Politics can’t be any dirtier a job than the one I’m already in.

Stormy Daniels, a Sex Worker, is thinking about running for US Senate, in a battle against David Vitter of DC Madam fame.

Here is a little video about it:

Clancy Dubos said “You need someone better than a Sex Worker” And Stormy says “Politics can’t be any dirtier a job than the one I’m already in.”.

Clancy, come meet a sex worker or two, they are definitely good enough!

Stormy, I’ll help make phone calls to voters if you decide to really run!

D.C. Prosecutor Discusses Deborah Jeane’s Trial and Suicide

Prosecuters ‘quite anguished’ over DC Madam’s suicide

WASHINGTON – For the first time, D.C.’s top prosecutor is talking about what went on behind the scenes before Deborah Jeane Palfrey’s trial and about the D.C. Madam’s eventual suicide.

Deborah Jeane and 9/11 Conspiracy Connection?

9/11 Conspiracy Connection To DC Madam Murder

Palfrey told former NSA official that call girls had picked up information concerning foreknowledge of attacks

Paul Joseph Watson
Prison Planet
Monday, May 5, 2008

Former NSA analyst and Navy intelligence officer Wayne Madsen tells the The Alex Jones Show that one of the key motives behind the DC Madams murder may have been the information her call girls picked up from Washingtons top brass concerning foreknowledge and government complicity in the 9/11 attacks.’;

Former NSA analyst and Navy intelligence officer Wayne Madsen tells the The Alex Jones Show that one of the key motives behind the DC Madam’s murder may have been the information her call girls picked up from Washington’s top brass concerning foreknowledge and government complicity in the 9/11 attacks. Madsen also connected another suspicious death – that of former CIA agent Roland Carnaby who was gunned down by Houston police last week – to another individual who was involved in both the 9/11 cover-up and the D.C. Madam scandal, disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff. Noting that Palfrey and her defense team had tried to invoke the Classified Information Procedures Act in the U.S. District Court in Washington, which is only used when classified information or the names of people who are intelligence officers needs to be discussed, Madsen said Palfrey, “Had information which could have a bearing on the 9/11 attacks that some of her employees may have picked up information beforehand that would have been very useful to the 9/11 investigation.”

Madsen added that most of Palfrey’s call girls had been active around the area of McLean Virginia, which is where the CIA and other intelligence agencies are based and where Dick Cheney lived at the time. Host Alex Jones recalled that during interviews Palfrey had told him that her escort service was in fact being used as an intelligence operation to gather intelligence on individuals who used the service, particularly those connected to the military. Madsen, who spoke personally to Palfrey on numerous occasions, recalls one conversation at dinner about a month a go with Palfrey and her asset forfeiture lawyer where Palfrey told him, ‘I have information that would have been of great interest to the 9/11 Commission – there’s information that they have (her call girls) that would have been very important for the 9/11 Commission to know having to do with intelligence they picked up about 9/11 before it happened’. The former NSA official noted that some of Palfrey’s call girls were being chauffeured by Sherlington Limousines to poker parties attended by former CIA director and co-chair of the Joint 9/11 Intelligence Inquiry Porter Goss. One of the reasons cited for Goss’ abrupt resignation in May 2006 was his alleged involvement in a prostitution scandal where lobbyists were holding parties for GOP lawmakers that featured hookers and gambling at the Watergate Hotel in D.C. On the morning of 9/11, Goss was having breakfast with the head of Pakistan’s Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) General Mahmoud Ahmad, the man who ordered a wire transfer of $100,000 to alleged lead hijacker Mohammed Atta.
Deborah Jeane Palfrey.

In addition, Madsen pointed out that Jack Abramoff, who was also connected to the DC Madam scandal, allowed at least two of the 9/11 hijackers to use one of his casino boats in the days before 9/11, and this is what Palfrey was probably referring to when she spoke about her call girls picking up information about 9/11 before it happened. “There’s the link, when you’ve got Abramoff and you had two of those hijackers on his casino boat a few days before 9/11 – I just wonder if that’s what Jeane was talking about,” said Madsen, “Because now I’m looking at this crazy incident in Houston with Roland Carnaby, a retired CIA guy who was still contracted to the CIA, being gunned down in broad daylight by the Houston police department – now I’ve been told by Agency sources in Houston that one of the people he was looking at was Abramhoff and the casino boats – so here you’ve got two people in the same week, looks like they were both assassinated in broad daylight,” he concluded. Many readers will recall that Newsweek reported that military brass in Washington received a warning the night before the 9/11 attacks which led to a September 11 flight being cancelled. “NEWSWEEK has learned that while U.S. intelligence received no specific warning, the state of alert had been high during the past two weeks, and a particularly urgent warning may have been received the night before the attacks, causing some top Pentagon brass to cancel a trip. Why that same information was not available to the 266 people who died aboard the four hijacked commercial aircraft may become a hot topic on the Hill,” according to the September 13 2001 issue. The connection to 9/11 is tantalizing and provides a key motive for why numerous power brokers would have wanted Palfrey to be shut up for good before she had the opportunity to release information in court that her call girls picked up about 9/11 pointing to foreknowledge and government complicity
in the attacks.

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Farewell, Deborah Jeane Palfrey

A touching article by Bill Keisling at Yardbird Books.

Thanks to Yardbird Books for letting us know!

Death of the D.C. Madam hits home

Violet Blue shows the side of sex work you won’t see anywhere but in new media

Looking for the silver lining, I asked Kirchner if she thought there could be a positive outcome in anything surrounding Palfrey’s death. She replied, “This is another issue being discussed among (sex work) providers. Some of us are hopeful that people will be outraged by this to such a degree that it will inspire new action and new voices working to improve the lives of sex workers. But most of us are skeptical, putting our heads down and focusing on our personal needs right now. I’m hopeful that if we can all be supportive of each other while we’re recovering from the shock and create accessible support systems for sex workers who are moved to action, then it is likely that we’ll see more providers becoming vocal about the injustice of prohibition.”

The Palfrey Suicide Notes are released.

Via the Washington Post.

Bound, not Gagged Community Responds to the Loss of Deborah Jeane Palfrey

Yesterday when I came by BNG to post the news of Palfrey’s death, mizviv already had a post going. A year ago, that would have been unimaginable — not just that we could lose Deborah Jeane, but that here, in a matter of minutes, we’d have gathered, would have spread this news to our friends and community so quickly, had this place to duck into for sanity throughout the day. All I could do was try to approve comments quickly enough, so they would come in a torrent, a dozen at a time.

I know I’m not alone now in figuring out how to express my own sense of grief and frustration. Some deeply personal and astute posts have already come out of our community:

Amber Rhea: RIP, Deborah Jeane Palfrey; More Thoughts

Audacia Ray: Deborah Jean Palfrey: Double Standards Lead to Death

Ren: We don’t put murderers and rapists away for 55 years most of the time, yet this woman, who hurt no one…

Molly Crabapple: “This punched me in the gut.”

Susie Bright: Deborah Jeane Palfrey Checks Out, with audio interview & transcript

Anthony Kennerson: Deborah Jeane Palfrey: Another Casaulty of the War On Sex

If I missed yours, can you please link in the comments and I’ll add to this list?

DC Madam Deborah Jean Palfrey Commits Suicide

TARPON SPRINGS, Fla. – A woman believed to be the one convicted of running a high-end prostitution ring in Washington was found dead Thursday of an apparent suicide, police said.

A body police believe to be 52-year-old Deborah Jeane Palfrey was found in a shed near her mother’s mobile home Thursday morning in Tarpon Springs, about 20 miles northwest of Tampa. Police said in a statement that she left a suicide note, but they did not disclose its contents or how she killed herself.

Police did not immediately have additional comment when reached by telephone. Her attorney, Preston Burton, did not return a telephone call and e-mail message.

Palfrey, known as the “D.C. Madam,” was convicted April 15 by a federal jury of running a prostitution service that catered to members of Washington’s political elite, including Sen. David Vitter, R-La. She had denied her escort service engaged in prostitution, saying that if any of the women engaged in sex acts for money, they did so without her knowledge.

She was convicted of money laundering, using the mail for illegal purposes and racketeering.

But the trial concluded without revealing many new details about the service or its clients. Vitter was among possible witnesses, but did not take the stand.

Palfrey faced a maximum of 55 years in prison and was free pending her sentencing July 24.

Prosecutors said Palfrey operated the prostitution service for 13 years.

Vitter, a first-term senator who is married and has four children, has acknowledged being involved with Palfrey’s escort service and has apologized for what he called a “very serious sin.” But he avoided commenting further.

Besides Vitter, the trial also concluded without the testimony of military strategist Harlan Ullman or Randall Tobias, a former senior State Department official. Both men had been named among possible witnesses.

One of the escort service employees was former University of Maryland, Baltimore County, professor Brandy Britton, who was arrested on prostitution charges in 2006. She committed suicide in January before she was scheduled to go to trial.

Last year, Palfrey said she, too, was humiliated by her prostitution charges, but said: “I guess I’m made of something that Brandy Britton wasn’t made of.”

This story at msnbc.com

AP alert here, and more at Fox, USA Today.

Update: AP story in full.

Deborah Jeane Palfrey Found Guilty, But of What?

Deborah Jeane Palfrey

Today a federal jury found accused “DC Madam,” Deborah Jeane Palfrey, guilty not of prostitution, pimping or pandering, but of racketeering, money laundering, and two counts of using the mail for illegal purposes. The AP and others have spun this as Palfrey being found guilty of running an escort service, which, I don’t know — am I splitting hairs here with the dulled rage of someone who’s been following this story for a year?

Palfrey is free pending sentencing on July 24. Maybe we can invite her to host a part of the Desiree Alliance conference before she heads back to court?

Did the DC Madam get DC residents to rethink prostitution?

Palfrey Gets No Breaks

Now Palfrey cannot use the information from the phone records she gave to ABC to research. And after firing her third lawyer, the judge said she can just represent herself. A couple months ago, Vitter was excluded from his subpeona (sorry I’m too lazy to dig up a link for that right now).

They’re determined to send her to prison and punish her for something. Yet there are much worse crimes in Washington at a much higher level of government. Reading this today just saddened me.

Deborah Jeane Palfrey On Law Enforcement & Sex Workers

Susie Bright did a very comprehensive & gutsy interview with Palfrey, and its transcript yields this fantastic bit on the police & misogyny:

These cops — the vice cops, you know, the lowest on the food chain at the police department — they love to go after defenseless women. You know, it’s, it’s… It is something that I want to explore when this is all over — when my actual civil/criminal case is all over. I am even talking to some folks right now about putting together a documentary on what the police have done, do, and will continue to do to defenseless women in this country involved in the sex industry.

The very first person who emailed me when this all broke was a woman. And the subject header was: “My mother is an ex-madam.” She went on to explain who she was, and the terror that she, her mother, and her family experienced at the hands of the police. This particular email was followed up by many many others, all having their own little monikers. Some were very well-known madams who have stories to tell that will make your blood curdle.

One of those emails was mine. I’m sure some of them were yours, too. Anyone care to share? Or muse on what may have been in those many complaints against the cops?

Deborah Jeane Palfrey News from September 2007

Let’s put The Man on the stand

September 16, 2007

The alleged D.C. Madam is trying to turn this legal trick: putting Tom DiBiagio on the stand. Deborah Jeane Palfrey’s lawyer said he is seeking to subpoena the former U.S. attorney for Maryland.

Palfrey Attempting to Reach Plea Deal

September 26, 2007

WTOP Radio reports that alleged D.C. Madam Deborah Jeane Palfrey is attempting to reach a plea deal in her criminal case “to end this nightmare for everyone.”

Did Cindy Adams’s Dogs Eat Her Notes?

09/27/07

Cindy Adams has made plenty of people squirm with her long-running New York Post column. But now the 76-year-old gossip maven is in sheer panic mode over a federal subpoena involving a controversial item she penned about “D.C. Madam” Deborah Jeane Palfrey.

Palfrey: I Want a New Judge

September 28, 2007

A new lawyer would be nice, but now alleged D.C. Madam Deborah Jeane Palfrey wants a new judge and new prosecutors, too. They’re the latest oh-my! motions in her case — and only slightly less madcap than her civil attorney’s announcement two weeks ago that Palfrey wished to subpoena an ABC News reporter and Sen. Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vt.), the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, to prove she is victim of political persecution. (Cue the headshaking and sighing.)

Alleged D.C. Madam Wants to Subpoena Reporter, Senator

By Carol D. Leonnig
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, September 12, 2007; 5:36 PM

The alleged D.C. Madam said she wants to subpoena ABC News investigative reporter Brian Ross and Sen. Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vt.) in hopes of showing she’s the victim of a political prosecution.

Deborah Jeane Palfrey, who faces charges of conspiracy in running an illegal prostitution ring in the D.C. area for 13 years, claims that her escort service provided legal, albeit sexually explicit, fantasies rather than sex. Ross’s news program was the first to review and report on phone records, which Palfrey provided, listing the numbers of escorts and clients she called over a four-year period.

As ABC News researched the phone calls, an assistant secretary of state resigned and disclosed that he had been a customer of Palfrey’s escort service. But Ross’s subsequent news program did not disclose names of high-profile customers, as Palfrey had pledged would happen.

Palfrey’s civil attorney, Montgomery Blair Sibley, wrote to reporters yesterday that he plans to seek Ross’s testimony because “the very real specter exists that political pressure was placed on ABC News to ‘bury’ ” names of prominent individuals it found among her phone records.

Sibley said Leahy, as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, will be able to attest to Bush administration Justice Department officials’ political interference in cases.

A spokesman for Leahy’s office dismissed Palfrey’s proposal as among the more wacky requests the senator’s office has received.

Ross rejected Palfrey’s suggestion that politicians censored or shaped his news reporting. “Our decisions regarding what we reported were based solely on what we considered to be newsworthy,” Ross said in statements posted on ABC’s Web site.

Larry Flynt holding press conference with Escort who exposed Vitter

According to an Associated Press story, Larry Flynt asked Vitter’s accuser to take a lie detector test. She did and she passed. Copies of the polygraph will be made available at the press conference on Tuesday in Beverly Hills.

It’s interesting to note that although Vitter acknowledged that he’d had sex with a hired companion, he has not been charged with any crimes.

Accused D.C. Madam Cites National Security

Palfrey Asks for Closed Door Hearing to Discuss Muslim Clients

From WashingtonPost.com 

 

By Carol D. Leonnig

Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, September 4, 2007; 12:34 PM

The woman accused of being the D.C. Madam now argues that the fact that Muslim men used her elite, Washington-based escort service before the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks might have played a role in the government’s effort to prosecute her.

Deborah Jeane Palfrey says she might need to divulge classified information that has sensitive national security implications — perhaps including the identities of Middle Eastern customers — to defend herself against the charges. She is asking a federal judge for a hearing behind closed doors to discuss the information as it relates to the government’s charges.

   

Prosecutors, who have charged Palfrey with running an illegal prostitution ring in the District from 1993 to 2006, have declined to comment on Palfrey’s newest claims. Previously, Palfrey unsuccessfully argued that the attorney general needed to appoint a special counsel to investigate her case because the Justice Department might be covering up information that former prosecutors were customers of her escort service.

‘DC Madam’ defense likely to disclose evidence, identities deemed ‘classified’

By Lori Price
www.legitgov.org

01 Sep 2007

Citizens for Legitimate Government (CLG) has learned that so-called DC Madam, Deborah Jeane Palfrey, filed a pro se “Motion for Pretrial Conference to Consider Matters Relating to Classified Information” under the Classified Information Procedures Act.

This filing alerts the government that Palfrey’s defense will likely involve the disclosure of evidence and identities presently deemed “Classified” by the U.S. government.


In an exclusive interview with CLG, Ms. Palfrey told Lori Price:

“My attorney, Mr. Sibley, and I, have very good reason to believe my case involves matters relating to national security and intelligence gathering operations. One has to remember I was in business in a city, which is home and host to some of the most powerful and connected men – not only in this country, but to foreign officials, dignitaries and businessmen from abroad for almost 13 years, from 1993 to 2006. Particularly, my firm was patronized by a significant number of Middle-Eastern clients over the years; most especially, prior to 9/11. I have contended from the onset and have stated accordingly on numerous occasions, that my situation has absolutely nothing to do with prostitution related issues. In great measure, my very rationale for breaking with Mr. Preston Burton, of late is he views my case as a simple – albeit grossly exaggerated – prostitution matter. There is something very disturbing and I would daresay highly secretive about the existence of my truly bizarre case. And I intend to uncover exactly what this is here.”

Montgomery Blair Sibley, Attorney & Counselor at Law for Deborah Jeane Palfrey, issued the following statement to CLG on 31 August 2007:

At the hearing before Judge Kessler on Tuesday, August 28th, the scheduled suppression hearing was adjourned until September 7th at 10:00 AM in Courtroom 26A. Before that suppression hearing, Judge Kessler will conduct a closed interview of Palfrey prior to determining Palfrey’s motion to replace her present counsel, Preston Burton, with me, and allow Jeane to at times represent herself in what is known as Hybrid Representation.

Recently Palfrey retained the services of Cataphora, a small Silicon Valley search and data analysis company. The firm is assisting her in preparing her defense. A recent article regarding this collaboration is available from RedHerring.com.

Palfrey’s filing is another twist in a story that outed Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) several weeks ago and threatens to complicate the lives and politics of more Washington power brokers.

Michael Collins contributed to this article.

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‘DC Madam’ Phone RecordsBy Lori Price 09 Jul 2007

‘D.C. Madam’ Phone List Names & Places –Posted by Lori Price

Citizens For Legitimate Government has received the ‘DC Madam’ phone records and is preparing the list for release. –Lori Price 09 Jul 2007

Exclusive: Judge lifts injunction on ‘DC Madam’ phone records By Lori Price 05 Jul 2007 An email was sent from Jeane Palfrey to Citizens For Legitimate Government ‘…Judge Kessler has lifted the injunction on the phone records.’ From Judge Kessler’s Order: Defendant in this case possesses a list of telephone numbers (the “List”) that has generated much controversy and speculation. The Government has twice applied to this Court ex parte for Temporary Restraining Orders (“TROs”) preventing Defendant from selling the List or from distributing copies for free. The Court granted those applications, in order to preserve the status quo, and, therefore, held a hearing to give Defendant an opportunity to respond. Upon consideration of all the pleadings, the applicable statutes and case law, and the oral argument, the Court concludes that Defendant’s request to quash the TROs should be granted.

I asked Jeane Palfrey for a comment: “I am very, very grateful to Judge Kessler, for lifting the injunction.” –Sincerely, Jeane

Another Palfrey Interview

Susie Bright interviews Deborah Jean Palfrey.

I’m wondering when a current sex worker or activist will interview her.

Palfrey and Attorney Seperate

She and her court-appointed attorney end their relationship.

D.C. Madam Bets on Valley Firm

From Red Herring

on 24 August 2007, 17:52

The so-called “D.C. Madam” may yet get the last laugh.

Accused of running a high-priced prostitution ring that catered to the rich and powerful in Washington, Deborah Jeane Palfrey, dubbed the “D.C. Madam,” earlier this year threatened to name names. But political elites breathed a sigh of relief when a television reporter reviewed a list of her clients and, save for a couple of exceptions, declared the names to be of little interest.

Now the woman at the center of Washington’s most titillating scandal in years is hoping to bolster her defense by hiring a small Silicon Valley search and data analysis company that she hopes will be able to mine a treasure trove of phone records, Congressional papers and other documents to draw up a much longer list of her clients.

That could put Cataphora, a relatively unknown Redwood City, California-based company, at the center of one of the most closely-watched scandals in Washington in recent memory.

“It could be the cornerstone of our defense,” Ms. Palfrey’s attorney, Montgomery Blair Sibley, said of Cataphora’s work.

Privately-held Cataphora will analyze thousands of pages of Ms. Palfrey’s old telephone records—which do not have names attached to them—to names and numbers subpoenaed from telephone companies. Ms. Palfrey has said she knew most of her customers by first names or aliases only. And Mr. Sibley said her telephone records are the only evidence she has not yet destroyed.

Ms. Palfrey was charged in March with running a prostitution ring but she claims that her firm, Pamela Martin and Associates, was a legitimate escort service that catered to the erotic fantasies of up to 15,000 customers—but did not provide sexual services. Mr. Sibley said that without new names provided by Cataphora’s analysis, it could be difficult to call witnesses to support his client’s position.

“This is the best way (for me) to put people on the stand to say, ‘I was just getting a massage or sniffing underwear’ or whatever,” he said.

Word of Ms. Palfrey’s arrest sparked rampant speculation that scores of well-known public figures would appear on her client list. She gave a portion of her phone numbers—from 2002 to 2006—to ABC News earlier this year, outing deputy secretary of state Randall Tobias, former Clinton administration official Dick Morris, and Louisiana senator David Vitter, who in July apologized for using the service—for “massages.”

ABC News declined to release other names because it said they were of little news value. But Cataphora’s technology could soon draw up a list of clients dating back 13 years, particularly if the company can match phone records with other data, such as politicians’ calendars or official House or Senate records.

“I’m sure they’re going to come up with ways to use the information,” said Mr. Sibley. “If there’s a high frequency of use when Congress is in session, I have reasonable grounds to subpoena Congressmen.”

Cataphora has a long track record of tracking individuals. The company’s “C-Evidence” software was designed to scour emails, calendar schedules, phone records, expense reports, and other documents to analyze—and flag, if appropriate—individuals’ communications, actions or behavioral patterns.

“We know most people are creatures of habit,” said Elizabeth Charnock, Cataphora CEO.

The software can “read” emotional context within emails to identify people’s behavior and it can also generate graphics that visually illustrate lines of communication among individuals, making it difficult for people to adopt the plausible deniability defense.

“This is the way of the future because we don’t have persons talking on the street corner,” Mr. Sibley said. “We have volumes of information flying in the ether and unless you can make sense of it, you can’t make a sustained case.”

Cataphora is typically contracted by large companies—or their law firms—that are being sued, subpoenaed, or under criminal investigation. These clients don’t want to be identified, meaning that Cataphora usually operates behind the scenes. But its involvement with the D.C. Madam could now put Cataphora in the national spotlight.

Cataphora’s emergence also comes at a time of growing complaints over the manner in which new technologies—whether illegal snooping software, government data collection programs or corporate advertising platforms—are eroding personal privacy.

It is not yet clear whether Cataphora’s software will detonate new political bombshells in the capital. More certain is that those who get caught up in Cataphora’s technological trap will not be everyday web surfers, but Washington elites.