War Crimes and War Profiteering
By Norman D. Livergood
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It behooves us to remember that the current Bush administration stole the election in 2000. It is a reincarnation of the Bush senior regime that brought us:
All Americans should constantly remind themselves that the George Bush who is now being touted as a great leader:
- Has approved a "security" bill which limits basic civil liberties in America, resulting in the complete abrogation of the rights of a peace activist: a Green Party USA coordinator was detained at the Bangor, Maine airport and prevented by armed military personnel from flying to a political meeting in Chicago
- Came to power through a racist miscount of the votes in Florida and a coup d'etat with the connivance of a corrupt supreme court
- Appointed the racist, sexist John Ashcroft to be attorney general and appointed other criminals to positions of power, such as John Negroponte as U.N. ambassador and Otto J. Reich as assistant secretary of State for the Western Hemisphere
- Gave the rich a trillion-dollar tax break at the expense of the workers, the poor and the lower middle class
- Is raiding Social Security and endangering the retirement funds of millions of workers
- Approved special protection to be given to congresspersons while allowing postal workers to be exposed to anthrax
- Pushed through a plan for oil drilling in the Arctic wilderness
- Pulled out of the Kyoto Agreement, threatening the entire planet with pollution and global warming so his corporate buddies can be saved the cost of anti-pollution measures
- Is overseeing a plutocratic regime where corporate fat cats are ensured obscene profits while workers suffer from unemployment, homelessness, anthrax infection, death from terrorist attack, and general distress
We should be aware that current president Bush isn't the first in his family to engage in war profiteering. George Bush: The Unauthorized Biography by Webster G. Tarpley and Anton Chaitkin, reminds us that on October 20, 1942, the U.S. government ordered the seizure of Nazi German banking operations in New York City that were being conducted by Prescott Bush, the father of former president George Herbert Walker Bush.
Other Revelations in George Bush: The Unauthorized Biography
Under the Trading with the Enemy Act, the U.S. government took over the Union Banking Corporation, in which Prescott Bush was a director. The U.S. Alien Property Custodian seized Union Banking Corporation stock shares, all of which were owned by E. Roland Harriman, Prescott Bush, three Nazi executives, and two other associates of Prescott Bush.
President Franklin Roosevelt's Alien Property Custodian, Leo T. Crowley, signed Vesting Order Number 248 seizing the property of Prescott Bush under the Trading with the Enemy Act. The order, published in obscure government record books and kept out of the news, explained nothing about the Nazis involved; only that the Union Banking Corporation was run for the Thyssen family of Germany and/or Hungary, nationals of a designated enemy country.
This act by the U.S. government made it clear that Prescott Bush and the other directors of the Union Banking Corp. were in essence front men for the Nazis. By keeping news of this seizure quiet, the American government avoided the more important issue: in what way were Hitler and his Nazi cohorts set up, armed, and supported by the New York and London cartel of which Prescott Bush was an executive manager?
On Oct. 28, the government issued orders seizing two Nazi front organizations run by the Bush-Harriman bank: the Holland-American Trading Corporation and the Seamless Steel Equipment Corporation.
Nazi interests in the Silesian-American Corporation, long managed by Prescott Bush and his father-in-law, George Herbert Walker, were seized under the Trading with the Enemy Act on November 17, 1942. In this action, the government announced that it was seizing only the Nazi interests, leaving the Nazis' U.S. partners to carry on the business.
These were actions taken by the U.S. government during wartime, but Prescott Bush and his collaborators had already played a central role in financing and arming Adolf Hitler for his takeover of Germany. Harriman, Bush and the others in the cabal had financed the buildup of Nazi war industries for the conquest of Europe and war against the U.S.A. They had also helped in the development of Nazi genocide theories and racial propaganda, with the slave labor and extermination camps as the result.
Rob the Poor and Give Billions to the Rich
While working class people were burying their dead in New York City, GM, GE, IBM, Enron and other Fortune 500 companies who put Bush into power were paying off their lackeys in Congress. The so-called "Economic Stimulus" bill gives tax cuts to the corporate fat cats to the tune of $70 billion a year.
But this soak-the-poor-to-give-to-the-rich scam isn't just for next year to stimulate the economy, it's RETROACTIVE FOR 15 YEARS! So IBM will get $1.4 billion, GM $833 million, GE $671 million, etc. Enron, the Houston energy company and a major Bush supporter, would get $254 million. Guess what ordinary workers get!
Bush has already given away $40 billion of our hard-earned tax dollars to war profiteering CEOs. But the Congressional Budget Office has estimated that the recent House-passed bill would provide only $2.3 billion in supplemental unemployment benefits by the end of next September, 2002. The airline industry alone got a $15 billion bailout package, and they have laid off 100,000+ Americans with families to support.
This year CEOs gave themselves, through a board vote (with other CEO's siting on these boards), on average a 22% raise. Executive pay jumped 571% between 1990 and 2000. If the minimum wage, which stood at $3.80 an hour in 1990, had grown at the same rate as CEO pay over the decade, it would now be $25.50 an hour, instead of $5.15 an hour.
Bush Senior In Collusion with the Bin Laden Family
Since he left office, ex-President and ex-CIA Director George Bush, working as a consultant, has been using his influence and contacts for the Washington-based Carlyle Group, a $12 billion private equity firm and eleventh largest defense contractor in the U.S. Carlyle's portfolio is heavily invested in defense and telecommunications firms.The Bin Laden family has large investments in Carlyle. The New York Times has reported that former President George Bush met with the bin Laden family in Saudi Arabia in 1998 and 2000.
Bush senior's Carlyle connection means he is on the payroll of corporate interests that receive defense contracts from the U.S. government while his son is president. Charles Lewis of the Washington-based Center for Public Integrity, indicated that "in a really peculiar way, George W. Bush could, some day, benefit financially from his own administration's decisions, through his father's investments."
Bush Senior specializes in Saudi Arabia and therefore has a personal interest in the corrupt Saudi regime's survival and continued profitability. The public-interest law firm Judicial Watch earlier this year strongly criticized Bush senior for his ties with the Bin Laden family, pointing out in a March 5 statement that it is a "conflict of interest [which] could cause problems for America's foreign policy in the Middle East and Asia."
In a Sept. 29 statement, Judicial Watch added that, "This conflict of interest has now turned into a scandal. The idea of the president's father, an ex-president himself, doing business with a company under investigation by the FBI in the terror attacks of September 11 is horrible." Judicial Watch demanded that President Bush make his father pull out of the Carlyle Group.
The New York Times on October 26, 2001 reported that, "The Saudi family of Osama bin Laden is severing its financial ties with the Carlyle Group, a private investment firm known for its connections to influential Washington political figures, executives who have been briefed on the decision said today." Some of those influential figures include George H.W. Bush and his son, President Bush.
George junior is no slouch when it comes to shady deals with the Bin Laden family and other crooked interests such as drugs.
"In 1979, Bush’s first business, Arbusto Energy, obtained financing from James Bath, a Houstonian and close family friend. One of many investors, Bath gave Bush $50,000 for a 5 percent stake in Arbusto. At the time, Bath was the sole U.S. business representative for Salem bin Laden, head of the wealthy Saudi Arabian family and a brother (one of 17) to Osama bin Laden. It has long been suspected, but never proven, that the Arbusto money came directly from Salem bin Laden. In a statement issued shortly after the September 11 attacks, the White House vehemently denied the connection, insisting that Bath invested his own money, not Salem bin Laden’s, in Arbusto.
"In conflicting statements, Bush at first denied ever knowing Bath, then acknowledged his stake in Arbusto and that he was aware Bath represented Saudi interests. In fact, Bath has extensive ties, both to the bin Laden family and major players in the scandal-ridden Bank of Commerce and Credit International (BCCI) who have gone on to fund Osama bin Laden. BCCI defrauded depositors of $10 billion in the ’80s in what has been called the 'largest bank fraud in world financial history' by former Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau. During the ’80s, BCCI also acted as a main conduit for laundering money intended for clandestine CIA activities, ranging from financial support to the Afghan mujahedin to paying intermediaries in the Iran-Contra affair."
The Way the World Operates
While Americans are being brainwashed by TV and presidential rhetoric to become mindless cult followers of jingoistic militarism, the movers and shakers are making their billions. Some of them even give strong clues as to what's really going on.
Catherine Austin Fitts, a managing director of the Wall Street investment bank Dillon Read, raised more than $100,000 in 1988 for the Bush Presidential Campaign. Her boss at Dillon Read, Nicholas Brady, a Bush confidant, was appointed Secretary of the Treasury in the Bush administration. Fitts was appointed Assistant Secretary at HUD.
In 1999, in numerous radio and print interviews, Fitts connected the dots as to what's happening in the world:
So we can see that since the Bushes control Texas and Florida, the Democratic Party and the Clintons and other party leaders desperately need to control New York and California.
- "California, Florida, Texas and New York are, far and away, the states where most illegal drugs enter the United States."
- "California, Florida, Texas and New York are also the states responsible for laundering most of the $200-250 billion dollars of drug money that pass through the U.S. economy and banking system every year."
- "Eighty per cent of all Presidential campaign contributions come from California, Florida, Texas and New York."
Carl Levin (D-Mich.) has documented that 300 billion dollars a year in drug money moves through the US banking system. $300 billion laundered results in $1.8 trillion dollars per year in U.S. cash transactions resulting from the drug trade. No wonder all the largest corporations are in the money-laundering business--along with whatever else they do.
We Must Change the Present System Before It Destroys Everything
The present system is based on international criminal activity as the business paradigm, with collaboration between governments, multinational corporations, and mafias. This system will collapse unless the economic model is turned upside down--so that it becomes profitable to engage in legitimate enterprises. The present crime-based international system--with its dependence on drug capital--can only be sustained ultimately by a police state.
New "war on terrorism" and "law and order" programs involving the Department of Justice and HUD, such as Project "Safe Streets," "Weed and Seed," and the almost hysterical "Uniting and Strengthening America (USA) Act," butcher the Constitution and are harbingers of an already emerging police state. The Congress, the Supreme Court, and the press fail to condemn the current Bush administration's onslaught against constitutional rights. Bush/Ashcroft defenders claim that secret trials for any person deemed to be a terrorist are legal. The earlier congressional and White House investigations into the CIA drug connection also demonstrate the heedless arrogance and blatant criminality of a system out of control.
The insanity of the present system is indicated by such runaway crises as:
- a monstrous derivatives bubble, to the tune of about 20 trillion dollars, that's about to burst
- a stock market that will almost inevitably crash and burn--even beyond its recent gargantuan losses
- a resultant economic crash
- the Bush regime's mad plan
- to blame the economic crash on the "terrorist attacks"
- to further cannibalize the American economy:
- $40 billion for the military
- $60 billion in tax cuts
- $12 billion to the airlines
- $20-$40 billion to beef up the intelligence agencies
- to cover its fascist police-state regime with Reichstag fire-type propaganda: "we have to fight against terrorism by giving up our freedom"
These are experts in looting an economy.
What We Must Do--Now
- Actively support the few congresspersons who have been bold enough to speak out during this time of crisis
- Join in activist programs to work against an imperialistic war and legislation to limit civil rights
- Know our rights and not allow them to be abrogated in any way
- Make certain that our congressional representatives know that we will not re-elect them if they do not stand up to the current constitutional crises
- Don't allow ourselves to be distracted by the terrorist crisis while the plutocrats try to plunder our hard-earned tax dollars and weaken our civil liberties
- Create Cooperative Commonwealth Communities to rid ourselves of murderous capitalism and build an equitable polity
Norman D. Livergood -- original article: 11/10/01