Ex U.S. Treasury Secretary John Snow,Michael Moore, Cerberus,Bawag Austria,Leumi Bank Israel and Cuba
U.S. Treasury Sec. Henry Paulson,Michael Moore, Cerberus,Bawag Austria,Leumi Bank Israel and Cuba
Moore's 'SiCKO' trip to Cuba raises questions
By Anthony Breznican / USA Today
Michael Moore is facing a Cuban epistle crisis.
The U.S. Department of the Treasury sent the Fahrenheit 9/11 filmmaker a letter requesting more information about a trip he took to Cuba to shoot scenes for his upcoming documentary "SiCKO," about failures in the U.S. health care system.
It is illegal for American citizens to visit or do business in Cuba as part of a decades-long trade embargo against the communist island nation.
The question now is whether or how Moore will cooperate with the Treasury Department inquiry, and what action the U.S. government might take in response.
Henry Merritt "Hank" Paulson Jr. (born March 28, 1946) is the United States Treasury Secretary and member of the International Monetary Fund Board of Governors. He previously served as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Goldman Sachs, one of the world's largest and most successful investment banks.
He was nominated by U.S. President George W. Bush to succeed John Snow as the Treasury Secretary on May 30, 2006.
Friday, May 11th, 2007
Open Letter from Michael Moore to U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson
Secretary Henry Paulson
Department of the Treasury
1500 Pennsylvania Ave.
Washington, DC 20220
May 11, 2007
I am contacting you in light of the document sent to me dated May 2, 2007, which was received May 7, 2007 indicating that an investigation has been opened up with regards to a trip I took to Cuba with a group of Americans that included some 9/11 heroes in March 2007 related to the filming of my next documentary, on the American Healthcare system. SiCKO, which will be seen in theaters this summer, will expose the health care industry’s greed and control over America’s political processes.
I believe that the decision to conduct this investigation represents the latest example of the Bush Administration abusing the federal government for raw, crass, political purposes. Over the last seven years of the Bush Presidency, we have seen the abuse of government to promote a political agenda designed to benefit the conservative base of the Republican Party, special interests and major financial contributors. From holding secret meetings for the energy industry to re-writing science findings to cooking the books on intelligence to the firing of U.S. Attorneys, this Administration has shown time and time again that it will abuse its power and authority.
There are a number of specific facts that have led me to conclude that politics could very well be driving this Bush Administration investigation of me and my film.
First, the Bush Administration has been aware of this matter for months (since October 2006) and never took any action until less than two weeks before SiCKO is set to premiere at the Cannes Film Festival and a little more than a month before it is scheduled to open in the United States.
Second, the health care and insurance industry, which is exposed in the movie and has expressed concerns about the impact of the movie on their industries, is a major corporate underwriter of President George W. Bush and the Republican Party, having contributed over $13 million to the Bush presidential campaign in 2004 and more than $180 million to Republican candidates over the last two campaign cycles. It is well documented that the industry is very concerned about the impact of SiCKO. They have threatened their employees if they talk to me. They have set up special internal crises lines should I show up at their headquarters. Employees have been warned about the consequences of participating in SiCKO. Despite this, some employees, at great risk to themselves, have gone on camera to tell the American people the truth about the health care industry. I can understand why that industry's main recipient of its contributions -- President Bush -- would want to harass, intimidate and potentially prevent this film from having its widest possible audience.
And, third, this investigation is being opened in the wake of misleading attacks on the purpose of the Cuba trip from a possible leading Republican candidate for president, Fred Thompson, a major conservative newspaper, The New York Post, and various right wing blogs.
For five and a half years, the Bush administration has ignored and neglected the heroes of the 9/11 community. These heroic first responders have been left to fend for themselves, without coverage and without care. I understand why the Bush administration is coming after me -- I have tried to help the very people they refuse to help, but until George W. Bush outlaws helping your fellow man, I have broken no laws and I have nothing to hide.
I demand that the Bush Administration immediately end this investigation and spend its time and resources trying to support some of the real heroes of 9/11.
Funny you don't hear about the present Treasury Secretary going after ex Treasury Secretary John Snow for his conflict in spying on interbank financial transactions as U.S. Secretary of Treasury through SWIFT of Brussels,Belgium with CIA and perhaps SRA International's Mantas data mining software followed by John Snow's resigning his U.S. Treasury Secretary financial spy post in Europe to BUY BAWAG BANK with Dan Quayle,John Snow,the Kellogg Brown and Root boys and some well heeled Jewish billionaires(who helped them buy Leumi Bank of Israel and who are modest and wish to remain anonymous) !?
The former scumbag Treasury Secretary John Snow, who Paulson replaced,by joining Cerberus hedge fund,also tied himself to the Kellogg,Brown and Root plunderers who defrauded U.S. government in Iraq and who run IAP Worldwide that defrauded American soldiers returning home wounded and crippled from Iraq by basically looting and robbing Walter Reed Hospital of trained medical staff and infrastructure ! So if Henry Paulson allows Cerberus to provide banking services in Cuba,how can any individual American be harrassed for visiting there, much less a journalist !?
And yet John Snow's Secretary of Treasury Department replacement goes chasing after a video documentary maker, Michael Moore,for filming a video in Cuba,and yet gives permission to Bawag Bank,(meaning John Snow,Dan Quayle,Stephen Feinberg, the Kellogg Brown and Root boys and the humble Jewish and or other billionaires)to bank in and with Cuba ! And yet John Snow did nothing for Latin America but gain financially from defrauding it !
That scumbag John Snow who we called Treasury Secretary allowed Bawag and Refco to defraud Guatemalans alone of over $200 million and that's only the tip of the tip of the criminal iceberg the U.S. TREASURY HAS COVERED UP !
It should be the Cuban government that takes some action to prevent an ex Secretary of U.S. Treasury who defrauded other Latin Americans by covering up Bawag-Refco activities with worthless U.S. penny stocks etc.,from getting a toehold in Cuba for their international military- hedge fund criminal activities through the purchase of Bawag Bank.That is if the Europeans themselves or Israeli authorities don't have the spine for it.
Also when I informed SRA International as well as their 'spinoff' Mantas AML or anti-money laundering software had failed to stop massive illegal pump and dump account of Endovasc and even the SEC said Mantas' client Charles Schwab ran pump and dump frauds of U.S. penny stocks in collusion with Vfinance
of Democratic Congressman Tim Mahoney and LOM or Lines Overseas Management of Bermuda and that the Treasury's own 'IT' or internet technology provider
and developer of Mantas AML had allowed their own shares to by promoted and manipulated by a Kuala Lumpur and Dubai connected boiler room called Bellador Group,I was met with silence and both Christopher Cox's corrupt SEC and John Snow's and now Henry Paulson continue in cover up mode.Why ?
In fact if I or an average American or immigrant in America sent over $10,000 offshore or across borders we would more than likely be srutinized perhaps by SRA International the 'IT' or internet technology 'experts' of the entire U.S. government and yet their worthless shares turn up being promoted by Bellador Group of Kuala Lumpur along with such penny stock scams as Stanford University's and National Taxpayers Union founder,James Dale Davidson's,Endovasc and the Republican Party endorsed China Wireless ! Why does the U.S Treasury not do anything about that !? It is Henry Paulson's Treasury Department that is covering up money laundering around the world that can be used to influence politics or fund terrorism. Hasn't Henry Paulson noticed ?!
If SRA'S Mantas AML or anti-money laundering software worked they would have brought Endovasc's and vFinance's and Charles Schwab's collusion in illegal pump and dump and probable money laundering through Schwab's LOM of Bermuda account,and that would have prevented Bellador Group from dealing in worthless Endovasc shares in Kuala Lumpur,Dubai or Nicosia,Cyprus through 'FBME' or Federal Bank of the Middle East,etc. !
Instead SRA International,a CIA-In-Q-Tel investment,that was brought public and given non competitive 'IT' and spying contracts with all branches of U.S. government and military(as well as some state 'homeland security' departments),had its own worthless shares promoted by Bellador Group boiler room of Kuala Lumpur and Dubai !The Teasury Department has been corrupted and its credibilty desroyed by the corruption of the W Bush Regime.Someone should investigate.: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2007/05/10/entertainmen
Michael Moore faces investigation over documentary's Cuba trip
By DAVID GERMAIN, AP Movie Writer
Thursday, May 10, 2007
(05-10) 09:16 PDT Los Angeles (AP) --
Academy Award-winning filmmaker Michael Moore is under investigation by the U.S. Treasury Department for taking ailing Sept. 11 rescue workers to Cuba for a segment in his upcoming health-care documentary "Sicko," The Associated Press has learned.
The investigation provides another contentious lead-in for a provocative film by Moore, a fierce critic of President Bush. In the past, Moore's adversaries have fanned publicity that helped the filmmaker create a new brand of opinionated blockbuster documentary.
"Sicko" promises to take the health-care industry to task the way Moore confronted America's passion for guns in "Bowling for Columbine" and skewered Bush over his handling of Sept. 11 in "Fahrenheit 9/11."
The Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control notified Moore in a letter dated May 2 that it was conducting a civil investigation for possible violations of the U.S. trade embargo restricting travel to Cuba. A copy of the letter was obtained Wednesday by the AP.
"This office has no record that a specific license was issued authorizing you to engage in travel-related transactions involving Cuba," Dale Thompson, OFAC chief of general investigations and field operations, wrote in the letter to Moore.
In March, Moore took about 10 ailing workers from the Ground Zero rescue effort in Manhattan for treatment in Cuba, said a person working with the filmmaker on the release of "Sicko." The person requested anonymity because Moore's attorneys had not yet determined how to respond.
Moore, who scolded Bush over the Iraq war during the 2003 Oscar telecast, received the letter Monday, the person said. "Sicko" premieres May 19 at the Cannes Film Festival and debuts in U.S. theaters June 29.
Moore declined to comment, said spokeswoman Lisa Cohen.
In a statement Thursday, "Sicko" producer Meghan O'Hara said the Treasury investigation might be an attempt to undermine the film.
"Our health-care system is broken and, all too often, deadly," O'Hara said. "The efforts of the Bush administration to conduct a politically motivated investigation of Michael Moore and `Sicko' will not stop us from making sure the American people see this film."
After receiving the letter, Moore arranged to place a copy of the film in a "safe house" outside the country to protect it from government interference, said the person working on the release of the film.
Sept. 11 rescue workers "risked their lives searching for survivors, recovering bodies, and clearing away toxic rubble," O'Hara said. "Now, many of these heroes face serious health issues, and far too many of them are not receiving the care they need and deserve."
Treasury officials would not comment specifically about Moore's case. But department spokeswoman Molly Millerwise said OFAC is "required to investigate potential violations of these programs. In doing so, OFAC issues hundreds of letters each year asking for additional information when possible sanctions violations have occurred."
The letter noted that Moore applied Oct. 12, 2006, for permission to go to Cuba "but no determination had been made by OFAC." Moore sought permission to travel there under a provision for full-time journalists, the letter said.
According to the letter, Moore was given 20 business days to provide OFAC with such information as the date of travel and point of departure; the reason for the Cuba trip and his itinerary there; and the names and addresses of those who accompanied him, along with their reasons for going.
Potential penalties for violating the embargo were not indicated. In 2003, the New York Yankees paid the government $75,000 to settle a dispute that it conducted business in Cuba in violation of the embargo. No specifics were released about that case.
"Sicko" is Moore's followup to 2004's "Fahrenheit 9/11," a $100 million hit criticizing the Bush administration over Sept. 11. Moore's "Bowling for Columbine" won the 2002 Oscar for best documentary.
A dissection of the U.S. health-care system, "Sicko" was inspired by a segment on Moore's TV show "The Awful Truth," in which he staged a mock funeral outside a health-maintenance organization that had declined a pancreas transplant for a diabetic man. The HMO later relented.
At last September's Toronto International Film Festival, Moore previewed footage shot for "Sicko," presenting stories of personal health-care nightmares. One scene showed a woman who was denied payment for an ambulance ride after a head-on collision because it was not preapproved.
Moore's opponents have accused him of distorting the facts, and his Cuba trip provoked criticism from conservatives including former Republican Sen. Fred Thompson, who assailed the filmmaker in a blog at National Review Online.
"I have no expectation that Moore is going to tell the truth about Cuba or health care," wrote Thompson, the subject of speculation about a possible presidential run. "I defend his right to do what he does, but Moore's talent for clever falsehoods has been too well documented."
The timing of the investigation is reminiscent of the firestorm that preceded the Cannes debut of "Fahrenheit 9/11," which won the festival's top prize in 2004. The Walt Disney Co. refused to let subsidiary Miramax release the film because of its political content, prompting Miramax bosses Harvey and Bob Weinstein to release "Fahrenheit 9/11" on their own.
The Weinsteins later left Miramax to form the Weinstein Co., which is releasing "Sicko." They declined to comment on the Treasury investigation, said company spokeswoman Sarah Levinson Rothman.
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