Democratic Underground Demopedia reports in Who Killed John O’Neill that at
the time of 9/11, AIG, the world’s largest insurance company, and subsidiaries
Marsh McLennan, ACE and Kroll, were run by the Greenberg family. With Council
on Foreign Relations (CFR) member Maurice “Hank” Greenberg as the AIG
godfather, the Familia’s tentacles curled around the heart of the tragedy.
Hank’s son Jeffrey, a CFR member as well, was chairman of Marsh & McLennan,
situated on floors throughout the North Tower of the World Trade Center as well
as the top floors of the South Tower. Marsh also had ties to the CIA. Son Evan
Greenberg, a CFR member, was CEO of ACE Limited, situated in Tower 7, which
also contained AIG subsidiary Kroll, closely related to the CIA, also with an office
in Tower 7.
Greenberg’s cousin, Alan “Ace” Greenberg, was former CEO of Bear Sterns, where
the Bush family, Cheney family George Schultz, James Baker, et al, did business.
It is the leading brokerage firm of the great and all-powerful Bush Familia.
Also reported by Democratic Underground, AIG’s Kroll “provided protection
services,” among other things, to high level Americans at home and abroad. Kroll
had military teams in their company and merged with Armor Holdings on August
23, 2001, adding Defence Systems Limited, another private military corporation,
to their operation, and an ex-KGB team called Alpha Firm earlier acquired by
Defense Systems Limited. These four teams could have been used on 9/11, part of
a “corporatizing” of black ops in tandem with military teams.
According to whistleblower Richard Grove, who worked as a senior manager for
SilverStream Software on Marsh and AIG accounts, Kroll also managed the Enron
fraud once Kenneth Lay stepped down.
Marsh, immediately after 9/11, established a specialized terrorism team called
Marsh Crisis Consultancy (led by L. Paul Bremer III), adding the teams Control
Risks Group, a British ex-SAS team and Versar, bio-terrorism and homeland
defense team. These players could have known each other from 9/11, bringing in
new assignments and profits.
Democratic Underground also reports, AIG allegedly was laundering drug money,
and was involved in the Afghanistan oil and gas pipelines. Greenberg and the
Adnan Khasshogi family allegedly benefited from the Afghanistan narcotics trade
and interests in the oil and gas pipelines, as well.
Greenberg’s Law Firm Connections to Bush
According to www.sourcewatch.org, the Greenbergs were and are connected to the
Bush Familia via their Miami-based law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP, a 1,350-lawyer, full-service international firm. Here are a few connects . . .
1) G-T represented George W. Bush in the Bush-Gore 2000 Florida election vote
2) They personally represent Florida Governor Jeb Bush.
3) They hired son of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia on Election Day 2000 —
after which Justice Scalia cast one of the 5 to 4 deciding votes that placed Bush
in the White House.
4) They partially funded/sponsored a delegation to Israel by House-Senate Armed
Services Committee members and government contractors to witness and be
briefed on interrogations resistance procedures and torture techniques.
5) The firm has prominent administrative positions in Massachusetts 9/11 Fund,
which also involves Bush family banking house Brown Brothers Harriman (the same
BBH involved with Prescott Bush’s bankrolling the Nazis in World War II).
6) Traurig Greenberg works with 9-11 victims on planning their US government
“hushmail/bribery estates.” That is, to receive the money, the victim’s family must
sign an agreement never to sue the government for any reason. Victim-wife Ellen
Mariani is currently being legally harassed for not signing and for holding the Bush
government’s feet to the fire.
7) Bush still owes the Greenberg Traurig firm nearly $1 million for work done by
dozens of lawyers and paralegals, leaving questions why a Republican candidate
would hire a Democratic lawyer from a Democratic firm. See Greenberg Traurig
link above for more scandals.
Greenberg’s Relationship to Larry Silverstein
On July 24, 2001, six weeks before 9/11, Larry Silverstein took control of the
lease of all the WTC buildings. This followed the Port Authority decision on April
According to democraticunderground.com, the three companies who originally
insured the WTC were AIG, Marsh and ACE, all run as mentioned by the
Greenbergs at the time. They then sold stakes of the original contract to their
competition, a technique called reinsuring.
Once the Towers came down, the reinsurers got caught holding the bag. This would
inextricably tie the Greenbergs to Silverstein and the larger conspiracy of 9/11. If
they had no foreknowledge of events to occur, why would the Greenbergs have
unloaded so many stakes in their contract?
According to Michel Chossudovsky in Financial Bonanza behind the 9/11 Tragedy,
“On October 17, 2000, eleven months before 9/11, Blackstone Real Estate
Advisors, of The Blackstone Group, L.P, purchased, from Teachers Insurance and
Annuity Association, the participating mortgage secured by World Trade Center,
Building 7.1.” [Blackstone in 2000 also purchased a 50 percent stake in Universal
Studios, producers of the myth-perpetuating Flight 93.]
“April 26, 2001 the Port Authority leased the WTC for 99 years to Silverstein
Properties and Westfield America Inc.
“The transaction was authorised by Port Authority Chairman Lewis M. Eisenberg.
This transfer from the New York and New Jersey Port Authority was tantamount
to the privatisation of the WTC Complex. The official press release described it
as ‘the richest real estate prize in New York City history.’ The retail space
underneath the complex was leased to Westfield America Inc.
“On 24 July 2001, 6 weeks prior to 9/11 Silverstein took control of the lease of
the WTC following the Port Authority decision on April 26.
“Silverstein and Frank Lowy, CEO of Westefield Inc. took control of the 10.6
million-square-foot WTC complex.
“Lowy leased the shopping concourse called the Mall at the WTC, which comprised
about 427,000 square feet of retail space.”
“Explicitly included in the agreement was that Silverstein and Westfield ‘were
given the right to rebuild the structures if they were destroyed.’’
“In this transaction, Silverstein signed a rental contract for the WTC over 99
years amounting to 3.2 billion dollars in installments to be made to the Port
Authority: 800 million covered fees including a down payment of the order of 100
million dollars. Of this amount, Silverstein put in 14 million dollars of his own
money. The annual payment on the lease was of the order of 115 million dollars.
“In the wake of the WTC attacks, Silverstein is suing for some $7.1 billion in
insurance money, double the amount of the value of the 99 year lease.” In fact,
some $5 billion was actually returned, given the multiple court-case protests of
“The mortgaging of the WTC was handled by The Blackstone Group, headed by
Peter J. Peterson, current head of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). The
Blackstone Group also bought a piece of Kroll in 1993 at the very same time AIG
took over majority control. Henry Kissinger sits on the board of the Blackstone
By his own admission Silverstein had Tower 7 pulled by controlled internal
demolition eight hours after the first two hits. No plane hit Tower 7. There were
two small fires in it that were under control. In fact, it takes weeks, months to set
up a building to be pulled. So his order to “pull it” catches him ina huge lie.
Tower 7 may have been the nexus of the operations. That may have been the real
reason to pull it. In fact, it may have been set up weeks in advance with Towers 1
and 2 for demolition. Ironically, Tower 7 is the only tower that has been rebuilt,
and more opulently than its predecessor, although tenancy is about 18 percent.
Towers Taken Down for Profit and to Blame Muslims
Given the involvement of the Greenbergs and Silverstein, and other commercial
entities that stood to profit hugely, it is difficult to believe 9/11 occurred at the
hands of 19 rag-tag Muslims with box-cutters and the help of their leader, Osama
bin Laden, sitting in a cave somewhere in Afghanistan with his laptop and dialysis
The real reasons behind 9/11 were financial greed and the willingness to demonize
Muslims for the “Pearl Harbor-type” act that would instigate America to wage a
war on terror, pursuing PNAC’s (Project for a New American Century) goal of
The latest documentary on the WTC, The 911 Mysteries from 911WeKnow.com,
provides highly convincing proof that the buildings were taken down in six fatal
steps. They involved the use of high-powered explosives, including thermite and/or
thermate, with techniques more advanced than those of traditional controlled-demolition companies, most likely the military’s, given their bunker buster
technology. The six steps are . . .
1.Pre-collapse sub-basement explosions
2.Pre-collapse interior blasts
3.Pre-collapse ground level explosions
4.Top level collapse initiation
5.Mid Collapse Squibs (explosions)
6.Final time-delayed rolls (explosions)
Without all these steps, the Towers could never have free-fallen in 10 seconds,
the speed of gravity. Any obstacles or pancaking had to be eliminated otherwise
the number of seconds of fall would increase dramatically. The documentary also
reminds us that on February 13, 1975 there was a major fire on the 11th floor of
the North Tower that did not topple it, though the loss was estimated at over $2
million, no mean event. Check it out.
It is possible that in 1996, when Securacom took over WTC security and installed a
new $8.3 million security system, that the explosives and charges were also put in
place. Sitting on the board of Securacom was the director Marvin Bush, George
Bush’s younger brother.
In any case, this is patently the confluence of the military/industrial complex with
a healthy dose of Wall Street, earning millions if not billions in put and call options
on companies involved with the catastrophe, including airlines on the down (put)
side and military suppliers on the up (call) side. In addition, there is the missing
gold from the basement of Tower 4, $200 million of which was retrieved, and an
untold amount stolen.
The real bottom line was that the Towers were two financial white elephants. And
both Silverstein and Greenberg had to know that. The tenancy was dropping. They
were out of date. And most dangerously, they were asbestos bombs, loaded with
the dangerous building material when they were completed in 1972-73.
By law the buildings could not be taken down by internal demolition. And since it
would cost a billion dollars or more to take the towers down beam by beam, it would
be at great loss to the Port of Authority or its leaseholder. Thus the reasons are
obvious to take WTC down in act of terror also a false-flag operation.
Remember, the concept for the WTC Towers originated with the Nelson and David
Rockefeller, members of the Council on Foreign Relations and among the world’s
elites. A “New Pearl Harbor” would serve those interests well.
Additional Connections to Greenberg
John O’Neill, mentioned in the first paragraph, was the FBI anti-terror chief who
spent years trying to track down bin Laden and “al Qaeda” members. At every
point, he was stopped or frustrated by his superiors. Finally, O’Neill parted
company with the FBI. Jerome Hauer, who formerly worked for Kroll, got him
the job as chief of security at the WTC. On 9/11, O’Neill lost his life in the
Mr. Hauer’s job as Kroll chief was also held by Michael Cherkasky, who came out of
the New York County District Attorney’s Office, which also brought us Rudy
Giuliani, Elliot Spitzer and Patrick Fitzgerald. Mr. Cherkasky also brought Mr.
Spitzer into the NYC County DA’s office. Today Cherkasky is a substantial
contributor to Spitzer’s campaign for New York State Governor. Cherkasky was
bumped up to head Marsh McLennan in 2004.
As an aside, there were about 200 electrical engineers working in the World Trade
Center around the time. Additionally, AMEC and Tully Construction played a major
role in the clean up of Ground Zero and both have specialized controlled demolition
Lastly, can you believe that one of the Council on Foreign Relations members who
engaged President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran in a debate about the holocaust
at CFR’s reception last week was none other than Hank Greenberg, who said he
witnessed the Dachau camp as Germany fell? Could it all possibly be payback and
In the summer of 2001, I was terminated from my job for raising questions about
“anomalous” fiscal transactions.
On August 21st, 2001, I was bribed by my ex-employer to “keep quiet”.
On September 7th, 2001, I contacted ex-coworkers and was urged to present my
evidence in a staff meeting the following Tuesday morning.
The staff meeting, which I was to join during a break, was interrupted; and I never
made it there. I was in traffic in Lower Manhattan on the morning of September
11th, 2001; and the meeting I was to attend was on the 96th floor of WTC 1 (the
North Tower) at Marsh & McLennan, the company for whom my ex-employer had
been staffing a software project.
There I sat in traffic, watching black smoke pour out of the hole in the side of the
building- directly where my ex-coworkers and I were to confront a certain Marsh
Executive involved with the anomalous financial activity that triggered my untimely
As I’ve learned more, and more about what happened that day, I’ve focused less on
the controversial “How” (i.e. HOW the real terrorists perpetrated a multi-dimensional plan through which they would simultaneously undermine the
Constitution, steal hundreds of billions of dollars, profitably solve an “unsolvable”
real-estate crises, and launch a never-ending crusade throughout the globe in the
name of the terrorist attacks that they themselves created).
Instead I’ve focused on the “Who” and “Why”, as the financial records left in the
wake of their exodus following their crimes is much easier to prove in Court-
specifically Marsh’s involvement in betting against American Airlines pre-9-11… a
clear indicator of foreknowledge, as the insider trading of the airline stocks was
clearly a pre-meditative strategy, determined to profit from the mass murder…
To summarize, what I’ve discovered … based on my own personal experiences and
research, not based on what the mass media and traditional newspapers have
programmed me to repeat:
1. The events of September 11th, 2001(as extensive research and factual
documentation depict) do not resemble in any way, shape, or form, what has been
faithfully recited ad nauseam by the mainstream media and press within the United
2. The aforementioned mainstream media and press are very much aware at the
helms of all organizations, and are provably complicit to the state sponsored
terrorism that affects each and every one of us…
3. The evidence reflects that people who we trust and revere as “leaders”,
specifically: Rudolph Guiliani (ex-New York Mayor, 2008 Presidential hopeful),
George Pataki (current Governor of New York), Eliot Spitzer (New York State
Attorney General, running for New York State Governor), and of course, the
1970’s White House “Team B” (now known as neo-cons – or “new-cons”, Cheney,
Rumsfeld, and Wolfowitz) right up through George H.W. Bush, and the current
President George W. Bush… are in fact working on the Terrorists behalf, if they
are not the Terrorists themselves (and at the very least, are all professional
5. In order for 9-11 to be “successful” in the eyes of the Terrorists, total control
of the U.S. Media Markets was necessary….
6. Critical Elements of the Intelligence Community of the United States, as well as
the U.S. Military, in association with NATO, have been strictly controlling and
manipulating Black Markets, Arms Markets, and, specifically in reference to 9-11,
the Global Illicit Drug Market.
7. American International Group, a.k.a. AIG (is the world’s largest insurance
company). Until recently AIG’s CEO (as you will soon learn elsewhere throughout
8thestate.com) was Maurice “Hammerin’ Hank” Greenberg; ex-Chairman of the
Federal Reserve Bank of New York, and ex-Chairman of the Council on Foreign
Relations (CFR). AIG’s foundation grew out of Cornelius V. Starr’s “insurance work”
between China and the U.S. in 1919. AIG since the 1950’s has been a front created
by U.S. Intelligence interests for the purpose of laundering drug money, under the
ruse of Insurance, and noting that C.V. Starr’s career in Intelligence and AIG’s
ties to the “Air America” Military Drug Caravan were not coincidental.
8. The “Terrorists” are those who participate in and profit from the Global Illegal
Drug Market, and the people who are in the front lines of controlling this market
are Politicians, Media Moguls, Military Officers, Intelligence Directors, Insurance
Companies, and the Counter Terrorist “Experts” themselves….
The hundreds of billions of dollars in illegal drug money that is annually laundered
via this scheme is then “processed” through the U.S. Stock Market, and
aggregated by companies like AIG and Marsh & McLennan (the world’s largest
Insurance Broker, which until Eliot Spitzer’s pseudo-investigation had Jeff
Greenberg, Hank’s son, as it’s CEO) with the help of companies like Kroll Associates
(Private Intelligence Firm responsible for World Trade Center Security from 1993
to 2001, coincidentally owned by AIG and sold to Marsh in 2004… Kroll CEO
Michael Cherkasky became Marsh CEO in response to Spitzer’s “investigation” into
AIG and Marsh).
Who is Michael Cherkasky? Great question. He brought Eliot Spitzer into the NY
City District Attorney’s Office way back when, and is a contributor to Spitzer’s
campaign to become New York Governor….
We’re ALL affected by 9-11 in ways that most people never take time to fathom…
but there are SOLUTIONS, and yes, even a panacea.
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the state of infinite possibility and hope…
Richard Andrew Grove
Richard Andrew Grove has extensively documented massive fraud and conspiracy
which compromises the very foundation of American’s financial institutions. He
names names and spotlights 2.3 trillion of taxpayers money, a trillion in gold
bullion and hundreds of billions in pre-911 stock market tradeswhich records
were conveniently covered-up in the collapse of the WTC. This is the whistleblower
that will collapse the 911 fraud! – and the largest single theft and continuous theft
in known history. FOLLOW THE MONEY!
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Insurer to Investigate Alleged
9/11 Insurance Fraud
A proposal by a small shareholder to withhold approval from the Board of
Directors for failure to investigate signs of insurance fraud on 9/11 has been
published on the website of the Allianz Group, one of the world’s largest insurers,
in preparation for its May 4th annual meeting.
Allianz Group published a shareholder proposal on April 20th faulting management
for ignoring signs of insurance fraud on 9/11/2001. Allianz carried a
significant portion of the insurance coverage on the WTC, and stands to pay a
corresponding portion of the $3.5 billion payout currently being litigated in New
In his proposal, shareholder John Leonard, a California native and a publisher of
books on 9/11, pointed to reports that building WTC 7 apparently collapsed by
demolition, and for no plausible reason related to the 9/11 attacks. Management
replied that it relied on official US government reports which made no mention of
The Allianz Group is incorporated in Germany and has approximately 570,000
shareholders. Under German Stock Companies law, publicly held companies are
required to publish shareholder proposals that meet certain criteria….
Coleen Rowley: FBI missed chance
to unravel 9-11 Plot
Former FBI whistleblower Coleen Rowley once wrote a blistering memo accusing
the FBI of squandering a chance to unravel the September 11th plot.
Just three weeks before 9-11, agents in Rowley’s office uncovered that Islamic
extremist Zacarias Moussaoui had paid for lessons to fly a Boeing 747. They
arrested him, but her superiors at FBI headquarters refused to let them seek a
warrant to search his laptop computer, a move that may have changed the course
Her view from inside America’s war on terror has given her a unique perspective
finding the balance between fighting terrorism effectively and maintaining civil
liberties. “We saw a need for the Patriot Act after 9/11, some things needed to
change. But, that doesn’t mean it is now considered an inviolate, perfect law,” she
“Where is the pro-active nature now on protection of civil liberties, and putting
those structures in place that will prevent a future abuse?”
The 9/11 Omission Commission
By Mark Burch, The Fifth Columnist
Published in Ka Leo O Hawaii
The 9/11 Commission just released their final report, 567 pages of highly detailed
information about the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Even more interesting than the
reports contents is all the information they left out. The financing of Al-Qaeda
by the Pakistani intelligence agency ISI, a CIA client, doesn’t get mentioned. How
about the fact that the head of the ISI, General Ahmad, was forced to resign
after it was revealed that he had sent $100,000 to Mohammed Atta just before
And where was General Ahmad on the morning of 9/11? Having breakfast with
Senators Bob Graham and Porter Goss, the heads of the House and Senate
Intelligence committees. You would think that would have been front-page news, or
at least a footnote in the 9/11 commission report.
How about the allegations from three separate FBI field agents that their
investigations of terrorists before 9/11 were thwarted, delayed or sabotaged by
higherups in the FBI. One of these saboteurs was Dave Frasca, head of the FBIs
Radical Fundamentalist Unit in Washington. FBI agent Colleen Rowley alleged that
he deliberately sabotaged her requests for FISA warrants to investigate
Moussaoui, the alleged 20th hijacker. Was Frasca reprimanded, fired, or hanged
for treason? No, he was promoted after 9/11. FBI agents Robert Wright and
Kenneth Williams echoed Rowley’s allegations. The situation was so bad that
agents joked that Osama had a mole in the FBI.
The allegations of Sibel Edmonds are even more explosive. She is a Turkish-American translator who was fired by the FBI in retaliation for blowing the whistle
on the FBIs security lapses. She found that the FBI was riddled with Turkish
spies, including a Turkish translator who belonged to an organization under
investigation by the FBI. This spy translated intercepts from the suspect
organization and marked them as “not important.” When Edmonds re-translated
these same documents, she found that they contained incriminating information.
Edmonds states further that the 9/11 attacks are linked to an international drug-related criminal intelligence network. She said that individuals involved in 9/11,
who should have been criminally prosecuted, were allowed to leave the country
months after 9/11.
Edmonds says that if her allegations were made public, high-level government
officials would be charged with treason. Unfortunately, John Ashcroft has put a
gag order on her testimony and retroactively classified information that was
already public. Former Pentagon whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg stated that John
Ashcroft may face prison over the 9/11 coverup.
Is Ashcroft’s coverup merely to protect himself from allegations of incompetence,
or is there something more sinister at play?
Numerous individuals perjured themselves before the commission, notably
Condoleeza Rice who stated that she had no idea that planes could be used as
weapons, despite widespread knowledge since 1995 that Al Qaeda was planning to
use planes as weapons. Other perjurers were Generals Eberhart and Myersof
NORAD. Ohio Senator Mark Dayton has gone on record demanding that NORAD
officials explain the numerous inconsistencies and fabrications in their testimony.
Even more curious is the fact that NORAD was running several war games on 9/11
with names like Vigilant Guardian that involved scenarios of hijacked planes.
Maybe this explains the delay in scrambling jets on 9/11—individuals in NORAD and
the FAA thought the actual hijackings were part of an exercise. The 9/11
hijackers benefitted from an extremely lucky coincidence, or was it an inside job?
Why would a bipartisan commission go to such extremes to orchestrate the
greatest coverup since the Warren commission? It turns out the commission is
rife with conflicts of interest. Six out of ten members have represented the
Chairman Thomas Kean has the same links to Saudi oil interests as Bush.
Richard Ben-Veniste was the attorney for CIA narco-traffickerBarry Seal.
Jamie Gorelick’s law firm is defending the Saudis against lawsuits by the 9/11
Lee Hamilton has been a key player in numerous whitewashed investigations
The biggest conflict they all share is that they represent the national security
state, the very entity that should be investigated for its role in 9/11.
Another scandal is brewing at the Pentagon, involving allegations that an official in
Doug Feith’s office was spying for Israel. Due to the involvement of Iran-Contra
retreads Michael Ledeen and Manicher Ghorbanifar, some are calling this Iran-Contra II. It would be more accurate to say that Iran-Contra never ended. The
same unbroken sewer of right-wing criminality stretches back from 9/11 to
Iraqgate to Iran-Contra.
This is what happens when you let arms dealers run the government.
To understand 9/11, you have to delve into the milieu of BCCI, the CIA-Pakistani-Saudi bank that laundered drug money and financed global terrorism in the 80s,
including the Afghani mujahideen, Al Qaeda’s forerunner. The Iran-Israel-Turkey axis is also well established in terms of arms sales and drug smuggling.
One of the most chilling scenes from the Iran-Contra hearings was Texas
representative Jack Brooks questioning Oliver North about Rex-84, a highly
classified plan to use FEMA to throw anti-war dissidents into concentration camps.
The chair of the committee, our friend Dan Inouye, gaveled Brooks into silence
saying that these matters were best left to secret session.
Knowing that Rex-84 is still on the books, what does the national security state
have planned for us after another round of terror attacks carried out by their
A recent Zogby poll found that 50% of New Yorkers believed that the government
had foreknowledge of 9/11 and consciously failed to act. The facts which are
known so far point to the conclusion that officials at the highest levels of the US
government knew that a major terrorist attack was under way and made no serious
effort to prevent it. They permitted an attack to go forward in order to provide
the necessary pretext for carrying out a right-wing agenda of military intervention
abroad and attacks on democratic rights at home.
What we need is a truly independent investigation that will expose the real
hijackers, the high-level criminal conspiracy which has hijacked our democracy.
Impeachment is too good for the Busheviks, let’s go straight to the treason
Hero-Turned Whistleblower Names President &
55 Others in 9/11-Related RICO Lawsuit
Unanswered Questions: Thinking For Ourselves
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Connecting The Dots:
Insider Trading And 911
Part III of a Series
by Tom Flocco – Edited by Michael C. Ruppert
Previously Published By From The Wilderness
Who Profited As
Introduction By Mike Ruppert
In Part I of this series FTW, thanks to the brilliant research of Tom Flocco,
demonstrated that the CIA has, in fact, been involved in monitoring stock trades
on world financial markets, and that current CIA executives have had recent
business relationships with firms handling obvious insider trades connected to the
attacks of September 11th. Those connections ran directly into the heart of
German financial giant Deutschebank.
In Part II we documented that a former Deutschebank executive, Kevin Ingram,
had recently been convicted on drug and money laundering charges that were
directly a result of attempts to arm Islamic terrorist groups.
Now in Part III, we conclude this series by revealing a devastating conflict of
interest in investigating these leads on the part of President George W. Bush by
virtue of his own past insider trading through Harken Energy in Bahrain and
The Administration’s apparently deliberate omission of key mid-Eastern banks in
these two countries from post 9-11 investigations suggests clearly that the
principal financial institutions of the countries where Harken did business have
something to hide which the Bush Administration does not want to see the light of
day – especially as potentially explosive Enron investigations gather steam.
After our publication of Part II a number of careful FTW readers were careful to
point out that our description of “put” options was oversimplified to the point of
describing a short-sell, rather than the more highly leveraged “put option.” We
acknowledge this error but re-emphasize that the point of these stories – which
could easily be sidetracked into lengthy and detailed discussions of the workings of
financial instruments – is not the trades themselves, but who might have made the
trades, why they made them and, most importantly, why the Bush Administration
wants so desperately to conceal information about them from the world.
– Michael Ruppert
Profits Of Death, Part Three
The Mother Of All Enrons
All Roads Lead To Deustchebank And Harken Energy,
W’s Own 1991 Insider Trading Scam
President George W. Bushmay have personal reasons for hampering
investigations into insider trading connected to the attacks of September 11th.
There is substantial evidence suggesting that a detailed investigation into
Deutschebank’s connection to Islamic terrorists and 9-11 might reopen a
mysteriously closed 1991 investigation of criminal insider trading connected to
Harken Energy, a Houston company where George W. Bush served on the board of
directors as a major stockholder with his some of his father’s key campaign
On January 30, 1990 Harken, with a remarkably unsuccessful history of drilling
projects, signed major oil drilling contracts with Bahrain. Five months later, Bush’s
company suffered an unexplained huge loss of stock value just prior to the Gulf
War — but not before the future president had already cashed out, making close
to a million dollarsselling his own stock.
Because of 9-11 leads suggesting the possible involvement of certain Arab banks in
financing the attacks, a conflict of interest exists, clearly limiting how far the
President would be willing to pursue the most obvious leads. And U.S. government
investigations since 9-11 have avoided looking at key Middle Eastern banks in
Bahrain and Kuwait already linked to terrorist activities.
In fact, two banks located in Bahrain and Kuwait – The Faysal Islamic Bank and
the Kuwait Finance House – which had been listed in European reports as having
terrorist ties were glaringly omitted from George W Bush’s financial crackdown
after September 11th. [Source: The Inner City Press, 9-11-99.] Both banks have
correspondent relationships with Deutschebank.
In spite of mounting evidence of a number of connections between German
financial giant Deutschebank and the terrorist attacks of September 11 – including
previously documented links to insider trading based upon events of 9/11 – no press
agency or government entity is questioning why certain banking institutions in
Kuwait and Bahrain with deep financial ties to the Bush family have been
overlooked in the President’s supervision of a so-called “worldwide crackdown on
Reuters reported on 11-7-2001 that the Treasury Department added 61 additional
people and organizations to the President’’s original Executive Order of September
23 — including banks in Somalia and Nassau, The Bahamas. But mysteriously, no
banks in Bahrain, Kuwait, or Saudi Arabia were named in either the original
order or its expansion.
Moreover, the President’s lack of effective direction and oversight of terrorist
finance appears to be abetted and endorsed by the U.S. Congress.
Just 32 days before the attack on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, a
Financial Times of Asia (FT) Wire-Business Line report linked Deutschebank to
the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Pakistani and Afghani
heroin smuggling, and money laundering of narcotics proceeds (8-10-2001).
Retired Pakistani intelligence chief Brig Imtiaz was jailed for eight years on July
31, 2001 for laundering heroin profits — for covert actions — via a CIA-linked
drug smuggling cell, using Deutschebank and other financial entities and
Former State Department official Jonathan Weiner confirmed that Bahrain,
Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates have been of little help to
federal officials regarding known terrorist funds moving back and forth between
those countries. Weiner made these statements in a National Public Radio (NPR)
interview on 11-21-2001.
Weiner told host Linda Wertheimer, “Since September 11th, all those countries
have frozen accounts or have looked in their banking systems for the money of
people associated with terrorist finance, [and] have gone through the entire list
provided by the United States.”
He added that “country after country has announced, ‘‘we’ve looked for funds.
We’ve looked diligently. We’ve been ready to freeze some funds. We just haven’t
found anything.’’ No money in the UAE, no money in Kuwait.” Weiner then revealed,
“There is, I can tell, no money announced in Saudi Arabia, none announced in
“Well, given that we know [that terrorist] funds came out of there and we know
[that terrorist] funds went back there, their inability to find funds is pretty
astonishing,” said the former State Department official.
While 15 of 19 hijackers were Saudis, it is Bahrain and Kuwait’s strange lack of
assistance in ferreting out terrorist financial support and insider trading evidence
that raises questions, given their extremely close ties to both Bush presidents.
The close financial relationships of both Bush 41 and Bush 43 (referring to their
respective presidencies) with government officials of Bahrain as stockholders via
Texas corporation Harken Energy, which had secured major drilling rights came
during the period when the elder Bush and his advisor son were making U.S.
military decisions prior to the Gulf War. Many Harken investors were major
campaign donors to Bush 41.
Current President Bush made his first million dollars as a result of a classic
insider stock trade–directly related to the sale of his stock in Harken.
Moreover, Bush’s oil stock sale was finalized immediately prior to Iraq’s invasion
of Kuwait — at the height of its share price — before plummeting days later on
news of Iraq’s invasion.
George W. avoided prosecution, thanks to some “well-connected” lawyers, and a
soft investigation of Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) violations —
supervised by a presidential parent who pulled the strings with SEC enforcement
staff. This, as current and past Enron employees have now lost their pensions as a
result of illegal insider stock sales in the oil industry through another company
directly connected to the Bushes.
George H. W. Bush, the elder is a hero, an icon, with his picture in Kuwaiti public
buildings, and has been a regular visitor to Kuwait since U.S. the Gulf War.
However, considering that Kuwait Finance House and Faysal Islamic Bank of
Bahrain are both correspondent banks with Deutschebank, questions remain as to
why President Bush would not place them on his list of banks under scrutiny for
terrorist ties, given the German bank’s many links to the 9/11 attacks and the
above revelations by a former State Department official.
BANKING ON TERRORISM
According to German news weekly Der Spiegel, Deutschebank handled
accounts for the bin Laden family worth $103 million British pounds (The
London Guardian, 10-1-2001).
The New York Times (9-29-2001) added that FBI officials are “focusing more
than ever on Germany,” and in particular, an apartment used by Mohamed Atta —
considered the lead hijacker — and Ramzi Muhammad Abdullah Bin Al Shibh, who
also shared the apartment with other hijackers.
Fox News and the Washington Post both reported on 1-2-2001 that Al Shibh wired
$14,000 to Zacarias Moussaoui, now in U.S. custody and referred to as the “20th
An American official said “It looks like it was organized in Germany… there is
clear evidence of meetings between Mr. Atta, Mr. al-Shehhi, and Mr. Jarrah,
three of the four suspected hijackers,” according to the Times.
Mamoun Darkanzanli, a Syrian businessman whose bank accounts were frozen
after the attacks, has been implicated by American officials as an associate of
Osama bin Laden who took part in a 1996 attack on U.S. troops at the Khobar
Towers in Saudi Arabia.
U.S. officials say currently jailed terrorist and bin Laden’s highest ranking
associate in U.S. custody — Mamdouh Mahmud Salim — named Darkazanli as the
co-signer of Salim’s bank account at Deutschebank in Hamburg, also according to
the Times. The bin Laden family, with whom the Bushes have had long standing
business deals through The Carlyle Group, was later awarded the contract to
rebuild the facility.
The New York paper reported that Deutschebank was also linked to Wadih el-Hage, a naturalized American citizen from Lebanon who served as bin Laden’s
personal secretary at his Sudan office, and was named by prosecutors as also
setting up terrorist front businesses for bin Laden in Kenya during 1994.
El-Hage’s business card lists Mamoun Darkazanli’s current apartment as his
Hamburg address, while his confiscated address book lists Darkazanli’s address,
phone numbers and yet another Deutschebank account in Hamburg — but not the
same account as Salim’s.
Investigators also suspect that Darkazanli was supporting bin Laden’s Al-Q’aeda
network financially, using Deutschebank as his supporting entity for terrorism.
According to the Asian Wall Street Journal (9-28-2000), insiders familiar with
the family say the bin Ladens do most of their banking with the London branch of
Deutschebank and the Saudi National Commercial Bank; however, they also use
Citigroup, a bank long linked to drug money laundering and on whose board of
directors sit former CIA Director John Deutch and former Treasury Secretary
Rubin is also the former CEO of Goldman Sachs which was once the home of
convicted Deutschebank drug money laundererKevin Ingram. (See Part II).
DEUTSCHEBANK’S “CORRESPONDING” LACK OF
Michigan Senator Carl Levin’s Minority Banking Report of February 2001 calls
correspondent banking the “gateway to money laundering,” a financial technique
wherein illicit money is moved from bank to bank with “no questions asked,”
thereby cleansing funds prior to being used for legitimate purposes.
Via correspondent banking relationships, banks not licensed in the U.S. may gain
access to American financial markets by establishing a correspondent relationship
with banks that are. Deutschebank is licensed in the U.S. and maintained offices at
the World Trade Center. All U.S. Deutschebank records were destroyed in the
September 11 attacks.
An obvious question then is why none of these Middle Eastern financial institutions
have felt the sting of U.S. investigative wrath since the attacks.
In another curious disclosure, the FBI also says al Shamal Islamic Bank — Osama
bin Laden’s personal bank — headquartered in Khartoum, Sudan — which the
terrorist leader helped capitalize with $50 million in private funds, “is being
investigated by U.S. or overseas authorities.”
According to U.S. News (10-8-2001), the Bureau won’t say which authority.
President Bush, however, has failed to place Osama bin Laden’sal Shamal
Islamic Bank in his Executive Order — freezing all of its correspondent
transactions with other banks of the world. [See
This is especially strange, since the Washington Post (9-29-2001) reported that a
an unnamed bin Laden associate testified (at the U.S. trial on the 1998 African
embassy bombings) that “$250,000 was wired from al Shamal Islamic Bank directly
into the bin Laden cohort’s Texas bank account — where he used it to buy a plane
delivered to bin Laden…intended to transport Stinger missiles….”
Two months later, FT (11-29-2001) offered more information, reporting that “The
money was wired from the Wadi al Aqiq account at al Shamal bank via Bank of
New York to a Bank of America account held in Dallas, Texas by Essam al Ridi.
Al Ridi, an Egyptian flight instructor who met bin Laden in Pakistan in 1985, flew
the plane to Khartoum.”
Congress has not sought to inquire as to whether bin Laden’s Stinger missiles were
flown directly out of Texas, or how his fellow terrorists were able to buy a plane in
Dallas to illegally transport arms, or how a bin Laden associate was able to become
a Texas flight instructor — let alone whether he taught other terrorists how to
fly airplanes in Dallas.
A Financial Times of Asia Wire story (8-10-2001) revealed that dirty money
profits for covert actions resulting from CIA-linked heroin smuggling (which is a
primary means of financing terrorist operations) through Pakistan and Northern
Afghanistan have been shown to find their way into the international banking
system. This was the role played by Kevin Ingram, formerly of Deutschebank in
New York as described in Part II of this series.
And while U.S. News (10-8-2001) reported that FBI officials say Deutschebank is
“being investigated by U.S. or overseas authorities,” again the Bureau will not say
which authorities, indicating that the U.S. may not even be taking a lead role in
investigating the matter.
A spokesman for Deutschebank said it had provided investigators with information
on accounts linked to members of the bin Laden family (The Guardian, 10/1/01). No
further information has been made public.
Meanwhile, continued and current revelations indicate that negligence and the“prior-knowledge issue”— insider trading or otherwise – will not go away.
An executive at a Pan Am flight school in Minnesota told Rep. James L. Oberstar
(D-MN) and Rep. Martin O. Sabo (D-MN) that he had discussed and been
questioned by an FBI agent on August 15 — 27 days before the 9/11 attacks,
“warning that a Boeing 747-400, which [alleged terrorist Zacarias] Moussaoui was
seeking to learn how to fly, could be used as a bomb,’’ (Washington Post, 1-2-2002).
But shockingly, the executive also told the lawmakers that “it took between four
and six telephone calls to find an [FBI] agent who would help,” according to a
letter obtained by the Post.
In a Fox News interview hosted by Rita Cosby on 1-3-2002, political analyst Dick
Morris exposed more governmental negligence by reporting that President Bush“used information provided by FBI wiretaps dating back to 1993 to determine
which terrorist-related bank accounts he would freeze in 2002,” — indicating
lengthy U.S. intelligence prior knowledge of terrorist financial transactions.
Fox’s revelation of the additional careless handling of critical pre-9/11
intelligence data may yet face scrutiny in three states via courtrooms of victim
families, despite congressional oversight silence — and a quickly legislated
compensation statute making victim families promise not to sue the government.
Given evidence of prior knowledge, insider trading, CIA ties, and other financial
relationships leading directly into Deutschebank (Part I),the question is begged
as to why “President Bush’s original Executive Order [freezing assets] didn’t
name any banks,” (Washington Post, 9-29-2001). The President has the power to
freeze American monetary operations connected to global banks with institutions
in countries refusing to cooperate in his terrorist finance probe.
On December 31, 2001, a U.S. State Department Memo revealed that the
president again avoided dealing with middle eastern countries — with close ties to
the Bush family — by announcing that assets of 1 German and 5 Irish terrorist-linked organizations had been frozen – but still no banks linked to the epicenter of
terrorist finances in Bahrain, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, or the United Arab Emirates
had been touched.
Documented Russian organized crime connections to money laundering also lead
back to Deutschebank, Pakistan, and terrorist financing.
On September 5, 1999, the German newspaper Weld am Sonntag quoted
Deutschebank CEO Rolf Breuer saying that “It could be that we were abused as an
intermediate coordinating point” in the fast-developing Russian money laundering
Deutschebank and its U.S. affiliate Bankers Trust (BT) filed “suspicious
transaction” reports about Russian clients, as BT had “correspondent banking”
relationships with Russia’s Inkombank, which “allegedly had ties to organized
crime,” according to USA Today ( 8-27-1999 ). Moreover, an Inner City Press
story (9-11-1999) also revealed that German magazine Der Spiegel quoted Breuer
as admitting that it was “possible” his bank was “misused” as an intermediary for
The FT Asia Wire report (8-10-2001) suggested that at least 30 Pakistan Army
and Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) officials, serving and retired have
accumulated wealth through heroin smuggling. In pervious stories, FTW and
other news agencies have thoroughly documented that the Pakistani ISI is a
creation and surrogate of the Central Intelligence Agency.
The FT report also revealed that “Pakistani residents are allowed to maintain
dollar accounts with no questions asked about the origin of the money and about
its liability for income tax.” FT added that “the total amount of dollars in private
circulation since the military regime came to power was almost equal to that in the
Government coffers, if not more….[and] largely, if not totally, derived fromtheheroin trade.”
Additional direct CIA and Deutschebank ties to heroin smuggling and money
laundering were also revealed by the FT story. “In the 1980’’s, at the instance [sic]
of the Central Intelligence Agency, the Internal Political Division of the [Pakistani]
Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), headed by Brig Imtiaz… started a cell for the
use of heroin for covert actions. This cell promoted the cultivation of opium and
the extraction of heroin in Pakistan as well as in those parts of Afghanistan under
Mujahedeen control for being smuggled into the Soviet-controlled areas to get the
Soviet troops addicted.
“After the withdrawal of the Soviets, ISI’s [Pakistani] heroin cell started using its
network of refineries and smugglers to send heroin to the West and use the money
to supplement its legitimate economy… After capturing power on October 12, 1999,
Gen. Pervez Musharraf had Brig Imtiaz, because of his proximity to Mr. Nawaz
Sharif, arrested and prosecuted for having assets disproportionate to his known
sources of income….He was convicted by a court on July 31, 2001 (52 days before
the 9-11 attacks), and jailed for eight years.
“According to evidence produced in the court by the National Accountability
Bureau, Brig Imtiaz had foreign exchange bearer certificates worth $20 million, a
Pakistani rupee account in the Union Bankwith a balance ofRs 2.13 billion, a
dollar account in Deutschebankwith a balance of$19.1 million, five residential
houses, five commercial units and three shops.
This huge wealth was allegedly accumulated by him through heroin smuggling.”
BAHRAIN, KUWAIT AND DEUTSCHEBANK –
THE DOOR TO HARKEN ENERGY
According to attorney Matthew Lee of Inner City Press (ICP), after September 11,
regulators in Luxembourg, former headquarters of the notorious Pakistani Bank of
Credit and Commerce International (BCCI), circulated a list of five banks, in
addition to President Bush’s U.S. Executive Order of September 23, freezing the
accounts of suspected terrorist-connected individuals and organizations.
In Part II of the Profits of Death series, the U.S. government’s ongoing scrutiny
of terrorist banking was documented in an AP story by Catherine Wilson. The story
provided clear indication that U.S. intelligence agencies routinely monitor banking
transactions in terrorist-related cases. Wilson wrote about the current
prosecution of Egyptians in a case connected to former Goldman Sachs and
Deutschebank securities trader Kevin Ingram’s attempt to launder heroin and
cash for the illegal sale of weapons to Islamic terrorists. She added that
“numerous promised wire transfers never arrived, but there were discussions of
foreign bankers taking payoffs to move the money to purchase weapons into the
Moreover, the AP story never questioned how the federal agents knew the names
of particular banks and bankers, so as not to arouse suspicion on the part of Kevin
Ingram and the other Middle Eastern accomplices, because the bankers had
previously been “in-the-loop” of drug money laundering and illegal arms sales.
The Bush Administration would necessarily have to be concerned if congressional
investigations of Deutschebank ties to Faysal Islamic Bank of Bahrain and Kuwait
Finance House started to dredge up and revive old financial investigations into the
1991 probe of Harken Energy.
AN INSIDE TRADER DIRECTS PROBE OF INSIDE TRADERS – THE
MOTHER OF ALL ENRONS
One reason why the Administration has not frozen the assets of the two banks in
Kuwait and Bahrain with correspondent relationships with Deutschebank leads
directly to Harken.
The probe in question is tied to Bahrain and Kuwait, and directly involves George
W. Bush and SEC lawyers appointed by his father.
According to SEC records, on four separate occasions President George W. Bush
disregarded federal statutes by failing to file insider stock trade reports on a
timely basis, back-dating one trade by some four months. (Harken Energy SEC
Abstract Filing, transaction date: 6-22-1990; Oil stock sale made 41 days prior to
Iraq’s attack on Kuwait — $848,560 profit, filing date: 3-4-1991- 8 1/2 months
late and reported to the SEC two days after Gulf War was over on 3-2-1991;
Harken Energy SEC Abstract Filing, transaction date: 6-16-89, filing date: 10-23-1989 — 17 weeks late.) [Sources: Wall Street Journal, 4-4-1991 and 9-28-99;
Time, 10-28-1991; U.S. News, 3-16-1992; Associated Press, 10-28-94; Houston
The younger Bush denied the charge of insider trading in spite of his positions on
the Harken Energy board of directors, audit committee, and stock restructuring
panel. He added that he had no idea Harken was going to get an audit report full of
red ink until weeks after he had made his stock sale.
During December, 1999 into January, 2000, journalist Tom Flocco’s former
research associate, Mario Calabrese, repeatedly called the SEC requesting copies
of George W. Bush’s original Harken Energystock filings. After some 3 1/2 weeks
of calls made during the critical Florida Supreme Court and U.S. Supreme Court
arguments deciding the Bush-Gore election, SEC representative Linda Thompson
called Mr. Calabrese on January 14, 2001 to confirm that all original Bush SEC
documents had been destroyed. Thompson said that “the dates you requested have
all met their (6 year) retention time.” It is possible that copies are still available
via major search engines.
The future president completed his key insider trade eight days before Harken
announced a $23 million second quarter corporate loss and about six weeks before
Having just profited by nearly $1 million–representing a 200 % insider windfall –
George Jr. watched Harken stock take a nosedive on the bad news. Thus, Harken
Energy, a Houston oil company doing business in Bahrain, wherein some of his
father’s largest contributors also maintained substantial stock positions, made
George W. his first million which served as seed money for his upcoming Texas
The April 4, 1991 Wall Street Journal added that “Mr. Bush did not return their
phone calls seeking comment, and the Bush White House tersely said ‘‘It doesn’t
comment on the activities of the president’s children.’’ Moreover, the SEC also
declined to comment, according to The New York Times. [3-9-92]
Neither the younger Bush nor the media made much of the blatant conflicts of
interest since the chairman of the SEC was Richard Breedon, former lawyer with
Houston firm of Baker and Botts. Breedon had served as deputy counsel to Bush
41 when he was Vice President under Ronald Reagan.
Moreover, the SEC investigation of George W. was led by general counsel James
R. Doty who, according to a UPI report, mysteriously neglected to interview any of
the Harken directors –including the younger Bush — regarding “enforcement”
oversight. Moreover, Doty had previously served as George W. Bush’spersonal
lawyer in Bush 43’s purchase of theTexas Rangers baseball franchise.
So, in the end, a future president – George W. Bush – was cleared of insider trade
wrongdoing by his personal attorney and by his father’s counsel.
That said, the Bush Administration is currently keeping a low profile regarding
campaign contributors at Enron Corporation which participated in insider stock
sales that bankrupted the corporation while Enron employees were prohibited from
cashing in their Enron stock-based 401K plans as their value plummeted.
BUSH IN BAHRAIN – PUBLIC AND PRIVATE
In October 1991, Time Magazine questioned why the tiny country of Bahrain would
stake so much of its financial future on Harken Energy, which it labeled an
“obscure, money-losing company with no refineries and no experience in offshore
oil exploration.” The magazine also noted that oil insiders speculated that Bahrain’s
rulers saw the arrangement as a way to gain influence with the Bush
In January, 1991, The Village Voice reported a potential nexus regarding foreign
policy and personal financial interests as in 1990, the Bush Administration signed
an agreement with Bahrain that chose the small country as the permanent principal
allied base in the Middle East, although it was some 200 miles away from the
hostilities in Iraq and Kuwait.
The military base deal came right after Harken announced its January 30, 1990
joint oil-drilling venture with Bahrain, suggesting that the elder Bush’s
contributors and his son, the future President of the United States, were involved
in personal financial business involving Harken, while also making decisions –
including dispatching Ambassador April Glaspie to tell Saddam Hussein that it’s
actions vis a vis Kuwait were none of the U.S.’s business – that led directly to the
And neither Bush let the press know that they had permitted Kuwaitand Bahrain
to infuse$19.6 million in foreign cash to hire U.S. public relations firmHill &
Knowltonto lobby Congress and the American people into a war frenzy against
A former U.S. ambassador to Bahrain, Sam Zakhem, funneled$7.7 million in
advertising and lobbying dollars through two front groups:Coalition for Americans
at Risk(a former front group for the contras in Nicaragua) andFreedom Task
The Iran-Contra front group prepared and placed TV and newspaper ads and had
50 speakers available for pro-war rallies and publicity events; however, neither
disclosed Bahrain as the source of the money….
AN ILLEGAL PRIVILEGE TO “NOT” RELEASE DOCUMENTS
On March 16, 1992, U.S. News & World Report said that “according to documents
on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Bush 43’s position on the
Harken (restructuring) committee gave him detailed knowledge of the company’s
deteriorating financial condition.”
Spokesmen from Texas Gov. Ann Richards’ campaign said “Was this a real
investigation, or was it a whitewash of an insider stock sale by the son of the
sitting president?” UPI noted that “while Bush claims the [conflicted] SEC
investigation absolved him of illegal insider trading, he has refused to release the
The younger Bush has continued his practice of hiding family information (which
should be publicly available) to Congress and the American people. On September
18 he asserted “Executive Privilege” in a proclamation refusing to release his
father’’s vice-presidential and presidential papers as required by law. This is a
violation of the Presidential Records Act of 1978. What those documents might
have revealed remains a mystery that only legal action by families of the victims of
9-11 might disclose.
On December 20, 2001, Fox News analyst, Judge Andrew Napolitano, quoted
Congressman Dan Burton, Chairman of the House Government and Reform
Committee, saying that “George Bush is abusing his power regarding executive
privilege in refusing to release documents.”
Burton (and other members of the House Government Reform Committee are)
attempting to acquire the elder Bush’s papers, Vice President Cheney’s closed-door
energy policy meeting papers and closed FBI investigative reports of alleged
wrongdoing in the Bureau’s Boston field office. All requests have been denied by
Bush and Cheney.
It does not seem likely that Chairman Burton will push for records that may reopen
Harken energy in the past or shed light on Enron in the present. Only an as-yet
nonexistent suit filed in civil court by families of the victims of 9-11 would have
the necessary legal clout to drag the records into court.
In the meantime all the profits of death remain hidden behind a wall of
By its past and present actions, by its technological capabilities, by the merciless
nature of its regime, Iraq is unique. As a former chief weapons inspector of the
U.N. has said, ‘The fundamental problem with Iraq remains the nature of the regime,
itself. Saddam Hussein is a homicidal dictator who is addicted to weapons of mass
“We know that the regime has produced thousands of tons of chemical agents,
including mustard gas, sarin nerve gas, VX nerve gas. Saddam Hussein also has
experience in using chemical weapons. He has ordered chemical attacks on Iran, and
on more than forty villages in his own country. These actions killed or injured at
least 20,000 people, more than six times the number of people who died in the
attacks of September the 11th….
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