Getting a Grip
Taxes, Nazis, and Spooks.
Tales of Greed and Intrigue from the War Front.
The United States is now a different country.
The new war began on the tail of George W. Bush’s tax restructuring
program, dubbed “the tax cut,” by the media.
Under this program someone with Dick Cheney’s income will benefit from
a $2.3 million tax cut. By
comparison, the poorest 40% of American workers will see less a cut of less than
$100. The $300 “advance”
y’all received against next year’s cut amounts to nothing more than a cruel
joke. And we’re all going to pay through the nose in the form of
higher local taxes to restore essential services lost in the new federal budget.
Show Us the
The Bush proposal, now inching its way from the House to the Senate,
proposes an immediate $54 billion tax cut to be followed during the next year by
an additional $46 billion. According
to former U.S. Secretary of Labor, Robert Reich, writing for the Los Angeles
Times, all of the $54 billion, would go to the wealthiest 30% of US
households, with half of it going to the richest 5%. Buried in this tax package, according to The New York
Times, is a $1.4 billion tax break for IBM, $800 million for GM and, most
frightening, a $670 million break for NBC’s corporate parent, GE. Needless to say, Tom Brokaw will continue parroting the
Administration line. Also
benefiting from this bill, according to Citizens for Tax Justice, will be TXU
Power, Chevron/Texaco, Enron, Phillips Petroleum, IMC Global and CMS Energy.
All are energy or mining companies based in or near Texas.
Twin Towers & Treason
Of the $40billion recently promised to rebuild New York, it now seems
that only $7billion will be going to rebuild New York and The Pentagon.
Governor Patacki, fresh from Lower Manhattan photo-ops with “The
President,” went to Washington with damage estimates of around $36 billion but
came back empty handed. New York
City lost 100,000 plus jobs immediately following September 11th.
Sixty-Six restaurants in lower Manhattan alone are closed. The
migration to New Jersey in the wake of the attacks has made Jersey City the
fastest growing municipality in the US. The
loss of tax revenues to both New York City and the State are staggering, with
the ripple effects threatening to cripple many services here in Buffalo.
As a state, we’re expected to shoulder the cost of the terrorist attack
against our nation while Bush, exploiting his newfound popularity, attempts to
divert billions in federal funds to his Texas handlers.
As New York continues to dig the corpses of firefighters and police
officers out of the rubble of lower Manhattan, Bush’s actions amount to
nothing less than treason.
& The bin Ladens
Following the money brings us to a few strange twists in the road.
It now seems, according to The Wall Street Journal, that the
senior George Bush is employed as a consultant for the Carlyle Group, a company
owned in part by the bin Laden family. While
the bin Ladens have officially disowned their son Osama, the FBI has subpoenaed
the bin Laden family business’s bank records as part of its investigation into
the attacks of September 11th. Judicial
Watch, a Washington DC based public interest lobby assailed the connection,
arguing “The idea of the President’s father, an ex-president himself, doing
business with a company under investigation by the FBI in connection with the
terror attacks of September 11 is horrible. President Bush should not ask, but
demand, that his father pull out of the Carlyle Group.”
Bush’s father works for Osama’s father.
Who knew? It’s a small small world after all.
Hang on. It gets weirder.
Vice President Dick Cheney is the former CEO of Halliburton Energy.
Investigative journalist and author, Bill Weinberg, recently reported
that Halliburton, according to company websites, owns, in a joint venture with
the “bin Laden Group,” Bredaro-Shaw, a company whose predecessor built
pipelines in Iran, Libya and Alaska. Spooky
Cheney also, according to the Amarillo Globe, held a seat on the
Kazakhstan Oil Advisory Board in the mid 1990s when he brokered a deal for
Chevron (now Chevron/Texaco), Shell and Mobil (now Exxon/Mobile) to build a
pipeline to bring Kazakhstani oil to the West.
The region is widely expected to produce over 75% of the world’s oil by
the middle of the 21st century.
I really don’t know what to make of these strange connections and I
don’t dare attempt to draw any conclusions.
Capital in today’s global economy is so inter-twined, these
coincidences could very well be innocent. But
it gets stranger. Fasten your seat
belts and read on.
Bin Laden Meets
According to a report published in the British newspaper, The Guardian,
and the French newspaper, Le Figaro, the American Hospital in Dubai
treated Osama bin Laden in July of this year.
The newspapers cite French intelligence sources as reporting that while
in the urology clinic of the hospital, bin Laden was visited by two CIA agents
as well as Prince Turki al Faisal, who at the time headed the Saudi intelligence
agency. The papers report that bin
Laden is widely believed to be suffering from advanced stages of Hepatitis C and
had a dialysis machine delivered to his bunker in Afghanistan.
The specter of bin Laden, the FBI’s most wanted man, meeting with CIA
officials two months prior to the September 11th attacks, is, to say
the least, curious. US officials
deny the meeting occurred and American Hospital officials in Dubai deny bin
Laden was a patient. The next
question, then, is why would French intelligence sources float such an
A is for
Anybody who has turned on a television knows the war in Afghanistan has
taken a back seat to the Anthrax war at home.
Suddenly our postal carrier has taken on the duel roles, both as hero and
angel of death. Beyond the images
of HAZMAT teams and surgically secure mailrooms, the American media is telling
us little about this latest scary white powder.
This much we know. According
to a report published in New Scientist magazine, the strain of anthrax
that has so far shown up is the “Ames Strain,” developed by the US
military’s bioweapons program, which officially destroyed its stockpile in
1969. The Ames strain emerging now
creates a great embarrassment for the US military.
Early on in the anthrax scare
government officials speculated that this Ames anthrax was “weaponized” in
Iraq. If this is the case, they
will have to answer the question as to how Iraq came to be in possession of
American military anthrax. For
years, reporters in the alternative media fielded allegations that the first
Bush Administration might have covertly supplied biological weapons to Iraq to
use against Iran, but these reports were previously dismissed as impossible to
It is not likely, however, that they would have to answer these
questions. The British newspaper, The Observer, cites US Justice
Department sources as alleging that evidence now points to right wings
terrorists in the US as culprits in the Anthrax attacks.
Interestingly, while the British press began reporting about right wing
American connections to the attacks in mid October, most mainstream US media
outlets continued to parrot suspicions about Iraqi origins of the attacks.
This despite a 1998 New York Times report linking white
supremacist Larry Wayne Harris with an attempt to obtain Bubonic Plague, which
he intended to release in a New York subway.
According to The Times, the FBI suspected that Harris’ group
might be in possession of other biological weapons. The mainstream media now seems to have amnesia regarding the
1998 Times story. Their
recent reporting ignores both the Harris incident and the homegrown bioterrorist
threat it unveiled. Instead of
solid investigative reporting about anthrax, we’ve received knee-jerk
conclusions similar to those the media dished out immediately after the Oklahoma
It shouldn’t have taken a sleuth, however, to connect right wing
extremists to recent acts of terrorism. They’ve
certainly left enough breadcrumbs, as they lined up to support the terrorists
who destroyed the World Trade Center. Since
September 11th, representatives of the American Nazi Party, the Aryan
Nations, Aryan Action and the National Alliance have all gone on record
supporting al Qaida and the attacks against the Twin Towers, which they describe
as “buildings full of Jews.” One
white supremacist website carried the question, “Is there not a single person
who has received these anthrax letters that isn't an avowed enemy of the white
With few exceptions, the American corporate press has either downplayed
or outright ignored this story, despite the fact that it broke three weeks ago
in the UK. As of press time, the New
York Times and National Public Radio are still reporting that
officials have no clues as to the origins of the anthrax. This is a classic example of misinformation.
The public needs one identifiable enemy and he’s in Afghanistan, not
Idaho. The frightening questions
are, if this story proves true, how did racists get US military grade anthrax,
and, given the presumably small group of known racists with military ties, why
haven’t they been caught yet?
Bucks for Bayer
If there’s a winner in this anthrax mayhem, it’s Bayer A.G., the
German conglomerate that holds the global patent to Cipro, the antibiotic used
to treat Anthrax. With thousands of
potentially exposed postal and government workers now taking Cipro
prescriptions, and with literally tens of thousands of neurotics stockpiling
Cipro, sales have soared. This
couldn’t have come at a better time for Bayer, a company suffering from
financial woes after pulling its anti-cholesterol drug, Baycol, from the market. Before the recent anthrax scare, Bayer discontinued its
listing on the New York Stock Exchange, and was considered ripe for a hostile
Cipro sales, however, changed all that.
Cipro prescriptions in New York City for the final week of September
alone, were 27% higher than for all of 2000.
Our nation’s bad fortune became Bayer’s good fortune. They’re still not, however, ready to become good corporate
citizens. Like the American
corporate beneficiaries of the Bush Administration’s new proposed tax cuts,
the folks at Bayer see gold in the dust of war.
And their pursuit of that gold is relentless.
When the Canadian government attempted to stockpile a generic version of
Cipro for purposes of national security, Bayer threatened to sue under
international trade law for patent infringement. If indeed the anthrax virus is a weapon of war, it’s insane
for a private company to think they can own and license the technology to defeat
it. But such is postmodern warfare.
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