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Bush Justice Department Enforcement Required

For Immediate Release
Jul 30, 2002
Contact: Press Office 202-646-5172

CORPORATE LEGISLATION

Bush Justice Department Enforcement Required

Justice Department Could Begin With Halliburton

(Washington, DC) Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption and abuse, said today that President Bush’s signing of corporate reform legislation is merely a cosmetic effort by the Bush administration to appease critics on Capitol Hill and in the media. The signing ceremony was also a publicity opportunity to bolster President Bush’s sagging poll numbers and settle the wildly volatile stock market.

While President Bush promised in today’s signing ceremony that the corporate reform legislation is "the most far reaching reforms of American business practices," and warned executives who would break the law, "you'll be exposed and punished," ironically, no criminal charges or arrests have been brought by the Bush-Cheney Justice Department in connection with high officials of Enron, Halliburton, Global Crossing or WorldCom. President Bush and senior members of his administration have close ties to Enron and its CEO, Kenneth Lay, who the president affectionately calls, “Kenny Boy.” Vice President Cheney was the CEO of Halliburton in the late 1990s. Enron, Global Crossing and WorldCom were all large contributors to the two major political parties.

“Actions speak louder than words, and nearly one year later, Enron executives who are friends of the Bush administration are still free to go and do as they please. What does that tell you about how seriously this administration takes the rampant corporate fraud that has destroyed the life savings and pensions of millions of American senior citizens? And, Vice President Cheney still has a lot of answers he owes the American public about his days at Halliburton. Let’s start enforcing the new law from the top down,” stated Judicial Watch Chairman and General Counsel Larry Klayman.

ENDS

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