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DrDebug Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-13-06 10:03 AM
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4. The original (first) owner of Skyway is interesting too
Edited on Tue Jun-13-06 10:16 AM by DrDebug

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In 1980, James R. Bath was named company president of Cotopax Investments, registered in the Cayman Islands. The name was changed to Skyway Aircraft Leasing Ltd. The company board then resigned en masse, leaving Bath as a sole director. The company acted as a supplier of large passenger and air cargo jets. At one point, it leased a $10 million Gulfstream II jet to the Abu Dhabi National Oil Co., which was controlled by Sheikh Zayed, the late first president of the United Arab Emirates.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_R._Bath


In case you don't remember who James R. Bath is, a quick biography:

James R. Bath moved to Houston in 1965 to join the Texas Air National Guard where he meets George W. Bush and the two become friends (1). During this period Bath gets introduced to George H.W. Bush (4).

In 1972 he goes missing from the National Guard and was suspended on September 29, 1972 (2) together with his buddy George W. Bush for failing to undergo a physical (3).

In 1974 Bath helped to finance George W. Bush campaign.

In 1976 Bath purchased the Houston Gulf Airport on behalf of Salem bin Laden, a Saudi sheik. Bath was the representative of Salem bin Laden (5). When bin Laden died in 1988, his interest in the airfield passed to Khalid bin Mahfouz.

Later Bath bought into two of Bush's companies, Arbusto 79 Ltd and Arbusto 80 Ltd, affiliates of the Arbusto Energy oil exploration company founded by George W. Bush.

Sources:
1. http://www.sfweekly.com/issues/2001-09-19/mecklin.html
2. For declassified source documents. See: http://journals.democraticunderground.com/exlrrp/1
3. http://www.salon.com/news/feature/2004/04/27/james_bath/index1.html
4. id. page 3
5. michaelmoore.com/_media/images/documents/salem-bath-trust-agreement.jpg (because it's a large scan)


Nota bene:
1. Khalid Bin Mahfouz has made it very clear that he is not connected to Osama bin Laden, terrorists or many scandals. http://www.binmahfouz.info gives an overview of all the things he didn't do.

2. There is no indication that James R. Bath is connected to the current owners of Skyway and the relation with George W. Bush is even more indirect.

Edit: Arbusto 79 is 1979 of course etc. + decorative picture added
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