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  • Vigilius Haufniensis
    http://www.livejournal.com/users/mparent7777/4014174.html /*While you were distracted, Congress was quietly renewing every major provision of the Patriot Act*/
    Message 1 of 3 , Oct 31, 2005
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      While you were distracted, Congress was quietly renewing every major provision of the Patriot Act

      Endless sunset

      While you were, ah, distracted, Congress was quietly renewing every major provision of the Patriot Act.

      By Rachel Neumann
      October 31, 2005

      Most of the provisions of the USA Patriot Act, including access to library records, were supposed to "sunset" this month, five years after the law's passing. Instead, both the House and the Senate have already voted to renew the entire act, with only minor revisions. While they're at it, they'd like to add some decidedly unpatriotic amendments to expand the death penalty.

      These new amendments would let prosecutors shop around for another jury if the one they have is deadlocked on the death penalty; triple the number of terrorism-related crimes eligible for the death penalty; and authorize the death penalty for a person who gives money to an organization whose members kill someone, even if the contributor did not know that the organization or its members were planning to kill.

      The Patriot Act was enacted during what President Bush called "a state of emergency." It wasn't even read by most of the members who voted for it. But the whole point of the sunset clause was to allow Congresspeople to actually read the bill and debate it in calmer times. Now, the Act is effectively being made permanent with little or no debate or discussion.

      Still, the House and the Senate are still in negotiations over the final wording of the bill and so it hasn't been made final yet. The Bill of Rights Defense Commitee is asking people to make one last push to keep it from getting renewed. They list possible actions you can get involved in and ways to educate your communities about threats to civil liberties.

      Rachel Neumann is Rights & Liberties Editor at AlterNet.

      © 2005 Independent Media Institute. All rights reserved.
      View this story online at: http://www.alternet.org/bloggers/rachel/2 7501/

    • judson witham
      TO DISTRACT FROM MASSIVE MONEY LOOTING AND LAUNDERING AMONGST BUSH N COMPANY W s Mass Distraction HOLY SHIT here comes the Killer FLU !!!!!! The GREAT TEXAS
      Message 2 of 3 , Nov 1, 2005
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        TO DISTRACT FROM MASSIVE MONEY LOOTING AND LAUNDERING AMONGST BUSH N COMPANY W's Mass Distraction HOLY SHIT here comes the Killer FLU !!!!!!
         
        The GREAT TEXAS BANK JOB is REAL.  What did you think I was kidding
         
        The Houston Chronicle, Houston Post and Conroe Courior ran many stories about the ILLEGAL LAND DEALS and Bank Lootings Judson Witham Exposed.  KAT WOOLFORD and the FDIC turned a HUGE BLIND EYE to all the CORRUPTION.
         
        Pete Brewton's Editor was Gerald Egger and he worked at the Loop Central Post Offices off SW Freeway and 610 West Belt.  I provided HUGE AMOUNTS of information to Brewton.  IN FACT I delt with George Mischner when he was a SMALL APPLIANCE BROKER for Gaffers and Sattler up off North Sheppard.  The FORMER Houston Post wrote many articles about the Land Deals and Bank Lootings I EXPOSED not to mention the S&L Debacle associated primarily with LAUNDERING MONEY Whitewater Style around Montgomery, Harris, Fortbend, Tarrant, Liberty, Polk and Galveston Counties ET AL.  I spoke volumes to Brewton regarding how the INTRICACIES of the Land Subdivision Laws and VAST tracts of BOGUS development land was being used to Loot Many Hundreds of Millions from Texas Banks and S&Ls and Banks all over America.  The really FUCKED UP THING is the DOJ and FBI covered most of it up with HUD FHLBB and the FDIC with help from federal Courts, State Attornies and a host of extremely corrupt Politicians.  TOM DELAY and COMPANY are the TIP of the iceberg.  The Great Texas Bank Job is NOT a complete picture and is a work in progress, SORRY if it's a little hard to follow BUT, look at the Chochise County Arizona model and the MURDER of DON Bolles and compare with Campebello Island, Maplewood Farms, Whitewater, Castle Grande and a HOST of WHITE ELEPHANT PROPERTIES and LAND FLIPS for background.
         
        The GREAT TEXAS BANK JOB is REAL.  What did you think I was kidding
         
         
        Whitewater, Campebello Island, Maplewood Farms, Castle Grande and the MADISON LOOTING where only a DROP in the OCEAN compared to The Great Texas Bank Job
         
        PLEASE understand there is maybe a FEW TRILLION Missing do you know where your money is ??
         
        Judson Witham

        roadsend@... wrote:
        From: DasGOAT@...
        Date: Tue, 1 Nov 2005 02:13:56 EST
        Subject: Money-Laundering, Mafiosi and Bush et al
        To: RoadsEnd@...
        CC: EMael0@..., jim6263@..., JusB@...

        A reminder of Republican greed
        for the younger among us,
        or those with short memories ...
         
        The Mafia, CIA
        and George Bush
         
        Pete Brewton
        (New York: S.P.I. Books, 1992)
         
         INTRODUCTION

        Something very significant happened during our country's savings-and-loan crisis [in the 80s] -- the greatest financial disaster since the Great Depression.  It happened quietly, secretly, without any fanfare and attention. It happened before our very eyes, yet we knew it not.

        What we all missed was the massive transfer of wealth from the American taxpayers to a select group of extremely rich, powerful people. What these people had in common -- unknown to the American public -- were their symbiotic relationships to the Mafia and the CIA, and to the two most prominent, powerful politicians from Texas, President George Bush and Senator Lloyd Bentsen.

        This small cabal of businessmen realized that the S&Ls were going the way of the dinosaurs. They recognized that S&Ls couldn't survive under rapid inflation and high interest rates. So they decided to exploit the situation for their own purposes, with help from, and rewards for, the Mafia, the CIA and their favorite politicians. They probably figured that the insulation and protection these powerful institutions and individuals conferred upon them, in addition to all the endemic protections with the financial, judicial, political and journalistic systems, made them invulnerable. They were probably right.

        For unlike Watergate and Iran-Contra, this was a bipartisan scandal. There was no opposition party to push for an independent investigation. In fact, the same group of wealthy, powerful businessmen, centered in Houston, that encircle Republicans like George Bush and James A. Baker III, also encircle Democrats like Jim Wright and Lloyd Bentsen.

        This information enables one to view the 1988 elections, in which not one cross word was ever spoken about the savings-and-loan debacle, in a whole new perspective. It was not merely a fortuitous coincidence that both Bush, the Republican nominee for President, and Bentsen, the Democratic nominee for Vice President, were part of, and beholden to, the same group of Houston businessmen. Even if the Democrats lost that presidential election, as they did, Bentsen could still win re-election to his Senate seat under the so-called "LBJ rule." The Houston boys, as usual, had their bets covered.

        (If the Democrats had won in 1988, this book would be entitled "The Mafia, the CIA and Lloyd Bentsen," for Bentsen and Bush are two interchangeable peas in a pod. They have many friends, business associates and campaign donors in common. The story of the most important one they share begins this book.)

        But Bush won in 1988, and one of the reasons he did was his ability to keep the S&L scandal out of the political debate. He was assisted in this by none other than Bentsen, as we shall see. They both had much to hide, Bush in particular. Not only were many of the President-to-be's friends involved -- along with two of his sons -- but Bush himself, as Vice President, had personally intervened in the federal regulation of a dirty Florida savings and loan that was being looted by people with connections to the Mafia and the CIA. This S&L ultimately failed, costing taxpayers nearly $700 million.


        The S&L scandal is the vehicle for telling the story about these leading American politicians and businessmen. But the relationships between these individuals and how they control and manipulate public and private institutions is the bigger story. Unless we know who these people are and understand how they operate, we can all look forward to more S&L-type debacles to come.

        The S&L scandal was almost the perfect crime. The layers of protection and insulation between what the public discovered was going on at the savings and loans and what actually happened with the money were so many and so thick that the crimes and theft would never be completely figured out. And even if the truth were ultimately unearthed, there were additional layers between that revelation and the bringing of those responsible to the bar of justice and recovering the money.

        The first and foremost layer of protection is the difficulty in tracking the money from the savings and loans to its ultimate destination. That is why almost no FBI agent, federal prosecutor, S&L regulator, congressional committee or journalist has been able to track the money. Yet where the money went is really the only thing that matters. The rest of the "facts" that, typically, got investigated, prosecuted and written about were mostly smoke and mirrors, set up to shield who really got the hundreds of billions of dollars that taxpayers must pay back and to hide what the money was used for.[1]
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        [1]--A notable exception is the book Inside Job, by Stephen Pizzo, Mary Fricker and Paul Muolo, which nailed down the fact that the savings-and-loan debacle was caused primarily by fraud.
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        The five years that went into this book represent my efforts to peel back all the layers of insulation and protection to get to the real culprits. I have organized this book with that process in mind, to help the reader understand a complicated and confusing subject.

        In general, the bulk of the money lost in the S&L crisis that American citizens must now pay for went to the owners of the property and assets that the more notorious borrowers purchased with money from S&Ls run by equally infamous owners. This seems to be obvious, yet it somehow got lost in all the hype and hysteria. While Congress, the Justice Department and the press concentrated on the flamboyant borrowers and managers of the S&Ls, the big recipients of the money -- the wealthy, powerful landowners and property owners -- crept off quietly with their profits.

        In the second half of this book, a number of examples will be detailed to show how this happened, and who got the money. For example, one later chapter deals with a $200 million, 21,000-acre land transaction in Florida in which much of the borrowed S&L money went to a paper company owned by the Du Pont empire, one of the oldest, richest, most powerful bastions of wealth in this country.

        We know this because many of the lending documents were pursued by a lone, shrewd, tenacious federal regulator named Kenneth Cureton. However, the unraveling of this transaction was a rare and exceptional event. But even it could not be called a complete victory. The Department of Justice's International Division, the government body through which subpoenas to offshore banks must pass, inexplicably became a brick wall for Cureton's efforts to obtain records on the Isle of Jersey in the English Channel, where a big chunk of the money went -- possibly to buy weapons for Iraq.

        Since so many of the crucial documents in this scandal are not available, we are left with the second-best avenue of investigation: finding out who the original property owners were and everything we can about them, and then doing the same thing for the S&L proprietors and borrowers. The bulk of this book consists of that enterprise.

        The evidence uncovered is clear, convincing, and compelling: Members and associates of the Mafia and the United States Central Intelligence Agency were key participants in our nation's savings-and-loan debacle, and some of the richest, most powerful people in the country did business with these participants and profited from the S&L crisis.

        That members of the Mafia and the CIA, two organizations that operate in secrecy and whose members take sacred oaths -- one supposedly dedicated to national security, the other simply to their organizations' security -- may have been working together is not unprecedented in this country. But that fact doesn't make their cooperation any less outrageous.

        It is well known that members of the Mafia and the CIA conspired to try to assassinate Fidel Castro. There are other, less substantiated, although credible, allegations regarding the two groups' involvement together in drug smuggling and money laundering in Southeast Asia, Australia and the Caribbean.[2]
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        [2]--The Politics of Heroin in Southeast Asia, by Alfred W. McCoy (New York: Harper and Row, 1972); The Crimes of Patriots, by Jonathan Kwimy (New York: Norton, 1987); and In Banks We Trust, by Penny Lernoux (Penguin Books, 1986).
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        There are also some curious, ominous connections between members of these groups and JFK-assassination figures Lee Harvey Oswald and Jack Ruby.


        Drawing a straight, direct line from the CIA operatives discussed in this book to the top officials of the CIA and on to the President is extremely difficult because of the way the CIA works. Most of the characters in this book are not the card-carrying bureaucrats and bean counters at CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia. They are what are called CIA "assets," who can be someone who turns over an occasional piece of information to the CIA, without even knowing it is for the CIA, all the way up to someone who is continually working for the CIA in covert operations.

        A similar and, likewise, important cog in CIA operations is what is known as a cutout. A cutout is a front man or middle man set up to protect the identities of the primary participants. Like an asset, a cutout may or may not know for whom he is working and the actual purpose of his work. (The Mafia also makes use of such cutouts, except they call them "mustaches" or "beards.")

        The CIA uses assets and cutouts to maintain one of its prime directives: plausible deniability, or, in other words, "Don't get caught embarrassing the President." (The CIA is the intelligence-gathering and covert-action arm of the President. Perhaps that is the definition journalists should always refer to, rather than just throwing the general term "CIA" around as if it were some sort of independently run mythical loose cannon.) So . . . if an asset or cutout is caught breaking the law, the CIA can deny that its operative was working for it at that particular time.

        This leads to one difference between the Mafia and the CIA, particularly in this story. Once it is established that members and associates of the Mafia are involved in a failed savings and loan, that is usually enough to establish, prima facie, the involvement of the Mafia. Members and associates of the Mafia don't do such things without the knowledge, permission and the sharing of the spoils, with their superiors.

        The destruction of the savings and loan industry in Texas, and in some other parts of the country, worked basically like an organized-crime bustout or burnout. This is a mob scam in which a failing company is taken over, built up on credit, then drained of all its assets and purposely put into bankruptcy, leaving the creditors holding the bag.

        In the case of savings and loans, the credit was federally insured deposits injected by money brokers, like mob associate Mario Renda, and the creditors are the taxpayers. The front men, the cutouts and the "mustaches," like Don Dixon, Tyrell Barker, Ed McBirney, Jarrett Woods, Roy Dailey, Mike Adkinson and Robert Corson, are left to take the blame. But don't feel sorry for them, for they have usually skimmed enough off to offshore bank accounts to make it well worth a couple of years in jail, keeping their mouths shut.

        However, because of the CIA's doctrine of plausible deniability, the involvement of a CIA asset in a failed savings and loan does not make a prima facie case for the involvement of the CIA. In fact, I know of no independent test a journalist can conduct to determine whether the involvement of a CIA asset means the CIA has sanctioned it or whether the asset is just freelancing for his own gain. Both possibilities would look the same to an outside observer.

        The only way to tell would be if the CIA admitted its involvement or if there were unassailable, documented evidence sh owing S&L money going from an asset to a CIA operation. This is attainable only by subpoena, if at all. Even in such a case the CIA might deny that it knew the asset was pumping money into the operation or that it knew money came from an S&L. But if the CIA admitted that, it would be admitting that it is both incompetent and stupid.

        In the case of the failed S&Ls, the CIA has categorically denied its involvement. The CIA did admit to a congressional committee that it had a relationship to five individuals connected to failed savings and loans, and that it had also done business with four savings and loans that later failed. But the spy agency claimed that its business with these S&Ls was legitimate. However, there are several cases in which there are clear indications that S&L money went directly to operations that the CIA took part in, even if it didn't overtly control them -- for example, the cases of Iran-Contra and of weapons shipments to the Middle East.

        but one thing we can say, categorically: The CIA either knew or didn't know what its operatives were doing at S&Ls. If it knew, why didn't it stop them or alert the proper authorities? If it didn't know, how effective an intelligence agency could it really be?


        Finally, a word about the circumstantial evidence in this book. Circumstantial evidence must necessarily be used because of the secretive nature of the CIA and the unavailability of S&L documents. The evidence appears many times in this way: A failed S&L was owned and controlled by people who have done business with Mafia associates and CIA operatives; many of the borrowers were Mafia and CIA associates; many of the original property owners have done business with Mafia and CIA operatives and some of the money disappears in foreign accounts controlled by Mafia and CIA associates.

        What does such evidence prove? Based on my research and knowledge of the CIA, I believe it makes it more likely than not that someone in the CIA hierarchy knew about and approved, if not instigated, the S&L actions of its operatives. In any event, journalists are not in the proof business, we are in the information business. Proof is for mathematicians and courts of law, and even in those arenas, there are great disputes about what constitutes proof. The readers of this book, and the American public, can evaluate the evidence and information in this book for themselves and decide whether it should be acted upon or ignored.

        There is nothing intrinsically wrong with circumstantial evidence. In our country's courts of law, fortunes and lives can be won or lost, fairly and squarely, on the basis of circumstantial evidence. Juries, as well as readers of this book, may infer facts and conclusions from circumstantial evidence. I have attempted to set out all the facts and circumstantial evidence that I know. In some cases the meanings are clear and conclusions can be drawn. In other places the going gets a little tough, because there is not enough data and evidence to draw meanings and reach conclusions. For this I apologize; i wish I had found more information.

        In all, I have tried to follow the injunction of our forefathers, who in proclaiming their thesis in the Declaration of Independence, stated: ". . . let facts be submitted to a candid world."


        Admittedly, it is easy to be cynical and discouraged about the situation presented in the following chapters. One question I am constantly asked is: "What can we, the American people, do about this?" There are no quick-and-easy solutions or panaceas. However, like our founding fathers, we should have faith in the liberating power of knowledge and information. If we know how and why something happened, and who benefitted by it, then we will know the right thing to do.

         
        CAST OF PRINCIPAL CHARACTERS
        (IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER)

        The Mafia, CIA and George Bush
        Pete Brewton
        (New York: S.P.I. Books, 1992)

        WILLIAM MICHAEL "MIKE" ADKINSON, con man and good old boy from the Florida panhandle; built houses in Houston and sold arms with some Kuwaitis to Iraq; borrowed close to $200 million from a half-dozen dirty S&Ls; convicted for fraud in a $200 million S&L land deal in Florida and sentenced to 11 years in prison; associate of Robert Corson.

        ROBERT O. ANDERSON, former chairman of Atlantic Richfield; land-owner with Walter Mischer; borrowed from Hill Financial Savings with Richard Rossmiller.

        GEORGE AUBIN, Kappa Sigma frat rat who named most of his companies after his fraternity; took E. F. Hutton for $48 million and several Texas S&Ls for more; always just hanging around Louisiana mobster Herman K. Beebe; one place he never hung around was the inside of a jail, despite vow by several FBI agents to put him there.

        FARHAD AZIMA, Iranian native close to Pahlavi family; Kansas city airline owner; board member and stockholder of Kansas City bank controlled by the mob; CIA asset protected by CIA from criminal prosecution.

        JAMES A. BAKER, III, White House chief of Staff, former Secretary of the Treasury and Secretary of State; former partner at Andrews & Kurth, which investigated Raymond Hill and Mainland Savings and then did nothing; longtime good friend of Raymond Hill.

        JOHN BALLIS, Beaumont dentist who moved to Houston and married a rich man's daughter; developer; associate of John Riddle; pleaded guilty to savings-and-loan fraud and turned state's evidence against Roy Dailey.

        BEN BARNES, former Texas lieutenant governor; business associate of Herman K. Beebe, Walter Mischer and John Connally.

        JIM BATH, Houston airplane company owner; CIA asset, front man for rich Saudis; associated with Reza Pahlavi, the Shah's son, and business partner with Lan Bentsen, the senator's son, and George W. Bush, the President's son; borrowed from Lamar Savings and Mainland Savings.

        CHARLES BAZARIAN, Oklahoma con man, convicted felon and associate of numerous S&L crooks and mobsters, including Morris Shenker, Mario Renda and Don Dixon.

        HERMAN K. BEEBE, SR., Louisian financier, convicted felon and Mafia associate; many connections to the intelligence community; godfather of the dirty Texas S&Ls; did nine months in Club Fed.

        JAKE BELIN, former head of the largest private landowner in Florida, St. Joe Paper Co., which is owned by the A. I. DuPont Trust; protegé of Ed Ball, right-wing fanatic [sic!] and most powerful man Florida has ever known; Belin liked doing business with fellow Florida redneck Mike Adkinson; he also liked the $80 million St. Joe got from Hill Financial Savings.

        LLOYD BENTSEN, senior Democratic senator from Texas; an owner of three Texas S&Ls that later ended up in the hands of CIA or Mafia associates; close to Walter Mischer.

        FERNANDO BIRBRAGHER, convicted drug-money launderer at Marvin Warner's Great American Bank; got probation amid rumors of connections to a higher authority (CIA); helped Jack DeVoe launder his drug money; now building hush kits for DC-8s; bought Farhad Azima's interest in two DC-8s in Spain; business partner with Miguel Acosta, a former associate of Ron Martin.

        WILLIAM BLAKEMORE, Midland oilman and fierce Contra supporter; head of Gulf & Caribbean Foundation, set up to lobby Congress for aid to Contras; good friend of George Bush; his Iron Mountain ranch the site of paramilitary training and alleged transshipment of weapons.

        ROBERT BOBB and DOUGLAS CROCKER, Chicago businessmen who worked for Gouletas family; bought Bellamah Associates from Gouletases; had business dealings with Robert Corson, Larry Mizel's MDC Corp., Silverado Savings and Key Savings.

        RICHARD BRENNEKE, renegade intelligence operative and gun dealer; told press about Iran-Contra deals and S&L deals; worked for CIA, Israeli intelligence, Customs and others; acquitted of perjury charge for claiming to work for the CIA; laundered Mafia and CIA money with Robert Corson.

        NORMAN BROWNSTEIN, Denver attorney; "Mr. Fix-it"; worked with Kenneth Good, Bill Walters, Larry Mizel, Marvin Davis, Michael Milken, Burton Kanter, Neil Bush and the Gouletas family; good friend of Senator Ted Kennedy, who called him this country's one hundred and first senator.

        GEORGE H.W. BUSH, President of the United States.

        JOHN ELLIS "JEB" BUSH, the President's son; Contra supporter; business associate of Camilo Padreda, who escaped S&L conviction (with Guillermo Hernandez-Cartaya) with possible help from the CIA.

        NEIL BUSH, the President's son; director of Silverado Savings; partner with Bill Walters and Ken Good; friend of Walt Mischer, Jr.

        LEONARD CAPALDI, reputed Detroit Mafia associate; borrower at Mainland Savings and Hill Financial Savings.

        EULALIO FRANCISCO "FRANK" CASTRO, Cuban exile and Bay of Pigs veteran; CIA operative who helped train and supply Contras; part of drug-smuggling ring that bought Sunshine State Bank.

        JACK CHAPMAN, Omaha lawyer and former CIA operative, represented Mario Renda; took half a million in cash from CIA-connected Haitian, Clemard Joseph Charles, for Renda to bribe union officials.

        CLEMARD JOSEPH CHARLES, Haitian exile who laundered money for Mario Renda to bribe union officials; CIA asset; mob money launderer; associate of Miami lawyer who represented Lawrence Freeman.

        ROBERT CLARKE, former U.S. Comptroller of the Currency; lawyer with Houston firm Bracewell and Patterson; involved with Walter Mischer and Mischer's Allied Bank; associated with Louisiana bank connected to Herman K. Beebe; helped charter West Belt National Bank, where Mike Adkinson and E. Trine Starnes, Jr., were stockholders.

        JOHN CONNALLY, former Texas governor; Charles Keating worked on his 1980 Republican presidential race; he and his partner, Ben Barnes, borrowed tens of millions of dollars from dirty S&Ls.

        RAY CORONA, former head of "Mafia" bank – Sunshine State Bank in Miami, which he fronted for drug smugglers; convicted felon; borrower from Peoples Savings in Llano, Texas; associate of mobsters and CIA operatives, including Leonard Pelullo, Frank Castro, Guillermo Hernandez-Cartaya and Steve Samos.

        ROBERT L. CORSON, Houston good old boy and developer who owned Vision Banc Savings in Kingsville; Walter Mischer's former son-in-law; CIA mule; indicted along with Mike Adkinson for $200 million S&L land deal in Florida.

        ROY DAILEY, Robert Corson's first cousin; former business associate of Walter Mischer; convicted for fraud at First Savings of East Texas, which he owned with money borrowed from Herman K. Beebe.

        MARVIN DAVIS, Denver and Beverly Hills oil billionaire; neighbor of Norman Brownstein; did business with John Dick; his daughter was in the cookie business with Neil Bush's wife, Sharon.

        JACK D

        EVOE, convicted cocaine trafficker and CIA-connected arms smuggler; used Lawrence Freeman to launder money, which went to same trust in Isle of Jersey that was used by Robert Corson and Mike Adkinson; involved in drug-smuggling and money-laundering operation that included Fernando Birbragher and Marvin Warner's Great American Bank.

        JOHN DICK, who lives on a manor on the Isle of Jersey; Denver attorney by way of Russia and Canada; business partner with Silverado borrower Bill Walters; associate of Marvin Davis and Robert O. Anderson; borrowed from Hill Financial Savings; involved in Isle of Jersey trust company that was laundering drug money for Jack DeVoe and Lawrence Freeman and S&L money for Robert Corson and Mike Adkinson; sells wheat to the Russians; uses Youth for Christ as cover.

        DON DIXON, former head of Vernon Savings, which he bought with a little help from his friend Herman K. Beebe; associate of John Riddle.

        LAWRENCE FREEMAN, disbarred Miami attorney and convicted money launderer for cocaine smuggle Jack DeVoe; set up $200 million S&L land deal for Jake Belin and Mike Adkinson; former law partner of CIA super-operative Paul Helliwell and alleged money launderer for Mafia boss Santo Trafficante.

        BILLIE JEAN GARMAN, Robert Corson's mother and business partner; indicted along with her son in $200 million S&L land deal in Florida; first person publicly banned by feds from S&Ls.

        THOMAS GAUBERT, big Democratic fundraiser from Dallas; former head of Independent American Savings; owned a piece of Sandia Federal Savings in Albuquerque; head of Telecom.

        KENNETH GOOD, developer in Texas, Colorado and Florida; borrower at Silverado Savings and Jarrett Wood's Western Savings; helped set up Neil Bush in business.

        GOULETAS FAMILY – NICHOLAS, EVANGELINE GOULETAS-CAREY and VICTOR GOULET – condo developers from Chicago; have alleged organized crime ties; owned Imperial Savings in San Diego; sold Bellamah Associates to Robert Bobb and Douglas Crocker.

        JOSEPH GROSZ, Chicago mob associate; worked for Gouletas family; ran Southmark's San Jacinto Savings; director of Thomas Gaubert's Telecom.

        MARVIN HAASS, San Antonio contractor; co-owner of Peoples Savings in Llano, Texas; associate of Morris Jaffe.

        JAMES HAGUE, former owner of Liberty Federal Savings, Leesvile, Louisiana, which lent to Morris Shenker; associate of George Aubin and John Riddle.

        STEFAN HALPER, co-founder with fellow George Bush supporter Harvey McLean of Palmer National Bank, which was financed by Herman K. Beebe and funneled private donations to the Contras; former son-in-law of past CIA deputy director Ray Cline; helped set up legal defense fund for Oliver North.

        J. B. HARALSON, former head of Mercury Savings and Ben Milan Savings, where he was fronting for his close associate George Aubin; old Surety Savings hand and managing officer of two other Texas S&Ls that later failed.

        RAYMOND SIDNEY RICHARD HARVEY, Isle of Jersey money manager; handled drug money for Jack DeVoe and Lawrence Freeman and S&L money for Mike Adkinson and Robert Corson; associate of John Dick.

        GUILLERMO HERNANDEZ-CARTAYA[1], Cuban exile and Bay of Pigs veteran; convicted of fraud at Texas S&L he bought from Lloyd Bentsen's father; CIA and Mafia money launderer; protected by CIA from certain criminal charges.
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        [1] Many hispanics are characters in this book. For those who are citizens of Spanish-speaking nations, the editors have maintained the Spanish accent marks in their names. For names of American hispanics, the accents have not been retained since for American usage they are customarily omitted.
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        RAYMOND HILL, Houston attorney and scion of old, rich Houston family; owner of Mainland Savings, which lent money to Mafia associates and CIA operatives; did business with Walter Mischer, "his mentor"; close friend of James A. Baker III.

        JERRY HOLLEY, Waco contractor; co-owner with Marvin Haass of Peoples Savings; convicted for perjury involving S&L.

        K. C. HOOD, Western Savings officer; convicted felon; associate of Herman K. Beebe; House Speaker Jim Wright rode in his plane.

        MONZER HOURANI, Lebanese native and Houston businessman; close friend of U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch (Republican-Utah); did business with Robert Corson; borrowed from Lamar Savings and Mainland Savings.

        MORRIS and DOUG JAFFE, father-and-son businessmen from San Antonio, Morris is an associate of Marvin Haass and Carlos Marcello, the New Orleans Mafia boss. Doug borrowed from Ed McBirney's Sunbelt Savings and provided jet airplane noise-limitation equipment for Farhad Azima and others.

        BURTON KANTER, Chicago tax attorney and reputed organized crime associate; founded Castle Bank & Trust with CIA mastermind Paul Helliwell; close associate of Lawrence Freeman; his law firm set up trusts for Larry Mizel.

        CHARLES KEATING, S&L looter; spawned by Carl Lindner; worked on John Connally's 1980 presidential campaign; controlled Lincoln Savings (the first big deal Lincoln Savings did was with John Connally); Lincoln involved in daisy chain with Larry Mizel's M.D.C. Holdings, Silverado Savings and San Jacinto Savings (Joseph Grosz); lent more than $30 million to Father Ritter's Covenant House; his chief pilot in 1979 was CIA operative Ken Qualls.

        CARROLL KELLY, who epitomized his Kappa Sigma fraternity; owner of Continental Savings and associate of Herman K. Beebe ("I'm Beebe's man in Texas," he bragged to S&L regulators).

        ADNAN KHASHOGGI, Saudi Arabian arms dealer, Iran-Contra middleman and borrower at Raymond Hill's Mainland Savings and Lamar Savings.

        ART LEISER, chief examiner for Texas S&L Department; discovered S&L daisy chains with Herman K. Beebe at center in 1983; challenged Guillermo Hernandez-Cartaya to a tennis match to try to get him out of Texas S&Ls.

        CARL LINDNER, Cincinnati conglomerateer; gave Charles Keating his start; associate of Michael Milken and Marvin Warner; business ties to Walter Mischer; owns Ocean Reef club on Key Largo where Jack DeVoe would bring in his cocaine from Columbia; Florida police report said Lindner would not be happy with DeVoe's income tax problems.

        JON LINDSAY, county judge of Harris County; top Republican figure in Houston; close friend of George Bush; helped Robert Corson get his savings and loan and got $10,000 campaign contribution from Corson.

        DONALD LUNA, convicted S&L looter and union pension fund scam artist; caught at Flushing Federal S&L with mobsters; worked loan brokerage deal with Herman K. Beebe, Ben Barnes and Richard Rossmiller.

        CARLOS MARCELLO, New Orleans Mafia boss, who also ruled over the Texas underworld; recently returned from a seven-year vacation at Club Fed; close associate of Santo Trafficante.

        RONALD J. MARTIN, Miami gun dealer who provided arms to the Contras for the CIA; alleged business partner with Robert Corson in a casino in Grand Canary Island.

        ED MCBIRNEY, "Fast Eddie" from Dallas; former head of Sunbelt Savings; associate of Jarrett Woods and George Aubin.

        JOE MCDERMOTT, Houston developer; protegé of Walter Mischer; business partner of John Connally; borrower at Robert Corson's Vision Banc Savings.

        HARVEY MCLEAN, Shreveport, Louisiana, businessman and close associate of Herman K. Beebe; owned Paris (Texas) Savings and Loan; founded Palmer National Bank with Stefan Halper and Beebe's money.

        JOHN MECOM, SR. AND JR., Houston oilmen; Sr. organized a charitable foundation that laundered money for the CIA; Jr. allegedly associated with New Orleans mobsters.

        WALT MISCHER, JR., the son, tapped to take over his father's empire; friend of Neil Bush; Kappa Sigma president.

        WALTER M. MISCHER, SR., Houston developer, banker, power broker, who headed Allied Bank; Corson's former father-in-law; did business with the Mafia and the CIA; fourth largest landowner in Texas; owns 12 percent of Caribbean nation of Belize with partners; friend and fundraiser for LBJ, Lloyd Bentsen, Ronald Reagan and George Bush, among many others.

        LARRY MIZEL, Republican fundraiser and head of M.D.C. Holdings, a Denver homebuilder, which did more than $300 million of business with Silverado Savings and owned stock in the Gouletas family's Imperial Savings; used Burton Kanter's law firm for family trusts.

        JACK MODESETT, Houston real estate investor; headed company that did business with Howard Pulver and owned land in far west Texas by a guns-for-drugs landing strip (close to Walter Mischer's land).

        LLOYD MONROE, former Kansas City organized-crime strike force prosecutor; told to back off Farhad Azima because he had CIA-issued get-out-of-jail-free card.

        MURCHISON, CLINT, SR. AND JR., Dallas oilmen and wheeler-dealers; Clint Sr. was involved in business in Haiti with a CIA operative; Clint Jr. purchased Mischer's interest in sawmills in Honduras; Jr., was involved with a CIA operative in Libya and did business with Herman K. Beebe and Adnan Khashoggi.

        MARVIN NATHAN, Houston attorney who served on Carroll Kelly's Continental Savings' board; related by marriage to Robert Strauss; his law firm represented Robert Corson and Mike Adkinson; bought Texas ranch from the family of late Nicaraguan dictator Anastasio Somoza, which had purchased it from one of George Bush's best friends.

        WILL NORTHROP, Israeli army officer and military intelligence operative; worked in Central America with CIA; associate of Richard Brenneke; indicted with Adnan Khashoggi's attorney in scheme to sell arms to Iran; said Robert Corson "rode the CIA mule in with the Republican party."

        LEONARD PELULLO, Philadelphia Mafia associate; borrower at Ray Corona's Sunshine State Bank; indicted in Ohio S&L scam with a member of the Herman K. Beebe circle; tried to buy an Atlantic City casino from another S&L looter; charged with fraud at American Savings in California.

        ALBERT PREVOT, Houston and Louisiana businessman; associate of Herman K. Beebe and borrower at Mainland Savings and Continental Savings.

        HOWARD PULVER, Long Island apartment syndicator who got money from Mainland Savings and Sandia Federal Savings; did business with mob associate Seymour Lazar; neighbor of Martin Schwimmer.

        WAYNE REEDER, California developer; associate of Herman K. Beebe; borrower at Silverado Savings; his CIA-connected associate tried to make guns for the Contras on an Indian reservation.

        MARIO RENDA, Long Island money broker with Martin Schwimmer, convicted felon and Mafia associate with a number of CIA buddies.

        JOHN C. RIDDLE, a University of Texas Kappa Sigma who tried to emulate his fraternity brother George Aubin; Houston lawyer, developer, banker and title-company owner; close associate of Robert Corson; borrowed several hundred million dollars from Texas S&Ls that later failed.

        JOHN B. ROBERTS, San Antonio developer who owned Summit Savings in Dallas and Commerce Savings in San Antonio; associate of George Aubin, Jarrett Woods and Adnan Khashoggi; convicted felon.

        VICTOR J. ROGERS II, scion of Beaumont's Rogers family, which owned Texas State Optical; former law partner of John Riddle; former co-owner of an Austin savings and loan; former officer of Caesar's Palace casino in Las Vegas; his uncles were the third largest stockholders of Caesar's Palace; two uncles served as directors of a Beaumont S&L that lent money to Harvey McLean on his Palmer National Bank stock.

        RICHARD ROSSMILLER, Denver developer, Herman K. Beebe associate and borrower at Hill Financial Savings; alleged to be the largest debtor to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. in the country; John Dick's neighbor.

        HEINRICH RUPP, Denver gold dealer and CIA operative; convicted of bank fraud with mobsters; associate of Richard Brenneke.

        JOE RUSSO, noted Houston developer; good friend of George Bush and Lloyd Bentsen; owned Ameriway Savings; big borrower at five failed S&Ls; minority owner of United Press International; Kappa Sigma.

        STEVE SAMOS, convicted drug trafficker; helped Ray Corona set up Sunshine State Bank for drug smugglers; helped set up companies that funneled money and weapons to the Contras.

        KENNETH SCHNITZER, noted Houston developer; business associate of Walter Mischer; owned BancPlus Savings; allegedly associated with mobsters.

        MARTIN SCHWIMMER, convicted Long Island money broker with Mario Renda; Ph.D. and author; Mafia money launderer; neighbor of Howard Pulver.

        BARRY SEAL, murdered drug smuggler, gun runner, DEA informant and CIA asset; used by CIA on drug sting of Sandinistas; had owned C-123K used to resupply the Contras; caught in 1972 guns-for-drugs operation with Cuban exiles in Mexico that included a Texas rancher, a Gambino family associate and Herman K. Beebe.

        MORRIS SHENKER, deceased mob lawyer and casino owner; several of his properties ended up in the hands of Southmark, a Dallas real estate firm that was a mob dumping ground and owner of San Jacinto Savings.

        REBECCA SIMS, former accountant for Robert Corson turned free-lance investigator and journalist.

        ELLISON TRINE STARNES, JR., Houston con man and son of famous evangelist; borrower at Mischer's Allied Bank; second largest borrower at Silverado Savings ($77 million); associate of John Riddle; borrowed more than $27 million from Carroll Kelly's Continental Savings; one of the biggest private donors to the Contras.

        ROBERT STRAUSS, Dallas attorney; U.S. Ambassador to Moscow and former chairman of the Democratic National Committee; friend of George Bush and former business partner with James A. Baker III; he and his son, Richard, were involved in a number of failed Texas S&Ls, including Lamar and Gibraltar.

        SANTO TRAFFICANTE, the late Tampa Mafia boss; worked with CIA to try to assassinate Fidel Castro; involved in narcotics trafficking in Southeast Asia with CIA operatives; close to Carlos Marcello; one of his money launderers was Lawrence Freeman.

        JACK TROTTER, Houston investor and close associate of Walter Mischer; headed Lloyd Bentsen's trust; business partner of Jim Bath.

        BILL WALTERS, Denver developer; borrower at Silverado Savings; helped set up Neil Bush in business; associate of Richard Rossmiller and John Dick.

        MARVIN WARNER, native Alabaman who was involved in a number of failed S&Ls in Ohio and Florida; former U.S. ambassador to Switzerland; former chairman of Great American Bank and American Savings of Florida; convicted of S&L fraud in Ohio; had business ties to Robert Corson.

        STEPHEN CASS WEILAND, Robert Corson's attorney; former chief counsel to Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations; expert on narcotics trafficking, money laundering and offshore banks; makes cameo appearance in Oliver North's notebooks regarding a White House project in Belize.

        JARRETT WOODS, former head of Western Savings; childhood buddy and close associate of George Aubin; sentenced to 25 years in jail for S&L fraud.



        Vigilius Haufniensis <thehatefulnerd@...> wrote:
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        While you were distracted, Congress was quietly renewing every major provision of the Patriot Act

        Endless sunset

        While you were, ah, distracted, Congress was quietly renewing every major provision of the Patriot Act.

        By Rachel Neumann
        October 31, 2005

        Most of the provisions of the USA Patriot Act, including access to library records, were supposed to "sunset" this month, five years after the law's passing. Instead, both the House and the Senate have already voted to renew the entire act, with only minor revisions. While they're at it, they'd like to add some decidedly unpatriotic amendments to expand the death penalty.

        These new amendments would let prosecutors shop around for another jury if the one they have is deadlocked on the death penalty; triple the number of terrorism-related crimes eligible for the death penalty; and authorize the death penalty for a person who gives money to an organization whose members kill someone, even if the contributor did not know that the organization or its members were planning to kill.

        The Patriot Act was enacted during what President Bush called "a state of emergency." It wasn't even read by most of the members who voted for it. But the whole point of the sunset clause was to allow Congresspeople to actually read the bill and debate it in calmer times. Now, the Act is effectively being made permanent with little or no debate or discussion.

        Still, the House and the Senate are still in negotiations over the final wording of the bill and so it hasn't been made final yet. The Bill of Rights Defense Commitee is asking people to make one last push to keep it from getting renewed. They list possible actions you can get involved in and ways to educate your communities about threats to civil liberties.

        Rachel Neumann is Rights & Liberties Editor at AlterNet.

        © 2005 Independent Media Institute. All rights reserved.
        View this story online at: http://www.alternet.org/bloggers/rachel/2 7501/


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        TO DISTRACT FROM MASSIVE MONEY LOOTING AND LAUNDERING AMONGST BUSH N COMPANY W s Mass Distraction HOLY SHIT here comes the Killer FLU !!!!!! The GREAT TEXAS
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          TO DISTRACT FROM MASSIVE MONEY LOOTING AND LAUNDERING AMONGST BUSH N COMPANY W's Mass Distraction HOLY SHIT here comes the Killer FLU !!!!!!
           
          The GREAT TEXAS BANK JOB is REAL.  What did you think I was kidding
           
          The Houston Chronicle, Houston Post and Conroe Courior ran many stories about the ILLEGAL LAND DEALS and Bank Lootings Judson Witham Exposed.  KAT WOOLFORD and the FDIC turned a HUGE BLIND EYE to all the CORRUPTION.
           
          Pete Brewton's Editor was Gerald Egger and he worked at the Loop Central Post Offices off SW Freeway and 610 West Belt.  I provided HUGE AMOUNTS of information to Brewton.  IN FACT I delt with George Mischner when he was a SMALL APPLIANCE BROKER for Gaffers and Sattler up off North Sheppard.  The FORMER Houston Post wrote many articles about the Land Deals and Bank Lootings I EXPOSED not to mention the S&L Debacle associated primarily with LAUNDERING MONEY Whitewater Style around Montgomery, Harris, Fortbend, Tarrant, Liberty, Polk and Galveston Counties ET AL.  I spoke volumes to Brewton regarding how the INTRICACIES of the Land Subdivision Laws and VAST tracts of BOGUS development land was being used to Loot Many Hundreds of Millions from Texas Banks and S&Ls and Banks all over America.  The really FUCKED UP THING is the DOJ and FBI covered most of it up with HUD FHLBB and the FDIC with help from federal Courts, State Attornies and a host of extremely corrupt Politicians.  TOM DELAY and COMPANY are the TIP of the iceberg.  The Great Texas Bank Job is NOT a complete picture and is a work in progress, SORRY if it's a little hard to follow BUT, look at the Chochise County Arizona model and the MURDER of DON Bolles and compare with Campebello Island, Maplewood Farms, Whitewater, Castle Grande and a HOST of WHITE ELEPHANT PROPERTIES and LAND FLIPS for background.
           
          The GREAT TEXAS BANK JOB is REAL.  What did you think I was kidding
           
           
          Whitewater, Campebello Island, Maplewood Farms, Castle Grande and the MADISON LOOTING where only a DROP in the OCEAN compared to The Great Texas Bank Job
           
          PLEASE understand there is maybe a FEW TRILLION Missing do you know where your money is ??
           
          Judson Witham

          roadsend@... wrote:
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          Subject: Money-Laundering, Mafiosi and Bush et al
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          A reminder of Republican greed
          for the younger among us,
          or those with short memories ...
           
          The Mafia, CIA
          and George Bush
           
          Pete Brewton
          (New York: S.P.I. Books, 1992)
           
           INTRODUCTION

          Something very significant happened during our country's savings-and-loan crisis [in the 80s] -- the greatest financial disaster since the Great Depression.  It happened quietly, secretly, without any fanfare and attention. It happened before our very eyes, yet we knew it not.

          What we all missed was the massive transfer of wealth from the American taxpayers to a select group of extremely rich, powerful people. What these people had in common -- unknown to the American public -- were their symbiotic relationships to the Mafia and the CIA, and to the two most prominent, powerful politicians from Texas, President George Bush and Senator Lloyd Bentsen.

          This small cabal of businessmen realized that the S&Ls were going the way of the dinosaurs. They recognized that S&Ls couldn't survive under rapid inflation and high interest rates. So they decided to exploit the situation for their own purposes, with help from, and rewards for, the Mafia, the CIA and their favorite politicians. They probably figured that the insulation and protection these powerful institutions and individuals conferred upon them, in addition to all the endemic protections with the financial, judicial, political and journalistic systems, made them invulnerable. They were probably right.

          For unlike Watergate and Iran-Contra, this was a bipartisan scandal. There was no opposition party to push for an independent investigation. In fact, the same group of wealthy, powerful businessmen, centered in Houston, that encircle Republicans like George Bush and James A. Baker III, also encircle Democrats like Jim Wright and Lloyd Bentsen.

          This information enables one to view the 1988 elections, in which not one cross word was ever spoken about the savings-and-loan debacle, in a whole new perspective. It was not merely a fortuitous coincidence that both Bush, the Republican nominee for President, and Bentsen, the Democratic nominee for Vice President, were part of, and beholden to, the same group of Houston businessmen. Even if the Democrats lost that presidential election, as they did, Bentsen could still win re-election to his Senate seat under the so-called "LBJ rule." The Houston boys, as usual, had their bets covered.

          (If the Democrats had won in 1988, this book would be entitled "The Mafia, the CIA and Lloyd Bentsen," for Bentsen and Bush are two interchangeable peas in a pod. They have many friends, business associates and campaign donors in common. The story of the most important one they share begins this book.)

          But Bush won in 1988, and one of the reasons he did was his ability to keep the S&L scandal out of the political debate. He was assisted in this by none other than Bentsen, as we shall see. They both had much to hide, Bush in particular. Not only were many of the President-to-be's friends involved -- along with two of his sons -- but Bush himself, as Vice President, had personally intervened in the federal regulation of a dirty Florida savings and loan that was being looted by people with connections to the Mafia and the CIA. This S&L ultimately failed, costing taxpayers nearly $700 million.


          The S&L scandal is the vehicle for telling the story about these leading American politicians and businessmen. But the relationships between these individuals and how they control and manipulate public and private institutions is the bigger story. Unless we know who these people are and understand how they operate, we can all look forward to more S&L-type debacles to come.

          The S&L scandal was almost the perfect crime. The layers of protection and insulation between what the public discovered was going on at the savings and loans and what actually happened with the money were so many and so thick that the crimes and theft would never be completely figured out. And even if the truth were ultimately unearthed, there were additional layers between that revelation and the bringing of those responsible to the bar of justice and recovering the money.

          The first and foremost layer of protection is the difficulty in tracking the money from the savings and loans to its ultimate destination. That is why almost no FBI agent, federal prosecutor, S&L regulator, congressional committee or journalist has been able to track the money. Yet where the money went is really the only thing that matters. The rest of the "facts" that, typically, got investigated, prosecuted and written about were mostly smoke and mirrors, set up to shield who really got the hundreds of billions of dollars that taxpayers must pay back and to hide what the money was used for.[1]
          -----
          [1]--A notable exception is the book Inside Job, by Stephen Pizzo, Mary Fricker and Paul Muolo, which nailed down the fact that the savings-and-loan debacle was caused primarily by fraud.
          ----
          The five years that went into this book represent my efforts to peel back all the layers of insulation and protection to get to the real culprits. I have organized this book with that process in mind, to help the reader understand a complicated and confusing subject.

          In general, the bulk of the money lost in the S&L crisis that American citizens must now pay for went to the owners of the property and assets that the more notorious borrowers purchased with money from S&Ls run by equally infamous owners. This seems to be obvious, yet it somehow got lost in all the hype and hysteria. While Congress, the Justice Department and the press concentrated on the flamboyant borrowers and managers of the S&Ls, the big recipients of the money -- the wealthy, powerful landowners and property owners -- crept off quietly with their profits.

          In the second half of this book, a number of examples will be detailed to show how this happened, and who got the money. For example, one later chapter deals with a $200 million, 21,000-acre land transaction in Florida in which much of the borrowed S&L money went to a paper company owned by the Du Pont empire, one of the oldest, richest, most powerful bastions of wealth in this country.

          We know this because many of the lending documents were pursued by a lone, shrewd, tenacious federal regulator named Kenneth Cureton. However, the unraveling of this transaction was a rare and exceptional event. But even it could not be called a complete victory. The Department of Justice's International Division, the government body through which subpoenas to offshore banks must pass, inexplicably became a brick wall for Cureton's efforts to obtain records on the Isle of Jersey in the English Channel, where a big chunk of the money went -- possibly to buy weapons for Iraq.

          Since so many of the crucial documents in this scandal are not available, we are left with the second-best avenue of investigation: finding out who the original property owners were and everything we can about them, and then doing the same thing for the S&L proprietors and borrowers. The bulk of this book consists of that enterprise.

          The evidence uncovered is clear, convincing, and compelling: Members and associates of the Mafia and the United States Central Intelligence Agency were key participants in our nation's savings-and-loan debacle, and some of the richest, most powerful people in the country did business with these participants and profited from the S&L crisis.

          That members of the Mafia and the CIA, two organizations that operate in secrecy and whose members take sacred oaths -- one supposedly dedicated to national security, the other simply to their organizations' security -- may have been working together is not unprecedented in this country. But that fact doesn't make their cooperation any less outrageous.

          It is well known that members of the Mafia and the CIA conspired to try to assassinate Fidel Castro. There are other, less substantiated, although credible, allegations regarding the two groups' involvement together in drug smuggling and money laundering in Southeast Asia, Australia and the Caribbean.[2]
          ----
          [2]--The Politics of Heroin in Southeast Asia, by Alfred W. McCoy (New York: Harper and Row, 1972); The Crimes of Patriots, by Jonathan Kwimy (New York: Norton, 1987); and In Banks We Trust, by Penny Lernoux (Penguin Books, 1986).
          ----
          There are also some curious, ominous connections between members of these groups and JFK-assassination figures Lee Harvey Oswald and Jack Ruby.


          Drawing a straight, direct line from the CIA operatives discussed in this book to the top officials of the CIA and on to the President is extremely difficult because of the way the CIA works. Most of the characters in this book are not the card-carrying bureaucrats and bean counters at CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia. They are what are called CIA "assets," who can be someone who turns over an occasional piece of information to the CIA, without even knowing it is for the CIA, all the way up to someone who is continually working for the CIA in covert operations.

          A similar and, likewise, important cog in CIA operations is what is known as a cutout. A cutout is a front man or middle man set up to protect the identities of the primary participants. Like an asset, a cutout may or may not know for whom he is working and the actual purpose of his work. (The Mafia also makes use of such cutouts, except they call them "mustaches" or "beards.")

          The CIA uses assets and cutouts to maintain one of its prime directives: plausible deniability, or, in other words, "Don't get caught embarrassing the President." (The CIA is the intelligence-gathering and covert-action arm of the President. Perhaps that is the definition journalists should always refer to, rather than just throwing the general term "CIA" around as if it were some sort of independently run mythical loose cannon.) So . . . if an asset or cutout is caught breaking the law, the CIA can deny that its operative was working for it at that particular time.

          This leads to one difference between the Mafia and the CIA, particularly in this story. Once it is established that members and associates of the Mafia are involved in a failed savings and loan, that is usually enough to establish, prima facie, the involvement of the Mafia. Members and associates of the Mafia don't do such things without the knowledge, permission and the sharing of the spoils, with their superiors.

          The destruction of the savings and loan industry in Texas, and in some other parts of the country, worked basically like an organized-crime bustout or burnout. This is a mob scam in which a failing company is taken over, built up on credit, then drained of all its assets and purposely put into bankruptcy, leaving the creditors holding the bag.

          In the case of savings and loans, the credit was federally insured deposits injected by money brokers, like mob associate Mario Renda, and the creditors are the taxpayers. The front men, the cutouts and the "mustaches," like Don Dixon, Tyrell Barker, Ed McBirney, Jarrett Woods, Roy Dailey, Mike Adkinson and Robert Corson, are left to take the blame. But don't feel sorry for them, for they have usually skimmed enough off to offshore bank accounts to make it well worth a couple of years in jail, keeping their mouths shut.

          However, because of the CIA's doctrine of plausible deniability, the involvement of a CIA asset in a failed savings and loan does not make a prima facie case for the involvement of the CIA. In fact, I know of no independent test a journalist can conduct to determine whether the involvement of a CIA asset means the CIA has sanctioned it or whether the asset is just freelancing for his own gain. Both possibilities would look the same to an outside observer.

          The only way to tell would be if the CIA admitted its involvement or if there were unassailable, documented evidence sh owing S&L money going from an asset to a CIA operation. This is attainable only by subpoena, if at all. Even in such a case the CIA might deny that it knew the asset was pumping money into the operation or that it knew money came from an S&L. But if the CIA admitted that, it would be admitting that it is both incompetent and stupid.

          In the case of the failed S&Ls, the CIA has categorically denied its involvement. The CIA did admit to a congressional committee that it had a relationship to five individuals connected to failed savings and loans, and that it had also done business with four savings and loans that later failed. But the spy agency claimed that its business with these S&Ls was legitimate. However, there are several cases in which there are clear indications that S&L money went directly to operations that the CIA took part in, even if it didn't overtly control them -- for example, the cases of Iran-Contra and of weapons shipments to the Middle East.

          but one thing we can say, categorically: The CIA either knew or didn't know what its operatives were doing at S&Ls. If it knew, why didn't it stop them or alert the proper authorities? If it didn't know, how effective an intelligence agency could it really be?


          Finally, a word about the circumstantial evidence in this book. Circumstantial evidence must necessarily be used because of the secretive nature of the CIA and the unavailability of S&L documents. The evidence appears many times in this way: A failed S&L was owned and controlled by people who have done business with Mafia associates and CIA operatives; many of the borrowers were Mafia and CIA associates; many of the original property owners have done business with Mafia and CIA operatives and some of the money disappears in foreign accounts controlled by Mafia and CIA associates.

          What does such evidence prove? Based on my research and knowledge of the CIA, I believe it makes it more likely than not that someone in the CIA hierarchy knew about and approved, if not instigated, the S&L actions of its operatives. In any event, journalists are not in the proof business, we are in the information business. Proof is for mathematicians and courts of law, and even in those arenas, there are great disputes about what constitutes proof. The readers of this book, and the American public, can evaluate the evidence and information in this book for themselves and decide whether it should be acted upon or ignored.

          There is nothing intrinsically wrong with circumstantial evidence. In our country's courts of law, fortunes and lives can be won or lost, fairly and squarely, on the basis of circumstantial evidence. Juries, as well as readers of this book, may infer facts and conclusions from circumstantial evidence. I have attempted to set out all the facts and circumstantial evidence that I know. In some cases the meanings are clear and conclusions can be drawn. In other places the going gets a little tough, because there is not enough data and evidence to draw meanings and reach conclusions. For this I apologize; i wish I had found more information.

          In all, I have tried to follow the injunction of our forefathers, who in proclaiming their thesis in the Declaration of Independence, stated: ". . . let facts be submitted to a candid world."


          Admittedly, it is easy to be cynical and discouraged about the situation presented in the following chapters. One question I am constantly asked is: "What can we, the American people, do about this?" There are no quick-and-easy solutions or panaceas. However, like our founding fathers, we should have faith in the liberating power of knowledge and information. If we know how and why something happened, and who benefitted by it, then we will know the right thing to do.

           
          CAST OF PRINCIPAL CHARACTERS
          (IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER)

          The Mafia, CIA and George Bush
          Pete Brewton
          (New York: S.P.I. Books, 1992)

          WILLIAM MICHAEL "MIKE" ADKINSON, con man and good old boy from the Florida panhandle; built houses in Houston and sold arms with some Kuwaitis to Iraq; borrowed close to $200 million from a half-dozen dirty S&Ls; convicted for fraud in a $200 million S&L land deal in Florida and sentenced to 11 years in prison; associate of Robert Corson.

          ROBERT O. ANDERSON, former chairman of Atlantic Richfield; land-owner with Walter Mischer; borrowed from Hill Financial Savings with Richard Rossmiller.

          GEORGE AUBIN, Kappa Sigma frat rat who named most of his companies after his fraternity; took E. F. Hutton for $48 million and several Texas S&Ls for more; always just hanging around Louisiana mobster Herman K. Beebe; one place he never hung around was the inside of a jail, despite vow by several FBI agents to put him there.

          FARHAD AZIMA, Iranian native close to Pahlavi family; Kansas city airline owner; board member and stockholder of Kansas City bank controlled by the mob; CIA asset protected by CIA from criminal prosecution.

          JAMES A. BAKER, III, White House chief of Staff, former Secretary of the Treasury and Secretary of State; former partner at Andrews & Kurth, which investigated Raymond Hill and Mainland Savings and then did nothing; longtime good friend of Raymond Hill.

          JOHN BALLIS, Beaumont dentist who moved to Houston and married a rich man's daughter; developer; associate of John Riddle; pleaded guilty to savings-and-loan fraud and turned state's evidence against Roy Dailey.

          BEN BARNES, former Texas lieutenant governor; business associate of Herman K. Beebe, Walter Mischer and John Connally.

          JIM BATH, Houston airplane company owner; CIA asset, front man for rich Saudis; associated with Reza Pahlavi, the Shah's son, and business partner with Lan Bentsen, the senator's son, and George W. Bush, the President's son; borrowed from Lamar Savings and Mainland Savings.

          CHARLES BAZARIAN, Oklahoma con man, convicted felon and associate of numerous S&L crooks and mobsters, including Morris Shenker, Mario Renda and Don Dixon.

          HERMAN K. BEEBE, SR., Louisian financier, convicted felon and Mafia associate; many connections to the intelligence community; godfather of the dirty Texas S&Ls; did nine months in Club Fed.

          JAKE BELIN, former head of the largest private landowner in Florida, St. Joe Paper Co., which is owned by the A. I. DuPont Trust; protegé of Ed Ball, right-wing fanatic [sic!] and most powerful man Florida has ever known; Belin liked doing business with fellow Florida redneck Mike Adkinson; he also liked the $80 million St. Joe got from Hill Financial Savings.

          LLOYD BENTSEN, senior Democratic senator from Texas; an owner of three Texas S&Ls that later ended up in the hands of CIA or Mafia associates; close to Walter Mischer.

          FERNANDO BIRBRAGHER, convicted drug-money launderer at Marvin Warner's Great American Bank; got probation amid rumors of connections to a higher authority (CIA); helped Jack DeVoe launder his drug money; now building hush kits for DC-8s; bought Farhad Azima's interest in two DC-8s in Spain; business partner with Miguel Acosta, a former associate of Ron Martin.

          WILLIAM BLAKEMORE, Midland oilman and fierce Contra supporter; head of Gulf & Caribbean Foundation, set up to lobby Congress for aid to Contras; good friend of George Bush; his Iron Mountain ranch the site of paramilitary training and alleged transshipment of weapons.

          ROBERT BOBB and DOUGLAS CROCKER, Chicago businessmen who worked for Gouletas family; bought Bellamah Associates from Gouletases; had business dealings with Robert Corson, Larry Mizel's MDC Corp., Silverado Savings and Key Savings.

          RICHARD BRENNEKE, renegade intelligence operative and gun dealer; told press about Iran-Contra deals and S&L deals; worked for CIA, Israeli intelligence, Customs and others; acquitted of perjury charge for claiming to work for the CIA; laundered Mafia and CIA money with Robert Corson.

          NORMAN BROWNSTEIN, Denver attorney; "Mr. Fix-it"; worked with Kenneth Good, Bill Walters, Larry Mizel, Marvin Davis, Michael Milken, Burton Kanter, Neil Bush and the Gouletas family; good friend of Senator Ted Kennedy, who called him this country's one hundred and first senator.

          GEORGE H.W. BUSH, President of the United States.

          JOHN ELLIS "JEB" BUSH, the President's son; Contra supporter; business associate of Camilo Padreda, who escaped S&L conviction (with Guillermo Hernandez-Cartaya) with possible help from the CIA.

          NEIL BUSH, the President's son; director of Silverado Savings; partner with Bill Walters and Ken Good; friend of Walt Mischer, Jr.

          LEONARD CAPALDI, reputed Detroit Mafia associate; borrower at Mainland Savings and Hill Financial Savings.

          EULALIO FRANCISCO "FRANK" CASTRO, Cuban exile and Bay of Pigs veteran; CIA operative who helped train and supply Contras; part of drug-smuggling ring that bought Sunshine State Bank.

          JACK CHAPMAN, Omaha lawyer and former CIA operative, represented Mario Renda; took half a million in cash from CIA-connected Haitian, Clemard Joseph Charles, for Renda to bribe union officials.

          CLEMARD JOSEPH CHARLES, Haitian exile who laundered money for Mario Renda to bribe union officials; CIA asset; mob money launderer; associate of Miami lawyer who represented Lawrence Freeman.

          ROBERT CLARKE, former U.S. Comptroller of the Currency; lawyer with Houston firm Bracewell and Patterson; involved with Walter Mischer and Mischer's Allied Bank; associated with Louisiana bank connected to Herman K. Beebe; helped charter West Belt National Bank, where Mike Adkinson and E. Trine Starnes, Jr., were stockholders.

          JOHN CONNALLY, former Texas governor; Charles Keating worked on his 1980 Republican presidential race; he and his partner, Ben Barnes, borrowed tens of millions of dollars from dirty S&Ls.

          RAY CORONA, former head of "Mafia" bank – Sunshine State Bank in Miami, which he fronted for drug smugglers; convicted felon; borrower from Peoples Savings in Llano, Texas; associate of mobsters and CIA operatives, including Leonard Pelullo, Frank Castro, Guillermo Hernandez-Cartaya and Steve Samos.

          ROBERT L. CORSON, Houston good old boy and developer who owned Vision Banc Savings in Kingsville; Walter Mischer's former son-in-law; CIA mule; indicted along with Mike Adkinson for $200 million S&L land deal in Florida.

          ROY DAILEY, Robert Corson's first cousin; former business associate of Walter Mischer; convicted for fraud at First Savings of East Texas, which he owned with money borrowed from Herman K. Beebe.

          MARVIN DAVIS, Denver and Beverly Hills oil billionaire; neighbor of Norman Brownstein; did business with John Dick; his daughter was in the cookie business with Neil Bush's wife, Sharon.

          JACK D

          EVOE, convicted cocaine trafficker and CIA-connected arms smuggler; used Lawrence Freeman to launder money, which went to same trust in Isle of Jersey that was used by Robert Corson and Mike Adkinson; involved in drug-smuggling and money-laundering operation that included Fernando Birbragher and Marvin Warner's Great American Bank.

          JOHN DICK, who lives on a manor on the Isle of Jersey; Denver attorney by way of Russia and Canada; business partner with Silverado borrower Bill Walters; associate of Marvin Davis and Robert O. Anderson; borrowed from Hill Financial Savings; involved in Isle of Jersey trust company that was laundering drug money for Jack DeVoe and Lawrence Freeman and S&L money for Robert Corson and Mike Adkinson; sells wheat to the Russians; uses Youth for Christ as cover.

          DON DIXON, former head of Vernon Savings, which he bought with a little help from his friend Herman K. Beebe; associate of John Riddle.

          LAWRENCE FREEMAN, disbarred Miami attorney and convicted money launderer for cocaine smuggle Jack DeVoe; set up $200 million S&L land deal for Jake Belin and Mike Adkinson; former law partner of CIA super-operative Paul Helliwell and alleged money launderer for Mafia boss Santo Trafficante.

          BILLIE JEAN GARMAN, Robert Corson's mother and business partner; indicted along with her son in $200 million S&L land deal in Florida; first person publicly banned by feds from S&Ls.

          THOMAS GAUBERT, big Democratic fundraiser from Dallas; former head of Independent American Savings; owned a piece of Sandia Federal Savings in Albuquerque; head of Telecom.

          KENNETH GOOD, developer in Texas, Colorado and Florida; borrower at Silverado Savings and Jarrett Wood's Western Savings; helped set up Neil Bush in business.

          GOULETAS FAMILY – NICHOLAS, EVANGELINE GOULETAS-CAREY and VICTOR GOULET – condo developers from Chicago; have alleged organized crime ties; owned Imperial Savings in San Diego; sold Bellamah Associates to Robert Bobb and Douglas Crocker.

          JOSEPH GROSZ, Chicago mob associate; worked for Gouletas family; ran Southmark's San Jacinto Savings; director of Thomas Gaubert's Telecom.

          MARVIN HAASS, San Antonio contractor; co-owner of Peoples Savings in Llano, Texas; associate of Morris Jaffe.

          JAMES HAGUE, former owner of Liberty Federal Savings, Leesvile, Louisiana, which lent to Morris Shenker; associate of George Aubin and John Riddle.

          STEFAN HALPER, co-founder with fellow George Bush supporter Harvey McLean of Palmer National Bank, which was financed by Herman K. Beebe and funneled private donations to the Contras; former son-in-law of past CIA deputy director Ray Cline; helped set up legal defense fund for Oliver North.

          J. B. HARALSON, former head of Mercury Savings and Ben Milan Savings, where he was fronting for his close associate George Aubin; old Surety Savings hand and managing officer of two other Texas S&Ls that later failed.

          RAYMOND SIDNEY RICHARD HARVEY, Isle of Jersey money manager; handled drug money for Jack DeVoe and Lawrence Freeman and S&L money for Mike Adkinson and Robert Corson; associate of John Dick.

          GUILLERMO HERNANDEZ-CARTAYA[1], Cuban exile and Bay of Pigs veteran; convicted of fraud at Texas S&L he bought from Lloyd Bentsen's father; CIA and Mafia money launderer; protected by CIA from certain criminal charges.
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          [1] Many hispanics are characters in this book. For those who are citizens of Spanish-speaking nations, the editors have maintained the Spanish accent marks in their names. For names of American hispanics, the accents have not been retained since for American usage they are customarily omitted.
          ----

          RAYMOND HILL, Houston attorney and scion of old, rich Houston family; owner of Mainland Savings, which lent money to Mafia associates and CIA operatives; did business with Walter Mischer, "his mentor"; close friend of James A. Baker III.

          JERRY HOLLEY, Waco contractor; co-owner with Marvin Haass of Peoples Savings; convicted for perjury involving S&L.

          K. C. HOOD, Western Savings officer; convicted felon; associate of Herman K. Beebe; House Speaker Jim Wright rode in his plane.

          MONZER HOURANI, Lebanese native and Houston businessman; close friend of U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch (Republican-Utah); did business with Robert Corson; borrowed from Lamar Savings and Mainland Savings.

          MORRIS and DOUG JAFFE, father-and-son businessmen from San Antonio, Morris is an associate of Marvin Haass and Carlos Marcello, the New Orleans Mafia boss. Doug borrowed from Ed McBirney's Sunbelt Savings and provided jet airplane noise-limitation equipment for Farhad Azima and others.

          BURTON KANTER, Chicago tax attorney and reputed organized crime associate; founded Castle Bank & Trust with CIA mastermind Paul Helliwell; close associate of Lawrence Freeman; his law firm set up trusts for Larry Mizel.

          CHARLES KEATING, S&L looter; spawned by Carl Lindner; worked on John Connally's 1980 presidential campaign; controlled Lincoln Savings (the first big deal Lincoln Savings did was with John Connally); Lincoln involved in daisy chain with Larry Mizel's M.D.C. Holdings, Silverado Savings and San Jacinto Savings (Joseph Grosz); lent more than $30 million to Father Ritter's Covenant House; his chief pilot in 1979 was CIA operative Ken Qualls.

          CARROLL KELLY, who epitomized his Kappa Sigma fraternity; owner of Continental Savings and associate of Herman K. Beebe ("I'm Beebe's man in Texas," he bragged to S&L regulators).

          ADNAN KHASHOGGI, Saudi Arabian arms dealer, Iran-Contra middleman and borrower at Raymond Hill's Mainland Savings and Lamar Savings.

          ART LEISER, chief examiner for Texas S&L Department; discovered S&L daisy chains with Herman K. Beebe at center in 1983; challenged Guillermo Hernandez-Cartaya to a tennis match to try to get him out of Texas S&Ls.

          CARL LINDNER, Cincinnati conglomerateer; gave Charles Keating his start; associate of Michael Milken and Marvin Warner; business ties to Walter Mischer; owns Ocean Reef club on Key Largo where Jack DeVoe would bring in his cocaine from Columbia; Florida police report said Lindner would not be happy with DeVoe's income tax problems.

          JON LINDSAY, county judge of Harris County; top Republican figure in Houston; close friend of George Bush; helped Robert Corson get his savings and loan and got $10,000 campaign contribution from Corson.

          DONALD LUNA, convicted S&L looter and union pension fund scam artist; caught at Flushing Federal S&L with mobsters; worked loan brokerage deal with Herman K. Beebe, Ben Barnes and Richard Rossmiller.

          CARLOS MARCELLO, New Orleans Mafia boss, who also ruled over the Texas underworld; recently returned from a seven-year vacation at Club Fed; close associate of Santo Trafficante.

          RONALD J. MARTIN, Miami gun dealer who provided arms to the Contras for the CIA; alleged business partner with Robert Corson in a casino in Grand Canary Island.

          ED MCBIRNEY, "Fast Eddie" from Dallas; former head of Sunbelt Savings; associate of Jarrett Woods and George Aubin.

          JOE MCDERMOTT, Houston developer; protegé of Walter Mischer; business partner of John Connally; borrower at Robert Corson's Vision Banc Savings.

          HARVEY MCLEAN, Shreveport, Louisiana, businessman and close associate of Herman K. Beebe; owned Paris (Texas) Savings and Loan; founded Palmer National Bank with Stefan Halper and Beebe's money.

          JOHN MECOM, SR. AND JR., Houston oilmen; Sr. organized a charitable foundation that laundered money for the CIA; Jr. allegedly associated with New Orleans mobsters.

          WALT MISCHER, JR., the son, tapped to take over his father's empire; friend of Neil Bush; Kappa Sigma president.

          WALTER M. MISCHER, SR., Houston developer, banker, power broker, who headed Allied Bank; Corson's former father-in-law; did business with the Mafia and the CIA; fourth largest landowner in Texas; owns 12 percent of Caribbean nation of Belize with partners; friend and fundraiser for LBJ, Lloyd Bentsen, Ronald Reagan and George Bush, among many others.

          LARRY MIZEL, Republican fundraiser and head of M.D.C. Holdings, a Denver homebuilder, which did more than $300 million of business with Silverado Savings and owned stock in the Gouletas family's Imperial Savings; used Burton Kanter's law firm for family trusts.

          JACK MODESETT, Houston real estate investor; headed company that did business with Howard Pulver and owned land in far west Texas by a guns-for-drugs landing strip (close to Walter Mischer's land).

          LLOYD MONROE, former Kansas City organized-crime strike force prosecutor; told to back off Farhad Azima because he had CIA-issued get-out-of-jail-free card.

          MURCHISON, CLINT, SR. AND JR., Dallas oilmen and wheeler-dealers; Clint Sr. was involved in business in Haiti with a CIA operative; Clint Jr. purchased Mischer's interest in sawmills in Honduras; Jr., was involved with a CIA operative in Libya and did business with Herman K. Beebe and Adnan Khashoggi.

          MARVIN NATHAN, Houston attorney who served on Carroll Kelly's Continental Savings' board; related by marriage to Robert Strauss; his law firm represented Robert Corson and Mike Adkinson; bought Texas ranch from the family of late Nicaraguan dictator Anastasio Somoza, which had purchased it from one of George Bush's best friends.

          WILL NORTHROP, Israeli army officer and military intelligence operative; worked in Central America with CIA; associate of Richard Brenneke; indicted with Adnan Khashoggi's attorney in scheme to sell arms to Iran; said Robert Corson "rode the CIA mule in with the Republican party."

          LEONARD PELULLO, Philadelphia Mafia associate; borrower at Ray Corona's Sunshine State Bank; indicted in Ohio S&L scam with a member of the Herman K. Beebe circle; tried to buy an Atlantic City casino from another S&L looter; charged with fraud at American Savings in California.

          ALBERT PREVOT, Houston and Louisiana businessman; associate of Herman K. Beebe and borrower at Mainland Savings and Continental Savings.

          HOWARD PULVER, Long Island apartment syndicator who got money from Mainland Savings and Sandia Federal Savings; did business with mob associate Seymour Lazar; neighbor of Martin Schwimmer.

          WAYNE REEDER, California developer; associate of Herman K. Beebe; borrower at Silverado Savings; his CIA-connected associate tried to make guns for the Contras on an Indian reservation.

          MARIO RENDA, Long Island money broker with Martin Schwimmer, convicted felon and Mafia associate with a number of CIA buddies.

          JOHN C. RIDDLE, a University of Texas Kappa Sigma who tried to emulate his fraternity brother George Aubin; Houston lawyer, developer, banker and title-company owner; close associate of Robert Corson; borrowed several hundred million dollars from Texas S&Ls that later failed.

          JOHN B. ROBERTS, San Antonio developer who owned Summit Savings in Dallas and Commerce Savings in San Antonio; associate of George Aubin, Jarrett Woods and Adnan Khashoggi; convicted felon.

          VICTOR J. ROGERS II, scion of Beaumont's Rogers family, which owned Texas State Optical; former law partner of John Riddle; former co-owner of an Austin savings and loan; former officer of Caesar's Palace casino in Las Vegas; his uncles were the third largest stockholders of Caesar's Palace; two uncles served as directors of a Beaumont S&L that lent money to Harvey McLean on his Palmer National Bank stock.

          RICHARD ROSSMILLER, Denver developer, Herman K. Beebe associate and borrower at Hill Financial Savings; alleged to be the largest debtor to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. in the country; John Dick's neighbor.

          HEINRICH RUPP, Denver gold dealer and CIA operative; convicted of bank fraud with mobsters; associate of Richard Brenneke.

          JOE RUSSO, noted Houston developer; good friend of George Bush and Lloyd Bentsen; owned Ameriway Savings; big borrower at five failed S&Ls; minority owner of United Press International; Kappa Sigma.

          STEVE SAMOS, convicted drug trafficker; helped Ray Corona set up Sunshine State Bank for drug smugglers; helped set up companies that funneled money and weapons to the Contras.

          KENNETH SCHNITZER, noted Houston developer; business associate of Walter Mischer; owned BancPlus Savings; allegedly associated with mobsters.

          MARTIN SCHWIMMER, convicted Long Island money broker with Mario Renda; Ph.D. and author; Mafia money launderer; neighbor of Howard Pulver.

          BARRY SEAL, murdered drug smuggler, gun runner, DEA informant and CIA asset; used by CIA on drug sting of Sandinistas; had owned C-123K used to resupply the Contras; caught in 1972 guns-for-drugs operation with Cuban exiles in Mexico that included a Texas rancher, a Gambino family associate and Herman K. Beebe.

          MORRIS SHENKER, deceased mob lawyer and casino owner; several of his properties ended up in the hands of Southmark, a Dallas real estate firm that was a mob dumping ground and owner of San Jacinto Savings.

          REBECCA SIMS, former accountant for Robert Corson turned free-lance investigator and journalist.

          ELLISON TRINE STARNES, JR., Houston con man and son of famous evangelist; borrower at Mischer's Allied Bank; second largest borrower at Silverado Savings ($77 million); associate of John Riddle; borrowed more than $27 million from Carroll Kelly's Continental Savings; one of the biggest private donors to the Contras.

          ROBERT STRAUSS, Dallas attorney; U.S. Ambassador to Moscow and former chairman of the Democratic National Committee; friend of George Bush and former business partner with James A. Baker III; he and his son, Richard, were involved in a number of failed Texas S&Ls, including Lamar and Gibraltar.

          SANTO TRAFFICANTE, the late Tampa Mafia boss; worked with CIA to try to assassinate Fidel Castro; involved in narcotics trafficking in Southeast Asia with CIA operatives; close to Carlos Marcello; one of his money launderers was Lawrence Freeman.

          JACK TROTTER, Houston investor and close associate of Walter Mischer; headed Lloyd Bentsen's trust; business partner of Jim Bath.

          BILL WALTERS, Denver developer; borrower at Silverado Savings; helped set up Neil Bush in business; associate of Richard Rossmiller and John Dick.

          MARVIN WARNER, native Alabaman who was involved in a number of failed S&Ls in Ohio and Florida; former U.S. ambassador to Switzerland; former chairman of Great American Bank and American Savings of Florida; convicted of S&L fraud in Ohio; had business ties to Robert Corson.

          STEPHEN CASS WEILAND, Robert Corson's attorney; former chief counsel to Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations; expert on narcotics trafficking, money laundering and offshore banks; makes cameo appearance in Oliver North's notebooks regarding a White House project in Belize.

          JARRETT WOODS, former head of Western Savings; childhood buddy and close associate of George Aubin; sentenced to 25 years in jail for S&L fraud.



          Vigilius Haufniensis <thehatefulnerd@...> wrote:
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          While you were distracted, Congress was quietly renewing every major provision of the Patriot Act

          Endless sunset

          While you were, ah, distracted, Congress was quietly renewing every major provision of the Patriot Act.

          By Rachel Neumann
          October 31, 2005

          Most of the provisions of the USA Patriot Act, including access to library records, were supposed to "sunset" this month, five years after the law's passing. Instead, both the House and the Senate have already voted to renew the entire act, with only minor revisions. While they're at it, they'd like to add some decidedly unpatriotic amendments to expand the death penalty.

          These new amendments would let prosecutors shop around for another jury if the one they have is deadlocked on the death penalty; triple the number of terrorism-related crimes eligible for the death penalty; and authorize the death penalty for a person who gives money to an organization whose members kill someone, even if the contributor did not know that the organization or its members were planning to kill.

          The Patriot Act was enacted during what President Bush called "a state of emergency." It wasn't even read by most of the members who voted for it. But the whole point of the sunset clause was to allow Congresspeople to actually read the bill and debate it in calmer times. Now, the Act is effectively being made permanent with little or no debate or discussion.

          Still, the House and the Senate are still in negotiations over the final wording of the bill and so it hasn't been made final yet. The Bill of Rights Defense Commitee is asking people to make one last push to keep it from getting renewed. They list possible actions you can get involved in and ways to educate your communities about threats to civil liberties.

          Rachel Neumann is Rights & Liberties Editor at AlterNet.

          © 2005 Independent Media Institute. All rights reserved.
          View this story online at: http://www.alternet.org/bloggers/rachel/2 7501/


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