I've never heard of this web site or organization, CFP or Canada Free Press, until today. A few unhinged conservative blogs are all over a story by one Judi McLeod, entitled, "Fahrenheit Jimmy Carter". Some using it as an excuse to bash Carter, while others are using it as an excuse to pardon the Bush families historically close connections to the Saudis. M's McLeod's credentials are at the bottom of this screed,
A former Toronto Sun and Kingston Whig Standard columnist, she has also appeared on Newsmax.com, the Drudge Report, Foxnews.com, and World Net Daily.
You have to drink a lot of the kool-aid to be proud of being associated with some of the worse media outlets in the western hemisphere. An excerpt from the breathless news breaking report,
A paper trail shows that more than $1 million has been funneled from Bakr M. Bin Laden on behalf of the Saudi Bin Laden Group to The Carter Center.
That’s an impressive bit of investigative journalism that comes your way, not courtesy of the New York Times and company, but from Melanie Morgan, Chairman, Censure Carter Committee (Censure Carter Committee ).
"An investigation by the Censure Carter Committee into the financing for The Carter Center of Atlanta, Georgia founded by President Carter and his wife to advance his "Blame America First" policies reveals that over $1,000,000 has been funneled from Bakr M. Bin Laden for the Saudi Bin Laden Group to the Carter Center," says Censure Carter.Com in a mainstream media-ignored recent media release.
"In fact, an online report accuses former President Carter of meeting with 10 of Osama Bin Laden’s brothers early in 2000, Carter and his wife, Rosalyn followed up their meeting with a breakfast with Bakr Bin Laden in September 2000 and secured the first $200,000 towards the more than $1 million that has been received by the Carter Center."
These facts take a back seat to `shockumentary’ maker Michael’s Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11 accusations of President George W. Bush having close bin Laden ties.
Let's start with some basics, who or what is the Bin Laden Group? According to SourceWatch, Bin Laden Group
"The Bin Laden Group is currently participating to various fields of activities including telecommunications, real estate and oil production. All the projects of the corporation are concentrated within the Arabian Peninsula, although it as an office and a few proprieties in the United-Sates and in Europe as well.
"After its foundation in the 1950s by Mohamed bin Laden, the family's patriarch, the group relied on quality work and a close relationship with Al-Saoud royal family to ensure success in the business world. During five decades of growth, the Bin Laden group underwent several transformations, since its foundation in Saudi Arabia, spreading its activities throughout Middle East. Specialists are now estimating the value of the conglomerate at approximately 533 million dollars. The company also avoided American sanctions towards organizations suspected of terrorist activities simply because it has nothing to do with it. Despite an incriminating name, the Bin Laden group has a clean record: The family rejected Osama after the royal family withdrawn is Saudi citizenship for implication in anti-government actions.
The government of the U.S., its three branches of government are all controlled by one party, the conservative Republican party. If the Bin Laden Group is a nefarious outfit of some kind why hasn't the ruling party taken measures to have people arrested and it's offices closed down. Bush could order the Department of Justice and the F.B.I. to take action tomorrow.
You would think that wacky right-wing of America or Canada would know better then to imply that business connections with the Saudis is an automatic assumption of guilt by association. If associations with the Saudis and the Bin Laden family are automatically scandalous conservatives have a lot of explaining to do, 'House of Bush, House of Saud': The Kingdom and the Power
There's certainly plenty of muck for him to uncover. As he meticulously details, both George Bushes have made fortunes over the years by trading on their famous name to persuade rich backers to invest in their various (usually oil-related) businesses. Sometimes these backers have been Saudi, sometimes even members of the royal family. And a few have come from another Saudi clan: the bin Ladens.
Although Unger relies too heavily on other people's work in sketching the Bush-Saudi links, he does provide a valuable service in highlighting the enormous amounts of money involved. He even puts a price tag on the Saudis' contributions to the Bush family: a staggering $1.476 billion, paid out over 30 years as gifts to Bush-related charities, as generous perks (including a Saudi-sponsored European hunting trip for George H. W. Bush and his 1991 gulf war cabinet just after the November 2000 general election) and as investments in Bush-related businesses like Harken Energy or the Carlyle Group.
The writer of this piece, that originally appeared in the New York Times, Jonathan D. Tepperman, Deputy Managing Editor of the Council on Foreign Relations is critical of HOUSE OF BUSH, HOUSE OF SAUD by Craig Unger for the undertone of shady conspiracy between the Bush family and the Saudis, including the Bin Laden family ( I'm something of an agnostic on that angle. When or if I see more proof I may change my mind). What Tepperman and Unger do get right is just the plain old fashioned corruption, through the Bushes, the Saudis have bought an amazing amount of political influence. In real world politics in a choice between the Saudi royal family and some Islamic jihadists, the royal family would seem the obviously less evil. That doesn't excuse George W. Bush or his father ; they have either knowingly or unwittingly made decisions, that compromised U.S. foreign policy. – BEFORE 9/11 – STRENGTHENED BUSH-SAUDI TIES
Despite the clear ties to terror, the Bush Administration maintained and strengthened its ties to the Saudi government upon taking office. As the Boston Herald reported, a "revolving U.S.-Saudi money wheel" exists "within President Bush's own coterie of foreign policy advisers." First and foremost, the current President's father "remains a senior adviser to the Carlyle Group" – an investment bank with deep connections to the Saudi royal family, and received $1 million for his Presidential library from the royal family. George W. Bush "himself is also linked" to the Saudi-backed Carlyle Group: he was a director of a Carlyle subsidiary called called Caterair. National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice "is a former longtime member of the board of Chevron which did business in the Saudi desert." And Vice President Cheney's tenure as CEO of oil giant Halliburton was among his dealings with "firms connected to the Saudis that paid big dividends."
Then there's the Bush-Riggs connection, Follow the Money
As The Wall Street Journal reported in 1991, there was a "mosaic of BCCI connections surrounding [Harken] since George W. Bush came on board." In 1987, Bush secured a critical $25 million-loan from a bank the Kerry Commission would later reveal to be a BCCI joint venture. Certainly, Bush did not suspect BCCI had such questionable connections at the time. But still, the president's history suggests his attacks on Kerry's national-security credentials come from a position of little authority.
No smoking gun, but in the world of right-wingers like Judi McLeod and the conservative wingers of blogtopia all that is needed is a "connection". Poor Judi is asking for help to expose "connections" between President Carter and the Saudis,
"Or we can make up our goals with fewer people contributing a more generous amount–say $500, $1,000, $2,500 or even the full $4,000 or $6,000 to buy each spot that will be seen by people all across the nation,
"No matter what you can afford, please make your contribution now, and help us get the message out."
I'm sure Judi will get a few checks to help her expose whatever it is that she is trying to expose. I want to do my part to help Judi the " award-winning journalist", there are what appears to be a host of radical left-wing groups donating to the Carter Center, including Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, ChevronTexaco Corporation, The Republic of Finland, Johnson & Johnson, Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development, Lions Clubs International Foundation, and those folks with funny accents – Government of the United Kingdom.
Bush's new Treasury Secretary should fit right in with the Paris Hilton economic agenda of the Bush whitehouse, reward wealth, punish work, THE INCOMPETENT HENRY PAULSON
We get the usual canards, that dividends are widely spread across the population, although they are actually highly concentrated. That a dividend tax burdens the elderly, though in fact most elderly get little income from dividends. That it is a 'double tax,' though much dividend income is not taxed at all. That half the revenue loss from the tax cut is recovered (a higher rate than that suggested by Martin Feldstein). All this is standard wingnuttery. It speaks to Paulson's qualifications as an ideologue, not a wise source of policy advice
I admit my bias, I like Senator Harry Reid. He's like the modern equivalent of the Untouchables, tough, plain speaking. Yet if he was found to be corrupt as has been implied this past week I'd be among the first to jump on the dump Harry wagon. Turns out the press is up to their usual low standards (see Judi above), Confirmed: Against the Law for Reid To Pay for Credential
OK, so we've nailed this down. It would have been against state law for Harry Reid to have reimbursed the Nevada Athletic Commission for credentials.
Clearly, this is pretty far down in the weeds. But the AP actually got a pretty significant fact wrong. So let me run through the details.
Is Paris Hilton glamorous? She meets all the criteria. She's young, shiny, obscenely rich and reckless. She does precisely as she likes. She's an heiress. Old money! (Mature, anyway.) She is pure, uncompromised artifice. Noel Coward or Preston Sturges could have made her up — if it weren't for the sex tape. And the hamburger ad. And the album. And her mother.
An Ingenious Man who had built a flying-machine invited a great concourse of people to see it go up. At the appointed moment, everything being ready, he boarded the car and turned on the power. The machine immediately broke through the massive substructure upon which it was builded, and sank out of sight into the earth, the aeronaut springing out barely in time to save himself.
"Well," said he, "I have done enough to demonstrate the correctness of my details. The defects," he added, with a look at the ruined brick-work, "are merely basic and fundamental."
Upon this assurance the people came forward with subscriptions to build a second machine.
from The Flying Machine by Ambrose Bierce