"RP: Why did you decide to blast off the Blogging Enron series with Enron Broadband instead of one of the other Enron cases, like that of Jeff Skilling, for example?
Cara: Enron Broadband – EBS -- is really the perfect way for a reader to start an investigation of the Enron saga. The EBS indictment was the first of the Enron indictments brought by the federal prosecutors of the Department of Justice’s Enron Task Force, or “ETF”. The tactics used by the ETF prosecutors and FBI agents in the EBS case are essentially the same ones used against defendants in the other Enron cases. John Kroger was the arrogant, “win-at-any-cost” prosecutor who brought the EBS indictments, and he is the archetype of the flawed squad of former Mafia prosecutors assigned to the Enron cases. And one of the EBS defendants, Rex Shelby, was the last man standing in the Enron legal wars – he fought the Feds for nine years and was the last of the dozens of Enron defendants to settle his legal case. So, with EBS, we have a legal case that spans most of the Enron legal history. It is the ideal way to learn about the issues that permeated all the Enron cases, including the Jeff Skilling case, which I will be covering in another Blogging Enron book, by the way.
Plus, frankly, EBS is just a fascinating company to explore. It was a classic high-tech start-up that launched near the end of the dot-com and telecommunications boom of the 1990’s. EBS was a true pioneer in the application of a business model and a range of cloud-based technologies that have since become the hallmark of America’s most successful technology companies. And many of the key players in the EBS saga have back stories that are truly fascinating. This makes the EBS story just plain fun to read about. Posts about EBS have been consistently among the most popular ones on my Enron Blog. The EBS story is the gem of the untold Enron tales – it is a story that seems to surprise and disarm people and makes them willing to rethink their old notions of Enron."
Check out the full text of the interview on the Rumble Press website.