Ron Paul Says Accused Traitor is a Patriot

From AIM.org, by Cliff Kincaid, December 20, 2011 – As homosexual Army soldier Bradley Manning’s treason trial continues at Fort Meade, Maryland, the support he has received from Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul has been curiously ignored by the major media, now touting Paul as someone who could win the January 3 Iowa Republican Caucuses. Paul has called Manning, a crossdresser with acknowledged mental problems, a “hero” and “patriot” for stealing government secrets and providing them to WikiLeaks.

Manning, who served as an intelligence analyst in Iraq, is charged with one of the most spectacular and damaging leaks of classified information in this country’s history. The death penalty has been strangely ruled out in his case, but he could still face life in prison.

Admiral Mike Mullen, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the “irresponsible posting of stolen classified documents by WikiLeaks puts lives at risk and gives adversaries valuable information.”

The Ron Paul 2012 website shows a young Ron Paul in a military uniform and as someone who would pursue a “pro-America foreign policy.” It says, “As an Air Force veteran, Ron Paul believes national defense is the single most important responsibility the Constitution entrusts to the federal government.”

It says nothing about the Congressman’s support for accused Army traitor Bradley Manning.

However, speaking at a campaign rally, Paul said that while Manning may have “technically” broken the law against releasing classified information to WikiLeaks, he did so for the purpose of exposing the “horrible things” being carried out by the U.S. Government.

Referring to Manning’s detention before trial, Paul said, “Should he be locked up and imprisoned?” Manning should be seen as a “political hero” and “true patriot who reveals what’s going on,” Paul said.

The Bradley Manning Support Network published an article saying that Paul believes that Manning is a “whistleblower” and his actions “are essential to the country.”

There is no evidence that Manning, who flaunted his homosexuality in the Army, in violation of the “Don’t ask, Don’t tell” policy, was a member of a communist or leftist group. But his supporters come predominantly from the far-left. His backers include the Movement for a Democratic Society, a group of former Weather Underground members and radicals that includes Obama associate and terrorist Bill Ayers.

The Advisory Board of the Bradley Manning Support Network includes Robert Meeropol, whose parents, communists Ethel and Julius Rosenberg, were convicted of violating the Espionage Act and executed for giving the secret of the atomic bomb to the Soviet Union. Meeropol says “it is an honor to join a Board that includes Medea Benjamin of Code Pink, as well as Daniel Ellsberg of Pentagon Papers fame, and filmmaker Michael Moore, among others, but also because I believe it is imperative for as many people as possible to raise their voices in support of Manning.”

On October 28, speaking in Iowa, Paul praised WikiLeaks for providing secret information about the conduct of the U.S. wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. The Moscow-funded Russia Today (RT) propaganda channel features a Paul speech in which the Congressman offered “his support to whistleblowers, applauding WikiLeaks in particular for exposing political fallacies.”

In another broadcast, Paul attacked “state secrecy” and praised WikiLeaks for revealing “spying and meddling” by the U.S. Government.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who says he publishes and comments on leaked documents alleging government and corporate misconduct, is currently facing deportation from Britain on sex crimes charges.

Vice President Joseph Biden has said about Julian Assange and the WikiLeaks disclosures, “I would argue it’s closer to being a high-tech terrorist than the Pentagon Papers.”

In a New Yorker article, “Manning, Assange, and the Espionage Act,” Raffi Khatchadourian said that Manning “appears to have broken a very clearly defined set of laws.” And First Amendment lawyer Floyd Abrams told National Public Radio that while media organizations which publicized the WikiLeaks material will not face prosecution, Assange himself could be prosecuted by the U.S. Government under the Espionage Act.

More than a year ago, Rep. Peter King, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, wrote a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder asking him to prosecute Assange under the Espionage Act. He also wants Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to designate WikiLeaks a foreign terrorist organization.

The evidence introduced this week at Manning’s pretrial hearing appears to prove that Manning and Assange worked together, a development that should make it easier for the Obama Department of Justice to prosecute Assange for conspiracy to violate the Espionage Act.

In a Daily Caller article, “Why conservatives must adopt Ron Paul’s foreign policy,” Jack Hunter writes that Paul is asking the “basic questions that Americans desperately need to ask” about U.S. foreign policy. But Hunter, the official Ron Paul 2012 campaign blogger, didn’t address or explain Paul’s support for Manning.

The Ron Paul website insists that the candidate supports an American intelligence community that deals with “legitimate threats” but doesn’t explain how this is compatible with a system whereby “whistleblowers” like Manning decide on their own what classified information the government should be able to keep.

20 responses

  1. “Referring to Manning’s detention before trial, Paul said, “Should he be locked up and imprisoned?” Manning should be seen as a “political hero” and “true patriot who reveals what’s going on,” Paul said.”

    Can you even imagine Ron Paul as Commander in Chief of America’s Armed Forces? One can hardly imagine the state of our national defense with individual soldiers deciding which regulations and which orders they choose to obey. I can think of no greater danger to America’s national defense than to have Ron Paul as Commander in Chief!

  2. Senator-Blutarsky

    Who would you have, Lenny ?

    A POTUS who obfuscated the murder of Pat Tillman? One who blatantly lied the USA in to 2 illegal wars? One who turned a blind eye to 2-3 TRILLION missing Pentagon funds?

    Finding a moral high ground in todays political theater is rift with blowback.

    Poor Hugh Thompson , the Warrant Officer who stopped the My Lai massacre, was called a traitor, received death threats and numerous other indignities at the time, yet was eventually exonerated and honored.

    The issue with Manning is certainly not settled, and you can be assured Dr. Paul did not make his remarks flippantly or casually

  3. Nice to know there is no conspiracy theory here, Are we talking about Bradley or Brianna here? Can we spell d-i-s-t-u-r-b-e-d individual here. This is just another case of workplace violence against the security of an entire nation. And, I’m sure there are no casual remarks associated with condoning this activity. Frances piven says the “ends justifies the means” . So what are the ‘ends’ Mr. Blutarsky? And stick to Mr. Pauls analysis of this situation. I’m sure there are plenty of others that you can throw under this bus, but let’s stick to the Ron Paul statements.

  4. As usual, Dr. Paul is right about Bradley Manning. The inhumane treatment of Manning is meant to intimidate any potential whistleblower from exposing this government’s crimes. The info Manning allegedly provided has harmed no one, not even the criminals he exposed, yet. Show me who’s “lives have been put at risk” as this article claims. Bull. Also, as to Bradley Manning being gay and supposedly “flaunting his homosexuality” and being a “crossdresser”. Even if true, this has nothing to do with this case. No one cared that Rudy Guiliani was a crossdresser. Of course, he was never charged with his crimes either. Oh, that’s right, his crimes were helping to cover a criminal conspiracy, not exposing one, so he gets a pass. Whether to support Manning shouldn’t be dependent on who else is supporting him. Supporting Manning is the right thing to do, regardless of who else supports him. And yes Lenny, I can imagine Ron Paul as Commander in Chief. It would be wonderful. Our men and women in the armed forces wouldn’t be put in positions where they were forced to carry out unlawful orders. And we again would become respected around the world. It’s obvious that you’ve closed your mind to the possibility that Ron Paul is right, but I hope the other people reading this website do their own research because if they base it on the garbage you’ve posted about him, it’s obvious what conclusion they could draw. And one other thing, this author calls RT, a propaganda channel. Pretty ironic considering all of our “news” channels are nothing BUT propaganda. Easily provable.
    Have you watched the Wikileaks video that caused the uproar? It’s clearly damning to the US military and anyone that would participate in covering this up is the real traitor.

    1. Lenny Leatherman

      My final thought on this issue –

      With all due respect to Kerri Rehemyer, a lady whom I respect immensely, our men and women in the armed forces are not put in positions where they were forced to carry out unlawful orders.

      Matter of fact, they commit a Court-Marshall offense if they execute an unlawful order. They may also be placing the lives of others in danger by arbitrarily choosing which order(s) to obey or disobey.

      Attacking the messenger may make you feel good, but you are left with the undeniable fact that Ron Paul’s statement that “Manning should be seen as a “political hero” and “true patriot….” is reckless and irresponsible!

      In making such an inane statement, Paul is suggesting that a Private First Class in the Army should have no regard for the good order and discipline that dictates the proper use of his chain of command to report suspicious incidents, about which he has no direct evidence.

  5. If I am not mistaken, there are plenty of works out there that refer to our founding Fathers (i.e. George Washington, Thomas Jeffererson, etc.) as “traitors” and many called for their prosecution of treason. We now call them patriots! Just food for thought….

    1. We also have names like Aldrich Ames, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, Robert Hanssen, John Walker Jr., Benedict Arnold, Aaron Burr and others who took it upon themselves to sell or give away state secrets.

      There is a slight difference between an organized revolution against a repressive government and an individual who becomes a traitor by giving or selling classified information. Even worse is Ron Paul, a self-professed “leader” who would have you believe he is fully qualified to direct the most powerful fighting force on earth – what a joke!

      1. Senator-Blutarsky

        Who is your choice, Mark ? Tell me his/her virtues

        Thanks

  6. Senator-Blutarsky,

    Unfortunately, my choice for President will not be on the ballot.

    Again this election cycle I (like most Americans) am facing the task of voting for the candidate I find least offensive.

    In other words, I must choose the best available.

    Somewhere on this blog, someone said it perfectly, “we deserve the government we elect”.

    If I did not involved myself in the candidacy of my candidate of choice, I should keep my mouth shut and prepare for the consequences of my inaction!

    1. Senator-Blutarsky

      Mark

      Here is a salient 2 minute video from Bill Manning, a military veteran who served as a combat pilot in Vietnam, speaks about who he supports for President of the United States, and why

  7. You’ve certainly got to give Ron Paul credit…he doesn’t stick his wet finger up in the air in order to see which direction the politically-correct winds are blowing. That’s what makes Ron Paul such a valuable commodity in America today…he is the genuine article who says what he believes without having to get his talking points from his staff.

    It is normally prudent to consider the source of information, especially when it comes to a hit piece on someone as esteemed as Dr. Ron Paul, to determine pre-existing biases.

    Cliff Kincaid is just another narrow-minded Neo-Con who prognosticates under the misleading banner of “Accuracy in Media”…as if putting the word “accuracy” in your name automatically makes it so. Congress tried that contradictory sleight-of-hand with the treasonous “Patriot Act”.

    Kincaid continues his trademark exxagerations by describing Wikileaks as “one of the most spectacular and damaging leaks of classified information in this country’s history”…but, only if one describes “spectacular and damaging” to include the embarassing application of egg on the face of American diplomats worldwide as their sly and duplicitous machinations are revealed for everyone in the world to see.

    Kincaid apparently laments the fact that the U.S. government is not seeking the death penalty for Manning. It is unclear whether Kincaid feels this way due to Manning’s homosexuality or because he embarassed the government diplomatic corps.

    If it’s body count that qualifies one for the death penalty, Kincaid really should utilize his bully pulpit to propose the gallows for U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, whose Justice(sic) Department spear-headed “Operation Fast and Furious” that allowed high-powered weaponry to be transferred to Mexican drug cartels and has resulted in the deaths of more than 300 Mexican nationals and at least one U.S. Border Patrol agent to date.

    Thanks to Eric Holder’s deadly efficiency, the thousands of weapons delivered to the cartels, compliments of the U.S. Government, will be the gift that keeps on giving for a long time to come…as far as increasing the body count goes.

    As far as Ron Paul being the Commander in Chief, maybe he would actually focus our military on national defense for a change…as opposed to the “might-makes-right” foreign policy of national offense of at least the last 10 years.

    1. Senator-Blutarsky

      ‘twould be nice to see a foreign policy as envisioned by our Founding Fathers

      “Peace, commerce and honest friendship with all nations; entangling alliances with none.”
      — Thomas Jefferson

      “America does not go abroad in search of monsters to destroy. She is the well-wisher to freedom and independence of all. She is the champion and vindicator only of her own.”
      — John Quincy Adams

      And a military force not sacrificed as cannon fodder for empire building,and only Constitutional defense of America-

      “I wouldn’t go to war again as I have done to protect some lousy investment of the bankers. There are only two things we should fight for. One is the defense of our homes and the other is the Bill of Rights. War for any other reason is simply a racket.”
      Major General Smedley Butler, USMC, 2-time recipient of the
      Congressional Medal of Honor and author of “War is a Racket”

      Any more Bush, BushLite,Klinton, O-bomb-a war-mongering and empire building needed ?

      Until/unless all the chest-thumping, neocon, flag-wrapped RINO chickenhawks learn that they best take care of issues HERE, they will keep electing the same slavemasters that they have for 5+ decades.

      And with the same results – a bankrupted collapsing empire, despised by all, and detested by their own citizenry.

      Brubaker, I notice no one in this thread has offered an alternative to Dr. Paul, and extolled their candidates virtues. Romeny, the Grinch, or any of the other bankster-owned puppets. Of course, they should be thrilled with O-Bomb-A – he has expanded all the major BushLite policies, so they should vote for O-Bomb-A, right ?

  8. Whoever runs this blog needs an MRI scan fast. Low grade fertiliser oozing out of all orifices on the person. Talk about fascist propaganda.

  9. Matt Barber columnist for Townhall Mag
    “I personally like Ron Paul. He’s that affable – if not a little “zany” – uncle who has the whole family on edge at Thanksgiving. “Oh boy; what’s Uncle Ronny gonna say next?”

    Still, you wouldn’t give Uncle Ronny the carving knife for the turkey, much less the keys to the Oval Office.

    Mr. Paul is many things, but conservative is not one of them. He’s a died-in-the-wool libertarian. That’s one part conservative, two parts anarchist.

    Ronald Reagan often spoke of a “three-legged stool” that undergirds true conservatism. The legs are represented by strong free-market economic principles, a strong national defense and strong social values. For the stool to remain upright, it must be supported by all three legs. If you snap off even one leg, the stool collapses under its own weight.

    Mr. Paul is relatively conservative from an economic standpoint, but in true libertarian form, has snapped off the legs of national defense and social values.

    The libertarian is a strange and rare little animal – a bit like the woolly flying squirrel. It spends its days erratically darting to-and-fro atop this teetering, one-legged stool in a futile effort to keep it from toppling. America witnessed Ron Paul doing this squirrelly libertarian tango on the night of December 15th. Cute but unstable.”

    I don’t know but sound right.

    1. senator-blutarsky

      here ya go Stan – here is YOUR Republican Party in action-

      Dean Henderson
      December 23, 2011
      (Excerpted from Chapter 9: The Texas Oil Mafia: Big Oil & Their Bankers…)

      In 1985 Drexel Lambert S&L crook Michael Milken helped Houston Natural Gas merged with Internorth to create Enron. Kenneth Lay headed Houston Natural Gas and became chairman and CEO of the new company. Enron was the biggest corporate contributor to George W. Bush’s campaign to become Texas Governor. [1]

      Bush won and Texas led the way in a nationwide deregulation of energy markets which Lay advocated. Deregulation allowed Lay to pioneer energy trading. By 1999 Enron monopolized online energy trading via Enron Online. Throughout the political career of George W. Bush, Lay was his largest financial supporter, personally giving Bush $650,000.

      In 1993 Wendy Gramm, wife of Senate Banking Committee Chairman Phil Gramm (R-TX), joined the board of Enron where she was chair of Enron’s Audit Committee. Wendy Gramm came to Enron straight from her job as 12-year chair of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), where she ostensibly aided in the cover-up of BCCI, Capcom, Mena drug trade and S&L scandals. At CFTC Gramm’s main task was to oversee the complex derivatives market, a favorite haven for drug money laundering due to its opaque nature.

      While Wendy was covering tracks at CFTC, husband Phil was busy blocking key money laundering legislation and pushing for bank deregulation. He pushed passage of the Commodity Futures Modernization Act of 2000, which severely reduced government oversight of the derivative and futures markets.

      Enron, where Wendy Gramm now collected a $200,000 per year stipend, received exclusive regulatory exemptions through the legislation. Section 101 of the Act granted regulatory exemption to on-line energy traders. There was only one such entity – Enron OnLine. One CFTC official stated of Section 101, “everyone called it the Enron exemption”. [2]

      Ken Raisler was a key lobbyist for Enron. Raisler served as general counsel to the CFTC before joining Enron. Currently he is a partner at Sullivan & Cromwell – the spook law firm behind the overthrow of Mossadegh in Iran and Arbenz in Guatemala.

      Enron hired former Clinton Treasury official Linda Robertson to head its Washington offices. Former Montana Governor Marc Racicot joined Enron as a lobbyist. Racicot, whom the Montana Militia has fingered for providing cover for a cocaine ring operating along the Montana/Canadian border while serving as Montana Attorney General, was appointed chair of the Republican National Committee just days before Enron went bust. Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley were huge Enron lobbyists. [3]

      James Baker, Robert Mosbacher and Bush economic adviser Lawrence Lindsey all lobbied for Enron. James Baker had been hired straight from office as Bush Sr. Secretary of State to lobby the Kuwaiti government on behalf of Enron. Enron received a $600 million contract from Kuwait to build an electrical power plant as a result of his efforts. President Bush Jr. himself earned lucrative fees from Enron for speaking engagements.

      Just before Racicot bolted Enron, Sen. Phil Gramm announced his retirement. Enron executives began feverishly selling stock options, which had reached a high of $96/share. In October 2001 Enron froze its employees’ 401K plan, locking them into a downward spiral in Enron’s stock price. On December 2, 2001 Enron declared Chapter 11 bankruptcy, making its shares worthless. Ten days later House Majority Leader Dick Armey (R-TX) announced his retirement. The Bush Justice Department announced an investigation, but Attorney General John Ashcroft recused himself from the case due to political contributions he received from Enron. Former Enron employee Deputy Attorney General Larry Thompson took over the investigation.

      No less than fifteen Bush Administration officials owned Enron stock. Enron met at least six times with former Halliburton CEO Vice-President Dick Cheney to help craft a national energy policy. [4] Enron called Commerce Secretary and former Tom Brown natural gas executive Donald Evans, and Treasury Secretary and former ALCOA executive Paul O’Neill, to ask for a government bailout. On February 17, 2001 Enron executives met with O’Neill just three weeks into his appointment. O’Neill agreed to quash a law that limited Enron’s use of off-shore shell companies to hide losses. [5]

      Enron called Federal Energy Regulatory Commissioner Kenneth Hebert to pressure him to make a ruling favorable to the company. When Hebert refused President Bush relieved him of his job. Enron CEO Ken Lay was told by Bush to interview four candidates for the FERC post during the Bush transition to the White House. During the 2000 Presidential elections Enron was the biggest corporate funder of the Bush Campaign, giving $113,000 to the campaign, $100,000 for the inaugural ball and $5,000 to the Florida Recount Fund, which was presided over by James Baker. During 1999-2000 Enron doled out $2,439,000 in political contributions.

      This was chump change compared to the $20 million Enron had given as bribes to Indian officials in 1993 when it moved into the power generation business in that country’s Maharashta State. Enron snookered the Indians into a deal where they would pay $30 billion to Enron to provide electricity at rates 700% the national average. The Enron Dabhol plant produced the highest priced electricity in India. Maharashta state officials wanted out. The US Ambassador to India chastised officials for even considering backing out of the deal. [6]

      In 1999 the Indians finally sent Enron packing after both Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International cited Enron for human rights violations in handling opposition to Dabhol. Amnesty said women were dragged from their homes and beaten by thugs on Enron payroll.

      There is a bigger story behind Enron’s failed Dabhol project in India. By the mid-1990’s the Unocal-led Centgas consortium, which proposed the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan natural gas pipeline to supply the Far East, began proposing an alternate route that would terminate at Multan, Pakistan on the Indian border in the heart of disputed Kashmir. A proposed 400-mile extension of the pipeline would bring cheap gas to India to supply the Dabhol plant, allowing Enron to be competitive in the Indian market. [7]

      Were the last-ditch negotiations by the Bush Administration in summer 2001 with the Taliban an attempt to head off an Enron bankruptcy by pushing through the trans-Afghan pipeline necessary to bring Dabhol the cheap gas it needed to survive? The company sorely needed to recoup the over $3 billion it invested in the ultra-high-tech Dabhol facility just north of Bombay.

      Enron’s partners in the project were Bechtel and GE. Enron had counted on a partnership in Qatar with the state-owned Qatar Gas & Pipeline Co. to supply Dabhol with cheap natural gas, but in April 1999 the project was canceled. With Central Asian gas reserves estimated at $3-$6 trillion, Enron looked north. While Centgas attempted to lay pipe across Taliban territory, Enron was busy laying pipe all across India, in anticipation of Centgas supply from Turkmenistan.
      The US Trade & Development Agency was conducting feasibility studies on alternate gas routes should the Taliban continue to demand that any pipeline crossing their nation be open to local consumption, a condition unacceptable to Big Oil, which knew the gas would fetch a far higher price in the lucrative Japanese and South Korean markets they were targeting. Should an alternative Caspian Mountains to Turkey pipeline be built, Enron partners Bechtel and GE would get the contract to build it.

      In February 2001 Cheney’s Energy Task Force called for a boost in oil and gas production in India, a move clearly designed to bail out Enron’s Dabhol white elephant. Cheney himself interceded to help Enron collect a $64 million debt from India during a June 27, 2001 meeting with Indian opposition leader Sonia Ghandi.
      A series of emails obtained by the Washington Post and New York Daily News reveal that the National Security Council had taken charge of a “Dabhol Working Group” during the summer of 2001, just as the Bush Administration was meeting with the Taliban. Bush Central Asian expert and long-time CIA agent Christine Rocca met with the Taliban Ambassador to Pakistan on August 2, 2001 to remind Mr. Zaeef of the $132 million the US had provided the Taliban already that year. [8]

      In the end, neither the Four Horsemen nor Enron got their new Silk Road. Enron went belly up, 911 happened and bombs began raining down on Afghanistan.

      South of the Border
      When Argentina went into an economic tailspin, Enron was there to scoop up the Buenos Aires water system in an IMF privatization shell game. Enron took over an important oil and gas pipeline running between Argentina and Chile. Both acquisitions were facilitated by the Bush Sr. White House. According to La Nacion, George W. Bush came to Argentina in 1988 as an Enron lobbyist and met with Argentine Minister of Public Works Rodolfo Terragano. Silverado S&L looter Neil Bush also lobbied Terragano. Bush told the minister to give Enron the first option to buy the country’s soon to be privatized energy complex. The Bush family has investments in Argentina. They are also friends of drug-scandal-ridden former President Carlos Menem, who was recently indicted.

      By 1996 Enron Global Power & Pipelines had a controlling interest in a 4,100 mile natural gas pipeline system running throughout Argentina. It is the largest pipeline in South America with a capacity of 1.9 billion cubic feet of gas per day. On May 4, 1998 Enron’s Commercializadora de Energia Argentina was granted the first power marketing license in Argentina’s newly deregulated privatized energy sector.

      Two years earlier Enron teamed up with Royal Dutch/Shell to buy Bolivia’s denationalized 1,655 mile gas pipeline system, while acquiring another pipeline stretching from Bolivia to Brazil. Enron also controlled a major pipeline in Columbia. All of these investments were guaranteed by the US taxpayer through the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC). Enron’s bankruptcy leaves US taxpayers holding the bag for around $1 billion according to OPIC officials. [9]
      Enron paid no federal income tax in four of the five years from 1996-2000 and was eligible for a $382 million tax refund under the new Bush tax plan. An October 2000 study conducted by Citizens for Tax Justice showed that of half of the Fortune 500 companies, 24% paid no federal income taxes for 1998. Enron avoided the tax man by declaring profits in tax haven countries, while declaring losses in the US, a practice incorporated by most US multinationals.

      Enron had 692 subsidiaries in the Cayman Islands alone and numerous other ventures based in the equally drug money-infested Turks & Caicos. [10] Texas Sen. Phil Gramm and Texas House Majority Leader Rep. Dick Armey worked against President Clinton’s proposals to work with the EU in clamping down on these off-shore tax havens.

      While Enron executives bailed out, its employees lost their retirement nest eggs. So did millions of US workers whose state pension funds were invested in Enron. In Florida, a New York investment firm called Alliance Capital bought 7.6 million shares in Enron at $82 per share for the Florida State Pension Fund.

      The aptly-named Frank Savage was a director at Alliance and also sat on the board at Enron and Lockheed Martin. Later Alliance dumped the shares for less than a dollar each and thousands of Florida state employees lost everything while Enron officials such as Savage made off with $681 million as Enron plunged into the financial abyss.

      Enron’s spooky board also included Herbert Winokur, who sat on the board of Cincinnati cocaine king Carl Lindner’s failed Penn Central; John Duncan, board member at Gulf & Western, owned by Lindner and Detroit mob boss Max Fischer; Ronnie Chan, board member of Standard Chartered, the London gold fixer and Hong Kong currency printer whose Dubai branch was used to wire money to the 911 hijackers; John Mendelsohn, chair of the Department of Medicine at Lawrence Rockefeller’s Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, where the Shah of Iran had been “treated”; and Lord John Wakeham, former British Secretary of State for Energy who headed NM Rothschild & Sons in London.

      On January 24, 2002 former Enron Vice-President Cliff Baxter was found shot to death in his car. Baxter’s death was quickly ruled a suicide, but Baxter had resigned Enron in May 2001 when he uncovered unsavory business practices. He was described by co-workers as a bulldog who, “got to the bottom of things”. He would have been a key prosecution witness in any case put forth against the energy giant and its partners.

      At the center of Enron’s shadier deals was a partnership known as LJM2. The partnership, which dealt in highly speculative Internet IPO’s, was underwritten by Merrill Lynch. Partners included Citigroup, Morgan Stanley, JP Morgan Chase, Deutsche Bank and Credit Suisse First Boston. These same firms fed the internet bubble and made billions running up these stocks before offloading the junk onto the general public. A February 21, 2002 Wall Street Journal article stated that JP Morgan Chase was also involved in questionable commodity trades with Enron.

      On January 11, 2002 Enron Online was auctioned off by a bankruptcy court. These same bankers now circled around the Enron carcass. The Warburg family-controlled investment bank UBS Warburg was awarded the company for a price of $0, agreeing to share Enron Online profits with another Wall Street vulture -Lehman Brothers. [11]

      On October 7, 2002 now-retired Texas Senator Phil Gramm was rewarded for the deregulation frenzy which he and his Enron board member wife Wendy helped create. Gramm was named Vice-President and partner at UBS Warburg. Lehman went under in 2008, leaving the Warburgs firmly in command.

      [1] BBC World News. 1-9-02
      [2] “Mr. & Mrs. Enron”. Erin E. Arvedlund. Barron’s. 12-10-01. p.MW15
      [3] “The Enron Debacle Spotlights Huge Void in Financial Regulation”. Michael Schroeder and Greg Ip. Wall Street Journal. 12-13-01. p.1
      [4] BBC World News. 1-9-02
      [5] “Interview with Tyson Slocum” Free Speech TV. Boulder, CO. 1-24-02
      [6] “Speech by Arundati Roy”. Free Speech TV. Boulder, CO. 1-24-02
      [7] “Enron Cheney Taliban Connection?” Ron Callari. Albion Monitor. 2-28-02
      [8] Ibid
      [9] “With Help From a Friend, Enron Fleeces South America”. Tim Wheeler. People’s Weekly World. 2-23-02
      [10] “How Enron Used the Off-Shore System to Hide Millions”. Lucy Komisar. San Diego Union-Tribune. 1-23-02
      [11] CNN Headline News. 1-11-02

  10. senator-blutarsky

    I am assuming “Matt barber” (?) would prefer a cast of sordid characters such as a Romney ( democrat in drag), a Grinch (a total globalist ), Perry- a pernicious tool for special interests and a not terribly bright human, and never mind the Bachmans, and lesser candidates

    I am sure Barber would prefer the globalist Bush criminals and their plunder of the nation for 8 years, and national disgraces like John Mccain, co-author with Ted Kennedy of the 2006 AMNESTY Bill for illegals, and recent syncophant for the NDAA which gives “legal” authority for the Prez to detain Americans indefinitely sans habeas corpus etc.

    We sure need more “REPUBLICANS” like I am sure Barber wants, dont we ?

    1. Then we have Ron Paul (the biggest nut in the fruitcake)(the anti-semitic; let’s legalize drugs; believes U.S Government orchestrated 9/11; Neville Chamberlin wannabe;appeasement mentality; let’s give love and peace a chance; let’s allow our enemies to have nukes and use them on their neighbors; and let’s cut our military) liberal racist who poses as a Constitutionalist.

      This is the guy I want as Commander-in-Chief of our Armed Forces. If he was in charge of Defense of our Country our soldiers would be issued flowers and poetry books in place of their rifles to use against our enemies. Wouldn’t that be a peach! You got any other recommendations BLOWHARDSKY?

      1. Hmmmm…let’s take the above one bite at a time.

        1) “Ron Paul…biggest nut in the fruitcake” – completely ad hominen attack for which no intelligent response would be appropriate.

        2) “anti-Semitic” – Captain Kirk’s definition of which is apparently applicable to any politician who does not agree that we should allow foreign special interests to trump American interests, the very definition of “treason”. Another unsubstantiated, ignorant, and cheap shot.

        3) “let’s legalize drugs” – ah yes, the infamous “War on drugs”…40 years later and hundreds of billions of fiat dollars spent…and our prisons filled with addicts while the drug cartels Chieftains ride around in Mercedes-Benz luxury cars. And you defend such this absolute failure of public policy, Captain Kirk? Start with this…

        “Global war on drugs a failure, high-level panel says”
        http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/06/02/us-drugs-commission-idUSTRE7513XW20110602

        4) “believes U.S Government orchestrated 9/11” – please cite your sources Captain Kirk (maybe you can find them in the ship’s log). This baseless attack is news to everyone…you scooped us all Shirlock.

        5) “Neville Chamberlin(sic) wannabe; appeasement mentality; let’s give love and peace a chance” – a lame attempt to “compare apples to oranges”. Neville Chamberlain was the British Prime Minister who conventional history wishes to criticize for “appeasement” and for failing to take a harder line against Hitler. He was replaced by Winston Churchill whose historical legend has been greatly diminished in recent decades. Try Patrick J. Buchanan’s book, “Churchill, Hitler, and the Unnecessary War” for a truthful alternative to the “lies written by the victors” of WWII…especially the conceited mass murderer (see “fire bombing of Dresden”) Churchill, whose penchant for grandeur was unparalleled.

        Keeping in mind that Neville Chamberlain was Prime Minister of Britain until May, 1940, Patrick Buchanan states the following, ” “Had Britain not given a war guarantee to Poland in March 1939, then declared war on September 3, bringing in South Africa, Canada, Australia, India, New Zealand, and the United States, a German-Polish war might never have become a six-year war in which fifty million would perish.”

        To the contrary, Ron Paul has been attempting to extract a bankrupt America from an 8-year war that history now absolutely admits was for false and nefarious reasons…no WMDs despite George W. Bush’s hallucinations to the contrary. Dr. Paul also wants the U.S. out of Afghanistan where we continue to play Global-Empire-run-amok.

        6) “let’s allow our enemies to have nukes and use them on their neighbors” – enemy is an obvious reference to Iran, a country that has not attacked any country, much less a “neighbor” in over 300 years; a country that has no nukes and is not working on nukes according to all 16 of the U.S. intelligence agencies in the most recent NIE (National Intelligence Estimate) report; a country that is a signatory to the NPT (Nuclear non-Proliferation Treaty) and is in full compliance with same.

        One of the “neighbors” you reference is obviously Israel, a country that has attacked indigenous civilian populations with high-tech and deadly military weaponry like white phosphorus, a prima facie international war crime, on many, many occasions; a country that has 200-300 nukes; a country that is not a signatory to the NPT; a country settled by European Jews who have no blood ties to the Jews of the Old Testament, but who have done a fantastic job of convincing gullible Christians in Amerika that they are those same Jews that Christians must support politically and economically.

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      2. (Continued from above posting…)

        7) “let’s cut our military” – the bankrupt U.S. government spends more on the military than the next 20 countries on the list combined. And Captain Kirk would propose maintaining that level of military expenditure until the entire U.S. economy collapses completely? An outcome that is guaranteed to transpire in the very near future if drastic changes in our obscene, decades-long, national spending spree are not made very soon.

        8) “liberal racist who poses as a Constitutionalist” – a combination ad hominen attack coupled with a totally unsupported and negative label. Please define which part(s) of the U.S. Constitution that Ron Paul has exhibited a disservice regarding.

        As the 2008 Constitution Party candidate for President of the United States, Chuck Baldwin, so eloguently noted in his most recent colum dated December 29, 2011…

        “Listen to Daniel Webster: ‘There is no nation on earth powerful enough to accomplish our overthrow. Our destruction, should it come at all, will be from another quarter. From the inattention of the people to the concerns of their government, from their carelessness and negligence. I must confess that I do apprehend some danger. I fear that they may place too implicit a confidence in their public servants and fail properly to scrutinize their conduct; that in this way they may be made the dupes of designing men and become the instruments of their own undoing.’

        Yet, except for Ron Paul, not a single Republican Presidential candidate has issued the slightest warning regarding the draconian components of the NDAA that literally turns America’s homeland into a war zone and, with the stroke of a pen, effectively eviscerates the Bill of Rights. Why is that? Because, except for Ron Paul, none of them get it. Bachman, Gingrich, Perry, Romney, Santorum. None of them!”

        Chuck Baldwin, a candidate for Lt. Governor in Montana for the 2012 elections, is a superb constitutionalist and his enthusiastic endorsement of Ron Paul is the final word on Ron Paul’s credentials to be President and Commander-in-Chief. You can find the rest of his superb commentary on Dr. Paul at the following link…

        http://chuckbaldwinlive.com/home/?p=4360

        As far as the final ad hominen attack by Captain Kirk…referring to the esteemed Senator-Blutarsky, a worthy and intelligent scholar, as “BLOWHARDSKY”…leads me to believe that this poseur denigrates the legendary lead character of the Star Trek series who consistently demonstrated common sense, intelligence, and outside-the-box logic…rather than the baseless ignorance, innuendo, thoughtless conformity, and goose-stepping allegiance to the Federal leviation demonstrated above.

        I would suggest that Captain Kirk request for Scotty to beam him back up…but, I fear that the good Enterprise left for another constellation while the gittin’ was good.

  11. Correction to first posting…

    And you defend such an absolute failure of public policy, Captain Kirk?

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