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Prince of Darkness In the Spotlight

For four hours today, political operative Joseph Steffen answered questions on his tenure working for Maryland Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.

Steffen, who goes by the nickname "Prince of Darkness" admitted today to looking for state employees to purge and to considering their political affiliation initially during his three years working for the Republican administration.

However, he declined, on advice of counsel, to discuss who, if anyone, worked with him to "give float" to rumors about Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley's personal life. Steffen did deny angling to fire O'Malley's sister in law, who worked for the state attorney general's office. O'Malley, a Democrat, is now running for governor against Ehrlich.

For months, state lawmakers have sought to bring Steffen before the special committee they set up to investigate the Ehrlich administration's dismissal of scores of state workers.

Democrats in the legislature view Steffen as a crucial witness to the Republican governor's personnel strategy and asked him to describe his marching orders when the governor's chief of staff dispatched him to be a troubleshooter in three state agencies.

Republicans have questioned whether the probe is merely a political witch hunt, saying it has produced no evidence that the Ehrlich administration did anything illegal. The committee's work has come in the midst of heightened partisanship in Annapolis, with Ehrlich casting his campaign for reelection as a battle against what he calls the Democratic Party "monopoly" that has controlled politics in Maryland for a generation.

Matthew Mosk

By Phyllis Jordan  |  August 9, 2006; 1:42 PM ET
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Bet the Maryland Democrats wish they could open a gulag for their political opponents.

Posted by: Rufus | August 8, 2006 3:48 PM | Report abuse

no need to rush this hearing though - I would wait until we're well past the primaries and if the senators have time to get back sometime in October, that would be fine. I definitly think the hearings should take place before the elections - wouldn't due for the voters not to benefit from a bunch of totally unbiased senators with nothing but the public interest at heart talking about politically motivated firings by the prince of darkness. The closer to the election as possible - you know, for the good of the people.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 8, 2006 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Shocking that two posters would look at this story and not realize and/or ignore what the Democrats motive here is- turn the Prince of Darkness into a double-edged sword for the Republicans. Is this naivete or simply the bitter posting of Maryland conservatives? Steffens won Ehrlich elections using a Mary Poppins-like bag of dirty tricks; the Democrats want to use this history as payback on Ehrlich. Why wouldn't they do this around election time? At the risk of uttering one too many clihces, tournabout is fair play and revenge is a dish best served cold. For Ehrlich, it looks positively icy in Annapolis right now.

Posted by: jterp | August 8, 2006 4:34 PM | Report abuse

"9/11 Conspiracy Theorists Thriving"
They cannot stop people from learning that 9/11 is a scam, so they are promoting the Scholars For 9/11 Truth so that they can provide their Zionist Denial view of 9/11
read the Open Letter to Prof. Steven Jones 23 Reasons 4 Fusion
Posted by:
All truth seekers appreciate your current contributions toward proving WTC demolition even though explosives and demolitions are not your field of expertise.

However, while I believe that thermate may have been used to initiate the collapse in conjunction with cutting charges such as RDX, it cannot begin to explain the observed evidence at the WTC and therefore I feel that we must now include fusion devices as well in our demolition hypothesis and research.
The significance of this line of research is that while thermate alone could be blamed on a small group of individuals impossible to identify, fusion devices can only be supplied by the US and/or Israeli military, according to a Finnish military expert I have consulted.

I would appreciate your expert comments, and those of other qualified 911 scholars, on the hypothesis that directed energy fusion devices were used at the WTC.

For the benefit of those in this mailing list not familiar with fusion, it is the nuclear reaction of hydrogen taking place in the sun and does not produce the same radioactive "fallout" as "fission" reactions with uranium and plutonium.

Fusion radiation is short lived, approx. 7-12 hours, can only be detected by $40,000 instruments, and is contained by the continuous spraying of water. Telltale byproducts that do not normally occur in nature are Tritium and atomic size metals, both recorded in official studies and subsequently ignored by "experts."

Funding for gradual conversion of the US nuclear arsenal to fusion devices was recently approved. This would allow the mini-nukes practical use in wars and troops to control the sites afterward. Official statements said that testing would not be necessary. I would submit that testing already occurred at the WTC.

Evidence of fusion devices at the WTC:

1. pulverization of 99% of concrete into ultra fine dust as recorded by official studies. Concrete dust was created instantly throughout the towers when the fusion device million degree heat rapidly expanded water vapor in the concrete floors.

2. Superheated steels ablating (vaporizing continuously as they fall) as seen in video clips of the towers collapsing. This requires uniform temperatures roughly twice that of thermate.

3. 22 ton outer wall steel sections ejected 200 meters into the winter garden. Cutting charges cannot provide the energy required.

4. 330 ton section of outer wall columns ripping off side of tower. Cutting charges cannot provide energy required.

5. Molten ponds of steel at the bottom of elevator shafts (WTC1, WTC2, WTC7) Thermate is impractical for lower level demolition due to the thickness of the 47 steel columns.

6. The spire behavior (stands for 20-30 seconds, evaporates, goes down, steel dust remains)

7. Sharp spikes in seismograph readings (Richter 2.1 and 2.3) occurred at the beginning of collapse for both towers. Short duration and high power indicate explosive event.

8. A press weighting 50 tons disappeared from a basement floor of Twin Towers and was never recovered from debris.

9. Wide area electrical outage, repairs took over 3 months. Fusion devices cause EM pulse with Compton Effect.

10. Fires took 100 days to extinguish despite continuous spraying of water. Thermate would cool down much faster.

11. Brown shades of color in the air due nuclear radiation forming sulfuric acid. TV and documentary footage changed the color balance to blue to disguise this fact indicating complicity in the coverup.

12. Elevated Tritium values measured in the WTC area but not elsewhere in New York. Official studies stated that 8 EXIT signs from two commercial Boeing jets were responsible. This is why the "no commercial planes" line of inquiry is very important and should not be ignored or attacked. It can provide conclusive proof of fusion devices and therefore US/Israeli military involvement.

13. Pyroclastic flow observed in the concrete-based clouds. Only found with volcanic eruptions and nuclear detonations. Jim Hoffman unfortunately missed this obvious observation in his papers.

14. Huge expanding dust clouds 5 times the volume of the building indicating extreme levels of heat generated far in excess of traditional demolition explosives.

15. Rubble height was some 10% of the original instead of 33% expected in a traditional demolition. Fusion device removal of underground central steel framework allowed upper framework to fall into this empty space and reduce the rubble height.

16. No survivors found, except some firefighters in one corner pocket in the rubble who looked up to see blue sky above them instead of being crushed by collapsing debris. Upward fusion flashlight beam of destruction missed this pocket but removed debris above firemen.

17. 14 rescue dogs and some rescue workers died far too soon afterward to be attributed to asbestos or dust toxins (respiratory problems due to alpha particles created by fusion that are far more toxic)

18. Record concentrations of near-atomic size metal particles found in dust studies due to ablated steel. Only possible with fusion.

19. Decontamination procedure used at Ground Zero (hi-pressure water spraying) for all steel removed from site. Water spraying contains fusion radiactivity.

20. No bodies, furniture or computers found in the rubble, but intact sheets of paper covered the streets with fine dust. Items with significant mass absorbed fusion energy and were vaporized while paper did not. Paper and Powder theory.

21. 200 000 gallon sprinkler watertanks on the roofs of WTC1 and WTC2, but no water in the ruins. Heat of fusion devices vaporized large reservoirs of water.

22. reports of cars exploding around the WTC and many burned out wrecks could be seen that had not been hit by debris. Fusion energy blast and EM pulse caused electrical components in cars to explode and burn vehicles far from WTC site.

23. EM pulse was recorded by broadcast cameras with high quality electronic circuitry. This occurred at the same time as the seismic peaks recorded by Lamont Doherty during the beginning of the collapse. This is due to the Compton Effect and resulted in a large area power outage at the WTC.

I sincerely hope that you will help me refine this hypothesis using your expertise in the field of fusion. Statistical probability would suggest that this long list of evidence cannot be easily dismissed and in fact provides the solution to the WTC demolitions.

I would also appreciate your comments on my seven laws of science in the 911 Eyewitness DVD in order to improve our presentation.

Please feel free to use any segments from our DVD in your presentations.

I would also like to take this opportunity to invite you and other 911 scholars to speak in Washington DC this Sept. 11 anniversary and have your grievances redressed as is your constitutional right according to the first amendment. Your presence at the Capital would certainly make a significant statement to those who have the power to change the current state of affairs.

Best regards, David Shaw, Producer
911 Eyewitness

All the world are waiting for an actual crime investigation to occur despite the destruction of the crime scene by those who definitely know better.

Posted by: 911 Eyewitness | August 8, 2006 6:43 PM | Report abuse

I'm genuinely amused. The MD Democrats are grasping at straws because they can not attack Ehrlich on his record.

They put up boy blunder, Martin O'Malley, who has not only failed the parents of his jurisdiction, but managed to arrest 1 in 6 of them while seeing violent crime rise under his tenure.

Joe Steffen is a big smokescreen. When you have nothing to promote about your candidate or nothing valid to attack about your opponent then you need to manufacture something.

Everyone who followed this story in the least knows that Ryan O'Doherty, aka MD4Bush, talked Steffen into discussing these rumors on an online conservative forum (which i highly doubt many voters even read) to give O'Malley something to whine about. It couldn't be more obvious since O'Doherty acted under the orders of his then-boss Josh White who was Exec Dir of MD Dem Party and is now O'Malley's Campaign Manager.

Long story short--this is a smoke screen distraction from O'Malley's piss-poor record on education, crime, and the environment and a lame attempt to use tax payer dollars to smear Ehrlich.

I'm surprised no one has challenged the legality of this committee under the new law about no use of state resources for campaign advertisements...the committee is clearly in violation!

Posted by: Bryan | August 9, 2006 10:10 AM | Report abuse

"When you have nothing to promote about your candidate or nothing valid to attack about your opponent then you need to manufacture something."

Like flying Oreos.

Posted by: howie | August 9, 2006 2:31 PM | Report abuse

"they can not attack Ehrlich on his record"

Yeah, "seize the day off" and hanging around the Ravens is tough to battle.

Posted by: howie | August 9, 2006 2:40 PM | Report abuse

our guv plays more golf than Bill Clinton does as an ex-President!!

Posted by: arbutus annie | August 9, 2006 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Arbutus Annie-- I guess you missed the story where Jack Johnson (Prince George's County Executive) and Ehrlich played golf and came up together with the idea of the NAACP moving to the Natl Harbor rather than DC. Or maybe you missed the photos of O'Malley and Ehrlich playing a charity round.

Like I said--when you've got nothing, find something to complain about (aka golf).

Posted by: Bryan | August 10, 2006 12:26 AM | Report abuse

"Pardon me sir, would you like something to read?"

"Yes, do you have something light?"

"How 'bout the leaflet on Bob Ehrlich's accomplishments?"

Posted by: swb | August 10, 2006 10:07 AM | Report abuse

I find it funny that Ehrlich supporters or so quick to cry foul when there very well could have been illegal activity. The governor cannot fire employees because of party affiliation alone. If him or his staff did so, then the law has been broken.

Republicans were so quick to hop on Bill Clinton's case for a hummer, but god forbid a law is broken then a blind eye is turned. Typical...

Posted by: Mr. K | August 10, 2006 3:20 PM | Report abuse

I'm just curious if the investigation will show how the "O'Malley Rumors" were actually created by a Maryland Democrat operative attempting to entrap members of Ehrlich's team.

Nah, they'll stonewall that one.

And what's with the 9/11 fruitcake? This is what public school will get you.

Posted by: Rufus | August 11, 2006 8:56 AM | Report abuse

Nice try Bryan
If you know who MD4BUSH is prove it -don't spread rumors about someone.

Steffen, Maddalone, and Cheseck are the ones dragging the hearings out refusing to tell the truth. Why did Joe Steffen disappear after having dinner with Paul Schurick? Who is paying his bills?

And boy Bob Ehrlich was really gung ho about impeaching someone for committing perjury.Got to protect that rule of law! I am sure Ehlrich will be firing his aides that commit perjury now right? Do Larry Hogan and Diane Baker still have jobs with Bobby the perjury fighter?

Already attacking the voters -saying they can't read? At least they can smell. and the odor from Ehrlich's garbage can of dirty tricks cannot be missed no matter how many baths Joe Steffen takes.

Posted by: scumby | August 12, 2006 11:32 AM | Report abuse

So who's this MD4BUSH person and why is that important to this story?

Posted by: Rufus | August 14, 2006 11:12 AM | Report abuse

MD4BUSH is only important in that poster pulled a sting to trap and out the Prince of Darkness. Who knows what dirty deeds he would still be doing for his boss Ehrlich if he wasn't caught. MD4BUSH is like those Dateline reporters posing as 13-year old girls to trap pedophiles. He posed a right wing conservative and was welcomed with open arms into the FreeRepublic. Ehrlich defenders ike Bryan and Bruce Elliot act like this is some big story. No one cares. it is pure deflection.

Posted by: scumby | August 14, 2006 1:59 PM | Report abuse

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