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Jack Abramoff: Rehabilitated or More Dangerous Than Ever?

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On 60 Minutes Sunday evening, former uber-lobbyist, felon, and ex-convict, Jack Abramoff, presented himself as a fallen man and asks us  now to believe he has been rehabilitated by his incarceration and the horror of his criminal past.  But is Jack truly rehabilitated or now in a position to be more dangerous than ever before?


Jack Abramoff Congressional Testimony by Wikipedia

Jack Abramoff is the classic 'grifter' and 'confidence man.'  Both men and women are drawn to him and he inspires these individuals to willingly pledge him blind allegiance and trust.  They do this not because he is a good man.  Like most grifters, he masterfully exploits character weaknesses in the human psyche like greed, dishonesty, vanity, irresponsibility, and power-mongering in those naive enough to think one can actually get something of value for nothing or very little.  Washington DC was the perfect place for a man like Abramoff to perfect his skills and build an empire based on decadence, dirty deals, and deceit.  He went to jail for mail fraud and conspiracy, but in his interview with Stahl, he hinted at much more nefarious dealings in crimes involving members of Congress that remain secret, and most shockingly, crimes that are still on-going. 

Yes, Jack's a charmer and was doing some smooth talking Sunday night but unless he starts naming names and exposing those he knows to be on the 'take' at the highest levels of power in our government, then it would appear that he hasn't changed in the least.  He might actually be more dangerous than before.  The only difference between the 'con' that went to prison and the '[ex-]con' that we watched on Sunday night's broadcast was the product he's pushing.  Instead of hawking access to power and wealth, he was hawking a book to replenish his own personal bank account. 

Think about it...  A  'Jack Abramoff' who was truly remorseful and repentant of his crimes and sickened by his knowledge of the graft and corruption at our highest levels of government, could have knocked out this book in the 3 years, 6 months of his six-year sentence.  What stopped him?  Abramoff would not have been able to reap profits from any books he sold while he was a guest of the State, although the effort to begin righting the wrongs he heralded on Sunday would have given great credence to his claims of regret and rehabilitation. 

If Abramoff decides not to name names, he'll be well-rewarded in the conservative elite circles by those whom his silence continues to protect.  Knowledge is power and Abramoff has a lot of it to exercise - at will - over extremely powerful and wealthy individuals he could destroy and send to prison for a very long time.  This 'Jack Abramoff' could well be much more dangerous now than he was before. 

 

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