You know you want it...
Not to be foily, but Jane does have just a few questions, and alert reader Steve-AR sets up an obvious alternative narrative:
After reading that, it is starting to look as if they caught him in a wiretap and then reversed “engineered” the criminal charges to get the Dem.
Because remember this?
In a policy reversal, President Bush has agreed to sign legislation allowing a secret federal court to assess the constitutionality of his warrantless domestic eavesdropping program, a senior Republican senator announced Thursday.
By having the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court conduct the review instead of a regular federal court, the Bush administration would ensure the secrecy of details of the highly classified program. The administration has argued that making details of the program public would compromise national security.
However, such details could include politically explosive disclosures that the government has kept tabs on people it shouldn’t have been monitoring.
Hmmm.... Way back in 2006....
And why should Spitzer have to resign, when Diaper Davey Vitter's still in the Senate?
And while we're at it, if Spitzer was Client #9, who were clients 1-8, clients 10...n? How many others have $5000/hour to help support the world's oldest profession besides politicians and the press?
NOTE Personally, I think it's a sighting shot for 2008. I mean, do you imagine the Republicans play cleaner the closer they come to losing power? Didn't think so.
UPDATE From the latest AP, this little detail:
"Client 9" insisted on paying in cash.
Maybe that's what they don't like; cash isn't traceable. And as we know, they want to trace everything. Which is unfortunate, since in the event of a bank run, lots of us are going to want cash.
(3) The resources dedicated to the case in terms of prosecutors and investigators are extraordinary.
(4) How the investigation got started. The Justice Department has yet to give a full account of why they were looking into Spitzer’s payments, and indeed the suggestion in the ABC account is that it didn’t have anything to do with a prostitution ring. The suggestion that this was driven by an IRS inquiry and involved a bank might heighten, rather than allay, concerns of a politically motivated prosecution.
All of these facts are consistent with a process which is not the investigation of a crime, but rather an attempt to target and build a case against an individual.
And interesting, isn't it, that this whole story, that starts with a wiretap, breaks the same day and completely buries a story on how these guys can wiretap entire cities whenever they fucking want. Odd, that.
One can't help but think that many of those piling onto Spitzer are doing so because they're hoping to get a break from the Stasi on whatever's in their own files.