Friday, May 30, 2008

"John McCain is a war hero."


Reality
--Only he isn't. McCain bombed men, women, and children from the air...civilians. This is a war crime. But forget about that for a moment and consider this: how courageous is it to sit in the cockpit of a circa-1966 jet fighter-bomber, strafing and bombing an ill-equipped nameless, faceless enemy from several thousand feet? It's not. John McCain not only isn't a hero, he's a
de facto war criminal and a scoundrel. He's hardly alone in Congress. Someday, this war's gonna end.

A Day Experiencing the So-Called Release of Former Bush Press Sec. Scott McClellan's "What Happened"


Michiana (Northern Indiana & Southern Michigan)
--Sometimes, but just sometimes, I forget that I'm still living in Indiana. What does that mean? For those fortunate enough not to have ever lived here, an explanation: we're extremely backwards culturally, socially, and especially regarding the rights of American workers. Along with these deplorable conditions, you get those "Bible-belt" attitudes everyone on the coasts reads about.

Some traditional Indiana crops besides corn: anti-intellectualism (especially this, just ask Michael Moynihan), an irrational reactionary partisanship among voters and non-voters, a vulgar attitude towards the rights and lives of others (every person for themselves), racism, sexism, rampant homophobia, and a general social and cultural malaise that one usually associates with peasant communities. Speaking of Indiana:

McClellan says the White House kept a tight lid on information about the planning for the war in Iraq. The president became enraged in September 2002 when his top economic adviser, Larry Lindsey, was cited in the Wall Street Journal estimating that the war might cost $100 billion to $200 billion, according to McClellan.
'Unacceptable'
"It's unacceptable,'' McClellan quotes Bush as saying. "It's unacceptable. He shouldn't be talking about that.''
Lindsey's "mistake,'' McClellan says, was in talking about an aspect of the looming war that "wasn't part of the script'' for selling it to the public.
Bush dismissed Lindsey in December 2002, about three months after he gave the estimate. At the time, then-Budget Director Mitch Daniels and other administration officials dismissed Lindsey's figure as too high. Daniels said the conflict would cost about the same as the $61 billion spent on the 1991 Persian Gulf conflict. (Bloomberg, 05.28.2008)
Current Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels isn't "my [main] man," but you can have him. Any takers? Nonetheless, yesterday was truly Scott McClellan Day in this part of the state, and it was on emotionally explosive display whenever and wherever the book was mentioned (by myself, naturally, again-and-again). Why? I was looking for a copy of the book almost everywhere here, but to no avail.
The first stop was at Barnes & Noble: "No, we're sold-out, we didn't get many copies, but others have placed orders. You can put-in an order." I declined. Fine, maybe they didn't order many, and it's not as if the managers of chain bookstores do the ordering, but PublicAffairs offers the book in cartons of 24-copies to retailers. One might presume there was a command from the top that there wouldn't be much interest (?), even though excerpts from the former Bush press secretary's tell-all were leaked nearly two-months-ago. What is this?

Next stop: Borders. Nothing. No display, no promotion, nada. No sign of the book anywhere, but Rachel Ray's (Gidget on crack) socially important book on food--rife with shameless promotions for products she endorses--was readily available, as were several others of no real significance. Fine. Off to my night class I scurried, hurriedly filling my gas tank and emptying my wallet in-the-process...

"I could not find this damned McClellan book--try finding it." I told an older female classmate. It's a continuing education class in the legal field. I like everyone in the class, it's a good mix of people, a gaggle that would make Sherwood Schwarz envious.

"That book is a bunch of lies," said the older lady, never having read it. This reminded me a lot of the 1988 controversy surrounding Martin Scorsese's "The Last Temptation of Christ," a film that played here to bomb-threats and armed Pinkerton guards in the lobby. Hey, I haven't read Scott's book either, but not for lack of trying.

Anyway, she raged on, repeating the White House's line verbatim: "He's disgruntled, he's lying!! He has no right to write and say things like that about the president. He's releasing national security secrets, it's all a lie. He should have waited until President Bush was out of office." And so on. I hope she felt better, cognitive-dissonance is painful.

You see, the problem is, Scott McClellan does have a First amendment right to chronicle what he saw, heard, and generally experienced in the White House under George W. Bush, especially if they were violations of the law. This would be his duty as a public official, let alone as a citizen. But besides this, mass-market publishers hire a team of lawyers who comb through a manuscript like this one in a process called "vetting." Until they have "cleared" the book for approval, the publishers won't generally take the book to the presses for printing. There are exceptions, but it appears this isn't the case with McClellan's tome. It's well-known that
"What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and Washington's Culture of Deception" was not only vetted, but edited by the publisher beforehand.

My question is this: why is this book so hard to find, and why didn't the publishers follow-through and print-up what almost anyone (but a publishing executive) knew after the leaking of excerpts of Mr. McClellan's book? Perhaps they did, but the distributors and the chain-stores balked. Yet, none of this matters, and the mainstream media inexplicably let the story run in heavy-rotation yesterday. You couldn't escape the news that this book was--ostensibly--out.

"Only you would be interested in that book," harped another older woman in the class (a high school substitute teacher, the last to know what's going on...). She's a Clinton-supporter, which means she's a Republican-in-hiding.

"Except that it's the number one selling book on Amazon.com," I replied. Grandmother said I should never talk about religion or politics in mixed-company. She wasn't right about everything. So be it. The circle remains unbroken.

Amazon got my money because they're going to actually have the book. I can expect it to arrive somewhere around June 9th, and I believe it will. Expect a thorough review at this location. But what happened with the release of this book? Maybe it was just the incredible demand, yet there's Rachel Ray's and Richard Clarke's books sitting conveniently on the shelves while the most important book of this week is almost impossible to find in this region in a retail-outlet.

I frankly assume that the same thing is occurring across the nation. Strange, that, but it's possible that the publisher PublicAffairs is relatively small. For this reason, one might also presume that this book wasn't for the money, but to set the record straight.
None of that matters. It was obvious watching McClellan during his tenure as press secretary that the man was pained by working for a bunch of lying criminals. Better late than never, and now we're going to get some real corroboration. The only issue is how much.
PublicAffairs Books (smoke em' if ya' got em'!):
http://www.publicaffairsbooks.com/publicaffairsbooks-cgi-bin/display?book=9781586485566

Bloomberg Bloviation, 05.28.2008:
http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087&sid=alT5b8FoZP5I&refer=home

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

GOP's and Pundits' Stance on Former Bush Press Sec.'s Scathing Book: "Replaced by Alien Pods"


The Noise-o-sphere
--"That's not the Scott McClellan I knew, that's someone else," said the well-paid spokesman speaking about a former well-paid spokesman. It must be true, I read it in-print and saw it on TV. Now swallow (anything we throw at you, Empires are GOOD).

Second Day of Mainstream Media's Running of "Duo tries to break world handshaking record" Story


The Generally Crappy American Mainstream Media (Blues)
--I don't have to point-out that our media is fairly unreliable, doesn't report the real stories, and puts the ones that threaten the interests of their bosses on-the-backburner--that would be stating the obvious, which I excel at.

But rather than telling us what's really going on in Iraq and Afghanistan (disintegration), we get bread and circuses just as the German public did during the battle for Stalingrad. After that, Germany's defeat was certain.

History never plays-out the same way twice, but combined with the contemporary politician's strong sexual desire to preserve Empire through the "missile defense system" that's being constructed in Europe and elsewhere (some of its infrastructure might be in the South Pacific, certainly within the continental U.S.), we're probably equally fucked. Will the Czechs "save the day," and prevent the radar bases slated to be constructed on their territory from being built? It's possible, but we know it's not going to be the Poles that come through.

This is all very shameful: we're literally tottering on-the-brink, and all we can think about is who's going to win on American Idol or Dance With the Stars. I understand that all of this just becomes too much for hardworking people, and that modern life can be overwhelming. But that doesn't excuse us for wasting the numerous opportunities we've had to prevent all of this. Compared to our ancestors who built the labor movement in this country from the 1840s-1930s, we still have it pretty easy. They worked 12-16 hour days, no-weekends. Remain complacent, and you're going to see a return to these horrible working conditions. But right now, there are bigger fish to fry...

Granting this presidency the power to go to war was the fault of the American people first, Congress second. Until we accept the responsibility for such inaction and our unimaginably wrong-headed attitudes and lifestyles, we're--that's right--fucked. Enough of the shaking babies and kissing hands (of the rich), it's Miller time
in America.

For the overworked (nearly all Americans), and those with children (ditto), I understand. All these events are too much to take in completely. Pick your fights well. It always has been tough, struggle has never been easy. Do one little thing for change each day. Be good to your kids and your neighbors. That's a start. Now, let's shake! George W. Bush has these boys in Frisco--yes, Frisco--beat. Let's go for a third day with that AP article so that future generations can...OK, they're going to curse us anyway, forget it.

SDS Sit-in at Washington State's Evergreen College in Sixth Day


Olympia/Tacoma, Washington--It all began with a February 15th post-concert riot featuring Dead Prez (?!) at what has been traditionally considered a very liberal university. Banning a student group for the actions of a few is wrong, as well as unconstitutional, and begs the question of whether this is a matter of coordinated harassment.
Members of the Students for a Democratic Society say Evergreen has changed ever since the campus riot in February. They claim free speech has been squashed, concerts banned and student records turned over to police. When the SDS asked to stage a protest in March, the collage asked members to cancel it. "They said that it was because of safety, but almost all the other events went through. This one had a lot less potential for being unsafe than the ones that did go through," said a student who identified herself as "Courtney."SDS staged the event anyway, and it's been suspended from using campus facilities ever since. ("Evergreen state students stage sit-in in so-called fight for free speech," 05.26.2008)
For six days, the SDS Olympia chapter has been occupying the halls of the administration building (called "Seminar 1") outside of the office of Art Costantino, the Vice President for Student Affairs. For at least a year, there have been scuffles between the Tacoma Police Department and the student organization (and SDS Tacoma, along with other anti-war groups).

By-all-appearances, the kids are taking all the beatings, and we're seeing more extralegal misbehavior by our nation's police. One example might be very instructive as to the degree of harassment going on at Evergreen against SDS members:

On Friday, May 23 an Evergreen student lost her job as a result of her participation in the demonstrations. Kelly Beckham, 20, was fired from her job at campus Parking Services after being deemed by a "security threat" by Evergreen Chief of Police Ed Sorger. She was notified directly by the police of her termination, rather than by the proper chain of command of her employment. Kelly Beckham, a member of banned student group SDS, was a speaker at the SDS Free Speech rally that preceded the sit-in. The loss of her job was a direct result of her involvement with the sit-in. ("Student Sit-in at TESC, 100 Hours," Portland Independent Media, 05.27.2008)
I'm not sure why a 20-year-old student poses a "security threat" with no solid evidence other than that she's a member of a banned student organization. After all, Ms. Beckham was merely exercising her First amendment rights by speaking at the rally, and peaceably participating in the sit-in. It's the hope of this writer that she files a civil suit against Chief Sorger and the university's administrators.

More startling is the fact that she was fired by the Chief of Police of Evergreen--one assumes that he's the university police chief. How much has he been conferring with Tacoma's Police Department and municipal anti-terrorism units in the region? When are the authorities going to start labeling the kids terrorists? Probably when they start defending themselves from extralegal violence from overzealous police.

It's an overreaction by administration authorities in every respect to single-out SDS. The question is: who's at the heart of their actions against the membership of the banned student organization? Is it just the administrators, or is there pressure coming from above? There are just 30 students at a time participating in the sit-in. Even Evergreen alumni are helping--are they a "security threat" as well?

The members of SDS at Evergreen have voiced their commitment to non-violence (while the police clearly haven't), and as far as this writer can tell, none of them were involved directly in the after-concert "riot" of February 15th of this year on the state campus. What is this? Probably history repeating itself. So much for Evergreen's "liberal" image, that's over. But then, the same goes for America's moral standing in the world, something that was always an illusion anyway.

 On the sit-in (from yesterday):

KOMO-TV News on the Evergreen sit-in: http://www.komonews.com/news/local/19275174.html

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

A New Prague Spring? Resistance to Radar Bases in the Czech Republic Escalates

Newsletter 1
Hunger strike in Czech Republic: a new Prague spring!

May 27th 2008
Dear Friends,

The protest in the Czech Republic continues and gets stronger: on May
13th Jan Tamas and Jan Bednar started a hunger strike. "The issue of the
US military base is not only an issue of international security for us,
but also an issue of democracy. It is about whether we will once again
allow a small group of elite politicians to ignore the wishes of the
majority of the population on an issue of great importance to their
fate. These methods remind us of times before 1989 -- times we don't
want to be repeated."

Europe says No to the "Star Wars" project

"In a moment of global economic crisis where the cost of food is growing
incredibly and education and health-care are being dangerously
privatized, it is madness to spend millions of Euros on war and the
production of new weapon systems. In such a difficult moment of global
history, Europe must not support any policy that pushes the planet
towards catastrophe: the lives of millions of people are at stake. We
cannot allow our politicians to support the absurd intentions of the
United States to transform Europe into the theatre of a possible nuclear
war".

Read [Reagan Secretary of State] G[eorge]. Schultze's declaration:

The on-line petition has already surpassed 90,000 signatures; with
everybody's help we can reach the objective of 500,000 signatures.

The protest is spreading all over Europe. In many cities there are
permanent demonstrations and other activities of support:

The Mayors for Peace 2020 Vision Campaign sends its solidarity and
support to the two young Czechs, Jan Tamas and Jan Bednar

Message: [Dr.] N[oam]. Chomsky

More information: http://www.nenasili.cz/en/

Support this campaign spreading it among your friends, in your city,
among other organizations and the mass-media.
We can change the future only with everybody's help, a future that today
is in the hands of ruthless and crazy people.

Greetings of peace
Isabel Torres

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

The Boy(s) at Annapolis Return(s)...


Annapolis, Maryland
--It's interesting that even with the death of Jeane Palfrey, the story continues. Of course, this is that strange part of life where the lives of the passed-on still affect the living, as anyone who has lost someone knows. But history sometimes works this way, and curious questions arise: would we have personal computers if Adolf Hitler hadn't survived gassing in the trenches at Ypres, October 13-14, 1918?

Would David Vitter have been a contender for president had he not frequented the services of the Canal Street and DC Madams due to a politically debilitating sexual-addiction? Thankfully, we'll never know. My bet is that this is Mark Capansky. Of mice and men:




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Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Criterion Announces Re-release of Pier Paolo Pasolini's Masterpiece "Salo," Slated for August


WWW
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-You can be assured that the only place to find this DVD is on the Internet. Criterion has slated this 2-disc set for an August release. Now, if Warner Brothers can get on the stick and restore and release their Ken Russell catalog--particularly his 1971 political masterwork, "The Devils."

This is overdue, but I can't complain. In the last couple years we've seen the restoration and release of Sergio Leone's "Duck You Sucker/Fistful of Dynamite" (1972), Orson Welles's "F for Fake" (1975), his "Mr. Arkadin" (1955), Werner Rainer Fassbinder's 15 hour 1980 tv-miniseries "Berlin Alexanderplatz,"the films of Michael Powell, Fritz Lang, F.W. Murnau, and even the elusive "Ganja and Hess" (1973) and "Inglorious Bastards" (1977)!

But where's Nicholas Ray's "Johnny Guitar" (1954), and the rest of the Pasolini catalog, restored? If we get "The Magnificent Ambersons" (1942) in 2008 as Warners has promised, we could have a much better year! Watching Salo restored is going to be something else. This film's time has come, and the culture can now sustain its attacks. That's not necessarily reassuring. One of the few great things about this tortured era is the chance to reevaluate these films again the way they were meant to be seen. Culture is the real meaning of life.

Criterion's page for "Salo":
http://www.criterion.com/asp/release.asp?id=17

Ted Kennedy has a malignant brain tumor


The Kennedy mythology
--The Republicans are salivating like Dr. Pavlov's dogs over this--can't you hear them? This time, they're taking a different tack than when they openly-rejoiced over the actual stroke of South Dakota Senator Tim Johnson. Looking more like a set-piece for a George Romero film than a political culture, we were treated to an unprecedented frothing over the potential death and unseating of a Democratic representative.

With Ted, it's going to be different because the odds are truly stacked against the GOP, and such open displays of inhumanity don't wash so well with the public these days. The war in Iraq and Afghanistan already has that covered. Oh well.

Like any Kennedy, Senator Edward Kennedy isn't perfect. But like most of his brothers, he served his country in the military, as an MP during the Korean War. Has he fed his cronies in Massachusetts? What representative isn't guilty of this attitude towards the public trough?

Like most incumbent senators (unless they're Republicans or arch-conservative Democrats), I'm sure there are plenty of votes Edward Kennedy would like to take back. Let's face it: there have been a lot of times that Senator Kennedy has failed the American public. That would make him a politician, one of our own.

It still doesn't make him a Republican, however, and we should all take note of the present reaction on-the-right: they're puffing him up so that the blow is greater. Just a paltry three-years-ago, nobody in the political mainstream of the Democratic Party was listening to Ted Kennedy's misgivings over the Bush administration's agenda. Kennedy was one of the first to connect the economy and the effect the war in Iraq was having on it. Ted was one of 156 members of Congress that voted against the war in Iraq in 2002. Senate majority leader Harry Reid cannot say this.

This wasn't revolutionary, but saying this aloud in Washington when the GOP and the White House were still riding high was extremely risky. The 2006 midterms changed most of this, but the Democratic incumbents have continued to act as de facto Republicans in their support of the president. Now that the political tides have turned, morons like Rahm Emmanuel need "the old lion" to marshal the troops again.

Rah-rah, go team. Boo team, but don't lose. We can't survive another eight years of the GOP. Live to fight another day, Ted, but remember that the public will always be here, the real solution to our collective-problems. But I give the man credit, and not because he was in the Simpsons Movie.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

"Pennsylvania first state to average $4.00-a-gallon gasoline"


USSA
--Still care about gay marriage? Still afraid of Blacks? I thought so, but thankfully, YOU'RE in-the-minority now...

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

The Jackals Who Drove Jeane Palfrey to Suicide Return to J-7 for a Long Read...


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--For the AUSAs and USAs (particularly Jeffrey A. Taylor): may this haunt you forever. I know that you have no moral compass, or why would you be in the positions you're in right now as Bush/Gonzales appointees? You and this criminal administration will be remembered forever as the scoundrels you are.

There are no names that would do justice to the animals that you are. Read-up, you're going to be doing a lot of it soon, it's going to be part of the permanent historical record. Readers: copy-away from this site and disseminate (primary materials only, the rest requires permission).



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Postscript, 08.23.2008: Keisling and I were corresponding at this time. Were we under surveillance? Was the Justice Department or other govt. entities reading our e-mails?

Sunday, May 11, 2008

The Jeane Palfrey and Sam Deskin Missives


J-7 archives
--I still haven't decided the who, what, where, when, and whys of Los Angeles attorney Sam Deskin's momentary involvement in Jeane Palfrey's legal predicament. Why did he approach Jeane at the 11th hour? Why did he try to get me to merge his site Government Dirt with my own (for no money, naturally)? Let the e-mails speak-for-themselves.

Note:
Begin reading from-the-bottom-up. Jeane forwarded this and many other missives to me for reasons that presently escapes me. Regardless, she forwarded it to me in toto, and the attorney-client privilege ended with her death. This is for the public record, let history record what happened, piece-by-piece. I make no judgment on the text or the individuals who authored them. They are unedited with no alterations to the layout, with the exception of Editor's comments for clarification.

Samuel… let’s do this. Unfortunately, I did not win yesterday’s suppression motion. Consequently, I am headed for a full-jury trial in six short weeks, on April 7th. I will need to uncover and subpoena as many former clients as possible here to come into court and testify on my behalf. Bil from the ‘Justice League’ and Matt (myboigie@earthlink.net), both cc’ed above – can assist you in getting started. Bil and Matt have worked extensively on various lists of subpoenaed records, in addition to those found on DCPhoneListers. I will be returning to California, later today. I will have limited email capability as a result. However, I can be reached via phone tomorrow. Let’s tentatively plan on speaking at this time. –Sincerely, Jeane
-----Original Message-----
From: Jeane Palfrey [mailto:jeanepalfrey@sprynet.com]
Sent:
Sunday, February 10, 2008 4:25 PM
To: 'Samuel Deskin'
Cc: '
Burton, Preston'
Subject: RE: Jeane Palfrey...
Samuel… I on hold until the suppression hearing takes place, on February 25th. –Sincerely, Jeane
-----Original Message-----
From: Samuel Deskin [mailto:ssd@deskinlawfirm.com]
Sent:
Sunday, February 10, 2008 3:39 PM
To: jeanepalfrey@sprynet.com
Subject: RE: Jeane Palfrey...
Hi Jeanne,
How is your case coming?
Samuel Deskin




From: Jeane Palfrey [mailto:jeanepalfrey@sprynet.com]
Sent:
Monday, January 28, 2008 10:53 AM
To: ssd@deskinlawfirm.com
Cc: '
Burton, Preston'
Subject: RE: Jeane Palfrey...
Samuel… thank you for your understanding. –Sincerely, Jeane
-----Original Message-----
From: Samuel Deskin [mailto:ssd@deskinlawfirm.com]
Sent:
Monday, January 28, 2008 9:38 AM
To: jeanepalfrey@sprynet.com; Samuel Deskin
Cc: 'Burton, Preston'
Subject: Re: Jeane Palfrey...
Sounds good Jeanne. That is why we were checking!
Let's talk when you know what is going on.
Good luck and take care.
Samuel Deskin
Deskin Law Firm, a professional law corporation
-----Original Message-----
From: "Jeane Palfrey"
Date: Sat, 26 Jan 2008 20:37:22
To:"'Samuel Deskin'"
Cc:"'Burton, Preston'"
Subject: RE: Jeane Palfrey...
Samuel… after speaking with Mr. Burton, this afternoon as well some reflection on my part – I don’t believe delving into and subsequently publishing the names of former clients (albeit perhaps a few hypocrites worth exposing) will benefit my overall case. In fact, efforts to embarrass various individuals likely will be seen as a malicious act on my part, at this juncture and subsequently could hurt my position in the eyes of the Court. A critical suppression hearing is scheduled for February 25th; one, where we will be arguing facts other than the “Who’s Who List”. If I am able to suppress the evidence, at this hearing – the Government’s case (for all intents and purposes) will be kaput. I simply cannot jeopardize my chances to end this matter once and for all, just so a few political jackasses might be exposed. With this said, if I do not prevail at the upcoming hearing – I have every intention of bringing as many high-powered politicians and politicos into court, as Judge Robertson will permit at trial. Therefore, can we table this matter until the suppression hearing is concluded? -Sincerely, Jeane
-----Original Message-----
From: Jeane Palfrey [mailto:jeanepalfrey@sprynet.com]
Sent: Saturday, January 26, 2008 9:32 AM
To: 'Samuel Deskin'
Cc: 'Burton, Preston'
Subject: RE: Jeane Palfrey...
I am speaking with him this afternoon.
-----Original Message-----
From: Samuel Deskin [mailto:ssd@deskinlawfirm.com]
Sent: Saturday, January 26, 2008 8:18 AM
To: jeanepalfrey@sprynet.com
Subject: RE: Jeane Palfrey...
Jeanne,
I have not heard from your attorney.
Samuel Deskin
Deskin Law Firm, a professional law corporation
(310) 720-3634
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From: Jeane Palfrey [mailto:jeanepalfrey@sprynet.com]
Sent: Monday, January 21, 2008 9:02 PM
To: 'Burton, Preston'
Cc: 'Samuel Deskin'
Subject: RE: Jeane Palfrey...
Preston… Mr. Deskin is a Southern California attorney and political activist. He has been interested in the government corruption angle of my case, since it became publicly known last spring. Particularly, Mr. Deskin is interested in mining the telephone records – including the recently subpoenaed cell phone records. Before proceeding with this undertaking, we each agreed that it would be prudent to discuss the matter first with you. At this juncture, it may OR may not wise to place emphasis on the “Who’s Who List”. I look forward to your input. –Sincerely, Jeane
-----Original Message-----
From: Samuel Deskin [mailto:ssd@deskinlawfirm.com]
Sent: Friday, January 18, 2008 1:06 PM
To: jeanepalfrey@sprynet.com; Samuel Deskin
Subject: Re: Jeane Palfrey...
Jeanne,
I look forward to speaking with you. My colleague and I may be able to help you with your case. And I would like to work on the list. Give me acall when you get a chance.
310 720 3634
Samuel Deskin
Deskin Law Firm, a professional law corporation
-----Original Message-----
From: "Jeane Palfrey"
Date: Thu, 17 Jan 2008 12:14:27
To:"'Samuel Deskin'"
Subject: RE: Jeane Palfrey...
Samuel… my attorney, Mr. Sibley was discharged from my case, yesterday. I have been granted pro se representation. Currently, I am at Chicago O’Hara waiting to board a return flight to San Francisco. I feel that I now am in a better position to move forward with you, ASAP. I need to surround myself with as many allies as possible, at this time. Trial definitely is scheduled for April 7th, in U.S. District Court, in Washington. If nothing else, it promises to be likely the “trial of the year”. I doubt there ever has been anything like it in American history. A real ‘David and Goliath’ scenario, with a mix of politics, sex, scandal and real ‘who dunnit’, i.e. the real motivation behind the Government’s prosecution of me. Ironically, I have endeavored to resolve my situation at numerous points along the way, but to no avail. The DOJ is like a machine; this despite, what I believe to be a significant dearth of evidence against me. Nonetheless, I will contact you via phone in the next day or so. –Sincerely, Jeane
-----Original Message-----
From: Jeane Palfrey [mailto:jeanepalfrey@sprynet.com]
Sent: Sunday, January 13, 2008 11:03 AM
To: 'Samuel Deskin'
Subject: RE: Jeane Palfrey...
Samuel… your patience and understanding here are greatly appreciated. –Thank you, Jeane
-----Original Message-----
From: Samuel Deskin [mailto:ssd@deskinlawfirm.com]
Sent: Sunday, January 13, 2008 8:58 AM
To: jeanepalfrey@sprynet.com
Subject: RE: Jeane Palfrey...
No problem. I will wait for your communication. Best of luck with your hearing.
Samuel Deskin
Deskin Law Firm, a professional law corporation
http://deskinlawfirm.com
(310) 720-3634
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From: Jeane Palfrey [mailto:jeanepalfrey@sprynet.com]
Sent: Friday, January 11, 2008 9:20 PM
To: 'Samuel Deskin'
Subject: Jeane Palfrey...
Samuel… I am sorry that I missed your call, last evening. I very much would like to speak with you; however, I need to travel to Washington, this Monday for a court hearing, on Wednesday morning. The hearing I fear is going to be rather intense and consequently, I will need to spend the weekend preparing for it. Unfortunately, I am parting company with Sibley, over his objections. Let’s plan to speak the week of the 21st. I sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this might cause you. –Best, Jeane Palfrey
-----Original Message-----
From: Jeane Palfrey [mailto:jeanepalfrey@sprynet.com]
Sent: Monday, January 07, 2008 10:01 PM
To: 'Samuel Deskin'
Cc: 'Montgomery Sibley'
Subject: RE:
Dear Samuel… I apologize for not getting in touch with you sooner. Unfortunately, I have been without power here in Northern California, for approximately 24 hours ‘on and off’, over the last four days. My life is operating in fits and starts, so to speak. Again, I will cooperate to the best of my ability with client identification. However, I am not particularly interested in profiting from the misfortune of others, if I can avoid it. I certainly can understand however, the need to cover any involved costs and the subsequent need to raise money – somehow/someway. I also do not necessarily have a problem with ‘outing’ hypocrites, cheats and liars (of the political variety). More than anything though, I will need to understand the true identities of my former clients, if I have to go to trial. This is my true motivation to work with you. Nonetheless, libel/slander insurance is an excellent idea and as far as I am concerned – you certainly can take the lead in this endeavor. Perhaps, the next step would be to speak via phone. What time would be good for you in the next few days? -Sincerely, Jeane 707-648-1000 PS Mr. Sibley will be withdrawing as counsel in both my criminal and civil cases this week. He has been cc’ed this correspondence as a matter of courtesy. I anticipate going forward as a pro se defendant, with the assistance of skilled professionals.
-----Original Message-----
From: Samuel Deskin [mailto:ssd@deskinlawfirm.com]
Sent: Monday, January 07, 2008 8:19 AM
To: jeanepalfrey@sprynet.com
Cc: 'Montgomery Sibley'
Subject: RE:
Jeanne,
Understanding your situation and needs of fundraising, I have come up with a means for fundraising using the information that you have and I wanted to see if this works for you.
I will have the numbers researched to find out whom the owners were as of the phone call dates. I will determine “who” the people are – as in – if they are public figures. Your Verizon cell phone numbers may come in handy here.
You will determine whether the people identified are, in fact, people who were clients of yours and possibly identify who their escort was to corroborate. You will get as close to 100% sure that an individual was a paying client of yours as possible.
We will purchase liability insurance to protect us from claims of libel or slander.
I can take the lead or we can work together to sell the information to the networks along with an exclusive interview by you with regard to each client. I already have a game plan in mind to create a feeding frenzy.
We will split the profits 50/50.
How does this sound?
Samuel Deskin
Deskin Law Firm, a professional law corporation
http://deskinlawfirm.com
(310) 720-3634
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From: Jeane Palfrey [mailto:jeanepalfrey@sprynet.com]
Sent: Friday, January 04, 2008 10:50 AM
To: 'Samuel Deskin'
Cc: 'Montgomery Sibley'
Subject: RE:
Dear Samuel… answers to your various questions and comments are highlighted below. –Sincerely, Jeane
-----Original Message-----
From: Samuel Deskin [mailto:ssd@deskinlawfirm.com]
Sent: Thursday, January 03, 2008 9:49 PM
To: jeanepalfrey@sprynet.com
Cc: 'Montgomery Sibley'
Subject: RE:
Dear Jeanne,
Thank you for your prompt response.
To answer your question, my law firm has experience doing this type of research for our own cases. We would use commercial databases to research the numbers and ascertain the owners of the phone numbers at the particular time. Do you know if this has been done before? No, simply because we have not had the necessary monies to conduct a second tier investigation of the records by a professional firm of our choosing. The records listed on ‘DCPhoneListers’ should be viewed only as a first pass. Indeed, there were a few lucky hits, with this list – including Senator David Vitter. However, even those who spent money to identify the various telephone numbers and attached names were unsuccessful, since any number researched could have had multiple owners – and often did - during its ownership history. Many big names have been found – yet, those who have uncovered various high-profile individuals have not reported on them for fear of being mistaken and ultimately sued; without the capability to subpoena documents or the individuals themselves – these folks indeed are wise not to proceed further. And of course, the ‘bought and paid’ press/media is doing nothing with the information. It is my opinion, they have taken their cue from the 20/20 experience, which I firmly believe was stopped dead in its tracks, by the White House, at the eleventh hour. Another problem has been the fact that as soon as my home was raided on October 4, 2006 and my situation became public – EVERYONE previously affiliated with me (client or escort) changed their telephone numbers. Another problem has been the inability to determine various cellular or mobile numbers NOT listed in any public directory. Currently, we are in the process of receiving these numbers via subpoena – with accompanying names, addresses and social security numbers – from a variety of cell/mobile companies. At the moment, we have a few (for all intents and purposes) volunteers combing through the recently submitted Verizon Wireless list of 815 numbers.
Our website, http://governmentdirt.com would like to be able to publicize the names of politicians for its overall mission of uncovering government dirt.
With some help from you, we may be able to cut the costs down, whether it is paid by our firm or by the court, by asking you a few questions. If you don’t mind: I would be more than happy to cooperate with a second tier investigation, with the end result being “uncovering government dirt” of any kind. In fact, Mr. Sibley and I have on numerous occasions discussed the possibility of fundraising in order to tackle a variety of tasks, the Court is unlikely to fund. However, we really do not have the requisite skills and frankly, the time to donate to such an undertaking. I would be willing to attend a charity event, to defray costs, if your firm organized one.
1. There are thousands of numbers that were called once or twice. Can you identify whether a client would need to be spoken to more times than once to get services arranged? Yes.
2. There are phone numbers all over the United States. Would clientele be concentrated in a certain area such that we could concentrate on certain area codes instead of the whole list? 50% local and 50% out of town.
If we were able to conduct the search, would you be in a position to be able to confirm that a specific person was your client or are you unaware of the identity of your clients? Very likely.
Samuel Deskin
Deskin Law Firm, a professional law corporation
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From: Jeane Palfrey [mailto:jeanepalfrey@sprynet.com]
Sent: Thursday, January 03, 2008 8:07 PM
To: 'Samuel Deskin'
Cc: 'Montgomery Sibley'
Subject: RE:
Mr. Deskin…
As you might very well have heard me state – at some point along the way - I have had to rely “upon the kindness of strangers” to assist me in my seemingly never-ending war with the United States Department of Justice. Other than a meager budget allotted by Judge Kessler, before her bizarre departure from my case in late November, I have had to depend solely on others – mostly in the media and press – to help with the factual investigation and analysis of my case. Even though, Mr. Sibley will ask the Court for more money in the near future, for a variety of pursuits – including the dissemination of the records – it is unlikely 1.) we are going to be issued new funding and 2.) if we are – it is not realistic to think additional budgeting would incorporate efforts such as the one you are proposing; even though, the identification of clients would be extremely helpful to my case. Therefore, if you wish to proceed here – it needs to be established from the onset that any efforts on your part most likely will be for patriotic and altruistic reasons. With this said – if by some miracle, monies become available – you will be paid accordingly.
I would be more than happy to cooperate in any manner deemed advisable by Mr. Sibley. I actually am quite anxious to ascertain the true identities of many of my former clientele. The shoddy, veneered attempts by the press and media over the summer did not permit for any real examination of the phone records. The process is one which will take professional expertise combined with subpoena power. In all fairness though to all those who have sifted through the records to date [Ed.--I and my co-researcher had just begun sifting further.]-the records, in their current state on ‘DCPhoneListers’, for all intents and purposes should be considered overall a false positive. They appear to be the real thing, but they are not; especially, since they are absent the aid of the almighty subpoena.
May I ask why you and your law firm are interested in the records here? Please forgive me, if you previously have explained your position. Needless to say, I have a lot on my mind.
I look forward to your reply.
Sincerely,
Jeane Palfrey
-----Original Message-----
From: Samuel Deskin [mailto:ssd@deskinlawfirm.com]
Sent: Thursday, January 03, 2008 6:53 PM
To: 'Montgomery Sibley'; jeanepalfrey@sprynet.com
Cc: 'Samuel Deskin'
Subject:
Dear Montgomery & Jeanne,
Happy New Year.
I have determined that it will cost my firm about $17,700 to parse the 5900 phone numbers in Jeanne’s phone list. That works out to $3.00 per phone number to conduct a database search for the phone number based on the time frame of receiving the call and a manual review of all the names to determine “who” the individuals are.
I understand that the court has not authorized the expenditure of funds for this purpose. I am writing to determine if identifying the names has value to you and your cause and if there is another means by which you can get the information.
I would also like to convey that I would be fine with chipping in to pay for part of the research costs for the benefit of being the exclusive (first) publisher of the names and having confirmation by Jeanne that the individuals that we have identified are, in fact, the “right” people. Also having Jeanne involved, to the extent she feels comfortable or as legally advised, in the dissemination of the names on our website.
Any amount of funds to help fund the research would be greatly appreciated. About 90% of the costs to research these names are actual out of pocket costs that we will incur in research.
Samuel Deskin
Deskin Law Firm, a professional law corporation
CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE: This e-mail and its attachments are from DLF and intended solely for the designated recipient(s). The information contained is confidential and may be privileged and may not be used, reviewed, copied, published, disseminated, redistributed, or forwarded without express written permission from DLF. If you are not a designated recipient of this e-mail, please contact DLF by replying to the e-mail, destroy all copies of this e-mail and attachments and delete them from your system.
LEGAL INFORMATION: Any Information provided is designed to be for informational purposes only and not intended as legal advice. Each case is unique and outcomes vary depending on the facts and legal issues of your case. There is no attorney-client relationship formed unless DLF has a signed retainer agreement with you.
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