Monday, June 9, 2008

John McCain's 70th birthday bash held on boat of Russian tycoon

Thanks to ~Radical Truth~

The Wayne Madsen Report - June 9, 2008

John McCain's campaign is trying to make political hay out of the conviction of Chicago tycoon Tony Rezko, a one-time fundraiser for presumptive Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama. However, the McCain campaign wants to bury the story of McCain's 70th birthday bash held on board the yacht of a Russian aluminum tycoon in the Adriatic Sea. The party was held on August 29, 2006, McCain's birthday and followed a congressional junket by McCain and five other GOP senators to the Republic of Georgia. (Note: I truly don't understand why Senator Barack Obama is the only individual tainted by the news organizations with this association...if you check this posting, you will find a picture of Tony Rezko with the Clintons...yet no mention of any collusion with them...go figure).

The host for McCain's yacht party off the coast of the Republic of Montenegro was, according to WMR sources with close links to the Republican Party, Oleg Deripaska, one of Russia's most powerful tycoons who made his billions in cornering Russia's aluminum market in the 1990s.

The 40-year old Deripaska is also politically-connected, having married the daughter of Russia's late President Boris Yeltsin. Unlike most other Russian tycoons, who now live in exile abroad and are protected by Israeli passports, Deripaska maintains close relations to Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and another Russian tycoon, Roman Abramovich, who was also invested in Russia's aluminum industry. In 2000, Deripaska merged his firm, Basic Element, with Abramovich's firm, RusAl. Both tycoons maintain expensive homes in London.

Deripaska has attracted the attention of U.S. law enforcement and he has been the subject of several civil law suits filed against him because of his business practices. However, no federal criminal charges have been brought against Deripaska. That is because Yeltsin's son-in-law counts, in addition to McCain, former GOP Senator and 1996 GOP presidential candidate Bob Dole among his most ardent supporters. In 2005, Deripaska paid Dole $500,000 in lobbying fees and was granted a visa to enter the United States. However, in 2006, the Wall Street Journal reported that the U.S. government refused to grant Deripaska another visa because the FBI discovered he made "inaccurate statements" to the bureau.

In the past, the Canadian firm Magna International, in which Deripaska is a $1.5 billion investor, attempted to buy Daimler Chrysler. The deal ultimately fell through.

McCain and Deripaska first met at a dinner party held concurrent with the Davos World Economic Forum in January 2006 in Switzerland. The party was hosted by Canadian gold mining billionaire Peter Munk, owner of Barrick Gold, which has counted former President George H. W. Bush, former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, former Senator Howard Baker, major Democratic Party lawyer/lobbyist Vernon Jordan, and former German Central Bank President Karl Otto Pohl among the members of its International Advisory Bord. The party was arranged by McCain's 2000 campaign manager Rick Davis, of the Washington lobbying group Davis Manafort. Attending the meeting in Davos was McCain, Davis, Deripaska, and Senators Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) and John Sununu (R-NH), as well as the host Munk.

On August 29, 2006, McCain attended a dinner party in Montenegro that was followed by a champagne reception on a yacht that was hosted by Derpaska. Also reportedly in attendance was Davis, whose lobbying firm was representing the government of Montenegro; Munk; and Nathan Rothschild who, on March 20 of this year held a controversial fundraiser for McCain at Spencer House in London. The fundraiser raised questions about McCain receiving illegal "in kind" contributions from a foreign national.

The 70th birthday bash was reportedly a promise of huge cash donations to McCain's forthcoming presidential campaign, another indication of violations of law prohibiting donations from foreign sources. The quid pro quo for Derpaska was that McCain and his top lobbyists were pushing the European Aeronautic Defense and Space Company (EADS) and its Airbus subsidiary to receive the lucrative US Air Force contract to replace the Air Force's fleet of refueling tankers. The reported source for the aluminum in the Airbus tanker aircraft is Deripaska's Russian Aluminum Company (RusAl).

Some two weeks after the McCain birthday bash in Montenegro, the Russian state-owned Vneshtorgbank announced that it was acquiring more than 5 percent of EADS. At the same time, it was announced that RusAl was in negotiations to merge with a Russian aluminum competitor, SUAL, and Glencore of Switzerland, the firm owned by billionaire American fugitive Marc Rich.

The nexus of McCain with Russian oligarchs like Deripaska, Munk, Rothschild, and Rich signifies that McCain is owned and operated by the very same entrenched global interests who have held sway in Washington during the eight years of the George W. Bush administration.

I guess that ol' "Songbird" McCain is too busy partying on a boat to deal with drudgery like this:

From WRH's Letters Page:
READER: It is difficult to grasp the idea that in the United States of America, a Constitutional Republic of representative government a citizen would have to starve himself half to death in order to present facts and questions to his Senator. However, that is exactly what has been happening outside presidential candidate and Senator John McCain's office in Phoenix, Arizona. There still sitting and still not eating Blair Gatsby has been demonstrating for 15 days.

Blair wants answers. He wants an investigation of events of the 911 World Trade Center attacks. Included are [the author requested for Michael Rivero to fill in the blanks here....allow me to add my two cents: removal of bomb-sniffing dogs weeks before the event; security system power-downs; unidentified workers in the building, working for an unknown client; access to certain floors being I really need to go any further?]. There are millions of people not only in the U.S. but all over the world asking the same questions and demanding answers. In the spirit of this website the world wants to know �what really happened.�

WWW.WHATREALLYHAPPENED.COM is privileged to be Blair's email address during this vigil. To date there has been only one negative message. Blair is getting these mails and extends his appreciation and thanks to all.

Imagine that...

Obama hits McCain on economy, gas prices
Two-week economic tour meant to highlight differences on taxes, spending
The Associated Press
updated 3:14 p.m. ET, Mon., June. 9, 2008

Oh, dear...

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