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Richard Perle resigns

Richard Perle, a former Reagan administration
Pentagon (news - web sites) official, resigned Thursday as chairman of the
Defense Policy Board that is a key advisory arm for Defense Secretary
Donald H. Rumsfeld.
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Key Rumsfeld Adviser Resigns His Post
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By ROBERT BURNS

WASHINGTON - Richard Perle, a former Reagan administration
Pentagon (news - web sites) official, resigned Thursday as chairman of the
Defense Policy Board that is a key advisory arm for Defense Secretary
Donald H. Rumsfeld.

In a brief written statement, Rumsfeld thanked Perle for his service and
made no mention of why Perle resigned. He said he had asked Perle to
remain as a member of the board.

"He has been an excellent chairman and has led the Defense Policy Board
during an important time in our history," Rumsfeld said. "I should add that I
have known Richard Perle for many years and know him to be a man of
integrity and honor."

Perle was an assistant secretary of defense during the Reagan
administration. He took the advisory board chairman's post early in
Rumsfeld's tenure.

Perle became embroiled in a recent controversy stemming from a New
Yorker magazine article that said he had lunch in January with controversial
Saudi-born businessman Adnan Khashoggi and a Saudi industrialist.

The industrialist, Harb Saleh Zuhair, was interested in investing in a venture
capital firm, Trireme Partners, of which Perle is a managing partner. Nothing
ever came of the lunch in Marseilles; no investment was made. But the New
Yorker story, written by Seymour M. Hersh, suggested that Perle, a
longtime critic of the Saudi regime, was inappropriately mixing business and
politics.

Perle called the report preposterous and "monstrous."

Perle, 61, was so strongly opposed to nuclear arms control agreements with
the former Soviet Union during his days in the Reagan administration that he
became known as "the Prince of Darkness."
resigned? 27.Mar.2003 17:28

pointer

"Rumsfeld thanked Perle for his service and made no mention of why Perle resigned. He said he had asked Perle to remain as a member of the board."

One wonders if this is truly a resignation, then. Perle could be making a ton of money by influencing US policy--paid membership on the board notwithstanding.

Demand an investigation! 27.Mar.2003 18:54

Dade Cariaga

Be sure to write your representative and senators and demand that this matter be investigated fully. This is just the tip of the iceberg....if they ever crack the books open on this administraton, that obscene house of cards will fall flat.

You can contact your senators and reps by going here:
 http://www.senate.gov/
and
 http://www.house.gov

Be sure to write them and demand that Richard Perle be investigated for conflict of interest in his dealings with Autonomy, plc and Trireme Corporation.

Could this be the first crack in the dam? Help make it so!

More Lies 28.Mar.2003 00:45

Ed Harley

All the corporate media hacks are calling it a 'resignation', but he's still on the board... it's all a formality anyway. He's a chief puppeteer and high ranking member of the shadow government. He's not going anywhere.