November 17, 2003

More Foxes Guarding the Chickenhawks - -

Ok, so there was this big bust at Hollinger International, the company that publishes Likud Party-controlled The Jersulam Post. Seems that CEO Conrad Black and couple of other executives were involved in some shady business dealings and were forced to resign. Supposedly it's a pretty big mess.

So guess who's a big wheel with Hollinger and has close ties with Mr. Black. Richard Perle - who is a director of Hollinger International, Hollinger Digital, and Jerusalem Post Publications. Perle, of course, a Black Belt Chickenhawk, has his fingers in (up to the neck) numerous businesses that benefit from middle east turmoil, while also being involved in PNAC and as a close foreign-policy advisor in The Cheney Gang.

Here's the punchline: seems that Dear Richard has "been under investigation" for conflict of interest stemming from his ties with "Trireme Partners LP, a venture capital firm that invests in technology, goods, and services related to homeland security and defense. Trireme also created International Advisors Inc., a lobbying firm whose main client is Turkey. Henry Kissinger is a Trireme adviser, and Perle is a managing partner. Kissinger, who was forced to resign as head of the independent commission to investigate the 9/11 attacks, has been using his influence to try to keep the Saudis calm during the buildup to war." (The preceding quote is from Disinfopedia/TIA - you can read more about Perle (and others) there. And who's been investigating him? Why, the Inspector General of the Department of Defense, of course. And was any conflict found? Yeah, right.

Be at peace.