Monday, March 10, 2008

Spitzer's Fall a Narrative on Modern Femininity

It's a shame the Governor of New York failed to find a woman he could trust with his secrets. Alas, they must remain the purvey of prostitutes. A true sexual encounter would have been used as leverage against him.


Blogger John Liberty said...

The federal investigation of a New York prostitution ring was triggered by Gov. Eliot Spitzer's suspicious money transfers, initially leading agents to believe Spitzer was hiding bribes, according to federal officials.

It was only months later that the IRS and the FBI determined that Spitzer wasn't hiding bribes but payments to a company called QAT, what prosecutors say is a prostitution operation operating under the name of the Emperors Club. …

The suspicious financial activity was initially reported by a bank to the IRS which, under direction from the Justice Department, brought in the FBI's Public Corruption Squad.

"We had no interest at all in the prostitution ring until the thing with Spitzer led us to learn about it," said one Justice Department official.

9:25 PM  
Blogger John Liberty said...

All kinds of questions arise here:

1. Why would the bank tell the IRS and not Spitzer himself if there was a suspicious transfer? Spitzer is a longtime client, a rich guy and the governor. We're talking thousands of dollars here, not millions. It doesn't make a whole lot of sense that they spotted a "suspicious transfer" made by the governor, and that this is how things began. It's possible it was just ordinary paperwork the bank had to file with the government whenever some particular flag was raised, but if that's the case, why did the DoJ go to DefCon 3?

2. What is a USA doing prosecuting a prostitution case? This isn't normally what the feds spend their time with.

3. Mike Garcia is a Chertoff crony. Sources familiar with the investigation say that he sent a prosecution memo to DC two months ago asking for authority to indict a public figure (Spitzer). Which means they had their case made long before the wire tap of February 13. Why did they then include this line from that conversation in the complaint?

LEWIS continued that from what she had been told "he" (believed to be a reference to Client-9) "would ask you to do things that, like, you might not think were safe -- you know -- I mean that...very basic things...."Kristen" responded: "I have a way of dealing with that...I'd be like listen dude, you really want the sex?...You know what I mean."

This salacious detail does not seem like it's necessary to make their case, and appears to be added for no other purpose than to destroy Spitzer's career.

4. How did Spitzer's name get leaked to the media, and who did it? Didn't happen to Dave Vitter.

5. Why did Mike Bloomberg suddenly start talking about running for governor recently? And why did he give $500,000 to Joe Bruno? He's good buddies with Mike Mukasey. What did he know and how did he know it?

6. The Mann Act? Are you kidding?

7. Spitzer's been in the line of fire of the GOP hit squad for a while. Roger Stone, Roger Stone, Roger
Sent at 10:19 PM on Monday

9:25 PM  
Blogger dchan said...

8. He's not that bad looking! Couldn't he find someone to fuck him for free? I mean, come on people!

11:23 AM  
Blogger The Sheriff said...

8 does lead you to wonder...

With regard to Johnny Appleseed's question (2), I think that perhaps a bit more attention should be given to busting up prostitution rings. Granted, the "emperor's Club" seemed a bit small and a bit more like good-ole American "at will" employment looking at the kind of money these women were siphoning of our leisure class, but trafficking in women is a horrid and pervasive industry. Most of these prostitution rings amount to little more than a slave trade. I don't think that Federal investigation and prostitution is going to solve these problems, but as long as we've got a bloated investigative bureaucracy, it's a whole lot better of a cause than fighting nonsense wars on terrorism, drugs, or the impoverished.

12:28 AM  
Blogger dchan said...

here, here. anyways, as usual, i have enormous sympathy for the underdog. sptizer was the first good governor in a while (come on, wasn't everyone waiting to recover from the petaki years?) and the whole thing smacks of a GOP hit job. personally, id like to see the intnl press focused on issues that matter, not shit like this. this is his personal life, and if it is fucked up, so be it. im not going to pretend that whoever leaked this case was really looking out for women. far from it.

11:20 PM  

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