Monday, October 09, 2006

Does D.C. Sex Scandal Go All the Way to the Top?

There are reasons that Hastert may not want any information surrounding the Foley sex scandal to come to light.

October 2, 2006 -- Hastert's other major conflict of interest. Dennis Hastert's business relationship with the late 1970s/early 1980s Koreagate scandal figure Tongsun Park, who was a co-owner and 1966 co-founder of the members-only Historic George Town Club -- in the early 1980s a center of a prostitution scandal involving male and female congressional pages -- may have influenced his decision to avoid digging up dirt on the new congressional page sex scandal involving Mark Foley and other key House GOP leaders. Koreagate involved the channeling of money by the Korean Central Intelligence Agency to Park to influence members of Congress. Unification Church leader, Rev. Sun Myung Moon, the owner of the Washington Times and close friend of the Bush family, was also involved in the scandal. The scandal, according to Peter Dale Scott, had links to Washington, DC mafia boss, Joe "The Possum" Nesline. The club was also linked to the CIA proprietary firm Consultants International.

Numerous websites display the sordid scandal of the late '80s involving male prostitution rings, including children, and sex parties attended by not only wealthy businessmen but officials at the highest level of US government. These sites have shown the Washington Times articles by Paul M. Rodriguez and George Archibald.

This scandal came amidst, and perhaps because of, the Franklin Credit Union scandal, in which Lawrence "Larry" King was said to be running a large, well-connected and very prosperous child prostitution/slavery ring, with many of the children having come from Boys Town, Nebraska.

A documentary was produced entitled "Conspiracy of Silence" produced by British Yorkshire Television and was scheduled to air nationwide in the U.S. on the Discovery Channel on May 3, 1994. It was yanked at the last minute, despite already appearing in the listings of TV Guide. It is the most chilling thing I have seen so far.

I encourage every American to view this hour long documentary (be aware it is the rough edit so there are several spots where it goes black, but be patient).

Here is a great interview with former Nebraska state Senator John De Camp about the scandal, the evidence and the implications (at the time).

And what about Jeff Gannon?

A recent post on his blog interested me - and I had to ask the question asked by others: by being a person in the "media" (he calls himself "new media") in the White House Press Corps and therefore getting some attention himself, is he trying to get people to investigate?

It seems that there are too many coincidences, too many threads that run the same direction that one cannot help but wonder if Foley was just playing outside of their game and as much as anyone tried to contain him, he got sloppy and then got caught when actual records of his communications were published?

Was it then something that hit too close to home for those in power, so they tried to hush it up/deny/blame others?

Is this why there is so much vehement projection onto the Democrats (who, I would surmise are just as guilty as they are in the circle of sex partiers) besides the obvious public/political ramifications?

Is this (1, 2, 3)why the FBI wouldn't investigate or forward it to the DOJ to press charges against anyone in the Franklin case? And it looks like that may repeat this time, too. There are articles where authors and apparently the FBI wonder if Foley actually broke any laws and they haven't yet siezed his computers?

"It's a violation of Florida law for an adult to knowingly contact a child and knowingly transmit sexual information" over the Internet.

- Mitchell Nixon, head of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force of North Florida.

Tom Flocco asks made this very keen point:
That Fordham would be committing career suicide by literally throwing the Speaker of House under the bus if his statements were not true lends substantial credence to seemingly strong evidence surrounding the Foley email cover-up by congressional Republicans.

Then Tom asks - is this the tip of the iceberg? It would seem so.

But I think the main question, with all the above considered is:
Will there be real legal actions, or any real action taken at all?

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Does this sound at all familiar?

The 14 Defining Characteristics Of Fascism
by Dr. Lawrence Britt

Dr. Lawrence Britt has examined the fascist regimes of Hitler (Germany), Mussolini (Italy), Franco (Spain), Suharto (Indonesia) and several Latin American regimes. Britt found 14-defining characteristics common to each:

1. Powerful and Continuing Nationalism -
Fascist regimes tend to make constant use of patriotic mottos, slogans, symbols, songs, and other paraphernalia. Flags are seen everywhere, as are flag symbols on clothing and in public displays.

2. Disdain for the Recognition of Human Rights -
Because of fear of enemies and the need for security, the people in fascist regimes are persuaded that human rights can be ignored in certain cases because of "need." The people tend to look the other way or even approve of torture, summary executions, assassinations, long incarcerations of prisoners, etc.

3. Identification of Enemies/Scapegoats as a Unifying Cause -
The people are rallied into a unifying patriotic frenzy over the need to eliminate a perceived common threat or foe: racial , ethnic or religious minorities; liberals; communists; socialists, terrorists, etc.

4. Supremacy of the Military -
Even when there are widespread domestic problems, the military is given a disproportionate amount of government funding, and the domestic agenda is neglected. Soldiers and military service are glamorized.

5. Rampant Sexism -
The governments of fascist nations tend to be almost exclusively male-dominated. Under fascist regimes, traditional gender roles are made more rigid. Divorce, abortion and homosexuality are suppressed and the state is represented as the ultimate guardian of the family institution. TOP

6. Controlled Mass Media -
Sometimes to media is directly controlled by the government, but in other cases, the media is indirectly controlled by government regulation, or sympathetic media spokespeople and executives. Censorship, especially in war time, is very common. TOP

7. Obsession with National Security -
Fear is used as a motivational tool by the government over the masses.

8. Religion and Government are Intertwined -
Governments in fascist nations tend to use the most common religion in the nation as a tool to manipulate public opinion. Religious rhetoric and terminology is common from government leaders, even when the major tenets of the religion are diametrically opposed to the government's policies or actions.

9. Corporate Power is Protected -
The industrial and business aristocracy of a fascist nation often are the ones who put the government leaders into power, creating a mutually beneficial business/government relationship and power elite.

10. Labor Power is Suppressed -
Because the organizing power of labor is the only real threat to a fascist government, labor unions are either eliminated entirely, or are severely suppressed. TOP

11. Disdain for Intellectuals and the Arts -
Fascist nations tend to promote and tolerate open hostility to higher education, and academia. It is not uncommon for professors and other academics to be censored or even arrested. Free expression in the arts and letters is openly attacked.

12. Obsession with Crime and Punishment -
Under fascist regimes, the police are given almost limitless power to enforce laws. The people are often willing to overlook police abuses and even forego civil liberties in the name of patriotism. There is often a national police force with virtually unlimited power in fascist nations.

13. Rampant Cronyism and Corruption -
Fascist regimes almost always are governed by groups of friends and associates who appoint each other to government positions and use governmental power and authority to protect their friends from accountability. It is not uncommon in fascist regimes for national resources and even treasures to be appropriated or even outright stolen by government leaders.

14. Fraudulent Elections -
Sometimes elections in fascist nations are a complete sham. Other times elections are manipulated by smear campaigns against or even assassination of opposition candidates, use of legislation to control voting numbers or political district boundaries, and manipulation of the media. Fascist nations also typically use their judiciaries to manipulate or control elections.

Here is an interview by the City Newspaper with Dr. Britt on these tenets and how they relate to the U.S..