Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Gov-elect of Northern Marianas Islands cooperating with Abramoff/DeLay investigation

Here's the headline:

CNMI: Fitial Will Cooperate With Feds In DeLay Probe

This is important on a lot of levels, but I'm still trying to sort them all out. The CNMI (Commonwealth of Northern Marianas Islands), you'll recall, is the U.S. protectorate in the Pacific with reported slave labor factories and forced/coerced prostitution. DeLay went there in the late 90s with Jack Abramoff, played golf, and toasted Casino Jack as a "close friend," while claiming that CNMI was the kind of "petri dish" of capitalism he could really support.

One of the main garment manufacturers is Tan Holdings, a slimy business by all accounts.

I have to refer back to some research documentation, by as I recall, Gov-elect Fitial was an executive at Tan Holdings, and was helped in his election to the CNMI's House speaker position by one Michael Scanlon and one Ed Buckham. Ever hear of them?

Where is this going? Hmmmm.


  • Other dirt, maybe not illegal, maybe so: the money to build the factories and living quarters was in the form of business start-up loans from US tax dollars - those loans were subsequently forgiven (never repaid), and the investors escaped owing taxes to the US treasury.

    Further ethics issue: Indentured labor from China, factories not in the US, but for at least the first year proud tags on the products proclaiming "Made in the USA".

    How come Dick Armey's name hasn't come up yet? He was over there with DeLay, setting this up...

    By Anonymous Chicagostonepro, at 10:07 PM  

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