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"What we need to do is to help in the cause of, ah, downfall of California"

..."Wow,'' says another employee, "f--k 'em, right!"...
More Enron Tapes, More Gloating
06-08-2004

(CBS) The Department of Justice reportedly has thousands of hours of Enron employees recorded during the West Coast power crisis. Now, some in Congress want all the tapes released. "I want to make sure no federal agency suppresses this information," says U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash. "Justice needs to be served."

After CBS broadcast the voices of Enron energy traders gloating over the crisis they helped create, more tapes were released. In one tape, an employee says, "You gotta think the economy is going to f------g get crushed, man. This is like a recession waiting to f-----g happen."

The tapes show Enron tried to bring California to its knees. Elsewhere on the tapes, another employee says, "This is where California breaks."

"Yeah, it sure does man," says another. And they proposed to do that by exporting energy out of the state so the company could drive up prices even more.

"What we need to do is to help in the cause of, ah, downfall of California," an employee is heard saying on the tapes. "You guys need to pull your megawatts out of California on a daily basis." "They're on the ropes today," says another employee. "I exported like a f------g 400 megs."

"Wow,'' says another employee, "f--k 'em, right!"

Traders can be heard manipulating the market, using now-infamous schemes with names like death star, ricochet and fat boy. One employee is heard asking, "You want to do some fat boys or, or whatever, man, you know, take advantage of it."

In fat boy, Enron traders used fake power sales to hide megawatts, shrinking the supply of energy and driving up prices. They also used the oldest trick in the book: lies. "It's called lies. It's all how well you can weave these lies together, Shari, alright, so," an employee is heard saying.

The other employee says, "I feel like I'm being corrupted now."

The first employee adds, "No, this is marketing,"

The tapes could affect dozens of cases already filed against the company by California Attorney General Bill Lockyer. "If they're ever heard by a jury, they're going to string them up," says Lockyer.

After hearing the tapes, the state's two U.S. senators demanded an immediate $8.9 billion refund. At a recent hearing Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif. said, "All I can tell you is you have to listen out there to what's happening to ordinary people who you are responsible to help through this."

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You Deserve a Break Today 08.Jun.2004 20:26

Grimace

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Biggest Terrorist on the Planet 08.Jun.2004 20:59

Disgusted

What I want to know is why is Enron being allowed to survive and reconsolidate? Why are Kenneth Lay and his cronies allowed to keep their ill-gotten gain and dozens of expensive estates?

Enron should be crushed like the loathesome pest it is, and its assets disseminated to the cheated. And this should be happening MUCH faster than it is. If the gov. can take the law into its own hands re. terrorists, what greatest terrorist can we find?

Hey Disgusted, 08.Jun.2004 23:15

Catalina Eddie

Reference pic at top of post. Nuff said.

Enron stole our Water! 09.Jun.2004 17:46

CBS5.com

More tapes of Enron traders show them joking about the toll the energy crisis took on the environment. In previously released audiotapes, traders gloated about creating schemes to drive up prices and worsen the crisis in 2000 and 2001. Now, even more recordings show traders laughing about how the Pacific Northwest took water from its rivers to try to generate more power for energy-starved California.

"Our motto is do you save the Californians or do you ... kill the fish for f****** Californians?" one trader said.

The Public Utilities Commission is now trying to acquire more tapes from other energy companies to see if they contain additional evidence of price gouging. Other tapes exist, because traders are required to record all their deals for verification later.