Monday, December 07, 2009
What makes Washington tick—a chart of its sex and crime scandals
by Larry Geller
Leave yourself some time, though. Sam is very thorough with his backup material. What you’ll find on your screen could be a small book. After reading it, I’m convinced that libido is the alternative energy source our government runs on.
Did you know, for example, that during the Civil War there were 450 brothels in DC.? Or that
The public often misunderstands the importance of Washington scandals, assuming them to be a simple dalliance, individual failing, or private offense. What makes both sex and crime in DC different, at least when those in power are involved, is that there is far more opportunity for blackmail and far more skill at covering things up.
The blackmail may be used by members of one branch of government against those of another, by lobbyists against members of Congress, by the police against whomever they wish, and by foreign powers. For example, one way to keep a congress member bought is for a lobbyist to provide him with high class prostitutes. And it is noteworthy that both the Israelis and Boris Yeltsin apparently knew about Bill Clinton's affair with Monica Lewinsky before the American public did.
So grab a glass of your favorite indulgence, kick back and check out his juicy narrative. It’s a long read before you get to the very bottom of the screen.
I’ve stayed at the Mayflower Hotel in DC, in fact it would be my favorite place to stay in that town. But I didn’t know what went on there. Sam Smith reveals some of the details.
…The Mayflower was also Judith Campbell Exner's home away from home when she trysted with John F. Kennedy at the White House. And yes, history buffs, it was the hotel's Town & Country lounge where FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover lunched daily for 20 years alongside his live-in aide, Clyde Tolson.
Did the DC Madam commit suicide? Read, and you be the judge. (I was one of the first to post how to remove the redaction of the phone records she released to the press in 2007—see Analyzing escort service phone records.) My take? No way.