Vice President Cheney (the guy who shoots lawyers) leaves Washington agog today as he heads off for a weeklong trip to the Middle East, where he will visit the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan, and the USS John C. Stennis in the Gulf. As this is posted he is in the middle of an unannounced visit to Baghdad where he is getting a firsthand briefing on conditions from Gen. David Petraeus, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, and the new U.S. ambassador , Ryan Crocker. (previously Ambassador in Pakistan - that's him with Condi in the pic)
Cheney will aso meet Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, as well as with Iraq's Kurdish president Jalal Talabani's and theIraqi Sunni and Shiite vice presidents.
This is only his 2nd visit to Iraq, his first was in December 2005. His principal aim is to get the Parliamanet not to have a summer break and get the goddam oil legislation through.
The Wayne Madsen Report(WMR) states that the former CEO of a major corporation and extremely high-level official of the Bush administration - an individual, who is definitely "newsworthy," reportedly engaged the services of Madame Jeane Palfrey's escort firm while he was the CEO and maintained a residence off Chain Bridge Road in the Ballantrae neighborhood in McLean, Virginia, a few blocks from the headquarters of the CIA was Dick Cheney.
WMR claims they have confirmed with extremely knowledgeable CIA and Pentagon sources that the former CEO who is on Deborah Jeane Palfrey's list is Vice President Dick Cheney. Cheney was CEO of Halliburton during the time of his liaisons with the Pamela Martin & Associates escort firm. Palfrey's phone invoices extend back to 1996 and include calls to and from Cheney.
WMR points out that in 2000 Cheney was appointed by Bush to head his Vice President selection committee. The result of which, after gathering detailed personal files on a number of potential candidates, including Bill Frist, George Pataki, John Danforth, Fred Thompson, Chuck Hagel, John Kasich, Chris Cox, Frank Keating, Tom Ridge, Colin Powell, and Jim Gilmore. Cheney ...er ... selected himself.
WMR say White House saw to it that ABC/Disney killed the DC Madam's story before yet another scandal swamped the Bush administration.
See also Axis of Logic
The Court have appointed a high powered, ace, blue blood, high profile Defence lawyer for Jeane Palfrey - Preston Burton who does his lawyering at Orrick,s a blue riband 150 year old firm with approximately 980 lawyers in 18 offices worldwide. Mr. Burton represented Monica S. Lewinsky in the investigation of President William J. Clinton by the Office of Independent Counsel and in the impeachment proceedings before the U.S. Senate - and therefore can be expected to understand what sexual intercourse is (and what is not).
Preston Burton had the task of escorting the star witness around town, shuttling between her apartment, the courthouse and Starr's office.
"I served as an unofficial bodyguard," said Burton, a 41-year-old defense attorney and former federal prosecutor. "I got shoved a lot and shoved back. I don't think I'll ever experience anything quite like it again, in terms of being in the center of something like that. . . . Throngs of people pushing and shoving to get a glimpse of her." WAPO 27.7.04
He also represented former CIA intelligence agent Aldrich H. Ames, former FBI Special Agent Robert Hanssen, and former Defense Intelligence Agency analyst Ana Belen Montes in their high-profile espionage prosecutions. But it was the Lewisnky case that must have brought a flush to his youthful cheek....
For all the marathon workdays and stresses of being hunted by the media, Burton enjoyed the "Summer of Monica." ***
"I didn't appreciate being part of something historic. I didn't view it in that way at the time," Burton said. "It was more like we were just working our tails off, going through interminable debriefing sessions with Starr's people and watching people argue about this on TV."
To avoid the media, Burton and Lewinsky occasionally employed evasive tactics. Instead of pulling into the parking area for her Watergate residence, they entered the hotel, took the elevators to the garage, then switched to another bank of elevators up to reach the condominiums.
"We were working on the biggest case in the city, if not the country, and we got a fabulous result for the client," said Burton, who helped arrange Lewinsky's testimony in exchange for immunity from prosecution. "It was some of the most fun I have had or will have practicing law. It was an exhilarating experience."The government pays a modest fee of $92 per hour, with a maximum of several thousand dollars for the whole trial for such court appointed lawyers. A court might decide that a noteworthy defendant like Palfrey could take a view that a fair trial would require in the circumstances, a high-powered attorney on her team. In "exceptional circumstances," the judge can select a lawyer who doesn't appear on the panel rolls. Which is what he did. Lucky Jeane.
By strange coincidence Mike Rochford, former chief of the Espionage Section of the Counterintelligence Division of FBI, who handled the Aldrich Ames and Robert Hanssen cases and had never before spoken publicly before about it was at a seminar in UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism called "The CIA: In Fact and Fiction" this last weekend.
Lord Patel is setting up a UK Defence Fund for Jeane Palfrey and calls on fellow ex-clients of herPamela Martin & Associates escort firm's services to contact the office to make a small contribution. Discretion is assured.
Poet Roger McGough published a book of a single poem called "Summer with Monika" in 1965 (?) which had nothing to do with Monic L.
The first 2 lines were
I spent summer with MonikaAnother of the Lord Patel collection lost. stolen or lent and never returned.
Monika spent the summer with me
UPDATE 10/5/07 2300hrs BST - Nice to see Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP of Atlanta Georgia, calling by twice to read the above.
They will have to call by a thrid time to catch this update from...Wayne Madsen Report
May 10, 2007 -- WMR has received a third well-placed confirmation that Vice President Dick Cheney, while CEO of Halliburton, was a client of the escort service of DC Madam, Deborah Jeane Palfrey. In addition, one of Cheney's closest military advisers and friends was also a client of the DC Madam's Pamela Martin & Associates escort service. Cheney used the escort service while he was a part time resident of the posh Ballantrae section of McLean, Virginia.
See Lord Patel's report (10/5/07) on the housing of senior Bush Administration officials / military and Bush family friends in Mclean, Fairfax County here.