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Sunday, 10/12/2008 5:19:28 PM

Sunday, October 12, 2008 5:19:28 PM

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Patrick Byrne to President Bush, Go Patrick!

SALT LAKE CITY, Oct. 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --, Inc. (Nasdaq: OSTK) chairman and CEO Patrick M. Byrne sends an open letter to President George W. Bush.

October 10, 2008

Mr. George W. Bush
President of the United States of America
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, D.C. 20500

Dear President Bush,

I was pleased to hear you say today that the SEC is taking action to stop manipulative practices in our markets. One such practice that the SEC must stop immediately is the insidious practice of naked short selling. In order for our stock settlement system to work so that trades actually settle, the SEC (or Congress) must take the following steps:

1. Enact a market-wide mandatory pre-borrow requirement for all short
2. Put in place a market-wide hard-delivery requirement on T+3 for all
3. Require that for any failure-to-deliver, broker-dealers must force a
mandatory buy-in;
4. Track each trade cradle-to-grave, so that prosecutors can go after
naked short sellers;
5. Require regular and timely disclosure by naked short sellers of when
and how many shares they are failing to deliver; and
6. Enforce these rules, including significant monetary penalties and jail

In addition, I believe that Washington must conduct a 9-11 Commission kind of investigation into our nation's entire clearing and settlement system.

Naked short selling is a significant issue. It has contributed to the recent fall of some of our financial institutions and exacerbated the current market crisis.

A well functioning capital market should settle trades. Only when there are laws in place that ensure settlement of all trades and when those laws are vigorously enforced, will the scourge of manipulative naked short selling stop.


Patrick M. Byrne, PhD.
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

cc: Senator Harry Reid, Senate Majority Leader
Senator Christopher J. Dodd, Chairman, Senate Banking, Housing, and
Urban Affairs Committee
Senator Richard Shelby, Ranking Member, Senate Banking, Housing, and
Urban Affairs Committee
Representative Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House of Representatives
Representative Barney Frank, Chairman, House Committee on Financial
Representative Spencer Bachus, Ranking Member, House Committee on
Financial Services
Christopher Cox, Chairman, Securities and Exchange Commission
Kathleen L. Casey, Commissioner, Securities and Exchange Commission
Elisse B. Walter, Commissioner, Securities and Exchange Commission
Luis A. Aguilar, Commissioner, Securities and Exchange Commission
Troy A. Paredes, Commissioner, Securities and Exchange Commission
Eric R. Sirri, Director, Division of Trading and Markets, Securities
and Exchange Commission
Henry 'Hank' M. Paulson, Jr., Secretary, Department of Treasury


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