- Conflicts of interest in DC Madam case. On Tuesday, May
15, this editor submitted a question to be asked of Attorney General Alberto
Gonzales at the National Press Club breakfast. The question, which, like
others, are screened in advance, was never asked. Part of the reason is
that as far as most of Washington's corporate-bought Fourth Estate is concerned,
the DC Madam story was put to rest by ABC's 20/20 and nothing further needs
to be reported on the story.
- The question that was to be posed to Gonzales was: "Do
you believe a Special Counsel is necessary in the DC Madam case since a
number of Justice Department officials and other federal law enforcement
officers, including those involved in prosecuting the case against the
"DC Madam," are also clients of her sexual fantasy entertainment
firm, Pamela Martin & Associates?"
- WMR has learned that on the phone list suppressed from
further release by US Judge Gladys Kessler are the names of scores of Justice
Department prosecutors, Drug Enforcement Administration and Secret Service
agents, Internal Revenue Service officers, and US Postal Inspection Service
officials, including one involved in ordering the seizure of Deborah Jeane
Palfrey's assets. These names are in addition to a number of mostly Republican
politicians, staffers, and political appointees, including Vice President
Dick Cheney while he was President and CEO of Halliburton in the 1990s.
- And why is the Fourth Estate so nervous about pursuing
the DC Madam story? It also turns out that among the clients of Pamela
Martin & Associates are a number of journalists for top Washington
news media organizations, including -- ABC News -- which spiked the story
and said there is no one "newsworthy" on the phone lists it obtained.