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Behind the Bushes
THE NEW GENERATION
THE BUSH INDEX
THE REAL DONALD RUMSFELD DOUG IRELAND, DIRELAND - No man bears greater responsibility for the tragedy of the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq than Donald Rumsfeld, yet, though his face and voice are, unfortunately, all too familiar even to the most casual news consumer, most of us have only a rather sanitized conception of who Rumsfeld is, the crucial role he has played at key moments of American history for the last three decades, and what drives him. Roger Morris has now filled the voids in our understanding of Rumsfeld with a brilliant, lengthy essay that lifts the carpet to reveal Rumsfeld's rise and role, and how he led us into an iniquitous war. Roger is one of our finest chroniclers of contemporary history, aRoger_morris masterful dissector of American politics, and a skilled portraitist of the dark side of American power. As a young man with a Ph.D from Harvard, he was a Foreign Service officer and a member of the Senior Staff of the National Security Council under Presidents Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon. Roger Morris resigned from the NSC in protest against the secret invasion of Cambodia in 1970 -- an experience which radicalized him. Since then, he has turned out a series of important, probing books that have contributed mightily to our understanding of our times. . . Morris's brilliant Rumsfeld dissection -- with the telling title "The Undertaker's Tally" -- is being published by Tom Dispatch in two parts, the first of which has just appeared. . . http://direland.typepad.com/direland/2007/02/rumsfeld_the_de.html
JON STEWART NAILS RUMSFELD LIE RUMSFELD TOOK PART IN INTERROGATION OF PRISONER WHO WAS TORTURED SALON - Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld was personally involved in the late 2002 interrogation of a high-value al-Qaida detainee known in intelligence circles as "the 20th hijacker." He also communicated weekly with the man in charge of the interrogation, Maj. Gen. Geoffrey Miller, the controversial commander of the Guantánamo Bay detention 1/28 prorev.com/bush4.htm
charge of the interrogation, Maj. Gen. Geoffrey Miller, the controversial commander of the Guantánamo Bay detention center. During the same period, detainee Mohammed al-Kahtani suffered from what Army investigators have called "degrading and abusive" treatment by soldiers who were following the interrogation plan Rumsfeld had approved. Kahtani was forced to stand naked in front of a female interrogator, was accused of being a homosexual, and was forced to wear women's underwear and to perform "dog tricks" on a leash. He received 18-to-20-hour interrogations during 48 of 54 days. . . In a sworn statement to the inspector general, investigator Lt. Gen. Randall M. Schmidt Schmidt . . . said he concluded that Rumsfeld did not specifically prescribe the more "creative" interrogation methods used on Kahtani. But he added that the open-ended policies Rumsfeld approved, and that the apparent lack of supervision of day-to-day interrogations permitted the abusive conduct to take place. http://www.salon.com/news/feature/2006/04/14/rummy/ RUMSFELD SUED IN GERMANY FOR ALLEGED WAR CRIMES http://www.truthout.org/docs_04/120104X.shtml RUMSFELD'S PERSONAL SPY RING ERIC BOEHLERT, SALON - During last fall's feverish ramp up to war with Iraq, the Pentagon created an unusual inhouse shop to monitor Saddam Hussein's links with terrorists and his allegedly sprawling arsenal of weapons of mass destruction. With direct access to Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld's office and the White House, the influential group helped lay out, both to administration officials and to the press, an array of chilling, almost too-good-to-be-true examples of why Saddam posed an immediate threat to America. Six months later, with controversy mounting over the administration's handling of war intelligence, the small, secretive cell inside the Pentagon is drawing closer scrutiny and may soon be the subject of a congressional inquiry to determine whether it manipulated and politicized key intelligence and botched planning for post-war Iraq. "The concern is they were in the cherry-picking business," says U.S. Rep. Ellen Tauscher, D-Calif., a member of the House Armed Services Committee. "Cherry-picking half-truths and rumors and only highlighting pieces of information that bolstered the administration's case for war." The Pentagon's innocuously named Office of Special Plans served as a unique, hand-picked group of hawkish defense officials who worked outside regular intelligence channels. According to the Department of Defense, the group was first created in the aftermath of Sept. 11 to supplement the war on terrorism; it was designed to sift through all the intelligence on terrorist activity, and to focus particularly on various al-Qaida links. By last fall it was focusing almost exclusively on Iraq, and often leaking doomsday findings about Saddam's regime. Those controversial conclusions are now fueling the suspicion the obscure agency, propelled by ideology, manipulated key findings in order to fit the White House's desire to wage war with Iraq. RUMSFELD'S NORTH KOREAN CONNECTIONS CONT'D
BEHIND THE BUSHES: LEDEEN SETTING IRAN POLICY
HOLLINGER INVESTMENTS LINKED TO PERLE AND KISSINGER
PERLE'S BOEING TIES UNCOVERED
One transaction that caught the attention of some Hollinger investors was a $2. Black recruited dignitaries he'd gotten to know at the Bilderberg meeting. which is being lead by former Securities and Exchange Commission chairman Richard Breeden.The spectacular crisis at what remains of Lord Black's media empire could lead to an investigation by the US Securities and Exchange Commission. .Black set his sights on America. FORTUNE . is a managing partner.1/14/13 PERLE'S BOEING TIES UNCOVERED prorev. The 10-year-old had trapped a cat and killed it by slowly slicing it with a knife. though. Perle has also played a prominent role in the late 1990's and early 2000 in directing investments in other companies through Hollinger Digital. . WHERE'S RICHARD PERLE? PERLE ADVISING HOW TO MAKE MONEY OFF WAR PERLE INVOLVED IN CLINTON SCANDAL PERLE IN ANOTHER CONFLICT OF INTEREST WHAT HAPPENED TO GERONIMO'S SKULL? PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE. FINANCIAL TIMES .S. .Psychologist Paul J.htm 3/28 . on behalf of the company. Hollinger's investment arm. STEPHANIE KIRCHGAESSNER. . a venture-capital company in which Mr. Mr. "He wasn't upset by the incident at all. Frick of the University of New Orleans recalls a boy who was recently referred to the mental health clinic where Frick works. a minority investor whose allegations prompted the internal investigation. Hollinger did win control of the Chicago Sun-Times for $180 million in 1994. . KISSINGER SERVE ON HOLLINGER BOARD FINANCIAL TIMES . an independent director." prorev. Perle." or deals in which members of Hollinger's board or executives personally benefited from deals the publisher agreed with other companies. the US defense adviser with close links to the Bush administration. Perle.com/bush4. BUSH'S DRUG & OTHER PROBLEMS WHEN TO WORRY ABOUT YOUR KID SCIENCE NEWS . Critics claim Lord Black filled the Hollinger board with friends such as Henry Kissinger.com/bush4. Defense Policy Board. That year Hollinger went public in the U. to join the board. "How much money has to leave the company before somebody calls the cops?" said Laura Jereski." Frick says. "He was a bit annoyed about being brought to me.htm PERLE. a venture-capital group controlled by Gerald Hillman . Perle's direction through Hillman Capital. The youngster calmly explained to Frick that he wanted to see how much he could cut the animal before it died. PERLE STILL WANTS WAR WITH NORTH KOREA FORGET BIN LADEN AND WHITEY BULGER. That probe. He chased after the New York Daily News but lost it to Montreal-born real estate developer Mort Zuckerman. . Under review is a $14 million investment the company made under Mr. a Tweedy analyst. on Monday called Hollinger's board "a disgrace" after it emerged that Lord Black would remain non-executive chairman and had until June to repay the group $7 million in undisclosed fees. like Kissinger and Perle.5 million investment earlier this year in Trireme Partners.who has since become a partner at Trireme and is a member of the U.Hollinger International is examining investments that were made by Richard Perle.S. Tweedy Browne. a director on the publisher's board and prominent defense advisor. is wideranging and involves close scrutiny of so-called "related-party transactions. as was Mr. and Richard Perle. the former secretary of state.
before he decimates your bank account so irretrievably that China and Saudi Arabia repossess all your stuff. Kristof. Forget the dream. Frick finds a lack of guilt. a refusal to keep promises. and look at George's track record. If not for yourself then do it for your brothers and sisters and children. `Or we'd put firecrackers in the frogs and throw them and blow them up. A dip behind the Bush borne turned into a small lake after a good rain. you should kick him out of your house today before he can destroy any more members of your family. you know I am right. Your friend. I know noone likes other people passing comment on their relationships but this is an extreme situation. and thousands of frogs would come out. We are all rooting for you. and perhaps even a psychopathic personality. your culture. because he cuts us off from you. in adulthood. Do you tell yourself that he'll stop. The child's callousness and lack of emotion.from blowing up frogs when he was a teenager to blowing up countries as an adult. The more his public behavior overshadows yours. We are all really worried for your welfare. As a friend I want to tell you that you deserve better. the unusual scarcity of his daughters from his life suggests that they may not have had a happy childhood with this man] Dear America As a friend of the family I can't sit back and watch you do this to yourself without saying something. although we don't get to talk to you very often anymore. . America.com/celebrity/63426 AMERICA: GEORGE BUSH'S BATTERED WIFE [This hit home as it has long seemed to us that GWB was not only a dry drunk but abusive in his behavior . cares about your welfare.and your silence can create the impression that you do. Your man is no good. The more doubt creeps over them. do it America. Further. Him and all of his gangster friends. takes your money. You deserve a person that treats you with respect. every insult. laughing.com/bush4. and realize that at the end of the day you are what you do. In such children. exploits you. your history. abuses you. please. `WE WERE TERRIBLE TO ANIMALS.htm 4/28 . You have to forget about what might have been. You know he really should be thrown in jail for the things he has done to you. coke-addled loser and he always will be. Consider this a long distance intervention.nationalenquirer. It all comes down to you. they can't understand why you stay with him when he treats you like shit and embarrasses you in front of everybody. your friends as well. in Frick's view. we will all be over the moon the day you finally kick him out. You will never have the American dream with George. .' recalled [Bush childhood pal Terry] Throckmorton.1/14/13 prorev.if you condone his behaviour . Do you even recognise yourself anymore America? He is a drunken. they wonder if they knew you as well as they thought they did. he is hurting you everyday and he is hurting us. or that it won't get worse? He won't ever stop. lies to you.' Throckmorton said. Do it before he kills any more of your family or anyone else's. but that's not George and it never will be. Midland Life NATIONAL ENQUIRER THINKS BUSH IS DRINKING AGAIN http://www. injury and death he has caused are a line that once crossed will never be uncrossed. We are on your side.com/bush4. but it's more likely that he's headed for psychopathic pursuits. little concern about others' feelings or about school. an unemotional demeanor.'Nicholas D. You are in very real danger. `Everybody would get BB guns and shoot them. Please. . You seem to have changed . what George might have been. Gail 12th Harmonic prorev. bullies you. He treats you like crap. probably foreshadow serious behavior problems. seen in a small proportion of children and teenagers. and difficulty forming lasting friendships. Notice how he's alienated all your friends? Who can blame them. . and your children's welfare.htm The boy might be a future surgeon. But only you can make it stop.
"crusade" and "infinite justice" that were later withdrawn. Midland Life. .Nicholas D. . . but whose thinking is clouded. This is the way he is.' Throckmorton said.htm 5/28 .htm http://12thharmonic. Bush. and thousands of frogs would come out.com/wordpress/index. have written "ah-ha" letters and provided additional insights to the hypothesis: "I spotted it right away ." he advised.he's a dry-drunk. .We are talking now about a guy who as a kid put firecrackers in frogs and threw them into the air to watch them explode. `Or we'd put firecrackers in the frogs and throw them and blow them up. laughing. All or nothing thinking. George Bush Snr emphasized the need for the US to maintain close ties with Europe and the UN.1/14/13 12th Harmonic prorev. It was when I started noticing the extreme language that colored Mr Bush's speeches that I began t o wonder. Everyone is different. many of them in recovery from alcoholism.Brain studies reinforce what recovering alcoholics and their counselors have been saying for years. . He is totally in his element when it comes to killing. long-term alcohol and other drug use changes the chemistry of the brain These anomalies in brain patterns are associated with a rigidity in thinking. A dip behind the Bush borne turned into a small lake after a good rain.' recalled [Bush pal Terry] Throckmorton. would. . ." Consider the most commonly delineated traits of irrational thinking known as "the dry-drunk syndrome" and how closely they match the personality characteristics of George W.D. He cracked himself up in an interview with Talk magazine by mocking a woman on death row whose cries for mercy he scorned. "Dry drunk" is a slang term used by members and supporters of Alcoholics Anonymous and substance abuse counselors to describe the recovering alcoholic who is no longer drinking. First there were the terms . best. Next came "evildoers". She is co-author of Addiction Treatment: A Strength's Perspective WHERE IT ALL STARTED `WE WERE TERRIBLE TO ANIMALS. `Everybody would get BB guns and shoot them. such an individual tends to go to extremes. recently sent him a message.com/bush4.com/bush4. . Over the months. . Katherine van Wormer Ph. "Please don't kill me!" in an impersonation of the deceased. Something about the polarized thinking and the obsessive repetition reminded me of many of the recovering alcoholics/addicts I had treated. the person most familiar with his rashness of thought. This is a man who enjoys killing. If only George W. TX DAVID COGSWELL .php/2005/09/07/americas-battered-wife-syndrome/ BUSH'S THINKING REFLECTS MANY ASPECTS OF THE DRY-DRUNK KATHERINE VAN WORMER. is professor of social work at the University of Northern Iowa. IRISH TIMES . Such an individual is said to be dry but not truly sober. "axis of evil". Kristof. Exaggerated self-importance and grandiose behavior. The man who knows George W. "You've got to reach out to the other person. Obsessiveness. His own people said he never spent more than 15 minutes deliberating over whether to sign the order to kill. one who is dry. . BUSH HAS RECORD OF SADISTIC VIOLENCE prorev. screwing up his face and saying." or "He needs to work on his issues. and "regime change". In a speech at Tufts University. hundreds of people. terms that have almost become cliches. He presided over more executions as governor of Texas than any governor since capital punishment was legalized.'.
. craving for junk food. . STAR WEEKLY. "If he coughed. also touched the life of our Commander in Chief.I. in one way or another. told Star that the branding was done with "a wire coat hanger twisted into a triangle and heated up" in the fireplace. sudden bursts of anger and unpredictable mood swings. "It did burn.htm 6/28 . July 27." A Star investigation has revealed that he was president of Delta Epsilon Kappa when the hazing scandal broke in the campus newspaper in the late '60s-leading to the fraternity being fined and the branding practice halted. who was a guard on the Yale football team. he was kicked by an older brother. the older fraternity men first brandished an actual glowing hot branding iron-to make them think that was what awaited them. George Bush has shown an interest in sadistic violence.1/14/13 prorev.com/bush4. "I jumped a mile. "When they burned me." Levy remembers. These include an increase in anxiety. nor should this be a judgmental topic in America." .Alcoholics Anonymous has a name for someone who is a drunk in every way except for the actual imbibing of spirits. ." he says." he or she begins to exhibit the old attitudes and pathologies of their drinking years. "I got branded and I didn't like it one bit. disturbed sleep patterns. mild depression." he says. . . inability to think clearly. They call that person a "dry drunk. Bush once led a Yale fraternity that barbarically branded its new members on their backsides with a red-hot metal rod as part of a sadistic hazing practice. "Boredom and listlessness may alternate with intense feelings of resentment against family and friends. I was so groggy I wasn't exactly sensitive to what they were up to. Bush's past battles with the bottle are worth pondering at a time like this. When a recovering alcoholic begins to engage in what AA calls "stinking thinking. Amazingly. raised his hand or talked. by his own admission. by even the most conservative estimates.whose college nickname was "Lip" for his Texas wisecracks . recalling the terrifying experience. recalled that the branding came after "a long initiation that went on into the early morning hours." He says the idea was to wear you out so much that you allowed your bare flesh to be singed. Lee-who still bears the mark 32 years later-is not sure who actually wielded the brand because the pledges were not allowed to look at their tormentors. prorev. This same scourge has." This is not a judgmental term. AMERICAN POLITICS JOURNAL . According to AA literature. In the wake of the Yale Daily News' expose of the fraternity's hazing. pledges had to endure hours of being kicked and a vicious round of tannings with wooden paddles-another practice that Yale has ruled taboo. motionless." But others said the branding resulted in a second-degree burn that left a half-inch scab in the shape of the Greek letter Delta. and very few families that have not been touched. for two to five hours. mild tremors. recalled one fraternity member." But let's not be coy here. admitted the branding to the New York Times in November 1967. defended the illegal torture of the young fraternity pledges at the time as a harmless prank-insisting that it was comparable to "only a cigarette burn" which left "no scarring mark physically or mentally. where there are. the branding was almost a relief. Now David Martin sends along this from a few years back." ALAN BISBORT." according to an account in the Yale Daily News in 1967. "I think I still have the mark on me. now a community college teacher in northern New Jersey. Bush. R. now the governor of Texas. whose father was also a DKE at Yale.also ripped into Yale for being too "Haughty" to "allow this type of pledging to go on. ." Professor Bradford Lee of the elite Naval War College in Newport. "But I do know that George Bush was very active in all the fraternity activities then. "They touched you just above the buttocks.Presidential candidate George W." After all the beatings. 1999 . in the small of the back.com/bush4. Bush. 'each pledge was forced to sit with his head between his legs. ." Before the brandings. 10 million adult alcoholics. and explosive outbursts of violence. by this national scourge. And Boston lawyer Franklin Levy said that to increase the fear of the moment. Bill Katz. But Bush . RICHARD GOODING. irritability." Bush said he was a "heavy drinker. I wasn't very happy about it. "On that night. one of the most dangerous in the nation's history.-an ex-football player and onetime member of Bush's Delta Epsilon Kappa fraternity-told STAR in an exclusive interview. "I was already tired from football practice earlier that day.htm [From detonating frogs with firecrackers as a kid to torturing Afghan prisoners." Lee.
What is the dry drunk syndrome? "Dry drunk" traits consist of: Exaggerated self-importance and pomposity Grandiose behavior A rigid. 2) deceitfulness." But let's not be coy here. COUNTERPUNCH . From the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual Fourth Edition. MUCH MORE CAROL WOLMAN. inside and especially outside this country. From the Freudian point of view: Dubya may be acting out a classical Oedipal drama--overcome Daddy to get Mommy. there are some indications of paranoia in statements such as the following: "We must be prepared to stop rogue states and their terrorist clients before they are able to threaten or use weapons of mass destruction against the United States and our allies and friends. How did he.Many people. listlessly in need of constant vacations and rest. So the following is offered with humility and questioning.htm family and friends. Antisocial Personality Disorder--301. a large part of the world will collapse with him. snippily irritable with anyone who dares disagree with him or even ask a question. As a board-certified psychiatrist. and explosive outbursts of violence. Bush has all these traits except exaggerated self importance. . poutily turning his back on the democratically elected president of one of our most important allies because of something one of his underlings said about him. His rationale that he is avenging the assassination attempt on George. George W. By deposing Saddam. and is taking the world on a suicidal path. he may want to prove himself more worthy of his mother's love. Sr. His power. .com/bush4. MD. Unfortunately. . projection of the fact that we are ready to attack onto another nation which may not be so inclined. judgmental outlook Impatience Childish behavior Irresponsible behavior Irrational rationalization Projection Overreaction Clearly. He's a complicated man. incapable of stringing more than two coherent sentences together." The trait of projection is evidenced here as well. especially with regard to international dealings.com/bush4.his way of hiding the true motive from himself. and from the world at large. 5) reckless disregard for safety of self or others. but his actual importance hardly can be exaggerated. or conning others for personal profit or pleasure. believe that the American president is nuts. I feel it's my duty to share my understanding of his psychopathology.81 7/28 . why is Bush so eager to engage in violence and so incapable of explaining why? KATHERINE VAN WORMER. to the exclusion of all other things (including an economy that is slowly sucking the life from the nation as well as the retirement savings of anyone reading these words)? Furthermore. under tremendous pressure from both his family/junta.7 There is a pervasive pattern of disregard for and violation of the rights of others since age 15 years as indicated by at least three of the following: 1) failure to conform to social norms with respect to lawful behaviors as indicated by repeatedly performing acts that are grounds for arrest. dangerously obsessed with only one thing. prorev. in fact.. may be a reaction formation . at age 58. Anyone who has ever imbibed heavily over a long period of time knows that "heavy drinker" is the rich man's (or the politician's) code for alcoholic. in the form of a differential diagnosis. when his father did not. as indicated by repeated lying. is such that if he collapses into paranoia. He may be pompous. COUNTERPUNCH ." Bush said he was a "heavy drinker.htm Another possibility: Narcissistic personality disorder 301.1/14/13 prorev. get so fumble-tongued. use of aliases. mistreated or stolen from others. . 7) lack of remorse by being indifferent to or rationalizing having hurt.
VILLAGE VOICE: To be an American ambassador to a foreign country. nor could individuals whose misdeeds were personal rather than merely an abrogation of the Constitution. however. and young people. Oliver North and Assistant Secretary of State Eliot Abrams. went to the site with Western reporters and proclaimed that 45 people had been "killed in the massacre. and immigrant tenants. .a Kissinger. Walker was a key operator in Reagan's White House operation to overthrow the Nicaraguan government in the 1980s. diplomat in charge of the international monitoring force in Kosovo. apartment landlord George Argyros as ambassador to Spain. Like the Cromwell described in A Man for All Seasons. Helms. the nominee has for years systematically ripped off thousands of tenants by overcharging and shortchanging them. is not a neutral peace keeper . . BRASS CHECK: On January 15.a sort of Elks Club for the tenured elite -. the prototypical member of the old elite possesses "a self conceit that can cradle gross crimes in the name of effective action. So there was nothing surprising when President Bush nominated Orange County. . beauty or ideal love. . After all.S. Ambassador to El Salvador from 1988 to 1992 when military death squads murdered thousands of progressive workers. For example. media outlet did question his account. FOR THE FIRST TIME in American history. That "humanitarian" air base was used to run guns.their peers moved quickly to protect. . a U. . MARCH 1995: When members of the elite faltered -. rehabilitate and restore them to the pantheon of the wise. you usually have to be some rich person who contributed millions of dollars to the new president's campaign coffers. Argyros's lawyers and associates have strenuously denied committing any crimes. He oughta get something . by his own account. human rights and international operations. As a special assistant to Lt. 2) in preoccupied with fantasies of unliimited success. California." Pictures of 40 bodies laid out in a village Mosque were put on the front page of all the major Western newspapers. or should associate with.com/bush4. surgeons general from the lesser ethnic groups could not expect rehabilitation. William Walker was presented as the consummate neutral peace keeper. According to an investigation by Anthony Pignataro of OC Weekly. El Salvador. other special or high-status people. Walker called it a "crime against humanity" by the Yugoslav government led by Slobodon Milosevic . MUCH MORE ELIOT ABRAMS JAMES RIDGEWAY.S. Abrams and so forth -. McNamara.com/bush4. This service was not. Argyros collected $50 million for the Bush war chest. of course.1/14/13 Another possibility: Narcissistic personality disorder 301. 1999. PROGRESSIVE REVIEW. Given that more than ten percent of the Council on Foreign Relations -. . it is not surprising to find the latter often serving as EMTs. a high government official pardoned for criminal activity by one president has been appointed to a high government position by another. National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice announced that Abrams had been appointed to the position of senior director for democracy. Why question his word? In fact. expects to be recognized as superior without commensurate achievements. Yugoslav and Serbian police forces were accused of carrying out a horrible massacre of civilians. . a Voice sister paper. Walker was also the U. ammunitions. provided to all.is composed of journalists.htm 1) has a grandiose sense of self-importance. William Walker.S.81 prorev. reviving some beloved source suffering a momentary attack of imperfection. William Walker. power. All this was carried out with a numbing smugness.htm 8/28 . President Bush has named Elliot Abrams to a senior position at the White House National Security Council. no major U.S.exaggerates achievements and talents. According to charges filed in U. 3) believes that he or she is "special" and unique and can only be understood by." prorev. in the Kosovo village of Racak. district court by independent council Lawrence Walsh. middle-class. What Dubya didn't say is that Argyros is under investigation by the California attorney general for the swindling of thousands of poor. brilliance. Col. a position that does not require Senate confirmation. Walker was responsible for setting up a phony humanitarian operation at an airbase in Ilopango. and supplies to the fascist Contra mercenaries attacking the Nicaraguan Revolution. peasants.
Ashcroft presiding. defending death squads and dictators." Scully is a former lobbyist for corporate hospitals. Choosing Abrams makes laughable Bush's promise of increased civility and bipartisanship. Not only did Abrams plead guilty to two misdemeanor counts of lying to Congress about the Reagan Administration's contra program.MORE DAVID CORN. . 9/28 prorev. Kenilworth") to solicit a $10 million contribution for the contras from the Sultan of Brunei. and was pardoned by the First George Bush at Christmas 1992. Congress will get no chance to register an opinion on his qualifications . ran the Office of Public Diplomacy. of course. denying massacres. ." Eagleton cut in: "I've heard it.htm .com/bush4.com/bush4. A third nomination that brings back the Iran-contra scandal is that of John Negroponte as ambassador to the United Nations. not a divider. or called them "vipers. with about 135. sharp. Bush is giving him another chance. some who do not share Ashcroft's Pentecostal Christian beliefs are discomfited by the daily prayer sessions -.S. billed himself as a "gladiator" for the Reagan Doctrine in Central America . he was also one of the fiercest ideological pugilists of the 1980s. one of the coordinators of Reagan's pro-contra policy (along with the NSC's Oliver North and the CIA's Alan Fiers). a Democrat turned Republican who married into the cranky Podhoretz neocon clan. Democratic Senator Thomas Eagleton blasted Abrams for having misled legislators." His contempt for Congress was formalized in charges of withholding information from Congress brought by Iran-contra special prosecutor Lawrence Walsh. But Abrams's appointment--should it come to pass--would mark the most generous of rehabilitations. and I want to puke. Otto Reich and John Negroponte. but he did include Abrams in his lame-duck pardons of several Iran/contra wrongdoers. . At a subsequent closed-door hearing. was supervised by Oliver North at the White House. as in energy policy. The appointment signifies a step beyond Bush's in-your-face selections for Latin America. This one is in your eye. appeared several times before Congressional committees and withheld information on the Administration's connection to the secret and private contra-support network. either in his personal office or a conference room. to study Scripture and join Ashcroft in prayer .m. a bad-boy diplomat wildly out of sync with Bush's gonna-change-the-tone rhetoric. He pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor counts. Says Rep." Members of Congress remember Abrams's snarling appearances at committee hearings." On another occasion. with Attorney General John D. George W. He has named him senior director of the National Security Council's office for democracy. Bush's health care administrator wants to shove more Medicare patients into HMOs. Despite his record. having served with distinction in many posts. Otto Reich. After a contra resupply plane was shot down in 1986. He is a different type. Abrams. Abrams. saying. a shady operation invented to subvert the Boland Amendment. lying about illegal U." Abrams disagreed. Pete Stark: "In health care. the philosophy of this administration seems to be that if you are listed on the New York Stock Exchange.000 employees worldwide. . Within the massive Justice Department. WASHINGTON POST: The Bible study begins each day at 8 a. which. he refused to concede that he'd done anything untoward. The blot on his career was his service as ambassador in Honduras at the height of the contra activity. noting that Abrams's misrepresentations could lead to "slammer time. "You've heard my testimony. A group of employees gathers at the Main Justice building in Washington. Richard Armitage. . Ditto his claims of being "a uniter." Even after Abrams copped a plea with Independent Counsel Lawrence Walsh. He was accused of concealing information about the guerrilla activities. He also hid from Congress the fact that he had flown to London (using the name "Mr.1/14/13 can cradle gross crimes in the name of effective action. Republican Senator Dave Durenberger complained. Abrams sneered at his critics for their blindness and naiveté.htm THOMAS A SCULLY. and also about the contra supply plane that was shot down." prorev. NATION: Bush the Second has tapped a number of Reagan/Bush alums who were involved in Iran/contra business for plum jobs: Colin Powell. "I wouldn't trust Elliott any further than I could throw Ollie North. a signal to the right wing that there is nothing he will not do for it. MARY MCGRORY: [Elliott] Abrams was the pit bull for the [Reagan] administration's "better dead than red" policy on Central America. you get assistance. . banning aid to the contras . Abrams's Foggy Bottom services were not retained by the First Bush. .particularly because they are conducted by the nation's chief law enforcement officer. human rights and international operations. activities in support of the Nicaraguan contras. Abrams evaded questions about a secret mission to extract $10 million in contra funds from the sultan of Brunei. a darling of the Cuban American Foundation and another Iran-contra figure. . MORE JOHN ASHCROFT DAN EGGEN. The Abrams appointment follows two other provocative picks from one of the uglier chapters in American foreign policy.
" Receiving a 12-page report. . A group of employees gathers at the Main Justice building in Washington. who knew their boss considered the animals 'instruments of the Devil/' Introducing his wife to women lawyers at Justice during Women's History Month. in the words of one former staffer.htm 10/28 . "Do I get extra credit for reading all this?" Ashcroft used black prisoners at servants at the Missouri governor's mansion. oftentimes about revenge. He said you should rotate your china. he describes her as 'the woman who taught him how to put dishes away. prorev. Comstock.000 draperies make for better TV pictures. On the other hand. some who do not share Ashcroft's Pentecostal Christian beliefs are discomfited by the daily prayer sessions -. Ashcroft. with about 135. said the $8. . Ashcroft presiding. Governor Ashcroft asked. Ashcroft said. Ashcroft said. " BRIAN BLOOMQUIST.particularly because they are conducted by the nation's chief law enforcement officer. She explained that such a deal would violate the law.com/bush4. "It's not something he thought about one way or the other.The Justice Department recently bought drapes to hide two mostly nude statues seen in the background during press conferences . Barbara Comstock.htm by the daily prayer sessions -.1/14/13 prorev. "He blinked. During one dinner there. either in his personal office or a conference room. NY POST . with Attorney General John D. who insisted Ashcroft is not offended by the statues. In his memoirs. Ashcroft regularly compares himself to Christ. In 1998 the John Birch Society ranked him second in legislative scorecard.000 employees worldwide. . WASHINGTON POST: The Bible study begins each day at 8 a. describing his campaign victories as 'resurrections' and his defeats as 'crucifixions. 'Women in the workforce have become so prevalent that a man's role has been reduced to a sperm donor. so you don't wear them out. Offer." In return he might give her something more substantial to do in her job.but Attorney General John Ashcroft is denying he ordered the coverup.. put your new plates on the bottom of the stack. entrusted with enforcing a Constitution that calls for the separation of church and state." Interviewing a candidate for head of Missouri's social services." said Ashcroft's spokeswoman. "Mr. let me start by asking you if have the same sexual preference as most men?" He has supported ten additional amendments to the Constitution including one to make it easier to amend. Harriet Woods. according to one attendee. He received the most negative votes ever cast by the Senate in opposition to his nomination as attorney general." News that the ambassador to the Netherlands had calico cats upset Ashcroft's advance team.com/bush4.' From 1963 to 1969 he received seven military deferments.particularly because they are conducted by the nation's chief law enforcement officer.' ASHCROFT BARRING PRINT MEDIA DAN EGGEN. Governor Ashcroft told his lieutenant governor.m. FUN FACTS ABOUT JOHN ASHCROFT [Found in an article by Judy Bachrach in the current issue of Vanity Fair] Speaking at a Justice Department prayer meeting: "The law is not about forgiveness. "You have to promise you won't serve as governor in my absence. He's got better things to do. sharp. to study Scripture and join Ashcroft in prayer . he wasn't telling me or anybody when he left the state. It is oftentimes about vengeance. . to a "paragraph of background and a paragraph of talking points. Within the massive Justice Department." Ashcroft likes to have reading matter reduced.
Minnie Lou and her mate now can only be imagined. who delivered the request to the Justice Management Division and asserted it was the attorney general's desire. and she said it was done for "aesthetic purposes" . During the first day of his Senate confirmation hearings. Representing Justice.particularly because they are conducted by the nation's chief law enforcement officer. Burger attended in his role as a community affairs specialist seeking to steer to Missouri schools and treatment programs some of the drugbust money being illegally kept by police. She's been fondly referred to for years by at least some as "Minnie Lou. completed in 1934. ABC NEWS . NY POST . to announce their plans for restructuring the Justice Department to address the new challenge of fighting terrorism. according to Don Burger. a decade ago. and he ordered that the statues henceforth be draped.com/bush4. The Justice Department building was constructed during the 1930s as a WPA project.The attorney general was fed up with having his picture taken during events in the Great Hall in front of semi-nude statues. then an official with the US Department of Justice. John Ashcroft drapes himself in the mantle of "integrity. ." And she's the one the photographers seek out. I'm told she was the only person in the attorney general's office who knew about it. Well.she just thought it would look better when staging events in the Great Hall. two-story room used for department events and ceremonies. including Moses. . . MISSOURI COPS SAID ASHCROFT AGREED TO LOOK THE OTHER WAY" ON FORFEITURE LAW By Daniel Forbes Two Missouri police officials quoted then governor John Ashcroft as having told them he'd "`look the other way'" should they ignore an upcoming Missouri State Supreme Court ruling that might direct asset forfeiture monies to be distributed to local school boards in accordance with the state constitution." He used the word in reference to himself several times during his introduction by President-elect Bush as the Attorney General nominee. 11/28 . entrusted with enforcing a Constitution that calls for the separation of church and state. disrespectful and unconstitutional. even grand. and John Marshall. "It's not something he thought about one way or the other. . The most famous pictures of all were shot when former U. At the opposite end of the hall. "The purpose of the Department of Justice is to do the business of the government.com/bush4.000 draperies make for better TV pictures.no matter prorev. On the left. the female wears a sort of toga-style garment. Barbara Comstock.Minnie Lou and that breast right over his shoulder.htm by the daily prayer sessions -. The Great Hall is basically what it sounds like . Ashcroft declared. are two enormous and stylized but largely naked aluminum statues. . who like other critics was unwilling to be identified by name. According to my original tipster. apparently a big Art Deco feature. Jean Paul Bradshaw. ." said Ashcroft's spokeswoman. The formal entrance up a winding stairway is adorned with murals depicting great figures in the history of law.S. Hammurabi.but Attorney General John Ashcroft is denying he ordered the coverup.a large. He had ordered massive draperies to conceal the offending figures. She's his advance person. I guess this is a lot of background to get to the point: the draperies have in fact been ordered." said a Justice attorney. The repeated characterization fuels the oftproclaimed notion that Sen. The statements were made independently and at different times by both a sheriff in uniform and a police chief at a meeting at the office of then US Attorney for the Western District of Missouri. Many papers the next day used a photo of the attorney general with .The Justice Department recently bought drapes to hide two mostly nude statues seen in the background during press conferences . The male is clad in only a cloth draped over his essential parts. .htm his personal views. "It strikes me and a lot of others as offensive. BEVERLEY LUMPKIN.000. Sen.1/14/13 prorev.it was strongly denied. but one breast is entirely exposed. on either side of the stage. Ashcroft is a man of such moral rectitude that the nation can count on him to fully enforce all laws . not to establish a religion.you guessed it . last November [Ashcroft] and Deputy Attorney General Larry Thompson staged a major event in the Great Hall. that was the final straw for Ashcroft. said the $8. And it turns out that they were indeed ordered by someone in the attorney general's office. Much of the ornamentation in the building is made of aluminum. But initially not only could the story not be confirmed . The draperies installed last week at a cost of just over $8. who insisted Ashcroft is not offended by the statues. He's got better things to do. the male on the right is the Majesty of Justice. Comstock. The artwork and fittings were strongly influenced by the Art Deco movement. Attorney General Edwin Meese proudly released the final report of his commission on pornography. the female figure represents the Spirit of Justice. MORE BRIAN BLOOMQUIST.
Among the items on the agenda was a discussion of the "problem of state law." She based her statement. Now.com/bush4. the money we share through our forfeiture program goes [directly] to the state or local law enforecment agency. that. money Missouri law enforcement agencies had used for years to buy everything from computers to radio systems to cars and guns. That was the terminology used by both persons. forfeitures and fines collected hereafter for any breach of the penal laws of the state â€¦ shall be distributed annually to the schools of the several counties according to law. Ashcroft. the remarks were salient enough. Millions of dollars were at stake. During the first day of his Senate confirmation hearings. the cops were nervous that their well might run dry. says Burger. says Burger. I will keep my oath. police especially the highway patrol that reports to the governor's office .the governor said he would 'look the other way' specifically regarding the [Missouri] Supreme Court's ruling and asset seizures going to education. the US attorney for the Western District of Missouri wrote a letter to state and local law enforcement agencies.com/bush4." Referring to the sheriff and the police chief. with a ruling expected shortly. mid-way through Sen. now in private practice in Kansas City. that he later jotted down the Ashcroft quote in the margins of a Dept." Bradshaw. Another attempt will be made in the upcoming session. Ashcroft's tenure as governor of Missouri. and last year in the Missouri legislature to strengthen the law that forfeitedassets be conveyed to education. in Burger's opinion. "When I swear to uphold the law. recalling the meeting at Bradshaw's office in Kansas City." Yet. despite any state supreme court ruling. "It struck me as an unusual reference regarding the applicability of funds to be set aside for education.htm laws . she said. consider the disclosure last May by Karen Dillon. on conversations with "people familiar with his positions on this.that is. He explained that police could bring seizures to a federal agency even if the agency had no involvement in the case. 'I know that all of you in law enforcement are in desperate need for additional financial resources. A report by the staff of the US Senate Judiciary Committee.based on their conversations with Governor Ashcroft . Ashcroft declared. 1993. according to Burger's recollection of statements by the two top cops." The fruits of Ashcroft's alleged winking and Bradshaw's exhortation were harvested richly. who spoke independently at different times during the meeting. raising his right hand for emphasis. who's written an award-winning two-year series in the Kansas City Star on asset forfeiture issues: "In 1990. Sen. to "use asset forfeiture to divert money to sheriff and police department projects." But. the two law enforcement officials said Gov. of Justice report he was reading. the provision in Article IX.1/14/13 prorev. prorev. The governor's statement. Burger told the Review. MO a decade ago. Ashcroft's second term as governor. 'As most of you know. according to Burger. during Sen. concerned a case brought by a local school board that argued that Missouri law enforcement must follow the state constitution and turn proceeds from asset forfeiture cases over to education rather than keep the money for themselves. Section 7 of Missouri's constitution that requires "the clear proceeds of all penalties. a spokesperson for the Bush/Cheney transition team said that ignoring a court ruling "is not a position ever held by Gov. Hosted by US Attorney Bradshaw. But. indicated that Missouri law enforcement agencies would continue. "Both men stated at different times during the meeting that .need not fear interference from the same cabinet nominee who now pledges to rigorously and impartially enforce the nation's laws. recalls no such statements by any police officials at any meeting he attended. the meeting was attended by members of what was known informally as the Law Enforcement Coordinating Committee. There have been subsequent attempts in 1992.no matter his personal views.' wrote Jean Paul Bradshaw. Says Burger. just a few days after the Missouri Supreme Court ruled that state forfeitures had to go to education in most cases." In fact. so help me God." he says .htm 12/28 . Mindy Tucker. he blithely told two senior law enforcement officials he would ignore a serious matter of law. a 1998 federal district court case and Dillon's massive and continuing series in the Kansas City Star also suggest an end-run around the state constitutional requirements. Ashcroft had told them he would "`look the other way'" should the police proceed to ignore a ruling about to emerge from the Missouri Supreme Court. ultimately issued in November 1990." Burger adds that he remembers both individuals using the specific "look the other way" terminology because. The ruling.' he wrote.
Retired from federal service. according to his bio. Quoting the Kansas City Star. who opposes the Ashcroft nomination. a partner in the Lexington. "He was a very good employee." US Rep. and finding drugs and a quantity of cash. But Shelton maintains that. a bait and switch. was recognized by William Bennett as "a front-line soldier in our war against drugs. says that senators he has spoken to. according to federal guidelines. graft and corruption." Told of Burger's allegations. City Councilman and Mayor Pro Tem of Kansas City." Don Burger joined Justice in 1968. often. Ashcroft's ethical ability to serve as attorney general. Nebraska and Iowa.1/14/13 prorev. During that time Brooks says he had many conversations with Don Burger. a calling the feds down to have the feds 'seize' the money. Ashcroft has told his former Senate colleagues that he'll vigorously enforce the law without exception. Kansas. Giorza and Hamilton. It's been nothing but organized blackmail. "He did a lot to resolve community conflict. says Worthington. it raises major. MO. represented the local school board in the 1990 case. I'll look the other way. He served the final years of a twenty-two year career based in Kansas City. I never had any dealings with him that make me question whether he was a straight shooter or not. got to know Burger through their work with the National Association of Human Rights Workers. because law enforcement doesn't derive any revenues from that. Kevin Zeese. fundamental concerns about Mr." Basically. "He was excellent. and have them "adopt" the case. Clyburn." Warren termed Burger "credible. which fought crime and drug abuse.com/bush4. several jurisdictions will slice up the pie. launder the remainder back to the local authorities." Hilary Shelton. Alvin Brooks. the Missouri Highway Patrol declares that it has detained the assets (often including the car itself). police agencies indicated they would comply. report that Sen." and. who found that the Missouri Highway Patrol and the DEA "successfully conspired to violate the Missouri Constitution. the Senate Judiciary Committee report quotes one officer as saying. "But then they proceeded with a sleight of hand. Worthington. He was also one of President Bush's "Thousand Points of Light." then added. executive director of the Common Sense for Drug Policy Legislative Group opposing the Ashcroft nomination. to federalize it. "We don't deal in state forfeitures at all. Sherman. Atkins Warren is now regional director of the Dept.com/bush4. "If indeed these allegations are true." said Warren. for instance. but has not "seized" them. says "Ashcroft told people to go ahead." prorev. It leaves that to the DEA.htm 13/28 . (Burger was also president of his government employees union local. After the court ruling. Worthington. recruited by Ramsey Clark to spend a career working primarily to foster improved relations among the many different shades of Americans. in effect. about the mechanics of asset forfeiture and how to steer some of those funds to local drug treatment programs. "Don did research on this and said here's what community groups should do to try to get some of this money. including Russ Feingold (D-WI). and the school board in Odessa reasoned that surely they should have received some funds. It begs the question of how he will enforce laws that he doesn't agree with. Jim Clyburn. and he worked with Burger for many years in Washington." Back in 1990 he was running the Ad Hoc Group Against Crime in Kansas City. Clyburn is a past president and Burger served a term as national secretary. Rep. "Burger was always a straight shooter with me. He says the case was prompted by press reports of three separate forfeitures of approximately $1 million each in a particular county. That's an affirmative action. law firm of Aull. Then." Evidence that the tactic continues is found in a concurring opinion issued by a federal judge in the Eight Circuit in 1998. Democrat of South Carolina. the feds keep 20% of the proceeds and. director of the NAACP Washington Bureau. typically DEA agents. but one he tried to keep his fingerprints off. he's now a consultant on civil rights issues." He adds. He said his discussions with Burger focused on "how could we get law enforcement to bring some money back to the neighborhoods where the forfeitures were taking place. Everyone but school kids is happy." James D. of Justice for the states of Missouri. is a former police detective and a charter board member of the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America. the cops call in federal agents. Stopping a car on Interstate 70.) Rep. representing the Dept of Justice." The concept by which state and local law enforcement agencies still circumvent the Missouri Constitution is known as "adoptive forfeiture.htm suggest an end-run around the state constitutional requirements. says.
A snack bar. formerly research director for the anti-Klan. The three earnest young men burdened with plastic bags came to the office bearing food. U. the college run by Ashcroft's father. Burger is such a straight arrow. smart guy.if they contain trace amounts of THC. throughout most of Hutchinson's tenure. federal officials were already aware that he controlled "an international smuggling organization" that was "extremely well organized and extensive. major narcotics trafficker" was using facilities at an airport in Hutchinson's district for "storage. snack bars.his base of operations was Mena.And now. Marlene Henderson confirms that last Friday. .S. With accusations of racism hounding Sen. Giroux on white nationalist groups and a former McArthur Foundation "genius" award winner. corn chips. and wants to call attention to where seized assets are still being directed. . under the direction of Asa Hutchinson. among other things. even though the extent of their activities was well known to drug authorities. They brought Hutchinson evidence that Seal was "involved in narcotics trafficking and the laundering of funds derived from such trafficking. I wanted to know more. flour.htm Leonard Zeskind. Ashcroft. For the last four years of his life . worked with Burger combating hate crimes and white supremacy organizations such as the Covenant Sword and Arm of the Lord in rural Missouri.S.and mid-level dealers. Zeskind declares Burger. New York freelancer Daniel Forbes testified before both the US." In fact. Atlanta-based Center for Democratic Renewal. coffee. to borrow a phrase from Monty Python.com/bush4. soda and veggie burgers" . cheese. Customs. A subsequent Salon article detailed the media campaign's origins as an attempt to influence voters on state medical marijuana initiatives. and IRS were watching him. energy drink. a man identified by federal agents as "a documented.1/14/13 he was a straight shooter or not.but the government has returned to normal. ice cream. Tortilla chips. and modification" of his drug-running aircraft. FBI. Unless you are an avid reader of the Federal Register and perused the tiny print of almost undecipherable bureaucratese on pages 51. the year that Hutchinson took office as U. In 1982." . ASA HUTCHINSON ANN MCFEATTERS. We're talking serious evil here. In the early 1990s. The man was Adler Berriman "Barry" Seal.539 through 51. a nice. Senate and the House of Representatives regarding his series in Salon on sub rosa White House payments to television networks and magazines rewarding anti-drug content. "a reasonable guy." Agents for the DEA. the former GOP congressman from Arkansas. Burger says he referred an AfricanAmerican woman to Sen. rarely ended up in prison. Pretzels with seeds. MORE MARA LEVERITT. So when rumors surfaced about Seal and his organization. My interest in the relationship between Seal and Hutchinson was piqued as I became aware of how heavily drug prosecutions fell on street. and how they had managed for years to avoid prison. Bond who was anxious to speak favorably of her experience at Evangel University in Springfield. has announced rules to ban certain brands of a wide variety of foods ."beer. attorney and Seal moved to Mena.com/bush4. salad oil. and politely dismissed the complaints that had arisen by then prorev. you might have missed it . Ashcroft's behalf to Missouri Senator Kit Bond. while smugglers like Seal. Never mind the caloric sin. Burger says he's fairly agnostic on Ashcroft's nomination. The Drug Enforcement Administration. PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE . he actually referred a potential favorable witness on Sen. Specifically." prorev. An energy bar. ARKANSAS TIMES: Some strange things happened in [Asa] Hutchinson's district while he was federal prosecutor that he doesn't mention in his speeches. Burger called both Sen. Bond's Missouri and Washington offices on her behalf. who imported drugs by the ton.htm 14/28 .544. Arkansas. but that he's spent a career trying to develop funding for drug treatment.and throughout Hutchinson's term as U. Or so the government says. But getting the story has not been easy. Strauss. I asked Hutchinson about Barry Seal and his associates at Mena. attorney . Currently writing a book for Farrar. maintenance. for something completely different. Hutchinson provided no information.S. MO.
Fort Smith. and politely dismissed the complaints that had arisen by then about his failure to prosecute Seal. Arkansas airport. According to a memo obtained later by Arkansas Times report Mara Leveritt. Q. Since he harbors political ambitions.S.' Fitzhugh has denied having stymied the grand jury. . knew about the extensive drug importation at Mena during the 1980s but looked the other way. he has an interest in clearing his name. chairman of the Arkansas Republican Party. Incorporated based at the Mena Airport.' the juror said. Also present at that meeting was Drug Enforcement Administration Agent Jim Stepp.S. LOTS MORE ACCORDING TO POLICE SOURCES in Arkansas." IN 1995. Did you discover what you believed to be money laundering? A. Would you describe the nature of your instructions and the manner in which you carried out those instructions as they relate to activities surrounding the Mena Airport matter? A.1/14/13 prorev.D. "For almost three years. THE AMERICAN SPECTATOR magazine published an article by L. He said he had already resigned as U. Brown. which was based at the Mena. "and it was like just blown off. Yes.S. . Hutchinson was replaced by Mike Fitzhugh who was reluctant to let investigators Russell Welch of the state police and William Duncan of the IRS present evidence of money-laundry to a grand jury. Attorney then. during which M-16 rifles were traded to Nicaraguan Contra rebels in exchange for cocaine. The incidents that surrounded Seal constituted a major battle. The memo is dated days before notorious durg trafficker Barry Seal's murder. Arkansas. including Hutchinson. Q. attorney by the time the matter arose .htm 15/28 . Welch and Duncan. were never called to testify. but he has never explained why. We were never given a straight answer. Attorney's Office. the aspect of the case the jurors felt would be the most difficult one to prove about anyone except Seal. attorney for the western district of Arkansas when investigators first presented evidence supporting those allegations. Writes Mara Leveritt in the Arkansas Times: "That announcement spurred Fort Smith lawyer Asa Hutchinson. and what institution? A. And can you -. money-laundering. Who was the object of your investigation. by then. The agent in Hot Springs further reports that Fitzhugh "advised that he will not utilize Seal as a government prosecution witness in view of his lack of credibility in other mitigating circumstances. in which he described participating in two secret flights from Mena in 1984.S.com/bush4. S-T-E-P-P. I was assigned to investigate allegations of money laundering in connection with the Barry Seal organization. who were close to the events have maintained a stony silence . U. But Fitzhugh reportedly focused only on the drug-running allegations. Barry Seal was not actually a target. the central investigators in the case. We had targeted the employees and cohorts of his which operated out of the Mena Airport. a former member of Clinton's Arkansas State Police security detail. in a meeting in the U.com/bush4. in the three years it met. 'We asked him about it. In an argument disputed by police investigators. for both of which the jurors believed evidence was substantial.how long a duration were you involved in this investigation? A. Bush's reported nominee to head the DEA. But the faithful report has been missing. Hutchinson claims he left office before the evidence was well established. Asa Hutchinson was the U." FROM A CONGRESSIONAL DEPOSITION from IRS investigator William Duncan: Q. Hutchinson provided no information.all of which investigators believed were being conducted at the Mena airport. government officials.htm associates at Mena. Rich Mountain Aviation. I did. Asa Hutchinson. to request yet another congressional inquiry into long-standing allegations of money-laundering at Mena. According to statements from one of the jurors. a federal grand jury in the Western District of Arkansas considered questions about drug-running." Wrote Leverrit. was dead. Fitzhugh refused to consider the money laundering or conspiracy charges. Brown also claims that Clinton knew of the activity. the war's leaders have an obligation to report faithfully on its battles. I believe that if this country is going to fight a long and costly war. Hutchinson was the the U. an FBI agent in Hot Springs notifies the agent in charge of the Little Rock office that Fitzhugh would be "withholding presentation" about the investigation at Mena from the grand jury. I received the first information about Mena and illegal activities at the Mena Airport in April of 1983. and a month before he was to come to Arkansas to appear before that same grand jury. . and illegal airplane modification .S. ***** prorev. Q. For more than 15 years. and he.
people who were involved in the money laundering. Q. I see. What was the result of the testimony given by the three witnesses to the grand jury? A. Allende in Chile and Lumumba in the Congo. Hutchinson. Direct evidence in the money laundering.Ari. And what were your recommendations to the U. who participated in the money laundering operation upon the instructions of Hampton.com/bush4. Q. Yes." were you announcing a new policy? prorev. Asa Hutchinson. Arkansas airport? A. He called three witnesses. the methodology.what was the name of the U.what was the nature of the evidence that would have been elicited from those witnesses? A. Did you present to the U. And when you submitted the witnesses. S. one was a secretary who had received instructions ~~~ and I think on some occasions had discussed with Barry Seal. Mossadegh in Iran. I was not.included the law enforcement personnel who had participated in the investigations. Evans. You were not? A. Attorney? A. S. was very upset. the money laundering to which you refer. when you said we are "set in stone against military coups of any kind. That those individuals and corporation -.com/bush4.S. Q. Attorney a list of prospective witnesses to be called? A. of the three witnesses. Q. And it has been alleged that the Central Intelligence Agency had some role in that operation. Q. that all I had to do is ask for subpoenas for any witness and he would provide the subpoenas and subpoena them to a grand jury. Q. The witnesses including -. What did you do with the evidence of money laundering that you gathered from your investigation? A. Q. She was furious when she exited the grand jury. including. His reaction in this case was to subpoena only three of the 20 to the grand jury.the corporation be prosecuted for violations of the money laundering statutes. but I was not in the grand jury. Q. For a grand jury? A. Arbenz in Guatemala.htm 16/28 . Is that the same operation that you investigated? A. I was in the witness room. It had been my experience. Duncan. ~~~ She was the secretary for Rich Mountain Aviation. yes. Q. Q. Q. Attorney in Arkansas. Now. As two of the witnesses exited. Fort Smith. S. from my history of working with Mr. who were -. -. Presented it to the United States Attorney's Office. members of his organization. there is a long history of the United States organizing coups against democratically elected leaders. And what was his reaction to your recommendations? A.1/14/13 prorev. No. Mr. Yes. indicated to me that she had not been allowed to furnish her evidence to the grand jury. Arkansas. Barry Seal. did that arise out of an alleged drug trafficking operation managed from the Mena." And yet. Yes. you said the other day that the United States is "set in stone against military coups of any kind. also there were some perjury recommendations and some conspiracy recommendations. Were you present at the time of the grand jury? A. Attorney? A. So. they did. Asa Hutchinson. And do you have the names of those witnesses? A. and various financial institution officers who had knowledge. Western Judicial District. And did those witnesses testify for the grand jury? A. Q. the names of the prospective witnesses to the U. ARI FLEISHER ARI EXPLAINS IT ALL ||| RUSSELL MOKHIBER .htm Q. I did. are you referring to Mr. There were some 20 witnesses. Q. There were a variety of witnesses. It did.
I think when you talked about Iran. found that Reich had done things as director of the OPD that were "prohibited. isn't that a sign that there's only so much effect that a parent can have on their children's behavior?" Fleischer responded brusquely: "No. at Fleischer's daily briefing. along with fellow Reagan administration cohorts.S. Roth. CIA agent Richard Beneke. Reich. he's also a father."We do not know why the prorev. brought in large part. the alleged Mafia head of the Gambino family group. who was the CIA's main money launderer for CIA operations in Panama. They abhor Latin-American governments that are elected by the poor and working class people." Fleischer later called Roth to chastise him. . And as a result.Ronald Reagan.htm ROBERT MUELLER <> Noriega JOEL SKOUSEN'S WORLD AFFAIRS BRIEF: [Robert Mueller] was responsible for the prosecution of Gen. Mueller presided over the prosecution of John Gotti. you just went back to 1954. ||| TOM TURNIPSEED. "Yes. Abrams was convicted of lying to Congress about the Iran-Contra scandal. and I'm certain that you're going to do so again. but have been re-instated in prominent positions in the second Bush administration. We used to wash their money out overseas and put it in Switzerland in nice.1/14/13 we are "set in stone against military coups of any kind. many years" Noriega was taken down by the CIA and prosecuted because he was found to be taking a much larger cut out of CIA drug profits than was agreed upon.htm 17/28 ..com/bush4. the president talked about parental involvement today. asked: "Ari.. As far back as 1968 and early 1969. COUNTER PUNCH .S. I think the examples you use are interesting. How much has he talked to his own daughters about both drugs and drinking? And given the fact that his own daughter was cited for underage drinking." prorev." Negroponte was appointed as U. Bush that morning urged parents to talk more to their kids about the dangers of drugs. . the presiding judge ruled that Noriega could not enter into evidence any documents proving his relationship to the CIA over the years. there has been a wonderful sea change in Central and South America. George Bush . Senator Kerry said that Noriega "had been on the payroll and an employee of the CIA for many.. I think. During the trial. Elliott Abrams and John Negroponte. telling him his question had been "noted in the building. there are some issues where I think it's very important for you all in the press corps to recognize that he is the president of the United States. And the press corps has been very respectful in the past of treating family matters with privacy." were you announcing a new policy? ARI FLEISCHER: Russell. I hope so. we had begun to launder money from organized crime families in New York. And one of the great prides and success stories of American politics has been that in the last 20 years. like the Chavez government in Venezuela and the deposed Sandinista government in Nicaragua.com/bush4. Mr. there is a difference in the military in those regions. Ambassador to the United Nations last September in spite of being implicated as a friend of Honduran death squad leaders who committed atrocities against the people of Honduras while he was the U. At that time. Gotti was an up and coming member of one of the families. as a result of Otto Reich and Elliot Abrams and others -. Manuel Noriega of Panama. Mueller helped cover up this major issue by silencing Noriega . On September 30. who needs strong support from Cubans in Florida in his re-election bid this year. frankly. . but has been remarkably rehabilitated and recycled back into the second Bush administration as head of the "Office of Democracy and Human Rights. testified.S. covert propaganda activities. were discredited for their covert activities and false assertions when the United States intervened in Central America in the 1980's and '90s. safe places for them." MORE WASHINGTON POST: Sheriff [Ari] Fleischer was on duty Thursday and upset with Houston Chronicle reporter Bennett Roth. . President Bush came into office here in 2001. Even Congress knew of Noriega's CIA connections. many. in response to a question of whether or not the Gotti family had ties to the CIA. "beyond the range of acceptable agency public information activities. The most recent resurrection of this trio of right-wing renegades is the appointment of Otto Reich as Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs . 1987 a Republican appointed comptroller general of the U.who worked very hard to bring democracy to the region. Ambassador there.Reich is a right-wing Cuban-American obsessed with overthrowing Fidel Castro's regime and is also a big political supporter of President Bush's brother and Florida Governor Jeb Bush.
It was this money. She agreed to a plea bargain by Christopher P. PETER MANTIUS. especially those growing out of the war on drugs and attempts to gag and intimidate government and defense workers.5 billion bank fraud that the Justice Department pinned on Christopher Drogoul.S. Servaas Inc. used $40 million arranged through the Atlanta bank to build prorev. As the presidential campaign heated up. The Final Report.backed by Gonzalez .." Nearly four years and several grand juries later. And he seems similarly disinterested in unclosed cases of political racketeering such as those involving BCCI and BNL.com/bush4. arms inspectors were so convinced of its military purpose that they destroyed it after the Persian Gulf War." despite extensive evidence of intelligence community involvement unearthed by the Gonzalez investigation and the U. the State Department. which was then lent to Iraq at a slightly higher interest rate. the report concluded there had been no violation of law. used the money to ship Iraq machinery to manufacture fuses for cluster bombs. The full story of this seedy period has yet to emerge] GULF WEB: The focus of [Rep.S." Reno. A second company. Said one activist lawyer who has met with Attorney General Reno: "She's closing her ears to all of that. 1994: [Clinton] appears willing to ignore the great residue of Reagan-Bush offenses.claimed he was merely the instrument of a secret U. TUFTS: Despite Iraq's bad credit rating."We do not know why the government turned on Gotti as a partner in crime.S. newly released documents.htm wash their money out overseas and put it in Switzerland in nice. Drogoul . It was these documents (as well as Brent Scowcroft's secret trip to China only weeks after the Tianananmen massacre in June 1988) that prompted Bill Clinton to charge. however. government export credit guarantees. and written by Reno deputy John Hogan. during the final days of the campaign. the Atlantic bank lent the money to companies all over world that were supplying Saddam Hussein with weapons manufacturing gear and other goods. Perhaps he was also found guilty of skimming too much off the top. and the intelligence agencies with subpoenas. Gonzalez bombarded the White House. the US administration allowed Iraq to take out loans under the Food Aid program.htm 18/28 . who was clearly more interested in protecting law enforcement agencies than in finding the truth about the Waco massacre. in order to protect the companies from being unfairly linked to Iraqi weapons programs. according to Rep. obtaining reams of sensitive diplomatic cables and internal memos documenting the U. head of the BNL branch in Atlanta. In every case it examined.S. despite a federal judge's charge that Drogoul and his Atlanta bank colleagues were "pawns and bit players" in a secret deal to provide arms for Iraq and that the Clinton administration's exoneration of its predecessors was only possible "in never-never land. policy to aid Saddam Hussein. amounts to little more than a whitewash of the entire affair. many allege.1992: The U. the Justice Department indicted Drogoul on 347 counts of fraud and related charges in 1991. also early bought the Bush administration line in the BNL bank case. The U. Reno declared that she did not think the case had been mishandled by the Bush administration. safe places for them. <> The BNL investigation [Mueller was a top Justice Department official as the BNL fiasco unfolded.S. Henry Gonzalez (D-Texas).. the former Atlanta manager of the Italian bank who had claimed that US intelligence officials were aware of loans made to Iraq.S. But one company. used $14 million from the Atlanta bank to build a machining plant at Iraq's Al-Atheer nuclear weapons complex. called XYZ Options Inc. issued by attorney general Janet Reno on January 17. Justice Department for 18 months withheld the names of companies that financed exports to Iraq through an Atlanta branch bank. that enabled Iraq to build its ballistic missile and nuclear weapon programs. Drogoul. ATLANTA CONSTITUTION. the intelligence community and the executive branch were exonerated of having "illegally armed Iraq. Matrix Churchill Ltd. "smart" rockets and mortars. Christopher Drogoul. In his defense." INSTITUTE FOR GLOBAL LEADERSHIP. SAM SMITH.. Henry] Gonzalez's investigation was a massive $5. the Clinton administration has swept its "Iraqgate" investigation under the rug. that President Bush had been "coddling dictators. blueprints and interviews with congressional investigators show. A third company. SHADOWS OF HOPE. subsequently rendered public. Customs Service. borrowed billions of dollars from other banks.1/14/13 prorev. the lowly Atlanta branch manager of Italy's state-owned Banca Nazionale del Lavom. U. "tilt" toward Iraq.N.com/bush4. government reportedly agreed to act as a guarantor on these loans. SEP 13. Rejecting that notion. Benefiting from U. And in a classified addendum. 1995.
000 for appearing at an Advisory Board meeting and he is paid extra for speaking at BNL functions. . Sentencing Commission is fashioning a significant increase in penalties for people who import or sell "ecstasy. of Norcross. referring all questions about the case Friday to the Atlanta U. That date is just days before the Justice Department announced a 347 count indictment against the former employees of BNL after an exhaustive 18-month investigation. "We have an opportunity to stop this growing problem before it becomes an epidemic. Kissinger's supposed resignation from BNL on February 22. heroin or methamphetamine.htm All that many reporters need to know about a law enforcement appointee is that he is an ex-marine (the journalistic equivalent of discovering that a mass murderer is a 'loner. . I do not see people whose lives have been ruined by MDMA. . "I see alcoholics and crack addicts every time I go to work. This is quite a coincidence. The failure to investigate the world's greatest financial scandal properly was probably the biggest dive ever taken by U. I finally accepted this premise and limited my responses to say yes.C. Mueller. and the proposal put forth by the commission would very much help. you're right. . Responding to a command from Congress. once the District's chief homicide prosecutor. Kissinger supposedly did not resign his BNL post until over 18 months after the BNL scandal became public in August 1989. and when I began to tell them an answer which was inconsistent with their theory of the case.com/bush4. [House Banking Committee] investigators contacted an attorney representing BNL in the United States and asked him to contact BNL in Rome. Charlie Rose (D-N. Bush's apparent choice for head of the FBI." a move that would elevate the party pill used by hundreds of thousands of adolescents into the upper echelons of illegal drugs. Ecstasy is "quickly becoming one of the most abused drugs in the United States. acting deputy attorney general. Mr.2001: The U. They would pose a question. they would either say we're not interested. Rep.1 million to ship machine tools to the Huteen munitions complex outside Baghdad.com/bush4. Medical researchers opposed the step yesterday. It is important to bring these facts out because BNL is owned by the Italian government .. From the time it indicted Drogoul on the day after the Persian Gulf War ended until this month. When the Atlanta branch office was raided by the FBI in August 1989. REP HENRY GONZALEZ. the commission is considering proposals that would make trafficking in ecstasy a more serious offense than dealing powder cocaine. HOUSE FLOOR: In order to learn more about Mr.S. or you're lying. Associated Instruments Distributors Inc. BNL was actually a client of Kissinger Associates at the same time BNL's former employees in Atlanta were providing Iraq with billions in unreported loans. attorney's office did not respond to requests for comment. Kissinger has been a member of the BNL International Advisory Board since 1985. investigators uncovered $5 billion in unreported loans to Iraq and touched off an international scandal . Mr. A fourth. Kissinger is paid $10." ||||||| prorev." said New York University psychiatrist Julie Holland. CHRISTOPHER DROGOUL STATEMENT TO HOUSE BANKING COMMITTEE: My efforts at cooperation with the US Attorney's office were frustrated by their continued unwillingness to allow me to tell them the truth. The Atlanta U.S. Another interesting point to note is the timing of Mr. less addictive than cocaine or tobacco and less deadly than heroin.S. the Justice Department sheltered exporters who received BNL-Atlanta financing from the stigma of being associated with arms deals with Iraq. A third company. MARCH 19.its purest form is known as MDMA -. so you can get them to write a letter seeking a downward departure in my sentence. and the prorev. "The damage this drug can produce is significant and long-term. attorney's office. testifying that ecstasy -.1/14/13 Henry Gonzalez (D-Texas).is not as dangerous as cocaine. 1991. used $40 million arranged through the Atlanta bank to build a plant to recycle tons of spent brass artillery shells fired by Iraqi gunners.S. used its $12.') The word immediately goes into the headline.htm 19/28 . prosecutors and other law enforcement officials. ROBERT MUELLER." Robert S. "MDMA is less likely to cause violence than alcohol. who works in Bellevue Hospital's psychiatric emergency room. Servaas Inc. . The BNL employee in Rome told BNL's attorney the following: Mr. was involved in the shutting down of the BCCI investigation in this country. Justice Department officials in Washington would not discuss their handling of the companies." . My then attorney kept pulling me out of the room and warning me to just say what they want to hear. WASHINGTON POST. Kissinger's role at BNL." said Mueller. . testified yesterday.) said the documents detailing Matrix Churchill's exports of arms manufacturing equipment are the clearest evidence to date linking the Atlanta branch of Italy's Banca Nazionale del Lavoro with Iraq's arms buildup before its August 1990 invasion of Kuwait.
support of terrorism. In creating BCCI as a vehicle fundamentally free of government control. prorev. and a guarantee of its eventual collapse. To give you some idea of the scale here. the intimidation of witnesses.was an essential component of its spectacular growth. and a panoply of financial crimes limited only by the imagination of its officers and customers. By fracturing corporate structure. As far as Mueller & Company were concerned there were no other significant targets. smuggling. layering of its corporate structure. in the middle -. and the retention of well-placed insiders to discourage governmental action. Abedi developed in BCCI an ideal mechanism for facilitating illicit activity by others. a charge that resurfaced in recent weeks as his nomination was being considered. The coverage of Mueller's appointment gives little sense of what was at stake and how Mueller and his colleagues . and the hack's work is done. insider dealings and nominee relationships. The story the media didn't tell you about BCCI . its use of front-men and nominees. this is not quite enough.com/bush4. for BCCI. and illegal immigration.') The word immediately goes into the headline.an elaborate corporate spider-web with BCCI's founder. including such activity by officials of many of the governments whose laws BCCI was breaking. money laundering in Europe. back-to-back financial documentation among BCCI controlled entities. that was chump change. arms trafficking.is contained in a report to the Senate foreign relations committee by Senators John Kerry and Hank Brown in December 1992.com/bush4. Asia. subsidiaries. and politicians might have been criminally liable had the BCCI investigation been fully pursued. and the Americas. The NY Times made it sound like only Senator John Kerry cared about the investigation into the BCCI scandal and the Washington Post barely mentioned it at all.and Mueller's involvement . illicit purchases of banks and real estate. lobbyists. regulatory review. BCCI was from its earliest days made up of multiplying layers of entities. witness the Washington Post: "Ex-Marine Is Praised as Tough. BCCI's criminality included fraud by BCCI and BCCI customers involving billions of dollars. The appointment raises long dormant questions about the biggest financial scandal in world history and the biggest botched crime inquiry in American history . Here are some excerpts: THE KERRY REPORT THE NATURE OF BCCI: BCCI's unique criminal structure -. Swaleh Naqvi. guarantees and buy-back arrangements. in the case of Bush's nominee to head the FBI.essentially let BCCI's American operations off the hook. bankswithin-banks. Among BCCI's principal mechanisms for committing crimes were its use of shell corporations and bank confidentiality and secrecy havens. apparently BCCI just growed." Unfortunately.htm equivalent of discovering that a mass murderer is a 'loner. It functioned to frustrate the full understanding of BCCI's operations by anyone. Agha Hasan Abedi and his assistant. Skilled. The structure was conceived by Abedi and managed by Naqvi for the specific purpose of evading regulation or control by governments.htm 20/28 . management of prostitution. and the sale of nuclear technologies. related to one another through an impenetrable series of holding companies. His estimate: around a 100. Clark Clifford and Robert Altman were indicted on charges of engaging in fraud and accepting $40 million in bribes. A journalist who followed the story closely was asked how many Washington lawyers. While many of the scandal's international aspects were pursued.for Robert Mueller was at the center with those who were meant to be investigating and prosecuting the crimes of BCCI in the United States. the commission and facilitation of income tax evasion. affiliates. record keeping. They spent a lot in lawyer's fees but in the end charges were dropped against Clifford because of his age and health and Altman was acquitted. Africa. The LA Times made it sound like BCCI was some paranoid conspiracy dreamed up by the American right: "[Mueller] took some flak from conservatives over what they saw as the Justice Department's lax investigation into the Bank of Credit & Commerce International corruption case a decade ago. kick-backs and bribes. the American participants got off largely scot-free. and audits.1/14/13 prorev. Unlike any ordinary bank. NPR did a puff piece worthy of Parade Magazine. BCCI's bribery of officials in most of those locations. the complex BCCI family of entities created by Abedi was able to evade ordinary legal restrictions on the movement of capital and goods as a matter of daily practice and routine. the settlement cost $500 million and.for whatever reasons .
operating in seven states and the District of Colombia. the office of Robert Morgenthau. BCCI would pay bribes to the figure. Saudi Arabia. preferential treatment on the processing of money coming in and out of the country where monetary controls were in place. key political and intelligence figures from the Middle East. .S. These techniques were essential to BCCI's success in the United States. the British Serious Fraud Office. these individuals provided essential assistance to BCCI through lending their names and their reputations to BCCI at critical moments. and former and current local.1/14/13 prorev. we must be as vigorous in our prosecution of corrupt bankers as we are of street dealers. which delayed BCCI's entry. and as necessary. Ghana. BCCI's accountants. India. commodity credits. the simple truth is that the wire transfer and the bank book are as much the tools of the drug trade as the scale and the gun. District Attorney of New York.S.com/bush4. secretly if necessary. These included purchasing banks through nominees. Each. Lebanon. accountants. exclusive handling of a country's use of U. .: In 1977. and entities controlled by the most important bank and banker in the Middle East. Cameroon. or other questionable means of securing assets or profits. The result was that BCCI had relationships that ranged from the questionable. Tunisia. Also essential were BCCI's use of political influence peddling and the revolving door in Washington.htm 21/28 . The techniques used by BCCI in the United States had been previously perfected by BCCI. delay. in fact withheld information from the District Attorney and in some cases. payments to. Botswana.com/bush4. including the Justice Department. In going after BCCI. BCCI had significant difficulties implementing this strategy due to regulatory barriers in the United States designed to insure accountability. to the improper.S. beginning with Bert Lance. and devoted sufficient attention and resources to force out the truth . Thus. It did so not on the basis of having any witnesses or information available to it which were not available to other investigators. These relationships were systematically turned to BCCI's use to generate cash needed to prop up its books. Equally important to BCCI's successful secret acquisitions of U. and the Federal Reserve. has generally received credit for breaking open the BCCI investigation. and public relations firms on the one hand. Bangladesh. Morgenthau's office quickly found that in addition to fighting off the bank. BCCI's shareholders. regulatory suspicion towards BCCI required the bank to deceive regulators in collusion with nominees including the heads of state of several foreign emirates. BCCI would obtain an important figure's agreement to give BCCI deposits from a country's Central Bank. Morocco. with no jurisdiction successfully preventing BCCI from infiltrating it. to the fully corrupt with officials from countries all over the world. . including at various times. impede. it was not merely BCCI's deceptions that permitted it to infiltrate the United States and its banking system. while professing to cooperate with the District Attorney. Peru. Kuwait. Wittingly or not.S. the Bank of England. former U. China. the United Arab Emirates. [J]ust as illegal drugs are smuggled into this country.htm BCCI systematically relied on relationships with. . Rather. Department of Justice. well-connected former federal bank regulators. the nexus between drugs and money means that if we are to succeed in the war against drugs. or otherwise give him other things he wanted in a simple quid-proquo. The sums involved are truly staggering . the Ivory Coast. Sri Lanka. BCCI AND LAW ENFORCEMENT: While the Justice Department's handling of BCCI has received substantial criticism. and continuing with former Defense Secretary Clark Clifford. or obstruct his inquiry for prorev. Mauritius. BCCI was ultimately successful in acquiring four banks. and politically-well connected agents on the other. Guatemala. and eventually merging the institutions. Despite these barriers. BCCI's multitude of prominent and politically well-connected lawyers. in countries where foreign banks were not legal. Nigeria. the Congo. District Attorney Morgenthau broke the case because he recognized BCCI's importance and significance as a case of global international organized crime. Brazil. and were used in BCCI's acquisitions of banks in a number of Third World countries and in Europe. .S. and arranging to have its activities shielded by prestigious lawyers. banks while opening branch offices of BCCI throughout the U. In return. Senator Stuart Symington. Sudan. bank. . Suriname. state and federal legislators. BCCI developed a plan to infiltrate the U. the United States. including Argentina. market through secretly purchasing U. BCCI IN THE U. As it was. . prominent political figures in most of the 73 countries in which BCCI operated . Senegal. Jamaica. it would receive resistance from almost every other institution or entity connected to BCCI. because without them. . and the U. illegal profits must be smuggled out.. Panama.S. Pakistan. Zambia. and Zimbabwe. banks in the face of regulatory suspicion was its aggressive use of a series of prominent Americans.S.S.S. BCCI would have been stopped by regulators from gaining an interest in any U. Colombia. the right to own a bank.
banks. In September 1991. New York state banking officials subsequently denied BCCI's takeover of a small bank. Another that "the Justice Department's secretive conduct in dealing with BCCI requires a better explanation than any so far offered. Morgenthau proved BCCI's criminality.S. Customs Service and Treasury Departments. there were rumors about the bank virtually since its inception. The Justice Department. along with the U. According to the report." In fact. As Morgenthau testified on May 23. delay. impede. and Tampa actively obstructed and impeded Congressional attempts to investigate BCCI in 1990. such as the United Kingdom. 1991: "We've had a number of meetings with senior people in the fraud section of the Justice Department." and "lethargic. Finally. Barr became Attorney General in late October. and the New York Times . refused to grant BCCI full banking status.1/14/13 in fact withheld information from the District Attorney and in some cases. not because of information or cooperation provided by other government agencies -. had reservations about the bank. the Justice Department's handling of BCCI has been criticized in numerous editorials in major newspapers. Federal Reserve action. banking regulators. and in one case." Among the findings of the House Subcommittee: . until press accounts. and had the effect of discouraging BCCI's officials from telling the U. it too refused to cooperate. Over the past two years. "[F]ederal authorities had scores of contacts concerning BCCI as far back as 1983.but because BCCI had left a trail of evidence of wrongdoing there for anyone with the tenacity to pursue it. taken in totality. . bank regulators and law enforcement agencies in other countries.S. . at the time the Justice Department had ~ refused to provide the New York District Attorney with access to its documents and certain witnesses under its control in connection with BCCI. . Ultimately." "inattentive. a prosecutor in Tampa actually lied to the Morgenthau office ." Several editorials noted that there had been "poor cooperation" by Justice with other agencies. prorev. Attorney in Tampa kept BCCI alive. they routinely make inquiries to the Justice Department about BCCI.with the key exception of the Federal Reserve. .S. ." "conspicuously slow. or obstruct his inquiry for months. . Furthermore. . what they knew about BCCI's larger criminality.htm prorev. .The DEA had a plethora of case information which. Justice Department personnel in Washington. led to the inevitable conclusion that "BCCI is the place to launder money. According to U. 1991 ." and "the government had enough information on BCCI by the mid1980's to have put BCCI on the most wanted list. and this practice continued to some extent until William P. Miami. the Washington Post. The Justice Department essentially stopped investigating BCCI following the plea agreement. . . in fact. when the District Attorney of New York turned to the Justice Department for assistance." EARLY WARNINGS: Although the Justice Department did not indict BCCI until 1988. including the Wall Street Journal.S. including its ownership of First American and other U. and the New York District Attorney's investigation in New York forced them into action in mid-1991 . the House Subcommittee on Crime and Criminal Justice." . The January 1990 plea agreement between BCCI and the U.com/bush4." The report stated that: [a] review of the files has. The British. BCCI officially first came to the United States as a branch in New York during the 1970's. One stated that "the Justice Department seems to have been holding up information that should have been passed on" to regulators and others. . Morgenthau's attempts to obtain documents concerning BCCI's money laundering and other crimes from Panama met similar resistance.htm 22/28 . so far.com/bush4.S. issued a report detailing federal law enforcement's handling of allegations involving BCCI. failed to provide adequate support and assistance to investigators and prosecutors working on the case against BCCI in 1988 and 1989. Typical editorials criticized Justice's prosecution of BCCI as "sluggish. and I think their position has been that they'd rather go it alone. contributing to conditions that ultimately caused the chief undercover agent who handled the sting against BCCI to quit Customs entirely . there was almost none -. . revealed 125 cases that have been identified "as having something to do with BCCI.
New York and California to keep BCCI open when they were considering closing it. and what happened was.S. The Justice Department. . . . at the instruction of the chairman [Senator Kerry]. and viewed it with skepticism.S. .Representatives of the Government of India provided the IRS with evidence of a money laundering scheme involving BCCI . including BCCI's ownership of First American -. . We're working on preparations for the trial. . . and debriefed them.Committee investigator Jack Blum . Morgenthau's chief of investigations later stated: "Blum's story was ridiculous. It was a fascinating tale -." . failed to provide adequate support and assistance to investigators and prosecutors working on the case against BCCI in 1988 and 1989. Moscow in prorev.was provided to both the DEA and the FBI . an experienced fraud prosecutor. along with the U. and assigned the investigation of the case to John Moscow. following lobbying of them by former Justice Department personnel now representing BCCI . and thereby be utterly barred from taking any further action against BCCI. the Justice Department was not on the CIA's dissemination list until 1990 and therefore the Department never received this 1986 report at the time it was disseminated. and other materials we had gathered. and a few days later." Mueller is correct that no component of DOJ ever received the 1986 report. and I began to worry that something was very wrong with this case. . and the agents said well we're very busy. denied having made it. "The strange thing is that after that effort to put this all in the hands of the Justice Department -.in some cases with more detail provided -.this guy was telling us the world was corrupt!" Morgenthau decided to move forward. but the May 1989 report. [He said] the entire Third World was involved and that they had bought and sold entire governments and maybe some United States officials. he was introduced to other prosecutors in the New York DA's office. . Morgenthau's prosecutors found his information to be startling.1/14/13 identified "as having something to do with BCCI.htm 23/28 . I shared with the agents working the case materials we had gathered. Assistant Attorney General Mueller told the Subcommittee that while the CIA may have known about BCCI's criminality and illegal ownership of First American dating as far back as 1985. on being asked to explain this request. who themselves were former prominent federal prosecutors. another Justice Department official asked state regulators in Florida. First. . Then I talked to the agents. After [Blum] met with Morgenthau. and personal relationships among prosecutors.htm . Each of these requests were made by the Justice Department officials involved at the explicit behest of BCCI's lawyers." . Attorney's office not involved in the negotiations to join in the plea agreement. and described the evidence that BCCI owned First American.The Customs Service had information as far back as 1983 concerning the illegal smuggling operations of one of BCCI biggest customers. memos I had written. Following the plea agreement. Some public statements by the Justice Department concerning its handling of matters pertaining to BCCI were more cleverly crafted than true . taking at least two separate actions to help BCCI.com/bush4. Justice Department personnel in Washington lobbied state regulators to keep BCCI open after the January 1990 plea agreement. Second. which contained many of the same facts. "regrettably. I waited for something to happen. I started getting calls from the two guys I took to Tampa who said. prorev. . contributing to conditions that ultimately caused the chief undercover agent who handled the sting against BCCI to quit Customs entirely. . No follow up. They raise the question of whether the revolving door. . Customs Service and Treasury Departments. may have influenced certain Justice Department officials to assist BCCI in contravention of sound public policies .com/bush4. some Justice Department officials adopted an inexplicably benign attitude towards the bank. . He told them he believed BCCI had engaged in money-laundering in New York. . so that they would have a complete picture of what we knew.Senior IRS officials refused to begin an undercover investigation of BCCI despite the fact that the criminal division had developed important information about the bank. Justice Department officials asked another U. they're not following up. As Michael Cherkasky.and I might add that at the time I went to Miami. .
looked at documents. and other major arms dealers . Blum's "'story' was proven to be true. . The nature. Marc Rich remains the most important figure in the international commodities markets. A British source has told the Bank of England and British investigators that BCCI was used by numerous foreign intelligence agencies in the United Kingdom. .com/bush4. He has basically asked all the prosecutors on his staff when they enter into plea bargain negotiations. . investigated it. terrorist.htm move forward. . to make sure that the defendants sign what is called or come to be known as a Brady waiver.C. We saw it in the Waco case.htm HALLIBURTON 24/28 . . CATO INSTITUTE: One thing that concerns me greatly is one of the ongoing problems that we have had with the FBI has been the failure of that agency to turn over evidence that it has in its possession over to the trial court and over to people accused of crimes and to their defense teams. but then to conceal it and not turn it over to the trial court or to the defense team .S. . BCCI's financing of commodities and other business dealings of international criminal financier Marc Rich. extent. what this means is a person could enter into a plea bargain. . . and the role of these shareholders and front-men in the BCCI affair.S . Syrian drug trafficker. he agrees that he is not going to come forward with a Brady claim later on. . has sealed documents from BCCI's records in the UK which could shed light on this allegation . which means if he pleads guilty.com/bush4. There is a landmark case called "United States versus Brady. BCCI's relationships with convicted Iraqi arms dealer Sarkis Soghanalian. . It's called Brady waivers. and evidence could be disclosed later on. Given BCCI's pervasiveness criminality. but because he signed the Brady waiver. the MI-5. . extent and meaning of the ownership of shares of other U. then it violates the due process guarantee in the Constitution for the government to have that evidence. . BCCI's activities in Atlanta and its acquisition of the National Bank of Georgia through First American . . D.1/14/13 prorev. and. ." which basically said that if the government has evidence in its possession that tends to show that the person being prosecuted is innocent. The nature. Moreover. and remains a fugitive from the United States following his indictment on securities fraud. . The use of BCCI by central figures in arms sales to Iran during the 1980's . Moscow in turn interviewed Blum's witnesses. financial institutions by Middle Eastern political figures . the New York District Attorney's office took it seriously."(6) While the Justice Department prosecutors who had the most information about BCCI regarded Blum as a "wacko. . he could be sitting in jail. investigated the case Blum brought to them. . . The nature and extent of Rich's relationship with BCCI requires further investigation . . Money laundering by other major international banks MUELLER AND DEFENDANTS [From the Jim Lehrer News Hour] TIMOTHY LYNCH. . we saw it in the Ruby Ridge case. . Rich's commodities firms were used by BCCI in connection with BCCI's involving in U. [Mueller] has instituted a policy in the northern district of California that we don't see in many other prosecutorial offices around the country. . evidence that tends to show that he is innocent. The alleged relationship between the late CIA director William Casey and BCCI . and proved it out. BCCI's collusion in Savings & Loan fraud in the U. owning major office buildings in such key cities as New York and Washington. BCCI's shareholders and front-men have made substantial investments in real estate throughout the United States. MORE FIRST AMERICAN SCANDAL THE KERRY COMMITTEE REPORT prorev. guarantee programs through the Department of Agriculture. BCCI's manipulation of commodities and securities markets in Europe and Canada . BCCI lending to Rich in the 1980's amounted to tens of millions of dollars. BCCI's involvement with foreign intelligence agencies. an experienced fraud prosecutor. and assigned the investigation of the case to John Moscow. . and we saw it most dramatically just a few weeks ago in the Timothy McVeigh case where we have thousands of documents suddenly discovered on the eve of an execution . MATTERS FOR FURTHER INVESTIGATION: The extent of BCCI's involvement in Pakistan's nuclear program . . he is not going to have a legal remedy to get a new trial.S. plead guilty. . a complete review of their holdings in the United States is warranted . evidence that should have been turned over by the prosecutors. and meaning of real estate and financial investments in the United States by major shareholders of BCCI. in Cherkasky's words. As a practical matter. The British intelligence service. . and arms trafficker Monzer Al-Kassar." and his information as worth little.
but immigration enforcement officials discovered undocumented workers at the Belle Chasse facility in October.com/bush4. unfed and undocumented KBR site workers inhabited a single trailer for $70 per person. As in Iraq. A Halliburton subcontractor even threatened several Latino workers with deportation if they left the Belle Chasse military base in Louisiana. Halliburton denies violating labor laws." he said." Many suffer from workrelated health problems. "Visits to the naval bases and dozens of interviews by Salon confirm that undocumented workers are in the facilities. At one point. per week.Halliburton's KBR subsidiary and its subcontractors illegally abuse immigrants and undocumented workers in hurricane-damaged areas of the Gulf Coast." a teenage worker from Mexico told Lovato. "A shadowy labyrinth of contractors." reported Lovato. Seventy-four workers filed a complaint with the Department of Labor seeking $56.htm . overseen by no single agency.of these workers. http://www. He observed "squalid trailer parks where up to 19 unpaid.000 in back pay. have created a no man's land where nobody seems to be accountable for the hiring -.and abuse -. The lack of accountability is an "open invitation for exploitation. Cookies. cuts and bruises acquired while working for KBR.htm HALIBURTON DOUBLES SINCE IRAQ INVASION REPORTER: HALLIBURTON FIRM ABUSING UNDOCUMENTED WORKERS IN KATRINA CLEANUP HALLIBURTON WATCH . many undocumented workers were thrown off the job and forced to live in the streets of New Orleans after Halliburton refused for two months to pay a subcontractor.US oil service firm Halliburton has acknowledged that improper payments "may have been made" to Nigerian officials through a consortium of which it was a member.salon.com/bush4.1/14/13 HALLIBURTON prorev. subcontractors and job brokers. Halliburton said the US Justice Department had expanded its 25/28 prorev.com/news/feature/2005/11/15/halliburton_katrina HALIBURTON ADMITS POSSIBLE BRIBES TO NIGERIANS DURING CHENEY ERA AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE . but they gave us nothing. nothing else. including diarrhea. fraud and abuse. In an article titled "Gulf Coast slaves. and rent. We ate cookies for five days. workers from poor countries are lured to the Gulf Coast by KBR's shady job brokers peddling exaggerated wages and benefits that rarely materialize after immigrants arrive for work. where an estimated 500 immigrants are employed." said James Hale. "They weren't feeding us. vice president of the Laborers' International Union of North America. and the food was going to be free." Lovato writes of his travels throughout the storm-ravaged region where KBR's cleanup contracts currently amount to $124. ." wrote Lovato. .com reported today. In a document dated Friday and filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission.9 million. Roberto Lovato of Salon. "They were going to pay seven dollars an hour. sprained ankles.
64 A GALLON TO IMPORT FUEL TO IRAQ DON VAN NATTA JR. which Vice President Cheney headed before he joined Bush's ticket. Jack Stanley. Gas Industries. As an example of private industry's hunger for a Mars mission. .com/bush4. Dr. Briggs said NASA has been working with Halliburton. JGC Corporation of Japan. the drilling mechanism. Briggs said. fired in June. many of which occurred when Halliburton was being run by Dick Cheney. Steve Streich. government documents show. Another administration official said Cheney did not take a lead role in the interagency work on the space policy but gauged support on Capitol Hill and served in an advisory capacity. Halliburton and Baker-Hughes are working on some very advanced systems. according to documents from the Army Corps of Engineers. Shell. perhaps grinding away at material needed to get the core at a rate of one core a day for hundreds of days. was among the authors of an article in Oil & Gas Journal in 2000 titled "Drilling Technology for Mars Research Useful for Oil. into the multi-kilometer range. a matter also under review in France and Nigeria. the miniaturization." which set a mission to Mars as a long-range goal after astronauts build a science base on the moon. . told "Meet Alaska" that NASA is looking at ways to drill on Mars to look for water — and the life it might contain.If there is life on Mars. . . PETROLEUM NEWS . Briggs said. .com/bush4." because technology developed for the mission could be used on this planet.Industry officials said yesterday that they see a huge boon to business in Bush's "renewed spirit of discovery. Boeing Co. it would probably be microorganisms in water deep below the surface of the planet. U. Margaret Spellings. and Stephen Hadley. government officials said. TSKJ is a private limited liability company registered in Portugal comprising Technip of France. including the tools. prorev. A very power-efficient system might cut out cores a meter at a time. .1/14/13 prorev.S. which was headed by Bush's domestic policy adviser. which has the exclusive United States contract to import fuel into Iraq. Halliburton. But Halliburton gets 26 cents a gallon for its overhead and fee. the deputy national security adviser. Center for Mars Exploration at the NASA Ames Center. Snamprogetti Netherlands. and from Halliburton's former consultant A.The United States government is paying the Halliburton Company an average of $2.htm 26/28 . An industry official who spoke on the condition of anonymity said the oil and gas industry. . the robotic systems and the control systems. subcontracts the work to a Kuwaiti firm. more than twice what others are paying to truck in Kuwaiti fuel..htm with the US Securities and Exchange Commission. It noted that investigators were scrutinizing the role by British lawyer Jeffrey Tesler. an affiliate of the Italian group ENI. .. director. Deeper drilling. Administration officials scoffed at the idea that Halliburton had anything to do with the development of the space policy. now the US vice president. Among the companies that could profit from the plan are Bethesda-based Lockheed Martin Corp. helped a consortium including the US group to win a 12 billion dollar contract to build a gas terminal.64 a gallon to import gasoline and other fuel to Iraq from Kuwait. KRISTEN NELSON. . would benefit considerably from technology that was developed for drilling on Mars. PAYING HALLIBURTON $2. which was acquired by Halliburton in 1998. . and one of the problems will be power. The earliest drilling opportunity would be 2007. some so advanced they aren't willing to talk much about them. Baker-Hughes and the Los Alamos National Laboratory to identify drilling technologies that might work on Mars . and Kellogg Brown and Root. might occur as part of a 2014 Mars mission which would put astronauts on the planet to assist. including Halliburton. Halliburton said the US Justice Department had expanded its investigation into potential bribes through the TSKJ consortium." The article called a Mars exploration program "an unprecedented opportunity for both investigating the possibility of life on Mars and for improving our abilities to support oil and gas demands on Earth. and Halliburton Co. a veteran Halliburton scientific adviser." the company said in the SEC filing. "We understand from the ongoing governmental and other investigations that payments may have been made to Nigerian officials. . The alleged payments. MOON OVER HALLIBURTON MIKE ALLEN AND GREG SCHNEIDER WASHINGTON POST . who has been reported to have funneled as much as 132 million dollars from the consortium. NY TIMES . Geoffrey Briggs.
000 US and coalition troops daily at a cost of $28 per troop per day. prorev. Bremer told the Journal that the unit would concentrate on catastrophic risks. Bremer has a resume that includes extended service in the Reagan Administration.S. The company feeds 110. She said the company's Kellogg Brown & Root unit.." according to a Pentagon report that warned "serious repercussions may result" if the contractor did not clean up. the huge Houston-based oil-field services company. HALLIBURTON SERVES DIRTY FOOD TO GIs AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE ." as were as the kitchens it was served in. was also a new business opportunity.A month after 9/11. Even the mess hall where Bush served troops their Thanksgiving dinner was dirty in August.com/bush4. Wendy Hall.htm overhead and fee. NBC News reported on Friday. . Greenberg. President Ronald Reagan's Secretary of State Alexander Haig appointed him as his special assistant in charge of the department's "crisis management" center. PAUL BREMER III? When L. and the co-chairmanship of the Heritage Foundation's Homeland Security Task Force." "dirty pans. NBC said. Chosen by President Bush for his expertise in counter-terrorism. . ." On October 11. PAUL BREMER III WHO IS L. in 1981. From there he became Reagan's ambassador-at-large for counter-terrorism ." and that its profit on the contract is small. according to documents from the Army Corps of Engineers. September and October. The Pentagon reported finding "blood all over the floor. The Pentagon found unclean conditions at four locations in Iraq. citing Pentagon documents. NBC said. including one in Baghdad and two in Tikrit. "It is expensive to purchase. Although Bremer co-chaired the Operations Sub-Group at the National Security Council along with Oliver North.com/bush4. he'll be bringing a lot of baggage along with him. defended the company's pricing. it was estimated that Halliburton was charging the United States government and Iraq's oil-forfood program an average of about $1. an eleven-year stint at Kissinger & Associates. which killed 295 of its employees." "dirty salad bars" and "rotting meats . HalliburtonKellogg Brown and Root's promises to improve "have not been followed through." The company also "accelerated plans to launch a new consulting unit to capitalize on heightened corporate fears of terrorism. Marsh Crisis Consulting was launched with Bremer at its head. ." the Wall Street Journal reported. those that in some cases could put a company out of business. Greenberg and top company officials "began planning to form a new subsidiary to sell insurance to corporate customers at sharply higher rates than were common before Sept. crisis management and diplomacy. especially when you are limited by short-duration contracting." she said.1/14/13 prorev.ALTERNET WHO IS L. and vegetables" in four of the military messes the company operates in Iraq. Jeffrey W." At the time. Paul Bremer III sets down in Iraq as the U." "dirty grills.a tenure that coincided with Reagan Administration-sponsored "low intensity" wars in Central America and Africa. according to Malcolm Byrne of the National Security Archive. PAUL BREMER III? WORKING FOR CHANGE . and deliver fuel into a wartime situation.htm 27/28 . recognized that the terrorist attacks. which administers the contract. 11.'s new overseer of reconstruction. "Within days of the twin towers' destruction. ship.. Marsh & McLennan Companies' chairman and chief executive. according to NBC.60 a gallon for fuel available for 71 cents wholesale. . for "inflating gasoline prices at a great cost to American taxpayers. Bremer was on the "periphery" of the Iran/Contra Scandal. A spokeswoman for Halliburton. must work in a "hazardous" and "hostile environment.The Pentagon repeatedly warned contractor Halliburton-KBR that the food it served to US troops in Iraq was "dirty. According to the World Socialist Web Site. Bremer's bread and butter issue is terrorism. The cost of the imported fuel first came to public attention in October when two senior Democrats in Congress criticized Halliburton.
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