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Larger CIA and DoD Privatization Scandal Emerging from Walter Reed Story and US Attorney Firing
Top GOP Figures Profited from Privatization of VA Hospital, CIA Contracting

A large global hedge fund, Cerberus Capital Management (dba, Cerberus-Gabriel), is at the center of an emerging Pentagon and CIA contracting scandal that has the attention of three Congressional Committees.

This scandal involves the mismanagement of VA hospital facilities privatized during the Bush-Cheney Administration, as well as intelligence abuses by private CIA contractors with financial ties to major GOP leaders and institutions..

In each case, the companies under investigation have links to prominent GOP figures, including Vice President Dick Cheney, former Vice President Dan Quayle, former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, and several Republican Congressmen indicted for corruption involving kickbacks from defense contractors. The Republican Congressional Campaign Commitee (RCC) has also received substantial contributions from conservative fund managers running Cerberus, a virually unregulated $30 billion hedge fund, which owns the second largest bank in Israel.

The Cerberus scandal involves its holding, International American Products (IAP) Worldwide Services, awarded a $120 million contract to manage facilities at Walter Reed, is only the latest in a long line. IAPs President, Alfred V. Neffgen, was formerly Chief Operating Officer for KBR's government operations group, which was forced to repay tens of millions of dollars to the Defense Department for food and fuel overcharges in Iraq. IAP has other contracting connections with Dick Cheneys Halliburton/KBR. Most recently, IAP bid on part of the Iraq oil reconstruction project as a partner with Halliburton KBR. The Army Times reports about Halliburton tie-in: http://www.armytimes.com/news/2007/03/Weightmansubpoena /

Walter Reed also awarded a five-year, $120-million contract to IAP Worldwide Services, which is run by Al Neffgen, a former senior Halliburton official.

They also found that more than 300 federal employees providing facilities management services at Walter Reed had drooped to fewer than 60 by Feb. 3, 2007, the day before IAP took over facilities management. IAP replaced the remaining 60 employees with only 50 private workers.

The conditions that have been described at Walter Reed are disgraceful, the letter states. Part of our mission on the Oversight Committee is to investigate what led to the breakdown in services. It would be reprehensible if the deplorable conditions were caused or aggravated by an ideological commitment to privatize government services regardless of the costs to taxpayers and the consequences for wounded soldiers.

The letter said the Defense Department systemically tried to replace federal workers at Walter Reed with private companies for facilities management, patient care and guard duty a process that began in 2000.


IAP Connected With Halliburton

Cerberus owns, or had a major interest in, a string of now-bankrupt companies that had contracts with U.S. defense and intelligence agencies that were found to have a common pattern of large-scale fraud, security problems, and financial scandals involving GOP lawmakers and lobbyists.

IAP also has a corporate tie-in with Halliburton-KBR on multi-billion dollar Iraq contracts. Halliburton is a major defense contractor once headed by Vice President Cheney, that has had its own history of problems with fraud and overcharges related to its management of sole-source projects in Iraq, particularly the multi-billion dollar LOGCAP contract to repair and maintain Iraqs oil fields and pipelines. Just months before the invasion, DoD designated Halliburton/KBR as the sole potential bidder for potential large-scale pipeline repair contracts. Four years after the initial invasion and occupation of those fields, Iraq is still not producing at its prewar levels, a threshold that would require termination of the LOGCAP contract.

IAP Worldwide Services President Dave Swindle, as Democratic Underground (DU) contributor CorpGovtActivist points out, is a former Halliburton/KBR employee. http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

Just before the mid-term elections, bids were due for LOGCAP IV, with multiple awards anticipated (see the synopsis): http://www.fbo.gov/servlet/Solicitation/R/USA/USAMC/DAA ...

On October 16, 2006, IAP Worldwide Services issued this press release: "IAP Worldwide Services, Inc. Team Submits Bid For LOGCAP IV Contract," which included this quote from former Halliburton/KBR executive Dave Swindle:

The LOGCAP IV contract is a major challenge, said Dave Swindle, IAP President. Supporting the warfighter and the Army is a responsibility that allows no compromise. IAP and its team members understand the magnitude of this program and the issues associated with its complexity. We place a high priority on using our proven Business Operating System (BOS) to provide effective oversight and tracking to responsibly meet the customers needs from Day One. Through BOS we will act as one team through a management and business system that is completely transparent to the customer.

http://www.iapws.com/Newsroom/Newsroom_details.aspx?id= ...

I worked for Dave Swindle at Halliburton/KBR's offices in Arlington, Virginia. As I said in posts here this past fall, "if there's a Swindle involved, there's a swindle involved."

http://www.google.com/search?as_q=swindle+corpgovactivi ...

Today's hearing at Walter Reed focused on IAP's shoddy work as the privatized contractor there: http://oversight.house.gov/story.asp?ID=1195 (see, in particular, the letter to General Weightman about IAP)

On February 16, 2007, the US Army Sustainment Command published the first Award Notice for LOGCAP IV: http://www.fbo.gov/spg/USA/USAMC/DAAA09/Awards/W52P1J-0 ...


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Cerberus a Major Stockholder in Bankrupt MCI, which had mismanaged an $8.8 DoD Project to Create Secure telecom systems for the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps


By Matt Kelley
USA TODAY The fundraiser, which took place July 7, 2003, and the subsequent vote illustrate the kind of relationship between congressman and contributor that's under increased scrutiny in the nation's capital.

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Both Lewis and the investment company, Cerberus Capital Management, benefited from the relationship. Eighteen months after the fundraiser and the House vote, Lewis won the chairmanship of the Appropriations Committee. He acknowledges that the fundraising efforts of Cerberus played a very significant role in winning the post. The ties between Cerberus and Lewis, a 14-term congressman from Redlands, Calif., have not been publicly examined before.

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Created in 1992, Cerberus is a hedge fund, a type of private investment group that's not regulated by the Securities and Exchange Commission. ...

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In 2003, Cerberus owned more than $140 million in stock and bonds of the bankrupt telecommunications giant WorldCom, financial records show. Its stake in the company, which had filed for bankruptcy protection the previous year, was large enough that a Cerberus executive joined the board of directors of MCI, the company's post-bankruptcy name. ... MCI has been a major subcontractor since 2000 on an $8.8 billion project to build a secure computer network for the Navy and Marines. ...The committee report noted the program's cost overruns, schedule delays and management foul-ups in its report accompanying the 2003 defense spending bill, also sponsored by Lewis. That report called for more and better testing of the program before more computers were added to the network.

Lewis himself had criticized the Navy-Marine computer project in October 2002, telling The Washington Post he was not satisfied with its progress. He also said he was concerned about MCI's involvement. When you have a big piece of the pie in trouble, it just gums up a process that already has great difficulty, he said. ... Other members of Congress were pushing the federal government to ban MCI from any future contracts because of the $11 billion accounting scandal, which eventually landed former WorldCom CEO Bernie Ebbers a 25-year prison term. MCI now has about $2 billion in annual revenue from government contracts, and the Navy project remains one of its biggest.

On May 16, 2003, the House Armed Services Committee voted to cut 10% of the Navy project's $1.6 billion budget for the upcoming year. Federal lobbying records show that two months earlier, Cerberus hired its first lobbyist, the powerhouse firm Patton Boggs. ... The firm's lobbyists for Cerberus included Laurence Harris, a former FCC staffer who would join MCI's board of directors that August; retired Marine colonel John Garrett; and Marcus Dunn, a former aide to two members of the House Armed Services Committee. ...Cerberus paid Patton Boggs $1.1 million for lobbying from 2003 to the middle of 2005, the last date that records are available. Separately, Cerberus hired former senator Jake Garn, a Utah Republican, as a lobbyist for $410,000 over the same period, lobbying records show.

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http://cache.zoominfo.com/cachedpage/?archive_id=0&page ...

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Cerberis donated $100,000 at a single fundraiser to Rep. Jerry Lewis, fmr. Chair of the House Appropriations Comm., who served as intermediary to distribute money to fellow GOP lawmakers favored by Cerberus

http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2006-01-19-cerb...

Lewis' Future Leaders PAC gave $407,000 to 69 House candidates in the 2004 election. The Cerberus-related money was equal to nearly a third of that amount. In 2003, the PAC collected $522,725 a quarter of it connected to Cerberus.
Boustany's 2004 campaign got $15,000 in contributions from Lewis' Future Leaders PAC in three separate $5,000 contributions, according to Federal Election Commission records. Lewis also kicked in another $2,000 from his own campaign in two separate contributions to Boustany's 2004 campaign. Boustany picked up another $5,000 from Future Leaders PAC in the current election cycle.

But, Boustany also benefited from the Lewis/Cerberus relationship in another way:
Lewis also got Cerberus to help with his fundraising for the National Republican Congressional Committee, the arm of the GOP that gives money to House candidates. Lewis said he invited Cerberus executives to an April 2004 NRCC fundraiser he chaired that included a speech by President Bush.

The NRCC got $70,000 in Cerberus-related donations during the first two weeks of April 2004, including $25,000 from Cerberus founder Stephen Feinberg, records show. "I had been doing this for over a dozen years, helping to raise money for our members," Lewis said. "Others (candidates for Appropriations chairman) began to be helpful with fundraising, but that had been a recent and newfound interest of theirs."

Federal Election Commission records show that the National Republican Congressional Committee spent $72,620 in coordinated spending on Boustany's 2004 campaign and another $96,593 on independent expenditures on behalf of Boustany's campaign. Now, of course, the national parties raised millions of dollars for congressional races, so Boustany's share of that Cerberus/Lewis effort might well have been small through this particular channel. In any event, it was no where near as large as Cerberus's impact on Future Leaders PAC dollars.
Wilkes employed a lobbyist named Bill Lowery who is unusually close with House Appropriations Committee Chairman Rep. Jerry Lewis. Copley News Service conducted a three month investigation of their relationship:
From powerful positions on the House Appropriations Committee, California Rep. Jerry Lewis has greenlighted hundreds of millions of dollars in federal projects for clients of one of his closest friends, lobbyist and former state Congressman Bill Lowery.
Meanwhile, Lowery, the partners at his firm and their clients have donated 37 percent of the $1.3 million that Lewis political action committee received in the past six yearsThe Lewis-Lowery relationship, however, is remarkable for the closeness and mutual dependenceTheyve even exchanged two key staff members, making their offices so intermingled that they seem to be extensions of each other.


Serberus founder Stephen Feinberg is reported to have made particularly substantial donor to Republican organizations, with a 2004 contribution of $25,000 to the RCCC. Feinberg also contributed $2000 to the Senate campaign that year of Connecticut Senator Joseph Liberman. http://209.85.165.104/search?q=cache:mH1tG596Ln8J:www.f...

http://thehill.com/thehill/export/TheHill/News/Frontpag...

In a plea agreement with prosecutors, Cunningham named four people who had conspired with him to commit the crimes. Although the plea agreement does not refer to the co-conspirators by name, they are widely believed to be Mitchell Wade, the former president of defense intelligence firm MZM Inc., Brent Wilkes, president of defense contractor ADCS Inc., Tom Kontogiannis, a New York real-estate developer, and an unnamed family member of Kontogiannis.

Wade and Wilkes gave heavily to congressional Republicans in recent years, and now lawmakers must decide whether to keep the campaign largesse.

Wade, Wilkes, Kontogiannis and others remain under investigation, according to a statement made by the lead federal prosecutor in the case, U.S. Attorney Carol Lam.
Congressional ethics experts predict that one or more of the co-conspirators would be charged, especially because Cunningham has agreed to continue to cooperate with the investigation.

Given that they were both described as co-conspirators in the plea agreement and that the agreement calls for former Rep. Cunningham to cooperate in the investigation, its very likely that both Mitchell Wade and Brent Wilkes will be indicted, said Brett Kappel, an ethics lawyer at Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP.

Sen. Jim Talent (R-Mo.) has returned money from lobbyist Jack Abramoff, the center of another congressional ethics scandal, while Republican Reps. Jeb Bradley (N.H.), Kenny Hulshof (Mo.), Heather Wilson (N.M.) and Steve LaTourette (Ohio) gave back contributions from DeLay after he was indicted in September.
Republican Reps. Tom DeLay (Texas), John Doolittle (Calif.) and Jerry Lewis (Calif.) all received at least $30,000 in donations either through their campaign committee or their leadership PACs from Wade, Wilkes, their family members and their companies PACs over the past four years. These totals do not include individual contributions from employees of these firms. Early this year, Lewis became the chairman of the powerful House Appropriations Committee. Before that, he headed the defense appropriations subcommittee. Because of these high-profile roles, Lewis often receives more donations than most House members. Doolittle also sits on the Appropriations Committee.

But Cunningham, who was simply a member of the defense appropriations subcommittee, received the most at least $66,000 during the same period.
Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.), chairman of the Armed Services Committee, received just over $28,000, as did Rep. Virgil Goode (R-Va.). Rep. Jerry Weller (R-Ill.) was the recipient of $20,000.

Wilkes is a prominent Bush fundraiser, earning a designation as a Bush pioneer in 2004 for raising more than $100,000. If Wilkes is indicted, he will be the third Bush pioneer, after Abramoff and Ohio fundraiser Tom Noe, to be indicted this year.

Wade resigned from MZM earlier this year. The company was sold to a private equity firm in August.


Senate Judiciary Committee Goes Into Closed Hearings to Discuss Firing of U.S. Attorney Who Prosecuted CIA Contractor Case

On Tuesday, Judiciary Committee member Arlen Specter revealed publicly that the committee he used to Chair would be going behind closed doors to discuss still-classified details about the retaliatory firing of U.S. Attorney Caroline Lam, who had aggressively prosecuted the MZM Wade-Cunningham contracting case. (Source C-Span Radio, 03/05/2007, @ 7:20 pm).

According to Specter, the Senate Judiciary Committee went into closed session to talk about an ongoing TOP SECRET investigation that stems from the Cunningham case. Three Hill Committees reached an agreement with the Department of Justice to receive files compiled by the U.S. Attorneys office in San Diego, and are just beginning to hold public hearings into the unlawful dismissal of Lam. (See, generally, http://thehill.com/leading-the-news/emanuel-tangles-wit ... ; http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/metro/20070112-9999 -... ; http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0605/S00125.htm

These closed hearings are most likely related to contracts that MZM had with CIA, including one that led to the falsification of data about aluminum tubes shipped to Iraq that allegedly were going to be used to reconstitute Saddam's nuclear program. That's right, those aluminum tubes, the one's that were falsely used by White House and Vice President to justify the invasion of Iraq.

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On background, it should be noted that Laura Rozen's WAR&PIECE column of December 11, 2005, "Wade, Wilkes and Bad Intelligence?" identified Mitchell Wade's MZM defense contracting firm as a culprit in faulty intelligence generation that led to the Iraq invasion. See, http://www.warandpiece.com/blogdirs/003244.html
A source cited by Rozen identified MZM as the private contractor cited for support of an errant CIA Iraq WMD assessment used to justify the Bush Administration's argument for war. An MZM analysis erroneously concluded that aluminum tubes ordered by Saddam Hussein were intended for use in a clandestine nuclear fuel enrichment program that didn't exist. Rosen came up with the extraordinary finding that consultants working for MZM and other intelligence contractors staffed the Robb-Silberman Commission that investigated the faulty Iraq WMD findings.

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During testimony in the Scooter Libby trial, we learned that Valerie Plame was involved in the aluminum tube issue within the CIAs Counter-Proliferation Division (CPD), where she worked before being outed by Libby and others in the White House and Vice Presidents office.


Dan Quayle is chair of new Leumi owner Cerberus-Gabriel

www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/pages/ShArt.jhtml?itemNo=645...
Dan Quayle is chair of new Leumi owner Cerberus-Gabriel
Haaretz 11/16/2005

Cerberus is chaired by former U.S. vice president Dan Quayle. The Cerberus-Gabriel group was led by Gabriel president J. Ezra Merkin, assisted by CPA Avi Berger, the general manager of the Kesselman & Kesselman accounting firm, and attorney Yaakov Neeman. Stephen Feinberg, 45, a Jew from New York and the wunderkind of the hedge funds world who, within 20 years, turned a $10 million fund into a holding company whose companies have combined sales of $30 billion a year, is the founder and manager of Cerberus Global Investment.

www.globes.co.il/serveen/globes/DocView.asp?did=1000029...

Experts: Ultimate owners of Leumi unclear
Globes 11/16/2005
Banking sources: US investor disclosure regulations will cause Cerberus-Gabriel problems. Ministry of Finance officials have declared a great victory in the Bank Leumi (TASE: LUMI) tender, but banking specialists are not so enthusiastic. They say that the victory wasnt so great: the buyers (Cerberus Capital Management LP and Gabriel Capital Management) are too anonymous, their business isnt transparent enough, and, most of all, the saga is far from overthese owners have specific problems in connection with operating a bank in the US, and they are looking for indirect ways to operate there, perhaps without a banking license.


(Can't get that top link to work yet -- Globe link requires registration and installation of their software. Found these links from: http://72.14.253.104/search?q=cache:0b_1KEnb01UJ:www.wi ... )



DONALD RUMSFELD - CERBERUS INVESTOR

During the tenure of former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, the Pentagon awarded a large contract to the company at the center of the Walter Reed Army Hospital scandal. Rumsfeld may have financially benefited from it along with other major GOP figures, including former Vice President Dan Quaile, and former Treasury Secretary Snow, who also invested in or are employed by, or received campaign contributions from the same Wall Street hedge fund that owns the company.

In his last financial disclosure before becoming Defense Secretary, Rumsfeld revealed that he held shares in Cerberus, a large NY Hedge Fund that acquired International American Products, Inc. Worldwide Services. http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/05_40/b395...


Former Treasury Secretary John W. Snow is chairman of the New York hedge fund that owns IAP

DU Contributor, Emit, also played a significant role in researching and compiling this information about Cerberus-IAP. Some of his research is found at this DU subthread - http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

Emit writes:

Recall John Snow http://www.buzzflash.com/analysis/06/02/ana06011.html from the Dubai Ports World deal?

I didn't notice Snow's name in the "Leadership" or "Board" links at IAP's website, but this is an interesting explanation:

Mr. Snow's Cerberus Capital Management LP owns Cape Canaveral, Fla.-based IAP, which is led by former executives from Halliburton's engineering, services and construction subsidiary KBR (formerly Kellogg, Brown & Root). KBR is currently the Army's sole contractor for providing food and shelter to the military in Iraq and Afghanistan. But the Army now wants multiple contractors for these services and KBR is bidding again. Some defense analysts are predicting both KBR and IAP, which is run by former KBR executives, will each win one of the 10-year deals that start in 2007.


http://www.politicalfriendster.com/rateConnection.php?i ...

More:
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Cerberus has been shopping up a storm for a year now, seemingly coming out of nowhere to build a corporate empire. With more than $16 billion of investors' assets on its books -- almost double what it had in 2003 -- it has bought 28 companies and snapped up stakes of at least 15% in an additional 15 over the past decade. According to BusinessWeek estimates, Cerberus controls companies that ring up at least a combined $30 billion in annual sales, more than McDonald's, 3M (AXP ), Coca-Cola (KO ), or Cisco Systems (CSCO ). With more than 106,000 employees, Cerberus companies have a bigger payroll than Exxon Mobil Corp. (XOM ). Its trophies include 226 Burger King restaurants, the National and Alamo car-rental chains, building-products maker Formica Corp., and the old Warner Hollywood Studios, where blockbusters such as Basic Instinct were made. Its companies connect BlackBerrys, provide medical therapy, and set up military-base camps in Iraq.

PICKUP TRUCKS AND BUD
The mind-boggling rise of Cerberus -- from a fringe vulture fund started with a grubstake of about $10 million in 1992 to a Wall Street powerhouse -- has been driven by its enigmatic boss, Stephen A. Feinberg, 45. Like other hedge-fund managers and buyout kings, Feinberg has a penchant for secrecy, although his is more developed than most. While co-founder William L. Richter deals with investors, and lieutenants such as former Vice-President Dan Quayle jet around the globe to seal deals, the mustached Feinberg keeps very much to himself in a nondescript office on the 22nd floor of a high-rise on Manhattan's Park Avenue.
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http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/05_40/b395 ...


Created in 1992, Cerberus is a hedge fund, a type of private investment group that's not regulated by the Securities and Exchange Commission. It's named after the mythical, three-headed dog guarding the gates of Hades.

Often called a "vulture fund," Cerberus invests mainly in companies in or on the verge of bankruptcy, buying those firms' bonds in the hopes of converting them into cash or stock in a revived company. In 2000, the company hired former vice president Dan Quayle as a top executive.

In 2003, Cerberus owned more than $140 million in stock and bonds of the bankrupt telecommunications giant WorldCom, financial records show. Its stake in the company, which had filed for bankruptcy protection the previous year, was large enough that a Cerberus executive joined the board of directors of MCI, the company's post-bankruptcy name.
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http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2006-01-19-cerb ...

Small firm targets Halliburton contracts
November 4, 2006


ASSOCIATED PRESS
A small defense contractor now controlled by former Bush Treasury Secretary John W. Snow is taking on Halliburton Co. by bidding for one of three Army contracts worth up to $50 billion each to provide food and shelter to U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Within days of Mr. Snow becoming chairman of the New York hedge fund that owns IAP Worldwide Services Inc., the company submitted its bid for huge Army contracts that will be awarded by year-end.
Mr. Snow's Cerberus Capital Management LP owns Cape Canaveral, Fla.-based IAP, which is led by former executives from Halliburton's engineering, services and construction subsidiary KBR (formerly Kellogg, Brown & Root).
KBR is currently the Army's sole contractor for providing food and shelter to the military in Iraq and Afghanistan. But the Army now wants multiple contractors for these services and KBR is bidding again. Some defense analysts are predicting both KBR and IAP, which is run by former KBR executives, will each win one of the 10-year deals that start in 2007.
IAP Chief Executive Officer Al Neffgen, who joined the company in December 2004, served as KBR's chief operating officer of government and infrastructure for the Americas, while President Dave Swindle was vice president of KBR's business acquisition and national security programs before joining IAP in April 2005. Chuck Dominy, a retired Army lieutenant general, joined IAP in July 2005 after serving for years as Halliburton's chief lobbyist in Washington.
IAP was founded in 1990 by a former Army logistician as the United States was preparing for "Operation Desert Storm," and now has 5,500 employees. Cerberus became majority owner in May 2004. ~snip~
http://www.kuwaittimes.net/Navariednews.asp?dismode=art ...



2005 - CERBERUS PURCHASES SECOND-LARGEST BANK IN ISRAEL, COMPLETING THE PRIVATIZATION OF THE ISRAELI BANKING SYSTEM

Cerberus group, which in 2005, acquired the second largest Israeli bank, Leumi Bank, completing a process of privatization of the Israeli financial sector pushed by the Right-wing Likud Party and its successor under the present Prime Minister, Ehud Olmert.

Cerberus holding Leumi Bank privatized Israeli banks - IAP privatized VA hospitals

Strange symmetry to this, isn't there? Perhaps, no coincidence to any of it. Here's why. You have to read a seminal neocon document written in 1997 for then-Israeli PM Netanyahu by the guys who went on to run the Office of Special Plans (OSP), Feith, Wurmser, and Perle. That paper, "A CLEAN BREAK: A New Strategy for Securing the Realm" -- http://www.iasps.org/strat1.htm -- lays out a battle plan for conquering the Mid-East, starting with Iraq and Lebanon as means to undermine and discourage Syria, and then, finally, a forced reorientation of the regions enormous Shia population away from Iran and the elevation of the Heshemite Kingdom of Moroccos King Hussein. The point of all this isn't just military conquest, and the elimination of regional threats, it's actually to set the preconditions for a PRIVATIZED Israeli economy, and the "clean break" is with Israeli's social-democratic past. It is also meant to map out a profound shift in Israels relationship with the United States, away from a traditional client state that submits to Washington, with the elevation of Israel into a new regional Superpower. The Clean Break is a daringly blunt statement of those commercial, ideological and strategic ambitions:

Israel has a large problem. Labor Zionism, which for 70 years has dominated the Zionist movement, has generated a stalled and shackled economy. Efforts to salvage Israels socialist institutionswhich include pursuing supranational over national sovereignty and pursuing a peace process that embraces the slogan, "New Middle East"undermine the legitimacy of the nation and lead Israel into strategic paralysis and the previous governments "peace process." That peace process obscured the evidence of eroding national critical mass including a palpable sense of national exhaustionand forfeited strategic initiative.
SNIP
Syria challenges Israel on Lebanese soil. An effective approach, and one with which American can sympathize, would be if Israel seized the strategic initiative along its northern borders by engaging Hizballah, Syria, and Iran, as the principal agents of aggression in Lebanon, including by:
SNIP
 striking Syrian military targets in Lebanon, and should that prove insufficient, striking at select targets in Syria proper.
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Israel can shape its strategic environment, in cooperation with Turkey and Jordan, by weakening, containing, and even rolling back Syria. This effort can focus on removing Saddam Hussein from power in Iraq an important Israeli strategic objective in its own right . . . Since Iraq's future could affect the strategic balance in the Middle East profoundly, it would be understandable that Israel has an interest in supporting the Hashemites in their efforts to redefine Iraq.
SNIP
King Hussein may have ideas for Israel in bringing its Lebanon problem under control. The predominantly Shia population of southern Lebanon has been tied for centuries to the Shia leadership in Najf, Iraq rather than Iran. Were the Hashemites to control Iraq, they could use their influence over Najf to help Israel wean the south Lebanese Shia away from Hizballah, Iran, and Syria. Shia retain strong ties to the Hashemites: the Shia venerate foremost the Prophets family, the direct descendants of which and in whose veins the blood of the Prophet flows is King Hussein.
SNIP
Forging A New U.S.-Israeli Relationship
In recent years, Israel invited active U.S. intervention in Israels domestic and foreign policy for two reasons: to overcome domestic opposition to "land for peace" concessions the Israeli public could not digest, and to lure Arabs through money, forgiveness of past sins, and access to U.S. weapons to negotiate. This strategy, which required funneling American money to repressive and aggressive regimes, was risky, expensive, and very costly for both the U.S. and Israel, and placed the United States in roles is should neither have nor want.
Israel can make a clean break from the past and establish a new vision for the U.S.-Israeli partnership based on self-reliance, maturity and mutuality not one focused narrowly on territorial disputes. Israels new strategy based on a shared philosophy of peace through strength reflects continuity with Western values by stressing that Israel is self-reliant, does not need U.S. troops in any capacity to defend it, including on the Golan Heights, and can manage its own affairs. Such self-reliance will grant Israel greater freedom of action and remove a significant lever of pressure used against it in the past.

To reinforce this point, the Prime Minister can use his forthcoming visit to announce that Israel is now mature enough to cut itself free immediately from at least U.S. economic aid and loan guarantees at least, which prevent economic reform. . As outlined in another Institute report, Israel can become self-reliant only by, in a bold stroke rather than in increments, liberalizing its economy, cutting taxes, relegislating a free-processing zone, and selling-off public lands and enterprises moves which will electrify and find support from a broad bipartisan spectrum of key pro-Israeli Congressional leaders, including Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich.
SNIP
Israels new agenda can signal a clean break by abandoning a policy which assumed exhaustion and allowed strategic retreat by reestablishing the principle of preemption
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Israels new strategic agenda can shape the regional environment in ways that grant Israel the room to refocus its energies back to where they are most needed: to rejuvenate its national idea, which can only come through replacing Israels socialist foundations with a more sound footing; and to overcome its "exhaustion," which threatens the survival of the nation.
Ultimately, Israel can do more than simply manage the Arab-Israeli conflict though war.
SNIP


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The rush to privatize many of the functions of the Pentagon, including the VA system, is really the same strategy as that advocated by Feith, Perle and Wurmser in their strategic vision for Israel in 1997. Seize upon the opportunities created by a series of wars in the Mid-East that expand the military, and then privatize that economic engine. That is at heart a fascist vision. That, in short, is what has been going on in the United States during the Bush-Cheney era. It's military Keynesianism turned into a killing and maiming machine for profit.
So, this is the Israeli state they ended up with, led by Kadimas Ehud Olmert, a Tool of Oligarchs, with Cerberus-Gabriel at the head of the table.

Forbes Reinforces Claim That Kadima is Tool of Oligarchs

by Ezra HaLevi

(IsraelNN.com)
According to the report, the business groups are controlled by the following families: Sami Ofer, Nochi Dankner, Shari Arison, the Cerberus-Gabriel consortium, Charles Bronfman, Yitzchak Tshuva, the Saban group, Lev Leviev, Matthew Bronfman, Tzadik Bino, the Borovich family, and Eliezer Fishman. The 12 families own 60 percent of the aggregate market value of all Israeli public companies (excluding the even larger Teva Pharmaceutical Industries), Forbes reported.

The report goes on to say that the families have constructed their empires, which consist of Israel's largest companies, using organizational structures that have long ago been done away with in the Western world.

The report explains that the groups have an inordinate amount of control over Israel's economy, political leaders and media due to the structuring of their holdings as pyramids meaning several layers of companies each own others beneath them but are all beholden to the leading families. Such a phenomenon was eliminated in the US in the early 20th century through restrictions on ownership and the double taxation of dividends a company paid its owner company.

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http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/101391


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In that light, consider the article about the conflict surrounding the Serberus-Leumi group privatizing the Israeli banking system. Bear in mind that Israels banks, including Leumi, had been bailed out by the government in the disastrous year of 1983, after Ariel Sharon led the IDF into an ill-fated and incompetently led invasion of Lebanon. An optional war that resulted in the massive withdrawal of international capital, and a steep recession in Israels reputation and fortunes:

http://209.85.165.104/search?q=cache:RhAPCyu8hiMJ:www.h ...
Leumi on the way to going global

By Nehemia Shtrasler

A historic decision will be made next week. The Bank of Israel will announce whether it approves the sale of Bank Leumi to the Cerberus-Gabriel consortium. This would mark the end of the long process of privatizing Israel's banking system.

As early as November 2005 a tender was issued for the bank's sale, and it was won by Cerberus-Gabriel. The consortium offered to pay NIS 4.62 billion for a controlling stake of 20 percent in the bank - a very high price indeed. But the consortium failed to close the deal because the Bank of Israel did not approve its becoming a controlling partner.

Advertisement

The decision will now be made by the Bank of Israel Governor, Professor Stanley Fischer, who has said in internal meetings that this is one of the most difficult decisions he has been asked to make. At those same meetings, Rony Hizkiyahu, the new Supervisor of Banks, said that he wished the problem with the New York branch of Bank Leumi were resolved because then there would be no obstacle to selling the bank to the consortium. Indeed, this is the only problem that is keeping Cerberus-Gabriel from Bank Leumi, the subsidiary in New York.

According to American law, the Cerberus-Gabriel consortium will not be able to hold the bank in New York because it is invested in non-financial sectors. According to American rules, it is not permitted to have industrial and real estate holdings and also a bank - out of concern for possible conflict of interest.

During those same internal meetings at the Bank of Israel a number of proposals were put forth for a solution to the problem. For example, to sell Leumi New York, and in its place set up a financial entity that could offer business loans but not be able to accept deposits or offer retail banking services. The problem is that such a financial firm will not operate under the supervision of the Federal Reserve (because it is not a bank). As for Israeli supervision, it will not be easy to keep an eye on a company that is situated so far away.

SNIP



Indeed, the deal went through and the regulatory obstacles removed to the privatiziation that is pushed by Prime Minister Olmert, one of the leading proponents of the scheme, as this article makes clear:


http://www.fundstreet.org/2005/12/cerberusgabriel.html
December 13, 2005
Cerberus-Gabriel hedge fund buys stake in Leumi Bank
Israel is on its way to privatization. The banking sector is amongst the first ones to take a step in this direction. Bank Leumi was in the market recently and attracted bids from several players. Bidder names include strategic investors like Lev Leviev, IDB and Bill Davidson and also financial contenders like UBS, Deutsche Bank and Citibank. However the winner was an American Hedge fund, Cerberus-Gabriel.

Cerberus-Gabriel has purchased 9.9% of the shares of the bank. The purchase of this stake was for approximately $500 million. The fund also has the option of buying an additional 10.01% in the bank. This will bring the total shares quantum to 20% and is roughly valued at $1 billion. This option of additional purchase has to be utilized with in the next one and a half years.

Ehud Olmert, Finance Minister of Israel, is reportedly quite satisfied with the outcome. He feels that this is a positive development and will help the over all Israeli economy. He is amongst the top promoters of privatization move. In his statement he also mentioned that the purchase will ensure healthy competition between the banks and will definitely contribute a lot to the local market.

Another person quite happy with the development is Yaron Zelekha, the treasury's accountant-general, who led the tender. He sees it as fulfillment of the promise made to the people of Israel about privatization of the entire banking system in 2005.


CONCLUSION

The MZM-Cunningham case involves the funneling of foreign money to the GOP
through a neocon controlled hedge fund, Cerberus Capital Management, that was dispersing money to a number of key GOP figures and organizations in various ways, including Bush, Rumsfeld, a number of GOP Congressmen, and the RNC. The case is also tied up with the Walter Reed scandal, and the effort to privatize many Pentagon and CIA functions, which resulted in catastrophic failures at both. See, http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph ...


Let's recap: a corrupt Israeli PM - has a stake in a corrupt Israeli bank- owned by a corrupt Wall Street global hedge fund - which owns a corrupt US defense contractor - which contributes to corrupt GOP Congressmen - who also receive money from another corrupt defense contractor - that defense contractor produced faulty intel under contract to a corrupt CIA Assn't Director - that faulty intel was used to justify a corrupt US Administration's case for invading Iraq - that was planned and executed by corrupt neocons inside DoD who had written a proposal years earlier to wage wars to privatize the Israeli economy.

What a tangled web. One wished Chairman Waxmans staff and other Congressional investigators the strength of Hercules in taking down the Three-headed Dog, Cerberus, that guards the gates to Hell.

___________________________________________________________________

2007. Mark G. Levey. Fair use applies. Acknowledgement: Some material compiled from a research thread at Democratic Underground.com, with particular thanks to bobthedrummer and Emit, and other DU researchers: http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...






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90-percent Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-09-07 11:59 AM
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1. Like the caveman
Like the caveman in the early Geico commercials;

"Next time, why don't you do a little research!"

-85% jimmy
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malaise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-09-07 12:01 PM
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2. Mind-blowing
The criminals have taken over the planet.

Great post.
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Buttercup McToots Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-09-07 12:58 PM
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23. I agree
now we have to take it back...
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Roland99 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-09-07 12:03 PM
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3. Nicely researched!!
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porphyrian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-09-07 12:03 PM
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4. Curiouser and curiouser... - n/t
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PhilipShore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-09-07 12:04 PM
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5. Excellent -n/t
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bobbie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-09-07 12:05 PM
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6. The Army Times sure does some good reporting
Thanks for posting this leveymg.
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BlackVelvet04 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-09-07 12:07 PM
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7. I only read part of this but I'm recommending
it and book marking it for later reading.

What I did read was enough to make me ill.

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robinlynne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-09-07 12:20 PM
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13. exactly.
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maddezmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-09-07 12:09 PM
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8. K&R
bookmarking for reading later. Great Job putting this all together. :thumbsup:
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blm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-09-07 12:12 PM
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9. Thankyou Mark - Now it is up to us to move Mark's compilation to MSM and hope
that they feel like doing their JOBS for a change.

Come on DU, let's move this story to national media and all local media - this story effects ALL OF US.

Salute to the DU truthseekers who added to this research.
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Amonester Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-09-07 09:25 PM
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81. Salute, K&R, and use the links you'll find at the Research Forum:
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

Then click on these links near the top:

National and Local Media

National Media List

State/Local Media
AL AK AZ AR CA CO CT DE DC FL GA HI ID IL IN IA KS KY LA ME MD MA MI MN MS MO MT NE NV NH NJ NM NY NC ND OH OK OR PA RI SC SD TN TX UT VT VA WA WV WI WY

DU THIS OTHER republic party's SCANDAL IN ALL DIRECTIONS!

Another day, another republic party's SCANDAL! :mad:
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BonnieJW Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-09-07 12:13 PM
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10. My God! Where to begin????
This screams for people to be incarcerated for many years. Their wealth should be stripped from them and they should be remembered in shame.
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Cerridwen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-09-07 12:13 PM
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11. K & R for all the research. Bookmarked as a resource.
Thank you. It's all connected. I hope the web of knots starts unraveling; with a little help from our friends, of course. :D
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xxqqqzme Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-09-07 12:19 PM
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12. thank you for all the work.
Edited on Fri Mar-09-07 12:51 PM by xxqqqzme
Is it me? or....I got an error message that the armytimes article was AWOL. Is it old? Couldn't access it though.

The link to The Hill article - a name stands out.

...'Wade, Wilkes, Kontogiannis and others remain under investigation, according to a statement made by the lead federal prosecutor in the case, U.S. Attorney Carol Lam.
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Lochloosa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-09-07 12:51 PM
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20. Same here xxqqqzme
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annabanana Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-09-07 12:24 PM
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14. Why Cerberus, do you suppose...
Why the multi-headed hound that guards the gates of Hell?

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blm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-09-07 12:52 PM
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21. These folks are never what they preach outwardly.
I think Pope John was right when he suspected Bush to be the anti-christ.
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Uncle Joe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-09-07 01:04 PM
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29. I was thinking the same thing annabanana,
Edited on Fri Mar-09-07 01:08 PM by Uncle Joe
seems most apropos for this group.

Cerberus; 1. In Greek and Roman mythology, a monster in the shape of a dog, the offspring of the giant Typhaon and the serpent-woman Echidna(not Coulter as some believe) guarding the entrance in to Hades, and described by different ancient writers as having three,fifty and even a hundred heads: usually portrayed with three heads and a serpents tail and with serpents around his neck.
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kineneb Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-09-07 01:39 PM
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39. was wondering about that
and how about the "Gabriel" part, too? Cerberus (three+ headed beast) + Gabriel (angel of death)? Hmmm, there may be more to the corporation than just an interesting name and shady dealings... anyone know about the interests of their CEO/board?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gabriel

just seems a strange choice of names, at least to me...
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KoKo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-09-07 02:52 PM
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46. yes, and in Hebrew and Islamic traditions he has other roles....
very interesting choice of names that might be a clue to the partners involved.

But, I sure as heck can't make it out. There's so much in the links in the OP that
it's overwhelming. So much evil unleashed and so many HedgeFunds running around unregulated. And, the connections are probably even deeper and more intertwined than even all the links that are available will show.

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SpiralHawk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-09-07 03:03 PM
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51. republicon crony Dan Quayle's 'christian' Cerberus


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SpiralHawk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-09-07 03:06 PM
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53. republicon crony Commander AWOL's insignia of loyalty
Goes rather nicely with the Hell Hound, don't you think?


What is it with republicons and darkside occult cabals?
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stubtoe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-10-07 09:35 AM
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100. What is it with republicons and darkside occult cabals? Perceptive question, SpiralHawk.
Maybe these guys are arrogant enough to believe they can cheat the Devil himself.

Maybe they don't realize they've already sold their souls.
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Raksha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-09-07 11:51 PM
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85. You don't think it's appropriate?
I'm just surprised THEY do...I guess somebody's got a sick sense of humor.
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Octafish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-10-07 12:10 AM
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87. Dogs of War, Inc.
Then again, with Quayl(e) involved, it could be a misspelled Cerebrus.
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EVDebs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-09-07 12:35 PM
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15. "IAP Worldwide Services President Dave Swindle.."
and the guy who says 'If there's a Swindle involved there's a swindle involved'. You can't write fiction that can top this, brothers and sisters. Elmore Leonard, move over.
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BR_Parkway Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-09-07 12:43 PM
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16. Jeebus that was some great research! Thank you K&R
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The Backlash Cometh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-09-07 12:45 PM
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17. Hedge Fund!? Jesus, the Bush Administration makes it too easy to
predict where there next corruption hunting grounds will be, based on what they planned to deregulate last week. Weren't we just talking about Hedge Fund deregulation? Didn't the White HOuse just determine that there was no need to have governmental oversight because they regulate themselves?
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blm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-09-07 12:54 PM
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22. good point
.
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The Backlash Cometh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-09-07 01:00 PM
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25. Here's the link to that discussion from the General Discussion Forum:
Edited on Fri Mar-09-07 01:04 PM by The Backlash Cometh
Officials Reject More Oversight of Hedge Funds

The Bush administration said Thursday that there was no need for greater government oversight of the rapidly growing hedge fund industry and other private investment groups to protect the nations financial system.

Instead, the administration, in an agreement it reached with the independent regulatory agencies, announced that investors, hedge fund companies and their lenders could adequately take care of themselves by adhering to a set of nonbinding principles.

The principles, many already being followed by the sharpest investors and best-run companies, say that investors should not take risks they cannot tolerate and should carefully evaluate the strategies and management skills of hedge funds. They also call for funds to make clear and meaningful disclosures to investors.

The decision came after months of study by a presidential working group of top officials and regulators. They looked at both the hedge fund industry, which has more than $1 trillion in assets, and the management of private equity firms, which take direct control and ownership of companies rather than relying on large numbers of outside stockholders.


http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...
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The Backlash Cometh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-09-07 01:04 PM
Original message
This is the same article and discussion from the Latest Breaking News section:
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leveymg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-09-07 01:10 PM
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31. Here's the Army Times article link
http://www.armytimes.com/news/2007/03/Weightmansubpoena /

Sorry. Some of these links got truncated when I copied them from the research thread. They should all be intact there.
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Buttercup McToots Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-09-07 01:13 PM
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33. Nope
not for me...anybody else get in?
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Mnemosyne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-10-07 10:26 AM
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102. That page has gone AWOL!

404 Error: File not found

:shrug:
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blm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-09-07 01:11 PM
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32. grazie
.
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KoKo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-09-07 03:05 PM
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52. CNBC Analyst cautioned regulating Hedges would take "Liquidity out of the Economy..
Here's quote from a post of mine on the linked DU HedgeFund thread:
----------------

CNBC "analyst" said yesterday that regulating the Hedges would take liquidity

out of the "economy" that is needed to support growth.
Note he said "economy," and my read is the implication that the Hedges are proping up the whole thing to cover up other things like Housing Bubble gassing out and downsizing, outsourcing and all the rest of the ills we know are the reality.

If they don't want to regulate it....with these folks one has to assume there's lot's of stuff going on in those Hedges that no one wants to come to light.
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Emit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-10-07 11:24 AM
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104. Former foreign-policy hands...advise hedge funds/Fortune 500's on how geopolitics affect investments
Look Who's Starting a Hedge Fund!

by Daniel Gross

Long before Washington even had a K Street, public servants have been cashing in via the private sector. Till recently, there was no better way to monetize government service that a late career switch to lobbying or law. But now there's a new business for the over-the-hill Washington player: hedge funds.

As Lynnley Browning reported in the New York Times last Friday, Richard Breeden, former chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, is now a hedge-fund manager, complete with $500 million under management, a Cayman Islands registry, and an office in hedge-fund capital Greenwich, Conn.even though he "has no investing experience." Browning reported that, "Mr. Breeden is now perhaps the most senior former government official ever to run a hedge fund." ...But not for long. Last week, Clinton Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, who has the same amount of investing experience as Breeden (zero)announced the formation of an emerging-markets hedge fund. Albright Capital Management is backed with $329 million in seed money from PGGM, a Dutch pension. Albright and Breeden are following what has become a well-worn path. In October, mammoth hedge fund/private-equity firm D.E. Shaw appointed Clinton Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers as a part-time managing director, and Cerberus Capital, another mammoth hedge-fund/private-equity firm, named departing Bush Treasury Secretary John Snow as chairman.

~snip~

Firms like Cerberus and D.E. Shaw, which started life as rapid-trading hedge funds, are evolving into asset managers that seek long-term returns by buying and selling entire companies. In many instances, the less-crowded foreign markets offer the most compelling opportunities. Cerberus' list of holdings includes regulated foreign companies such as Air Canada and banks in Japan and Germany. Given the political issues that frequently surround international investments, funds need gray-haired globe-trotters to smooth the way. (Here's how another Cerberus employee, former Vice President Dan Quayle, describes his role at the fund: "travels throughout the US, Europe and Asia to meet with the heads of investment banks, corporations, buyout shops, potential investors, and other business leaders.") ~snip~ Albright is taking it a step further. Former foreign-policy hands such as Henry Kissinger supply advice to hedge funds and Fortune 500 companies on how geopolitical events affect their investments. Albright is taking this practice a few rungs up the value chain. Rather than simply sell advice based on her experience and connections, she's selling investment-management services based on her experience and connections. Investment management has much higher profit margins.

As more big institutional investors such as pension funds allocate capital to hedge funds, we should expect more such career switches. By 2009, it wouldn't be surprising if investors were listening to sales pitches for CRAM (Condi Rice Asset Management), Dick Cheney's Buckshot Capital (sole holding: Halliburton), and the Stuff Happens Global Fund, an arbitrage operation run by Donald Rumsfeld.


No Link -- Acquire via LexisNexis
Copyright 2007 Washingtonpost.Newsweek Interactive Company, LLC.
All Rights Reserved
Slate Magazine

January 22, 2007 Monday
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fooj Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-10-07 04:35 PM
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121. This CNBC Analyst?
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/16830375 /

CNBC defends anchor Maria Bartiromo

Business anchor in spotlight over closeness with Citigroup exec

Richard Drew / AP
CNBC anchor Maria Bartiromo reports from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The star business anchor has found herself in the spotlight over her closeness with an ousted top Citigroup executive.
<snip>
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Emit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-09-07 03:51 PM
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58. I read something about that -- and found that back in '04, Quayle
Met with then The SEC Chairman William Donaldson a month prior to Donaldson's vote on whether to open hedge funds to periodic inspections:

~snip~
Canary Scandal

Former U.S. Vice President Dan Quayle, an adviser to Cerberus, met in June with Donaldson to discuss fund regulation. Craig Whitney, executive vice president of Quayle & Associates, denied that Quayle was lobbying Donaldson to weaken the SEC's hedge fund plan.

Hedge fund executives also say the SEC should focus its resources on better protecting the 91 million U.S. holders of mutual funds. The SEC's move to increase regulation of the private investment pools has gained pace since New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer alleged 10 months ago that ``illegal trading schemes'' enabled some hedge funds to buy mutual fund shares at prices not available to most investors.

Canary Capital Partners LLC and its managing principal, Edward Stern, agreed on Sept. 3 to return $30 million in profits and pay a $10 million fine. Since then, regulators have imposed more than $2.3 billion in sanctions against about a dozen companies including Bank of America Corp. and Alliance Capital Management Holding LP. ~snip~


http://quote.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000006&sid=a...
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blm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-09-07 04:15 PM
Response to Reply #58
59. Amazing what they can make happen under the radar when media is focused on other
stories like Lacy Petersen, Schiavo, Brittany, Anna Nicole. Pushing entertainment news instead of real news that effects this nation's democracy and treasure.
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Karenina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-09-07 12:47 PM
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18. Holy KB&R!!!
Edited on Fri Mar-09-07 12:48 PM by Karenina
;-) :kick:
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AikidoSoul Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-09-07 12:50 PM
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19. Looks like the Army Times link as been yanked --
I get the message "this page has gone AWOL" -- and when I run a search using multiple search
words having to do with the topic and title -- nothing surfaces.

I'd like to wade through all of this and recommend it. Please see if you
can find a link that willwork and do an edit .... and if not then we can probably assume that it has been yanked

Thanks! :hi:

Looks like this promises to be an especially good thread...
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leveymg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-09-07 05:07 PM
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67. Try this
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GreenZoneLT Donating Member (805 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-09-07 01:00 PM
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24. War is their girlfriend, but they're married to privatization
Every time I get the details on something that's fucked up in Iraq, at the bottom of it is the Bushies' notion of "transformation," which is essentially a quasi-religious mania to turn over all (and I mean ALL) government functions to private companies.

It's bitten deeply into the military culture; we contract out shit for no reason other than that every officer wants to be able to put a "transformation" bullet on his annual evaluation report. Rumsfeld was the guy who created that particular monster, and I think even if we win in '08 and put an opponent of privatization in the SECDEF's chair (good luck finding one, since they mostly all work for defense contractors at some point), it will take 10 years to reverse the cultural damage.

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blm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-09-07 01:17 PM
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34. Cheney started privatization of military logistics in 1991. Clinton let it stand.


The USS Cole was bombed during their refueling stop - a service overseen by Halliburton sister co. KBR. Cheney was the head of it at the time, and no media covered that aspect of the story though it was just ONE MONTH before the 2000 election.

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bobthedrummer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-09-07 01:02 PM
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26. K&R
Btw, the IAP DU investigation thread has been updated-and anyone that has some dots to connect to it is encouraged to do so or use what facts are in it freely.
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...
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loudsue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-09-07 01:03 PM
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27. Bookmarked. Kicked. Recommended. Re-read. Snuggled.(? Why not?)
Holy shit, what a post! You guys make the best researchers in the world! It just blows me away!

Thanks for one of the most remarkable threads I've seen in a while.... and I see a bunch of them on DU.

If the mainstream media would only take advantage of the investigative reporting done on this site, they'd have all of America SPELLBOUND; glued to their television sets, or permanently perched on the throne reading the newspaper.

These guys must be the ones they call the "illuminati". :tinfoilhat:

:kick: :kick: :kick: :kick: :kick:

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Buttercup McToots Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-09-07 01:04 PM
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28. Careful Mark...
Watch yer back, hen...
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Emit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-09-07 03:42 PM
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57. You are not kidding. The guy who alerted about Olmert's bias in the bid for Bank Leumi
received death threats:

No link. Acquired thru LexisNexis:

Copyright 2007 Globes Publisher Itonut (1983) Ltd.
All Rights Reserved
Globes - Israel's Business Arena

January 15, 2007 Monday

LENGTH: 306 words

HEADLINE: Police mount guard on accountant general's home;
Accountant General Yaron Zalika has received threats against him and his family.

BYLINE: Globes correspondent

BODY:


Israel Police has decided to guard the home of Accountant General Yaron Zalika heavily, following threats on his life and the lives of his family, Gali Zahal (IDF Radio) reports.

"Unless Yaron Zalika leaves Jerusalem, we will harm him and his family", was the message the wife of the Ministry of Finance accountant general heard yesterday from an anonymous caller. This is not the time that Zalika has found himself the object of threats. ... (he said) "..from smears and personal abuse to constant threats. I have not been deterred and I haven't tried to hide. It's no secret."

In recent months relations between Zalika and other top officials at the Ministry of Finance have been frosty. The accountant general testified against Prime Minister Ehud Olmert in the affair of the tender for the privatization of Bank Leumi. Zalika believes that Olmert, when he was minister of finance, attempted to bias the tender conditions in favor of two bidders close to him, Daniel Abrams and Frank Lowy. ~snip~
Published by Globes (online), Israel business news - www.globes.co.il - on January 15, 2007

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Buttercup McToots Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-09-07 01:08 PM
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30. Important!!
Bump up!!
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dwp6577 Donating Member (87 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-09-07 01:18 PM
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35. WOOF!
our country/world is being run by evil bastards...god must surely punish them if he exists...
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nadinbrzezinski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-09-07 01:21 PM
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36. BCCI all over again
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blm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-09-07 01:40 PM
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40. BCCI never stopped - they just took it out of sight till they regained power
in such a way that there would be no more pesky congress questioning them. Unfortunately the last Dem president allowed them to have that freedom.

After 9-11 they figured they wouldn't even have to bother hiding much, since they held ALL the power and most media was compliant and under the ownership of GOP allies.
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KoKo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-09-07 02:54 PM
Response to Reply #40
47. And notice the connections to failed World Com. Who would know
it would be bought out and resurrected in a different form.
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riderinthestorm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-10-07 10:06 AM
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101. Why did Clinton bury the BCCI investigation?
Edited on Sat Mar-10-07 10:39 AM by riderinthestorm
I have never understood that. We've also all speculated about Clinton's Marc Rich pardon as well as why the Big Dog is now so tight with GHW Bush. But in light of these links I searched in another direction.

Chelsea Clinton works for Avenue Capital Group, a hedge fund in NY, in an unknown capacity - even 8 months later nobody knows what Chelsea's position is at the firm. There are some wierd links between ACG and Cerberus that keep popping up in a very cursory google search. Such as ACG and Cerberus are both involved in debt restructuring schemes in Asia.... :scared:

http://www.altassets.com/casefor/countries/2004/nz5153....

Has the Big Dog gone over to the dark side in order to be an international player? One thing about Clinton is that he craves being a player - he LOVED being president.

This would be an area of investigation re: Hillary Clinton as President. For those that suspect she and Bill are just corporate whores exploiting the system for fun and profit, this could be the link that demonstrates it. It's hard to go there mentally but I believe it bears scrutiny - to either exculpate Hill and Bill, or to demonstrate that the fascist power grab crosses both parties.

Calling Octafish! BCCI seer extraordinaire....
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Octafish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-10-07 12:28 PM
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110. Jackson Stephens
In certain circles, friends don't turn on friends... if there's anyway it'll get back to them.

Jackson Stephens, a billionaire investment banker out of Arkansas, backed Bill Clinton.
He also backed Poppy Bush. Dunno about how he feels toward Smirko.
Anyway, Mr. Stephens helped get BCCI into the USA and a whole lot more.



The Strange Saga of BCCI

"The Bank of Crooks and Criminals International"


EXCERPT...

1978

Hillary Clinton, the Arkansas governor's wife, is getting considerable business from Stephens Inc.

George W. Bush begins operations of his oil firm, Arbusto Energy. He assembles several dozen investors in a limited partnership including Dorothy Bush (a friend of BCCI figure Robert Altman), Lewis Lehrman, William Draper, and James Bath, a Houston aircraft broker who bought several planes from Air America, a CIA front. Bath's firm appears to be owned by Saudi investors. He also was a part-owner of a Houston's Main Bank, along with a couple of BCCI figures.

Stephens brokers the arrival of BCCI to this country, and steers BCCI's founder, Hassan Abedi to Bert Lance.

Stephens Inc tries to sell Riady stock in the National Bank of Georgia. The Washington Post quotes a US banker suggesting that Riady is working for Suharto, who is trying to butter up Carter: "They think of this country like a 'regime' similar to their own and they just don't realize that such a ploy wouldn't work." There's no deal. Lance's bank will eventually be taken over by a BCCI front man -- Ghaith Pharaon. Pharaon later sells his bank to First American. Pharaon will be fined $37 million by the Federal Reserve Board and become a fugitive.

Abedi moves to secretly take over First American Bankshares -- later the subject of the only BCCI-connected scandal to be prosecuted in the US.

1979

Mochtar Riady and Stephens Inc set up Stephens Finance Ltd. In Hong Kong.

Lance is indicted on charges of violating federal banking laws. Clifford's partner, Robert Altman, represents Lance who eventually achieves a hung jury.

During this same period, Stephens is, according to Peter Truell and Larry Gurwin in "False Profits," playing "a crucial role in BCCI's penetration of the US market."

1984

Mochtar Riady buys a stake in the Worthen holding company whose assets include the Stephens-controlled Worthen Bank. Price: $16 million. Other Worthen co-owners will eventually include BCCI investor Abdullah Taha Bakhish. Deal handled by C. Joseph Giroir II. Giroir is the Rose law firm chair who hired Hillary Clinton. Giroir will continue to be a deal-maker for the Riadys.

1985

Arkansas state pension funds -- deposited in Worthen by Governor Bill Clinton -- suddenly lose 15% of their value because of the failure of high risk, short-term investments and the brokerage firm that bought them. The $52 million loss is covered by a Worthen check written by Jack Stephens in the middle of the night, an insurance policy, and the subsequent purchase over the next few months of 40% of the bank by Mochtar Riady. Clinton and Worthen escape a major scandal. Mochtar's son James Riady comes back to Arkansas to manage Worthen as president.

Worthen is investigated by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency for improper loans to companies owned by the Riadys and Stephenses.

1986

George W. Bush and partners receive more than $2 million of Harken Energy stock in exchange for a failing oil well operation, which has lost $400,000 in the prior six months. After Bush joins Harken, the largest stock position and a seat on its board is acquired by Harvard Management Company. The Harken board gives Bush $600,000 worth of the company's publicly traded stock, plus a seat on the board plus a consultancy that pays him up to $120,000 a year. When Harken runs short of cash it hooks up with Jackson Stephens, who arranges a $25 million stock purchase by Union Bank of Switzerland. Sheik Abdullah Bakhsh, who joins the board as a part of the deal, is connected to BCCI.

1988

Stephens' wife Mary Ann runs George Bush's campaign in Arkansas. He is a member of Team 100 -- individuals who have given $100,000 to the Republican party.

A few days before the supposedly surprise arrest of five BCCI officials, some of the world's most powerful drug dealers quietly withdraw millions of dollars from the bank. Some government investigators believe the dealers were tipped off by sources within the Reagan administration.

1989

Bahrain officials suddenly break off offshore drilling negotiations with Amoco and decide to deal with Harken Energy, George W. Bush's firm. Harken has had a series of failed ventures and no cash, so the Bass brothers are brought in to finance Harken's efforts at a cost of $50 million. Harken's investment banker is the same firm that helped in BCCI's acquisition of First American. Among the other BCCI-connected figures that help the deal: Bahrain's prime minister.

1990

Bush's attorney general, Richard Thornberg, is warned about BCCI but does nothing.

1991

Stephens Inc gives $100,000 to a Bush dinner committee.

With Stephens, Mochtar Riady buys BCCI's former Hong Kong subsidiary from its liquidators.

A former top aide to White House Chief of Staff John Sununu goes to work for a prominent figure in the BCCI scandal less than a month after leaving the Bush administration. Edward Rogers Jr. signs a $600,000 contract to give legal advice to Sheik Kamal Adham, an ex-Saudi intelligence officer who is being investigated for his role in BCCI's takeover of First American Bankshares.

The Miami acting US Attorney is reportedly rebuffed by the Justice Department in his efforts to indict BCCI and some of its principal officers on tax fraud charges. Justice Department later denies this occurred.

1992

Ronald Reagan is introduced at the GOP convention by former senator Paul Laxalt, whose law firm represented BCCI in a drug money case. The chair of the convention, Craig Fuller, has been the number two official of Hill & Knowlton which was involved in the BCCI-First American case. Bush's campaign press representatives has done PR for a Saudi sheik accused of involvement in the BCCI affair, earning $200,000 in fees in just two months.

Employees of Stephens Inc. give more money to the Clinton campaign than those of any other firm except Goldman, Sachs and the NY law firm of Wilke, Farr & Gallagher.

Stephens' Worthen Bank gives Clinton a $3.5 million line of credit allowing the cash-strapped candidate to finish the primaries. Little Rock Worldwide Travel provides Clinton with $1 million in deferred billing for his campaign trips. Without the Worthen and Worldwide largess, it is unlikely that the cash-strapped candidate could have survived through the later primaries.

CONTINUED...

http://www.the-catbird-seat.net/BCCI.htm



For the connected, it really is a small, small world...



And very, very bad.

Thank you for the info and the shout-out, riderinthestorm.

Keep spreading the light, my Friend.
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riderinthestorm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-10-07 01:19 PM
Response to Reply #110
117. So if I follow you, Stephens' probably stipulated that Clinton had to bury the BCCI
investigation in return for the $4.5 million payola? That would explain the inexplicable decision by Clinton to let Poppy's crimes (his link to BCCI would be one crime, Iran/Contra another etc. etc.) sink underwater. I know $4.5 mill is a lot of cash but (in the scheme of things) it doesn't seem like enough cash if you get my drift. I concede that the $4.5 mill was critical to getting Clinton into the White House and so perhaps to Clinton it was important but overall, it's small change imho.

Scooter Libby finagled the Marc Rich pardon on behalf of the BFEE/Cheney consortium - I wonder if that pardon was Clinton's entry fee into the dark side. Kind of like the mafia where the new guys have to kill someone to be "in", Clinton had to commit this incredibly public, egregious wrong to demonstrate how far he was willing to go be a member?

And what does Chelsea do at ACG? It's interesting that ACG got involved in debt re-structuring for Asia just as she was brought on board, and even more suspiciously ACG has just been tagged to provide their services (cough) for China.

I just find something really creepy and yes, even sinister, with the whole newfound love between Poppy and the Big Dog.

Just thinking out loud here. Thanks for jumping in!
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Octafish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-10-07 09:54 PM
Response to Reply #117
125. There probably was no quid pro quo. More likely it was: "Do it or else."
It's been that way since November 22, 1963.

Look how few who've said otherwise are still around.
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bobthedrummer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-11-07 01:38 PM
Response to Reply #110
129. Another example: The Perseus Group
there are many powerful folks at Perseus associated with Democratic administrations, liberal causes etc.-yet when it comes to making $$$ I guess that most can't overcome the temptation to tag along with the BFEE's "money trumps peace" crew.

The Perseus Group
Executives
http://www.perseusllc.com/bios.htm
Funds
http://www.perseusllc.com/funds.htm
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blm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-10-07 12:29 PM
Response to Reply #101
111. I don't think Bill MEANT to do it, but BECAME compromised to the point of no return.
And now he probably thinks he can do SOME good where he can while cooperating with the powerstructure.

But it definitely is a good clue to why TeamClinton chose to stay low and never oppose Bush2 in any overt way the last 6 years.
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riderinthestorm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-10-07 01:32 PM
Response to Reply #111
118. Octafish seems to be saying that Clinton was bought off by one of Poppy's bankers
(Stephenson) during the campaign season. That raises questions for me:

Why the hell did the powerbrokers need to dump Poppy and bring in (who they thought was going to be) a "puppet"? Or did they finance Clinton cause they wanted him to be the candidate because they thought he was the best candidate to lose against Poppy? And did they put conditions on the money to Clinton? Squash BCCI and other related crimes if you are elected and we'll give you campaign cash?

I don't think Clinton is that stupid that he was sucked in by accident. It's possible he was manipulated and conned but when it comes to money and economics (and BCCI and BFEE and Halliburton and probably most especially the economic potentialities of hedge funds...) that is Clinton's finest game.

But it begins to point to some uncomfortable stuff about Hillary as the next President - I know a lot of people are uncomfortable with the Bush/Clinton/Clinton/Bush/Bush/Clinton(?) dynasty just cause it's a dynastic political ruling party thang and that just "feels" wrong, but perhaps there is a bigger reason to oppose a Clinton candidacy?

Hedge fund money laundering, contract manipulation, arms trading, global political destabilization etc. are dark shit.

:tinfoilhat: have I earned this with this post??
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blm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-10-07 01:36 PM
Response to Reply #118
119. I agree with Octa - however Bill started he's with them now. Bush1 would likely have
been impeached if he remained in office. Remember, Walsh had finally targeted Bush1's diary after obtaining Weinberger's diary. BCCI questions were demanding further investigation, and Iraqgate issues were about to go to trial in 1993.

Bush1 would have been impeached or forced to resign. Better to cover up the BIG PICTURE by using Clinton to urge Dem Congress to MOVE PAST Bush1 scandals and focus on domestic issues.
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fooj Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-10-07 04:48 PM
Response to Reply #118
122. I love your shiny hat.
But it begins to point to some uncomfortable stuff about Hillary as the next President - I know a lot of people are uncomfortable with the Bush/Clinton/Clinton/Bush/Bush/Clinton(?) dynasty just cause it's a dynastic political ruling party thang and that just "feels" wrong, but perhaps there is a bigger reason to oppose a Clinton candidacy?

Clinton's involvement (IMO) wasn't an accident. You're right. Bill is FAR from stupid. Is it any wonder that the BFEE has "annointed" him their "adopted son"?

:tinfoilhat:
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blm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-11-07 04:08 PM
Response to Reply #122
131. Painfully clear that Clinton has been instrumental in providing the friendly face
of the fascist agenda.
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fooj Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-11-07 04:50 PM
Response to Reply #131
133. It IS painful.
I don't like being played. Hell...I don't know anyone that does.
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hootinholler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-09-07 01:29 PM
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37. So, first there were S&Ls,
Then there were Offshore Banks (BCCI).

Now it would seem that the preferred corporate vessel for dirty money is now a hedge fund. Why, would money be less likey to be traced or harder to trace?

The tentacles seem to run everywhere with these people running this fund.

This identifies a boatload of baskets of merde to be waded through.

-Hoot
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conscious evolution Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-10-07 12:50 PM
Response to Reply #37
113. Much harder
"would money be less likey to be traced or harder to trace? "

Try finding any thing in SEC filings concerning hedge funds.There is next to nothing.
As so called private corporations they are exempt from SEC filings.This allows them to operate in secrecy.Any info in SEC filings will be found when they buy public public traded companies.And then only in the target companies filings,usually buried deep in some obscure filing.
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lovuian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-09-07 01:34 PM
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38. OMG this thing has tentacles everywhere
Corruption seeps throughout the whole system
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SpiralHawk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-09-07 03:11 PM
Response to Reply #38
54. The Octopus
Danny Casolaro's Octopus - another honest reporter dies in the attempt to tell the American public what is going on. Corporate media just bends its collective knees deeper, Assuming the Position (of corrupt cronies).

http://www.theforbiddenknowledge.com/hardtruth/casolaro...

Danny Casolaro sought to document and expose sea of covert operatives, super-surveillance software and transnational spies. He called the monster he saw swimming in that sea "the Octopus." It consisted of a group of US intelligence veterans that had banded together to manipulate world events for the sake of consolidating and extending its power.

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AzDar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-09-07 01:47 PM
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41. Wowzer. n/t
:wow:
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PhilipShore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-09-07 02:08 PM
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42. Link for the Army Times CIA and DoD Privatization Scandal article
Link

Committee subpoenas former Walter Reed chief
By Kelly Kennedy - Staff writer
Posted : Saturday Mar 3, 2007 9:31:09 EST
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blm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-09-07 02:37 PM
Response to Reply #42
43. Thanks - this helps alot.
.
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Jacobin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-09-07 02:40 PM
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44. This makes Carlos Gambino's syndicate look like
a damn penny ante poker game at the old folks home.
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blm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-09-07 02:56 PM
Response to Reply #44
48. They developed schemes to put billions of tax dollars in their own pockets.
.
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blm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-09-07 02:40 PM
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45. Mark, you should send this to Don Imus - he's been staying on Walter Reed like
white on rice, and he's on for 3 hrs a day on both radio and TV. He may even ask you to call in.

Couldn't hurt.
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KoKo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-09-07 02:58 PM
Response to Reply #45
50. You don't think Imus might suspect some of this....remember Lieberman
is his favorite Senator. He's in thick with the DC Beltway crowd. There's gotta be better than Imus to send this to...but it's so big who will touch it? :shrug:
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blm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-09-07 03:14 PM
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55. Imus turned on Lieberman the other day because of Walter Reed.
Certainly there are other reporters being sent this - I suggest Imus because he's one of the few BROADCAST shows that is staying with the story.
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KoKo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-09-07 06:48 PM
Response to Reply #55
75. But...will he "still love him 'Tomorrow?'" That's the question with Imus
Edited on Fri Mar-09-07 07:42 PM by KoKo01
and the Media Whores... Their AGENDA is often the same...but when one get's "nose out of joint" over one issue ...they call in the "creds" and get ACTION. Didn't Diedra(or however Imus Spouse spells it) get a PHOTO SHOT IN VANITY FAIR MAG...as a GREEN WOMAN?

Imus has ALOT ON HIS PLATE THESE DAYS..... :shrug:

If Lieberman sucks up to Diedra's GREEN SOAPS ..and the RANCH FOR IMUS KIDS...will IMUS STILL LOVE LIEB Tomorrow?
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KoKo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-09-07 06:55 PM
Response to Reply #75
76. Kick...It's a "Heavy Read" ...so Bookmark and take Weekend time...
and reflect on it. It's alot to digest...but then everything with the Bush Crime Enterprise...always takes time to "digest." :-(
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blm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-11-07 11:16 AM
Response to Reply #76
128. The reason BushInc gets away with so much is because people are lazy for the most part
and as soon as they see foreign names or accounting type numbers they get turned off because they are CONSITIONED to do so by our corporate media that pushes sex and teen angst mentality at every turn of the dial.
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KoKo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-09-07 07:43 PM
Response to Reply #75
79. Kick for the Long WEEKEND when READING is GOOD! Lots there in OP!
:kick:
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Judi Lynn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-09-07 02:57 PM
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49. Such important material here. Absolutely must read it all. Thank you so much. n/t
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DemReadingDU Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-09-07 03:23 PM
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56. afternoon kick
Edited on Fri Mar-09-07 03:37 PM by DemReadingDU
edit to add - Thank you for putting all of this together for us!

It appears our country is like a supersized Enron that could implode at anytime.
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Pastiche423 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-09-07 04:17 PM
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60. Tremendous research and work bringing this altogether!
Have you posted it in the research forum?

K&R
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leveymg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-09-07 04:58 PM
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66. Will do. Also, more on the Rep. Lewis - Wilkes (MZM) scandal

Both Serberus and MZM were giving GOP House Appropriations Chairman Jerry Lewis large amounts of money for distribution to other GOP Congressmen through Lewis' PAC. Lewis was being investigated by the US Attorney for the Southern District of CA, Debra Wong Yang, who resigned on Nov. 10 to go to work for the powerhouse LA law firm that's defending Lewis.

Laura Rozen speculates that Yang, upon learning of her impending firing last year, accepted a rather comfortable exit package rather than be fired as was here her colleague, USA Caroline Lam. See, http://www.tpmmuckraker.com/archives/cats/jerry_lewis /

This is incredibly sordid.

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robertpaulsen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-09-07 04:32 PM
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61. Bookmarked and recommended!
Excellent research; looks like you're doing what Sibel Edmonds is saying needs to be done to unravel this cabal: FOLLOW THE MONEY! It's amazing how truly Orwellian these "support the troops" neo-cons are.
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Peggy Day Donating Member (859 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-09-07 04:34 PM
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62. I keep getting error messages on the links nt
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PhilipShore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-09-07 04:37 PM
Response to Reply #62
63. Army Times: Committee subpoenas former Walter Reed chief
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Disturbed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-09-07 04:54 PM
Response to Reply #63
65. PNAC members are heavily involved in the War Scam.
Killing and thievery are RWing values.
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Emit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-09-07 04:50 PM
Response to Reply #62
64. Here's a couple of corrected links, too
On the cached version of ties b/w Cerberus and Lewis:

Cerberus a Major Stockholder in Bankrupt MCI, which had mismanaged an $8.8 DoD Project to Create Secure telecom systems for the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps


http://cache.zoominfo.com/cachedpage/?archive_id=0&page...

On the Dan Quayle info:

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/pages/ShArt.jhtml?itemNo=6...

The other Globe article is reg required -- I will try to find it another way.

I'll correct some more links as I find them.
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mod mom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-09-07 05:09 PM
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68. This link did not work, would you please check it. thx.
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leveymg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-09-07 05:28 PM
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69. Here's that link
Edited on Fri Mar-09-07 05:54 PM by leveymg
http://thehill.com/thehill/export/TheHill/News/Frontpag...

If not that one, try the other Hill article.

http://thehill.com/leading-the-news/emanuel-tangles-wit...

Sorry about the truncated links. I had to run right after I posted the story and missed the edit period.

Others have links upthread. Let me know if there are any more you can't find.
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mod mom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-09-07 05:58 PM
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70. thank you. excellent thread-as usual!
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Canuckistanian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-09-07 06:09 PM
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71. Holy S***, Batman. Good work!
K&R&Bookmarked. What a ton of resources.

Thanks to leveymg, bobthedrummer and Emit!

:toast:
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sicksicksick_N_tired Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-09-07 06:26 PM
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72. That's a helluva map connecting the dots. Are you a PI or something?
I hope this 'map' will be provided to the appropriate 'chairpersons' involved in this matter.

:applause: Your work is amazing!!!!

I mean it!!! :applause:
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Morgana LaFey Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-09-07 06:44 PM
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73. OMG. Absolutely breathtaking
Edited on Fri Mar-09-07 06:44 PM by Morgana LaFey
The Mother of all govt scandals? Or so I thought until I read and realized this really is just a continuance of BCCI and other Bush Crime Family scams. It would be wonderful if the whole house of cards could be brought down, but I fear that like the S&L Scandal, it's too big, too complex to be "unwound" successfully for the American public. I hope I'm wrong.

I have beaucoup links on Clean Break if anyone wants some more info.

BTW, THIS is fascism, folks. Pretty raw and unbridled, too, IMO.
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blm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-10-07 01:05 PM
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115. Exactly - some of us have been mocked for years for pointing it out persistently
that IranContra and BCCI never ended and that some powerful Democrats helped BushInc get PAST the outstanding matters once they took office in 1993.
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cyberpj Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-09-07 06:46 PM
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74. That page has gone AWOL!

Got this message on your first (army times) link:

That page has gone AWOL!

404 Error: File not found
It appears that the page you requested cannot be located at this time.

http://www.armytimes.com/news/2007/03/Weightmansubpoena has gone AWOL.

Please check to make sure that everything in the URL was spelled correctly. Otherwise, use the site search above to find the information you need.
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highnooner Donating Member (373 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-09-07 09:06 PM
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80. here's the link
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tnlefty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-09-07 06:57 PM
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77. I learned of this on Wash. Journal yesterday morning from a Dem
rep. (Cantor I think) and she did a good job relating a lot of this. At least she got it out there to those who watch Washington Journal. :thumbsup: and thank you, congresswoman.

Thanks to you, bobthedrummer and emit for your research and for your posting! :hi:
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Emit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-09-07 07:20 PM
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78. CBS Corporation Sold Local TV Stations in Four Markets to Cerberus Capital Management
Edited on Fri Mar-09-07 07:27 PM by Emit
CBS Corporation to Sell Local TV Stations in Four Markets to Cerberus Capital Management, L.P.

Divestiture Includes Stations in Austin, Salt Lake City, Providence and West Palm Beach

Last Update: 2:43 PM ET Feb 7, 2007

NEW YORK, Feb 07, 2007 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX

CBS announced today it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell seven of its owned television stations to Cerberus Capital Management, L.P. for $185 million. The sale includes stations in Austin, Salt Lake City, Providence and West Palm Beach, and is subject to FCC approval and other customary closing conditions. Cerberus worked with TV veteran Dick Reingold on the transaction, and Cerberus was advised by CobbCorp, LLC and Wachovia Capital Markets, LLC.
Stations included in the agreement (and their network affiliations) are:

- KEYE-TV, Austin, Texas (CBS);
- KUTV (TV), Salt Lake City, Utah (CBS) and its satellite station
KUSG(TV), St. George, Utah;
- WLWC (TV), Providence, Rhode Island (The CW);
- WTVX(TV), West Palm Beach, Florida (The CW); and two Low Power Stations
in the West Palm Beach DMA, WTCN-CA (MyNetwork TV) and WWHB-CA (TV
Azteca).


The CBS Television Stations group currently consists of 39 stations, including 21 CBS, 11 The CW, three MyNetworkTV and four stations not affiliated with major networks.
http://www.marketwatch.com/news/story/cbs-corporation-s...

Edited to add Cerberus' comments:
Cerberus was vague about its future plans for the stations. "We believe in the viability of local TV and believe it makes good investment sense," said Peter Duda, a spokesman for Cerberus.
From mediaweek.com, February 7, 2007

No Link -- Acquired via LexisNexis
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blm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-10-07 12:54 PM
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114. They keep buying up all available media - the more media they own the more control
over the elections and the lawmakers left standing in both parties.

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kiteinthewind Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-09-07 10:08 PM
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82. Let's make that 101 Recommendations! nt
:thumbsup:
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Synnical Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-09-07 10:37 PM
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83. Thanks for this - it's a lot to digest
I'll give it another Rec and bookmark it.

-Cindy in Fort Lauderdale
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OneBlueSky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-09-07 11:26 PM
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84. what we have in BushCo is a rogue executive branch . . .
that does whatever the hell they want to do regardless of U.S. or international law, and generally for the financial gain of themselves and their corporate allies . . . as General Smedley Butler once said, war is a racket -- and BushCo has extended the concept to encompass the whole of the executive branch of government . . .

you'd think -- and hope -- that the other two branches would recognize an executive completely out of control and do something to stop it . . . unfortunately, BushCo apparently has enough of the judiciary in their pocket to prevent the courts from intervening, and there are still enough Republicans (and enabling Democrats) in Congress to prevent real legislative action . . .

if we're to prevent this situation from becoming permanent (i.e. a fascist corporate state), then something's gotta give . . . and soon . . .
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Raksha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-10-07 12:01 AM
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86. K & R for your incredible research. Also bookmarked,
because it's just too much to digest in one sitting (or ten, probably). Thanks for your hard work.
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opihimoimoi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-10-07 12:26 AM
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89. Count me in...K & R
Thank You for the hard work involved....Great conclusion
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Octafish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-10-07 12:22 AM
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88. Now THIS is a post. Infinite thanks, leveymg!
GOP Prosecutors getting replaced for being honest.

Cerberbus looks a lot like a new Carlyle.

All insiders make a killing.

Outsiders get killed.

It's the same old Team B story.

And we're just aware of one aspect of Cunningham-Foggo-Wilkes axis.

Perhaps today the more apt creature with all those heads is Medussa.

Your one post here, Mark, has cut off a bad many and cauterized the stumps.

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you... ∞



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nolabels Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-10-07 03:26 AM
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90. I wonder what the flow chart will look like?
Like that is a pretty big multi-headed creature that's being drawn up. I kind of got me thinking that it is bigger than we know. You get them glimpses of it's features but then it scurries back into the darkness while it's supplicants hurry to hide it all back up. Seems to me the failures that were caused by all the crooks in government never actually got fixed they just fermented. From perusing what is above it seems none of it really went anywhere. From a thread a while back I postulated that it was going to get seen again and so there it is all again. That is what made me remember this thread

State Dept. Quashed 9/11 Links To Global Drug Trade
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...
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Octafish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-10-07 11:56 AM
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107. Short form: A monkey's eye atop a pyramid.
Thank you for your important 2004 LBN post, nolabels. I am very sorry I missed it, a spotlight focused on the vermin that scurry for cover when a rock gets turned over.



Ms. Edmonds needs to get her story out, ASAP. Only an informed citizenry -- leading the good people in government -- can rid the nation of this scourge.

The extent of their criminality is mind-boggling. As you know: This is not their first graft, nor their first war profiteering, nor their first brush with narcotrafficking. It is part of a pattern. For those new to the subject, let it be the beginning of their awakening.

Long ago I grew tired of hearing "There's nothing you can do about it. Be happy."

I'll be happy when these turds are identified, indicted, tried, convicted and imprisoned.

That's why I give a damn. That's why I appreciate what you and so many on DU do. With good reason, the Truth is what these traitors fear.

I am so proud to know you, nolabels. Thank you, my Friend.

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nolabels Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-12-07 03:44 AM
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135. I Copernic'ed for a BFEE flow chart and looked what popped up on top........
Know your BFEE: James R Bath - Bush - bin Laden Link
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

Looking on the bright side, with the down turn in the economy some people might be having more time to read up on how screwed they really were after they've actually lost their jobs.
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blm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-12-07 09:14 AM
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136. The pathetic thing is that mainstream media won't TOUCH any of those connections
out of total abject FEAR, imo.
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nolabels Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-12-07 10:37 AM
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137. In some ways corporate owned media outlets are doing us a favor
Their wanting to lord over all that is just fosters so many other things. I spend little or no time checking on what corporations are calling news. Newsletters, the net, You-tube, google, public radio, large war protests, micro-lending and so many other things have been born and grown because of a corporate heavy-handedness. The words like plurality and democracy are beginning to eclipse other things in importance. Big money is only as good people standing behind the currency. The divisiveness corporations use to float the empire of money will be their downfall
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blm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-12-07 10:47 AM
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138. It forced many of us to get involved OURSELVES and dig deeper - but for how long
will we be able to access information once New World Order is imposed by BushInc.?
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nolabels Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-12-07 10:28 PM
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141. How long for what?
Edited on Mon Mar-12-07 11:14 PM by nolabels
Monday, March 12th, 2007
Hugo Chavez to George W. Bush: Gringo Go Home

(snip)
PRESIDENT HUGO CHAVEZ: On the other side of the river, that is where that little gentleman of the North must be. Let's give him a big boo! Gringo, go home!

I am convinced that our friends in Brasilia and in Montevideo are not going to feel offended, because we would not want to hurt any of our brethren from Uruguay or Brazil. We recognize their sovereignty. We recognize that those governments have the sovereign right to invite the little gentleman of the North, if they so choose.

But Kirchner and I don't need to plan anything to sabotage this visit, because we are witnessing the true political cadaver. The President of the United States is a political cadaver. He doesn't even smell of sulfur anymore. He doesn't even smell of sulfur or brimstone, if you will. No longer. What you smell from him now is the stench of political death. And not long from now, he will turn to dust and disappear. So we don't need to put forth any effort to sabotage the visit of the President of the United States to some countries, sisters countries of Central and South America, of course. We don't need to do that. It's a simple coincidence, the visit of Nestor to Venezuela and our visit here to Buenos Aires.

Well, we nevertheless need to thank that little gentleman that's visiting us, because if he were not here in South America, perhaps this event would not be so well-attended. We have organized this event to say no to the presence of the chief of the empire here in the heroic lands of South America.
(snip)
http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=07/03/12/142...
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blm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-13-07 08:08 AM
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142. Internet access to the information we need to stay on top of BushInc.
Sorry - I didn't make that point clear in my post.
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Mnemosyne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-10-07 01:07 PM
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116. And it may tie into the madam threatening to sell her
list of clients. Or maybe I'm just imagining a tie.

Bold and Italics mine.


Cunningham Scandal: Enter the Hookers

By Justin Rood - April 27, 2006, 7:35 AM

The Wall Street Journal reports today that admitted briber Mitchell Wade of MZM, Inc. helped procure prostitutes for former Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham (R-CA) -- and possibly for others:

According to people with knowledge of the investigation, Mr. Wade told investigators that Mr. Cunningham periodically phoned him to request a prostitute, and that Mr. Wade then helped to arrange for one. A limousine driver then picked up the prostitute as well as Mr. Cunningham, and drove them to one of hotel suites, originally at the Watergate Hotel, and subsequently at the Westin Grand.

. . . Investigators are focusing on whether any other members of Congress, or their staffs, may also have used the same free services, though it isn't clear whether investigators have turned up anything to implicate others.

Wade says his mentor and fellow Cunningham briber Brent Wilkes had set up the ring -- rented the hotel rooms, found the limousine company and the hookers. According to the WSJ, Wade says he usually passed off Cunningham's requests to Wilkes to set up.

More on this later. . .

not much more @ link:

http://www.tpmmuckraker.com/archives/000481.php


Red Lights on Capitol Hill?

Posted on Thursday, April 27, 2006. By Ken Silverstein.

The two defense contractors who allegedly bribed Cunningham, said the Journal, were Brent Wilkes, the founder of ADCS Inc., and Mitchell Wade, the founder of MZM Inc.; both firms profited greatly from their connections with Cunningham. The Journal also suggested that other lawmakers might be implicated. Ive learned from a well-connected source that those under intense scrutiny by the FBI are current and former lawmakers on Defense and Intelligence committeesincluding one person who now holds a powerful intelligence post. Ive also been able to learn the name of the limousine service that was used to ferry the guests and other attendees to the parties: Shirlington Limousine and Transportation of Arlington, Virginia. Wilkes, Ive learned, even hired Shirlington as his personal limousine service.

It gets even more interesting: the man who has been identified as the CEO of Shirlington has a 62-page rap sheet (I recently obtained a copy) that runs from at least 1979 through 1989 and lists charges of petit larceny, robbery, receiving stolen goods, assault, and more. Curiouslyor perhaps not so curiously given the companys connectionsShirlington Limousine is also a Department of Homeland Security contractor; according to the Washington Post, last fall it won a $21.2 million contract for shuttle services and transportation support. (I tried to contact Shirlington but was unable to get past their answering service.)

snip>

Azimuth has received earmarked funds with Mollohans help and is the congressmans number-15 career donor with $23,000. Information Manufacturing of Rocket Center, West Virginia, is number 13 on Mollohans top-20 list, with $24,000 in career contributions. Back in 2001, Information Manufacturing helped to pay for a golf tournament hosted by the Robert H. Mollohan Family Charitable Foundation, a charity named for Mollohans father. (Information Manufacturing was also a business partner of MZM, the firm headed by Mitchell Wade, who recently pleaded guilty to bribing Representative Duke Cunningham. Wade has donated more than $20,000 to Mollohan.)

http://harpers.org/sb-red-lights-on-capitol-hill.html



Prosecutors May Widen Congressional-Bribe Case
Cunningham Is Suspected Of Asking for Prostitutes;
Were Others Involved?


By SCOT J. PALTROW
April 27, 2006

Federal prosecutors are investigating whether two contractors implicated in the bribery of former Rep. Randall "Duke" Cunningham supplied him with prostitutes and free use of a limousine and hotel suites, pursuing evidence that could broaden their long-running inquiry.

snip>

In recent weeks, Federal Bureau of Investigation agents have fanned out across Washington, interviewing women from escort services, potential witnesses and others who may have been involved in the arrangement. In an interview, the assistant general manager of the Watergate Hotel confirmed that federal investigators had requested, and been given, records relating to the investigation and rooms in the hotel. But he declined to disclose what the records show. A spokeswoman for Starwood Inc., Westin's parent company, said she wasn't immediately able to get information on whether the Westin Grand had been contacted by investigators.

snip>

Mr. Wade told investigators that all the arrangements for these services had been made by Mr. Wilkes and two employees of Mr. Wilkes's company, according to people with knowledge of his debriefing. He said Mr. Wilkes had rented the hotel suites and found the limousine driver, who had "relationships" with several escort services. Mr. Wade told prosecutors that sometimes Mr. Cunningham would contact him to request these services, and he would pass on the request to Mr. Wilkes or his employees, who then made the actual arrangement. Mr. Wade said that other times Mr. Cunningham called Mr. Wilkes directly to make the requests.

If investigators find that any other members of Congress or their staffs received services at so-called hospitality suites, that could help make a case that they had illegally taken action to benefit Mr. Wilkes in return for favors from him. Mr. Wilkes, his family members and his employees were heavy campaign contributors to several members of Congress. But prosecutors so far apparently haven't found any evidence that other members of Congress had been bribed.

much more @ link:

http://online.wsj.com/public/article/SB1146107280028373...



Prostitution Alleged In Cunningham Case
Investigators Focus on Limo Company


By Jo Becker and Charles R. Babcock
Washington Post Staff Writers
Saturday, April 29, 2006; Page A01

The Cunningham investigation's latest twist came after Mitchell J. Wade, a defense contractor who has admitted bribing the former congressman, told prosecutors that Wilkes had an arrangement with Shirlington Limousine, which in turn had an arrangement with at least one escort service, one source said. Wade said limos would pick up Cunningham and a prostitute and bring them to suites Wilkes maintained at the Watergate Hotel and the Westin Grand in Washington, the source said.

snip>

In 2003 and again in 2004, the company received eviction notices for an office it maintained in a luxury D.C. apartment building. And in September 2004, the company was sued in D.C. Superior Court for $1.8 million, for failing to make payments on buses it bought for the Howard contract. The case was settled last month, with Shirlington Limousine agreeing to pay $300,000.

During these financial troubles, Baker's company won a contract worth $3.8 million with the Department of Homeland Security in April 2004. It appears from federal records that Shirlington Limousine was the only bidder. The contract was awarded under a program that limited competition to businesses in poor neighborhoods. (Smells like a Nebraska S&L somehow.)

snip>

He stressed that Shirlington Limousine has performed well, saying: "We have not had any problems with this service -- we don't question whether they can deliver because they are delivering." How prophetic! :rofl:

more @ link:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/20...


Kristol: Sudden Goss Resignation Prompted By Something That Popped This Week

Posted by Nico May 5, 2006 4:08 pm

Comments:

http://thinkprogress.org/2006/05/05/kristol-goss /

View video of Kristol:

http://images1.americanprogress.org/il80web20037/ThinkP...


Poker, Hookers And Spooks

By MAUREEN DOWD
6 May 2006

The New York Times
Late Edition - Final
Copyright 2006 The New York Times Company. All Rights Reserved.

snip>

But Dusty Foggo? Thats a name for a spy that tops Valerie Plame, or even Valerie Flame.

And when you add Dusty to Duke, youve really got something. Dusty was handpicked by Porter Goss in late 2004 to be the No. 3 C.I.A. official, astonishing many agency veterans, according to Newsweek.

Dusty turns out to be a friend of a defense contractor implicated in the federal corruption investigation of the imprisoned Randy Duke Cunningham, a former G.O.P. congressman. The contractor, Brent Wilkes, is entangled in allegations of louche, lewd behavior involving limos, hookers, a poker player with a missing digit whos from the C.I.A. and nicknamed Nine Fingers, and Watergate hospitality suites where more was offered than just Scotch and pretzels.

Been to the Watergate, havent done that.

Excerpt only @ link:

http://www.rawstory.com/news/2006/Dowd_Poker_hookers_an...


Nine Fingers and the Third Man
New connections between the CIA and the Cunningham Scandal


Posted on Tuesday, May 9, 2006. By Ken Silverstein.

snip>

So now two of Gosss close associates, Foggo and Bassett, have a lot of explaining to do about their relationship with Brent Wilkesthe pivotal figure in the Cunningham affair. And just today, TPMMuckracker pointed out that Gen. Michael V. Hayden, President George W. Bushs nominee to replace Goss, once hired the services of MZM, the firm owned by Mitchell Wade; Wade has admitted to bribing Randy Duke Cunningham. Maybe a coincidence, but definitely an odd one.

http://harpers.org/sb-ninefingers-and-third-2308948203....


DHS Finds Missing Cunningham Letter
Support Staffer Unearths Recommendation of Limo Company


By Erica Werner
Associated Press
Saturday, June 17, 2006; A08

The letter, dated Jan. 16, 2004, is a character reference by Cunningham, who is now serving a prison term for bribery, on behalf of Shirlington President Christopher D. Baker, whose rap sheet included prosecutions for petty larceny and robbery.

"I have personally known Mr. Baker since the mid-1990s. He is completely dedicated to his work and has been of service to me and other members of Congress over the years," Cunningham wrote.

"Mr. Baker's transportation-oriented business was able to withstand the devastating impact of 9/11, while operating from Hangar 7 at Ronald Reagan International Airport. Please be advised of my full support of his wish to provide transportation services for the Department of Homeland Security."

Four months later, Shirlington got its first DHS contract, for $4 million.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/20...






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blm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-10-07 06:36 PM
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123. We have to keep moving with this one and not let it slip past....BushInc thrives
because too many just give up and give in.
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lebkuchen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-10-07 03:38 AM
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91. very helpful post
for future reference.

Thanks.
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eridani Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-10-07 05:03 AM
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92. Excellent job! Please put it in the research section--
--so it doesn't disappear in a few weeks. Thanks.
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lonestarnot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-10-07 05:36 AM
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93. Mind boggling! Has me eating my own face.
Let's recap: a corrupt Israeli PM - has a stake in a corrupt Israeli bank- owned by a corrupt Wall Street global hedge fund - which owns a corrupt US defense contractor - which contributes to corrupt GOP Congressmen - who also receive money from another corrupt defense contractor - that defense contractor produced faulty intel under contract to a corrupt CIA Assn't Director - that faulty intel was used to justify a corrupt US Administration's case for invading Iraq - that was planned and executed by corrupt neocons inside DoD who had written a proposal years earlier to wage wars to privatize the Israeli economy.

What a tangled web. One wished Chairman Waxmans staff and other Congressional investigators the strength of Hercules in taking down the Three-headed Dog, Cerberus, that guards the gates to Hell.

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Major Hogwash Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-10-07 05:55 AM
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94. Oh muh gawd! We must inform our congressmen about this.
I've never read anything like this in my life on any forum ever before.

To the people who worked on researching this, thank you, thank you, a million times thank you.

30 billion in assets, oh muh gawd.
No wonder they don't want the war to end.
Oh muh gawd.
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Cobalt Violet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-10-07 06:13 AM
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95. K & R Excellent research.
Privatization is such a big scam. It's making repukes so rich and kills people.
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Cessna Invesco Palin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-10-07 06:34 AM
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96. Well, who'd a thunk it.
Ariel Sharon started the Iraq war!

:crazy:

There's some good research in there. You obviously knows your Google. But your conclusions make no sense and aren't supported by your research.
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leveymg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-10-07 06:44 AM
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97. This Story is now Top of the Recomended List Over at DKos
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Octafish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-10-07 10:54 AM
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103. Great thinks mind alike.
Edited on Sat Mar-10-07 11:37 AM by Octafish
DU is what the Internets is all about -- harnessing mind power for Good.

appleannie1. CorpGopActivist. bobthedrummer. Emit. leveymg.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...
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blm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-10-07 12:49 PM
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112. Just came from there, Mark. Good to see this story moving through the internet.
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rman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-10-07 07:46 AM
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98. Oh golly, it's all connected
Who could have though of that?
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shanine Donating Member (322 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-10-07 09:32 AM
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99. Kick
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Buttercup McToots Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-10-07 11:45 AM
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105. Bump...up
:thumbsup:
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flamin lib Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-10-07 11:46 AM
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106. ..
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PhilipShore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-10-07 12:04 PM
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108. The Dea, CIA, DoD, & Narcotrafficking
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The U.S. Military and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) are at it again, this time in Guatemala. The State Department’s recently released 2003 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report states that Guatemala has become “the preferred Central American staging point for cocaine shipments northwards to Mexico and the United States.” That Guatemala is a major transport route for illegal drugs is nothing new and neither is the DEA’s presence here. However, what is new and troubling is the U.S. government’s recent overtures of military aid towards Guatemala and the reimplementation of Plan Mayan Jaguar, a joint DEA-Department of Defense project that sets no limit on the number of U.S. military and DEA personnel that could be deployed in Guatemala on joint anti-narcotrafficking operations. Add to this the familiar irony that many of the drug kingpins in the country benefited from previous trainings by either the DEA or the CIA and all the pieces are in place for more chaos and disaster in this latest chapter in the war on drugs.

What role does the DEA and the U.S. military have to play in this debacle? During the 1980s, the U.S. military and the CIA played an active support role in Guatemala’s transition from military to civilian rule. This transition was orchestrated by the Guatemalan military seeking to maintain power behind the scenes while creating a sense of legitimacy for the Guatemalan government through the appearance of democracy. The Guatemalan military was aided in this project by U.S. agencies whose main objective was not to do anything about the Guatemalan military’s continuing human rights abuses, but rather to “professionalize” the force. This idea of creating an efficient, though not necessarily just, military apparatus and later police force, was taken up by the DEA in its attempts to control the flow of drugs through the country. This desire for efficiency led the DEA, the CIA, and the DoD to collaborate with the country’s military intelligence, a move that proved to be the equivalent of striking a deal with the devil. The criminal element in the country’s military intelligence—a Guatemalan institution that has excelled in the art of forced disappearance, torture, and assassination—used the support of these U.S. agencies to their own benefit, becoming heads of narcotrafficking cartels and key players in the hidden network that is the real power in Guatemala.

This power dynamic had become so entrenched and the government’s relationship with narcotrafficking so obvious that at the beginning of 2003 the U.S. government decertified Guatemala as a country active in the fight against drug trafficking. Plan Mayan Jaguar appeared to be suspended indefinitely and even the continuation of a type of military aid known as Expanded IMET seemed to be in jeopardy. Guatemalan human rights activists cheered the move as a condemnation of the country’s rampant corruption and deteriorating human rights situation. But the decertification lasted less than a year. By September 2003, Plan Mayan Jaguar was back on track. By February 2004, the Guatemalan Congress broadened the mandate of Plan Mayan Jaguar to allow more U.S. troops in Guatemala to conduct joint counternarcotraffic patrols with Guatemalan officials, a move that was opposed by some Guatemalan politicians who see the plan as a threat to Guatemalan sovereignty.
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blm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-11-07 06:01 PM
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134. Funny how drug trafficking became MORE widespread since Bush took office.
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stonebone Donating Member (118 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-10-07 12:17 PM
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109. kick
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bobthedrummer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-10-07 01:38 PM
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120. Someone might want to take a closer look at former US Army Major General Kenneth L. Privratsky
who rose throughout his distinguished service career to become the Commanding General in charge of Military Traffic Management. He worked closely with Mr. Rumsfeld on transformation policies in the area of logistics-getting whatever was required by units when required.

This has been a failure and resulted in thousands of deaths and wounds.

Ken Privratsky retired to Anchorage, Alaska and became VP and GM of CSX Alaska, which had been known as Sea-Land.

The Carlyle Group purchased CSX Alaska in February 2003 and renamed it Horizon Lines.
Vanessa Orr wrote an article about Alaska business prospects for 2004 that included Ken Privratsky and Horizon Lines.
http://www.akbizmag.com/2004/Jan_04_big_business.htm

Last August federal agents raided officials offices including Senator Ted Stevens, Alaska Senate President Ben Stevens and others in a scandal involving VECO and BP.
http://www.adn.com/news/government/story/8142285p-80346...

Perhaps someone could look further into the possibility of corruption in Military Traffic Management and the ethics of doing business in Alaska.

Mr. Privratsky may have some interesting answers to these questions.

Fair use cited on links.
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ftr23532 Donating Member (334 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-10-07 07:05 PM
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124. kick!
excellent work! :thumbsup:
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MatrixEscape Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-11-07 12:12 AM
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126. Great work there! On a related note:
People might want to take the time to read the following reference to an article by Catherine Auston Fitts:

http://sensiblyeclectic.com/news/index.php/mainsite/200...

I have commented on the article, and included some excerpts as well as the link, (due to the length of the actual piece). If you take the time to read the actual article in its entirety, you will get quite an eye-opening primer on how the whole system works, from an insider/player.


Here is a teaser about only the tip of that iceberg:

The supremacy of the central banking-warfare investment model that has ruled our planet for the last 500 years depends on being able to combine the high margin profits of organized crime with the low cost of capital and liquidity that comes with governmental authority and popular faith in the rule of law. Our economy depends on insiders having their cake and eating it too and subsidizing a free lunch by stealing from someone else. This works well when the general population shares in some of the subsidy, grows complacent and does not see the real deal on how the system works. However, liquidity and governmental authority will erode if the general population becomes aware of how things really work. As this happens, they begin to understand the power of innovative technology and re-engineering of government resources to create greater abundance both for themselves and other people. As this happens, they lose faith in the myth that the current system is fundamentally legitimate. This jeopardizes the financial markets that depend on fraudulent collateral and practices to continue to work. It also jeopardizes the wealth and power of the people who are winning with financial fraud.

In short, transparency blows the game and cannot be allowed. No expense will be spared to insure that the insiders at the expense of the outsiders control financial data. As Nicholas Negroponte, founding Chairman of the MIT Media Lab, once said, In a digital age, data about money is worth more than money.

As a consequence, extraordinary attention and sums of money are invested in affirming the myth and appearance of legitimacy. This includes creating popular explanations of why the rich and powerful are lawful and ethical and the venal poor, hostile foreigners, crafty mobsters and incompetent and irresponsible middle class bureaucrats are to blame for the success of narcotics trafficking, financial fraud and other forms of organized crime.
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blm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-11-07 10:43 AM
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127. This is why the powerstructure had to keep Kerry out - he was an open government Dem
who drafted the transparency rules for international banking after his BCCI investigation uncovered the need for tracking the terror networks to their international financiers and the official governments who protected them.

And that powerstructure is the BFEE - made up of Republican elite who have coopted some of our biggest Dem names.
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KoKo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-11-07 02:11 PM
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130. Vulture Fund Cerberus Weiging Bid for Chrysler!
DaimlerChrysler official says Cerberus, Blackstone weighing bid for Chrysler

2 hours, 24 minutes ago

By Tom Krisher

DETROIT (AP) - Buyout experts from two private-equity firms are meeting this week with Chrysler Group executives about possibly making a bid to buy DaimlerChrysler AG's struggling U.S. unit, a company official said Tuesday.

The official, who did not want to be identified because the talks are confidential, told The Associated Press that Cerberus Capital Management LP representatives visited the company's Auburn Hills, Mich., headquarters Monday to review the automaker's finances, while Blackstone Group officials are to arrive later in the week.

The visits are the latest developments since DaimlerChrysler chairman Dieter Zetsche said Feb. 14 that all options are being considered for the Chrysler business and that he would not rule out a possible sale.

Analysts say General Motors Corp., plus four private-equity firms, including Cerberus, Blackstone, Apollo Management LP and the Carlyle Group are exploring a purchase of the struggling company.

GM won't comment but won't deny the reports, while all four private equity firms have refused comment.

Zetsche, speaking Tuesday at the Geneva Motor Show, said he is confident Chrysler Group's restructuring plan will work. He also said that the finance arm of Chrysler could be sold.

Chrysler on Feb. 14 announced plans to shed 13,000 jobs, including 11,000 hourly and 2,000 salaried workers in the U.S. and Canada as part of its restructuring plan.

The company plans to close one factory and make cuts at several others to reduce factory capacity to match lower demand for its products.

Chrysler lost US$1.475 billion in 2006 and said it expects losses to continue through 2007.

Shares of DaimlerChrysler rose $1.57, or 2.4 per cent, to $67.37 in morning trading on the New York Stock Exchange.

http://209.85.165.104/search?q=cache:MmmcbLYD3wcJ:news....
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nashville_brook Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-11-07 04:32 PM
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132. been away for a couple of days -- SO GLAD to happen across this!
latecomer kick
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blm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-12-07 12:04 PM
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139. ^^^^^^ Hey Journalists - do your JOB for a change!!! ^^^^^
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grasswire Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-12-07 01:07 PM
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140. Steve Kangas, James A. Hatfield, Danny Casolaro, Pete Brewton...
....Pete wasn't killed, but he was hushed. Robert Parry, Gene Lyons....they were blacklisted from their profession. The beat goes on.
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