Back in 2003, Closing In on Bush and Harken…

For a post below I dug up a post from April, 2003. It got me thinking. The press was closing in on the corporate corruption of Bush and Cheney, and their involvement with Harken Oil and Haliburton corruption. But then there was a war, and a series of major terrorist alerts and the story was dropped. Let’s see if we can revive the story.

Here is the entire post: (Yes, some links have disappeared, but there’s more than enough info still there.)

OK, That’s Over, So Where Were We?

A while back the press was closing in on a number of issues of corruption involving both the President and Vice President and it started looking like Bush and Cheney were in some real legal trouble. But suddenly there were a lot of great big terror alerts, everyone look over there, everyone get scared, there’s a big scary dragon, glorious leader will slay the dragon that is making you all scared, run around, run around, kill Iraq, frenzy, frenzy, kill Hitler, war, war, glorious leader HOORAY, HOORAY — whatever.

So tonite Bush is going to tell us that He has led us to Glorious Victory and the “threat to the United States from Baghdad has ended.” OK. Well that’s out of the way, then.

So where were we? Oh yeah, Bush and Cheney and Harken and Haliburton and conflicts of interest and SEC investigations and insider trading and tax evasion and corporate corruption, and a whole bunch of other things were starting to hit the news.

Take a look at BuzzFlash’s Bush Harken insider trading collection.

Remember the stories about Harvard bailing out Bush at Harken? There’s more here from The Nation.

What about Cheney’s business dealings and the SEC investigation of his dealings at Haliburton?

Remember hearing about Bush and Harken setting up offshore subsidiaries to dodge paying their taxes?

I remember I had several questions.

Does it all just go away? Is that how the American system of justice works now? Or is it time to start looking at this again, pick up where we left off?

And here is one from August, 2002:

Ongoing Questions – Keeping Them In Your Face

Why won’t Bush release those SEC files that he says clear up all the questions about his Harken transactions? And what about the minutes of the Harken Board meetings, so we can find out if Bush approved of the Aloha Petroleum scam?

Did Bush pay taxes on that Harken loan money?

Did Bush pay taxes when he sold the Texas Rangers?

Why isn’t there an INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATION of Harken and Haliburton?

Why isn’t there an INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATION of what we knew, and where we failed, regarding 9/11? (See Bartcop today, “Partners in Crime”)

Why aren’t there any jobs programs for people whose unemployment benefits are running out?

Who is our economy for?

What Bush Says Now – What Bush Did Then. (I know, it’s not a question, but it does start with the word “what.”)

Did these questions get ANSWERED? Or did we all just get DIVERTED?

So what say we start looking into these again?