WMR was preparing to go to press with a story about President Obama's closest friends and advisers in Washington when Representative Barney Frank (D-MA) announced that he was foregoing another re-election bid and was leaving the Congress. On November 28, the White House announced "This country has never had a Congressman like Barney Frank, and the House of Representatives will not be the same without him."
While it's not easy to read the minds of the White House spinmeisters, the announcement is odd. But perhaps not so odd when considering the story we were about to run. WMR has learned from members of Washington's wealthy and very pro-Obama gay community, centered in Georgetown and in the DuPont Circle area, that Obama's closest friends and advisers are almost exclusively gay males and that the president prefers their company and advice over heterosexual politicos and Democratic Party stalwarts.
While Frank was unusual in the general history of the House, he certainly was not the only gay male member of Congress -- Gerry Studds, Larry Craig, Bob Bauman, and Mark Foley are testament to that fact. But to suggest or infer that Frank is in the same league as Sam Rayburn, Nicholas Longworth, Joseph Cannon, Joseph Martin, or Carl Albert is a very big stretch of the imagination.
Obama was attending Harvard Law School when the Massachusetts congressman was in the news for hiring his lover, Stephen Gobie, as his staff driver, and who was later discovered to be running a call boy service from Frank's Capitol Hill townhouse. However, if Frank's hero status among Washington's gay community is all that one cares about in writing his congressional career epilogue, it can be understood why Obama, who seeks the counsel and friendship of Washington's gay Democrats, would be so inclined to heap praise upon Frank.
There is also a political consequence attached to Obama's sexual predilections. Top Obama advisers, including re-election campaign chief David Axelrod, have made the decision that they do not want to run against any Republican who has a whiff of sex scandals in their background -- and that includes Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich, and Rick Perry. The Obama advisers know that if sex becomes an issue in the general election, their candidate will face some tough questioning if the campaign heads into the gutter. Therefore, the favorite GOP candidates for Obama's team are the two ostensibly squeaky-clean Mormons, Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman. Neither Romney nor Huntsman, who served as Obama's ambassador to Beijing, are expected by the Obama team to take the low road in the sexual dirt department, especially considering Romney's tepid pro-civil union stance as governor of Massachusetts.
Today, November 30, President Obama is in mid-town Manhattan to attend a small and intimate fundraiser to celebrate the passage of New York's gay marriage law. Small may be the crowd but not the ticket prices, which range from $10,000 to $35,800 per head....
Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) has, according to well-placed congressional sources, used his office to hire openly gay staffers with the ultimate intent of later forcing them into senior staff positions for incoming Democratic freshmen members of Congress. The operation, which has resulted in a steady increase in the number of gay and intimately-connected staffers in the House of Representatives, resembles the 2006 GOP House scandal, in which page sex scandal investigation target Rep. Mark Foley (R-FL) was linked to a number of gay male staffers in his own office and those of ex-Representative Tom Reynolds (R-NY)and ex-House Speaker Dennis Hastert.
Frank is not stranger to impropriety in his gay relationships. In the mid-1980s, Frank was reprimanded by his House colleagues for fixing the Congressional parking tickets for and not telling the truth about a gay escort named Paul Gobie. Gobie was also using Frank's Capitol Hill residence to operate a gay escort service. Efforts to censure and expel Frank from the House were led by Rep. Larry Craig (R-ID), who, in 2007 as a U.S. Senator, would be arrested by a Minneapolis airport police officer for trying to solicit gay sex in a men's restroom.
WMR has also discovered evidence that Frank hired a male staffer having an arrest record for molesting two underage teen males in New York state. It is believed that Frank maintained a relationship with the staffer until an incoming freshman Democratic House member was forced to hire the Frank staffer as his own chief-of-staff. Soon, the new member's chief-of-staff began dealing with White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and Frank's staff to ensure the new member, who did not support President Obama's health care initiative, would be engulfed in a carefully contrived and engineered scandal and be forced from office.
Frank, the ranking member of the House Financial Services Committee, has also been embroiled in a conflict-of-interest in having one of his ex-gay staffers become a top lobbyist for Wall Street. Frank's committee has oversight over Wall Street and Frank was involved in approving government bailout funds for Goldman Sachs and other "too-big-to-fail" Wall Street firms.
"Which office do I go to to get my reputation back?" Those were the words of former Reagan Labor Secretary Raymond Donovan after he was acquitted on fraud charges on May 25, 1987.
Those same words and their attribution to Donovan appear on a t-shirt given to former Democratic U.S. Representative Eric Massa by a legal team representing the office of U.S. House Employment Counsel after their determination that Massa, a retired U.S. Navy Commander, did not sexually harass male members of his staff. Massa experienced a stormy resignation from Congress and a hasty departure from Washington after unsubstantiated rumors surfaced that he had engaged in inappropriate sexual contact with his male staffers. The rumors, as shall be described, emanated from a closely-connected group of gay congressional staffers on the Hill, many of whom once worked for openly gay Massachusetts Democrat Barney Frank, the ranking member of the House Financial Services Committee, the chief overseer over Wall Street firms.
As the carefully-engineered "scandal" began to spell the end of Massa's term as a House member, Massa recalled how then-White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel confronted him, naked, in the shower of the House gym, after Massa's first eight weeks in office. Emanuel berated Massa for not supporting President Obama's health care bill, poking Massa in the chest with his finger. It turns out that Emanuel, a former House member, spent every morning hanging around the House gym's showers. Massa, just hours away from resigning his seat, told a radio interviewer that Emanuel was "the son of the devil's spawn," adding, "he is an individual who would sell his mother to get a vote. He would strap his children to the front end of a steam locomotive . . . ladies and gentlemen, you live today in a world that is so innocent as to not understand what's going on in Washington, D.C."
At the time, Massa believed that it was his opposition to "Obamacare" that made him a target of Emanuel. However, WMR has learned that the effort to scandalize Massa had even deeper roots, roots that made the first-term congressman a problem for the power structure embedded in Washington, Wall Street, and Jerusalem.
Massa was a one-time aide to NATO military commander General Wesley Clark but had to retire from the Navy medical reasons having been diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Massa fully recovered from the cancer and ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. House against GOP incumbent Randy Kuhl in 2006. In 2008, in a re-match in a Democratic year, Massa narrowly defeated Kuhl in the traditionally conservative Republican district, long dominated by its chief employer, Corning Glass, and its owners, the Houghton family. In fact, Kuhl's predecessor was Amo Houghton, scion of the Corning owners, but a dying breed in the GOP -- a social liberal and fiscal conservative. It was by adopting such a political brand that helped Massa best Kuhl for the normally Republican seat in 2008. It also helped that Clark and former president Bill Clinton campaigned for Massa. Not forthcoming with campaign help was Emanuel and his Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee money. Emanuel never supported Massa's bid for the House.
However, Massa's success resulted in a number of hidden agendas confronting him from the outset. Massa opposed natural gas "fracking" in his state of New York, not popular with the powerful oil and gas lobby; raised the red flags of treasonous behavior with top Pentagon brass as it became known that General David Petraeus, the commander of CENTCOM and NATO forces in Afghanistan, was meeting with top GOP officials, including former Vice President Dick Cheney, to plot out a run for the White House in 2012 against Petraeus's own Commander-in-Chief; and opposed the Wall Street bailouts and pocket-lining inherent with Obama's stimulus package and health care program.
But as much as his opposition to Obama, the gas industry, and the machinations of Petraeus may have placed him in jeopardy, it was Massa's meeting with one of his constituents, in the far northern reaches of his 29th District, in Rochester, that spelled his doom, as many similar stances in the past have resulted in a trail of destroyed political careers, from Secretary of Defense James Forrestal to Senators Charles Percy and J. William Fulbright, and Representatives Paul Findlay, Pete McCloskey, James Traficant, and Cynthia McKinney.
In a carefully unpublicized meeting, Massa met with John Hrankowski, a survivor of the unprovoked and wilfull 1967 Israeli attack on the National Security Agency (NSA) intelligence collection ship, the USS Liberty and the chief promoter of the USS Liberty Memorial in Rochester, a landmark that was vigorously opposed by Jewish groups and the Israeli Lobby. Hrankowski died in March but the memorial in honor of the 34 US Navy and NSA personnel killed by Israeli aircraft strafing and torpedo boats, as well as the rest of the crew, lives on, despite the concerted efforts by many American Jews and the Israel Lobby to obliterate the memory of the ship from history.
Already considered by the House leadership, including House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, whose sister was once the executive director of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), as not in lockstep with the Obama and Emanuel agenda, Massa was targeted in a campaign by a powerful group that is only whispered about on Capitol Hill -- the "Lavender Mafia," a group of openly and closeted gay staffers with close links, including past employment, with the office of Barney Frank.
Upon winning his seat in 2008, Massa was forced by the House Democratic leadership to accept as his chief-of-staff a gay Frank staffer, Joe Racalto, a one-time intern and driver for Frank who was brought into Frank's office by Robert Raben, a former Frank counsel and now the head of the Raben Group, which counts some of Wall Street's top firms as clients, firms over which Frank has oversight authority.
After Massa met with Hrankowski, a person described as Massa's "AIPAC overseer," approached him and asked why he had met with the former Liberty crewman. There was an obvious leak in Massa's office. Soon, Racalto began conspiring with Frank's chief of staff to undermine Massa with a contrived sex scandal. Massa's "salty" Navy language around his office began to be twisted into "sexual harassment" issues, including later charges by Racalto that he had been harassed by Massa.
In a Closing Argument made by House Office of Compliance attorneys Gloria Lett, Victoria Botvin, and Randall Robertson, it is stated: "Racalto never once alleged that he had been sexually harassed by Massa, and never once reported or complained about anyone that he had been sexually harassed . . . In short, this sexual harassment action is just one more of Racalto's strategic attempts to unjustly enrich himself through a calculated and manipulative series of lies." Helping Racalto in his "legal defense fund" is none other than Raben, the Wall Street lobbyist.
WMR has also learned from 29th District sources that Racalto maintained a relationship with Massa's announced GOP challenger, Tom Reed, at the same time that Racalto served as Massa's chief of staff. Reed, who was the mayor of Corning and is married with children, had been implicated in an attempt to conduct a sexual foursome after meeting two of Massa's female staffers in a Corning bar. Whether Racalto used this information to cut a side deal for future favors from Reed is not known but it is clear that a relationship developed between Massa's chief of staff and his Republican challenger.
There is little doubt that Massa faced two formidable but hidden oppoents: Rahm Emanuel, who never supported Massa's bid for the House, and Karl Rove, the GOP's rottweiler on keeping Democrats out of safe GOP districts. But could Emanuel and Rove have worked together, through people like Frank, Reed, Racalto, and others, to topple Massa? Such a scenario is likely considering that Rove's 2012 candidate, Mitt Romney, is benefiting from the sex scandal meltdown of pizza magnate Herman Cain. There are reports that some of the sexual dirt on Cain originated with Rahm Emanuel, now the mayor of Chicago, placing Rove and Emanuel in the same sty of political mud.
However, blackmailable information is the stock-in-trade for the "Lavender Mafia." New York Democratic Representative Bernard Higgins, who is married and represents the Buffalo area 27th District, has not been thrown out of Congress, even though congressional sources report that Higgins shares a bed in a Washington apartment with a male staffer.
In a series of e-mails obtained by WMR, it is clear that Massa was the subject of unsubstantiated rumor mongering and that rumors served as the basis for The Washington Post's exaggerated reporting on Massa's "alleged" conduct beyond the use of "salty language." In one e-mail, dated March 9, 2010, from the Post's Carol Leonnig to Racalto, she states "we will be reporting that allegations [emphasis added] involving Cong. Massa involved far more than 'salty language," based on numerous allegations of a pattern of physical sexual harassment of male staffers in his office and groping." However, there was never any formal complaints about such behavior from Massa's staffers, including his own chief of staff who only filed charges after Massa's resignation, charges that were rejected by the House Office of Compliance's counsels.
As far as "salty language," Massa's language was no more "salty" than that used by fellow Navy veteran Senator John McCain, whose foul mouth in the Congress is legendary, and the equally "salty" Baltimore longshoreman's language from Senator Barbara Mikulski.
In an e-mail, dated March 4, 2010, from Scott Brown, a reporter for WGRZ-TV in Buffalo, to Racalto, it is stated that Hoyer's office was informed about Massa's alleged activities on February 8 and that Massa's staff, again according to Hoyer's office, had notified the Ethics Committee within 48 hours. Brown said that before Politico reported on the Ethics Committee probe, Massa said he was unaware of it. Racalto was allowing the manufactured scandal to grow legs of its own. In another March 4, 2010, e-mail, Raymond Hernandez of The New York Times, wrote Racalto: "In the email you sent last night, you said that there has been no formal complaint filed with the Ethics Committee. That is at odds with the statement released by Majority Leady [sic] Steny Hoyer. Could you explain this inconsistency? In addition, you said that Mr. Massa had not been contacted by the committee. But it is my understanding that representatives of the committee visited his office yesterday. Has the congressman or any person on his staff been contacted by the committee?"
Racalto's response to Hernandez: "Congressman Massa has not been contacted by the Committee on Official Standards and Conduct. It is obvious that Congressman cannot comment on a matter about which he has been given no information and I am unable to comment because there is no formal complaint to comment on."
Then, Racalto, adds in a statement worthy of the Kremlin during the Cold War, "Congressman Massa is retiring for health reasons."
On February 26 and 27, Racalto was in e-mail communication with Frank's chief of staff Maria Giesta. It was clear that Racalto and Giesta were conspiring to bring the unsubstantiated allegations against Massa to a head and the role of Frank's office in undermining Massa cannot be emphasized more. After all, the only thing that Frank is more committed to than gay rights is support for Israel and Frank had the means, via his Lavender Mafia, and the desire to see Massa dumped from the House. Click here for an unusual e-mail exchange between Giestra and Racalto.
Maria E. Giesta,
Chief of Staff and Staff Director
Congressman Barney Frank
to Racalto: By the way honey do you have some extra Viagra
Racalto to Giesta: Sorry, fell asleep - yes I do.
Giesta to Racalto: I hope you're OK
I need one of you spare it [another e-mail from Giestra requests a Dr. Patel's phone number.]
Racalto to Giesta: At airport - have a mtg with lawyers at 11
Giesta to Racalto: Where are you going?
Racalto to Giesta: I'm meeting with attorneys in nyc - I want to make sure we are all set legally (if this investigation goes formal)
Then, on March 7, Giesta tips her hand on Frank's role in Massa's "scandal" in an e-mail to Racalto:
Giesta to Racalto: Make sure you get your severence [sic] before going postal on Massa. [Congressional sources have told WMR that in mid-March 2010, Racalto promised to all Massa staffers who levelled sexual harassment charges against Massa that they would receive $300,000 each.] [Racalto also falsely represented to Massa's campaign committee that he was due $40,000 as a "campaign management fee," which Massa denies was authorized. The media spin was that the $40,000 was some sort of "hush money."]
On February 26, there was the following from Giesta to Racalto: Hi. I can definitely loan you some money - no problem.
On February 22, Racalto was, according to his House e-mail, negotiating a $50 - 60,000 job with AIDS Community Resources.
On February 26, in a harbinger of what would befall Massa, Giesta sent another e-mail to Racalto:
Well it looks like Patterson [sic] is not going to run for Governor - good news!!
[The reference is to New York Democratic Governor David Paterson, who succeeded Governor Eliot Spitzer, who resigned after another contrived sex "scandal."]
Massa is now unemployed in Corning and wonders if he can hold on to his house. He muses while raking leaves on his lawn how much more of a difference he could make if he were able to speak during House "special orders" on the problems of Wall Street and the outrageous behavior of Washington politics that puts special interests first and citizens at the bottom of the priority list. However, in a city of deception and perfidy, there is no office where Massa can go to get his reputation back.
Meanwhile, for Frank, his staffers, and the congressional "Lavender Mafia," the Viagra, crystal meth, and booze continue to make for a gay old time....
I also consider these documentaries to be required viewing for all Americans who want to understand what's going on and get this country back:
Money as Debt
The Money Masters - How International Bankers Gained Control of America
"The powers of financial capitalism had a far-reaching plan, nothing less than to create a world system of financial control in private hands able to dominate the political system of each country and the economy of the world as a whole...Their secret is that they have annexed from governments, monarchies, and republics the power to create the world's money..." THE MONEY MASTERS is a 3 1/2 hour non-fiction, historical documentary that traces the origins of the political power structure that rules our nation and the world today. The modern political power structure has its roots in the hidden manipulation and accumulation of gold and other forms of money. The development of fractional reserve banking practices in the 17th century brought to a cunning sophistication the secret techniques initially used by goldsmiths fraudulently to accumulate wealth. With the formation of the privately-owned Bank of England in 1694, the yoke of economic slavery to a privately-owned "central" bank was first forced upon the backs of an entire nation, not removed but only made heavier with the passing of the three centuries to our day. Nation after nation, including America, has fallen prey to this cabal of international central bankers"
The Secret of Oz - Winner, Best Docu of 2010
This version finally cuts several bogus quotes which have festered in the monetary reform literature for decades.
The world economy is doomed to spiral downwards until we do 2 things: outlaw government borrowing; 2. outlaw fractional reserve lending. Banks should only be allowed to lend out money they actually have and nations do not have to run up a "National Debt". Remember: It's not what backs the money, it's who controls its quantity....
“I don’t care if Americans think we’re running the news media, Hollywood, Wall Street or the government,” Jewish columnist Joel Stein wrote in the Los Angeles Times in December 2008. “I just care that we get to keep running them.”
Mr Stein’s reckless candor in admitting that the Jews ran America was to cost him his job at the LA Times.
If Americans have lost their country to organized Jewry, they lost it slowly and imperceptibly. Indeed, most Americans remain unaware that their country no longer belongs to them. They fervently believe they still live in a democracy. This was a takeover not without precedent, however. It had happened to Germany. It had happened to Russia. It has now happened to America.
Keiser Report – Make Love, Not Debt
We discuss the new world order in which we’re all Greeks because we didn’t see the signs in 1969 – “Make Love, Not Debt.” In the second half of the show, Max Keiser interviews Birgitta Jonsdottir, about the true state of transparency, banking and economy in the latest IMF poster child, Iceland.
with this comment: f**king IMF tentacles everywhere....