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Spitzer's Sex Life Is Weapon of Mass Distraction for Bunch of Bad News for Bush --By Lori Price,
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Spitzer's Sex Life Is Weapon of Mass Distraction for Bunch of Bad News for Bush 10 Mar 2008 By Lori Price On Monday, we learned: The Iraq war will top 3 trillion dollars; a former Pentagon official has written a book attacking the CIA and other US officials over the US-led Iraq war; 5 8 US soldiers were killed in a Baghdad blast; an Iraqi tribal leader - the head of an 'Awakening Council' - and three others were killed in a Diyala province suicide bombing; CIA torture will continue, per Bush; the House Judiciary Committee has filed suit to force two White House officials to provide information about the firing of U.S. attorneys; more trouble for Carlyle group has surfaced; oil has soared to $108 $110 per barrel; gas prices have reached a new record; a lawsuit has been filed claiming that the Fish and Wildlife Service is now in breach of its own mandate; an AP investigation has revealed that a vast array of pharmaceuticals are in the US water supply. Oh. Last but not least: The Dow and Nasdaq are down hundreds of points, again. But, here is the mainstream media's headline: Spitzer Is Linked to Prostitution Ring.

Roger Stone: I tipped off FBI about Eliot Spitzer sex scandal 24 Mar 2008 A political rival has admitted that he tipped off the FBI about the former New York Governor’s use of prostitutes, effectively ending Elliot Spitzer’s career in public office to score a victory in a bitter feud. Roger Stone, a controversial Republican operative, alerted authorities four months before the Democratic governor was forced to step down in a sex scandal. Mr Stone told the FBI, through a letter from his lawyer, that Mr Spitzer "used the services of high-priced call girls"while in Florida. Stone helped to orchestrate the so-called Brooks Brothers riot in Miami, when angry Republicans in pinstriped suits shut down the 2000 presidential 'election' recount in Dade County, Florida... Mr Stone held a $20,000-a-month post last year as a political consultant to Joseph Bruno, the state senate majority leader and Mr Spitzer’s main rival in the New York legislature.

GOP political operative told FBI of alleged Spitzer sexscapades --Roger Stone, who shut down the 2000 presidential 'election' recount effort in Miami-Dade County, is longtime Spitzer nemesis. 21 Mar 2008 Almost four months before Gov. Eliot Spitzer resigned in a sex scandal, a lawyer for Republican political operative Roger Stone sent a letter to the FBI alleging that Spitzer ''used the services of high-priced call girls'' while in Florida. The letter, dated Nov. 19, said Miami Beach resident Stone learned the information from "a social contact [i.e., his own hooker] in an adult-themed club." ...''It is also my client's understanding from the same source that Governor Spitzer did not remove his mid-calf length black socks during the sex act. Perhaps you can use this detail to corroborate Mr. Stone's information,'' the letter said, signed by attorney Paul Rolf Jensen of Costa Mesa, Calif.

Spitzer got snagged by the fine print of the Patriot Act 24 Mar 2008 The fine print of the Patriot Act had provisions that gave the Treasury Department authority to demand more information from banks about their customers' financial transactions. Treasury issued stringent new regulations that required banks themselves to look for unusual transactions and submit SARs--Suspicious Activity Reports--to the government. Facing potentially stiff penalties if they didn't comply, banks and other financial institutions installed sophisticated software to detect anomalies among millions of daily transactions. One of those leads led to Spitzer. [No, the Bush regime targeted Spitzer because he 'had the goods' on the Bush regime's criminal lending practices.]

Sex diverts our attention --There were more important things than the Spitzer spectacle going on last week By Eric Margolis 16 Mar 2008 [Eliot] Spitzer's downfall this week unfortunately obscured two far more important events. First, the White House refused to release an exhaustive Pentagon review of 600,000 Iraqi documents that found no evidence that Saddam Hussein had any links with al-Qaida... Spitzer's pillorying also masked another profoundly shameful act. On Tuesday, 188 Republicans in the House of Representatives voted to uphold President [sic] George Bush's veto of a Democratic-sponsored bill to ban the CIA from using torture to interrogate enemy detainees... Republicans now have become the party of torture.

Bush vendettas: Clearing the way to attack Iran? By Jim Fetzer 25 Mar 2008 The outing of Eliot Spitzer might exemplify the pattern of outing Valerie Plame and deposing Admiral Fallon if there were a precipitating cause, as in these other instances. Although we have been told that Spiter’s transgressions were discovered as the result of a "routine tax inquiry", an article he authored – which appeared in The Washington Post a month earlier – hints otherwise. There appears to be a pattern here, where the Fallon case may be the most serious.

Eliot's Mess --The $200 billion bail-out for predator banks and Spitzer charges are intimately linked By Greg Palast 14 Mar 2008 While New York Governor Eliot Spitzer was paying an ‘escort’ $4,300 in a hotel room in Washington, just down the road, George Bush’s new Federal Reserve Board Chairman, Ben Bernanke, was secretly handing over $200 billion in a tryst with mortgage bank industry speculators. Both acts were wanton, wicked and lewd. But there’s a BIG difference. The Governor was using his own checkbook. Bush’s man Bernanke was using ours.This week, Bernanke’s Fed, for the first time in its history, loaned a selected coterie of banks one-fifth of a trillion dollars to guarantee these banks’ mortgage-backed junk bonds. The deluge of public loot was an eye-popping windfall to the very banking predators who have brought two million families to the brink of foreclosure.

Forget Spitzer, fire Bernanke By Chan Akya 15 Mar 2008 This week's events involving the governor of New York, Eliot Spitzer, may however have helped to hide a more egregious misuse of authority, namely that of Federal Reserve chief Ben Bernanke and his central banking cohorts around the world. In another one of those nice coincidences that seem to happen whenever Wall Street is down and out, the unpopular governor of New York was found consorting with prostitutes through a Federal investigation that has all the hallmarks of a "hit job" ordered from the very top.

CLG exclusive: 'It is the latest hunting ground.' 'DC Madam' comments on Spitzer scandal 12 Mar 2008 Deborah Jeane Palfrey, the so-called DC Madam, shared her thoughts on the Spitzer scandal with CLG's Lori Price on Wednesday. Ms. Palfrey said, "Without question in my mind, escort and adult service businesses – which cater to high-powered and influential clients – are being used as the new weapon of choice in American politics. It is the latest hunting ground."

Experts: Indictments Loom For Spitzer --Former Governor Could Face Myriad of Charges 12 Mar 2008 Eliot Spitzer's resignation Wednesday spares him and the state the spectacle of an impeachment, but what about an indictment? It was a rare and unequivocal declaration by U.S. Attorney Michael Garcia: "There is no agreement between this office and Gov. Eliot Spitzer, relating to his resignation or any other matter." [What about Bush? No indictments for him?]

FBI Watched Spitzer Before February Incident 12 Mar 2008 Weeks before a hotel meeting with a prostitute that threatens to derail his career, the FBI staked out New York Gov. Eliot L. Spitzer at the same hotel in an unsuccessful effort to catch him with a high-priced call girl, according to a person with knowledge of the investigation. The FBI placed a surveillance team on Spitzer at the Mayflower Hotel for the first time on Jan. 26, after concluding from a wiretapped conversation that he might try to meet with a prostitute when he traveled to Washington to attend a black-tie dinner, the source said Tuesday.

New York Governor Eliot Spitzer Resigns 12 Mar 2008 Gov. Eliot Spitzer, reeling from revelations that he had been a client of a prostitution ring, announced his resignation today at his headquarters in Manhattan. Mr. Spitzer’s resignation is to be effective Monday, and Lt. Gov. David A. Paterson is to be sworn in to replace him. [Too bad he didn't start an illegal war or waterboard anyone - he'd be free and clear.]

Spitzer Announces Resignation (Transcript) 12 Mar 2008

Cui bono? In July 2007, Eliot Spitzer was admonished for his administration's involvement in ordering the State Police to record the whereabouts of State Senate majority leader Joseph L. Bruno. Joseph L. Bruno (R) will assume the position of Acting Lieutenant Governor of New York on March 17, 2008, while keeping his role as the majority leader of the New York State Senate. In April, Bruno also appeared to hold veto power over two other Spitzer initiatives: gay marriage and campaign finance reform. He challenged Spitzer to restore the state's death penalty law. He also has criticised the Governor's plan to issue driver's licenses to illegal immigrants.

AG Mukasey Aware of Spitzer Investigation 11 Mar 2008 Gov. Eliot Spitzer's role in a prostitution scandal grew out of a public corruption inquiry triggered by his movement of large amounts of cash from several bank accounts to one that operated by a call-girl ring, a law enforcement official said Tuesday. Spitzer was the initial target of the investigation and was tracked using court-ordered wiretaps that appear to have recorded him arranging for a prostitute to meet him at a Washington hotel in mid-February, the official said... Attorney General Michael Mukasey was made aware of the investigation because it involved a high-ranking political official the Bush regime was gunning for Joe Wilson er, Admiral Fallon er, Eliot Spitzer. [See: AG Mukasey blocking investigation of criminal acts by Bush advisors 29 Feb 2008 Attorney General Michael Mukasey has now decided not to investigate White House chief of staff Josh Bolten and former White House counsel Harriet Miers for contempt of Congress. See: Justice Dept. 'Cannot' Probe Waterboarding, Mukasey Says 08 Mar 2008 The attorney general yesterday rejected growing congressional calls for a criminal investigation of the CIA's use of simulated drownings [torture] to extract information from its prisoners.]

Impeachment Proceeding? [Gee, I've waited *so long* for this headline, but no. Not Bush for war--Spitzer for sex.] Republicans Set Deadline For Governor's Ousting: 'I've Asked Him To Resign' 11 Mar 2008 If Gov. Eliot Spitzer opts to roll the dice and not resign, state Republican leadership will force him to go all-in and call for his impeachment from office, according to a state Assemblyman, who admitted he asked the governor to step down. Sources told CBS 2 HD shortly after it was reported that the governor was linked to a prostitution ring that he would likely hand in his resignation, which could happen within the next 36 hours. [MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell just asked Richard Stengel, TIME managing editor, 'Does any of this remind us of Monica Lewinsky?' Why yes, Andrea, it does! Democrats are impeached (or threatened with impeachment) for illegal sex; Republicans are re-installed for their illegal sex, illegal wars, illegal wiretapping, torture, torching of the Constitution, destroying the environment, eradicating endangered species and tanking the economy. --LRP]

Pressure mounts on Spitzer to quit 11 Mar 2008 With pressure mounting to resign Tuesday over a call-girl scandal, Gov. Eliot Spitzer found himself with few friends and lots of powerful [Reichwing] enemies... Republicans began talking impeachment, and few if any fellow Democrats were willing to defend him. [Oh, but what about David Vitter? See: The Double Hypocrisy of the Rightwing: The Vitter's Victual By Michael Rectenwald 16 Jul 2007.]

N.Y. Gov. Spitzer in sex scandal; pimp said to hold Israel passport 11 Mar 2008 New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer found his political career on the brink of collapse Monday after he was accused of paying for a romp with a high-priced call girl, in a prostitution ring allegedly led by a man found with an Israeli passport at his home. The Associated Press reported that U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael H. Dolinger ordered Mark Brener, of Cliffside Park, N.J., to be held without bail after the passport and $600,000 in cash were found in his apartment.

Israeli at center of Spitzer scandal 10 Mar 2008 The alleged procurer in the prostitution scandal surrounding New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer has an Israeli passport. A federal magistrate in New York ordered Mark "Michael" Brener held without bail after his arrest March 6 related to allegations that he headed the Emperors VIP Club, described by police as a high-priced prostitution ring. The Associated Press reported that $600,000 in cash and an Israeli passport were elements in denying bail to Brener. Spitzer, whose office conducted serious investigations of at least two Jewish organizations when he was state attorney general, made a brief statement to the media Monday admitting he had let down his family and the public.

Spitzer Is Linked to a Sex Ring as Client 11 Mar 2008 Gov. Eliot Spitzer was a client of a high-end prostitution ring broken up last week by federal authorities, according to law enforcement officials, a development that threatened to end his career and turned the state’s political world upside down.

It Wasn't the Sex; Suspicious $$ Transfers Led to Spitzer --Officials Say Spitzer Is 'Client 9' in a Federal Complaint Against the Prostitution Ring 10 Mar 2008 The federal investigation of a New York prostitution ring was triggered by Gov. Eliot Spitzer's suspicious money transfers, initially leading agents to believe Spitzer was hiding bribes, according to federal officials.

Predatory Lenders' Partner in Crime --How the Bush Administration Stopped the States From Stepping In to Help Consumers By Eliot Spitzer 14 Feb 2008 Several years ago, state attorneys general and others involved in consumer protection began to notice a marked increase in a range of predatory lending practices by mortgage lenders... Even though predatory lending was becoming a national problem, the Bush administration looked the other way and did nothing to protect American homeowners. In fact, the government chose instead to align itself with the banks that were victimizing consumers. Predatory lending was widely understood to present a looming national crisis. This threat was so clear that as New York attorney general, I joined with colleagues in the other 49 states in attempting to fill the void left by the federal government.

 

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