Article/Phone Interview on DC Madam case & account at Internet Chronicle

This is the very first article on the case and the book, among other topics. I spoke with their correspondent Tyler Bass today, and it was a pretty fruitful discussion on the case and its known and unknown aspects and meanings. I feel my perspective on the case was honestly represented and that he made a number of interesting observations, a few I’d never considered before. That’s typical of the case: some aspects of it look one way to one observer, another to someone else, and what you have is a patchwork that frequently defies explanation. There are always going to be a lot of mysteries swirling around this case, because it involved the secret world of intelligence. To what extent, I don’t know, but it did.

As I told Tyler, were I to summarize the DC Madam case simply, I’d say that it was a branch of Hookergate, most likely the Randy Cunningham/Brent Wilkes/Kyle Foggo “Poway mafia,” all of whom were busted over activities surrounding influence peddling, getting that pork back to San Diego and into their pockets first. Jeane’s escort were probably part of the “gifting” process.

“Matt Janovic Opens Up Hookergate,” The Internet Chronicle, January 26th, 2013: http://www.chronicle.su/news/matt-janovic-opens-up-hookergate/

Let the Dead Bury the Dead is now available at CreateSpace.com

You can find the book here: https://www.createspace.com/4056731

The list-price is 27.95 USD. This is the initial release, with the e-book coming before the end of the month. The book is 8″ X 11″, running at 622 pages, with an index. There are no photos. Sorry to the comic and picture book-only crowd (not really).

And here it is for the UK:  http://www.amazon.co.uk/Let-Dead-Bury-Madam-account/dp/1480297437/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1355242478&sr=1-1

Amazon France: http://www.amazon.fr/Let-Dead-Bury-Madam-account/dp/1480297437/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1355243316&sr=8-1

Amazon Germany: http://www.amazon.de/Let-Dead-Bury-Madam-account/dp/1480297437/ref=sr_1_cc_1?s=aps&ie=UTF8&qid=1355243200&sr=1-1-catcorr

And Amazon Italy: http://www.amazon.it/Let-Dead-Bury-Madam-account/dp/1480297437/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1355243385&sr=8-1

Qualcomm being sued by NY State Comptroller over political donations

Without any prompting, Qualcomm came around my blog J to the Power of 7 on a word search over Montgomery Blair Sibley. This was around three years ago. I had no idea why they came around, but when I did a little research, I found that they also do intelligence and defense contracting…and they have a revolving door policy between their executives and those at Ernst & Young, a major corporate services firm that specializes in corporate audits, yes, the books that get cooked.

The latter firm is involved in uncovering such things in corporate institutions, but also have had allegations thrown at them on several occasions that they helped to cover it up. What does that have to do with the DC Madam? It might not be anything specific beyond the fact that her former prosecutor, Jeffrey A. Taylor, a Bush II interim appointee who was never fired by incoming president-elect, Barack Obama, and went on to a cushy legalistic job at Ernst & Young. Now, why would someone at Qualcomm do that word search on Mr. Sibley? I have no idea and have never expected a straight answer out of them–don’t have the resources, or the inclination to bother looking into it, life’s too short. But the fact remains that both firms are very closely-linked, Taylor works for Ernst, and someone felt compelled at the sister firm of Qualcomm to do research over Mr. Sibley. When I brought it to his attention, he seemed pretty interested–as interested as I was. It was just one more bizarre “coincidence” from the case. I don’t if Taylor is still working at Ernst, but I would assume so. What’s of interest to me is the connection not only to computer chips and CPUs made by Qualcomm, but their relationship with the Pentagon and American intelligence community, perhaps one similar to SAIC’s, another major league contractor. Qualcomm was never in Jeane’s phone records, but I believe someone fucked up here and showed their hand, for which I thank them!

And now, the Comptroller of NY State, Thomas P. DiNapoli, a Democrat, is suing Qualcomm over political donations to force transparency. NY State is one of the biggest shareholders in the corporation, and is asserting her interest in the firm. This is reasonable since the risks are very high to public investors, especially when so many were burned in the banking crisis of 2008 thanks to widespread securities fraud. This is a major reason for the economic crisis in countries like Greece, for example, just one of many. Consider that when politicians in DC start screaming for austerity measures because of the deficit. Hundreds of billions were spent to keep a lot of crooks afloat.

Here’s more at the New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/04/nyregion/new-york-comptroller-sues-qualcomm-for-data-on-political-giving.html?hpw&_r=1&

And my observations on them in relation to the DC Madam case (the earliest are most pertinent): http://chickasawpicklesmell.blogspot.com/search?q=Qualcomm

News on upcoming e-book edition of Let the Dead Bury the Dead, and more

This is going to be through Amazon Books partners. The e-book will be PDF-only for the time being. I’m not a fan of Amazon’s Kindle at all, it ruins layout and adds more cost because of reformatting. Also, I think it’s a shitty platform and that this e-book craze is just that, a craze that will pass, and so too will most everything on it without some kind of data-migration. Besides that, there’s no burning economic reason to do it, this isn’t that kind of a book. Read some of the .99 cent books on Amazon, and you’ll find what a friend described so well as “sixth-grader level of writing skills,” which is true there all over the place.

Yes, I’m a Luddite and not the biggest supporter of this nutty idea that there must be unbridled technological innovation. I don’t see a lot of it as inherently liberatory (why does WordPress’s spellchecker have a lower vocabulary than me? It can’t spell the preceding word). You could make a great argument yesterday that it’s destroying the world simply by coming into being.

The book is indigestible to the mindless consumer crowd, maybe as much as Pasolini’s final film, Salo! Yes, it has many moments that could be described as entertaining, and without question, as I’m being told by a few readers, it’s a page turner. That’s what all true crime books and works about the world of intelligence and politics should be. There are a lot more reasons–important ones that affect all of our lives–contained in the text that should motivate potential readers, especially those living in North America: a dearth of primary information within the covers that falls under the public’s right to know, and a good percentage of it could be evidence either pointing to, or of, specific acts of corruption in the appropriations process in Washington DC. The greatest waste of all is in defense and intelligence spending for a reason. It’s the easiest trough to gorge from thanks to the reactionary tendencies of the American public when it comes to warfare, and yes, I’m hitting the South with a lot of the blame.

The e-book will be presented exactly as I intended the book to be experienced by the prospective reader. I’m a big fan of PDF for this and many other reasons, but mainly because it doesn’t ruin layout. I’m pricing it at $9.99 USD and there will be periodic sales on it. Like most e-books, it will contain the cover art. It should be available before the end of the month. That’s it, yo, there is no ‘mo