On December 7, 2006, the George W. Bush Administration’s Department of Justice fired seven US attorneys: David Iglesias, Kevin Ryan, John McKay, Paul Charlton, Daniel Bogden, Margaret Chiara, and Carol Lam. As these firings came in the middle of a term, the unusual timing was notable.

Amid news reports that she has been asked to step down, U.S. Attorney Carol Lam declined repeated interview requests yesterday and did not address the matter with her staff. … Dan Dzwilewski, head of the FBI office in San Diego … said … “What do you expect her to do? Let corruption exist?” … “She’s been by far the most outstanding U.S. attorney we’ve ever had,” City Attorney Michael Aguirre said. “By far, she’s done more to clean up the corruption in this city than anyone else …

Some lawyers theorized yesterday that it wasn’t just misplaced priorities that led to her impending ouster. The Randy “Duke” Cunningham case has spawned other corruption probes of Republicans in Washington, leading to conjecture that politics played a part in the decision to force her out.

Lam’s continued employment as U.S. attorney is crucial to the success of multiple ongoing investigations, the FBI chief said.

If Lam refuses to resign, she could be fired by the president, as former U.S. Attorney William Kennedy was in 1982. Justice Department officials asked for his resignation after he confirmed to The San Diego Union that the CIA interfered in favor of a suspect in a car-theft ring.

Lam stays silent about losing job, San Diego Union-Tribune, January 13, 2007, By Kelly Thornton and Onell R. Soto

Kyle Dustin “Dusty” Foggo, is a former American government intelligence officer. … As EXDIR, he was responsible for executive management of the CIA bureaucracy. He was appointed, in October 2004, by then-Director of Central Intelligence Porter Goss over the objections of CIA staff.

The demands of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan had transformed Mr. Foggo from a fringe player into the C.I.A.’s indispensable man. Before the 9/11 attacks, the Frankfurt base was a relatively sleepy resupply center, running one or two flights a month to outlying stations. Within days of the attacks, Mr. Foggo had a budget of $7 million, which quickly tripled.

The demands of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan had transformed Mr. Foggo from a fringe player into the C.I.A.’s indispensable man. Before the 9/11 attacks, the Frankfurt base was a relatively sleepy resupply center, running one or two flights a month to outlying stations. Within days of the attacks, Mr. Foggo had a budget of $7 million, which quickly tripled.

A Window Into C.I.A.’s Embrace of Secret Jails, August 12, 2009, New York Times, By Bavid Johnston and Mark Mazzetti

When Lam’s removal became public in early January 2007, there was public and congressional speculation that she was removed in retaliation for her office’s prosecution of Randy “Duke” Cunningham, a Republican member of the House of Representatives, and her office’s ongoing public corruption investigation of a high-ranking CIA official, Kyle Dustin Foggo.

In November 2005, after an investigation by Lam’s office, Cunningham had pled guilty to conspiracy and tax evasion. In early 2006, Cunningham received a prison sentence of 8 years. In 2007, after an investigation related to the Cunningham matter, Lam’s office indicted Foggo, then the third highest ranking CIA official, for, among other charges, conspiracy, wire fraud, and money laundering. … We found no evidence indicating that Lam’s removal as U.S. Attorney was in any way related to her office’s investigation or prosecution of Cunningham, Foggo, or any other official, or that she was removed to affect other such investigations or prosecutions. … Department officials also denied that Lam was removed because of the Cunningham or Foggo cases.

An Investigation into the Removal of Nine U.S. Attorneys in 2006, September 2008, Office of the Inspector General

Asked about the nature of her clientele, [“DC Madame” Deborah Jeane] Palfrey called the identity of her johns a ‘salacious detail’ of which she was unaware. ‘I never kept records,’ she claimed. ‘I protected the client’s confidentiality…they trusted me.’ But Palfrey did speculate that she may have come to the attention of federal agents because her operation had somehow intersected with a more high profile case, like that of convicted ex-congressman Randy ‘Duke’ Cunningham. Investigators are reportedly examining charges that a defense contractor provided hookers to Cunningham as part of an influence-peddling scheme. Palfrey did not claim a nexis between her escort service and Cunningham, but invoked the disgraced pol’s name while saying that she would wager that the basis for the federal probe of her business ‘had solely to do with some Duke Cunningham-type bigwig client that got caught up in something and started to say, ‘Do you know this?’ and ‘Do you know that?’

New D.C. Sex Scandal Looming? Feds target escort service in money launder, prostitution probe. The Smoking Gun, October 9, 2007

Frank Terpil, a longtime CIA employee, detailed one of the jobs of another CIA employee, Ed Wilson, to Hougan: “Historically, one of Wilson’s Agency jobs was to subvert members of both houses [of Congress] by any means necessary. . . . Certain people could be easily coerced by living out their sexual fantasy in the flesh. . . . A remembrance of these occasions [was] permanently recorded via selected cameras, I’m sure for historical purposes only. The technicians in charge of the filming . . . [were] TSD [Technical Services Division – a unit of the CIA] personnel. The unwitting porno stars advanced in their political careers, some of [whom] may still be in office. You may now realize the total ineffectiveness of the ‘Watchdog Committee’ assigned to oversee clandestine operations.” —

The Franklin Cover-Up, Child Abuse, Satanism, and Murder in Nebraska, by Senator John W. DeCamp

A little-known White House advisory board convinced a reluctant President Bush to launch yet another high-profile shakeup of the nation’s intelligence community and can CIA Director Porter Goss, sources said yesterday. Bush had already gotten an earful from Director of National Intelligence John Negroponte on the shortcomings of Goss, but the final push came from the “very alarmed” President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board, intelligence and Congressional sources said. Alarms were set off at the advisory board by a widening FBI sex and cronyism investigation that’s targeted Kyle (Dusty) Foggo, the No. 3 official at the CIA, and also touched on Goss himself. The 16-member bipartisan board, now headed by former Goldman Sachs executive Stephen Friedman, has the mandate to conduct periodic assessments on “the quality, quantity and adequacy of intelligence collection.

Behind The Goss Toss. W’s ‘alarmed’ panel sealed top spy’s fate, By Richard Sisk, New York Daily News, May 07, 2006

Reading the indictment against Jack Abramoff, one might not know that he was prominent in Washington Jewish circles. But in coming months, his ties with Jewish and Israeli organizations may play a large role in the web of illegal activity to which the lobbyist has pled guilty.

Specifically, Abramoff is accused of using money from a Washington charity he oversaw to fund military-type programs in the West Bank. Indian tribes donated money to tax-exempt charities, believing they were supporting anti-gambling foundations, but the money was redirected to help a “sniper school” in the West Bank, operated by a friend of Abramoff. According to congressional documents, Abramoff sought night-vision goggles and a vehicle for the sniper-training facility.

Abramoff also allegedly worked on behalf of an Israeli firm that sought to wire the Capitol for cellular phone use. While leading cell phone manufacturers in the United States settled on JGC Wireless to install antennas in repeaters in House buildings, an Israeli company with ties to Abramoff, Foxcom Wireless, ultimately won the bid. The switch is allegedly linked to Rep. Bob Ney (R-Ohio), chairman of the House Administration Committee, who accepted numerous favors from Abramoff over the years, and placed comments in the Congressional Record favorable to Abramoff’s ventures.

Abramoff’s Jewish ties in spotlight, Jewish Telegraphic Agency, January 9, 2006

Jack Abramoff admitted that along with a New York businessman by the name of Adam Kadan, they conspired to defraud lenders in the purchase of the SunCruz Casinos; it’s a South Florida-based fleet of gambling ships. They purchased it for $147.5 million in September of 2000.

Jack Abramoff Pleads Guilty to Federal Conspiracy Charges in Florida, PBS News Hour, Jan 4, 2006

TAMPA, Fla. – SunCruz Casinos has turned over photographs and other documents to FBI investigators after employees said they recognized some of the men suspected in the terrorist attacks as customers. Michael Hlavsa, chairman of the gambling cruise company, said Wednesday two or three men linked to the Sept. 11 hijackings may have been customers on a ship that sailed from Madeira Beach on Florida’s gulf coast.

SunCruz Casinos turns over documents in terrorist probe 9/26/01 By VICKIE CHACHERE Associated Press Writer and Florida Times-Union

TREASURE ISLAND — Employees on a SunCruz gambling ship that sails from John’s Pass think some of the hijackers in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks were gambling on the ship the week before the attacks.

The FBI is investigating. SunCruz Casinos has turned over security videotapes and documents to FBI investigators. Two or three men linked to the hijackings may have been customers on the SunCruz ship that is based at John’s Pass, said Michael Hlavsa, chairman of the gambling cruise company. The FBI has not confirmed the men’s identities, and the cruise line is declining to identify the men being investigated. An FBI spokeswoman declined to comment.

Hlavsa said that in the days after the attack, cruise employees said they recognized some of the hijacking suspects as former customers. One name on the passenger list from a Sept. 5 cruise is the same as one of the suspected terrorists’ names, Hlavsa said. A cash advance was taken out on that passenger’s credit card, he said. “They acted just like normal guests of ours and they were courteous,” he said. “There were no issues.”

The ship’s extensive security systems, which are in place to protect its gaming operations and customers, may help the FBI confirm the men’s identifies, Hlavsa said. The cruise line also is giving the FBI a videotape from a Port Canaveral ship of a former customer that a casino manager thinks resembles one of the terrorists.

Hijakers Linked To Local Casino Cruise Ship Company SunCruz