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  •  Spitzer (4+ / 0-)
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    I think he got nailed by the P.A.T.R.I.O.T. Act.  That thing that was only going to get terrorists.  Bank(s?) reported his cash withdrawal habits, which was what nailed him.

    Stunk all the way around.  You could see why the banks would want to do it, because he was one of the more effective enforcers against them.  But it definitely stunk.

    Grab all the joy you can. (exmearden 8/10/09)

    by Land of Enchantment on Thu May 31, 2012 at 08:17:46 PM PDT

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    •  I think some GOP operative (4+ / 0-)
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      hacked his info through his bank withdrawals.  As I recall, and my memory could be really off, the repug frequented adult clubs like some kind of place for swingers, and got the info in a very hinky way.  I think it was actually illegal but when the repugs are in charge of the DOJ, it's ok.

      •  Both, imo. The banks reported his large cash (0+ / 0-)

        transactions.  But Spitzer was popular and dangerous to the GOP/Wall St connection so sleazeball Roger Stone went after Elliot.

        Among other things, Stone was the youngest member of Nixon's 1972 CREEP campaign and later worked with Nixon's Ratfucker Supreme (Lee Atwater).

        Spitzer blew it, of course.  No excuses.  And he was a high-profile target of the ReThugs.  That's a lose-lose.

        To announce that there must be no criticism of the president, or that we are to stand by the president right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public. - Theodore Roosevelt 1918

        by JVolvo on Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 10:21:21 AM PDT

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    •  No, it's pre-PATRIOT stuff (1+ / 0-)
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      It's called the anti-smurfing (for real) laws -- if you keep withdrawing lots-of-cash-but-not-quite-enough-at-one-time-to-have-to-report-it in order to evade the reporting requirements, that's a crime too.  And the feds thought he was doing so to pay off some kind of blackmail.

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