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Sludge Report #123 – You Can’t Touch Pug Winokur

In This Edition: Catherine Fitts Response to SEC CIO re SEC's Relationship With DynCorp and Arthur Andersen/Conflicts of Interest - Scoop Correspondence with Dyncorp Vice President, Corporate & Marketing Communications Charlene A. Wheeless

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Sludge Report #123

You Can’t Touch Pug Winokur

Herbert “Pug” Winokur was the chairman of the Enron Finance Committee that approved the loss hiding and profit boosting accounting measures blamed for the bankruptcy of the largest company in US history.

He is also on the ultra-secretive non-elected Board of Governors of the Harvard Corporation.

And he is a director of DynCorp – a mega-corporation in the security, telecomms and military contracting arena which provides security and communications systems to most of the US Government – including the Department of Justice - and many of the US banks and mega corporations. It also provides mercenaries to the war on drugs in Colombia among other things.

Several members of the George W. Bush cabinet are former executives and shareholders in Enron including the Vice President.

Many also have ties to Dyncorp and George himself went to Harvard.

Pug Winokur is believed to have been involved in the Harken Energy deal that connects George to financing from Osama bin Laden. (See… The GW Bush - Osama Bin Laden Connection http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0109/S00108.htm)

Hopefully you by now have the picture.

Now, according to the US President's spokesman no special care need be taken with ensuring the Department of Justice investigation into Enron is sufficiently independent.

In Sludge’s view if ever there was a case for having a special counsel appointed for investigation of a President and his Government – ala Kenneth Star – then now is that occasion.

According to the rule of law no-one should be untouchable from investigation.

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-----Original Message-----
From: Catherine Austin
To: oig@sec.gov
Subject: DynCorp Disgrace by Kelly O'Meara, Insight Magazine

http://insightmag.com/main.cfm?include=detail&storyid=163052

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From: Bartell, Michael E.
Thursday, February 07, 2002 3:29 PM
Response to email of 1/14

Ms. Catherine Austin Fitts
Via email
Dear Ms. Fitts,

Thank you for your electronic mail message on January 14, 2001 to our Office of the Inspector General. The message was forwarded to me for response. I appreciate your bringing the DynCorp Inc. article in Insight magazine to our attention.

We have had discussions with senior DynCorp officials and understand that the alleged activities noted in the Insight article were thoroughly investigated by both DynCorp and the Department of the Army, and appropriate action has been taken. In addition, the DynCorp organization that provides the SEC with IT infrastructure support is a completely separate organization (Information & Enterprise Technology subsidiary) from the organization referenced in the article, and none of the personnel assigned to the SEC have had any involvement with the referenced contract.

Again, I appreciate your concern and bringing the article to our attention.

Sincerely,

Michael Bartell
CIO
Securities and Exchange Commission

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From: Catherine Austin Fitts
Sent: Thursday, February 07, 2002 4:25 PM
To: Bartell, Michael E.

Subject: SEC's Relationship With DynCorp and Arthur Andersen/Conflicts of Interest

Mr. Bartell:

Thank you very much for your response.

DynCorp's lead investor is Herbert S. Winokur's company, Capricorn Holdings. Mr. Winokur is the former Chairman of DynCorp and currently sits on their board as does his partner, Dudley Mecum. He is currently the chair of DynCorp's compensation committee. That is the person who leads the process to determine how much all the senior managment gets paid ---both salary and stock options. DynCorp's most recent proxy lists their auditor as Arthur Anderson.

Mr. Winokur is also the chair of the Finance Committee of Enron. This is the person on the board who is most responsible for the board in ensuring that the company's finances are managed on a sound and prudent basis commensurate with optimizing sharedholder's value. Mr. Winokur testified before Congress today on behalf of a special committee of the Enron board. He indicated that he and his fellow board members had been mislead by Enron's management, Enron's auditor, Arthur Anderson, and their outside general counsel, Vinson & Elkins.

Under these circumstances, I would like your official position on the internal control issues related to:

1. DynCorps management of SEC and Department of Justice computer systems used by the enforcement teams currently investigating criminal and civil allegations regarding fraud and obstruction of justice by Enron, Enron's board (including Mr. Winokur) and Arthur Anderson, including their admission of document shredding.

2. Use by the SEC of any information systems contractors that have Arthur Anderson as an auditor or critical joint venture partner or subcontractor and the internal control implications to the SEC of doing so.

3. Accessibility through your website of the SEC contract budget so that investors can understand the potential for conflicts of interest created by government outsourcing critical information systems (and access to internal knowledge) to companies whose investors benefit from changes in SEC policies.

I would also like to know what contracts Arthur Anderson has with the SEC and whether or not ---given their admission of document destruction and Mr Winokur's testimony regarding their lying to board members--you plan to continue to use such a company? My understanding is that most government contracts permit an immediate cancellation for convienance.

Thank you very much for your response and attention to this matter. I believe it goes to the heart of the SEC mission of ensuring the transparency of financial information that is an essential prerequsite for free markets. For the SEC to do that it must have the ability to protect its own privacy and the integrity of its information and information systems and its own financial reporting and management.

Good housekeeping starts at home.

Very Truly Yours,

Catherine Austin Fitts
Solari
Former Assistant Secretary of Housing, First Bush Administration.


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Scoop Correspondence with Dyncorp Vice President, Corporate & Marketing Communications Charlene A. Wheeless

-----Original Message-----

From: Scoop
Sent: Tuesday, February 05, 2002 6:17 PM
To: Charlene A. Wheeless
Subject: Hello - Query From NZ....

Dear Charlene,

Scoop is an NZ based political news website.

Do you have any response on Dyncorp's behalf to the allegations made against Enron Corp and Dyncorp board member Herbert Winokur concerning his involvement in the construction of illegal accounting mechanisms at Enron.

regards

Scoop
Wellington
http://www.Scoop.co.nz

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From: Charlene A. Wheeless
Subject: RE: Hello - Query From NZ....

To what allegations are you referring?

Charlene A. Wheeless
Vice President, Corporate & Marketing Communications
DynCorp--an IT and Outsourcing Leader

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To: Charlene A. Wheeless
Subject: RE: Hello - Query From NZ....

Charlene,

Thankyou for your prompt response.

I am referring to allegations in the Washington Post (and elsewhere) that Herbert Winokur [Dyncorp director] as chair of the finance committee on Enron was instrumental in setting up the partnerships which have been blamed for the downfall of Enron.

regards Scoop

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From: Charlene A. Wheeless
Subject: RE: Hello - Query From NZ....
Date sent: Wed, 6 Feb 2002 09:40:33 -0500

Our interactions with Herbert Winokur are in respect to his role at DynCorp. As such, it would be inappropriate for us to comment on his business activities with another firm of which we have no business dealings.

Thanks,

C

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To: Charlene A. Wheeless
Subject: RE: Hello - Query From NZ....

Charlene...

Thankyou for your reply again.

I can now supply more info on the allegations re. Herbert Winokur and why they impact on Dyncorp.

I have just been sent this by a correspondent.. seems to make some sense in terms of conflicts of interest....

WINOKUR AND DYNCORP & Powers/Winokur Report: As Federal investigations swirl around Winokur and other board members, doubt has been raised about the viability of independent investigation, given Enron's enormous political clout, Winokur's leading role in the company that manages information systems for many of the investigative agencies raises a special set of concerns.

Winokur owes much of his wealth to his role in reconstructing Dyncorp, one of the Federal government's largest private contractors. He is a former Dyncorp chairman and remains a director of the company. At present, Dyncorp manages e-mail and information systems for the Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Federal Bureau of Investigations. Investigators are reportedly concerned that Dyncorp's control of agency information systems could compromise their investigations of Winokur and Enron. Harvard Watch Org. See Full Report http://www.harvardwatch.org

This link contains a report alleging insider trading allegations against Winokur. I understand these have been denied by Highfields and others.... nevertheless as our Prime Minister is prone to say it would be fair to say that there are "allegations swirling around" Mr Winokur.

regards
Scoop

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From: Charlene A. Wheeless
Subject: RE: Hello - Query From NZ....

Based on my knowledge of how our contracts operate and the security measures put in place, I don't believe there is any validity to the claims mentioned in the article you pasted below. It seems far-fetched to me.

C

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Subject: Specific Queries...

Charlene,

A few specific queries re Dyncorp and Enron.

Can Dyncorp confirm or deny that:

Dyncorp is not a subcontractor to Enron or any other Enron affiliate.

DynCorp has not subcontracted any work to Enron or any other Enron affiliate.

DynCorp is not a subcontractor on a contract that Enron or any Enron affilitate is also a subcontractor.

As Arthur Anderson is DynCorp's auditor, what is DynCorp's position on Arthur Anderson's performance with respect to Enron and how it reflects on the reliability and integrity of DynCorp's financial statements?

regards
Scoop


….. So far no response to this final email has been received…


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