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President Andrew Jackson succeeds in destroying the Second Bank of the United States by withdrawing U.S. funds in 1833.]

Skull and Bones Society formed at Yale.

William Huntington Russell founded the Order of Skull & Bones in 1832 after he returned from studies in Germany. The Russell family's business - Russell & Co. - was the premier American opium shipper and the third largest in the world. In the 1830s, opium became the world's largest commercial commodity, and was the foundation of great wealth with the smuggling of opium into China. Many of the fortunate sons of Russell & Co. families were sent to Yale and were "tapped" into the Order of Skull & Bones.

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``Aassassination attempt on President Andrew Jackson

What is believed to be the first attempt to [murder] a sitting President of the United States occurred just outside the United States Capitol Building ...'']



Lehman Brothers roots began in 1844 when Henry Lehman immigrated from Rimpar, Germany to Alabama, where he established a dry goods store that catered to local cotton farmers in Montgomery.

Lehman Brothers participated in the U.S. cotton trade before the Civil War, and then later went into underwriting where the firm helped finance construction of the Pennsylvania Railroad, among others.

April 12, 1861

The Civil War began when General Beauregard, in command of the provisional Confederate forces at Charleston, South Carolina, opened fire on Fort Sumter.


Bankers offered loans to the Lincoln government at a minimum 24 percent interest. So the Legal Tender Act of 1862 authorized the "greenback," a fiat paper currency that was issued directly into circulation by the United States Department of the Treasury.

The London Times printed the following: "If that mischievous financial policy, which had its origin in the North American Republic, should become [established], then that Government will furnish its own money without cost. It will pay off debts and be without a debt. It will have all the money necessary to carry on its commerce. It will become prosperous beyond precedent in the history of the civilized governments of the world. The brains and the wealth of all countries will go to North America. That government must be destroyed, or it will destroy every monarchy on the globe." (Hazard Circular - London Times 1865)


``John D. Rockefeller was 22 when the Civil War began in 1861. The National City Bank of Cleveland in 1865 gave Rockefeller his first loan of $72,500. He incorporated the growing Standard Oil Company in 1870 ...

[With National City backing, Rockefeller] worked out an elaborate rebate deal [from the railroads] ... These rebates ensured that no other oil company could survive in competition with the Rockefeller firm ...

The daughter of one of his victims, Ida Tarbell, whose father was ruined by Rockefeller's criminal operations, wrote the first major expose of the Standard Oil Trust.''


April 15, 1865

President Abraham Lincoln murdered.]


Union Pacific Railroad sold to Edward Henry Harriman and partner, Judge Robert Scott Lovett.


German Alfred Ploetz founds the Archive for Racial and Social Biology, which becomes the chief journal of the German eugenics or race hygiene movement. Ernst Haeckel popularized the eugenic movement in Germany.

Eugenics laboratory established at Cold Springs Harbor on Long Island constructed by Charles B. Davenport. Cold Springs Harbor was also the location of the estates of brothers Allen and Foster Dulles. The Cold Springs eugenic laboratory is funded in excess of $11 million by the Harrimans and the Rockefellers.


Samuel Bush elected President of Buckeye Steel Castings Co. in Columbus, Ohio. For his entire career, Samuel Bush supplied Wall Street railroads with castings. Later Bush became a close advisor of President Hoover and was the first president of the National Association of Manufacturers.

Indiana passes the first eugenics law.


The Rockefeller Foundation was established. The Rockefellers supported the eugenics movement including the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute in Germany.


Federal Reserve System was created.


The Federal Reserve System was created in 1913 by the enactment of the Federal Reserve Act. It consists of twelve regional Federal Reserve Banks

``Thomas Jefferson warned 200 hundred years ago that if private bankers were allowed to issue America 's money, indebtedness, foreclosure and suffering would follow. Yet, in 1913, private bankers gained control over America's money by the passage of the Federal Reserve Act.''

``Who owns the federal reserve bank[s]?

That is a complicated question ... [In other words, "who knows?"]

It is historic fact that the plan for the Federal Reserve was created by banking interests in great secrecy at Jekyl Island in 1910 ... The operations of the Federal Reserve are secret, have no active congressional oversight, and are not audited by the GAO or the IRS ...''


``The United States occupies Haiti (through 1934), prompted by the threatened business interests of the Haitian American Sugar Company

These military interventions were most often carried out by the United States Marine Corps. The Marines were called in so often that they developed a Small Wars Manual, The Strategy and Tactics of Small Wars in 1921. On occasion, U.S. Naval gunfire and U.S. Army troops were also used.

Perhaps the single most active military officer in the Banana Wars was U.S. Marine Corps Major General Smedley Butler, who saw action in Honduras in 1903, served in Nicaragua enforcing American policy from 1909 to 1912, was awarded the Medal of Honor for his role in Veracruz in 1914, and a second Medal of Honor for bravery while "crush(ing) the Caco resistance" in Haiti in 1915. In 1935, Butler wrote in his famous book "War Is a Racket":

"I spent 33 years and four months in active military service and during that period I spent most of my time as a high class muscle man for Big Business, for Wall Street and the bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism.

I helped make Mexico and especially Tampico safe for American oil interests in 1914.

I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenues in.

I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefit of Wall Street.

I helped purify Nicaragua for the International Banking House of Brown Brothers in 1902-1912.

I brought light to the Dominican Republic for the American sugar interests in 1916.

I helped make Honduras right for the American fruit companies in 1903.

In China in 1927 I helped see to it that Standard Oil went on its way unmolested.

Looking back on it, I might have given Al Capone a few hints. The best he could do was to operate his racket in three districts. I operated on three continents."'']


Prescott Bush joins the Skull and Bones. Both his son and grandson George and George W. likewise were Skull and Bones members. Brown Brothers & Harriman had an exceptional number of members during the 1930s.

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Robert Scott Lovett elected president of Union Pacific. Samuel Bush appointed to facilities division of the US War Industries Board.


George Herbert Walker forms W.A.Harriman & Co.

Averell Harriman, son of Edward Harriman is the chairman. Averell would later serve as US Ambassador to the USSR 1943-1946 and as US Secretary of Commerce 1946-1948.

Dulles brothers involved in the treaty negotiations after World War I.

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The "Spanish Flu" [H1N1 or Swine Flu] circles the globe (though some experts think it may have started in the U.S. [at least the highly virulent 'second wave']) ... There are more than half a million U.S. deaths. Worldwide death estimates range from 20 million to 100 million ... with very high death rates among young, previously healthy adults.]

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Averell Harriman and George Walker gain control of the German Hamburg-Amerika Line. The deal was arranged through the chief executive of German Hamburg-Amerika, William Cuno ... Cuno was later a heavy contributor to Nazi Party funds


Averell Harriman opened a Berlin branch of W.A. Harriman. A U.S. government memorandum dated Oct. 5 1942 to the Executive Committee of the office of the Alien Property Custodian indicates that sometime prior to 1924 Harriman was in Europe and met with Thyssen. They agreed to set up a bank for Thyssen in New York [Union Banking Corp] ...

The Model Eugenic Sterilization Law was published by Harry Laughlin. The law led to the sterilization of over 20,000 Americans and served as the basis of the Nuremberg laws adopted by the Nazis.


Fritz Thyssen begins to contribute to the Nazi party.


W.A.Harriman & Co invested $400,000 in setting up Union Banking Corp [mostly owned by Thyssen] to act in partnership with the Thyssen-owned Bank voor Handel en Scheepvart in Holland. Prescott Bush was brought into the firm to manage Union Bank. Prescott was the son-in-law of George Walker and son of Samuel Bush. Union bank was now in the position to transfer funds back and forth for Thyssen's United Steel.

Ethyl Corporation formed jointly by Standard Oil and General Motors.


Prescott Bush promoted to Vice-President of W. A. Harriman & Co. Clarence Dillon of Dillon Read, set up the German Steel Trust with Thyssen & partner, Fredrick Flick. According to the terms, Dillon Read would handle the Trust's corporate banking in return for two Dillon Read representatives being on the board of the German Steel Trust.

[George Herbert] Walker, [Prescott] Bush and [Averell] Harriman owned a third of Flick's holding company [Silesian Holding Co.] and called their share Consolidated Silesian Steel Corp.

American I.G. (Farben) founded as a holding company controlling I.G. Farben assets in the United States ...


Stock market crashes.

[October 29, 1929

Perhaps the best known bear raid is Black Tuesday, 10-29-29.

A bankers pool had previously been organized to support stock prices. ``Thomas Lamont ... was forced to deny rumors that the bankers had actually been selling stocks (conducting a bear raid) rather than buying ... (It would later be revealed that Albert Wiggins, the chairman of Chase National Bank and a member of the pool, was personally short several million dollars' worth of stock at the time the bankers sought to organize support for stock prices.) ...

During the next two weeks, tens of thousands of margin calls went out to investors whose stockholdings had declined in value to the point where they no longer provided sufficient collateral to cover the investors' margin loans.'' [The greater the leverage the faster the liquidation.]

After the bear raid of 1937, in March 1938, Joseph Kennedy, first chairman of the Securities Exchange Commission, formed under the administration of F. D. Roosevelt (FDR), had the SEC adopt the uptick rule, more formally known as rule 10a-1, which (loosely) said that you could only short a stock following an uptick in its price.]


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The government of the Dominican Repbulic was overthrown by Rafael Leonidas Trujillo Molina, and the infamous 'Trujillo Era' began.

``Trujillo entered the Dominican army in 1918 and was trained by U.S. Marines during the U.S. occupation (1916 - 1924) of the country. He rose from lieutenant to commanding colonel of the national police between 1919 and 1925, becoming a general in 1927. Trujillo seized power in the military revolt against President Horacio Vásquez in 1930.

From that time until his assassination 31 years later, on May 30, 1961, Trujillo remained in absolute control of the Dominican Republic through his command of the army, by placing family members in office, and by having many of his political opponents murdered. He served officially as president from 1930 to 1938 and again from 1942 to 1952.'' discuss/duboard.php?az=printer_friendly&forum= 102&topic_id=1576905

``Cuban Army Sergeant Fulgencio Batista first seized power in a 1932 coup ... Batista ruled or several years, then left for Miami, returning in 1952 just in time for another coup, against elected president Carlos Prio Socorras. His new regime was quickly recognized by President Eisenhower. Under Batista, U.S. interests flourished and little was said about democracy.

With the loyal support of Batista, Mafioso boss Meyer Lansky developed Havana into an international drug port. Cabinet offices were bought and sold and military officials made huge sums on smuggling and vice rackets. Havana became a fashionable hot spot where America's rich and famous drank and gambled with mobsters ...

In 1953, Fidel Castro led an armed group of rebels in a failed uprising on the Moncada army barracks. Castro temporarily fled the country and Batista struck back with a vengeance. Freedom of speech was curtailed and subversive teachers, lawyers and public officials were fired from their jobs.

Death squads tortured and killed thousands of "communists". Batista was assisted in his crackdown by Lansky and other members of organized crime who believed Castro would jeopardize their gambling and drug trade. Despite this, Batista remained a friend to Eisenhower and the US until he was finally overthrown by Castro in 1959.''


U.S. troops impose a puppet government in Nicaragua ...

Augusto César Sandino launches a guerrilla war against U.S. forces in Nicaragua.


After five hundred battles fought against U.S. marines and sympathizers, Sandino successfully expels U.S. armed forces from Nicaragua.


The U.S. withdraws, leaving Nicaraguan military officer, Anastasio Somoza as Commander of the National Guard.

Under the tutelage of Arthur Bliss Lane, U.S. ambassador to Nicaragua, Somoza masterminds the assassination of Augusto César Sandino.


Anastasio Somoza founds a brutal dictatorship, fueled by U.S. funds, which is passed from father to son to brother for over 43 years


In the 1930s, Hot Springs represented the western border of organized crime in the U.S with the local syndicate headed by Owney Madden, a New York killer who had taken over the mob's resort in Arkansas.

Madden got the assignment from his boss, Myer Lansky. The plan for Arkansas was modeled on an earlier one in which Governor Huey Long opened a Swiss bank account into which the mob would put $3 to $4 million annually for the right to run casinos ...

There is evidence that many syndicate groups became involved in Hot Springs. Owney Madden was the overseer of everything and watched out for the New York mob's interests.

Morris Kleinman, who was one of the founding gangsters of the Cleveland syndicate spent much time in Hot Springs. It is rumored that the Cleveland boys had pieces of the profits from Hot Springs gambling. Johnny Roselli, an "upper level" member of the Chicago mob was a silent partner in many Hot Springs casinos in the 1940's and 1950's, as was Frank Costello.

All of these groups used local operators as "fronts", a system perfected by the Cleveland syndicate in Ohio, Florida, and Kentucky {and later Las Vegas, Nevada}.]


W.A Harriman merges with the British firm Brown Brothers. Thatcher Brown, Prescott Bush and the two Harriman brothers were the senior partners in the new firm of Brown Brothers and Harriman. Robert Lovett son of Robert Scott Lovett and a close friend of Prescott Bush became a partner in the new firm ...

Prescott Bush ran the New York office while the London office of the new firm was ran by Thatcher Brown. Montagu Collet Norman, governor of the Bank of England and close friend of Prescott Bush often staying with the Bush family on his visits to New York was a partner of Brown Brothers. He also was a well-known Nazi sympathizer. His grandfather had been boss of Brown Brothers during the Civil war when Brown Brothers were directly responsible for shipping seventy five percent of the cotton from the south to England.

Precott Bush and George Walker hosted the Third International Congress of Eugenics. The purpose of the event was to call for the sterilization of fourteen million Americans.


On January 4, 1933, a group of industrialists gave Hitler the money to overcome his financial problems in return for a pledge to break the trade unions. Present at this meeting were two Americans, John Foster Dulles and Allen Dulles.

[February 27, 1933: The Nazis torch the Reichstag -- Germany's 9/11

``Göring and Goebbels, with Hitler's approval, ... hatched a plan to cause panic by burning the Reichstag building and blaming the Communists.

The Reichstag was the building in Berlin where the elected members of the republic met to conduct the daily business of government.

By a weird coincidence, there was also in Berlin a deranged Communist conducting a one-man uprising. An arsonist named Marinus van der Lubbe, 24, from Holland, had been wandering around Berlin for a week attempting to burn government buildings to protest capitalism and start a revolt ...

The exact sequence of events will never be known, but Nazi storm troopers under the direction of Göring ... had befriended the arsonist and may have ... encouraged him to burn the Reichstag that night (like the fall guys in American political murders).

The storm troopers, led by SA leader Karl Ernst, used the underground tunnel that connected Göring's residence with the cellar in the Reichstag. They entered the building, scattered gasoline and incendiaries, then hurried back through the tunnel.'']

Hitler assumes power.

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``In 1933, Marine Corps Major-General Smedley Butler was approached by a wealthy and secretive group of U. S. industrialists and bankers ... who asked him to command a rogue army of 500,000 veterans that would help stage a coup to topple President Franklin Delano Roosevelt {FDR}.

The conspirators were operating under the umbrella of a front group called the American Liberty League ...

During his loyal 33-year military career, Butler led invasions, quelled nationalist rebellions and instituted regime changes to benefit U.S. business interests in Mexico, Haiti, Cuba, Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic, Honduras and China.

Because of Butler's steadfast military role in upholding U.S. business interests abroad, the plotters mistakenly thought they could recruit him ...

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce (co-founded by Samuel Bush) publicly proposed a plan to control "subversion" that would resemble the 2001 Patriot Act of Bush's great-grandson George W. Bush, a legacy of tyranny.

General Butler's exposure of the plotters was surpressed by the media. He said "War is a racket. It always has been ... Only a small 'inside' group knows what it is about. It is conducted for the benefit of the very few, at the expense of the very many. Out of war a few people make huge fortunes."'']

William S. Farish was appointed chairman of Standard Oil by John D. Rockefeller. Farish was close friends with Hermann Schmitz, chairman of I.G. Farben.

In addition, Parish hired Emil Helfferich, chairman of the Hamburg-Amerika Line, as chairman also of the Standard Oil Company subsidiary in Germany. Karl Lindemann, board member of Hamburg-Amerika, also became a top Farish-Standard executive in Germany ... Both Emil Helfferich and Karl Lindemann were authorized to write checks to Heinrich Himmler, chief of the Nazi SS, on a special Standard Oil account ...


With memories of 1929 stock crash still fresh, the Glass-Steagall Act separates "commercial banks" focusing on consumer activities (checking, savings) from "investment banks," which deal with speculative trading and mergers.


E. W. Webb, president of Ethyl Corporation was advised that Washington had learned of the intention of "forming a German company with the I.G. (Farben) to manufacture ethyl lead in Germany. The War Department indicated that there was considerable criticism of this technological transfer. The Ethyl Company was then advised by the Army Air Corps that "under no conditions should you or the Board of Directors of the Ethyl Gasoline Corporation disclose any secrets or 'know-how' in connection with the manufacture of tetraethyl lead to Germany."

With Hitler in solid control of Germany, the profits from the Thyssen-Flick union soared to over a hundred million. Both Union Bank and the Bank voor Handel en Scheepvaart were overflowing with money. Prescott Bush became managing director of Union Bank ...

John Foster Dulles was publicly supporting the Nazi philosophy. In 1935, he wrote a long article for the Atlantic Monthly entitled "The Road to Peace." He excused Germany's secret rearmament as an action taking back their freedom ...


Ethyl Corporation signed a joint production agreement with I.G. Farben in Germany to form Ethyl G.m.b.H. and with Montecatini in fascist Italy for the production of tetraethyl lead ...

Nuremberg Laws passed in Germany paving the way for the Holocaust.


Hitler invades Poland to start World War II in Europe.

Consolidated Silesian Steel Corporation was located near the Polish town of Oswiecim. When the plan to use Soviet prisoners as forced labor fell through, the Nazis began shipping Jews, communists, gypsies and other minority populations to the camp the Nazis had set up. This was the beginning of Auschwitz.

The reason Auschwitz was located there was because of the abundant supplies of coal which could be processed into aviation fuel. I.G. Farben soon built a plant near Auschwitz to take advantage of not only of the nearby coal deposits but also of the slave labor supply available at Auschwitz. According to a Dutch intelligence agent, Prescott Bush managed a portion of the slave labor force in Poland.


Pearl Harbor is bombed, and the US declares war on Germany and Japan.


In October, Leo Crowley, the US Alien Property Custodian, ordered the seizure of shares of the Union Banking Corp. of New York ...

In the same month, the United States government seized two additional companies: Seamless Steel Equipment Corp. & Holland-American Trading Corp both ran by Union Bank.

In November, the Nazi assets of Silesian-American Corp were seized leaving the American partners to carry on with business. Seizure of the whole company would have been detrimental to the war effort.

On March 25, 1942, U.S. Assistant Attorney General Thurman Arnold announced that William Stamps Farish had pleaded "no contest" to charges of criminal conspiracy with the Nazis. Farish was the principal manager of a cartel agreement between Standard Oil and I.G. Farben. The cartel built an industrial plant to produce artificial rubber and gasoline from coal at Auschwitz to take advantage of the slave labor. [Did this plant actually produce synthetic rubber? Or was it used to enrich Uranium 235?}


``Three firms with which Prescott Bush is associated are seized under the Trading with the Enemy Act.'']


Allen Dulles seeks out a young Naval Officer named Richard Nixon who was assigned to review captured documents of the Nazi oil cartel, Kontinentale headed by former Reichsbank officer Karl Blessing. Kontinentale is in partnership with Dulles' principal Nazi client, I.G. Farben, and used slave labor during World War Two.

If the documents surfaced it would have revealed Dulles as a traitor. In a deal to bury the documents, Dulles agreed to finance Nixon's first political race.

Project Paperclip begins to import Nazis into the United States.


``Dr. Erich Traub was a Nazi germ warfare scientist allegedly smuggled into the United States in 1949 from the former Soviet Union under the auspices of the top secret United States government program Operation Paperclip ...

Dr. Traub is known as the father of the Plum Island biological research lab, located 6 miles from Old Lyme, Connecticut. [See] the book Lab 257, by author Michael Carroll ... Michael-Christopher-Carroll/e/9780641732324

Carroll ... cites a 1978 US Department of Agriculture (UDSA) document titled "African Swine Fever," which further confirms the study of vector competence in ticks on Plum Island ...

In the book, The Belarus Secret, author John Loftus, the Justice Department employee who exposed Kurt Waldheim as a Nazi, states that Nazi germ warfare scientists had experimented with poison ticks dropped from planes to spread rare diseases. Loftus also states that he had received information that the United States had tested some of these poison ticks on the Plum Island artillery range off the coast of Connecticut during the early part of the 1950s ...

The Lyme disease outbreak was identified about the time of the Swine Fever tick study conducted on Plum Island ...'']


Nixon defeated Jerry Voohris for Congress with the help of an influx of money from New York centered banks.


Operation Majestic-12 is established by order of President Harry S. Truman to take charge of all aspects of crashed UFOs. In later years this operation evolved into and became known as MAJI (the Majority Agency for Joint Intelligence).

MJ-1 is the Director of MAJI. The Director of the CIA is usually MJ-1 and reports only to the President. Other members of MAJI are designated MJ-2, MJ-3, MJ-4, etc. This is the reason MJ-12 cannot be used as a name for the control group as it would cause confusion: Does MJ-12 refer to MJ-12 the person or MJ-12 the group? Any reference to MJ-12 is to a person and nothing else. References and documents referring to "MJ-12" as a "Group" are incorrect.

Following World War II, authorities seeking to locate the Dutch Royal family's jewelry discovered the transaction papers of the Silesian American Corporation in the books of Bank voor Handel en Scheepvaart. The bank manager, H.J. Kounhoven came under intense scrutiny and was shocked by the discovery. Soon Kounhoven traveled to New York to inform Prescott Bush. Two weeks later, the otherwise healthy Dutch banker died of a heart attack.

CIA created: President Truman signs the National Security Act of 1947, creating the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Council.


Prescott Bush was defeated in his political race due to his background association with the American eugenics movement.


Union Bank liquidated. The Bush family received $1.5 million from its interest in Union Bank.


``The Dutch Connection, By Attorney John Loftus

The Dutch connection was the mother of all money laundering schemes. From 1945 until 1949, one of the lengthiest and, it now appears, most futile interrogations of a Nazi war crimes suspect began in the American Zone of Occupied Germany. Multibillionaire steel magnate Fritz Thyssen ...

For four long years, successive teams of inquisitors tried to break Thyssen's simple claim to possess neither foreign bank accounts nor interests in foreign corporations ...

Why? Because what the wily Thyssen deposed was, in a sense, true. What the Allied investigators never understood was that they were not asking Thyssen the right question.

Thyssen did not need any foreign bank accounts because his family secretly owned an entire chain of banks. He did not have to transfer his Nazi assets at the end of World War II, all he had to do was transfer the ownership documents -- stocks, bonds, deeds and trusts -- from his bank in Berlin through his bank in Holland to his American friends in New York City: Prescott Bush and Herbert Walker. Thyssen's partners in crime were the father and father-in-law of a future President of the United States ...

The British and American interrogators may have gravely underestimated Thyssen, but they nonetheless knew they were being lied to. Their suspicions focused on one Dutch Bank in particular, the Bank voor Handel en Scheepvaart, in Rotterdam. This bank did a lot of business with the Thyssens over the years. In 1923 ... the Rotterdam bank loaned the money to build the very first Nazi party headquarters in Munich. But somehow the allied investigations kept going nowhere, the intelligence leads all seemed to dry up ...

If the investigators realized that the US intelligence chief in postwar Germany, Allen Dulles, was also the Rotterdam bank's lawyer, they might have asked some very interesting questions. They did not know that Thyssen was Dulles' client as well ... The Rotterdam Bank was at the heart of Dulles' cloaking scheme, and he guarded its secrets jealously ...

Fritz Thyssen (and indirectly, the Nazi Party) had obtained their early financing from Brown Brothers Harriman, and its affiliate, the Union Banking Corporation. Union Bank, in turn, was the Bush family's holding company for a number of other entities, including the "Holland American Trading Company."

It was a matter of public record that the Bush holdings were seized by the US government after the Nazis overran Holland. In 1951, the Bush's reclaimed Union Bank from the US Alien Property Custodian, along with their "neutral" Dutch assets ...

After World War I, August Thyssen had been badly burned by the loss of assets under the harsh terms of the Versailles treaty ... August Thyssen established three different banks during the 1920's -- The August Thyssen Bank in Berlin, the Bank voor Handel en Scheepvaart in Rotterdam, and the Union Banking Corporation in New York City. To protect their corporate holdings, all [his sons] had to do was move the corporate paperwork from one bank to the other.

When Fritz Thyssen "sold" the Holland-American Trading Company for a tax loss, the Union Banking Corporation in New York bought the stock. Similarly, the Bush family invested the disguised Nazi profits in American steel and manufacturing corporations that became part of the secret Thyssen empire ...

As the noted historian Burton Hersh documented: "The Alien Property Custodian, Leo Crowley, was on the payroll of the New York J. Henry Schroeder Bank where Foster and Allen Dulles both sat as board members. Foster Dulles arranged an appointment for himself as special legal counsel for the Alien Property Custodian while simultaneously representing (German) interests against the custodian." ...

As soon as Berlin fell to the allies, it was time to ship the documents back to Rotterdam so that the "neutral" bank could claim ownership under the friendly supervision of Allen Dulles, who, as the OSS intelligence chief in 1945 Berlin, was well placed to handle any troublesome investigations. Unfortunately, the August Thyssen Bank had been bombed during the war, and the documents were buried in the underground vaults beneath the rubble. Worse, the vaults lay in the Soviet Zone of Berlin ...

Prince Bernhard (of Holland) commanded a unit of Dutch intelligence, which dug up the incriminating corporate papers in 1945 and brought them back to the "neutral" bank in Rotterdam. The pretext was that the Nazis had stolen the crown jewels of his wife, Princess Juliana, and the Russians gave the Dutch permission to dig up the vault and retrieve them. Operation Juliana was a Dutch fraud on the Allies who searched high and low for the missing pieces of the Thyssen fortune.

In 1945, the former Dutch manager of the Rotterdam bank resumed control only to discover that he was sitting on a huge pile of hidden Nazi assets. In 1947, the manager threatened to inform Dutch authorities, and was immediately fired by the Thyssens. The somewhat naive bank manager then fled to New York City where he intended to talk to Union Bank director Prescott Bush ...

The manager intended "to reveal (to Prescott Bush) the truth about ... the Rotterdam Bank, (in order that) some or all of the Thyssen interests in the Thyssen Group might be seized and confiscated as German enemy property. The manager's body was found in New York two weeks later ...

It should be noted that the Thyssen group (TBG) is ... the largest industrial conglomerate in Germany, and with a net worth of more than $50 billion dollars, one of the wealthiest corporations in the world. TBG is so rich it even bought out the Krupp family, famous arms makers for Hitler, leaving the Thyssens as the undisputed champion survivors of the Third Reich. Where did the Thyssens get the start-up money to rebuild their empire with such speed after World War II? ...

The Bushes knew perfectly well that Brown Brothers was the American money channel into Nazi Germany, and that Union Bank was the secret pipeline to bring the Nazi money back to America from Holland. The Bushes had to have known how the secret money circuit worked because they were on the board of directors in both directions: Brown Brothers out, Union Bank in.

The bottom line is harsh: It is bad enough that the Bush family helped raise the money for Thyssen to give Hitler his start in the 1920's, but giving aid and comfort to the enemy in time of war is treason. The Bush's bank helped the Thyssens make the Nazi steel that killed allied soldiers. As bad as financing the Nazi war machine may seem, aiding and abetting the Holocaust was worse. Thyssen's coal mines used Jewish slaves as if they were disposable chemicals ...'']


May 26, 1952

``President Harry S. Truman issues Executive Order 10355 creating the Arctic National Wildlife Range shortly after massive oil reserves were discovered along the North Slope of Alaska.

The Seven Sisters feared that the North Slope oil find ... could potentially collapse the wholesale price of oil worldwide.''

Prescott Bush elected to the US Senate.

Prescott Bush instrumental in the selection of Nixon as Eisenhower's vice presidential candidate.


John Foster Dulles appointed Secretary of State.

Allen Dulles appointed Director of the CIA.

With money from Brown Brothers and Harriman, George Bush forms Zapata Petroleum. Zapata's subsidiary, Zapata Offshore, later becomes known for its close ties to the CIA.

Iran: CIA overthrows the democratically elected Mohammed Mossadegh in a military coup, after he threatened to nationalize British oil. The CIA replaces him with a dictator, the Shah of Iran, whose secret police, SAVAK, is as brutal as the Gestapo.

At the age of 7, Bill Clinton moves to Hot Springs, Arkansas


The CIA under the direction of Allen Dulles (supports) a coup against Jacobo Arbenz in Guatemala to aid United Fruit. Schroeder Bank was partnered with United Fruit in the banana business. Allen Dulles was a sitting board member of Schroeder Bank.

Both John Foster Dulles and Allen Dulles had investments in firms with heavy investments in United Fruit. In addition, the American ambassador at the UN was a stockholder of United Fruit and President Eisenhower's personal secretary was the wife of United Fruit's public relations director.


Manuel Noriega was recruited as an agent by the US Defense Intelligence Agency.

Saddam Hussein is hired by the CIA as a 22-year-old assassin, and he is given guns and bombs through Saudi Arabia.


United Press International has ... [pieced] together the following account ...

``Saddam's ... first contacts with U.S. officials date back to 1959, when he was part of a CIA-authorized six-man squad tasked with assassinating then Iraqi Prime Minister, General Abd al-Karim Qasim ...

In the mid-1950s, Iraq was quick to join the anti-Soviet Baghdad Pact which was to defend the region and whose members included Turkey, Britain, Iran and Pakistan. Little attention was paid to Qasim's bloody and conspiratorial regime until his sudden decision to withdraw from the pact in 1959 ...

Washington watched in marked dismay as Qasim began to buy arms from the Soviet Union and put his own domestic communists into ministry positions of "real power," ... Saddam, while only in his early 20s, became a part of a U.S. plot to get rid of Qasim ...

In February 1963 Qasim was killed in a Baath Party coup ... Noting that the Baath Party was hunting down Iraq's communists, the CIA provided the submachine gun-toting Iraqi National Guardsmen with lists of suspected communists ... The mass killings, presided over by Saddam, took place at Qasr al-Nehayat, literally, the Palace of the End.

A former senior CIA official said: "It was a bit like the mysterious killings of Iran's communists just after Ayatollah Khomeini came to power in 1979. All 4,000 of his communists suddenly got killed."

Saddam, in the meantime, became head of al-Jihaz a-Khas, the secret intelligence apparatus of the Baath Party ...'']


January 1: Fidel Castro's revolutionary forces take control of Havana. At about 2 a.m., miltary dictator Fulgencio Batista, his family, and closest associates, board a plane ...

Brown Brothers Harriman & Company's Punta Alegre Sugar Corporation in Cuba was confiscated by the Castro regime after the 1959 revolution ... along with hotels and casinos owned by US gangsters led by Meyer Lansky.

February 2: U.S. Citizen Allen Robert Maller is arrested for ... planning to kill Fidel Castro.

March 26: Cuban authorities uncover [another] plot to kill Fidel Castro.

[There are hundreds more comic-opera CIA attempts to kill Castro]

See "635 ways to kill Castro"

October 11: A plane drops two incendiary bombs on the Niagara sugar mill in Pinar del Rio province.

October 19: A plane drops two bombs on the Punta Alegre sugar mill in Camaguey province.

November: The Cuban government imposes a 60 percent royalty on oil production.


February 18: U.S. pilot Robert Ellis Frost dies when a bomb goes off on board his plane as he is raiding the Espana sugar mill.

March 17: President Eisenhower directs CIA Director Allen Dulles to train armed troops to invade Cuba.

July 4: President Eisenhower orders a substantial cut in the Cuban sugar quota.

Patrice Lumumba (2 July 1925 - 17 January 1961) was an African anti-colonial leader and the first legally elected Prime Minister of the Republic of the Congo after he helped to win its independence from Belgium in June 1960.

It was revealed that U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower had said "something [to CIA chief Allen Dulles] to the effect that Lumumba should be eliminated" ... 14-cuban-timeline.htm


The Bay of Pigs fiasco. Two of the ships were named Houston and Barbara.

Additionally in 1981, the year before George Bush was elected vice president, all of the SEC records of Zapata Petroleum between 1960 and 1966 disappeared.

John Kennedy [JFK] fires Allen Dulles after the Bay of Pigs.

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Russ Baker writes:

``... Then came Jimmy Carter, whose plans to reform the CIA were an echo of JFK's intent to "scatter the CIA to the winds" after the ruinous Bay of Pigs invasion. When Carter defeated Ford, he ousted Bush from the CIA helm and sought to bring the intelligence juggernaut under control. He soon found himself deeply compromised by complex financial shenanigans [BCCI] orchestrated by figures from the same intelligence circles.

The Iran hostage crisis, which finished off Carter's presidency, was exacerbated by dissident CIA elements tied to Bush Senior ...

The forces that dogged and ultimately dominated these past presidents have not abated. Indeed, the presidency of George W. Bush brought into the open ... the same strategic interests that this group has pursued covertly for many decades ... the unleashing of their allies in finance and industry from government oversight ...

The first rule of successful combat is, 'Know your enemy.' ... we must begin to take seriously, and speak openly, about the true nature of the interests behind the Bush family enterprise. If we do not, we will find ourselves several years from now shaking our heads at new disaster, still unable to comprehend what has happened,''

[This article is about the 2006 film, The Good Shepherd

... In 1961, the Bay of Pigs Invasion into Cuba fails due to a yet undisclosed leak. Afterwards, a photograph and an audio recording on reel-to-reel tape are anonymously dropped off at the home of Edward Wilson (Matt Damon), a senior CIA officer.

The narrative flashes back to 1939: Edward is attending Yale University and is a new member of Skull and Bones ...

[Later] an agent, also a Skull and Bones member, is sent undercover as a representative of the Mayan coffee company. In order to intimidate [a] Central American leader, Edward arranges for airplanes to fly over and release locusts during a public event where the Russians (including Ulysses) are present. Edward later receives a can of Mayan coffee, presumably from Ulysses, containing the severed finger of the American agent ...

While at a Skull and Bones retreat, Edward discusses the upcoming Bay of Pigs invasion ... Edward Jr. inadvertantly overhears the discussion ...

The movie ends with Edward leaving his old office moving to his new wing in CIA.]

Russ Baker received a 2005 Deadline Club award for his exclusive reporting on George W. Bush's military record ... Information on his new book, Family of Secrets: the Bush Dynasty, the Powerful Forces That Put it in the White House, and What Their Influence Means for America, may be found at


January 3: United States breaks off diplomatic relations with Cuba.

February 24: A light plane sets fire to cane fields in Camaguey.

March 31: President Kennedy cancels Cuban sugar quota for 1961.

April 17: A mercenary force of more than 1,500 men lands at Playa Giron [Bay of Pigs].

April 24: President Kennedy admits full responsibility for [Bay of Pigs].


February 3: White House announces total embargo on U.S.- Cuba trade.

October 22: President Kennedy orders naval and economic blockade against Cuba ... 04-cuban-missile-crisis-timeline.htm

The Cuban Missile Crisis Timeline


January 3: United States breaks off diplomatic relations with Cuba.

April 17: "The Bay of Pigs" - A group of Cuban exiles, backed by the US, invades Cuba at the Bay of Pigs in a failed attempt to trigger an anti-Castro rebellion

June 3-4: Khrushchev and Kennedy hold summit talks in Vienna regarding the Cuban Missile Crisis


August 31: Senator Kenneth Keating tells the Senate that there is evidence of Soviet missile installations in Cuba

September 11: Soviet Foreign Minister, Andrei Gromyko, warns that an American attack on Cuba could mean war with the Soviet Union

October 14 : A U-2 flying over western Cuba obtains photographs of missile sites

October 14 - 17: The Joint Chiefs of Staff strongly advise Kennedy to make an air strike (the discussions are referred to as the EX-COMM's )

October 18: Gromyko assures Kennedy that Soviet Cuban aid has been only for the "defensive capabilities of Cuba."

October 22: Congressional leaders are shown the photographic evidence of the Soviet missile Cuban installations and the President addresses the nation regarding the Cuban crisis

October 22: U.S. military forces go to DEFCON 3

October 23: Kennedy receives a letter from Khrushchev in which Khrushchev states that there is a, "serious threat to peace and security of peoples." Robert Kennedy speaks with Ambassador Dobrynin

October 24: Soviet ships, en route to Cuba, reverse their course except for one. US Military forces go to DEFCON 2

October 25: JFK sends a letter to Khrushchev placing the responsibility for the crisis on the Soviet Union

October 26: Khrushchev sends a letter to President Kennedy proposing to remove his missiles if Kennedy publicly announces never to invade Cuba

October 27: An American U-2 is shot down over Cuba killing the pilot, Major Rudolf Anderson

October 27: A U-2 strays into Soviet airspace, near Alaska, and is nearly intercepted by Soviet fighters

October 27: Kennedy sends Khrushchev a letter stating that he will make a statement that the U.S. will not invade Cuba if Khrushchev removes the missiles from Cuba

October 28: Khrushchev announces over Radio Moscow that he has agreed to remove the missiles from Cuba In return the US agrees to the withdrawal of US nuclear missiles from Turkey ending the Cuban Missile Crisis

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Ngo Dinh Diem was assassinated November 2, 1963 by the CIA, and 3 weeks later, JFK [John F. Kennedy] was assassinated. 14-cuban-timeline.htm]

[June 4, 1963

John F. Kennedy signed Executive Order 11110 ... which gave Kennedy, as President of the United States, [authority] to print United States Treasury Notes.

November 12, 1963

President John F. Kennedy reaches broad agreement with Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev on joint space missions and sharing classified UFO files with the USSR.

Kennedy's November 12, 1963, National Security Action Memorandum (NSAM 271) instructed the new Director of the CIA, John McCone, to share UFO information with NASA and with the USSR.

NSAM 271 created a final showdown with MAJI (incorrectly called MJ-12 after the twelth member of Operation Majestic-12). Operation Majestic-12 is also known as MAJI (the Majority Agency for Joint Intelligence).

NSAM 271 was relayed on to James Jesus Angleton, the CIA's chief of counterintelligence. Angleton controlled access to the most highly classified UFO files in the U.S.

On June 28, 1961, Kennedy asked Allen Dulles to be fully briefed on UFOs. In response and unknown to Kennedy, Dulles drafted a set of directives shortly before his forced November 1961 retirement -- clear instructions that under no circumstances would any U.S. President or his national security staff be briefed or given access to classified UFO files.

November 22, 1963,

John F. Kennedy murdered

Only one day after Kennedy's assassination, all the United States notes which Kennedy had issued, were called out of circulation.]


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George Bush campaigns against the Civil Rights Act [beginning of the Republican 'Southern Strategy'], in his attempt to be U, S. Senator from Texas, against Ralph Yarborough. George Bush and Barry Goldwater were both defeated in Lyndon Johnson's landslide victory for President. 14-cuban-timeline.htm

May 19: U.S. Department of Commerce prohibits shipping of medicines to Cuba.


George Bush elected to Congress.


Robert Kennedy was assassinated just after midnight at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles following a victory speech for the California Primary on June 5, 1968.

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September 4: FAO specialist R.S. Vasudevo arrested after it was proved that he had introduced a virus harmful to coffee into Cuba. The blight caused enormous damage.]

Nixon elected President.

George W. Bush joins Skull & Bones at Yale

Operation CHAOS: The CIA has been illegally spying on American citizens since 1959, but with Operation CHAOS, President Johnson dramatically boosts the effort. CIA agents go undercover as student radicals to spy on and disrupt campus organizations protesting the Vietnam War.

[Bill Clinton, according to several agency sources interviewed by biographer Roger Morris, works as a CIA informer while briefly and erratically a Rhodes Scholar in England. Although without visible means of support, he travels around Europe and the Soviet Union, staying at the ritziest hotel in Moscow.

The US government is using well educated assets such as Clinton as part of Operation Chaos to break student resistance to the (Vietnam) war and the draft.]

December 25, 1968:


``U.S. Afghanistan War Secrets Leaked"

LARRY KING: All right, Daniel Ellsberg, you were going to say ...

DANIEL ELLSBERG: ... The Pentagon papers actually did reveal a number of things, but ... what was NOT in those 7,000 pages of top secret documents ... was a good reason for being in Vietnam or for escalating or for continuing the war ...''

December 25, 1968: Daniel Ellsberg and Henry Kissinger spend four days at the New York Hotel Pierre, as part of the transition to the Nixon administarion, reviewing A-to-Z options for Vietnam; Ellsberg's recommendation about withdrawal is omitted from the final report ...


Zapata Petroleum attempted to buy out United Fruit, another company with strong ties to the CIA and involved in the overthrow of reformed-minded Central American countries.

October 12, 1969:

Pentagon Papers -- Ellsberg and several RAND colleagues write a letter to the Washington Post opposing the administration's Vietnam policies and statements.


George Bush loses Senate race to Lloyd Bentsen, despite $112,000 in contributions from a White House slush fund. Jim Baker is campaign chair.

Salvadore Allende is elected president of Chile.

May 1970:

Pentagon Papers -- During this tumultuous month, the U.S. bombs Cambodia; the Kent State shooting stirs campus unrest.


George Bush appointed as ambassador to the United Nations.

Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs (BNDD) finds enough evidence of Noriega's involvement in drug dealing to indict him, but the US Attorney's office in Miami considers grabbing Noriega in Panama for trial here to be impractical. State Department also urges BNDD to back off.

June 13, 1971:

Pentagon Papers -- The first story appears in the Sunday New York Times focused on the Tonkin Gulf incident of August 1964. It describes how the U.S. conducted extensive actions, causing the South Vietnamese to raid Northern targets with the express purpose of provoking a response that would be used to justify greater U.S. participation in the war.

June 26, 1971:

Pentagon Papers -- In Los Angeles, a warrant is issued for Daniel Ellsberg's arrest.


Watergate scandal erupts during Nixon's reelection campaign

On June 17, 1972, Nixon [supposedly] sends in a team of burglars to wiretap Democratic offices at Watergate.



See page 175, "Family of Secrets."]

The team members have extensive CIA histories, including James McCord, E. Howard Hunt and five of the Cuban burglars. They work for the Committee to Reelect the President (CREEP), which does dirty work like disrupting Democratic campaigns and laundering Nixon's illegal campaign contributions.

George Bush appointed chairman of the Republican Party. Bush proceeds to set up the ethnic heritage groups in the party. These groups appear to be nothing more than a haven for Nazi émigrés from Eastern Europe.


A devastating earthquake strikes Managua, leaving 6,000 dead and 20,000 injured. Somoza Debayle embezzles money from international relief funds. Martial law is declared; and Somoza Debayle is made Chief Executive of the Nicaraguan government. U.S. marines are sent to Nicaragua to insure Somoza's regime is instituted. 9/11=isi&timeline=complete_911_timeline

1973-1979: US Starts to provide support to islamists opposing the Soviets in Afghanistan

[In 1973 Afghan Prince Muhammad Daoud ousts the Afghan king with help from the Soviet Union, and establishes an Afghan republic. The CIA in turn begins funding Islamist extremists.

US allies, Iran, with its intelligence agency SAVAK, and Pakistan, with its intelligence agency the ISI, play an important role in funneling weapons and other forms of assistance to the Afghan Islamist militants.

After the pro-Soviet coup in April 1978, the Islamic militants with the support of the ISI carry out a massive campaign of terrorism, assassinating hundreds of teachers and civil servants.]


May 11, 1973:

Pentagon Papers -- Charges are dismissed against Daniel Ellsberg after a memorandum from Watergate prosecutor Earl Silbert claiming: "On Sunday, April 15, 1973, I received information that on a date unspecified, Gordon Liddy and Howard Hunt burglarized the offices of a psychiatrist of Daniel Ellsberg to obtain the psychiatrists' filings."

September 11, 1973

The Chilean armed forces, led by General Pinochet and backed by the CIA, overthrow Salvador Allende in a bloody coup. Allende kills himself rather than surrender. Pinochet is named head of the junta's governing council.


How many other leaders have. been murdered by CIA sponsored hit squads? ... index%3Fqid%3D20080718001659AAK5Iq7]


George Bush is named special envoy to China.


Somoza Debayle is decreed president of Nicaragua.

Twenty-seven year old Bill Clinton, only months out of Yale Law School, is back in Arkansas eager to run for Congress. Roger Morris writes later, "A relative unknown, he faces an imposing field of rivals in the Democratic primary, and beyond, in the general election, a powerful Republican incumbent. Yet as soon as he enters the race, Mr. Clinton enjoys a decisive seven-to-one advantage in campaign funds over the nearest Democratic competitor, and will spend twice as much as his well-supported GOP opponent."]


DEA report notes Noreiga's involvement in drug trade.

George W. Bush graduates from Harvard Business School


President Gerald Ford names George Bush CIA director, his fourth political patronage job in a little over five years.

September 1976

Henry Kissinger, Secretary of State, halts a U.S. plan to curb a secret program of international assassinations by South American dictators, known as "Operation Condor," according to Peter Kornbluh.

Chilean exile Orlando Letelier and a colleague are killed in Washington in a car bombing later tied to Chilean secret police working through the Condor network. The murders are considered one of the most brazen acts of terrorism ever carried out in the capital.

"The document confirms that it's Kissinger's complete responsibility for having rescinded a cease-and-desist order to Condor killers," said Kornbluh, author of a 2004 book on Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet.

George Bush was fully informed of the Operation Condor program to execute dissidents opposing the fascist military regimes in South America.

National Bank of Georgia president Bert Lance meets with Jackson Stephens, a Naval Academy classmate of Carter.

Bush holds first known meeting with Noriega. Noriega starts receiving $110,000 a year from the CIA.

Bush writes internal CIA memo asking to see cable on Jack Ruby visiting Santos Trafficante in jail. In 1992, Bush will deny any interest in the JFK assassination while CIA head.

George Bush claims nuclear war is winnable.

Bill Clinton is elected Attorney General of Arkansas.

Two Indonesian billionaires come to Arkansas. Mochtar Riady and Liem Sioe Liong are close to Suharto. Riady is looking for an American bank to buy. He finds Jackson Stephens with whom he forms Stephens Finance. Stephens will broker the arrival of BCCI to this country and steer BCCI's founder, Hassan Abedi, to Bert Lance. 9/11=isi&timeline=complete_911_timeline


[``CIA and Other Intelligence Agencies Use BCCI to Control and Manipulate Criminals and Terrorists Worldwide

Financial Times Investigative journalist Joseph Trento reported that in 1976, the Safari Club, a newly formed secret cabal of intelligence agencies ... decides it needs a network of banks to help finance its intelligence operations.

Saudi Intelligence Minister Kamal Adham is given the task. "With the official blessing of George H. W. Bush as the head of the CIA, Adham transformed a small Pakistani merchant bank, the Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI), into a world-wide money-laundering machine, buying banks around the world to create the biggest clandestine money network in history."

BCCI was founded in 1972 by a Pakistani named Agha Hasan Abedi, who was an associate of Adham's. Bush himself had an account at BCCI established while still director of the CIA. French customs will later raid the Paris BCCI branch and discover the account in Bush's name. (Trento, 2005, pp. 104)

Bush, Adham, and other intelligence heads work with Abedi to contrive "a plan that seemed too good to be true. The bank would solicit the business of every major terrorist, rebel, and underground organization in the world. The intelligence thus gained would be shared with 'friends' of BCCI."

CIA operative Raymond Close worked closely with Adham on this. BCCI taps into the CIA's stockpile of misfits and malcontents to help man a 1,500-strong group of assassins and enforcers." (Trento, 2005, pp. 104)

Soon, BCCI becomes the fastest growing bank in the world. Time magazine will later describe BCCI as not just a bank, but also a global intelligence operation and a Mafia-like enforcement squad.

Operating primarily out of the bank's offices in Karachi, Pakistan, the 1,500-employee black network used sophisticated spy equipment and techniques, along with bribery, extortion, kidnapping and even, by some accounts, murder. The black network, so named by its own members, stops at almost nothing to further the bank's aims the world over." (Time, 7/22/1991)]

[Also see flying-pigs-tamiflu-and-factory-farms/


Swine Flu [H1N1] breaks out among a handful of soldiers stationed at Fort Dix, N.J. ... Health officials worry that they are seeing the return of the 1918 H1N1 Spanish Flu pandemic. As the virus is circulating among U.S. pigs, President Gerald Ford calls for a crash vaccination program ...]


The Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) is passed by US Congress under President Jimmy Carter. It requires banks and thrifts to offer credit throughout their entire market area and prohibits them from targeting only wealthier neighborhoods with their services, a practice known as "redlining." [With the deregulations of the 1990's, the CRA became one more tool in the hands of the sub-prime swindlers.]

Apparently because of pressure from Indonesia, Riady withdraws his bid to buy Lance's 30% share of the National Bank of Georgia. Instead, a BCCI front man buys the shares and Abedi moves to secretly take over Financial General - later First American Bankshares -- later the subject of the only BCCI-connected scandal to be prosecuted in the US.

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January 9: The New York daily Newsday says the CIA was involved in introducing a virus into Cuba which in 1971 caused an outbreak of African swine fever. At least 300,000 pigs were destroyed.

Swine Flu [H1N1] Paranoia, by Nano [in 2009]

``... I'm not usually all that prone to conspiracy theories but too many pieces are coming together for me concerning swine flu.

I'm reading a book called Lab 257 by a man named Michael Carroll. Published in 2005, the book tells the true story of Plum Island, a small bio-weapons laboratory set up by the US government in the early 1950s. Plum Island is a short distance up Long Island Sound from New York City.

The first director at the facility was a former Nazi named Erich Traub, who continued Nazi experiments using ticks as a carrier for disease. He reportedly released infected ticks onto Plum Island as part of his studies.

In the mid 70s, the first reported cases of Lyme Disease, over thirty children and a dozen adults, surfaced in Lyme, Connecticut two miles across Long Island Sound from Plum Island. An easy swim for the deer that often made the crossing to feed there. Lyme disease is, of course, carried by deer ticks.

A West Nile Virus outbreak in 1999 that infected horses within a five mile radius of the facility and the subsequent human infections, and a 1967 Dutch duck enteritis outbreak that decimated the Long Island duck industry both share the Plum Island facility as a nexus ...

All of this so far is from the book. And then I did a bit of Googling to find that the St. Francis Preparatory School in Queens is right down Long Island Sound from Plum Island. St. Francis, of course, is the current ground zero for American cases of swine flu with over forty and over a hundred suspected cases.

What if those kids didn't get swine flu in Mexico? What if they took it there? And a bit more to think about: One of Plum Island's earliest studies involved swine fever, which is not swine flu [H1N1]; ... swine fever is transmitted by ticks. Think about it.'']

On November 23, 1977, Ayatollah Khomeini's elder son, Haji Mustafa, died mysteriously in Najaf, Iraq. According to professor Hamid Algar, he was "assassinated by the Shah's U.S. - CIA instituted security police SAVAK. The tragedy inflamed the public in Iran."


George W. Bush founded Arbusto Energy with $17,500 from his education trust fund and $3 million in funds from family friends and backers of Bush Sr's political aspirations. They made no money but got tax writeoffs.


Nicaragua experiences an economic slowdown and circumstances are ripe for a revolution. Joaquín Chamorro, editor of the anti-Somoza newspaper, La Prensa, is assassinated. The public holds Somoza responsible. Led by the Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN), anti-Somoza guerrilla forces launch a violent uprising against the military. Nicaragua is plunged into a near civil war.

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

Bill Clinton is elected governor of Arkanas.

Arkansas becomes a major center of gun-running, drugs and money laundering. The IRS warns other law enforcement agencies of the state's "enticing climate." According to Clinton biographer Roger Morris, operatives go into banks with duffel bags full of cash, which bank officers then distribute to tellers in sums under $10,000 so they don't have to report the transaction.

A drug pilot brings a Cessna 210 full of cocaine into Mena, Arkansas where he is met by his pick-up: a state trooper in a marked police car.

According to his wife, security operative Jerry Parks delivers large sums of money from Mena airport to Vince Foster at a K-Mart parking lot. Mrs. Parks discovers this when she opens her car trunk one day and finds so much cash that she has to sit on the trunk to close it again. She asks her husband whether he is dealing drugs, and he allegedly explains that Foster paid him $1,000 for each trip he took to Mena ...]



Somoza resigns on July 17th, and flees to Miami, exiling to Paraguay. On July 20th, Sandinista forces enter Managua, and hundreds of thousands of Nicaraguans celebrate their triumph.]

James Bath, a close Bush family friend, pays $50,000 for 5% of Arbusto. Bath was U.S. representative for Salem bin Laden, Osama's wealthy Saudi father.

The Shah of Iran, a longtime CIA puppet, is overthrown by Muslim fundamentalists who are furious at the CIA's backing of SAVAK, the Shah's bloodthirsty secret police. In revenge, the Muslims take Americans hostage in the U.S. embassy in Tehran.


Bush becomes Reagan's vice presidential candidate.

In early October, an Iranian official meets with three top Reagan campaign aides. All three deny memory of the meeting in subsequent proceedings. Some allege that at this meeting it was agreed to end the arms embargo against Iran if Iran would release its hostages after the election.


Somoza is assassinated in Paraguay. The Sandinista government implements social programs, which receive international recognition for their gains in literacy, health care, education, childcare, unions, and land reform.

For the first time in history, Nicaraguans are called to decide their own future. Just as they struggle for increased self-sufficiency, the CIA begins funding the Contra War.

The goal is to undermine the Sandinista regime. This ten-year war is fought at the cost of 60,000 lives, 178 billion dollars, and the Nicaraguan infrastructure and economy.]


Reagan-Bush inaugurated. Hostages released moments before by Iran. Shortly thereafter, Iran/Contra begins with arms shipments to Iran from Israel and America.

In July, an Argentinean plane chartered by Israel crashes in Soviet territory. It is found to have made three deliveries of American military supplies to Iran.

The CIA sells arms to Iran at high prices, using the profits to arm the Contras fighting the Sandinista government in Nicaragua.


George Bush: The Unauthorized Biography

by Webster G. Tarpley & Anton Chaitkin

``For those who want to know more about George [Herbert Walker] Bush, crack cocaine kingpin ...

Start with Chapter XVIII for the role of Bush as kingpin of Iran-contra.

Then proceed to Chapter XX for the shocking truth about Bush's much-touted "war on drugs," including how Bush hobnobbed with Don Aronow of the Meyer Lansky organized crime and narcotics syndicate ...''

Major drug trafficker Barry Seal, as an informant, testified that in 1980-81, before moving his operation to Arkansas, he made approximately 60 trips to Central America and brought back 18,000 kilograms of cocaine.

ROGER MORRIS & SALLY DENTON, PENTHOUSE MAGAZINE - Documents confirm that from 1981 to his brutal death in 1986, Barry Seal carried on one of the most lucrative operations in the history of the international drug trade, and that he did it with the evident complicity, if not collusion, of elements of the United States government, apparently with the acquiescence of Ronald Reagan's administration, impunity from any subsequent exposure by George Bush's administration, and under the usually acute political nose of then Arkansas governor Bill Clinton ...]


George W. Bush renames bankrupt [Arbusto Energy] company Bush Exploration, and sells 10% to Philip Uzielli for $1,000,000 ...

Inslaw, a computer software company, signs a $10 million contract to install a case-tracking program in 94 US Attorney's offices. Four months later, after obtaining a copy of Inslaw's proprietary version of the program, the government cancels the contract and begins an aggressive campaign to force the company into bankruptcy. Later sources claim that the program was installed by the CIA and sold to various foreign intelligence agencies.


``Inslaw's original software product, Promis, was a database designed to handle papers and documents generated by law enforcement agencies and courts.'']


ROGER MORRIS & SALLY DENTON, PENTHOUSE - According to lRS criminal investigator William Duncan, secretaries at the Mena Airport told him that when Seal flew into Mena, there would be stacks of cash to be taken to the bank and laundered. One secretary told him that she was ordered to obtain numerous cashier's checks, each in an amount just under $10,000, at various banks in Mena and surrounding communities, to avoid filing the federal Currency Transaction Reports required for all bank transactions that exceed that limit.

Bank tellers testified before a federal grand jury that in November 1982, a Mena airport employee carried a suitcase containing more than $70,000 into a bank. "The bank officer went down the teller lines handing out the stacks of $1,000 bills and got the cashier's checks." Law-enforcement sources confirmed that hundreds of thousands of dollars were laundered from 1981 to 1983 just in a few small banks near Mena, and that millions more from Seal's operation were laundered elsewhere in Arkansas and the nation.]

Financial General changes its name to First American; and Clark Clifford is appointed chairman. BCCI fronts begin acquiring controlling interest in other banks ...


Former intelligence chief and US Central Intelligence Agency informant Manuel Noriega becomes head of the Panama National Guard,

Noriega meets again with George Bush.

Neil Bush forms his first oil company. He puts in $100. His partners contribute $160,000; and Neil is named president of the firm, JNB Exploration.

Jeb Bush's business partner, Alberto Duque, goes bankrupt, is eventually convicted of fraud and is sentenced to 15 years in prison.

Mochtar Riady forms Lippo Finance & Investment in Little Rock, Arkansas.

According to a later account in the Tampa Tribune, planes flying drugs into Mena in coolers marked "medical supplies." are met by several people close to then-Governor Bill Clinton.

Jackson Stephens forms United Pacific Trading with Mochtar Riady to do business in the U.S. and Asia.


Jeb Bush lobbies the Department of Health & Human Services on behalf of Cuban-American businessman Miguel Recarey, Jr., whose medical firm later collapses. Recarey, who was close to mobster Santos Trafficante, later flees the US under indictment with at least $12 million in federal funds.

CIA mines Nicaraguan harbors.

Bush Exploration (broke again) merges with Spectrum 7 Energy Corporation, owned by William DeWitt and Mercer Reynolds. George W. Bush becomes CEO, gets 16.3%, and a salary of $75K. Reynolds later became ambassador to Switzerland.

Stevens and Riady buy a banking firm and change its name to Worthern Bank with Riady's 28-year-old son James as president. Other Worthen co-owners will eventually include BCCI investor Abdullah Taha Bakhish.


Barry Seal estimates that he has earned between $60 and $100 million smuggling cocaine into the US, but with the feds closing in on him, Barry Seal flies from Mena to Washington in his private Lear Jet to meet with two members of Vice President George Bush's drug task force. Following the meeting, Seal rolls over for the DEA, becoming an $800,000-a-year informant for the federal government.

Mochtar and James Riady engineer the takeover of the First National Bank of Mena in a town of 5,000 with few major assets beyond a Contra supply base, drug running and money-laundering operations.

According to the London Telegraph's Ambrose Evans-Prichard, Seal was probably the biggest importer of cocaine in American history. Between 1980 and his assassination in 1986, his team of pilots smuggled in 36 metric tons of cocaine, 104 tons of marijuana and three tons of heroin.

The sums of money involved were staggering. At his death, Seal left a number of operational bank accounts. One of them, at the Cayman Islands branch of the Fuji Bank, has an interest-earning balance of $1,645,433,000."

Eight months after his murder, Seal's cargo plane is shot down over Nicaragua. It is carrying ammunition and other supplies for the Contras from Mena. One crew member, Eugene Hasenfus, survives.

ROGER MORRIS & SALLY DENTON, PENTHOUSE - Arkansas state trooper Larry Patterson would later testify under oath, according to *The London Sunday Telegraph*, that he and other officers "discussed repeatedly in Clinton's presence" the "large quantities of drugs being flown into the Mena airport, large quantities of money, large quantities of guns," indicating that Clinton may have known much more about Seal's activities than he has admitted.]

Clinton is reelected governor.


Neil Bush joins the board of Silverado Savings and Loan, serves until 1988. Silverado loans his partners in JNB $132 million which they never repay. Silverado will eventually collapse at a taxpayer cost of $1 billion.

408 TOW anti-tank missiles are shipped from Israel to Iran. A day later, US hostage Benjamin Weir is released.

1986: 9/11=isi&timeline=complete_911_timeline

[``1986-1992: CIA and British recruit and train militants worldwide to help fight Afghan War

Following an agreement between the CIA and Pakistan's ISI to make more use of Arabs in the Soviet-Afghan War, recruitment of potential fighters increases significantly.

According to Australian journalist John Pilger, in this year, "CIA Director William Casey gives his backing to a plan put forward by Pakistan's intelligence agency, the ISI, to recruit people from around the world to join the Afghan jihad.

More than 100,000 Islamic militants are trained in Pakistan between 1986 and 1992, in camps overseen by the CIA and the British intelligence agency MI6, with the British special forces unit SAS training future al-Qaeda and Taliban fighters in bomb-making and other black arts.

Their leaders are trained at a CIA camp in Virginia." (Guardian, 9/20/2003) Eventually, around 35,000 Muslim radicals from 43 Islamic countries will fight with the Afghan mujaheddin. Tens of thousands more will study in the hundreds of new madrassas (Islamic schools) funded by the ISI and CIA in Pakistan.

Their main logistical base is in the Pakistani city of Peshawar. (Washington Post, 7/19/1992; Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 9/23/2001)

(New Yorker, 9/9/2002) Richard Murphy, assistant secretary of state for Near East and South Asian relations during the Reagan administration, will later say, "We did spawn a monster in Afghanistan. Once the Soviets were gone (the people trained and/or funded by the US) were looking around for other targets, and Osama bin Laden has settled on the United States as the source of all evil.]''

September 1986:

President Reagan authorized the shipment of Stinger missiles via Pakistan to Afghanistan. Overwhelmingly successful use of the Stinger resulted in neutralization of the Soviet Hind-D helicopter-gunship, and three years later (1989) to full Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan.

The US, wishing to increase its regional influence, worked with the Saudis to import an army of Saudis, Egyptians, and others into Afghanistan.

The Saudis chose a member of a wealthy construction family with close royal family ties - Osama bin Laden - to lead the effort. Many of the men bin Laden recruited were connected to the Muslim Brotherhood, a regional fundamentalist group.

Bin Laden's newly constructed army (shortly thereafter known as al Qaeda) successfully fought to settle Afghanistan in favor of an Afghan fundamentalist group, the Taliban. [See: Against All Enemies, Inside America's War on Terror; Richard A. Clark, Free Press (Simon & Schuster), 2004]



Spectrum 7, nearly bankrupt, is acquired by Harken Energy Corp. George W. Bush receives 227,000 shares of Harken stock and is made director and consultant to the company at up tp $120K salary, $600k in stock options and a couple of hundred thousand in free or forgiven loans.

October, 1986:



From Family of Secrets: "Harvard University, ... through its investing arm, Harvard Management Company ... eventually [pumps] fifty million dollars into [Harken] ..." See page 355.]


When Harken runs short of cash it hooks up with Jackson Stephens, who arranges a $25 million stock purchase by BCCI-connected Union Bank of Switzerland (UBS). Sheik Abdullah Bakhsh, who joins the board as a part of the deal, is connected to BCCI. Saudi Sheik Abdullah Bakhsh joins the board with 17.6% ownership. bush-house-of-saud-by-craig-unger-560086.html

[See Craig Unger's book: "House of Bush, House of Saud,"

``During the 1980s, as petro-dollars flowed into Saudi Arabia, the country became a convenient money and weapons launderer for the US. The US sent money to [Nicaraguan Contras] through Saudi Arabia, in exchange for arms.

During the Iran-Iraq war, the US supported Saddam Hussein - whom the CIA had first hired as a 22-year-old assassin in 1959 - by giving him guns and bombs through Saudi Arabia ...

The US alliance with the Saudis was used to prop up the mujahedeen in Afghanistan. The Saudis matched US support dollar for dollar, and a scion of the family closest to the rulers was sent to fight and to build roads: Osama bin Laden.'']

April 2, 1987: Senator John McCain meets with federal regulators to discuss investigation of Lincoln Savings and Loan. The thrift's owner, Charles Keating, was the senator's business partner and campaign contributor, and flew McCain around on his private jet.


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

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

Dec 9, 1988: Silverado S and L collapses, leaving $1.3 billion taxpayer liability; board members include Neil Bush, son of the Vice President and candidate for President. Neil Bush engineered loans to friends in what federal Office of Thrift Supervision will call "multiple conflicts of interest." Neil Bush later tells Congress a few of his deals may have looked "a little fishy."


Martin Fleischmann and Stanley Pons announce that their electrochemical experiments have produced excess heat under standard temperature and pressure conditions ["cold fusion"].

See Barnhart, B. [Beverly Barnhart], et al., Technology Forecast: Worldwide Research on Low-Energy Nuclear Reactions [LENR] Increasing and Gaining Acceptance, 2009, Defense Intelligence Agency [DIA or Defence Intelligence Agency].

George Bush takes oath of office as President. Places his assets in blind trust managed by William Farish, grandson of the Wiliam Farish ... timeline.html

Feb 6, 1989: President George H. W. Bush bails out S & L industry; among those helped is his son, Jeb, as government takes over most of a $5 million second mortgage on his Miami office building.

Silverado Banking Savings and Loan is shut down by regulators. The seizure and investigation had been delayed to after the election ...

Harken hides losses by selling Aloha Petroleum, a susidiary to insiders for 12 million, $12 million of which is a loan held by Harken. The $8 million (supposed) profit on the sale is counted as Harken income by Arthur Andersen, the accountant.

DeWitt and Reynolds help George W. Bush buy the Texas Rangers for $86 million. Bush invests $500K (borrowed on his Harken stock), gets 10% and becomes the public half of a general management duo with Rusty Rose. A new $135M stadium is built with taxpayer money for the team which the team eventually owns.

Bahrain officials suddenly break off offshore drilling negotiations with Amoco and decide to deal with Harken Energy, George W. Bush's firm.

Harken's investment banker is the same firm that helped in BCCI's acquisition of First American. Among the other BCCI-connected figures that help the deal: Bahrain's prime minister.

At a meeting of the Board of Directors of Harken, George W. Bush signs off on use of a recently created Cayman Island subsidiary to pursue company's $25 million contract to drill for oil off the coast of Bahrain.

George Bush orders the invasion of Panama to overthrow a dictator of its own making, General Manuel Noriega. Noriega has been on the CIA's payroll since 1966, and has been transporting drugs with the CIA's knowledge since 1972.


Iraq invades Kuwait.

Following the Gulf War, Bahrain awarded an offshore drilling contract to Harken Oil; a firm affiliated with George W. Bush the son of the President. George W. sells his stake in Harken and one week later the share price collapses.

Federal regulators give Bush son Neil the mildest possible penalty in the $1 billion failure of the Silverado S&L. The deal is so good that Bush drops his appeal. Among other things, Neil, as a Silverado director, voted to approve over $100 million in loans to his business partners.

S&L industry is losing money at the rate of $3 million a minute. Bailout chief estimates total cost at $325-500 billion.

George W. Bush is asked by Carlyle Group to serve on the board of directors of Caterair, one of the nation's largest airline catering services which it had acquired in 1989.

Bush brother Jonathan's east coast brokerage fined in two states for violating laws, and Jonathan is barred from public trading in Massachusetts.

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

June 22: W. sells his Harken stock for $848,560 - two weeks before $23 million in losses revealed. He pays the Rangers loan out of the proceeds.

In July, Aloha Petroleum is sold to Advance Petroleum Marketing which relieves the associated debt. Advance Petroleum was owned by David Halbert who had invited George W. Bush to invest $10k or so in Allied Home Pharmacy several years earlier which yielded George W. Bush up to a million in 1996.

December 1991

Collapse of the Soviet Union, and the birth of Caspian Sea nations of Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan (1).

April: SEC investigates George W. Bush for failing to report Insider Trading of Harken Energy stock. The investigation was led by James Doty, a friend and businees lawyer for Bush in the past.

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

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

The Gulf War: The U.S. liberates Kuwait from Iraq. But Iraq's dictator, Saddam Hussein, is another creature of the CIA. With U.S. encouragement, Hussein invaded Iran in 1980. During this costly eight-year war, the CIA built up Hussein's forces with sophisticated arms, intelligence, training and financial backing.

Danny Casolaro, a reporter investigating the Inslaw story, is found dead in a motel room bathtub, the day after he met a key source. The death was ruled a suicide. Perhaps he is despondent over the loss of his briefcase, which is missing from the room.

[August 10, 1991

``Joseph Daniel Casolaro ... an American freelance writer who was found dead ...'']


George Bush pardons all of the principal players in the Iran-Contra scandal.

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

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

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

George Bush spends three nights in a Houston hotel so he can claim Texas residency. Texas has no income tax.

Washington, DC, loses $52,000 in taxes because George Bush claims to be a Texas resident.

Neil Bush bails out of Apex Energy after collecting $320,000 in salary plus expenses.

A US court finds Noriega guilty of drug offences and sentences him to 40 years imprisonment, to be served in a US prison.

William Jefferson Clinton is elected President of the US.

[Like Manuel Noriega and Saddam Hussein, Bill Clinton is part of the Bush legacy. Will Clinton be the one Bush creature who survives unscathed? bush_family_tentacles_undermining_his_plans/

``[There is] evidence that George W. Bush's father, the 41st president of the United States, had been working for the intelligence services no less than two decades before he was named CIA director in 1976 ...

Evidence suggests that Bush senior and his associates in the intelligence services, ... turned on the 35th president [Richard Nixon] early in his administration ... These efforts culminated in what appears to have been a deliberately botched Watergate office burglary -- led by former CIA officers [payback for the Allen Dulles Nazi papers?].'' bubba-pappy-bush-hung-out-together/

See Russ Baker's new book: "Family of Secrets: The Bush Dynasty, the Powerful Forces That Put It In The White House, And What Their Influence Means for America." ]



October: George W. Bush asks for letter from the SEC regarding the investigation. The letter, signed by SEC Associate Director Bruce A. Hiler, specifically refuses to exonerate him or to preclude further SEC actions.


George W. Bush is elected Governor of Texas, defeating Ann Richards 53 to 46 %.

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Unocal, seeking to build a pipeline across Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, and Pakistan (for delivery to the Pakistani port of Karachi on the Arabian Sea, western part of the Indian Ocean), signs an agreement with Turkmenistan ...

March 1996

U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan, Tom Simmons, urges Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto to give exclusive pipeline rights to Unocal.

ARTICLE from AlterNet, 10-11-01, By Ted Rall

``The New Great Game: Oil Politics in Central Asia

Nursultan Nazarbayev has a terrible problem. He's the president and former Communist Party boss of Kazakhstan, the second - largest republic of the former Soviet Union. A few years ago, the giant country struck oil in the eastern portion of the Caspian Sea.

Geologists estimate that sitting beneath the wind-blown steppes of Kazakhstan are 50 billion barrels of oil -- by far the biggest untapped reserves in the world. (Saudi Arabia, currently the world's largest oil producer, is believed to have about 30 billion barrels remaining.) ...''

Septmeber 1996

Unocal says it will give aid to to Afghan warlords once they agree to form a council to supervise the [pipeline] project. Taliban take Kabul.

In October 1996, Unocal expresses suport for Taliban takover, saying it makes the pipeline project easier.

September, 1996


``Some nine weeks before President Bill Clinton's reelection against Republican challenger and Senate majority leader Bob Dole [R-KS], the 42nd President of the United States paid off Beijing-linked Indonesian banker and businessman Mochtar Riady for Riady's Lippo Group's illegal contributions to both of Clinton's campaigns.

[Clinton] invoked the The Antiquities Act of June 8, 1906 to create the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Without congressional approval, Clinton nationalized 1.7 million acres of the sovereign State of Utah.

Clinton ... by Executive Order, banned mining from one of the world's largest known deposits of low sulfur anthracite coal, giving Riady a virtual global monopoly on anthracite coal.

Clinton's decision closed the largest anthracite coal field in the nation, the Kaiparowitz Plateau, which contained, at a bare minimum, 7 billion tons of anthracite coal worth close to one $1.5 trillion in 1996 dollars ...'']

December 1997

Unocal invites Taliban representatives to their corporate headquarters in Sugarland, Texas, to discuss the pipeline project. They were thereafter invited to Washington for meetings with Clinton Administration officials.

August 7, 1998

Terrorists said to be linked to Osama bin Laden bomb two US embassies in Nairobi, Kenya and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

The CIA ignores warnings from Case Officer Robert Baer that Saudi Arabia was harboring an al-Q'aeda cell led by two known terrorists. [Source: Financial Times 1/12/01; "See No Evil", a book by Robert Baer.]'timeline=complete_911_timeline&before_9/11=pipelinePolitics

August 9, 1998:

The Northern Alliance capital of Afghanistan, Mazar-i-Sharif, is conquered by the Taliban. Military support of Pakistan's ISI plays a large role; there is even an intercept of an ISI officer stating, 'My boys and I are riding into Mazar-i-Sharif.' [New York Times, 12/8/2001] This victory gives the Taliban control of 90 percent of Afghanistan, including the entire proposed pipeline route.

August 20, 1998

Clinton ordered a 75-80 cruise missile attacks on Afghanistan and Sudan targets. After U.S. missile strikes against Afghanistan, Unocal suspends pipeline project and asks American staff to leave.

September 1998

Environmentalists in California ask Attorney General to dissolve Unocal for crimes against humanity, the environment, and for its relationship with the Taliban.

December 1998

Citing low oil prices, concerns over Osama bin Laden, and pressure from women's groups, Unocal withdraws from Afghan pipeline consortium. Unocal also announces a 40 percent drop in capital spending for 1999 because of low oil prices.'timeline=complete_911_timeline&before_9/11=pipelinePolitics

December 1998:

During the investigation of the August 7, 1998 US embassy bombings, FBI counterterrorism expert John O'Neill finds a memo by al-Qaeda leader Mohammed Atef on a computer. The memo shows that bin Laden's group has a keen interest in and detailed knowledge of negotiations between the Taliban and the US over an oil and gas pipeline through Afghanistan. [Salon, 6/5/2002] members/carlyle.html


George H. W. Bush became a board member of the Carlyle Group -- a weapons firm

1998 and 2000

Former President George H.W. Bush travels to Saudi Arabia on behalf of the privately owned Carlyle Group, the 11th largest defense contractor in the U.S. While there he meets privately with the Saudi royal family and the bin Laden family. [Source: Wall Street Journal, September 27, 2001. See also FTW, Vol. IV, No 7 - "The Best Enemies Money Can Buy," bush-house-of-saud-by-craig-unger-560086.html

[ "Ater the senior Bush left office he began delivering speeches for the Carlyle Group. This investment firm used its contacts in government to buy defence contractors on the cheap and sell them at high profit. In this way, Unger argues, $1.4 billion flowed from the House of Saud to the Bush family and their interests."]

George W. Bush sells his Advance stock and his Rangers stock for 16 million.

With the settlement of civil fraud charges against Clark Clifford and Robert Altman, the puny and often diverted investigation into the American branch of the BCCI scandal effectively comes to an end. Under the deal, the pair will have to surrender $5 million in stock in First American Bankshares, which had been illegally controlled by BCCI. They will, however, get to keep $10-15 million in proceeds obtained during their tenure as First American attorneys.

April 1999

Pakistan, Turkmenistan, and Taliban sign agreement to revive pipeline project.

July 4, 1999

An executive order (13129) was issued by Clinton, freezing US held Taliban assets (23), & prohibiting trade plus other transactions.



Secret U. S. War Games Foresee Problems in Iraq foresaw_problem.php timeline.html

November 1999: Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act guts Glass-Steagall, setting off wave of megamergers among banks and insurance and securities companies. Driving force is Sen. Phil Gramm (R-Texas) {oracle of the kleptocrat elite?} ...

See Foreclosure Phil

Dec 14, 1999: As Congress heads for Christmas recess, Sen. Gramm attaches 262-page amendment to an omnibus appropriations bill. Commodity Futures Modernization Act will deregulate derivatives trading, give rise to Enron debacle, and open door to an explosion in new, unregulated securities ...]

July 2000

Pakistani Intelligence Chief (ISI) Lt. General Mahmoud Ahmad reportedly instructed British born Saeed Sheikh (alias: Ahmad Umar Sheikh, Mustafa Muhammad Ahmed ...) in Pakistan to wire $100,000 (July - September 2000) to two Florida bank accounts held by hijacker Mohammed Atta. (Washington Post 10-7-01, Times of India 10-9-01, Dawn News 10-9-01, World Net Daily 1-30-02, Times of India 08-1-03.)

October 12, 2000

The USS Cole is attacked in the Yemeni port of Aden.


In an unprecedented extra-constitutional action, George W. Bush is made President by a 5-4 vote of the Supreme Court -- justices appointed during his father's executive tenure.


9/11 ...

Patriot Act passes restricting constitutional freedoms.

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January 20, 2001

On his inauguration day, President George W. Bush orders all federal agencies to cease proposing new regulations ... The Bush administration [begins] systematic dismantling of the safeguards that protect our nation's clear air, clean water, national forests and other public lands ...

January, 2001

The Bush Administration orders the FBI and intelligence agencies to "back off" investigations involving the bin Laden family, including two of Osama bin Laden's relatives (Abdullah and Omar) who were living in Falls Church, VA - right next to CIA headquarters ... [Source: BBC Newsnight, Correspondent Gregg Palast - Nov 7, 2001].

February 13, 2001

UPI Terrorism Correspondent Richard Sale - while covering a trial of bin Laden's Al Q'aeda followers - reports that the National Security Agency has broken bin Laden's encrypted communications ...

February 2001

Upon taking office, the Bush administration immediately engages in active negotiations with Taliban representatives with meetings in Washington, DC, Berlin, and Islamabad. During this time the Taliban government hired Laila Helms, niece of former CIA director Richard Helms, as their go-between in negotiations with the US government.'timeline=complete_911_timeline&before_9/11=pipelinePolitics

March 1, 2001:

Taliban Disregard International Opinion and Destroy Giant Buddha Statues

May 15, 2001

Regarding the placement of the Unocal Pipeline, a US Official delivers this ultimatum to the Taliban (via the Pakistani delegation): "Either you accept our offer of a carpet of gold, or we bury you under a carpet of bombs." (Ref: Jean-Charles Brisard and Guillaume Dasquie in "Forbidden Truth".'timeline=complete_911_timeline&before_9/11=pipelinePolitics

May 23, 2001:

Former Unocal Employee Zalmay Khalilzad Becomes Bush's Special Assistant to Middle East and Central Asia

May 2001

Secretary of State Colin Powell gives $43 million in aid to the Taliban regime, purportedly to assist hungry farmers who are starving since the destruction of their opium crop in January on orders of the Taliban regime. [Source: The Los Angeles Times, May 22, 2001].

June 2001

US Ambassador to Yemen, Ms. Barbara Bodine forbids Deputy Director FBI John O'Neill from entering Yemen in [the FBI's] ongoing investigation into al-Qaeda and the USS Cole attack.

German intelligence, the BND, warns the CIA and Israel that Middle Eastern terrorists are "planning to hijack commercial aircraft to use as weapons to attack important symbols of American and Israeli culture." [Source: Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, September 14, 2001.]

July 4-14, 2001

Osama bin Laden receives treatments for kidney disease at the American hospital in Dubai and meets with a CIA official who returns to CIA headquarters on July 15th.

The story by Le Figaro says that, "Throughout his stay in the hospital, Osama Bin Laden received visits from many family members [There goes the story that he's a black sheep!] and Saudi Arabian ... personalities of status. During this time the local representative of the CIA was seen by many people taking the elevator and going to bin Laden's room. [Source: Le Figaro, October 31st, 2001.]'timeline=complete_911_timeline&before_9/11=pipelinePolitics

July 2001:

FBI counterterrorism expert John O'Neill privately discusses White House obstruction in his bin Laden investigation. O'Neill says, 'The main obstacles to investigate Islamic terrorism were US oil corporate interests and the role played by Saudi Arabia in it.' He adds, 'All the answers, everything needed to dismantle Osama bin Laden's organization, can be found in Saudi Arabia.'

August 2, 2001

Last meeting with the Taliban (5 weeks before the 9/11/01 attack). (35) Christina Rocca, in charge of Central Asian affairs for US government, met with the Taliban Ambassador to Pakistan (Abdul Salam Zaeef) in Islamabad ...

August 22, 2001

John O'Neill - Deputy director FBI, established national expert on the al-Qaeda network and in charge of that investigation, resigns in protest over the Bush Administration's obstruction of those investigations. (See New Yorker 1/14/02)

August 23, 2001

John O'Neill accepts position as chief of security, World Trade Center buildings (38). NOTE: Electronic security for the World Trade Center was provided by Securacom (now Stratesec), a company initially founded with Kuwaiti capital. Marvin P. Bush, President George W. Bush's youngest brother served as a Securicom/Stratesec board member from 1993 through 2000.

[The Original Bin Laden Trades]/

September 6-7, 2001

4,744 put options (a speculation that the stock will go down) are purchased on United Air Lines stock as opposed to only 396 call options (speculation that the stock will go up). This is a dramatic and abnormal increase in sales of put options. Many of the UAL puts are purchased through Deutschebank/AB Brown, a firm managed until 1998 by the current Executive Director of the CIA, A.B. Krongard ["Buzzy" Krongard]. (Source: The Herzliyya International Policy Institute for Counterterrorism,)

September 21; The New York Times; The Wall Street Journal.]

September 10, 2001

4,516 put options are purchased on American Airlines as compared to 748 call options. [Source: ICT - above]

September 6-11, 2001

No other airlines show any similar trading patterns to those experienced by UAL and American. The put option purchases on both airlines were 600% above normal.

September 6-10, 2001

Highly abnormal levels of put options are purchased in Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, AXA Re(insurance) which owns 25% of American Airlines, and Munich Re. All of these companies are directly impacted by the September 11 attacks. [Source: ICT, above; FTW, Vol. IV, No.7, October 18, 2001,

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January 2001

Donald Rumsfeld is chairman of California pharmaceutical company, Gilead Sciences. Gilead Sciences holds exclusive world patent rights to Tamiflu, a drug it developed [to block flu virus] and whose world marketing rights were sold to the Swiss pharma giant, Roche. Rumsfeld was reportedly the largest stock holder in Gilead which gets 10% of every Tamiflu dose Roche sold ...]

March 20, 2001

Bush administration moves to overturn a Clinton regulation reducing the allowable level of arsenic in drinking water.

May 16, 2001

Vice President Dick Cheney's task force releases its "National Energy Policy" report, calling for weaker environmental regulations and massive subsidies for the oil and gas, coal, and nuclear power industries.

June 19, 2001

Cheney refuses to release records of energy task force meetings to the General Accounting Office.

August 6, 2001

Presidential Daily Briefing warns "Bin Ladin Determined to Strike in U.S."

September 11, 2001

Terrorists crash hijacked airliners into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, killing thousands.

[NEVER FORGET: George W. Bush let 911 happen on his watch]

[The thieves must think we all have tea bags for brains.

See The Mysterious Collapse of World Trade Center Building 7 ] Michael-C-Ruppert/e/9780865715400

["Crossing the Rubicon: The Decline of the American Empire at the End of the Age of Oil," by Michael C. Ruppert

On May 8, 2001, President Bush placed Vice President Cheney in charge of "All federal programs dealing with weapons of mass destruction, consequence management within the Departments of Defense, Health and Human Services, Justice, and Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency, and other federal agencies."

Cheney subsequently played a direct role in supervising training exercises that simultaneously occurred during the 911 attacks.

According to former Los Angeles Police Officer Michael Ruppert, Cheney had a parallel chain of command that he used to override Air Force objections to stand down orders that grounded the USAF during the 911 attacks,

Mr. Ruppert learned that the Secret Service had the authority to directly communicate presidential and vice presidential orders to fighter pilots in the air thereby circumventing the normal chain of command. (Crossing the Rubicon, pp. 428 - 429).] members/oct152001.html'timeline=complete_911_timeline&before_9/11=pipelinePolitics

October 5, 2001:

Study Reveals Significant Oil and Gas Deposits in Afghanistan

Contrary to popular belief, Afghanistan 'has significant oil and gas deposits. During the Soviets' decade-long occupation of Afghanistan, Moscow estimated Afghanistan's proven and probable natural gas reserves at around five trillion cubic feet and production reached 275 million cubic feet per day in the mid-1970s.' Nonstop war since has prevented further exploitation. [Asia Times, 10/5/2001]

A later article suggests that the country may also have as much copper as Chile, the world's largest producer, and significant deposits of coal, emeralds, tungsten, lead, zinc, uranium ore, and more ... [Houston Chronicle, 12/23/2001]

October 7, 2001

Military operations with aerial bombardment begin in Afghanistan.

November 1, 2001

Bush issues executive order blocking the release of presidential records.

December 11, 2001

White House commission recommends privatizing Social Security. [Think what could have been lost in The Great Bear Raid of 2008.]

December 22, 2001

The US-backed interim government headed by Hamid Karzai takes office in Kabul, Afghanistan. (Hamid Karzai formerly functioned as a Unocal Corporation consultant.)

January 8, 2002

The No Child Left behind Act (NCLB) of 2001 was signed into law by George W. Bush. The Bush legislation has ardent supporters in the testing and textbook publishing industries. The National Association of State Boards of Education estimates that properly funding the testing mandate could cost anywhere from $2.7 billion to $7 billion.

January 16, 2002

Cheney refuses to provide details of his multiple meetings with Enron officials. members/oct152001.html'timeline=complete_911_timeline&before_9/11=pipelinePolitics

February 9, 2002:

Pakistani President Musharraf and Afghan leader Hamid Karzai announce their agreement to 'cooperate in all spheres of activity' including the proposed Central Asian pipeline, which they call 'in the interest of both countries.' [Irish Times, 2/9/2002; Gulf News, 9/2/2002]'timeline=complete_911_timeline&before_9/11=pipelinePolitics

February 14, 2002:

US Military Bases Line Afghan Pipeline Route

The Israeli newspaper Ma'ariv notes: If one looks at the map of the big American bases created [in the Afghan War], one is struck by the fact that they are completely identical to the route of the projected [Unocal] oil pipeline to [the western part of] the Indian Ocean [the Arabian Sea, for delivery to the Pakistani port of Karachi. Oil delivered to Karachi does not have to pass through the Strait of Hormuz where oil from the Persian Gulf can be bottled up.]

Febuary 18, 2002

The Financial Times reports that the estimated opium harvest in Afghanistan in the late Spring of 2002 will reach a world record 4500 metric tons.

April 17, 2002

Administration insiders admit military tactical errors allowed Osama bin Laden to escape December 2001 battle at Tora Bora.

[July 30, 2002

The Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 was put into place to regain the confidence of investors, who got clobbered when CEOs looted their companies by pumping up share prices with false accounting, and then cashing in their stock options before reality caught up. Enron was the tip of a huge iceberg. Sarbanes-Oxley emphasized "mark to market" accounting, which could cascade "margin calls" in the event of a bear raid.]

September 19, 2002

Bush asks Congress for authority to use 'all means that he determines to be appropriate' against Iraq.

[October 8, 2002

George W. Bush invokes anti-union Taft-Hartley law against West Coast longshoremen]

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January 11, 2003

Tests on samples from two fatal cases in Vietnam (a 12-year-old girl and a 10-year-old boy), performed by Hong Kong's National Influenza Centre, confirm infection with the H5N1 avian influenza virus strain [Bird Flu].]

January 29, 2003

Bush claims in his State of the Union speech that Saddam Hussein "recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa."

February 25, 2003


``Chief of Staff of the Army, General Eric Shinseki, told the Senate Armed Services Committee that he thought an occupying force of several hundred thousand men would be needed to stabilize postwar Iraq ...''

His judgment was ridiculed by Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, among others. The general then found himself marginalized until he retired'' -- so much for Bush listening to the advice of those "on the ground."

Commentator 1 wrote:

As the Bible says, "By their works you shall know them." The Bush family, along with the Saudi's, makes more money as the price of oil goes up. Craig-Unger/e/9780743253390/

See Craig Unger's book: "House of Bush, House of Saud," They apparently don't care that the Iranians and Venezuelans also make more money.

Oil futures peaked at an intraday high of $78.40 on July 14, 2006, but averaged $66.25 for 2006, compared with $56.70 in 2005 and $41.47 per barrel in 2004.

Incompetence is in the eye of the beholder. Taking Iraqui oil off the world market was a great benefit to other owners of oil wells.

In 1933, Marine Corps Major-General Smedley Butler wrote: "War is a racket. It always has been ... Only a small 'inside' group knows what it is about. It is conducted for the benefit of the very few, at the expense of the very many. Out of war a few people make huge fortunes."]

March 19, 2003

War on Iraq begins.

``BAGHDAD: The city, which had never seen heroin ... until March 2003, is now flooded with narcotics including heroin.''

May 1, 2003

Aboard an aircraft carrier with a banner touting -- Mission Accomplished -- as his backdrop, Bush declares victory in Iraq.

July 14, 2003

Columnist Robert Novak outs the wife [Valerie Plame] of retired ambassador Joseph Wilson as a CIA agent after discussions with "two senior administration officials."

September 17, 2003

Bush admits there is no evidence tying Saddam Hussein to September 11 attacks.

[December 8, 2003 Drug,_Improvement,_and_Modernization_Act

``Medicare Prescription Drug ... Act Signed into law by George W. Bush. The Bush administration strenuously opposes the Health and Human Services Department negotiating for better Medicare drug prices from the drug companies.

It was reported that the pharmaceutical companies poured millions of dollars into the campaign coffers of Republican candidates, hoping to avoid a plan for negotiating drug prices as they must do with the Veterans Administration.''

``Illinois, Massachusetts, Oklahoma, West Virginia, Alabama, North Carolina, Vermont, Ohio, Delaware and Louisiana met with representatives from Canadian drug companies ... [to explore] ways to buy cheap prescription drugs from Canada and make them widely available to Americans, even though importing the medicines is illegal.'']

January 23, 2004

Chief U.S. weapons inspector David Kay resigns, saying he doesn't believe Iraq's weapons of mass destruction ever existed.

April 28, 2004

CBS television airs first images of torture and abuse of Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison.

May 6, 2004

FDA blocks RU-486, the "morning after pill," from being sold over the counter.

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[May 13, 2004, ZNYT01/405140301

According to The New York Times, 5-14-04, federal regulators fined the Riggs National Corporation, the parent company of Riggs Bank, $25 million yesterday [5-13-04] for failing to report suspicious activity, the largest penalty ever assessed against a domestic bank in connection with money laundering.

On May 31, 2000, Riggs Bank N.A. announced that the Board of Directors of Riggs Investment Management Compny, RIMCO, a wholly owned investment management subsidiary, elected Jonathan J. Bush [uncle of George W. Bush] President and Chief Executive Officer and a Director.

Sander Hicks writes:

``The FBI is investigating a 9/11 money trail that leads to a Saudi princess and a major Washington Bank. The FBI is currently looking at how Saudi Princess Haifa's money passed through Riggs Bank and ended up with 9/11 hijackers Khalid al-Midar and Nawaq Alhazmi. Princess Haifa is the wife of Saudi Arabian ambassador to the US Prince Bandar bin Sultan ...

In Congress's 9/11 Investigation Report, the Bush administration censored information on Riggs' Saudi Arabian accounts. Attorneys for September 11th victims subpoenaed this information in 2004.

George W. Bush's Uncle Jonathan Bush is CEO and President of Riggs Investment Management Co. and head of J. Bush and Company, a Riggs Bank affiliate.''

``Riggs Bank N.A. "which provides banking services to most of Washington's foreign embassies and to American consulates worldwide," has been "swept up in controversy ... law enforcement officials, Congressional investigators and banking regulators are scouring Riggs accounts in a wide-ranging investigation revolving around the netherworlds of terrorist financing, money laundering and the seamier geopolitics of Big Oil," according to Timothy O'Brien's April 11, 2004, New York Times expose.'']

June 8, 2004

The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports: "for the first time in 37 years, federal budget cuts have all but stopped major work on the New Orleans area's east bank hurricane levees, a complex network of concrete walls, metal gates and giant earthen berms that won't be finished for at least another decade." [Times-Picayune, 06/08/07]

June 16, 2004

U.S. commission investigating September 11 finds "no credible evidence" linking Saddam Hussein to the attacks; Dick Cheney continues to claim "overwhelming evidence" of a connection between Iraq and Al Qaeda.

June 24, 2004

Supreme Court rules that Dick Cheney doesn't have to give up records of secretive energy task force, sends case back to a lower court.

[July 2004

``Riggs Bank N.A., founded in 1836, is bought out by PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. According to the Washington Post, July 16, 2004. "All Riggs branches will assume the PNC bank name."'']

October 6, 2004

Chief U.S. weapons inspector Charles Duelfer reports that Iraq had no biological or chemical weapons and no nuclear program before the U.S. invasion; in fact, Duelfer finds no evidence that Iraq had produced any WMDs after 1991.

Iraqi interim government announces that 380 tons of explosives vanished from the Al Qaqaa facility after the U.S. invasion, when the site was not secured despite warnings from U.N. weapons inspectors.

November 2, 2004, Election Day: Bush - Cheney win

August 29, 2005

7am CDT -- Katrina makes landfall as a category 4 hurricane [CNN]

11am CDT -- Bush visits Arizona resort to promote medicare drug benefit: [White House]

11:13 am CDT - White House circulates internal memo about levee breach: "Flooding is significant throughout the region and a levee in New Orleans has reportedly been breached sending 6-8 feet of water throughout the 9th ward area of the city." [AP]

4:30pm CDT -- Bush travels to California senior center to discuss Medicare drug benefit. [White House]

8pm CDT -- Gov. Blanco again requests assistance from Bush. [Newsweek]

Late PM -- Bush goes to bed without acting on Blanco's requests [Newsweek]

August 30, 2005

MIDDAY -- Chertoff claims he finally becomes aware that levee has failed. [Meet the Press, 9/4/05; AP]

2pm CDT -- President Bush plays guitar with country singer Mark Willis [AP]

Bush returns to Crawford for final night of vacation [AP]

August 31, 2005

EARLY am -- Blanco again tries to request help from Bush: "She was transferred around the White House for a while until she ended up on the phone with Fran Townsend, the president's Homeland Security adviser, who tried to reassure her but did not have many specifics. Hours later, Blanco called back and insisted on speaking to the president. When he came on the line, the governor recalled, "I just asked him for help, "whatever you have"." She asked for 40,000 troops." [Newsweek]

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October, 2005

Pentagon orders vaccination of all US military personnel worldwide against what it called Avian Flu, H5N1. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld budgets more than $1 billion to stockpile the vaccine Oseltamivir (Tamiflu). President Bush calls on Congress to appropriate another $2 billion for Tamiflu ...]

November 8, 2005

Powerful new evidence emerged yesterday that the United States dropped massive quantities of white phosphorus on the Iraqi city of Fallujah during the attack on the city in November 2004 [Independent, 11/8/05]

March 9, 2006

Bush signs U.S.A. Patriot Act Reauthorization but, after the signing ceremony, he quietly issues a statement saying he isn't going to inform Congress about how the FBI is using its expanded police powers, as the Act requires. [Boston Globe, 03/24/06]

[August, 2006

George W. Bush treated for Lyme disease

"What goes around comes around."

What about Lyme brain fog and Lyme rage? DEB1CA304D8EA6198625757400146485?OpenDocument

Commentator 1 wrote:

``Someone probably gave Bush three weeks of antibiotics and declared him cured -- faith-based medicine -- more impressive if accompanied by rattle dancing.

A "cure" means no spirochetes can be photographed in blood or other tissues WHEN STAINED FOR LYME.

It cannot be over-emphasized that tests for antibodies (ELISA and Western Blot) are a waste of time and money. Bush's doctors must have known that; otherwise they would have ordered the tests. The only tests that count are tests that can photomicrograph the stained Lyme spirochetes.

I think direct tests may be opposed by the insurance companies (and we know whom the Bush Administration listens to) because thay could reveal the real extent of the Lyme epidemic. Better to save a few bucks and have a fatigued, neuro-sclerotic population operating at low productivity.''

Was this one of the more virulent strains of Lyme spirochetes (bacteria) developed at Plum Island by Erich Traub (practical eugenics?), carried by more aggressive species of ticks? {for example new breeds of Ablyomma americanum (the Lone Star tick), Ablyomma cajunense (the Cayenne tick), and the Deer Tick?}]

September 24, 2006

New York Times: "A stark assessment of terrorism trends by American intelligence agencies has found that the American invasion and occupation of Iraq has helped spawn a new generation of Islamic radicalism and that the overall terrorist threat has grown since the Sept. 11 attacks." [New York Times, 9/24/2006]

November 8, 2006

Donald Rumsfeld resigns as Secretary of Defense. One day after the midterm elections that turned control of Congress over to the Democrats, Bush announced Rumsfeld would step down and be replaced by former CIA Director Robert Gates. [CNN, 11/8/2006]

November 27, 2006

Attorney General Alberto Gonzales meets with top Justice Department officials and signs off on plan to fire several U.S. attorneys for purely political reasons. [AP, via HuffPo, 03/23/07]

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December 2006

The Goldman Sachs Group decides to reduce its mortgage risks by selling off nearly $28 billion of risky subprime-related mortgage securities and making myriad insurancelike bets, called credit-default swaps, with, for exmple, insurer American International Group (AIG) to "hedge" against a housing downturn.

Pension funds, insurance companies, labor unions and foreign financial institutions that bought those mortgage securities would have large losses. The International Monetary Fund would project that global write-downs on "U.S.-originated assets" stemming from the subprime disaster could reach $2.7 trillion.

Goldman Sachs would benefit when Secretary of the Treasury Henry Paulson organizes a massive rescue of AIG. With the Federal Reserve Board's blessing, AIG later used $12.9 billion in taxpayer money to pay off every penny it owed Goldman.

IRS rules mandated that "Hurricane Hank" Paulson sell his $500 million in Goldman Sachs shares in 2006 before becoming a Bush government employee; and Paulson did not have to pay the $200 million in taxes owed on that $500 million.

December 30, 2006

Saddam Hussein is hung.


And the winner is -- Iran]


March 1, 2007

California's public employees' retirement system, known as CALPERS, purchases $64.4 million in subprime mortgage-backed bonds from Goldman Sachs.

[June 15, 2007 Abolit-by-Stephen-Lendman-081224-780.html

Ron Paul introduces (House Resolution) HR 2755, the Federal Reserve Abolition Act.]

July 1, 2007

George W. Bush commutes 30-month sentence of I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby. [Seattle Times, 07/01/2007]

[July 6, 2007 MessageDetailThread.aspx?p=0&m=22806088&r=0&s=PBX&t=LIST

The SEC eliminates the uptick rule.

Market conspiracies are always of interest -- the bull market "pump and dump," playing on greed; and the bear market "bear raid," playing on fear. The kleptocrats of 2001 - 2008 have engaged in both types of conspiracies, with the first part of this period dominated by shearing the sheep with "irrational exuberance." and the last part culminating in the Great Bear Raid of 2008. The fall of the Dow Jones industrial average from 14,164 on October 9, 2007, to 6,547 on 3-9-09 is not some inexplicable mystery. There was nothing to stop the bears piling on as they made fortunes driving down the market.]

August 2007


``On August 8th, 2007, George W. Bush hinted at government intervention in the US stock market ...

The market savvy Treasury chief [Henry Paulson], who built a $730 million fortune at Goldman Sachs, is also the chairman of the Working Group on Financial Markets, commonly known as the Plunge Protection Team (PPT), created by Ronald Reagan to prevent a repeat of the Wall Street meltdown in October 1987. The PPT is empowered to intervene in stock index futures and the foreign currency markets in the event of a crash ...

Angelo Mozilo, chief executive of Countrywide [Financial], [said that] "Suggesting that low-income Americans should be denied mortgages was tantamount to saying "let them eat cake" ..."

Now, Wall Street is describing these loans as "toxic waste" and won't touch any bonds backed by them. That in turn has led to a slump in the value of all mortgage-backed bonds, especially collateralized debt obligations (CDOs). Hedge funds that traded CDOs can no longer be sure what their assets are worth, so the banks that lend to them want more collateral or - worse - their money back.

So hedge funds everywhere have been dumping other assets to raise cash, leading to a maelstrom of liquidations that have sent some of the most predictable trading strategies to produce horrific results. Computer trading programs at so-called "quant" funds (it is short for quantative) that were previously the most sought-after investments in the hedge fund industry have produced big losses this week ...'']

A Bin Laden Trade

[See the Bin Laden Trades:]

``Missing Nukes on August 29-30, 2007 -- Treason of the Highest Order

According to a wide range of reports, several nuclear bombs were lost for 36 hours after taking off August 29/30, 2007 on a cross-country journey across the U.S., from U.S.A.F Base Minot in North Dakota to U.S.A.F. Base Barksdale in Louisiana. Reportedly, in total there were six W80-1 nuclear warheads armed on AGM-129 Advanced Cruise Missiles (ACMs) that were lost. The story was first reported by the Military Times, after military servicemen leaked the story about the missing nuclear missile.

According to official reports, the U.S. Air Force pilots did not know that they were carrying weapons of mass destruction (WMD). Once in Louisiana, they also left the nuclear weapons unsecured on the runway for several hours [where one nuclear warhead disappeared, perhaps to be used in a false-flag nuclear bomb "terrorist" attack on New Orleans].''

Commentator 1 on 9-23-07:

``I see no evidence for a "box trade"; just as there was none on 9-11-01. The gangsters took a real hit, and we should thank the courageous whistle blowers at Minot and Barksdale.

To avoid tragic exposure to war in the Middle East and Central Asia [a Kondratieff peak war, 'the Kazakh War of 2020'], we should do everything we can to get off oil -- drive plugin hybrids, promote oilgae, methanol, and commuter rail, etc.

What adds intrigue to an understanding of the missing nukes, are the international events and (Bush) war games taking place just after the lost nuclear weapon incident, not to mention the ongoing Bush threats to attack Iran with nuclear weapons and Vice President Cheney's repeated warnings that a second large scale [nuke] terrorist attack on America is under preparation, with the support of Iran.

The role of war games in paralyzing the ability of local commanders to prevent the attacks on 9-11-2001 is described in detail in "Crossing the Rubicon" by Michael C. Ruppert.''

[See ]

``The two sales are being referred to by market traders as "bin Laden trades" because only an event on the scale of 9-11 could make these short-sell options valuable.

The entity or individual (making) these "bin Laden" sales can only make money if the market drops 30%-50% within the next four weeks. If the market does not drop, the entity or individual involved stands to lose over $1 billion just for engaging in these contracts! Clearly, someone knows something big is going to happen BEFORE the "bin Laden" options expire on Sept. 21 [2007].

[Stock is sold "short" if a contract (stock option) is made to sell the stock at today's price (or slightly lower to reward the buyer for waiting) and deliver it by some future date. The seller is betting that he can buy the stock at a much lower price before he is required to deliver it.]

Bear in mind that the last time anyone conducted such large and unusual 'sell short' bin Laden option trades was in the weeks before the attacks of September 11 [2001]. Back then, they bought huge numbers of "bin Laden trade" PUTS on airline stocks in the same airlines whose planes were involved in the September 11 attacks.

Despite knowing who made these bin Laden trades, the Securities and Exchange Commission NEVER revealed who made the unusual trades and no one was ever publicly identified as being responsible for the trade optioms which made upwards of $50 million when the attacks happened.

The fact that this latest activity by a single entity gambles on a complete collapse of the entire market by the third week in September [2007], seems to indicate someone knows something really huge is in the works and they intend to profit almost $2 Billion within the next four weeks from whatever happens! ...''

[September 2007

Garry Trudeau in Doonesbury: "Since 1776, the United States has accumulated a national debt of $9 trllion, over half of which was incurred when a Bush was on watch! What a family legacy! If you throw in Reagan, fully 70% of the national debt was created under just three Republican Presidents ..."]


[January 10, 2008 2008_year_in_review_big_news_s.html

Mayor Frank Jackson [of Cleveland] sues 21 major investment banks, saying they caused the subprime lending and foreclosure crisis here.

February 4th, 2008

Dollar loses 30% in past 7 years

March 17, 2008

Shares of Cleveland-based National City Corporation [National City Bank] lose 43 percent of their value in one day following news that investment bank Bear Stearns, which has also suffered heavy mortgage losses, was nearly bankrupt and being bailed out by JP Morgan Chase for $2 a share.]

[``Commentator 5 wrote:

Your post prompted me to look to see who has the most gold:

Commentator 6 wrote:

Interesting. I didn't know that. I'm not sure to what extent the correlation between a country's gold reserves and the strength of their currency is a valid one.

Commentator 1 wrote:

A major component of the strength of a currency is the ability of the coiner to commit effective violence, e. g. the Pax Romana.

The devil's deal whereby US miltary power guarantees Arab safety in return for Arab refusal to accept anything but dollars for oil has been very successful. In fact, I really became worried about a US attack on the Iranian oil fields when, on 2-17-08, the Iranians opened their own Oil Bourse. So the Bin Laden trades in March 2008 were very scary for me.''

March 2008

Another Bin Laden Trade


ARTICLE from The First Post, 3-17-08

``Prepare for war against Iran

The sacking of a US admiral proves Bush is still in the mood to attack Iran ...

It is surprising so little has been made of last week's sacking of Admiral William Fallon, the US commander responsible for the region that includes Iraq, Iran and the Gulf - for it suggests George Bush and Dick Cheney still nurture ambitions to attack Iran. They know this has to be done in the next month or so ...

In an interview in Esquire,

The admiral warned against the obsession with Iran's nuclear programme. "Where five or six pots are boiling over, our nation cannot afford to be mesmerised by one problem," he said, adding that he favoured more engagement with Iran ...

The electoral timetable points to an attack soon. The Majlis vote in Iran has just reinforced the hardliners, and Bush knows he must strike before the [2008] presidential election gets underway in the US ..."''

Commentator 1 wrote:

``The gangsters have taken another hit, and Admiral Fallon deserves the credit. Meanwhile, the oil glut is intensifying as the U. S. miltary has been able to nullify Bush's laughable sabre rattling, increasing the probability of $40 per barrel oil before the end of 2008. The terror premium could soon evaporate ...''

Commentator 2 wrote on Mon, 24 Mar 2008:

``According to the scarce information which is available, the net out-of-pocket cash loss in these option trades, which are fully documented trades, is close to ten billion dollars from adding up all the reported loss of the two trading deadlines [September 2007 and March 2008] together.

There is no indication that the two differing time periods were actually connected by a single person or group. The only thing that stands out as linking them is that the risk undertaken was so extraordinary as to be unthinkable in a normal economy.

The net loss from the anomalous trades could be much more, since we only know about the big trades which were reported only because they were so unusual in the risk which was undertaken that no bank or even no "rogue trader" would ever even consider them as remotely possible to succeed.

That is: many people play the options market and make large bets the wrong way on options, that is not unusual ... but without "inside" information of a major international incident (like 9/11 or a surprise attack on Iran) these were "out of the ball-park" in terms of risk and improbability.

Even 9/11 would not have near enough of a financial impact on the markets (without a possible recession) to make such a improbably risk pay-off.

The party or parties involved in the trades had to be convinced that war with Iran, or something on that same scale, was going to happen prior to last week [week of 3-17-08]. They also had to be wealthy.''

Commentator 1 wrote:

... and Admiral Fallon deserves the credit.

Commentator 2 wrote:

``The Wiki entry on this great patriot has been updated:

"On March 11, 2008, [Admiral Fallon] announced his resignation from CENTCOM and retirement from active duty, citing administrative complications caused in part by an article in Esquire Magazine, which described him as the only thing standing between the Bush Administration and war with Iran."''


[See "The Three Trillion Dollar War: The True Cost of the Iraq Conflict"

by Joseph E. Stiglitz, and Linda J. Bilmes


``The $3,000,000,000,000 War is a Domestic Issue

Posted March 3, 2008

... while there is almost nothing about the Iraq war that can be labeled a success, we can declare that it has been exceedingly successful in showing how intertwined foreign and domestic policy actually are. In the book The Three Trillion Dollar War: The True Cost of the Iraq Conflict, Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz, along with co-author Linda Bilmes, argue that, even using "conservative assumptions," the Iraq war will cost at least $3,000,000,000,000, and likely as much as $5,000,000,000,000.

Stiglitz also argues that the war has played a major role in the current subprime credit crisis and our long, hard slog toward recession. Because of the cost of the war, the Fed flooded the system with credit. "The regulators were looking the other way and money was being lent to anybody this side of a life-support system," Stiglitz told The Australian's Peter Wilson ...

As Crooked Timber's Daniel Davies notes, "the cost of the Iraq War could have underwritten Social Security for fifty years." ...'']

July 2008

``The T. Boone Pickens Plan

America is addicted to foreign oil. It's an addiction that threatens our economy, our environment and our national security. It touches every part of our daily lives and ties our hands as a nation and a people.

The addiction has worsened for decades and now it's reached a point of crisis. In 1970, we imported 24% of our oil. Today it's nearly 70% and growing.

As imports grow and world prices rise, the amount of money we send to foreign nations every year is soaring. At current oil prices, we will send $700 billion dollars out of the country this year alone - that's four times the annual cost of the Iraq war.

Projected over the next 10 years the cost will be $10 trillion; it will be the greatest transfer of wealth [i. e. THEFT] in the history of mankind ...

Building wind facilities in the corridor that stretches from the Texas panhandle to North Dakota could produce 20% of the electricity for the United States at a cost of $1 trillion. It would take another $200 billion to build the capacity to transmit that energy to cities and towns.

That's a lot of money, but it's a one-time cost. And compared to the $700 billion we spend on foreign oil every year, it's a bargain.

Natural gas and bio-fuels are the only domestic energy sources used for transportation ...

Natural gas vehicles (NGV) are already available and combine top performance with low emissions. The natural gas Honda Civic GX is rated as the cleanest production vehicle in the world ...

Ninety percent of the natural gas used in the United States is from North America. But 70% of our oil is purchased from foreign nations ...

We currently use natural gas to produce 22% of our electricity. Harnessing the power of wind to generate electricity will give us the flexibility to shift natural gas away from electricity generation and put it to use as a transportation fuel -- reducing our dependence on foreign oil by more than one-third ...''

[July 11, 2008 2008_year_in_review_big_news_s.html

Federal regulators seize Pasadena-based IndyMac Bank and re-open it two days later under control of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation as long lines of customers flood branch offices to withdraw as much of their deposits as possible.]

July 29, 2008

As part of fund-raising for Republican congressional candidates, President Bush visits the Lincoln Electric Co. plant in Euclid, [Ohio] where he urges Congress to pass a trade agreement with Columbia [where lobor leaders are murdered] and support offshore oil exploration.

September 7, 2008

Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) Director James B. Lockhart III announces that he has placed Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac under the conservatorship of the FHFA. The Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (FHLMC) is known as Freddie Mac and is a government sponsored enterprise (GSE) of the United States federal government

September 15, 2008


Investment giant Lehman Brothers Inc., a 158-year-old investment bank, files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, going into the world's largest bankruptcy.

Merrill Lynch is sold to the Bank of America, and Wall Street tanks as repercussions from the mortgage crisis continue.

Lehman Brothers is the biggest investment bank to collapse since 1990, when Drexel Burnham Lambert filed for bankruptcy amid a collapse in the junk bond market. Based on assets, Lehman also far surpasses WorldCom as the largest U.S. bankruptcy ever.

At the end of August, 2008, Lehman had $600 billion of assets financed with just $30 billion of equity, while WorldCom had $107 billion when it filed for bankruptcy protection in 2002.

The George W. Bush administration refused to backstop Lehman's worst assets the way it backstopped Bear Stearns Cos Inc's sale to JPMorgan Chase ... jan-june09/houseofcards_03-20.html

``Author William Cohen's book "House of Cards," tells the story of how investment banking giant Bear Stearns collapsed in 2008 ...

WILLIAM COHAN: ... The firms on Wall Street in the late '60s, early '70s went from being private partnerships to public companies. In private partnerships, ... they shared the profits and they shared the liability. So if somebody did something wrong, then they all shared greatly in that mistake.

But when they transformed themselves into public companies, all the benefits went to the people on Wall Street who worked there and all the liabilities went to the shareholders.

And as a result, people on Wall Street began taking bigger and bigger risks with their shareholders' money, knowing full well if the bet paid off they would get a nice bonus early on, and nobody would take it from them. And if the bet didn't pay off, well, that problem would rest with their shareholders ...

On Wall Street, firms like Bear Stearns and Lehman Brothers financed themselves in what was called the overnight financing market. They got short-term loans that were inexpensive and the collateral for those loans was the inventory of these mortgage-backed securities [MBS] that they built up on their balance sheet.

So as those securities lost value during the first quarter of 2008 ... nobody wanted to buy them ... And these were used as the collateral for these overnight loans.

Bear Stearns would get $75 billion of overnight loans from people like Federated, investors in Fidelity Investments, to finance their business. Well, at that last week in March [2008], Fidelity and Federated said, "We don't want to take that collateral. We don't want it." ...''

``James Quinn: In the years following World War II, the United States ran trade surpluses of 2% to 4% of [Gross Domestic Product] GDP. We regularly ran surpluses until the late 1970's. Since the late 1970's, the United States has run increasingly large trade deficits, reaching 6% of GDP in 2007.

For the last three decades, ... Americans ... [have been] ... sold the idea that [they] could be the thinkers for the world, while other countries could do the menial work of producing stuff.

After thirty years we are left with a hollowed out economy of paper pushers. It may be a reach to transition the Wall Street geniuses who created MBSs, CDSs, and CDO's into jobs building bridges. The manufacturing jobs are gone. Our workers are left to sweep the streets they used to own ...''

Paul Krugman: ``America emerged from the Great Depression with a tightly regulated banking system ... Banks attracted depositors [and] used the money ... to make loans, and that was that.

And the financial system was ... by today's standards, small. Even during the 'go-go years,' the bull market of the 1960s, finance and insurance together accounted for less than 4 percent of G.D.P ... Yet that boring, primitive financial system serviced an economy that doubled living standards over the course of a generation.

After 1980 ... a very different financial system emerged. In the deregulation-minded Reagan era, old-fashioned banking was increasingly replaced by wheeling and dealing on a grand scale. The new system was much bigger than the old regime: On the eve of the current crisis, finance and insurance accounted for 8 percent of G.D.P., more than twice their share in the 1960s ...

Underlying the glamorous new world of finance was the process of securitization. Loans no longer stayed with the lender. Instead, they were sold on to others ...

The key promise of securitization -- that it would make the financial system more robust by spreading risk more widely -- turned out to be a lie ...

I don't think this is just a financial panic; I believe that it represents the failure of a whole model of banking, of an overgrown financial sector that did more harm than good. I don't think that [anyone] can bring securitization back to life, and I don't believe [anyone] should try.'']

September 19, 2008

The federal government proposes a $700-billion-plus rescue plan, the `Troubled Assets Relief Program' (TARP), that would refinance distressed mortgages and bail out hard-hit banks, among other measures to protect financial markets.

September 2008

As Goldman Sachs and others collateral demands grow, global insurer American International Group (AIG) suffers an enormous cash squeeze. Goldman Sachs would benefit when Secretary of the Treasury Henry Paulson organizes a massive rescue of AIG. With the Federal Reserve Board's blessing, AIG used $12.9 billion in taxpayer money to pay off every penny it owed Goldman.

October 24, 2008

National City Bank is sold to PNC Financial Services Group for $5.6 billion -- a fifth of the Cleveland bank's value a year ago [2007 -- just one more thing the George W. Bush administration has done for Cleveland].

October 28, 2008

Developer Scott Wolstein says the $522 million Flats East Bank redevelopment project [in Cleveland] is on hold due to an inability to get additional financing in the credit crunch.

November, 2008

Vice President Dick Cheney and former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales are indicted on state charges involving federal prisons in a South Texas county. The indictments were made public in Willacy County on 11-18-09.

Cheney is charged with engaging in an organized criminal activity related to the vice president's investment in the Vanguard Group, which holds financial interests in the private prison companies running the federal detention centers ... The indictment accuses Gonzales of using his position while in office to stop an investigation in 2006 into abuses at one of the privately-run prisons.

Willacy County has become a prison hub with county, state and federal lockups. Last month, a Willacy County grand jury indicted The GEO Group, a Florida private prison company, on a murder charge in the death of a prisoner days before his release. The three-count indictment alleged The GEO Group allowed other inmates to beat Gregorio de la Rosa Jr. to death with padlocks stuffed into socks. The death happened in 2001 at the Raymondville facility.

In 2006, a jury ordered the company to pay de la Rosa's family $47.5 million in a civil judgment. The Cheney-Gonzales indictment makes reference to the de la Rosa case.

November 3, 2008

The weak economy forces Circuit City to close 20 percent of its stores (155) nationally, and auto retailers have their worst October sales, per capita, since World War II. Circuit City soon declares bankruptcy.

November 4, 2008

Senator Barack Obama carries Ohio and other critical swing states to defeat Senator John McCain and become the nation's 44th president.

November 18, 2008

Vice President Dick Cheney is indicted by a Texas grand jury, charged with engaging in organized criminal activity related to his investment in a firm with interests in private prison companies running federal detention centers.

November 25, 2008

The Federal Reserve announces an $800 billion plan to help consumers seeking new mortgages, credit cards, car loans and student financial aid.

December 14, 2008

During a news conference in a surprise visit to Iraq, President George Bush ducks a pair of shoes thrown at him by an Iraqi television reporter who shouts, "This is a goodbye kiss, you dog."

December 16, 2008

In an effort to stimulate the economy, the Federal Reserve drops the rate used by banks to charge each other for overnight loans to the lowest point ever, from 1 percent to a range of 0 to 0.25 percent.]

December 2008

Scamming to the end 2008/12/14/AR2008121402670.html?hpid=topnews

The `Troubled Assets Relief Program' (TARP) was approved by the US Senate on 10-1-08.

``Congress wanted to guarantee that the $700 billion financial bailout would limit the eye-popping pay of Wall Street executives, so lawmakers included a mechanism for reviewing executive compensation and penalizing firms that break the rules.

But at the last minute, the Bush administration insisted on a one-sentence change to the provision. The change stipulated that the penalty would apply only to firms that received bailout funds by selling troubled assets to the government in an auction, which was the way the Treasury Department had said it planned to use the money.

In a reversal, the Bush administration has not used auctions for any of the $335 billion committed so far from the rescue package, nor does it plan to use them in the future. Lawmakers and legal experts say the change has effectively repealed the only enforcement mechanism in the law dealing with lavish pay for top executives.''

[Government of the people, by the plutocrats, and for the plutocrats (kleptocrats)]

December 30, 2008 fed_to_start_buying_mortgageba.html

``The Federal Reserve said [on 12-30-08] that it will begin purchasing up to $500 billion in mortgage-backed securities early next month [January 2009] in an effort to bolster the long-suffering housing market.''

December 31, 2008 national_city_executives_to_ge.html

``National City [Bank] executives to get golden parachutes

CLEVELAND -- National City's top 14 executives will get as much as $49.5 million in payouts under the bank's merger with PNC Financial Services Group Inc., which [was finalized] Wednesday [12-31-08].

The ... merger effectively ends National City's 163-year history as an independent banking company.

Posted by Commentator 3 on 12/31/08:

Has anyone heard a peep from Corker and other Republican Senators who are concerned with supposedly overpaid auto workers?

Posted by Commentator 4 on 12/31/08:

Wow! The Bush legacy {kleptocracy} just keeps going and going and going. He sat in the White House for eight years and let the pillaging go on. All the crooks got into to power and took this country down. And now guess who will be paying for all their dirty deeds? Us!!! Does this prove that dishonesty pays? I'll bet you all these tax evaders and schemers are all ...''

Commentator 1 wrote on 12-31-08:

``The US is in the position of a company that has just suffered a massive embezzlement: Billions to the Arabs, the enormous fees to the money managers for their legalized swindles (What really happened to National City Bank, and Why?), the billions squandered on the Iraq War,...

billions to the Chinese for the conspicuous consumption of junk (the classic being the Chinese putting melamine in baby food to raise the nitrogen concentration to indicate a high protein content), and the enormous interest and fees sucked out of our pockets by credit cards ...''


Republished from Harper's, January 2009 issue. By Linda J. Bilmes and Joseph E. Stiglitz:

``Using conservative assumptions, we calculate that the bill for {George W.} Bush-era excess, the total new debt combined with the total new accrued obligations, amounts to $10.35 trillion...''

How much of the interst on this $10.35 trillion will be collected by the owners of the Federal Reserve banks?]

Commentator 1 wrote:

``In an effort to paralyze the U. S. federal government, just three presidents, Reagan and the Bushes, have incurred most of our cureent $11 trillion national debt -- this was not accident or stupidity; it was deliberate policy.

Paying interest on this debt as it continues to grow should be repugnant to all of us -- what a waste of our tax dollars. So, here is a proposal in the tradition of President Abraham Lincoln:

Immediately pay off the entire U. S. debt with electronic (and printed when necessary) U. S. Treasury bills, "electronic greenbacks." These treasury notes will pay no interest; and will be "stored" in the U. S. Treasury until the debt-holders give the U. S. Treasury their account numbers for "electronic greenback" direct deposit. All interest payments on notes issued by the Federal Reserve will be banned by law and immediately cease.

The new greenbacks will be legal tender in the U. S. and must be accepted abroad by U. S. agencies, contractors, and banks chartered in the U. S. no matter where they are operating.''

A SUMMATION from the New York Times, By PAUL KRUGMAN, 1-2-09

``As the new Democratic majority prepares to take power, Republicans have become, as Phil Gramm [guru of the wealthy kleptocratic plutocracy?] might put it, a party of whiners ...

The fault, however, lies not in Republicans' stars but in themselves. Forty years ago the G.O.P. decided, in effect, to make itself the party of racial backlash. And everything that has happened in recent years, from the choice of [George W.] Bush as the party's champion, to the Bush administration's pervasive incompetence, to the party's shrinking base, is a consequence of that decision ...

"Government is not the solution to our problem," declared Ronald Reagan. "Government is the problem." So why worry about governing well?

Where did this hostility to government come from? In 1981 Lee Atwater, the famed Republican political consultant, explained the evolution of the G.O.P.'s 'Southern strategy,' which originally focused on opposition to the Voting Rights Act but eventually took a more coded form:...

"You're talking about cutting taxes; and all these things you're talking about are totally economic things; and a byproduct of them is blacks get hurt worse than whites." ...

So the reign of George W. Bush ... was the culmination of a long process. And despite the claims of some on the right that Mr. Bush betrayed conservatism, the truth is that he faithfully carried out both his party's divisive tactics ...

That's why the soon-to-be-gone administration's failure is bigger than Mr. Bush himself: it represents the end of the line for a political strategy that dominated the scene for more than a generation ...

America in 1993 was

  • ... a country that had yet to see what happens when conservatives control all three branches of government,

  • ... a country in which Democratic control of Congress depended on the votes of Southern conservatives.

    Today, Republicans have taken away almost all those Southern votes -- and lost the rest of the country ...

    Will the Republicans eventually stage a comeback? Yes ... but that will not happen until they stop whining and look at what really went wrong. And when they do, they will discover that they need to get in touch with the real 'real America,' a country that is more diverse, more tolerant, and more demanding of effective government than is dreamt of in their political philosophy.''

    [NEVER FORGET: George W. Bush let 9/11 happen on his watch]

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