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NEWS: Hollinger Inc. Busted... More Bush Criminals

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posted on Nov, 15 2004 @ 10:10 PM
Hollinger Inc., major international media mogul and a large neoconservative arm of the Bush administration is facing criminal investigations. Former CEO Black tried to sell his way out of the impending legal situation, but was ordered by a US court to 'face the music'. Amung Hollinger's distinguished, Richard Perle, and ties to the Carlye Group, as well as Hollinger Digital, which is a little known money shaker for the department of Homeland Security and PNAC.
But far more than Conrad Black’s criminal exposure is involved in the Hollinger affair, whose newspaper portfolio includes the Likudnik Jerusalem Post. Justin Raimondo reminds readers at that Chief Neo-Con adviser to George Bush and Israeli asset, Richard Perle, is a Board Member of Hollinger and the head of Hollinger Digital, the company’s venture capital arm---which in turn has invested $2.5 million in Trireme Partners, a subsidiary seeking to cash in on defense contracts and the Homeland Security buildup. Hollinger International also invested $14 million in an outfit called Hillman Capital, whose managing partner, Gerald Hillman, is not only a Perle partner at Trireme, but a fellow colleague at the infamous Defense Policy Board. It is this latter American national security conclave where the interests of defense contractors and assets of the Ariel Sharon regime in Israel intersect in the Pentagon board’s individual and collective membership.
As Raimondo puts it, the Hollinger media combine is a “. . .particularly muscular tentacle of the Neo-Con media octopus. . .its demise would mark a great setback for the War Party.” There is a corollary to this truism: the demise of Hollinger would not simply be a setback for the agitprop tentacles of the War Party, but a potential takedown of much more than the personage of Conrad Black. Who else might go down, criminally as well as politically, and what might be the subsequent implications for the credibility of American, Israeli, and British national security and banking elites if the takedown occurs in the light of day?
Key chessplayers with concealed hands may be attempting to arrange the pieces on the board to insure that the answers remain hidden in the darkness. The infamous Carlyle Group, linked to Bush and Bin Laden family investments, American defense contractors and oil consortiums, central bankers and Likudniks, has now stepped forward to indicate a possible interest in rescuing Hollinger International. The November 22nd Guardian story quotes a Carlyle source as indicating that: 1) the sum of the arrangement would be a removal of Conrad Black from management, but not his equity stake; 2) a Carlyle investment sum that could be as much as a 40% ownership of Hollinger; and 3) a provision for Carlyle to name new members to the Hollinger Board of Directors. Black must be rejoicing in a proposed arrangement which allows him to keep the dough, stay on this side of the law and jail, and maintain the protective covering of a management umbrella comprised of heavyweights John Major, George Herbert Walker Bush, James Baker, Frank Carlucci, Henry Kissinger—and Richard Perle. One suspects that Mr. Black’s membership in the secretive, globalist Bilderberg group, mentioned in the Guardian account, would also remain intact.

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More and more criminal investigations involving companies and individuals very close and interrelated to the Bush Administration surfacing. When asked about his ties to Enron's Kenneth Lay, Bush angrily walked out in the middle of a press conference and could be heard shouting at his staff. I wonder if anyone will think to ask him about Hollinger?

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posted on Nov, 16 2004 @ 10:01 AM
It's interesting to note that George Soros, the man who spent a gazillion bucks in a losing effort to knock off George W. Bush, is also a consultant with the Carlyle Group, and has also, like Perle, Wolfowitz, Rumsfeld, Feith, Bolton, Libby, Kissinger, et. al., been a guest at the Bilderberg conferences.

We should also note that prominent men in and/or close to the Clinton administration, Vernon Jordan and Mack McLarty--Henry Kissinger's partner!--are annual Bilderbergers.

From where I sit, it appears that the neocons are a political party inside the U.S. government that operates outside of the election process.

posted on Nov, 16 2004 @ 10:55 AM
Looks like Richard Perle might face a little music himself over the scandal...
Downward and downward spiral the fortunes of Conrad Black, the deposed CEO of Hollinger International, the only tycoon in history brought low by his wife’s taste in shoes. Last week, the sometime Sun King of the Sun-Times received a mortal blow in the form of an internal report into his alleged malfeasance called ‘The Hollinger Chronicles’ authored by a personage no less prominent than Richard Breeden, former chairman of the SEC.
It is damning stuff. According to Dominic Rushe in the September 5 Sunday Times, Breeden has found that throughout the period of 1997-2003, the amount of money taken by Black and his cohort David Radler in a policy of ‘aggressive looting’ amounted to $400m, a staggering 95.2% of Hollinger’s net income for that period. Although there might not be much to substantiate the investigations by the SEC and the Illinois authorities, if he is found to have breached any SEC rules Black is automatically guilty of violating a consent decree requiring him to comply with securities laws, which was passed with his consent in 1982 and which remains in force, following litigation against sometime target Hanna Mining. Such violation is a criminal offence, and he goes straight to the hole.
However, it’s not only King Conrad who should be quaking in his boots with this report’s release. As a result of his failure to perform the duties incumbent upon him as a member of Hollinger’s executive committee, uber-neoconservative Richard Perle, ‘The Prince of Darkness’, sometime Chairman of the Pentagon Defence Policy Board, may soon find himself out of pocket to the tune of – wait for it, I’m savouring this – 5 MILLION DOLLARS!...

Ah but guys like Perle always find a loophole don't they...
The Department of Defense's inspector general commenced an investigation into Perle's business interests at the behest of several members of Congress, who inquired whether Perle violated federal conflict-of-interest provisions by improperly mixing his government duties with his business interests. The inspector general ruled that federal conflict of interest rules didn't apply to Perle because the provisions don't apply unless an employee works 60 days in a year, and Perle only worked eight days total in a three year time span for Trireme Partners LLP.

Henry Kissenger too eh?
The Hollinger board was studded with political heavyweights chosen by Lord Black, a Canadian who became a British peer after Hollinger took control of the Telegraph newspapers in London.
Among them were Henry A. Kissinger, the former secretary of state, and Richard N. Perle, who was assistant secretary of defense under President Ronald Reagan and is the former chairman of a Pentagon advisory board. Democrats were not left out, with the board including Robert S. Strauss, a former chairman of the Democratic National Committee and ambassador to the Soviet Union, and Richard R. Burt, a former United States ambassador to Germany.

And more disturbing information from the same page...

His many and varied roles at Hollinger seem to have aroused questions even from Lord Black - a man who knew conflicts of interest if anyone did. In one case, Lord Black is said to have sent a letter to Mr. Perle, questioning the conflicts. There is no record of whether Mr. Perle answered the letter, the report says, and nothing seems to have been done about the issue.
Mr. Perle was chairman of Hollinger's Internet investing subsidiary, which lost lots of money. But he and other insiders had an unusual deal that gave them a share of profits from good investments without requiring those amounts to be offset by losses from bad investments.
Mr. Perle collected $3.1 million through that deal - payments that the committee said were not fully disclosed to shareholders, as they should have been. By the committee's account, Mr. Perle was responsible for $63.6 million in Hollinger investments, on which the company lost a net $49 million.
After the Internet boom collapsed, Mr. Perle persuaded Hollinger to invest in Trireme Partners, a venture capital firm that he helped found. He even signed, on Hollinger's behalf, the commitment letter for the investment.

Ties to Margaret Thatcher and British Telegraph PLC...
The chairman of the Defense Policy Board is Richard Perle, the former Reagan Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs, now based at the neo-conservative American Enterprise Institute.
Perle, nicknamed "The Prince of Darkness" because of his nuclear Armageddon views during the Cold War, is, more importantly, an asset of Conrad Black's Hollinger International, Inc., which grew out of British Empire Security Coordinator William Stephenson's efforts to secure arms for Britain during World War II. At present, Hollinger owns the British Tory Party-linked Telegraph PLC, whose International Advisory Board is headed by former British Prime Minister, now Lady Margaret Thatcher.

Possible ties to Powell's resignation? The defense department is up to this scandal to it's eyeballs...
Inside the government, the chief defence intellectuals include Paul Wolfowitz, the deputy secretary of defence. He is the defence mastermind of the Bush administration; Donald Rumsfeld is an elderly figurehead who holds the position of defence secretary only because Wolfowitz himself is too controversial. Others include Douglas Feith, the number three at the Pentagon; Lewis "Scooter" Libby, a Wolfowitz protege who is Cheney's chief of staff; John R Bolton, a right-winger assigned to the State Department to keep Colin Powell in check; and Elliott Abrams, recently appointed to head Middle East policy at the National Security Council. On the outside are James Woolsey, the former CIA director, who has tried repeatedly to link both 9/11 and the anthrax letters in the US to Saddam Hussein, and Richard Perle, who has just resigned from his unpaid defence department advisory post after a lobbying scandal.

Just on a side note, I wanted to thank all the compassionate conservatives out there for voting these turds back into office. Try researching the criminals before you vote for them next time eh?

More information...
The SEC is also (as of December 2003) investigating dealings with companies with links to Henry Kissinger and Richard N. Perle. Hollinger put £8m into UK firm Cambridge Display Technology, in which Perle has a stake, and £1.5m in Trireme Associates, which has links to venture capital fund Trireme Partners LP, co-managed by Perle. Kissinger served as a board member of Trireme. [3]
Hollinger International makes an annual contribution of $200,000 to The National Interest, a conservative quarterly magazine that also has links to Perle and Kissinger. [4]

Apparently the Carlyle Group was going to bail them out, a claim they have since denied, but was reported by several major media outlets...
As much as you guys hate, he has a good write up on this one...
Some additional information...

Dig around on google, this is much more involved than you think...
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[edit on 16-11-2004 by Banshee]

posted on Nov, 16 2004 @ 11:47 AM

Originally posted by twitchy
Just on a side note, I wanted to thank all the compassionate conservatives out there for voting these turds back into office. Try researching the criminals before you vote for them next time eh?

Hey, you're welcome!

Considering that the neocons (namely Elliott Abrams, Bill Bennett, John Bolton, Robert Kagan, William Kristol, Richard Perle, and Paul Wolfowitz) were more than willing to throw in with Bill Clinton back in '98 if he invaded Iraq, I think getting these guys out of office is going to take more than just voting a straight Democratic ticket.

posted on Nov, 16 2004 @ 11:54 AM
Here’s a little more on Lord Black,


Media Tycoon Lord Black
Charged With Fraud

'Cheat and fraud'

Lord Black and his deputy are said to have fraudulently diverted some $85m (£46m) from newspaper group Hollinger International between 1994 and 2003.

Lord Black does not, however, face the possibility of a jail sentence, as the lawsuit is a civil, rather than criminal matter.

In a separate pending lawsuit, Hollinger International claims Lord Black stole $380.6m (£206m) to fund everything from a private jet to a Rolls Royce and even payments to his butler.Link

posted on Nov, 17 2004 @ 11:24 AM
Just for my own entertainment, I'm going to punt this article to the top again and watch it slide through without comment from ATS conservatives...

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