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Cross-posted at Deny My Freedom.


A new story posted by the New York Daily News has this to say about CIA Director Porter Gross leaving:

A CIA spokeswoman said Foggo went to the lavish weekly hospitality-suite parties at the Watergate and Westin Grand hotels but "just for poker."

Intelligence and law enforcement sources said solid evidence had yet to emerge that Goss also went to the parties, but Goss and Foggo share a fondness for poker and expensive cigars, and the FBI investigation was continuing.

Larry Johnson, a former CIA operative and a Bush administration critic, said Goss "had a relationship with Dusty and with Brent Wilkes that's now coming under greater scrutiny."

Johnson vouched for the integrity of Foggo and Goss but said, "Dusty was a big poker player, and it's my understanding that Porter Goss was also there [at Wilkes' parties] for poker. It's going to be guilt by association."

"It's all about the Duke Cunningham scandal," a senior law enforcement official told the Daily News in reference to Goss' resignation. Duke, a California Republican, was sentenced to more than eight years in prison after pleading guilty in November to taking $2.4 million in homes, yachts and other bribes in exchange for steering government contracts.

This all seems to point to a widespread scandal breaking involving almost every level of government in the Bush administration.  The article continues:

Goss' inability to handle the allegations swirling around Foggo prompted John Negroponte, the director of National Intelligence, who oversees all of the nation's spy agencies, to press for the CIA chief's ouster, the senior official said. The official said Goss is not an FBI target but "there is an impending indictment" of Foggo for steering defense contracts to his poker buddies.

One subject of the FBI investigation is a $3 million CIA contract that went to Wilkes to supply bottled water and other goods to CIA operatives in Iraq and Afghanistan, sources said.

Even if he isn't an FBI target, the fact that he was at these parties is going to be more than enough to fuel the fire.  Who else attended these parties?  If this all turns out to be true, I am not certain how the Bush administration is going to be able to avoid calls for hardcore investigations into these deals.

Update: You know it is bad when even Drudge has this as his main story...

Originally posted to Yoss on Sat May 06, 2006 at 10:46 AM PDT.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Just like in the movies... (7+ / 0-)

    ...smoke-filled rooms and cards, prostitutes and back-room deals.

    Frightening.
  •  Who is the protagonist...MacGyver? (0+ / 0-)

    Where is the hero who ends the corruption and saves the day?

    "A little matter will move a party, but it must be something great that moves a nation." -Thomas Paine, Rights of Man, 1792

    by optimusprime on Sat May 06, 2006 at 11:06:44 AM PDT

  •  How did he get through the vetting process? (0+ / 0-)

    Shouldn't a CIA director get a better background check than an employee at a Hilton Hotel?

    If you are at a poker table and can't tell who the sucker is, then its you....Paul Newman

    by randyhauser on Sat May 06, 2006 at 11:07:49 AM PDT

    •  What vetting process? (5+ / 0-)

      This is an administration that puts cronies into every available position...or throws out highly qualified personnel and replaces them with cronies. The only question in the vetting process is "Will you do what the Boy King wants you to?" and if the answer is yes...voila! They're hired.

      "Ask me no questions, I'll tell you no lies." - Presidential Press Secretary Motto.

      by PatsBard on Sat May 06, 2006 at 11:15:32 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  It's not about Goss (0+ / 0-)

      He's leaving because of his association with Foggo. Of course, you might ask how Foggo got through the "vetting process". But the answer to that can be found in PatsBard's post.

      "Every normal man must be tempted at times to spit upon his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats." – H.L. Mencken

      by subtropolis on Sat May 06, 2006 at 11:28:36 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Washington Post had an article on Monday (0+ / 0-)

      on polygraphs.  They quoted a polygrapher as saying no CIA polygrapher would risk his career by flunking somebody like Goss.

      Same thing probably goes for the folks doing background investigations.

    •  background checks by Carlyle (1+ / 0-)
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      Gorette

      Carlyle now owns the private company, US Investigative Services, which does background checks for all civil employees.  Background checks were privatized under Clinton in 1997, Carlyle had a major stake by 1999, and bought it out along with a partner investment firm in January 2003.

      I have never let my schooling interfere with my education. -- Mark Twain

      by vinifera on Sat May 06, 2006 at 12:36:53 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  He went to play 'poke her' (1+ / 0-)
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    Pandoras Box

    not poker.  Just a typo.

    "Just because your voice reaches halfway around the world doesn't mean you are wiser than when it reached only to the end of the bar." Edward R. Murrow

    by justrock on Sat May 06, 2006 at 11:46:47 AM PDT

  •  We know this is the real story, but MSM... (1+ / 0-)
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    Gorette

    did not write this today.
    NYT and Wapo said it is because of turf war between NPonte and Goss and all that.

    Now, when this poker/corruption scandal comes out in the next couple of weeks, will NYT and Wapo name their sources for telling them lies?

    This is the standard that we should hold NYT and Wapo.  The noise should start right away in all progressive blogs and by the time, the real story comes out, Wapo/NYT will be embarassed not to out their sources or give some explanation why they printed "provable" lies. How will they do the corrections?

  •  Source for Daily News FBI Director Mueller? (0+ / 0-)

    Considering the ties Daily News bureau chief De Frank has, the "senior law enforcement official" cited in the article is very likely to be FBI Director Mueller.

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