system also makes a complete mockery of the so-called moral approach
used by the leaders of the ‘free world’ when they accuse others of
the same behaviour. Is it any wonder that we have
populations who have ‘dropped out’ of the political process. Where
is the accountability? Where indeed?
George HW Bush
It’s a shell game
In recent years
the problem has been excerbated by the ‘gutting’ of the government
through wholesale deregulation and privatisation, which has enabled
those with the ‘right’ connections to gain access to vast gobs of
money in the form of subsidies and lucrative contracts (eg Marvin
Bush’s Ignite corporation, or the Kuwaiti Harken Oil deals,
Choicepoint’s Homeland Security contracts and the software company
it uses, Sybase Inc which has Bush family connections). The effect
has been to turn various and sundry government agencies into hollow
shells. Companies can then effectively write themselves blank
cheques or simply ignore the toothless edicts issued by the
regulators (eg the SEC over the Silverado S&L scandal).
Assault on Liberty
The assault on
the rights of citizens, won at great cost and over generations of
struggle, has since the 1970s, been steadily eroded to the point
that we are now left with a façade of the original, a cardboard
mockup that has all the appearances democracy, civil rights and so
forth but virtually no substance. Our cynical leaders would have us
vote, as Britain’s Chancellor remarked after the last UK
is the mark of the satisfied citizen."
Satisfied or cynical?
Or perhaps fatalistic about a system which has systematically
encouraged its citizens to disenfranchise themselves?
Ultimately of course,
it exposes the real nature of the political class and who it really
serves – the rich and powerful and their utter disdain for those
without any real power. With ‘elections’ being reduced to no more
than tokenised democracy (only about a quarter of the electorate
actually bother to vote in US national elections and a fraction more
in the UK), it’s no surprise that firstly, there is no genuine
representation ‘of the people, for the people, by the people’, but
just as importantly, the total lack of representation or
accountability encourages an arrogance and bravado on the part of
the power elite that they can get away with anything, because they
we let them (and they do)!
Estate – Absentee Landlords
process is at work in the ‘4th Estate’ who have reduced
journalism (when they bother to actually cover the real stories) to
another hollow shell, where the act of merely reporting is now
considered sufficient to fulfill their obligations as ‘watchdogs’ of
the nation’s affairs. The thought of actually leading with a story,
and pursuing it, day after day, until someone actually takes notice
and says, ‘enough is enough’ is simply not permitted because the
same corporations that own the media are also part and parcel of the
same power elite that’s busy ripping off the nation and holding the
world to ransom.
Par for the Course
‘Dynasty’, although maybe they got the idea for the programme from
the Bush posse. Staggering, is all I can say about the Bush family
saga. Yet actually it’s par for the course as they say and not at
all exceptional in the annals of the US power elite. The history of
US capitalism is made up of family dynasties of one kind or another,
from the robber barons of the Du Ponts, Mellons, Morgans,
Rockefellers, Carnegies and Kennedys, through to the newcomers like
Enron, Worldcom, Halliburton, Bechtel, Harken, Carlyle and so forth.
And, like the landed aristocracies of England, they marry into each
other’s families, go to the same schools and universities, sit on
each other’s corporate boards and invest in each other’s business
dealings. Importantly, they watch each other’s backs and for obvious
Below are the
sections in alphabetical order, of some of the companies and
individuals connected to the Bush family (or vice versa). Clicking
on the bold link at the start of each section will take you to a
page of additional links.
Arbusto Oil and the bin Laden Connection
Oh what a tangled Web we weave. Salem bin Laden, one of 57 children
their father Mohammed sired with his 12 wives, and Bush were
founders of the Arbusto Energy oil company in Texas (I assume not
with the 12 wives as well).
He died in a plane
crash -- like his father -- but not before the Arbusto Energy Oil
Company, founded in 1978, had become hugely successful. Later,
Spectrum 7 Corp bought out Arbusto (now called Bush Exploration Co).
In 1986, with the company on the verge of bankruptcy, it was
purchased by Harken, and even though Bush Exploration Co had debts
of $3 million, Harken paid Bush $2 million for his stock.
See also the BCCI (Bank
of Credit & Commerce) connection below, another murky international
scandal involving drug money laundering etc which one of the
original investors in Arbusto, James R. Bath, a Houston businessman
and old friend of GWB was involved in.
described Bath in 1991 as "a deal broker whose alleged
associations run from the CIA to a major shareholder and
director of the Bank of Credit & Commerce." BCCI, as it was
more commonly known, closed its doors in July 1991 amid
charges of multibillion-dollar fraud and global news reports
that the financial institution had been heavily involved in
drug money laundering, arms brokering, covert intelligence
work, bribery of government officials and—here's the
kicker—aid to terrorists."
John Ashcroft: Attorney
General And Defender Of The Confederacy
Schering-Plough; Enterprise Rent-A-Car; Monsanto
As a senator from
Missouri, John Ashcroft received generous campaign contributions
from companies, including Enterprise Rent-A-Car and Monsanto, which
were based in his home state. But a company didn’t have to be from
Missouri to get some attention from the senator. Ashcroft was one of
only a handful of senators sponsoring a bill that extended the
patent on Schering-Plough’s ultra-profitable allergy pill, Claritin.
Extending the patent, which expires in 2002, would save the company
billions of dollars in potential revenue. The bill died in
committee, but Schering-Plough still gave Ashcroft $50,000 for his
failed 2000 Senate bid. Schering-Plough donated the money to
Ashcroft’s joint fundraising committee, which Ashcroft set up with
the National Republican Senatorial Committee to encourage unlimited
soft money contributions from corporations that could not legally
contribute to his main campaign committee. (Check out
Schering-Plough's campaign contributions to other candidates.)
Besides Schering-Plough, Ashcroft’s joint committee logged
contributions from AT&T ($25,000) and Microsoft ($10,000).
Microsoft, of course, is hoping the new attorney general drops the
justice department’s antitrust suit against the company."
Baker & Botts
James Baker III
"He says the
government shouldn't overreact to corporate scandals. He led the
campaigns of the last four Republican presidents. He watched the
September 11 attacks at the Ritz-Carlton with the Bin Laden family.
He's defending the Saudi's against a trillion-dollar lawsuit brought
forth by the September 11 families.
BCCI (Bank of Credit &
depositors of $10 billion in the '80s in what has been
called the "largest bank fraud in world financial history"
by former Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau."
connection is, it could be argued an ‘accidental’ one, but it’s
highly unlikely even if it is difficult to track, But the seeds are
all there, including GW Snr’s CIA connection (as head of it) in the
1970s and the links to BCCI as well as his long time association
with James R. Bath an investor in Arbusto. Bath, was a Houston
businessman and old friend was also an investor in BCCI.
Essentially, BCCI was a convenient ‘channel’ for moving money
through to fund the various illegal enterprises being undertaken at
the time including, Iran-Contra, the Iranian arms sales, CIA money
laundering operations, connections to powerful Middle Eastern
businessmen, the Vatican and its right-wing connections through BNL.
Perhaps this extract
from "Texas Connections"
http://www.thedubyareport.com/txconnect.html gives you an
idea of the reach:
Abdullah Bahksh of Saudi Arabia, a 16% shareholder in Harken
Energy at the time, was represented by a Palestinian-born
Chicago investor named Talat Othman, who served with George
W. Bush on the board of Harken Energy. Othman made at least
three separate visits to the White House to discuss Middle
East affairs with then President George Bush. At about the
same time, and just prior to the Gulf War, Harken Energy,
with no previous international or offshore drilling
experience, was awarded a 35-year petroleum exploration
contract with the emirate of Bahrain.
emerged as a co-investor in the Bank of Commerce and Credit
International (BCCI), a criminal enterprise since dissolved,
that existed primarily as a mechanism for obtaining
political influence using Middle Eastern oil money.
Bahrain's prime minister, Sheik Khalifah bin-Sulman
al-Khalifah, was a major investor in BCCI's parent company,
BCCI Holdings, of Luxembourg. Through its commodities
affiliate, Capcom, BCCI was used as a money laundering
service by drug traffickers, arms dealers, etc. BCCI's front
man in the U.S., and the person chiefly responsible for its
takeover of First American Bank in the U.S., was Kamal
Adham. Adham is referred to in the Kerry Committee report on
BCCI as having been "the CIA's principal liaison for the
entire Middle East from the mid-1960's through 1979." He was
also the head of intelligence for Saudi Arabia during the
time George Bush Sr. was Director of the CIA."
Carlyle Connection – There’s no business like war business
There are so many connections between the Bushes, the ‘Defence’
establishment, the global trade in arms, that the mind boggles. That
it barely gets a mention in the mainstream media (except of course,
to simply ‘report’ it) is a scandal of the grandest proportions. But
it only goes to show the power of big business and the political
class they have installed in both the US and the UK (after all, John
Major is employed by the Carlyle Group and BAE Systems, the
major arms supplier to the UK, is part-owned by Carlyle). Not only
the connections beggar belief but the sheer hypocrisy of the Bush
government should put it in a new category in the Guinness Book of
Records. As you’ll see from just a few of the links to information
on Carlyle below, their tentacles extend to many of the armed
conflicts going on in the world. There’s no business like war
Unless you were around and following events in the 1980s, especially
Central American affairs and later, the Iran-contra scandal, you
probably won’t know who Elliot Abrams is. More’s the pity too. As
Reagan's Assistant Secretary of State for Human Rights and
Humanitarian Affairs he used to oversee US foreign policy in Latin
America, and was active in covering up some of the worst atrocities
committed by the US-sponsored Contras. According to congressional
records, under Abram's watch, the Contras "raped, tortured, and
killed unarmed civilians, including children," and that "groups of
civilians, including women and children, were burned, dismembered,
blinded and beheaded."
include John Negroponte, the new ambassador to the UN, who served
under Reagan as ambassador to Honduras from 1981-1985. He is known
for his role in the cover up of human rights abuses by CIA trained
paramilitaries throughout the region. Coincidentally? Honduran
exiles associated with the paramilitary forces that had been living
in the US, were exported to Canada prior to Negroponte's Senate
confirmation hearing, thus rendering their testimony unavailable.
Another partner from
the ‘good ol’ days is Otto Reich who has been appointed as Assistant
Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs (which includes
Latin America). The Bush administration used a "recess appointment"
during January 2002 to side step the Senate confirmation hearing
otherwise required of the appointment. Democrat opposition to
Reich's nomination had been predicted.
But they are still up
to their old tricks:
"The coup in
Venezuela against Hugo Chavez sports the sticky fingerprints
of all three men and the modus operandi of a long line of
US-led cold war interventions.
But if these
covert ops were tragedy, the Chavez plot was farce. The
rapid unraveling of the coup suggested that the Venezuelan
plotters would have done better seeking advise from Supreme
Court Justice Rehnquist rather than from Reich. It soon
became public that Bush officials maintained a web of
connections with the conspirators and appeared to have
foreknowledge of the plot. Using the same conduit Reagan
used to fund the contras, the National Endowment for
Democracy, the administration had funneled money to
British media, Abrams gave a nod to the plotters; Otto
Reich, a former ambassador to Venezuela, met repeatedly with
Pedro Carmona and other coup leaders. The day Carmona seized
the presidency, Reich summoned ambassadors from Latin
America and the Caribbean to his office and endorsed the new
guilty to two misdemeanor counts of withholding information
from Congress in 1991, for which George Bush senior
subsequently pardoned him in December 1992."
As there’s so much information on the Bush-Enron connection (over a
quarter of a million links on Google), rather than attempt to show
the bankruptcy side of things, I’ve sifted through a number of
stories and tried to find the ones which show the bigger picture,
starting wuth the Argentine connection between Enron, the Bushes,
George Snr, Jeb and Neil.
Fresh Del Monte and IAT Group: Rotten Fruit? It just doesn’t
Let’s start with January 2003.
From the report below:
"The new year begs for
a fresh start. But business accusations of international bribery,
nefarious investors and a Bush brother awkwardly involved in a
troubled company all have a too-familiar ring.
Here's the latest
Robert Ludlum-style financial spat.
…. Marvin Bush, the
brother of President Bush and Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, joined the
board of directors of Fresh Del Monte in 1998, after the alleged
events took place. Marvin Bush was re-elected to the company's board
this year for a term ending in 2005, and served on the board's
critically important audit and compensation committees.
In October, Bush
decided to resign from the board at the end of 2002. Without any
public notice of Bush's planned departure by Fresh Del Monte, news
of his pending resignation was not reported until last month."
The Harken Connection
Covert Action Quarterly "The Family That Preys Together
Issue No. 41, Summer,
1992 by Jack Colhoun
This a consummate piece
on the Bush family from a magazine, now sadly defunct.
"This is an incredible
deal, unbelievable for this small company," energy analyst Charles
Strain told Forbes magazine, describing the oil production
sharing agreement the Harken Energy Corporation signed in January
1990 with Bahrain.
Under the terms of the
deal, Harken was given the exclusive right to explore for gas and
oil off the shores of the Gulf island nation. If gas or oil were
found in waters near two of the world's largest gas and oil fields,
Harken would have exclusive marketing and transportation rights for
the energy resources. Truly an "incredible deal" for a company that
had never drilled an offshore well.
Strain failed to point
out, however, the one fact that puts the Harken deal in focus:
George Bush, Jr., the eldest son of George and Barbara Bush of 1600
Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, DC, is a member of Harken's board
of directors, a consultant, and a stockholder in the Texas-based
company. In light of this connection, the deal makes more sense. The
involvement of Junior-George Walker Bush's childhood nickname-with
Harken is a walking conflict of interest. His relationship to
President Bush, rather than any business acumen, made him a valuable
asset for Harken, the Republican Party benefactors, Middle East oil
sheikhs and covert operators who played a part in Harken's Bahrain
In fact, Junior's track
record as an oilman is pretty dismal. He began his career in
Midland, Texas, in the mid-1970s when he founded Arbusto Energy,
Inc. When oil prices dropped in the early 1980s, Arbusto fell upon
hard times. Junior was only rescued from business failure when his
company was purchased by Spectrum 7 Energy Corporation, a small oil
firm owned by William DeWitt and Mercer Reynolds. As part of the
September 1984 deal, Bush became Spectrum 7's president and was
given a 13.6 percent share in the company's stock. Oil prices stayed
low and within two years, Spectrum 7 was in trouble.
In the six months
before Spectrum 7 was acquired by Harken in 1986, it had lost
$400,000. In the buyout deal, George "Jr." and his partners were
given more than $2 million worth of Harken stock for the 180-well
operation. Made a director and hired as a "consultant" to Harken,
Junior received another $600,000 of Harken stock, and has been paid
between $42,000 and $120,000 a year since 1986.
Junior's value to
Harken soon became apparent when the company needed an infusion of
cash in the spring of 1987. Junior and other Harken officials met
with Jackson Stephens, head of Stephens, Inc., a large investment
bank in Little Rock, Arkansas (Stephens made a $100,000 contribution
to the Reagan-Bush campaign in 1980 and gave another $100,000 to the
Bush dinner committee in 1990.)
In 1987, Stephens made
arrangements with Union Bank of Switzerland (UBS) to provide $25
million to Harken in return for a stock interest in Harken. As part
of the Stephens-brokered deal, Sheikh Abdullah Bakhsh, a Saudi real
estate tycoon and financier, joined Harken's board as a major
investor. *5 Stephens, UBS, and Bakhsh each have ties to the
scandal-ridden Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI).
It was Stephens who
suggested in the late 1970s that BCCI purchase what became First
American Bankshares in Washington, D.C. BCCI later acquired First
American's predecessor, Financial General Bankshares. At the time of
the Harken investment, UBS was a joint-venture partner with BCCI in
a bank in Geneva, Switzerland. Bakhsh has been an investment partner
in Saudi Arabia with Gaith Pharoan, identified by the U.S. Federal
Reserve Board as a "front man" for BCCI's secret acquisitions of
Stephens, Inc. played a
role in the Harken deal with Bahrain as well. Former Stephens
bankers David and Mike Edwards contacted Michael Ameen, the former
chief of Mobil Oil's Middle East operations, when Bahrain broke off
1989 talks with Amoco for a gas and oil exploration contract. The
Edwardses recommended Harken for the job and urged Ameen to get in
touch with Bahrain, which he did.
"In the midst of
Harken's talks with Bahrain, Ameen- simultaneously working as a
State Department consultant-briefed the incoming U.S. ambassador in
Bahrain, Charles Hostler," the Wall Street Journal noted,
adding that Hostler, a San Diego real estate investor, was a
$100,000 contributor to the Republican Party. Hostler claimed he
never discussed Harken with the Bahrainis.
sufficient financing to explore off the coast of Bahrain so it
brought in Bass Enterprises Production Company of Fort Worth, Texas,
as a partner. The Bass family contributed more than $200,000 to the
Republican Party in the late 1980s and early 1990s. *9 On June 22,
1990, George Jr. sold two-thirds of his Harken stock for $848,560-a
cool 200 percent profit. The move was well timed. One week after
Junior sold his stock, Harken announced a $23.2 million loss in
quarterly earnings and Harken stock dropped sharply, losing 60
percent of its value over the next six months. On August 2, 1990,
Iraqi troops moved into Kuwait and 541,000 U.S. forces were deployed
to the Gulf.
"There is substantial
evidence to suggest that Bush knew Harken was in dire straits in the
weeks before he sold the $848,560 of Harken stock," asserted U.S.
News & World Report. The magazine noted Harken appointed Junior
to a "fairness committee" to study possible economic restructuring
of the company. Junior worked closely with financial advisers from
Smith Barney, Harris Upham & Company, who concluded "only drastic
action could save Harken."
George "Jr." also
violated Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) regulations which
require "insider" stock deals to be reported promptly, in Bush's
case by July 10, 1990. He didn't file the stock sale with the SEC
until the first week of March 1991.
cloak-and-dagger aura surrounds Junior's business dealings. James
Bath, a Texas entrepreneur who invested $50,000 in Arbusto Energy,
may be a business cutout for the CIA. Bath also acted as an
investment "adviser" to Saudi Arabian oil sheikhs, linked to the
outlaw BCCI, which also has ties to the CIA.
Bill White, a former
Bath partner, claims that Bath has "national security" connections.
White, a United States Naval Academy graduate and former fighter
pilot, charges that Bath developed a network of off-shore companies
to camouflage the movement of money and aircraft between Texas and
the Middle East, especially Saudi Arabia.
Alan Quasha, a Harken
director and former chair of the company, is the son of attorney
William Quasha, who defended figures in the Nugan Hand Bank scandal
in Australia. Closed in 1980, Nugan Hand was not only tied to
drug-money laundering and U.S. intelligence and mi- litary circles,
but also to the CIA's covert backing for a "constitutional coup" in
Australia that caused the fall of Prime Minister Gough Whitlam.
The Harken deal with
Bahrain raises another troubling question: Did the Bahrainis and the
BCCI-linked Saudi oil sheikhs use the production sharing agreement
with Harken to curry favor with the Bush administration and
influence U.S. policy in the Middle East? Talat Othman's sudden rise
to prominence in Bush administration foreign policy circles is a
case in point. Othman, who sits on the Harken board as Sheikh
Bakhsh's representative, didn't have access to President Bush before
Harken's Bahrain agreement. "But since August 1990, the
Palestinian-born Chicago investor has attended three White House
meetings with President Bush to discuss Middle East policy," the
Wall Street Journal pointed out. "His name was added by the White
House to a select list of 15 Arab-Americans chosen to meet with
President Bush, [then White House Chief of Staff John] Sununu and
National Security Adviser Brent Scowcroft in the White House two
days after Iraq's August 1990 invasion of Kuwait."
This maybe small potatoes by comparison with all the other Bush clan
scams, but nevertheless Ignite! Learning has made Neil Bush $20
million over the past three years. Not bad for a guy who ran
Silverado S&L into the ground. With accusations of nepotism flying
around all over the place, especially now that Neil Bush is trying
to get the Florida school system to buy into his learning software
(at $30 a pop per student per year), the state that his brother Jeb
is governor of, it’s no wonder. Connected is the wholesale
privatisation of state services, which opens such areas as education
to the predations of people like Neil Bush and indeed, the whole
issue of influence peddling and nepotism.
The Jeb Bush Connection
This is a murky
story with connections to the Nicaraguan Contras, the Mafia,
Cuban-American terrorists, Iran-Contra, bribery and corruption,
coverups and the CIA. Essentially, IMC was contracted to give
medical assistance to the Nicaraguan Contras but the story is in
fact, a lot more complex and gives you some idea of just how
inter-connected events really are, especially when you’re dealing
the Bush clan. Perhaps this review of a book by Duncan Campbell
The Bush Dynasty and the Cuban Criminal, will give you some
"The Bush family
connections go back to 1984 when Jeb Bush began a close association
with Camilo Padreda, a former intelligence officer with the Batista
dictatorship overthrown by Fidel Castro.
Jeb Bush was then the
chairman of the Dade county Republican party and Padreda its finance
chairman. Padreda had earlier been indicted on a $500,000 (£320,000)
embezzlement charge along with a fellow exile, Hernandez Cartaya,
but the charges were dropped, reportedly after the CIA stated that
Cartaya had worked for them.
Padreda later pleaded
guilty to defrauding the housing and urban development department of
millions of dollars during the 1980s.
The president's younger
brother was also on the payroll in the 80s of the prominent Cuban
exile Miguel Recarey, who had earlier assisted the CIA in attempts
to assassinate President Castro.
Recarey, who ran
International Medical Centers (IMC), employed Jeb Bush as a real
estate consultant and paid him a $75,000 fee for finding the company
a new location, although the move never took place, which raised
questions at the time. Jeb Bush did, however, lobby the Reagan/Bush
administration vigorously and successfully on behalf of Recarey and
IMC. "I want to be very wealthy," Jeb Bush told the Miami News
when questioned during that period.
In 1985, Jeb Bush acted
as a conduit on behalf of supporters of the Nicaraguan contras with
his father, then the vice-president, and helped arrange for IMC to
provide free medical treatment for the contras.
Recarey was later
charged with massive medicare fraud but fled the US before his trial
and is now a fugitive.
Jeb Bush sealed his
popularity with the Cuban exile community by acting as campaign
manager for another prominent Cuban-American, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen,
when she ran successfully for Congress.
George Bush Sr famously
appeared with her during her campaign in Miami declaring: "I am
certain in my heart I will be the first American president to step
foot on the soil of a free and independent Cuba."
She has since lobbied
successfully for the release of several exiles convicted of
terrorist offences held in US jails but who now live freely in
at the request of Jeb, Mr Bush Sr intervened to release the
convicted Cuban terrorist Orlando Bosch from prison and then granted
him US residency.
According to the
justice department in George Bush Sr's administration, Bosch had
participated in more than 30 terrorist acts. He was convicted of
firing a rocket into a Polish ship which was on passage to Cuba. He
was also implicated in the 1976 blowing-up of a Cubana plane flying
to Havana from Venezuela in which all 73 civilians on board were
strongly suggest, according to Bardach's book, that Bosch was one of
the conspirators, and quotes the then secretary of state, Henry
Kissinger, as writing that the "US government had been planning to
suggest Bosch's deportation before Cubana airlines crash took place
for his suspected involvement in other terrorist acts and violation
of his parole".
Bosch's release, often
referred to in the US media as a pardon, was the result of pressure
brought by hardline Cubans in Miami, with Jeb Bush serving as their
point man. Bosch now lives in Miami and remains unrepentant about
his militant activities, according to Bardach.
In July this year, Jeb
Bush nominated Raoul Cantero, the grandson of Batista, as a Florida
supreme court judge despite his lack of experience. Mr Cantero had
previously represented Bosch and acted as his spokesman, once
describing Bosch on Miami radio as a "great Cuban patriot"".
Lynne Cheney, champion of democracy?
"Lynne Cheney, wife of Vice President Dick Cheney, Frank
Gaffney, James Woolsey, and William Bennett, former Secretary of
Education in the Reagan Administration, all play prominent roles in
domestic suppression of criticism of the War on Terrorism. A group
founded by Lynne Cheney, the American Council of Trustees and
Alumni, recently released a report titled "Defending Civilization."
It listed 127 "unpatriotic" statements made on U.S. college campuses
since September 11."
National Endowment for the Preservation of Liberty
This takes us back to the 1980s although as the article below
informs, like a bad meal, the sins of the past keep coming back, in
this case it’s Otto Reich who was part of the original Contra force
funded and supported by the Reagan/Bush government with its links to
drugs for guns and connections to the CIA and the Iran-Contra
affair. I have also included links to the official CIA version of
"Bush nominee linked to
Latin American terrorism" By Bill Vann 24 November 2001
"As the Bush
administration exhorts governments throughout the world to line up
behind its "war on terrorism," it is pressuring the US Senate to
push through confirmation of a nominee to a key foreign policy
position whose own links to terror and an illegal CIA propaganda
operation have raised concerns even among the usually docile
Who is Otto Reich? Well basically, he's a friend of
terrorists, there's no other way to describe him.
came to prominence during the Reagan administration when he
was appointed head of the office of public diplomacy within
the state department. According to the national security
archives, Reich used this role to pursue his own agenda to
such an extent that in 1987 the Comptroller-General of the
US, a Republican appointee, found that some of the efforts
of his office were "prohibited, covert propaganda activities
... beyond the range of acceptable agency public information
activities". A letter of September 30 1987 concluded that
Reich's office had violated "a restriction on the state
department's annual appropriations prohibiting the use of
federal funds for publicity or propaganda purposes not
authorised by Congress"".
Duncan Campbell - The Guardian
He is now George Bush's
assistant secretary of state for western hemisphere affairs.
The central point is that Bush is filling his government with
characters like this, people who have broken the law, an enemy of
human rights, a thoroughly unsavoury character.
Richard Armitage – another Iran-Contra figure come back to haunt
"On March 23, after being recommended in a unanimous 18-0 vote by
the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, former Vietnam-era covert
operative and Contra-era figure Richard Armitage was confirmed as
Deputy Secretary of State in a voice vote on the Senate Floor. The
unchallenged confirmation of a figure who had previously been
investigated by President Reagan's Commission on Organized Crime
(1984) for alleged links to gambling and prostitution was totally
ignored by the major American media. Armitage has already begun work
at the State Department and is deeply involved in negotiations over
a US spy plane recently captured by the Chinese government."
The Silverado Savings and Loan Scandal
The savings and loans crashes of the 1980s, themselves directly the
result of Reagan’s deregulation of the banking industry, is more
interesting because of how it reflects the rapacious nature of
unbridled capitalism than of Neil Bush himself. Who by the way, is
now embroiled in another scam with his latest venture, educational
software, Ignite (turnover $20 million, much of it from educational
subsidies obtained in the state of Florida ,where, ‘coincidentally’
of course, his bro Jeb, is governor).
Altogether, it’s been
calculated that bailing out the failed S&Ls countrywide cost the
US taxpayer around $1.4 trillion!
There are nowhere as
many digital sources on the S&L debacle because it predates the Web.
Much of it is contained in pages that refer to the numerous scandals
and malfeasances of the Bush clan at large. Even so, I’ve managed to
uncover a number of dedicated sources.
Stratesec/Securacom, KuAm (Kuwait-American Corporation), HCC
The links between these companies is strange. All have a Bush
connection as well as a World Trade Centre, United Airlines, Dulles
International Airport security, aviation and Kuwaiti connection.
What is known, is that SEC regulations were breached by Marvin Bush
in filings submitted to the SEC.
Who is Marvin P. Bush?
The public rarely sees Marvin P. Bush, brother of President Bush
Marvin P. Bush is the
founder (1993) and Managing Partner of Winston Partners Group of
Vienna, Virginia. It's a private investment company. He is also the
Managing General Partner of Winston Growth Fund, LLP; Winston
International Growth Fund, LP; Winston Small Cap Growth Fund, LP;
all related companies.
Before this, he spent
12 years in the investment business with the firms of Mosley,
Hallgarten, Estabrook and Weeden, Shearson Lehman Brothers, and John
Stewart Darrel & Company.
In January, 1998,
Marvin Bush was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Fresh Del
Monte Produce company, the giant fruit company (major product
bananas) that makes the canned goods we buy in our markets. Del
Monte is owned by a very wealthy family from Kuwait, the
Abu-Ghazaleh family. Mohammed Abu-Ghazaleh is the CEO and he has
several family members on the Board alongside Marvin Bush. Another
member of the Fresh Del Monte Board of Directors is Stephen Way, who
is a major Bush fundraiser. Way is the head of the Houston-based HCC
Insurance Holdings Company. In early 2000, Stephen Way acquired the
appointment of Marvin Bush to the Board of Directors of HCC. In that
transaction, Bush not only landed a very large salary, but a sweet
stock option deal. He purchased about $130,000 worth of HCC stock
which is now valued at close to $600,000, not even one year later.
Marvin Bush is also on
the Board of Directors of something called the Kerrco Company.
Marvin also was named
to the Board of Directors of the Stratesec Company, another large
publicly-traded firm. This company is very secretive and you can
find virtually nothing about it. Their website does not allow entry
to several links unless one has a password. Virginia-based Stratesec
is a provider of high-tech security systems. Two of the major
customers for which they provide security are the Dulles
International Airport at Washington, D.C. and the Los Alamos
National Laboratory. Stratesec's revenues recently went up by 60%,
due to what the company describes as "new customers" Prominent
people at Stratesec also include former Reagan operatives including
Barry McDaniel and Air Force General James A. Abrahamson (who was
involved in the Reagan "Star Wars" project). Stratesec is a company
is heavily inter-related with the Kuwam Corporation ("Kuw" = Kuwait;
"am" = America). Kuwam is a major Kuwaiti Company into many, many
activities including the aircraft business. Stratesec's Chief
Executive is also the Managing Director of Kuwam Corporation and
Kuwam's Chairman Mishal Yousef Saud Al Sabah sits on Stratesec's
Board of Directors. Stratesec is providing the primary security for
one of the most sensitive airports in the world. Dulles in D.C., has
a heavy middle eastern airline connection.
Sybase, Choicepoint, H.R. 3162, called "The Uniting and
Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to
Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act" (or USA Patriot)
Another can of worms.
Actually, I’m getting fed up with the Bush clan. It’s like the only
life they have is screwing up everybody else’s! Sybase software is
part of the Choicepoint system which is part of the Patriot Act
which part of the whole damn system for keeping track of everybody
and everything we do, read, visit, buy, and no doubt think about.
Zapata is the story of oil and the Bush clan and of course, Texas.
This is the company GW Bush Snr founded in 1953 and, depending on
your predilictions for conspiracies, the Bush connection can take
you all the way to the Kennedy assassination and back, and given the
scale and scope of the Bush saga, it doesn’t surprise me at all, if
indeed there are links between all the goings on of the Bush clan,
oil, Texas, the FBI, the CIA, the Rockefellers, the Tri-Lateral
Commission, the Nugan-Hand Bank,the Mob, The Pope (or at least the
Vatican, I think the current uncumbent is a little too doddery) and
the assassination of JFK. Of one thing I am sure, when billions and
governments are at stake, anything is possible.
Other important sources
Federation of American
The FAS Website
contains probably the most complete record of the US dealings with
the Iraqi regime, arms sales and related information, including
Congressional records. For example I did a search on "iraqi arms
sales" and pulled up 882 locations including:
A particularly useful
set of documents, because they are the official record of US
congressional representative Henry B. Gonzalez and his longstanding
investigations into a range of related dealings which included BCCI,
Banco Nazionale Lavoro (BNL), Iraq-gate, illicit arms dealings, and
especially attempts by the Bush government to block his
Other Bush family
-connected Companies & Institutions
Corp, Global Strategies LLC, Bass Enterprises Production Co,
Asset Management International
Financing and Settlement Ltd,
Other Bush Men (and the
that at some point, I'll get around to
adding to this dossier.
Dick Cheney, Ari Fleisher, Asa Hutchinson, Robert Mueller, John
Negroponte, Paul O'Neil, Theodore Oison, Richard Perle, John
Poindexter, Colin Powell, Michael Powell, Otto Reich, Orlando Bosch,
Robert Reilly, Donald Rumsfeld, Karl Rove,
John Walters, Eduardo Noriega, Richard M Nixon, Robert Mosbacher,
Ferdinand Marcos, John Erlichman, Robert McFarlane, Brent Scowcroft,
Donald Regan, Jim Baker, William Casey, Santos Trafficante, Miguel
Recarey, Jr, Oliver North, Manucher Ghorbanifar, Sheik Abdullah
Bakhsh, Tongsun Park, Sargis Soghnalian, Dan Quayle, Salem bin
Laden, Prince Mohammed Ben Abdullah, King Fahd of Saudi Arabia.
word; I’m all Bushed out as the saying goes, but if I’ve learned one
thing in putting this testimony together (because that’s what it
is), it’s the awesome power of US capitalism to corrupt and to
corrupt totally. Defeating a juggernaut of this size is going to be
a long struggle, probably not in my lifetime but what the hell!
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