Corruption In The Camp of LaRouche-Haters Cheney and Blair

8 de junio de 2007

<body><div id="article"><tr><td height="23" valign="middle" width="184"></td><td valign="middle" width="185"></td></tr><h1>Corruption In The Camp of LaRouche-Haters Cheney and Blair</h1><p>JUNE 8, 2007(LPAC)--Some of Lyndon LaRouche's most significant enemies in Washington and London have been caught up in a massive series of corruption scandals that, cumulatively, make Watergate pale by comparison. Over the past week, new revelations have surfaced, implicating Britain's Prime Minister Tony Blair, U.S.A.'s Vice President Dick Cheney, Saudi Prince Bandar bin-Sultan, former British Ministry of Defense chief procurement official Baroness Liz Symons, and scores of others, in one of the biggest bribery scandals in memory. <em>EIRNS</em> has learned that investigations of BAE and the British cover-up of the bribery scandal are going on in Switzerland, Sweden, the OECD, and the United States.</p><p>While recent days' headlines have focused on the Saudi government's deals with British defense company BAE Systems, and at least $2 billion in payoffs to Prince Bandar to secure sales deals in the hundreds of billions of dollars over a 22-year period, the web of corruption actually extends significantly beyond the weapons procurement scandal, and touches on a number of other major scandals of recent years. Among the scandals now threatening to explode into an international super-Watergate process:</p><p>* The still-ongoing Blair-Cheney campaign of criminal slander and attempted frame-up of Lyndon LaRouche, centered around the case of Jeremiah Duggan. Baroness Liz Symons, a Blair inner circle Fabian operative, has been one of the drivers of this filthy scheme, and the London-directed "Get LaRouche" operation thoroughly overlaps with the July 2003 mysterious death of British WMD expert Dr. David Kelly, who was in the process of blowing the lid on the Blair government's collusion with Dick Cheney and Washington neocons in fabricating the case for the invasion of Iraq. Baroness Symons' husband, Phil Bassett, along with another top 10 Downing Street Blair aide, Alastair Campbell, orchestrated the "sexing up" of British intelligence dossiers to make the case for war, when the evidence of Saddam Hussein's so-called WMD schemes clearly was not there, and it was in the context of that black propaganda effort that Dr. David Kelly was targeted to be silenced.</p><p>Baroness Symons has now been deeply implicated in the Saudi-BAE scandal, and British government documents surfaced in the British media, also implicate her in efforts to sell BAE fighter jets to Iran. During a crucial period in the Saudi-BAE money laundering scheme, Defense Ministry procuress Baroness Symons was the founder and head of the British-Saudi Business Council, an agency that heavily promoted BAE Systems contracts in the Gulf. During the same period, Baroness Symons forged tight political and business links to both Lynne and Dick Cheney.</p><p>* The BAE-Saudi scandal per se. While the billions of dollars in bribes, paid out to Prince Bandar and many others, to procure BAE Systems arms sales around the world, constitute a crime of major proportions, the efforts to cover-up the payoffs constitute part of an even larger criminal enterprise, implicating the Bush-Cheney Administration; the British government of successive prime ministers Margaret Thatcher, John Major and Tony Blair; the British Monarchy; and leading elements within the Saudi Royal Family.</p><p>As was the case with Watergate in the United States, eventually, the underlying crimes were trumped by the cover-up effort. In the case of the British role in the fabrication of grounds to launch the Anglo-American preemptive war against Iraq, the death of Dr. David Kelly looms large as a possible crime committed in pursuit of the cover-up. In the case of the BAE Systems scandal, Prime Minister Tony Blair colluded with British Attorney General Lord Goldsmith, to shut down the BAE-Saudi probe in late 2006, under the patently absurd pretext that "vital British national interests" would have been destroyed if the truth came out.</p><p>As the result of that crude cover-up, there are now a string of international corruption probes underway, all targeting the BAE Systems/Saudi actions. In addition to an estimated $2 billion in kickbacks to Prince Bandar, BAE Systems is also under investigation in Switzerland for money-laundering. Other investigations are targeting vast BAE payoffs to Chilean dictator Gen. Augusto Pinochet, running from, at the latest, 1997, all the way up to 2004. An anti-fraud arm of the European Union, Euro-Just, is investigating similar bribery scandals in South Africa, the Czech Republic, Romania, Tanzania and Qatar. The U.S. Congress is reportedly now probing BAE Systems' recent purchase of an American arms manufacturer, Armor Holding, for $4.1 billion, a deal that may be cancelled, as the result of the corruption, which violated American laws on the books since 1977, banning payoffs to foreign government officials in the U.S.A.</p><p>The biggest loser of all in this still unfolding global scandal could be Vice President Dick Cheney, whose close collusion with Prince Bandar has contributed to the slide of the entire Persian Gulf and Southwest Asia region into a state of total ungovernability and spreading civil war. Cheney thinks he is safe, Lyndon LaRouche warned on June 8, but there are things down the pike, typified by the BAE-Bandar mega-scandal, that will hit him hard. There is a growing momentum against Cheney, which is reaching a critical mass where impeachment or resignation cannot be avoided, LaRouche concluded.</p></div></body>