“Eight years of being too afraid to talk is enough. I’m talking.”
This is not a webumentary about Enron, the corporation.
This is a webumentary about the way that the U.S. Department of Justice prosecuted the Enron-related cases. Until now, you’ve not heard this side of the story. And you’ve not heard it because people have been too afraid to tell it.
When Enron went bankrupt, Congress, the White House, plaintiff’s attorneys, former employees, an incensed public, and the media all called for prosecutions, spurring the Department of Justice to send the omnipotent Enron Task Force to Houston; and they promised convictions. Every Enron employee with insight about why the company went bankrupt immediately secured an attorney. And the first thing their attorneys told them was to talk with no one about Enron but them – their attorneys. In order to survive the wave of prosecutions that swept Houston, the people of Enron – and their attorneys – were gagged.
Now that some of the statutes of limitations have expired, now that the Enron Task Force has been disbanded, now that the Enron Grand Jury is a distant memory, now that some are out of harm’s way – only now are some of the people of Enron – and their attorneys – ungagged. And some of them are brave enough to tell their stories.
The way that the Enron Task Force operated was a wake-up call to those of us who appear on this website. We had never heard of prosecutorial abuse before the Enron Task Force came to town; we now feel duty-bound to share our experiences.
We hope that by telling our stories quietly and clearly, we will be able to sound an alarm that will awaken others, so that we can raise our voices and, eventually, cause changes to the way that the Justice Department is operating in America today. What happened to us happens to others every day in this country. Our stories are examples of what could happen to you.
Consider: Just as Enron should have been the canary in the mineshaft about the threat of bankruptcy to highly-leveraged companies, Enron should also now be the canary in the mineshaft about the threat of prosecutorial abuse to every American. (Skeptical? Then watch this module first.)
If you believe that you know everything there is to know about Enron and the prosecutions that followed its collapse, then this site will hold little interest for you. But, if you can concede that there are always two sides to every story, then welcome to Ungagged.Net – The Other Side of the Enron Story.