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DC Madam Commits Suicide in Florida

ALLISON KLEIN AND CAROL D. LEONNIG
Washington Post Staff Writers

Deborah Jeane Palfrey Deborah Jeane Palfrey was convicted last month of running a high-end prostitution service in Washington.
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Updated: 3:56 p.m.

Deborah Jeane Palfrey, convicted last month of running a high-end prostitution service in Washington, hanged herself in a shed outside her mother's mobile home in Florida today, officials said.

Authorities were called today to the Sun Valley Estates Mobile Home Park in Tarpon Springs, Fla., by 76-year-old Blanche Palfrey, who found her daughter's body hanging by a nylon rope shortly before 11 a.m., Tarpon Springs police Capt. Jeffrey P. Young said at a news conference. He said Deborah Palfrey left at least two suicide notes, but he declined to discuss their contents.

Blanche Palfrey awoke from a nap and began to search for her daughter, according to the police account. She went outside and noticed that a tricycle normally kept in the shed beside

the mobile home had been moved. She went inside and discovered her daughter hanging by a
nylon rope from a metal beam on the ceiling of the shed.

Palfrey, 52, was free while awaiting sentencing June 25 on federal racketeering charges. A federal jury convicted her April 15 of running a Washington area call-girl ring in the guise of "a high-end erotic fantasy service," rejecting her argument that she was unaware for 13 years that female escorts she employed were performing sex acts with clients for money.

Tarpon Springs police said there were no signs of foul play and they are working with the sheriff's and medical examiner's offices to determine the cause of death.

"This is tragic news, and my heart goes out to her mother," said lawyer Preston Burton, who represented Palfrey during the trial.

Dubbed the "D.C. Madam" after her indictment created a swirl of publicity a year ago, Palfrey had said she hired socially polished, college-educated women to indulge her customers' fantasies through "quasi-sexual" game-playing only.

The jury in U.S. District Court sided with prosecutors, who said Palfrey knew her clients were paying $250 an hour for full-fledged sexual encounters. The panel made its decision after hearing from various call girls and clients in a week-long trial. Palfrey did not testify.
Palfrey's mother often accompanied her to court last month. An employee at the mobile home park said that Palfrey had been visiting there recently.

Writers Dan Moldea, who interviewed Palfrey several times for a possible book about her experiences, said today that Palfrey told him three times that she would kill herself rather than return to prison. She had served an 18-month term in California in the early 1990s for running a prostitution service and told Moldea that it was "just a horrible, horrible period for her," the writer said.

"The first time she did time, it damn near killed her, she told me," Moldea said. "She wound up in a fairly tough prison, and the stress caused some sort of an illness, and it was a very debilitating illness that affected her eyesight."

Moldea said that, in three interviews last spring and summer, after she was indicted, Palfrey told him: "I'm not going back to jail. I'll kill myself first. I'll commit suicide before I go back to jail."

"Those were her exact words," he said.

The U.S. attorney's office had said that under sentencing guidelines, Palfrey probably faced a prison term of four to six years.

Palfrey ran her business, Pamela Martin & Associates, by telephone from her California home, and authorities said she grossed about $2 million from 1993 to 2006, splitting the money about evenly with her escorts. They said she employed at least 132 women over the years, dispatching them nightly to clients in homes and hotel rooms in the Washington area.

The recent conviction was not Palfrey's first dust-up with the law. She was convicted of running a prostitution ring in California 17 years ago and spent 18 months in jail.

Considering Palfrey's history, Assistant U.S. Attorney Catherine Connelly had asked Judge James Robertson last month to order her locked up until sentencing. But the judge declined, saying Palfrey is an "intelligent woman" who knows she would be punished if she tried to "flee the country."

By Marcia Davis  |  May 1, 2008; 1:47 PM ET
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Comments

Suicide my A S S, this is the of the republicans who learned out to kill people in Florida from Jack Abramoff.

Posted by: 1-20-09 | May 1, 2008 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Right - a "suicide" !!!

Posted by: Foster | May 1, 2008 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Yeah I agree. This was no suicide. People aren't as stupid now as they used to be. We know now that government does kill to keep secrets that could embarrass key politicians who were most likely using her 'service'. There is more to this story but we will never read about it.

Posted by: Dave | May 1, 2008 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Most people would think she's murdered by the rich and powerful ruling elites (who paid to have sex with her prostitutes) in order to silence her.


Posted by: Mickey | May 1, 2008 2:05 PM | Report abuse

No signs of foul play but body found in small storage shed?

Posted by: Anonymous | May 1, 2008 2:06 PM | Report abuse

Federal prosecutors must be so proud of their achievement.... The crowning touch on a career of crime-fighting. But, no, it was their fault: Palfrey made her own decisions, right? Will that sentence allow you to sleep at night? Or will another of your compelled witnesses have to commit suicide, too, before you understand the harm you've caused?

Posted by: Staticphoto | May 1, 2008 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Why would anyone need to "silence" her? Her "black book" of clients became public many months ago, including (if I am correct) a Member of Congress from Louisiana that continues to serve.

Posted by: John | May 1, 2008 2:08 PM | Report abuse

Thanks US Attorney's Office - I feel so much safer now that fewer US Senators are getting $250.00 "massages".

Posted by: Lou | May 1, 2008 2:08 PM | Report abuse

I'm very very sorry to hear about the tragic suicide of Deborah Jean Palfry. You know, she was a graduate of Rollins College in law enforcement, I believe, and had attended law school. You see, it was probably too much for her to bear the idea of possibly going to jail until she was an old woman, because in this country, you can be jailed for life for relatively minor offenses, unlike any other country in the world.

She couldn't handle the idea of going to jail, so she decided to not let the court decide her fate, she took her fate into her own hands. May you rest in peace, Ms. Palfrey-I'm so sorry you felt you had to do this.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 1, 2008 2:08 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps the police should check the bank records of one of her "clients",Republican Senator David Vitter, and see if he had made any payments recently to his criminal associates. Suicide? Not a chance.

Posted by: Keyser Soze | May 1, 2008 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Dude, don't you think that if she was going to be killed to protect "secrets" it would have happened before her trial? This is no more than a tragic end to a monumental waste of time and money by puritanical government prosecutors who've now ruined the lives of the 30+ women they forced to testify and effectively ended the life of another. Well done.

Posted by: Wikijen | May 1, 2008 2:10 PM | Report abuse

I did not have sex, I mean kill, that woman.

Posted by: Sen Vitter | May 1, 2008 2:10 PM | Report abuse

And it's purely a coincidence that dozens, perhaps hundreds of highly-placed politicians are sleeping easier tonight.

Nothing to see here, move along...

Suuuuuure it was a suicide!

Posted by: Peter Maranci | May 1, 2008 2:10 PM | Report abuse

I agree - as soon as I read the headline about her death - I already knew what the " deal is".. You'd have to be walking around with BLINDERS on to believe that she killed herself.. she was only facing 4 to 6 years.. Hell.. she did a year and a half almost 2 decades ago...and came back out kicking and screaming - If anyone does any REAL investigating on this "MURDER" which I doubt.. they will definatly uncover things that don't make sense... "They body was found in a shed on the side of the house.. come on now... they prob. forced her to write the suiside note before they off'd her.. Just speculation -Now tell me something.. who sounds crazier - people calling this a "suicide" or murder?

Posted by: Anonymous | May 1, 2008 2:11 PM | Report abuse

I will bet nobody will ever see this "suicide note" it will be "lost" with all the FL ballots.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 1, 2008 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Lot's of people seem accident prone when they cross repugnicons. Before some doofus brings up Vince Foster please realize Shillary's a repugnicon too.

The woman's trial is over, the judge stifled her voice leaving her unprotected (and truth hidden) and doubtless the fear was she would write a book.

Posted by: Had enough yet? | May 1, 2008 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Is the Honorable Mr. Vitter expected to attend the funeral?

Posted by: DFC102 | May 1, 2008 2:13 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure it won't take long for this to turn into a conspiracy theory.

Posted by: Jason | May 1, 2008 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Moral of this story: Pay your taxes.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 1, 2008 2:14 PM | Report abuse

By my calculations she grossed, before expenses, about $75,000 per year, hardly a princely sum. Everyone involved was consenting, all enjoyed the services, and for the women: it was just a job and a willing job, often a fun job. She died at the hands of the self-righteous. She was hounded to death for the aggrandizement of government employees attempting to justify their pay. Shame on them, shame on us.

Posted by: Mike | May 1, 2008 2:15 PM | Report abuse

What does this mean for those who came forward with allegations about Larry Craig?

Posted by: zoinks | May 1, 2008 2:15 PM | Report abuse

This remark comes from one of the victims of the Cunningham corruption probe who ran government operations for a company targeted by Dusty Foggo's strawmen, shell companies and private security installer coaxed to work with Foggo and Brent Wilkes mentioned in their last indictments. I also am a woman:

Good riddance! No tears should be shed for this trash by anyone! It is because of Palfrey's seedy conduct that no woman with a remotely attractive face and body can be taken seriously in the defense and homeland defense sector when they represent cutting edge technologies!

I have a brain and I was selling ideas and the smart wallet tech standard invented by my company, not my body to the U.S. DHS and DOD!

By the way, the person who approved the illicit NSA contract to install spy cameras into people's such as my bedroom is the current DHS Deputy Secretary! Palfrey perpetuated a culture where what is found in the highest ranks of government are resident perverts and degenerates!

Posted by: Dawn | May 1, 2008 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, I'm sure those Republicans pushed pills down her throat, just like the Kennedys did Marilyn Monroe!

Posted by: Brad | May 1, 2008 2:17 PM | Report abuse

How long until fat stupid Americans fight back?

Posted by: Timothy Bledsoe | May 1, 2008 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Why doesn't this surprise me.

Posted by: Dan | May 1, 2008 2:18 PM | Report abuse

SILENCE OF THE MADAM

Posted by: MARV | May 1, 2008 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Why are there no details as to how she committed the "suicide?" Is it because it would read something like, "Ms. Palfrey got down on her knees and shot herself in the back of the head"???

Posted by: Brian | May 1, 2008 2:19 PM | Report abuse

I love conspiracy nuts. They make everyone else seem intelligent.

Anyway, we all know Jimmy Hoffa did it.

Posted by: skeptick | May 1, 2008 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Alex Jones is playing a recording from six weeks ago where she told Jones that she had no intention of committing suicide.

www.infowars.com

She wrote that she was not going to commit suicide.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 1, 2008 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Independent investigation (don't trust FLA coroner) needs to be done to confirm this indeed was a suicide,

and not murder.

Posted by: Get the truth | May 1, 2008 2:24 PM | Report abuse

And terrorists go free. American justice at its best.

Posted by: Yuri Lipitzmeov | May 1, 2008 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Assistant US Attorney Catherine Connelly must have a feeling of great satisfaction today. One way or another, she has removed a tremendously dangerous criminal mastermind permanently. This is the highlight of Connelly's career--what more could she do of greater significance?

Posted by: Anonymous | May 1, 2008 2:25 PM | Report abuse

This is why prostitution should be legal. whatever fantasy sex people want to have in hotel rooms is their own business, paid or not.

Posted by: JooliaGoolia | May 1, 2008 2:26 PM | Report abuse

anyone remember the name mary meyer who had a black book also. she was jack kennedy's mistress and she was "robbed" by a "black man" while walking near a river except that her purse wasn't taken and she was shot execution style in the middle of the day out in the open. palfrey was shot in the head and dumped in the shed and since her mother lived in a mobile home, they hoped that the body would decompose. the mother was told to go along with the "suicide" story or she would be a statistic too. they could not afford for her to go on any shows and out oh.....cheney, bush, rumsfeld...and all her other customers like federal judges..etc..we live in an evil evil world.

Posted by: emmarose | May 1, 2008 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Are you sure someone powerful didn't put a hit on her, and make it look like a suicide? You can make anyone write a note, if you have a gun to their head.

Posted by: A.Lincoln | May 1, 2008 2:26 PM | Report abuse

I say this quite dispassionately: The U.S. Department of Justice is a MONSTER, and their satellite U.S. Attorney's Offices even MORE SO-those Assistant U.S. Attorneys who prosecute cases that are "strung together with macaroni noodles" (quote from a juror in a "terrorist" case) and who self-righteously and viciously prosecute insignficant and victimless cases such as Ms. Palfrey, are the REAL terrorists, and we citizens of this country have MUCH to be afraid of from them!

Posted by: Anonymous | May 1, 2008 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Good news for Vitter. He didn't have to testify. Don't think that was any kind of accident.

Posted by: Headline | May 1, 2008 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Good Timing, before any Democrats are named!

Posted by: bAKER | May 1, 2008 2:28 PM | Report abuse

I can rest easy now, leave my windows open at night, let the children play in the yard, leave my shoes on at the airport, buy gas for my car, afford healthcare, buy a house. All because Osama bin Palfrey is dead!

Posted by: Maxim | May 1, 2008 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Palfrey did 18 months previously; 4-6 years not that much more difficult, less if off on good behavior. This "suicide" smells very fishy.

Posted by: ESL | May 1, 2008 2:29 PM | Report abuse

I can hear a collective sigh of relief from Georgetown to Capitol Hill.

Well done, boys! Congrats.

Posted by: yabadabadoo | May 1, 2008 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, but I'm deeply suspicious as well. It's not being a "conspiracy nut" to think about how much some rich, powerful, and amoral people wanted this woman out of the way.

You think politically motivated murder doesn't happen? Wake up and smell the coffee. It happens all the time.

Besides, she was just granted a reprieve from jail, so why commit suicide now? She even said she was made of "stronger stuff" than her employee that committed suicide. Everything circumstantial points away from suicide, and points instead to a well-planned murder by complete professionals.

Posted by: thompst | May 1, 2008 2:30 PM | Report abuse

"...a tragic end to a monumental waste of time and money by puritanical government prosecutors who've now ruined the lives of the 30+ women they forced to testify and effectively ended the life of another. Well done."
Posted by: Wikijen | May 1, 2008 2:10 PM

Indeed.

The moral and ethical vacuum here is staggering. Congress goes after a little den of prurience in its own backyard while allowing the murderers in the White House to go about their business having people tortured and killed in the interest of a non-existent crisis.

It's this kind of skewed moral vision and absent sense of decency that had Congress impeaching Bill Clinton but turning blind eyes on an administration that truly has broken the law -- time and time again, as often as possible.

For shame!

Posted by: magpie | May 1, 2008 2:31 PM | Report abuse

maybe mr. "family values" vitter with his ugly wife and ugly kids can do her eulogy and smugly smile at the president and vp, also customers, for their job being done. getting rid of the madame before they got outed too.

Posted by: emma | May 1, 2008 2:31 PM | Report abuse

...paging Senator Vitter.....

Posted by: GmcDuluth | May 1, 2008 2:31 PM | Report abuse

She wrote that she was not going to commit suicide.

Posted by: | May 1, 2008 2:24 PM

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Was that what she wrote in her suicide note?

Posted by: Patrick NYC | May 1, 2008 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Vince Foster redux.

Posted by: TNS | May 1, 2008 2:32 PM | Report abuse

actually, the supposedly "black book" never came about but phone records have been released and are somewhere on the internet where you can download them.

Posted by: tsugua | May 1, 2008 2:33 PM | Report abuse

After all the time and money spent to discredit and destroy these women, it make you wonder. Criminalized for engaging in a business that hurt no one, except the tax coffers, while her mover & shaker johns walked way, unblemished, and protected by the law. And they tell me justice is blind in this country, everyone equal under the law. What a load of BS!

Posted by: tydicea | May 1, 2008 2:34 PM | Report abuse

The Clinton's were behind the whole thing!!!

Posted by: Anonymous | May 1, 2008 2:34 PM | Report abuse

I highly doubt that she killed herself. She was taken out of a lot of very important people's misery. That's what happens when you know too much about powerful people.

Posted by: kdinsd | May 1, 2008 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Why would she commit a suiside it's not like it'd be her first time in jail? 4 year sentence under the guidance... Perhaps it was an assisted suicide...

Posted by: Palfreygate | May 1, 2008 2:35 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: che | May 1, 2008 2:35 PM | Report abuse

This woman in her despair may have been driven to her death. We may never find out the whole truth but one fact is crystal clear. Ms. Palfrey is paying the ultimate price, her life, for breaking the law but her partners in crime, the so called elite male clients are getting away home free. They are scrambling and slithering back to their long suffering wives, these enablers who preferred to look the other way in return for free room and board, visits to Tiffany's, health spas and other privileges that go along with sharing the tarnished titles of their hypocritical,selfish, greedy and over indulged spouses. The trial was a mockery, it was monstrous show of cruelty and baiting. An example of how to degrade and humiliate by a bunch of self righteous people with overblown egos. One can hope they and those elite clients have trouble sleeping these days.

Posted by: elizabeth6 | May 1, 2008 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Why do I think she did NOT kill herself? Call me crazy or accuse me of having a wild imagination (it can be out there at times) but I think she was killed and it was set-up to look like a suicide. Too much TV/movies? Maybe...but that doesn't mean it isn't possible. She did have high-profile clients i.e. a certain politician.

Posted by: LindaIsBored | May 1, 2008 2:36 PM | Report abuse

The "clients" should be the ones on trial. Not Ms. Plafrey! She provided a service needed: the law of supply and demand. I would really love to know where are all these high power people, lawyers, ceo's that were her clients. They are resonsible for her death. I am sorry a life is lost. Again the system does not know what to do in these cases. GET THE CLIENTS!!!! The clients are the ones that should go through the embarrassing moments! And be punished. And go to jail.

Posted by: Nancy Roth | May 1, 2008 2:36 PM | Report abuse

No, everything does NOT point away from suicide, far from it. It is very true, that Ms. Palfrey had served 18 months in jail TWENTY YEARS AGO, WHEN SHE WAS YOUNG. That is very very different than her circumstances NOW, A SINGLE WOMAN OF 52 YEARS FACING HARD TIME. You can say all you want about "expected" 4-5 years in prison, but the fact of the matter is, SHE WAS FACING A POSSIBLE 50 YEARS IN PRISON-THE REST OF HER LIFE.

So no matter the recommendations for jail time (and we DON'T know whether the U.S. Attorney's Office was going to recommend 4-5 years-we don't KNOW that, until we hear the AUSA say that to the court!) she was facing hard time.

And it was just a little too overwhelming for her-she lost hope, because she couldn't control what was to happen to her-it was in the hands of the U.S. Attorney's Office, not exactly known for their "compassion" now are they?

Posted by: Anonymous | May 1, 2008 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Why would you go to a small storage shed when you can stay in the house. If the body is found in the shed it's probabily not suicide.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 1, 2008 2:36 PM | Report abuse

The Dems are at it again! That'll teach her not to pay taxes!

Posted by: PL | May 1, 2008 2:37 PM | Report abuse

She did not intend to kill herself.

Read:

http://www.infowars.com/?p=1862

Posted by: grunk | May 1, 2008 2:38 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure someone out there will be checking to see if the prosecutors vacate the late Ms. Palfrey's conviction as quickly as they did the late Ken Lay's conviction (died in July, vacated in October).

Posted by: SJM | May 1, 2008 2:38 PM | Report abuse

This is a prosecution where the women involved were generally named but the men were not. I see no reason to protect the johns but not the women. If this women had not been forced to bear the entire social stigma of this operation maybe she wouldn't have been suicidal.

On the other hand, if this woman was murdered as many of the commentators suspect, naming the men involved would have removed the motive for murder.

Posted by: esch | May 1, 2008 2:39 PM | Report abuse

I think that foul play is in play. May she rest in peace.

Posted by: Wake Up! | May 1, 2008 2:42 PM | Report abuse

I hope that prosecuter Catherine Connely has enough of a conscience to lose sleep every night for the rest of her sick little life.

Posted by: diogenes | May 1, 2008 2:44 PM | Report abuse

If you think is is suicide, there's a bridge in Brooklyn that I want to sell to you.

Posted by: Playa | May 1, 2008 2:45 PM | Report abuse

WE ALL KNOW THIS IS A REPUBLICAN SCANDAL!!! SHE PROBABLY HAD TO SNITCH TO POLICE WHO HER CLIENTS WERE( THE OLD DIRTY BIRDS REPUBLICANS!) THEY KNEW THIS AND TOOK CARE OF HER!! HOW DISPICTABLE!!

Posted by: GMC | May 1, 2008 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Who was this lady and why didn't I get a piece of the action? Oh well, another day another dead person. NEXT!

Posted by: unknown | May 1, 2008 2:46 PM | Report abuse

"One can hope they and those elite clients have trouble sleeping these days.

No worries there, Elizabeth. Department of Justice lawyers sleep like babies, no matter the wreckage, the devastation and the deaths they leave behind in their over-zealous prosecutions, which have to happen, you see, in order for them to go on to bigger and better things, more power, like being federal judges.

The DOJ is one ugly, hypocritical, distorted dysfunctional system, filled with lawyers that have real, honest-to-god personality disorders, that is for sure.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 1, 2008 2:46 PM | Report abuse

How come she was off'd or killed herself after she was CONVICTED but every MAN who used her services continues to live freely? where's the justice?

if i were her and i was planning my suicide, i would go to DC, go to the Capitol building or some other landmark after i released all the dirt on all the buyers of commercial sex to the media and shoot myself up in fireworks. i would not go to the back of some shed in a trailer park in FL and hope no one found me and my suicide note.

let's be clear, this was NOT suicide.

and for all u pro-legalization of prostitution, i would beg to differ that women who end up selling their bodies LOVE it and have so much FUN having their bodies used up by strange men. if ppl loved to sell their bodies, more ppl would do it and there would not be any stigma to it. it's wrong because it devalues human dignity. when is the last time u sold your body for sex services to an absolute stranger? did u enjoy it?

Posted by: Lee | May 1, 2008 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Hey, only "ORGANIZED CRIME" kills people to shut them up!

Posted by: harried | May 1, 2008 2:47 PM | Report abuse

But Judgie Wudgie, she did leave the country.

Via death.

Is it any coincidence this story is playing on the anniversary of "Mission Accomplished"?

And why do we lose more and more faith in our ruling elites? Because they can't help but act like selfish pigs now, that's why. In the old days they knew better than to rub our noses in it.

I'd suggest the FBI investigate this as a possible crime, but that's unlikely to happen, ain't it?

Posted by: tony the pitiful copywriter | May 1, 2008 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Catherine Connelly wants to be Attorney General or a judge someday, or maybe get a corporate hookup. That's why she picks the low hanging fruit, but let's the powerful white boy Senators and executives who patronize these prostitutes run free. You don't bite the hand that feeds you, not in this system. Hope she enjoys being a tool.

Posted by: 30 Pieces of Silver | May 1, 2008 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Why do I think she did NOT kill herself? Call me crazy or accuse me of having a wild imagination (it can be out there at times) but I think she was killed and it was set-up to look like a suicide. Too much TV/movies? Maybe...but that doesn't mean it isn't possible. She did have high-profile clients i.e. a certain politician.

Posted by: LindaIsBored | May 1, 2008 2:36 PM
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You're crazy. You have a wild imagination, and far too much time on your hand and nothing between your ears.

Posted by: U CRAZY | May 1, 2008 2:47 PM | Report abuse

You can call people conspiracy nuts, but why not look at the facts. The prosecutor put her employees on the stand, but not the prominent clients. Why did they get a free ride when a naval officer was going to lose her job over it. It stinks from day one. We don't have a government, not one that's not on the take anyway.

Posted by: Mark | May 1, 2008 2:47 PM | Report abuse

DC Madam Predicted She Would Be Suicided


DC Madam Deborah Jeane Palfrey predicted she would be "suicided" on several occasions both recently and as far back as 17 years ago - comments that now appear ominous in light of the announcement that the former head of a Washington escort service allegedly killed herself today.

"If taken into custody, my physical safety and most probably my very life would be jeopardized," she wrote in August 1991 following an attempt to bring her to trial, "Rape, beating, maiming, disfigurement and more than likely murder disguised in the form of just another jailhouse accident or suicide would await me," said Palfrey in a handwritten letter to the judge accusing the San Diego police vice squad of having a vendetta against her.

During several recent appearances on The Alex Jones Show, Palfrey also said that she was at risk of being killed and that authorities would make it look like suicide. She made it clear that she was not suicidal and if she was found dead it would be murder.

Palfrey had threatened to release the names of well-known clients of her upscale call girl ring in the nation's capitol, and had indicated that Dick Cheney may be one of them.

"No I'm not planning to commit suicide," Palfrey told The Alex Jones Show on her last appearance, "I'm planning on going into court and defending myself vigorously and exposing the government," she said.

Developing.....

http://www.infowars.com/media/230707palfrey.mp3

Her last interview with Alex Jones

Posted by: jimjones | May 1, 2008 2:48 PM | Report abuse

If sex is legal... and selling is legal.... then why isn't selling sex legal?

Posted by: Dan | May 1, 2008 2:49 PM | Report abuse

I have proof that Jeb Bush was one of the people on the list.

Posted by: John | May 1, 2008 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Republican Senator Vitter should join her in hell for his hypocricy!

Posted by: Fred | May 1, 2008 2:52 PM | Report abuse

If this was done by the Republicans, mdut we assume that the Dem's swing the "other" way. Duh! What idiots

Posted by: Robert | May 1, 2008 2:52 PM | Report abuse

And yet the real prostitutes are still in business in D.C.

Posted by: grunk | May 1, 2008 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Quoted verbatim from the above article " She was convicted of running a prostitution ring in California 17 years ago and spent 18 months in jail."

So she was fine the first time this happened, but had to kill herself the second time the same thing happened? She didn't even have to go to jail the second time around. Something doesn't feel right. This has MURDER written all over it.

Posted by: Joe Jackson | May 1, 2008 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Why do I think she did NOT kill herself? Call me crazy or accuse me of having a wild imagination (it can be out there at times) but I think she was killed and it was set-up to look like a suicide. Too much TV/movies? Maybe...but that doesn't mean it isn't possible. She did have high-profile clients i.e. a certain politician.

Posted by: LindaIsBored | May 1, 2008 2:36 PM
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You're crazy. You have a wild imagination, and far too much time on your hand and nothing between your ears.

Posted by: U CRAZY | May 1, 2008 2:47 PM
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Sticks and stones darling, sticks and stones...

Posted by: Anonymous | May 1, 2008 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Wow, I wonder where her little balck book is or if it was determined ahe committed everything to memeory and was looking forward to writing her memoirs from jail.

It surely would become a best seller.

Oh, has anybody seen my country? It seems to be lost!

Posted by: Jeff | May 1, 2008 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Woman found guilty and kills herself because she supplied a service where consenting adults exchanged sex for money.

Hmm! Adults exchanging sex for money. I'm looking hard. Where's the victim in such an exchange? What is the crime?

And now someone is dead. For what?

I wonder what God has in store for everyone who's managed to hide there indiscretions. There is no hiding from him.

Posted by: dean | May 1, 2008 2:55 PM | Report abuse

"And it's purely a coincidence that dozens, perhaps hundreds of highly-placed politicians are sleeping easier tonight."

Although they don't have any company!!! LOL

Posted by: Anonymous | May 1, 2008 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Dear "Wikijen"

I agree that it would seem she would have done this to avoid trial. However, post trial she knew the verdict and that she'd be facing time. That could mean that she really did commit suicide, OR it could mean there was foul play. The sentencing hadn't yet taken place. She could have had "information" she was willing to share to get a lighter sentence. Hmmmm. Something to consider. I trust the authorities will fully investigate this "suicide."

Posted by: FLGrl | May 1, 2008 2:56 PM | Report abuse

This is America, this was just a woman getting by in the free enterprise system. $2M over 13 years that's not much.The sin is in the society that cause a woman to seek refuge in this line of work.

Posted by: Steve | May 1, 2008 2:56 PM | Report abuse

You guys are probably the same people who decried the conspiracy theorists who thought Vince Foster was murdered too. And he might really have known something. Ochams Razor.

Posted by: Stick | May 1, 2008 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Suicide. It is just the governments way of saying that the problem has been taken care of. That woman could have destroyed a lot of careers and the good ol' boys in DC were not going to have it. There is only so much embarrasment they can handle right now. You know if politicians were not sleeping around with call girls there would be no reason for a DC Madam to even exist.

Posted by: nonbeliever | May 1, 2008 2:56 PM | Report abuse

I truly cannont believe the headlines of this breaking news.....as majority of the bloggs to this article......which do you believe = murder? or suicide, not!

Posted by: Aisha | May 1, 2008 2:57 PM | Report abuse

This poor woman's life was destroyed by federal prosecutors over the old profession. No one was forced into her work. What a tragedy to use so much govt force to regulate morality that we drive poeple to suicide.

Posted by: Ken | May 1, 2008 2:57 PM | Report abuse

new world order just like the same old world order. Hey, I hear she was writing a book, wonder where that manuscript is?

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | May 1, 2008 2:58 PM | Report abuse

I don't buy it. If it a suicide by one of the elected John's, embarrased by his conduct and betrayal of his family and professed values, that I could buy.

Why would the madam off herself over a 4-6 year sentence?

We know she had no remorse for her crimes, so that motive is out.

Wait till we are told that she was simply unstable...the "history of depression" spin start covering the tracks.

Posted by: hatchlaw | May 1, 2008 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Suicide? Yeah, right.

Posted by: anomalek | May 1, 2008 2:58 PM | Report abuse

If sex is legal... and selling is legal.... then why isn't selling sex legal?

Posted by: Dan | May 1, 2008 2:49 PM
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Because "selling," in general, is not always legal. There are lots of things you cannot legally sell, so your premise that "selling is legal" is not always true. Therefore your argument is invalid.

Posted by: for Dan | May 1, 2008 2:58 PM | Report abuse

I, like so many others here, immediately thought that she was murdered and not a suicide. I also thought that the feds should have better things to do than go after people like her.

Posted by: Incredulous1 | May 1, 2008 2:58 PM | Report abuse

No, everything does NOT point away from suicide, far from it. It is very true, that Ms. Palfrey had served 18 months in jail TWENTY YEARS AGO, WHEN SHE WAS YOUNG. That is very very different than her circumstances NOW, A SINGLE WOMAN OF 52 YEARS FACING HARD TIME. You can say all you want about "expected" 4-5 years in prison, but the fact of the matter is, SHE WAS FACING A POSSIBLE 50 YEARS IN PRISON-THE REST OF HER LIFE.

So no matter the recommendations for jail time (and we DON'T know whether the U.S. Attorney's Office was going to recommend 4-5 years-we don't KNOW that, until we hear the AUSA say that to the court!) she was facing hard time.

And it was just a little too overwhelming for her-she lost hope, because she couldn't control what was to happen to her-it was in the hands of the U.S. Attorney's Office, not exactly known for their "compassion" now are they?

Posted by: Anonymous | May 1, 2008 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Sticks and stones darling, sticks and stones...

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Sticks wont do much but hey I'm all for stoning idiots.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 1, 2008 2:58 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure that major scumbag and fornicator David Vitter is probably breathing a sigh of relief.
What a tragedy -- this woman ending her life and that Vitter, a disgrace and lightweight, still has his senate seat.
So much for Republican "family values."

Posted by: vegasgirl | May 1, 2008 2:58 PM | Report abuse

I don't know if Post editors or writers ever bother reading this part of the site, but it must certainly be discouraging to learn A) how many mentally ill readers there are and B) how much time they have on their hands, not to mention Internet access.

Posted by: Rich | May 1, 2008 2:59 PM | Report abuse


Rove did it.

Posted by: wardropper | May 1, 2008 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Scandalous Republican practice or standard Democrat practice?

Posted by: Allison Klein | May 1, 2008 2:59 PM | Report abuse

A corrupt and criminal govt.
lead by a thief is capable of anything. I'm waiting for George's next 9/11.
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Posted by: joop | May 1, 2008 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Suicide? Yeah, right.

Funny how this article conveniently failed to note that CHENEY himself was implicated.

Posted by: anomalek | May 1, 2008 3:00 PM | Report abuse

I have no doubt that she killed herself (in spite of her comments to the contrary in an article cited above--people can change their minds in desperate situations). Why are people so obsessed with conspiracy theories?

Posted by: Henry | May 1, 2008 3:00 PM | Report abuse

If you are citing Occam's Razor, your conclusion would have to be that she offed herself, because THAT would be the simplest possible explanation -- not a complex conspiracy theory.

Posted by: Where did you study Occam's Razor? | May 1, 2008 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Haha yeah right suicide.

Did she shooter herself 3 times in the head or did they do it right this time.

Posted by: Robert | May 1, 2008 3:02 PM | Report abuse

I don't care what anyone says, Washington Post has the funniest bloggers in the whole world. You guys never fail to crack me up. But on a serious note, if you claim that prostitution is a victimless crime, then you're WRONG!!!! Prostitution by its very nature requires the exploitation and devaluation of a human soul. A genteel and peace-loving society takes a stand against such.

Posted by: dcp | May 1, 2008 3:02 PM | Report abuse

And meanwhile, where is bin Laden? Has he committed suicide too?

Posted by: Orbiter Dictum | May 1, 2008 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Are kidding me?????? Suicide????? No, no way, I don't believe it. Nobody can possibly believe this. She was murdered by this Government.

I can bet you my right hand that now that she's dead, we'll never find her black book, and if somehow they find it, it will be a fake one fabricated by this Government. This is the most revolting, disgusting, infuriating, upsetting news that I have come across in a very long time.

You'll see, you'll see...they'll cover it up just like those fake suicide notes.

Posted by: JT | May 1, 2008 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Another conspiracy theory? The government did it and the prosecutor should be ashamed of himself for doing his job? You people need to stop watching TV and step into reality: www.thehumanhybrid.com . Check it out. It will help you

Posted by: Are you Kidding me? | May 1, 2008 3:03 PM | Report abuse

SUICIDE ?? does anyone really believe that?? What a joke!! Someone with power and money did what someone with power and money is safe to do in AMERICA !!!

Posted by: jason | May 1, 2008 3:04 PM | Report abuse

I would love to know why anyone thinks that prostitution is "needed" - hello it is wrong! If this woman did commit suicide, that is a terrible shame, but what she did for her work was NOT good. Not only was it illegal, it is immoral and all those who were involved should be at fault as well.

Posted by: slh | May 1, 2008 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Does anybody really believe this was a suicide?! This has all the signs of a republican hit job. They can easily hire a pro to make it look like a suicide.

Posted by: poggy | May 1, 2008 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Ha! 13 years ago, Slick Willy was her best client!

Besides, I thought republicans liked little boys and men in bathroom stalls.

Posted by: No2Hillary | May 1, 2008 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Why are people so obsessed with conspiracy theories?

Posted by: Henry | May 1, 2008 3:00 PM
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I'm not obsessed, it's just that people are watching me!!!! Do the voices in my head make you angry??? Who said that!!!

Posted by: 0<0 | May 1, 2008 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Come o-o-o-o-o-n People -
Forget all the lib-r-a-a-a-l boo hooing for a criminal that got away w/breaking the law for years (plus not learning from her mistakes). If the corrupt establishment gets you so uptight, then add her to the list. She's no martyr for the oppressed and being female doesn't give her the excuse to break the law.

Posted by: JLA | May 1, 2008 3:05 PM | Report abuse

You just have to tear off a couple of pages from her black book and everything is under control. yeah right, suicide. Dead people don't talk.

Posted by: playa | May 1, 2008 3:05 PM | Report abuse

guys, enough of all these comments, you know why those evil politicians do these bad things and still walk out clean? its just they are organized. People like you and me have more power but we are not organized. Instead of talking and discussing and then forgetting about this by tomorrow. Why not to act, for e.g. make a group (start with a mailing list on google) get every one's signature (consent) that everyone thinks this is a murder, demand Justice department to have an independent investigation. Even if more than 100 people say so, justice department will have pressure to really have a fair investigation and bring the culprits (let it be some high profile politicians) behind bars.
America is because of the people not because of these politicians. Politicians are same in every country, its the people who make country a different. And if we remain silence like this, America becoming Afgan is not too far!

Posted by: Guy inn | May 1, 2008 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Unamimous

Hell Nawl!

Posted by: OneFreeMan | May 1, 2008 3:07 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure Rush and Jennifer Flowers will find some way to accuse Hillary of this.

Posted by: Ted | May 1, 2008 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Its pretty moronic to think the government killed her. If that was the case, she would have died before the trial, not AFTER when everything has already been disclosed. The looming sentence of years in jail may have been too much for her. Either way its always sad when someone gives up on life.

Posted by: Josqueline | May 1, 2008 3:07 PM | Report abuse

So where do I redeem this coupon now?

Posted by: Shadow | May 1, 2008 3:07 PM | Report abuse

DC Madam Predicted She Would Be Suicided


DC Madam Deborah Jeane Palfrey predicted she would be "suicided" on several occasions both recently and as far back as 17 years ago - comments that now appear ominous in light of the announcement that the former head of a Washington escort service allegedly killed herself today.

"If taken into custody, my physical safety and most probably my very life would be jeopardized," she wrote in August 1991 following an attempt to bring her to trial, "Rape, beating, maiming, disfigurement and more than likely murder disguised in the form of just another jailhouse accident or suicide would await me," said Palfrey in a handwritten letter to the judge accusing the San Diego police vice squad of having a vendetta against her.

During several recent appearances on The Alex Jones Show, Palfrey also said that she was at risk of being killed and that authorities would make it look like suicide. She made it clear that she was not suicidal and if she was found dead it would be murder.

Palfrey had threatened to release the names of well-known clients of her upscale call girl ring in the nation's capitol, and had indicated that Dick Cheney may be one of them.

"No I'm not planning to commit suicide," Palfrey told The Alex Jones Show on her last appearance, "I'm planning on going into court and defending myself vigorously and exposing the government," she said.

Developing.....

http://www.infowars.com/media/230707palfrey.mp3

Her last interview with Alex Jones

Posted by: George Bush | May 1, 2008 3:07 PM | Report abuse

This case is over. There will be no follow up investigation. She's dead, the big secrets are safe, and in about a week, everyone will forget that this even happened, except for the people that no one listens to anyway. That's how the system works. So write all of your comments, which will all be forgotten within minutes since they'll be replaced by others, and get back to work earning money for your $4/gallon gas. That how America works. We're tools. The system wins. Speak up too loudly and you get hammered. That's American freedom, the type we're bringing to Iraq and exporting to the rest of the world.

Posted by: real deal | May 1, 2008 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Yes yet another "suicide". Too many at this point and no end in site. And the secrets this woman knew... She may have been getting ready to talk or it just may be the republican party's idea of how to reward her.

Posted by: dkb | May 1, 2008 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Anyone know the whereabouts of Senator and Mrs. Vitter???

Posted by: Orlon | May 1, 2008 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Suicide! Yeah right! This is only a better joke than evidence of nuclear weapons in Iraq.

Posted by: Hyper-hyper-news | May 1, 2008 3:08 PM | Report abuse

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The entire GOP leadership just breathed a huge sigh of relief.

Obviously, she was found in a storage shed because people always kill themselves in a storage shed rather than a bed or bathtub... NOT.

We, THE PEOPLE, will probably never who killed her. And, my guess is that DOJ will never bother in investigate, in spite of how bad it looks for them and the Republican Party.

And, isn't it convenient that she died on the Fifth anniversary of traitor-liar Bush proclaiming "Mission Accomplished." It's just the sort of thing that helps us forget how long this war has continued and at the same time sends the message DON'T MESS WITH BUSH, INC.


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Posted by: Frank | May 1, 2008 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Also, if the judge had ordered her locked up like the prosecution wanted, she would have been safe. We need to find out who appointed this judge and why did he decline to lock her up pending the outcome of this trial.

Posted by: joe | May 1, 2008 3:08 PM | Report abuse

"Why would you go to a small storage shed when you can stay in the house. If the body is found in the shed it's probabily not suicide."

Has anyone in your family ever committed suicide? There are perfectly good reasons for committing suicide in an out building instead of the home, particularly if loved ones would otherwise have to live in a place where you committed suicide. When my grandfather committed suicide, he did it in his shed, not in the house where his wife and family were living.

Posted by: Chuck | May 1, 2008 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Recall that Cheney was rumored to be a client. And note that like Scooter Libby, the DC Madam would allegedly have nothing to lose if she talked after she was sentenced.

But the DC Madam doesn't have Libby's pull. So while Libby gets sprung and set up for life, the DC Madam meets a different fate.

Posted by: MorganaLeFay | May 1, 2008 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Uh, JT, sorry to have to break this to you, but her entire client list, Palfrey's "black book" of clients, pages and pages and pages, is out on the internet for you to peruse, because Ms. Palfrey HERSELF put it out there, and frankly, it didn't generate that much interest.

If you google her phone records, you'll see they are in zipped format.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 1, 2008 3:09 PM | Report abuse

if it wasn't suicide, some "lone nut" did her in.

Posted by: Pequod | May 1, 2008 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Suicide=Bulls**t

Posted by: Gimp | May 1, 2008 3:09 PM | Report abuse

she was only facing upto 6 yrs and wouldve had over a million dollars when she got out... why would she kill herself?

Posted by: life..no! | May 1, 2008 3:10 PM | Report abuse

This is not a suicide case, but a murdered case with secrete hand whom tried to keep her silent.

Posted by: commenist | May 1, 2008 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Come o-o-o-o-o-n People -
Forget all the lib-r-a-a-a-l boo hooing for a criminal that got away w/breaking the law for years (plus not learning from her mistakes). If the corrupt establishment gets you so uptight, then add her to the list. She's no martyr for the oppressed and being female doesn't give her the excuse to break the law.

Posted by: JLA | May 1, 2008 3:05 PM

Hey, I agree with you.

So when does Sen. Vitter stand trial? Isn't solicitation a crime, too? When will he be held accountable for his "mistakes," which apparently he repeated?

Posted by: Anonymous | May 1, 2008 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Main: Suicide
Function: Noun
1 a: the act or an instance of taking one's own life voluntarily and intentionally b: Being murdered by the government to protect the interests and careers of powerful people and republican senators.

Posted by: playa | May 1, 2008 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Democratics or Republicans alike: You just don't %#*& around with politicians!

Posted by: AbeNicer | May 1, 2008 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Suicided by GOPers? The average American gives the govt WAAAAAY too much credit for doing anything right.

Posted by: No2Hillary | May 1, 2008 3:11 PM | Report abuse

PORTER GOSS,


CIA connection to this. Abramoff is involved but peripherally.


Goss activated some Cuban Mafia ties for some bush familiy friends....not an accident or a suicide.


I toccured off of the property.

Tulsa involved. Interview sheriff's deputy on a news source live....providing a clue to the proximity of death threats received last months from multiple sources.

Require ID be shown to enter of leave the property,


They are looking for data that was being held as a way of bargaining....incriminating Marvin and Jeb Bush as well as Barbara Bush.

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Posted by: an inveterate reporter of fact... | May 1, 2008 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Yeah Right. OK Kids, Can you all say - "Politically Motivated Assasination"?
If we lived in a world where the US public could ever really find out "the truth" in a case like this, I'd bet my dollars to anyone's dimes that US Intellence "assets" were used to murder this woman.
Our political system is dying from the cancer of corruption. VOTE THE BUMS OUT!
Only problem - it's a very rare politician that isn't also a degenerate liar and a raging egomaniac.

Posted by: TheCyNiC | May 1, 2008 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Sticks and stones darling, sticks and stones...

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Sticks wont do much but hey I'm all for stoning idiots.

Posted by: | May 1, 2008 2:58 PM

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My first thought was to tell you to stone yourself but I won't stoop to your level. You got issue w/my theory? Then state why and don't resort to name-calling/insults. Get out of the playground!

Posted by: LindaIsAmusedNow | May 1, 2008 3:12 PM | Report abuse

I`m also sure that she didn`t write everything in that black book. There was probably some testimony that the bastards didn`t want to come out in public.

Posted by: joe | May 1, 2008 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Suicide..how convenient. What country am I in?

Posted by: rob | May 1, 2008 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Obama has already had a bad week. Couldnt afford another.

Posted by: gutchecker | May 1, 2008 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Aa a forensic psychiatrist and expert witness, it is my opinion that Ms. Palfrey did not have the personality make-up to commit suicide. And indeed, if she were ever to commit suicide, she would not leave her body in a "small storage shed." She would have gone out in grande dame style, not a shed in her mom's trailer park. No, this was the brainchild of a murderous scheme intended to make Ms. Palfrey seem seedy, and to punish her in advance for any book she might have written by tarnishing her memory.

Posted by: Carole Lieberman, M.D. | May 1, 2008 3:13 PM | Report abuse

The government killed her? You people are crazy! Believe me if she had any leverage she'd have used it to avoid prison. I can't believe how amazingly stupid my fellow Americans have become. No wonder our education system is in tatters and parenting is a lost art. Greed and stupidity rule.

My condolences to the dead womans family.

Posted by: Shooter | May 1, 2008 3:13 PM | Report abuse

All of you guys are crazy. If a woman wants to commit suicide, let her. Rest in peace Deborah.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 1, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse

require ID to be shown to enter or leave the property...ongoing search for incriminating evidence...


Ken Mehlman is involved from DC, wire his phone and record his incoming callsfrom Colorado.


examine his medical records.

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Posted by: the important thing is this... | May 1, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse

I hope Catherine Connelly feels good about herself right now.

Why don't you send the pathetic men that paid for the sex that Ms. Palfrey arranged to jail, Catherine Connelly? You have this woman's blood on your hands. I hope you feel as smug as you come across.

Posted by: Kathy | May 1, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse

PORTER GOSS,


CIA connection to this. Abramoff is involved but peripherally.


Goss activated some Cuban Mafia ties for some bush familiy friends....not an accident or a suicide.


I toccured off of the property.


Tulsa involved. Interview sheriff's deputy on a news source live....providing a clue to the proximity of death threats received last months from multiple sources.


Require ID be shown to enter of leave the property,


They are looking for data that was being held as a way of bargaining....incriminating Marvin and Jeb Bush as well as Barbara Bush.


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an inveterate reporter of fact...

Posted by: afraid of me ??? you should be. | May 1, 2008 3:15 PM | Report abuse


Rich,
There are various types of mental illness.
One is being a paranoid conspiracy theorist.
Another is singing la la la and pouring yourself another cup of tea while your neighbor is being murdered in his front garden thirty feet away.

You could put it more simply:
Eyes open, or eyes shut.

or:

Believing everything your politicians tell you, or using the powers of discrimination which your life experience is supposed to teach you in order to sort out the truth from the bull. Any parent can do it with his child, and when your government appears to be run by children with guilt written all over their faces, with their hands still in the cookie jar, and using the pathetic excuses which all adults have heard a million times from school kids, you can tell the difference too.

Posted by: wardropper | May 1, 2008 3:15 PM | Report abuse

WOW!!!

Republicans did that too? Where do they find the time is my question! Republicans are responsible for everything, and Democrats for nothing.

You folks need ot get a grip. This poor soul was obviously being tormented and it was more than she felt she could handle. She grossed 2 million bucks in 7 years right? And split that with the 132 girls working for her, 50/50. I'm not math genius but she was small time, and pretty obviously not taking the public microscope into her foibles very well. She died in a shed next to her mother's trailer for Pete's sake! Do you people ever try to listen to how insane you sound before you run around room flinging the shocking pink paint of "all Republicans are evil" over everything that isn't nailed down?

Posted by: Pete | May 1, 2008 3:15 PM | Report abuse

yes, i think republican politician should be answering the cause of her death. she was assinated by a somone like Abramoff.

Posted by: aMsad | May 1, 2008 3:15 PM | Report abuse

And you wonder why, Rev Wright said what he said---I agree with him. GOD DAMN AMERICA-- the American Gov't, not the American people. The GOV'T did this. Suicide, no way.

When will the rest of the American people wake up!!

Posted by: A real American | May 1, 2008 3:15 PM | Report abuse

This woman's death may be ruled as a suicide, but by whom, and how much investigation will actually ensue? Let's face it, in some respects our gov't only differs from organized crime in terms of having legitimacy. "They" can make anybody disappear, dead, or suddenly be unable to remember what happened to them just as easily as the thugs they publically denounce, but in private emulate. So, she was going to be sentenced for her high crimes, eh? So, what should Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Powell, Rice, et al. get for their high crimes that have resulted in thousands of deaths and the padding of corporations' already full pockets? Gee, even Wesley Snipes is getting 3 years. Shouldn't the aforementioned "thugs" get any time or punishment for their crimes? God bless America, baby.

Posted by: I Doubt Suicide | May 1, 2008 3:15 PM | Report abuse

I agree with Rich's post above -- about 97 percent of these posts are from people who are completely bonkers. By the way folks, the CIA has Ronald Reagan's brain in a jar awaiting to transplant it into a body made up of parts from Fred Thompson, Karl Rove and Rush Limbaugh (no sedatives required).

Posted by: rashibama | May 1, 2008 3:16 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure lots of people kill themselves in small storage sheds... just like I'm sure that lots of people commit suicide the way that lady in the airport did, by choking themselves to death with the handcuffs fastened behind their back...

Posted by: Anonymous | May 1, 2008 3:16 PM | Report abuse

maybe "Hill" found out that Bill had used the escort service and found it necessary to silence this wench before she spilled her guts to the media... Those Clintons aren't above taking such desperate measures.

Posted by: Or... | May 1, 2008 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Who is so bold as to deride "alternative theories" in this case when all one need do is read "The New Pearl Harbor," by Dr. Griffin, to know with absolute clarity that Bush and Cheney committed 9-11? Or look at the two FBI memos of 22 and 29 November 1963 to know Bush's father helped kill President Kennedy? Or Google "Prescott Thyssen Auschwitz" to know Bush's grandfather was Hitler's banker?

When will we learn Thomas Jefferson and Our Whig Founders were correct as to the "Anti-Christ": real, identifiable, and the greatest danger to Truth and Justice in the world.

www.theamericanfundament.blogspot.com

Posted by: Will Jones | May 1, 2008 3:16 PM | Report abuse

OMG, Suicide? Ya and pigs can fly too...NOT!

I believe she hadn't yet told all she knew and I bet a book, movie or both were in the works and that there was way more to dirt to sell.

Posted by: RabbitwantsaniPhone | May 1, 2008 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Clintons had to do it. You really think Bush could pull this off? Clintons are seasoned experts at staging suicides.

Posted by: No2Hillary | May 1, 2008 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Who were the ones that were named, and who else was speculated against, I would start searching there recent activities and connections to this murder.

Posted by: Source | May 1, 2008 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Cheney and Bush were probably in the list.

CHENEY SHOT HIS FRIEND, WHY NOT HIS MADAM???

Posted by: thetruth | May 1, 2008 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Suicide? yea right!

Palfrey came on an interview for coast to coast AM a while back. She was mentally sound and totally not suicidal. In fact, she said she felt her life was endangered.

She was murdered!

Posted by: hahahaha | May 1, 2008 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Another Vincent Foster JOB for the CLINTONS

You can bet that, BILL CLINTONS NAME WAS ON THE LIST.
Think of what that would have done to Hillary.

CLINTONS ARE KILLERS

Posted by: karl | May 1, 2008 3:17 PM | Report abuse

The plummet from a "Tiffany" racket to the Tarpon Springs one was just too humilliating. The new clients seldom paid more than $25 / session, unless it came with a bottle of J. Daniels, and to hear them complain about their wayward spouses had none of the sparkle of Congressional tattlers about high society sins. But what really must have killed her was the impunity of the real bad guys in this story.

Posted by: Jkoch | May 1, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse

What you don't see is the list of her clients over a ten year period.

Secondly, those clients are in all spectrums of business to include politicians, media magnates, and wall street.

Even this Washington Post publication has some possible links, alot of this went down in D.C.

You should never give the media full credit or believe all that you read. Media conclusions are often inaccurate and biased. They protect & support who owns them. Sad but true, especially the post.

The Madam had to go, there are too many people linked into the sex ring. And the media will protect their names, when they should expose the 100+ clients of this "illegal" business right?

Dig deeper into this, you think spitzer is the only person that is well known and in the public eye? The madam had to go.

Just my thoughts

The Indicator

Posted by: L.A. Insider | May 1, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse

The government wouldn`t let her live even if she had a bargaining chip, because how could they be so sure that she wouldn`t say something months or years from now. The thought of anybody loose out there with those kinds of secrets is too much for these guys!

Posted by: joe | May 1, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse

If prostitution were legal, it could be taxed. It could be regulated. But by whom? The government, whom would then be in the business of selling women. Sorry, I prefer to keep it illegal.

Posted by: Kathy | May 1, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Main: Conspiracy theory
Function: Noun

1. The belief that an event was caused by an often complex series of secretive factors.

2. A conclusion based on series of assumptions promoted by those who don't have access to the facts of a case, but have resentment against the government or some aspect of society, and are eager to find an outlet to express their frustrations and emotionally empower themselves.

Posted by: touche | May 1, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Look what happened to Vince Foster. I'll bet if they could get Monica alone she would have committed suicide too.
It was MURDER to protect people in OUR SICK government.

Posted by: judy | May 1, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Just about every comment submitted has the same opinion I do. You can't fool all of the people all of the time but if you are well placed you sure as hell can get away with murder. The poor woman just didn't have the squeeze that Ken Lay did to have a ringer pose as his dead body so he can enjoy himself in some posh faraway place with a new face and a new set of fingerprignts. Money talks.

Posted by: shrdlu | May 1, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Why would you think David Vitter breathes easier? You idiots, he has already been exposed. I am totally amazed at the sheer lack of common sense displayed by those thinking the government is somehow behind this. The only people dumber are the ones who have jumped on board the conspiracy train.

Posted by: smarterthanu | May 1, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

I cant wait for the movie to come out. Who do you think will play Cheney, VP of torture?

Posted by: Anonymous | May 1, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

If she did kill herself, she had her own So called "woman's right" to do so. As we all do as fems. If she didn't, the needed to be punished in jail, people don't get by w/ sins as they do find you out...as shown. If someone killed her. We might find out in about 20 years.

Posted by: USA Gal | May 1, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Send Horatio Caine to the scene, he'll get to the bottom of this

Posted by: TheDude | May 1, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

If sex is legal... and selling is legal.... then why isn't selling sex legal?

Posted by: Dan | May 1, 2008 2:49 PM
_________________________

Because..., well..., uh....
Only a Commie would ask a question like that!!!

Posted by: harried | May 1, 2008 3:20 PM | Report abuse


A coroner in Texas has ruled that Clifford Baxter, a former senior executive of the bankrupt US energy giant Enron, committed suicide.


Mr Baxter resigned from Enron in May

Mr Baxter died from two self-inflicted "penetrating gunshot to the head", Harris County Medical Examiner's Office said.

The ruling confirmed earlier findings by a justice of the peace at the scene of death, who called for the autopsy because of the intense interest in the case.

Mr Baxter, 43, was found in his car in his hometown of Sugar Land, a suburb of Houston, Texas, on Friday. Police said a suicide note was found but have not disclosed its contents.

No Enron 'list' for investigators

In a separate development on Sunday, US Vice President Dick Cheney said that he would not provide Congressional investigators with a list of the business leaders that he met while forming the US energy policy.

The list is believed to include several Enron executives who may have influenced the administration's policy-making.

Mr Cheney told Fox News "it would make virtually impossible to have confidential conversations with anybody" if he gave out a list.

He added that he had already given numerous records to the investigators.

'Depressed' by scandal

A source close to the police investigation into Mr Baxter's death said he had written in the note that he could not stand the pain of the scandal, ABC news reported.

According to friends, he was depressed he might have to testify about the role his colleagues had played in the collapse of Enron, the biggest corporate failure in US history.

The company is alleged to have shredded evidence of wrongdoing

Mr Baxter is said to have questioned the company's accounting practices before his resignation as the firm's vice chairman and chief strategy officer in May last year.

He was named in a letter written in September by an Enron whistle-blower, Sherron Watkins, who said he had clashed repeatedly with former chief executive Jeff Skilling over the firm's practice of hiding millions of dollars in debt in dubious deals with so-called shell companies.

But it has also emerged that Mr Baxter sold $9m worth of Enron shares between January and August 2001.

Many Enron executives have been accused of cashing in their stock options before the firm's share price crashed, and he has been named as a defendant in a shareholder lawsuit.

Two days before he died, he broke down in tears as he discussed the firm's collapse with a business colleague, the New York Times reported.

The associate said Mr Baxter "was talking about perhaps needing a bodyguard, although I'm not sure where that idea came from", the paper said.

Posted by: for example.... | May 1, 2008 3:20 PM | Report abuse

I was wondering when the the bush it ers would get around to blaming Clinton!

Posted by: 1 | May 1, 2008 3:20 PM | Report abuse

95% of Post readers aren't qualified to vote. I'm convinced of it.

Posted by: No2Hillary | May 1, 2008 3:20 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure she only had Republican clients, so it is undoubtedly part of the vast right wing conspiracy. Yep, that must be it!

What a bunch of morons...most of those posting on here sound like they should be locked up.

Posted by: Zorro | May 1, 2008 3:20 PM | Report abuse

This is NO suicide.

Posted by: Maziar | May 1, 2008 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Suicide - yea right. Give me a break! "They told me I was gullible - and I believed them"! We (the general public) will probably never know the truth.

Posted by: DAVE | May 1, 2008 3:20 PM | Report abuse

"I will never kill myself."
--paraphrasing her quote
"Dick Cheney may be a client, but I can't tell you right now."
--the late Deborah Jeane Palfrey
"If you ever read I killed myself, you will know it was murder."
--the late Deborah Jeane Palfrey, on a radio show

Posted by: Truth | May 1, 2008 3:20 PM | Report abuse

In a time of universal deceit telling the truth is a revolutionary act - Orwell

Posted by: Where was Cheney? | May 1, 2008 3:20 PM | Report abuse

We live in a country where everyone is supposed to have equal rights. What about equal punishment? So it's okay to pay for sex, but illegal to be paid for it? What does anyone think a marriage is? LEGAL PROSTITUTION.

Posted by: ellen | May 1, 2008 3:21 PM | Report abuse

shame on you washington post. I n your first paragraph of your story you state that she was convicted of "running a high-end prostitution service".
I was under the impression that she was convicted of mail fraud.
Stop the propoganda!

Posted by: kevin john | May 1, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

This smells suspiciously of "Vince Foster".

Posted by: Truth Teller | May 1, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

So did she shoot herself three times in the chest and once in the head like Scientology leader David Miscavige's mother-in-law, Flo?

Posted by: magita | May 1, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

I want to say this ONE MORE TIME: IT IS NOT TRUE THAT SHE WAS FACING "ONLY" 4-6 YEARS IN PRISON, SHE WAS FACING A POSSIBLE 50 YEARS COMBINED, FIFTY-FIVE-0! YOU CAN SAY ALL YOU WANT ABOUT WHAT YOU THINK THE US ATTORNEY'S OFFICE WOULD RECOMMEND FOR SENTENCING, BUT A JUDGE DOESN'T HAVE TO FOLLOW THAT, AND A FEMALE AUSA-PROSECUTOR, WHO IS LIKE, THE WORST OF THE LAWYER BREED, WOULD PROBABLY ASK THE COURT FOR FAR MORE PRISON TIME, JUST ONE OVERLY SELF-RIGHTEOUS PROSECUTING FEMALE TO A FEMALE DEFENDANT, TO TEACH MS. PALFREY A LESSON, SINCE MS. PALFREY DID IN FACT HAVE A PREVIOUS RECORD.

No, it's pretty clear, Ms. Palfrey was scared, and she lost her will to survive this, because the idea of going to jail for a long time was just a little too overwhelming, a little too scary, to face by herself. And that is a real tragedy.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 1, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Please people stop buying hook , line and sinker the sound-bytes lies coming from our government. Even worse is that we've all but lost freedom of the press now that lazy, cowardly news outlets (with the exception of private BLOGS , comment-posts, etc.) continue to reprint the big fat fib-of-the-day, unscrutinized. this "Madam" was not suicidal , dang she was facing worst case 4 years -/+probation, she had money saved & she knew how to do time.,... R.I.P . Ms. Palfrey....

Posted by: Dick Johnson | May 1, 2008 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Vince Foster ??? had nothing to do with the Clintons, they were busy being framed...but you know that judy, you worked for CHERTOFF...


Michael Chertoff: Defender of Terror

by Sander Hicks


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My eight months of investigation into the claims of FBI whistle blower, Randy Glass, led me to new information about Assistant Attorney General Michael Chertoff. So I was shocked when he was nominated for Director of Homeland Security, and dumbfounded when he skated through his confirmation hearings.

Chertoff is a master of cover-up. He defended a financier of Osama bin Laden and kept him out of jail. He looked the other way during the investigation into the death of White House lawyer Vince Foster. Chertoff advised the White House and CIA on the legality of torture. No one said a word about any of this, and now Chertoff is in Bush's Cabinet as Director of Homeland Security.

The 9/11 Money
The June 20, 2000 Bergen County Record reported that attorney Michael Chertoff defended Dr. Magdy Elamir, a suspected terrorist financier. Dr. Elamir's HMO was sued by the State of New Jersey to recoup $16.7 million in losses. At least $5.7 million was unaccounted for, funneled "to unknown parties ... by means of wire transfers to bank accounts where the beneficial owner of the account is unknown."

Magdy Elamir financially supported the Al Salam Mosque, where the blind Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman preached before he was arrested for his alleged role in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.

This is the same Dr. Magdy Elamir who was featured in the Dateline NBC investigation with Randy Glass. In fact, Glass said he had spoken with Dr. Elamir as part of his under-cover infiltration of the ISI-linked arms dealers. "Dateline" reported that intelligence reports accused Dr. Elamir of having "had financial ties with Osama bin Laden for years." During a recorded telephone conversation with Glass Elamir's brother, Mohamed, tried to purchase "small arms and ammunition."

In the words of attorney Lynne Stewart, even the most despicable deserve representation. But as Stewart knows, unless you have White House connections, defending the despised carries a high price. Stewart faces 30 years in prison for actions taken in defense of the Blind Sheikh. Dr. Elamir was a suspect in a highly-monitored, sensitive operation at the center of the secret history of 9/11. But thanks to Michael Chertoff, Elamir was not charged.

"Dateline" reported that Dr. Elamir and his corporations paid at least $5,000 to arms dealer Diaa Moshen. In an ambush interview on camera, Dr. Elamir referred to Moshen as "a family friend."

"By the time Operation Diamondback culminated in arrests in the summer of 2001, Michael Chertoff was the assistant attorney general in charge of the criminal division. Operation Diamondback would have fallen under his purview since it was a criminal case and not a counterterrorism case," said researcher Allan Duncan.

That means that after defending an alleged financier of 9/11, Chertoff became a prosecutor who should have prosecuted the same financier. In fact, there was a brief period before the verdict on Elamir came in and after Chertoff was nominated, in which there was an overlap between the two.

Chertoff served as assistant attorney general of the Criminal Division at the Department of Justice from 2001 to 2003. The post is the same one Robert Mueller held when he stymied Senator John Kerry's investigation into BCCI.

Master of Finances
In October 2001, fresh from his defense of El-Amir, Chertoff was picked by the White House to head Operation Green Quest, the multi-agency initiative to target sources of funding for terrorist organizations. Chertoff told the Associated Press on Oct. 25, 2001 that, "The lifeblood of terrorism is money, and if we cut the money we cut the blood supply."

Two years later, former White House terrorism expert Richard Clarke stated, "The US effort to shut down financial support for terrorist networks is being seriously hampered by a government reorganization that has left the most experienced agencies without any real power." Clarke was a counter-terrorism expert in the Clinton and Bush administrations until he left government in disgust in 2003. "The decision to put the Federal Bureau of Investigation in charge of terror finance investigations, and to give new powers to the Department of Homeland Security, [has] set the campaign back." (1)

In Congressional testimony, Clarke seemed to agree with Glass's assessment of the FBI: "Having the current structure where the FBI is in charge and tells everybody else what to do, is a recipe, I think for failure...The FBI by tradition doesn't co-operate well with other federal agencies and it doesn't share information. It treats other federal agencies as second-class participants in the overall effort."

While head of Green Quest, Michael Chertoff played a central role in formulating U.S. anti-terrorism policy, which included a vast expansion of police powers and the secret detention of hundreds of Middle Easterners in the United States. Chertoff was one of the chief architects of Title III of the USA PATRIOT Act, also known as the International Money Laundering Abatement and Financial Anti-Terrorism Act of 2001.

The Vince Foster Connection
Patrick Knowlton was a licensed DC private investigator. He spent seven years looking into the death of White House attorney Vincent Foster. Having voted for Clinton, he wasn't attracted to the issue out of any anti-Democratic ire. Knowlton spent seven years on the issue because he had personally stumbled into the crime scene on July 20, 1993 when he stopped at Ft. Marcy Park in Arlington, VA and something about the scene struck him as odd. He observed a man glaring at him menacingly in the park's parking lot, as Knowlton quietly relieved himself.

Later, Knowlton found out he had been there 70 minutes before Foster's body was discovered. But he recalled enough about that awkward moment in the parking lot to remember that neither of the two cars there matched the description for Vince Foster's car. Over the next seven years, as Knowlton spoke out, he became a grand jury witness to the Starr inquiry. He faced intense harassment from individuals he learned were working for the FBI. He filed a lawsuit against FBI Special Agent Russell Bransford and others.

Meanwhile, he observed the bipartisan Senate investigation pursuing a lackadaisical investigation, advised by Senate Counsel Michael Chertoff. "Chertoff knew what we knew," Knowlton told the Press, "it wasn't that hard to find. Nobody could leave that much information out there unless they knew nobody was going to get to it. And that was Chertoff's job, not to get to it."

"It was obvious Foster's car wasn't in the park, Michael Chertoff never went near that issue," said Patrick Knowlton. "One of the things he was notorious for is that he would never do follow-up questions."

Knowlton was referencing the time that Chertoff took the deposition of Park Police officer Cheryl Braun. Braun mysteriously mentioned a visit to the hospital morgue "to retrieve some property" on her way from the Park to inform Foster's family. Chertoff is incurious as to the nature of that strange diversion.

When Park Police officer John Rolla was under oath with the other incurious Senate Counsel, Richard Ben-Veniste, Rolla blurted out that he didn't find any car keys on Foster's body: "I searched [Foster's] pants pockets. I couldn't find a wallet or nothing in his pants pockets. Later on, Investigator Braun and myself...searched the car and we were puzzled why we found no keys to the car."

Neither Ben-Veniste nor Chertoff were interested in asking why Foster's car was not in Fort Marcy park until after Foster allegedly committed suicide. The attorneys ignored why car keys weren't on the body, but showed up next to it later, at the morgue.

Knowlton and a group of researchers concluded that Foster did not commit suicide on July 20, 1993. But that conclusion was outside the Washington consensus.

In a surprise twist, the three judges in the U.S. Court of Appeals who supervised Independent Counsel Ken Starr, forced Starr to include a twenty page addendum to his report on Foster. This addendum was largely made up of Patrick Knowlton's testimony on the harassment he endured for suggesting there was evidence the investigators overlooked. Legal researcher Hugh Turley, who assisted Knowlton's case, told me, "This addendum marked the first time in U.S. history an independent counsel had criminal activity by his own staff attached to his report!"

I asked John H. Clarke, Knowlton's lead attorney, for his impression of Chertoff: "He's a dishonest bastard. He went along with the Foster cover-up." When Clarke, Turley, and Knowlton tried to get the media to look at the addendum to Starr's report, key members of the Washington press corps told them that the "official story" of suicide had already been determined to be true, and that writing about Knowlton's harassment by FBI would only "raise more questions."

On the Fast Track
In June 2003, Michael Chertoff was nominated to the Third Circuit U.S Court of Appeals. Though there is no formal career path for federal judges, it is common for appellate judges to have served as district judges prior to appointments, according to the Administrative Office of the United States Courts. Despite having never served in the judiciary, Chertoff was made a federal judge whose jurisdiction included Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and the US Virgin Islands.

After 19 months, Chertoff was nominated by President Bush to the position of Secretary of Homeland Security. Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch, a government advocacy watchdog agency, noticed Chertoff's advancement from assistant attorney general of the Department of Justice to Secretary of Homeland Security nominee over the past four years. "It's an exceptional rise to power," said Fitton.

Michael Chertoff advised the CIA on the legality of torture techniques in Afghanistan and at Abu Ghraib prison. His hearings focused on this, but by using the spotlight to denounce torture, Chertoff was able to make it a public relations coup. Little time was spent on the fact that Chertoff had personally cut a deal with the lawyers for John Walker Lindh, the "American Taliban" who had been about to testify about his torture at the hands of his jailers in June 2002.(2) Chertoff's deal gagged Lindh and prevented the public awareness of US torture until the Abu Ghraib prison scandal broke in late April 2004.

Chertoff was approved as Director of Homeland Security. Meanwhile, journalists banged their heads on the wall trying to get editors to look at Chertoff's involvement in Operation Diamondback. For example, around this time, I spoke with John Pacente at the Palm Beach Post, who had originally tipped me off to Chertoff's posting as an Assistant US Attorney despite his past defending Elamir. As I worked on a piece on Chertoff for the University Star(3), he complained that he was having trouble getting a piece approved on Chertoff/Elamir for the Post.

Randy Glass later told me that John Mintz at the Washington Post had similar trouble. Mintz and the Post share stories with NBC on occasion. The day the "Dateline" story was broadcast, wrote a front-page preview story on Glass. The story didn't mention Dr. Elamir.

Around the time of Chertoff's confirmation hearings, Glass contacted Mintz. Glass remember, "John loved it -- Chertoff -- that whole piece ... All of a sudden, John called me up and said, 'Randy, you know, listen. They're not letting me run with it ... something funny's going on. I talked to other people in the biz... There's a lot of strings being pulled in town. And everything you told me is true, we verified everything.'"

I phoned Mr. Mintz at the Post. He insisted that his comments to me not be quoted. But to paraphrase, he denied that he had said the above to Glass. As his tone became increasingly hostile, Mintz insisted that he had made a decision free from outside influence -- the Chertoff/Elamir story didn't meet his criteria for what he could put in the Washington Post. He eventually accused me of implying that he had missed a story here, and called the Elamir angle a conspiracy theory.

CIA Director William Colby once said the "the Central Intelligence Agency owns everyone of any major significance in the major media." Now, I'm not a fan of broad generalizations. But the Mintz experience didn't help me develop a moderate stance. When Mintz jumped down my throat just for asking a few questions about why he took a pass on the Chertoff/Elamir story, I wasn't all that surprised. Remember, this is the same reporter who ran CIA people expressing how benevolent and useful the Muslim Brotherhood is in his Washington Post news features.

Since publication of my book, Big Wedding, new revelations have come to light: As is the case with former Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz, Michael Chertoff holds dual US/Israeli citizenship; a fact which, for Hicks and other 9/11 revisionists, casts a light on the questionable motives of Chertoff and the neo-cons. As head of Operation Green Quest, the multi-agency initiative to target sources of funding for terrorist organizations, Chertoff did little to stop terrorism. Chertoff was also one of the chief architects of Title III of the USA PATRIOT Act, and advised the CIA regarding the legality of torture at Abu Ghraib.

Posted by: want to know what happened to | May 1, 2008 3:23 PM | Report abuse

"No, I'm not planning to commit suicide. I'm planning to go into court on April 7th, if indeed we do have the trial, and I plan on defending myself vigorously and I plan on exposing the government in ways that I do not think they want me to expose them. I want them to explain to me in open court why they came after me."-- Deborah Jeane Palfrey, March 13, 2008, on The Alex Jones Radio Show.

Posted by: Tom | May 1, 2008 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Is it not time to phase out Americas puritanical morality laws designed by people who burned innocent young women in Massachutess only a hundred years ago? Too many laws. Too little humanity. The entire economy of America is bad because so called professions dont report income. Half of Americas teachers are in jail for sex crimes. Only the politicians are forgiven their sins. The Hit man/woman, that killed her wont report his income either.

Posted by: Jesus Grails | May 1, 2008 3:23 PM | Report abuse

If anyone in the government was going to murder her, they would have done it long ago, before the scandal broke.

Skepticism about government is healthy; paranoia isn't.

I do feel sorry for her. I might do the same thing in her shoes. A jail sentence like she was facing, the possibility of spending the rest of one's life in a federal prison, is absurd for a nonviolent crime, "victimless" or no. And it's not like she bilked millions of shareholders out of billions of dollars. Who benefits from this? Certainly not the public.

I don't blame the porosecutor, who was just following the law. I blame politicians who trip over themselves racing to see who can be more "tough on crime" - and the people who reward them by voting for them.

Posted by: Bruce | May 1, 2008 3:24 PM | Report abuse

What a bunch of kooks! Anyone capable of pulling of a murder disguised as a suicide to protect their political career would have done so PRIOR to any chance that Palfrey could have exposed them, which means BEFORE a PUBLIC trial. Also, if Palfrey really had the goods on anyone, she would have spilled her guts to the FBI in exchange for immunity.

You people really need to stop killing your brain cells.

Posted by: r. james | May 1, 2008 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Who died???
According the the article it was her mother!!!

"Authorities were called at 11 a.m. today to a mobile home park in Tarpon Springs, Fla., where they found a body in a residence belonging to Palfrey's mother. "

I can not be the only person that can see this! Come on, do you job editor!!!

Posted by: Bill | May 1, 2008 3:25 PM | Report abuse

No one said anything about Governor Spitzer. He must have done it since he found out he was robbed being overcharged like he was. Spending as much as $5,500 an hour for a hoe when this woman charged everyone else $250 per hour. Hey only a theory

Posted by: P Aron oid | May 1, 2008 3:25 PM | Report abuse

To all of you who are blaming this on Republicans (or Democrats for that matter), wake up. This country has been taken over by a group of arrogant and thoroughly corrupt individuals, and the "two-party system" is the con game most people buy into that keeps them in power. And who is really responsible? We are, because 99% of us would rather watch American Idol, or The Price is Right than spend a few minutes on-line digging into what is really happening (present company excluded).

The bad news is, we are approaching the end-game. Most of them are feverishly getting their ill-gotten assets out of dollar-based securities, and provisioning their safe-havens while the USS America continues to take on water. I'm a Republican, but as I see it, the only candidate who just might threaten to upset things in Washington DC is Obama, and Senator Clinton seems to be succeeding in covering him with enough mud that the party "elders" will decide to nominate their inside gal...

It's a sorry set of truths, but in the end, we're all to blame.

Posted by: Ted | May 1, 2008 3:25 PM | Report abuse

What does anyone think a marriage is? LEGAL PROSTITUTION.

Posted by: ellen | May 1, 2008 3:21 PM
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I object to your referring to marriage as legal prostitution. Big difference between a permanent relationship based on love, trust and mutual respect, and a tawdry, short-term financial transaction where there is neither love, trust nor mutual respect.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 1, 2008 3:26 PM | Report abuse

It's amazing how dumb and less than simple most of you are...while thinking you have so much whit b/c there MUST be a conspiracy, and damnit, you've got it!

Posted by: Jessica | May 1, 2008 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Was she another one of those suicide by shooting themselves in the back of their head with their left hand when she was right handed?

Not sure what the reason might have been, but no real consipiracy, just don't want embarassing baggage showing up on my doorstep.... So $500.00 and a crack head fixes the problem....

or not.

Posted by: Left Hander | May 1, 2008 3:26 PM | Report abuse

suicide my ass... she has a list of high profile, judges, politicians, jpournalists, policemen, businessmen, executives, lawyers, doctors, you name it...

its a CIA hit job.

Posted by: Monica Lewinsky | May 1, 2008 3:26 PM | Report abuse

The above story said that she only faced a sentence of ONLY 4-6 years!

Posted by: joe | May 1, 2008 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Who died???
According the the article it was her mother!!!

"Authorities were called at 11 a.m. today to a mobile home park in Tarpon Springs, Fla., where they found a body in a residence belonging to Palfrey's mother. "

I can not be the only person that can see this! Come on, do you job editor!!!

Posted by: Bill | May 1, 2008 3:25 PM
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Uh ... what?

There is nothing remotely confusing about that sentence, especially if you read it in context with the rest of the article.

Posted by: Bueller, Bueller ... | May 1, 2008 3:28 PM | Report abuse

"because in this country, you can be jailed for life for relatively minor offenses, unlike any other country in the world."

what blather....

the above writer obviously never lived in any muslim country ----

so many spoiled americans - don't know what freedom REALLY is

Posted by: fatima | May 1, 2008 3:28 PM | Report abuse

The Clintons and Bush are two sides of the same counterfeit "coin"...named Rockefeller/Rome Fifth Column.

Let's wise up America!

Posted by: Will Jones | May 1, 2008 3:28 PM | Report abuse

For example,

Suicide by "TWO PENETRATING" shots to the head.
Baxter really wanted to go to be able to get off that second shot!!

Posted by: harried | May 1, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Here's the deal. When a Big White man such as Vitter committ a crime what happens? The little man takes the wrap and Vitters walk away with just a slap on the hand. For,example the Mayor of Distric Heights got caught in a crime and he went to jail. Why because he is Black. I did not here of Vitter going to jail. No instead Madam takes all the heat. They are full of bull crap. That lady was minding her own D... business and that nasty of a man wanted to buy some tail now she is dead. The bottom line is because they could not have any control over this lady's life style or money they find a way to bump her off.
Thats they way of this world and it makes me D....sick. The bottom line here in this world is big boys think they are right in there wrong doings and if they have the money then they walk. Maybe thats what Wright was talking about. When he said D....Americia.
The media make a big deal when it involes a black man, but when it comes to a white man they turn and twist every thing, making it look like he made a small sinful mistake. Bull Crap!
This is a sick world and things will never change because certain people think sick.
I hope this hunts Vitter in his dreams every night, but I doubt it, because people like him dont have conscious.That Lady took the truth with her to her grave.
Far, as Vitter he will answer one day!
Every man will bow and confess. No one can pay their way to heaven with money. That's one place that dont care about a dollar.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 1, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

a married man can legally bed as many women as he likes, even fathering numerous children and abandoning them to welfare services...but

a man cannot marry more than one woman, taking several women as wives who he would pay for to take care of them and their children is a crime in America?

Whats more stupid?

Posted by: Rick | May 1, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Just shows you that Washington is too busy screwing around in more ways than one while the problems of this country need attention.

And I thought the "perk" of being elected to serve the people was altruism.

People committing suicide don't go in a shed to hide to do it. They do it indoors so they can be found.

Posted by: Ken | May 1, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

if you would only know what it's like to be woman in muslim country like wehre i coming from (saudi arabia) you would have more appreciation and understanding of your own luckiness

Posted by: fatima | May 1, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Ha!
Suicide?
right...
(right, left, right)
whatevah you say, Boss.

At least she and her girls got paid for being screwed by Our (fearless?) Leaders, unlike the rest of us who just keep getting screwed while our country goes further down the tube daily.

Posted by: Bett U R Bottomdollar | May 1, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Totally agree. Someone whacked her so smoothly that there's no trail. Must be Operation Blackbriar.

Posted by: Los Angeles | May 1, 2008 3:30 PM | Report abuse

OMG!!! If only the X-Files were still on. Of course this is a government conspiracy to cover-up the truth. Those of you who think otherwise need to go back to your 1950's mentality and lifestyle. Geez! Yeah, like this woman would really go into a SHED in a TRAILERPARK and off herself. This smells - NO - REEKS of bureaucracy "men in black". She did not kill herself-oh no-she did not. If Bush can hide his Saudi-Arabian, 9-11, terrorists friends, why would you believe he couldn't pull off the extermination of a possible snitch?

Posted by: xfilesfan | May 1, 2008 3:30 PM | Report abuse

A four to six year sentence in a minimum security prison where she would be free to write her book. Several million dollars stashed away for when she gets out plus a shot at the book money. A series of public statements that she did not intend to commit suicide and that she feared for her life.

Doesn't sound like a suicide to me.

Posted by: MorganaLeFay | May 1, 2008 3:31 PM | Report abuse

"I can not be the only person that can see this! Come on, do you job editor!!!"

yes you are the only person... get off the meth.

Posted by: Rick | May 1, 2008 3:31 PM | Report abuse

I bet Hillary had her knocked off. She couldn't afford no more scandal about Bill. With her running for President.

Posted by: theamericantaxpayer | May 1, 2008 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Our government,city,state and local have nothing better to do than prosecute victimless crimes.Most Americans are more concerned with American Idol and other televised refuse.

Posted by: Joe | May 1, 2008 3:32 PM | Report abuse

With scores of unsolved violent crimes around the country, illegal immigrants streaming across our borders, war profiteers exploiting our combat troops overseas, why on God's Green Earth are the Feds wasting taxpayer money going after these women?

Grossing $2million over 13 years is chicken feed... exactly WHO is the Bush admin individual responsible for making THIS a priority?

Posted by: CarlC | May 1, 2008 3:32 PM | Report abuse

This is not the first suicide connected with this case. It would be instructive to look into the client list, if it is traceable through phone logs, of the first suicide. The only two people likely to know the identities of individual clients are the prostitute and her madam. Both of them are now dead.

Posted by: jadester | May 1, 2008 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Why is prostitution illegal? Our elected officials sell themselves/their votes (our voices) to lobbyists every day.

Posted by: Bob in SF | May 1, 2008 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Alright. Her black book is out there for all to read, so why take her out now? Uh oh, what happens when she is paroled in 2 or 3 years and she writes a tell all book (and not just names this time)? What to do, what to do......

Posted by: woody | May 1, 2008 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Seriously! And we never landed anyone on the moon =) Conspiracy freaks, get a life!

Posted by: JPK | May 1, 2008 3:34 PM | Report abuse

My first thought was to tell you to stone yourself but I won't stoop to your level. You got issue w/my theory? Then state why and don't resort to name-calling/insults. Get out of the playground!

Posted by: LindaIsAmusedNow | May 1, 2008 3:12 PM
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You hurt my feelings. Sniff sniff. I have no issue with your 'theory' because you do not have one. I don't even have an issue with you being a gullible idiot, outside of the fact you should be stoned, unless you want to fake your suicide as well.

Posted by: U Crazy | May 1, 2008 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Our government is out of control. Totally. In 5 years the blood of the murderers will flow in the streets.

Posted by: Jefferson | May 1, 2008 3:34 PM | Report abuse

a married man can legally bed as many women as he likes, even fathering numerous children and abandoning them to welfare services...but

a man cannot marry more than one woman, taking several women as wives who he would pay for to take care of them and their children is a crime in America?

Whats more stupid?

Posted by: Rick | May 1, 2008 3:29 PM
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Your question. Neither should be permissable. I guess Mitt Romney was your candidate for president.

Posted by: The answer | May 1, 2008 3:34 PM | Report abuse

A woman like that does not commit suicide over four to six years in jail. She already served 18 months before. Obviously she was murdered.

Posted by: Thomas Jefferson | May 1, 2008 3:34 PM | Report abuse

4-6 years in prison?!?! In my home county of Denton, Texas there are 70 people convicted of sex crimes against children 13 and younger (all the way down to age 4) who NEVER SERVED A SINGLE DAY IN JAIL. So in the "land of the free", what a consensual adult does with their own body is more of an offense than raping children. Thanks, U.S. Attorney!

Posted by: Christopher Largen | May 1, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

And why is this profession illegal to begin with? Why is it a crime for the madame and her girls, but charges are never brought against the men who employed them?

Legalize prostitution, tax it, and stop trying to control the world's oldest profession.

Posted by: JC | May 1, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Wow! I clicked on this link from Google news, and after reading all the posts, I thought I must have stumbled onto some kind of "conspiracy theory forum" for highly suggestible lunatics. But no... it is the Washington Post. Amazing! I had no idea the Post's readership was full of so many nuts!

Posted by: Tess | May 1, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

I know Jean and I know she didn't commit suicide. Her "black book" was only the beginning of the information she had on many DC elites. She was silenced.

Posted by: A Vallejo resident | May 1, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

"because in this country, you can be jailed for life for relatively minor offenses, unlike any other country in the world."

Ever been to China? You can easily get EXECUTED there for 'relatively minor' offenses, let alone a life sentence.

Hell, they kill babies there simply because the mother didn't get permission to be pregnant.

What a clueless moron.....

Posted by: Vale | May 1, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Where's the FBI? This is case that I'm sure includes money laundering, intra-state money, the list goes on. She was hit. If our government doesn't investigate this to the maximum, it is as guilty as the person who pulled the trigger. Anyone out there a screen writer? Would make for a good who done it. Sex, Power, Money, Murder and Tragedy. Our tax dollars at work.

Posted by: Leon | May 1, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

You're all idiots

Posted by: You're all idiots | May 1, 2008 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Hey Rick, there's a compound in Texas with your name all over it. Are you a mormon/moron?

Posted by: evil religion | May 1, 2008 3:36 PM | Report abuse

What does anyone think a marriage is? LEGAL PROSTITUTION.

Posted by: ellen | May 1, 2008 3:21 PM
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I object to your referring to marriage as legal prostitution. Big difference between a permanent relationship based on love, trust and mutual respect, and a tawdry, short-term financial transaction where there is neither love, trust nor mutual respect.

Posted by: | May 1, 2008 3:26 PM
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I too object. How dare you insult prostitution by comparing it to marriagge.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 1, 2008 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Good.

Posted by: Jack | May 1, 2008 3:36 PM | Report abuse

I hope authorities don't buy the 'suicide" theory and really dig in to investigate this further.
My guess though is that someone important wanted to see her go away and covered their tracks pretty well.

Posted by: Norris Hall | May 1, 2008 3:37 PM | Report abuse

How in the world can you let a Senator go for what he said here.

I did not have sex, I mean kill, that woman.

Posted by: Sen Vitter | May 1, 2008 2:10 PM

Posted by: Concerned Citizen | May 1, 2008 3:37 PM | Report abuse

It's the old saying: Crime does not pay. There's no foul play, just somebody who would rather be dead then go to jail.

I was of those who thought that prostitution should be legal. But after seeing the devastation to families, exploitation of vulnerable girls and just the decrease in morality in our society, I changed my mind. Anyone who sells their body for sex has low self-esteem and my bet is that most of these girls come from abused homes and have mental health problems. For those who disagree with me, I ask you this: would you like your young daughter, mother, wife or sister to be a prostitute? Where did we go wrong as a society that women are willing to do this. Sure, prostitution is the oldest profession, but they have always been outcasts since biblical times.

Posted by: justsaying | May 1, 2008 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Uh, Bruce, you seriously think prosecutors just "follow the law" as you put it? Are you really that naive? Have you listened recently to some of the jurors in these so-called "terrorism" cases talk about the so-called "evidence?" "A case strung together with macaroni noodles" said one juror, as they acquitted a "terrorist" defendant in Dallas.

You think prosecutors don't exaggerate and misrepresent facts before juries EVERY DAY? That they don't fail to turn over required documents to defense lawyers? That they don't exaggerate and manufacture criminal "charges" when they want to go after someone? That they don't "politicize" cases where they want to show how tough they are on criminals, particularly so-called "terrorists"?

If you think they don't do these things, then you are exceedingly unaware of what's going on around you.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 1, 2008 3:37 PM | Report abuse

i thought i would be alone in thinking she was killed, im clearly wrong.

Posted by: not alone | May 1, 2008 3:37 PM | Report abuse

i am not buying im selling. suicide?

Posted by: picpicoldi | May 1, 2008 3:38 PM | Report abuse

I heard her say on the Alex Jones show clearly that she wouldn't ever want to commit suicide and that she would fight these people. God help us all.

Posted by: Joe | May 1, 2008 3:38 PM | Report abuse

No america is stupid... I thought you people said it was a free country? So why cant two or three adults consent to marriage if three or four adults can legally agree to fornicate in an orgy of sex?

Why not make it illegal for married men to sleep around as well?

Sorry, you all are dumb.

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Your question. Neither should be permissable. I guess Mitt Romney was your candidate for president.

Posted by: The answer | May 1, 2008 3:34 PM

Posted by: Rick | May 1, 2008 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Isn't it great that computer terminals are finally being installed in
the paranoia wards of our nation's psychiatric hospitals? Reading this
is more fun than watching Jeremiah Wright explain the underlying cause
of the spread of the AIDs epidemic!

Posted by: Entertained in East Village | May 1, 2008 3:38 PM | Report abuse

It's called PMF.

(Payback's a Mother F'kr)

Posted by: USC | May 1, 2008 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Seriously though, you're all idiots. All of you

Posted by: Seriously though, you're all idiots. All of you | May 1, 2008 3:39 PM | Report abuse

The truth is out there. Keep looking.

Posted by: Agent Mulder | May 1, 2008 3:39 PM | Report abuse

I guess folks in Washington will party tonight. I am wondering - which is worse... a republican paying money to have sex with a good looking escort or a republican tapping his feet in a airport loo to pick a gay for sex? Things that make you go hmmmmmm......

Posted by: That's Life | May 1, 2008 3:39 PM | Report abuse

you people are so dumb killed by the rich shut up conspirecy theory wack jabs

Posted by: brax | May 1, 2008 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Yeah that will "teach her not pay her". She is dead! What does taxes have to do with it now?

Posted by: nonbeliever | May 1, 2008 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Oh, Florida...

Posted by: KSE | May 1, 2008 3:40 PM | Report abuse

I saw this article referenced at http://www.SubliminalMessages.com and find it suspicious that her body was found in a small shed, yet foul play is not suspected. Huh?

Posted by: Redundantly Redundant | May 1, 2008 3:41 PM | Report abuse

I think Obama did it to take the heat off wright. Lol

Posted by: hussein | May 1, 2008 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Now you all know, you dont live in a free country.

Its a mirage.

Posted by: Steve | May 1, 2008 3:42 PM | Report abuse

I have seen many hughes`s love babys murdered off the same way.I have 50 years of war scars head too toe from them trying to ace me.They have burned down houses with me in them shot me cut me ups and beat downs plus sateliite wireless push button murder by NEW kichen cabinets.Ms hillery wants to be ONE again for the mob.There is NO left wing onlt fakes on the take.Howard Hughes got the same treatment kill off the mouths and those who won`t dance for the 1%ers.she looks bad a trailer court ending and a kill your self this is happens to you when you screw with us message.All the college have call girls for the football teams and higher up`s and get bust year after year just as frats do when they kill again and get away with it.

Posted by: Howard Robard Hughes IIV | May 1, 2008 3:42 PM | Report abuse

What long list of opinions, does surely make a point that who may be behind her death.

But the positive thing about her is this lady shared her profits with the girls (am i reading it wrong ?). In that way she took care of her girls. And how can we cast a stone at her when we tolerate those people by our votes, send them to position power and remain inactive to keep them there.

Lets show our concern by becoming more aware voters, by not confusing articulation of candidates with the substance of the candidates.

Posted by: AB | May 1, 2008 3:42 PM | Report abuse

SHE DIDN'T KILL HERSELF I JUST DECIDED I DIDN'T LIKE HER SO I ROUNDHOUSE KICKED HER IN THE FACE AND SHE DIED LOL

Posted by: CHUCK NORRIS | May 1, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

they have more pics of palfrey at this site, http://www.badspace.com. interesting take on the situation too.

Posted by: Jimmy Woo | May 1, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

We all know she's on a Caribbean island clinking glasses with Kenny Boy Lay right now as they both count their stacks of payoff money.

Posted by: Southern Beale | May 1, 2008 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Bill and Hillary strike again. If this got out, Hillary would not have a chance.

Posted by: GB | May 1, 2008 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Bill Clinton will party tonite and so will 9 dozen elected, govt officials etc.

Posted by: Monica Lewinsky | May 1, 2008 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Joe/CarlC/JC/Thomas Jefferson-EXCELLENT POINTS!You all are RIGHT ON THE MONEY!ANyone who doesn't think this involves our government is either foreign or a stupid republican.

Posted by: xfilesfan | May 1, 2008 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Oh, I am in agreement with the people here. Somebody wanted her dead and was willing to have it done. She may have been making some deal with prosecutors, who knows? But to believe this was just another suicide by a depressed person who could go to prison? That dog won't hunt.

Posted by: Chris | May 1, 2008 3:47 PM | Report abuse

I know Jean and I know she didn't commit suicide. Her "black book" was only the beginning of the information she had on many DC elites. She was silenced.

Posted by: A Vallejo resident | May 1, 2008 3:35 PM
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You knew Jean? Did she tell you where the black book is, I mean if there is a book. What else did she tell you? Do you want to go for a cup of coffee? I'll meet you in your backyard, near your shed.

Posted by: I PROMISE NOT TO HURT YOU | May 1, 2008 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Is this the penalty for running a business that should be legal, anyway? Here is a real victim, who apparently killed herself, because our legal system was going to send her to jail for 5 years. Why would our government send her to jail? Perhaps our idiotic, outdated, intolerant laws ban pleasurable activities between consenting adults.
This is a very sad, bizarre, and tragic story on multiple levels.

Posted by: Eric | May 1, 2008 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Yea right it was the Republicans, it had to be, all the Democrats are too busy doing boys

Posted by: Anonymous | May 1, 2008 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Prostitution has been around for thousands of years and it can't be stopped. Maybe this country should prosecute real crimes like invading a foreign country and killing hundreds of thousands of its citizens. Getting paid for sex... Big b*** deal!!! Wake up Americans before we become a third world country controlled by the extremist religious right (always wrong!!!)

Posted by: Jim | May 1, 2008 3:48 PM | Report abuse

life is so short and fleeting and people commit all these sins and crimes etc for what?

a little money? now she is dead and what is it worth to her?

kids, learn a lesson here.

Posted by: tsn | May 1, 2008 3:48 PM | Report abuse

why does she bear the brunt of the blame and not the men who were paying for prostitution?? it should be equal: if the madam has to go to jail for 18 months, so should the dirty man who hired the hooker.

Posted by: jjb | May 1, 2008 3:48 PM | Report abuse

This is what the justice department does to waste their time instead of prosecuting the crooks from big companies that are stealing our money on a daily basis.

Posted by: KnowitAll | May 1, 2008 3:49 PM | Report abuse

http://www.legitgov.org/
'More than one' suicide note found at scene of Palfrey 'suicide.' Jeane Palfrey was in the process of writing a book (CNN). She was appealing her conviction. Her body was found in a 'storage shed' (MSNBC). Who commits suicide in a storage shed?
http://www.legitgov.org/dc_madam_phone_records_090707.html

Posted by: Lori Price | May 1, 2008 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Your all idiots.Go home and do your laundry.

Posted by: get a life | May 1, 2008 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Mission Accomplished!! The puritan morals police in action. Boy, I sure feel safer now that the Feds have shut this operation down!! All that FISA approved wiretapping is sure great at catching people having sex. Find Bin Ladin yet?

Posted by: thebob.bob | May 1, 2008 3:49 PM | Report abuse

When you here somebody claim its all a " Conspiracy Theory " They wouldn't know the truth if they were married to it which is why there are so many 6 fingered web footed Republicans.

Posted by: Idiots on parade | May 1, 2008 3:50 PM | Report abuse

good post Jim.... the real criminals gave the order to invade Iraq knowing full well it was never a threat.

They are responsible for hundreds of thousands of dead Iraqis as well as American soldiers who were used for their evil goals.

Posted by: tsn | May 1, 2008 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Marylin Monroe knew a lot and forensic evidence now indicates that she was murdered. The drugs were administered in a manner consistent with the use of force, and not in a way that a person would normally take them. New film surfacing in 1998 show her to be rational and in control - not the hysterical nut claimed by her handlers.

I've also found Oswald's murder by Ruby to be very suspicious - and probably very convenient for some people.

So it seem thats inconvenient people do get offed sometimes.

Maybe the DC Madam should have been more clear about her relationship with Cheney a little earlier - of course, the resulting flap could have been seen as generating harm and extended her sentence. So maybe she took a chance and chose to wait until after sentencing.

Posted by: MorganaLeFay | May 1, 2008 3:50 PM | Report abuse

No america is stupid... I thought you people said it was a free country? So why cant two or three adults consent to marriage if three or four adults can legally agree to fornicate in an orgy of sex?

Why not make it illegal for married men to sleep around as well?

Sorry, you all are dumb.

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America is stupid, and you're contributing. Marriage is a legal contract. When you agree to get married, you give up the right to get married again unless you divorce. You don't like that, don't get married. You have the right to either get married, and take on the responsibility of being married, or not get married.

If you want to be a polygamist, have an open marriage. Call 'em plural wives or whatever, and make sure that they're not 13 so Chris Hanson doesn't get you, but don't have a ceremony. Of course, you'll be ostracized by society, but people have a right to think of you as strange, just the same as you have the right to behave in that fashion.

What's so hard to understand about that?

Posted by: no | May 1, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Look at this article! She predicted her own death for crying out loud! Seriously, the media needs to stop lying. We're people of sound mind able to come to our own conclusions and feeding us crap is not going to solve anything.
The government's wacko; we all know that.

Posted by: Faith | May 1, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Ball is in...parking lot. Would you like to play again?

You have selected "no".

Posted by: Lee Carvallo | May 1, 2008 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Ditto to REAL DEAL !!
Worth repeating !
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"This case is over. There will be no follow up investigation. She's dead, the big secrets are safe, and in about a week, everyone will forget that this even happened, except for the people that no one listens to anyway. That's how the system works. So write all of your comments, which will all be forgotten within minutes since they'll be replaced by others, and get back to work earning money for your $4/gallon gas. That how America works. We're tools. The system wins. Speak up too loudly and you get hammered. That's American freedom, the type we're bringing to Iraq and exporting to the rest of the world."

Posted by: jason | May 1, 2008 3:52 PM | Report abuse

OK, I admit, the first thing that went though my mind was she was done in by the people who would be embarrased. BUT, she had already been tried and convicted. Anything to come out had come out already. I suppose they could be worried about a memoir being written but I think that she'd already done time and at her age wasn't going to do it again.

Posted by: Ron W | May 1, 2008 3:53 PM | Report abuse

First Brandy Britton, now this. And Palfrey stated "I guess I'm made of something that Brandy Britton wasn't made of."
Interesting how the majority of the clients, powerful people, never came to light.
I'd be curious to know who those clients were, especially Britton's, since this whole thing kinda stinks.

Posted by: corwin | May 1, 2008 3:57 PM | Report abuse

life is so short and fleeting and people commit all these sins and crimes etc for what?

a little money? now she is dead and what is it worth to her?

kids, learn a lesson here.

Posted by: tsn | May 1, 2008 3:48 PM
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The lesson kids is charge a lot of money!!!

Posted by: lesson learned | May 1, 2008 3:57 PM | Report abuse

It's not the guns, it's the people behind the guns. Or, in this case, it's not the Madam, it's the johns behind the Madam. Now, who and where are they?

Posted by: tourist | May 1, 2008 3:58 PM | Report abuse

To Bill:
"Authorities were called at 11 a.m. today to a mobile home park in Tarpon Springs, Fla., where they found a body in a residence belonging to Palfrey's mother. "

I read that too and just thought it was a miss print. A pretty big miss print though.

Posted by: RabbitwantsaniPhone | May 1, 2008 3:58 PM | Report abuse

The brilliance here is astounding.

Posted by: Moriah | May 1, 2008 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Another women in the case was also found hanged. Google 'Brandy Britton'

Two women same case found hanged - hum conspiracy nut?

If it smells like a rat, its a rat.

Posted by: conspiracy | May 1, 2008 4:01 PM | Report abuse

"life is so short and fleeting and people commit all these sins and crimes etc for what?"

What sin? What crimes? Get real!!! The jury who convicted her was made up of people who committed - quite likely - the same sins except they didn't make money of what you call sin. Sex is good! Enjoy it! What do you call when somebody has a lover and gives him/her a gift from time to time? The American society is probably the most hypocritical society in this planet. As I said, it's pathetic that the police waste their time prosecuting sex!!!

Posted by: Jim | May 1, 2008 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Hillary was probably her best customer.

Posted by: anon | May 1, 2008 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Michael Chertoff: Defender of Terror

by Sander Hicks


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My eight months of investigation into the claims of FBI whistle blower, Randy Glass, led me to new information about Assistant Attorney General Michael Chertoff. So I was shocked when he was nominated for Director of Homeland Security, and dumbfounded when he skated through his confirmation hearings.

Chertoff is a master of cover-up. He defended a financier of Osama bin Laden and kept him out of jail. He looked the other way during the investigation into the death of White House lawyer Vince Foster. Chertoff advised the White House and CIA on the legality of torture. No one said a word about any of this, and now Chertoff is in Bush's Cabinet as Director of Homeland Security.

The 9/11 Money
The June 20, 2000 Bergen County Record reported that attorney Michael Chertoff defended Dr. Magdy Elamir, a suspected terrorist financier. Dr. Elamir's HMO was sued by the State of New Jersey to recoup $16.7 million in losses. At least $5.7 million was unaccounted for, funneled "to unknown parties ... by means of wire transfers to bank accounts where the beneficial owner of the account is unknown."

Magdy Elamir financially supported the Al Salam Mosque, where the blind Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman preached before he was arrested for his alleged role in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.

This is the same Dr. Magdy Elamir who was featured in the Dateline NBC investigation with Randy Glass. In fact, Glass said he had spoken with Dr. Elamir as part of his under-cover infiltration of the ISI-linked arms dealers. "Dateline" reported that intelligence reports accused Dr. Elamir of having "had financial ties with Osama bin Laden for years." During a recorded telephone conversation with Glass Elamir's brother, Mohamed, tried to purchase "small arms and ammunition."

In the words of attorney Lynne Stewart, even the most despicable deserve representation. But as Stewart knows, unless you have White House connections, defending the despised carries a high price. Stewart faces 30 years in prison for actions taken in defense of the Blind Sheikh. Dr. Elamir was a suspect in a highly-monitored, sensitive operation at the center of the secret history of 9/11. But thanks to Michael Chertoff, Elamir was not charged.

"Dateline" reported that Dr. Elamir and his corporations paid at least $5,000 to arms dealer Diaa Moshen. In an ambush interview on camera, Dr. Elamir referred to Moshen as "a family friend."

"By the time Operation Diamondback culminated in arrests in the summer of 2001, Michael Chertoff was the assistant attorney general in charge of the criminal division. Operation Diamondback would have fallen under his purview since it was a criminal case and not a counterterrorism case," said researcher Allan Duncan.

That means that after defending an alleged financier of 9/11, Chertoff became a prosecutor who should have prosecuted the same financier. In fact, there was a brief period before the verdict on Elamir came in and after Chertoff was nominated, in which there was an overlap between the two.

Chertoff served as assistant attorney general of the Criminal Division at the Department of Justice from 2001 to 2003. The post is the same one Robert Mueller held when he stymied Senator John Kerry's investigation into BCCI.

Master of Finances
In October 2001, fresh from his defense of El-Amir, Chertoff was picked by the White House to head Operation Green Quest, the multi-agency initiative to target sources of funding for terrorist organizations. Chertoff told the Associated Press on Oct. 25, 2001 that, "The lifeblood of terrorism is money, and if we cut the money we cut the blood supply."

Two years later, former White House terrorism expert Richard Clarke stated, "The US effort to shut down financial support for terrorist networks is being seriously hampered by a government reorganization that has left the most experienced agencies without any real power." Clarke was a counter-terrorism expert in the Clinton and Bush administrations until he left government in disgust in 2003. "The decision to put the Federal Bureau of Investigation in charge of terror finance investigations, and to give new powers to the Department of Homeland Security, [has] set the campaign back." (1)

In Congressional testimony, Clarke seemed to agree with Glass's assessment of the FBI: "Having the current structure where the FBI is in charge and tells everybody else what to do, is a recipe, I think for failure...The FBI by tradition doesn't co-operate well with other federal agencies and it doesn't share information. It treats other federal agencies as second-class participants in the overall effort."

While head of Green Quest, Michael Chertoff played a central role in formulating U.S. anti-terrorism policy, which included a vast expansion of police powers and the secret detention of hundreds of Middle Easterners in the United States. Chertoff was one of the chief architects of Title III of the USA PATRIOT Act, also known as the International Money Laundering Abatement and Financial Anti-Terrorism Act of 2001.

The Vince Foster Connection
Patrick Knowlton was a licensed DC private investigator. He spent seven years looking into the death of White House attorney Vincent Foster. Having voted for Clinton, he wasn't attracted to the issue out of any anti-Democratic ire. Knowlton spent seven years on the issue because he had personally stumbled into the crime scene on July 20, 1993 when he stopped at Ft. Marcy Park in Arlington, VA and something about the scene struck him as odd. He observed a man glaring at him menacingly in the park's parking lot, as Knowlton quietly relieved himself.

Later, Knowlton found out he had been there 70 minutes before Foster's body was discovered. But he recalled enough about that awkward moment in the parking lot to remember that neither of the two cars there matched the description for Vince Foster's car. Over the next seven years, as Knowlton spoke out, he became a grand jury witness to the Starr inquiry. He faced intense harassment from individuals he learned were working for the FBI. He filed a lawsuit against FBI Special Agent Russell Bransford and others.

Meanwhile, he observed the bipartisan Senate investigation pursuing a lackadaisical investigation, advised by Senate Counsel Michael Chertoff. "Chertoff knew what we knew," Knowlton told the Press, "it wasn't that hard to find. Nobody could leave that much information out there unless they knew nobody was going to get to it. And that was Chertoff's job, not to get to it."

"It was obvious Foster's car wasn't in the park, Michael Chertoff never went near that issue," said Patrick Knowlton. "One of the things he was notorious for is that he would never do follow-up questions."

Knowlton was referencing the time that Chertoff took the deposition of Park Police officer Cheryl Braun. Braun mysteriously mentioned a visit to the hospital morgue "to retrieve some property" on her way from the Park to inform Foster's family. Chertoff is incurious as to the nature of that strange diversion.

When Park Police officer John Rolla was under oath with the other incurious Senate Counsel, Richard Ben-Veniste, Rolla blurted out that he didn't find any car keys on Foster's body: "I searched [Foster's] pants pockets. I couldn't find a wallet or nothing in his pants pockets. Later on, Investigator Braun and myself...searched the car and we were puzzled why we found no keys to the car."

Neither Ben-Veniste nor Chertoff were interested in asking why Foster's car was not in Fort Marcy park until after Foster allegedly committed suicide. The attorneys ignored why car keys weren't on the body, but showed up next to it later, at the morgue.

Knowlton and a group of researchers concluded that Foster did not commit suicide on July 20, 1993. But that conclusion was outside the Washington consensus.

In a surprise twist, the three judges in the U.S. Court of Appeals who supervised Independent Counsel Ken Starr, forced Starr to include a twenty page addendum to his report on Foster. This addendum was largely made up of Patrick Knowlton's testimony on the harassment he endured for suggesting there was evidence the investigators overlooked. Legal researcher Hugh Turley, who assisted Knowlton's case, told me, "This addendum marked the first time in U.S. history an independent counsel had criminal activity by his own staff attached to his report!"

I asked John H. Clarke, Knowlton's lead attorney, for his impression of Chertoff: "He's a dishonest bxxxtard. He went along with the Foster cover-up." When Clarke, Turley, and Knowlton tried to get the media to look at the addendum to Starr's report, key members of the Washington press corps told them that the "official story" of suicide had already been determined to be true, and that writing about Knowlton's harassment by FBI would only "raise more questions."

On the Fast Track
In June 2003, Michael Chertoff was nominated to the Third Circuit U.S Court of Appeals. Though there is no formal career path for federal judges, it is common for appellate judges to have served as district judges prior to appointments, according to the Administrative Office of the United States Courts. Despite having never served in the judiciary, Chertoff was made a federal judge whose jurisdiction included Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and the US Virgin Islands.

After 19 months, Chertoff was nominated by President Bush to the position of Secretary of Homeland Security. Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch, a government advocacy watchdog agency, noticed Chertoff's advancement from assistant attorney general of the Department of Justice to Secretary of Homeland Security nominee over the past four years. "It's an exceptional rise to power," said Fitton.

Michael Chertoff advised the CIA on the legality of torture techniques in Afghanistan and at Abu Ghraib prison. His hearings focused on this, but by using the spotlight to denounce torture, Chertoff was able to make it a public relations coup. Little time was spent on the fact that Chertoff had personally cut a deal with the lawyers for John Walker Lindh, the "American Taliban" who had been about to testify about his torture at the hands of his jailers in June 2002.(2) Chertoff's deal gagged Lindh and prevented the public awareness of US torture until the Abu Ghraib prison scandal broke in late April 2004.

Chertoff was approved as Director of Homeland Security. Meanwhile, journalists banged their heads on the wall trying to get editors to look at Chertoff's involvement in Operation Diamondback. For example, around this time, I spoke with John Pacente at the Palm Beach Post, who had originally tipped me off to Chertoff's posting as an Assistant US Attorney despite his past defending Elamir. As I worked on a piece on Chertoff for the University Star(3), he complained that he was having trouble getting a piece approved on Chertoff/Elamir for the Post.

Randy Glass later told me that John Mintz at the Washington Post had similar trouble. Mintz and the Post share stories with NBC on occasion. The day the "Dateline" story was broadcast, wrote a front-page preview story on Glass. The story didn't mention Dr. Elamir.

Around the time of Chertoff's confirmation hearings, Glass contacted Mintz. Glass remember, "John loved it -- Chertoff -- that whole piece ... All of a sudden, John called me up and said, 'Randy, you know, listen. They're not letting me run with it ... something funny's going on. I talked to other people in the biz... There's a lot of strings being pulled in town. And everything you told me is true, we verified everything.'"

I phoned Mr. Mintz at the Post. He insisted that his comments to me not be quoted. But to paraphrase, he denied that he had said the above to Glass. As his tone became increasingly hostile, Mintz insisted that he had made a decision free from outside influence -- the Chertoff/Elamir story didn't meet his criteria for what he could put in the Washington Post. He eventually accused me of implying that he had missed a story here, and called the Elamir angle a conspiracy theory.

CIA Director William Colby once said the "the Central Intelligence Agency owns everyone of any major significance in the major media." Now, I'm not a fan of broad generalizations. But the Mintz experience didn't help me develop a moderate stance. When Mintz jumped down my throat just for asking a few questions about why he took a pass on the Chertoff/Elamir story, I wasn't all that surprised. Remember, this is the same reporter who ran CIA people expressing how benevolent and useful the Muslim Brotherhood is in his Washington Post news features.

Since publication of my book, Big Wedding, new revelations have come to light: As is the case with former Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz, Michael Chertoff holds dual US/Israeli citizenship; a fact which, for Hicks and other 9/11 revisionists, casts a light on the questionable motives of Chertoff and the neo-cons. As head of Operation Green Quest, the multi-agency initiative to target sources of funding for terrorist organizations, Chertoff did little to stop terrorism. Chertoff was also one of the chief architects of Title III of the USA PATRIOT Act, and advised the CIA regarding the legality of torture at Abu Ghraib.

Posted by: Afraid of Me??? of afraid of the truth.... hey Porter B me... | May 1, 2008 4:05 PM | Report abuse

"Prostitution by its very nature requires the exploitation and devaluation of a human soul. A genteel and peace-loving society takes a stand against such."

Do you pray before you have sex? Getting paid for sex is hardly a stones throw away from having sex with your spouse to "earn points", even though you had a hard day at work.

There are many ways for people to be exploited. How about we focus on the exploitation, and less on the preaching.

And how about laying off the politicians? Hypocrisy aside, by criticizing them you're part of the problem. If this stuff happened out in the open, there'd be less exploitation. But it'll never be "legalized" as long as all the adult children snicker and laugh about sex and sexuality.

Posted by: devout | May 1, 2008 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Dear Moriah,
"The brilliance here is astounding"

It must be good if you're keeping up with what's being said. Get lost if you find the "the brilliance" too much to handle.

Posted by: RWAI | May 1, 2008 4:07 PM | Report abuse

This description combines the material from FTR#498 and FTR#499. Both programs deal in considerable measure with SICO--the European-based holding company for many of the Bin Laden family's assets. One of the complicating factors in the 9/11 investigations is the fact that there are many different (and seemingly disparate) elements involved. Examination of the event yields evidentiary tributaries running in the direction of some of the Iran-Contra drug-smuggling networks, evidentiary tributaries involving white supremacist and neo-Nazi participants in the events, as well as Saudi and Islamist elements of Al Qaeda. It is Mr. Emory's considered opinion that SICO may well hold the key to placing these participatory elements in their proper order and perspective. Members of the board of directors of SICO participated in some of the Iran-Contra-connected drug smuggling operations of the 1980's. Charles Rochat and Baudoin Dunand--two SICO directors--liquidated some financial entities in early 2001 in partnership with Willard Zucker, one of Oliver North's cronies in the Iran-Contra machinations. SICO trained pilots for its aviation subsidiary at tiny Huffman Aviation in Venice Florida. (Huffman was the school through which Mohamed Atta and several of the 9/11 hijackers infiltrated the United States.) There are also numerous links between the milieu of Huffman Aviation and the Iran-Contra-connected drug networks. SICO director Baudoin Dunand set up numerous offshore entities in the 1980's, which were used for covert operations involving Afghan Mujahideen weapons acquisitions, as well as some of the Iran-Contra gambits. Dunand is also linked to the milieu of the Bank Al Taqwa, which itself brings together Islamists, "Old Guard" Nazi veterans of the Third Reich and German neo-Nazis. Al Taqwa director Ahmed Huber also maintains links with American white supremacist and neo-Nazi elements. One of the central points of the program concerns 16 unpublished Clearstream accounts that SICO opened in the spring of 2001. Is there a relationship between the opening of these accounts and the closing of other financial entities by Rochat and Dunand? Is there a relationship between these maneuvers and the events of 9/11? Rudi Dekkers and company suddenly came into possession of a considerable amount of cash shortly before 9/11. Is there any connection between Dekkers' sudden largesse and the Clearstream accounts? "Follow the Money" was what Watergate informant Deep Throat told Washington Post reporters Woodward and Bernstein. That advice holds well for the 9/11 investigation. The program highlights Michael Chertoff--the new head of the Department of Homeland Security. Chertoff headed up Operation Green Quest, the task force charged with interdicting the flow of terrorist money worldwide. Chertoff himself had represented and protected Dr. Magdy El-Amir, an apparent financier of Al Qaeda.

Program Highlights Include: Details about Rudi Dekkers' continuing infiltration of the United States; Chertoff's role in attenuating the very Operation Green Quest task force he supervised; review of the FBI and CIA's harassment of the investigators behind the 3/20/2002 Operation Green Quest raids; review of Baudoin Dunand's relationship to Nazi financier Francois Genoud; Genoud's connections to Bank Al Taqwa--a major financial vehicle for Al Qaeda; Al Taqwa director Achmed Huber's links to German and American neo-Nazis; American neo-Nazi leader William Pierce's 1998 foreshadowing of the 9/11 attacks; Saudi Arabia's longstanding relationship to Nazis of various sorts.

1. One of the main elements of discussion in both FTR#498 and FTR#499 is the 9/11 money trail. In that regard, it is worth noting that the new head of the Department of Homeland Security--Michael Chertoff--was in charge of the Operation Green Quest task force. Later on in this description, we will review Chertoff's role in attenuating the Green Quest investigation. The program reviewed and underscored a rather pronounced conflict of interest. Chertoff's role as head of Operation Green Quest was severely compromised by his close association with Dr. Magdy El-Amir, accused of helping to finance Osama bin Laden. (For more about Chertoff's relationship to Dr. Magdy El-Amir, see FTR#'s 495, 500.) "Federal Appeals Court Judge Michael Chertoff's ties to the financiers of the Sept. 11 attacks may prevent his confirmation as Homeland Security Chief. According to a June 20, 2000 article in The Record of Bergen County, New Jersey, Chertoff defended accused terrorist financier Dr. Magdy El-Amir. El-Amir's HMO was sued by the State of New Jersey to recoup $16.7 million in losses. At least $5.7 million went 'to unknown parties. . . . by means of wire transfers to bank accounts where the beneficial owner of the account is unknown,' according to the article."
("Security Risk?" by Melissa Johnson and Sander Hicks; University Star; 1/20/2005; p. 1.)

2. "Foreign intelligence reports given to then chairman of the House International Relations Committee Ben Gilman, R-New York, in 1998 accused Magdy El-Amir of having 'had financial ties with Osama bin Laden for years,' according to an Aug. 2, 2002 'Dateline NBC' broadcast. In 1999, Magdy El-Amir and brother Mohamed were named suspects in Operation Diamondback, an FBI/ATF undercover infiltration of Pakistani arms merchants who sought to arm Osama bin Laden with conventional and nuclear weapons, according to independent researcher and former New Jersey police officer Allan Duncan and taped transcripts with FBI informant Randy Glass." (Idem.)

3. "Mohamed El-Amir tried to purchase 'small arms and ammunition' in a recorded telephone conversation with Glass, according to 'Dateline.' 'Dateline' confirmed that El-Amir and his corporations had paid at least $5,000 to Egyptian arms dealer Diaa Mohsen, who El-Amir referred to on camera as a family friend. Mohsen was sentenced to 30 months for his involvement in Operation Diamondback. However, El-Amir was never convicted. Duncan, who was hired by family members of the Sept. 11 victims to research government ties to the attacks, said the reason Magdy El-Amir was never convicted was because he was never charged with a crime." (Idem.)

4. " 'By the time Operation Diamondback culminated in arrests in the summer of 2001, Michael Chertoff was the Assistant Attorney General in charge of the criminal division and Operation Diamondback would have fallen under his pervue since it was a criminal case and not a counterterrorism case,' Duncan said. From 1990 to 1994, Chertoff was U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey, during the period when the first attack on the World Trade Center took place." (Idem.)

5. "Omar Abdel-Rahman preached at the Al Salam mosque and was later arrested for his role in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, according to 'Dateline.' Magdy El-Amir was one of the Al Salam mosques financial supporters. 'The Jersey City area and particularly the Al Salam mosque were allowed to continue to be one of the major hubs of terrorist activity in the United States,' Duncan said." (Idem.)

6. Chertoff's stewardship of Operation Green Quest is highlighted in this paragraph: "In October 2001, Chertoff was appointed head of Operation Green Quest, a multi-agency initiative to target sources of funding for terrorist organizations, according to a U.S. Customs Service press release. Chertoff told the Associated Press on Oct. 25, 2001 that, 'The lifeblood of terrorism is money, and if we cut the money we cut the blood supply.' Chertoff served in the capacity of Assistant Attorney General of the criminal division at the Department of Justice from 2001 to 2003. . . ." (Idem.)

7. Green Quest investigators from the Department of Homeland Security charge that the FBI deliberately sabotaged their investigations. Michael Chertoff was apparently an architect of this, as well. (The text excerpt here is from FTR#462.) "The FBI-Justice move, pushed by DOJ criminal Division chief Michael Chertoff and Deputy Attorney General Larry Thompson, has enraged Homeland Security officials, however. They accuse the bureau of sabotaging Green Quest investigations--by failing to turn over critical information to their agents--and trying to obscure a decades long record of lethargy in which FBI offices failed to aggressively pursue terror-finance cases."
("Whose War on Terror?"; Newsweek; 12/10/2003; p. 1 .)

8. With Chertoff in charge of the DHS, it seems probable that the investigation into Operation Green Quest will be sidetracked. "

Posted by: defensiveness is not going to save your esses... | May 1, 2008 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, it's not like the conveninent "suicide" of Brandy Britton (Google her), one of Palfrey's escort service employees found hanged in January--again with "no evidence of foul play"--makes this look suspicious in any way, danged conspiracy nuts.

Nothing to see here, move on.

List? What list?

Posted by: DavidC | May 1, 2008 4:09 PM | Report abuse

I POOPED A HAMMER!

Posted by: BRICK TAMLAND | May 1, 2008 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Sunday, 27 January, 2002, 18:15 GMT
Coroner confirms Enron $$$$ ????suicide????? $$$$$$$$$$$$$


uh huh....uh huh..


The police discovered Mr Baxter's body on Friday

A coroner in Texas has ruled that Clifford Baxter, a former senior executive of the bankrupt US energy giant Enron, committed suicide.


Mr Baxter resigned from Enron in May

Mr Baxter died from a self-inflicted "penetrating gunshot to the head", Harris County Medical Examiner's Office said.

The ruling confirmed earlier findings by a justice of the peace at the scene of death, who called for the autopsy because of the intense interest in the case.

Mr Baxter, 43, was found in his car in his hometown of Sugar Land, a suburb of Houston, Texas, on Friday. Police said a suicide note was found but have not disclosed its contents.

No Enron 'list' for investigators

In a separate development on Sunday, US Vice President Dick Cheney said that he would not provide Congressional investigators with a list of the business leaders that he met while forming the US energy policy.

The list is believed to include several Enron executives who may have influenced the administration's policy-making.

Mr Cheney told Fox News "it would make virtually impossible to have confidential conversations with anybody" if he gave out a list.

He added that he had already given numerous records to the investigators.

'Depressed' by scandal

A source close to the police investigation into Mr Baxter's death said he had written in the note that he could not stand the pain of the scandal, ABC news reported.

According to friends, he was depressed he might have to testify about the role his colleagues had played in the collapse of Enron, the biggest corporate failure in US history.

The company is alleged to have shredded evidence of wrongdoing

Mr Baxter is said to have questioned the company's accounting practices before his resignation as the firm's vice chairman and chief strategy officer in May last year.

He was named in a letter written in September by an Enron whistle-blower, Sherron Watkins, who said he had clashed repeatedly with former chief executive Jeff Skilling over the firm's practice of hiding millions of dollars in debt in dubious deals with so-called shell companies.

But it has also emerged that Mr Baxter sold $9m worth of Enron shares between January and August 2001.

Many Enron executives have been accused of cashing in their stock options before the firm's share price crashed, and he has been named as a defendant in a shareholder lawsuit.

Two days before he died, he broke down in tears as he discussed the firm's collapse with a business colleague, the New York Times reported.

The associate said Mr Baxter "was talking about perhaps needing a bodyguard, although I'm not sure where that idea came from", the paper said.

Unprecedented failure

Enron began to collapse last October, brought down by huge debts and accusations of accounting irregularities.

Former Enron chief Skilling who Baxter reportedly clashed with

It filed for bankruptcy protection in December, after admitting that it had hidden huge losses from its books.

The Houston-based energy trading firm is now the focus of a criminal investigation and almost a dozen congressional inquiries.

The Enron collapse threatens to reach right to the heart of government, because of the company's close links with the Bush administration.

On Friday the White House said it had ordered a review of all US Government contracts with Enron and told auditors to ensure "a satisfactory record of business ethics and integrity".

Posted by: it appears that Jeb and Marvin were regular clients eh ??? | May 1, 2008 4:12 PM | Report abuse

In Sweden, the government has made sex buying illegal, and it's a terrible law, even for this uptight, super-controlled country. I am suprised and saddened to learn that even in the land of freedom, you have the same mad, mad law.

Posted by: Swedish reader | May 1, 2008 4:13 PM | Report abuse

PORTER GOSS,


CIA connection to this. Abramoff is involved but peripherally.


Goss activated some Cuban Mafia ties for some bush familiy friends....not an accident or a suicide.


I toccured off of the property.


Tulsa involved. Interview sheriff's deputy on a news source live....providing a clue to the proximity of death threats received last months from multiple sources.


Require ID be shown to enter of leave the property,


They are looking for data that was being held as a way of bargaining....incriminating Marvin and Jeb Bush as well as Barbara Bush.


.

Posted by: an inveterate reporter of fact...

Posted by: Afraid of me? or afraid of what's on that CD ?????? | May 1, 2008 4:13 PM | Report abuse

And I should add, that in Sweden, too, three judges, including one in the Supreme Court, have been sentenced for illegally buying sex. That says something about how mad the law is.

Posted by: Swedish reader | May 1, 2008 4:14 PM | Report abuse

HEY, WHERE ALL DA WHITE WOMEN AT???

Posted by: Sheriff Bart | May 1, 2008 4:14 PM | Report abuse

It's a damn shame that our government is so untrustworthy that many don't have any problem thinking that murder isn't too farfetched. But after the Iraq debacle & everyone being sold a bills of goods, (not to mention the 911 Commission - what happened to WTC building 7) why even bother asking questions or requesting an investigation. You could have pictures, a camcorder of it all for god's sake, and they would spin the reality. WTF!!!!!

Posted by: tourist | May 1, 2008 4:15 PM | Report abuse

I agree Swedish reader. I was very surprised when they passed that law in Sweden.

Prostitution has many faces besides the obvious ones:

- Marrying for money and without love is a form of prostitution.
- Marrying a movie star and divorcing him/her within a few months... could be prostitution.
- Given gifts to your lover... is not different from prostitution.

Prosecuting prostitution, when a society has thousand of not solved crimes is really pathetic.

Posted by: Jim | May 1, 2008 4:17 PM | Report abuse

DC Madam Predicted She Would Be Suicided
http://prisonplanet.com/articles/may2008/050108_madam_predicted.htm

Posted by: PPreader | May 1, 2008 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Mission accomplished, Mr. Cheney.

Posted by: SomeNYGuy | May 1, 2008 4:20 PM | Report abuse

YES, THEY DESERVED TO DIE! AND I HOPE THEY BURN IN HELL!!!!

Posted by: SAMUEL L. JACKSON | May 1, 2008 4:20 PM | Report abuse

the bush family has already murdered over a million people in just one country


so that they could war profiteer...


Bechtel, Halliburton, KBR, DynCorp, CSC, CACI, Carlyle Group...


there's several hundred $ BILLION DOLLARS $ worth of fraud going on there

that could have had the oil easily by bargaining with a country in embargo...


invasion necessary? are you stupid.....it's all about the money

and hiding the AFGHANI DRUG PROFITS


DRUGS define bushCO and CRONYS and are why they used the CIA to backstab


JIMMY CARTER...

SEARCH on John Negroponte, Honduras, zmag

SEARCH on Jimmy Carter, October Surprise, Paris, Russians


JIMMY CARTER WAS INTERFERING WITH THEIR DRUG TRAFFICKING IN CENTRAL AMERICA

because of their human rights violations...

so they committed TREASON against him and his presidency....


who


current Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates and former US President George H.W. Bush

who still receives DAILY CIA BREIFINGS

WTF AMERICA are you asleep at the wheel while they are buxx fxxxing LIBERTY ????

.

Posted by: let's get real here... | May 1, 2008 4:21 PM | Report abuse

HEY, WHERE ALL DA WHITE WOMEN AT???

Posted by: Sheriff Bart | May 1, 2008 4:14 PM
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Dey be in da shed out back.Don't mind da messed makeup.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 1, 2008 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Somebody who has not read the life of Christ writes:

"YES, THEY DESERVED TO DIE! AND I HOPE THEY BURN IN HELL!!!!"

Hell is not such a bad place. I hope prostitution and sex are not forbidden there. And you will meet there preachers, USA presidents... All kinds of people.

Posted by: Jim | May 1, 2008 4:26 PM | Report abuse

"let's get real here..."

What to do? They are the sheriff of nottingham. It's their forest. Hell, if they want to anthrax folks, they can (how's that investigation going?). Turn to the Supreme court? The Justice Dept.? The President? Who???????

Posted by: Anonymous | May 1, 2008 4:27 PM | Report abuse

let's be honest here...


we live in a set of ecosystems...


there is no mystery, no surprise, unless you count the stupidity of leaders who think with their metaphorical crotches and not with their eyes and minds...

for example: we could have made a deal for the OIL in IRAQ...


but then there wouldn't have been any big money for


Carlyle Group, Bechtel, Halliburton, KBR, Blackwater, DynCorp, and others...


and certainly no NON COMPETE CONTRACTS AWARDED eh ???


so bushCO and CRONYs and COMPLICIT CONGRESS, creates a situation which will drain the nations economy at the very moment when the worlds populations are reaching points that will tip entire regions into famine....


these rich kids, who trash talk anything standing in their way...


could get away with it 100 years ago...the land could withstand their lies.

it's not possible any more.


We need leaders that do not pander to families or the corportocracy.


The US Economy is a NATIONAL SECURITY ISSUE.

The Global Economy could use a good example of how to treat leaders who are ruthless in pursuit of personal gain at the expense of their citizens.


It would be good to see some whitehouse, executive branch members


brought down low, tried for treason and executed publically....it would give others courage...and hope...


in the fear the cowardice and the destruction of our values...


remove these scum from having an effect on our lives,


take out the trash.

today, and set it on fire, legally of course.

Posted by: afraid of me??? or too stupid to understand what a comment represents to you future... | May 1, 2008 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Who's the baddest gangsters? Our offcials (elect) or so to say the Government. Can't brush sholders with the big guys and not get bruised. Was found in a small cottage???? Fool me once, fool me twice....

What in the &*%$!!!! This is the end of the case. One official will take the big fall for all, and case closed!

Sad, sad , sad, this would have made best novel,"The Woman who brought down the republicans".

Posted by: shyn | May 1, 2008 4:28 PM | Report abuse

I haven't read all of the comments so I don't know if anyone else mentioned this, but I did read that one of her "girls" committed suicide shortly before her trial.

Hmmm....

*adjusts tinfoil hat*

Posted by: Theresa | May 1, 2008 4:31 PM | Report abuse

actually,


_they_ are not the sheriff of Nottingham...

taking down a few key people neutralizes them permanently


Porter Goss, John Negroponte, the bushes, Paul Wolfowitz, Dick Cheney, Hamilton and a few others...

can you imagine George W. being questioned ????

what a hoot.

criminal charges would be enough to start with


clearly Robert M. Gates and George W. bush committed SEC fraud with Harken OIL stock sale...


Robert M. Gates and George H.W. bush commited TREASON against Jimmy Carter....no statute of limitation on TREASON...

just need a democratic majority and impeach a couple of "conflicted interests," in the Supreme Court

it's a whole new ball game...

foreign allies are already distancing from the bush families as it is perceived that they are not going to be able to deliver...

Saudis are moving against them, and UAE is feeling threatened regarding forces from Australia


Rupert Murdoch is trying some of his own

CIA based intel interruption.


.Murdoch was involved with trying to bring Uranium into Iraq to be planted...


.

Posted by: what's to do??? | May 1, 2008 4:33 PM | Report abuse

For all those saying she really did this to herself. You are the fool. As to why she didn't divulge her sensitive information before the trial's verdict, that's simple. First you try to win the case. If that fails, THEN you use your information to try and negotiate a light sentence. Everyone involved in this wanted to see her walk free, believe that. When it was for sure that she wouldn't walk and would be divulging her information, she was "suicided". It's that simple people. She even told you this herself before it happened. For those of you who think that our government doesn't have crooked individuals in places of power capable of this... Go climb into a small cabinet on the side of your house and kill yourself. That seems to be a logical solution to problems in your minds.

Posted by: Real Criminal | May 1, 2008 4:33 PM | Report abuse

I have 2 questions;

Why would she go to the shed to kill herself?

What did she do that was so bad that she would get 50 years in prison?

Street pimps don't even get that much time.

Posted by: e | May 1, 2008 4:34 PM | Report abuse

"This is why prostitution should be legal. whatever fantasy sex people want to have in hotel rooms is their own business, paid or not."

Agreed... I mean, come on... what's the difference between a woman being taken out for a nice dinner, a movie, maybe a club, etc., putting out at the end of the night
and a prostitute?

Nothing... payment "in kind" was made to the woman on the date.

Legalize it and regulate it.

The Dutch have the right idea.

Posted by: DeeDee | May 1, 2008 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Go climb into a small cabinet on the side of your house and kill yourself. That seems to be a logical solution to problems in your minds.

Posted by: Real Criminal | May 1, 2008 4:33 PM

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It worked for me.

Posted by: Deborah Jeane Palfrey | May 1, 2008 4:36 PM | Report abuse

want to take them down


indict Libby for drug trafficking involvement..


it leads everywhere.

.follow him.

.

Posted by: again... | May 1, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

"Murdoch was involved with trying to bring Uranium into Iraq to be planted..."

"just need a democratic majority"

Yeah, and Murdoch was an early supporter of Hillary Clinton, so where is that Dem majority coming from? wouldn't be the same one that gave George W a blank check, would it?

Posted by: Anonymous | May 1, 2008 4:42 PM | Report abuse

As is the case with former Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz,

HEAD OF DHS, Michael Chertoff holds dual US/Israeli citizenship....and is a former Clinton HASSLER as the "Whitewater PERSECUTOR";

The dual Israeli / US Citizenship is a fact which, for Hicks and other 9/11 revisionists, casts a light on the questionable motives of Chertoff and the neo-cons.

As head of Operation Green Quest, the multi-agency initiative to target sources of funding for terrorist organizations, Chertoff did little to stop terrorism....and infact impeded the investigation.


which is what "attenuated," means...dampened...for those of you with an IQ of less that 120 and without electomagnetic engineering 305...

Chertoff was also one of the chief architects of

Title III of the USA PATRIOT Act which unsurprisingly enough deals with MONEY LAUDERING, and further advised the CIA regarding how to get away with or bend interpretation of the events to meet the shading to establish a psuedo-legality of the ongoing torture at Abu Ghraib.

Posted by: are you afraid of me little hoser Michael CHertoff ???? | May 1, 2008 4:44 PM | Report abuse

The Aurors are part of the Rotfang Conspiracy, I thought everyone knew that. They're working from within to bring down the Ministry of Magic using a combination of Dark magic and gum disease.

Posted by: Luna Lovegood | May 1, 2008 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Wake up and smell the madam frying! She was facing the rest of her life in a prison cell. Connelly wanted her put away for life, and just because her attny. asks for leiniency doesn't mean she would have gotten it. Well conspiracy theorists...try this one on for size...perhaps the woman had enough respect for her mother not to do the deed in her (momma's) house! And, did you possibly think that maybe she didn't want her mother's home being the center of any kind of investigation?...or..if there is a "lil' black book".. could be its in momma's safe keeping! One more lil' tidbit to chew on...if a political party wanted her dead, there's enough power there to have her done in so perfectly you wouldn't be able to see any way it was a setup. She would have been killed after going to prison more than likely..shanked by a broad named Bertha or Gert...there'd be no question about her demise. I think some of you watch entirely too much television and/or movies! And for all you political party bashers. BOTH parties are equally as corrupt! Bubba Clinton is just as guilty of adultery on Hillary as any republican you can think of.. And I suppose you think Ted Kennedy didn't let Cathy Quinlan die in that river to cover up his dirty little secret..her pregnancy. And what about the Governor of NY? Hmm...paying $250. for a pro don't seem too bad when old what's his name (Spitzer?) paid out 8 grand! (Was he a dem or rep? i forget). The fact is ABSOLUTE POWER CORRUPTS ABSOLUTELY! There are no angels in politics and I'm sure Obama and McCain have their own skeletons they keep safely in the closet. (We all know what Hillary's are). Now back to the point. The woman is dead...no, we will probably never know her story; why she killed herself or why she did it in the way she did. But I truly doubt there was any conspiracy around it.

Posted by: SagNotorious | May 1, 2008 4:47 PM | Report abuse

clear here,


a caste system doesn't follow a party system...

but clearly

George W. Bush vetoed

not one single bill put forward by the Republican MAJORITY for the first 6 years of his presidency.


and the REPUBLICANS have obstructed CONGRESS. the Democrats have a one person majority in both houses....not the 2/3 needed to overide a veto...


the republicans also invited in NAZIS PROPAGANDISTS during the late 60's and early 70's


and that is a verifiable fact.

George H.W. Bush, father of our sodomite president George W. invited them to join...

in fact the Nazis collaborated with George H.W. 's father Prescott in hiding his investment in nazi war machinery during WWII...


Allen Dulles helped hide the profits after WWII, and George W. has a trust fund set up from JEWISH SLAVE LABOR FROM AUSCHWITZ DEATH KAMPE...


all verifiable facts....


the republick scammers have been using CIA techniques to foist disinformation in country on the political process...

SEARCH on Porter Goss, Wolfowitz, Negroponte, Bush, Walker, Yale

we're talking about families working together for over 60-70 years

with the bushes being involved in war profiteering since the late 1800's


"there's money to be made in war!" family motto


.

Posted by: let's be | May 1, 2008 4:51 PM | Report abuse

right,


and there are no such things as TROJAN HORSES...

and there is no such thing as shooting an Albatross and trying to hang it on someone's neck...

either right...


they killed two kennedys and scared another so badly


that he sides with them...


.Kerry took a dive.

.

Posted by: yeah, so Murdoch was a supporter of Hillary Clinton... | May 1, 2008 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Whether conspiracy or not, it's still a damn shame no one thinks twice about accusing their "democratic" government of committing murder.

Posted by: tourist | May 1, 2008 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Oh boy, here we go. "What a bunch of puritans, the ladies were making good money and probably enjoying themselves too." Yeah, I sure am comforted to know that the only way you can make decent money as a woman in this country is to either "invade" "men's" occupations and be sexually harassed, or become a prostitute and... be sexually harassed. Yay? And am I the only one deriving small comfort from the fact that higher-ups in Washington think of women as hamburgers over which they can "have it their way"? Some of us oppose prostitution not because it's about sex or, quote unquote, "having fun," but because it's about perpetuating the hateful idea that women are just things to use. And I don't feel a bit sorry for Ms. Madam. Been arrested for involvement in prostitution how many times now and it's "I'll kill myself if I go to jail again..." Here's your sign. The only flaw in this sad story is that a bunch of johns aren't killing themselves too, God only knows they've shown to the whole world what worthless scumbags they are. But then the johns and pimps aren't punished nearly often enough, are they? When was the last time you saw a huge headline in the paper about a pimp getting busted for running a big prostitution ring? When was the last time you saw a famous john's career ruined when his improprieties came to light? It's always madams making nationwide news, and it's always the prostitutes going to jail. That's the sickness about the relationship between Americans and prostitution, right there--not that some Americans oppose the practice to begin with.

Posted by: Dana Seilhan | May 1, 2008 4:56 PM | Report abuse

there are about

40 PERCENT REPULSIVE SCAMMERS


working their magic aka lying as a position...


HILLARY


keep calling a spade a spade


bama man, let stand the repulsive scammers lies being used against you


he didn't say it wasn't true...

he used it 16 years of hatepoured out against THE CLINTONS


why ?????


THE CLINTONS ARE THE ONLY DEMOCRATS TO HAVE HELD THEIR OWN AGAINST THE REPBULICAN CIA BASED


HATE MACHINE...


now that she is using a little pointed comments of her own


THE REPUBLICANS are asking her to tone it down


for the sake of the party....right...


like they asked Al GORE to not contest the vote count in FLORIDA

they said that he was selfish and dividing the country.


was he?


What would AMERICA be like if Carter had had two terms?


I Al Gore had had two terms?????


ENERGY PROBLEMS????


no, none....


outsourcing would never have happened


and we would be enjoying European style cities instead of crime and depression...


AMERICA would still be the most respected nation on earth


and the TRILLIONS of dollars being poured in to WAR PROFITEERING HOUSEHOLDS and OVERSEAS would be being used to


upgrade AMERICA....vis a vis infrastructure programs...


.


want to help AMERICA come out of it's economic slump...


stop the "war" FRAUD machine...

make the US ECONOMY a matter of NATIONAL SECURITY....


put all contractors in IRAQ, AFGHANISTANT, and the US directly affiliated with the "war" FRAUD effect under GAO GSA aegis...


and examine their books.


an OCCUPATION is _ILLEGAL_


however, seperating the EMBEZZLERS aka


bushCO and CRONYs from the MONEY...


makes the United States a lot more legitimate in the eyes of the world...


especially if treasonists, like Robert M. Gates...who used the CIA as a tool to defeat Jimmy Carter in his reelection bid,

or George W. Bush who committed SEC FRAUD with Harken OIL

are arrested and prosecuted for those charges...

you could arrest Cheney for involvement in commiting perjury to Congress regarding WMD et al..it's in John W. Deans' BOOK, "Worse Than Watergate," the exact charges and the way to make them stick...

and put Pelosi as President...


then the IRAQIs might see us as a responsible and capable nation, rather than as a lawless regime "on the take."


.and we could deal for oil as an option.


.

Posted by: afraid of me???? or just want to give me a BJ ???? | May 1, 2008 4:58 PM | Report abuse

in case you haven't noticed...


bush, Robert M. Gates, Petraeus, Negroponte, Rice, Cheney, Rumsfeld, James Baker the III

aren't enjoying the same invulnerability that they used to...

taking out two or three...

they all buy the farm, and we get their operations, money and connections...

and we clean them up but still maintain connection...

how many $$$$ GAZILLIONS $$$$

of dollars of unrecorded profits are these shunts siphoning off of the deals that they set up????

wouldn't you like to be the next Halliburton, KBR, DynCorp, Bechtel, Carlyle Group...

working on US infrastructure and using war fraud funding to


renew the United States of AMERICA ????


shut them down, check out their books...


put _them_ in embargo under the aeigis of a FEDERAL AGENCY


not DHS, and check them out.

detain Michael Chertoff and John Negroponte, Paul Wolfowitz, the Kagans, Rumsfeld, Cheney, and male members of the bush family on RICO charges

and shut down their access to funds....freeze their bank accounts

it'll be fun.

.do it.


.

Posted by: so afraid of me??? sayz | May 1, 2008 5:04 PM | Report abuse

Isn't it obvious that politics is also a form of prostitution?? Certain individuals and companies "donate" lots of money to politicians for their "campaign elections" and in exchange for their "donation" most of them expect that individual to carry out their wishes and desires which in turn usually results in the rest of this country getting screwed (I would like to say the real term, but have to keep it somewhat clean). Now this to me is much, much worse than any regular prostitution since with this, not all parties are in agreement. Still we allow these "government prostitution rings" to continue instead of having candidates vie for office on only their own money and on common sense!! Ok, I know this will never happen, but I can dream, right?? Why are the courts so worried about consenting adults exchanging money when there are much worse things happening out there.....maybe the government can answer this when it is no longer "Our great Country" but instead becomes taken over by others!!!

Posted by: MJ | May 1, 2008 5:41 PM | Report abuse

ok guys here you go, I found the address of department of justice in Florida.
http://www.fdle.state.fl.us/contacts/

Please drop in a letter signing it at the bottom, letting them know that you do not think this is a suicide, and that a fair independent investigation is needed for this. Your simple letter can really make a huge difference, they would know people are not blind and they can not tolerate too much of non-sense.

Here is the postal address, guys plz do it! your 5 minutes can really make a huge difference and deter people in power to carry out any criminal activities in future.

Florida Department of Law Enforcement
P.O. Box 1489
Tallahassee, FL 32302-1489

Phone: 1-850-410-7000

E-Mail: info @ fdle.state.fl.us


Type "department of justice in Florida" on google to get more info.

Posted by: Guy inn | May 1, 2008 5:53 PM | Report abuse

the number of people NOT dumb enough to believe this was a suicide is, thankfully, mind blowing. When half of the most powerful and important people in America have a motive to kill you, its really a no brainer. In fact I think conspiricey theories are stupid, in particular the "911" theory and the "we didn't land on the moon" non sense, but you would have to be stupid to think suicide is what she mind by vowing that she wouldn't spend any time in jail. kind of like one of her other employees that mysteriously committed suicide right before trial.

Posted by: nathan | May 1, 2008 6:12 PM | Report abuse

Yet another Marilyn Monroe. American Government at its best. Conspiracy Theory, I wonder what they injected her with before they hung her up on a freaking rope. Whey werent the senators taken down. Always gotta be a woman. Damn it Eve. Women always take the fall. They'll investigate me now, Patriot Act. Everyone praise the land of the free........

Posted by: T.S. | May 1, 2008 7:43 PM | Report abuse

Hypocrites...all of you...If you insist on putting the "Madam" away for years, then do the same for the clients. Start prosecuting the flippin' JOHNS....You know...those fine upstanding men....This makes me SICK!

Posted by: Patti Smith | May 1, 2008 7:45 PM | Report abuse

NO SUICIDE!!! NO SUICIDE !!! NO SUICIDE HERE!! ......JUST MORE LIES!!!

She went on record a month earlier, before the nation, that she was not suicidal!!!!
Just in case this happened.

Cry for the D.C.,Madam. Cry for this Nation.

Posted by: Don Lamb | May 1, 2008 8:57 PM | Report abuse

I am a former employee of the DC Madam's and with much sadness I regret not contacting her during her time of need. So many times I wanted to reach out, but fear of exposure prevented me from calling or writing.

I know she was a tough individual, and spiteful, too. I find it hard to believe she'd go out without a bang.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 1, 2008 10:01 PM | Report abuse

___________________________________________

This is America, this was just a woman getting by in the free enterprise system. $2M over 13 years that's not much.The sin is in the society that cause a woman to seek refuge in this line of work.

Posted by: Steve | May 1, 2008 2:56 PM

___________________________________________

Are you kidding me? This isn't free enterprise. We don't even have to get into the reasons why prostitution isn't good, but what about your comment that women "seek refuge in this line of work." I'm a woman who grew up VERY poor. I'm also VERY attractive. And I would never consider selling my body. I've always thought women who do that are either mentally ill, think very little of themselves and/or are just taking the 'easy' way out and opting for quick cash instead of hard work. I chose hard work and I'm proud of that. I worked my way through college, and I now have a career. So don't, for a minute, suggest some women "have" to do this.

Posted by: FLGrl | May 1, 2008 10:10 PM | Report abuse

If anyone thinks that this was a suicide, then they either are incredibly stupid or just incredibly stupid. Pick one. Some of you people who posted on here should have done a bit of research on Deborahs personality, and the statements that she made just a couple of weeks ago, before they posted their lame comments. I didn't particularly care for her line of work, however I don't condone M-U-R-D-E-R in any form!

Posted by: Justice | May 1, 2008 10:28 PM | Report abuse

LISTEN to Deborah Palfrey, the so-called D.C. Madam, who tells Alex Jones she would never commit suicide!

www.linkto-it.com/PalfreyonAlexJones

Posted by: adap2k | May 1, 2008 10:50 PM | Report abuse

The sin is in the society that cause a woman to seek refuge in this line of work. No, sin is when a woman is forced into prostitution which is the case most of the time. How would you feel if your mother slept with Gov. Spitzer in order to send you to Harvard?

And this was obviously a covered up murder.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 1, 2008 11:20 PM | Report abuse

I know Jean and I know she didn't commit suicide. Her "black book" was only the beginning of the information she had on many DC elites. She was silenced.

Posted by: A Vallejo resident | May 1, 2008 3:35 PM
----------------------
You knew Jean? Did she tell you where the black book is, I mean if there is a book. What else did she tell you? Do you want to go for a cup of coffee? I'll meet you in your backyard, near your shed.

----------------

Yes, I did know Jean. I met her soon after she moved to Vallejo. I don't know anything about the whereabouts of a "black book". She didn't tell me too many details about the individuals who used her escort service but mainly because I didn't want to know. Most of our recent conversations were regarding the trail and her plans. There are all kinds of things I can tell you that you haven't heard in the press but I don't feel the need to spew them now and although I can, I certainly don't feel the need to prove to you that I knew her. What I said before is exactly the only point I wished to make regarding Jean - she didn't kill herself. She had been terrified that exactly this would happen to her and she was right.

Posted by: A Vallejo resident | May 1, 2008 11:50 PM | Report abuse

You just know that a gleeful Assistant Attorney Catherine Connelly and her
associates were high-fiving each other in the office when the word of Palfrey's suicide came. Score another direct hit for the US
Department of Justice.

Posted by: Dennis Conkin | May 2, 2008 2:11 AM | Report abuse

The saddest thing about this is that the mouthpiece of big money, er, I mean the "independent media", have all dutifully reported this as a suicide, with not even a question or a hint that it might be anything else. If you look back at the likes of Cronkite and Huntley and Brinkley, and compare that with the farce that is passed off as "news" today, you would never think this was the same country. What a sad requiem to what was once a great country.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 8:16 AM | Report abuse

The US has been run by criminals for years. I still don't understand how Jimmy Carter got elected though?
Anyway, prostitution should be decriminalized. This woman should never have been put in this situation. If there were no sex, there would be no life on this planet. With no life on the planet, there would be no death, pain, destruction, war...on the other hand, maybe ALL sex should be illegal!

Posted by: crilewood | May 2, 2008 8:51 AM | Report abuse

Federal Racketeering Charges over call girls?
Hundreds of crooked politicians breathing a sigh of relief with her dead let's us know what kind of crooked country we live in.THIS WOMAN WAS MURDERED BY POLITICIANS WE ELECTED!!

Posted by: Paragon | May 2, 2008 9:09 AM | Report abuse

Hmmm, maybe Sen. Vitter (R-Pampers) was concerned about some possible secrets coming out?

Posted by: Larry Flynt Is A Hero | May 2, 2008 9:50 AM | Report abuse

Actual audio of the DC MAdam in March 2008 clearly stating that she will not commit suicide and that she is eager to testify in court.

Listen here to the actual audio.
http://prisonplanet.com/audio/010508palfrey.mp3


WTF do people have to do now? Have a certified notarized letter with a statement that says I will not kill myself if I am found dead it was not suicide and have it locked up in a safety deposit box and make like 20 different copies given to family members?http://prisonplanet.com/audio/010508palfrey.mp3

Posted by: Nina | May 2, 2008 10:41 AM | Report abuse

Prostitution is a slippery slope in any society. However,our government officials must be extremely over-paid if they can drop $250 a session to endulge themselves in sexual perversions. I say we divert some of those funds so they can lower the gas tax and get back to what really matters.

Posted by: Yo | May 2, 2008 12:11 PM | Report abuse

Looks like just ANOTHER assassination by our elected officials.Can you say:"Banana Republic"?

Posted by: Markus | May 2, 2008 1:41 PM | Report abuse

she need to be "silenced" by the same reason who marilyn monroe, jfk and lincoln was silenced in the past by the cia and the nsa, just check all the deborah's girls who has been "lost" in the past and the next weeks all that without media coverage, just another dead prostitutes more.

the answers is in yale with the skull and bones

that goverment sucks they don't be good enought even to do a teatre like that

(come on the people dont be so stupid like u wanna they be, even with that "enterteinment" industry who everyone know's just be to manipulate weak mind's

Posted by: anti-nwo movement | May 2, 2008 3:08 PM | Report abuse

American citizens must demand an independent investigation into the suspicious deaths of DEBORAH JEANE PALFREY and BRANDY BRITTON. It looks as if they were left high and dry by the US Justice Department. Shame on the FBI and Department of Justice. This is the kind of case that demands that no stone be left unturned now that the stench of foul-play pervades. We have to insist that their deaths be investigated as murder and that there be televised hearings much like Iran-Contra or the McCarthy hearings. The Department of Justice must respond if they are to maintain a modicum of credibility. It looks as if the FBI and Justice Department are becoming co-conspirators to the deaths of DEBORAH JEANE PALFREY and BRANDY BRITTON.

Posted by: fedup | May 2, 2008 5:28 PM | Report abuse

Why was my blog deleted? There was no profanity or slander. Could it be that nobody wants a sane voice calling for a full investigation into the suspicious deaths of Deborah Palfrey and Brandy Britton?

Posted by: angled b4 | May 2, 2008 5:32 PM | Report abuse

Where in the world are Woodward and Bernstein? Hookergate makes Watergate look like child's-play.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 6:31 PM | Report abuse

This is really getting old. Another alleged suicide by someone who had the goods on a government official(s). This used to be a great country, but every year our government is getting more and more corrupt, and also are getting bolder and bolder. Let's not forget the murders of Brandy and Deborah. Investigate and do as much research as possible. Be open-minded. Read about the late William Cooper and listen to Alex Jones on the radio. This is not about Republicans or Democrats. Both parties are involved. The government is not about "for the people" anymore, but it is for: Power and Control or..."The Power", and their own careers. The names in Deborah Palfrey's black book went all the up to the White House. A lot of "high profile" successful businessmen, lawyers, journalists, and politicians were involved in this ring, which if it ever was fully exposed, would ruin a lot of careers and bring down a lot of powerful men. Suicide...yeah right. I suppose Vince Foster was a suicide also huh? Now here was a government official who was going to expose the Clinton's dirty business deals and he winds up committing "suicide" also. It seems like everyone that goes after a corrupt government official gets so depressed for doing so, that they have to kill themselves. "Writer" Dan Moldea who has interviewed Deborah Palfrey for a possible book deal, is not credible and is not to be trusted. But since Deborah is dead, he can now twist, dramatize, lie, and say anything that he wants to suit his political friends. Just remember this: We will ALL die someday, and we will ALL be judged, and we will ALL have to atone for our sins.

Posted by: USofCorruption | May 2, 2008 6:45 PM | Report abuse

Oh boy, here we go. "What a bunch of puritans, the ladies were making good money and probably enjoying themselves too." Yeah, I sure am comforted to know that the only way you can make decent money as a woman in this country is to either "invade" "men's" occupations and be sexually harassed, or become a prostitute and... be sexually harassed.
No way. women have 50 other ways to get over on a man besides sex. See http://www.badspace.com and you will see what I am talking about.

Posted by: Jimmy Woo | May 3, 2008 1:07 PM | Report abuse

Most of you don't seem to realize that Clinton is part of the same criminal organization as the Bush family.

Posted by: crile wood | May 4, 2008 9:12 AM | Report abuse

I read the article about feminism at http://www.badspace.com - it was mentioned above, women have more than 50 ways to get over on a man. True.

Posted by: Kristen Johns | May 5, 2008 10:42 PM | Report abuse

Here is a snippet that the media has been running to make it appear that Ms Palfrey was suicidal: Palfrey told ABC News last year that she would never return to prison after serving time in the 1990s for other prostitution-related charges. "I sure as heck am not going to be going to federal prison for one day, let alone, you know, four to eight years." <--------Check out where they ended the quote. Now here is the complete quote: "I'm sure as heck not going to be going to federal prison for one day, let alone, four to eight years, because I'm shy about bringing in the deputy secretary of whatever," Palfrey told ABC News correspondent Brian Ross in an interview to be broadcast Friday on "20/20." "I'll bring in every last one of them in if necessary," she said. This was from an ABC interview last April 2007.

Posted by: BananaRepublic | May 7, 2008 12:17 AM | Report abuse

Now here is the complete quote from that interview last April 2007 by ABC: "I'm sure as heck not going to be going to federal prison for one day, let alone, four to eight years, because I'm shy about bringing in the deputy secretary of whatever," Palfrey told ABC News correspondent Brian Ross in an interview to be broadcast Friday on "20/20." "I'll bring in every last one of them in if necessary," she said.

Posted by: BananaRepublic | May 7, 2008 12:20 AM | Report abuse

Dan Moldea should be investigated(that is if there is any honest law enforcement agencies or a REAL journalist left) He wrote a hasty story about Ms Palfrey which completely contradicts her statements before she died. She stated to her friends, family, and the media, that she was absolutely not going to kill herself. In fact she went on television to state that they may kill her and make it look like a suicide. He stated the opposite, that she committed suicide even BEFORE there was an investigation. He being a journalist, should have known that there was a great possibility that she very well could have died from foul play. I also find it incredible that Ms Palfrey indicated to him so distinctly, on more then one occasion, that she was going to kill herself rather then go to prison. That is absurd! It appears to me that it is more likely, that Dan Moldea had an agenda, and it needs to be looked into.

Posted by: BananaRepublic | May 7, 2008 12:54 AM | Report abuse

Regardless of your belief on the situation it is important to not overlook any detail and continue questioning every aspect of the case.

Why wern't the letters released immediately?

Why isn't her mother intrested in figuring out what made her daughter 'kill herself'

Why would she make any threats of revealing names/information if she planned to kill herself?

Why her shed, not her home?
Who could have had accsess to her shed, and not her home?

How did the media get a hold of the personal suicide nstantaneously?


Posted by: Anonymous | May 7, 2008 8:54 AM | Report abuse

The US Government psychologically tortured Deborah Jeane Palfrey to the point of suicide, (in other words to the point of murder).
From an international human rights point of view she was totally innocent.
Why did the US Government do such a thing to her? So they could steal her assets and life savings and claim everything was done legally.
Deborah worked hard for her money, she was an intelligent, successful and hard working business woman.
In her 52 years of existence she never hurt one soul, she was a sweet and beautiful person.
Every single government official involved with her case (or torture) have her blood on their hands. The US government basically murdered her just so they could steal her money.
Only a very cruel government could do such a thing.
(Deborah - I as a fellow human being love and respect you with all my heart, I know you were innocent just like Jesus was innocent of all charges brought upon him before he was crucified - God bless your soul).

Posted by: Brenda from England | May 23, 2008 5:24 AM | Report abuse

It was published somewhere that Deborah Jeane Palfrey was going to sell her client list to the hightest bidder. There could be names on that complete list that were not on the list that was made public.

One would have to be excessively naive to reject the idea of a hired murder to look like suicide at the hand of one or more of the myriad of defiled politicians we have in office these days.

Just as many politicians should be investigated as prostitutes. After all, both sell themselves for illicit dollars.

No matter how healthy a man's morals may be when he enters politics, he comes out again with a pockmarked soul.
- Mark Twain


Posted by: Hugh Janus | May 26, 2008 10:51 PM | Report abuse

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