Monday, May 14, 2012

#Leveson: #Bush #Murdoch & #Mormon Support - Why Bush Had No Need For Murdoch Support.

Obama's mother was baptized by the LDS church five months before the election.

Bush and the Mormons

By Suzan Mazur

A Mormon Temple - University City
Mormons have historically played a significant behind-the-scenes money and power role in America. Sally Denton and Roger Morris have written about Mormon banker Parry Thomas's financing of Las Vegas, for example, in their book, The Money and the Power: The Making of Las Vegas and Its Hold on America.
So when I read Dan Briody's comment about Bill Marriott possibly knowing something the rest of the world didn't regarding the sale of its airline catering service to Carlyle, I paused and began to wonder about the volatile mix of Mormons, Carlyle connections and the timing of George W. Bush's meteoric political rise.
Carlyle "founding fathers" Dan Altobello, Steve Norris, Fred Malek and Dan D'Aniello, who participated in the catering service buyout by Carlyle, all came from the Marriott Mormon culture before joining Carlyle. Malek was number two man at Marriott and a former Director of the Republican Party; it was Malek who brought George W. Bush into the Carlyle fold.
Looking closer at the workings of the Mormon Church and its wealth - it is not particularly choosy about the source of its tithes. It accepts money, for example, from a circle of LDS lawyers, bankers and businessmen who represent the polygamist Mormons living out West.
Former Utah-based child advocate Jay Beswick sees these tithes as "blood money" because the lawyers, bankers and businessmen help to support a 10,000 member polygamist/pedophile colony - the Fundamentalist Latter Day Saints (FLDS) - on the Utah-Arizona border, which has branches in Texas, Idaho, Colorado, British Columbia and parts in between. Beswick says that if the main Mormon Church really opposed polygamy, it would reject the tithes and excommunicate the lot.
Rodney R. Parker, who legally represents the FLDS, is with the law firm of Snow, Christensen and Martineau which also represents the State of Utah. Parker served in 1988-89 during Bush I's administration as Associate Deputy Attorney General "on the immediate staff" of the Deputy Attorney General of the United States in Washington, D.C. Harold G. Christensen, Of Counsel, at Snow, Christensen served as Deputy Attorney General of the United States in both Bush I's and Ronald Reagan's administrations. Reed L. Martineau was President of the Utah Bar Association from 1987-88.
But getting back to the Briody comment. What could Bill Marriott have known that prompted him to sell his "gold plated" airline catering service to Carlyle, which Carlyle Managing Director David Rubenstein at the time called "the greatest deal since sliced bread"?
Did Marriott have an ear to the ground through Mormon missionary/intelligence connections about a brewing Gulf War which could kill his business? After all, it is widely known that Mormons have had a disproportionate representation in the CIA and FBI through the years, and that J. Edgar Hoover started the FBI with Mormon agents. They also have a disproportionate representation in the US Congress - five Mormon senators and 12 representatives - partly because of the concentration of Mormons in the Western US.
Or maybe Marriott sensed something from Bush I's National Security Adviser, General Brent Scowcroft - another LDS notable. Scowcroft now heads Bush II's President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board. And he has his own firm, Scowcroft Group, which sells intelligence to corporations worldwide.
Within reach is the possibility that the buyout of Marriott In-Flite Services by Carlyle was in part a quid pro quo for Mormon support of George W. Bush's political future.
Carlyle co-founder and Managing Director David Rubenstein was close to the Bush family and its cronies as he made apparent to Los Angeles County Employees Retirement Association investors in the speech I first exposed in Progressive Review (Click here: HOW BUSH GOT BOUNCED FROM CARLYLE BOARD - Suzan Mazur, Progressive Review):"We'll put him [George W. Bush] on the board [Caterair] because - you know - we'll do a favor for this guy; he's done a favor for us."
The deal went down. Marriott In-Flite was taken private and renamed Caterair. Carlyle took a 50% stake, committing $93.8 million. George W. Bush was made a Managing Director in 1990. George H.W. Bush was US President at the time and would join Carlyle as an adviser after the Gulf War, and after being voted out of office.
Caterair would go into default in August 1994 with Carlyle's recovery 10 cents on the dollar. Rubenstein nudged George W. Bush into resigning from the board. Six months after leaving Carlyle, Bush ran for Governor of Texas. And then for US President in 2000.
The Mormons have been crucial to George W. Bush's political campaigns. A major supporter has been former Utah governor Mike Leavitt, now Bush II's EPA director. Leavitt is part of a 2,000 member clan.
I met his father Dixie during the Tom Green polygamy trial in 2001 in Provo, Utah. He told me in the courtroom that I'd find no cooperation if I attempted to research a book on polygamy there and sided with the polygamists saying, "At least they produce something".
Another LDS star who's been cheerleading for Bush is Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, mentioned as a possible 2008 Presidential candidate.
Then there's Karl Rove -- "Bush's Brain". Although Rove is not Mormon, he was nurtured in the Salt Lake City Mormon culture and educated at the University of Utah.
LDS church member Timothy E. Flanigan, Bush's former Deputy White House Counsel and a father of 14 children (opposes abortion), organized the Bush v. Gore Supreme Court legal argument and was later tasked with making the Homeland Security department come to life.
Harvard Business publications is Mormon-run. And the editor of Harvard Business Review as well as the Dean of Harvard Business School are Mormon.
Utah Senator Orrin Hatch is perhaps the best known LDS celebrity aside from Donny and Marie Osmond. Hatch chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee that oversees the Department of Justice and the FBI. more