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There is a lot more to the Iraq payola scandal than was initially reported. Beltway Pinto Beans, a new investigative blog, has unraveled the many connections between the Lincoln Group, the group which paid off all of the Iraqi papers to pass off Bush administration propaganda as news, and the Republican Party.

The Republicans have been caught flat-footed, with Senator John Warner waffling and flip-flopping over whether or not to investigate the Penatgon. But it is clear that the Bush administration is incapable of carrying on an honest debate over Iraq. Therefore, instead of trying to do so, they pay off journalists in Iraq to pass off propaganda as news.

First of all, let us look at the people involved in the Lincoln Group:

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Andrew Garfield:

Andrew Garfield:

Not to be confused with an actor of the same name, Garfield has ties to Conservative foreign policy think tanks, Blackwater (a major private contractor in Iraq), and Paul Bremer. He conducted a counterterrorism exercise on the grounds of Blackwater's property. This was an exercise in which participants tried to think of themselves as terrorists.The program itself is called the Mirror Image program, developed by the Terrorism Research Center.

The Terrorism Research Center itself is a right-wing think tank with ties to former Iran-Contra figure John Poindexter. From their website:

We are pleased to have the following speakers confirmed: Brian Michael Jenkins, Ambassador Cofer Black, Admiral John Poindexter, Michael Scheuer, Walter Purdy, Colonel Danny McKnight, Jennifer Hardwick, Lt. John Sullivan, Lt. Roger Kelly, Don Hewitt, Rebecca Givner-Forbes, Ned Moran and a special guest from London.

Garfield is a fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute. Here are their people:

Robert L. Freedman
Chairman of the Board

Bruce H. Hooper
Vice Chairman of the Board

Samuel J. Savitz
Vice Chairman of the Board

Marvin Wachman
Vice Chairman of the Board

Harvey Sicherman, Ph.D.
President & Director

Alan H. Luxenberg
Vice President & Secretary

Charles B. Grace, Jr.
Treasurer

So, one of the big questions is the full extent and nature of Garfield's ties with Bremer as well as the Blackwater Group. In addition, if we can tie Garfield with Poindexter, it will help show a continum of intrigue that has stretched from Nixon to Bush II.

Furthermore, another question is, who are these people, and what are their ties to the Bush administration?

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Christian Bailey:

Bailey directly stood to benefit from the Iraq payola scandal. He works for many of the companies that have gotten business from the War in Iraq:

Christian Bailey, according to his Lincoln Group profile (http://www.lincolngroup.com/), is executive vice president of capital markets:

    "As Executive Vice President, Christian Bailey leads the evaluation and structuring of emerging markets investment transactions, as well as the development of key partner and co-investor relationships. Investments completed to date include four in Iraq: steel reprocessing at six sites near Basra, property in Baghdad, and two brick factories near Erbil. Mr. Bailey also develops key partner relationships supporting Lincoln Group's professional services arm supporting commercial and government clients with information gathering & analysis; and outreach through PR, advertising & strategic communications. Mr. Bailey formerly served as a Managing Director at Lincoln Asset Management Group where he led the defense technology private equity group. Previously, Mr. Bailey founded Akaru, an international trade logistics provider which became the largest worldwide in automating customs clearance and settlement and was ultimately acquired by NewChannel in 2001. After stepping down as CEO, Mr. Bailey was invited to serve as Entrepreneur-in-Residence at one of Akaru's Venture Capital investors in Palo Alto, CA where he advised portfolio companies and identified, evaluated and developed emerging technology investments, including sourcing and nurturing spin-outs from Raytheon and Kodak. Mr. Bailey has served as a volunteer with and officer of Junior Achievement and DonorsChoose. He holds a Bachelors and a Masters in Economics and Management from the University of Oxford."

He is the "former CEO of ExpressAction.

There is no information to be found on Express Action; their domain is for sale. But we also know from the Sourcewatch site that Bailey was chair of the Bush-Cheney campaign in New York. This means that the White House had the Lincoln Group do this as a reward to political contributors; in other words, this is a form of legalized bribery.

He is also chair of Lead21, a group designed to train Republican business leaders.

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Lincoln scrubs people's names from site.

Beltway Pinto Beans reports that Lincoln has scrubbed the names of several people from their site, including Bailey and the following three people:

# Huy Kameron Hoang - Director, Lincoln Innovation Lab
# James Sutton - Country Manager, Iraq
# Brian Swift - Project Manager, IBC

Is this the site of IBC? This is a very shadowy site, with no references to anybody who works for them. I went to their sitemap and then to their organizational structure. They list the following six partners:

The International Association of Broadcasting Manufacturers

The Institution of Electrical Engineers

IEEE Broadcast Technology Society

The Royal Television Society

The Society of Cable Telecommunication Engineers

The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers

They have an organizational overview on the page as well. However, they have no links to their organizational divisions and no people listed as being in charge of this group.

As for Sutton, he may have been the lead man for Iraq, given  his listing for that country. And we find no links for Hoang on Google.

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Lead 21.

Beltway Pinto Beans found an interview with Bailey from The New York Times August 31st issue, in which he admitted that the purpose of Lead 21 was to cultivate new business leaders who would be major donors to the GOP in five years' time. Therefore, Bailey's appointment was a reward for his job; I suggest his job was to cultivate Iraqi journalists into propagandists like he has with Lead 21.

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IraqEx.

IraqEx was the company formed by Lincon to actually disseminate the propaganda. The Bush administration provided them with offices; they had as many as 300 employees whose job was to spread propaganda for the Bush administration to the Iraq media. SourceWatch reveals the full extent of their work:

Iraqex (Iraqex LLC) was "formed with the backing of Lincoln Asset Management Group [1] (http://www.lincolnam.com/)[2] (http://www.lincolnam.com/...) with the assistance of a cadre of investors, to pursue private sector opportunities in Iraq. Iraqex brings a unique combination of expertise in collecting and exploiting information; structuring transactions; and mitigating risks through due diligence, legal strategies and security. Iraqex has developed subsidiaries and private equity investments in Iraq spanning commercial real estate, manufacturing, metals, transportation, and communications.

"Iraqex recently won a three-year contract to provide all Public Relations, outreach, and media monitoring & analysis for Coalition Forces across Iraq. This includes:

    * Providing Strategic Counsel
    * Creation of a Strategic Public Relations and Advertising Plan
    * Outreach to Target Audiences
    * Research, Polling and Media Monitoring
    * Production Advice and Support
    * Development of Products
    * Recruiting, Training, and Preparing local Spokespersons
    * Development of a Rapid Reaction Team
    * Advanced Information Systems

"This is the PR challenge of the decade: how to alter Iraqis' perceptions of the Coalition Forces. We've been given wide latitude and urged to be creative in the approaches we take. We also have a good budget and use of the Coalition's assets across Iraq.

"Iraqex benefits from strong relationships in Iraq, the U.S. and internationally. In Iraq, it has cultivated relationships with the Iraqi national government, municipalities, tribal leaders, prominent families, and the business community. Iraqex has a thriving network of offices from Basra in the South to Zakho in the North and has worked with over 300 Iraqi journalists. In the U.S., Iraqex partners enjoy select relationships in Congress," the Bush administration, Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), Export-Import Bank of the United States, and the U.S. Department of State.

In other words, the Bush administration gave them completely open access to information not accessable to other journalists so that they could pay as many as 300 journalists to pass off propaganda as news.

Obviously, their mission to alter the Iraqis' perceptions of coalition forces has been a colossal failure. 82% of Iraqis oppose our presence in Iraq for an obvious reason: No amount of propaganda will bring back friends or loved ones who have been killed by coalition forces. This effort is tantamount to banging one's head against the wall.

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Lincoln's subcontractors:

Pinto reports that Lincoln subcontracts to the following people:

A theory of SUPER CONSPIRACY deepens when you see that Lincoln Group has listed as a sub contractor, the Republican Power House and King maker BKSH and  Associates, and organization presented a bipartisan, but is actually a part of Burso-Marstell (supposedly world's fifth largest PR firm), which is run by world reknowned Republican strategist Charles R. Black, Jr., who served both Ronald Reagan, and the first President Bush as well as acting as a spokesperson for the Republican Party.  The firms LOBBYIST specialize in  the design and execution of  programs to help shape public policy. Cozy relationship in light of the purported purpose and scope of the Pentagon's 100 Million dollar contract with Lincoln Group when you consider that BKSH brags about its ability to mount US, pan-European and transatlantic campaigns.   Odder still, is the fact that The New Yorker back in February of 2004 reported that Black was considering opening up an office in Bahgdad...just months before Lincoln Group(Iraqex) got their first major contract (over five million dollars) in September of 2004.  Did they have inside information?

BSKH is a PR firm which openly specializes in the dissemination of American propaganda worldwide. They partner with Burson Marsteller and Civitas Group. Civitas is a bipartisan firm which consults on security issues for federal, state, and local governmental issues. They are run by Milton Hershmann; their board is chaired by former Senator Warren Rudman. Among their people is Richard Clarke. Bursto-Marsell is run by the right-winger Charles Black, a long-time political consultant who managed the Jesse Helms campaign, among others. He also serves on the board of the American Conservative Union according to the Sourcewatch link.

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Paige Craig:

In a subsequent post, Pintobeans discusses the role of Paige Craig. Craig is quoted in the September 27th 2004 Lebanon Daily Star as follows:

"Iraq businesses upbeat despite security fears," Agence France Presse, September 27, 2004: "Paige Craig, executive vice president of Iraqex, a US firm involved in a range of activities from manufacturing construction materials to `providing logistics' for US forces, disagreed with the general view that the security situation was deteriorating. ... `People think it's getting worse because they only pay attention to foreigners (who are being taken hostage and often executed). But it's definitely more secure now than it was' a year ago, he told AFP."

Odd in this article, that included in the list of services Lincoln Group (Iragex) that they are providing is "logistics for US forces".  When was the last time that a simple PR firm provides logistical support?  Further, what construction materials are they manufacturing, and are there even more hidden contracts, and or secret operations associated with them?  The claim of providing US troops with Logistical support has a certain air of AUTHORITY, and makes one wonder if we are looking at something more along the lines of a company created as political pay back for a host of Bush Cronies, including perhaps various members of the World Intelligence Community when we look briefly at the resume of another board member, Andrew Garfield.

This does not pass the smell test for Pinto, and it does not pass the smell test for me either. This story makes me wonder if much of the money that was supposed to go for construction actually went to the pockets of people like Craig, Christian, and other contributors who have worked for right-wing causes over the years.

This would explain why war defenders are wringing their hands over all of the construction projects missed by the media in favor of bad news. The war defenders see what they want to see (the contruction projects), while the media reports nothing about them. This suggests the possibility that taxpayer dollars that were supposed to go to construction actually went to places like The Lincoln Group and their allies.

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Baghdad Press Club:

The media has been reporting some on the Payola aspects; Knight-Ridder has focused on the Baghdad Press Club:

U.S. officials in Washington said the payments were made through the Baghdad Press Club, an organization they said was created more than a year ago by U.S. Army officers. They are part of an extensive American military-run information campaign -- including psychological warfare experts -- intended to build popular support for U.S.-led stabilization efforts and erode support for Sunni Muslim insurgents.

Members of the Press Club are paid as much as $ 200 a month, depending on how many positive pieces they produce.

Under military rules, information operations are restricted to influencing the attitudes and behavior of foreign governments and people. One form of information operations -- psychological warfare -- can use doctored or false information to deceive or damage the enemy or to bolster support for American efforts.

Many military officials, however, said they were concerned that the payments to Iraqi journalists and other covert information operations in Iraq had become so extensive that they were corroding the effort to build democracy and undermining U.S. credibility in Iraq. They also worry that information in the Iraqi press that's been planted or paid for by the U.S. military could "blow back" to the American public.

I could find no links to the Baghdad Press Club on Google; this suggests that the Bush administration has something else to hide, given the nature of secrecy here. Also, the San Jose Mercury News, for some reason, scrubbed the reference to the Baghdad Press Club, although it was on there as of December 1st. This goes back to the recommended Kos diary of a few days ago, where editors were scrubbing quotes from Ted Kennedy because "We already know what he thinks." But the original story from KR is still there.

Knight-Ridder shows the full extent of the operation, including people specializing in psy-ops taking reporters on a tour of the Iraqi-Syria border:

The Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday that the U.S. military has been paying Iraqi newspapers to print pro-American stories written by U.S. information operations troops.

A Knight Ridder investigation has found that the American military's information operations have been far more extensive.

In addition to the Army's secret payments to Iraqi newspaper, radio and television journalists for positive stories, U.S. psychological-warfare officers have been involved in writing news releases and drafting media strategies for top commanders, two defense officials said.

On at least one occasion, psychological warfare specialists have taken a group of international journalists on a tour of Iraq's border with Syria, a route used by Islamic terrorists and arms smugglers, one of the officials said.

Usually, these duties are the responsibility of military public-affairs officers.

In other words, they are showing journalists what they want them to see, and not the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.

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"I don't believe in checks and balances."

The Bush administration will go to no ends to pay off journalists through propaganda. Many of the Iraqi journalists are desperately poor and would jump at the lucrative Pentagon dollars to report Bush administration propaganda as news. And don't take my word for it:

However, a current American official and a second former U.S. official, both of whom served in Iraq, said the attempt to jump-start independent Iraqi media -- described by the current official as "priming the pump" -- quickly mushroomed into a much more ambitious and entrenched effort to influence what was being reported in the Iraqi media.

"The Iraqis learned that if they reported stuff we liked, they'd get paid, and our guys learned that if they paid the Iraqis, they'd report stuff we liked," the former senior defense official said.

While the Pentagon's media campaign in Iraq harks back to CIA efforts in Italy, Greece and elsewhere after World War II to discredit communism and promote pro-Western ideas, it also reflects a widespread belief by some Bush administration officials that the news media are merely another interest group to be spun, influenced, bullied or, if necessary, bought or rented.

"They don't represent the public any more than other people do," White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card once said, as quoted in The New Yorker magazine. "In our democracy, the people who represent the public stood for election. I don't believe you have a check-and-balance function."

Originally posted to Stop the Police State! on Sat Dec 03, 2005 at 10:14 PM PST.

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  •  Holy Shit! Deeply Disturbing-Recommended-Thanks (4.00)
    •  GOP Funding? (none)
      I would be curious to know how much, if any, of the US taxpayer dollars allocated for Iraq made their way back to this country to support GOP causes. Also, I wonder in particular if Rev. Pat Robertson received any of this money, or if he is in any way involved in the security-for-hire side of things over there?
  •  Recommended! (none)
    Great investigative and writing job!
  •  ..so.. (4.00)
    ..How much does Lieberman get working for these guys?
    •  I think Rove has something on him (4.00)
      listening to his talk on Imus, I got the impression he was being blackmailed.  Can't put my finger on why, but what he was saying wasn't making sense, he avoided answering questions, and continually reverted to WH talking points, and he didn't sound like he believed what he was saying.

      Or he may have been "touched by the Bush-God."


      He may look like an idiot and talk like an idiot but don't let that fool you. He really is an idiot - Groucho Marx

      by AlyoshaKaramazov on Sat Dec 03, 2005 at 07:36:42 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  What I think: (4.00)
        Greenskeeper, a rabid Lieberman critic here, says Joe had ties to a lot of right-wing groups back in the 1990's, including the notorious Charles Murray. I found a connection one time between Lieberman and a far-right reconstructionist group that believed in the rebuilding of the temple.

        I wonder if Rove's threats, if they exist, are along those lines.

        •  Often the answer is right in front of you... (4.00)
          ..Lieberman's backers are insurance companies and defense contractors.  New London and other parts of CT get enormous Federal defense dollars.  Insurers got huge windfalls from Rethugs.

          He was bought and paid for a long time ago.  As part of the deal, he signed on with neo-con foreign policy.  In exchange, he gets to vote his conscience on other matters which, many argue, permits him to have a fairly good voting record for Dem issues.

          As for me, I can't condone voting for a guy who would allow the killing American troops and innocent civilians for no reason (because, folks, that's what is going on in Iraq) just to stay in office.  Further, his deal with the devil is also irrational from the Democratic political perspective, since much of the "missing" funds in Iraq are going straight to Rethugs.  So, Joe's helping to finance our opposition for years to come.  (Of course, that's ok if one is actually playing for the other team anyway, or if one would like to see Rethug tyranny continue so one can stay in power.)

          •  Joe Lieberman, next Secretary of Defense (none)
            Bob Scheifer this am commented to John Kerry that he'd heard from four different people this week that Lieberman was slated to become Secretary of Defense if Rummy should leave.

            So, small wonder he looks like he's hiding something. It may be more than just talk.

  •  Everyday I read more... (4.00)
    ... the less I want to know.  

    It is beyond my comprehension how deep and extensive the corruption is within this government.  This entire war was a payback for years of loyal service by a group of thoroughly corrupt men that have and continue to control our collective direction.  

    I cannot understand how any of these people justify what they do inside of their own minds.  

    Its unreal.

    Inhuman.

    Evil.

  •  Excellent work Highly Recommended! (none)
    Following the threads of corruption is depressing but necessary.  Thanks for your efforts and a very interesting diary!
  •  more info (4.00)
    at Sourcewatch:
    A June 11, 2005, Washington Post article reported that the Pentagon had just awarded three contracts, potentially worth up to $300 million over five years, to three companies it hopes will inject more creativity into its psychological operations efforts to improve foreign public opinion about the United States, particularly the military. Lincoln Group won one of the three contracts, Science Applications International Corporation and SYColeman, Inc., a subsidiary of L-3 Communications, the other two. All three companies declined to comment for the article. [8] (http://www.washingtonpost.com/...)[9] (http://www.timesdispatch.com/...)

    As the Richmond (Virginia) Times-Dispatch wrote, "The use of contractors in psyops is a new wrinkle. But psychological warfare expert Herb Friedman said he is not surprised. ... With only one active-duty and two reserve psyops units remaining, Friedman said, 'The bottom line is, they don't have the manpower.'"


    Treason's Greetings from Karl Rove and Scooter Libby: Merry Fitzmas and Happy New Smear

    by seesdifferent on Sat Dec 03, 2005 at 07:04:34 PM PST

    •  L-3 communications (none)
      Jay Garner was on the board of L-3, he of the fabulous screw ups in Iraq, so bad he was replaced by Paul Bremer. L-3 of course has gotten much Pentagon money. Much.
      A retired lieutenant colonel of the space command, Biff Baker, alleged that Garner used his Pentagon connections to win 100 million dollars in contracts for SY Coleman. Garner, who denied any wrongdoing, countered with a defamation suit, and the matter was settled out of court in January." (6)

      Temman also reports: "[Garner] has been regularly denounced by the Council on American-Islamic Relations for his views. ... He has close ties with conservative Israeli groups, attracting criticism when he backed a statement in 2000 by the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs praising the Israeli army for showing what it called `remarkable restraint' in the face of the Palestinian uprising."

      Treason's Greetings from Karl Rove and Scooter Libby: Merry Fitzmas and Happy New Smear

      by seesdifferent on Sun Dec 04, 2005 at 10:36:51 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  Garner was also head of SY (none)
      before it was taken over by L-3.

      Treason's Greetings from Karl Rove and Scooter Libby: Merry Fitzmas and Happy New Smear

      by seesdifferent on Sun Dec 04, 2005 at 10:38:39 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  and of course (none)
        Garner is one of the Star Wars advocates, Lockheed Martin, Steven Hadley, all that bunch, Rumsfeld commission, blah blah.

        Treason's Greetings from Karl Rove and Scooter Libby: Merry Fitzmas and Happy New Smear

        by seesdifferent on Sun Dec 04, 2005 at 10:54:15 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

  •  Could Hoang... (none)
    ...have anything to do with this Lincoln Lab?

    "...psychopaths have little difficulty infiltrating the domains of...politics, law enforcement, (and) government." Dr. Robert Hare

    by RubDMC on Sat Dec 03, 2005 at 07:06:25 PM PST

  •  Could there be a tie in to CPA indictments? (none)
    As ysbee has covered in her diaries; there have been 3 indictments so far related to payola in Iraq; with another dozen or so coming according to the prosecutor...disgusting.

    There may come a point in our disagreement when I can no longer dispute you on logical grounds, but I can still punch you in the nose. Ludwig Wittgenstien

    by bostonjay on Sat Dec 03, 2005 at 07:10:29 PM PST

  •  chicago tribune article (4.00)
    this story from the Chicago Tribune ("Word Warriors, 2/4/05), which inadvertently highlighted the fact that the most experienced firm in Iraq has a penchant for hiring GOP political hacks with absolutely no experience in Iraq:

    When [Jonathan Blessing] and another political consultant who had been working for the Bush campaign in Illinois heard about an opportunity to work for a company doing public relations in Iraq, the two jumped at the chance . . .
    Blessing and Swift are working for a private company called Iraqex, a subcontractor for the U.S. Department of Defense . . . Swift worked for the Bush-Cheney campaign in Illinois, and Blessing worked for the state GOP.

    Whiskey Bar June 05 link

    Treason's Greetings from Karl Rove and Scooter Libby: Merry Fitzmas and Happy New Smear

    by seesdifferent on Sat Dec 03, 2005 at 07:14:22 PM PST

  •  Huy Kameron Huang (4.00)
    From Google:

    Horizen - Reinventing outsourced workforce management

    (cached page because horizen.net is gone)

    Horizen, Inc. is a developer of enterprise software and a leading provider of outsourced workforce management solutions for Global 2000 corporations. The company's flagship product, the Horizen System, lets clients, procure, manage and assess outsourced workers efficiently, cheaply and intelligently, saving them time and money while enhancing their ability to plan for the future.

    Headquarters

    702 Haight St.
    San Francisco, CA 94117

    Senior Management

    David Castellini | email - Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
    Huy Kameron Hoang | email - President
    Chinh Vu | email - Chief Technical Officer
    Andrew Bradner | - Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operations Officer
    Tim Reed | - Vice President of Business Development
    Paul Harris | email - Vice President of Product Development

    Contacts

    Investor Relations:  Kameron Hoang | email

    Public Relations: Troy Flint


    Bush - the ultimate example of the Peter Principle.

    by PatsBard on Sat Dec 03, 2005 at 07:32:04 PM PST

  •  Damn (4.00)
    Now THIS is investigative journalism.  Great work, Eternal Hope.
    Recommend.

    After three hundred million dollars worth of fake news their propaganda hasn't won the broken hearts and grieving minds of  people who have lived through the horrors of babies burnt to death by white phosphorous; loved ones kidnapped, tortured, and killed; and tens of thousands of innocent Iraqis who have lost everything, including hope.  

  •  cannonfire (4.00)
    You might find it interesting to see what's getting posted about the folks doing the bribing on cannonfire.
  •  Holy Shiite! (none)
    These guys are everywhere!

    Great work on the low down EH!

    inspire change...don't back down

    by missliberties on Sat Dec 03, 2005 at 07:48:27 PM PST

  •  Superb (none)
    Thanks for that hard work. Very thought provoking.

    Given how badly Bremer is made to look in this article regarding the Army officer walking off with hundreds of Ks of cash during Bremer's watch, I can foresee him and his haircut placed before a Congressional inquirey so that ha can "'splain."

    •  Another Medal Winner (none)

      I saw recently that Bremer is said to have dismissed Sistani as a "minor player." So he was kinda out of touch, apparently. I can't get out of my mind an image of Bremer eating nightly gourmet meals over there. Does anyone know what might have been on his menu? I doubt it was MREs, but I could be wrong.

      But he did crticize the Bush II administration before last year's US election ... before he was awarded the Medal of Freedom.

  •  How does it serve the alleged American (none)
    purpose of winning Iraqi hearts and minds when it is exposed that their supposed free media are puppets of the US government? How does that reinforce Iraqi faith and promise in their own independence and democratic institutions?

    Something's happening here today -- a show of strength with your boys' brigade. Paul Weller

    by jamfan on Sat Dec 03, 2005 at 08:01:16 PM PST

    •  It doesn't (4.00)
      I can't put it as well as Laura Rozen, so here is what she said:
      "Let's just face it: US credibility is shot to hell by this. The thing is, once you're caught doing something you said you weren't doing, no one will believe you once you stop doing it. Still, why should we be paying for the administration's violation of our own laws? Is Congress going to do anything about it?"
      http://www.warandpiece.com/...

      War is not an adventure. It is a disease. It is like typhus. - Antoine De Saint-Exupery

      by Margot on Sat Dec 03, 2005 at 08:15:48 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  That's the key question (4.00)
      It's like this...there's this lady on my mommy board who found out her husband was cheating her during this pregnancy.  He said he'd stop, but he has credibility issues with her (internet porn, saying he'd be someplace when he wasn't, etc.).  Now, a month later, she's still convinced he's cheating on her but he doesn't understand why she won't believe him.  

      I keep telling her to dump the guy, but she's pregnant and "doesn't know what to think."  I'm sure she voted for Bush.

    •  There is no interest in the hearts and minds (none)
      of Iraqis, except for the few that are installed into positions of power.
      The interest is in gaining control of territory (permanent military bases) from which the region will be easy to control in order to, as Rumsfeld has stated, "project power" and insure that there is no effort to "deny access."
      It's 21st Century gun-boat diplomacy.  Escept now they're using missiles with nuclear warheads.

      Forget "GOD, GUNS, GAYS, GIRLS & GETS"

      by hannah on Sun Dec 04, 2005 at 11:37:48 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Excellent diary (4.00)
    Just another sad example of the fleecing of the American people. When will they wake up to the fact that the Pentagon is taking the lead on the largest redistribution of wealth our country has seen?

    Hopefully by November 7, 2006 when we can turn these bastards out of office.

  •  When in doubt, check the archive.... (none)
    There are some pages cached on ExpressAction.com at the WayBack machine. Don't know if what's there will help, but the company was seemingly active until last year....

    http://web.archive.org/ and type in their domain.

    I found at least this page still in the cache

    http://web.archive.org/...

    I think ... therefore I'm probably overqualified for public office

    by zeppomarx on Sat Dec 03, 2005 at 08:18:42 PM PST

    •  Their board in 2001 (none)
      Board Of Directors

      Matt Glickman - Founder and former CEO, BabyCenter
      Matt Glickman was the CEO of BabyCenter, Inc from 1997-2000. BabyCenter won two consecutive Webby awards was selected by Red Herring Magazine as one of the top 50 private companies in America. BabyCenter was acquired by eToys, the Internet's leading retailer of children's products, in 1999. Glickman was selected one of the Bay Area's 20 most influential new media executives by the San Francisco Business Times. Prior to founding BabyCenter, Glickman managed Intuit's flagship Quicken product. Previously, he was CFO of Teach for America, an educational nonprofit organization, and he served as a consultant at Bain and Company. Glickman serves on the board of the I Have a Dream Program in East Palo Alto, CA and is a member of the New Schools Venture Fund. He also holds an MA from the Stanford School of Education and is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Amherst College. He also graduated an Arjay Miller Scholar from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

      David Cowan - Managing General Partner, Bessemer Venture Partners
      David Cowan joined Bessemer Venture Partners in 1992. His communications investments include CellAccess (acquired by Fore), Ciena, Data Labs (acquired by Cisco), ON Technology, P-Com, Worldtalk, and Telocity. Cowan now specializes in e-commerce investments, including BabyCenter, eToys, Flycast, Keynote, Mothernature.com, PSI-Net, Tumbleweed, EXP.com, Register.com and VeriSign, which Cowan co-founded with Jim Bidzos in 1995. He received his BS in computer science and MBA degrees from Harvard University.

      Steven Baloff - General Partner, Advanced Technology Ventures
      Steve Baloff joined ATV in 1996, focusing primarily on new careers in software and the Internet. Prior to joining ATV, he was CEO and founder of Worldview, developers of Travelocity, an award-winning travel-related information services Web site. Baloff has also held a variety of executive positions and played a key role in the rapid growth of Covalent Systems, a vendor of shop floor data collection and business systems, and The Strategic Management Practice of Booz Allen & Hamilton. Currently, he also serves on the board of directors for several companies, including Noosh, ViryaNet (previously RTS Software), Just in Time Solutions, Upshot Corporation, UBUBU, and OneChannel. Baloff holds an MBA from Stanford University and an AB in economics from Harvard College.

      Christian Bailey - CEO, Express Action
      Prior to founding Express Action, Inc., Christian Bailey led the Emerging Companies Group at Linck Corporate Finance plc where he funded and helped develop high-growth technology companies. Before joining Linck, Bailey founded and built Chameleon Group, an international training distributor with a global supply-chain which was acquired in 1998. He also worked at Kleinwort Benson before their acquisition by Dresdner Bank and in Barclays Bank's International Corporate Group. Bailey has experience with the Internet dating back to 1991 and has acted as an advisor to several of the largest European eBusinesses including AOL UK and VirginNET. He graduated with a BA and MA in Economics and Management from Oxford University

      I think ... therefore I'm probably overqualified for public office

      by zeppomarx on Sat Dec 03, 2005 at 08:20:28 PM PST

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  •  Links to Hoang (none)
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    ...Officer Huy Kameron Hoang bio email VP Business Dev./Marketing Chinh Vu bio email Chief Technical Officer Andrew Bradner bio Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operations Officer Paul Harris bio VP Product Development Board of Directors Tony Leach email EVP Operations and Services - E.piphany David Castellini - Horizen Huy Kameron Hoang - Horizen Board of Advisors Marsha Begun email - Begun Consulting Mark......
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         Horizen was founded by a dynamic team of entrepreneurs intent on using vision, state-of the-art technology and novel business solutions, to solve the problems companies have in identifying, procuring and managing outsourced workers. The management team's boundless energy and innovative approach to enterprise software is complemented by the presence of directors and advisors with years of applicable business experience.

    On the technical side, Horizen's engineers combine years of experience in database programming with the conviction that the Internet is the next and greatest platform for software development and distribution. This belief has shaped the creation of the Horizen System, which is designed to capitalize on the greatest attributes of the Internet - accessibility and flexibility, as well as rapid delivery and product upgrades.

    Senior Management

    David Castellini  bio | email - Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
    Huy Kameron Hoang bio | email - VP Business Dev./Marketing
    Chinh Vu bio | email - Chief Technical Officer
    Andrew Bradner bio - Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operations Officer
    Paul Harris bio - VP Product Development

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    Tony Leach | email - EVP Operations and Services - E.piphany
    David Castellini - Horizen
    Huy Kameron Hoang - Horizen

    Board of Advisors

    Marsha Begun | email - Begun Consulting
    Mark Edwards | email - iQuantic
    Lawrence Schiff | email - Federal Reserve Board
    Hal Tozer | email - Independent Consultant

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         Horizen, Inc. is a developer of enterprise software and a leading provider of outsourced workforce management solutions for Global 2000 corporations. The company's flagship product, the Horizen System, lets clients, procure, manage and assess outsourced workers efficiently, cheaply and intelligently, saving them time and money while enhancing their ability to plan for the future.
    Headquarters

    702 Haight St.
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    Senior Management

    David Castellini | email - Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
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    If you notice, Hoang also goes by just Kameron Hoang.  A Kameron Hoang attended Yale in 1996-97.  Was involved in some kind of "dirty political fight" there. [I can't get the pages to load]

    yaledailynews.com - Belanger criticizes opponent for booth
    Yale College Council presidential candidate Tyson Belanger '98 yesterday levied
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        Kameron Hoang '97, writer and illustrator of the campus cartoon "Dirtbags," said
        his recent year off from Yale influenced his decision to run. ...
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    The force behind Kameron Hoang's campaign is dissatisfaction. He said, "The only
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    kameron hoang on Golden Era Vegetarian Restaurant
    "When I was a kid in Viet Nam crazy grandmother sent me off to the monastery for 8 hours a day. I was the only kid in the bunch and as such had to sit in the back (go ahead, take a few minutes to fathom sitting a 5 year old kid in one place for 8 hours chanting rosary). If I was good, they gave me a..."

    Our... constitutional heritage rebels at the thought of giving government the power to control men's minds. Thurgood Marshall

    by bronte17 on Sat Dec 03, 2005 at 09:00:09 PM PST

  •  Fantastic info. (none)
    Wonderfully linked.  This all has to come out.  It will all come back to bite them in the ass, partly due to diaries such as this.

    If there's one stupid nit-pick I have it's this:  I wish people who do fantastic investigative work would name their blogs accordingly.  I don't mean to censor anyone or anything.  But when the day comes that blogs are finally given there just due, I struggle to imagine yammering heads saying things like, "According to Beltway Pinto Beans, blah, blah, blah..."  

    I know, it's a dumb thing to bring up.  But I think about it.

    George W. Bush deserves a fair trial.

    by CJB on Sat Dec 03, 2005 at 09:34:24 PM PST

  •  Last graf (4.00)
    Good work, but the sub-head to the last paragraph, "I Don't Believe in Checks and Balances," misrepresents what Card actually said.

    When I said, "I don't believe you have a check-and-balance function," the "you" refers to the press. He's saying that only elected leaders represent the public. The press does not represent the public, it only serves itself; and since the press corps was not elected to represent the people, therefore it has no standing to claim a check-and-balance function against the formal branches of government.

    There is a distinction between what he said there and what you wrote in the sub-head, which implies that Card doesn't believe in government oversight functions at all.

  •  THis is one of the impossible webs (none)
    These things exist everywhere.  They must be connected to every single government office with money to spend.  

    They seem to be impossible to directly out.  What these people do seems to constitute SOP for many businesses at a certain level.  It's all handshakes and pats on the back and they are all salivating over these millions and billions of dollars trickling down from the largesse of this administration.

    The question is this:

    How do you connect these things back to the people who are destroying our government?  

    There are simply too many names.  It's difficult for people to get their minds around the sheer numbers of individuals involved in selling themselves out against democracy.  These guys don't give a shit about democracy.  No matter what system of govt they use to develop their web of deceit, they will be the cream skimmed off the top.  Not because of any given abilities, but because of their disregard for any sort of moral or ethical thought.  

  •  DING! DING! DING! (none)
    wake up call!

    this revelation is hardly shocking.

    is anyone aware of the fact bushco has a quite active propaganda TV network based here in the U.S. which beams TV shows and "news" to Iraq via satellite?

    of course this effort costs a lot of money. it's no surprise bushco is planting/paying for propaganda in various print media.

    "Apparently, the person had been killed by a falling graveyard." Steve Coll The New Yorker

    by Superpole on Sun Dec 04, 2005 at 06:50:54 AM PST

  •  This is an interesting diary... (none)
    but I do wonder about the ties between
    The Terrorism Research Center itself is a right-wing think tank with ties to former Iran-Contra figure John Poindexter. From their website:

       

    We are pleased to have the following speakers confirmed: Brian Michael Jenkins, Ambassador Cofer Black, Admiral John Poindexter, Michael Scheuer, Walter Purdy, Colonel Danny McKnight, Jennifer Hardwick, Lt. John Sullivan, Lt. Roger Kelly, Don Hewitt, Rebecca Givner-Forbes, Ned Moran and a special guest from London.

    Much as I love a theory...he spoke there. In this town, it's not unusual to have someone like Poindexter speaking somewhere. But that doesn't make a "tie."

    Michael Scheuer? The guy next to him on the list? That's the guy who wrote Imperial Hubris.

    "Computer. End holographic program...Computer? Computer?"

    by kredwyn on Sun Dec 04, 2005 at 07:47:55 AM PST

  •  Billmon (4.00)
    had The Lincoln Group in his sights last June and posted this piece: Blowback

    Taking Billmon up on his request, we engaged in a fact gathering mission.  The comments are full of nuggets if information.  Many of the links referring to Christian Baily have been scrubbed.  Also, the day after we started checking into Lincoln/Bailey, the Whois for Lincoln Asset Mgmt., Iraqex and Lincoln Corp.  which is posted in the comments, was changed.  

    Blowback comments

    At the bottom of the page for comments to Blowback, I commented on being creeped out by a link I found to a Web page named Consummate Waiter which is now password protected.  The link took me to a Web page for Iraqex in Arabic.  I just did a Whois and the owner comes up as Paul Harris.   In PatsBard's comments upthread in this dairy, it lists a Paul Harris as a VP for Horizon.  Strange indeed.

    Paul Harris
       3701 Sacramento Street #315
       San Francisco, CA 94118
       US

       Registrar: NAMESDIRECT
       Domain Name: CONSUMMATEWAITER.COM
          Created on: 04-FEB-05
          Expires on: 04-FEB-06
          Last Updated on: 04-FEB-05

       Administrative, Technical Contact:
          Harris, Paul  paul@kaizensoftware.com
          Paul Harris
          3701 Sacramento Street #315
          San Francisco, CA  94118
          US
          4153366995

    Corrente was also looking into Christian Baily.  Farmer's post is here and Xan's post is here.  

    As Pinto Beans says, Christian Baily has been a busy boy scrubbing his name from Lead21 and other sites but he missed this one which I found after a lengthy search through Wayback here:

    Auren Hoffman, Chairman (StoneBrick)
    Sonia Arrison, Communications Chair
    Chris Alden, Policy Co-Chair
    Christian Bailey, NYC Co-Chair
    Peggy Fang, Events Chair (GE Capital)
    Maxine Friedman, NYC Co-Chair
    Michael Kim, Membership Chair (Rustic Canyon)
    Rob Reid, Policy Co-Chair (Listen)
    Laurence Toney, Finance Chair (eBay)
    Alumni
    John Duncan
    Price Roe (Co-Founder)
    Adrian Scott

    Listed above is Co-Founder Price Roe.  Price is now with the DOJ.

    Here is Price bragging about being invited by the White House to sit on the platform for Inauguration II (scroll to bottom of page) complete with pic.

    If we stick any more forks in Bush, he's going to look like a satellite.

    by acuppajo on Sun Dec 04, 2005 at 08:09:51 AM PST

  •  Democracy - it's the model, stupid (none)
    You need to understand, BushCo and their ilk from around the world are great supporters of democracy. It's just not what us kossacks and other traditional, benighted, superannuated "democrats" think of as democracy. We think, "democracy - that means one person one vote, right?" Wrong. BushCo democracy is 1 dollar  = 1/10 trillionth of a vote (approximatley). Get it?

    The name is not the thing named, the map is not the territory. -- Gregory Bateson

    by semiot on Sun Dec 04, 2005 at 08:30:21 AM PST

  •  Thank you, Eternal Hope, (none)
    This is truly a chaotic mass of information, and I am reluctant to draw a plot and a pattern out of it yet.  But people doing this kind of research is exactly what we need to start building an understanding of interconnections.  Your Who's Who is very helpful.
  •  Pentaganda Gate should fly out of the park! (none)

    You have done a fantastic job of pulling together this tangled, huge, sprawling conglomerate of criminals and their activities and making sense of it.

    I wonder if Karen Hughes is involved.

    Having gone through the civil rights movement, Vietnam and Watergate I thought I'd seen the worst. But this administration's corruption and moral bankruptcy has taken America to new depths. Talk about your "evil empires."

    Thank you, and please continue this expose.

  •  Where are the (none)
    investigations?  It needs to be on the front page of every newspaper:  $200 million EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.  We are talking about $4-6 billion per month to pay for Iraq.  Per month.  $200 million a day. Where is it going?  This black hole of a war is making a handful of people really really rich, and we deserve to know what the hell is going on.

    My god, just think about it.  This Duke Cunningham guy from SoCal just got rapped for $2.4 million, or something like that? Bush is taking us for a ride to the tune of $200 million EVERY SINGLE DAY.  Every day that this bloody illegal occupation has gone down, $200 million goes out the window.  

    Everybody in this cast of corrupt characters belongs behind bars. I want to know why our  representatives are not screaming bloody murder about this issue. We can't afford this corrupt pile of shit mess that Bush has got us into. We are 2 1/2 years into this goddamned money drain, troops are getting blown to bits, innocent Iraqis are being shot by mercenaries on our dime, and I am sick to death of the political posturing while people are dying and our government and treasury are on the brink of collapse because of it.

  •  Grayscale, excellent comments here. (none)
    You should do a diary on this to draw attention to it. It is amazing to think about it that way--$200 million per day down the Bushco Evil Empire Rathole!

    These scandals, well scandals hardly seems an adequate word to capture the total immense corruption going on due to Bush, keep astounding me. I feel numb as I read about them, but then I get enraged and want to shout about it as I drive down the street, mild-mannered me!

    We really need to see to it that the public is informed about all this and sees it for what it really is.

    We're facing the destruction of democracy in America!

  •  Corruption (none)
    The corruption of this administration is oozing out like the gooey liquid from a dead rat's body.

    Check out the recommended diaries about the California energy market hijack by Enron. Check out the $10Million Bat Mitzvah diary. It's all corruption and greed. What's the dollar cost per day?

    Keep putting it in plain English so everyone- including well-educated Republicans can get this.
    It won't matter how strong the economy is- we will have to "pay the piper" later. Meanwhile, those in favor will just move their investments off-shore.

    Wow- recommended.

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