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„Roberta's Pizza“ Brukline įsitraukė į 5,4 mln. USD vertės teismo mūšį su nušalintu bendraturčiu

„Roberta's Pizza“ Brukline įsitraukė į 5,4 mln. USD vertės teismo mūšį su nušalintu bendraturčiu


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Garsusis Robertos pica Brukline, kuris užėmė ketvirtą vietą mūsų 101 geriausių Amerikos picų sąrašas, yra įsivėlęs į sudėtingą teisinę kovą tarp dabartinių savininkų ir nušalinto įkūrėjo Chriso Parachini. Parachini buvo atleistas per derybas dėl plėtros ir išpirkimo gruodį, pranešė „New York Post“. Po kritimo Parachini tariamai pasirodė restorane ir pradėjo užsakinėti darbuotojus, tarsi jis vis dar būtų bendrasavininkas. Buvo iškviesta policija, tačiau ji atsisakė įsikišti. Savininkai Brandonas Hoy ir Carlo Mirarchi balandžio 9 dieną teisme susitiks su Parachini.

Štai dramos suskirstymas tarp buvusių kolegų, atnešusių jums vieną geriausių Niujorko picos vietų. Roberta's derybas dėl plėtros ir išpirkimo susitarė gruodį, kai Parachini atsisakė priimti 2 milijonų dolerių pasiūlymą už savo įmonės dalį. Įtariama, kad jis reikalavo 2,9 milijono JAV dolerių už originalų „Roberta“, plius 2,5 milijono dolerių už intelektinę nuosavybę ir įvairius pašalinius veiksmus,įskaitant restoraną „Rockaways“.

Remiantis ieškiniu, visos trys šalys taip pat derėjosi dėl restoranų Azijoje atidarymo ir dar neatidaryto viešbučio „ACE“ restorano, esančio Orchard gatvėje Žemutinėje Rytų pusėje. Remiantis Mirachi ir Hoy ieškiniu, M. Parachini tariamai jau keletą mėnesių nebuvo restorane, kai tada buvo nušalintas, nes nepavyko pasiekti susitarimo.

„Gruodžio 5 d. ... derybos, matyt, nutrūko, o Parachini gruodžio 16 d. Parašė„ Mirarchi “ir„ Hoy “,„ norėdamas atnaujinti diskusiją “, - rašoma ieškinyje. dieną, norėjo aptarti šį klausimą be jų advokatų ir pareiškė, kad ketina sušaukti akcininkų susirinkimą, kuriame būtų kalbama apie įmonių valdymą ir kitus dalykus. Id. Kitą dieną, gruodžio 17 d., „Helbraun“ įmonė korporacijos vardu išsiuntė Parachini oficialų laišką, kuriame dėl priežasties nutraukė „Parachini“, informuodama jį, kad jis nebėra akcininkas ar darbuotojas pagal akcininkų sutartį “.

„Mūsų didžiausios baimės tapo realybe 2014 m. Gruodžio 22 d., Kai restorane pasirodė Parachini ir pradėjo darbuotojams sakyti, kad jis yra„ viršininkas “ir„ savininkas “, ir jie turėjo jo išklausyti“, - rašė Hoy pareiškime. buvo pakartotinai paskelbtas „The New York Post“. „Esame susirūpinę, kad tai baigsis fiziniu susipykimu, kol policija nesiims jokių veiksmų, remiantis ankstesne M. Parachini istorija ir jo nepastoviu elgesiu“. kurį laiką Hoy ir Mirachi pateikė ieškinį. Teisėjas taip pat pareikalavo, kad ieškinio metu Parachini būtų mokamas atlyginimas. „Daily Meal“ kreipėsi į Hoy, Mirachi, Parachini ir „Roberta's Pizza“ leidėjus, kad gautų daugiau informacijos, tačiau atsakymo dar negavo.

„Aš neturiu smurto istorijos ir niekada negrasinau savo partneriams ar darbuotojams. Tai yra visiškas išsigalvojimas, pateiktas teismui uždegti “, - rašė„ Parachini “rašytiniame pareiškime, rašo„ New York Post “.

Balandžio mėnesį susvetimėję picos magnatai susitiks teisme, o 15 darbuotojų iš Robertos tariamai duos parodymus prieš Parachini.


Seksas ir nusikaltimai DC

Šis puslapis suteikia skaitytojams galimybę susipažinti su keblių, draudžiamų, gluminančių ir politinių didžiųjų santakų pavyzdžiais. Tai nieko naujo. Pavyzdžiui, pilietinio karo metu DC buvo 450 viešnamių. Tačiau tai taip pat nėra nereikšminga. Dalis Vašingtono mitologijos yra tai, ką būtų galima pavadinti Jimo Lehrerio iliuzija, o tai reiškia, kad visi sostinės žmonės sėdi ir racionaliai diskutuoja apie politikos alternatyvas. Tiesą sakant, Vašingtono politiką taip pat labai skatina bailumas, šantažas, apgaulė, baimė, ištikimybė seniems bičiuliams ir net vyresniems kūnams, bendradarbiavimas, korupcija, seksas ir tiesiog nusikalstamumas. Žurnalistai, kurie apsimeta kitaip, arba nesupranta, kas vyksta, arba ką nors slepia.

Visuomenė dažnai neteisingai supranta Vašingtono skandalų svarbą, manydama, kad tai paprasčiausia nesąmonė, individuali nesėkmė ar privatus nusikaltimas. Seksas ir nusikalstamumas DC skiriasi, bent jau dalyvaujant valdantiesiems, yra tai, kad yra daug daugiau galimybių šantažuoti ir daug daugiau įgūdžių užmaskuoti.

Šantažu gali pasinaudoti vienos vyriausybės šakos nariai prieš kitos valdžios atstovus, lobistai prieš Kongreso narius, policija prieš bet kurį asmenį ir užsienio valstybės. Pavyzdžiui, vienas iš būdų išlaikyti kongreso narį perkamą yra tai, kad lobistas aprūpina jį aukščiausios klasės paleistuvėmis. Pažymėtina, kad ir izraeliečiai, ir Borisas Jelcinas, matyt, žinojo apie Billo Clintono romaną su Monica Lewinsky anksčiau nei tai padarė amerikiečių visuomenė. Miesto ekologija teikia ypatingą reikšmę gėjų seksui vien dėl to, kad dėl didesnės visuomenės antipatijos šantažuotojas tampa dar lengvesniu taikiniu, matydamas bylą prieš kelerius metus, kai buvo nustatyta, kad DC policijos pareigūnai surengė prievartavimą prieš homoseksualius žmones. barai.

Galiausiai, atskleidus netinkamumą beveik neišvengiamai iškyla veidmainystės problema, nes dalyvaujantis pareigūnas dažnai pasipriešino nustatytam nusikaltimui arba bandė uždrausti, bausti ar kitaip slopinti atskleistą praktiką. Vienas iš ironiškesnių pavyzdžių buvo tada, kai septintajame dešimtmetyje baltas pietų senatorius buvo pagautas su juoda prostitute. Pasakė pilietinių teisių lyderis, ir jis yra tik vienas iš tų saulėlydžių saulėlydžio atskirties šalininkams.

Gebėjimas nuslėpti skandalą ar nusikaltimus taip pat yra daug didesnis Vašingtone. Tai galima pasiekti pasikliaunant federalinio miesto socialinių klubų taisyklėmis, padedant pritariantiems žurnalistams, oficialiai sukant ar cenzūruojant arba pasinaudojant sostinės įvairiomis teisėsaugos institucijomis, kurių kiekviena laukia biudžeto ir svarbiausių paskyrimų. į kokį nors federalinį departamentą. Pavyzdžiui, tiek generalinį prokurorą, tiek JAV prokurorą (kuris tvarko visus DC nusikaltimus) skiria prezidentas. Prezidentui dirba FTB, DEA, ATF, nacionalinio parko policija, slaptoji tarnyba, jau nekalbant apie akveduką, zoologijos sodą ir metro policiją. O Metropoliteno policijos departamentas yra po Kongreso nykščiu, kuris tvirtina savo biudžetą ir vykdo autoritetą užkulisiuose.

Trumpai tariant, Vašingtone yra daug daugiau politiškai susijusių sekso ir nusikalstamumo atvejų, apie kuriuos paprastai pranešama, jis yra mažiau kompetentingai ištirtas, nei paprastai manoma, ir nuslėpti yra daug lengviau, nei paprastai vertinama.

ELIOT SPITZER

PATIKIMAS ŠALTINIS, SKALBIMO PAŠTAS Nauja DC ir#8217 sekso skandalo turo stotelė: „Mayflower“ 871 kambarys. 83 metų viešbutis turi ilgą ir aukštą istoriją apie riebių kačių vakarėlius ir kitus Vašingtono ekscesus, tačiau jis niekada nepateikė antraščių apie horizontalius aukštus posūkius iki “Klientas 9 ir#8221. . . Nebuvo tokio jaudulio nuo 1999 m., Kai Monica Lewinsky kovojo prieš minias (pakankamai tinkamai) prezidento rinktinėje, kur Kongreso apkaltos vadovams papasakojo apie savo romaną su Billu Clintonu. „Mayflower“ taip pat buvo Judith Campbell Exner ir namie toli nuo namų, kai Baltuosiuose rūmuose bandė kartu su Johnu F. Kennedy. Taip, istorijos mėgėjai, tai buvo viešbučio ir miesto numerių salonas „Town & amp Country“, kuriame 20 metų kasdien pietavo FTB direktorius J. Edgaras Hooveris kartu su savo padėjėju Clyde'u Tolsonu.

„Mayflower“ dabar prisijungia prie geriausių Vašingtono nakvynės ir pusryčių sąrašo: „The Jefferson“, kur Clinton patikėtinis Dickas Morrisas išsiurbė pirštus 200 USD už valandą skambinančiai merginai Sherry Rowlands, buvusiai „Vista“ (dabar Westin Washington), kur buvo Marion Barry. sugavo rūkantį kreką, kai pažįstamas Rasheeda Moore ir Ritz-Carlton, Pentagono miestas, kur Marvas Albertas įkando moters palydovui, Linda Tripp slapta įrašė Lewinsky, kalbėdama apie savo romaną, ir Deborah Jeane Palfrey (dar žinoma kaip „DC Madam“) ) atsiuntė lydimus, kaip ji vadina, teisėtomis, neseksualinėmis ir#8220datomis. ”

NY TIMES Manau, kad biologai gali pasakyti, kad tai susiję su natūralia atranka, o valdžią įgyjantis žmogus tampa alfa vyru “, - sakė Tomas Fiedleris, dėstantis spaudos ir politikos kursą Harvarde. 8217 -ųjų Kennedy mokykla. Jis dalyvavo pranešant apie Gary Harto pagarsėjusį sukilimą su Donna Rice 1987 m., Kuris nutraukė senatoriaus kandidatūrą į prezidentus. . .

Daktaras Frankas Farley, Temple universiteto psichologas, sakė, kad daugelis politikų yra tai, ką jis vadina T tipo asmenybėmis, o T reiškia jaudulį. “Politika yra neaiškus verslas, - sakė jis. “Tu ’ esi rinkėjų užgaida. Nėra kadencijos. Dažnai sunku žinoti, kokie yra sėkmės kriterijai. Tai viskas arba nieko, arba jūs laimite, arba pralaimite. Taigi tai įkvepia rizikuoti žmogų eiti į tą darbą. Tačiau viešojoje erdvėje jie turėtų parodyti stabilumą ir atsakomybę, todėl ši rizikinga prigimtis gali labiau pasirodyti privačioje pusėje. . .

Dr. Judy Kuriansky, Kolumbijos universiteto ir dėstytojų kolegijos klinikinės psichologijos profesorė, sakė, kad seksas ir valdžia yra labai susiję, nes jie iš esmės yra šios didžiulės energijos, kurią turi šie žmonės, išraiška. nedažnai, anot jos, politikai griežtai pasisako prieš patį elgesį, kuriuo jie tada užsiima, kaip yra gubernatoriaus Spitzerio atveju. “Jūs projektuojate neteisingai kitus, o tai rodo jūsų elgesį, - sakė ji. “Ji vadinami gynybos mechanizmu. Iš esmės ji yra nesąmoninga. Be to, ji pridūrė: „Nors Spitzeris yra teisininkas, kai patekote į galios poziciją, manote, kad esate aukščiau įstatymo.“

GERTAI KALNĖJE

ALBERTAS EISELEAS IR JEFFAS DUFOURAS, HILL NEWS – Išeidamas į pensiją senatorius Fritzas Hollingsas (DS.C.) lapkričio 16 d. Pažymėjo savo 38 metų Senate pabaigą, jis pagerbė savo dabartinius kolegas, tačiau sukėlė tam tikrų abejonių dėl pirmosios senatorių grupės, kuriai jis tarnavo su#1962 m. “Aš neisiu su mintimi, kad Senatas nėra toks, koks buvo personalo prasme, - sakė jis atsisveikinimo kalboje. “Turime kur kas geresnę senatorių grupę. Kai atėjau čia, turėjome penkis girtuoklius ar šešis girtuoklius. JAV Senate [šiandien] nėra girtų. ”

Hollings ’s pastabos privertė buvusius senatorius ir Senato padėjėjus bei žurnalistus, kurie tuo metu nušvietė Senatą, spėlioti, ką jis turi omenyje. Senatoriai, įskaitant Senato biuro sekretorių, galėjo eiti į dvi ar tris vietas, kad gautų nemokamą gėrimą, ir prisiminė buvęs senatorius Eugene'as McCarthy (D-Minn.).

McCarthy, atvykęs į Senatą iš rūmų 1959 m., Nustatė Russellą Longą (D-La.), Thurstoną Mortoną (R-Ky.), Warreną Magnusoną (D-Wash), Jamesą Eastlandą (D-Miss), Harrisonas Williamsas (DN.J.) ir Everettas Dirksenas (R-Ill.), Kaip ir tarp tų Hollingsų, galvojo.

Jis sakė, kad Longas ir Mortonas, įgiję slapyvardį “Thirsty ”, dažnai gėrė kartu, o Magnusonas “ “ kartais ateidavo ant grindų ir būdavo neaiškus, kur jis yra, ir kažkas sakė: ‘ atmintis. “”

MAFIJA

Niujorko mafija niekada nebuvo stipri DC. Tam buvo pateikti keli paaiškinimai. Vienas iš jų yra tas, kad DC jau seniai buvo per mažas miestas. Taip pat yra nepatvirtintų pranešimų, kad J Edgaras Hooveris sudarė tam tikrą susitarimą su mafija, kad to nebūtų. Devintajame dešimtmetyje advokatas Williamas Garberis, atstovavęs keletą vietos nusikalstamumo veikėjų, „Washington Post“ žurnalistui sakė, kad „organizuoto nusikalstamumo mintis, persikėlusi [į Vašingtoną] tiesiog per daug pastūmėtų FTB“.

Kita vertus, tiriantis žurnalistas, persikėlęs į Vašingtoną, sužinojęs apie minios sutartį apie savo gyvenimą aštuntajame dešimtmetyje, mums pasakoja kitokią istoriją. Jis sakė, kad federaliniai agentai pasiūlė jam persikelti į neutralų miestą, kuriame minios dalijasi velėna ir nė vienas iš jų nėra dominuojantis. Jie pasiūlė Las Vegasą, Majamį ir Vašingtoną.

JOE NESLINE ir NATHAN LANDOW

JAV NAUJIENOS IR PASAULIO ATASKAITA, 1998 m. Kovo 30 d. Kai vasario mėnesį Kathleen Willey atsisakė Nathan Landow pavardės į savo pakeistą pareiškimą dėl Paulos Jones bylos, šiurpuliukai perėjo per viceprezidento Al Gore ’s stovyklą ir#8211, o ne tik dėl to, kad Willey pateikė patikimą pasakojimą apie hormonus, kurie Ovalo kabinete veikia. Daugiau nei dešimtmetį Landowas, 65 metų multimilijonierius Merilando kūrėjas, buvo entuziastingiausias „Gore ’“ lėšų rinkėjas. . . Willey ’ originaliame sausio 11 d. Pareiškime Joneso byloje ji neigė, kad kas nors bandė daryti įtaką jos deponavimui, ir Landowo#8217s vardas niekada nebuvo sugalvotas. Tačiau po mėnesio Willey, atlikusi rašytinę peržiūrą, pažymėjo, kad ji „aptarė“ ir#8221 dėl savo nusileidimo su „Landow“. Vėlesniuose parodymuose, kuriuos atliko didžioji Starro žiuri, Willey, kaip teigiama, teigė, kad Landow bandė ją spausti, kad ji atsisakytų savo istorijos apie seksualinį priekabiavimą iš prezidento Clinton. Per savo advokatus Landowas garsiai neigė, kad jis bandė paveikti Willey liudijimus. Tačiau šaltiniai, artimi Landowui, pripažįsta, kad spalį, praėjus kelioms savaitėms po to, kai Willey gavo šaukimą į Joneso bylą, Landowas sumokėjo privačiai užsakomųjų skrydžių bendrovei, kad ši nuskraidintų ją į jos prašymą ir į jo Maryland dvarą. Pasak „Landow ’s“ advokato Joe Caldwello jaunesniojo, “Kontaktą tarp G. Landow ir M. Willey praėjusį rudenį inicijavo ponia Willey. . . Per pastaruosius du dešimtmečius Landowas gavo daugiau nei jo dalis. Jimmy Carterio lėšų rinkėjas Landowas buvo svarstomas ambasadoriaus pareigas Nyderlanduose 1977 m. Panašu, kad šis atskleidimas paneigė Landowo ambasadorių siekius, bet ne jo įtaką partijai.

1978 m. Sausio 26 d. VASHINGTONO POSTAS: Du žinomi Vašingtono investuotojai [Nathanas Landowas ir Smithas Bagley], turintys ryšių su Karterio administracija, buvo įtraukti į pasiūlymą Atlanto mieste pastatyti viešbutį ir lošimų kazino, o Vašingtono lošimų karalius Joe Nesline konsultantas. . „Nesline ’“ dalyvavimas kazino įmonėje tapo žinomas sausio 14 d., Kai federalinė ir vietos policija užpuolė „Nesline ’s Bethesda“ butą. . . FTB agentai konfiskavo bylą, kurioje buvo ir memorandumai, kuriuose išdėstytas siūlomas 85 milijonų dolerių vertės sandoris, susijęs su Bagley ir Landow, ir tai nebuvo vienintelė azartinių lošimų įmonė, kurioje „Nesline“ dalyvavo „Landow“, o „St. Marten“ projekte dalyvavo Landowas ir Edwardas Cellini, buvusio organizuoto nusikalstamumo veikėjo Meyerio Lansky bendradarbio Dino Cellini brolis Lapkritį ir vakarėlį „Landow“ namuose stebėjo Montgomerio apygardos civiliai, pašalinę svečių numerius. #8217 automobilių. Apskrities organizuoto nusikalstamumo skyriaus pareigūnai Landową prižiūrėjo beveik metus. Iš Floridos policijos jie sužinojo, kad Landowas buvo suinteresuotas dabar nebeveikiančia korporacija, kurios paslėpti savininkai tariamai apėmė identifikuotą Carlo Gambino mafijos ir#8220 šeimos narį. , apklausė Montgomerio grafystės paprastus drabužius, kurie paaiškino savo susidomėjimą Landowu.

1978 M. SAUSIO 28 D. WASHINGTONO POSTAS: garsus Vašingtono investuotojas Smithas Bagley, kaltinamas „Carter“ administracija, apkaltino „The Washington Post“ šališkumu ir neetišku elgesiu, kai jis aptarė „Atlantic City“ viešbučio kazino pasiūlymą, kuriame dalyvavo Bagley. . . Nuo tada, kai Maxine Cheshire paprašė manęs 25 000 USD asmeninės paskolos, o aš jos atsisakiau, - tvirtino Bagley, - jaučiau, kad mano šeima ir aš buvome po padidinamuoju stiklu, o „Washington Post“ akys žiūrėjo pro ją. “ 8221 Cheshire neigė, kad apie tokią paskolą kada nors buvo diskutuojama. . . . Bradlee, Cheshire ir redaktoriaus redaktoriaus padėjėjas Harry M. Rosenfeldas, redagavęs Cheshire'o istoriją, visi vakar ginčijo Bagley'o kaltinimus. . . Bagley, Reynoldso tabako įpėdinis, cituojamas neigiantis, kad kada nors buvo susitikęs ar girdėjęs „Nesline“. Landowas, daugiamilijonierius statybininkas, pripažino žinantis „Nesline“. Bagley vakar nepavyko susisiekti su papildomais komentarais. Vienas iš jo advokatų Irvinas B. Nathanas atsisakė komentuoti. „The Post ’s“ paskyros tikslumas nebuvo ginčijamas.

VASHINGTONO POSTAS, 1998 m. Balandžio 6 d.: 1978 m. „The Washington Post“ išspausdino pirmojo puslapio istoriją, atskleidžiančią, kad Landowas pasamdė Vašingtono nelegalių lošimų karalių Joe Nesline'ą kaip konsultantą, nesėkmingai stengdamasis sukurti kazino Atlanto mieste. Tuo metu Landowas prisipažino, kad Nesline buvo draugas, tačiau neigė žinąs apie savo draugo nusikalstamą praeitį. Dabar Landowas sako: “Tame straipsnyje buvo daug netikslumų. ”

Vyrų prostitucija REAGAN-BUSH ERA

PAUL M. RODRIGUEZ IR GEORGE ARCHIBALD WASHINGTON TIMES, 1989: federalinės ir apygardos valdžios institucijos tiria homoseksualų prostitucijos žiedą. Tarp jo klientų yra pagrindiniai Reigano ir Bušo administracijų pareigūnai, karininkai, kongreso padėjėjai ir JAV bei užsienio verslininkai. socialinius ryšius su Vašingtono politiniu elitu, atskleidžia „The Washington Times“ gauti dokumentai. Vienas iš „Ring ’“ aukšto lygio klientų buvo taip gerai susietas, kad praėjusių metų liepos 3 d., Sekmadienį, savo draugams galėjo suorganizuoti ekskursiją po Baltuosius rūmus. Tarp šešių asmenų, dalyvavusių neeilinėje 1 val. Ekskursijoje, buvo dvi prostitutės vyrai. . . Šio laikraščio žurnalistai išnagrinėjo šimtus kreditinių kortelių kuponų, paimtų tiek verslo, tiek asmeninėmis kortelėmis ir sumokėtus homoseksualų žiedo valdomai palydos tarnybai. . . Tarp čekiuose esančių klientų vardų, kuriuos nustatė prostitutės ir palydos operatoriai, yra vyriausybės pareigūnai, vietiniai JAV karininkai, verslininkai, teisininkai, bankininkai, kongreso padėjėjai ir kiti specialistai. . .

KARLYN BARKER, WASHINGTON POST, 1990 M. LIEPOS 24: Tariamas lyderis, kurį valdžios institucijos pavadino didžiausia vyrų prostitucijos operacija Vašingtono rajone, vakar pasidavė federaliniams agentams ir nepripažino savo kaltės dėl jam ir trims tariamiems bendrininkams pareikštų reketo kaltinimų . 29 metų Henry W. Vinsonas iš Williamsono, W.Va., anglies kasyklos sūnus, apkaltintas homoseksualių palydos tarnybos sukūrimu, vakar po pietų buvo apkaltintas JAV apygardos teisme po to, kai kreipėsi į Slaptosios tarnybos agentus. . . Spaudos konferencijoje po teismo posėdžio [JAV Advokatas Jay] Stephensas teigė, kad tyrimas dėl tariamo prostitucijos žiedo baigtas ir#8221, o vakar paskelbtas kaltinamasis aktas buvo skirtas tiems, kurie tariamai sukūrė žiedą, o ne klientams, kurie, kaip pranešama, jį globojo. Paklaustas apie ankstesnius pranešimus, kad kai kurie iš šių klientų buvo aukšto lygio pareigūnai Reagano ir Bušo administracijose, Stephensas sakė, kad tyrimas neatskleidė papildomo elgesio, rodančio nusikalstamą elgesį kitų žmonių vardu. . . Vinsono byla išprovokavo papildomą pranešimą po to, kai „The Washington Times“ praėjusią vasarą paskelbė pranešimus, rodančius, kad tariamą prostitucijos žiedą globoja vyriausybės pareigūnai. „The Times“ klientais įvardijo kelis žemo lygio vyriausybės darbuotojus ir Vašingtono lobistą bei vakarėlių rengėją Craigą J. Spence'ą, kuris, anot laikraščio, pasiėmė draugų ir paleistuvių į ekskursijas po Baltuosius rūmus. Spence'as buvo rastas negyvas Bostono viešbučio kambaryje praėjusį rudenį, o valdžia jo mirtį laikė savižudybe.

TIMOTHY MAIER, INSIGHT, 1997 m. Spalio 20 d. Šantažas, melas ir apgaulė gali būti vienintelis tinkamas 1993 m. Sietlo Azijos ir Ramiojo vandenyno ekonominio bendradarbiavimo arba APEC aukščiausiojo lygio susitikimo, kuriame pranešama, kad 17 šalių aukštųjų asmenų elektroninis stebėjimas, aprašymas amerikiečių agentų. Kaip praeitą mėnesį pirmą kartą pranešė „Insight“, žvalgybos ir saugumo specialistai, Clinton administracijos teigimu, prisipažino dalyvavę ir#8212 suklaidino konklavą, o paskui pateikė Demokratų nacionaliniam komitetui įslaptintas paslaptis. Tai savo ruožtu tariamai buvo naudojama kaip masalas mainams su potencialiais didžiųjų pinigų donorais už didelius įnašus į demokratų iždą, šaltinius ir iš vyriausybės pretenzijų. Šią savaitę istorija toliau vystėsi naujais posūkiais. Buvę Nacionalinio saugumo tarybos (NSC) pareigūnai ir aukšto lygio ekonomikos patarėjai sako „Insight“, kad jie vis dar yra labai susirūpinę, kad įslaptinta informacija galėjo būti nutekinta politiniais tikslais. Dėl to tai būtų šantažas,-sako buvęs aukšto lygio Busho paskirtasis, kuris paprašė neatpažinti savo tapatybės dėl vykstančių verslo santykių su Clinton administracija. “Manau, kad istorija yra visiškai patikima. Nenorėčiau to praleisti pro šią administraciją. rimtą nusikaltimą, Baltieji rūmai teikia itin slaptą informaciją apie prekybą dviem Vakarų pakrantės advokatų kontoroms, dirbančioms pagal DNC knygas. . . Manoma, kad FTB užfiksavo daugiau nei 300 vietų, o elektroniniai garso ir vaizdo stebėjimo įtaisai buvo naudojami stebėti nuo 10 000 iki 15 000 pokalbių ir#8212 didžiąją dalį duomenų realiuoju laiku, kurie buvo perduoti iš palydovų į NSA. Stebėjimo stotys paprastai buvo įrengtos netoli slaptosios tarnybos perimetro arba karinio jūrų laivyno žvalgybos įrenginių. Šaltiniai teigia, kad daugelis taikinių buvo susiję su didelėmis sutartimis su Vietnamu. . . Manoma, kad berniukams buvo 15–17 metų. Kad ir kaip tai šokiruotų, kai kurie sako, kad tai yra įprasta. Buvęs Bušo patarėjas ekonomikos klausimais pastebi: “Lytis? Tai buvo daroma visą laiką. Jei užsienio diplomatas nori kompaniono, Valstybės departamentas tai suteikia. Nesvarbu, ar tai vyras, ar moteris. Tam jie yra sukūrę specialų fondą. ” Kitas buvęs NSC pareigūnas, prašęs anonimiškumo, sako, kad tai daro ir kitos šalys. “Man buvo pasiūlyta visa seksualinė malonė, kokią tik galite įsivaizduoti. Aš visą laiką jo atsisakiau. Po kurio laiko jie paliko mane vieną ir nustojo man siūlyti. ”

ODESSA MADRE

“Jūs nesitempiate ant Supermeno ir#8217 apsiausto. Jūs nespjaudote į vėją. Tu nenusitrauki kaukės nuo „Lone Ranger“ ir, mažute, nesipainioji su Odesa, gerai? Aš galiu būti senas ir negražus, bet nesu kvailas. Štai kodėl aš buvau karalienė. Odesa Madre

Courtland Milloy nuostabioje 1980 m. „Washington Post“ istorijoje taip apibūdina Odesą Madre: “Turbūt niekas kitas nėra matęs tiek daug rajono narkotikų, numerių ir prekybos vidaus nuoma, ir vis dar gyvas apie tai papasakoti . Remiantis vienu policijos liudijimu, kuris buvo pateiktas JAV apygardos teismui čia 1975 m., ‘Ji praktikuoja išradingą ir įžvalgią nuovokumo formą, kuri leido jai išgyventi ir klestėti neteisėtoje veikloje per pastaruosius 40 metų. ’ su dviem teismo nutartimi vykdytais pokalbių pokalbiais, vienas policijos šaltinis buvo cituojamas teismo įrašuose, sakydamas, kad Madre dažnai rengia vakarėlius savo namuose ir kad, žinoma, ponia Madre jai pateikė keletą dubenėlių kokaino, heroino ir marihuanos svečiams ir#8217 malonumui.

Iki 1980 m. Madre per 48 metus buvo paimta 30 kartų dėl 57 kaltinimų, septyni iš jų buvo praleisti federaliniame kalėjime. Išlipusi ji nusipirko „Lincoln Continental“ ir nusipirko „Cadillac Seville“, atlikusi vėlesnę trejų metų bausmę.

Madre užaugo mišrioje juodaodžių ir airių kaimynystėje, pastaroji gausiai apgyvendino DC policijos pajėgas ir galiausiai dažnai ieškojo savo vaikystės draugo. “Negrogai ir airiai puikiai sutarė, - Madre pasakojo Milloy. “Jie kovotų tarpusavyje, bet mes nekovotume tarpusavyje. Jei kas nors už Cowtown atvyktų kovoti su airiais, negrai į juos pjaustytų plytas. Mes buvome tarsi didelė laiminga šeima. ” Rašo Milloy: “ Taip prasidėjo ilgi ir klestintys santykiai su Metropolitan Police Department nariais. Kai Madre ir vaikystės draugai užaugo, jie tapo kapitonais, leitenantais ir net policijos skyriaus viršininkais, kaip ir jų tėvai. Prabėgus metams ir Madrei tapus liūdnai pagarsėjusia karaliene, daugelis jos vaikystės bičiulių negalėjo pamiršti, kad kadaise ji buvo jų tautietė „Great Rock Chunkin“ ir „8217 Wars“ kovose su italų ir vokiečių vaikais . ”

Didžiausio lygio 1940 -aisiais Madre uždirbo apie 100 000 USD per metus ir turėjo mažiausiai šešis bauginančius namus, lažybų operacijas ir būstinę 2204 14 -ojoje gatvėje, žinomą kaip „Club Madre“. Tarp atlikėjų buvo mamos Mabley, grafas Basie ir Nat King Cole.

Ilgą laiką gyventojai prisimena, kad Madre įėjo į jos klubą, po jos merginos ir sėdėjo prie stalo su 12 ilgų rožių stiebų. Jie taip pat prisimena, kad merginos atostogavo sekmadienį ir buvo galima pastebėti, kaip jos atsipalaiduoja Madre salos verandoje.

1952 m. Kefauverio komitetas, nukreiptas į organizuotą nusikalstamumą DC, nustatė, kaip vietiniai mafiozai atlygina policininkams, kaip paaiškėjo, daugiausia per Madrę. Milloy pažymi, kad du seržantai tikino, kad jie buvo pažeminti pareigose ir paskirti eiti mokyklą, nes jie atsisakė Madre išmokos ir dalyvavo areštuojant žinomus lošėjus, įskaitant ją. Jie paliudijo, kad juos pažemino aukštesnysis pareigūnas Johnas Murphy. ‘Taip, aš jį pažinojau, - tarė Mandre. ‘Augai su juo Cowtown mieste. ‘ Kažkas turėjo atiduoti pinigus#. ”

Madre'as pats viską įvertino: “Sakote, ar tai buvo verta? Vaikeli, įdomu, ar nusikalstamumas moka? Aš jums pasakysiu, taip. Tai moka beprotiškai daug pinigų. Ir pinigai yra kažkas. Man nerūpi, kas tu esi, kai gauni pinigų, gali atverti daug durų, nes visada yra kokia širdinga širdis, kuri tavęs klausys. “Ir kai tu parodysi ’ tuos pinigus. . . jei tu turi vatą, mielasis, jie čiulpia tave taip, kaip tu buvai „Tootsie Roll“.

KITI PASAKOS

JEFFAS GANNONAS

NUTRAUKUS ir šiek tiek pavėluotai, „Review“ pagaliau pradėjo atkreipti dėmesį į Jeffo Gannono istoriją. Iš pradžių manėme, kad tai ne kas kita, kaip atvejis, kai kažkam vaikinui buvo mokama užduoti „softball“ klausimus Baltųjų rūmų spaudos konferencijoje. Bet tada atėjo sekso kampas ir supratimas, kad vienintelė likusi priežastis nutraukti valstybines pareigas Vašingtone yra neteisėta auklė ar gėjų seksas.

Kadangi DC turi didelę ir laimingai gėjų bendruomenę, gali atrodyti šiek tiek keista, kad gėjų vaikino akis gali pakliūti į tokias bėdas, tačiau kartais šiuos veiksmus lydi ne tokia maloni veikla, kaip kyšininkavimas dėl vyriausybės malonės ar šantažas. Be to, kaip Wayne'as Madsenas rašo, nuolat buvo pranešta apie GOP pedofilų ir vyrų prostitucijos žiedą.

Seksas ir korumpuota politika DC nėra nieko naujo. Pavyzdžiui, pilietinio karo metu sostinėje buvo 450 viešnamių. Tačiau Vašingtono mitologijos dalis yra tai, ką galima pavadinti Jimo Lehrerio iliuzija, tai yra, kad visi DC žmonės tik sėdi ir racionaliai diskutuoja apie politikos alternatyvas. Tiesą sakant, Vašingtono politiką taip pat labai skatina bailumas, kyšininkavimas, šantažas, apgaulė, baimė, ištikimybė seniems bičiuliams ir net vyresniems kūnams, bendradarbiavimas, seksas ir tiesiog nusikalstamumas. Žurnalistai, kurie apsimeta kitaip, arba nesupranta, kas vyksta, arba ką nors slepia.

Visuomenė dažnai neteisingai supranta Vašingtono skandalų svarbą, manydama, kad tai paprasčiausia nesąmonė, individuali nesėkmė ar privatus nusikaltimas. Seksas ir nusikalstamumas DC skiriasi, bent jau dalyvaujant valdantiesiems, yra tai, kad yra daug daugiau galimybių šantažuoti ir daug daugiau įgūdžių užmaskuoti.

Šantažu gali pasinaudoti vienos vyriausybės šakos nariai prieš kitos valdžios atstovus, lobistai prieš Kongreso narius, policija prieš bet kurį asmenį ir užsienio valstybės. Pavyzdžiui, vienas iš būdų išlaikyti kongreso narį perkamą yra tai, kad lobistas aprūpina jį aukščiausios klasės paleistuvėmis. Pažymėtina, kad ir izraeliečiai, ir Borisas Jelcinas, matyt, žinojo apie Billo Clintono romaną su Monica Lewinsky anksčiau nei tai padarė amerikiečių visuomenė.

Miesto ekologija teikia ypatingą reikšmę gėjų seksui vien dėl to, kad dėl didesnės visuomenės priešiškumo šantažuotojas tampa dar lengvesniu taikiniu, matydamas bylą prieš kelerius metus, kai buvo nustatyta, kad DC policijos pareigūnai surengė prievartavimą prieš homoseksualius žmones. barai.

Galiausiai, atskleidus netinkamumą, beveik neišvengiamai iškyla veidmainystės problema, nes dalyvaujantis pareigūnas dažnai pasipriešino nustatytam nusikaltimui arba bandė uždrausti, bausti ar kitaip slopinti atskleistą praktiką. Vienas iš ironiškesnių pavyzdžių buvo tada, kai septintajame dešimtmetyje baltas pietų senatorius buvo pagautas su juoda prostitute. Pasakė pilietinių teisių lyderis, ir jis yra tik vienas iš tų saulėlydžių saulėlydžio atskirties šalininkams.

Ši savybė yra pasakojimas apie gėjų gamyklą Bušo naujienų konferencijose. Pavyzdžiui, kyla klausimas, ar po Gannono reikalų George'as Bushas dabar pasisakys už Konstitucijos pakeitimą „Šventumas naujienų konferencijose“.

Be to, „Gannon ’s“ svetainės karinė potekstė rodo panašius pamąstymus. One might even speculate on the homoerotic themes of military service and behavior or even on war as the ultimate closeted gay sado-masochistic affair. If so, what a price the world has paid for its homophobia.

The ability to cover up scandal or crime is also much greater in Washington. This may be accomplished by relying on the social club rules of the federal city, through the aid of acquiescent journalists, by official spin or censorship, or by resort to the capital’s various law enforcement agencies, each one beholden for budget and top appointments to some federal department.

For example, both the Attorney General and the U.S. Attorney (who handles all DC crimes) are appointed by the president. The FBI, DEA, National Park police and the Secret Service, not to mention the Aqueduct police, all work for the president. And the Metropolitan Police Department and the Capitol Police are under the thumb of Congress, which approves their budgets and exercises behind-the-scenes authority. There is not a single police agency within the boundaries of Washington that does not report to the politicians of Congress or the White House.

WAYNE MADSEN, ONLINE JOURNAL – Details are emerging that threaten to immerse the Bush administration in a major scandal. “Gannongate,” which is only now being mentioned by the mainstream news media, threatens to expose a potentially damaging GOP pedophile and male prostitution ring dating back to the 1980s and the administration of George H. W. Bush. James D. Guckert, using the name Jeff Gannon and possibly other aliases, was also running gay porn sites, one with a U.S. Marine Corps theme that solicited males for prostitution. . .

Gannon bypassed established Secret Service security controls, including a background check requiring a social security number, to obtain a White House press pass that identified him by an alias, an action seen by many seasoned Washington journalists as only being possible if he had favorable treatment from White House staff. . . One White House reporter expressed revulsion over the fact that it was [Ari] Fleischer who took away press credential from the late long-time White House correspondent Sarah McClendon and handed them to Gannon. .

Gannongate is reminiscent of a huge political scandal that surfaced in Nebraska in 1989 when it was learned that Lawrence King, the head of Franklin Community Credit Union in Omaha and a rising African American star in the GOP (he sang the national anthem at George H. W. Bush’s 1988 nominating convention in New Orleans), was a kingpin, along with top Republicans in Nebraska and Washington, DC, including George H. W. Bush, in a child prostitution and pedophilia scandal. King was later convicted and jailed for fraud but pedophile and prostitution charges were never brought against him and other Nebraska Republican businessmen and politicians.

The scandal, investigated by Nebraska State Senator Loran Schmit, his assistant John DeCamp (a former GOP State Senator), State Senate Committee investigator Gary Caradori, and former CIA Director William Colby, reached the very top echelons of the George H. W. Bush administration and GOP. Child prostitutes from Boys Town and other orphanages in Nebraska as well as children procured from China were reportedly flown to Washington for sexcapades with Republican politicians. GOP lobbyist Craig Spence and a number of GOP officials in the administration and Congress were implicated in the scandal, including Labor Secretary Elizabeth Dole’s liaison to the White House. Young male members of the military in Washington, DC were particularly sought after by the prostitution ring. During the early 1980s, a number of naval officers were implicated in a child pornography ring that extended from Oregon to the San Francisco Bay area and to Chicago and Washington, DC. The story about that ring was covered up by then-Secretary of the Navy John Lehman.

The Nebraska pedophile scandal was similarly covered up on orders from the highest levels of power in the Bush White House. Caradori and his young son were killed in a suspicious plane crash in Illinois in 1990. Colby was found floating dead in the Chesapeake Bay, near his home, in 1996. Craig Spence allegedly committed suicide in 1989. Witnesses, many of whom were abused themselves, were intimidated and subsequently jailed in Nebraska and the investigation of the pedophile scandal eventually collapsed. . .

JOHN ARAVOISIS, AMERICA BLOG – A news producer for a major network just told me that Gannon told the producer the US was going to attack Iraq four hours before President Bush announced it to the nation. According to the producer, Gannon specifically told them that in four hours the president was going to be making a speech to the nation announcing that the US was bombing Iraq. The producer told me they were surprised that Gannon, working with such a small news outfit, could have access to such information, but “what did you know, he was right,” the producer said today. The producer went on to say that Gannon often had correct scoops on major stories. .

DC MADAM

REPORT: DC MADAM WAS A CIA FAVORITE

WAYNE MADSEN REPORT There was no mistake that when Deborah Jeane Palfrey’s phone records were made public by order of US Judge Gladys Kessler, shortly before she asked to be reassigned from the case, that Palfrey’s Pamela Martin & Associates escort agency had some very intriguing clientele. If one were to have mapped the phone numbers on Palfrey’s list, McLean, Virginia would have looked like the epicenter of an earthquake. McLean is the home to the CIA, Washington’s top politicians, and assorted foreign and domestic business movers and shakers who travel in and out of the CIA’s shadow. . .

As she left her Orlando condo for her mother’s home [shortly before her alleged suicide], Palfrey was noticed taking a few suitcases with a white paper file box. Palfrey told the [building] manager the box contained some important papers, possibly having to do with her escort business. . .

In fact, it is a certainty that one of the actual “corporate clients” of the PMA agency was the CIA itself. Palfrey’s escorts included college professors, a naval officer, a legal secretary for one of Washington’s top international law firms, essentially those who would be reliable to pick up needed intelligence from a designated target. PMA’s clients included as many foreign political and business leaders as American ones. It was the potential for blackmail and seeking favors that made PMA, in business for over 13 years, a favorite for the CIA. No other escort agency in the Washington area provided the top-level credentials possessed by PMA. For that reason, PMA was the agency of choice for the CIA. . .

On September 1, 2007, WMR reported: “WMR has learned that on August 31, Deborah Jeane Palfrey, the indicted Pamela Martin & Associates proprietor, filed a ‘Motion for Pretrial Conference to Consider Matters Relating to classified information’ under the ‘Classified Information Procedures Act’ with the U.S. District Court in Washington, DC. The purpose of the filing alerts the government that Palfrey’s defense will likely involved the disclosure of evidence and identities presently deemed ‘classified” by the U.S. government.'”

The CIPA is only invoked in cases when classified national security information must be revealed. It is now clear that Palfrey, who never admitted to this editor any links between her agency and the CIA, was a contractor for the spy agency. Palfrey’s citing of CIPA is an indication that she signed a non-disclosure agreement with the CIA stating that she would never reveal classified information as a result of her special relationship with the agency unless authorized to do so. Palfrey’s non-disclosure agreement would have resulted in her making no comment to the press about any relationship. However, it must be stated that Palfrey always insisted to this editor that it was quite possible that some of her employees may have had a relationship with U.S. intelligence but that she would not necessarily know that to be the case.

Palfrey was never comfortable with her court-appointed attorney Preston Burton. Burton once was a partner in the law office of Plato Cacheris in Washington. Cacheris’ name is synonymous in DC circles with CIA scandals, particularly those dealing in espionage. Burton’s resume of clients is a “Who’s Who” of the past two decades of spy scandals: the CIA’s Soviet spy Aldrich Ames, the FBI’s Soviet spy Robert Hanssen, Oliver North’s secretary Fawn Hall, Watergate convicted Attorney General John Mitchell, and Monica Lewinsky. Burton, himself, was involved in the defense of Ames, Hanssen, Lewinsky, as well as Ana Belen Montes, a former Defense Intelligence Agency analyst convicted of spying for Cuba.

The top CIA cases involved the US Eastern District of Virginia court in Alexandria, where Plato Cacheris’ brother, James Cacheris, serves as a senior judge. Known as the “rocket docket,” Plato and James Cacheris have overseen a number of espionage cases, including Ames, that saw quick pleas and lifetime prison sentences. Mention the name Cacheris in Washington, DC and CIA comes instantly to mind among those who know the game. Palfrey was obviously aware of the CIA’s past use of “rocket dockets” in Alexandria and Washington and the “exchange” of emails between U.S. Judge James Robertson, federal prosecutors William Cowden and Daniel Butler, and Burton on the weekend before Burton agreed to not call any defense witnesses and allow the case to be sent directly to the jury was a sure indication of outside interference in the case. Robertson, who replaced Kessler after she requested to be reassigned, promised to reveal the emails to the public, indicating he was legally required to do so. To date, to our knowledge, they have not been released. . .

There is another interesting postscript to the Palfrey case. Palfrey, after deciding to close down PMA and move to Europe, chose to buy an apartment in the former East Berlin. This editor discussed this with Palfrey and the consensus was that, for European prices, there were some good deals on real estate in eastern Berlin as the former Soviet sector has lagged behind in improving infrastructure. However, it was intriguing that Palfrey, who spent her time mostly in California and Florida, would have known about a good deal in East Berlin. Or did one of her agency handlers recommend it as the perfect place to get away from the “game” in Washington?

PALFREY SUICIDE NOTES RELEASED

THE PALFREY SUICIDE

FEW DEATHS could cause as much relief in Washington as did the alleged suicide of DC Madam Deborah Jean Palfrey. One need only consider the rapid demise of Governor Eliot Spitzer after it was discovered he had used a similar escort service to realize that Palfrey was not welcomed by many of the capital’s powerful men as a living repository of their sexual habits.

We are not speaking of a small number. Palfrey estimated her business involved some 10,000 clients – most in and around the most powerful city in America.

This is not to say that Palfrey did not commit suicide, only that her name may be reasonably added to those whose cause of death can not be – and may never be – firmly determined.

She will not be the first such death in recent American politics. At least nine persons involved in some way with the Clintons also committed suicide under less than certain circumstances, most notably Vincent Foster. Nearly 30 others also suffered from Arkansas sudden death syndrome, but clearly at someone else’s hand.

What we do know about Palfrey is that her operation had some 10,000 male clients, and not one has been subject to legal prosecution. Two of the women involved, Jean Palfrey and Brandy Britton, both allegedly committed suicide and both by hanging. Palfrey indicated she didn’t know whether Britton killed herself, saying, “There are many, many family members who say this was not the case.” When radio host Alex Jones said to Palfrey in 2007, “And you’re not planning to commit suicide,” Palfrey responded, “And I’m not planning to commit suicide.”

There is no apparent logic for the massive legal assault on Palfrey. In fact, prostitution isn’t even a federal crime she was charged under federal racketeering law. When her house was raided a year and a half ago, the swat squad went through everything but curiously ignored 46 boxes of information about her clients. Interestingly also, the attack began in earnest immediately after Palfrey had put her house on the market, closed her business, and transferred some money to Germany where she planned to retire. In fact, she was in Germany when US postal inspectors, pretending to be home buyers, illegally sought entrance into her house from a realtor without a warrant.

You add up the little pieces and it is clear that something much bigger than prostitution was involved. Was Palfrey being threatened because she had, in effect, decided to leave the mob taking along her many tales? Was she a bit player in some much larger blackmail operation? And did she end her life or did someone do it for her?

Our approach to such matters is to treat them as open cases. We do not presume a conspiracy, but neither do we accept the establishment’s approach of rushing to the conclusion most comfortable to itself. In this case, for example, there are some 10,000 members of the establishment with a vested interest in not examining the evidence too much.

We do know that the Palfrey case was one of the strangest prosecutions the capital has ever seen. Judges, prosecutors, the media and the political elite all seemed extraordinarily determined to put a cap on how much information the case revealed. So far, they have been quite successful.

AP The body of Deborah Jeane Palfrey was found in a shed near her mother’s home about 20 miles northwest of Tampa. Police said the 52-year-old Palfrey left at least two suicide notes and other writings to her family in a notebook, but they did not disclose their contents. Palfrey apparently hanged herself with nylon rope from the shed’s ceiling. Her mother discovered the body. . . Blanche Palfrey had no sign that her daughter was suicidal, and there was no immediate indication that alcohol or drugs were involved, police Capt. Jeffrey Young said. . .

“I am sure as heck am not going to be going to federal prison for one day, let alone, you know, four to eight years here, because I’m shy about bringing in the deputy secretary of whatever,” Palfrey told ABC last year when she released phone records that revealed some of her clients. “Not for a second. I’ll bring every last one of them in if necessary.”

Dan Moldea, a Washington writer who befriended Palfrey while considering writing a book about her, said she was cautiously optimistic about her trial, even when the case went before the jury. After the conviction, Moldea sent her an e-mail but didn’t hear back. A week later, he said, he sent another note entitled “A Concerned Friend” asking whether she was OK. Again, he didn’t hear back. After hearing of her death, he recalled a conversation over dinner last year when the subject of prison came up. “She said, ‘I am not going back to prison. I will commit suicide first,'” Moldea said.

TIME Palfrey contacted Moldea last year to provide her help writing a book. “She had done time once before [for prostitution],” Moldea recalls. “And it damn near killed her. She said there was enormous stress – it made her sick, she couldn’t take it, and she wasn’t going to let that happen to her again.” . . .

When a former employee of Palfrey’s, Brandy Britton, hanged herself before going to trial, Palfrey told the press, “I guess I’m made of something that Brandy Britton wasn’t made of.”

Palfrey’s trial, which concluded in mid-April with a conviction, is one of very few such cases prosecuted in the federal courts. Most prostitution violations are dealt with at the state or municipal level, and attract little publicity. In the Palfrey case, prosecutors obliged a string of obviously embarrassed clients and employees of the escort service to appear on the witness stand and testify under oath. Nearly all testified that they had engaged in sexual acts in exchange for money, a version of events that contradicted Palfrey’s claims that she had been running a high-end sexual fantasy service – and that any actual sexual activity was against the rules, and clearly stated when employees were hired. .

It was Palfrey’s phone records that led to problems for prominent Washington figures once her prosecution got under way. She had thousands of pages, including 10,000 to 15,000 numbers of clients calling in to her California residence. Besides Sen. Vitter, others whose names appeared on those records included Randall Tobias, a senior State Department official in charge of foreign aid – who had publicly inveighed against prostitution and who quickly resigned after his name was made public. Harlan Ullman, a well-known military specialist at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a Washington think tank, was also identified.

According to Moldea, who last year examined Palfrey’s phone records and discovered the name of Vitter, a Republican, as a client of Palfrey’s escort service – Pamela Martin & Associates – the last time he saw Palfrey in person was less than week before her conviction on prostitution charges on April 15. “A friend and I met with Jeanne and we had a sushi lunch near the courtroom,” he said. “She was upbeat and hopeful. She felt the prosecution had not made the case and that she was going to walk. She was hopeful to the end.” But, when the jury came in with her conviction, she reportedly was taken aback. “When I heard that I knew that, for her, it was all over. There is no question in my mind that she took her own life.”

HUGH SPRUNT, CAS BB – [Palfrey] undertook a number of actions prior to her death that were not consistent with a despondent/depressed person contemplating suicide. . . She tried to get her hands on at least one stock investment (that was declining in value like many stocks these days) so she could sell it and reinvest the proceeds (The feds had seized her investments as security for her being able to pay any fine associated with her eventual criminal penalties that likely would include a lot of jail time). Her attorneys and at least some of the reporters who covered her story have stated that she didn’t appear suicidal to them

PROGRESSIVE REVIEW, MARCH 2008 – One thing is clear about the so-called DC Madam aka Deborah Jeane Palfrey case: there is a stunning contrast between the lid being kept on the names of male clients in this matter and the interest of the media compared to the speed with which Eliot Spitzer name became notorious in a similar DC case. Admittedly the alleged charges for a prostitute in the DC Madam case were far less than in the Emperor operation, but both were sufficient to attract the police.

Investigative journalist Wayne Madsen reported a name in the DC Madam case that was even more famous than Spitzers’ but there has been no denial and no libel suit, not to mention a striking lack of curiosity by the Washington press. Our own best guess as to why the DC Madam client list is being handled so gingerly: the appearance on it of too many good news sources not to mention the possibility of a few well known. media types as well.

Madsen reported dozens of high profile clients as well as a gag by top executives on the ABC reporters who were allowed to see the telephone list, allegedly after pressure from the White House. The story, in any case, is bizarre to say the least:

DEBORAH JEANE PALFREY, JULY 2007 – During the period when the decision to take the records off the market was made, Senior Executive Producer Rhonda Schwartz for Brian Ross, of ABC News, in New York approached [attorney] Mr. Sibley and me about the records. Told ABC News “does not pay for information,” they nonetheless would incur in our circumstance the expense of culling the billing invoices for possible witnesses, leads and general information, which ultimately could be beneficial to my defense.

Having gotten estimates at the time for the cost to research and back-track telephone numbers, along with subsequent owner data (tens of thousands of dollars), we gladly accepted ABC’s offer of assistance. In return, ABC asked that they be given exclusivity regarding the first public interview with me and more importantly, all of the phone records for years 1993 to 2006.

While the laborious task of copying and transferring the enormous amount of data to ABC was ongoing, the government went to Judge Kessler and obtained the current restraining order prohibiting either my civil counsel, Mr. Sibley or me from further distribution of the records. The government’s justification for the temporary injunction was witness harassment and intimidation — having abandoned its prior rationalization, i.e. asset forfeiture. Consequently, ABC received only 80% of years 2002 thru 2006.

Contrary to popular belief, they never had a complete set of all 13 years. In the final analysis, it really didn’t matter whether ABC had 4 years or 13, their constant assurances and reassurances to Mr. Sibley and me that they could be trusted with my story — for the almost two months they researched 2002 to 2006 — fell flat on May 4, when the much hyped, sweep’s week 20/20 broadcast failed to deliver even one revelation this despite, a major ad campaign blitz on the part of the network to the contrary. Both Mr. Sibley and I can attest to the fact — having been an integral part of the 7 1/2 week vetting process — that there were and are noteworthy names to be named, in the four years. Why ABC chose to jump ship seemingly at the eleventh hour would be pure speculation, here. The bottom line is that they did and by doing so, they did a tremendous disservice to the American people..

WAYNE MADSEN REPORT MAY 2007 – The corporate media still does not get it about the so-called “Washington Madam” case. Beyond just another titillating DC sex scandal, this affair involves the U.S. Attorneys firings, massive bribery involving military and homeland security contracts, and potential blackmail of high government officials. WMR can report that Disney and ABC executives spiked the Washington Madam story at the very last . . . The decision by Disney and ABC to kill the 20/20 story resulted in a shocked news staff at ABC News’ DeSales Street bureau across the street from the Mayflower Hotel, one of the rendezvous points for some Pamela Martin clients. Our sources stated that Ross, Schwartz, Rood, and others at ABC tried their best to get the story out but were overruled by senior executives at ABC in New York and Disney headquarters in Burbank, California who, in turn, were under heavy pressure from the Bush White House.

The Washington Madam case also involves criminal conspiracy and malfeasance within the Justice Department, Internal Revenue Service, and Postal Inspection Service. Palfrey’s case file was not opened until June 2004 after she had been in business for over a decade without any pressure from the government. After Baltimore Police Commissioner and later Maryland State Police Superintendent Ed Norris was charged in May 2004 with three criminal counts by US Attorney Thomas DiBiagio, the IRS opened a file on Palfrey the following month. It is clear that with Norris, a 20 year veteran of the New York Police Department, facing up to 30 years in prison, he entered into a plea bargain with DiBiagio. In return for his cooperation, which included Norris naming Pamela Martin as one of the recipients of Baltimore Police supplemental accounts money, he got six months in prison and six months home detention. Norris now hosts a radio show in Baltimore.

DiBiagio’s assistant US Attorney Jonathan Luna, who once worked at the Brooklyn District Attorneys’ office when a probe was being conducted of both Norris and his friend, former New York Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik, was on to Norris’ corruption in Baltimore. Baltimore Mayor Martin O’Malley appointed Norris as police commissioner but soon became disenchanted with his performance. After his relection as Governor in 2002, Maryland Governor Robert Ehrlich appointed Norris as Maryland State Police Superintendent. Luna was brutally murdered near the Pennsylvania Turnpike in December 2003.

DC CITY DESK, MAY 2007 The judge in the Jeanne Palfrey case has issued a temporary restraining order on Palfrey and her civil attorney to keep them from releasing more information about her clients to the news media. This strengthens suspicions that the judge and ABC News – which was given Palfrey’s records – may be trying to suppress some of these names, especially since one the names being circulated around town is an extremely high White House official. Basically, the problem is this: if Jean Palfrey committed a crime so did all her clients and they are not entitled to the protection they are being given. In the best of worlds, prostitution would not be a crime but under the circumstances there is only one honest choice in this matter: either drop the case or open the files. Otherwise it is fair to wonder whether there is a cover-up going on of criminal activity by prominent Washingtonians

NEWS 8, DC, MAY 2007 – A lawyer for alleged Washington madam Deborah Jeane Palfrey wants ABC News to disclose the identity of a federal prosecutor identified in a recent news report as a client of Palfrey’s escort service. In a letter to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, Palfrey’s civil lawyer, Montgomery Blair Sibley, contends that the Justice Department should compel ABC to disclose the prosecutor’s identity and whether he had any role in the Palfrey investigation. . .

BALTIMORE EXAMINER, MAY 2007 – A woman accused of running a Washington-area prostitution ring says former University of Maryland professor Brandy Britton worked for her. Britton told The Examiner before her death that she previously worked for an escort service called East Coast Elites, but she never mentioned Deborah Jeane Palfrey or her firm, Pamela Martin & Associates, during a series of interviews with this newspaper. . . Britton committed suicide in January, days before she was scheduled to stand trial on prostitution charges and be evicted from her $600,000 Ellicott City home. She faced up to a year in prison on each count, but Howard County prosecutors said that if convicted, she likely wouldn’t have served any time. Britton’s Howard County police file makes no mention of Palfrey or her escort service. Police said Britton was working alone when arrested in January 2006, and they have not connected her case to Palfrey. . . Although Britton said her clients included “police, lawyers and judges,” her notes don’t appear to include the names of prominent people. They contain many partial names and code names, including notes for appointments with men identified only as “Robert,” “Bernard” and “David.” Next to their names, she sometimes wrote the callers’ purported occupations, such as “Dr.” or “Accountant.” Britton was a former assistant professor of sociology and anthropology at University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She resigned in 1999. . . . “I thought I would hate the job, and I’d just have to do it,” she said. “But I really liked it, and I made some really good friends, and I like men more than I ever did before. It’s a long story, but as a feminist it made me see things differently. They love their families and their kids. They’re good guys that really love their wives.”

ABC NEWS BLOTTER – MAY 2007 Some of the most in-demand women working for the “D.C. Madam” were in their 50s, according to the woman at the center of the scandal. “There was never an age limit. I hired women well into their 50s,” Deborah Jeane Palfrey told ABC News. “They were some of the most popular women on staff.”. . . From career professionals to graduate students, most women who came to Palfrey to work did so because they needed money — to pay off credit card debt, cover school loans or pay tuition fees, according to Palfrey. . . “Many of these girls were a lot of talk and no action — as most people seem to be from time to time,” Palfrey said. Many applicants would initially be very willing, but when they went on their first appointment “they just freeze and they think, ‘I don’t know if I can do this.'”. . . “It was very boring, mostly,” Palfrey told ABC News. “Very ‘Groundhog Day,’ the same thing over and over and over and over, and over. For me, anyway.”. . . For their part, the clients were typically decent to Palfrey’s women, she said. “I had many gals tell me that their boyfriends treated them, oh, just purely awful. And they would go to many of these appointments, and the man would have roses waiting for them. And nobody had ever given them roses before.”. . . “I think I empowered a lot of women. I got a lot of women through graduate school. I think the people that used the service were by and large quite pleased.”

CHANNEL 9 – MAY 2007 – A legal secretary at one of Washington’s most prominent and well-connected law firms, Akin Gump Strauss Houer & Feld LLP, has been suspended after telling her bosses she secretly worked at night for the escort service run by the so-called D.C. Madam, Jeane Palfrey. The woman both serviced clients and, at times, helped to run the business, Palfrey told ABC News in an interview to be broadcast on 󈬄/20” Friday. The firm said it would not make her name public.

According to e-mails the woman sent to Palfrey on her Akin Gump account, she “enjoyed and even missed” the work she did at night for Palfrey, who has been charged by federal prosecutors with running a large scale prostitution ring. “Perhaps not the weekly grind, but was thinking that a day a week would be fun and spa money,” the legal secretary wrote to Palfrey last year, after Palfrey had closed her business and was considering whether to re-open it.

The Akin Gump secretary was described by Palfrey as an “absolutely lovely gal,” who was working as an escort “to go back to school and get her education, to finish her college degree.”

Considered one of the most powerful firms in Washington, Akin Gump partners make up a who’s who of Washington insiders, including Vernon Jordan, former Speaker of the House Tom Foley, former Secretary of Health and Human Services Tommy Thompson, former Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman and co-founder Robert Strauss, an adviser to numerous presidents.

CAROL D. LEONNIG, WASHINGTON POST MAY 2007 – A former client of the woman accused of being the D.C. madam is trying to block his name from being aired on an ABC News program about her escort business and the men who patronized it, saying publicity would amount to witness intimidation, ABC said yesterday. In a letter to ABC, Steven Salky, the man’s attorney, wrote that he has “reason to believe” that his client could be named tomorrow in a 󈬄/20” report about an alleged prostitution ring run by Deborah Jeane Palfrey, ABC said. Salky would not identify the man. The client expects to be a prosecution witness in Palfrey’s federal trial on racketeering charges, Salky told ABC. Identifying him would violate a court order barring harassment of potential witnesses, he said. . .

CHANNEL FOUR, DC APRIL 2007 – A woman charged with running a D.C.-area prostitution ring on made good on her threat to identify high-profile clients, naming a military strategist who developed the combat theories known as “shock and awe” as a regular customer in court papers. Harlan K. Ullman, a senior associate with the Center for Strategic and International Studies, was named in court papers filed by Deborah Jeane Palfrey, who is acting as her own lawyer. Ullman, in a brief telephone interview, declined comment on the claim. “The allegations are beneath the dignity of a comment,” he said. . . Palfrey said in her motion that Ullman “is only one of dozens of such officials” who will be exposed as she prepares her defense.

HENRY K LEE, SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE, APRIL 2007 – Palfrey’s business records include 46 pounds of phone bills of some 15,000 clients of her business, Pamela Martin and Associates, Sibley said. Palfrey originally threatened to sell those records to pay for her defense, but a judge barred her from doing so. Authorities said Palfrey’s alleged prostitution ring involved 132 college-educated women and generated more than $2 million.

SMOKING GUN, MARCH 2007 – Federal prosecutors want to gag an indicted former Washington, D.C. madam who has recently threatened to go public with details about her former customers. In a motion filed Monday in U.S. District Court, investigators are seeking a protective order covering discovery material to be provided to Deborah Palfrey and her lawyers.

Palfrey, 50, was indicted last week on racketeering and money laundering charges stemming from her operation of the Pamela Martin & Associates escort service, which closed last summer after 13 years in business. In their motion, government lawyers claim that some discovery documents contain “personal information” about Palfrey’s former johns and prostitutes that is “sensitive.” . .

According to the prosecution motion, while Palfrey and her lawyers would be able to use the discovery material to help prepare a defense, they would not be allowed to disclose the documents to anyone else (nor use the material for any other purposes). Palfrey, whose assets were frozen late last year, has recently floated the idea of selling her escort business’s phone records. She has also “made statements that could be considered veiled threats to cause embarrassment to former customers and employees,” according to the motion. . . .

Before closing her business, Palfrey operated a web site touting Pamela Martin & Associates as “the best adult agency around,” claiming that it had an “ongoing repeat clientele rate of 65-75%.” Palfrey’s site also advertised for escorts. Prospective hookers, she noted, had to be at least 23 years old with two or more years of college. And her $275-an-appointment employees had to be “weight proportionate to height.”

WASHINGTON POST – Ms. Palfreys business, which operated from 1993 to 2006, had 15,000 customers and a pool of 130 or so escorts, ranging in age from 23 to 55, who worked as independent contractors, she said in one court filing. “Best selection and availability before 9 p.m. each evening,” one advertisement she ran said. Over the six years before the business shut down, she collected more than $750,000 from the escorts, with whom she split fees for each call, federal officials said in court filings.

AMY SCHATZ, WALL STREET JOURNAL – ABC News reported on one of its blogs that men on the list include “a Bush administration economist, the head of a conservative think tank, a prominent CEO, several lobbyists and a handful of military officials.”

ABC NEWS BLOTTER – Even call girls get performance reviews, at least the ones who worked for Jeane Palfrey’s Washington, D.C., escort service. “Without being overtly vulgar, a pair of tits and an ass, without accompanying brains, sophistication, LOOKS and carriage, just won’t cut it in this business or at least, not with this particular agency!!” wrote Palfrey in a monthly newsletter sent to the women who worked for her. . . In a January 1994 newsletter, she wrote, “Congress is back in session. This always helps to boost business.” In another edition, she complained, “That damn Monday night football…ruines [sic] business every single Monday night!”. . . “Organization and efficiency need to be, No, must be the bedrock from which the on-call escort service operates,” reads one passage from 1993. In that particular article, Palfrey encouraged her employees (“girls,” as she called them) to invest in cellular phones. “Searching for pay phones in strange places and driving in circles when lost are extraordinarily exasperating and frustrating experiences, which need not be,” Palfrey counseled. . . In one issue, Palfrey even gave a product endorsement. “Victoria’s Secret,” she wrote, “is the only place a Pamela Martin girl shops.”

FIVE WASHINGTON LAWYERS CONTACT ALLEGED MADAM TO SEE IF THEIR CLIENTS ARE ON HER LIST

WASHINGTON POST – [Alleged madam Deborah] Palfrey’s flamboyant attorney, Montgomery Blair Sibley, said Friday that he has been contacted by five lawyers recently, asking whether their clients’ names are on Palfrey’s list of 10,000 to 15,000 phone numbers. Some, Sibley said, have inquired about whether accommodations could be made to keep their identities private. ABC is expected to air a report on Palfrey and her clients on 󈬄/20” on May 4, during sweeps.

More revelations are in the offing. Ross said the list includes the names of some “very prominent people,” as well as a number of women with “important and serious jobs” who had worked as escorts for the firm.

The disclosures have been made sparely and artfully. Two weeks ago, in court documents about calling former clients to testify on her behalf, Palfrey named Harlan K. Ullman, an academic whose main claim to fame was a scholarly paper he wrote more than a decade ago on the military strategy known as “shock and awe.” Responded Ullman: “It doesn’t deserve the dignity of a response.”

Sibley also filed notice that he intends to depose political consultant Dick Morris in a separate civil proceeding. Morris would not comment.

US AID DIRECTOR WHO USED ESCORT SERVICE ALSO REQUIRED GROUPS SIGN ANTI-PROSTITUTION LOYALTY OATH

THINK PROGRESS – U.S. AID director Randall Tobias, who resigned yesterday upon admitting that he frequented a Washington escort service, oversaw a controversial policy advocated by the religious right that required any US-based group receiving anti-AIDS funds to take an anti-prostitution “loyalty oath.”

Aid groups bitterly opposed the policy, charging that it “was so broad – and applied even to their private funds – that it would obstruct their outreach to sex workers who are at high risk of transmitting the AIDS virus.” But President Bush wouldn’t budge. He signed a 2003 National Security Presidential Directive saying prostitution “and related activities” were “inherently harmful and dehumanizing.”

Several groups and countries had their funding cut due to the policy. Brazil lost $40 million for “one of its most successful anti-AIDS strategies, persuading sex workers to use condoms or other measures to stop spreading the disease.”

During an “Ask the White House” online chat in 2004, Tobias defended the policy, saying the U.S. was “partnering with communities” to begin “fighting sex trafficking and prostitution, while still serving victims of these activities.” Tobias added that he was overseeing several “highly successful” relationship programs “aimed at men and boys to help them develop healthy relationships with women.”

SMOKING GUN – In a TSG interview, Palfrey admitted operating an escort firm, but claimed that her workers did not engage in “illegal sexual activities.” There are “a lot of erotic activities that one can do without participating in things that are illegal,” she claimed. Investigators contend that after Palfrey hires a prostitute, she sends the woman to a “screening” appointment where she is required to have sex “without payment” so as to ensure that the prospective hooker is not a law enforcement officer. Palfrey, who spoke to TSG from Germany, said that agents raiding her home would have found nothing since she did not keep computerized records and regularly shredded documents. Asked about the nature of her clientele, Palfrey called the identity of her johns a “salacious detail” of which she was unaware. “I never kept records,” she claimed. “I protected the client’s confidentiality. . . they trusted me.” But Palfrey did speculate that she may have come to the attention of federal agents because her operation had somehow intersected with a more high profile case, like that of convicted ex-congressman Randy “Duke” Cunningham. Investigators are reportedly examining charges that a defense contractor provided hookers to Cunningham as part of an influence-peddling scheme. Palfrey did not claim a nexis between her escort service and Cunningham, but invoked the disgraced pol’s name while saying that she would wager that the basis for the federal probe of her business “had solely to do with some Duke Cunningham-type bigwig client that got caught up in something and started to say, ‘Do you know this?’ and ‘Do you know that?’ And that he might have been able to lead them to somebody.” Palfrey, who said she started her service in D.C. because “it’s a very liberal, sophisticated, cosmopolitan area,” advertised her company as featuring women 󈬇 and older, with two or more years of college education, who either work and/or go to school in the daytime.” Palfrey told TSG that she shuttered her escort business in mid-August because her female employees were “driving me crazy. They were a pain in the ass to deal with.” She added, “It was just time to start a different life and do different things, move on.”


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