Mother Jones broke news today and opened a big window into the Koch brothers secret world.
MoJo received covert tape recordings from inside the Koch's private rah rah meeting held in Colorado in June 2011. These tapes confirm what we have known for sometime, the Koch brothers are zealous extremist political activists working to limit the power of the US Government. Texas Governor Rick Perry was there, as was Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell.
The headline grabbing line comes from Charles Koch, who is a man of few words in public, but quite a chatterbox in these private sessions with his fellow libertarian millionaire and billionaire buddies. Charles compares President Obama to Saddam Hussein.
"We have Saddam Hussein," declared billionaire industrialist Charles Koch, apparently referring to President Barack Obama as he welcomed hundreds of wealthy guests to the latest of the secret fundraising and strategy seminars he and his brother host twice a year. The 2012 elections, he warned, will be "the mother of all wars."
Overall the tapes show a paranoid bunch of very wealthy Americans, with a lot of anger and resentment at President Obama and the people who elected him. They want to raise a ton of money to take Obama out of office and replace him presumably with someone like Gov.Perry to run our country.
Hmmm. Perry who believes global warming is a hoax and that scientists are faking data. Meanwhile he calls for statewide prayer for rain to end the DustBowl-like critical drought that is crippling his state and the rest of the Southwest. Hmm…Rain Prayer - Rain Dance? That sounds like a good science based strategy, Mr. wannabe President Perry... There is more to come from Mother Jones tomorrow they say…Rick Perry’s speech?
Could be interesting. Hope he gives us more of his inciteful analysis about global warming...and how $116,000 from the Kochs in recent years helped Gov. Perry reach his conclusions -- See page 22 of our most recent Koch report.
Our Koch files are a good backdrop primer for these tapes. Greenpeace has released two major reports in the past 18 months on the Kochs and their financing of attacks on global warming science and policy. All of our work on Koch Industries and Charles David and Bill can be found on this Greenpeace webpage - Koch Industries: Secretly Funding the Climate Denial Machine
On the secret tapes, the Kochs whine about the left wing domination of the media. Greenpeace did a case study of the media connected people known to attend secret Koch meetings including Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck, who later thanked Charles Koch on the air.
Kate Sheppard of Mother Jones did a deeper narrative treatment of this research
Mother Jones has done a new expose of the Koch Million Dollar Donor Club detailing the people now known to be attending or mentioned at the secret Colorado Koch meeting in June 2011.
Also check out our PolluterWatch.org files on Charles Koch, David Koch and Bill Koch.
We wait with anxious ears for more of these Koch meeting tapes...