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Published on Wednesday, March 20, 2002
 
Ari the Evader by Russell Mokhiber...
 
Ari & I
White House Press Briefing with Ari Fleischer
 
 
Wednesday, March 20, 2002 12:30 p.m
 
 
by Russell Mokhiber
 
     
  Mokhiber: Ari, the cover of Fortune Magazine has an article this week called "It's Time to Stop Coddling White Collar Crooks -- Send Them to Jail." In a nutshell, the argument is that corporate and white collar criminals together inflict more damage on society than all street crime combined. Does the President agree with that analysis?

Ari Fleischer: I don't know that the President has seen the story, so I'm not going to comment on that.

Mokhiber: Second question. The Treasury Department enforces the Trading with the Enemy Act law against -- they have settled hundreds of cases over the last couple of years against companies big and small. Yet they don't publicize them, unlike the Bureau of Export Administration, which puts their settlements up on their website. Why does the President allow this to happen -- for the Treasury Department to make these secret settlements with big companies that are trading with Iraq and Iran and so forth?

Ari Fleischer: Russell, I think you need to ask the Treasury that question. That's the first I've heard of that program or even the question. So, you might want to check with Treasury.

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-Thanks to Russell Mokhiber

White House reporter Russell Mokhiber is the editor of the Washington, D.C.-based Corporate Crime Reporter - www.corporatecrimereporter.com. He co-authors the weekly Focus on the Corporation column with Robert Weissman which Common Dreams publishes. He can be reached at: russell@nationalpress.com

 

 
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