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Magda Hassan
05-15-2011, 01:40 AM
Plus some curious tweeting from Naomi Klein here:
Sat night+wine+IMF head accused of sex assault+Twitter+me=dangerous

"Head of IMF arrested and accursed of sexual assault." http://nyti.ms/k8NdiD I could say stuff but won't.



The managing director of the International Monetary Fund (http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/organizations/i/international_monetary_fund/index.html?inline=nyt-org), Dominique Strauss-Kahn (http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/people/s/dominique_strausskahn/index.html?inline=nyt-per), was taken off an Air France plane at Kennedy International Airport (http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/subjects/k/kennedy_international_airport_nyc/index.html?inline=nyt-org) minutes before it was to take off for Paris on Saturday and arrested in the sexual attack of a maid at a Midtown Manhattan hotel, the authorities said. Enlarge This Image
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Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the managing director of the International Monetary Fund, in April. He was arrested Saturday at Kennedy Airport.


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Mr. Strauss-Kahn, 62, who was widely expected to become the Socialist candidate for the French presidency, was apprehended by detectives of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/organizations/p/port_authority_of_new_york_and_new_jersey/index.html?inline=nyt-org) in the first class section of the jetliner, and immediately turned over to detectives from the Midtown South Precinct, which covers the part of Manhattan where the hotel is, officials said.
The New York Police Department took Mr. Strauss-Kahn into custody, where he was “being questioned in connection with the sexual assault of a hotel chambermaid earlier this afternoon,” Deputy Commissioner Paul J. Browne, the department’s chief spokesman, said Saturday evening.
A spokeswoman for the Manhattan district attorney’s office said Mr. Strauss-Kahn had not yet been “formally charged” in the case and was not expected to be arraigned before a judge until later in the evening.
The arrest came at about 4:40 p.m., when two detectives from the Port Authority suddenly boarded Air France Flight 23, as the plane idled on the tarmac, said John P. L. Kelly, a spokesman for the agency.
“It was 10 minutes before its scheduled departure,” Mr. Kelly said. “They were just about to close the doors.”
Mr. Kelly said Mr. Strauss-Kahn was traveling alone and was not handcuffed during the arrest.
“He complied with the detectives’s directions,” Mr. Kelly said.
The Port Authority officers were acting on information from the Police Department, whose detectives had been investigating the assault of a female employee of the Sofitel New York, at 45 West 44th Street, in the heart of the theater district.
Mr. Strauss-Khan, a former French finance minister, had been expected to declare his candidacy soon, after three and a half years as the leader of the fund, which is based in Washington, where he was considered by many to have done a good job in a very difficult period of global economic strain, when the bank itself has become vital to the smooth running of the world and the European economy.
His time at the bank was tarnished in 2008 by an affair with a Hungarian economist who was a subordinate there. The fund decided to stand by him (http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/26/world/26imf.html) despite concluding that he had shown poor judgment in the affair. Mr. Strauss-Kahn issued an apology to employees at the bank and his wife, Anne Sinclair, an American-born French television journalist.
In his statement then, Mr. Strauss-Kahn said, “I am grateful that the board has confirmed that there was no abuse of authority on my part, but I accept that this incident represents a serious error of judgment.” The economist, Piroska Nagy, left the fund as part of a buyout of nearly 600 employees instituted by Mr. Strauss-Kahn to cut costs.
In the New York case, Mr. Browne said it was about 1 p.m. on Saturday when the maid, a 32-year-old woman, entered to clean Mr. Strauss-Kahn’s room.
“He came out of the bathroom, fully naked, and attempted to sexually assault her,” Mr. Browne said.
At some point during the assault, the woman broke free, Mr. Browne said, and “she fled, reported it to other hotel personnel who called 911. When the police arrived, he was not there.” Mr. Browne said it appeared that Mr. Strauss-Kahn left in a hurry. Investigators found his cellphone in the room, which he had left behind, he said.
He added: “We learned that he was on an Air France plane, and the plane was held and he was taken into custody.”
Mr. Browne said an Emergency Medical Services ambulance arrived at the hotel to take the maid to Roosevelt Hospital for what Mr. Browne described as treatment for “minor injuries.”
No matter the outcome of Saturday’s arrest, it will likely throw the French political world into turmoil and the Socialist Party into an embarrassed confusion.
Mr. Strauss-Kahn, a leading member of the party, has been considered the front-runner for the next presidential election in France (http://topics.nytimes.com/top/news/international/countriesandterritories/france/index.html?inline=nyt-geo) in May 2012. Opinion polls have shown him to be the Socialists’ most popular candidate and running well ahead of the incumbent, Nicolas Sarkozy, who leads the center-right party.
France has been waiting for Mr. Strauss-Kahn to decide whether to run for his party’s nomination in a series of primaries, which would mean giving up his post as managing director of the fund.
The view in France was that if Mr. Strauss-Kahn wanted to run, he would have to make his intentions clear early this summer, and most politicians and analysts have been predicting that he would not be able to resist the chance to run the country.
Mr. Strauss-Kahn contested for the nomination five years ago, losing to Ségolène Royal, who ultimately lost a second-round runoff to Mr. Sarkozy. Mr. Sarkozy then arranged for Mr. Strauss-Kahn to get the I.M.F. job, partly to remove a popular rival from France’s political landscape.
William K. Rashbaum contributed reporting.
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/15/nyregion/imf-head-is-arrested-and-accused-of-sexual-attack.html?_r=1&hp

Peter Lemkin
05-15-2011, 06:17 AM
If true [not a set-up to discredit him], why would a multi-millionaire, who could pay for any high-class call-girl for less they they usually pay for dinner, try to rape someone, as a 'freebee'?! Sick people run the World and the IMF is certainly one of the sickest elements of it! :loco: Where do they get this human slime to run the machinery of destruction? Reminds me of the Third Reich's moral standards for leadership positions. We're getting 'there'....

....by the way, what is a 'Socialist' doing in the IMF....something's strange here.

Magda Hassan
05-15-2011, 07:37 AM
Agreed Peter. The Sofitel isn't exactly top of the range either. Plenty of room service sex available from the concierge or any number of other avenues. Why risk it with the maid? On the other hand some men are self righteous idiots and he has form at work. But it is interesting that Sarkozy has been on some thing of a crusade against him recently and this may be just another front in that war. He may be being Assganged.

Peter Lemkin
05-15-2011, 08:14 AM
Agreed Peter. The Sofitel isn't exactly top of the range either. Plenty of room service sex available from the concierge or any number of other avenues. Why risk it with the maid? On the other hand some men are self righteous idiots and he has form at work. But it is interesting that Sarkozy has been on some thing of a crusade against him recently and this may be just another front in that war. He may be being Assganged.

The police say there is evidence he quickly fled from his room to the flight [even leaving behind his mobile phone and other items of importance]....it begins to look all too convenient. Had he [for whatever pathological reason] started a forced attempt at a freebee, and found the woman unwilling, he'd likely just give her some 'hush money', say sorry (or issue a threat) and pack and leave....not run. IMO

Magda Hassan
05-15-2011, 08:28 AM
He's been charged now. Sounds serious.

IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, widely expected to run for the French presidency next year, has been charged with the sexual assault and attempted rape of a chambermaid at a New York hotel, police said. The charges included "criminal sexual act, unlawful emprisonment, attempted rape" and "assaulting a 32-year-old girl in a hotel room", Ryan Sesa, a police deputy spokesman, said.
Strauss-Kahn, a 62-year-old Socialist who had been leading French opinion polls for the 2012 elections, was escorted off an Air France flight just minutes before it was to leave John F. Kennedy International Airport, officials said.
"We took him into custody and we handed him over to the New York City police department," an official for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said.
Authorities were investigating an alleged attack on a maid at the Sofitel New York hotel earlier in the day, police said.
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A maid in the hotel alleged she had been assaulted by the IMF chief when he got out of his shower naked.
According to an account published by local media, the maid entered Strauss-Kahn's suite believing it was unoccupied.
As she worked in the foyer, he allegedly came out of the bathroom, fully naked, and attempted to sexually assault her, according to The New York Times.
According to the maid's account, the IMF chief grabbed her, pulled her into the bedroom and onto the bed and then locked the door.
She claims she managed to fight him off, but he dragged her down the hallway to the bathroom, where he sexually assaulted her a second time.
MSNBC television reported that in the bathroom, Strauss-Kahn allegeldy forced the maid to perform oral sex on him and tried to remove her underwear.
At some point during the assault, the woman broke free and fled, reporting the incident to other hotel personnel and calling the 911 police emergency line.
According to police sources, Strauss-Kahn left the hotel room in a hurry leaving behind his mobile phone and personal effects.
Strauss-Kahn, a well-known figure on the French political scene popularly known by his initials DSK, has not officially thrown his hat into the ring to challenge centre-right President Nicolas Sarkozy in next year's presidential race.
But the former French finance minister had been widely expected to stand, and polls out earlier Sunday before news of his arrest broke had put him narrowly ahead of the pack if he ran with 26 per cent of the vote.
In Washington, an International Monetary Fund (IMF) spokeswoman had no immediate comment.
It was unclear when Strauss-Kahn bought the plane ticket, but he had been due to meet with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on Sunday to discuss an aid package for debt-laden Greece.
He was then due to attend a meeting of EU finance ministers on Monday and Tuesday in Brussels.
It is not the first time that the silver-haired political veteran, who is married to a high-profile journalist, has been tainted by scandal.
In 2008, he was discovered to be having an affair with an Hungarian IMF economist. The affair was investigated by the IMF, which concluded he had not exerted pressure on the woman, but noted his inappropriate behaviour.
John Sheehan, director of security at Sofitel New York, said they are cooperating with the probe.
"The Sofitel is working very closely with the NYPD with their investigation," Sheehan said.
"The safety and security of our clients and team members are of the utmost priority to us."
Strauss-Kahn's stint at the helm of the IMF in Washington does not officially end until September 2012, several months after the scheduled date of France's vote.
But the French political world has been buzzing with speculation that he would end his tenure early to stand as the Socialist Party's candidate.
Strauss-Kahn became head of the International Monetary Fund in November 2007, pledging to push reforms of the 187-member country institution that helps oversee the global economy.http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/imf-chief-dominique-strauss-kahn-charged-with-sex-assault/story-fn3dxix6-1226056280208

Peter Lemkin
05-15-2011, 09:18 AM
Well, even if found not guilty and set-up, he likely won't win any elections....there are many ways to assassinate someone. Something just isn't right....about this story...methinks. I'd be interested to hear more about the 'maid' and who she knows.

Ed Jewett
05-16-2011, 01:21 AM
IMF chief Strauss-Kahn caught in "Honey Trap"

By Mike Whitney

May 15, 2011 "Information Clearing House" --- I have no way of knowing whether the 32-year-old maid who claims she was attacked and forced to perform oral sex on IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, is telling the truth or not. I'll leave that to the braying hounds in the media who have already assumed the role of judge, jury and Lord High Executioner. But I will say, the whole matter smells rather fishy, just like the Eliot Spitzer story smelled fishy. Spitzer, you may recall, was Wall Street's biggest adversary and a likely candidate to head the SEC, a position at which he would have excelled. In fact, there's no doubt in my mind that if Spitzer had been appointed to lead the SEC, most of the top investment bankers on Wall Street would presently be making license plates and rope-soled shoes at the federal penitentiary. So, there was plenty of reason to shadow Spitzer's every move and see what bit of dirt could be dug up on him. As it turns out, the ex-Governor of New York made it easy for his enemies by engaging a high-priced hooker named Ashley Dupre for sex at the Mayflower Hotel. When the news broke, the media descended on Spitzer like a swarm of locusts poring over every salacious detail with the ebullient fervor of a randy 6th-grader. Meanwhile, the crooks on Wall Street were able to breathe a sigh of relief and get back to doing what they do best; fleecing investors and cheating people out of the life savings.

Strauss-Kahn had enemies in high places, too, which is why this whole matter stinks to high-Heaven. First of all, Strauss-Kahn was the likely candidate of the French Socialist Party who would have faced Sarkozy in the upcoming presidential elections. The IMF chief clearly had a leg-up on Sarkozy who has been battered by a number of personal scandals and plunging approval ratings.

But if Strauss-Kahn was set up, then it was probably by members of the western bank coalition, that shadowy group of self-serving swine whose policies have kept the greater body of humanity in varying state of poverty and desperation for the last two centuries. Strauss-Kahn had recently broke-free from the "party line" and was changing the direction of the IMF. His road to Damascus conversion was championed by progressive economist Joesph Stiglitz in a recent article titled "The IMF's Switch in Time". Here's an excerpt:

"The annual spring meeting of the International Monetary Fund was notable in marking the Fund’s effort to distance itself from its own long-standing tenets on capital controls and labor-market flexibility. It appears that a new IMF has gradually, and cautiously, emerged under the leadership of Dominique Strauss-Kahn.

Slightly more than 13 years earlier, at the IMF’s Hong Kong meeting in 1997, the Fund had attempted to amend its charter in order to gain more leeway to push countries towards capital-market liberalization. The timing could not have been worse: the East Asia crisis was just brewing – a crisis that was largely the result of capital-market liberalization in a region that, given its high savings rate, had no need for it.

That push had been advocated by Western financial markets – and the Western finance ministries that serve them so loyally. Financial deregulation in the United States was a prime cause of the global crisis that erupted in 2008, and financial and capital-market liberalization elsewhere helped spread that “made in the USA” trauma around the world....The crisis showed that free and unfettered markets are neither efficient nor stable." ("The IMF's Switch in Time", Joseph Stiglitz, Project Syndicate)

So, Strauss-Kahn was trying to move the bank in a more positive direction, a direction that didn't require that countries leave their economies open to the ravages of foreign capital that moves in swiftly--pushing up prices and creating bubbles--and departs just as fast, leaving behind the scourge of high unemployment, plunging demand, hobbled industries, and deep recession.

Strauss-Kahn had set out on a "kinder and gentler" path, one that would not force foreign leaders to privatize their state-owned industries or crush their labor unions. Naturally, his actions were not warmly received by the bankers and corporatists who look to the IMF to provide legitimacy to their ongoing plunder of the rest of the world. These are the people who think that the current policies are "just fine" because they produce the results they're looking for, which is bigger profits for themselves and deeper poverty for everyone else.

Here's Stiglitz again, this time imparting the "kiss of death" to his friend Strauss-Kahn:

"Strauss-Kahn is proving himself a sagacious leader of the IMF.... As Strauss-Kahn concluded in his speech to the Brookings Institution shortly before the Fund’s recent meeting: “Ultimately, employment and equity are building blocks of economic stability and prosperity, of political stability and peace. This goes to the heart of the IMF’s mandate. It must be placed at the heart of the policy agenda.”

Right. So, now the IMF is going to be an agent for the redistribution of wealth.... (for) "strengthening collective bargaining, restructuring mortgages, restructuring tax and spending policies to stimulate the economy now through long-term investments, and implementing social policies that ensure opportunity for all"? (according to Stiglitz)

Good luck with that.

Can you imagine how much this kind of talk pisses off the Big Money guys? How long do you think they'd put up with this claptrap before they decided that Strauss-Kahn needed to take a permanent vacation?

Not long, I'd wager.

Check this out from World Campaign and judge for yourself whether Strauss-Kahn had become a "liability" that had to be eliminated so the business of extracting wealth from the poorest people on earth could continue apace:

"For decades, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has been associated among anti-poverty, hunger and development activists as the poster child of everything wrong with the rich world's fiscal management of the rest of the world, particularly of poor nations, with its seemingly one-dimensional focus on belt-tightening fiscal policies as the price of its loans, and a trickle-down economic philosophy that has helped traditional wealthy elites maintain the status quo while the majority stayed poor and powerless. With a world increasingly in revolution because of such realities, and after the global financial crisis in the wake of regulatory and other policies that had worked after the Great Depression being largely abandoned, IMF managing director Dominique Strauss-Kahn has made nothing less than stunning observations about how the IMF and the world need to change policies.

In an article today in the Washington Post, Howard Schneider writes that after the 2008 crash led toward regulation again of financial companies and government involvement in the economy, for Strauss-Khan "the job is only half done, as he has been leading the fund through a fundamental rethinking of its economic theory. In recent remarks, he has provided a broad summary of the conclusions: State regulation of markets needs to be more extensive; global policies need to create a more even distribution of income; central banks need to do more to prevent lending and asset prices from expanding too fast. 'The pendulum will swing from the market to the state,' Strauss-Kahn said in an address at George Washington University last week. 'Globalization has delivered a lot . . . but it also has a dark side, a large and growing chasm between the rich and the poor. Clearly we need a new form of globalization' to prevent the 'invisible hand' of loosely regulated markets from becoming 'an invisible fist.'" (Link---http://wcampaign.org/issue.php?mid=625&v=y)

Repeat: "...a fundamental rethinking of economic theory".... (a greater) "distribution of income"...(more) "regulation of financial companies", "central banks need to do more to prevent lending and asset prices from expanding too fast".

Are you kidding me? Read that passage again and I think you'll agree with me that Strauss-Kahn had signed his own death warrant.

There's not going to be any revolution at the IMF. That's baloney. The institution was created with the clear intention of ripping people off and it's done an impressive job in that regard. There's not going to be any change of policy either. Why would there be? Have the bankers and corporate bilge-rats suddenly grown a conscience and decided to lend a helping hand to long-suffering humanity? Get real.

Strauss-Kahn broke ranks and ventured into no man's land. That's why he was set up and then crushed like a bug.

(Note: Strauss-Kahn has been replaced by the IMF's number 2 guy, John Lipsky, former Vice Chairman of the JPMorgan Investment Bank. How's that for "change you can believe in"?)

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article28103.htm

Peter Lemkin
05-16-2011, 04:19 AM
Before I read the post above [about his proposed IMF changes] I thought it was likely a Honey Trap; now I'm 100% sure! It's modeled on the Eliot Spitzer take-down. The police parading him in handcuffs was unnecessary and part of the script to destroy him....it is more than obvious. That maid, if there was a maid really attacked, was a plant - and an actor in a larger drama. Politics (sic) as usual. :kraka:

Jan Klimkowski
05-16-2011, 05:11 PM
Anyone in need of a refresher on the Get Spitzer scam, can browse: Giulianni, Cheney and Abramoff All Used the Same Hooker Service as Spitzer (https://deeppoliticsforum.com/forums/showthread.php?1082-Eliot-Spitzer-and-AIG&highlight=spitzer).

Peter Lemkin
05-16-2011, 05:27 PM
Anyone in need of a refresher on the Get Spitzer scam, can browse: Giulianni, Cheney and Abramoff All Used the Same Hooker Service as Spitzer (https://deeppoliticsforum.com/forums/showthread.php?1082-Eliot-Spitzer-and-AIG&highlight=spitzer).

I was watching live, via internet. Judge was a 'hanging Judge' and woman with no mercy for the man...IMO. She denied ONE MILLION $$$ bail, forfiiture of passport and ankle bracelet...its back to prison for 'da patsy.....until Friday.....when I predict he will be put in jail until trial........Spitzer, Gary Hart and hundreds of other men have had this 'routine' run on them...to ruin their political careers to turn the 'steering wheel to the far-Reich'.....one more name on that long, long international list..............


....'funny' thing that nothing happened to Cheney nor Giulianni.....having Reich-wing political views seems to grant magic immunity from misdeeds......ones that befoul others, even when they do not commit them.....but only get set up to have seemed as if they did..... [no one ever told the children that the 'magic Deep Political fairy' was a card-carrying fascist....]

Jan Klimkowski
05-16-2011, 08:15 PM
The criminal case against Strauss-Kahn alleges oral and anal "sexual conduct" by "forcible compulsion":

http://www.scribd.com/doc/55548171/Criminal-Court-Complaint

Magda Hassan
05-17-2011, 01:19 AM
Dominique Strauss-Kahn feared that one of his political opponents would pay a woman more than $1million to say he raped her, it emerged today.
The extraordinary revelation emerged in Paris as the International Monetary Fund head remained in a New York police cell accused of launching a sex attack on a hotel maid.
A writer in the French capital has also come forward to say that the 62-year-old attempted to rape her a decade ago.

http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2011/05/16/article-0-0C16758600000578-896_468x369.jpg Revelations: Dominique Strauss-Kahn, centre, walks out of a New York City Police station after being arrested for allegedly sexually attacking a hotel maid

But as Strauss-Kahn faced a 15-year prison sentence - which would signify the end of his ambition to become French president next year - conspiracy theories abounded.
Liberation, the left-wing daily newspaper, published details on off-the-record comments made by Strauss-Kahn as recently as April 28th.
Discussing his plans to challenge Nicolas Sarkozy as Socialist candidate for the presidency in 2012, he said he imagined ‘a woman who had been raped in a car park and who was offered between €500,000 and €1,000,000 to make up such a story.’
Because he was the clear favourite to beat Mr Sarkozy, Strauss-Kahn feared he would be subjected to a smear campaign by the President and his Interior Minister, Glaude Gueant.


More...



IMF chief submits to DNA exam ahead of New York court date on sex assault charges as police claim he tried to flee the country (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1387257/IMF-chief-Dominique-Strauss-Kahn-submits-DNA-exam-ahead-sex-assault-court-date.html)


Such theories were bolstered by the fact that the first person to break the news of Strauss-Kahn’s arrest was an activist in Mr Sarkozy’s UMP party – who apparently knew about the scandal before it happened.
Jonathan Pinet, a politics student, tweeted the news just before the New York Police Department made it public, although he said that he simply had a ‘friend’ working at the Sofitel where the attack was said to have happened.
The first person to re-tweet Mr Pinet was Arnaud Dassier, a spin doctor who had previously publicised details of multi-millionaire Strauss-Kahn’s luxurious lifestyle in a bid to dent his left wing credentials.[my bold]

Strauss-Kahn could just as easily been set up by rivals inside the IMF, as well as by rivals within the French political establishment.

http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2011/05/16/article-0-0084B3AF000004B0-871_468x338.jpg Contenders: Strauss-Kahn was the clear favourite to beat Mr Sarkozy in the challenge to become Socialist candidate for the 2012 president

Michelle Sabban, a senior councillor for the greater Paris region and a Strauss-Kahn loyalist said: ‘I am convinced it is an international conspiracy.’
She added: ‘It's the IMF they wanted to decapitate, not so much the Socialist primary candidate.
‘It's not like him. Everyone knows that his weakness is seduction, women. That's how they got him.’
Even some of Strauss-Kahn’s rivals said they could not believe the news. ‘It is totally hallucinatory,’ said centrist Dominique Paille.

‘If it is true, this would be a historic moment, but in the negative sense, for French political life. I hope that everyone respects the presumption of innocence. I cannot manage to believe this affair.’
And Henri de Raincourt, minister for overseas co-operation in President Nicolas Sarkozy's government, added: ‘We cannot rule out the thought of a trap.’
Referring to recent allegations that Strauss-Kahn was chauffered around Paris in a Porsche and wore 20,000 plus suits, Mr De Raincourt added: ‘I note that this has happened just after the affair of the car and the suit in a short space of time.
‘I am not ruling anything out. If this turns out to have been a trap, let me tell you that it would not be to the credit of those who set it.’


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1387625/IMF-chief-Dominique-Strauss-Kahn-feared-political-enemy-pay-woman-allege-rape.html#ixzz1MZHqIKk0

Ed Jewett
05-17-2011, 03:28 AM
"... t would appear that at least some leading economists and financial organizations believed that Strauss-Kahn was in the process of changing at least some of the more aggressive policies of the IMF at a time when he was about to go meet with world financial leaders regarding the pending neoliberalization of Greece.
Also extremely curious is the fact that the man who has been tapped to replace Strauss-Kahn, former JPMorgan Chase exec and extreme globalist John Lipsky (appointed by the United States into the number two position), announced his retirement from the IMF just a few days before all of this took place.
It would seem that there was an internal struggle taking place in the IMF and that prior to Strauss-Kahn’s arrest, he just might have been winning, at least to some degree. Now with him out-of-the-way, the Rockefeller linked Lipsky is taking over and my guess is he won’t be quitting the IMF anytime soon.
Also curious that the likes of Prison Planet and Ron Paul seem to have missed all of this. But, when you think about their recent behavior, is it really all that strange?"

http://willyloman.wordpress.com/2011/05/16/strauss-kahn-arrest-looks-more-and-more-like-a-set-up/

Peter Lemkin
05-17-2011, 04:34 AM
Well, just more proof / demonstration that when a black op is run, it has more than one objective to be accomplished, behind it. Here to keep France out of the hands of the Socialists and to keep the IMF from being reformed, even a little. Looks like the right [which overwhelmingly runs the world's black ops, dirty tricks et al.] won 'bigtime' with this one. :spy:

Sexual assassinations are very difficult to defend against - as it is 'he said' vs. 'she said', usually with little in the way of witnesses nor proofs. Forensic evidence can easily be faked, as well - so easy to obtain a few hairs or flakes of skin, etc. in the time prior. There is a natural bias to believe the woman....why else would she claim to have been assaulted?....few think of politics, deep black ops or millions of money to stage the event.

Interestingly, many in France now suspect this was a set-up; while few in America do. :joystick:

James Lewis
05-17-2011, 10:25 AM
Well, Peter, it just goes to show that there's more than one way to "assassinate" someone besides the obvious bullet in the head. And it figures that he was seriously talking about redistribution of wealth, for people and countries who may actually need it. If you want a refresher course on what happens to people who propose such things, I give you the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King. And, to a lesser extent, RFK...


Before I read the post above [about his proposed IMF changes] I thought it was likely a Honey Trap; now I'm 100% sure! It's modeled on the Eliot Spitzer take-down. The police parading him in handcuffs was unnecessary and part of the script to destroy him....it is more than obvious. That maid, if there was a maid really attacked, was a plant - and an actor in a larger drama. Politics (sic) as usual. :kraka:

Magda Hassan
05-17-2011, 11:27 AM
Bankers Cheer as IMF Head Faces Sexual Assault Charges

By MIKE WHITNEY
Dominique Strauss-Kahn is effectively finished as a political force, even if he doesn’t draw a guilty verdict in New York, where a 32-year-old maid says she was attacked and forced to perform oral sex on him.
He’s finished as IMF chief and his candidacy against Sarkozy also looks to be in ruins.
The IMF chief certainly has enemies in high places who will be cheering his predicament. He had recently broke-free from the "party line" and was changing the direction of the IMF. His road to Damascus conversion was championed by progressive economist Joesph Stiglitz in a recent article titled "The IMF's Switch in Time". Here's an excerpt:

"The annual spring meeting of the International Monetary Fund was notable in marking the Fund’s effort to distance itself from its own long-standing tenets on capital controls and labor-market flexibility. It appears that a new IMF has gradually, and cautiously, emerged under the leadership of Dominique Strauss-Kahn.
Slightly more than 13 years earlier, at the IMF’s Hong Kong meeting in 1997, the Fund had attempted to amend its charter in order to gain more leeway to push countries towards capital-market liberalization. The timing could not have been worse: the East Asia crisis was just brewing – a crisis that was largely the result of capital-market liberalization in a region that, given its high savings rate, had no need for it.
That push had been advocated by Western financial markets – and the Western finance ministries that serve them so loyally. Financial deregulation in the United States was a prime cause of the global crisis that erupted in 2008, and financial and capital-market liberalization elsewhere helped spread that “made in the USA” trauma around the world....The crisis showed that free and unfettered markets are neither efficient nor stable." ("The IMF's Switch in Time", Joseph Stiglitz, Project Syndicate)
So, Strauss-Kahn was trying to move the bank in a more positive direction, a direction that didn't require that countries leave their economies open to the ravages of foreign capital that moves in swiftly--pushing up prices and creating bubbles--and departs just as fast, leaving behind the scourge of high unemployment, plunging demand, hobbled industries, and deep recession.
Strauss-Kahn had set out on a "kinder and gentler" path, one that would not force foreign leaders to privatize their state-owned industries or crush their labor unions. Naturally, his actions were not warmly received by the bankers and corporatists who look to the IMF to provide legitimacy to their ongoing plunder of the rest of the world. These are the people who think that the current policies are "just fine" because they produce the results they're looking for, which is bigger profits for themselves and deeper poverty for everyone else.
Here's Stiglitz again:

"Strauss-Kahn is proving himself a sagacious leader of the IMF.... As Strauss-Kahn concluded in his speech to the Brookings Institution shortly before the Fund’s recent meeting: ‘Ultimately, employment and equity are building blocks of economic stability and prosperity, of political stability and peace. This goes to the heart of the IMF’s mandate. It must be placed at the heart of the policy agenda.’
Right. So, now the IMF is going to be an agent for the redistribution of wealth.... (for) ‘strengthening collective bargaining, restructuring mortgages, restructuring tax and spending policies to stimulate the economy now through long-term investments, and implementing social policies that ensure opportunity for all’”? (according to Stiglitz)
Good luck with that.
Check this out from World Campaign and judge for yourself whether Strauss-Kahn had become a "liability" that had to be eliminated so the business of extracting wealth from the poorest people on earth could continue apace:

"For decades, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has been associated among anti-poverty, hunger and development activists as the poster child of everything wrong with the rich world's fiscal management of the rest of the world, particularly of poor nations, with its seemingly one-dimensional focus on belt-tightening fiscal policies as the price of its loans, and a trickle-down economic philosophy that has helped traditional wealthy elites maintain the status quo while the majority stayed poor and powerless. With a world increasingly in revolution because of such realities, and after the global financial crisis in the wake of regulatory and other policies that had worked after the Great Depression being largely abandoned, IMF managing director Dominique Strauss-Kahn has made nothing less than stunning observations about how the IMF and the world need to change policies.
“In an article today in the Washington Post, Howard Schneider writes that after the 2008 crash led toward regulation again of financial companies and government involvement in the economy, for Strauss-Khan ‘the job is only half done, as he has been leading the fund through a fundamental rethinking of its economic theory. In recent remarks, he has provided a broad summary of the conclusions: State regulation of markets needs to be more extensive; global policies need to create a more even distribution of income; central banks need to do more to prevent lending and asset prices from expanding too fast. 'The pendulum will swing from the market to the state,' Strauss-Kahn said in an address at George Washington University last week. 'Globalization has delivered a lot . . . but it also has a dark side, a large and growing chasm between the rich and the poor. Clearly we need a new form of globalization' to prevent the 'invisible hand' of loosely regulated markets from becoming 'an invisible fist.'”
Repeat: "...a fundamental rethinking of economic theory".... (a greater) "distribution of income"...(more) "regulation of financial companies", "central banks need to do more to prevent lending and asset prices from expanding too fast".
There's not going to be any revolution at the IMF. That's baloney. The institution was created with the clear intention of ripping poor nations off and it's done an impressive job in that regard. There's not going to be any change of policy either. Why would there be? Have the bankers and corporate bilge-rats suddenly grown a conscience and decided to lend a helping hand to long-suffering humanity? Get real.
Strauss-Kahn has been replaced by the IMF's number 2 guy, John Lipsky, former Vice Chairman of the JPMorgan Investment Bank. How's that for "change you can believe in"?
Mike Whitney lives in Washington state. He can be reached at fergiewhitney@msn.com

Jan Klimkowski
05-17-2011, 05:41 PM
Senator Geary gets, ahem, levered in the brothel scene from The Godfather Part II:


CUT TO: Inside a Fredo's club. FREDO and TOM walk in and shake hands with the manager.

MANAGER
Freddie, good to see ya.

TOM
How is he?

MANAGER
He's okay -- he's in the back.

[They walk to the back of the club.]

Come on girls, take a hike.

(then)

In this room here.

TOM
I want to talk to him alone first.

MANAGER
Come on; Huh.

[TOM walk in to a room alone.]

TOM
I thought I could help you SENATOR.

GEARY
Hagen.

[TOM nods.]
Listen, I did not --

TOM
I know, you're alright.

GEARY
I didn't do anything.

TOM
It's okay. You're very lucky -- my brother FREDO operates this place, he was called before anyone. If this had happened someplace else, we couldn't've helped you..

GEARY
I -- when I woke up, I was on the floor -- and I don't know how it happened.

TOM
You can't remember?

GEARY
I passed out.

[He stands up and moves over the bed where we see a bloody dead girl.]

I -- I'll fix it.

[He unties the girl's hand from the bed post.]

Just a game.

[He takes a towel and begins to wipe up the blood that is all over her. He looks at the towel and wipes off his hands.]

Jesus, Jesus.

[He begins to cry. As he does, TOM looks over at NERI who is wiping his hands in the bathroom.]

Jesus, God -- Oh, God. I don't know -- and I can't understand -- why I can't remember.

TOM
You don't have to remember -- just do as I say. We're putting a call into your office -- explain that you'll be there tomorrow afternoon -- you decided to spend the night at Michael Corleone's house in Tahoe -- as his guest.

GEARY
I do remember that she was laughing...we'd done it before -- and I know that I couldn't've hurt -- that girl

TOM
This girl has no family -- nobody knows that she worked here. It'll be as if she never existed. All that's left is our friendship.

James Lewis
05-18-2011, 12:10 AM
Ah, life imitating art...or maybe it's the other way around??


Senator Geary gets, ahem, levered in the brothel scene from The Godfather Part II:


CUT TO: Inside a Fredo's club. FREDO and TOM walk in and shake hands with the manager.

MANAGER
Freddie, good to see ya.

TOM
How is he?

MANAGER
He's okay -- he's in the back.

[They walk to the back of the club.]

Come on girls, take a hike.

(then)

In this room here.

TOM
I want to talk to him alone first.

MANAGER
Come on; Huh.

[TOM walk in to a room alone.]

TOM
I thought I could help you SENATOR.

GEARY
Hagen.

[TOM nods.]
Listen, I did not --

TOM
I know, you're alright.

GEARY
I didn't do anything.

TOM
It's okay. You're very lucky -- my brother FREDO operates this place, he was called before anyone. If this had happened someplace else, we couldn't've helped you..

GEARY
I -- when I woke up, I was on the floor -- and I don't know how it happened.

TOM
You can't remember?

GEARY
I passed out.

[He stands up and moves over the bed where we see a bloody dead girl.]

I -- I'll fix it.

[He unties the girl's hand from the bed post.]

Just a game.

[He takes a towel and begins to wipe up the blood that is all over her. He looks at the towel and wipes off his hands.]

Jesus, Jesus.

[He begins to cry. As he does, TOM looks over at NERI who is wiping his hands in the bathroom.]

Jesus, God -- Oh, God. I don't know -- and I can't understand -- why I can't remember.

TOM
You don't have to remember -- just do as I say. We're putting a call into your office -- explain that you'll be there tomorrow afternoon -- you decided to spend the night at Michael Corleone's house in Tahoe -- as his guest.

GEARY
I do remember that she was laughing...we'd done it before -- and I know that I couldn't've hurt -- that girl

TOM
This girl has no family -- nobody knows that she worked here. It'll be as if she never existed. All that's left is our friendship.

Magda Hassan
05-18-2011, 12:43 AM
More information but also very murky with lots of political implications. Even if he raped this woman as stated it does not follow that he raped the hotel maid. But it does make it easier to pin things on him.


The other dark chapter of Strauss-Kahn’s life

Even Hollywood couldn’t have made this story up. Overnight, Dominique Strauss-Kahn has gone from IMF master and commander, steering the world through the storm of financial ruin, to “Le Perv” who was dragged by police into a Harlem jail on charges of sexually assaulting a hotel maid.

Now a dramatic twist has been added by a French novelist, who’s threatening to reopen a similar dark chapter from Strauss-Kahn’s history.

Tristane Banon, an attractive 31-year-old writer, said on Monday she was sexually assaulted by Dominique Strauss-Kahn nine years ago. Speaking through her lawyer, Banon added that she was previously dissuaded from filing a suit by none other than her own mother –a regional Socialist Party official.

http://josephbamat.blogs.france24.com/sites/blogs.france24.com/files/storyblogimgs/user559/banon-425.jpg

“We are considering filing suit. I’m working with her on this,” her lawyer told journalists.

Since news broke of Strauss-Kahn’s arrest, there has been widespread suspicion of conspiracy among the French. Before this weekend, opinion polls indicated that Strauss-Khan was the frontrunner in next year’s presidential election (http://www.france24.com/en/20110516-dominique-strauss-kahn-imf-socialist-party-2012-presidential-elections-france-dsk-sexual-assault-new-york), and that could have made him the target of foul play by almost anyone.

But Banon’s story, and the image of Strauss-Kahn as the sexually-insatiable Big Bad Wolf, is likely to quickly gain traction in France.

In 2007 Banon was a guest on a popular TV show hosted by presenter Thierry Ardisson, in which she described a sexual assault on her by a politician. The man’s name was beeped out of the show. Describing the incident the young novelist said: “When we were fighting, I cried out ‘rape’ to scare him, but that didn’t seem to scare him much.”

“I didn’t want to go through with [a lawsuit]. I didn’t want to forever be known as ‘the girl who had a problem with a politician’,” she said to explain her reluctance to press charges. (Watch video) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DvwLGFZCBcQ)

The final chapter of the Strauss-Kahn drama has yet to be written, but Banon’s next words will have French readers riveted. http://josephbamat.blogs.france24.com/article/2011/05/16/other-dark-chapter-strauss-kahn-s-life-2

James Lewis
05-18-2011, 02:03 AM
Why the title "Deja Vu"? Simple...doesn't this remind you of the Tiger Woods incident?


More information but also very murky with lots of political implications. Even if he raped this woman as stated it does not follow that he raped the hotel maid. But it does make it easier to pin things on him.


The other dark chapter of Strauss-Kahn’s life

Even Hollywood couldn’t have made this story up. Overnight, Dominique Strauss-Kahn has gone from IMF master and commander, steering the world through the storm of financial ruin, to “Le Perv” who was dragged by police into a Harlem jail on charges of sexually assaulting a hotel maid.

Now a dramatic twist has been added by a French novelist, who’s threatening to reopen a similar dark chapter from Strauss-Kahn’s history.

Tristane Banon, an attractive 31-year-old writer, said on Monday she was sexually assaulted by Dominique Strauss-Kahn nine years ago. Speaking through her lawyer, Banon added that she was previously dissuaded from filing a suit by none other than her own mother –a regional Socialist Party official.

http://josephbamat.blogs.france24.com/sites/blogs.france24.com/files/storyblogimgs/user559/banon-425.jpg

“We are considering filing suit. I’m working with her on this,” her lawyer told journalists.

Since news broke of Strauss-Kahn’s arrest, there has been widespread suspicion of conspiracy among the French. Before this weekend, opinion polls indicated that Strauss-Khan was the frontrunner in next year’s presidential election (http://www.france24.com/en/20110516-dominique-strauss-kahn-imf-socialist-party-2012-presidential-elections-france-dsk-sexual-assault-new-york), and that could have made him the target of foul play by almost anyone.

But Banon’s story, and the image of Strauss-Kahn as the sexually-insatiable Big Bad Wolf, is likely to quickly gain traction in France.

In 2007 Banon was a guest on a popular TV show hosted by presenter Thierry Ardisson, in which she described a sexual assault on her by a politician. The man’s name was beeped out of the show. Describing the incident the young novelist said: “When we were fighting, I cried out ‘rape’ to scare him, but that didn’t seem to scare him much.”

“I didn’t want to go through with [a lawsuit]. I didn’t want to forever be known as ‘the girl who had a problem with a politician’,” she said to explain her reluctance to press charges. (Watch video) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DvwLGFZCBcQ)

The final chapter of the Strauss-Kahn drama has yet to be written, but Banon’s next words will have French readers riveted. http://josephbamat.blogs.france24.com/article/2011/05/16/other-dark-chapter-strauss-kahn-s-life-2

Peter Lemkin
05-18-2011, 05:20 AM
The NYPD have changed the time of the events from about 13:30 to about noon, when I believe he has an alibi of a luncheon date. More and more this seems like a grand set-up....and the French are justly disgusted by the way the American "legal" system works. Having been a victim of it myself, I quite agree. The much touted presumption of innocence is the biggest pile of bullshit around. If a man like that can't get bail, what hope is there for the poor inner-city man picked up for having the wrong skin color? If true that he committed the acts, it is not pretty, but everyone in the USA is now treated as just one step short of a killer. The look from Europe is troubling, as with most going on in the Heimat.

Whether true or not, they have put him [and announced that he is on] suicide watch.....so his career is over....forever. The IMF is talking of removing him before trial.... The assassination is complete. Next!

Jan Klimkowski
05-18-2011, 05:19 PM
Via Zero Hedge (http://www.zerohedge.com/article/why-dsk-housed-ward-inmates-infectious-diseases):


Is This Why DSK Is Housed In A Ward For Inmates With Infectious Diseases

Submitted by Tyler Durden on 05/18/2011 10:10 -0400

Yesterday when we broke the news that DSK was housed in Rikers Island "West Facility" reserved for inmates with infectious diseases, we speculated, jokingly we hoped, that this may be due to his affliction with a certain sexually transmitted disease. Alas, if what the the NY Post reports this morning ends up being true, the situation may be substantially more serious: "Dominique Strauss-Kahn may have more to worry about than a possible prison sentence. The IMF chief's alleged sex-assault victim lives in a Bronx apartment rented exclusively for adults with HIV or AIDS, The Post has learned. The hotel maid, a West African immigrant, has occupied the fourth-floor High Bridge pad with her 15-year-old daughter since January -- and before that, lived in another Bronx apartment set aside by Harlem Community AIDS United strictly for adults with the virus and their families." Oops.

From the Post:


The Post has not been able to ascertain whether the maid, 32, has HIV/AIDS because of medical confidentiality laws.

But the agency rents apartments only for adults with the disease. A Harlem United worker said at least one adult in the household has to be HIV-positive or have AIDS to qualify for one of their units. A healthy adult with a child with HIV or AIDS is not eligible.

"The [current] apartment isn't rented under her name. Harlem [Community AIDS] United places their tenants in our building," explained an employee of the apartment building's property manager, Chaim Gross, of Brooklyn.

The maid had previously lived in another High Bridge apartment rented by Harlem United, a source said. She had moved there with her child in 2008.

According to the agency, it is not uncommon for people with HIV/AIDS to move around.

Her lawyer, Jeffrey Shapiro, and a close family friend said the chambermaid is a widow who lives alone with her daughter. Public records list her as the only adult in the current apartment and the only adult having lived in her previous apartment.

Neighbors also say it was just her and the child in both places.

While as some insinuate this could explain why DSK has been on suicide watch, the reality is that for the HIV virus to manifest itself in blood serum takes several months, so if indeed true and if the maid does carry the HIV virus, there would be no way to know if DSK hismelf is infect if indeed he did have sex and if such sex was unprotected and so forth. Look for much more media hysteria on the topic imminently.

Ed Jewett
05-18-2011, 09:54 PM
Strauss-Kahn simply had to be eliminated.

The Amerikan Police State Strides Forward

By Paul Craig Roberts


May 18, 2011 "Information Clearing House" -- The International Monetary Fund’s director, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, was arrested last Sunday in New York City on the allegation of an immigrant hotel maid that he attempted to rape her in his hotel room. A New York judge has denied Strauss-Kahn bail on the grounds that he might flee to France.

President Bill Clinton survived his sexual escapades, because he was a servant to the system, not a threat. But Strauss-Kahn, like former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer, was a threat to the system, and, like Eliot Spitzer, Strass-Kahn has been deleted from the power ranks.

Strauss-Kahn was the first IMF director in my lifetime, if memory serves, who disavowed the traditional IMF policy of imposing on the poor and ordinary people the cost of bailing out Wall Street and the Western banks. Strauss-Kahn said that regulation had to be reimposed on the greed-driven, fraud-prone financial sector, which, unregulated, destroyed the lives of ordinary people. Strauss-Kahn listened to Nobel economist Joseph Stiglitz, one of a handful of economists who has a social conscience.

Perhaps the most dangerous black mark in Strauss-Kahn’s book is that he was far ahead of America’s French puppet, President Sarkozy, in the upcoming French elections. Strauss-Kahn simply had to be eliminated.

It is possible that Strauss-Kahn eliminated himself and saved Washington the trouble. However, as a well-travelled person who has often stayed in New York hotels and in hotels in cities around the world, I have never experienced a maid entering unannounced into my room, much less when I was in the shower.

In the spun story, Strauss-Kahn is portrayed as so deprived of sex that he attempted to rape a hotel maid. Anyone who ever served on the staff of a powerful public figure knows that this is unlikely. On a senator’s staff on which I served, there were two aides whose job was to make certain that no woman, with the exception of his wife, was ever alone with the senator. This was done to protect the senator both from female power groupies, who lust after celebrities and powerful men, and from women sent by a rival on missions to compromise an opponent. A powerful man such as Strauss-Kahn would not have been starved for women, and as a multi-millionaire he could certainly afford to make his own discreet arrangements.

As Henry Kissinger said, “power is the ultimate aphrodisiac.” In politics, sex is handed out as favors and payoffs, and it is used as a honey trap. Some Americans will remember that Senator Packwood’s long career (1969-1995) was destroyed by a female lobbyist, suspected, according to rumors, of sexual conquests of Senators, who charged that Packwood propositioned her in his office. Perhaps what inspired the charge was that Packwood was in the way of her employer’s legislative agenda.

Even those who exercise care can be framed by allegations of an event to which there are no witnesses. On May 16 the British Daily Mail reported that prior to Strauss-Kahn’s fateful departure for New York, the French newspaper, Liberation, published comments he made while discussing his plans to challenge Sarkozy for the presidency of France. Strauss-Kahn said that as he was the clear favorite to beat Sarkozy, he would be subjected to a smear campaign by Sarkozy and his interior minister, Glaude Gueant. Strauss-Kahn predicted that a woman would be offered between 500,000 and 1,000,000 euros (more than $1,000,000) to make up a story that he raped her.

The Daily Mail reports that Strauss-Kahn’s suspicions are supported by the fact that the first person to break the news of Strauss-Kahn’s arrest was an activist in Mr Sarkozy’s UMP party – who apparently knew about the scandal before it happened.
Jonathan Pinet, a politics student, tweeted the news just before the New York Police Department made it public, although he said that he simply had a ‘friend’ working at the Sofitel where the attack was said to have happened.

The first person to re-tweet Mr Pinet was Arnaud Dassier, a spin doctor who had previously publicised details of multi-millionaire Strauss-Kahn’s luxurious lifestyle in a bid to dent his left wing credentials.

Strauss-Kahn could just as easily been set up by rivals inside the IMF, as well as by rivals within the French political establishment.

Michelle Sabban, a senior councillor for the greater Paris region and a Strauss-Kahn loyalist said: ‘I am convinced it is an international conspiracy.’

She added: ‘It's the IMF they wanted to decapitate, not so much the Socialist primary candidate.

‘It's not like him. Everyone knows that his weakness is seduction, women. That's how they got him.’

Even some of Strauss-Kahn’s rivals said they could not believe the news. ‘It is totally hallucinatory,’ said centrist Dominique Paille.

‘If it is true, this would be a historic moment, but in the negative sense, for French political life. I hope that everyone respects the presumption of innocence. I cannot manage to believe this affair.’

And Henri de Raincourt, minister for overseas co-operation in President Nicolas Sarkozy's government, added: ‘We cannot rule out the thought of a trap.’


Michelle Sabban is on to something when she says the IMF was the target. Strauss-Kahn is the first IMF director who is not lined up on the side of the rich against the poor. Strauss-Kahn’s suspicions were of Sarkozy, but Wall Street and the US government also had strong reasons to eliminate him. Wall Street is terrified by the prospect of regulation, and Washington was embarrassed by the recent IMF report that China’s economy would surpass the US economy within five years. An international conspiracy is not out of the question.

Indeed, the plot is unfolding as a conspiracy. Authorities have produced a French woman who claims she was a near rape victim of Strauss-Kahn a decade ago. It would be interesting to know whether this allegation is the result of a threat or a bribe. As in the case of Julian Assange, there are now two women to accuse Strauss-Kahn. Once the prosecutors get the odds of two females against one male, they win in the media.

It has not been revealed how the authorities knew Strauss-Kahn was on a flight to France. However, by arresting him aboard his scheduled flight just as it was to depart, the authorities created the image of a man fleeing from a crime.

The way Amerikan justice (sic) works is that prosecutors in about 96 percent of the cases get a plea bargain. US prosecutors are permitted by judges and the public to pay for testimony against the defendant and to put sufficient pressure on innocent defendants to coerce them into making a guilty plea in exchange for lesser charges and a lighter sentence. Unless the hotel maid has a spell of bad conscience and admits she was paid to lie, or gets cold feet about perjuring herself, Strauss-Kahn is likely to find that Amerikan criminal justice (sic) is organized to produce conviction regardless of innocence or guilt.

On May 16, the day following Strauss-Kahn’s arrest, the US Supreme Court threw its weight behind the Amerikan police state by destroying the remains of the Fourth Amendment with an 8-1 ruling that, the U.S. Constitution notwithstanding, Amerika’s police do not need warrants to invade homes and search persons.

This ruling is more evidence that every American is regarded as a potential enemy of the state, not only by Airport Security but also by the high muckety-mucks in Washington. The conservatives’ “war on crime” has created a police state, and conservatives, who originally stood for limited government and civil liberty, are euphoric over the expanded and unaccountable powers that a conservative Supreme Court has handed to the police.

On the same day the federal government reached the $14.3 trillion debt ceiling, which forced the Treasury to “borrow” money from federal employee pensions in order to continue funding Amerika’s illegal wars and crimes against humanity. The breached debt ceiling serves as an appropriate marker for a country that has squandered its constitutional heritage and has arrived at moral as well as fiscal bankruptcy.
UPDATE -

In the several hours since I wrote this article, authorities have announced that Strauss-Kahn, who was refused bail on specious grounds, has been put on suicide watch. Why announce it unless it serves an agenda? From the beginning every statement and action of the authorities is designed to convey the impression of guilt. Is putting Strauss-Kahn on suicide watch a way to paint a picture of a person who can't face the public humiliation of his crime? Is it a way to use the humiliation of constant interruption to break down his character and resolve? Or might it be to plant the idea that should he expire in prison, suicide is the explanation?

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article28122.htm

Jan Klimkowski
05-19-2011, 04:21 PM
From Paul Craig Roberts' article:


Perhaps the most dangerous black mark in Strauss-Kahn’s book is that he was far ahead of America’s French puppet, President Sarkozy, in the upcoming French elections. Strauss-Kahn simply had to be eliminated.

It is possible that Strauss-Kahn eliminated himself and saved Washington the trouble. However, as a well-travelled person who has often stayed in New York hotels and in hotels in cities around the world, I have never experienced a maid entering unannounced into my room, much less when I was in the shower.

In the spun story, Strauss-Kahn is portrayed as so deprived of sex that he attempted to rape a hotel maid. Anyone who ever served on the staff of a powerful public figure knows that this is unlikely. On a senator’s staff on which I served, there were two aides whose job was to make certain that no woman, with the exception of his wife, was ever alone with the senator. This was done to protect the senator both from female power groupies, who lust after celebrities and powerful men, and from women sent by a rival on missions to compromise an opponent. A powerful man such as Strauss-Kahn would not have been starved for women, and as a multi-millionaire he could certainly afford to make his own discreet arrangements.

As Henry Kissinger said, “power is the ultimate aphrodisiac.” In politics, sex is handed out as favors and payoffs, and it is used as a honey trap. Some Americans will remember that Senator Packwood’s long career (1969-1995) was destroyed by a female lobbyist, suspected, according to rumors, of sexual conquests of Senators, who charged that Packwood propositioned her in his office. Perhaps what inspired the charge was that Packwood was in the way of her employer’s legislative agenda.

Even those who exercise care can be framed by allegations of an event to which there are no witnesses. On May 16 the British Daily Mail reported that prior to Strauss-Kahn’s fateful departure for New York, the French newspaper, Liberation, published comments he made while discussing his plans to challenge Sarkozy for the presidency of France. Strauss-Kahn said that as he was the clear favorite to beat Sarkozy, he would be subjected to a smear campaign by Sarkozy and his interior minister, Glaude Gueant. Strauss-Kahn predicted that a woman would be offered between 500,000 and 1,000,000 euros (more than $1,000,000) to make up a story that he raped her.

Strauss-Kahn clearly likes a shag. Indeed, one of his new French accusers accuses DSK of behaving like a "rutting chimpanzee". Which conjures a memorable and highly damaging image, ridiculing DSK and transforming him into an uncontrolled, irrational, beast.

If DSK raped, or attempted to rape, the maid, then he can rot in Hell (an American private for profit prison).

However, as this thread has clearly demonstrated, there is a deep political rationale for the ruling elites to "get Strauss-Kahn" , and the sexual blackmail of a man with an established track record as a "womanizer" (curiously suppressed by conventions of the French press), is an obvious play.

None of us were in the hotel room with DSK.

However, the chances of this being a (character) assassination of a man who refused to do as he was told are very high.

Strauss-Kahn has, most probably, been Spitzered.

Peter Lemkin
05-19-2011, 07:04 PM
I vote sexual assassination at this point. Interesting also that the 'maid' has gone into 'hiding'. While many a man has a wandering eye or libido, this man was married and happily so, had not long ago slept with his wife; could have hired [at no loss to his 'bank account' the most voluptuous [however he defined this] women in NYC. It is very hard to believe he came out of the shower, happened to see a maid who thought the room was empty and 'pounced' on her. He'd know better - and know how to silence the event if it happened - which I think it did NOT! It was a Spitzer-like; Hart-like op. Sexual assassination pure and simple.

Just wait until we see this irresistible siren and hear who she was associated with!!!!! :hitball:

Sadly, someone who wanted to [mildly] reform the neo-liberal, neo-fascist, Chicago-School IMF and oppose USA's buddy Sarkozy runs into career threatening trouble for the crime of taking a shower. Let that be a lesson to all men.....never shower or undress in your hotel, if you have enemies. Double lock your door from inside. Leave a webcam running.

This has all the overtones of the Assange affair....

IMF chief Strauss-Kahn caught in "Honey Trap"

by Mike Whitney

Global Research, May 16, 2011

I have no way of knowing whether the 32-year-old maid who claims she was attacked and forced to perform oral sex on IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, is telling the truth or not. I'll leave that to the braying hounds in the media who have already assumed the role of judge, jury and Lord High Executioner. But I will say, the whole matter smells rather fishy, just like the Eliot Spitzer story smelled fishy. Spitzer, you may recall, was Wall Street's biggest adversary and a likely candidate to head the SEC, a position at which he would have excelled. In fact, there's no doubt in my mind that if Spitzer had been appointed to lead the SEC, most of the top investment bankers on Wall Street would presently be making license plates and rope-soled shoes at the federal penitentiary. So, there was plenty of reason to shadow Spitzer's every move and see what bit of dirt could be dug up on him. As it turns out, the ex-Governor of New York made it easy for his enemies by engaging a high-priced hooker named Ashley Dupre for sex at the Mayflower Hotel. When the news broke, the media descended on Spitzer like a swarm of locusts poring over every salacious detail with the ebullient fervor of a randy 6th-grader. Meanwhile, the crooks on Wall Street were able to breathe a sigh of relief and get back to doing what they do best; fleecing investors and cheating people out of the life savings.

Strauss-Kahn had enemies in high places, too, which is why this whole matter stinks to high-Heaven. First of all, Strauss-Kahn was the likely candidate of the French Socialist Party who would have faced Sarkozy in the upcoming presidential elections. The IMF chief clearly had a leg-up on Sarkozy who has been battered by a number of personal scandals and plunging approval ratings.

But if Strauss-Kahn was set up, then it was probably by members of the western bank coalition, that shadowy group of self-serving swine whose policies have kept the greater body of humanity in varying state of poverty and desperation for the last two centuries. Strauss-Kahn had recently broke-free from the "party line" and was changing the direction of the IMF. His road to Damascus conversion was championed by progressive economist Joesph Stiglitz in a recent article titled "The IMF's Switch in Time". Here's an excerpt:

"The annual spring meeting of the International Monetary Fund was notable in marking the Fund’s effort to distance itself from its own long-standing tenets on capital controls and labor-market flexibility. It appears that a new IMF has gradually, and cautiously, emerged under the leadership of Dominique Strauss-Kahn.

Slightly more than 13 years earlier, at the IMF’s Hong Kong meeting in 1997, the Fund had attempted to amend its charter in order to gain more leeway to push countries towards capital-market liberalization. The timing could not have been worse: the East Asia crisis was just brewing – a crisis that was largely the result of capital-market liberalization in a region that, given its high savings rate, had no need for it.

That push had been advocated by Western financial markets – and the Western finance ministries that serve them so loyally. Financial deregulation in the United States was a prime cause of the global crisis that erupted in 2008, and financial and capital-market liberalization elsewhere helped spread that “made in the USA” trauma around the world....The crisis showed that free and unfettered markets are neither efficient nor stable." ("The IMF's Switch in Time", Joseph Stiglitz, Project Syndicate)

So, Strauss-Kahn was trying to move the bank in a more positive direction, a direction that didn't require that countries leave their economies open to the ravages of foreign capital that moves in swiftly--pushing up prices and creating bubbles--and departs just as fast, leaving behind the scourge of high unemployment, plunging demand, hobbled industries, and deep recession.

Strauss-Kahn had set out on a "kinder and gentler" path, one that would not force foreign leaders to privatize their state-owned industries or crush their labor unions. Naturally, his actions were not warmly received by the bankers and corporatists who look to the IMF to provide legitimacy to their ongoing plunder of the rest of the world. These are the people who think that the current policies are "just fine" because they produce the results they're looking for, which is bigger profits for themselves and deeper poverty for everyone else.

Here's Stiglitz again, this time imparting the "kiss of death" to his friend Strauss-Kahn:

"Strauss-Kahn is proving himself a sagacious leader of the IMF.... As Strauss-Kahn concluded in his speech to the Brookings Institution shortly before the Fund’s recent meeting: “Ultimately, employment and equity are building blocks of economic stability and prosperity, of political stability and peace. This goes to the heart of the IMF’s mandate. It must be placed at the heart of the policy agenda.”

Right. So, now the IMF is going to be an agent for the redistribution of wealth.... (for) "strengthening collective bargaining, restructuring mortgages, restructuring tax and spending policies to stimulate the economy now through long-term investments, and implementing social policies that ensure opportunity for all"? (according to Stiglitz)

Good luck with that.

Can you imagine how much this kind of talk pisses off the Big Money guys? How long do you think they'd put up with this claptrap before they decided that Strauss-Kahn needed to take a permanent vacation?

Not long, I'd wager.

Check this out from World Campaign and judge for yourself whether Strauss-Kahn had become a "liability" that had to be eliminated so the business of extracting wealth from the poorest people on earth could continue apace:

"For decades, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has been associated among anti-poverty, hunger and development activists as the poster child of everything wrong with the rich world's fiscal management of the rest of the world, particularly of poor nations, with its seemingly one-dimensional focus on belt-tightening fiscal policies as the price of its loans, and a trickle-down economic philosophy that has helped traditional wealthy elites maintain the status quo while the majority stayed poor and powerless. With a world increasingly in revolution because of such realities, and after the global financial crisis in the wake of regulatory and other policies that had worked after the Great Depression being largely abandoned, IMF managing director Dominique Strauss-Kahn has made nothing less than stunning observations about how the IMF and the world need to change policies.

In an article today in the Washington Post, Howard Schneider writes that after the 2008 crash led toward regulation again of financial companies and government involvement in the economy, for Strauss-Khan "the job is only half done, as he has been leading the fund through a fundamental rethinking of its economic theory. In recent remarks, he has provided a broad summary of the conclusions: State regulation of markets needs to be more extensive; global policies need to create a more even distribution of income; central banks need to do more to prevent lending and asset prices from expanding too fast. 'The pendulum will swing from the market to the state,' Strauss-Kahn said in an address at George Washington University last week. 'Globalization has delivered a lot . . . but it also has a dark side, a large and growing chasm between the rich and the poor. Clearly we need a new form of globalization' to prevent the 'invisible hand' of loosely regulated markets from becoming 'an invisible fist.'" (http://wcampaign.org/issue.php?mid=625&v=y )

Repeat: "...a fundamental rethinking of economic theory".... (a greater) "distribution of income"...(more) "regulation of financial companies", "central banks need to do more to prevent lending and asset prices from expanding too fast".

Are you kidding me? Read that passage again and I think you'll agree with me that Strauss-Kahn had signed his own death warrant.

There's not going to be any revolution at the IMF. That's baloney. The institution was created with the clear intention of ripping people off and it's done an impressive job in that regard. There's not going to be any change of policy either. Why would there be? Have the bankers and corporate bilge-rats suddenly grown a conscience and decided to lend a helping hand to long-suffering humanity? Get real.

Strauss-Kahn broke ranks and ventured into no man's land. That's why he was set up and then crushed like a bug.

(Note: Strauss-Kahn has been replaced by the IMF's number 2 guy, John Lipsky, former Vice Chairman of the JPMorgan Investment Bank. How's that for "change you can believe in"?)
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Regime Change at the IMF: The Frame-Up of Dominique Strauss-Kahn?

by Prof. Michel Chossudovsky

Global Research, May 19, 2011

The arrest of IMF Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn has all the appearances of a frame-up ordered by powerful members of the financial establishment, in liaison with France's Nicolas Sarkozy, whose presidency has served the interests of the US at the expense of those of France and the European Union. While there is for the moment no proof of a plot, the unusual circumstances of his arrest and imprisonment require careful examination.

Immediately following Strauss Kahn's arrest, pressures were exerted by Washington to speed up his replacement as Managing Director of the IMF preferably by a non-European, an American or a handpicked candidate from an "emerging market economy" or a developing country.

Since the founding of the Bretton Woods institutions in 1945, the World Bank has been headed by an American whereas the IMF has been under the helm of a (Western) European.

Strauss-Kahn is a member of elite groups who meet behind closed doors. He belongs to the Bildeberger. Categorized as one of the world's most influential persons, he is an academic and politician rather than a banker. In contrast to his predecessors at the IMF, he has no direct affiliation to a banking or financial institution.

But at the same time he is the fall guy. His "gaffe" was to confront the Washington-Wall Street Consensus and push for reforms within the IMF, which challenged America's overriding role within the organization.

The demise of Strauss-Kahn potentially serves to strengthen the hegemony of the US and its control over the IMF at the expense of what former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld called "Old Europe".

Blocking Strauss-Kahn, the Presidential Candidate

In recent years, a major shift has occurred in Europe's political landscape. Pro-American governments have been elected in both France and Germany. Social Democracy has been weakened.

Franco-American relations have been redefined, with Washington playing a significant role in grooming a new generation of European politicians.

The presidency of Nicolas Sarkozy has, in many regards, become a de facto US "client regime", broadly supportive of US corporate interests in the EU and closely aligned with US foreign policy.

There are two overlapping and interrelated issues in the DSK frame-up hypothesis.

The first pertains to regime change at the IMF, the second to Strauss-Kahn as a candidate in France's forthcoming presidential elections.

Both these processes are tied into the clash between competing US and European economic interests.

Strauss-Khan as a favorite of the Socialist Party, would have won the presidential elections leading to the demise of "Our Man in Paris" Nicolas Sarkozy.

As documented by Thierry Meyssan, the CIA played a central undercover role in destabilizing the Gaullist party and supporting the election of Nicolas Sarkozy (See Operation Sarkozy: how the CIA placed one of its agents at the presidency of the French Republic, Reseau Voltaire, September 4, 2008)

A Strauss-Kahn presidency and a "Socialist" government would have been a serious setback for Washington, contributing to a major shift in Franco-American relations. It would also have contributed to weakening America's role on the European political chessboard. It would also have changed the balance of power between America and "Old Europe" (namely the Franco-German alliance). It would also have had repercussions on the internal structure of the Atlantic Alliance and the dominant hegemonic role of the US within NATO.

The Frame-Up?

Fifty-seven percent of France's population, according to a May 17 poll, believe that Strauss Kahn was framed, victim of a set-up. He was detained on alleged sexual assault and rape charges based on scanty evidence. He was detained based on a complaint filed by the Sofitel hotel where he was staying, on behalf of the alleged victim, an unnamed hotel chamber-maid:

The 32-year-old maid told authorities that she entered his suite early Saturday afternoon and he attacked her, New York Police Department spokesman Paul J. Browne. She said she had been told to clean the spacious $3,000-a-night suite, which she thought was empty.

According to an account the woman provided to police, Strauss-Kahn emerged from the bathroom naked, chased her down a hallway and pulled her into a bedroom, where he began to sexually assault her. She said she fought him off, then he dragged her into the bathroom, where he forced her to perform oral sex on him and tried to remove her underwear. The woman was able to break free again and escaped the room and told hotel staff what had happened, authorities said. They called police.

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/business/7565485.html#ixzz1MfFWFlnY

Challenging the Washington Consensus

What is at stake in the immediate wake of Strauss Kahn's demise is "regime change" at the IMF.

The Obama administration has demanded his replacement by a more compliant individual. U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, former CEO of the New York Federal Reserve Bank is pushing for the replacement of Dominique Strauss-Kahn, "suggesting he can no longer perform his duties" as IMF Managing director.

"Geithner called for greater formal recognition by the IMF board that John Lipsky, the fund's second-in-command, will continue serving as temporary managing director for an interim period. Although Strauss-Kahn has yet to resign, sources say the IMF is in touch with his legal counsel to discuss his future at the organization."

What lies behind the frame-up scenario? What powerful interests are involved? Geithner had a close personal relationship with Strauss-Kahn.

On the floor of the US Senate (May 18), Senator Mark Kirk of Illinois, called for the resignation of DSK while calling upon the IMF's deputy managing director John Lipsky to "assume full responsibility of the IMF" as interim managing director. The process of "permanent replacement should "commence at once," he said. John Lipsky is a well connected Wall Street banker, a former Vice Chairman at JPMorgan Investment Bank.

While the IMF is in theory an intergovernmental organization, it has historically been controlled by Wall Street and the US Treasury. The IMF's "bitter economic medicine", the so-called Structural Adjustment Program (SAP), imposed on countless developing countries, essentially serves the interests of creditor banks and multinational corporations.

The IMF is not the main architect of these devastating economic reforms which have served to impoverish millions of people, while creating a "favorable environment" for foreign investors in Third World low wage economies.

The creditor banks call the shots. The IMF is a bureaucratic entity. Its role is to implement and enforce those economic policies on behalf of dominant economic interests.

Strauss Kahn's proposed reforms while providing a "human face" to the IMF did not constitute a shift in direction. They were formulated within the realm of neoliberalism. They modified but they did not undermine the central role of IMF "economic medicine". The socially devastating impacts of IMF "shock treatment" under Strauss-Kahn's leadership have largely prevailed.

Dominique Strauss Kahn arrived at the helm of the IMF in November 2007, less than a year prior to September-October 2008 financial meltdown on Wall Street. The structural adjustment program (SAP) was not modified. Under DSK, IMF "shock treatment" which historically had been limited to developing countries was imposed on Greece, Ireland and Portugal.

Under the helm of DSK as Managing Director, the IMF demanded that developing countries remove food and fuel subsidies at a time of rising commodity prices on the New York and Chicago Mercantile exchanges.

The hikes in food and fuel prices, which preceded the September-October 2008 Wall Street crash, were in large part the result of market manipulation. Grain prices were boosted artificially by large scale speculative operations. Instead of taming the speculators and containing the rise in food and fuel prices, the IMF's role was to ensure that the governments of indebted developing countries would not in any way interfere in the "free market", by preventing these prices from going up.

These hikes in food prices, which are the result of outright manipulation (rather than scarcity) have served to impoverish people Worldwide. The surge in food prices constitutes a new phase of the process of global impoverishment.

DSK was complicit in this process of market manipulation. The removal of food and fuel subsidies in Tunisia and Egypt had been demanded by the IMF. Food and fuel prices skyrocketed, people were impoverished, paving the way towards the January 2011 social protest movement:

Fiscal prudence remains an overarching priority for the [Tunisian] authorities, who also see the need for maintaining a supportive fiscal policy in 2010 in the current international environment. Efforts in the last decade to bring down the public debt ratio significantly should not be jeopardized by a too lax fiscal policy. The authorities are committed to firmly control current expenditure, including subsidies,... (IMF Tunisia: 2010 Article IV Consultation - Staff Report; Public Information Notice on the Executive Board Discussion; and Statement by the Executive Director for Tunisia)

"[The IMF] encouraged the [Egyptian] authorities to press further with food and fuel subsidy reforms, and welcomed their intention to improve the efficiency and targeting of food subsidy programs. [meaning the selective elimination of food subsidies].

"Consideration should be given to introducing automatic adjustment mechanisms for domestic fuel prices to minimize distortions [meaning dramatic increases in fuel prices without State interference], while strengthening cash-based social programs to protect vulnerable groups. (IMF Executive Board Concludes 2008 Article IV Consultation with the Arab Republic of Egypt Public Information Notice, PIN No. 09/04, January 15, 2009)

Under the helm of DSK, the IMF also imposed sweeping austerity measures on Egypt in 2008, while supporting Hosni Mubarak's "efforts to broaden the privatization program".(Ibid)

The Frank G. Wisner Nicolas Sarkozy Connection

Strauss-Kahn was refused bail by Judge Melissa Jackson, an appointee and protégé of Michael Bloomberg, who in addition to his role as Mayor is a powerful figure on Wall Street.

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. charged (using scanty evidence) Strauss-Kahn "with seven crimes, including attempted rape, sexual abuse, forcible touching and unlawful imprisonment".

Who is Cyrus Vance Jr.?

He is the son of the late Cyrus Vance who served as Secretary of State in the Carter administration.

But there is more than meets the eye. Nicolas Sarkozy's step father Frank G. Wisner II, a prominent CIA official who married his step mother Christine de Ganay in 1977 served as Deputy Executive Secretary of State under the helm of Cyrus Vance Senior, father of District Attorney Cyrus Vance Junior.

Is it relevant?

The Vance and Wisner families had close personal ties. In turn Nicolas Sarkozy had close family ties with his step father Frank Wisner (and his half brothers and sisters in the US and one member of the Wisner was involved in Sarkozy's election campaign).

It is also worth noting that Frank G. Wisner II was the son of one of America's most notorious spies, the late Frank Gardiner Wisner (1909- 1965), the mastermind behind the CIA sponsored coup which toppled the government of Mohammed Mossadegh in Iran in 1953. Wisner Jr. is also trustee of the Rockefeller Brothers Trust.

While these various personal ties do not prove that Strauss-Kahn was the object of a set-up, the matter of Sarkozy's ties to the CIA via his step father, not to mention the ties of Frank G. Wisner II to the Cyrus Vance family are certainly worth investigating. Frank G, Wisner also played a key role as Obama's special intelligence envoy to Egypt at the height of January 2011 protest movement.

Did the CIA play a role?

Was Strauss-Kahn framed by people in his immediate political entourage including President Obama and Secretary of the Treasury Tim Geithner?

District Attorney Cyrus Vance Junior, son of the late Cyrus Vance, Secretary of State in the Carter administration

Sarkozy's Step Father Frank G Wisner II, Deputy Executive Secretary of State (1976-79)
under Cyrus Vance Senior during the Carter administration

In this courtroom drawing, Dominique Strauss-Khan, next to his lawyer

Benjamin Brafman, in front of Criminal Court Judge Melissa Jackson during his arraignment at the Manhattan Criminal Court (AP)

DSK and Timothy Gaithner

Fair Trial?

Innocent before proven guilty? The US media has already cast its verdict. Will the court procedures be manipulated?

One would expect that Strauss-Kahn be granted a fair trial, namely the same treatment as that granted to thousands of arrests on alleged sexual aggression charges in New York City.

How many similar or comparable alleged sexual aggressions occur on a monthly basis in New York City? What is the underlying pattern? How many of these are reported to the police? How many are the object of police follow-up once a complaint has been filed?

What is the percent of complaints submitted to police which are the object of police arrest? How many of these arrests lead to a judicial procedure? What are the delays in court procedures?

How many of these arrests lead to release without a judicial procedure?

How many of the cases submitted to a judicial procedure are dismissed by the presiding judge?

How many of the cases which are not dismissed are refused bail outright by the presiding judge? What is the basis for refusing bail?

How many are granted bail? What is the average amount of bail?

How many are imprisoned without bail based on scanty and incomplete evidence?

How many of those who are refused bail are sent to an infamous maximum security prison on Rikers Island on the orders of Michael Bloomberg.

Diplomatic Immunity

Press reports state that full diplomatic immunity does not apply to officials of the United Nations and the Bretton Woods institutions, namely that the US did not ratify the protocol.

"U.N. convention on privileges and immunities for international agencies that most countries have ratified. It gives the heads of U.N. agencies broad immunity in the countries where they are based. But the U.S. government never became a party to that treaty. Employees of international agencies are covered by a U.S. statute that gives only limited immunity."

The relevant question is how has this limited immunity provision been applied in practice? Namely how many people with limited immunity (UN officials, officials of the Bretton Woods institutions) have been arrested and sent to a high security prison?

Has Strauss Kahn been given the same treatment as those arrested under the provisions of "limited immunity"?

Does the Strauss Kahn arrest fit the pattern? Or is Strauss Kahn being treated in a way which does not correspond to the normal (average) pattern of police and judicial procedures applied in the numerous cases of persons arrested on alleged sexual assault charges?

Without a frame-up instrumented by very powerful people acting in the background, the head of the IMF would have been treated in an entirely different way. The mayor of New York Michael Bloomberg and Timothy Geithner would have come to his rescue. The matter would have been hushed up with a view to protecting the reputation of a powerful public figure. But that did not happen.

Rikers Island Prison where DSK was imprisoned.

Peter Lemkin
05-19-2011, 08:32 PM
..granted bail...conditions:
$1,000,000 bail
electronic anklet
24 hour armed guard [Thane Ceasar, are you still working?!]
Not allowed to leave domicile [I think his daughter's in NYC] = house arrest

:spy:

Ed Jewett
05-19-2011, 09:06 PM
"In life, events tend to follow patterns. People who commit crimes tend to be criminals, for example. Can anyone tell me any economists who have been convicted of violent sex crimes? Can anyone tell me of any heads of nonprofit international economic entities who have ever been charged and convicted of violent sexual crimes? Is it likely that just by chance this hotel maid found the only one in this category? Maybe Mr. Strauss-Kahn is guilty but if so, he is one of a kind, and criminals are not usually one of a kind.”

-Ben Stein, 5/17/11

http://jamesurbaniak.tumblr.com/post/5586097856/oops

Magda Hassan
05-20-2011, 05:54 AM
Dominique Strauss-Kahn Was Tying to Torpedo the Dollar

By Mike Whitney

May 19, 2011 "Information Clearing House (http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/)" ---- -It's all about perception management. The media is trying to dig up as much dirt as they can on Dominique Strauss-Kahn so they can hang the man before he ever sees the inside of a courthouse. It reminds me of the Terry Schiavo case, where devoted-husband Michael was pegged as an insensitive slimeball for carrying out the explicit wishes of his brain-dead wife. Do you remember how the media conducted their disgraceful 24 hour-a-day Blitzkrieg with the endless coverage of weepy Christian fanatics on the front lawn of the hospital while Hannity, Limbaugh and O' Reilly fired away with their sanctimonious claptrap?

And now you're telling me that that same media is just "doing their job?"

Give me a break.

Whoever wants to nail IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn has really pulled out all the stops. Their agents have been rummaging through diaries, hotel registries, phone records, yearbooks, yada, yada, yada. The UK Telegraph even paid a visit to a high-priced DC knocking shop to get a little dirt from Madame Botox; whatever it takes to make a randy banker look like the South Hill rapist. And they're doing a pretty good job, too. The cops have made sure that the "Great Seducer" always appears handcuffed and dressed in a "pervie" raincoat with 3-days stubble before they parade him in front of the media. On Wednesday--more grist for the mill--they released his mug-shot, an unflattering, deadpan photo that makes him look like Jack-the-Ripper. Was that the intention?

And, that's not the half of it. The Big Money is exhuming every woman he's ever had contact with for the last 30 years hoping they can glean some damning tidbit of information that will convince the doubters that beneath that sophisticated manner and $25,000 suit lurks a closet Bluebeard ready to snap up your daughters and defile your wives. Next thing you know, they'll be trotting out Paula Jones and Tanya Harding claiming they spent a torrid night with the Marquis de Kahn in a trailerpark outside Winamucca.

Where does it stop? Or does it stop? Are we in for another year-long Clinton-Lewinski feeding frenzy where everyday we hear more lurid details about the sexploits of people who don't really interest us at all?

Aren't you at all curious about who's behind this "lynching by media" scam? This is an all-out, no-holds-barred, steel-cage, take-down. The big boys save that kind of action for the worst offenders, that is, for the insiders who have broken "Omerta" or wandered off the reservation. I mean, they locked him up on Riker's Island without bail, for Chrissake. What does that tell you? Even Bernie Madoff was allowed to stay in his $7 million Park Avenue penthouse while he waited for trial, but not Straus-Kahn. Oh, no. He get's the royal treatment, even though he has no criminal record and nothing but the sketchy accusations of a chambermaid against him, he's carted off to the state slammer where he can mingle with hardened criminals while dining on corn flakes and Wonder Bread.

You call that justice?

Can I tell you what this is all about? It's about the dollar. That's right. Strauss-Kahn was mounting an attack against the dollar and now the wrath of the Empire has descended on him like ton-of-bricks. Here's the scoop from the UK Telegraph:

"Dominique Strauss-Kahn, managing director of the International Monetary Fund, has called for a new world currency that would challenge the dominance of the dollar and protect against future financial instability.....

He suggested adding emerging market countries' currencies, such as the yuan, to a basket of currencies that the IMF administers could add stability to the global system....Strauss-Kahn saw a greater role for the IMF's Special Drawing Rights, (SDRs) which is currently composed of the dollar, sterling, euro and yen, over time but said it will take a great deal of international cooperation to make that work." ("International Monetary Fund director Dominique Strauss-Kahn calls for new world currency", UK Telegraph)

So, Strauss-Kahn finds himself in the same crowd as Saddam Hussein and Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, right? You may recall that
Saddam switched from dollars to euros about a year before the war. 12 months later Iraq was invaded, Saddam was hanged, and the dollar was restored to power. Gaddafi made a similar mistake when "he initiated a movement to refuse the dollar and the euro, and called on Arab and African nations to use a new currency instead, the gold dinar." ("Libya: All About Oil, or All About Central Banking?" Ellen Brown, Op-Ed News) Libya has since come under attack by US and NATO forces which have armed a motley group of dissidents, malcontents and terrorists to depose Gaddafi and reimpose dollar hegemony.

And now it's Strauss-Kahn's turn to get torn to shreds. And for good reason. After all, DSK actually poses a much greater threat to the dollar than either Saddam or Gaddafi because he's in the perfect position to shape policy and to persuade foreign heads of state that replacing the dollar is in their best interests. And that is precisely what he was doing; badmouthing the buck. Only he was too dense to figure out that the dollar is the US Mafia's mealticket, the main way that shifty banksters and corporate scalawags extort tribute from the poorest people on earth. Strauss-Kahn was rocking the boat, and now he's going to pay.

Here's a clip from CNN Money:

"The International Monetary Fund issued a report Thursday on a possible replacement for the dollar as the world's reserve currency.

The IMF said Special Drawing Rights, or SDRs, could help stabilize the global financial system....SDRs represent potential claims on the currencies of IMF members.....The IMF typically lends countries funds denominated in SDRs. While they are not a tangible currency, some economists argue that SDRs could be used as a less volatile alternative to the U.S. dollar.

"Over time, there may also be a role for the SDR to contribute to a more stable international monetary system," he said.

The goal is to have a reserve asset for central banks that better reflects the global economy since the dollar is vulnerable to swings in the domestic economy and changes in U.S. policy.

In addition to serving as a reserve currency, the IMF also proposed creating SDR-denominated bonds, which could reduce central banks' dependence on U.S. Treasuries. The Fund also suggested that certain assets, such as oil and gold, which are traded in U.S. dollars, could be priced using SDRs." ("IMF discusses dollar alternative", CNN Money)

Wow. So DSK was zeroing in on US Treasuries as well as the dollar? That's the whole shooting match.

So, what type of progress was he making in converting USDs to SDRs? According to Reuters: "The IMF general resources credit outstanding increased to 65.5 billion Special Drawing Rights, or SDRs, ($104 billion) on May 12 from 6.0 billion SDRs at December 2007. The so-called new arrangement to borrow, which came into effect on April 1, increased the IMF's available lending resources to 269 billion SDRs on May 12 from 120 billion SDRs on March 31." (http://in.reuters.com/article/2011/05/17/idINIndia-57083920110517?type=economicNews)

Not a bad start for such an ambitious project. It looks like DSK's dream of dethroning the dollar as the de facto "international currency" was beginning to gain momentum. (Nobel prize winning economist Joseph Stiglitz has said that the transition from dollars to SDRs "could be phased in within the next year.") But didn't he know that his actions would anger some very powerful and well-connected people?

Well, if he did; he never let on. In fact, he started mucking around in other stuff, too, like when he intervened on behalf of Irish taxpayers, trying to protect them at the expense of foreign bondholders. That's a big "No no" in banker's world. They keep a list of "people who count", and taxpayers are not on that list. Here's an excerpt from the Irish Times:

"Ireland’s Last Stand began less shambolically than you might expect. The IMF, which believes that lenders should pay for their stupidity before it has to reach into its pocket, presented the Irish with a plan to haircut €30 billion of unguaranteed bonds by two-thirds on average. (Irish finance minister) Lenihan was overjoyed, according to a source who was there, telling the IMF team: “You are Ireland’s salvation.”

The deal was torpedoed from an unexpected direction. At a conference call with the G7 finance ministers, the haircut was vetoed by US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner who, as his payment of $13 billion from government-owned AIG to Goldman Sachs showed, believes that bankers take priority over taxpayers. The only one to speak up for the Irish was UK chancellor George Osborne, but Geithner, as always, got his way. An instructive, if painful, lesson in the extent of US soft power, and in who our friends really are.

The negotiations went downhill from there. On one side was the European Central Bank, unabashedly representing Ireland’s creditors and insisting on full repayment of bank bonds. On the other was the IMF, arguing that Irish taxpayers would be doing well to balance their government’s books, let alone repay the losses of private banks." ("Ireland's future depends on breaking free from bailout", Morgan Kelly, Irish Times)

So, Strauss-Kahn stuck up for Irish taxpayers over the banks, the bondholders, the ECB, and the US Treasury. Naturally, that made him persona non grata among the ruling throng.

And, there's more, too, because Strauss-Kahn's vision was not limited to currency alone, but involved broad structural changes to the IMF itself that would have reversed decades of neoliberal policies. DSK had settled on a new approach to policymaking; one that would abandon the worst elements of globalization and put greater emphasis on social cohesion, cooperation and multilateralism. Here's an excerpt from the speech titled "Human Development and Wealth Distribution" he gave in November 2010:

"....Adam Smith—one of the founders of modern economics—recognized clearly that a poor distribution of wealth could undermine the free market system, noting that: “The disposition to admire, and almost to worship, the rich and the powerful and…neglect persons of poor and mean condition…is the great and most universal cause of the corruption of our moral sentiments.”

This was over 250 years ago. In today’s world, these problems are magnified under the lens of globalization....globalization also had a dark side. Lurking behind it was a large and growing chasm between rich and poor—especially within countries. An inequitable distribution of wealth can wear down the social fabric. More unequal countries have worse social indicators, a poorer human development record, and higher degrees of economic insecurity and anxiety. In too many countries, inequality increased and real wages stagnated—failing to keep up with productivity—over the past few decades. Ominously, inequality in the United States was back at its pre-Great Depression levels on the eve of the crisis....

An immediate task is to end the scourge of unemployment....Progressive taxation can also promote equity through redistribution, and this should be encouraged....“Inequality is corrosive” ....“it rots societies from within…it illustrates and exacerbates the loss of social cohesion…the pathology of the age and the greatest threat to the health of any democracy.” ("Human Development and Wealth Distribution", Dominique Strauss-Kahn, IMF)

Can you believe it? DSK is lecturing bankers about redistribution? That's not what they want to hear. What they want to hear is why ripping off poor people actually makes the world a better place. DSK's speech just shows that he wasn't drinking the Koolaid anymore. He was becoming a nuisance and they needed to get rid of him.

Does that mean he didn't rape the woman who was in his hotel room?

Of course not. He could be guilty. But he deserves a fair trial, and someone's making damn sure he doesn't get one.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article28135.htm

Jan Klimkowski
05-20-2011, 05:29 PM
Mike Whitney articulates the deep political rationale for taking out DSK and our inability to know for sure what happened in that hotel room:


On one side was the European Central Bank, unabashedly representing Ireland’s creditors and insisting on full repayment of bank bonds. On the other was the IMF, arguing that Irish taxpayers would be doing well to balance their government’s books, let alone repay the losses of private banks." ("Ireland's future depends on breaking free from bailout", Morgan Kelly, Irish Times)

So, Strauss-Kahn stuck up for Irish taxpayers over the banks, the bondholders, the ECB, and the US Treasury. Naturally, that made him persona non grata among the ruling throng.

And, there's more, too, because Strauss-Kahn's vision was not limited to currency alone, but involved broad structural changes to the IMF itself that would have reversed decades of neoliberal policies. DSK had settled on a new approach to policymaking; one that would abandon the worst elements of globalization and put greater emphasis on social cohesion, cooperation and multilateralism. Here's an excerpt from the speech titled "Human Development and Wealth Distribution" he gave in November 2010:

"....Adam Smith—one of the founders of modern economics—recognized clearly that a poor distribution of wealth could undermine the free market system, noting that: “The disposition to admire, and almost to worship, the rich and the powerful and…neglect persons of poor and mean condition…is the great and most universal cause of the corruption of our moral sentiments.”

This was over 250 years ago. In today’s world, these problems are magnified under the lens of globalization....globalization also had a dark side. Lurking behind it was a large and growing chasm between rich and poor—especially within countries. An inequitable distribution of wealth can wear down the social fabric. More unequal countries have worse social indicators, a poorer human development record, and higher degrees of economic insecurity and anxiety. In too many countries, inequality increased and real wages stagnated—failing to keep up with productivity—over the past few decades. Ominously, inequality in the United States was back at its pre-Great Depression levels on the eve of the crisis....

An immediate task is to end the scourge of unemployment....Progressive taxation can also promote equity through redistribution, and this should be encouraged....“Inequality is corrosive” ....“it rots societies from within…it illustrates and exacerbates the loss of social cohesion…the pathology of the age and the greatest threat to the health of any democracy.” ("Human Development and Wealth Distribution", Dominique Strauss-Kahn, IMF)

Can you believe it? DSK is lecturing bankers about redistribution? That's not what they want to hear. What they want to hear is why ripping off poor people actually makes the world a better place. DSK's speech just shows that he wasn't drinking the Koolaid anymore. He was becoming a nuisance and they needed to get rid of him.

Does that mean he didn't rape the woman who was in his hotel room?

Of course not. He could be guilty. But he deserves a fair trial, and someone's making damn sure he doesn't get one.

His words below detail the sheer magnitude of the onslaught on DSK.

On the Media Richter Scale it's a 7 or 8:


Aren't you at all curious about who's behind this "lynching by media" scam? This is an all-out, no-holds-barred, steel-cage, take-down. The big boys save that kind of action for the worst offenders, that is, for the insiders who have broken "Omerta" or wandered off the reservation. I mean, they locked him up on Riker's Island without bail, for Chrissake. What does that tell you? Even Bernie Madoff was allowed to stay in his $7 million Park Avenue penthouse while he waited for trial, but not Straus-Kahn.

I agree with Mike Whitney and Peter Lemkin. The thunderous media storm unleashed on DSK, and the deep political rationale for eliminating DSK, make it highly likely that he has been taken out for rediscovering his moral conscience and threatening elite interests.

Ed Jewett
05-21-2011, 12:38 AM
Strauss-Kahn and the CIA’s Frank G. Wisner: Another Democracy Destabilization Act by the CIA?
Posted on May 20, 2011 by willyloman
by Scott Creighton
UPDATE 2: In the original article I mention Jon Stewart’s ambush of Rod Blagojevich in service to the banking interests. Ironically, fake “progressive” Jon Stewart did the exact same thing last night, attacking those who would dare not convict DSK in the press before the man has a chance to defend himself at trial. Perhaps Jon forgot to mention that his brother is a Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer, Americas Equities of the UBS Investment Bank, one of the very same institutions that would have suffered tremendously had DSK restructured Greece’s debt. So Jon has a personal family interest in making sure DSK is tried in the court of public opinion and there is no denying that.
I have always said that Jon Stewart is a fraud, a fake “liberal”, and a mouthpiece for the globalist banking cartel, this just goes to prove it even more.
UPDATE: Case in point, the “progressive” media outlet, AlterNet has 2 stories about DSK today… the first lumps DSK in with the Governator and Newt, and the second praises the victim and openly convicts the accused based on absolutely no evidence prior to his trial. So much for innocent until proven guilty when the CIA gets involved.
Schwarzenegger, DSK, and Gingrich: Do We Have Psychopaths Misruling Our World?
Accusing DSK of Sexual Assault Took Guts
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Here’s a little more information about the Struass-Kahn case. What do Strauss-Kahn’s recent history with Ireland and Sarkozy’s family ties to the CIA have to do with African chamber maids in New York? Inquiring minds want to know.
Apparently during the Irish crisis, Strauss-Kahn had put together a plan with Irish leaders to reduce their debt by a considerable amount by devaluing unguaranteed bonds, effectively making global banks pay for some of their own “stupidity”. The Irish loved the plan, Tim Geithner did not. Mike Whitney over at Global Research explains it:
“In fact, he started mucking around in other stuff, too, like when he intervened on behalf of Irish taxpayers, trying to protect them at the expense of foreign bondholders. That’s a big “No no” in banker’s world. They keep a list of “people who count”, and taxpayers are not on that list. Here’s an excerpt from the Irish Times:
“Ireland’s Last Stand began less shambolically than you might expect. The IMF, which believes that lenders should pay for their stupidity before it has to reach into its pocket, presented the Irish with a plan to haircut €30 billion of unguaranteed bonds by two-thirds on average. (Irish finance minister) Lenihan was overjoyed, according to a source who was there, telling the IMF team: “You are Ireland’s salvation.”
The deal was torpedoed from an unexpected direction. At a conference call with the G7 finance ministers, the haircut was vetoed by US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner who, as his payment of $13 billion from government-owned AIG to Goldman Sachs showed, believes that bankers take priority over taxpayers. The only one to speak up for the Irish was UK chancellor George Osborne, but Geithner, as always, got his way. An instructive, if painful, lesson in the extent of US soft power, and in who our friends really are.
The negotiations went downhill from there. On one side was the European Central Bank, unabashedly representing Ireland’s creditors and insisting on full repayment of bank bonds. On the other was the IMF, arguing that Irish taxpayers would be doing well to balance their government’s books, let alone repay the losses of private banks.” (“Ireland’s future depends on breaking free from bailout”, Morgan Kelly, Irish Times)
So, Strauss-Kahn stuck up for Irish taxpayers over the banks, the bondholders, the ECB, and the US Treasury. Naturally, that made him persona non grata among the ruling throng.
And, there’s more, too, because Strauss-Kahn’s vision was not limited to currency alone, but involved broad structural changes to the IMF itself that would have reversed decades of neoliberal policies. DSK had settled on a new approach to policymaking; one that would abandon the worst elements of globalization and put greater emphasis on social cohesion, cooperation and multilateralism. Here’s an excerpt from the speech titled “Human Development and Wealth Distribution” he gave in November 2010:
“….Adam Smith—one of the founders of modern economics—recognized clearly that a poor distribution of wealth could undermine the free market system, noting that: “The disposition to admire, and almost to worship, the rich and the powerful and…neglect persons of poor and mean condition…is the great and most universal cause of the corruption of our moral sentiments.”
This was over 250 years ago. In today’s world, these problems are magnified under the lens of globalization….globalization also had a dark side. Lurking behind it was a large and growing chasm between rich and poor—especially within countries. An inequitable distribution of wealth can wear down the social fabric. More unequal countries have worse social indicators, a poorer human development record, and higher degrees of economic insecurity and anxiety. In too many countries, inequality increased and real wages stagnated—failing to keep up with productivity—over the past few decades. Ominously, inequality in the United States was back at its pre-Great Depression levels on the eve of the crisis….
An immediate task is to end the scourge of unemployment….Progressive taxation can also promote equity through redistribution, and this should be encouraged….“Inequality is corrosive” ….“it rots societies from within…it illustrates and exacerbates the loss of social cohesion…the pathology of the age and the greatest threat to the health of any democracy.” (“Human Development and Wealth Distribution”, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, IMF)” Mike Whiney
The ruling one tenth of one percent have long since known that Strauss-Kahn had strayed off the reservation and with the impending resolution of the Greek crisis (that they created by design), they weren’t about to see the fruits of their labor pissed away by a bleeding heart reformed globalist.
Remember, Strauss-Kahn is not a banker, he’s an academic and a politician. And also remember that the head of the World Bank is appointed by the United States (remember the appointment of Paul Wolfowitz?) but not the head of the IMF so Strauss-Kahn was never a favorite choice of our elites in the first place.
Whitney brings up another interesting point and that is that Strauss-Kahn was clearly on record as trying to move the global reserve currency away from the dollar. His reasoning was that the dollar is too unstable and as most of us know, it’s being propped up artificially by Tim Geithner and the Fed buying trillions of our own treasury bonds. We all know the implosion is coming, it’s another housing bubble waiting to burst and with the elites keeping the dollar as the reserve currency, many nations will once again be imploded when they finally pull the plug. Perhaps Strauss-Kahn sees this coming and was acting to avoid a new global depression. Who knows.
But as Whitney points out, the future is never bright for those who dare question the dollar.
“So, Strauss-Kahn finds himself in the same crowd as Saddam Hussein and Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, right? You may recall that Saddam switched from dollars to euros about a year before the war. 12 months later Iraq was invaded, Saddam was hanged, and the dollar was restored to power. Gaddafi made a similar mistake when “he initiated a movement to refuse the dollar and the euro, and called on Arab and African nations to use a new currency instead, the gold dinar.” (“Libya: All About Oil, or All About Central Banking?” Ellen Brown, Op-Ed News) Libya has since come under attack by US and NATO forces which have armed a motley group of dissidents, malcontents and terrorists to depose Gaddafi and reimpose dollar hegemony.
And now it’s Strauss-Kahn’s turn to get torn to shreds. And for good reason. After all, DSK actually poses a much greater threat to the dollar than either Saddam or Gaddafi because he’s in the perfect position to shape policy and to persuade foreign heads of state that replacing the dollar is in their best interests. And that is precisely what he was doing; badmouthing the buck. Only he was too dense to figure out that the dollar is the US Mafia’s mealticket, the main way that shifty banksters and corporate scalawags extort tribute from the poorest people on earth. Strauss-Kahn was rocking the boat, and now he’s going to pay.” Mike Whitney
Strauss-Kahn is no angel, don’t get me wrong. He took over the IMF in 2007 and since then he has been overseeing the end-game of the global elite’s plans in many nations. They forced the end of subsidies on food in Egypt and Tunisia which devastated the populations and created what we now refer to as the Muslim Spring. But the plans were well underway long before DSK took over in 2007 and his attempt to rectify what was expected of Ireland and his recent statements about changing the way the IMF does business goes a long way to explain what he was probably going to do to help Greece at this very dangerous time for them.
Prof. Michel Chossudovsky, also of Global Research, brings up another interesting aspect to all of this: the CIA/French connection.
France is no longer the kind of country where we would have to rename side dishes to Freedom Fries. They are now a full-on partner in the Global Free Market Wars and as Sarkozy’s actions taking the lead in the contrived regime change is Libya indicates, he himself is completely on board with no reservations.
“The presidency of Nicolas Sarkozy has, in many regards, become a de facto US “client regime”, broadly supportive of US corporate interests in the EU and closely aligned with US foreign policy.”
…”As documented by Thierry Meyssan, the CIA played a central undercover role in destabilizing the Gaullist party and supporting the election of Nicolas Sarkozy (See Operation Sarkozy: How the CIA placed one of its agents at the presidency of the French Republic, Reseau Voltaire, September 4, 2008)
A Strauss-Kahn presidency and a “Socialist” government would have been a serious setback for Washington, contributing to a major shift in Franco-American relations. It would also have contributed to weakening America’s role on the European political chessboard. It would also have changed the balance of power between America and “Old Europe” (namely the Franco-German alliance). It would have had repercussions on the internal structure of the Atlantic Alliance and the hegemonic role of the US within NATO.” Michel Chossudovsky
Sarkosy and the CIA have an interesting historical relationship.
“But there is more than meets the eye. Nicolas Sarkozy’s step father Frank G. Wisner II, a prominent CIA official who married his step mother Christine de Ganay in 1977 served as Deputy Executive Secretary of State under the helm of Cyrus Vance Senior, father of District Attorney Cyrus Vance Junior.
Is it relevant?
The Vance and Wisner families had close personal ties. In turn Nicolas Sarkozy had close family ties with his step father Frank Wisner (and his half brothers and sisters in the US and one member of the Wisner family was involved in Sarkozy’s election campaign).
It is also worth noting that Frank G. Wisner II was the son of one of America’s most notorious spies, the late Frank Gardiner Wisner (1909- 1965), the mastermind behind the CIA sponsored coup which toppled the government of Mohammed Mossadegh in Iran in 1953. Wisner Jr. is also trustee of the Rockefeller Brothers Trust.
While these various personal ties do not prove that Strauss-Kahn was the object of a set-up, the matter of Sarkozy’s ties to the CIA via his step father, not to mention the ties of Frank G. Wisner II to the Cyrus Vance family are certainly worth investigating. Frank G, Wisner also played a key role as Obama’s special intelligence envoy to Egypt at the height of the January 2011 protest movement. ” Michel Chossudovsky
Here is yet another fine example of the “heroic” CIA spinning their special brand of “pro-democracy” magic through-out the world. Installing the step-son of one of their own into the presidency of France while undermining that tedious thing called “national self-determination”
This entire operation has all the hallmarks of a CIA op. The way the media immediately jumped on board the “demonize DSK” train, and I mean ALL of the media without exception, indicates to me that the old ways of Project Mockingbird are still very much alive and well in the United States today. Even “alternative” media outlets jumped on-board right out of the gate, no matter how odd the story seemed to be at the time.
The damage is done. Like the torpedoing of Rod Blagojevich after he announced he would end all state contracts with Bank of America if they didn’t fix the situation with Republic Windows and Doors, one thing seems to be certain; you don’t mess with the banks and their agenda or you will be cast out on your ass and everyone, everyone right, left, or “center”, will tow the CIA line so that the same thing doesn’t happen to them.
Strauss-Kahn is effectively gone. Bloomberg’s friend gave him bail after he resigned from the IMF and is allowing him to remain under house arrest somewhere in New York city. And why not? Once he was out of power, there’s no sense in crippling him even more. As a matter of fact, showing him some mercy at this point does these globalists some good. It shows future problematic individuals that they can still be shown mercy by the masters even after they fall, just so long as they wise up and play ball.
My guess is they will keep him from talking to reporters, the few that would write an honest article about what happened, and in time the charges will simply go away and the news cycle will simply state that the accuser was “mistaken” or something like that and Strauss-Kahn will be allowed to roam free like Blago trying to tell his story to a bunch of CIA owned media personalities like Jon Stewart who won’t listen or will simply continue the lies regardless of the truth having come out (just like Jon Steward did with his ambush interview with Blago)
As long as the media is in on the fix, nothing is beyond these people. They will violate any law, any code of decent human behavior, in order to achieve their financial and global agenda.
The message of DSK ultimately is that any amount of compassion and decency toward fellow human beings will not be tolerated, no matter small, no matter how minor, by the elites who run this planet. The hope we can glean from this is that Strauss-Kahn did try and that just goes to prove that there are those even among the elites who are opposed to this global agenda and perhaps others who may have been sitting on the fence up until now have seen this public lynching and become more committed to ending this banking empire, to finally taking a side. If the lynching of DSK is a threat to others then remember that powerful people often react altogether differently to threats than most of us. You won’t see it, you won’t hear about it, but perhaps there is a growing dissent movement within the global halls of power that we just don’t know anything about… yet. We will have to wait and see.

http://willyloman.wordpress.com/2011/05/20/strauss-kahn-and-the-cias-frank-g-wisner-another-democracy-destabilization-act-by-the-cia/

Ed Jewett
05-21-2011, 01:49 AM
Via http://www.legitgov.org/Strauss-Kahn-team-consults-ex-CIA-officers-firm

The original link: http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/05/20/us-strausskahn-advisers-idUSTRE74J78320110520

Exclusive: Strauss-Kahn team consults ex-CIA officers' firm

By Mark Hosenball
WASHINGTON | Fri May 20, 2011 7:01pm EDT
(Reuters) - The legal team defending former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn against sexual assault charges has informally sought public relations advice from a Washington consulting firm run by former CIA officers and U.S. diplomats, Reuters has learned.

TD International is the same company Strauss-Kahn, then a private citizen, hired in 2007 to advise him on how to navigate international and Washington politics in his bid to become managing director of the International Monetary Fund.

Documents filed in 2008 with the Foreign Agents Registration section of the U.S. Justice Department show that Strauss-Kahn, who is French, retained TD International as his "U.S.-based communications resource."

Strauss-Kahn, 62, who was seen as a front-runner for the French presidency until his arrest, has been charged with trying to rape a hotel housekeeper in New York. He has denied the charges and his lawyer has said he will plead not guilty.

A person familiar with the work TD International did for Strauss-Kahn in 2007 said his representatives consulted the firm informally after his arrest last Saturday and asked for advice related to his predicament.

If the firm at some point becomes formally involved in his defense, the source said, its role will be in helping other Strauss-Kahn advisors, including Paris-based public relations experts, engage in "crisis management."

But the source, who asked for anonymity, said the firm had not been formally engaged. A lawyer for Strauss-Kahn did not respond to a request for comment.

A spokesman for TD International told Reuters on Friday: "We don't comment on client relationships and activities. However, our past work with Dominique Strauss-Kahn is accurately reflected in (Justice Department) filings."

WORKING THE MEDIA

A contract between TD International and Strauss-Kahn, dated July 18, 2007, shows he hired the firm to "conduct a specific public relations campaign" and "work is to begin immediately and continue until ascendancy of client to head of IMF."

The contract says Strauss-Kahn was to pay the firm 20,000 euros, then equivalent to about $27,600.

According to the source, TD International helped advise Strauss-Kahn on U.S. and international political maneuvering related to the choice of a new IMF chief.

The global lender has always been headed by a western European but the former French finance minister's bid for the post was being challenged by Russia and a group of developing nations, who were strongly pushing their own candidates.

In addition to advising Strauss-Kahn on political matters, TD International introduced him to journalists from media such as the Wall Street Journal and Financial Times.

The 2007 contract was signed on TD International's behalf by Ronald Slimp, who the firm's website says was a former U.S. diplomat and trade negotiator.

The website describes the firm's founder, William Green, as a former diplomat who is fluent in French and "participated in the management of the Anglo-American and U.S.-Canadian intelligence relationships when posted to Washington."

The website identifies two other partners in the firm as former CIA officers.

Justice Department filings show TD International was also registered as the U.S. representative of Yulia Tymoshenko, a leader of the "Orange Revolution" in Ukraine and a one-time prime minister.

A 2007 press release posted on the firm's website says it was the "registered representative of Ms. Tymoshenko's political party."

(Additional reporting by Basil Katz, Brian Grow and Glenn Somerville; Editing by David Storey)

Ed Jewett
05-21-2011, 02:29 AM
Regime Change at the IMF: The Frame-Up of Dominique Strauss-Kahn?

by Prof. Michel Chossudovsky

http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?con...a&aid=24866 (http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=24866)


Gotta love the pix, too...

Jan Klimkowski
05-21-2011, 11:15 AM
From Chossudovsky's piece:


The Frank G. Wisner Nicolas Sarkozy Connection

Strauss-Kahn was refused bail by Judge Melissa Jackson, an appointee and protégé of Michael Bloomberg, who in addition to his role as Mayor is a powerful figure on Wall Street.

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. charged (using scanty evidence) Strauss-Kahn "with seven crimes, including attempted rape, sexual abuse, forcible touching and unlawful imprisonment".

Who is Cyrus Vance Jr.?

He is the son of the late Cyrus Vance who served as Secretary of State in the Carter administration.

But there is more than meets the eye. Nicolas Sarkozy's step father Frank G. Wisner II, a prominent CIA official who married his step mother Christine de Ganay in 1977 served as Deputy Executive Secretary of State under the helm of Cyrus Vance Senior, father of District Attorney Cyrus Vance Junior.

Is it relevant?

The Vance and Wisner families had close personal ties. In turn Nicolas Sarkozy had close family ties with his step father Frank Wisner (and his half brothers and sisters in the US and one member of the Wisner family was involved in Sarkozy's election campaign).

It is also worth noting that Frank G. Wisner II was the son of one of America's most notorious spies, the late Frank Gardiner Wisner (1909- 1965), the mastermind behind the CIA sponsored coup which toppled the government of Mohammed Mossadegh in Iran in 1953. Wisner Jr. is also trustee of the Rockefeller Brothers Trust.

While these various personal ties do not prove that Strauss-Kahn was the object of a set-up, the matter of Sarkozy's ties to the CIA via his step father, not to mention the ties of Frank G. Wisner II to the Cyrus Vance family are certainly worth investigating. Frank G, Wisner also played a key role as Obama's special intelligence envoy to Egypt at the height of the January 2011 protest movement.

Did the CIA play a role?

Was Strauss-Kahn framed by people in his immediate political entourage including President Obama and Secretary of the Treasury Tim Geithner?

As Chossudovsky reminds us, it was Geithner who led the call for Strauss-Kahn's replacement as IMF chief:


The Obama administration has demanded his replacement by a more compliant individual. U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, former CEO of the New York Federal Reserve Bank is pushing for the replacement of Dominique Strauss-Kahn, "suggesting he can no longer perform his duties" as IMF Managing director.


"Geithner called for greater formal recognition by the IMF board that John Lipsky, the fund's second-in-command, will continue serving as temporary managing director for an interim period. Although Strauss-Kahn has yet to resign, sources say the IMF is in touch with his legal counsel to discuss his future at the organization."

Magda Hassan
05-21-2011, 11:54 AM
If DSK had been one of 'their's' there would have been phone calls to the right people and large sums of money distributed. Like there is all the time.

Ed Jewett
05-22-2011, 03:31 AM
Strauss-Kahn Screws Africa
by Greg Palast / May 21st, 2011

Now that I’ve dispensed with the obvious and obnoxious teaser headline, let’s drop the towel and expose Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s history of arrogant abuse. The truth is, the grandee of the IMF has molested Africans for years.

On Wednesday, the New York Times ran five — count’em, FIVE — stories on Strauss-Kahn, Director-General of the International Monetary Fund. According to the Paper of Record, the charges against “DSK,” as he’s known in France, are in “contradiction” to his “charm” and “accomplishments” at the IMF.

Au contraire, mes chers lecteurs.

Director-General DSK’s cruelty, arrogance and impunity toward African and other nations as generalissimo of the IMF is right in line with the story told by the poor, African hotel housekeeper in New York City.

Let’s consider how the housekeeper from Guinea ended up here in New York. In 2002, this single mother was granted asylum. What drove her here?

It began with the IMF rape of Guinea.

In 2002, the International Monetary Fund cut off capital inflows to this West African nation. Without the blessing of the International Monetary Fund, Guinea, which has up to half the world’s raw material for aluminum, plus oil, uranium, diamonds and gold, could not borrow a dime to develop these resources.

The IMF’s cut-off was, in effect, a foreclosure, and the nation choked and starved while sitting on its astonishing mineral wealth. As in the sub-prime mortgage foreclosures we see today, the IMF moved quickly to seize Guinea’s property.

But the IMF did not seize this nation’s riches for itself. Rather, it forced Guinea to sell off its resources to foreign corporations at prices much like the sale of furniture on the lawn of a foreclosed house.

The French, Americans, Canadians, Swiss (and lately, the Chinese) came in with spoons out and napkins tucked in under their chins, swallowing the nation’s bauxite, gold and more. In the meantime, the IMF ordered the end of trade barriers and thereby ruined local small holders.

As a result of the IMF attack, Guineans who could, fled for freedom and food. This week, then, marked the second time this poor African was molested by the IMF.

Now we have the context of how these two, the randy geezer of globalization and the refugee ended up, in quite different positions, in that New York hotel room.

Since taking over the IMF in 2007, erstwhile “Socialist” Strauss-Kahn has tightened the screws in an attempt to maintain the free-market finance mania that ruined this planet in the first place. [That's worth a story in itself - and that's coming. Our team has a stack of inside documents from the IMF that we will be releasing in my new book in the Fall.]

DSK’s lawyers say the relationship with the housekeeper was “consensual.” But DSK says that about all IMF agreements with nations over whom it holds life and death powers. That’s like saying a bank robbery is consensual so long as you don’t consider the gun.

Whether it was agreed-upon sex or brutal rape, it could only have been “consensual” in the same way that the people of Guinea consented to IMF-ordered financial rapine.

The Times article quotes an IMF crony of Strauss-Kahn saying DSK gets his way by “persuasion” not “bullying.” Tell that to the Greeks.

It was DSK who, last year, personally insisted on brutal terms for the so-called bail-out of Greece. “Strong conditionality” is the IMF term. Strauss-Kahn demanded not just a devastating cut in pensions and a deliberate increase in unemployment to 14%, but also the sell-off of 4,000 of 6,000 state-owned services. The DSK IMF plan allowed the financiers who set the financial fires of Greece to pick up the nation’s assets at a fire-sale price.

The Strauss-Kahn demands were not “tough love” for Greece: The love was reserved solely for the vulture bankers who received the IMF funds but were not required to accept one euro in lost profit in return. DSK, despite the advice of many, refused to ask the banks and speculators to reduce their usurious interest charges that were at the root of Greece’s woes.

Requiring Greece to sell assets, drop trade barriers, and even end the rule that Greek ships use Greek sailors has nothing to do with saving Greece, but everything to do with DSK’s continuing the right-wing free-market mania that got this planet into trouble in the first place.

I do not consider it a stretch to say that a predator in the bank boardroom suite assumes his impunity applies to the hotel suite.

Greg Palast studied healthcare economics at the Center for Hospital Administration Studies at the University of Chicago. His investigative reports can be seen on BBC Television's Newsnight. Read other articles by Greg, or visit Greg's website.

This article was posted on Saturday, May 21st, 2011 at 8:00am and is filed under Corporate Globalization, Finance, Greece, Guinea, Imperialism.

http://dissidentvoice.org/2011/05/strauss-kahn-screws-africa/#more-32951

Peter Lemkin
05-22-2011, 05:33 AM
I don't disagree with Palast, but for once I think he has lost sight of the larger picture. Yes, even a reformist in the IMF would still be horror from the viewpoint of developing nations and poor people everywhere. However, Palast seems to have missed the significance of who was chosen to replace him, how much worse the policies will now be, and how it was all done. Personally, I'd like to see the IMF, WB and all other such institutions of control destroyed. Until such a time, reformists are to be preferred over ultra-rightist bankers - and any patterns of reformers being eliminated [by set-up scandals or bullets, et al.] not ignored for their deep political significance and how they point to what forces are really in control and ascendancy. :hitler:

Magda Hassan
05-23-2011, 09:49 AM
Battle Over IMF Chief: Proxy War Over Power of Banks? (http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2011/05/battle-over-imf-chief-proxy-war-over-power-of-banks.html)

There’s a fight afoot over who will be the next head of the IMF. Yours truly is not making odds on this one, save that (http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/bead2cfa-84a1-11e0-afcb-00144feabdc0.html#axzz1N6tC854C)Christine Lagarde is getting far and away the most attention in the media (http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/bead2cfa-84a1-11e0-afcb-00144feabdc0.html#axzz1N6tC854C) and more generally, a big push is on to have a European take the reins. The logic is that with the eurozone mess far and away the biggest priority, the new IMF chief needs to have credibility with the major actors, and that argues for a European choice.
The contrary camp is the “the countries formerly known as emerging” who point out that it is their turn to have an IMF head from one of their countries. The IMF has been led by a European since its inception. Even though votes have been rejiggered to give younger economies more weight, the mature ones still are in control of the outcome.
But what is intriguing are the arguments that follow, which reveal what the real stakes are. Crudely speaking, the advanced economies are far more bank friendly than their “emerging” counterparts. China is actively hostile to neoclassical economics and unfettered capital markets. Efforts to make China safe for investment bankers have been rebuffed. India sailed though the global financial crisis relatively well by having capital controls and heavily regulated banks. Pretty much any country that has taken IMF medicine (such as the countries caught in the Asian crisis, like Indonesia, South Korea, and Thailand) also sees the IMF as an enforcer for major capital market firms and international banks. Japan, as a military protectorate of the US, has limited degrees of freedom. Even so, during the Asian crisis, it pushed for a bailout within the region (ie, outside the IMF) and that idea was quickly slapped down by the US.
While the US and Europe have the voted to determine who gets the nod at the IMF, consider the open hostility to Western banks in this Guardian article (http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2011/may/19/imf-pressure-appoint-non-european-head) (hat tip RN):

….in a letter to the G20 group of the world’s largest economies Brazil’s finance minister, Guido Mantega, said: “If the Fund wants to maintain its legitimacy, its managing director must be selected after broad consultation with the member countries.”…
There are equally trenchant opinions among IMF insiders. One former senior official said: “The big danger here is if the Europeans just try to put their person in. For example, Christine Lagarde [France's finance minister]. That would be a disaster. The Europeans have their heads in the sand again and if they do it, there will be bad fallout.”
“Christine Lagarde stands for protecting big banks. I know people like what she said to Jamie Dimon [chief executive of JP Morgan Chase] at Davos but she’s the most pro-bank bailout of the lot.
“The Americans are going to try and put in [White House adviser] David Lipton as number two. Lipton is Mr Bank Bailout. He worked for Citigroup. If they put in Lagarde and Lipton, what does that say? We are going with the total bank protection plan. That would be a disaster.”….
Beijing, like Brasilia, appears keen for someone from an emerging economy to run the IMF this time. Jiang Yu, a spokeswoman for the Chinese foreign minister, said on Thursday that the IMF’s top executives should be appointed on the basis of “impartiality” and “merit”. This came after the state-run China Daily newspaper reported Guo Tianyong, a leading Chinese economist, predicting that “Europe’s history of chairing the IMF may be broken”
The open question is at what cost will the advanced economies incur in installing yet another European. The IMF has been tasked to play a bigger role in global surveillance, particularly in prodding countries to rebalance their economies and change other risk-creating practices. If both top and the number two posts at the IMF goes to Westerners, it’s likely to produce simmering resentment and undermine cooperation on crisis prevention initiatives. The efforts to continue to make the world safe for big banks is coming at higher and higher cost, but no one in charge seems terribly concerned about the intermediate term, much the less the long term.

http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2011/05/battle-over-imf-chief-proxy-war-over-power-of-banks.html

Bernice Moore
05-24-2011, 03:55 AM
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/glimpse-ex-imf-leader-strauss-kahns-wife-leaving-114946075.html

AP sources: DNA found on hotel maid's shirt from alleged sexual attack matches ex-IMF leader -

Peter Lemkin
05-24-2011, 04:03 AM
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/glimpse-ex-imf-leader-strauss-kahns-wife-leaving-114946075.html

AP sources: DNA found on hotel maid's shirt from alleged sexual attack matches ex-IMF leader -

In a set-up and/or false-flag op, are the police to be trusted to be neutral? Second, it is easy to fake [plant] such 'evidence' even before the 'maid' enters the room....or after. And how often [and how proper!] is such evidence told to the Press before trial! The man is all but sentenced before trial....maybe even that!

Magda Hassan
05-24-2011, 04:09 AM
A tale of two rape charges

May 23, 2011 11:28 ED
By Naomi Wolf

The opinions expressed are her own.
With the arrest of Dominique Strauss-Kahn, then Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, New York City has abruptly become the scene of two very different official approaches to investigating sex-crime cases, one traditional and one new. The new approach so far appears to be reserved for Strauss-Kahn alone.
Consider the first case: the ongoing trial of two police officers, Kenneth Moreno and Franklin Mata, charged in the rape of a 27-year-old Manhattan woman. She was drunk, and, after helping her to enter her apartment, Moreno and Mata allegedly made a false emergency call so that they could return to her. At that point, the woman says, she woke periodically out of her intoxicated state to find herself being raped, face down, by Moreno, as Mata stood guard.
The alleged rape of a citizen by a police officer — and the alleged collusion of another officer — is surely a serious matter. But the charges and trial have followed an often-seen pattern: the men’s supporters have vociferously defended their innocence (the presumption of which has been scrupulously upheld in the press); the victim’s pink bra has been the subject of salacious speculation, and her intoxication has been used to undermine her credibility. As the wheels of justice grind unglamorously forward, Mayor Michael Bloomberg has made no public statement supporting the victim’s side.
Moreover, Moreno and Mata have not been asked to strip naked for “evidence” photos, were not initially denied bail, and were not held in solitary confinement, and are not being strip-searched daily. Their entire case has followed the usual timetable of many months, as evidence was gathered, testimony compiled and arguments made.
Then there is the Strauss-Kahn approach. After a chambermaid reportedly told her supervisor at the elegant Sofitel hotel that she had been sexually assaulted, the suspect was immediately tracked down, escorted off a plane just before its departure, and arrested. High-ranking detectives, not lowly officers, were dispatched to the crime scene. The DNA evidence was sequenced within hours, not the normal eight or nine days. By the end of the day’s news cycle, New York City police spokespeople had made uncharacteristic and shockingly premature statements supporting the credibility of the victim’s narrative — before an investigation was complete.
The accused was handcuffed and escorted before television cameras — a New York tradition known as a “perp walk.” The suspect was photographed naked, which is also unusual, initially denied bail and held in solitary confinement. The Police Commissioner has boasted to the press that Strauss-Kahn is strip-searched now multiple times a day — also unheard-of.
By the end of the second day’s news cycle, senior public officials had weakened the presumption of innocence, a cornerstone of any civilized society’s justice system. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner was calling for Strauss-Kahn’s resignation from the IMF, and Bloomberg remarked, in response to objections to Straus-Kahn’s perp walk, “don’t do the crime.” Whatever happened in that hotel room, Strauss-Kahn’s career, and his presumption of innocence, was effectively over — before any legal process had even begun.
If Strauss-Kahn turns out, after a fair trial, to be a violent sex criminal, may his sentence be harsh indeed. But the way in which this case is being processed is profoundly worrisome. In 23 years of covering sex crime — and in a city where domestic workers are raped by the score every month, often by powerful men — I have never seen the New York Police Department snap into action like this on any victim’s behalf.
Harriet Lessel, executive director of the New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault, agrees that this case has seen “a very quick and targeted response,” and points out that rape is “a grossly underreported crime” in New York. Worse, she says, many victims under other circumstances believe that the criminal justice system is unresponsive to their needs and more oriented toward ensuring that the innocent are not convicted.
While Lessel is quick to add that New York has “some great police officers and prosecutors who really care,” she says that the police do not normally issue public statements supportive of victims’ credibility, let alone early on, as they did with Strauss-Kahn’s accuser. Nor has she ever heard of someone being photographed naked as part of the evidence.
So what is happening here?
We now live in a world in which men like former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer, who was investigating financial wrongdoing by the insurance giant AIG, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and Strauss-Kahn — whose efforts to reform the IMF gained him powerful opponents — can be, and are, kept under constant surveillance. Indeed, Strauss-Kahn, who had been the odds-on favorite to defeat Nicolas Sarkozy in next year’s French presidential election, probably interested more than one intelligence service.
This does not mean that Strauss-Kahn is innocent or that he is guilty. It means that policy outcomes can be advanced nowadays, in a surveillance society, by exploiting or manipulating sex-crime charges, whether real or inflated.
In other words, ours is increasingly an age of geopolitics by blackmail. Why, after all, were U.S. operatives asked to secure the “biometrics” and DNA of subjects abroad, as some of the U.S. diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks were revealed?
After Strauss-Kahn’s arrest, a caller to a New York radio talk show, who identified herself as a domestic worker in a New York luxury hotel, reported that “every week” a man in a towel accosts her, seeking sex. Another caller, a hotel manager, confirmed that this is a common way for male hotel guests to solicit sex. The New York Times flagged on its front page a report that hotel domestic workers are often targeted with clients’ requests for sex in exchange for money.
Are these men disgusting predators soliciting desperate, underpaid women? Yes. Is knowing about this economy relevant to the charges against Strauss-Kahn? Maybe.
Unfortunately, such questions may never be investigated, much less answered, for this is not being treated as a typical New York City sex-crime case. The authorities, perhaps with their own agenda, have publicly asserted a foregone conclusion; and that kind of intervention ultimately diminishes the chance of any one of us being able to rely on what used to be real American due process of law.
http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2011/05/23/a-tale-of-two-rape-charges/

Peter Lemkin
05-24-2011, 04:38 AM
I didn't know about the photographed naked!......now, I'm 100000% sure this was a set-up! :pirate: All of the other points in the post above only reinforce this sad abuse of the police for political purposes.....nothing new.

Jan Klimkowski
05-24-2011, 04:38 PM
The accused was handcuffed and escorted before television cameras — a New York tradition known as a “perp walk.” The suspect was photographed naked, which is also unusual, initially denied bail and held in solitary confinement. The Police Commissioner has boasted to the press that Strauss-Kahn is strip-searched now multiple times a day — also unheard-of.
By the end of the second day’s news cycle, senior public officials had weakened the presumption of innocence, a cornerstone of any civilized society’s justice system. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner was calling for Strauss-Kahn’s resignation from the IMF, and Bloomberg remarked, in response to objections to Straus-Kahn’s perp walk, “don’t do the crime.” Whatever happened in that hotel room, Strauss-Kahn’s career, and his presumption of innocence, was effectively over — before any legal process had even begun.

Naomi Wolf's piece is fair and balanced.

As I've argued throughout this thread, none of us knows what happened in that hotel room.

However, Strauss-Kahn is no longer head of the IMF, and there is a clear deep political rationale for certain elite factions desperately wanting his removal at precisely the time it happened.

At the very least, those elite factions have seized the opportunity to perform a political hit on Strauss-Kahn.

At the worst, this is a manufactured political hit, pure and simple.

Peter Lemkin
05-24-2011, 06:21 PM
The accused was handcuffed and escorted before television cameras — a New York tradition known as a “perp walk.” The suspect was photographed naked, which is also unusual, initially denied bail and held in solitary confinement. The Police Commissioner has boasted to the press that Strauss-Kahn is strip-searched now multiple times a day — also unheard-of.
By the end of the second day’s news cycle, senior public officials had weakened the presumption of innocence, a cornerstone of any civilized society’s justice system. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner was calling for Strauss-Kahn’s resignation from the IMF, and Bloomberg remarked, in response to objections to Straus-Kahn’s perp walk, “don’t do the crime.” Whatever happened in that hotel room, Strauss-Kahn’s career, and his presumption of innocence, was effectively over — before any legal process had even begun.

Naomi Wolf's piece is fair and balanced.

As I've argued throughout this thread, none of us knows what happened in that hotel room.

However, Strauss-Kahn is no longer head of the IMF, and there is a clear deep political rationale for certain elite factions desperately wanting his removal at precisely the time it happened.

At the very least, those elite factions have seized the opportunity to perform a political hit on Strauss-Kahn.

At the worst, this is a manufactured political hit, pure and simple.

There is something[s] terribly wrong about this caper...and they all follow the 'pin the tail on the designated man to fall' model, IMO. Even IF there was some sex - hardly proven [if all but proven in the MSM], he had been tracked and spied on for months....knowing his every move, interest, weakness, etc.....this was an OP! I'd bet Eliot Spitzer on it! By the way, see the great movie "Client 9 - the Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer"!!! [the same film crew can start making a parallel one on Strauss-Kahn.]

Peter Lemkin
05-28-2011, 11:53 AM
PR Firm Founded by CIA Agents Crafts Strauss-Kahn’s Comeback Strategy
24th May 2011
By Courtney Comstock
Business Insider | May 23, 2011

Accused of rape: Dominique Strauss-Kahn, former IMF chief

Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s defense strategy is being intensely speculated about now that he is out on bail. Of course through his lawyer, he is denying all charges of attempted rape, but now there are some more specifics detailing how he might back up those claims.

A Yahoo blog, the Envoy, heard from a source a French source involved in past French Socialist campaigns that DSK’s new PR strategy might include methods such as:

* Attacking the credibility of the 32-year-old West African-born hotel maid

* Contending that any sexual activity was consensual

* Playing up Muslim and Jewish tensions (the maid is reportedly Muslim, and Strauss-Kahn is Jewish)

And the former IMF chief is now informally working with a Washington-based PR firm founded by former CIA officers, says Reuters.

The fact that he’s consulting with former CIA agents might ignite speculation that DSK believes there is a plot against him (like he suggested to the French magazine Liberation a month ago). However Reuters says that DSK’s dealings with the PR firm are informal.

The company, TD International, has done business with DSK in the past. It is the same PR company that DSK hired in 2007 when he made a push to become head of the IMF. It was founded by William Green, a former CIA agent.

DSK’s representatives are said to have contacted the firm after his arrest last weekend, merely to ask for advice.

http://www.businessinsider.com/dominique-strauss-kahn-pr-strategy-2011-5#ixzz1NJnURxob
TD International Partners
William Green
Founder & Managing Partner
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A former U.S. diplomat specializing in multilateral affairs within the United Nations, NATO and the European Union frameworks, Mr. Green served in Geneva and Paris and participated in the management of the Anglo-American and U.S.-Canadian intelligence relationships when posted to Washington.

Mr. Green received his M.A. in International Economics and European Affairs from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, DC and Bologna, Italy, and his B.A. in History from Holy Cross College. Mr. Green is fluent in French.

Mr. Green serves on the board of Olton Solutions, a British based relational analysis software firm.
http://www.tdinternational.com/WilliamGreen.html

W. Ross Newland III
Partner

Mr. Newland’s advisory practice introduces start-up technology firms to appropriate entities in the US Department of Defense (DoD) and the US intelligence community. His work extends into finding opportunities for small technology firms in the emerging markets of Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. His risk management work focuses on investigative due diligence for corporate and international lending institution clients.

Mr. Newland previously served in the Central Intelligence Agency’s (CIA) Senior Intelligence Service (SIS). Mr. Newland specialized in Latin America and completed six overseas tours, five of them in Latin America – Bolivia, Venezuela, Costa Rica, Cuba, and Argentina.

http://www.tdinternational.com/wrossnewland.html

Fred Enochs
Partner

Mr. Enochs opened TDI’s Houston office in 2008 with a focus on supporting the domestic and international energy, finance and commodity trading sectors. … Prior to joining TDI, Mr. Enochs served as a director for Enron Corporation. …

http://www.tdinternational.com/FredEnochs.html

Ron Slimp
Managing Partner

… Mr. Slimp began his career as a diplomat and trade negotiator, serving in the Foreign Service of the U.S. Department of State from 1989 to 1998. In this capacity, he conducted overseas diplomatic missions in Paris, Brussels, Geneva and Sarajevo. His dossiers included the World Trade Organization (WTO), G-7/8, European Monetary Union, European Union Integration and Security, Iran and the first Gulf War. Mr. Slimp received numerous awards for his service to the U.S. negotiating efforts in the WTO and for nation building in Bosnia-Herzegovina following the war.

After leaving government service, Mr. Slimp was an executive at Enron Corporation. …

http://www.tdinternational.com/RonSlimp.html
Tim Houghton
Partner

Mr. Houghton is a security expert who advises clients on strategic approaches to the development and application of investigative technology solutions. He has specialized knowledge of biometric applications and programs, electronic surveillance solutions, and crisis management.

Prior to joining TDI, Mr. Houghton was a senior member of Booz Allen Hamilton’s security and law enforcement practice. He spearheaded international security and law enforcement business development initiatives in the United Kingdom, Europe, Australia, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), focusing on interception technology, intelligence analytics, and infrastructure protection. Mr. Houghton managed numerous programs in support of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Internal Revenue Service’s Criminal Investigation Division (IRS-CI). He also led a multi-disciplinary team that established the FBI’s state-of-the-art Biometric Center of Excellence.

Mr. Houghton began his career as an officer in the United Kingdom’s security and intelligence community. Over a ten year period he held a series of analytical, operational, and management posts covering counter-espionage, counter-intelligence, counter-terrorism operations and international security and intelligence liaison. Mr. Houghton served for three years at the British Embassy in Washington, D.C, coordinating U.K. operational intelligence requirements and analysis efforts with the FBI and the U.S. intelligence agencies.

http://www.tdinternational.com/TimHoughton.html
TD International – Further Reading

“Ex-Spooks Investigative Firm Is Embezzled by Another, Suit Says”
“Halliburton to Pay $35 Million to Settle Nigeria Bribery Charges”

Jan Klimkowski
05-28-2011, 01:37 PM
The fact that he’s consulting with former CIA agents might ignite speculation that DSK believes there is a plot against him (like he suggested to the French magazine Liberation a month ago). However Reuters says that DSK’s dealings with the PR firm are informal.

Reuters sez so, does it? Why has Reuters reported something clearly significant - long-term Strauss-Kahn contacts with a US intelligence proxy - then put up a sign saying "Nothing to see here"?

So much for Reuters just reporting the facts...



The company, TD International, has done business with DSK in the past. It is the same PR company that DSK hired in 2007 when he made a push to become head of the IMF. It was founded by William Green, a former CIA agent.

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Mr. Newland previously served in the Central Intelligence Agency’s (CIA) Senior Intelligence Service (SIS). Mr. Newland specialized in Latin America and completed six overseas tours, five of them in Latin America – Bolivia, Venezuela, Costa Rica, Cuba, and Argentina.

(snip)

Mr. Enochs opened TDI’s Houston office in 2008 with a focus on supporting the domestic and international energy, finance and commodity trading sectors. … Prior to joining TDI, Mr. Enochs served as a director for Enron Corporation. …

(snip)

Mr. Houghton began his career as an officer in the United Kingdom’s security and intelligence community. Over a ten year period he held a series of analytical, operational, and management posts covering counter-espionage, counter-intelligence, counter-terrorism operations and international security and intelligence liaison. Mr. Houghton served for three years at the British Embassy in Washington, D.C, coordinating U.K. operational intelligence requirements and analysis efforts with the FBI and the U.S. intelligence agencies.



So "superbrain" "socialist" Strauss-Kahn thinks this bunch of globe-trotting spooks, with connections to corrupt, Bush-friendly, international asset-stripper Enron (Jeb Bush allegedly ordered the President of Argentina to sell the country's national grid to Enron as part of IMF/World Bank restructuring "negotiations"), are the people he should be seeking advice from?

If Strauss-Kahn decides to blow the whistle on the IMF's role in Economic Shock Therapy, then I will respect him.

If Strauss-Kahn decides to hire one faction of the military-multinational-intelligence-complex to buy off the attack dogs of another faction, then he can rot in Rikers Island.

Ed Jewett
05-31-2011, 06:07 AM
The Strauss-Kahn Set-Up and the Globalist Assault on Greek Sovereignty
Posted on May 30, 2011 by willyloman
by Scott Creighton
Now that Dominique Strauss-Kahn has been successfully removed from the equation, the globalist financial institutions are free to cash in on the Great Recession they created. They’re attempting to hammer the people of Greece into submission with new “unprecedented” levels of privatization of public assets and even calls for “outside institutions” to take over some aspects of governing their country… like tax collection to start with. The buzz-word here is “sovereignty” and Greece is only the beginning.
“In order for the country to get future bailout money, the country will have to give up some sovereignty.
Specifically, according to a bombshell FT report, outside authorities will take over various functions related to tax collection (a big time problem in Athens) and privatizations.” Business Insider
Imagine having to pay your income taxes directly to Goldman Sachs, Bank of America, Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase, or those drug dealers over at Wells Fargo. Not only do you have your money taken straight out of your paycheck and sent directly to their bloated coffers, but as legal representatives/replacements of the IRS, these banks would get to determine how much you actually have to pay them and in order to enforce their control, they would have all the current powers of the IRS (perhaps even more as the rush to deregulate business pushes forward) to force you to pay them whatever they say you owe.
For the globalists, this is a dramatic and tremendously profitable shift in the European neo-liberalization process, what one might call the ultimate privatization, where they hand over some roles of governance directly to unelected, unaccountable, privately owned multi-national financial institutions. For the bankers, this is a vast extension of their reach.
The ultimate goal of banking is not simply to amass huge private profits while siphoning off the collective wealth of the general population, though that is certainly part of it. But rather, the real ambition of private banking as it stands today is to ensure complete control of any given society by locking them into circular recurring debt cycles. This is the purpose behind the privately owned central banking system as well as the financing of the continuing endless “war on terror”. The more they can get corrupted officials to spend, the more the nation state and all the people who live in it are slaves to the debt that it creates. On an individual scale, the school loan racket, the financial housing markets, even the insurance scam known as Obamacare, all of these things factor into locking individuals into huge personal debts which they must work to payoff over much of the course of their lives.
Now imagine that the debt created by the actual work performed to pay off the other debts, your personal income tax, will also be directly managed and overseen by these same institutions which lord over all of the rest of your debt slavery obligations and those of your nation and communities. Are you starting to see the bigger picture?
Massive protests are taking place in Greece right now. They are protesting these draconian demands of the European Central Bank and the IMF. The majority of the French people think Strauss-Kahn was set-up.
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin is publicly hinting that the arrest of Dominique Strauss-Kahn was a set-up to get him out of the way so that this fascist power grab in Greece and even the IMF itself, could take place. Remember, Strauss-Kahn was on his way to meet with German chancellor Angela Merkel to discuss the conditions of a new bailout for debt ravaged Greece and everybody now admits that they would have offered Greece a “soft restructuring” of their debt that would not have included anything like what is being discussed now.
Also remember that when Vladimir Putin rose to power in Russia, he tossed out Yletsin’s neo-liberal Chicago Boys advisers and arrested several newly minted oligarchs when he took office, thus reversing much of the privatizations and neo-liberalization of Russia that took place under the rule of the drunken globalist sycophant, Boris Yeltsin.
For the most part, the rest of the world (at least those who are not currently being bombed by NATO for “humanitarian” purposes or shot and killed by pro-western dictators while they dare to protest horrible living conditions in their countries) understands that what happened to Strauss-Kahn was a set-up from the start.
It’s only here in America, where the likes of professed “libertarian” Glenn Beck team up with “liberals” like Jon Stewart to try and convict Strauss-Kahn in the court of public opinion on both sides of the fake “left vs right” divide. One can at least understand Jon Stewart’s role in all of this, since his brother is Chief Operating Officer, Americas Equities of the UBS Investment Bank, one of the very same globalist financial institutions that stands to profit immensely from the harsher Greek restructuring plan. Perhaps Jon will get a nice shiny new car for his next birthday or maybe a pleasant little vacation home somewhere in the Greek Isles.
When this story first broke, American Everyman immediately wrote about the connection between the obvious Strauss-Kahn set-up and the Greek restructuring plan. At that time the prime minister of Greece was strongly objection to plans to force Greece to hand over some of their islands as collateral on the new bailout. In that first article, on that first day, I wrote about the globalists looking to hijack part of the national sovereignty of a targeted nation, in this case Greece, and that for them would set a much needed precedent.
Since then we have seen the official story change, the prosecutors hide the victim from public scrutiny, and the judge in the case take the unusual position to hold Strauss-Kahn in complete isolation until he finally agreed to resign from his position at the head of the IMF.
Now we also see the New York Poststarting to float the endgame narrative which will eventually be used to explain why charges against Dominique Strauss-Kahn are dropped altogether. As the story goes, “friends” of Strauss-Kahn have offered the victim’s family a seven digit payoff for not testifying against him. The New York Post article comes complete with stock photos of poor people in Africa in an effort to suggest that the victim is practically obliged to take the money and run so to speak… for the good of her dirt poor family. I mean, who could blame her, right? She’s just looking out for her family.
That’s the story anyway. The translation reads that this woman will be relocated somewhere with an amazing new found wealth, while Dominique Strauss-Kahn is released and the people of Greece are left to pay the price for all of this.

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Ed Jewett
05-31-2011, 06:10 AM
30 MAY, 2011, 07.07PM IST,NEW YORK TIMES
At IMF, strict ethics code doesn't apply to top officials

NEW YORK: At the International Monetary Fund, there is one set of ethics guidelines for the rank-and-file staff and another for the 24 elite executive directors who oversee the powerful organization.

Over the past four years, the fund has tightened up internal systems for catching ethical misconduct among its 2,400 staff members, establishing a telephone hotline for complaints like harassment, publishing details of complaints in an annual report and empowering an ethics adviser to pursue allegations, which last year led to at least one dismissal.

But the fund's board members remain largely above these controls. The ethics adviser, for example, is not able to investigate any of them.

The board is responsible for policing its own directors as well as the managing director. It has a five-person ethics committee, whose work is confidential. And the only way the board can discipline its members is to write a warning letter to them or to their home countries, or the group of countries that appointed them.

"There are a lot of controls in place when it comes to the staff, but not for the leadership," said Katrina Campbell, a compliance and ethics expert at Global Compliance.

The IMF's ethics policy has come under intense scrutiny in recent weeks since the arrest of its managing director, Dominique Strauss-Kahn , on charges of sexually assaulting a hotel housekeeper in New York. Strauss-Kahn, who denies the charges, has resigned his position at the Fund.

In 2008, Campbell carried out a study of the IMF's ethics policies for the fund's Independent Evaluation Office. It found that the board lacked satisfactory procedures for disciplining its own members or the managing director for ethical lapses. The report criticized the board's code of conduct as vague, saying that it "reads, for the most part, as a set of recommendations, rather than rules" and that the board lacked effective enforcement procedures.

In contrast, it praised the staff code of conduct as detailed and offering "a plethora of policies and procedures."

Until several years ago, the managing director's position was ambiguous in terms of ethics policy. The person holding that post is both chairman of the executive board and also head of the staff, and it was not clear which code of conduct applied, according to Campbell.

But when Strauss-Kahn was selected for the top spot in November 2007, the staff code of conduct was written into his contract, she said, although ultimately he remains answerable only to the board.

In 2008, not long after Strauss-Kahn assumed the top post, the IMF was compelled to investigate him for having an affair with a staff subordinate. In that case, the fund hired an outside law firm to handle the inquiry because the ethics officer was not authorized to investigate at that high level. Although Strauss-Kahn was found not to have abused his position, he was publicly reprimanded by the board for showing poor judgment, and he apologized.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/international-business/at-imf-strict-ethics-code-doesnt-apply-to-top-officials/articleshow/8649895.cms

Magda Hassan
05-31-2011, 07:07 AM
Looks like taxes and rules and regulations only apply to the little people.

I did want to know if the IMF have their own passports and immunity like the BIS crowd do. I seemed to remember seeing some sort of indication that he may have immunity to the current charges but because he was on personal business at the time it didn't apply in this instance.

Jan Klimkowski
05-31-2011, 05:59 PM
I did want to know if the IMF have their own passports and immunity like the BIS crowd do. I seemed to remember seeing some sort of indication that he may have immunity to the current charges but because he was on personal business at the time it didn't apply in this instance.

It's all rather confusing.

It appears that IMF officials, and thus Strauss-Kahn, do have diplomatic immunity:


B. United Nations Convention on the Privileges and Immunities of the Specialized Agencies and Annex V1

Whereas the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted on 13 February 1946 a resolution contemplating the unification as far as possible of the privileges and immunities enjoyed by the United Nations and by the various specialized agencies; and

Whereas consultations concerning the implementation of the aforesaid resolution have taken place between the United Nations and the specialized agencies;

Consequently, by resolution 179(II) adopted on 21 November 1947, the General Assembly has approved the following Convention, which is submitted to the specialized agencies for acceptance and to every Member of the United Nations and to every other State member of one or more of the specialized agencies for accession.

ARTICLE I

Definition and Scope

SECTION 1

In this Convention:

(i) The words “standard clauses” refer to the provisions of Articles II to IX.

(ii) The words “specialized agencies” mean:

(a) The International Labour Organisation;

(b) The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations;

(c) The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization;

(d) The International Civil Aviation Organization;

(e) The International Monetary Fund;

(f) The International Bank for Reconstruction and Development;

(g) The World Health Organization;



ARTICLE III

Property, Funds and Assets

SECTION 4

The specialized agencies, their property and assets, wherever located and by whomsoever held, shall enjoy immunity from every form of legal process except in so far as in any particular case they have expressly waived their immunity. It is, however, understood that no waiver of immunity shall extend to any measure of execution.

SECTION 5

The premises of the specialized agencies shall be inviolable. The property and assets of the specialized agencies, wherever located and by whomsoever held, shall be immune from search, requisition, confiscation, expropriation and any other form of interference, whether by executive, administrative, judicial or legislative action.
http://www.imf.org/external/pubs/ft/sd/index.asp?decision=DN22

However, for some reason, either diplomatic immunity did not apply to Strass-Kahn's particular circumstances, or he waived immunity.

Magda Hassan
07-01-2011, 02:19 AM
Strauss-Kahn Case Seen as in Jeopardy

By JIM DWYER, WILLIAM K. RASHBAUM and JOHN ELIGON

Published: June 30, 2011

This article is by Jim Dwyer, William K. Rashbaum and John Eligon.

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Dominique Strauss-Kahn could be released on his own recognizance, and freed from house arrest.






The sexual assault case against Dominique Strauss-Kahn (http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/people/s/dominique_strausskahn/index.html?inline=nyt-per) is on the verge of collapse as investigators have uncovered major holes in the credibility of the housekeeper who charged that he attacked her in his Manhattan hotel suite in May, according to two well-placed law enforcement officials.
Although forensic tests found unambiguous evidence of a sexual encounter between Mr. Strauss-Kahn, a French politician, and the woman, prosecutors do not believe much of what the accuser has told them about the circumstances or about herself.
Since her initial allegation on May 14, the accuser has repeatedly lied, one of the law enforcement officials said.
Senior prosecutors met with lawyers for Mr. Strauss-Kahn on Thursday and provided details about their findings, and the parties are discussing whether to dismiss the felony charges. Among the discoveries, one of the officials said, are issues involving the asylum application of the 32-year-old housekeeper, who is Guinean, and possible links to criminal activities, including drug dealing and money laundering.
Prosecutors and defense lawyers will return to State Supreme Court in Manhattan on Friday morning, when Justice Michael J. Obus is expected to consider easing the extraordinary bail conditions that he imposed on Mr. Strauss-Kahn in the days after he was charged.
Indeed, Mr. Strauss-Kahn could be released on his own recognizance, and freed from house arrest, reflecting the likelihood that the serious charges against him will not be sustained. The district attorney’s office may try to require Mr. Strauss-Kahn to plead guilty to a misdemeanor, but his lawyers are likely to contest such a move.
The revelations are a stunning change of fortune for Mr. Strauss-Kahn, 62, who was considered a strong contender for the French presidency before being accused of sexually assaulting the woman who went to clean his luxury suite at the Sofitel New York.
Prosecutors from the office of the Manhattan district attorney, Cyrus R. Vance Jr., who initially were emphatic about the strength of the case and the account of the victim, plan to tell the judge on Friday that they “have problems with the case” based on what their investigators have discovered, and will disclose more of their findings to the defense. The woman still maintains that she was attacked, the officials said.
“It is a mess, a mess on both sides,” one official said.
According to the two officials, the woman had a phone conversation with an incarcerated man within a day of her encounter with Mr. Strauss-Kahn in which she discussed the possible benefits of pursuing the charges against him. The conversation was recorded.
That man, the investigators learned, had been arrested on charges of possessing 400 pounds of marijuana (http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/subjects/m/marijuana/index.html?inline=nyt-classifier). He is among a number of individuals who made multiple cash deposits, totaling around $100,000, into the woman’s bank account over the last two years. The deposits were made in Arizona, Georgia, New York and Pennsylvania.
The investigators also learned that she was paying hundreds of dollars every month in phone charges to five companies. The woman had insisted she had only one phone and said she knew nothing about the deposits except that they were made by a man she described as her fiancé and his friends.
In addition, one of the officials said, she told investigators that her application for asylum included mention of a previous rape, but there was no such account in the application. She also told them that she had been subjected to genital mutilation, but her account to the investigators differed from what was contained in the asylum application.
A lawyer for the woman, Kenneth Thompson, could not be immediately reached for comment on Thursday evening.
In recent weeks, Mr. Strauss-Kahn’s lawyers, Benjamin Brafman and William W. Taylor III, have made it clear that they would make the credibility of the woman a focus of their case. In a May 25 letter, they said they had uncovered information that would “gravely undermine the credibility” of the accuser.
Still, it was the prosecutor’s investigators who found the information about the woman.



http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/01/nyregion/strauss-kahn-case-seen-as-in-jeopardy.html?_r=1

Peter Lemkin
07-01-2011, 04:44 AM
Ah, great timing for the accused....after his chances to reform the IMF and stop the rape of Greece et al....or become President of France. Not that I love the man or his ideas, but it seems clear that of his class, he was more moral than the others. Somehow, I begin to doubt this was all coincidence......:spy: :shock: :nono: Even if they release him with NO charges and say 'sorry', his life is destroyed.....which I think was the plan! :gossip:

Jan Klimkowski
07-04-2011, 07:13 PM
The American incident increasingly looks like a sting, and quite possibly a geopolitical sting.

The article below states that Strauss-Kahn will face fresh sex assault charges on his return to France.

This could be another geopoltical sting.

Or

It could be a genuine case brought by an outraged victim.

And

It may reveal that Strauss-Kahn's enemies knew his weaknesses, and how to exploit them in New York.


Strauss-Kahn faces new test as French writer moves to file sex assault lawsuit

Lawyer for Tristane Banon says writer will formally accuse ex-IMF chief of attempted rape at 2002 interview

Associated Press (http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/jul/04/strauss-kahn-tristane-banon-sex-assault-lawsuit)in Paris guardian.co.uk, Monday 4 July 2011 15.47 BST

The lawyer for a French journalist and writer claims she will file a lawsuit accusing former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn of attempted rape.

Lawyer David Koubbi told the Associated Press that Tristane Banon will file the suit on Tuesday in Paris.

Banon has described an encounter in 2002 in which Strauss-Kahn allegedly sexually assaulted her.

Strauss-Kahn was arrested in New York in May on charges that he tried to rape a hotel maid. Strauss-Kahn, who vigorously denied wrongdoing, was released without bail last week after questions emerged about the maid's credibility.

Koubbi had said in the past that they would not file a lawsuit until the US trial was finished. He said on Monday that they had decided to move forward now instead of waiting.

Banon came forward after Strauss-Kahn's arrest on 14 May in New York. She accused him of wrenching open her bra and trying to unbutton her jeans in 2002. Lawyer David Koubbi said Banon had been dissuaded at the time from filing charges by her mother, a regional councillor in Strauss-Kahn's Socialist party.

Before Koubbi's announcement, the country was divided on whether it wanted Strauss-Kahn back in public life: two polls showed an almost even division between those who thought he should return, and those who believed his political career was over.

A poll released on Monday found that 51% of French people found that Strauss-Kahn no longer had a political future, versus 42% who thought he did.

Another poll published on Sunday conducted by Harris Interactive for Le Parisien showed 49% wanted Strauss-Kahn to return to French politics.

Danny Jarman
07-05-2011, 04:11 AM
After reading about the new French claims it certainly seems like he is on someones hit list.

Peter Lemkin
07-08-2011, 05:13 PM
Mounting Evidence that Dominique Strauss Kahn was Framed

by Michel Chossudovsky

Global Research, July 7, 2011

While the media has gone to arms length to obfuscate the matter, there is mounting evidence that Dominique Strauss Kahn was framed.

According to media reports, the 32-year-old Guinean Sofitel housemaid received the modest sum of 100,000 dollars paid into her bank account. The New York Times acknowledges the payment but fails to analyze the source of these payments. In an utterly confused statement, the NYT suggests that the money was deposited in the housemaid's account by her Guinean boy friend who is serving time in a high security prison:

According to the two officials, the woman had a phone conversation with an incarcerated man within a day of her encounter with Mr. Strauss-Kahn in which she discussed the possible benefits of pursuing the charges against him. The conversation was recorded.

That man, the investigators learned, had been arrested on charges of possessing 400 pounds of marijuana. He is among a number of individuals who made multiple cash deposits, totaling around $100,000, into the woman’s bank account over the last two years. The deposits were made in Arizona, Georgia, New York and Pennsylvania.

The investigators also learned that she was paying hundreds of dollars every month in phone charges to five companies. The woman had insisted she had only one phone and said she knew nothing about the deposits except that they were made by a man she described as her fiancé and his friends. (NYT, July 1, 2011, emphasis added)

The bank records of the housemaid, not to mention the record of her telephone calls, are known to police investigators, yet both the media and the prosecutors have failed to reveal the identity of the persons who instigated these money transfers.

The reports suggest that they may be "drug related", thereby casually dismissing the likelihood that the money could have been part of the framing of DSK. The reports also mention that the money deposits were made "over the last two years", thereby conveying the impression that they bear no relationship to the DSK affair.

The exact timing of these money transfers including the identity of senders are known to police investigators. Why has this information not been released?

If the 100,000 dollars had indeed been deposited into her bank account in the course of the last two years, why on earth would she be working as a housemaid?

Regime change at the IMF

Why was the substance of the housemaid's false accusations not released at an earlier stage? Who was protecting her?

Why did the media wait to reveal information which confirms DSK's innocence.

This information was known to the prosecutors at an early stage of the investigation, yet it was only released after the appointment of France's Finance Minister Christine Lagarde as Managing Director of the IMF.

Lagarde's candidacy was confirmed and accepted on June 26th. Her mandate was confirmed on June 28th following a decision of the IMF's 24 member executive board.

Lagarde is an appointee of Wall Street and the US banking establishment. Her candidacy had been approved by U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner on the 28th of June:

"I am pleased to announce our decision to support Christine Lagarde to head the IMF," Geithner said in a statement hours before the 24-member IMF executive board was expected to select her as its managing director.

Careful timing. In a bitter irony, the report from the prosecutor proving DSK's innocence was released on the day following the IMF's executive board decision instating Lagarde as Managing Director of IMF for a five year term.

The frame-up has visibly succeeded. Who instructed prosecutors not to release this information until after the appointment of Lagarde as IMF Chief?

If this information had been revealed a few days earlier, Lagarde's candidacy as IMF chief might have been questioned.

Regime change at the IMF has been speedily implemented, not to mention the implications of the DSK affair in relation to the French presidential elections.

Christine Lagarde commenced her five year term as IMF Managing Director on July 5th at the height of Greece's debt crisis.

Sofar, the likely hypothesis of a frame-up directed against DSK is not being touched upon by the mainstream media.

Jan Klimkowski
08-04-2011, 05:39 PM
Hmmmmm


Christine Lagarde faces inquiry over €285m payout for Sarkozy ally

Judge orders investigation into controversial decision made by new IMF chief in 2007 when she was French finance minister

Angelique Chrisafis in Paris guardian.co.uk (http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/aug/04/christine-largarde-bernard-tapie-imf), Thursday 4 August 2011 16.01 BST

A French court has ordered a formal investigation into whether the IMF head Christine Lagarde abused her position when she was finance minister in allowing a huge state settlement to a businessman friend of President Nicolas Sarkozy.

The court of justice of the republic, a special tribunal qualified to judge ministers, ruled there were grounds to examine Lagarde's role in arbitrating in favour of the controversial tycoon Bernard Tapie in 2008.

Tapie, the former owner of the football club Olympic Marseille and Socialist minister, served a seven-month jail term in 1997 for match-fixing and has a tax fraud conviction. In recent years he has made a remarkable public comeback as an actor, singer, chatshow host – and prominent supporter of the president.

The Largarde investigation concerns a decades-long legal dispute Tapie had with a former state-owned bank which he claimed cheated him when handling the 1993 sale of his Adidas sports empire.

In 2007, Lagarde ended the dispute by ordering a special panel of judges to arbitrate an out-of-court settlement.

They ruled that Tapie should receive €285m (£247m) in damages from the public purse, a ruling that scandalised opposition politicians.

A judicial inquiry will now examine Lagarde's decision to order arbitration instead of letting the Tapie affair be decided by the courts. It will also consider whether she refused expert advice to appeal against the huge payout, simply allowing Tapie to walk away with his cheque.

The French inquiry into Lagarde is likely to drag on for years and could cast a shadow over her leadership of the IMF. At the end of the investigation, judges will decide whether she should face trial. Lagarde has denied any misconduct in the case.

Lagarde, a lawyer who was one of Sarkozy's most popular ministers, took over leadership of the IMF in Washington on 5 July after the former head, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, resigned amid allegations he attempted to rape a New York hotel maid.

Lagarde's lawyer, Yves Repiquet, immediately issued a statement saying the French judicial inquiry would not affect her IMF duties. "This procedure is in no way incompatible with the current functions of the managing director of the IMF," he said.

The statement was supported by a similar comment from the IMF board, which said: "It would not be appropriate for the board to comment on a case that is currently before the French judiciary. However, the board is confident that she will be able to effectively carry out her duties as managing director."

Magda Hassan
11-27-2011, 05:57 AM
Wonder why this CIA tool is involved?


What Really Happened to Strauss-Kahn? December 22, 2011 (http://www.nybooks.com/issues/2011/dec/22/) Edward Jay Epstein (http://www.nybooks.com/contributors/edward-jay-epstein/)

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Dominique Strauss-Kahn and his wife, Anne Sinclair, in the courtyard of their Paris residence, September 2011


May 14, 2011, was a horrendous day for Dominique Strauss-Kahn, then head of the International Monetary Fund and leading contender to unseat Nicolas Sarkozy as president of France in the April 2012 elections. Waking up in the presidential suite of the Sofitel New York hotel that morning, he was supposed to be soon enroute to Paris and then to Berlin where he had a meeting the following day with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. He could not have known that by late afternoon he would, instead, be imprisoned in New York on a charge of sexual assault. He would then be indicted by a grand jury on seven counts of attempted rape, sexual assault, and unlawful imprisonment, placed under house arrest for over a month, and, two weeks before all the charges were dismissed by the prosecutor on August 23, 2011, sued for sexual abuse by the alleged victim.
He knew he had a serious problem with one of his BlackBerry cell phones—which he called his IMF BlackBerry. This was the phone he used to send and receive texts and e-mails—including for both personal and IMF business. According to several sources who are close to DSK, he had received a text message that morning from Paris from a woman friend temporarily working as a researcher at the Paris offices of the UMP, Sarkozy’s center-right political party. She warned DSK, who was then pulling ahead of Sarkozy in the polls, that at least one private e-mail he had recently sent from his BlackBerry to his wife, Anne Sinclair, had been read at the UMP offices in Paris.1 (http://media.nybooks.com/strauss.html#fn-1) It is unclear how the UMP offices might have received this e-mail, but if it had come from his IMF BlackBerry, he had reason to suspect he might be under electronic surveillance in New York. He had already been warned by a friend in the French diplomatic corps that an effort would be made to embarrass him with a scandal. The warning that his BlackBerry might have been hacked was therefore all the more alarming.
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At 10:07 AM he called his wife in Paris on his IMF BlackBerry, and in a conversation that lasted about six minutes told her he had a big problem. He asked her to contact a friend, Stéphane Fouks, who could come to his home on the Place des Vosges and who could arrange to have both his BlackBerry and iPad examined by an expert in such matters. He had no time to do anything about it that morning. He had scheduled an early lunch with his twenty-six-year-old daughter Camille, a graduate student at Columbia, who wanted to introduce him to her new boyfriend. After that, he had to get to JFK Airport in time to catch his 4:40 PM flight to Paris.
He had finished packing his suitcase just before noon, according to his own account, and then took a shower in the bathroom, which is connected to the bed in the suite by an interior corridor. According to the hotel’s electronic key records, which were provided to DSK’s lawyers, Nafissatou Diallo, a maid, had entered the presidential suite (room 2806) between 12:06 and 12:07 PM (such records are only accurate to the nearest minute).2 (http://media.nybooks.com/strauss.html#fn-2)Ordinarily, cleaning personnel do not enter a room to clean when a guest is still in it. According to DSK’s account, his bags were visible in the foyer when he emerged naked from the bathroom into the interior corridor. At this point, according to his account, he encountered the maid in the corridor by the bathroom. (The maid, for her part, says she encountered him coming out of the bedroom.) Phone records show that by 12:13 PM he was speaking to his daughter Camille on his BlackBerry. The call lasted for forty seconds.
What took place between DSK and the maid in those six to seven intervening minutes is a matter of dispute. DNA evidence found outside the bathroom door showed her saliva mixed with his semen. The New York prosecutor concluded that a “hurried sexual encounter” took place and DSK’s lawyers have admitted as much, while claiming that what happened was consensual. The maid has brought a civil suit claiming he used force. It is not clear when she left the room since key card records do not show times of exit. What is known is that DSK called his daughter on his IMF BlackBerry at 12:13 to tell her he would be late.
After DSK completed his call, he dressed and put on his light black topcoat. He carried with him only one small overnight bag and a briefcase (which contained his iPad and several spare phones) and took the elevator to the lobby. At 12:28 PM the hotel security cameras show him departing. He had to go eight blocks to the McCormick & Schmick’s restaurant on Sixth Avenue between 51st and 52nd Street. He was delayed by heavy traffic on Sixth Avenue. The restaurant camera shows that he arrived at 12:54.
Camille was with her new boyfriend. They had a quick meal, and at 2:15 PM, according to the restaurant’s surveillance cameras, DSK got in another taxi to go to the airport. Almost immediately, he discovered that his IMF BlackBerry was missing. It was the phone he had arranged to have examined for bugs in Paris and it was the phone that contained the earlier text message warning him about the interception of his messages. At 2:16 PM he called Camille, who had also just left the restaurant, on his spare BlackBerry and had her go back to the restaurant to search for it. Camera footage at the restaurant shows her crawling under the table. At 2:28 PM she sent him a text message saying that she could not find it. So DSK continued on to the airport.
Back at the Sofitel, meanwhile, Nafissatou Diallo, the maid he had encountered in the presidential suite, had told hotel security that she had been sexually assaulted by a client in that suite. A thirty-two-year-old immigrant from Guinea, she had been working at the Sofitel for three years. At 2:30 PM she was shown a photograph of DSK by the hotel’s security people. According to the official bill of particulars—the statement of the basic facts of the case filed by the prosecutors—the police had apparently not yet fully taken over the case, even though the encounter between DSK and Diallo had occurred over two hours earlier.
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A schematic drawing of the twenty-eighth floor of the Sofitel New York, with the presidential suite, room 2806, that was occupied by Dominique Strauss-Kahn on May 13 and 14. The nearby room 2820 was entered at least three times on May 14 by the Sofitel maid Nafissatou Diallo.


Part of the delay in bringing in the police may have been the result of Diallo’s not immediately voicing her complaint. After she had left DSK in the presidential suite around 12:13 PM—the time of his call to Camille—she remained on the VIP floor. The hotel’s electronic key records indicate that at 12:26 PM she entered 2820, another VIP suite on the same floor that she had already entered several times earlier that morning. Then, one to two minutes later, she went back to the now empty presidential suite. A few minutes after that, she encountered another housekeeper, her supervisor, in the corridor. In the course of their conversation, Diallo asked the supervisor what would happen if a hotel guest took advantage of a hotel employee. Initially, Diallo told her that this was only a hypothetical question; but then, when pressed further, she said that she had been assaulted by the guest in the presidential suite. The supervisor then brought her to the head of housekeeping, Renata Markozani, who reentered the presidential suite with Diallo at 12:42, according to the key records, and notified the hotel’s security and management personnel. At 12:52 PM, Diallo is seen arriving at the hotel’s security office on the ground floor, located near the 45th Street entrance. She is wearing a beige uniform, and is accompanied by Renata Markozani, whom she towers over. (She is five feet ten inches tall.)
Shortly thereafter the hotel’s own security team was augmented by John Sheehan, a security expert who is identified on LinkedIn as “director of safety and security” at Accor, a part of the French-based Accor Group, which owns the Sofitel. Sheehan, who was at home in Washingtonville, New York, that morning, received a call from the Sofitel at 1:03 PM. He then rushed to the hotel. While en route, according to his cell phone records, he called a number with a 646 prefix in the United States. But from these records neither the name nor the location of the person he called can be determined. When I called the number a man with a heavy French accent answered and asked whom I wanted to speak with at Accor.3 (http://media.nybooks.com/strauss.html#fn-3)
The man I asked to talk to—and to whom I was not put through—was René-Georges Querry, Sheehan’s ultimate superior at Accor and a well-connected former chief of the French anti-gang brigades, who was now head of security for the Accor Group. Before joining Accor Group in 2003, he had worked closely in the police with Ange Mancini, who is now coordinator for intelligence for President Sarkozy. Querry, at the time that Sheehan was making his call to the 646 number, was arriving at a soccer match in Paris where he would be seated in the box of President Sarkozy. Querry denies receiving any information about the unfolding drama at the Sofitel until after DSK was taken into custody about four hours later.
Another person at the Accor Group whom Sheehan might have alerted was Xavier Graff, the duty officer at the Accor Group in Paris. Graff was responsible that weekend for handling emergencies at Accor Group hotels, including the Sofitel in New York. His name only emerged five weeks later when he sent a bizarre e-mail to his friend Colonel Thierry Bourret, the head of an environment and public health agency, claiming credit for “bringing down” DSK. After the e-mail was leaked to Le Figaro, Graff described it as a joke (it resulted, however, in his suspension as director of emergencies by the Accor Group). Even jokes can have a basis. In this case the joke was made by the person who was directly responsible for passing on information to his superiors, including the head of security at Accor, René-Georges Querry—information that, if acted on by informing the American authorities, could have helped destroy DSK’s career. But like Querry, Graff denied receiving any calls or messages from New York until later that evening, telling a French newspaper that the failure to inform him was an “incredible miss” (“loupé”).
By the time Sheehan was called by the hotel at 1:03 PM, Diallo was seated on a bench in the hotel’s ground floor service area, just off the service entrance on 45th Street. Behind her was a “Dutch door,” with the upper half opened, that led to the hotel’s security office. Surveillance camera footage shows her entering the area with a tall unidentified man at 12:52 PM. She mains there until 2:05 PM. At 12:56, she is joined there by Brian Yearwood, the large, heavy-set man who is the hotel’s chief engineer. Yearwood had just come down from the presidential suite on the twenty-eighth floor, which he had entered at 12:51, according to the key records. Yearwood remained close to Diallo as she spoke to Adrian Branch, the security chief for the hotel, who remained behind the half-shut door of the security office. She can be seen gesturing with her hands for about four minutes, pointing to different parts of her body over and over again, suggesting she was telling and retelling her story.
At 1:28, Sheehan, still on the way to the hotel, sent a text message to Yearwood. And then another text message to an unidentified recipient at 1:30. At 1:31—one hour after Diallo had first told a supervisor that she had been assaulted by the client in the presidential suite—Adrian Branch placed a 911 call to the police. Less than two minutes later, the footage from the two surveillance cameras shows Yearwood and an unidentified man walking from the security office to an adjacent area. This is the same unidentified man who had accompanied Diallo to the security office at 12:52 PM. There, the two men high-five each other, clap their hands, and do what looks like an extraordinary dance of celebration that lasts for three minutes. They are then shown standing by the service door leading to 45th Street—apparently waiting for the police to arrive—where they are joined at 2:04 PM by Florian Schutz, the hotel manager.
http://assets.nybooks.com/media/graphics/map/image/Epstein-Sofitel-GF-122211_png_470x506_q85.png (http://www.nybooks.com/multimedia/view-graphic/60) Mike King
A schematic drawing of the first floor of the Sofitel New York, based on plans registered with the New York City Department of Buildings


A minute later, at 2:05 PM, the footage shows two uniformed police officers arriving and then accompanying Diallo to an adjoining office. It is unclear if the police officially took over the case at this time or later. There is so far no explanation for why the security staff had delayed the call to the NYPD that would lead a scandal involving the possible future president of France. What is clear is that they did so just three minutes after receiving a message from Sheehan. Nor is it clear why the two men were celebrating.
The police arrived, according to the hotel’s security camera footage, at 2:05 PM. They then can be seen escorting Diallo to a room across from the security office. There is an unexplained discrepancy here concerning the information in the bill of particulars, which says that at approximately 2:30 PM, “a photograph of the defendant was shown to the witness by hotel security without police involvement.” If so, even after leaving the bench (and video surveillance) and going to a room with the police, she remained in the custody of Sofitel security. I asked both Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne and Deputy Inspector Kim Royster why, according to the bill of particulars, the police were not officially involved at this point, but they declined to comment.
More than an hour later, at 3:28 PM, the police took her to St. Luke’s Hospital, where she was medically examined and they then formally interviewed her. She described to them a brutal and sustained sexual attack in which DSK locked the suite door, dragged her into the bedroom, and then dragged her down the inner corridor to a spot close to the bathroom door—a distance of about forty feet—and, after attempting to assault her both anally and vaginally, forced her twice to perform fellatio. After that, she fled the suite. As has been seen, according to the electronic key information, and to the record of DSK’s call to his daughter showing him speaking to her at 12:13, we can reasonably conclude that any such actions could have taken place only within a period of six or seven minutes, between 12:06–07 and 12:13, when he called his daughter.
At 3:01 PM, as DSK was approaching the airport, he was still attempting to find his missing phone. He attempted to call it from his spare but received no answer. What he did not know was that at 12:51, according to the records of the BlackBerry company, it had been somehow disabled. At 3:29 PM, evidently unaware of what was happening at the Sofitel, he called the hotel from the taxi, saying, according to the police transcript, “I am Dominique Strauss-Kahn, I was a guest. I left my phone behind.” He then said he was in room “2806.” He was asked to give a phone number, so that he could be called back, after 2806 was searched for his phone.
When he was called back thirteen minutes later, he spoke to a hotel employee who was in the presence of police detective John Mongiello. The hotel employee falsely told him that his phone had been found and asked where it could be delivered. DSK told him that he was at JFK Airport and that “I have a problem because my flight leaves at 4:26 PM.” He was reassured that someone could bring it to the airport in time. “OK, I am at the Air France Terminal, Gate 4, Flight 23,” DSK responded. So the police rushed to the airport. At 4:45 PM, police called DSK off the plane and took him into custody.
DSK was then jailed and indicted by a grand jury on seven counts, including attempted rape, sexual abuse, and unlawful imprisonment. The court eventually dropped all the charges against him because the prosecutors found that the complainant, Diallo, had proven to be an untruthful witness. They wrote in the motion for dismissal that “the nature and number of the complainant’s falsehoods leave us unable to credit her version of events beyond a reasonable doubt.” They said that she “has given irreconcilable accounts of what happened,” and had lied not only to the prosecutors but under oath to the grand jury about her whereabouts after the encounter. She stated that she had hid in the hall after leaving the presidential suite, and entered no other room on the twenty-eighth floor until she told another maid about the attack (which was approximately fifteen minutes later).
http://assets.nybooks.com/media/photo/2011/11/25/epstein_2-122211_jpg_190x947_q85.jpg (http://www.nybooks.com/multimedia/view-photo/2832) Bryan Smith/ZUMA Press/Corbis
The Sofitel hotel, West 44th Street, New York, May 2011


When asked why she had not used her pass key to go into another room, she said they all had “Do Not Disturb” signs on the door. After her grand jury testimony, prosecutors discovered that this was false when the hotel belatedly provided them with the electronic key records showing that Diallo had entered room 2820 at 12:26 PM, after her encounter with DSK. The same record also showed that she had also entered room 2820 prior to her encounter with DSK at a time when the occupant had not checked out and may have been in the room. Why she concealed visiting 2820 was “inexplicable” to the prosecutors, who noted in their motion for dismissal that if she had mentioned her visits to 2820, it would have been declared part of the crime scene and searched by the police. But she did not do so.
Nor were DSK’s lawyers able to find an explanation. When they attempted to learn the identity of the occupant of 2820, Sofitel refused to release it on grounds of privacy. Given Diallo’s conflicting accounts, all that we really know about what happened in the nearby room 2820 is that Diallo went there both before and after her encounter with DSK and then omitted the latter visit from her sworn testimony to the grand jury. We still do not know if there was anyone in 2820 when she entered it again following the encounter with DSK or if, prior to the police arriving, anyone influenced her to omit mention of room 2820.
The Sofitel electronic key record, which the hotel did not turn over to the prosecutors until the next week, contained another unexplained anomaly. Two individuals, not one, entered DSK’s suite between 12:05 and 12:06 PM while he was showering. Each used a different key card entry. The key card used at 12:06 belonged to Diallo; the key card used at 12:05 belonged to Syed Haque, a room service employee who, according to his account, came to pick up the breakfast dishes. If he did so, he would have turned left and gone to the dining room. But Haque has refused to be interviewed by DSK’s lawyers, so his precise movements have not been made public. Since the key cards do not register the time of exit, it cannot be determined from them if both parties were in the room at the same time or, for that matter, at the time of Diallo’s encounter with DSK.
DSK’s BlackBerry, with its messages, is still missing. Investigations by both the police and private investigators retained by DSK’s lawyers failed to find it. While DSK believed he had left it in the Sofitel, the records obtained from BlackBerry show that the missing phone’s GPS circuitry was disabled at 12:51. This stopped the phone from sending out signals identifying its location. Apart from the possibility of an accident, for a phone to be disabled in this way, according to a forensic expert, required technical knowledge about how the BlackBerry worked.
From electronic information that became available to investigators in November 2011, it appears the phone never left the Sofitel. If it was innocently lost, whoever found it never used it, raising the question of by whom and why it was disabled at 12:51. In any case, its absence made it impossible for DSK to check—as he had planned to do—to see if it had been compromised. Nor was it possible to verify from the phone itself the report he received on May 14 that his messages were being intercepted. So we cannot confirm the warning to DSK that he was under surveillance on that disastrous day.
One vexing mystery concerns the one-hour time gap in reporting the alleged attack on Diallo. After she said that she had been the victim of a brutal and sustained sexual assault, it is hard to understand how the security staff would have ruled out that she might require immediate medical attention. But as has been seen, until 1:31, several minutes after receiving a message from Sheehan, the security staff did not make the 911 call. She did not arrive at St. Luke’s Hospital until 3:57 PM, nearly four hours after the alleged attack. We do not know what decisions were made during that one-hour interval or how they influenced what was to later unfold with such dramatic impact.
By the time the 911 call was finally made, the hotel’s management was presumably aware of the political explosion and scandal DSK’s arrest would cause. DSK could no longer be a challenger to Sarkozy. Such considerations, and the opportunities they presented, may have had no part whatever in the hotel’s handling of the situation, but without knowing the content of any messages between the hotel managers in New York and the security staffs in New York or Paris, among others, we cannot be sure. Meanwhile, several mysteries remain. Was there anyone in room 2820 besides Diallo during and after the encounter with DSK? If so, who were they and what were they doing there; and why, in any case, did Diallo deny that she’d gone to the room? Because she denied it, the police, according to the prosecutor’s recommendation for dismissal, did not search 2820 or declare it a crime scene. And where, if it still exists, is the BlackBerry that DSK lost and feared was hacked?
All we know for sure is that someone, or possibly an accident, abruptly disabled it from signaling its location at 12:51 PM. DSK himself has not explained why he was so concerned about the possible interception of his messages on this BlackBerry and its disappearance. According to stories in [I]Libération and other French journals on November 11, 2011, DSK sent text messages on a borrowed cell phone to at least one person named in the still-unfolding affair involving the Carlton Hotel in Lille, a scandal in which corporations allegedly provided high-class escort women to government officials. (DSK denies that he was connected to the prostitution ring.) If DSK sent these messages, may he also have received embarrassing messages back on his own BlackBerry that could have been damaging to his reputation and political ambitions? Or his concern could also have proceeded from other matters, such as the sensitive negotiations he was conducting for the IMF to stave off the euro crises. Whatever happened to his phone, and the content on it, his political prospects were effectively ended by the events of that day.





1 These statements, along with others in this article, were confirmed by sources who prefer to remain anonymous but are known to the author, who has shared his information with the editors. ↩ (http://media.nybooks.com/strauss.html#fnr-1)
2 For this article, along with court and other legal documents, I had access to Sofitel electronic key swipe records, time-stamped security camera videotapes, and records for a cell phone used on the day of May 14 by John Sheehan, a security employee of Accor, the company that owns the Sofitel hotel. ↩ (http://media.nybooks.com/strauss.html#fnr-2)
3 I had access to the record of only one cell phone used by the Accor Group's security man, John Sheehan. Neither Sheehan nor the hotel's security director, Adrien Brand, returned my calls. Through an assistant Brian Yearwood, the hotel's chief engineer, said he had no comment. ↩ (http://media.nybooks.com/strauss.html#fnr-3)

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Peter Lemkin
11-27-2011, 09:18 AM
It could well have been an intel op to get him out of becoming French President.....now the question is was it the CIA, the French intelligence or both.

Jan Klimkowski
11-27-2011, 06:06 PM
The IMF, the French secret service, mechanics dancing around high-fiveing at how easy their sting was....

Not even a honey trap. Just tawdry filth.

The entire global intelligence community apparently knew that DSK was a "rutting chimpanzee", arrogantly unable to keep his boner in his trousers.

When They decided to get him, it was ridiculously simple.

Fuck 'em all.

Ed Jewett
11-27-2011, 07:19 PM
The IMF, the French secret service, mechanics dancing around high-fiveing at how easy their sting was....

Not even a honey trap. Just tawdry filth.

The entire global intelligence community apparently knew that DSK was a "rutting chimpanzee", arrogantly unable to keep his boner in his trousers.

When They decided to get him, it was ridiculously simple.

Fuck 'em all.



... and therein lies a small chunk of deep political insight & wisdom {perhaps we can join forces with a pharmaceutical company and get that stuff in a gel capsule to ingest like a super-food that gradually re-builds the neuro-synaptically grounded rebuilding and healing ATP} that suggests that there is indeed a hand in the glove... One finger runs the press, one finger runs one nation's intel units, and one finger runs another's, and the fourth finger in the marionettist's hands controls a sophisticated global surveillance system... and just a small handful of marionettists, whose eyes are above the vision of the viewing audience, can control 40-50 sources of "input" and more. Oh what a show...!

Jan Klimkowski
12-29-2011, 06:23 PM
My eyes glaze with suspicion when I hear the phrase "A Wall Street Journal investigation".

So, with a big health warning, here (via Zero Hedge (http://www.zerohedge.com/news/wsj-dsk-disunion-and-dismal-dithering-europe)) is the story being channelled through the WSJ.

If it contains any truth, the story does provide a clear motivation for the "fixing" of DSK, jailed and marginalized through deliberate exploitation of his arrogance and libido...


At a closed-door meeting in Washington on April 14, Europe's effort to contain its debt crisis began to unravel.

Inside the French ambassador's 19-bedroom mansion, finance ministers and central bankers from the world's largest economies heard Dominique Strauss-Kahn, then-head of the International Monetary Fund, deliver an ultimatum.

Greece, the country that triggered the euro-zone debt crisis, would need a much bigger bailout than planned, Mr. Strauss-Kahn said. Unless Europe coughed up extra cash, the IMF, which a year earlier had agreed to share the burden with European countries, wouldn't release any more aid for Athens.

...

It was to be Europe's fateful spring. A Wall Street Journal investigation, based on more than two dozen interviews with euro-zone policy makers, revealed how the currency union floundered in indecision—failing to address either the immediate concerns of investors or the fundamental weaknesses undermining the euro. The consequence was that a crisis in a few small economies turned into a threat to the survival of Europe's common currency and a menace to the global economy.

...

The April meeting ended inconclusively.

Jan Klimkowski
02-21-2012, 05:44 PM
No wonder DSK was such an easy target to destroy when he refused to do the bidding of his Masters:


Strauss-Kahn arrested by French police investigating alleged prostitution ring

Former IMF chief held for questioning over allegations he helped procure prostitutes for orgies in France and the US

Kim Willsher in Paris
guardian.co.uk (http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/feb/21/strauss-kahn-arrested-prostitution-investigation), Tuesday 21 February 2012 12.47 GMT

Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the former head of the International Monetary Fund, has been formally placed under arrest by French police investigating an alleged prostitution ring.

The 62-year-old socialist politician turned himself in at 8.55am on Tuesday in the northern French city of Lille and is being held for questioning over allegations that he aided the procurement of prostitutes and benefited from fraud.

Detectives want to ascertain whether Strauss-Kahn, a former French presidential hopeful, knew that the women he had sex with at orgies in Paris and Washington were prostitutes and if he was aware how they were paid. It is alleged the money came from the corporate funds of a major French construction company.

Strauss-Kahn is expected to either be put under formal investigation – the equivalent of being charged – or released after 48 hours.

Eight people, including two Lille businessmen with links to Strauss-Kahn and a police commissioner, have already been arrested in the case, known as the Carlton affair after the luxury Lille hotel at the centre of the alleged prostitution ring.

Paying for prostitutes is not illegal in France but procuring them for another and using company funds to pay for them could lead to formal charges.

Strauss-Kahn insists he never knew the women were prostitutes and has denied any wrongdoing.

"He could easily not have known, because as you can imagine, at these kinds of parties you're not always dressed, and I challenge you to distinguish a naked prostitute from any other naked woman," his lawyer, Henri Leclerk, told French radio Europe 1 in December.

Strauss-Kahn's political hopes disintegrated in May 2011 when he was arrested in New York and accused of sexually assaulting a hotel chambermaid. Strauss-Kahn claimed the sex was consensual and involved no "aggression or constraint". The case against him crumbled over concerns about the maid's credibility as a witness.

Last October, prosecutors in France dismissed a 23-year-old French writer's claim that Strauss-Kahn tried to rape her in 2003 during an interview for a book, saying the case had passed the time limit.

Peter Lemkin
02-21-2012, 08:37 PM
He made a great quote...I'll try to find, but can paraphrase. It was to the effect of 'who can tell if the woman are prostitutes or not when they are all completely naked!?' I think his ship has already sunk. Maybe he can go into banking - they have NO morality or rules.

Jan Klimkowski
02-21-2012, 08:46 PM
Peter - yes, the quote is from his lawyer:


"He could easily not have known, because as you can imagine, at these kinds of parties you're not always dressed, and I challenge you to distinguish a naked prostitute from any other naked woman," his lawyer, Henri Leclerk, told French radio Europe 1 in December.

Of course this is an admission that DSK did participate in the orgies.

The "rutting chimpanzee" description appears to be sad but true.

Peter Lemkin
02-21-2012, 09:05 PM
Peter - yes, the quote is from his lawyer:


"He could easily not have known, because as you can imagine, at these kinds of parties you're not always dressed, and I challenge you to distinguish a naked prostitute from any other naked woman," his lawyer, Henri Leclerk, told French radio Europe 1 in December.

Of course this is an admission that DSK did participate in the orgies.

The "rutting chimpanzee" description appears to be sad but true.

Face it, it is simply more proof that the rich are inherantly superior [morally, ethically and otherwise], and thus have the natural right to rule over the rest of us. :shock: Its Ancient Rome all over again...even with the orgies! More bread and circus!

Magda Hassan
03-27-2012, 10:24 AM
Just in case he was thinking he could possibly ever rehabilitate himself....

LILLE (FRANCE): Disgraced former IMF (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/topic/International-Monetary-Fund)
chiefDominique Strauss-Kahn (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/topic/Dominique-Strauss-Kahn)
has been charged with involvement in an organised vice ring that procured prostitutes for top-class clients, lawyers said. Prosecutors said the 62-year-old former Socialist finance minister and one-time presidential favourite had been released on USD 135,000 bail following the charges yesterday.

Strauss-Kahn was called in by investigating magistrates in the northern French city of Lille two days earlier than expected and charged with an offence that could carry 20 years in prison if he is convicted. "He firmly declares that he is not guilty of these acts and never had the least inkling that the women he met could have been prostitutes," said Richard Malka, one of Strauss-Kahn's counsel.

"Dominique Strauss-Kahn was placed under judicial control and was forbidden from contacting defendants, civil plaintiffs, witnesses and the press regarding the procedures," prosecutors said in a statement. Strauss-Kahn's name came up as police were investigating a pimping operation that saw sex workers from brothels over the Belgian border being brought to France for orgies in high-class hotels in Lille and Paris.

Strauss-Kahn admits that he took part in some of these parties, one of which was said to involve women being flown to Washington to entertain him while he was still managing director of the International Monetary Fund. But, through his lawyer, he has denied knowing the escorts were paid.

Using prostitutes is not illegal in France, but prosecutors are seeking proof that Strauss-Kahn was aware the parties were arranged by an organised pimping ring and paid for by other guests misusing company funds. Strauss-Kahn told police he did not suspect the women were prostitutes because he was introduced to them by senior police officers.

lawyers will also be in court on Wednesday in New York for the first hearing in a civil case brought against him by Nafissatou Diallo, a hotel maid who alleges he sexually assaulted her.
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/europe/Frances-Dominique-Strauss-Kahn-charged-in-prostitution-vice-ring/articleshow/12424653.cms

Seamus Coogan
03-27-2012, 01:24 PM
Just in case he was thinking he could possibly ever rehabilitate himself....

LILLE (FRANCE): Disgraced former
IMF (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/topic/International-Monetary-Fund)
chief
Dominique Strauss-Kahn (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/topic/Dominique-Strauss-Kahn)
has been charged with involvement in an organised vice ring that procured prostitutes for top-class clients, lawyers said. Prosecutors said the 62-year-old former Socialist finance minister and one-time presidential favourite had been released on USD 135,000 bail following the charges yesterday.

Strauss-Kahn was called in by investigating magistrates in the northern French city of Lille two days earlier than expected and charged with an offence that could carry 20 years in prison if he is convicted. "He firmly declares that he is not guilty of these acts and never had the least inkling that the women he met could have been prostitutes," said Richard Malka, one of Strauss-Kahn's counsel.

"Dominique Strauss-Kahn was placed under judicial control and was forbidden from contacting defendants, civil plaintiffs, witnesses and the press regarding the procedures," prosecutors said in a statement. Strauss-Kahn's name came up as police were investigating a pimping operation that saw sex workers from brothels over the Belgian border being brought to France for orgies in high-class hotels in Lille and Paris.

Strauss-Kahn admits that he took part in some of these parties, one of which was said to involve women being flown to Washington to entertain him while he was still managing director of the International Monetary Fund. But, through his lawyer, he has denied knowing the escorts were paid.

Using prostitutes is not illegal in France, but prosecutors are seeking proof that Strauss-Kahn was aware the parties were arranged by an organised pimping ring and paid for by other guests misusing company funds. Strauss-Kahn told police he did not suspect the women were prostitutes because he was introduced to them by senior police officers.

lawyers will also be in court on Wednesday in New York for the first hearing in a civil case brought against him by Nafissatou Diallo, a hotel maid who alleges he sexually assaulted her.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/europe/Frances-Dominique-Strauss-Kahn-charged-in-prostitution-vice-ring/articleshow/12424653.cms





Mags what sort of lefties work for the IMF anyhow lol.

Danny Jarman
04-27-2012, 05:44 PM
(http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/27/dsk-sex-scandal-political-opponents)DSK: New York sex scandal orchestrated by political opponents (http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/27/dsk-sex-scandal-political-opponents)


Exclusive: Dominique Strauss-Kahn accuses enemies linked to Nicolas Sarkozy of destroying bid for French presidency

DSK interview: 'I didn't believe they'd go that far'

(http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/27/strauss-kahn-affair)

The former head of the IMF, Dominique Strauss-Kahn (http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/dominique-strauss-kahn), has accused political enemies linked to Nicolas Sarkozy (http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/nicolas-sarkozy) and his ruling UMP party of destroying his bid for the French presidency by choreographing the scandal that erupted last year when he was accused of assaulting a New York hotel maid.

Strauss-Kahn told the Guardian in an exclusive interview that he believes the highly public undoing that followed his encounter with the housekeeper at the Sofitel hotel's presidential suite, and his imprisonment on charges of attempted rape, were orchestrated by his political opponents.

While he does not believe the incident with Nafissatou Diallo was a setup, he said the subsequent escalation of the events on 14 May into a criminal investigation that destroyed his chances of winning the presidency had been "shaped by those with a political agenda" and that "more was involved here than mere coincidence".

Strauss-Kahn, 63, alleges that he was put under surveillance by French intelligence weeks before he was arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting Diallo.

He accuses operatives linked to Sarkozy of intercepting phone calls and making sure Diallo went to the New York police, thus sparking an international scandal.

"Perhaps I was politically naive, but I simply did not believe that they would go that far … I didn't think they could find anything that could stop me," Strauss-Kahn told investigative journalist Edward Jay Epstein.

Epstein's eBook on his investigation of the scandal, Three Days in May (http://mhpbooks.com/books/three-days-in-may/) is published by Melville House on Monday.

Strauss-Kahn's accusations come at a highly sensitive moment in French politics. They fall days before the final round of the presidential election, which, until his downfall last year, Strauss-Kahn had been tipped to win.

The vote will be held on 6 May, with polls showing Socialist leader François Hollande beating rightwing incumbent Sarkozy.

At the time of his arrest on 14 May, Strauss-Kahn was polling ahead of Hollande for the Socialist nomination, for which he planned to declare the following month, and was in the lead against Sarkozy for the presidency itself. He had no doubts, he told Epstein, that he would take occupancy of the Elysée Palace.

Strauss-Kahn's allegations are based on his own studies over the past 11 months – aided by a private detective service, Guidepost Solutions – of the Sofitel's CCTV footage, electronic key card and mobile phone records. T

he intensity of his research shows the extent of his belief that he was the victim of dirty tricks – though his critics would dismiss it as paranoia.

Strauss-Kahn continues to be in considerable difficulty over his sexual history. All charges against him were dropped by New York prosecutors in August 2011 after they found Diallo to be an unreliable witness, and he has consistently portrayed the encounter with her as consensual.

But she continues to press her claim for damages in the civil courts, alleging that she was attacked by him as she went about her housekeeping duties.
A judge in Manhattan is due to rule on Tuesday on whether or not Strauss-Kahn can claim diplomatic immunity in the case.

The scandal has also put the spotlight on Strauss-Kahn's lifestyle and attitude to women. In text messages sent to associates who participated in sex parties he attended – one of which was held in Washington just a day before he went to the Sofitel – he reportedly referred to women as "material".

The Sofitel incident has severely dented Strauss-Kahn's reputation in France, where he remains in total retreat from the political scene. When he returned to Paris after the charges were dropped, polls showed the majority of the country did not want him to return to politics.

Feminist groups led street protests about sexism in French society, furious at the language some French figures had used to describe the Strauss-Kahn case. His recent appearances at public events in Cambridge in the UK, and Brussels have been marked by protests from women's rights activists. Sarkozy, who had been key in appointing Strauss-Kahn to the IMF, has repeatedly used his name to attack the Socialist party.

In a recent rally at Cyr-sur-Loire, he said: "I won't take lessons on morality, particularly not from a part of the left that wanted to put Mr Strauss-Kahn in the Elysée."

Last month Strauss-Kahn's troubles deepened further when he was charged with "aggravated procurement in an organised gang" – the legal term for pimping – in relation to his alleged involvement in a prostitution ring. The case centres on allegations that his business associates organised prostitution at the Carlton hotel in Lille.

He declined to talk to Epstein about the new allegations, saying he was under legal restrictions.

Strauss-Kahn's direct accusation that he was a victim of a trap are based on a complicated web of factors. He says that long before the Sofitel events he became convinced that he was being tracked by French intelligence.

On the morning of the Sofitel incident, he told Epstein, he received a text message on the BlackBerry he used for IMF work and personal emails from a friend in Paris. She warned him that his communications were being intercepted and that an email he had sent to his wife, Anne Sinclair, had been discovered by a sympathiser inside the UMP party headquarters in Paris.

Such were his fears, he went to the length of encrypting all his seven phones to scramble his messages, though he removed the software shortly before the Sofitel events after he found that all the devices began to stop working. "I took the threat seriously," he said.

He also emphasised to Epstein a celebratory dance performed by a couple of Sofitel employees that was caught on the hotel's CCTV footage (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QAJH2VBb0pY&feature=player_embedded) soon after Diallo made a 911 call to New York police leading to Strauss-Kahn's arrest. It is not known why the men were rejoicing, though Strauss-Kahn said he did not believe the "victory dance was a coincidence".

The Sofitel said "We have co-operated fully with authorities and have no further comment at this time."



(http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/27/strauss-kahn-affair)As suspected from the beginning...

Jan Klimkowski
04-27-2012, 06:24 PM
Danny - this seems to confirm the information in Magda's post #56 on the previous page, to which I replied:


The IMF, the French secret service, mechanics dancing around high-fiveing at how easy their sting was....

Not even a honey trap. Just tawdry filth.

The entire global intelligence community apparently knew that DSK was a "rutting chimpanzee", arrogantly unable to keep his boner in his trousers.

When They decided to get him, it was ridiculously simple.

Fuck 'em all.

DSK seems in total denial, a sign (as Peter suggests) of the belief of his type in their inherent superiority.



"Perhaps I was politically naive, but I simply did not believe that they would go that far … I didn't think they could find anything that could stop me," Strauss-Kahn told investigative journalist Edward Jay Epstein.

Epstein's eBook on his investigation of the scandal, Three Days in May is published by Melville House on Monday.



Well, Monsieur Strass-Kahn, your enemies didn't have to go too far. If you'd behaved in a normal, decent, responsible fashion whilst the maid was in your hotel room, you'd still be Head of the IMF.

I note in passing that it is, ahem, intriguing that Edward Jay Epstein is the writer of DSK's self-serving tome.

Magda Hassan
05-20-2012, 01:53 AM
Obama, financial war and the elimination of DSK
by Thierry Meyssan

It is impossible to understand the downfall of Dominique Strauss-Khan without linking it to his project for the creation of a new international reserve currency, which was to be launched on 26 May 2011 at the Deauville G-8 summit. The project was paradoxically anticipated as much by the Emerging States as by stateless financial capital, but rejected by the U.S.-Israeli military-industrial complex. Thierry Meyssan exposes the chicanery of the Obama administration to dodge its commitments.



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http://www.voltairenet.org/local/cache-vignettes/L400xH310/bo_dsk-48c4d.jpgThe French were dumbstruck at the arrest in the United States of the most popular political leader of their country, Dominique Strauss Khan. Former Economy Minister, he had become the highest-paid public official in the world (base salary, excluding bonuses and expenses: 461 510 USD) and was, reportedly, about to enter the French presidential race. This affable VIP, reputed for his appetite at the table as well as in bed and often accused of being a political amateur because of the time he dedicated to satisfying his lust for life, has been charged with the precipitous sexual assault on a chamber maid in a Manhattan hotel.For six days, the French remained glued to their television screens watching in a daze the judicial harassment against a man they considered to be a hopeful alternative to the catastrophic first five-year term of Nicolas Sarkozy. DSK’s fall marked the end of their illusions.The spectacle of this shattered destiny is suggestive of ancient tragedy. The Roman saying: "Arx tarpeia Capitoli proxima" comes to mind: the Tarpeian Rock from which a convicted person was hurled to his death was close to the Capitol, the symbol of power and greatness.Leaving aside any considerations of his innocence or guilt, the steamrolling of such a high-profile personality can only provoke anguish in the ordinary citizen. If someone like him is unable to defend himself, then how can we hope to succeed if we were to be accused like him?The rise and the fallNevertheless, as a politicized people raised onMachiavellian lessons, without ever having read his works, it didn’t take the French long to start questioning the solidity of the charges brought against their compatriot DSK. According to the opinion polls, 57% didn’t buy the rutting-season story that the U.S. media have taken delight in dishing out. Some started imagining all kinds of manipulation scenarios, while others are asking "cui bono?" (who benefits?).At that game, the first name that comes to mind is that of Nicolas Sarkozy. It is impossible not to think of him knowing that he became president by pressing charges against his chief rival, Dominique de Villepin, and entangling him in a forgery scandal just as convoluted as the current one. Therefore, why not another plot to move a new competitor out of the way?http://www.voltairenet.org/local/cache-vignettes/L400xH272/plantu-6b528-aee1f.jpg (http://www.voltairenet.org/IMG/jpg/plantu.jpg)Cartoon by Plantu published in Le Monde of 25 May 2011: "DSK and Villepin, two friends to which I am very attached."Never mind if DSK and Sarkozy have needed each other to prepare the forthcoming international summits, or if they were both subservient to the United States. It is well known that the worst crimes are perpetrated against one’s own friends or even family.As is happens, the French are unaware of DSK’s ties [1 (http://www.voltairenet.org/Obama-financial-war-and-the#nb1)] or, for that matter, Sarkozy’s when they voted for him [2 (http://www.voltairenet.org/Obama-financial-war-and-the#nb2)]. The media have never informed them that in the 1990’s, during his political wilderness, he was hired as professor at Stanford University by a certain... Condoleezza Rice. They also don’t know that he and his lieutenants Pierre Moscovici and Jean-Chrisophe Cambadélis were in charge of raising funds for the Socialist Party from the National Endowment for Democracy - a legal CIA front [3 (http://www.voltairenet.org/Obama-financial-war-and-the#nb3)]. Nor did they follow his activities and various contracts with Atlanticist think-tanks, such as the German Marshall Fund of the United States [4 (http://www.voltairenet.org/Obama-financial-war-and-the#nb4)] or the Bilderberg Group [5 (http://www.voltairenet.org/Obama-financial-war-and-the#nb5)]. Finally, they are oblivious about his commitment to integrate France and Europe into a vast transatlantic market dominated by the United States.The French are also ignorant about DSK’s close ties with Israel. Within the Socialist Party, he steers the Cercle Léon Blum, named after a former Jewish prime minister. The role of this discreet and powerful lobby is to eject from the political scene any individual who is likely to criticize the Zionist project. Thus, it can make heads roll, like that of political scientist Pascal Boniface who highlighted the electorally counter-productive implications of supporting Tel-Aviv in a country where 10% of the population is of Arabic culture. Yet, DSK is very open about it. Without beating around the bush, he asserted: "I deem that every diaspora Jew must support Israel. For that reason, it is important for Jews to take up political responsibilities. In short, in my functions and in my everyday life, in everything I do, I endeavor to make my modest contribution toward the construction of Israel." It’s rather disconcerting from someone who aspires to become president of France. But who cares? He’s so jovial!Nonetheless, Dominique Strauss-Khan and his loved ones were spared no humiliation: while kept incommunicado under protective police custody, the New York prosecutor’s office was distributing to the media copies of the detailed indictment.It contains a clinical description of the alleged crimes: "The defendant engaged in oral sexual conduct and anal sexual conduct with another person by forcible compulsion; the defendant attempted to engage in sexual intercourse with another person by sexual compulsion; the defendant subjected another person to sexual contact by forcible compulsion; the defendant restrained another person; the defendant subjected another person to sexual contact without the latter’s consent; and in that the defendant intentionally, and for no legitimate purpose, forcibly touched the sexual and other intimate parts of another person for the purpose of degrading and abusing such person, and for the purpose of gratifying the defendant’s sexual desire.
The offenses were committed under the following circumstances:
Deponent states and deponent is informed by an individual known to the District Attorney’s office that defendant 1) shut the door to the above location and prevented informant from leaving the above location; 2) grabbed informant’s breasts without consent; 3) attempted to pull down defendant’s pantyhose and forcibly grabbed informant’s vaginal area; 4) forcibly made contact with his penis and informant’s mouth twice; and 5) was able to accomplish the above acts by using actual physical force."All these spicy details were splashed all over the evening news for days on end before wide-eyed parents just back from work, and horrified children who buried their noses in their bowl of soup.The cultural shockIt is difficult to know who was more traumatized: the brilliant economist who was going to save humanity from the financial crisis and has been abruptly relegated to the ranks of an infamous criminal, or the French people who were looking forward to a respite by choosing him as their leader, and have been compelled once again meet head-on the violence of the United States.In this regard, the French are trying to find excuses for the nature of the Anglo-Saxon judicial system to which they are just beginning to awaken. They had already seen such a parody of justice in their favorite television series, but they never imagined it could actually exist in reality. As for the extra-judicial system, Guantánamo and the secret prisons, they have always preferred not to know. Some commentators have speculated that the harsh treatment at the hands of the police and the first judge denotes a will to treat the powerful and the weak on an equal footing. Yet, surely, they must all be familiar with the works of illustrious sociologists explaining that in this unjust system money is king and that justice may be blindfolded, but is not class blind.http://www.voltairenet.org/local/cache-vignettes/L220xH290/Time-57f15.jpgFurthermore, the French unflinchingly went along with the criticisms relayed by the Anglo-American press, laying all the blame on its French counterparts for having failed to investigate Mr. Strauss-Khan’s life of sexual depravity in the name of his right to privacy. And yet - the puritans comment further - a man who ostensibly seduces a women, squeezes or even jostles her is obviously a potential raper. "He that will steal a penny will steal a pound." On its cover, Time Magazine depicts DSK and his peers in the guise of a pig. However, no one has pointed out that the defendant was IMF Managing Director and a Washington D.C. resident for the past 3 years, but whose hidden vices the moralizing Anglo-American press has also failed to dig into.The accusation against DSK having opened up suspicions, now everyone remembers - albeit somewhat late - that in 2002 DSK had tried to force himself on a beautiful French journalist, Tristane Banon. When she asked him for an interview, he gave her an appointment in a private apartment located in the Marais, a historic district of Paris. He received her in a huge loft, completely unfurnished except for a big bed. Since the beauty refused to submit to the libertine, he bashed her.
Could it be that, in New York, the gentleman was overwhelmed by his own violence and transformed into a criminal?Nothing seems to point in that direction, all the more since DSK is not a frustrated bachelor. He is married to television star Anne Sinclair, a French top-notch journalist, who abandoned her profession to accompany her husband in his career. The French saw her again during Dominique Strauss-Khan’s court hearings, as beautiful and determined as ever despite the extra years. The grand-daughter of a major art merchant, she sits on a cushy family fortune. Without hesitation, she flew to Paris to pay the one-million dollar bail and provide the court with an additional 5 million in collateral. At that moment, this wealthy woman was prepared to sacrifice everything to rescue her husband from the crushing jaws of United States justice. She was all the more admirable for it; a wife who didn’t hold his escapades against him and who even liked to go with him to the Chandelle, a Paris swingers club.http://www.voltairenet.org/local/cache-vignettes/L400xH267/dindon-6d54b-11372.jpg (http://www.voltairenet.org/IMG/jpg/dindon.jpg)DSK, the fall guy.Any nation worthy of that name would not have endured to see a political figure, who was slated to become president and represent their country, walking handcuffed between two FBI officers, shoved in the back of a car like a thug, and paraded in court shaggy and unshaven. In any other country, people would probably have staged a rally in front of the U.S. Embassy chanting patriotic songs. But not in France. The "Americans" are far too admired. The French look up to them like a rabbit hypnotized by a cobra. And they have a hard time accepting that they are not the navel of the world, that if indeed there was a plot, it was not necessarily hatched on the banks of the Seine but on those of the Potomac.The confinementIs DSK guilty of rape or is he victim of a machination? One only has to think in order to answer the question.The defendant allegedly spent the night with a call-girl, then raped the chambermaid at brunch time before calmly going to have lunch with his daughter, a student at Columbia University. Finally, he is supposed to have boarded his flight, booked several days in advance, bound for Berlin where he was to meet Chancellor Angela Merkel. Comfortably settled in his Air France business class seat, he was arrested ten minutes before takeoff.According to the cabin crew, the officers of the Special Victims Unit (the same as in the NBC "Law and Order SVU" serial) didn’t delegate the questioning procedure to their airport counterparts, insisting on doing it themselves despite the risk of arriving too late. However, to prevent any warning from reaching DSK, they ordered the cell phone jamming of the zone until their arrival [6 (http://www.voltairenet.org/Obama-financial-war-and-the#nb6)]. Now, this kind of jamming operation exceeds the scope of a vice squad. It could only have been ordered by national security services.As soon as the suspect was placed under police custody, he was cut off from any external contact, with the exception of his lawyers, as prescribed by U.S. law. But when Judge Melissa Jackson moved him into protective custody, he was again cut off from the outside world. With no reason. It was explained that DSK’s detention was warranted for fear he might flee to France, with which Washington did not sign an extradition agreement and which has protected another sexual offender accused of rape, film director Roman Polanski. The decision to isolate him was therefore not taken with the aim of preventing him from influencing the witnesses. Nonetheless, the judge decided to lock him up at Rikers Island, one of the largest prisons in the world which houses 14 000 detainees, and one of the bleakest. A hell on earth. "For his protection", he was assigned to a single cell and kept incommunicado.The IMF Managing Director was held in confinement for 10 days. During this period the functioning of the international institution was blocked in want of a signature. For 10 days the problems related to the euro and the dollar, Greece’s default, and many others crucial issues were put on standby at the mercy of the police, judges and prison guards.According to U.S. jurisprudence, considering that he had no criminal record and is domiciled in Washington, DSK should not have been placed in protective custody but should, instead, have been released on bail. He obviously quickly assessed the situation and, through one of his lawyers, sent a letter of resignation to the IMF. On the very next day, against all expectation, a new judge acceded to his request and released him on bail, under house arrest and tight surveillance, pending trial. Indeed, it was no longer necessary to keep him locked up now that the IMF had recovered its freedom to act.http://www.voltairenet.org/local/cache-vignettes/L220xH293/clgarde-6468f-f29ee.jpg (http://www.voltairenet.org/IMG/jpg/clgarde.jpg)Christine Lagarde salutes all those who believed in Washington’s promises to Mr. Zhou.French Economy Minister Christine Lagarde, who made a career in the United States defending the interests of the military-industrial complex [7 (http://www.voltairenet.org/Obama-financial-war-and-the#nb7)], is sounded out to succeed the defendant at the helm of the IMF, despite Russia’s and China’s cries of outrage.Incidentally, DSK’s second lawyer Benjamin Brafman didn’t visit him in prison and was not present at the second court hearing. The star of the New York Bar Association departed precipitously for Israel. Officially, it was to celebrate a religious feast with his family [8 (http://www.voltairenet.org/Obama-financial-war-and-the#nb8)]. To claim his fees, Mr. Branfman didn’t simply limit himself to lighting candles on Lag BaOmer, he also must have negotiated to obtain assistance for his client.The Zhou projectWhy were Hollywood-like means deployed to block the IMF during 10 days? There are two possible answers, and they may be linked.In the first place, on 29 March 2009, the governor of the People’s Bank of China, Zhou Xiaochuan, challenged the predominance of the dollar as reserve currency. Deploring that the objective of economist John Maynard Keynes to create an supranational currency (the Bancor) was not achieved at the end of World War 2, he suggested that the IMF Special Drawing Rights could be used to fulfill this function [9 (http://www.voltairenet.org/Obama-financial-war-and-the#nb9)]http://www.voltairenet.org/local/cache-vignettes/L220xH294/yc-acbc8-2affd.jpg (http://www.voltairenet.org/IMG/jpg/yc.jpg)Mr. Zhaou Xiaochuan has not said his last word.At the London G20 summit on 2 April 2009, yielding to pressure, the United States agreed to the tripling of IMF resources and to the issuance by that institution of Special Drawing Rights (SDR) for a value of 250 billion dollars. They also acquiesced to the principle of a Financial Stability Council associating the major emerging countries.This idea was debated at the G8 summit at L’Aquila (Italy) on 8 July 2009. Pushing the pin further, Russia submitted that the new world currency should be minted rather than being virtual. Dmitry Medvedev, who had a few sample of coins minted, slapped them on the table. One side displays the faces of the eight Heads of State, whereas the flip side bears the motto "Unity in Diversity" [10 (http://www.voltairenet.org/Obama-financial-war-and-the#nb10)].The project was submitted to experts from the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs. Their report, in which Professor Popov of the New Economic School of Moscow took part, was examined on 25 April 2010 by a joint IMF and World Bank meeting [11 (http://www.voltairenet.org/Obama-financial-war-and-the#nb11)].This project should have seen the light of day on 26 May 2011 at the G8 summit in Deauville (France). The dollar would thus have met its demise as the reserve currency against the backdrop of an imminent cessation of payments on the part of the U.S. Federal Government. As for Washington, it would have had to give up financing its super-powerful military apparatus through debt and to start concentrating on its domestic restructuring.http://www.voltairenet.org/local/cache-vignettes/L400xH192/dinar-f891c-86d84.jpg (http://www.voltairenet.org/IMG/jpg/dinar.jpg)The Libyan dinar is the first (and last?) currency backed by gold and by IMF Special Drawing Rights. In 2000, Colonel Gaddafi had thought of creating a pan-African currency based on gold, but was unable to pursue his idea. Also, in 2009, he had spontaneously availed himself of the Zhou project and adopted it unilaterally for his country.The spanner in the worksUnfortunately, in the final months of this process, military and political initiatives disrupted the plan. Countries such as Russia and China were double crossed. DSK’s arrest exposes Washington’s bad faith, and shows that its concessions were a only ploy to gain time.Although the exact details of Dominique Strauss-Khan’s device for the creation of the new currency sustained by IMF Special Drawing Rights remain secret, it would appear that Libya had a key role to play. On an experimental level, the Libyan Central Bank was the first to base its currency, the dinar, on gold and later on SDRs. This aspect is especially important considering that Libya possesses one of the largest sovereign wealth funds in the world, exceeding even that of Russia.By waging war against Libya, France and the United Kingdom generated a theoretical asset freeze targeting not only the Gaddafi family but also the Libyan state. Worse, Paris and London dispatched HSBC bank executives to Benghazi to set up a rebel Libyan central bank and attempt to grab the national assets [12 (http://www.voltairenet.org/Obama-financial-war-and-the#nb12)]. Without knowing whether Nicolas Sarkozy and David Cameron got carried away by their own hubris or acted on instructions from their bosses in Washington, the fact remains that the fragile edifice developed by Dominique Strauss-Khan has collapsed.According to our contacts in Tripoli, at the time of his arrest, DSK was headed for Berlin in order to work out a solution with Chancellor Angela Merkel. Afterwards, he and a German envoy were supposed leave to negotiate with Colonel Gaddafi’s representatives, and very possibly with Gaddafi himself considering that his signature was indispensable for unblocking the situation.We are now witnessing a financial war on an unprecedented scale. While the economic situation of the United States is on the brink and the dollar could rapidly turn into monkey currency, the agreement concluded at the G8 and endorsed by the G20, implemented by the IMF in conjunction with the World Bank and the international banking circles, of which DSK was the architect, has been suspended. The hegemony of the dollar remains intact albeit more artificially than ever. The dollar which the emerging states wanted to resize but on which the U.S.-Israeli industrial-military complex rests its power.In that context, what is one man’s honor worth?

Thierry Meyssan (http://www.voltairenet.org/_Thierry-Meyssan_?lang=en)
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[1 (http://www.voltairenet.org/Obama-financial-war-and-the#nh1)] "Dominique Strauss-Kahn, l’homme de « Condi » au FMI" (http://www.voltairenet.org/article151921.html), by Thierry Meyssan, Réseau Voltaire, 5 October 2007.[2 (http://www.voltairenet.org/Obama-financial-war-and-the#nh2)] "Operation Sarkozy : how the CIA placed one of its agents at the presidency of the French Republic" (http://www.voltairenet.org/article157821.html), by Thierry Meyssan, Voltaire Network, 26 July 2008.[3 (http://www.voltairenet.org/Obama-financial-war-and-the#nh3)] "La NED, vitrine légale de la CIA" (http://www.voltairenet.org/article166549.html), by Thierry Meyssan, Réseau Voltaire, 6 October 2010.[4 (http://www.voltairenet.org/Obama-financial-war-and-the#nh4)] "The German Marshall Fund, a Fund for Secret Action Specialists?" (http://www.voltairenet.org/article30085.html), by Thierry Meyssan, Voltaire Network, 5 October 2004.[5 (http://www.voltairenet.org/Obama-financial-war-and-the#nh5)] What you don’t know about the Bilderberg-Group (http://www.voltairenet.org/article169651.html), by Thierry Meyssan, Voltaire Network, 9 May 2011.[6 (http://www.voltairenet.org/Obama-financial-war-and-the#nh6)] "Les derniers mots de DSK avant son arrestation" (http://www.lepoint.fr/chroniqueurs-du-point/michel-colomes/exclusif-les-derniers-mots-de-dsk-avant-son-arrestation-19-05-2011-1332681_55.php), by Michel Colomès, Le Point, 19 May 2011.[7 (http://www.voltairenet.org/Obama-financial-war-and-the#nh7)] "With Christine Lagarde, US Corporations Enter the French Government" (http://www.voltairenet.org/article30512.html), Voltaire Network, 29 June 2005.[8 (http://www.voltairenet.org/Obama-financial-war-and-the#nh8)] Strauss-Kahn’s lawyer to Haaretz: Former IMF chief will be acquitted (http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/news/strauss-kahn-s-lawyer-to-haaretz-former-imf-chief-will-be-acquitted-1.363201), by Chaim Levinson, Haaretz, 22 May 2011.[9 (http://www.voltairenet.org/Obama-financial-war-and-the#nh9)] "La Chine commence à s’écarter du dollar" (http://www.voltairenet.org/article160222.html), Réseau Voltaire, 22 May 2009.[10 (http://www.voltairenet.org/Obama-financial-war-and-the#nh10)] "Medvedev Shows Off Sample Coin of New ‘World Currency’ at G-8" (http://www.voltairenet.org/article160994.html), Voltaire Network, 11 July 2009.[11 (http://www.voltairenet.org/Obama-financial-war-and-the#nh11)] Reforming the international financial system (http://www.voltairenet.org/article166214.html) (Excerpt from "The World Economic and Social Survey, 2010: Retooling Global Development", drawn up by Christina Bodouroglou, Nazrul Islam, Alex Julca, Manuel Montes, Mariangela Parra Lancourt, Vladimir Popov, Shari Spiegel and Rob Vos), Voltaire Network, 8 July 2010.[12 (http://www.voltairenet.org/Obama-financial-war-and-the#nh12)] "The heist of the century: the assault of the ‘willing’ on Libyan SWFs" (http://www.voltairenet.org/article169586.html), by Manlio Dinucci, Voltaire Network, 28 April 2011.
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Jan Klimkowski
05-20-2012, 09:30 AM
the economic situation of the United States is on the brink and the dollar could rapidly turn into monkey currency, the agreement concluded at the G8 and endorsed by the G20, implemented by the IMF in conjunction with the World Bank and the international banking circles, of which DSK was the architect, has been suspended. The hegemony of the dollar remains intact albeit more artificially than ever. The dollar which the emerging states wanted to resize but on which the U.S.-Israeli industrial-military complex rests its power.In that context, what is one man’s honor worth?

Thierry Meyssan is always worth reading, but I still cannot see DSK as the architect of anything other than his own humiliating downfall.

It was a geopolitical hit, and Meyssan's interpretation of motive is interesting.

However, DSK's refusal to keep his tumescent organ in his trousers whilst an underclass maid was cleaning his room renders him just another Arrogant Powercrazed Pig.

Magda Hassan
03-21-2013, 01:00 AM
Hmmmmm


Christine Lagarde faces inquiry over €285m payout for Sarkozy ally

Judge orders investigation into controversial decision made by new IMF chief in 2007 when she was French finance minister

Angelique Chrisafis in Paris guardian.co.uk (http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/aug/04/christine-largarde-bernard-tapie-imf), Thursday 4 August 2011 16.01 BST

A French court has ordered a formal investigation into whether the IMF head Christine Lagarde abused her position when she was finance minister in allowing a huge state settlement to a businessman friend of President Nicolas Sarkozy.

The court of justice of the republic, a special tribunal qualified to judge ministers, ruled there were grounds to examine Lagarde's role in arbitrating in favour of the controversial tycoon Bernard Tapie in 2008.

Tapie, the former owner of the football club Olympic Marseille and Socialist minister, served a seven-month jail term in 1997 for match-fixing and has a tax fraud conviction. In recent years he has made a remarkable public comeback as an actor, singer, chatshow host – and prominent supporter of the president.

The Largarde investigation concerns a decades-long legal dispute Tapie had with a former state-owned bank which he claimed cheated him when handling the 1993 sale of his Adidas sports empire.

In 2007, Lagarde ended the dispute by ordering a special panel of judges to arbitrate an out-of-court settlement.

They ruled that Tapie should receive €285m (£247m) in damages from the public purse, a ruling that scandalised opposition politicians.

A judicial inquiry will now examine Lagarde's decision to order arbitration instead of letting the Tapie affair be decided by the courts. It will also consider whether she refused expert advice to appeal against the huge payout, simply allowing Tapie to walk away with his cheque.

The French inquiry into Lagarde is likely to drag on for years and could cast a shadow over her leadership of the IMF. At the end of the investigation, judges will decide whether she should face trial. Lagarde has denied any misconduct in the case.

Lagarde, a lawyer who was one of Sarkozy's most popular ministers, took over leadership of the IMF in Washington on 5 July after the former head, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, resigned amid allegations he attempted to rape a New York hotel maid.

Lagarde's lawyer, Yves Repiquet, immediately issued a statement saying the French judicial inquiry would not affect her IMF duties. "This procedure is in no way incompatible with the current functions of the managing director of the IMF," he said.

The statement was supported by a similar comment from the IMF board, which said: "It would not be appropriate for the board to comment on a case that is currently before the French judiciary. However, the board is confident that she will be able to effectively carry out her duties as managing director."
IMF head Lagarde's flat searched in Bernard Tapie probe http://news.bbcimg.co.uk/media/images/66505000/jpg/_66505127_017536023.jpg Christine Lagarde denies any misconduct
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French police have searched the Paris apartment of IMF chief Christine Lagarde, as they investigate her role in awarding financial compensation to businessman Bernard Tapie in 2008.
As finance minister, she referred his long-running dispute with bank Credit Lyonnais to an arbitration panel, which awarded him 400m euros (£340m) damages.
Mr Tapie was a supporter of ex-President Nicolas Sarkozy.
Critics say she abused her authority but Ms Lagarde denies any wrongdoing.
"This search will help uncover the truth, which will contribute to exonerating my client from any criminal wrongdoing," Ms Lagarde's lawyer, Yves Repiquet, told the Reuters news agency.
The BBC's Christian Fraser in Paris says investigators suspect Mr Tapie was granted a deal in return for his support of President Sarkozy in the 2007 election.
There is speculation in France that Ms Lagarde could yet be placed under formal investigation in this case, he adds.
The origins of the case date back 20 years.
Continue reading the main story (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-21858531#story_continues_2) Bernard Tapie case

1993: Credit Lyonnais bank handles sale of Adidas, in which Bernard Tapie is a majority stakeholder
1993-2007: Court battle drags on as Mr Tapie claims Credit Lyonnais undervalued the sale and that he was cheated following the winding-up of the once publicly-owned bank
2007: Mr Tapie, a former Socialist, switches to support Nicolas Sarkozy in the presidential election. Ms Lagarde, Mr Sarkozy's finance minister, intervenes in the Tapie case to order binding arbitration
2008: Special panel of judges rules Mr Tapie should receive damages of 285m euros (400m after interest added)
2011: Public prosecutor recommends judicial investigation into her actions


Mr Tapie, who has long been active in French business, sporting and political circles, sued Credit Lyonnais over its handling of the sale in 1993 of sportswear brand Adidas, in which he was a majority stakeholder.
After years in the courts, the case was referred by Ms Lagarde to an arbitration panel in 2007 and she approved its decision to award damages.
Public money Critics said the case should not have been settled by private arbitration, since public money was at stake in the bank, which was part-owned by the state.
The settlement Mr Tapie received is believed to be a far greater sum than he would likely have received from the courts.
In an interview in January, Ms Lagarde stood by her decision, saying it was "the best solution at the time".
Ms Lagarde replaced the disgraced IMF head Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who was arrested in New York in 2011 on allegations of attempted rape.
Mr Strauss-Kahn's lawyers settled a civil case for an undisclosed sum and a criminal investigation was dropped by US prosecutors last year.
However, our correspondent says that Ms Lagarde's position at the IMF could be in jeopardy if she is placed under formal investigation.
Her term as IMF chief does not expire until 2016, but amid the complexities of Europe's economic crisis this is a distraction she can ill afford, he adds.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-21858531

Jan Klimkowski
03-21-2013, 05:01 PM
Les flics have to be given permission to go after a DSK or a Lagarde.

I wonder who's in charge of this particular escapade?

Magda Hassan
03-22-2013, 07:43 AM
Could be related to Herve Falciani (https://deeppoliticsforum.com/forums/showthread.php?10777-Herv%C3%A9-Falciani) and some one on the Lagarde List some of which was published in the Greek magazine Hot Docs by Kostas Vaxevanis. Maybe not.

Magda Hassan
07-11-2013, 08:03 AM
Hmmmmm


Christine Lagarde faces inquiry over €285m payout for Sarkozy ally

Judge orders investigation into controversial decision made by new IMF chief in 2007 when she was French finance minister

Angelique Chrisafis in Paris guardian.co.uk (http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/aug/04/christine-largarde-bernard-tapie-imf), Thursday 4 August 2011 16.01 BST

A French court has ordered a formal investigation into whether the IMF head Christine Lagarde abused her position when she was finance minister in allowing a huge state settlement to a businessman friend of President Nicolas Sarkozy.

The court of justice of the republic, a special tribunal qualified to judge ministers, ruled there were grounds to examine Lagarde's role in arbitrating in favour of the controversial tycoon Bernard Tapie in 2008.

Tapie, the former owner of the football club Olympic Marseille and Socialist minister, served a seven-month jail term in 1997 for match-fixing and has a tax fraud conviction. In recent years he has made a remarkable public comeback as an actor, singer, chatshow host – and prominent supporter of the president.

The Largarde investigation concerns a decades-long legal dispute Tapie had with a former state-owned bank which he claimed cheated him when handling the 1993 sale of his Adidas sports empire.

In 2007, Lagarde ended the dispute by ordering a special panel of judges to arbitrate an out-of-court settlement.

They ruled that Tapie should receive €285m (£247m) in damages from the public purse, a ruling that scandalised opposition politicians.

A judicial inquiry will now examine Lagarde's decision to order arbitration instead of letting the Tapie affair be decided by the courts. It will also consider whether she refused expert advice to appeal against the huge payout, simply allowing Tapie to walk away with his cheque.

The French inquiry into Lagarde is likely to drag on for years and could cast a shadow over her leadership of the IMF. At the end of the investigation, judges will decide whether she should face trial. Lagarde has denied any misconduct in the case.

Lagarde, a lawyer who was one of Sarkozy's most popular ministers, took over leadership of the IMF in Washington on 5 July after the former head, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, resigned amid allegations he attempted to rape a New York hotel maid.

Lagarde's lawyer, Yves Repiquet, immediately issued a statement saying the French judicial inquiry would not affect her IMF duties. "This procedure is in no way incompatible with the current functions of the managing director of the IMF," he said.

The statement was supported by a similar comment from the IMF board, which said: "It would not be appropriate for the board to comment on a case that is currently before the French judiciary. However, the board is confident that she will be able to effectively carry out her duties as managing director."

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French tycoon Tapie blasts court after assets seizure



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French business tycoon Bernard Tapie, suspected of rigging a 403 million euro payout during Nicolas Sarkozy’s presidency, said in a TV interview Wednesday he had been “executed” before “sentence” after judges ordered the seizure of his assets.
By Oliver FARRY (http://www.france24.com/en/category/tags-auteurs/oliver-farry) (video)





Notorious French business tycoon Bernard Tapie, suspected of rigging a 403 million euro arbitration settlement he received in 2008, on Wednesday said in a TV interview he had been “executed before he was sentenced” after judges ordered his assets seized.
Court bailiffs will confiscate assets worth tens of millions of euros– including a luxury villa on the French Mediterranean coast – in a move that suggests investigating judges believe they have evidence of fraud arbitration payment he received in 2008 under former president Nicolas Sarkozy.







Finance Minister Pierre Moscovici said the Socialist government, which took power after Sarkozy’s May 2012 election defeat, had asked for “protective measures” to be taken in case reparations needed to be made to the state.
Tapie – a former Socialist minister, singer and football club owner who supported Sarkozy in the last two elections - was awarded the money to settle a dispute with the now defunct, state-owned bank Credit Lyonnais over a 1993 share sale.
He was awarded 285 million euros, rising to 403 million with interest and before taxes, to settle his claim that the bank defrauded him by buying his stake in sports firm Adidas for 315.5 million euros only to sell it on a year on for 701 million.
Sarkozy’s legal headaches
Under formal investigation since June 28 on suspicion that the arbitration payment may have been rigged, Tapie has denied any wrongdoing and said he would contest the seizures of his property.
“I didn’t realise I live in a country where people are executed before they are sentenced,” Tapie, 70, said in a 45-minute interview on French TV channel iTele.
Sarkozy has immunity for life for any acts carried out while he was president.
But the former president could come under scrutiny if it emerged that the arbitration settlement was planned earlier, when he was finance minister under former president Jacques Chirac.
The Tapie affair is the latest in a string of legal headaches pressing on Sarkozy as he mulls a possible political comeback to reunite his fractured UMP conservative party ahead of the 2017 presidential election.
It has embroiled several of his former cabinet members including International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde, who was his finance minister in 2008.
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Magda Hassan
12-06-2014, 09:03 AM
Does the Name "Strauss-Kahn" Ring a Bell?
Trotsky at the IMF by MIKE WHITNEY
The International Monetary Fund has finally admitted that it was wrong to recommend austerity as early as it did in 2010-2011. The IMF now agrees that it should have waited until the US and EU economies were on a sustainable growth-path before advising them to trim their budget deficits and reduce public spending. According to a report issued by the IMF’s research division, the Independent Evaluation Office (IEO): “IMF advocacy of fiscal consolidation proved to be premature for major advanced economies, as growth projections turned out to be optimistic…This policy mix was less than fully effective in promoting recovery and exacerbated adverse spillovers.”
Now there’s an understatement.
What’s so disingenuous about the IMF’s apology, is that the bank knew exactly what the effects of its policy would be, but stuck with its recommendations to reward its constituents. That’s what really happened. The only reason it’s trying to distance itself from those decisions now, is to make the public think it was all just a big mistake.
But it wasn’t a mistake. It was deliberate and here’s the chart that proves it:
http://www.counterpunch.org/wp-content/dropzone/2014/11/uriedems11.jpg (http://www.counterpunch.org/wp-content/dropzone/2014/11/uriedems11.jpg)
(Democrats Reap What They Sowed (http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/11/07/democrats-reap-what-they-sowed/%20), Rob Urie, CounterPunch)
There it is, six years of policy in one lousy picture. And don’t kid yourself, the IMF played a critical role in this wealth-shifting fiasco. It’s job was to push for less public spending and deeper fiscal cuts while the Central Banks flooded the financial markets with liquidity (QE). The results are obvious, in fact, one of the Fed’s own officials, Andrew Huszar, admitted that QE was a massive bailout for the rich. “I’ve come to recognize the program for what it really is,” said Huszar who actually worked on the program, “the greatest backdoor Wall Street bailout of all time.” There it is, straight from the horse’s mouth.
So now the IMF wants to throw a little dust in everyone’s eyes by making it look like it was a big goof-up by well-meaning but misguided bankers. And the media is helping them by its omissions.
Let me explain: Of the more than 455 articles on Google News covering the IMF’s mea culpa, not one piece refers to the man who was the IMF’s Managing Director at the time in question. Doesn’t that strike you as a bit odd?
Why would the media scrub any mention of Dominique Strauss-Kahn from its coverage? Could it be that (according to NPR):

“The IMF’s managing director wanted to give Greece, Portugal and Ireland the time needed to put their accounts in order, and he also argued for softening the austerity measures associated with the bailouts for those countries.
Greek economists say that under Strauss-Kahn’s leadership, the IMF was a counterbalance to the strict austerity policies favored by northern European leaders. In fact, according to the daily Le Monde, Strauss-Kahn is fond of calling those who argue for tighter austerity “fous furieux,” which roughly translates as “mad men.”
Strauss-Kahn’s view is that shock-therapy measures imposed on Greece and other European countries with sovereign debt crises will lead only to economic recession and severe social unrest.
Several commentators pointed out Monday that at a time of turmoil in the eurozone and division among European leaders, it was the IMF, under Strauss-Kahn’s leadership, that kept the eurozone’s rescue strategy on track.
The Financial Times said that the IMF’s single most important influence in the resolution of the eurozone crisis was political — amid a lack of political leadership, the paper said, the IMF filled a vacuum.
(IMF Chief’s Arrest Renews Euro Debt Crisis Fears (http://www.npr.org/2011/05/16/136363446/imf-chiefs-arrest-renews-euro-debt-crisis-fears), NPR)
Ah-ha! So Strauss-Kahn wasn’t on board with the IMF’s shock doctrine prescription. In fact, he was opposed to it. So there were voices for sanity within the IMF, they just didn’t prevail in the policy debate.
But why would that be, after all, Strauss-Kahn was the IMF’s Managing Director, his views should have carried greater weight than anyone else’s, right?
Right. Except DSK got the ax for a sexual encounter at New York’s ritzy Sofitel Hotel. So the changes he had in mind never took place, which means that the distribution of wealth continued to flow upwards just like the moneybags constituents of the IMF had hoped for.
Funny how that works, isn’t it? Funny how it’s always the Elliot Spitzers, and the Scott Ritters, and the Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s who get nailed for their dalliances, but the big Wall Street guys never get caught.
Why is that?
The fact is, Strauss-Kahn was off the reservation and no longer supported the policies that the establishment elites who run the IMF wanted to see implemented. They felt threatened by DSK’s Keynesian approach and wanted to get rid of him. That’s it in a nutshell.
Do you know why the bigwig plutocrats hated DSK?
It had nothing to do with his sexual acrobatics at the Sofitel Hotel. Nobody cares about that shite. What they were worried about were his plans for the IMF which he laid out in a speech he gave at the Brookings Institution in April 2011, one month before he got the boot. The speech got very little attention at the time, but– for all practical purposes– it was DSK’s swan song. And, I think you’ll see why.
The experience must have been a real shocker for the gaggle of tycoons and hangers-on who attend these typically-tedious gatherings. Instead of praise for “market discipline”, “labor flexibility” and “fiscal consolidation”, Strauss-Kahn delivered a rousing 30 minute tribute to leftist ideals and wealth-sharing sounding more like a young Leon Trotsky addressing the Forth International than a cold-hearted bureaucrat heading the world’s most notorious loan sharking operation. By the time the speech ended, I’m sure the knives were already being sharped for the wayward Managing Director. To put it bluntly, DSK’s goose was cooked. Here’s a clip from the speech that will help to explain why:

“…The outstanding faults of the economic society in which we live are its failure to provide for full employment and its arbitrary and inequitable distribution of wealth and incomes”…
Not everyone will agree with the entirety of this statement. But what we have learnt over time is that unemployment and inequality can undermine the very achievements of the market economy, by sowing the seeds of instability…
.. the IMF cannot be indifferent to distribution issues…
Today, we need a similar full force forward response in ensuring that we get the recovery we need. And that means not only a recovery that is sustainable and balanced among countries, but also one that brings employment and fair distribution…
But growth alone is not enough. We need direct labor market policies…
Let me talk briefly about the second lung of the social crisis—inequality…IMF research also shows that sustainable growth over time is associated with a more equal income distribution…
We need policies to reduce inequality, and to ensure a fairer distribution of opportunities and resources. Strong social safety nets combined with progressive taxation can dampen market-driven inequality. Investment in health and education is critical. Collective bargaining rights are important, especially in an environment of stagnating real wages. Social partnership is a useful framework, as it allows both the growth gains and adjustment pains to be shared fairly…
We have also supported a tax on financial activities (and) organized jointly with the ILO … to better understand the policies behind job-creating growth…
Ultimately, employment and equity are building blocks of economic stability and prosperity, of political stability and peace. This goes to the heart of the IMF’s mandate. It must be placed at the heart of the policy agenda. Thank you very much.” (The Global Jobs Crisis— Sustaining the Recovery through Employment and Equitable Growth (https://www.imf.org/external/np/speeches/2011/041311.htm), Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Managing Director IMF, April 13, 2011)
Can you imagine the chorus of groans that must have emerged from the crowd when Strauss-Kahn made his pitch for “progressive taxation”, “collective bargaining rights”, “protecting social safety nets”, “direct labor market policies” and “taxes on financial activities”? And how do you think the crowd reacted when he told them he’d settled on a more enlightened way to distribute the wealth they’d accumulated over a lifetime of insider trading, crooked backroom deals and shady business transactions?
Do you think they liked that idea or do you suppose they lunged for their blood pressure medication before scuttling pell-mell towards the exits?
Let’s face it; Strauss-Kahn was headed in a direction that wasn’t compatible with the interests of the cutthroats who run the IMF. That much is clear. Now whether these same guys concocted the goofy “honey trap” at the Sofitel Hotel, we may never know. But what we do know is this: If you’re Managing Director of the IMF, you’d better not use your power to champion “distribution” or collective bargaining rights or you’re wind up like Strauss-Kahn, dragged off to the hoosegow in manacles wondering where the hell you went wrong.
DSK was probably done-in by the people who hated his guts. Now they want to polish-up their image by rewriting history.
And, you know, they’re rich enough to pull it off, too.
http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/11/25/trotsky-at-the-imf/