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Originally posted by MorningStar8741
The judicial system does not work in secret laws that magically get left out of court documents.
Outrageous as it may be to Americans who believe in openness and fair play, this sort of thing has been done regularly by the Clinton team. What is new is that APEC appears to have involved leaking of national-intelligence information for political fundraising. Many embassies of the targeted nations asked if Insight knew who was compromised by the child-sex ring. No senior political leader was involved -- it was "secondary" people, such as assistants to those responsible for cutting trade deals, intelligence sources say. It still is unclear who provided the boys to the dignitaries, but Insight has learned that the alleged sexual activities occurred in rooms at the West Coast Vance Hotel in Seattle.
When Pete Shimondale, the general manager of the hotel, was asked by Insight about the sexual allegations, he responded, "Oh God. I didn't start here until 1994." He said authorities have not been out to question him or review records of hotel guests but declined to comment further.
The boys are believed to have been 15 to 17 years old. As shocking as this may be, some say it's routine. A former Bush economic adviser observes, "The sex? That's done all the time. If a foreign diplomat wants a companion, the State Department provides it. It doesn't matter if it's a man or woman. They have a special fund set up for that." Another former NSC official who requested anonymity says other countries also do it. "I was offered every sexual favor you can imagine. I turned it down all the time. After a while they left me alone and stopped offering me."
Government agencies alleged to be involved in this spying responded to Insight with carefully crafted half-denials and artfully dodged a series of questions with noncommittal answers. Confronted with questions about whether Navel Intelligence purchased or used electronic equipment from private consultants and suppliers for the operation, the first response by Navy spokesman Lt. Joe Walker was, "I don't know." But later Walker insisted, "The Navy was in no way involved in the bugging of hotels or restaurants. We did not purchase equipment."
The FBI, which first declined to comment, insisted after the story broke that "we used no physical surveillance at hotels or restaurants" and "we used no microphones" but repeatedly refused to say whether wire tapping or wireless surveillance took place. And the FBI says information regarding its agents taking kickbacks has been forwarded to the Bureau's national security office for investigation. Pressed to answer whether the FBI is denying that the operation happened, an informed agent replied, "Listen, I don't want to go to jail."
Told about the half-denials and vague responses, Insight's intelligence sources say that was to be expected. "But the bottom line," says a high official in the alleged operation, is this: "The FBI is lying. The FBI was there. Period. They used microphones."
Originally posted by MorningStar8741
reply to post by Phatcat
I agree with all of that, I really do. I just wish I knew why when I show it to people or tell people about it, they can even pretend to be shocked for a moment before letting it slip away. Surely the media has nothing to do with private conversations, so how did everyone get so brainwashed as to worry about Britney Spears mom's new book, and just let this slide away?
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