Bush's Homeland Security Pipeline|
Harry Neville firstname.lastname@example.org
George W. Bush has been keeping quite a few things secret in the name of homeland security. After all, we need to stop terrorists from harming Americans on American soil, don't we?
But what kind of homeland security do we have when Bush can create an administration filled with former employees and investors in Enron, an energy-trading company that used numerous schemes to raise the cost of energy it sells to various California utilities. Among those schemes was the act of clogging up electrical lines to create rolling blackouts for a phony energy shortage. Bush could then use this alleged shortage to justify drilling for oil in regions previously regarded as unfeasible by the U.S. Government. Among those regions is the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) and the Caspian Sea near Afghanistan.
Bush gave us additional homeland security by having Vice President Dick Cheney, former CEO of Halliburton--an oil drilling company--meet with Enron as part of the Energy Task Force. Of course, Bush refuses to disclose what was discussed in those meetings with Enron. Perhaps the reason is that the proposed Afghanistan oil pipeline was the topic of discussion. After all, recently released correspondence between Ken Lay and Bush reveals that Lay, former CEO of Enron, "confirmed a meeting with Bush and Uzbekistan's ambassador to the United States." This seems odd because Uzbekistan is a key territory for development of the Afghanistan oil pipeline.
What should make us all feel insecure about our newfound homeland security is that Dick Cheney's old company, Halliburton, bought H.C.
Price Company (now called Bredero-Shaw http://www.bredero-shaw), a Texas-based oil company that supplies anti-corrosion coatings for oil pipelines and is a joint partner of the Saudi Bin-Laden Group http://www.sbg.com.sa, a construction company that is owned by the
Bin-Laden family and builds crude-oil pipelines.
Logic would indicate that the Bin-Laden Group has the heavy equipment in the region near Afghanistan that would facilitate the building of the pipeline through Afghanistan. And, Halliburton--Cheney's old oil-drilling company--can drill for the oil that is to be fed through the pipeline. Is that pipeline and a possible role in it by the Bin-Laden family the kind of security we seek?
Next in Bush's quest for homeland security comes Unocal, an oil company that builds oil and gas pipelines. Bush recently appointed a former advisor to Unocal as the U.S. envoy to Afghanistan. This might not raise a few eyebrows if it weren't for the fact that Unocal has long sought a pipeline that would stretch from the Caspian Sea through Afghanistan and would tap the enormous oil and natural gas reserves of the Caspian Sea region near Afghanistan.
Unocal was so motivated to get this pipeline that it brought representatives of the Taliban in Texas in 1997. I don't know about you, but that sure makes me feel secure.
So, if I were really cynical about homeland security, I'd say that the Saudi
Bin-Laden Group would provide Unocal with the heavy equipment needed to build the Afghanistan pipeline. I'd then take a great mental leap and say that Halliburton would do the drilling to feed the pipeline. And I'd top off my cynicism by saying that Enron--an energy trading company--would bid up the price of the oil and natural gas to sell it at high cost to neighboring countries such as India, home of Enron's Dabhol natural gas power plant.
Keep in mind that Unocal's pipelines can carry gas, and Enron badly needed the gas reserves from the Caspian Sea for a pipeline that would route natural gas to its Dabhol power plant in India. In "The Enron-Cheney-Taliban-Connection," an article that appeared on the Web site, AlterNet.org, writer Ron Callari says: "the Vice President's energy task force changed a draft energy proposal to include a provision to boost oil and natural gas production in India in February of last year." Callari says this proposal was meant to help Enron with its Dabhol power plant.
In a 1996 article entitled "Warring nation holds key to oil riches of Central Asia," writer Christopher Lockwood says that Unocal had been negotiating with the Taliban for a natural gas pipeline that would stretch through Afghanistan and end in Pakistan. From there, it's only a short hop, skip and jump away to Enron's natural gas Dabhol power plant in India. What a surprise?
Of course, I like to feel secure. And, if I felt Bush were drafting energy legislation to help oil companies exploit Afghanistan, then I'd have to say he allowed 9/11 to happen. 9/11 essentially cleared the way for Halliburton, Unocal, Enron, and other oil and gas entities to make the Afghanistan pipeline possible. And, 9/11 enabled Bush to send U.S. troops to Afghanistan to clear away militant Taliban forces that are hostile to this pipeline project.
Why am I so cynical as to believe all that? I can't tell you. It's a secret. Why? Homeland security.
Here are my cynical sources:
Enron's California schemes:
Enron Family Bush
[The Daily Enron]
Enron: Web of Intrigue
[Source: The Guardian]
Enron's California smoking gun: Did the Bush administration do the disgraced company's bidding during the state's electricity crisis?
[Source: Salon.com: January 16, 2002]
Former Employee Says Enron Manipulated California Power Market
[Source: Dow Jones Newswires]
Enron: Ultimate agent of the American empire
Part I: Money to get power, power to protect money.—Motto of the Medici family
The Enron-Cheney-Taliban Connection?
February 28, 2002
[Source: Albion Monitor]
Lay's Letters to Bush Show Personal Ties
February 16, 2002
[Source: The Washington Post.com]
Oil Change #2
OK, SO IF WE MAKE COMPANY LINKS FROM THE WHITE HOUSE TO BINLADIN WOULD THOSE
PEOPLE BE CONSIDERED DISLOYAL TO THE UNITED STATES?
HOW ABOUT IF THEY ARE OUR PRESIDENT, VICE PRESIDENT AND ASSOCIATES?
[Source: Appalachian Focus.org]
Enron: Ultimate agent of the American empire
Part II: Enron, the Bush administration, and the Central Asian war
Conflict of interest
FACING SOUTH EXCLUSIVE - Halliburton: To the Victors Go the Markets
[Source: Institute for Southern Studies]
AIOC GIVES BROWN & ROOT [a division of Halliburton] THE GO-AHEAD ON MAJOR CASPIAN PROJECT
BUSH PICKS EX-UNOCAL ADVISOR
[Source: Odwyer Company: www.odwyerpr.com]
Taleban in Texas for talks on gas pipeline
U.S. Policy Towards Taliban Influenced by Oil - Authors:
[Source: Common Dreams.org]
Profits Of Death:
[Source: From the Wilderness Publications]
Bush on relations with Congress: 'Dictatorship would be a heck of a lot easier'
[Source: ABC NEWS.com]