YEAR OF THE
Will Someone Please Explain This
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WHY THE SENATE SHOULD NOT CONFIRM CLINTON'S
NOMINATION OF NORMAN MINETA AS SECRETARY OF
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July 4, 2000
The Year of The Dragon
Blackstone Group - Alleged to be one of the key players in arming China.
For more, GO TO > > > The Blackstone Group
Carlyle Group - Another key player.
For more, GO TO > > > Birds that Drink from Cesspools
CITIGROUP - A big, big, BIG player.
For more, GO TO > > > Vampires in the City
Lippo Group - From Betrayal - How the Clinton Administration
Undermined American Security, by Bill Gertz:
Who was the biggest contributor to the Clinton-Gore ticket in 1992? Not a
corporation, not a labor union, not a Hollywood mogul, but Indonesian
businessman James Riady and his wife, who gave $450,000 to elect Bill
During the final weeks of the campaign, the Riady family, its associates, and
executives at Riady companies gave an additional $600,000 to the DNC and
Democratic state parties....
The patriarch of the business empire is Mochtar Riady . . .Of his three sons,
James was a permanent resident of the United States, Stephen was educated
here, and Andrew worked in California . . . All, however, have fled the United
Only John Huang, the family's former U.S. operative, remains in the United
States -- and he has pleaded the Fifth Amendment...
The Riady empire, centered on its Lippo Group, is, as one financial analysis in
Jakarta describes it, "a carefully balanced house of cards."...
In 1977, Mochtar Riady tried to buy the National Bank of Georgia. He failed,
but one of the brokers in the deal was Jackson Stephens of Little Rock,
Arkansas, who tried to interest a disappointed Riady in joining Stephens, Inc.,
one of America's largest private investment banks outside of Wall Street. . . .
Mochtar Riady agreed, and his son James, then aged twenty, arrived to intern at
Through Jackson Stephens, James Riady met a rising politician, Arkansas
Attorney General Bill Clinton. Thus began a friendship that has lasted
twenty years, and has spread a web of intrigue, financial corruption, and
foreign influence into American government....
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From The Progressive Review - Clinton Scandal Clips Part 15 -
WALL STREET JOURNAL: ... The FBI questioned Huang extensively about
whether Lippo fronted in the U.S. for Chinese government interests because of
business ties between the company and government-controlled China
In 1985, the FBI interrogation record says, China Resources allegedly paid for a
Lippo-organized trip to Asia by then-Arkansas Governor Clinton....
The FBI says ... that China Resources was controlled by the Ministry of
Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation, the primary lobbying agent for
most-favored-nation trade status for China.
For more, GO TO > > > The Indonesian Connection
Lockheed Martin - From The Laundrymen, by Jeffrey Robinson:
Crooks aren't the only ones who launder money.
Corporations do it to avoid or evade taxes, to defraud their shareholders, to get
around currency control regulations, and to bribe prospective clients. . . .
The Lockheed Corporation laundered $25.5 million through a Liechtenstein
trust to pay off Italian politicians.
Lockheed also subscribed to the laundry facilities of Deak-Perera, then an
important American foreign exchange dealer, to bribe Japanese politicians.
As Lockheed's behest, Deak put $8.3 million into the washing cycle, then
brought it out in 15 untraceable payments to a Spanish priest in Hong Kong, who
hand-carried the cash in flight bags and orange crates to Lockheed's customers
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From Year of the Rat - How Bill Clinton Compromised U.S. Security for
Chinese Cash, by Edward Timperlake and William C. Triplett II:
THE LOCKHEED-MARTIN AFFAIR
On May 30, 1998, a Chinese Long March rocket sent up a Lockheed-Martin
telecommunications satellite called "ChinaStar1."....
Over the course of the past eight years there has been a steady trend in satellite
operators from Australians, to legitimate commercial interests in Hong Kong, to
COSTIND in civilian clothes in Hong Kong, to something mysterious in
Singapore, and now to a Beijing-registered, PRC government-owned firm, China
Orient Satellite Telecommunications (COSAT). According to published reports,
COSAT is a joint venture between the Chlinese Ministry of Posts and
Telecommunications, and Polytechnologies.
Polytechnologies is the problem. It is owned by the General Staff
Department of the PLA and headed by Deng Xiaoping's son-in-law.
POLY IS CHINA'S LEADING ARMS SMUGGLER AND THE CONDUIT FOR
RUSSIAN ARMS TRANSFERS TO CHINA.
POLY WAS ALSO ONE OF TWO CHINESE ARMS SMUGGLERS CAUGHT BY
U.S. CUSTOMS AGENTS TRYING TO SELL FULLY AUTOMATIC MACHINE
GUNS TO U.S. DRUG GANGS IN 1996.
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With regard to ChinaStar, Poly is alleged to have arranged with Lockheed to
ensure that the satellite downlinks "passed through missile launching sites" in
The operating assumption is that this is going to be primarily a command and
control satellite for the PLA and for PLA business interests....
If it was known to a foreign wire service as early as 1995 that COSAT was a
front for the notorious Polytechnologies, why did the Clinton administration
grant approval for the deal?
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From If the Gods Had Meant Us to Vote They Would Have Given Us
Candidates, by Jim Hightower:
Far from opposing the mating dances of corporate Goliaths, Washington actively
In 1995, for example, the Pentagon was so pleased that the giant weapons
maker Lockheed was going to take over competitor Martin Marietta that it
ponied up nearly a billion of our tax dollars to pay for merger costs,
including shelling out some $3 million in a bonus to Lockheed CEO Norman
Augustine and $31 million more in bonuses to other top executives who
engineered the merger-- a combination that cost nineteen thousand workers
The government payouts to Augustine and the other executives were
orchestrated by then-Secretary of Defense William Perry and his deputy John
Deutch-- both of whom had previously been highly compensated consultants to
Martin Marietta and had a close personal relationship with Augustine.
(An interesting footnote to this government-induced merger is that one fellow who
lost his job as a result of it went away with a big grin on his face: Lamar
Alexander--the hapless candidate for the Republican presidential nomination! He
had been a well-paid, ex-board member. The merged company wanted a smaller
board, so it paid Lamar $236,000 for agreeing not to serve on the new
Lockheed Martin board.)
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In June, 2000, it was announced that Secretary of Commerce William Daley was
resigning his post to become AL GORE'S campaign manager. (Like being Gore's
campaign manager is more important to the country's welfare than completing his
term as Secretary of Commerce???)
A few days later, PRESIDENT CLINTON announced that NORMAN MINETA
was his choice for the new Secretary of Commerce.
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NORMAN MINETA, A FORMER CALIFORNIA CONGRESSMAN,
IS CURRENTLY AN EXECUTIVE & LOBBYIST
FOR LOCKHEED MARTIN
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For more on the Greed at Lockheed, GO TO > > > Tarnished Wings
For more on Norman Mineta, GO TO > > > The Eagle Awakes; Who’s Guarding
the Hen House?
Loral Space Systems - From Year of the Rat - How Bill Clinton
Compromised U.S. Security for Chinese Cash, by Edward Timperlake and
William C. Triplett II:
In the early morning hours of February 15, 1996, a Chinese Long March 3B
space launch rose a short distance off the launch pad and then fell over onto a
local village with an incredible explosion. According to an Israeli engineer who
witnessed the disaster, "thousands of corpses were loaded in dozens of
trucks and buried in mass graves."...
Loral Space Systems, the builder of the February 15 satellite, had a problem. So
did the Chinese launchers, who had such a poor reputation for reliability that they
were uninsurable. Without insurance, Loral and the other U.S. firms could not
use Chinese rockets to launch their satellites. Something had to be done to
make the Chinese rockets more reliable if the satellite makers were going to
save a dollar or two on launch fees. . . .
On April 14, 1998, the New York Times ran a major story by investigative
reporter, Jeff Gerth -- "Grand Jury Probes Two Firms' Ties to China Missile
Program" -- that linked Loral and its partner, Hughes Electronics, to China....
Under pressure from Congress, the National Security Council was forced to
release a series of documents it would have preferred to keep secret. The
substance of the allegations is as follows:
>> Without obtaining a proper license from the State Department, engineers
for Loral and Hughes helped the Chinese make their rockets reliable. Not only
did the engineers solve the immediate cause of the February 15 accident, they
also recommended improvements to other areas of weakness in the Long March.
>> In May 1966, after the federal government found out about this, the U.S. Air
Force did a classified study of the event and concluded that "United States
national security has been harmed."
>> After a number of delays, the Justice Department began a federal grand jury
>> In February 1998 the Justice Department was closing in on Loral and
Hughes when President Clinton approved a waiver allowing the free transfer
to China of the same technology that Loral and Hughes were accused of
transferring under the table. This severely undercut Justice's case.
National Security Council documents show that, although at the time of the
February waiver National Security Adviser Sandy Berger knew Loral's conduct
was "criminal, likely to be indicted, knowing and unlawful," he did not
recommend against what amounted to a get-out-of-jail-free card for Loral.
>> Adding to the overall concern, the encoded portion of the Loral satellite
was missing when the Chinese returned the debris from the February 1996
explosion. NBC has shown pictures of PLA soldiers picking through the crash
site while U.S. officials were kept away for five hours.
Finally, after the Loral-Hughes fixes, the Chinese launch program now has a
perfect record for reliability.
Then there is the question of the money. Loral Chairman Bernard Schwartz
claims that it is only a "coincidence" that he, his family, and his employees were
large donors to the Clinton-Gore cause and subsequently received favorable
treatment from the administration ...
After Clinton and Gore were elected, they had something Schwartz wanted. In
the summer of 1994 he wrote a check to the Democrats for $100,000.
Two months later he was on Ron Brown's trade delegation to China. Brown
arranged meetings between Schwartz and Chinese officials.
In the 1993-1994 cycle, Schwartz contributed a total of $112,000 to the
Then, in the 1995-1996 cycle, three things came together: (1) Clinton desperately
needed money for Dick Morris's TV advertising blitz, (2) Schwartz needed
antitrust approval from the Clinton administration's Justice Department for his
spinoff of some parts of Loral to aerospace giant Lockheed, and (3) Schwartz
desperately needed Clinton support (and later, cover) for his China satellite
He wanted granting-authority for the export licenses he needed transferred to the
user-friendly Commerce Department. He also wanted regular waivers of the
Tiananmen sanctions on satellites, and, to avoid the proliferation sanctions, he
had to persuade the Clinton administration to ignore Chinese missile sales to
Everyone got what he wanted.
Bernie wrote a lot of checks. His personal contributions rose to an amazing
$586,000 in the Clinton-Gore reelection cycle of 1995-1996. As of May 1998
Schwartz had contributed $421,000 to the Democrats' 1997-1998 campaign
cycle. That makes him the number one contributor to the Democrats in both the
1995-1996 and 1997-1998 campaign cycles. Between 1992 and 1998 he has
given the Democratic Party $1,131,000. His family, his companies, and his
executives have given another $881,565 to Democratic candidates. Finally, he
has contributed $217,000 to the Democratic Leadership Conference, a Clinton-associated think tank.
Grand total: More than $2.2 million to the Clinton-Gore ticket.
Bernie got his antitrust exemption for Loral.
On March 12, 1996, Clinton overturned an October 1995 decision by Secretary of
State Warren Christopher and transferred authority for satellite export licenses to
the Commerce Department.
Tiananmen waivers became routine for Clinton....
America's first line of defense against missile proliferation was dismantled. Loral
would have gotten off the hook with the February 1998 Clinton waiver if
somebody hadn't tipped off Jeff Gerth of the New York Times....
Equally important, Clinton and Gore were reelected....
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From: Betrayal -- How the Clinton Administration Undermined American
Security: . . .
President Clinton has turned upside down President Dwight D.
Eisenhower's warning about a too-powerful military-industrial complex.
Using the end of the Cold War as cover, and to please corporate bigshots
targeted for campaign contributions, Clinton has loosened export controls on
several high-technology sectors, including U.S. high-speed computer
manufacturers, software makers, and communications satellite makers who want
to sell to China. . . .
Two such companies are Loral Space & Communications, Ltd. and Hughes
Electronics, both the subject of a federal investigation to determine how
they passed embargoed militarily-useful rocket technology to Beijing
At the time of the weapons technology transfers, Loral was headed by Bernard
Schwartz, who has given hundreds of thousands of dollars to Clinton and the
Shortly after the "decontrols" took place, American supercomputers began
showing up in both Chinese and Russian nuclear weapons development
centers -- helping to build nuclear arms that might one day be turned
against the United States...* * *
From The Buying of the President 2000, by Charles Lewis and The Center for
It's one thing to macromanage the national political party from the White House in
unprecedented fashion, and unabashedly sell access to the White House, Air
Force One, Camp David, and so forth, to the party's biggest patrons....
But what if a President's naked malleability, his willingness to bend policies to
money, actually violates and jeopardizes our national security? What if a U.S.
company headed by the Democratic Party's most generous individual patron in
the 1990s violates federal laws involving national security? And after this
happens, what if the company continues to get government contracts and even
an export waiver signed by the President himself, worth millions of dollars-- over
the objections of the Justice Department prosecutors?
All of this did in fact occur, against a backdrop of espionage and intrigue,
of dozens of illegal campaign contributions from foreign nationals with no
real assets, of nuclear secrets systematically stolen from our most
advanced laboratories over many years, and all of it led back to one country
In 1992, after President Bush had approved a waiver, and an American satellite
was subsequently launched on a Chinese rocket, several senators, including Al
Gore, wrote to the Bush Administration to complain that China was using the
launchings to "gain foreign aerospace technology that would be otherwise
unavailable to it." ...
Unfortunately, far more than Chinese leaders were coddled by the Clinton-Gore
Administration and the Democratic Party, under vastly more serious
circumstances. . . . In its first four years, the Clinton Administration awarded ten
waivers to China, one more than Bush. But the number of waivers in not really
Almost as soon as Clinton and Gore took office in January 1993, the Chinese
and U.S. corporations doing business in China began lobbying intensely to
"educate" the new administration to look beyond the country's poor human-rights
record. In the 1992 election, dozens of U.S. companies active in China had given
millions of dollars to the Democratic Party.
By May 1993 the President reversed his campaign posture and awarded
China most-favored-nation trade status....
One of the most aggressive of those companies was Loral Space and
Communications Ltd., which manufactures satellites and is headed by Bernard
Schwartz. Loral and Schwartz have contributed at least $1.9 million to the
Democratic Party since 1991...
In 1994, Schwartz was awarded one of the coveted seats on the late Commerce
Secretary Ronald Brown's trade mission to China. Brown helped Loral seal a
multimillion-dollar mobile telephone satellite network deal in Beijing....
During the 1990s the Chinese government courted companies like Loral to launch
its satellites. Both Chinese and American companies wanted the U.S.
government to loosen its export licensing rules regarding satellites. Specifically,
they wanted satellite export licensing decisions to be made by the
Commerce Department, not the more restrictive State Department.
Billions of dollars were at stake -- an estimated 14 commercial
communications satellite launchings annually, each costing several hundred
C. Michael Armstrong, then the CEO of Hughes Electronics Corporation ... met
with then-Secretary of State Warren Christopher, and requested that satellites be
regarded as commercial, as opposed to military, goods. Christopher agreed to
conduct a detailed interagency review with officials from the Defense Department,
the National Security Agency, the CIA, and other agencies.
Soon, however, a majority of the interagency group, including Christopher, had
concerns about the security ramifications; disagreeing with Loral, Hughes, and
the aerospace industry generally. They thus recommended that satellites
continue to be categorized as military on the State Department's munitions list.
Commerce Secretary Brown, a former chairman of the Democratic National
Committee and a prolific fund-raiser, appealed the decision to the President.
Clinton sided with Loral and the industry, in a decision that was publicly
announced in March 1996.
The Commerce Department thus was entrusted with the national security
issues surrounding satellite technology.
Worse, weeks earlier a Chinese rocket carrying a $200 million Loral satellite had
crashed seconds after liftoff in southern China, killing and injuring civilians on the
ground. The China Great Wall Industry Corporation-- the Chinese government's
missile, rocket, and launch provider-- asked Loral to help pinpoint the cause of
In the collaboration that ensued, engineers from Loral and other companies
identified potential causes that the Chinese engineers had overlooked. As a
result, China may be able to improve the accuracy of its intercontinental
ballistic missiles (ICBMs), 12 of which are aimed at U.S. cities (including
Honolulu and Pearl Harbor?)
The Pentagon and the CIA found that both Loral and Hughes had "greatly
damaged U.S. national security." The State Department warned White
House aides that Loral had engaged in "unlawful" and "criminal" activity. . .
. The Justice Department began a formal criminal investigation into the
Amid all this, in the chutzpah department, Loral had another satellite deal pending
with the Chinese, and once again wanted a waiver from the President. "Sandy"
Berger, Clinton's national security adviser, and other administration officials
recommended that Loral be given the green light, although they acknowledged in
a memo to Clinton that such a decision might be perceived as letting Loral "off
the hook on criminal charges for its unauthorized assistance to China's ballistic
missile program." Meanwhile, Justice Department prosecutors warned that
approving the waiver request would seriously jeopardize the Loral investigation.
On Feb 18, 1998, the President approved the deal and signed the waiver....
The wheeling and dealing were not occurring in a vacuum. Months earlier,
in July 1997, the President had been briefed that China, through years of
spying and outright theft, had obtained some of the most sensitive U.S.
military technology, including nuclear weapons design.
And the Democratic Party was deeply embroiled in scandal over illegal
contributions from China, part of a systematic campaign to influence the
1996 U.S. presidential election. The Senate Governmental Affairs
Committee had recently found "strong circumstantial evidence that the
Government of the People's Republic of China was involved in funding,
directing, or encouraging some of these foreign contributions."
Clinton had been criticized for months for repeatedly stonewalling requests from
the Senate committee and the news media for information, and more than 45
witnesses had fled the country or invoked the Fifth Amendment. The President
and his administration, the Senate committee found, "took no action whatsoever
to persuade such individuals to cooperate."
More foreboding, 80 percent of the illegal foreign contributions had been raised
by two longtime Clinton friends, John Huang and Charlie Trie. Huang took the
Fifth and Trie fled to China. (Huang later decided to cooperate with the Justice
Dept and pleaded guilty to one felony charge. Trie voluntarily surrendered to U.S.
authorities in Feb 1998 and pleaded guilty to violating federal campaign finance
laws the following May.)
At the very least, it strains credulity that any President, including Clinton, would
have approved the multimillion-dollar waivers to this company under all these
troubling circumstances in no money had passed into the party coffers. In fact,
well over $1 million was lavished upon the Democratic Party....
In 1999, a select House committee chaired by Representative Christopher Cox,
a Republican from California, produced an 872-page report that was unanimously
approved by its five Republican and four Democratic members...
The committee found that China's "acquisition efforts [of American military
technology] over the past two decades" had been a "serious, sustained"
The committee specifically criticized Loral and Hughes for passing "illegally
transmitted" information to the Chinese that was "useful for the design and
improved reliability" of future Chinese ballistic missiles.
The report said that the Clinton Administration's policy of permitting businesses to
police their own technology sales abroad has not worked, because the national
security interest "simply may not be related to improving a corporation's 'bottom
But it sure worked well for the companies, China, and the Democratic Party....
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NOW, IF ALL THIS IS NOT ENOUGH TO RUFFLE YOUR FEATHERS -- DID
YOU KNOW THAT FRANCE'S
AXA FINANCIAL COMPANY
IS THE #1 INSTITUTIONAL INVESTOR IN
LORAL SPACE AND COMMUNICATIONS ?
AND THAT, AFTER MORE THAT A HALF-CENTURY,
INVESTIGATIONS HAVE REVEALED THAT
MAY HAVE OBTAINED MUCH OF ITS WEALTH AT
THE EXPENSE OF NAZI HOLOCAUST VICTIMS!
AND, FINALLY, DID YOU KNOW THAT AXA FINANCIAL
IS ALSO THE #1 INVESTOR IN
GOLDMAN SACHS !
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SINOPEC - From American City Business Journals, Inc. - March 27, 2001:
Chinese corruption probe targets
DALLAS -- Six months after China-based oil company Sinopec made a $3.5
billion offering to foreign investors, a top executive has been suspended and is
under investigation on corruption allegations related to "economic problems," The
Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday.
Among the key investors in the company, also known as China Petroleum &
Chemical Corp., is Irving-based ExxonMobil Corp., BP Amoco P.L.C. and
Royal Dutch Shell Group.
The Journal said their combined investment in the IPO of the Chinese oil venture
exceeded $1.8 billion.
The Journal quoted a spokesman with Sinopec as saying 59-year-old Han
Qingzhi, the general manager of wholly owned subsidiary Sinopec Sales Co.,
was relieved of his duties more than a week ago.
The company official did not elaborate on the focus of the investigation, which
reportedly has drawn the attention of Chinese government graft inspectors.
The top official of Hubei Xinghua Co., another Sinopec subsidiary, was
given a suspended death sentence last year for embezzling $600,000 from
the oil company, The Journal reported.
– Copyright 2001 American City Business Journals Inc.
During her term as Attorney General, Janet Reno steadfastly refused to appoint
a special counsel to look into the 1996 Clinton/Gore fund-raising campaign
because "in her opinion" she saw no credible evidence of any intentional
wrongdoing. Gore was merely UNAWARE that the Buddhist temple
“OUTREACH EVENT” was a POLITICAL FUND-RAISER.
Norman Mineta was confirmed as Clinton’s Secretary of Commerce, and
China received its ‘most-favored-nation’ trade status.
At the beginning of his term as President of the United States of America in 2001,
George W. Bush, Jr. (R), in a highly unusual move, selected Norman Mineta
(D) as his Secretary of Transportation.
History might remember Mr. Mineta as being in charge of our nation’s
transportation safety on September 11, 2001, when terrorists hi-jacked four
airline passenger jets and delivered the most devastating attacks on
American soil ever, crippling our nation’s transportation systems and our
way of life to an extent never before imagined.
– September 22, 2001, by The Catbird
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Crouching Dragons ~ Hidden Rats
Dirty Money, Dirty Politics & Bishop Estate
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The Indonesian Connection
Predators of Paradise
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Vultures of The Sandwich Isles
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