|Obama, Gay, Blackmail, Blagojevich, Fitzgerald top go to WMR report below|
|WMR Police say no foul play in car fire death of wife of White House aide January 11, 2011|
|Ashley Turton, the wife
of White House liaison to the House of Representatives Dan Turton, was
burned to death in her car on the morning of January 10. Although
Washington Metropolitan police ruled the death as an "accident," WMR has
learned that the FBI has alerted potential witnesses in
politically-connected criminal investigations elsewhere in the country
to use remotely-controlled "key fob" automobile starters to protect
themselves from bombs triggered by car ignitions.
Ashley Turton, nee Westbrook, 37, and mother of three, including
twins, was a lobbyist for Progress Energy of Raleigh, North Carolina.
Just hours after Westbrook Turton died in the fiery incident in her
garage, Duke Power announced that it was buying Progress Energy for $26
billion, creating the nation's largest utility. Previously, she worked
as the chief of staff for Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), who is
married to influential lobbyist and Democratic pollster Stan Greenberg.
Greenberg counts BP among his major clients.
Mrs. Turton graduated from North Carolina State University and transferred to DeLauro's staff as her press secretary in 2000 after having served as the public information officer for then-North Carolina Attorney General Mike Easley. Turton previously served as legislative assistant to Democratic Governor Jim Hunt. In 2004, Turton was a spokesperson for the Kerry-Edwards presidential campaign.
During her time with DeLauro, Turton went from press secretary, then to leadership aide and floor assistant, senior policy adviser and finally, chief of staff, in 2005.
The DC Fire Department concluded that Mrs. Turton's SUV came into contact with flammable chemical materials in a low-speed crash, resulting in the fire. Police are also spinning the notion that Mrs. Turton suffered from some "unknown" medical condition. However, the FBI's warning to witnesses about ignition bombs calls into question the DC Fire Department's assessment and the quick ruling out of foul play by DC Metropolitan Police. Mrs. Turton's car was discovered by firemen at around 5 am engulfed in flames while inside the garage of Turton's townhouse on the 800 block of A Street in the Eastern Market section of Capitol Hill.
Dan Turton previously worked for Democratic House Majority leader Richard Gephardt and he was also a lobbyist for Timmons & Company. On September 15, 2008, WMR reported on Timmons: "In a case of "premature election-action," the McCain campaign named Washington uber-lobbyist William E. Timmons, Sr. as the head of his presidential transition team . . .Timmons, along with his son, have built up Timmons & Company as a deep-pocketed lobbying firm in a city full of lobbying firms . . . Timmons is tied to all the bêtes noires of the Republican Party over the last generation and a half: Watergate, Tongsun Park and Koreagate, and the Ford administration and its two top advisers, Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld. Timmons was Richard Nixon's congressional liaison who tried to derail the impeachment of Nixon for the Watergate scandal. Timmons was also very close to Nixon and Ford Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. In 1980, a number of Ronald Reagan campaign aides were livid when Timmons became a top campaign aide to Reagan as deputy campaign manager for operations and convention manager. Timmons, who became a top oil industry lobbyist having counted the American Petroleum Institute among his top clients, was politically close to George H. W. Bush, who later became Reagan's running mate. The following is what muckraking journalist Jack Anderson wrote on July 14, 1980, about Timmons' coming on board the Reagan campaign: 'But it is Timmons' work as a lobbyist that may prove to be a political liability to the Reagan campaign. While his penchant for rich and powerful clients would not disturb conservative Republicans, his devotion to their causes might not sit well with the moderates and Democrats Reagan needs to win over this fall.'" .... As with the suspicious murder of former Air Force Secretary assistant John P. Wheeler III in Joe Biden's hometown of Wilmington, Delaware, the Ashley Westbrook Turton death in the Eastern Market neighborhood of Capitol Hill, is fast becoming a "cold case." Both deaths barely receive notice on the national news broadcasts. In Wheeler's case, an ex-Philly cop named William Fleisher is now getting ink for his theory that Wheeler suffered a brain injury and crawled into a dumpster where he died, later being found in a trash dump. Now, the DC media is being offered up police theories that Mrs. Turton suffered from some "unknown" medical condition that contributed to the fiery explosion that engulfed her vehicle with flames shooting up to the top of her house. The question remains, if Mrs. Turton's medical condition is unknown, how does the Washington Metro Police know about it? see full story at WMR
Citizenwells.blog Secret Tapes Helped Build
Graft Cases In Illinois, Washington Post, December
22, 2008, Pamela Meyer Davis, IL Health Planning
Facilities Board, Stuart Levine, Blagojevich, Rezko,
Barack Obama IL senate, Board rigged, 9 members,
Obama corruption CHICAGO — Washington
Post article excerpts: The wide-ranging
public corruption probe that led to the arrest of
Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich got its first big
break when a grandmother of six walked into a
breakfast meeting with shakedown artists wearing an
FBI wire. Pamela Meyer Davis had been trying to win
approval from a state health planning board for an
expansion of Edward Hospital, the facility she runs
in a Chicago suburb, but she realized that the only
way to prevail was to retain a politically connected
construction company and a specific investment
house. Instead of succumbing to those demands, she
went to the FBI and U.S. Attorney Patrick J.
Fitzgerald in late 2003 and agreed to secretly
record conversations about the project..... more
search terms: Joseph Cari Jr., DNC committee member,
wiretaps, Operation Board Games, flip, pat-to-play,
on steroids, Rep. Jesse L. Jackson Jr., Obama
transistion team, Meyer Davis, Chicago Medical
School, student housing project, Stuart Levine, GOP
fundraiser, courted Blago, health facilities board,
teachers pension board, wiretap, discussions with
Rezko, Levine indicted in 2005, extortion,
kickbacks, cooperation, plea bargain, star witness
agains Rezko, Better Government Association,
Illinois Finance Authority, Ali Ata, Rezko had
shaken him down, large campaign contributions,
Jackson's wife for a lottery post,
community group in Chicago is raising concern
about the recent murders of two men on Chicago's
Donald Young, Choir director of the Trinity United Church of Christ and Larry Bland, murdered.
|Both men were shot and both cases remain unsolved. ... A new community group called Critical Caucus wants police and the media to focus on the recent murders of two South Side men. Donald Young, 47, and Larry Bland, 24, were shot inside their homes. Police say so far they are not linking the two murders together. ... Donald Young was the popular teacher and choir director who was shot several times at his South Side home Sunday. Larry Bland was a security guard shot to death inside his Englewood home more than a month ago. ... "We're calling on the police department to let this community know what is going on. Are we under attack? Is this a serial killer?" said Marc Loveless, Critical Caucus. ... Critical Caucus is concerned the police did not issue a community alert. ... "They would not put out a community alert unless there was some type of evidence that lead us to believe there might be a serial incident. And in this case, we are investigating these two incidents separately," said Dana Starks, interim Chicago Police Dept. superintendent. ... Bland was killed in his basement apartment. Hi s brother says he was shot after he walked into a burglary in progress. ... "He worked seven days a week. He was a good guy. He wasn't all outside bothering everybody or nothing, just work, come home like a normal guy," said Len Bland. ... He said he is concerned his brother may have also been the victim of a hate crime. Bland was openly gay. Police say they're following up on all leads and possible motives in the Bland case. ... "We look at an alternative lifestyle and the possibility of a hate crime, but that's in the context of our overall investigation," said Starks. ... Police continue to follow up on several leads in the Donald Young case as well. Young's funeral is scheduled for Saturday morning at the Trinity United Church of Christ. ... Next Monday, Critical Caucus plans on holding a stop the violence march. The group is affiliated with the Gay, African-American Coalition for Justice and Respect.|
|Federal judge tosses out lawsuit against book sellers by Larry Sinclair debunker, April 1-3, 2011 -- WMR|
|U.S. District Court Judge for the
District of Columbia Richard J. Leon on March 31 dismissed a lawsuit
brought against the sellers of Larry Sinclair's book, "Barack Obama &
Larry Sinclair: Cocaine, Sex, Lies & Murder?." The suit against
Books-A-Million, Barnes and Noble [B&N], and Amazon.com was brought by
Dan Parisi, who claimed Sinclair's book, sold by the three vendors, was
libelous against Parisi. Parisi was represented in his unsuccessful
lawsuit against the three book sellers by the Washington political
powerhouse firm Patton & Boggs.
Leon has yet to rule on the lawsuit
brought by Parisi against Larry Sinclair.
Parisi and three of his firms, Whitehouse.com Inc., Whitehouse Network LLC, and White House Communications Inc., sued Sinclair and the book sellers on five counts: libel per se/libel; false light invasion/misappropriation of privacy; business disparagement; tortuous interference with economic advantage; and civil conspiracy.
The court provided the following background to the case in its decision to dismiss the lawsuit against the book sellers: "In January 2008, Larry Sinclair, also a defendant in this case, made public certain allegations regarding the use of drugs with and sexual activity between himself and then-presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama. Parisi, the owner and operator of the website Whitehouse.com, challenged Sinclair to take a polygraph regarding his allegations. Sinclair ultimately accepted this challenge and polygraph examinations were administered by Edward Gelb in February 2008. In June 2009, Sinclair wrote and published a book about his allegations and subsequent interactions with Parisi and Gelb entitled "Barack Obama & Larry Sinclair: Cocaine, Sex, Lies & Murder?" ("the Sinclair book"). Jeffrey Rense, also a defendant in this case, wrote the forward to the book. Plaintiffs contend that the Sinclair book, as well as the forward, contain defamatory statements regarding Parisi and the website, and further, that these statements caused the website Whitehouse. com to shut down in 2008.Indeed, Parisi had hoped to sell that site to a mainstream political/news entity during the 2008 presidential election year, but now alleges that he was unable to do so in light of Sinclair's defamation. Thus, he and his fellow plaintiffs claim damages of $30,000,000."
Although Judge Leon has yet to rule in the suit against Sinclair, the following in his decision to dismiss the lawsuit against the book vendors may provide a clue as to the court's leanings: ". . . plaintiffs' claims that because Sinclair, his publisher, and the author of the forward to his book, Rense, were not "reputable" does nothing to advance their claim that B&N entertained serious doubts as to the veracity of Sinclair's book. Not only was B&N under no legal obligation to make itself aware of those parties' reputations, but furthermore, as discussed above, actual malice is a subjective standard that must be shown in the mind of the defendant."
Sinclair has been subjected, since his revelations about his past gay sexual trysts with then-Illinois state Senator Obama, to a concerted campaign of media attacks; false arrest at the National Press Club in Washington in 2008 by District of Columbia police acting on the behest of Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, the son of Vice President Joe Biden; and surveillance by the US Secret Service.
WMR has learned from a source who attended Harvard along with Obama and who is familiar with the Obama family and their top aides that Michelle Obama, the First Lady, is the major nexus for ensuring that anyone with knowledge of Obama's past and current personal activities is dealt with and dealt with severely. "Michelle will treat those with knowledge that may threaten her husband like any Chicago gangster would," conveyed the source.
In addition, WMR has learned from longtime African-American activists that Obama was, in fact, placed in south Chicago in the mid-1980s to spy for the CIA and FBI on the Nation of Islam, the Black Panther Party, and the El Rukn gang. All three groups were suspected by the CIA and FBI of maintaining close ties to Libya's Muammar Qaddafi, who was, at the time, the Reagan administration's "public enemy number one." "It is why Obama channels Ronald Reagan these days," said one black activist, " and why he [Obama] finds it important to attack and remove Qaddafi from power." "Obama did no 'community organizing' in Chicago," said one African-American community leader from Chicago. The leader also said that Obama challenged U.S. Representative Bobby Rush (D-IL), a former member of the Black Panther Party and member of the Chicago City Council when Obama arrived in the city in 1985, for his House seat in 2002 in order to remove from Congress someone who "has the past good" on Obama and his phony resumé. Obama's loss to Rush in 2002 represents Obama's only political defeat.
Many Chicago African-Americans and Muslims said that while Obama was keen to receive their endorsements and funding in his political campaigns, his actions as President, continuing and, in some cases, starting wars against four Muslim nations: Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Libya (also an African nation), represents a betrayal.
WMR has also received confirmation about Joe Biden's sexual orientation that we first heard about in 2006 from a White House source from Wilmington, Delaware. A former congressional staffer, who also has close ties to Howard University in Washington and top Obama administration officials, revealed that a major reason why Obama selected Biden as his vice presidential running mate was to neutralize any chance that Obama's own past homosexuality might become a political wedge that could be used by the vice president against the president while in office. The former congressional staffer revealed that Biden, for many years, has carried out homosexual trysts with African-American faculty and students at Howard and that this was known to Obama when he selected Biden as his running mate.
It was Biden who pressured his son, Delaware's Attorney General, to have Sinclair arrested after his June 2008 press conference in Washington at which Sinclair revealed his own past gay sexual encounters with Obama. Biden, who was on the extreme short list for Vice President, ensured that the claims about Obama's past were buried and Sinclair immediately discredited in order that Biden's road to the number two spot was ensured. Establishing himself as a "team player," Biden's selection by Obama was a cinch, said our source.
|Levine tells of drug-fueled parties -- some at Lincolnwood landmark back|
REZKO TRIAL | Levine tells of drug-fueled parties --
some at Lincolnwood landmark
April 1, 2008 BY NATASHA KORECKI AND CHRIS FUSCO
Staff Reporters Daylong, drug-fueled parties at the
Purple Hotel in Lincolnwood and sometimes in
Springfield. Snorting crystal meth and "Special K."
Stuart Levine, the star witness at businessman and
political fund-raiser Tony Rezko's corruption trial,
told jurors Monday the drugs would make him
"euphoric" and lower his inhibitions as he partied
all night with five other men.
"I would stay out all night," said Levine, testifying that he hid his behavior "in order to deceive my family."
» Click to enlarge image
Stuart Levine (inset) testified that he took part in daylong, drug-fueled parties at the Purple Hotel (shown in 2006) in Lincolnwood. (Sun-Times Library/AP) RELATED STORIES Blog: Eye on Rezko More on the Tony Rezko trial REZKO TRIAL HIGHLIGHTS Star witness Stuart Levine admitted to frequent drug parties and described a meeting at which he said he and Tony Rezko agreed on a split of illicit kickbacks. Today: Levine is expected to talk about a shakedown scheme involving powerful political insiders.
It was the second time Levine's drug use came up in his testimony. But Monday he gave jurors a more extensive look at drug abuse he said cost him $1 million over four years and offered a peek into what Rezko's lawyers have labeled Levine's "secret life." They've said they plan to use Levine's drug use to attack his credibility.
Levine said at times he'd take leftover drugs from parties to his offices at the Hancock Building and in his Deerfield office and snort "a couple of lines."
"I'd prepare them in lines a ½-inch long and very, very narrow," Levine testified, adding that he paid for all the drugs at the parties, spending about $1,000 each time.
He said he took the drugs at his Highland Park home only "on very rare occasions." Why? "I didn't wish to be caught," he said. "We had a housekeeper, children and my wife all coming in and out of the house."
His admissions about drug use came on the same day Levine described an April 2004 meeting with Rezko in which he said the two men divvied up millions of dollars in kickbacks for state business. Levine testified he reserved a private room on the fourth floor of the exclusive Standard Club downtown. Levine said he asked the waiter not to interrupt and drew up in his notes how he'd split a series of fees paid by firms seeking to do state business.
Levine had many of the firms lined up to get hundreds of millions of dollars' worth of investments from state boards, including one on which Levine sat. Levine said he wanted to cut Rezko in on finder's fees from these firms because "I wanted to further ingratiate myself."
The 62-year-old Highland Park businessman has pleaded guilty to corruption and fraud involving state boards. Rezko, 52, of Wilmette, is accused of scheming with Levine to split kickbacks tied to those boards.
By the end of the meeting at the Standard Club, Rezko agreed to $3.9 million as his cut in a series of illicit kickbacks, Levine testified. Prosecutors showed a receipt from that night and played tapes showing Levine made arrangements to meet with Rezko.
"I told Mr. Rezko that there was an opportunity for a lot of money to be made," Levine said. "I wanted Mr. Rezko to understand the magnitude of what could be done with these companies."
Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher Niewoehner asked how Rezko reacted.
"He asked me what needed to be done in order to accomplish them," Levine said.
"Did Mr. Rezko ask you if it would be legal for him to receive those fees?" Niewoehner asked.
"No, sir," said Levine.
More highlights from Levine’s testimony Monday Star witness Stuart Levine also testified Monday that:
• He worked with political power broker William Cellini to convince Tony Rezko and Christopher Kelly, another adviser to and fund-raiser for Gov. Blagojevich, that three major state pension funds shouldn’t be consolidated into one, as Blagojevich budget chief John Filan had proposed. At first, Blagojevich seemed to back Filan, Levine said Cellini told him. But ultimately the pension boards weren’t consolidated.
In exchange for their killing the consolidation plan, Levine said he agreed to work with Rezko and Kelly to help direct state business for investment firms that the two of them would choose.
“What is your understanding of why Mr. Rezko and Mr. Kelly would recommend investment firms?” Assistant U.S. Attorney Chris Niewoehner asked Levine.
“In order to reward campaign contributors” to Blagojevich, Levine replied.
• He held sway over state Teachers’ Retirement System board decisions because he controlled the agency’s executive director, Jon Bauman. Levine, who headed the TRS board’s personnel committee, said he let Bauman write his own job-performance reviews, which enabled Bauman to get bigger raises and other perks.
But Levine said he grew frustrated with Bauman in 2004, when Bauman didn’t act quickly on investment moves Levine was pushing.
“Jon has a couple of personality traits that are problematic: arrogance and stupidity,” Levine said in a secretly recorded call in April 2004.
In an interview Monday, Howard Feldman, an attorney for Bauman, defended his client, who remains TRS’ executive director.
“The board met and considered the evaluation of Mr. Bauman’s performance,” Feldman said. “They renewed his contract. And, in fact, not a single dollar was lost or an inappropriate investment made.”
• When he relayed to Rezko concerns he had about a new ethics ordinance that Blagojevich had pushed through the General Assembly in 2003, “Mr. Rezko told me nobody of any consequence was going to pay attention to the ethics ordinance. It was there just for show.”
Blagojevich, who isn’t facing any criminal charges, has said he “is not following” the Rezko trial, and “it would be inappropriate for me to comment on a trial I'm not a party in.”
|Obama accuser Larry Sinclair monitored by uniformed security at informal National Press Club discussion group Aug 4, 2010 source:WayneMadsenReport|
|August 6-8, 2010 -- Obama accuser Larry Sinclair
monitored by uniformed security at informal
National Press Club
On August 4, author and former Florida
congressional candidate Larry Sinclair was invited
to discuss his allegations against President Barack
Obama before a discussion group of members of the
National Press Club in Washington, DC. Sinclair, who
wrote a book titled, "Barack Obama & Larry Sinclair:
Cocaine, Sex, Lies & Murder," is being sued for $30
million, along with his book distributor, and book
sellers Books-a-Million, Barnes & Noble, and
Amazon.com by one-time proprietor of the website
Whitehouse.com, Dan Parisi who claims allegations in
Sinclair's book are defamatory. |
Sinclair believes the suit, using the services of the $600/hour law firm of Patton & Boggs, is being orchestrated with the backing of the Obama White House.
At an informal journalistic study group panel at the National Press Club held on August 4, a uniformed security guard was present during the three-hour dinner meeting with Sinclair. The action was, according to some long-serving members of the organization, unprecedented. At the conclusion of the meeting, the security guard and press club staff insisted Sinclair had to be escorted by security from the premises of the press club. Furthermore, an attempt by this editor to take a photograph of Sinclair in the public lobby for WMR was denied based on the orders of the National Press Club president, Alan Bjerga of Bloomberg News, and Bill McCarren, the general manager.
In early 2008, Sinclair appeared in a Youtube video describing two 1999 sexual encounters with then-Illinois state senator Barack Obama. On June 18, 2008, Sinclair reiterated his allegations at a National Press Club news conference. After the press conference, one in which Sinclair was ill-served by amateurish public relations advisers, he was arrested by Washington Metropolitan Police on a warrant issued by the office of Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, the son of then-senator Joseph Biden. Biden, at the time, was on Obama's short list of vice presidential running mates. Obama announced that Biden was his running mate on August 23, 2008. Just a few weeks before Sinclair's news conference at the press club, Obama had clinched enough delegates to wrest the Democratic nomination from his chief rival, Senator Hillary Clinton of New York.
After his imprisonment in Washington and transfer to Delaware, the Delaware Attorney General's office decided to decline prosecution of Sinclair over past money order forgery charges in Wilmington due to lack of evidence. Sinclair has alleged the National Press Club was fully aware of Washington police plans to arrest him after his news conference but not before they secured $8000 for the rental of the press club venue.
Contrary to information available at the time of his arrest, Sinclair had already spoken to reporters for the Chicago Tribune and New York Post on the allegations of past gay sex and drug use on the part of Obama, however, both papers declined to follow up on the story. WMR has learned that Obama's chief political adviser, David Axelrod, who once worked for the Chicago Tribune, personally interceded with his old paper to back off the allegations by Sinclair and others and ensured the story was killed.
Sinclair also revealed that he had a number of discussions with representatives of the Clinton campaign beginning in January 2008 and continuing up to the time of his press conference in Washington. WMR has also learned that Axelrod allegedly told members of the Clinton campaign during the height of the Democratic primary battle, "We know Sinclair and we will destroy him and hang him on Hillary Clinton."
WMR, at the time of Sinclair's news conference, felt there was not any substantial evidence to consider the veracity of Sinclair's claims. However, as a result of the trial of ex-Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich and the pogrom launched by the Obama White House against senior current and former members of the Congressional Black Caucus, WMR has been informed by reputable sources that there is merit to Sinclair's allegations and some of his allegations were verified during a recent WMR investigation conducted in Chicago.
WMR has asked the president of the National Press Club a series of on-the-record questions about why a uniformed security guard was present at the dinner session with Sinclair and whether the National Press Club had any communications, oral, written, or electronic, with White House staff, including Axelrod, chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, press secretary Robert Gibbs, or Patton & Boggs, prior and subsequent to Sinclair's meeting with the journalists on August 4.
In answer to the questions about contact between the National Press Club on one hand and either the White House or Patton & Boggs on the other, Bjerga, in an email to WMR, stated there was no contact. As far as the security guard present during the dinner session, Bjerga responded, "We have hired security guards in the past in an abundance of caution when the National Press Club has reason to believe a disturbance may be possible because of an individual's presence in the facility. Given that Mr. Sinclair was arrested the last time he was at the National Press Club, it was not unreasonable to request monitoring in this situation. Should a similar situation present itself in the future, the same practice would be followed."
Larry Sinclair under the National Press Club logo and sign outside the club after being escorted by a security guard from the premises. Press club responds that they were expecting a "disturbance" -- but from where? The White House is two blocks away from the above location.
When Sinclair was arrested at the Press Club in June 2008, it was not as the result of a disturbance during his news conference but was pursuant to a "flight from justice" warrant issued by the US District Attorney for the District of Columbia based on a request from Delaware Attorney General Biden, whose father was already on Obama's short list for the vice presidential nomination. The Delaware charges were later dropped due to lack of evidence. There was no reason to believe that a "disturbance," as described by Bjerga, was imminent on August 4 on the part of any of the dinner attendees, including the speaker. However, it was clear that the constant surveillance of the dinner attendees by club staff was an attempt at intimidation.
.... more search terms: Gibbs, Alexi Giannoulias, Spain, press corps loss of access, Donald Young phone records, Sinclair / Young conversations, Trinity United Church of Christ, drug use, oral sex. see full story at WayneMadsenReport