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Conspiracy so immense

A FEW DAYS after Sept. 11, 2001, an FBI agent showed up at the Whitney Museum of American Art to consult an unusual source -- drawings by the late artist Mark Lombardi showing the intricate financial connections between Osama bin Laden and various Saudi and American commercial interests. Through Dec. 18, visitors to the exhibit "Mark Lombardi: Global Networks" at the Drawing Center gallery in New York can examine for themselves Lombardi's elegant, diagrammatic pencil drawings -- some no less than 10 feet wide -- of various financial-political scandals, including the US savings and loan crisis, Iran-Contra, and the relationship between President Clinton and the Indonesia-based Lippo Group supposedly involved in the transfer of US missile technology to China.

"George W. Bush, Harken Energy and Jackson Stephens, c. 1979-90 (5th Version), 1999" (above; detail at right) displays Bush's indirect connection to bin Laden via Houston businessman James R. Bath, who allegedly represented the bin Laden family in the '80s.

 
(Photo / John Berens)
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