("Quid coniuratio est?")
L.J. DAVIS INTERVIEW
L.J. Davis, author of an article offering a good look beneath the surface of Arkansas politics ("The Name of Rose", The New Republic, April 4, 1994), was interviewed by phone by David Inge of the local PBS-connected radio station on August 4, 1994. What follows is my transcription of that interview.
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And that's... It's interesting also, because it [Worthen Bank] very narrowly went under. And...
Very nearly. And if the Stephenses hadn't written a rather large check, it would've gone under.
-+- The Great Non Reaction -+-
And furthermore, Jimmy Carter's former ambassador to Switzerland, Marvin Warner, who was deeply involved in it, went to the "pokey" [i.e., prison]. Lengthy prison sentences were doled out in Ohio to the people that had caused this. No such thing occurred in Arkansas, as a matter of fact. In part, well, as somebody said when I was asking that question about "Why wasn't there any reaction?" (and Arkansas is the place of "the great non reaction" to a bunch of stuff, as I documented in my article). And the answer was, "Well, maybe there was no reaction because the Stephens family wrote that check." In other words, Worthen [Bank] didn't go down.
What would happen, locally, in Champaign-Urbana, if Pakistanis and Indonesians with a lot of money began getting off of the planes at the local airport? Wouldn't somebody notice?
-+- A Teeny Bit Unusual -+-
And similarly, Illinois is a sophisticated, large and populous state. And you're quite right: everybody in Little Rock knows everybody else. Why wasn't there a heck of a lot of commentary on the fact that they were getting off the plane at Little Rock? As a matter of fact, one standing joke in Arkansas is, "Just who would have to get off a plane at Adams Field before the attorney general and long-time Governor would notice that something a teeny bit unusual was going on?"
-+- Yet Another Strange Person Shows Up -+-
But yet again, another strange person shows up, effecting the introductions between the Riady's and the Stephenses -- and that's Robert Anderson, President Eisenhower's former secretary of the treasury.
Well nobody seems to have done a thing called "due diligence", that is to say, find out just who everybody is now, not who they were or who they say they are. Mr. Anderson was later sentenced by a compassionate judge to not very long in prison for running an illegal offshore bank in the Caribbean, that catered to money launderers and tax evaders, that he nonetheless managed to crater. And he also had some interesting, if not highly questionable (the judge seemed to feel that they were highly questionable), relations with Reverend Moon's Unification Church. Is this really the guy you want introducing an Indonesian of doubtful provenance to the largest investment bank in the state? And then allowing him to begin to use it as a major investment vehicle?
I mean, forgive me, but I think this is a rather strange sequence of events. And I find the lack of investigation on the part of the Arkansas banking authorities to be yet another one of those omissions that characterizes the state.
And questions are welcome, and we'll get to them in just a moment.
[...to be continued...]
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