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US Iraq Casualties Are Up, Not Down…

August 31, 2007
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This most illuminating post is reproduced from Ohio2006 Blog: http://ohio2006elections.blogspot.com

They keep saying it, but it isn’t true. The above graph, courtesy of Kevin Drum based on information from Juan Cole, shows us the reality. YES, U.S. troop deaths have declined from May through August of 2007. They do that each year, because scorching summer temperatures bring activity in general to a halt. But, NO, the number of deaths are not down. Compared to 2006, they are consistently up, month after month. They are higher this August than last August, and were almost as high this August as they were in January, February, and March of this year when the surge was just getting set up. As Dr. Cole puts it:

I mean, how brain dead do the Bushies think we are, peddling this horse manure that US troop deaths have fallen? (There are always seasonal variations because in the summer it is 120 F. in the shade and guerrillas are too heat-exhausted to fight; but the summer 2007 numbers are much greater than those for summer 2006; that isn’t progress.) And why does our corporate media keep repeating this Goebbels-like propaganda? Do we really live in an Orwellian state?

When you hear the puppets in the pep parade repeating the lie that U.S. troop deaths have fallen because of the surge, remember this post


Coming Soon, A List of Person’s Convicted of Soliciting for Prostitution in Dayton

August 30, 2007
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On a quarterly basis the City of Dayton’s Prosecutors office and The City’s Public Affairs office puts together a list of all the people who have been convicted in the City’s courts of offenses related to soliciting for prostitution. The list is published in the Dayton Daily News and shown [somewhat sporadically] on DATV and the Dayton City TV station.

According to the Prosecutor’s office it can take several days of work on their part to pull this list together and ensure it’s accuracy. The end result of publishing the list is some public embarrassment of those who have been convicted. While I applaud this effort at the same time I do not think it goes quite far enough, I am therefore embarking on a project to take this information to the “next level”:

When the current listing is finally prepared it will become available for viewing 24/7/365 on a new blog site simply entitled CONVICTED IN DAYTON OHIO OF SOLICITATION FOR PROSTITUTION.

It would be incredibly naive to think that sex for sale/prostitution is ever going to “go away”. Laws governing prostitution are promulgated on a state level, severely limiting what a local jurisdiction can enact in the way of ordinances aimed at controlling or “regulating” it. The alternatives are therefor similarly limited. You can have strict enforcement of the laws, which in turn, costs a great deal of money and the time of the various agencies involved. A second approach is accept the view of prostitutes as “victims”, both willing and unwilling, and to enact social programs aimed at alleviating that victim-hood through direct outreach/counseling and rehabilitation programs. Currently there are efforts in this regard proceeding at both the city and county levels. The third approach is to seek to reduce demand, which, of course, is similar in difficulty to repealing the laws of gravity. Nonetheless, some success CAN be achieved through public embarrassment of those who are found guilty and convicted. I believe having this list easily available for ready public perusal will be a small but worthwhile contribution to this effort.

Your thoughts and comments are most welcome.

NEW BLOG IS NOW ONLINE @                                                  http://prostitutionconvictionsdaytonohio.wordpress.com   


The “Bush Dog” Campaign/”Leashing” Conservative Democrats

August 30, 2007
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Here’s a great idea for putting the “leash” on conservative “Blue Dog Democrats” who act as enablers for the Bush administration political agenda.

Step One in The Bush Dog Campaign: Creating a Public Record

by: Matt Stoller

Wed Aug 22, 2007 at 08:00:00 AM EDT

(This post will stay at the top of the page for a while today. New content can be found below it – promoted by Chris Bowers)

Cross-posted on Dailykos

I’m hearing more and more frequently a sense of rage with the Democratic leadership in Congress.  From failing to stop the war to expanding Bush’s wiretapping authority, the swing vote of conservative Democrats in the House are forming an effective conservative majority that is enabling Bush to govern as he wishes.  The polls show that this is a very bad political move for Democrats.  Congress has an 18% approval rating, from Democrats, and 60% of all voters strongly disapprove of Bush’s new wiretapping authority.  Democrats haven’t stopped the war, haven’t stopped torture, haven’t curbed corporate abuses, and haven’t really done anything except raise the minimum wage as part of a package to send $100B of taxpayer into the sands of Iraq.

By and large, the conservative Democratic elites really don’t care, and they think they are going to win in 2008 without having to lead on anything the public or the activists in the party thinks is important.  For instance, DCCC Chair Chris Van Hollen complained about progressives upset with Chris Carney, even though Carney lied to get campaign contributions in 2006 and just endorsed a Republican for President.  This is part of a pattern.  DCCC recruitment chair Artur Davis complained earlier after the blank check bill passed that Moveon was criticizing Democrats, saying, “I would urge MoveOn and others to recognize that the person who is extending this war is George Bush.”

There’s no doubt that Bush is a very bad man and a very bad President, but this excuse to not lead will no longer fly.  I think we’re all tired of conservative Democratic politicians thinking that their goal in life is to get better parking spots than they did last cycle.

Matt Stoller :: Step One in The Bush Dog Campaign: Creating a Public Record
And so, you may have noticed a lot of chatter about ‘Bush Dog’ Democrats over the past few days.  That’s not an accident.  We’ve been working to identify the group of conservative Democrats in the House who are holding back progressives from being able to effectively govern.  These are concentrated in two main caucuses, the Blue Dog Caucus and the New Democrat caucuses.  Blue Dogs consider themselves heirs to the Southern conservative wing of the party, and tend to vote for socially restrictive policies and a hawkish foreign policy.  The New Democrats tend to be more partisan, but often are key to passing important pieces of right-wing legislation, such as the Bankruptcy Bill. In the last few years, these two caucuses have expanded their numbers, and the Blue Dogs have become the swing vote in the House allowing for effective conservative control of the Congress.  We want to put a stop to the embrace of conservative values among House Democrats, and make sure that when Democrats are elected, they act like Democrats. So who specifically are these people?  As Chris Bowers noted, the two biggest defeats for House Democrats so far in 2007 have been the capitulation vote on Iraq, and the vote to allow Alberto Gonzales warrant-less wiretapping powers. We’re calling the Democrats who capitulated on both bills ‘Bush Dogs’, as these are the most likely to capitulate on important fights in the future.

The first step in stopping this behavior is to identify the people engaging in it and offer up criticism.  There are a few reasons for this.  One, many of these members feel no pressure to vote correctly or uphold progressive values.  Criticism is the signal they are relying on to let them know when they err.  Two, some of these members may need to face a primary challenge, and it’s useful for potential primary challengers to know that there is criticism of these members.  Three, other members considering joining the Bush Dog caucus may be dissuaded if they know there will be criticism.  Four, candidates running for office will finally have a signal on how they should talk about being good Democrats that are willing to take tough votes.

So here’s my ask.  Would you profile one of these Bush Dogs?  What we need is a brief profile of the member, their voting record, their personality, and the district and its politics.  Is there a primary challenge?  Is the member well-suited for his or her district?  Did the member do something to mitigate this criticism?  Remember, this is not an attack, it’s a profile so we can get to know these people and eventually persuade them to do the right thing.  It doesn’t have to be comprehensive or long, just enough to get a sense of who this person is and how they do their politics.

An example of a profile is this one on Congressman Brian Higgins of New York’s 27th district (who is not quite a Bush Dog, but comes close).  My method of researching and writing a blog post on a member is as follows, and relies on our friend Mr. Google.  First, I looked for mentions of Higgins on local blogs via technorati.com and the Albany Project/Rochester Turning.  Second, I looked at the district by checking the party registration numbers, which I got from the Secretary of State’s web site.  Some states don’t have this kind of data, but if you can find out the margin between Kerry and Bush in 2004 or Gore and Bush in 2000, that gives you some sense of what the district is like.  Third, I looked at some high profile votes – the authorization for the use of force in Iraq, the Bankruptcy Bill, the blank check bill to fund the war, the FISA vote, etc.  I use Progressive Punch to quickly identify where Higgins broke with progressives, and then drilled down into the votes to see when they are significant.  Fourth, I read about ten articles on Google news and got a sense for when he’s in the local papers.  I also made a few calls to contacts, but those didn’t turn out to be helpful.

All in all, it took about two or three hours to research and write the post.  It might take a little longer if you’re not used to doing this type of research, but when you’re done you do have a sense for who this person is.  It’s also fascinating that the conversation in the comments led to a good sense of how Higgins is received in the district.

A list of core Bush Dogs is as follows, though as I’ll explain in a bit, I’m sure we’ll be expanding the Bush Dog pool as the fall Congressional period begins.  Chris has a lot more stats on who these people are on his post here.

Jason Altmire, PA-04
Brian Baird, WA-03 (he didn’t vote for FISA, but he just switched his position and now supports the surge)
John Barrow, GA-12
Melissa Bean, IL-08
Dan Boren, OK-02
Leonard Boswell, IA-03
Alan Boyd, FL-02
Chris Carney, PA-10
Ben Chandler, KY-06
Jim Cooper, TN-05
Jim Costa, CA-20
Bud Cramer, AL-05
Henry Cuellar, TX-28
Lamar Davis, TN-04
Joe Donnelly, IN-02
Chet Edwards, TX-17
Brad Ellsworth, IN-08
Bob Etheridge, NC-02
Bart Gordon, TN-06
Stephanie Herseth, SD-AL
Baron Hill, IN-09
Nick Lampson, TX-22
Dan Lipinski, IL-03
Jim Marshall, GA-08
Jim Matheson, UT-02
Mike McIntyre, NC-07
Charlie Melancon, LA-03
Colin Peterson, MN-07
Earl Pomeroy, ND-AL
Ciro Rodriguez, TX-23
Mike Ross, AR-04
John Salazar, CO-03
Heath Shuler, NC-11
Vic Snyder, AR-02
Zack Space, OH-18
John Tanner, TN-08
Gene Taylor, MS-04
Tim Walz, MN-01
Charlie Wilson, OH-06

So far, Tim Walz and Jim Costa have been profiled.  If you have a few hours and know one of these members, grab them and do a profile on your blog or on a diary here or elsewhere.  And put the link in the comments so I can update our list.  There’s no limit on the number of profiles per member, this is about conversation and education, so the more views the better.  You can defend your member, if you think the criticism is unfair.

When we’re done doing these profiles, we can begin to track these members, engage in online advertising to let their constituents know their record, and/or help local activists in their districts.  This is going to be a completely open process, and as votes come up this fall, we won’t hesitate to add new Bush Dogs or honorary Bush Dog titles based on political games played by leadership.  I’ve had conversations with sources in the House who think that this wasn’t the fault of the Bush Dogs, even though they were the ones who voted for FISA.  So fine.  There’s more than enough wankery to go around.

Already, there’s a contempt vote in the House that I’m going to watch closely, and of course, there’s the Petraeus PR ploy.  So grab a member from this list and profile him (all but two are men).  And I’m sure, based on the newfound aggressiveness we’re seeing among liberal advocacy groups like the ACLU, that the work we do in profiling these members will be useful to other progressive groups as well.

This is going to be uncomfortable for many of us.  Criticizing the people we just elected, people who may even be nice to us personally, is never easy.  And shifting away from raw partisanship, which was necessary from 2002-2006, towards the idea that we need good Democrats and not Bush Dog Democrats, is going to take some slight adjustments.  We’re going to be told that we are jeopardizing candidates in swing districts, that we are hurting the possibility of retaining the majority.  We’re going to be told we’re bad Democrats.

None of that is true, and it is loser talk.  There is no such thing as a Republican district, and Democrats only get stronger when we stand confidently for our values.  Criticism makes us better, not weaker, and demanding that our candidates stand for ideas and not just party labels will make the Democratic Party a more vibrant and effective vessel for change.  After all, at the same time as we push against Bush Dog Democrats we are also trying to elect Democrats all over the country.  I mean, beating Lieberman in the primary in 2006 was just the spark the party needed to focus on Iraq.  Perhaps this is the spark that progressives in the House and Senate need to get some ferocity of spirit.

In other words, this is a new project for many of us, but it’s part of the continuum of what the netroots is all about.  Such is how movements get stronger.


Gov Strickland Outlines New Energy Policy Goals

August 30, 2007
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8.29.07 – Governor Strickland Proposes Energy, Jobs and Progress Plan
 
     
  Columbus, Ohio – Ohio Governor Ted Strickland today announced his Energy, Jobs and Progress plan that will ensure predictability of affordable energy prices and serve as a catalyst to enhance energy industries in Ohio, bringing new jobs while protecting existing jobs.

The Energy, Jobs and Progress plan will achieve three objectives:

* Ensure affordable and stable energy prices to protect Ohio consumers and existing Ohio jobs
* Attract energy jobs of the future through an Ohio advanced energy portfolio standard
* Safeguard Ohio families by empowering consumers and modernizing Ohio’s energy infrastructure.

Read the whole press release @

http://www.governor.ohio.gov/News/August2007/News82907/tabid/348/Default.aspx


Idaho Statesman’s Article on Senator Craig’s Arrest & Link

August 29, 2007
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August 28, 2007

Men’s room arrest reopens questions about Sen. Larry Craig

Idaho senator pleads guilty to disorderly conduct after incident at Minnesota airport that echoes previous allegation of homosexual conduct.

Sen. Larry Craig, who in May told the Idaho Statesman he had never engaged in homosexual acts, was arrested less than a month later by an undercover police officer who said Craig made a sexual advance toward him in an airport men’s room.

Read the Idaho Statesman’s complete story at

http://www.idahostatesman.com/eyepiece/story/143801.html


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Whistleblowers on Fraud Facing Penalties/link to article from Forbes.com

August 28, 2007
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Associated Press
Whistleblowers on Fraud Facing Penalties
By DEBORAH HASTINGS 08.24.07, 3:16 PM ET

 
 


 
 


One after another, the men and women who have stepped forward to report corruption in the massive effort to rebuild Iraq have been vilified, fired and demoted.

Or worse.

Read more @ http://www.forbes.com/feeds/ap/2007/08/24/ap4052736.html

Wondering where the dollars intended for the troops, reconstruction and reform efforts are going… a must read.


Bush Gets Away with Lies, Lies and More Lies in History-Illiterate America

August 27, 2007
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George Bush and other Iraq War supporters have argued that if we withdraw from Iraq the result will be like the killing fields of Cambodia — an odd comparison considering that the US has direct responsibility for that holocaust.

Here are the facts:

  • The killing fields were real. The genocide against their own people was committed by the Khmer Rouge.
  • The Vietnamese — the Communist Vietnamese — were the people who went in and put a stop to it.
  • The United States then supported the Khmer Rouge.

Here’s how that came to happen.

The United States got involved in the war in Vietnam in an attempt to keep South Vietnam from going communist. Which it would have if nationwide elections had been held as promised.

Cambodia is next to Vietnam. It was ruled by Prince Sihanouk. He attempted to be neutral. Both sides abused that neutrality.

The North Vietnamese send arms, support and men through Cambodia on the “Ho Chi Minh Trail” to go around South Vietnamese and American forces. They also used Cambodian ports.

The United States, which was not at war with Cambodia, officially or unofficially, secretly sent armed forces into Cambodia to interrupt North Vietnamese use of that route. In 1969, Nixon began a campaign of carpet bombing sections of Cambodia. Ultimately about 750,000 Cambodians were killed by the bombings (though the numbers are hard to verify.)

In 1970, while Sihanouk was out of the country, visiting Europe, the USSR and China, Lon Nol took over the country in a right wing coup.

There are two stories about American involvement. The first is that we supported the coup, the second (in Tom Weiner’s Legacy of Ashes, The History of the CIA) is that it took the CIA and the United States by surprise. Recently declassified documents support Weiner’s view.

In either case, once Lon Nol took power, the US supported him. In return, Lon Nol ended the neutrality, closed the ports to the communists and demanded that the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese leave the country, and let US forces openly, though secretly, operate in Cambodia.

There was resistance to Lon Nol. Some of it was certainly a spontaneous matter of national sentiment. Some of it was certainly fomented by various communist interests.

Sihanouk, in China, then allied himself with the Khmer Rouge, Cambodia communists, which conferred new legitimacy on them.

Civil War broke out. Lon Nol was both corrupt and inept. In spite of American financial and military support, he lost.

America left Vietnam in 1973.

The Khmer Rouge took the capital of Cambodia in 1975. They were one of the most horrendous regimes in history. They practiced a kind of class genocide, “re-educating” and murdering anyone who educated or Westernized, as well as minority groups.

In 1978, Vietnam, by then fully Communist, invaded Cambodia to put a stop to the Khmer Rouge and drive them out. They installed a more moderate and sane regime.

The United States, the UK, and China then supported the remnants of the Khmer Rouge. With their help the conflict continued for another ten years.

When George Bush, or anyone else, uses the Cambodian holocaust as a warning of what might happen if America withdraws from Iraq, remember the facts.

1. Part of the holocaust in Cambodia is directly attributable to American bombing. The 750,000 dead. (Comparable to the number of Iraqis killed by American forces in this war.)

2. The civil war that led to the victory of the Khmer Rouge came about, at least in part, because of America’s support of Lon Nol.

3. The “enemy,” the Vietnamese Communists, were the ones who put a stop to the Khmer Rouge.

4. The United States supported the Khmer Rouge — after their murders, after the genocide. That support helped a civil war continue for another decade. More death, more destruction.

Larry Beinhart is the author of Fog Facts: Searching for Truth in the Land of Spin. His novels include Wag the Dog, on which the film was based, and The Librarian which Rolling Stone described as “John Grisham meets Jon Stewart.”

© 2007 Independent Media Institute. All rights reserved.
View this story online at: http://www.alternet.org/story/60764/

Attorney General Gonzalez Resigns! Oh Happy Days: First Karl, now Alberto!

August 27, 2007
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Published: August 27, 2007 New York Times

WACO, Tex., Aug. 27 — Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales, whose tenure has been marred by controversy and accusations of perjury before Congress, announced his resignation in Washington today, declaring that he had “lived the American dream” by being able to lead the Justice Department.

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Mr. Gonzales, who had rebuffed calls for his resignation for months, submitted it to President Bush by telephone on Friday, a senior administration official said. There had been rumblings over the weekend that Mr. Gonzales’s departure was imminent, although the White House sought to quell the rumors.

Mr. Gonzales appeared cheerful and composed when he announced that he was stepping down effective Sept. 17. His very worst days on the job were “better than my father’s best days,” he said, alluding to his family’s hardscrabble past.

“Thank you, and God bless America,” Mr. Gonzales said, exiting without responding to questions.

Mr. Bush has not yet chosen a replacement but will not leave the position open long, the official said early this morning. Among those being mentioned as a possible successor were Christopher Cox, the head of the Securities and Exchange Commission and a former congressman; Michael Chertoff, the secretary of homeland security who is a former federal judge; and Larry Thompson, a former deputy attorney general.

Mr. Bush repeatedly stood by Mr. Gonzales, an old friend and colleague from Texas, even as Mr. Gonzales faced increasing scrutiny for his leadership of the Justice Department over issues including his role in the dismissals of nine United States attorneys late last year and whether he testified truthfully about the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs.

Earlier this month, at a news conference, Mr. Bush dismissed accusations that Mr. Gonzales had stonewalled or misled a congressional inquiry. “We’re watching a political exercise,” Mr. Bush said. “I mean, this is a man who has testified, he’s sent thousands of papers up there. There’s no proof of wrong.”

Mr. Gonzales’s resignation is the latest in a series of high-level departures that has reshaped the end of Mr. Bush’s second term. Karl Rove, another of Mr. Bush’s close circle of aides from Texas, stepped down two weeks ago.

The official who disclosed the resignation in advance today said that the turmoil over Mr. Gonzales had made it difficult for him to continue as attorney general. “The unfair treatment that he’s been on the receiving end of has been a distraction for the department,” the official said.

A senior administration official said today that Mr. Gonzales, who was in Washington, had called the president in Crawford, Tex., on Friday to offer his resignation. The president rebuffed the offer, but said the two should talk face to face on Sunday.

Mr. Gonzales and his wife flew to Texas, and over lunch on Sunday the president accepted the resignation with regret, the official said.

On Saturday night Mr. Gonzales was contacted by his press spokesman to ask how the department should respond to inquiries from reporters about rumors of his resignation, and he told the spokesman to deny the reports.

White House spokesmen also insisted on Sunday that they did not believe that Mr. Gonzales was planning to resign. Aides to senior members of the Senate Judiciary Committee said over the weekend that they had received no suggestion from the administration that Mr. Gonzales intended to resign.

Senator Charles E. Schumer, the New York Democrat who sits on the committee and has been calling for Mr. Gonzales’s resignation for months, said this morning: “It has been a long and difficult struggle, but at last the attorney general has done the right thing and stepped down. For the previous six months, the Justice Department has been virtually nonfunctional, and desperately needs new leadership.”

Senator Schumer said that “Democrats will not obstruct or impede a nominee who we are confident will put the rule of law above political considerations.”

Steven Lee Myers reported from Waco, Texas, and Philip Shenon reported from Washington.


Don’t Look for Prostitute “hook-up” here…

August 25, 2007
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Ever since I posted a little rant about Dayton being a prostitute haven/destination my blog has been getting a lot of hits…from people with apparently the wrong idea. I am NOT trying to “hook you up!!” Get over it, go away, look somewhere else. This is about how to get them OFF the streets, not into your car!!

Another Dayton blogger has picked up on this issue with a slightly different twist…I am not sure that this is the solution, but here is what he has to say:

 

Does Dayton need a “Combat zone”?

23Aug07

I first heard this idea from John Gower, who is now the director of planning. I thought it had merit then, and am thinking it has more merit now.

Zone an area that is extremely depressed as the X-rated area. Allow porn stores, strip clubs, all night bars, seedy motels that rent by the hour, to have a place to themselves. Charge high taxes, provide high police visibility, but don’t arrest the hookers, just the drunks and fighters.

Have a hooker rehab center and drug rehab programs in the area- supported by the higher taxes.

This way, the negative impact of these activities is limited to the designated area. Hookers caught plying their trade elsewhere- picked up and dropped off in the Combat Zone. Pimps who want to beat up girls – arrested, since the area will be well patrolled.

Boston had an area called the “combat zone” for years, and I saw the same kind of thing in Hamburg and Paris. There is no reason it couldn’t work here.

What brought this idea back to mind was a motorcycle ride last Friday night with a couple of buddies- I brought them back in down W. Third Street. Both buddies, Vietnam era Army Rangers, thought I was trying to give them flashbacks. Face it, there isn’t enough money available to bring back parts of W. Third Street- so maybe the answer is to let the wages of sin give it a shot. Moving the sex shops out of the Oregon District, N. Dixie, etc. might help give other areas a better chance- and also give some people in Dayton a reason to go over to the West Side.

Sounds harsh- but, the reality is, maybe this is one of the conversations we should be having? Posted @ http://esrati.com/

You can go to David’s blog and add your two cents worth or add to the discussion here.

After my presentation to the city commission on this subject there has been some limited discussion about the one area where the city can have some impact: rehabilitation services for women that are not currently being provided. I also understand there is some potential on the county level as well, which would be another step in the right direction.


The Monitor / Embezzlement in Cleveland Diocese{more news not found in the DDN}

August 24, 2007
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The Monitor / Embezzlement in Cleveland Diocese / 8.24.2007

Dear Friend,

An embezzlement trial opened in Cleveland this week, spotlighting theft at the highest levels of the Cleveland diocese.

For a useful overview of the Cleveland case, read our special version of a recent New York Times article, with links to relevant court documents.

The defendants say the money they took was authorized by the diocese’s financial and legal secretary, a priest they accuse of also routing payments to himself and to his girlfriend. The chancery’s “system of secret compensation” involved dummy corporations and hundreds of bank accounts, the defendants say, including a $500,000 off-book account for former Bishop Anthony Pilla.
Why do cases of financial abuses within the Church interest us?
Over and over again, we’re seeing that the Church’s financial and sexual crises are entangled in the same skein of secrecy and lawlessness. Tug one thread and you pull the other.

Example: As part of bankruptcy proceedings, the Portland OR archdiocese was required to file 50,000 pages of financial records. In 2006, Oregonian reporters sifting through the archive discovered documentation of many more victims and abusers than the archdiocese had ever acknowledged.

But it goes deeper, this enmeshment of theft and sexual abuse. It begins with the crimes themselves.

At every level, theft funds crimes of cover-up. Bishops take money from the unwitting faithful to seal victims’ lips in secret settlements. In Boston, millions of dollars collected to fund priests’ retirements were diverted to pay for sex offenders’ lawyers and therapists. In parishes, embezzling priests blackmail pedophile priests into silence.

Most practically, theft pays for the abuse itself. Priests rob the collection basket to buy child pornography. They steal to buy the tools of grooming: gifts, fine meals, nice cars, and, crucially, overnight trips with the victim.

And when embezzlement is reported to the chancery, we’ve seen the diocese punish the whistleblower, not the priest.
In the Cleveland case, the Church has fought to block the release of financial documents, despite the judge’s order. A lot is at stake for the diocese. And for you and me. If the contents of the documents become public during the upcoming trials, we’ll learn how high the corruption went in Cleveland. And we’ll have a pattern to look for in other dioceses.

We’ll keep you posted.

Regards,

Anne Barrett Doyle

Co-Director

BishopAccountability.org


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