The Joint Select Committee
(the group who investigated 9-11 for Congress)
So, some thirty people have gathered together. Amongst them, an ex Bilderberger, some Trilateral bods, a few in the Council on Foreign Relations, a high ranking Mason, Gary Condit, a Rockefeller and an ex Hollywood actor. This has all the makings of a grand conspiracy. Sadly, it's the group in charge of investigating 9-11.
What started off as a simple search turned into an obsessional inquiry into the history of the people who will decide whether the CIA/FBI/Republicans made mistakes and how they should reform. I started to wince when I saw the first Carlyle Group donation - it only went downhill from there.
What follows is what I found; a list of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and the Senate Committee on Intelligence. Each member was researched and notable objections to impartiality were noted.
(note – I did this back in April and it currently has not been updated with the findings, and the interim stories and leaks)
House Permanent Select Committee On Intelligence 107th Congress
Porter J. Goss, R - Florida
Doug Bereuter, Nebraska
Michael N. Castle, Delaware
Sherwood L. Boehlert, New York
Jim Gibbons, Nevada
Ray LaHood, Illinois
Randy "Duke" Cunningham, California
Peter Hoekstra, Michigan
Richard Burr, North Carolina
Saxby Chambliss, Georgia
Terry Everett, Alabama
Nancy Pelosi, California, Ranking Democrat
Sanford D. Bishop, Georgia
Jane Harman, California
Gary A. Condit, California
Tim Roemer, Indiana
Silvestre Reyes, Texas
Leonard L. Boswell, Iowa
Collin C. Peterson, Minnesota
Bud Cramer, Alabama
--- REPUBLICANS ---
PETER J GOSS (http://www.house.gov/goss)
"A former Central Intelligence Agency Clandestine Services Officer"
"A 1960 honors graduate from Yale University, Goss served two years in the United States Army as an intelligence officer. He moved to Sanibel in 1971 after an illness cut short his 10-year career as a Clandestine Services Officer with the Central Intelligence Agency."
DOUG BEREUTER (aka DOUGLAS KENT BEREUTER) (http://www.house.gov/bereuter/)
member: Council on Foreign Relations & Phi Beta Kappa at University of Nebraska
donations by Enron 1990-2000: $10,000
MICHAEL N CASTLE (http://www.house.gov/castle/)
"He has played a major role in shaping the intelligence budget in response to the September 11 attacks and most recently has traveled to Guantanamo Bay Naval Base on an Intelligence fact finding trip. He will continue his push to reform the U.S. satellite launch program, which he believes needs more accountability and better acquisition practices in order to protect U.S. intelligence and taxpayer dollars."
Contributed to Patriot Act
SHERWOOD L BOEHLERT (aka SHERRY BOEHLERT) (http://www.house.gov/boehlert/)
"Boehlert has served on the Science Committee since 1983, and was elected Chairman in January 2001. The Committee has jurisdiction over all federal nonmilitary scientific and technology research and development programs, on which the federal government spends more than $30 billion a year. The Committee has jurisdiction over NASA, the National Science Foundation, and research and development initiatives within the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Energy, and the Department of Commerce. In addition, the Committee has jurisdiction over civil aviation research and development and marine research."
"Boehlert is a delegate to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, also at the appointment of the Speaker, where he serves as chairman of the Assembly's Scientific and Technology Committee."
JIM GIBBONS (http://http://www.house.gov/gibbons/)
ex Vietnam vet (flew on reconnaisance mission) & likes his gambling! (fought to keep ATM's in Casino's)
no, this man's not bought ...
Top donations in 1998
1 MGM Grand $14,000
2 Sierra Nevada Corp $12,000
3 Harrah's Entertainment $9,500
4 Sierra Health Services $8,250
5 Circus Circus Enterprises $7,500
5 Starwood Capital Group $7,500
7 Boyd Gaming $6,000
7 Hilton Hotels $6,000
RAY LAHOOD (http://www.house.gov/lahood/)
a good guy!
"Ray has been an outspoken proponent of reducing the nation's $5.5 trillion debt, and he continues to believe this should be Congress' top priority."
RANDY "DUKE" CUNNIGHAM
strong military background
"Duke's experience in Vietnam and his background as an educator prepared him well to train fighter pilots at the Navy Fighter Weapons School -- the famed "Top Gun" program at Miramar Naval Air Station. As Commanding Officer of the elite Navy Adversary Squadron, Cunningham flew Russian tactics and formations against America's best combat fighter pilots. Many of his real-life experiences as a Navy aviator and fighter pilot instructor were depicted in the popular movie "Top Gun."
Upon his retirement from the Navy in 1987, Cunningham translated the Masters in Business Administration he earned at National University into a successful business in San Diego."
oh yes, he's a military man:
top contributors 2001/2 (shut your eyes & guess who's top!)
1 Carlyle Group $20,000
2 Orincon Corp $13,000
3 Cubic Corp $12,000
4 Northrop Grumman $11,000
5 ADCS Inc $10,000
5 General Dynamics $10,000
5 Science Applications International Corp $10,000
8 BAE Systems North America $9,000
9 Titan Corp $7,300
10 Lockheed Martin $7,000
10 Qualcomm Inc $7,000
12 Associated Builders & Contractors $6,000
12 Copeland, Lowery & Jacquez $6,000
12 General Atomics $6,000
12 SBC Communications $6,000
16 Continental Maritime $5,250
17 American Trucking Assn $5,000
17 Boeing Co $5,000
17 FedEx Corp $5,000
17 National Assn for Uniformed Services $5,000
17 National Assn of Realtors $5,000
17 Seafarers International Union $5,000
PETE HOEKSTRA (http://www.house.gov/hoekstra/)
"As one of the few former Fortune 500 business executives in Congress, Congressman Pete Hoekstra brings a unique blend of experience and perspective as he represents Michigan’s Second Congressional District in Washington."
Furniture Executive at Herman Miller Co. (http://www.hermanmiller.com/)
(couldn't resist this link - Pete likes asparagus - http://www.house.gov/hoekstra/41702.html)
RICHARD BURR (http://www.house.gov/burr/)
"Burr is Vice-Chairman of the House Energy & Commerce Committee"
Well, initially he didn't look like too much of a bad guy, but then I found his actual website & I wonder exactly how devoted to this 9-11 probe he actually is:
"While some critics have tried to make political hay with the outrageous suggestion that the president was given specific information that could have prevented the tragedies of last Sept. 11, this is no time to revert to partisan politics."
"As chairman of the House Terrorism and Homeland Security Subcommittee, I can say that the intelligence information was as vague and nonspecific as most everything else coming out of the intelligence community on terrorism at that time. That said, we should not be distracted from the critical issues we need to address by political mudslinging."
"For this reason, Rep. Jane Harman (D-Calif.) and I, along with several other colleagues, have introduced a bill that will make great strides in eliminating the stovepipes that exist in the intelligence and law enforcement worlds with respect to the sharing of vital information and helping various computer systems communicate together."
Top contributors 2001/2:
1 National Republican Senatorial Cmte $17,500
2 Gold Kist $10,500
3 AFLAC Inc $10,000
3 American Bankers Assn $10,000
3 Americans for a Republican Majority $10,000
TERRY EVERETT (http://www.house.gov/everett/)
Also serves on:
ARMED SERVICES Subcommittees: Procurement; Military Facilities and Installations
Airman 1st Class, United States Air Force, 1955-1959
President, Premium Home Builders, Everett Land Development Company
Union Springs Newspapers, Inc.
Owner/Operator, Hickory Ridge Farms.
Alabama Press Association
Dothan Federal Savings Bank, Board of Directors, Chairman.
"served in the United States Air Force as an intelligence specialist"
from "Bad Ideas" (in the wake of 9-11)
"Rep Terry Everett’s (R-Ala) attempt to get peanut subsidies as a matter of urgency after September 11 by saying that “farm aid strengthens national security.” The Wall Street Journal pointed out that the proposed peanut subsidies would just happen to benefit Everett, a farmer as well as a Congressman, to the tune of $30,000."
40th Richest American Politician
"A former newspaper publisher and real estate developer, Everett disclosed a net worth of more than $4.9 million on his 2000 financial disclosure forms, up slightly from the $4.1 million he reported the previous year.
His major assets include a 400-acre farm in Houston County, Ala., worth between $500,000 and $1 million, and Treasury notes valued at between $500,000 and $1 million. He also has money market accounts, CDs and holdings through a variety of other investment vehicles. "
--- THE DEMOCRATS ---
NANCY PELOSI (http://http://www.house.gov/pelosi/)
"On October 10, 2001, Congresswoman Pelosi was elected by her colleagues to become House Democratic Whip, the highest- ranking woman in the history of the U.S. Congress."
21st Richest Member of Congress
"21. Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) $14 million
The incoming Minority Whip derives most of her money from real estate and business investments. Her husband, Paul, has diverse holdings in everything from resort hotels to wine estates as well as a limousine business.
Large assets in her husband's name include an investment worth between $1 million and $5 million in Nine Forty Five Battery, a San Francisco-based real estate partnership and another real estate partnership, called Thirteen Hundred One Sansome LLC, also valued at between $1 million and $5 million.
The couple own rental property on K Street in Washington, D.C., valued at between $500,000 and $1 million, and an eight-acre vineyard in Napa worth between $1 million and $5 million."
SANFORD D BISHOP (http://www.house.gov/bishop/)
What a busy boy!
"Most recently, he has been selected to serve as Chairman of the Working Group on Defense of Physical Infrastructure and Natural Resources, a Democratic House task force to maximize homeland security. He is also a Democratic Whip at-large; co-chairman of the Forestry 2000 Task Force, promoting sound forestry policy; co-chairman of the House Peanut Caucus, promoting sound policy for growers, agri-businesses, and consumers; member of the "Blue Dog" Coalition, an organization of fiscally-conservative House Democrats, where he serves on the coalition's Defense and Healthcare Task Forces; and a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, Rural Health Care Coalition, Congressional Rural Caucus, National Guard and Reserve Components Caucus, Congressional Air Power Caucus, Depot Caucus, Public Pension Reform Caucus, Congressional Children's Working Group, Law Enforcement Caucus, National Security Caucus, Impact Aid Coalition, Vietnam Era Veterans in Congress, Congressional Arts Caucus, Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus, Congressional Fire Services Caucus, Federal Government Service Caucus, and the Council on Foreign Relations, a privately-funded research and educational organization."
" He served in the U.S. Army, completed basic training at Fort Benning, Georgia, entered Advanced Reserve Officers Training, and received an Honorable Discharge in 1971. He resided in Columbus, Georgia, from 1972 to 1996, where he was the primary partner in the law firm of Bishop and Buckner, P.C. He is an Eagle Scout The Boy Scouts of America, a 32nd Degree Mason, a Shriner, and a member of the Mount Zion Baptist Church of Albany, Georgia"
(just to repeat "he is 32nd Degree Mason" - I'm guessing nobody told him about the secrecy thang)
[info on shiners: http://www.shrinershq.org/]
also member of the:
Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity
Jane Harman (http://www.house.gov/harman/)
"A graduate of Los Angeles' public schools, Harman received her B.A. from Smith College in 1966 and her J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1969. She served as Chief Counsel and Staff Director of the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Constitutional Rights, Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet for President Jimmy Carter, Special Counsel to the Department of Defense, attorney, and businesswoman."
Special Counsel, Department of Defense, 1979
Counsel, Jones Day Reavis & Pogue
Director, Secretary, Outside General Counsel, Human International Industries
White House Aide.
Founder & Member, South Bay Alliance for Choice
Los Angeles County Technology Committee
Visiting Committee, JFK School of Government Harvard University.
3rd Richest Member of Congress (Go Democrats!!!)
"6. Rep. Jane Harman (D-Calif.) $105 million
This former three-term House Member, who returned to the chamber in 2000, is married to Sidney Harman, founder of the Fortune 500 electronics company Harman International Industries, which manufactures high-end stereo equipment. The company paid him $1.3 million in 1999, according to the financial disclosure statement Harman filed during her 2000 House race. She declined to list his salary in her 2000 filing.
The couple also have a variety of other investments to supplement Harman's Congressional salary, and her financial disclosure statement revealed a net worth of more than $53 million.
Her husband's holdings in Harman International Industries alone are worth between $50 million and $100 million, up significantly from between the $10 million and $50 million she estimated in 1999.
The Harmans also have investment funds with holdings in commercial real estate property throughout the Washington, D.C., as well as Mexico, Argentina, Germany and Italy."
"The Intelligence Committee is a key one for the congresswoman, who as the representative of the 36th District, has major intelligence equipment contractors as her constituents. The new generation of spy satellites, a top-secret project out of a low-profile federal agency called the National Reconnaissance Office, is believed to be bigger in scope than the Manhattan Project, with a cost estimated at $25 billion over 20 years. Two contractors from El Segundo, Raytheon and Boeing, are involved in building the new satellites. Harman's position on the Intelligence Committee means she is one of the few people in the country who is regularly briefed on this highly classified project."
some top contributors (2001/2)
1 AOL Time Warner $13,250
2 National Venture Capital Assn $12,000
3 Boeing Co $11,500
4 General Motors $11,000
5 Blue Dog PAC $10,000
5 Carpenters & Joiners Union $10,000
5 United Auto Workers $10,000
8 Park Place Entertainment $9,000
9 Jones, Day et al $8,300
10 DreamWorks SKG $8,000
10 Loral Spacecom $8,000
12 Lockheed Martin $7,500
12 Raytheon Co $7,500
member: Council on Foreign Relations
GARY A CONDIT (http://www.house.gov/gcondit/)
Two words: Chandra Levy
TIM ROEMER (http://www.house.gov/roemer/)
One of the good guys
ROEMER PROPOSES LEGISLATION IN HOUSE TO CREATE
INDEPENDENT COMMISSION ON SEPTEMBER 11 ATTACKS
WASHINGTON - U.S. Rep. Tim Roemer (D-IN), a member of the House Select Committee on Intelligence, will introduce legislation calling for the creation of an independent commission to investigate the September 11 terrorist attacks against the United States. Roemer plans to incorporate the legislation as an amendment to the Intelligence Authorization bill that will come before the full House within the next few weeks.
"It is imperative that we establish a commission that is free of partisanship and independent of the intelligence community that can make a full and complete accounting of the circumstances surrounding the awful tragedy of September 11," said Roemer. "The American people deserve answers to their many questions surrounding the terrorist attacks and what steps we must take to prevent future attacks."
SILVESTRE REYES (http://www.house.gov/reyes/)
Vietnam vet & worked for INS as El Paso Border Patrol Chief
"Bush's Budget Makes Bad Situation Worse"
otherwise, seems a down-the-line Texan
LEONARD L BOSWELL (http://www.house.gov/boswell/)
Lieutenant Colonel, United States Army, 1956-76.
Iowa Department of Economic Development, Board Member
Graceland College, Board of Trustees
"In 1956, Leonard was drafted into the United States Army as a private. He would spend twenty years serving his country in the Army, eventually rising to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. While serving his country, his education became an on-going process. He first graduated with honors from the Artillery Officers Candidate School. Later in his career, he would graduate first in his class from both the Army Aviation Fixed Wing Flight School and later from the Army Aviation Helicopter Flight School. He also graduated from the Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and later returned there as an educator, imparting the knowledge he gained throughout his military career onto another generation of brave soldiers.
During his long and distinguished military career (earning him two Distinguished Flying Crosses, two Bronze Stars, the Soldier’s Medal, and numerous other awards and decorations) Boswell saw the world. Leonard served two one-year tours of duty as an assault helicopter pilot in Vietnam. He also served two NATO tours of duty in Europe, first for four years in Germany, and later three years in Portugal. Though he saw the world, the place he truly desired to be was back home in Iowa."
on election tactics
COLLIN C PETERSON (http://wwwa.house.gov/collinpeterson/)
US Army National Guard, Staff Sergeant, 1963-69
CPA, owner and partner.
Cormorant Lake Sportsmen Club
Benevolent Protective Order of Elks.
seems decent, but his heart's in the wrong place!:
“I am pleased that we have agreed to focus on improving our protection efforts and not waste time trying to assign blame.”
BUD CRAMER (aka Robert E. 'Bud' Cramer Jr.) (http://www.house.gov/cramer/)
"The city of Huntsville is home to the U.S. Army's Redstone Arsenal. Cramer works tirelessly in Congress in support of the vital defense work performed at Redstone. He played an important role in convincing a military base panel to transfer thousands of Army jobs from St. Louis to Huntsville to form the Aviation and Missile Command (AMCOM).
Huntsville is also home to key elements of the Army’s Space and Strategic Defense Command, the Army Corps of Engineers, and the Defense Intelligence Agency’s Missile and Space Intelligence Center.
Cramer firmly believes in a strong, active space program. As one of NASA’s top allies in Congress, he has led the fight for Huntsville’s NASA Marshall Space Flight Center and programs like the NASA space station. He is also a strong supporter of the world-renowned U.S. Space and Rocket Center and U.S. Space Camp in Huntsville.
While defense and NASA have deep roots in north Alabama, the agency with the longest history is the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). Since the 1930’s, TVA has helped provide the region essential services like electric power, flood control, and land management. Cramer, a staunch defender of TVA services, is currently fighting to stop efforts by Congress to dismantle TVA.
Another one of Cramer’s priorities is bringing new jobs to north Alabama. His most recent success story is the Boeing Company’s decision to build a $450 million rocket plant in Decatur. The plant, which will employ up to 3000 people, is one of the biggest industrial wins in state history. Cramer met personally with Boeing officials to urge them to choose Alabama over competing states. He credits the win to the outstanding teamwork of state and local officials."
Captain, United States Army Reserve, 1976-1978
Assistant District Attorney, 1973-1975
Director of Clinical Studies Program, 1972-1973
2nd Lieutenant, United States Army, 1972
Instructor, University of Alabama School of Law.
Alabama District Attorney's Association
National Children's Advocacy Center
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
American Bar Assn Natl Legal Resource Ctr for Child Advocacy & Protection.
Top contributors 2001/2
1 Alabama Farmers Federation $10,000
2 Mevatec Corp $9,700
3 Lockheed Martin $9,500
3 Sparta Inc $9,500
5 Collazo Enterprises $9,250
6 Boeing Co $8,500
7 Miltec Inc $7,000
8 Cas Inc $6,000
8 Teledyne Technologies $6,000
8 Utility Automated Integrators $6,000
Top contributors 1999/2000
1 Anderson & Anderson $16,500
2 Collazo Enterprises $14,000
3 Boeing Co $12,750
4 Lockheed Martin $12,200
5 Intergraph Corp $10,500
6 Mevatec Corp $10,250
6 Southern Co $10,25
Top contributor 1997/8
1 Boeing Co $12,500
US Senate Committee on Intelligence 107th Congress
Bob Graham, Florida - CHAIRMAN
Carl Levin, Michigan
John D. Rockefeller, West Virginia
Dianne Feinstein, California
Ron Wyden, Oregon
Richard J. Durbin, Illinois
Evan Bayh, Indiana
John Edwards, North Carolina
Barbara Mikulski, Maryland
Richard C. Shelby, Alabama - VICE CHAIRMAN
Jon Kyl, Arizona
James M. Inhofe, Oklahoma
Orrin Hatch, Utah
Pat Roberts, Kansas
Mike DeWine, Ohio
Fred Thompson, Tennessee
Richard Lugar, Indiana
--- DEMOCRATS ---
"He was a primary author of the USA PATRIOT Act"
"Even before September 11th, Senator Graham was the primary mover behind Counterintelligence 21, which President Clinton signed in December 2000 and the Bush administration has pledged to continue. This initiative is a far-reaching, methodical approach to identifying the most sensitive information in our government and then safeguarding that information."
"He received a bachelor's degree in 1959 from the University of Florida, where he was Phi Beta Kappa"
Major assets: Interest in The Graham Companies, a family
real estate business in Miami-Dade County, $1 million-$5
million; note receivable, $500,001-$1 million; profit
sharing and pension plan with the Graham Companies,
$50,001-$100,000; stock in Bank United Financial Corp.,
Major sources of unearned income: Interest on note
receivable, $100,001-$1 million; income on profit sharing
seems like quite a decent guy! Called for Enron investigation & made this very wise (but ignored) statement about Star Wars:
"I'd love to have a defense against a North Korean missile if I could have it operationally effective and take away whatever leverage that gets them. But I don't, in that process, want to create a greater danger to ourselves."
"Carl Levin is determined to get angry about Big Oil and high gasoline prices — no matter what the evidence says. The Democratic senator from Michigan — under the aegis of the well-named Permanent Investigations subcommittee — spent 396 pages and who-knows-how-many taxpayer dollars drilling for political black gold in the field of possible price collusion by Big Oil." (source: http://www.time.com/time/business/article/0,8599,234535,00.html)
"After college, Rockefeller worked for the Peace Corps in Washington, DC where he served as the operations director for their largest overseas program in the Philippines. He continued his public service in 1964-65 as a VISTA volunteer. He was then elected to the West Virginia House of Delegates in 1966, and to the office of West Virginia Secretary of State in 1968. Following his term as Secretary of State, he served as President of West Virginia Wesleyan College from 1973 to 1976."
"As part of his economic strategy, Rockefeller in 1995, 1997 and 1999, led Project Harvest trade missions, introducing West Virginia businesses to Japan and Taiwan, opening markets for West Virginia products."
Member of Trilateral Commission
http://www.trilateral.org/(confirmed 2002 by e-mailing the trilateral commission)
5th Richest Member of Congress (on disclosed finance!!!)
5. Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) $200 million
"Rockefeller is the great-grandson of John D. Rockefeller, one of the world's first billionaires. Although Forbes estimates the Rockefeller family fortune to be at least $8.5 billion in October 2000, Rockefeller listed assets of more than $100 million - most of which is tied up in three qualified blind trusts and other investments - on his 2000 financial disclosure forms.
Other investments listed on his forms include U.S. savings bonds and numerous stocks in his wife's name. The stocks include shares in companies such as DoubleClick Inc., Walt Disney Co., Cisco Systems, Amgen, Applied Materials, AT&T Wireless, PepsiCo Inc., Nortel Networks Corp., Sotheby's Holdings Inc., Triangle Pharmaceuticals, United Parcel Service and Rolls-Royce."
Top Contributors 2001/2 (airlines just lurve him :-))
1 Delta Airlines $18,550
2 Baron & Budd $13,000
3 AFLAC Inc $11,000
3 United Airlines $11,000
5 Bank One Corp $10,150
6 Air Line Pilots Assn $10,000
6 American Fedn of St/Cnty/Munic Employees $10,000
6 Bayer Corp $10,000
6 DASHPAC $10,000
6 FedEx Corp $10,000
6 Intl Brotherhood of Electrical Workers $10,000
6 Machinists/Aerospace Workers Union $10,000
13 Ernst & Young $9,000
13 O'Melveny & Myers $9,000
15 Kirkland & Ellis $8,936
16 Park Corp $8,000
17 Bowles, Rice et al $7,700
18 Lockheed Martin $7,300
"As sweeping security measures are put into place across the United States, it is important that our law enforcement officers are included. Police are our first line of defense, and with our changing world, their jobs are no longer simply local to their districts. Police departments need to be connected to the Internet in order to be effective law enforcers on a local level as well as a national level." - Jay Rockefeller
DIANNE FEINSTEIN (http://feinstein.senate.gov/)
Biderberg Foreign Policy Conference, 1991
Japan Society of Northern California, 1988-89
San Francisco Education Fund, 1988-89
Trilateral Commission, 1988
Director, Bank of California, 1988-89
Inter-American Dialogue, 1988-Present.
(joint) 8th Richest Member of Congress
"8. (tie) Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) $50 million
California's senior Senator has extensive, diversified holdings with her husband, real estate mogul Richard Blum, most of which are in his name. Blum is chairman of the merchant banking firm BLUM Capital Partners.
Feinstein's assets, which are held directly or through the Bertram Feinstein Trust as separate property, consist of her interest in Carlton Hotel Properties, a pension from the city of San Francisco, a deposit account at Bank of America and the Freedom Cash Management Fund. Together those assets are worth between $5 million and $25 million.
She also has a qualified blind trust valued at between $1 million and $5 million that was established in 1991 and qualified in 1993, and she is the beneficiary of the Richard C. Blum Marital Trusts of 1994 and 1996.
The Feinsteins own a condo in Princeville, on the Hawaiian island of Kauai, and have deposit accounts at the Bank of America and First Republic Bank. The couple's investment in Carlton Hotel Properties is valued at between $5 million and $25 million.
Blum owns more than $1 million worth of stock in Northwest Airlines and a company called Kinetic Concepts. He has smaller stock holdings in dozens of other major companies."
Top Contributors (1997-2002)
1 California Victory 2000 $57,500
2 Global Crossing $24,000
3 Walt Disney Co $22,750
4 General Dynamics $21,800
5 William Morris Agency $21,000
6 AOL Time Warner $18,100
7 Ernst & Young $17,300
8 Gateway Inc $16,600
9 O'Melveny & Myers $16,500
9 Sempra Energy $16,500
9 Wells Fargo & Co $16,500
12 Cisco Systems $16,480
13 Qualcomm Inc $16,000
14 Bank of America $15,889
15 University of California $15,375
16 Edison International $15,250
17 Yucaipa Companies $15,000
18 Vivendi Universal $13,500
19 Manatt, Phelps et al $13,250
19 SBC Communications $13,250
and we've got her to thank for this:
RON WYDEN (http://wyden.senate.gov/)
"WYDEN CALLS FOR TERRORIST TRACKING SYSTEM" http://wyden.senate.gov/Intelligence%20Database.htm
Top contributers 1997-20021
1 National Jewish Democratic Council $45,800
2 Wilshire Financial Services Group $30,900
3 Deloitte & Touche $22,850
4 Intl Brotherhood of Electrical Workers $20,000
4 Teamsters Union $20,000
6 Andersen $17,700
7 Crown Pacific Partners $16,150
8 Pacific Crest Securities $15,250
9 Human Rights Campaign $15,000
10 PricewaterhouseCoopers $14,500
11 Andersen Construction $14,000
11 Pioneer Resources $14,000
13 Shaklee Corp $12,750
14 AOL Time Warner $12,250
15 Schnitzer Steel Industries $11,970
16 American Hospital Assn $11,500
17 KPMG LLP $11,295
18 American Health Care Assn $11,000
18 National Auto Dealers Assn $11,000
18 National Education Assn $11,000
18 Seafarers International Union $11,000
RICHARD J DURBIN (aka DICK DURBIN) (http://durbin.senate.gov/)
Another pretty good guy
EVAN BAYH (aka BIRCH EVANS BAYH III) (http://bayh.senate.gov/)
"Bayh serves on four Senate committees: Banking Housing and Urban Affairs, on which he is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on International Trade and Finance; Energy and Natural Resources; the Select Committee on Intelligence; and the Special Committee on Aging.
Bayh is a leader of the New Democrat movement. He serves as Chairman of the Democratic Leadership Council (DLC), a national group of Democratic elected officials and community leaders who offer a third-way approach on issues that often fall victim to partisan politics. Bayh is a member of the Senate Centrist Coalition, a group of moderate senators from both parties who meet regularly and work together to find common ground. He helped establish the New Democrat Coalition, a new and growing group of senators who are committed to sensible bipartisan progress. Bayh also serves on the Board of Directors of the National Endowment for Democracy, a non-partisan group that works to promote and strengthen democratic institutions worldwide."
father was a freemason
Top contributors (1997-2002)
1 Conseco Inc $63,250
2 Morgan Stanley $40,200
3 Goldman Sachs $37,000
4 Eli Lilly & Co $36,450
5 Carlyle Group $26,058
6 CIBC Wood Gundy Holdings $24,750
7 SBC Communications $24,555
8 Bank One Corp $23,544
9 Cinergy Corp $22,500
10 Intl Brotherhood of Electrical Workers $20,000
11 Blue Cross/Blue Shield $19,739
12 Bank of America $19,249
13 State of Indiana $18,148
14 Baker & Daniels $17,650
15 Democratic Senatorial Campaign Cmte $17,500
16 Bear Stearns $17,250
17 Andersen $15,750
17 Citigroup Inc $15,750
17 Swidler, Berlin et al $15,750
20 Independent Insurance Agents of America $15,664
"In the presidential election of 2000 Bayh was on the list of possible running mate for Al Gore, and he is often listed among the likely presidential candidates in 2004"
On bringing back national service
Understatement of the millenium - on why CIA agents should come forward with what they knew
""A little embarrassment is a small price to pay for keeping thousands of Americans from potentially losing their lives in the years to come," he said at the White House."
JOHN EDWARDS (http://edwards.senate.gov/)
(Joint) 18th Richest Member of Congress
"18. (tie) Sen. John Edwards (D-N.C.) $15 million
North Carolina's junior Senator made his fortune as a successful trial attorney, earning millions representing children and others in personal injury lawsuits. Although he listed roughly $22 million in assets on his 1999 disclosure forms, he disclosed about $14 million in assets on his 2000 forms.
Edwards maintains an impressive multimillion-dollar stock-and-bond portfolio, much of which is held through a blind trust. He also owns property in Raleigh, N.C., including several buildings valued at more than $700,000, and reported $1.4 million he received as part of a 1998 buyout provision with his law firm, which is being paid out over five years."
Top contributors 1997-2002
1 Girardi & Keese $75,000
2 Baron & Budd $31,000
3 Kramer, Dillof et al $29,018
4 Beasley, Allen et al $25,800
5 Twiggs, Abrams et al $23,500
6 Womble, Carlyle et al $23,000 (lawyers)
7 State of North Carolina $22,058
8 Guilford Mills $21,300
9 Democratic Senatorial Campaign Cmte $17,500
10 Jack H Olender & Assoc $16,081
11 Michaels & Jones $15,250
12 Cree Inc $13,000
12 Tharrington Smith $13,000
14 Bank of America $12,950
14 Smith, Helms et al $12,950
16 Parker, Poe et al $12,541
17 Ferguson, Stein et al $12,000
18 Hare, Wynn et al $11,250
19 Minor & Assoc $11,000
20 Quality Oil Co $10,500
"Big Brother is Watching" - legislation protecting privacy
BARBARA MIKULSKI (http://mikulski.senate.gov/)
Democratic Conference Secretary, but otherwise almost entirely bland - another good guy!
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RICHARD C SHELBY
"At a time when some would ignore potential threats to U. S. security, Sen. Shelby has continued to advocate for the strongest and best prepared national defense system possible. He continues to fight each year, as a member of the Defense Subcommittee, to maintain funding needed to protect not only the servicemen and women stationed around the world, but also to ensure that they have the training and equipment needed to survive and win any conflict. He also maintains careful watch over our nation's defense and aerospace industries critical to not only the nation's defense and readiness, but to Alabama's thriving economy as well. His support for the creation of a ballistic missile defense system, needed to protect the United States from attack, is an important defense priority."
Major assets: Apartment complex in Tuscaloosa, Ala., $5
million-$25 million; stock in Tuscaloosa Title Co., $1
million-$5 million; Washington townhouse $500,000-$1
million; Tuscaloosa house $500,000-$1 million.
Major sources of unearned income: Dividends from Tuscaloosa
Title Co., $100,000-$1 million; rent from apartment complex,
JON KYL (aka JON LLEWELLYN KYL)
Deputy Senate Whip
Lawyer with Jennings, Strouss & Salmon in Phoenix, Arizona 1966-1986.
Despite no financial anomalies or other interests, he seems to support the Bush agenda 100%
"I strongly support the President's call for additional increases in defense spending over the next five years to further improve conditions for our men and women in uniform, and to give them the intelligence and equipment they will need to protect the United States and defeat terrorism.
If we are to identify and defend against future terrorist attacks, we must have a first-rate intelligence community. We must re-evaluate our intelligence-gathering activities worldwide. The United States had no warning of the September 11 attack, though it was planned well in advance. As a senior member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, I will work to ensure that Congress provides the nation's intelligence agencies with the tools they need to make America safer."
"Those horrific attacks confirmed what many of us have been urging for some time – that we must alter our approach to security, focusing much more on counterterrorism. Now that I am the ranking member of the terrorism subcommittee, I have continued to work with the new Chairman to hold hearings and sponsor legislation to deal with the terrorist threat. We were successful in passing an amendment in the Senate that reflected the recommendations of several expert commissions on counterterrorism; however, the language was removed by a conference committee before the final version of the bill was passed.
In addition to taking steps to protect ourselves from future terrorist attacks using planes, suitcase bombs, or other such means, we need to focus on another growing threat – the threat of a ballistic missile attack. Roughly two dozen countries now have or are developing ballistic missiles. President Bush has expressed particular concern about North Korea, Iran, and Iraq – and I agree with him. These countries have ballistic missiles capable of striking our allies and U.S. forces abroad, and are developing longer-range capabilities. The United States has no defense against an accidental or deliberate missile launch; we therefore remain vulnerable to blackmail intended to freeze us into inaction by the very threat of missile attack.
To date, the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) Treaty has been the chief obstacle preventing the development and deployment of missile defenses to defend against a ballistic missile attack. I have been a leader in the Senate in the fight to scrap this obsolete treaty and deploy effective missile defenses as soon as possible. No one was more gratified than I at President Bush's decision to withdraw the United States from the ABM Treaty. The treaty was based on a hostile relationship between two countries: the United States and the Soviet Union. Today's strategic environment has changed dramatically from a world of two opposing superpowers to one in which we face threats from a number of countries, and from hostile forces with which they might collaborate.
President Bush's decision to withdraw the United States from the ABM Treaty is just one aspect of a broader framework with Russia designed to transform our relationship with that country. This framework, designed to adjust to a shifting strategic environment, combines the pursuit of missile defenses with large-scale cuts in the U.S. nuclear arsenal to its lowest level in almost 50 years.
As we decrease the size of our nuclear arsenal, it will be important to test our remaining nuclear weapons to ensure their safety and reliability. Without actual nuclear testing, it will become difficult to maintain, let alone modernize, our smaller arsenal."
On Enron - nothing to do with Bush & Cheney, y'all should be looking at Clinton
JAMES M INHOFE (http://inhofe.senate.gov/)
"Inhofe plays a leadership role on defense and national security issues. As the former chairman, and now ranking member, of the Subcommittee on Readiness, he has fought to improve the condition of the U.S. military, both by providing greater resources and by fighting for necessary equipment and training. He believes overseas military missions should serve vital national interests, and he is one of the Senate's prime advocates for deploying a national missile defense system."
Elected to Senate in a Special Election, November 8, 1994
United States House of Representatives, OK-01, 1987-1994
Defeated for Re-election as Mayor of Tulsa, 1984
Mayor of Tulsa, 1978-1984
Republican Nominee for United States House of Representatives, 1976
Republican Nominee for Governor, 1974
Oklahoma State Senate, 1969-1977
Oklahoma House of Representatives, 1967-1969
And another Bush bum licker:
"Infohe supports Bush on Use of Military Tribunals"
"Inhofe Applauds Israel's Fight Against Terrorism"
"Infohe fights for full funding of Crusader"
"Infohe hails Bush Decision to Quit Out-Dated ABM Treaty"
"Infohe Blasts Bush Critics on Intelligence Briefing"
1 National Republican Senatorial Cmte $17,500
2 Carlyle Group $11,000
2 El Paso Corp $11,000
4 Golden Rule Financial $10,500
5 Arvest Bank Group $10,000
5 Collazo Enterprises $10,000
5 Defend America PAC $10,000
5 FedEx Corp $10,000
5 Health Net Inc $10,000
5 Lockheed Martin $10,000
5 Murray Energy Corp $10,000
5 New Republican Majority Fund $10,000
13 Anadarko Petroleum $9,600
14 Outdoor Advertising Assn of America $9,234
15 American Bankers Assn $9,000
15 Exelon Corp $9,000
15 General Dynamics $9,000
18 Northrop Grumman $8,000
19 Kerr-McGee Corp $7,000
19 National Cattlemen's Beef Assn $7,000
& finally was Senator during OKC
ORRIN HATCH (http://hatch.senate.gov/)
Author of Numerous Law Articles.
High Priest, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
Eliminate Litter and Pollution
Various Bar Associations.
Supports FBI reforms (key phrase "I applaud Director Muellor ...")
& well up for Presidential Executive Powers
"Major assets: Half interest in Connor Street Associates,
$250,001-$500,000; savings and money market in Senate Credit
Union, $100,001-$250,000; securities $100,001-$250,000; 15
different investment funds and securities, $15,001-$50,000
Major sources of unearned income: Music and book royalties,
$19,061; interest and dividends on investments,
$23,200-$83,100. interest and capital gains from Connor
Street Associates, $5,001-$15,000.
Narrative: Hatch has written numerous inspiration patriotic
and religious songs and had them recorded on several CDs.
Royalties from his compositions totaled $15,852. He also
collected $1,865 in royalties for a book he wrote, ``Higher
Laws,'' and $1,344 in royalties for a voiceover he did for
the ``Living Scriptures'' animated series. Connor Street
Associates has invested in land in Utah and in other
companies, including a small share in Pharmics, Inc., a
pharmaceutical company. In the past, Hatch has sponsored
legislation easing regulations on the pharmaceutical
industry. Hatch was reimbursed by outside groups for three
Top Contributors (1997-2002) (okay, not nec related to Intel/War, but shows corrupt as f***)
1 GlaxoSmithKline $41,499
2 HealthSouth Corp $38,255
3 Pfizer Inc $34,000
4 Qwest Communications $29,000
5 AT&T $25,499
6 Torchmark Corp $25,000
7 AOL Time Warner $24,000
7 Metabolife International $24,000
9 Novell Inc $20,500
10 Oracle Corp $19,750
11 Global Crossing $19,500
11 Verizon Communications $19,500
13 Pharmaceutical Rsrch & Mfrs of America $18,775
14 Viacom Inc $18,250
15 Schering-Plough Corp $18,000
16 Bear Stearns $17,750
17 SBC Communications $17,500
18 Merck & Co $17,440
19 Rexall Sundown Inc $17,000
19 Walt Disney Co $17,000
PAT ROBERTS (aka CHARLES PATRICK ROBERTS) (http://roberts.senate.gov/)
BA, Journalism, Kansas State University, 1958.
US Marine Corps, Lieutenant, 1958-62;
Arizona Newspaper, Editor/Reporter, 1962-67;
U.S. Senator Frank Carlson, Administrative Assistant, 1967-68;
U.S. Congressman Keith Sebelius, Administrative Assistant, 1968-80.
"Major assets: One-third ownership of Winchester, Va.,
townhome development, $1 million-$5 million; condominium in
Alexandria, Va., $50,001-$100,000; commercial lot in Sumter,
S.C., $100,001-$250,000; residence in Dodge City, Kan.,
$50,001-$100,000; stocks, mutual funds and money market
Major sources of unearned income: Rent from Virginia and
Dodge City properties and installment interest on Sumter
land, $5,001-$15,000 each; rent on townhome development
MIKE DEWINE (http://dewine.senate.gov/)
Attorney, Private Practice, 1973-Present
Prosecuting Attorney, Green County, 1977-1981
Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, Green County, 1973-1976.
44th Richest Member of Congress
"44. Sen. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) $4 million
Ohio's former lieutenant governor derives his financial prosperity from two family businesses, which together are worth more than $3 million. Founded in the early 1950s, DeWine's Ohio Twine Co. used to import agricultural twine, but today consists of a 216-acre farming operation in the Buckeye State as well as various stock and bond holdings.
The Senator also owes his wealth to DeWine Enterprises, a personal holding company with assets of 1,158 acres of grain- producing farmland in Greene, Clinton and Fayette counties as well as stock and bond investments.
His financial disclosure forms listed about $3.8 million in assets, up slightly from the previous year."
FRED THOMPSON (http://thompson.senate.gov/)
"While a strong supporter of free trade, Senator Thompson has advocated a balanced approach to trade and national security. He has pushed for an export control policy that protects our country's national security without unnecessarily burdening American industry with bureaucratic red tape. He has also proposed legislation to curb the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction by China and other countries and to strengthen the United States' response to such activities.
Senator Thompson also serves as a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and the National Security Working Group, which observes and monitors executive branch negotiations with foreign governments. In 2002, he was elected to the prestigious Council on Foreign Relations, an organization that promotes improved understanding of international affairs through public and private discussion."
"In 1977 Thompson took on the case of a Tennessee Parole Board chairman fired under suspicious circumstances. Thompson's work helped to expose a cash-for-clemency scheme that ultimately toppled the governor. The scandal became the subject of a best-selling book and later a film, Marie, in which Thompson portrayed himself. He went on to appear in 18 motion pictures, including In the Line of Fire, Die Hard II and The Hunt for Red October.
Prior to his election to the U.S. Senate, Fred Thompson maintained law offices in Nashville and Washington and served as Special Counsel to both the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. He is also the author of the Watergate memoir At That Point in Time."
Major assets: Screen Actors Guild (news - web sites) Pension
Plan, $500,000-$1 million; life insurance,
Major sources of unearned income: $5,000-$15,000 from a
blind trust; $5,000-$15,000 in interest and dividends on
life insurance policy.
Assistant US Attorney, Middle Tennessee, 1969-1972;
US Senate Watergate Committee, Chief Republican Counsel (Minority Counsel), 1973-1974;
Staff Attorney to Senator Howard Baker;
Special Counsel to Tennessee Governor Lamar Alexander, 1980;
Special Counsel to the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, 1980-1981;
Special Counsel to the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee, 1982;
Appellate Court Nominating Committee, TN, 1985-1987;
Middle Tennessee Senate Campaign Manager, Howard Baker;
Elected to Senate in a Special Election, November 8, 1994.
Caucus / Non-Legislative Committees:
US Senate Foreign Relations and Intelligence Committees, Special Counsel
Senate Watergate Committee, Minority Counsel.
Yup, he was the Chief of Air Operations in Die Hard II
RICHARD LUGAR (http://lugar.senate.gov/)
"During the 99th Congress (1985-86), Lugar served as chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, restoring its power and eminence and earning the moniker of "most influential Republican voice in foreign policy on Capitol Hill," from New York Times journalist R.W. Apple Jr."
"As a Navy ensign in the late 1950s, Lugar served in the highly sensitive position of naval intelligence briefer. He arose at 2:30 a.m., memorized overnight intelligence reports from around the globe and summarized them verbally for Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Arleigh Burke, the CIA Director, cabinet secretaries, and members of Congress."
"Lugar also served on the Banking Committee from 1977-82 where he was recognized for his leadership on Chrysler and New York City loan programs, and urban and housing legislation."
Major assets: 432.5 shares of stock in Thomas L. Green &
Co., of Indianapolis, maker of bakery equipment,
$250,001-$500,000; U.S. Government Thrift Savings,
$100,001-$250,000; Civil Service Retirement Fund,
Major sources of unearned income: Dividends from Government
Thrift Savings, $5,001-$15,000.