You’ve got to be lucky to make $4 Billion killing on a 6-month investment of $124 Million
Larry Silverstein is the New York property tycoon who purchased the entire WTC complex just 6 months prior to the 9/11 attacks. That was the first time in its 33-year history the complex had EVER changed ownership. Mr. Silverstein’s first order of business as the new owner was to change the company responsible for the security of the complex. The new security company he hired was Securacom (now Stratasec). George W. Bush’s brother, Marvin Bush, was on its board of directors, and Marvin’s cousin, Wirt Walker III, was its CEO. According to public records, not only did Securacom provide electronic security for the World Trade Center, it also covered Dulles International Airport and United Airlines — two key players in the 9/11 attacks. The company was backed by an investment firm, the Kuwait-American Corp., also linked for many years to the Bush family. KuwAm has been linked to the Bush family financially since the Gulf War. One of its principals and a member of the Kuwaiti royal family, Mishal Yousef Saud al Sabah, served on the board of Stratesec. Now, consider: The members of a small cabal owned the WTC complex, controlled its electronic security, and also controlled the security not only for one of the airlines whose aircraft were hijacked on 9/11, but the airport from which they originated.
The speech was largely political theater
Just a few days shy of the fifth anniversary of 9/11, President Bush invoked the shock of that day, and the fears it unleashed, to drop some eye-opening news Wednesday: 14 of the world’s most vile suspected terrorists have been transferred from secret CIA prisons abroad to Guatanamo Bay, Cuba. In a midday White House speech, the president acknowledged for the first time the existence of the CIA prisons, where the 14 suspects, including the alleged mastermind of the 9/11 plot, had been held. He said that under tough questioning, the suspects had given up information that helped stop several, mostly familiar, plots — from a plan to fly jetliners into London’s Heathrow Airport to one to blow up the U.S. consulate in Karachi, Pakistan. And he said the suspects were being transferred so they could be tried under the administration’s proposed military tribunal system, to be created by legislation he sent to Congress Wednesday and hoped lawmakers would approve this month.
Opium cultivation in Afghanistan is spiraling out of control, rising 59 percent this year to produce a record 6,100 tons _ nearly a third more than the world’s drug users consume, the U.N. said Saturday. Antonio Maria Costa, the U.N. anti-drug chief, said the results from his agency’s annual survey of Afghanistan’s poppy crop were “very alarming.” “This year’s harvest will be around 6,100 tons of opium _ a staggering 92 percent of total world supply. It exceeds global consumption by 30 percent,” Costa told reporters in Kabul after presenting the survey to President Hamid Karzai. Opium is the raw material of heroin. In a scathing statement, Costa said the Afghan government should take much stronger action to root out graft. He said governors and police chiefs of opium-growing provinces should be sacked and charged. He accused corrupt administrators of pocketing aid money.
A Far North doctor is taking the lead in protests to keep fluoride out of local drinking water.
Dr Cornelius van Dorp will speak at a rally in Kaitaia today against plans to fluoridate water supplies in the town and in Kaikohe. The GP has spent several weeks reading research papers on the chemical, after patients asked him if it was safe. He says some of the evidence against fluoride is weak but some of it is very strong and he feels the risks of ingesting it over a lifetime outweigh any benefit. Dr Van Dor says he would not prescribe fluoride for an individual patient, let alone put it in drinking water.
Saddam Hussein rejected overtures from al-Qaeda and believed Islamic extremists were a threat to his regime, a reverse portrait of an Iraq allied with Osama bin Laden painted by the Bush White House, a Senate panel has found. The administration’s version was based in part on intelligence that White House officials knew was flawed, according to Democrats on the Senate Intelligence Committee, citing newly declassified documents released by the panel. The report, released Friday, discloses for the first time an October 2005 CIA assessment that prior to the war Saddam’s government “did not have a relationship, harbor or turn a blind eye toward” al-Qaeda operative Abu Musab al-Zarqawi or his associates.
Just when Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is preparing to re-engage Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf in Havana, West Bengal’s Marxist chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee has fired a shot across his bow by pointing to the continuing terror campaign of Pakistan’s ISI. Bhattacharjee struck the note of caution while speaking at the meeting of chief ministers convened to discuss the internal security scenario, saying that West Bengal intelligence had gathered strong evidence of ISI’s role in promoting terrorism in the hinterland. “The intelligence agencies of my state have over the past few years neutralised several hostile foreign modules and interrogation of the agents has revealed, time and again, that these operations were launched by foreign intelligence organisations from across the borders of West Bengal.”
The brutal excesses of Saddam Hussein’s regime were relived yesterday as Iraq’s new government announced that it had hanged 27 prisoners convicted of terror and criminal charges.
Mass executions at Baghdad’s Abu Ghraib prison, which has several gallows erected in the execution chamber, were suspended after coalition-led troops overthrew Saddam three years ago. The death penalty was reinstituted in 2004, and yesterday’s executions took place just days after control of Abu Ghraib was handed over to the Iraqi authorities. An Iraqi Justice Ministry official said two of those hanged had been convicted of terrorism charges, and the other 25 – including a woman – were convicted of murder and kidnap.