Sep 24, 2001

Brothers.

There's an article in today's LA REPUBBLICA claiming that George W. Bush had business dealings with one of Bin Laden's brothers,Salem. Salem Bin Laden e George W. Bush avrebbero fondato insieme, nel Texas, una compagnia petrolifera, la 'Arbusto Energy'.

Bush decided to make his start in the business world in the same place his father had begun--the oil fields of Texas. Returning to his old home town of Midland, Bush began investing in oil leases and exploration. In 1977 he founded his own oil company, Arbusto Corp.

Washington Post interview with Bush:The following are excerpts of interviews with George W. Bush conducted by Washington Post reporters. The interviews took place May 11 and June 7, 1999, in Austin.

You incorporated Arbusto on June 24, 1977. And the next month you, as an independent oil producer, announce your candidacy for the congressional seat. But you didn't start active operations of the company until March of 1979.
Correct.
That sequence suggests to me that you wanted Arbusto most immediately as a credential for the congressional race.
No, not really. No, I don't think so. You know, I didn't have a lot of assets in those days to begin with, and it was a place to put the limited properties I had within a corporate structure. I think I was looking for a corporate vehicle in which to put my assets.

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