"LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Alltel Corp. (NYSE: AT - News) today announced that it has signed a definitive merger agreement to be acquired by TPG Capital and GS Capital Partners ("GSCP"), in a transaction valued at approximately $27.5 billion. ... "
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Why Quit, Henry? Is It Acxiom?
by Jim Rarey
When Dr. K (Kissinger) withdrew as co-chairman of the commission to investigate the 9/11 terrorist attacks after refusing to make his client list public, he bitterly asserted his consulting business represented no foreign companies or governments that would constitute a conflict of interest with his duties on the commission.
Although there is no particular reason we should believe anything Kissinger says, for purposes of this article, let’s take that assertion at face value. That would mean if there is a conflict, it must be with one or more of his domestic (U.S.) clients.
Kissinger’s two consulting firms (Kissinger & Associates and Kissinger-McLarty & Associates) advise a large number of U.S. companies. Yes, it is that McLarty, Mack McLarty who was Bill Clinton’s chief of staff and is now vice-chairman of the first firm and partner in the second.
The client lists of the two firms are closely guarded. However, from time to time some information leaks out. Although Dr. K has his own share of skeletons in his closet, (e.g. his involvement in the overthrow of an elected government in Chile and the resulting thousands of deaths that have branded both Kissinger and Pinochet as war criminals), some of his domestic clients have their own scandals with which he may not want to be associated.
One that is, or has been, a Kissinger client is J.P. Morgan Chase, implicated in the Enron frauds as well as money laundering along with other New York investment banks. (But that’s only drug money and U.S. taxpayers’ dollars recycled through the Russian KGB/Mafia, not known to relate to terrorism.) Kissinger sits on the Morgan/Chase International Advisory Board.
Other examples could be cited, but in this writer’s opinion, the association Dr. K is most afraid might be made public is with the little known company Acxiom.
Hardly a household name (we will try to change that), Acxiom has been selected the lead company to provide software and pull together the network to furnish the information to DARPA’s “Information Awareness Office” (IAO) where John Poindexter of Iran-Contra infamy will prepare individual dossiers on every American citizen and the millions of aliens (legal and illegal) in the country.
The plan calls for the collection of information from a staggering number of sources, such as banks, credit unions, health care organizations, the IRS and Social Security agencies, the INS, the FBI, grocery chains and any number of other companies and government agencies (federal, state and local) that have records of individual transactions.
But even this association might be covered up in these days of managed news. No, what scares Kissinger the most is the control and history of Acxiom itself. The company may be more than just a client. Mack McLarty sits on its Board of Directors, which implies some kind of investment to protect.
While the name of the company means nothing to almost all Americans, perhaps a couple of the names under which it operated earlier will generate a spark of recognition. Before it morphed into Acxiom, the company was named Alltel. Still nothing? Then how about its original name, Systematics? ...
The person who controls Acxiom/Alltel/Systematics is Arkansas billionaire Jackson Stephens. Stephens, and those working with him, have been involved in myriad shady operations too numerous to cite here. We can only hit some of the highlights.
At Systematics, one of the lawyers Stephens hired to represent the company was a bright young attorney named Hillary Rodham. After she joined the Rose law firm (then Hillary Rodham Clinton), Stephens employed the firm (mainly its partners Hillary, Vince Foster and Webster Hubbell) in several of his ventures.
Stephens was a financial angel to both Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. He gave final impetus to Clinton’s cash-strapped presidential campaign with a large “loan” from his Worthen bank. Stephens (along with the Harvard University endowment) rescued one of Dubya’s companies from bankruptcy with sizeable investments.
Another scandal suppressed by the “watchdogs of the press” was the cocaine smuggling aspects of the Iran/Contra affair. In return for arms smuggled to the Contras in Nicaragua, cocaine was being brought back to the U.S. and dropped off at a small airport at Mena, Arkansas. Pilot Barry Seal, a CIA asset and drug runner, was also dropping bales of cash in Mena. The drug money was laundered (among other channels) through Stephen’s Worthen bank and an Arkansas state agency set up by Governor Bill Clinton (the Arkansas Development Finance Authority). Overseer of the Iran/Contra operation was then Vice-President George H.W. Bush, as later proved with a memo from Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger.
A partner with Stephens in the Worthen bank was Mochtar Riady, one of the principals in the Indonesian Lippo Group. The Lippo Group was heavily involved in the campaign financing scandals of the second Clinton presidential campaign, with links to the Chinese military.
Our final example is perhaps the most important unfinished investigation of the last 40 years. The Bank of Commerce and Credit International (BCCI) was started by a Pakistani banker ostensibly to service Arab clients in the Middle East. It quickly became a money laundering mechanism for various terrorist organizations in the area. It then branched out to London and other locations and became a repository and laundering channel for a broad spectrum of organizations, including the terrorists as well as Mossad and the CIA.
BCCI established a branch in Florida and took over the largest bank in Washington, D.C. (First American) with the assistance of Stephen’s Worthen bank and the Rose law firm (Hillary, Foster and Hubbell). When the Florida branch was exposed, it was shut down, but the investigation was limited to Florida.
Later, Assistant District Attorney Robert Morgenthau in New York launched a comprehensive investigation into BCCI until it was shut down by Robert Mueller in the Department of Justice (now FBI Director) and Mary Jo White, Clinton-appointed U.S. Attorney for the southern district of New York. White was held over by George W. Bush long enough to deep six the investigation of Clinton’s pardon of Marc Rich. She also closed the investigation of Terry McAuliffe (who was on the verge of being indicted) in the Teamster/Democratic National Committee campaign money swap conspiracy.
Yes Henry, it is understandable why you ducked and ran when it looked like you might have to disclose your relationship with Acxiom/Alltel/Systematics and Jackson Stephens.
December 18, 2002