Sunday, January 08, 2006

Mr Africa

The following is taken from:

26 November 2005

On Nov. 19, WMR reported on the financial links between Jack Abramoff's Gabon client, President Omar Bongo, who serves on the board of an Islanic bank tied to "Al Qaeda" funding, and a $9 million fee charged by Abramoff to Bongo to secure a meeting with President George W. Bush.

A well-placed intelligence source reports that Abramoff is also linked to another Bongo cohort in Washington, DC -- a mysterious player and long time Bongo lobbyist named Joe Slavik. Under George W. Bush, the New Jersey-based Slavik has reportedly become a "Mr. Africa" in Washington lobbying and government circles that extend into the Oval Office.

Slavik has reportedly been fronting for Bongo for the past 6 to 8 years, his last major service to Bongo, who is both a Muslim and Freemason, painting a veneer of legitimacy to the last Gabonese presidential election, a massive fraud sold as "participatory democracy." Another knowledgeable source comfirmed that Slavik has been a lobbyist for Bongo since at least 1992. He is also apparently very close to Bongo's eldest daughter, Pascaline who also serves as her father's principal secretary. In May 2003, Gabon's government shut down the magazine Misamu after it published an article about the mysterious death of Pascaline Bongo's aide-de-camp, a "hit"by attribued by the publication to the Secretary General of the Finance Ministry, Eyamba Tsima Maurice Nestor.

Slavik also allegedly arranges all of Bongo's public relations in Washington, including covert influence operations and intelligence services liaison.

The most serious charge is that Slavik arranged to land a public relations contract with Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni as a result of former President George H. W. Bush's direct intervention with the Ugandan leader. The deal was landed after the death of Ronald Reagan's daughter Maureen Reagan. She previously had the "Museveni Account," but it was soon secured by Slavik with the senior Bush's help.

Slavik also reportedly won a contract with royal courtiers in Swaziland (Africa's last absolute monarchy) to help clean up the Swazi King's image in Washington. The Swazi King is known for his penchant for Swazi "virgin brides," some said to be well below the age of maturity. The U.S. ambassador to Swaziland reportedly treats Slavik as a virtual "viceroy" in the nation according to a puzzled U.S. embassy source in Mbabane, the Swazi capital.

2003 filings with the Justice Department pursuant to the Foreign Agents Registration Act do not list Slavik as a registered agent for Bongo. However, the governing act does not require filings for "non-registrable legal matters." However, Arent Fox, PLLC registered a request by its client Bongo for a visit to the White House in 2003.

Swaziland is one of the corporate registration bases for the Air Cess Swaziland (Pty) aircraft of UN sanctions buster and international weapons smuggler Viktor Bout. Condoleezza Rice has a "look but don't touch" policy for the mysterious aircraft operator who has provided services for U.S. forces in Iraq, the Taliban, Al Qaeda, Liberian warlord Charles Taylor, Israeli diamond smugglers, Angola's UNITA, and the Afghan Northern Alliance.