December 27, 2005
HarryTho 12/27 Natalee Holloway CommentaryTopics: Natalee Holloway
This evening, as a result of no news on the Natalee Holloway case, I will explore an interesting news item that broke over the holidays when most newspapers had shutdown. The article concerns the takeover of the Banco di Caribe on Curacao by the American Parma Group of Houston, TX.
First, what do we know of the Banco di Caribe? What I have been able to find out indicates that the bank had assets of some USD 500 million. In comparison, the gross domestic product of Aruba is about USD 2 billion. The bank realized a 10% increase in assets in 2004. Most of the bank's business came from Curacao, but it had offices and ATMs on Aruba and Boniface. Some 270 people were employed by this bank. Its correspondent banks in the USA where Bank of America in Miami and Wachovia Bank, N.A. in New York City. ING Bank NV acted as correspondent in Amsterdam. Another issue is that the bank was 100% owned by residents of the Netherlands Antilles.
::: Banco di Caribe ::: nos ta honra bo konfiansa!
Is this important? Well, on the surface it doesn't look all that interesting. But, one issue does strike me as an anomaly. Most countries, especially small countries, have strict policy about foreign ownership. One of the guiding rules is that a foregoing investor cannot purchase more then 49% of a local entity or property. These guidelines allow elaborate leasing arrangements in order to maintain ownership, and control, within their territory. We have witnessed this same feature arise whenever foreign entities attempt to purchase strategic industries in America. Well, a bank could be considered a strategic industry in a predominantly tourist arena.
In the Netherlands Antilles, the central bank of the Netherlands approved a deal where an American investment company: American Parma Group, bought out 51% of a local bank. Some political maneuvering was required in order to allow this to occur. Remember, this was not a startup enterprise, like a hotel, resort of foundry. This was an operating bank with a number of outlets. Actually, I did not pay for the portfolio information on Banco di Caribe NV; however, the introductory material hinted at tax haven accounts under their control, as well.
As a complete side note, I discovered that 76% of the tourist to Aruba are American while only some 5% are Dutch. However, some 50% of the tourists to Curacao are Dutch. Banco di Caribe predominantly operates on Curacao. It does maintain an office and some ATMs on Aruba.
So, who might the American Parma Group be? It turns out that they really do not exist under that name. Their leadership allegedly resides with Hushang Ansary and Hassan Ali Mehran. Both of these gentlemen were involved in the financial activities of the Government of Iran.
Signatures on the Banknotes of Iran (part of the Reference Site for Islamic Banknotes)
Position 16 in the above link describes Hushang Ansary as the Minister of Finance and Hassan Ali Mehran as the General Director of the Bank of Iran. These two gentlemen are not run-of-the-mill investors.
Further research revealed that the American Parma Group most likely is the Parman Capital Group of Houston, TX. The Parman Capital Group is associated with Hushang and Nina Ansary. Their resumes are as follows:
Nina Ansary is President of The Ansary Foundation, a Houston-based, nationwide non-profit organization dedicated to the cause of education, healthcare, child care, youth-related problems, adult literacy and other public welfare issues, as well as greater international cooperation and better understanding among the community of nations.
Following a strong family tradition, Nina oversees a wide-ranging program in support of the philanthropic activities of a long list of institutions in the United States. The Ansary Fellows Program at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government, Ansary Fellowships at Texas A & M University, The Ansary Atrium at The Texas Heart Institute, The Ansary Gallery of American History at George Bush Presidential Library, The Ansary Series at The American Academy of Diplomacy and, more recently, a $15 million grant for the creation of the Ansary Center for Stem Cell Therapeutics at Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University, are among the projects with which the Foundation is identified.
The Ansary Foundation has also been a strong supporter of America's Promise, MD Anderson Cancer Center, George C. Marshall Foundation, Iranian American Technology Council, EveryChild Foundation, Best Friends Foundation, Society of Iranian Women for Education, and Kickstart. Educational projects in Singapore and the Caribbean Region, as well as medical facilities in Africa and South America are among international projects supported by the Foundation.
Nina serves as Executive Vice President of The Parman Capital Group, a privately-held global investment enterprise. Through subsidiaries and operational entities, Parman maintains extensive interests in oil and gas-related industries, real estate, international trade, financial services, and leisure and tourist development projects.
From 1996 to the year 2000, Nina served as Secretary to the Board of Directors of IRI International Corporation (IRI), a leading manufacturer of oilfield equipment and downhole tools. IRI's $700 million Initial Public Offering on the New York Stock Exchange was successfully completed in 1997, in which Nina was a significant stockholder. The Company was subsequently merged with National Oilwell, Inc. (NYSE: NOI), the world's largest manufacturer of oilfield equipment.
Nina holds a Bachelor's degree in Sociology from Barnard College, Columbia University, and a Master's degree in Political Science from Columbia University. She is married and has one child.
ZoomInfo Web Summary: Hushang Ansary
Hushang Ansary is Chairman of Parman Capital Group, a privately held global investment enterprise. Through subsidiaries and operating entities, the Group has interests in the oil and gas related industries, financial services, vacation and travel business, international trade and real estate development.
Mr. Ansary served as Chairman of IRI International Corporation, a Houston-based manufacturer of oilfield equipment and downhole tools with production facilities in North America, Europe and China. In 1997, through an Initial Public Offering, IRI, in which the Ansary Family held 91% interest, emerged on the New York Stock Exchange with a market capitalization in excess of $700 million.
In the year 2000, IRI was merged with National Oilwell, Inc., one of the world's largest oil service companies, on the Board of which Mr. Ansary served until April 2005.
Mr. Ansary's ownership and management of enterprises, public and private, has consistently emphasized the human dimensions of the world of business, in particular employee training, education and participation at all levels. He has been honored as one of Houston's leading philanthropists with a strong commitment to all aspects of education, healthcare, childcare and youth-related programs. The Ansary Gallery of American History at the George Bush Presidential Library, a $15 million Ansary Stem Cell Therapeutics Center at the Weill Cornell Medical College, an imposing five story Ansary Atrium at the Texas Heart Institute in Houston, a medical facility in Tanzania, a Technology Fund in Singapore, the Nina Ansary Scholarship Fund in Texas, Fellowships in Texas A & M University, and a long list of other ongoing commitments to social and education programs are examples of Mr. Ansary's lifelong commitments to human needs and the eradication of human misery.
Mr. Ansary is a Trustee of the George Bush Presidential Library Foundation. He is Vice Chairman of the Board of Overseers of the Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University and Chairman of its International Affairs Committee. He is a John Harvard Fellow and member of the Senior Advisory Board of the Center for the Press, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard University.
Mr. Ansary is a founding member of the James A. Baker Institute for Public Policy, Rice University, and serves on the President's Council at RAND Corporation.
Mr. Ansary has served as a Trustee and Chairman of the Strategy Committee at the Brussels-based International Crisis Group, an organization dedicated to conflict resolution and crisis prevention.
As a native of Iran, Mr. Ansary held various cabinet-level and diplomatic positions. Her served as Deputy Minister of Commerce, Minister of Information, Minister of Economy, Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Central Bank, and Minister of Economic Affairs and Finance. An economist by profession, he led the team of technocrats widely recognized as the architects of Iran's economic modernization of the 1970's, which manifested an average annual rate of growth of 10.2% in real terms and doubled national income in about a decade.
Mr. Ansary was Iran's Ambassador to the United States. Prior to that, he served as a Roving Ambassador to Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Nigeria, Ghana, Ivory Coast, and as Ambassador to Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
Mr. Ansary was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC), a highly diversified global energy conglomerate with annual earnings in excess of $18.2 billion, an average daily production of 6.2 million barrels of crude oil, a daily refining capacity of about 1.5 million barrels, a distribution network of 2,500 gas stations, a major petrochemical complex, oil and gas pipelines, and significant interests in refineries in Israel, South Africa and South Korea.
Mr. Ansary is a recipient of numerous awards and honors including: the Woodrow Wilson International Center Award for Corporate Citizenship and the Ellis Island Medal of Honor. He has been decorated by the governments of Japan, South Korea, Italy, Norway, Spain, Egypt, Romania and Pakistan.
Mr. Ansary is married to the former Shahla Nazemian.
"As a native of Iran, Mr. Ansary held various cabinet-level and diplomatic positions.
Please note the title of Mr. Hushang Ansary as Chairman of the Parman Capital Group. Please also note his chairmanship of IRI International Corporation (NYSE: IIR), a 91% family-controlled, US $700 million, manufacturer of oil-drilling equipment. The latest merger:
HOUSTON and OSLO, Norway, March 9 /PRNewswire/ -- IRI International
Corporation (NYSE: IIR) and Hitec ASA (Oslo Stock Exchange: HIT) announced today a strategic business combination that will create a world leader in the design, engineering and manufacturing of advanced technology for offshore and land-based drilling equipment for the oil and gas industry. The combined company will be called IRI Hitec, Inc.
As an Iranian, he was the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer for the National Iranian Oil Company. Interestingly, he was also the Iranian Ambassador to the United States, as well as a number of other countries in the world.
Some other interesting notes include Mr. Ansary's connection with the Republican Party. Research revealed that he donated large amounts to the Texas Republican Party.
Donations seem like nothing to this gentleman. He donated $15 million to Stem Cell research at Cornell University. He opened the Ansary Wing to the Presidential Library in Washington, DC.
Ansary Gallery Of American History Opens Friday At Bush Museum
This guy has a lot of money and a lot of expertise in the international arena. He and his family are referred to as philanthropist in the truer sense of the word than Joe Mammana. Nina Ansary is not his wife. I suspect that she is his daughter.
So, why does a guy like this get involved in buying out 51% of a local bank on Curacao? He surrendered a senior position on one of the most powerful oil company boards in the world in April 2005. For what? Was it to be the curator of the George Bush Presidential Library or run a Caribbean island bank? I do not think so!
This is enough for this evening. I will continue Part II tomorrow evening.
Posted for HarryTho
Posted by Richard at December 27, 2005 9:39 PM
A well-crafted follow-up to what you have briefly touched upon before.
Inasmuch as I don't think that you are leading into a suggestion that these two individuals might be possible godparent material for Natalee's baby, this should prove to be another extremely informative article on the dynamics of the Aruban (and Netherlands Antilles) area.
Posted by: Dayo Gould at December 28, 2005 12:35 AM
Posted by: dave at December 28, 2005 1:21 AM
Very interesting facts coming out about the Mountain Brook teens on Refugeee site, as well as information regarding timelines, etc. Seems like the Mountain Brook teens were not the angels that they have depicted. Also information coming out about the time line of many things, including some pre planning done by Beth Twitty. From what I have read there the new information has been sent to Dompig and the fbi, so things may be exploding very soon, and the Twitty Camp may finally be imploding. Now the big question is WHY have the Twitty/Holloways gone to so much extreme measures to frame Joran and the Kalpoe's and try to ruin the Island of Aruba. People are curious though and answers are slowly coming forward at last...
Posted by: therose at December 28, 2005 2:53 AM
Are you referring to the usual alleged Mountain Brook posters that have infested all the blogs and spread their speculations? If there were breaking stories out of Mountain Brook, I suspect some media hounds would have them pasted in the newspapers. Right now, the media is quiet.
Posted by: harry at December 28, 2005 9:48 AM
According to Scared Monkeys, Dave Holloway stated on the Abrahms Report the he has a "source" that has informed him that Joran Van Der Sloot and possibly the Kalpoe brothers have been given a list of all the questions that will be asked of him/them upon re-interrogation. Dave Holloway's "source" claims this list was given to him/them two weeks ago.
Posted by: Jim Hanson at December 28, 2005 11:22 AM
I believe that this whole set up has to do with financial gains for the Twittie's and nothing else. Here in Aruba and back in Alabama and part of the U.S. Beth was too busy bothering herself for donations. Why did she do that, I can't answer that. She was questions regarding the funds collectet here in Aruba and in the U.S. by the local authorities. They wanted to know the purpose. Beth, so far I did understand, got very upset with the investigators during that particular intervieuw and made it very clear that she don't have nothing to talk anymore and she was late for her flight. She left the police station in Bubali here in Aruba and went straigth to the Queen Beatrix International Airport. She is not considered so far to be a suspect of any kind in Aruba, reason why they must let her go her way. To our surprise we traced back some video intervieuws of Beth when she arrived in Aruba. She stated very clear that she was in Aruba to deliver a letter to the G.A.O. and to stay a couple of days to get some things done. Her stay didn't last more then 24 hours. After that she went back to Alabama and call for the boycott.
Harry, in Aruba things are very quiet so far regarding the investigations. One local news paper released a poster written in spanish. I question this type of poster because never ever before did the Criminal Intelligence Service of Aruba, a division of the Criminal Intelligence Service of The Dutch Kingdom released this type of poster or flyer before. They are never involved in any criminal investigations of this type and they never published their phone number. Why did they involved the Intellingence Service in this matter? No comments has been made so far and no official statements has been released so far. Bear in mind that their task is to lookforward for those that might be a direct or indirect danger for the general interest of our nation. Now are you telling me that this is going to a level that we didn't expect? What is our (ARUBA) share in this and how far do they allowed the FBI to work back in Alabama. I understood that the governor made a clear statement that the schoolmates and chapparones are not to be touch by anyone. Does this include the FBI? I will live with the prinicple of "To give time, time". And believe it or not something is going to happen and that we didn't expected. I am from Aruba and I will provide to informations as correct and to the best of my ability. Believe me. We have reasons to believe that some potential business in Alabama is taking place between the Twittie's and some people of high levels. I don't want to speculate, but when Jug was intervieuwed in Aruba back in June, he made a statement that he's a contractor and works big time for the government. If I'am not mistaken, he mentioned something about amunition and weapons fabrication and or import/export related.....
Posted by: Albert at December 28, 2005 11:40 AM
From what I have read there the new information has been sent to Dompig and the fbi, so things may be exploding very soon, and the Twitty Camp may finally be imploding.
Posted by: therose at December 28, 2005 02:53 AM
"Are you referring to the usual alleged Mountain Brook posters that have infested all the blogs and spread their speculations?"
While I technically cannot answer for The Rose, I still can clarify that information sent lately to LE pertains to "suspicions" that a number of persons (allegedly from Mountain Brook) began spread Twitty's view on Internet on May 30, some points were yet supposedly not known at that time. Some that information may be found within http://ceetveerefugees.11.forumer.com/viewtopic.php?t=1049 and related threads.
Posted by: George at December 28, 2005 1:12 PM
I am researching Part II of this editorial and should have it posted later this evening. Please keep in mind that I am speculating a new avenue of consideration for this investigation.
As for the comments from other bloggers that happen to get affixed to our comment section, I have no idea. Please keep in mind that those other blogs are discussion board. What they post is what one would encounter in general street level discussions. Whether their comments have any bases in reality is uncertain. There exists a few good posters, but, for the most part, they get drowned out by the chatter of well-wishers.
Posted by: harry at December 28, 2005 1:26 PM
I noticed that you have attached a rather lengthy link to our comment section. What our readers may be concerned with is the specific criteria and hurdles one would have to overcome in order to acquire the reward moneys advertised in your post? It is nice to advertise reward moneys, but it is quite another matter trying to collect them. Why don't you tell us, how a potential informant is protected from being ripped-off by the infestation of parasites that follow the Twitty-Holloway camp?
Please post your information and reward criteria on your next post in our comment section.
Posted by: harry at December 28, 2005 1:36 PM
The questions, being presented in advance to the suspects' attorneys, may be a negotiated prerequisite in order to re-interrogate them. To my knowledge, no new information has been acquired that would warrant grounds for re-interrogation. If the derailment of the FBI re-interviews of the Mountain Brook students continues, there may be no new evidence against the suspects at all.
Providing question in advance is standard procedure for voluntary polygraphs. This may be a similar situation.
Posted by: harry at December 28, 2005 2:25 PM
You can take this as a compliment for your blog. I DO NOT VISIT OTHER BLOGS! I live in Aruba and I saw that poster yesterday in one of our local news paper. Although I have to admit that I do not believe that the poster was issued by the Criminal Intelligence Services of Aruba. I seriously consider to call mr. Dompig regarding this but I do prefer to let them come foreward and explain this. Like I said before, I am involved in the media bussiness in Aruba, and I never saw that poster before neither did I receive a copy from the local authorities. I am afraid that now this same newspaper is preparing another curve in this story, because I know that they are the good friends of the Twitty's. Congratulation with your blog Harry and hope that you can keep it up. Other blogs are just a filled lousy rumors and speculations coming from the Twitty's anyhow. Regarding the statement done by Dave Holloway that Joran and the others received the list with the questions is absub and stupid. If Dave Holloway really did that remark then I have to conclude that he is just as insane as his ex wife and his rival Jug. There is no way you can receive such list. IT DOES NOT EXIST. As a former police officer I can reaffirm you that in Aruba and neither in the U.S. do they use a list of questions. Questions comes subject the prior answers and subject to the part of the investigations that you really wants to have some answers or more information. If Joran was to be re-arrested then it should have been done at his arrival or the local police just could have pickl to phone and call the collegues in the Netherlands to send Joran back for furter investigations. There is no new evidence from the prosecuters part. The only thing that they want now at this very moment is to have Beth and Jug back in Aruba. Although we know that they will NOT come back to Aruba, we are also concerned about the fact that the US does not extradite his own citizen to a foreign country just in case we need them in Aruba.
About the students in Mountain Brook. I believe that they are more scared to death about what will happen if the world finds out that their parties were wild and insane. Like I said before, there is confirmation from the Holiday Inn staff and management that roomchages took place, heavy drinking, a lot but a lot of romance on the beach between boys and girls and girls with girls.....Wawwwww, Harry if one day you came to Aruba I will pick you up and let you meet the people who really saw what happens with the straight A's students from Alabama. Many parents will be ashamed of their kids over there. Alcohol and more alcohol. One security in the casino told me that these students were abusing alcohol just as if the world was going to end the next morning. Unbelievable. I think that these are the things that nobody is allowed to know about those students. Blame Aruba for everything and keep your "good kids" in Alabama. At this very moment Aruba is full house with tourist. Many families gathered in Aruba at the end of the year. Rich people that can afford paying over US$ 300 per night just for a hotel room. Many of those family own timesharing in Aruba. From a simple studio to the most luxurouis three bedrooms with their own maids to serve them. I mean very expensive units. If you see how the children behave when daddy and mom is around you will think that Aruba is the place called heaven. However if you see those same kids in the nightclubs or bars you will believe that hell break loose in Aruba.
Posted by: Albert at December 28, 2005 4:16 PM
"Congratulation with your blog Harry and hope that you can keep it up. Other blogs are just a filled lousy rumors and speculations coming from the Twitty's anyhow."
I share your admiration with Harry's blog which is IMO best one regarding the "Natalee holloway" matter. However, I object to your following statement. First, as an example, Dan Riehl's blog is not "filled lousy rumors and speculations coming from the Twitty's anyhow" at least for last more than two months. Second, I realize that you know well a difference between blogs and discussion boards, but many readers mix them up and can interpretate your statement mistakenly. A number of discussion boards NEVER parrotted the Twittys, e.g. BHS, TUS, CTVrefugees and Scrux.
Posted by: George at December 28, 2005 4:57 PM
The Boycott of Aruba Violates This Supreme Court Ruling Explicitly.
Briefly , Massachusettes independently imposed economic sanctions against Burma above and beyond federal froeign policy.
This ruling directly addresses a State initiated economic sanction against another country.
Supreme court foun the boycott to be illegal
United States Court of Appeals
for the First Circuit
NATIONAL FOREIGN TRADE COUNCIL,
FREDERICK LASKEY, IN HIS OFFICIAL CAPACITY
AS SECRETARY OF ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE
OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS,
PHILMORE ANDERSON, III,
IN HIS OFFICIAL CAPACITY AS STATE PURCHASING AGENT
FOR THE COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS,
ON APPEAL FROM A FINAL JUDGMENT OF THE UNITED STATES
DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF MASSACHUSETTS
Dated: March 1, 1999
A. State Foreign-Affairs Laws Are Subject To Strict Scrutiny
Of course, as the district court noted, where a state=s laws Acomfortably fal[l] within the >health and
safety= realm of traditional state police powers@ (Philip Morris, 122 F.3d at 67), a plaintiff=s preemption
burden is appropriately viewed as a Aparticularly heavy@ one. But no such Aparticularly heavy@ burden
applies where a state seeks to Aadd to or take from the force and effect of [a federal] treaty or statute@
dealing with foreign affairs. Hines, 312 U.S. at 63.
The guiding principles were articulated in Hines. There, the Court struck down Pennsylvania=s Alien
Registration Act as preempted by the national government=s Alien Registration Act. The federal act
neither permitted nor expressly precluded parallel state action, and both acts had generally similar goals.
312 U.S. at 60-61. Nonetheless, the Court held:
[T]he supremacy of the national power in the general field of foreign affairs . . . is made clear by the
Constitution, was pointed out by the authors of The Federalist in 1787, and has since been given
continuous recognition by this Court.
Id. at 62-63 (footnotes omitted). The Court further explained:
The Federal Government, representing as it does the collective interests of the forty-eight states, is
entrusted with full and exclusive responsibility for the conduct of affairs with foreign sovereignties. . . . Our
system of government is such that the interest of the cities, counties and states, no less than the interest of
the people of the whole nation, imperatively requires that federal power in the field affecting foreign
relations be left entirely free from local interference.
Id. at 62 (footnotes omitted).
Thus, where a state law implicates the national government=s foreign-affairs powers, A[t]he conflict with
federal policy need not be as sharp as that which must exist for ordinary pre-emption when Congress
legislates in a field which the States have traditionally occupied.@ Boyle v. United Technologies Corp.,
487 U.S. 500, 507 (1988) (quotation omitted). An interest that Ais one of unique federal concern changes
what would otherwise be a conflict that cannot produce pre-emption into one that can.@ Id. at 5
preemption inquiry is simply whether the state law Astands as an obstacle to the accomplishment and
execution of the full purposes and objectives of Congress.@ Hines, 312 U.S. at 67. The Massachusetts
Law in fact has that effect.
B. The Massachusetts Law Disrupts Congressional Policy
In 1996, Congress carefully crafted a foreign-relations statute aimed at altering the political conditions in
Myanmar. This statute (i) prohibited all but humanitarian assistance to the Myanmar government; (ii)
directed the Executive Branch to vote against assistance to Myanmar in international financial institutions;
and (iii) barred Myanmar officials from entering the United States. See Omnibus Consolidated
Appropriations Act of 1997, Pub. L. No. 104-208, ' 570, 110 Stat. 3009-166 (1997). The mandated sa
In May 1997, President Clinton endorsed the same approach and exercised the congressionally delegated
authority to impose trade sanctions. See President=s Message to Congress Transmitting Executive Order
No. 13,047, at 2 (May 20, 1997); Exec. Order No. 13,047, 62 Fed. Reg. 28,301. The Executive Order
prohibits only new investment in the Aeconomic development of resources located in Burma,@ and it
explicitly permits continued trade with Myanmar in goods and services. Id., ' 3. The Executive Order
The Massachusetts Law is flatly inconsistent with the federal approach in at least three significant respects.
First, A[t]he sanctions called for by the Massachusetts law are very different [than the federal sanctions]:
they restrict procurement from companiesCU.S. or foreignCthat do business in or with Burma.@ Larson,
supra, at 4; compare Exec. Order No. 13,047, 62 Fed. Reg. 28,301 (1997) with Mass. Gen. Laws, ch. 7, '
22G. While Congress struck a balance that specifically authorized the President to rest
. . . These measures reflect a considered federal government decision not to impose much more rigorous
economic sanctions and thereby to maintain some level of economic engagement with Burma in order to
further our foreign policy objectives there. . . . .
Larson, supra, at 3-4 (emphasis added). This Aconsidered federal government decision@ is reflected in
the legislative history of the statute. Congress consideredCbut rejectedCan amendment that would have
prohibited all United States investment in Myanmar. S. 1092, 104th Cong., 1st Sess. (1995). Instead, ' 570
as passed memorializes Congress= judgment that continuing some economic ties to Myanmar best
facilitates the interests of democracy. Then-Senator (now Secretary of Defense) Cohen, who authored the ena
Where Congress has struck such a delicate balance, state legislation that disrupts it is preempted. In Gade
v. National Solid Wastes Management Ass=n, 505 U.S. 88 (1992), state licensing acts designed to
supplement the federal OSHA standards were preempted. The Court held that states may not Aselectively .
. . >supplement= certain federal regulations with ostensibly nonconflicting standards.@ Id. at 103. The
Commonwealth may not Aselectively supplement@ the federal Burma legislation with its own state sanc
Second, an important aspect of the federal statute is that it leaves major sanctions decisions to the
PresidentCwho has both the expertise and the responsibility of coordinating the Nation=s foreign policy.
Massachusetts lacks expertise; it has no agency like the U.S. Department of State; and it has no
constitutional foreign-affairs responsibilities. Again, as Assistant Secretary Larson noted, Apresidential
flexibility in application of sanctions is absolutely essential. . . . Only the President can weigh
The Supreme Court has frequently found state laws preempted when Congress has delegated
decisionmaking to an expert agency within the federal government. For example, in San Diego Building
Trades Council v. Garmon, 359 U.S. 236 (1959), the Court held that Athe States as well as the federal
courts must defer to the exclusive competence of [the responsible federal agency] if the danger of state
interference with national policy is to be averted.@ Id. at 245.
Third, the unilateral approach of the Burma Law conflicts with federal law, which calls for a multilateral
strategy to foster democracy. ' 570(c). As Assistant Secretary Larson put it, A[s]anctions are most effective
when they have broad multilateral support. Multilateral sanctions maximize international pressure on the
offending state. When the international community speaks with one voice, that shows unity of purpose.
Moreover, multilateral sanctions are more difficult to evade or undermine. . . and dist
Massachusetts urges (Br. 24-25) that its Law is constitutional because it has the same goal as federal law.
As discussed above, the goals in fact diverge. But even if they did not, the Massachusetts Law still must
fall. AIn determining whether state law >stands as an obstacle= to the full implementation of a federal law,
>it is not enough to say that the ultimate goal of both federal and state law= is the same.@ Gade, 505 U.S.
at 103 (citation omitted). Regardless of their Agoals,@ where a state law Ainter
In sum, there is no room for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to pass laws, such as the Burma Law,
that Aconflict or interfere with, curtail or complement, the federal law, or enforce additional or auxiliary
regulations.@ Hines, 312 U.S. at 66-67. The Law is preempted.
The judgment of the district court should be affirmed.
Dated: March 1, 1999
Posted by: paul at December 28, 2005 5:11 PM
I am fully aware that on all the blogs and comment sections that I monitor, the Twitty/Holloway family have infestated them with their own people to counteract some of the negative comments people are making about them What I was particularily commenting about is that a few amateur sleuths have indeed found information from the Mountain Brook Teens Live Journals from MySpace which has 1. outed them as not being the "Angels" that they are presented to be. From their own mouths. and 2. has provided information that the teens were back in Mountain Brook talking about this supposed Kidnapping, Rape, before it bacame public knowledge. It also points out that the first posters of Call Big Hootie were printed in Mountain Brook. It also points out that a lot of pre planning went on before Beth even left Mountain Brook, which makes it mighty suspicious as to how this all could be pulled together this fast and then have the Twitty Crew arrive in Aruba at 11 p.m. Even with a sister in law as a PR, this shows a lot of pre planning. I was left with the impression that the person that has gathered all this information has sent it to ALE, FBI, and many other sources, as it is not information made up by a poster, but it is indeed from the mouths of the babes in Mountain Brook. It is very enlightening information. I hope Aruba gets it. Now to the money aspect, I note that Dave has posted a link on your comment section which takes you to a very lengthly article of which I didn't read the whole thing, but in the beginning of course are links of where to continue to send this family money both in Mississippi and Alabama. My question is how long is this bizarre family going to continue to milk the public for funds. Where is all this money going? The more this family keeps asking for funds the more this begins to smell. I am of the understanding that Aruba was quite generous with this ungrateful family and they in turn turn around and slap them in the face with this illegal boycott. Now they continue to send links on the internet to beg for more money, and infiltrate blogs with their well placed people to rant and race. Just how dumb do they think we are? Now we have the Beth Twit back on tv tonight on O'Reilly, well I won't tune in for that I can tell you. But the nerve and gall this family has is unbelievable. There has to be a money answer to this somewhere, and people are digging to find it. Albert, keep telling the truth, we are most hungry to hear from you about tihs. All I can say is this Twit/Holloway family has to be stopped. There fifteen minutes is long overdue. Their arrogance is astounding, and their greed for money is sickening. It is now forget about Natalee, and keep lining our pockets and keep throwing Bethie on the tv. Geeze, I am sick of seeing that woman, she definately needs a makeover, that hairdo, is outrageous. That last sentence is my "catty" remark for today, but I couldn't help it, the devil made me do it.... Dave has become a mini Twit, and is beginning to tell as many stories from unknown sources as Bethie is, it is indeed getting very old...Thanks for you blog Harry and comment section.
Posted by: therose at December 28, 2005 6:39 PM
Bravo! Though your post on the Massachusetts' matter seems more related to an embargo via sanctions, it is clear that Alabama exceeded its authority and commandeered the mantle of sovereignty in issuing this boycott.
Well Done, paul!
Posted by: harry at December 28, 2005 6:40 PM
BETH HELPING PARENTS FIND THEIR LOST KID IS LIKE GERALDO SHOWING THEM HOW TO FIND SOMTHING IN AL CAPONE'S VAULT!!!
Posted by: rib at December 28, 2005 8:11 PM
I HAVE NOTICE THAT BETH KEEPS SAYING OUR SONS AND DAUGHTERS ! I THINK ONE OF HER AGENTS TOLD HER SHE WOULD APPEAL TO A LARGER AUDENCES. EVEN IF SHE BELIVES THE BOYS DID SOMTHING TO HER KID<<WHY IS SHE TRYING TO DESTROY THE PEOPLE WHO HELPED HER?? NONE OF THE BOY ARE ARUBAN!!
Posted by: rib at December 28, 2005 8:54 PM
I am fully aware that on all the blogs and comment sections that I monitor, the Twitty/Holloway family have infestated them with their own people to counteract some of the negative comments people are making about them
If you really believe that you need help. Where is your proof on that? Could I see some quotes please?
Posted by: Allan Kluttz at December 28, 2005 10:01 PM
Thank you for the clarification on Dave Holloway's lists comment. Giovanni Lane from the Dairio just confirmed from Karin Janssen that no lists were presented to the suspects or their attorneys.
Thank you for all your support!
Posted by: harry at December 28, 2005 11:44 PM
Well Allan Kluttz, hmmm I have seen that name other places as well as here. Think what you will but it doesn't take a Rocket Scientist to figure out what the Twitty/Holloways are doing now. They are feeding off of the publics money while spending their time doing a massive internet campaign to promote their illegal boycott. Massive emails to people going onto as many sites as they can to promote their adjenda. They have a whole camp of people doing this, Michellesaysso is just one of many including Dave placing links on many different blogs, etc. Now Bethie doing the campaign to promote safety for children when traveling. Now as far as providing you with a statement, I am not that computer savy as to the copy and paste stuff, so you will just have to do what I do and spend some time checking out these sites yourself. Interesting that Bethie targets Aruba as being unsafe for teenage travel, when the girl from Ohio disappeared in Ohio from a bar as well. So maybe Bethie should be campaigning against teenage drinking anywhere, not just in Aruba. I do believe some time ago a teen age boy died from alcohol poisoning on a Florida spring break, and I seem to remember somewhere about that happening on a college campus here in the US. So to target Aruba as unsafe only, one needs to step back and sweep off their own doorstep first. Maybe someone should send Bethie a broom for a belated Christmas gift, so she can start in her own state of Alabama, I believe there is a lot of missing people right there. Unsolved cases as well.
Posted by: therose at December 28, 2005 11:59 PM
Love reading your posts. And I agree about what is going on in the various web sites where the Holloway case is discussed on a regular basis. The Twitty machine has definitely shifted into second gear.
Posted by: Max at December 29, 2005 12:17 AM
Providing question in advance is standard procedure for voluntary polygraphs. This may be a similar situation.
Harry, when someone undergoes a polygraph, they are prepared by being told they will be asked some questions first, such as their name, address, something that is common knowledge between them and the police. They are not prepared in any other way for the other important, pertinent questions. The preparation serves to help the recipient of the test relax and feel comfortable - in the beginning.
I only posted that information regarding Scared Monkeys writing this article stating Dave H told the Abrahms report that he had a "source" telling him that Joran Van Der Sloot received a list of questions that were to be asked of him under re-interrogation for one reason. At the time, I thought I didn't need to say it. I thought people here would simply think for one minute, realize that no police force on this planet has this protocol for interrogation.
I despise the Scared Monkeys NH blog. They set up their hillbilly twerp followers with these articles. They simply mirror the Twitty/Holloway hatred and keep it flowing. Scared Monkeys and 90% of it's twisted followers simply think like Beth Twitty. All talk with no proof. All hate. All hillbillies.
Posted by: Jim Hanson at December 29, 2005 3:51 AM
Concerning volunteer polygraphs, the questions to be asked are presented to the volunteer in advance. The volunteer is allowed time to comprehend the questions prior to commencing the procedure. The questions are delivered in the negative with the key responses, usually, at the five and seven positions in the delivery sequence.
Reference questions, containing true and false statements, are asked before and after the procedure to ascertain a baseline for the polygraph test.
This is not second hand knowledge.
Posted by: harry at December 29, 2005 7:15 AM
As most “Faux News” viewers know, all that “Heartland’s” John Kasich (who? You Google the name “Heartland” on Fox’s site, and nothing even comes up! Lol!) wanted for Christmas was to limerick Bill’Oreilly’s boots ( or was it to lick Bill O’Reilly’s boots?!?! Oh well!), and the giant 6'4" (and counting, as he may grow a couple of inches with his “Extenz Male Enhancement Pills”) caustic Leprechaun, being a “softie” at heart, of good cheer for the Holidays, and wishing to show his “Magnanimity” with his “inferiors” ( he’s Kasich’s Superior, of course) at Christmas time on account of his good mood at having won the battle with his televised campaign to put “Christmas” back into the “Holidays” which the Democratic Grinches are desperately trying to take away, graciously
consented to let John Kasich host the “O’Reilly Factor” for this week while he is on vacation (no doubt trying those Extenz pills out to see if they work), which, as can well be imagined, made all of Kasich’s dreams come true! (Bill also acceded to have Kasich host the show, because not even John Gibson was willing to sacrifice his Holidays to sit in for Bill! Lol!)
At any rate, Lo and behold, no sooner had Mr. Kasich sit at the helm on the “Factor,” than he went ahead and made some temporary changes that would better reflect his style and personality, until Bill got back, and so, he began by changing the name of the show to reflect both the “Factor” and his beloved “Heartland,” combining them to make it for the week “John Kasich’s Fartland!”
He then immediately proceeded to book for the show (wasn’t too difficult to find her, as she had been plaguing him with calls every day, and was even reported seen on her knees tugging the sleeve of his jacket on the set of the Factor on Monday, his first day replacing Bill, while John read the teleprompter) none other than his, and “Faux News” beloved “heroine” (producers claim, that is why it has been so difficult for Greta and other Talking Heads at Faux to let go of this “Beating a Dead Horse” story: heroin is a bitch of an addiction...and Beth is both! Lol!) Beth Holloway Twitty, to help her launch her newly revamped campaign of television appearances for 2006!
Seasons come, seasons go, but to parody the Good Book, “Beth remaineth!” Many viewers have watched with awe, throughout these last seven months, their jaws continuously dropping to the floor (to the point that oral surgeons are reporting an unusual spike in patients requiring surgery to correct their dislocated mandibles, all of whom have one alarming trait in common: They watch Faux News!), how terrorist bombings at major European capitals may come and go on the news, or hurricanes devastating major American cities, or even massive earthquakes, killer floods, and other sundry natural calamities killing countless thousands, or even nuclear threats that may obliterate our Civilization as we know it! But one thing is certain, all of these doleful happenings soon are history in Faux’s news reportages, and in the mind of viewers, yet Beth Twitty remains... nightly on our television screens!
For seven months now, we have been regaled with Beth, this narcissistic media maven, who has become so violently addicted to the “limelight,” the “notoriety,” and the “celebrity status,” that she no longer cares about finding her plain looking, unremarkable, miscreant, missing daughter, “Normal Nat,” as much as in maintaining the “high” from her “fifteen minutes of fame,” and who simply refuses to go back to her life as a Speech Pathologist in a school in a hereto (before these events took place) unknown, and unremarkable town in Alabama trailer-park suburbia, by the name of Mountain Brook, to once again immerse herself in obscurity!
And now, after she duped her fellow workers at the School District, who had the generosity to sacrifice their sick pay, and vacations at the beginning of this fiasco, so that she could continue to perceive her check while she searched for her daughter Natalee, while she instead cruised in her newly bought swimwear in Geraldo’s Yacht in Aruba, and enjoyed the most Luxurious accommodations on the island while chit chatting with Talking Heads, Publicists, and News Commentators on her two cell phones (one was not enough! You can only have “three way calling” and “call waiting” with only so many incoming calls!) Beth has even had the gall to request of her noble, duped, co-workers, to once again give up even their forthcoming sick pay, and vacation time for 2006, so that she may keep enjoying her Robin Leach “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous,” basking in her beloved “limelight” as “Beth Leech,” jet-setting across the Country in private jets and limousines, while continuing to receive her humble paycheck from the School District!
In all these months appearing nightly, sometimes to be interviewed several times on the same night, consecutively, on all three programs lined up on Faux’s prime-time slot, sometimes even several times on the same program, and after all the hooplah and scandalmongering this media maven witch has continuously stirred, the sad reality of the matter is, that all we have heard from her, and her “Performing Media Monkeys,” has been nothing but “spin,” and “hot air,” and that there hasn’t been one single breakthrough in this investigation in months worth reporting on the news; not withstanding all the garbage found in Aruba that got repeatedly hailed by Beth and her search team of diviners, soothsayers, Babalao Vodoo priests, and crackpots as “ a crucial piece of evidence that will crack the case and condemn Joran (with whom Beth seems to have some kind of subliminal, Freudian, sexual fantasy infatuation) and the Kalpoe brothers,” that nevertheless turned out to be nothing more, nor less than simply “garbage!”
So, Mr. Kasich, after having shoved Beth once more down our collective throats on Christmas Eve, by including her in his list of “2005 Heroes” (the rest of whom were being dishonored by her “huckster” presence in their midst), inflicting “bad digestion” and “upset stomachs” on his unsuspecting viewers for Christmas morning with the revolting sight of this wailing Banshee’s vengeful visage, once more was a “Good Ole’ Boy” (like certain dim-witted, inbred, backwoods Governors) and brought Beth back for a “segment” on Wednesday’s “Fartland!
In it Beth promoted her upcoming whirlwind tour of High Schools all around America, collecting “honorariums,” and “donations,” (still perceiving her paycheck from the School District due to the generosity of her dolt co-workers , of course) while lecturing our young men and women, and their parents, on how not to do all the things she, and her “Girl Gone Wild” missing daughter precisely did, which brought about her demise as assuredly as if she’d jump off from the 101st floor of a building, namely Beth’s negligence in allowing her daughter to go “unsupervised” to a “Girls Gone Wild” bacchanalia, brimming with booze, drugs, and wild sex, as well as Natalee’s repeated lack of judgement in refusing to go back with her classmates to her Hotel, twice, only to go off into the night with three strange males, exuding hormones, screaming in glee out of the window of their car “Woooo I Loveeee Aruuuuubaaa!!!” as she sped away into the night to apparently engage in a “Menage a Quatre” ( unless she left with the boys to play “Patty Cake” with them?!?!), and eventually slip into oblivion!
Of course, Beth by her, and Natalee’s, own bad choices is now an “expert” on the subject, much as the devil would be an excellent Preacher in being able to tell the Congregation what “paths” to take if they wish to achieve “Salvation,” since obviously, they are simply the opposite ones to te ones he took! Lol!
This time the “Beth/Marcia PR Dream Team” apparently had enough time to have Beth memorize her lines, and coordinate with John on the exact questions that he would ask her, and therefore amazingly, the number of “ well....you know John.... I mean.... you know.... its’ just not relevant...you know” were kept to a minimum, which bespeaks of the intensive “training,” and “coaching,” Beth is currently undergoing to better fleece audiences with her “Drama Queen” performances at the upcoming High School Lectures. However, the program was still far from dignified, as John Kasich kept holding up a cardboard sign on the split screen, while Beth spoke, that read: “ Good for you Beth! You go girl! Ra! Ra! Ra!” and his antics with the Cheerleading “pom poms” was distractive, to say the least, while he drooled in adoration as he kept saying “You know Beth, my wife and I so admire you Beth! You are so strong Beth, and yet so gentle (yeah Right!!! Ask the Arubans that dealt with the bitch!!!), and we, and all America loves you Beth, and ....” and the fawning went on, and on, and on, much like the “Energizer Bunny, ” and Beth herself (who allegedly is in negotiations to become the new Spokesperson for the battery manufacturer at a substantial “yearly donation” - salary), who like the now famous cultural icon “Pink Drummer Bunny,” she keeps “...going, and going, and going, and going!!!”
So much for John Kasich’s “Fartland!”
I wonder if by 2036 Faux will still be interviewing Beth nightly...from her Old Foggies Home, on the French Riviera!
Have a good laugh everyone!(would be funny if it weren't so pathetic!)
Posted by: Althor at December 29, 2005 4:11 PM
I had to copy that and keep it, to read over and over again. Anytime I need cheering up, I will read those words. You are indeed a genius.
But on a more serious note, does this country really have that many idiots that believe in this woman's credibility? I know America is full of less than sensible people, but can there really be enought idiots in America to make this hillbilly a millionaire? If there is, then this country is in big trouble.
Posted by: flightoffancy at December 30, 2005 1:53 PM
Well Flightoffancy, There seems to be at least in Alabamy, Arkee, and The Peach State!!!
I hope to God that they don't represent the rest of America. If they do... "we're in a heap o'trouble!" And you know what the funny part is??? I'm saying this, and I'm a "Conservative!" LOL!
Glad you liked the "spoof." Thanks for your undeserved praise! I tend to think of myself not as a genius, but more like, as a Dear Aruban Friend put it, an "Eloquent Clown!" Must be because every time I see Beth Twitty yet again on my television screen, intruding on my news shows, I turn the TV off, paint my self up as a clown, don my clown costume, dust off my old Victrola, and play my 78 RPM of "I Plaggliacci" by Caruso and cry along with him: "Pianga paggliacci, pianga!"
Posted by: Althor at December 30, 2005 7:31 PM
Hi Harry ...
Not meaning to argue in any way, I'm just feeling that perhaps the protocol for polygraph testing has changed. It's still voluntary, this I know. I have many books here at home that I've read about various types of crime, murder, serial killers, stalking etc. Most of them contain information on tests given to various witnesses and some suspects. Some of the tests I've read about have gone into detail regarding the preparation of the recipient. Not once have I read of any inclusion of ALL questions to be asked, only simple initial questions to test the individual's state of mind. from what I've read, many polygraphs have been cancelled very quickly due to the recipient being too self concious, having chronic high blood pressure.
As I say, I've read the preparation and transcripts of many tests. Not once have I ever read of the volunteer being informed about every question he/she will be asked.
At any rate I must have misinterpreted my reading. You seem to try and find an answer for anything and we'll leave it at that. You're correct and I'm not.
Posted by: Jim Hanson at December 31, 2005 3:01 AM
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