Sunday, July 01, 2007

Daring Dick and His Top Secret Adventure

Dearest Readers, Prissy's friend Victrola-an actual musician, has fixed the sound on the interview of Ms Deborah Jeane Palfrey. It is down loadable as an MP3 file.

We will have her back for a follow up interview in a couple of weeks...

Update about the phone records in the Palfrey case. Still no confirmations Prissy can name, other than sources used by Wayne Madsen, who will go on the record and say that Dick was positively where he should not have been...

That said, it still fun for speculation and Wayne is adamant that his sources are correct and that Dick was a client in the 1990's while an executive for Halliburton.

Update from Ms. Palfrey today:

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, 2007, when the much hyped, sweeps 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 ½ 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.

She gives the conditions of release:

·Upon receipt, the records cannot be given, sold and/or transferred to another. ·The records cannot be placed on the Internet. .The identities of the former associates cannot be revealed publicly. ·Each set will be individually coded, specifically to identify any culprit who chooses to violate the transference of the information – whether to another or online. ·Records will be given ONLY to those parties interested in responsible investigative journalism. All others need not apply.

She is doing it in a responsible way, most customers will have their confidentiality respected, but there are some that will not besides.

Expect more on this story from Brad Friedman and Cannonfire...we are all interested to see if and how this case would fit into to the U.S. Attorney firings.

But if you are one of these guys, you should break into a sweat...

Since my situation became both national and international news this past spring, countless people have directly OR indirectly commented and/or communicated to me that in essence, it is my patriotic duty to release wholesale the entire database (so to speak) of phone records; preferably online. At the onset, I disagreed with this philosophy and in large part, still do. In the tradition of responsible escort service owners, I always promised my clients (and independent contractors) that I would keep their confidence and to this day – with the exception of Mr. Harlan K. Ullman – I have kept my word. And I aim to continue to do so.

However with this said, it has been brought to my attention that statistically there are about a few dozen to a hundred or so former clients – who through their patronage of my business – either violated the public’s trust similar to former Ambassador Randall Tobias OR placed the public in danger, i.e. put themselves in positions susceptible to blackmail. Consequently based upon such deduction and significant reflection, I have determined that responsible dissemination of the phone records indeed is my patriotic duty.

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Times Herald Online D.C. madam vows to release records Once injunction is lifted, 46 pounds of phone registers will be available to media (and that means The Prissy Patriot will have them too;)

And if the current court-ordered injunction is lifted, allowing Deborah Jeane Palfrey access to her files, she vows to send every last name and phone number to any journalist, blogger or private detective wanting them.

"I kind of think it will be like deciphering the Da Vinci Code," said Palfrey, in an exclusive Times-Herald interview Friday at a local coffee shop.

Of the more than 10,000 client names within the phone records, "a couple dozen to 100 or so" are Washington D.C. bigwigs.

"Statistically, this is absolutely a certainty," she said.

Already, such capital movers and shakers, as Dick Morris, a longtime Bill Clinton political adviser, were named as clients of Palfrey's Pamela Martin and Associates, an escort service she ran from her Vallejo home. Federal prosecutors say she employed more than 100 "prostitutes," earning about $2 million.

Oh yes big boys, step away from the flag with your hands in the air...we don't need a bunch of hypocrites running the government.

McPaper for 4th graders Politics leave vacancies on 4th U.S. Circuit Court

The 4th Circuit has been largely supportive of President Bush's war against terror, allowing the military to indefinitely detain without charges "enemy combatants" captured overseas and backing the CIA's practice of taking captured terrorism suspects to foreign countries for interrogation. In a departure, however, a three-judge panel of the court last month rejected the detention of a U.S. citizen captured on American soil and held as an enemy combatant.

Also last month, Virginia's two U.S. senators — Republican John Warner and Democrat Jim Webb — recommended to Bush five centrist candidates for the court. Emmert said such bipartisan recommendations are unusual, and he predicted Bush will seriously consider them.

"They did a very commendable thing in getting their heads together and saying these are people both sides can live with," Emmert said. "It's designed to break the logjam."

However, getting judges confirmed will become increasingly difficult as next year's presidential election approaches, said Carl Tobias, a University of Richmond law professor.

Wired Request For Corporate Privacy Villians: Help Wired News Rank and Shame Them

A few on the list: Real Player!,apple quicktime + itunes,Acxiom Corporation,Dish TV capturing online order form info before you submit it...add your most annoying experience to the list.

TX News Channel 5 Woman: Son Forced to Do Sexual Favors for Prison Guard Accused guard still working at detention center (In Ohio, guard would be placed on administrative leave, most likely paid until conclusion-PP)

"And the guard was promising him, 'This is your way of getting out and going home,'" she tells us.

The 17-year-old was originally sentenced to nine months in jail. That was four years ago. Since his transfer to the Valley, his mother says he fights with inmates and scuffles with guards.

Franklin says he couldn't take the sexual abuse anymore.

When she first learned about it in May, she immediately filed a grievance against the accused guard. Administration at the detention center promised to follow up, but she never heard anything from them.

Rumor is Gonzo helped this kind of behavior in the TX Youth Commission by refusing to appropriately investigate reported incidents.

Chicago Tribune No regrets, Laura Bush says Administration playing 'the hand we were dealt,' she says in interview

"Neither George or I are the kind to look back and think, 'Oh, what if? Why did this happen when I was president?' " she said. "I think it's because he is a realist. … And it's just that this is what's happened, this is the hand we were dealt, and you just have to move on and do the very best you can with that hand."

Hey Laura, understand WE didn't marry him...or elect him.

Word of advice from Granny for Laura- its never too late for a divorce unless one of you is dead.

Planning to go it alone? World Tribune Israel braces for July war with up to five enemies

JERUSALEM — Israel is preparing for an imminent war with Iran, Syria and/or their non-state clients.

Israeli military intelligence has projected that a major attack could come from any of five adversaries in the Middle East. Officials said such a strike could spark a war as early as July 2007.

On Sunday, Israeli military intelligence chief Maj. Gen. Amos Yadlin told the Cabinet that the Jewish state faces five adversaries in what could result in an imminent confrontation. Yadlin cited Iran, Syria, Hizbullah, Hamas and Al Qaida.

FTR Summary FTR #589 Interview with Lucy Komisar About the BCCI

Program Highlights Include: The BCCI’s links through Saudi intelligence to the elder George Bush; the BCCI’s links through its investors to the capitalization of the younger George Bush’s energy ventures; the cover-up of the BCCI investigation by the administration of Bush the Elder; the disappearance of the money that was stolen; the role of the BCCI in the arming of Iran as part of the Iran-Contra scandal; the BCCI’s role in the arming of Saddam Hussein; the role of the BCCI in arming the Afghan mujahedeen; the role of the BCCI and its investors in financing the activities of Osama bin Laden, both during the war against the Soviets in Afghanistan and subsequently; the role of the Clearstream network in the BCCI affair; the role of FBI director Robert Mueller in covering up the BCCI case.

1. Financed by wealthy investors from Pakistan and the Persian Gulf (mostly Saudi Arabia), the BCCI served as a major vehicle for U.S. covert operations around the world, the Middle East in particular. Eventually, the institution’s role in financing illicit weapons deals, drug trafficking operations and international terrorism led to an investigation. New York D.A. Robert Morgenthau returned indictments. The administration of George W. Bush was less than vigorous in its pursuit of the case, perhaps due to the fact that the BCCI and its major players were very, very close to both the elder and the younger George Bush. The monies that vanished have never been located. The Bank of Credit and Commerce International was founded in 1972 by a Pakistani banker, Agha Hasan Abedi, with the support of Sheik Zayed bin Sultan al Nahyan, the ruler of the oil-rich state of Abu Dhabi and head of the United Arab Emirates. The Arabs’ interest in the bank was more than financial. A classified CIA memo on BCCI in the mid-80s said that ‘its principal shareholders are among the power elite of the Middle East, including the rulers of Dubai and the United Arab Emirates, and several influential Saudi Arabians. They are less interested in profitability than in promoting the Muslim cause.’ BCCI enriched the entourage of the Bushes and other Washington influentials. Its biggest shareholders were Saudi and United Arab Emirates sheiks. The money it stole—somewhere between $9.5 billion and $15 billion—made its 20-year heist the biggest bank fraud in history. Most of it was never recovered. The George H.W. Bush administration, in power when the mega-fraud was discovered, went after the bank half-heartedly and only after indictments by New York District Attorney Robert Morgenthau. It never touched the Persian Gulf money-men who ran the BCCI criminal enterprise. The Bush family and its allies used and then protected the world’s most criminal bank.” (A Game as Old as Empire; edited by Stephen Hiatt with an introduction by Jonathan Perkins; Berrett-Kohler; Copyright 2007, Berrett-Koehler; Excerpts are from Chapter Four by Lucy Komisar.)

Science: How Stuff Works Will there be farms in New York City's skyscrapers?

By 2050, it's estimated that 80 percent of the world's people will live in urban areas (currently, 60 percent do). The population will have increased to about 9.2 billion, much of it in the developing world [Source: New York Magazine]. Many experts contend that unless drastic measures are pursued, the world could face dramatic shortage in both food and arable land. Famine and ecological catastrophe are among the possible dire consequences.

FDA about the toothpaste poisonings DEG in Toothpaste from China

FDA has found a poisonous chemical, diethylene glycol (DEG), in certain toothpastes imported from China. The agency increased its scrutiny and testing of imported toothpaste and dental products after receiving reports in late May 2007 of contaminated Chinese dental products found in several countries, including Panama.

The agency is warning consumers to avoid using tubes of toothpaste labeled as made in China and, through an import alert, is stopping all suspect toothpaste from entering the United States. FDA continues to investigate this problem and will take further action, as appropriate, to address this important public safety issue.

The FDA fails to note 9 people in Panama died from toothpaste poisonings, including children. But don't panic, just watch the labels. Buy as little as possible from China. Of course, that means you won't be buying much...

Orlando Sentinel Feeney sets up legal fund amid Justice inquiry

U.S. Rep. Tom Feeney has established a legal-defense fund to pay costs relating to an ongoing Justice Department inquiry into his ties with convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

"Department of Justice lawyers and our lawyers have been speaking. We will cooperate," the Oviedo Republican said Friday in a brief interview. He again denied that he is the target of a federal probe.

When asked why he established the fund, Feeney said he was being cautious and that money raised through the account would be used to "demonstrate conclusively that I always have acted with honesty and integrity."

Establishment of the fund -- the papers were signed Wednesday -- is the latest evidence that investigators are continuing to scrutinize the third-term congressman's dealings with Abramoff, the disgraced lobbyist who made a practice of wining, dining and flying members of Congress to curry favor with them on behalf of his clients.

More about Tom Feeney: Clint Curtis, a highly credible witness, explains why the right wing court shamefully will not allow the source code to be shared to oversee the voting process.

Now here's a good one. The State Dept tells you how to identify bad information. How to Identify Misinformation

Does the story fit the pattern of a conspiracy theory?

Does the story claim that vast, powerful, evil forces are secretly manipulating events? If so, this fits the profile of a conspiracy theory. Conspiracy theories are rarely true, even though they have great appeal and are often widely believed. In reality, events usually have much less exciting explanations.

The U.S. military or intelligence community is a favorite villain in many conspiracy theories.

For example, the Soviet disinformation apparatus regularly blamed the U.S. military or intelligence community for a variety of natural disasters as well as political events. In March 1992, then-Russian foreign intelligence chief Yevgeni Primakov admitted that the disinformation service of the Soviet KGB intelligence service had concocted the false story that the AIDS virus had been created in a US military laboratory as a biological weapon. When AIDS was first discovered, no one knew how this horrifying new disease had arisen, although scientists have now used DNA analysis to determine that “all HIV-1 strains known to infect man” are closely related to a simian immunodeficiency virus found in a western equatorial African chimpanzee, Pan troglodytes troglodytes. But the Soviets used widespread suspicions about the U.S. military to blame it for AIDS. (More details on this.)

Another September 11 urban legend is that an undamaged Bible was found in the midst of the crash site at the Pentagon. In reality, it was a dictionary. But, if a Bible had survived unscathed, that would have seemed much more significant, and been seen by many as a sign of divine intervention. (More details on this.)

It doesn't say how to identify lying public officals...

Learn Outloud Eleventh Month, Eleventh Day, Eleventh Hour

November 11, 1918. The final hours pulsate with tension as every man in the trenches hopes to escape the melancholy distinction of being the last to die in World War I. The Allied generals knew the fighting would end precisely at 11:00 a.m., yet in the final hours they flung men against an already beaten Germany. The result? Eleven thousand casualties suffered, more than during the D-Day invasion of Normandy. Why? Allied commanders wanted to punish the enemy to the very last moment and career officers saw a fast-fading chance for glory and promotion.

After Downing Street CREW Chief on Fitzgerald and the Missing Emails By Matt Renner and Jason Leopold

In late January 2004, Fitzgerald suspected that Rove had either hidden or destroyed an important document tying him to the leak, as well as the effort to discredit Plame's husband, Ambassador Joseph Wilson, who had been a vocal critic of the Iraq war and accused the Bush administration of twisting pre-war Iraq intelligence. The document that Fitzgerald believed Rove had either hidden or destroyed was an email Rove sent to Stephen Hadley, then-deputy national security adviser, in early July 2003. The email proved Rove had a conversation with Time magazine reporter Matthew Cooper about issues related to the CIA leak. Rove did not disclose that conversation when he was first interviewed by the FBI three months after he had emailed Hadley.

Curiously, the email Rove sent to Hadley did not show up during a search ordered by then-White House Counsel Alberto Gonzales in September 2003. Gonzales enjoined all White House staff members to turn over any communication pertaining to Plame Wilson and her husband. Gonzales's directive came twelve hours after senior White House officials had been told of the pending investigation.

"It looks like Karl Rove may well have destroyed evidence that implicated him in the White House's orchestrated efforts to leak Valerie Plame Wilson's covert identity to the press in retaliation against her husband, former Ambassador Joseph Wilson," Sloan said last week. "Special Counsel Fitzgerald should immediately reopen his investigation into whether Rove took part in the leak, as well as whether he obstructed justice in the ensuing leak investigation."

In light of the revelations Thursday that thousands of emails Rove sent over a four-year period via an email account maintained by the Republican National Committee may have been destroyed, questions as to why an email Rove sent to Hadley was not initially found in the 10,000 pages of documents and emails turned over to the special counsel has resurfaced. Additionally, there are also questions about the veracity of statements Rove and his attorney, Robert Luskin, made to Fitzgerald more than two years ago regarding why that email to Hadley wasn't found.

Reuters Castro charges CIA more murderous than ever

"Sunday is a good day to read what appears to be science fiction," Castro began his three-page editorial, titled "The Killing Machine."

He went on to quote extensively from material covering the attempt on his life, as well as a New York Times analysis of all the documents.

Cuba charges that Castro has been the target of hundreds of assassination attempts. The Cuban leader has said numerous times that President George W. Bush has ordered him killed.

Castro also reiterated in detail his long-held belief that U.S. President John F. Kennedy, assassinated in 1963, was the victim of a plot involving elements of the CIA and militant anti-Castro Cuban exiles.

Quotes of the Day

I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies.--Thomas Jefferson

Democracy becomes a government of bullies tempered by editors.-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

People are difficult to govern because they have too much knowledge.--Lao-tzu, The Way of Lao-tzu

When armies are mobilized and issues are joined,The man who is sorry over the fact will win.--Lao-tzu, The Way of Lao-tzu