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Summary of Massive Criminality of Bush Administration: The 33 Court Suits/Crimes,are more?

It's basically Bush and about 10 cronies against the entire United States--and the world.

The slow cool workings of the law are already in play against them. That is why they want to topple the whole framework of law and create an American corporate media and corporate miltiary dictatorship. This little talisman can clear the lies--if you read this list each morning. Share widely. It will guard your mind and the mind of others. ;-)

Out of curiosity, am I leaving any out?
1. 1990s:GW Bush insider trading, pre-collapse Harken: made $849,000.
2. Aug.'00: Cheney (a) becomes illegal VP candidate (illegal for Bush and Cheney to be from same state on a party's ticket for president/vice president)...
3. (b) as Swiss prosecutors impound $130M+ in allegedly laundered fund of his & KBR(Halliburton)used as bribery account for Caspian oil contracts.
4. Head DOJ, Ashcroft, broke campaign finance laws in his failed '00 Senate race.
5. Ashcroft's '00 Senate challenger, Callahan, dies mysteriously shortly before the election in a light plane crash. Ashcroft still loses the election to dead man and to stand-in Callahan's wife.
6. Bush's head of "corporate crime taskforce" is a recidivist corporate criminal. He was appointed/confirmed pre-911, May 2001. Larry Johnston was dir. of credit card Company paying $400 M to settle consumer/securities fraud. Larry Thompson served on the board of the company, Providian Financial Corp., from June 1997 until he was confirmed by the Senate in May 2001, according to Securities and Exchange Commission documents. During that period, state, local and federal agencies investigated Providian for gouging its customers, who filed class-action lawsuits against the company. Providian paid more than $400 million in 2000 to settle the investigations and lawsuits.
7. Plus, Thompson sold his Providian stock when he became a Deputy Attorney General— said to be worth as much as $4.7 million — to comply with ethics rules. The sale came just months before the firm disclosed looming problems with credit card defaults that led to the collapse of its stock and thousands of layoffs. Providian's stock price began to slide after Sept. 4, 2001.
8. Insider trading is an issue in a separate lawsuit brought by stockholders and employees that accuses Providian officials of concealing financial problems while former CEO Shailesh Mehta and two other executives dumped shares. Providian's officers and directors, including Thompson, are defendants in the lawsuit brought by company employees who claim they urged large holdings of Providian stock in 401(k) retirement plans while they were employing questionable accounting methods and cashing in on their own shares. Thompson was not questioned about the case during his confirmation hearing for this Justice Department appointment.
9. Karl Rove held lots of energy stock while sitting in on Cheney's Energy Commission meetings in 2001.
10. Rove further arranges insider merger deals for companies he owns stock in, as the Bush Administration rubberstamps these Rove arranged deals. Plus, Rove sells his hundreds of thousands of dollars of Boeing stock pre 911.
11. Bush/Ashcroft criminally a hold/protect/hide already subpoenaed DOJ Clinton document that Ashcroft 'inherited' when was appointed as Bush's head of DOJ. Ashcroft subsequently refuses to share these documents even after a subpoena: this is a crime. Though he was scheduled to give them to Congress on 9-11-01,5:30 pm, nothing has happened since.
12. Bush National Transportation Safety Administration head, Marian Blakley, covers up the likely terrorist bombing one month after 9-11, of that plane that broke apart in mid air over Queens, NYC killing everyone aboard and others on the ground. Criminally, her only concern is to maintain the stock market price of the airlines involved, as her stories and explanations are made up on the fly and she is without any background in aviation (unless you count being an airline lobbyist who helped get rid of some environmental review legislation for airports in the 1990s). FBI had received warnings about terror on that day and day before. No one was warned.
13. Ashcroft refuses another subpoena to tell Congress exactly how the Patriot Act is being used.
14. Bush is without any legal evidence for connecting Al-Queda, bin Laden, or Saddam to 9-11--or to any post 9-11 terror or any WMD.
15. US's use of depleted uranium: a WMD war crime [int'l/UN treaty]
16. Mil. pre-emptive attacks on countries (Afghanistan/Iraq) are the original Nazi war crimes [WWII Nuremberg Laws & Trials Against Pre-emptive War]
17. DC based owner Riggs Nat. Bank subpoenaed by 9-11 victims who want to know if Riggs aided millions of dollars of fund transfers to claimed 9-11 hijackers. Princess Haifa used Riggs to send money to San Diego to Khalid Almidhar & Nawaf Alhazmi. Guy behind transfers: Omar Al Bayoumi. Pres./CEO Riggs: George Bush's uncle, Yale graduate Jonathan Bush.
18. Even a Federal Terror Prosecutor sues Ashcroft: Ashcroft obstructed terror investigations.
19. Judicial Watch's 2 suits: open Cheney/Bush '01 energy docs;
20. and Judicial Watch is suing on behalf of two shareholders in Halliburton who, it said, were deceived by fraudulent accounting which caused the shares to be overvalued.
21. Aug'03: Fed. weapons case against David Hudak, Vancouver, accused of amassing 1000s of warheads & training foreign troops, '94~, for counterterrorist strategies in Roswell. Hudak claims explosives sales initiated by Cheney's HBR. Judge rules Cheney unable to be mentioned in suit.
22. Schlund suit against Bush Admin.: FOIA "Bolles Papers" detail systematic overthrow of US: charges Bush w/vote rigging.
23. Boyd Graves suit against Bush & gov't, drop cover-up: "US Special Virus" program: ethnic-biased/specific bioweapon, AIDS.
24. BUSH ENGINEERED 9-11: (a) 9-11 Widow Mariani's RICO suit against Bush Administration as a whole
25. BUSH ENGINEERED 9-11: Stephen Hilton's $7B class action on behalf of 14 families of 9-11 victims.
26. Bush sued for rape. Plaintiff dies suspiciously,'04.
27. By March '04: there are 4 separate criminal probes against Cheney's HBR. Cheney still holds massive stock in HBR--through a ruse--by investing largely instead in the largest institutional investor of Halliburton instead of Halliburton directly.
28. 2
29. 3
30. 4
31. Plus, HBR is under investigation for bribery in Nigerian oil contracts from the state of Nigeria, when Cheney was CEO.
32. US military unconstitutionally keeping prisoners' names a secret. Without comment, New Jersey's Supreme Court denied a request by the state chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) to hear an appeal of the case. A state appellate panel overturned a lower court's ruling in June that would have forced federal authorities to release the identities. The ACLU said it was considering bringing the case before the US Supreme Court. US running one extrajudicial concentration camp that can hold around 50,000 people outside the continental US (Camp Gitmo). It was built by Halliburton.
33. Bush and Ashcroft (with Sen. Graham) construct Patriot One, which basically unconstitutionally strips many of the Bill of Rights. Patriot II does the same though more extreme.

pResidential Selection 2000 25.Mar.2004 03:29

GWB is Illegitimate

GWB was never "elected" to the White House. he was _appointed_ there by corrupt SCOTUS decision.

GWB is not a legitimately elected U.S. President, and he illegitimately occupies the White House.


Cheney, Energy and Iraq Invasion 25.Mar.2004 03:35

PDX IMC

Despite the Bush administration's repeated and insistent denials, petroleum politics may have played a crucial role in the U.S. invasion of Iraq.

The case Cheney vs. U.S. District Court is scheduled to be heard before the Supreme Court next month and could end up revealing more about the Bush administration's motives for the 2003 Iraq war than any conceivable investigation of U.S. intelligence concerning Iraq's purported weapons of mass destruction.


Firm With Ties to Cheney Faces Criminal Indictment in Cal Energy Scam 25.Mar.2004 03:37

PDX IMC

Later this month, the United States Attorney's office in the Northern District of California is expected to issue its first criminal indictment against an energy company for manipulating wholesale energy prices in California that could boost the state's claims that it's owed billions in refunds for overcharges. The company at the center of the probe is Houston-based Reliant Resources, Inc.

Reliant said in a news release March 8 that it was notified by the US Attorney's office about the pending indictment, which stems from allegations that the company deliberately shut down its power plants in California for a few days in June 2000, creating an artificial shortage and causing wholesale prices to skyrocket.

A spokesman for the US Attorney's office said he could not comment on pending cases, but he confirmed that his office is also seeking criminal indictments against several current and former Reliant employees whom he would not name. A Reliant spokesman said "the actions that are the subject of the United States Attorney's investigation were not in violation of laws, tariffs or regulations in effect at the time and intends vigorously to contest any charges."

The evidence the US Attorney's office will use against Reliant is a recorded transcript of a conversation between a Reliant electricity trader and a power plant operator that first emerged publicly a year ago. The conversation between the two employees seemed to settle the three-year long debate about the nature of California's energy crisis.

"[We] started out Monday losing $3 million... So, then we decided as a group that we were going to make it back up, so we turned like about almost every power plant off. It worked. Prices went back up. Made back about $4 million, actually more than that, $5 million," the Reliant trader says in a tape-recorded conversation on June 23, 2000.

The scheme worked. It caused power prices to reach "unjust" and "unreasonable" levels in California, which, under the Federal Power Act, is illegal.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the agency responsible for keeping the country's wholesale electricity and natural gas markets in check, released the transcript in February 2003 after announcing that Reliant agreed to refund California $13.8 million, without admitting guilt.

What's interesting about the allegations against Reliant is that the company has been connected to Cheney's energy task force, which met between January and March 2001 to work on Bush's National Energy Policy.

Reliant, along with Entergy and TXU, two other major electricity corporations based in Texas, hired Diane Allbaugh as a lobbyist. Allbaugh is the wife of Joe Allbaugh, "the only member of Bush's so-called iron triangle of trusted Texas cohorts to have served on the energy task force" and a director of the Federal Energy Management Agency, according to an Aug. 26, 2001 report in the Los Angeles Times.

Reliant, TXU and Entergy each paid Diane Allbaugh $20,000 for consulting work during the last three months of 2000, according to her January 2001 financial disclosure report. It's unclear whether she lobbied the energy task force on behalf of Reliant, TXU and Entergy, which would have certainly been a conflict-on-interest, but her husband, Joe Allbaugh, "has participated in task force talks with a direct bearing on the energy companies' interests generally, such as environmental rules for power plants and electricity deregulation--a specialty of his wife's," the Times reported.

"At least twice, Joe Allbaugh was privy to updates from (Bush) economic advisor Lawrence Lindsey (a former member of Enron's advisory board) on California's malfunctioning market, where Reliant stands accused by the state of overcharging," the Times reported.

According to evidence obtained by Congressman Henry Waxman, D-California, last year, the energy task force "considered and abandoned plans to address California's energy problems in its report."

Whether Joe Allbaugh or his wife Diane urged Cheney to abandon the issues related to California's energy crisis is unknown. Neither of them would return calls for comment and so far Cheney has refused to give up the names of the energy executives and lobbyists he met with. The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to take up that issue later this year.


Antonin 'The Fixer' Scalia Won't Step Aside From Cheney Energy Case 25.Mar.2004 03:42

PDX IMC

Antonin "The Fixer" Scalia, the Republican Partisan Who Stole the Election in 2000 for Bush, Refuses to Recuse Himself from Cheney Energy Secrecy Case. Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely!


GWB is Illegitimate President 25.Mar.2004 04:12

he was never elected

corrupt SCOTUS decision appointed Bush to the White House (with help from Diebold voting machines, his brother Jeb, Governor of Florida, and racist oppression of voters by Secretary of State Katherine Harris).

 http://www.commondreams.org/views01/0120-04.htm

 http://www.dissidentvoice.org/Articles9/Thompson_Diebold-2000-Fraud.htm

 link to www.gregpalast.com

he was not legitimately elected by vote of the American people, or by vote of Electoral College.


This is the best thread in a long time! 25.Mar.2004 06:34

swq

Indymedia might keep this thread going as a permanent feature of its site and everytime we discover another criminal act by the most corrupt administration in the history of the planet, we can add another nail for having them before the International Criminal Tribunal. They have done so much to neutralize that positive evolutionary step for humanity that it would add a note of justice to have them jail the lot of them somewhere in Africa for about 40 years...

facts? 25.Mar.2004 07:12

richard

I don't quite know where to begin with the dearth of facts...

One quick question: Where (in the law) does it say that two persons from the same state cannot run on the same ticket for President and Vice President?

old glory 25.Mar.2004 11:09

yak

>One quick question: Where (in the law) does it say that two persons from the same ?>state cannot run on the same ticket for President and Vice President?

well, article II section 1 of the constitution says "the electors shall meet in their respective states and vote by ballot for two persons of whom one at least shall not be an inhabitant of the same state with themselves." making it difficult for the texas electors (electoral college) to do its job. the XII amendment states much the same. i'm not sure there is a law that specifically disallows the pres and vice pres from being from the same state, just electors from voting for both from their state. this may be outdated and different in current law. i'm uncertain.

Bush and Enron: An Overview 25.Mar.2004 12:03

John Hoefle

Under energy deregulation, Texas and the South have become the most notorious havens for pirates since the Barbary Coast, home to energy companies which charge obscene prices for natural gas and electricity, and which get downright obnoxious whenever anyone dares to challenge their right to loot. The worst case may be Houston's Reliant Energy, on whose board sits Bush family consigliere, former Bush Administration Secretary of State and current lawyer for the robber barons, James A. Baker III. Reliant had the nerve to charge the State of California $1,900 per megawatt-hour for electricity in May, power which the state urgently needed to avoid blackouts. When California Gov. Gray Davis (D) publicly criticized Reliant--by name--for price gouging, a shill for Reliant amazingly replied that California had set the company up by accepting their bid, to embarrass poor innocent Reliant....

The involvement of Houston scion Baker with the energy pirates is but one of a plethora of incestuous connections between the Bush family, the Bush Administration, and the energy cartel. Enron, a company close to both the Bush hearts and the Bush pocketbooks (is there a difference?), has served as a virtual home away from home for members of the previous and current Bush administrations. When the one-term President George|I went down to a well-deserved defeat, several top-level officials went to work for Enron, either as officers or consultants--including Reliant's Baker--and George himself collected numerous, lucrative speaking fees from the company. Enron has also provided employment for a number of officials in the Bush II Administration, in addition to being the single largest financial contributor to the political career of President "Duh-bya.'' The relationship between Enron and the Bushes has been long, and profitable. As Vice President under Ronald Reagan, George Bush (George|I) headed a task force which pushed deregulation in both finance and energy, including advocating the repeal of the Public Utility Holding Company Act of 1935 (PUHCA), the law passed by Franklin Roosevelt to bust up the Morgan electricity cartel. While the PUHCA is still on the books, it has been substantially outflanked, in much the same way that the banks ignored Glass-Steagall--the FDR law which broke up the House of Morgan into J.P. Morgan and Morgan Stanley--prior to the repeal of that act in November 1999.

Enron repaid the favor in February 1993, when it announced that two former George|I Cabinet members, Secretary of State Baker and Secretary of Commerce Robert Mosbacher, had agreed to help the company to secure natural gas projects overseas. Both Baker and Mosbacher had previously been directors (and Baker's family among the founders) of Houston's elite Texas Commerce Bancshares, where Enron chairman Ken Lay was also a director.

Their international business experience and knowledge of governments around the world, as well as their great understanding of the energy business, will greatly enhance Enron's goal of becoming the world's first natural gas major,'' Enron's Lay said in announcing what the company described as a joint consulting and investing agreement with Baker and Mosbacher.

Enron also added Lt. Gen. Thomas Kelly (ret.) to its board. Kelly had served as director of operations for the Joint Chiefs of Staff during Bush's Persian Gulf War. In 1993, according to journalist Seymour Hersh, Baker, Mosbacher, and Kelly accompanied Sir George Bush on a trip to Kuwait, to help Enron secure a contract to rebuild energy plants that had been destroyed during the Gulf War. Enron also established close relations with Britain's Prince Charles, through large contributions to his Prince of Wales Trust. Such top-level influence-peddling opened doors for Enron around the world....

If the connections between Enron and the administration of George|I were tight, the connections between Enron and the "Duh-bya'' Administration are so close that it is difficult to tell where one begins and the other ends. The Bush Administration's two nominees to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) were approved in advance by Enron; the pair, former Texas Public Utilities Commissioner Pat Wood III, and former Pennsylvania Public Utilities Commissioner Nora Mead Brownell, are both close to Enron. Wood, a former Baker & Botts attorney, was appointed to his Texas position by then-Gov. George W. Bush, while Brownell (who some prognosticators have dubbed "Nora Mead Brownout'') helped Enron move into Pennsylvania. Needless to say, both Texas and Pennsylvania are deregulated states. Wood has been slated by the Bush Administration to become the next chairman of FERC, replacing current chairman Curt Hebert. Hebert, a deregulation zealot and protégé of Senate Minority Leader Trent Lott (R-Miss.), told the {New York Times} that a few weeks after Bush had appointed him as FERC chairman, he received a call from Enron's Lay, offering to support his chairmanship, if Hebert would support Enron's campaign to further deregulate and force states and utilities to open up their electricity transmission lines to Enron and its fellow marketers. Ultimately, Enron swung its weight behind Wood, to replace Hebert. (Behind the Wood-Hebert fight, according to rumor, is a battle between Enron and Southern Co. over coal. Enron wants stricter environmental regulations on coal, to boost its business selling coal-pollution credits, while Southern, a big supporter of Lott, wants looser coal regulations, to boost its generating profits. Southern, through its Southern Energy/Mirant spin-off, is also a major player in the non-utility electricity market.) Even without Wood and Brownell, FERC has proven to be a disaster. Part of its mandate, from FDR's PUHCA, is to enforce "just and reasonable rates'' for electricity, but FERC has been hard-pressed to find, much less correct, any price gouging in California. After all, as Enron President Jeffrey Skilling likes to ask, who's to say what "just and reasonable'' means? Skilling asked that very question on the June 5 edition of PBS's "Frontline,'' and then answered it by claiming that under the old regulatory system rates were way too high, and that under deregulation, rates would fall. Even more impressive, he said it with a straight face.

Enron also had significant input into the administration's national energy plan, including personal meetings between Lay and White House energy task force head Vice President Dick Cheney. Lay and Cheney are old acquaintances. While Cheney was CEO of Halliburton, his Houston-based Brown & Root subsidiary built Enron's new baseball park in Houston, modestly named Enron Field. Numerous other administration officials have either worked for Enron or have owned Enron stock. Secretary of the Army Thomas E. White, a retired brigadier general, was the vice chairman of Enron Energy Services, while economic adviser Lawrence Lindsey had a $50,000-a-year consulting job with the firm. U.S. Trade Representative Robert Zoellick served on Enron's Advisory Board. Both White House Chief of Staff Karl Rove and the Vice President's Chief of Staff Lewis "Scooter'' Libbey, owned significant amounts of Enron stock.

Enron, as we indicated previously, has been the single largest financial contributor to the political campaigns of President George W. Bush, with the company and its executives providing more than $550,000. Enron, Lay, and Skilling also gave $300,000 to the Bush-Cheney 2001 Presidential Inaugural Committee.

Other energy-related companies and their executives have also contributed heavily to Bush's political career. Brothers Sam and Charles Wyly, who run both the giant Maverick Capital hedge fund and independent energy company Green Mountain, have donated more than $220,000 to Bush's campaigns. Among the Pioneers, a designation for those who raised more than $100,000 for Dubya's Presidential bid, are the former head of Reliant Energy, Don Jordan, its current head Steve Letbetter, Edison Electric Institute head Thomas Kuhn, and, of course, Ken Lay. --posted 12/16/01


Enron - The Bush Connections 25.Mar.2004 12:05

Public Citizen

Enron's Web of Influence: The Political Players

The regulators

Wendy Gramm

Wife of Texas Sen. Phil Gramm; as Reagan-appointed chair of Commodity Futures Trading Commission, muscled through a measure exempting some energy trading from government oversight in 1993; joined Enron board five weeks later; Enron paid her between $915,000 and $1.85 million from 1993 to 2001.

Pat Wood

Named by Bush to chair Federal Energy Regulatory Commission; was Lay's personal choice to replace Curtis Hebert Jr., who disagreed with Lay on regulatory policies.

Harvey Pitt

Chairman of Securities and Exchange Commission was securities lawyer who represented Arthur Anderson, Enron's auditor.

The Bush connections

President George W. Bush

Received $312,500 from Enron and its employees for gubernatorial campaigns and $413,800 for presidential war chest and inaugural fund. Nicknamed Lay "Kenny boy."

Vice President Dick Cheney

Former energy executive met with Lay and other Enron officials six times while crafting Bush administration's energy policy, which reportedly contains 17 provisions sought by Enron; refuses to show records to Congress.

Lawrence Lindsey

Bush's chief economic adviser was paid a total of $100,000 as Enron consultant in 1999 and 2000.

Karl Rove

Bush's senior political adviser sold between $100,000 and $250,000 in Enron stock last June under advice of White House counsel, but participated in energy deliberations prior to sale.

George H.W. Bush

Former president, longtime friend of Lay, was key fund raiser and in 2000 went to a baseball game with Enron chief and future president. Lay slept over at Bush White House.

Alberto Gonzalez

White House counsel formerly worked at Vinson & Elkins, the Houston law firm that represented Enron and signed off on accounting schemes.

John Ashcroft

Attorney general disqualified himself from Justice Department criminal probe of Enron because he received $57,499 from company for his failed Missouri Senate re-election campaign in 2000.

Marc Racicot

Lawyer, handpicked by Bush to chair Republican National Committee, will retain his salary at firm that lobbies for Enron.

Donald Rumsfield

Defense secretary owned, and subsequently sold, $1,000-$15,000 in Enron stock.

Don Evans

As Bush's chief campaign fund raiser, the Commerce secretary accepted Lay's campaign donations and returned his call in October.

Spencer Abraham

Energy secretary received $10,500 from Enron executives for his failed 2000 Senate race in Michigan.

Elizabeth Moler

Second-ranking official in the Energy Department and former head of FERC in the Clinton administration; became a lobbyist for Enron in 1999, urging Congress to pass legislation that would give Enron easier access to interstate electricity markets.

Thomas White

Army secretary was Enron executive for 11 years; served as vice chair for Enron Energy Services, which a former employee claims used accounting tricks to create illusory earnings and hide losses; owned between $25 million and $50 million in Enron stock and more than $25 million in stock options at beginning of administration; vowed to privatize military energy services to allow companies like Enron to gain contracts; acknowledged discussing company's financial problems with Lay and other Enron employees 29 times last summer.

Robert Zoellick

U.S. trade representative was paid $50,000 as member of an Enron advisory board in 2000; owned $15,000-$50,000 in Enron stock

Charlotte Beers

Undersecretary of State owned $100,000-$250,000 in Enron stock at start of administration.

Margaret Tutwiler

Ambassador to Morocco, former senior aide, owned $15,000-$50,000 in Enron stock

Lewis "Scooter" Libby

Vice President Cheney's chief of staff owned $1,000-$15,000 in Enron stock, sold last February.

Nicholas Calio

White House director of legislative affairs owned $1,000-$15,000 in Enron stock, sold last August.


illegal, yes 25.Mar.2004 12:08

guy

it IS illegal for the president and the vice president to be from the same state. good thing cheney's official residence is in colorado, at least from about 4 months before the election. before that lets just say he had been "temporairly working for haliburton in texas". he was born in wyoming. so #2 is technically incorrect. (look at hiliary in NY - same thing) but hell, who's counting? and what about the 1973 arrest for cocaine? oh, i know it didnt make the news, but word has it the reason he had problems in the guard that year (as in didnt show up) is that he had been arrested for cocaine possession. no wonder they dont want to talk about THAT!

Strange and Convenient Shooting Death of J. Clifford Baxter—Enron executive 25.Mar.2004 12:15

wsws

The strange and convenient death of J. Clifford Baxter—Enron executive found shot to death

By Patrick Martin
28 January 2002

Without anything that can be called a serious investigation, local authorities in a wealthy Houston suburb have whitewashed the death of former Enron vice chairman J. Clifford Baxter, calling it a suicide. Baxter, 43, was found shot to death in his Mercedes Benz in the early hours of Friday morning, January 25, near his home in Sugar Land.

Baxter's body was discovered inside his Mercedes Benz, which was parked in a turnaround on a street near his home. Officials in Sugar Land moved swiftly to label Baxter's death a suicide. Local Justice of the Peace Jim Richard initially declared that Baxter died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound and no further inquiry was required. But within hours he reversed himself, citing the intense public interest in the death, and ordered an autopsy.

Harris County Medical Examiner Joye Carter conducted the autopsy and found the cause of death to be suicide by a "penetrating gunshot to the head." The weapon was a .38 caliber revolver which was found in Baxter's car, next to his body.

Neither the perfunctory official probe nor the media coverage has addressed the obvious suspicions aroused by the death of a critically important witness in the investigation into the criminal activities at Enron, the biggest corporate fraud in American history. Baxter quit as vice chairman of the company last May, after reportedly come into conflict with other top executives over the phony accounting gimmicks used to plunder billions of dollars.

The most disturbing account of Baxter's last days comes from a former business associate who spoke to the New York Times but was not identified by the newspaper. This person spoke with the former Enron vice chairman two days before his death and congratulated him "for being named among those people who complained about Enron."

According to the Times account, the unnamed associate added that Baxter "was talking about perhaps needing a bodyguard, though I'm not sure where that idea came from."

That a man only two days away from suicide would be considering hiring a bodyguard defies belief. But neither the Times nor any other media outlet has raised the possibility that Baxter felt his life to be in danger because of what he knew and could divulge about the internal affairs of Enron. Men have been killed for much less.

Baxter was named in a memorandum submitted by Enron Vice President Sheron Watkins last August to Chairman and CEO Kenneth Lay. Watkins warned Lay that dubious off-the-books transactions with private partnerships set up by top Enron officials might cause the company to "collapse in a welter of accounting scandals." She cited Baxter's opposition to one of these partnerships, set up by then-CEO Jeffrey Skilling, writing, "Cliff Baxter complained mightily to Skilling and all who would listen about the inappropriateness of our transactions with LJM."

Baxter received a subpoena from the Senate Government Affairs Subcommittee on Permanent Oversight and Investigation, along with 48 other people linked to Enron and Andersen. Investigators from the House Energy and Commerce Committee had told Baxter's lawyer that they wished to interview him, but had not yet issued a subpoena.

Representative James C. Greenwood, Republican of Pennsylvania and chairman of the committee's Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, said, "It seemed to us that he was a pretty highly placed insider at Enron who had understood exactly what was wrong there."

Both Enron and its accountant and business adviser, Andersen, have been engaged in massive, illegal shredding of documents and deletion of computer files. Billions of dollars are at stake in the collapse. The highest levels of the Bush administration are implicated in the corruption of the financial and political system that Enron exemplified.

Under such conditions, the sudden death of a crucial witness inevitably raises the suspicion that it is not just pieces of paper and computer data that are being destroyed to protect the corporate and political gangsters at the top, but human lives as well.

Given the organized shredding operation, a systematic effort to destroy incriminating documents, Baxter's evidence would be all the more critical, since he could testify, from the perspective of the highest levels of the company, what information Enron and Andersen were so afraid of. How can one not assume that Baxter, too, was "shredded" to prevent him from taking the witness stand?

A potential whistle-blower dies less than two weeks after his name first comes to public attention. What message does that send to others who might be considering testifying against Enron? And on top of that, the local police immediately declare his death a suicide. If there was foul play, those responsible have carried it out with impunity.

It is, of course, possible that Baxter actually took his own life. But no confidence can be placed in such a finding without a thorough investigation, and no such investigation can be expected from the local authorities in Houston, a metropolitan area where Enron was by far the most influential corporate power. (As one indication of its dominance, all the federal prosecutors in the US Attorney's office in Houston have had to recuse themselves from the Enron investigation because of financial or family ties to Enron.)

The circumstances of Baxter's life cast doubt on the verdict of suicide. He is not known to have been suffering from depression or any other mental health problem. He was a multimillionaire, having netted $30 million from the sale of his stock in the company before and after his departure from Enron last May. His family life was apparently happy, and he leaves a wife and two children, a 16-year-old son and 11-year-old daughter.

Far from being the target of media vilification, Baxter's name had been linked to the Enron affair in a way that was largely favorable. His first appearance in the coverage of Enron came when the Watkins memo was made public, presenting him as an opponent of corporate fraud.

Friends and business associates interviewed by the press expressed shock and surprise at his reported suicide, although there were conflicting accounts of his state of mind after the bankruptcy of Enron.

An executive of Portland Gas & Electric, a subsidiary which Enron acquired in a takeover organized by Baxter, told the New York Times: "My impression of Cliff Baxter was that this was an enormously confident guy who came up here to get the thing done, and he did. The image I had of him at the time is totally at odds with the tragedy today. I mean, he was self assured, he was very friendly. This was practically the last person in the world you'd ever expect to commit suicide."

See Also:

Enron and the Bush administration: kindred spirits in fraud and criminality
 http://www.wsws.org/articles/2002/jan2002/enro-j18.shtml
[18 January 2002]

New York Times defends Bush on links to Enron corporate fraud
 http://www.wsws.org/articles/2002/jan2002/enro-j10.shtml
[10 January 2002]

Enron: The real face of the "new economy"
 http://www.wsws.org/articles/2001/dec2001/enro-d06.shtml
[6 December 2001]


for guy, the word is much more than that... 25.Mar.2004 12:27

hjk

he was busted alright but apparently he got busted for taking large amounts of cocaine in a National Guard plane from Florida to Texas (and this is the good part) while accompanying dad's employees from Southern Air Transport on a typical distribution run. Some checking shows him also getting on the nerves of dad's employees in Asia a few years before flying around in Air America during its drug runs there.

facts (not fiction) 25.Mar.2004 13:05

richard

1. President William Henery Harrison and his Vice President John Tyler were both from Virginia in 1841.

2. Dick Cheney's official state of residence is Wyoming, not Colorado. Wyoming was his home state from his birth (1941) until 1969 when he moved to the District of Columbia. He returned to offical residency status in WY in 1977 and has retained residency to date.

3. After calling the FEC (Federal Elections Commission) I learned that there is no legal barrier against a president and a vice president running on the same ticket from the same state. Though it is not common practice, it is perfectly legal.

woah hjk! 25.Mar.2004 13:12

guy

please post some info on THAT! florida to texas with coke in a guard plane? you have a story?

also, what about his arrest for drunk-driving? hes the only pResident EVER to be elected with a criminal record. and he admitted it!

 http://www.cnn.com/2000/ALLPOLITICS/stories/11/02/bush.dui/

article on the cocaine arrest:

 http://www.salon.com/news/feature/1999/10/18/cocaine/

ok 'richard', Strike Number 2 25.Mar.2004 13:16

What About Numbers 1 - 33

and the rest?

'guy' - watch it 25.Mar.2004 13:22

He's a Coke Fiend, but

"only pResident EVER to be elected with a criminal record"

Bush was never elected.

a better way to phrase it would be: 'only pResident ever to enter the White House with a criminal record'.

corrupt SCOTUS decision appointed Bush to the White House (with help from Diebold voting machines, his brother Jeb, Governor of Florida, and racist oppression of voters by Secretary of State Katherine Harris).

 http://www.commondreams.org/views01/0120-04.htm

 http://www.dissidentvoice.org/Articles9/Thompson_Diebold-2000-Fraud.htm

 link to www.gregpalast.com

so not only is Bush the first pResident to debut at White House with a convicted criminal record,

he was never legitimately elected by vote of the American people, or by vote of Electoral College.


the point is: where are the data? 25.Mar.2004 13:29

richard

Look, I'm not trying to be a jerk here. But if people are going to post things like this they need to back it up with facts. A link to another website with anecdotes and suppositions isn't data. Typing in all capitals with lots of exclamation points isn't data. Writing authoritatively isn't data.

If you show me data - factual data - about what is alleged, I will believe you. I want to believe you. But don't treat me (and other Indymedia readers) as intellectually- challenged.

Readers of this website are natural skeptics (at least I and my friends are) and we are skeptical across the board - things that Bush says and things that people say about Bush.

Anyone can rant (hell, Dennis Miller has made a career out of it), but researching facts takes time. Let's not support the lazy ethic of this poster or others like him/her.

on number 2 25.Mar.2004 14:42

guy

richard, you are correct about wyoming vs colorado. i had asked a lawyer friend of mine and took his word without researching. obviously even lawyers can be wrong. it still stands that the electoral college is unable to cast votes for more than one person form their state, so i dont see how it could be legal. rather, it would be prefectly legal, but votes would be invalidated. see:
 http://www.tompaine.com/feature2.cfm/ID/3566
but you're also right that not many of these claims can be proven, not that that seems to bother most. take for example #24 and #25 that bush engineered 9/11. given the common left notion that bush is a moron, i need a little bit of PROOF for that one. so he is a moron mastermind?
look, i would also like some proof that al-qeada did 9/11 which doesnt seem to exist anywhere but in the imaginations of americans, but to assume therefore bush did it is just dumb. if anyone can post anything that implicates al-qaeda i'd love to see it. as far as my research has taken me the only proof offered that al-qaeda did 9/11 is this: atta's passport on the ground, two blocks from the former WTC. im serious, if anyone else knows of any direct evidence of al-qaeda 9/11 connection i'm all ears.

 http://911research.wtc7.net/cache/disinfo/deceptions/guardian_usluckyfinds.html
 http://www.alternet.org/story.html?StoryID=15272

'richard' is an obfuscator - or DISINFORMATIONALIST TROLL. 25.Mar.2004 17:57

what data do you want?

list it off, specifically what you still require data on.

do you need to have your nose rubbed in it?

come on 'richard' - what on Earth are you talking about, already?

The Enron data is above.

The Ashcroft campaign violation data and death of his gubernatorial opponent data is above.

Lawsuits against Ashcroft for witholding / obstruction of terror evidence is above.

The Cheney / CalEnergy lawsuit data is above. There are hearings and lawsuits in progress.

The Cheney / Halliburton data is above. There are hearings and lawsuits in progress.

The Providian Insider trading data is above.

The unconstitutional, war criminal, human rights violations of Iraq/Afghanistan invasions, USA Patriot Act, and Guantanamo / Camp X-ray are above. There are hearings and lawsuits in progress, internationally.

The Iraq war data is posted above. where are the Iraqi WMDs, 'richard'?

The Bush Administration said they were there. Not only that, it was the many-times-over stated reason for the illegal Iraq invasion, which they are now trying to say "wasn't because of WMDs" or "WMDs don't matter", all of which are contradictory statements and 'explanations'.

never mind the Iraqi WMDs, 'richard': what was the reason that the US illegally invaded - and now militarily occupies to the tune of $4 billion and 20 US soldiers' lives/month - Iraq, over objections of the UN and international community?

for that matter, what was the reason that the US illegally invaded Afghanistan, over objections of the UN and international community?

the 'data' on supposed connections between Saddam Hussein and al-Qaeda has been widely and completely discredited.

as 'guy' already mentioned directly above, there IS NO CONNECTION between al-Qaeda and 9/11 besides Atta's 'miracle passport' - and that's some pretty flimsy evidence to base an illegal invasion of another country on, not to mention a "War On Terror".

here is the data on Bush's four-time violation of SEC laws  http://www.angelfire.com/ok5/pearly/htmls/bush-sec.html
 http://www.public-i.org/story_01_100400.htm

and illegal kickbacks from sale of Texas Rangers  http://www.makethemaccountable.com/tax/SaleOfBaseballTeam.htm

Anyone can rant, 'richard' (hell, Dennis Miller has made a career out of it), but coming up with researched, reliable facts takes time.

got any?

Rumsfeld Pockets Loot From North Korean Nuclear Sale 25.Mar.2004 18:30

Chris Floyd

March 4, 2003

Swing Blades

Rumsfeld Filled His Pockets with Pyongyang's Nuclear Loot
By CHRIS FLOYD

It's a well-known fact--oft detailed in this column--that the boys in the Bush Regime swing both ways. We speak, of course, of their proclivity--their apparently uncontrollable craving--for stuffing their trousers with loot from both sides of whatever war or military crisis is going at the moment.

That's why it came as no surprise to read last week that just before he joined the Regime's crusade against evildoers everywhere (especially rogue states that pursue the development of terrorist-ready weapons of mass destruction), Pentagon warlord Donald Rumsfeld was trousering the proceeds from a $200 million deal to send the latest nuclear technology--including plenty of terrorist-ready "dirty bomb" material--to the rogue state of North Korea, Neue Zurcher Zeitung reports.

In 1998, Rumsfeld was citizen chairman of the Congressional Ballistic Missile Threat Commission, charged with reducing nuclear proliferation. Rumsfeld and the Republican-heavy commission came down hard on the deal Bill Clinton had brokered with North Korea to avert a war in 1994: Pyongyang would give up its nuclear weapons program in exchange for normalized relations with the United States, plus the construction of two non-weaponized nuclear plants to generate electricity. The plants were to be built by an international consortium of government-backed business interests called KEDO.

Rum deal, said Rummy: those nasty Northies would surely turn the peaceful nukes to nefarious ends. What's more, even the most innocuous nuclear plant generates mounds of radioactive waste that could be made into "dirty bombs"--hand-carried weapons capable of killing thousands of people. The agreement was big bad juju that threatened the whole world, Rumsfeld declared.

Of course, that didn't prevent him from trying to profit from it. Even while he chairing commission meetings on the "dire threat" posed by the Korean program, Rumsfeld was junketing to Zurich for board meetings of the Swiss-based energy technology giant, ABB, where he was a top director. And what was ABB doing at the time? Why, negotiating that $200 million deal with North Korea to provide equipment and services for the KEDO nuclear reactors, of course!

Yes, nuclear proliferation is ugly stuff--but you might as well squeeze a few dollars from it, right? A smart guy always plays the angles--and, as the hero-worshiping American media never stop telling us, Rumsfeld is one smart guy.

In fact, he's so smart that he's now playing dumb. A Pentagon spokesman says Rumsfeld "can't recall" discussing the Korean deal at ABB board meetings. And his erstwhile ABB corporate colleagues say that it's possible the subject never came up. Of course it didn't; going into the nuclear business with a Communist tyranny that very nearly launched a nuclear war against the West just four years before, in a deal that involved high-level negotiations with the governments of the United States, South Korea, Japan and the European Union--that's certainly the kind of thing that would be handled by a couple of junior executives in a branch office somewhere. Nothing for the bigwigs--especially hard-wired government players like Rumsfeld--to trouble their pretty heads about. A perfectly reasonable explanation.

And so Rumsfeld joins the roster of Bush Regime multimillionaires who once trumpeted their "business savvy" as selling points for their right to national leadership but now claim to have been "hands-off" figureheads who had no idea what their companies were up to. Bush, in his sinkhole of insider trading and stockholder scamming at Harken; Cheney, making fat deals with Saddam Hussein (yes, after the Gulf War) and muddying up the corporate books at Halliburton; Army Secretary Thomas White, gaming the power grid and stealing millions for Enron in the manufactured California "energy crisis"--all of them went from mighty moguls to mere "front men" the instant their corruption was brought to light. None of it was their fault; nothing ever is.

Whatever happened to Bush's much-trumpeted "era of responsibility?" These guys are not only chiselers, hustlers, hypocrites and war profiteers--they're a bunch of gutless wonders as well. So you'll pardon us if we are just the tiniest bit cynical about the "moral arguments for war" and other such buckets of warm spit this gang is now forcing down the world's throat.

Postscript 1: Losing the Plot And what became of that 1994 pact with North Korea? UN inspectors entered the country to make sure the weapons program was put on ice. Pyongyang signed a number of lucrative deals with various politically-connected Western firms, like ABB, to build the promised energy plants, while waiting for the normalization of relations with the United States to begin--a move which most observers thought would set North Korea on a course toward China-style "moderation" of its monolithic regime.

But normalization never came. Clinton, pressured by rightwing forces (such as Rumsfeld's commission) who opposed any truck whatsoever with godless commies, did his usual folding number, with much windy suspiration of forced breath--and no action. The KEDO companies pocketed Pyongyang's cash but dithered about the actual construction. Pyongyang--while not exactly a font of smiling cooperation itself--concluded that the pact was being deep-sixed. This suspicion was confirmed when Bush took office, calling Korean leader Kim Jong Il a "pygmy" and declaring the county part of the "Axis of Evil."

Pyongyang then accelerated its weapons program, kicked out the UN inspectors, and is now threatening to unleash a nuclear war if Bush, a la Iraq, makes a "pre-emptive strike."

A dicey situation, sure--but at least Don Rumsfeld made some money out of it.

Postscript 2: Red Don Rising The Korean caper was not the first time Rummy signed up for both teams, of course. There is the little matter of his former financial tryst with the leaders of Communist China -a most Bushian affair, featuring ruling family members profiting from Daddy's government power.

It happened on this wise. A few months after Rumsfeld joined the Bush Regime stable, the American master of war bagged an estimated $500,000 by cashing in his joint investment with Jiang Mianheng, son of former Chinese president Jiang Zemin. The pair had been partnered in Shanghai's Red Flag Software, which is used by the godless Chinese commies to, er, block attempts by American spies to penetrate Beijing's computer networks. Naturally, Red Rum was not bothered by these national security considerations--not when there was easy money to be had.

Politically-Connected Insiders of the World, Unite!

Chris Floyd is a columnist for the Moscow Times and a regular contributor to CounterPunch. He can be reached at:  cfloyd72@hotmail.com


CNN Survey Shows Overwhelming Public Support For Cheney Lawsuit 25.Mar.2004 18:44

Judicial Watch

For Immediate Release

Jul 11, 2002 Contact: Press Office
202-646-5172


OVERWHELMING PUBLIC SUPPORT FOR JUDICIAL WATCH LAWSUIT AGAINST VP CHENEY & HALLIBURTON

CNN Internet Survey Shows 95% of Americans Want Answers From VP Cheney Regarding Halliburton Accounting

Lawsuit is Strong Legal Action During Period of Financial Crisis Marked by Political Rhetoric and Posturing

(Washington, DC) Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption and abuse, said today that the lawsuit it brought on behalf of Halliburton shareholders against Vice President Dick Cheney, the other involved directors of Halliburton, as well as Halliburton and the Arthur Andersen accounting firm, for alleged fraudulent accounting practices, enjoys overwhelming public support.

A CNN poll, featured on the Internet web site of Lou Dobbs, the anchor and managing editor of "Lou Dobb's Moneyline" - the prestigious and authoritative financial and business news program - revealed that 95% of the respondents answered "Yes" to the question, "Should Vice President Dick Cheney answer questions about accounting at Halliburton?" A similar poll on the Judicial Watch web site (www.JudicialWatch.org) shows 83% of respondents answering "Yes" to the question, "Should Vice president Cheney be required to answer accounting questions about Halliburton?" Interestingly, both the "Moneyline" and Judicial Watch web sites are likely frequented by large numbers of economic and social conservatives. This proves that conservatives are as concerned as liberals about Cheney's alleged involvement in stock fraud.

"The American people are fed-up with corporate fraud and powerful politicians operating as if they were above the law. The life savings of millions of Americans have been devastated by a string of major bankruptcies and alleged fraudulent corporate accounting practices. President Bush and other Congressional leaders have spent weeks talking about cracking down on corporate fraud - but at Judicial Watch, we are doing something about it, not just talking about it. Vice President Cheney has a lot of questions to answer about his days at Halliburton, and President Bush should take responsibility for his Vice President. It is extremely hypocritical and improper for President Bush to chastise Wall Street and corporate CEO's and rush to propose more regulation of private industry while simultaneously dodging questions and making dismissive remarks about his Vice President's own alleged improper business practices," stated Judicial Watch Chairman and General Counsel Larry Klayman.


Halliburton's History Supporting Terrorist Regimes 25.Mar.2004 18:57

Jason Leopold

Halliburton's History Supporting Terrorist Regimes

Wednesday, 16 April 2003, 12:38 pm
Column: Jason Leopold
 http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0304/S00160.htm

Company Chosen By Pentagon To Extinguish Iraqi Oil Well Fires Has History Of Supporting Terrorist Regimes

By Jason Leopold

Kellogg Brown & Root, the company chosen last month by the Pentagon to extinguish oil well fires in Iraq, has a long history of supporting the same terrorist regimes vilified by the Bush administration and on at least one occasion defrauded the United States government to the tune of $2 million, according to public documents.

Halliburton, headed by Dick Cheney before he became vice president, and its KBR subsidiary did business with some of the world's most notorious governments and dictators - in countries such as Azerbaijan, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Libya and Nigeria. The company has routinely skirted U.S. sanctions placed on these countries and lobbied the U.S. government to lift sanctions so it could set up new partnerships and create new business opportunities in these countries.

Still, the Pentagon awarded the Iraqi oil well contract to KBR without competitive bidding; a move that some Democratic lawmakers in Congress said was based on favoritism because of Cheney?s ties to the company.

Charges of cronyism led the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Monday to open the job of putting out Iraqi oil well fires to other firms that will now bid for the multibillion -dollar contract and KBR would have to compete with other companies for the right to finish the job. The Army Corps of Engineers said it would seek new bidders to rebuild Iraq's oil infrastructure, considered the key to reviving that country's economy.

KBR and Halliburton have broken U.S. laws on numerous occasions while Cheney was chief executive and as far back as 1978. Moreover, the company inflated the price of some of its military contracts and defrauded the government.

Last year, KBR agreed to pay the U.S. government $2 million to settle allegations it defrauded the military while Cheney was chief executive of parent company Halliburton. KBR was accused of inflating contract prices for maintenance and repairs at Fort Ord, a now-shuttered military installation near Monterey, Calif. The lawsuit, filed in Sacramento, alleged KBR submitted false claims and made false statements in connection with 224 delivery orders between April 1994 and September 1998.

KBR and Halliburton has also paid out settlements to end investigations and lawsuits on half-a-dozen other occasions.

In 1978, a grand jury indicted KBR on charges that it colluded with a competitor on marine construction work. KBR paid a $1 million fine to settle the charges. In 1995, the U.S. fined Halliburton $3.8 million for violating a ban on exports to Libya. Four years later, a Halliburton subsidiary opens an office in Iran, despite a U.S. ban on doing business in that country. In 2001, Halliburton shareholders lash out at company executives for its pipeline project in Burma, citing that country's human-rights abuses.

Also in 2001, watchdog groups blast Cheney for placing 44 Halliburton subsidiaries in foreign tax havens.

Halliburton's dealings in six countries - Azerbaijan, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Libya and Nigeria - show that the company's willingness to do business where human rights are not respected is a pattern that goes beyond its involvement in Burma. A May 2001 report in the Multinational Monitor identified the following countries in which Halliburton and its KBR unit did business with, despite U.S. sanctions and charges of human rights abuses.

Azerbaijan. Dick Cheney lobbied to remove Congressional sanctions against aid to Azerbaijan, sanctions imposed because of concerns about ethnic cleansing. Cheney said the sanctions were the result only of groundless campaigning by the Armenian-American lobby. In 1997, Halliburton subsidiary Brown & Root bid on a major Caspian project from the Azerbaijan International Operating Company.

Indonesia. Halliburton had extensive investments and contracts in Suharto's Indonesia. The post-Suharto government during a purging of corruptly awarded contracts canceled one of its contracts. Indonesia Corruption Watch named Kellogg Brown & Root (Halliburton's engineering division) among 59 companies using collusive, corruptive and nepotistic practices in deals involving former President Suharto's family.

Iran. Dick Cheney has lobbied against the Iran-Libya Sanctions Act. Even with the Act in place, Halliburton has continued to operate in Iran. It settled with the Department of Commerce in 1997, before Cheney became CEO, over allegations relating to Iran for $15,000, without admitting any wrongdoing.

Iraq. Dick Cheney cites multilateral sanctions against Iraq as an example of sanctions he supports. Yet since the war, Halliburton-related companies helped to reconstruct Iraq's oil industry. In July 2000, the International Herald Tribune reported, "Dresser-Rand and Ingersoll-Dresser Pump Co., joint ventures that Halliburton has sold within the past year, have done work in Iraq on contracts for the reconstruction of Iraq's oil industry, under the United Nations' Oil for Food Program." A Halliburton spokesman acknowledged to the Tribune that the Dresser subsidiaries did sell oil-pumping equipment to Iraq via European agents.

Libya. Before Cheney's arrival, Halliburton was deeply involved in Libya, earning $44.7 million there in 1993. After sanctions on Libya were imposed, earnings dropped to $12.4 million in 1994. Halliburton continued doing business in Libya throughout Cheney's tenure. One Member of Congress accused the company "of undermining American foreign policy to the full extent allowed by law."

Nigeria. Local villagers have accused Halliburton of complicity in the shooting of a protester by Nigeria's Mobile Police Unit, playing a similar role to Shell and Chevron in the mobilization of this 'kill and go" unit to protect company property. Dick Cheney has been a strong advocate for preventing or eliminating federal laws that place limits on Halliburton's ability to do business in these countries.

Before it awards the contract this time around, the Pentagon ought to consider that KBR, which the Army Corps of Engineers says is most qualified to extinguish Iraq?s oil well fires, supports the same terrorist regimes we?re at war with.


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- Jason Leopold is a freelance journalist based in California, he is currently finishing a book on the California energy crisis. He can be contacted at  jasonleopold@hotmail.com.


Cheney Led Halliburton To $3.8 Billion Feast at Federal Trough 25.Mar.2004 19:06

Knut Royce and Nathaniel Heller

Investigative Report
 link to www.public-i.org

Cheney Led Halliburton To Feast at Federal Trough

State Department Questioned Deal With Firm Linked to Russian Mob

By Knut Royce and Nathaniel Heller

(Washington, August 2) Under the guidance of Richard Cheney, a get-the-government-out-of-my-face conservative, Halliburton Company over the past five years has emerged as a corporate welfare hog, benefiting from at least $3.8 billion in federal contracts and taxpayer-insured loans.

One of these loans was approved in April by the U.S. Export-Import Bank. It guaranteed $489 million in credits to a Russian oil company whose roots are imbedded in a legacy of KGB and Communist Party corruption, as well as drug trafficking and organized crime funds, according to Russian and U.S. sources and documents.

Those claims are hotly disputed by the Russian oil firm?s holding company.

Halliburton, which lobbied for the Ex-Im loan after the State Department initially asserted that the deal would run counter to the "national interest,? will receive $292 million of those funds to refurbish a massive Siberian oil field owned by the Russian company, the Tyumen Oil Co., which is controlled by a conglomerate called the Alfa Group.

The April Ex-Im taxpayer-insured loan, which has the effect of reducing the borrower?s interest rate and extending its repayment term, is but the latest of a series of government bank guarantees from which Halliburton has benefited under Cheney, who joined the company as chairman and chief executive officer in 1995.

Since then Halliburton and its subsidiaries have undertaken foreign projects in which Ex-Im and its sister U.S. bank, the Overseas Private Investment Corp., have guaranteed or made direct loans totaling $1.5 billion, mostly over the last two years. That compares with a total of about $100 million the government banks insured and loaned in the five years before Cheney joined the company.

Under Cheney, Halliburton?largely through its Brown & Root subsidiary?has garnered $2.3 billion in U.S. government contracts, or almost double the $1.2 billion it earned from the government in the five years before he arrived. Most of the contracts have been with the U.S. Army for engineering work in a variety of hot spots, including Bosnia, Albania, Kosovo and Haiti.

On Aug. 2, Halliburton spokeswoman Wendy Hall issued this statement:

"The Ex-Im Bank loan to Tyumen Oil Co. was carefully investigated by the Ex-Im Bank and approved by its governing body.
Halliburton?s participation in the loan complies with all applicable United States law and Ex-Im Bank regulation.
The loan proceeds will be used to export millions of dollars of goods and services from the U.S. to Russia for much needed oil field improvements.

"These exports will create many jobs in the U.S.

"Any innuendo that Halliburton or Dick Cheney has acted improperly in connection with the Ex-Im Bank loan is false and misleading."

Though there is no evidence that Cheney has espoused business dealings with criminal organizations, Cheney has said publicly that the government should lift restrictions on U.S. corporations in countries that the U.S. government says have sponsored terrorism, such as Libya and Iran.


High-level access

Wall Street analysts praise Cheney?s stewardship of the company and attribute his ability to attract government contracts and grants to his high-level access to the corridors of power that stems from his days as defense secretary under President George Bush. If he becomes vice president, according to a Halliburton official who admires Cheney but asked to remain anonymous, "the company?s government contracts would obviously go through the roof.?

If Halliburton has benefited from government generosity, it also has reciprocated with substantial political contributions, largely to Republicans. During Cheney?s five years at the helm, the company has donated $1,212,000 in soft and hard money to candidates and parties, according to numbers compiled by the non-partisan Center for Responsive Politics. In the five years prior to his arrival, the company had given $534,750.

Though the White House has been Democratic during those years, Congress, which appropriates funds for OPIC and the Ex-Im bank, has been controlled by Republicans.

The goodwill generated by those political contributions and extensive lobbying by Halliburton and its allies on the Tyumen project helped save the day after the White House and State Department in December directed the Ex-Im Bank to delay approval of the $489 million credit guarantee. The administration wanted the breathing space after complaints by Western investors and companies that they had been defrauded by Tyumen in an unrelated dispute.

One of the aggrieved firms was BP-Amoco, the largest oil and gas producer in the United States. It and the others claimed that through fraud and other unsavory practices in a Russian bankruptcy proceeding, Tyumen had effectively "stolen? a vast oil field in which they held substantial equity.

BP-Amoco commissioned a private investigative report on Tyumen, which was slipped to the CIA through an intermediary.

That report, a CIA official confirmed, contained 2 1/2 pages labeled "criminal situation.? The CIA promptly classified the report "secret? and passed it along to the Ex-Im Bank. Further, the CIA briefed Ex-Im about its own material on Tyumen in December and told the bank that the BP-Amoco investigative report "tracked? with its own information.


'Criminal situation'

The CIA declined to discuss with The Public i what was contained in the brief section labeled "criminal situation."

Marsha E. Berry, vice president of communications for the Ex-Im Bank, said that the bank was "not aware of Tyumen's connections to the mob. We take all due diligence in researching our partners and making sure that they are legitimate."

Paul Tumminia, an Ex-Im attorney who worked on the Tyumen account, said that the bank checked with both the CIA and the U.S. Embassy in Moscow and concluded that there was "no evidence to support the allegations? raised in the BP-Amoco report, which he said included links to Russian organized crime. He would not further discuss the allegations. He said that the CIA had rated Tyumen in the upper quartile of Russian oil companies in above-board business practices.

Some allegations of organized crime and drug activities involving Tyumen?s parent company, the Alfa Group, had been made public in Russia last year.

The allegations were contained in a report delivered in 1997 by anonymous officials from the FSB (the Russian equivalent of the FBI) to the national security committee of the Duma, or lower house of parliament.

A Russian-American specialist on business practices in the former Soviet Union who has worked with the White House and Pentagon told The Public i that the allegations contained in the 1997 report have been the subject of an investigation by the FSB but that the probe, for unexplained reasons, had been "put away for a better day."

Some of the key elements in the FSB report, a translation of which was obtained by The Public i, are virtually identical to those provided to a former senior American intelligence officer two years earlier by a former KGB major who had been part of the Soviet spy agency?s ideological counterintelligence branch.

The former U.S. intelligence officer, who asked to not be further identified, wrote a contemporaneous report of what the former KGB major, at the time working for two banks formed by the KGB, told him in 1995.The intelligence specialist provided a copy of his report to The Public i.


Money laundering, drug trafficking

That document and the FSB report claim that Alfa Bank, one of Russia?s largest and most profitable, as well as Alfa Eko, a trading company, had been deeply involved in the early 1990s in the laundering of Russian and Colombian drug money and in the trafficking of drugs from the Far East to Europe.

The former KGB major, who with the fall of communism in the late 1980s had himself been involved in the plan by the KGB and Communist Party to loot state enterprises, said that Alfa Bank was founded with party and KGB funds, and quickly attracted rogue agents who had served in anti-organized-crime units. "They (the rogue agents on the bank?s payroll) quickly determined that dealing in drugs would bring the highest profits with literally no risk in Russia," according to the former KGB officer.

He claimed that a "large channel of heroin transit was established from Burma through Laos, Vietnam, to the Far East [Siberia]." From there the drugs were camouflaged as flour and sugar shipments and forwarded on to Germany. The drug operation was controlled by a Chechen mob family, he said.

The FSB report, too, claimed that the Alfa Group?s top executives, oligarchs Mikhail Fridman and Pyotr Aven, "allegedly participated in the transit of drugs from Southeast Asia through Russia and into Europe."

Reached by telephone, Alexander Tolchinskiy, an officer of Alfa Bank in Moscow, described as "nonsense? the reports that Alfa or its bosses had been involved in the trafficking of drugs or the laundering of drug profits. Another Alfa official said that the reports were planted by representatives of a competing company, whom he would not identify, which wanted to take over the commodities trade.


'Way off the mark'

A lawyer at the blue-chip Washington law firm of Akin, Gump, which represents Tyumen, said that the claims that the company?s top officers had been involved in narcotics trafficking and money laundering were "way off the mark.? The lawyer declined to be further identified.

Rory Davenport of Fleischman Hillard, which handles Tyumen?s public relations in Washington, said that his firm had performed a background check on Tyumen and "there was no concern? about Tyumen.

Both the FSB and KGB reports cite an event in 1995 in which residents of a Siberian town became "intoxicated," according to the American?s report, and "poisoned," according to the FSB report, after they had eaten heroin-laced sugar that had been shipped in a rail car container leased to Alfa Eko, which specializes in the shipment of foodstuffs.

The account from the former KGB officer was that a railroad worker had stolen a sack of sugar from the container and sold it to the persons who became ill. The FSB document said that the incident occurred in Khabarovsk, a large city in Siberia. The former KGB officer only described the location as Siberia.

The FSB report said that within days of the incident, Ministry of Internal Affairs (MVD) agents conducted raids of Alfa Eko buildings and found "drugs and other compromising documentation."

Both reports claim that Alfa Bank has laundered drug funds from Russian and Colombian drug cartels.

The FSB document claims that at the end of 1993, a top Alfa official met with Gilberto Rodriguez Orejuela, the now-imprisoned financial mastermind of Colombia?s notorious Cali cartel, "to conclude an agreement about the transfer of money into Alfa Bank from offshore zones such as the Bahamas, Gibraltar and others. The plan was to insert it back into the Russian economy through the purchase of stock in Russian companies."

The account from the former KGB officer is unclear about Alfa?s alleged role with Rodriguez, but apparently confirms that "in 1993-94 there were attempts of the so-called ?Chess Player? [Rodriguez?s nickname] to launder and legalize large amounts of criminal money in Russia.? He reported that there was evidence "regarding [Alfa Bank?s] involvement with the money laundering of . . . Latin American drug cartels."


Pattern not unusual

The former KGB officer claimed that the Alfa empire had its roots in a cooperative formed by KGB officers in 1987 to import computers. It would profit by avoiding import duties and launder funds by creating phony invoices to themselves reflecting 500 percent markups in their cost.

The FSB document said that in the 1980s, Alfa?s Fridman "secretly cooperated with operatives of the KGB," was active in the Komsomol (Communist Youth League) and established the cooperatives Gelios and Orsk to purchase computers from abroad.

The former U.S. intelligence officer who interviewed the ex-KGB major said that such a pattern was not unusual. He said that the KGB and Komsomol often teamed up with bright young entrepreneurs like Fridman in the late 1980s and early 1990s and provided seed money to launch private ventures, often involving the importing of computers or the formation of banks. He said that Russian oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky, whose reputedly heavily mobbed-up Menatep bank folded in 1998, also got his seed money from the Komsomol and also initially dealt in computers. He said that 47 percent of the KGB agents in the Soviet Union had been groomed by Komsomol.

The FSB report also claims that top officials of the Alfa Group "cooperated" with a number of Russian crime organizations, notably the notorious Solntsevo mob family in Moscow. The Russian-American specialist on business practices in Russia, who has a wide array of contacts inside Russia?s law enforcement and intelligence communities, agreed that Alfa Bank, as well as others, are used by the Solntsevo crime family.

As with most of Russia?s post-Soviet privatization efforts, Alfa Group?s takeover of Tyumen Oil was complicated and fraught with allegations of impropriety. In July of 1997, Novy Holdings, a joint venture involving Alfa and a New York-based Russian-American firm, Access Industries, purchased a 40 percent stake in Tyumen Oil from the Russian government for roughly $810 million. The sale, however, was not without controversy. Russian President Boris Yeltsin himself instructed his privatization czar, Deputy Prime Minister Alfred Kokh, to "personally control the investment tender of the TNK company [Tyumen Oil]? because he was concerned that Tyumen?s worth might have been grossly undervalued due to Alfa?s improper influence on the audit of the oil giant.

A second cash auction for the remainder of the oil company was scheduled for later that year, with most analysts predicting that Alfa would seek to increase its stake to a majority position. But the auction was suspended in November of 1997, drawing criticism that the government was deliberately delaying the sale of Tyumen in order to give Alfa additional time to raise the necessary funds it needed to take control of the company. The most outspoken critic of Alfa?s attempt to wrest control of Tyumen was Viktor Paly, general director of Nizhnevartovskneftegaz, Tyumen Oil?s production subsidiary. Paly held a 9% stake in Tyumen Oil through an off-shore company Cadet Establishment.

By February of 1998, however, following meetings at Alfa?s offices in Moscow, Paly agreed to divest his stake in Tyumen Oil to Alfa. One month later, Alfa bought an additional 1.17 percent of Tyumen Oil as part of the long-delayed second auction, raising its total stake in the oil company to a 51 percent controlling position.


Was Cheney's chief of staff

Tyumen could have significant access to the White House should the Bush-Cheney ticket win in the November presidential elections. Tyumen?s lead attorney at Akin Gump is James C. Langdon Jr., a managing partner at the firm. He is also one of George W. Bush?s "Pioneers,? one of the elite fund raisers who have brought in at least $100,000 for the Republican presidential hopeful.

Last June in Washington, Langdon helped coordinate a $2.2 million fund raiser for Bush, and agreed to help recruit 100 lawyers and lobbyists in the capital to raise $25,000 each. Langdon?s secretary told The Public i that he was away on travel this week and could not be immediately reached.

Tyumen could also look to one of Cheney?s deputies for access should the Republicans triumph in November. One of Halliburton?s top lobbyists, Dave Gribbin, was Cheney?s chief of staff at the Defense Department during the Bush administration, and his lobbying activities have borne fruit for Halliburton over the last several years.

As with Halliburton?s campaign donations, the company?s lobbying expenditures increased under Cheney?s watch. In 1996, the company spent $280,000 on lobbying. In 1997, the company increased those expenditures to $360,000, to $540,000 in 1998, and to $600,000 in 1999.That upward trend parallels the increasing success Halliburton has had in winning government contracts, loans, and guarantees under Cheney?s direction.

Not surprisingly, several key issues relating to Halliburton?s success in securing government largesse appear frequently on the company?s lobbying reports. Among them are "OPIC Reauthorization,? Defense Appropriations Bills,? and "Foreign Operations Appropriations Bills Funding EXIM, OPIC, and TDA? [the Trade and Development Agency, a government agency similar to Ex-Im and one that also funds Halliburton projects around the world]. Gribbin also lists "EXIM,? "OPIC,? and "TDA? as federal agencies that were contacted as part of the company?s lobbying activities. Gribbin did not return repeated calls from The Public i.

In no small irony, the official Bush Web site, recently revamped to accommodate the addition of Cheney to the ticket, notes in the "Foreign Policy? section that the duo supports "redirecting American assistance, investment and loans to the Russian people, not to the bank accounts of corrupt officials.?


Export-Import Bank and Overseas Private Investment Corp. projects involving Halliburton: 1990- 2000

Year Amount Type Project Country
Ex-Im Bank:
1990 $311,482 guarantee Entreprise Nationale de Geophysique SP Algeria
1990 $311,482 loan Entreprise Nationale de Geophysique SP Algeria
1991 $2,975,030 guarantee Entreprise Nationale de Geophysique SP Algeria
1991 $2,975,030 loan Entreprise Nationale de Geophysique SP Algeria
1992 $1,055,730 guarantee Entreprise Nationale de Geophysique SP Algeria
1992 $1,055,730 loan Entreprise Nationale de Geophysique SP Algeria
1992 $29,742,049 guarantee Sonatrach Algeria
1992 $52,064,663 guarantee Sonatrach Algeria
*1994 $266,271,425 guarantee Samotlornefgaz Russia
1996 $88,535,400 guarantee Special Purpose Entity Angola
1997 $134,604,799 guarantee Sonatrach Algeria
1997 $15,393,372 guarantee Sonatrach Algeria
1998 $161,139,799 guarantee Pemex Project Funding Master Trust, The Mexico
1998 $375,379,380 guarantee Pemex Project Funding Master Trust, The Mexico
1999 $64,151,962 loan Soc National de Combustiveis de Angola Angola
2000 $400,000,001 guarantee Pemex Project Funding Master Trust, The Mexico
2000 $36,838,454 guarantee Samotlornefgaz Russia
$1,632,805,788
OPIC
1997 $100,000,000 insurance offshore gas development Bangladesh

* Carried over to year 2000 as part of guarantee to Tyumen.

Halliburton's fiscal year 1999 U.S. government contracts by agency (include subsidiaries of Halliburton)

Agency Total Amount No. of
Transactions
Department of Defense - Navy $28,180,000 326
Department of Defense - Army (Except Corps of Engineers) $624,926,000 461
Department of Defense - Air Force (Headquarters) $6,310,000 20
Department of Defense - Army Corps of Engineers $267,000 2
Department of Defense - Army Corps of Engineers -$4,654,000 2
Department of Defense - Defense Information Systems Agency $332,000 1
Department of Health and Human Services - National Institutes of Health $40,477,000 280
Department of Interior - Geological Survey $27,000 1
Department of Interior - Minerals Management Service $50,000 1
Department of Interior - National Park Service $99,000 3
Department of State $31,200,000 7
Environmental Protection Agency $172,000 1
National Aeronautics and Space Administration $52,901,000 136
$780,287,000 1241

Knut Royce is a senior fellow and Nathaniel Heller is the James R. Soles Fellow at the Center for Public Integrity. They were assisted by researchers Gil Shochat and Amy Zader.


Cheney Sued For Stock Fraud 25.Mar.2004 19:09

Judicial Watch

For Immediate Release
Jul 9, 2002 Contact: Press Office
202-646-5172


VICE PRESIDENT CHENEY SUED PERSONALLY FOR ALLEGED STOCK FRAUD

Alleged Fraudulent Accounting Practices Occurred At Halliburton

PRESS CONFERENCE
Date: July 10, 2002
Time: 9:00 A.M.
Location: Sheraton Hotel Parlor 1, 495 Brickell Ave Miami, FL

(Washington, D.C.) Judicial Watch, the group that investigates and prosecutes corruption by government officials, announced today that it is filing a shareholders suit in Dallas, Texas, against Vice President Dick Cheney and the other involved directors of Halliburton, as well as Halliburton itself, for alleged fraudulent accounting practices which resulted in the overvaluation of the company's shares, thereby deceiving investors and others.

The suit comes one day after President George W. Bush, who himself is enmeshed in allegations of insider trading when he was an executive, who sat on the audit committee of Harken Energy Company, announced a "plan" to crack down on corporate fraud. Ironically, it would appear that the President's rush to propose more regulation of private industry is intended to deflect attention away from his and his Vice President's own alleged improper business practices. President Bush has maintained that he was cleared by the Securities and Exchange Commission. Others have countered that the head of the agency was then an appointee of his father, President George H.W.Bush.

President Clinton and the Democratic Party used a similar gambit when they were caught taking money illegally from foreign donors, including the Communist Chinese. Instead of prosecuting vigorously the Clintons and other guilty politicians, new campaign finance laws were proposed to deflect attention away from alleged crimes.

"Whether it is the Enron, Arthur Andersen, Global Crossing, or now the Halliburton and Harken scandals, there is a dangerous intersection between politicians of all stripes, Democrat and Republican, attempting to feed at the trough of business greed. As is true of the Clinton scandals, the American people cannot look the other way just because the President and Vice President are allegedly involved. Indeed, Judicial Watch has already sued Democrat and Republican officials in the Enron and Global Crossing scandals. To look the other way for the Vice President would be to set a precedent that the Washington elite are above the law. This cannot be permitted if our democracy is to survive," stated Judicial Watch Chairman and General Counsel Larry Klayman.

In 1995 Halliburton was prosecuted and forced to plead guilty to trading with Libya, a terrorist state on the U.S. watch list.

A press conference will be held in Miami at 9:00 A.M. at the Sheraton Hotel at 495 Brickell Avenue to announce and detail this suit.

To view the complaint as filed, click here  http://www.judicialwatch.org/cases/92/complaint.htm.


still 33+ and counting....BUSH/CHENEY STILL AT LARGE, APB BULLETIN...BEWARE... 26.Mar.2004 15:30

original poster

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2. Aug.'00: Cheney (a) becomes illegal VP candidate (illegal for Bush and Cheney to be from same state on a party's ticket for president/vice president)...

Actually, it was only several days before the announcement that ol Cheney, Texas resident, suddenly decided to drop off some forms in Wyoming declaring that he was a resident there, which is patently a lie. When civic minded people attempted to point out to the world that this was illegal, taking the Republican party to court in the District Court in Lousiana (fine legal system they have there in Louisiana), the case was simply thrown out.


As for the previous mention of Harrison/Tyler, well, are you saying that since something illegal was done before and someone got away with it, it is fine? You have totally skipped the point about its unconstitutionality, and of course have attempted to veer the issue away from the other 32 anyway, as someone pointed out! Why is that?

Plus, I expect you probably thought Bush laughing over invading Iraq & killing upwards of around 15,000 people (Americans and Iraqis, approx. total so far) so far was pretty damn funny, and that the invasion of Iraq was funny as well as OK "becuase he has yet to be caught." Crimes are still illegal even if you are still at large--or working for the enemy, as you so well know...

#34: Agent sues FBI: were stopping him seizing Osama directed funds? 30.Mar.2004 23:44

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FBI agent: I was stymied in terror probe
By Nicholas M. Horrock
UPI Chief White House Correspondent
From the Washington Politics & Policy Desk
Published 5/30/2002 7:04 PM
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Wright said in his suit that the "seized funds" were linked directly to Saudi businessman Yassim Kadi and that on Oct. 12, 2001 Yassin Kadi, a.k.a. Yassin Al-Qadi, was designated by the U.S. government as a financial supporter of Osama bin Laden. An FBI spokesman said it had no direct comment on Wright's charges because of his pending lawsuit. The spokesman confirmed that the case, Vulgar Betrayal, was conducted by a task force including Wright. He said that the investigation found no connection to the 19 hijackers who carried out the Sept. 11 attacks or to those events.

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WASHINGTON, May 30 (UPI) -- A Chicago FBI agent charged Thursday that colleagues stymied his efforts to investigate the funding of Middle East terrorists in 1994 and 1995 to keep cushy surveillance assignments going and protect their jobs.

Special Agent Robert Wright said these activities "allowed foreign-born terrorist operatives, such as the perpetrators of the Sept. 11 attacks, to engage in illegal activities in the United States." He also disclosed that a Muslim FBI agent had accused him of religious discrimination during the investigation and he made public a sworn statement he had given on the charges.

Wright, who is attached to the Chicago Field Office of the FBI, held a Washington news conference sponsored by Judicial Watch -- a private, conservative watch dog group -- at which he read from and released a copy of a lawsuit he has launched against the FBI, and an exchange of letters about a book he is seeking to publish. He declined to answer questions.

In the lawsuit -- against the FBI and "unknown officials" of the FBI -- filed in the U.S. District Court in Washington, Wright said that agents attached to the FBI's International Terrorism Unit in 1994 and 1995 did not want terror suspects prosecuted and stymied his efforts prepare cases of their involvement in "well organized criminal activities."

"Indeed, there existed a concerted effort on the part of agents conducting counter-terrorism intelligence investigations to insulate the subjects of their investigations from criminal investigation and prosecution.

"The motive for this conduct his simple and quite disturbing," Wright charged. He said that by preventing the criminal prosecution of the subjects of their intelligence gathering "these intelligence agents avoided the new and additional work that would be required..." He said once these agents had a case going, "they would 'milk it' for years, not taking on any additional work." They regarded Wright and others who wanted to prosecute suspects "as a threat to their job security."

The net result, according to the lawsuit, was that "the FBI was merely gathering intelligence so they would know who to arrest when a terrorist attack occurred."

The suit said that one agent withheld the location and status of a terrorism suspect to stymie Wright's effort to find him. He said the bureau did not attempt to organize the various reports of terrorist activity that were coming in from around the country. Wright said it was his own analysis that discovered that "not for profit organizations were being used by the U.S.-based Hamas terrorist group as front organizations" to recruit, organize and train Hamas terrorists.

Hamas is a extremist Islamic group that says it carries out social welfare work in the Palestinian Territories, but which has also conducted and claimed credit for terrorist actions -- including suicide bombings -- against Israel.

The suit claims Wright initiated a corollary "Act of Terrorism" criminal investigation "against FBI management wishes," which led to a successful investigation code named "Vulgar Betrayal" and, on June 9, 1998, to the seizure of $1.4 million funds destined for terrorist activities.

Wright said in his suit that the "seized funds" were linked directly to Saudi businessman Yassim Kadi and that on Oct. 12, 2001 Yassin Kadi, a.k.a. Yassin Al-Qadi, was designated by the U.S. government as a financial supporter of Osama bin Laden.

An FBI spokesman said it had no direct comment on Wright's charges because of his pending lawsuit. The spokesman confirmed that the case, Vulgar Betrayal, was conducted by a task force including Wright. He said that the investigation found no connection to the 19 hijackers who carried out the Sept. 11 attacks or to those events.

Wright also released an 11-page sworn statement he said he provided Special Agent Mark Van Steenberg who was investigating charges by an unnamed Muslim agent who said he was discriminated against on the basis of being a Muslim and of Arab-Middle Eastern national origin.

Among the charges was that Wright "insinuated in a telephone call" on May 26, 1999, that Hamas had infiltrated the FBI through the Muslim agent and that the agent had refused to wear a recording device, allegations which damaged the Muslim agent's "professional reputation (and) questioned his integrity, credibility and loyalty to the United States of America."

Wright denied accusing the agent of being a plant for Hamas, but said that because of the agent's unwillingness to wear a wire in the investigation, he was concerned that the agent's religion was interfering with his duties.




 http://www.propagandamatrix.com/FBI_agent_I_was_stymied_in_terror_probe.htm

#35: ACLU Sues U.S. Government Over 'No-Fly' List, a class action suit 06.Apr.2004 18:17

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ACLU Sues U.S. Government Over 'No-Fly' List
author: Deborah Charles

Seven Americans filed a class-action lawsuit on Tuesday to challenge the U.S. government's "no-fly" list that stops suspected terrorists from boarding planes.

The lawsuit claims the list violates constitutional rights of due process and against unreasonable search and seizure.

"Individuals whom the TSA concedes are not security threats continue to be identified on the no-fly list," the ACLU wrote in the lawsuit, filed in federal court in Seattle.

"Passengers have no meaningful opportunity to clear their names and avoid being subjected to these delays, searches and stigma virtually every time they fly."
ACLU Sues U.S. Government Over 'No-Fly' List

Tue Apr 6, 2004 04:53 PM ET
By Deborah Charles

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Seven Americans filed a class-action lawsuit on Tuesday to challenge the U.S. government's "no-fly" list that stops suspected terrorists from boarding planes.

All seven claim they have been wrongly placed on the U.S. Transportation Security Administration's "no-fly" list because their names are similar or identical to names on the list. The lawsuit demands that the government remove their names so they can travel on planes without being interrogated and searched.

The seven plaintiffs, who range from a college student to a woman in the military to a retired minister, joined in the lawsuit filed against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Transportation Security Administration .

"This case is about innocent people who found out that their government considers them potential terrorists," said Reginald Shuford of the American Civil Liberties Union, which filed the lawsuit.

The no-fly list has grown in importance after the Sept. 11, 2001 hijackings. The TSA compiles the list and distributes it to airlines which are instructed to stop or conduct extra searches of people whose names match the list as they could pose a potential threat to aviation.

"Individuals whom the TSA concedes are not security threats continue to be identified on the no-fly list," the ACLU wrote in the lawsuit, filed in federal court in Seattle.

"Passengers have no meaningful opportunity to clear their names and avoid being subjected to these delays, searches and stigma virtually every time they fly."

Shuford, the lead lawyer in the case, said the lawsuit aims to force the government to create a way to remove people from the list once they have proven they are innocent.

"The worst thing of all, beyond the stigma, is that there's no way at all to clear one's name from the no-fly list once you're placed on it," Shuford told a news conference.

TSA spokesman Mark Hatfield agreed that the system needed to be changed to better respect privacy and provide a way to get peoples' names off the list.

The TSA is creating a new system, which is opposed by advocacy groups which say it violates privacy, to replace the no-fly list.

David Fathi, a plaintiff in the suit, said he has been stopped at airports several times since 2003. He said airline officials said his name matches one on the no-fly list.

Fathi, a lawyer who works for the ACLU, said he had appealed to the TSA to get his name off the list.

"Even after obtaining a letter of clearance from the Transportation Security Administration I am still subject to enhanced searches, interrogations and detention, all due to the no-fly list," Fathi said.

"I am not a hijacker. I am not a terrorist. The government has no reason to put my name on a list of suspected terrorists."

The lawsuit claims the list violates constitutional rights of due process and against unreasonable search and seizure.

homepage:  link to www.reuters.com
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#36: Ashcroft and 9-11 complicity; FL accepting 9-11 related bribes 28.May.2004 22:25

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#36:

Court records obtained by TomFlocco.com show that an October, 2001 lawsuit was filed by Schneider [ Mary Schneider vs. John Ashcroft, Attorney General U.S. DOJ and James W. Zigler, Commissioner, U.S. INS ] and brought in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida [case no. 01-4157-CIV-Lenard/Simonton]. The records were acquired via the Federal Judiciary's center for electronic access to U.S. District, Bankruptcy, and Appellate court records. [ http://pacer.psc.uscourts.gov]


more information:


DC ( via facsimile, E-mail & FedEx overnight express)

"...Muslim Moroccans were using illegally obtained permanent U.S. residence (green cards) to aid and abet Osama bin Laden terrorist subversives operating out of Orlando and Miami....Since April of 1998, I have repeatedly sent an aggregate total of hundreds of letters, memoranda, emails and official case notes to dozens and dozens of accountable officials: to INS Commissioners Ziglar, Garcia and Aguirre, DOJ OIG Glen Fine, DOJ Attorney General John Ashcroft, DOJ FBI Directors Louis Freeh and Robert Mueller, DOJ Criminal Division, OSC Elaine Kaplan, President George W. Bush, Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and dozens of other congressmen, only to have this sensitive information continually handed over to the known conspirators providing them unending opportunities to destroy incriminating material evidence, such as video tapes, and pay off or threaten informants and witnesses."
Mary Schneider, Dept. of Homeland Security / Citizenship & Immigration Services (DOJ/INS), District Adjudications Officer, Orlando, Florida & Designated Federal Whistleblower:

[Mary Schneider v. DOJ, M.S.P.B., Docket No. AT-1221-00-0263-W-2 and Mary Schneider v. Department of Homeland Security, Docket No. AT-0752-03-0875-I-1]

Sleeping with the enemy

Homeland Security whistleblower told Congress, Bush, Ashcroft, Mueller, and Ridge that Florida immigration officials accepted sham marriage bribes linked to a congressional office, al Qaeda operatives, and 9/11 terrorism

by Tom Flocco

ORLANDO, FL--Wednesday, May 26, 2004 Posted 10:30 PM EDT--TomFlocco.com--An illegal Moroccan Muslim reportedly linked to Osama bin Laden's brother and 9-11 hijacker Mohammed Atta allegedly engaged in immigration felony fraud, bribery, and perjury in conjunction with United States immigration officials who allegedly conspired with this and other illegal Muslim extremists and aliens to approve sham-marriages for the purpose of acquiring permanent green cards to stay in the U.S. prior to the 9/11 attacks.

Mary Schneider, a citizenship and immigration services district adjudications officer for the Department of Homeland Security in Orlando told TomFlocco.com in a series of interviews over the past few days that the illegal Muslim was reportedly associated with Osama bin Laden's brother who was residing in the Orlando area just prior to the September 11 attacks.


Evidence regarding the Moroccan's communications with Osama bin Laden's brother in Florida was revealed by one of his five American wives.

Schneider, a designated federal whistleblower protected by congressional statute, said that outside informants also told her that the illegal Muslim lived in Orlando with lead hijacker Mohammed Atta and other al Qaeda operatives.

 link to tomflocco.com

#37: ACLU files suit challenging constitutionality of Patriot Act 08.Jun.2004 18:45

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Secret law, secret lawsuit
author: Dire Wolf
To no one's surprise, the American Civil Liberties Union filed suit challenging the constitutionality of parts of the USA Patriot Act, the sweeping security law passed in the immediate aftermath of 9-11.
To what should be everyone's shock, the mere fact of the lawsuit was kept secret under provisions of the act.

Secret law, secret lawsuit
author: Dire Wolf
To no one's surprise, the American Civil Liberties Union filed suit challenging the constitutionality of parts of the USA Patriot Act, the sweeping security law passed in the immediate aftermath of 9-11.
To what should be everyone's shock, the mere fact of the lawsuit was kept secret under provisions of the act.

"It is remarkable that a gag provision in the Patriot Act kept the public in the dark about the mere fact that a constitutional challenge had been filed in court," said the ACLU. Remarkable and also scary.

The Bush administration insists that the Patriot Act is vital to fighting terrorism, but, aside from Attorney General John Ashcroft's sheltered and uninformative tour before screened audiences, refuses to say precisely how. One of the disturbing aspects of this administration is that it seems to believe that how it manages the people's business is none of the people's business.

The lawsuit was sealed for over three weeks while the ACLU and the government haggled over what the ACLU could and could not say publicly about its lawsuit. The lawsuit was filed in New York on April 6 and a heavily edited version was released on April 28.

One of the secrets is the other plaintiff in the case, identified only as an "Internet access business." The FBI, through a National Security Letter, apparently was seeking from an Internet service provider a client's billing information, online purchases and e-mail addresses.

National Security Letters are a kind of subpoena that doesn't require a judge's approval, only the FBI's say-so, to covertly obtain personal information from banks, telephone companies, Internet providers, libraries, credit bureaus, etc. Recipients of NSLs are barred by a gag order from disclosing that they have received one. The Patriot Act greatly eased the restrictions on NSLs so that the FBI could act quickly in national security cases.

But the ACLU contends, "As a result of the Patriot Act, the FBI may now use NSLs to obtain sensitive information about innocent individuals who have no connection to espionage or terrorism." No one wants to tip off the target of a valid investigation, but given the past misuse of the FBI for political purposes this is not an unrealistic fear.

The ACLU argues that the expanded National Security Letter power is unconstitutional because the recipient has no way of challenging the validity of the NSL, and the government doesn't have to justify not informing the target of an NSL. The ACLU also believes the gag order is unconstitutional, and it does seem to raise issues about freedom of speech.

The Bush administration is demanding that the Patriot Act not only be renewed but expanded when it expires next year. Congress rushed initial passage of the Patriot Act; it should be in no rush to renew it. This law demands a hard second look.


Source:  http://www.cincypost.com/2004/04/30/edita043004.html

Publication Date: 04-30-2004

 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2004/05/287668.shtml

#38: Sibyl Edmonds court suit against the FBI 24.Jun.2004 04:37

ignoring terror attacks, compromised security

FBI Whistleblower Takes Legal Action Demanding Co-Worker Be Deposed
Wednesday, August 14, 2002
By Carl Cameron



WASHINGTON — Attorneys for FBI whistleblower Sibel Edmonds filed papers with the federal district court in Washington, D.C., Tuesday demanding that one of Edmonds' co-workers at the bureau's monitoring division that listens to wiretaps be deposed under oath -- by a subpoena if necessary -- before she leaves the country.

Edmonds alleges that her co-worker mishandled national security information and that the FBI has turned a blind eye.

Edmonds' attorney Kris Kolesnik told Fox News that the U.S. Attorney's Office in D.C. and the U.S. Airforce have both agreed that a deposition is warranted.

***Kolesnik says that the co-worker in question has also agreed to be deposed along with her husband but that so far the FBI and the Justice Department have taken no action.***

The head of the Senate Judiciary Committee and a top Republican on the panel expressed concern Tuesday that the Justice Department was not fully cooperating with the probe into alleged security lapses in the FBI's translator program.

The program has played an important role in interpreting interviews and intercepts of Usama bin Laden's network since Sept. 11, including translating such sensitive documents as Al Qaeda-related wiretaps, documents recovered in Afghanistan and interrogations of Al Qaeda prisoners at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba.

The charges were raised in a letter to Attorney General John Ashcroft from committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, the ranking Republican on the crime and drugs subcommittee.

 http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,60333,00.html

#39: Sibel Edmonds sues Ashcroft TWICE for actions tied to 9-11 evidence 30.Jun.2004 17:53

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Sibel Edmonds sues Ashcroft again for actions tied to 9-11 evidence

FBI whistleblower Sibel Edmonds sues Ashcroft and DOJ for the second time, asserting that re-classification of her 9-11 allegations was illegal and unconstitutional

by Tom Flocco

WASHINGTON -- June 24, 2004 2:45 pm -- Tom Flocco.com -- On behalf of former FBI contract linguist Sibel Edmonds, The Project On Government Oversight (POGO) sued Attorney General John Ashcroft and the Department of Justice (DOJ) today, seeking judicial reclassification of information that alleges corruption, incompetence and cover-ups in an FBI investigation unit.

Sibel Edmonds was fired for reporting information she uncovered in the FBI's translation unit in Washington. Attorney General Ashcroft said the national interests of the United States "would be seriously impaired" if Edmonds' findings were to be made available to the public; so he made the decision to classify public information still available on the Internet.

POGO, a politically independent non-profit government watchdog, is challenging Ashcroft's information reclassification and concomitant invocation of State Secret Privilege in the withholding of certain information that is widely available to the public.

The information is related to Sibel Edmonds' allegations reported to her superiors concerning numerous instances of wrongdoing in the FBI translation unit--much of it closely linked to the World Trade Center attacks on September 11, 2001.


Georgetown University Law Center professor David Vladeck and Public Citizen are representing POGO in the civil action.

Edmonds was fired for her assertions, but the information--unclassified at the time, was presented to the Senate Judiciary Committee and referenced in letters which were posted on the websites of U.S. Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Charles Grassley (R-IA).

Subsequently, the letters were removed by the senators after Ashcroft reclassified the information via his State Secret Privilege invocation.
The group said in a complaint filed today in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbiathat "the reclassification of the information at issue was unlawful because defendants failed to comply with the requirements of Executive Order 12958, as amended by Executive Order 13292, and unconstitutional because it is a prior restraint that violated the First Amendment."


Danielle Brian, POGO's executive director, said "We believe the Department of Justice reclassified the information to stifle congressional oversight of the department and shield it from legitimate public inquiry," adding, "it is absurd to reclassify information that has been in the public domain for so long. This is an entirely inappropriate use of the classification system."

Brian's organization also said in a press release today that "the suit contends that the information is not reasonably recoverable [captured back from public knowledge] because it was posted on the Web and remains available on numerous Web sites. Further, the DOJ's reclassification of the information was not reported promptly to the Director of the Information Security Oversight Office."

On March 24, TomFlocco.com broke the original story of Sibel Edmonds' first public press conference online within 45 minutes after she appeared, summarizing her FBI wrongdoing allegations in front of some 40 reporters and 12 television cameras outside the Senate Hart Office Building hearing room just after the 9/11 Commission had heard the testimony of Director of Central Intelligence George Tenet.

The former FBI translator told TomFlocco.com that "translators before me had ongoing personal relationships with the subjects or targets of the FBI and DOJ pre 9-11 investigations--linked to intercepts and other intelligence--in June - July - August, just prior to the attacks."

Edmonds told us "The Senate Judiciary Committee and the 911 Commission have heard me testify for lengthy periods of time (3 hours) about very specific plots, dates, airplanes used as weapons, and specific individuals and activities."

At the press conference Edmonds also revealed that she was offered a raise and a full time job to encourage her not to go public that she had been asked by the Department of Justice (DOJ) to retranslate and adjust the translations of [terrorist] subject intercepts that had been received before September 11, 2001 by the FBI and CIA.

Later in another story--after an April 26 9-11 Commission hearing, we asked Edmonds about previously reported evidence she uncovered implicating espionage in the FBI and State Department, to which she replied, "As you know, I cannot say much about that; but why do you think Attorney General Ashcroft asserted State Secret Privilege in my case when I decided to go public with what I had found in the translations?"

We also asked Edmonds if she thought spies in the FBI and State Department contacted al Qaeda operatives--confirmed to be living in the United States--about ongoing plans for President Bush's new government policy directive [signed on September 4, 2001] which would authorize tightened American security just prior to the attacks.

Edmonds told us, "You'll have to ask the Attorney General about that," but she added somewhat cryptically, "I can say that Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA) has said that the information I have is 'very credible.' "

The original letters regarding unclassified briefings on June 17 and July 9, 2002 between the Senate Judiciary Committee and the FBI containing information posted on Grassley and Leahy's websites have come under political and legal scrutiny of late.

Curiously, on May 13, after the March 24 and April 26 stories on TomFlocco.com and a number of other media outlets--particularly in the United Kingdom--were in full circulation, an email was sent to the staff of the Senate Judiciary Committee, according to information contained in the POGO/Edmonds complaint.

Within about ten days after our initial March 24 story was posted, Meet the Press host Tim Russert held up a Sibel Edmonds story from a UK media outlet and discussed the Sibel Edmonds case--apparently not wishing to credit independent and alternative media with bringing the issue to the public's attention on the day of Sibel Edmonds' first public press conference.

The POGO complaint revealed that the Senate Judiciary Committee email said "the FBI considers some of the information from the two Judiciary Committee hearings to be classified, and warned staffers not to disseminate further the information."

It remains to be seen whether the email could have been interpreted as a legal threat to Grassley and Leahy's staffers, but also whether allegations related to al Qaeda espionage in the FBI and State Department will reach widespread public awareness.

The complaint said that "in the wake of [Attorney General Ashcroft's] decision to reclassify the information from the briefings, two letters from Senators Leahy and Grassley were removed from their websites, although they remain available from other Internet sources."

POGO also asserted that the DOJ has violated the group's First Amendment Rights: "The reclassification of the documents has stifled public discussion regarding the adequacy of the FBI's translation capabilities and Ms. Edmonds' reports of problems in the translation unit."

"The reclassification of information that is so widely available to the public is a new step in John Ashcroft's push for secrecy," said Michael Kirkpatrick, the Public Citizen attorney handling the case:

"We have been doing national security litigation for more that 30 years, and in our view, this is the most egregious misuse of the classification authority we've seen. Classification is to keep secret information that is sensitive. It is not to suppress debate over widely public information. Yet that is exactly what Ashcroft is doing."


Justice Department spokesman Charles Miller declined to comment on the lawsuit.

Allan Duncan contributed additional research for this story.

 http://tomflocco.com/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=66

#38 & #39 update, federal judge Walton dismissed FBI TRANSLATOR SUIT 07.Jul.2004 19:13

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FBI TRANSLATOR SUIT DISMISSED OVER SECURITY ISSUES

From Kevin Bohn
CNN Washington Bureau
Wednesday, July 7, 2004 Posted: 12:00 AM EDT (0400 GMT)


WASHINGTON (CNN) -- A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit Tuesday by a former FBI translator because the information needed to prove the case was classified and protected by what is known as the "state secrets privilege."

In the lawsuit, originally filed in July 2002, Sibel Edmonds alleged that her rights under the Privacy Act and her First and Fifth amendment rights had been violated by the government.

Edmonds, who worked as a contract linguist, claimed she was fired after she alerted authorities about purported security and management problems in the bureau's language branch.

The Justice Department and the FBI both argued to the court that her lawsuit should be dismissed because much of the information needed to be considered for it was protected by the "state secrets privilege," which is meant to protect classified national security information from being disclosed.

U.S. District Court Judge Reggie Walton agreed with the government's position.

"The Court finds that the plaintiff is unable to establish her First Amendment, Fifth Amendment and Privacy Act claims without the disclosure of privileged information, nor would the defendants be able to defend against these claims without the same disclosures ... the plaintiff's case must be dismissed, albeit with great consternation, in the interests of national security," Walton wrote in the opinion.

Edmonds, who worked for the FBI from December 2001 to March 2002, alleged she was fired from the FBI for coming forward with her complaints; a claim officials have privately dismissed.

Edmonds had told the FBI that another translator, who has not been publicly identified, belonged to an organization that was a target of FBI surveillance and had not reported contacts with a foreign government official who was under surveillance.

Edmonds and the co-worker were hired to translate sensitive wiretaps resulting from court-approved government surveillance.

In the lawsuit, Edmonds claimed that the government leaked confidential information about her to several publications, which she says violated her rights under the Privacy Act.

She also alleged that the FBI violated her free speech and due process rights when it fired her, a termination she said was in retaliation for whistleblowing.

Edmonds was seeking monetary damages and re-instatement to a contract job.

In defending the invocation of the state secrets privilege, Attorney General John Ashcroft wrote in a declaration to the court: "Based on my personal consideration of the matter, I have concluded that further disclosure of the information underlying in this case, including the nature of the duties of the plaintiff or the other contract translators at issue in this case reasonably could be expected to cause serious damage to the national security interests of the United States."

Edmonds' lawyer, Mark Zaid, said in a statement that the government has gone too far.

"The decision today represents another example of the Executive Branch's abusive nature of using secrecy as a weapon against whistleblowers," Zaid's statement said.

The Justice Department had no reaction to the ruling.

Edmonds has raised controversy on several fronts.

Information she provided to the Senate Judiciary Committee several years ago was recently deemed classified under the state secrets privilege.

And lawyers filing a lawsuit stemming from the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks wanted to depose her, but their request was quashed for the same reason.

Edmonds has testified in closed session to the 9/11 commission and has made claims that the FBI possessed some information prior to the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon which could have proved helpful in preventing the terrorist strikes.
Government officials note Edmonds did not begin working at the FBI until three months after the September 11 attacks.
 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2004/07/292137.shtml


FBI = Gestapo + Mafia; the madness of Ashcroft
author: tfc
The FBI has been transformed into a clone between the mafia and the Gestapo in a mad attempt to stop the public dissemination of evidence confirming Ashcroft's knowledge of (and probable complicity in) 9/11. This is the same insane preacher that was firing people who wouldn't pray with him in the office and who will soon begin to put away those who are not Christians or rabid reactionaries. This is the full scale psychopathy of fascism on the march. And you still expect the elections to go on without a hitch???
 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2004/07/292137.shtml

Note from Sibel Edmonds July 6th 2004 07.Jul.2004 19:32

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Note from Sibel Edmonds July 6th 2004
author: Sibel Edmonds

This one goes right to the heart of the Department of Justice's efforts to
protect "dirty money" in a manner that is jepordizing our national security.
From Sibel Edmonds, July 6, 2004


They are fighting it relentlessly all right! Now, this can be used to continue
the gag on Congress, the quashing of any subpoenas for my deposition, and to
prevent my information from appearing on the 9/11 Commission and DOJ-IG's
reports.

The US District Court for the District of Columbia (Judge Reggie Walton) today
dismissed my lawsuit on grounds of national security and the State Secret
Privilege. The government had invoked the rarely used (though often used by the
Bush Administration) state secrets privilege.

This decision comes in the immediate aftermath of the FBI/DOJ reclassifying
information to serve its litigation advantage.

"The decision today represents another example of the Executive Branch's abusive
nature of using secrecy as a weapon against Whistleblowers," said Mark S. Zaid,
my attorney. "It is quite disappointingly evident that accountability is no
longer a word in our Government's dictionary," he added. An immediate appeal is
planned.

We reserved a room at National Press Club for my press conference: 'Peter
Lisagor' room, at National Press Club, 13th floor, 529 14th Street, Washington,
DC, for this Thursday, July 8, at 1:00PM. I will be accompanied by Mark Zaid,
and most likely POGO's attorneys. Please inform all your press contacts.

Sibel Edmonds

Documents, including latest decision
 http://www.septembereleventh.org/edmonds

#40: Hatfill sues Ashcroft over anthrax; Bush neofascists move to dismiss! 16.Jul.2004 18:11

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Bioterror Expert Sues the New York Times, Ashcroft - Feds Seek Anthrax Suit Dismissal
author: ap
Dr. Steven J. Hatfill filed the lawsuit Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Va. He charged that a series of columns by Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Nicholas Kristof was irresponsible by failing to seek, or rejecting, statements of denials from Hatfill. The New York Times, he saying ruined his reputation by pointing to him as the culprit.


In several columns in 2002, Kristof faulted the FBI for not actively investigating a scientist he identified as "Mr. Z." Descriptions of the "Mr. Z" were detailed enough that readers could recognize him as Hatfill and subsequent columns later identified him, the complaint states.

In his lawsuit filed last August, Hatfill said Attorney General John Ashcroft and others identified him as a person of interest to detract attention from their inability to find the person responsible for sending anthrax-laced envelopes to government and media offices in October 2001. He was the only person identified that way by government officials.
Feds Seek Anthrax Suit Dismissal

 http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2004/07/14/national/main629708.shtml

WASHINGTON, March 29, 2004

(AP) The government asked a federal judge Monday to dismiss a lawsuit by Dr. Steven J. Hatfill, a bioterrorism expert who claims his reputation was ruined when law enforcement officials called him a "person of interest" in the 2001 anthrax attacks.

U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton said he would rule later, but did agree to a government request to further delay most trial preparations until October.

In his lawsuit filed last August, Hatfill said Attorney General John Ashcroft and others identified him as a person of interest to detract attention from their inability to find the person responsible for sending anthrax-laced envelopes to government and media offices in October 2001. He was the only person identified that way by government officials.

Five people died and 17 others were sickened by the anthrax attacks.

Hatfill, who has denied any role in the attacks, seeks to clear his name and recover unspecified monetary damages. His lawsuit claims the Justice Department got him fired from a job directing bioterrorism research at Louisiana State University, and that he has been unable to find another position in his field.

Deputy Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey Bucholtz said Ashcroft's identification of Hatfill actually was an effort to "downplay" his status by making it clear he was not considered a suspect.

Hatfill lawyer Mark A. Grannis scoffed at that claim.

"Mr. Ashcroft acted to protect both the department and his own political image at the expense of Mr. Hatfill's constitutional rights," Grannis said.

Bucholtz also said Hatfill should have gone through federal administrative appeal procedures if he felt he was wrongly fired, because the LSU project was federally funded. Bucholtz added that Hatfill is not barred from any other job.

Judge Walton was skeptical Hatfill could find work in his field after being publicly linked to the anthrax investigation.

"At least by implication, he's disbarred," Walton said. "The information is now out there. The man's a pariah. Nobody's going to hire him."

Hatfill once worked as a researcher at the Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases at Fort Detrick in Frederick, Md. The facility housed the strain of anthrax found in the envelopes sent to the victims, though Hatfill repeatedly has said he never worked with the infectious disease.

The FBI had Hatfill under 24-hour surveillance for many months following the attacks. In one incident, agents in a vehicle trailing Hatfill ran over his foot on a Washington street. Hatfill was not seriously hurt, and the surveillance has been curtailed.

In calling for the lawsuit to be dismissed, Bucholtz said Hatfill wants a judge to rule on whether the investigation was properly conducted, including whether the FBI surveillance was proper.

"It is the executive branch and not the courts that conduct criminal investigations," Bucholtz said.

Walton said judges needed to defer to law enforcement officials in criminal probes.

"I don't micromanage the investigation," Walton said. "I don't know all of the information the government knows."

Grannis said he wasn't asking the court to examine the Justice Department's every move.

"We're not asking for micromanagement here," Grannis said. "We're asking for a day in court to cover abuses that have already occurred."

In agreeing to further delay the trial, Walton backed the government's contention that Hatfill's requests for documents and interviews to prepare for the trial could hinder the ongoing probe.

"At some point, Dr. Hatfill is going to have to have his day in court," Walton said. "I don't think that point has occurred yet."


Bioterror Expert Sues the New York Times

 http://www.nylawyer.com/news/04/07/071504k.html


New York Lawyer
July 15, 2004

By Hope Yen The Associated Press

WASHINGTON -- A bioterrorism expert who was named by government authorities as a "person of interest" in the 2001 anthrax attacks has sued The New York Times, saying the newspaper ruined his reputation by pointing to him as the culprit.

Steven J. Hatfill filed the lawsuit Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Va. He charged that a series of columns by Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Nicholas Kristof was irresponsible by failing to seek, or rejecting, statements of denials from Hatfill.

In several columns in 2002, Kristof faulted the FBI for not actively investigating a scientist he identified as "Mr. Z." Descriptions of the "Mr. Z" were detailed enough that readers could recognize him as Hatfill and subsequent columns later identified him, the complaint states.

"It was inconsequential to defendant Kristof whether it turned out that his designated culprit was guilty or innocent, how reckless his allegations and insinuations were, or how injurious they were to his victim," the lawsuit alleges. "What was at issue ... was to help 'light a fire' under the federal investigators."

The lawsuit said the newspaper declined to print a letter to the editor and an op-ed article from Hatfill's lawyer, Victor Glasberg, that responded to the charges, according to the complaint.

A Times spokesman, Toby Usnik, said the lawsuit lacked merit. He noted that Hatfill had already been identified by government authorities as a "person of interest" by the time Kristof's columns ran.

"While encouraging the FBI to investigate the matter, Mr. Kristof was careful to note that Dr. Hatfill was presumed to be innocent," Usnik said. "We believe in a case like this, the law protects fair commentary on an important public issue."

Hatfill also has a lawsuit pending against Attorney General John Ashcroft and other government authorities who named him as a "person of interest." U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton in Washington is expected to rule soon on a government request to have that lawsuit dismissed.


 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2004/07/292690.shtml

#41: US Ordered To Give Rights Groups Torture Papers, ACLU/others sued Bush 16.Aug.2004 20:19

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#41: US Ordered To Give Rights Groups Torture Papers
By Gail Appleson
8-14-4

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. government has less than two weeks to start giving civil rights groups documents about the torture of prisoners held by U.S. forces at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison and other facilities, a federal judge ordered on Thursday.

U.S. District Judge Alvin Hellerstein expressed impatience with the government and said prosecutors must start handing over certain papers identified by the American Civil Liberties Union by Aug. 23 unless they can show the documents cannot be found or they are subject to certain exemptions.

"The court expressed a desire that this be done very quickly," said Lawrence Lustberg, a lawyer representing the civil rights groups. "He put this on a very fast track."

The ACLU and other civil rights groups sued the U.S. government in June for what they said was the illegal withholding of records about American military abuse of prisoners held in Iraq, Guantanamo Bay and other locations.

The suit, filed in Manhattan federal court, charges that the U.S. Departments of Defense and other federal agencies failed to comply with a Freedom of Information Act, or FOIA, request filed by the groups in October 2003 and May 2004. The FOIA allows citizens access to public federal records.

The plaintiffs are seeking records documenting torture and abuse which they said has occurred since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States.

After they filed the first FOIA request in October, they said, numerous news stories and photographs have documented mistreatment of prisoners held in Iraq and Afghanistan.

When the groups received no documents, they filed a motion with the court last week seeking an order to force the government to comply with their requests.

"We've had ten months since the issuance of a FOIA demand," said Hellerstein, adding that the government had not come forward with any papers. "It's hard to believe not a single document has been identified."

Because the ACLU is seeking such a vast range of documents, the judge told the parties to work out a "rolling" production schedule in which the government can begin turning over papers on an incremental basis starting on Aug. 23.

Hellerstein's ruling follows a American Bar Association vote condemning the torture of prisoners by U.S. forces.

In its resolution, the ABA said the public has still not been adequately informed of the extent to which prisoners have been abused or given over to foreign government known to torture prisoners.

It cited public concern that the current investigations into abuse are moving too slowly and are too limited in scope.


 http://www.rense.com/general56/dsdue.htm

Very interesting and informative movie 13.Oct.2004 07:38

MRmr imriggio@yahoo.ca

I expect many of you have already seen this, but for those who haven't, there's a movie by Mike Ruppert called 'The Truth and Lies of 9-11', which I would recommend all people watch - especially Americans.
Also a short film I stumbled across called 'West Wing Special - How George W Bush Stole His Election - Exposed by the BBC - Banned in the US'. The rest of the world is more aware of the illegality of the Bush-Cheney regime than the average American is shown on his/her tv.
These films can be downloaded off Limewire (and other similar I would think).

Sites of interest:
 http://www.copvcia.com (Mike Ruppert's site)
 http://www.optruth.org/main.cfm (by troops returning from Iraq)
 http://veritas.20m.com/ (a list of questions for the 'resident', a.k.a.the burning bush (to me), but may respond to other names, is known by several more, and formally recognized as a Bush)
 http://www.truthout.org/ (news and politics)

Please America, wake up! Vote Kerry, Nader, anyone, or no one, but not that burning bush and his chen(-ey) gang.
Please help save the world, don't allow that one to cheat again, and definitely avoid voting for him and his crew.
And please allow him and his posse to be tried by the international world courts (national and any other too) for crimes against humanity. They deserve it and they know it, that's why the 'resident' was so adamant against it in the debates, they want to walk away with their loot free like pirates, but they should have all their assets confiscated, dispursed among the victims in Iraq and the US (and other parts of the world?) and they should be in jail for the rest of their lives (execution is too good for them).

If you lived in Hitler's day, and you knew (take a leap of imagination for a moment) that he was up to no good (let's imagine you were a time-traveller from the future, or could see the future of your history, like a prophet), would you vote for him, or would you do what you could to stave off his rise to power and help prevent WWII?
And does it really take that much imagination to see the Bush-Cheney gang as the corporate pseudo-nazi's they really are. It's so obvious it stings the eyes to see it.
Are we really in the mood for WWIII?
How do you think the rest of the world sees America's illegal invasion and illegal occupation of Iraq? And why does the American public have limited access to more international news about the supject? I thought you were the land of the free, democratic, and good? Like many in the world, Americans are just as numbed, tired, and almost powerless to do anything about tyranny without fear of ending up dead or in jail. (40,000-400,000 new prison beds purchased and requested for the present and next few years!? How many terrorists or criminals are expected in America that your 'leaders' need so many more prison spaces in that amount of time?)

Do you think Bush deserves(-d) to be leader of the most powerful nation on earth - has it, does it, or will it really do good for America or the rest of the world to have that group of war criminals in such position?
Get rid of 'Hitler II', before he gets rid of all of us, including you in the US.
MRmr

"Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." (Heb11:1)

905 257 3766

#42: Army Corp of Engineers agreed to investigate Halliburton 25.Oct.2004 20:22

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US Army To Investigate Halliburton
author: David Teather

Bunnatine Greenhouse, chief contracting officer of the Army Corps of Engineers, is seen in her official undated government photo. Allegations made by Greenhouse have prompted a Pentagon investigation into whether a Halliburton subsidiary unfairly won no-bid contracts worth billions of dollars for work in Iraq and the Balkans, according to Army documents obtained Sunday, Oct. 24, 2004. (HO / AP)

US army to investigate Halliburton

David Teather
Tuesday October 26, 2004
The Guardian

The United States army has agreed to investigate claims that the oil services company Halliburton was awarded billions of dollars worth of contracts unfairly.

The whistleblower, Bunnatine Greenhouse, chief contracting officer for the Army Corps of Engineers, claims she was excluded from decision-making after raising doubts about whether to give the work to Halliburton. The contracts were handed out, she claims, without following rules designed to ensure fair competition and fair prices to the government.

Halliburton was formerly run by the US vice-president, Dick Cheney. Halliburton division Kellogg Brown & Root was quietly handed a contract to repair Iraq's oil industry early last year ahead of the US-led invasion. The contract was worth an initial $7bn.

homepage:  http://www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1336020,00.html
address: The Guardian

#43: WTC Rescue Hero Sues Bush and Others under RICO Statute 25.Oct.2004 20:24

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WTC Rescue Hero Sues Bush and Others under RICO Statute
author: Philip J. Berg, Margaret Atheling Rowe

On September 11, 2001, William Rodriguez, a maintenance worker at the World Trade Center in Manhattan, single-handedly rescued fifteen people. The only employee with the master key to the North Tower staircases, he led firefighters up the stairs, unlocking doors as he went, aiding in the evacuation of hundreds of additional people who, but for his efforts, might have perished. Although his job description did not include saving lives, Rodriguez re-entered the building three times after the first plane struck, and was the last person to exit the North Tower alive. He survived the collapse of the North Tower by diving beneath a fire truck to avoid the avalanche of concrete and steel. After onsite treatment for his injuries, Rodriguez plunged right back into rescue efforts at the site. At dawn the next morning, Rodriguez returned to Ground Zero from his home in Jersey City, to continue to aid in rescue efforts.

WTC Rescue Hero Sues Bush and Others under RICO Statute
Author: Philip J. Berg, Margaret Atheling Rowe
Published on Oct 23, 2004, 07:41



On September 11, 2001, William Rodriguez, a maintenance worker at the World Trade Center in Manhattan, single-handedly rescued fifteen people. The only employee with the master key to the North Tower staircases, he led firefighters up the stairs, unlocking doors as he went, aiding in the evacuation of hundreds of additional people who, but for his efforts, might have perished. Although his job description did not include saving lives, Rodriguez re-entered the building three times after the first plane struck, and was the last person to exit the North Tower alive. He survived the collapse of the North Tower by diving beneath a fire truck to avoid the avalanche of concrete and steel. After onsite treatment for his injuries, Rodriguez plunged right back into rescue efforts at the site. At dawn the next morning, Rodriguez returned to Ground Zero from his home in Jersey City, to continue to aid in rescue efforts.

Later, Rodriguez became an unofficial spokesman for survivors, among other things helping to secure an amnesty for undocumented aliens, many of them Latinos, and in the creation of the World Trade Center Memorial Fund. Although he lost his job of 19 years and his means of livelihood — even falling into homelessness for a time — Rodriguez has continued in the three years since 9-11 to continue his work in honor of the heroes and the victims of that awful day, as president of the Hispanic Victims Group, Director of the 9/11 United Services Group, and member of the Family Advisory Council of the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation.

Now, this native of Puerto Rico and remarkable American hero is taking his 9-11 activism to an even higher level. He has commenced, as Plaintiff, a federal court lawsuit against George W. Bush, Richard B. Cheney, Donald H. Rumsfeld and others alleging that they and others were complicit in the 9-11 attacks, and either planned the attacks, or had foreknowledge of the attacks and permitted them to succeed, in order to exploit a "New Pearl Harbor" to launch wars against Afghanistan and Iraq. (The phrase "New Pearl Harbor" comes from a declaration of principles by the neo-conservative "Project for the New American Century," in which it is proposed as an event needed to steel American public opinion to support the overthrow of Saddam Hussein, and U.S. military domination of the Middle East.)

Attorney Berg acknowledges that Rodriguez's action will shock and offend many Americans. But he urges critics to read the detailed complaint, posted on the internet at www.911forthetruth.com, before forming conclusions. "The 'Official Story' of what actually took place on 9-11 is a lie," Berg flatly maintains. "We do not pretend to have put together a full and definitive account of how, and by whom, the attacks were carried out. But information reported in mainstream media, and viewed in the light of common sense and the laws of physics, demonstrate that the 'Official Story,' examined closely, is not credible. The 'Official Story' contains an alarming number of inconsistencies and implausibilities. The major media have reported many of the raw facts, but have studiously avoided analysis, because doing so would reveal that the government is lying to us. The 9-11 Commission, a suspect collection of government and intelligence insiders, restated without question or examination all essential elements of the 'Official Story' of the actual events of 9-11. It failed almost completely to refute, or even to mention, the great body of evidence that suggests the 'Official Story' cannot be true, and it failed completely to hold anyone accountable. From the foregoing facts, it ought to be obvious that a cover-up, or a "limited hang-out" admitting only bureaucratic mistakes for which no one is to be held accountable, has taken place and is continuing."

Berg maintains that many prominent figures in politics, the military and the mass media consider the 'Official Story' of 9-11 to be untrue. But while the truth is emerging bit by bit, thanks to anonymous whistleblowers and researchers posting on the internet, to date no one with the stake in being a Senator, a Presidential candidate, or a media celebrity has found the courage to risk being ridiculed as a "tinfoil-hat-wearing conspiracy theorist." Berg points out that the only Senator who has dared to publicly question even parts of the 'Official Story," Senator Mark Dayton of Minnesota, has received threats ominous enough to impel him to shut down his Washington, D.C. office until after the coming election.

"Some facts cannot be denied," says Berg. "Clearly, 9-11 was carried out by more than one person. Therefore, by definition there was a conspiracy. What we're arguing is that the true conspirators have abused their enormous power and the trust of the American people to concoct and to sell to the world a false conspiracy theory, to justify war and mass murder for economic and political gain. Since the neo-cons, allied with the President, said in almost so many words that they wished for a New Pearl Harbor, why dismiss out of hand an allegation that they used their undeniably sufficient power to actually bring it about? Why has there been no full and transparent investigation? Indeed, isn't it shocking that the federal government grabbed up all of the physical evidence, and that no police authority has conducted a true criminal investigation into 3,000 homicides? Instead of due process of law, government officials and the mass media convicted Osama bin Laden, and had names and photos of his 19 accomplices on the internet, literally within hours of the attacks. The truth is that there is no definitive evidence that there were any Arabs on those planes, and even less proof concerning the supposed identities of the alleged hijackers." Berg notes too that a poll taken by the respected Zogby organization in August 2004 disclosed that half the population of New York, including such unlikely "conspiracy theorists" as those who identify themselves as "very conservative" and as Evangelical Christians, believe the federal government had foreknowledge of the attacks, and knowingly failed to prevent them.

Asked why he decided to bring this controversial lawsuit, Rodriguez explains that, having survived the World Trade Center disaster when so many did not, he feels he must learn the truth of what happened on that day. "If what the government has told us about 9-11 is a lie," he says, "somebody has to take action to reveal the truth. Since that plane hit the North Tower on 9-11, like it or not my life's meaning has become to reduce the number of victims, and the amount of suffering from those attacks. If suing President Bush is what I have to do to accomplish that, so be it." Rodriguez notes that the events of 9-11 are directly related to the deaths of thousands of people in two ongoing wars, attacks on Constitutional liberties in the United States, the abuse and torture of detainees around the world, and the use by the United States of depleted uranium and other weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.

Admitting the obvious — that his client's legal fight against powerful government figures is of the "David versus Goliath" variety — Berg, a former deputy attorney general in Pennsylvania, invites both financial support for his efforts, as well as assistance from volunteer attorneys.

The action, filed in the U.S. District Court in Philadelphia on 10/22/04, is Rodriguez v. Bush, et al., Civil Action No. _04 CV 4952_.


 http://www.yubanet.com/artman/publish/article_14643.shtml

Army Tried to Fire Haliburton Whistleblower, Bunnatine Greenhouse 25.Oct.2004 23:36

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Army Tried to Fire Haliburton Whistleblower
author: Sue Pleming

The Army Corps of Engineers' top contracting official has demanded an investigation into contracts given to Halliburton, citing "improper action" that favored Vice President Dick Cheney's old company. Army Corps whistle-blower Bunnantine Greenhouse complained of "repeated interference" in billions of dollars of contracts given to Halliburton subsidiary Kellogg Brown and Root for work in Iraq and the Balkans. Greenhouse lawyer Michael Kohn said his client went public after the Corps tried to remove her from her post as principal assistant responsible for contracting.

The Evil Empire
Whistleblower Asks for Halliburton Investigation

By Sue Pleming

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Army Corps of Engineers' top contracting official has demanded an investigation into contracts given to Halliburton, citing "improper action" that favored Vice President Dick Cheney's old company.

According to documents made available to Reuters on Monday by congressional sources, Army Corps whistle-blower Bunnantine Greenhouse complained of "repeated interference" in billions of dollars of contracts given to Halliburton subsidiary Kellogg Brown and Root for work in Iraq and the Balkans.

"This interference was largely focused on multibillion-dollar contract issues pertaining to a Halliburton subsidiary Kellogg Brown and Root," said a letter faxed on Thursday to Acting Army Secretary Les Brownlee by lawyers for Greenhouse.

"As set forth below, employees of the U.S. government have taken improper action that favored KBR's interests," the letter said.

An Army attorney said in reply the matter was being referred to the Defense Department's inspector general for "review and action, as appropriate" and the Corps was asked not to act against Greenhouse until a sufficient record was available.

The Corps issued a brief statement saying it supported the right of employees to use established procedures to ensure governmental actions complied with applicable laws.

"In order to ensure that Ms. Greenhouse's privacy rights are protected and to ensure that a fair investigation can proceed, the Army Corps will not provide further comment," said a Corps spokeswoman.

The Pentagon inspector general's office declined comment on the request for an "independent executive agency" to examine the allegations made by Greenhouse and said it could neither confirm nor deny the existence of any investigation. A decision could take months or even years.

FEAR OF LOSING JOB

Greenhouse lawyer Michael Kohn said his client went public after the Corps tried to remove her from her post as principal assistant responsible for contracting and not because she wanted to influence next week's election by raising questions about Halliburton, which was run by Cheney from 1995-2000.

"This is not an assault against Halliburton, it's an effort to make the contracting process work," Kohn said.

Halliburton, which is already under investigation for overcharging for work in Iraq, has been a target of Democratic criticism ahead of the Nov. 2 election, with suggestions the Texas firm got special treatment because of Cheney.

Halliburton spokeswoman Wendy Hall said KBR did not have any information on what Greenhouse may or may not have said to Pentagon officials in 2003 when a no-bid contract worth up to $7 billion was given to KBR to rebuild Iraq's oil industry.

"On the larger issues, the old allegations have once again been recycled, this time one week before the election," said Hall.

Greenhouse said the Iraq oil contract given to KBR, which was later replaced by a competitively bid deal, as well as another to feed and house U.S. troops in the Balkans, put at risk the "integrity of the federal contracting program."

Kohn said KBR contracts were awarded despite his client's reservations, which she expressed in hand-written notes on official documents, a tactic her superiors asked her to stop.

In one case, he said Army Corps officials bypassed getting a signature from Greenhouse to grant a waiver for KBR to be relieved of its obligation to provide cost and pricing data for bringing fuel into Iraq.

That waiver was granted after a draft Army audit said KBR had overcharged the military by at least $61 million to bring in fuel to Iraq to ease a shortage of refined oil products.

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#44: Four illegally held ex-Guantanamo Brits sue Rumsfeld 28.Oct.2004 23:00

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4 ex-detainees sue Rumsfeld, 10 others
Plaintiffs allege officials to blame for abuse at base
By Charlie Savage, Globe Staff | October 28, 2004

WASHINGTON -- Four former Guantanamo detainees yesterday sued Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld and 10 others in the military chain of command overseeing the American interrogation prison in Cuba, alleging that the officials are personally responsible for illegal acts of prolonged arbitrary detention and torture.

The lawsuit, believed to be the first of its kind by former detainees who have since been released from the prison, seeks $10 million for each of the men to be paid by the officials out of their own pockets as compensation for their role in the alleged abuses.

All four plaintiffs are British citizens who were taken into US military custody in December 2001 in Afghanistan, and released in March from Cuba. Although they were imprisoned and interrogated for more than two years, none has been charged with a crime.

"This case is not about the money," Eric Lewis, a lawyer for the detainees, said at a press conference yesterday. "It is about accountability. Torture is un-American. Arbitrary detention is un-American. And what these young men have suffered, and continue to suffer, is something for which we and the American justice system need to hold these people accountable."

Plaintiff lawyers acknowledged that before they can air the merits of their case in court, they will first have to overcome an anticipated claim that all the officials are immune from being sued because they were acting on behalf of the government. The lawyers said yesterday that because it is illegal for any official to authorize torture, they can defeat that defense.

However, Major Michael Shavers, a Pentagon spokesman, disputed the basis for the former detainees' case and said there is no US policy that condones torture.

"These individuals were captured in Afghanistan fighting illegally for Al Qaeda," he said. "They were properly classified as enemy combatants. Their detention was directly related to this combat activity, as determined by an appropriate DOD official before they were taken to Guantanamo. There is no basis in US law to pay claims to those captured and detained as a result of combat activity."

The lawsuit asserts that the four men "never engaged in terrorist activity or took up arms against the United States." It says that three of the men, all friends from Tipton, England, traveled to Afghanistan in October 2001 "to offer help in the ongoing humanitarian crisis and were detained in November 2001 by the Northern Alliance and turned over to the US military.

It claims the fourth, a web designer from Manchester, England, went to Pakistan in October 2001 for a "religious retreat" and quickly decided to return home, but was kidnapped, taken to Afghanistan, and jailed by the Taliban as an accused British spy. After the Taliban regime fell, it says, US soldiers took custody of him.

The four allege that during the course of their 2 years of detention by the US military, they were continuously interrogated and repeatedly mistreated, including receiving beatings and being held in isolation.

"They were 'short shackled' in painful 'stress positions' for many hours at a time, causing deep flesh wounds and permanent scarring," the complaint alleges. "Plaintiffs were also threatened with unmuzzled dogs, forced to strip naked, subjected to repeated forced body cavity searches, intentionally subjected to extremes of heat and cold for the purpose of causing suffering."

Shavers said that "US policy is to treat all detainees and conduct all interrogations, wherever they may occur, in a matter consistent with all US legal obligations, and in particular with legal obligations prohibiting torture."

The detainees, however, say the officials conspired to break US legal obligations, citing a series of formerly top secret memos about coercive interrogation techniques at Guantanamo which have been made public since the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse scandal in Iraq earlier this year. Many of the techniques in those memos, which the lawsuits call "illegal," match their account.

"The legal memoranda will go some ways to defeating their claims of immunity because it shows they knew what the standards were and that they were doing their damnedest to get around them," said Steven Watt, a senior fellow at Center for Constitutional Rights, one of the lawyers working on the case.

The lawsuit also says that some of the alleged mistreatment in Guantanamo was "regularly videotaped" and may be available as corroborating evidence.

The suit is being brought under the Alien Tort Claims Act, a 1789 US statute that allows noncitizens to sue human rights abusers for alleged violations of customary international law that have taken place anywhere in the world.

It alleges that the treatment of the detainees violated the US Constitution's Fifth Amendment, which forbids the deprivation of liberty without due process; the Eighth Amendment, which forbids cruel and unusual punishment; the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment; and the Geneva Conventions.

The Bush administration announced in early 2002 that the Geneva Conventions would not apply to the Afghanistan conflict, sparking intense global criticism. The conventions forbid mistreating wartime prisoners and require individual status hearings for detainees, which were not given.

Among the plaintiffs is Shafiq Rasul, who was also the named plaintiff in a landmark Supreme Court case earlier this year. In June, the court ruled that Guantanamo detainees may challenge the basis for their indefinite detention in federal civilian courts, contrary to the position of the Bush administration.


 link to www.boston.com

#45: Chile Group Plans Bush Welcome with War Crime Suit 28.Oct.2004 23:42

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Chile Group Plans Bush Welcome with War Crime Suit
author: Reuters
Tue Oct 26, 2004 05:07 PM ET

SANTIAGO, Chile (Reuters) - Chileans opposed to the Iraq war have accused President Bush of war crimes in a criminal complaint lodged on Tuesday, less than a month before he is scheduled to visit the country.
The suit asks local courts to invoke international human rights treaties ratified by both countries and arrest Bush and members of his cabinet for questioning during their visit to Santiago for a summit of Asia Pacific leaders Nov. 19-21.

The courts usually take a few days to decide whether to accept this type of complaint and assign a judge who then has power to call people for questioning before deciding whether to indict. Filing criminal suits by civilians is common in Chile.

"Under international treaties just because you are head of state does not mean you are allowed to go out and commit any type of act and not be judged," said lawyer Juan Enrique Prieto, who filed the suit on behalf of the Communist Party and Humanist Party in the Santiago Appeals Court.

Attached to the text of the lawsuit were photographs of U.S. soldiers committing sexual and physical abuse of prisoners in the Iraq prison Abu Ghraib. U.S. courts have jailed three soldiers so far for the abuses in Iraq.

Chile and the United States have close ties and entered a free trade agreement this year, but anti-Bush sentiment is strong over the Iraq war.

Chile has much rights expertise after enduring the London arrest of former dictator Augusto Pinochet in 1998 on an international arrest warrant on rights accusations. Pinochet was sent back to Chile on grounds of poor health but here he faces dozens of lawsuits accusing him of torture and other abuses during his 1973-1990 rule.

 http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=6618677

#46: servicemen sue over 'mandatory experimental' anthrax shot 29.Oct.2004 00:07

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Military told to stop mandatory anthrax shots


AP | Oct 28 2004



WASHINGTON -- For the second time in a year, a federal judge on Wednesday ordered the military to stop requiring anthrax vaccines for U.S. military personnel.

In response, the Pentagon halted mandatory anthrax vaccinations "until further notice."

U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan said the Food and Drug Administration violated its procedures when it gave final approval to the vaccine last year because it failed to give the public an adequate opportunity to comment.

"The men and women of our armed forces deserve the assurance that the vaccines our government compels them to take . . . have been tested by the greatest scrutiny of all -- public scrutiny," Sullivan said.

A Justice Department spokesman said the government has made no decision yet on whether to appeal.

Six unidentified service members had sued the Pentagon, arguing that the vaccine is experimental.


 http://www.infowars.net/Pages/Oct_04/281004_anthrax.html

HEY!!!!!! RICHARD.....WHERE DID YOU GO???? 29.Oct.2004 10:43

alan

I would like to hear your comments on the "data"

Halliburton probe confirms Bush Admin. most corrupt in US history 30.Oct.2004 21:06

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WSWS : News & Analysis : North America

Expanding Halliburton probe confirms Bush administration is most corrupt in US history
By Patrick Martin
30 October 2004

On the eve of the 2004 presidential election, allegations about the corrupt relationship between the Bush administration and Halliburton Corp., the company formerly run by Vice President Richard Cheney, have taken center stage once again. Press reports Friday said that the FBI has expanded an ongoing investigation into contracts obtained by Halliburton's subsidiary, Kellogg Brown & Root (KBR), in Iraq and Kuwait.

The FBI sought an interview with Bunnatine H. Greenhouse, a senior Army civil servant who objected to the KBR no-bid contract and complained that it represented preferential treatment.

The Army gave KBR a secret $7 billion contract to restore Iraq's oil fields just before Bush ordered the invasion of Iraq in March 2003.

Greenhouse is the chief contracting officer for the Army Corps of Engineers. In a letter to acting Army Secretary Les Brownlee on October 21, she said that Army officials had not justified the no-bid award by satisfying procedural requirements such as showing that KBR had "unique attributes" that no other contractor could match. She also charged that her repeated complaints were ignored, and that the Army allowed KBR officials to sit in on Pentagon meetings at which the awarding of contracts was discussed.

The letter charges that "employees of the U.S. government have taken improper action that favored KBR's interests," according to citations published in the press. Greenhouse said she "experienced repeated interference with her role" as chief monitor of Corps of Engineers contracts.

Greenhouse's lawyer said that his client, who still works at the Pentagon, was seeking the protection of whistleblower provisions to block retaliatory actions such as demotion or firing. Greenhouse was threatened with demotion earlier this month.

Tensions within the Army Corps of Engineers apparently reached the breaking point on October 8, when the Corps gave Halliburton a one-year $165 million extension on a contract to provide food, fuel and other supplies for US forces stationed in the Balkans.

According to an account in the Los Angeles Times, which obtained a copy of the contract document, Greenhouse wrote on the proposal, "I cannot approve this," and made other written comments protesting the award.

Greenhouse did not sign the final approval of the extension, as required. Instead, her assistant, Lt. Col. Norbert Doyle, signed it.

Greenhouse apparently felt that with so many investigations underway into KBR overcharging the US military or engaging in bribery and other corrupt practices, the Corps should not simply rubber-stamp an extension of the KBR contract in the Balkans, first awarded during the 1999 US assault on Serbia. The contract is being expanded to cover the entire continent of Europe, including newly established US bases in Romania, Bulgaria and Hungary.

The Halliburton subsidiary has been hit with a series of complaints of overcharging and otherwise mishandling its contracts as the principal supplier of food, fuel and other materiel to the US invasion and occupation force in Iraq. It also faces investigations by the Justice Department and the Securities and Exchange Commission over potentially illegal and corrupt dealings in Nigeria and Iran.

This is not the first time that top Pentagon officials appointed by George W. Bush have overruled career civil service professionals to award contracts to Vice President Cheney's old firm. In the fall of 2002, an Army lawyer objected to the initial Iraq-related contract for KBR, $1.9 million to draw up a plan for operating the country's oil infrastructure after a war. While tiny in relation to the huge oil field recovery and military supply contracts doled out later, this award was critical because it gave KBR an edge over any potential competitor. The Government Accountability Office later determined that the Army lawyer had been right.

Greenhouse herself objected at several points in the subsequent contracting process: when KBR placed a bid for the oil-field recovery contract whose specifications it had drawn up in the pre-war planning process; when the Army Corps of Engineers invited KBR officials to meetings where they were discussing the contract awards; and when the Pentagon proposed to make the "sole-source" no-bid contract for five years, longer than she believed necessary. Each time she was overruled.

Last December, after the first press reports about overcharging on KBR contracts to supply fuel to the military in Iraq, Army Corps contracting officer Mary Robertson found two alternative fuel suppliers who would offer a better price, but Halliburton refused to buy from them, insisting on continuing its exclusive relationship with the Kuwaiti-owned Altanmia. In a letter to KBR, Robertson protested, "Since the U.S. government is paying for these services, I will not succumb to the political pressure from the [Kuwaiti government] or the U.S. Embassy to go against my integrity and pay a higher price for fuel than necessary."


A pattern of corruption and cover-up

Over the past year, one revelation after another has ensued, demonstrating not only that Halliburton/KBR has enjoyed privileged access to Pentagon contracts, but that the Bush administration has done everything in its power to block any review of this corrupt relationship with Cheney's former company.

* In December 2003, Pentagon auditors uncovered a overcharge of $61 million by KBR on a contract to supply fuel for the military in Iraq. Halliburton was also suspected of overcharging by $67 million on food for military mess halls in Kuwait and Iraq.

* In January 2004, Halliburton repaid $6.3 million in overcharges and kickbacks for fuel contracts in Kuwait.

* In February 2004, the Pentagon announced that Halliburton would repay it for $27 million in KBR overbilling for meals served to troops at five military bases in Kuwait and Iraq. The meals were never delivered.

* In March 2004, the Pentagon requested the Justice Department join the probe of overbilling, a strong indication that potential criminal fraud charges were at issue.

* In June 2004, Time magazine obtained and made public an internal Army Corps of Engineers e-mail from March 2003, reporting that the initial contract award to Halliburton had been "coordinated" with the office of Vice President Cheney.

* Later in June, press reports confirmed that a Bush political appointee, Michael Mobbs, was the Pentagon official who decided to award the initial planning job to KBR which facilitated its selection for the subsequent $7 billion implementation contract.

* In July 2004, a federal grand jury subpoenaed records of Halliburton's subsidiary in the Cayman Islands, as part of an investigation into illicit dealings with Iran.

* In August 2004, a Pentagon audit found that $1.8 billion in billion by KBR for work in Iraq was inadequately documented and potentially unjustified. The Pentagon initially said it would withhold 15 percent of scheduled payments to KBR pending the result of an investigation—the usual procedure in such cases—but reversed the decision two days later.

* In September 2004, a federal judge in Dallas rejected a proposed $6 million settlement of a lawsuit by Halliburton stockholders charging the company with accounting fraud, suggesting that the penalty was far too small.

The month of October has seen one report after another about dubious or plainly corrupt ties between Halliburton and various federal agencies, some of them directly mediated by Vice President Cheney's staff. These revelations underscore one reason for the ferocity of the Bush campaign in the November 2 election. Should Bush and Cheney fail to retain the White House—and thus lose the power to block and suppress the myriad investigations into corrupt contracting—dozens of individuals, right up to the topmost levels of the administration, will face trial, conviction and imprisonment.

On October 13, the Los Angeles Times ran a detailed analysis of the Nigeria bribery scandal, which could lead to criminal charges against Cheney from his tenure as Halliburton CEO from 1995 to 2000. Halliburton became part of the four-company consortium building a huge natural gas complex in Nigeria when it acquired Dresser Corp. in 1998, merging Dresser's construction subsidiary M.W. Kellogg with its own construction arm Brown & Root, to form Kellogg Brown & Root.

Kellogg's boss, Jack Stanley, was a key figure in the alleged scheme to funnel $180 million in bribes to Nigerian military ruler Sani Abacha, routed through a complex series of shell corporations in Gibraltar and Switzerland, to gain the lucrative contract, ultimately worth more than $5.2 billion. Cheney installed Stanley as the head of the merged KBR. US authorities are now investigating whether Halliburton violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Cheney would be legally liable if he knew that illegal payments were being made in 1998 and 1999, while he was CEO.

On October 14, the Times followed up with a report on apparent Bush administration favoritism towards Halliburton in the regulatory field, through a series of actions that boosted a drilling technique known as hydraulic fracturing, devised by Halliburton, despite environmental concerns. The technique involves the injection of liquid chemicals, including gasoline, napalm, crude oil and other toxic substances, into oil wells, to force out greater quantities of petroleum than can be recovered by ordinary drilling.

The Bush administration has intervened to oppose efforts to regulate hydraulic fracturing under the Safe Drinking Water Act, authorizing an EPA study declaring that the technique poses no threat to drinking water. At least one EPA career civil servant has sought whistleblower protection and filed a complaint with the agency's inspector general and Congress over that decision. Weston Wilson, an environmental engineer with 30 years experience, charged that the finding was not supported by science and that a current Halliburton employee sat in on the review panel that approved it.

A lawsuit brought by a group of Alabama residents living near a Halliburton well challenged hydraulic fracturing and won a 1997 Appeals Court decision ordering the EPA to regulate the practice under the drinking water law. Action on this decision has been repeatedly stalled, and the issue was ultimately referred to the Bush administration's energy task force—headed by former Halliburton CEO Cheney. Not surprisingly, the panel sided with the energy industry and overruled the EPA. The US Department of Energy issued a statement declaring hydraulic fracturing vital to the US economy and proposing its exemption from regulation. Language to that effect was inserted in the Bush administration's energy legislation, which failed to pass Congress last year.


Halliburton and Whitewater

The decision of a high-ranking civil servant to publicly challenge the Halliburton-Cheney connection demonstrates the shattering impact of the crisis in the US occupation of Iraq on the entire Pentagon apparatus. Questions have been raised about Halliburton's sweetheart deals in Iraq for nearly two years, both by the media and by congressional Democrats, but only sporadically and ineffectively. The investigation has remained bottled up in the Pentagon inspector general's office. Greenhouse's October 21 letter has likewise been referred to this office, headed by Republican lawyer Joseph Schmitz.

The chief of staff in Schmitz's office is L. Jean Lewis, a right-wing Republican Party loyalist who first came to public notice—and notoriety—as an anti-Clinton activist in the Whitewater investigation more than a decade ago. Lewis was named to the $118,000-a-year job in 2002, as a reward for her role in instigating the charges linking Bill and Hillary Clinton to the failed Madison Guaranty, an Arkansas S&L she was responsible for investigating as an employee of the Resolution Trust Corporation.

Lewis filed a criminal referral in September 1992, trying unsuccessfully to provoke an RTC and FBI investigation of the Clintons on the eve of the 1992 presidential election. The Little Rock FBI office concluded there was no evidence of criminal wrongdoing and said that Lewis's efforts to initiate such a probe were a blatant effort to influence the outcome of the vote. More than a year later, Lewis's charges were taken up again by congressional Republicans and became the initial pretext for the series of investigations that led to Clinton's impeachment.

There is a clear and obvious difference in the way that the American political establishment has handled the Halliburton and Whitewater affairs. In the first instance, the Clintons' loss of money on a small, failed real estate venture more than a decade old was leveraged into a massive scandal warranting a probe costing $50 million, culminating in impeachment. In the second case, a real, ongoing corrupt relationship, involving influence peddling worth billions of dollars—perhaps the most blatant corruption in the long history of political corruption in the United States—has been largely downplayed. Certainly, there have been no suggestions that Cheney warrants impeachment, or that his long-running effort to block disclosure of the proceedings of his energy task force constitutes a cover-up.

See Also:
Bid-rigging scandal envelops top insurance broker in US
[29 October 2004]
Bank with close ties to Bush administration engulfed in scandal
[24 August 2004]
US Supreme Court declines to order release of Cheney energy taskforce papers
[29 June 2004]
Former Enron CEO Jeffrey Skilling indicted
[24 February 2004]

 http://www.wsws.org/articles/2004/oct2004/hall-o30.shtml

#47: Nader/Camejo filed challenge over rigged New Hampshire'04 vote 06.Nov.2004 18:58

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Nader/Camejo Challenge Electronic Voting Results in New Hampshire
author: blackboxvoting.org

Washington, DC: The Nader/Camejo campaign has filed a challenge to the voting results in New Hampshire after receiving numerous complaints from voting rights activists. Below is Nader's letter to New Hampshire requesting a recount. Also, below is Nader's view on electronic voting without a paper trial. In addition, the Nader/Camejo campaign offered our campaign to poll watchers who wanted to be credentialed to be inside to monitor electronic voting. Hundreds of democracy activists in Maryland working with TrueVoteMD.org were credentialed to monitor polling through the Populist Party which was created by Nader-Camejo supporters in Maryland.

November 5, 2004

Via fax: 603-271-6316
To The Secretary of State of New Hampshire:

The Nader/Camejo campaign requests a hand recount of the ballots in the presidential election in New Hampshire. Numerous voting rights activists have requested that we seek a recount of this vote.

We have received reports of irregularities in the vote reported on the AccuVote Diebold Machines in comparison to exit polls and trends in voting in New Hampshire. These irregularities favor President George W. Bush by 5% to 15% over what was expected. Problems in these electronic voting machines and optical scanners are being reported in machines in a variety of states.

We are requesting that the state undertake this recount or a statistically significant sample audit of these vote counts.

We would like to make sure every vote counts and is counted accurately.

Sincerely,

Ralph Nader


comments here:
 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2004/11/302395.shtml

#48: Bush Vote Fraud & Kerry cover-up; Biggest FOIA Action in History 06.Nov.2004 19:04

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BlackBoxVoting.ORG Challenges Bush Vote Fraud; Conducts Biggest FOIA Action in History
07:28 Nov-06 (2 comments)


BlackBoxVoting Challenges Bush Vote Fraud; Conducts Biggest FOIA Action in History

While Kerry has tried to deter citizen action by his swift capitulation and call to support Bush, not all people are in a daze after the Skull and Bones Con Game. Bev Harris of Black Box Voting is on it. Why is it that she can be more effective than the entire Democratic machinery with its 11,000 lawyers and millions of dollars? Because established power is so thoroughly corrupt that it cannot be trusted in any way. Only aroused citizen action can ring the bells of freedom and shine a light into the cancer that is the Skull and Bones Duopoly.


THURSDAY Nov. 4 2004: If you are concerned about what happened Tuesday, Nov. 2, you have found a home with our organization. Help America Audit.

Black Box Voting has taken the position that fraud took place in the 2004 election through electronic voting machines. We base this on hard evidence, documents obtained in public records requests, inside information, and other data indicative of manipulation of electronic voting systems. What we do not know is the specific scope of the fraud. We are working now to compile the proof, based not on soft evidence -- red flags, exit polls -- but core documents obtained by Black Box Voting in the most massive Freedom of Information action in history.

We need: Lawyers to enforce public records laws. Some counties have already notified us that they plan to stonewall by delaying delivery of the records. We need citizen volunteers for a number of specific actions. We need computer security professionals willing to GO PUBLIC with formal opinions on the evidence we provide, whether or not it involves DMCA complications. We need funds to pay for copies of the evidence.

 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2004/11/302428.shtml
 http://www.blackboxvoting.org (not .com)

#49 - Whistleblower Schneider fired on covert op 'cover marriages' of 911 23.Nov.2004 11:13

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Sleeping with the enemy

Homeland Security whistleblower told Congress, Bush, Ashcroft, Mueller, Ridge that Florida immigration officials accepted sham marriage bribes linked to congressional office, al Qaeda operatives, and 9/11 terrorism. House and Senate still silent. by Tom Flocco

 http://tomflocco.com/modules.php...

 http://www.maryschneider.us/
 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2004/11/304305.shtml


Sleeping With The Enemy--9/11 Immigration Fraud
Exclusive: Breaking 9-11 scandal

Sleeping with the enemy

Homeland Security whistleblower told Congress, Bush, Ashcroft, Mueller, Ridge that Florida immigration officials accepted sham marriage bribes linked to congressional office, al Qaeda operatives, and 9/11 terrorism. House and Senate still silent.

by Tom Flocco

[ April 10, 2004 Letter To Chairman Thomas Kean & 9-11 Commission, Washington, DC ( via facsimile, E-mail & FedEx overnight express) : "...Muslim Moroccans were using illegally obtained permanent U.S. residence (green cards) to aid and abet Osama bin Laden terrorist subversives operating out of Orlando and Miami....Since April of 1998, I have repeatedly sent an aggregate total of hundreds of letters, memoranda, emails and official case notes to dozens and dozens of accountable officials: to INS Commissioners Ziglar, Garcia and Aguirre, DOJ OIG Glen Fine, DOJ Attorney General John Ashcroft, DOJ FBI Directors Louis Freeh and Robert Mueller, DOJ Criminal Division, OSC Elaine Kaplan, President George W. Bush, Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and dozens of other congressmen, only to have this sensitive information continually handed over to the known conspirators. This provided them unending opportunities to destroy incriminating material evidence, such as video tapes, and pay off or threaten informants and witnesses."
Mary Schneider, Dept. of Homeland Security / Citizenship & Immigration Services (DOJ/INS), District Adjudications Officer, Orland& Designated Federal Whistleblower: [Mary Schneider v. DOJ, M.S.P.B., Docket No. AT-1221-00-0263-W-2 and Mary Schneider v. Department of Homeland Security, Docket No. AT-0752-03-0875-I-1]

ORLANDO, FL -- Wednesday, May 26, 2004 Posted 10:30 PM EDT -- TomFlocco.com -- An illegal Moroccan Muslim reportedly linked to Osama bin Laden's brother and who lived with 9-11 hijacker Mohammed Atta prior to the attacks, allegedly engaged in immigration felony fraud, bribery, and perjury in conjunction with United States immigration officials. The government employees allegedly conspired with this and other illegal Muslim extremists and aliens to approve sham-marriages for the purpose of acquiring permanent green cards to stay in the U.S. before and after the attacks to support terrorist cells in America.

Mary Schneider, a citizenship and immigration services district adjudications officer for the Department of Homeland Security in Orlando told TomFlocco.com in a series of interviews over the past few days that the illegal Muslim was reportedly associated with Osama bin Laden's brother. Khalil bin Laden resided for years in the Orlando area prior to September 11; but the FBI permitted him to leave the country on September 16 without being questioned--despite alleged ties to an al-Qaeda supporter and the lead 9/11 hijacker, according to an outside informant.

Evidence regarding the Moroccan's communications and associations in Florida with Osama bin Laden's brother Khalil and Mohammed Atta was revealed by one of his five American wives.

Schneider, a designated federal whistleblower protected by congressional statute, said that outside informants also told her that the illegal Muslim lived in Orlando with lead hijacker Mohammed Atta and other al Qaeda operatives.

Osama bin Laden's brother was allowed to leave the country shortly after 9/11 without a full and complete interrogation and investigation of his activities with illegal Muslims living in central Florida. Congress and the 9/11 Commission have failed to pursue this critical issue in a public forum.
The informants told Schneider that "bin Laden's brother had made inquiries a year or two prior to 9/11 on how to bring in Muslims from Saudi Arabia and Brazil to attend a flight school in the Daytona Beach area," she said.

The revelations implicate Brazil as a South American staging point for al Qaeda terrorism while also providing evidence that one or two years prior to the attacks, high government officials and members of Congress could have taken serious steps to strictly enforce immigration laws and seal American borders, but strangely, they failed to do so despite known worldwide terrorism threats.

TomFlocco.com has obtained copies of Schneider's repeated written warnings which were continually ignored over the last six years by members of Congress and officials in both the Bush and Clinton administrations. The warnings fully explain the al Qaeda immigration fraud in Florida which supported 9/11 terrorist operations. They also raise questions as to whether the 9/11 Commission will call senators and congressmen to publicly testify about their knowledge of pre-attack immigration fraud--given Schneider's clear evidence.

The immigration official says the felony immigration conspiracies remain ongoing up to the present; and the problematic nature of her explosive allegations is exacerbated by the fact that the government not only suppressed her evidence, but had prior knowledge of the fraud while still failing to take steps to protect the American people.

Moreover, Schneider said "Orlando supervisors Susan Dugas, Stella Jarina and supervisory special agent Richard Walker allowed all conspirators in this sham marriage ring to leave the INS premises without consequence and the next morning I was given a written reprimand and admonished for having mentioned this ring to the investigations section." [Deposition of Susan Dugas, 2-11-2003]

Terrorists in Central Florida

In his book, "American Jihad -- The Terrorists Living Among Us," Steven Emerson wrote that "(Osama) bin Laden was able to set up a whole array of cells in Orlando." Channel 9 Eyewitness News reported on February 1, 2002: "Emerson believes a large infrastructure of bin Laden followers are still here (in Orlando). There is no way the hijackers connected to Florida acted alone. There were other people on the ground assisting them. These people didn't necessarily know of the ultimate target, but they were part of a terrorist infrastructure."

"According to Christine Sharrit--an outside informant and victim of a sham marriage to the illegal Muslim, he lived with Mohammed Atta several years prior to the attacks on the World Trade Center, and every Sunday for a period of time, he picked up a Muslim--reverently referred to as 'the Czar,'--at the Orlando International Airport," said Schneider.

"Christine Sharrit's husband is a critical suspect with highly probable knowledge of 9/11 conspiracies and activities of seditious factions in Florida, specifically in Orlando," said Schneider.

The immigration officer further held that "this individual has direct links to 9-11 terrorists in an Orlando al Qaeda cell group besides Mohammed Atta; and he bribed immigration officials in my office for a green-card to stay in the country before the attacks. Now the government wants to get him out of the country before he's brought before a grand jury to discuss his activities prior to 9/11 and which immigration officials he bribed."

"His case had been pending in my office to pursue what appeared to be blatant felony fraud in four marriages to four different American woman in four attempts to obtain a green card," said Schneider, referring to an obvious loophole in immigration law which Congress has allowed--placing legitimate U.S. citizens at risk of catastrophic terrorism.

"The illegal Moroccan Muslim's case was surreptitiously removed from my office and kept secured at first in Supervisor Susan Dugas's office and later in Officer in Charge Stalla Jarina's office for the past six years without denying his application for a permanent green card; but it's now being processed in order to remove him from the U.S. within the next three weeks," she said.

Court records obtained by TomFlocco.com show that an October, 2001 lawsuit was filed by Schneider [ Mary Schneider vs. John Ashcroft, Attorney General U.S. DOJ and James W. Zigler, Commissioner, U.S. INS ] and brought in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida [case no. 01-4157-CIV-Lenard/Simonton]. The records were acquired via the Federal Judiciary's center for electronic access to U.S. District, Bankruptcy, and Appellate court records. [ http://pacer.psc.uscourts.gov]

The court document lists a case file of a Middle Eastern individual named "Abad" [ INS case file A-29-384-379] who is the subject of both a plaintiff court exhibit and a document and videotape production request sought from officials at DOJ and INS by Schneider's attorney.

Chat room links fraud to congressional office

Scores of letters written to senators, congressmen, and executive branch officials indicate that Schneider repeatedly apprised them over a three year period prior to 9/11 that "outside public informants Bonnie and Ed Sharrit had copies of two money orders in the amounts of $1,500, each of which this illegal Moroccan Muslim purchased from a Tampa bank and made out to her INS supervisors Susan Dugas and Stella Jarina."

"The Sharrits also had knowledge that the Moroccan was in possession of INS Officer in Charge Jarina's private phone number, a number I did not have access to for two years as a staff employee," the immigration officer told us.


Schneider also said the Moroccan's case involved her personal felony impersonation by someone connected to the Orlando International Airport immigration inspections booth which resulted in harassing phone calls to the Sharrits.

"Supervisors Dugas and Jarina took no action to deny the Moroccan's application to remain in the country despite the prior felony fraud sham marriages, and without removal (deportation) proceedings," said Schneider, adding "the lack of prosecution and denial of his green card application allowed him to continue living, working and possibly assisting terrorists in the United States."

The informant couple faxed Schneider the transcript of a May 23, 1999 AOL chat room conversation discussing the arrest of an Orlando taxi driver, an Egyptian named Ihab Ali--taken into custody in New York City for his involvement in the bombings of the American Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. Chat rooms are a primary choice for terrorist communications.

Schneider said that during the ensuing trial held in New York City, another defendant revealed that Orlando resident Ihab Ali was one of Osama bin Laden's trusted lieutenants and apparent pilot at one time--operating out of an apartment near the Orlando International Airport, according to the Orlando Sentinel. (10-25-2000)

Ali graduated from Orlando's Oak Ridge High School in 1981 after emigrating from Egypt to the United States with his parents and two sisters in 1977-78.

He received his commercial pilot's certificate from Airman Flight School in Norman, Oklahoma and was known for helping to slam one of Osama bin Laden's planes into a sandpile just off a runway in Khartoum, Sudan in 1992, according to the St. Petersburg Times. (10-28-2001)

Bonnie Sharrit, one of the informants, related additional information that further chats indicated that chat room participant "the Manoman," was taken into custody just after Schneider faxed the AOL chat room transcript to the New York City FBI Joint Anti-Terrorism Task Force--the agency that had arrested Ihab Ali.

"I had also faxed the 5-23-99 chat room transcript to Special Agent in Charge (SAIC) Alan Hazen at the DOJ Office of the Inspector General (OIG) in Fort Lauderdale," said Schneider, adding "Mr. Hazen's office had feigned an (non) investigation several months earlier in February and March, 1999 into the bribery conspiracies and had issued letters of exoneration to the corrupt officials."

Schneider told us, "I had many illegal Muslims, and when I did not approve their documented felony fraud sham marriages for green cards, they would contact Nancy Abernathy in (former) U.S. Representative (and current 2004 U.S. Senate candidate) Bill McCollum's congressional office. Miss Abernathy would feign an official congressional inquiry through Susan Dugas and Stella Jarina, and the cases were then surreptitiously removed from my office, after hours, and approved (for a green card and permanent residency)."

Thus far government officials have not been required to explain to Americans how Homeland Security immigration officials and at least one congressional office could be allegedly linked to felony fraud briberies for green cards which likely supported terrorist operations in central Florida. This, when other senators, representatives and high agency officials have been apprised of this Florida conspiracy cover-up over a period of years.

At 4:42 pm Eastern on 5-23-99, "Manoman" [not long before authorities arrested him] continued his participation by providing the following information found in the AOL chat room text sent to Schneider by outside informant Bonnie Sharrit:

"Guess good ole 'Billy Mc' (former Florida Republican U.S. Representative and 2004 Senate candidate Bill McCollum) is involved again. He will probably free the innocent taxi driver...Seems they all come here, get okayed and go to NY to get caught. What are our government employees doing to us?"

"...I bet this cabbie made at least $100,000 driving this bastard around. I heard from a friend who dates a Moroccan here in Orlando that the guy she dates drove this person and his comrades and that he made $10,000 every time he drove them to Miami--that is one way..."

A second chat room participant who Schneider believes was one of the outside informants who whited out the identifying address said:

"You are all right. Let's expose everyone starting with 'Bill ole boy' (2004 Senate candidate Bill McCollum), and all those at immigrations; after all those government employees make big bucks to stamp 'approved....' They get their checks to hide the foreigners who kill us, why not just bring them all here and have our little hell war here in Florida. The FBI and drug agents are just as much to blame."

"My friend works at Trans Star with illegals; first of all why do they have a job here anyway if they are illegal. I cannot comprehend that part, anyhow, he was waiting in holding and heard two illegals talking about going to immigrations the next day to get their green cards. The one said it cost him over ten thousand dollars and the other said he could set him up with a guy who only charged three thousand. They said that this guy gives up to fifteen hundred dollars to (bribe) immigration people to stamp their green card. Is this for real or just talk?"

At 4:44 pm Eastern, "The Manoman" replied to the informant, offering what amounts to a full confession regarding incredible immigration fraud which he linked to Orlando's Disney World Theme Park, particularly at its Epcot Center, but also allegedly involving the office of former United States congressman and current U.S. Senate candidate Bill McCollum--all of which may have served to support terrorist operations in Florida before the September 11 attacks.


But no one is asking--even as the DOJ' John Ashcroft and the FBI's Robert Mueller take to the airwaves to warn Americans of coming terrorist attacks this summer. And given what has been allowed to take place in Orlando, Florida tourists could have second thoughts about visiting an area infested with unprosecuted terrorist cell groups.

Indeed, some American families may be wondering why Orlando's al Qaeda cell groups have not already blown up DisneyWorld, felony immigration fraud notwithstanding.

Questions can also be raised as to whether Walt Disney World is knowingly participating in immigration fraud, supporting terrorist operations in central Florida, or acquiring illegal and cheap foreign Moroccan labor via its "Treasures of Morocco" exhibit at Epcot Center. Are American tourist families walking among Al Qaeda "Treasures" at Epcot Center?


Given the "Manoman" discussion in the chat room text provided by informant Sharrit, it would seem that Americans may become concerned that Orlando--and Walt Disney World in particular--is a waiting and prime terrorist bombing target; but both the Clinton and Bush administrations have failed to warn parents planning vacations about the concentration of al Qaeda cell operations in central Florida:

"Lady this is all for real. I am one. It cost me ten thousand dollars to get my green card. I married a gay gal from (Walt) Disney(land). She got three thousand. My contact went to immigrations and paid three thousand dollars for them to stamp me. Then the lawyer charged two thousand for the divorce and the contact got the rest and all are happy. I know for a fact that five immigrations agents, Stella (Jarina), Susan (Dugas), Tim, Paul, and Lou all make over six figures a year just off my contact."

"Nancy (Abernathy), over at Billy's office (former Florida Congressman and current Senate Candidate Bill McCollum) makes more from what I hear. If they do not get a stamp and are trying to do it the right way, all they have to do is go to Bill's office and good old Nancy will see to it that they are approved."


"This is a fact girl, I have been there and done this and so have all my roommates and to date I have twelve roommates. All illegals who become legal by who we know, not because we work for it. I work at Epcot (Disneyland) and tell everyone I meet what I know because I now see where it is wrong...No better place to wash money, sell drugs, wash gold and silver and steal gold and silver, find out about up to date US weapons, planes, combat ideas and other military plans than Orlando and New York.

My country has three homes here in Orlando and six in Miami where all this is brought into. I have been there and done it. I had a chance to drive these people, our country helps set things up."

In one of her numerous letters to federal legislators and other officials, Schneider expressed concern that "the courageous Sharrits have been repeatedly monitored, harassed and their family threatened by authorities while corrupt officials are protected and promoted after committing possible treason. Our soldiers are dying at the hands of seditious Muslims while our officials here in America are aiding and abetting illegal Muslims, some of whom are suspected of terrorism."

Quickly and quietly, however, the Bush administration has moved Abad to the front of the deportation line. This, despite hundreds of other prior cases awaiting removal proceedings--begging the question as to whether the administration desires to remove the Muslim operative from the United States before the American people have the opportunity to hear his public testimony before the 9/11 Commission or learn of a grand jury indictment.

While Mary Schneider bravely alerted scores of senators and congressmen, no one really knows if the administration has already allowed Abad to skip the country undetected--the public none the wiser.

FBI: "Forget the briberies and keep quiet"

According to her letters to the government, informants Bonnie and Ed Sharrit told Mary Schneider that their daughter Christine had been married in the Orlando area to the illegal Moroccan named Abad who is linked to Osama bin Laden's brother.

Their daughter, informant Christine Sharrit, said that Abad had previously lived with Mohammed Atta, the alleged 9/11 lead hijacker. It appeared that Abad had preyed upon Christine Sharrit's vulnerabilities, utilizing her as a tool to bypass U.S. immigration laws to remain in the country.

Given his background, Schneider is concerned that Abad is likely to have participated in supporting terrorist activities prior to the September 11 attacks and that high government legislators and officials are continuing to look the other way while immigration agency supervisors accept bribes from illegal aliens to obtain permanent residency.

The Sharrits said that incriminating material evidence was confiscated from their home by FBI agents who told them it was for their "protection" that they removed the evidence, after which they gave the couple an ominous warning: "Forget about the briberies and keep quiet." This, despite the fact that their daughter had become involved in an apparent sham marriage with an illegal alien linked to 9/11 terrorism.

We recently authorized a paid search for a Sharrit-Abad marriage certificate from the Florida Division of Vital Statistics in Jacksonville which had not come back before publication of this article. But it is also possible that the records have been expunged by the FBI or the Department of Homeland Security in an effort to conceal corruption.

Informant Christine Sharrit, the couple's daughter, told Schneider that immediately after the attacks on the World Trade Center in the Fall, 2001, investigative authorities were interested enough in the young woman--a member of the armed forces--that officers from Secretary Donald Rumsfeld's Department of Defense Criminal Investigations Division (DOJ-CID) sought her out and questioned her about her Muslim husband Abad while she was on active duty overseas.

While questioned, Sharrit said CID investigators showed her a photo of a middle eastern man and asked her whether she recognized him. She told them he appeared familiar as one of the six or seven Arabs with whom Abad was sharing an apartment prior to their wedding in early 1997.

Incredibly, the CID investigators told her that the individual in the photo she found familiar was 9/11 hijacker Mohammed Atta. She said she was in shock to learn that Rumsfeld's CID investigators already knew a great deal of information about her husband's background, where he had previously resided, but also that he had engaged in a fifth bigamist marriage after their wedding--all of which she was totally unaware.

The CID's contact with Christine Sharrit regarding her knowledge of the activities of Abad prior to 9/11 raises serious questions as to what the CID knows about the Moroccan's links to bin Laden, Mohammed Atta and al Qaeda cell groups in central Florida--but also why the administration is in such a rush to get Abad out of the country before the public hears his testimony.

Thus far Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld and FBI Director Robert Mueller's investigators have not been questioned about Abad's links and activities related to Mohammed Atta and Osama bin Laden's brother, and why they are failing to warn Americans about strong evidence of al Qaeda cells in Orlando and central Florida--a busy summer family-tourist haven.

Current advice today from DOJ's Ashcroft and the FBI's Mueller consisted of imploring Americans to "be on the alert" instead of sealing the country's borders, enacting intensive immigration law enforcement, and severely punishing public officials who engaged in obvious felony fraud and bribery to assist terrorist operations in Florida before and after 9/11.

Questions also remain as to why high officials in the Bush administration allowed bin Laden's brother to leave the country without an intensive and thorough investigation regarding his Orlando, Florida links to Abad and other al Qaeda operatives in Florida.

Schneider's multiple communications over the past six years indicate that certain members of both the Senate and House of Representatives have committed gross malfeasance and failure in their oversight responsibilities during the Clinton and Bush administrations regarding clear, credible, extensive and ongoing patterns of immigration fraud which enabled the propagation of terrorist cell groups in Florida and other states.

Jeb Bush took control of hijacker flight records

Lead hijacker Mohammed Atta took numerous taxicab rides in August, 2001, just before the 9/11 attacks, to and from Huffman Aviation Flight School in Venice, Florida--just south of Sarasota, according to MadCowMorningNews.com. The website reported that Yellow cab driver Bob Simpson said Atta was accompanied by Huffman's owner Rudi Dekkers during two of the trips which were confirmed in the cab company's Sarasota office log books.

WKMG TV-6 in Orlando reported that Mohammed Atta was using a pay phone at Orlando International Airport (OIA) in late August, 2001--just before the attacks--according to a surveillance camera tape. Officials said Atta had called a number in the Middle East from the airport at the exact time that a Saudi name "al-Qahtani was turned away from entering the U.S. at OIA by immigration agent Jose Melendez-Perez. (1-19-2004)

According to Mad Cow Productions, Simpson took Atta and Dekkers once to a restaurant in Venice and another time, he picked the two up at the residence of former Huffman employee Charlie Voss, in whose home hijackers Atta and Marwan Al-Shehhi lived for a week when they arrived in Venice.

Also confirmed by the Yellow cab office manager was the fact that the FBI "expressed a keen interest" in the cab rides Atta had taken with the company's other driver, who worked nights.

Huffman's Dekkers issued what may have been a false statement in sworn testimony before the House Judiciary Committee in March, 2002 that "his relationship with the terrorist ringleader had been distant and had ended the previous December, 2000--nine months before the attacks.

MadCowMorningNews also reported that the day after the 9/11 attacks the local police in Venice had collected all the files detailing Dekkers' relationships and business with the hijackers.

Curiously however, one local law enforcement official said, "The FBI took all our files, everything." Then he added, "they loaded two Ryder trucks right outside that (police station) window, then drove them right onto a C-130 military cargo plane at Sarasota airport which flew out with [Governor] Jeb Bush aboard." And there went all the hijacker evidence.

Governor Jeb Bush has never been asked to publicly testify by anyone about where he took all the Florida flight school records pertaining to both dead and remaining Muslim pilots still in Florida.

The documents, confiscated by Governor Bush, would reveal whether the alleged hijackers possessed the necessary skill to fly jumbo jets, but also information regarding their test scores, personality ratings, residences, financial payment records and flight training after-action reports, etc. All this, while also having met in private with his brother, President George W. Bush, the night before the attacks at the Colony Beach and Tennis Club at Longboat Key, Florida.

9/11: No Grand Jury, No Prosecutors, No Justice, No Accountability

The Sharrits said for a period of time prior to the September 11 attacks, their daughter's husband was engaged in a suspicious activity picking up another Muslim referred to as the "Czar" each Sunday at Orlando International Airport.

The couple added that a bag found in the back seat of the car driven by their daughter's husband contained thousands of dollars at a time when he was unemployed and that he had also been stopped by the local sheriff / police and found to have marijuana debris in his car. The Sharrits reported the illegal Moroccan's highly suspect activities to the Drug Enforcement Administration officials without receiving any response.

Astonishingly, Schneider told us that "a government form completed by acting supervisory special agent Richard McGahey, dated just two weeks prior to 9/11 indicated that the Orlando U.S. Attorney's office refused to prosecute a felony fraud sham Muslim marriage conspiracy involving 50 Muslim marriages which in some cases I had documented discrepancies and conflicting answers in videotaped, separate in-depth testimonies."

[This is documented on Orlando INS investigation form G-164, ORL-INV-0**, dated August 28, 2001, for Operation " * ** "--14 days prior to the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center.]

Curiously, neither the Congressional Joint 9-11 Intelligence Committee investigation nor the 9/11 Commission have heard the public testimony of Mary Schneider regarding why United States Attorneys in Florida refused to prosecute and fully investigate potential Muslim terrorists just two weeks before 3,000 Americans were murdered.

Commissioner Jamie Gorelick has referred to 9/11 warnings in President Bush's intelligence briefings during the summer before the attacks as "frantic" and "enough to set your hair on fire." Bush's August 6 briefing said "al Qaeda was already in the United States." One would think so--given the unprosecuted shenanigans in Florida. But Mary Schneider's warnings started three years before 9/11.

The 9/11 mass murder has not merited so much as a grand jury investigation with career prosecutors uninfluenced by politicians.

And sadly, even the loyal gang-that-couldn't-shoot-straight opposition party failed to mount a media blitz when the President and Vice-President were permitted to testify quietly together and in private with the 9/11 Commission--a mockery of the American judicial system that would be laughable in any courtroom or even a television or movie drama.

"By justice a king gives a country stability, but one who is greedy for bribes tears it down." Proverbs 29: 4 NIV

Letter from Mary Schneider to Members of the Congressional Select Committee on Intelligence, May 9, 2004: "...In my letter to you members on January 19, 2004, I again apprised you, for the third time, of the following: This same illegal Moroccan Muslim case, ***** ******** ********, was also referred to in my letter dated August 9, 2003, to DHS Secretary Tom Ridge, in which I apprised him of over 70 illegal Muslim cases surreptitiously removed from my office and illegally approved or never denied (green cards). RIDGE DID NOT RESPOND TO MY CONCERNS, NOR TAKE ANY KNOWN ACTION....Three months after 9/11, out of extreme concern and alarm for this nation's national security, I wrote you three times, on 12/8/2001, 12/17/2001 and again on 1/27/2002, regarding the above entitled matter of our national security, that of illegal Muslims bribing Orlando officials for green cards with the ensuing, supreme privilege of United States citizenship..."

Contact Mary Schneider at:  http://www.maryschneider.us/


 http://tomflocco.com/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=63

#50: Rumsfeld, Tenet, Sanchez, etc. charged with war crimes in Germany 30.Nov.2004 11:59

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newswire article coverage global 30.Nov.2004 02:20
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Rumsfeld, Tenet, Sanchez, to be charged with war crimes in Germany
author: John Byrne

Group to file war crimes suit against U.S. over Abu Ghraib abuse in German courts
Group that won Guantánamo ruling targets U.S. over Abu Ghraib

Lawyers acting for a U.S. advocacy group will file war crimes charges in Germany against senior U.S. administration officials for their alleged role in torture at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.

The charges, which will be filed Tuesday, name Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, former Central Intelligence Agency director George Tenet, the former leading U.S. general in Iraq Ricardo Sanchez and seven other officials, according to a German newspaper.

"German law in this area is leading the world," Peter Weiss, vice president of the New York-based Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), a human rights group, was quoted as saying in Frankfurter Rundschau newspaper's Tuesday edition.

They accuse the United States of knowingly committing war crimes, as well as violations of international law and UN conventions. Because the U.S. does not recognize the international criminal court, the group decided to use national criminal law in Germany, which allows war criminals to be investigated wherever they may be living.

The Center for Constitutional Rights has not yet returned a call placed by RAW STORY at their New York office this afternoon. The group is due to present details of its case at several news conferences Tuesday.

"I hope the Federal Prosecutor?s Office takes our affair seriously," said Berlin human rights lawyer Wolfgang Kaleck, "on examining the circumstances."

CCR was the driving force behind a Guantánamo prison ruling by the Supreme Court which found that detainees had the right to U.S. legal representation.

They are also party to a civil rights lawsuit against the City of New York on behalf of almost 2000 protesters and bystanders who say they were wrongly arrested during the Republican National Convention.

 http://www.bluelemur.com/index.php?p=455
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German article:
US-Juristen verklagen Rumsfeld in Karlsruhe
 http://www.fr-aktuell.de/fr_home/startseite/?cnt=597721

English Translation:
 link to translate.google.com

 http://whatreallyhappened.com/

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why aren't the legal "advisors" who advocated for dumping the Geneva convention included in the indictments? they are the ones who gave "counsel" to the President who created the executive orders for "extraordinary rendition," the means of vanishing suspects to foreign countries where they are being tortured.

sound disgusting? they even know where the company leasing out the Gulfstream jet is located:  link to www.boston.com

please include: Jack Goldsmith and Alberto Gonzalez. Goldsmith is now being hired to be faculty at Harvard Law School! and the torture-apologist, war-crimes evader Gonzalez? appointed to be Attorney General of the United States!

Goldsmith was identified earlier this year as one of several legal experts who
drafted memos for the White House and the Justice Department saying the
military could skirt the rules of the Geneva Convention when interrogating
Iraqi prisoners.

Goldsmith's March 19, 2004 memo, written for then White House counsel Alberto
Gonzales, who was tapped a couple of weeks ago to replace John Ashcroft as
Attorney General, caused a furor in legal circles because it authorized the
Central Intelligence Agency to transfer detainees out of Iraq for interrogation
- a practice that international legal specialists say contravenes the Geneva
Conventions.


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The article states 7 additional people, but not names.

This is indymedia...find out for us!



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originally posted with comments here:
 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2004/11/304796.shtml

#51: court suit regarding voter disenfranchisement in Ohio 30.Nov.2004 22:13

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Several private groups, one of them led by David Lytel of the Web site
ReDefeatBush.com, are also suing on grounds that large numbers of Ohio
voters were disenfranchised in violation of the 14th Amendment. He
expressed dismay that the Kerry campaign seems willing to settle for
"meaningless political hot air" rather than striving to reverse the
election outcome.

He cites numerous allegations of voter irregularities, Republican
suppression and suspicious voting machine results that a true recount
could substantiate. Mr. Lytel, a former Clinton White House official, says
of the recount that the Republicans in Ohio are going "from a how-dare-you
strategy to a run-out-the-clock strategy" instead of addressing the
allegations.

. . .

Published on Friday, November 26, 2004 by the Baltimore Sun
 http://www.commondreams.org/views04/1126-03.htm
 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2004/11/304575.shtml

#52: War Crimes charges filed against Bush in Canadian Court 04.Dec.2004 12:04

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Torture charges filed against George W. Bush in Canadian Court
Various / CCNWON 02 Dec 2004 01:13 GMT


This is not satire.




Today, Tuesday November 30 2004 in Vancouver, Lawyers Against the War filed torture charges against George W. Bush under the Canadian Criminal Code. The charges were laid by Gail Davidson, co-chair of Lawyers against the War--LAW, under provisions enacted pursuant to the U.N. Torture Convention, ratified by both Canada and the United States.

See also further background here.
-- Space & Technology Editor


Canadian Lawyers Charge Bush with Torture
Tuesday November 30 2004

Today in Vancouver, Lawyers Against the War filed torture charges against George W. Bush under the Canadian Criminal Code. The charges were laid by Gail Davidson, co-chair of Lawyers against the War--LAW, under provisions enacted pursuant to the U.N. Torture Convention, ratified by both Canada and the United States. The charges concern the well known abuses of prisoners held by US Armed Forces in the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq and the Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba.

The charges were accepted by the Justice of the Peace and referred for a hearing to decide whether Bush should be required to appear for trial. The Attorney General of Canada's consent is required within eight days for proceedings to continue, and the question of Bush's diplomatic immunity will have to be resolved by the court.


LAWs instructions for starting criminal procedures against Bush
 http://www.lawyersagainstthewar.org/legalaction/bushcharges.html

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Received by Email From Lawyers Against The War

Dear Friend,

George W. Bush has been accused of committing the most serious war crimes and we are outraged that our government has invited him here o­n a state visit. We have written to the Prime Minister demanding that Bush be declared persona non grata and that the invitation be rescinded. We have written to the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration pointing out that war criminals are legally inadmissible in Canada. We are demanding that the Attorney General open an investigation into the war crimes of Bush and other members of his administration so that the next time they try to enter Canada they do so at their own risk. We have urgently asked for meetings with all of these people or their representatives. We have received no response except to acknowledge receipt of our letters.

There is little more we can do -- little, but not nothing. Unlike almost all other crimes, no proceedings can be taken under the Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes Act (section 9(3)) without the personal consent in writing of the Attorney General, Irwin Cotler, who, like his colleagues is stonewalling us. HOWEVER, nobody's consent is required to lay charges under the torture provisions of the Canadian Criminal Code (section 269.1). True, the Attorney General's consent is required for the prosecution of a non-citizen within 8 days of the laying of charges, but we can cross that bridge when we come to it. In the meantime the charges would stand.

To that end, LAW has prepared charges against Bush for being a party to torture at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq and at the U.S. Naval Base Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. We will be emailing them and posting them o­n Monday o­n our website www.lawyersagainstthewar.org, along with a brief of evidence and the procedures to be taken to formally charge Bush with torture (as a party through counselling, aiding and abetting). We think it would be appropriate if Canadians all across the country welcomed the President by visiting their local justice of the peace and swearing out an information against him.

LAW respects international law and has no desire to violate it, so it is important to note that laying an information would not in any way violate Bush's immunity as a visiting head of state, because no process would be issued unless the Attorney General's consent was obtained within eight days and a hearing was held and. But this is not a purely symbolic act. Most criminal proceedings start just this way.

Furthermore, there is no risk at all to an informant who reads our material or any other material and concludes in good faith that there are reasonable grounds to believe that Bush has been a party to torture and then swears and information to that effect before a justice.

So please download our material, read it and, if you agree that Bush has been a party to torture, please follow the instructions and visit your local justice of the peace when Bush arrives and before he leaves Canada. Don't be discouraged if your information is rejected. Although Justices of the Peace are bound to accept any reasonable information, Justices are likely to be wary of charging the President of the United States.

If you cannot find the material right away, please be patient. We will make it available as soon as we can.

Yours truly, Michael Mandel and Gail Davidson

Lawyers Against the War
Tel: +1 604 738-0338
Fax: +1 604 736-1175
Email:  law@portal.ca
Website: www.lawyersagainstthewar.org


This story and 2 more like it at:

 http://mparent7777.blog-city.com/read/937301.htm


Today's CCNWON Headlines in full:

 http://mparent7777.blog-city.com/index.cfm?d=1&m=12&y=2004

#53: Bush/Fed/EPA cover-up on 9-11 asbestos/concrete 'smog' 04.Dec.2004 12:08

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9/11 Rescue workers come down with "WTC Cough" from inhaling pulverized cement
author: Doc. Truth

Apparently 9/11 is still having it's very negative effect on people, the damage extends past the lives lost. Rescue workers have come down with what scientists have called, "world trade center cough" from inhaling pulverized cement.

Some rescue workers have asthma type breathing difficulties, others just have a constant cough. The "WTC cough", effects the lungs. Since the particles were so fine, perhaps an investigation as to how so much "pulverized cement" was created, is in order. Was the building regulator aware that in the event of a "pancake" type collapse, it would create such a fine dust and if not, then perhaps cleaning up the site is negligence on the clean up crew for not addressing this concern.

CT scans explain mysterious 9/11 cough

16:20 30 November 04

Inhaling toxic dust from the World Trade Center disaster on 11 September 2001 has damaged some rescue workers? lungs more than years of smoking, US scientists reveal. Using an unconventional chest scan for the circumstances, researchers were able to capture visual signs of the severe respiratory problems that doctors could not otherwise have diagnosed.

Hundreds of people have been tested and treated for respiratory problems - or ?World Trade Center cough? - since New York City?s twin towers fell, most of them suffering from asthma-like breathing difficulties. Some people, however, maintained persistent but unidentifiable coughs that could not be picked up using standard chest computed tomography (CT) scans.

?These people had symptoms that just didn?t fit the typical pattern. They weren?t treated at first because there wasn?t any objective evidence of what was wrong,? says lead author David Mendelson at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, US.

So Mendelson?s team turned to a technique called end-expiratory CT. In a normal chest scan, patients are asked to take a deep breath and hold it. In end-expiratory scans, patients take in a deep breath and release it slowly. In a healthy individual, the entire chest should be seen on the scan as an even grey colour ? the CT representation of moving air.

The doctors scanned 29 rescue and recovery workers with unexplained symptoms. In 25 of these they saw splotchy black patches deep down in the finer, branching tubes of their airways. Black spots mean that air is trapped and stagnating in the lungs, making it difficult for the patients to breathe freely.

Pulverised cement

In order to gauge the severity of the air-trapping pattern, the authors developed a visual scale that ranged from 0 to 24. Mendelson says that smokers would probably fall somewhere between 0 to 4 on his scale. The World Trade Center rescue workers, however, averaged 10.55.

The extent of air trapping was found to reflect the amount of time each worker was exposed to the dust and debris of the buildings? collapse.

The most likely culprit behind this type of airway disease is pulverised alkaline cement, says Mendelson, who presented his findings at the Radiological Society of North America?s meeting in Chicago on Tuesday. All of the subjects are now being treated with anti-inflammatory drugs.

Richard Russell, of the British Thoracic Society in London, UK, is not surprised by the degree of lung tissue damage caused by exposure to the fine cement dust, which is capable of penetrating deeply into the lungs and damaging the delicate tissues found there.

But he warns that the rescue workers? breathing problems might be permanent: ?This is a physical problem that?s not going to go away with simple anti-inflammatories,? he says. ?We?ll just have to watch and see if the patients get better over time and make sure they?re not smoking.?

Anna Gosline

 http://www.newscientist.com/news/news.jsp...

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Yet another lawsuit? pass to firemen 03.Dec.2004 15:53
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What?! You don't believe Bush! He said the air was fine, leading to unprotected rescue workers.

Yet another lawsuit in the making against the Bush regime?


Title: 9/11 MEMO REVEALS ASBESTOS 'COVER-UP'
Author: SAM SMITH
Date: 2004.07.20 07:21
Description: the 'duh' story of the year --- The data, which Jenkins says she culled from state records, appear damning. On the day after the attack, the memo claims, city test results from the corner of Centre and Chambers streets and from the corner of Spruce and Gold streets showed asbestos concentration at about twice the level considered safe by the EPA. The city did not release this information to the public, Jenkins says. The next day, Sept. 13, city tests were "overloaded" with asbestos in the air — so much that the lab could not conclude precise amounts — along Church Street. Again, the information was withheld, the memo claims. city testing data, some of which was later made public, showed asbestos levels 50 percent higher and more above what her agency considers safe, the memo states.

 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2004/07/293005.shtml

challenge "cement" 03.Dec.2004 21:53
gk link

I challenge the cause of this cough. "Pulverized cement?" Not hardly. Asbestos? Maybe. Perhaps something in the planes, radiological gear like depleted uranium in some of the gears on the aircraft. Yes, it has been installed in airplane parts.

the best of both Bush worlds 03.Dec.2004 22:34
blah link

You can have your concrete and eat your asbestos, too.

I went to Manhattan few months after 9/11 03.Dec.2004 22:38
Red neck link

For the demonstration and it still stunk of asbestos. The destruction of the twin monstrosities was like a small town being incinerated. There was absolutely everything in that ash, name it. Lower Manhattan at least should have been evacuated until clean up. But of course that wouldn't have been very profitable. Yorkies like to think they're so street wise and cynical but like people from any big city they're the worst kind of conformist. Let's hope the terrorist don't use more asbestos next time.



 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2004/12/305149.shtml

#54: Second Ohio recount suit besides Ohio Green/Lib. suit 04.Dec.2004 12:16

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Second Ohio recount suit besides Ohio Green/Lib. suit: lawyer Arnebeck representing 25 Ohioans in vote fraud suit; Rev.Jackson/Rainbow/PUSH Coalition may join Ohio Arnebeck suit



GROUP CHALLENGING OHIO ELECTION RESULTS
Thursday, December 2, 2004 at 6:53am

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Civil rights leader Jesse Jackson said Sunday the Ohio Supreme Court
should consider setting aside President Bush's win in Ohio and that
Congress should investigate how Ohioans voted.

[They've been talking obviously:] Arnebeck said yesterday that Jackson
and his Rainbow/PUSH Coalition might become part of the suit.

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(AP) - A lawyer representing at least 25 voters who feel their right to
vote was violated plans to file a lawsuit with the Ohio Supreme Court
today claiming widespread abuses in the presidential election.

Attorney Cliff Arnebeck of Columbus says the lawsuit will request that the
court make a projection of what the vote total should have been where
there were abuses.

Civil rights leader Jesse Jackson said Sunday the Ohio Supreme Court
should consider setting aside President Bush's win in Ohio and that
Congress should investigate how Ohioans voted.

Arnebeck said yesterday that Jackson and his Rainbow/PUSH Coalition might
become part of the suit.

A spokesman for Ohio Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell, Carlo LoParo,
called the allegations in the planned lawsuit ``absurd.''

 link to wbex.com

#55: Green/Lib. Suit against Ohio Vote Fraud/ ask Blackwell to recuse 04.Dec.2004 12:19

repost

..and to avoid certifying before recount.


NEWS: Novel Suit Filed in Ohio Recount: Greens/Lib. say to Feds: Ohio is
Stalling and Abusing Power for Bush; & Want to Stop Ohio
Potential of "'Certification' Before Recount"

Cobb sues Blackwell in Federal Court over Ohio Recount
author: News Release

Green Party presidential candidate David Cobb says Republican Secretary of
State is stalling. Sues in Federal Court.


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The [novel] suit filed today [Dec, 2, 2004] by Cobb, Badnarik and the
National Voting Rights Institute alleges that Blackwell is abusing his
discretionary authority and is, in effect, stalling. The suit asks

[1] that the recount begin immediately and
[2] be completed by the federally declared "safe harbor" date of
Dec. 7 & by Dec. 13, when presidential electors scheduled to meet.
[However, the vote counted only in early January: still time
after Dec. 13.]
[3] The suit also demands that Blackwell not declare the results of the
election as official and final and that the presidential electors not be
certified until the recount has been completed.

[COMMNENT: #3, 'certification before legal recount'-- was what Catherine
Harris did in Florida in 2000, who like Blackwell was simultaneously a
state public employeee of Sec. of State and the Bush State Republican
Party Campaign Chairperson. In 2000, Harris certified before 'recount'
(which actually later showed Gore--a little reported fact in the
consolidated right-wing corporate media), and got Florida Electors in
place before 'safe harbor' issues and before recount and despite ongoing
court suits in 2000. After safe harbor, the states electors are entirely
voided for use in the Electoral college I believe.]


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For immediate release: December 2, 2004
Contact: Blair Bobier, Media Director at 541.929.5755


Green Party presidential candidate David Cobb today filed
counterclaims in the United States District Court for the Southern
District of Ohio against Republican Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell,
asserting that Blackwell is stalling the Ohio recount and abusing his
authority.

The counterclaims have been alleged in pending litigation in
federal court which originated in Delaware County, Ohio, when that
county's board of elections asked a local state court judge to stop the
recount in Delaware County. The state court judge issued a temporary
restraining order attempting to prevent Cobb, Libertarian Michael Badnarik
and their attorney's from seeking a recount of the presidential ballots
cast in that county.

On Tuesday, Cobb asked a federal court to take jurisdiction in
the case. The Kerry-Edwards campaign also moved [only in the
media--Kerry still has nothing to do with these court suits and Kerry is
sitting on 51 million dollars unspent from their Democratic campaign
funds that can be used in this--though they do nothing and likely it will
be a private 51 million dollar gift to Kerry personally for doing
nothing instead of being used for the campaign] to intervene in the case
in defense of Cobb and Badnarik's position.

The suit filed today by Cobb, Badnarik and the National Voting
Rights Institute alleges that Blackwell is abusing his discretionary
authority and is, in effect, stalling. The suit asks that the recount
begin immediately and be completed by the federally declared "safe harbor"
date of December 7 and by December 13, when the presidential electors are
scheduled to meet. The suit also demands that Blackwell not declare the
results of the election as official and final and that the presidential
electors not be certified until the recount has been completed.

The legal documents and related information are available on the
campaign website,  http://www.votecobb.org. Information about the Green
Party can be found at  http://www.gp.org.

 http://www.votecobb.org

#56: House Judiciary Commitee sends 15 page accusation to Ohio 04.Dec.2004 16:28

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House Judiciary Dems to Announce Hearings on Voter Irregularities;
15 page letter of allegations to OH Sec. State Blackwell sent, you can
read it below at the www.house.gov link; House Judiciary Republicans are
boycotting


-------------------------

A source inside the House Judiciary Committee has informed The BRAD BLOG
that Democratic members of the committee will be announcing public
hearings in Washington to begin next Wednesday [Dec. 8] on Voting
Irregularities in Election 2004.

House Democrats hope to hear testimony from a number of witnesses
concerning the thousands of reported cases of mistabulated votes, voter
suppression and other concerns about electronic voting on Nov. 2nd. [take
it or leave it, though the following is something more tangibly now.]

House Judiciary committee Democrats have today sent a
detailed letter [PDF] to Ohio Sec. of State (and Co-Chair of Ohio's
Bush/Cheney Re-Elect Committee), J. Kenneth Blackwell, requesting his
assistance in responding to some 15 pages of documented allegations and
concerns that the committee has compiled to date in regards to Ohio's
election. If you get the chance, read that PDF letter to Blackwell!
 http://www.house.gov/judiciary_democrats/ohblackwellltr12204.pdf
It's loaded with terrific investigative information and tough questions
for Blackwell, the Ohio Sec. of State/Co-Chair Bush-Cheney Re-Elect
Committee, coming from the House Judiciary Committee Dems.

House Judiciary Dems to Blackwell, in letter above:
"Toward that end, we ask you to respond to the following allegations...."


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1.

newswire article reposts united states 03.Dec.2004 03:57
election fraud

House Judiciary Dems to Announce Hearings on Voter Irregularities! Send 15
page letter of allegations to Blackwell, asking for response
author: Repost

** A BRAD BLOG EXCLUSIVE! **  http://www.bradblog.com/

A source inside the House Judiciary Committee has informed The BRAD BLOG
that Democratic members of the committee will be announcing public
hearings in Washington to begin next Wednesday [Dec. 8] on Voting
Irregularities in Election 2004.

Scheduling is currently under way and the hearings are "99% certain"
according to the source, who hopes the official announcement will be made
tomorrow.

The hearings will be held by the Democratic members only at this time
since all Republican members of the committee have refused to take part in
the investigation so far.

The House Democrats hope to hear testimony from a number of witnesses
concerning the thousands of reported cases of mistabulated votes, voter
suppression and other concerns about electronic voting on Nov. 2nd.

Witnesses being scheduled to testify include Attny. Cliff Arnebeck, who is
leading a group of attorneys filing litigation in Ohio to have the
election results set aside, Bill Fitrakis, reporter and editor of the
Columbus Free Press whose continuing detailed reports cataloging voter
suppression and other related matters on the ground in Ohio have set the
standard for what real investigative journalism looks like, and possibly
Jesse Jackson who has been outspoken of late on all of these matters.

As well, the House Judiciary committee Democrats have today sent a
detailed letter [PDF] to Ohio Sec. of State (and Co-Chair of Ohio's
Bush/Cheney Re-Elect Committee), J. Kenneth Blackwell, requesting his
assistance in responding to some 15 pages of documented allegations and
concerns that the committee has compiled to date in regards to Ohio's
election.

VERY LATE UPDATE: If you get the chance, read that PDF letter to
Blackwell!
 http://www.house.gov/judiciary_democrats/ohblackwellltr12204.pdf
It's loaded with terrific investigative information and tough questions
for the Ohio Sec. of State/Co-Chair Bush-Cheney Re-Elect Committee. Will
try to pull out some specifics in a fresh post tomorrow. But read it if
you haven't yet! And pass it on!

- Blogged by Brad on 12/2/04 @ 7:02 pm PT

 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2004/12/305103.shtml




2.


THOUGH REMEMBER WHAT HAPPENED IN 2000


I think Blackwell is going to be one for the History books.
03.Dec.2004 09:44
A. Citizen link

I think Blackwell is going to be one for the History books.

If this comes down to a last minute thing before Congress, like it did in
2000, it's going to be one hell of a dramatic moment. Anyone see M.
Moore's Fahrenheit film? No Senator [even Democratic ones] would sign for
a [Electoral College] challenge in 2000 -- it only takes ONE.

excerpted from, with more comments:
 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2004/12/305082.shtml

#57: Kerry (hardly) 'joins' Green/Lib. suit, still financially uninvolved 04.Dec.2004 16:34

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[This one is here under the assumption that

either (1) Skull and Bones'ers Bush and Kerry are working to destroy the Democratic Party in a totally scammed election in 2004 for the Presidency, to first oust the more popular candidacy of Dean (by vote fraud in New Hampshire Democratic primary), (2) and has so far exhibited collusive behavior with the Bush regime over its vote fraud; (3) is still relatively uninterested in actually counting the votes despite massive vote fraud reported across dozens of states. In other words, Kerry can be considered part of the Bush regime crimes

or

it can be classified more literally as simply another Bush regime lawsuit.



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The Kerry campaign isn't disputing the outcome of President Bush's Nov.
2 victory in Ohio - a 136,000-vote margin, based on unofficial results -
but wants to make sure any recount is ''done accurately and completely,''
Hoffheimer said.

Hoffheimer said he knew of no other challenge by the campaign to the
national election results. [There are currently other
Democratically-unsupported statewide recount lawsuits by Green/Lib.
parties in Nevada and New Mexico.]

''The Kerry-Edwards campaign felt it had to intervene,'' said Daniel
Hoffheimer, a Cincinnati lawyer who represents the campaign in Ohio. ''We
did not want a recount to go forward if it only was 87 [of Ohio's 88]
counties.'' [That Deleware County, Ohio, issue. What went on there? This
is the court suit that aims to stop "Blackwell 'certification
pre-recount", remove the State granted "temporary restraining order on the
recout" in Deleware County, and aims to stop his state-wide delay of the
recount.]

--------------------------





Democratic presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry works a
Philadelphia crowd during the campaign last spring. (Associated Press file
photo )

COLUMBUS, Ohio - John Kerry's campaign has joined a lawsuit by third-party
presidential candidates seeking a recount in Ohio. A lawyer for the
campaign said Thursday the campaign does not question the Democrat's loss
but wants any counting to take place statewide.

Kerry's campaign this week joined the suit filed by Green and
Libertarian party candidates seeking a recount of the vote in Delaware
County. A judge in that county issued a restraining order blocking that
request, but the order expired Thursday. A hearing is set in federal court
in Columbus on Friday on the recount request.

''The Kerry-Edwards campaign felt it had to intervene,'' said Daniel
Hoffheimer, a Cincinnati lawyer who represents the campaign in Ohio. ''We
did not want a recount to go forward if it only was 87 [of Ohio's 88]
counties.''

The two minor parties also have asked for a statewide recount, but a
judge ruled that cannot begin until Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell
certifies the vote, likely on Monday. The parties say they have raised the
$113,600 fee the state requires to conduct the recount.

The Kerry campaign isn't disputing the outcome of President Bush's Nov.
2 victory in Ohio - a 136,000-vote margin, based on unofficial results -
but wants to make sure any recount is ''done accurately and completely,''
Hoffheimer said.

Hoffheimer said he knew of no other challenge by the campaign to the
national election results. Bush [claims he] won (sic) the national
popular vote by about 3 percentage points, but Ohio's 20 electoral votes
would have been enough to turn the race for Kerry.

Meanwhile, a lawyer representing a group alleging fraud in the Ohio
presidential election put off until at least today the filing of a
challenge to the results. Cliff Arnebeck, who alleges that votes intended
for Kerry were shifted to Bush, said his legal team needed more time to
collect and analyze evidence. He said he could file as late as Monday.

In another development, Rep. John Conyers Jr., D-Mich., sent a letter
to Blackwell asking for his assistance in a House Judiciary Committee
Democratic staff investigation of ''election irregularities.''


 http://www.sltrib.com/nationworld/ci_2480239

#58: ex-FBI pro-Bush covert op vote rigging network revealed 04.Dec.2004 16:37

repost

Vote Rig Network: ex-FBI staff w/Saudi/Enron Funds:
$29M check covers costs of TX vote rig

author: Wayne Madsen

Vote riggers, promised a minimum payment for their illegal services, started talking about the vote rigging operation because they did not receive the payoff. "...operation may involve retired FBI agents who used a well-established "good ole boy" network to arrange for access to polling precincts by electronic voting machine technicians who took advantage of various November 2 security "lockdowns" to illegally alter the tabulation of votes in favor of Bush."

Connections to Halluburton noted! Spider in web of all these separate Bush/Enron/Saudi/vote rig/Cheney-Halliburton connections may be PIERRE FALCONE. "On October 6, 2004, some two weeks before Equity Financial Trust [payer of the vote fraud monies, a Houston-based "brass plate" and post office box entity tied to offshore Cook Islands "folding tent" accounts used to hide away profits amassed by the former Enron as well as Saudi financiers; once the base of one of the more questionable and Saudi-linked BCCI subsidiaries. Cook Islands banks also handled some of the weapons smuggling financing of the Iran-Contra scandal] transferred the [vote fraud for Texas] money to Five Star Investment Ltd. [a trust said to have long connections to Saudi-funded operations in Texas and around world; used to support both Bush and Osama bin Laden in the US and around the world], the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions for Canada listed [vote fraud payer] Equity Financial Trust, along with Bankers Financial and Security Trust, Falcon Financial and Trust, and Unity Virtual Trust Group as "unauthorized financial institutions. ... It is noteworthy that a number of companies operated by past Bush campaign contributor Pierre Falcone, under criminal investigation in France for weapons smuggling in Angola, are called "Falcon." Several non-governmental organizations, including Global Witness, have tied Falcone to questionable Halliburton activities when Vice President Dick Cheney headed the firm."
FALCONE/CHENEY CONNECTIONS THEN perhaps?--as a servicable network of use still in place from Cheney's "Halliburton days" that still seem to be going strong in other areas as well? This information goes well with Dick Cheney as the actual president while Moron in Chief Bush is there just to be a Cheney puppet dictator. Cheney leaning networks seem to be involved in vote fraud logistics.



More On Vote Rigging With Saudi/Enron Funds
By Wayne Madsen

Wayne Madsen is a Washington, DC-based investigative reporter. He was also the Operations Officer at Naval Facility Coos Head, Oregon from 1980 to 1982 and assisted the FBI and NIS in the investigation as a temporary special agent.

Online Journal

Additional information on the buying of vote riggers with Saudi and former Enron funds has been obtained. The epicenter for the vote rigging operation is Dallas, Texas, and the operation may involve retired FBI agents who used a well-established "good ole boy" network to arrange for access to polling precincts by electronic voting machine technicians who took advantage of various November 2 security "lockdowns" to illegally alter the tabulation of votes in favor of Bush. Some of the retired agents may have used courtesy credentials issued upon retirement to fool unsuspecting polling place workers.

The cost of the operation was estimated at $29 million with the money sent via a circuitous network of offshore trust companies and shell activities. This reporter has obtained a copy of a bank check for $29,600,000 that was allegedly sent to cover the cost of the Texas-based vote rigging operation.

The check is dated October 22, 2004, and was made payable to "Five Star Investment Ltd.," a trust said to have long connections to Saudi-funded operations in Texas and around the world.

The payer is identified as "Equity Financial Trust," a Houston-based "brass plate" and post office box entity tied to offshore Cook Islands "folding tent" accounts used to hide away profits amassed by the former Enron as well as Saudi financiers.

On October 6, 2004, some two weeks before Equity Financial Trust transferred the money to Five Star Investment Ltd., the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions for Canada listed Equity Financial Trust, along with Bankers Financial and Security Trust, Falcon Financial and Trust, and Unity Virtual Trust Group as "unauthorized financial institutions." In fact, the check for $29.6 million, which is marked "Not to exceed fifty million dollars," is drawn on the Laurentian Bank of Canada's Toronto branch. Its serial number is 317675450 3 and the bank number is 23-97/1020. The bank instrument is issued by Integrated Payment Systems, Inc. of Englewood, Colorado, and Bank One, NA, Denver, Colorado.

It is noteworthy that a number of companies operated by past Bush campaign contributor Pierre Falcone, under criminal investigation in France for weapons smuggling in Angola, are called "Falcon." Several non-governmental organizations, including Global Witness, have tied Falcone to questionable Halliburton activities when Vice President Dick Cheney headed the firm.

Some of the vote riggers who were guaranteed a minimum payment for their services have started talking about the operation because they did not receive the money they were promised.

This is a followup to Saudis, Enron money helped pay for US rigged election.

- Wayne Madsen is a Washington, DC-based investigative journalist, author and syndicated columnist who previously served in the National Security Agency during the Reagan administration. He concentrates on national security and intelligence issues.

 http://www.onlinejournal.com/Special_Reports/112604Madsen/112604madsen.html



Saudis, Enron money helped pay for US rigged election

By Wayne Madsen
Online Journal Contributing Writer

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November 25, 2004—According to informed sources in Washington and Houston, the Bush campaign spent some $29 million to pay polling place operatives around the country to rig the election for Bush. The operatives were posing as Homeland Security and FBI agents but were actually technicians familiar with Diebold, Sequoia, ES&S, Triad, Unilect, and Danaher Controls voting machines. These technicians reportedly hacked the systems to skew the results in favor of Bush.

The leak about the money and the rigged election apparently came from technicians who were promised to be paid a certain amount for their work but the Bush campaign interlocutors reneged and some of the technicians are revealing the nature of the vote rigging program.

There have been media reports from around the country concerning the locking down of precincts while votes were being tallied. In one unprecedented action in Warren County, Ohio, election officials locked down the facility where votes were being counted. The officials said this was in response to a Level 10 high-threat terrorist warning being issued by the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI for Warren County. George Bush won 72 percent of the vote in Warren County, much larger than his percentage of victory statewide.

The money to rig the election in favor of Bush reportedly came from an entity called Five Star Trust, largely based in Houston but a worldwide entity that is directly tied to the Saudi Royal Family. Five Star Trust was termed "a well-protected vehicle" that has been used to support both Bush and Osama bin Laden in the US and around the world.

Other money used to fund the election rigging was from siphoned Enron money stored away in accounts in the Cook Islands, which was once the base of one of the more questionable and Saudi-linked BCCI subsidiaries. Cook Islands banks also handled some of the weapons smuggling financing of the Iran-Contra scandal. A former Justice Department attorney who helped prosecute the BCCI case said the use of the Cook Islands by the Bush reelection team indicates they wanted the bank arrangements to be a "quick folding tent" operation that would cease to exist when the election was over. He said the Cook Islands was notorious for not requiring any documentation for such operations.

In fact, the Cook Islands has been a favorite location for various covert intelligence activities. This most recent use of the islands is a continuation of a scandal discovered in New Zealand in the early '90s called the "Winebox Affair." In 1992, a computer dealer named Paul White bought some secondhand computers and floppy disks from the Citibank office in Auckland, New Zealand, that had earlier sold them to a scrap dealer.

White later discovered the floppies (and 10 paper files) detailed a scheme to use the European Pacific Bank in the Cook Islands to bilk foreign governments and banks for a phony 15 percent tax bill assessed on various transactions by the Cook Islands government (at the time run by Tom Davis, a former US Army and NASA research scientist who was allegedly on the payroll of the CIA). European Pacific reaped millions of illegal dollars from the New Zealand Treasury and a number of Japanese banks, including Mitsubishi Bank.

Paul White later died in a suspicious auto accident.

As detailed in the book "The Paradise Conspiracy" by New Zealand journalist Ian Wishart, the Cook Islands scheme also involved several CIA operatives, including Lawrence John Fahey, who had an interest in InterAir of Nevada, one of the airlines used by Ollie North to funnel arms to Iran. It also involved William Raupe, a CIA officer stationed under cover as a USAID employee at the US embassy in Suva. Raupe had once worked for Air America in South East Asia. Another CIA agent active in the Cooks was Robert C. Allen, known to New Zealand authorities as a US agent who was formerly with the CIA proprietary firm Bishop, Baldwin, Dillingham, Wong Ltd. In addition, along with the late former Treasury Secretary William Simon, Gerald Parsky was also involved in the European Pacific Bank's Cook Islands operations. Parsky is George W. Bush's chief fundraiser and adviser in California (he led Bush's 2000 California campaign) and supported Simon's son's unsuccessful bid for the governorship of California against Gray Davis and then again in the recall of Davis. Enron was involved early on with Arnold Schwarzenegger at a meeting in 2001 at the Beverly Hills Hotel at the same time Enron was bilking California utility customers with increases as high as 1000 percent This scheme eventually led to Davis's recall and his replacement by Schwarzenegger.

The Cook Islands-Citibank-European Pacific fraud appeared to have been cooked up to take the place of other "outed" CIA banking activities, including Nugan Hand Bank in Australia. European Pacific also involved assets of BCCI, in particular the Commercial Bank of Commerce in Rarotonga, Cook Islands, a BCCI subsidiary. MIchael Hand, a former Green Beret who reportedly served with Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage in Laos (and whose partner, Frank Nugan, was found shot to death in 1980 in Australia) later turned up associated with Euromac (European Manufacturing Center) Ltd., a British company that tried to sell nuclear trigger krytrons to Saddam Hussein before the first Gulf War. Nugan Hand's chief counsel, William Colby, a former CIA Director, was found floating in the Chesapeake in 1996.

The sale of nuclear material to Iraq was funded through Saudi operations in Houston, including those associated with George H. W. Bush, George W. Bush, James R. Bath, and Saudis Abdullah Taha Baksh, and Kamal Adham, as well as Lebanese businessman Ghaith Pharaon (who was also involved in the collapse of Miami's CenTrust S&L, a bank that had ties to Jeb Bush). This gang, along with Salem Bin Laden, the older brother of Osama, funneled over $1 million into failed Bush ventures, including Arbusto, Spectrum 7, and Harken Energy. Some of the Saudi money also financed Enron Oil and Gas Resources (later EOG Resources) in the Belspec Fusselman Field in Midland, Texas, a deal in which George W. Bush had a financial stake. In fact, Saudi planes in the 1980s landed in Houston with mountains of cash used to buy nuclear material for Saddam to possibly use against the Iranians. The money was laundered through Houston's Main Bank, a bank close to the Bush family. Skyway Aircraft of Houston, owned by Bath, was invested in by Abu Dhabi's ruler (the main owner of BCCI) and whose parent company in the Cayman Islands was used by Ollie North to collect foreign money for his Iran-contra enterprise.

Another person involved in the Cook Islands bank defrauding scheme was a Lebanese-American named Samir Bashout (alias Dr. Khalaf B. Bashout) who set up Midland International Bank and Trust Ltd in the Cook Islands with no real capital. Bashout's Midland had nothing to do with Midland Bank of the UK but may have been named for Midland, Texas, of George W. Bush fame. Bashout was later convicted of beating his wife in Rancho Park, Calif., amid a nasty divorce. She claimed he secreted away much of his money. Bashout's Metro Bank (Philippines) account in Los Angeles was found to contain only $10,000, not the $10 million he claimed to Cook Islands' authorities. US Treasury agent John Shockey alerted the Cook Islands internal auditor to Bashout's repeated attempts to bounce a check for $5 million. In January 2002, Hamilton Bank failed after it lost $500 million due to loan scandals and money laundering charges. The recipient of a $5.5 million loan was Metro Bank International, headquartered in Vanuatu, an offshore banking location similar to the Cook Islands. Metro Bank was thought to contain some of the billions of dollars laundered by the CIA and the Cook Islands International Trust Corp. on behalf of Ferdinand Marcos. Marcos's CIA intermediaries in the Cooks were Eldon William Morris, James Centers, and Dante Dominigo Agdeppa. Morris was under investigation by the Queensland Special Branch and the FBI in Hawaii and California.

Bashout was also involved in the defunct World Arabic Television News (WATN), an Arabic television network that attracted the attention of the Houston-based Arab Times newspaper as not delivering on its promises and defrauding investors.

See followup article: More on the buying of electoral fraud by the Bush campaign. [followup article is posted above, first]



 http://www.onlinejournal.com/Special_Reports/112504Madsen/112504madsen.html

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Votergate - More Details Emerge 02.Dec.2004 02:13
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Votergate - More Details Emerge
By Wayne Madsen, Online Journal
12-1-2004

Five Star Trust, the entity that, according to well-placed business and U.S. intelligence sources, is tied to the financing of a scheme to pay individuals posing as U.S. law enforcement and electronic voting machine technicians to rig the vote in favor of George W. Bush in at least four key states - Florida, Texas, Ohio, and California - represents a Byzantine network of offshore shell corporations and individuals tied to various Bush and Saudi-connected business enterprises.

Kevin Russell, a Nassau, Bahamas-based attorney representing Five Star Investments, Ltd., which maintains an office in Nassau and is the corporate entity that received a bank check for $29.6 million that was allegedly associated with paying vote rigging technicians, claims the check has not yet been cleared for payment. In addition, Five Star Investments claims the money has nothing to do with election scamming. Sources familiar with the vote rigging have reported that some of those involved in the operation balked when they were not paid the amount of money they were promised for their services and began revealing the nature of their roles.

In 1997, the U.S. District Court for the Seventh Circuit affirmed the conviction of Robert L. Ferrera, an individual that court records indicate was connected to Five Star Investments, Ltd. Ferrera was convicted of fraud involving $11 billion in counterfeit Mexican promissory notes. Ferrera claimed to be a general in the Mexican army and an official of the PRI party in Mexico. Judge George Marovich, at Ferrera's sentencing, said "there are aspects of this like the Over-the-Hill Gang." Moreover, the court proceedings referred to the case as "unusual." Ferrera and his associates used two shell corporations in their scheme, American Credit Corporation and Union International Bank and Trust, Ltd. of Grenada. In the case summary it is stated that Ferrera "assigned and delivered some of the Mexican notes to an associate in Lexington, Kentucky, who owned Five Star Investments, Ltd." According to information from the Internal Revenue Service, Tax ID Number 61-6234232 was issued to Five Star Trust, a Foreign Asset Protection Trust registered in the Isle of Man. Five Star Investments claims it has nothing to do with Five Star Trust.

Ferrera's name also surfaced in a 1994 Securities and Exchange Commission investigation of Northstar Investors' Trust of Bellevue, Washington. In that case, Grady Lewis Hand was indicted for a $3 million investment fraud. However, Hand was defended by the former head of the Drug Enforcement Administration's secret "CENTAC" unit, Dennis Dayle. Hand and Dayle claimed the investment fraud was actually a CIA front to fund off-the-books intelligence operations being hidden from Congress. They said the money actually went to "General Robert L. Ferrera," said then to have worked for the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), the forerunner of the CIA.

New information obtained from knowledgeable U.S. intelligence sources reveal that much of ex-Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos's billions of embezzled gold and money made its way into Five Star Trust, which was actually established in the late 1980s as a Houston-based repository for Marcos's ill-gotten loot. Some of the Marcos money was stashed in accounts in the Cook Islands, a dependency of New Zealand that has its own banking and corporation laws. Cook Islands accounts have been associated with some of the money used in the Votergate scandal.

Since the late 1980s, Five Star Trust has been supplemented by additional money from the Saudis. According to Houston sources, the trust has been extensively used by the campaigns of both George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush. These sources also claim that the Saudis and Bushes use "Five Star" entities as vehicles to move large amounts of money for special purposes. Other names associated with this large Saudi-Bush multibillion dollar tranche are Five Star Group, Five Star Company, and Five Star LLC. The money used to move the money for the vote rigging was also said to involve accounts in Phoenix, Arizona and Houston.

The use of foreign nationals as election machine technicians on Election Day has also been confirmed. Sources with details of the vote rigging stated that some foreign nationals were involved in the reprogramming of Diebold and other machines in the four key states of Florida, Ohio, Texas, and California. The technicians successfully padded votes in Ohio to ensure that state's 20 electoral votes went to the Bush column. In populous counties in Florida, Texas, and California, the vote padding ensured that Bush's nationwide popular vote margin was well in excess of 3 million votes, giving him 51 percent of the national vote over John Kerry. One unsuccessful Democratic candidate in California voiced concerns about whether the alleged vote padding in his state affected his own vote count.

Vote padding for Bush's popular vote may have also been used in Maryland. Diebold ran a training program for volunteer election technicians on October 29, three days before Election Day, at a warehouse in Glen Burnie, Maryland. Volunteers were paid $14 an hour for their services. According to a Diebold insider, U.S. citizenship was not a qualification to work on Diebold election machines on Election Day and the volunteers could have been assigned "anywhere in the state [Maryland] on Election Day."

Sources familiar with the Votergate scandal have stated that foreign nationals from Mexico, Brazil, and Russia were used to "fix" selected machines in critical counties and precincts in Florida, Ohio, Texas, and California. Moreover, some of these individuals have been associated with organized crime activity, including computer hacking, in the United States and abroad. Those familiar with the use of Diebold machines to commit voter fraud have revealed that the hardware and software used in Diebold machines used in casinos and polling places is essentially the same, including the back door used to dial in over telephone lines to change payoff odds in gambling machines. The same mechanism was used to change votes, the sources contend.

This is a followup to Saudis, Enron money helped pay for US rigged election and More on the buying of electoral fraud by the Bush campaign.

Thanks to members of the Democratic Underground for sending me news items, leads, contacts, and other relevant information.

- Wayne Madsen is a Washington, DC-based investigative journalist, author, and columnist. He is the author of the forthcoming book, "Jaded Tasks: Big Oil, Black Ops & Brass Plates" and wrote "Genocide & Covert Operations in Africa: 1993-1999" (Mellen Press).

Copyright © 1998-2004 Online Journal. All rights
reserved.

 http://onlinejournal.com/Special_Reports/120104Madsen/120104madsen.html

#59: signed affadavit of computer programmer who rigged Bush votes 06.Dec.2004 15:42

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[On the Feeney mentioned: "Feeney ran in 1994 as Jeb Bush's running-mate in Jeb's initial unsuccessful bid for Florida Governor." Jeb's next running-mate, before she was dropped, was a e-vote machine related executive.]


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newswire article coverage united states 06.Dec.2004 13:11
election fraud | government
This Report Blows the Lid Off of E-Voting Manipulation in South Florida
author: Brad
WHISTLEBLOWER AFFIDAVIT

[ Access to embedded hotlinks in article ]
This Report Blows the Lid Off of E-Voting Manipulation in South Florida
Brad 06 Dec 2004 20:49 GMT

Embedded hotlinks for this article available at:  http://mparent7777.blog-city.com/read/945375.htm

WHISTLEBLOWER AFFIDAVIT
12/6/2004 @ 10:57am PT...

WHISTLEBLOWER AFFIDAVIT: Programmer Built Vote Rigging Prototype at Republican Congressman's Request!
CLAIM: Rep. Tom Feeney (R-FL) Asked Company to Create E-Vote Fraud Software!
*** A BRAD BLOG EXCLUSIVE! PLEASE CREDIT! ***

In stunning revelations set to rock the vote from Tallahassee to Capitol Hill -- and perhaps even a bit further up Pennsylvania Avenue -- a Florida computer programmer has now made remarkable claims in a detailed sworn affidavit, signed this morning and obtained exclusively by The BRAD BLOG!

- Affidavit in .PDF format - (Generously hosted by Raw Story!)

The programmer claims that he designed and built a "vote rigging" software program at the behest of then Florida Congressman, now U.S. Congressman, Republican Tom Feeney of Florida's 24th Congressional District.

Clint Curtis, 46, claims that he built the software for Feeney in 2000 while working at a sofware design and engineering company in Oviedo, Florida (Feeney's home district).

Curtis, in his affidavit, says that as technical advisor and programmer at Yang Enterprises, Inc. (YEI) he was present at company meetings where Feeney was present "on at least a dozen occasions".

Feeney, who had run in 1994 as Jeb Bush's running-mate in his initial unsuccessful bid for Florida Governor, was serving as both corporate counsel and registered lobbyist for YEI during the period that Curtis worked at the company. ...

rest here:
 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2004/12/305316.shtml

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White House-linked operation paid for "vote switching"

newswire article reposts united states 06.Dec.2004 06:16
election fraud
White House-linked operation paid for "vote switching"
author: Repost
A very long, detailed and very damning article. This fourth article focuses primarily on past elections, that lead back to the White House and the Florida governor.
Texas to Florida: White House-linked clandestine operation paid for "vote switching" software

By Wayne Madsen Online Journal Contributing Writer

December 6, 2004--The manipulation of computer voting machines in the recent presidential election and the funding of programmers who were involved in the operation are tied to an intricate web of shady off-shore financial trusts and companies, shady espionage operatives, Republican Party politicians close to the Bush family, and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) contract vehicles.

An exhaustive investigation has turned up a link between current Florida Republican Representative Tom Feeney, a customized Windows-based program to suppress Democratic votes on touch screen voting machines, a Florida computer services company with whom Feeney worked as a general counsel and registered lobbyist while he was Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives, and top level officials of the Bush administration.

According to a notarized affidavit signed by Clint Curtis, while he was employed by the NASA Kennedy Space Center contractor, Yang Enterprises, Inc., during 2000, Feeney solicited him to write a program to "control the vote." At the time, Curtis was of the opinion that the program was to be used for preventing fraud in the in the 2002 election in Palm Beach County, Florida. His mind was changed, however, when the true intentions of Feeney became clear: the computer program was going to be used to suppress the Democratic vote in counties with large Democratic registrations.

Full article at  http://www.onlinejournal.com/Special_Reports/120604Madsen/120604madsen.html (Yes, that URL is correct.)

The prior three Madsen articles re election fraud can be found here:  http://www.onlinejournal.com/Special_Reports/special_reports.html

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More, including discussion, can be found at the democraticunderground forums, which have been following this story closely.  http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php... =203

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And, in case you missed it: House Judiciary Dems Announce Public Hearings. Hearings to Begin Dec 8. - and - a thorough and well sourced letter was sent by the U.S. House Judiciary Committee Democrats demanding explanations from Ohio Sec. of State J. Kenneth Blackwell concerning numerous voting irregularities, mistabulation errors, voting-machine malfunctions, misallocations and reported voter suppression.

The detailed 15-page letter can be read here in PDF format:  http://www.house.gov/judiciary_democrats/ohblackwellltr12204.pdf

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 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2004/12/305288.shtml


Texas to Florida: White House-linked clandestine operation paid for "vote switching" software

By Wayne Madsen
Online Journal Contributing Writer

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December 6, 2004—The manipulation of computer voting machines in the recent presidential election and the funding of programmers who were involved in the operation are tied to an intricate web of shady off-shore financial trusts and companies, shady espionage operatives, Republican Party politicians close to the Bush family, and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) contract vehicles.

An exhaustive investigation has turned up a link between current Florida Republican Representative Tom Feeney, a customized Windows-based program to suppress Democratic votes on touch screen voting machines, a Florida computer services company with whom Feeney worked as a general counsel and registered lobbyist while he was Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives, and top level officials of the Bush administration....

rest here:
 http://www.onlinejournal.com/Special_Reports/120604Madsen/120604madsen.html

#60: Bush was wired, cheated in Pres. Debates with Kerry 06.Dec.2004 15:47

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newswire article reposts global 09.Oct.2004 19:57
media criticism | technology

BRITISH NEWS says Bush wired/cheating in Bush-Kerry 'debate' & @ Republican Convention

author: get a real candidate
Note past instance of Bush being wired. Note the extreme paranoia of Bush Administration about camera angles and 'frequencies' of recording equipment during many staged events such as these. Examples follow:

See the France video they talk about as well at a below link.
Bush's mystery bulge
 http://www.guardian.co.uk/uselections2004/salon/0,14779,1323334,00.html


The rumour is flying around the globe. Was the president wired during the first debate?

-------------------------------

To watch the debate again, I ventured to the website of the most sober network I could think of: C-SPAN. And sure enough, at minute 23 on the video of the debate, you can clearly see the bulge between the president's shoulder blades. [To keep it from being seen:]

...***the Bush administration insisted on a condition that no cameras be placed behind the candidates.*** An official for the Commission on Presidential Debates, which set up the lecterns and microphones on the Miami stage, said the condition was indeed real, the result of negotiations by both campaigns. Yet that didn't stop Fox from setting up cameras behind Bush and Kerry. The official said that "microphones were mounted on lecterns, and the commission put no electronic devices on the president or Senator Kerry." When asked about the bulge on Bush's back, the official said, "I don't know what that was."

Because Bush is famously prone to malapropisms and reportedly dyslexic, which could make successful use of a teleprompter problematic, they say the president and his handlers may have turned to a technique often used by television reporters on remote stand-ups. A reporter tapes a story and, while on camera, plays it back into an earpiece, repeating lines just after hearing them, managing to sound spontaneous and error free.

Suggestions that Bush may have using this technique stem from a D-day event in France, when a CNN broadcast appeared to pick up - and broadcast to surprised viewers - the sound of another voice seemingly reading Bush his lines, after which Bush repeated them. [see that video from France of Bush doing this, linked on this link with other audio/pictures, here:  http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2004/10/298916.shtml or  http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2004/10/298916.shtml or  link to www.canofun.com
]

Danny Schechter, who operates the news site MediaChannel.org, and who has been doing some investigating into the wired-Bush rumors himself, said the ***Bush campaign has been worried of late about others picking up their radio frequencies - notably during the Republican Convention*** on the day of Bush's appearance. "They had a frequency specialist stop me and ask about the frequency of my camera," Schechter said. "The Democrats weren't doing that at their convention."

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Dave Lindorff
Friday October 8, 2004
 http://www.guardian.co.uk/uselections2004/salon/0,14779,1323334,00.html




Was President Bush literally channeling Karl Rove in his first debate with John Kerry? That's the latest rumour flooding the Internet, unleashed last week in the wake of an image caught by a television camera during the Miami debate. The image shows a large solid object between Bush's shoulder blades as he leans over the lectern and faces moderator Jim Lehrer.

The president is not known to wear a back brace, and it's safe to say he wasn't packing. So was the bulge under his well-tailored jacket a hidden receiver, picking up transmissions from someone offstage feeding the president answers through a hidden earpiece? Did the device explain why the normally ramrod-straight president seemed hunched over during much of the debate?

Bloggers are burning up their keyboards with speculation. Check out the president's peculiar behaviour during the debate, they say. On several occasions, the president simply stopped speaking for an uncomfortably long time and stared ahead with an odd expression on his face. Was he listening to someone helping him with his response to a question? Even weirder was the president's strange outburst. In a peeved rejoinder to Kerry, he said, "As the politics change, his positions change. And that's not how a commander in chief acts. I, I, uh - Let me finish - The intelligence I looked at was the same intelligence my opponent looked at." It must be said that Bush pointed toward Lehrer as he declared "Let me finish." The green warning light was lit, signalling he had 30 seconds to, well, finish.

Hot on the conspiracy trail, I tried to track down the source of the photo. None of the Bush-is-wired bloggers, however, seemed to know where the photo came from. Was it possible the bulge had been Photoshopped onto Bush's back by a lone conspiracy buff? It turns out that all of the video of the debate was recorded and sent out by Fox News, the pool broadcaster for the event. Fox sent feeds from multiple cameras to the other networks, which did their own on-air presentations and editing.

To watch the debate again, I ventured to the website of the most sober network I could think of: C-SPAN. And sure enough, at minute 23 on the video of the debate, you can clearly see the bulge between the president's shoulder blades.

Bloggers stoke the conspiracy with the claim that the Bush administration insisted on a condition that no cameras be placed behind the candidates. An official for the Commission on Presidential Debates, which set up the lecterns and microphones on the Miami stage, said the condition was indeed real, the result of negotiations by both campaigns. Yet that didn't stop Fox from setting up cameras behind Bush and Kerry. The official said that "microphones were mounted on lecterns, and the commission put no electronic devices on the president or Senator Kerry." When asked about the bulge on Bush's back, the official said, "I don't know what that was."

So what was it? Jacob McKenna, a spyware expert and the owner of the Spy Store, a high-tech surveillance shop in Spokane, Washington, looked at the Bush image on his computer monitor. "There's certainly something on his back, and it appears to be electronic," he said. McKenna said that, given its shape, the bulge could be the inductor portion of a two-way push-to-talk system. McKenna noted that such a system makes use of a tiny microchip-based earplug radio that is pushed way down into the ear canal, where it is virtually invisible. He also said a weak signal could be scrambled and be undetected by another broadcaster.

Mystery-bulge bloggers argue that the president may have begun using such technology earlier in his term. Because Bush is famously prone to malapropisms and reportedly dyslexic, which could make successful use of a teleprompter problematic, they say the president and his handlers may have turned to a technique often used by television reporters on remote stand-ups. A reporter tapes a story and, while on camera, plays it back into an earpiece, repeating lines just after hearing them, managing to sound spontaneous and error free.

Suggestions that Bush may have using this technique stem from a D-day event in France, when a CNN broadcast appeared to pick up - and broadcast to surprised viewers - the sound of another voice seemingly reading Bush his lines, after which Bush repeated them. Danny Schechter, who operates the news site MediaChannel.org, and who has been doing some investigating into the wired-Bush rumors himself, said the ***Bush campaign has been worried of late about others picking up their radio frequencies - notably during the Republican Convention*** [!] on the day of Bush's appearance. "They had a frequency specialist stop me and ask about the frequency of my camera," Schechter said. "The Democrats weren't doing that at their convention."

Repeated calls to the White House and the Bush national campaign office over a period of three days, inquiring about what the president may have been wearing on his back during the debate, and whether he had used an audio device at other events, went unreturned. So far the Kerry campaign is staying clear of this story. When called for a comment, a press officer at the Democratic National Committee claimed on Tuesday that it was "the first time" they'd ever heard of the issue. A spokeswoman at the press office of Kerry headquarters refused to permit me to talk with anyone in the campaign's research office. Several other requests for comment to the Kerry campaign's press office went unanswered.

As for whether we really do have a Milli Vanilli president, the answer at this point has to be, God only knows.

· Dave Lindorff is the author of This Can't Be Happening! Resisting the Disintegration of American Democracy.

This article has been provided by Salon through a special arrangement with Guardian Newspapers Limited.

Visit the Salon site at Salon.com

 http://www.guardian.co.uk/uselections2004/salon/0,14779,1323334,00.html



what Bush really wants to say:



 http://www.twofacesofbush.com/ bush psychopath quotes, flash animation
author: summary
 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2004/10/299281.shtml
 http://www.twofacesofbush.com/

Title: Bush is a little puppet: prompted by earpiece long before the non-debate with Kerry
Author: the man behind the curtain
Date: 2004.10.05 08:27
Description: A few commentators - like Salt Lake City Weekly columnist D.P. Sorensen - write about the subject as if it's common knowledge (20 Mar 2003 Edition): [snip] When the president appears on public occasions, observers have noticed that he now wears a tiny earpiece. There is speculation that God is telling Mr. Bush what to say, using a celestial wavelength almost impossible for evil-doers to intercept. Some observers think the divine prompting via the earpiece explains the president's propensity for verbal gaffes, such as his comment in February of 2000 that "there is madmen in the world, and there are terror."
 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2004/10/298916.shtml



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feature article coverage united states 10.Oct.2004 18:49
media criticism selection 2004
Corporate media picks up on internet speculation that Bush was "wired" during debates
Reports from the BBC News agency say that a bulge in the back of President Bush's jacket has triggered rumors that he was wired to receive audio instruction during the TV debate with John Kerry in Miami. The Seattle Times has a story on it too and has been following up on it.

Many websites present evidence which allege that the apparent bulge is a radio receiver feeding him answers from an aide offstage. Of course, the Bush campaign dismissed the claims out of hand, stating only that it was just a wrinkle in the jacket. Campaign officials also denied web reports that he was wearing a bullet-proof vest.

Take www.isbushwired.com for instance, it's a website relentlessly devoted to exposing the facts for what they seem to be, that Mr. Bush is cheating during this debate and was getting his info while wired for sound bytes. There is actually some pretty compelling evidence available on the web to support those claims.
read more >>

One commenter writes: The Knoxville Times called me at 6am this morning asking me to confirm or deny the "Bush is Wired" story they read here at Portland IMC. My immediate response was, "What is the Portland IMC?"
read more >>

flurry of related posts: [ BUSH WIRED DURING DEBATE!!!! | Bush was Wired in Debate | Is Bush Wired? | BRITISH NEWS says Bush wired/cheating in Bush-Kerry 'debate' & @ Repub. Convention | "No Comment" on Bush earpiece from white house, Kerry campaign: Salon | Bush Wired | Bush is a little puppet: prompted by earpiece long before the non-debate with Kerry ]

feature:  http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2004/10/299496.shtml

#61: CIA drug traffic writer Webb "suicided": multiple wounds, note left on door 13.Dec.2004 20:28

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#61: Gary Webb, Author of Dark Alliance on CIA drug trafficking, murdered with multiple wounds; note left on door


newswire article announcements united states 12.Dec.2004 21:29
drug war

Gary Webb, Author of Dark Alliance, Found Dead in Home

Webb Obit - 'Died Of Gunshot
WOUNDS To The Head'
From Charlene
Sacramento Bee
12-14-4

"Gary Webb, a prize-winning investigative journalist whose star-crossed career was capped with a controversial newspaper series linking the CIA to the crack cocaine epidemic in Los Angeles, died Friday of self-inflicted gunshot wounds, officials said.

Mr. Webb, 49, was found dead in his Carmichael home Friday morning of gunshot wounds to the head, the Sacramento County Coroner's Office said Saturday."

Note the plural "wounds". An actual suicide from a gunshot to the head wouldn't leave the victim in any state to pull the trigger a second time. Vince Foster, care to comment?

 http://www.sacbee.com/content/news/story/11744167p-12630255c.html


From Astroworld.us -

Posted by shylurker on December 13, 2004

In the Sacto Bee (I posted it above somewhere), they referred to 'woundS'. I emailed the person in charge of obits, but haven't heard anything back yet. ?????

Posted by shylurker on December 13, 2004

I just heard from the obit guy. He said the coronor told them "he has multiple wounds". In other words, the coronor did NOT note the origin of the wounds.

 http://www.astroworld.us/archives/000456.html#000456:


Of course he was murdered. 13.Dec.2004 19:11
Tony Blair's dog link

"The Sacramento County coroner's office said that when A Better Moving Company arrived at Mr. Webb's Carmichael home at about 8:20 a.m. Friday, a worker discovered a note posted to the front door which read: "Please do not enter. Call 911 and ask for an ambulance.""

--full article/analysis/other links:  http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2004/12/305817.shtml

#62: Nov. 23 suit over missing vote info in FL's Volusia County 14.Dec.2004 08:38

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BUSTED? Pynchon thinks there's something rotten in Volusia


By Jeffrey C. Billman
Published 12/9/2004


"One minute I feel like Erin Brockovich, the next I feel like the Keystone Kops."

Susan Pynchon is standing in the parking lot of the Lake Mary Kinko's, peering over the mess of files and cardboard boxes in the back of her tan Toyota SUV, which features an anti-Bush sticker on the window. For those still clinging to the belief that the election was rigged, Pynchon - a former volunteer for the county's Democratic Party and founder of the newly formed Florida Fair Elections Coalition - is your point woman. On Nov. 23, she sued to overturn election results in Volusia County. A few days later she was in a DeLand courtroom fighting the county's motion to dismiss her suit.

According to Pynchon's suit, 59 of Volusia's precincts - nearly one-third of them - are missing the printouts that the optical-scan voting machines produce to ensure accuracy. All those precincts, Pynchon says, are missing either the results tape, the "zero tape" - at the beginning of Election Day, poll workers print a tape that should register all candidates at zero votes to make sure no one got a head start - or the required poll workers' signatures on one of the above forms. Volusia County election officials deny that the records are missing.

And then there's the e-mail from Diebold Election Systems to a Volusia County analyst that Black Box Voting founder Bev Harris says she found in the trash outside the Volusia County Supervisor of Elections warehouse. The e-mail states that Volusia had more trouble with its memory cards - which record the vote numbers as the ballots are fed into the machines - than the rest of Florida combined, with at least 25 memory card failures. (Black Box, a Seattle-based anti-electronic voting organization, is seeking Volusia's records along with Pynchon.)

Combined, the two flaws equal the possibility of cheating, in Pynchon's assessment. "If those cards didn't really fail, if you don't have those original [poll] tapes, they could do whatever the heck they wanted. I'm not saying they did that. But that's the problem, you just don't know. To accept all these screw-ups is to say, 'OK, we just trust you.' That is what I can't do. I'm not accusing anyone of fraud at this point. I would accuse them of lying."

The antipathy started as part of Black Box Voting's massive public-information request, filed in all 67 Florida counties Nov. 2, asking for all documents related to voting machines. In essence, Harris says, her group wanted to audit the Florida vote. On Nov. 15, she popped into the Volusia County office to pick up the records she requested. She wasn't given the records she wanted, and when she complained was told to show up the next morning at the supervisor of elections' warehouse to review documents.

When Harris arrived on what she calls "the most bizarre day of our lives," she says she was ordered out of a room in which she saw three elections employees handling records she wanted, including the poll tapes.

"There was a black garbage bag outside the door," Harris says. Inside, she says she saw some of the poll tapes she'd requested, along with blank ballots and sample ballots. After tussling with an elections employee who ordered her to stop looking through the trash, Harris wrote out an impromptu public-records request for the contents of the trash. Eventually, she was allowed to go back to the elections office and review the documents.

While at the office on the same day, Pynchon - who was there seeking another group of records - saw an employee hauling a second box out to the trash behind the building, and she went and got it. Harris says the box Pynchon grabbed was a gold mine. "A number of items on the list [of requested records] were in the garbage," Harris says. "Some did not match [the official documents that were] sent to the state ... . We're looking at it as a full-scale fraud investigation."

(Harris says all this was caught on video by filmmakers from Votergate.tv who were following her, but that tape is currently in Los Angeles being duplicated and edited, so Orlando Weekly could not review it.)

Next, Harris says, she will be selecting 50 precincts to do hand recounts - not that they would change anything. On Friday, a judge threw out Pynchon's lawsuit because it was filed 11 days after the vote count was certified - in Volusia, John Kerry officially took 115,519 votes to George Bush's 111,924 - a day later than state law permits. The judge did, however, allow her 10 days to refile her complaint. But even if Pynchon had won, and no matter what Harris' recount shows, the presidential election won't be overturned.

But it is the second presidential election in as many tries to feature a Volusia County foul-up. In 2000, a glitch blamed on a faulty Diebold memory card caused Volusia County to briefly erase 16,000 votes from Al Gore, which led television networks to prematurely call the race for Bush. And it is just the latest epicenter of the post-2004 conspiracy theories, which include allegations that Ohio miscounted votes and that some Florida counties that didn't have paper trails ended up with returns more favorable to Bush than exit polls indicated, while counties with paper trails matched up to those exit polls that predicted a Kerry landslide. But the Miami Herald did an audit of three so-called Dixiecrat counties, where registered Democrats voted for Bush. Its examination supported the official results in those counties.

In fact, though the allegations raise eyebrows, none have been substantiated. Which raises the question: Are Harris and Pynchon crazy? "I didn't say it, but you couldn't have said it any better," says outgoing Volusia County supervisor of elections Deanie Lowe. "I think their fears are unfounded."

No records that the county needed were dumped, Lowe says, and her detractors are twisting the facts to suit a conspiracy theory, including saying they found real ballots in the trash when what they really found were probably demonstration ballots. And, she says, they never asked for the zero tapes. "They take stuff and try to twist it to make it sound terrible."

Harris says she's just trying to find out what really happened.

"There are some earmarks that are specific to a specific type of fraud," Harris says.

While she won't go into much detail on what she thinks happened, she says it happened at the county level. She says that because many of the precincts she thinks are missing records are composed mostly of minority or elderly voters, the discrepancies would tend to favor Bush. Both Pynchon and Harris say that their ultimate goal isn't to overturn the election, but to make sure the count is accurate. And if what happened in Volusia isn't fraud, then Harris says the problems in Volusia County still amount to "an incredibly stupid blunder."

Either way, Pynchon says, the investigations will continue. Black Box recently sued Palm Beach County over what Harris describes as its efforts to stymie her records request, and says she may file suit in 14 other counties. "It's gonna take years to figure this out," Pynchon says.

Ultimately, Lowe herself made figuring it out easier. She rejected touch-screen voting machines in favor of the optical-scan ballots, which produce a paper trail. That means the hand recount Harris seeks is possible.

 http://www.orlandoweekly.com/news/Story.asp?ID=4732

#63: BlackBoxVoting sues Palm Beach Co., FL [vote records denials!] 14.Dec.2004 08:40

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[from #62]

Black Box recently sued Palm Beach County over what Harris describes as its efforts to stymie her records request, and says she may file suit in 14 other counties.

#64: PRE-ELECTION lawsuit over jury-rigged voter lists in Florida 15.Dec.2004 00:14

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Florida sued over voters' list (June 9, 2004)


Posted on Wed, Jun. 09, 2004

State sued over voters' list

BY GARY FINEOUT

 gfineout@herald.com

KEY WEST - Florida's $2 million centralized voter database, which is
supposed to help weed out felons and people who have died, may have a
serious flaw, a New York legal group that is suing the state said Tuesday.

The Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law says
this new database may not be including the names of thousands of people
who had their voting rights restored by the state of Florida during a
nearly 40-year period. If the information is true, it would raise serious
questions as to the accuracy of a new list of nearly 48,000 registered
voters that the state says are potential felons who are ineligible to
vote.

The database, developed in the wake of the chaotic 2000 presidential
election, draws on various sources of information to come up with a list
that can be given to county election supervisors so that ineligible voters
can be purged from local voting rolls. Included in the database are arrest
records, clemency records, death records and records of duplicate voter
registrations.

Convicted felons released from prison are barred from voting in Florida
unless their voting rights are restored by the state, a process handled by
the Office of Executive Clemency.

The Brennan Center, which has filed a federal lawsuit to overturn
Florida's voting ban for felons, says it requested records from both the
state Division of Elections and the state Office of Executive Clemency and
discovered ''massive discrepancies'' between the two offices.

Center lawyers said the documents revealed that the clemency office
reported restoring voting rights to 171,408 people during a nearly 36-year
period, while the Division of Elections said it only had records showing
that 145,823 people had their rights restored at the time in question,
between 1964 and 2000.

Jessie Allen, associate counsel for the Brennan Center, acknowledged that
many of the people who had their rights restored during this period may
have never chosen to register to vote or may have moved to another state.

POSSIBLE ERRORS

But it's possible that the new felon list developed by the Division of
Elections may list some people as ineligible when they in fact had their
rights restored, she said.

'We're not just wringing our hands, saying, `It's inaccurate,' '' Allen
said in a phone interview from her New York City offices. ``The state
should explain this. We don't know what the explanation is.''

A spokeswoman for Secretary of State Glenda Hood, who oversees the
Division of Elections, called the Brennan Center's review ''flawed'' and
said that the organization has never shared any of its questions with
state officials.

''They have come up with inappropriate conclusions,'' spokeswoman Jenny
Nash said.

Marielba Torres, assistant general counsel for the Division of Elections,
also insisted that the report was ''not credible'' and suggested that the
Brennan Center relied on totals that may have included ''cases handled''
by the clemency office, not a listing of people who had actually their
voting rights restored.

She also suggested that the organization may have counted people who did
not have a full restoration of voting rights.

But Allen said that her organization went through all the totals provided
by the Office of Executive Clemency -- and only added those listed as full
pardons, restoration of all civil rights or restoration of voting rights
by the Office of Executive Clemency. For example, her group did not count
those who were listed as having their right to own a gun restored.

''It's not that we added wrong,'' Allen said.

The Brennan Center released the information one day before county election
supervisors, who are meeting at a Key West resort hotel for their summer
conference, are scheduled to meet with state election officials to discuss
the new felon list.

GOING SLOW

To some election supervisors, the latest revelation was just another
reason to go slowly in processing the new list of nearly 48,000 felons --
including nearly 15,674 voters in Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade and
Monroe counties. The state sent out the list in early May.

''It won't be done haphazardly,'' Broward County Supervisor of Elections
Brenda Snipes said.

Orange County Supervisor of Elections Bill Cowles said he wasn't surprised
by the possible differences the Brennan Center found, noting that the
Office of Executive Clemency only started automating its records in the
past few years.

Today the supervisors are expected to endorse a proposal that calls on
each county to make inquiries of county clerks and the Florida Department
of Law Enforcement before starting the purge process. Hillsborough County
Supervisor of Elections Buddy Johnson was even handing out copies of a
flow chart showing how the new process would work.

''It really shows how serious, how concerned all of us are about an
individual's right to vote,'' said Johnson, a former Republican state
legislator appointed to his job by Gov. Jeb Bush.

 http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/politics/8874704.htm?1c

#65: Who rigged ES&S/Diebold e-vote in NH for Kerry primary? 16.Dec.2004 02:15

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newswire article reposts united states 17.Nov.2004 18:24
corporate dominance | election fraud | political theory

Title: Why Kerry afraid to speak on vote fraud? KERRY USED ES&S/DIEBOLD E-VOTE RIG TO OUST DEAN!
Author: worthy repost
Date: 2004.11.17 06:24

Description: KERRY--OR BUSH?--USED ES&S VOTE MACHINES TO RIG THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY PRIMARY IN NEW HAMPSHIRE, TO OUST DEAN, SEALING THE SKULL AND BONES'ERS IN EACH "PARTY." KERRY IS JUST AS GUILTY AS BUSH OF VOTE FRAUD. THAT IS WHY KERRY IS QUIET. Dean would have been the Democratic Party Ticket, legally,--until e-vote fraud came to the "rescue" for the aristocratic elites of the U.S. Moreover, did you know that VP George H. W. Bush won a wierd "unexpected upset" (due to e-vote machines?) in 1988 against Republican front runner Bob Dole. This happened in New Hampshire as well. Everyone knows that Kerry's father was high up in the CIA, just like Bush's father, right? Everyone knows that Kerry covered up for Bush in the Iran/Contra Commission (and covered up for the Bush family in the BCCI investigation), right? The Iran/Contras commission was the "Kerry Commission." BCCI was (partially) investigated by Kerry as well. Small world, eh? Kerry will avoid this like the plague, because he is part of the Bush family networks, and a beneficiary of vote fraud himself to get to the Democratic Ticket in 2004!
 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2004/11/303703.shtml

#66: INS/Florida's al Qaeda immigration fraud supports 9-11 operation 26.Dec.2004 17:08

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newswire article reposts united states 28.May.2004 23:24
9.11 investigation | government | imperialism & war

FLORIDA, ROGUE STATE: al Qaeda immigration fraud supported 9-11 terrorist operations
author: tomflocco.com

--- OSAMA's brother hiding out in Florida pre-911, protected by INS, and w/ Atta connections --- TomFlocco.com has obtained copies of Schneider's repeated written warnings which were continually ignored over the last SIX YEARS by members of Congress and officials in both the Bush and Clinton administrations. --- According to Christine Sharrit--an outside informant and victim of a sham marriage to the illegal Muslim, [this Morrocan] he lived with Mohammed Atta several years prior to the 9-11 attacks. --- The illegal Moroccan Muslim's case was surreptitiously removed from my office and kept secured...FOR THE PAST SIX YEARS without denying his application for a permanent green card; but it's now being processed in order to remove him from the U.S. within the next three weeks," she said. --- the Moroccan was in possession of INS Officer in Charge Jarina's private phone number, a number I did not have access to for two years as a staff employee," the immigration officer told us. --- lack of prosecution and denial of his green card application allowed him to continue living, working and possibly assisting terrorists --- 2004 Senate candidate Bill McCollum, and Nancy Abernathy in his U.S. Representative's office involved in the alleged bribery organization to keep these terrorists in Florida --- Epcot and Disneyland connections
 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2004/05/289538.shtml

#67: Syrian who was kidnapped in Iraq to sue American 'liberators' 31.Dec.2004 16:06

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Syrian who was kidnapped in Iraq to sue American 'liberators'
author: Khaleej Times Online
Maybe Fadel, aka Zarqawi, is at fault? Isn't he the one kidnapping everyone?
Think I'll here this on the news tonight?

"there have been scores of kidnappings"...get ready for the free and fair election, how about this, have an election and get out. Victory with all the hollywood trimmings.

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PARIS ? A Syrian chauffeur and translator kidnapped in August in Iraq with two French journalists intends to sue his American liberators for maltreatment, the French daily Le Parisien reported yesterday.

Mohammad Al Jundi was held and interrogated by US Marines for eight days following his liberation on November 11 in the city of Fallujah.

During that time, he claimed, he was maltreated and threatened with death. He was also not allowed to contact his family, his attorney or his consulate, nor was he permitted to be examined by a doctor after being held by radical Muslims for three months.

Following his interrogation, the Marines dropped him in the streets of the war-ravaged city without shoes or papers, Al Jundi said.

Al Jundi has entrusted the lawsuit to an attorney in Paris, where he now lives with his family. His brother-in-law, Ali Merhebi, said the legal action would target US President George W. Bush, Secretary of Defence Donald Rumsfeld, and future Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

The suit is to be filed early next week, Le Parisien reported.

Al Jundi was kidnapped with French journalists Christian Chesnot and Georges Malbrunot on August 20 by a group calling itself the Islamic Army in Iraq.

US Marines found Al Jundi when they took Fallujah, but the two French journalists remain in the hands of their abductors.

There have been scores of kidnappings for ransom in Iraq.

 http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticle.asp...
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 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2004/12/306546.shtml

#68: NM Supreme Court goes Rogue State--upholds illegality against recount 31.Dec.2004 16:07

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NEWS/UPDATE: NM Supreme Court Rejects Recount Despite Unlawful Requirements Placed to Dissuade It

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The Supreme Court's action on Wednesday, declining to hear Cobb's
petition for a writ of mandamus, upheld a State Canvassing Board decision
that Cobb and Libertarian Michael Badnarik pay the full cost of the recount
in advance; with the Board estimating that cost at $1.4 million. That
decision was contrary to New Mexico law; there is no legal requirement that
campaigns pay the full cost in advance, nor any way to accurately estimate
the cost of the recount before it is completed.

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Today's Topics:

1. COBB 2004 RELEASE: COBB BLASTS NM SUPREME COURT RECOUNT
DECISION ( hhart@blue.weeg.uiowa.edu)


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Subject: [Recount-news] COBB 2004 RELEASE: COBB BLASTS NM SUPREME
COURT RECOUNT DECISION
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COBB/LaMARCHE 2004 GREEN PARTY PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN

 http://www.votecobb.org



NEWS RELEASE



For immediate release: December 23, 2004

Contact: Rick Lass, NM Coordinator at 505.920.0540

Blair Bobier, Media Director at 414.364.1596



GREEN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE BLASTS NEW MEXICO SUPREME COURT RECOUNT

DECISION



Green Party presidential candidate David Cobb said that

yesterday's decision by the New Mexico Supreme Court, denying Cobb's request

to immediately start a recount of the presidential vote, was an insult to

the democratic process and the citizens of New Mexico.

"We are seeking a recount in New Mexico to protect the right to

vote and ensure that all votes are counted. We came here expecting

cooperation, or at least compliance with the law, from New Mexico's Governor

and Secretary of State. However, despite broad support across the political

spectrum for an honest audit of New Mexico's voting system, we have been

stonewalled and obstructed at every step by the Democratic Party leadership

of this state," said Cobb.

"Hundreds of rank and file Democrats, along with Greens,

Libertarians, and others, signed up as observers of the recount. Governor

Richardson's actions, and the Supreme Court's tacit approval of them, are an

insult to the democratic process and the citizens of New Mexico," added

Cobb.

The Supreme Court's action on Wednesday, declining to hear Cobb's

petition for a writ of mandamus, upheld a State Canvassing Board decision

that Cobb and Libertarian Michael Badnarik pay the full cost of the recount

in advance; with the Board estimating that cost at $1.4 million. That

decision was contrary to New Mexico law; there is no legal requirement that

campaigns pay the full cost in advance, nor any way to accurately estimate

the cost of the recount before it is completed.

"The New Mexico Supreme Court has apparently decided it is more

interested in protecting the rights of corporations who make electronic

voting machines than the rights of citizens to ensure that their votes are

counted accurately. To call this a travesty of justice is understating the

nature of the outcome," said Rick Lass, New Mexico coordinator for the

recount effort.

"Unfortunately, this is not the first time the Supreme Court has

supported Secretary of State Vigil-Giron's blatant disregard for New Mexico

state law," said Lass, referring to a 2001 decision to redefine eligibility

for major party status which affected the Greens and other small parties in

the state.

Cobb-LaMarche Media Director Blair Bobier said that the campaign

is still "exploring all available options" on how to proceed in New Mexico

in light of the Supreme Court ruling.

For more information about the Cobb-LaMarche campaign and its

recount efforts in Ohio and New Mexico, see  http://www.votecobb.org.





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#69: official opposed fake Bush "Iraq=danger" spin; is fired by job elimination 02.Jan.2005 21:05

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Pentagon ousts official who tied Russia, Iraq arms

By Bill Gertz
THE WASHINGTON TIMES

A Pentagon official who publicly disclosed information showing Russian involvement in moving Iraqi weapons out of that country has been dismissed.

John A. Shaw, the deputy undersecretary of defense for international technology security and formerly an aide to Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, was forced to leave his position Dec. 10 as the result of a "reorganization" that eliminated his job, defense officials said.

Mr. Shaw said he had been asked to resign for "exceeding his authority" in disclosing the information, a charge he called "specious."

In October, Mr. Shaw told The Washington Times that he had received foreign intelligence data showing that Russian special forces units were involved in an effort to remove Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction in the weeks before the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq began in March 2003.

In a letter to Mr. Rumsfeld, Mr. Shaw said that information about the covert Russian role in moving Iraqi arms to Syria, Lebanon and possibly Iran was discussed during a meeting that included retired Air Force Lt. Gen. James Clapper, head of the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency; the head of Britain's MI6 intelligence service; and the head of a foreign intelligence service that he did not name.

The Pentagon office was conducting "research focused on analyzing Russian documents to determine the pattern of acquisition and dispersal of weaponry in the pre-war period," Mr. Shaw said in the Dec. 3 letter. A copy was obtained by The Washington Times.

The Defense Intelligence Agency has been fully briefed on the Russian covert arms removal, and Mr. Shaw expected additional information from foreign sources to produce more details, he wrote to Mr. Rumsfeld.
Reports of the Russian role in dispersing Iraqi arms made news during the final days of the presidential election campaign, at a time when the Bush administration was being criticized for failing to secure tons of Iraqi high explosives that could be used in developing nuclear arms.
Mr. Shaw went public to counter a political "October surprise" campaign designed to "crucify the president" over the missing explosives, he wrote to Mr. Rumsfeld.
"The Kerry media-driven October surprise attack on us and the president stopped within hours," Mr. Shaw wrote. "If I had not had the openly hostile environment in [Pentagon public affairs], I would have moved the story differently. Getting the truth out instantly was more important than process."
After Mr. Shaw's disclosures, the Pentagon released spy satellite photographs of Iraqi weapons facilities that showed truck convoys at the plants, apparently in preparation to move materials. Further corroborating Mr. Shaw's account, a Russian newspaper reported that two retired Russian generals had received awards from Saddam's government 10 days before the coalition assault on Iraq began.
Mr. Shaw directed a Pentagon program called the Iraq Technology Transfer List that identified foreign weapons and technology discovered in Iraq after the March 2003 invasion.

In his December letter to Mr. Rumsfeld, Mr. Shaw complained that he had been targeted by "senior members" in the secretary's office.

"I cannot in good conscience resign at this time," Mr. Shaw stated. "I cannot submit my resignation to you until it is clear that this well-orchestrated campaign to obstruct justice and suppress the findings of my office has been properly addressed and stopped."

Mr. Shaw singled out Mr. Rumsfeld's chief of staff, Larry DiRita, and other officials for attempting to "suborn the office of the inspector general" after Mr. Shaw uncovered "a major [Coalition Provisional Authority] fraud and corruption case involving various [Department of Defense] figures."

Mr. DiRita called Mr. Shaw's charges "absurd and without any foundation."

"He has been directed on several occasions to produce evidence of his wide-ranging and fantastic charges and provide it to the DoD inspector general," Mr. DiRita said in an interview. "To my knowledge, he has not done so."

Mr. DiRita declined to comment on specific accusations made by Mr. Shaw.


 http://www.washtimes.com/national/20041229-113041-1647r.htm

#70: STANDDOWN of U.S. int'l earthquake warning = useful SE Asia invasion 02.Jan.2005 21:09

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This is a separate criminal act, regardless of and separate to any HAARP potentiality here.


NAZI BUSH REGIME's ENVIRO/HAARP-REICHSTAG FIRE: seize Aceh oil militarily as "rescue"
12:23 Dec-30 (13 comments)

author: various
Why has a senior commander involved in the invasion of Iraq been assigned to lead the US emergency relief program? "Lieutenant General Blackman was previously Chief of Staff...leading the Marines into Baghdad..."

US Foreknowledge and Selective Warnings. Similar to 9-11, the automatic warning system STANDS DOWN to allow a terrorist act occur, hypothetically using the HAARP technology, to justify upcoming militarization of the area with US troops in an area rich with oil. Whether HAARP or otherwise, the associated issue would be the standdown of the automatic earthquake warning system among its subscribing member nations. This is CRIMINAL NEGLIGENCE--U.S. ONLY WARNS AUSTRALIA AND INDONESIA--LEFT OTHERS IN AN ENVIRONMENTAL REICHSTAG FIRE TO DIE FOR POLITIAL GAIN, and then invaded oil rich Aceh with over 2000 U.S. Marines and two aircraft carriers with armed helicopters.

No one tells the member countries about the "earthquake". However, the US DOES WARN its military base in the aera. And from this military base, part of the invasion of Aceh is proceeding with TWO AIRCRAFT CARRIERS and led by the U.S.'s pre-emptive invasion of Iraq leadership. "In a bitter irony, part of this operation is being coordinated out of America's Naval base in Diego Garcia. The US warns its naval base, though fails to warn Indian Ocean rim governments. "...the strike group, with its seven ships, 2,100 Marines and 1,400 sailors aboard, also has four Cobra helicopters..."

The oil rich Aceh area, which like Iraq, was suffering from a civil war making oil extraction difficult. THE AMERICAN NAZI ANSCHLUSS MOVES OUT FROM IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN--INTO ACEH: An·schluss: A political union, especially the one unifying Nazi Germany and Austria in 1938.  http://dictionary.reference.com/search...


 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2004/12/307042.shtml

#71: systemic war profiteering crimes/bribery of Bush Admin. corps 03.Jan.2005 14:13

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[I'm counting this as one.]

38 separate criminal cases associated w/Iraq contracts; 75 other cases closed/referred elsewhere
Truly, The Bush Administration is organized crime.


newswire article reposts united states 03.Jan.2005 12:40
corporate dominance | imperialism & war

Top 10 War Profiteers of 2004
author: Center for Corporate Policy


The problems plaguing the Iraq contracts extend far beyond questions of legality, blind ideology, heartless favoritism and mindless sloppiness. Recent revelations suggest that the Pentagon's handoff to Halliburton may have also allowed individual employees to demand kickbacks from potential subcontractors. Congressman Waxman's office dropped a new "H-bomb" in November, when it announced that it had received 400 pages of internal State Department documents which suggest that Halliburton officials were "on the take" and "solicit[ing] bribes openly" from potential subcontractors.

The lack of effective oversight extends far beyond Halliburton. We are now witnessing an epidemic of corruption. According the CPA's latest report, 38 potential criminal cases associated with the Iraq contracts are still under investigation, while 75 had been closed or referred to other investigative agencies. The Defense Criminal Investigative Service had 16 open cases as of the beginning of October.



The Center for Corporate Policy's Top Ten War Profiteers of 2004

1) AEGIS

In June, the Pentagon's Program Management Office in Iraq awarded a $293 million contract to coordinate security operations among thousands of private contractors to Aegis, a UK firm whose founder was once investigated for illegal arms smuggling.

An inquiry by the British parliament into Sandline, Aegis head Tim Spicer's former firm, determined that the company had shipped guns to Sierra Leone in 1998 in violation of a UN arms embargo. Sandline's position was that it had approval from the British government, although British ministers were cleared by the inquiry. Spicer resigned from Sandline in 2000 and incorporated Aegis in 2002.

The Aegis contract has stirred up considerable controversy, even in the shadowy world of private military contractors. A protest by rival bidder Dyncorp - whose bid was deemed unacceptable by the Army - was dismissed by the General Accountability Offfice, which concluded that Dyncorp "lacked standing to challenge the integrity of the awardee (Aegis)." Spicer's defendants point out that there is no provision in contract law to deny a contract based on a bidder's "colorful" past.

Critics say that's just the problem. U.S. and international law have failed to address the role of PMCs in Iraq, resulting in a near-total lack of accountability that epitomizes what's wrong with the corporate takeover of Iraq.

"Who gives the orders? Where do contractors fit in the chain of command? Who is responsible if things go wrong?" Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) asks.

Not only do PMCs fall outside the Military Code of Justice but, thanks to another order passed by Paul Bremer (CPA order #17), it's not clear that they could be prosecuted under Iraq's own laws. That's because the order grants foreign contractors, including private security firms, full immunity from Iraq's laws, even if they injure or kill an innocent party.

2) BearingPoint

Critics find it ironic that BearingPoint, the former consulting division of KPMG, received a $240 million contract in 2003 to help develop Iraq's "competitive private sector," since it had a hand in the development of the contract itself.

According to a March 22 report by AID's assistant inspector general Bruce Crandlemire, "Bearing Point's extensive involvement in the development of the Iraq economic reform program creates the appearance of unfair competitive advantage in the contract award process."

BearingPoint spent five months helping USAID write the job specifications and even sent some employees to Iraq to begin work before the contract was awarded, while its competitors had only a week to read the specifications and submit their own bids after final revisions were made.

"No company who writes the specs for a contract should get the contract," says Keith Ashdown, the vice president of Washington, DC-based Taxpayers for Common Sense.

"BearingPoint was selected through a transparent and competitive bidding process to undertake the challenging Economic Governance project in Iraq," says BearingPoint's John LaPlace. "We were pleased to be selected to lead this work, just as we were pleased to be selected through competitive bids to lead similar large reform efforts in Afghanistan, Montenegro, Kosovo and other countries around the world."

Neither Crandlemire nor other critics have ever said that BearingPoint broke the law. But the company's ties to the Bush administration (according to the Center for Responsive Politics, BearingPoint employees gave $117,000 to the 2000 and 2004 Bush election campaigns, more than any other Iraq contractor) is an example of "crony contracting" that undermines the legitimacy of those who might claim to be working to establish competitive markets in the "newly liberated" country.

3) Bechtel

Schools, hospitals, bridges, airports, water treatment plants, power plants, railroad, irrigation, electricity, etc. Bechtel was literally tasked with repairing much of Iraq's infrastructure, a job that was critical to winning hearts and minds after the war.

According to the company's contract, "the U.S. government envisions a post-war reconstruction effort as a highly visual symbol of good faith toward building trust for economic, social and cultural efforts as well as for political stability in the region."

To accomplish this, the company hired over 90 Iraqi subcontractors for at least 100 jobs. Most of these subcontracts involved rote maintenance and repair work, however, and for sophisticated work requiring considerable hands-on knowledge of the country's infrastructure, the company bypassed Iraqi engineers and managers.

Although Bechtel is not entirely to blame, the company has yet to meet virtually any of the major deadlines in its original contract. In October, according to AID, the CPA had restored only 4,400 MW of electrical generating capacity target, falling short of its goal of 6,000 MW by end of June (AID's goal was 9.000, a level that existed in the country before the first gulf war). According to a June GAO report, "electrical service in the country as a whole has not shown a marked improvement over the immediate postwar levels of May 2003 and has worsened in some governorates."

Some of the delay is obviously due to the difficulties of getting employees and materials safely to project sites.

4) BKSH & Associates

Chairman Charlie Black, is an old Bush family friend and prominent Republican lobbyist whose firm is affiliated with Burson Marsteller, the global public relations giant. Black was a key player in the Bush/Cheney 2000 campaign and together with his wife raised $100,000 for this year's reelection campaign.

BKSH clients with contracts in Iraq include Fluor International (whose ex-chair Phillip Carroll was tapped to head Iraq's oil ministry after the war, and whose board includes the wife of James Woolsey, the ex-CIA chief who was sent by Paul Wolfowitz before the war to convince European leaders of Saddam Hussein's ties to al Qaeda). Fluor has won joint contracts worth up to $1.6 billion.

Another client is Cummins Engine, which has managed to sell its power generators thanks to the country's broken infrastructure.

Most prominent among BKSH's clients, however, is the Iraqi National Congress, whose leader Ahmed Chalabi was called the "George Washington of Iraq" by certain Pentagon neoconservatives before his fall from grace. BKSH's K. Riva Levinson was hired to handle the INC's U.S. public relations strategy in 1999. Hired by U.S. taxpayers, that is: Until July 2003, the company was paid $25,000 per month by the U.S. State Department to support the INC.

BKSH has also represented other foreign governments, including Columbia and Equatorial Guinea. In July, O'Dwyer's, the public relations industry trade publication, reported that BKSH would represent the new government of Haiti (established after a U.S.-supported coup that had thrown Jean Bertrand Aristide out) "on a pro bono basis."

"We're not looking to make any money off these people," Black explained. "It's a very poor country. We're just trying to do what we can to help out."

O'Dwyer's has also reported that Levinson is now representing Radio Sedaye Iran (Radio Voice of Iran), a Beverly Hills-based network that advocates regime change in Iran.

5) CACI and Titan

Although members of the military police face certain prosecution for the horrific treatment of prisoners at the Abu Ghraib prison, so far the corporate contractors have avoided any charges.

Maj. Gen. Antonio Taguba reported in an internal Army report that two CACI employees "were either directly or indirectly responsible" for abuses at the prison, including the use of dogs to threaten detainees and forced sexual abuse and other threats of violence. Another internal Army report suggested that Steven Stefanowicz, one of 27 CACI interrogators working for the Army in Iraq, "clearly knew [that] his instructions" to soldiers interrogating Iraqi prisoners "equated to physical abuse."

The Army says it has referred cases involving unidentified employees of CACI to the Department of Justice. Through his attorney, Stefanowicz denies any wrongdoing.

"The CACI personnel performing services in Iraq were at all times subject to the military chain of command and took their orders from military personnel," CACI officials responded to intense scrutiny of its involvement in the atrocities in a statement released in July. "While these advisors provide valuable insight and advise to the military intelligence officers they serve, they do not issue orders or exercise operational control of interrogation activities."

"Titan's role in Iraq is to serve as translators and interpreters for the U.S. Army," company CEO Gene Ray said, implying that news reports had inaccurately implied the employees' involvement in torture. "The company's contract is for linguists, not interrogators."

But according to Joseph A. Neurauter, a GSA suspension and debarment official, CACI's role in designing its own Abu Ghraib contract "continues to be an open issue and a potential conflict of interest."

Nevertheless, the GSA and other agencies conducting their own investigations have yet to find a reason to suspend the company from any new contracts. As a result, in August the Army gave CACI another $15 million no-bid contract to continue providing interrogation services for intelligence gathering in Iraq; In September, the Army awarded Titan a contract worth up to $400 million for additional translators.

The companies' apparent success in waging an aggressive damage-control campaign has been aided by heavy-hitting lobbyists. For CACI: former representatives Vin Weber (R-MN) and Vic Fazio (C-CA), as well as Edward Kutler, an aide to former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. In addition, CACI has retained a firm managed by former House Speaker Bob Livingston (R-LA), among others. Titan's impressive stable of lobbyists includes Michael Herson and Van Hipp, who once worked at the Pentagon under then-Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney.

"It is patently clear that these corporations saw an opportunity to build their businesses by proving they could extract information from detainees in Iraq, by any means necessary. In doing so they not only violated a raft of domestic and international statutes but diminished America's stature and reputation around the world," says Susan Burke, an attorney who joined with the Center for Constitutional Rights to file a RICO lawsuit against CACI and Titan in June.

Another national security concern has snagged at least one Titan employee already. One of Titan's translators, Ahmed Fathy Mehalba, was arrested after visiting his family in Egypt with classified information contained on computer disks that he had taken with him from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Mehalba has been in jail, awaiting trial ever since.

Meanwhile, allegations of bribery association with Titan's operations in Saudi Arabia and other countries have wrecked an anticipated $2 billion buyout by Lockheed Martin.

6) Custer Battles

At the end of September, the Defense Department suspended Custer Battles (the name comes from the company's two principle founders - Michael Battles and Scott Custer) and 13 associated individuals and affiliated corporations from all federal contracts for fraudulent billing practices involving the use of sham corporations set up in Lebanon and the Cayman Islands.

The CPA caught the company after it left a spreadsheet behind at a meeting with CPA employees. The spreadsheet revealed that the company had marked up certain expenses associated with a currency exchange contract by 162 percent.

Robert Isakson, a company employee, drew attention to the problem by filing a false claims action against the company. Isakson also alleged that Custer's "war profiteering ... contributed to the deaths of at least four Custer Battles employees."

In a prepared statement, company attorneys suggested that the government's decision to not participate in Isakson's case is evidence that the charges are baseless, and that "the individuals [involved] filed this claim solely as a last ditch effort to achieve a competitive edge over CB."

The suspension was the first for any company in association with its work in Iraq. The FBI and the Pentagon inspector general's Defense Criminal Investigative Services are both conducting ongoing investigations.

7) Halliburton

In December Congressman Waxman (D-CA), announced that "a growing list of concern's about Halliburton's performance" on contracts that total $10.8 billion have led to multiple criminal investigations into overcharging and kickbacks.

In nine different reports, government auditors have found "widespread, systemic problems with almost every aspect of Halliburton's work in Iraq, from cost estimation and billing systems to cost control and subcontract management." Six former employees have come forward, corroborating the auditors' concerns.

Another "H-bomb" dropped just before the election, when a top contracting official responsible for ensuring that the Army Corps of Engineers follows competitive contracting rules accused top Pentagon officials of improperly favoring Halliburton in an early-contract before the occupation. Bunnatine Greenhouse says that when the Pentagon awarded the company a 5-year oil-related contract worth up to $7 billion, it pressured her to withdraw her objections, actions that she said were unprecedented in her experience.

Halliburton spokesperson Beverly Scippa says that while she cannot comment on the allegations until specific charges are filed, any suggestion that the company's involvement made it difficult for other companies to fairly compete are "absolutely untrue," pointing to a earlier GAO report that found that Halliburton/KBR was "the only contractor DOD had determined was in a position to provide the services within the required time frame given prewar planning requirements."

But others, including Waxman, believe that Greenhouse's version of events corroborates existing evidence that the contracting process was biased toward Vice President Dick Cheney's old company.

Pentagon officials referred the matter to the Pentagon's inspector general, a move that critics say effectively buried the issue.

(For everything you want to know about Halliburton and more visit Halliburton Watch).

8) Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin remains the king among war profiteers, raking in $21.9 billion in Pentagon contracts in 2003 alone. With satellites and planes, missiles and IT systems, the company has profited from just about every phase of the war except for the reconstruction. The company's stock has tripled since 2000 to just over $60.

Lockheed is also helping Donald Rumsfeld develop a new tech-heavy integrated global warfare system that the company promises will change transform the nature of war. In fact, the large defense conglomerate's sophistication in areas as diverse as space systems, aeronautics and IT will allow it to play a leading role in the development of new weapons systems for decades to come, including a planned highly-secure military Internet, a spaced-based missile defense system and next-generation warplanes such as the F-22 (currently in production) and the Joint Strike Fighter F-35.

When it comes to defense policy, Lockheed's network of influence is virtually unmatched. E.C. Aldridge Jr., the former undersecretary of defense for acquisitions and procurement, gave final approval to begin building the F-35 in 2001, a decision potentially worth $200 billion to the company. Although he soon left the Pentagon to join Lockheed's board, Aldridge continues to straddle the public-private divide: Rumsfeld appointed him to a blue-ribbon panel to study advanced weapons systems.

Former Lockheed lobbyists and employees include the current secretary of the Navy, Gordon England, secretary of transportation Norm Mineta (a former Lockheed vice president) and Stephen J. Hadley, Bush's proposed successor to Condoleeza Rice as his next national security advisor.

Lockheed is not only represented on various Pentagon advisory boards, but is also tied to various influential think tanks. For example, Lockheed VP Bruce Jackson (who helped draft the Republican foreign policy platform in 2000) is a key player at the neo-conservative planning bastion known as the Project for a New American Century.

9) Loral Satellite

In the buildup to the war the Pentagon bought up access to numerous commercial satellites to bolster its own orbiting space fleet. U.S. armed forces needed the extra spaced-based capacity to be able to transmit huge amounts of data to planes (including unmanned Predator drones flown remotely by pilots who may be halfway around the world), and guide missiles and troops on the ground.

Industry experts say the war on terror literally saved some satellite operators from bankruptcy. The Pentagon "is hovering up all the available capacity" to supplement its three orbiting satellite fleets, Richard DalBello, president of the Satellite Industry Association explained to the Washington Post in 2003. The industry's other customers - broadcast networks competing for satellite time - were left to scramble for the remaining bandwidth.

Loral Space & Communications Chairman Bernard L. Schwartz is very tight with the neoconservative hawks in the Bush administration's foreign policy ranks, and is the principal funder of Blueprint, the newsletter of the Democratic Leadership Council.

In the end, the profits from the war in Iraq didn't end up being as huge for the industry as expected, and certainly weren't enough to compensate for a sharp downturn in the commercial market. But more help may be on its way. The Pentagon announced in November that it would create a new global Intranet for the military that would take two decades and hundreds of billions of dollars to build. Satellites, of course, will play a key part in that integrated global weapons system.

10) Qualcomm

Two CPA officials resigned this year after claiming they were pressured by John Shaw, the deputy undersecretary of defense for technology security to change an Iraqi police radio contract to favor Qualcomm's patented cellular technology, a move that critics say was intended to lock the technology in as the standard for the entire country.

Iraq's cellular market is potentially worth hundreds of millions of dollars in annual revenues for the company, and potentially much more should it establish a standard for the region. Shaw's efforts to override contracting officials delayed an emergency radio contract, depriving Iraqi police officers, firefighters, ambulance drivers and border guards of a joint communications system for months.

Shaw says he was urged to push Qualcomm's technology by Rep. Darrell E. Issa, a Republican whose San Diego County constituency includes numerous Qualcomm employees. Issa, who received $5,000 in campaign contributions from Qualcomm employees from 2003 to 2004, sits on the House Small Business Committee, and previously tried to help the company by sponsoring a bill that would have required the military to use its CDMA technology.

"Hundreds of thousands of American jobs depend on the success of U.S.-developed wireless technologies like CDMA," Issa claimed in a letter to Donald Rumsfeld. But the Pentagon doesn't seem to be buying the argument. The DoD's inspector general has asked the FBI to investigate Shaw's activities.

(For an excellent, in-depth investigation of Qualcomm see Michael Scherer, "Crossing the Lines," Mother Jones, Sept./Oct. 2004)

 link to www.cpa-iraq.org
 http://www.ccr-ny.org/v2/home.asp
 http://democrats.reform.house.gov/Documents/20041209093532-66409.pdf
 http://www.halliburtonwatch.org/news/kohnltr.pdf
 http://www.halliburtonwatch.org/
 http://www.motherjones.com/news/feature/2004/09/09_801.html

 http://www.corporatepolicy.org/topics/topten2004list.htm
 http://www.corporatepolicy.org/topics/topten2004.htm

homepage: homepage:  http://www.corporatepolicy.org/

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 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2005/01/307248.shtml

#72: Rogue Bush personally authorizes global tortures at Abu Ghraib, etc. 08.Jan.2005 20:12

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"ACLU Freedom of Information (FOIA) lawsuit, which won release of the memo and other incriminating documents, are describing it as the smoking gun implicating Bush in the torture scandal.Physicians for Human Rights, winner of the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize, is one of the groups in the ACLU lawsuit.. . . .Bush issued a secret Executive Order authorizing the use of extreme coercive measures in interrogation, including sleep deprivation, stress positions, attack dogs, and use of hoods to intimidate prisoners. The Geneva Convention Against Torture bans all of these practices."

[After he invades two countries--so far--without any explanation except ever shifting lies, what can you expect?]


Due to overwhelming demand People's Weekly World Newspaper Online
PWW.ORG is temporarily only serving the following article

Memo reveals Bush OKd torture

by Tim Wheeler


WASHINGTON During confirmation hearings on Alberto Gonzales nomination as Attorney General, senators should question him about a recently uncovered memo that George W. Bush ordered the torture of detainees at Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo and other military prisons around the world, several human rights groups suggested last month.

The groups, who joined in an ACLU Freedom of Information (FOIA) lawsuit, which won release of the memo and other incriminating documents, are describing it as the smoking gun implicating Bush in the torture scandal.

ACLU Executive Director Anthony D. Romero released the memo Dec. 20 in New York.

That document, a December 2003 FBI internal e-mail, suggests that Bush issued a secret Executive Order authorizing the use of extreme coercive measures in interrogation, including sleep deprivation, stress positions, attack dogs, and use of hoods to intimidate prisoners. The Geneva Convention Against Torture bans all of these practices.

These documents raise grave questions about where the blame for widespread detainee abuse ultimately rests, Romero said. Top government officials can no longer hide from public scrutiny by pointing the finger at a few low-ranking soldiers.

The human rights groups statement called on the Senate to scrutinize Gonzales, the White House Legal Counsel, on a Jan. 25, 2002, memo he wrote to Bush arguing that the Geneva Conventions outlawing torture did not apply to the war in Afghanistan. Gonzales described the conventions as quaint and obsolete.

In August 2002, Gonzales, without consulting military and State Department experts in the laws of torture and war, according to the Washington Post, approved a memo from the Justice Department claiming that unlawful enemy combatants could be detained indefinitely without criminal charges or the right of due process. The memo, the Post said, gave CIA interrogators the legal blessings they sought.

Physicians for Human Rights, winner of the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize, is one of the groups in the ACLU lawsuit. PHR sent a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee signed by 150 doctors with expertise in the treatment of torture. There should be no place in the U.S. government for any official who condones the crime of torture, the letter stated.

Gretchen Borchelt, a PHR spokesperson, joined in the call for probing Bush's role in the torture scandal. It would be great to question Gonzales about that memo, she said. There are a number of documents the senators have asked for and have not received yet. We think this is a hugely important issue not just because of the nomination of Gonzales but also because the questions about torture have not been resolved. There has been no accountability.

Gonzales asserted Bush's right to order the torture of detainees, a position that violates U.S. treaty obligations under the Convention Against Torture and other international agreements, PHR said.

Wilson Woody Powell, executive director of St. Louis-based Veterans For Peace, another group in the lawsuit, told the World in a telephone interview that they are now examining the documents, which they recently received.

Since Gonzales was Bushs legal adviser at the time, it would make sense to ask him about that memo, Powell said. It would be a good question: what was Bushs role in the torture?

If our nations highest law enforcement officer is known for abrogating international law in the treatment of detainees, we are just confirming to the world that we dont care about human rights. We would be confirming a criminal, a scofflaw, to be the nations chief prosecutor.

Powell pointed out that the U.S. is a signatory to the Convention Against Torture as a matter of self-protection. I fully anticipate someone is going to capture some American soldiers and do unto them what we have done unto others. We have a deep concern for how our soldiers are going to be treated if they are captured given the record of torture at Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo and other detention centers, Powell said. Thousands of detainees have been held without trial because the administration lacks evidence to try them or even bring criminal charges.

MoveOn.org, the Internet activist group, has posted a petition on its website demanding that Gonzales sign a Declaration Against Torture and renounce his extreme and dangerous position that torture is a legitimate method of interrogation. The petition calls on Gonzales to reaffirm American respect for human dignity and the rule of law.

The administration is feeling so much heat on the subject that they posted, unannounced, on a U.S. government website, a new policy repudiating the earlier memos and calling torture abhorrent both to American law and values and to international norms.

On the eve of his confirmation hearings, Gonzales appeared to be covering his previous actions by releasing a prepared statement saying he would abide by international treaties prohibiting torture of prisoners. His Senate testimony was obtained by The Associated Press.

#73: Bush illegally spends taxes crafting "infomercial" propaganda for bills 08.Jan.2005 23:43

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Bush Paid $250k To Black Commentator To Push Law [bribe in reverse], and did the same with federally funded Bush Medicare propaganda

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***Williams' contract was part of a $1 million [GOVERNMENT FUNDED!] deal with Ketchum that produced "video news releases" designed to look like news reports.*** The Bush administration used similar releases last year to promote its Medicare prescription drug plan, prompting a scolding from the Government Accountability Office, which called them an illegal use of taxpayers' dollars.

The top Democrat on the House Education Committee, Rep. George Miller of California, called the contract "a very questionable use of taxpayers' money" that is "probably illegal."

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Education Dept. paid commentator to promote law
By Greg Toppo, USA TODAY

Seeking to build support among black families for its education reform law, the Bush administration paid a prominent black pundit $240,000 to promote the law on his nationally syndicated television show and to urge other black journalists to do the same.

Williams on being paid to boost NCLB: "I wanted to do it because it's something I believe in." [?!]

AP

The campaign, part of an effort to promote No Child Left Behind (NCLB), ***required*** commentator Armstrong Williams "to regularly comment on NCLB during the course of his broadcasts," and to interview Education Secretary Rod Paige for TV and radio spots that aired during the show in 2004.

Williams said Thursday he understands that critics could find the arrangement unethical, but "I wanted to do it because it's something I believe in."

The top Democrat on the House Education Committee, Rep. George Miller of California, called the contract "a very questionable use of taxpayers' money" that is "probably illegal." He said he will ask his Republican counterpart to join him in requesting an investigation.

The contract, detailed in documents obtained by USA TODAY through a Freedom of Information Act request, also shows that the Education Department, through the Ketchum public relations firm, arranged with Williams to use contacts with America's Black Forum, a group of black broadcast journalists, "to encourage the producers to periodically address" NCLB. He persuaded radio and TV personality Steve Harvey to invite Paige onto his show twice. Harvey's manager, Rushion McDonald, confirmed the appearances.

Williams said he does not recall disclosing the contract to audiences on the air but told colleagues about it when urging them to promote NCLB.

"I respect Mr. Williams' statement that this is something he believes in," said Bob Steele, a media ethics expert at The Poynter Institute for Media Studies. "But I would suggest that his commitment to that belief is best exercised through his excellent professional work rather than through contractual obligations with outsiders who are, quite clearly, trying to influence content."

The contract may be illegal "because Congress has prohibited propaganda," or any sort of lobbying for programs funded by the government, said Melanie Sloan of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. "And it's propaganda."

White House spokesman Trent Duffy said he couldn't comment because the White House is not involved in departments' contracts.

Ketchum referred questions to the Education Department, whose spokesman, John Gibbons, said the contract followed standard government procedures. He said there are no plans to continue with "similar outreach."

***Williams' contract was part of a $1 million deal with Ketchum that produced "video news releases" designed to look like news reports.*** The Bush administration used similar releases last year to promote its Medicare prescription drug plan, prompting a scolding from the Government Accountability Office, which called them an illegal use of taxpayers' dollars.

Williams, 45, a former aide to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, is one of the top black conservative voices in the nation. He hosts The Right Side on TV and radio, and writes op-ed pieces for newspapers, including USA TODAY, while running a public relations firm, Graham Williams Group.


 http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2005-01-06-williams-whitehouse_x.htm

#99: Human Rights Org. filed suit in fed. court against Rumsfeld 01.Mar.2005 08:59

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Our clients in the suit are eight men who were detained in Iraq and Afghanistan. They suffered severe and repeated beatings, cutting with knives, sexual humiliation and assault, forcible sleep and sensory deprivation, mock executions, death threats, and restraint in contorted and excruciating positions. Not one of them was ever charged with a crime.

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Today, Human Rights First filed suit in federal court against Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. Two retired military leaders, Admiral John Hutson and General James Cullen, have joined Human Rights First as "of counsel" on this suit, and the ACLU is our co-counsel.

Secretary Rumsfeld's failure to observe and enforce prohibitions against torture and other inhumane treatment goes to the very core of the United States' system of law. We hope this lawsuit will demonstrate that the United States remains committed to the rule of law, and that every American, no matter how high-ranking, is bound to comply with those rules. You can read my entire statement on our website.

Our clients in the suit are eight men who were detained in Iraq and Afghanistan. They suffered severe and repeated beatings, cutting with knives, sexual humiliation and assault, forcible sleep and sensory deprivation, mock executions, death threats, and restraint in contorted and excruciating positions. Not one of them was ever charged with a crime.

As one of our active supporters, you are invited to learn more about this historic case. Please join our top litigator and our military co-counsel for a Question and Answer Conference Call tomorrow, Wednesday, March 2, at 12 noon EST.

Call Toll-free: 888-468-2440 or Toll: 719-955-1565

Background materials are available on our website at www.humanrightsfirst.org/lawsuit/

Please join us tomorrow for our Q&A conference call on the Case Against Secretary Rumsfeld.


Sincerely,


Mike Posner


 http://www.humanrightsfirst.org/lawsuit/

#100: Rep. Conyers for Bush impeachment inquiry: Iraq attack "lies & deceptions" 01.Mar.2005 10:10

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Comment: This is mentioned in a Nader speech recently. There is nothing about it--except one article relating to a Nader related press release--on the web anywhere. I searched via Google News search function. There is nothing on Conyer's website about it either. Perhaps it was based on personal communication between Conyers and Nader or others? More information?

However, taking party biases into play (and likely systemic Congressional blackmail to toe the line), instead of a common concern for human life that would be aghast when leading people to fake wars without justification, fake because all their "connection" justification lies have crumbled--any inquiry is unlikely to impeach Bush becuase of the vote frauded, gerrymandered Congress that by hook and crook has become a corrupt Republican one-party state that has already shown that it is uninterested in national systemic vote fraud in 2004. Hardly the Democrats are better of course, many follow Bush and they are only a Republican shadow at this stage.

However, Conyers is a true Representative of the people and the Constitution, and I am sure given his record on opposing vote fraud and other lies of the Bush administration he would be an ideal person to call this inquiry. I hope he does.


Support Rep. Conyers Call for Bush Impeachment Inquiry
By Don DeBar, WBAI

Calling Bush "the most impeachable President in US history," former presidential candidate Ralph Nader called for nationwide support of Rep. John Conyers effort to open an impeachment inquiry into the "lies and deceptions" which led to the invasion of Iraq.

See links to video and audio of Nader's appearance last night in NYC.
Video of Nader's speech (56 minutes) at www.regionalroundup.org/video/nader022505nyc.rm

Audio at  http://www.regionalroundup.org/nader022505audio.mp3

 http://www.ilcaonline.org/modules.php?op=modload&name
=News&file=article&sid=1956
&mode=thread&order=0&thold=0

 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2005/03/312478.shtml

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test? still capable of adding articles after PIMC server crash?

Why Isn't Greenspan Being Prosecuted Also 27.Mar.2005 11:11

Democratic Voter

WHY ISN'T GREENSPAN BEING PROSECUTED


"Hopefully, I am able to separate my own personal views from what is legally required"

Alan Greenspan
Testifying before the Senate 1987


Hopefully?

Is this what any public official should be allowed to say?

Hopefully he will follow the law?

For Greenspan this kind of statement is normal. He has carefully equivocated in public statements again and again, in order to appear to say one thing, while also holding another belief. And in fact, his actions have repeatedly violated US law and his oath of office.

So why is this criminal still one of the controllers of the American government?

After decades of influencing government decisions from inside multiple White House administrations shouldn't someone ask why this Ayn Rand nut still has a say over over our country? Shouldn't someone have prosecuted him for his crimes?

Every night cop shows publically humiliate low-income criminals who are sent to jail for minor offenses. And if a local public official allows a friend to benefit by bypassing zoning laws it will often be investigated.

Even Martha served time for a minor act of dishonesty. So why isn't Alan in Leavenworth?


PART I OVERVIEW OF POSSIBLE INDICTMENTS

INDICTMENT: VIOLATED US LAW - Glass-Steagall

Although Greenspan took an oath (many times, for many offices)
to uphold the laws of the United States, he violated Glass-Steagall,.
Even more criminally, he violated it in a way that assisted the
economic gain of one particular businessman. The law was later
changed, but when Greenspan acted it was still in effect.


INDICTMENT: HELPED BANK SWINDLE - LINCOLN SAVINGS

Many Americans were convicted for their roles in
the savings and loan scandals. Greenspan deceived
bank regulators but was never prosecuted.


INDICTMENT: ABETTED CRIMES OF CHILEAN JUNTA

Historians correctly make us aware that US officials
often failed to heed reports alerting them to the crimes
of the Nazi government in Germany. The public turned against
and still scorns the behavior of men such as Charles Lindberg and
Joseph Kennedy who made statements accepting Hitler's regime.

Greenspan had access to information about the Pinochet
government in Chile but chose not to speak against it.

Greenspan had deep access to this information: (a) officially,
through his role on intelligence and economic boards; (b) politically, through his inside positions in Nixon, Ford, and Reagan
presidencies; and (c) personally, through his close relationships
with Kissinger and others who assisted the Pinochet junta.

But he put his ideology ahead of humanity, like his associates
in the coterie of economists who praised the Chilean government.

Greenspan may also have failed his responsibilities as bank
supervisor, by overlooking the Pinochet regime's use of US banks.



INDICTMENT: ABETTED INVESTMENT FRAUD AND CORPORATE CRIME

Throughout his public career, Greenspan chose not to
enforce laws and regulations that would restrict or
make visible activties of a wide variety of economic
actors, most notably banks and financial markets.

This allowed him to act in accordance with his long-held
devotion to the anti-democratic utopian fantasy of the Ayn
Rand group. A jury might find this illegal.

The consequences have been disasterous, with failures in
banking, financial markets, and other businesses that cost
the public billions. The names are familar to anyone who
has read the papers or watched cable news - Enron, Worldcom,
Salomon, Orange County, Long-Term Capital Management, Waste
Management, and on and on.


INDICTMENT: DECEIVED PUBLIC REPEATEDLY ON ECONOMIC MATTERS

Greenspan has been one of the most active and effective
players on the American scene in turning ideology into
reality. In some cases, it was effective because of
deception that may have crossed the line into dishonesty.

Examples include: (a) 'Voodo Economics', misleading the
public about the deficits of the Reagan budget proposals;
(b) deceptive reports to the country about economic activity,
such as during Bush senior's re-election campaign; (c) misleading
the country about the deficits of the Bush junior budget proposals.

Greenspan would no doubt tell the court that these were reasonable errors
involving complex issues. But a prosecutor would show how Greenspan had
been highly valued by five Republican administrations precisely for his
ability to assist them in influencing public opinion and dealing with
political opponents. The jury would hear details of how he worked on
Republican presidential campaigns,on legislative strategy teams, and in
a variety of White House roles.

A jury might take a different view of his deceptions than he does.

INDICTMENT: POSSIBLE CONFLICT OF INTEREST BETWEEN GOVERNMENT ROLE AND PARTNERSHIP

Another area that should be checked is whether Greenspan violated any
laws by holding government positions with inside access to policy decisions
and other information, while simultaneously conducting his own, private
consulting business. It might have provided him and his clients with
a competitive advantage not available to other firms.

Ironically, this would have been condemned in one of Ayn Rand's books. A
government insider taking advantage of heroic free-market competitors
would be considered evil. On the other hand, a spirit of selfishness
is always one of the highest moral virtues in her universe.

The standard story on Greenspan is that he is extremely thorough, is fact-base, supposedly like his Austrian predecessor Arthur Burns, and knows economics and Wall Street. He has had long personal association with all of the important actors. He has had unbelievable access to information and resources, including secret government intelligence reports. It simply defies reason to believe that he was unaware of the situations he was facing.

On each count he would be guilty of deliberate malfeasance by choosing a path that advanced his ideology.




PART III DETAILS


INDICTMENT: VIOLATED US LAW - Glass-Steagall

Allowing Glass-Steagall To Be Violated

"In the late 1980s, after some agitation before that, banks started getting even more serious about getting into securities, from which they had been more or less banned since the Glass-Steagall Act in the 1930s. There were, first, some legal cases. Then there was a ruling by the Federal Reserve Board, allowing a greater participation by banks in, for example, underwriting securities stocks. The amount by which they were allowed to do that gradually went up in a couple of stages -- the biggest stage happening in 1996, when it was raised to a degree [25 percent of overall revenues] that, except in some extraordinary cases, was probably enough for almost any bank to do almost any amount of securities underwriting that they'd actually want to do.

In other words, it was very close to repeal of Glass-Steagall, although not literally repealing Glass-Steagall. Glass-Steagall was still on the books." Alan Blinder

 http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/wallstreet/weill/


"In 1998, Citicorp merged with Travelers Group under a two-year trial period granted by the Federal Reserve Board. At that time, these two companies merged with the hope that the laws restricting banking holding companies would change before the end of the two-year period"

 http://beatl.barnard.columbia.edu/dye/Citigroup+Merger+Final+Paper.pdf

Announcement From Fed


 http://www.federalreserve.gov/boarddocs/press/BHC/1998/19980923/19980923.pdf

Special Favors For One Businessman

"Doesn't Sandy Weill have rather special access if he's talking directly to Alan Greenspan and to Bob Rubin at Treasury and to the president of the United States?"

"Absolutely, he does, and not every country banker in America can get that kind of access. ... But you've got to remember this deal that Sandy Weill was coming to talk to these people about was not opening a new branch in Texas or something"

 http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/wallstreet/weill/

"The.. Financial Regulatory Committee has revived the idea of bypassing Congress. It has laid out a three-part plan for the regulatory agencies to follow in granting new markets for banks and bank holding companies. The Committee is a private organization with membership drawn from the academic, banking and legal communities. It has often been influential in shaping the debate on regulatory issues.
Noting the many failures of Congress to weaken Glass-Steagall, the Shadow Committee said "the best opportunity for financial deregulation lies in the effective use of the discretionary authority of the regulatory agencies."

Here is the Committee's road map for bypassing the Congress:

1. Section 20 of the Glass-Steagall Act prohibits banks from being affiliated with any company "engaged principally" in underwriting securities -- defined as any company that derives more than 10 percent of its revenue from underwriting securities. The Committee urges the Federal Reserve to expand the definition to 50 percent.

2. The Committee also wants the Federal Reserve to tinker with the Bank Holding Company Act. The law limits holding company subsidiaries to those activities "closely related to banking." The Committee wants the Federal Reserve to broaden the definition to include more activities. Similarly, the Shadows want the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) to "continue authorizing new operating powers' for national banks under Part 5 of OCC regulations.

3. The Shadow Committee also recommends that the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation allow state banks insured by the federal government to engage in any activity granted by state legislatures.

The Shadow Committee's message is blunt. If the democratic process is too slow for the wishes of the banking industry, just ignore it and have the unelected bureaucrats in the regulatory agencies provide the industry needs and desires by administrative fiat. "



 http://www.nader.org/nader_letter/nlbackish/nl9606.html

Opposition to the Federal Reserve Was Ignored

 http://www.federalreserve.gov/events/publicmeeting/19980625/panel5.htm

INDICTMENT: HELPED BANK SWINDLE - LINCOLN SAVINGS

"Some may well argue that these diatribes against regulation were part of a passing phase in Greenspan's career. Perhaps, but this philosophy was alive and well when Greenspan, as a consultant-lobbyist, badgered federal regulators. In one case, Greenspan intervened directly with the principal regulator of Charles Keating's Lincoln Savings in an attempt to gain special exemptions from regulations for the institution. Risky investments ultimately brought Lincoln Savings down, sent Keating to jail, and cost the taxpayers $2.5 billion. Greenspan became chair of the Federal Reserve."

 http://www.commondreams.org/views/041800-106.htm

 http://www.motherjones.com/news/feature/1999/11/fotc10.html


INDICTMENT: ABETTED CRIMES OF CHILEAN JUNTA


"In the US, President Ronald Reagan's State Department issued a report concluding, "Chile is a casebook study in sound economic management." Milton Friedman himself coined the phrase, "The Miracle of Chile." Friedman's sidekick, economist Art Laffer, preened that Pinochet's Chile was, "a showcase of what supply-side economics can do."

Greg Palast Tinker Bell Pinochet and the Fairy Tale Miracle of Chile
The London Observer Sunday, November 22, 1998

Chile's Top-down Experiment (Sounds like Ayn Rand Utopia)

"Many people have often wondered what it would be like to create a nation based solely on their political and economic beliefs. Imagine: no opposition, no political rivals, no compromise of morals. Only a "benevolent dictator," if you will, setting up society according to your ideals."

"The Chicago School of Economics got that chance for 16 years in Chile, under near-laboratory conditions. Between 1973 and 1989, a government team of economists trained at the University of Chicago dismantled or decentralized the Chilean state as far as was humanly possible. Their program included privatizing welfare and social programs, deregulating the market, liberalizing trade, rolling back trade unions, and rewriting its constitution and laws. And they did all this in the absence of the far-right's most hated institution: democracy."

 http://www.huppi.com/kangaroo/L-chichile.htm

Imposing Economic Change on Chile From Above

"With labor's political power in check, Piñera focused on privatizing the pension system.... The new system, adopted in 1981, required all new workers to sign up for private pension accounts and offered financial incentives for those in the public retirement system to switch."

 http://www.motherjones.com/news/outfront/2005/03/jose_pinera.html

Manipulating US Government Policy - Infectious Enthusiasm Delights Reagan

"Perhaps those with the most influence [with Reagan] were Milton Friedman, Alan Greenspan, and William Simon.. He just could not resist Friedman's infectious enthusiasm and Reagan's eyes sparkled with delight every time he engaged in a dialogue with him". Reagan White House Economist Martin Anderson (272)


Greenspan official access to all government intelligence via PFIAB

"PFIAB is potentially a very powerful organization. Its members have access to all the secret information the United States government possesses. They have access to the secrets of the Central Intelligence Agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the National Security Agency, the Defense Intelligence Agency, and every other nook and cranny of the intelligence community. It is an extraordinary degree of access, exceeded perhaps only by that of the president himself.."

"The power that stems from the possession of that information is increased further by the direct access the board has to the president. Not only can the PFIAB find out what is going in highly secret, tightly compartmentalized parts of the government, but the member scan also do something about it. They can tell the president..."

" some of the general subjects that the recommendations of the PFIAB have dealt with over the years:

o Control and coordination of the intelligence community, particularly in the area of covert action
o Improved strategic warning systems
o Management of the National Security Agency
o General development and improvement of U.S. intelligence capabilities
o Improved methods of handling sensitive intelligence
o More effective coordination and evaluation of covert action
o Review of CIA paramilitary operations
o Revisions of functions of the National Security Council Group

Greenspan on PFAIB until 1985

"...Ten other members of the board were fired at the same time [October 1985]. They were .... Dr. Alan Greenspan" Anderson



Greenspan's close associate Kissinger on S.America murders

"..After a while, many people who don't understand the situation begin to oppose the military and the problem is compounded.The Chileans, for example, have not succeeded in getting across their initial problem and are increasingly isolated. You will have to make an international effort to have your problems understood. Otherwise, you, too, will come under increasing attack. If there are things that have to be done, you should do them quickly. But you must get back quickly to normal procedures."

 http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB133/index.htm

Greenspan's Association with Kissinger

According to one Greenspan biographer, Justin Martin, Greenspan often visited Kissinger's home in Connecticut during the 1980's.
Martin p150-151

[not clear if Henry and Alan discussed international policies]

 http://www.zpub.com/un/wanted-hkiss.html

Greenspan Was Bank Supervisor While Pinochet Laundered Funds

"The investigation by a small team of former Secret Service agents hired by Riggs last year also discovered that efforts by former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet to hide millions of dollars at Riggs go back to 1985, nearly 10 years earlier than previously known."

 http://www.purochile.org/riggen01.htm

Chilean Abduction While Greenspan Was In Reagan Administration

"A Russian-born mathematics professor at Pennsylvania State University, Weisfeiler vanished while on a hiking trip near the border between Chile and Argentina in the early part of January 1985. After a quick and cursory investigation, Chilean authorities concluded that Weisfeiler had drowned in the Nuble River during his trip. "

"Declassified U.S. documents tell a different story. According to an informant, Weisfeiler was detained by Augusto Pinochet's soldiers, presumed to be a Russian or Jewish spy, and taken to the mysterious German colony Colonia Dignidad. The declassified U.S. documents show that the U.S. Embassy personnel did not do enough to ascertain the fate of Weisfeiler, the only missing U.S. citizen in Chile. As consul Jayne Kobliska stated more than a year after Weisfeiler's disappearance in a memo from April 1986, "the real danger in this case is that we will delay action until it is too late to either save Weisfeiler's life or to determine the true circumstances of his death."

 http://boris.weisfeiler.com/



INDICTMENT: ABETTED INVESTMENT FRAUD AND CORPORATE CRIME

Reagan Administration, Where Greenspan Was Key Player, Facilitated Bank Failures

"Reagan signed a bill that essentially deregulated the [thrift] industry."

"David Stockman, director of the Office of Management and Budget under Reagan, slashed funding for thrift regulation, making the high-risk investment rampage all the easier."

Martin 189

Greenspan As Fed Chair Just Watched Escalating Bank Failures

"Around the time Bush [senior] became president, thrifts were dropping like flies. The insurance fund that backed them up, the Federal Savings and Loan Insurance Corporqtion (FSLIC) had been exhausted."

Martin 189

Greenspan Preferred Not To Act

"Mostly Greenspan adopted a pose of watchful waiting. The Fed does not directly regulate thrifts as it does a portion of commercial banks. Still, there was talk of the Fed stepping in as lender of last resort."

Martin 190

Greenspan's Philosophy Allowed Near Worldwide Meltdown

"The Committe discussed the limited role of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York in facilitating a private-sector resolution of of the severe financial problems encountered in the portfolio managed by Long-Term Capital Management L.P. The size and nature of the positions of this fund are such that their sudden liquidation in already unsettled financial markets could well have induced further financial dislocations around the world that could have impaired the economies of many nations, including that of the United States."

Minutes of the Federal Open Market Committee September 19,1989

"By 2002 there was evidence that many of the supposedly sophisticated institutions doing credit default swaps had not understood their risks any better than Gibson Greetings had understood its complex swaps with Bankers Trust. The biggest sellers of protection were insurance companies, some in the United States but also in Europe and Japan. Life Insurance companies invested in credit default swaps as assets. Property and casualty insurance companies and reinsurance companies took on credit risk as a liability and booked the payments as premiums. By one estimate, insurance companies had exposure to one third of World Com's $35 billion of debt. Pension funds and some hedge funds also did credit default swaps.....Insurance companies had an incentive to use credit default swaps for the same reasons banks did: legal rules. In particular insurance companies could use credit swaps to avoid legal rules that limited their investments and penalized them for taking on too much risk."

Partnoy 376

Greenspan's Philosophy Allowed Corporations To Become Unregulated Banks

"General Electric was really two companies; GE Industrial and GE Capital. GE Industrial made light bulbs, airplane engines, and gas turbines, and 'brought good things to life' as the company advertised on television. GE Capital borrowed and loaned money, and was an active player in derivatives. GE Industrial was the General Electric that most people knew. But GE Capital was the engine that drove the firm's profits."

"GE Capital was created during the Great Depression, with the modest aim of helping consumers finance their appliance purchases. But by 2002, GE Capital had essentially become a bank. It had more assets than all but two US banking conglomerates, six times more than its assets in 1990."

Partnoy 379-380

"In just a few years, regulators had lost what limited control they had over financial intermediaries, market intermediaries had lost what limited control they had over corporate managers, and corporate managers had lost what limited control they had over employees. This loss-of-control daisy chain had led to exponential risk-taking at many companies, largely hidden from public view. Simply put, the appearance of control in financial markets was a fiction."

"If investors believe in the fiction of control, and ignore the facts, the markets can continue to rise, as they did for over a decade. But if investors question their faith, and head for the exits, the downturn will be long and hard."

Partnoy
"..any appearance of control in today's financial markets is only an illusion, not a grounded reality. Markets have come to the brink of collapse several times during the past decade, with the meltdowns related to Enron and Long-Term Capital Management being prominent examples. Today the risk of system-wide collapse is greater than ever before. Although a handful of regulators and Wall Street managers have known about some of the systemic problems, individal investors have been largely oblivious to the fact that they have dodged, not a bullet, but a nuclear meltdown. The truth is that markets have been, and are, spinning out of control."

Partnoy p3

Buffet Is Cautious About Current Markets

"Don't pay attention to what they say. ... Pay attention, however, to what they do. That's why Warren Buffett's March 6 edition of his annual letter to Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A, news, msgs) shareholders is so unusual. Not only is it full of talk about investing with discipline, but also it was written by the CEO of a company sitting on $31 billion in cash because he can't find attractive stocks and bonds to buy.

"There's a shortage of attractively priced stocks. At the end of 2003, cash (cash and cash equivalents, actually) levels at Berkshire Hathaway's insurance operation had climbed to $31 billion from just $10 billion at the end of 2002. The huge growth in cash isn't the result of massive selling of Berkshire Hathaway's core equity positions. Instead, it's the result of a lack of buying."

 http://moneycentral.msn.com/content/P76789.asp
 http://www.berkshirehathaway.com/letters/2003ltr.pdf


INDICTMENT: POSSIBLE CONFLICT OF INTEREST BETWEEN GOVERNMENT ROLE AND PARTNERSHIP

Martin also mentions problems Greenspan had at least two consulting businesses, during the time he worked in government.

For most of his career he was involved in the Townsend Greenspan partnership. After Townsend died, he tried pension fund management. The firm was called Greenspan O'Neil Associates. It was not successful and Greenspan considered merging his own consulting business with Kissinger's.

Martin p150

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APPENDIX

APPENDIX: GREENSPAN'S IDEOLOGICAL FOUNDATION - AYN RAND GROUP

A recent biography of Greenspan shows that he was much more a core member of the Ayn Rand group than is commonly understood. This group, called the 'Collective', was just one of many that responded to economic questions with a radical philosophy. It is important because he has continued to hold similar views.

Adherents of the Ayn Rand group have subsequently disavowed Greenspan, but as he says himself in an unguarded moment, he will "never" give up those beliefs.

Greenspan: Exposure To Technocracy Movement

"Greenspan kept pretty much to himself....about the major person he spent time with was Evan Aiken, a baritone sax player.

"Aiken was quiet and intense. He was a big believer in a movement called Technocracy, which had created a sensation during the 1930's. The answer, according to Technocracy, was to relinquish all power to an elite group of scientists who would create a utopia based on economic units called energy determinants"

Martin p18-19

 http://www.technocracy.ca/simp/history.htm

Greenspan: Role in Writing Of Atlas Shurgged

"In fact, she called on Greenspan to help her with some of the research for Atlas Shrugged...She needed to learn all she could about railroads and oil derricks and steel mills - the very thing Greenspan had doggedly analyzed while working at the Conference Board."

Martin p44

Greenspan: As Go-to Guy for Ayn Rand

"Greenspan was part of the inner circle now...Ultimately Greenspan was to occupy a position in the Collective equal to Leonard Peikoff....Depending on her mood, Rand looked either to Greenspan or Peikoff."

Martin p44


Greenspan: Promotion of Atlas Shrugged

Greenspan letter to the editor NY Times praising Atlas Shrugged
Martin - p47

Greenspan: Member of Group With Close Personal Ties

Greenspan supposedly never noticed the wife and husband swapping going on in the group. One of the members Nathaniel 'Brandon' clained he made Greenspan aware for the first time around 1983 and that Greenspan was 'dumfounded'.

Martin P148

Greenspan: Submitted Ayn Rand Material For Phd

In 1977 Greenspan finally got a Phd so he could be called 'doctor'. But he never completed a dissertation. He submitted a number of articles he had written and put them all together. He also asked NYU not to let the public read it. Traditionally dissertaions can be viewed. He may not have wanted people to notice all the Ayn Rand material.

"...Never actually completed his dissertation. Instead, the degree was awarded on the basis of articles he had published in a variety of scholarly and popular magazines going back to 1959."

Martin p138


APPENDIX: GREENSPAN'S IDEOLOGY


Greenspan: Greed is Good

"In one essay, he questioned the wisdom of antitrust regulations; in another he lambasted consumer protection laws.... 'But it is precisely the "greed" of the businessman, or more appropriately, his profit-seeking, which is the unexcelled protection for the consumer', he wrote.'What collectivists refuse to recognize is that it is in the self-interest of every businessman to have a reputation for honest dealings and a quality product'.

Published in Ayn Rand Capitalism The Unknown Ideal

Greenspan: Romantic View of Centralized Economic Power

"It takes extraordinary skill to hold more than 50 percent of a large industry's market in a free economy," Greenspan said. "It requires unusual productive ability, unfailing business judgment, unrelenting effort at the continuous improvement of one's product and technique." He added: "The rare company which is able to retain its share of the market year after year and decade after decade does so by means of productive efficiency -- and deserves praise, not condemnation." The antitrust law "inhibits businessmen from undertaking what would otherwise be sound productive ventures. No one will ever know what new products, processes, machines and cost-saving mergers failed to come into existence, killed by the Sherman Act before they were born," he said.

 http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=20656


Greenspan: Consumer Protection is Immoral

" Greenspan declared that protection of the consumer against 'dishonest and unscrupulous business was the cardinal ingredient of welfare statism.' 'Regulation which is based on force and fear undermines the moral base of business dealings," he wrote. "Protection of the consumer by regulation ... is illusory.' "

"Some may well argue that these diatribes against regulation were part of a passing phase in Greenspan's career. Perhaps, but this philosophy was alive and well when Greenspan, as a consultant-lobbyist, badgered federal regulators. In one case, Greenspan intervened directly with the principal regulator of Charles Keating's Lincoln Savings in an attempt to gain special exemptions from regulations for the institution. Risky investments ultimately brought Lincoln Savings down, sent Keating to jail, and cost the taxpayers $2.5 billion. Greenspan became chair of the Federal Reserve."

 http://www.commondreams.org/views/041800-106.htm

Greenspan: Legal Protection Against Monopolies Is Utter Nonsense

"The Sherman Act may be understandable when viewed as a projection of the nineteenth century's fear and economic ignorance. But it is utter nonsense in the context of today's economic knowledge"
Greenspan Paper 1961 Published by Ayn Rand people 1962

 http://www.polyconomics.com/searchbase/06-12-98.html

Greenspan: PhiLosophically Opposed To Regulating Monopolies

Testimony before Senate Banking Comittee 1987 "On antitrust, Greenspan did one of his patented verbal dances.'I am, as you point out, philosophically opposed to the Sherman Act. I have been and continue to be. But I understand it, and I understand the legal criteria which are involved in applying it, and, hopefully, I am able to separate my own personal views from what is legally required.' "

Martin 156

Greenspan: Will Never Agree To Laws Against Fraud

On January 28, 1987, the SEC had adopted a rule requiring companies to disclose more information about derivatives.....Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan opposed any additional regulation. Although Greenspan publicly mouthed support for laws prohibiting financial fraud, in private he was willing to disclose his true opinion -that he believed there was no need for anti-fraud rules either. In one lunch meeting in his private dining room at the Fed, he told a senior regulator, 'We will never agree on the issue of fraud, because I don't think there is a need for laws against fraud.'...Greenspan said his experience trading commodities early in his career had persuaded him that anti-fraud rules were unneccessary, because participants in the market would inevitably discover fraud."

Partnoy 264


Greenspan: Concealing Bank Practices From Pubic Is Fine

"In 1996 Greenspan was urged to help in the enforcement of fair lending laws by collecting data on the race and gender of applicants for small business and consumer loans. Despite pleas from the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department, Greenspan and his fellow governors blocked the proposal. "

 http://www.commondreams.org/views/041800-106.htm

"This year [2000] Greenspan decided to end the collection of nationwide data on bank fees. The survey, which was authorized as part of the financial reforms adopted in 1989, has proven an excellent tool that consumer groups have used to highlight and battle the excessive fees that banks impose on consumers. "

"Similarly, the Federal Reserve is dropping its "Functional Cost Analysis" study, which has provided important data on how much it costs banks to provide services. This has been a great tool for measuring the validity of bank charges. Credit unions, particularly, have made good use of this data to dramatize fee and interest rate gouging by banks. "

 http://www.commondreams.org/views/041800-106.htm


Greenspan: Don't Even Investigate Merits of Regulating Derivatives

"And when one financial regulator - Brooksley Born, chair of the Commodities Futures Trading Commission - suggested that government should at least study whether some legislation might make sense, a stampede of lobbyists, members of congress, and other regulators - inclulding Alan Greenspan and Robert Rubin - ran her over, admonishing her to keep quiet"

partnoy 22

Greespan: Bank Fees Are Never A Problem

Fed Has Authority to Help Consumers vs Bank Fees but has not Acted.
 http://www.stopatmfees.com/bigbanks2001/PDFs/greenspanltr.pdf


APPENDIX: GREENSPAN'S ROLE IN US GOVERNMENT

Key Player - More Than Any Other Economist

"Alan Greenspan has probably been a key player in more Republican presidential campaigns, and Republican Party platforms, and Republican administrations, than any other economist in the country" , wrote economist Martin Anderson of the Conservative Hoover Institute (and Reagan White House) 1985.

Always Helpful

"Alan was always the first one I called to join me on the campaign plane when I needed help, and he always came, and provided invaluable advice" Anderson 173

Special Knack

"He has a special knack for translating economic theory into crisp, clean ideas that can be used in political campaigns." Anderson 173

Nixon's Appreciation

"In the piece, long-time Greenspan friend and Oppenheimer Capital founder Charles Brunie said he was with the Fed chief in December 1968 when President-elect Richard Nixon phoned."

"'May I ask what the conversation was about?'" Brunie says he asked Greenspan, Nixon's domestic policy coordinator during the campaign. "He said, 'Well, he offered me any job I wanted in Washington'"

 link to www.reuters.co.in

Inner Circle: Campaigning and Working For Ford

"Greenspan soon became involved in Ford's 1976 reelection campaign, too, reprising the role he had played for Nixon eight years earlier. Still technically chairman of the economic council, he began to spend a large portion of his time on the road with the campaign, advising on both policy and strategy. Ford had fallen thirty points behind Jimmy Carter by August of 1976, and

Greenspan was part of the elite circle of aides assigned to put the president back in the race. Touring the country with Jim Baker, Dick Cheney, and Ford, Greenspan was involved in virtually every aspect of the campaign. "He was the substance guy on economic stuff,"says a source from the campaign. "But there was also a feeling that he understood the politics. That's why he was on the plane."

 http://men.style.com/gq/features/full?id=content_843&pageNum=7

Influencing Reagan

"Perhaps those with the most influence were Milton Friedman, Alan Greenspan, and William Simon.."

Anderson 272

At Key Meetings

For example

"So on the night of July 19, 1978, Reagan came to dinner at George Shultz's house, a stately, old, two-story wooden frame, white house in the faculty housing area of the Stanford campus. Shultz's guests included the Bechtels of the Bechtel Corporation, W. Glenn Campbell, the director of the Hoover Institution, Rita Ricardo-Campbell, Alan Greenspan, and a few economics professors from Stanford. Ed Meese, Peter Hannaford, my wife Annelise, and I accompanied Reagan. After dinner we gathered in the Shultz's spacious living room and for several hours had a wide-ranging, rather spirited discussion on national policy issues. " Anderson 169

Responsible For Reagan's Budget Proposals

"There were twelve other members of Reagan's top economic advisory group in the presidential campaign of 1980. Six chaired issue task forces in various areas of economic policy: Arthur Burns (task force on international monetary policy), Alan Greenspan (task force on budget policy), Paul McCraken, former chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors (task force on inflation), Charles E. Walker, former deputy secretary of the treasury (task force on tax policy), Murray L. Weidenbaum (task force on regulatory reform), and Caspar Weinberger (task force on spending control)..." Anderson 170

Greenspan Devising Proposal

"In early September, as the general election drive began in earnest, the Reaganauts faced up to arithmetic. Reagan met with his advisors at Wexford, the Virginia hunt country estate rented for his use while in the East."

"The Wexford conference led to the speech and fact sheet Reagan delivered in Chicago on September 9. Greenspan and Martin Anderson did the principal work on the backup paper, using as their economic base line a set of assumptions that had just been published by the Senate Budget Committee. They selected that foundation because the committee, then under Democratic control, would be considered a credible source. However, the Budget Committee projects of economic activity were on the optimistic side. "

"This allowed Greenspan and Anderson to arrive at a bottom line for the Reagan program that looked good, but in fact stood on sand. Reagan would cut both personal and business taxes, increase defense spending, reduce waste and achieve a balanced budget by fiscal year 1983. That was the minimum achievement predicted. Reagan also promised additional efforts at cost cutting which, if successful, would produced a budget surplus of $23 billion in fiscal year 1983. Neither the economists' tables nor the candidate's speech on September 9 emphasized drastic cuts in actual government services. " Barrett 132



Call Their Pollster -Dealing With Democrats in 1982 Budget Negotiations

"On the morning of April 16, with the official talks still in recess, Jim Baker received a memo from one of his assistants: "Alan Greenspan called. He said that he had talked to Louis Harris [the pollster with Democratic connections] who had been called by Tip O'Neill. Tip wants talks to succeed. He feels he needs protection for November and his fearful they will fall apart. Harris believes Tip needs a personal signal from the President." Barrett 358

Advance The Program - Reaganomics Budget Proposal For Fiscal 83

"A panel of outside economic advisers had been on call for consultation since the beginning of the Administration. Among the prominent members were Alan Greenspan, the banker Walter Wriston, Milton Friedman, and until he became Secretary of State, George Shultz.

The committee held a long meeting with the LSG [Legislative Strategy Group] on February 28. the evening before a review session with Reagan."

"What the White House must do in political terms, Greenspan said, was to distinguish between the philosophy of Reaganomics, which had to be retained, and some of the specific details, which could be changed as necessary. That was exactly what the White House staff wanted to hear - and, more importantly, wanted Reagan to hear from a group which he respected."

"Greenspan was somewhat bolder. He repeated his line about distinguishing between the program's philosophy an its details. Sooner or later, he said, there would have to be a 'package deal', with Congress - that is with the Democratic leaders. " Barret 349-350



APPENDIX: GREENSPAN PERSONAL INFORMATION

Martin's book is not an insider gossip book, but he does intersperse some details of Greenspan's personal life.

Among the details are the fact that he was essentially abandoned by his father, who divorced his mother when Greenspan was five and rarely visited. Greenspan did not enter service during WW II due to a lung problem. He spent the war playing wind instuments in bands (clarinet and sax) and pursued a music career before following his economic interests. Martin mentions that it was a woman who Greenspan dated who first introduced him to the Ayn Rand group. Martin reports that Greenspan was initially not interested in the group, and that his involvement really started after he and the woman broke up.

Martin 9, 30-50

Books

Revolution By Martin Anderson Jovanovich 1988
(Anderson served in Nixon and Reagan Administrations and was
Economist at Columbia University and Stanford)

Gambling with History - Reagan In The White House By Laurence Barrett Penguin 1983
(Barrett was White House Correspondent For Time Magazine)

Greenspan: The Man Behind Money By Justin Martin

Infectious Greed By Frank Partnoy

margin fix, perhaps... 17.Nov.2005 20:25

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Another thing to investigate about bush 14.May.2007 05:21

Reluctant Revolutionary

Margie Schoedinger, a Texas woman who filed a rape lawsuit against George W. Bush is dead and possible killed by bush's minions. Just do a google on "Schoedinger bush" and you'll find more.

Here's a link to get you started.

 http://www.opednews.com/thoreau1103bush_rape_suicide.htm

After looking up a lot of information about this I think that it warrents more investigation because it seems quite possible that bush had her killed.