that Mr. Starr has been positioned upon to make sure
that they get Clinton but that the fire doesn't burn past that wall; because on the
other side of that wall are Republicans and Democrats. Am I right?
NORMAN: That's right. He is not looking at Mena; he doesn't have the authority to from
Janet Reno. He does have authority to look at the Vince Foster death, but I think only
inasmuch as it relates to the Whitewater situation. The whole thing is hemmed in and
beyond that is this whole national security blanket that has been thrown over big parts
of this thing that you couldn't touch if you wanted to.
QUINN: It's interesting, I find, that Dr. Henry Lee, who was part of the defense team for
the Simpson trial, has ended up working on the Vince Foster affair. The word that I get
is that he is going to say it was indeed a suicide. You have to remember something
about Dr. Henry Lee -- he was, oddly enough, the guy that was called in to do some
work on the Danny Casolaro death down in Martinsburg, way back in the early nineties.
Was it 1991?
NORMAN: I think it was 1991.
QUINN: This was that reporter that you may have heard about that was found dead in a
motel room, supposedly from a self-inflicted wound, even though the papers (a year's
worth of investigative reporting) were all missing. He was working on the story that he
called the "octopus" and basically it's the same story that you are working on, isn't it?
NORMAN: Yes, I know I'm talking to a lot of the same sources. Danny supposedly
slashed his wrists twelve times, sometimes deep enough to cut the tendon.
QUINN: Yeah, right. And his files were all missing. Sure, there's a suicide. Right. And
they embalmed his body before they even had a chance to inform his parents that he
was dead. So it's another "Arkanside."
NORMAN: George Williamson, who is an investigative reporter out of San Francisco,
has been working on that. He has come up with all kinds of stuff -- other witnesses that
have disappeared, people in the hotel who just aren't there anymore -- disappeared
QUINN: It's interesting. There are a lot of people who are witnesses to various deaths
involved with this Arkansas crowd, Danny Casolaro for one. Also, the two young boys
on the railroad tracks down in Arkansas who stumbled on the drug operation. A lot of
the witnesses around that have met violent and untimely deaths as well. So here are a
great deal of ugly people involved in this. We are going to get down to what it all means
in terms of government corruption and scandal of immense proportions that touch both
parties. This is really nonpartisan. The fact that I don't happen to like "President
Pantload" doesn't have a whole lot to do with this; he was just sort of a guy who
happened to be there with his hand out at the time. It all goes back to the late 70's, right
NORMAN: Yeah, and even before that. Let's start with the early 80s when Bill Casey
came into office in the CIA under Ronald Reagan. That's when our government
decided to embark on this amazing and extremely unbelievably successful effort to spy
on the world's banks. We did it! We have been spying on world banking transactions for
more than a dozen years. The way we do it is by basically forcing foreign banks,
wittingly or unwittingly, to buy bugged software and bugged computers that let our NSA
(National Security Agency) which is the intelligence arm of the government, to basically
surveil wire transfers all over the globe.
QUINN: Let me ask you this. How do you sucker the rest of the banking community
around the globe into buying the software that you are selling?
NORMAN: First of all you sell to front companies like this company Systematics in
Arkansas, now called Alltel Information Services. They had another company called
Boston Systematics, an affiliate based in Israel mainly. There is Robert Maxwell, the
UK publisher, who is fronting this stuff. There are a whole bunch of people fronting this.
QUINN: Wait a minute, Robert Maxwell -- isn't he dead?
NORMAN: Yeah, he is now.
QUINN: Didn't he have an unfortunate accident?
NORMAN: Fell off his yacht in the Atlantic Ocean somewhere.
QUINN: Why, isn't that amazing!
NORMAN: The tinkering of it was mainly putting back doors, just a few lines of code,
that would allow somebody to dial into a computer without leaving any footprints, any
audit trail that you were in there. Then you could go around and look around in files or
you could collect information from a system without the user even knowing it
QUINN: Now this software, which was originally called Promis, was stolen from a
company called Inslaw by the Justice Department. It ended up somewhere, probably at
E-Systems or somewhere, and it was converted into banking software. It Started out as
software designed to track prosecutorial cases around the country. My question is --
why didn't Ed Meese just pay the damn bill, and none of this would ever have come to
light! Danny Casolaro was chasing the stolen software when he stumbled on what it
was being used for.
NORMAN: Well, the trouble with it was that they bought it for use in the Justice
Department, but they were going to use it all over the place. If they were paying
royalties on it, Inslaw would know just how extensive the use was of the software, and
they didn't want people to know how extensively it was going to be used.
QUINN: I see...
NORMAN: Plus, a lot of the profits from the resale of this went back into private profits.
It was customized and resold to the intelligence community. It became sort of a basic
platform database tracking system for most of our intelligence agencies and many of
those abroad. The idea was "Well, we can all talk to each other now." In fact what it has
allowed us to do is basically rifle through other people's data files abroad too, because
the stuff was apparently being sold to foreign intelligence agencies and it was also
bugged. We have other ways of basically surveilling and downloading foreign electronic
databases. The whole computer world is much more porous and transparent than
anybody wants you to believe.
QUINN: There is a bank here that I know that uses this software right here in this town,
and I'm sure that there is probably more than one. Everybody's got it.
NORMAN: In some form or another. It goes under different names now. It's been
modified many times. I think when Inslaw had it, it was a half million lines of code. I'm
told now it's a couple of million lines anyway. It's gone through many, many
modifications over the years.
QUINN: This company, Systematics, which is I believe still 8% owned by Jackson
Stevens at Stevens Inc., who, by the way, is one of the backers of Bob Dole -- how
troubling is that?
NORMAN: He is the co-chairman of Dole's finance committee.
QUINN: That's right! Bob's in town -- Hi Bob -- You'd better explain this. You'd better
explain Mena, too, Bob, or it's going to follow you to the White House. Systematics, I
understand, had an attorney who was kind of off the record doing work for them, named
Vince Foster. Is that true?
NORMAN: Yep, that's true. We've heard that from many, many sources now. In fact,
Jim Leach's committee has established that pretty well with some of the investigation
that they have done. Foster was a trusted deal guy for Stevens at the law firm. Although
Foster never shows up officially as an attorney of record for Systematics, he was
definitely in the loop, basically smoothing out things between Systematics and the NSA,
which was the main government agency that was contracting for a lot of this stuff.
QUINN: So this is how Foster got involved in intelligence, right.
NORMAN: Yes, because there is heavy duty code and computer technology stuff
involved here. Apparently, some time in the early 80s he developed this relationship
with the State of Israel. In fact, some of the same handlers I am told were involved in
the Jonathan Pollard case. They basically nurtured him and groomed him for many
years and then bingo, they hit the jackpot -- he ended up in the White House.
Apparently he convinced Hillary to help him out on some stuff.
QUINN: So... what is Foster involved in? It's the mid 80s...
NORMAN: Mid 80s. Foster is at the Rose Law Firm. Think of him as a high-level
marketing guy between Systematics and the NSA.
NSA -- they have all these spooky contracts that they are trying to find contractors for.
Foster would have been sort of a go-between there. Plus Hillary was actually an
attorney of record for Systematics back in 1978 when Stevens tried to take over the
Financial General Bank shares in Washington. Those bank holding companies later
became First American - Clark Clifford, Robert Altman, all that crowd.
QUINN: Yeah, the BCCI thing.
NORMAN: Stevens was fronting for the BCCI crowd and trying to take over this
Washington Bank Holding Co. The SEC blocked him at the time, partly because one
of the things he was insisting on was that this company Systematics, which at that time
was a tiny little thing in Arkansas, he was insisting that they be brought in to do all of the
data processing for this multistate bank holding company in Washington. Hillary
represented Systematics in that. Now the thing about Systematics at the time -- it was
before they even got involved with the bank spying stuff. Abroad for many years, they
had been what amounted to a laundromat for covert funds for the CIA and the
intelligence community, quite legally, probably. It was done for the national interest.
Somebody had to move this money around and Systematics was in a perfect place to
do it because they owned the computers and a whole bunch of small banks. They could
move this money around electronically without the bankers even knowing about it
necessarily, and it wouldn't go through the normal clearing houses. The regulators
wouldn't see it. It would just crop up wherever the CIA needed it in whatever bogus front
company account, and it was all just bits and bytes; it was a cyberbank -- it still is.
QUINN: I'm here with Jim Norman, former Senior Editor at Forbes Magazine. You
know, it's interesting, here is a guy who was with Forbes Magazine, a respected senior
editor who figured probably this would be his life's work. All of a sudden, he finds
himself a defrocked commando journalist working for Media Bypass Magazine out of
what? Evanston, Illinois, or somewhere in Indiana?
QUINN: Yeah, that's right. Now, I've got a question. Before we get into Vince Foster in
the mid 80s and Hillary Clinton's role in this, how did you get onto this whole scandal?
Where did you walk through the door on this?
NORMAN: I came in the back door completely. Look, I had no ax to grind here against
Bill Clinton or the Administration. I hated covering politics. I thought it was all baloney.
I'm just a business writer, and I never wanted to get enmeshed in this whole
Whitewater/Vince Foster thing, but it started -- for a couple of years I had been
following this oil company bankruptcy up in Stamford, Connecticut, because I had
covered oil. This thing never made sense to me. There is no reason why this company
went bust and, in fact, when I actually got into it and started redoing the oil trading
transactions, the reason they lost money: they weren't losing it. They were hiding it.
They were parking it off shore with another company that was financing arms sales to
Iraq, cluster bombs and stuff like that all through the 80s. And, this Chilean arms dealer,
Cardone, who was providing weapons, was also, it turns out, brokering some of the
sales of this stolen software. Okay, that gets me into the software story.
QUINN: So that gets you onto the Promis software, and you and Danny Casolaro are
now on the same road.
NORMAN: Right, and then in the process of that, I started talking to a whole bunch of
rather spooky, strange intelligence community characters, and I was sitting at a guy's
living room down in Kentucky one day. He was sitting there in the middle of the night
blowing smoke rings, and he said, "Yo, by the way, Vince Foster, he was under
investigation." I said, "Under investigation, for what?" And, he said, "Well, it's spelled
'Espionage.'" BOINK!!... and that's how I got on this whole Vince Foster thing.
QUINN: So that's how it happened?
QUINN: Okay, now here it is, the mid 80s. Vince Foster is working for Systematics, and
he is coming into contact with the intelligence community. What is, how did Hillary
Clinton and the Israeli Mossad and all of this come together and what happened?
NORMAN: Well, I think that they had been... look the Israelis were key partners with us
in this bank spying effort. This is a joint allied government effort, and the Israelis were
one of the key front people in this, in selling and supporting this software all over the
world, so that people weren't thinking they were getting the software directly from the
U.S. You know, there was an Israeli front company used to sell this stuff to foreign
QUINN: Well, they sold it to the Moscow bank. I know that.
NORMAN: Well, Systematics did, yeah, and Systematics got involved in supporting this
stuff all over the world, a little company in Arkansas... Go figure. Come on.
QUINN: Yeah, really.
NORMAN: I mean, main software people, they operate in New York and places like that
and not out of Podunk, Arkansas. So, at any rate, the Israelis had ties into this whole
thing all along, and, you know, they are our friends. We do give them a lot of stuff and
share a lot of stuff.
QUINN: Well, the whole idea was to track terrorist money, and the Israelis have a great
interest in that, and rightly so. There is no problem here.
NORMAN: The name of this problem was "follow the money for terrorist reasons," but
once you set that up, you can do all kinds of stuff with it. I mean, we were spying on
everybody's money. I think that's probably how we helped bust the Soviet Union. We
found out just how deep their pockets were, where their money was, who we could
bribe. You know, acting as a financial destruction of their society more than anything.
QUINN: So, how does Foster get involved in espionage?
NORMAN: Well, I think it was money. Money, money, money. And, especially you
know with this whole political thing, it takes so much money to run for office. I mean, my
theory is that the actual spending is probably twice of what anybody declares when you
add up all of the soft dollars and everything. I think there is a tremendous need for
money there, and they just weren't real cautious about where it was coming from.
I think this thing about selling state secrets to the Israeli's and other countries
was just a business. It was just for money. I don't think there was any ideology
involved here at all, and it was one of many businesses. There is also insider
trading going on here. There was the kickback on drugs and arms stuff and so
the money has to go... you have to hide it some way, so it goes into Swiss bank
And Foster would have known that, yeah, we're tracking this money off shore, but there
is such a blizzard of information that unless somebody knows exactly what they are
looking for they would never find anything. They thought they could cover this up pretty
well so Foster had... actually he had several accounts, and there was one in particular
in this bank, bank at Villa Switsaria Italiano in Chaso on the Italian border. It is a little
kind of a Mafia kind of community there reputed, and so he was taking the money in
there for the payments from the Swiss. He was going to Geneva every six or eight
months, and his curious one-day trips -I don't think it was for sightseeing.
QUINN: No. I'm sure he wasn't doing any real estate work for Arkansas.
NORMAN: No. The whole thing about money laundering is... you know the money
would go into a Swiss bank. Somebody would have to go physically and take it out and
take it to a friendly bonded dealer or something like that, buy bearer bonds or other
kinds of bonds or something that you could pledge as collateral for loans back in the
states and turn it back into cash again legitimately, and so that is how money
laundering works. Vince, in effect, was a bag man here because when they go to the
White House all of a sudden they hit the jackpot. There was so much more goodies
there, and, in fact, Deborah Goram, Foster's executive assistant, testified under oath
that Foster had given her two, inch-thick ring binders from the National Security
Agency to put in Bernie Nussbaum's safe in the White House.
What were these binders? Well, I have talked to brokering experts on this stuff, and
they say, "Look, when you are talking NSA binders in the White House, you are
talking mainly one thing, and these are the codes and protocols by which the
President authenticates himself when he has to call up the Pentagon to say 'let's
go nuke somebody'."
Now, what was Foster doing with these things? He had no business with them. He
would have had no access to them. It would have to come from somebody with access
to the Oval Office or the Presidential living quarters.
QUINN: And, who would that be?
NORMAN: Well, I think we know who we are talking about here.
QUINN: We're talking about Hillary Clinton, aren't we?
NORMAN: That's right. She has been under investigation in this whole thing, too, but I
think that they had a strong case against Vince and not such a strong case against
Hillary. But, you see what happened was, and this is another whole part of the story as
to how they got onto Foster. Basically, there was a team of computer hackers and
computer intelligence guys in the CIA who were going through most databases. They
found names there that they identified as being Foster and Hillary.
They put them under surveillance actually before they went to the White House. I think
it was between the election and the time that they went to the White House, and that's
when the alarm bells went off. They had been surveilling these accounts for a while,
and when Foster on July 1, 1993, bought a ticket to Geneva, a round-trip one-day ticket
to Geneva, these guys said, "Oops, he's going to take the money. We're going to beat
him to it." And, they went in. They hacked their way into the bank and obtained the
necessary authorization codes on this coded account for which no signature is required
to withdraw money, by the way.
NORMAN: They were able to effect their own technically legitimate wire transfer of this
money back to the U.S. Treasury, where it sits in a holding account escrowed for use by
QUINN: So, the CIA empties Vince Foster's Swiss bank account of its ill-gotten money.
NORMAN: Yeah, actually it wasn't the CIA. It was this sort of renegade vigilante group
of guys they called the Fifth Column that has been out doing this stuff. They don't take
any of the money for themselves. The money goes to the...
QUINN: They just do it for fun?
NORMAN: The CIA only gets the money. It is escrowed for use by the CIA but only
when the CIA gets rid of a bunch of its bad apples there who've got dirty hands from
drug kickbacks, arms.
QUINN: Let's pick this story up. There was a meeting just before Vince Foster died on
the eastern shore of Maryland in which Webster Hubbell, Vince Foster, and some
others were present. Okay, this was just before Foster died. Pick up the story here.
NORMAN: All right. Well, we mentioned July 1, 1993. Foster buys this round-trip ticket
to Switzerland. They raid his account. They take out $2.73 million. Foster apparently
calls up the bank to let them know he was coming. They say, "Oh, Vince don't you know
you took the money out already?" Boing... that's when he found out he was under
investigation. That's when he got so mysteriously depressed. It had nothing to do with
editorials in the Wall Street Journal. He had his bank account raided big time, and he
knew he was under surveillance, or he knew he was under investigation. And, that
started this curious chain of events. Webster Hubbell testified that not so much Vince
was depressed, but he was worried. He was afraid to use the White House telephones.
The guy had heart palpitations. He couldn't sleep at night. His doctor gave him a
prescription for sleeping pills. His sister tried to get him to talk to some psychiatrist. He
never got in touch with them. Instead, he hired a high-powered lawyer in Washington,
Jim Hamilton, this big deal white-collar crime fix-it guy who handles people who get
hauled up for Congressional hearings. And, then there is this curious meeting the
weekend before Foster died. He and his wife, Lisa, go down to the eastern shore of
Maryland for a getaway weekend, and then, by coincidence, they meet Hubbell and his
wife down there. Hubbell, also from the Rose Law Firm, at the time the country's
de-facto top law enforcement law officer because Janet Reno in effect was taking her
orders from Hubbell. They go over to the estate of Michael Cardoza, who is the
son-in-law of Nathan Landau, a big deal Democratic fund-raiser, and Cardoza is also
the head of Clinton's legal defense fund. Supposedly, this was all poolside chit chat.
Baloney, it was damage control. They were trying to figure out how to contain this
scandal from spreading to other people in the White House, and they were trying to
lean on Vince to get him to, you know, cop a plea, go quietly, or shut up and don't talk
about it. And, in fact, what my sources have told me is that there was actually a huge
payment made to an account held by Lisa Foster, with more than $286,000, on the
Friday before that meeting.
QUINN: Wait a minute, on the Friday before that meeting, Lisa Foster's bank account
gets a deposit of $286 million?
NORMAN: $286,000, yeah.
QUINN: I'm sorry, yeah, $286,000. Okay, so does she take it out?
NORMAN: Well, I don't know what ever happened to that money. It is hard to tell where
it came from even. It is all very mysterious to me, but it sure smells like hush money to
me. It's like, "Look Vince, don't worry, we'll take care of your money."
QUINN: You don't know if she wrote a check on it?
NORMAN: Well, I'm told that it came through the hands somehow of Sheila Anthony,
who was Foster's sister, and at the time she was a "congressional liaison" person at the
Justice Department, whatever a congressional liaison is.
QUINN: So she takes the money to Foster, and Foster turns it down?
NORMAN: Well, no... I think he probably accepted it, or it went there. But, apparently,
he was having second thoughts, I think. You know, on the Monday after they came
back from this meeting, the records showed, the public records showed, that he has a
parade of people coming by his office in the White House saying, "Hey, how'd your
weekend go, Vince? You cool with this? I mean, you on board with all of this?
Everything okay?" you know. Then,...
QUINN: A lot of very nervous people in the White House.
NORMAN: That's right. Then, the day he died he had like a two-hour meeting with
another person from the Arkansas contingent there. I think the problem was that they
were afraid that Vince was going to talk or that he was going to crack under
questioning, and here's a guy who was now, at this point, under intense surveillance. I
mean, he had not only CIA counter intelligence people, but you had NSA. You had FBI
surveilling him. There was a four-person IRS team we know was assigned to tail this
guy, probably in connection with the money laundering aspect of the Swiss bank
QUINN: God, this thing's got everything but floats in the... I mean all they need is
Goofy, a big balloon with ropes on it following this guy around.
NORMAN: You almost did. I mean, you had the Secret Service with a bomb-sniffing
dog squad out there checking his car in the parking lot. The video tapes of that, gone.
The video tapes of the room where they are stored, gone. I mean, this whole thing is
massively covered up, and I guess it is for national security reasons.
QUINN: Well now, I understand that Foster had a meeting scheduled with Bill Clinton.
I believe it was on a Wednesday.
QUINN: And, it was the Tuesday he was killed.
NORMAN: Right. Exactly. The question is well, gee, was he going to drop something in
the President's lap and blow the plausible deniability that he might have on this stuff.
QUINN: Well, this Foster suicide thing is so sloppy. It leads me to believe that on
Tuesday they thought he would take the money and shut up, and he didn't take it so
they had to do something real quick.
NORMAN: Well, that could be it or that even if he wanted to shut up maybe they were
afraid he would crack under interrogation or something. You know, it is just somebody
wanted him real dead, and there is a bunch of people who had ample reason for it. This
was not suicide. It was not over depression. This was a political assassination carried
out on U.S. soil by a foreign government.
The Israelis were involved in this. There was apparently a three-person
Mossad-contracted team that went into the apartment that Foster had gone to that
afternoon where he was apparently lured by a female person from the White House
staff who I think still works in the White House.
QUINN: Now, who would that be?
NORMAN: Well, I...
QUINN: Because, he had sex with her?
NORMAN: That's the impression, yeah.
QUINN: I mean, there was semen on his shorts. There was brownish-blonde hair on his
clothing and rug fibers all over him which may or may not have had to do with having
sex on the floor. It might have been...
NORMAN: No, I think that was because he was rolled up in a rug afterwards and taken
over to Fort Marcy Park. Now, the question is, were elements of our intelligence
community involved in helping to dispose of the body and cover it up some way?
QUINN: Who is the woman in the White House?
NORMAN: I can't say.
QUINN: Patsy Thomason?
NORMAN: No. I don't want to say. I suspect...
QUINN: Dee Dee. Well, she's not there anymore.
NORMAN: That name is known. I mean, she has been identified on these tapes
QUINN: I think Dee Dee and Bill are doing it, but that's just me. Anyway, let's get back
to the story here. Okay, so I understand at least you are claiming that there is a
videotape of Foster's murder?
NORMAN: Well, of the people entering and leaving this apartment a few blocks from
the White House where it apparently occurred.
QUINN: Has anybody located this apartment? Do you know where it is?
NORMAN: I don't know exactly where it is myself. I am told it is actually within a few
blocks of the White House.
QUINN: Okay, so they lure him here, and they pop him, and there is a videotape of it or
there is a videotape of the people going in and out. Then, they go to Fort Marcy Park,
and they dump him.
QUINN: Okay, and we've got a witness now that says they saw the two guys that fit the
same description that Patrick Knowlton, the other witness, to Foster's car. He describes
the one guy that threatens him. One of those people is one of the two that supposedly
was walking Foster, who looked drunk to this guy, into the park, but he says that they
laid him out.
NORMAN: Yeah. I don't know too much about all that stuff, but what I know is this, that
Paul Rodriguez is the Editor of Insight Magazine, that came up with this Mr. X source.
When Forbes decided not to run the story for reasons that were kind of mysterious to
me at the time, and while I was still there, they gave me permission to publish it
elsewhere. And, as I approached Insight, because they are kind of a gutsy magazine,
David Rodriguez made a whole bunch of calls around Washington trying to corroborate
this stuff, and I think he was making some headway. Then, he gets this visit in person
from some military intelligence guy from the Pentagon who comes to him and says,
"Paul, lay off this story. You don't know what you're dealing with here."
QUINN: No. I think we do know what we are dealing with here. We're dealing with the
biggest scandal since maybe...
NORMAN: And, you've got Israeli relations at stake here. You know, the intelligence
community has a lot of joint ventures with the Israelis. They don't want to "queer" those
things. I mean, we do business with those people a lot, and you know a lot of it is
probably quite necessary, but you know there is a scandal here that dwarfs the
Jonathan Pollard case by orders of magnitude really.
QUINN: I want to discuss a couple of things with you. First of all, now it would appear
that a bunch of Republicans picking Kenneth Starr to put him in charge of this
investigation of Vince Foster and the Whitewater problem in Washington, D.C. On
the surface, it looked like they were going for the jugular, but see, Mr. Starr has some
background that leads back to the Inslaw case we discussed earlier in the show
about the Promis software and stuff. He excused himself from that litigation.
NORMAN: And, the reason was because he was the inside counsel for William French
Smith at the Justice Department in 1982 at the time that the Inslaw software was
expropriated by the government...
QUINN: Okay. So he really is not in the position to be the pit bull to expose this. He is in
a better position to get Clinton on whatever Republicans need to get him on and make
sure that Republicans don't get burned here.
NORMAN: I think that's it. Yeah.
QUINN: Okay, now. Given that that's the case and given that the Washington
inside-the-beltway crowd on both sides of the aisle are trying to make sure that the fix is
in on this, how do you think or what leads you to believe that this is going to come out,
and through what channels?
NORMAN: Well, again, it goes back to resources of mine. Basically, there are a few
good guys in the intelligence community, particularly this handful of people in the
so-called Fifth Column, who are so incensed about this bipartisan coverup, the
government's inability and unwillingness to deal with the high level corruption here,
they've just decided to take things into their own hands. They never had government
authorization to go raid the foreign bank accounts, but....
QUINN: How many accounts are there? How many people in the government right
now have Swiss bank accounts filled with money from BCCI, drug laundering,
defense kickbacks, arms trades, I mean all of this nonsense?
NORMAN: Not as many as two years ago. These guys have been out raiding these
accounts. They've pulled back $2.5 billion, more than $2.5 billion with a "B" dollars
from 300, 400, 500 of these accounts. There is probably 3,000 coded Swiss and other
foreign bank accounts that they have been rifling through the computers on.
QUINN: How can there be this many of them and it doesn't come out?
NORMAN: It is because it is endemic corruption. The government is corrupt. Why
should we give the President of South Korea $600 million? ... country more powerful,
more worth corrupting, more venal and with weaker controls for policing this stuff.
QUINN: Well, because we don't believe it can happen here.
NORMAN: That's right. We're Americans. Well, this is greed and money. But, there
QUINN: Well, it's murder too.
NORMAN: That's right, and there have been hundreds of these accounts already
raided, and nobody, NOBODY has been able to stand up and say, "I was robbed."
Why? Because, the money came from exactly what you said -- kickbacks on drugs,
kickbacks on arms, insider trading, and they never paid any taxes on this stuff.
They've never disclosed it, and the minimum sentence for willful tax evasion is ten
years, that's the minimum. So, what you have going on right now in Congress is
basically, there is an Angel of Death. Actually, there are two I'm told. There is one on
the Democratic side and one on the Republican side.
QUINN: Now, do they make their rounds together?
NORMAN: No. It's separately. What I'm told is that the people in Congress with these
Swiss bank accounts, who have had these accounts, if they haven't already left, if they
haven't had the good sense to already get their butts out of there, they have been
delivered, hand delivered a brown paper envelope with transaction records of their
Swiss bank accounts, and within a day or so they get a visit from this Angel of Death
who says it's time for you to go, time to do some career planning, you're out of here, we
don't want you in the government when the stuff hits the fan here, as it's gonna do in
the spring apparently. The records are going to start coming out. It's going to be
obvious. These vigilantes are just going to take this situation into their own hands and
release this stuff, I'm convinced.
QUINN: These people are real patriots. They could end up dead doing this.
NORMAN: Some of them may already have. I think... but they've planned this quite
well. I think they've got it down now. They know that if anything happens to them, that
the stuff would just come out in a gush, so it would be counterproductive for....
QUINN: Yeah, but I mean is it going to come out in the mainstream media. You've got
the Mena story being spiked a year ago by Katherine Graham at the Washington Post,
and I've uncov... you, what I stumbled on a memo from Paul Keiser yesterday from the
editor at the Washington Post who writes me in this memo a flat out blatant lie. He says
that the authors of the Mena story, that was supposed to run January 26, 1995, in the
Washington Post Outlook Section, had withdrawn the article before the Washington
Post had decided to run it, and that's just a flat out lie.
NORMAN: Well, it's technically probably true. But, what they've done, they've left those
people dangling by a thread for like 6-8 months. I don't blame them for taking the story
elsewhere as the....
QUINN: Yeah, but no, but Jim they didn't. The type galleys had been laid, and the
artwork had been done. It was supposed... they didn't pull it until the Thursday before
the Sunday it was supposed to run.
NORMAN: Right. Well, technically the Post can say, "Oh, we never quieted you..."
That's what they told me at Forbes, too, about my story. Finally, I never got a good
reason why my story didn't run at Forbes. Ultimately, they said, "Oh, we didn't trust your
sources." But, actually what my immediate supervisor said, "We can't say this about
Systematics," which was a big advertiser at Forbes, and we can't say this about the
QUINN: Yeah, right.
NORMAN: That's why it didn't run in Forbes.
QUINN: Well, there's actually no proof that Systematics has deliberately delivered
stolen software. I mean, they may not even know that the software was stolen, and it
may be another version of it.
NORMAN: Systematics is under heavy duty investigation, though, right now for money
laundering, because once you set up a system for laundering covert funds for the
government, who knows what else you can piggyback on top of that. The suspicion is
that this was the quid pro quo here in return for laundering, supposedly, call it
legitimate funds that the intelligence community can piggyback other stuff to.
QUINN: Let's get back to the Angel of Death here and the resignations in Congress,
which have been pretty much attributed by guys like Rush Limbaugh to the fact that
Democrats just don't like being in the minority anymore, and they don't have the guts or
stamina to stick it out the way the Republicans did for 40 years. And, some of that may
be true, but how many of these people who have said that they are pulling their hats out
of the ring... And, now we have two Republicans... How many of these people have
been visited by this so-called Angel of Death? All of them?
NORMAN: Well, the figures I've heard is that I think there's like 25 or 26 so far since the
last election who have decided they are not going to run again or had actually resigned
and out of there, like NORMAN MINETA from Los Angeles. Of those, I'm told about
21 or 22 so far can be directly attributed to Swiss bank account problems. There
is probably another dozen or so that are going to go that way. Again, there is an
argument that, "Oh, we just can't stand the nasty politics in Washington anymore."
Come on, give me a break.
QUINN: Well, I like Patsy Schroeder. She wanted us to believe that now that the
Democratic party is in such good shape she can leave it and it doesn't... did you see
QUINN: That was great. Oh yeah, now that....
NORMAN: Patsy Schroeder, somebody noted on the Internet that at the news
conference where she was announcing she wasn't going to run, there had already been
re-elect Schroeder bumper stickers printed up. I mean, she... take this guy Ron
Coleman from Texas, a Congressman down there. He made his announcement at his
supposed re-election campaign kickoff party.
QUINN: You're kidding? This is right out of a... this is a movie.
NORMAN: That's right. Listen, these people have been confronted. They've been given
24 hours basically to clean out their desks. That's what it amounts to.
QUINN: So, they're gonna try and get all these people out who have Swiss bank
accounts before it hits the fan. Now, when do you suppose that this is going to happen?
Can you give us a timetable?
NORMAN: Well, that's happening in tiers. I mean, we've already seen a bunch of
departures. I think that the early spring is the timetable. You know, Wall Street is going
to get hit with this stuff too. Now, every year in the spring, soon after the first of the
year, after these guys collect their year-end bonuses, you have a big exodus. But, I'm
told Wall Street is going to get hit with this big time this year because those guys were
in it too. You gotta remember, there was so much money sloshing around here...
QUINN: Yeah, really.
NORMAN: ... from arms deals. You could not launder all of that money without the
knowing, willing cooperation and participation of major banks, major brokerage
QUINN: Goldman Sachs possibly?
NORMAN: Oh yeah. Look, Goldman...
QUINN: I always found it strange that Robert Rubin showed up when he did.
NORMAN: This Goldman, they were the chief investment bankers to Robert
Maxwell in the U.K., helped Maxwell loot a half a billion dollars out of his pension
funds, and it now costs a huge amount of money for a settlement there.
QUINN: It sounds like somebody's calling you.
NORMAN: They still have the bond for ADFA, the Arkansas Development...
QUINN: Whoa, hold on a second. What's that?
NORMAN: That's another one of these...
QUINN: Well no, I know what it is. You're telling me that Goldman Sachs was holding
the bonds for the Arkansas Development?
NORMAN: No, they were the underwriter on a bunch of these $8 billion or so of bonds
that ADFA marketed to who knows whom..
QUINN: Oh man. You know, I have transactions on my desk at home, $80 million of
money transfers to the Fuji Bank in the Cayman Islands from ADFA, the Arkansas
Development Financial Authority, who I believe never had more than $8 million to
begin with. I mean, where did they get $80 million, and what's it going to the Fuji Bank
for? The interest rate? Come on, the Switzerland of the Caribbean. Jim, I gotta let you
go. I gotta wrap this up here, but I want to thank you for joining us this morning.
NORMAN: It's a pleasure. I'll keep you posted as more develops. There's going to be
more coming down the pike here soon.
QUINN: Well, I'll tell you what. I'm gonna call you later on today. I'll give you my home
number. Let's stay in touch because if what you say is true and if there are truly some
patriots in the intelligence community who are finally going to blow the whistle on this.
By the way, all of these resignations and the Angel of Death and all of this, I think is
evidence that these people know that this is inevitable that this is going to come out.
NORMAN: It's like AIDS. I think there are a bunch of people back before the last
election who realized they, in fact, have slept with the wrong woman or person, and
they did not run again, but there has been denial, denial, denial by a bunch of these
people. Finally, I think it's like the Angel of Death is finally coming around saying, "You
gotta go. Bye. You're outta here."
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If you are a talk show host and want to contact either one of these guys for an interview
you can reach James Norman at MEDIA BYPASS MAGAZINE, 1-800-4-BYPASS
Jim Quinn can be contacted at WRRK, 7 Parkway Center, Suite 780, Pittsburgh, PA
15220, Fax Number 412-928-9290, Internet address is firstname.lastname@example.org homepage at
http://www.warroom.com or Compuserve 72662,3507.
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THE REPUTED COCAINE BANK MONEY LAUNDRY
WIZARD FOR GEORGE BUSH FAMILY ARRESTED IN
by Sherman H. Skolnick
The reputed cocaine bank money laundry wizard for former President
George Herbert Walker Bush and two of his sons has been arrested in
The matter is tied as well reportedly to corrupt top IRS Officials, Chicago Region
Office, fingered by our work.
Giorgio Pelossi, a prominent Swiss accountant, was arrested January 20, 2000, at
O'Hare International Airport, after officials of the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization
Service, INS, found he was wanted on an international arrest warrant issued in Milan,
Italy, about a year previous.
Pelossi, 61, was somehow actually traveling under his own name. His name showed
up on a passenger manifest in a routine check provided to officials of the INS. [Savvy
sources, however, dispute that it was so "routine" but was rather a follow up of matters
outlined in our TV documentary, 11/29/99.]
In his appearance before a Federal Magistrate in Chicago, Pelossi agreed not to
oppose being sent back to Italy by extradition. Pelossi signed papers in Chicago's
Federal District Court waiving his right to a hearing in Chicago.
Pelossi is reportedly the cocaine bank money laundry expert for the former
president and two of his sons, Texas Governor George W. Bush and Florida
Governor Jeb Bush.
Some claim that the matter also reportedly implicates the other son, Neil Bush, who
escaped federal prison through a reputedly corrupt arrangement upon the downfall of
Denver-based Silverado Savings & Loan Association, an apparent CIA proprietary
operation of which Neil Bush was an official. Some contend Silverado, at the hands of
Neil Bush, was likewise a money laundry for illicit funds including reportedly narcotics
For a year or more now, journalists and commentators in Spain have been writing and
talking about the Elder Bush and two of his sons, George W. and Jeb, being reportedly
implicated in billions of dollars of dope money laundered through banks in Spain, Italy,
Mexico, and the United States.
The cocaine banking cartel, for which Pelossi reportedly was the kingpin and brains,
was centered in Milan and Barcelona. According to stories, some date-lined Rome, in
December, 1995, by Reuters, United Press International, and other news and law
enforcement personnel, Italian authorities contended they had proof leading them to
assert that the Archbishop of Barcelona was implicated with the Vatican Bank and
others in a vast money laundry ring reportedly involving, among others:
 FIRST NATIONAL BANK OF CICERO (a Chicago suburb, Al Capone Land, a
long-known mafia enclave). Later it became the flagship of PINNACLE BANC GROUP.
Still later, to confuse matters, the bank was called Old Kent Bank, a unit whose head
office is Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Pinnacle was the successor and alter ego to the mysterious, scandal-wrecked, BANK
OF CREDIT AND COMMERCE INTERNATIONAL, which supposedly (although not
actually) went under in 1991. BCCI was a reputed assassination and espionage funding
apparatus for various intelligence agencies, including the American CIA, the French
CIA, and Israel's The Mossad (The Institute).
Bishop Paul Marcinkus, head of the VATICAN BANK until 1991, was also the
dominant force controlling First National Bank of Cicero. Marcinkus was originally from
Cicero and ran a church there. Marcinkus fled the Vatican, sheltering himself with his
Vatican passport, when Italian authorities sought to grill him and possibly prosecute him
for various criminal offenses he reportedly committed as Vatican Bank chief. He
returned to the U.S. and lives in Sun City, Arizona.
 Roger D'Onofrio, an American CIA official, with dual citizenship, U.S. and Italy,
living near Naples, Italy. Italian authorities, in the wire service and other stories of
December, 1995, described him as the CIA's secret paymaster in Italy, to fund political
assassinations of those not liked by the American CIA, and to pay-off or destroy
opposition parties in the Italian government.
The Pelossi-Marcinkus-D'Onofrio ring reportedly, through Vatican Bank and other
financial institutions, trafficked in smuggled gold, osmium nuclear bomb triggers, high
quality counterfeit foreign currencies, and other illicit goods and services.
With the corrupt connivance of top officials of the INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE,
Chicago Region office, Pelossi reportedly arranged the laundering of billions of dollars
through concealed and dummy accounts, reportedly in the following banks, among
others; and for and on behalf reportedly of George W. Bush, Jeb Bush, and the Elder
Bush, their father:
HARRIS BANK OF CHICAGO, and their Foreign Exchange section, called ForEx, a
unit of BANK OF MONTREAL owned principally by the whiskey-soaked BRONFMAN
FAMILY [SEAGRAMS booze, Cineplex Odeon movie theater chain, as well as
numerous operations of records-entertainment in California].
The former major owner of Harris Bank, now also a major stockholder of Bank of
Montreal, is U.S. Senator Peter Fitzgerald (R.,Ill.).
Harris Bank/Bank of Montreal are interlocked with the worldwide Mexican bank cartel,
Grupo Financiero Bancomer.
In May, 1998, Bancomer pleaded guilty to U.S. federal criminal charges of vast dope
money laundering. They tried to whitewash the matter with an explanation on their
Bancomer has operated in the U.S. through branches in Los Angeles and New York.
Their attempt to open a branch in Chicago was opposed by one or more City of
Chicago Alderman who referred to the Bancomer criminal guilty plea. Yet, the Federal
Reserve apparently is ready to let Bancomer operate throughout the U.S. in various
Bancomer is not only reportedly implicated in the Russian embezzlement caper,
where many billions of dollars disappeared or were laundered; they also are
reportedly implicated in the ring of which Pelossi has been the brains and
kingpin, for the Bush Family and others, Portugal, SPAIN, Italy, and elsewhere,
including MORROCO, and COLUMBIA.
HARRIS BANK also has secret and dummy accounts of reputed terrorist OSAMA
His concealed accounts are reportedly jointly with SHARON PERCY ROCKEFELLER,
top official in Washington, D.C. of PBS, and her family. She is the wife of U.S.
SENATOR JOHN D. ROCKEFELLER 4th (D., West Virginia).
Her family reportedly are in the construction business with bin Laden.
[President Clinton says he cannot "find" reputed terrorist bin Laden's accounts to
freeze them. Really?]
In October, 1998, we confronted top officials of Harris Bank in Chicago with their secret
accounts of the mysterious 50 million dollars of federal agency funds originally parked
with Household Bank which merged with Harris Bank. The funds, belonging to Joseph
Andreuccetti, were secretly transferred without his permission to Little Rock, Arkansas,
to try to cover up the embezzlement of Madison Guaranty S & L, for which Bill and
Hillary Clinton are subject to federal criminal prosecution for stealing bank funds.
REPUBLIC NATIONAL BANK OF NEW YORK: The bank is a reputed money laundry
for smuggled gold as used by the intelligence agencies, such as the American CIA. The
principal owner of the Bank, Edmond J. Safra, was murdered in December, 1999,
supposedly by the acts and doings of his purported male "nurse", an unstable former
member reportedly of the Green Berets, apparently part of one of their "hit" teams.
(As to the murder of Safra, visit our website: http://www.skolnicksreport.com and see
the story, "Murder in the Gold Market" as well as the update.)
The arrest of Giorgio Pelossi is apparently just another event related to our one-hour
public access Cable TV Documentary cablecast within Chicago, to some 400,000
viewers, on November 29, 1999. Our program, called "Broadsides", showed pictures of
an ocean-going boat, renamed "California Rose", a reputed traveling money laundry,
plying between MEXICO, through the Caribbean, including stopping at the Dutch Island
of St.Maartens, a dope laundry haven, and then on to Portugal and SPAIN.
The boat, as we stated, is a reported gambling casino, apparently owned and
operated by current, recently current, and former top U.S. INTERNAL REVENUE
SERVICE officials, Chicago Region office.
For some twenty years, they reportedly operated a dope traffic "immunity" zone in a
western suburb of Chicago, four large buildings called Kingspoint Condominiums.
The buildings, originally owned by Joseph Andreuccetti, were seized by the corrupt IRS
officials, NOT for the public Treasury, BUT FOR THEIR OWN PERSONAL INTEREST.
Andreuccetti was kept in an apparent fraudulent INVOLUNTARY Bankruptcy, for almost
14 years, at the connivance of First National Bank of Cicero and the nephew and
godson of Bishop Paul Marcinkus.
Reportedly participating in all this was Congressman Henry Hyde [R.,Ill.] who lived
(For details, see the three part series "Corrupt IRS Officials Face Exposure in Dope
Bust". Part 3 has pictures of the IRS boat. Visit our website:
Our sending six heavy volumes of corruption documents to the Inspector General of the
U.S. Treasury apparently caused the dope bust situation in January, 2000, as well as
the arrest of Pelossi.
Pelossi is reportedly interwoven with the German political scandal that has tarred
former Chancellor Helmut Kohl and his conservative political party, the Christian
Democratic Union. Pelossi, according to published reports, has provided German
prosecutors with information about alleged pay-offs to German political figures.
[The Chicago Sun-Times on January 27, 2000, had a much-censored, watered down
story about Pelossi leaving out many details that the presslords are well aware are
involved about the Bush family and the corrupt IRS.]
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Since 1958, Mr.Skolnick has been a court reformer. Since 1963, founder/chairman,
Citizen's Committee to Clean Up the Courts, disclosing certain instances of judicial and
other bribery and political murders. Since 1991 a regular panelist, and since 1995,
moderator/producer, of one-hour, weekly public access Cable TV Show, "Broadsides",
Cablecast on Channel 21, 9 p.m. each Monday in Chicago. For a heavy packet of
printed stories, send $5.00 [U.S. funds] and a stamped, self-addressed business sized
envelope [4-1/4 x 9-1/2 #10 size] WITH THREE STAMPS ON IT, to Citizen's Committee
to Clean Up the Courts, Sherman H. Skolnick, Chairman, 9800 South Oglesby Ave.,
Chicago IL 60617-4870. Office, 7 days, 8 a.m. to midnight, (773) 375-5741 [PLEASE,
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George H. W. Bush - The 41st President of the United States of America (1988-1992).
From The Laundrymen:
During George Bush’s presidency, the CIA went into the coke-smuggling
business. Using a cutout in Venezuela, in 1990, the agency adroitly smuggled a
ton of pure cocaine into the United States. The idea was to use it to snare
traffickers. Instead, it wound up being sold on the streets, a fact that came to
light only three years later, thanks to the investigative skill of the CBS television
program “60 Minutes.” . . .
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From COMPROMISED - Clinton, Bush and The CIA:
A Date with Death...
Barry Seal had become the most important informant in the history of the Drug
Enforcement Administration and had tied the Sandinista government together with the
As a result of leaks from Oliver North and the White House, the cartel had put a
$500,000 price on Seal’s head. In addition, Seal had handed the DEA three of the best
drug cases it had ever had, testifying as the government’s chief witness.
The DEA was winning plaudits from the White House over the Sandinista “sting,” but
Seal had been left twisting in the wind. While he was undeniably a major asset for the
DEA ... he was now a major liability for the CIA and George Bush because of the
knowledge he had confided to Terry Reed about Bush’s sons....
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Feb. 19, 1986, turned out to be the last day of Barry Seal’s life. His blood, along
with pieces of flesh and bone, were splattered all over the interior of his car. The
Baton Rouge police report, in cold official language, described what happened to
him that day: “Autopsy determined the cause of Seal’s death to be multiple
gunshot wounds fired by an automatic weapon,” the crime report said. “Three
rounds entered Seal’s upper torso, and four entered the left head. Some fifteen
rounds were recovered at the murder scene.”...
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Since the Air America reunion at Marr’s house two months earlier, the “over-the-hill
gang” was getting their act together.... On Sept 13, 1986, they had managed to put five
planes in the air simultaneously and, on one night alone, 10,000 pounds of supplies
had been dropped deep into Nicaragua into the hands of “freedom fighters” . . .
Bob Dutton, who was reporting to Oliver North from the field, said that more than
180,000 pounds of supplies had been dropped successfully. But in the Reagan
administration’s rush to accomplish the aerial delivery effort, there were lapses in
security that would soon impact on the Reeds and compromise the Enterprise’s
operations. Their lifestyle in Mararitaville would literally come to a crashing halt.
Oct 5, 1986, was a cool night on the north shore of Lake Chapala, and the Reed family
was just preparing for a sweater-weather barbecue when the claxon rang at the
compound’s front gate. It was a strangely sober, and somber, Mitch Marr standing
outside the iron gate. “I guess you heard the news? ... ‘
A confused Terry just stared at him, wondering what on earth was going on.. “What’s
the matter, Mitch?”...
“His name is Hasenfus. He was ‘the kicker’ on the plane— you don’t know, do you? ... I
forgot, you don’t have satellite TV... COOPER’S DEAD! He got shot down.”
After a long pause, Marr sighed and continued. “Some commie shit put a heat-seeker
up his ass and his 123 went down in flames....”
After another pause, Marr turned to a briefing mode.
“But I guess this guy Hasenfus survived the crash, and the commies got him....”
Though Terry didn’t know it at that moment, words like Iran-Contra and Irangate were
being written by newspaper editors everywhere. As Hasenfus was being pulled out of
the jungle on a leash by a Sandinista soldier, political shockwaves were beginning to
reverberate around the world.
Back in the White House, damage control was already under way.
There would be a flurry of questions about why a C-123 military cargo plane registered
to a CIA proprietary in Miami had been shot down that day in Nicaragua with gringos
and guns aboard.
There were, of course, responses from Washington:
President Ronald Reagan said, “There is no connection with that (between the U.S.
and the shootdown) at all. He lied.
Vice President George Bush said, “This man (Hasenfus) is never— is not working for
the United States government. He lied.
Assistant Secretary of State Elliot Abrams said, “Let me repeat flatly that there was
no U.S. government involvement in this . . . direct, indirect, provision of material
financing, whatever you want to call it . . . none.” He lied.
Eugene Hasenfus, the survivor and now a prisoner in Managua, told it somewhat
differently. “I worked for the CIA, who did most of the coordination of these flights.” He
had a rope around his neck. He told the truth.
The covert supply operation had turned overt, and Oliver North was heading for the
shredder. . . .
* * *
From The Conspirators: Secrets of an Iran-Contra Insider, by Al Martin:
INSIDER STOCK SWINDLE FOR “THE CAUSE”
I’d like to interject at this point the infamous case of the Peruvian Gold Certificate
Scam, engineered in 1988 by George Bush, Sr.
George, himself, was involved, and so was his counsel C. Boyden Gray. Helping in this
fraud was George’s personal friend and very loyal Republican scamskateer, then
Nevada Secretary of State, Frankie Sue DelPapa. . . .
This is the famous case of that Peruvian gold certificate which was one of the unusual
gold certificates issued by the Trans-Continental Agreement between the United States
and certain South American countries in 1875, wherein the United States agreed to
support certain South American countries which were then in some financial difficulty,
The United States Treasury issued a limited number of high-value gold certificates
based on its own deposits. Simply put, these were then hypothecated by South
American central banks, which could then be used to borrow bullion against the U.S.
Almost all of these certificates were redeemed in 1913 and 1914. However, one
certificate was left outstanding, which it’s believed was an oversight at the time. These
certificates were compounded in perpetuity, that is, they had no limitation.
The interest was payable in gold ... And the compounding of said gold payment was
accrued at a fixed price of $20 an ounce.
Now what happened, therefore, is that this one remaining certificate consequently
became worth a fortune.
Although it had been technically listed as canceled by the United States Treasury after
the expiration of the redemption period in 1914, George Bush was able to get a waiver
(as he knew he would, given his position) from the U.S. Treasury, indicating that this
was still a valid and negotiable instrument....
This certificate, through a long series of transactions, ultimately winds up in the hands
of a retired Secret Service agent, Mr. Durham, who at one time ... had worked with one
of George Bush’s Secret Service security details.
Through some underhandedness, Bush was able to garner control of this instrument
through essentially out-and-out fraud committed by Frankie Sue DelPapa regarding a
Nevada corporation, which had been formed by Mr. Durham and others to hold this
certificate and the rights thereunto, called the Cosmos Investment Corporation.
DelPapa essentially switched all the officers and principals and directors of the Cosmos
Corporation into another corporation that had been formed by George Bush and some
others known as the Hellenic Investment Holding Group, Limited.
It was absolutely a blatant fruad.
Durham subsequently died. His widow tried to pound the drum on this thing for a
long time, but couldn’t get anywhere with it. Simply put, the mainstream media ...
considered it too old and too conspiratorial to touch.
But I have a lot of the documents. . . .
It’s interesting to note the route that this certificate takes once it gets in the hands of
George Bush. It winds up getting hypothecated at both Sumitomo and Daiwa Banks
in Tokyo. It is re-hypothecated at Jarlska Bank of Copenhagen. Re-hypothecated
again through the Greek National Bank.
Papandreou was still in power. Papandreou and George Bush Sr had been involved
in many marginal business transactions involving the surreptitious hypothecation of gold
bullion at the Bank of Greece through the Union Bank of Switzerland and Credit
Lyonnais in France and Bank Paribas. . . .
You can see through the continuation of this deal a pattern where new fraud has to be
committed to pay back old fraud and so on.
I think what frightened the mainstream media is the incredible sums of money that are
involved. And ultimately, a Peruvian gold certificate turned out to be the seed or
germination of a series of transactions that ultimately forced Daiwa and Sumitomo to
create fictitious trading losses in order to cover losses incurred in a series of
fraudulently obtained, politically related loans....
It was only in recent years, in 1995, that I was again retained by representatives of the
original owner, or his widow, should I say, in an effort to negotiate with Bush....
So I talked to an attorney who had previously represented me in Miami, Neil Lewis, who
is very closely aligned with Republican interests in Miami and is a personal friend of
both Neil and Jeb Bush....
After a few days, Neil Lewis got back to me and said that the Bushes feel that there are
so many layers of protection between them and this transaction that nobody will ever be
able to uncover it and they simply did not wish to deal.
So, that ended that....
For more on Sumitomo, GO TO > > > Dirty Gold in Goldman Sachs; Dirty Money,
Dirty Politics & Bishop Estate
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From latimes.com., May 7, 2000:
PROBLEMS WITH A
Politics: Ex-President Bush's many foreign dealings could
pose conflicts if his son wins White House
By ALAN C. MILLER, JUDY PASTERNAK, Times Staff Writers
WASHINGTON--Since leaving the White House in 1993, George Bush has sought to
maintain his ideal of a dignified retirement from the nation's highest office. He has
turned down offers to sit on corporate boards, steered clear of political wrangling and
largely stayed out of the public eye.
But Bush sometimes cuts a different figure when it comes to his international dealings.
Overseas, he has collected six-figure speaking fees, occasionally weighed in with
foreign governments for private companies and sometimes sparked controversy.
In Japan, the former president spoke to 50,000 disciples of the Rev. Sun Myung Moon
in a stadium rally--drawing protests from Christian leaders and other critics of Moon's
In Argentina, he wrote then-President Carlos Menem on behalf of Las Vegas casino
mogul Steve Wynn, which helped touch off a parliamentary inquiry about Bush's
possible influence in the country's internal affairs.
In Indonesia, he jumped into a hot dispute over gold mining rights, contacting then-President Suharto to praise a Canadian company that had retained the former
president as an advisor.
And in Kuwait, the Arab oil state freed from Iraqi occupation in the Persian Gulf War,
the former president interceded with the emir's government on behalf of a U.S. oil
Makes $4 Million a Year on Circuit
No other former president has created such an international profile. And no other
former president has made so much money on the global lecture circuit in such a short
time--about $4 million a year in speaking fees. For a single engagement, he received
stock that rose in value to more than $13 million at one point.
Normally, such good fortune would be of only passing interest. But George Herbert
Walker Bush may be on the verge of an unusual, sensitive new role: father of the next
U.S. president. And if Bush's son Texas Gov. George W. Bush wins the White House
in November, he could face the ticklish challenge of reining in his dad's far-flung
Potential conflicts of interest loom if the son occupies the Oval Office. Would U.S. and
foreign companies seek to curry favor by steering business to the father's associates?
Would any future overseas flaps involving the former president escalate into diplomatic
Both Bushes, father and son, said that there is no cause for concern.
"I will expect the highest ethical standards of the members of my family," the governor
said through a spokesman.
The 75-year-old former president, when asked whether his son's election would
influence his future global pursuits, said through a spokesman: "I am sure that it would."
But he declined to say how.
Another aide, chief of staff Jean Becker, said: "President Bush understands better than
anyone the absolute necessity of avoiding even the appearance of impropriety,
especially when it comes to a president's family and friends. President Bush would
never do or say anything that would interfere in any way with, or raise questions about,
how George W. Bush is conducting himself as president."
But a source close to the former chief executive acknowledged "increased sensitivity to
the groups that President Bush now speaks to because of his sons in public life":
Florida Gov. Jeb Bush as well as George W. Bush.
Nevertheless, one expert on the post-presidency is troubled by some of Bush's current
Since leaving the White House, the elder Bush has projected a "public persona [as] the
happy World War II veteran who is letting the American people see him jumping out of
airplanes and being the good family man," said Douglas Brinkley, a historian at the
University of New Orleans. "And the covert persona is going around giving talks with
people like Rev. Moon and representing American corporate interests in foreign
Brinkley, who wrote a book about Jimmy Carter's post-presidency, added: "If his son
becomes president, he needs to distance himself from all corporations and from going
abroad and taking speaker fees."
The matter of how the ex-president's global profile may affect George W. Bush is
especially sensitive because, if the Texas governor is elected, he is expected to lean on
his father--as well as his father's former White House aides--for guidance on
international affairs. George W. Bush says that, while his father would have no formal
role in his administration, "of course, I will seek his advice."
Moreover, during a presidential campaign, many foreign powers look for opportunities
to ingratiate themselves with a potential incoming administration. And when a former
president visits a foreign country, he attracts attention.
On his frequent journeys to Beijing, Bush usually meets with President Jiang Zemin.
His expenses often are paid by U.S. companies pursuing business in China.
A 1998 mission to China was sponsored in part by the Chubb Group of Insurance
Cos., which has been seeking an insurance license from the Beijing government.
Bush discussed the Asian financial crisis with an American business group, one
of six talks for Chubb worldwide.
"If you're unknown in China and trying to get known and you're trying to get a
license there, having a former president at a reception might get people to come
who might not come otherwise," said Mark Greenberg, Chubb senior vice
president. "We get to rub shoulders with them and get to know them better."
It is unclear to what extent Bush's overseas involvements could affect his son's
presidential duties because the former president is not required to disclose any
information about his activities or income. His office declined requests for a list of
speaking fees, appearances and business sponsors.
There are no federal regulations that address how former presidents earn a living.
They are entitled to a pension of $157,000 a year, round-the-clock Secret Service
protection, office space and a $96,000 annual allowance for personal staff. And they
enjoy full use of U.S. embassies abroad. The public cost for each former president is
about $4 million a year, Brinkley said.
Bush has rejected one perk available to former GOP presidents--$150,000 a year from
the Republican National Committee for administrative expenses. "He just simply didn't
think it was necessary," Becker said.
Bush and Gerald R. Ford have been particularly aggressive among recent ex-presidents in pursuing financial opportunities. Ford joined the board of directors of at
least eight firms but has scaled back to three. He has been a paid consultant and has
given speeches as well.
Former President Reagan created a stir in 1989 when he received $2 million from a
Japanese firm for delivering two speeches in Tokyo. But even before the 1994
announcement of his Alzheimer's disease, Reagan had been less active than Bush as a
paid speaker. Carter's international prominence is based largely on his peacemaker
role in various conflicts.
Bush, whose net worth was about $3.7 million while he was president, makes about 50
speeches a year. He serves as an orator-for-hire for about 40 companies, trade
associations and universities annually--a pace he has kept up since 1993, said Gian-Carlo Peressutti, Bush's spokesman. The number of paid trips abroad varies each
year, ranging from four to eight. Sometimes he visits more than one country on a single
For his standard speech--a behind-the-scenes look at his presidency and his view of
current events--Bush commands about $80,000 for domestic talks and about $100,000
plus expenses for foreign engagements. . . .
Instead of taking cash for a 1998 speech in Tokyo, Bush accepted stock in Global
Crossing Ltd., a technology start-up company. His holdings were worth about $13.4
million in November when he filed papers to sell some shares.
Bush also raises large sums for charity and is active with the M.D. Anderson Cancer
Center in Houston, the Points of Light Foundation and other causes.
After losing to Bill Clinton in 1992, Bush returned to Houston to carve out his role as a
retired president. He decided that he would neither serve as a corporate director nor
advocate specific positions for any interest group.
"He did not want to be put in a position of supporting or lobbying for one American
company over another," Becker said. "He also did not feel it was an appropriate use of
his past government positions or influence."
But Bush has bowed to entreaties from U.S. companies and friends to weigh in on their
behalf with foreign officials.
In 1998, he made "an exception to his black-and-white rule about lobbying for a
company," Becker said, when he sent a letter to the Kuwaiti oil minister at the request
of the Chevron Corp., which was competing for business there. Bush acted because
Chevron was the only U.S. company bidding and specified in his note that he had no
stake in the deal, she said.
And Bush has twice taken a position as a corporate advisor. Becker said that this role
differs from a corporate director because Bush does not participate in decision-making.
One firm he advises, the Carlyle Group, is a Washington-based investment company
that acquires and manages defense, aerospace and other corporations worldwide.
Frank C. Carlucci, Reagan's Defense secretary, is Carlyle's chairman, and James A.
Baker III, Bush's secretary of State, is a senior counselor.
Although Carlyle touts Bush's position on its Web site, its executives did not return calls
about his capacity as senior advisor of Carlyle's Asia Advisory Board.
Last year, Bush visited South Korea with Carlyle associates who were seeking to
purchase three South Korean firms. Bush met with government officials, including
then-Prime Minister Kim Jong Pil, and joined Carlyle members in greeting the South
Korean companies. Becker said that Carlyle pays Bush only to give talks to company
advisory boards, clients and prospective clients. His meetings with heads of state "are
personal in nature and not official in any way," Becker said. They are strictly "social
calls" that do not include discussions of business deals, she said.
Carlyle also co-sponsored a 1998 Bush mission to China, one of his numerous
trips to that country.
As a post-presidential visitor, he has expressed views on sensitive policy issues,
advocating permanent normal trade with Beijing and recognition for China's progress on
Such a continued role in China for the elder Bush could complicate dealings between a
second Bush administration and Beijing. Relations with China have proved challenging
for recent U.S. presidents, who have sought to balance a desire to increase trade and
foster democracy with concerns over human rights.
In 1995, Bush was recruited by another high-powered friend, former Canadian Prime
Minister Brian Mulroney, to become a senior advisor to the International Advisory
Board of Barrick Gold Co., a Toronto-based mining firm. Bush was paid about
$15,000 a year plus travel expenses to provide advice at four meetings in four years,
Barrick spokesman Vince Borg said.
Bush helped in a Barrick campaign to gain approval to mine gold in Indonesia from
what was believed to be the world's largest deposit. He wrote in 1996 to President
Suharto, with whom he had a long-standing relationship, to laud the company:
"I simply want to take the liberty of telling you how impressed I am with Barrick, its
visionary leadership, technological achievements and great financial strength."
At the time, Bre-X Minerals Ltd. of Calgary had exploration rights. But, soon after
Bush's letter, the Indonesian government decreed that Bre-X make Barrick a
partner--and give it three-quarters of Bre-X's revenue rights.
Angry Bre-X shareholders mounted a telephone blitz with investment markets and the
press that led Suharto to approve a different joint venture without Barrick. Shortly
thereafter, the gold deposit was exposed as a monumental fraud. Bush resigned
from Barrick last year.
No president can be expected to completely control the behavior of family members.
Indeed, history is replete with examples of first family relatives who have caused
Carter's brother, Billy, created a furor over his dealings with the terrorist regime in Libya.
Richard Nixon deployed a telephone tap to keep tabs on the potentially dubious
ventures of younger brother Donald.
The senior Bush knows the feeling. His son Neil was a paid director in a Denver
savings and loan that failed, costing taxpayers $1 billion. And President Bush's
brother, Prescott, helped arrange U.S. investment deals for a Tokyo company
that, according to Japanese police, was controlled by an underworld kingpin.
The prospective Bush father-son presidential scenario is virtually without precedent in
U.S. history. Only John Adams, the second president, had a son who became the
nation's chief executive. But Adams was out of office 24 years when John Quincy
Adams took office in 1825, and he died a little more than a year into his son's
In contrast, only eight years would separate the Bush administrations if Gov. Bush is
elected in the fall. And the elder Bush, who served as vice president, CIA director,
United Nations ambassador and envoy to China, shows no signs of easing his foreign
Some of the former president's excursions drew notice because of his association with
certain individuals and organizations.
The former president gave speeches throughout Japan in 1996 for the Women's
Federation for World Peace, which is led by Moon's wife. The highlight was Bush's
appearance at the Tokyo Dome rally, which included a laser show and giant video
screens. Bush's speech on family values was followed by Moon's wife praising her
husband and his church.
The United Church of Christ and a group of 300 lawyers suing Moon's church urged
Bush to skip the event. The groups said that Bush's participation would bolster the
credibility of Moon's church.
Detractors have criticized the messianic Moon and his recruiting and fund-raising
tactics, likening his church to a cult. He also spent a year in a U.S. federal prison in
1982 for tax evasion and has publicly described America as "Satan's harvest." A
Bush spokesman said that the nonprofit federation headed by Moon's wife is separate
from the church. Bush' Japan tour was part of a series of speeches for the federation--some in the U.S.--for which he was paid several million dollars.
Bush made another appearance for a Moon-related organization that prompted
headlines in Argentina. He was the main attraction at a black-tie dinner in Buenos Aires
on Nov. 23, 1996, to launch Tiempos del Mundo, a Spanish-language daily newspaper
owned by Moon.
As the reverend beamed nearby, Bush saluted him for starting the Argentine paper as
well as Moon's conservative Washington Times. A Unification Church bulletin said
afterward: "Bush's presence as keynote speaker gave the event invaluable prestige."
Bush's friend, then-Argentine President Menem, was scheduled to attend the dinner
but backed out after his secretary for religious affairs called the Unification Church
"blasphemous and anti-Christian."
Bush was paid by Moon's Washington Times Foundation. Peressutti, the Bush
spokesman, said that the former president has not spoken to a Moon-connected group
Bush's closeness to Menem has led to considerable--and sometimes erroneous--speculation in the Argentine press. First elected in 1989, Menem, who served 10 years,
is credited with modernizing and bringing stability to Argentina's economy but has been
tainted by allegations of corruption against members of his inner circle and
former Cabinet aides.
Since leaving the White House, Bush has met with Menem during five trips to Argentina
and three Menem visits to the United States.
In 1994, Bush traveled to Buenos Aires twice, delivering paid speeches to banker and
pharmaceutical groups. That April, Bush also did a favor for gambling mogul Steve
Wynn, who often hosts the former president at his exclusive Las Vegas home and
Menem had issued a decree allowing construction of a casino in Buenos Aires. Wynn's
Mirage Resorts Co. wanted to build it. At Wynn's request, Bush wrote Menem that
Wynn was favorably known to him while stating that he had no financial interest in the
deal, Peressutti said. Wynn thought the note would "establish his credentials," said
Mirage spokesman Alan Feldman.
After local officials objected to the Argentine federal government's making such
decisions, Menem withdrew his approval and Wynn's casino project died.
Nevertheless, after Argentine news accounts of Bush's visits and alleged Bush family
meddling in government decisions, seven members of the country's Chamber of
Deputies sent extensive written questions to Menem about his relationship with the
The lawmakers, including several prominent opposition figures, asked whether Bush
went to bat for Mirage. They also inquired about Neil Bush, whose company was
awarded oil exploitation rights by the Argentine government in 1987. They never
got a reply.
But Menem's former ambassador to the United States said in an interview that
continuing suspicions in the Argentine press about Bush family activities in Argentina
Before Menem left office in December, his government provided $200,000 in seed
money for a new Argentine Studies Center at the University of Texas at Austin. Menem
spoke there in March and had lunch with George W. Bush at the Texas Governor's
Menem has expressed a desire to seek Argentina's presidency again in 2003. His ties
to former President Bush could prove sensitive if his son wins the White House.
Experts say that candidate Bush and his father should publicly outline what steps they
would take to avoid any potential complications.
"It's not too soon . . . to think about it," said Charles O. Jones, a University of Wisconsin
political scientist. "There would have to be tremendous caution on the ex-president's
part in doing what he's been doing."
– Times staff writers Sebastian Rotella in Buenos Aires and William C. Rempel in Los
Angeles, and researchers John Beckham in Chicago and Lianne Hart in Houston
contributed to this story.
George W. Bush, Jr. - The 43rd President of the United States of America. (2001- )
From COMPROMISED - Clinton, Bush and The CIA:
A reported conversation between Barry Seal and Terry Reed:
“There ain’t nothin’ in this world more powerful that good ol’ fu*kin’ blackmail, Terry.
And don’t let anybody ever tell ya different. Jeeeesus Christ, I got some good shit on
some big people.”. . .
“Calm down Barry. Tell me what’s going on.” . . .
“Terry, what’s most important right now is for ya to play ball with these guys and get
your ass down to Mexico ASAP. You impressed the shit out of Leroy . . . Robert
Johnson, too. I won’t be able to come to Mexico right now. I’ve got a little matter to
take care of. But ya get on down there . . . and I’ll be joining ya soon.” . . .
“What’s this blackmail you’re talking about?” . . .
“Ever hear the old expression, it’s not what ya know, it’s who ya know? Well, whoever
said that just hadn’t caught the vice president’s kids in the dope business, ‘cause I
can tell ya for sure what you know can definitely be more important than who you
know.” . . .
“What’s this about the vice president’s kids and dope?” . . .
“I don’t wanna tell ya too much, ‘cause truthfully ya don’t have a need to know. But
Terry, I been workin’ with several federal agencies for the past couple of years, as ya
probably suspicioned. In the course of that business, a person can’t help but run
across some real sensitive information. It seems that some major players in the
Medellin Cartel, whom I personally know, ran across some knowledge that’s very
valuable to both the Republicans and the Democrats. Real national security stuff. It
seems some of George Bush’s kids just can’t say no to drugs, ha ha ha ha. . . . Well, ya
can imagine how valuable information like this would be, can’t ya? That could get ya
out of almost any kind of jam.” Seal paused for a moment then asked, “Ya ever play
Monopoly? The information I got is so good it’s just like a get-out-of-jail-free card . . .
ha, ha, ha, ha YEE-HAWWWWW.”...
“ Barry, are you telling me George Bush’s kids are in the drug business?...”
“ Yup, that’s what I’m tellin’ ya. A guy in Florida who flipped for the DEA has got the
goods on the Bush boys. Now I heard this earlier from a reliable source in Colombia,
but I just sat on it then, waitin’ to use it as a trump card, if I ever needed it. “Well, I
need to use it now. I got names, dates, places . . . even got some tape recordin’s.
Fu*k, I even got surveillance videos catchin’ the Bush boys red-handed. I consider this
stuff to me invincible. Now this is real sensitive shit inside of U.S. Customs and DEA,
and those guys are pretty much under control. It’s damage control as usual. But where
it gets real interestin’ is what the Republicans will do to the Democrats in order to dirty
up the people who might use this information against Bush.”...
“So you’ve got direct knowledge of the Republicans trying to neutralize some
Democrats before they can nuke Bush with this?”
“Hell, yeah. I’ve been part of it. Remember that meetin’ we had at SOB’s when I told
ya, ya should play ball with these guys . . . Remember in that meetin’ I told ya I had a
plan to blow the lid off the whole damn Mena deal and shut it down due to adverse
“Well, what I didn’t tell ya was that project was already in effect, and the Republicans
were already trying to neutralize some important people in Arkansas ... namely, the
“Yeah, that day ya explained to me the connection between the Ward family, the Rose
Law Firm and the governor’s mansion, well I about shit! Ya see what ya didn’t know
was I was on a secret mission by none other than the Agency to sort of uh, dirty up
some people real close to the governor. Now, I had been workin’ on this through Dan
“Now Dan’s a good ol’ boy and all that, but he’s gotta drug problem, and he’s got the
balls to be stealin’ from the Agency, too. From what I hear, Dan’s been doin’ a lot of
questionable out-a-state investin’. In fact, he’s stashin’ a lot of cash in a resort in New
“I was told to exploit that, which I was workin’ on. But you come along with this new
“I saw an immediate way to get some white stuff up some noses around Bill Clinton real
“Barry, this is heavy shit! Are you saying you were the source of the cocaine ending up
around a lot of important people in Arkansas? . . . There’s a major scandal brewing
there. . . . Did you have anything to do with Roger (Clinton) and some of those guys in
Lasater’s firm getting investigated?”...
“Terry, I told ya when I met ya, I’m in transportation and I transport what the
government wants transported. In this case, the Republicans...and the Bush
family...wanted some stuff transported through Mena and into Arkansas that would end
up in the noses of some very prominent Democrats.
“And yes, I must ‘fess up, I’ve had a hand in that. YEEE-HAWWWWWW! It’s not who
ya know, it’s what ya know....”
~ ~ ~
Wednesday, Feb. 19, 1986, turned out to be the last day of Barry Seal’s life.
His blood, along with pieces of flesh and bone, were splattered all over the
interior of his car. The Baton Rouge police report, in cold official language,
described what happened to him that day: “Autopsy determined the cause
of Seal’s death to be multiple gunshot wounds fired by an automatic
weapon,” the crime report said. “Three rounds entered Seal’s upper torso,
and four entered the left head. Some fifteen rounds were recovered at the
* * *
From The American Spectator, June 1999, by Byron York:
George’s Road to Riches:
On April 15, Texas governor George W. Bush ... made public his 1998 tax returns.
It’s something Bush has done each year since his first governor’s race, but this time
was different; the figures contained in the returns were ... simply astonishing. The
governor, who had reported income of $271,920 in 1997, estimated that he made $18.4
million in 1998.
Bush’s income came from two main sources. The great majority — nearly $15 million
— came from his stake in the sale of the Texas Rangers baseball team. An additional
$3 million or so came from a blind trust that manages his investments . . . The smallest
component of Bush’s income was his salary as governor, $99,121.
What was perhaps just as surprising as the size of the numbers was that the national
press did not seem particularly interested in Bush’s unusually good fortune. The New
York Times devoted all of 137 words to the story; the Washington Post gave it 189.
Other papers didn’t mention it at all....
Far more than tales of youthful drinking and carousing, the record of Bush’s rise to
wealth reveals how he became what he is today. It’s a complicated tale of family
connections, hard work, and sweet deals, topped off by a taxpayer-subsidized baseball
bonanza that may leave some Republicans feeling queasy about how their candidate
~ ~ ~
In the beginning, Bush was able to seek advice from a number of family friends, people
like James Allison, Jr., a newspaper publisher and political strategist who had run
Bush’s father’s successful campaign for Congress, and Martin Allday, a lawyer and
businessman whom President Bush would later appoint chairman of the Federal
Energy Regulatory Commission. Allday introduced Bush to Paul Rea, a geologist
and oil executive who would later play an important role in Bush’s career.
Other family friends and supporters pitched in as well. According to an analysis in the
Dallas Morning News, Arbusto’s early investors included people like FitzGerald Bemiss,
a childhood friend of President Bush’s who invested $80,000 ... George L. Ball,
chairman of Prudential-Bache Securities, who invested $100,000; financier Lewis
Lehrman, who invested $47,000; and John Macomber and Willam Draper, both later
appointed to the Export-Import Bank, who invested $172,550....
~ ~ ~
Mr. Uzielli’s $1 Million Check
The first well was dry. Then others didn’t work out. ... by the early 1980's Arbusto’s
balance sheet was trending downward...
Bush needed investors, but he had already tapped many of the most obvious sources.
So it was a very fortunate day in January 1982 when he found his biggest single
benefactor in an international businessman named Philip Uzielli....
When Arbusto got in a bind, Uzielli, using money form a Panamanian company owned
by his family, came to the rescue with a $1 million investment. The money bought
Uzielli a ten-percent interest in Arbusto, which raised eyebrows because all of Arbusto,
including the desks and the paper clips, was worth less than $500,000 at the time. Why
would a man invest $1 million to buy ten percent of a company that was worth less than
Uzielli would ultimately “lose” nearly all his money.
~ ~ ~
From Harper’s Magazine, Feb 2000: How George W. Bush Got Rich - A
heartwarming tale of influence, cronyism, and $1.7 billion, by Joe Conason:
On December 6, 1994, one month after he defeated Ann Richards to become governor
of Texas, George W. received a large but belated campaign contribution from an
acquaintance named Thomas O. Hicks ...
Hicks was easily one of the wealthiest men in Texas, and more specifically, he was the
chief executive of Hicks, Muse, Tate & Furst, an investment partnership he founded....
Of the scores of appointments made by an otherwise weak governor under the Texas
constitution, a seat on the University of Texas Board of Regents is among the most
desirable. It carries significant prestige, opportunities for patronage, and preferred
access to season tickets (or luxury boxes) at Longhorn football games. For someone
like Tom Hicks, however, being a regent provided something far more valuable....
Hicks had conceived an ambitious plan for the state university system’s financial
assets— more than $13 billion— that matched his own bold investment style.
~ ~ ~
Friends and long-time associates of Thomas Hicks, and his firm’s past and future
business partners— as well as major Republican contributors and political supporters of
the Bush family— received hundreds of millions of dollars from the University of
Texas investment funds.
Under the guidance of Tom Hicks, a growing portion of the university’s investment
choices had a decidedly Republican tinge. On March 1, 1995, the regents voted to
place what would prove to be a comparatively modest $10 million with The Carlyle
That a firm run by his father’s associates would be awarded an investment contract only
weeks after George W. was elected to office was unseemly at best. But the Texas
governor had his own long-standing and lucrative ties to Carlyle that dated back almost
a decade. Among his more obscure business activities was a corporate directorship at
Caterair, one of the nation’s largest airline-catering services, which was acquired by
Carlyle in 1989.
The next year, a seat on the company’s board was arranged for George W. by the
former Nixon White House aide and longtime Bush associate Fred Malek, who was
then an adviser at Carlyle. Although Bush remained on the catering company’s board
until 1994, his earnings as a Caterair director are not specified on his personal financial
forms filed with the Texas Ethics Commission....
These days it is the governor’s father who benefits from the Washington investment
Since leaving the White House, George Herbert Walker Bush has been paid by
Carlyle for speeches at events sponsored by the merchant bank....
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From the web posting by Real People for Real Change:
George W. Bush, Jr. - The Dark Side
Just like Dan Quayle and Steve Forbes, two other politically-connected rich kids, Bush
Junior joined his home state’s National Guard. It’s not clear how he got past the waiting
list, but his dad was a U.S. Congressman at the time, and his grandfather was a
famous U.S. Senator.
Instead of going to Vietnam, he flew cool jet planes around Texas, valiantly defending
us against the Mexican air force. His political connections got him a sweet deal — they
not only got him into the National Guard, and got him the last (rare) training slot for
pilots despite the fact that he scored the lowest allowable score - 25/100 - on a pilot’s
aptitude test, but he was assigned to fly an older plane (the F102) which was being
phased out at the time, which meant that he had no chance at all of going to Vietnam....
On this issue, too, Bush has weaseled in a manner eerily reminiscent of Bill Clinton. He
claims that he joined the guard to fly planes, just like his dad. But George Bush, Sr., a
genuine war hero, joined the Navy, not the National Guard. Both the Navy and Air
Force had plenty of openings when Bush Jr. joined, but he chose the stateside Guard.
Furthermore, his enlistment form had a check box to indicate you volunteered to go to
Vietnam or not. His was checked NO, but now he claims that the clerks there often
filled that part out and checked NO for you.
Once he joined, Bush was promoted to First Lieutenant in just 4 months, a very short
time, and was given several months off to work on a political campaign. He was also
released 6 months early to work on another campaign....
Insider Business Deals.
Bush, Jr. has made a lot of money off three business deals. In each one, his
contribution is hard to perceive, yet he walked off with hundreds of thousands or
millions of dollars in deals arranged by his father’s political cronies....
The Oil Business: Rewarded for Losing Money.
Like his dad, Junior struck out in Texas and founded an oil company, Arbusto Energy,
Inc., with $20,000 of his own money. (Arbusto is the Spanish word for bush.) The
company foundered in the early 1980's when oil prices dropped (and his dad was Vice
The 50 investors, who were “mainly friends of my uncle” in Junior’s own words, put in
$4.7 million and lost most of it. Junior claims that investors “did pretty good,” but Bush
family friend Russell Reynolds told the Dallas Morning News: “The bottom line was
there were problems, and it didn’t work out very well. I think we got maybe 20 cents on
As Arbusto neared collapse, Spectrum 7 Energy Corp bought it in Sept, 1984.
Despite his poor track record, the owners made Bush, Jr. the president and gave him
13.6% of the parent company’s stock....
Spectrum 7 was a small oil firm owned by two staunch Reagan/Bush Sr. supporters —
William DeWitt and Mercer Reynolds. These two were also owners of the Texas
Rangers and allowed Bush Jr. to purchase a chunk of the team cheaply; he later sold it
for over 24 times what he paid.
Within two years of purchasing Arbusto and making Bush Jr. president, Spectrum 7
was itself in trouble; it lost $400,000 in its last 6 months of operation. That ended in
1986, when Harken Energy Corporation bought Spectrum 7's 180-well operation....
Junior got $227,000 worth of Harken stock, and a lot more. He was named to the
board of directors, made $80,000 to $100,000 a year well into the 1990's as a
“consultant” to Harken, and was allowed to buy Harken stock at 40% below face
He also borrowed $180,375 from Harken at very low rates; the company’s 1989 and
1990 SEC filings said it “forgave” $341,000 in loans to unspecified executives....
So, what did Junior do for all this money? It’s hard to say exactly, but things
happened for Harken after Junior came on board: it got a $25 million stock offering
from an unusual bank with CIA ties; it won a surprise exclusive drilling contract with
Bahrain, a small Mideast country; and an Arab member of its Board of Directors was
invited to White House policy meetings with Pres. George Bush and National Security
Adviser Brent Scowcroft...
Easy Money From Odd Sources.
The firm’s $25 million stock offering was underwritten by Stephens, Inc., an Arkansas
bank whose head, Jackson Stephens, was on President Bush’s “Team 100.” (That
was a group of 249 rich persons who gave at least $100,000 each to his presidential
campaign committee.) Stephens placed the offering with the London subsidiary of
Union Bank of Switzerland, which (according to the Wall Street Journal) was not
known as an investor in small American companies. . . .
Union Bank did have other connections: it was a joint-venture with the notorious BCCI
in a Geneva-based bank, and was involved in a scandal surrounding the Nugan Hand
Bank, a CIA operation in Australia whose executives were advised by William Quasha,
the father of Harken’s chairman (Alan Quasha).
Union Bank was also involved in scandals surrounding Panamanian money
laundering by BCCI, and Ferdinand Marcos’ movement of 325 tons of gold out of
the Philippines. . . .
Selling Oil Stock Just Before Iraq Invaded.
George Bush, Jr. sold 60% of his stock in Harken Oil in June, 1990 for $848,560. That
was brilliant timing; in August, Iraq invaded Kuwait and Harken’s stock dropped 25%.
Soon after, a big quarterly loss caused it to drop further. . . .
A secret State Department memo in May of that year had warned that Saddam was out
of control, and listed options for responding to him, including an oil ban that might affect
U.S. oil prices....
We can’t be sure that the President or an aide mentioned these developments to his
son, or that Harken’s representative who was admitted to meetings with the President
picked up something and reported back to Junior. But it is the simplest and most
Furthermore, Harken’s internal financial advisers at Smith Barney had issued a report
in May warning of the company’s deteriorating finances. Harken owed more that $150
million to banks and other creditors at the time. George Bush, Jr. was a member of the
board and also of Harken’s restructuring committee, which met in May and worked
directly with the Smith Barney consultants. He must have known of these warnings. . . .
These are pretty clear-cut indications of illegal insider trading. The Securities and
Exchange Commission, controlled at the time by President George Bush,
investigated but chose not to press charges....
Junior also violated another SEC rule explicitly. He was required to register his sale as
an insider trade by July 10, 1990, but didn’t until March 1991, after the Gulf War was
over. He was not punished or cited....
For more on Harken Energy, GO TO > > > Aloha, Harken Energy
For more on the Sultan of Bahrain, GO TO > > > Flying High in Hawaii
For more on BCCI, the ‘bank of crooks and criminals’, GO TO BCCI
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From Associated Press, 3/2/00, by Jonathan Salant:
McCain Stings Bush on Sleep-Overs for Cash
Eight of the 31 overnight guests at the Texas governor’s mansion last year helped Gov.
George W. Bush raise a record $70 million for his Republican presidential bid...
Bush’s chief rival, Sen. John McCain, likened the practice to President Clinton’s use of
the Lincoln Bedroom to house big givers to the Democratic Party.
“Bill Clinton only charges $10,000 a night. He charges $100,000 a night,” McCain said
The donors, who included Bush’s chief fund-raiser and seven “pioneers” who raised at
least $100,000 each, were among the 31 overnight visitors that Bush entertained at the
mansion since Jan 1, 1999, according to records released at the request of the
Don Evans, a close friend of the Texas governor and the national finance chairman of
his presidential campaign, stayed at the mansion seven times last year.
Seven other guests were members of Bush’s “pioneers” . . .
>> Don Jordan, chairman of Reliant Energy.
>> Brad Freeman of the investment firm Freeman, Spogli & Co.
>> Texas Public Safety Commissioner Jim Francis.
>> Indianapolis Mayor Steve Goldsmith.
>> Michigan Gov. John Engler.
>> Craig Stapleton, a cousin and executive with Marsh & McLennan, an insurance
and investment firm.
>> Roland Betts of the development firm Chelsea Piers Management . . .
Three of his father’s former colleagues — ex-Defense Secretary Dick Cheney, former
Secretary of State George Schultz and former Education Secretary Bill Bennett —
spent a night. . . .
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From If the Gods Had Meant Us to Vote They Would Have Given Us Candidates:
. . . Old Mr. Powerhouse watches George W. Bush swing with his slow roundhouse
right of Compassionate Conservatism, then watches Al Gore counterpunch with his
feeble left jab of Practical Idealism, and he just laughs and laughs, not caring one whit
whether Compassionate Practicality, Conservative Idealism, or any combination thereof
wins in November — because he owns both of these pugs.
Among the corporations already represented on the money lists of both the Bush and
Gore campaigns are:
Aetna, AT&T, BellSouth, Boeing, Citigroup, Du Pont, Enron, Ernst & Young,
Goldman Sachs, IBM, Intel, Lazard Freres, Lehman Brothers, Merrill Lynch,
Microsoft, Monsanto, Morgan Stanley, Raytheon, Roche, Time Warner
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Robbing from the Poor and Giving It to the
From The Buying of the President 2000: . . .
Calling Texas “litigious heaven,” Bush promised during his first campaign for
governor that, if elected, he would push legislation to limit frivolous lawsuits.
He argued that fewer lawsuits would lead to lower insurance rates for average Texans.
Of course, limiting the right to sue would also benefit insurers . . .
Bush has raised millions from companies that have pushed “tort reform.” Farmers
Insurance Group, Inc., based in Los Angeles, is Bush’s No. 8 career patron.
During his first two gubernatorial races, Bush also collected $4.5 million from officers
and board members of Texans for Lawsuit Reform and the Texas Civil Justice
In June 1995, Bush followed through on his campaign promise and signed a series of
bills that limit the access of victims to the court system and the amount of damage
awards they can receive. Bush also signed into law measures that make it harder for
consumers to sue real estate agents and that make it more difficult for them to collect
damages when they’re injured by more than one party.
Limiting personal-injury lawsuits did produce savings for insurance companies, but that
money went straight to the industry. From 1996 to 1998, insurance companies made a
$3 billion profit while the average Texan’s auto insurance rates continued to climb.
Texans have paid the price in other ways, too. When a jury in San Antonio found that
an oil company’s lax safety measures had caused the death of a refinery worker, it
wanted to send a message by ordering the company to pay $42.5 million in damages
to the worker’s widow.
But thanks to the laws Bush signed, the company walked away paying only $200,000. .
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George W. Bush’s Top 10 Career Patrons
1. Enron Corporation
2. Sanchez family and related business interests.
3. Vinson & Elkins.
4. Hicks, Muse, Tate and Furst, Inc.
5. Bass family and business interests.
6. The Sterling Group.
7. Pilgrim’s Pride Corp.
8. Farmers Group, Inc. (Zurich)
9. Sam and Charles Wyly, Jr. and business interests.
10. Arter & Hadden.
Norman Mineta - Bill Clinton’s Secretary of Commerce replacing William Daley who
left to run Al Gore’s presidential campaign. Mineta is currently Secretary of
Transportation in the George W. Bush administration.
As Clinton and the media repeatedly pointed out Mineta is the first Asian-American
Cabinet member. One television news commentator made the observation that this
was a good political move on Gore’s part in order to garner the badly needed California
“He brings an in-depth understanding of American business and a strong sense of the
needs of our high-tech economy,” President Clinton said.
“But he also has a deep concern for people, for people in places who are not yet
fully participating in this economy.”
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From Stupid White Men, (copyright 2000) by Michael Moore:
Secretary of Transportation – Norman Y. Mineta
A leftover from the Clinton administration, the only “Democrat” in Bush’s cabinet, Mineta
has his own corporate connections. When he was a congressman representing Silicon
Valley, he received campaign contributions from Northwest Airlines, United Airlines,
Greyhound, Boeing and Union Pacific.
After retiring from the House, he went to work at Lockheed Martin.
What better place to park himself now than at the cabinet department that “oversees”
all of them?
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From USA Today, 6/30/00: . . . Clinton’s choice of Mineta stands to bolster the Gore
campaign in pivotal California. ... He has close ties to the state’s Asian-American
groups, as well as the deep-pocketed defense, aerospace and computer industries.
“Some might say that the months remaining in this administration is not a lot of time to
make a difference in the life of our nation, but I disagree,” Mineta said at a White House
news conference. “Six months is a virtual eternity in the new economy. ...
Mineta joined defense contractor Lockheed Martin as a lobbyist in 1995 after serving
21 years in the House. . . .
The last seven months of the Clinton administration are likely to be busy ones at
The department is playing a major role in Clinton’s campaign to normalize trade with
China. It will wrap up the once-a-decade census and soon issue a politically sensitive
report on unfair practices of foreign steelmakers....
A coalition of pro-trade business groups spoke out yesterday to urge Lott and other
Senate Republicans to schedule a vote on the China legislation as quickly as
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A Catbird Comment: Whoa, Nellie!!! Back that up and run it past me again -- slowly!
Wasn’t Al Gore just on the Congressional hot seat for the 1996 campaign fund-raising
scandals? And didn’t those scandals revolve around illegal contributions from foreign
interests— mainly China? And wasn’t one of the major aero-space firms involved in the
scandals, LOCKHEED MARTIN?
Holy corporate quid pro quo, Batman!
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For more on Norman Mineta, GO TO > > > Year of the Dragon; CV05-00030 - David
C. Farmer vs. Harmon, Witness Barack Obama
For more on Lockheed Martin, GO TO > > > Tarnished Wings
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For more sightings of birds of this nature
A Connecticut Yankee in King Kamehameha’s Court
Aloha, Harken Energy
Apartheid, Hawaiian Style
Birds on the Power Lines
Broken Trust: The Book
Buzzards on the Hill & Knowlton
The Carlyle Group: Birds that Drink from Cesspools
Condoleezza and The Chicken Hawks
Confessions of a Whistleblower
Crouching Dragon ~ Hidden Rats
Dirty Money, Dirty Politics & Bishop Estate
Dirty Gold in Goldman Sachs
Flying High in Hawaii
Nests in the Pentagon
Nests on the Rails
Of Vampires and Daisies
Parrots in the Newsroom
The Eagle Awakes
The Eagle Hooded
The Indonesian Connection
The Kissinger of Death
The Nests of Osama bin Laden
The Puna Connection
The Secret Nests
The Story of Enron
The Strange Saga of BCCI
Tarnished Wings: The Greed at Lockheed
Thorns in the Rose Garden
The Vampires on Jupiter Island
Vultures in The Global Fund
Vultures in The Hawaii Nature Center
Vultures in the Nature Conservancy
Vultures in the Sandwich Isles
Yakuza Doodle Dandies
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