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July 01, 2011

The Strauss-Kahn Entrapment

When the news about "rape" allegedly committed by then IMF chief Strauss-Kahn came up I wrote that the case "smells of entrapment":

Now it may of course well be that Mr. Strauss-Kahn didn't behave like a gentleman. But does anybody believe that some other high up, for example the CEO of Goldman Sachs, would have been shamed like this over such an issue without the usual official cover up attempt?

It seems clear now that this case indeed stinks to high heaven:

The sexual assault case against Dominique Strauss-Kahn 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.
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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.

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.

With a witness like that any prosecution is dead.

The case was obviously used to move Strauss Khan out as IMF chief. He had argued to forgive debt and to let the bankers bleed. Only two days ago Sarkozy's finance minister, Christine Lagarde, was installed as new neoliberal IMF chief. And today we learn that the case against Strauss-Kahn falters. I do not for a moment believe that this timing is pure coincident. The prosecutors certainly knew about the witness' unreliability for weeks. They fried Strauss-Kahn just long enough to finish the plan.

Whether it was the U.S. who did him in -Strauss-Kahn had also suggested to replace the dollar as reserve currency with IMF Special Drawing Rights-, or the Sarkozy government which wanted to eliminate a Strauss-Kahn as a Sarkozy challenger in the next presidential election in France, will only come out years from now.

What points to Sarkozy is the little publicized fact that the New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, who's department leaked like a sieve all the damaging "facts" about the Strauss-Kahn case, is a friend of Sarkozy who in 2006 was awarded the France’s Legion of Honor by France’s Interior Minister, then one Nicolas Sarkozy.

Whatever it may be. This case, just like the one against Elliot Spitzer and the rape allegations against Julian Assange, will remind anyone in charge anywhere to stay with the bankers' party line. A serious ratfucking, like Strauss-Kahn experienced, will be the penalty for any deviation.

Posted by b on July 1, 2011 at 04:19 AM | Permalink

Comments

It smelled like a ratfuck

But HOW does what is NOW being said about "The Victim" destroy her credibility?

Posted by: rjj | Jul 1, 2011 5:29:39 AM | 1

I am not a fan of Mr. Strauss-Kahn, but like you, I thought the case smelled to high heaven from the beginning.

Posted by: joseph | Jul 1, 2011 6:55:00 AM | 2

Looks like watchamacallit from the other thread is going to have to eat his/her hat on this one. It's a case of Scum Elite putting it to Scum Elite. In such a case, the maid's complicity is of minor relevance. She's a pawn, wittingly, or unwittingly. DSK is a Dirtbag who got the short end of the stick from his peers....in this case, a metaphorical public flogging. Our work should involve the how they did it, but rather WHY they did it. What's their next move. We must keep pace with them, if we're ever to defeat them. In fact, at some point, we have to get out in front of them, and make them react to us for a change.

Posted by: Morocco Bama | Jul 1, 2011 7:29:23 AM | 3

More about Mr Sarkozy:
http://www.agoravox.fr/actualites/international/article/libye-sarkozy-a-menti-selon-la-96716

Posted by: an idiot | Jul 1, 2011 7:36:45 AM | 4

Like some previous stories, this one appears to unravel quite quickly. I rhetorically asked in the previous thread: 'have the elites started to pull the knifes against each other?'. It looks like the knifes are further pulled against each other. Releasing Strauss-Kahn now could be a way to get back at Sarkozy, now that he seemingly wants the banks to feel some pain for the Greek mess, and that he, and his government, apparently is in favour of some 'tobin' tax on the banks and financial businesses in the Eurozone. I'm not yet clear on the whole narrative, but more and more I detect some panic behaviour amongst the ruling elites. Panic that the whole ponzi scheme is out of control and coming down.

Posted by: philippe | Jul 1, 2011 8:17:08 AM | 5

Rich & powerful fuck someone over, news at 11.

Posted by: Uncle $cam | Jul 1, 2011 8:56:12 AM | 6

rjj @ 1: But HOW does what is NOW being said about "The Victim" destroy her credibility?

In cases like this, the credibility of the victim is of paramount importance as she (and most often it is a woman) will have her life examined minutely by the defendant's legal team. In this case, not only did she discuss with her jailed boyfriend (all calls to inmates are recorded) using the alleged assault to make money, but she herself may be involved in some kind of drug dealings or something very much out of the ordinary which led to those deposits of $100,000 or so in her bank account.

Oh, and possibly lying about the fact she'd mentioned being raped in her asylum application, but the application has nothing about that. Along with all those other anomalies about number of phones, this leads to a witness who lacks credibility and it leaves a jury with lots of room for "reasonable doubt" about her statements in this case.

Posted by: jawbone | Jul 1, 2011 9:58:22 AM | 7

I am the entertainer and I've had to pay my price
The things I did not know at first
I learned by doing twice

But still they come to haunt me, still they want their say
So I've learned to dance with a hand in my pants
And I rub my neck and I write em a check
And they go their merry way

billy joel

Posted by: groundresonance | Jul 1, 2011 10:18:17 AM | 8

Ok well lets start with the obvious. This is a sign of how corrupt the system is that we live in. As I see it there are 3 possible explanations of what has happened here:

1) DSK was in fact innocent. There was no shady dealings beyond one woman making a false accusation. Justice Department did its job correctly and bust holes in the story. (If you believe this explanation I have a bridge to sell you but anyway its one option).

2) DSK is guilty. The woman decided to take a seven-figure sum in exchange for changing her story (as some articles mentioned at the time quoting friends of DSK saying they have approached her family in Guinea with a seven figure offer). If this is the case proves money talks and the guilty walk.

3) DSK was entrapped as outlined above. I would also mention that Christine Lagarde built her career working in the United States (from 1981-1999) for the world's second largest law firm Baker & MacKenzie. At the law firm she represented alot of companies involved in the Military Industrial Complex and played a large role after the fall of the Soviet Union including the group USA/Poland Action Commission which involved opening up the Polish economy after communism and also crafting a US-Polish Military cooperation treaty.

The rule generally is that the US picks the head of the World Bank while the EU picks the head of the IMF. Now that DSK is gone a much more acceptable pro-American person sits on the IMF while the US also gets the World Bank pick.

Those are the only 3 explanations as I see them and generally this whole story paints a monsterously corrupt picture of the elite that rule the Western World. I'm sure there will be more to be said as events and journalist continue digging around this rotting story.

Posted by: Colm O' Toole | Jul 1, 2011 10:21:07 AM | 9

MB @ 3:"In fact, at some point, we have to get out in front of them, and make them react to us for a change."

This is exactly the neo-con strategy that's worked against the liberal/ progressive community for the last decade.

You'd think the liberals/progressives could grab a clue about this strategy, but, they don't, or won't, which is why I think the bulk of them are owned by the neo-cons.

The "why" part is easy.. Depart from the "new world order" at your peril.

b, you had this pegged from the get go.

Posted by: ben | Jul 1, 2011 11:27:18 AM | 10

Are you all so sure about this?

http://www.newshoggers.com/blog/

Posted by: Mark Gaughan | Jul 1, 2011 1:10:42 PM | 11

M. Gaughan, can't be SURE but am willing to bet this too is bullshit.

Posted by: rjj | Jul 1, 2011 1:52:12 PM | 12

This is amazing. I was willing to wait and see what happened and admittedly I leaned more in favor of the guy being guilty. After all, we're seeing more and more of these high powered megalomaniacs doing stupid things like this. But now it totally smells like a conspiracy to knock this guy out of the way.

Posted by: Hal (GT) | Jul 1, 2011 4:02:35 PM | 13

"In the weeks following the incident charged in the indictment, the complainant told detectives and assistant district attorneys on numerous occasions that, after being sexually assaulted by the defendant on May 14, 2011 in Suite 2806, she fled to an area of the main hallway of the hotel's 28" floor and waited there until she observ ed the defendant leave Suite 2806 and the 28" floor by entering an elevator. It was after this observation that she reported the incident to her supervisor, who arrived on the 28" floor a short time later. In the interim betxveen the incident and her supervisor's arrival, she claimed to have remained in the same area of the main hallway on the 28" floor to which she had initially fled. The complainant testified to this version of events when questioned in the Grand jury about her actions following the incident in Suite 2806. The complainant has since admitted that this account was false and that after the incident in Suite 2806, she procee ded to clean a nearby room and then returned to Suite 2806 and began to clean that suite before she reported the incident to her supervisor." Was that the time Strauss Kahn had an alibi for?
Reports still assume there is forensic proof of a sexual encounter. If that is the case Strauss-Kahn is out legally but will have his reputation stained, if not by force it would have to be done by power (economic, psychological), it is beyond imagination the maid would have consented out of free will.
If not, it might get interesting, as Strauss-Kahn presumably will want his reputation back.

Posted by: somebody | Jul 1, 2011 5:38:26 PM | 14

could strauss kahn's misfortunes be seen as a symptom of a stuggle between goldman sachs neocons and old line rothschilds europeans?

aside from that, strauss kahn was lucky he didnt get shot, as per the procedure in the USSR as it reorganized itself... it's all good, though, as yukos poohbah nevzlin is convicted of five murders by russian courts after he flees to israel... all of which qualifies him for invitations to obama's white house.

*shrug*

Posted by: groundresonance | Jul 1, 2011 8:33:09 PM | 15

i guess strauss kahn could've drowned in his hot tub like matt simmons, who was apparently the point man for exxon's attempted takeover of BP after the disaster in the gulf of mexico...

after a faulty cement job on the well by halliburton...

once again, it's a matter of figuring out how paranoid to be.

Posted by: groundresonance | Jul 1, 2011 8:40:31 PM | 16

googling, some assembly required...

AEI exxon

AEI kristol

kristol "benevolent global hegemony"

AEI PNAC

PNAC kristol

PNAC "new pearl harbor"

Posted by: groundresonance | Jul 1, 2011 9:14:12 PM | 17

@somebody "it is beyond imagination the maid would have consented out of free will"
going to bed with the great boss of the IMF, French, physically in good shape, and filthy rich?

it shows the professionality of the hotel's staff that there wasn't a lineup at his door

Posted by: claudio | Jul 1, 2011 9:25:38 PM | 18

OT, but the US has responded to Pakistan's demand that they leave the drone base in Pakistan by saying, "Hell, no; we won't go."

Okaaaay, then. I guess the US can just tell a sovereign nation to stuff it. They have for decades in Cuba, but I don't know if there's a treaty giving the US basing rights in Shamsi (about 100m west of Khusdar.

Fresh off of the public demand by Pakistani Defense Minister Chaudhry Mukhar that the United States must immediately vacate the Shamsi Air Base, a small airfield in Pakistani Balochistan which the US has been using for drone attacks, the Obama Administration has officially rejected the demand.

The consequences of this unprecedented stance remain to be seen, but US officials insist that Shamsi is not being vacated, nor will it be vacated, and that the US will rather continue to use the base. If they assume that the Pakistani government will simply let the matter drop or not, they seem intent on occupying the base outside of the Zardari government’s consent.

http://news.antiwar.com/2011/06/30/us-spurns-pakistani-demand-to-leave-air-base/

Posted by: jawbone | Jul 1, 2011 9:26:40 PM | 19

so, if there's a subterranean conflict between the goldman sachs/exxon/AEI/PNAC neocons and the rothschild/BP/chatham house europeans to figure out who's gonna run things as we descend into post-oil, what can we expect?

are there factions that are desperate to the point of suicide? ... or are they all nothing but looters?

we'll know we're making headway when they start shooting each other.

Posted by: groundresonance | Jul 1, 2011 9:35:08 PM | 20

but they hardly ever shoot each other

they mostly bullshit other people into shooting each other... which is profitable, and that's what counts.

Posted by: groundresonance | Jul 1, 2011 11:31:16 PM | 21

claudio, that is what I mean by economic power. Free will, in my dictionary, means sexual attraction. And using his power as a boss/important political figure are the other scandals he is involved in.

Posted by: somebody | Jul 2, 2011 12:14:56 AM | 22

"Free will, in my dictionary, means sexual attraction."

which must explain... what?

jewish mothers, jewish wives?

i guess, if you're responsible for the evolution of the race, you're entitled, first, to be impregnated by any fool you deem worthy, regardless or your marital status.

secondly, you're entitled to believe your mother's delusions about you.

Posted by: groundresonance | Jul 2, 2011 12:22:31 AM | 23

Wow, lesson learned: just like paranoid people can have real enemies, serial rapists too can get entrapped. It's the part about DSK being a do-gooding renegade that still doesn't make any sense to me. His call for bank haircuts has been a routine part of the standard neo-liberal IMF canon since the beginning of time (almost). So Evil Dwarf Sarkozy seems a more likely suspect to me...

Posted by: Guthman Bey | Jul 2, 2011 12:42:15 AM | 24

slime rules.

you just got to make sure you''re the right variety of slime, that's all.

Posted by: groundresonance | Jul 2, 2011 12:47:45 AM | 25

@groundresonance - "we'll know we're making headway when they start shooting each other."

I think they are fighting over the loot; we'll know we're making headway when we'll be able to impose regulations, controls, limitations, etc on the financial activities and movement of capitals

just going back to the situation of the '70s would be revolutionary

Posted by: claudio | Jul 2, 2011 4:51:32 AM | 26

Some interesting conjecture here:

http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2011/06/dsk-prosecution-on-the-verge-of-collapse.html

Posted by: rjj | Jul 2, 2011 4:55:46 AM | 27

B -- you have provided not a single bit of evidence or theory about how this could have been entrapment other than the fact that a man with a well known habit of hiring hookers and sexually attacking female journalists had political enemies.

“2) DSK is guilty. The woman decided to take a seven-figure sum in exchange for changing her story (as some articles mentioned at the time quoting friends of DSK saying they have approached her family in Guinea with a seven figure offer). If this is the case proves money talks and the guilty walk.”

O’Toole – The woman has not changed her story, other than perhaps leaving out the part to the grand jury about continuing with her sole job of cleaning rooms before making the huge decision to turn her whole life upside down and possibly get fired by reporting to her bosses that one of their most powerful clients had sexually assaulted her.

So that would leave a fourth option 4) DSK is guilty and the smear campaign against the lowly complainant that was always going to be the only way to get out of the charges is working.

“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.” – NYT

Oh, wow. She discussed the pros and cons of pursuing sexual assault charges against a hugely powerful man! Maybe she also discussed her doubts, how badly it could go for her, how she was afraid of them, that it could ruin her life. But she discussed it all with “an incarcerated man” (probably there aren’t too many of those among the menial labor/unemployed class in the Bronx) so that looks bad.

Guess she forgot to discuss the part with “the incarcerated man” about how she was hired to set up DSK and how much money she was going to get out of that.

And frankly, if the rich, old scumbag pervert attacked her and forced her to suck his dick, I think it’s a perfectly natural response to want him to pay, one way or another.

Posted by: Xihuitl | Jul 2, 2011 8:41:14 AM | 28

More spew from the great news cloaca (ignoring the colorful unnamed source on Ophelia's little sideline):

Breakingviews: Strauss-Kahn case may also vindicate U.S. justice


NEW YORK, July 1 (Reuters Breakingviews) - The latest developments in the sexual assault case against Dominique Strauss-Kahn have not only eased the terms of his detainment but may also vindicate the U.S. justice system. New York cops took heat from far and wide for quickly and publicly detaining the ex-International Monetary Fund boss, helping feed a broad rush to judgment. But it sounds as if prosecutors were the ones to uncover some holes in the case against him. That suggests Strauss-Kahn was treated without fear or favor.

Old joke ends - "It's mooseshit pie!!! ... but goooooooood!>

Posted by: rjj | Jul 2, 2011 8:48:34 AM | 29

sounds like the Sofitel is going to have a problem

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304450604576419941372764876.html?mod=googlenews_wsj

sorry, what DSK did might be legal, however he is finished as a politician. More than half of voters are female. French woman might be tolerant, but not that tolerant.

Posted by: somebody | Jul 2, 2011 9:24:37 AM | 30

@Xihuitl - Oh, wow. She discussed the pros and cons of pursuing sexual assault charges against a hugely powerful man! Maybe she also discussed her doubts, how badly it could go for her, how she was afraid of them, that it could ruin her life. But she discussed it all with “an incarcerated man” (probably there aren’t too many of those among the menial labor/unemployed class in the Bronx) so that looks bad.

She had the phone conversation with that man AFTER she had already talked to the police. Remember that DSK was captured allegedly just a few hours after the incident and the women had "a phone conversation with an incarcerated man within a day of her encounter".

Posted by: b | Jul 2, 2011 9:34:35 AM | 31

So?

Posted by: Xihuitl | Jul 2, 2011 9:46:27 AM | 32

There is no monolithic group that can be labeled and stereotyped as "French Women." French females, and human females for that matter, are diverse and unique, and whereas they may share some general comparisons, when you begin to drill into the specific, the comparisons become contrasts. Venn Diagrams would be useful in visualizing this point.

Posted by: Morocco Bama | Jul 2, 2011 10:42:34 AM | 33

It was predictable that the complainant, the hotel maid, could not be ultimately presented as a sort of pure blameless saint, as everyone has shadowy zones in their lives - e.g. taking drugs, etc.

To discredit the presumed victim is par for the course in such cases. As much is possible is best - that goes from a short skirt as a flag to an argued willingness, evidenced by taking off a sweater or not running away immediately, most suspicious.

However, so much pile on is rather surprising, in the sense that the various documented lies of the maid mean that in the US the case is dead, as credibility is all.

No jury will convict with accredited deceptions about refugee status, bank accounts, drug connections, multiple phones, etc.

The he said-she said story is reduced to: she was stitched up (after the complaint), he was stitched up, before it.

What a world.

The link is about the lawyers in the case.. interesting:

http://www.counterpunch.org/martens06202011.html

Note that nobody is arguing that some kind of sexual assault did not take place. (I’m supposing the DNA evidence is solid.)

Most likely, a deal was struck.


Posted by: Noirette | Jul 2, 2011 11:29:17 AM | 34

According Le Monde Strauss-Kahn was paranoid about being watched and thought Putin was trying to get him.

"Certains ont intérêt à ce que je sois viré du FMI. Les Russes sont les plus intéressés par ça, et Poutine est proche de Sarko..."
...
"Comment un type qui a tellement l'impression d'être surveillé peut-il être à ce point imprudent ? Comment peut-il y avoir un tel hiatus entre ce qu'on dit et ce qu'on vit"

Posted by: somebody | Jul 2, 2011 1:32:59 PM | 35

It's the part about DSK being a do-gooding renegade that still doesn't make any sense to me. His call for bank haircuts has been a routine part of the standard neo-liberal IMF canon since the beginning of time (almost). - Guthman Bey

I agree.

DSK is neo-liberal (economy)...with a vengeance. I listened to some speeches of his yesterday, they are truly terrifying. A one-world order! Run by Finance! (I interpret and exaggerate a bit..)

Amazing. Attention is now on his anatomy, not his ideas.

The Greeks call him the butcher of the IMF. He castigated and insulted the Greeks for not paying taxes. He himself pays no taxes! (Except for property taxes on property owned by him and his wife in France.) Plus, he is a very strong atlanticist.

Paul Jorion (economist, anthropologist, philosopher, France) explained in his last weekly vid (he runs a blog and his readers pay him 2K euro a month, the vid is to tell us what he is thinking about, also anecdotes, gripping tibits, etc.) that “we” are moving forward, he is not ridiculed as he once was, and some of his ideas are being taken up -- by the National Front! (I can’t explain Jorion’s philosophy here, but lodge him way left).

The National Front is the only party contemplating or advocating the kinds of financial reforms “the people” want. For ex. banning CDS (see b as well), forbidding speculation on large classes of financial products, and officially, exiting the Euro.

DSK represents the opposite pole! He put the IMF - which is dominated by the US (right of veto) - back on track doing its splendid good works!

The socialists wanted him as a candidate because the neo-liberal economic corporate RIGHT (as opposed to Le Pen’s traditionalist, nationalist right) would vote for him, and then they, the socialists, would get to place all their puny top ladies and gents in nice juicy spots so they all get RICH. DSK was designated ‘next president of France’ by the world financial cabal, and the anglo press, not the polls in France (with the exception of one that didn’t mean much.)

DSK has only one important enemy: Sark the First. (As far as I can see..)

If there was any influence used, deals made, etc. it was to get DSK freed, rehabilitated, etc. I don’t know the laws of NY state, but in many places the maid’s previous convictions (if any), the maid’s lies to obtain asylum, her bank account,... could not have been presented. Only the facts of the encounter.

Could the defense have seen to that? “Normally” (?), for the trial itself, yes, with a Motion in Limine - but all the dirt on the maid was immediately made public - by whom btw? Cyrus Vance? How can facts unearthed in the discovery phase be made public? Where was her lawyer? Eating truffles? Or is this usual procedure for NY? You can bet that if the ‘rapist’ was Joe Blow the alleged victim would have kept her saintly status.

In short, I don’t, at present, smell or see any evidence for entrapment - except by the maid herself.

I accepted the reports that DNA, sperm, was found both on her and in the room(s) - forgotten where I read that - because I was convinced that the prosecution would not have moved forward without some very strong forensics. Of course, the maid might have engineered that herself - it is possible that she and DSK never even met, which would go a long way to explaining the absolute hubris of the defense lawyers (which I wrote about before), the confidently presented errors in the time-line (DSK was having lunch, etc.) as well as DSK’s very firm Not Guilty posture.

The past and profile of the maid point to someone who would be more likely than others to try and entrap a rich man, no? And her past would be discovered, yes? The accusation would not stick..Well, it might for long enough to appoint Lagarde, would be the argument. But the maid would prove unreliable, marginal criminal, and might spill the beans...in deep trouble she would blab...Not smart, as other more sophisticated bring-downs are easy to come by.

We may find out more in the future. The dirt on the maid does not mean that a sexual assault did not take place (see Xihuitl above), only that she is the kind of person a Jury would disapprove of.

But what a circus, world politics hinging on individual ‘bruised’ vaginas. My post - rambling and roundabout stuff, from French politics to sperm! Argh.

Posted by: Noirette | Jul 3, 2011 9:40:59 AM | 36

Paul Jorion’s blog, in F:

http://www.pauljorion.com/blog/

In English, not as complete but lots of material, some vids in Eng as well:

http://www.pauljorion.com/blog_en/

Do take a look.

I support reasonable reformers, obviously don’t agree with everything.

Posted by: Noirette | Jul 3, 2011 10:02:08 AM | 37

it looks like my earlier post might have been eaten!

i recommend The Strauss-Kahn Set-Up and the Globalist Assault on Greek Sovereignty as well as The Case Against DSK is “Falling Apart” – As If We Didn’t See That Coming

Posted by: annie | Jul 3, 2011 1:10:59 PM | 38

hmm, my blockquotes didn't come thru

Posted by: annie | Jul 3, 2011 1:11:22 PM | 39

Agree with the above commenters re the IMF "do-gooder" DSK.

And among other things, DSK was about to leave the IMF to run for the presidency of France. So it was hardly necessary to take him out because of some imagined policy differences. And it's hardly the kind of plot that Sarko would dream up since it was already well known (and accepted) in France that DSK frequented hookers and was a rough "seducer."

Plus, there is absolutely zilch, zip, nada evidence that the maid was in cahoots with anyone. Aside from the recorded conversation that confirms her version of the events, she thought the hotel room was empty. A guy from room service had just been in the room and told her so. It was checkout time. Very poor timing for entrapment.

Posted by: Xihuitl | Jul 3, 2011 1:47:00 PM | 40

DSK was about to leave the IMF to run for the presidency of France. So it was hardly necessary to take him out because of some imagined policy differences.

that is not really logical. ever heard of two birds w/one stone? the fiasco of course damages any presidential run.

Posted by: annie | Jul 3, 2011 1:54:30 PM | 41

Noirette says, at 36...

"I accepted the reports that DNA, sperm, was found both on her and in the room(s) - forgotten where I read that - because I was convinced that the prosecution would not have moved forward without some very strong forensics. Of course, the maid might have engineered that herself - it is possible that she and DSK never even met"

yup...

DSK gets back to his room after a hard day of finacializing, and finds a paper cup sitting on top of the tv with a note under it...

"dear DSK...

"please jerk off into this dup, and put it in the fridge... i will collect it when i clean your room tomorrow.

"i need DNA evidence so i can frame you for sexual harassment and destroy your chances of becoming president of france and marrying an aging supermodel turned folk singer.

"thank you.

"your friend, the maid"

Posted by: groundresonance | Jul 3, 2011 2:13:05 PM | 42

It is less logical to imagine that Tim Geithner came up with such a plot to get DSK removed from an IMF post that he was about to leave anyway.

The pathetic French left, by the way, are all gung-ho to have DSK run anyway.

But this is all nonsense. The only real issue is whether the woman willingly had violent sex with DSK or not.

Posted by: Xihuitl | Jul 3, 2011 2:22:49 PM | 43

"It is less logical to imagine that Tim Geithner came up with such a plot..."

it's not necessarily a plot... the neocons got their guy sarkozy installed in france in the last elections, he's become unpopular, and DSK may have developed into a contender in the french elections, coming up in april of next year.

so when DSK indulges himself in what is normally acceptable behavior, all of a sudden everybody's all hot for justice (for a change) and a possible threat (DSK as president of france() to the neocons' plan is eliminated.

meanwhile, libya's 41.5 billion barrels of oil (the biggest reserves in china) stays in the neocons' bank, and the neocons' prime competition for access to oil, china, is locked out of libya.

so i guess we could see it as DSK's dick knocking on a neocon door of opportunity.

anyhow, that's the best i can come with on such short notice.


Posted by: groundresonance | Jul 3, 2011 3:05:28 PM | 44

meanwhile, libya's 41.5 billion barrels of oil (the biggest reserves in AFRICA)

Posted by: groundresonance | Jul 3, 2011 3:07:40 PM | 45

there was a guy in LA at the songwriters' showcase... he set up an appointment for me to see some music producers, but i lost the address, and i wandered around beverly hills trying to remember the address... didnt find it, but met a couple decent-looking foreign (english and french) au pair girls as i was knocking on the wrong doors.

i went back to the songwriters' showcase guy to get the address, and he said, "hey! ...you just didnt want to do it!"

things had progrssed and/or degenerated by then to the point that i knew he was right.

.
that's yet another angle

sometimes you get so far submerged in a bad situation that you got to make them glad to see you go.

Posted by: groundresonance | Jul 3, 2011 6:15:54 PM | 46

so you leave in disgrace

years later, you run into the same people, and you're puzzled... they're so glad to se you.

Posted by: groundresonance | Jul 3, 2011 6:53:16 PM | 47

Interesting stuff, Noirette. Especially the bits about the Front National. This mirrors what is going on in Italy, where in many ways the most constructive platform is that of Bossi's Lega Nord people, who are of course also a rather grotesque bunch and somewhat compromised by Berlusconi, but at least they have a platform that is pro "their" voters and politically constructive. Ditto the "True Finns". It's really an amazing brew. The historic parallel that comes to mind is that of Germany in the 1920s, where the "traditional" center-left and center-right parties were all locked into orthodoxies of post-war subservience.

Posted by: Guthman Bey | Jul 3, 2011 7:12:51 PM | 48

probably no "historic parallels" once you factor peak oil into the situation.

Posted by: groundresonance | Jul 3, 2011 7:21:25 PM | 49

it's real inconvenient when you're reminded that the most powerful military in the world seems to be convinced that its "benevolent global hegemony" is based on might makes right.

Posted by: groundresonance | Jul 3, 2011 7:32:39 PM | 50

"might makes right" and "nuclear primacy"

who could ask for more?

Posted by: groundresonance | Jul 3, 2011 7:39:25 PM | 51

losers

i'm sick to death of being ruled by losers.

Posted by: groundresonance | Jul 3, 2011 7:48:56 PM | 52

The flood of allegations against the maid from law enforcement sources reminds us that government agencies have a habit of leaking whenever it suits their interests.

It also reminds us that the prosecution of Julian Assange is a disgrace.

Posted by: Watson | Jul 3, 2011 8:02:11 PM | 53


nobody wants to talk about the philosopy...

if jews are determined to be persecuted, how can we stop them from committing acts the guarantee they'll be persecuted?


Posted by: groundrsonance | Jul 3, 2011 8:26:13 PM | 54

if jews are determined to be persecuted, how can we stop them from committing acts that guarantee they'll be persecuted?

isnt persecution a tenet of jewish faith?

losers by their own definition.

how do you remedy that?

apparently control of the most powerful country in the world isnt enough to voercome jewish determination to be perpetual losers.

Posted by: groundrsonance | Jul 3, 2011 8:32:46 PM | 55

so ground, gonna hit an even dozen?

Posted by: annie | Jul 4, 2011 3:38:27 AM | 56

hours ago, darlin'

hours ago

Posted by: groundresonance | Jul 4, 2011 3:43:05 AM | 57

Paula Jones rechauffé.

Is there no statute of limitations on bad conduct? This woman was creeped on 9 years ago.

http://abcnews.go.com/International/dominique-strauss-kahns-french-accuser-tristane-banon-sue/story?id=13991246

Posted by: rjj | Jul 4, 2011 10:55:43 AM | 58

Interesting opportunities here. What remedy does the US civil code provide? It would be workfare for lawyers if everybody who has ever had their leg humped in the workplace could seek redress.

WIN-WIN!!

Posted by: rjj | Jul 4, 2011 11:06:30 AM | 59

@Guthman Bey - the parallel you propose holds under many points of view, except that of the existence of real nationalistic movements today

at most, they refuse to adopt Euro; or try to stay out of the Imf's claws, like (if I remember well) Hungary; or protect very specific and limited agricultural interests; for the rest, it's all Wto, Nato, Bruxelles, privatizations, less taxation, less social services, etc;

the growing antiglobalist rhetoric finds an outlet mostly in terms of "localism" (of the rich parts of the country) and of gratuitous and odious racism

what I say applies 100% to the italian "Lega Nord"; I'd be interested to know of different realities in Europe

but also post-WW1 Europe should be studied with a greater attention to the real policies enacted, which not always coincided with the rhetorics; for example, both Mussolini and Hitler had periods of great collaboration with Anglo-Saxon finance

Posted by: claudio | Jul 4, 2011 12:23:24 PM | 60

The more I read about this rape case against Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the more I’ve come to believe that he wasn’t a victim of the banksters’ attempt to entrap him in a honeypot scheme in order to prevent him from imposing much-needed austerity measures on them. I have instead come to believe that he was simply a victim of a chambermaid’s attempt to cry rape in order to milk him of his enormous wealth. The banksters have mastered the art of crime, so had they employed a chambermaid or some other honeypot to entrap Dominique Strauss-Kahn, believe me, they would have made sure that her rape case against him was airtight. They would have made sure that she didn’t have a shady or questionable past and that she would never communicate to anybody, be it by cellphone or email, that money is what motivated her to file rape charges against Strauss-Kahn.

This is what happens when a society such as ours rewards fraudsters at the top: a message is sent to those at the bottom that they too will be rewarded for being fraudsters. So whenever bankers and other people of enormous wealth get away with fraud, which seems to be happening more and more often these days, a message is being sent to the working poor, including hotel chambermaids, that they too can getting away with fraud. The chambermaid, in this case, was merely emulating the banksters. So it seems to me that since the banksters profiting from fraud, the chambermaid believed that she could profit from it as well.

Posted by: Cynthia | Jul 4, 2011 12:37:01 PM | 61

Watson @ 53 -- The initial leaks were all anti-S-K, with the alleged victim being portrayed as a selfless poor hardworking woman with a daughter with AIDS whom she was, it was implied, helping. She was a religious woman with no indication of any "past."

Also, the NYPD seemed to be a big source in the early going; I don't know how much the DA's office leaked, altho' a defense atty guest on WNYC, NYC's public radio station, said there were a lot of leaks from the DA's office.

This second wave of released information uniformly undermines the good character of the woman involved. I don't know if the defense did much of the digging (altho' it seems the DA's office did some based on her statements to them), and it became overwhelmingly clear that S-K would not be found guilty...OR...I don't know!

There was an initial flood of negative info about S-K, so strongly against him is swept him out of the IMF. Or...was there some kind of backroom agreement with the Too Big Too Fail powers/government protectors of banksters that if he resigned and they got a better Neolib/Austerian in as head of the IMF, he would be let off the hook? Go quietly from the IMF and you will not go to an American prison. Think about it, Dominique. You're not going anywhere politically or to any big roles in the financial world, so here's your get out of jail free card. If you play it as we want you to....

Posted by: jawbone | Jul 4, 2011 12:53:56 PM | 62

The banksters have mastered the art of crime, so had they employed a chambermaid or some other honeypot to entrap Dominique Strauss-Kahn, believe me, they would have made sure that her rape case against him was airtight. They would have made sure that she didn’t have a shady or questionable past .. - Cynthia

Absolutely.

What you see here is what you get, various possibilities ... a venal and not too bright maid; a mark who looked worthwhile; some sexual encounter (or none) that was consensual, or semi-so-so, or a lot of acting; and either an accused perp who did nothing, or something, or an encounter that turned bad; or a maid that was really right out assaulted ...extreme confusion he said-she said...

Combine with a keen prosecutor who wants stellar media cases and jumps on the forensics as ‘proof’.

And when dog eats dog is the main impulse in society and the media vultures are there at every turn, that is what you get.

Posted by: Noirette | Jul 4, 2011 1:53:56 PM | 63

jawbone @ 62 – You’re right. I was thinking of the source of the leaks more than the target, which changed from DSK to the maid. Much of the anti-maid info was likely passed on to the prosecution after being uncovered by investigators paid out of the deep pockets of Mme DSK.

If these leaks are factual, the maid was a criminal actor, but I doubt that she is an independent actor. I assume that she is under the sway of an organization headed by someone whom the US would call a ‘warlord’, and that prostitution is one of that organization’s activities.

Posted by: Watson | Jul 4, 2011 7:37:03 PM | 64

@ Cynthia and Noirette: elements of the NYPD have been sitting on the key elements of this case for weeks, that much is clear. And they previously had been leaking as fact the exact opposite of what they have now "revealed" right after Lagarde was enthroned. I myself at first didn't believe the entrapment story, simply because I took those initial "facts" as something resembling fact rather than blatant untruths.
The IMF connection doesn't make sense, but the French political connection does. What has now been achieved is ideal for Sarkozy: DSK is very damaged if he runs, yet if he doesn't, he is undamaged enough to make the other pretendants of the French Left look weak. Better still, the entire nomination process of the Left has been thrown into chaos. That's as much as the Evil Dwarf could hope for.
@ Claudio: correct, nationalism is out, disintegration is in. What currently goes for nationalism, at least in Europe, is mostly parochialism. The strange brew consists of a mixture of reactionary nostalgia, politically incorrect common sense and a diffuse libertarianism.

Posted by: Guthman Bey | Jul 4, 2011 7:38:04 PM | 65

Claudio @ 60 "post-WW1 Europe should be studied with a greater attention to the real policies enacted, which not always coincided with the rhetorics; for example, both Mussolini and Hitler had periods of great collaboration with Anglo-Saxon finance"

yessum . . . good old Benito certainly had a period of great collaboration with Anglo-Saxons - (from the UK Guardian) Recruited by MI5: Benito Mussolini

Documents reveal Italian dictator got start in politics in 1917 with help of £100 weekly wage from MI5

we know when Mussolini started working for MI5 - 1917 - Question is "Did Mussolini ever STOP working for MI5?"

Anyone stating that he obviously did stop working for MI5 would be required to furnish some proof - NB: his involvement in a war against the Allies would not be 'proof' of his not working for MI5. In fact it might actually be considered to support such a theory

As for Hitler . . .well I heard rumours he paid a trip to England somewhere around 1913. Whether it's true or not is unknown to me

and MI5 is essentially a tool of Anglo-Saxon finance - as is the British Gov't, and even the 'Crown' - Buckminster Fuller has a few interesting things to say on the subject of 'The Great Pirates'(http://www.historycooperative.org/journals/whc/3.1/heyer.html) and Britain was for a time their main haunt, due to it's island status in an age of wind power - understand this, and you begin to understand the History of War in Europe - The Crown was necessary as a Beard to fool the masses - they then moved west to the US. Now they are international

I know that ain 't what you meant when you made the statement quoted, but you may be more right than you know,

Posted by: Hu Bris | Jul 4, 2011 7:53:30 PM | 66

"To address concerns about the personification of national communities, the avoidance of a critical stance towards their formation, and for a more reflective use of narrative in historical instruction, I offer the historically comprehensive thinking of R. Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983), an internationally renowned inventor and scholar and author of the Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth.18 I use Fuller's narrative here as an example of the work I believe must be done in scholarship if world history is to impact classroom practices.


Specifically, Fuller's work challenges foggy adjectives such as "British" or "American" to connote empire, colonialism, and imperialism. He makes a powerful case for adding the descriptors "Great Pirates" between, say, "British" and "Empire:" For unless one believes colonization and imperialism result from some mystical unity of a country's will, the addition of Great Pirates to the nationalities of the colonizers helps to remind both speaker and listener of more complex realities. I do not mean to suggest that using Fuller's narrative of the "Age of Exploration" and the development of nation-states will solve the challenges mentioned above. However, I hope it might promote greater reflection about the use of "our" or "The [insert country] Empire" that obscures more complex historical, and by extension, present-day realities. One present day reality is schools. Fuller's narrative offers one (and one that is no doubt partial and limited) interpretation for the origins of modern schools that contextualizes for students the history they learn therein. "

[Fuller] argued throughout his influential career that both a specialist training and debt-based economy worked together to limit people's capacities to think comprehensively about opportunities and challenges facing global human and environmental communities.


Rather than specialize in a particular historical time or place, Fuller sought patterns in the international development of interpenetrated technological, military, economic, political, and educational systems.

Specialisation leads to the compartmentalisation of knowledge which inevitably leads to the CRU/Climategate nonsense, and even the PEAK OIL nonsense ;-)

Hubbard produced his PEAK OIL report in 1956 - Stalin had an abiotic oil report produced in 1951/3 (not sure of exact date) -

I refuse to believe that Hubbard, working for Shell, did not have access to the Modern Russian-Ukrainian Theory of Deep, Abiotic Petroleum Origins when he wrote his report

Hubbard's report makes NO MENTION of the Abiotic theory. Therefore Hubbards report is worthless

http://educate-yourself.org/cn/davemcgowanstalinandabioticoil05mar05.shtml


Posted by: Hu Bris | Jul 4, 2011 8:42:23 PM | 67

And Colin Campbell can blow me

I live just down the road from that charlatan and if I get drunk tonight I may just go and tell him

Posted by: Hu Bris | Jul 4, 2011 8:46:38 PM | 68

alternatively, if one were 'attentionaly challenged', one could just watch 'Deadwood'- the battle between Al Swearengen and George Hearst in series 3 is as good a history lesson as one will get after years of a university education, provided one were quick enough to 'get' it


http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0348914/

For the permanently thick: Al Swearengen represents 'The Devil you know' while and George Hearst 'Globalisation'

Posted by: Hu Bris | Jul 4, 2011 8:58:59 PM | 69

have you passed through this night?
Viva Pauli

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W-5F_gdiMfg

Posted by: Hu Bris | Jul 4, 2011 9:02:11 PM | 70

No longer the head of the IMF, Strauss-Kahn cannot take the more humane, moderate approach to the theft of Greece by the oligarchy. Now, Greece will be outright stolen by the banksters. muthafuckas.

Posted by: Mary McCurnin | Jul 4, 2011 11:26:57 PM | 71

Guthman, comment 65

DSK is very damaged if he runs, yet if he doesn't, he is undamaged enough to make the other pretendants of the French Left look weak. Better still, the entire nomination process of the Left has been thrown into chaos. That's as much as the Evil Dwarf could hope for.

The (French, but it is not limited to them) media have made DSK the lead candidate of the socialist party. I'm not sure if that reflects what said party actually thinks. In 2007 (previous presidential elections in Fr), in preliminary polling, DSK didn't get much love, 10% of the party supported him as electoral candidate vs 55%+ for Royal at the time. iirc. (That doesn't mean he wasn't a popular party member).

But you're right that he's damaged goods now. That much is obvious. I don't get the impression that the nomination process has been thrown into chaos, if my French sources are correct - I don't trust the media much on the subject. I don't know why the media is absolutely pushing the narrative that he's/was/will be a candidate. He hadn't declared himself. But of course the whole story helps keeping Sarko out of the limelight (and Libya !).

Posted by: philippe | Jul 5, 2011 12:32:59 AM | 72

Guthman wrote: The IMF connection doesn't make sense, but the French political connection does. What has now been achieved is ideal for Sarkozy: DSK is very damaged if he runs, yet if he doesn't, he is undamaged enough to make the other pretendants of the French Left look weak.

That is the result for now.

Machinations directly implemented by Sark, or his close or possibly hidden minions, I don’t see it.

Of course Sark hoped DSK would get into trouble, and he did, with the Nagy affair, very rapidly after his nomination to the IMF. Yet, Sark wanted a F man as director of the IMF.

That certain parties might be aware of some kind of potential witch-hunt atmosphere, stories about a predatory man, the links between Sark and NY police, etc. may have influenced the unfolding of this story. But not more (imho.) Also, all the so far presumed links between the ‘right’, the Sofitel, etc. are just rumors and would arise spontaneously. Some guy tweeting from the hotel with glee to announce DSK’s arrest to his right wing or Sark connected contacts - par for the course.

@ philippe. The idea of DSK as pres of France was always a pipe dream, showing both the duplicity and the weakness of the Socialist party. In the last socialist primary he was trounced, the almost exact % was > 20% for DSK and 60% for Segolene Royal.

Posted by: Noirette | Jul 5, 2011 1:34:27 PM | 73

@Noirette. Directly implicated, no. That's just my conjecture. And yet: it is now public knowledge that the NYPD knew already by May 18 that Diallo had lied to obtain asylum, that she had lied to the US Internal Revenue Service about a second child, that she had lied about a gang-rape, that her version of how she alerted colleagues after the incident was incorrect. Yet they kept spinning her unassailable credibility. There is of course Bonaparte's famous dictum "Never ascribe to malice that which is adequately explained by incompetence". Still...

Posted by: Guthman Bey | Jul 6, 2011 10:37:19 AM | 74

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