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FBI investigating Bergen Party

Even the Bergen County Record has finally been forced to report that Bergen County has issue

http://www.northjersey.com/new…

With so much polticking going on, this is an earthquake in political earthquake-prone Bergen.

Its well known the pay-to-play that is alive & well with the Republican adminstartion of Donovan- (who also is battling her own criminal issues regarding drugged out under age girls/illegal drugs found at her home) and

http://www.northjersey.com/new…

Look for Progressive Sen. Majority Leader Weinberg to correctly call for investigaitons into the states role

In Dist #38, Sen. Gordon successfully in 2011 fought against the American Dream funding that was proposed and its clear Bergen voters are opposed to funding a shopping mall. Also look the Tea Party Republicans to jump on board and oppose the funding, putting Donovan in a terrilbe spot.

FBI Finds No Evidence To Support Menendez Allegations

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Seems like we’ve been through this before.  There’s a big splash in the papers accusing Bob Menendez of being a bad guy, everyone on the right goes ballistic and quite a few on the left (including some of our commenters) pile on, then the allegations are slowly either proved incorrect or even made up.

It happened with Chris Christie’s election year subpoena. Menendez had helped donors keep a non-profit medical center open in a building he owned, and since they paid him rent it was turned into Menendez stealing taxpayers’ dollars instead of helping provided needed health care in an underserved area.  Turned out that not only couldn’t Christie or another US Attorney find anything, but the next USA actually wrote a letter clearing Menendez of doing anything wrong.  That doesn’t happen often.

Now we have an anonymous allegation from a fake e-mail address that Menendez traveled to the Dominican to have sex with teenage girls.  Then a conservative hit-website published it. For some reason, and think of how much this is costing us, the FBI has to investigate including flying agents to the Dominican Republic.  So what have they found?

A team of FBI agents has been conducting interviews in recent weeks in the Dominican Republic and the United States, looking into allegations that Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) patronized prostitutes in the Caribbean nation, but has found no evidence to support the claim, according to two people familiar with the investigation.

Those are my italics, but that’s pretty important. Univision has one of the women on tape saying she never met Menendez, and the man who allegedly threw the party  says Menendez has always been a gentleman.

Women denies it, party-host denies it, FBI finds no supporting evidence, and the person or people who started this all used a fake name, fake e-mail and won’t talk to anyone.

These two situations — the health care facility and these more salacious allegations — are both a lot of smoke from politically motivated allegations, and point to a pattern with Menendez’s opponents.  Which leads me to wonder if there isn’t an effort to blow smoke at Menendez in an effort to get people to start screaming FIRE!

FBI raids office of South Florida eye doctor

Q: And what does this have to do with New Jersey?

A: We don’t know yet. And maybe nothing.

Miami Herald is reporting today on an FBI raid last night at the West Palm Beach offices of eye doctor Dr. Salomon Melgen. Materials were seized last night and carted away in vans.

The Herald suggests the raid may be connected to allegations concerning Sen. Bob Menendez. This afternoon, Menendez released this statement:

“Dr. Melgen has been a friend and political supporter of Senator Menendez for many years. Senator Menendez has traveled on Dr. Melgen’s plane on three occasions, all of which have been paid for and reported appropriately. Any allegations of engaging with prostitutes are manufactured by a politically-motivated right-wing blog and are false.”

Melgen, originally from the Dominican Republic, is a contributor to Sen. Menendez and other politicians, and gave about $60k to the DSCC when Menendez was its Chair.

Melgen owes the federal government a lot of money; an outstanding IRS lien of $11.1 million for taxes owed from 2006 to 2009, with a previous $6.2M IRS lien released in 2011.

It isn’t known whether Melgen’s complex financial issues are the focus of the FBI’s investigation and raid on his offices, or what kind of records are now in the FBI’s hands.  And here it gets more complicated. It is not known if Senator Menendez is also a target of the FBI, or if any records seized even have anything to do with him. Miami Herald is suggesting that they may.

But the original source of the accusations is a partisan website, and a tipster who engaged with the Miami FBI office purporting to offer detail is behaving in a way that raises red flags.  

Allegations have been made over the last three months that Menendez solicited prostitutes in the Dominican Republic, while at the home of Dr. Melgen, who owns an estate there. But the source of these allegations is The Daily Caller, the partisan website founded by Tucker Carlson. Carlson is not above fabrication, and the women accusing Menendez in a video posted at The Daily Caller offer zero proof. Nor is any detail provided, like the women’s names (their faces are blurred), that would allow reputable source-checking. And a tipster who alleges (in a microsite on line) that some of the prostitutes were underage has proven increasingly evasive, avoiding talking with a Miami-based FBI agent both by phone or in a requested face-to-face meeting as that agent attempts the simple process of due diligence.

All of this comes as Senator Menendez steps into the spotlight as incoming chair of the powerful Senate Foreign Relations Committee, takes a key role in immigration policy reform and shepherds the $50B in federal aid just authorized to rebuild NJ after Hurricane Sandy. Developments that displease many partisans on the right.

Easy to see why Menendez might be the target of a well-financed smear campaign, nevertheless requiring the FBI to fact-find. Easy to suspect that is exactly what may be going on.  

Did Christie go after rising Democrat John Adler in 2007?

TPM is out with a story today that almost creates more questions than it answers, due to a heavily redacted FBI file, obtained under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The players are US Attorney, now governor, Chris Christie and the John Adler, before his election to Congress while he was still a NJ state senator. Given what we know about Christie, what comes to light today appears to suggest more about him, and the way he used his federal office for politically-motivated witch hunts – which were often successful – than it does the late John Adler.

You can examine documents in John Adler’s FBI file here.

The documents detail an investigation approved by U.S. Attorney Chris Christie, following information from a cooperating witness who approached the FBI’s Philadelphia division in June, 2007 with a story that Senator Adler’s support – for a 2005 law placing inspection contracts under “local public contract law” -was corrupt.

The case was later closed for lack of evidence, and was not an issue in Adler’s successful run for congress the following year. You can read the details of what was investigated in TPM’s post. There appears, at least with documents so heavily redacted, to be nothing to the cooperating witness’ suspicions about Adler, nothing actionable. There’s no evidence Adler even knew there was an investigation. An Adler confidante suggested to TPM that the cooperating witness may have “had a bone to pick with Adler.’

That would have been catnip to Chris Christie.

Jump with me, for the rest.

We Got Bin Laden; How About the Anthrax Killer?

Just after the attacks of September 11th there was another attack that is often and curiously forgotten.  A series of letters to politicians and the media were sent out from a Hamilton, NJ post office that included a weaponized version of Anthrax.  Five people died in these attacks, and mail in many offices throughout the government and business world is still handled differently to this day.

In 2008 Bruce Ivins, one of the prime suspects and a civilian expert on anthrax for the military, committed suicide and the FBI and Department of Justice said, “OK, it’s over.  We got out guy.  Nothing to see here.  Move on!.”

Only many people — including one pretty smart dude named Rush Holt — thought that this was a load of crap and demanded it be looked into.  Most in the media and government (those who were attacked) mysteriously yawned, which was particularly difficult because they also had their heads up their asses.

Well, looks like the DoJ decided to take theirs out, and it looks like they now think Ivins wasn’t so much able to make the anthrax in those letters.

Shortly after Ivins committed suicide in 2008, federal investigators announced that they’d identified him as the mass murderer who sent the letters to members of Congress and the news media. The case was circumstantial, with federal officials arguing that the scientist had the means, motive and opportunity to make the deadly powder at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases at Fort Detrick, Md.

Now, however, Justice Department lawyers have acknowledged in court papers that the sealed area in Ivins’ lab – the so-called hot suite – didn’t contain the equipment needed to turn liquid anthrax into the refined powder that floated through congressional buildings and post offices in the fall of 2001.

That was the key thing, that Ivins used the Army’s lab to weaponize anthrax so it could be inhaled and kill.  But now the government (who still says he did it) says he couldn’t have done it at that lab.  And they are unable to explain how he could have accessed or built another lab they can’t find or place him in to have made it.  

Which pretty much means he had to buy it at the local Wal*Mart, maybe during the Terrorist Device Sales Days of September 2001.

Or it means that the person who really murdered those five people, injured dozens of others and terrorized our country is still out there enjoying their freedom.

Today in Congress

It seems every day in December is a big day for legislatures as they work to finish up business for the year. Here’s the significant news of the day from New Jersey’s Members of Congress.

A minority of Republican senators blocked the Defense Authorization Act. Senator Lautenberg tells it like it is:

“Senate Republicans refuse to even begin debating a repeal of the ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy.  The other side has run out of excuses.  Eliminating ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ is the right thing to do and would ensure that our military policy reflects the values of our nation.  

“The fact that Republican Senators are willing to hold up a bill that provides vital resources to our troops and ends discrimination in our military is deplorable.  I will continue working to pass a Defense Authorization bill that provides our military with the equipment and services they need while also bringing an end to discrimination within the ranks.”

Of course, Democrats letting Republicans takes “hostages” will go on as long as our Senators and our President let them. Why did they add DADT to the bill if they give up anyway? What was the point?

More below on the Anthrax investigation, water supplies for the Delaware River Basin, 9/11 Responders, and Iran.