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The (Attempted) Blackmailing of Jan Schakowsky

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However, more than a year later, the Times of London unveiled a series of articles on the Edmonds case. The third article in the series reported the same basic story as Madsen had:

"an investigation into the illicit sale of American nuclear secrets was compromised by a senior official in the State Department [who] ...tipped off a foreign contact about a bogus CIA company used to investigate the sale of nuclear secrets.

Although Grossman is not named in the Times report, from the description of the senior State Department official, it is clearly the same person named in the earlier Madsen article. This is further solidified by the recent Edmonds deposition, in which the whistleblower goes into more detail about Grossman's alleged misdeed in blowing the Brewster Jennings cover two years before Scooter Libby and Richard Armitage "outed" Plame in order to punish her husband Joe Wilson.

Adding even more weight to the Madsen story on Turkish blackmail is the fact that Schakowsky precisely fits the profile of the legislator Edmonds describes in her deposition. Edmonds described a Congresswoman that has several children; Schakowsky has four. And according to Edmonds, as reported in a 2005 Vanity Fair article, the location of much of the illegal Turkish bribery schemes was in the geographic area Jan Schakowsky represents:

"It [Turkish bribery] began in D.C.," says an F.B.I. counter-intelligence official who is familiar with the case file. "It became apparent that Chicago was actually the center of what was going on."

Also, Edmonds claimed in her August 8 deposition that the blackmailed Congresswoman's husband is very influential in local politics in the state in question. Schakowsky's spouse is a very prominent Democratic lobbyist in Illinois,

Robert Creamer, who recently served time for bouncing checks. Creamer is well-connected in his state, having acted as a political consultant for many prominent politicians, including former Governor Rod Blagejovich, Mayor Richard Daley and the only man ever to defeat President Obama in an election, Congressman Bobby Rush.

It is difficult to think of another Congresswoman from the Chicago-area who is married to a man that is so influential in state politics that Turkish agents would want favors from him; thus, there is much evidence that supports Madsen's contention that Schakowski is the unnamed Congresswoman.

Unfortunately, with all the government classification and cover-up of this matter, there is no way confirm the Schakowsky story with 100% accuracy unless, of course, the Congresswoman admits she was a target of such extortion. An admission from Schakowsky seems highly unlikely given the very personal nature of the situation of the situation. But the evidence certainly points to her, which brings several thoughts to mind.

One thought is that it her alleged blackmailing, if it happened, does not tarnish Schakowsky's reputation as a person of integrity and a fighter for liberal causes. Sibel Edmonds admits in her deposition that she never had any evidence the Congresswoman caved in to the sexual blackmail. Particularly encouraging is that Schakowsky has joined the Armenian Caucus in Congress and has come out in favor of the Armenian Genocide Resolution, H. Res 252. However, to the extent that Schakowsky becomes more of a hawk on foreign policy relating to Israel and less of a strident anti-war voice, there is some cause for concern and it was probably not a good idea for Nancy Pelosi to put Schakowsky on the House Select Intelligence Committee, if indeed Schakowsky has been subjected to blackmail by foreign spies.

Secondly, the extortion of one of Congress's most liberal members should be a wake up call to progressives and all Americans. What other progressive Congressperson or Senators have been subjected to blackmail and extortion in order to turn them from 'doves' into 'hawks'? If Turkish agents are conducting this type of arm twisting, what are other lobby groups doing behind the scense? And is there anyway for citizen lobbyists, working ethically and morally, to be able to compete with multinational corporations and foreign entities in the face of such dirty tricks?

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