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From: RoadsEnd <roadsend <at> aol.com>
Subject: Fwd: Patrick Fitzgerald Bags Neocon Media Mobster, Partner of Richard Perle
Newsgroups: gmane.culture.discuss.cia-drugs
Date: Saturday 24th March 2007 16:14:42 UTC (over 10 years ago)
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> From: [email protected]
> Date: March 22, 2007 12:05:46 PM PDT
> To: [email protected]
> Cc: [email protected], [email protected], [email protected]
> Subject: Fwd: Patrick Fitzgerald Bags Neocon Media Mobster, Partner  
> of Richard Perle
>
> FEDS: MEDIA BARON STOLE $60M
>
> By Andrew Harris and Bob Van Voris
> Bloomberg News, March 20, 2007, 11:20 AM CDT
>
> Conrad Black used his position as chief executive officer of  
> Hollinger International Inc. to steal almost $60 million from the  
> company, a U.S. prosecutor said at the start of Black's fraud and  
> racketeering trial.
>
> Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Cramer today began laying out the  
> government's case against Black and three other former Hollinger  
> executives in federal court in Chicago.
>
> Chicago Tribune, March 16, 2007
> http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-070320black-trial,

> 1,1646488.story?coll=chi-news-hed
>
> "Bank robbers wear masks and use guns," Cramer told the jury in his  
> opening statement. "These four men used lawyers and accountants and  
> wore ties and a suit."
> Prosecutors claim that Black, 62, used Hollinger, once the third- 
> biggest English-language newspaper publisher, as his personal  
> "piggy bank" and that he and others stole from the company during a  
> sell-off of almost $3 billion in company assets from 1998 to 2001.
> "These are some of the most sophisticated businessmen you'll ever  
> see," Cramer said. "They knew this wasn't their money."
>
> Black is charged with racketeering, obstruction of justice, money  
> laundering and mail, wire and tax fraud.  If convicted, he may  
> spend the rest of his life in prison.
>
> Hollinger, which once owned the Chicago Sun-Times, London's Daily  
> Telegraph and the Jerusalem Post, changed its name to Sun-Times  
> Media Group Inc. last year.
> Black's lawyers have maintained their client's innocence, saying  
> nothing he did violated the law.
> Also charged in the case are John Boultbee, Hollinger's former  
> chief financial officer; Peter Atkinson, a former executive vice  
> president; and Mark Kipnis, Hollinger's former general counsel. All  
> have pleaded not guilty to multiple counts of wire fraud, mail  
> fraud and tax fraud.
> As Cramer spoke, Black watched the prosecutor and the jurors, his  
> arms folded and resting on the defense table. His wife, journalist  
> Barbara Amiel Black, and his daughter Alana, one of three children  
> from a prior marriage, sat in the spectators' gallery, across the  
> aisle from U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald of Chicago, whose  
> office brought the case.
> After prosecutors finish their opening argument, they will be  
> followed by lawyers for Black and his co-defendants. The first  
> witness for the prosecution will be Gordon Paris, who took over as  
> Hollinger's interim chief executive officer after Black was forced  
> to step down in 2003.
> Opening statements were delayed one day after defense attorneys  
> told U.S. District Judge Amy St. Eve they were worried that news  
> reports of legal settlements by a prosecution witness may have  
> tainted the jury.
>
> -------------
>
> THE CURSE OF BLACK'S PERLE
>
> According to the Hollinger report, Conrad Black and Richard Perle  
> richly deserved each other.
>
> By Daniel Gross
> Slate, Sept. 2, 2004, at 4:44 PM ET
> http://www.slate.com/id/2106175/
>
> Perle's dark history
>
> The massive report on how newspaper baron Conrad Black and his  
> cronies destroyed Hollinger International is unusually rich and  
> entertaining. Too bad summer is over —i t's practically beach  
> reading! Who knew that Richard Breeden, the former Securities and  
> Exchange Commission head who headed a special investigation of  
> Black's activities, was such an acid prose stylist? (Sample section  
> heading: "A Corporate Kleptocracy.")
>
> Some of the most intriguing passages in the report deal with  
> Black's relationship to Richard Perle, the former Reagan defense  
> official and neocon icon. In a fine Washington Post article last  
> May, David Hilzenrath described Perle's many misadventures in the  
> private sector, most of which were confined to lobbying. But Perle  
> didn't want to be a mere influence peddler. He wanted to be a  
> businessman, a venture capitalist, a Big Swinging Dick. He saw his  
> opportunity at Hollinger. That's because Conrad Black imagined  
> himself to be not merely a peddler of newspapers, but a Metternich  
> in the boardroom. For Lord Black, owning a media company was an  
> excuse to muse over the Treaty of Vienna with board members like  
> Henry Kissinger. Black and Perle were made for each other.  Perle  
> got Black's capital.  Black added another trophy to his collection  
> of prize conservative geopolitical thinkers.
>
> As Hilzenrath noted, the two met at (natch!) the Bilderberg  
> Conference.
>
> Perle joined the Hollinger board in 1994 and quickly became part of  
> Black's inner circle, serving on the company's executive committee.  
> In the late 1990s, as the section of the report beginning on Page  
> 339 shows, Perle got it into his head that Hollinger should form a  
> unit to invest in Internet companies. And who better to run it than  
> a former assistant secretary of defense? Never mind that Perle knew  
> as much about the prospects of Trip.com as Amazon.com CEO Jeffrey  
> Bezos knew about throw weights. Perle was named chairman and chief  
> executive officer of the new unit, Hollinger Digital. Still it was  
> clear who was boss. "According to Perle, Black was the ultimate  
> decision maker on investments," the report notes. What's more,  
> Perle "lacked the authority to commit Digital's capital without  
> Black's approval."
>
> But alas, the Black-Perle marriage soured. Hollinger Digital, which  
> got started in the late 1990s, was a disaster. "Of the forty-five  
> investments the Digital executives made, only five have resulted in  
> gains," according to the report. By the end of 2003, the fund had  
> lost $68 million on investments of $203 million, "yielding a total  
> return of -33%."
>
> Unchastened by the losses, Perle started his own private equity  
> firm, Trireme Partners, which he founded in 2001 along with Gerald  
> Hillman, a fellow member of the Pentagon's Defense Policy Board.  
> Perle tried to hit up Hollinger for a $25 million commitment, with  
> $2.5 million up front. Black resisted, in part because Black, a  
> world-class chiseler himself, felt he was getting chiseled by  
> Perle. On Feb. 1, 2002, Black wrote a memo questioning Perle's  
> habit of submitting personal bills for reimbursement: "I have been  
> consulted about your American Express account which has been sent  
> to us for settlement. It varies from $1,000 to $6,000 per month and  
> there is no substantiation of any of the items which include a  
> great many restaurants, groceries and other matters."
>
> In late 2002 and early 2003, negotiations between Black and Perle  
> grew heated. Ultimately, Black seems to have concluded that $2.5  
> million was a small price to pay to get rid of Perle. In a Dec. 28,  
> 2002, e-mail, he told colleagues the Trireme investment was, in the  
> report's words, "a means to remove Perle from Digital's payroll."
>
> And while the report documents how Black spent company cash on  
> himself, he resented it when Perle did the same. The report, again:  
> Black "told [Hollinger executive Peter] Atkinson in an e-mail dated  
> [Dec. 29, 2002] that he was 'well aware of what a trimmer and a  
> sharper Richard is at times.' " Black wrote about Trireme. "As I  
> suspected, there is a good deal of nest-feathering being conducted  
> by Richard which I don't object to other than that there was some  
> attempt to disguise it behind a good deal of dissembling and  
> obfuscation." (In Black's book, it was OK to feather your nest but  
> not OK to lie about it.)
>
> Black admired—in a grudging way—how Perle worked on him. Black  
> explained in a Jan. 7, 2003, e-mail to a colleague: "I have been  
> exposed to Richard's full repertoire of histrionics, cajolery, and  
> utilization of fine print. He hasn't been disingenuous exactly, but  
> I understand how he finessed the Russians out of deployed missiles  
> in exchange for non-eventual-deployment of half the number of  
> missiles of unproven design." After discussing compensation with  
> Perle, he wrote: "My feeling is that we are finally dealing with  
> Richard Perle of Reykjavik and the Zero Option, who realizes that  
> mental agility must be applied to bringing us into the coalition  
> and not straight-arming us like a bunch of NATO-ninny psuedo-allies."
>
> In the end, Hollinger did invest $2.5 million in February 2003 in  
> Trireme Partners. True to its name, Perle's venture firm has set  
> about to try to ream its partners. According to the Breeden report,  
> Hollinger's $2.5 million investment in the fund is worth only $1.5  
> million—a loss of 40 percent in one year.
>
> The report will no doubt prove embarrassing for Perle.
>
> The section from Pages 482-492 is devoted to his exceptional  
> shortcomings as a director. "It is, of course, possible for a  
> conflicted board member to act at least somewhat responsibly,"  
> Breeden writes. "As a conflicted Executive Committee member,  
> however, Perle did not. Rather, his Executive Committee performance  
> falls squarely into the 'head-in-the-sand' behavior that breaches a  
> director's duty of good faith and renders him liable for damages  
> under Delaware law."
>
> (The investigative committee was stunned when Perle admitted that  
> he frequently didn't bother to read documents that he signed.)
>
> And because Perle routinely placed his own interests ahead of those  
> of Hollinger's public shareholders, the committee concluded, he  
> shouldn't be allowed "to retain any of his Hollinger compensation,  
> including his Digital Incentive Plan bonuses, salary and directors'  
> fees. The Special Committee intends to pursue a recovery from  
> Perle, either consensually or through litigation."
>
> Back when he was threatening to sue Seymour Hersh for libel, Perle  
> must have come into contact with some good lawyers. He may need them.
>
>
> More on RICHARD PERLE
>
> Richard Perle
> http://home.earthlink.net/~platter/neo-conservatism/perle.html
>
> "If we just let our vision of the world go forth, and we embrace it  
> entirely and we don't try to piece together clever diplomacy, but  
> just wage a total war... our children will sing great songs about  
> us years from now."
> --Richard Perle, qtd. in John Pilger,
>
> "Two years ago a project set up by the men who now surround George  
> W Bush said what America needed was "a new Pearl Harbor". Its  
> published aims have, alarmingly, come true.
>
> "Buttressing Wolfowitz on the far right is Richard Perle, another  
> Vulcan cold warrior and a former assistant Secretary of Defense.  
> Within the Reagan administration, Perle earned the nickname 'The  
> Prince of Darkness' for being so hard-line. He is credited with  
> bringing to the Pentagon a number of staunchly pro-Israel activists  
> who dramatically increased weapons sales to Israel.
>
> "In 1996, Perle gained the distinction of simultaneously advising  
> both the Dole campaign in the United States and the Netanyahu  
> campaign in Israel. He was the principal author of 'A Clean Break,'  
> a widely circulated policy paper published by the Institute for  
> Advanced Strategic and Political Studies (Jerusalem) that advised  
> Netanyahu to cancel the Oslo accords concluded with the  
> Palestinians. During the recent Camp David negotiations, Perle came  
> under serious fire for advising the Israeli delegation to prepare  
> to walk out, lest it become a pawn of Vice President Gore's campaign.
>
> "Perle's statements drew a harsh rebuke from the White House, which  
> criticized him for injecting politics into international diplomacy.  
> The Bush camp quickly disavowed the remarks, claiming that Perle  
> had been 'speaking for himself.' For Wolfowitz and Perle, US might  
> is best asserted with an iron fist, without the velvet glove  
> usually donned by the Baker-Haass wing." -- Rogues' Gallery: Who  
> Advises Bush and Gore on the Middle East?
>
> Richard Perle Libel Watch, 20 Days to Expiration (Slate, 19  
> February 2004)
>
> How in hell's name can Richard Perle fulfill his promise to sue  
> Seymour M. Hersh for libeling him in The New Yorker with the  
> Hollinger International scandal widening and sucking up his time?  
> The Times of London reports today that the internal investigation  
> of Hollinger "is said to be now looking" at Hollinger board member  
> Richard Perle's alleged failure to disclose to shareholders $3  
> million worth of bonuses for running a Hollinger investment  
> project. One of the beneficiaries of the Hollinger investments was  
> Trireme Partners ($2.5 million), the venture capital firm managed  
> by Perle and probed by Hersh in his New Yorker feature. Another was  
> Onset ($3 million), where Perle sits on the board of directors.  
> Cambridge Display Technology, a company in which Perle reportedly  
> holds a stake, received $14 million from Hollinger.
>
> Black threatened board members: Hollinger adviser (CBC News, 20 Feb  
> 2004) New inquiry examines Hollinger bonus plan (Times Online, 19  
> February 2004)
> RICHARD PERLE, the former US Assistant Defence Secretary and  
> Hollinger International board member, is under investigation for  
> allegedly failing to disclose bonuses worth about $3 million (£1.6  
> million) which he received for running an investment scheme, The  
> Times has learnt.
> Mr Perle, a vocal supporter of President Bush, was awarded the  
> money as a reward for investing Hollinger shareholder funds in a  
> series of separate businesses. Mr Perle also held a stake in some  
> of those businesses. While the scheme put Hollinger International  
> shareholders' money at risk, it was never disclosed to them.
>
> Richard Perle Libel Watch, Week 45 (Slate, 15 January 2004) New  
> Questions Over Bonuses Hollinger Paid To Executives (New York  
> Times, 12 January 2004)
>
> Perle Article Didn't Disclose Boeing Tie: Pentagon Adviser Lauded  
> Plan to Lease Air Tankers (Washington Post, 5 December 2003)
> Pentagon adviser Richard N. Perle coauthored an opinion piece this  
> summer praising a Pentagon plan to lease tanker aircraft -- which  
> had the potential to steer billions of dollars to Boeing Co. -- 16  
> months after Boeing committed to invest $20 million with a venture  
> capital firm where Perle was a principal.
> "It takes a special government green-eyeshade mentality to miss the  
> urgency of the tanker requirement," Perle and a coauthor wrote in  
> the Aug. 14 article in the Wall Street Journal. The piece did not  
> mention Boeing by name or Perle's firm -- Trireme Partners -- and  
> its business relationship with the giant defense contractor.
> [...]
> Perle also serves on the board of directors of Hollinger  
> International Inc., the media company whose chief executive, Conrad  
> Black, resigned last month after disclosures that he and other  
> executives collected millions of dollars payments the company's  
> audit committee determined were unauthorized.
> Hollinger disclosed last month that it has invested $2.5 million in  
> Trireme Associates. A special committee of Hollinger's board is  
> examining that investment and others involving company insiders, a  
> source close to Hollinger said yesterday.
>
> Is "Prince of Darkness" Richard Perle About to Go Down in Flames?  
> (Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, Jan/Feb 2003)
>
> Perle is seriously mixed up in the problems of Hollinger  
> International and its founder, Sir Conrad Black, who gave up his  
> Canadian citizenship to accept a British peerage. Black's  
> publishing empire includes the British Daily Telegraph, the Chicago  
> Sun-Times and the Jerusalem Post. In his original incarnation as a  
> Canadian wheeler-dealer, Conrad Black gobbled up most of that  
> country's daily newspapers. At one time, in fact, he had the  
> fastest growing newspaper business in the world, according to the  
> Nov. 18 Financial Times. He ingratiated himself with conservative  
> elites such as Margaret Thatcher, Henry Kissinger (who also is on  
> the board of Hollinger International), and William Buckley. A  
> glance at Hollinger's board and executives might give an impression  
> that it was the Israel Lobby personified. Richard Perle is a board  
> member of Hollinger International.
> According to the Nov. 19 Washington Post, Hollinger's tangled  
> corporate structure paid Black and his close associates $200  
> million in salary, management fees and "non-compete" compensation-- 
> while the conglomerate itself made only $23 million in profit.
> Now the Securities and Exchange Commission has issued subpoenas to  
> officials of Hollinger International. The SEC is looking for  
> unauthorized payments by Black to current and former company  
> executives. According to the Nov. 20 Washington Post, "The  
> regulators are likely to shine a brighter light on the actions of  
> Black, the company's auditors and its other directors, who include  
> Henry A. Kissinger and Richard N. Perle, the former chairman [and  
> still member] of the National Defense Policy Board."
> According to the Post, Perle heads Hollinger Digital, which put  
> $2.5 million into a venture capital firm called Trireme Partners  
> that aimed to cash in on the huge post-9/11 U.S. military and  
> homeland security buildup. Coincidentally, Trireme's managing  
> partner is Perle himself--who, from his position on the Defense  
> Policy Board, pushed for just such a military buildup.
> Gerald Hillman, managing partner of Hillman Capital, received $14  
> million from Hollinger, according to London's Financial Times.  
> Hillman also is a Trireme partner. The Dec. 10 Financial Times  
> reported that a minority invester in Hollinger International is  
> taking steps to file a lawsuit against its management and current  
> and former board members, including former Illinois Gov. James  
> Thompson and "defense adviser" Perle.
>
> Boeing, the American aircraft manufacturer, gained access to  
> Perle's Defense Policy board in 2002 by "taking a $20 million  
> stake" in Trireme, according to the Financial Times. Boeing said it  
> made the investment as part of a "broad strategy" to invest in  
> companies with "promising" defense-related technology.
> This past August, according to the Financial Times, Perle co- 
> authored an op-ed piece in the Wall Street Journal arguing in favor  
> of a controversial deal in which the Air Force would lease from  
> Boeing one hundred of its 767 aircraft refueling tankers. Perle did  
> not disclose Boeing's $20 million "stake" in Trireme, and Boeing  
> said it had no knowledge that Perle had advised the company on the  
> leasing arrangement.
>
> Disinfopedia: Richard N. Perle
>
> The gathering storm around Richard Perle (Salon.com, 26 November 2003)
> D.C.'s "Prince of Darkness" has prospered in the shadows between  
> the Beltway and big business -- but the latest scandal threatens to  
> bring him down.
> Nov. 26, 2003 | Storm clouds are gathering around Washington's  
> "Prince of Darkness," Richard Perle.
> An influential über-hawk who enjoys close ties to the top of the  
> Pentagon's civilian leadership, Perle got his wish earlier this  
> year when the United States launched the preemptive war against  
> Saddam Hussein that he'd spent a decade lobbying for. A private  
> businessman who once worked for an Israeli arms manufacturer, Perle  
> maintains a public platform through the Defense Policy Board, a  
> civilian advisory group stacked with hawks -- including James  
> Woolsey, Newt Gingrich and Henry Kissinger -- who supported a war  
> with Iraq.
> Hollinger brass out in payout scandal (Chicago Tribune, 18 November  
> 2003)
> Press baron Conrad Black resigned under pressure Monday as chief  
> executive of the company that owns the Chicago Sun-Times, felled by  
> disclosures that he and other top executives had pocketed millions  
> of dollars in unauthorized payments.
> The company, Hollinger International Inc., also said it would put  
> the Sun-Times and its other newspapers up for sale. The decision  
> likely spells the end of the global media empire that Black had  
> created through Chicago-based Hollinger, including the Daily  
> Telegraph in London and the Jerusalem Post.
>
> U.S. Can't Rule Out N.Korea Strike, Perle Says (Reuters, 11 June 2003)
> Advisors of Influence: Nine Members of the Defense Policy Board  
> Have Ties to Defense Contractors (Center for Public Integrity, 28  
> March 2003) Oil deals for Halliburton's subsidiary are 'wider than  
> first declared' (Independent.co.uk, 8 May 2003)
> "A Pentagon adviser, Richard Perle, briefed an investment seminar  
> on ways to profit from conflicts in Iraq and North Korea just weeks  
> after he received a top-secret government document on the crises in  
> the two countries. The revelation yesterday provoked new concerns  
> about conflicts of interest. Mr Perle also serves on the boards of  
> several defence contractors."
>
> Consulting and Policy Overlap: Advisor Perle has given seminars on  
> ways to profit from possible conflicts discussed by defense board  
> he sits on.
> (Los Angeles Times, 7 May 2003) Report: Pentagon adviser in Iraq  
> flap: L.A. Times: Perle gave advice on making profit from conflicts  
> (MSNBC, 7 May 2003) Richard Perle: Relax, Celebrate Victory (USA  
> Today, 2 May 2003) Minister Without Portfolio (The American  
> Prospect, 1 May 2003) Pentagon adviser berates Moscow and Paris  
> (Times Online, 22 April 2003) Watchdog Group Asks for Perle  
> Investigation The Prince of Darkness resigns: a look at the  
> controversial businesses dealings of Pentagon adviser Richard Perle  
> Perle pays the price for business controversies
>
> Richard Perle: "I am beginning to think that people who have been  
> saying on the internet that I am part of a small neoconservative  
> cabal who runs the world actually believe what they are saying."
>
> Perle Resigns as Pentagon Panel Chairman: Facing Conflict-of- 
> Interest Questions, Adviser Says He Doesn't Want to Be a  
> Distraction Key Rumsfeld Adviser Perle Resigns Post Code Pink  
> disrupts Perle Democrat Seeks Inquiry on Bankrupt Firm's Adviser  
> [Richard Perle] Ducking the First Amendment: Richard Perle's  
> Planned Lawsuit against Seymour Hersh Perle Threatens Lawsuit Over  
> Hersh Article In New Yorker Seymour M. Hersh: Lunch with the  
> chairman: Why was Richard Perle meeting with Adnan Khashoggi? (The  
> New Yorker, 17 March 2003) Richard Perle: "Thank God for the death  
> of the UN: Its abject failure gave us only anarchy. The world needs  
> order."
>
> Iraq Democrat Seeks Inquiry on Bankrupt Firm's Adviser Richard  
> Perle: It Pays To Be the Prince of Darkness Senior War Lobbyist  
> Richard Perle is Forced to Resign
>
> "Last week [Perle] reportedly took part in a Goldman Sachs  
> conference call to advise clients on investment opportunities  
> arising from the war, and its implications for confrontation with  
> North Korea."
>
> Former Pentagon official Richard Perle resigns as key Rumsfeld  
> adviser Hugo Young: Blair has not been a poodle, but poodleism  
> still beckons: America's hawks are obsessive in their pursuit of war
> "Over Iraq, though, there is a difference of context and it is  
> potent. Britain contains few open war hawks: a few media voices,  
> perhaps, but not a single politician. Here the hawk lobby is  
> centred on the Pentagon, led by notorious names such as Rumsfeld,  
> Wolfowitz, Perle, Feith. These people actually want a war. They  
> favour the militaristic solution to the Saddam problem. Their most  
> vocal public voice, William Kristol's Weekly Standard magazine, has  
> been arguing for it since 1997. They fervently hoped Saddam would  
> be idiotic enough to reject the UN resolution, and thus bring down  
> the righteous fire of a large coalition against him."
> Amir Taheri: Perles of Wisdom: An interview with Richard Perle.  
> Perle: U.S. also seeks regime change in Iran, Libya, Syria Perle,  
> Colbert, Fairbanks, Feith, Loewenberg, Wurmser, and Wurmser: A  
> Clean Break: A New Strategy for Securing the Realm Eric Boehlert:  
> The armchair general Ewen MacAskill and Edward Pilkington: UN  
> inspection team 'cannot prevent war' (Guardian, Wednesday November  
> 13, 2002)
> "I absolutely believe in assassinations. I have always thought an  
> absolute prohibition was unnecessarily inflexible and the easy  
> argument is that it would have been right to assassinate Hitler."
> Jude Wanniski: The Prince of Darkness (Memo to Henry Kissinger)  
> Edward Pilkington and Ewen MacAskill: Europe lacks moral fibre,  
> says US hawk (Guardian, Wednesday November 13, 2002)
> Brian Whitaker: US thinktanks give lessons in foreign policy  
> (Guardian August 19, 2002) Current Concerns: Rumsfeld and His Crew  
> Kathy Kelly: An Open Letter to Richard Perle, chairman, Defense  
> Advisory Board Interview with Richard Perle, 30 March 1997  
> Statement of Richard Perle on Patriot and SDI before the Committee  
> on Armed Services U.S. House of Representatives Washington, D.C.,  
> April 16, 1991
> U.S. Department of State Human Rights reports
>
> --------------
>
> PERLE AND BUSINESS
> http://demopedia.democraticunderground.com/index.php/Richard_Perle
>
> Perle worked for Trireme, a venture capital firm and defense  
> contractor similar to The Carlyle Group. As pentagon adviser,  
> Richard N. Perle coauthored an opinion piece this summer praising a  
> Pentagon plan to lease tanker aircraft -- which had the potential  
> to steer billions of dollars to Boeing Co. -- 16 months after  
> Boeing committed to invest $20 million with Trireme.
> Perle also serves on the board of directors of Hollinger  
> International Inc., the media company whose chief executive, Conrad  
> Black, resigned last month after disclosures that he and other  
> executives collected millions of dollars payments the company's  
> audit committee determined were unauthorized. Hollinger disclosed  
> last month that it has invested $2.5 million in Trireme Associates.  
> A special committee of Hollinger's board is examining that  
> investment and others involving company insiders, a source close to  
> Hollinger said.
> Trireme also created International Advisors Inc., a lobbying firm  
> whose main client is Turkey. Henry Kissinger is a Trireme adviser,  
> and Perle is a managing partner. Kissinger, who was forced to  
> resign as head of the independent commission to investigate the  
> 9/11 attacks, has been using his influence to try to keep the  
> Saudis calm during the buildup to war. New Yorker investigative  
> journalist, Sy Hersh, criticized Perle's relationship with Trireme.  
> The award winning journalist wrote in the March 17th issue of the  
> New Yorker: "There is no question that Perle believes that removing  
> Saddam from power is the right thing to do. At the same time, he  
> has set up a company that may gain from a war." In response, Perle  
> equated columnist Sy Hersh with Osama bin Laden and Khalid Shaikh  
> Mohammed. "Sy Hersh is the closest thing American journalism has to  
> a terrorist," Perle told Wolf Blitzer.
> http://www.oldamericancentury.org/richard_perle.htm
> Global Crossing
> On a second occasion Perle offered to help telecommunications  
> company Global Crossing get Government approval to sell a high-tech  
> subdivision to China in return for a US$725,000 fee if he was  
> successful.
> A third corrupt instance was, when working as a consultant for the  
> Loral Corporation, Perle attempted to curry influence for that  
> corporation so they would be allowed technology transfer to China,  
> when Loral had already been charged with improperly selling China  
> information that might assist the performance of China's nuclear  
> ballistic missiles & their ability to target America.
> Many believe it was also Richard Perle who improperly passed secret  
> information to onetime Iraqi protégé Ahmad Chalabi concerning the  
> cracking of the Iranian intelligence code, which Chalabi then  
> passed on to the Iranians, compromising US intelligence operations.  
> However others believe it was Paul Wolfowitz or even Donald  
> Rumsfeld himself who did so (so far none of the three has been  
> willing to clear his own name by fingering the guilty party).
> Perle's selective patriotism appears to be a security threat to the  
> USA, but because he is among like- minded friends in the Bush  
> Administration & has close ties to Defence Secretary Rumsfeld he  
> remains on the DPB, busy advocating wars, strategies and spending  
> that will help line his pockets. Indeed two other Tireme executives  
> are also DPB members.  In addition Boeing, for reasons best known  
> to itself, has invested $20 million with Perle's company Tireme.
> Worse, a 2003 study by the US Centre for Public Integrity showed  
> that 9 out of 30 Defense Policy Board members had significant ties  
> to arms industry companies (e.g. retired Admiral David Jeremiah and  
> retired Air Force General Ronald Fogelman were receiving payments  
> as consultants from Boeing). Unsurprisingly, the companies with  
> whom the nine were linked had been successful with over US$76  
> billion of contracts in one year alone.
> http://www.e-book.com.au/got2.htm
>
> Hollinger International
> Perle, Kissinger at Hollinger: the most irresponsible board ever?
>
> by FLOYD NORRIS, New York Times
>
> Was there ever a board as irresponsible as the one at Hollinger  
> International?
> A special report of a committee of that board - a panel made up of  
> new directors who were not around when Conrad M. Black and his  
> associates were running the company as a "corporate kleptocracy,"  
> according to the report - certainly weighs that case.
> The report, released yesterday, harshly criticizes some directors  
> but essentially clears others, saying they were entitled to assume  
> that others were paying attention to what was going on.
> The Hollinger board was studded with political heavyweights chosen  
> by Lord Black, a Canadian who became a British peer after Hollinger  
> took control of the Telegraph newspapers in London.
> Among them were Henry A. Kissinger, the former secretary of state,  
> and Richard N. Perle, who was assistant secretary of defense under  
> President Ronald Reagan and is the former chairman of a Pentagon  
> advisory board. Democrats were not left out, with the board  
> including Robert S. Strauss, a former chairman of the Democratic  
> National Committee and ambassador to the Soviet Union, and Richard  
> R. Burt, a former United States ambassador to Germany.
> The report lets most of the directors off with little more than a  
> mild rebuke for not having shown much curiosity in how the business  
> was run. The members of the audit committee during the years when  
> Lord Black was taking out hundreds of millions of dollars in cash  
> draw harsher criticism for their passiveness, but the director who  
> is excoriated in the strongest terms is Mr. Perle.
> CONTINUED...
> http://www.reclaimthemedia.org/stories.php?story=04/09/01/7964569
> Consulting and Policy Overlap
>
> By Ken Silverstein and Chuck Neubauer
> Los Angeles Times
> May 7, 2003
> Last February, the Defense Policy Board, a group of outside  
> advisors to the Pentagon, received a classified presentation from  
> the super-secret Defense Intelligence Agency on the crises in North  
> Korea and Iraq. Three weeks later, the then-chairman of the board,  
> Richard N. Perle, offered a briefing of his own at an investment  
> seminar on ways to profit from possible conflicts with both  
> countries. Perle and his fellow advisors also heard a classified  
> address about high-tech military communications systems at the same  
> closed-door session in February. He runs a venture capital firm  
> that has been exploring investments in that very area. The  
> disclosures in recently released board agendas and investment  
> documents are the latest illustrations of how Perle's private  
> consulting and investment interests overlap with his role on the  
> board, which advises the secretary of Defense. Perle resigned as  
> board chairman on March 27 after published reports that he had been  
> employed as a consultant by bankrupt telecommunications firm Global  
> Crossing Ltd., which was trying to get Pentagon clearance to be  
> sold to Asian investors. The reports also had him soliciting  
> investment money from a Saudi who was seeking to influence U.S.  
> policy on Iraq.
> In a letter to Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld, Perle said  
> he was relinquishing the chairmanship because at a time of war, "I  
> am dismayed that your valuable time ... might be burdened by the  
> controversy surrounding my chairmanship." He remained on the board  
> as a member, and denied any wrongdoing. Perle did not return phone  
> calls or e-mails seeking comment. He is considered to be one of  
> Washington's most influential defense thinkers and was a leading  
> supporter of the war in Iraq. He is close to Rumsfeld and his top  
> deputy, Paul D. Wolfowitz, as well as to Undersecretary of Defense  
> Douglas J. Feith, who oversees the policy board and who formerly  
> worked with Perle as a consultant to the government of Turkey.
> Perle has a broad range of business interests. He serves on the  
> board of several defense contractors and is a lead player in  
> Trireme Partners, a venture capital fund seeking investments in the  
> defense and homeland security industries. In July 2001, Perle  
> became chairman of the 30-member Defense Policy Board, which meets  
> regularly with Rumsfeld. The board's meetings are classified and  
> members are allowed access to top-secret intelligence reports.
> On Feb. 27, 2003, two speakers — Henry D. Sokolski of the  
> Nonproliferation Policy Education Center and Michael Pillsbury, a  
> Pentagon advisor under Feith — gave presentations to the Defense  
> Policy Board on the risks and prospects of U.S. conflict with North  
> Korea. The same day, the Defense Intelligence Agency, which works  
> for the Pentagon, also briefed the board on North Korea and Iraq  
> among other subjects, according to several people in attendance.  
> Three weeks later, Perle participated in a Goldman Sachs conference  
> call in which he advised investors on opportunities tied to the war  
> in Iraq. Perle's talk was called "Implications of an Imminent War:  
> Iraq Now. North Korea Next?"
> SNIP...
> Certainly Questionable
> But another person who attended the Feb. 27 meeting called Perle's  
> subsequent engagement with Goldman Sachs inappropriate. "That  
> bothered me because the title of the talk made it sound like he had  
> the inside track on what we were going to do," said this person,  
> who asked to speak off the record. Retired Rear Adm. Thomas Brooks,  
> who served on the policy board during the Clinton administration,  
> said Perle's actions were "certainly questionable." "It sounds like  
> he's squeezing every nickel out of the Defense Policy Board," he said.
> CONTINUED...
> http://www.globalpolicy.org/security/issues/iraq/after/

> 2003/0507overlap.htm
>
> Perle and Khashoggi Adnan
>
> LUNCH WITH THE CHAIRMAN
> Why was Richard Perle meeting with Adnan Khashoggi?
>
> by SEYMOUR M. HERSH Issue of 2003-03-17 Posted 2003-03-10
>
> At the peak of his deal-making activities, in the nineteen- 
> seventies, the Saudi-born businessman Adnan Khashoggi brokered  
> billions of dollars in arms and aircraft sales for the Saudi royal  
> family, earning hundreds of millions in commissions and fees.  
> Though never convicted of wrongdoing, he was repeatedly involved in  
> disputes with federal prosecutors and with the Securities and  
> Exchange Commission, and in recent years he has been in litigation  
> in Thailand and Los Angeles, among other places, concerning  
> allegations of stock manipulation and fraud. During the Reagan  
> Administration, Khashoggi was one of the middlemen between Oliver  
> North, in the White House, and the mullahs in Iran in what became  
> known as the Iran-Contra scandal. Khashoggi subsequently claimed  
> that he lost ten million dollars that he had put up to obtain  
> embargoed weapons for Iran which were to be bartered (with  
> Presidential approval) for American hostages. The scandals of those  
> times seemed to feed off each other: a congressional investigation  
> revealed that Khashoggi had borrowed much of the money for the  
> weapons from the Bank of Credit and Commerce International  
> (B.C.C.I.), whose collapse, in 1991, defrauded thousands of  
> depositors and led to years of inquiry and litigation.
> Khashoggi is still brokering. In January of this year, he arranged  
> a private lunch, in France, to bring together Harb Saleh al-Zuhair,  
> a Saudi industrialist whose family fortune includes extensive  
> holdings in construction, electronics, and engineering companies  
> throughout the Middle East, and Richard N. Perle, the chairman of  
> the Defense Policy Board, who is one of the most outspoken and  
> influential American advocates of war with Iraq.
> The Defense Policy Board is a Defense Department advisory group  
> composed primarily of highly respected former government officials,  
> retired military officers, and academics. Its members, who serve  
> without pay, include former national-security advisers, Secretaries  
> of Defense, and heads of the C.I.A. The board meets several times a  
> year at the Pentagon to review and assess the country’s strategic  
> defense policies.
> Perle is also a managing partner in a venture-capital company  
> called Trireme Partners L.P., which was registered in November,  
> 2001, in Delaware. Trireme’s main business, according to a two-page  
> letter that one of its representatives sent to Khashoggi last  
> November, is to invest in companies dealing in technology, goods,  
> and services that are of value to homeland security and defense.  
> The letter argued that the fear of terrorism would increase the  
> demand for such products in Europe and in countries like Saudi  
> Arabia and Singapore.
> The letter mentioned the firm’s government connections prominently:  
> “Three of Trireme’s Management Group members currently advise the  
> U.S. Secretary of Defense by serving on the U.S. Defense Policy  
> Board, and one of Trireme’s principals, Richard Perle, is chairman  
> of that Board.” The two other policy-board members associated with  
> Trireme are Henry Kissinger, the former Secretary of State (who is,  
> in fact, only a member of Trireme’s advisory group and is not  
> involved in its management), and Gerald Hillman, an investor and a  
> close business associate of Perle’s who handles matters in  
> Trireme’s New York office. The letter said that forty-five million  
> dollars had already been raised, including twenty million dollars  
> from Boeing; the purpose, clearly, was to attract more investors,  
> such as Khashoggi and Zuhair.
> CONTINUED...
> http://www.newyorker.com/fact/content/?030317fa_fact
>
> See also
> Khashoggi Adnan
> Bilderberg Group
> Committee on the Present Danger
> Inslaw/PROMIS Affair
> PNAC
> External links
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Perle
>
> Retrieved from "http://demopedia.democraticunderground.com/

> index.php/Richard_Perle"
>
> --------
> NOW WE KNOW WHY KISSINGER RESIGNED FROM 9/11 COMMISSION
>
> by Steve Soto
> http://www.theleftcoaster.com/archives/000063.php
>
> If you read anything today, read the Sy Hersh piece in the New  
> Yorker that got Richard Perle so worked up that he called Hersh a  
> terrorist (see previous entry). If this doesn't call for a special  
> prosecutor to look into other connections, I don't know what does.  
> It also clarifies why Henry Kissinger wanted to resign from the  
> chairmanship of the 9/11 Commission, rather than have to disclose  
> all of his business dealings.
>
> In January of this year, he (Adnan Khashoggi) arranged a private  
> lunch, in France, to bring together Harb Saleh al-Zuhair, a Saudi  
> industrialist whose family fortune includes extensive holdings in  
> construction, electronics, and engineering companies throughout the  
> Middle East, and Richard N. Perle, the chairman of the Defense  
> Policy Board, who is one of the most outspoken and influential  
> American advocates of war with Iraq.
> Perle is also a managing partner in a venture-capital company  
> called Trireme Partners L.P., which was registered in November,  
> 2001, in Delaware. Trireme’s main business, according to a two-page  
> letter that one of its representatives sent to Khashoggi last  
> November, is to invest in companies dealing in technology, goods,  
> and services that are of value to homeland security and defense.  
> The letter argued that the fear of terrorism would increase the  
> demand for such products in Europe and in countries like Saudi  
> Arabia and Singapore.
>
> The letter mentioned the firm’s government connections prominently:  
> “Three of Trireme’s Management Group members currently advise the  
> U.S. Secretary of Defense by serving on the U.S. Defense Policy  
> Board, and one of Trireme’s principals, Richard Perle, is chairman  
> of that Board.” The two other policy-board members associated with  
> Trireme are Henry Kissinger, the former Secretary of State (who is,  
> in fact, only a member of Trireme’s advisory group and is not  
> involved in its management), and Gerald Hillman, an investor and a  
> close business associate of Perle’s who handles matters in  
> Trireme’s New York office. The letter said that forty-five million  
> dollars had already been raised, including twenty million dollars  
> from Boeing; the purpose, clearly, was to attract more investors,  
> such as Khashoggi and Zuhair.
>
> Four members of the Defense Policy Board told me (Hersh) that the  
> board, which met most recently on February 27th and 28th, had not  
> been informed of Perle’s involvement in Trireme. One board member,  
> upon being told of Trireme and Perle’s meeting with Khashoggi,  
> exclaimed, “Oh, get out of here. He’s the chairman! If you had a  
> story about me setting up a company for homeland security, and I’ve  
> put people on the board with whom I’m doing that business, I’d be  
> had”—a reference to Gerald Hillman, who had almost no senior policy  
> or military experience in government before being offered a post on  
> the policy board. “Seems to me this is at the edge of or off the  
> ethical charts. I think it would stink to high heaven.”
>
> Hillman, a former McKinsey consultant, stunned at least one board  
> member at the February meeting when he raised questions about the  
> validity of Iraq’s existing oil contracts. “Hillman said the old  
> contracts are bad news; he said we should kick out the Russians and  
> the French,” the board member told me. “This was a serious  
> conversation. We’d become the brokers. Then we’d be selling futures  
> in the Iraqi oil company. I said to myself, ‘Oh, man. Don’t go down  
> that road.’”
> Hillman denies making such statements at the meeting.
> After reading this, I have one simple question for President Bush  
> at his next sleep-inducing press conference:
> “Mr. President, do you not see a conflict of interest between Mr.  
> Perle’s work for you and his financial interests, and if not, why  
> not?”
>
> We’re going beyond blowjobs in the Oval Office here, and towards a  
> national security strategy built around the personal gain of those  
> involved as chief advisers (Perle) and decisionmakers (Cheney),  
> influencing a man who is steered to believe that it is his divine  
> calling to take actions that enrich his inner circle.
>
> --------
>
> SPY PROBE SCANS NEO CON-ISRAEL TIES
> PROMIS - INSLAW, Jim Lobe
>
> SEATTLE, Aug 31 (IPS) - The burgeoning scandal over claims that a  
> Pentagon official passed highly classified secrets to a Zionist  
> lobby group appears to be part of a much broader set of FBI and  
> Pentagon investigations of close collaboration between prominent  
> U.S. neo-conservatives and Israel dating back some 30 years.
> According to knowledgeable sources, who asked to not be identified,  
> the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) has been intensively  
> reviewing a series of past counter-intelligence probes that were  
> started against several high-profile neo-cons but never followed up  
> with prosecutions, to the great frustration of counter-intelligence  
> officers, in some cases.
>
> Some of these past investigations involve top current officials,  
> including Deputy Secretary of Defence Paul Wolfowitz;  
> Undersecretary of Defence for Policy Douglas Feith, whose office  
> appears to be the focus of the most recently disclosed inquiry; and  
> Richard Perle, who resigned as Defence Policy Board (DPB) chairman  
> last year.
>
> All three were the subject of a lengthy investigative story by  
> Stephen Green published by 'Counterpunch' in February. Green is the  
> author of two books on U.S.-Israeli relations, including 'Taking  
> Sides: America's Secret Relations with a Militant Israel', which  
> relies heavily on interviews with former Pentagon and counter- 
> intelligence officials.
>
> ....
> Of particular interest in that connection are derivatives of a  
> powerful case-management software called PROMIS that was produced  
> by INSLAW, Inc in the early 1980s and acquired by Israel's Mossad  
> intelligence agency, which then sold its own versions to other  
> foreign intelligence agencies in the Middle East, Asia and Eastern  
> Europe.
> more
> http://www.ipsnews.net/interna.asp?idnews=25285
>
>
> AMERICA’S SPY SOFTWARE SCANDAL, COURTESY OF THE U.S. DOJ
>
> By MICHELLE MALKIN
> July 16, 2003, The Observer
> Montgomery County, PA Vol. XXIV, NO. 9
>
> Summary: Inslaw deserves to be compensated. More importantly, the  
> American people deserve to know the truth: Did government greed and  
> bureaucratic hubris lead to a wholesale sellout of our national  
> security? Did Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden have access to a  
> U.S. computer tracking program that enabled them to monitor our  
> intelligence-gathering efforts and financial transactions? If so,  
> who is responsible for allowing the program to fall into their  
> hands? And who else among America’s enemies might have access to  
> the tracking system?
>
> It’s an explosive spy software scandal that no one in official  
> Washington wants to investigate.
>
> This complex, tangled story began two decades ago, when a tiny  
> private company called Inslaw Inc. developed a software package to  
> help U.S. attorneys’ offices in large urban districts keep tabs on  
> their criminal prosecutors’ caseloads. The program, dubbed the  
> Prosecutor’s Management Information System (PROMIS), was effective  
> and popular. It allowed a prosecutor to locate defendants and  
> witnesses, track motions and monitor ongoing investigations. In  
> 1982, Inslaw won a large Justice Department contract to implement  
> the system nationwide.
>
> In the meantime, Inslaw also developed privately owned enhancements  
> to PROMIS. Despite contractural guarantees of Inslaw’s proprietary  
> rights to the enhanced version of PROMIS, the Justice Department  
> essentially commandeered the improved program for its own uses  
> without paying for it. Inslaw was forced into bankruptcy and began  
> an endless fight with the Justice Department to recoup its losses.
>
> In the course of their court battles, Inslaw founder Bill Hamilton  
> and his wife innocently stumbled upon shocking national security  
> revelations. Former Attorney General Ed Meese, the Hamiltons  
> concluded, had conspired to force Inslaw into bankruptcy so that an  
> old Meese crony, California businessman Earl Brian, could take over  
> the company’s assets. The Hamilton’s obtained information through  
> sworn affidavits of several individuals that suggested Meese,  
> Brian, high-ranking Justice Department official Peter Videnieke and  
> others wanted to modify and distribute the enhanced PROMIS software  
> with ‘back-door’ capabilities for covert intelligence operations.
> CONTINUED...
> http://educate-yourself.org/tg/TCUpromisscandal16jul03.shtml
>
> ------------------
>
> RICHARD N. PERLE
> From SourceWatch
> http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Richard_Perle
>
> Long-time Washington cold warrior Richard N. Perle is a man of many  
> hats: Pentagon policy adviser (resigned February 2004), former  
> Likud policy adviser, media manager, international investor, op-ed  
> writer, talk show guest, think tank expert, and ardent supporter of  
> the war in Iraq.
> Known in Washington circles as "The Prince of Darkness," Perle is  
> associated with the American Enterprise Institute and the Project  
> for the New American Century, both of which have been prominent  
> behind-the-scenes architects of the Bush administration's foreign  
> policy, in particular its push for war with Iraq.
> He is closely allied with former Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul  
> Dundes Wolfowitz, another Iraq hawk. Perle is also a vocal  
> supporter of Israel and a critic of Saudi Arabia. Perle is on the  
> Advisory Board of the Jewish Institute for National Security  
> Affairs (JINSA), and is a former chairman of the Defense Policy  
> Board, a Defense Department advisory group composed primarily of  
> former government officials, retired military officers, and academics.
>
> Background
>
> Born in New York City, Perle graduated from the University of  
> Southern California in 1964 and worked in a variety of Senate staff  
> jobs, including the office of late Senator Henry "Scoop" Jackson  
> from 1969 to 1980, when he went to work for a private military- 
> consulting firm. The following year he was appointed Assistant  
> Secretary of Defense in the presidential administration of Ronald  
> Reagan. During the presidential campaign of George W. Bush, Perle  
> served as a foreign policy advisor.
>
> A veteran Washington insider, Perle has on occasion been accused of  
> being an Israeli agent of influence. It has been reported that  
> while he was working for Jackson, an "FBI summary of a 1970 wiretap  
> recorded Perle discussing classified information with someone in  
> the Israeli embassy." In 1983, after stepping into a Pentagon job  
> in the Reagan administration, Perle came under fire for accepting a  
> $50,000 payment from an Israeli arms manufacturer. He explained  
> that the payment was for work done as a Washington lobbyist before  
> entering government.
>
> According to a Dec. 24, 1985, Associated Press report, Perle, still  
> a Reagan Defense Department official, was challenged by Jeremiah  
> Denton, then a Republican senator from Alabama, on Perle's choice  
> of Stephen D. Bryen as a Pentagon aide. In the email copy of Lee  
> Byrd's report provided by John Sugg ([email protected]), Denton  
> charged that Bryen, moving from a job with the powerful American  
> Israel Public Affairs Committee, had been forced to resign his  
> Senate Foreign Relations Committee staff job after being  
> investigated for trying to gain information for the Israeli  
> government. Federal prosecutors dropped the case, with Perle  
> defending Bryen's integrity, the AP report says.
>
> In February 2002, the dispute spilled over into the Washington  
> Post's editorial pages, with one writer blasting the 'toxic' charge  
> that Israel was unduly influencing President Bush's Iraq policy. A  
> Post editorial responded by pointing out that Perle, who was  
> chairman of the Pentagon's Defense Policy Board, and two other Bush  
> policy men, Douglas Feith, undersecretary of defense for policy,  
> and David Wurmser, a State Department special assistant, had in  
> 1996 participated in Likud policy deliberations. Under the auspices  
> of the Institute for Advanced Strategic & Political Studies, a  
> Likud-leaning Israeli think tank, the three helped come up with a  
> paper, A Clean Break: A New Strategy for Securing the Realm, which  
> declared that "removing Saddam Hussein from power in Iraq" was an  
> "important Israeli strategic objective in its own right as a means  
> of foiling Syria's regional ambitions." (Clean Break spells out the  
> reconfiguration of the Middle East into an Israeli sphere of  
> influence, and the document is viewed as the basis upon which PNAC  
> was formulated. The Israeli designs would only be feasible if the  
> United States provided the muscle and the resources, and thus the  
> nexus between these two plans. Clean Break also undermined all the  
> negotiating efforts to obtain a negotiated solution with the  
> Palestinians.)
>
> The paper also recommended that Israel drop the Labor Party's  
> 'comprehensive peace' slogan and aim for 'balance of power,' launch  
> 'hot pursuit' strikes into Palestinian territory - now a staple of  
> the Sharon government - and work to loosen Yasir Arafat's grip on  
> the Palestinian Authority, a policy reflected in the recent  
> pressure to compel Arafat to accept a prime minister.[1]
>
> Perle, a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, led the  
> discussion. Wurmser was listed as a member of the Israeli  
> Institute. Before taking up his Pentagon post, Wurmser was a Middle  
> East studies expert at the American Enterprise Institute. Defense  
> Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld felt it necessary to distance himself  
> from Perle last year when the press learned that a former aide of  
> Lyndon LaRouche had addressed the Defense Policy Board on reputed  
> Saudi machinations, a theme also favored by Perle and Wurmser.  
> Rumsfeld said the 'talented' Perle, whose Pentagon post is unpaid,  
> did not speak for Rumsfeld or for President Bush.
>
> Perle had close business ties with Conrad Black, former chairman of  
> Hollinger International Inc., which owns more than 400 daily and  
> weekly newspapers in Canada, the United States, Britain, Israel and  
> Australia. Hollinger papers include London's Daily Telegraph, the  
> Chicago Sun-Times, the Sydney Morning Herald and the Jerusalem  
> Post. Perle used these papers and others to trumpet his anti-Saddam  
> sentiments and to tangle with political figures, such as British  
> Minister Clare Short, who opposed the Perle line on Iraq. Black, a  
> Canadian, joined fellow media kingpin Rupert Murdoch in defending  
> British Prime Minister Tony Blair's decision to stick with Bush's  
> war aims, despite overwhelming domestic opposition.
>
> Perle was a top executive of Hollinger Digital Inc., which is the  
> media management and investment arm of Hollinger [2][3]. Perle was  
> listed on various corporate boards through his association with  
> Hollinger. Whether or not Perle speaks for Bush, the president's  
> recent reasoning on Iraq follows a pattern found in Perle's  
> writings, particularly in a lengthy piece for Israel Insider, which  
> uses numerous non-sequiters in its emotionally-charged connection  
> of Saddam to terrorist activity.[4]
>
> Perle and Black are now (2004) estranged and have accused each  
> other of wrongdoing in the looting of Hollinger assets. The Breeden  
> Report, which catalogs the accusations against Black by the now- 
> independent Hollinger directors, singles out Perle, among all of  
> the corporate directors, for criticism: "As a faithless fiduciary,  
> Perle should be required to disgorge all compensation received from  
> the company"[5]. In October 2004, Hollinger amended its lawsuit  
> against Black to include Perle as a defendant, asking for $22.9  
> million, including the $5.4 million of his compensation[6].
>
> Despite his familiarity with the media, Perle found a piece by  
> veteran investigative reporter Seymour Hersh a little hard to take.  
> Hersh's New Yorker report, "A Hawk's Business," targets Perle's  
> hush-hush meeting with Saudi industrialist Saleh al-Zuhair, a  
> meeting arranged with the help of Iran/contra figure Adnan  
> Khashoggi. Hersh explored the possibility of a conflict of interest  
> for Perle, one of whose businesses is Trireme Partners LP, a  
> venture capital firm that invests in technology, goods, and  
> services related to homeland security and defense. Trireme also  
> created International Advisors Inc., a lobbying firm whose main  
> client is Turkey. Henry Kissinger is a Trireme adviser, and Perle  
> is a managing partner.[7]
>
> Kissinger, who was forced to resign as head of the independent  
> commission to investigate the 9/11 attacks, has been using his  
> influence to try to keep the Saudis calm during the buildup to war.  
> The subject of the al-Zuhair meeting is in dispute, but Perle is  
> fighting off the impression that he was trying to use his Pentagon  
> influence to profit from a war that he is doing all he can to  
> implement. Hersh criticized Perle's relationship with Trireme as an  
> ethical conflict of interest, to which Perle responded by calling  
> Hersh "the closest thing American journalism has to a terrorist."[8]
>
> Bush has recently taken to accepting Perle's view that the United  
> Nations is pretty much irrelevant when it comes to Iraq.[9]
>
> Perle is also associated with the Foundation for the Defense of  
> Democracies, which backs Bush's Iraq war push. Others with the  
> foundation are columnist Charles Krauthammer,the Weekly Standard  
> editor Bill Kristol, and Georgia senator Zell Miller. Perle, who  
> produced the 1992 PBS documentary, "The Gulf Crisis, the Road to  
> War," has long experience in the ways of Washington.
>
> The wide-ranging Perle even finds himself involved in Total  
> Information Awareness technology. He was listed as a speaker at a  
> March 13 Washington press briefing on 'data mining,' the use of  
> computer technology to sift out patterns from electronic  
> communications. A fellow Pentagon official, Admiral John M.  
> Poindexter of Iran-Contra notoriety, spurred a political firestorm  
> with his TIA plans. Congress forbade such technology to be used  
> against Americans. The briefing, which also billed Sen. Ron Wyden,  
> was promoted as informational only. However, concerned scientists  
> have charged that data mining pays off in miniscule results in  
> contrast to widespread privacy violation.[10]
>
> Mr. Perle has received some heat due to a possible conflict of  
> interest with serving on the Defense Policy Board and being hired  
> as an advisor for Global Crossing, "Even as he advises the Pentagon  
> on war matters, Richard N. Perle, chairman of the influential  
> Defense Policy Board, has been retained by the telecommunications  
> company Global Crossing to help overcome Defense Department  
> resistance to its proposed sale to a foreign firm, Mr. Perle and  
> lawyers involved in the case said today." Mr. Perle's fee is  
> $750,000, but he will receive an additional $600,000 if the sale is  
> approved. [11] Concerned over conflict of interest, senior  
> Democrats sought an inquiry into the matter by the Pentagon  
> inspector general. [12]
>
> Perle maintained that he had not violated any ethics rules, but  
> decided to resign his position as chairman of the Defense Policy  
> Board on March 26, 2003, [13]. In an effort to save face, he wrote  
> in his resignation letter that he would refuse any compensation  
> with his deal with Global Crossing and "any fee for past service  
> would be donated to the families of American forces killed or  
> injured in Iraq." There was also a report that "The communications  
> company, Global Crossing, also announced that Mr. Perle had decided  
> to sever his ties with it."[14] [15]
>
> The Global Crossing affair started a more critical look into  
> Perle's business affairs. On March 29, 2003, The New York Times  
> reported that Perle was involved with Loral Space and  
> Communications in 2001 as an advisor while it faced accusations  
> that it transfered rocket technology to China. [16] It is worth  
> noting that the Global Crossing affair was also due to Global  
> Crossing trying to overcome Defense Department opposition to be  
> sold to a venture with ties to China.
>
> In February 2004, Perle resigned entirely from the Defense Policy  
> Board. [17] The full text of Perle's resignation letter may be  
> found at the website for the public relations firm Benador  
> Associates. [18]
>
> It was reported May 25, 2004, by CNN that Tom Clancy, the brand  
> name author with many admirers in the military criticized the U.S.- 
> led invasion of Iraq, citing it as proof that "good men make  
> mistakes."
> That same writer said he almost "came to blows" with a leading war  
> supporter, former Pentagon adviser Richard Perle.
> The hawkish master of such million-selling thrillers as "Patriot  
> Games" and "The Hunt for Red October" now finds himself adding to  
> the criticism of the Iraq war, and not only through his own comments.
> His latest book, Battle Ready (2004 book) is a collaboration with  
> another war critic, retired Marine Gen. Anthony C. Zinni. "Battle  
> Ready" looks at Zinni's long military career, dating back to the  
> Vietnam War, and includes harsh remarks by Zinni about the current  
> conflict.
> In a press conference held on March 25, to promote the book, both  
> Clancy and Zinni singled out the Department of Defense for  
> criticism. Clancy recalled a prewar encounter in Washington during  
> which he "almost came to blows" with Richard Perle, a Pentagon  
> adviser at the time and a longtime advocate of the invasion.
> "He was saying how (Secretary of State) Colin L. Powell was being a  
> wuss because he was overly concerned with the lives of the troops,"  
> Clancy said. "And I said, 'Look ..., he's supposed to think that  
> way!' And Perle didn't agree with me on that. People like that  
> worry me."
> One unusual (but in-character for him) habit of Perle's is his  
> demands for payment for press inteviews [19].
>
> Critical description
>
> "The baby-faced Richard Perle, who chairs the Defense Policy Board,  
> waited out the Vietnam War at the University of Chicago. He then  
> joined pro-Vietnam War Senator henry Scoop Jackson's staff and made  
> his reputation as one of the youngest of the defense intellectuals.  
> Like Jackson, Perle made pro-Israeli poliy an axiom of his  
> discourse. Perle has become well-known for his aggressive mouth on  
> TV talk shows, contradicting the flaccidity of his physical  
> demeanor." page 131, Saul Landau. 2003. The Preemptive Empire: A  
> Guide to Bush's Kingdom. London: Pluto Press. ISBN 0745321402.
>
> Organizational affiliations
>
> American Enterprise Institute, Senior Fellow
> Autonomy, serves on the Board of Directors
> 1992 Committee on U.S. Interests in the Middle East
> Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, Advisor
> Defense Policy Board, Member, (was Chairman but resigned March 26,  
> 2003 due to Hersh/Khashoggi and Global Crossing scandals)
> Geobiotics, LLC, Non-executive director
> Global Crossing, Advisor/Lobbyist [20]
> Henry Jackson Society
> Hollinger Digital Inc., Director and Co-Chairman
> Hollinger International Inc., Director and member of the Executive  
> Committee
> Iran Enterprise Institute, Facilitator
> Jerusalem Post Publications, Director
> Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs, on the Board of  
> Advisors
> Morgan Crucible, PLC, Non-executive director since 1988[21]
> National Security Advisory Council, Member
> Onset Technology, on the Board of Directors
> Project for the New American Century
> Trireme Partners LP, Managing partner
> US-Azerbaijan Chamber of Commerce
> Washington Institute for Near East Policy
> The Center for Wild-Eyed Schemes of World Domination, Director
> Advisory Board, American Center for Democracy[22]
>
> Quotes
>
> "Richard Perle, foreign policy adviser: 'The first time I met Bush  
> 43 … two things became clear. One, he didn't know very much. The  
> other was that he had the confidence to ask questions that revealed  
> he didn't know very much.'" [23]
>
> Books
>
> Grant Smith, Neocon Middle East Policy : The 'Clean Break' Plan  
> Damage Assessment" , Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy,  
> May 2005. ISBN 0976443732
>
> External Links
>
> 2001
> Dr. James Zogby, "New Questions About Feith," Arab American  
> Institute, May 13, 2001.
> 2002
> "Interview with Richard Perle, PBS WideAngle with James P. Rubin,  
> July 11, 2002
> Brian Whitaker, "US thinktanks give lessons in foreign policy,"  
> Guardian Unlimited, August 19, 2002.
> Jason Vest, Turkey, Israel and the US, The Nation, August 23, 2002.
> Chris Suellentrop, "Richard Perle - Washington's faceful  
> bureaucrat," slate.com, August 23, 2002.
> Eric Boehlert, "The armchair general," Salon.com, September 5, 2002.
> "Richard Perle: the Lowdown", David Irving's Action Report, October  
> 10, 2002.
> 2003
> "One-Track Minds on Two-Track Mideast Solutions" by Larry Cohler- 
> Esses, Forward, Jan 24, 2003.
> "WOLFOWITZ-LIBBY-PERLE-FEITH = AUTHORS OF IRAQ WAR", South Africa  
> Independent Media Center, March 08, 2003.
> Interview with Richard Perle, CNN Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer,  
> March 9, 2003.
> Rosalinda, "Richard Perle Caught Running a $100-million Sheik- 
> Down", Thunder Bay IndyMedia, March 13, 2003.
> Seymour Hersh, "Lunch with the Chairman," New Yorker, March 17, 2003.
> Eric Alterman, Perle, Interrupted, The Nation, March 20, 2003.
> Richard Perle, "Thank God for the death of the UN", The Guardian,  
> March 21, 2003.
> Maureen Dowd, "Perle's Plunder Blunder", The New York Times, March  
> 23, 2003.
> Pentagon Pal Perle Gets GX Paycheck, Light Reading, March 24, 2003.
> Stephen Labaton, "Democrat Seeks Inquiry on Bankrupt Firm's  
> Adviser", The New York Times, March 24 2003.
> Jim Lobe, "Perle: 'Prince of Darkness' in the spotlight," Asia  
> Times, March 25, 2003.
> "US general with Iraq role linked to hardline Israelis",  
> independent.co.uk, March 26, 2003.
> Arianna Huffington, "Having Your Souffle And Eating It Too",  
> TomPaine.com, March 26, 2003.
> Pamela Hess, "Top Rumsfeld adviser resigns over ethics", UPI, March  
> 27, 2003.
> Richard Wolinsky, "Perles Before Swine", Wolinsky WebLog, March 28,  
> 2003.
> Stephen Labaton, "Adviser to U.S. Aided Maker of Satellites," The  
> New York Times, March 29, 2003.
> Bruce Murphy, Neoconservative clout seen in U.S. Iraq policy,  
> Milwaukee Journal Sentinel On-line, April 5, 2003.
> Tim Shorrock, Richard Perle's Corporate Adventures, The Nation,  
> April 3, 2003.
> Ben Winters, "The People vs. Richard Perle," In These Times, April  
> 14, 2003.
> Stephen Labaton, 15 November 2003: "Report Finds No Violations at  
> Pentagon by Adviser," New York Times: "The Pentagon's inspector  
> general concluded this week that Richard N. Perle violated no  
> ethics laws or rules when he was leading an influential Pentagon  
> advisory board (Defense Policy Board) while at the same time  
> representing two companies (Loral Space and Communications and  
> Global Crossing) and in their dealings with the government."
> Stephanie Kirchgaesnner, Hollinger examines Perle investments.  
> Newspaper publisher probes corporate-governance practices,  
> MSNBC.com, November 17, 2003.
> Eric Boehlert, "The gathering storm around Richard Perle,"  
> Salon.com, November 26, 2003.
> Michelle Goldberg, "Is this the neocon century?," Salon.com,  
> December 17, 2003.
> Paul Krugman, 23 December 2003: "Citizen Conrad's Friends," New  
> York Times. The "Conrad" is Conrad Black.
> 2004
> Jenny Falcon, "Key Pentagon Advisor Richard Perle Resigns Post as  
> Head of Defense Policy Panel," Voice of America News, February 27,  
> 2004.
> Sandro Contenta, "U.S. war policy 'grave error'. Ex-Rumsfeld aide  
> admits occupation of Iraq a failure," Toronto Star, May 26, 2004:  
> "Richard Perle, until recently a powerful adviser to U.S. Defence  
> Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, described U.S. policy in post-war Iraq  
> as a failure."
> 2005
> Otis Bilodeau and Peter Robison, "SEC may sue Perle over Hollinger:  
> Regulator warned ex-Pentagon aide", Globe and Mail', March 24, 2005.
> Bio at Foreign Policy in Focus.
> Free Congress Foundation contains numerous current brief interviews  
> in Real Media or MP3 Format with Richard N. Perle.
> Disturbingly humorous fictional Richard Perle weblog, "[24]"
> Dana Milbank, "AIPAC's Big, Bigger, Biggest Moment", Washington  
> Post, May 24, 2005.
> Elizabeth Jensen, "Public Broadcasting and Political Balance: A New  
> Twist", New York Times, June 29, 2005.
> 2006
> Michael Carmichael, "A New 'Perle Harbor': Neocon Foreign Policy  
> Architect Richard Perle reveals US War Plans in the Iranian  
> Theater," Global Research (Canada), June 7, 2006.
> Megan Gillis, "'These guys love secrecy' ... and they're in town  
> for mystery meeting," Ottawa Sun (Canada), June 9, 2006.
> Kurt Nimmo, "Neocon Prince of Darkness Sighted at Bilderberg  
> Meeting," Another Day in the Empire, June 9, 2006.
> Jim Lobe, "'New American Century' Project Ends With A Whimper,"  
> Inter Press Service (Antiwar.com), June 13, 2006.
> Michael Carmichael, "Bolton Bolts from Oxford Protests. Taunted and  
> Jeered," CounterPunch, June 14, 2006.
> Rostam Pourzal, "Fanatic Friends, MKO Tricks US Progressives, Gains  
> Legitimacy," Iran Press Service, June 23, 2006.
> Richard Perle, "Why Did Bush Blink on Iran? (Ask Condi),"  
> Washington Post; American Enterprise Institute, June 25, 2006.
> Patrick Seale, "Neocons Still Run the Show in Washington," Dar Al- 
> Hayat, June 26, 2006.
> Note: Portions of this article were taken from a backgrounder  
> written by freelance reporter Paul Conant (znewz1 AT YAHOO.COM).  
> Conant is the author of 'Fox News: trumpet of Israel's hard  
> right' [25] and of 'How did the twin towers fall? Questions  
> remain' [26], a July 2005 piece on the NIST's 9/11 investigation.
>
 
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