Philip Merrill - June 19 2006 - Ex-Im Bank - Cheney's friend Suicided

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Old news but it links up with other issues I've been looking at and it appears not to have been posted before...

http://www.thebaynet.com/news/index.cfm/fa/viewstory/story_ID/2675

Merrill Death Looks a lot Like Other 'Fishy' Mysteries on Chesapeake
The Views Expressed Here Do Not Reflect Those of The Bay Net - 6/24/2006

Merrill death ruled suicide; Body found in water weighed down by an anchor; Merrill shot through head in a replay of 1978 "suicide" of CIA Deputy Director John Paisley.

The body of Maryland publisher Philip Merrill was discovered June 19 in the Chesapeake Bay near Poplar Island with a gunshot wound to the head and weighed down with an anchor. Merrill's body was discovered 11 miles from where his boat was found the week prior. As with Paisley, investigators concluded Merrill committed suicide by shooting himself in the head with a shotgun.
Investigators ruled Merrill's death a suicide even before an autopsy was performed, An experienced medical examiner told WMR that bodies found in the water rapidly lose toxicological and other critical evidence, including the presence of drugs in the bloodstream.
Wayne Madsen Report was the first to speculate that Merrill's death was more than an accident, as reported last week by the mainstream media.

WMR learned that while Merrill, a close friend of Vice President Dick Cheney and financial backer of a number of neo-conservative organizations, was the head of the U.S. Export-Import Bank, the bank made a number of dubious loans to the U.S.-run Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) in Iraq and a successor agency known as the Trade Bank of Iraq. In November 2003, $500 million in credit was extended to the Trade Bank of Iraq by the US Export-Import Bank. Much of the money was used to facilitate U.S. "exports" to Iraq, which was actually used to pay major U.S. contractors operating in the occupied country. A 2005 audit report by the Office of the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction concluded that "the CPA did not establish or implement sufficient managerial, financial and contractual controls to ensure that funds were used in a transparent manner." The report stated that $8.8 billion allocated to the CPA was unaccounted for.

The Chesapeake Bay is becoming to Washington, DC what the Jersey Pine Barrens were for the New York and Philly mobs -- a place where people simply disappear. Merrill is the latest victim of the "Chesapeake Triangle".
Washington has experienced similar inexplicable losses in the Bay. On Sept. 26, 1978, retired CIA Deputy Director for Strategic Research John A. Paisley's sailboat was found moored off Solomon's Island, south of where Merrill's boat was found.

Later, Paisley's body was found in the nearby Patuxent River, his submerged body tied to diving weights. Although Paisley was shot through the head, police ruled it a suicide. Paisley was involved with the electronic intercept programs of both the CIA and NSA and may have had important information on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy that he was about to impart to the House Select Committee on Assassinations.

On April 28, 1996, former CIA Director William Colby, who was cooperating with John DeCamp, a Republican State Senator in Nebraska and a former CIA colleague in Vietnam, in investigating a national pedophile ring said to involve George H. W. Bush and reported in The Washington Times, went missing at his home at Rock Point on Cobb Island in Charles County, southwest of where Paisley's boat was found. After Colby's canoe was found adrift, his body was later discovered on the shoreline of the bay. Colby, a veteran of CIA missions in Southeast Asia and elsewhere, was said to have lost his footing and drowned.

Local police never ruled out foul play in either the Paisley or Colby cases.

Now we have Merrill disappearing under similar circumstances. Merrill outwardly was connected to many neo-conservative organizations. He served on the advisory council of Frank Gaffney's ultra-neocon Center for Security Policy; the Defense Policy Board alongside such arch-neocons as Richard Perle, James Woolsey, and Ken Adelman; set up the neocon Center for Strategic Studies under his Defense Policy Board neocon colleague Eliot Cohen; and was appointed as the President of the U.S. Export-Import Bank by President George W. Bush and was sworn in by his friend Dick Cheney, who recommended him for the EX-IM Bank position. Merrill was also described in yesterday's Washington Post editorial as someone who took on "diplomatic and intelligence missions for the government over the years."

However, Merrill also was very much part of the traditional Washington foreign policy establishment, having served as Assistant Secretary General of NATO, a participant in Law of the Sea and disarmament conferences, philanthropist for the environmental Chesapeake Bay Foundation and the University of Maryland journalism college, and a trustee of the chic Aspen Institute. Merrill served intermittently as a Senior Intelligence Analyst for South Asia at the Department of State from 1961 to 1968.

WMR has learned from an informed source who knew Merrill for a number of years that while Merrill headed the EX-IM Bank from 2002 to 2005, the bank routed a significant amount of money to entities associated with the Russian-Ukrainian-Israeli mafia -- the shadowy network that his been linked to fugitive Marc Rich, his one-time lawyer "Scooter" Libby, Jack Abramoff, Adam Kidan, and various Russian oligarchs who are now exiled in Israel to avoid extradition for their various crimes. The EX-IM Bank under Merrill's tenure also financed U.S. reconstruction projects in Coalition Provisional Authority-occupied Iraq, programs that resulted in the loss of billions of U.S. taxpayers' funds. Merrill had also supported using future Iraqi oil and natural gas revenues to finance Halliburton and Bechtel oil industry infrastructure projects in the occupied country. In May 2003, Merrill told a congressional committee that the locking of Iraqi revenues for future U.S. projects had "real merit."

http://www.exim.gov/pressrelease.cfm/B040D9A1-1032-5B0F-BAB1587C930C5E1F/

December 4, 2002
CONTACT: Marianna Ohe (202) 565-3200
PHILIP MERRILL SWORN IN AS PRESIDENT AND CHAIRMAN OF EX-IM BANK

Philip Merrill today was sworn in by Vice President Dick Cheney as president and chairman of the Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank). Merrill, a publisher and diplomat with broad experience in both the public and private sectors, was nominated to head Ex-Im Bank by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

"Phil Merrill has been a friend of mine for a long time," Cheney said. "He has had a distinguished and successful business career as well as holding a number of vital assignments for the White House and Department of Defense. I know he will be a superb chairman of the Bank."

"Ex-Im Bank helps U.S. companies compete abroad by shouldering the commercial and political risks of financing their export sales to growing markets," Merrill said. "We are committed to helping U.S. businesses large and small sustain jobs by tapping these opportunities."

Before joining Ex-Im Bank, Merrill was chairman of the board of Capital-Gazette Communications, Inc., which publishes The Washingtonian magazine, The Annapolis Capital and four other Maryland newspapers.

From 1990 to 1992 he served in Brussels as Assistant Secretary-General of NATO. From 1983 to 1990 he served on the Department of Defense Policy Board, and from 1981 to 1983 he was counselor to the Undersecretary of Defense for Policy. In 1988 the Secretary of Defense awarded him the Medal for Distinguished Service, the highest civilian honor given by the department.

Merrill has represented the United States in negotiations on the Law of the Sea Conference, the International Telecommunications Union, and various disarmament and exchange agreements with the former Soviet Union. He is a former special assistant to the Deputy Secretary of State and has worked in the White House on national security affairs. He has served in six previous administrations.

Merrill has served as a trustee of the Aspen Institute, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, the Johns Hopkins University, and the Corcoran Gallery of Art. He was vice chairman of the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments and a U.S. Director of the International Institute of Strategic Studies. He has served on the Department of Defense Policy Board and the Defense Business Board. Among other organizations, Merrill served on the University of Maryland Board of Visitors and on the boards of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and the Advanced Physics Laboratories. He has established the Capital Gazette Foundation and the Merrill Family Foundation.

Merrill graduated from Cornell University and the Harvard Business School's Program for Management Development. He and his wife Ellie have three children, Douglas, Cathy and Nancy.

Merrill will serve the remaining portion of the four-year term left vacant by the death earlier this year of John Robson. The term expires January 20, 2005.

Ex-Im Bank is an independent U.S. government agency that helps finance the sale of U.S. exports, primarily to growth markets throughout the world, by providing loans, guarantees, and insurance. In fiscal year 2002, Ex-Im Bank supported approximately $13 billion of U.S. exports worldwide.

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Re: Philip Merrill - June 19 2006 - Ex-Im Bank - Cheney's friend Suicided
« Reply #1 on: September 05, 2010, 11:33:18 PM »
related:

http://www.sott.net/articles/show/124544-The-Not-So-Strange-Case-of-Philip-Merrill
The Not So Strange Case of Philip Merrill

http://www.exim.gov/pressrelease.cfm/11B710E5-C3D2-6BEB-06EB009907C43C84/
Philip Merrill Steps Down as Ex-Im Bank Chairman, President - JULY 13, 2005

http://www.economicpopulist.org/content/exploitation-inc-david-rockefeller-and-adventures-global-finance
EXPLOITATION, INC.: David Rockefeller and Adventures in Global Finance - 08/08/2010
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Frankly, I have no idea the interest of David Rockefeller in the U.N. Oil-for-Food Program and subsequent inquiry but, suffice to say, wherever oil is concerned, one usually finds a Rockefeller!

Also, the Rockefellers have long been financial supporters of the United Nations, which makes it all the more confusing that when the G.A.O. undertakes its own financial inquiry into the matter, the U.N. refuses to hand over any documents involved?

It is important to understand that over a period of decades, from the 1920s to the 1970s, the Rockefeller’s vast fortune (conservatively estimated in 1964 at between $5 billion to $10 billion, but even then it had been well hidden or sheltered) was constantly being restructured in a system of trusts and foundations in order to both avoid taxation and hide their true worth.

Through those trusts and foundations, the Rockefeller family is both invested and controls a sizable number of corporations; oil companies, pharmaceutical companies, mining and precious metals companies, etc.

This investment and control also extends through J.P. Morgan Chase (previously through Chase Manhattan prior to the merger with J.P. Morgan) and Citigroup – which had previously had Rockefellers as CEOs and on their board, as it handled, and most likely still handles as no business articles have ever indicated otherwise, a chunk of the Rockefellers’ business interests.

Another important aspect to that unaccounted for $8.7 billion: during that time frame the chairman of the Export-Import Bank was Philip Merrill, extremely wealthy publisher and Cheney appointee.

From a FAQ from the Iraq Revenue Watch site:

Ex-Im Bank Chairman Philip Merrill is currently consulting on the oil securitization proposal with State and Treasury department officials.
Companies involved in reconstruction projects would want the Ex-Im Bank- backed proposal to move ahead as early as this winter, to be assured of continuous funding.

Under the proposal, an Iraq Reconstruction Financing Authority (IRFA) would be established initially within the Development Fund for Iraq, and subsequently allowed to operate under an Iraqi government.

After Mr. Merrill has stepped down from that position with the Ex-Im, he becomes the victim of a most unusual “suicide.” While out on his sailboard or yacht (newspaper stories differ on the vessel description), he evidently shoots himself in the head with a shotgun, then dives or falls overboard with a rather heavy anchor, swims 11 miles from his boat, or yacht, and then weighs his body down with the anchor.

All the more extraordinary given his age, overweight and out-of-shape physical condition?

Back to that U.N. Oil-for-Food inquiry: GE (General Electric) is fined for bribes and kickbacks for their participation in it. Later, connections will be established between them and David Rockefeller.

General Electric (GE) today announced that it had reached a settlement with the Securities and Exchange Commission over charges of illegal kickbacks its subsidiaries paid to win contracts in the United Nations’ Oil-for-Food Program. As a result, GE has agreed to pay a $1 million penalty and give up the estimated $22.5 million in profits plus interest earned on the transactions.

The SEC charged GE…



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Re: Philip Merrill - June 19 2006 - Ex-Im Bank - Cheney's friend Suicided
« Reply #2 on: September 06, 2010, 12:57:22 AM »
It is also interesting that Merrill had replaced John Robson (died of Cancer) of Searle Nutrasweet Rumsfeld fame.
GW Bush elected Pres 2001
Appoints John Robson (Rumsfelds pal) to exim Bank
9/11/2001
Robson Testifies to the senate in October and contracts Cancer soon after
Robson dies May 2002 and Merrill replaces him.

http://banking.senate.gov/01_10hrg/100201/robson.htm
Prepared Statement of The Honorable John E. Robson - President and Chairman Export-Import Bank of the United States
10:00 a.m., Tuesday, October 2, 2001 - Dirksen 538

http://articles.latimes.com/2002/mar/21/local/me-robsonx21
John Robson, 71; Export-Import Bank Leader Served 4 Presidents
Obituaries March 21, 2002

John E. Robson, the president and chairman of the Export-Import Bank of the United States, a government-held corporation that helps U.S. businesses compete abroad as they export goods and services, died of cancer Wednesday at his home in Washington, D.C. He was 71.
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Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld was a high school classmate, and the two worked closely together as executives at the pharmaceutical giant G.D. Searle & Co. in the 1970s and '80s.
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He was a 1952 graduate of Yale University and a cum laude 1955 graduate of Harvard University law school.
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In 1977, he joined Illinois-based G.D. Searle & Co., then run by Rumsfeld. Robson became president and later chief executive of the firm, which cut expenses and began marketing its popular NutraSweet sugar substitute

http://www.nytimes.com/2002/03/21/business/john-robson-71-longtime-official-who-led-us-export-import-bank.html
WASHINGTON, March 20— John E. Robson, whose leadership as president and chairman of the Export-Import Bank of the United States helped shape the Bush administration's trade and foreign policy agenda, died today. He was 71.

The cause was complications from a six-month battle with cancer, according to a statement by the bank.

Mr. Robson was raised in Chicago
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Re: Philip Merrill - June 19 2006 - Ex-Im Bank - Cheney's friend Suicided
« Reply #3 on: September 06, 2010, 01:21:13 AM »
If Dick didn't have it done, it's a little close to home for the old Dickster.

Wow.

What the heck good is it having a goon friend like Dick if they can just wack you like that.

Useless.

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Re: Philip Merrill - June 19 2006 - Ex-Im Bank - Cheney's friend Suicided
« Reply #4 on: September 06, 2010, 01:34:00 AM »
With friends like Cheney, who needs assassins?

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Re: Philip Merrill - June 19 2006 - Ex-Im Bank - Cheney's friend Suicided
« Reply #5 on: September 06, 2010, 02:15:36 AM »
Yeah, that's true.

A friend of Cheney's who didn't die from buck-shot in the back?

"What's that, Dick?  You want to go quail-hunting next thursday?  I think I have plans that day, old pal.  Sorry."

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Re: Philip Merrill - June 19 2006 - Ex-Im Bank - Cheney's friend Suicided
« Reply #6 on: September 06, 2010, 02:21:50 AM »
After Mr. Merrill has stepped down from that position with the Ex-Im, he becomes the victim of a most unusual “suicide.” While out on his sailboard or yacht (newspaper stories differ on the vessel description), he evidently shoots himself in the head with a shotgun, then dives or falls overboard with a rather heavy anchor, swims 11 miles from his boat, or yacht, and then weighs his body down with the anchor.

All the more extraordinary given his age, overweight and out-of-shape physical condition?

Yes, extraordinary.

I wonder if there is an even stronger word than extraordinary that would be appropriate here.

Yes, I believe the phrase "What the f#%k!" comes to mind.

Imagine that.

Wonder if Dick got some of that juicy food-for-oil money?  Could it be that he was profiteering on that just like the evil Saddam?  His buddy at the Ex-Im bank had all the dirt.  Was he going to talk?  Did he ask for one too many favors in return for his silence?

I think Uncle Dick should be suspect number one.

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Re: Philip Merrill - June 19 2006 - Ex-Im Bank - Cheney's friend Suicided
« Reply #7 on: January 02, 2011, 10:49:31 PM »
Eximbank, OPIC, Enron, Black and Veatch = Monetary policy treason?
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Re: Philip Merrill - June 19 2006 - Ex-Im Bank - Cheney's friend Suicided
« Reply #8 on: January 03, 2011, 11:09:50 PM »
related -  In that it connects Citi (Rockefeller) - Bankers Trust / Deutche Bank (Rockefeller/RothsChild) - Carlyle - Bush / Cheney  - Enron suicide of J. Clifford Baxter

Council on Foreign Relations A Part of The State Department?: (Intel hub radio)

http://911blogger.com/node/8938
Wayne Madsen Report - Enron, Citigroup, Saudia Arabia, and 9/11
WTC7 housed the Securities and Exchange Commission, which was investigating Enron. Late 2001 was the time of “the height of the investigation into Enron, so the majority of Enron’s SEC filings were likely destroyed when World Trade Center 7 came down.” [Barry Zwicker, The 9/11 News Special You Never Saw]

How convenient for WTC7 to be totally destroyed and Cliff Baxter, former Enron Vice Chairman, to kill himself. Blame it on the bossa nova, er, I mean al-Qaeda. It's obvious that the financing of 9/11 is one of those intentionally underexamined points in the OTC, where more truth than fiction could be easily shaken out. What say you Sibel?

Madsen: Citibank/Citigroup back channel “Account 98″ financing of Al Qaeda 9/11 terrorists, nearly exposed by Enron’s dead Cliff Baxter. Neat package, eh?

Wallace also writes, "I was brought into this spider web of greed and illegality by J. Clifford Baxter, a business associate of mine who was at one time vice chairman of Enron. Through his relationship with Robert Rubin at Citigroup's Chairman's Suite in New York City, in August 2001, I became privy to a series of business transactions planned by Citigroup that I began to realize were not only illegal but also aiding international terrorism from Saudi Arabia. I complained to Citigroup's senior executives and their board, and Cliff told me and others that he was going to expose this bank fraud of Citigroup and Saudi banks. Then, about 30 days after my first letter to Citigroup's chairman, Cliff suddenly died on January 18, 2002 from what is to this day still considered a very questionable suicide."

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2002/04/10/eveningnews/main505845.shtml
The Mysterious Death Of An Enron Exec - April 10, 2002
 It may be the biggest outstanding mystery in the Enron story: the death of Cliff Baxter, a former top Enron executive. He'd just agreed to testify to Congress in the Enron case. A congressional source tells CBS News that Baxter wasn't a target in the probe, he was to provide evidence against others.
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The experts found several things highly unusual. First the peculiar ammunition: not regular bullets but something called "rat-shot".

http://letsrollforums.com/wtc7-tenants-their-significance-t16930.html?s=8465e5ec894fc9b5c82bf857d6ab4862&
Financial Investigations Destroyed

The building also held archives of financial fraud cases that were yet solved. It is reported that these files held case details concerning the Enron energy scandal among others. After the WTC7 demolition, these files would disappear along with it, and many of the cases were lost.

Links to More about  Enron Baxter suicide/murder?

http://articles.cnn.com/2002-01-25/us/enron.suicide_1_cliff-baxter-philip-hilder-enron-north-america?_s=PM:US
January 25, 2002

Former Enron Corp. vice chairman J. Clifford Baxter was found dead in his car in a Houston suburb early Friday, the victim of an apparent suicide, police said

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Former Enron Corp. vice chairman J. Clifford Baxter was found dead in his car in a Houston suburb early Friday, the victim of an apparent suicide, police said

When it looks sketchy and the police say "victim of an apparent suicide," you know something's up.

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Re: Philip Merrill - June 19 2006 - Ex-Im Bank - Cheney's friend Suicided
« Reply #10 on: July 10, 2011, 04:07:13 PM »
More links - I'm not the only one surprised this is not a murder investigation....

http://alexconstantine.blogspot.com/2006/09/phillip-merrill-suicide.html



Any conclusions concerning the death of Phillip Merrill, the ultra-conservative publisher and former Ex-Im Bank president, are premature, but there are circumstances surrounding the fatal shot to his head that are left begging to be explained. The murder weapon was not found, for instance, though the body was recovered. And a man who has shot himself in the head is probably unable to tie an anchor around his feet and throw himself into the sea ...
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The Post reported that over the years Merrill “frequently took time away from his business to pursue diplomatic and intelligence assignments for the government.” Merrill also served as the assistant secretary-general of NATO from 1990 to 1992. In 1988, he was awarded the Medal for Distinguished Service, the highest civilian honor given by the Defense Department.
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A source close to the investigation said Merrill was found with a small
anchor tied around one or both ankles and with what investigators think was a shotgun wound to the head.


http://somd.com/news/headlines/articles/3954.shtml
Merrill Not First VIP to Perish on Southern Maryland Waterways

Philip Merrill was not the first VIP to perish in the waters of southern Maryland. At least two other prominent people with ties to the federal government have met their demise in the area's waterways since 1978. Mr. Merrill was reported missing Saturday, June 10, after his sailboat was found near Breezy Point in Calvert County.

The most recent was former CIA director William Colby. Mr. Colby maintained a house at Rock Point on Cobb Island in Charles County. Mr. Colby went missing from his home on April 27, 1996. His body was recovered on May 6, 1996 from the Wicomico River where it was found underwater. The official story is that he fell from his canoe and drowned.
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Another notable death that occurred in our waterways was that of John A. Paisley. Mr. Paisley was an important employee of the CIA who was involved in highly covert activities and had loose ties to the JFK Assassination. According to an investigative report by Tad Szulc titled “The Missing C.I.A. Man” that appeared in the New York Times on Jan 7, 1979, Mr. Paisley set sail from Solomons Island in his sloop, named Brillig, on the night of Sept. 23, 1978. The next day, a state park ranger from Point Lookout notified the coast guard station at St. Inigoes that recreational boaters had reported that a boat under full sail went ashore on Point Lookout. Investigators found no one on-board and there were no prints in the sand.
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Several days later on Sunday, Oct 1, 1978, pleasure boaters radioed the Coast Guard that they had spotted a body floating near the mouth of the Patuxent River. The body was recovered and later identified as that of Mr. Paisley by the state's chief medical examiner.

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Merrill Suicide Confirmed; New Details of Case Released
By Elizabeth Williamson 
Washington Post Staff Writer 
 June 24, 2006; Page B05
http://www.washingtonpost.com/

The Maryland medical examiner's office and police confirmed yesterday that publisher Philip Merrill, whose body was found this week in the Chesapeake Bay, died of a self-inflicted shotgun wound to the head.

Merrill, 72, suffered a "contact shotgun wound," the medical examiner's office said, meaning that the shotgun was fired at close range. The autopsy confirmed that he committed suicide, said Shirl Walker, a spokeswoman for the office.

Merrill, whose Annapolis-based publishing holdings included Washingtonian magazine and the Capital, a daily newspaper, disappeared June 10 after leaving his Severn River home, alone at the helm of his 41-foot sailboat, Merrilly. His body was found by a boater on the ninth day of an intensive police search.
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The shotgun has not been found. (it fell off the boat all by itself! )
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The publisher "had suffered significant trauma to the head. . . . In addition, an eight-pound mushroom anchor was found tied to Merrill's lower left leg," the statement said. { Again - the anchor will do that all by itself when someone contemplates suicide! }
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Former CIA director R. James Woolsey told the Washington Post that "It still doesn't seem real to me." When he last saw Merrill on Memorial Day, Woolsey said "he seemed his normal, happy, exuberant, engaging self."

Tom Marquardt, executive editor of the Capital, commented that his conversations with Merrill "did not indicate that there was anything amiss," although Merrill had recently said "he didn't really know what to do with the rest of his life, as he would say."

The Baltimore Sun reports that an Annapolis gun shop owner informed police that Merrill had purchased a shotgun.

He found it unusual since Merrill's paper had editorialized in favor of stricter gun control. Police examined the model Merrill purchased to see if it could be fired while turned toward the shooter.

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Sunday, June 25, 2006
The Not So Strange Case of Philip Merrill

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by Joe Quinn
Signs of the Times
6/22/06

Philip Merrill was the 71 year old president and CEO of Capital-Gazette Communications, Inc., which publishes Washingtonian magazine, the Annapolis Capital, and five other Maryland newspapers.

On June 10th, Mr Merrill's wife reported him missing when he failed to return from a days sailing in his boat, 'the Merrilly', on Chesapeake bay. The following day, the Merrilly was found floating 25 miles off the coast with its engine running. The first man on the scene reported that the boat was empty and that there was evidence of blood on the deck. Mr Merrill's body was subsequently found floating in Chesapeake bay on June 19th. Police said that he had apparently died of a shotgun blast to the head, and deemed his death a suicide even before an autopsy has returned its findings and despite the fact that Mr Merrill's body was found with an anchor tied to his feet.

While it might seem surprising that the mainstream media would completely ignore the fact that it is highly unlikely that someone would, or could, commit suicide by shooting themselves in the head with a shotgun and tieing an anchor to their feet, we need only remember the long list of politicians, journalists and scientists who 'officially' departed this life in equally impossible ways and whose suspicious deaths were met by the mainstream media with the same lack of journalistic integrity.

I am, however, open to having it explained to me how Mr Merrill could have shot himself in the head while on the boat, as the blood seems to suggest he did, and then flung himself over the side with an anchor attached to his feet.

Perhaps he shot himself in the head and then attached the anchor to his feet?

Or perhaps he attached the anchor to his feet, jumped into the water and then shot himself in the head?

Of course, it is always possible that this was a case of 'assisted suicide', where a dear friend accompanied him on his last voyage and did the dirty work for him and then took off in another boat or swam the 25 miles to shore.

Hey, anything is possible if you work for the great American mainstream media - it is, after all, "where wings take dream".
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Z Magazine of Jan 2004 continues:
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The official government website for the Ex-Im Bank of America informs us that "the Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank), the Iraqi Ministry of Finance, and the Trade Bank of Iraq have signed a framework agreement that enables Ex-Im Bank to continue to support U.S. exports for Iraqi reconstruction."

The Trade Bank of Iraq was established in July 2003 and is led by a consortium of about a dozen private [mainly America] banks led by J.P. Morgan. Initially, this consortium was awarded a contract to provide letters of credit to companies looking to do business in Iraq via the newly formed Trade Bank of Iraq, but it seems that the Trade Bank of Iraq and the consortium of private banks are in fact one and the same.

Remember that the development Fund for Iraq was started with at least $16 billion of Iraqi money and that congress pledged $18 billion of US taxpayers money? Well, by the end of Paul Bremner's tenure in July 2004, his CPA had spent up to $20bn of Iraqi money, compared with $300m of US funds.
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What does it all mean?

Basically, it would appear that, between them, the Trade Bank of Iraq and the Ex-Im Bank of America are two ends of a massive international theft operation run by the American government in cahoots with its corporate cronies, and where the Trade Bank of Iraq processes the stolen billion as they leave Iraq and head westwards, while the Ex-Im Bank of America receives it and funnels it to American corporations and god know who else.
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Philip Merrill presided over all of this as President of the Ex-Im Bank of America from 2003-2005, and while a political high-flyer he still held to a quaint notion that journalists should have integrity - a dangerous mix if there ever was one. How much he knew of what was, and is, happening to Iraq's wealth and its people is hard to know. What we do know is that, now that he is dead, he certainly can't write one of his fiery editorials.

In any case, we shouldn't waste time on crazy conspiracy theories about his death, the mainstream media has spoken - he shot himself in the head with a shotgun and then tied an anchor to his feet and jumped off his yacht into the cold Chesapeake bay.
Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth: therefore despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty: For he maketh sore, and bindeth up: he woundeth, and his hands make whole ; He shall deliver thee in six troubles: yea, in seven there shall no evil touch thee. - Job 5

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Re: Philip Merrill - June 19 2006 - Ex-Im Bank - Cheney's friend Suicided
« Reply #11 on: July 10, 2011, 04:15:46 PM »
 One clever suicide. Smart guy, he takes the time to attach an anchor to himself before blowing his head off.
  Makes me wonder why a man of his means wouldn't just take an OD of morphine.
           If the MSM told us donald duck waked him out it would make more sence.         

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Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth: therefore despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty: For he maketh sore, and bindeth up: he woundeth, and his hands make whole ; He shall deliver thee in six troubles: yea, in seven there shall no evil touch thee. - Job 5

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Re: Philip Merrill - June 19 2006 - Ex-Im Bank - Cheney's friend Suicided
« Reply #13 on: June 25, 2014, 12:38:14 PM »
interesting is the EX Im Bank unneeded now as a CIA/NSA funding tool?

I assume that this is a play for pork,,, and in the end EX-IM will continue to serve it's purpose in funding covert companies.


http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jun/25/ex-im-bank-republican-infighting-over-fate-of-government-run-business-lender
Ex-Im Bank: Republican infighting over fate of government-run business lender

Hardliners exploit change of majority leadership to attempt shutdown of bank that provides financing to US exporters

theguardian.com, Wednesday 25 June 2014 06.00 EDT   

Conservatives in the Republican-controlled US House of Representatives, emboldened by the recent demise of majority leader Eric Cantor, are coalescing around a drive to to defund a state-run bank that boosts the American export market.

In the first legislative test of conservative power in the GOP since Cantor’s departure, rightwing Republican factions are seeking to force the closure of the Export-Import Bank, which has been repeatedly backed with bipartisan congressional support since it was created in 1934.

The move has prompted an immediate retaliation from more moderate, pro-business Republicans, amid signs that the party’s House conference is descending once again into an internecine scrap just days after a swift change in the party’s leadership resulted in the election of Kevin McCarthy as the party's new majority leader.

McCarthy opted to appease conservatives over the Ex-Im Bank, as it is known, signalling he is willing to see it cease providing loans to US companies after its charter expires at the end of September.
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The Ex-Im Bank is effectively an export credit agency that lubricates the US export market with capital and loan guarantees, as well as credit insurance, and as such the economic impacts of its assistance are hotly contested.
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http://208.68.149.50/news/enewsletters/jan2005/jan2005.cfm

Congressional Update
 President Bush signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act, FY 2005 on December 8, providing $59.8 million for Ex-Im Bank's program budget and $73.2 million for the Bank's administrative budget. This appropriation of funds, in addition to carryover from funds previously appropriated to the Bank, provide more than adequate financing to meet expected demand.

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From left: On October 5, 2004, Mr. Hussein Al-Uzri, President of the Trade Bank of Iraq, Mr. Adil Abdul-Mahdi, Iraqi Minister of Finance, and Mr. Philip Merrill, Chairman of Ex-Im Bank, signed an agreement allowing for future exports of U.S. goods and services to Iraq.
Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth: therefore despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty: For he maketh sore, and bindeth up: he woundeth, and his hands make whole ; He shall deliver thee in six troubles: yea, in seven there shall no evil touch thee. - Job 5