How They Saved Cheniere from Disaster to Dominate US LNG Exporting
Spencer Abraham, John Deutch, Vicky Bailey, Neil Bush
Five years ago, Cheniere Energy Inc. was losing tens of millions of dollars a quarter and slashing its workforce in half, as crippling debt threatened to force it into bankruptcy. Today it’s the undisputed leader in the nation’s promising new energy sector: exporting liquefied natural gas, or LNG. That remarkable turnaround followed its industry-leading decision in 2010 to reverse course and export, rather than import, natural gas.
Cheniere’s success in executing that costly and risky switch is a direct result of its ability to obtain a unique regulatory status. Federal energy regulators have awarded the company a combination of federal permits — so far withheld from all 20 competitors seeking similar treatment — that have worked like sprinkled pixie dust, attracting major customers and investors to Cheniere and giving wing to its stock. Continue reading Powerful Friends and Cozy Relationships Helped Cheniere Cut Through Regulation
Monju Nuclear Power Plant
The United States deliberately allowed Japan access to the United States’ most secret nuclear weapons facilities while it transferred tens of billions of dollars worth of American tax paid research that has allowed Japan to amass 70 tons of weapons grade plutonium since the 1980s, a National Security News Service investigation reveals. These activities repeatedly violated U.S. laws regarding controls of sensitive nuclear materials that could be diverted to weapons programs in Japan. The NSNS investigation found that the United States has known about a secret nuclear weapons program in Japan since the 1960s, according to CIA reports. Continue reading United States Circumvented Laws To Help Japan Accumulate Tons of Plutonium
The CIA hired a doctor in Pakistan to give fake vaccines in Abbottabod so they could get DNA samples from inside the Osama bin Laden compound. According to the Guardian newspaper, the doctor who helped the CIA, Shakil Afridi, is being held by Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) spy agency. In a related story, the Associated Press is reporting that 38 Pakistanis have been killed in a heavy barrage of drone attacks. In Afghanistan, Ahmed Wali Karzai, a longtime CIA associate and the half-brother of President Hamid Karzai, was assassinated on Tuesday by a family associate in his own house in Kandahar, the family’s home town. A Taliban spokesman claimed responsibility for the killing.
Continue reading at the Guardian and McClatchy.
Sources: Construction of the Bin Laden villa was completed in 2005 with the full knowledge of former ISI officials who actually lived close to the facility.
NSNS – Washington – Top officials in Pakistan’s Directorate for Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) have known since 2003 that a plot of land was being converted to a villa to hide Osama bin Laden, according to US and Western European intelligence sources.
Continue reading Western Intelligence Convinced Pakistan’s ISI Hid Bin Laden