May 7, 2007 -- On May 4, WMR
reported on DC Madam Deborah Jeane Palfrey's client list and Friday night's ABC 20/20 report on it: "ABC News has reportedly scaled down the number of clients who we be outed, possibly as a result of pressure from some of the clients' attorneys." ABC caved to intense political pressure from the White House, Palfrey's clients' attorneys, and members of Congress and their staffs not to air any additional names from the list. It merely recycled the story about two individuals already named, recently-resigned US Agency for International Development chief Randall Tobias and Pentagon "Shock and Awe" originator Harlan K. Ullman.
ABC's chief investigative reporter Brian Ross saw his story spiked by senior ABC News executives under pressure from Disney Chairman George Mitchell and CEO Bob Iger, as well as White House officials, including Karl Rove. Anticipating that the DC Madam scandal would name additional Bush administration officials, including what WMR was told is an extremely high-level official in the White House, the Bush administration went to "General Quarters" and sought to kill the story. After reporting that Palfrey's list contained a senior official at the World Bank, the head of an Air Force Intelligence squadron, the CEO of a major corporation, a White House economist (later said to be an official at the Office of Thrift Supervision across the street from the White House), and the head of a neo-con think tank, Ross said none of the names on Palfrey's list were "newsworthy." WMR has been informed that the CEO of a major corporation is a former CEO but, nonetheless, the aforementioned extremely high-level official of the Bush administration. The individual, who is definitely "newsworthy," reportedly engaged the services of Palfrey's escort firm while he was the CEO and maintained a residence off Chain Bridge Road in the Ballantrae neighborhood in McLean, Virginia, a few blocks from the headquarters of the CIA. A number of phone calls on Palfrey' s phone bills are said to have originated from the Ballantrae area of McLean during the time of the CEO's liaison with the Pamela Martin & Associates escort.
There is now an attempt to shift focus by some neo-con journalists in Washington away from the former CEO to officials of the Clinton administration who were also reportedly Palfrey clients. The White House spin machine is also a work. This editor noticed the top-level White House official was seated conspicuously next to his wife in the back seat of a Secret Service Crown Victoria executive black sedan minus the hallmark tinted windows but with the standard accompanying Secret Service motorcade vehicles traveling east on New York Avenue Thursday evening. In other words, the White House wanted pedestrians along H Street and New York Avenue to see this individual sitting with his wife in the vehicle, something unusual in the post-9/11 era.
ABC/Disney caved on Hookergate as many seasoned observers predicted. Ross has a history of having sensitive stories spiked. In 1998, his four month investigation on pedophiles being hired at Disney theme parks, including a puppet salesman at Disney World, was spiked on the direct orders of then-ABC CEO Michael Eisner.
The Washington elite began to push back in force on the Palfrey story during the middle of last week. The Washington Post started the push back with its hit piece on Montgomery Blair Sibley, Palfrey's attorney.
A U.S. government source told WMR that he believes there is a definite link between Palfrey's Pamela Martin & Associates and the Duke Cunningham/Dusty Foggo-connected Shirlington Limousine and Transportation Services, under federal investigation for allegedly helping to arrange for prostitutes to attend CIA contractor-arranged poker parties at the Watergate and Capitol Hill's Westin Grand Hotel. Unlike its role during the Watergate scandal, the Post is part of the criminal conspiracy to cover up "Hookergate." A public health nurse told WMR that it is irresponsible and a public health menace not to report cases of contacts with prostitutes in Washington, DC to public health authorities. The reason: With 152.2 AIDS cases per 100,000 people, Washington, DC has the highest AIDS rate in the United States.
HOUR 3 GUEST: Wayne Madsen on Dick Cheney’s connection to the DC Madam.
While Cheney is out in the Gulf trying to start more wars, here at home their may be evidence that he has purchased "services" from the DC Madam!
A pack of Republicans want out of Iraq to save their own re-election campaigns, but they will gladly continue to let our kids die until their political party says it’s okay. Criminal.
And General Batiste just lost his job at CBS for speaking out against Iraq. Liberal media, my ass…
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