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  • Robert Sterling
    Please send as far and wide as possible. Thanks, Robert Sterling Editor, The Konformist http://www.konformist.com Going to Babylon by Cadillac: Was U.S. Atty
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 14, 2007
      Please send as far and wide as possible.

      Robert Sterling
      Editor, The Konformist

      Going to Babylon by Cadillac: Was U.S. Atty fired for knowing too
      Was San Diego US Attorney fired for knowing too much?
      March 8 2007
      by Daniel Hopsicker

      The Randy Cunningham "Hookergate" Scandal is not the first
      prostitution scandal involving close relatives of indicted defense
      contractor Brent Wilkes, The MadCowMorningNews has learned.

      Brent Wilkes brother, Gregory Wilkes, managed the finances of The
      Wilkes Foundation, which was suspended by the State of California
      after failing to file financial statements for three years in a row.

      (NOTE: The Wilkes Foundation link above, to the Wayback machine
      archived page on Gregory Wilkes, was removed less than 24 hours
      after this story was published. If only they worked this fast taking
      care of soldiers with traumatic brain injuries. DH)

      When Greg Wilkes wasn't busy failing to file required documents with
      the state on his brother's charitable foundation, he was the
      Controller for an unfortunate "Bush Pioneer" named R.D. Hubbard,
      busted flying almost a dozen hookers by private jet in June of 2001
      to a casino he owned to service men government documents have only
      identified as "48 wealthy guests."

      Back in the '80's Hubbard was involved in a number of Michael Milken-
      financed "greenmail" takeover attempts, partnered with Midland,
      Texas oilmen Wagner and Brown Ltd.

      Strangely, in 2001 Wagner and Brown became the last known registered
      owner of the Lear jet which belonged to terror flight school owner
      Wally Hilliard until it was seized by DEA agents in Orlando who
      found 43 lbs. of heroin onboard.

      Small world.

      The woman who knew too much?
      It is the latest in an odd series of links between the Cunningham
      Scandal and international drug trafficking.

      Nonetheless this seemingly incidental detail may provide the context
      from which a better explanation might emerge for why Carol Lam, the
      U.S. attorney in San Diego who successfully prosecuted former
      Republican Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham, was just fired.

      The nonsensical reason cited this week by a Bush Administration
      official was that "her prosecution rate for border violations was

      Any suggestion that "border violations" have become a priority of
      the Bush Administration has slightly less credibility than a press
      release from the Raelian Society announcing the imminent return of
      the "space brothers" from an extended tour of Sirius.

      Since a close reading of the Cunningham Scandal's dramatis personae
      reveals that its cast includes gambling czars, race-track boys,
      hookers, and more nephews than a years' worth of reruns on The
      Soprano's, the discovery that hooker scandals run in Brent Wilkes
      family comes as no great surprise.

      One plausible explanation why San Diego US Atty. Carol Lam was fired
      might be that, in a rapidly spreading scandal which could quickly
      grow too large to contain, she already knows too much.

      Especially since the "Hookergate" Scandal already boast that staple
      of major political scandals in America, the "statement later
      rendered inoperative."

      CIA spokesmodel Tells Really Big Fib

      In this case it came from the CIA itself last May, when a
      spokesperson lied in a Wall Street Journal report headlined: "Foggo
      Partied, But Hooker Charges "False, Irresponsible,' CIA Says"

      "The CIA confirmed...what we knew already from multiple eyewitness
      accounts: Kyle "Dusty" Foggo, the CIA's #3 official, attended
      Wilkes' poker parties at hotel suites around Washington, D.C. where
      prostitutes allegedly entertained.

      "But that's it, the agency says. He never saw any hookers -- at
      least not while they were playing cards.

      "'If he attended occasional card games with friends over the years,
      Mr. Foggo insists they were that and nothing more,' CIA spokeswoman
      Jennifer Millerwise-Dyck told the WSJ."

      "Mr. Foggo says he never witnessed any prostitutes at the games,"
      she said, and any allegation to the contrary would be 'false
      outrageous and irresponsible.'"

      What struck us about this statement is not its mendacity. That's
      what spooks do. They lie.

      No, we were struck by, well, Ms. Millerwise-Dyck herself, whose bio,
      as recounted in a story in Daily Kos revealed that while she'd
      previously been Dick Cheney's spokesperson, and Porter Goss' press
      secretary, she was known as Jennifer Millerwise.

      Apparently she only became a "Dyck" after going to work at the CIA.

      No names, just "48 wealthy guests"
      While Brent Wilkes motivation for hooking Cunningham and his cronies
      up with ladies of the night was knocking down defense contracts,
      whatever R.D. Hubbard was using prostitutes to troll for is a
      On his Belterra gambling boat on the Ohio River, Hubbard used what
      government documents called "eight to 12 prostitutes brought in from
      California and Louisville" to entertain his "48 wealthy guests.

      Hubbard not only employed Brent Wilke's brother; he was also a major
      contributor to The Wilkes Foundation as well as its Tribute to
      Heroes gala.

      Of course, the Wilkes Foundation is not the only Republican-
      run "charity" raising eyebrows. The Sure Foundation, started by
      defense contractor Mitchell Wade, a former employee of Brent Wilkes,
      listed its address as Wade's defense contracting firm, MZM Inc.

      And who can forget Jack Abramoff's Capital Foundation, with gifts to
      children they never received? Or his American International Centre,
      grandly promoted as "bringing great minds together from all over the
      globe" under the "high-power directorship" of David Grosh, an
      Abramoff crony who turned out to be an under-powered lifeguard.

      Everybody's gotta launder somewhere
      Despite the fact that the Wilkes Foundation hadn't filed a
      financial statement since November of 2002, the State of California
      didn't get around to suspending the charity until December of 2005.

      When we asked a spokesman in the California Secretary of State's
      Office whether a three-year grace period was the state norm
      regarding financial filings...the spokesman politely demurred,
      raising further suspicions about the philanthropic activities of
      this close-knit group of Republican movers and shakers.

      Might they have been being used for money laundering?

      Consider: Brent Wilkes was pimping in Hawaii to win defense
      contracts at roughly the same time his brother Greg can be presumed
      to have been juggling the books of Texas wheeler-dealer and
      Bush "Pioneer" Hubbard to remove the embarrassment of having a line
      item that read, "Private jet to fly hookers cross-country."

      This sort of pattern of activity is occasionally known as a
      continuing criminal enterprise.

      What's missing, at least so far, is any sense of whether Cunningham,
      Wilkes, Foggo, and Wade were conspiring to defraud the U.S.
      government of tens of millions of dollars just to satisfy their own
      selfish greed...

      If not, then their efforts would have benefited a shadowy
      organization whose presence was being hidden from public view.

      Rogue agents & a "few bad apples"

      Are there examples of this sort of "Enterprise" in America's recent

      We think most would agree that the answer is "yes." So why are "the
      boys from San Diego" being written off as "rogue agents" and "a few
      bad apples?"

      One place to look for evidence of a larger "Enterprise" is with the
      people and companies where family members like Brent Wilke's
      brother Greg were at least ostensibly employed. There we find people
      whose names have not surfaced in the Cunningham scandal.

      People like R.D. Hubbard.

      Who is R.D. Hubbard, and what does his background tell us about the
      San Diego cabal?

      Remember the '80's? Greenmail? Drexel Burnham Lambert? Michael
      Milken...junk bonds... The Predators Ball?

      R.D. Hubbard got really rich in takeovers and greenmail, usually
      with the backing of Drexel Burnham Lambert. He and his Midland Texas
      oil buddies were players in the LBO takeover game.

      Bush "Pioneers" score big

      In his greenmail quests Hubbard often partnered with prominent
      Midland Texas independent oil operators Cyril Wagner Jr. and Jack E.
      Brown of Wagner & Brown.

      Gencorp filed suit against Hubbard and Wagner and Brown, charging
      they were financing their proposed takeovers with illegal junk bonds.

      When Hubbard and his oilmen buddies took his own firm AFG private,
      he moved the profitable specialty glass-maker's base of operations
      to his native Texas. Amid protest from share-holders, lawsuits
      accused the men of masterminding a scheme "to enrich themselves at
      the expense of the stockholders."

      Hubbard's takeover forays netted him big bucks: $25 million for his
      share of the "investment" in GenCorp stock and a similar stake in
      aerospace contractor Lear Siegler.

      So when he attempted a takeover of Hollywood Park Race Track, board
      members had reason to doubt the motives behind Hubbard's commitment.

      "Just look at his record. It speaks for itself," said one. "He ran
      down the value of AFG Industries and then took it private."

      In an uncharacteristically snide aside, The Orange County Register
      described him as "R.D. Hubbard, the Orange County businessman who
      has a knack for making money on losing takeover bids."

      Where are "Wilkes' Wenches?"

      Public attention in the Cunningham Scandal remains riveted on its
      seamier side. So let's talk about the hookers... There are a few
      questions we haven't heard asked about "Wilkes' Wenches."

      Like...where the hell are they? Why haven't they talked? Why no
      National Enquirer headlines:

      "Now I Know Why They Call Him the Duke-ster!"

      The hookers in Hawaii, the "escorts" at the WatergateÂ… Have the
      party girls all disappeared down the same rabbit hole which
      swallowed Mark Foley?

      Their invisibility seems more than a little odd.

      Baby Sheik a tail feather

      In the case of "Hubbard's Ho's," both they and their johns have
      remained anonymous. This includes, according to documents released
      later by the Indiana Gaming Commission, several "special
      individuals" among the group of hand-picked high rollers.

      Who might these "special individuals" be at the R.D. Hubbard
      Invitational golf tournament?

      Hubbard's transgression only came to light after two female
      employees of the casino filed a sexual harassment lawsuit.
      Apparently Hubbard's casino in Indiana had been transformed into
      Sodom and Gomorrah...

      The prostitutes were openly groping and fondling the male guests
      during Tournament functions; they allowed the male guests to grope
      and fondle them. One removed her top during a party in Belterra's
      Celebrity Room.

      The suit said the two women employees were ordered to kiss and pat
      male gamblers. They claimed the casino's security director urged
      them to use sex to entice more gambling from the golfers.

      Their complaint said the security director told them "that he wanted
      them in the casino kissing men," and that he "told them they were to
      do 'whatever it takes' to bring more players into the casino.'"

      "Whatever it takes."

      "Interact more closely with customers"

      The casino responded that the security director "may have said
      something to the effect that he wanted (the two women) to interact
      more closely with customers."

      One of the two women stated she'd been told to attend the Keeneland
      horse sale in Lexington. While there, "She should go to popular bars
      to pick up rich Arab men to bring them to the casino."

      An AP story on August 5, 2002 headlined "Indiana Gaming Commission
      flexes its muscles" revealed that commission documents stipulated
      that about 48 high rollers from around the country were brought in
      to play the resort's new golf course and gamble at the riverboat
      casino on the Ohio River, and that eight or more "hookers" were
      flown to the Ohio River casino on a jet leased by Pinnacle.

      "The guests and the women attended parties on two nights in the
      Celebrity Room, adjacent to a concert arena, that were so raucous
      that comedian Howie Mandel had to stop his concert."

      "I did not have sex with that woman"

      Hookers may be one thing, but thwarting Howie Mandel?

      What kind of fiends are these people?

      Asked about the allegations of groping, fondling and breast-baring,
      Hubbard stated, "I never saw anything like that. I never saw
      anything that was inappropriate."

      State gaming officials found otherwise. Hubbard's Pinnacle
      Entertainment was forced to pay three million dollars in fines.

      It was the toughest sanction ever imposed by Indiana gaming
      regulators, reported the Sept 15 2002 Albuquerque Journal. It was
      a "far bigger penalty than any ever handed down in Nevada."

      Hubbard was forced to resign as chairman of the corporation and
      agree to sell his stock. Pinnacle agreed that none of its directors
      or officers would have any business relationship with Bush Pioneer
      and friend of Brent Wilkes R.D. Hubbard.

      Bribes, Booze, Booty...Busted.

      California Republican Congressman Randy "Duke" Cunningham traded
      military contracts for $2.4 million in antiques, cash, and,
      er... "booty."

      The title of two new books about the scandal both call
      him "History's most corrupt Congressman."

      While its still not clear how a decorated Navy veteran in Vietnam
      became the most corrupt congressman in U.S. history, what is
      becoming is increasingly obvious is the story is bigger than just
      another crooked congressman taking bribes from just another crooked

      Here's what we know for sure:

      America's top lawmakers, including one running for President of the
      United States, awarded their cronies tens of millions of dollars
      worth of defense contracts that did nothing to make this nation

      With a trillion dollar war going badly, Duncan Hunter and Randy
      Cunningham made sure Brent Wilkes got tens of millions of dollars to
      Xerox old maps of Panama.

      Going to Babylon by Cadillac

      Journalists have invoked the distant past in an attempt to describe
      the epic levels of debauchery, degradation and moral
      turpitude "rarely equaled since the pagan orgies of ancient Rome."

      "What you're looking at is a world where money, secrecy, sex, and
      indulgence were all in play. Where everyone is guilty of something."

      "What these revelations provide is a window into Babylon or the last
      stages of Rome," explained a source in a recent article in Vanity

      "A window into Babylon."

      And Duke Cunningham is not even an obvious choice for "Elected
      official most likely to be "Packing a Party in his Pants."

      Despite the fact that we have cameras that can read the make of a
      golf ball from outer space, and lasers that can light up the moon,
      as a society we seem to be headed the other way...

      "Boats beating against the current, back into the past.'
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