Dennis Hastert: A Portrait of a Political System Termite

The Erosion & Rotting of a Nation’s Foundation

TermitesWhile dictionaries and encyclopedias, including Wikipedia, provide a thorough definition and description of insect termites, none offers any information on the semi-human termites imbedded within the political system of our nation, where they feed on the lobby and special interest Political Eco System while they cause serious foundational and structural damage to the welfare of the public majority, and to future generations’ prosperity and liberties. These Political System Termites (PST) and their colonies exist and thrive within various branches and layers of the political governing system, and they go by different names or titles, including Representative, Senator, Secretary, and Advisor. Regardless of title differences and purely cosmetic differentiations and technicalities, they belong to the same political eco system and all are considered members of the PST family. This article will focus mainly on Congressional Termites.

Let’s start by comparing some general overlapping characteristics between the widely acknowledged and recognized insect termites and the still-waiting-to-be recognized and defined Political System Termites (PST):

Insect termites divide labor among gender lines, produce overlapping generations and take care of their young collectively. Political System Termites divide their activities based on a corruption hierarchy, create networks of laws and legislations to protect themselves and the establishment, and protect one another collectively, including their retired then turned lobbyist seniors - regardless of cosmetic brand differentiations, such as ‘D’ or ‘R.’

Insect termites are economically significant as pests that can cause serious structural damage to buildings, crops or plantation forests. Political System Termites are also economically and politically significant as pests that can create a seriously damaging web of laws and regulations particularly harmful to society at large, while sucking up taxpayers’ resources and trust, and betraying the people’s interests in exchange for establishment and external interest connected personal gain.

Insect termites live in colonies that, at maturity, number from several hundred to several million individuals. The potency of Political System Termites has a bit less to do with their actual numbers, and much more with the power and freedom granted to them by the very same victims they feed and extract upon. After all, PSTs are in charge of making the laws and rules governing their own existence and survival.

A typical insect termite colony contains nymph workers, soldiers, and reproductive individuals of both genders, sometimes containing several egg-laying queens. A typical Political System Termite colony may include a Speaker of the PST Colony, Chairmen and Chairwomen of sub-colonies, congressional larva (aka aides), and extended networking PSTs in media and PR colonies.

The most significant difference between insect termites and Political System Termites has to do with their ecology. While the former are important in nutrient recycling, habitat creation, soil formation and quality, the later is not known for any positive contribution to the human eco system, at least not in the last few decades. The only known habitats for Political System Termites are those marked by social deceases such as bribery, greed, prostitution, treason …

This should be enough for a preliminary albeit simplified scientific definition and general description of Political System Termites. I will leave further and more expanded descriptions and literature to sociologists and political scientists in academia, where time always seem to be abundant to formulate definitions and answers into long winded gobbledygook no one ever seems to understand, let alone critique.

Instead, I will provide you with a short portrait of a known Political System Termite which acted as the Speaker of the PST Colony of Capitol Hill for nearly a decade. This example should sufficiently illustrate how these termites go about eroding and rotting the nation’s foundation, while putting in place laws meant to ensure further and easier erosion by their larva, the future PSTs.

PST Dennis Hastert: A Portrait

PST HastertDennis Hastert, a Republican member of the US House of Representatives from 1987 until 2007, represented Illinois’ 14th Congressional District, and served as the Speaker of the House from 1999 to 2007.

Prior to his two-decade long career as a congressman, Hastert was a high school teacher in Chicago with a modest family income. Yet, somehow, he managed to become a multi-millionaire while in Congress: his financial net worth went from less than $270,000 in 1986 to an estimated $4 million to $17 million. No, this was not due to a rich wife or a sudden inheritance, nor was it due to winning a lottery. This fortune came about solely as a result of his activities as a Political System Termite. We will have more on this further down the article.

This PST, while hard at work with his comrade termites eroding and rotting the legislative foundation, while filling up his personal pockets with hard-earned taxpayers money and building a fortune, was involved in almost every major scandal involving the Capitol Hill PST Colony during the last decade: From the Jack Abramoff Scandal to the Mark Foley Disaster, from being pocketed by foreign government(s) to making millions in congressionally earmarked land deals.

Well, this PST may have had retired in 2007, but he is still sucking up taxpayers money, and not a meager amount. Let’s look at the latest on this PST and on our rotten system with real rotten laws drafted by even more rotten lawmakers to benefit the most rotten ones.

Last Monday Politico ran an exposé on Hastert, who’s been collecting and spending more than $40,000 of U.S. Taxpayers’ money per month, around half a million dollars of public money per year, while working for lobbyists and doing the usual dirty lobby work for foreign governments as a registered FOREIGN AGENT. That’s right. If you are not nauseated, disgusted, and outraged, then you haven’t really registered the significance of this ludicrous and appalling exposé. Let me quote directly from the article:

U.S. taxpayers are spending more than $40,000 per month on office space, staff, cell phones and a leased SUV for former House Speaker Dennis Hastert, even as he works as a lobbyist for private corporations and foreign governments.

Now, this is pretty rotten on its own, but here is why I characterized our lobby-serving anti-public political system rotten, and those crafting and drafting the laws serving this system and themselves, as PSTs:

The payments are perfectly legal under a federal law that provides five years of benefits for former speakers — but only if Hastert never makes use of his government-funded perks in the course of his lobbying work. Ethics experts say that sort of separation is hard to maintain.

Hastert “has to be meticulous in his schedule to make sure there is no bleed from his publicly subsidized office into his private practice,” said Kenneth Gross, a former Federal Election Commission general counsel and congressional ethics authority. Steve Ellis, vice president of the watchdog group Taxpayers for Common Sense, called the arrangement “really concerning.”

“It is specifically prohibited — federal dollars can’t be spent on lobbying operations,” Ellis said. “We are paying for his staff [and] for a car, and we need to be very sure that he isn’t spending a dime of that money on lobbying operations. “That all needs to be above board, in the clear and transparent. And it’s not.”

So, what does Denny Boy have to say about all this:

Hastert declined to discuss the situation with POLITICO.

You must give the man credit; at least he’s been very consistent in never providing any answer, any comments, even any denial in every case - on every scandal, on every corruption case, and in regards to all never-investigated criminal deeds. This man’s record in this regard is so very long and his file of black deeds so very thick, so where do I begin and how much should I include?

Head Deep in Foreign Lobby Operations While in Office

I guess it is appropriate to start with a part of Hastert’s shady past (and obviously present) exposed by myself and by several other colleagues’ disclosures in the Vanity Fair article in September 2005:

It may be more than another embarrassing security scandal. One counter-intelligence official familiar with Edmonds’s case has told Vanity Fair that the F.B.I. opened an investigation into covert activities by Turkish nationals in the late 1990’s. That inquiry found evidence, mainly via wiretaps, of attempts to corrupt senior American politicians in at least two major cities—Washington and Chicago. Toward the end of 2001, Edmonds was asked to translate some of the thousands of calls that had been recorded by this operation, some dating back to 1997.

Sources familiar with this testimony say that, in addition to her allegations about the Dickersons, she reported hearing Turkish wiretap targets boast that they had a covert relationship with a very senior politician indeed—Dennis Hastert, Republican congressman from Illinois and Speaker of the House since 1999. The targets reportedly discussed giving Hastert tens of thousands of dollars in surreptitious payments in exchange for political favors and information.

Some of the calls reportedly contained what sounded like references to large scale drug shipments and other crimes. To a person who knew nothing about their context, the details were confusing and it wasn’t always clear what might be significant. One name, however, apparently stood out – a man the Turkish callers often referred to by the nickname “Denny boy.” It was the Republican congressman from Illinois and Speaker of the House, Dennis Hastert. According to some of the wiretaps, the F.B.I.’s targets had arranged for tens of thousands of dollars to be paid to Hastert’s campaign funds in small checks. Under Federal Election Commission rules, donations of less than $200 are not required to be itemized in public filings.

So, what did Dennis Hastert have to say about all this? Just his usual:

Hastert’s spokesman says the congressman withdrew the genocide resolution only because of the approach from Clinton, “and to insinuate anything else just doesn’t make any sense.” He adds that Hastert has no affiliation with the A.T.C. or other groups reportedly mentioned in the wiretaps: “He does not know these organizations.” Hastert is “unaware of Turkish interests making donations,” the spokesman says, and his staff has “not seen any pattern of donors with foreign names.

Approximately two years after Hastert’s denying all this - his association and business deals with shady Turkish operatives and lobbyists - he resigned and immediately went on the payroll of these same shady Turkish operatives and lobbyists:

Washington - The firm of former House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R.-Ill.) will receive $35,000 a month to lobby for the Turkish government, the Hill newspaper reported on April 10 citing public filings made to the Department of Justice as part of the Foreign Agent Registration Act (FARA).

In August 2005, Vanity Fair magazine published a story referring to a federal investigation that looked into payments that Turkish diplomats allegedly discussed making to then-Speaker Hastert and others in U.S. government in an effort to prevent the Genocide resolution from passing in 2000.While the speaker's staff denied any knowledge of the matter, in December 2005 Mr. Hastert shed himself of $70,000 in "tainted" campaign contributions, directing them to an unspecified charity, the Village Voice reported at the time.

Okay, that’s enough background and highlights on Denny Boy betraying his country for cash and perks from other countries, the highly shady campaign contributions, and his nonverbal confession through actions - by becoming a foreign agent and lobbyist to those whose hands fed him throughout his years in public office. Let’s look at another scandalous incident involving this same Denny Hastert:

Neck Deep in Land-Deal Corruption

When Hastert, a former high school teacher, was first elected to Congress in 1986, he showed assets worth less than $270,000. By mid 2006, after his own real estate investments, Hastert’s net worth had increased to somewhere between $4 million to $17 million. Now, how did this happen? What kind of real estate investments are we talking about here? A very special kind, indeed!

Let’s take a look at an example of Señor Hastert’s not so savvy but so very corrupt and unethical land deal:

An investigation in June by the (Aurora) Beacon News, a sister paper to The Courier News, uncovered the land deals that netted the Yorkville Republican a $1.99 million profit.

In December 2005, Hastert sold for $2.48 million a 69-acre parcel of land he purchased in 2002, taking in a $1.7 million profit. Also that month, he sold for $627,000 a one-quarter interest in an adjacent 70-acre parcel he purchased in 2004, bringing him an additional $287,000 profit.

These deals came four months after Hastert helped earmark $207 million for the Prairie Parkway in the Federal Transportation Bill, which President George W. Bush signed while visiting the Fox Valley in the summer of 2005.

Here is another detailed account of this highly shady yet legal deal:

According to Hastert's disclosure form and county property records, a 69-acre parcel was put into a trust, Little Rock Trust #225, on May 2, 2005.

Two months later, in July 2005, Hastert pushed the highway appropriation bill through a conference committee. On Aug. 6, 2005 President Bush appeared with Hastert at a ceremony in Illinois to celebrate the new highway's funding. On Dec. 7, 2005 the trust sold the parcel of land to the developers.

That’s right; just like that!

Waist Deep in Jack Abramoff Scandal

AbramhoffHastert and his PAC took more than $100,000 in contributions from Abramoff and his clients. In June 2003 Hastert, together with three other members of the GOP leadership, Tom DeLay, Roy Blunt, and Eric Cantor, signed and sent a letter to oppose Indian Casino expansion that would have cut into the profits of one of Abramoff's clients. Interestingly, neither Hastert nor any of the signatories represented any tribal interests! Here are some more interesting facts on this particular case:

Seven days before writing the letter, on June 3, 2003, Hastert attended a fundraiser for his leadership PAC, Keep Our Majority, at Signatures, a restaurant owned by Jack Abramoff. Keep Our Majority collected "at least $21,500 for his Keep Our Majority political action committee from the lobbyist's firm and tribal clients." Hastert then failed for two years to report using the restaurant for fundraising, and did not reimburse for the cost as he is supposed to. In total Dennis Hastert and his PAC, Keep Our Majority, took in well over $100,000 in contributions from Abramoff and his clients.

You may also remember this from a May 2006 report by ABC News:

Federal officials say the Congressional bribery investigation now includes Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert, based on information from convicted lobbyists who are now cooperating with the government.

The letter was written shortly after a fund-raiser for Hastert at a restaurant owned by Abramoff. Abramoff and his clients contributed more than $26,000 at the time.The day Abramoff was indicted, Hastert denied any unlawful connection and said he would donate to charity any campaign contribution he had received from Abramoff and his clients.

Consistent Denny! Always deny, and then, turn around and continue your shady and illegal operations bolder and even more daring than the previous ones!

Knee Deep in Mark Foley Disaster

FoleyDuring the early part of the Foley Scandal Hastert denied knowing about Foley's Page problems, but later he was contradicted by several Republican members who said they’d briefed him on this matter directly. Hastert later changed his story and claimed he may have been told but did not remember the conversations. Good ole consistent Denny! In fact, the media and members of Congress called for his resignation as Speaker of the House. The actions of Hastert's office were also the target of an investigation by the House Ethics Committee.

Not only was he involved in the scandal itself, but during his involvement Hastert used his campaign funds to pay for legal fees associated with the Foley Scandal. Here are a few excerpts from a MSM exposé:

According to FEC documents, Hastert last January initially failed to disclose that legal fees had wiped out the final bit of cash he had in his campaign account. The Illinois Republican and former high school wrestling coach filed an amended finance report in February showing that his '06 campaign had racked up $147,000 in legal expenses in connection with the Foley investigation. In order to avoid substantial fines (and further debt), Hastert quietly agreed last summer to shut down his campaign and pay a $1,000 penalty, the FEC documents show. When he publicly announced on August 17 that he wouldn't be seeking re-election, Hastert didn't mention his campaign's legal debt from the Foley scandal, or the settlement his lawyers were brokering with the FEC.

It wouldn’t be difficult to fill several volumes on PST Hastert’s shady business deals, his involvements in high-profile criminal and corruption scandals, and his not very legal connections to and serving of foreign governments and entities. Most likely someone will write it; some day.

Meanwhile, as characteristic of all Political System Termites, Hastert continues to suck the public’s resources, and although technically outside the colony, through ever-expanding and far-reaching PST webs and networks, he is still at work: rotting and eroding the system.

Also very characteristically, this PST’s larva, despite their widely known and acknowledged intellectual and reputational challenges, have been supported and courted into becoming PSTs within the same colony and its network. The oldest one, Joshua, became a lobbyist for Podesta-Mattoon with hot-shot clients such as Lockheed Martin, and all this while his dad served as the Speaker of the PST Colony. Another one, Ethan, who was arrested and cited in 2001 on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol and other traffic violations, who also happened to work for Dick Cheney while his dad headed the PST colony on Capitol Hill, is now running for his father’s old seat, set to prove himself a PST worthy and qualified for the Capitol Hill Colony.

As you can see Political System Termites are far more potent and destructive than insect ones. Looking at them, examining the species, as we briefly did with the one sample-Dennis Hastert, makes us ponder the validity and the real intent of the laws we are accustomed to abiding by. These legislations/laws are being formulated and drafted by our system’s termites. So who are these laws meant to serve? Who are they to benefit? One might think of the Patriot Act, funding for war(s), earmarks for ‘national security’…

And finally, all of you, at least those of you who live here in the States, are familiar with spotting and getting rid of insect termites: have your house inspected, use exterminators and treat your home if any are present. In a way, it is easier with some of these Political System Termites. All one has to do: vote them out; especially when you’ve determined their status as a PST. Then, why is it PSTs like Hastert kept getting reelected, every two years, even after all the exposures and scandals? That my friends, is the real question.

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  1. mcthorogood says:

    Mark Twain once said Congress may be America’s only ‘distinct criminal class.’

    congressional larva (aka aids)
    should be “congressional larva (aka aides)”

    Did your blood boil when you wrote about PST’s?

  2. Hopefully this will help in your search for actual news (vs. the Stateside MSM stuff).

    Working online a lot, I’m having pretty good luck lately with this mix. Hope it works for you:

    Radio France Intl.(English Section)
    Asia Times

    IMO, stay away from others:
    France 24

    In many ways, they’re like the MSM rubbish here.

    More as I find them.

  3. re-election question is good. the’system’ obviously corrupted, corruption exposed, named-itemized beyond any shadow of doubt – continues to manage its control. Therefor, corruption is the matrix. Corruption manages the system.Corruption now ‘owns’- plays the notions of freedom back on ‘the people'[yes we can]. Illusions of honor,need, fabrications of nationhood, pride, purpose are all owned by the corrupt system able to control destiny at the level of 911 lies., at the level of WAR WMD. Able to contain questions aimed at it. to control investigation. Able to confuse intelligentsia into bewilderment, while allowing intelligentsia belief in ability to recognize bewilderment.

  4. Our democracy, the media, the government is nothing but a front, a cover, something to give the appearance of normalcy… for a shadow “government: both inside the actual government and in the private sector which runs the show. They’ve managed to write laws legalizing corrupt behavior, such as campaign finance, lobbying, no bid contracts, privatization of the commons, legalized mercenaries, illegal use of military force in interventions around the world.

    The people are numbed by the corruption, yet have not figured out what to do about it. Petition a corrupt government for redress of grievances? I don’t think so. Expect a core of ethical people to correct the abuse? It’s not happening.

    We are approaching the moment when the people will have nothing left to lose and will either lay down and die or rise up and fight for their rights and their constitution. What will bring this moment to the present is the economic collapse which we are not experiencing. It is unstoppable and the shadow government is preparing for some sort of “new world order”. Something’s gotta give.

    The curtain has been pulled back and they have no where to hide, yet the lying and stealing goes on with impunity and they have gotten away with it – look at the “financial bailout” which sent countless billions to the slackers who tanked the economy… or the health care “solution” which is forcing people under penalty of law to purchase rip off insurance from the very cause of the high cost of health care – Insurance parasites. Or the orwellian escalation of the AfPak war chasing after a rag tag bunch of terrorists our CIA created – a MIC wetdream.

    The actions of these criminals is been increasing being done in the open since especially since the 9/11 magic show where the executed their coup d’etat completely taking over the treasury, the military and the government for their own hegominic interests.

    And Obama is mouthing the “get the terrorists” distraction song.

  5. Bill Bergman says:

    For some broader perspective on the termite metaphor, check out Mancur Olson’s book– The Rise and Decline of Nations. Over time, relatively successful societies breed their own demise, as special interest groups suck resources out of the commonweal.

    Sibel, I don’t know how much it would cost or how hard it is, but if you could develop a mobile version of BFP that would be cool. The MSM has figured this out, and the ability to read on a cell phone is helpful.

  6. That guy needs health coverage… Almost as much as King Kong from Skull Island. Maybe he takes all the brown off Obama and fights for equality? From the looks of him, “equality” impacts your health severely? Clearly an information break down. If denial breeds ignorance, he may be at odds with the ones pumping him full of cash. As for the rise and decline of nations, even our cows are on drugs, bubsy. I really doubt his ordering is genealogical. He probably flies around on a cloud of turbans. Him and his land puzzles hovering over about 19 million carpets of intricate design. We can count on Obama. He’ll get him a roof with pajamas, vegetables and tapestry. America needs to wake up. We are stupid.

  7. Slightly off-topic for a moment.

    Lots of talk online today about who’s to blame for the Xmas Day “terrorist” plot in Detroit. Tough talk and finger pointing by Obama, Gordon Brown and some at the EU (who controls a lot of airport security).
    More as well about lapses in the system.

    Now, we come back to accountability (in several ways).

    Will this make Obama change how he sells the “terrorist” brand to the public? No.

    Is Homeland Security still consulting with the Israelis on airport screening?

    Think about the current lines you face when going thru airport security. Obama says he’ll do “anything it takes to protect the public.”

    Does this mean military searches at ALL airports? A lot of people armchair quarterback on this and say, great idea. Yet, do they seriously think thru all the implications of that?

    Some critics say, Israelis put up with this “siege mentality” 24/7. So why should Americans be any different (if you really want security)?

    A key element in Israeli screening: unpredictability. Following no apparent pattern as you screen people. Looking at body language and other indirect signs. If you have nothing to hide and yet you’re questioned by Homeland Security, how will you deal with that? Will you just smile and say, anything for the Homeland?

    Also, since we’re essentially broke, how will Obama pay for this? There are ways to hide programs in the back of some other bill that most people won’t catch. (Except for the C-SPAN junkies who stay up all night and online).

    Lots of tough talk. But a prediction. When push comes to shove, I don’t think most people will put up with it. Maybe THIS then is the Turning Point?

  8. 344thBrother says:

    If Hastert is a PST,
    Obama is a PST with a big chainsaw and a fondness for murder.


  9. @344thBrother: You won’t get any argument on that; at least not from me. I think Insect Termites have’Queen’ operation order like bees, under that scenario Obama would be one of the Queens;-)

  10. John Kerry making millions on defense corporations while he oversees defense appropriation committees, Dennis Hastert making millions on land deals that “mature” after a highway bill is passed… They don’t even seem to be hiding their behavior, but I can’t seem to come up with a defensible explanation (“Congressmen are just everyday capitalists investing in America’s defense or transportation” doesn’t work because of obvious conflict of interest principles). So the unbelievable widely cosponsored and approved legislation coming out of congress (Suggested recent “WTH” list: Annual Defense Appropriations, Goldstone Report Condemnation, Iran Refined Petroleum Sanctions Act), (Who but Ron Paul and Dennis Kucinich voted against all of the above?) and this immense-personal-gain-corruption-scandal stuff as a different and more personal level of political decay are probably two sides of the same coin. Then include just to make an even triad even more personal corruption like what happened in the Mark Foley scandal as aspects of “imperial lifestyle” corruption leading to imperial legislation and policy. And I’m sure it works the same way all the way down to average citizens. Being paid too much for too little in your career or personal behavior that conflicts with your agreed upon obligations or general dishonorable conduct leads to a consequent numb uncomfortable satisfaction in a vote for outrageous Obama or miserable McCain or other pathetic PSTs.

  11. the pressure on humans under stress in line is to conform.
    That we are knowingly monitored at every conceivable level/moment[alert RED] will make EVERYone nervous.quiet.slow.’of the group’.the psychology of black[uniforms]is control.Being herded.trained. We are told of terrorists among us.Anxiety inbuilt to the system.Would I step up and intervene in a confrontation during boarding? If the blackshirts came and took someone right infront of me,while I looked forward to home/children/dinner at the end of the line by behaving?Would I ask what the authority IS at that moment? what happens if the expression of freedom to ask that question is what is being monitored?It is the method and intention of control that is at question here. There are ways of protecting the traveler without having to assert blackshirt[uniform] control.

  12. happyhollergal says:

    Sibel, how can we ordinary hard working Americans help you? I’ve posted your story on another forum back when you did the interview a few months ago. People are interested, we just feel inadequate and do not have the tools or connections to help get your story out there where the world can hear it. These fruit loops like Hastert need maximum exposure, and prosecution. I’m not sure that showing up to vote against the corrupt will be effective, as the votes are fiddled with as well, and, maybe more corrupt individuals would replace the ones who are voted out. Will we ever be able to live in a world without political and corporate corruption, where everyone looks out for one another? I fear not, yet, I continue to hope. Thank you for all that you’ve done and continue to do for the rest of humanity Sibel. Don’t ever let them make you give up. We love you!

  13. Sibel – I think it would be a crowning achievement if your words could motivate the folks in power to investigate this guy for his many criminal acts. I was unaware that he used his position as speaker and withdrew the Armenian genocide resolution from the floor only moments before it was scheduled to be voted on. The subsequent denial that Hastert even knew Turkey’s major lobby group is belied by his abrupt resignation and hasty representation of what is, in essence, this same lobby group. The ex-wrestling coach – Denny Boy [wonder why they called him that] – has left behind a fairly clear trail of evidence. Unlike those who are more wily and diabolical and have thus far managed to elude the prison walls (i.e., Rove), this guy seems like he’s there for the taking -but only if the right people choose to investigate him. Maybe Obama the Democrat will do just that . . but what state is Hastert from? Oh yeah . . . never mind . . . to Obama, he’s still a good old boy from Illinois.

  14. Simple

    The lawmakers are the lawbreakers.

    Kind of like the fox watching the hen house type thing.

    I am just shocked we the sheeple are letting them get away with it.

  15. The posts all seem as though citizens are stymied on what they can do. I like naming names and speaking truth to power in our midst. I was refraining from posting this comment because of its questionable nature. I offer this disclaimer, the information below is not confirmed and would need to be developed by a professional journalist with more resources than I have. Communists rose to power in the Gulag by ratting on their neighbors. We have Infragard doing the same in this country. Why can’t honest citizens act responsibly and point to those in our midst that are hiding in the shadows? Is the man below guilty? I have no idea. From this website, and other information, the World Bank and the Rothschilds are highly suspect. There are always honest people in any large organization. Maybe Michael Beck is an honest exception:

    Mr. Beck is an Executive Director of Rothschild Natural Resources LLC, an affiliate of the Rothschild Group, one of the largest investment banking and consulting institutions in the world, having 36 branches in 21 countries. Mr. Beck’s responsibilities include financing for the power, forestry, and mining sectors in Russia and former Soviet Republics, Eastern Europe, and Africa. Mr. Beck’s group is in charge in a general advisory capacity for companies, mergers and acquisitions, liquidation, spin offs, privatization projects, corporate finance and management.

    Prior to joining the Rothschild Company, Mr. Beck worked for International Finance Corporation (IFC), part of the World Bank, where he was responsible for investment, portfolio management and financial restructuring in Africa, for sectors such as mining, oil and gas, textiles, banking, and travel. Previously, Mr. Beck had worked for Exxon Corporation as an analyst for finance and systems, specializing in oil and gas industries in Asia and in Latin America.

    Thomas has worked for him as a landscaper, and at that time Beck was working for the World Bank. His wife is Kelly Kursteiner whose family home is at 3202 Enterprise Dr., Tallahassee, Fl 32312. They own a number of properties locally including their current residence in Killearn Lakes. They also have heavily invested in horses and have purchased a number of local plantations to this end. Kelly has 8 children that she homeschools.

    Another local was called in to catch a stray green snake, and after being invited for spaghetti with real Parmesan cheese from Europe, met Michael Beck whose arrogance nearly started a fistfight after he asked the young man how he made money. When he replied by catching reptiles and amphibians, the man dismissed him. Beck is short in stature and very aggressive with minimal conscience according to this young man.

    Rothschild Natural Resources Business Information

    Rothschild Natural Resources is a private company categorized under Gas Field Services, Nec and located in Washington, DC. Our records show it was established in 1990 and incorporated in Delaware. Current estimates show this company has an annual revenue of $5 to 10 million and employs a staff of approximately 10 to 19. Through the combination of its in-house technical / industry expertise, structuring capability, and willingness to consider exposure in developing world countries, Rothschild is able to assist mining companies to finance more complex projects and transactions including bridging and mezzanine facilities. The full range of products is available including loans, guarantees and risk participations in commodity and currency hedging.

  16. Kingfisher says:

    “Is the man below guilty? I have no idea. From this website, and other information, the World Bank and the Rothschilds are highly suspect. There are always honest people in any large organization. Maybe Michael Beck is an honest exception:”

    I am honestly scratching my head on this one. Your intention in posting this is not clear; what are you asking of us to make of this?

  17. One thing we can do to treat our PeST infestation is never again vote for any Dem or Repub. The phony “2party” scam is one of the larger hammers they use to pound us.

    Sibel, another great article. Original creative way of delivering disturbing reminders. Your prose is fresh honest and alive. Thanks for sharing. Truth into action.

  18. ok, not to gush or anything but when you spoke about the “intellectual and reputational challenges” of his larva…..good stuff. And “gobbledygook”? What a fun, much too underused morsel. As a part time poet I have a soft spot for the right word.

    The whole metaphoric theme was spot on. Happy New Year and keep up the good fight in 2010!

  19. 344thBrother says:

    I guess that would make Rahm a … drone.

    😀 Thanks for the reply Sibel.
    Peace on earth

  20. NW airline terror attack was a false flag brought to you by the same crew who pulled off 9/11.

    These “terrorists” are inside the security apparatus of the US government.

  21. “NW airline terror attack was a false flag brought to you by the same crew who pulled off 9/11.”
    You have supplied absolutely ZERO evidence for this assertion.

    Please refrain from engaging in drive-by acts of propaganda; and supply at-least some evidence or argument to your claims. This is not even a conspiracy theory, it is a bumper sticker.

    Peter Lance may likely have a post regarding this latest plot, as I believe it connects to some of the things raised in his books. If he does, please spare us your “false flag” material and insults toward Peter.

    Make reading “Triple Cross” and “1000 Years For Revenge” a New Years resolution of yours, Sander.


  22. Mister Kingfish,
    Yo soun’ like Mister Smifh
    You don’t get the drifh
    ’cause obtuse is just a form of abuse
    Put down, sit down, you just a clown
    wid a great big frown
    You not a friend of Neo,
    But a con you might be
    Less’n you try to see,
    More like betwixt
    You and me
    is the Matrix

  23. @Simon,

    Fine, we are in the Matrix. It is still not evident what you are asking of us to make of the material you posted.

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