the feds swoop down and cuff racketeers, they
also load the vans with all the perp's ill-gotten
gains: stacks of cash, BMWs, whatever. Their associates
have to cough up the goodies too: lady friends
must give up their diamond rocks.
the racketeering law, RICO, even before a verdict,
anything bought with the proceeds of the crime
goes into the public treasury.
there seems to be special treatment afforded those
who loaded up on the 'bennies' of Ken Lay's crimes.
If the G-men don't know where the tainted loot
is cached, try this address: 1600 Pennsylvania
Avenue. Ask for George or Dick.
Lay and his Enron team are the Number One political
career donors to George W. Bush. Mr. Lay and his
Mrs., with no money to pay back bilked creditors,
still managed to personally put up $100,000 for
George's inaugural Ball plus $793,110 for personal
donations to Republicans. Lay's Enron team dropped
$4.2 million into the party that let Enron party.
now, Mr. President, give it back - the millions
stuffed in the pockets of the Republican campaign
kitty stolen from his Enron retirees.
what else did Ken Lay buy with the money stolen
from California electricity customers? Answer:
the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Just
before George Bush moved to Washington, Kenny-Boy
handed his hand-picked president-to-be the name
of the man Ken wanted as Chairman of the commission
charged with investigating Enron's thievery. In
a heartbeat, George Bush appointed Ken's boy,
about that: the criminal gets to pick the police
chief. Well, George, give it back. Dump Wood and
end the "de-criminalization" of electricity price-gouging
that you and Cheney and Wood laughably call "de-regulation."
Give us back the government Lay bought with crime
while we're gathering up the ill-gotten loot,
let's stop by Brother Jeb's. The Governor of Florida
picked up a cool $2 million from a Houston fundraiser
at the home of Enron's former president long AFTER
the company went bankrupt. Enron, not incidentally,
obtained half a billion of Florida state pension
money -- which has now disappeared down the Enron
Mr. Vice-President, don't you also have something
to give back? In secret meetings with Dick Cheney
in the Veep's bunker prior to the inauguration
and after, you let Ken and his cohorts secretly
draft the nation's energy plan - taking a short
break to eye oil field maps of Iraq. Let us remember
that the President's sticky-fingered brothers
Neil and Marvin were on Enron's payroll, hired
to sell pipelines to the Saudis. The Saudis didn't
bite, but maybe a captive Iraq would be more pliant.
Mr. Law and Order President, please follow the
law and give up the Energy Plan that Mr. Lay bought
with other people's money.
I worked as a racketeering investigator for government,
nothing was spared, including houses bought with
purloined loot. Let there be no exception here.
It's time to tape up the White House gate and
hang the sign: "Crime Scene: Property to be Confiscated.
Vacate Premises Immediately."
Greg Palast is an internationally recognized expert
on electricity deregulation and power company
racketeering. Co-author of the United Nations
guide to power industry regulation, Palast's investigation
of Enron won Britain's prize for top business
story of the year in 1998 (with Antony Barnett
of the Observer). Palast investigated Enron's
influence on the Bush Administration for BBC Television's
newsnight and his expose of Ken Lay's manipulation
of the California power markets and litigation
won a 2004 Project Censored Award from California
State University at Sonoma's Journalism School.
Palast's book, the New York Times bestseller,
"The Best Democracy Money Can Buy," includes a
summary of his investigations on Enron: "California
Reamin': the real story of deregulation and the
Posted: July 9, 2004