Watch out for #pizzagate
Qanon dropping clues this weekend that Avicii was killed by globalist technocrats that did not want this music video released.
Watch out for #pizzagate
Qanon dropping clues this weekend that Avicii was killed by globalist technocrats that did not want this music video released.
Keith Raniere, the co-founder and leader of a secretive self-help cult called NXIVM who was run out of Arkansas when Bill Clinton was governor has been arrested by the FBI in Mexico and charged with sex trafficking.
A purported pyramid-scheme operator who was run out of Arkansas when Bill Clinton was governor has reinvented himself as the head of an upstate group accused of being a “cult” – and his devotees have pumped thousands into Hillary Rodham Clinton‘s presidential run.
Creepy Uncle Joe is getting ready to run!
Politico just creeped out Washington with the exclusive report:
Joe Biden knows that winning in 2020 would require a shoot-the-moon set of circumstances and luck. So his team is on the hunt for a moon shot.
Between stops on his book tour and in the ramp-up for what will be a heavy midterms campaign schedule, a tight circle of aides has been brainstorming a range of tear-up-the-playbook ideas for a White House run, according to people who’ve been part of the discussions or told about them.
‘It is clear this has been going on for many years and a significant number of girls have been affected,’ says Lucy Allan
It comes after Lucy Allan, the Conservative MP for Telford, said she had been “inundated” with reports from people saying “this has happened to me”.
An investigation by the Sunday Mirror estimated up to 1,000 girls could have been sexually abused over the last 40 years.
Since the 1980s, children as young as 11 are reported to have been the victims of sexual predators who drugged, beat and raped them.
Seems like some people will go to any length to create confrontations with Russia. Do they want war? With nuclear weapons? Are they crazy?
The same people who assured you that Saddam Hussein had WMD’s now assure you Russian “novochok” nerve agents are being wielded by Vladimir Putin to attack people on British soil. As with the Iraqi WMD dossier, it is essential to comb the evidence very finely. A vital missing word from Theresa May’s statement yesterday was “only”. She did not state that the nerve agent used was manufactured ONLY by Russia. She rather stated this group of nerve agents had been “developed by” Russia. Antibiotics were first developed by a Scotsman, but that is not evidence that all antibiotics are today administered by Scots.
The “novochok” group of nerve agents – a very loose term simply for a collection of new nerve agents the Soviet Union were developing fifty years ago – will almost certainly have been analysed and reproduced by Porton Down. That is entirely what Porton Down is there for. It used to make chemical and biological weapons as weapons, and today it still does make them in small quantities in order to research defences and antidotes. After the fall of the Soviet Union Russian chemists made a lot of information available on these nerve agents. And one country which has always manufactured very similar persistent nerve agents is Israel. This Foreign Policy magazine (a very establishment US publication) article on Israel‘s chemical and biological weapon capability is very interesting indeed. I will return to Israel later in this article.
Incidentally, novachok is not a specific substance but a class of new nerve agents. Sources agree they were designed to be persistent, and of an order of magnitude stronger than sarin or VX. That is rather hard to square with the fact that thankfully nobody has died and those possibly in contact just have to wash their clothes.
From Putin’s point of view, to assassinate Skripal now seems to have very little motivation. If the Russians have waited eight years to do this, they could have waited until after their World Cup. The Russians have never killed a swapped spy before. Just as diplomats, British and otherwise, are the most ardent upholders of the principle of diplomatic immunity, so security service personnel everywhere are the least likely to wish to destroy a system which can be a key aspect of their own personal security; quite literally spy swaps are their “Get Out of Jail Free” card. You don’t undermine that system – probably terminally – without very good reason.
It is worth noting that the “wicked” Russians gave Skripal a far lighter jail sentence than an American equivalent would have received. If a member of US Military Intelligence had sold, for cash to the Russians, the names of hundreds of US agents and officers operating abroad, the Americans would at the very least jail the person for life, and I strongly suspect would execute them. Skripal just received a jail sentence of 18 years, which is hard to square with the narrative of implacable vindictiveness against him. If the Russians had wanted to make an example, that was the time.
It is much more probable that the reason for this assassination attempt refers to something recent or current, than to spying twenty years ago. Were I the British police, I would inquire very closely into Orbis Intelligence.
There is no doubt that Skripal was feeding secrets to MI6 at the time that Christopher Steele was an MI6 officer in Moscow, and at the the time that Pablo Miller, another member of Orbis Intelligence, was also an MI6 officer in Russia and directly recruiting agents. It is widely reported on the web and in US media that it was Miller who first recruited Skripal. My own ex-MI6 sources tell me that is not quite true as Skripal was “walk-in”, but that Miller certainly was involved in running Skripal for a while. Sadly Pablo Miller’s LinkedIn profile has recently been deleted, but it is again widely alleged on the web that it showed him as a consultant for Orbis Intelligence and a consultant to the FCO and – wait for it – with an address in Salisbury. If anyone can recover that Linkedin entry do get in touch, though British Government agencies will have been active in the internet scrubbing.
It was of course Christopher Steele and Orbis Intelligence who produced for the Clinton camp the sensationalist dossier on Trump links with Russia – including the story of Trump paying to be urinated on by Russian prostitutes – that is a key part of the “Russiagate” affair gripping the US political classes. The extraordinary thing about this is that the Orbis dossier is obvious nonsense which anybody with a professional background can completely demolish, as I did here.
It is one of Britain’s most secretive sites, remaining shrouded in mystery for more than 100 years.
But this week Porton Down found itself at the centre of one of the biggest diplomatic crises the UK has faced in recent years.
The top secret defence base in Wiltshire was instrumental in helping identify the nerve agent used to poison a former Russian spy in Salisbury.
Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were poisoned with a weapons grade nerve agent in the city last week, leaving them fighting for their lives in hospital.
And, not only have scientists from the specialist laboratory been at the centre of a clean-up operation following the attack, but its helped identify Russia as the source of the poison.
With text messages between US Justice Department (DOJ) conspirators Peter Strzok and his adulterous main squeeze Lisa Page now revealing that then-President Barack Obama “wants to know everything we’re doing,” it now appears that the 2016 plot to subvert the rule of law and corrupt the US organs of state security for political purposes reached the very pinnacle of power. To call the United States today a “banana republic” increasingly may be seen as a gratuitous insult to the friendly spider-infested nations to our south.
Still, don’t expect to see Barry Hussein Saetoro doing the perp walk anytime soon or even being deported back to Kenya. Don’t expect to see orange prison suits on Strzok, Page, former FBI Director James Comey, former Associate Deputy Attorney General Bruce Ohr, former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe, and others implicated in putting a political thumb on the scales to, first, get Hillary Clinton elected, and then, when that failed, to neuter Donald Trump’s presidency with a phony Russiagate probe. Officials’ getting “former-ed” is one thing, their getting prosecuted quite another. (Just imagine if a GOP administration had similarly skewed the supposedly non-political law enforcement and intelligence services for partisan reasons. We’d have Watergate on steroids. The New York Times, Washington Post and CNN would be calling for hanging, drawing, and quartering.)
Indeed, it’s not even clear the Russiagate investigation itself will be impacted. After all, the narrative may have flipped on one variable – from Trump campaign collusion to Democratic and FBI collusion – but the constant remains the same: Russia. Trump’s defenders are as insistent as his detractors that the real culprit is Russia! Russia! Russia!
Sean Hannity of Fox News has been particularly hyperventilative that the entire Steele Dossier lying at the black heart of the mess consists of “phony, fake-news Russian propaganda” and “Russian intelligence lies” from British MI6 (supposedly “former”) spymaster Christopher Steele’s “Russian sources.” Even level-headed observers like Paul Sperry and Patrick Buchanan characterize the file as a “Kremlin-aided smear job” and “Russian dirt [that] Steele was spoon-fed by old comrades in the Kremlin’s security apparatus.”
Christopher Steele is not Russian
But what do we really know about Steele’s claimed sources? Not much.
The CIA paid $100,000 last year to a Russian operative who claimed to have derogatory information about President Trump, including a video tape of the Republican engaged with prostitutes in a Moscow hotel room.
If the video showed Trump, it would support claims made in the infamous Steele dossier, the salacious opposition research report financed by the Clinton campaign and DNC.
But U.S. intelligence officials have reason to doubt the veracity of the video and other information about Trump associates provided by the Russian, according to a fascinating report from The New York Times.
[Update: The CIA is contesting The Times story and a similar one that appeared in The Intercept.
“The people swindled here were [Intercept reporter] James Risen and [New York Times reporter] Matt Rosenberg. The fictional story that CIA was bilked out of $100,000 is patently false,” CIA spokesman Dean Boyd told The Daily Caller News Foundation after this article was published. Boyd was unable to provide additional details because of the sensitivity of the topic.]
American spies made contact with the Russia early in 2017 after he offered to sell the Trump material along with cyber hacking tools that were stolen from the National Security Agency that year, according to The Times.
U.S. intelligence officials told The Times they were so desperate to retrieve those tools that they negotiated with the operative for months despite several red flags, including indications that he was working in concert with Russian intelligence.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) defines human trafficking as a crime and a form of modern-day slavery involving the exploitation of children and adults for commercial gain, most commonly in the form of forced labor and commercial sexual exploitation, such as the sexual enslavement of children for child porn and for pedophiles.
Mere days after the inauguration of Donald John Trump as America’s 45th President, the DHS, under its new director (ret.) Marine Corps General John Kelly (who is now Trump’s chief of staff), released a curious 29-second PSA (public service announcement) video on human trafficking which prominently featured pizza and a pizzeria.
Given Pizzagate — the term given to speculations and assertions that there is a pedophile network of Democratic Party élites in D.C. who communicate with each other via email with pedophile code words such as “pizza” and other food items — the DHS video can be understood as an unspoken message to pedophiles and child sex traffickers that the new Trump administration intends to go after them.
The DHS’ human trafficking PSA video was followed by Attorney General Jeff Sessions‘ speech in June at the National Law Enforcement Conference on Human Exploitation, in which he declared the fight against “evil” pedophiles to be “a top priority” of the Trump Administration.
President Trump keeps his promises, as seen in the figures below which show that in less than seven months, as of the beginning of August 2017, his administration has already arrested more human traffickers (6,355) and rescued more victims of human trafficking (2,056) than the last three years of the Obama administration. In three years (2014-2016) or 36 months under Obama, a total of only 5,159 human traffickers were arrested.
Below are the Trump vs. Obama figures on human trafficking (source).
HUMAN TRAFFICKING ARRESTS & RESCUED (Jan. 23 to August 4, 2017)
2017/08/04 1035 81 USA
2017/06/28 1012 USA
2017/05/31 1 3 USA, FL
2017/05/31 2 USA, TX
2017/05/31 16 USA, WI
2017/05/30 13 USA, CA
2017/05/30 27 USA, CA
2017/05/30 2 1 USA, NJ
2017/05/30 1 1 CAN
2017/05/25 1 2 USA, TX
2017/05/25 1 1 USA, IA
2017/05/24 7 USA, NJ
2017/05/23 2 USA, FL
2017/05/22 11 USA, TX
2017/05/22 1 USA, DE
2017/05/22 1 USA, FL
2017/05/19 2 USA, MN
2017/05/19 10 USA, TX
2017/05/18 1 1 USA, FL
2017/05/18 2 USA, CT
2017/05/17 4 1 USA, NY
2017/05/16 1 1 USA, FL
2017/05/16 5 USA, UT
2017/05/16 2 2 USA, IA
2017/05/14 2 16 USA, TX
2017/05/12 1 USA, FL
2017/05/12 1 2 CAN
2017/05/11 1 1 CAN
2017/05/11 2 1 USA, NY
2017/05/11 1 USA, CT
2017/05/10 20 USA, WA
2017/05/10 1 1 USA, VA
2017/05/10 3 1 USA, NM
2017/05/10 1 1 USA, OK
2017/05/10 1 2 USA, TX
2017/05/09 1 1 USA, TX
2017/05/09 5 1 CAN
2017/05/09 1 1 USA, MD
2017/05/06 5 10 USA, MA
2017/05/06 4 USA, CA
2017/05/05 2 USA, IA
2017/05/05 1 1 USA, FL
2017/05/05 3 USA, AR
2017/05/05 900 300 USA/EU
2017/05/02 4 1 USA, PA
2017/05/02 1 3 USA, LA
2017/05/02 1 1 USA, FL
2017/05/02 2 1 USA, MA
2017/05/01 23 8 USA, CA
2017/05/01 2 1 USA, AL
2017/05/01 1 1 USA, LA
2017/05/01 350 55 USA, FL
2017/05/01 13 USA, TX
2017/04/29 3 17 NIGERIA
2017/04/28 4 USA, CA
2017/04/27 1 1 USA, PA
2017/04/27 2 1 USA, NJ
2017/04/27 3 1 UK
2017/04/26 29 USA, MA
2017/04/25 1 10 CAN
2017/04/25 1 1 CAN
2017/04/25 2 1 USA, TN
2017/04/23 23 USA, GA
2017/04/22 1 22 NIGERIA
2017/04/21 104 CAN
2017/04/20 8 UK
2017/04/19 18 USA, NY
2017/04/19 2 USA, OH
2017/04/19 10 USA, CA
2017/04/19 1 1 USA, NC
2017/04/18 1 USA, MD
2017/04/18 6 2 USA, LA
2017/04/18 1 1 USA, NV
2017/04/18 2 1 USA, MD
2017/04/16 1 1 CAN
2017/04/12 17 GHANA
2017/04/12 1 2 USA, CA
2017/04/12 1 1 USA, FL
2017/04/12 2 2 KUWAIT
2017/04/11 78 18 CAN
2017/04/09 1 5 RUSSIA
2017/04/08 348 400 CAN
2017/04/07 12 1 USA, IL
2017/04/07 2 3 USA, CA
2017/04/07 2 USA, OH
2017/04/07 2 1 USA, MA
2017/04/07 1 1 USA, DE
2017/04/07 14 USA, OR
2017/04/06 1 6 UK
2017/04/06 1 3 CAN
2017/04/06 3 3 USA, CA
2017/04/06 8 INDIA
2017/04/06 1 1 USA, OH
2017/04/06 1 2 USA, KY
2017/04/06 2 USA, CT
2017/04/01 10 USA, CA
2017/03/31 4 USA
2017/03/31 2 1 USA, SC
2017/03/31 1 1 USA, OK
2017/03/30 1 1 USA, OK
2017/03/30 2 6 GHANA
2017/03/30 3 1 USA, CT
2017/03/30 3 1 USA, TX
2017/03/29 1 2 VN
2017/03/29 9 INDIA
2017/03/29 2 6 USA, CA
2017/03/28 15 USA, FL
2017/03/28 2 1 CAN
2017/03/28 3 1 PH
2017/03/25 3 1 USA, CA
2017/03/24 13 USA, OH
2017/03/24 16 2 USA, CA
2017/03/23 2 1 CAN
2017/03/23 1 1 USA, MD
2017/03/22 6 THAILAND
2017/03/22 1 1 USA, TX
2017/03/22 3 1 CAN
2017/03/22 1 1 USA, CA
2017/03/22 1 6 USA, TX
2017/03/21 2 1 USA, FL
2017/03/21 104 USA, FL
2017/03/21 1 1 USA, NC
2017/03/21 1 1 USA, TX
2017/03/21 1 1 USA, NE
2017/03/18 5 USA, MD
2017/03/18 7 1 USA, CA
2017/03/18 11 TAIPEI
2017/03/18 1 1 USA, NC
2017/03/17 1 14 USA, MI
2017/03/17 1 CAN
2017/03/17 1 1 USA, TX
2017/03/17 2 13 PH
2017/03/17 2 USA, OH
2017/03/16 1 1 USA, CO
2017/03/16 2 1 USA, CA
2017/03/16 1 5 USA, GA
2017/03/15 2 INDIA
2017/03/15 1 2 CAN
2017/03/15 2 1 USA, MI
2017/03/13 1 1 CAN
2017/03/13 1 USA, WI
2017/03/11 1 1 USA, NE
2017/03/10 9 USA, ND
2017/03/10 1 1 USA, CO
2017/03/09 7 3 USA, FL
2017/03/08 24 10 BD
2017/03/08 1 8 USA, GA
2017/03/08 2 11 USA, AL
2017/03/08 2 UK
2017/03/07 10 BULGARIA
2017/03/07 2 2 USA, TX
2017/03/07 10 2 USA, CA
2017/03/07 1 3 USA, NJ
2017/03/06 1 USA, SC
2017/03/06 7 PH
2017/03/03 35 30 INDIA
2017/03/03 1 8 USA, TX
2017/03/03 2 1 USA, NY
2017/03/02 2 2 CAM
2017/03/01 2 2 USA, TX
2017/03/01 4 10 USA, MA
2017/03/01 2 1 USA, MI
2017/02/28 9 USA, CA
2017/02/28 41 MALI
2017/02/28 1 2 INDIA
2017/02/27 10 USA, NC
2017/02/27 18 MALAYSIA
2017/02/27 10 USA, NC
2017/02/24 1 1 CAN
2017/02/23 16 3 USA, UT
2017/02/23 1 1 CAN
2017/02/22 11 USA, WA
2017/02/22 8 USA, LA
2017/02/21 1 2 JAMAICA
2017/02/20 8 USA, MD
2017/02/19 USA, OH
2017/02/18 3 11 GHANA
2017/02/17 2 USA, NY
2017/02/17 8 SWEDEN
2017/02/17 2 PH
2017/02/16 3 3 USA, CA
2017/02/16 4 10 USA, MA
2017/02/16 2 USA, LA
2017/02/16 12 USA, FL
2017/02/16 11 USA, VA
2017/02/16 4 USA, IN
2017/02/15 1 USA, MA
2017/02/15 3 1 USA, NV
2017/02/15 1 USA, NY
2017/02/15 11 USA, VA
2017/02/15 USA, OH
2017/02/15 42 USA, FL
2017/02/14 2 15 USA
2017/02/14 3 1 USA, FL
2017/02/13 24 GHANA
2017/02/13 22 16 USA, MI
2017/02/10 3 1 USA, TX
2017/02/10 11 USA, CA
2017/02/10 6 168 JAPAN
2017/02/09 5 13 UK
2017/02/09 2 1 USA, NE
2017/02/09 1 1 USA, LA
2017/02/09 0 1 UK
2017/02/09 464 92 USA
2017/02/08 1 1 CAN
2017/02/08 2 USA
2017/02/08 1 1 USA
2017/02/07 4 USA, OK
2017/02/05 5 72 UK
2017/02/05 108 USA, IL
2017/02/05 178 USA, TX
2017/02/05 9 31 HAITI
2017/02/04 2 21 MALAYSIA
2017/02/03 3 3 UK
2017/02/02 1 1 CAN
2017/02/02 2 USA, NY
2017/02/01 1 USA, PA
2017/02/01 0 11 USA, LA
2017/01/30 13 CANADA
2017/01/30 3 10 NIGERIA
2017/01/29 5 USA, PA
2017/01/29 474 55 USA, CA
2017/01/29 3 USA, CA
2017/01/29 1 1 USA, TX
2017/01/28 1 USA
2017/01/27 42 USA, TN
2017/01/26 14 USA, CA
2017/01/26 1 1 USA, OH
2017/01/26 2 2 USA, MS
2017/01/25 1 PH
2017/01/25 1 1 USA, TX
2017/01/25 2 2 CAN
2017/01/24 1 1 CAN
2017/01/24 1 1 USA, OR
2017/01/23 80 194 EDO
On December 4th, 2017, Disobedient Media published testimony and research outlining a massive, well connected human trafficking and child pornography network located in various locations along the U.S. East Coast. The list of individuals connected to this wider network allegedly included disgraced former football coach, Jerry Sandusky.
While Sandusky was initially caught for acts of abuse that occurred on Penn State’s campus, the Grand Jury probing the case noted that he had access to hundreds of vulnerable and disadvantaged youth, using his nonprofit The Second Mile to find victims. Despite Sandusky’s use of The Second Mile for these purposes, a number of high profile celebrities sitting on the organization’s board expressed shock after the misconduct was made public. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette noted that in 1990, President George H.W. Bush nationally recognized The Second Mile as a philanthropic “Point Of Light.”
In the aftermath of the revelations about Sandusky, The Washington Post reported in 2012 that The Second Mile was absorbed by Arrow Child and Family Ministries; a Christian foster home in Texas which absorbed $2 million in assets along with the disgraced organization’s mentoring and camp programs. Three victims of Sandusky unsuccessfully sued to prevent the transfer, arguing that the charity’s assets should be used to compensate victims before any other parties received funds.
Archives obtained from 2012 reveal that at the time of the transfer Arrow Child and Family Ministries had connections to multiple individuals tied to the Bush family. The site’s Board of Directors included Maria Bush, the wife of George H.W. Bush’s son Neil Bush. Susie Peake, who has been described as a personal assistant to George H.W. Bush was also listed as a board member.
Today’s Arrow Child and Family Ministry’s page for their Board of Directors reveals that all references to both Maria Bush and Susie Peake have been removed in an apparent attempt to distance the Bush family from the charity.
It’s not clear why the Bushes have stepped away from Arrow Child and Family Ministry. In late 2017, Business Insiderreported that six different women accused George H.W. Bush of groping them while posing for pictures. A spokesperson for the 41st President said that a wheelchair confined Bush would pat women’s rears in what was “intended to be a good-natured manner” and apologized for any unintended harm or distress that the actions might have caused.
A year ago, on December 4, 2016, some “white hat” at the National Security Agency (NSA) tweeted that Pizzagate is real. Below is the tweet, which was retweeted the next day by @axslinger99 (h/t Voat):
I can confirm the following:
Certainly, if anyone knows about Pizzagate, it would be the NSA — the federal government agency that spies on every phonecall, email, bank transfer, travel record of every American. See:
By Rowan Scarborough – The Washington Times
Sunday, December 10, 2017
Fusion GPS, the opposition research firm whose Democrat-financed Russia dossier fueled an FBI investigation into Donald Trump, pitched other stories about the Republican presidential candidate to Washington reporters, including an attempt to tie him to a convicted pedophile who was once buddies with former President Bill Clinton.
Journalist sources told The Washington Times that Fusion founder Glenn Simpson pushed the idea of a close relationship between Mr. Trump and Jeffrey Epstein, who pleaded guilty in 2008 to soliciting sex from an underage girl.
The Trump-Epstein link appears purely social, far short of Mr. Clinton’s 20-plus plane rides on Epstein’s “Lolita Express” private jet around the globe in the early 2000s.
Ken Silverstein, the reporter who ultimately wrote an Epstein-Trump report, confirmed to The Times that Fusion had sourced the story. Mr. Silverstein, founder and editor of WashingtonBabylon.com who wrote the story for Vice.com, defended Mr. Simpson as a solid source of information that must first be confirmed.
For years, Fusion GPS has been an influential hidden hand in Washington, with entree into the city’s most powerful news bureaus.
Behind the scenes, the private intelligence firm run by former Wall Street Journal reporters was particularly active last year working to defeat Mr. Trump. Fusion leader Mr. Simpson, who railed against sleazy opposition research as a reporter, harbored a strong desire to bring down the builder of hotels with, well, opposition research.
Fusion representatives met with New York Times reporters during the Democratic National Convention in July 2016.
Ironically, it appears The Times was the first to out Fusion on Jan. 11 as the source of the scandalous dossier that BuzzFeed posted the previous day. BuzzFeed did the posting without identifying Fusion or dossier writer Christopher Steele, a former British spy.
“The New York Times, I know they work with Fusion,” said Mr. Silverstein, an investigative reporter who skewers the left and right. “Fusion works with a lot of big media organizations. That would give them influence in Washington.”
“I have worked with them,” he said. “I have gotten tips from them and stories from them. And every time I do, I go out and re-report … because I assume it is for a client and it is not 100 percent accurate. And I’ve never gotten anything from them that was 100 percent accurate. Not because they were slanting or lying or twisting. Every time I’ve gotten something from them, ‘This is a report. You’ve got to check it out.’ I have a great relationship with those guys.”
By then, Fusion had amassed a deep database on Mr. Trump, his contacts, his holdings and his deals.
A Washington Times inquiry found that Mr. Simpson and crew were dishing out other supposed dirt on Mr. Trump and friends not contained in the 35-page dossier. Some of those tips have proved to be as shaky as Mr. Steele’s election collusion charges.
Besides the Jeffrey Epstein dump, Fusion pushed the story that a special email server existed between Trump Tower and Moscow’s Alfa bank, the journalist source said. The report has failed to catch on. Internet sleuths traced the IP address to a marketing spam server located outside Philadelphia.
Pre-dossier, readers rarely had seen Fusion’s hand in sourcing stories even though it may have instigated and framed scores of them over the years.
Today, Fusion’s cover has been blown. It feels the sting of unwanted publicity in both the liberal and conservative press and intense scrutiny from Republicans on Capitol Hill. Senate and House committees demanded that Fusionproduce representatives for hours of closed-door testimony.
Devin Nunes, California Republican and chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, signed subpoenas forcing Fusion to disclose who pays it and whom it pays. His probe unmasked the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic Party as dossier financiers.
Why such intense intrusion into a secretive opposition research firm?
The unmasking agent was Fusion’s own product: Mr. Steele’s dossier. It has proved to be so unfounded on its core collusion charges yet so influential in prompting investigations of the president that Republicans demanded to know its roots.
Those roots are: After Democrats paid Fusion through a middleman law firm, Mr. Simpson in June 2016 hired Mr. Steele with Clinton campaign cash. Mr. Steele in turn handed out money to unidentified Kremlin operatives who sullied Mr. Trump and associates.
Democrats began to cite the dossier’s unconfirmed Trump charges at hearings and on TV.
As the charges remained unconfirmed into the spring, Republicans started focusing attention on a firm whose livelihood relies on a cloak of confidentiality.
Republicans, including Mr. Nunes and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley of Iowa have been conducting investigations into how the dossier influenced the FBI to start one of the most important criminal investigations in U.S. history.
“They’re under the weather because of their legal bills,” the journalist source said.
Part of Fusion’s defense is that it enjoys First Amendment rights just like its founders’ days at The Wall Street Journal.
Fusion jealously guards the list of its journalistic recipients and, in turn, is treated as a confidential source to the point that there are rarely Simpson fingerprints on its investigative products.
In a court filing in London, he named names: In Washington in September, Mr. Steele met with The New York Times, The Washington Post, Yahoo News, The New Yorker and CNN — a who’s who of America’s liberal media establishment.
The next month, Mr. Steele said, he delivered a second briefing to The New York Times, The Washington Post and Yahoo News.
Before Mr. Steele’s D.C. visit, Fusion turned to old colleagues at The Wall Street Journal. In July, a reporter contacted Carter Page, a Trump campaign volunteer. Mr. Steele had spun a web of deceit and lawbreaking by Mr. Page on a trip he took to Moscow to deliver a public speech at a university.
The call blindsided Mr. Page, a New York energy investor who had no idea a dossier time bomb lay ready to destroy his life. The call also showed that Fusion can summon the top of Washington’s journalism food chain to run down its tips.
The Wall Street Journal did not run a story at that time. Mr. Page, who lived in Moscow in the 2000s and knows scores of Russians, said the dossier sections on him are fabrications.
Mr. Steele said he warned journalists that they must confirm his intelligence before reporting. Mr. Steele “understood that the information provided might be used for the purpose of further research, but would not be published or attributed,” his attorneys said.
Two journalists did write stories.
Yahoo News’ Michael Isikoff wrote of the charges against Mr. Page, attributing them not to the dossier but to a Western intelligence source. The story blazed across the internet and became red meat for Clinton campaign surrogates.
Mr. Page has filed a libel lawsuit against Yahoo News.
On Oct. 31, 2016, a second dossier story appeared, this one by David Corn in the left-leaning magazine Mother Jones. He is also a co-author with Mr. Isikoff of “Hubris,” a book on the Iraq War that is critical of former President George W. Bush.
Mr. Corn conducted perhaps the only published interview with Mr. Steele during the election campaign, though he hid the ex-spy’s identity as a “former senior intelligence officer.” The story refers to Fusion but not by name.
The FBI has refused to publicly answer dossier questions. The Mother Jones story is among the best-known evidence that the bureau began investigating the Trump campaign based on a Democratic Party-financed scandal sheet that remains unconfirmed.
In January 2016, as candidate Trump scrambled to stitch together a presidential campaign against 16 Republican opponents, Vice.com ran a story on his ties to Epstein, the billionaire sex offender who owns a Caribbean island called Little St. James.
Reporters have confirmed Mr. Clinton’s visits to the island aboard Epstein’s “Lolita Expres,” based on court records.
Mr. Trump’s ties to the fellow Florida billionaire appear to be more social — some dinner parties, two plane trips, and hanging out at Mr. Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida.
A woman filed a lawsuit saying Mr. Trump raped her when she was a teenage acquaintance of Epstein’s. “Jane Doe” dropped her lawsuit a few days before the election. Mr. Trump’s people vigorously denied the whole scenario.
“Since you asked, yes, they helped me with that,” Mr. Silverstein said. “But as you can see, I could not make a strong case for Trump being super close to Epstein, so they could hardly have been thrilled with that story. [In my humble opinion], that was the best story written about Trump’s ties to Epstein, but I failed to nail him. Trump’s ties were mild compared to Bill Clinton‘s.
“I said Fusion could not have been happy with the Epstein story,” he added. “What I mean is that I never proved a really sleazy connection, so frankly I was disappointed too, I thought there was more (and still wonder). But Fusionnever pressured me to write anything untrue, and they never told me anything about ties between DT and JE that was false. That’s important. Their work has been solid if not 100 percent accurate in their reports, just as I periodically make mistakes. I have never seen malice or anything less than the best effort to be accurate.”
The fact-checking system also applies to the dossier.
“I don’t think anyone really nailed them because I don’t think they did anything wrong,” Mr. Silverstein said. “I think they were chasing money like all these firms do. Maybe they were chasing too hard. But I haven’t seen them breaking the law. … The reporters have to vet it and verify it. … A private intelligence firm working for a private client, you can’t assume you are getting something that is 100 percent accurate.”
Mr. Silverstein takes delight in taking the left and right to task.
In a Dec. 8 story in WashingtonBablyon.com, he wrote of the latest CNN goof: “Well, well, well. A central ‘fact’ of the whole Russia–Trump collusion story turns out to be fake news. The original ‘fact’ was reported by CNN, President Donald Trump’s favorite Fake News Network, so Trump is going to be popping corks on champagne bottles this weekend. Nice job, CNN!”
Romney and VanderSloot
Until the dossier’s splash, Fusion’s secrecy tradecraft was nearly watertight. Its sparse web home page is mostly white space around a two-paragraph mission statement and an “info” email address.
But a few leaks have happened, such as its investigations — some would say hit jobs — of big donors to Republican Mitt Romney in his 2012 bid to unseat President Obama.
The Obama campaign listed eight megadonors as bad people. One of them, Idaho businessman Frank VanderSloot, donated $1 million to a pro-Romney PAC.
The Wall Street Journal editorial page reported during the election that someone was rummaging through Mr. VanderSloot’s divorce files. The paper traced the operative to Fusion GPS. Mr. Simpson defended the dirt-gathering on grounds that Mr. VanderSloot’s wife contributed to a campaign against same-sex marriage.
Then there is Fusion’s own Russia connection. While Fusion is exposing supposed collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, its operatives have been working for Russians to dishonor Bill Browder, a prominent opponent of President Vladimir Putin.
The web of connections is complex: Russian money is funding Fusion to destroy the reputation of Mr. Browder, a U.S.-British banker, for his work to persuade Congress to enact the 2012 Magnitsky Act. The act is a sanctions law against Moscow, and the Putin regime wants it repealed. Mr. Browder told the Senate Judiciary Committee that Fusionreceived Russian money via the law firm BakerHostetler to launch “a smear campaign against me.”
In another case, Fusion allowed Planned Parenthood to identify it as the firm that analyzed hours of secret video taken by the pro-life group Center for Medical Progress. The group said it captured Planned Parenthood leaders talking about selling fetal body parts.
Fusion issued a report saying the videos were not accurate. The pro-life group’s own analysis showed no manipulation.
The irony in all this is that Mr. Simpson once condemned smutty opposition research as a scourge on the body politic.
He co-wrote a 1996 book, “Dirty Little Secrets: The Persistence of Corruption in American Politics,” with celebrity University of Virginia politics professor Larry J. Sabato.
“Most opposition researchers claim to pay attention mostly to legislative votes and floor statements to see if their opponent’s words jibe with his or her record,” Mr. Simpson and Mr. Sabato said in quotes unearthed by RealClear Investigations. “Without question, many abide strictly by this unwritten code. Yet many of their brethren also examine highly personal information, with the result that issues often surface that are only marginally related, or even completely unrelated, to the office being contested.”
In an interview with C-SPAN’s Brian Lamb, Mr. Simpson bemoaned the use of “push polls” to spread unfounded rumors about candidates.
In a sense, the dossier was a failure in that Mr. Simpson could not persuade a large number of reporters to spread its smut during the election campaign. The dossier’s 35 pages ultimately subjected Fusion to an unwanted limelight, a congressional investigation and steep legal fees.
In January, The New York Times described the failure to confirm the dossier’s charges before Nov. 8.
“Fusion GPS and Mr. Steele shared the memos first with their clients, and later with the FBI and multiple journalists at The New York Times and elsewhere. … Many reporters from multiple news organizations tried to verify the claims in the memos but were unsuccessful.”
But in another sense, the dossier — with all its unproven and far-fetched tales — has been a political success for Trump haters.
It influenced the FBI to launch a counterintelligence investigation into the Trump campaign that has grown into a full-blown special counsel inquiry with nearly 20 prosecutors and scores of FBI agents.
The dossier created thousands of social media devotees who are convinced its felony charges against the president and his aides are true.
Back in London, Mr. Steele can take pleasure in a special counsel investigation that could dog the Trump White House, the president, and current and former aides for months, maybe years.
Allegations of sex abuse that began with Harvey Weinstein on the West Coast have incrementally shifted towards facets of the political, economic and media spheres of the U.S. Eastern seaboard. A surge in public willingness to come to terms with the stark reality of abuse perpetrated by members of the establishment suggests that it is time to re-examine the testimony of survivors who have previously come forward with allegations.
Disobedient Media spoke with Greg Bucceroni, a survivor of sex trafficking, who described his experiences in an alleged child sex ring in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s that primarily targeted troubled young boys on the East Coast. The network was said to be comprised of known human traffickers, abusers and producers of child pornography with ties to organized crime who openly associated with prominent political figures, including some who have been accused of indiscretions in the past.
While Bucceroni has been attacked by certain media outlets for his statements in 2012, Disobedient Media’s investigation into his claims found them to be highly credible. Bucceroni’s assertions are corroborated by media reports, emails published by Wikileaks, FBI documentation of mafia activity and testimony from a congressional committee hearing obtained through Freedom of Information Act requests.
Despite Bucceroni’s previous press interviews regarding his claims of abuse, a large portion of what Disobedient Media learned from him has never before been made public. Bucceroni’s story is particularly significant because his allegations reveal the intersection of political clout, organized crime and a systematic abuse of children that transcends political affiliation.
Mr. Bucceroni’s statements to Disobedient Media and other outlets ultimately provide a narrative of vulnerable youth who were sexually targeted by wealthy philanthropists, politicians and organized crime networks, often through charitable institutions.
Disobedient Media is the first outlet to confirm a connection between Bucceroni’s testimony and a nationwide criminal enterprise that trafficked underage sex workers and produced child pornography. This particular network was documented in 1982 by the New York State Select Committee On Crime. The committee’s report covers the time period in which Bucceroni describes being trafficked. After reviewing additional FBI documents, Disobedient Media can validate significant claims made by Bucceroni, and raise serious questions regarding currently active members of the political establishment.
Bucceroni initially gained public attention after his testimony was published by the New York Daily News, in 2012. The outlet’s report describes Bucceroni’s claims that he was a “child prostitute” associated with a pedophile ring that included former Philadelphia businessman, Ed Savitz, philanthropist Samuel Rappaport, former Penn State coach, Jerry Sandusky, Coach Phil Foglietta, and former Wharton School of Business professor, Lawrence Scott Ward. Ward is currently serving a prison sentence for trafficking in child porn and smuggling photos and videos of himself having sex with a teenage Brazilian boy. Others involved with the abuse, according to Bucceroni, included Dennis Hastert, Lawrence King, and even former DNC Chair, Ed Rendell among others.
The Philadelphia native told Disobedient Media that he was initially motivated to come forward with his experiences in 2011, after the Sandusky pedophilia scandal emerged, because a friend of his had been raped by Sandusky as a minor. Bucceroni told us that his friend later committed suicide.
As Bucceroni told Disobedient Media, that he, himself, had been used as a child prostitute by infamous alleged pedophile Eddy Savitz. Bucceroni alleges that Savitz operated in conjunction with philanthropist Sam Rappaport, abusing a large number of troubled boys who were easily accessible through the South Philadelphia Boys Club.
In the wake of abuse allegations leveled at Sandusky, Reutersdescribed the Coach’s use of a charity he founded to procure specifically at-risk children, stating, “The Second Mile, [is] a charity for disadvantaged youth that prosecutors say founder Jerry Sandusky used to find his child sex abuse victims.” Reuters’ observation provides a sobering parallel to Bucceroni’s description of the South Philadelphia Boys Club as a pool of particularly vulnerable boys who Savitz easily accessed and victimized.
Bucceroni explained that he was a ‘juvenile delinquent,’ and that he was one of many other ‘troubled’ young boys prostituted by Savitz to influential pedophiles like Sandusky and Dennis Hastert in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s. Bucceroni’s statements to Disobedient Media indicated that influential pedophiles would typically target children who were financially and emotionally vulnerable to create a dependence on drugs or financial support, and that this often took place under the guise of philanthropy.
Bucceroni told Pundit Press that he was first introduced to Ed Savitz through social campaign events on behalf of prominent Democrat Ed Rendell during his bid for Philadelphia District Attorney.
Although Savitz was eventually arrested for alleged sexual abuse of minors, The Daily News reported that Savitz died of AIDS just before the beginning of his trial in 1993. The New York Times wrote that authorities recovered 5,000 images of child pornography from Savitz’ residence. Additional reports stated that 200 bags of dirty underwear and socks were also recovered, along with 100 photographs taken at a “storage facility.”
The New York Times added that Savitz had first been arrested on charges of sexual abuse of minors in 1978, but that Savitz’ record was expunged after completing a brief stint in rehab. The Savitz case recalls the infamous Belgian Dutroux scandal. Like Marc Dutroux, Savitz appeared to be a middleman amongst an extensive ring of child abusers, rather than a lone predator. Bucceroni claims that as a result of being trafficked by Ed Savitz, he interacted with a number of prominent figures ranging from Dennis Hastert to Lawrence King, all of whom engaged in pedophilia. Bucceroni told Disobedient Media that these interactions often took place at official political events. Bucceroni recounted that children were exploited for sexual acts in after-parties once the political event ended.
Bucceroni told Disobedient Media that Lawrence King, central figure in the Nebraska Credit Union scandal, would host trips to “take kids from the South Philly Boys Club to Washington D.C.” Bucceroni explained that he was never tortured by Savitz or Lawrence King and was not personally aware of others being tortured but that Savitz used the “honey approach rather than vinegar.”
The victims in Savitz’s ring were moved between multiple cities. Bucceroni described one incident in 1979, at an after-party following a fundraiser on behalf of Ronald Reagan: “[It took place] in a townhouse somewhere in Washington DC. When we got there, there were kids from other areas. There was food, watching porn and alcohol and marijuana. We were introduced to guys, like a meet and greet. Afterwards, there was a post-party. Certain people were there… we negotiated a price, did whatever we did, then would go back in and do other sexual deviant acts.”
Bucceroni clarified that Ronald Reagan did not attend the after-party where children were prostituted, and that the after-party’s illegal activities were separate from the official event.
The attendants at the after-party included high ranking politicians who have since been accused of abuse in other cases. Bucceroni recounted the presence of convicted pedophile and former Speaker of the House, Dennis Hastert during the Ronald Reagan fundraising after-party: “Eddy Savitz gave me $40, for Denny. That was the interaction with Denny, who was Dennis Hastert. He was mingling with known adult sex traffickers, inside this after-party in Washington DC.” Bucceroni stated to Disobedient Media that Dennis Hastert was ‘hanging out with Eddy Savitz and Lawrence King.’
Salon reported that Hastert was eventually convicted due to his part in an “elaborate hush money scheme to cover up his years long molestation of teenage boys while he was an Illinois high school wrestling coach from 1965 until 1981.” The Republican was also characterized by the presiding judge as a serial sex offender.
Despite the severity of the allegations against Hastert, a surprisingly large number of prominent political figures called for leniency on his behalf. The support Hastert received from colleagues is incredibly disturbing because it suggests that some elected leaders would publicly defend such a person without fear of electoral reprisal. This speaks to a pervasive culture of permissiveness towards sexual abuse among elected leaders that has come to the forefront of public awareness in recent months, as numerous sex abuse allegations were made against Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, Al Franken, Mark Helperin and many others. Bucceroni’s testimony illustrates that ambivalence towards sex abuse crosses the boundaries of political ideology.
Reports that Congressional sexual assault settlements were often billed to taxpayers further reveals an endemic tolerance towards sexual abusers in positions of power. In November 2017, Fox Newsrevealed that between 1997 and 2014, hundreds of women were paid $15.2 million in total in awards and settlements for Capitol Hill workplace violations. This recent episode provides a small glimpse into the ongoing attitude of leniency surrounding unchecked sexual abuses.
Bucceroni told Disobedient Media that his primary abuser, Ed Savitz, was connected to well-known figures in Philadelphia, Washington D.C. and New York. Savitz was joined, Bucceroni explained by “another philanthropist by the name of Sam Rappaport.”
In addition to Bucceroni’s allegation that Sam Rappaport engaged in pedophilia through his charity work with Savitz, Rappaport was a well-known slum-lord and a business partner of pornography mogul Richard Basciano. Bucceroni told Disobedient Media that Basciano’s documented pornography empire would facilitate the production of child pornography and snuff films for certain clientele.
Documents and media reports from the 1970’s and 80’s appear to corroborate this claim.
Basciano was reported to have partnered with mafia notable Robert DiBernado, who The New York Times lists as a captain in the Gambino crime family that was under federal investigation for child pornography at the time of his murder. The New York Times reported that “Mr. DiBernardo and Mr. Rothstein are officers of Star Distributors, a company that Federal prosecutors are investigating for involvement in child pornography.” The New York Daily News also confirms that in the 1980’s, Robert DiBernardo and Ted Rothstein were partners of Richard Basciano. FBI documents state outright that Basciano oversaw Star Distributors, which was referred to as an outlet well known for distributing child pornography.
Disobedient Media‘s publication of a report, gained through a Freedom of Information Act request, supports the timetable of connection between organized crime, producers of child pornography and sex trafficking. The 102-page report was the result of a New York State Select Committee On Crime. The report described an investigation into child pornography and human trafficking by two detectives from the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police. The findings were presented to officials on July 26, 1982.
The Select Committee On Crime’s proceedings included a statement by detectives referring to the Basciano-connected Star Distributors as one of the hubs of child pornography and part of the wider criminal network. Detectives noted that the production of child pornography was virtually always associated with child sex trafficking for the purposes of prostitution.
This statement and the direct connection to figures named in Bucceroni’s testimony corroborates the manner in which Bucceroni alleges to have been sexually exploited along with other underage boys.
Basciano’s numerous mafia ties and association with political figures provides an important nexus between the production of child pornography, organized crime, human trafficking and elected leaders.
Basciano had a well-documented friendship with Ed Rendell, a former District Attorney for Philadelphia, former Governor of Pennsylvania and former DNC Chair. Some press reports go so far as to suggest that Rendell shielded Basciano in the aftermath of a 2013 building collapse. An editorial by the Philadelphia Inquirer lamented that “It was disheartening to hear a former mayor, Ed Rendell, defend Richard Basciano,” during the ensuing scandal. The editorial appears to have since been removed from the Inquirer’s site.
In a report by the Inquirer, Basciano said that he regarded Rendell as a “good friend.” Another 2013 report by the Inquirer also referred to Rendell as a longtime friend of Basciano’s, who had accepted campaign donations from corporations and family members of the pornography magnate. The article has since been removed from the Inquirer’s website but was located using a newspaper archive service.
This raises strong questions regarding Rendell’s longstanding friendship with Basciano in light of Bucceroni’s claim that prominent Democrat Ed Rendell engaged in pedophilia as well as his assertion that Basciano’s pornography outlets produced child abuse and snuff films. Michael Zaffarano was also mentioned in the Select Committee hearing, and acted as a mentor to Robert DiBernardo, adding further weight to the connection between Bucceroni’s claims and child exploitation as discussed on government record.
Samuel Rappaport is also reported to have contributed financially to Rendell. The financial and personal connection between Richard Basciano, Samuel Rappaport and the former DNC Chair clearly ties the former Governor to a documented mafia associate involved with the production of child pornography.
The Washington Post has described Rendell’s former Chief of Staff, David L Cohen, as ‘Comcast’s secret weapon.’ Bucceroni has also accused Cohen of wrongdoing. Cohen, now a Senior Executive Vice President of Comcast Corporation and the Company’s Chief Diversity Officer, served as Chief of Staff to Mayor Ed Rendell from 1991 to 1992.
The Washington Post described Cohen as: “One of the highest-paid corporate figures operating in Washington.” Cohen also serves as Chairman of the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania and its Executive Committee, according to the Aspen Institute. Cohen is also Executive Vice President of NBCUniversal Media. NBC has been in the recent media spotlight after allegations emerged regarding sexual assault by host Matt Lauer against a number of female colleagues. The media company also came under fire for its unwillingness to publish an early story covering the Weinstein scandal, with the New York Times publishing an article titled ‘How Did NBC Miss Out on a Harvey Weinstein Exposé?’
Bucceroni also told Disobedient Media that lobbyist Tony Podesta was known to be friends of figures such as Eddie Savitz and Richard Basciano, stating that he had seem them mixing at various philanthropic and social events in Philadelphia and New Jersey. He was careful to clarify that he had never personally witnessed Podesta interacting with minors in an untoward manner.
The Washington Post characterized the relationship between Rendell and Tony Podesta as ‘close,’ writing that Podesta was a top strategist for Rendell’s 2006 reelection campaign. Philadelphia press reports indicate that Rendell’s ex wife Midge, was appointed to the position of federal judge by President Bill Clinton in 1994.
Rendell was also reported to have been involved with a child trafficking incident in Haiti just after the 2010 earthquake. The Telegraph wrote that Rendell was instrumental in pushing for the illegal removal of dozens of children out of Haiti in the days following the massive quake: “A crucial intervention was made by Ed Rendell, the governor of Pennsylvania, who worked his high-powered contacts in the White House, State Department and Department of Homeland Security.”
Wikileaks emails sent during the crisis reveal that in behind-the-scenes discussion of Rendell’s Haitian efforts, Hillary Clinton’s aides characterized Rendell as extremely motivated to remove the children from Haiti as quickly as possible. The discussion included statements by Clinton aides showing an awareness that the children Rendell sought to fly from the earthquake-ravaged island nation included 12 minors who were not involved in any adoption process.
In fact, Rendell was so eager to fly the children out as quickly as possible that Clinton’s aides indicated that only the then-Secretary of State herself would be capable of reining Rendell in. An internal email in the chain published by Wikileaks states: “The only person who may be able to back Rendell off is Secretary Clinton. Has anyone looped Cheryl Mills in on this issue?”
Press reports related that final arrangements for the flight were negotiated by the U.S. State Department, Department of Homeland Security, and the military, according to Rendell’s spokesman, Gary Tuma. Tuma said Rendell was on the plane because the Haitian ambassador thought it was important to have “someone of his stature on the plane so if the mission ran into difficulty, he might be able to break down some of the barriers.” According to an additional email chain published by Wikileaks, the successful removal of the children relied specifically on the intervention of Patrick F. Kennedy, U.S. State Department’s Under Secretary of State for Management. Kennedy also played a role in helping to stifle investigations into a number of State Department scandals which occurred around the globe.
Even CNN anchor Anderson Cooper expressed concern with Rendell’s actions, asking why a Democratic governor could accomplish the evacuation of healthy children to the U.S. when “so many injured and dying people were suffering in Port-Au-Prince.” That Clinton insiders and CNN anchors would raise such concern in response to Rendell’s actions fuels questions as to the propriety of the children’s removal from Haiti. As CNN noted in November 2017, Haiti became a hot spot for human trafficking during the 2010 earthquake and orphanages in the country continue to facilitate forced labor and sex slavery today. Disobedient Media has previously exposed the involvement of the Clintons and U.S. Department of State in the Laura Silsby Haitian child trafficking scandal, first reported by William Craddick.
Rendell’s intervention in Haiti was not the only human trafficking scandal tied to the former DNC Chair. Bloomberg reported on allegations of “systemic human smuggling” of forced laborers and money laundering documented in relation to a Saipan casino project by Hong Kong-based Imperial Pacific, controlled by Chinese billionaire Cui Lijie. The New York Times wrote that Rendell served on the company’s Advisory Committee. Bloomberg reported that others involved with Imperial Pacific included former Directors of the FBI and CIA, former Louisiana Governor Haley Barbour and a former executive in President Donald Trump’s Atlantic City casino business.
In the wake of the money laundering and human trafficking scandal, Rendell stepped down from his role with Imperial Pacific, saying that the casino operation was “too far away” for him to “monitor effectively.”
Rendell has previously denied Bucceroni’s claims that he ignored information about Savitz’s abuse in the 70’s and 80’s while serving as a prosecutor. But the former governor’s proximity to the scandals in Haiti and Saipan is greatly alarming and raises questions about Bucceroni’s testimony.
Bucceroni has been criticized by media in his home town of Philadelphia, most notably by the Philadelphia Daily News, now consolidated with the Philadelphia Inquirer at Philly.com. The Daily News questioned why Bucceroni’s story changed as he remembered additional details about individuals he interacted with, citing an anonymous “federal law-enforcement source familiar with Bucceroni” who stated that Bucceroni was not credible. They also quoted John Veasey, a Philadelphia mob figure doing an 11-year sentence for ordering two murders, as disputing claims Bucceroni made that he was briefly affiliated with the mob as a teenager. It’s not clear why the Daily News thought that a convicted murderer affiliated with a criminal culture notorious for misleading the media and law enforcement was a reliable source.
Also curious is the Daily News’ skepticism over the change in Bucceroni’s story, reflecting new details as he remembered them. (Fragmented memories and amnesia are well-known symptoms of legitimate victims of trauma and abuse.) Mr. Bucceroni told Disobedient Media that, because many of the individuals he encountered operated on a first name only basis or used nicknames, it was sometimes only possible for him to identify them after their photos appeared in news reports. He further stated to Disobedient Media that the Daily News’ piece was published after Ed Rendell and Daily News co-owner Lewis Katz became upset that he had spoken to federal authorities and was taking his testimony to the media.
Despite the attempt to discredit his testimony, investigation into the details provided by Bucceroni reveals that the Daily News did not attempt to exercise due diligence in efforts to determine the credibility of the existence of a human trafficking ring operating in Philadelphia and the East Coast at the time that Bucceroni alleges to have been abused by Savitz and Savitz’s associates. As has been previously noted, there is ample documentation and media reports indicating that one such network did exist in the timeframe Bucceroni describes, and that it was tied to a number of the same figures Bucceroni named.
The American trafficking network described in the FOIA was reported to have had connections to various parts of the East Coast and cities across the United States such as San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New Orleans. In addition to its stated ties to organized crime, the trafficking networks were also said to be connected to British, Israeli, and Soviet intelligence services. Intelligence agencies have a documented history of seeking sexual blackmail to exert control over public figures and government assets.
It’s still not entirely clear how many others were associated with or acted as clients of these rings. The individuals named by Bucceroni were solely connected to East Coast locations of the nationwide network. This raises questions as to other high profile figures in states such as California might also be connected by association to such a horrific trade.
With the flood of abuse allegations emerging daily in the wake of the Weinstein scandal, abuse must be investigated unscrupulously. Survivors like Greg Bucceroni must be taken seriously if any new consciousness surrounding sexual abuse is to emerge. The Huffington Post recently wrote of the Weinstein scandal: “Since Harvey Weinstein’s downfall, we as a society have apparently decided to try this radical new idea called “believing women.” We propose that as a society we also try the radical idea of believing the children.