Bush and the Bin Ladens

On September 28, The Wall Street Journal published a story titled "Bin Laden Family Could Profit From a Jump In Defense Spending Due to Ties to U.S. Bank." The story touched on the relationship between President Bush and family members of Osama Bin Laden through the Bin Ladens' investments in the Carlyle Group, which employs George Bush Sr. and other prominent Republicans. Its publication prompted conservative muckraker Larry Klayman to comment, "This conflict of interest has now turned into a scandal. The idea of the President's father, an ex-president himself, doing business with a company under investigation by the FBI in the terror attacks of September 11 is horrible. President Bush should not ask, but demand, that his father pull out of the Carlyle Group." Immediately thereafter, the Wall Street Journal dropped the story like a hot potato, and it has received scant mention in the rest of the media, but an enterprising (and anonymous) journalist has compiled a list of links to currently available information.