|Subj:||White House Enron Damage Control Psyops in Full Swing|
|Date:||1/12/02 10:22:35 AM Pacific Standard Time|
|From: APFN@apfn.org (American Patriot Friends
AFTERMATH NEWS OPINION AND INFORMATION FOR 1-12-02
"He who is void of virtuous attachments in private life is, or very soon
will be, void of all regard for his country." - --Samuel Adams
"History records that the money changers have used every form of abuse,
intrigue, deceit, and violent means possible to maintain their control over
governments by controlling money and it's issuance".
"The drive of the Rockefellers and their allies is to create a one-world
government combining supercapitalism and Communism under the same tent, all
under their control.... Do I mean conspiracy? Yes I do. I am convinced there
is such a plot, international in scope, generations old in planning, and
incredibly evil in intent."
--Congressman Larry P. McDonald 1976, assassinated 1983 aboard KAL 747 shot
down by the Soviets (CIA still holds the classified docs)
"Let me reiterate what I've told the American people and the world. We will
use whatever means are necessary to achieve our objective."
--GW Bush in Shanghai 10-19-01
The globalist elite want their New World Order and the want it now. They are
a bit behind schedule and its time to turn up the heat. They have, after all
been very patient, working diligently for many decades stealing the wealth
of nations, consolidating and centralizing power, assassinating all those
troublesome anti-globalsists who stood in their way, one by one, like
Congressman Larry P. McDonald for example. Its hard work after all, forcing
a New World Order on the cattle, unwitting bovines as they may be. There are
so many of those bloody Bildeberger and CFR meetings to attend and there are
the hassles of political fallout from Enron collapses and the like. Lengthy
studies must be ironed out and published on the painstaking steps towards
global dictatorship. And there are those brutal third world dictatorships to
maintain too. Wars and bombing campaigns must be funded to keep the world in
chaos and thin out the herd from time to time. It can be costly, but as
Madeline Albright says, "It was worth it".
The rapidly exploding Enron inquiry presents elements reminiscent of earlier
Washington scandals, including carefully phrased denials and accusations of
A Familiar Capital Script
By DON VAN NATTA Jr.
January 11, 2002
WASHINGTON, Jan. 10 The rapidly exploding Enron (news/quote) inquiry
presents elements reminiscent of earlier Washington scandals, including
carefully phrased denials and accusations of easy access. And in a matter of
hours today, it sent the White House into a full- scale effort to contain
the potential damage to President Bush at a time when he wants to focus on
the war on terrorism and the flagging economy.
The White House spent much of the day trying to distance the president from
a torrent of bad news about the fall of Enron, the Houston energy
Although no one has suggested that Mr. Bush has done anything wrong, the
connections between his presidency and Enron are uncomfortably close. The
company's chairman, Kenneth L. Lay, has been a close friend of Mr. Bush for
many years, and Mr. Lay and other Enron executives have contributed more
money to Mr. Bush over his political career than anyone else, an amount
exceeding $550,000. Mr. Lay contributed an additional $100,000 for the Bush
Those connections were made vividly clear today when the White House
disclosed that Mr. Lay discussed his company's precarious financial
condition last fall with Treasury Secretary Paul H. O'Neill and sought
assistance from Mr. Bush's best friend and presidential campaign chairman,
Commerce Secretary Donald L. Evans.
Throughout the day, White House officials denied that Mr. Bush had been
aware of the company's troublesome finances or had ever been asked to come
to its rescue.
But on Capitol Hill, Democrats were already beginning to ask of the
president, "What did he know and when did he know it?" And questions were
being raised about whether a criminal inquiry into Enron's collapse should
be led by a special counsel rather than by the Justice Department, because
Attorney General John Ashcroft received $57,499 in campaign contributions
from Enron and Mr. Lay, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.
Mr. Ashcroft, as well as his chief of staff, recused themselves from the
criminal investigation, which will try to determine whether the company or
its executives committed fraud before it went bankrupt. But critics still
questioned whether the Justice Department, which includes many other
political appointees, could independently investigate the company.
Just as Enron's collapse was stunning because it occurred so quickly and so
completely, the latest disclosures have reawakened Washington's scandal
machinery, which had been practically dormant since Sept. 11. The capital
may once again face months, if not years, of yet another investigation of
the White House featuring the volatile mix of money, influence, access and
Elements of a classic political scandal are here: A Texas corporation, led
by Mr. Bush's most generous campaign contributor, files the largest
bankruptcy petition in American history. A handful of executives are able to
sell $1 billion worth of the company's stock before its collapse, but
thousands of employees are barred from selling, losing their life's savings
and retirement accounts.
And just this week, the White House disclosed that Enron executives, and the
company chairman, had meetings and discussions with cabinet members, White
House officials and Vice President Dick Cheney before and during the
On top of everything else, the accounting firm that audited Enron's books,
Arthur Andersen LLP, disclosed today that a "significant but undetermined"
number of documents related to the company had been destroyed.
"This is the perfect storm," said Philip M. Schiliro, the chief of staff for
Representative Henry A. Waxman, Democrat of California. "It's the biggest
bankruptcy in American corporate history, a bankruptcy where a small number
of executives enriched themselves to the tune of hundreds of millions of
dollars while thousands of employees were left with worthless stock. And in
2001, Enron is the most influential company in Washington. When you piece it
all together, there are many questions that need to be answered."
President Bush said today that he had never discussed Enron's financial woes
with Mr. Lay, who has supported Mr. Bush politically since his unsuccessful
campaign for Congress in 1978. Mr. Bush said he last saw Mr. Lay in Texas at
an April 30 fund-raiser for the literacy foundation of the former first lady
Barbara Bush. At the time, Enron's price per share was nearly $60; its
closing price today was 67 cents.
On Capitol Hill, Republicans and Democrats alike have pledged to work
together to get to the bottom of the matter. Some Democratic officials also
expressed glee that questions about White House influence peddling seemed to
be emerging as a major political story of 2002.
"If their goal was to give this story a head of steam, they have succeeded,"
Jennifer Palmieri, the press secretary of the Democratic National Committee,
said of the White House's handling of the Enron matter. "I think they are
very spooked by this."
Five Congressional committees have sent out subpoenas on the matter. The
first of many hearings expected this year is set for Jan. 24 by the Senate
Governmental Affairs Committee, which is headed by Senator Joseph I. Lieberman,
Democrat of Connecticut, who may be thinking of running for president in 2004.
Several congressmen demanded again today that the White House release
records of all its contacts with Enron executives, including telephone and
"In contrast to the six contacts the White House disclosed," Mr. Waxman said,
"I suspect there were dozens of conversations between administration
officials and Enron representatives during the past year. The public and
Congress should have this information, especially since it is now clear the
White House had knowledge that Enron was likely to collapse but did nothing
to try to protect innocent employees and shareholders who ultimately lost
their life savings."
Political operatives and advocates of campaign finance reform said the Enron
matter's staying power would depend in large measure on how the
administration handled it in the coming days and weeks.
"The Enron scandal clearly moved to a new stage today," said Fred Wertheimer,
president of Democracy 21, a public policy group, "and it has reached a point
where it will now demand serious national attention."
Just as the Congressional committees and the news media are gearing up for
what promises to be an inquiry that could last months, if not years, the
principals have hired lawyers with golden tongues and lengthy experience in
dealing with scandals.
David Boies, a leading trial lawyer, represents Andrew S. Fastow, Enron's
former chief financial officer. W. Neil Eggleston, a prominent Washington
lawyer, represents Enron's outside directors.
And Robert S. Bennett, the Washington lawyer who represented President Bill
Clinton in the Paula Jones matter, is now Enron's lead Washington lawyer.
Mr. Bennett said today that he welcomed the criminal inquiry because it
would "bring light to the facts." But he also warned that the Congressional
inquiries could easily degenerate into a "circus atmosphere."
ENRON CONFLICTS OF INTEREST IN SEC AND GAO
For a list of who in both parties benefitted from Enron's
political donations, check the Center for Responsive Politics
Enron Contributions to Current Senators, 1989-2001*
Enron Contributions to Current Members of the
House of Representatives, 1989-2001*
Top Presidential Recipients of Enron Contributions, 1989-2001*
Public Citizen has issued a detailed report about Enron Angela Bradbery,