By Alex Distefano
By Scott Snowden
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Divvying up the pie is the work of a creditors committee, made up of the largest creditors, and in Enron's case, according to court papers, these include such megagiants as J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., Citigroup/Citibank, and 13 othersbig banks, an insurance company, and a pipeline firm.
Legal Times reports that in the first two months of the bankruptcy proceedings, "425 lawyers and accountants and 125 other professionals billed the bankruptcy estate for nearly $18 million in fees and $1.2 million in expenses. One firm billed for the time an associate took reading the New York Timesand Wall Street Journalat $450 an hour." The top takers:
Weil, Gotshal & Manges, 14,835.5 hours in December for $6.2 million.
Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, 1612 hours in December for $660,146 and 4120 hours in January for $2 million.
Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering, 6810 hours in December for $3 million
Dreamed up by a Houston geek calling himself Fabulous999, the video game Kaboom! calls for the kamikaze player, dressed like an Arab, to start a suicide-bombing spree in Israel, wend through Europe, and land in the U.S., killing as many women and children as possible with the click of a mouse.
Some 5000 people have voiced praise for Fabulous999 on his site, www.godfart.com. "Excellent game," wrote one. "You deserve a fucking medal," said another. "I gotta hand it to ya, any game that allows me to kill jews AND arabs is pure gold."
If they get bored with Kaboom! players can turn to other games, like NiggerHunt and Ethnic Cleansing.
One person who didn't think Kaboom! was such a laugh was AdmiralCasaba3rd, who lost his aunt and uncle when their jetliner flew into the World Trade Center. "They can never say goodbye to me or I love you because they are dead," he wrote. "It just brings up memories of the ones I have hugged and loved who are gone."
Not since the heyday of McCarthyism has there been anything like it. On its Web site, the White House tells how it is putting together the Citizen Corps, a vast network of amateur spies who tattle on any neighbors, friends, acquaintances, fellow workers, church parishioners, and family members they suspect of having terrorist ties. So far, the $230 million project includes the Citizen Corps Council, the Terrorist Information and Prevention System (TIPS), and a Medical Reserve Corps.
How will it work? The White House cites the example of Anne Arundel County, near Washington, D.C., as a model. There people are busy "taking police reports; making follow-up phone calls to victims; doing fingerprinting; helping with the neighborhood watch."
As for TIPS, it's meant to be "a national reporting system that would allow these workers, who have routines and are well positioned to recognize unusual events, to report suspicious activity to the appropriate authorities," the White House explains. Attorney General John Ashcroft says it's time for the country to turn its attention to "terrorism detection and prevention." He cites the National Sheriffs Association, which claims there are already 7500 communities actively watching their neighbors.