• Colombian Oil Money, Moroccan Cash, Flows into Clinton Foundation

    April 10, 2015 // 9 Comments »

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    The flow of money from foreign governments seeking influence over Candidate/President Hillary Clinton continues at a steady pace; get used to it folks, it could be a long eight years of influence-buying.


    And have you money ready people, and step right up! No need to push and shove, there’s enough sleaze available for everyone!



    Moroccan Cash

    We start with the most current example, a $1 million donation from OCP, a phosphate exporter owned by Morocco’s leaders, to hold a high-profile conference next month in Marrakech. According to Clinton Foundation records, OCP previously donated between $1 million and $5 million to the charity in 2013.

    The OCP firm’s CEO is Mostafa Terrab, who also lobbied on behalf of the Kingdom of Morocco in 2013 and 2014, according to Justice Department records. Terrab filed papers under the federal Foreign Agents Registration Act showing that he worked for Morocco between November 2013 and May 2014, advising Moroccan government officials and helping them prepare for meetings with U.S. officials about economic development issues relating to Africa.

    Hillary is currently still scheduled to appear at what is called the Clinton Global Initiative Middle East and Africa Meeting, on May 5-7. Even if Hillary bows out, Bill and Chelsea will join Moroccan King Mohammed. Who else is expected? Executives from OCP and Coca-Cola, as well as the presidents of Rwanda and Tanzania, and senior officials from the United Arab Emirates and Egypt.

    Who are these nice folks Hillary will be hanging out with? The president of Rwanda, according to Human Rights Watch, heads a country where “freedom of expression and association remain tightly controlled. The government obstructed opposition parties and independent civil society organizations, and threatened its critics. Parliamentary elections resulted in an overwhelming majority for the ruling party, with no meaningful challenge. The leadership of one of the last remaining independent human rights organizations was taken over by pro-government elements.”

    Given Hillary’s campaign meme of support for women and girls, she probably already knows that “child marriage in Tanzania limits girls’ access to education and exposes them to serious harm. Human Rights Watch documented cases in which girls as young as seven were married.”

    At least everyone will have plenty to talk about as they stand around counting the money.

    So how’d the Clinton’s get hooked up with all these nice folks? OCP, the company who shelled out the $1 million on behalf of the government of Morocco, was connected with the Clinton Foundation by longtime Clinton supporter Stuart Eizenstat, of the powerhouse law firm Covington and Burling, which represents OCP in Washington.

    Eizenstat is a major Democratic donor who maxed out to Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign and gives generously himself to the Clinton Foundation. And small world — During Clinton’s State Department years, OCP paid a team led by Eizenstat $760,000 to lobby federal agencies. Eizenstat previously served as Deputy Secretary of the Treasury, among other jobs, in the Bill Clinton administration. Oh, and remember Coca Cola, who’ll be at the conference? Eizenstat sits on their International Advisory Board.


    Colombian Oil Money

    According to International Business Times, as union leaders and human rights activists conveyed reports of labor violence to then-Secretary of State Clinton in late 2011 (the photo shows Clinton on a visit to Colombia as Secretary), urging her to pressure the Colombian government to protect labor organizers, she responded with silence. The State Department publicly praised Colombia’s progress on human rights, thereby permitting hundreds of millions of dollars in U.S. aid to flow to the same Colombian military that labor activists say helped intimidate workers.

    At the same time that Clinton’s State Department was lauding Colombia’s human rights record, her family was forging a financial relationship with Pacific Rubiales, the sprawling Canadian petroleum company at the center of Colombia’s labor strife. The Clintons were also developing commercial ties with the oil giant’s founder, Canadian financier Frank Giustra, who now occupies a seat on the board of the Clinton Foundation.

    IBT claims after millions of dollars were pledged by the oil company to the Clinton Foundation, supplemented by millions more from Giustra himself, Secretary Clinton abruptly changed her position on the controversial U.S.-Colombia trade pact.

    Having opposed the deal as a bad one for labor rights back when she was a presidential candidate in 2008, Clinton promoted it as Secretary of State, calling it “strongly in the interests of both Colombia and the United States.” The change of heart by Clinton and other Democratic leaders enabled congressional passage of a Colombia trade deal that experts say delivered big benefits to foreign investors like Giustra.

    The examples of Morocco and Colombia are only the most recent; read more about the way money flows from foreign governments and corporate donors through the Clinton charities.




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    Caught with Prostitute, Investigator in Secret Service Prostitution Scandal Resigns

    November 4, 2014 // 11 Comments »

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    Stay with me here, there may be more to this one than just naughty fun.


    The Secret Service and its Prostitutes

    In 2012, prior to the arrival of President Obama for an official visit to Colombia, 13 Secret Service agents had “personal encounters with female Colombian nationals” at their hotel. Prostitution is legal in Columbia, and mostly for their own safety working women register their presence with the hotel’s front desk. The actions of the Secret Service came to light only because one of the agents failed to pay his companion, and things turned ugly. The woman reported that she had agreed on a price the night before. However, when she asked for the money the next morning, the agent told her “Let’s go, b*tch, I’m not going to pay you.” He then pushed her out of his room and into the hallway.


    White House Staffer Involved?

    There may have been another person using a prostitute that night in Colombia. The investigator who led the Department of Homeland Security’s internal review of the Secret Service’s 2012 prostitution scandal, David Nieland, claimed hotel records showed a member of the White House advance team signed a prostitute into his room the same night. The White House denied one of its people was involved and a formal report of the scandal by Nieland did not mention the White House staffer.

    The staffer alleged to have been involved is now a policy adviser at the State Department. His father also works in the Obama administration.

    After the report became public, Nieland said he was asked to delete information about the White House staffer because it was potentially damaging to the administration during an election year. A Senate report challenged that, and said the changes were part of the editing process. The White House also denied that it had intervened in the report.

    The whole thing was dropped, until now.


    Nieland and His Crimes

    Things started to turn weird when in 2013, according to Homeland Security officials, Nieland accused the inspector general’s office of retaliating against him when it suspended him for two weeks without pay after he circulated photographs that he had taken of a female intern’s feet. Nieland said he had circulated the images as a joke. The whole thing was dropped. Until…

    Sheriff’s deputies in Broward County, Florida happened to have a no-tell motel under surveillance as part of a prostitution investigation. They noticed a man who turned out to be David Nieland entering and leaving the building. When the cops stopped Nieland, he told them he was part of an undercover human trafficking operation run by the Department of Homeland Security. The cops checked with Homeland Security, who said they were not running any such operation. The Florida cops then checked with the prostitute Nieland had visited, and she confirmed he paid her for sex.

    Back at work, Nieland for his part told his own inspector general’s office that he was stopped by police in Florida because of a broken tail light. Homeland Security called the Florida cops to learn that was a lie, Nieland refused to answer any questions, and then resigned, citing health problems. He denies the allegations.


    The Coincidence Factor

    Assuming the allegations against Nieland are true, he may be a guy with some issues. Circulating photos of an intern’s feet is way outside the boundaries, and the story that the guy investigating a prostitution scandal is himself caught up in a prostitution scandal makes for juicy headlines.

    But it is worth considering the coincidence factor. It may be the cops in Florida stumbled into a headline-grabbing bust just by staking out the right motel or they had some idea which motel to stake out. Nieland did everything he could to make it all worse, lying to cover a lie, but still, the coincidence of calling out the White House and challenging a Senate report’s conclusion followed by a career-ending bust, well, anyway, something to think about, right? Probably all just a coincidence.



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    Why COIN Failed in Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan

    July 3, 2012 // 6 Comments »

    My former colleague Bill Johnson, himself a veteran of multiple COIN interactions on both the military and civillian sides, offer this insight:

    The problem in Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan is not that COIN can’t work. The problem is that one can only counter an insurgency if a legitimate government, supported by the majority of the people but opposed by an insurgency, exists.


    The governments in each of these three cases were illegitimate, created and supported by force from the United States, after which the United States had it’s creation adopt the superficial trappings of democracy in order to have some claim on legitimacy. There was not in any case a legitimate government, and thus no insurgency–legitimate government is a necessary condition for an insurgency to exist.


    What existed in these cases was a legitimate government not to our liking (Vietnam), a power vacuum caused by the total destruction of the existing government (Iraq), and an illegitimate government which we toppled and replaced with another illegitimate government (Afghanistan). In none of these cases could COIN be properly executed. The conditions demanded by COIN theory simply did not exist.


    Our support of Colombia’s battle with the FARC is the closest we have come to actually putting COIN theory into practice, and we and the Colombians have had some success there. This is largely due to the fact that most Colombians support the government established by the Constitution the Colombian people approved in 1991. The sad part about this success story is that there would be no insurgency and no FARC if the United States would do away with its failed policy to ban drugs.



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    Secret Service Prostitution: From Reality to Farce

    May 14, 2012 // 5 Comments »

    It used to take awhile for an event to morph into farce. I bet when Abraham Lincoln was shot it took weeks before Civil War-era comedians started telling inappropriate assassination jokes. Things just moved slower then.

    Now of course, with the Internet, reality becomes farce much faster. The Secret Service prostitution scandal from Colombia has already hit bottom, based on an interview from a Colombian radio station with the escort (pictured, at work, above) at the heart of it all.

    To begin, she will be posing soon for Playboy. You can get a preview here (Sort of Not Safe for Work, unless you work for the State Department, as there are no Wikileaks references).

    The Agent’s wife has stated she will stand by her now-unemployed whore mongering husband. For those of you outside the Beltway, this is a Washington-area thing, where political spouses profess loyalty to their low-life mates (Hillary and Bill!)

    According to the escort, the Agent was too drunk to finish the job and that’s why he would not pay her in the morning (she later said he did the deed then passed out, so who cares). She said the other Secret Service staff took up a collection and handed her $250, begging she would not call the cops. “He did not feel he got what he was being asked to pay for,” said the Pretty Woman.

    She was one of 20 professional women brought to the Secret Service party.

    The escort also said that the Agent could not dance well. The escort said he liked to dance in a “disorderly” manner in which “he lifted his shirt to show off his six-pack.”

    When the escort woke the Agent, he refused to pay, telling her “just go, bitch.”

    Eight Secret Service officers have been forced out, the agency is “trying” to permanently revoke the security clearance of one. HINT: Forget the whores, have him look at Wikileaks online!

    And lastly, the escort said no one from the US government has been in touch with her or interviewed her. Get this– the Secret Service (unlike the media) says they can’t find her. So much for intel.

    This appears at odds with Obama’s stated desire for a “rigorous investigation.”

    BREAKING: Apparently both the TODAY show and the US Secret Service have now interviewed the subject. Return to your business, citizens.



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