Monday, May 22, 2006

You can discover what your enemy fears most by observing the means he uses to frighten you*

Remember Nancy Pelosi’s November 28, 2005 press release berating “[T]he culture of corruption that pervades the Republican-controlled Congress.”

Do you suppose she had gotten wind of this:
FBI accuses congressman of taking thousands of dollars in bribes

By Philip Shenon The New York Times

MONDAY, MAY 22, 2006

WASHINGTON The FBI has accused a member of the House of Representatives of taking hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes from a Kentucky businessman and stashing $90,000 from the scheme in his home freezer in Washington.

The accusations against Representative William Jefferson, Democrat of Louisiana, were made public only hours after a team of 15 agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation completed an all-night search of Jefferson's congressional offices.

FBI officials said the raid, which began about 7:15 p.m. Saturday and ended early Sunday afternoon, was the first the agency had ever conducted at a lawmaker's office on Capitol Hill.

The search warrant and other documents, which were unsealed Sunday in a U.S. District Court in Washington, accused Jefferson, an eight-term lawmaker, of accepting bribes to help a small technology company win contracts with federal agencies and with businesses and governments in West Africa…

According to the court papers, many of Jefferson's contacts with people involved in the bribery scheme were secretly taped, including a meeting last July at which the lawmaker allegedly received a briefcase containing $100,000 in $100 bills.

The FBI said that $90,000 of that money was found in a raid on Jefferson's Washington home last August, divided into $10,000 increments and placed in "various frozen food containers and wrapped in aluminum foil."…

In the court documents, which were designed to persuade a judge to approve the search of Jefferson's congressional office, the FBI said its investigation of Jefferson began in March of 2005 and had turned up evidence of various crimes by the lawmaker, including bribery, wire fraud, conspiracy and attempted bribery of officials of governments in Nigeria and Ghana…
* - Eric Hoffer

Here's another take on the matter:


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