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August 14, 2001
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HOSTAGES: A Multi-Part FTW Special Investigation
Medellin Cartel Cofounder, Carlos Lehder: A Free Man in Gov't. Charade?, -- "Wife" of Drug Lord Speaks
American International Group, Arkansas, ADFA, Contras, Goldman Sachs, Carlos Lehder and Coral Reinsurance
Exposing CIA Covert Operations

A.I.G.

[Part Two of a Multi-Part Series]

by

Michael C. Ruppert

[© Copyright 2001, Michael C. Ruppert and From the Wilderness Publications. All Rights Reserved. May not be reprinted or redistributed without the express permission of the author ]

[EDITORIAL NOTE - From The Wilderness is a sole proprietorship and dba. It is written and edited by one person; Me. I do almost all of the research. Therefore, in the following story, for both legal reasons and for better reading I have decided to use the personal pronouns "I" and "me" instead of standard editorial references in the third person.]

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This series is dedicated to Mark Swaney of the Ozark Gazette for his intellectual courage and tenacity; to John McGlaughlin, the straightest and toughest man who ever honestly carried a badge; to Celerino Castillo III, with a heart bigger than his beloved Texas; to all the young men and women, mostly minorities, who are serving up to life in prison for crimes that don't remotely compare to those of Carlos Lehder; and to all the innocents in Colombia who stand at the brink of the next Vietnam War.

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There are mounting holes in the story of a woman, Coral Talavera Baca (henceforth referred to by her maiden name Talavera), who has claimed to be the wife of Medellin Cartel co-founder, Carlos Lehder, deepening the mystery about relationships between her, Lehder himself, the insurance giant American International Group (AIG), and the Central Intelligence Agency. These new discrepancies, including her prior confirmation of the authenticity of documents now suspected of being forged, have raised the possibility that the U.S. Government, in partnership with AIG, has been deliberately planting false information in the press to support the woman's claims about Lehder's reported freedom and activities. Talavera has been simultaneously described as either Staff Counsel for AIG's in house San Francisco law firm or as its office manager.

In Part I of this series we reported that other journalists, who have asked not to be identified, had received the same documents we continue to examine here. Some of those documents purport to be official reports from the U.S. Treasury and U.S. Attorney's offices. As FTW moves deeper into its multi-part investigation - inspired by revelations of possible 1987-92 drug money laundering involving AIG, Goldman Sachs and the Arkansas Development Financial Authority (ADFA) - attention now focuses on Talavera's employer, AIG. These events increased my interest in the 1987 founding of Coral Reinsurance (Coral Re) by AIG, Goldman Sachs (whose then Vice Chairman Robert Rubin served as Treasury Secretary in the Clinton Administration) and ADFA. Lehder, arrested in 1987, was allowed to keep almost $3 billion in assets in a move severely criticized by Merkle. Where did that money go? Was it hidden it in a major insurance company with cash flows large enough to conceal it? This question, more than any other, except establishing Lehder's current status, prompted me to begin this investigation.

What is known about the firm which employs Talavera, who is not a lawyer, and permits her to represent herself as "Staff Counsel" for its San Francisco legal office while simultaneously representing herself as the wife of a one-time cocaine cartel head? On June 22, just two days after I had lunch with her and confirmed that I was writing a story, a receptionist at Brown and Boland, AIG's San Francisco in-house counsel, told me and others that Talavera had fled her employment and gone to Cuba. Yet the firm, located in the AIG building and using AIG e-mail addresses, is currently announcing in new, dated voice mail messages, that she is still the office manager.

FTW has also conducted an extensive investigation into AIG and its predecessors, including the C. V. Starr Insurance Companies, revealing deep connections to US intelligence dating back to the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) in World War II. These connections include documented CIA operatives connected to drug smuggling from Southeast Asia and a current board member, Frank Wisner, Jr., whose father was a key figure in the creation of the CIA. History, as well as AIG's current operations, suggest that these relationships continue unabated today.

These connections may go a long way toward explaining the behavior of Talavera, a woman whose education, work experience and history apparently do not qualify her to manage a legal office which, according to AIG spokesman Michael Murphy, specializes in the international operations of a company operating in 130 countries and with year 2000 revenues of $46 billion.

While the mystery deepens about the woman claiming to be his wife, the key question as to whether or not Lehder is free remains unanswered.

In Part I of this series I reported that through a number of vehicles including correspondence, e-mails, a telephone listing in the name of Carlos Lehder, tape recorded conversations and in-person statements Coral Talavera had represented to a number of people, including a retired DEA agent, me and others that she was the wife of Medellin Cartel co-founder Carlos Lehder. In an on-the-record interview and a legally tape recorded conversation she has also vouched for the authenticity of documents that have either been shown to be forged or are now seriously suspected of being forged. She additionally made it clear that Lehder was out of prison, working for the United States government and directly connected to the CIA and the U.S. Treasury. This scenario was circumstantially, but well supported by statements from a number of credible sources, including reporters, Congresswoman Maxine Waters and Lehder's prosecutor (former U.S. Attorney Robert Merkle). Their independent statements gave credibility to many of Talavera's assertions. And suspicion or belief has been widespread that Lehder is, in fact, free -- regardless of Talavera's actions. All this is in spite of the fact that Lehder has been officially serving 55 non-parolable years in prison after giving testimony of questionable value in the 1990 trial of former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega. Noriega's prosecutor, Robert Mueller, who put Lehder on the stand, has just recently been confirmed to head the FBI.

During a lunch meeting with Talavera on June 20 of this year, she went on the record with me stating that she had worked for AIG since 1994 and that she also owned a currently existing company named Capital Investment Group, Ltd. (CIG) in the Bahamas. She had earlier written me, speaking for Lehder, stating that neither she nor Lehder had any connection to Coral Re. In a 1999 tape recorded conversation she had discussed her marriage to Lehder and e-mail notifications allegedly sent by him introducing her as his wife. My investigation since that time has proven all of these assertions, and many others allegedly made to colleagues or social contacts, are lies at worst, or seriously suspect, at best.

One of the critical documents discussed in Part I of this series was a U.S. Treasury "Report of Investigation," the authenticity of which I had been unable to ascertain despite repeated contacts with Treasury. Since publication of Part I have received communication from "Kincaid," a confidential legal source, who has obtained an evaluation of that document from Lehder's current legal team, that the document is not authentic. This was the same document that, at the June 20 lunch meeting, Talavera went on the record to evaluate, line by line, and state was a real document that had been filed in a court case that she would not disclose to me.

The purpose of this portion of the on the record interview was to clarify Talavera's relationship with a Bahamian investment company known as Capital Investment Group, Ltd.

Although Bahamian law provides great secrecy for corporations, I was able to learn in late July that CIG in the Bahamas was "not listed" on government records. Through a confidential source with Caribbean banking connections, I was told that a banking official offered four possible explanations for CIG's "lack of registry." They include: the company was never formed; the company failed to pay dues; the file was lost; and, the file was lost intentionally at the request of the Prime Minister or the Attorney General. Coincidentally, the largest single shareholder in AIG, the Starr International Company (SICO), owning 13.62% of AIG stock, is also headquartered in the Bahamas.

Information, developed while looking further into Talavera's background now casts suspicion on the 1999 reported birth of a son, allegedly fathered by Lehder, as well as her employment history, education and qualifications to manage a legal office. So, with the exception of the statement that neither she nor Carlos Lehder had anything to do with the founding of Coral Re, almost all of Talavera's statements regarding her history have been shown to be false. This now calls the Coral Re denial into question as well.

All of this begs the question as to why AIG would protect and employ a woman engaged in these and other behaviors and with a history that could only damage the company's reputation. The one fact of Coral Talavera's life that has not been called into question by any of the sources I have contacted is that Coral knew and had a relationship with Carlos Lehder in the 1980s. The suspicions of many that Lehder is free have not yet been allayed. So these disturbing developments also drive home the importance of a question that the US government still has not answered. Where is Carlos Lehder and what motive could the government -- or AIG -- have for wanting some people to believe, or know, that he is free? If I am so patently wrong in what I have reported in this investigation, including the publication of the tape- recorded conversation wherein Talavera openly talks about Lehder's freedom and says that she is his wife, why doesn't the government just deny it, produce Lehder, discredit Talavera and state that the rest is pure bunk? Is there a legend -- a cover story -- that the CIA and AIG are trying to protect for the benefit of unknown third parties in other parts of the world?

Why would AIG spokesman Michael Murphy have stated, after speaking with me and learning of Talavera's representations regarding Lehder, that he mentioned them briefly to her but did not pursue them because he, "didn't want to pry"?

Deconstructing Coral

Coral Talavera's life has improved dramatically since 1995, the year that she provided San Jose Mercury News reporter Gary Webb with documents including federal grand jury transcripts that started an investigation which subsequently established, through government records and a CIA Inspector General report, that the CIA was a hands-on player in the drug trade during the Contra war years of 1982-88. According to records filed in a protracted and contentious 1994 divorce case involving a previous husband -- which I obtained from the court -- Talavera was working as a legal secretary for the Oakland law firm of Hanna, Brophy et al. Her salary was approximately $26,000 per year and, according to a spokesperson for the firm which I also visited recently, she was employed there for two years until February, 1994. Hanna, Brophy specializes in Workman's Compensation defense of insurance companies in California.

Confidential sources familiar with Talavera led me to another law firm, Schmit, Morris, Bitner and Schmit where she reportedly worked throughout 1995 and into 1996, also as a secretary. Representatives of that firm refused to disclose any information unless I presented written authorization from Talavera for them to do so. Schmit, Morris is also a law firm exclusively devoted to Workman's Compensation defense. It may be a single-client firm representing AIG which may explain Talavera's "promotion" to the in-house firm but I have been unable to confirm this.

Briefs and petitions filed in Talavera's divorce also indicate that she was the mother of one female child whose paternity was ultimately questioned and later verified as being of Talavera's then husband. In a dispute over the property settlement it was alleged that she had stolen the seal of a notary public and forged a deed giving her sole title to a piece of real estate that was later judged to be community property. This fact lends credibility to allegations made by a number of people, who asked not to be identified, that she was the likely source of the forged documents. Those include forged newspaper stories and magazine articles, alleged memoranda from an unspecified U.S. Attorney's Office, a faked custom printed invitation to a birthday party allegedly sent by Lehder, photographic surveillance reports (including one purporting to be of her newborn son, Carlo), and the Treasury report which was described as "consistent with similar reports" by a source familiar with Lehder's case. [Some of these documents are posted on the FTW web site at www.copvcia.com. ]

It was also alleged in the divorce settlement that Talavera had deliberately placed the name of someone other than the real father, her then husband, on the birth certificate of her daughter. Even though she told me, during a 1998 unsolicited phone call, initiated by her, that she was going to have a child by Lehder, people who knew her during the period state that she was never pregnant. As Talavera's story fell apart I checked birth records in two Bay Area counties and found no recorded births listing Talavera as the mother aside from the 1992 birth of her one known daughter. Yet, in the 1999 taped conversation with Castillo, Talavera specifically referred to a purported news story entitled Beauty and the Beast which described a society function which Talavera and Lehder allegedly attended in 1999, "just three days after the birth of her son." During the conversation with Castillo, Talavera did not dispute this reporting about the birth. Instead she went to lengths to castigate the mean-spirited people who had written the story for calling Lehder, her husband, a beast. Asked by Castillo what paper had written the story Talavera stated on the tape, "Aw, who the hell knows?"

One document that seems beyond Talavera's ken, however, is a completely rewritten and re-typeset article from the August, 2000 issue of Architectural Digest, in which the 1,000 word story about the Ixtapa, Mexico home of a Levi Strauss executive was completely rewritten with copy about the new home of Mr. and Mrs. Carlos Lehder. In numerous conversations and in written correspondence I found Talavera to be a good communicator, at times very good, but her writing did not reach the style and skill of the professional journalist who had to rewrite the story and make the copy fit exactly into the same photograph-filled layout before faxing it to me. Indeed, there is nothing in Talavera's educational or employment background, that I have found, to indicate such skill. In fact, her statements to colleagues about her education also reveal more glaring holes in her story.

Acting again on information from confidential sources who have worked with Talavera, I learned that she had allegedly told people that she had BA and MBA degrees from St. Mary's college in the Bay Area. Lacking the ability to quote these sources by name I cannot confirm whether she made the representations or not. However, a check with the registrar at St. Mary's has revealed that she earned a BA in Liberal Arts in 1988 but has subsequently earned no advanced degrees of any kind. The registrar's office also stated that Talavera was currently enrolled in a graduate program but that it is not an MBA program.

All of these revelations prompted me to recontact Coral's "former" employer on August 3 to see what I could learn about her employment at AIG. It was then that I heard the voice messages informing me that she was still there. These messages, recorded within the last three weeks by senior attorneys Robert Brown and Larry Kloenhamer, both specifically refer callers to Office Manager Coral Talavera if the caller needs immediate assistance. A switchboard operator also confirmed Talavera's current status with AIG. Another interesting fact is that, on his current resume with the California State Bar Association, Robert Brown states that he is a Vietnam-era veteran of U.S. Army Special Forces. There is abundant evidence linking Special Forces to covert CIA operations and drug smuggling during the Vietnam War.

Credible sources with longstanding legal and business experience are perplexed to explain Talavera's apparent meteoric professional rise between 1992 and 1996. Asked about the transition from legal secretary at a Workman's Comp defense firm to office manager for the firm handling some of AIG's international operations, a legal expert with more than 20 years of experience in a variety of law offices summed up general reactions to Talavera's rise saying, "It's unprecedented."

The question as to what AIG knew and when it knew it gets stickier with the fact that, in no less than ten e-mail messages to me, Talavera had a signature block reading, "Coral Talavera, AIG Staff Counsel, 121 Spear Street, Suite 410, San Francisco, CA 94105. [An example of this can be viewed on my web site at www.copvcia.com]. The legal expert told me that this practice would be illegal in the state of Florida. A spokeswoman for the California State Bar Association told me on August 5 that the use of the term was, at best, misleading. She referred me to the San Francisco County District Attorney's office which subsequently stated that the action could be a violation of California's Business and Professions Code. Although Talavera was quick to point out in a number of conversations that she was not an attorney, the use of the term in official correspondence, might give AIG's overseas clients a different impression.

I have left three messages at AIG's law offices in San Francisco seeking clarification. At press time no calls have been returned. The current voice mail messages refer to Talavera as the "office manager."

So what is known then about the firm which employs Talavera and permits her to represent herself as Staff Counsel for its San Francisco legal office while simultaneously representing herself as the wife of a one-time cocaine cartel head?

Is it possible that AIG's CEO Hank Greenberg, a legendary stickler for detail and hands-on manager, would permit such activity, including the representation about owning an offshore investment company that might compete with AIG? In a June interview, AIG spokesman Michael Murphy, head of AIG operations in the Bahamas and reported to be Greenberg's right-hand man said, "Whenever there's the slightest hint of anything improper or of misuse of funds, [AIG CEO Hank] Greenberg is the first guy to lead the posse and clean house." I placed one follow-up call to Murphy's office for further clarification but it was not returned.

I was able to locate two sources in the insurance industry who were familiar with AIG and ask them if Talavera could be doing all this without Greenberg's knowledge. One response was short and direct, "The possibility that this is going on without Greenberg knowing is less than zero."

The second source was a bit more diplomatic. "M.R. Greenberg is a legendary leader. All current and former AIG employees know he is not only a visionary but a detail oriented person on all aspects of the firm's business activities worldwide. The General Counsel of AIG, Ernest Patrikis, was the senior legal officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, and given the scrutiny AIG is subject to, it would surprise me if Mr. Greenberg was not aware. Sometimes, however, in a big company things slip by, but when he becomes aware, the situation is addressed quickly."

Deconstructing AIG

The seemingly mundane insurance business is, in fact, one of the primary weapons of intelligence gathering around the world. And the founder of AIG, Cornelius Starr, was an architect of its use in World War II. Consider these

quotes from a September 22, 2000 story by Los Angeles Times reporter Mark Fritz entitled, "The Secret (Insurance) Agent Men."

"COLLEGE PARK, Md.—They knew which factories to burn, which bridges to blow up, which cargo ships could be sunk in good conscience. They had pothole counts for roads used for invasion and head counts for city blocks marked for incineration.

"They weren’t just secret agents. They were secret insurance agents. These undercover underwriters gave their World War II spymasters access to a global industry that both bankrolled and, ultimately, helped bring down Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich.

"Newly declassified U.S. intelligence files tell the remarkable story of the ultra-secret Insurance Intelligence Unit, a component of the Office of Strategic Services, a forerunner of the CIA, and its elite counterintelligence branch X-2.

"Though rarely numbering more than a half dozen agents, the unit gathered intelligence on the enemy’s insurance industry, Nazi insurance titans and suspected collaborators in the insurance business. But, more significantly, the unit mined standard insurance records for blueprints of bomb plants, timetables of tide changes and thousands of other details about targets, from a brewery in Bangkok to a candy company in Bergedorf. 'They used insurance information as a weapon of war,' said Greg Bradsher, a historian and National Archives expert on the declassified records. That insurance information was critical to Allied strategists, who were seeking to cripple the enemy’s industrial base and batter morale by burning cities…

"Germany had 45% of the worldwide wholesale insurance industry before the war began and managed to actually expand its business as it conquered continental Europe. As wholesalers, or 'reinsurers,' these companies covered other insurers against a catastrophic loss that could wipe out a single company. In the process, the wholesaler learned everything about the lives and property they were reinsuring [emphasis, mine]…

"The men behind the insurance unit were OSS head William "Wild Bill" Donovan and California-born insurance magnate Cornelius V. Starr. Starr had started out selling insurance to Chinese in Shanghai in 1919 and, over the next 50 years, would build what is now American International Group, one of the biggest insurance companies in the world. He was forced to move his operation to New York in 1939, when Japan invaded China. In the early years of the war, the German insurance industry expanded its business as it conquered continental Europe. Nazi insurance brokers who traveled with combat troops during invasions also scoured local insurance files for strategic data…"

On the special value of reinsurance as a vehicle for intelligence gathering Fritz wrote:

"Such convoluted business dealings were traced largely through the work of Ernest Stiefel, a member of the intelligence unit who diagrammed the way insurance companies pooled their risks, invested in and insured each other and, as a result, willfully or witlessly shared data about nations at war. 'Stiefel mapped the entire system, said [Timothy] Naftali, a historian at the University of Virginia’s Miller Center of Public Affairs. "Each time I take a piece of your risk, you’ve got to give me information. I am not going to reinsure your company unless you give me all the documents. That’s great intelligence information…"

Later in the story Fritz confirmed the value of reinsurance as a vehicle for money laundering:

"With the Axis defeat imminent, U.S. intelligence officials focused greater attention on ways the Nazis would try to use insurance to hide and launder their assets so they could be used to rebuild the war machine..."

And how did Starr benefit from his service? Fritz writes:

"Starr sent insurance agents into Asia and Europe even before the bombs stopped falling and built what eventually became AIG, which today has its world headquarters in the same downtown New York building where the tiny OSS unit toiled in the deepest secrecy.

Starr died in 1968, but his empire endures. AIG is the biggest foreign insurance company in Japan. More than a third of its $40 billion in revenue last year came from the Far East theater that Starr helped carpet bomb and liberate.

"In The Shadow Warriors: OSS and the Origins of the CIA (Basic Books, 1983) author Bradley F. Smith shed more light on Cornelius Starr and the OSS.

"It [a secret intelligence operation in China] was formed in April 1942, when [Bill] Donovan persuaded British insurance magnate C.V. Starr to let C.O.I. (Covert Operations Intelligence) use his commercial and insurance connections in occupied China and Formosa to create a deep cover intelligence network. Although the State Department was nervous about the operation, Donovan went ahead and, with the cooperation of the U.S. Army, bypassed the diplomats in operating the communications system. Starr's people handled their own internal communication, then turned over their intelligence findings to [General Richard] Stillwell's headquarters for dispatch to the U.S. Starr, who was residing in the U.S. at the time, provided these services to the Allied cause. Later Starr became disgusted with what he considered Donovan's inefficiency and transferred his services to the British S.I.S. But the Starr-Donovan connection worked in China at least until the winter of 1943-44.

"The establishment of the Starr intelligence network, an operation so secret that it even escaped the attention of Chiang's [Kai Shek] security police (and of historians heretofore), was a major accomplishment for an intelligence operation barely six months old" [p.133]

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Drug Connections

The War Conspiracy (Bobbs-Merrill, 1972) by Peter Dale Scott, Ph.D. of UC Berkeley is a book few Americans have seen. The compelling and meticulously documented history of the creation of the Vietnam War was rushed from bookstores and shelves almost as soon as it was published. Scott, author of Deep Politics and the Assassination of JFK, The Iran-Contra Connection and Cocaine Politics is an expert on the interface between covert operations and the international drug trade. In Chapter Six of The War Conspiracy, entitled "Opium, the China Lobby, and the CIA," Scott traces the connections between drug trafficking in Southeast Asia and American intelligence operations. There are detailed references to C.V. Starr and connections with some figures, like CIA veteran Paul Helliwell, who have been irrevocably and blatantly tied to the drug trade. Those connections also lead directly into the so-called "China Lobby" and firms identified as either CIA proprietaries or "affiliates" such as Sea Supply, Inc. (run by Helliwell), Civil Air Transport (CAT), a CIA proprietary, Civil Air Transport Co., Ltd. (CATCL) -- a separate firm not owned by but affiliated with the CIA through CAT-- and Air America, an evolution of Civil Air Transport. In 1957 the Airdale Corporation which owned 100 per cent of Air America changed its name to Pacific Corp. In 1976 CIA General Counsel Lawrence Houston testified before the Senate's Church Committee looking into intelligence abuses about CIA Air operations. When asked what the one single holding company, above all others, was at the top of CIA proprietary and contract air operations, he identified Pacific Corporation. According to published reports, Houston also testified that the CIA also had interests in investment and insurance companies.

Pacific Corp -- which one source has told me is currently insured by AIG -- and the CIA have, in the 1990s, been connected with the "laundering" of some 28 C-130 military transport aircraft into the hands of private, forest fire, air tanker contractors in the U.S. Subsequently, many of those C-130s turned up all over the world. Some were directly involved in drug trafficking and one in particular, operated by Aero-Postale de Mexico, was seized with a billion dollars in cocaine aboard in Mexico City in 1996. [See FTW, Vol I, No 10 - Dec, 1998]

A key figure in the post-war operations was lawyer Tommy Corcoran, a legendary "fixer" in the Roosevelt Administration, who went on to represent Nationalist Chinese financial interests after the Communists took power in 1949. Corcoran and Helliwell worked closely together in Asia. One of the critical and well-documented U.S. responses to the Communist takeover was to fund remnants of the Chinese Nationalist army -- who had fled into Burma, Thailand and Laos -- with opium. Much of that money, along with the drugs, found its way into the U.S. As noted by writers like the late Jonathan Kwitny of The Wall Street Journal in The Crimes of Patriots (Penguin, 1987) and by Professor Alfred McCoy of the University of Wisconsin in The Politics of Heroin (1972, 1991, Lawrence Hill Books), Helliwell paid the troops using five-pound "sticky" bars of heroin. Helliwell later went on to head Castle Bank and Trust in Florida and the Bahamas and then was heavily involved with The Nugan Hand Bank in Australia and the U.S. Both banks have been heavily linked in official investigations to both drug trafficking and money laundering while also moving money for the CIA.

In The War Conspiracy Scott writes:

"For it is a striking fact that the law firm of Tommy Corcoran, the Washington lawyer for CATCL and [China Lobbyist] T.V. Soong, had its own links to the interlocking worlds of the China Lobby and of organized crime. His partner W.S. Youngman joined the board of U.S. Life and other insurance companies, controlled by C.V. Starr (OSS China) with the help of Philippine and other Asian capital. Youngman's fellow-directors of Starr's companies have included John S. Woodbridge of Pan Am, Francis F. Randolph of J. and W. Seligman, W. Palmer Dixon of Loeb Rhoades, Charles Edison of the postwar China Lobby, and Alfred B. Jones of the Nationalist Chinese government's registered agency, the Universal Trading Corporation. The [Senate] McClellan Committee heard that in 1950 U.S. Life [later part of AIG] (with Edison as a director) and a much smaller company (Union Casualty of New York) were allotted a major Teamsters insurance contract, after a lower bid from a larger and safer company had been rejected, [Jimmy] Hoffa was accused by a fellow trustee, testifying under oath before another committee, of intervening on behalf of US Life and Union Casualty, whose agents were Hoffa's close business associates Paul and Allen Dorfman…

"We find the same network linking CIA proprietaries, war lobbies, and organized crime, when we turn our attention from CAT to the other identified supporter of opium activities, Sea Supply, Inc. Sea Supply, Inc. was organized in Miami, Florida, where its counsel, Paul E. Helliwell, doubled after 1951 as the counsel for C.V. Starr insurance interests, and also as the Thai consul in Miami..."

The historical connections to CIA covert or proprietary air operations are interesting in light of the fact that AIG proudly announces in its 2000 annual report that with 494 full-sized jets -- 89 of which it manages itself -- it owns "the world's most modern fleet of aircraft." AIG customers include major airlines and a number of air transport companies. AIG also reported that in 2000 it leased additional aircraft "to a number of established customers" in South America.

CIA proprietary ownership or interest in companies is very difficult to detect. But, it has been proven by writers like Scott and many other researchers who combed through the paperwork that surfaced during the Iran-Contra scandals of the 1980s, where Air America assets were laundered into companies like Southern Air Transport and Evergreen Air. The single largest stockholder in AIG, the Starr International Company (SICO), holds 13.62% of AIG stock. Aside from knowing that Maurice Greenberg owns 21.86% of SICO (source, SEC) we may never be able to find out who, or what, owns the rest.

They Even Put It In Writing

In September 1997 a group of business and labor executives* reviewed and made recommendations on the use of sanctions by the President of the United States to influence world events. One of those executives was Oackley Johnson of AIG. The group, called the Sanctions Working Group (SWG) of the Department of State's Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy, having completed its review of the way the White House has imposed sanctions on foreign governments, completed a detailed report which was sent to the State Department by the Committee head, Michael Gadbaw of General Electric. The advisory panel called for massive revisions in the way sanctions were selected and imposed in foreign affairs to punish or induce foreign governments to behave the way the U.S. wants.

Approval of the recommendations was unanimous from the business community and opposition was unanimous and acerbic from organized labor representatives who sent their dissent separately to the State Department. The report, they said, cared about nothing but the financial interests of major U.S. Corporations.

As an Appendix to the report, which was found at http://www.usaengage.org/studies.html, Footnote 4 following Tab 5 listed valid U.S. foreign policy objectives. It states: This report addresses sanctions undertaken pursuant to laws or regulations that authorize or mandate unilateral economic sanctions in order to achieve a foreign policy objective.

"The foreign policy objectives may include the transition to democracy, opposing terrorism or support of terrorist activities, sanctioning drug production and transit or trafficking, supporting human and worker rights and religious freedom, opposing proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, and protecting the environment."

The language "support of terrorist activities" is ambiguous. It could mean that the U.S. would punish those who support terrorist activities or that it might support terrorist activities itself. The drug trafficking language also catches the panel on the horns of a dilemma. As defined in the American Heritage dictionary, to sanction something means to "grant authoritative permission or approval." A secondary meaning means "to punish." In government documents and reports, especially those laying out or recommending policy, every word is reviewed dozens of times. Lawyers and decision makers sign off on every aspect. Drafts usually circulate for weeks before final approval. This language may mean exactly what it says. And if there is ambiguity then it must have been intended.

The whole purpose of From The Wilderness is to teach the world that it is a specific intent of Wall Street and the U.S. government to give authoritative permission and approval to the drug trade to ensure that drug profits -- the money -- comes back under the control of the people who sanctioned the trade to begin with. Is that what Coral Talavera is doing at AIG? I e-mailed Oackley Johnson at AIG and asked him to comment on the report. At press time he has not responded. I have also solicited (again) comment from AIG Corporate offices on the content of this story. Also no response. But I hope to have something from them for Part III in September.

AIG has also been connected, albeit indirectly, to a major money laundering case. As the insurance carrier for the Bank of New York (BoNY) they are defending BoNY in a suit filed this year by BoNY shareholders charging mismanagement of the bank. That suit arose from revelations (See FTW Vol II, No.7, 9/99) in the major media that BoNY had been involved in laundering between $7 and $10 billion in criminal money out of Russia during the 1990s under its Chairman, Thomas Renyi. A credible source has told me, but I have not been able to confirm it, that AIG also insures the U.S. Department of Justice which was charged with investigating BoNY and which decided not to file criminal charges in 1999.

Perhaps no one knows more about your life, not even your immediate family, than the various companies who insure you. Your health, finances, work history, medical records, driving habits and almost every other aspect of your life is recorded in insurance files and records. Is this necessarily something you want available to the CIA or any part of the government? Remember that the CIA doesn't operate under the law or respect privacy. What happens then when a giant like AIG winds up insuring parts of the government or major businesses that violate your rights or break the law?

  


- Members of the Sanctions Working Group of the State Department's Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy: -- Mark Anderson, AFL-CIO * Harvey Bale, Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Assoc. * Steven Beckman, United Auto Workers * Seddik Belyamani, Boeing * Fred Bergsten, Institute for International Economics * Thomas Block, Chase Manhattan Bank * Carol Brookins, World Perspectives * Anthony Corso, Mobil *Greg Farmer, Northern Telecom * Isaiah Frank, Johns Hopkins (SAIS) * Don Fuqua, Aerospace Industries Association * R. Michael Gadbaw, General Electric * R. Harkin, United Technologies * Robert Hormats, Goldman, Sachs International * Nancie Johnson, DuPont * Oackley Johnson, AIG * Robert Johnson, Phelps Dodge & Morenci * Dale Jones, Halliburton * Robert Kapp, US-China Business Council * Frank Kittredge, National Foreign Trade Council * Mary Lou Lackey, Motorola * T. Lee, AFL-CIO *Charles Levy - Wilmer, Cutler and Pickering *Clement Malin, Texaco * Rebecca Mark, Enron Development *Joel Messing, Cigna *Robert Niemeth, Pfizer * G. Staley, Toys R Us * Roger Swanson, US-Japan Business Council * Sandra Taylor, Eastman Kodak * Robert Vastine, Coalition of Service Industries * Alan Wolff, Dewey Ballantine *

 

AIG Highlights
AIG has the largest market capitalization (total value of all shares) of any insurance or financial services organization on the NYSE -- $198.4 billion in 2000. It has operations in 130 countries.
Ranked #7 on Forbes Super 100 list of companies. After GE, Citigroup, BankAmerica, Exxon, IBM and Ford.

The largest U.S. underwriter of commercial and industrial insurance.


Operates AIG Financial Services Group, which sells investments, international asset management and "advisory" services.


The largest seller of retirement annuities in the U.S. through its acquisitions of SunAmerica and American General in 1999 and 2001 respectively.


AIG is licensed to operate banks in three countries, including the US (1999) and also issues credit cards.


History
Originally formed as the Asia Life/C. V. Starr Companies in the 1930s by founder Cornelius Starr who served with the OSS during World War II. The Starr corporation shared the same office building as OSS headquarters in New York, and functioned as an intelligence conduit on shipping, manufacturing and industrial bombing targets in Asia and Germany throughout WW II. [The Los Angeles Times, Sept. 22, 2000]
Early business centered primarily in China and Asia. Starr interests centered in Asia and Panama.
1951 - Changed name to American Life Insurance Company (ALICO).
Acquired major U.S. insurance companies in the 1950s and 60s.
1967 - Incorporated as American International Group (AIG).

1969 - First public offering.


First western insurance company to create joint ventures with Hungary, Poland and Romania in the 1960s.


In 1980 established joint venture with the People's Insurance Company of China.


First insurance company licensed to do business on its own in Japan (1952), Mainland China (1990), and Vietnam (2000).


Member and staunch supporter of the World Trade Organization. During 1997 WTO negotiations, AIG collaborated directly with Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin to negotiate Asian financial, investment and trade agreements covering 102 countries, which one report described as bullying and marked by "messages back and forth from Geneva to Washington, and… reports, between the US Treasury and American International Group." [Third World Economics, No. 175, 16-31, 12/97].


During the 1990s involved with U.S. investment in Russia (overseen by Goldman Sachs and The Harvard Endowment) through Brunswick Brokerage. Secured a $300 million OPIC (Overseas Private Investment Corporation) guarantee for a Russian investment fund. [Paul Likoudis, Editor, The Wanderer.]


AIG has "joint venture" interests in Latin America through ZonaFinanciera with Citibank which in May 2001 purchased Mexico's Banamex and will be placing reported drug money launderer and trafficker Roberto Hernandez on its board of directors.


AIG insures more than half of the major US airports.


The world's "market leader" in leasing and remarketing of advanced technology commercial jet aircraft - "the most modern fleet of aircraft in the world. " With 2000 revenues of $2.44 billion AIG owns a fleet of 494 jets, 89 of which it "manages" itself. Clients include airlines in U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia, the Middle East and South America where, in 2000, it leased, "additional aircraft to a number of established customers."


Maurice "Hank" Greenberg, 75 -- Chairman and CEO of American International Group (AIG)
WWII, Served with US Army Signal Corps and Army Rangers
LL.B., New York Law School, 1950
Korean War, Investigated reported massacres at POW camps run by UN/US personnel
Elected AIG President in 1962, CEO in 1967 and Chairman in 1989.
Former Chairman and Director of the New York Federal Reserve Bank.
Forbes 111th richest man in the world (More than $4 billion net worth)
Vice Chairman, Council on Foreign Relations
Vice Chairman, Center for Strategic and International Studies
Member, Board of Directors, New York Stock Exchange
Member, Trilateral Commission
Member, The Bilderberger Group
Chairman, The Nixon Center
Chairman, U.S.-China Business Council
Chairman, The Starr Foundation
Accompanied President George Bush on his trade mission to China in 1992
Major contributor to The Heritage Foundation
Name floated by Senator Arlen Specter to become CIA director in 1995 (Reported in U.S. News and World Report - 2/20/95)

AIG Board's Board of Directors as Reported to the SEC
M. BERNARD AIDINOFF -- SENIOR COUNSEL, SULLIVAN & CROMWELL (Attorneys). Director since 1984 -- Age 72. [NOTE: Sullivan and Cromwell is the legal firm that was home to Eisenhower Secretary of State John Foster Dulles and his brother Allen Dulles, who was a key OSS leader during WWII and who served as CIA Director under Presidents Eisenhower and Kennedy.]
ELI BROAD -- CHAIRMAN, SUNAMERICA INC (a wholly-owned subsidiary of AIG). Director since 1999 -- Age 67.
PEI-YUAN CHIA -- RETIRED VICE CHAIRMAN, CITICORP AND CITIBANK, N.A. Director since 1996 -- Age 62.
MARSHALL A. COHEN -- COUNSEL, CASSELS BROCK & BLACKWELL (Barristers and Solicitors); FORMER PRESIDENT AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, THE MOLSON COMPANIES LIMITED. Director since 1992 -- Age 66.
BARBER B. CONABLE, JR. -- RETIRED; FORMER PRESIDENT, WORLD BANK, AND FORMER MEMBER, UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. Director since 1991 -- Age 78.
MARTIN S. FELDSTEIN -- PROFESSOR OF ECONOMICS, HARVARD UNIVERSITY; PRESIDENT AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH (Nonprofit Economic Research Center), Director HCA and TRW. Director since 1987 -- Age 61.
ELLEN V. FUTTER -- PRESIDENT, AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY Director, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company Consolidated Edison, Inc. (also serves as Trustee of Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc.), J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. Director since 1999 -- Age 51.
MAURICE R. GREENBERG -- CHAIRMAN AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, AIG, Director, Transatlantic Holdings, Inc. ('Transatlantic'), which is owned 60.0 percent by AIG. Also serves as Chairman of Transatlantic, a director, President and Chief Executive Officer of C.V. Starr & Co., Inc. ('Starr'), and a director of Starr International Company, Inc. ('SICO') and International Lease Finance Corporation ('ILFC'); Starr and SICO are private holding companies (see 'Ownership of Certain Securities'); ILFC is a wholly-owned subsidiary of AIG. Director since 1967 -- Age 75.
CARLA A. HILLS -- CHAIRMAN AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, HILLS & COMPANY; FORMER UNITED STATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVE. (Hills & Company provides international investment, trade and risk advisory services). Director, AOL Time Warner Inc., Chevron Corporation, Lucent Technologies Inc. Director since 1993 -- Age 67.
FRANK J. HOENEMEYER -- FINANCIAL CONSULTANT; RETIRED VICE CHAIRMAN, PRUDENTIAL INSURANCE COMPANY OF AMERICA. Director, Carey Fiduciary Advisors, Inc. Cincinnati, Inc. Director since 1985 -- Age 81.
RICHARD C. HOLBROOKE -- FORMER UNITED STATES AMBASSADOR TO THE UNITED NATIONS; FORMER VICE CHAIRMAN, CREDIT SUISSE, FIRST BOSTON. Elected February 7, 2001 -- Age 59.
EDWARD E. MATTHEWS -- VICE CHAIRMAN -- INVESTMENTS AND FINANCIAL SERVICES, AIG. Director, Transatlantic. Also serves as a director of Starr, SICO and ILFC, -- Director since 1973 -- Age 69.
HOWARD I. SMITH -- EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT AND CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER, AIG. Director, Transatlantic, 21st Century Insurance Group ('21st Century'), which is owned 62.8 percent by AIG. Also serves as a director of Starr, SICO and ILFC -- Director since 1997 -- Age 56.
THOMAS R. TIZZIO -- SENIOR VICE CHAIRMAN -- GENERAL INSURANCE, AIG. Director, Transatlantic. Also serves as a director of Starr and SICO. -- Director since 1986 -- Age 63.
EDMUND S.W. TSE -- VICE CHAIRMAN -- LIFE INSURANCE, AIG. Also serves as a director of Starr and SICO. -- Director since 1996 -- Age 63.
JAY S. WINTROB -- PRESIDENT AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, SUNAMERICA. Director, Anchor National Life Insurance Company and First SunAmerica Life Insurance Company, wholly-owned subsidiaries of AIG. Also serves as a director of Starr and SICO -- Director since 1999 -- Age 44.
FRANK G. WISNER -- VICE CHAIRMAN -- EXTERNAL AFFAIRS, AIG. Director, EOG Resources, Inc. -- Director since 1997 -- Age 62. [NOTE: Wisner is the son of former CIA deputy Director, Frank Wisner, Sr. who was present at the creation of the CIA. As head of the Office of Policy Coordination, the forerunner of the CIA's Directorate of Operations. Wisner, Sr. once boasted, "I can play the media like a mighty Wurlitzer." In a 35 year career with the State department, Wisner, Jr. served as U.S. Ambassador to India, the Philippines, Egypt and Zambia.]
FRANK G. ZARB -- CHAIRMAN, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF SECURITIES DEALERS, INC. AND THE NASDAQ STOCK MARKET, INC. -- Elected February 7, 2001 -- Age 66
AIG is a client of Henry Kissinger and Associates. Kissinger is the Chairman of AIG's International Advisory Board.

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YouTube - CFR to AIG to CIA - Financing Terrorism
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January 2001!!!!!!!
http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_hb5249/is_200101/ai_n20057737



AIG Hires Ex-CIA Exec For V.P. Role.(American International Group Inc. appoints former Central Intelligence Agency executive, David Cohen)(Brief Article)
National Underwriter Property & Casualty-Risk & Benefits Management,  January, 2001 


A former CIA executive has joined New York-based American International Group Inc. as vice president in its Global Trade and Political Risk Insurance Company. David Cohen joined AIG Global after a 34-year career with the CIA. There he served in both the operational and analysis arms of the agency as deputy director of operations and associate ...
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The Empire's Corporate Front in Manila The United States in the Philippines: post-9/11 imperatives by Larry Chin
http://www.globalresearch.ca/articles/CHI208A.html
Online Journal,  8 August , 2002.
Centre for Research on Globalisation (CRG),  globalresearch.ca ,   9 August 2002

Despite earnest grassroots nationalist opposition over the past several decades, the Philippines remains a neo-colony of the United States, economically and military bound to Washington, and hopelessly addicted to foreign capital.

The US has a huge economic stake in the Philippines, which is central as a military and intelligence base, as well as a source of energy, raw materials, land, cheap labor. It was no surprise that securing the Philippines was the focus of the first US post-Afghanistan intervention in the so-called "war on terrorism."

In his book Endless Enemies, the late Jonathan Kwitny described the Philippines as "the Zaire of Asia," and "the one Asian country where we (the United States) have engaged in covert political activity, and sometimes fighting, and where things have gone pretty much our way. Every anti-guerrilla campaign has been victorious, and every election, real or rigged, has produced the winner the US government desired."

Notes Gary Leupp, an associate professor of history and coordinator of the Asian Studies Program at Tufts University, "The Philippines was a US colony from 1889 to 1946. One-tenth of the Filipino population was wiped out in the first US exercise in counter-insurgency in Asia. The US backed a series of vicious regimes after the Philippines' (alleged) independence, most notably that of Ferdinand Marcos."

The book Development Debacle: The World Bank in the Philippines by University of the Philippines professor Walden Bello, details how the World Bank, the CIA and other US agencies have systematically plundered the domestic economy of the Philippines for transnational corporate interests, privatization, and deregulation—-and how the "Asian market crisis" of the late 1990s was the direct result of such programs.

According to Filipino investigative journalist Bobby Tuazon, who penned a searing investigation of the Arroyo cabinet ("Global Corporate Oligarchs in Arroyo's Board of Advisors," www.bulatlat.com, February 10–16, 2002, is a primary source for this section), the successive administrations of Presidents Marcos, Aquino, Ramos, Estrada, and now Arroyo, have continued the tradition of allowing the Philippines to be carved open and exploited by US and foreign capital.

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, an American-educated economist, has been a lifelong advocate of corporate globalization. She is the daughter of the late former Philippines President Diosedo Macapagal, whose administration was supported by the United States and the CIA, according to many historians. Tuazon characterizes Arroyo as "the new spokesperson who will, a la Marcos, agitate for renewed U.S. aggression in Southeast Asia."

Ramos' former foreign secretary Roberto Romulo is the Philippines' "senior international advisor on international competitiveness" under Arroyo. Romulo, a vociferous corporate globalization advocate, heads the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (PECC), an executive lobbying body that promotes "free trade."

Former President Fidel V. Ramos is Arroyo's "special envoy for international opportunities." Despite his denials about the importance of his role, Ramos functions essentially as the country's co-president.

He is also a direct agent of the Bush oligarchy.

Ramos is a senior advisor of the Carlyle Group and the head of Carlyle's Asian advisory board. Its directors include former US president George Herbert Walker Bush, former US secretary of state James Baker, current US secretary of state Colin Powell, former SEC chairman Arthur Levitt, former UK Prime Minister John Major, and former South Korean Prime Minister Park Tae-Joon.

Carlyle's client list has included the likes of the bin Laden family and George Soros (a major player involved in the so-called Asian economic crisis of the late 1990s). Saudi prince Alwaleed Bin Talal has been one of Carlyle's major investors. Its chairman is former Reagan administration defense secretary Frank Carlucci. Carlyle has major stakes in Taiwan, Singapore, South Korea, Japan and China, which was recently admitted into the World Trade Organization.

During his presidency, Ramos was Washington's best friend. As Daniel Shirmer described in Fidel Ramos: In the Footsteps of Marcos": "Ramos follows the lead of Ferdinand Marcos in willingness to open the Philippines to foreign capital, with minimal restraint. He follows the lead of Marcos in solicitous attention to the claims of the U.S. military, covered over when politically expedient by gestures of nationalist intent."

"President Ramos's commitment to the reign of the free market in the Philippines and Asia is well known, especially since he played host to the 1996 APEC conference in Manila. Less known in the United States, perhaps, are the efforts he and his administration have made on behalf of the U.S. military in the Philippines. Since the Philippine Senate defeated the bases treaty in September 1991, the Pentagon has been trying to re-establish its military presence in the Philippines in order to be able to use that country again as a springboard for U.S. power projection. President Ramos and his administration have been the Pentagon's main allies in this effort."

"Ramos' adherence to both free market ideology and US military dominance is evident in his support for the Pentagon's policy of 'rest and recreation' in the Philippines (widely understood as the US military's use of Philippine women as prostitutes). He apparently accepts as normal and legitimate the exploitation of cheap Philippine labor—in this case sexual labor—by the armed forces of the superpower."

"As a high military official of the Marcos dictatorship Ramos supported the U.S. bases; as President Aquino's Minister of Defense he continued this support. In November 1994 the Pentagon, with Ramos's support, proposed to broaden the limited access agreement of 1992 with an Acquisition and Cross-Servicing Agreement (ACSA) giving the U.S. military rights in the Philippines, and the use of Philippine territory as a launching pad for possible U.S. intervention."

Much of Philippine economic policy is shaped, or at least influenced, by foreigners and multinational corporate oligarchs. As revealed by Tuazon in Bulatlat.com, President Arroyo's highly influential 13-member "International Board of Advisers" is headed by a virtual who's who of elite world finance.

Heading the group is Maurice "Hank" Greenberg, chairman of American International Group (AIG), the world's third largest capital investment pool and a leading member of the World Trade Organization:.

US Army, World War II President of AIG in 1962, CEO in 1967 and Chairman in 1989 Vice chairman, Council on Foreign Relations Member of both Bilderberger Group and Trilateral Commission Member, Heritage Foundation Vice chairman, Center for Strategic and International Studies Chairman, Maurice R. Greenberg Center for Geoeconomic Studies (Council on Foreign Relations) Member, board of directors of New York Stock Exchange Former director of the Federal Reserve Bank Nominated for CIA director in 1995

Greenberg's direct involvement in US-Far East policy is telling. As revealed in a two-part investigation of American International Group by Michael C. Ruppert (A.I.G., From The Wilderness, August 14, 2001), AIG's insurance operations, including the entire period under Greenberg's leadership, have been connected to CIA covert operations.

AIG's predecessor, Asia Life/C.V. Starr Insurance Companies, operated out of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) spy agency during World War II. (AIG was formed in the 1960s as a holding company for Starr. Greenberg was C.V. Starr's handpicked successor.) C.V.Starr enjoyed long and profitable drug/covert operations relationships with the likes of CIA legend Paul Helliwell (head of OSS World War II intelligence in China), and CIA-connected lawyer Tommy Corcoran, and CIA proprietary fronts such as the infamous opium-smuggling airlines Civil Air Transport (which later became Air America) and Sea Supply Inc., and Pacific Corporation. Today, approximately a third of AIG's profits come from its Far East operations.

Directly relevant to the post-9/11 events, current members of AIG's board of directors include former US ambassador and CFR member Richard Holbrooke, a major post-9/11 war advisor to the Bush administration and business partner of George Soros. Also on the board is Frank Wisner, Jr., a director of Enron, and son of one of the prime CIA operatives, Frank Wisner Sr. When Wisner, Jr., was the US Ambassador to the Philippines (1991–92), he helped Enron win contracts to run two Subic Bay power plants (that were the subject of fierce local opposition).

Not coincidentally, the board chairmen of AIG's Philippine affiliate, Phil-Am Life Insurance, is Roberto Romulo himself (see above).

Other members of the IBA, as revealed by Tuazon, are Gerard Corrigan, managing director of Goldman Sachs; Maarten van den Berg, chairman of Lloyds Group; Minoru Makihara, chairman of the Mitsubishi Corporation; Junichiro Miyazu, president of Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation; former Australian Prime Minister Paul Keating; Victor Fung, chairman of the Hong Kong-based Li and Fung; Anthony Burgmans, chairman of Unilever, and Marce Fuller, chief executive of Mirant Corporation (the first corporation to privatize the Philippines' power industry).

In a display of shameless 9/11 propaganda, Romulo has proposed hiring former New York mayor Rudolph Guiliani to serve as the IBA's "presidential consultant on peace and order."


The coming years should usher in an orgy of corporatization and plunder throughout the Philippines. The US-based Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) has extended a $200 million credit line for US investments in the Philippines. The US Agency for International Development (USAID) is involved in a number of large-scale trade liberalization projects in the Philippines. A $500 million airport railway system is under construction in Mindanao and a $100 million shipyard in Subic Bay. Both projects are being handled by American companies.
A Blast From the Reagan-Bush Past

In an article titled "Lost History: Marcos, Money & Treason," investigative reporter Robert Parry detailed some of the criminal ties between former Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos and members of the Reagan and Bush administrations, including the ex-presidents themselves.

During his Hawaiian exile, Marcos declared that he had given Reagan $4 million in 1980 and $8 million in 1984.

Parry wrote, "The Marcos-Reagan money story is near the core of the corruption that permeated the 1980s. Some witnesses who claim knowledge of alleged Reagan efforts to sabotage Carter's negotiations to free 52 U.S. hostages then held in Iran maintain that Marcos contributed some of the money used by Republicans to bribe key Iranian mullahs."

Vice President George Bush, a longtime friend of Marcos, hailed Marcos for his "adherence to democratic principles," Parry said.

"Documentary evidence about the alleged Marcos-to-Reagan payoffs first surfaced after Marcos was ousted by a revolution in March 1986. As Marcos's fall neared, Reagan arranged for the dictator to be flown to Hawaii. Marcos's opponents then ransacked government files and found a Feb. 17, 1986, letter signed by a senior Marcos aide, Victor Nituda." In the letter, according to Parry, Nituda warned Marcos that Reagan's emissary, Senator Paul Laxalt demanded that "sensitive files, including ones listing the 1980 transactions, be turned over to the US before Marcos could go to Hawaii." Nituda's letter specifically cited accounts set up for Reagan and his 1980 campaign manager (and later CIA Director) William Casey, and that Laxalt demanded "all documents check-listed during his last visit or the deal for a Hawaiian exile is off." Laxalt also demanded files regarding bank loans and donations made to General John Singlaub, who was raising money for the Nicaraguan contra rebels.

"A serious investigation of the Marcos money might shed light, too, on another perplexing mystery from the 1980s: the curious relationship between the American government and the corrupt Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI). In Jan. 22, 1981, two days after Reagan's inauguration, Marcos and his cronies co-founded a Hong Kong bank with New York financier John Shaheen, one of Casey's closest friends dating back to the World War II-era Office of Strategic Services," Parry noted. "In 1983, the bank collapsed with reported losses of more than $100 million. The money was never recovered, but Shaheen associates claimed that prior to the bank failure, substantial amounts were funneled to Marcos, who reportedly was pulling the strings behind the scenes."

According to Republican campaign strategist Ed Rollins, Ronald Reagan's 1984 re-election campaign may have received an illegal $10 million in cash from Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos. (Rollins suggested that the illegal contribution never reached the campaign or the president, but were stashed "in some offshore bank.")

In a new report on the missing Marcos stash, investigative journalist Lucy Komisar reports that Marie-Gabrielle Koller, a former attorney with accounting firm KPMG in Zurich has come forward with evidence that "on March 23, 1986—just a day before a freeze would be placed on Marcos' accounts—KPMG secretly transferred $400 million from Credit Suisse Zurich to a Liechtenstein trust on the ex-dictator's behalf." (www.inthesetimes.com/issue/26/20/feature3.shtml)

The present Bush administration is, by personnel, policies and illegal conduct, a continuation of the prior Bush and Reagan regimes, just as the Arroyo/Ramos administration is an extension of prior Philippines regimes. The same can probably be said about the enduring covert relationship between the two governments themselves.

On November 1, 2001, George W. Bush illegally changed an executive order to declare that in light of the "national emergency" of 9/11, the release of papers from the Reagan and Bush presidencies would remain sealed—even though the release is mandated by the Presidential Records Act of 1978. Evidence of the Marcos-Reagan-Bush transactions, along with damning documentation of systemic criminality, may be contained in these files.
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AIG's connection with Whitewater/Arkansas/Mena/Federal Reserve...
http://www.lectlaw.com/files/cur54.htm

Arkansas Development Finance Authority and Sanwa Bank shared a deal
with Coral Reinsurance of the Barbados. Coral's main customer was
American International Group [AIG], a hundred billion dollar finance and
speculation nest -- Board Chairman being Maurice Greenburg, also Board
Chairman of the New York Federal Reserve District Bank, the most
powerful and conspiratorial in the Federal Reserve System.

In just a few weeks, AIG reportedly ran 450 million dollars through the
Barbados front. State and Federal regulators in four or more states and
districts have reportedly been investigating AIG's reputed money laundry
deals with Coral.

But there has been a vast whitewash. Recently, AIG chief Greenberg was
being considered to be appointed Director of Central Intelligence
(actually would be a step down from his conflict-of-interest position as
AIG chief and Board Chairman of N.Y. Fed!)
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SUPPRESSED DETAILS OF CRIMINAL INSIDER TRADING
LEAD DIRECTLY INTO THE CIA'S HIGHEST RANKS
http://whatreallyhappened.com/WRHARTICLES/illegaltrades.html
CIA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR "BUZZY" KRONGARD
MANAGED FIRM THAT HANDLED "PUT" OPTIONS ON UAL

by Michael C. Ruppert[© COPYRIGHT, 2001, Michael C. Ruppert and FTW Publications, www.copvcia.com. All Rights Reserved. May be reprinted or distributed for non-profit purposes only.]

FTW, October 9, 2001 - Although uniformly ignored by the mainstream U.S. media, there is abundant and clear evidence that a number of transactions in financial markets indicated specific (criminal) foreknowledge of the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. In the case of at least one of these trades -- which has left a $2.5 million prize unclaimed -- the firm used to place the "put options" on United Airlines stock was, until 1998, managed by the man who is now in the number three Executive Director position at the Central Intelligence Agency. Until 1997 A.B. "Buzzy" Krongard had been Chairman of the investment bank A.B. Brown. A.B. Brown was acquired by Banker's Trust in 1997. Krongard then became, as part of the merger, Vice Chairman of Banker's Trust-AB Brown, one of 20 major U.S. banks named by Senator Carl Levin this year as being connected to money laundering. Krongard's last position at Banker's Trust (BT) was to oversee "private client relations". In this capacity he had direct hands-on relations with some of the wealthiest people in the world in a kind of specialized banking operation that has been identified by the U.S. Senate and other investigators as being closely connected to the laundering of drug money.

Krongard (re?) joined the CIA in 1998 as counsel to CIA Director George Tenet. He was promoted to CIA Executive Director by President Bush in March of this year. BT was acquired by Deutsche Bank in 1999. The combined firm is the single largest bank in Europe. And, as we shall see, Deutsche Bank played several key roles in events connected to the September 11 attacks.

THE SCOPE OF KNOWN INSIDER TRADING

Before looking further into these relationships it is necessary to look at the insider trading information that is being ignored by Reuters, The New York Times and other mass media. It is well documented that the CIA has long monitored such trades - in real time - as potential warnings of terrorist attacks and other economic moves contrary to U.S. interests. Previous stories in FTW have specifically highlighted the use of Promis software to monitor such trades.

It is necessary to understand only two key financial terms to understand the significance of these trades, "selling short" and "put options".

"Selling Short" is the borrowing of stock, selling it at current market prices, but not being required to actually produce the stock for some time. If the stock falls precipitously after the short contract is entered, the seller can then fulfill the contract by buying the stock after the price has fallen and complete the contract at the pre-crash price. These contracts often have a window of as long as four months.

"Put Options" are contracts giving the buyer the option to sell stocks at a later date. Purchased at nominal prices of, for example, $1.00 per share, they are sold in blocks of 100 shares. If exercised, they give the holder the option of selling selected stocks at a future date at a price set when the contract is issued. Thus, for an investment of $10,000 it might be possible to tie up 10,000 shares of United or American Airlines at $100 per share, and the seller of the option is then obligated to buy them if the option is executed. If the stock has fallen to $50 when the contract matures, the holder of the option can purchase the shares for $50 and immediately sell them for $100 - regardless of where the market then stands. A call option is the reverse of a put option, which is, in effect, a derivatives bet that the stock price will go up.

A September 21 story by the Israeli Herzliyya International Policy Institute for Counter terrorism, entitled "Black Tuesday: The World's Largest Insider Trading Scam?" documented the following trades connected to the September 11 attacks:

- Between September 6 and 7, the Chicago Board Options Exchange saw purchases of 4,744 put options on United Airlines, but only 396 call options. Assuming that 4,000 of the options were bought by people with advance knowledge of the imminent attacks, these "insiders" would have profited by almost $5 million.

- On September 10, 4,516 put options on American Airlines were bought on the Chicago exchange, compared to only 748 calls. Again, there was no news at that point to justify this imbalance; Again, assuming that 4,000 of these options trades represent "insiders", they would represent a gain of about $4 million.

- [The levels of put options purchased above were more than six times higher than normal.]

- No similar trading in other airlines occurred on the Chicago exchange in the days immediately preceding Black Tuesday.

- Morgan Stanley Dean Witter & Co., which occupied 22 floors of the World Trade Center, saw 2,157 of its October $45 put options bought in the three trading days before Black Tuesday; this compares to an average of 27 contracts per day before September 6. Morgan Stanley's share price fell from $48.90 to $42.50 in the aftermath of the attacks. Assuming that 2,000 of these options contracts were bought based upon knowledge of the approaching attacks, their purchasers could have profited by at least $1.2 million.

- Merrill Lynch & Co., which occupied 22 floors of the World Trade Center, saw 12,215 October $45 put options bought in the four trading days before the attacks; the previous average volume in those shares had been 252 contracts per day [a 1200% increase!]. When trading resumed, Merrill's shares fell from $46.88 to $41.50; assuming that 11,000 option contracts were bought by "insiders", their profit would have been about $5.5 million.

- European regulators are examining trades in Germany's Munich Re, Switzerland's Swiss Re, and AXA of France, all major reinsurers with exposure to the Black Tuesday disaster. [FTW Note: AXA also owns more than 25% of American Airlines stock making the attacks a "double whammy" for them.]

On September 29, 2001 - in a vital story that has gone unnoticed by the major media - the San Francisco Chronicle reported, "Investors have yet to collect more than $2.5 million in profits they made trading options in the stock of United Airlines before the Sept. 11, terrorist attacks, according to a source familiar with the trades and market data".

"The uncollected money raises suspicions that the investors - whose identities and nationalities have not been made public - had advance knowledge of the strikes". They don't dare show up now. The suspension of trading for four days after the attacks made it impossible to cash-out quickly and claim the prize before investigators started looking.

"October series options for UAL Corp. were purchased in highly unusual volumes three trading days before the terrorist attacks for a total outlay of $2,070; investors bought the option contracts, each representing 100 shares, for 90 cents each. [This represents 230,000 shares]. Those options are now selling at more than $12 each. There are still 2,313 so-called "put" options outstanding [valued at $2.77 million and representing 231,300 shares] according to the Options Clearinghouse Corp".

"The source familiar with the United trades identified Deutsche Bank Alex. Brown, the American investment banking arm of German giant Deutsche Bank, as the investment bank used to purchase at least some of these options" This was the operation managed by Krongard until as recently as 1998.

As reported in other news stories, Deutsche Bank was also the hub of insider trading activity connected to Munich Re. just before the attacks.

CIA, THE BANKS AND THE BROKERS

Understanding the interrelationships between CIA and the banking and brokerage world is critical to grasping the already frightening implications of the above revelations. Let's look at the history of CIA, Wall Street and the big banks by looking at some of the key players in CIA's history.

Clark Clifford - The National Security Act of 1947 was written by Clark Clifford, a Democratic Party powerhouse, former Secretary of Defense, and one-time advisor to President Harry Truman. In the 1980s, as Chairman of First American Bancshares, Clifford was instrumental in getting the corrupt CIA drug bank BCCI a license to operate on American shores. His profession: Wall Street lawyer and banker.

John Foster and Allen Dulles - These two brothers "designed" the CIA for Clifford. Both were active in intelligence operations during WW II. Allen Dulles was the U.S. Ambassador to Switzerland where he met frequently with Nazi leaders and looked after U.S. investments in Germany. John Foster went on to become Secretary of State under Dwight Eisenhower and Allen went on to serve as CIA Director under Eisenhower and was later fired by JFK. Their professions: partners in the most powerful - to this day - Wall Street law firm of Sullivan, Cromwell.

Bill Casey - Ronald Reagan's CIA Director and OSS veteran who served as chief wrangler during the Iran-Contra years was, under President Richard Nixon, Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission. His profession: Wall Street lawyer and stockbroker.

David Doherty - The current Vice President of the New York Stock Exchange for enforcement is the retired General Counsel of the Central Intelligence Agency.

George Herbert Walker Bush - President from 1989 to January 1993, also served as CIA Director for 13 months from 1976-7. He is now a paid consultant to the Carlyle Group, the 11th largest defense contractor in the nation, which also shares joint investments with the bin Laden family.

A.B. "Buzzy" Krongard - The current Executive Director of the Central Intelligence Agency is the former Chairman of the investment bank A.B. Brown and former Vice Chairman of Banker's Trust.

John Deutch - This retired CIA Director from the Clinton Administration currently sits on the board at Citigroup, the nation's second largest bank, which has been repeatedly and overtly involved in the documented laundering of drug money. This includes Citigroup's 2001 purchase of a Mexican bank known to launder drug money, Banamex.

Nora Slatkin - This retired CIA Executive Director also sits on Citibank's board.

Maurice "Hank" Greenburg - The CEO of AIG insurance, manager of the third largest capital investment pool in the world, was floated as a possible CIA Director in 1995. FTW exposed Greenberg's and AIG's long connection to CIA drug trafficking and covert operations in a two-part series that was interrupted just prior to the attacks of September 11. AIG's stock has bounced back remarkably well since the attacks. To read that story, please go to http://www.fromthewilderness.com/free/ciadrugs/part_2.html.

One wonders how much damning evidence is necessary to respond to what is now irrefutable proof that CIA knew about the attacks and did not stop them. Whatever our government is doing, whatever the CIA is doing, it is clearly NOT in the interests of the American people, especially those who died on September 11.
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Re: AIG's connection to drugs and terrorism - written August 14, 2001!!!
« Reply #7 on: September 16, 2008, 12:20:28 pm »
SANE!

With a few clicks you have shown us all the reasons WHY

the government will  BAIL  them out  !!!

Why am I not surprsed ?????

Great stuff.......many thanks  !!!

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Re: AIG's connection to drugs and terrorism - written August 14, 2001!!!
« Reply #8 on: September 16, 2008, 12:22:14 pm »
Review of Who Killed John O'Neil...
http://www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread222009/pg1

I was 'taking notes' while I was watching it, I finally quit trying to keep up with this information overload. I know alot of you guys are on dialup, so if you can't watch it maybe this jumble will at least give you an idea of how comprehensive this film is... Keep in mind half way through it I gave up trying to take notes.


Twitchy's Notes...

kroll associates "is like a private CIA" michael cherkasky CEO-
william bratton
john o'neil
1991 krull hired by kuwait to investigate Saddam's finances 1992 krull -advising enron-97-98 teamsters union elections- monitor LA terror-
FBI Director william seychelles now share holder krull

MBNA 9-11 insider trading involvement

louis Freeh-DA NYC worked with guliiani and
jerome hauer-orders for cipro-headed NYC Fema-advisor to cfr-national institute health- bioterrorism expert- mging. director for krull- wtc security-SAIC- hired john oneil-instructed nyc gulliani to build hq
Robert Tucker met with them night before 9-11

stephen hatfield -friend of jerome hauer headed Anthrax betchel SAIC

john miller
brian jenkins-aviation terrorism counter terrorism expert
robert mueller

robert tucker-
CTC international
choen group
stratesec
securacom- marvin Bush- dulles and united airlines airport security contract

ISI
omar sheikh saheed
khalid shaikh
daniel pearl

pan am 103 crash

okc
Timothy mcveigh ramzi yousef phillipines
loius freeh

panama invasion Bush I- Noreiga-BCCI

AIG 6th largest corporation -COral Taelvera head of AIG San Fran-
BCCI largest fraud in global history money laundering- Kerry Headed Senate BCCI investigation

Abu Dabi-Noreiga- Khalid Bin mahfouz investment in harken -20% BCCI- Saudi Bin Laden Financeer-
Barry Seal took over as captain of Civil Air Patrol, planes identified as former air america planes in vietnam-Mena Ak 1981 1986 5 billion dollar narc running- AK US Attorney Acea HUtchinson later heads DEA ignores Seal and later becomes undersecretary for Border transportation and security for homeland security--CIA Agent -New Orleans- Civil Air Patrol Lee Harvey Oswald and David Ferry Civil Air Patrol captain -JFK Conspirator- Barry seal photographed with Sturgis- seal/ferry getaway pilot for kennedy assasins. Seal's sting and cooperation leaked to media, leak was admitted by oliver north- Seal has Bush's Personal Phone number- Sandanistas shoot down seal's former plane eugen hasselfus only survivor claims he was running druges for cia-
1991 Gov. clinton said "linkages to federal government and mentions Seal's link to CIA and Iran Contra
wackenhut corp. security company linked to CIA private prisons
Bank used to launder global drug money was BCCI
AIG fleet of 400 planes- 1987 AK Development Financial Agency "Coral Reinsurance" never filed with SEC - AIG FOunder CIA operative C V Starr- AIG director son of cia founder frank wiesner-
maurice greenburg nyse and FED almost head of cia chaired CFR- AIG Principal shareholder of Kroll
CFR principle contact is CIA-


E Howard Hunt- JFK conspirator
Felix Rodriguez
Ted Shackley
Richard Seacord



Alot of this piece is rehash of information many of us have been putting out for a long time now, but this is perhaps the best job I've seen yet in tying all the knots and untangling the cords of 9-11 in a overwhelming but straightforward presentation. It's a sock knocker! Absolutely a must see!
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Re: AIG's connection to drugs and terrorism - written August 14, 2001!!!
« Reply #9 on: September 16, 2008, 12:23:08 pm »
Hank Greenburg AIG and The Global Crime Syndicate
http://www.mail-archive.com/cia_tradecraft@yahoogroups.com/msg00599.html
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Here is a little more insight into Hank Greenberg and the Global Criminal Elite. The article also shows more ties of William Clinton to this global criminal scheming.
Maurice "Hank“ Greenberg, AIG and the Burning Down of the Madhouse By: Dr. Stefan G. E. Grossmann, www.gallerize.com
April 05, 2005 (excerpt) http://www.cloakanddagger.ca/media/Grossmann/Wall%20Street/Wall_Street_Terrorist.htm
Maurice "Hank“ Greenberg, age 79, is living proof to the insight that the insurance industry is full of crooks.
The recent news about AIG, Maurice Greenberg, his two sons and Warren Buffett indicates that the inside attacks of 9-11-1 are a huge accounting fraud - a mega-Enron - of the U.S. insurance industry. Initially, the insurance industry had to pay several billion $$ in damages. However, 9-11-1 has changed the landscape of insurance risk in such a way that premiums went into a steep hike, and today the U.S. insurance industry is the major beneficiary of 9-11-1 to the tune of over $13 billion increase (in 2004) for AIG alone (AIG alone thus achieved record revenues in 2004 of $100 billion according to preliminary figures). The beneficiary of a crime is always a prime suspect of a crime. Here: the driving force behind the insurance industry. The Greenbergs, father and two sons, and Warren Buffett, their partner apparent in another Enron-size accounting fraud. Here are two outlines of the evidence – basically, an insurance fraud involving a rigged building demolition and the mass-murder of several thousand people: http://www.plaguepuppy.net/public_html/letters/tom.htm http://www.cloakanddagger.ca/media/Grossmann/Four%20Horsemen/066%20Four%20Riders%20of%209-11%20Apocalypse.htm(scroll down to section III)
Here is a more detailed report in PDF format on the GreenbergKissinger-Blackstone insurance fraud connection and the insider trading of options around 9-11-1:http://www.plaguepuppy.net/public_html/Confronting%20the%20Evidence/911_Science_Report_App_D.pdf
The following section provides some insight why the Attorney General, Eliot Spitzer, is not doing his duty of prosecuting and investigating crimes: Conveniently, Greenberg together with his contacts has been able to hoist a company lawyer into the position of criminal prosecutor. That fellow’s name is Eliot Spitzer, posing as a rabid guardian of the criminal code, but in reality doing nothing else than prosecuting serial killers for shoplifting and otherwise sitting on his hands to let the law rot. If these people hope that the truth will drop dead or go away they are mistaken. The truth is knocking loudly on their door and calling their name. Eliot Spitzer’s prosecution against Greenberg and AIG is an ersatz prosecution – a sham intended as a diversion. The idea behind this is that if Spitzer appear aggressive enough and the media convey this image convincingly, any true and meaningful reporting of AIG’s and Greenberg’s terroristic and treasonable felonies can be avoided. In other words, Eliot Spitzer, a former partner of AIG’s corporate lawfirm Skadden Arps, who some say is a crooked operation, is doing everything to save a major client of his former lawfirm. Or in short: friends help friends. Eliot Spitzer has been provided with a Citizens’ Complaint about the criminal aspects of 9-11-1, including numerous details about the specific and tangible insurance fraud involving Silverstein, Blackstone Group, Greenberg, Kissinger together with a research DVD full of data. Spitzer is stubbornly refusing to act on the evidence and is trying to take refuge to a mere mockery of prosecution.
The Christian Science Monitor, "A Top Insurance Company as the New Enron?“ (April 01, 2005), at http://www.csmonitor.com/2005/0401/p03s01-usju.html writes: Because AIG is so massive and important to the financial world, regulators will have to tread carefully. The company’s main business is providing reinsurance, that is, it insures insurance companies. This helps the industry to spread its risk among many large and financially sound companies so a single event does not become a financial disaster for one company.
A deal between Greenberg/AIG and another grandee of the American insurance industry, Warren Buffett amount to a $1.77 billion accounting fraud which actually has been admitted by AIG. As a consequence of this fraud and the insurance investigation of Eliot Spitzer, Maurice Greenberg resigned as the all-powerful CEO of AIG on March 15, 2005; and he resigned his position as non-executive AIG Chairman on April 3, 2005. Until Greenberg’s resignation, the Greenberg family (Greenberg Sr. and his two sons Jeffrey and Evan) together with Warren Buffett control the better part of the U.S. insurance industry. Jeffrey Greenberg was CEO and chairman of the world’s second-largest insurance broker Marsh & McLennan (resigned in October 2004). Evan Greenberg is President and CEO of Ace Limited, a Bermuda-based insurer. Warren Buffett owns and controls General Reinsurance.
Last November, AIG agreed to pay $126 million to settle allegations of securities fraud by the SEC and the Justice Department related to three 2001 transactions it made with PNC Financial Services Group Inc. that allegedly helped the Pittsburgh-based banking company artificially inflate its earnings. AIG, without admitting or denying guilt, also settled civil-fraud charges with the SEC, with another company paying a $10 million fine.
Greenberg Sr. owns nearly 2% but through offshore companies controls about another 12% of the stock of AIG.
The connection with Warren Buffett is all the more suspicious in light of the substantiated indication of CIA money laundering through a bank partly owned by Berkshire Hathaway, Wells Fargo Bank, and the strange ongoings at the Offutt Air Base on 9-11-1 where Buffett met with President George W. Bush.
Maurice ‘Hank’ Greenberg, the president and chief executive officer of American International Group (AIG), a multi-billion dollar New York-based insurance company …, is no run-of-the-mill insurance salesman. Since taking over the Shanghai and New York-based insurance business of Cornelius Vander Starr in 1968, Greenberg has emerged as one of the most powerful behind-the-scenes political fixers in the Anglo-American Establishment. He is vice chairman of the New York Council on Foreign Relations. He is a member of the Board of Counselors of the Washington, D. C.-based Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), which serves, on occasion, as Wall Street’s private sector equivalent of the CIA’s Directorate of Operations.” [Note: Philip Manuel, the investigator, is a member of the Financial Crimes Task Force of the CSIS, see at
http://www.csis.org/taskfina.html.
Although Greenberg is a lifetime Republican, his name was prominently circulated as a possible replacement for James Woolsey, as director of the Central Intelligence Agency, during the first Clinton administration.”
"Greenberg is also the oldest and largest paying client of Henry Kissinger’s ‘consulting firm,’ Kissinger Associates. Greenberg hired Kissinger as his chief international trouble-shooter in 1982, and has been plowing millions of dollars a year into Kissinger’s coffers ever since.”
"The Kissinger connection has brought Greenberg an inside track on lucrative insurance and banking deals with both Peking and Moscow. In China’s financial hub, Shanghai, Greenberg’s AIG is the only foreign company with Chinese government approval to sell insurance policies to the city’s 13 million native Chinese.”
"Greenberg was introduced to C.V. Starr in 1961, after working for nearly a decade for Continental Casualties. The introduction was made by insurance executive Milburn Smith. Seven years later, whenStarr died, Greenberg took over the business, according to profiles of Greenberg published in Business Week and Barron’s.” "Starr had launched his insurance operation in Shanghai in 1919, first selling policies to the large Russian ťmigrť community, and the British circles who were still kicking around China, following the Opium Wars.”
"Sources in the Philippines who are familiar with Starr’s early operations, link his success to the fact that he was close with Peter Aleksandrovich Badmayev, a leading Asian representative of the Soviet Cheka’s Felix Dzershinskii, and Badmayev’s close friend, Sidney Reilly, the so-called ‘ace of spies,’ who worked for both British and Bolshevik intelligence services.”
"At the outset of World War II, Starr became an intelligence asset of the U.S. Office of Strategic Services (OSS), the wartime predecessor to the CIA. Starr’s OSS links landed him an entry to the emerging postwar ‘bankers CIA’ apparatus.” "When Greenberg took over from Starr, the firm’s reputation for merging business interests with Anglo-American intelligence operations did not diminish.“
Greenberg was more than an "intellectual asset” for the Philippines coup plotters. A former high ranking CIA official in the Reagan administration named Hank Greenberg as being intimately involved in the overthrow of Marcos. Greenberg, according to the source, called upon his good friend, William Casey, to add his weight to the plot, and the CIA boss obliged. Greenberg’s zeal to dump Marcos was largely a matter of „business.” As the owner of the major insurance company in the Philippines, Philippine-American Life Insurance, Greenberg was the underwriter for all of the banks in the Philippines. And Marcos was increasingly finding himself at odds with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and other agencies representing the world’s big private financing syndicates.
There is at least one report on secret connections between BCCI, AIG, the Chinese CITIC (the biggest client of Kenneth Starr), the Indonesian Lippo Group, other entities, and William J. Clinton during and after the Whitewater affair (see organigram at http://www.federal.com/mar24-97/Network; article published in the March 24, 1997 issue if the Washington Weekly). In the March 17, 1997 issue (see athttp://www.federal.com/mar17-97/Coral), the Washington Weekly wrote: "Whatever AIG is, it appears to be tied into that big, bipartisan, ugly network of intelligence, money laundering, Arkansas, and Communist China.”
In 1995, AIG became the first company to be licensed to sell insurance in China. AIG is a client of Kissinger & Associates. It was Henry Kissinger, the former Secretary of State, who advised against harsh sanctions after the Tienanmen Square massacre. „No government in the world would have tolerated having the main square of its capital occupied for eight weeks by tens of thousands of demonstrators,“ he wrote. The conduct of the students made a crackdown „inevitable“, he added. AIG has also been the focus of SEC and BCCI investigator Manhattan DA Robert Morgenthau’s attention, presumably because of its dumping insurance policies in the U.S. market below cost, to explore its ties to the BCCI. And finally, AIG is headed by Maurice Greenberg, one-time chairman of the NY Federal reserve Bank, and in 1995 a candidate to head the CIA. Greenberg is chairman of the US-China Business Council and lobbied hard (and successfully) for the Clinton administration to sever the link between China’s human rights record and renewal of China’s Most-Favored-Nation trade status.”
(November 17, 1995 -- Phone (312) 731-1100 for recorded Sherman Skolnick, Citizens’ Committee to Clean Up the Courts,
9800 S. Oglesby Ave [Chicago, IL 60617].
In 1991 we publicized exclusive details of the "Bank of Criminals and Conspirators International“ [BCCI]. To promote their operations worldwide, they bribed public officials, including in the United States. BCCI bribed or blackmailed both Houses of Congress: 108 members of the House of Representatives and 22 U.S. senators. It was bribery or blackmail. And BCCI had Congress by theirprivate parts. Some $5 billion of BCCI funds disappeared in the bribery/blackmail schemes -- secret coded accounts in Switzerland and the Caymans. The Bush White House used the bribery list to push through the Senate Clarence Thomas for U.S. Supreme Court. On the list were seven Democrats that pushed the confirmation over the top. Likewise, Bush used the bribery list to silence the „October Surprise“ subcommittee, in a position to nail George for treason. (That was the delay of the release of the U.S. hostages to help put in the Reagan-Bush ticket.)
The Spotlight newspaper (June 16, 1997, page 7) asked whether Greenberg, during his tenure as chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank in New York, had any connections with the Russian underground economy: “The New York Federal Reserve Bank has been functioning as a „printing press” for the Russian Mafia-dominated Moscow banks. New York magazine writer Robert Friedman has reported that, every business day, planeloads of freshly printed $100 bills are flown from JFK Airport in New York to Moscow. These bills, provided by the New York Fed, generate billions of dollars a year in revenues for the U.S. Treasury, and have been a significant factor in the global power grab by Russian organized crime.
"AIG is an insurance company which is one of the biggest money launderers in the world.”
Maurice Greenberg may be the most influential individual alive. Moreover, during the Clinton administration, he was Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank in New York. He was then nominated as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), however found very little support. Nevertheless, Maurice Greenberg continues his close ties to the intelligence community. See, for example, the voluminous Report: http://www.fas.org/irp/cfr.html
AIG has managed an astounding thing: they have had written for themselves parts of U.S. federal tax laws that gave them tax exemptions (Philadelphia Inquirer as quoted above). “AIG won a special provision in the Tax Reform Act of 1986 exempting certain of its operations from a crackdown on foreign tax shelters. AIG as the prime beneficiary of a section in the Tax Reform Act that exempted AIG and other large insurers from taxes on some of their offshore operations, saving them millions of dollars.” More than 50% of their business is outside the USA, including offshore jurisdictions.
As to the Americans involved, one must remember what Senators John Kerry and Hank Brown found in „A Report to the Committee on Foreign Relations United States Senate” (December 1992, 102d Congress 2d Session Senate Print 102-140, at
http://www. fas.org/irp/congress/1992-rpt/bcci/
On January 6, 1995, John Crudele of the New York Post published a column which called attention to a secret financial deal involving Coral Reinsurance on Bermuda, the Arkansas Development and Finance Authority, a project founded at the time by Arkansas state governor William J. Clinton (ADFA) and Maurice Greenberg’s American International Group (AIG). The story was only out for a few hours when Swaney received a call from a stranger who told Swaney he had been conducting his own investigation of Coral Insurance and AIG and was surprised to learn that the connections led to people then in the White House. When Swaney asked the stranger to identify himself, he declined to do so, for fear of retaliation. The Ozark Gazette (see at
http://www.freerepublic.com/forum/a1001317.htm reports that the anonymous caller had reliable information:
“We will call him Mr. Anonymous. It seems that Mr. Anonymous is an insurance man in New York City – a competitor of AIG – and at sometime in the last two years he became very suspicious of AIG because its affiliates were offering insurance at premiums way below market rates. Mr. Anonymous told Swaney that he could not believe that a legitimate insurance company could stay in business offering such low rates. Mr. Anonymous suspected that he was in competition with an illegal enterprise, and began poking around in the affairs of AIG. At some point after that, Mr. Anonymous became frightened, and dropped his investigation, because he believed that the repercussions were damaging his own business. Mr. Anonymous also told Swaney (and John Crudele of the New York Post) that AIG and its relationship with Coral Reinsurance was under investigation by the insurance regulators of Pennsylvania and New York. Other industry sources told John Crudele that $450million dollars had suddenly appeared in Coral’s account in just the last two weeks of 1987. Investigators have been unable to identify the source of the cash infusion.
By the middle of February the stories written by Crudele were attracting attention in the Arkansas press. Andrea Harter of the Democrat Gazette began a month long investigation into the Coral deal. The story appeared March 5, 1995 and revealed even more extensive connections between AIG/ADFA. In the year preceding the purchase of Coral stock by ADFA, an AIG affiliate had managed over one billion dollars worth of ADFA’s bonds. Having been founded in 1985 and starting business in 1986, by early 1987 ADFA had only been in business a little over a year. AIG’s involvement with that much of their bonds so early in ADFA’s history indicates a very strong relationship. Once again, considering that the Arkansas Committee had been told that US Intelligence had indeed laundered money through ADFA, and that the sale of ADFA’s bonds was one such vehicle for doing so, Maurice Greenberg’s connections to international politics and intelligence was very interesting.”
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Re: AIG's connection to drugs and terrorism - written August 14, 2001!!!
« Reply #10 on: September 16, 2008, 12:23:15 pm »
SANE!

With a few clicks you have shown us all the reasons WHY

the government will  BAIL  them out  !!!

Why am I not surprsed ?????

Great stuff.......many thanks  !!!

I have a feeling that they may not.  The CIA is in big trouble right now.  Russia has a treasure trove of CIA documents left behind in Georgia.  We may be seeing a purging of CIA personel involved in the illegal operations.  Just an idea.

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Re: AIG's connection to drugs and terrorism - written August 14, 2001!!!
« Reply #11 on: September 16, 2008, 12:28:55 pm »
I as very surprised that nothing happened yesterday !

Guess that we will have to just wait and see.

They just happen to have very many irons in very many fires currently  !!

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Re: AIG's connection to drugs and terrorism - written August 14, 2001!!!
« Reply #12 on: September 16, 2008, 12:30:54 pm »
Just today: http://www.mailonsunday.co.uk/news/article-1056283/Shares-U-S-insurance-giant-Manchester-United-sponsor-suspended-74-plunge.html


"Its plunging share value came despite demands by its former boss Hank Greenberg that the American government save the company. Many warned there was just one day left to save it from collapse.

[...]

In emotional statements amid another panic-stricken share-trading session in New York, Mr Greenberg said AIG was a 'national treasure' which could not be allowed to fail.

Mr Greenberg - most of whose multi-billion-dollar fortune is tied up in AIG - said if it were allowed to go bankrupt it would cause a 'systemic problem' for the US financial system."


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Greenberg is the former chairman of the Federal Reserve and was floated to head the CIA right before 9/11.

AIG has direct ties to 9/11.

Greenberg's multibillion dollar portfolio is tied to AIG.

Let it go into bankruptcy ASAP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Re: AIG's connection to drugs and terrorism - written August 14, 2001!!!
« Reply #13 on: September 16, 2008, 12:44:39 pm »
Great information. I wish I wasn't at work and had time to read it all right now.

AIG probably won't be bailed out unless much of its wealth depended on derivates. All of the assets they had are probably long gone. They will only bail out places that put the entire game in jeopardy. That is until they want the economy to finally crash. It shouldn't be long now...

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« Reply #14 on: September 16, 2008, 12:48:35 pm »
Holy f**king shit!!!!

When it rains it pours!!!!  Spitzer's prosecution of AIG was controlled opposition and a fraud and Greenberg is the best paying client of Henry Kissinger.  Also a connection to Warren Buffett!!!!

Spitzer is done...

Now AIG and Greenberg's multi-billions...

Maybe Kissinger and Buffett next? (I know, but let me dream please.)

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From 2005:

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WALL STREET TERRORIST THROWS TOWEL

Maurice „Hank“ Greenberg, AIG and the

Burning Down of the Madhouse

By: Dr. Stefan G. E. Grossmann,

www.gallerize.com

April 05, 2005

(Note 1-4-2006: Some links have expired, but are left standing to identify the historic sources.)

Maurice „Hank“ Greenberg, age 79, is living proof to the insight that the insurance industry is full of crooks. To the knowledge of this researcher, none is so crooked as he. The true summary of his lifetime, still veiled behind numerous curtains of legend to this day, is aptly drawn in the following illustration:

Doesn’t HE look weird?

To the left, the illustration shows a weird-looking Maurice Greenberg, the departed thief of AIG, the world’s largest insurance. To the right is shown a scene from 9-11. The three words in the illustration are self-explanatory.

A background dossier about Greenberg compiled in the year 2000 is below. Here is some more recent news about Greenberg and AIG:

1. Greenberg and AIG: Recent News

(Without News of Greenberg’s Resignation)

(For news about Greenberg’s resignation in March and early April 2005, see the next section below. This present section sets the stage by presenting the hidden recent facts behind Greenberg’s resignation.)

The recent news about AIG, Maurice Greenberg, his two sons and Warren Buffett indicates that the inside attacks of 9-11-1 are a huge accounting fraud  - a mega-Enron -  of the U.S. insurance industry. Initially, the insurance industry had to pay several billion $$ in damages. However, 9-11-1 has changed the landscape of insurance risk in such a way that premiums went into a steep hike, and today the U.S. insurance industry is the major beneficiary of 9-11-1 to the tune of over $13 billion increase (in 2004) for AIG alone (AIG alone thus achieved record revenues in 2004 of $100 billion according to preliminary figures).

The beneficiary of a crime is always a prime suspect of a crime. Here: the driving force behind the insurance industry. The Greenbergs, father and two sons, and Warren Buffett, their partner apparent in another Enron-size accounting fraud.

Don’t look – this is plain brutal!

There are numerous links, hints and more direct indicators that 9-11-1 is a crime that was backed by certain investment bank and insurance circles with a special focus on Maurice Hank Greenberg. This author has massive research to back up this accusation, published at www.gallerize.com and the talk radio for spies site www.cloakanddagger.ca.

Here are two outlines of the evidence – basically, an insurance fraud involving a rigged building demolition and the mass-murder of several thousand people:

http://www.plaguepuppy.net/public_html/letters/tom.htm

http://www.gallerize.com/The_Four_Riders_of_the_9-11_Apocalypse.htm   .
(scroll down to section III)

Note about the mentioning of Kissinger: Greenberg is reportedly the oldest and best-paying client of Henry Kissinger.

Here is my more detailed report in PDF format on the Greenberg-Kissinger-Blackstone insurance fraud connection and the insider trading of options around 9-11-1:

http://www.plaguepuppy.net/public_html/Confronting%20the%20Evidence/911_Science_Report_App_D.pdf

The author is a practicing lawyer in Germany and is confident that across the globe, perpetrators of insurance fraud are prosecuted, investigated, indicted and convicted for such evidence and in cases where there is less evidence.

Only in corrupt countries such as the U.S.A. can such normal and natural workings of justice be stopped and quashed.

The following section provides some insight why the Attorney General, Eliot Spitzer, is not doing his duty of prosecuting and investigating crimes:

2. The Eliot Spitzer Fraud:

How Greenberg is Being Covered By A Mere Mock Prosecution

(The News of Greenberg’s Resignation)

Conveniently, Greenberg together with his contacts has been able to hoist a company lawyer into the position of criminal prosecutor. That fellow’s name is Eliot Spitzer, posing as a rabid guardian of the criminal code, but in reality doing nothing else than prosecuting serial killers for shoplifting and otherwise sitting on his hands to let the law rot. If these people hope that the truth will drop dead or go away they are mistaken. The truth is knocking loudly on their door and calling their name.

Eliot Spitzer’s prosecution against Greenberg and AIG is an ersatz prosecution – a sham intended as a diversion. The idea behind this is that if Spitzer appear aggressive enough and the media convey this image convincingly, any true and meaningful reporting of AIG’s and Greenberg’s terroristic and treasonable felonies can be avoided. In other words, Eliot Spitzer, a former partner of AIG’s corporate lawfirm Skadden Arps, who some say is a crooked operation, is doing everything to save a major client of his former lawfirm. Or in short: friends help friends. Eliot Spitzer has been provided with a Citizens’ Complaint about the criminal aspects of 9-11-1, including numerous details about the specific and tangible insurance fraud involving Silverstein, Blackstone Group, Greenberg, Kissinger together with a research DVD full of data. Spitzer is stubbornly refusing to act on the evidence and is trying to take refuge to a mere mockery of prosecution.

The press (the Christian Science Monitor, the New York Times) has indicated that AIG is much too big to get the same treatment as Enron did. It is pointed out that criminal prosecution broke up the accountant firm of Enron, Arthur Andersen. It is pointed out that there can be no desire to break up AIG. The Christian Science Monitor, „A Top Insurance Company as the New Enron?“ (April 01, 2005), at

http://www.csmonitor.com/2005/0401/p03s01-usju.html

writes:

„Because AIG is so massive and important to the financial world, regulators will have to tread carefully. The company’s main business is providing reinsurance, that is, it insures insurance companies. This helps the industry to spread its risk among many large and financially sound companies so a single event does not become a financial disaster for one company.

Also, because of AIG’s huge size, lawyers don’t think the government will bring a criminal charge against the company as it did for Arthur Andersen, Enron’s accountant. The criminal charge was a death sentence for the accountant.“

Further, the Christian Science Monitor ventures to predict a bleak future for the insurance giant, AIG:

„Before its legal troubles, AIG had begun an advertising campaign to become more well-known to Americans. Its most recent logo is ‚We know money.’ And, it brags it is the financial organization to choose for your ‚great-great-great-great-great grandchild.’ Now, lawyers expect it is likely to be fighting class-action lawsuits and irate regulators as it battles to survive.

The apple of dischord is a deal between Greenberg/AIG and another grandee of the American insurance industry, Warren Buffett. Details are reported in the press. This and other deals amount to a $1.77 billion accounting fraud which actually has been admitted by AIG. As a consequence of this fraud and the insurance investigation of Eliot Spitzer, Maurice Greenberg resigned as the all-powerful CEO of AIG on March 15, 2005; and he resigned his position as non-executive AIG Chairman on April 3, 2005.

Until Greenberg’s resignation, the Greenberg family (Greenberg Sr. and his two sons Jeffrey and Evan) together with Warren Buffett control the better part of the U.S. insurance industry. Jeffrey Greenberg was CEO and chairman of the world’s second-largest insurance broker Marsh & McLennan (resigned in October 2004). Evan Greenberg is President and CEO of Ace Limited, a Bermuda-based insurer. Warren Buffett owns and controls General Reinsurance.

CNN writes about the investigation, Report: AIG CEO Steps Down (March 15, 2005),

http://edition.cnn.com/2005/BUSINESS/03/14/aig.ceo.ap/

„AIG was mentioned in the case brought against Marsh & McLennan by New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, but was not charged. But four former AIG executives have entered guilty pleas to criminal charges stemming from the investigation, along with six others from Marsh & McLennan, Zurich American Insurance Co. and ACE.

Last November, AIG agreed to pay $126 million to settle allegations of securities fraud by the SEC and the Justice Department related to three 2001 transactions it made with PNC Financial Services Group Inc. that allegedly helped the Pittsburgh-based banking company artificially inflate its earnings.

Part of the settlement also went to resolve a similar case involving Brightpoint Inc., a Plainfield, Ind., cell phone distributor.

Under that settlement, an independent monitor is examining AIG's books to see if there are any other questionable deals.

AIG, without admitting or denying guilt, also settled civil-fraud charges with the SEC, paying a $10 million fine.

In the latest investigation, AIG has been the focus of a probe by Spitzer, federal prosecutors and the SEC into the use of so-called finite insurance, or financial reinsurance, which critics say could be used to manipulate earnings.

The transaction under investigation took place between AIG and Berkshire Hathaway Inc.’s General Reinsurance unit four years ago and apparently was intended to shore up AIG's reserves.“

Maurice Greenberg joined AIG in 1960 and became its President in 1967. He became its Chairman in 1989. With Greenberg at the helm, AIG grew from a small company into one of the world’s largest and most profitable financial-services company with a market capitalization of $168.5 billion. Greenberg Sr. owns nearly 2% but through offshore companies controls about another 12% of the stock of AIG.

The connection with Warren Buffett is all the more suspicious in light of the substantiated indication of CIA money laundering through a bank partly owned by Berkshire Hathaway, Wells Fargo Bank, and the strange ongoings at the Offutt Air Base on 9-11-1 where Buffett met with President George W. Bush.

According to reports in the New York Times, Eliot Spitzer has stated that the scandal will be settled under civil law without any criminal prosecution or investigation. The is an attempt to defuse a problem of criminal responsibility that to my mind cannot work. In my opinion it is dictated by an egregious conflict of interest of Spitzer and his old law firm of Skadden Arps who do not wish to eliminate a major client, AIG by disclosing the true facts.

The New York Times reports something extremely suspicious about Greenberg, „How a Titan of Insurance Ran Afoul of the Government“ (April 4, 2005),

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/04/04/business/04aig.html

namely Greenberg considering taking the Fifth Amendment:

„By the accounts of people who have spoken with him, Mr. Greenberg, who did not agree to an interview for this article, ranges over bewilderment, rage and selfpity from the turn of events. In recent weeks, he has told A.I.G. directors that his lawyer is advising him to take the Fifth Amendment rather than testify in a broad inquiry, people involved in the case said.“

If you read the dossier below, you might consider the following statements by Gretchen Morgenson in the New York Times, „A.I.G.: Whiter Shade of Enron“ (April 3, 2005),

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/04/03/business/yourmoney/03gret.html

to be a nervous newspaper joke:

„Of that we can be sure. A.I.G., after all, is a real company with global operations, generating genuine profits from a variety of financial enterprises. As companies go, Enron was all smoke and mirrors; A.I.G. is substance.“

NO! Of one thing we can be sure: If AIG goes down the tubes then the inside terror cell behind 9-11-1 will thus be yanked out of its hiding in secrecy. At the same time those funny little green papers called the dollar will become cherished commodities for cooking and toilet paper.

Can Eliot Spitzer stem the tide? Is it all just mental? We think not...

3. Greenberg and AIG: Background Dossier

This dossier is chapter 10 of the PDF e-book „The Brotherhood of the White Monks“, www.gallerize.com, 310 pages, 2000 by Stefan Grossmann. It presents press materials and internet links about Maurice „Hank“ Greenberg that were current in the year 2000.

I would like to familiarize you with the Global Power Cartel. As a case study, let us look into American International Group (AIG), maybe the most powerful insurance and financial groups worldwide with a global presence in more than 150 countries:

(Quotes from: Wall Street Manipulator was Driving Force Behind Marcos Ouster in ‘86, in: Spotlight Newspaper, June 16, 1997, pp. 4-11, by George Blank; on AIG in China also see The Financial Times, May 22, 1998)

„Maurice ‘Hank’ Greenberg, the president and chief executive officer of American International Group (AIG), a multi-billion dollar New York-based insurance company …, is no run-of-the-mill insurance salesman. Since taking over the Shanghai and New York-based insurance business of Cornelius Vander Starr in 1968, Greenberg has emerged as one of the most powerful behind-the-scenes political fixers in the Anglo-American Establishment. He is vice chairman of the New York Council on Foreign Relations. He is a member of the Board of Counselors of the Washington, D. C.-based Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), which serves, on occasion, as Wall Street’s private sector equivalent of the CIA’s Directorate of Operations.”

[Note: Philip Manuel, the investigator, is a member of the Financial Crimes Task Force of the CSIS, see at http://www.csis.org/taskfina.html.]

„Although Greenberg is a lifetime Republican, his name was prominently circulated as a possible replacement for James Woolsey, as director of the Central Intelligence Agency, during the first Clinton administration.”

„Greenberg is also the oldest and largest paying client of Henry Kissinger’s ‘consulting firm,’ Kissinger Associates. Greenberg hired Kissinger as his chief international trouble-shooter in 1982, and has been plowing millions of dollars a year into Kissinger’s coffers ever since.”

„The Kissinger connection has brought Greenberg an inside track on lucrative insurance and banking deals with both Peking and Moscow. In China’s financial hub, Shanghai, Greenberg’s AIG is the only foreign company with Chinese government approval to sell insurance policies to the city’s 13 million native Chinese.”



„Greenberg was introduced to C.V. Starr in 1961, after working for nearly a decade for Continental Casualties. The introduction was made by insurance executive Milburn Smith. Seven years later, when Starr died, Greenberg took over the business, according to profiles of Greenberg published in Business Week and Barron’s.”

„Starr had launched his insurance operation in Shanghai in 1919, first selling policies to the large Russian ťmigrť community, and the British circles who were still kicking around China, following the Opium Wars.”

„Sources in the Philippines who are familiar with Starr’s early operations, link his success to the fact that he was close with Peter Aleksandrovich Badmayev, a leading Asian representative of the Soviet Cheka’s Felix Dzershinskii, and Badmayev’s close friend, Sidney Reilly, the so-called ‘ace of spies,’ who worked for both British and Bolshevik intelligence services.”

„By the 1920s and 30s, Starr expanded his Asian insurance operations into Hong Kong, Saigon, Jakarta and the Philippines, and opened a main office in New York City.”

„At the outset of World War II, Starr became an intelligence asset of the U.S. Office of Strategic Services (OSS), the wartime predecessor to the CIA. Starr’s OSS links landed him an entry to the emerging postwar ‘bankers CIA’ apparatus.”



„When Greenberg took over from Starr, the firm’s reputation for merging business interests with Anglo-American intelligence operations did not diminish.“

Who is Maurice Raymond (Hank) Greenberg?

His office is in New York near Wall Street. He is 75 years old (per December 2000) and is a financial legend. His personal net worth has been estimated by Forbes at $1 billion in 1997, and today $4.4 billion. In addition to that, as Chairman and CEO of American International Group (AIG), a most powerful insurance group, he is the lord over a gigantic financial empire located in 150 countries worldwide. The Board and other control organs of AIG are dominated by corporate officials which has led to protests of individual shareholders against AIG’s „undemocratic” structure. Greenberg’s sons held high positions in this empire but they have left him. Just recently, his son Evan, his father’s heir apparent, President and COO, left AIG, without much of an explanation given publicly.

Maurice Raymond „Hank” Greenberg, raised on a New York dairy farm, a self-made man, studied at the University of Miami, Florida and then at the New York Law School. He has been described as a ruthless archetypal capitalist. He is quoted as saying: „All I want in life is an unfair advantage.” With a view to AIG’s activities and Greenberg’s closeness to government in China, he has been characterized as pursuing „amoral insurance interests” (William Safire) and it has been surmised that he would sell his own country for money. Maurice Greenberg is a big political campaign financer for both established parties. His personal views are Republican; but the Philadelphia Inquirer (1996, by Donald L. Barlett and James B. Steele; see at

http://www.backlash.com/content/corp/2000/dbjs0300.html)

mentions that he benefits from a deep change of U.S. society into a two class society, one class of those who govern and one class of those who are governed, and that there is no question on which side Maurice Greenberg sees himself.

Maurice Greenberg is said to be a driving force behind the February 1986 downfall of Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos (Spotlight, June 16, 1997, page 6). The Spotlight newspaper, that avid world government watcher (see http://www.spotlight.org), writes:

“A January-February 1986 CSIS newsletter revealed that the Asia work of the think tank was bankrolled by million-dollar grants from the C.V. Starr Foundation in New York, chairman Maurice „Hank” Greenberg, whose „global political economic expertise, especially with regard to the East Asia region, has been an important intellectual asset to CSIS.”

Greenberg was more than an „intellectual asset” for the Philippines coup plotters. A former high ranking CIA official in the Reagan administration named Hank Greenberg as being intimately involved in the overthrow of Marcos. Greenberg, according to the source, called upon his good friend, William Casey, to add his weight to the plot, and the CIA boss obliged. Greenberg’s zeal to dump Marcos was largely a matter of „business.” As the owner of the major insurance company in the Philippines, Philippine-American Life Insurance, Greenberg was the underwriter for all of the banks in the Philippines. And Marcos was increasingly finding himself at odds with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and other agencies representing the world’s big private financing syndicates.

Marcos was resisting the demands of the big international underwriters to impose harsh austerity measures, higher taxes, and to open up the Philippines to unbridled „free trade” looting. The conclusion: Marcos had to go. And, reportedly, Greenberg was the man with all the connections – including to Moscow and Peking – to make it happen.“

[Note April 2005: In light of the above, I see a possible connection between Greenberg and the money laundering trail out of the Philippines regarding the funding of 9-11.]

To find out who Maurice Greenberg is, look at his empire. Traditionally, more than half of AIG’s revenues and profits are made outside the USA Also, AIG’s corporate structure is extremely fragmented into different entities worldwide, and therefore impossible to see through for any outsider. A highly fragmented structure was also used by BCCI, the multinational banking group that collapsed in 1991 and under investigation turned out to be the hub of the international black money market.

There is at least one report on secret connections between BCCI, AIG, the Chinese CITIC (the biggest client of Kenneth Starr), the Indonesian Lippo Group, other entities, and William J. Clinton during and after the Whitewater affair (see organigram at

http://www.federal.com/mar24-97/Network;

article published in the March 24, 1997 issue if the Washington Weekly). In the March 17, 1997 issue (see at http://www.federal.com/mar17-97/Coral), the Washington Weekly wrote:

„Whatever AIG is, it appears to be tied into that big, bipartisan, ugly network of intelligence, money laundering, Arkansas, and Communist China.”


Specifically with a view to China, the article asks the question:

“Apart from ADFA, where does AIG get its money to fund, among other things, lobbying on behalf of the Chinese government? The answer is not clear, though some indications are available. (1) In 1995, AIG became the first company to be licensed to sell insurance in China. (2) AIG is a client of Kissinger & Associates. It was Henry Kissinger, the former Secretary of State, who advised against harsh sanctions after the Tienanmen Square massacre. „No government in the world would have tolerated having the main square of its capital occupied for eight weeks by tens of thousands of demonstrators,“ he wrote. The conduct of the students made a crackdown „inevitable“, he added. (3) AIG has also been the focus of SEC and BCCI investigator Manhattan DA Robert Morgenthau’s attention, presumably because of its dumping insurance policies in the U.S. market below cost, to explore its ties to the BCCI. (4) And finally, AIG is headed by Maurice Greenberg, one-time chairman of the NY Federal reserve Bank, and in 1995 a candidate to head the CIA. Greenberg is chairman of the US-China Business Council and lobbied hard (and successfully) for the Clinton administration to sever the link between China’s human rights record and renewal of China’s Most-Favored-Nation trade status.”

 

Evidence has been hushed up, allegedly, after a bribe list from BCCI became public information in London, U.K. for a few hours, mentioning numerous U.S. Senators and Representatives from both governing parties as receivers of the bribes (see at

http://www.yossman.net/mirrors/kreative.net/understandingNWO/utnwo10a.txt):

 
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“BCCI BRIBERY LIST

=================

MESSAGE FROM CITIZENS’ COMMITTEE

TO CLEAN UP THE COURTS

=================================================

(November 17, 1995 -- Phone (312) 731-1100 for recorded message.)

Hi! Sherman Skolnick, Citizens’ Committee to Clean Up the Courts,

9800 S. Oglesby Ave [Chicago, IL 60617].

In the crunch in Washington, some forces are gearing up to attack

each other with scandals long kept out of the monopoly press.

For example, in 1991 we publicized exclusive details of the „Bank

of Criminals and Conspirators International“ [BCCI]. To promote

their operations worldwide, they bribed public officials,

including in the United States.

 

If you want to pave the way for vast bank operations in the U.S.,

what do you do? Why naturally, you buy the lawmakers! A hundred

years ago, Rockefeller, to promote business, bought the

Pennsylvania legislature!

 

So, BCCI bribed or blackmailed both Houses of Congress: 108

members of the House of Representatives and 22 U.S. senators.

 

Funny thing: when the bank supposedly went under, the bribery

list, for a short period, was a public record in England! *Four*

major international news organizations had the list and verified

it was correct. But the liars and whores of the press kept it

secret. One brave journalist, however, gave us the entire list

and a newspaper published our exclusive story -- minus the names.

 

Here is the reported payoff list of U.S. senators, as of 1990.

Some have since retired or lost elections. Senators....

 

Steve Symms (Idaho)

Richard Shelby (Alabama) **

Wyche Fowler (Georgia)Alan Dixon (Illinois)

Orrin Hatch (Utah) **

Hank Brown (Colorado) **

Larry Craig (Idaho) **

David Durenberger (Minnesota)

Mark Hatfield (Oregon) **

Howell Heflin (Alabama) **

Daniel Inouye (Hawaii) **

Alfonse D’Amato (New York) **

Wendell Ford (Kentucky) **

Tom Harkin (Iowa) **

Robert Kasten (Wisconsin)

Dan Quayle (Indiana)

Donald Riegle (Michigan)

James Sasser (Tennessee)

Richard Lugar (Indiana) **

Patrick Leahy (Vermont) **

Sam Nunn (Georgia) **

Robert Graham (Florida) **

[** indicates currently in office] [[Note: As of 1995]]

 

The scheme was done, reportedly, through six LaSalle Street

commodity brokers -- the ringleader apparently being GNP

Commodities. At the time, the federal commodity regulator was

Wendy Gramm (that’s G-r-a-m-m), wife of Senator Phil Gramm of

Texas. Wendy, reportedly, by extortion, got a piece of the

action. Also shaking them down were officials of the federal

reserve district bank here. Remember: for many years the top

official of the fed, in Chicago, was also boss at the Chicago

Tribune -- Stanton Cook.

 

So, in fact, one of the officials of GNP started to go public,

that if Wendy and the federal reserve did not get off his back,

well, they will be swept away by an „international incident“.

 

The payoff worked through the Chicago Board of Trade, the Chicago

Mercantile Exchange, and other exchanges here. Accounts were set

up, in their name, in Chicago and London -- complicated trading,

called „straddles“. The money was to disappear here and be

withdrawn in London. Agents of the lawmakers showed up to get the

loot, or false records were created to show the same.

 

So, it was bribery or blackmail. And BCCI had Congress by their

private parts. Some $5 billion of BCCI funds disappeared in the

bribery/blackmail schemes -- secret coded accounts in Switzerland

and the Caymans.

 

But, funny thing: some super-hackers with links to spy agencies

got the codes and withdrew the money! So, present and former

members of Congress have something to cry about: their loot was

stolen from them -- you know, robbing the bank robbers.

 

Outgoing senator Sam Nunn has reportedly become a sizeable owner

of the successor to BCCI: Pinnacle Banc Group. Their flagship is

First National Bank of Cicero, long dominated by the CIA/Mafia-

linked Bishop Paul Marcinkus, once head of the Vatican Bank.

 

The Bush White House used the bribery list to push through the

Senate Clarence Thomas for U.S. Supreme Court. On the list were

seven Democrats that pushed the confirmation over the top.

Likewise, Bush used the bribery list to silence the „October

Surprise“ subcommittee, in a position to nail George for treason.

(That was the delay of the release of the U.S. hostages to help

put in the Reagan-Bush ticket.)

 

---------------------------<< Notes >>---------------------------

See Wall Street Journal, 10/27/89, for a related article

regarding GNP allegedly threatening an international incident.”

 

The Spotlight newspaper (June 16, 1997, page 7) asked whether Greenberg, during his tenure as chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank in New York, had any connections with the Russian underground economy:

 

“The New York Federal Reserve Bank has been functioning as a „printing press” for the Russian Mafia-dominated Moscow banks. New York magazine writer Robert Friedman has reported that, every business day, planeloads of freshly printed $100 bills are flown from JFK Airport in New York to Moscow. These bills, provided by the New York Fed, generate billions of dollars a year in revenues for the U.S. Treasury, and have been a significant factor in the global power grab by Russian organized crime.

 

The New York Fed, which has been shipping the bills to Russia, via Edmond Safra’s Republic National Bank of New York, aggressively defends its „dollarization” program, against charges that the funds are fueling global organized crime.

 

Bank spokespersons insist that it has no authority or means of determining where the bills go, once they have been delivered to the Moscow banks, which pay for them through offshore accounts in Europe and the Carribean.

 

When the U.S. government was preparing to issue new $100 bills last year, the Fed conducted a far-reaching advertising campaign in Russia, to assure holders of dollars that they would not have to turn in the old bills, and thereby face having to account for the sources of their wealth.

 

Linked to Mafia?

Is there any evidence that Greenberg’s position on the New York Fed, and the burgeoning „dollar-based” Russian underground economy are in any way related? Perhaps. For one thing, as noted in the accompanying story [on the Philippines], one of Greenberg’s closest business partners, according to Manila sources, is Jack Nasser, owner of some of the largest textile factories in the islands of the Philippines. A longtime member of the Syrian Jewish community, now largely based in Switzerland; Brooklyn, New York; and Brazil, Nasser is a longtime partner of Republif National Bank’s Edmond Safra.”

 

I am a concerned reader of news. Since nobody has been sued for defamation or slander, I have reason to believe that those politicians and businessmen mentioned may be afraid or compromised to sue. For example,

www.zolatimes.com/V2.2/Advice.html

has been publishing since 1998 with impunity:

 

„AIG is an insurance company which is one of the biggest money launderers in the world.”

 

Maurice Greenberg may be the most influential individual alive. Moreover, during the Clinton administration, he was Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank in New York. He was then nominated as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), however found very little support. Nevertheless, Maurice Greenberg continues his close ties to the intelligence community. See, for example, the voluminous Report:

 

“Making Intelligence Smarter

The Future of U.S. Intelligence

Report of an Independent Task Force

Sponsored by the Council on Foreign Relations

Maurice R. Greenberg, Chairman

Richard N. Haass, Project Director”

(at http://www.fas.org/irp/cfr.html).

 

Or, consider the fact that Maurice Greenberg co-chaired the „Civil Society Vision, Tribute to Madeleine K. Albright – The Civil Society Vision Award Dinner” in New York on September 7, 2000. The event was in honor of Secretary of State Madeleine Albright’s „leadership in the advancement of international justice and human rights.” The Presidents of the USA and of the Czech Republic also attended. (See

http://www.oai-usa.com/afocr/fact.htm.)

 

Could Greenberg avoid being detected by the control organs of the government?

If, hypothetically, he wanted to (which I am not implying), I believe that a “global individual” like Maurice Greenberg might be able to avoid being detected by the control organs of the government because the government officials are only humans, and because the government itself is controlled by the political process. The political process is controlled by the political financing; and the system of political financing is controlled by its financiers. It is a de facto Global Power Cartel that has been growing since the U.S. Civil War, and more specifically over the last 40 years since President Kennedy’s murder and Watergate. Never, of course, would Mr. Greenberg or AIG become involved by doing anything “illegal.” In the global field that he pioneers, such distinctions are naÔve and outright misleading, as indicated earlier.

Can you give an example for the Global Power Cartel?

AIG has managed an astounding thing: they have had written for themselves parts of U.S. federal tax laws that gave them tax exemptions (Philadelphia Inquirer as quoted above). Here are some details mentioned by the Inquirer:

“AIG won a special provision in the Tax Reform Act of 1986 exempting certain of its operations from a crackdown on foreign tax shelters. Technically, the law fits AIG because AIG was incorporated in Delaware on July 9, 1967, and has its executive offices in New York. That provision and a similar clause written for the Cigna insurance company were worth an estimated $20 million. As far back as 1976, AIG as the prime beneficiary of a section in the Tax Reform Act that exempted AIG and other large insurers from taxes on some of their offshore operations, saving them millions of dollars.”

The company has wielded its anti-taxation power in Washington, D. C. for decades. That is evidence that they control the forces that are supposed to regulate them, not vice versa. In addition, don’t forget that, geographically, more than 50% of their business is outside the USA, including offshore jurisdictions.

Who is the Global Power Cartel?

The Global Power Cartel is like a mirage, like one of those deceptive visions of beautiful mountains in the desert air. In reality, there are no mountains but complicated mirror effects in different layers of the air. The Global Power Cartel is an entire hidden industry and a product of sophisticated intelligence groups and large amounts of money.

As to the Americans involved, one must remember what Senators John Kerry and Hank Brown found in „A Report to the Committee on Foreign Relations United States Senate” (December 1992, 102d Congress 2d Session Senate Print 102-140, at

http://www. fas.org/irp/congress/1992-rpt/bcci/):
 
„Equally important to BCCI’s successful secret acquisitions of U.S. banks in the face of regulatory suspicion was its aggressive use of a series of prominent Americans, beginning with Bert Lance, and continuing with former Defense Secretary Clark Clifford, former U.S. Senator Stuart Symington, well-connected former federal bank regulators, and former and current local, state and federal legislators. Wittingly or not, these individuals provided essential assistance to BCCI through lending their names and their reputations to BCCI at critical moments. Thus, it was not merely BCCI’s deceptions that permitted it to infiltrate the United States and its banking system.  Also essential were BCCI’s use of political influence peddling and the revolving door in Washington.”

You mentioned „offshore jurisdictions.” What do you mean?

Many insurance companies use offshore jurisdictions and so-called „captive” insurance companies or banks within their organization. That is normally nothing to be worried about. One offshore company is, for example, AIG Insurance Management Services (Guernsey) Limited in Guernsey (Channel Island). In the case of AIG there are a number of additional factors.

For example, Philip Manuel served his client BCCI in 1990 by analyzing their money transfer system (see at

http://www.fas.org/irp/congress/1992rpt/bcci/04crime.htm,

„BCCI’s Criminality”, footnote 8). Philip Manuel (and by the way also Marvin Rosen’s law firm) are specialized on international financial transactions. Even before the collapse of BCCI in 1991, the self-same Philip Manuel has been working with Cramer’s litigators in surveilling Spiro. But the connections, even as to the scanty evidence that has found its way into the media, go much farther.

On January 6, 1995, John Crudele of the New York Post published a column which called attention to a secret financial deal involving Coral Reinsurance on Bermuda, the Arkansas Development and Finance Authority, a project founded at the time by Arkansas state governor William J. Clinton (ADFA) and Maurice Greenberg’s American International Group (AIG). The story was only out for a few hours when Swaney received a call from a stranger who told Swaney he had been conducting his own investigation of Coral Insurance and AIG and was surprised to learn that the connections led to people then in the White House. When Swaney asked the stranger to identify himself, he declined to do so, for fear of retaliation. The Ozark Gazette (see at

http://www.freerepublic.com/forum/a1001317.htm)

reports that the anonymous caller had reliable information:

“We will call him Mr. Anonymous. It seems that Mr. Anonymous is an insurance man in New York City – a competitor of AIG – and at sometime in the last two years he became very suspicious of AIG because its affiliates were offering insurance at premiums way below market rates. Mr. Anonymous told Swaney that he could not believe that a legitimate insurance company could stay in business offering such low rates. Mr. Anonymous suspected that he was in competition with an illegal enterprise, and began poking around in the affairs of AIG. At some point after that, Mr. Anonymous became frightened, and dropped his investigation, because he believed that the repercussions were damaging his own business. Mr. Anonymous also told Swaney (and John Crudele of the New York Post) that AIG and its relationship with Coral Reinsurance was under investigation by the insurance regulators of Pennsylvania and New York.

(…)

Soon after the columns by John Crudele appeared in the New York Post, other media began to be interested in the Coral Reinsurance deal. Business Insurance magazine reported on the Coral deal. An AIG spokesperson denied that AIG had organized Coral Reinsurance. Other industry sources told John Crudele that $450 million dollars had suddenly appeared in Coral’s account in just the last two weeks of 1987. Investigators have been unable to identify the source of the cash infusion.

(…)

When the long sought after memorandum was finally obtained, it revealed that indeed, AIG had founded Coral Reinsurance.

(…)

By the middle of February the stories written by Crudele were attracting attention in the Arkansas press. Andrea Harter of the Democrat Gazette began a month long investigation into the Coral deal. The story appeared March 5, 1995 and revealed even more extensive connections between AIG/ADFA. In the year preceding the purchase of Coral stock by ADFA, an AIG affiliate had managed over one billion dollars worth of ADFA’s bonds. Having been founded in 1985 and starting business in 1986, by early 1987 ADFA had only been in business a little over a year. AIG’s involvement with that much of their bonds so early in ADFA’s history indicates a very strong relationship. Once again, considering that the Arkansas Committee had been told that US Intelligence had indeed laundered money through ADFA, and that the sale of ADFA’s bonds was one such vehicle for doing so, Maurice Greenberg’s connections to international politics and intelligence was very interesting.”

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AIG and Katrina (not the most reliable source, but interesting)

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Katrina; AIG Insurance/Greenburg's Office+Warren Buffett Refused To Send Help!
By zorroz - Posted on August 10th, 2007
http://memes.org/katrina-aig-insurance-greenburgs-office-warren-buffett-refused-send-help

I'll probably add to this meme but here's the short version. Two days after New Orleans was hit by Katrina, it occurred to me that 72 hours was just about as long as the average person could survive without water. Elderly would begin to perish at 36 hours, infants would be at risk immediately unless they were breast feeding.

Why AIG? Because they insured the WTC and may have been responsible for certain underwriting requirements that are "prophylactic" in nature. Why Warren Buffett? Because he owns Executive Air and other private aircraft management entities. Executive Air owned a "white plane" that was circling over Shanksville, PA,, Latitude 40.07 as if it was waiting for something.

10 minutes later an aircraft reported to be Flight 93 "exploded in a field". Buffett's firm also managed the small airport in Opa Locka Florida where "Mohammad Atta" practiced in the flight simulator known as "SimCenter".

The SimCenter itself, is owned and operated by a subsidiary of the Carlyle Group. Opa Locka airport has several other claims to fame, including the jump off point for the CIA's Bay of Pigs Invasion. Opa Locka is also the "Contractor" for virtually all CIA flights to South America. It's where Manuel Noriega, President of Panama, was taken after we kidnapped him.

Keep in mind that Warren Buffett and several top executives from the WTC 1 & 2 including ___________other companies were deep underground at a secret location in the Hills of Norad's HQ. The richest man in the world, Bill Gates, was with him.

Zorro just thought he give the "cowards" an opportunity to step up and do the right thing. zorro was wrong!

It appeared to zorro that Fema, nor the National Guard nor the US Army was helping, so I felt maybe the good lord expected me to try. So I did. I began to call the richest people in the US who owned "aircraft" and "bottled water" companies. The first two on my phone call list were Warren Buffett and Hank Greenburg. I spoke at length with their personal secretaries and they both refused to help while insisting they go to church regularly. They refused to lift a finger..but then I called the US Army Corp of Engineers, office of procurement in Lousiana...guess what they said.

There's more to this story and zorro will bring you the truth! By the way, ABC News and CNN covered it up. I can tell you I have conversations with the Mayor's office, with the Governor of Louisiana, the Governor's office for the State of Texas, the AIr National Guard, the Texas National Guard, the Louisiana National Guard and FEMA representatives. When zorro tells you that US ACE is BROKE...US ACE IS BROKE!

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Target: AIG
Fraud probe of Maurice "Hank" Greenberg intensifies
http://www.fromthewilderness.com/free/ww3/070105_target_aig.shtml
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Larry Chin

© Copyright 2005, From The Wilderness Publications, www.fromthewilderness.com. All Rights Reserved. This story may NOT be posted on any Internet web site without express written permission. Contact admin@copvcia.com. May be circulated, distributed or transmitted for non-profit purposes only.

July 1, 2005 1300 PST (FTW) American International Group's Maurice "Hank" Greenberg is now the target of multiple investigations into the orchestration of sham transactions, the inflation of reserves, illegal stock trades, deception, and book-cooking.

In an April television interview, New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer declared that his office had "powerful evidence" that AIG was "a black box run with an iron fist by a CEO who did not tell the public the truth". In May, Spitzer filed civil fraud charges against Greenberg, in a probe that has ensnared another Wall Street god, Berkshire Hathaway's Warren Buffett. Buffett cooperated with the investigation as a witness (not a target). On June 9, 2005, two executives at General Re (a Berkshire Hathaway unit) pleaded guilty to conspiring to file false financial information. Spitzer is also pursuing Hank Greenberg's son, Jeffrey, in a separate investigation of bid-rigging at Marsh & McLennan (a top Bush campaign contributor). Jeffrey Greenberg quit as Marsh & McLennan's CEO in October 2004.

Super-elite Hank Greenberg - a legendary member of world planning groups (Council on Foreign Relations, the Bilderberger Group, the Trilateral Commission) and the Heritage Foundation, a former candidate for CIA director (1995), Bush family crony, and high-level functionary for all US presidents stretching back to Kennedy - remains supremely confident, and defiant. His net worth is still at least $3 billion. Greenberg has transferred hundreds of shares of stock to his wife and Greenberg family trusts. Greenberg is being defended by the high-powered attorney David Boies (of Bush v. Gore fame).

Many long-time critics of AIG are justifiably skeptical that the Spitzer case is anything more than another limited hangout - a "whiter shade of Enron" - that will permit Greenberg to skate. Although recent activity leaves the prospect of criminal charges open, Spitzer "reassured" Wall Street that criminal charges are not likely.

Besides questions about how aggressively Spitzer will pursue the evidence, there are conflicts involving Spitzer himself. According to the New York Post, Spitzer received $18,500 in campaign contributions from 16 attorneys from Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, where Spitzer once worked as an associate - and which currently represents AIG.

Where the real bodies are hidden
Although Greenberg resigned as CEO and chairman of the AIG board, Greenberg still manages Starr International (SICO) and C.V. Starr. SICO and C.V. Starr (which was already under fire for millions in diverted commissions and questionable executive pay) are AIG private holding companies that control billions in AIG stock. More importantly, the Starr companies constitute the conglomerate's original roots as an intelligence-related proprietary founded by OSS agent Cornelius Vander Starr.

In other words, Greenberg remains in charge of the (real) "baby."

C.V. Starr's involvements in US covert operations and Southeast Asian opium trafficking going back to World War II, and connections to legendary CIA/OSS figures (Paul Helliwell, Tommy Corcoran), and infamous CIA fronts (Civil Air Transport, Sea Supply, Air America/Pacific Corp) are exposed by Peter Dale Scott in his book Drugs, Oil, and War: The United States in Afghanistan, Colombia, and Indochina.

Building on Scott's research, Michael C. Ruppert's investigation "AIG" (From The Wilderness, August 14, 2001) exhaustively deconstructed Greenberg and AIG, exposing continuing connections to covert operations, narcotrafficking, money laundering, and AIG's central role in the Wall Street/Washington power nexus. In addition to explaining how "insurance" is used in intelligence operations, Ruppert tracked down then-AIG employee Coral Talavera, the wife of Medellin Cartel co-founder Carlos Lehder. The questions raised by Ruppert regarding AIG's connection to Lehder and millions in drug money (laundered between 1987-1992) remain unanswered, and the dark realities about the conglomerate, studiously ignored.

TIME magazine's June 20, 2005 profile of the irascible Greenberg, "Down But Not Out" is written like a tribute (evidenced by the title). Still, even this breezy piece confirms how Greenberg has functioned as a career agent and strongman, deeply involved in America's most important Eastern operations for decades, for anyone with a grasp of history:
Greenberg was routinely the first foreigner to penetrate "politically combustible countries like Romania, Iran, Vietnam, and other parts of the Far East", and usually the first to be permitted to open business offices in these countries.
Greenberg, a "private citizen" was involved in sensitive high-level negotiations with (and occasional bullying of) Asian leaders, from the Philippines' Ferdinand Marcos to China's Zhu Rhongji.
Greenberg was among the top Wall Street elite who spearheaded the "free market transformation" of Russia in the early 1990s (which ultimately looted the country). (Note: Ruppert's FTW investigation revealed that as insurance carrier for the Bank of New York, AIG was indirectly linked to the laundering of up to $10 billion in criminal money out of Russia by the BoNY. Tip of the iceberg?)
Greenberg is a trustee of the Asia Society, founded by John D. Rockefeller III, where he sits alongside the likes of Richard Holbrooke (an AIG director), John D. Rockefeller IV, Nicholas Platt, and other members of the elite. The Asia Society plays a significant role in global geostrategy. (A just-concluded conference on the future of energy-rich Kazakhstan is further evidence of this.)
Will any probe follow the trail from the Wall Street business-as-usual swindles, into the heart of an American empire that sustains itself on destruction?

In "Enron: Ultimate Agent of the American Empire", this writer penned the following:

"In portraying Enron as a 'scandal', and as an isolated case of overheated capitalism and 'unusual political influence', the American corporate media and congressional investigators are avoiding the truth: Enron, like many multinational corporations, has functioned as an operational arm of the US government, and as a weapon of economic, political and territorial hegemony.

"In a "free market world" in which the goals of the state, corporations and the national security apparatus are indistinguishable… and government and business elites, linked by longtime ties, move seamlessly between public and private sectors, the hydra that is Enron is nightmarishly uncontroversial - and quintessentially American."

AIG and Greenberg are equally powerful examples of this same milieu.

But as noted by Michel Chossudovsky (CovertAction Quarterly, Fall 1996), "Global crime has become an integral part of an economic system with far-reaching social, economic and geopolitical ramifications… the international community turns a blind eye until some scandal momentarily breaks through the gilded surface." At such a level, business is crime, and crime is business. The players operate right out in the open. Their ticker symbols fill business pages, and crawl across television screens every weekday morning. Their names, photos, and backgrounds are printed in glossy annual reports.

In a totalitarian Bush World in which the judicial system is irrevocably corrupted, crimes of global magnitude occur on a daily basis (and go unpunished), and the media functions as the Empire's handmaid, what is the likelihood that "almighty" Hank Greenberg - "our man in Asia" - will get his just due? Don't hold your breath.
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Wednesday, September 07, 2005
The Philippines - a US colony - CIA links
http://www.onlinejournal.com/Special_Reports/Chin080802/chin080802.html
http://aangirfan.blogspot.com/2005/09/philippines-us-colony-cia-links.html

Larry Chin, at Online Journal, 8 August 2002, has written 'The United States in the Philippines: post-9 11 imperatives.'

According to Chin, the USA uses the Philippines

1. as a military and intelligence base
2. as a source of energy, raw materials, land, cheap labour.

Gary Leupp, professor of history, wrote:

"The Philippines was a US colony from 1898 to 1946. One-tenth of the Filipino population was wiped out in the first US exercise in counter-insurgency in Asia. The US backed a series of vicious regimes after the Philippines' (alleged) independence, most notably that of Ferdinand Marcos."

The book 'Development Debacle: The World Bank in the Philippines' by University of the Philippines professor Walden Bello:

'details how the World Bank, the CIA and other US agencies have systematically plundered the domestic economy of the Philippines for transnational corporate interests, privatization, and deregulation - and how the "Asian market crisis" of the late 1990s was the direct result of such programs.'

According to Filipino investigative journalist Bobby Tuazon, the successive administrations of Presidents Marcos, Aquino, Ramos, Estrada, and now Arroyo, have continued the tradition of allowing the Philippines to be carved open and exploited by US and foreign capital.

According to Chin: President Gloria Arroyo "will, a la Marcos, agitate for renewed U.S. aggression in Southeast Asia."

Former President Fidel Ramos "functions essentially as the country's co-president. He is also a direct agent of the Bush oligarchy."

Ramos is a senior advisor of the Carlyle Group and the head of Carlyle's Asian advisory board.

Carlyle's client list has included the bin Laden family.

Daniel Shirmer wrote in "Fidel Ramos: In the Footsteps of Marcos":

"Ramos... follows the lead of Marcos in solicitous attention to the claims of the U.S. military, covered over when politically expedient by gestures of nationalist intent."

THE I.B.A:

As revealed by Tuazon in Bulatlat.com, President Arroyo's highly influential 13-member "International Board of Advisers" (IBA) is headed by a virtual who's who of elite world finance.

Heading the group is Maurice "Hank" Greenberg, chairman of American International Group (AIG). Greenberg reportedly has links to the CIA.

"AIG's predecessor, Asia Life/C.V. Starr Insurance Companies, operated out of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) spy agency during World War II... C.V.Starr enjoyed long and profitable drug/covert operations relationships with the likes of CIA legend Paul Helliwell (head of OSS World War II intelligence in China), and CIA-connected lawyer Tommy Corcoran, and CIA proprietary fronts such as the infamous opium-smuggling airlines Civil Air Transport (which later became Air America) and Sea Supply Inc., and Pacific Corporation...

"Current members of AIG's board of directors include... Frank Wisner, Jr., a director of Enron, and son of one of the prime CIA operatives, Frank Wisner Sr. When Wisner, Jr., was the US Ambassador to the Philippines (1991–92), he helped Enron win contracts to run two Subic Bay power plants (that were the subject of fierce local opposition)."

Chin writes: "The coming years should usher in an orgy of corporatization and plunder throughout the Philippines."

In an article titled "Lost History: Marcos, Money & Treason," investigative reporter Robert Parry detailed some of the 'criminal ties' between former Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos and members of the Reagan and Bush administrations, including the ex-presidents themselves.

During his Hawaiian exile, Marcos declared that he had given Reagan $4 million in 1980 and $8 million in 1984.

Parry wrote, "Some witnesses who claim knowledge of alleged Reagan efforts to sabotage Carter's negotiations to free 52 U.S. hostages then held in Iran maintain that Marcos contributed some of the money used by Republicans to bribe key Iranian mullahs.

"Documentary evidence about the alleged Marcos-to-Reagan payoffs first surfaced after Marcos was ousted by a revolution in March 1986. As Marcos's fall neared, Reagan arranged for the dictator to be flown to Hawaii. Marcos's opponents then ransacked government files and found a Feb. 17, 1986, letter signed by a senior Marcos aide, Victor Nituda."

In the letter, according to Parry, Nituda warned Marcos that Reagan's emissary, Senator Paul Laxalt demanded that "sensitive files, including ones listing the 1980 transactions, be turned over to the US before Marcos could go to Hawaii."

According to Chin:

"Nituda's letter specifically cited accounts set up for Reagan and his 1980 campaign manager (and later CIA Director) William Casey, and that Laxalt demanded 'all documents check-listed during his last visit or the deal for a Hawaiian exile is off.' Laxalt also demanded files regarding bank loans and donations made to General John Singlaub, who was raising money for the Nicaraguan contra rebels."

Perry wrote:

"A serious investigation of the Marcos money might shed light, too, on another perplexing mystery from the 1980s: the curious relationship between the American government and the corrupt Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI). In Jan. 22, 1981, two days after Reagan's inauguration, Marcos and his cronies co-founded a Hong Kong bank with New York financier John Shaheen, one of Casey's closest friends dating back to the World War II-era Office of Strategic Services.

"In 1983, the bank collapsed with reported losses of more than $100 million. The money was never recovered, but Shaheen associates claimed that prior to the bank failure, substantial amounts were funneled to Marcos, who reportedly was pulling the strings behind the scenes."

Chin wrote:

"According to Republican campaign strategist Ed Rollins, Ronald Reagan's 1984 re-election campaign may have received an illegal $10 million in cash from Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos. (Rollins suggested that the illegal contribution never reached the campaign or the president, but were stashed "in some offshore bank.")

"In a new report on the missing Marcos stash, investigative journalist Lucy Komisar reports that Marie-Gabrielle Koller, a former attorney with accounting firm KPMG in Zurich has come forward with evidence that 'on March 23, 1986—just a day before a freeze would be placed on Marcos' accounts—KPMG secretly transferred $400 million from Credit Suisse Zurich to a Liechtenstein trust on the ex-dictator's behalf."' (www.inthesetimes.com/issue/26/20/feature3.shtml)

http://www.onlinejournal.com/Special_Reports/Chin071702/chin071702.html

Oil and gas in the South China Sea

Drugs and the Philippines

The US Military and the CIA in the Philippines

The Abu Sayyaf
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http://www.scoreboard-canada.com/aig/aig-illuminati2.htm

AIG Corruption
         


IMPORTANT NOTICE:
  9/11 Dr. Grossmann audio interview now available
WITHOUT  WARNING 15 MINUTES IN TO THE SHARK TANK RADIO SHOW ON MARCH 2ND 2008 www.blogtalkradio.com discontinued our shows.  I had scheduled an  interview with Dr. S. Grossmann on 9/11.  In which, he describes how he obtained knowledge about 9/11 being an inside job and the involvement of AIG (American International Group of Companies.) 

It is important to note, in July 2006 there were several attempts on my life, (article) after I refused to be intimidated via death threats, to take down the AIG section on Scoreboard's website. And stop being involved with Dr. Grossmann. (www.Gallerize.com)

Please click here to listen to download interview and the truth behind 9/11 as I see it.  Ron Hicks (Scoreboard March 3rd 08) 


Reports: AIG board names Willumstad as new CEO   View This Article
June 15th, 2008

NEW YORK -
American International Group Inc., which has lost billions on bad bets on the mortgage market, on Sunday named former Citigroup Inc. executive Robert Willumstad to replace the insurer's chief executive, The Wall Street Journal reported.



Canadian MP Libby Davies reads 9/11 petition in Parliament   View This Article
June 13th, 2008

Note: video also included in article
 New Democratic Party Deputy House Leader Libby Davies delivers a Parliamentary Petition signed by over 500 Canadians demanding a new 9/11 investigation, in Canada's House of Commons during Routine Proceedings at 1:10 pm on June 10, 2008

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AIG Spent $10.5M on Lobbying in 2007    View This Article
(March 29th, 2008)

WASHINGTON -American International Group Inc., the world's largest insurer, spent $10.5 million in 2007 to lobby on global trade issues, fraudulent Internet practices and other matters.



Suspected 9-11 Criminal Coconspirators   Read This Article
(Sept. 15th, 2007)

      Maurice Greenberg — CEO of American International Group (AIG) on 9-11 which became co-owner of the “private spy agency”, Kroll Associates, in 1993 and was a major share-holder in Marsh & McClennan whose CEO on 9-11 was Maurice’s son Jeffrey; director of the New York Federal Reserve bank (1988-1995); deputy chairman of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) in 1996; major investor in the Blackstone Group





AIG Chief Executive Earns Nearly $22.5M
Martin J. Sullivan, who has been running insurance giant American International Group Inc. since the ouster of longtime chief executive Maurice "Hank" Greenberg, received compensation valued at nearly $22.5 million in 2006, according to a regulatory filing Friday.



Dubai sells U.S. ports biz to 911 high perp AIG
(First off... Did you know that Dubai ended up with the Ports deal for "security" even in the face of Massive public dissent? It now appears that Dubai was just a middleman all along. - Schumer and Clinton were PAID off by AIG to go after Dubai in the initial Ports deal! setting up a quick transfer of assets - We can only conclude that the previous owners (British Royals) did not want to sell to AIG - this was likely due to a struggle for power and NWO middle management quabbles. - Bush 41 called in his markers and cut Dubai into the deal to handle the ultimate transfer to AIG. AIG is a CFR run company that is implicated in 911. They ran security at Dulles, Logan, and the WTC under Kroll Asso. - Should we now trust them with our ports???) -- STORY: The Dubai company operating six U.S. ports sold the assets yesterday to a New York insurance giant, months after bowing to pressure stemming from terror fears. The United Arab Emirates-owned firm Dubai Ports World sold its U.S. holdings - including in New York City and New Jersey - to the investment division of American International Group for an undisclosed sum, officials announced. "This is an appropriate final chapter to the book on the Dubai Ports World deal," Sen. Chuck Schumer said. The New York Democrat led the fight to kill the deal with Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) and House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Pete King (R-L.I.) after it was disclosed earlier this year. "The lesson here is that anyone who's given a contract which affects homeland security has to be thoroughly investigated and examined when they're coming from a foreign country, but especially . . . the United Arab Emirates," King said. Meanwhile, federal election records show eight New York lawmakers - including Clinton and King - received donations this year from AIG's political action committee. Clinton got $7,000 and King got $3,000. (It is helpful when digesting this story that you listen to our interviews with Ty Rauber, and Richard Andrew Grove in our archives.)   more



Bush Administration Satanic Numerological Code
 Part 4 - AIG connection
The analogy to the bottomless pit is appropriate when researching the numerological connection to the numbers '333' and '555' to the New World Order. This writer has now uncovered a direct link to Adolf Hitler and more. The information will continue to be provided in a format that is easily viewable with verification provided to the extent possible



9/11 Whistleblower Andrew Grove Comes Forward
This man, Richard Andrew Grove, a whistleblower who worked for the big boys and money people behind 9/11 has come out with information to set the 9/11 movement on fire.

Although many have rejected his work (too busy, big egos, whatever) including the IRS, Treasury Dept and SEC, what he exposes on Marsh & McLellan, AIG, Dyncorp, Spitzer, Stewart Air Force Base, Fitzgerald, Bremer, missing gold and bucks of 9/11, software that predicts the future and more will ASTOUND YOU as it did me. I will be having him live on the show in June, but wanted you to hear this urgent information immediately. That is why I worked on it all day.

DO NOT think this is a ruse. LISTEN intently to what this man is presenting and act on it.



AIG PRIME SUSPECT BEHIND 9-11?
Devastating TV Film Evidence Points to 9-11 Treason
Unlitigated Payouts Ignore Obvious & Massive Twin Tower Insurance Fraud
"...It's easy to imagine an infinite number of situations where the government will legitimately give out false information. It's an unfortunate reality that the issuance of incomplete information and even misinformation by government may sometimes be perceived as necessary to protect vital interests." (former U.S. Solicitor General Theodore Olsen, whose wife Barbara was killed on September 11, 2001)
"LOOSE CHANGE TWO"  new & explosive 911 evidence directed, written & narrated by Dylan Avery (see the 9-11 Was An Inside Job section for free download of the movie click here)


AIG Accused Of Gender Bias
Fired For Pregnancy, Ex-Golf Pro Says
The former pro at a golf course once maintained for the exclusive use of American International Group Inc. executives has sued the world's largest insurer, saying she was fired because she got pregnant


EX-AIG chief seeks Spitzer documents, testimony
NEW YORK, Jan 24 (Reuters) - Maurice "Hank" Greenberg, the former chief executive ousted by American International Group last year amid regulatory probes, stepped up his legal defense efforts by seeking internal documents and testimony from New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer's office


AIG may pay up to $1.5 bln in settlement-report
NEW YORK, Jan 13 (Reuters) - American International Group Inc. may pay as much as $1.5 billion to settle civil investigations by state and federal authorities into an accounting scandal, The Wall Street Journal said Friday, citing unnamed people familiar with the matter.


Greenberg looks to the Far East
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Former American International Group Inc. chief executive Maurice “Hank” Greenberg said yesterday that he is looking at possible financial and non-financial investments in Asia.Greenberg, speaking in an interview with Reuters, added that he recently returned from a trip across Asia and is excited about the investment possibilities in China, South Korea and Japan


Race bias alleged in loans of AIG unit


AIG, fired chief Greenberg cross paths in China


Spitzer: AIG Insurance Exec. Shorted Foundation


Zionist Nuclear Terrorism in America

Rival Networks 2000/2001 And The Sabotage Of America


Class Action Suit Filed Against AIG Over Katrina Claims

Financing the 9.11 attacks (AIG link in this article)

AIG (American International Group of Companies)
9-11 Suspect?... many articles concerning other views of 9-11 and who profited
There are specific reports about the deep involvement of (not only) American banks in the money laundering industry. Perhaps the largest such entity (in the successorship of BCCI) is AIG (American International Group), the world’s largest insurance conglomerate based in New York


Burning Down of the Madhouse
According to inside intelligence sources who provided additional documents, federal whistleblower Stewart Webb told us he has made the serious allegation that financing the September 11 attacks was facilitated through former CEO Maurice "Hank" Greenberg’s American International Group (AIG) and Florida’s Greenberg-Traurig law firm bank accounts established at New York’s Citibank where President George H. W. Bush’s former CIA legal counsel Norman Philip Brownstein sits as a Director
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Re: AIG's connection to drugs and terrorism - written August 14, 2001!!!
« Reply #21 on: September 16, 2008, 01:08:22 pm »
More on AIG and Whitewater...


Kenneth Starr is CV Starr's nephew!!!!!!!

CV Starr was OSS and then created AIG!


Whitewater was a fricking cover up controlled opposition bullshit!

AIG, Kenneth Starr, CV Starr never let Mena, Arkansas be the center of attention!
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Re: AIG's connection to drugs and terrorism - written August 14, 2001!!!
« Reply #22 on: September 16, 2008, 01:14:16 pm »
MERCENARIES TARGET CHAVEZ
http://www.vheadline.com/readnews.asp?id=46388

Published: Saturday, October 15, 2005
Bylined to: VHeadline.com Reporters

INTELLIGENCE REPORT:
US "private military contractors" already in-country to "deal with" Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez Frias...

Intelligence agencies are revealing that US private military contractors, active in Colombia "under various contract umbrellas, including counter-narcotics and counter-insurgency" are building up to yet another attempted coup d'etat against Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez.



Carefully described as "private military contractors" (a.k.a. hired mercenary killers), the PMCs are known already to have conducted several incursions across the Colombia-Venezuela border to link up with rebel units of the Venezuelan military operating along the border badlands between the two countries.

Senior officials at the US Pentagon have authorized the intruder operation as part of a plan to make it appear that Chavez is militarily assisting the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).
The US mercenaries have also established close links with right-wing Colombian paramilitaries (AUC) and their associated drug cartels to smuggle weapons into Venezuela.

Attached to the Pentagon's Joint Staff, a Colombian General is participating in a joint foreign military "interaction plan" sponsored by the US Defense Department in Washington D.C. to coordinate "force development" and "scenario simulation" invasive techniques at the behest of the US Joint Staff Command.

Intel sources also say that an Opus Dei (Roman Catholic) espionage and political assassination team operating in the United States is in the background of a case where a former Marine aide, Leandro Aragoncilla ... a US Vice Presidential staffer and FBI agent ... has been accused of espionage at the White House.

Aragoncilla was arrested recently on charges of illegally obtaining classified documents from US Vice President Dick Cheney's office and FBI computer which were passed to Philippine opposition figures linked to Opus Dei in the Philippines in preparation for a coup d'etat against that country's President, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

Opus Dei elements are known also to have played a major role in supporting the April 2002 coup d'etat against Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez Frias which continues a wider espionage and political black bag operation with support and logistics approved by highest levels within the Pentagon and the FBI.

A classified intelligence report leaked to this e-publication shows that the espionage ring has operating out of US Vice President Dick Cheney's office with the implicit approval from within the Bush administration.

Intel sources are also revealing more paper trails linking George H. W. Bush to the now defunct Al Taqwa ("Fear of God") bank operated on behalf of Osama Bin Laden, his family, and some of his closest business associates. 

The network of Swiss-based terrorist financiers is also linked to the Muslim Brotherhood and prominent European fascist leaders. The Al Taqwa bank was headquartered in the Italian Swiss enclave Campione d'Italia and had offices in the Bahamas. It ceased operations after assets were blocked by a US Treasury Department order, its assets were frozen by the Swiss government, and its banking license was revoked by the Bahamas.

Al Taqwa subsequently changed its name to Nada Management Organization. Al Taqwa and a complex web of affiliate front companies and brass plates in Switzerland, the Bahamas, Italy, Saudi Arabia, Jersey, Isle of Man, Turkey, Kuwait, Afghanistan, Bosnia, Croatia, Slovenia, the United States (Delaware and Texas), Germany, Belgium, Albania, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia, Sudan, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Austria, Bahrain, Singapore, Thailand, Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Liechtenstein were reportedly involved in funding terrorist operations around the world, including the procurement of nuclear material from the former Soviet Union through Baltic intermediaries.

According to a EUROPOL diagram obtained by WMR, these companies included Iksir Holding, SA (Italy), Asat Trust (Liechtenstein), Iksir Ltd. (Bahamas), Gulf Center (Italy), NASCO (Turkey), Nasreddin International Group (Liechtenstein), Akida Bank (Bahamas), MIGA (Switzerland), and Nasreddin Foundation (Liechtenstein).



According to intelligence sources in the United States and Europe, the Al Taqwa network intersected with tranches in Geneva and the Isle of Man that involve front companies associated with George H. W. Bush and Enron: Topaz Liberty, Bluelake World, and Potomac Capital.

Iranian fraudster and neocon Pentagon contact Manucher Ghorbanifar, Saudi billionaire Adnan Khashoggi and members of the Bin Laden family are reportedly linked to Geneva-based Potomac Capital ... a front company created by George H. W. Bush when he was CIA Director in 1976.
Interestingly, it was George W. Bush, who, in November 2001, cited Al Taqwa as part of Al Qaeda's money-laundering activities.

However, Bush's neocon allies at The Washington Times and World Net Daily quickly altered course and drew attention away from Al Taqwa's Saudi and Kuwaiti investors and began to erroneously link Al Taqwa to Saddam Hussein's Iraq. Further criminal investigations of Al Taqwa's principals were also quickly dropped.

Potomac Capital appeared on the radar screen of Federal investigators during the Iran-Contra investigation conducted in the late 1980s and early 1990s. The Al Taqwa connection to weapons of mass destruction proliferation, Bin Laden, and George H. W. Bush and his business associates stands as another reason the George W. Bush administration leaked the CIA's Brewster Jennings & Associates counter-WMD network. The CIA counter-proliferation team was getting uncomfortably close to tying members of the Bush family and their business associates to the same financial networks that fund Osama Bin Laden and his "Al Qaeda" network.

Intel sources have also traced a possible second connection between the Swiss network connected to George H. W. Bush and other 9/11 hijackers.

The first connection concerned hijacker Fayyaz Ahmed and a US$50,000 check he received from a tranche connected to the Swiss network. The second is the listing of Ahmed Mesfer Ahmed Alghamdi as a shareholder of Al Taqwa on a Central Bank of the Bahamas document dated April 15, 2000. Ahmed Alghamdi and Hamza Alghamdi were two of the Saudi hijackers on board United Flight 175, which struck the South Tower of the World Trade Center. Saeed Alghamdi was one of the hijackers on board United Flight 93, which crashed in Pennsylvania after being shot down by US military fighter planes (according to an NSA employee who was on duty in the National Security Operations Center on the morning of 9/11).

According to the FBI, the Alghamdi hijackers used a number of aliases. Ahmed Alghamdi used the names Ahmed Saeed Saleh Alghamdi, Ahmed Mohammed Alghamdi, Saeed Alghamdi, Ahmed Saleh, and Juan Poncho Bennett. Hamza Alghamdi used Saleh Alghamdi Hamzah. Saeed Alghamdi used Mohsalih Alghamdi, Mokhlidmazid Almotairi, Saeedayed Alghamdi, and Saeed H. Alghamdi. Other Alghamdis wanted by the FBI for involvement with "Al Qaeda" include Nora Alghamdi, Ali A. Alghamdi, Abdulrahman Alghamdi, Othman Alghamdi, Sadda Alghamdi and Tareqsaeed Alghamdi.



Now, more information has been gleaned from knowledgeable intelligence sources about the secret UNOCAL, Enron, and Taliban negotiations over the Central Asian Gas pipeline (CentGas). The source of the $10 billion was the Saudi Royal family and the recipient was Enron's LJM1 off-the-books partnership, also known as LJM Cayman, LP. LJM1 was primarily set up to finance the CentGas pipeline deal. Convicted Enron Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Andrew J. Fastow was the managing member of the LJM1 partners. In addition to Barclays, the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce was also allegedly used to transfer the $10 billion to the Enron account.

Two criminal investigations in New York are getting close to exposing a major Bush family and associates' international money-laundering operation that has spanned more than a generation and has been used to illegally fund US elections since the Nixon era.

According to CIA sources, most Bush family assets are tied up in off-shore accounts that are masked from investigators through the use of pass through companies and secretive interlocking board directorships.

The investigations of the secret Bush money tranches are coming to the fore as New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer focuses in on the scandal involving Maurice "Hank" Greenberg and the inflation of the worth of American Insurance Group (AIG) through shady affiliates, including AIG reinsurer Coral Re of Barbados.

Greenberg was the CEO of AIG but was forced to step down amid the Spitzer probe. AIG was founded from Asia Life/CV Starr, a Shanghai-based international import/export and insurance firm founded in 1919 by Cornelius V. Starr, an Office of Strategic Services (OSS) operative in Southeast Asia during World War II.

AIG's largest shareholder is Starr International Company (SICO), an off-shore corporation incorporated in Panama with headquarters in Bermuda.
Kenneth Starr, the independent counsel who prosecuted President Clinton, is the nephew of Cornelius Starr.

Greenberg inherited the CEO job and Chairmanship from Starr as well as the $3.5 billion Starr Foundation.

Another probe by Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau is focused on long-time Bush backers Sam and Charles Wyly of Texas and a Bank of America off-shore account in the Isle of Man. According to intelligence sources, that probe is getting very close to an Isle of Man multi-billion dollar account controlled by the Bushes through an off-shore contrivance known as Five Star Trust.

Charles Wyly serves on the board of the University of Texas Investment Management Company (UTIMCO). Critics have charged that hundreds of millions of dollars of UTIMCO's $11 billion in public funds have been steered to investment funds run by Bush family friends and supporters. A number of UTIMCO's past and current directors are members of George W. Bush's "$100,000 Club." These include, in addition to Wyly, former UTIMCO chairman Tom Hicks, a vice chairman of Clear Channel and head of Muse, Tate & Furst, Inc.; L. Lowry Mays, the chairman of Clear Channel; former Texas Representative and current lobbyist Tom Loeffler (who received illegal laundered campaign contributions from the failed Vernon Savings & Loan); A. W. Riter, a former chairman of NCNB Bank in Tyler, Texas; A. R. "Tony" Sanchez, Chairman of Sanchez-O'Brien Oil & Gas, owner of the Texas border-based International Bank of Commerce and the failed Tesoro Savings & Loan; and Woody Hunt, Chairman of Hunt Building Company. Some of UTIMCO's investments were directed to firms with close ties to Bush "Pioneer" contributors Lee Bass (Bass Brothers Enterprises), Henry Kravis (Kohlberg Kravis Roberts), and Charles Wyly (Maverick Capital Fund), as well as George W. and H.W. Bush (The Carlyle Partners II Fund, managed by The Carlyle Group).

Texas money laundering is the tip of an Bush family financial iceberg that extends below the surface to shady financial deals around the globe. However, investigators who dare venture into Texas will have their jobs cut out for them. The Bushes have been major recipients of campaign cash from senior partners the largest law firms in Texas -- Vinson & Elkins, Baker Botts (law firm of James Baker III), Andrews Kurth (the law firm of contentious US District Judge Priscilla Owen), Jenkins & Gilchrist, Haynes Boone and Bracewell & Patterson -- that have also been involved in defending those Texas companies and principals who have benefited from massive illegal financial flows.
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Re: AIG's connection to drugs and terrorism - written August 14, 2001!!!
« Reply #23 on: September 16, 2008, 01:15:22 pm »
Kroll Associates Link to Attack Forknowldege
http://911truth.wetpaint.com/page/Kroll+Associates+Link+to+Attack+Forknowldege?t=anon
News:
2008/05/12
Kroll Ontrack Decifers Space Shuttle Columbia Hard Drive

This page will introduce Kroll Associates, a company that played a big part in making sure that 9/11 would go off without a hitch.
http://911review.org/Sept11Wiki/KrollAssociates,Inc.shtml

Kroll Associates, a security consultant firm, which was renamed to Kroll Inc. in August 2001, started in New York City in 1972. In December 1997, Kroll merged with armored car manufacturer O'Gara-Hess & Eisenhardt to form The Kroll-O'Gara Company. http://www.krollworldwide.com O'Gara is responsible for the security of all US-Presidents since 1945. However the background of Kroll is very interesting, too: In 1993, Maurice Greenberg's American International Group (AIG ->), became co-owner of the "private spy agency", Kroll Associates, as a result of rescuing Kroll from bankruptcy with a cash infusion. Kroll was notorious during the 1980s as the "CIA of Wall Street" due to the prevalence of former CIA, FBI, Scotland Yard, British secret service and British Special Air Service men Kroll employed for corporate espionage in takeover bids, as well as for destabilization of foreign nations. (See Greenberg,Maurice) Maurice Greenberg was deeply involved in chinese trade in the 80s, where Henry Kissinger was one of his representatives. In the China trade, Greenberg became very close to Shaul Eisenberg, the leader of the Asian section of the Israeli intelligence service Mossad, and agent for the sales of sophisticated military equipment to the Chinese military. Maurice Raymond Greenberg was born in New York City May 4, 1925, the son of Jacob Greenberg and Ada (Rheingold) Greenberg. The young man adopted the nickname "Hank" to make people think of a popular American baseball player with the name, Hank Greenberg. Greenberg served in the U.S. Army in the Korea conflict. He joined the insurance firm, Continental Casualty Co., in 1952. Continental executive J. Milburn Smith recommended Greenberg to the C.V. Starr insurance/spy organization, which made Greenberg its vice president in 1960, its president and CEO in 1967, and its chairman, succeeding Starr, in 1969. From 1988 to 1995, Greenberg was a director of the New York Federal Reserve bank this branch of the system is the main instrument through which Federal Reserve chiefs and the Bank of England traditionally execute their U.S. political-economic policy. Greenberg was deputy chairman of the New York Fed in 1992 and 1993, and New York Fed chairman in 1994 and 1995. During 1996, while Greenberg was deputy chairman of the Council on Foreign Relations (See Cfr), he chaired the CFR task force on intelligence, which published "Making Intelligence Smarter: The future of U.S. Intelligence." This report mostly served to exhibit Greenberg's access to the intelligence community; but he parlayed it into a nomination by Senator Arlen Specter and others, for Greenberg to be Director of the Cia. Greenberg has used his connections to covert intelligence, supranational institutions, private bankers and speculators, and his huge global cash inflow, to shape a unique personal empire. Since 1997, Frank G. Wisner, Jr., has been a board member of Kroll , and is currently Greenberg's Deputy Chairman for External Affairs. Wisner's father was a founder of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, who killed himself over the scandal from his being duped by British-Soviet masterspy Kim Philby. Frank Wisner, Jr., is a director of the George Bush-linked energy giant Enron (a client for whom AIG negotiated payments from Peru over nationalization of Enron operations). In the early 1990s, Miami-based private investigator Lou Polumbo joined Kroll Associates. According to sources in the industry, Polumbo brought with him a personal history of involvement with the Medallin and other South American narcotics cartels; his business included helping relocate some of the capabilities of these cartels out of Colombia. The deal to bring Polumbo into Kroll was worked out by Avram Shalom, the former head of Israel's Shin Beth secret police. Shalom went to work for Kroll; he had been fired as Shin Beth boss due to a scandalous massacre of Palestinians in the Israel-occupied territories by his Shin Beth agents.
Kroll Associates, a security consultant firm, which was renamed to Kroll Inc. in August 2001, started in New York City in 1972. In December 1997, Kroll merged with armored car manufacturer O'Gara-Hess & Eisenhardt to form The Kroll-O'Gara Company. http://www.krollworldwide.com O'Gara is responsible for the security of all US-Presidents since 1945. However the background of Kroll is very interesting, too: In 1993, Maurice Greenberg's American International Group (AIG ->), became co-owner of the "private spy agency", Kroll Associates, as a result of rescuing Kroll from bankruptcy with a cash infusion. Kroll was notorious during the 1980s as the "CIA of Wall Street" due to the prevalence of former CIA, FBI, Scotland Yard, British secret service and British Special Air Service men Kroll employed for corporate espionage in takeover bids, as well as for destabilization of foreign nations. (See Greenberg,Maurice) Maurice Greenberg was deeply involved in chinese trade in the 80s, where Henry Kissinger was one of his representatives. In the China trade, Greenberg became very close to Shaul Eisenberg, the leader of the Asian section of the Israeli intelligence service Mossad, and agent for the sales of sophisticated military equipment to the Chinese military. Maurice Raymond Greenberg was born in New York City May 4, 1925, the son of Jacob Greenberg and Ada (Rheingold) Greenberg. The young man adopted the nickname "Hank" to make people think of a popular American baseball player with the name, Hank Greenberg. Greenberg served in the U.S. Army in the Korea conflict. He joined the insurance firm, Continental Casualty Co., in 1952. Continental executive J. Milburn Smith recommended Greenberg to the C.V. Starr insurance/spy organization, which made Greenberg its vice president in 1960, its president and CEO in 1967, and its chairman, succeeding Starr, in 1969. From 1988 to 1995, Greenberg was a director of the New York Federal Reserve bank this branch of the system is the main instrument through which Federal Reserve chiefs and the Bank of England traditionally execute their U.S. political-economic policy. Greenberg was deputy chairman of the New York Fed in 1992 and 1993, and New York Fed chairman in 1994 and 1995. During 1996, while Greenberg was deputy chairman of the Council on Foreign Relations (See Cfr), he chaired the CFR task force on intelligence, which published "Making Intelligence Smarter: The future of U.S. Intelligence." This report mostly served to exhibit Greenberg's access to the intelligence community; but he parlayed it into a nomination by Senator Arlen Specter and others, for Greenberg to be Director of the Cia. Greenberg has used his connections to covert intelligence, supranational institutions, private bankers and speculators, and his huge global cash inflow, to shape a unique personal empire. Since 1997, Frank G. Wisner, Jr., has been a board member of Kroll , and is currently Greenberg's Deputy Chairman for External Affairs. Wisner's father was a founder of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, who killed himself over the scandal from his being duped by British-Soviet masterspy Kim Philby. Frank Wisner, Jr., is a director of the George Bush-linked energy giant Enron (a client for whom AIG negotiated payments from Peru over nationalization of Enron operations). In the early 1990s, Miami-based private investigator Lou Polumbo joined Kroll Associates. According to sources in the industry, Polumbo brought with him a personal history of involvement with the Medallin and other South American narcotics cartels; his business included helping relocate some of the capabilities of these cartels out of Colombia. The deal to bring Polumbo into Kroll was worked out by Avram Shalom, the former head of Israel's Shin Beth secret police. Shalom went to work for Kroll; he had been fired as Shin Beth boss due to a scandalous massacre of Palestinians in the Israel-occupied territories by his Shin Beth agents.
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Re: AIG's connection to drugs and terrorism - written August 14, 2001!!!
« Reply #24 on: September 16, 2008, 01:17:33 pm »
NY Times....


Report on Two Affiliates Cites Benefits for A.I.G. Executives
http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9B06E5D81531F936A15757C0A9639C8B63&sec=&spon=&pagewanted=print
April 25, 2005 By LYNNLEY BROWNING

A 95-foot yacht, a private estate in Hong Kong employing cooks, gardeners and chauffeurs, and cash payouts totaling tens of millions of dollars are among the benefits available to members of two companies whose shareholders have been part of the inner circle of American International Group, court papers show.

The two private companies, C.V. Starr and Starr International, are among the affiliates that have come under scrutiny as part of an investigation into whether A.I.G., a major insurer, sold and used questionable transactions to improve financial results.

The shareholders of the two companies are former and current A.I.G. executives and managers, including Maurice R. Greenberg, who was forced out as A.I.G.'s chief executive and chairman last month.

A.I.G. discloses very little about the two private companies. But new details about the inner workings of C.V. Starr, which sells specialized insurance polices, and Starr International, which runs a compensation pool, are contained in approximately 150 pages of a confidential internal report, prepared by A.I.G. in August 2003, which was unsealed this month by a judge in Delaware.

The report was obtained by lawyers representing a pension fund, the Teachers Retirement System of Louisiana, which sued A.I.G.'s directors in December 2002 in Delaware Chancery Court over the two private companies. The lawsuit, which is pending, says that through C.V. Starr and Starr International, the publicly traded A.I.G. engaged in self-dealing to the detriment of its shareholders.

Alleging breach of fiduciary duty, the lawsuit questions various payments that A.I.G. made to both Starr International and C.V. Starr. It seeks more than $1 billion in damages, and covers 1991 through 2001, according to Grant & Eisenhofer, the Delaware law firm that represents the pension fund in the case..

A.I.G. has sought to have the case dismissed. Chris Winans, a spokesman for A.I.G., declined to comment yesterday on the litigation or on C.V. Starr and Starr International.

In the past, A.I.G. has defended C.V. Starr as a vehicle that brought it business. It has said that Starr International, which is A.I.G.'s biggest shareholder, was a unique tool for recruiting and retaining top managers at no cost to A.I.G. shareholders because it uses its own cache of A.I.G. stock to pay benefits.

In 1978, a New York federal district judge dismissed a lawsuit against A.I.G. directors that was similar to the current one filed by the pension fund.

The internal report, prepared by a special committee set up by A.I.G. directors to determine the validity of the lawsuit by the pension fund, exonerates the company of any wrongdoing tied to C.V. Starr and Starr International.

But the report appears to raise fresh questions. It says that the insurance agencies that make up C.V. Starr are only one component of its total business. The agencies accounted for just over half of Starr's total income in 1999, 71 percent in 2000, and around 90 percent in 2001 and 2002, according to the report.

Neither the report nor A.I.G.'s public filings disclose C.V. Starr's other sources of income, or whether C.V. Starr uses its A.I.G. shares for other business.

From 1970, when C.V. Starr began doing business in its present form, A.I.G. paid it $894 million in commissions related to the production of insurance business, according to the committee's findings. A.I.G. also paid it commissions related to reinsurance.

C.V. Starr is required to pay its own expenses, after which everything left over is available to its approximately 80 shareholders. Starr pays cash and other dividends on its own private stock. The dividends are tied to earnings by the Starr agencies and increases in the book value of the more than 47 million A.I.G. shares owned by C.V. Starr.

According to the documents, C.V. Starr's net after-tax income, or profit, was nearly $23 million in 1999, $27.2 million in 2000, $33.1 million in 2001 and $52 million in 2002.

The report found that while A.I.G. says in its proxy that it paid $44.9 million to Starr in 1999, the true figure was $54.4 million. For 2000, the true amount was nearly $67 million, not $59.8 million as A.I.G. stated in its proxy; and for 2001, it was $87.3 million, not $77 million as stated, the report said. For 2002, the report said, A.I.G. overstated its payments to Starr; they were $113.6 million, not $116 million as stated.

Starr International, the compensation pool, is registered in Panama and based in Bermuda. The report reveals that through subsidiaries, the private company owned a yacht, the Serendipity of Cayman, which it has since sold and replaced. It still owns the Lookout, a luxurious, secluded estate in Hong Kong with tennis courts that once belonged to A.I.G.'s founder, Cornelius Vander Starr, and is now used for business entertainment; the Morefar Golf Course in upstate New York, located on another of Mr. Vander Starr's old estates; and, through its wholly owned East Properties subsidiary, various office real estate in Tokyo.

The millions of dollars in service and rental fees that A.I.G. pays to Starr International are for use of all of those properties, said the report, disclosing information not available in A.I.G.'s securities filings. The pension fund questions why A.I.G. pays the fees and says they are a bad deal for shareholders.

Every two years, Starr International sets aside A.I.G. stock for its approximately 700 shareholders, who cannot gain access to the payouts until retirement. The payments are tied to the book value of A.I.G.'s stock and A.I.G.'s earnings. For 1999 and 2000, Starr International awarded Mr. Greenberg and four other directors $55.9 million.
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Re: AIG's connection to drugs and terrorism - written August 14, 2001!!!
« Reply #25 on: September 16, 2008, 01:24:55 pm »
Check out the findings of this book published by Oxford in 2003:


http://infocollective.org/drugoilandwars.htm

Bibliography:  Peter Dale Scott.  Drugs, Oil, and War.  Rowan and Littlefield Publishers:  Oxford.  2003

Biography:  Dale Scott is a former Canadian diplomat and English professor at UC Berkley.  His research focuses on US covert operations and includes analyses of the Kennedy assassination and the global drug trade.  He is also the author of poetry.

Research Question/Hypothesis:  In Drugs, Oil, and War Peter Dale Scott expands the thesis of his 1972 book, War Conspiracy, which argued that the war crises in Laos was created by elements of the political and military institutions of the US in an effort to reorganize the opium trade through the region.  In the 2003 edition of this thesis Dale Scott argues that the military intervention in Columbia, Afghanistan, and Indochina were spurred by efforts to reorganize the drug trade and secure drug operations in the regions.  The influence of oil companies in lobbying for the military intervention that allowed for the reorganization of the drug trade is also discussed.

Findings:

In a book written by Michael Tanzer it is observed that the majority of CIA supported coups target Governments that threaten to nationalize their oil industries.  (xiv)

A major factor of political corruption in US Asian Policy in the late ‘60s and ‘70s was the contribution of drug money to politicians’ campaigns from foreign governments through lobbyists and PR firms.  The China lobby was a huge contributor to the campaign of Nixon. (p.4)

Sun Myung Moon’s Unification Church, an offspring of the Korean CIA and the related Asian People’s Anti-Communist League (APACL later WACL) subsidized the Washington Times.  There have been recurring allegations that APACL, the China lobby, and the Unification Church derive their budgets from drug money. (p.4)

Socony Mobil in Vietnam and Foreign Oil Companies Group in Afghanistan sponsored the lobby groups American Friends of Vietnam in the 1950s and 60s and the Committee for a Free Afghanistan that called for a heightened military commitment in the areas.  The US-Columbia Business partnership lobbies for military intervention in Colombia. (p.4)

The US sold the Mujahedeen Stinger anti-aircraft missiles  in 1985-6 to fight the Soviet air campaign. In 1989-1990 millions of dollars was allocated from the defense budget to buy them back.  They were not totally successful and the 2001 US air campaigns were conducted at high altitudes due to fear that the Taliban possessed nearly 300. (p.5)

Farhad Azima, owner of RACE Aviation, founded Global International Airways, an airline linked to a network of CIA contracted cargo firms such as Air America and SAT, in 1978. Richard Secourd’s EASTCO and Farhad Azima’s Global International grossed millions from contracts to deliver arms to Egypt.  Secord and David Kimche, an Israeli Mossad agent, arranged arms deals related to the Iran-Contra scandal and used RACE Aviation to fly shipments.  Global International was involved in the US arms pipeline to Afghanistan in the 1980s.  Farhad Azima has been implicated repeated times in drug trafficking. (p.6-8)

In 1992 Secord was involved in arms deals to Azerbaijan.  1 month later the Mujahedeen began recruitment of mercenaries to fight in Azerbaijan.  Since 1994 Azerbaijan’s state oil company has held a contract with BP, Unocal, and Exxon worth $8 billion and extended over 30 years to develop the oil fields of the Caspian Basin, one of the largest remaining oil reserves.  This contract has created a massive amount of pressure on the US Government to secure the area and the pipelines necessary for a financial return. (p.7-8)

There have been repeated allegations that US oil companies engage in covert operations.  In Colombia, a US security firm working for Occidental Petroleum took part in a military operation that killed 18 civilians. (p.8)

Oil company lobbyists target the State Dept, the National Security Council, and the CIA. (p.8)

The US has historically trained, armed, financed, and protected drug traffickers in exchange for help securing territory of major interest to oil companies.  Government support of drug traffickers has been a major factor in the dramatic increase of global trafficking since WWII. (p.27)

In 1998 the US militarily intervened in Kosovo on behalf of the Kosovo Liberation Army, a group previously described  by the State Department as drug-financed terrorist.  The intervention followed talk of an oil pipeline from the oil fields of Central Asia. (p.31)

In 1971 the CIA and Saudi intelligence backed the Muslim Brotherhood and allies in the campaign against communism.  Osama Bin Laden became financier and logistics expert in the proxy war in Afghanistan for the Saudi financed Makhtab al-Khidamat, the office of services responsible for the international recruitment of militant in the 1980s.  There are allegations that the CIA helped with recruitment and helped to facilitate a connection between Bin Laden and the Russian mafia. (p.?)

Right wing paramilitary groups and allies control 40% of Columbia’s cocaine export.  The FARC can only be held accountable for 25%(2.5%?) of it. (p.39)

The US military began to have a presence in Columbia in 1984 due to the narco-terrorist propaganda campaign that connected the Sandinistas, the FARC, and the Medellin Cartel.  Occidental Oil initiated this campaign after the 1983 discovery of the billion-barrel oil field of Cano Limon. (p.39) 

Since US intervention in Columbia coca production has risen from 3.8 hectares in 1991 to 12.3 hectares in 1999 (p.41)

BCCI was the chief paymaster to the Mujahedeen in the 1980s and were implicated in direct arms transfers. (p.42)

From 1960-80 the per capita income grew 73% in Latin America and 34% in Africa.  Since the enactment of neo-liberal policies the per capita income between 1980-2000 grew less then 6% in Latin America and declined 23% in  Africa.  (p.42)

The Nugan Hand Bank of Australia organized the 1st major drug imports from Laos.  Money from drugs and arms deal was used to finance covert operations around the world.  (p.40)

In the 1980s heroin controlled by the Mujahedeen was transferred to Sicilian syndicates via the Turkish Gray Wolves, a paramilitary operation that worked in conjunction with the Turkish Army and had connections to the CIA. (p.?)

The opium crop produced in N. Afghan and controlled by the Northern Alliance was flown into Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan where it was sold to finance radical Islamic groups like the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU). (p.45)

Pakistani assets such as the Gulf Group and BCCI were an integral part of the Afghan arms pipeline.  The Gulf Group shipping line the Gokal Bros. was a firm contracted to ship goods for various US aid programs.  BCCI was the largest financier of the Gulf Group.  Founder and Chairman of BCCI, Agha Hasan Abedi, had long standing links to the intelligence community that was strengthened under George Bush’s leadership of the CIA.  It is alleged in 1976 Bush, British Intelligence, and William Casey helped set up a BCCI branch in the Cayman Islands. Syrian drug and arms dealer Manzeer al-Kassar convinced all right wing and left-wing terrorists to open accounts at BCCI's Cayman Islands branch.  BCCI financed Global International. (p.47)

The CIA paid Afghan operatives with currency supplied by the Swiss firm Shakira Trading, a company implicated in laundering profits from Afghan heroin and Colombian cocaine. (p.47-8)

KMT forces in Burma began to relocate to NW Laos and were supplied by CAT airlifts.  CAT was owned 40% by the CIA and 60% by KMT bankers.  CAT planes supplied KMT opium bases since 1951. (p.51)

AGHA Hasan Abedi and BCCI were close friends of both the Carter and Reagan Administrations, Pakistani president Zia ul-Haq, and CIA asset and military leader of Afghanistan’s NW Frontier, Fazle-Haq.  (p.48)

On April 10 1950 the Joint Chief of Staff proposed a program to rejuvenate the KMT.  The Office of Policy Coordination (OPC) supplied the KMT forces of Gen. Li Mi in Burma.  Gen. Claire Chennault organized a pipeline between the OPC and Li Mi using CAT aircraft. (p.59)

Sea Supply Inc. supplied both the KMT and the Thai border police. (p.60)

Paul Helliwell, counsel to Meyer Lansky’s bank Miami, helped establish Castle Bank in the Bahamas to launder funds for the CIA and the mafia.  Castle Bank and Paul Helliwell were linked to Nugan Hand Bank in Australia and Washington banker George Olmsted whose firm Financial General Bank was taken over by BCCI. (p.61-2)

Chinese secret societies are responsible for a major portion of the international opium trade.  In the mid 1930s China produced 7/8 of the world opium supply.  Chiang Kai-Shek and KMT control of China was obtained and secured through a partnership with the secret society, the Green Gang, leader Tu Yueh-Sheng.  Opium was flown into the US where it was distributed by Chinese tongs in partnership with Luciano and Lansky.  The Green Gang link to the Sicilian and Jewish mafia was renewed after the 1949 Maoist revolution and secret society exodus to Hong Kong. (p.62)

The Hip Sing tong, the On Leong tong, and the King Kung tong are the main groups in charge of organized crime in Chinatown.  The drug connections of the tongs were established, “thanks largely to the OPC in 1949-51”. (p.63)

It has been alleged that the privatization of the oil industry in Uzbekistan and Russia was in part financed with drug money.  The Russian Council on Foreign and Defense Policies estimated in 1996 $180 million of drug profits helped to privatize the energy and telecommunications industries.  (p.65)

90% of military aid allocated under Clinton’s Plan Columbia was to be complimented with EU aid but EU withdrew its support due to criticism.  In 2001 the Bush Administration supplemented Plan Columbia with the Andean Regional Initiative, an $882 million plan for military and economic aid Ĺ of which was devoted to Columbia.  Lucrative contracts were signed with DynCorp, MRPI, and Sikorsky Aircraft to supply munitions, herbicides, and helicopters. (p.73-4)

In 1998 a Columbian Air force plane was caught at the Ft. Lauderdale Airport with 1600lbs coke. (p.74)

Paramilitary death squads working with the Colombian military were responsible for 70-80% of non-combat murders in Colombia and controlled a major portion of the drug trade.  Carlos Castano, a Colombian paramilitary leader, was from a major drug trafficking family and linked to the Henao-Montoya drug trafficking network (p.74-5)

Plan Colombia’s eradication program focuses on the Amazon region controlled by the FARC. (p. 75)

In 1962 a US special warfare team, trained in Kennedy’s Counterinsurgency doctrine, and headed by Gen. William Yarborough, arrived in Columbia.  A series of special warfare teams arrived in Colombia between 1962-5 to train in counterinsurgency operation.  In 1964 the FARC and the ELN were organized. (p.76-7)

In the 1970s the CIA trained Colombian and other Latin American police officers at a bomb school in Los Fresnos, TX. (p.77)

Trained paramilitaries are assets of the Columbian security apparatus and are used by US corporations to protect their workplace and their suppliers from unionization. (p.77)

In 1981 Colombia traffickers and the Columbian army collaborated to form Muerte a Sequestadores (MAS).  The traffickers financed the group and the army contracted British and Israeli mercenaries to run a training school from which Carlos Castano was a graduate. (p.77)

Paramilitaries were outlawed in Colombia between 1989-91.  The CIA and US military collaborated with the Columbian Army to create a new system of civilian intelligence units to act as paramilitaries. (p. 78)

In a program called “legalization” paramilitaries in Colombia were encouraged to bring civilian corpses to the army barracks in exchange for weapons. (p.78

The CIA endorsed the alliance of Colombian traffickers and the army in MAS. (p.86)

In the 1980s, with the encouragement of CIA director William Casey, Colombian cocaine entered the Soviet Union through the Mujahedeen in Afghan.  This arrangement was the precursor to the trade link between Colombian cartels and Russia’s Red Mafiya.  (p.86)

The prosecution of the Medellin cartel, the Sandinistas, and the FARC due to the narco-terrorist theory gave further protection to the CIA supported right wing Colombian paramilitaries and the Cali cartel. (p.87)

Leading figures in the Medellin cartel were hunted and killed by Carlos Castano’s death squad, Los Pepes, that was created by the Cali cartel and worked with the CIA and the Colombian National Police. (p.88)

In 1995 3 major leaders of the Cali cartel were imprisoned and Colombian coke exports fell under the control of Mexican cartels principally the Henao-Montoya organization.  (p.89)   

Drug profits were responsible for more than Ĺ of the foreign exchange earnings in Mexico needed to repay foreign debts. (p.89)

Eagle Aviation Services (EAST Inc) was subcontracted by DynCorp, a corporation that received an $170 million State Department contract and a portion of a $30 million DOD contract for work in Colombia, to conduct herbicide spraying for the crop eradication program in Colombia.  EAST Inc, founded in 1982 by Richard Gadd, was involved with Southern Air Transport (SAT) in the Contra war effort and received $550,000 for aid to the Contra army.  EAST Inc was accused of participation in smuggling operations. (p.90)

In 1989, after proposal of the Andean Initiative, Colombian oil production rose 80% and the majority of exports were sent to the US.  Colombia is the 8th largest supplier to the US. (p.100)

BP, Amoco, Occidental, and Enron formed the US-Colombia Business Partnership, a lobby group for increasing aid to Colombia. (p.100)

DynCorp and the Military Professional Resources Inc (MPRI) have performed contract work in Croatia, Bosnia, and Kosovo.  Personnel for DynCorp and MPRI are often drawn from the US armed services and time spent with the private corporations are counted towards seniority in Government positions. (p.101)

In 1959 Pan Am, a major airline to the Far East, threatened to scale back its international operation if “traffic other then normal civil traffic doesn’t become available”. (p.101)

Charles M. Cooke, a member of the China Lobby, was involved in unauthorized covert activity in 1950 in Taiwan.  Commerce International, a subsidiary of William Commerce Corporation, a Nelson Rockefeller corporation, and run by S.G. Fassoulis, was created to aid in the operation. (p.109-110)

In 1954 American involvement in the 1st Indochina war consisted of a few dozed USAF planes on loan from CAT and 200 service technicians.  Increased military intervention was requested and under Dulles the SE Asian Treaty Organization was created to mask US limited war game taking place in SE Asia.  Covert involvement in Laos in 1959 and became the impetus for the start of the 2nd Indochina war. (p.110)

The private law firm of Thomas G. Corcoran had long standing ties to intelligence agencies and covert operations.  Chennault’s Flying Tigers and CAT were clients of Corcoran’s law firm in the early 1950s.  Corcoran had major insurance interests in Asia through a partnership with CV Starr and Co., owned by Campagnie Franco-Americaine d’Assurances of Saigon, the principal US financial interest in Indochina.  (CV Starr and Co. former OSS and United Fruit-American Intl. Underwriters Corp. a part?)  When United Fruit was expelled from Guatemala Corcoran’s firm. the CIA, and United Fruit officials helped organize a coup to replace Pres. Arbenz with Castillo Armas.   Armas successor, Miguel Ydigoras Fuentes, was told by a Washington law firm that they had financed the coup and Armas’ successor was responsible for repaying the $1,800,000 still owed to them. Corcoran represented oil companies’ interests in  offshore drilling operations in the S. China Sea.  The Tenneco Company held 2 concessions in the Gulf of Siam between Thailand and Cambodia and was a client of Corcoran. (p.113-4)

Robert Lehmen was the director of both United Fruit and Pan Am Airlines. (p.114)

Itek (?), a CIA electronics firm, and Ling-Temco-Vought supplied electronics equip for electronic intelligence operations like Maddox and Pueblo.  Intelligence technology in air transport became a major priority in the 1960s to help cover covert action. (p.115)

Nelson Rockefeller helped to sound the alarm of scarce raw materials in 1951. (p.115)

Air America, based in Taiwan, was a subsidiary firm of Air Asia and the chief airline serving the CIA. (p.123)

Claire Chennault’s Flying Tigers, or American Volunteer Group (AVG), was a private air force formed to support Chiang Kai-shek against the Japanese during WWII.  Chennault recruited pilots for Central Aircraft Manufacturing Co Federal Inc (CAMCO), owned by William Pawley, a former salesman for Curtis-Wright Inc, an aircraft manufacturer, and head of Pan Am’s Subsidiary in China.  The contract was held with China but was paid for by funds supplied by the US Gov.  through lend-lease programs.  Curtis-Wright was able to unload 100 P-40 pursuit planes considered obsolete.  CAT was formed through airlifting relief supplies to China.  The relief agency that supplied Chennault’s contracts and planes, UNRRA, is rumored to be funded by drug money supplied by Madame Chiang and brother TV Soong.  In 1950-1 CAT was contracted to airlift supplies to Korea.  (p.125-6)

Union Oil, now Unocal, held joint concessions with the Japanese Mitsui Oil Exploration Co. in an overlapping area in the gulf of Thailand and Cambodia. (p.167)

In a 1970 coup Lon Nol took power from Sihanouk in Cambodia. The new government led by Lon Nol and Sirik Matak began an immediate persecution of the Khmer Rouge and NLF troops.  (p.168)

Chinese geologists conducted the 1st offshore geological survey for oil fields in Cambodia in the 1950s.  The unresolved border disputes between Thailand and Cambodia that prevented leasing to foreign corporations for offshore drilling were resolved by the Lon Nol Government. (p.169)

The US Navy sponsorship of hydrographic and geomagnetic surveys in Indochina dates back to 1957.  In Nov. and Dec. 1968 a seismic refraction oil exploration survey conducted around the S. Vietnamese island Poulo Panjang, south of Cambodia, was highly successful and generated a series of surveys conducted by the UN Economic Commission for Asia and the Far East (ECAFE).  The majority of technical assistance for these surveys came from the US Naval Oceanographic Office (NAVOCEANO). (p.169)

In 1970 Union Oil of CA took over many of the on-shore and offshore oil concession in Cambodia from the French. (p.170)

Between April-May 1969 US planes flown from S. Vietnam systematically defoliated 1/3 of Cambodia.  The French owned rubber plantations were the hardest hit by the defoliation program.  Rubber was the chief source of export revenue for Cambodia and pushed the country into an economic crisis that weakened the Sihanouk Government and forced it to accept US aid.  The defoliation project was organized as early as 1964. (p.171)

In 1958-9 the CIA financed, equipped, and directed the military uprising of the Khmer Serei and Son Ngoc Thanh in Cambodia.  During the 1960s Son Ngoc served as a contact for special operations and recruitment of paramilitary forces from the Khmer minority to be trained by the US Special Forces and later by Thai officers in Thailand.  Tony Poe who spearheaded guerilla operations against Tibet and China 1958-70 also helped organize the Khmer Serie insurgents.  The Khmer forces became a part of the CIDG or Mike force of ethnic minorities controlled by the Saigon based Studies and Operations Group (SOG or MACSOG) established by the CIA.  The Khmer Serie coup involved members of Japanese secret societies in contact with the CIA.  Joint oil concessions to US and Japanese oil companies were granted after the coup. (p.172-4)

In 1965 Sukarno was removed from power in Indonesia by a military coup after the announcement of a plan to  nationalize the Indonesian oil industry. (p.175)

In 1964 Standard Oil of CA was held one of the largest interests of US oil firms in Indonesia and SE Asia.  Standard Oil’s subsidiary Caltex accounted for 70% of Sumatran oil production.  John A McCone held $1million of stock in Standard.  (p.175)

Roosevelt’s 1903 order to the Navy to support the Panamanian revolution and succession from Colombia led to the implementation of the Canal Zone treaty.  Panamanian businessmen, the French Panama Canal Co who worked with the NY investment banker firm J&W Seligman, and Washington lobbyists developed the treaty plan.  Bunau-Varilla organized and financed the revolution and pressured Roosevelt to involve the Navy. (p.186)

The majority of deputy directors and directors of the CIA have come from NY legal and financial firms due to their expertise and ability to set up proprietaries and front companies for CIA operations. (p.187)

William Ray Peers, an OSS officer active in Burma and China, directed the front corporation Western Enterprise Inc in Taiwan to mask the launching of the KMT troops raids of Quemoy and Marsu. (p.187)

The CAT Delaware base, through its holding company Airdale Corporation and OPC funds, supplied Taiwan Commercial Airline CAT Co. Ltd (CATL) with pilots and personnel but CATL.  CATL was organized by Claire Chennault in 1946 and incorporated in 1950 by US aviation law firm Pogue and Neal with KMT owners.  CATL held accounts at the  Kincheng Bank in Shanghai, an alleged money-laundering front for TV Soong.  The Airdale Corporation, renamed Pacific Corp. in 1957, owned CAT/Air America and CAT’s subsidiary Asiatic Aeronautical Co. later renamed Air Asia. (p.189)

KMT Gen. Li Mi is the only major opium trafficker to be honored with a US Legion of Merit and Medal of Freedom. (p.191)

The Chinese Wa Kei secret society has a controlling interest in opium and gambling rackets.  Chinese owners of tin mines in Malaysia contracted the Wa Kei triad army and the supporting KMT to restore security in the Malayan tin industry in 1954.  The relationship of the KMT and Chinese secret societies dates back to 1927 when Chiang Kai-Shek was encouraged by foreign bankers to use the Green Gang break the communist insurrection in Shanghai. (p.193)

The Hip Sings and the Bing Kongs are Chinese secret societies or tongs that are extremely influential in the drug trade in the US and have international mafia connections. (p.193)

In 1950 Citibank was the largest shareholder of the Transamerica Corporation represented in the WCC.  That year the WCC was involved in a soybean operation suspected of serving as a cover for sponsorship of unauthorized military activity in Taiwan in support of Chiang Kai-Shek. (p.197)

Many war lobbyists are intimately connected to a network of CIA proprietaries and organized crime. (p.198)

The Miami National Bank was identified in 1969 as conduit for black market money exported to Meyer Lansky’s Exchange and Investment Bank Geneva. (p.198)
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Re: AIG's connection to drugs and terrorism - written August 14, 2001!!!
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CV Starr (founder of AIG, and the name of a new company, and a senior fellowship title at the Council on Foreign Relations), Greenberg, AIG, Warren Buffett, Berkshire Hathaway...

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AIG Severs Ties with C.V. Starr; Expands Own Global Energy Unit
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American International Group, Inc. announced Friday that its AIG Companies terminated the agency relationship with Starr Technical Risks Agency, Inc. and its subsidiaries (Starr Tech), insurance agencies owned by C.V. Starr & Co., Inc.
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C.V. Starr is run by AIG's own former chairman and CEO, Maurice "Hank" Greenberg. The parties have been in a court dispute over Starr's attempts to move its AIG business to other carriers.

According to AIG's announcement, all current and future underwriting, claims, loss control and administrative functions relating to accounts formerly underwritten by Starr Tech on behalf of the AIG Companies will be managed by New York-based AIG Global Energy, which already provides insurance and risk management programs to energy and energy-related companies worldwide.

AIG Global Energy has expanded its scope of operations by creating a new division, AIG Global Energy-North America, to serve the worldwide property insurance needs of insurance customers in North America. AIG Global Energy-North America will initially have offices in New York, Hartford, Conn., and Houston, Tex., as well as Toronto and London.

Starr Technical is a managing general agency that specializes in oil and chemical industry insurance.

Last week, a New York judge granted American International Group a restraining order against Greenberg and Starr Technical Risk Agency, that bars Starr from placing its AIG business with other insurers.

The order barred Greenberg's agency from pursuing contracts with National Indemnity, a Berkshire Hathaway unit, for business currently with AIG.

New York State Supreme Court Justice Herman Cahn said his restraining order would remain in effect until the parties settle their differences in arbitration.

AIG has claimed that Starr Technical has been using "unauthorized" reinsurance agreements with National Indemnity to take business now placed with AIG and give it to other insurers. AIG maintains that Starr Technical and AIG have had an exclusive contract since 1992, which includes allowing Starr Technical to sell policies in AIG's name.

C.V. Starr has countersued charging that AIG is trying to keep its agency from competing. Starr claims that its agency is free to write accounts with other carriers when AIG is not competitive. Its lawyers have accused AIG of trying to close down Starr agencies and urging clients not to do business with Greenberg's companies.
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US private military contractors already in-country to deal with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez Frias
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Intelligence agencies are revealing that US private military contractors, active in Colombia "under various contract umbrellas, including counter-narcotics and counter-insurgency" are building up to yet another attempted coup d'etat against Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez.

Carefully described as "private military contractors" (a.k.a. hired mercenary killers), the PMCs are known already to have conducted several incursions across the Colombia-Venezuela border to link up with rebel units of the Venezuelan military operating along the border badlands between the two countries.

Senior officials at the US Pentagon have authorized the intruder operation as part of a plan to make it appear that Chavez is militarily assisting the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).

The US mercenaries have also established close links with right-wing Colombian paramilitaries (AUC) and their associated drug cartels to smuggle weapons into Venezuela.

Attached to the Pentagon's Joint Staff, a Colombian General is participating in a joint foreign military "interaction plan" sponsored by the US Defense Department in Washington D.C. to coordinate "force development" and "scenario simulation" invasive techniques at the behest of the US Joint Staff Command.

Intel sources also say that an Opus Dei (Roman Catholic) espionage and political assassination team operating in the United States is in the background of a case where a former Marine aide, Leandro Aragoncilla ... a US Vice Presidential staffer and FBI agent ... has been accused of espionage at the White House.

Aragoncilla was arrested recently on charges of illegally obtaining classified documents from US Vice President Dick Cheney's office and FBI computer which were passed to Philippine opposition figures linked to Opus Dei in the Philippines in preparation for a coup d'etat against that country's President, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

Opus Dei elements are known also to have played a major role in supporting the April 2002 coup d'etat against Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez Frias which continues a wider espionage and political black bag operation with support and logistics approved by highest levels within the Pentagon and the FBI.

A classified intelligence report leaked to this e-publication shows that the espionage ring has operating out of US Vice President Dick Cheney's office with the implicit approval from within the Bush administration.

Intel sources are also revealing more paper trails linking George H. W. Bush to the now defunct Al Taqwa ("Fear of God") bank operated on behalf of Osama Bin Laden, his family, and some of his closest business associates.

The network of Swiss-based terrorist financiers is also linked to the Muslim Brotherhood and prominent European fascist leaders. The Al Taqwa bank was headquartered in the Italian Swiss enclave Campione d'Italia and had offices in the Bahamas. It ceased operations after assets were blocked by a US Treasury Department order, its assets were frozen by the Swiss government, and its banking license was revoked by the Bahamas.

Al Taqwa subsequently changed its name to Nada Management Organization. Al Taqwa and a complex web of affiliate front companies and brass plates in Switzerland, the Bahamas, Italy, Saudi Arabia, Jersey, Isle of Man, Turkey, Kuwait, Afghanistan, Bosnia, Croatia, Slovenia, the United States (Delaware and Texas), Germany, Belgium, Albania, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia, Sudan, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Austria, Bahrain, Singapore, Thailand, Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Liechtenstein were reportedly involved in funding terrorist operations around the world, including the procurement of nuclear material from the former Soviet Union through Baltic intermediaries.

According to a EUROPOL diagram obtained by WMR, these companies included Iksir Holding, SA (Italy), Asat Trust (Liechtenstein), Iksir Ltd. (Bahamas), Gulf Center (Italy), NASCO (Turkey), Nasreddin International Group (Liechtenstein), Akida Bank (Bahamas), MIGA (Switzerland), and Nasreddin Foundation (Liechtenstein).

According to intelligence sources in the United States and Europe, the Al Taqwa network intersected with tranches in Geneva and the Isle of Man that involve front companies associated with George H. W. Bush and Enron: Topaz Liberty, Bluelake World, and Potomac Capital.

Iranian fraudster and neocon Pentagon contact Manucher Ghorbanifar, Saudi billionaire Adnan Khashoggi and members of the Bin Laden family are reportedly linked to Geneva-based Potomac Capital ... a front company created by George H. W. Bush when he was CIA Director in 1976.

Interestingly, it was George W. Bush, who, in November 2001, cited Al Taqwa as part of Al Qaeda's money-laundering activities.
However, Bush's neocon allies at The Washington Times and World Net Daily quickly altered course and drew attention away from Al Taqwa's Saudi and Kuwaiti investors and began to erroneously link Al Taqwa to Saddam Hussein's Iraq. Further criminal investigations of Al Taqwa's principals were also quickly dropped.

Potomac Capital appeared on the radar screen of Federal investigators during the Iran-Contra investigation conducted in the late 1980s and early 1990s. The Al Taqwa connection to weapons of mass destruction proliferation, Bin Laden, and George H. W. Bush and his business associates stands as another reason the George W. Bush administration leaked the CIA's Brewster Jennings & Associates counter-WMD network. The CIA counter-proliferation team was getting uncomfortably close to tying members of the Bush family and their business associates to the same financial networks that fund Osama Bin Laden and his "Al Qaeda" network.

Intel sources have also traced a possible second connection between the Swiss network connected to George H. W. Bush and other 9/11 hijackers.

The first connection concerned hijacker Fayyaz Ahmed and a US$50,000 check he received from a tranche connected to the Swiss network. The second is the listing of Ahmed Mesfer Ahmed Alghamdi as a shareholder of Al Taqwa on a Central Bank of the Bahamas document dated April 15, 2000. Ahmed Alghamdi and Hamza Alghamdi were two of the Saudi hijackers on board United Flight 175, which struck the South Tower of the World Trade Center. Saeed Alghamdi was one of the hijackers on board United Flight 93, which crashed in Pennsylvania after being shot down by US military fighter planes (according to an NSA employee who was on duty in the National Security Operations Center on the morning of 9/11).

According to the FBI, the Alghamdi hijackers used a number of aliases. Ahmed Alghamdi used the names Ahmed Saeed Saleh Alghamdi, Ahmed Mohammed Alghamdi, Saeed Alghamdi, Ahmed Saleh, and Juan Poncho Bennett. Hamza Alghamdi used Saleh Alghamdi Hamzah. Saeed Alghamdi used Mohsalih Alghamdi, Mokhlidmazid Almotairi, Saeedayed Alghamdi, and Saeed H. Alghamdi. Other Alghamdis wanted by the FBI for involvement with "Al Qaeda" include Nora Alghamdi, Ali A. Alghamdi, Abdulrahman Alghamdi, Othman Alghamdi, Sadda Alghamdi and Tareqsaeed Alghamdi.

Now, more information has been gleaned from knowledgeable intelligence sources about the secret UNOCAL, Enron, and Taliban negotiations over the Central Asian Gas pipeline (CentGas). The source of the $10 billion was the Saudi Royal family and the recipient was Enron's LJM1 off-the-books partnership, also known as LJM Cayman, LP. LJM1 was primarily set up to finance the CentGas pipeline deal. Convicted Enron Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Andrew J. Fastow was the managing member of the LJM1 partners. In addition to Barclays, the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce was also allegedly used to transfer the $10 billion to the Enron account.

Two criminal investigations in New York are getting close to exposing a major Bush family and associates' international money-laundering operation that has spanned more than a generation and has been used to illegally fund US elections since the Nixon era.

According to CIA sources, most Bush family assets are tied up in off-shore accounts that are masked from investigators through the use of pass through companies and secretive interlocking board directorships.

The investigations of the secret Bush money tranches are coming to the fore as New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer focuses in on the scandal involving Maurice "Hank" Greenberg and the inflation of the worth of American Insurance Group (AIG) through shady affiliates, including AIG reinsurer Coral Re of Barbados.

Greenberg was the CEO of AIG but was forced to step down amid the Spitzer probe. AIG was founded from Asia Life/CV Starr, a Shanghai-based international import/export and insurance firm founded in 1919 by Cornelius V. Starr, an Office of Strategic Services (OSS) operative in Southeast Asia during World War II.

AIG's largest shareholder is Starr International Company (SICO), an off-shore corporation incorporated in Panama with headquarters in Bermuda.

Kenneth Starr, the independent counsel who prosecuted President Clinton, is the nephew of Cornelius Starr.

Greenberg inherited the CEO job and Chairmanship from Starr as well as the $3.5 billion Starr Foundation.

Another probe by Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau is focused on long-time Bush backers Sam and Charles Wyly of Texas and a Bank of America off-shore account in the Isle of Man. According to intelligence sources, that probe is getting very close to an Isle of Man multi-billion dollar account controlled by the Bushes through an off-shore contrivance known as Five Star Trust.

Charles Wyly serves on the board of the University of Texas Investment Management Company (UTIMCO). Critics have charged that hundreds of millions of dollars of UTIMCO's $11 billion in public funds have been steered to investment funds run by Bush family friends and supporters. A number of UTIMCO's past and current directors are members of George W. Bush's "$100,000 Club." These include, in addition to Wyly, former UTIMCO chairman Tom Hicks, a vice chairman of Clear Channel and head of Muse, Tate & Furst, Inc.; L. Lowry Mays, the chairman of Clear Channel; former Texas Representative and current lobbyist Tom Loeffler (who received illegal laundered campaign contributions from the failed Vernon Savings & Loan); A. W. Riter, a former chairman of NCNB Bank in Tyler, Texas; A. R. "Tony" Sanchez, Chairman of Sanchez-O'Brien Oil & Gas, owner of the Texas border-based International Bank of Commerce and the failed Tesoro Savings & Loan; and Woody Hunt, Chairman of Hunt Building Company. Some of UTIMCO's investments were directed to firms with close ties to Bush "Pioneer" contributors Lee Bass (Bass Brothers Enterprises), Henry Kravis (Kohlberg Kravis Roberts), and Charles Wyly (Maverick Capital Fund), as well as George W. and H.W. Bush (The Carlyle Partners II Fund, managed by The Carlyle Group).

Texas money laundering is the tip of an Bush family financial iceberg that extends below the surface to shady financial deals around the globe. However, investigators who dare venture into Texas will have their jobs cut out for them. The Bushes have been major recipients of campaign cash from senior partners the largest law firms in Texas -- Vinson & Elkins, Baker Botts (law firm of James Baker III), Andrews Kurth (the law firm of contentious US District Judge Priscilla Owen), Jenkins & Gilchrist, Haynes Boone and Bracewell & Patterson -- that have also been involved in defending those Texas companies and principals who have benefited from massive illegal financial flows.
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Re: AIG's connection to drugs and terrorism - written August 14, 2001!!!
« Reply #28 on: September 16, 2008, 01:35:13 pm »
Maurice Greenberg   
http://911review.org/Sept11Wiki/Greenberg,Maurice.shtml

From 9/11 Encyclopedia:

Maurice "Hank" Greenberg, once floated as a possible CIA Director in 1995, is the CEO of AIG insurance (->), manager of the third largest capital investment pool in the world. Maurice Raymond Greenberg (AIG, Kroll, CFR) was born in New York City May 4, 1925, the son of Jacob Greenberg and Ada (Rheingold) Greenberg. The young man adopted the nickname "Hank" to make people think of a popular American baseball player with the name, Hank Greenberg. Greenberg served in the U.S. Army in the Korea conflict.

He joined the insurance firm, Continental Casualty Co., in 1952. Continental executive J. Milburn Smith recommended Greenberg to the C.V. Starr insurance/spy organization, which made Greenberg its vice president in 1960, its president and CEO in 1967, and its chairman, succeeding Starr, in 1969. Maurice Greenberg was deeply involved in chinese trade in the 80s, where Henry Kissinger (->) was one of his representatives.

In the China trade, Greenberg became very close to Shaul Eisenberg, the leader of the Asian section of the Israeli intelligence service Mossad, and agent for the sales of sophisticated military equipment to the Chinese military. From 1988 to 1995, Greenberg was a director of the New York Federal Reserve bank - this branch of the system is the main instrument through which Federal Reserve chiefs and the Bank of England traditionally execute their U.S. political-economic policy.

Greenberg was deputy chairman of the New York Fed in 1992 and 1993, and New York Fed chairman in 1994 and 1995. In 1993, Maurice Greenberg's American International Group (AIG ->), became co-owner of the "private spy agency", Kroll Associates (->), as a result of rescuing Kroll from bankruptcy with a cash infusion. Kroll was notorious during the 1980s as the "CIA of Wall Street" due to the prevalence of former CIA, FBI, Scotland Yard, British secret service and British Special Air Service men Kroll employed for corporate espionage in takeover bids, as well as for destabilization of foreign nations. During 1996, while Greenberg was deputy chairman of the Council on Foreign Relations (See Cfr), he chaired the CFR task force on intelligence, which published "Making Intelligence Smarter: The future of U.S. Intelligence." This report mostly served to exhibit Greenberg's access to the intelligence community; but he parlayed it into a nomination by Senator Arlen Specter and others, for Greenberg to be Director of the Cia.

Greenberg has used his connections to covert intelligence, supranational institutions, private bankers and speculators, and his huge global cash inflow, to shape a unique personal empire. Since 1997, Frank G. Wisner, Jr., has been a board member of Kroll , and is currently Greenberg's Deputy Chairman for External Affairs. Wisner's father was a founder of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, who killed himself over the scandal from his being duped by British-Soviet masterspy Kim Philby. Frank Wisner, Jr., is a director of the George Bush-linked energy giant Enron (a client for whom AIG negotiated payments from Peru over nationalization of Enron operations).

In the early 1990s, Miami-based private investigator Lou Polumbo joined Kroll Associates. According to sources in the industry, Polumbo brought with him a personal history of involvement with the Medallin and other South American narcotics cartels; his business included helping relocate some of the capabilities of these cartels out of Colombia. The deal to bring Polumbo into Kroll was worked out by Avram Shalom, the former head of Israel's Shin Beth secret police. Shalom went to work for Kroll; he had been fired as Shin Beth boss due to a scandalous massacre of Palestinians in the Israel-occupied territories by his Shin Beth agents.

Compare: AIG's long connection to CIA drug trafficking and covert operations was mentioned in a two-part series of Copvcia.Com, that was interrupted just prior to the attacks of September 11. AIG's stock has bounced back remarkably well since the attacks. Source: http://www.copvcia.com/stories/part_2.html
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Re: AIG's connection to drugs and terrorism - written August 14, 2001!!!
« Reply #29 on: September 16, 2008, 01:36:43 pm »
Exactly How "Adversarial" were AIG and Eliot Spitzer?

AIG Political Contributions by Subsidiaries Questioned
in N.Y.

http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/east/2006/09/21/72628.htm
September 21, 2006

Major corporations based in New York such as American
International Group Inc. have legally contributed many
times more than the corporate limit to political
candidates who regulate their businesses, state and
good-government officials said.

In the case of AIG, the insurance giant is limited to
giving $5,000 (euro3,951) to a candidate. But the
parent company used 33 subsidiaries in recent years to
give $335,000 (euro264,738) to three-term Republican
Gov. George Pataki; $50,000 (euro39,513) to Attorney
General ELIOT SPITZER, the Democratic front-runner for
governor; and $25,000 (euro19,757) to Democratic
Comptroller Alan Hevesi, according to The New York
Times.

"That happens all the time,'' said Rachel Leon of New
York-Common Cause, which for years has lobbied to
reform this and other campaign finance practices.

"It's just one of the many loopholes that make our
campaign finance laws meaningless,'' she said. "We
might as well not have any limits because in the real
world, they don't apply.''

"As far as I can see, it's within the parameters of
our law,'' said Lee Daghlian, a spokesman for the
state Board of Elections, of the AIG contributions.
"We are not looking at anything.''

The corporate limits were created in the mid-1970s and
set at $5,000 (euro3,951) to restrict the influence of
companies on candidates, he said.

AIG spokesman Joe Norton told the Times that the
donations by subsidiaries, many of them in
sequentially ordered checks drawn from a common
account, are charged back to the subsidiaries. He said
AIG usually recommends the candidates to receive
donations.

The contributions in 2003 to Spitzer, the two-term
attorney general, were made before Spitzer
investigated AIG and its then CEO, Maurice "Hank''
Greenberg. AIG, one of the world's largest insurance
companies, announced in February that it would pay
$1.64 billion (euro1.3 billion) to resolve allegations
that it used deceptive accounting practices to mislead
investors and regulatory agencies.

The settlement did not cover Greenberg, who resigned
in March 2005 and is fighting Spitzer in court.

Another major concern of Common Cause is companies
that are organized as limited liability corporations.
The LLCs aren't subject to the $5,000 (euro3,951)
corporate limit, but instead are treated as
individuals and may contribute as much as $50,100
(euro39,592) to a candidate.

"Both loopholes are just another example of how New
York campaign finance law is almost completely
useless,'' said Common Cause's Liam Arbetman.

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Re: AIG's connection to drugs and terrorism - written August 14, 2001!!!
« Reply #30 on: September 16, 2008, 01:37:54 pm »
Kroll Associates, Inc   
http://911review.org/Sept11Wiki/KrollAssociates,Inc.shtml

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Kroll Associates, a security consultant firm, which was renamed to Kroll Inc. in August 2001, started in New York City in 1972. In December 1997, Kroll merged with armored car manufacturer O'Gara-Hess & Eisenhardt to form The Kroll-O'Gara Company.
http://www.krollworldwide.com

O'Gara is responsible for the security of all US-Presidents since 1945. However the background of Kroll is very interesting, too:
In 1993, Maurice Greenberg's American International Group (AIG ->), became co-owner of the "private spy agency",
Kroll Associates, as a result of rescuing Kroll from bankruptcy with a cash infusion.

Kroll was notorious during the 1980s as the "CIA of Wall Street" due to the prevalence of former CIA, FBI, Scotland Yard, British secret service and British Special Air Service men Kroll employed for corporate espionage in takeover bids, as well as for destabilization of foreign nations. (See Greenberg , Maurice)

Maurice Greenberg was deeply involved in chinese trade in the 80s, where Henry Kissinger was one of his representatives.
In the China trade, Greenberg became very close to Shaul Eisenberg, the leader of the Asian section of the Israeli intelligence service Mossad, and agent for the sales of sophisticated military equipment to the Chinese military. Maurice Raymond Greenberg was born in New York City May 4, 1925, the son of Jacob Greenberg and Ada (Rheingold) Greenberg.

The young man adopted the nickname "Hank" to make people think of a popular American baseball player with the name, Hank Greenberg. Greenberg served in the U.S. Army in the Korea conflict. He joined the insurance firm, Continental Casualty Co., in 1952. Continental executive J. Milburn Smith recommended Greenberg to the C.V. Starr insurance / spy organization, which made Greenberg its vice president in 1960, its president and CEO in 1967, and its chairman, succeeding Starr, in 1969. From 1988 to 1995, Greenberg was a director of the New York Federal Reserve bank this branch of the system is the main instrument through which Federal Reserve chiefs and the Bank of England traditionally execute their U.S. political-economic policy.

Greenberg was deputy chairman of the New York Fed in 1992 and 1993, and New York Fed chairman in 1994 and 1995. During 1996, while Greenberg was deputy chairman of the Council on Foreign Relations (See Cfr), he chaired the CFR task force on intelligence, which published "Making Intelligence Smarter: The future of U.S. Intelligence." This report mostly served to exhibit Greenberg's access to the intelligence community; but he parlayed it into a nomination by Senator Arlen Specter and others, for Greenberg to be Director of the Cia.

Greenberg has used his connections to covert intelligence, supranational institutions, private bankers and speculators, and his huge global cash inflow, to shape a unique personal empire. Since 1997, Frank G. Wisner, Jr., has been a board member of Kroll , and is currently Greenberg's Deputy Chairman for External Affairs. Wisner's father was a founder of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, who killed himself over the scandal from his being duped by British-Soviet masterspy Kim Philby. Frank Wisner, Jr., is a director of the George Bush-linked energy giant Enron (a client for whom AIG negotiated payments from Peru over nationalization of Enron operations).

In the early 1990s, Miami-based private investigator Lou Polumbo joined Kroll Associates. According to sources in the industry, Polumbo brought with him a personal history of involvement with the Medallin and other South American narcotics cartels; his business included helping relocate some of the capabilities of these cartels out of Colombia. The deal to bring Polumbo into Kroll was worked out by Avram Shalom, the former head of Israel's Shin Beth secret police. Shalom went to work for Kroll; he had been fired as Shin Beth boss due to a scandalous massacre of Palestinians in the Israel-occupied territories by his Shin Beth agents.
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« Reply #31 on: September 16, 2008, 01:41:24 pm »
EliteWatch 911 has all of the board of directors at AIG and all of the connections to other institutions.  I have posted just Greenberg's but check out the rest...


AIG
http://elitewatch.911review.org/AIG.html
Board of Directors

Maurice R. Greenberg* Chairman & CEO   
Howard I. Smith Vice-Chairman of the board
M. Bernard Aidinoff*   
Eli Broad   
Pei-Yuan Chia
Marshall A. Cohen   
Barber B. Conable, Jr   
Robert L. Crandall
Martin S Feldstein   
Ellen V. Futter   
Carla A. Hills
Frank J. Hoenemeyer*   
Richard C. Holbrooke   
Edward E. Matthews*
Martin J. Sullivan   
Thomas R. Tizzo*   
Edmund S. W. Tse
Jay S. Wintrob   
Frank G. Wisner   
Frank G. Zarb*
* - member of the executive committee

 

 
Maurice R. Greenberg

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, AIG

76 years old

#106 on Forbes Worlds Richest People

Net Worth: $3.4 bil

Mr Greenberg is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of American International Group, Inc. (AIG), a leading global insurance and financial services organization operating in 130 countries and jurisdictions worldwide (click here for history of the company). He was President and Chief Executive Officer of AIG from 1967 to 1989, when he became Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Mr Greenberg joined AIG in 1960 and was elected President of its American Home Assurance Company subsidiary in 1962.

Mr Greenberg served in the U.S. Army in Europe during World War II and in the Korean conflict, rising to the rank of Captain. He is a recipient of the Bronze Star. He received his pre-law certificate from the University of Miami and an LL.B. from New York Law School in 1950. He was admitted to the New York Bar in 1953. He has been granted honorary degrees from a number of institutions, including New York Law School, Brown University and Middlebury College.

He is the Former Chairman, Deputy Chairman and Director of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York

Within the AIG Group, he is President, Chief Execurtive Officer and Director of C.V. Starr and Co., Inc. He is also a Director of Starr International Company, Inc. ('SICO'), private holding companies, and a Director of International Lease Finance Corporation ('ILFC') (a wholly owned subsidiary of AIG).

Chairman of the Board for Transatlantic Holdings

Member of the President's Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations (ACTPN)

Member of the Corporate Accountablility & Listing Standards Committee of the NYSE

 

Honorary Vice Chairman of the Council on Foreign Relations

Member of the Trilateral Commission

Member of The Bilberberg Group (attendee of 1991 meeting)

Former Vice Chairman, Center for Strategic and International Studies

Chairman of The Nixon Center

Chairman of The Starr Foundation

Vice Chairman of the US-ASEAN Business Council

Founding Chairman of the US - Phillipine Business Committee

Director of the United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA)

Director of the Institute for International Economics

Director of the Atlantic Council of the United States

Trustee of the United States Council for International Business

Trustee Emeriti of the Rockefeller University

Member of the Hong Kong Chief Executive’s Council of International Advisors

Director of The National Committee on United States-China Relations

Director of the US-China Business Council

Member of the Business Roundtable

Trustee of the Manhattan Institute

Trustee of the Asia Society

Chairman of the Congressional Economic Leadership Institute

Chairman of the Starr Foundation

Director of the John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Honorary Trustee of the Business Council for International Understanding

Member of CECP (Corporate Philanthropy for a New Century)

Member of The National Coalition on Asia and International Studies in the Schools

Patron of the American Australian Association

Board of Overseers of Weill Medical College of Cornell University

Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Trustees of New York-Presbyterian Hospital

Life Trustee of the New York University

Director of Project HOPE

 

Bush “Pioneer” (raised $100,000 + for his 2000 Presidential election campaign)

Sept. 19th 2002: Awarded “Civil Society Vision Award” from the American Friends of the Czech Republic.

2001: Awarded “Person of the Year” by the Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce

Awarded `The Eisenhower Service to Democracy Awards’ from The American Assembly

2002: Awarded the “Albert Gallatin Medal” by New York University

 

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Re: AIG's connection to drugs and terrorism - written August 14, 2001!!!
« Reply #32 on: September 16, 2008, 01:44:24 pm »
HARD DRIVES OF 911 AND AIG!



Whatever happened to the WTC HARD-DRIVE recoveries?
www.libertyforum.org/showflat.php%3FCat%3D%26Board%3Dnews_crime%26Number%3D1245955%26page%3D%26view%3D%26sb%3D%26o%3D%26vc%3D1%26t%3D-1+CV+Starr+CIA&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=39&gl=us

Quote:
PIRMASENS, Germany (Reuters) - German computer experts are working
round the clock to unlock the truth behind an unexplained surge in
financial transactions made just before two hijacked planes crashed
into New York's World Trade Center on September 11.

Were criminals responsible for the sharp rise in credit card
transactions that moved through some computer systems at the WTC
shortly before the planes hit the twin towers?

Or was it coincidence that unusually large sums of money, perhaps
more than $100 million, were rushed through the computers as the
disaster unfolded?

A world leader in retrieving data, German-based firm Convar is trying
to answer those questions and help credit card companies,
telecommunications firms and accountants in New York recover their
records from computer hard drives that have been partially damaged by
fire, water or fine dust…. – here


Quote:
The CONVAR data salvage has made it completely clear that more than $100 million in insider credit card transactions took place in the hours and minutes before the twin towers collapsed. The mainframe computers in the towers processed these transactions; and the credit card data would have been lost forever had it not been for the successful data reconstruction of the CONVAR specialists.

A German company, CONVAR of Pirmasens near the French border, was given more than 400 computer hard drives from the wreckage of the World Trade Center. These are extremely sensitive computer components that went through the collapse of the World Trade Center. Using blue laser technology, CONVAR succeeded in reconstructing all the data from the computer debris.This includes diverse financial data and telecommunication protocols up to a few seconds before the collapse of each tower. (Source: e-mail from CONVAR Germany on October 16, 2003.) The U.S. government’s blatant lie about the allegedly missing black boxes is outright made ludicrous by this fact.

The reconstructed data was given by CONVAR to the FBI. The FBI was held by law to investigate, based on the reconstructed data, who placed the inside transactions.
The FBI is doing no such thing. – here


Quote:
GFP would like to inform, that in June 2002, Ontrack/Convar was aquired by Kroll Inc. (Kroll O'gara Eisenhardt), which has strong with the US Government. One of their former employees, Jerome Hauer, organised a security job for ex-FBI anti-terror chief John O'Neill in the Twin Towers, where he died on Sep11th. – here and here


Quote:
Kroll O’ Gara Eisenhardt is one of the oldest security companies in the United States and, some say, responsible for every U.S. President since the end of WW2. What does an upstanding, powerful company like Kroll do in its spare time? Why it trains local forces in Saudi Arabia, of course!

One partner of Kroll, Cable & Wireless provides training in Counter-Terrorism and Urban Warfare in Saudi Arabia. In August 2001, former Kroll employee, Jerome Hauer, arranged a security job in the Twin Towers for FBI Agent John O’Neill. At the time, O’Neill had been investigating ENRON’s business deals with the Taliban and was subsequently pulled from that investigation. Neither Kroll nor Hauer was asked to testify about this coincidence. – here


Jerry Hauer has been around a bit – Batelle, Dyncorp, SAIC (note DAVID KAY’S (of Iraq WMD fame) MENTION of him – here)

Look at the interesting resume of the president and chief executive officer of Kroll Inc. -- Michael G. Cherkasky --
Quote:
He is a former chief of the Investigations Division for the New York County District Attorney's Office where he investigated fraud, corruption, money laundering, organized crime figures such as John Gotti, and the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center. – here


And look at this interesting history & connections:
Quote:
Kroll Associates, a security consultant firm, which was renamed to Kroll Inc. in August 2001, started in New York City in 1972. In December 1997, Kroll merged with armored car manufacturer O'Gara-Hess & Eisenhardt to form The Kroll-O'Gara Company.

O'Gara is responsible for the security of all US-Presidents since 1945. However the background of Kroll is very interesting, too:

In 1993, Maurice Greenberg's American International Group (AIG ->), became co-owner of the "private spy agency", Kroll Associates, as a result of rescuing Kroll from bankruptcy with a cash infusion. Kroll was notorious during the 1980s as the "CIA of Wall Street" due to the prevalence of former CIA, FBI, Scotland Yard, British secret service and British Special Air Service men Kroll employed for corporate espionage in takeover bids, as well as for destabilization of foreign nations. (See Greenberg,Maurice) Maurice Greenberg was deeply involved in chinese trade in the 80s, where Henry Kissinger was one of his representatives. In the China trade, Greenberg became very close to Shaul Eisenberg, the leader of the Asian section of the Israeli intelligence service Mossad, and agent for the sales of sophisticated military equipment to the Chinese military. Maurice Raymond Greenberg was born in New York City May 4, 1925, the son of Jacob Greenberg and Ada (Rheingold) Greenberg. The young man adopted the nickname "Hank" to make people think of a popular American baseball player with the name, Hank Greenberg. Greenberg served in the U.S. Army in the Korea conflict. He joined the insurance firm, Continental Casualty Co., in 1952. Continental executive J. Milburn Smith recommended Greenberg to the C.V. Starr insurance/spy organization, which made Greenberg its vice president in 1960, its president and CEO in 1967, and its chairman, succeeding Starr, in 1969. From 1988 to 1995, Greenberg was a director of the New York Federal Reserve bank - this branch of the system is the main instrument through which Federal Reserve chiefs and the Bank of England traditionally execute their U.S. political-economic policy. Greenberg was deputy chairman of the New York Fed in 1992 and 1993, and New York Fed chairman in 1994 and 1995. During 1996, while Greenberg was deputy chairman of the Council on Foreign Relations (See Cfr, he chaired the CFR task force on intelligence, which published "Making Intelligence Smarter: The future of U.S. Intelligence." This report mostly served to exhibit Greenberg's access to the intelligence community; but he parlayed it into a nomination by Senator Arlen Specter and others, for Greenberg to be Director of the Cia
Greenberg has used his connections to covert intelligence, supranational institutions, private bankers and speculators, and his huge global cash inflow, to shape a unique personal empire. Since 1997, Frank G. Wisner, Jr., has been a board member of Kroll , and is currently Greenberg's Deputy Chairman for External Affairs. Wisner's father was a founder of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, who killed himself over the scandal from his being duped by British-Soviet masterspy Kim Philby. Frank Wisner, Jr., is a director of the George Bush-linked energy giant Enron (a client for whom AIG negotiated payments from Peru over nationalization of Enron operations).

In the early 1990s, Miami-based private investigator Lou Polumbo joined Kroll Associates. According to sources in the industry, Polumbo brought with him a personal history of involvement with the Medallin and other South American narcotics cartels; his business included helping relocate some of the capabilities of these cartels out of Colombia. The deal to bring Polumbo into Kroll was worked out by Avram Shalom, the former head of Israel's Shin Beth secret police. Shalom went to work for Kroll; he had been fired as Shin Beth boss due to a scandalous massacre of Palestinians in the Israel-occupied territories by his Shin Beth agents. – here
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AIG's connection to Mohammed Atta and 9/11 Terrorists!!!!!!!!
« Reply #33 on: September 16, 2008, 01:49:38 pm »
AIG and Mohammed Atta

(What the f**k?!?!?!?!)

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CLOSE ASSOCIATE OF MOHAMED ATTA
SURFACES IN SOUTH PACIFIC
http://www.madcowprod.com/09152006.html
WORLD EXCLUSIVE
Sept 15, 2006--Venice,FL.
by Daniel Hopsicker    






One of Mohamed Atta's closest associates in Florida before the 9/11 attack today carries a chest on his yacht filled with several million dollars in new bills, automatic weapons, passports from a half-dozen nations, and works for a major international Mobster.

Wolfgang Bohringer, a German pilot, identified by Atta’s one-time girlfriend Amanda Keller as one of Mohamed Atta’s closest associates in Florida during the run-up to the 9.11 attack, and one of the handful of people the terrorist ringleader called “my brother,” recently resurfaced on a tiny island in the South Pacific, in the Republic of Kiribati.

There he announced his intention to set up a flight school on Fanning Island, almost a thousand miles south of Hawaii and one of the most remote places on Earth. Bohringer plans to teach pilots how to fly DC3’s, the 70-year old aviation workhorse frequently used in weapons and drug smuggling.

The island has no electricity, and a population of barely one hundred souls. While it hardly seems an ideal place for a flight school, the remote location and lack of official scrutiny may make it ideal for something.

Bohringer, accompanied by a woman he reportedly met over the Internet named Ana Maria Uhr, almost immediately aroused suspicion, after he announced plans for a flight school training what local citizens suspected would be an assortment of smugglers and mercenaries to fly DC3’s.

Alarmed local residents contacted The MadCowMorningNews about the German pilot, offering new details which prompted us to take a closer look at him as a possible link to the elusive global network which British Prime Minister Tony Blair, two weeks after 9/11, said had assisted the terrorist hijackers.

Mohamed Atta & the 'Pirate of Prague' During the same period Wolfgang Bohringer was hanging out with Mohamed Atta, Bohringer was the personal pilot of a notorious Czech Mobster named Victor Kozeny, who is known as the ‘Pirate of Prague.' Kozeny owns a private island in the Bahamas, travels on an Irish passport, and is currently fighting extradition to the U.S. on charges of massive financial fraud and allegedly paying multi-million dollar bribes to government officials in the Republic of Azerbaijan in an effort to take-over that oil-rich country’s State Oil Company.

After defrauding thousands of people around the world while traveling on an Irish passport, including the chairman of the Northern Ireland peace talks, Senator George Mitchell, Kozeny sought refuge in the Bahamas.

Bohringer had opened a flight school in Naples, Florida in 1996, illegal for a foreigner. But he hadn't gotten in any trouble with the FAA.

Perhaps his association as the personal pilot for a major Eastern European Mafia figure named Victor Kozeny had helped. Kozeny is the subject of investigations by the FBI and US Customs, and was recently charged in the U.S. with stealing $182 million dollars by the Manhattan District Attorney.

Bohringer moved to Atlanta to began a position as corporate pilot in February 1, 2001, according to his online bio, for a software company called HBOC. No doubt it is just a coincidence, or dashed bad luck, but Bohringer's new employer was involved in a major accounting scandal which cost shareholders $9 billion of lost value in a single day.
 
A Czech Mobster with an Irish Passport in the Bahamas


“HBOC was found to be a mob bust-out,” a financial analyst emailed us.

Kozeny, we were shocked to discover, had at some point in the mid-90's controlled one-third of the entire Czechoslovakian economy. "Kozeny bought factories and 'rides' on pipelines, meaning they crossed land he owned and paid big for the privilege."

With his ill-gotten gains, Kozeny tried to buy off top officials in the former Soviet Republic of Azerbaijan to gain control of that country's state-owned oil company. One man already convicted in the scheme, Hans Bodmer, belonged to a network of Russian oligarchs, one of whom, Pyotr Aven, has been accused by a Russian corruption task force of being engaged in drug trafficking.

Kozeny's partners in the Azeri scheme included a managing director of Hank Greenburg's American Insurance Group (AIG). Greenberg was forced to step down amid the Eliot Spitzer probe, a scandal, it is rumored, which involved a major Bush family and associates' international money-laundering operation that has spanned more than a generation and has been used to illegally fund US elections since the Nixon era.

AIG was founded from Asia Life/CV Starr, a Shanghai-based international import/export and insurance firm founded in 1919 by Cornelius V. Starr, an Office of Strategic Services (OSS) operative in Southeast Asia during World War II. Clinton antagonist Kenneth Starr is his nephew.

Currently Kozeny is awaiting extradition to the U.S. from the Bahamas. A prosecutor there  revealed in court that Kozeny possesses an astonishing number of passports, including six from Ireland alone. "He appears to be able to produce foreign passports at will," stated the prosecutor.
 
The Atlanta Connection?

Atta and Al Shehhi flew or drove to Atlanta on several occasions during the month of February 2001. To meet with Wolfgang? On two of those visits, Atta rented a plane, the first with a pilot, the second unescorted, and visited an area of Tennessee where he observed a dam, and several nuclear fuel production facilities.

On his yacht, the “Argos,” Bohringer was carrying a chest filled with “stacks of brand new hundred dollar bills, more money that I have ever seen in my life,” wrote one local resident.

Like his former boss, Bohringer is no slouch in the passport department...Aboard Wolfgang's yacht were passports from a half-dozen nations, and a cache of firearms, including a Glock. He claimed to be an arms dealer, and acknowledged his involvement with Eastern European Mobsters. Bohringer also reportedly admitted knowing Mohamed Atta, but stating to several islanders that another German pilot in Naples, Rex Gasteiger, was to blame for linking him to 9/11.

Soon several residents quietly reported surprisingly-deep suspicions to local authorities. "To me Wolfgang is carrying dirty money, lots of it,” wrote one.

"If he can gets a flight school going it does not take a stretch of the imagination to see he would sell it to some else who sells it to someone else and Honolulu gets vaporized. He seems to know the money tree and could be working to set things up for others to do so and so has been funded to do so.”

Locals on Fanning Island sent us the pictures of Wolfgang in this story.

Worried about "the 9/11 thing"

"A month before Wolfgang left with his boat he met Ana on the internet. He sent tickets and credit card for her to meet him in Paris. He would take her as crew on a round the world trip. First stop Hawaii. But when they were a day out of Hawaii he informed her they were sailing to another island and not stopping at Hawaii."

“My friend crewed with them to Samoa, and on the trip he found Wolfgang liked having his picture taken,” one local resident wrote us.

On the trip Ana confided she was really worried about Wolfgang. He seemed to running from something. So she told him what she’d read about him on the internet about the 9/11 thing."

"Wolfgang alleviated my concerns with simple explanations about an unhappy business partnership with the guy who bought his flight school,” the resident wrote. “But, it was clear he hated Jews. He told some very bad jokes about ovens, Jews, bread, and blacks."

We compared the new pictures with what Amanda Keller had told us about Wolfgang. She called Bohringer “The Iceman,” she said, because of his resemblance to a character in the movie “Top Gun,” the rival to Tom Cruise played by Val Kilmer. And indeed, the resemblance is remarkably close.

Keller also said Wolfgang won a lottery to get his green card. The locals on Fanning Island report that Bohringer told them that story too. So clearly Amanda Keller had known Bohringer.

Her testimony has once again proven correct, as it also was when she told of helping Atta move from Deep Creek, part of the recently-incorporated town of North Port. Documents made public after the Moussaoui trial show Atta was sending faxes from a Postal Express in Deep Creek on March 11, 2001, at exactly the time Amanda Keller says he was there.

Fibbers Bureau of Investigation

The Moussaoui trial produced the largest trove of government documents about the hijackers' South Florida movements. The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press was instrumental in the release of many of those court documents. The FBI fought them every step of the way.

Now we know why. The documents prove they’ve been lying.

“Him (Atta)and Wolfgang drove around in the red convertible a lot,” she said. “Their favorite place to eat was Hooters in Sarasota. They got kicked out of Hooters for grabbing their boobs.”

“He spoke German with Wolfgang, who was in his thirties. Wolfgang was with Mohamed when he came by the nursing home to see me one time. Mohamed called certain people—Arabic people—‘my brother.’ And I was wondering how he had so many family members. Like gang members do, ‘this is my brother,’” she said.

“But not all Arabs. So it wasn’t like just anyone Muslim was his brother. He called Wolfgang and Juergen ‘my brother,’ too. He and Wolfgang were very tight, they went everywhere together. When he came into the picture they were together all the time.”

Turn left at the Maldives

The story of Wolfgang’s life to date is studded, according to people we spoke with who knew him, with activities considerably out of the ordinary. While sailing around the world on a 47-foot yacht, for example, instead of crossing the Indian Ocean from the coast of Africa on a direct line, he took a “detour” to Bombay, where he met his wife Sujita.

He was one of the first of the ‘German element’ to arrive in Florida, in 1996, when he opened a flight school in Naples. Prior to arriving in Naples he was associated with an organization called “The Flying Club of Munich,” in Augsburg, Germany.

In Spring 2002, he became a naturalized U.S. citizen.

Like Rudi Dekkers, Wolfgang was notorious in aviation circles for bad behavior. We found records of his scrapes in the files of airport authorities in Florida, including a letter sent by a former employee soliciting to offer private flight instruction at his Wolf Aero, Bohringer's flight school, without authority and in violation of FAA rules was in the airport records in Naples.

“Wolfgang showed up from Munich in the mid-1990’s and immediately began operating a flight school illegally,” stated Naples flight instructor Marcus Huber, a flight instructor in Naples. “He’s half Swiss, half German.”

A  "Hall Pass" from the FAA

Like Rudi Dekkers, Wolfgang also seems to have had a “hall pass” from federal authorities, which embittered other foreign flight trainers not similarly well-connected.

“When Wolfgang applied for an E-2 Visa, he made up a fake company, a cleaning service,” Huber told us. “Sometimes it makes me mad that a criminal gets preference.”

In the wake of the Sept 11 disaster, U.S. officials repeatedly promised explanations. But it was left to British Prime Minister Tony Blair to sketch out the Cliff notes version of the case against Bin Laden. He said, "Al Qaeda is a terrorist organization with ties to a global network."

Almost five years after Tony Blair first told the world that a “global network” provided assistance to the terrorist hijackers while they were in the U.S., what is happening on a tiny island in the South Pacific may point towards the international organization in question.

"You have a network of people who obtain certain information and... sell it to whomever would be the highest bidder," explained Sibel Edmonds, former FBI translator, who was muzzled by U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft, who went to the Supreme Court to ensure her silence about... something.

"There are certain points where you have your drug-related activities combined with money laundering and information laundering, converging with your terrorist activities... Post-9/11 intelligence 'failures' include the willful quashing by the Government of investigations tracing these criminal networks."

Why no push to find the Germans?

Atta's German buddy Bohringer works for a global network. Did it assist Atta and the terrorist hijackers? Was there a connection between the larger organization, or network, behind gangster financier Victor Kozeny, and that of the terrorists in Florida plotting to kill Americans on the 11th of September in 2001? 

Amanda Keller was not the only eyewitness quoted mentioning Atta’s German associates. Atta’s landlord for a brief week told reporters about a wild 3-day weekend Amanda and Atta spent in Key West, along with another girl named Linda.

“The two girls were introduced to two men from Germany that they said were Mohamed’s friends,” Tony LaConca told the Charlotte Sun-Herald.

When we first learned that all of Atta’s associates in Florida had not been Arab, we were understandably eager to learn more about the terrorist ringleaders’ two German friends.

Sun-Herald reporter Elaine Allen-Emrich had apparently felt the same way...
"The FBI in Tampa would neither confirm nor deny that any agents were interviewing people in the North Port area,” she reported.

“Asked for more information about Atta’s wild weekend, an FBI spokesperson identified only as ‘Pam’ said, “We recommend that you check in with CNN for current information. Any press statements can be found on televised stations like CNN.”

We went looking for ourselves. The results are in “Welcome to TERRORLAND.

We didn’t feel like “checking in with CNN.”
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AIG - Cooking the Insurance Books (from 2004)
« Reply #34 on: September 16, 2008, 01:53:10 pm »
Cooking the Insurance Books
http://www.corpwatch.org/article.php?id=11657&printsafe=1
A Decade of Lax Regulation Lays Groundwork for Scandal

by Lucy Komisar, Special to CorpWatch
November 17th, 2004


In October, New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer filed suit against the world’s largest insurance broker, Marsh, accusing it of rigging bids and receiving kickbacks in order to defraud clients such as other corporations, city governments, school districts and individuals of billions of dollars through inflated premiums.

“Greedy trial lawyers were the usual excuse for premium increases. Now we know that greedy corporations also have a starring role," Spitzer said, accusing several insurance companies as co-conspirators in making phony or inflated bids and paying kickbacks to the brokerage to get business.

Spitzer also announced that two executives from the insurance conglomerate American International Group (AIG) had already confessed to related criminal charges. But his investigations into AIG may have only scratched the surface. A paper trail stretching back a decade reveals that AIG used offshore shell companies to skirt the law.

The current scam which Spitzer has uncovered works like this: Marsh, an insurance broker, is supposed to find the best insurance policies for its clients from a wide range of companies. Instead it steered the policies to companies such as AIG that agreed to pay kickbacks. It solicited phony competitive bids for insurance contracts to deceive customers into thinking there was real competition for their business. Marsh made $800 million on kickbacks in 2003 alone – over half its $1.5 billion profit. With a 40-percent share of the global insurance brokerage market, its fraud drove up prices for everyone.

AIG announced that its senior managers were not aware of the bid-rigging. But the family ties of three of the alleged co-conspirators make the claim hard to believe. The head of the Marsh brokerage was Jeffrey Greenberg, 53, the head of AIG is his father Maurice (Hank) Greenberg. A former AIG staffer told CorpWatch, "Greenberg is legendary as a hands-on person. Nothing happens in the company without him dealing with it. He knows the names of the elevator operators.”

Another accused collaborator is Hank's other son, Evan, 49 who just happens to run ACE Ltd., another of the companies allegedly involved in the complex scam.

Jeffery has resigned in disgrace, but so far the family patriarch is holding onto his executive seat. During a conference call with investors, he said, "I have never discussed business with Jeff or with Evan. . . . We get together on a very rare occasion. But we never discuss business. We play tennis occasionally." Still, fallout from the scandal has already cut $24 billion from AIG's $150 billion market capitalization and knocked 12 percent off its stock price.


American International Group

Hank Greenberg runs the world's second largest financial conglomerate and the largest underwriter of commercial and industrial insurance. Last year, AIG reported net income of $10 billion. It has $648 billion in assets, a market value of $195 billion, $77 billion in sales and $6.5 billion in annual profits. It has operations in 130 countries and nearly 77,000 employees. It ranks third on Forbes' list of the world’s biggest companies, after Citigroup, and General Electric.

AIG is a public company. Its largest single shareholder with 13.62 percent of AIG stock is Starr International Company (SICO), a private company headquartered in the tax haven of Bermuda. Greenberg owns 21.86 percent of SICO. Forbes says Greenberg has a net-worth of $3.6 billion, making him the world’s 132nd richest man. Greenberg was elected AIG president in 1962, CEO in 1967 and chairman in 1989.

Though it is an American company listed on the New York Stock Exchange, AIG makes extensive use of offshore jurisdictions such as Barbados, Bermuda and Luxembourg that are immune from U.S. regulatory and tax scrutiny. They help the company launder profits to evade U.S. taxes and hide insider connections in supposedly "arms-length" deals. This is especially important as the company has moved into financial services and asset management, handling the wealth of “high net-worth” clients -- the mega-rich.

Greenberg has enviable political clout, never so much in evidence as when, with the help of Henry Kissinger -- chair of AIG's international advisory committee and a paid consultant via Kissinger Associates – AIG became in 1995, the first company licensed to sell insurance in China. AIG was the only foreign firm that owned 100 percent of its license there.

The American International Group at its origins was linked to the OSS (Office of Strategic Services) the forerunner of the CIA. It grew from the Asia Life/C. V. Starr companies founded by Cornelius Starr who started his insurance empire in Shanghai in 1919, the first westerner to market insurance in China.

Starr served with the OSS during World War II, and the Starr Corporation, located in the same building as the OSS in New York, provided intelligence on shipping, manufacturing and industrial bombing targets in Asia and Germany. The companies' biggest shareholder was Starr International Company (SICO), a private holding company incorporated in offshore Panama and with principal executive offices in offshore Bermuda, to avoid U.S. regulation and taxes. Starr left Greenberg a large block of Starr International stock.

Lax Regulators Give AIG a Free Pass
At Spitzer’s press conference, New York State Insurance Superintendent Gregory V. Serio said: "This has gone from an inquiry into failure to disclose compensation to an active investigation of bid rigging and improper steering. This certainly proves the adage that where there is smoke, there is fire." But AIG’s comportment could not have been much of a surprise to Serio, who was New York’s deputy insurance superintendent in the late 90s. That’s when New York and three other states gave the powerful company a pass on some very questionable practices. If they had paid attention to the smoke then, perhaps this billion-dollar fire wouldn’t have ignited.

In the late 90s, four state insurance departments New York, Delaware, Pennsylvania and California were aware that AIG was moving debt off its books via the use of an offshore shell company it secretly set up and controlled. But despite clear evidence of wrongdoing, no sanctions were ordered.

Insurance companies normally insure themselves by laying off part of their risk to reinsurance companies, so if a claim comes in above a certain amount, the reinsurance company will pay it. Insurance companies use re-insurers to reduce some of their risk and because state laws require them to keep a certain amount of capital available to pay out claims. If they have reinsurance, that amount can drop. If they have enough good reinsurance, they get a credit for that against their losses. The reinsurer, of course, has to be an independent company; the risk isn't reduced if it's just moved to another division of the same company.

In the mid-80s, two of AIG's reinsurers failed. The bankruptcy liquidators paid creditors, including AIG, over several years but meanwhile the amount owed was liable to show up as unacceptably high levels of debt on the AIG books.

Trevor Jones, an insurance investigator who for 20 years has run Insurance Security Services in London, explained, "Hank [Greenberg] decided to set up Coral Re [a reinsurance company] to move the debts he couldn’t claim as assets into this other company… No other real company would play ball, because you are fiddling the accounts, moving your bad debts off your books."

So AIG went to elaborate lengths to set up a shell company in Barbados, where capital requirements and regulation was minimal compared to the U.S., where American regulators couldn’t readily discover AIG's involvement and where, as an added incentive, it could move money out of reach of U.S. taxes. Some high-level corporate executives were persuaded to front for a company into which AIG could "cede" insurance.


Goldman Sachs and Robert Rubin
Coral Re, a Barbados reinsurance company, was launched with a private sale of shares organized by Goldman Sachs, then headed by Robert Rubin, who would become President Clinton's Treasury Secretary and is now chairman of the executive committee of Citigroup. A confidential memorandum, (which Goldman Sachs ordered investors not to copy and to return on demand) told why the company was formed. "AIG's interest in creating the Company is to create a reinsurance facility which will permit its U.S. companies to write more U.S. premiums. For a U.S.-domiciled company, a high level of surplus is required to support insurance premiums in accordance with U.S. statutory requirements. The statutory requirements in Barbados are less restrictive."

A no-risk deal was offered by Goldman Sachs to selected investors who lent their names and credibility in exchange for guaranteed return of $25,125 in the first year and $45,225 each subsequent year. They were L. Donald Horne, chairman of Mennen Company; Charles Locke, chairman of Morton Thiokol; Kenneth Pontikes, former chairman of Comdisco; David Reynolds, chairman of Reynolds Metals; John Richman, former chairman of Kraft; and Samuel Zell, chairman of Itel Corporation. They didn’t have to put up any money: they got financing from Sanwa Bank of Chicago secured by the Coral Re shares, a guarantee of enough dividends from Coral Re to cover the interest, and agreement they could hand off the shares and debt whenever they chose.

Rubin buddy Bill Clinton, then governor of Arkansas, may also have thrown his weight behind the project. The Arkansas Finance and Development Authority (ADFA), headed by a man who went to work in the Clinton White House, became lead investor, although state law banned it from buying stocks.

The new company was not a legitimately independent business. For investors, there was no money at risk; the board of directors never made a decision; and Coral Re had no office of its own but was managed by American International Management, a subsidiary of none other than AIG.

Eventually, the scheme unraveled. State insurance examiners look at company books every five years. "In 1992, Delaware examiners auditing Lexington [an AIG subsidiary] smelled a rat," a former regulator from one of the four investigating insurance departments told CorpWatch.

AIG initially refused to provide Coral Re documents to the examiners, and it took them a couple of years to nail the connection. When AIG finally supplied Coral Re's financial papers, the regulator was incredulous. He said, "The books were definitely cooked. I remember three years in a row [in the early 90s] their pretax income came out to an even number. It was like somebody said 'show $250,000 pretax income.' I've been looking at financials for 35 years and have never seen pretax numbers come out even." The figures were 1987 $1.1 million; 1988 $1.555 million; 1989 $0.8 million.

The Regulatory Record
The Delaware report on AIG, finally issued in October 1996, suggested that Coral Re "may be an affiliate" of AIG. It described how AIG played an integral role in the creation of Coral Re; that the purpose for creating Coral Re was to reinsure risks for AIG companies; that virtually all of Coral Re's business originated from AIG units; and that Coral Re was managed by AIG subsidiary American International Management Co. Ltd. It concluded that the arrangement with Coral Re did not transfer risk, and it had to come off the books.

AIG insisted, in the face of overwhelming evidence, that Coral was independent. The regulator told CorpWatch, "It's clear AIG formed that company. They denied it, because if they owned it, it would be affiliated and they would not be able to take credit for reinsurance. Delaware should have suspended them, but did nothing."

New York and Pennsylvania also investigated, had similar experiences with AIG stonewalling, and reached similar conclusions.

The New York report on three AIG companies said the deal with Coral Re was "window dressing" and didn't "transfer underwriting risk," so AIG shouldn't take credit for it. New York described an accounting slight-of-hand which mirrors what indicted Enron officials did to change loans into earnings. In 1991, AIG insurance companies borrowed $190 million from an affiliate, AIG Funding Inc., but reported the loan as a sale to AIG Funding of their accounts receivable, ie. the money owed them by Coral Re. Presto, a loan became revenue, and balance sheets showed no loss.

The Pennsylvania insurance department investigation also concluded, "There was no transfer of insurance risk."

The four states – Delaware, New York, Pennsylvania, and California – met in 1996 to coordinate their reports on AIG.

The Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) also looked into the matter. The regulator said, "The SEC came to me; they wanted to know if we were going to rule they were affiliated. Then there would be penalties, because if AIG was affiliated with Coral and they hadn't disclosed it in 10k filings, that’s a 'no-no' with the SEC."

It also would have been an issue for the Internal Revenue Service. If Coral Re was an AIG affiliate, it would have to pay taxes on its income. If it was "independent," that money came tax-free.

"But nobody had any guts; they wanted Delaware to say Coral Re is affiliated and use that to go after them. None of the agencies had the gumption to do it on their own," said the regulator. And AIG wasn’t shy about its tactics. He said, "In 1996, AIG hired a private investigator to check into the background of the chief examiner in Delaware. The investigator actually told the department he was looking at the chief examiner at the request of AIG. It was intimidation. And Delaware officials allowed it to happen."

A Delaware examiner told the regulator. "When you do something with this company, they make it so difficult for you, so people just let it go."

Delaware reported what it found but didn’t rule the companies were affiliated. “That would have meant hearings, endless hassles,” the regulator concluded. And real punishment for AIG.

The New York Insurance Department said the violations of New York law were not serious enough to warrant a fine. Besides, an official said, it was hard to prove "control" of an offshore company -- which, of course, is the reason for going offshore. The delays and stonewalling allowed AIG to use Coral Re for more than eight years. By the time it had to shut it down, it didn't need it anymore.

Things have gotten tougher for the company since the Enron affair caused the SEC to look more serious about corporate corruption. In the current climate, these regulatory agency findings would probably prompt investigations by State Attorneys General, perhaps they still could. Last year, AIG paid a $10 million fine to the SEC for helping the Indiana wireless telecom company Brightpoint commit accounting fraud. AIG marketed a "non-traditional" insurance product aimed at "income statement smoothing," spreading a loss over future reporting periods. The SEC called such financial products “just vehicles to commit financial fraud” and said the insurance giant refused to give it subpoenaed documents, compounding its misconduct. The U.S. Justice department is currently investigating but has yet to file criminal charges.

Business Insurance, a trade publication, editorialized on the timidity of regulators for giving AIG "little more than a tap on the wrist" in exchange for "a promise not to do it again." "The message delivered here is that a company of AIG's power and complexity can afford to be openly hostile to state oversight and, in the end, have things pretty much its own way. That is a disheartening message, indeed," wrote the magazine's editors.

AIG spokesman Andrew Silver told CorpWatch that “AIG was not involved in the offer and sale of Coral Re’s shares. That was done by Goldman Sachs, which approached potential investors with which it had relationships. AIG did not control or have an equity interest in Coral Re. The issue raised by the regulators was whether these transactions should be booked as a deposit account or an insurance account. The regulators concluded that real risk was transferred and that these transactions should be accounted for as insurance. AIG insurance subsidiaries eventually commuted their Coral Re reinsurance.”

Goldman Sachs failed to respond to inquiries about its role in setting up Coral Re.

Asked how AIG could say the regulators concluded that real risk was transferred when Pennsylvania stated clearly, "There was no transfer of insurance risk,” Silver declined to reply.

Lucy Komisar is an investigative journalist who is writing a book about offshore bank and corporate secrecy. She received research assistance on this report from the Arkansas Committee. The committee was started in 1990 by University of Arkansas students, who, suspicious that Arkansas Development Finance Authority was selling more bonds than it could use to finance state projects, demanded the agency's documents under the Freedom of Information Act. It fought the case to the Arkansas Supreme Court before it got the papers describing the AFDA deal to buy shares of Coral Re.
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AIG's connection to Whitewater, Mena, Drugs, Terrorism
« Reply #35 on: September 16, 2008, 02:01:18 pm »
Legal Opinion:

Criminal Presidents and the Law of the Opium Republic
http://www.cloakanddagger.de/media/Grossmann/Criminal_Presidents_Legal_Opinion.htm
By Dr. jur. Stefan Grossmann
www.gallerize.com, 8-8-5


A. INTRODUCTION

1.      The is a legal opinion based on my studies since the year 1990 of the laws and legal history of criminal prosecution in the United States of America. This is not written in the intention to slander, but it is written in the intention of describing the legal situation concerning the prosecution respectively non-prosecution of criminal presidents.

2.      The term „criminal presidents” applies to the U.S. presidents nr. 41, 42 and 43 (George H. W. Bush, William J. Clinton, George W. Bush) due to numerous reports of their alleged crimes. The term „opium republic” is applied to the U.S.A. in an effort to avoid the clichť „banana republic”.

3.      Specifically, the history of narcotics trade is intertwined with the history of the British Empire and its successor empire (Niall Ferguson), the American Empire. For the American empire, the basis of black finances in the narcotics trade is the subject of numerous learned books, reports and articles with undisputed and undenied detailed content, for example:

● McCoy, Alfred W., The Politics of Heroin, CIA Complicity in the Global Drug Trade, 2003 (history of secret drug wars and trade; with large bibliography)

● Stich, Rodney, Drugging America; and other books, at

http://www.defraudingamerica.com

As a result of these books and the numerous reports incorporated in them, we may suspect that George H. W. Bush has been for decades the world’s top drug lord and his successors in the office of president, Clinton and Bush Jr. are officers in the line of command of what some call the „Bush-Clinton Crime Syndicate”. In this line of thought, the possibly unelected President-Pretender in the White House is the grandson of a Hitler financier (Prescott Bush Sr.) and the son of the world’s top drug lord.

4.      There are specific reports about the deep involvement of (not only) American banks in the money laundering industry. Perhaps the largest such entity (in the successorship of BCCI) is AIG (American International Group), the world’s largest insurance conglomerate based in New York. See report by this author at

http://www.gallerize.com/Wall_Street_Terrorist.htm

including details how the criminal elite had its hands in profiteering in the magnitude of several billion dollars from its precise pre-knowledge of the staged inside terror attacks

(for this aspect, see the entire site http://www.gallerize.com)

on September 11, 2001.

B. THE AMERICAN COURTS OF PLUTOCRACY

5.      It is a carefully hidden secret of the legal profession to what great extent American district attorneys and judges (at the state and the federal levels) are dependent on fixers in the political establishment. Other cultures describe such structures with the word „corruption”. In other words, the notions of „independent courts” and the „rule of law” are not more than myths. The reality of the matter is that the „rule of law” derived from British legal theory has been subverted and perverted into a rule of thuggery and crime.

6.      The terrorism we are witnessing is synthetic and self-made by uncontrolled intelligence agencies and their myriad interconnections with global crime. See

● Tarpley, Webster G., 9/11 Synthetic Terror, Terror Made In USA, The Myth of the 21st Century, 2005

7.      The seedbed for terrorism is the terroristic perversion of law into crime in the American Empire. This is a seedbed that has been carefully cultivated by legions of treacherous lawyers for over a century.

8.      The procedural principle behind the law of the opium republic is „plea bargaining” and the right of the prosecutor to „nol pros” (i.e. to not prosecute) crimes. The prosecution of crimes is highly selective, targeting minorities and drug end users and protecting the governing elite and global drug pushers such as, reportedly, Carlyle Group and the alleged Bush-Clinton Crime Syndicate.

9.      The entire system of appointments, promotions and loyalties is 100% politically controlled. There is to all practical effect no controlling independent decision-making personnel in the court systems of the U.S.A. including the highest court, the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D. C.

10.    Since its creation in 1870 under President Grant during that ultra-Republican era, the U.S. Justice Department has had the partisan function of a private law firm in the disguise of a public agency working for the benefit of the ruling moneyed elite. This role first became manifest to history during the period of the great strikes that lasted until President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s „New Deal”.

11.    This was a now mostly forgotten period when the U.S.A. was torn in a bloody class war lasting for decades almost like South Africa was more recently torn by apartheid. It was the time of forging the high plutocracy as America’s governing force behind the curtain of ancient democracy. The result were the present American courts of plutocracy with secret strings and trap doors – not in the books.

C. HOW THE INDEPENDENT COUNSEL WAS THWARTED

12.    The partisan plutocrat role of the U.S. Justice Department persists until today and has merely grown more and more extreme, to the point of subverting the U.S. Constitution through the legal back door of protecting insidious and treasonable government crime in the highest places.

13.    The plutocracy itself has gradually turned away from legitimate business and has adopted the noxious practices that have brought all empires down – crimes of the worst proportion, such as global narcotics trade, arms trade, war mongering, the laundering of trillions of blood money every year through banks, insurances, the Pentagon black budget.

14.    Politicians with their need for hundreds of millions $$ of „campaign financing” are pawns in the game of the global elite. The principle of democracy is played in the long-term favor of the moneyed elite alone.

15.    The American legal system especially holds politicians who play the game exempt and immune from any meaningful criminal prosecution. These politicians are, in substance, not democratic for they are like princes of old who were not accountable to their citizens.

16.    President Nixon tried to stop criminal prosecution against him for the Watergate affair by firing the special prosecutor Archibald Cox. Then, however, Nixon could no longer keep up with the pressure and resigned from office. As a result of this experience, Congress passed a law providing for an „Independent Counsel”. Much has been written about this law. Kenneth Starr (a nephew of one of the founders of the reported AIG-CIA money laundering empire and corporate counsel of alleged Clinton bribers such as the Lippo Group) let himself be used to make a farce of this law and the institution of the Independent Counsel. The law thus was not extended and expired in 1999. This brought a fatal tendency in the American legal development to a head. The law itself was brilliant and would have been highly successful – if it were not for the corrupt clique into whose hands the execution of the law was given.

17.    At the end of the Clinton era, an audit reported in December 2000 revealed that several trillion (yes, tr…) U.S. dollars were missing from the Pentagon budget. There is strong suspicion that this money was embezzled over years from the American people by their alleged worst enemy, the reported Bush-Clinton Drug & Crime Empire. No prosecutor has ever given a hoot for this, which is a scandal that is as huge as it is under-reported. Instead, tens of millions of $$ were spent for a dead-end sham prosecution of Clinton’s trumped-up sex scandal.

18.    There is a key distinction of constitutional value: Whether the head of state is beneath or above the laws. The traditional constitution of the U.S.A. used to be that the Presidents are subject to the law. Since the Bush-Clinton-Bush era, it appears that this constitutional key factor has reversed; and now the President is above the law like an emperor. In European constitutional dogma this is termed „absolutism”.

19.    The American experiment seems to show that absolutism of this type is compatible with democratic elections. The only requirement is that the candidates are fixed (Bush-Kerry) and the election methods are rigged (in 2000 and 2004).

D. SPECIAL PROSECUTION IN CHICAGO

40.    In this situation since 2003, there is a test case: The Valerie Plame leak case under supervision of a Special Prosecutor (note: not an „Independent Counsel” under the expired statute) in Chicago, U.S. District Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois Patrick Fitzgerald.

41.    There are jurisdictional objections that prosecuting a sitting president violates the Constitution because the Constitution limits proceedings to impeachment only; and only once a president is impeached can he be made subject to a regular grand jury proceeding. 

42.    In the case of George W. Bush, this argument may not hold water since it is doubtful to say the least whether George W. Bush was ever elected as President in accordance with the Constitution, and especially if he was elected in 2004. It is to my mind quite evident that Bush was not the winner of the 2004 elections, and that he is a pretender in the White House without viable standing in constitutional law as a „President”. This could be a workable and valid rebuttal to any and all constitutional objections per the foregoing; and it could well be Bush’s downfall if that is what America’s owners and hidden oligarchs want.

43.    Details of the grand jury proceedings in Chicago are just slowly transpiring. It will be interesting to watch this case develop as a case with major constitutional ramifications in light of all of the above.

44. Legally, it would be simple for the President to replace the Special Prosecutor with a candidate of his liking (not an „Independent Counsel” per the expired law). The central question is whether Bush will get permission to do this or not.

45.    The fact that the prosecution exists would tend to indicate that Bush will not get permission of intervene. That assumption raises the question if Bush would become a rebellious stooge, and what might happen then. We shall see as the case unfolds. 

46.    We rest assured that the true holders of power will never face a court, in keeping with the unwritten law of American history. If this expectation were to be disappointed then we would be living through events worth the name „revolutionary”. Such court will be that of public opinion, if any.
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Re: AIG's connection to drugs and terrorism - written August 14, 2001!!!
« Reply #36 on: September 16, 2008, 02:22:59 pm »
Member of the Board of Directors: Pei-Yuan Chia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pei-yuan_Chia

Chia was Vice Chairman of Citicorp and Citibank, N.A., its principal subsidiary, from 1994 to 1996 when he retired. From 1993 to 1996, he served as a Director of Citicorp and Citibank, N.A., and assumed responsibility for their global consumer business in 1992. Between 1974 and 1992, Mr. Chia held various senior management positions in Citicorp and Citibank, N.A. and was Citibank, N.A.ís senior customer contact for corporate banking activities in Asia.

Mr. Chia also serves or previously served as:

Director of American International Group

Trustee of the Asia Society

Director of the Bank of China (Hong Kong) Ltd

Director of Baxter International Inc.

Director of Case Corporation

Director of CNH Global Inc.

Director of Singapore Airlines Ltd.

Senior advisor to Temasek Holdings

Director of Wharton's SEI Center for Advanced Studies in Management at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania

Member of the Graduate Executive Board of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania

Mr. Chia holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Tunghai University in Taiwan and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He received an Honorary Doctoral Degree from Tunghai University in 2007.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asia_Society

The Asia Society is the leading global and pan-Asian organization whose mission is to strengthen relationships and promote understanding among the people, leaders and institutions of Asia and the United States. It was founded in 1956 by John D. Rockefeller III, the third-generation member of the Rockefeller family.
The Society's New York headquarters exhibits the Rockefeller Collection of Asian Art which includes some of the most important masterpieces of Chinese, Japanese, Indian, Korean, Tibetan, Nepalese, Cambodian and Indonesian art in existence.

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The Society maintains that international studies should be a new basic for all students in the world. In its efforts to bring this about, it has joined up with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to work with urban school districts to create small, international studies secondary schools.

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[edit] Supporters
The American International Group (AIG) was the major sponsor of the Society's 50th anniversary in 2006. The Society is also supported by contributions from foundations, including both the family's Rockefeller Foundation and Rockefeller Brothers Fund, and major corporations (see below). Prominent individuals also support its activities, such as the former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, Henry Kissinger, Rupert Murdoch [1] and Senator John D. Rockefeller IV (the founder's son), and his son Charles, who are both trustees of the Society.
Another supporter of the Society is the new UN Secretary-General, the South Korean Foreign Minister Ban Ki-moon, who gave an address to the Society on September 25, 2006.[3]

Mark Rockefeller (the youngest son of Nelson) and his wife Renee are vice chairmen of the Gala Committee of the Society. The Society's New York Museum is located at 725 Park Avenue (at 70th Street). The chairman of the executive committee is former US Ambassador and long-time associate of the Rockefeller family, Richard Holbrooke; its president is Vishakha N. Desai, who also sits on the board of the Brookings Institution.

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Gala Committee chairmen
Annual Dinner Gala Committee:

Honorary Chairman
John D. Rockefeller IV

Gala Chairmen

Lloyd Blankfein, Goldman, Sachs & Co.
Sant S. Chatwal, Hampshire Hotels & Resorts, LLC
Stephen H. Long, Citigroup International
Martin J. Sullivan, American International Group, Inc
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Some major corporate benefactors

American International Group
Citigroup
Coca-Cola
Getty Foundation
Merrill Lynch
Morgan Stanley
Pfizer
Sony


Some major sponsors:

American Express
Boeing
ExxonMobil
IBM
JP Morgan Chase


Some major contributors:

Blackstone Group
Carlyle Group
Johnson & Johnson
Merck
McKinsey
Time Warner
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Who knew this would link back to eugenics and the big foundations? Certainly not me!  :D

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Re: AIG's connection to drugs and terrorism - written August 14, 2001!!!
« Reply #37 on: September 17, 2008, 10:35:58 am »
Ok, I'm trying to digest all this information and connect some dots.  Please correct me if I'm wrong....

1.  AIG founder is Cornelius Starr who is former high level CIA operative

2.  Hank Greenberg is the chairman/ceo of AIG and is the the former head of NYSE and Federal Reserve.  He was also in line to become head of CIA in the 90's but was passed over.  He also chaired the CFR.

Is all of that correct?


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Re: AIG's connection to drugs and terrorism - written August 14, 2001!!!
« Reply #38 on: September 17, 2008, 02:07:49 pm »
Ok, I'm trying to digest all this information and connect some dots.  Please correct me if I'm wrong....

1.  AIG founder is Cornelius Starr who is former high level CIA operative

2.  Hank Greenberg is the chairman/ceo of AIG and is the the former head of NYSE and Federal Reserve.  He was also in line to become head of CIA in the 90's but was passed over.  He also chaired the CFR.

Is all of that correct?



he was the CEO of AIG until he got caught with over $100 million in fraud (2005).

He is a vice-chairman of CFR and his company (named afer OSS officer and AIG founder), CV Starr, is a major contributor to the CFR.
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