Monday, February 25, 2002

The Cliff Baxter 'suicide' isn't going to go away quietly. We know that at least one Enron official, Sherron Watkins, has testified that she feared for her life and that there was an atmosphere of intimidation at Enron. We also know that Baxter continued up to his death to express his views about the shadiness of Enron's practices, and that Baxter told his lawyer about his concerns about harassment he was experiencing. It used to be that for all the horrible things that big corporations would do, you could distinguish big corporations from organized crime as only organized crime would use extreme violence and threats of extreme violence to enforce protection of its secrets. It may not be possible to find any obvious difference between Enron and organized crime.