ON the day Osama bin Laden’s men attacked America, Shafiq bin Laden, described as an estranged brother of the terrorist, was at an investment conference in Washington, DC, along with two people who are close to President George Bush: his father, the first President Bush, and James Baker, the former secretary of state who masterminded the legal campaign that secured Dubya’s move to the White House. The conference was hosted by the Carlyle Group, a private equity firm that manages billions of dollars, including, at the time, some bin Laden family wealth. It also employs Messrs Bush and Baker.

In the immediate aftermath of the attacks, when no one was being allowed in or out of the United States, many members of the bin Laden family in America were spirited home to Saudi Arabia. The revival of defence spending that followed greatly increased the value of the Carlyle Group’s investments in defence companies.

From Voltaire.net
13 November 2003

Bush, Khodorkovsky & Associates

The United States and numerous media outlets have been outraged by the arrest of Russian multimillionaire and oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky last October 25th. However, they have both failed to inform the public opinion about his financial links with the Bush family and his investments in the press. The Russian magnate is an important member of the Carlyle Group, a powerful association specialized in fund management that also administrates the fortunes of the Bush and Bin Laden families.