It couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy.Apparently in his heart of hearts, Eliot Spitzer agrees with my position that people should have the right to pay for sex. But he built a political career on locking sex-workers and their bosses up for accepting the money.
This kind of story gets to the core of why I started Black Sun Journal in the first place. It was because of people in positions of authority who want one set of rules for themselves and another for everyone else. I can’t think of enough foul epithets for this despicable soon-to-be-ex-governor. He deserves whatever scorn, ridicule, and ruin society will now dish up for him.
It’s one thing to stand up for your principles. If someone does that, they get my grudging respect, even if I may disagree with them. But hypocrisy always sends a stench to high heaven, whether committed by a religious figure or not. There’s something about power, political or otherwise, that warps the mind. It makes people feel invincible, and it makes them unaccountable.
Scandals of this nature are delicious, because it’s so much fun to watch the mighty trip over their own shoelaces. I always hope society will grow a little bit and move forward in the understanding of what is and is not realistic to expect in terms of such anachronisms as vice laws. But it seems not.
Every time this happens, (Larry Craig, Ted Haggard, etc.) people instead conclude that the fallen hypocrite had some fatal flaw that the rest of us don’t. They take the opposite lesson and conclude that we just need to find leaders with “better morals.” Ain’t gonna happen. Few people can resist how power ravages the mind. If they could, would we still be having these major sex and money scandals every five minutes?
NEW YORK (AP) – Eliot Spitzer knew how to catch bad guys by following the money.
As attorney general, he once broke up a call-girl ring and locked up 18 people on corruption, money-laundering and prostitution charges. He ruthlessly investigated the pay packages of Wall Street executives and was so familiar with shady financial maneuvers that he rose to become the top racketeering prosecutor in Manhattan.
But in the end, it appears that Spitzer may have been done in by the same behavior he built a career out of prosecuting.
In fact, it seems he was tripped up by some of the very financial accounting methods he used so successfully against multibillion-dollar Wall Street firms.
For one thing, the governor initially drew the attention of federal investigators because of cash payments to an account operated by a call-girl ring, according to a law enforcement official who spoke on condition of because of the sensitivity of the case.
Banks are required to file Suspicious Activity Reports to the government whenever they observe something they fear may be a crime.
In court papers, Client 9—identified by another law enforcement official as Spitzer—hurried to get more than $4,000 in cash to pay a call girl at a Washington hotel.
That kind of activity, repeated over time, is just the kind of thing that would set off alarm bells with a bank’s compliance officer, who is trained to be on the lookout for what is called structuring or “smurfing”—a pattern of transactions aimed at hiding the nature or purpose of certain money.
Spitzer of all people should have known that, said Miami-based lawyer Gregory Baldwin, credited with coining the term “smurfing” in the as a federal prosecutor.
“I think he’s done enough cases where he’s charged money laundering that he would know exactly what kind of information you get from the banks. It’s such a perfect example of what goes around, comes around,” he said.