Monday, September 24, 2001
Osama brother, Bush shared biz ties
By London Daily Mail
LONDON -- U.S. President George W. Bush's past reveals strange links to the family of suspected terror kingpin Osama bin Laden.
In 1978, Salem bin Laden, the late older brother of Osama, appointed Bush pal James Bath to be his representative in Houston.
Bath had served with Bush in the Air National Guard.
Bush was not long out of Harvard Business School when he started Arbusto Energy oil company in his home state of Texas in 1978.
Bath invested $50,000 in Arbusto. Three years ago, Bush said that was the only dealing he had had with Bath.
It was never revealed whether Bath was investing his own money or somebody else's. There was even speculation the money might have been from Salem.
In the same year, Bath acted on Salem's behalf to purchase the Houston Gulf Airport.
In the early '70s, the bin Laden brothers had inherited a fortune from their construction magnate father, Mohammed.
At that time, the brothers delighted in their enormous wealth. Salem put a large part of his money into business ventures.
In 1983, Salem died in an ultralight plane crash in Texas.
Last night, a White House spokesman was unavailable for comment.