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April 30, 2009


Montgomery Blair Sibley, the lawyer for DC Madam Deborah Jeane Palfrey, who committed suicide a year ago, has written a book on the story, a classic tale of the injustice of criminalizing prostitution: the woman ends up dead while hundreds of high public male figures who used her services have their names protected by court order and not even the women's movement raises a peep.:

In an interview, Sibley says where some of Palfrey's clients allegedly worked without reveaing their names:

"The Archdiocese of Washington, the Army Capabilities Integration Center, the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, the US Army Information Systems Command, the National Drug Intelligence Center and the law firms of Jones Day Reavis and Pogue, Akin Gump Strauss, The Durst Law Firm, Patterson Belknap Webb, and Reed Smith among many others. . .

"Clients included: a Director of the Defense Contract Management Agency; a Commander of the 332rd Expeditionary Maintenance Group, Balad Air Base,. Iraq; a high ranking officer of Colonel Pipeline Company which had reached a settlement for oil spills in five states; an Environmental Protection Agency employee; a former President of National District Attorney Association; a Hewlett Packard director who made substantial contributions to U.S. Senate races; a director of the Association of Foreign Intelligence Officers; a state representative from Louisiana; a member of the Maryland Public Service Commission; a NASA astronaut; and a Special Envoy for Middle East Security appointed by Condoleezza Rice.

"Why was I silenced? Why did the government want so badly to keep these - and other clients of Jeans's escort service - from being publicly identified by me?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Suicides", convenient "accidents" and "lone nut" killers have become a cornerstone of our political system since JFK was ambushed in 1963. Let us recognize that that system has become a super-mafia, cut loose from all public accountability, and the necessity to organize to oppose it.
Tony Vodvarka

May 12, 2009 4:31 PM  

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