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Octafish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-28-05 09:19 PM
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71. How'z'bout a kick to the pants of the YAKUZA
Business partners of the BFEE and Rev. Moon:


From Robert Parry's Consortium News:

Dark Side of Rev. Moon (Cont.): Drug Allies


But Moon's relationships with drug-tainted gangsters and corrupt right-wing politicians go back to the early days of his Unification Church in Asia. Moon's Korea-based church made its first important inroads in Japan in the early 1960s after gaining the support of Ryoichi Sasakawa, a leader of the Japanese yakuza crime syndicate who once hailed Italian dictator Benito Mussolini as "the perfect fascist." In Japan and Korea, the shadowy yakuza ran lucrative drug smuggling, gambling and prostitution rings.

The Sasakawa connection brought Moon both converts and clout because Sasakawa was a behind-the-scenes leader of Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party. On the international scene, Sasakawa helped found the Asian People's Anti-Communist League, which united the heroin-stained leadership of Nationalist China with rightists from Korea, Japan and elsewhere in Asia.

In 1966, the Asian league evolved into the World Anti-Communist League with the inclusion of former Nazis from Europe, overt racialists from the United States and "death squad" operatives from Latin America, along with more traditional conservatives. Moon's followers played important roles in both organizations, which also maintained close ties to the CIA.

South American Drugs

Meanwhile, after World War II, South America was becoming a crossroads for Nazi fugitives and drug smugglers. Nazi war criminal Klaus Barbie, the so-called Butcher of Lyons, earned his living in Bolivia by selling his intelligence skills, while other ex-Nazis trafficked in narcotics. Often the lines crossed.



The Bush Family: A Continuing Criminal Enterprise?

Gary W. Potter, PhD.
Professor, Criminal Justice
Eastern Kentucky University

The S&Ls, the Mob and the Bushs

During the 1980's hundred of Savings and Loan Banks failed. Those bank failures cost U.S. taxpayers over $500 billion to cover federally insured losses, and much more to investigate the bank failures (Pizzo, Fricker, and Muolo, 1989; Brewton, 1992; Johnston, 1990). More than 75% of the Savings and Loan insolvencies where directly linked to serious and often criminal misconduct by senior financial insiders (Pizzo, Fricker and Muolo, 1989: 305). In fact, less than 10 percent of bank failures are related to economic conditions, the rest are caused by mismanagement or criminal conduct (Pizzo, Fricker and Muolo, 1989: 305).

A good example of the Savings and Loan failures can be found in the activities of Mario Renda, a Savings and Loan insider who often worked in close collaboration with organized crime (Pizzo, Fricker and Muolo, 1989: 123-126;302). Renda served as a middle man in arranging about $5 billion a year in deposits into 130 Savings and Loans, all of which failed (Kwitny, 1992: 27). Many of these deposits were made contingent on an agreement that the Savings and Loan involved would lend money to borrowers recommended by Renda, many of whom were organized crime figures or people entirely unknown to the banking institution involved (Kwitny, 1992: 27).


Prescott Bush: The Yakuzas Frontman

Finally, and perhaps most seriously, the Bush family pioneered the practice which has now become commonplace of collaboration between corporate and organized criminals. Prescott Bush, uncle of the current President and brother of the former President, played a key role in helping the Japanese Yakuza extend their financial and real estate holdings to the United States. In 1989, Prescott Bush made arrangements for a front company for Japanese organized crime groups to buy into two U.S. corporations and to make a sizeable real investment in the U.S. (Helm, 1991a: 1; Isikoff, 1992: A1). West Tsusho, a Japanese corporation, was identified by Japanese police officials as a front company for one of that countrys largest organized crime syndicates. Prescott Bush was paid a fee of $500,000 for his help in negotiating West Tsushos purchase of controlling interest in Assets Management, a U.S. corporation (Helm, 1991a: 1; Isikoff, 1992: A1). Bush also assisted the Japanese mob in investing in Quantam Access, a U.S. software company, which was ultimately taken over by the Japanese (Helm, 1991b: 10; Isikoff, 1992: A1). Both companies ultimately went into bankruptcy (Isikoff, 1992: A1; Moses, 1992).

George Bush Sr.: Shutting Down the Organize Crime Strike Forces

Despite assessments from senior law enforcement officers and experts on organized crime that efforts to control organized crime would be crippled, in December 1989, the administration of George Bush, Sr. abolished all 14 regional organized crime strike forces (McAlister, 1989: A 21; Struck out, 1990). The organized crime strike had been created as independent entities so they would not be subject to political influences or bureaucratic wrangling within federal law enforcement. In the two decades of their operation the strike forces had secured convictions of major organized crime figures in several U.S. cities (Struck out, 1990). It is at the very least curious to note that the federal strike force in Miami had been responsible for indicting Miguel Recarey, the man for whom Jeb Bush had intervened with regulators. Organized crime strike forces had similarly indicted Mario Renda, the organized crime liaison to the S& Ls, as well as several other key figures in the Savings and Loan Fiasco (Pizzo, Fricker, and Mulolo, 1989: 112, 120-123, 303, 337).


D'oh! Almost forgot the Mob.

I'm on top of the world, see!
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  -Know your BFEE: Rev. Sun Myung Moon OWNS Poppy Bush. Octafish  Mar-25-05 10:23 PM   #0 
  - Did the GHWB - Moon alliance start after the Washington Times expose.  autorank   Mar-25-05 10:26 PM   #1 
  - From what I see, the FEDs took it easy on Moon after Reagan in '81.  Octafish   Mar-25-05 10:35 PM   #2 
     - Reading the same papers I guess?  seemslikeadream   Mar-25-05 10:45 PM   #4 
     - Rev. Moon Owns Dr. Laura, too.  Octafish   Mar-26-05 11:19 AM   #22 
     - OK, that's interesting. But why would the WashTimes do this?  autorank   Mar-25-05 11:15 PM   #10 
        - Moon owns Bush. The paper makes that as clear as day.  Octafish   Mar-26-05 12:04 AM   #11 
           - Hmmm....autorank is thinking...  autorank   Mar-26-05 12:48 AM   #15 
  - Lookie here George  seemslikeadream   Mar-25-05 10:37 PM   #3 
  - LOL! It's in the fine print..."Moon gave NK Nuke Delivery Systems"  Octafish   Mar-25-05 10:53 PM   #6 
  - And the dominionists own little boots. Perhaps there'll be a turf war  glitch   Mar-25-05 10:48 PM   #5 
  - Wow! I hadn't even thought of that! ROFLMFAOACAIATST.  Octafish   Mar-25-05 11:03 PM   #8 
  - ...  Cleita   Mar-25-05 10:56 PM   #7 
  - Thanks, Cleita! Hey! Didjahearbout Moon, Bush and DRUGS?  Octafish   Mar-25-05 11:12 PM   #9 
     - When I lived in Brasil, I read in the newspaper about federal agents  Swamp Rat   Mar-26-05 12:19 AM   #14 
        - Your gallery might only be surpassed by your library, Swamp Rat.  Octafish   Mar-26-05 10:34 AM   #20 
           - That's IT!  Swamp Rat   Mar-26-05 02:07 PM   #24 
              - William Stamps Farrish III  seemslikeadream   Mar-26-05 02:30 PM   #25 
                 - Poppy's bagman Farish quits top London posting  seemslikeadream   Mar-26-05 02:53 PM   #26 
                 - I think this approaches treason  seemslikeadream   Mar-26-05 03:10 PM   #27 
                 - kick  Swamp Rat   Mar-26-05 04:08 PM   #30 
                 - A traitor by any other name...  Octafish   Mar-27-05 12:23 PM   #60 
                 - Thanks! I was looking for that website for months... I forgot the name.  Swamp Rat   Mar-26-05 03:40 PM   #29 
  - You missed one: Unholy Alliance:  anarchy1999   Mar-26-05 12:09 AM   #12 
  - Reminds me Moon-Brent BOZELL Axis.  Octafish   Mar-26-05 10:31 PM   #48 
  - Moon does not own Bush, they just have a partnership. That's all.  anarchy1999   Mar-26-05 12:12 AM   #13 
  - no, he actually is owned . . . but not just by Moon . . .  OneBlueSky   Mar-26-05 01:52 AM   #16 
  - Where are the "coronation" pix?  Karenina   Mar-26-05 08:36 AM   #17 
  - Heh heh. One of the great all-time moments in Congressional Corruption.  Octafish   Mar-26-05 10:25 AM   #19 
  - Stunning, eh?  Karenina   Mar-26-05 01:35 PM   #23 
  - check out this link  Radio-Active   Mar-26-05 07:13 PM   #33 
  - Don't forget Amway, and the Saudi Royal Family.  jazzjunkysue   Mar-26-05 10:11 PM   #44 
  - Drugs Inc. for one. Killing Liberals, another.  Octafish   Mar-26-05 10:15 AM   #18 
     - Don't forget Capitalism's Invisible Army...  Octafish   Mar-26-05 10:41 AM   #21 
  - My assessment is that they are longtime partners. They have a symbiotic  blm   Mar-26-05 03:18 PM   #28 
  - Barfs called it "Brave New World Order or something."  Octafish   Mar-27-05 11:07 AM   #59 
  - I luv it, those Fundies and other brainwashed sheep are now finding out  opihimoimoi   Mar-26-05 04:16 PM   #31 
  - Fundies are going to be furious when they find out...  Octafish   Mar-26-05 09:27 PM   #41 
  - The Moonies threw a surprise party for Jerry Falwell..  Radio-Active   Mar-26-05 07:12 PM   #32 
  - LMAO! They look like such nice criminals, too!  Octafish   Mar-26-05 09:33 PM   #42 
  - List of Moonie Front Organizations  barbaraann   Mar-26-05 07:27 PM   #34 
  - Wow! That's some list of "not-for-profit" 'n' "faith-based" organizations!  Octafish   Mar-26-05 09:56 PM   #43 
     - You're welcome.  barbaraann   Mar-27-05 01:07 AM   #56 
  - "The Life and Moonie Times of George HW Bush"  Minstrel Boy   Mar-26-05 07:51 PM   #35 
  - MB's Rigorous Intuition -- Yours is the top blog in blogdom.  Octafish   Mar-26-05 10:12 PM   #45 
  - "Heavenly Deception"  Minstrel Boy   Mar-26-05 07:57 PM   #36 
  - Hey where have you been?  seemslikeadream   Mar-26-05 08:07 PM   #38 
  - whoops, sorry Mr Saviour - wrong room.  Minstrel Boy   Mar-26-05 08:12 PM   #39 
     - That party is over here MB, Octafish been puttin' down  seemslikeadream   Mar-26-05 08:31 PM   #40 
        - Designated Driver.  Octafish   Mar-26-05 11:05 PM   #52 
           - Woke up this morning with light in my eyes  seemslikeadream   Mar-28-05 09:22 AM   #65 
  - A "Screen Theology" is Right.  Octafish   Mar-26-05 10:51 PM   #51 
  - "Full Moon"  Minstrel Boy   Mar-26-05 08:02 PM   #37 
  - Moon's twisted, all right. Here's Watts, the antidote.  Octafish   Mar-26-05 10:44 PM   #50 
  - Holy shit  psychopomp   Mar-27-05 09:43 PM   #64 
  - Why isn't Dean screaming this from the rooftops?  jazzjunkysue   Mar-26-05 10:16 PM   #46 
  - The Doctor's the perfect guy to do it, too.  Octafish   Mar-26-05 11:24 PM   #53 
  - In a Word  chlamor   Mar-26-05 10:31 PM   #47 
  - Art reflects the sold, er, soul of the community.  Octafish   Mar-26-05 11:34 PM   #54 
     - Kick  chlamor   Mar-27-05 08:22 PM   #63 
  - We've got flow charts on the BFEE but no one does a fucking thing.  bobthedrummer   Mar-26-05 10:32 PM   #49 
  - Bush Transnational Criminal Enterprise  Octafish   Mar-26-05 11:49 PM   #55 
  - Another site investigating connections between Moon and Bush cartel  Nothing Without Hope   Mar-27-05 02:15 AM   #57 
  - Kick!  Karenina   Mar-27-05 05:48 AM   #58 
  - Cults, Anti-Cultists, and the Cult of Intelligence  Octafish   Mar-28-05 03:26 PM   #66 
  - Damn, I couldn't nominate this post............  Old and In the Way   Mar-27-05 01:25 PM   #61 
  - A Missive for the Ages: Ralph Reed's Other Cheek .  Octafish   Mar-27-05 02:33 PM   #62 
  - Q: How do you get to Carnegie Hall?  Karenina   Mar-28-05 04:39 PM   #67 
  - BFEE BFEE BFEE  Octafish   Mar-28-05 09:00 PM   #70 
  - Kick  Swamp Rat   Mar-28-05 05:09 PM   #68 
  - How'z'bout a kick to the pants of the YAKUZA  Octafish   Mar-28-05 09:19 PM   #71 
     - Ehhhn! I'm da boss, see!  Swamp Rat   Mar-28-05 09:52 PM   #73 
        - Yakuza Doodle Dandy  Octafish   Mar-28-05 10:25 PM   #74 
  - Must boot thread...  RBHam   Mar-28-05 06:01 PM   #69 
  - Prescott Jr and the YAKUZA  Octafish   Mar-28-05 09:27 PM   #72 
     - There's a REASON we call them the Bush Crime Family...  RBHam   Mar-28-05 11:58 PM   #75 
        - In hiding with James Bath...  Karenina   Mar-29-05 05:30 AM   #76 
        - En Paraguay? Hope he has lots of TV there.  Octafish   Mar-29-05 11:39 AM   #79 
        - Here's why people don't know: Bill Gertz, Super-reporter & Moonie  Octafish   Mar-29-05 11:35 AM   #78 
  - kick  sadiesworld   Mar-29-05 07:19 AM   #77 

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