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Showing posts with label Bush Crime Family. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Bush Crime Family. Show all posts

Friday, February 15, 2008

The real hub of the "axis of evil"

The hub of the Bush's axis of evil is not Iran, not even Pakistan. It's tyrannical regime of the Bush crime family's good friends the Saudis.
BAE: secret papers reveal threats from Saudi prince
Saudi Arabia's rulers threatened to make it easier for terrorists to attack London unless corruption investigations into their arms deals were halted, according to court documents revealed yesterday.

Previously secret files describe how investigators were told they faced "another 7/7" and the loss of "British lives on British streets" if they pressed on with their inquiries and the Saudis carried out their threat to cut off intelligence.

Prince Bandar, the head of the Saudi national security council, and son of the crown prince, was alleged in court to be the man behind the threats to hold back information about suicide bombers and terrorists. He faces accusations that he himself took more than £1bn in secret payments from the arms company BAE.

He was accused in yesterday's high court hearings of flying to London in December 2006 and uttering threats which made the prime minister, Tony Blair, force an end to the Serious Fraud Office investigation into bribery allegations involving Bandar and his family.

The threats halted the fraud inquiry, but triggered an international outcry, with allegations that Britain had broken international anti-bribery treaties.
Bryan over at Hot Air gets it right:
That’s a threat of war. And it’s not the freelance work of low-level hacks.
The Saudis are indeed the center of the Jihad against the west - both personalities and money. It is the home of the extremist Wahhabism, the creed upon which the kingdom of Saudi Arabia was founded. We have seen the enemy and it's not Iran, it's Saudi Arabia. And if you think that the Saudis are going to let an Iran friendly Shia government take hold in Iraq you truly are delusional.

Sunday, December 02, 2007

The Jeb Bush Legacy

This via Atrios:
Where Was Jeb?
A government money market debacle unfolding in Florida is raising questions about former governor and presidential brother Jeb Bush's possible involvement in the mess.

Florida froze withdrawals from a state investment fund earlier this week when local governments withdrew billions of dollars out of concern for the fund's financial stability.

In the past few days, municipalities have withdrawn roughly $9 billion, nearly a third of the $28 billion fund (which is similar to a money market fund) controlled by the Florida's State Board of Administration (SBA). The run on the fund was triggered by worries that a percentage of the portfolio contained debt that had defaulted.

A majority of this paper was sold to SBA by Lehman Brothers. Bush, as the state's top elected official, served on a three-member board that oversaw the SBA until he retired as governor in January. In August, Bush was hired as a consultant to the bank. Lehman spokesperson Kerrie Cohen, speaking on behalf of Bush, said they had no comment and would not say when the bank had sold Florida the paper. SBA did not return calls.
So Florida's former popular governor was at least a third responsible for the bad securities from Lehman Brothers who then hired Jeb after he left office. Sounds familiar doesn't it. But cheer up Florida - your probably not the only ones who were taken.
Edward Siedle, a former Securities and Exchange Commission attorney who investigates money management wrongdoing and has worked on behalf of several Florida public pension funds, thinks this is just the tip of the iceberg. He expects problems with defaulting debt to crop up in public funds across the country, especially in states with disclosure laws weaker than Florida's.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Is Gonzo really gone?

Fired U.S. attorney John McKay thinks so!
Gonzales could be prosecuted, McKay says
The U.S. Inspector General may recommend criminal prosecution of departed Attorney General Alberto Gonzales at the conclusion of an investigation, possibly as early as next month, the fired former U.S. attorney for Western Washington told a Spokane audience Friday.

His refusal to open a federal criminal investigation into voter fraud allegations in Gov. Chris Gregoire’s razor-thin victory over Republican challenger Dino Rossi in 2004 may be the reason he was fired, John McKay told the Federal Bar Association.

Appointed by President Bush in October 2001 to the top law enforcement job in western Washington, McKay said he believes he and seven other U.S. attorneys were fired last December by Gonzales for political reasons, perhaps with former White House chief of staff Karl Rove pulling strings.

Career prosecutors in his office and FBI agents agreed there was no reason to go forward with a federal investigation of the Gregoire-Rossi election, and issues associated with it were more properly addressed by state officials, McKay said.
McKay says he spent eight hours testifying on his firing at the Office of Inspector General, who will forward their final report to Congress.
“My best guess is it will be released sometime next month,’’ and likely will include recommendations for criminal prosecutions of Gonzales and maybe others, McKay said.

Gonzales “lied about” reasons for the firings when questioned under oath in July by the Senate Judiciary Committee and now has hired a lawyer and is refusing to answer questions from the Inspector General, McKay said.

The White House said McKay was fired for poor performance ratings of his office, but the ex-U.S. attorney said he and his office got exemplary reviews just three months before he was fired.

“The chief law enforcement officer for the United States should not lie under oath,’’ McKay told the bar association.
Gonzo shuts up and lawyers up!
It was reported last week that Gonzales has now retained a high-profile defense lawyer, and apparently is refusing to answer questions from the Inspector General, which could signify the investigation is nearly complete, McKay said.
It looks like Rove may be in for some tough times himself.

This will be an "I told you so" moment for we members of the PBRC (Indie 500) but I'm sure we all wish we didn't have to say it.

Friday, July 27, 2007

Sorry Jazz - I feel the shame!

I missed this guest post by MEJ's own Jazz Shaw at Joe Gandelman's The Moderate Voice a couple weeks ago.
Empire is a Fleeting Thing
The devolution of American politics - and, by predictable contamination, American government itself - through the levels of partisan stonewalling to its current state of bloodsport may lead to the very real end of the great American experiment and our way of life. While this may sound like hyperbole to the various combatants, recent events have given me increasing concern that our great country, which I once viewed as the summit of humanity’s social evolution and very likely immortal, may indeed fall. Not to outside forces, to be sure, but to the internal decay which has most often laid low the empires that came before us.
And that's just the opening paragraph - you really should go read the entire thing.

I feel doubly guilty that I missed an excellent commentary and that it was by my friend and co-conspirator Jazz. Oh well, better late than never.

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Is it time to attack Saudi Arabia?

While the Bush administration and the neocons are rattling their sabers at Iran and Syria it appears that most of the foreign fighters are from Saudi Arabia.
Saudis' role in Iraq insurgency outlined
Sunni extremists from Saudi Arabia make up half the foreign fighters in Iraq, many suicide bombers, a U.S. official says.
BAGHDAD — Although Bush administration officials have frequently lashed out at Syria and Iran, accusing it of helping insurgents and militias here, the largest number of foreign fighters and suicide bombers in Iraq come from a third neighbor, Saudi Arabia, according to a senior U.S. military officer and Iraqi lawmakers.

About 45% of all foreign militants targeting U.S. troops and Iraqi civilians and security forces are from Saudi Arabia; 15% are from Syria and Lebanon; and 10% are from North Africa, according to official U.S. military figures made available to The Times by the senior officer. Nearly half of the 135 foreigners in U.S. detention facilities in Iraq are Saudis, he said.

Fighters from Saudi Arabia are thought to have carried out more suicide bombings than those of any other nationality, said the senior U.S. officer, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the subject's sensitivity. It is apparently the first time a U.S. official has given such a breakdown on the role played by Saudi nationals in Iraq's Sunni Arab insurgency.

He said 50% of all Saudi fighters in Iraq come here as suicide bombers. In the last six months, such bombings have killed or injured 4,000 Iraqis.
And what about our friends the Saudis?
The situation has left the U.S. military in the awkward position of battling an enemy whose top source of foreign fighters is a key ally that at best has not been able to prevent its citizens from undertaking bloody attacks in Iraq, and at worst shares complicity in sending extremists to commit attacks against U.S. forces, Iraqi civilians and the Shiite-led government in Baghdad.

Saudi leaders in early February undercut U.S. diplomacy in the Israeli-Palestinian dispute by brokering, in Mecca, an agreement to form a Fatah-Hamas "unity" government in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. And King Abdullah took Americans by surprise by declaring at an Arab League gathering that the U.S. presence in Iraq was illegitimate.

U.S. officials remain sensitive about the relationship. Asked why U.S. officials in Iraq had not publicly criticized Saudi Arabia the way they had Iran or Syria, the senior military officer said, "Ask the State Department. This is a political juggernaut."
This has resulted in Professor Bainbridge asking a very serious question or two.
It makes one wonder whether the case for regime change in Saudi Arabia was (and is) a lot stronger than the one for regime chane in Iraq. Certainly, it suggests that countering Wahhabism should have been Bush's first priority. It'll also add fuel to the fire of conspiracy theories, like this one:
Both then-president Bush and the current president have had personal and deep financial ties with the Saudi royal family. Author and journalist Craig Unger documents $1.4 billion that has “made its way” from the Saudi royal family to “entities tied” to the Bush family, according to Unger’s controversial book "House of Bush, House of Saud.”

Unger contends that the documented oil holdings and affiliations of both Bush presidents has led to a policy of inaction in the post-Sept. 11 world.

“There is a fundamental piece of logic missing in the American conversation ... the Saudis played a big role in terrorism, that the Bushes have very, very close to the Saudis both in business terms, personal terms, and in public policy. And it has a resulted in a non-cracking down in the Saudi role on terror,” said Unger, who lives only blocks from where the World Trade Center once stood.


Update
As my friend and partner The Gun Toting Liberal points out even some of the wingnuts are upset with Bush over this.

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

‘Routine’

Via Think Progress
During the White House press briefing this morning, spokesman Tony Snow characterized President Bush’s commutation of Scooter Libby’s prison term as “routine.”
If it's not just "routine" for rich white men who are members of the Bush/Cheney tribe David Boaz over at Cato At Liberty has some suggestions for additional commutations that Mr Bush might consider "routine".
  • Mandy Martinson — 15 years for helping her boyfriend count his drug-dealing money.
  • DeJarion Echols — 20 years for selling a small amount of crack and owning a gun, causing Reagan-appointed federal judge Walter S. Smith, Jr. to say, “This is one of those situations where I’d like to see a congressman sitting before me.”
  • Weldon Angelos — 55 years for minor marijuana and gun charges, causing the George W. Bush-appointed judge Paul Cassell, previously best known for pressing the courts to overturn the Miranda decision, to call the mandatory sentence in this case “unjust, cruel, and even irrational.”
  • Anthea Harris — 15 years when members of her husband’s drug ring received sentence reductions to testify against her, although she had not been directly involved in the business.
And Mr Boaz has a couple of other examples.
A compassionate conservative should also use the pardon power to head off the DEA’s war against doctors who help patients alleviate pain. He could start by pardoning Dr. Ronald McIver, sentenced to 30 years for prescribing Oxycontin and other drugs to patients in severe pain. Or Dr. William Hurwitz of Virginia, sentenced to 25 years but then granted a retrial, convicted again, and awaiting sentencing, which could still be 10 years.
Of course they have a problem - they are not members of the Bush crime family.