Lawrence Klayman - Greg Palast - Mike Ruppert - Los Angeles Times - Dan Briody - Cynthia McKinney - William Hartung - Charles Lewis - The Carlyle Connection 2009 -
Certain countries have been targets of the United States ... Yet the biggest country involved in terrorism is Saudi Arabia. They finance it. And we have treated them with kid gloves. We have treated them as if they are not involved in terrorism at all. Is that because of groups like Carlyle that have significant investment with Saudi Arabia interests? Is that because George W Bush’s father is in fact part of the Carlyle Group and is close to the bin Laden family? Lawrence Klayman
The Carlyle group: whose main work is selling arms to the US government and a few dictatorships. Greg Palast, Bush Family Fortunes
Carlyle Group which hired both George Bush senior and George Bush junior received major funds. ibid.
1998 and 2000: Former President George H W Bush travels to Saudi Arabia on behalf of the privately owned Carlyle Group, the 11th largest defense contractor in the US. While there he meets privately with the Saudi royal family and the bin Laden family. Mike Ruppert, The Truth & Lies of 9/11
January 2001: The Bush administration orders the FBI and Intelligence agencies to ‘back off’ investigations involving the bin Laden family. ibid.
On a single day last month Carlyle earned $237 million selling shares in United Defense Industries. Los Angeles Times article 10th January 2002
We wanted to look at which companies actually gained from September 11th. It turned out this company Carlyle Group ... Both George W Bush and George H W Bush worked for the Carlyle group. The same company that counted the Bin Laden family among its investors. Dan Briody, author The Halliburton Agenda
Carlyle is a massive private equity firm ... They’ll purchase the company for a fraction of what it’s really worth, and then turn the company around, and sell it off for a huge profit. It’s called the Buyout Practise. Dan Briody, journalist
They hired politicians like George Bush senior or James Baker III. Dan Briody
The Iron Triangle is in some ways a uniquely American phenomenon. It’s the confluence of the military, big business and politics. Dan Briody
When Frank Carlucci came on board he was coming straight from the Pentagon as Secretary of Defense. Reagan’s term had just finished. And Carlucci retired. He came on board and really took them in a completely new direction. Into defense ... A year, two years later the Gulf War hit. And everybody knows war time is boom time for the defense industry. Dan Briody
As a part of that $48.1 billion increase in the $400 billion Defense request that came from the President, there inside there was money for the Crusader missile. Cynthia McKinney
Prominently featured in my dissent is mention of the Carlyle Group and its relationship to the Defender missile. Cynthia McKinney
One of the more embarrassing things that happened was after September 11th it emerged that the bin Laden family construction company had some money in Carlyle. William Hartung, World Policy Institute
They are the eleventh or twelfth largest defence contractor. A multi-billion dollar annual enterprise with almost an obscenely high profit margin. Charles Lewis, Center for Public Integrity
It’s the worst kind of conflict of interests ... I find it disgusting. Charles Lewis
After the destruction of Iraq by the coalition forces it’s now mainly American companies who now get the contracts for rebuilding the new Iraq. In many cases these companies are run by people who are closely connected to Capitol Hill. The Carlyle Connection, s/a The Iron Triangle: The Carlyle Group Exposed, VPRO 2009
The Carlyle Group: on their payroll are people like George Bush senior, James Baker III and John Major. The Carlyle Group is one of the largest private investment banks in the US. They have the reputation of being the best-connected company in the world. ibid.
‘You have an organisation that is able to operate behind the scenes without real accountability.’ ibid. Cynthia McKinney