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Special Report : Saudis, Enron money helped pay for US rigged election

by : Wayne Madsen
Sunday November 28, 2004 - 23:04

by Wayne Madsen

According to informed sources in Washington and Houston, the Bush campaign spent some $29 million to pay polling place operatives around the country to rig the election for Bush. The operatives were posing as Homeland Security and FBI agents but were actually technicians familiar with Diebold, Sequoia, ES&S, Triad, Unilect, and Danaher Controls voting machines. These technicians reportedly hacked the systems to skew the results in favor of Bush.

The leak about the money and the rigged election apparently came from technicians who were promised to be paid a certain amount for their work but the Bush campaign interlocutors reneged and some of the technicians are revealing the nature of the vote rigging program.

There have been media reports from around the country concerning the locking down of precincts while votes were being tallied. In one unprecedented action in Warren County, Ohio, election officials locked down the facility where votes were being counted. The officials said this was in response to a Level 10 high-threat terrorist warning being issued by the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI for Warren County. George Bush won 72 percent of the vote in Warren County, much larger than his percentage of victory statewide.

The money to rig the election in favor of Bush reportedly came from an entity called Five Star Trust, largely based in Houston but a worldwide entity that is directly tied to the Saudi Royal Family. Five Star Trust was termed "a well-protected vehicle" that has been used to support both Bush and Osama bin Laden in the US and around the world.

Other money used to fund the election rigging was from siphoned Enron money stored away in accounts in the Cook Islands, which was once the base of one of the more questionable and Saudi-linked BCCI subsidiaries. Cook Islands banks also handled some of the weapons smuggling financing of the Iran-Contra scandal. A former Justice Department attorney who helped prosecute the BCCI case said the use of the Cook Islands by the Bush reelection team indicates they wanted the bank arrangements to be a "quick folding tent" operation that would cease to exist when the election was over. He said the Cook Islands was notorious for not requiring any documentation for such operations.

In fact, the Cook Islands has been a favorite location for various covert intelligence activities. This most recent use of the islands is a continuation of a scandal discovered in New Zealand in the early ’90s called the "Winebox Affair." In 1992, a computer dealer named Paul White bought some secondhand computers and floppy disks from the Citibank office in Auckland, New Zealand, that had earlier sold them to a scrap dealer.

White later discovered the floppies (and 10 paper files) detailed a scheme to use the European Pacific Bank in the Cook Islands to bilk foreign governments and banks for a phony 15 percent tax bill assessed on various transactions by the Cook Islands government (at the time run by Tom Davis, a former US Army and NASA research scientist who was allegedly on the payroll of the CIA). European Pacific reaped millions of illegal dollars from the New Zealand Treasury and a number of Japanese banks, including Mitsubishi Bank. Paul White later died in a suspicious auto accident.

As detailed in the book "The Paradise Conspiracy" by New Zealand journalist Ian Wishart, the Cook Islands scheme also involved several CIA operatives, including Lawrence John Fahey, who had an interest in InterAir of Nevada, one of the airlines used by Ollie North to funnel arms to Iran. It also involved William Raupe, a CIA officer stationed under cover as a USAID employee at the US embassy in Suva. Raupe had once worked for Air America in South East Asia. Another CIA agent active in the Cooks was Robert C. Allen, known to New Zealand authorities as a US agent who was formerly with the CIA proprietary firm Bishop, Baldwin, Dillingham, Wong Ltd. In addition, along with the late former Treasury Secretary William Simon, Gerald Parsky was also involved in the European Pacific Bank’s Cook Islands operations. Parsky is George W. Bush’s chief fundraiser and adviser in California (he led Bush’s 2000 California campaign) and supported Simon’s son’s unsuccessful bid for the governorship of California against Gray Davis and then again in the recall of Davis. Enron was involved early on with Arnold Schwarzenegger at a meeting in 2001 at the Beverly Hills Hotel at the same time Enron was bilking California utility customers with increases as high as 1000 percent This scheme eventually led to Davis’s recall and his replacement by Schwarzenegger.

The Cook Islands-Citibank-European Pacific fraud appeared to have been cooked up to take the place of other "outed" CIA banking activities, including Nugan Hand Bank in Australia. European Pacific also involved assets of BCCI, in particular the Commercial Bank of Commerce in Rarotonga, Cook Islands, a BCCI subsidiary. MIchael Hand, a former Green Beret who reportedly served with Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage in Laos (and whose partner, Frank Nugan, was found shot to death in 1980 in Australia) later turned up associated with Euromac (European Manufacturing Center) Ltd., a British company that tried to sell nuclear trigger krytrons to Saddam Hussein before the first Gulf War. Nugan Hand’s chief counsel, William Colby, a former CIA Director, was found floating in the Chesapeake in 1996.

The sale of nuclear material to Iraq was funded through Saudi operations in Houston, including those associated with George H. W. Bush, George W. Bush, James R. Bath, and Saudis Abdullah Taha Baksh, and Kamal Adham, as well as Lebanese businessman Ghaith Pharaon (who was also involved in the collapse of Miami’s CenTrust S&L, a bank that had ties to Jeb Bush). This gang, along with Salem Bin Laden, the older brother of Osama, funneled over $1 million into failed Bush ventures, including Arbusto, Spectrum 7, and Harken Energy. Some of the Saudi money also financed Enron Oil and Gas Resources (later EOG Resources) in the Belspec Fusselman Field in Midland, Texas, a deal in which George W. Bush had a financial stake. In fact, Saudi planes in the 1980s landed in Houston with mountains of cash used to buy nuclear material for Saddam to possibly use against the Iranians. The money was laundered through Houston’s Main Bank, a bank close to the Bush family. Skyway Aircraft of Houston, owned by Bath, was invested in by Abu Dhabi’s ruler (the main owner of BCCI) and whose parent company in the Cayman Islands was used by Ollie North to collect foreign money for his Iran-contra enterprise.

Another person involved in the Cook Islands bank defrauding scheme was a Lebanese-American named Samir Bashout (alias Dr. Khalaf B. Bashout) who set up Midland International Bank and Trust Ltd in the Cook Islands with no real capital. Bashout’s Midland had nothing to do with Midland Bank of the UK but may have been named for Midland, Texas, of George W. Bush fame. Bashout was later convicted of beating his wife in Rancho Park, Calif., amid a nasty divorce. She claimed he secreted away much of his money. Bashout’s Metro Bank (Philippines) account in Los Angeles was found to contain only $10,000, not the $10 million he claimed to Cook Islands’ authorities. US Treasury agent John Shockey alerted the Cook Islands internal auditor to Bashout’s repeated attempts to bounce a check for $5 million. In January 2002, Hamilton Bank failed after it lost $500 million due to loan scandals and money laundering charges. The recipient of a $5.5 million loan was Metro Bank International, headquartered in Vanuatu, an offshore banking location similar to the Cook Islands. Metro Bank was thought to contain some of the billions of dollars laundered by the CIA and the Cook Islands International Trust Corp. on behalf of Ferdinand Marcos. Marcos’s CIA intermediaries in the Cooks were Eldon William Morris, James Centers, and Dante Dominigo Agdeppa. Morris was under investigation by the Queensland Special Branch and the FBI in Hawaii and California.

Bashout was also involved in the defunct World Arabic Television News (WATN), an Arabic television network that attracted the attention of the Houston-based Arab Times newspaper as not delivering on its promises and defrauding investors.

See followup article: More on the buying of electoral fraud by the Bush campaign.

Wayne Madsen is a Washington, DC-based investigative reporter. He was also the Operations Officer at Naval Facility Coos Head, Oregon from 1980 to 1982 and assisted the FBI and NIS in the investigation as a temporary special agent.


More on the buying of electoral fraud by the Bush campaign

By Wayne Madsen

Additional information on the buying of vote riggers with Saudi and former Enron funds has been obtained. The epicenter for the vote rigging operation is Dallas, Texas, and the operation may involve retired FBI agents who used a well-established "good ole boy" network to arrange for access to polling precincts by electronic voting machine technicians who took advantage of various November 2 security "lockdowns" to illegally alter the tabulation of votes in favor of Bush. Some of the retired agents may have used courtesy credentials issued upon retirement to fool unsuspecting polling place workers.

The cost of the operation was estimated at $29 million with the money sent via a circuitous network of offshore trust companies and shell activities. This reporter has obtained a copy of a bank check for $29,600,000 that was allegedly sent to cover the cost of the Texas-based vote rigging operation. The check is dated October 22, 2004, and was made payable to "Five Star Investment Ltd.," a trust said to have long connections to Saudi-funded operations in Texas and around the world. The payer is identified as "Equity Financial Trust," a Houston-based "brass plate" and post office box entity tied to offshore Cook Islands "folding tent" accounts used to hide away profits amassed by the former Enron as well as Saudi financiers.

On October 6, 2004, some two weeks before Equity Financial Trust transferred the money to Five Star Investment Ltd., the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions for Canada listed Equity Financial Trust, along with Bankers Financial and Security Trust, Falcon Financial and Trust, and Unity Virtual Trust Group as "unauthorized financial institutions." In fact, the check for $29.6 million, which is marked "Not to exceed fifty million dollars," is drawn on the Laurentian Bank of Canada’s Toronto branch. Its serial number is 317675450 3 and the bank number is 23-97/1020. The bank instrument is issued by Integrated Payment Systems, Inc. of Englewood, Colorado, and Bank One, NA, Denver, Colorado.

It is noteworthy that a number of companies operated by past Bush campaign contributor Pierre Falcone, under criminal investigation in France for weapons smuggling in Angola, are called "Falcon." Several non-governmental organizations, including Global Witness, have tied Falcone to questionable Halliburton activities when Vice President Dick Cheney headed the firm.

Some of the vote riggers who were guaranteed a minimum payment for their services have started talking about the operation because they did not receive the money they were promised.

This is a followup to Saudis, Enron money helped pay for US rigged election.

Wayne Madsen is a Washington, DC-based investigative journalist, author and syndicated columnist who previously served in the National Security Agency during the Reagan administration. He concentrates on national security and intelligence issues.


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> Special Report : Saudis, Enron money helped pay for US rigged election
Monday November 29 - 05:12 - Posted by fcd32811db80e9d1...

More conspiracy theory BS. Glad I tuned into the site, though. You guys are always good for a few laughs.

> Special Report : Saudis, Enron money helped pay for US rigged election
Monday November 29 - 08:37 - Posted by 910a0a7aaead2661...

If this information is legitimate, it should make headlines throughout the world—and the sooner the better.

> Special Report : Saudis, Enron money helped pay for US rigged election
Monday November 29 - 09:28 - Posted by 1745581a405c4a1b...

I’ve been looking for more on this. Do you have any other links for proof? Anything would be very much appreciated. I’ve found ties to Enron and Saudi Arabia in 2002 (maybe somewhat common knowledge since it’s from Greg Palast) and am trying to accumulate current evidence of this.

Thanks! :)

> Special Report : Saudis, Enron money helped pay for US rigged election
Tuesday November 30 - 08:28 - Posted by fae9d3c1302586f3...

Wayne Madsen Q&A concerning vote rigging was at Democratic Underground.com on 11/28!


> Special Report : Saudis, Enron money helped pay for US rigged election
Tuesday November 30 - 12:40 - Posted by 2959eb8dfd5c6566...

More proof? LOL...when the washington post reports, it’s true...but not wayne. Unreal.

You want to peel another layer off the onion?

Connect Diebold with Saudi Arabia too...you’ve got diebold securing the bid for all the ATM’s in Saudi Arabia...look, up in the sky, it’s a bird, it’s a plane...it’s another coincidence theory. Then take James Bath’s little dealings passing money back and forth, using saudi’s and then connections with Lay & Bush...then take into account that the FBI offices in the WTC were housing many government investigations into white collar crime...including Enron...and John O’neill who was the US counter-terrorism guy, "i want bin laden"...well he resigned because bush was blocking his investigations into the saudis...so guess where he ended up getting a job? The WTC. You could ask him yourself, but he’s dead now, about a week after getting the job. Guess who got him the job?...I’ll let you sherlock holmes types have a little fun on your own.

Let’s put it this way, if you or someone your trying to convince, can’t see that, at the very least, there is major conflict of interest having a president:

1)Grandfather was involved with a bank that got busted for trading under the enemy act
2)GBI head of the CIA during one of the worst periods of US foreign/domestic policy
3)GBI loose connections everywhere with Iran/Contra
4)GBII investigated by the SEC for corporate fraud
5)GBII and his close connections to Saudis, Lay, gold, and the military industrial complex
6)GBII and his TIGHT connections with CEO of Diebold
7)GBII and his TIGHT connections with Oil
8)GBII and his TIGHT connections with everyone who $benefits$ from a terror war(and 9/11, including bin laden, the CIA assett)

....then you probably have something to do with it, gain to benefit from the death of 3,000 people in NY, or your just scared, because your not looking for an independent FULL investigation or accountability for those failures...

There are more of us then them, they know that, they are the ones scared. Anything to divert your attention from that fact...serves the purpose of keeping you complacent. Soft programming.

Expose 9/11 with thousands of other researchers...and you’ll get to the heart of the beast.


> Special Report : Saudis, Enron money helped pay for US rigged election
Tuesday November 30 - 20:10 - Posted by 75081e50f74c9cd1...

I think this U.S. administration has their finger in the big pie more than even "we" realize and am continually gathering knowledge/information.

I found this site through searching to contribute more than the one article any of us had found on another board where we’re discussing this. I appreciate the information you’ve shared here and will certainly be passing it on.

It amazes me how many blind "zombies", "puppets", whatever one wants to call them, can follow this idiot like he can do no wrong. How much more does there need to be on him (paper trail included, down to election fraud) before the law will step in? It appears money CAN buy just about anything, especially where this empire is concerned. OIL belongs in their name somewhere. I believe they helped with 9/11 and so many Americans are not seeing it, calling those of us that do unpatriotic conspiracy theorists and such. I don’t believe everything I read, for sure. When it’s slapping us upside the face, how can it all still be ignored! A picture’s worth a thousand words.

And the U.S. president...sticking his nose into UK’s elections. How absurd! He should be following their example and willingly holding a re-election. When there’s nothing to hide, it should be no problem. We know that’s not the case though.

> Special Report : Saudis, Enron money helped pay for US rigged election
Friday December 3 - 14:20 - Posted by c306dc4ab7b1fd91...

!!!!!!!!! BUSH ABDUCTED BY ALIENS !!!!!!!!

This is the reason he has such control over the American people.

Hurry, put Aluminum foil on your head so he can’t read your mind!!!!!

> Special Report : Saudis, Enron money helped pay for US rigged election
Sunday December 5 - 04:01 - Posted by 080e16b95f7d69b5...

A U.S. President take part in immoral/illegal tactics to help himself out???? Geez, that’s never happened before, has it??? Can you say WATERGATE????

Take off that hat from your pea brain and learn something called, "CRITICAL THINKING".

If you don’t think that Madsen’s article is right, then lay out in intelligible English why not.
This is a serious topic with serious consequences. If you can help us out reasoning this out one way or another, then do so.


> Special Report : Saudis, Enron money helped pay for US rigged election
Thursday April 7 - 22:06 - Posted by a9d062f0053e308a...

Is there any proof of this? Of course not. If there were several "agents" willing to uncover the "truth"....where are they? Conspiracy theories, thy name is Liberal.

> Special Report : Saudis, Enron money helped pay for US rigged election
Monday July 18 - 00:52 - Posted by 3d8b0d4c856e2007...

Is that the best you can do? Is your best response to accuse those who question the unelected fraud of being some sort of conspiracy theorists? Well, why don’t you examine the data and the evidence and comment on that alone instead of using cliches and condescending remarks. Address the information that is available on its own merits. Much of what you tout as being akin to conspiracy is actually a matter of public record. Honestly, if you set aside your puerile attitude and read even mainstream, corporate-controlled media reports, then even the smallest-minded among you can find something very much awry in the white house. Do yourself and your country a favor. Get informed. Stop being such a follower and ardent defender of the status quo. You don’t even know what you’re defending.

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