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FTR #310 Bush League: Associates and Actions of the Georges Bush, Part 1

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1. George W. Bush recently appointed Elliot Abrams to the National Secu­rity Coun­cil. Abrams was one of the con­victed Iran-Contra con­spir­a­tors par­doned by his father shortly before leav­ing office. (“Iran-Contra Fig­ure Back at White House”; New York Times; 6/30/2001; p. A4.)

2. Bush also recently selected Robert Mueller, a mem­ber of his father’s Jus­tice Depart­ment, to be FBI direc­tor. (“S.F. Pros­e­cu­tor Mueller Picked to Lead FBI, Mend Its Image” by Zachary Coile and Bob Egelko; San Fran­cisco Chron­i­cle; 7/6/2001; pp. A1-A12.)

3. In his work for the Bush Jus­tice Depart­ment, Mueller was less than vig­or­ous in his role over­see­ing the pros­e­cu­tion of Gen­eral Nor­iega of Panama and the BCCI case. (“In the Run­ning for FBI Direc­tor” by Stacy Finz; San Fran­cisco Chron­i­cle; 7/1/2001; pp. A1-A6.) Both the BCCI case and the Nor­iega case over­lap the Iran-Contra inves­ti­ga­tion and the elder Bush was prin­ci­pally involved in the Iran-Contra imbroglio. Full dis­clo­sure con­cern­ing the BCCI case could lead to inves­ti­ga­tion of James R. Bath, the Texas busi­ness rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the Bin Laden fam­ily and one of the financiers of George W.‘s first oil ven­ture. Bin Laden’s forces have for­mally taken credit for bomb­ing the U.S.S. Cole dur­ing the cam­paign. (“Islamic Mil­i­tants Brag They Bombed War­ship Cole” by Diana Elias [AP]; San Fran­cisco Chron­i­cle; 6/20/2001; p. A8.) It is believ­able that the Cole bomb­ing was exe­cuted for the ben­e­fit of the Bush campaign.

4. In that con­text, the broad­cast sug­gests the pos­si­bil­ity that some of the dif­fi­cul­ties that the FBI (among other insti­tu­tions) has encoun­tered in con­nec­tion with the Cole bomb­ing may result from obstruc­tion by the Bush camp. (“U.S. Faces Hur­dles in Approach to USS Cole Probe” by David S. Cloud and Neil King, Jr.; Wall Street Jour­nal; 7/6/2001; p. A10.)

5. Next, the pro­gram exam­ines the pro-Bush stance of Fox News, run by George Sr.‘s asso­ciate Roger Ailes. (“Good Guys on Cable TV” by William Ger­man; San Fran­cisco Chron­i­cle; 7/6/2001; p. A25.)

6. That net­work led the media rush to call Florida as a Bush win, and the Fox polit­i­cal desk was headed by Bush’s cousin, John Ellis.

7. The pro­gram high­lights the bizarre, cult-like ini­ti­a­tion cer­e­mony of the elite Skull and Bones soci­ety, to which both Georges belonged. (“At Skull and Bones, Bush’s Secret Club Ini­ti­ates Ream Gore” by Ron Rosen­baum; New York Observer; 4/19/2001; pp. 11–17.)

8. The broad­cast high­lights the recent extra­di­tion of a col­lab­o­ra­tor of Enrique Fuentes Leon, a drug-dealing polit­i­cal ally of George W. Bush. (“U.S. Returns an Ex-Judge to Mex­ico” by Tim Weiner; New York Times; 6/22/2001; p. A3.)

9. Leon had bribed Ernesto Diaz on behalf of a wealthy Aca­pulco play­boy who had raped, tor­tured and kid­napped a 6-year-old girl. (“Los Ami­gos de Bush” by Julie Reynolds; El Andar; Fall, 2000; Vol. 11, #3; p.23;

10. Narco-attorney and Bush ally Roy Bar­rera, Jr. rep­re­sented Harry Black­thorne, a Texas multi-millionaire whose ex-wife was stabbed to death in front of her tod­dler quadru­plets. The hit man fled to Mex­ico and was rep­re­sented by Enrique Fuentes Leon. (Ibid.; p. 27.)

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