Patriarchy Epstein, Richard Stallman vs. MIT Women Alumni

MIT Media Lab  ETHICS

Remember …. all these people at the MIT Media Lab are involved with AI and this demands adherence to having ETHICAL STANDARDS ….
THERE ARE NO ETHICAL STANDARDS APPLIED TO ANYONE AT MIT
WE ARE ALL DOOMED

Halt the use of facial-recognition technology until it is regulated.

AI pioneer accused of having sex with trafficking victim on Jeffrey Epstein’s island. Marvin Minsky was named alongside several other prominent men.

and M.I.T. Plans College for Artificial Intelligence, Backed by $1 Billion

MIT’s Media Lab Faces A Year Overshadowed By Epstein And Ethics 👉 MIT has accepted gifts from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and from fossil fuel companies. see tweets above Koch/cafe etc. ties to MIT

#Ito came to run the lab in 2011 without earning a college degree!!!

This ‘John Doe’ Really Wants to Keep the Jeffrey Epstein Docs a Secret –
https://amp.wbur.org/edify/2019/09/06/massachusetts-institute-technology-donor-ties-joi-ito

RICHARD STALLMAN – Marvin Minsky – MEDIA lab

Remove Richard Stallman And everyone else horrible in tech.
Richard Stallman – Semantics: when no violence is involved it should not be called “assault”. IMAGE on his office door
https://medium.com/@selamie/remove-richard-stallman-fec6ec210794

Is Stallman Nuts? [libreplanet-discuss] 15 Sep 2019
https://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/libreplanet-discuss/2019-09/msg00001.html

Richard Stallman
“I want to respond to the misleading media coverage of messages I posted about Marvin Minsky’s association with Jeffrey Epstein. The coverage totally mischaracterised my statements.
Headlines say that I defended Epstein. Nothing could be further from the truth. I’ve called him a “serial rapist”, and said he deserved to be imprisoned. But many people now believe I defended him — and other inaccurate claims — and feel a real hurt because of what they believe I said.
I’m sorry for that hurt. I wish I could have prevented the misunderstanding.” (LINK)
archives https://stallman.org/archives/

Anonymous:
Richard Stallman was talking about Marvin Minsky, who is dead. Stallman and his supporters make the distinction between an older teenager who was unable to give legal consent to sex, and the fact that she might be willing to have sex in a non-legal sense of being willing. To call that “assault” might suggest more violence than was actually going on, even if “sexual assault” is the technical name for a crime of statutory rape.

Is this distinction acceptable?  Even if Epstein knew she was underage, that need not mean that Minsky knew. Stallman also acknowledged a specific case in which the woman retroactively claimed she was forced by Epstein, and he believed that. He  said that his opinion on sex between adults and “consenting” children had changed over time, and that he now saw it as a problem.
As of April 2019, 34 states have set an absolute minimum marriage age by statute, which vary between 14 and 17

Remove Richard Stallman: Appendix A
The stories of thirty years of MIT women alumni. I had no idea that Richard Stallman has been so problematic, in so many different ways, for so long. I did not know that Richard Stallman has been making MIT a worse learning environment for decades, and that somehow, that behavior went on completely unchecked. The real heroes, I’m beginning to understand, are all the MIT women alumni from the 80’s and 90’s, especially in Computer Science, that had to put up with this.
1. Richard Stallman has problematic opinions.
The original email thread is not an isolated incident. MIT, by endorsing Stallman, also gives legitimacy to these ideas.

VICE Famed Computer Scientist Richard Stallman Described Epstein Victims As ‘Entirely Willing’
Stallman, a pioneer of the free software movement, argued about the definition of “sexual assault” on an MIT email listserv about the university’s connections to Jeffrey Epstein.

Motherboard has obtained a copy of the email thread, but has censored the names of its participants besides Stallman. The thread starts at the bottom and continues up. In the CSAIL thread, one person wrote “when this email chain inevitably finds its way into the press, the seeming insensitivity of some will reflect poorly on the entire CSAIL community,” they wrote. “Regardless of intent, this reads as ‘grasping at straws to defend our friends.'”
https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/9ke3ke/famed-computer-scientist-richard-stallman-described-epstein-victims-as-entirely-willing

@EthanZ “MIT does not deserve its women.”
https://medium.com/@selamie/remove-richard-stallman-fec6ec210794

@gshevlin
This is yet more proof of why academic scholars should not become involved with politicians and public figures. They are not equipped to distinguish toxic people from Good Guys.

Dr Sarah Taber @SarahTaber_bww
Let me repeat. This scandal is not just that MIT-ML took money from a known human trafficker.
They took money from a known #eugenicist. Don’t let that get buried.
They launched a “Disobedience Award” for “science that doesn’t care about society’s norms.

Dr Sarah Taber @SarahTaber_bww
Time to talk about my pretty-minimal-but-still-REALLY-WEIRD brushes with the MIT Media Lab.

Isn’t it about time you offered up a public accounting of how much of Jeffrey Epstein’s child rape money you took? Lawyers got your tongue?
https://twitter.com/xeni/status/1165622405105995776

On Joi and MIT – Larry Lessig
https://medium.com/@lessig/on-joi-and-mit-3cb422fe5ae7

Sep 8 elizabeth stark @starkness Replying to @lessig
The thing is, not all of these donations were quiet, and they were used to laundering his reputation, provide access, further abuse, and put students at risk. See this press release.
https://twitter.com/lessig/status/1170763451393880072

MIT’s “disqualified” donors aren’t necessarily banned from donating, says Media Lab  whistleblower Signe Swenson, who leaked details about the lab’s relationship with Jeffrey Epstein, explains how its funding works. MIT listed Epstein as a “disqualified” donor. “Disqualified donors” list didn’t usually mean a donor’s money was off limits under MIT’s rules, but just that the person was considered unlikely to donate. Between Joi and the development people, it was viewed that though the money was coming from Gates and Black, the money was Jeffrey’s. When he came to MIT, he took credit for having secured those funds for the lab, and he was helping to decide how that money was spent.

“Harvard Law professor Larry Lessig has implied that the MIT administration knew about and had okayed the Media Lab’s taking Epstein’s money. Is that true?
For the small gifts, that certainly could be the case. That might have been an arrangement that was agreed to be the best or only way the Institute could do this. In terms of the Bill Gates and Leon Black giving arrangements, that is not a typical arrangement, especially given the additional information that I knew from the discussions around Epstein and the favors.”

Harvard, making a statement. At 9 (?) pm eastern on a Friday
Jonathan Eisen @phylogenomics Professor @UCDavis  Guardian of Microbial Diversity;
https://twitter.com/phylogenomics/status/1172326369897828355

Check out this 2004 paper from AI Magazine (25:2) by MIT’s Marvin Minsky et al – from a workshop held on Epstein’s island. Here’s the Ack thanking Epstein + list of participants, from the paper. Multiple very well-known AI scientists were there.

John Brockman knew. Here he is with one of Jeffrey Epstein’s rape victims on one side, and alleged abuse coordinator, at an http://Edge.org billionaire’s dinner in the early 2000s.
https://twitter.com/xeni/status/1165266579560521728

and https://twitter.com/xeni/status/1165270849181474816

Before Arrest, Jeffrey Epstein Was Seen With Girls Exiting His Jet
The investigation into Jeffrey Epstein was broader than previously known, and involved an allegation of recent travel with girls, newly released documents show.
“The employee said she had seen Jeffrey Epstein on two occasions get off the plane last year sometime between June or July and as late as November, once with girls who appeared to be 11 or 12 years old and another time with one who looked as young as 16”
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/16/nyregion/jeffrey-epstein-investigation.html

Epstein, Ito, MIT, AI Media Lab, Techno Bros, Complete Ethical Failures

Jeffrey Epstein and the Lolita Express and Lolita Dress

Hidden in Plain Sight: The Shocking Origins of the Jeffrey Epstein Case

Donald J. Trump and Jeffrey E. Epstein Sex Slaves Lawsuits

Jeffrey Epstein Charged In Manhattan Federal Court With Sex Trafficking Of Minors

Get Rid of Epstein lover Manhattan DA Cy Vance

Jeffrey E. Epstein

In 1973, Barr’s father Donald, the headmaster at Manhattan’s Dalton School, hired Epstein as a calculus and physics teacher. Epstein’s mathematical skills caught the eye of Bear Stearns’ chairman, Alan “Ace” Greenberg, whose son attended the Dalton School. Greenberg hired Epstein as an options trader and the former teacher was able to amass a fortune.

Described by prosecutors this week as a “man of nearly infinite means,” a 2011 SEC filing has provided a window into the registered sex offender’s elite Wall Street links, according to the Financial Times.
https://themindunleashed.com/2019/07/epsteins-elite-wall-street-ties-revealed-in-filing.html

JPMorgan Kept Jeffrey Epstein as a Client Despite Internal Warnings

@RudyHavenstein
I believe this photo was taken during one of the parties at Jeremy Epstein’s US Virgin Islands estate.

THE BROS – anonymous
*Why do we excuse people simply because they are “geniuses”?*
*As Michelle Obama says, “they are not that smart”. Even in STEM fields, I
have to agree.*
*There is nothing I have seen a man in tech do that a woman could not.
What’s more, the woman would probably be less egotistical and more
team-oriented about it.*

Remember Negroponte? he started the Media Lab.
The MIT Technology Review reported that at an all-hands meeting at the lab on Wednesday, Media Lab co-founder Nicholas Negroponte said that — if he could do it all again — he would still encourage Ito to accept Epstein’s money. One person sobbed. Another told Negroponte to shut up. And many more walked out.
https://amp.wbur.org/edify/2019/09/06/massachusetts-institute-technology-donor-ties-joi-ito

Donath is particularly troubled by gifts from the late industrialist (and MIT alumnus) David Koch, who, with his brother Charles, fought to muddy the national understanding of human-caused climate change. Those gifts, Donath argued, may not have been worth the collateral damage: “Having [the name ‘Koch’] plastered all over the top scientific institution lends them a credence that they then use to do extremely destructive things, including to the believability of scientists.”

“Steven Mnuchin’s Mysterious Link to Creepy Epstein Model Scout”
The Treasury secretary’s name shows up on official records for a company formed in the 1980s by Jeffrey Epstein’s close friend, the model scout Jean-Luc Brunel
https://www.thedailybeast.com/steven-mnuchins-mysterious-link-to-creepy-epstein-model-scout-jean-luc-brunel

Halt the use of facial-recognition technology until it is regulated

Halt the use of facial-recognition technology until it is regulated

@katecrawford
Co-founder @AINowInstitute, NYU | Principal Researcher MSR-NYC | Distinguished Research Professor NYU | https://www.katecrawford.net/

Until appropriate safeguards are in place, we need a moratorium on biometric technology that identifies individuals, says Kate Crawford.
https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-02514-7

Earlier this month, Ohio became the latest of several state and local governments in the United States to stop law-enforcement officers from using facial-recognition databases. The move followed reports that the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency had been scanning millions of photos in state driver’s license databases, data that could be used to target and deport undocumented immigrants. Researchers at Georgetown University in Washington DC used public-record requests to reveal this previously secret operation, which was running without the consent of individuals or authorization from state or federal lawmakers.

It is not the only such project. Customs and Border Protection is using something similar at airports, creating a record of every passenger’s departure. The technology giant Amazon is building partnerships with more than 200 police departments to promote its Facial-recognition technology across the United States. Amazon gets ongoing access to video footage; police get kickbacks on technology products.

Facial-recognition technology is not ready for this kind of deployment, nor are governments ready to keep it from causing harm. Stronger regulatory safeguards are urgently needed, and so is a wider public debate about the impact it is already having. Comprehensive legislation must guarantee restrictions on its use, as well as transparency, due process and other basic rights. Until those safeguards are in place, we need a moratorium on the use of this technology in public spaces. <snip>

Big news: Ohio’s attorney general is suspending access to facial recognition databases for police officers following the news that federal agencies like ICE and the FBI are mining state databases without people’s consent
https://www.toledoblade.com/local/politics/2019/08/14/attorney-general-dave-yost-ends-law-enforcement-access-facial-recognition-program/stories/20190814120/

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YOLO YOU ONLY LOOK ONCEJoseph Chet Redmon

Dark Net

Researchers Created AI That Hides Your Emotions From Other AI
As smart speaker makers such as Amazon improve emotion-detecting AI, researchers are coming up with ways to protect our privacy.
by Samantha Cole https://twitter.com/samleecole

 

VIOLENCE, GUNS, AND SOLUTIONS by Jonathan A. Weiss Esq.

VIOLENCE, GUNS, AND SOLUTIONS by Jonathan A. Weiss Esq.

The repeated public rhetoric after each horrific massacres by guns does not change, is superficial, and does not offer the general badly needed solutions. Two important principles must be incorporated into any solutions proposed. The first is to recognize that such slaughters, outside of wars, coup d’etats, and revolutions are often accomplished by other means. We need only recall the bombings from Oklahoma Federal Center, the Boston Marathon, and the World Trade Center; the gassing in the Tokyo subway, the trucks in Nice and elsewhere. Dealing only with gun violence misses the whole picture. The second is the passage of new laws often will not offer a real difference. What is important is enforcement (see the racial effect of the War on Drugs) and allocations of resources (compare funding for the industrial-military complex and the Pentagon with that for infrastructure, public transportation, environmental preservation (particularly with indigenous people adversely effected).

What we need do first is to explore the current meaning of “The Right to Bear Arms” giving concrete content to the abstract concept invoked in the Bill of Rights. Some suggest we must consider the matter with reference to the stated need of the militia.

Arms abstractly could include weapons of war from nuclear bombs to bazookas or, for an “originalist”, a single shot front loading musket. I suggest the best choice, with contemporaneous use and reluctance to expand into military categories, would be for firearms used in hunting, target shooting, and self defense which fit the category easily. Such a position would eliminate such weapons with multiple rounds (the current conventional limit seems 5 bullets). The type of bullets would be accordingly restricted. A practical problem lies, it must be noted, in the easy conversion of some guns to contain many magazines.

These ideas could be specified in carefully drafted laws. When we consider the reference to the militia, the argument could be that knowing use of guns is necessary to form a militia (against a tyranny? Invasion? Even expansion, morally suspicious?). This position also protects expert collectors of the acceptable guns. The consequence might then allow guns with many rounds and a range of more deadly ones as “arms”. We instead urge that the best interpretation would be just the ones now used for those three purposes as a means of preparation for forming a military. In any event, this is where a Democratic debate should start.

The current superficial rules offered can not work. There are too many guns in distribution right now. The barn door which may have restricted their circulation has long disappeared and can not be closed. No new laws (particularly governing sales) will prevent the availability of dangerous destructive weapons developed for war which are now generally available.

Ironically, the desirability of considering “mental health” is urged by the most constant public exhibition of dangerous pyschopathology ever seen in the United States, Donald Trump. We must recognize first that the most significant correlation between preceding acts and mass violence is previous domestic violence with a very small percentage of those then becoming mass murderers. Even if we claim, mistakenly, that crimes committed offer proofs generally of mental disease, not only could an increase in mass incarceration of citizens posing no real threat result, but also it would work retrospectively not correctly anticipatory.

“Mental illness” is very difficult if not impossible to define even with observation of bizarre behavior, which could manifest different causes from chemicals to extreme stress. We can not offers a category for illegality which is amorphous and often misapplied civilly. Most important is who decides and sanctions those so classified without the protections of criminal law due process. Its abuse, driven often by prejudice – including rejection of cultural and religious activities as “normal” is obvious.

Another offered remedy is background checks. Granted that there exists an absurd patchwork now does not mean that a properly used across the board system will create effective results particularly, as noted, with the giant numbers of weapons circulating – apparently a uniquely American problem – but we must acknowledge the Norway massacre with guns. The recurrent problem include implementation for refusal, by whom, under what criteria? Historically, we should note that the Black Panthers first showed up with guns in public for demonstration of strength and self protection. During the civil rights movement in the South, the disparity between the racist with guns and the innocent oppressed Blacks and activists in gun ownership created the inability for self protection by the oppressed – since the local racist authorities determined the ability to purchase guns legally and, given the rural South, able to inhibit access to the black market which provided only whites and in the South were so primarily sold. Such a recognition does not imply arming people in schools, etc not only because of the increased danger of accident and immediate availability of a tool for death but also because victims are in a paralyzing shock, unprepared, probably untrained so may do more harm than good a while exposing themselves. In Odessa armed police were surprised by an apparently unprovoked attack in a traffic stop.

People paroled are subject to restrictions which usually include gun ownership which, under any scenario, drives those who want guns to buy them secretly and illegally. Mental illness is too sloppy a category, as argued, “dangerous” so vague as to be easily misused.

Police searches and property invasion to seize guns would probably augment class and race differences. They are also prevented by the real application of the Fourth Amendment. They would create an unacceptable invasion into privacy with undesirable collateral consequences. At present, police forces promote the image that they discover and prevent plots of mass violence without violating basic rights. The failure to prevent the American tragedies seem to relate to bad intelligence practices (Syria?); deformed misleading public information (Iraq) or no proper communication (9/11) (with a fig leaf or ridiculous airport searches including shoe removal, etc.). In general, see Gopnik, September 2nd, 2019 New Yorker on spy against spy failure to inform foreign policy or domestic attacks. Unfortunately, in this complex contingent world, no system is proof against random acts of violence.

The atmosphere, led by the President, of hate and even violence encouragement, has led to some advocating rules against “hate speech.” But, it is one thing to communicate about committing a crime, and another to advance a general position. The importance of First Amendment protection is illustrated by the negative history of imprisoning pacifists for letter writing during World War I, the McCarthy era, suppression of artistic works for obscenity. “political correctness”, discrimination against religious groups, burning of Reich’s books, etc. (The underground dark web offers refuge too for people justly and unjustly paranoid.). That repression is not a solution to the problem of violence against masses.

The best solutions are short, middle, and long term. The short term solution which should have some good effects would be massive buy back of “assault” weapons with many rounds with location and prosecution of those who sell them. Such a measure is easy to formulate and might diminish the use of guns in these massacres.

The middle solution involves communities. The closing of community mental health centers. started by Ronald Regan, created an unmitigated disaster evidenced in the number of homeless. Reopenining them widely accompanied by outreach should help those disturbed individuals who might develop alienation and aggression developing into deplorable acts. Neighborhood activities after schools hours (e.g. night basketball) have been shown to diminish violence, particularly including guns. Counseling, particularly family Counseling should be made available, in schools and other institutions. In particular, social services including counseling should be available at various community centers in greatly increased quantity while accompanied by outreach. Or particular concern is involving parents with, when relevant, an emphasis on no abuse but patience. Architecturally, the size of housing projects and schools must be radically reduced with “all deliberate speed.” Educational programs for children and adolescents must emphasize the unique value of human beings. The expansion of programs where ex-Nazis etc. try to work with those considering leaving hate groups will help some people who might be dangerous individually or collectively. Allocation of resources for these programs, and others which bring people together, will be of real service.

Finally, the best permanent solution lies with the general solving of societal problems from segregation to alienation from work to no work. The provision of necessities for all –  including but not limited to adequate housing, clothing, nutrition, public transportation, educational opportunity universally available, democratic participation encouraged and protected, also includes voting easily without improper intrusion or manipulation, etc. Arts encouraged and enabled, city planning on a human scale with many parks, environmental activity, ensuring that there is time and availability for enjoyment, the least and least harmful incarceration (institutional as well as punitive) with community courteous police acting for protection of citizens. In such an environment, we would expect fewer angry alienated hating individuals and groups. Perhaps this is utopian, but so is a world without violence, violence which uses weapons of war – itself with no place in utopia.

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K12 Student Data is Hacked and the Surveillance State

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Join Interdisciplinary #STEAM #STEM K12 School Projects. Link to your video project from your school information page and promote your work.
JOIN Folklore / Folklife and  National Security projects across the nation.
https://k12playground.com/

 

WHAT TO DO — HOW TO FIX THIS

Federal Register :: Request for Public Comment on the Federal Trade Commission’s Implementation of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule. Written comments must be received on or before October 23, 2019. The Commission will hold a public workshop to review the COPPA Rule on October 7, 2019. Write “COPPA Rule Review, 16 CFR part 312, Project No. P195404,” on your comment and file your comment online at https://www.regulations.gov by following the instructions on the web-based form. 
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/07/25/2019-15754/request-for-public-comment-on-the-federal-trade-commissions-implementation-of-the-childrens-online

Send your comment and cite all the information below.

WHAT IS WRONG

#K12SurveillanceState #K12 Surveillance State

@AASA, The School Superintendents Association supports & develops school leaders, advocates for high-quality public education for all children

THERE ARE NO  CHIEF PRIVACY OFFICERS  IN K-12 EDUCATION

PRIVACY INFORMATION
Does K12 monitor your computer and How to Protect your Privacy Online

ETHICS — There isn’t a single school district with a K-12 CPO. In fact, it is still extremely rare for districts to hire even one full-time employee dedicated to privacy.
Student Privacy Bill Protection : No Parental Consent Needed for Data Mining
Anyone who tells you they don’t need privacy because they “have nothing to hide” is a sheep that will enable a total surveillance state. Just don’t do it. Privacies protect our basic human rights.

Report: K-12 Schools Experienced 122 Cyber Attacks in 2018
A new report from the K-12 Cybersecurity Resource Center says a U.S. school district falls victim to a cyber attack as often as every three days.

#google owns #YouTube violates children’s privacy

Google has secret webpages that feed your personal data to advertisers, report says – CNET
https://www.cnet.com/news/google-has-secret-webpages-that-feed-your-personal-data-to-advertisers-report-says/

COPPA can collect $42,530 per violation (which basically is per person it affected). $170M is fractions of pennies of a full fine. Those feels when @google has violated individuals’ privacy so many times it gets a comparison chart for fines against it:
https://twitter.com/wbm312/status/1169267237468819461

“This is the third time since 2011 that the FTC is sanctioning @Google for privacy. The FTC’s $136 million penalty makes for a great headline, but @Google will still pull in a profit for violating children’s privacy on @YouTube
https://twitter.com/chopraftc/status/1169245407949524992

Welcome to the K-12 Surveillance State – The New York Times
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/02/opinion/surveillance-state-schools.html

YouTube under federal investigation over allegations it violates children’s privacy https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2019/06/19/facing-federal-investigation-youtube-is-considering-broad-changes-childrens-content/

“The $170m @YouTube @FTC settlement is impressive as far as it goes, but I am concerned that it does not go far enough to ensure that child-directed content on YT will be treated lawfully under COPPA, so I dissented:
https://twitter.com/RKSlaughterFTC/status/1169260973242425347

Schools Are Deploying Digital Surveillance Systems
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=20115092

States Are Ratcheting Up Reading Expectations For 3rd-Graders
https://www.npr.org/741156019

Elizabeth Warren unveils bill that could hold tech execs responsible for data breaches
https://www.theverge.com/2019/4/3/18293688/elizabeth-warren-facebook-amazon-google-apple-executives-jail-data-breaches

State refuses to release report on Frederick County Public Schools data breach
https://www.fredericknewspost.com/news/education/schools/public_k-12/state-refuses-to-release-report-on-frederick-county-public-schools/article_5dcc5bc5-58ba-5930-bb3c-b77ef5c52ea0.html

The ‘Top 10’ K-12 Cyber Incidents of 2018
https://medium.com/@douglevin/the-top-10-k-12-cyber-incidents-of-2018-1a85eae9357a

Back-to-school malware is hiding in those digital textbooks
https://www.cnet.com/news/back-to-school-malware-is-hiding-in-those-digital-textbooks/

9/6/19 Schools in Arizona’s Flagstaff closed for second day due to cyberattack
https://thehill.com/policy/cybersecurity/460244-schools-in-arizonas-flagstaff-closed-for-second-day-due-to-cyber-attack

The Flagstaff Unified School District (FUSD), which includes 15 schools and more than 9,600 students, canceled classes on both Thursday and Friday after a ransomware virus was found on multiple servers. Preschools and child care centers within FUSD were also closed.  FUSD spokesman Zachery Fountain told The Hill the choice was made to sever internet connections at school facilities to contain the virus.

The K-12 Cybersecurity Resource Center
https://k12cybersecure.com/

Cyber security national project New York City is launching public cybersecurity tools to keep residents from getting hacked
https://techcrunch.com/2018/03/29/nyc-secure-new-york-cybersecurity-app-de-blasio/

Chinese Company Backs Out Of Controversial Choir College Purchase https://www.npr.org/737666425

I know the award winning and statewide respected journalist, Charlie Kratovil, who was invited to attend a charter school conference in New Jersey this week at which White House correspondent April Ryan keynoted, who was forcibly ejected during Ryan’s speech after his camera was seized. Another local journalist who retired from a career with a major newspapers when it downsized, reported on this event – which is both mysterious and highly disturbing as it reeks of media suppression.

https://www.bobbraunsledger.com/jersey-journalist-roughed-up-at-session-sponsored-by-charter-school-groups/

Jersey journalist roughed up at session sponsored by charter school groups

An independent New Jersey journalist was roughed up, his video camera was seized, and he was ejected from a New Brunswick conference sponsored by a number of pro-charter school organizations.

The incident involving Charles Kratovil of New Brunswick Today at last Saturday’s session of what was billed the “Fourth Annual New Jersey Parents Summit” was caught on tape. Kratovil said he was injured during the scuffle and will file criminal charges against a security guard for radio journalist April Ryan, a speaker at the conference. The tape shows Ryan assenting to the guard’s action against Kratovil shortly after she began to speak.

Another internet-based news organization– news franchise TAPInto–apparently did not consider interfering with the work of a journalist at a public event newsworthy. TAPInto reported on the speech that was interrupted by the incident involving Kratovill but did not mention the scuffle.

TAPInto has refused comment on its role (or lack of one) in the incident, apparently witnessed by its New Brunswick editor Chuck O’Donnell whose byline appears on that outlet’s account of Ryan’s speech. Ryan, the White House correspondent for American Urban Radio Networks (AURN), also refused comment.

Ryan, also a paid analyst for CNN, achieved considerable notoriety last year when she was criticized by President Donald Trump. According to The New York Times. Trump said:

“You talk about somebody that’s a loser; she doesn’t know what the hell she’s doing. She gets publicity, and then she gets a pay raise or a contract with, I think, CNN. But she’s very nasty. And she shouldn’t be. She shouldn’t be. You’ve got to treat the White House and the office of the presidency with respect.”

Ryan says she has had to hire security guards because of death threats that followed her run-in with Trump. She did not mention that at Saturday’s meeting when she apparently had Kratovil removed.

It’s not clear why Kratovil was singled out for attention.

The videotape–just as Kratovil’s camera was seized– shows her explaining she does not allow videotaping of her public comments because she “like(s) to have an unfettered discussion.” The website of the conference sponsor, however, carries a videotape of remarks she made at a different session of the two-day meeting.

Kratovil, who publishes New Brunswick Today, is a well-known journalist in New Brunswick. He considers his media outlets–a website, a Twitter account, a You Tube channel, and an infrequent hard-copy newspaper–to be part of journalism’s “hyper-local” movement, replacing the many defunct or stripped-down local newspapers that once served New Brunswick and the surrounding area.

Despite his proclivity for occasionally making news–he ran for mayor and often speaks at public meetings–Kratovil is a professional journalist and has won awards for his work.

The 33-year-old journalist covers a wide variety of aspects of life in the university town–personal, political, and educational. He explains he was not especially interested in the topics covered in the conference, including charter schools. He wanted to meet a White House correspondent and introduce her to his followers.

“It’s just not every day a White House correspondent comes to New Brunswick,” he says. “I wanted to get it on videotape and run it on our YouTube channel.”

He says he never intended to write a story about the conference or the conference sponsors. New Brunswick Today published only one story about charter schools in the last few years–and his outlet has not taken an editorial position on them.

Kratovil provides a service and a product needed in a city like New Brunswick. In providing that service, he should not be mistreated by anyone–especially not another journalist. No journalist should.

While much is known about Kratovil, less is known of the “Fourth Annual New Jersey Parent Summit.” The conference was organized by an entity called “Project Ready,” founded and operated by Shenell McCloud, the state “director of advocacy” for KIPP Schools, a chain of charter schools that flourished in Newark under state control during the tenure of former GOP Gov. Chris Christie.

The conference program and website suggests the meeting was aimed at parents active in urban school districts. Several pro-charter speakers were listed in the program.

Organizers said about 300 people attended the weekend conference, about 200 of whom apparently purchased tickets to the affair–or had tickets purchased for them; the rest were invited guests, including state and local politicians and US Rep. Donald Payne Jr. (D-10th), who introduced Ryan. Pro-charter members of the Newark school board did speak, according to the program.

The roster of sponsors included the New Jersey organizations most active in the privatization of public schools–the New Jersey Charter School Association; Better Education for Kids, Inc (B4K); JerseyCan; KIPP-NJ; iLearn Schools; Parents for Great Camden Schools; the BRICK Education Network, and others.

“It was a little odd,” says Kratovil. “Obviously, there were many people there who seemed to be involved in charter schools, including a lot of parents whose kids attend but there wasn’t actually much talk about charter schools.”

From what he says and from the descriptions on organizational websites, the point of the conference was to introduce local parent organizers to local politicians, primarily from New Jersey’s major cities.

MIek DuHaime–his firm cooperated with Kravotil, gave no hint of trouble to come.
But–none of this explains why Kratovil was so unwelcome. The journalist posted e-mail exchanges with the public relations firm hired to create media interest in the conference, Mercury Public Affairs, LLC, a political consulting firm. One of its best-known partners is Mike DuHaime, the chief strategist for Christie’s unsuccessful presidential campaign.

The Mercury publicists were happy to have Kratovil at the conference.
New Brunswick Today had published an advance article on Ryan’s appearance–an event that drew no interest from mainstream media. On Saturday, Mercury employee Will Herberich helped him set up his video camera.

“Everyone was very polite,” says Kratovil. “I was too. I made sure my camera didn’t get in anyone’s way. I had no idea something like this was going to happen.”

He had taped about 90 minutes of the conference when Payne rose to introduce Ryan and Ryan began to speak.

It immediately became clear something was wrong. Ryan and an unidentified man clearly were troubled by Kratovil’s camera. The man, later identified only as out-of-state “security” for Ryan, heads toward the camera.

The camera obviously is forcefully removed. Audio from the scene depicts the argument between the man and Kratovil.

In a series of tweets posted on his Twitter account, Kratovil recounts in detail–with photos–how someone grabbed the camera and took it out of the room, followed by Kratovil demanding the man stop what he is doing. You can see the entire thread here:

Kratovil had every right to be where he was. Ryan, who has complained about the way the Trump White House treats her, did to Kravotil what Trump tried to do to her.

Worse, really–no one physically touched Ryan, no one took away her tape recorder, no one ejected her from the White House. Trump just criticized her–and that certainly hasn’t–and won’t–hurt her career.

She’s a hero to the press. Or was.

Last April, she was awarded a “Freedom of the Press” award from the Reporters’ Committee for Freedom of the Press.

Maybe the committee will give the same award to Kratovil next year. Ryan should nominate him. And he deserves it.

Kimi Wei | The Wei LLC
kimi@thewei.com

The State is a Bank

https://www2.illinois.gov/sites/doit/Strategy/Documents/BlockchainTaskForceFinalReport020518.pdf

The answer is “the state is now a bank” and as it controls the price floor and the amount in circulation it can control the market price.

The price is whatever the state wants it to be.

If tokenized, the benefits would definitely be traded in the open (although perhaps black) market. There’s already a black market for food stamps

Kleiman v. Wright, 9:18-cv-80176

 

Kleiman v. Wright, 9:18-cv-80176
https://www.courtlistener.com/docket/6309656/kleiman-v-wright/?filed_after=&filed_before=&entry_gte=&entry_lte=&order_by=desc

Since 2016, Craig Wright has claimed to be the creator of Bitcoin. The Kleiman estate says that Wright said Dave signed all these property rights away “in exchange for non-controlling share of a non-operational Australian company worth ‘millions.’” The plaintiffs accused Wright of document manipulation, fraud, and outright forgery.
Court Instructs Craig Wright to Distribute Billions to Plaintiffs Kleiman Family Awarded 50% of Craig Wright’s Supposed BTC Mined Prior to 2014 https://news.bitcoin.com/court-instructs-craig-wright-to-distribute-billions-to-plaintiffs/
CSW pays Kleiman’s legal fees.
On August 26, the self-proclaimed Bitcoin inventor, Craig Wright, was ordered by Southern District Court of Florida to distribute half of his BTC holdings and intellectual property assets from prior to 2014. According to the Kleiman estate attorney Vel Freedman, the family has waited a long time for the ruling and they believe things are headed in the right direction. David Kleiman was Wright’s business partner for years and the family has accused Wright of manipulating Dave’s inheritance.At the date of filing on February 14, 2018, they said the value of Dave’s assets “far exceed $5,118,266,427.50 USD before punitive or treble damages.” The Kleiman estate and Dave’s brother Ira insisted “Craig perpetrated a scheme against Dave’s estate to seize Dave’s bitcoins and his rights to certain intellectual property associated with the Bitcoin technology.” Fast forward to August 26, 2019, as Florida Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart advised the court that the Kleiman estate should get half of the BTC Wright allegedly mined with Kleiman before 2014. Moreover, half the intellectual property owned by Wright before December 31, 2013 should also be handed over to the plaintiffs, Reinhart recommended. The Judge said “Dr. Wright did not impress me as someone telling the truth. All Craig’s testimonies have been rejected on this matter.”

#craigwrightisafraud “Dr.Wright is Dishonest. He is a Serial Forger!” It’s been said in a Federal Court.

https://www.courtlistener.com/recap/gov.uscourts.flsd.521536/gov.uscourts.flsd.521536.1.0.pdf
@KatieAnanina @VelvelFreedman and @KyleWRoche

According to the Guardian, the Florida judge ordered Wright to pay half of the bitcoin he earned between 2009 and 2013, and half of the intellectual property he owned at the time of Kleiman’s death. The price of bitcoin is in constant flux but as of today, the real Satoshi Nakamoto’s holdings would be worth about 10.45 billion dollars. Meaning Wright has been ordered to hand over more than 5 billion dollars worth of cryptocurrency. But the court did not determine how much bitcoin Wright actually holds.
https://gizmodo.com/man-claims-he-invented-bitcoin-is-ordered-to-pay-billi-1837659816

While the Australian claimed he would not sell $5 billion worth of BTC on the open market, which could lead to a crash, the source of the additional $2 billion remains unknown. The alternative, which he did not discount, would be for Ira Kleiman to pay in cash in return.
“Whoa! The estate tax is 40%. Unless Ira has $2 billion in cash, he will have to dump 2 million BTC to pay the taxes,” the interviewer exclaimed in the first exchange with Wright since the court order. https://cointelegraph.com/news/craig-wright-kleiman-estate-will-now-dump-2-billion-in-bitcoin

 

Would-Be Bitcoin Creator Must Fork Over $4 Billion to Ex-Partner

 

Judge finds Craig Wright committed perjury, must surrender half of his Bitcoin billions

Documents filed today in a Florida court confirm that self-professed Bitcoin inventor Craig Wright has come out on the losing end of a costly lawsuit.

https://decrypt.co/8750/judge-craig-wright-committed-perjury-must-surrender-half-bitcoin-billions

#ProtectPrivacy: American Library Association blasts LinkedIn for intrusive ToS changes

American Library Association blasts LinkedIn for intrusive ToS changes

Library goers will now have to use or sign up for a LinkedIn account when viewing Lynda.com courses at public libraries.

By Catalin Cimpanu for Zero Day | July 23, 2019 — 15:00 GMT (08:00 PDT)

The American Library Association has put LinkedIn on full blast after the tech giant announced a planned change to its terms of service for the LinkedIn Learning (formerly Lynda.com) platform.

The upcoming ToS change would force library-goers to give up on their privacy and register a LinkedIn account to have access to video training courses. Previously, they only had to provide a library card number to access such resources.

This is a big deal for ALA, which is the oldest and largest library association in the world, with over 57,000 members, mostly based in the US.

Many libraries don’t just provide access to books anymore. Modern libraries also grant patrons access to e-books, audiobooks, DVDs, 3D printers, but also technology training courses, which ALA said have become very popular.

For the latter, many libraries use public funds to purchase access to online video training courses from various platforms. LinkedIn Learning, formerly known as Lynda.com and acquired by LinkedIn in 2015, is one of the most popular services used by libraries.

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https://www.zdnet.com/article/american-library-association-blasts-linkedin-for-intrusive-tos-changes/

#deleteLinkedin

#ProtectPrivacy

Jeffrey Epstein and the Lolita Express and Lolita Dress

EXCLUSIVE: Jeffrey Epstein had a painting of Bill Clinton wearing a blue DRESS and red heels and lounging in the Oval Office inside his Manhattan mansion – visitor reveals bizarre image inside pedophile’s $56m lair

https://www.msn.com/en-ie/news/world/exclusive-jeffrey-epstein-had-a-painting-of-bill-clinton-wearing-a-blue-dress-and-red-heels-and-lounging-in-the-oval-office-inside-his-manhattan-mansion-visitor-reveals-bizarre-image-inside-pedophiles-dollar56m-lair/ar-AAFQ5mD

The picture depicting the former president apparently lounging on a chair in the Oval Office, wearing red heels and posing suggestively in a blue dress redolent of Monica Lewinsky was in a room off the stairway of the Upper East Side townhouse.

The dress is also strikingly similar to one worn by Hillary Clinton at the 2009 Kennedy Center Honors.

Fashions that inspired Lolita and other romantic styles
http://www.fyeahlolita.com/2010/02/old-school-lolita-in-90s-80s-and-70s.html

It’s hard to talk about Lolita’s roots without going back quite a bit further than the 1970’s. We’ll have to go earlier still to the 1950’s and even further into antiquity to the Victorian and the Rococo eras. Of course, there is no frilly line of lace stretching from one era to the next that leads directly to Lolita today, these are all completely separate styles that Lolita draws much of it’s inspiration from. The cute and girly silhouette of the 1950’s. The elegance and details of the Victorian era, and the decadence of the Rococo era are all different periods that inspires Lolita.
So how did the name “Lolita” stick to the fashion?

This is the real mystery here! The term “Lolita” wasn’t used to describe this fashion until the early-to-mid 1990’s. From everything I had ever seen, by this point Natural Kei was beginning to diverge into a separate style, less romantic and more girly.

Vladmir Nabakov’s 1955 novel Lolita, yet its origins and contemporary meaning are vastly different. Where the novel introduced Western Society to the sexualized child. Lolitas are, despite being sweet and demure, against the objectification and sexual submission of females – instead feminine strength in the form of self-control and proper conduct is ideal for the fantasized ‘lady’ (Monden 2008).
Young Girls
Angelic Pretty is the easiest to spot and most frequently worn of the Lolita brands. Simple skirts in floral print that probably couldn’t fit a modern Lolita’s petticoat, peter pan blouses, and bloomers are regular items from the brand formerly known as Pretty in the first Fruits magazines from the late 90’s. Click for full-sized pictures.
Lolita Express

Flight Logs Put Clinton, Dershowitz on Pedophile Billionaire’s Sex Jet
https://gawker.com/flight-logs-put-clinton-dershowitz-on-pedophile-billio-1681039971

Hidden in Plain Sight: The Shocking Origins of the Jeffrey Epstein Case

Hidden in Plain Sight: The Shocking Origins of the Jeffrey Epstein Case

Epstein is only the latest incarnation of a much older, more extensive and sophisticated operation that offers a frightening window into how deeply tied the U.S. government is to the modern-day equivalents of organized crime.
https://www.mintpressnews.com/shocking-origins-jeffrey-epstein-blackmail-roy-cohn/260621/

Angleton was well acquainted with Soviet treachery. His best friend in British intelligence was Kim Philby, with whom he shared many a secret over liquid lunches in Washington.
https://theintercept.com/2018/01/01/the-complex-legacy-of-cia-counterintelligence-chief-james-angleton/

July 18th, 2019
By Whitney Webb @_whitneywebb

Despite his “sweetheart” deal and having seemingly evaded justice, billionaire sex offender Jeffrey Epstein was arrested earlier this month on federal charges for sex trafficking minors. Epstein’s arrest has again brought increased media attention to many of his famous friends, the current president among them.

Many questions have since been asked about how much Epstein’s famous friends knew of his activities and exactly what Epstein was up to. The latter arguably received the most attention after it was reported that Alex Acosta — who arranged Epstein’s “sweetheart” deal in 2008 and who recently resigned as Donald Trump’s Labor Secretary following Epstein’s arrest — claimed that the mysterious billionaire had worked for “intelligence.”

Other investigations have made it increasingly clear that Epstein was running a blackmail operation, as he had bugged the venues — whether at his New York mansion or Caribbean island getaway — with microphones and cameras to record the salacious interactions that transpired between his guests and the underage girls that Epstein exploited. Epstein appeared to have stored much of that blackmail in a safe on his private island.

Claims of Epstein’s links and his involvement in a sophisticated, well-funded sexual blackmail operation have, surprisingly, spurred few media outlets to examine the history of intelligence agencies both in the U.S. and abroad conducting similar sexual blackmail operations, many of which also involved underage prostitutes.

In the U.S. alone, the CIA operated numerous sexual blackmail operations throughout the country, employing prostitutes to target foreign diplomats in what the Washington Post once nicknamed the CIA’s “love traps.” If one goes even farther back into the U.S. historical record it becomes apparent that these tactics and their use against powerful political and influential figures significantly predate the CIA and even its precursor, the Office of Strategic Services (OSS). In fact, they were pioneered years earlier by none other than the American Mafia.

In the course of this investigation, MintPress discovered that a handful of figures who were influential in American organized crime during and after Prohibition were directly engaged in sexual blackmail operations that they used for their own, often dark, purposes.

In Part I of this exclusive investigation, MintPress will examine how a mob-linked businessman with deep ties to notorious gangster Meyer Lansky developed close ties with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) while also running a sexual blackmail operation for decades, which later became a covert part of the anti-communist crusade of the 1950s led by Senator Joseph McCarthy (R-WI), himself known throughout Washington for having a habit of drunkenly groping underage teenaged girls.

Yet, it would be one of McCarthy’s closest aides who would take over the ring in later years, trafficking minors and expanding this sexual blackmail operation at the same time he expanded his own political influence, putting him in close contact with prominent figures including former President Ronald Reagan and a man who would later become president, Donald Trump.

As will be revealed in Part II, after this figure’s death, the blackmail operation continued under various successors in different cities and there is strong evidence that Jeffrey Epstein became one of them.

Samuel Bronfman and the Mob

The Prohibition Era in the United States is often used as an example of how banning recreational substances not only increases their popularity but also causes a boom in criminal activity. Indeed, it was Prohibition that greatly increased the strength of the American Mafia, as the top crime lords of the day grew rich through the clandestine trade and sale of alcohol in addition to gambling and other activities.

It is through the bootlegging trade of the 1920s and the early 1930s that this story begins, as it brought together key figures whose successors and affiliates would eventually create a series of blackmail and sex trafficking rings that would give rise to the likes of Jeffrey Epstein, the “Lolita Express” and “Orgy Island.”

Samuel Bronfman never planned to become a major producer of liquor but true to his family’s last name, which means “brandy man” in Yiddish, he eventually began distributing alcohol as an extension of his family’s hotel business. During Canada’s Prohibition period, which was briefer than and preceded that of its southern neighbor, the Bronfman family business used loopholes to skirt the law and find technically legal ways to sell alcohol in the hotels and stores the family owned. The family relied on its connections with members of the American Mafia to illegally smuggle alcohol from the United States.

Soon after Prohibition ended in Canada, it began in the United States and, by the time the flow of illegal alcohol had turned the other way, the Bronfmans – whose business ventures were then being led by Sam Bronfman and his brothers — were relatively late to an already flourishing bootlegging trade.

“We were late starters in the two most lucrative markets – on the high seas and across the Detroit River. What came out of the border trade in Saskatchewan was insignificant by comparison,” Bronfman once told Canadian journalist Terence Robertson, who was then writing a biography of Bronfman. Nonetheless, “this was when we started to make our real money,” Bronfman recounted. Robertson’s biography on Bronfman was never published, as he died under mysterious circumstances soon after warning his colleagues that he had uncovered unsavory information about the Bronfman family.

Samuel Bronfman mob

Samuel Bronfman pictured in 1937 with his sons Edgar and Charles

Key to Bronfman’s success during American Prohibition were the ties his family had cultivated with organized crime during Canada’s Prohibition, ties that led many prominent members of the mob in the United States to favor Bronfman as a business partner. Bronfman liquor was purchased in massive quantities by many crime lords who still live on in American legend, including Charles “Lucky” Luciano, Moe Dalitz, Abner “Longy” Zwillman and Meyer Lansky.

Most of Bronfman’s mob associates during Prohibition were members of what became known as the National Crime Syndicate, which a 1950s Senate investigative body known as the Kefauver Committee described as a confederation dominated by Italian-American and Jewish-American mobs. During that investigation, some of the biggest names in the American Mafia named Bronfman as a central figure in their bootlegging operations. The widow of notorious American mob boss Meyer Lansky even recounted how Bronfman had thrown lavish dinner parties for her husband.

Years later, Samuel Bronfman’s children and grandchildren, their family’s ties to the criminal underworld intact, would go on to associate closely with Leslie Wexner, allegedly the source of much of Epstein’s mysterious wealth, and other mob-linked “philanthropists,” and some would even manage their own sexual blackmail operations, including the recently busted blackmail-based “sex cult” NXIVM. The later generations of the Bronfman family, particularly Samuel Bronfman’s sons Edgar and Charles, will be discussed in greater detail in Part II of this report.

Lewis Rosenstiel’s dark secret

Crucial to Bronfman’s Prohibition-era bootlegging operations were two middlemen, one of whom was Lewis “Lew” Rosenstiel. Rosenstiel got his start working at his uncle’s distillery in Kentucky before Prohibition. Once the law banning alcohol was in force, Rosenstiel created the Schenley Products Company, which would later become one of the largest liquor companies in North America.

Though he was a high school drop-out and not particularly well-connected socially at the time, Rosenstiel happened to have a “chance” meeting with Winston Churchill in 1922 while on vacation in the French Riviera. According to the New York Times, Churchill “advised him [Rosenstiel] to prepare for the return of liquor sales in the United States.” Rosenstiel somehow managed to secure the funding of the elite and respected Wall Street firm Lehman Brothers to finance his purchase of shuttered distilleries.

Officially, Rosenstiel is said to have built his company and wealth after Prohibition, by following Churchill’s advice to prepare for Repeal. However, he was clearly involved in bootlegging operations and was even indicted for bootlegging in 1929, though he evaded conviction. Like Bronfman, Rosenstiel was close to organized crime, particularly members of the mostly Jewish-American and Italian-American mob alliance known as the National Crime Syndicate.

Subsequent New York state legislative investigations would allege that Rosenstiel “was part of a ‘consortium’ with underworld figures that bought liquor in Canada [from Samuel Bronfman]”, whose other members were “Meyer Lansky, the reputed organized crime leader; Joseph Fusco, an associate of late Chicago gangster Al Capone and Joseph Linsey, a Boston man Mr. Kelly [the congressional investigator testifying] identified as a convicted bootlegger.” Rosenstiel’s relationship with these men, particularly Lansky, would continue long after Prohibition and Samuel Bronfman, for his part, would also maintain his mob ties.

In addition to his friends in the mob, Rosenstiel also cultivated close ties with the FBI, developing a close relationship with longtime FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover and making Hoover’s right-hand man and longtime assistant at the FBI, Louis Nichols, the Vice President of his Schenley empire in 1957.

Despite their similar backgrounds as bootlegger barons turned “respectable” businessmen, Bronfman’s and Rosenstiel’s personalities were drastically different and their relationship was complicated, at best. One example of the dissimilarities between North America’s top liquor barons was how they treated their staff. Bronfman was not necessarily known for being a cruel boss, whereas Rosenstiel was known for his erratic and “monstrous” behavior towards employees as well as his unusual practice of bugging his offices in order to hear what employees said about him when he wasn’t present.

Lewis Rosenstiel Roy Cohn

Rosenstiel was connected to both the FBI and to organized crime

Such differences between Bronfman and Rosenstiel were also reflected in their personal lives. While Bronfman married only once and was loyal to his wife, Rosenstiel was married five times and was known for his relatively closeted bisexual antics, a part of his life that was well-known to many of his close associates and employees.

Though for years there were only hints to this other side of the controversial businessman, details emerged years later during a divorce proceeding brought by Rosenstiel’s fourth wife, Susan Kaufman, that would back the claims. Kaufman alleged that Rosenstiel hosted extravagant parties that included “boy prostitutes” that her husband had hired “for the enjoyment” of certain guests, which included important government officials and prominent figures in America’s criminal underworld. Kaufman would later make the same claims under oath during the hearing of the New York’s State Joint Legislative Committee on Crime in the early 1970s.

Not only did Rosenstiel organize these parties, but he also made sure that their venues were bugged with microphones that recorded the antics of his high-profile guests. Those audio recordings, Kaufman alleged, were then kept for the purpose of blackmail. Though Kaufman’s claims are shocking, her testimony was deemed credible and held in high regard by the former chief counsel of the Crime Committee, New York Judge Edward McLaughlin, and committee investigator William Gallinaro and aspects of her testimony were later corroborated by two separate witnesses who were unknown to Kaufman.

These “blackmail parties” offer a window into an operation that would later become more sophisticated and grow dramatically in the 1950s under Rosenstiel’s “field commander” (a nickname given by Rosenstiel to an individual to be named shortly in this report). Many of the people connected to Rosenstiel’s “field commander” during the 70s and 80s have again found their names in the press following the recent arrest of Jeffrey Epstein.

The “Untouchable” Mobster

Bronfman and Rosenstiel became legendary in the North American liquor business, in part due to their fight for supremacy in the industry, which the New York Times described as often erupting “into bitter personal and corporate battles.” Despite their dueling in the corporate world, the one thing that united the two businessmen more than anything else was their close connection to American organized crime, particularly renowned mobster Meyer Lansky.

Lansky is one of the most notorious gangsters in the history of American organized crime and is notable for being the only famous mobster rising to notoriety in the 1920s who managed to die an old man and never serve a day in jail.

Lansky’s long life and ability to avoid prison time was largely the result of his close relationships to powerful businessmen like Bronfman and Rosenstiel (among many others), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the U.S. intelligence community, as well as his role in establishing several blackmail and extortion rings that helped him keep the law at arm’s length. Indeed, when Lansky was finally charged with a crime in the 1970s, it was the Internal Revenue Service that brought the charges, not the FBI, and he was charged with and acquitted of tax evasion.

Lansky was remarkably close to both Bronfman and Rosenstiel. Bronfman regularly threw “lavish dinner parties” in Lansky’s honor both during and after Prohibition. These parties were remembered fondly by Lansky’s wife, and Lansky in turn did favors for Bronfman, ranging from exclusive protection of his shipments during Prohibition to getting him tickets to coveted “fight of the century” boxing matches.

Rosenstiel also threw regular dinner parties honoring Lansky. Susan Kaufman, Rosenstiel’s ex-wife, claimed to have taken numerous pictures of her ex-husband and Lansky socializing and partying together, photos that were also seen by Mary Nichols of The Philadelphia Inquirer. In addition, Lansky, per Kaufman’s recollection, was one of the individuals that Rosenstiel sought to protect from legal scrutiny as part of his child prostitution and blackmail ring targeting high-ranking officials, and he was overheard saying that if the government “ever brings pressure against Lansky or any of us, we’ll use this [a specific recording taken at one of the ‘parties’] as blackmail.” 

Lansky was known to address Rosenstiel as “Supreme Commander,” a title that would later be used to refer to Rosenstiel by another individual deeply connected to the mob and sexual blackmail operations, previously referred to in this report as Rosenstiel’s “Field Commander.”

Lansky also had close ties to the CIA and U.S. military intelligence. During World War II, Lansky — along with his associate Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel — worked with Naval intelligence in what was codenamed “Operation Underworld,” an operation the existence of which the government denied for over 40 years.

Journalist and noted chronicler of CIA covert activities, Douglas Valentine, noted in his book The CIA as Organized Crime: How Illegal Operations Corrupt America and the World that the government’s cooperation with the Mafia during World War II led to its expansion after the war and set the stage for its future collaboration with U.S. intelligence.

According to Valentine:

Top government officials were also aware that the government’s Faustian pact with the Mafia during World War II had allowed the hoods to insinuate themselves into mainstream America. In return for services rendered during the war, Mafia bosses were protected from prosecution for dozens of unsolved murders. […]

The Mafia was a huge problem in 1951 [when the Kefauver Committee was convened], equivalent to terrorism today. But it was also a protected branch of the CIA, which was co-opting criminal organizations around the world and using them in its secret war against the Soviets and Red Chinese. The Mafia had collaborated with Uncle Sam and had emerged from World War II energized and empowered. They controlled cities across the country.”

Indeed, not long after its creation, the CIA forged ties with Lansky at the behest of CIA counterintelligence chief James J. Angleton. The CIA would later turn to the Lansky-linked mob in the early 1960s as part of its consistently fruitless quest to assassinate Cuban leader Fidel Castro, showing that the CIA maintained its contacts with Lansky-controlled elements of the Mafia long after the initial meeting with Lansky took place.

The CIA also had close connections to associates of Lansky, such as Edward Moss, who did public relations work for Lansky and was said to be of “interest” to the CIA by the agency’s then-inspector general J.S. Earman. Harry “Happy” Meltzer was also another Lansky associate that was a CIA asset and the CIA asked Meltzer to join an assassination team in December 1960.

In addition to the CIA, Lansky was also connected to a foreign intelligence agency through Tibor Rosenbaum, an arms procurer and high-ranking official in Israel’s Mossad, whose bank – the International Credit Bank of Geneva – laundered much of Lansky’s ill-gotten gains and recycled them into legitimate American businesses.

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Lansky outside the High Court of Israel where he sought permission to emigrate in 1972. Photo | AP

Journalist Ed Reid, author of the Virginia Hill biography The Mistress and the Mafia, wrote that Lansky was attempting to entrap powerful people through sexual blackmail as far back as 1939. Reid contends that Lansky sent Ms. Hill to Mexico, where his West Coast connections had established a drug ring that later involved the OSS, the forerunner to the CIA, to seduce numerous “top politicians, army officers, diplomats and police officials.”

Eventually, Lansky was credited with obtaining compromising photos of FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover sometime in the 1940s, which showed “Hoover in some kind of gay situation”, according to a former Lansky associate, who also said that Lansky had often claimed, “I fixed that sonofabitch.” The photos showed Hoover engaged in sexual activity with his long-time friend, FBI Deputy Director Clyde Tolson.

At some point, these photos fell into the hands of CIA counterintelligence chief James J. Angleton, who later showed the photos to several other CIA officials, including John Weitz and Gordon Novel. Angleton was in charge of the CIA’s relationship with the FBI and Israel’s Mossad until he left the agency in 1972 and, as was recently mentioned, he was also in contact with Lansky.

Anthony Summers, former BBC journalist and author of Official and Confidential: The Secret Life of J. Edgar Hoover, has argued that it was not Lansky, but William Donovan, the director of the OSS, who obtained the original photos of Hoover and later shared them with Lansky.

Summers also stated that “To [gangster Frank] Costello and Lansky, the ability to corrupt politicians, policemen and judges was fundamental to Mafia operations. The way they found to deal with Hoover, according to several mob sources, involved his homosexuality.” This anecdote shows that Lanksy and the CIA maintained a covert relationship, which included, among other things, the sharing of blackmail material (i.e., “intelligence”).

It is also possible that Hoover was ensnared by the mob during one of Rosenstiel’s “blackmail parties,” at which Hoover sometimes found himself in attendance with prominent figures of the Mafia. Hoover was said to have worn women’s clothing at the some of the events and Meyer Lansky’s wife later said that her husband had photos of the former FBI director in drag. Furthermore, Hoover is on record showing an unusual concern in the FBI’s handling of Rosenstiel’s criminal links as early as 1939, the same year that his close associate Lansky was actively orchestrating the sexual blackmail of powerful political figures.

The blackmail acquired on Hoover and the mob’s possession of the evidence has been cited as a major factor in Hoover’s decades-long denial that nationwide networks of organized crime were a serious issue. Hoover asserted that it was a decentralized, local issue and therefore outside of the bureau’s jurisdiction. By the time Hoover finally acknowledged the existence of national organized crime networks in 1963, they were so entrenched in the U.S. establishment that they were untouchable.

Congressional crime consultant Ralph Salerno told Summers in 1993 that Hoover’s willful ignorance of organized crime for most of his career as FBI director “allowed organized crime to grow very strong in economic and political terms, so that it became a much bigger threat to the wellbeing of this country than it would have been if it had been addressed much sooner.”

J. Edgar Hoover: Blackmail Victim?

Most records place the beginning of Hoover’s relationship with Rosenstiel in the 1950s, the same decade when Susan Kaufman reported that Hoover was attending Rosenstiel’s blackmail parties. Rosenstiel’s FBI file, obtained by Anthony Summers, cites the first Rosenstiel meeting as taking place in 1956, though Summers notes that there is evidence that they had met much earlier. After requesting the meeting, Rosenstiel was granted a personal face-to-face with the director in a matter of hours. The FBI file on Rosenstiel also reveals that the liquor baron heavily lobbied Hoover to aid his business interests.

During that time, the salacious details of Hoover’s sex life were already known to the U.S. intelligence community and to the mob, and Hoover was aware that they knew of his closeted sexuality and penchant for women’s clothing. Yet, Hoover apparently seemed to embrace the very type of sexual blackmail operation that had compromised his private life, given that he was seen at many of Rosenstiel’s “blackmail parties” in the 1950s and 1960s, including at venues such as Rosenstiel’s personal home and later at Manhattan’s Plaza Hotel. Hoover’s penchant for dressing in drag was also described by two witnesses who were not connected to Susan Kaufman.

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Hoover with Dorothy Lamour on the set of The Greatest Show on Earth in 1951

Soon after their first “official” meeting, the public relationship between the two men quickly flourished, with Hoover even sending Rosenstiel flowers when he fell ill. Summers reported that, in 1957, Rosenstiel was heard telling Hoover during a meeting, “your wish is my command.” Their relationship remained close and intimate throughout the 1960s and beyond.

Like Rosenstiel, Hoover was well-known for amassing blackmail on friend and foe alike. Hoover’s office contained “secret files” on numerous powerful people in Washington and beyond, files he used to gain favors and protect his status as FBI director for as long as he wished.

Hoover’s own propensity for blackmail suggests that he may have associated with Rosenstiel’s sexual blackmail operation more directly, given he already knew he was compromised and his involvement in the operation would have served as a means of procuring the blackmail he coveted for his own purposes. Indeed, if Hoover was merely being blackmailed and extorted by the Lansky-Rosenstiel connected mob, it is unlikely that he would have been so friendly to Rosenstiel, Lansky and the other mobsters at these gatherings and participated in them with such regularity.

According to journalist and author Burton Hersh, Hoover was also tied to Sherman Kaminsky, who ran a sexual blackmail operation in New York involving young male prostitutes. That operation was busted and investigated in a 1966 extortion probe led by Manhattan District Attorney Frank Hogan, though the FBI quickly took over the investigation and photos of Hoover and Kaminsky together soon disappeared from the case file.

Hoover and Rosenstiel’s deep ties would continue to develop over the years, an example of which can be seen in Rosenstiel’s hiring of long-time Hoover aide Louis Nichols as the vice president of his Schenley liquor empire and Rosenstiel’s donation of over $1 million to the J. Edgar Hoover Foundation, which Nichols also ran at the time.

There is also more than one documented occasion wherein Hoover attempted to use blackmail to protect Rosenstiel and his “field commander,” none other than the infamous Roy Cohn, the other key figure in Rosenstiel’s sexual blackmail operation involving minors.

The Making of a Monster

Decades after his death, Roy Cohn remains a controversial figure in large part because of his close, personal relationship with current U.S. President Donald Trump. Yet reports on Cohn, both in recent and in past years, often miss the mark in their characterization of the man who became closely associated with the Reagan White House, the CIA, the FBI, organized crime and, incidentally, many of the figures who would later surround Jeffrey Epstein.

To understand the true nature of the man, it is essential to examine his rise to power in the early 1950s when, at just 23 years of age, he became a key figure in the high-profile trial of Soviet spies Ethel and Julius Rosenberg and later as the right-hand man of Senator Joseph McCarthy (R-WI).

Cohn’s dedication to anti-communist activities in the 1950s is allegedly what first endeared him to J. Edgar Hoover, whom he first met in 1952. During that meeting, as described by Hersh in Bobby and J. Edgar: The Historic Face-Off Between the Kennedys and J. Edgar Hoover That Transformed America, Hoover expressed admiration for Cohn’s aggressive and manipulative tactics and told Cohn to “call me directly” whenever he had information worth sharing. From that point on, Cohn and Hoover “traded favors, effusive compliments, gifts and elaborate private dinners. It quickly became ‘Roy’ and ‘Edgar.’” Hersh also describes Hoover as Cohn’s soon to be “consigliere.

The date and circumstances around Cohn’s introduction to Rosenstiel are harder to come by. It is possible that the connection was made through Roy Cohn’s father, Albert Cohn, a prominent judge and an influential figure in the New York City Democratic Party apparatus then run by Edward Flynn. It was later revealed that the Democratic organization dominated by Flynn and based in the Bronx had long-standing connections to organized crime, including associates of Meyer Lansky.

Regardless of how or when it began, the relationship between Cohn and Rosenstiel was close and was often likened to that of a father and son. They were said to frequently salute each other in public and remained close until Rosenstiel was near death, at which point Cohn attempted to trick his then-barely conscious and senile “friend” and client into naming him the executor and trustee of the liquor magnate’s estate, valued at $75 million (more than $334 million in today’s dollars).

LIFE magazine reported in 1969 that Cohn and Rosenstiel had for years referred to one another as “Field Commander” and “Supreme Commander,” respectively. Media references to these nicknames appear in other articles from the period.

Though LIFE and other outlets had interpreted this as merely an anecdote about the nicknames shared in jest between close friends, the fact that notorious crime lord Meyer Lansky also called Rosenstiel “Supreme Commander” and the fact that Cohn and Rosenstiel would later become intimately involved in the same pedophile sex ring suggests that there may have been more to these “nicknames.” After all, the mob to which Rosenstiel was connected often used military-themed titles like “soldier” and “lieutenant” to differentiate the rank and importance of its members.

Once he had made his connection with Hoover, Cohn’s star began to rise even higher in Washington. Hoover’s recommendation of Cohn would become the deciding factor in his appointment as Sen. McCarthy’s general counsel over Robert Kennedy, a rival and bitter enemy of Cohn’s.

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McCarthy covers the mic while having a whispered discussion with Cohn during a 1954 committee hearing. Photo | AP

Though Cohn was ruthless and seemingly untouchable as McCarthy’s counsel and helped the senator destroy many careers during both the red and lavender scares, his antics in relation to his work on the committee would eventually lead to his downfall after he attempted to blackmail the Army in return for preferential treatment for committee consultant and Cohn’s rumored lover, David Schine.

After he was forced to leave McCarthy’s side due to the scandal, Cohn returned to New York to live with his mother and practice law. A few years later New York Judge David Peck, a long-time associate of former CIA Director Alan Dulles, orchestrated Cohn’s hire to the New York law firm Saxe, Bacon and O’Shea — which would later become Saxe, Bacon and Bolan after Tom Bolan, a friend of Cohn’s, became a partner in the firm. Upon his hire, Cohn brought the firm a slew of Mafia-linked clients, including high-ranking members of the Gambino crime family, the Genovese crime family and, of course, Lewis Rosenstiel.

What happened in Suite 233?

The connections Roy Cohn built during the 1950s made him a well-known public figure and translated into great political influence that peaked during the presidency of Ronald Reagan. Yet, as Cohn built his public image, he was also developing a dark private life, which would come to be dominated by the same blackmail pedophile racket that appears to have first begun with Lewis Rosenstiel.

One of the “blackmail parties” Susan Kaufman attended with her then-husband Lewis Rosenstiel was hosted by Cohn in 1958 at Manhattan’s Plaza Hotel, suite 233. Kaufman described Cohn’s suite as a “beautiful suite…all done in light blue.” She described being introduced to Hoover, who was in drag, by Cohn, who told her that Hoover’s name was “Mary” in a fit of barely concealed laughter. Kaufman testified that young boys were present and Kaufman claimed that Cohn, Hoover and her ex-husband engaged in sexual activity with these minors.

New York attorney John Klotz, tasked with investigating Cohn for a case well after Kaufman’s testimony, also found evidence of the “blue suite” at the Plaza Hotel and its role in a sex extortion ring after combing through local government documents and information gathered by private detectives. Klotz later told journalist and author Burton Hersh what he had learned:

Roy Cohn was providing protection. There were a bunch of pedophiles involved. That’s where Cohn got his power from — blackmail.”

Perhaps the most damning confirmation of Cohn’s activities in Suite 233 comes from statements made by Cohn himself to former NYPD detective and ex-head of the department’s Human-Trafficking and Vice-Related Crimes Division, James Rothstein. Rothstein later told John DeCamp — a former Nebraska state senator who investigated a government-connected child sex ring based in Omaha — among other investigators, that Cohn had admitted to being part of a sexual blackmail operation targeting politicians with child prostitutes during a sit-down interview with the former detective.

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Flags fly over the main entrance of the Plaza Hotel in New York City in 1982. Suzanne Vlamis | AP

Rothstein told DeCamp the following about Cohn:

Cohn’s job was to run the little boys. Say you had an admiral, a general, a congressman, who did not want to go along with the program. Cohn’s job was to set them up, then they would go along. Cohn told me that himself.”

Rothstein later told Paul David Collins, a former journalist turned researcher, that Cohn had also identified this sexual blackmail operation as being part of the anti-communist crusade of the time.

The fact that Cohn, per Rothstein’s recollection, stated that the child sex blackmail ring was part of the government-sponsored anti-communist crusade suggests that elements of the government, including Hoover’s FBI, may have been connected at a much broader level than Hoover’s own personal involvement, as the FBI closely coordinated with McCarthy and Cohn for much of the red scare.

It is also worth noting that among Hoover’s many “secret” blackmail files was a sizeable dossier on Senator McCarthy, the contents of which strongly suggested that the senator himself was interested in underage girls. According to journalist and author David Talbot, Hoover’s file on McCarthy was “filled with disturbing stories about McCarthy’s habit of drunkenly groping young girls’ breasts and buttocks. The stories were so widespread that they became ‘common knowledge’ in the capital, according to one FBI chronicler.”

Talbot, in his book The Devil’s Chessboard, also cites Walter Trohan, Washington Bureau Chief of the Chicago Tribune, as having personally witnessed McCarthy’s habit of molesting young women. “He just couldn’t keep his hands off young girls,” Trohan would later say. “Why the Communist opposition didn’t plant a minor on him and raise the cry of statutory rape, I don’t know.” Perhaps the answer lies in the fact that those “planting” minors on their political foes were McCarthy’s allies and close associates, not his enemies.

The question that necessarily arises from revelations regarding Cohn’s activities in Suite 233 is who else was Cohn “protecting” and servicing with underage prostitutes? One of them could very well have been one of Cohn’s close friends and clients, Cardinal Francis Spellman of the Archdiocese of New York, who was said to have been present at some of these parties Cohn hosted at the Plaza Hotel. 

Spellman — one of the most powerful figures in the Catholic Church in North America, who was sometimes referred to as “America’s Pope” — was accused of not only condoning pedophilia in the Catholic church and ordaining known pedophiles including Cardinal Theodore “Uncle Teddy” McCarrick, but also engaging in it himself to such an extent that many New York area priests widely referred to him as “Mary.” Furthermore, J. Edgar Hoover was said to have a file detailing the cardinal’s sex life, suggesting Spellman’s involvement in the ring and pedophile protection racket in which Cohn and Hoover were personally involved.

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Cardinal Francis ‘Franny’ Spellman. Photo | Museum of the City of New York

People close to Cohn often remarked that he was frequently surrounded by groups of young boys, but seemed to think nothing of it. Similar off-handed comments about Epstein’s penchant for minors were made by those close to him prior to his arrest.

Controversial Republican political operative and “dirty trickster” Roger Stone — who, like Donald Trump, was also a protégé of Cohn — said the following about Cohn’s sex life during an interview with The New Yorker in 2008:

Roy was not gay. He was a man who liked having sex with men. Gays were weak, effeminate. He always seemed to have these young blond boys around. It just wasn’t discussed. He was interested in power and access.” (emphasis added)

Compare this quote from Stone to what Donald Trump, who was also close to Cohn, would later say about Jeffrey Epstein, with whom he was also closely associated:

I’ve known Jeff for 15 years. Terrific guy. He’s a lot of fun to be with. It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side. No doubt about it — Jeffrey enjoys his social life.” (emphasis added)Though it is unknown how long the sex ring at the Plaza Hotel continued, and whether it continued after Cohn’s death from AIDS in 1986, it is worth noting that Donald Trump purchased the Plaza Hotel in 1988. It would later be reported and confirmed by then-attendees that Trump “used to host parties in suites at the Plaza Hotel when he owned it, where young women and girls were introduced to older, richer men” and “illegal drugs and young women were passed around and used.” 

Andy Lucchesi, a male model who had helped organize some of these Plaza Hotel parties for Trump, said the following when asked about the age of the women present: “A lot of girls, 14, look 24. That’s as juicy as I can get. I never asked how old they were; I just partook. I did partake in activities that would be controversial, too.”

The Roy Cohn Machine

Roy Cohn was only at the beginning of his career when he waded his way into the underground sexual blackmail ring apparently led by Lewis Rosenstiel. Indeed, when Cohn first met Hoover, he was only 23 years old. Over the next three decades or so, before his death from AIDS-related complications in 1986 at the age of 56, Cohn built a well-oiled machine, largely through his close friendships with some of the country’s most influential figures.

Among Cohn’s friends were top media personalities like Barbara Walters, former CIA directors, Ronald Reagan and wife Nancy, media moguls Rupert Murdoch and Mort Zuckerman, numerous celebrities, prominent lawyers like Alan Dershowitz, top figures in the Catholic Church and leading Jewish organizations like B’nai B’rith and the World Jewish Congress. Many of the same names that surrounded Cohn until death in the late 1980s would later come to surround Jeffrey Epstein, with their names later appearing in Epstein’s now-infamous “little black book”.

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Reagan meets with Rupert Murdoch, U.S. Information Agency Director Charles Wick, and Roy Cohn in the Oval Office in 1983. Photo | Reagan presidential library

While President Trump is clearly connected to both Epstein and Cohn, Cohn’s network also extends to former President Bill Clinton, whose friend and longtime political advisor, Richard “Dirty Dick” Morris, was Cohn’s cousin and close associate. Morris was also close to Clinton’s former communications director, George Stephanopoulos, who is also associated with Jeffrey Epstein.

Yet, these were only Cohn’s connections to respectable members of the establishment. He was also known for his deep connections to the mob and gained prominence largely for his ability to connect key figures in the criminal underworld to respected influential figures acceptable to the public sphere. Ultimately, as New York attorney John Klotz stated, Cohn’s most powerful tool was blackmail, which he used against friend and foe, gangster or public official alike. How much of that blackmail he acquired through his sexual blackmail operation will likely never be known.

As Part II of this exclusive investigation will reveal, Cohn and Epstein, and the sexual blackmail operations they ran share many things in common, including not only many of the same famous friends and patrons, but also connections to intelligence agencies and consortiums of mob-linked businessmen, the modern-day equivalents of Samuel Bronfman and Lewis Rosenstiel who have since rebranded as “philanthropists.”

Part II will also reveal that Cohn’s operation was known to have successors, as revealed by a series of scandals in the early 1990s that have since been swept under the rug. The significant amount of overlap between Epstein’s and Cohn’s covert activities in sexual blackmail and their ties to many of the same powerful individuals and circles of influence strongly suggest that Epstein was one of Cohn’s successors.

As will be shown in the final installment of this report, Epstein is only the latest incarnation of a much older, more extensive and sophisticated operation that offers a frightening window into how deeply tied the U.S. government is to the modern-day equivalents of organized crime, making it a racket truly too big to fail.

Feature photo | A composite image shows from left to right, Lewis Rosenstiel, Jeffrey Epstein, and Roy Cohn. Graphic | Emma Fiala

Whitney Webb is a MintPress News journalist based in Chile. She has contributed to several independent media outlets including Global Research, EcoWatch, the Ron Paul Institute and 21st Century Wire, among others. She has made several radio and television appearances and is the 2019 winner of the Serena Shim Award for Uncompromised Integrity in Journalism.

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Dead Bankers — The tangle of evil

Jeffrey Epstein’s Death Adds to the JPMorgan Body Count
By Pam Martens and Russ Martens: August 12, 2019 ~

Jes Staley, Former JPMorgan Chase Executive, Visited Epstein While He Was Serving Time in Florida as a Sex Offender.

Jeffrey Epstein, the accused pedophile and sex trafficker of underage women to powerful men around the world according to allegations in court documents, was found dead in his jail cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan on Saturday morning. The Justice Department is reporting the death as a suicide, despite the fact that Epstein should have been monitored by police around the clock because of an earlier attack or attempted suicide just weeks before in his jail cell.

L Brands’ Lawyers Have a Lot More to Worry about than just Jeffrey Epstein

The Chairman and CEO of L Brands, Leslie (Les) Wexner, came out yesterday with a statement accusing Jeffrey Epstein of swindling “vast sums of money” from Wexner and his family. L Brands is the parent of retail chains Victoria’s Secret, Bath and Body Works, and Pink.

Seagram Heiress Clare Bronfman Pleads Guilty in NXIVM Sex Slave Case – Rolling Stone

Daughter of billionaire-philanthropist Edgar Bronfman Sr. admitted she held slaves, committed credit card fraud for cult leader. Clare Bronfman, the 40-year-old billionaire heiress to the Seagram Company fortune, pleaded guilty to enabling a sex ring for Keith Raniere, the self-anointed leader of NXIVM, a cult-like group based in upstate New York.

Not unlike Cohn, Reagan’s own mentor, Lew Wasserman, had close ties to the mob. Wasserman, the long-time president of MCA and the well-known Hollywood mogul, is known for not only making Reagan’s film and television career, but also supporting his successful push to become president of the Screen Actors Guild, which later launched Reagan’s political career. In addition, MCA was a major financier of Reagan’s successful gubernatorial bid in 1966 and, not long after Reagan became president, his administration controversially shut down a massive Department of Justice (DOJ) probe into MCA’s ties to organized crime.
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