Carta de John Kerry a Gonzales sobre las operaciones de sobornos de la BAE

El siguiente es el texto de la carta que envió el precandidato presidencial John Kerry el 21 de junio del 2007.

21 de junio de 2007

Honorable Alberto R. Gonzales Procurador General Despacho del Procurador General Departamento de Justicia de los Estados Unidos 950 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20530

Estimado señor Procurador General:

El senador Kerry le exigió al Departamento de Justicia que investigue las operaciones de soborno de la BAE el 21 de junio

28 de junio de 2007 (LPAC).— El senador John Kerry (Demócrata de Massachusetts), candidato presidenical demócrata en 2004, fue la primera persona del Congreso —el 21 de junio— en exigir que el Departamento de Justicia investigue a la BAE, la empresa gigante de defensa del gobierno británico, por sus operaciones de soborno y "otras cuestiones", según informó la Agence France Presse el 27 de junio.

El escándalo de sobornos en la venta de armas alemanas de los 1990 involucra a las mismas redes que está investigando la Oficina

Wiesbaden, 22 de junio de 2007 (LPAC).— El escándalo de sobornos más famoso en la venta de armas en Alemania de los 1990, la venta de Thyssen de los vehículos blindados Fox (Fuchs) a Arabia Saudita en 1990-91, involucra a las mismas redes en Londres y Ginebra que investigó luego, a fines del 2006, la Oficina sobre Fraudes Serios (SFO) del Reino Unido. Alrededor del 43% de los 400 millones de marcos alemanes en pagos a la Thyssen se desviaron hacia cuentas en un banco en Panamá controlado por la familia Ojjeh, sauditas de ascendencia siria, con sede en Ginebra.

Acuerdo comercial de defensa E.U.-Gran Bretaña podría poner en mayor peligro al mundo.

22 de junio de 2007 (LPAC).— El 22 de junio, un "encantado" Tony Blair firmó el Tratado Comercial de Defensa junto con el presidente George Bush, lo que le permitiría a los británicos comprar productos de defensa a Estados Unidos sin licencias de exportación individuales. Etiquetado como el Tratado de Cooperación Comercial de Defensa, la Casa Blanca dijo, "al remover barreras para la comunicación y la colaboración entre nuestras fuerzas armadas y nuestras industrias de defensa, le daremos a nuestras fuerzas los medios más efectivos posible para contrarrestar estas amenazas".

El Conde, el "Sultán blanco" y los cohechos de BAE en Hungría.

22 de junio de 2007 (LPAC).— Una fuente de alto nivel en el gobierno de Hungría le dijo hoy a la EIR que está programada una investigación parlamentaria sobre el escándalo de sobornos extranjeros de la BAE en las ventas de 14 aviones de combate Saab-Gripen a Hungría, que cuenta con el apoyo tanto de los partidos de mayoría como de la oposición. El "empresario" conde austriaco Alfons Mensdorff-Poilly, quien se dice que recibió 8 millones de dólares para mover influencias en Hungría para que arrendara los aviones de combate, dijo que él es inocente y va a ir a Hungría a testificar.

La Casa Blanca de los espejos

24 de junio de 2007 (LPAC).— El principal editorial del diario The New York Times del domingo, titulado "La Casa Blanca de los espejos", empieza diciendo lo siguiente: "El presidente Bush ha convertido a la rama ejecutiva en un espejo falso. Ellos pueden ver todo lo que hacemos los estadounidenses: nuestras llamadas telefónicas, correos electrónicos, y todo tipo de información personal. Y nosotros no podemos ver nada de lo que ellos hacen...

La segunda parte de las revelaciones sobre Cheney en el Washington Post refuerzan aún más la evaluación de LaRouche

25 de junio de 2007 (LPAC).— El lunes 25 de junio del 2007, el diario The Washington Post publicó la segunda parte de una serie de cuatro artículos de primera plana, desenmascarando al vicepresidente Dick Cheney como el arquitecto del asalto en contra de la Constitución de los E.U por parte de la Casa Blanca de Bush.

Nations Turn to Nuclear Power in Worldwide Renaissance

<body><div id="article"><p>June 27, 2007 (LPAC)--Nations throughout Asia, Eastern Europe, and elsewhere continue to move ahead, and form new alliances and cooperation agreements to start nuclear programs, and expand capabilities:</p><p>-- Indonesia has successfully operated three nuclear research reactors, the head of Indonesia's National Atomic Energy Agency told reporters at a seminar on nuclear waste management held June 26 in Jakarta. It is now prepared to start building its first power plant by 2010.

Britain's Serious Fraud Office Says Dropping BAE Probe has Damaged Reputation

June 27, 2007 (LPAC)--Director of the Serious Fraud Office, Robert Wardle told members of the British Parliament it was "very disappointing" to have had to drop his investigation into BAE Systems arms deal with Saudi Arabia, as ordered last year by Attorney General Lord Goldsmith.

"Has it damaged our reputation for dealing with corruption? I think it probably has," Wardle was quoted as saying by the Guardian, in testifying before the all-party constitutional affairs select committee.

Surge in Defaults Spreading Beyond Subprime Mortgages

June 27, 2007 (LPAC) -- A new report from Standard & Poor's finds a sharp rise in late payments and defaults on Alt-a mortgage loans, those between prime and subprime, for which borrowers do not provide full documentation of income and assets.

Some 4.21% of Alt-a loans bundled into mortgage-backed securities last year were 90 or more days overdue after 14 months, up sharply from 1.59% for loans from 2005 and 0.91% for loans from 2004.

Broad-Based Drop in Durable Goods Orders in May

June 27, 2007 (LPAC)--New orders for U.S.-made manufactured goods made to last at least three years fell 2.8% in May, a larger drop than expected.

The fall in durable goods orders was led by a dramatic 22.7% plunge in orders for civilian aircraft, the Commerce Department reported. Non-defense capital goods orders excluding aircraft, interpreted as a sign of business investment, tumbled 3%, the biggest decline since January.

Iranians Protest Violently Against Gas Rationing

June 27, 2007 (LPAC)-- The Iranian government announced on June 27 that it will continue to ration gasoline, despite violent public protests Tuesday (June 26) night in the capital Tehran and elsewhere that erupted again on Wednesday.

Deputy parliament speaker Javad Bahonar told MPs that oil minister Kazem Vaziri-Hamaneh will shortly unveil a plan to sell gasoline at market prices to private citizens who need to buy more than the 100 liters (about 25 gallons) per month which they are allowed under the government's newly introduced rationing.

A Nuclear Power Plant for Lithuania: A Joint Effort

June 27, 2007 (LPAC)--According to Agence France Presse, at the recent European Union summit in Brussels, prime ministers of Estonia, Lativa, Lithuania, and Poland got together and decided they would cooperate to build a nuclear power plant in Lithuania.

The new nuclear power plant is estimated to start operations in 2015. It would replace the two Chernobyl-type RBMK reactors at the Ignalina nuclear facility, which Lithuania has pledged to shut down by 2010.

Senator Voinovich's Plan to Leave Iraq

June 27, 2007 (LPAC)--With his submission and release of a plan called "The Way Forward in Iraq," calling for the U.S. to begin withdrawing troops from Iraq as part of a June 26 letter to President Bush, Sen. George Voinovich (R-OH) has become the first Republican Senator to propose a plan to end U.S. military involvement in Iraq in the immediate future.

Voinovich argues to Bush:

U.S. BAE Investigation Now Big News in Europe--When Will Americans Hear About It?

June 27, 2007 (LPAC)--[a:href="pages\/breaking_news\/2007\/06\/26\/bae_stock_plummets.asp"]Investigation by U.S. government agencies[/a] of the scandal surrounding British global defense contractor BAE Systems is now the talk of Europe.

One day behind the British press, leading continental European media is widely reporting the fact that BAE is now under investigation in the United States by the Department of Justice and other agencies. Reports note that a guilty finding could severely damage the firm's American operations, or even led to the loss of the U.S. market altogether.

Senator Voinovich to Bush: Begin Iraq Pullout

June 27, 2007 (LPAC)--Sen. George Voinovich (R-Ohio), a leading member of the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee, today released a June 26 letter to President Bush, which calls for a comprehensive plan for military disengagement from Iraq.

Voinovich's break with Bush's policy follows a call two days ago by Sen. Richard Lugar, the senior Republican on the Foreign Affairs Committee, who said our Iraq policy is failing.

Cheney Drawn Out Into Losing Fight Over Secrecy

June 27, 2007 (LPAC)--Facing the cutoff of his office's financing by Congress as early as today, a sinking Vice President Dick Cheney has been flushed out of his policy of silent stonewalling, into a losing argument sent by his chief of staff, David Addington, to Congress yesterday evening. The letter means, according to Administration sources cited by The Hill and Politico, that Addington and Cheney are trying to hastily abandon their outlandish argument that the vice president's office is not part of the Executive Branch of government or subject to its regulations.

New BAE Investigation Reported--by Securities and Exchange Commission

June 27, 2007 (LPAC)--The United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has opened an investigation of BAE Systems, according to a report from unnamed sources in today's Financial Times. The SEC, says the FT, are investigating possible violations of the books and account records provisions of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. The report comes one day after BAE Systems acknowledged publicly that it is the target of a Department of Justice criminal prosecution under the same Act, in what Lyndon LaRouche has called the "scandal of the century."

Danish Mayors Call for Maglev Connection

Copenhagen, June 27, 2007--Mayors of two Danish cities have called for a magnetically levitated railroad line to run across a new bridge that would connect the mainland directly with the island upon which Copenhagen is located.

In a letter to the editor of the Danish daily Jyllands-Posten today, the mayors complain that the traffic program just issued by the Liberal party, Venstre, of which they are members, omits this proposal.

Floodgates Open Against Cheney

June 26, 2007 (LPAC)-- The story of Cheney's latest snub to the Constitution is news across the country today. Comments referencing ideas such as the "fourth branch" or a "Cheney branch" of government are common, with the most consistent theme being "power grab." The only newspaper found defending him, was his own, hometown Casper Star Tribune. A sample of some of the more interesting comments:

Another Hedge Fund Sells Assets at 50 Cents On the Dollar

June 26 (LPAC) -- Cheyne Capitol Management Ltd, a London-based hedge fund hit by the U.S. subprime mortgage crisis, sold off assets for only half their "assumed value". One of Cheyne's funds, Queen's Walk Investment Ltd., according to Bloomberg and FT, had invested in the riskiest portions of bonds backed by mortgages and had lost 67.7 million euros ($91 million) in the year ending March 31. Cheyne had also held 12% of its assets in the risky U.S. subprime housing market.

Commerce Report Shows No End to Housing Collapse

June 26, 2007 (LPAC) -- The Commerce Department reported today that new home sales fell by 1.6 percent last month, to an annual pace of 915,000. Rising interest rates and a glut of unsold homes on the market are feeding the worst housing crisis since 1991, and it's getting worse. "There are some pretty significant negative risks for economic growth," said Carl Riccadonna, an economist at Deutsche Bank Securities in New York, to Bloomberg. "We are not at the bottom yet in housing."

Military Privatization Under Attack at Walter Reed

June 26 (LPAC) Last April, the Independent Review Group (IRG), a panel assembled by Secretary of Defense Robert gates to look into the horrendous condition of outpatient care at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, identified the decision to privatize facilities maintenance at the hospital, and the BRAC decision to close it altogether, as two of the factors in the deteriorating situation. This afternoon, members of the IRG took those issues to the Military Personnel Subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee. Retired Air Force Chief of Staff Gen.

Senate hearing blasts media violence

June 26 (LPAC) -- Senator Jay Rockefller (D-WV) chaired a highly contentious hearing today on violence in the media. Rockefeller opened the hearing of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, attended by an overflow audience of mainly college age youth, by blasting the TV networks, saying they were "debasing our culture. For years efforts have been made to do something and nothing has been done.

Leading Bond Trader: Virulent Spread of Subprime Crisis

June 26 (LPAC) -- Bill Gross, manager of the world's largest bond fund, PIMCO, wrote Tuesday on the company's website, {Looking for Contagion in All the Wrong Places}, that the subprime mortgage crisis will not be isolated. "If subprime total losses hit 10% then even some single-A tranches face the grim reaper. AAAs? Folks the point is that there are hundreds of billions of dollars of this toxic waste and whether or not they're in CDOs or Bear Stearns hedge funds matters only to the extent of the {timing} of the unwind.

U.S. Congressman Calls Operations in Afghanistan "Futile"

June 26, 2007 (LPAC)--Breaking what seems almost like a monolith of views that prevail among the U.S. House of Representatives and Senators vis-à-vis the U.S. military presence in Afghanistan, chairman of the Air and Land Armed Services subcommittee, Rep Neil Abercrombie (D-HI) said in an interview that he wants the U.S. out of Afghanistan immediately, calling operations there futile in trying to effect political change in a country with a tangled history, The Hill reported.

EIR asks White House: Will the BAE Scandal Stop the U.S./British Arms Treaty?

June 26, 2007 (LPAC) -- EIR White House correspondent Bill Jones today asked a very defensive White House spokesman Tony Snow to respond to this morning's public admission by BAE that they are under investigation by the DOJ. Jones also asked, indirectly, about the Washington Post four part expose of Cheney's control over policy at the White House:

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