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FTR #281 Los Amigos de Bush

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1. With the Unit­ed States once again expe­ri­enc­ing an “ener­gy cri­sis,” George “W” has turned to Mex­i­co as a poten­tial source for the “ener­gy” the Unit­ed States alleged­ly lacks. (“US Looks Abroad for Help on Ener­gy” by Hen­ry Tricks; Finan­cial Times; 3/9/2001; p. 6.)

2. After vis­it­ing Mex­i­co him­self, Bush dis­patched Ener­gy Sec­re­tary Spencer Abra­ham to Mex­i­co City, in order to work with his “region­al coun­ter­parts. . . [he said] that he favored ‘freer flow of ener­gy and cap­i­tal among our­selves’ because of dra­mat­ic increas­es in glob­al ener­gy demand.” (Idem.)

3. What has large­ly escaped notice is the fact that the Bush fam­i­ly has long had polit­i­cal and com­mer­cial ties with the Mex­i­can ener­gy inter­ests. (“Los Ami­gos de Bush: The Shady Ties of George W. Bush’s Lati­no Friends” by Julie Reynolds; El Andar; Fall 2000 [Vol­ume 11, #3]; pp. 20–27.)

4. In addi­tion to their cen­tral role in both the Mex­i­can ener­gy busi­ness and the for­ma­tion of NAFTA, these Lati­no allies of Dubya have numer­ous ties to drug car­tels. (Ibid.; p. 20.)

5. One of the cen­tral fig­ures in this polit­i­cal milieu is Ernesto Anci­ra Jr., whose “fam­i­ly and their part­ners prac­ti­cal­ly own the ener­gy busi­ness in Mex­i­co.” (Ibid.; p. 21.)

6. In addi­tion, Anci­ra “spent his for­ma­tive years close to his indus­tri­al­ist cousins in Mex­i­co, who are in-laws of the Sali­nas fam­i­ly.” (Idem.) (Car­los Sali­nas Gor­tari was Pres­i­dent of Mex­i­co and signed the NAFTA treaty for Mex­i­co.)

7. Piv­otal­ly involved in the nego­ti­a­tions that led to the for­ma­tion of NAFTA, “he [Anci­ra] bestowed trav­el gifts on Bush’s Com­merce Sec­re­tary Robert Mos­bach­er, Sr.” (Ibid.; p. 22.)

8. “He [Anci­ra] report­ed­ly pilot­ed his Cess­na to host air­borne meet­ings so that Mos­bach­er and his Mex­i­can coun­ter­part, Jaime Ser­ra, could pri­vate­ly dis­cuss NAFTA.” (Idem.)

9. One of Bush’s most impor­tant Latin back­ers, Anci­ra “co-chaired ‘Ade­lante con Bush’ when George Senior ran for pres­i­dent, and along the way, he befriend­ed George W.” (Idem.)

10. “He [Anci­ra] is one of the folks George W. Bush’s peo­ple call his ‘100 clos­est friends,’ a group that kicked off W’s pres­i­den­tial cam­paign last year with $1000 dona­tions.” (Idem.)

11. Togeth­er with attor­ney Roy Bar­rera Junior, Anci­ra is an impor­tant rea­son for the sup­port that Dubya received from the Latin pop­u­la­tion in Texas. Bar­rera, too, was allied with Bush Senior. “Dur­ing the pres­i­den­t’s 1992 cam­paign Lit­tle Roy [Bar­rera] even teamed up and drove a mobile home from Austin to San Anto­nio to stump for the can­di­date. That same year, Bar­rera became head of the Bexar Coun­ty (San Anto­nio) Repub­li­can par­ty and has chaired it ever since.” (Idem.)

12. Bar­rera’s chum­my rela­tion­ship with Bar­bara Bush (and the rest of the Bush clan) is all the more inter­est­ing in light of his sta­tus as being “among Tex­as­’s best nar­co-lawyers.” (Idem.)

13. Anci­ra, too, has numer­ous ties to peo­ple involved with some of Mex­i­co’s most pow­er­ful drug car­tels. (Ibid.; p. 21.)

14. Fur­ther­more, the indi­vid­u­als con­nect­ed to the Bush Lati­no cir­cle also have evi­den­tiary trib­u­taries run­ning in the direc­tion of a num­ber of mur­ders, includ­ing the assas­si­na­tions of Mex­i­can politi­cians Luis Don­al­do Colo­sio and Jose Fran­cis­co Ruiz Massieu. (Ibid.; pp. 23–24.)

15. Anci­ra was part of a troi­ka that encom­passed financier Guiller­mo Avi­la, devel­op­er Gus­ta­vo Gar­cia and (lat­er) Enrique Fuentes Leon. (Ibid.; p. 22.)

16. “Avi­la was found guilty of con­spir­a­cy to laun­der mon­e­tary instru­ments on behalf of drug traf­fick­ers. Incred­i­bly, he served a lit­tle over a year in prison. After­ward, he was ban­ished from the U.S. and moved to San Luis Poto­si.” (Idem.)

17. Anci­ra “wrote to the US Attor­ney in the case and said that Avi­la was a ‘respon­si­ble indi­vid­ual’ who had a ‘pos­i­tive impact on our com­mu­ni­ty.’ ” (Idem.)

18. As men­tioned above, Bar­rera (and his father) have defend­ed numer­ous drug king­pins. “Among the choice clients the Bar­reras have defend­ed are the Juarez cartel’s US ‘coor­di­na­tor’ Juan Cha­pa Garza (now serv­ing thir­ty years for drug traf­fick­ing and mon­ey laun­der­ing), and Mario Alber­to Sali­nas Trevi­no, a cocaine run­ner and alleged mur­der, whom the FBI also links to the 1985 mur­der of Drug Enforce­ment Admin­is­tra­tion (DEA) agent Enrique Camare­na.” (Ibid.; p. 23.)

19. One of the most unsa­vory of the Bush cir­cle, is Enrique Fuentes Leon. Leon was “a fugi­tive sought in Mex­i­co for brib­ing judges on behalf of a rich Aca­pul­co play­boy who raped, tor­tured and killed a six-year old girl.” (Idem.)

20. “Fuentes Leon fled to Chile, then Argenti­na. Then he arrived in Texas with a visa that said he was an investor.” (Idem.)

21. “With his visa about to expire, Fuentes Leon made fruit­less pleas to Amer­i­ca’s high and mighty–including George W. Bush, who called his father, the pres­i­dent, on behalf of Fuentes Leon’s behalf.” (Idem.)

22. In addi­tion, Fuentes Leon was about to face charges of attempt­ed bribery and drug mon­ey-laun­der­ing. (Idem.)

23. He was rep­re­sent­ed by the Bar­reras. (Idem.)

24. “At the hear­ing, a remark­able tape was played, record­ed while Fuentes Leon arranged to bribe an under­cov­er INS agent. The tape was made in the sum­mer of 1994, a few months after the assas­si­na­tion of pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Luis Don­al­do Colo­sio. Fuentes Leon bragged that his son Enrique, also a lawyer, was ‘one of [Mex­i­can Pres­i­dent] Zedil­lo’s peo­ple.’ In a moment of brava­do, Fuentes Leon told the INS agent, ‘I know how they killed Colo­sio.’ And he said some­thing even more chill­ing: ‘in the end, in August. . .there are going to be deaths and all that shit, eh?. . .There are going to be more deaths.’ And so it was: Jose Fran­cis­co Ruiz Massieu, the Guer­rero gov­er­nor who had want­ed Fuentes Leon to face charges in Mex­i­co, was assas­si­nat­ed soon after.” (Idem.)

25. Accord­ing to US agents, “anoth­er man want­ed for orches­trat­ing the assas­si­na­tion’s logis­tics was with Fuentes Leon moments before his arrest in San Anto­nio. The man, Manuel Munoz Rocha, sim­ply walked away, because at the time the agents did­n’t know he was a fugi­tive with a $1 mil­lion price on his head.” (Idem.)

26. There are a num­ber of evi­den­tiary trib­u­taries con­nect­ing Munoz Rocha to the Massieu assas­si­na­tion. (Ibid.; pp. 23, 26.)

27. Ulti­mate­ly, Raul Sali­nas (Car­los’ broth­er) was con­vict­ed of the Massieu mur­der. Raul Sali­nas also has links to the Bush clan. “Raul Sali­nas, the pres­i­den­t’s broth­er, has told inves­ti­ga­tors that Jeb and Colum­ba Bush joined him three times for vaca­tions at his Hacien­da Las Men­doci­nas.” (Ibid.; p. 21.)

28. The third mem­ber of the Enci­ra three­some, Gus­ta­vo Gar­cia is an inter­est­ing indi­vid­ual, as well. “Gar­cia has been under inves­ti­ga­tion by the DEA for cocaine traf­fick­ing in Flori­da and Venezuela, and by local police for mon­ey laun­der­ing in San Anto­nio.” (Ibid.; p. 26.)

29. One of Gar­ci­a’s busi­ness part­ners is Anuar Name. “News­pa­pers report­ed that Name co-owned a Tijua­na dis­co, togeth­er with a mem­ber of the Caro-Quin­tero drug car­tel of Sono­ra. Name is also an asso­ciate of Egypt­ian arms deal­er Adnan Khashog­gi, a friend of Raul Sali­nas, and a part­ner of PRI king-mak­er Car­los Hank Gon­za­lez, whose fam­i­ly has been inves­ti­gat­ed in the US, Cos­ta Rica and Mex­i­co for links to drug car­tels, mur­der and mon­ey laun­der­ing.” (Idem.) (Khashog­gi was deeply involved in the Iran-Con­tra scan­dal. George Bush, Sr. orches­trat­ed that oper­a­tion.)

30. In turn, Name is close to Joseph Audi of the Lebanese Bank Audi. (Idem.) That bank “has been involved in a mul­ti-mil­lion dol­lar arms run­ning and mon­ey laun­der­ing scan­dal. . . . But Bank Audi has a more aus­pi­cious claim to fame: its Gene­va branch was the issu­ing bank of a $599,985 pay­ment that made its way through sev­er­al banks until it land­ed in an account belong­ing to Manuel Munoz Rocha and a hit man con­vict­ed in the assault that killed Jose Fran­cis­co Ruiz Massieu.” (Idem.)

31. Bush asso­ciate Roy Bar­rera got him­self involved with yet anoth­er gris­ly case. “He rep­re­sent­ed mil­lion­aire Allan Black­thorne after the con­tract-style mur­der of Black­thorne’s ex-wife, Sheila Bel­lush. The case made nation­al head­lines because Bel­lush was stabbed to death in front of her tod­dler quadru­plets, and they crawled in her blood until they were found. The hit man, Jose Del Toro, fled to Mex­i­co and was rep­re­sent­ed by none oth­er than Bar­rera’s old Gulf car­tel client, the pres­ti­gious office of Enrique Fuentes Leon. Bar­rera was dropped as Black­thorne’s lawyer, and the US Jus­tice Depart­ment began inves­ti­gat­ing who paid Del Toro’s pre­sum­ably high-priced legal bills. Del Toro said, in a taped inter­view, that he was told by his US lawyer that Bar­rera had hired Fuentes Leon.” (Ibid.; p.27.)

32. To learn more about these con­nec­tions, vis­it El Andar’s web site.


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