("Quid coniuratio est?")
FEDS CRACK DOWN ON FREON DEALERS
A powerful family with historic ties to the drug racket has lots of clout at the Justice Department. What's that have to do with your air conditioner?
During the 1996 presidential campaign, the Bronfman family and their Seagrams liquor empire were the largest contributors to both the Republican and Democratic National Committees.
Through their other major holdings -- such as the DuPont Corporation and the media giant, Time-Warner -- the Bronfmans exercise additional clout and throw around further political money.
Undoubtedly, they've got lots of clout. Some cynics suspect that a recent Justice Department initiative just might have something to do with Bronfman family clout in official Washington. Here's the story -- and it affects your daily life:
For generations, refrigerators and air conditioners used chlorofluorocarbon (CFC-12) gas -- popularly known as "Freon" -- as the method of refrigeration. Freon was -- and is by far -- the cheapest refrigerant on the market.
Some years ago, however, the media began beating the drum against Freon, saying it was dangerous to the Earth's ozone layer. Then, lo and behold, the Bronfman family-controlled DuPont Chemical company announced the creation of a Freon substitute called SUVA that is supposedly non-hazardous to the environment. In 1995, the federal government then banned the production of and importation of Freon into the United States, although one state -- Arizona -- has defied the federal ban.
As a consequence of all of this, refrigerators and air conditioners will have to stop using Freon and will have to switch to SUVA, which costs more than 40 times as much as Freon. This will bring immense profits to the Bronfman family and it will cost you money. According to researcher Donald Ruddy, "it absolutely will not work in your present Freon-charge machines." (Spotlight, March 18, 1996).
In other words, somebody is also going to make a lot of money when you have to have your refrigerators and your air conditioners re-conditioned to accept SUVA. You're going to have to pay lots of additional money to have that done or else you're going to have to buy new refrigerators and air conditioners using SUVA after the Freon supply runs out.
It's very simple -- and profitable.
Now, the Clinton administration, flush with re-election thanks to a big boost from the Bronfman empire, is cracking down on Freon smugglers. In early January Attorney General Janet Reno proudly announced the arrest of a dozen chlorofluorocarbon smugglers (although Miss Reno's record in nailing drug smugglers in Miami, where she served as state's attorney, was less than stellar).
Instead of cracking down on drug smugglers, federal agents are now targeting Freon smugglers. Some in Washington even expect the CIA to get involved.
The irony of all this is immense. After all, the Bronfman family made their millions smuggling alcohol and drugs in league with Meyer Lansky, "chairman of the board" of the international crime syndicate.
Lansky is dead and gone, but the Bronfman heirs have gone "legit" and plowed their family wealth into respectable corporations such as DuPont. So now the Bronfman clout is being used to crack down on DuPont's competition. As we said, it's very simple.
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