Tuesday, September 19, 2006


Dennis Hastert

Dennis Hastert plays a major part in Sibel's story.

From David Rose's Vanity Fair article:
Edmonds has given confidential testimony inside a secure Sensitive Compartmented Information facility on several occasions: to congressional staffers, to investigators from the O.I.G., and to the staff from the 9/11 commission. Sources familiar with this testimony say that... she reported hearing Turkish wiretap targets boast that they had a covert relationship with a very senior politician indeed—Dennis Hastert, Republican congressman from Illinois and Speaker of the House since 1999. The targets reportedly discussed giving Hastert tens of thousands of dollars in surreptitious payments in exchange for political favors and information...
Some of the (FBI wiretaps) reportedly contained what sounded like references to large scale drug shipments and other crimes. To a person who knew nothing about their context, the details were confusing and it wasn’t always clear what might be significant. One name, however, apparently stood out – a man the Turkish callers often referred to by the nickname “Denny boy.” It was the Republican congressman from Illinois and Speaker of the House, Dennis Hastert. According to some of the wiretaps, the F.B.I.’s targets had arranged for tens of thousands of dollars to be paid to Hastert’s campaign funds in small checks. Under Federal Election Commission rules, donations of less than $200 are not required to be itemized in public filings.
Again, the reported content of the Chicago wiretaps may well have been sheer bravado, and there is no evidence that any payment was ever made to Hastert or his campaign. Nevertheless, a senior official at the Turkish Consulate is said to have claimed in one recording that the price for Hastert to withdraw the (Armenian Genocide) resolution would have been at least $500,000.
from my interview with KTM director Mathieu Verboud:
Mathieu: In our cast, David Rose (the author of the Vanity Fair article) had the crucial role of the guy who makes the first important revelations. He was the man for the job. He has a great vision of the whole thing, he's a great story teller, but at the same time carefully sticking to what he knows. He is the only one who has spoken to people who know what’s on the (FBI's) tapes. He met with the sources, and as he says in the film, ‘these sources were very nervous about the tapes’. His testimony helps strengthening the pillars of the story - yes, the tapes involved Turkish officials, some of them working for the embassy in the Washington, and others in the consulate in Chicago. Money in exchange secrets, basically what we could read in Vanity Fair… When that was done, he described how he found out about Hastert, and then alluded to what we expose in the last segment of the film: the Neocons connection.
From an interview with Meria Heller, here's Sibel:
“…what happened was, FBI had this information since 1997. In 1999, the Clinton Administration actually asked the Department of Justice to appoint a Special Prosecutor to investigate Hastert, and certain other elected officials that were not named in this (Vanity Fair) article, to be investigated formally. And the Department of Justice actually went about appointing this prosecutor, but after the Administration changed they quashed that investigation and they closed it despite the fact they had all sorts of evidence, again I’m talking about wiretaps, documents- paper documents- that was highly explosive and could have been easily used to indict the Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert. That investigation was closed in 2001, and this was around the time I started reporting my cases to the Congress.”
What do you think of Denny Boy?

At first sight, Hastert seems such an unlikely character to be wrapped up in all of this. The "small town boy to wrestling coach to politician" bio seems way too simple for someone in his position. No doubt it is true as far as it goes, but it may be just a facade. And his bio gives no hint at all of how or why he would be involved with Turkey. We must be missing something about Hastert, but I can't figure it out.

A couple of questions, if anybody can help: Is Hastert known to have a Turkish background in his family? (I wonder if his family name might originally have been Hasturk, Haskurt or similar?) Does he speak Turkish on his travels? If not, is it possible that he is able to speak Turkish, but does not do so in public?
thnx anon - as far as i can tell, hastert is simply being bribed because he likes/wants money.

it could have come from turkey or china or iran - i doubt he cares.
Looks like Mr. Squeaky Clean is so clean after all!

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