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  •  The Reagan cabinet was a bunch of Bechtel guys (15+ / 0-)

    http://modernhistoryproject.org/...

    "Shultz is the fourth member of Bechtel Group serving in Reagan's cabinet. Treasury Secretary Donald T. Regan was chairman of Merrill Lynch, whose White Weld unit is investment advisor to the Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority. Atty. Gen. William French Smith's California law firm, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, has branch offices in Washington and Riyadh (capital of Saudi Arabia) and represents the Saudi Ministry of Finance and National Economy."
    A long time ago I had a bit of a run in with a Bechtel big wig.  Nasty people.

    I think Sen. Feinstein's husband may be a big shareholder at Bechtel but I don't see him in the BoD.

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    by Shockwave on Fri Apr 05, 2013 at 12:43:52 PM PDT

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    •  Yes, I think (11+ / 0-)

      I got that wrong.  It was a contract.  I still seem to remember some other connection with Bechtel though.  Could be just mixing it up with something else.

      The Center for Public Integrity has reported that US Senator Dianne Feinstein and her husband, Richard Blum, are making millions of dollars from Iraq and Afghanistan contracts through his company, Tutor Perini Corporation.[7] [8] Feinstein voted for the resolution giving President George W. Bush the authority to invade Iraq.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/...

      URS Corp., a San Francisco planning and engineering firm partially owned by California Sen. Dianne Feinstein's husband, landed an Army contract Monday worth up to $600 million.
      The award to help with troop mobilization, weapons systems training and anti-terrorism efforts is the latest in a string of plum defense jobs snared by URS. In February, the firm won an army engineering and logistics contract that could bring in $3.1 billion during the next eight years.

      Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/...

      Okay here is some more on the Bechtel connection.
      The most prominent among this cadre has been Richard Blum. As we detailed in our last CounterPunch article, Blum’s five-decade career as a finance capitalist has been distinguished by the levels of skill and panache he has applied to the time-honored task of siphoning off public money into one’s own corporate coffers, as well as those of one’s financial and political allies. Blum, who is married to US Senator Dianne Feinstein, is one of the leading power-brokers in the Democratic Party within both California and the United States.
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      Again, crisis begets opportunity if you’re properly positioned in the most privileged circles, so it’s fitting that one of the two junior partners in the UC-Bechtel management team should be Richard Blum’s now-former company, URS Corporation. At the time Blum became a Regent, URS already had a $125 million contract to perform construction and engineering at Los Alamos. It was a natural extension of his general business philosophy that Blum would have been eying wholesale ownership of the weapons lab at the time. That in mind, perhaps a little Q & A is in order. Which entities now run the Los Alamos and Lawrence Livermore weapons labs? The University of California, Bechtel, and URS Corporation, along with a couple of other junior partners. Which UC Regent had a lucrative financial partnership with the Bechtel family, via a $3.5 billion medical technology supplies company named Kinetic Concepts, that precedes the UC-Bechtel weapons lab partnership by eight years? Richard Blum. Who was URS Corporation’s primary financier and vice president for three decades? Richard Blum. Which UC Regent was among a select group of policy wonks who participated in a nuclear weapons policy conference in Oslo, Norway, in 2007, organized largely by a long-time Bechtel executive, George Shultz, who has been instrumental to securing the weapons labs’ recent funding increases? We won’t even bother answering that last question – this exercise has become entirely rhetorical.
      http://www.counterpunch.org/...


      "Justice is a commodity"

      by joanneleon on Fri Apr 05, 2013 at 02:32:43 PM PDT

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    •  Kind of the other way around I think (2+ / 0-)
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      Bechtel had been a generic construction company until they decided to go political and hire Schultz and Caspar weinberger after their stints in Washington.  Since then its been GOP corruption city it seems

      I am curious what your run in was.  I bet that's an interesting story

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      by Mindful Nature on Fri Apr 05, 2013 at 04:42:25 PM PDT

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      •  Yup very interesting, back in 1976 (6+ / 0-)

        Let's just say the son of a Bechtel guy tried to rape a girl at gunpoint.  I got involved. A fight started. A shot was fired.  A SWAT team came and thankfully did not arrest me.  But the guy's father's lawyers made it impossible to prosecute.  Long story. This is the short version.

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        by Shockwave on Fri Apr 05, 2013 at 05:12:09 PM PDT

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        •  Bechtel goes way back in its white-collar (3+ / 0-)

          corporate bullshit. Even before Ronbo Rayguns.

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          by orlbucfan on Fri Apr 05, 2013 at 07:37:04 PM PDT

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          •  Well (1+ / 0-)
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            It started as a pretty vanilla construction and engineering firm a long time back. I want to say it was in the 1890s in Oklahoma or something like that.  I think Reagan and Bush were where they started to get real connections

            Hay hombres que luchan un dia, y son buenos Hay otros que luchan un año, y son mejores Hay quienes luchan muchos años, y son muy buenos. Pero hay los que luchan toda la vida. Esos son los imprescindibles.

            by Mindful Nature on Fri Apr 05, 2013 at 08:06:19 PM PDT

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        •  Yikes (1+ / 0-)
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          My dad worked for Bechtel during that era of transition. I can imagine some of those guys could pull that sort of thing off.  

          Hay hombres que luchan un dia, y son buenos Hay otros que luchan un año, y son mejores Hay quienes luchan muchos años, y son muy buenos. Pero hay los que luchan toda la vida. Esos son los imprescindibles.

          by Mindful Nature on Fri Apr 05, 2013 at 08:04:48 PM PDT

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