And another (illegal) fund-raising effort by the Clintons' team....more illegal foreign money.greenspun.com : LUSENET : TimeBomb 2000 (Y2000) : One Thread
Ah - They did it again - illegal foreign money, and not a word form the national press in general. Bet this WON'T be on TV tonight. The national press is too busy photographing Gore and Bradley with their racist supporters.....or am I supposed to say that?
I am impressed though: The AP usually doesn't send out this kind of story.
Following from today's www.Worldnetdaily.com
Monday February 28 3:05 PM ET
Illegal Democratic Donations Alleged
By PETE YOST Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) - The independent counsel investigating Labor Secretary Alexis Herman has charged a Singapore businessman with making $200,000 in illegal contributions to the Democratic Party through two U.S. businesswomen with ties to the labor secretary.
Herman is not mentioned in the Feb. 16 indictment against Abdul Rahman, but the two U.S. businesswomen, sisters Vanessa and Caryliss Weaver, are named 11 times as the contributors of record for donations which the indictment says actually came from Rahman.
``In the two years that the independent counsel's investigation has been going on, they have not shown me one piece of evidence nor have I found any indication they have any evidence that my clients' contributions were anything but appropriate,'' Larry Barcella, the Weavers' lawyer, said Monday. Herman's lawyer, Neil Eggleston, declined to comment.
Vanessa Weaver and Herman are close friends and Herman, who ran the White House Office of Public Liaison before becoming labor secretary, took Caryliss Weaver on a trade mission. Herman had been introduced to Rahman by Vanessa Weaver on one or two occasions. Rahman was introduced to President Clinton during the 1996 presidential campaign.
In applying for an independent counsel investigation in 1998, Attorney General Janet Reno stated the Justice Department had reviewed allegations that Herman was involved in soliciting illegal donations from a foreign businessman.
Laurent Yene, a former partner of Vanessa Weaver, alleged that Rahman made the donations to help obtain a Federal Communications Commission license for a company he had ties to. The company obtained an FCC license in 1997 to develop a telephone satellite system.
The Weaver sisters urged that the indictment be sealed, saying the references to them would harm their personal and business reputations. Rahman is not charged with conspiracy and neither of the Weaver sisters is referred to as an unnamed co-conspirator.
U.S. District Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle refused to seal the indictment, ruling there was no compelling reason to do so.
Rahman is charged with seven misdemeanors for allegedly contributing $150,000 to the Democratic National Committee and four state Democratic parties.
Rahman also is charged with a felony for allegedly causing false election reports to be filed regarding $50,000 in Democratic Party donations made in the names of the Weaver sisters.
-- Robert A. Cook, PE (Marietta, GA) (firstname.lastname@example.org), February 29, 2000
But this is a first!
In this weapons' stealing/espionage case for the Communist Chinese Army - the Clintons' AREN'T mentioned......
Good news - it only "regular" theft and espionage! No apparent administration bribery ... course they made 20 export shipments before Reno's Justive Dept stopped a few helicopter parts and missile tailfins form getting out.
Wonder what was in the more important shipments? How many US soldiers will die froim this action?
This story wsa from www.newsmax.com site today.
Couple indicted on charges of shipping military parts to China
BY MARC DAVIS, The Virginian-Pilot Copyright 2000, Landmark Communications Inc.
NORFOLK -- A California couple who shipped military supplies to China from a warehouse near Old Dominion University have been indicted on 47 counts of money laundering and illegally exporting arms.
They are accused of exporting missile, aircraft, radar and tank parts in 1998 and 1999 that they legally bought at surplus from United States military agencies. They made shipments through Norfolk International Terminals off Hampton Boulevard.
By law, arms cannot be exported from the United States without a license from the State Department. It is impossible to get such a license for export to China because the United States has an arms embargo against China.
The couple, Bing Sun and Patte Sun, were born in Taiwan but became American citizens in 1994. They were indicted Thursday by a grand jury in Norfolk's federal court.
The wife, Patte, 47, was arrested Thursday in California. The husband, Bing, 51, is still at large. They live in Fontana, Calif., near Los Angeles.
The investigation is continuing, said prosecutor Alan M. Salsbury.
The Suns operated a company called All Ports Inc., which is incorporated in California and registered to do business in Virginia. They maintained a warehouse in the 3900 block of Killam Ave. in Norfolk and bank accounts at Heritage Bank in Norfolk.
According to the indictment, the Suns exported military supplies through the state port terminal on 22 occasions from June 1998 to January 1999. They also tried to export six containers of parts from the terminal last May, but they were stopped.
The first 22 shipments made it to China. The last two were seized by federal agents, the indictment says.
Among the parts seized were helicopter tail-gun pods, missile fins for air-launched guided missiles, underwater mines, wing assemblies for guided bombs and wings for tactical missiles, according to the indictment.
Agents also plan to seizethe warehouse at Killam Avenue, along with four tractors used to transport the supplies, if the couple are convicted.
The Suns bought the military supplies largely through the Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service in Battle Creek, Mich. The agency evaluates used military supplies for resale or reuse. The agency's sales are open to the public.
According to the indictment, the Suns received about $1.3 million from sources in Taiwan, Indonesia, Hong Kong and Singapore to buy the military parts. The money was transferred to banks in California and Norfolk. It is not known how much the military supplies were worth.
If convicted, the Suns face up to 20 years in prison and a $500,000 fine for each of 22 counts of money laundering. They face up to 10 years in prison and a $1 million fine for each of 24 counts of illegal exporting.
This is the second allegation of a major illegal overseas arms sale in Norfolk in recent years.
In 1998, an international arms broker from New York, Parviz Lavi, was accused of masterminding a scheme to sell F-14 engine parts to Iran. He later pleaded guilty to violating the federal Arms Export Control Act. He was sentenced to five years in prison and fined $125,000.
The investigation of Bing and Patte Sun was conducted by the Defense Criminal Investigative Service, the Customs Service, the Defense Logistics Agency and the Defense Contract Audit Agency.
-- Robert A. Cook, PE (Marietta, GA) (email@example.com), February 29, 2000.
Now this would have been "real" news if it reported a legal fund raising event.
-- JB (firstname.lastname@example.org), February 29, 2000.