Friday, October 28, 2005

Scooter Libby, Mob Lawyer

From Steve Sailer:

Scooter Libby, Mob Lawyer:

Yet, from 1985 to 2000, the now-indicted Scooter Libby represented Marc Rich, one of the most notorious organized crime figures in the world, a man who, while on the lam from the U.S., systematically looted post-Soviet Russia and mentored many of the "oligarchs" in corrupt practices. When Libby's 15 years of work paid off with a pardon for Rich in the last hours of the Clinton Administration, after frantic entreaties for Rich by high figures in the Israeli government, opprobrium rightfully rained down on Bill Clinton's head. And yet, Libby immediately moved into the crucial position of chief-of-staff to Vice-President Cheney.

If Libby had spent the previous 15 years representing John Gotti, he couldn't have attained such a high position in the government. What is it about working for Marc Rich that made Libby largely immune to criticism?


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20 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I almost fell over when CNN actually did mention Libby's ties to Rich after the Fitzgerald press conference.

But then immediately my darker, more suspicious self stepped in -- Israel is blackmailing both parties and what better way to keep them in line than mentioning Libby's ties to Clinton's infamous pardon of Rich?

10/30/2005 11:38:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For those looking for background on the Marc Rich episode--

http://www.antiwar.com/justin/j021601.html

10/30/2005 04:28:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

From the link:

Rod Dreher, in the New York Daily News, recounts the story of how Rich looted Russia in the aftermath of the Soviet Union's collapse, citing Paul Klebnikov, a Russia expert and senior editor of Forbes magazine. Klebnikov is the author of Godfather of the Kremlin, a book that painstakingly documents how Russian oligarch Boris Berezovsky and his cronies plundered Russia under the rubric of a phony "privatization" program.

Klebnikov was gunned down a couple of years ago. Mob lawyer, indeed.

10/31/2005 09:10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

About two years ago I heard a woman from the Carnegie Endowment for Peace or whatever it's called, speak on a local NPR show (OK, don't shoot me -- I don't listen to NPR usually, only Pacifica)

She was talking about the Russian oligarchs and she said that almost all of them were Jews, and that was one of the reasons some had used their automatic dual citizenship to flee to Israel when Putin cracked down.

She was a Jew herself, so I was surprised at her candor. Not that I think all Jews are gung-ho supporters of Israel, it's just that in my experience Israel is the Achilles heal of Jews everywhere -- even if they disagree with the Israeli government's policies, many will still defend her vehemently. Although none in my experience seem keen to move there and do it physically ;-)

Not all Jews of course: many are as furious with Israel's government's actions as the many Americans who are going ballistic over ours. It's very sad that all Jews seemingly are starting to get tagged by the acts of some, like the neocons and the oligarchs.

I know the racists in my community do the same with blacks -- one black crime and all blacks are looked at with suspicion.

However there should be no quarter given to Libby, Perle, Feith, Wolfowitz, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Kerry, Clinton, Pelosi, Feinstein, and anyone who lied us into war or supported it.

They knew the truth and do now but their money comes from either rich American Jews (the Democrats) or Christian Zionists and rich American Jews (the GOP).

We need to divorce Israel and do it now, before more of our kids die in her wars. Then we should hang any politician who supports Israel's welfare over our own.

America was founded on freedom -- how free can we be if we're held in thrall by a tiny, very troublesome, country and her supporters? We're not.

10/31/2005 09:26:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice post, anonymous 9:26.

Yes, one of the (many) subjects which polite folks are not allowed to mention is that the oligarchs happen to be Jewish with strong ties to Israel. Which is a pity, because it's only by knowing this that we can make sense of the American media's hostile coverage of Putin. (Remember all those spins of Khodorkovsky as a "reformist" being persecuted for his democratic views? LOL) Putin's struggle against the oligarchs can be seen as an attempt to thwart growing Jewish control over the Russian media.

Some background--

DO AMERICANS EVEN CARE?
http://www.counterpunch.org/weir02172005.html

"Almost all of these oligarchs, it turns out, have significant ties to Israel. In fact, Berezovsky himself has Israeli citizenship a fact that caused a scandal of Watergate proportions in Russia in 1996 when it was exposed by a Russian newspaper."
...
"As a result of the media uproar over Berezovsky's Israeli citizenship and other events, the Oligarchs' connections to Israel are widely known in Russia and elsewhere. In Israel they are covered frequently, often with adulation, including a recent hit Israeli TV series called 'The Oligarchs.'"


YUKOS OIL FUGITIVES FIND SAFE HAVEN IN THE PROMISED LAND
Financial Times, March 22, 2005
http://www.itszone.co.uk/zone0/viewtopic.php?t=29405
[scroll down to the middle of the page]
"Two of Israel's normally publicity-shy Russian "oligarchs" this week surfaced to announce their first investment in Israel since they sought refuge there 18 months ago in the wake of the debacle over Yukos, the Russian oil company."
...
"The two men and their partner, Vladimir Dubov, took out Israeli citizenship at about the same time, setting up home in Israel in the hope of avoiding extradition over their alleged role in the Yukos affair. As well as the fraud-related charges, Mr Nevzlin is also wanted in Russia for conspiracy to murder."

11/01/2005 09:55:00 AM  
Blogger truthseeker said...

Libby indicted for perjury and obstruction of justice

Some Democrats finally question 'cooking'/manipulation of pre-war intelligence- be sure to access both pages of comments in the 'Comments' section via the page link at the bottom and read the recently released paperback version of esteemed US intelligence author James Bamford's 'A Pretext for War' book



National Security Advisor Hadley confirms that Iraq war was for Israel

11/02/2005 09:51:00 AM  
Blogger truthseeker said...

Additional material about the JINSA/CSP/PNAC Neocons via Cheney's office and their war for Israel and Halliburton just added here

11/02/2005 10:11:00 AM  
Blogger truthseeker said...

Snowballing

11/02/2005 10:31:00 AM  
Blogger truthseeker said...

More on Libby

11/02/2005 10:53:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

LIBBY A MOB LAWYER?

that's nothing, chertoff is a terrorist lawyer, somebody has to protect terrorists, it might as well be the head of DHS!

americans should make charles manson president, too bad ted bundy is dead, he could be vp, much more charming then cheney.

Of course with manson as president, it would be a full time job for the US tv media to make him "sellable" to the american people. But look what they did with bush, manson would be a great challenge for them.
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In 1994, the district attorney in New Jersey was Michael Chertoff, now the head of Homeland Security. One of the funders of Rahman's mosque was a mysterious man named Magdy El-Amir -- who has also been accused of funding Al Qaeda. When Chertoff returned to private practice, he took El-Amir as a client. Many have wondered why Bush picked the lawyer for an accused Al Qaida moneyman to head Homeland Security.

http://cannonfire.blogspot.com/2005/09/did-homeland-security-chief-michael.html

11/02/2005 11:54:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

what is Marc Rich's real name? Does anybody know? Scooter Libby's real name is Irving Lewis Liebowitz according to Conspiracy Planet.

11/02/2005 12:09:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks like America has a bunch of Good Fellahs and Untouchables running around the office again. So much so that you have no business selling your corrupted , slut like corporate liberties upon anyone. America better clean out the mafia element within the government or you'll all end up like ScarFace, in a pool of your own blood with the illusion that the world is yours to do as you wish.

11/02/2005 05:13:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Rich was originally Reich.

11/02/2005 06:12:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Finally the penny drops - what we are dealing with is big time international organized crime networks.

Plame was outed to bust up her counter-proliferation ops and leave a clean playing field for the Mark Rich types who operate in that market.

All the spin about "revenge against Wilson" is 2+2=5 bovine excrement.

Behind the Iraq fiasco you have Michael Ledeen - self professed univeral "fake uranium intel for hire" fascist. The game is to wipe the nation states of the middle east off the map permanently, to clear the way for future imperial conquest.

11/03/2005 04:19:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Speaking of Israel, let's not forget that JFK was murdered for trying to chart an American foreign policy that was independent of Israeli interests. (See Michael Collins Piper, Final Judgment.) The US is reaping today what was sown in Dallas in 1963 and what both parties have kept covered up. If the Kennedy assassination had ever been properly investigated, believe me, we wouldn't be in the mess we are in today.

11/03/2005 05:47:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Israel is like a nuclear handgrenade thrown into a sea of sand.

The Likudniks and Mossad agents of influence may believe they are advancing their interests by blowing up Iraq-Syria-Iran, but it will only backfire on them in the end.

Nobody is served by global asymmetric religous war, and certainly not the nation state sitting in the middle of 200 million suicidal muslims.

11/03/2005 07:32:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon 7:23 -- you should read the recent Pape book on suicide bombers, it's gotten a lot of press because of his thorough research.

I only read the reviews but, if I remember correctly, suicide bombing was unheard of in the Middle East until the Israel/Palestine conflict.

In any case, Muslims are not innately suicidal: it's a measure of their desperation that they will use their own bodies against the enormous firepower of the US and Israeli militaries. To paraphrase an old favorite song, "When you ain't got nothing you got nothing to lose..."

11/03/2005 08:11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree. Suicide bombing may be evil, but more so is the systematic and deliberate reduction of the entire middle east region to a state of barbarism by the denial of true economic development.

Bastards like Wolfowitz and Kissenger caused the current state of affairs in the region by reversing the "atoms for peace" policy of Eisenhower.

There is also the case of mutated so called "religions" - the age old tools of Imperial conquest. Desperate, uneducated people will do stupid things when they have no other options to change their world.

11/03/2005 09:36:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In summary--

"While we can blame Israel for many evils, the single worst thing it has done is export its lies about the basis of terrorism to the rest of the world. These lies are directly behind the 'war on terror', and have caused, and will continue to cause, an enormous amount of suffering.

Depicting all Muslims as murderous psychopaths is just part of the racist basis of Zionism."

11/03/2005 09:04:00 PM  
Blogger Matt c said...

From PoliticalHaiku.com

He Lied to Congress
A Jury sent him to Jail
His buddy sprung him.

7/03/2007 01:54:00 PM  

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