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New Book: Confessions of a DC Madam

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.

If you want a glimpse into the dirty tricks sector of the machine, read the book, or discover and listen to interviews with Henry and Nick.

Nick Bryant

Interview with Nick Bryant

In 2009, when Nick Bryant’s book, The Franklin Scandal: A Story of Powerbrokers, Child Abuse and Betrayal came out, I immediately ordered a copy. When it arrived, more than 600 pages of it, I dove in with excited anticipation which all too quickly became a slow slog. Its complexity, its journalistic imperative, and its fastidious attention to detail—all the things that name it authentic and critically important—stopped me in my tracks. My survivor mind couldn’t cope with its objectivity, its compelling and sequential truth. My cognitive allegiance was to the survivors and the inchoate and inarticulate truth of their struggle. Bryant was writing about the legal logistics of horrendous crimes against children and the resulting cover-up. In the Franklin Scandal he details the real-time unfolding of the attempts, heroic and dogged on the parts of those who tried to bring justice to light, as well as on the parts of those doing everything possible to thwart justice and destroy survivors. It is a legal playbook that illuminates shocking miscarriages of justice and callous and conniving cover-up. But I couldn’t read it. I couldn’t track it. Continue reading