1 Jun

Politics is dirty. If you hang around DC long enough you do see the good, the bad and the formerly ugly. Well, the news gets it wrong again about Denny, I mean.

There is, as always, a rest of every story. Threatening a Federal official is criminal. Demanding money is extortion. Demanding money with a threat to expose an alleged misdeed is blackmail. Following a person’s life then calling in to the radio show they are guesting on is stalking.

A lesson to all Individual A’s is the lesson to all future victims, listen to your mother who taught you that it is better to tell the truth, and get in trouble than it is to not tell the truth because you will get found out, a when not an  if.

And then there is Denny, a  lesson to all women about powerful men put their pants on one leg at a time like you and me. Their instinct is to cover up rather than challenge the blackmailer to “bring it on.”

Whatever the base crime the blackmailer began with spiraled to a different dimension. He targeted a legislator, a crime that exceeds the blackmailing (US Code – Chapter 41: EXTORTION AND THREATS), extortion (,  stalking (18 U.S. Code § 2261A – Stalking) of you and me. Denny was Speaker of the House.

The crime? No crime. It is only Alleged.

The outstanding question is why now?

Speaker Hastert retired in 2007. Allegedly, Individual A began his blackmail scheme in 2010, decades after the alleged misdeeds are said to have taken place. One cannot approach this thinking like a nice person. One must try to get inside the head of the perpetrator and, in this case, inside the head of his victim, asking why one of the most powerful men in the country would break laws he wrote and swore allegiance to.

Makes no sense does it, neither does running an intersection on an amber light to beat the red light knowing one will either get caught or not. It is more than a conversation of risk. Hubris and Human Will factor in to this conversation. The Blackmailer and Denny is an insight in to the world of the I.O.T., the Internet Of Everything, shaping our world believing that with algorithms people can be told what to do. The nemesis of algorithms is Free Will and human nature. People do not like to be told what to do. Human nature is to hide, cover up and believe they are THAT one who will not be caught.

Ergo, Individual A. And Denny.

Roll the story back 5 years. What if Denny had contacted the U.S. Capitol Police and reported he was being threatened for alleged sexual misconduct. The Cap Police would have done their job. Denny would be none the worst for it. Cap Police are known for many things. Leaking Capitol Secrets is not something the USCP are known for. There are some Codes that employees are still loyal to.  Denny would not be the first Legislator who would have reported blackmail threats for pond dipping, alleged. Asking a legislator for funds to keep quiet puts the blackmailer up the river 5-10.

Social media changed the political playing field in 2010 which might explain why Denny took the path he did.

There is a misconception about legislators sitting atop Ivory Hill. Writing laws doesn’t mean the legislators are knowing laws or understand the foibles of being human. Remember, it is human nature to hide and run. It is a brave man or a woman who stands and fight, a rare one at that.

I spent years around Denny when I covered Capitol Hill, not a lot but enough time to know the core of a man. I recall Denny’s last Christmas tree lighting on the West Lawn. Big guy. Burly. That doesn’t mean he is tough. Big guys rarely are. Let’s get something straight about power, men and backbone. The biggest thing about them is the expectations by others.

Denny shows here he is the everyday man, the client who believes he can tell who people are, that he has special skills to cover up and divert inquiries.

Was it the bank who told the FBI that Denny was pulling out monies in amounts under the $10,000 threshold? I highly doubt that. In the world of the Internet, the world of political blackmail, I believe Denny is the new normal politicians must expect in a world wired in places and ways we do not know that Denny and other political mates voted in to our existence, all thinking they were smarter than the people pulling what has turned out to be our privacy strings.

Let me restate that I believe Denny is the new normal we all must expect.

Banks are bound to report withdrawals of $10,000 or more in a terrorism world post 9/11. People pull amounts out from their bank accounts routinely- to pay mortgages, college loans, for trips, and for whatever. that a bank employee was paying attention to this man whose relevancy has moved on, is laughable. Unless….
res ipsa loquitor, it speaks for itself.

Politics. Dirty pool.

But then. Denny, given an amber light to decide to risk or stop, Denny risked. Hastert allegedly lied about his use of the funds. All he had to say was, I am giving the funds to Individual A. There are statutes of limitations (, after all. Most likely, Individual A would already be up the river by now. The rumors about Denny would be ‘blowin in the wind.’

The media is yet to see the possibility of nefarious party connections. This does not mean Dem v GOP. Let us not forget Eric…. paying to take down a member of his own party.

Hastert retired abruptly, it is reported. Denny was replaced by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.

Unrelated, possibly, it is interesting to note that about a year ago, Paul Pelosi Jr. was charged with fraud by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The SEC learned that two convicted criminals were running the business,  Natural Blue Resources Inc., an investment company he cofounded that focuses on “environmentally-friendly” ventures.

Paul, Jr. , the C.E.O., is the son of former House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) Former New Mexico Gov. Toney Anaya was one of the 4 persons charged with fraud. James E. Cohen and Joseph Corazzi, both of whom had previous fraud convictions.  Corazzi was barred from acting as an officer or director of a public company. Cohen was incarcerated for financial fraud. Pelosi held over 10 million shares in the company in 2009. Andrew J. Ceresney, director of the SEC’s Enforcement Division said, “Investors in Natural Blue had a right to know who was running the company behind the scenes.”

Few know of Pelosi Jr. being charged, not in the way nor as fast that the world knew about Denny’s bad decision. The SEC knows that Pelosi Jr. did it and escaped jail.

Paul? He paid the SEC a $150,000 fine that does not go to repay investors. And, Pelosi is barred from every serving as an officer of a public company. The $1.4 million that he owned on paper is now valued at zero, for the investors. Pelosi and co-con men got to keep their profits gleaned while they had a good run. One week in 2012, someone pumped the stock up  from 4 cents a share to 12 cents.

No one knows if Denny did anything more than not telling the Cops the truth  when they asked, for that, Denny will go to jail. Something to keep in mind about Cops is that when they ask you a question, they already have the answer. Sorta like asking ‘did you know you were going over 100 in a 50 mph zone?’ The option is say nothing or tell the truth.

Paying out to a blackmailer is something that makes no sense because the truth may hurt but, as will happen here, telling the cops would have been a temporary knock on the chin as opposed to what lies ahead for the Speaker who didn’t answer their questions.

After all, even former Speaker’s Of The House are innocent about decade old allegations until proven guilty. Not much to say about lying to the Feds other than ‘dumb bunny.’

And Individual A? What goes around, comes around… hackers and radioshow callers from Small Town Illinois? Just a matter of time, babe, just a matter of time until you are outed then in’d in to jail…..



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