Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Frank Giustra private jet Bill Clinton and Chelsea's wedding
Our guess though? It's investor Frank Giustra, who has faced some controversy for his connection to the Clinton Global Initiative, and whether that connection helped him land a uranium deal in Kazakhstan. AND we know that Clinton has flown on his jet.

Plus, a tipster with some knowledge of private air travel believes that Giustra's jet is one of the former President's premier modes of transportation.

And they sent us pictures of the inside of the 1990 MCDONNELL DOUGLAS MD-87.

We're not 100% sure, obviously, but it's a fun game. Presumably, the guest list will leak soon, and then we'll know whether Giustra or Burkle made the cut.

Frank Giustra wikipedia
Giustra took a securities course and began his career in the investment industry in 1978 with Merrill Lynch as an assistant trader and then a stockbroker. In the early 1980s, Giustra left Merrill Lynch to create a resources-financing group in Europe for the new firm Yorkton Securities. He is said to have "transformed Yorkton into a major force in the world of international mining finance." [2] In 1990, he became President of the company and, in 1995, was appointed Chairman and CEO.[3].

Giustra finger in every pot
In Canada, which supplies about 10 per cent of the world's copper, the long-term effect of the collapsing prices was still uncertain. Bruce Reid, an analyst with Yorkton Securities Inc., notes that a number of new copper mines around the world were scheduled to open over the next two years, and the increased production would have forced copper prices down even without the Hamanaka affair. Most Canadian companies had already built those declining prices into their budgets and profit forecasts; some New York City commodities analysts encouraged clients to sell any shares they have in copper-producing companies well before the Japanese scandal. Share prices of two of Canada's leading nickel producers, Rio Algom Ltd. and Falconbridge Ltd., both of Toronto, have been dropping since reaching their 1996 highs in late May, although prices last week in both firms remained steady.

International scandal
Canadian testifies about Australian pension scandal
July 16, 2010 | 16:44
A Canadian man is at the centre of a $123-million pension-fund scandal in Australia.

Shawn Richard, 35, served as the director of Astarra Strategic investment fund, which has come under scrutiny after more than $123 million Aus. ($113 million Cdn) went missing after being sent to an overseas hedge fund.

Shenzhen Minsk World
March 02, 2005
Minsk World, a popular Shenzhen theme park built around a decommissioned Soviet-era aircraft carrier, has been ordered into bankruptcy, but staff at the park said Tuesday it was business as usual despite the court order.

The park ran into trouble last year after the financial shipwreck of its parent company, D’Long International Strategic Investment, which since August has been under the trusteeship of China Huarong Asset Management.

Minsk World had guaranteed 476.9 million yuan (HK$449.6 million) of loans to its parent, mostly from China Construction Bank, Shenzhen Development Bank and Citic Industrial Bank, according to Xinhua.

Shenzhen municipal intermediate court Monday set up a liquidation group to take over the theme park established by D’Long International Strategic Investment in December 1998.

The investment arm of D’Long Group owned 89.9 percent of Minsk World after injecting 249.2 million yuan into the park.

Since it opened in September 2000, the park has attracted more than five million visitors and generated 450 million yuan in revenue. It was said to be profitable.

D’Long Group, once one of the mainland’s largest private companies, is controlled by brothers Tang Wanli and Tang Wanxin, whose fortune was estimated in 2003 by China Money magazine at US$250 million (HK$1.95 billion).

Another brother, Tang Wanping, owned 10.1 percent of Minsk World. Based in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, D’Long had assets in financial services and tourism, among other things.

Tang Wanxin
D'Long boss on trial in biggest finance case
By Jiao Xiaoyang and Wang Zhuoqiong (China Daily)
Updated: 2006-01-20 06:14

Tang Wanxin, head of the notorious and now bankrupt D'Long Group, went on trial yesterday for illegally accepting deposits, manipulating stock prices and embezzlement.

Tang Wanxin
The case is the largest-ever financial crime in China, with judicial investigation showing that billions of yuan, more than 2,500 institutions and 32,000 people in about 20 provinces involved.

Six of Tang's executives also went on trial in Wuhan, capital of Hubei Province.

According to the prosecutors, from 2001 to 2004, D'Long Group and its subsidiaries collected more than 45 billion yuan (US$5.6 billion) in deposits from the public, promising high returns.

Rahim Jaffer scandal background scrib

Jaffers Wright tech allegations
The waste management firm at the centre of allegations against Rahim Jaffer says it never hired the former Conservative MP to lobby the federal government for access to a green infrastructure fund.

Jaffer has been accused of using his ties with former government colleagues in an attempt to gain access to the green fund for alternative energy projects pitched by his firm, Green Power Generation Corp., without registering as a lobbyist.

Senior conservative to be probed over Rahim Jaffer links
Natural Resources Minister Christian Paradis speaks in the House of Commons June 8, 2010. The federal ethics commissioner is investigating former Tory MP Rahim Jaffer's contact with Paradis when the latter was minister of Public Works, according to a letter made public Tuesday.

Chelsea wedding snub riles mystery mogul (the daily beast)
Let the speculation begin! Some are guessing it’s business mogul Ron Burkle, who’s been known to loan the former president his plane on several occasions. Others think it might be investor Frank Giustra, who has ties to the Clinton Global Initiative, but who’s taken flak for possibly abusing the connection to nab a uranium deal in Kazakhstan. Whoever it was, our bet is he's not getting an invite to the next Clinton function either.

Clinton's shady uranium deal
After Mining Deal, Financier Donated to Clinton Charity
January 31, 2008
After Mining Deal, Financier Donated to Clinton Charity

Late on Sept. 6, 2005, a private plane carrying the Canadian mining financier Frank Giustra touched down in Almaty, a ruggedly picturesque city in southeast Kazakhstan. Several hundred miles to the west a fortune awaited: highly coveted deposits of uranium that could fuel nuclear reactors around the world. And Mr. Giustra was in hot pursuit of an exclusive deal to tap them.

Unlike more established competitors, Mr. Giustra was a newcomer to uranium mining in Kazakhstan, a former Soviet republic. But what his fledgling company lacked in experience, it made up for in connections. Accompanying Mr. Giustra on his luxuriously appointed MD-87 jet that day was a former president of the United States, Bill Clinton.

Upon landing on the first stop of a three-country philanthropic tour, the two men were whisked off to share a sumptuous midnight banquet with Kazakhstan’s president, Nursultan A. Nazarbayev, whose 19-year stranglehold on the country has all but quashed political dissent.

Mr. Nazarbayev walked away from the table with a propaganda coup, after Mr. Clinton expressed enthusiastic support for the Kazakh leader’s bid to head an international organization that monitors elections and supports democracy. Mr. Clinton’s public declaration undercut both American foreign policy and sharp criticism of Kazakhstan’s poor human rights record by, among others, Mr. Clinton’s wife, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York.

Within two days, corporate records show that Mr. Giustra also came up a winner when his company signed preliminary agreements giving it the right to buy into three uranium projects controlled by Kazakhstan’s state-owned uranium agency, Kazatomprom.

The monster deal stunned the mining industry, turning an unknown shell company into one of the world’s largest uranium producers in a transaction ultimately worth tens of millions of dollars to Mr. Giustra, analysts said.

Just months after the Kazakh pact was finalized, Mr. Clinton’s charitable foundation received its own windfall: a $31.3 million donation from Mr. Giustra that had remained a secret until he acknowledged it last month. The gift, combined with Mr. Giustra’s more recent and public pledge to give the William J. Clinton Foundation an additional $100 million, secured Mr. Giustra a place in Mr. Clinton’s inner circle, an exclusive club of wealthy entrepreneurs in which friendship with the former president has its privileges…

The two men were introduced in June 2005 at a fund-raiser for tsunami victims at Mr. Giustra’s Vancouver home and hit it off right away…

Info USA scandal
Infogroup's founder, Vinod Gupta, lost his chairman and chief executive jobs in 2008 after a shareholder lawsuit raised questions about his use of company money to support a lavish lifestyle. He had held those posts from 1992 through August 2008.

The lawsuit alleged Infogroup misspent millions of dollars, some of it on domestic and international air travel for former President Bill Clinton and his wife, then-Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Gupta pledged to reimburse Infogroup $9 million over five years as part of the settlement announced in August 2008, but he remained on the company's board and received $10 million in severance.

He resigned from the board in March — right after voting for the CCMP deal — agreed then to pay more than $7.3 million to settle an SEC investigation into his use of Infogroup's money.

Stephens Inc. analyst Carter Malloy said Infogroup appears to be in a good position now that the sale and the spending investigations are complete.

Info USA wikipedia
InfoGROUP was founded in 1972 by Vinod Gupta. The headquarters is located in Omaha, NE, USA. The company employs over 5,000 people in 88 offices worldwide. The company was acquired by CCMP Capital Advisors in July 2010, which took the company private. Clare Hart is the current CEO. [1]

InfoGROUP has 12 databases that have contact and credit information covering approximately 15 million businesses in the United States and Canada. The company licenses its data to third parties such as Yahoo!, AOL, Google, MSN, Ask, and Citysearch.

InfoGROUP’s Papillion, Nebraska, facility employs over 600 people who compile and update their consumer and business database. The Consumer database is updated from sources that include yellow pages, white pages, newspapers, incorporation records, real estate deed transfers and various other public sources. The business database is updated by, 24 million phone calls made every year to verify the name of the owner or key executive, their address, number of employees, fax numbers, e-mail addresses and other information

Clinton donor list
December 18, 2008.Clinton Foundation Donors
.Former President Bill Clinton's charitable foundation disclosed the names of 205,000 donors on a Web site Thursday, ending a decade of resistance to identifying the sources of its money. Below, see the list of people and institutons who donated at least $100,000, sort by name or amount. To search by surname, hit control-F. (See related article.)

Donor Donated at least... But not more than...
The Children's Investment Fund Foundation $25,000,000 N/A
UNITAID $25,000,000 N/A
AUSAID $10,000,001 $25,000,000
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation $10,000,001 $25,000,000
Stephen L. Bing $10,000,001 $25,000,000
COPRESIDA-Secretariado Tecnico $10,000,001 $25,000,000
Fred Eychaner $10,000,001 $25,000,000
Frank Giustra, Chief Executive Officer, The Radcliffe Foundation $10,000,001 $25,000,000
Tom Golisano $10,000,001 $25,000,000

Clinton crime family

Feds snare lawyers in Cali Cartel
Feds snare lawyers in Cali Cartel net; the defense bar sees, in raids, taps and novel theories, an unprecedented attack

Federal prosecutors on June 5, 1995, indicted six attorneys in Miami on charges involving their work aiding and advising leaders of the Cali cocaine cartel. Defense lawyers in the community expressed outrage, saying government methods of investigation were questionable and that the government was trying to blame the lawyers for their clients' actions. They also noted that successful legal work for drug kingpins would inevitably aid the latter in their actions. One of the lawyers, Michael Abbell, is a former top Justice Department official.

Michael Abbell
Mr. Abbell was the first Director, Office of International Affairs, Criminal Division, U.S. Department of Justice. In that capacity, he negotiated, and supervised the negotiation and implementation of, numerous United States treaties on extradition, mutual legal assistance in criminal matters, and international prisoner transfer.

He has written extensively on transnational criminal law subjects including three treatises published by Martinius Nijhoff/Brill:
•Extradition To and From the United States
•Obtaining Evidence Abroad in Criminal Cases
•International Prisoner Transfer
He has been widely consulted by United States and foreign criminal defense lawyers because of his extensive experience and expertise in the above areas of transnational criminal law, including the successful defenses of extradition requests of alleged fugitives made to and by the United States.

He is a graduate of Harvard University, 1961 and Harvard Law School, 1964.

Moffitt served as counsel for Michael Abbell
In a recent high-profile case, Moffitt served as counsel for Michael Abbell, a former high-ranking Justice Department official accused of engaging in a major drug-trafficking conspiracy with the Cali drug cartel. Previously, Moffitt represented William Aramony, former head of the United Way who was indicted for embezzlement and represented the colorful extremist Lyndon LaRouche. He was also involved in the defense of alleged Libyan terrorists.

Prosecutor: United Way Chief Looted His Charity
March 24, 1995
William Aramony systematically looted the United Way of America, treating the charity he headed for 22 years as an open checkbook, a prosecutor said Thursday in closing arguments. Aramony, 67, used intimidation and cunning to enrich himself and his friends, including two former top associates on trial with him on charges of fraud, conspiracy and money laundering, Assistant U.S. Attorney Randy Bellows said. Aramony's lawyer, William B. Moffitt Jr., called his client ''a fall guy'' for sloppy oversight by United Way's board of directors and bumbling by Aramony's staff.

David E. Bonior
David Edward Bonior (born June 6, 1945) is an American politician from the U.S. state of Michigan. First elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1976, Bonior served as Democratic whip in the House from 1991 to 2002, during which time Democrats were in both the majority (1991-1995) and minority (1995-2002), making Bonior the third and second highest-ranking Democrat in the House, respectively. During his tenure in office, Bonior was the public face of Democratic opposition to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA),[1] and was known for his tenacity in opposing Republican Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, against whom Bonior filed more than seventy-five ethics charges.[2]

William Moffitt and Libyan terrorists pdf
William B. Moffitt
Direct Phone 202-912-4800
Direct fax 202-912-4830
Cozen O'Connor

Sami Al-Arian
He is married to Nahla Al-Arian, and they have five children.[20] His son Abdullah Al-Arian was an intern for U.S. Representative David E. Bonior in 2001.[21] Al-Arian's eldest daughter, Laila Al-Arian, is a producer for Al Jazeera English in Washington, DC, and a freelance journalist and contributor to the Huffington Post[22] and The Nation.[23]

Al-Arian came to the U.S. in August 1975, on an Egyptian passport and a student visa, to attend Southern Illinois University.[1][17][24] He became a permanent resident alien of the U.S. on March 27, 1989.[1][17] On December 30, 1993, he allegedly filed a false application with the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service to become a U.S. citizen.[1][17] He was denied U.S. citizenship in 1996.[25]

Laila Alarian my father 911 scapegoat
My father, a Palestinian professor named Sami Al-Arian, was arrested over four years ago on trumped up terrorism charges and submitted to a prosecution over the course of six months that bordered on the farcical. Though he was ultimately acquitted by a jury of the most serious charges against him, the Bush administration has prolonged his imprisonment indefinitely. My father now languishes in a Virginia jail, another victim of the demagogic politics of the so-called war on terror.

Many have wondered why my father would be targeted so vigorously, especially after the government lost a case that cost $50 million. But as with its firing of the eight federal prosecutors who "chafed" against its radical agenda, the administration of President George W. Bush has injected its politics into the system, prolonging my father's imprisonment to punish him for the humiliation his acquittal caused them.

Last week I saw Clinton
Moffitt's argument is specious (the government has made plenty of mistakes regarding Islamists) but it does reiterate the need for special caution in the White House when it comes to Muslim leaders.

Other high-ranking political figures Al-Arian indicates in the letter that he had contact with include Republicans Spencer Abraham, Bob Barr, Tom Campbell, Tom Davis, Newt Gingrich, Dennis Hastert, Asa Hutchinson, Henry Hyde, Trent Lott, Grover Norquist, and Karl Rove; and Democrats David Bonior, Barney Frank, Cynthia McKinney, James Moran, and Nick Rahall. All of them should have red faces; and all of them should learn an important lesson from this fiasco about not consorting with Islamists.
Cozen O'Connor and Carl Greene
Greene, though still employed, fired a pre-emptive strike against the board Tuesday with his late-night lawsuit. The suit warns the board, which meets Thursday, that Greene can only be fired from his $300,000-a-year job under strict conditions.

The sexual harassment claims — settled confidentially, and presumably without admissions of wrongdoing — do not constitute the kind of criminal misconduct for which he can be fired, Haines argues

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