Monday, May 06, 2002

target="_blank">Here Is ANOTHER Huge Bush Scandal -

In the past week, Taiwan has been rocked by the
revelation that ex-president Lee Teng-hui operated a
$100 million slush fund to buy influence overseas.
Part of this money was used to buy influence in the
US through two people NOW IN TOP POSITIONS IN THE
BUSH ADMINISTRATION. Carl Ford was a lobbyist for
Taiwan at Cassidy and Associates, which was
reportedly paid $1.5 million from the slush fund to
gain influence with Bush, and reportedly gave
$1-$1.75 million to Bush and the Republicans in 1999
and 2000. Ford's reward was being appointed
Assistant Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and
Research, where he engineered Bush's sale of $4
billion in high-tech weapons to Taiwan last year.
The sale included submarines built by General
Dynamics - ANOTHER client of Ford's. James Kelly ran
the Scaife-funded Pacific Forum (connected to CSIS),
which received $100,000 from the slush fund. Kelly
is now Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia.
This scandal has received NO coverage in the US!

target="_blank">FBI Raids Republican
Front Group Tied to Grover Norquist

Last week, the FBI raided a Saudi-backed charity
called the Safa Trust because of suspicious
transfers. The Trust is a major supporter of the
Islamic Institute, "which was set up to
mobilise support for the Republican party. It shares
an office in Washington with the Republican activist
Grover Norquist, [who serves on its Board]. The
institute, founded in 1999 to win influence in the
Republican party, has helped to arrange meetings
between senior Bush officials and Islamic leaders...
Its chairman, Khaled Saffuri, and Mr Norquist
cooperated to arrange the meetings... The institute
has also received money from abroad, including
$200,000 from Qatar and $55,000 from Kuwait."
Why is this coming out now? Has Ashcroft been
holding up this investigation for political reasons?

93 Evidence Mostly Points to Shootdown by Military

At 9:58 a.m. on 9-11, Dick Cheney ordered the
military to shoot down Flight 93 three times, with
"a fighter in the area." At 10:06, Flight
93 crashed near Shanksville, PA. Before the crash,
ground witnesses heard explosions followed by quiet,
and saw the plane flip. Debris - including human
remains and a one-ton engine part - was found as far
as 8 miles from the crash site on a breezeless day.
Witnesses also saw an unmarked white jet flying low
nearby. Did a military jet - either an F-16 or a
specially-equipped government plane - shoot off an
engine under orders from Dick Cheney? The Pentagon
denies it, and the cockpit tape offers few clues.
The truth will not be known until the government
releases the complete results of its investigation,
including the two flight recorders, radar readings,
the debris field map, and passenger phone call
records. We demand a Blue Ribbon investigation!

target="_blank">Yes, Virginia, the
Bin Laden Family DOES Have a Connection to the
Carlyle Group - and That's Just the Tip of the

Fortune Mag. reports, "Are you the sort of
person who believes in conspiracies--the Trilateral
Commission secretly runs the world, that sort of
thing? Well, then, here's a company for you. The
Carlyle Group, a Washington, D.C., buyout firm, is
one of the nation's largest defense contractors. It
has billions of dollars at its disposal and employs
a few important people. Maybe you've heard of them:
former Secretary of State Jim Baker, former
Secretary of Defense Frank Carlucci, and former
White House budget director Dick Darman. Wait, we're
just getting warmed up. William Kennard, who
recently headed the FCC, and Arthur Levitt, who just
left the SEC, also work for Carlyle. As do former
British Prime Minister John Major and former
Philippines President Fidel Ramos. Let's see, are we
forgetting anyone? Oh, right, former President
George Herbert Walker Bush is on the payroll too.
The firm also has about a dozen investors from Saudi
Arabia, including, until recently, the bin Laden

target="_blank">GOP's $70 Million Clinton Witchhunt
Exposed Sex - But What Would Bu$h Say Under Oath???

"My advice to fellow liberals who are approached by beaming
conservatives with the 'Clinton lied' story is as follows: Pose this
question to the offender: Suppose we had the opportunity to put George
W. Bush on the stand. He would be sworn in and asked the following
questions: 1. 'Please give a full accounting of your alleged cocaine use
during your college and Texas Air National Guard years.' 2. 'Is it true
that you were suspended from flying during your last two years of Texas
Air National Guard service for refusing to take a physical examination
that might have revealed illegal drug use?' 3. 'Is it true that in the
winter of 1971, while dating a woman whose initials were R. L., you
arranged for her to have an illegal abortion at the Twelve Oaks Hospital
in Houston?' 4. 'Besides the 1976 DUI arrest that America learned of
days before the 2000 election, how many other times have you been
arrested for driving while intoxicated?'" So writes the Angry
Liberal in href="" target="_blank">BuzzFlash.

target="_blank">Bush and Enron Were Oil Partners in

In target="_blank">the Nation, David Corn writes: "Did George W.
Bush once have a financial relationship with Enron? In 1986, according
to publicly available records, the two drilled for oil together--at a
time when Bush was a not-too-successful oil man in Texas and his oil
venture was in dire need of help. Bush's business association with
Enron, it seems, has not previously been reported. As the details of the
Spectrum-Harken acquisition--which Bush badly needed--were being
finalized, Enron Oil and Gas Company... announced on October 16, 1986,
that it had completed a well producing both oil and natural gas in
Martin County, Texas... Enron held 52% interest in the well... 10%
belonged to Spectrum 7. At that point, Spectrum 7 was still Bush's
company... To spell it out: George W. Bush and Enron Oil and Gas were in
business together in 1986--when Ken Lay was head of Enron... Calls
placed to both the White House and Enron have not yet been
returned." We demand a Special Prosecutor!

target="_blank">Army Secretary Thomas White Rigged
NY Deal for His Old Company - ENRON

When former Enron executive
Thomas White became Army Secretary, he promised to
bring private-sector "efficiency" to the
Army. He sure did - ENRON style. White rigged a
$25 million contract to provide power to Fort
Hamilton in Brooklyn, NY, so that only Enron would
bid. This contract is under investigation by
Rumsfeld's Defense Department - but WE DEMAND A

target="_blank">Did Christie Whitman Lie About
Trade Center Air Safety to Benefit Citigroup?

According to Hugh Kaufman, an
in-house watchdog and longtime EPA critic,
Christie Whitman is letting her family's financial
ties to Citigroup influence EPA decisions.
"Kaufman said Whitman falsely assured New
Yorkers that the air around the World Trade Center
was safe in the days after the structures were
leveled by the Sept. 11 attacks. That, he said,
saved Travelers Insurance, owned by Citigroup,
millions of dollars. And he said Whitman tried to
dissolve the EPA national ombudsman's office,
where he works, so it wouldn't interfere with a
court settlement with Citigroup about
Shattuck." Whitman's husband worked for
Citigroup and still owns stock in the company. The
probe is being conducted by the Justice
Department, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Enron.

target="_blank">Bush's Latest Assault on Taxpayers
and the Environment: Making US Pay for Superfund

The last three presidents, including Reagan and Bush Sr., all
supported the Superfund and its slogan, "the polluter pays."
However, the current Bush wants to give big polluters (and big donors)
a break - at OUR expense! Bush must have known this was a pretty slimy
thing to do, because he tried to hide this insult by burying his
proposal to cut taxes on industrial polluters – the main source of
Superfund money – in an obscure part of his budget. Go to Working
for Change's website to urge your Senators to dump this toxic proposal
and send Bush a message that we refuse to clean up after his cronies'

target="_blank">War on Terror Masks Bush's Grand
Strategy: To Control the World's Oil

"Bush's claims the US
invaded Afghanistan to 'defend democracy' and/or
'stamp out terrorism' is certainly not the whole
story. The Pentagon had drawn up plans to invade
Afghanistan, and US Special Forces were operating
in Kyrgystan, well before 9/11. Over the past five
months, the US has established permanent military
bases in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Kyrgystan,
Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and facilities in Kazakstan.
In short, a constellation of air and army bases
designed for long-term strategic control of the
region, under the command of the US 3rd Army,
whose headquarters was recently moved from the
southern USA to Kuwait. The so-called 'war on
terrorism' is being used to mask a far grander
imperial design: the overthrow of Saddam Hussein
that will allow the US to a. gain control of
Iraq's huge oil reserves, which are second only to
Saudi Arabia's, and b. secure American control of
the giant Caspian Oil Basin." So writes
Toronto Sun columnist (and Vietnam Vet) Eric

href=""> size="4">Kenny

KKKarl Rove: “The president knows him. But the idea that he is a
friend in the sense that this is a guy who’s a close intimate is just
ludicrous.”  Bush wrote a note in 1997 wishing Lay a happy
birthday:  “55 years old. Wow! That is really old. Thank goodness
you have such a young, beautiful wife. ... Laura and I value our
friendship with you.”

href=""> size="4">It
matters less who has the best arguments

“We are a loyal member of your team and are prepared to do whatever
fits your strategic plan,” Ralph Reed wrote in an Oct. 23, 2000, memo
obtained by The Washington Post. “In public policy,” he wrote, “it
matters less who has the best arguments and more who gets heard - and by
whom.” MSNBC took this story down fast, hid it in their
"stacks," and now it can't even be found by searching the
site! I'm amazed it's even in the stacks!

target="_blank">When Will Bush's Own
Insider Trading Be Investigated?

Molly Ivins writes, "When Bush was in the
oil business, his failing company Spectrum 7 was
bought by Harken Energy. Bush and his two partners
got $2 million in stock in exchange for a company
that had lost $400,000 in the six months prior to
the sale. Bush himself got stock worth about
$500,000 and an annual consulting fee of $120,000,
later reduced to $50,000. In June 1990, Bush sold
two-thirds of the Harken stock he had acquired in
the Spectrum 7 deal at $4 a share -- $318,430 more
than it was worth when he got it. A month before
Bush sold his stock... Smith, Barney, Harris, Upham
& Co., the financial consultants hired by Harken,
told Bush... only drastic action could save the
company. So Bush sold his stock before the news
became public. According to U..S. News & World
Report, there was 'substantial evidence to suggest
that Bush knew Harken was in dire

target="_blank">Is Cheney Hiding
Shady Deals with his Former Company, Halliburton?

In The Nation, Nate Blakeslee writes:
"Congress's effort to obtain records from Vice
President Dick Cheney's energy task force has now
reached the boiling point. The Enron collapse has
only made Cheney dig in his heels even harder, such
that the whole country is now wondering just what
Ken Lay asked for--that is, recommended--at those
meetings, and what Cheney delivered. But is it
Enron's dealings with the task force Cheney is
trying to hide, or Halliburton's? The huge
Dallas-based oilfield services conglomerate, for
which Cheney served as CEO from 1995 to July 2000,
may yet become Cheney's own poison pretzel."
Blakeslee suggests two possible "favors"
sought by Halliburton: 1) lawsuit restrictions to
limit asbestos lawsuits, and 2) lifting of sanctions
on "evil" Iraq, where Halliburton is the
biggest US contractor.

target="_blank">Did Ken Lay Meet with
the Bush Administration on Feb 4 to Concoct a Cover
Story to Protect Bush?

On Feb. 4, Ken Lay was in DC - yet his DC lawyer
said he couldn't accept a subpoena because he didn't
know where Lay was. "BuzzFlash's speculation is
that Lay might have been meeting with emissaries
from the White House to establish a consistent cover
story before Lay 'testifies,' which is now scheduled
for the week of February 11. Remember that there are
certainly grounds to suspect that a Justice
Department 'investigation' is aimed at keeping the
White House from being tainted by the scandal,
rather than getting to the bottom of the truth. Can
you imagine a John Ashcroft Justice Department
actually bringing information to a Grand Jury that
might be damaging to the White House? Dream on. The
right wing Federalist clique has always applied one
standard of justice to Democrats and another, more
lenient one, to Republicans. And remember that Papa
Bush saved his neck from a potential criminal charge
by pardoning his administration's participants in
the illegal Iran/Contra activities."

target="_blank">Jeb Lied About His Contacts with Ken

"Gov. Jeb Bush spent up to a half-hour on
the phone last April with Kenneth Lay, the former
chairman of Enron Corp., the now-bankrupt
Houston-based energy conglomerate that had an
interest in breaking open Florida's energy market to
outside companies. The disclosure that Bush talked
to Lay was revealed in public records made available
to several news organizations Wednesday. Bush said
late last month he did not 'recall' meeting or
talking with anyone from Enron during his tenure as
governor, although he said he had met with
representatives of an Enron subsidiary. Lay, who
this week refused to voluntarily testify to Congress
about the demise of his corporation, and Enron were
one of the largest donors in the 2000 election to
President George W. Bush, the older brother of
Florida's governor. Several Enron officials --
including Lay -- also donated money to Jeb Bush's
1998 campaign for governor." So reports the
Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

target="_blank">Ken Lay's Puppet at the FERC Should

"Enron Corp.'s close ties with the Bush
administration have prompted a call for Federal
Energy Regulatory Commission Chairman Pat Wood to
resign because of the alleged influence the failed
energy trading company had over his appointment.
Democratic Rep. Bill Pascrell said on Saturday he
had urged Wood to quit as the commission begins an
investigation into whether Enron manipulated energy
markets last year to raise electricity prices under
long-term power supply contracts with California.
'Sadly, the integrity of the commission has been
irreversibly compromised due to the circumstances
surrounding your appointment and the FERC's intimate
relationship with Enron, and as such I urge you to
resign as chairman,' the New Jersey lawmaker said in
a letter to Wood on Friday." So reports

target="_blank">More Evidence that
Enron's Hiring of Ralph Reed on Behalf of Bush was a

According to the NY Times, "Lobbying the Pennsylvania
legislature was also the stated reason that Karl Rove, Mr. Bush's
political adviser, recommended that Enron give Ralph Reed, a Republican
strategist with ties to religious conservatives, a consulting contract,
which it did. Mr. Reed never had to lobby in Pennsylvania — his hiring
came after a deregulation bill was passed." So why did Enron pay
Reed hundreds of thousands of dollars? To pay for his consulting
services to the Bush campaign. This served two purposes: 1) it was an
extremely valuable - and absolutely ILLEGAL - corporate contribution to
Bush; and 2) it concealed Bush's relationship with the radical
rightwinger Reed, so Bush could pretend to be a "moderate".
This crime should be investigated by the Justice Department, but guess
who picked John Ashcroft - Reed's mentor, Pat Robertson. We demand a
Special Prosecutor!

href=""> size="4">Noelle
Bush Is Getting Away with Drug Abuse, Deadly Driving
and Perjury - Because She's Jeb's Daughter and
George's Niece

Once again, a Bush is getting away with a crime,
thanks to powerful family ties. Jeb's daughter
Noelle, 24, was busted for trying to buy drugs.
(Unlike the terror-supporting pot users in Bush's TV
ads, Bush family drug abusers don't buy drugs on the
street. Instead, they impersonate doctors and write
themselves fraudulent prescriptions.) Noelle then
PERJURED herself in Florida court when she swore she
had no prior arrests - she WAS arrested for
shoplifting lingerie in 1995 and paid a $305 fine.
To conceal her criminal record, Noelle gave Florida
police a different Social Security number - yet
ANOTHER fraud. Noelle also received more than 12
driving tickets (including driving 95 MPH in Palm
Beach County) with 4 crashes, including one
influenced by drugs - why was she never arrested, or
her license revoked? Call State Attorney Willie
Meggs at 850-488-6701 and demand that Noelle be
prosecuted like any other drug abusing, recklessly
driving perjurer - for her own good, and ours!

target="_blank">While Bush Declares
War on Terror, He Harbors a Terrorist in Florida

Over the objections of Congress, Bush recently
appointed Iran-Contra propagandist Otto Reich to
head US relations with Latin America. Reich
"was alleged to have used his influence to try
and get a US visa for a convicted terrorist, Orlando
Bosch, jailed in Venezuela in 1976 for the bombing
of a Cubana airliner with 73 people on board. Bosch
had already been convicted of a terrorist attack in
Miami on a Polish merchant vessel bound for Cuba and
jailed in the US. According to US justice department
records: '.... Bosch has personally advocated,
encouraged, organised and participated in acts of
terrorist violence in this country as well as
various other countries.' Amazingly, Bosch was
granted a pardon by George Bush senior in 1990 and
is now in Florida... Although many countries seek
Bosch's extradition he remains free, protected by
the same government that warns other countries that
they are either for or against terrorism." So
writes Duncan Campbell in the Guardian of London.

target="_blank">Bush's Budget: It's
The Greed, Stupid

The Nation's John Nichols writes, "Bush
wants to drain the Social Security trust fund, with
a proposal to divert more than $2 trillion in Social
Security and Medicare surpluses over the next ten
years... to cut 30% of the funding from the federal
program that trains doctors at children's
hospitals... to cut Low-Income Home Energy
Assistance Programs that help Americans heat their
homes in winter by 15%... to cut 15% of the budget
for repairing dilapidated public housing units... to
cut 13% of the funding for Corps of Engineers public
works programs designed to prevent flooding of
communities, homes and farms... to cut 10% of the
funding for the National Institute for Occupational
Safety and Health's efforts to reduce job-related
deaths, injuries and ailments... to cut federal
funding for environmental protection programs,
transportation improvements and aid to farm families
that are being driven off the land by the thousands
each year." Why? To make the rich richer,
that's all.

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