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Whitewater and Clinton Scandal Clips
from The Progressive Review
April - August 1999
CARL LIMBACHER, NEWSMAX: An Arkansas parole board has recommended early prison release for Sharlene Wilson, the onetime Little Rock drug dealer who told a federal grand jury in 1990 that she witnessed then-Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton use cocaine on multiple occasions .... Wilson has been incarcerated for most of the Clinton presidency as part of what many believe is a political vendetta by Clinton allies in his home state, who fear she knows too much about the Mena drug-running scandal .... The federal drug probe witness testified that she began selling cocaine to Clinton's brother Roger as early as 1979. Wilson has told reporters that she sold two grams of cocaine to Clinton's brother at the Little Rock nightclub Le Bistro, then witnessed Bill Clinton consume the drug.
"I watched Bill Clinton lean up against a brick wall," Wilson revealed to the London Telegraph's Ambrose Evans-Pritchard in 1995. "He must have had an adenoid problem because he casually stuck my tooter up his nose. He was so messed up that night, he slid down the wall into a garbage can and just sat there like a complete idiot."
NEWSMAX STORY: http://www.newsmax.com/insidecover.shtml
THE TRIPP INDICTMENT
The malicious indictment of Clinton scandal whistleblower Linda Tripp may not work out quite like its perpetrators have planned. Here are a few things to keep in mind:
-- The indictment could be found to be illegal for two reasons: (1) Tripp had been granted immunity by Kenneth Starr and (2) the Federal Civil Rights Act of l871 prohibits states from enforcing laws in a way that interferes with a federal witness.
-- Jeff Stein of Salon points out that Maryland's wiretap statute is routinely violated and rarely prosecuted.
-- Tripp's lawyers are considering filing suit against Maryland officials who helped the Clinton machine in its jihad against those who attempt to tell the truth about it.
-- Tripp's life was considered in enough danger at one point that the FBI put her in a safe house.
-- Tripp claims she taped Lewinsky to protect herself allegedly after Bruce Lindsey threatened to "destroy" her and after Lewinsky transmitted veiled threats.
-- Arriving at her White House desk one day, Tripp found that someone had left her a list of those around Clinton who had died in an unexplained or violent manner. A cover note suggested she would be interested in the information.
-- A number of women could be called to testify that they too had received threats or harassment because of their involvement with Clinton.
-- During a Tripp trial, White House officials, including Clinton, could be called to testify by the defense reviving public interest in aspects of the scandal the Clintonistas thought were buried. Potential other witnesses include Vernon Jordan, Monica Lewinsky, and Sidney Blumenthal.
-- Tripp has testified under oath that she caw confidential FBI files piled on tables and floors in the offices of Vince Foster, Bernard Nussbaum, Williams Kennedy and Craig Livingstone.
-- While working at the White House, Tripp received a phone call from someone who mentioned the "tainted blood issue." The phrase meant nothing to Tripp and when she tried to find out more from a White House computer, the database denied her access. Testifying in a Judicial Watch deposition, Tripp said, "It had been alarming to me that when I tried to enter data from a caller that I was working with on a tainted blood issue, that every time I entered a word that had to do with this particular issue, it would flash up either the word 'encrypted' or 'password required' or something to indicate the file was locked." At the time, Tripp was working as executive assistant to Bernard Nussbaum, chief White House counsel. Also on the staff: deputy counsel Vince Foster. The Ottawa Citizen subsequently learned that Foster had tried to protect the Arkansas firm shipping tainted blood from prison inmates in a lawsuit.
-- Here is what has happened to a few of the other Clinton scandal whistleblowers, as compiled by Carl Limbacher of Newsmax:
Energy Department officials Notra Trulock and Edward McCallum suffered bureaucratic reprisals after they tried to warn about the nuclear secret giveaway.
Chief Petty Officer Kathleen Janoski, Lt. Col. Stephen Cogswell, Lt. Col. David Hause, and Major Thomas Parsons were sanctioned by the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology after going public with reports of anomalies in Ron Brown death.
David Hale, foreshadowing of the Tripp case, was targeted for harassing state prosecution while a federal witness.
Key Whitewater witness Jim McDougal is dead after being tossed into solitary confinement and denied his heart.
-- While Linda Tripp is facing trial, Matt Drudge points out, Maureen Dowd is enjoying her Pulitzer, Michael Isikoff has a best-selling book, and cable news networks have enjoyed a year of high ratings -- all thanks to the information Tripp provided from these tapes.
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MONICA-LINDA TAPE YOU DIDN'T HEAR ON TV
[Monica talks with Linda about filing a false affidavit in the Paula Jones case, January 13, 1998]:
TRIPP: You - you are - are you positive in your heart that you want to do that? I mean -
TRIPP: I'm only saying - I'm only saying that in case you should change your mind.
LEWINSKY: No. I - I - I - first of all, for fear of my life. I would not - I would not cross these - these people for fear of my life, number one.
[And from a November 20,1997 tape in which Monica is talking about telling Clinton she wants to break up with him]:
TRIPP: Well, let me put it to you this way. By hanging up and saying you're telling your parents and then hanging up the phone, you're saying a whole hell of a lot more than you could ever do in a 20 minute conversation.
LEWINSKY: I know (tape skip) (inaudible) my mom will kill me if I don't tell him - make it clear at some point that I'm not going to hurt him, because - see, my mom's big fear is that he's going to send somebody out to kill me.
TRIPP: Oh, my God. Oh, my God.
LEWINSKY: So --
TRIPP: Shut up.
LEWINSKY: Well, that's what she thinks.
TRIPP: Oh, my God. Don't even say such an asinine thing. He's not that stupid. He's an arrogant....but he's not that stupid.
LEWINSKY: Well, you know, accidents happen.
NEW YORK POST: The Clinton scandals just keep on comin'. The latest oil slick to bubble to the surface comes directly from Judge Norma Holloway Johnson, the chief federal judge in Washington, D.C., who oversaw the Ken Starr investigation. It turns out that Johnson personally selected the judges who would hear two cases that were potentially harmful to Clinton. Normally judges for such cases are picked at random. But Holloway would have none of it, sending Webb Hubbell and Charlie Trie straight to judges who had connections to both the defendants and the president. Take for instance the case of Hubbell - which Holloway sent to Judge James Robertson, who was appointed by Clinton. The judge is an old buddy of Clinton confidant Vernon Jordan .... Holloway also ditched the rules when she placed Charlie Trie's case in the gentle hands of Judge Paul Friedman, yet another Clinton appointee.
ARKANSAS DEMOCRAT-GAZETTE: An unsolved mystery from 1987 that spawned years of investigations and conspiracy theories was thrust upon a federal court jury on Monday as the producer of a film about the subject was accused of defamation. Patrick Matrisciana of California is on trial for allegations aired in his 1996 documentary Obstruction of Justice: The Mena Connection, which focuses on the Aug. 23, 1987, deaths of two boys whose bodies were found beside railroad tracks in Saline County. The hour-long video, shown to jurors in its entirety, contains allegations that the deaths of Kevin Ives, 17, and Don Henry, 16, were murders that various public officials tried to cover up, from local law enforcement officers to state and federal prosecutors to the governor's office -- then occupied by Bill Clinton.
THE UNDERNEWS: Independent of the outcome of this defamation suit, understanding who murdered the boys and why could unravel some of the deepest mysteries about Arkansas. Here's how TPR reported it previously:
"1987: Two boys are killed in Saline County and left on a railroad track to be run over by a train The initial finding of joint suicide will be punctured by dogged investigators whose efforts are repeatedly blocked by law enforcement officials. Although no one will ever be charged, the trail will lead into the penumbra of the Dixie Mafia and the Arkansas political machine. Some believe the boys died because they accidentally intercepted a drug drop, but other information suggests the drop may have dispensed not drugs but cash, gold and platinum -- part of a series of sorties through which those working with US intelligence were being reimbursed. According to one version, the boys were blamed in order to cover up the theft of the drop by persons within the Dixie Mafia and Arkansas political machine."
INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY: President Clinton's appointee to a critical seat on the board of the Export-Import Bank has close ties to a crooked fund-raiser linked to China. China is Ex-Im Bank's second-largest customer. During the Clinton years, the bank has given more than $5.5 billion in loans to China to help it buy U.S. technology and equipment for power plants and other projects. The loans were OK'd despite proof that China sold nuclear-related equipment to Pakistan and other countries that worry U.S. security experts. The White House hopes the Senate will quickly confirm D. Vanessa Weaver to fill one of three vacant seats on Ex-Im's five-member board .... Weaver and Huang exchanged at least 26 phone calls over a 17-month period in 1994 and 1995, records show .... Huang explained that Weaver and he are just ''good friends.'' Asked about her again in another Judicial Watch deposition in April, Huang took the Fifth.
JERRY SEPER, WASHINGTON TIMES: The eight federal judges appointed by President Clinton to the U.S. District Court in Washington meet privately every month in closed-door sessions that other jurists believe are improper and call into question the court's impartiality .... Concern among courthouse officials about the meetings, which are described in e-mail addressed monthly to each of the eight judges, comes at a time that Chief U.S. District Judge Norma Holloway Johnson is being publicly criticized for selectively assigning criminal cases against friends and associates of Mr. Clinton's to judges the president has appointed.
GOTTI ON CLINTON
The New York Daily News quotes John Gotti as saying that Clinton got away with things a Mafia boss would never have gotten away with. In a conversation with his brother Peter, he was particularly struck with Clinton's taped conversation with Gennifer Flowers: "He's telling her, 'Why would you want to bring this out? If anybody investigates, you lie.' "
Said Gotti, "If he had an Italian last name, they would've electrocuted him."
Ironically, it was on the Gennifer Flowers tape that Clinton says that Mario Cuomo acted like a Mafioso.
THE CULTURE OF IMPUNITY
Wages of Sin Department
The American Bar Association featured Clintonista felon Webster Hubbell at its national convention. Hubbell, you may recall, was a lawyer sent to jail for overbilling his clients.
The ABA also invited W.J. Clinton to speak. The invitation was announced the same week that a federal court judge imposed a $90,000 fine on Clinton for having given "false, misleading and evasive answers that were designed to obstruct the judicial process." The judge took the action, "not only to redress the misconduct of the President in this case, but to deter others who might themselves consider emulating the President of the United States by engaging in misconduct that undermines the integrity of the judicial system."
Clinton is also under consideration for disbarment in Arkansas.
Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, who wrote some of the best earlier material on the Clinton scandals, has returned to the topic in an article about HRC and Vince Foster in the Telegraph of London. Among his points:
-- The cover-up of Foster's death was not initially Kenneth Starr's doing but the FBI. "Once this had occurred there was no going back. The FBI and the Justice Department were institutionally committed. It would have taken a granite prosecutor to crack this open. Mr. Starr was not a man who was going to tangle with the FBI."
--"Mr. Starr's lead prosecutor in the case, Miquel Rodriguez, the man who conducted the witness cross-examinations, suspected that Foster's death was staged to look like a suicide. As he tried to probe, FBI agents began to obstruct him. Planted stories appeared in the press .... Mr. Starr looked the other way. Rodriguez discovered that the FBI had doctored the key surviving Polaroid taken of Foster's head and neck. By sleuth, he obtained the original, which I have examined. It shows a black stippled neck wound, half way between the chin and the ear, exuding blood. It looks like a small caliber gunshot fired at short range, probably a .22 handgun pressed into the neck. In the FBI's doctored photo, the wound has disappeared."
-- "Why does it matter? Because the FBI engaged in flagrant evidence tampering, and because it invalidates the official story that Foster put a revolver in his mouth and blew his brains out."
-- Evans-Pritchard suggests that the death of Foster was related to that a few months later of Jerry Parks, the private investigator hired by Foster to do surveillance on WJC. When Parks heard about the Foster death, he said, "I'm a dead man." And soon was.
The full story is well worth reading.
WASHINGTON TIMES: A former White House official invoked his Fifth Amendment rights 28 times Thursday in refusing to testify during a rancorous House committee hearing on campaign finance abuses during the 1996 presidential election. Mark Middleton, an Arkansas lawyer and longtime confidant of President Clinton, steadfastly refused to answer questions by House Government Reform Committee Republicans on whether he conspired with government officials in China or elsewhere to illegally funnel contributions to the Democratic National Committee or the Clinton-Gore re-election campaign. At one point, a frustrated Rep. Bob Barr, Georgia Republican, shouted at Mr. Middleton, asking him if he was "a bag man" for Chinese government interests. The former White House official quietly replied, "I respectfully decline to answer the question."
MATT DRUDGE: More than a dozen women associated with various Clinton scandals are set to gather in one hotel room, the Drudge Report has learned. The meeting, which has been planned in secret, is scheduled to take place in Dallas later this month. According to legal sources, the women will travel from all across the country to share "war stories" and to discuss the possibility of filing a class action lawsuit against President Bill Clinton.
WHITE HOUSE CHIEF OF STAFF John Podesta repeatedly ducked Tim Russert's questons as to whether the president accepted Judge Wright's ruling about his contemptuous and deceitful behavior before her. The best he could come up with was this: "He's accepted the responsibility for his actions, for this judgment. He's going to pay the fine and, you know, we could spend all next year talking about this, too, but I think it's better to focus on the work of the American people and the job that the president's doing for the American people to keep this economy strong and to move forward."
THE HIGH ON COKE
The Washington Post's Howard Kurtz joins those trying to make a campaign issue out of George Bush Jr.'s past cocaine use while maintaining the media code of silence about W.J. Clinton's much deeper involvement in the coke culture. Kurtz' spin continues the fiction that the only drug questions about Clinton concerned his use of marijuana while a student.
Interestingly, Kurtz also writes: "Questions about the personal lives of candidates have become far more common in the hyper-competitive media climate of the '90s. But they are often triggered by specific allegations, such as when Gennifer Flowers charged in 1992 that she had had a long-running affair with candidate Bill Clinton." Kurtz is apparently unaware of Flowers' more recent allegation that Clinton offered her cocaine.
More important that the political double-standard, though, is the fact that not only are both leading presidential candidates former users of drugs for which hundreds of thousands of Americans have received criminal penalties, including draconian prison sentence, but that the incumbent was closely connected to major Arkansas drug operatives.
Here's how Kurtz brushes off this issue: "Other politicians, including Vice President Gore, have acknowledged past marijuana use with no apparent penalty. But an admission of having tried cocaine, the focus of major federal anti-drug initiatives and much inner-city violence, could be more problematic."
For one person to end up in prison for years for doing what someone else can do and still be elected president is not problematic, it is obscene.
WASHINGTON TIMES: A judge ordered the government yesterday to pay $625,000 for the "disobedience" of Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt and former Treasury Secretary Robert E. Rubin in withholding documents of a lawsuit involving the mismanagement of Indian trust funds. In a 47-page ruling, U.S. District Judge Royce C. Lamberth angrily accused Mr. Babbitt and Mr. Rubin and their government attorneys of disobeying his November 1996 order to turn over the records in a suit brought by the Native American Rights Fund, saying they "covered up their disobedience through semantics and strained, unilateral, self-serving interpretations of their own duties."
NEW YORK TIMES: An independent counsel has concluded that there is insufficient evidence to seek grand jury indictments in the investigation of Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt's role in his department's rejection of an Indian casino application, several lawyers knowledgeable about the inquiry said Wednesday. The independent counsel, Carol Elder Bruce, reached the decision two weeks ago after a spirited debate among lawyers in her office over whether an indictment should be sought, a lawyer with knowledge of the discussions said.
WASHINGTON TIMES: Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott recently wrote to Defense Secretary William S. Cohen that a Chinese shipping company is gaining broad authority over the Panama Canal and could deny passage to U.S. ships. "It appears that we have given away the farm without a shot being fired," the Mississippi Republican said in the Aug. 1 letter requesting Mr. Cohen's security assessment. It was the first time a congressional leader has raised questions about growing Chinese influence over one of the world's most strategic waterways. For TPR coverage, search "Panama Canal" at http://www.prorev.com/ indexa.htm
SB POINTS OUT THAT the White House - cocaine connection precedes Clinton, namely George Bush Sr.'s involvement with the Iran-Contra drug running operation. This means that if either of the current front-runners win, we will be in our third administration run by someone who has either been an
illegal drug user or directly involved with drug traffickers.
GL ON THE BABBITT-RUBIN CASE: The BIA has been screwing the Indians for longer than it's been called the BIA, and that has been mostly at the behest of Congress. The issues in the trial predate Clinton's birth, let alone his presidency. As for the "contempt" trial and the attorneys fees Lamberth has ordered, the Plaintiffs have demanded documents which it will cost the government over S10 million to collect, and they are being collected. The problem is that no one understood how many documents there were and how hard it was going to be to collect them, since the situation dates back so far. And remember, we're talking about one of the most underfunded agencies in the federal government, and Congress has never wanted to spend one thin dime on record-keeping.
It's one thing to say that the Indians deserve money they don't have or deserve better treatment, and the BIA admits that. It's another thing to blame a century of mistreatment on the individuals currently in office. And finally, remember this. The trial was filed following the suggestions of a certain rich white man, who contacted certain rich white attorneys, who contacted some rich Indians, and those white attorneys filed suit before a rich white judge, asking the white judge to take management of the programs away from an agency which - finally - is over 80% Indian and - finally - is dispersing control of programs to agency offices on the reservations, and give management to a white trustee with a white staff here in Washington. So while this is a fabulous public relations opportunity for those who are out to expose Clinton (who needs exposing), it's a dirty one to use in this manner and it slams a lot of innocent people trying to deal the effects of - not to mention remedy - centuries of white oppression of Indians.
WASHINGTON TIMES: George W. Bush Thursday decried "trash-mouth politics" which he attributed to Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle, who said the day before that reporters have an obligation to investigate cocaine allegations against the Texas governor .... Mr. Daschle said the cocaine question -- which has dogged the former president's son and was most recently asked in a Washington Post series on the GOP presidential candidate -- is "a legitimate question."
THE UNDERNEWS: The media not only avoided similar questions about W.J. Clinton, it further refused to examine Clinton's close ties to major drug figures in Arkansas. Even as the Daschle story was attracting attention, two Arkansas stories with direct ties to Clinton were being ignored:
-- A defamation trial centering on a film about the murders of two young men who may have unwittingly uncovered a drop of drugs, cash and bullion made to members closely connected to Arkansas' political power structure in payment for services and goods by US intelligence. It is possible that no single incident, save the still unsolved death of Vince Foster, could shed more light on what really happened in Arkansas during the 80s and 90s. While the suit deals with a tangential aspect of the story, the case deserves far more attention than it has received.
-- The issue of whether Sharlene Wilson should be released from prison is presently on the Arkansas governor's desk. Wilson is not only a witness with evidence concerning the murders but also alleges to have seen Clinton heavily under the influence of cocaine. During the 1980s, Wilson, according to investigative reporter Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, flew cocaine from Mena to a pickup point in Texas. Other drugs, she and others said, were stuffed into chickens for shipping around the country. Wilson also served as "the lady with the snow" at "toga parties" attended, she reported, by Bill Clinton. In 1990, Wilson told a US grand jury investigating drugs in Arkansas that she provided cocaine to Clinton during his first term and that once the governor was so high he fell into a garbage can. The federal drug investigation was shut down within days of her testimony. Wilson fled, terrified of the state prosecuting attorney -- her former lover, and Clinton ally, Dan Harmon. She was eventually arrested by Harmon himself and sent up for 31 years on a minor drug charge.
ARKANSAS DEMOCRAT GAZETTE: Federal Emergency Management Agency officials will help develop a national program to combat school violence in the aftermath of shootings at Westside Middle School near Jonesboro and other schools around the country, an agency official said Friday. "We didn't have school violence before," said Kay Goss, associate director of the agency and a native of Northwest Arkansas who was appointed to her post six years ago. "But the definition of emergencies in school has to be changed to include school violence."
"So many times we've heard afterward someone say, "I heard he was going to blow up the school, but I didn't think he would.' We have to catch violence in the early end of the cycle," she said. .... Along with Goss, Buddy Young, the agency's southern regional director in Denton, Texas; Cliff Brown, Goss' assistant; and Jan Paschal, northeast regional representative of the U.S. Department of Education, spoke during Friday's seminar, which urged area officials to develop comprehensive emergency programs for area schools.
THE UNDERNEWS: FEMA has a long history dating back to the Reagan years of granting, or attempting to grant, itself plenary powers of one sort or another. One of its more notorious schemes involved a junta to provide "continuity in government" following a national disaster .... Buddy Young was Clinton's muscle at the Arkansas state house who, unlike some other state troopers, remained loyal to WJC and was rewarded with the FEMA plum. He's not the sort of person one expects in high federal office. More about all this can be found by searching TPR's web site for "FEMA" and "Buddy"
SENATE IMPEACHMENT TRIAL WAS FIXED: SCHIPPERS
In a startling interview with Terence Jeffrey of Human Events, former counsel to the House Judiciary Committee David Schippers charges that the Senate impeachment trial was rigged from the start. Here is an excerpt:
HUMAN EVENTS: What is the most significant thing that happened during the impeachment process that the country doesn't know about but should?
SCHIPPERS: I think the most important factor that the public should know that they don't know is that, before we ever appeared on the floor of the United States Senate, the House impeachment managers and I were told that there was no way we could win.
HUMAN EVENTS: Who told you that?
SCHIPPERS Six Republican senators. Members of the leadership.
HUMAN EVENTS: Members of the Republican leadership came over to you?
SCHIPPERS No, we were over there. We were discussing the kind of method by which we would try the case, and we, the managers and myself, were told, "Look we're just trying to keep you from embarrassing yourselves." I mean, this is after a vote of the House of Representatives impeaching the President.
In that same meeting one of the senators -- and because I do not know which one it was, I will not name any of the senators -- turned to Henry Hyde and he said, "Henry, I don't care. No way are you going to get 67 votes." This was before anything had occurred on the floor of the Senate.
And Henry Hyde said, "Well, you know Senator, we have other materials over there in that room that were furnished by Mr. Starr and I think that some of them may have to do with assaults or things like that. And the senator said, "Henry" -- this is a direct quote -- "I don't care if you have proof that he raped a woman, stood up and shot her dead, you're still not going to get 67 votes."
At that point I raised my hand and I said, "Senator, are you telling me I just watched a hundred senators raise their right hand to God and swear to do equal and impartial justice and that they will ignore that oath too?" And the senator said, "You're darn right they are."
From that moment on I knew that we were in a rigged ball game. In Chicago we'd refer to it as a First Ward election .... It was rigged to make it impossible for us to win. I don't know why they were so anxious to keep the American people from hearing the evidence. I just will never know.
THE MAD BOMBER
From "The Choice"
by Bob Woodward
Clinton held a secret strategy session in the White House with Hillary, Gore, Panetta, Ickes and several cabinet secretaries. Clinton asked everybody to keep the discussion private. He said he wanted to recapture winning themes of his 1992 victory, with emphasis on the middle class and traditional party groups such as labor. But it was a mushy meeting, and because some details soon leaked to the media no more such large sessions were held.
As Clinton continued his search, he lamented that he could not see a big, clear task before him. Part of him yearned for an obvious call to action or even a crisis. He was looking for that extraordinary challenge which he could define and then rally people to the cause. He wanted to find that galvanizing moment.
"I would have preferred being president during World War II" he said one night in January 1995. "I'm a person out of my time."
THE CHINESE CONNECTION
The Clinton administration was giving away to the store to China as far back as its first year in office. In the fall of 1993 it agreed to sell a Cray supercomputer in what was described as a good will gesture. Up to that point the fastest computer in China could do no more than 70 million calculations per second; the Cray had a speed of 958 million calculations per second.
Some officials in the Energy and Defense Departments argued against the sale saying that it would help China too much in its nuclear and ballistic missile development. Another critic was Democratic Senator Paul Simon, who argued, "It's a mistake. We have to be firmer with China, and that's what China will respect. We should not be sending that kind of high-tech equipment to any nation that continues nuclear explosions."
Paul Sperry in Investor's Business Daily nicely punctured the current spin that Chinese espionage was evenly distributed across each of the decades from the 1970s to the 1990s. For example a USA Today editorial on May 26: "From Reagan to Clinton, a spy scandal hard to match: Report details 20 years of laxity as China stole nuclear secrets."
Sperry notes that the "declassified version of the House report identifies 11 cases of Chinese espionage since the late 1970s. Eight took place during President Clinton's years in office. Two of the three prior cases were first learned in 1995 and 1997." Further, "the House report doesn't disclose the full extent of Chinese espionage in the Clinton years. Citing 'national security' reasons, the White House censored roughly 375 pages, including several recent cases. At least 24 times, the declassified version of the report states: 'The Clinton administration has determined further information cannot be made public.' Left out are details about Chinese espionage that took place in the 'mid-1990s' or 'late 1990s.'"
As Clinton said of China a year ago, "We are trying to build the same kind of world in the future ... a very different kind of world." And as part of that new world, corporate profits have repeatedly outbid national security. Says Chairman Chris Cox of the committee that investigated the China spy scandals, "Every existing roadblock inhibiting [China's] nuclear progress has been removed over the past six years." The spinners are trying hard to downplay this, but in the end, what's the difference between an individual giving away national secrets for money and a major corporation doing the same thing for profit, except for a few zeroes?
Judicial Watch has proved once again that Bill Clinton has more improper relationships with lawyers than he's has with women. His lawyers are blocking answers from Terry Lenzner on key questions based on "attorney work product" and "attorney-client privileges." Among the questions he doesn't want Lenzner to answer: whether he was approached or retained to investigate Linda Tripp.
Fox News reports that the Justice Department blocked FBI agents from preventing Charlie Trie's employees from destroying documents while he was under their surveillance. Fox's Carl Cameron revealed that in 1997 FBI surveillance observed Trie's employees destroying evidence in the campaign fundraising investigation. On the eve of Senate hearings into campaign finance abuse, the Justice Department pulled back on the warrants and the search of Trie's office and frustrated FBI agents watched as more documents were destroyed.
As mentioned here before, Kenneth Starr has probably been Bill and Hillary Clinton's best friend of late. Starr has handled this whole business not unlike a prosecutor who goes through life sending minor drug figures to jail while consistently, and curiously, just missing on all the big shots. After awhile you start to wonder.
He has now demonstrated this once more by letting major Clintonista crook Webb Hubbell cop a plea on fraud and tax evasion charges. Even before one raises the question of Hillary Clinton's involvement, these are normally no small matters under the law. Once you are indicted for cheating the IRS out of $850,000 and penalties, you don't normally walk away with less punishment than your run-of-the mill pot-head.
Absent the extremely outside chance that Hubbell will squeal on Hillary, Starr's action shows the degree to which a bipartisan culture of impunity is thriving in the capital.
The media, which wants to get Clintonoid criminality behind us, naturally didn't play it that way, preferring to treat the story as some final housecleaning by Starr. For example, the New York Times buried deep in the story the fact the "the indictment of Mr. Hubbell did not mention Mrs. Clinton by name but refers more than 30 times to the '1985-86 billing partner' on the Madison guaranty account," identifying her participation in the fraudulent transactions.
HUBBELL COPS A PLEA
LAW AND ORDER PRESIDENT: The Hubbell case involved not only a major real estate scam but Hubbell's theft of over three-quarters of a million dollars from the American public through non-payment of taxes. Here is the full statement from the White House on the Hubbell case disposition: "The President and First Lady recognize that these past few years have been very difficult ones for Webb and Suzy Hubbell, and they hope that this resolution will allow the Hubbells to move on to a brighter future."
WASHINGTON POST: Under the count to which he pleaded guilty, Hubbell was accused of repeatedly lying to federal banking regulators over a five-year period about work that he, Hillary Clinton and their law firm did in the mid-1980s for Madison Guaranty Savings and Loan and its owner, the late James B. McDougal, the Clintons' Whitewater business partner. Much of the work involved the scam Castle Grande land deal that helped lead to the thrift's bankruptcy.
WILLIAM SAFIRE: Two men who admitted corrupting our politics during the Clinton years have copped their guilty pleas and are cheerfully walking free -- without having to implicate any higher-ups .... So we will never know if the $100,000 that the Riady family paid Hubbell was, in Thomas Jefferson's phrase, "hush money" -- to keep him from telling prosecutors about the part played by his Rose Law Firm "billing partner," Hillary Clinton, in his sham deal .... This month, Reno Justice announced that John Huang, who raised millions in Asian money for Clinton that had to be returned, will plead guilty to raising just $7,500 illegally. His recommended sentence: a year's probation and a small fine ....
The Riadys' Hubbell and Huang, together again. Both walk; neither talks; and a five-year cover-up succeeds
NEWSMAX: News that Starr has let Hubbell off the hook with a deal that involves no jail time and apparently no cooperation is more than sad. It's downright eerie, given the way circumstances around the Hubbell plea bargain resemble the blackmail scheme hinted at in that June 6 Washington Post report: "The Justice Department has put its misconduct investigation of independent counsel Kenneth W. Starr on hold while waiting to see whether Starr resigns or significantly curtails his activities after the independent counsel law expires on June 30, according to sources familiar with the deliberations." Hmmmm. It sure looks like Starr has "significantly curtailed his activities."
Robert Novak reports that the former wife of ex-White House aide William Kennedy told Judicial Watch staffer Christopher Farrell that Kennedy brought FBI files from his White House office to their home in Alexandria, Va. She observed him on several occasions working for hours, making entries from the files into a database he maintained on his laptop computer. Kennedy's wife, according to a court filing, asserted that the database "was intended to make FBI file information accessible and useful to the Clinton administration." .... Farrell visited Mrs. Kennedy again June 16 to get a sworn affidavit, but she demurred. According to the filing, she said she "could not be seen by people in this administration as being out here volunteering information. If I get subpoenaed, that's a different story. At least, I'll have some cover."
NOVAK STORY http://www.suntimes.com/output/novak/novak08.html
What's the big deal. President Clinton did it. -- Middle school girl discussing oral sex, quoted in the Washington Post
WORLDNET DAILY: A senior Internal Revenue Service supervisor told Treasury Department investigators that she would like to audit the tax returns of Western Journalism Center Executive Director Joseph Farah in an effort to prove he was personally benefiting from the tax-exempt charity he founded, according to a 1997 report obtained by the center through the Freedom of Information Act .... A heavily redacted 1997 Treasury Department report titled, "Questionable Exempt Organization Examination Activity," was released July 6 to Farah's news organization [WorldNet Daily] following three years of FOIA filings and appeals for such information. Contradicting IRS officials and their Justice Department lawyers in two suits pending against the agency by the center and its legal counsel, the Treasury report states unequivocally and repeatedly that the audit began with a letter forwarded from the White House to the IRS.
WORLDNET DAILY: http://www.worldnetdaily.com
CARL LIMBACHER, NEWSMAX: In an unusual move that puts the ugliest charge against President Clinton back on the front burner, Clinton's personal lawyer David Kendall has attacked Juanita Broaddrick's detailed charge that the President raped her as a "partisan rant." The White House attack on Broaddrick came in a legal brief filed in federal court on July 12 in response to a lawsuit brought against Clinton by the Washington based public interest law firm Judicial Watch. .... Kendall's decision to attack Broaddrick's charge as could signal new White House fears that other women with similar charges may be ready to go public. Ms. Browning's lawsuit, filed under the RICO statute, alleges that President Clinton and top White House damage controller Bruce Lindsey engaged in a pattern of threatening women to keep them from going public about their sexual encounters with Clinton. Judicial Watch is seeking the testimony of nine women linked to Clinton to bolster Browning's case.
SNOW FALLOUT: The 2000 campaign had hardly begun before the Washington Post was asking George Bush Jr. about his past cocaine use. Which is fair enough except that the Post and other major media never let its readers in on Clinton's similar predilections. In the Arkansas of the 1980s, cocaine ran right up there with chickens and corruption as a major contribution to the state economy. And according to a number of witnesses Clinton was not only a user but close to major drug figures. Even Roger Clinton is on a police tape saying that he had to get some for his brother, who had "a nose like a vacuum cleaner." More than a few Clinton investigators suspect his drug use was at least one reason why his medical records have never been released. The suppression of the drug story was necessary, however, to create the false Clinton mythology propagated by media such as the Post.
WHAT'S A BRIBE?: A federal appeals court has reinstated the conviction of a Tyson Foods executive accused of providing illegal gifts to former Agriculture Secretary Mike Espy -- a violation the Meat Inspection Act. The law prohibits giving "money or other thing of value, with intent to influence" to a government official. The Meat Inspection Act, passed early this century, reflects the then clear understanding of the definition of a bribe. Successive generations of politicians and lawyers have twisted this understanding. For example, in a decision this spring affecting another case brought by special prosecutor Dan Smaltz, the Supreme Court ruled that a later law prohibiting the giving of gifts to a public official "for or because of an official act" didn't mean anything unless you knew what the official act was. The Washington Post even called Smaltz "reckless" for bringing the case.
Yet as far back as 1528, bribery meant simply "to influence corruptly, by a consideration." Other definitions offered by the Oxford English Dictionary, describe bribery as "a reward given to pervert the judgment or corrupt the conduct" of someone (1535), and "to gain over by some influence."(1595). Quid pro quo is not mentioned. Smaltz, like prosecutors worth their salt, understands that bribery is typically carried out in such a manner that the quid pro quo is as well concealed as possible.
"I don't mind telling you I made the list -- something about the past year -- Number 53. Fifty three? I mean, what does a guy have to do to make the top 50 around here?" -- The closest W.J. Clinton could come to contrition while speaking of a list of the century' top 100 news stories.
ERIC HOLDER AGAIN
FROM THE WASHINGTON TIMES: Despite [Wen Ho] Lee's role as the principal espionage suspect, Miss Reno's Justice Department declined a 1997 FBI request for a wiretap and surreptitious access to Mr. Lee's office computer. Justice's Office of Intelligence Policy Review maintained there was insufficient evidence for it to seek the necessary court permission The FBI appealed that decision to Deputy Attorney General Eric Holder, the second-highest Justice Department official. Mr. Holder also denied the request to pursue the wiretaps. . .
Normally, the Justice Department favorably responds to FBI requests for such wiretaps in 99.9 percent of the 700 or so requests it receives each year. Why the issue of Chinese nuclear espionage was given a free pass by Justice wiretap gatekeepers is worth knowing.
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THE BOYS ARE DEAD; THE STORY ISN'T
Twelve years and seven investigations after the exceptionally ugly deaths of two boys on an Arkansas train track, the case remains unsolved. A civil court case, slated to begin in August, may shed new light on the matter, which some feel is as central to the true story of the Arkansas Mafia as is the still mysterious death of Vincent Foster. The case, filed by persons claiming they were falsely named as suspects in a video about the murders, offers the first opportunity for open sworn testimony on many aspects of the case.
On August 23, 1987, Kevin Ives, 17, and Don Henry, 16, were run over by a northbound Union Pacific train in a part of Arkansas notorious for drug smuggling. Too mutilated to be embalmed, their gathered-up body parts were put into a bag, sprinkled with a preserver, and laid in a casket. The deaths were originally declared an accident by Governor Clinton's state medical examiner who said the boys had taken pot and then fallen asleep side by side on the tracks.
What followed was the sort of grotesque saga for which the Arkansas of the 80s and 90s has become famous. Jean Duffey, the head of a drug task force who began looking into the case, was told by her departing boss, "You are not to use the drug task force to investigate public officials." Under her new boss, Democrat Dan Harmon, she found herself discredited and threatened. She eventually left Arkansas in fear of her life. Republican US Attorney, Chuck Banks, cleared Harmon and other Saline county officials of, as the Arkansas Gazette put it, "drug related public misconduct an other forms of misdoing." Several months later, Banks was named to a federal judgeship by President George Bush (although Clinton's election ended nomination procedures). In 1997 Harmon was sentenced to eight years in prison on extortion and narcotics charges.
The government investigations of the train deaths have gone nowhere. The FBI, Kenneth Starr, and the media have all failed to pursue the case and those who have dared to look into it have been labeled conspiracy theorists.
But there are more than theories. There are witnesses, evidence, and a trail suddenly ending whenever it approaches the CIA-drug connection.
Duffey later returned to the case as an unofficial activist and investigator. Below is a short excerpt from one of her reports that goes to the core question of what happened on that day twelve years ago:
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I met John [a detective on the case] in the spring of 1994, and we began to compare notes. It was startling how much of our information was identical even though it was developed independently of each other and three years apart. John had been working with an investigative reporter who put him in contact with a pilot who goes by the name of Joe, and who claims to have been a CIA operative. Joe told John that on several occasions he had flown the Saline County drop which was known as "A-12," and that he took orders from CIA operatives out of Mena. This is the reason Saline County officials were getting federal protection, the reason Kevin and Don's murders could not be solved, the reason high ranking public officials turned their backs on me and my task force ....
John said Joe gave him an accurate description of the land marks approaching the tracks and described railroad light that hung horizontally over the tracks under which the train passed. John drove the area and walked the tracks. Joe's description fit everything except the lights. There were no such lights that hung over the tracks horizontally, so John filed Joe in his own drawer of interesting-but-not-good-information.
It was some weeks later that John was visiting with Linda and Larry Ives and just happened to tell them about Joe. Larry had been an engineer on that very run for years and up until three weeks before Kevin and Don were murdered. It was, in fact, Larry's old crew that ran over the boys. When John told Linda and Larry about the lights, Larry told John that in 1987, the lights were exactly like Joe described them. John took Joe out of his bad-information file and began communicating with him.
Later, Joe and I developed a rapport, and he told me that "A-12" drop number 46 was a money drop that came up missing. He said the cops in charge of picking up the drop hid out for subsequent drops to see who might try to steal another drop. Joe said Kevin and Don were in the area of drop number 50 and were ambushed. They were beaten and killed and their bodies were placed on the tracks. I passed this story on to the FBI agent who was in the process of having polygraphs administered. A few weeks later, I was told by the agent that Joe's story had been verified through the polygraph tests. (The agent also told Linda Ives that the only people failing the polygraphs were cops.)
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Information independently obtained by TPR supports this description. According to this information, the stolen drop included $500,000 in cash and twice that much in gold and platinum. The scheduled pickups were allegedly well known people in Arkansas. Some of the money was payment for services rendered (including the manufacture of weaponry), some was to be sent to a laundry (including a public finance agency). There were fifty drops, according to this account, of which drop number 46 was stolen. Apparently, the boys had been in the wrong place at the wrong time for drop number 50 and were targeted in order to have someone to blame for the stolen goods.
TRAIN DEATHS SITE
THE REVIEW LIST
Various people and their connection with IGI,
Terry Lenzner's private investigation firm
CLINTON'S LEGAL DEFENSE FUND: Client
DAVID KENDALL: Hired IGI to investigate Paula Jones and Kenneth Starr's staff
RAYMOND KELLY: Employee who became Clinton's Secret Service chief
RICK SEIDMAN: Employee who joined Clinton's Justice Department
BROOKE SHEARER: Employee who joined Clinton's Interior Department
HOWARD SHAPIRO: FBI general counsel who became Lenzner's lawyer
LARRY POTTS: Former FBI official (Ruby Ridge) who became an IGI executive
HILLARY CLINTON: Worked with Lenzner on the Watergate hearings.
[Asked under oath whether HRC was a client, Lenzner declined to answer, on the curious grounds of attorney-client privilege.]
[Investors Business Daily]
CLINTON'S BROWNIE POINT
Christopher Hitchens -- who was at Oxford contemporaneously with Clinton -- has offered an explanation of how the president could have honestly declared that he had "never inhaled" marijuana while in England. Says Hitchens, Clinton was known as a "a cookie-guzzling goof-off" who preferred his pot in brownies and similar confections.
As part of a mopping-up operation after the successful defense of America's most corrupt president ever, the Washington Post set its sight on the real danger to the country: Richard Scaife. Along with Kenneth Starr, conservative philanthropist Scaife has been a favorite cartoon target of neo-libs. They have attempted to prove that without the dastardly duo's evil influence, W.J. Clinton & Co. would never had:
-- been involved in a real estate scam
-- helped rip off an S&L
-- consorted with drug traffickers and other underworld figures
-- abused, threatened and harassed an unknown number of women
-- repeatedly lied to the public, prosecutors, Congress, and the federal courts
-- misappropriated FBI files to use against his enemies
-- conspired to falsely prosecute the head of the White House travel office -- -- been associated with more than 45 persons later found to be felons
-- stood idly by (at the very least) in the media of the nation's greatest espionage disaster
-- obstructed justice in the wake of the Vince Foster death.
To make the point perfectly clear, the Post assigned hatchetman Robert Kaiser to get the goods on Scaife. Kaiser, after a two-part, multi-page series produced exactly this: one more screwed up scion of late-twentieth century free market capitalism. Not unlike, say, Kaiser own bosses, the Grahams.
Next to a prom date gone bad, there are few greater disappointments in life than a newspaper series that doesn't quite pan out. The tradition, however, is just to plow ahead and hope the readers will be fooled by the amount of space devoted to the subject into believing that something awful really happened. As the old newspaper editor said, many a good story has been ruined by the facts.
In truth, while Scaife is a major conservative donor, even Kaiser had to admit that he doesn't amount to a bucket of warm spit compared to, for example, the Ford Foundation. By proudly "compiling a computerized record of nearly all his contributions over the past four decades," Kaiser and the Post discovered that Scaife and family had given at least $340 million (or $620 million in today's dollars)to conservative causes as opposed to the Ford Foundation which gave away $491 million last year alone.
In fact, Scaife doesn't come close to the big players in the foundation world, most of whom cater to America's extremist middle -- the violent elite that gets to decide whom we bomb, who's going to be poor, and who goes to jail for what sort of drug use. The left-center Ford Foundation, for example, has $11 billion in assets, while the right center Pew Charitable Trust (still controlled by the Pew family) has about $5 billion. Of far more concern to Americans than the activities of Scaife should be the role that pharmaceuticals (Lilly and Robert Wood Johnson), agribusiness (Kellogg) and oil (Pew) play in the world of big giving.
Kaiser also wrote a long side-bar on the so-called "Arkansas Project," a Scaife-financed investigation into Clinton's activities in Arkansas. With fine post-modern innuendo, again blaming Clinton's trouble on rightwing scandal-mongers, Kaiser manages to hide the fact that the most important early investigations on Clinton were done by progressives (Alexander Cockburn in the Nation and the liberal students of the Arkansas Committee), the Post's competitor (Jeff Gerth in the New York Times) and by Brits who still know how to cover a scandal (Cockburn and Ambrose Evans-Pritchard).
Further, Kaiser avoided mentioning the Post's own role in the Clinton scandals including its failure to let readers know what was on the Genifer Flowers tapes (including ethnic slurs by Clinton that easily could have cost him the election) and its axing at the last minute of a major expose on Mena. The Post's performance in this scandal has ranged from the dismal to the disgusting. And, as with Clinton's own behavior, this was something Richard Scaife had absolutely nothing to do with.
"I don't mind telling you I made the list -- something about the past year -- Number 53. Fifty three? I mean, what does a guy have to do to make the top 50 around here?" -- The closest W.J. Clinton could come to contrition while speaking of a list of the century' top 100 news stories.
SUPREME COURT GIVES OKAY TO BRIBERY
In a decision greatly encouraging official corruption, the Supreme Court has unanimously ruled that a law prohibiting the giving of gifts to a public official "for or because of an official act" doesn't mean anything unless you know what the official act is.
The bar had already eviscerated historic linguistic and political meaning in another statute that requires that "bribery" include some specific quid pro quo. In truth, as far back as 1528 bribery was simply "to influence corruptly, by a consideration." Other definitions offered by the Oxford English Dictionary, considerably more reliable than Anthony Scalia on matters of meaning, describes bribery as "a reward given to pervert the judgment or corrupt the conduct" of someone (1535), and "to gain over by some influence."(1595). Quid pro quo is not mentioned.
By the turn of the century, politicians still certainly knew what the word meant. Lincoln Steffins saw political corruption as an extension of business and social corruption and said the businessman viewed it this way: "Whatever prospers my business, is good; it must be. Whatever hinders it, is wrong; it must not be. A bribe is bad, that is, it is a bad thing to take; but it is not so bad to give one, not if it is necessary to my business." Steffins, in his study of St. Louis, found that "the ramifications of boodle were so complex, various, and far-reaching, that one mind could hardly grasp them, and not even Joseph W. Folk, the tireless prosecutor, could follow them all."
Congress and the Washington lobbyist bar took care of the problem by writing a statute that redefined bribery so it was virtually unprosecutable. The Supreme Court has now skewered another pesky law passed in 1962 that deals with inbound gratuities rather than outbound reciprocal acts.
The case had been brought by special prosecutor Donald Smaltz, one of the few true good guys of contemporary Washington. His abominable treatment by the media hasn't ended; the Washington Post charged editorially that even bringing his action in this matter was "reckless."
Smaltz, who won other convictions against the corporate defendants in the case, was simply trying to stop just a few of the patently corrupt actions of the Clinton machine. Given the weaknesses of law and the lack of cooperation by Janet Reno, he has done an admirable job. Smaltz, like any prosecutor worth their salt, understands that bribery is typically carried out in such a manner that any quid pro quo is as well concealed as possible. Leaving a quid pro quo lying around is like leaving your fingerprints on the murder weapon. It happens but it ain't too bright.
As George Dunne, who became a wealthy Chicago insurance business owner through his political connections, once put it: "Anybody who goes into politics for some other reason than making money is a fool."
George Washington Plunkett called it "honest graft" as opposed, say, to actually stealing public funds. Politicians get rich, he said, because they "seen their opportunities and took them. That is why, when a reform administration comes in and spends a half million dollars in tryin' to find the public robberies they talked about in the campiagn, they don't find them. The books are always all right. The money in the city treasury is all right. Everything is all right. All they can show is that the Tammany heads of departments looked after their friends, within the law, and gave them what opportunities they could to make honest graft .... Every good man looks after his friends, and any man who doesn't isn't likely to be popular. If I have a good thing to hand out in private life, I give it to a friend. Why shouldn't I do the same in public life?"
The defendant in the current case, Sun Diamond, gave Michael Espy gifts worth $5,900 over the course of 14 months.
A lawyer for Sun-Diamond said that the decision meant that lobbyists would no longer "have to look over their shoulder at an aggressive independent counsel who can pursue criminal prosecution in this politically sensitive area."
They are now free to take care of their friends in high places. George Washington Plunkett would be pleased.
"We have seen the folks in Washington turn the American ethic on its head. For too long, those who play by the rules and keep the faith have gotten the shaft. And those who cut corners and cut deals have been rewarded". -- W.J. Clinton, August 1992
WILLEY KNOWS WHO THREATENED HER: Kathleen Willey has told Chris Matthews she knows who approached her while she was on an early morning walk and asked her threatening questions -- including about her children. Matthews pressed her to reveal the name but she wouldn't -- even after he mentioned a name extremely familiar to political Washington. Willey said Kenneth Starr's office was still investigating the matter.
According to Matt Drudge, ABC reporter Jackie Judd showed Willey a picture of a man earlier this year whom Willey identified as the one who had approached her. Although there have been numerous reports of threats -- including those of violence -- from persons who have run afoul of the Clinton machine, this is the first time the name of a major Washington personality has been attached to them.
Both Matthews and Drudge gave the name of the man Willey saw, but because of the seriousness of Willey's accusation, TPR is not using it. Charges against him, however, would be a major embarrassment to the White House as he is closely associated with the Clintonista damage control operation. He is close enough to Clinton that at least one television network staked out his home under the apparently faulty impression that the president had used it as a safe house for affairs.
Willey told Matthews: "I was walking with my three dogs, and I saw this man coming toward me... He called me by name, 'Kathleen, did you ever find your cat?' he asked. 'No, I have not, and we really miss him,' I told him. 'Did you ever get those tires fixed on your car?' he asked. The hair on my neck started to stand on end... He asked me about my children by name."
After Clinton lied about Gennifer Flowers, George Stephanopoulos became a "true true believer." The lying "caused me to focus even more intently on his strengths and believe even more fervently in his ideas."
After Clinton lied about the draft, Stephanopoulos wrote, "I began to think that doing the dirty work was not only necessary but noble, a landmark on the road to greater good."
About helping to spread the White house lies concerning Travelgate, Stephanopoulos felt "assured of my own good intentions."
After Stephanopoulos successfully convinced Washington Post executive editor not to run the Paula Jones story, he says "I felt like a man on a moral mission. I served as Clifton's character witness."
Stephanopoulos has maintained that he never kept a dairy or other account of his activities, and denied that he had such documents when subpoenaed, yet managed to write an intensely detailed book including alleged conversations. The American Spectator's Byron York found the answer to this conundrum buried at the end of the book: George talked regularly with his friend, media Monica Eric Alterman, who taped and stored the talks safely away from subpoenas and other annoyances.
In an earlier time, George Stephanopoulos might have been regarded as a good-looking, no-account fellow. It would be the community consensus that he would probably get no further than a used car lot. In these times, of course, he got a lot further. And the lemon he sold us was a criminal presidency.
Former Arkansas State Trooper
LD Brown tells of being
propositioned by Hillary Rodham Clinton
The occasion was a trip to Pine Bluff, Arkansas. I drove Hillary there. It was during this trip that she gave me the speech about 'getting things' from other people besides your spouse. ~~ I don't know whether it was the conversation we had been having or just the moment, but Hillary -- out of the blue -- told me she wanted me to start traveling with her, not just on the one hour trips, but out of town on the overnight ones ~~ At that moment she slid to the middle of the front seat of the Lincoln and gave me a big kiss on the cheek. I didn't utter a word. I saw my entire career, or what was left of it, fly past -- as in out the window. I restarted the car and we drove back to the Mansion. She didn't say another word. . . .
[From "Crossfire: Witness in the Clinton Investigation," by LD Brown]
Contrary to heavy Clintonista spin, it turns out that Kathley Willey passed a FBI lie detector test when she alleged that Clinton had made a sexual advance on her. Writes AP's Peter Yost: "In a second test six days later at the FBI polygraph unit in Washington, Mrs. Willey was asked, 'In November 1993 did the president place his hand on your breast?' and 'Did President Clinton place your hand on his groin?' Both times, Mrs. Willey answered 'yes,' the FBI summary stated.
CLINTON'S BAG MAN
In the continuing case of W.J. Clinton, we have learned from the media that evidence and testimony of witnesses don't matter. Now we have an actual confession by a co-conspirator and that apparently isn't news either. In an interview with Marvin Lee for the Washington Weekly, former Arkansas state trooper L.D. Brown admits that he served as a bag man for then Governor Clinton. Says Brown, "It's the best term to use. In a crime world, when writers write about the man who carries the money around, it is usually the 'bag man.' Frankly, that's what it was. We used a paper sack, a brown paper bag." Some other topics in the interview:
THE DIXIE MAFIA: Well, having been in law enforcement for quite a number of years, I have a different connotation about the, quote, Dixie Mafia, unquote. It's not like the Marcellos in New Orleans, the Cosa Nostras, the Capos, and all that. The Dixie Mafia is much more loose knit--not identifiable as a gang in a hierarchy as other organized crime gangs. I guess it is an unorganized crime organization. It's more of a social structure. I never really thought about that, trying to put all this in the context of an organized crime operation, even though if you take the separate acts that have been committed, it's certainly a racketeering operation.
BROWN GETS HIRED BY THE CIA (ON CLINTON'S RECOMMENDATION) AND LEARNS OF ITS INVOLVEMENT IN THE DRUG TRADE: I didn't want any part of it because the person who had guided me through this entire process, Bill Clinton, when I broached the subject with him, he said the worst thing that he could ever say, that it was "A Dan Lasater deal." Then things clicked in my mind: "Oh, my God, the only time I've seen him around coke that I know of, for sure, has been in Dan Lasater's house." Dan Lasater openly displayed coke in his home. I thought about this later. Is Dan Lasater working on a contract with CIA? Was he? It was a drug deal and I wanted no part of it.
THE CIA SENDS BROWN TO MEXICO FOR A HIT: They coached it with me as an effort to get rid of the co-pilot on those flights with [drug smuggler Barry] Seal. Seal was dead by then. ~~ When I got to the assigned location in Mexico and the guy was pointed out to me by my local contact, I knew that it wasn't the co-pilot I had seen on the airplane. They had the wrong guy. I don't think [Brown's CIA contact] knew he was sending me to get the wrong guy, but that's basically what happened. And of course, I was obviously not forgetting that there was one other person on that plane who is not dead yet. It's me. What better way to be done with me and that other guy than for me go down there, nail him, get arrested two minutes later and die in a Mexican prison? I immediately became paranoid. I ditched the gun and went back to Arkansas without carrying out the assignment. [It later turned out that his target was Terry Reed, another drop-out from the CIA-Contra-drug operation]
BEING A CLINTON ENABLER: I didn't have the benefit at the time of knowing what has now come together as a criminal enterprise more or less. We are talking about racketeering, that's what was going on. I was there, I saw these things, but I didn't completely know all the transactions that took place outside my view. ~~ I knew that I shouldn't be carrying around cash in a bag, but I didn't know exactly where that cash came from, whether it was from a drug deal or unreceipted or unaccounted for money from Madison [S&L]. I knew it was wrong. There is no excusing that. I have apologized and repented for it publicly. I was an enabler, not unlike the people that he is surrounding himself with now. Whether it be 100 congressmen standing beside him when he is gloating, almost, that he has been impeached, or his minions that go out and try to destroy people who are telling the truth. I was one of those people.
WASHINGTON WEEKLY INTERVIEW: http://dolphin.gulf.net/may17-99/Bag
Clinton machine capo and former Arkansas Governor Jim Guy Tucker has been ordered to pay $1 million for setting up a sham bankruptcy to avoid paying taxes. Tucker had already been convicted of fraud and conspiracy, along with Jim and Susan McDougal. He is one of more than two score crooks close to Clinton who have been successfully busted.
Clinton has racked up an estimated $10 million in unpaid legal fees, but no one in the corporatist media seems interested in the fact that the fees represent a de facto gift to the president by the law firms involved.
"The White House is like a subway: you have to put in coins to open the gate," Johnny Chung once said. A bit more expensive, though. In recent congressional testimony Chung gave some sample costs, such as $50,000 to have one of his clients sit in on a presidential radio address and $70,000 so a Chinese beer executive could have his photo taken with the president.
From Bill Hoffman in the New York Post comes word that Chicago scientists have found that when lying, people's noses actually become engorged with blood -- causing them to swell. Writes Hoffman: "While the effect may not be noticeable to the naked eye the liar is drawn to touch his or her itching nose, betraying guilt. In the most glaring example, the president repeatedly touched his nose during his bogus testimony before a grand jury."
IT'S GETTING NASTY OUT THERE
Chris Matthews and Matt Drudge named the guy Kathleen Willey claims came up to her on the jogging path and asked her those intimidating questions. Having been in the news racket a bit longer, TPR did not. Which is just as well since Matthews now has had to apologize publicly as he attempts to dodge a possible law suit by the man mentioned, Cody Shearer.
Shearer strongly denied the Willey story through his attorney. He says he was on a month-long trip to California and has restaurant and other receipts to prove it. Shearer confronted Matthews when they ran into each other at the Philadelphia railroad station. Said Matthews -- now also reportedly in trouble with his bosses, "I now regret not having spoken beforehand with him before I mentioned his name on the air. I should never have brought his name up until we had vetted it."
Shearer told Joe Conason of Salon in an interview that "he stayed at the Hyatt Regency hotel in San Francisco on the night of Jan. 7 and that at 2:53 p.m. on Jan. 8, he withdrew money from a cash machine at the Embarcadero Center in that same city. In fact, he can show that he flew to Los Angeles before Christmas 1997 and didn't return until Jan. 11, 1998, the day Willey testified in the Jones case. By chance, he sat next to former Secretary of State Warren Christopher on the United Airlines flight back east."
Now the story has taken yet another bizarre twist. Shearer now reports that a gun-waving man came to his house on Sunday. According to the Drudge Report, "No one was seriously hurt in the incident, but officials suspect the man may have moved into action after Shearer was named in a nationally televised interview as the one who confronted and spooked presidential accuser Kathleen Willey just days before she gave testimony in the Paula Jones case. There are said to be multiple witnesses to the gun-waving incident"
According to TPR's information, the individual went into Shearer's doorless garage, slashed his tires, and waved his gun at other persons living in his house. He indicated he was looking for Shearer. Not only Washington police, but FBI and Secret Service responded.
Matt Drudge says the Washington police may soon make an arrest in the case and that the suspect is said to be the son of a prominent capital figure.
FUN FACTS ABOUT CODY SHEARER
Cody Shearer is one of three children of Lloyd Shearer of Parade Magazine who pulled off one of the great feats of journalistic nepotism this side of the publishers of the Washington Post and NY Times. He hired all of his kids to work for him. Lloyd would grow up to sleep in the Lincoln bedroom. Derek would grow up to be an ambassador. Brooke -- or Connecticut Walker as she called herself in her Parade days -- would grow up to be gumshoe for Terry Lenzner (specializing in refuse evaluation, sometimes colloquially known as "dumpster diving"), and the wife of Deputy Secretary of State Strobe Talbott. She is now a Clinton appointee. Cody has been a sometime journalist, sometime associate of Lenzner's, sometime this, sometime that. He is also close to Clinton.
NEWSWEEK PERISCOPE ARTICLE MAY 16, 1997, BY MICHAEL ISIKOFF: How did [Terry] Lenzner come to target [Senator Don] Nickles? The answer goes back to an effort by Oklahoma's Cheyenne-Arapaho Indians to win return of their homelands, snatched by the government a century ago. During the '96 campaign, Democratic Party officials offered to help them --in exchange for a $107,000 campaign contribution. Embarrassed when the incident came to light, the DNC returned the money. Then last spring, a business associate of the tribe's urged them to meet with Cody Shearer, described to them as a Washington "insider" and longtime friend of President Clinton. In May, Shearer advised the tribe the best way to advance their cause was to dig up dirt on Nickles. ~~ Shearer said he knew just the man for the job: his old pal Lenzner, who asked for up to $17,000. But when Indian leaders saw Lenzner's memo, they balked, suspecting Lenzner had other political motives. Lenzner said he was just giving the Indians what he thought they wanted. "We're not a bunch of dummies," said James Pedro, a member of the tribe. "We know when we're being used."
SAM DEALEY IN THE NEW YORK POST: Reporters, too, questioned whether the president's inner circle was passing on dirt [to Larry Flynt]. Were White House aides involved, they asked Flynt. "The only connection that I have got with Bill Clinton is that I voted for him twice. I've never met the man. I've never been to the White House." Presidential pit-bull James Carville? "Well of course I am friends with James, we made a movie together ... But I've never discussed what I am doing with James." How about Clinton dirt-digger Terry Lenzner? "No." But asked if he knew Deputy Secretary of State Strobe Talbott, Flynt said, "I haven't seen Strobe Talbott in years. ... But he is married to a sister of a very good friend of mine." ~~ Lenzner and Shearer are also old tennis buddies from Washington's tony St. Albans Tennis Club. Shearer's a close friend of Sidney Blumenthal's, too, according to published accounts. ~~ Last summer, the State Department learned [Shearer] was doing some free-lance negotiating with Serb and Muslim leaders on partitioning Bosnia - all while claiming he had the backing of the Clinton administration. Talbott himself had to write his brother-in-law to tell him to knock it off.
Shearer during the mid-90s ran a international mediation service -- the Institute for International Mediation and Conflict Resolution -- out of his home on Cathedral Avenue. The Columbus Free Press reported that "The University of Dayton Center for International Programs is organizing a symposium, The Dayton Peace Accords Revisited, that will bring together those who have a direct association with the peace process in the Balkans. ~~ The goal is to assess the effectiveness of the Accords, propose adjustments, and offer a blueprint for the future of the Accords and the peace process. ~~ The symposium is part of a three-day launching event that includes a Town meeting at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, sponsored by the Air Force Association, and a Recognition Banquet for Ambassador Richard Holbrooke. Others in attendance will include ... Strobe Talbot, Cody Shearer . . ."
FROM A 1995 ISSUE OF THE UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON DAILY: The UW is one of 10 universities in the nation chosen by the Institute of International Mediation and Conflict Resolution (IIMCR) to send students to a month-long summer program in The Hague, Netherlands, in July 1996. 'The University of Washington was selected because of its free-spirited and independent-minded student body as well as its fine academic standing,' said IIMCR President Cody Shearer.
FROM A 1996 ISSUE OF THE STANFORD UNIVERSITY DAILY: "The symposium is scheduled to take place from July to August at the Institute of Higher European Studies in The Hague, Netherlands, one of Europe's leading schools of international affairs. 'Stanford University was selected because of its free-spirited and independent-minded student body, as well as its fine academic standing,' Cody Shearer, the architect of the program and president of the Institute for International Mediation and Conflict Resolution, said in a press release.
MORE TALES FROM THE CLINTON CRYPT
From Newsmax's Inside Cover
Just a week after Kathleen Willey went public with new details about a stranger who tracked her down and warned against testifying in the Paula Jones case, Inside Cover has learned that Juanita Broaddrick says she was also followed just days before her interview with House impeachment investigators. And, in yet another mysterious twist mirroring Willey's allegations, Broaddrick reveals that her house pets were set loose and that her phone was tampered with shortly after her first contacts with the press in early 1998.
Broaddrick told NewsMax.com's Carl Limbacher late Tuesday, "There was a small gray car parked for about a day and a half up on the highway just outside my property and when I left I noticed it would follow me." Broaddrick said she and her husband never got close enough to read the license plate but assumed the car belonged to a reporter. "It never really frightened me," Broaddrick quickly added. "But it's just that the person was there."
"The only incident that frightened us was when our house was broken into while we were gone for a few days. Somebody got into the house and took the tape from my answering machine. And then they let my three cats out." Broaddrick stresses that there was no sign of forced entry -- but neither was there any explanation for the missing phone tape and mysteriously freed pets. "The last thing I did before we left was make sure the cats were in the house. And, of course, the answering machine tape just disappeared."
CHRISTOPHER MATTHEWS: What is Bill Clinton's motive in life? What is his driving force? I've never located it. I've tried to.
CHRISTOPHER HITCHENS: He's a hollow, empty, miserable narcissist and nihilist who doesn't exist when the attention of others is switched off. Imagine what the home life is. We can make a rough guess, 'cause this is one guy who uses his own daughter as a stage prop, and his wife lets him, when he's telling filthy lies in the public domain. But he has no friends. He has a few cronies, but no one comes to dinner. Dick Morris is the nearest he had to a real friend. Can you imagine that for a man? When he's not -- when the lights are switched off and when the applause or the canned laughter...
MATTHEWS: What's there?
HITCHENS: Nothing. Not a thing. He's just a hollow...
MATTHEWS: I hear upstairs he's alone every night.
HITCHENS: He's a hollow, empty, wretched and hateful... If he wasn't president one could feel sorry for him. He clearly needs a lot of help, but trying the therapy that makes all his problems into ours hasn't worked. Presidential therapy hasn't worked for him. Power therapy hasn't worked for him. He should try something else.
SHEARER ATTACKER IDENTIFIED
AP is reporting that a brother of presidential candidate Pat Buchanan is arranging to surrender to police on charges he used a gun to threaten occupants of a home owned by Clintonista Cody Shearer. The brother, Hank Buchanan, 61, has a history of mental illness and checked into a hospital earlier this week for treatment, his family said.
HOW TO TELL WHEN CLINTON'S LYING
David Shuster of Fox News interviewed psychiatrist Alan Hirsch concerning visual clues to Clinton's mendacity. Signs found on the grand jury video tape, reported Shuster, included "a significant increase in the rate per minute that Mr. Clinton crossed his arms, looked away from prosecutors or touched his nose. Psychiatrists say higher blood pressure swells some tissues there, causing most people, without realizing it, to scratch. Hirsch compared the first ten minutes when the President was sworn in and asked simple things like his name with a twenty minute segment when prosecutors were trying to nail down the details of Mr. Clinton's relationship with Monica Lewinsky."
Hirsch: "During the truthful period, for instance, he touched his nose none and during the lying period he touched his nose .26 times a minute .... In his truthful periods he leaned forward not at all and during the lying period he leaned forward .86 times a minute.
Schuster: "Hirsch also focused on verbal signals, such as stuttering. Listen as the President tries to explain a comment his lawyer made about no sex of any kind."
Clinton: "I don't, I think what Mr. Bennett was concerned about if I, maybe it would be helpful."
Shuster: "According to Hirsch, Mr. Clinton's stuttering rate increased by 1400 percent, errors in speech 1700 percent."
The vote in the Julie Hiatt Steele was 9 to 3 and the jury foreman says Kenneth Starr should "seriously consider" retrying the case.
A reader points out that the grossly negligent security procedures introduced at nuclear labs by the Clinton administration -- including no background checks for foreign visitors -- parallels the breakdown of security at the White House reported by former FBI agent Gary Aldrich. Aldrich was pilloried by the Clintonista media but it appears that, once again, he was on the mark.
L.D. Brown was the Arkansas state trooper who W.J. Clinton helped get involved with the CIA. It wasn't a happy experience because Brown soon learned on a trip to Central America with CIA asset Barry Seal that Seal wasn't just into running weapons south; he was bringing drugs back. In his new book, "Crossfire," Brown describes what he says happened next:
I did what I thought was right and decided to confront Bill directly. He had known about the first trip and had facilitated my involvement with the C.I.A. ... It was the first time we talked since the trip, the trip he knew I was going to take. His mouth opened and the words, "You having fun yet?" were already forming on his lips when I burst out, "Do you know what they're bringing back on those airplanes?" He immediately threw up his hands in a halting fashion and took a couple of steps back. I know he thought he was in danger of receiving a class A state police ass-whipping. My hopes of an innocent explanation to the whole sordid affair were dashed with the now-famous line, "That's Lasater's deal! That's Lasater's deal!" he whined as if he had just taken a tongue lashing by Hillary. "And your buddy Bush knows about it!"
"CROSSFIRE: WITNESS IN THE CLINTON INVESTIGATION" BY L.D. BROWN
"Every time [President Bush] talks about trust it makes chills run up and down my spine. The very idea that the word 'trust' could ever come out of his mouth after the way he has trampled on the truth is a travesty of the American political system." -Bill Clinton, 1992
According to HRC biographer Joyce Milton, Johnny Chung has been telling people he was afraid he was on the Clinton hit list.
THE FBI investigating longtime Clinton crony Charlie Trie also found themselves looking into a curious meeting between Commerce Secretary Ron Brown and a Chinese arms dealer the same day the dealer met with the president in a coffee arranged by Trie. The coffee was previously known; Brown's involvement was not. The meeting with Wang Jun took place a few weeks before Brown was killed in a plane crash that itself has raised a number of questions. Wang's company, Poly Technologies is under suspicion of having smuggled arms into the US.
WILLIAM THE GOTH
"They had the wrong reaction to the fact that they were dissed. Everybody gets dissed sometime in life, even the President. ~~ It's amazing how much energy is lost and how many things are not done for America because people in Washington, D.C., at the highest levels of power and influence get hurt by what other people say about them -- mean, bad things other people say about them." - W.J. Clinton speaking to high school students after the Colorado school shootings.
QUESTION OF THE DAY
After the president is through worrying about gun control, could he find some time for nuclear weapon control, source code control and super computer technology control?
[Clinton] is far more psychologically disturbed than the public ever imagined. -- Newsweek's Michael Isikoff on "Dateline NBC".
I think that's an understatement. The suggestion is that this guy is in terrible trouble mentally and psychologically and is a completely hollow narcissist and egomaniac. And he thinks that the best therapy for it is being president. My view is that presidential therapy hasn't worked for him and shouldn't have been tried. But he certainly does need professional help. -- Christopher Hitchens on WOR
"We can't be so fixated on our desire to preserve the rights of ordinary Americans . . . ." --William J. Clinton, USA Today, March 11, 1993
So, a federal judge has now confirmed what most Americans knew all along - that William Jefferson Clinton is a liar, that he lied under oath and that his lies "were designed to obstruct the judicial process." Thus Bill Clinton becomes not merely the second president in our nation's history to be impeached, but the first sitting president to be held in contempt of court. Whatever else he does in the time remaining to him in the White House, that will be Clinton's legacy - as a liar and a cheat, who won and subsequently debased the highest office in the land. -- Boston Herald editorial
"There have been no scandals in this administration. And I was governor for 12 years, not a hint of scandal." --Bill Clinton - Washington Week in Review (PBS), February 25, 1994
"I know where all the bodies are buried." -- Susan McDougal to ABC's Chris Vlasto, 1994
""It reminded me of 'The Diary of Anne Frank.'" -- Monica Lewinsky of her meetings with Kenneth Starr. She also says she was sustained by thoughts of Senesh, the Hungarian-Jewish poet who was shot by a firing squad after parachuting behind German lines during WW II to rescue Jews.
"Ms. Lewinsky is not a role model for Jewish children," Rabbi Eric Yoffie, president of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations.
Mike McCurry on Chelsea: "In my opinion, she has her head screwed on a little bit better than her mom and dad, in many ways." Whitewater wag on Mike McCurry: "Is McCurry admitting that Clinton has been screwing his head off?"
"We [U.S. and China] are trying to build the same kind of world in the future ... a very different kind of world." -- --Bill Clinton, April 1998
JUST HOURS AFTER W.J. CLINTON had been formally declared to have been in contempt of court for his deceit in the Paula Jones case, Elie Wiesel was at the White House describing the president as surpassing Franklin Roosevelt as a moral leader.
IN PREPARATION FOR A HILLARY CLINTON appearance on a Lifetime channel documentary on childcare, parents at the Justice Department's Just Us Kids center were told in a memo that most of the 3 to 5 year olds would have to move outside during the taping. Suggested the memo, "You may wish to consider keeping your child with you until noon." Those who didn't were advised to bring along rain gear for what turned out to be a cold morning.
This is not the first time that it has taken more than a village to raise kids to HRC's liking. In 1997 she was to be pictured reading to sick children at the Georgetown Medical Center. The problem: the sick children didn't look cute enough, especially the ones with bald heads from cancer treatments or fitted out with tubes and such. Solution: replace the sick children with well versions belonging to the hospital staff. It worked beautifully.
WHO NEEDS AN INDEPENDENT COUNSEL?
The Justice Department can do the job, right? No sooner had Kenneth Starr, among others, made this specious argument then the question came up as to whether the department would join with Judicial Watch in demanding the John Huang answer the questions JW properly put to him. Justice -- which has never shown any interest in speaking with or deposing Huang -- supported Huang's position instead.
PEEING WITH AL
According to Washington Weekly, former Arkansas state trooper and Clinton bodyguard L.D. Brown charges in his new book 'Crossfire' that Alphonse D'Amato, after subjecting him to bear hugs, head locks, and other forms of gratuitous bonhomie at a large dinner party, asked, "L. D., that Mena thing, that was just a drug deal gone bad wasn't it?" Writes Brown, "I came away from that conversation thinking he was trying to convince me Mena was nothing but a drug operation. It reminded me of the strange Bush and Clinton connection all over again."
Later, D'Amato said to Brown, "C'mon, L. D., let's go take a leak." Brown's lawyer and aide to the senator accompanied them on the trip to the men's room. Here's what happened next, according to Brown:
There were a couple of people in the rest room. While they finished their business, we also did what we ostensibly came there to do. But there was more business to do. The Senator's aide checked the stalls in the rest room to make sure they were vacant and then walked to the only door leading into the room. The Senator now grabbed me in the familiar headlock. ~~~ Justin [Brown's lawyer] looked around to see what was going on as the aide put his foot at the bottom of the door, thus placing an improvised locking mechanism on it. Then the Senator went for the kill.
While putting an extra squeeze on the headlock he said, "L. D., we got to have your help. We need you to cooperate with us." I could hear by now that people were banging on the door to get in the rest room. "We're fucking in here!" the aide yelled. D'Amato continued on, oblivious to the commotion as the aide struggled to keep the door shut. "Now L. D., we'll take care of you, we'll get you a job." With the cigar in his mouth and his arm around my neck, the Senator looked more like a character from a Mario Puzo novel making me 'an offer I couldn't refuse' than a United States Senator conducting an investigation on the President of the United States. I was shocked and I could tell Justin didn't want to be there either.
People outside obviously were about to wet their pants while this seemed to drag on forever. The aide was now vigorously struggling to keep the door shut while I had 'the arm' put on me. The Senator finally released his grip and I mumbled something about being concerned for my family as we finally walked out of the bathroom. The aide, clearly exhausted from his bathroom chores went back to the table with Justin and me while being led by the Senator. The party was about to break up and I was wishing I had never come. Justin and I rolled our eyes at each other at what had just happened. We knew it was improper at best to offer jobs to potential witnesses. It also disappointed me to no end to find yet another person in this entire Whitewater fiasco who wanted to use me.
CROSSFIRE: WITNESS IN THE CLINTON INVESTIGATION
POST MODERN VIRTUES
"I've been very, very worried about them, very caring about them. We feel their anguish. I'm not into the right and wrong of it. We're very sensitive to their feelings." -- Chronic social mountaineer Ronald Dozoretz describing the relationship between the Clintons and the Dozoretz family.
As predicted here, Kenneth Starr has proved to be W.J. Clinton's best friend.
Through a combination of cowardice, connivance and incompetence, Starr has permitted America's First Fugitive to escape with only the most minor of chastisement. To be sure, Starr has convicted a considerable number of lesser persons for related offenses, but this reeks of the practice of those prosecutors who lock up hundreds of minor drug mules while never laying a glove on those who direct and control them.
Now Starr has proposed to extend the benefits of impunity to all those who follow in the footsteps of Clinton and his machine. He has joined the hue and cry of the Washington establishment -- politician, lobbyist and media -- in demanding that the foxes be allowed to patrol the chicken coop once more. He wants the power of the independent counsel returned to the attorney general.
In doing so he is proposing nothing less than the decriminalization of crime. Consider just some of the mal-, non-, and misfeasances of the current attorney general and her subordinates. They have failed to take honest and effective action in such matters as:
-- The Waco massacre
-- The illegal use of hundreds of personal FBI files
-- The Travelgate affair.
-- THE TWA 800 investigation.
-- The political influence of major drug traffickers
-- The corruption of presidential politics by foreign money
-- The corruption of national security for foreign money
-- The still unsolved Vince Foster death
-- The Webster Hubbell case
-- The improper role of the FBI in a number of these matters.
Reno also suppressed efforts by one of the few good guys in this whole saga, independent prosecutor Donald Smaltz, to expand his inquiry into critical new areas -- potentially including the Arkansas drug trade.
To be sure, Starr also failed in many of these instances. But his was a fault of skill and character, not of inherent structure or vested interest. And, significantly, many of the top aides of this weak and ineffective man had been seconded from the very Justice Department to which investigative powers would be returned. If you want to know why Justice should not have such powers, just check out Starr's own staff.
With the departure of the independent counsel statute, Washington's culture of impunity can grow unfettered. And the next time we find a president engaged in crime, and his supporters excuse him by saying "everybody does it," they will be absolutely right. Because we have let them.
PRIVATIZING LAW ENFORCEMENT
Judicial Watch, which has turned into a sort of charter Justice Department, doing the business that agency won't, tried to depose John Huang the other day. Among the questions Huang refused to answer on the grounds of potential self-incrimination was whether he had told the truth the last time he was deposed by JW.
A DAY IN THE LIFE
OF AMERICAN JUSTICE
SUSPECT: W.J. Clinton
CHARGE : Lying in a court case
COOPERATED WITH PROSECUTORS: No
OUTCOME: Civil contempt ruling with uncertain penalties, probably to be paid by campaign contributors. Essentially: lie now, pay later.
SUSPECT: Susan McDougal
CHARGE : Contempt and obstruction of justice
COOPERATED WITH PROSECUTORS: No
OUTCOME: Acquitted on one charge, jury nullification in others.
SUSPECT: Nolanda Hill
CHARGE : Tax illegalities
COOPERATED WITH PROSECUTORS: Yes
OUTCOME: 6 months in jail.
PENULTIMATE PRESIDENTIAL RAPIST?
Since devising a stand-alone justification of W.J Clinton's behavior has proved impossible, his supporters have been busy trying to show that it is at least not unique.
This, of course, would make a weak defense in a court room: "Your honor, I beg leave to point out that thousands of women are raped every year; my client has done nothing out of the ordinary." Still, it is worth noting that Clinton is not the first president accused of rape.
A story similar to the Juanita Broaddrick story is told in Kitty Kelly's book on Ronald Reagan. "I opened the door," actress Seline Walters later told People magazine, "Then it was the battle of the couch. I was fighting him. I didn't want him to make love to me. He's a very big man, and he just had his way. Date rape? No, God, no, that's [Kelley's] phrase. I didn't have a chance to have a date with him."
The AFL-CIO bosses are talking about raising $46 million to unseat the House impeachment managers. That'll teach them not to try to carry out their constitutional functions.
MICHAEL ESPY HAS BEEN appointed a senior advisor to the Department of Energy. Columnist Paul Greenberg notes, "He seems to have passed this administration's high ethical test: he's been acquitted. ~~~ One wonders just what Mr. Espy can be advising the Energy Department about: how to accept gifts without breaking the law?"
ROBERT JACKSON IN THE LA TIMES reports that Kenneth Starr is running into trouble in his case against Julie Hiatt Steele, trouble that is casting doubt on Kathleen Willey's claim that President Clinton sexually harassed her in the White House. Jackson writes: "According to legal sources, Harolyn Cardozo, like Steele an ex-friend of Willey's, has told the FBI that Willey boasted she could become famous as a paramour of Clinton's, comparing herself to Judith Campbell Exner, who was linked to President Kennedy. In addition, sources close to the case report, Willey has passed one polygraph test but failed another. Steele's lawyers refused to confirm this, but they told a recent court hearing, referring to the prosecution, 'There is a substantial polygraph issue with regard to their own witnesses.'
One problem with this story: Cardozo's husband is Michael H. Cardozo, formerly executive director of Clinton's first legal defense fund. She is also the daughter of shadowy figure Nathan Landow who showed an unusual interest in what Willey was going to say in the Paula Jones case.
NAME THE LEADER
From a report by Andrea Mitchell NBC News
o "he's cunning and shrewd, alternately brutal and deceptively charming"
o "not to be trusted, especially when he promises ..."
o "is prone to violent mood swings and foul language"
o "he loves luxury enjoys himself, likes good food"
o " very calculating his only priority, is getting to power,
and staying in power"
o "he is not a man who has strong political beliefs"
o "he knows the psychology of his people and is able
to exploit that"
o "he creates a crisis, then resolves it, so he emerges as
o "his wife is fiercely ideological and also his most trusted political operative"
o "helped transform her husband into a leader"
o "some say she all but runs the country"
NAME THE LEADER II
From an analysis by political psychologist
Dr. Jerrold Post of George Washington University
--Charm insufficient to obscure atrocities.
--Believes he is above all laws and violates them with impunity.
--Shrewdly controls the media. Spins his quashing of dissent as courageous support of human rights.
--Demonizes any opponents
--Not an intense nationalist.
--Calm publicly, but privately flies into rages.
[The answer in both cases is Slobodan Milosevic. Source: Mia, Free Republic, Bill McNalty]
THIS DAY IN HISTORY
From the Washington Daybook
March 24, 1999
1:45 p.m. ET-- Congratulates winners of the second
annual Ron Brown Award for Corporate Leadership for
outstanding achievements in employee and community
relations, East Room of the White House.