Frontier Former Editor

April 29, 2007

I was wondering when we’d finally have a Profumo affair . . .

Filed under: dumbasses, not-so-free government stuff, public relations, scumbags, Sex lies and 6 o'clock news — Frontier Former Editor @ 1:29 pm

given how this administration has been screwing the rest of the country (here)

Prostitution scandal has Washington in new ‘shock and awe’

Apr 28 04:17 PM US/Eastern AFP

The demise of a call-girl ring and pending trial of an alleged madam claiming thousands of clients has the US capital riveted by the chance powerful men may now be caught with their trousers down, with a senior state department official apparently first to fall. Deborah Jeane Palfrey, 50, dubbed the DC Madam in local media, has been arraigned in federal court on charges of operating a Washington prostitution service for 13 years until her retirement in 2006.Palfrey has denied she ran a prostitution ring. Her company, Pamela Martin and Associates, was simply a “high-end adult fantasy firm which offered legal sexual and erotic services across the spectrum of adult sexual behavior and did so without incident during its 13 year tenure,” she said.

Palfrey contends her escort service provided university educated women to engage in legal game-playing of a sexual nature at 275 dollars an hour for a 90 minute session, the Washington Post reported.

But Palfrey has also hinted that she has a record of the phone numbers of thousands of more than 10,000 customers that could embarrass more the a few of the US capital’s high-fliers.

Friday, the US State Department announced that Randall Tobias, the embattled head of the US Agency for International Development (USAID), was resigning for unspecified personal reasons.

However ABC News, which said Palfrey has provided it with a record of the numbers of calls to her private cell phone, reported that Tobias stepped down after they spoke to him about his allegedly contacting her number.

Tobias since 2003 also was President George W. Bush’s first global AIDS coordinator, a job which drew criticism for his emphasis on faithfulness to partners and abstinence over condom use in trying to prevent the spread of the AIDS virus.

Before entering government he was chairman, president and chief executive of the pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly, and also, from 1997-2000, chairman of the board of trustees at Duke University.

His now-reported links to a firm accused of prostitution have raised more than a few eyebrows.

Palfrey’s California home and other assets were seized by US tax authorities in October, and Palfrey has been trying to raise funds for her defense through an appeal on her website.

Her lawyer, Montgomery Blair Sibley, told Fox television last month: “The statistical certainty (is) that there are a fair number of high-profile people who used this service across the government and private sector in the metropolitan DC area.”

And the Post reported Saturday that local jitters appear to be multiplying. It said Sibley claimed that “he has been contacted in the past few days has been contacted by five lawyers asking whether their clients’ phone numbers are on Palfrey’s list of 10,000 to 15,000 customers from 2002 to 2006.”

That may have something to do with the fact that Palfrey already has named her first name, as it were, on her website, where she has posted a court document from April 12 in which she alleges formal US naval commander Harlan Ullman was a “regular customer” whom she needs to subpoena.

With James Wade, Ullman developed the military doctrine of “shock and awe” used by US government in its invasion of Iraq. According to one definition, it is shorthand for rapid dominance based on the use of “overwhelming decisive force,” “dominant maneuvers,” and “spectacular displays of power” to subdue the other side.

Earlier this month Ullman told CNN that “The allegations do not dignify a response,” and referred any other questions to his lawyer.



  1. No, I’m not surprised. Not a bit. You know how they say, “power corrupts.” People tend to think they are invincible, up until they aren’t.

    Comment by Miss Cellania — April 30, 2007 @ 1:47 am

  2. oh my this is fabulously juicy. almost worth the long wait between posts 🙂

    so glad you’re back

    Comment by nursemyra — April 30, 2007 @ 10:44 am

  3. Oh goody, another high level sex scandal. We must keep reminding ourselves that society is moral and honest and faithful. Obviously sex has nothing to do with any of the above! Myra, stop salivating 🙂

    Comment by archiearchive — April 30, 2007 @ 2:11 pm

  4. So, after all his prior bloviating against condoms, does this mean Tobias’ll finally be asking for protection?

    Do you think the “educated women providing legal sexual services” (doesn’t that mean pro-dommes?) made him use a condom?

    ‘Cos y’know republicans are all about their principles, so he’d surely never have agreed to that!

    What about the “Central American women” at the cheaper service? I wonder whether he wrapped his willy with them?

    The morality of the current Republican party echoes that found at the court of Caligula.

    Comment by Metro — April 30, 2007 @ 2:29 pm

  5. Well, as his job he was trying to get financing for Third World countries. He was just doing it one blowjob at a time!

    I love the fact that the madam simply released much of her contact book to the media. That will teach the clients to get uppity! Heidi Fleiss was never as smart; she kept her mouth shut, hoping that grateful clients would finance her after she got out and they all pretended they didn’t know her.

    Except Billy Idol: what the hookers said about him made him look so good he should buy her drinks for the rest of her life.

    Comment by raincoaster — May 1, 2007 @ 11:23 am

  6. The fact that Tobias came from big pharmaceutials doesn’t surprize me one bit either…

    Ullman probably stole the “shock and awe” idea from a “legal game-playing of a sexual nature at 275 dollars an hour for a 90 minute session.”

    Comment by Kindness — May 2, 2007 @ 4:01 pm

  7. Interesting that legal game-playing in D.C. seems underpaid. Why, a tubby British bint was making £640 an hour.

    Politicians are known for their generosity amongst themselves, yet it appears they’re quite stingy with the help.

    Comment by Metro — May 2, 2007 @ 4:49 pm

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