Most people understand that our political system has been hijacked by monied and corporate interests, what they don’t yet understand however is the extensive level of control exercised by the national security state through much less obvious means. Confessions of a DC Madam: The Politics of Sex, Lies, and Blackmail outlines how the appetites of high ranking officials render them vulnerable to blackmail, and how strong-arming operations are covered-up by complicit media and justice system personnel.
Referenced in Nick Bryant’s 2009 book The Franklin Scandal as the DC source of information about Lawrence King’s child trafficking network, Henry Vinson is the madam who crossed paths with CIA blackmail operative Craig Spence. Bryant collaborated in writing Vinson’s account of his life and his travails with the government after his business turned him into the man who knew too much. Notable clients of Vinson’s gay escort service include: CIA Director William Casey, CIA agent Donald Gregg, Congressman Barney Frank, Congressman Larry Craig, Bush Labor Department official Paul Balach, CDC Dr. Vernon Houk, and various other government officials and media personalities. Greta Van Susteren was Vinson’s defense attorney, and either did a poor job or intentionally threw his case.