Gonzales - enron - bush - Taliban connections

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Gonzales - enron - bush - Taliban connections
Thu Nov 11, 2004 16:50
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Subject: Gonzales - enron - bush - Taliban connections
Date: Thu, 11 Nov 2004 13:35:51 -0700
From: envax

Gonzales will face questions on key issues
Criminal investigations
Two Texas companies, Enron and Halliburton, continue to be under criminal investigation by the Justice Department. Until 1995, Gonzales worked for Vinson & Elkins, the law firm that represented both companies. As a Supreme Court justice in Texas, where the position is elective, he received campaign contributions from both.

Also, Gonzales has testified in an ongoing grand jury investigation into the illegal disclosure of the identity of a CIA operative. http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/1111gonzales-record11.html
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Vinson & Elkins Website
http://www.vinson-elkins.com/
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Who is Vinson and Elkins? The law firm representing Enron! Who is Alcoa? The top polluter in Texas. Timothy White, the Secretary of the Army? A former vice-chair of Enron Energy! Robert Zoellick, your Federal Trade Representative? A former advisor at Enron! Karl Rove, your main man at the White House? He owned a quarter-million dollars of Enron stock.

Then there's the Enron lawyer you have nominated to be a federal judge in Texas, the Enron lobbyist who is your chair of the Republican Party, the two Enron officials who now work for House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, and the wife of Texas Senator Phil Gramm who sits on Enron's board. And there's the aforementioned Mr. Pitt, the former Arthur Andersen attorney whose job it is now as SEC head to oversee the stock markets. George, it never stops! My fingers are getting tired typing all this up -- and there's lots more. http://www.whitecloud.com/rants_raves.htm
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Bush/Enrongate Timeline
rev 0.05
23 Jan 2002
Jim Galasyn
no copyright - freely distribute intact

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1978

Bush's actual first official relationship with Ken Lay. ("Bush Caught Red-Handed in Lie to American People", http://www.mediawhoresonline.com/) Lay contributed handsomely to Bush's 1978 congressional campaign: a full SIXTEEN YEARS before Bush told the press he got to know the man.


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1977-2001

Deputy Attorney General Larry Thompson partner in firm that represents Enron ("Caught Red-Handed in Lie to American People", http://www.mediawhoresonline.com/) Thompson worked for the law firm of King & Spalding from 1977 to 1982, served as a U.S. Attorney under the Reagan administration, and returned to King & Spalding as a partner in 1986. Thompson remained at King & Spalding until his appointment as Deputy Attorney General in 2001. According to King & Spalding's Web site, the firm has done extensive work for Enron. King & Spalding's work for Enron and other energy companies is detailed here. ("Caught Red-Handed in Lie to American People", http://www.mediawhoresonline.com/)

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1988

George W. Bush shills for Enron in Argentina -- Neil Bush uses defrauded investors' money from Silverado to drill for oil in Argentina. ("Don't Cry for Bush, Argentina (March/April 2000)", http://www.motherjones.com/mother_jones/MA00/argentina.html; "Bush Friend Arrested for Illegal Arms Trafficking", http://www.thegully.com/essays/argentina/010607bush_menem.html) A few weeks after the U.S. presidential election in 1988, Terragno received a phone call from a failed Texas oilman named George W. Bush, who happened to be the son of the president-elect. "He told me he had recently returned from a campaign tour with his father," the Argentine minister recalls. The purpose of the call was clear: to push Terragno to accept the bid from Enron (http://www.ei.enron.com/presence/latin_america.html)....George W. wasn't the only Bush plying the family name in Argentina. His brother Neil had tried to funnel $900,000 in loans from Silverado Savings and Loan, where he served as a director, into a failed attempt to drill for oil in Argentina. The S&L eventually collapsed, costing taxpayers nearly $1 billion to bail out, and federal regulators banned Neil from certain banking activities.

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1990

June 22: Bush dumps Harken stock just before $23.2 million loss is disclosed. ("The Family that Preys Together", http://mediafilter.org/caq/BushFamilyPreys.html) On June 22, 1990, George Jr. sold two-thirds of his Harken stock for $848,560 -- a cool 200 percent profit. The move was well timed. One week after Junior sold his stock, Harken announced a $23.2 million loss in quarterly earnings and Harken stock dropped sharply, losing 60 percent of its value over the next six months.

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1996

1996: Republican Gov. Pete Wilson signs legislation to open California's electricity market to competition. ("Chronology of California's power crisis",
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/news/archive/2001/04/06/state1705EDT0232.DTL)

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1997

Gov. Marc Racicot, at the behest of Enron, foists energy deregulation on the state of Montana. ("Energy karma - For Enron and dereg, what goes around comes around", http://www.missoulanews.com/News/News.asp?no=2105) "But here’s the catch. While Enron was making billions selling energy stability, they were busy pushing a deregulation agenda across the nation. In Montana, as is well-known, the 1997 Republican-dominated Legislature, at the urging of then-Governor Marc Racicot, suspended the rules of the Legislature to introduce and pass the dereg bill in the last weeks of the session. Suddenly, substituting raw political power for careful policymaking, Montana found itself one of the few western states to leap into dereg—and oh, how we now wish we had looked a lot harder before that tragic leap."

March

Enron hires the former boss of a leading staff official at the Securities and Exchange Commission to represent it in negotiations with the agency. In an unheralded five-paragraph order in March 1997, the S.E.C. official, Barry P. Barbash, gives Enron's foreign operations a broad exemption from the law — the Investment Company Act of 1940. Had Enron not been granted the exemption, some of its operations in South America and in Europe would not have been able to structure financial operations to both conceal them from investors and shift debt off their books. ("1997 Exemption Set Stage for Enron Woes", http://www.nytimes.com/2002/01/23/business/23EXEM.html)

December

Unocal executives fête Taliban ministers at their homes in Texas. ("Oil barons court Taliban in Texas",
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/et?ac=006576086753008&rtmo=lzoPFokt&atmo=rrrrrrrq&pg=/et/97/12/14/wtal14.html)
"The Islamic warriors appear to have been persuaded to close the deal, not through delicate negotiation but by old-fashioned Texan hospitality. Last week Unocal, the Houston-based company bidding to build the 876-mile pipeline from Turkmenistan to Pakistan, invited the Taliban to visit them in Texas...The Taliban ministers and their advisers stayed in a five-star hotel and were chauffeured in a company minibus...The men, who are accustomed to life without heating, electricity or running water, were amazed by the luxurious homes of Texan oil barons. Invited to dinner at the palatial home of Martin Miller, a vice-president of Unocal, they marvelled at his swimming pool, views of the golf course and six bathrooms. After a meal of specially prepared halal meat, rice and Coca-Cola, the hardline fundamentalists - who have banned women from working and girls from going to school - asked Mr Miller about his Christmas tree."

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1998

1998: Unocal cancels plans to exploit massive natural gas deposits in Turkmenistan. ("Hell to pay", http://www.willpitt.com/WillPitt.htm)

1998: Utilities begin taking steps to divest themselves of power generation plants. Rates they can charge consumers are capped until the utilities complete that task, expected in 2002. ("Chronology of California's power crisis",
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/news/archive/2001/04/06/state1705EDT0232.DTL)

August

In August 1998, about five months after ascending to CFO, Fastow pays $289,000 for 68 wooded acres with a cabin near Norwich, Vt. The mortgage will be paid off in March 2000. ("Architects of Enron's rise bred its demise", http://chicagotribune.com/business/chi-0201200329jan20.story?coll=chi%2Dnews%2Dhed)

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2000
February

Feb 7: Three big Texas energy producers, all of which made lavish contributions to George W. Bush's presidential campaign, stand to gain from soaring electricity prices in California. That's one reason the watchdog group Public Citizen says Bush has no interest in promoting price caps, even though such caps are recommended by Republican as well as Democratic governors and members of Congress. ("Bush's Biggest Donors Gain From High Prices in California Crunch", http://www.villagevoice.com/issues/0106/ridgeway3.php )

Feb 23: Fastow buys a $1.32 million property in River Oaks. New construction comes to $1.53 million. No mortgage is recorded. ("Architects of Enron's rise bred its demise", http://chicagotribune.com/business/chi-0201200329jan20.story?coll=chi%2Dnews%2Dhed)

March

Fastow pays off mortgage on Vermont estate, purchased in August 1998. ("Architects of Enron's rise bred its demise", http://chicagotribune.com/business/chi-0201200329jan20.story?coll=chi%2Dnews%2Dhed) In August 1998, about five months after ascending to CFO, Fastow pays $289,000 for 68 wooded acres with a cabin near Norwich, Vt. The mortgage will be paid off in March 2000.

July

July 28: Senators Schumer, Bennett and Bayh, along with others on the Banking Committee, such as Gramm, Allard, Bunning and Santorum, send SEC chairman Arthur Levitt a letter expressing concern about a proposed rule that would have barred accounting firms from doing both auditing and consulting work for the same client. ("13 senators pressured SEC to abandon proposed audit rule", http://www.hillnews.com/012302/audit.shtm)


November

An internal Andersen document shows that it had concluded Enron's internet services unit, considered to be crucial to the company's growth, had poor controls. There was a "high risk" that financial results in the unit would be misrepresented because of them, it said. ("Enron shredding continuing, claims worker ", http://www.guardian.co.uk/enron/story/0,11337,637538,00.html) ("Ex-Official Says Enron Employees Shredded Papers", http://www.nytimes.com/2002/01/22/business/22CND-ENRON.html)
December

December 15: Senator Phil Gramm co-sponsors the the Commodity Futures Modernization Act, which deregulates energy futures. The bill does not undergo the usual committee hearings and preliminary votes, and is immediately attached as a rider to an 11,000-page appropriations bill. ("Phil Gramm’s Enron Favor", http://www.villagevoice.com/issues/0203/ridgeway.php)

December 21: President Bill Clinton signs into law the Commodity Futures Modernization Act as part of an 11,000-page appropriations bill. ("Phil Gramm’s Enron Favor", http://www.villagevoice.com/issues/0203/ridgeway.php)

By the end of 2000, Enron has invested, or loaned, $5.3bn to a number of companies in which it had stakes. ("Enron's new $5bn black hole ", http://www.guardian.co.uk/enron/story/0,11337,636155,00.html) Now it has emerged that by 31 December 2000 Enron had also invested, or loaned, $5.3bn to a number of companies in which it had stakes, according to papers filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission. These included two ailing firms that had been harming their par ent's financial performance, water specialist Azurix and the Dabhol Power Company of India. The subsidiaries - part of a network of more than 3,000 firms linked to Enron - were claimed by the company to be 'unconsolidated affiliates', which do not have to be shown on balance sheets.

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2001 January

Jan. 20: Bush sworn in; Enron and chairman Kenneth Lay both contribute $100,000 to inaugural committees. ("Key Dates in Enron Case", http://www.newsday.com/ny-g1enro0117.graphic?coll=ny-top-headlines)

Jan 22: Bush names Curt Hebert as Chairman of FERC. ("Bush Names Wood to Head FERC", http://www.eei.org/member_net/products/met/0108_features.htm)

early 2001

FBI claims Bin Laden inquiry was frustrated -- Officials told to 'back off' on Saudis before September 11
http://www.guardian.co.uk/Archive/Article/0,4273,4293682,00.html
High-placed intelligence sources in Washington told the Guardian this week: "There were always constraints on investigating the Saudis". They said the restrictions became worse after the Bush administration took over this year. The intelligence agencies had been told to "back off" from investigations involving other members of the Bin Laden family, the Saudi royals, and possible Saudi links to the acquisition of nuclear weapons by Pakistan. "There were particular investigations that were effectively killed."

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February

Feb 1: Jeffrey Skilling is named Enron CEO. ("Key Dates in Enron Case", http://www.newsday.com/ny-g1enro0117.graphic?coll=ny-top-headlines)

Feb. 6: President Bush allows the expiration of an emergency federal order requiring wholesale electricity companies to sell to California. ("Chronology of California's power crisis", http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/news/archive/2001/04/06/state1705EDT0232.DTL)

Feb. 6: A federal judge in Sacramento orders major power wholesaler Reliant Energy to keep selling to the state despite the expiration of the emergency federal directive. U.S. District Judge Frank Damrell cites the possibility of ``obvious irreparable harm to the public'' that blackouts pose. This decision will be overturned by the federal appeals court on April 5. ("Chronology of California's power crisis",http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/news/archive/2001/04/06/state1705EDT0232.DTL)

Feb. 6: Anderson email suggests dropping Enron as a client, due to concerns about Enron bookkeeping. ("Andersen Considered Severing Enron Ties", http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A58496-2002Jan16.html)

Feb. 17: Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill announces that sanctions, proposed by the Clinton administration, against money-laundering havens will be reviewed, effectively delaying them. He will announce on November 27 that the Cayman Islands will not have to tighten its banking laws until 2004. (" ("Evidence Indicates That O’Neill Helped Enron Hide Financial Condition", http://www.citizen.org/pressroom/release.cfm?ID=1000)

Feb 22: Enron officials meet with Cheney. ("Key Dates in Enron Case", http://www.newsday.com/ny-g1enro0117.graphic?coll=ny-top-headlines)

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March

Skilling moves into his sprawling Spanish-style mansion, valued at $2.47 million, built in River Oaks. ("Architects of Enron's rise bred its demise", http://chicagotribune.com/business/chi-0201200329jan20.story?coll=chi%2Dnews%2Dhed)

March 6: Documents reveal Bush hosted sleepovers for eight big fund-raisers at the Texas governor's mansion. Don Evans, now Commerce Secretary, stayed at the mansion seven times. Seven other guests were members of Bush's "pioneers," a designation meaning they raised at least $100,000 each. The "pioneers" included Don Jordan, chairman of Reliant Energy; Brad Freeman of the investment firm Freeman, Spogli & Co.; Texas Public Safety Commissioner Jim Francis; and Indianapolis mayor Steve Goldsmith. ("Bush's Overnight Guests", http://www.cbsnews.com

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