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Roberta's Pizza di Brooklyn Terlibat dalam Pertempuran Pengadilan $ 5.4 Juta dengan O-Co-Owner

Roberta's Pizza di Brooklyn Terlibat dalam Pertempuran Pengadilan $ 5.4 Juta dengan O-Co-Owner



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Yang terkenal Roberta's Pizza di Brooklyn, yang mendapat tempat nombor empat di tempat kami 101 senarai Pizza Terbaik di Amerika, terkunci dalam pertempuran undang-undang yang rumit antara pemilik semasa dan pengasas bersama yang digulingkan Chris Parachini. Parachini dipecat semasa perbincangan pengembangan dan perundingan pembelian pada bulan Disember, lapor New York Post. Setelah kejatuhan, Parachini diduga muncul di restoran dan mula memesan kakitangan di sekitar seolah-olah dia masih pemilik bersama. Polis dipanggil, tetapi enggan campur tangan. Pemilik Brandon Hoy dan Carlo Mirarchi akan bertemu Parachini di mahkamah pada 9 April.

Inilah pecahan drama antara bekas rakan sekerja yang membawakan anda salah satu tempat pizza terbaik di New York. Roberta sedang dalam perbincangan pengembangan dan perjanjian pembelian pada bulan Disember, ketika Parachini menolak untuk menerima tawaran $ 2 juta untuk bahagian syarikatnya. Diduga, dia menuntut $ 2.9 juta untuk Roberta yang asli, ditambah $ 2.5 juta untuk harta intelek dan pelbagai hasil,termasuk sebuah restoran di Rockaways.

Menurut tuntutan itu, ketiga-tiga pihak juga telah mengadakan perbincangan untuk membuka restoran di Asia dan sebuah restoran di ACE Hotel yang belum dibuka yang akan terletak di Orchard Street di Lower East Side. Parachini diduga sudah tidak hadir di restoran itu selama berbulan-bulan ketika dia digulingkan kerana kesepakatan tidak dapat dicapai, menurut tuntutan yang diajukan oleh Mirachi dan Hoy.

"Pada 5 Disember ... rundingan nampaknya terhenti, dan Parachini menulis Mirarchi dan Hoy pada 16 Disember 'dalam usaha untuk meneruskan perbincangan,' kata tuntutan itu." Dalam tulisan itu, Parachini menyatakan bahawa dia 'telah menolak perjanjian itu' bahawa hari ini, ingin membincangkan perkara itu tanpa pengacara mereka, dan menyatakan bahawa dia bermaksud untuk memanggil mesyuarat pemegang saham untuk menangani tadbir urus korporat dan juga perkara-perkara lain. ID. Keesokan harinya, pada 17 Disember, Firma Helbraun mengirim kepada Parachini surat rasmi bagi pihak Perbadanan, menghentikan Parachini kerana tujuan, memberitahunya bahawa dia tidak lagi menjadi pemegang saham atau pekerja menurut perjanjian pemegang saham. "

"Ketakutan terburuk kami menjadi kenyataan pada 22 Disember 2014, ketika Parachini muncul di restoran dan mula memberitahu staf bahawa dia adalah 'bos' dan 'pemilik' dan mereka harus mendengarkannya," tulis Hoy dalam sebuah surat pernyataan, yang telah diterbitkan semula di The New York Post. "Kami khawatir ini akan berakhir dengan pertengkaran fizikal sebelum polisi mengambil tindakan, berdasarkan sejarah sebelumnya dengan Mr. Parachini dan tingkah lakunya yang tidak menentu." Perintah mahkamah darurat telah disetujui oleh hakim sejurus selepas kejadian, selama yang mana Hoy dan Mirachi mengemukakan tuntutan itu. Hakim juga menuntut agar Parachini dibayar gaji pada masa tuntutan itu. The Daily Meal telah menghubungi penerbit Hoy, Mirachi, Parachini, dan Roberta's Pizza untuk mendapatkan lebih banyak maklumat, tetapi belum mendapat sambutan.

"Saya tidak mempunyai sejarah keganasan dan tidak pernah mengancam rakan atau pekerja saya. Ini adalah rekaan total ... disajikan untuk mengobarkan pengadilan, "kata Parachini dalam satu kenyataan bertulis, menurut New York Post.

Pada bulan April, mogul pizza yang terasing akan bertemu di mahkamah, dan 15 pekerja dari Roberta's dikatakan akan memberi keterangan terhadap Parachini.


Seks dan jenayah di DC

Halaman ini memberi pembaca akses kepada contoh-contoh pertemuan modal dari larangan, larangan, kebingungan dan politik. Ini bukan perkara baru. Sebagai contoh, semasa Perang Saudara terdapat 450 rumah pelacuran di DC. Walau bagaimanapun, tidak ada yang tidak penting. Sebahagian dari mitologi Washington adalah apa yang disebut sebagai Jim Lehrer Illusion, yang mengatakan bahawa semua orang di ibu kota adalah duduk-duduk dan secara rasional membahaskan alternatif dasar. Sebenarnya, politik Washington juga banyak didorong oleh pengecut, pemeras ugut, penipuan, ketakutan, kesetiaan kepada rakan lama dan juga badan yang lebih tua, kerjasama, rasuah, seks, dan kejahatan biasa. Wartawan yang berpura-pura tidak memahami apa yang sedang berlaku atau membuat liputan untuk seseorang.

Orang ramai sering salah faham mengenai pentingnya skandal Washington, dengan menganggapnya sebagai kesenangan sederhana, kegagalan individu, atau kesalahan peribadi. Apa yang membuat kedua-dua seks dan jenayah di DC berbeza, sekurang-kurangnya ketika mereka yang berkuasa terlibat, adalah bahawa ada lebih banyak peluang untuk memeras ugut dan lebih banyak kemahiran untuk menutup perkara.

Pemerasan boleh digunakan oleh anggota satu cabang pemerintahan terhadap yang lain, oleh pelobi menentang anggota Kongres, oleh polis terhadap siapa sahaja yang mereka mahukan, dan oleh kuasa asing. Sebagai contoh, salah satu cara untuk membeli ahli kongres adalah dengan melobi untuk menyediakan pelacur kelas tinggi kepadanya. Dan perlu diperhatikan bahawa kedua-dua orang Israel dan Boris Yeltsin nampaknya tahu mengenai hubungan Bill Clinton dan Monica Lewinsky sebelum masyarakat Amerika mengetahuinya. Ekologi bandar memberi perhatian khusus kepada seks gay kerana antipati masyarakat yang lebih besar menjadikannya sasaran yang lebih mudah bagi pemeras ugut, menyaksikan kes itu beberapa tahun yang lalu ketika pegawai polis DC didapati melakukan raket pemerasan terhadap mereka yang mengunjungi gay bar.

Akhirnya, pendedahan mengenai penyelewengan hampir tidak dapat menimbulkan persoalan kemunafikan kerana pegawai yang berpartisipasi sering kali menentang kesalahan yang dijumpai atau cuba melarang, menghukum, atau menekan amalan yang dinyatakan. Salah satu contoh yang lebih ironis adalah ketika, pada tahun 1960-an, seorang senator selatan putih ditangkap dengan pelacur hitam. Kata seorang pemimpin hak sivil, & # 8220Oh dia salah satu dari matahari terbenam untuk segregasiis matahari terbenam. & # 8221 Washington penuh dengan matahari terbenam untuk menenggelamkan moralis.

Keupayaan untuk menutup skandal atau jenayah juga jauh lebih besar di Washington. Ini dapat dicapai dengan bergantung pada peraturan kelab sosial di bandar persekutuan, melalui bantuan wartawan yang akrab, dengan putaran rasmi atau penapisan, atau dengan menggunakan pelbagai agensi penguatkuasaan undang-undang ibukota, masing-masing memperhatikan janji dan janji tertinggi ke beberapa jabatan persekutuan. Contohnya, Peguam Negara dan Peguam A.S. (yang menangani semua jenayah DC) dilantik oleh presiden. FBI, DEA, ATF, polis Taman Nasional, Perkhidmatan Rahsia, belum lagi polis Aqueduct, Zoo, dan Metro, semuanya bekerja untuk presiden. Dan Jabatan Polis Metropolitan berada di bawah kendali Kongres, yang menyetujui belanjawannya dan menjalankan kewibawaan di sebalik tabir.

Ringkasnya, terdapat hubungan seks dan jenayah yang jauh lebih berkaitan dengan politik di Washington yang kemudiannya dilaporkan, ia kurang disiasat secara kompeten daripada yang difikirkan secara umum, dan jauh lebih mudah untuk membuat liputan daripada yang biasanya dihargai.

ELIOT SPITZER

SUMBER YANG BERKAITAN, WASH POST Persinggahan baru dalam lawatan skandal seks D.C & # 8217: Bilik 871 di Mayflower. Hotel berusia 83 tahun ini mempunyai sejarah panjang dan gemuk berpesta kucing gemuk dan kelebihan Washington yang lain, tetapi ia tidak pernah menjadi tajuk utama untuk jinks tinggi mendatar sehingga & # 8220Klien 9 & # 8221. . . Tidak ada kegembiraan selama ini sejak tahun 1999, ketika Monica Lewinsky bertempur dengan banyak (cukup) rangkaian presiden, di mana dia menceritakan perselingkuhannya dengan Bill Clinton kepada para pengurus impakment kongres. Mayflower juga Judith Campbell Exner & # 8217 jauh dari rumah ketika dia mencuba dengan John F. Kennedy di White House. Dan ya, penggemar sejarah, itu adalah lounge Bandar & amp; Country & amp; 8217s di mana Pengarah FBI J. Edgar Hoover makan siang setiap hari selama 20 tahun bersama pembantunya, Clyde Tolson.

The Mayflower kini bergabung dengan senarai tempat tidur dan sarapan terhebat di Washington: The Jefferson, di mana Clinton yang percaya diri Dick Morris menghisap jari gadis panggilan $ 200 per jam Sherry Rowlands bekas Vista (sekarang Westin Washington) tempat Marion Barry berada terperangkap merokok ketika gal-pal Rasheeda Moore melihat dan Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City, di mana Marv Albert menggigit punggung teman wanita, Linda Tripp secara diam-diam menoreh Lewinsky bercakap mengenai perselingkuhannya, dan Deborah Jeane Palfrey (aka DC Madam ) menghantar pengiring untuk apa yang disebutnya sebagai & # 8220 tarikh sah, bukan seksual & # 8221

KALI NY & # 8211 & # 8220Saya rasa ahli biologi boleh memberitahu anda bahawa ini ada kaitan dengan pemilihan semula jadi & # 8211 orang yang memperoleh kuasa menjadi lelaki alfa, & # 8221 kata Tom Fiedler, yang mengajar kursus dalam akhbar dan politik di Harvard & # Sekolah Kennedy 8217-an. Dia terlibat dalam melaporkan hubungan Gary Hart & # 8217 dengan Donna Rice pada tahun 1987 yang mengakhiri tawaran presiden senator. . .

Dr. Frank Farley, seorang ahli psikologi di Temple University, mengatakan bahawa banyak ahli politik adalah apa yang dia sebut sebagai keperibadian Jenis T, dengan T berdiri untuk mencari keseronokan. & # 8220Politik adalah perniagaan yang tidak menentu, & # 8221 katanya. & # 8220Anda & # 8217re kehendak pengundi. Tidak ada tempoh & # 8217s. Selalunya sukar untuk mengetahui apakah kriteria kejayaan. Ini sama ada semua atau tidak & # 8211 anda sama ada menang atau anda kalah. Oleh itu, ia memberi inspirasi kepada seseorang yang mengambil risiko untuk memasuki bidang pekerjaan itu. Tetapi di sisi umum, mereka seharusnya menunjukkan kestabilan dan tanggungjawab, jadi sifat berisiko ini mungkin menunjukkan dirinya lebih bersifat peribadi. & # 8221 . .

Dr. Judy Kuriansky, seorang profesor psikologi klinikal di Universiti Kolej Universiti Columbia & # 8217s, mengatakan bahawa & # 8220sex dan kuasa sangat berkaitan, kerana pada dasarnya mereka merupakan ungkapan tenaga besar ini yang dimiliki oleh orang-orang ini. & # 8221 Tidak jarang berlaku, katanya, ahli politik bersuara keras terhadap tingkah laku yang mereka laksanakan, seperti yang berlaku pada Gabenor Spitzer. & # 8220Anda menyangka salah kepada orang lain yang merupakan gejala tingkah laku anda sendiri, & # 8221 katanya. & # 8220Ia disebut # mekanisme pertahanan. Pada dasarnya, ia tidak sedarkan diri. & # 8221 Lebih-lebih lagi, dia menambah, & # 8220 Walaupun Spitzer adalah seorang peguam, apabila anda berada dalam kedudukan yang berkuasa, anda menganggap anda & # 82171 berada di atas undang-undang. & # 8221

MINUMAN DI PULAU

ALBERT EISELE DAN JEFF DUFOUR, BERITA HILL & # 8211 Semasa mengundurkan diri Senator Fritz Hollings (DS.C.) menandakan berakhirnya 38 tahun di Senat pada 16 November, dia memberi penghormatan yang tinggi kepada rakan-rakannya yang sekarang tetapi menimbulkan keraguan mengenai kumpulan senator pertama yang dilantiknya dengan, pada tahun 1966. & # 8220Saya & # 8217tidak beredar dengan idea bahawa Senat tidak seperti dulu dalam hal personel, & # 8221 katanya dalam ucapan perpisahannya. & # 8220Kami mempunyai kumpulan senator yang jauh lebih baik. Kami mempunyai lima pemabuk atau enam pemabuk ketika saya datang ke sini. Tidak ada yang mabuk di Senat Amerika Syarikat [hari ini]. & # 8221

Ucapan Hollings & # 8217 menyebabkan bekas senator dan pembantu Senat dan wartawan yang membuat liputan Senat pada masa itu membuat spekulasi mengenai siapa dia merujuk. & # 8220Ada dua atau tiga tempat yang boleh dilalui oleh senator untuk mendapatkan minuman percuma, termasuk setiausaha pejabat Senat & # 8217, & # 8221 memanggil mantan Senator Eugene McCarthy (D-Minn.).

McCarthy, yang datang ke Senat dari Dewan pada tahun 1959, mengenal pasti Russell Long (D-La.), Thurston Morton (R-Ky.), Warren Magnuson (D-Wash.), James Eastland (D-Miss.), Harrison Williams (DN.J.) dan Everett Dirksen (R-Ill.) Sebagai antara Hollings yang mungkin ada dalam fikiran.

Dia berkata Long dan Morton, yang memperoleh nama panggilan & # 8220Thirsty, & # 8221 sering minum bersama, sementara Magnuson & # 8220kadang-kadang datang ke lantai dan agak samar ke mana dia berada, dan seseorang berkata, & # 8216Dia berjalan dari ingatan. '& # 8221

MAFIA

New York Mafia tidak pernah kuat di DC. Terdapat beberapa penjelasan untuk ini. Salah satunya ialah DC terlalu kecil bandar untuk diganggu. Terdapat juga laporan yang tidak disahkan bahawa J Edgar Hoover membuat perjanjian dengan Mafia untuk mengelakkannya. William Garber, seorang peguam yang mewakili beberapa tokoh kejahatan tempatan, memberitahu seorang wartawan Washington Post pada tahun 1980-an bahawa & # 8220 pemikiran jenayah terorganisir [ke Washington] akan mendorong FBI terlalu jauh. & # 8221

Sebaliknya seorang wartawan penyiasat, yang berpindah ke Washington setelah mengetahui kontrak massa pada hidupnya pada tahun 1970-an menceritakan kisah yang berbeza. Dia mengatakan bahawa ejen persekutuan mencadangkan agar dia berpindah ke bandar yang neutral & # 8211 di mana kumpulan massa berkongsi kawasan dengan tidak ada yang dominan. Mereka mencadangkan Las Vegas, Miami dan Washington.

JOE NESLINE & amp NATHAN LANDOW

BERITA AS & LAPORAN DUNIA, 30 Mac 1998: Ketika Kathleen Willey memasukkan nama Nathan Landow & # 8217 ke dalam simpanannya yang dipinda untuk kes Paula Jones pada bulan Februari, shudders melalui Wakil Presiden Al Gore & # 8217s kem & # 8211 dan bukan hanya kerana Willey telah menunjukkan akaun yang boleh dipercayai mengenai hormon yang amok di Oval Office. Selama lebih dari satu dekad, Landow, pemaju Maryland multimillionaire 65 tahun, telah berkhidmat sebagai pengumpul dana Gore & # 8217 yang paling bersemangat. . . Dalam pemendapan Willey & # 8217s pada 11 Januari dalam kes Jones, dia menafikan bahawa ada orang yang cuba mempengaruhi pemendapannya, dan nama Landow & # 8217 tidak pernah muncul. Tetapi sebulan kemudian, dalam semakan bertulis, Willey menyatakan bahawa dia telah & # 8220membincangkan & # 8221 pemendapannya dengan Landow. Dalam keterangan berikutnya di hadapan juri besar Starr & # 8217, Willey dilaporkan telah mendakwa bahawa Landow berusaha menekannya agar menceritakan kisahnya mengenai gangguan seksual di tangan Presiden Clinton. Melalui peguamnya, Landow telah mengeluarkan penolakan yang keras bahawa dia melakukan sebarang usaha untuk mempengaruhi keterangan Willey. Tetapi sumber-sumber yang dekat dengan Landow mengakui bahawa pada bulan Oktober, beberapa minggu setelah Willey menerima panggilan pengadilan dalam kes Jones, Landow membayar sebuah syarikat piagam persendirian untuk menerbangkannya & # 8211 atas permintaannya & # 8211 ke harta tanah Maryland di tepi lautan. Menurut peguam Landow & # 8217s Joe Caldwell Jr., & # 8220Perhubungan antara Mr. Landow dan Ms. Willey pada musim gugur lalu dimulakan oleh Cik Willey. & # 8221. . . Selama dua dekad kebelakangan ini, Landow telah menerima lebih banyak daripada hasilnya. Pengumpul dana untuk Jimmy Carter, Landow sedang dipertimbangkan untuk menjadi duta besar ke Belanda pada tahun 1977. Tetapi pada bulan Januari 1978, Washington Post menerbitkan sebuah kisah yang menghubungkan Landow dengan Joe Nesline, seorang rakan terkenal tokoh jenayah terancang. Pendedahan itu seolah-olah mengetepikan aspirasi duta Landow, tetapi bukan pengaruh pihaknya.

WASHINGTON POST, 26 Januari 1978: Dua pelabur terkemuka Washington [Nathan Landow dan Smith Bagley] yang mempunyai hubungan dengan pentadbiran Carter terlibat dalam cadangan untuk membina sebuah hotel dan kasino perjudian di Atlantic City, dengan raja judi Washington Joe Nesline sebagai perunding . Penglibatan Nesline dengan usaha kasino menjadi terkenal pada 14 Jan ketika polis persekutuan dan tempatan menyerbu pangsapuri Nesline & # 8217s Bethesda. . . Ejen FBI merampas fail yang mengandungi dan memorandum yang menyatakan cadangan $ 85 juta yang melibatkan Bagley dan Landow & # 8230 [Ini] bukan satu-satunya usaha perjudian di mana Nesline telah terlibat dengan Landow & # 8230 Terlibat dalam usaha St. Marten adalah Landow dan Edward Cellini, saudara lelaki Dino Cellini, bekas rakan tokoh jenayah terancang Meyer Lansky & # 8230 Pada bulan November & # 8230 [t] dia berpesta di rumah Landow diperhatikan oleh pekerja berpakaian Montgomery County, yang mengambil nombor plat tetamu & # 8217 kereta. Pegawai bahagian jenayah terancang daerah telah mengawasi Landow selama hampir satu tahun. Mereka mendapat tahu dari polis Florida bahawa Landow mempunyai kepentingan dalam sebuah syarikat yang kini tidak berfungsi yang pemiliknya yang tersembunyi didakwa termasuk anggota Carlo Gambino Mafia & # 8220family. & # 8221 Ejen Perkhidmatan Rahsia yang berada di pesta itu untuk melindungi anak presiden & # 8217 , menyoal pekerja berpakaian Montgomery County yang menjelaskan minat mereka terhadap Landow.

WASHINGTON POST, 28 JANUARI 1978: Smith Bagley, seorang pelabur Washington terkemuka yang mempunyai hubungan dengan pentadbiran Carter, telah menuduh The Washington Post bersikap berat sebelah dan tidak beretika dalam liputannya mengenai cadangan kasino hotel Atlantic City di mana Bagley telah turut serta. . . & # 8220Setelah Maxine Cheshire meminta saya pinjaman peribadi $ 25,000 dan saya menolaknya, & # 8221 Bagley menegaskan, & # 8220Saya merasakan keluarga saya dan saya berada di bawah kaca pembesar dengan mata Washington Post melihatnya. & # 8220 8221 Cheshire telah menafikan bahawa pinjaman seperti itu pernah dibincangkan. . . . Bradlee, Cheshire dan penolong editor pengurusan Harry M. Rosenfeld, yang menyunting kisah Cheshire & # 8217, semua mempertikaikan tuduhan Bagley & # 8217s semalam. . . Bagley, pewaris tembakau Reynolds, disebut-sebut menafikan dia pernah bertemu atau & # 8220dengar & # 8221 Nesline. Landow, pembangun jutawan, mengakui mengetahui Nesline. Bagley tidak dapat dihubungi untuk komen lebih lanjut semalam. Salah seorang peguamnya, Irvin B. Nathan, enggan memberikan komen. Ketepatan akaun The Post & # 8217s belum dipertikaikan.

WASHINGTON POST, 6 April 1998: Pada tahun 1978, The Washington Post mencetak kisah muka depan yang mendedahkan bahawa Landow telah menyewa Joe Nesline, seorang raja perjudian haram Washington, sebagai perunding dalam usaha yang tidak berjaya untuk membina kasino di Atlantic City. Pada masa itu, Landow mengaku bahawa Nesline adalah kawan tetapi menafikan mengetahui tentang masa lalu jenayah rakannya. Sekarang Landow mengatakan, & # 8220Terdapat banyak ketidaktepatan dalam artikel itu. & # 8221

PROSTITUSI LELAKI DI ERA REAGAN-BUSH

PAUL M. RODRIGUEZ DAN GEORGE ARCHIBALD WASHINGTON TIMES, 1989: Suatu cincin pelacuran homoseksual sedang disiasat oleh pihak berkuasa persekutuan dan daerah dan termasuk di antara pelanggannya pegawai utama pentadbiran Reagan dan Bush, pegawai tentera, pembantu kongres dan ahli perniagaan AS dan asing yang rapat hubungan sosial dengan elit politik Washington & # 8217, dokumen yang diperoleh The Washington Times mendedahkan. Salah seorang pelanggan berprofil tinggi yang terkenal dengan hubungan baik, sebenarnya, dia dapat mengatur lawatan di Rumah Putih tengah malam untuk rakan-rakannya pada hari Ahad, 3 Julai tahun lalu. Di antara enam orang dalam lawatan luar biasa pada 1 pagi itu adalah dua pelacur lelaki. . . Wartawan akhbar ini memeriksa beratus-ratus baucar kad kredit, yang dilampirkan pada kad korporat dan peribadi dan dibayar kepada perkhidmatan pengiring yang dikendalikan oleh cincin homoseksual. . . Antara nama pelanggan yang terkandung dalam baucar & # 8211 dan dikenal pasti oleh pelacur dan pengendali pengiring & # 8211 adalah pegawai kerajaan, pegawai tentera A.S. tempatan, ahli perniagaan, peguam, pegawai bank, pembantu kongres dan profesional lain. . .

KARLYN BARKER, WASHINGTON POST, 24 JULAI 1990: Tuduhan pemimpin pihak berkuasa yang disebut sebagai operasi pelacuran lelaki terbesar di wilayah Washington menyerah kepada ejen persekutuan semalam dan mengaku tidak bersalah kerana menuduh tuduhan yang telah diajukan terhadapnya dan tiga rakan yang didakwa . Henry W. Vinson, 29, dari Williamson, W.Va., anak lelaki pelombong arang batu yang dituduh menubuhkan perkhidmatan pengiring homoseksual, diadili di Mahkamah Daerah A.S. di sini petang semalam setelah menyerahkan diri kepada ejen Perkhidmatan Rahsia. . . Pada sidang akhbar selepas pengadilan itu, [A.S. Peguam Jay] Stephens mengatakan bahawa siasatan terhadap cincin pelacuran yang didakwa telah berakhir & # 8221 dan bahawa dakwaan itu, yang tidak ditutup semalam, tertumpu kepada mereka yang didakwa memasang cincin itu dan bukannya pada pelanggan yang dilaporkan melindunginya. Ditanya mengenai laporan sebelumnya bahawa sebilangan pelanggan tersebut termasuk pegawai tinggi dalam pentadbiran Reagan dan Bush, Stephens mengatakan siasatan itu tidak mendedahkan & # 8220 tingkah laku tambahan yang menunjukkan perlakuan jenayah bagi pihak orang lain. & # 8221 . . Kes Vinson menimbulkan pemberitahuan tambahan setelah The Washington Times menerbitkan laporan musim panas lalu yang menunjukkan bahawa cincin pelacuran yang diduga telah dilindungi oleh pegawai pemerintah. The Times menamakan sebagai pelanggan beberapa pegawai kerajaan peringkat rendah dan Craig J. Spence, pelobi Washington dan pemberi parti yang, kata surat kabar itu, membawa rakan dan pelacur dalam lawatan ke Rumah Putih pada lewat malam. Spence ditemui mati di sebuah bilik hotel Boston pada musim gugur lalu, dan pihak berkuasa memutuskan kematiannya sebagai bunuh diri.

TIMOTHY MAIER, WAWASAN, 20 Oktober 1997: Pemerasan, pembohongan dan tipu daya mungkin merupakan satu-satunya gambaran yang tepat mengenai sidang kemuncak Kerjasama Ekonomi Asia-Pasifik Seattle 1993, atau APEC, di mana orang-orang kenamaan dari 17 negara dilaporkan telah ditempatkan di bawah pengawasan elektronik oleh ejen Amerika. Seperti yang pertama kali dilaporkan oleh Insight bulan lalu, pentadbiran Clinton dikatakan oleh pakar perisikan dan keselamatan & # 8212 yang mengaku terlibat & # 8212 telah mengganggu konklaf dan kemudian memberikan rahsia rahsia kepada Jawatankuasa Nasional Demokratik. Ini pada gilirannya diduga digunakan sebagai umpan untuk melakukan pertukaran dengan calon penderma besar untuk sumbangan besar kepada peti Demokrat, sumber masuk dan keluar dari tuntutan pemerintah. Minggu ini cerita terus berkembang dengan liku-liku baru. Bekas pegawai Majlis Keselamatan Nasional, atau NSC, dan penasihat ekonomi peringkat tinggi memberitahu Insight bahawa mereka tetap prihatin bahawa maklumat terperinci mungkin telah dibocorkan untuk tujuan politik. & # 8220 Itu akan menjadikannya pemerasan, & # 8221 kata seorang bekas pelantik Bush peringkat kanan yang meminta untuk tidak dikenali kerana hubungan perniagaan yang berterusan dengan pentadbiran Clinton. & # 8220Saya dapati ceritanya benar-benar boleh dipercayai. Saya tidak akan menerimanya dalam pentadbiran ini. & # 8221 Wawasan juga menerangkan dalam laporan terdahulu mengenai siri kegiatan jenayah yang didakwa, termasuk pemerolehan anak lelaki untuk melakukan aktiviti seksual dengan ejen FBI diplomat yang menerima sogokan ribuan dolar dan, yang paling banyak kesalahan serius, Gedung Putih memberikan maklumat perdagangan rahsia kepada dua firma undang-undang Pantai Barat yang mengusahakan buku-buku untuk DNC. . . FBI dipercayai telah menyadap lebih dari 300 lokasi, dengan alat pengawasan audio dan video elektronik yang digunakan untuk memantau 10,000 hingga 15,000 perbualan & # 8212 sebagian besar data masa nyata yang dilantunkan dari satelit ke NSA. Stesen pemantauan biasanya diletakkan berhampiran perimeter Perkhidmatan Rahsia atau kemudahan Perisikan Tentera Laut. Dan banyak sasaran berkenaan kontrak besar dengan Vietnam, kata sumber. . . Kanak-kanak lelaki itu dipercayai berumur 15 hingga 17 tahun. Sebegitu mengejutkan, ada yang mengatakan ia adalah rutin. Seorang bekas penasihat ekonomi Bush memerhatikan, & # 8220Jantina? Itu & # 8217s dilakukan sepanjang masa. Sekiranya diplomat asing mahukan teman, Jabatan Negara menyediakannya. Tidak kira sama ada lelaki atau wanita. Mereka mempunyai dana khas yang disiapkan untuk itu. & # 8221 Bekas pegawai NSC lain yang meminta namanya tidak disebutkan namanya mengatakan negara lain juga melakukannya. & # 8220Saya ditawarkan setiap nikmat seksual yang dapat anda bayangkan. Saya menolaknya sepanjang masa. Selepas beberapa ketika mereka meninggalkan saya sendiri dan berhenti menawarkan saya. & # 8221

ODESSA MADRE

& # 8220 Anda tidak & # 8217 menarik jubah Superman & # 8217s. Anda tidak meludah angin. Anda tidak melepaskan topeng dari Lone Ranger dan, sayang, anda tidak & # 8217 bermain dengan Odessa, okey? Saya mungkin sudah tua, dan saya mungkin jelek, tetapi saya tidak bodoh. Itulah & # 8217s mengapa saya menjadi & # 8216Queen. & # 8221 & # 8211 Odessa Madre

Courtland Milloy, dalam kisah Washington Post 1980 yang indah, menggambarkan Odessa Madre dengan cara ini: & # 8220Mungkin tidak ada orang lain yang melihat begitu banyak perdagangan narkotik, nombor dan & # 8216tenderloin & # 8217 Daerah dan masih hidup untuk menceritakannya . Menurut satu afidavit polis yang diajukan di Mahkamah Daerah AS di sini pada tahun 1975, & # 8216Dia mengamalkan bentuk pengawasan yang bijak dan bijak yang membolehkannya bertahan dan berkembang dalam kegiatan haramnya selama 40 tahun yang lalu. & # 8217 Setelah memantau aktivitinya dengan dua penyadapan yang diperintahkan oleh mahkamah, satu sumber polis disebut dalam catatan mahkamah mengatakan bahawa Madre sering memberi pesta di rumahnya dan bahawa / tentu saja, Miss Madre memberikan sejumlah mangkuk kokain, heroin dan ganja untuknya tetamu & # 8217 keseronokan. & # 8217 Tetapi dia membantah penyataan itu dalam wawancara baru-baru ini: & # 8216Setiap orang tahu bahawa aku tidak dapat & # 8217; menahan mereka sebagai rujukan. & # 8221

Menjelang tahun 1980, Madre telah dijemput 30 kali dengan 57 tuduhan dalam jangka masa 48 tahun, tujuh daripadanya dihukum penjara persekutuan. Dia membeli Lincoln Continental ketika dia keluar dan membeli Cadillac Seville setelah menjalani hukuman tiga tahun kemudian.

Madre dibesarkan di kawasan campuran antara orang kulit hitam dan orang Ireland, yang terakhir sangat ramai pasukan polis DC dan, pada akhirnya, sering mencari teman masa kecil mereka. & # 8220Negro dan orang Ireland bergaul dengan baik, & # 8221 Madre memberitahu Milloy. & # 8220Mereka akan bertengkar sesama mereka, tetapi kita tidak akan saling bertengkar. Sekiranya seseorang di luar Cowtown datang untuk memerangi orang Ireland, orang-orang Negro akan memotong batu bata ke arah mereka. Kami seperti keluarga bahagia yang besar. & # 8221 Menulis Milloy: & # 8220Mereka memulakan hubungan yang panjang dan sejahtera dengan anggota-anggota Jabatan Polis Metropolitan. Semasa rakan-rakan zaman kanak-kanak Madre dewasa, mereka menjadi kapten, letnan dan juga pengawas di jabatan polis, seperti bapa mereka. Ketika tahun berlalu dan Madre menjadi terkenal & # 8216Queen, & # 8217 banyak rakannya yang masih kecil tidak dapat melupakan bahawa dia pernah menjadi rakan senegara mereka dalam & # 8216 Perang Besar Chunkin & # 8217 Perang & # 8217 terhadap anak-anak Itali dan Jerman . & # 8221

Pada puncaknya pada tahun 1940-an, Madre memperoleh sekitar $ 100,000 setiap tahun, dan memiliki sekurang-kurangnya enam rumah bawdy, operasi pembuatan buku, dan markas di 2204 14th Street yang dikenali sebagai Club Madre. Antara persembahannya ialah Moms Mabley, Count Basie dan Nat King Cole.

Penduduk lama mengingati Madre berjalan ke kelabnya diikuti oleh gadis-gadisnya dan duduk di meja dengan 12 bunga mawar panjang. Mereka juga ingat bahawa gadis-gadis itu keluar pada hari Ahad dan dapat dilihat sedang bersantai di beranda Madre & # 8217s.

Pada tahun 1952, jawatankuasa Kefauver, yang menargetkan jenayah terancang di DC, menemukan corak pembayaran oleh gerombolan tempatan kepada polis, yang disalurkan, nampaknya, sebahagian besarnya melalui Madre. Milloy menyatakan bahawa & # 8220Dua sarjan memberi keterangan bahawa mereka telah diturunkan dan ditugaskan untuk tugas menyeberang sekolah kerana mereka telah menolak pembayaran dari Madre dan telah mengambil bahagian dalam penangkapan perampok terkenal & # 8211 termasuk dia. Pegawai atasan yang menurunkan mereka adalah John Murphy, mereka memberi keterangan. & # 8216Ya, saya kenal dia, & # 8217 kata Mandre. & # 8216Besarkan bersamanya di Cowtown. & # 8217 Terdapat juga keterangan dari anggota polis lain bahawa Madre telah membayar penguasa polis James Barrett $ 2,000 sebulan dalam & # 8216ice & # 8217 pembayaran selama hampir setahun. & # 8216Seseorang harus memberi & # 8217em wang itu. '& # 8221

Madre & # 8217s membuktikan semuanya: & # 8220 Anda katakan adakah ia berbaloi? Anak, anda tertanya-tanya adakah jenayah membayar? Saya & # 8217 akan memberitahu anda, ya. Ia membayar banyak wang. Dan wang adalah sesuatu. Saya tidak peduli siapa diri anda, apabila anda mendapat wang, anda boleh membuka banyak pintu kerana selalu ada hati yang tidak senonoh yang akan mendengarkan anda. & # 8220Dan apabila anda menunjukkan & # 8217em wang itu. . . jika anda mendapat wad, sayang, mereka akan menyedot ya seperti anda adalah Tootsie Roll. & # 8221

TALIAN LAIN

JEFF GANNON

SEBAGAI langkah yang agak sukar, Ulasan akhirnya mula memperhatikan kisah Jeff Gannon. Kami pada mulanya menganggapnya tidak lebih daripada kes beberapa lelaki dibayar untuk mengemukakan soalan softball pada persidangan berita White House, yang lebih hina daripada amalan wartawan yang jauh lebih biasa meminta mereka secara percuma. Tetapi kemudian muncul sudut seks dan kesedaran bahawa satu-satunya alasan untuk penamatan jawatan awam di Washington adalah seks nannie atau gay.

Oleh kerana DC mempunyai komuniti gay yang besar dan senang, mungkin agak aneh bahawa mata lelaki gay boleh menghadapi masalah seperti itu, tetapi tindakan ini kadang-kadang disertai dengan aktiviti yang kurang menyenangkan seperti rasuah untuk bantuan pemerintah atau pemerasan. Selanjutnya, ada laporan yang berterusan, seperti yang ditulis oleh Wayne Madsen, mengenai cincin pedofil GOP dan pelacuran lelaki.

Politik seks dan rasuah di DC bukanlah perkara baru. Sebagai contoh, semasa Perang Saudara terdapat 450 rumah pelacuran di ibu kota. Sebahagian daripada mitologi Washington, bagaimanapun, adalah apa yang disebut sebagai Jim Lehrer Illusion, yang mengatakan bahawa semua orang di DC adalah duduk-duduk dan secara rasional membahaskan alternatif-alternatif kebijakan. Sebenarnya, politik Washington juga banyak didorong oleh pengecut, rasuah, pemerasan, penipuan, ketakutan, kesetiaan kepada rakan lama dan juga badan yang lebih tua, pengangkatan, seks, dan kejahatan biasa. Wartawan yang berpura-pura tidak memahami apa yang sedang berlaku atau membuat liputan untuk seseorang.

Orang ramai sering salah faham mengenai pentingnya skandal Washington, dengan menganggapnya sebagai kesenangan sederhana, kegagalan individu, atau kesalahan peribadi. Apa yang membuat kedua-dua seks dan jenayah di DC berbeza, sekurang-kurangnya ketika mereka yang berkuasa terlibat, adalah bahawa ada lebih banyak peluang untuk memeras ugut dan lebih banyak kemahiran untuk menutup perkara.

Pemerasan boleh digunakan oleh anggota satu cabang pemerintahan terhadap yang lain, oleh pelobi menentang anggota Kongres, oleh polis terhadap siapa sahaja yang mereka mahukan, dan oleh kuasa asing. Contohnya, salah satu cara untuk membeli ahli kongres adalah dengan melobi untuk menyediakan pelacur kelas tinggi kepadanya. Dan perlu diperhatikan bahawa kedua-dua orang Israel dan Boris Yeltsin nampaknya tahu mengenai hubungan Bill Clinton dan Monica Lewinsky sebelum masyarakat Amerika mengetahuinya.

Ekologi bandar memberi perhatian khusus kepada seks gay kerana antipati masyarakat yang lebih besar menjadikannya sasaran yang lebih mudah bagi pemeras ugut, menyaksikan kes itu beberapa tahun yang lalu ketika pegawai polis DC didapati melakukan raket pemerasan terhadap mereka yang mengunjungi gay bar.

Akhirnya, pendedahan mengenai penyelewengan hampir tidak dapat dielakkan menimbulkan masalah kemunafikan kerana pegawai yang berpartisipasi sering kali menentang kesalahan yang dijumpai atau cuba melarang, menghukum, atau menekan amalan yang dinyatakan. Salah satu contoh yang lebih ironis adalah ketika, pada tahun 1960-an, seorang senator selatan putih ditangkap dengan pelacur hitam. Kata seorang pemimpin hak sivil, & # 8220Oh dia salah satu dari matahari terbenam untuk segregasiis matahari terbenam. & # 8221 Washington penuh dengan matahari terbenam untuk menenggelamkan moralis.

Ada kualiti ini untuk kisah kilang gay di persidangan berita Bush. Kita tertanya-tanya, sebagai contoh, jika selepas ini masalah Gannon George Bush akan keluar memihak kepada pindaan Perlembagaan dalam Persidangan Berita dalam Perlembagaan.

Selanjutnya, subteks ketenteraan laman web Gannon & # 8217 menunjukkan cadangan yang serupa. 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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