Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Susan Bradford: Tom Rodgers, Obsessed with Jack Abramoff Much?

Our friend Susan Bradford has a piece on how Jack Abramoff is someone that must be making Tom Rodgers say.."why can't I quit you?"...

If there is a common denominator among the lobbyists who set up Republican superlobbyist Jack Abramoff, it’s that they are a few feathers short of a headdress. Tom Rodgers has got to be the most insane of the bunch as he can’t seem to shake his obsession with Abramoff. To be classified as crazier than Larry Rosenthal, who is reputedly sleeping and boozing his way up the tribal ladder; Roger Stone, a drop out and proud sociopath who swings, smokes pot, and plays Mini-Me to Donald Trump; and Scott Reed, a crazy-eyed fund raiser for Sen. John McCain who decapitates Indian tribes so that he and his allies can take them over, is really saying something.

Yesterday Rodgers crashed a National Press Club event in which Abramoff was speaking to give a long, rambling rant against the superlobbyist. He was flanked by Mark Ranzenberger, the reporter for the Morning Sun which published lies about Abramoff on behalf of mendacious tribal leaders within the Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Council. After nonsensically blathering about Abramoff for ten minutes during a Q and A session, Rodgers frantically bolted from the room.

The Indians who constituted Rodgers’ posse said that their contacts within the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe enlisted the Carlyle Consulting lobbyist to investigate Abramoff over his efforts to work outside the tribal gaming establishment – including the National Congress of American Indians, an organization established to promote economic development on Indian reservations on behalf of oil interests and the nation’s leading industrialists which were heavily invested in the tribes; and the National Indian Gaming Commission which emerged from the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, legislation sponsored by Sen. John McCain.

(Interesting angle, since Rodgers said that he was principally concerned with Abramoff’s fees, but none of the accusers can keep their story or narrative straight.)

The fictitious Indians controllers of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe, who represent the interests of the industrialists within the tribes are heavily influenced by the NCAI, and the tribe’s former lobbyist, Larry Rosenthal of Ietan Consulting, was former Chief of Staff for the NIGC. Both Rodgers and Rosenthal, who set up Abamoff for wrongful conviction, represent the National Indian Gaming Association, the NIGC’s lobbying shop.

Essentially, allies of pseudo-Indians appealed to Rodgers to investigate and take down the super-lobbyist since he was working outside the tribal gaming structures set in place by McCain and the nation’s leading industrialists, and was in the process of upsetting the status quo which had served and profited the nation’s elites so well.

Recently while surfing the Internet, I stumbled upon a blog on Abramoff’s appearance on the obscure Peter Collins radio show in which Rodgers decided to call in.

Rodgers is a self-described whistle blower who credits himself with bringing Abramoff to justice. His heroic efforts amounted to crafting a dishonest narrative and enlisting tribal members to lie to the media and Senate Indian Affairs Committee to run professional rivals into prison on trumped up charges.

I have traveled to the tribes and interviewed the tribal leaders and can assert without reservation that the allegations are false, and that both the tribal witnesses and Rodgers knew they were false.

This lobbyist, the son of a Standard Oil employee, is essentially working on behalf of the oil industry to whom he owes his livelihood and allegiance. The oil companies created Indian tribes and have enlisted poor whites, like those from Rodgers’ Irish Catholic background, to become tribal members. Rodgers has defended the white controllers in Indian Country who have oppressed the genuine Natives and stripped them of their rights, privileges, and inheritance and profited from their victimization.

The Carlyle Consulting lobbyist became interested in Abramoff when the super-lobbyist entered the Texas market to block the casino aspirations of the Alabama Coushatta, an oil-rich Indian tribe that was pursuing an illegal strategy of opening a casino in violation of state law. Abramoff actually tried to force Rodgers’ client to follow the law and honor the wishes of the Texas citizens who overwhelmingly voted to oppose casinos.

According to the tribe’s attorney, Rodgers, who said he was motivated to investigate Abramoff over his high fees, was fleecing the Coushattas by charging them of hundreds of thousands of dollars to subscribe to his news clipping service. He also participated in the Alex Gibney propaganda documentary without the tribe’s permission and was colluding with Louisiana Coushatta Council Member William Worfel, who had instructed Abramoff to block a casino for the Alabama Coushatta – a decided conflict of interest. In fact, Worfel was the mastermind of that campaign. The attorney said that Rodgers, who earns between $400,000 to close to a million dollars a year, was fired for “ethics violations.”

He’s less whistle blower and more show boat who is so desperate for attention that he is willing to do anything. Profoundly aware of his immortality, Rodgers, who is entering his senior years, is reaching for a permanent place in history books as the “whistle blower” who launched the most extensive corruption probe to ever grace Capitol Hill, except that his faux scandal was manufactured and pushed by gaming interests which targeted Abramoff for his effectiveness in blocking the expansion of casinos.

Rodgers did little more than prep tribal members to lie to the media, feed false information to reform groups, and then watch the wheels churn while multi-billion dollar interests guided the investigation to its natural conclusion. He’s only a hero because the narrative he crafted paints him as one, but the truth is, he is pretender.

Yet this alleged whistle blower, who has been shown original documents (from me) which refute his claims has not only refused to apologize but continues to stalk Abramoff and call up radio shows on which he appears. If I were Abramoff’s attorney, I would seriously consider slapping a restraining order on this man as he is clearly obsessed.

Upon hearing Rodgers’ voice, Abramoff hung up on him. According to the Legal Schanuzer blog, “Abramoff apparently sensed that Rodgers’ arrival meant the heat was about to get turned up.” The blogger clearly doesn’t know Rodgers very well. The moment this lobbyist enters the room, the misinformation spirals into the stratosphere. I expect Abramoff had better things to do with his time than shoot the breeze with a mendacious malcontent.

Rodgers maintains that he wanted to focus his attention on two subjects: that Abramoff offered life insurance for elders to apply death benefits to lobbying bills. First, the plan was packaged and promoted by Greenberg Traurig, Abramoff’s employer. Second, the plan is commonly offered to Indian tribes. Life insurance plans sold to tribes are intended to cover debts and bills. In fact, McCain’s fundraisers sold a similar plan to the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe.

The Carlyle Consulting lobbyist also wanted to discuss whether Abramoff paid news reporters for favorable coverage. Let’s see, which is worse? Paying conservative writers to advance conservative arguments on behalf of policy initiatives they support or Rodgers’ method of planting false information in local newspapers, the Washington Post, and New York Times, and enlisting PR firms to blanket the nation with lies to sabotage a professional rival who outperformed him? I suppose it’s a matter of perspective.

Rodgers ended his interview by joking that it’s “about time an Indian gets to ambush a white guy.”

Even though he is merely pretending to be half Indian, Rodgers’ attitude reflects that he is a self-loathing racist who is intent on promoting the mentality of perpetual tribal victimization. In contrast, Abramoff was about empowering the indigenous people.

Rodgers doesn’t need another ethics award, he needs a new hobby. Word on K-Street is that he has recently taken up ballet. Pirouette, anyone?

Susan Bradford is the author of Lynched! The Shocking Story of How the Political Establishment Manufactured a Scandal to Have Republican Superlobbyist Jack Abramoff Removed from Power. For more information, please visit:


Anonymous said...

The ramblings of a certified "crazy white lady" trying to sell a book of fiction no one really cares go girl.

Anonymous said...

Is this the movie CASINO JACK?

Anonymous said...

not casino jack....more like a Clint Eastwood movie where even the indians knew the white lady was touched....I think josey wales.

Anonymous said...

Not fiction. Accurate.

smokeybear said...

Now you guys are sprewing out "Mal-ish-ous Malcontent!" The lady "Obviously Has Proof" of what she says. I admit she doesn't explain it as well as she should, and does ramble some, but seems to know, exactly, where the "Skeletons are Buried." And she has the ability, and forsight, to put it out there for all to see. We should say: "Thank you Susan." And yet you call her a "Crazy Lady!" You of little faith. We need to know about these "Corrupt and Criminal Acts" that are happening, without reservation, here in "Indian Country," and Susan is willing doing just that. Maybe its alittle above your "Compehention." But you have got to know that "Corruption" in "Indian Gaming" is "Rampant," and the more "We Know The Better." We are looking for any and all avenues, to explore, in are fight to regain what has been stolen from us by the "Corrupt and Criminal Tribal Leaders," and Susan is on our side. So stop being so negative and embrace what she has to say, for she is exposing the inner workings of the "Corruption" that these "Criminals" don't want us to see. So thank you again, Susan, and keep it coming, for the "Truth will set us Free!"

Anonymous said...

You just don't get are being played....but I will humor you for the sake of argument and agree with you and chalk it up to "misery loves company"....I think you are better than that....but if you insist that being called dumb monkeys by jack abramoff is accurate...well by all means have at it and buy her book.

Anonymous said...

Rats are scrambling to quiet Abramoff.

Anonymous said...

here is link to a recent article about jack abramoff....try read through a few of the comments.

Anonymous said...

The rat f#+ker's are scrambling all the over the country.

See it pissed off the only nazi-nigger's of the tribe over there.
Their full-blooded German father and full-blooded negro mother.
Whom are now full-blooded chippewas...full-blooded nazi-negro fullof chip-a shits.

Anonymous said...

Geeeezzzz don't have to be so nasty. We can't all be polly pure breeds like you....ruff ruff

Anonymous said...

NOPE! You don't have the luxury!
Your stuck with what you have a after-birth stench!

Can't help that you faked your way into the tribe of Chippewas,
It's all quite obvious within that tribe...

Nigger knotted hair and white chance for a tan, no tanning substance inside your ole after-birthed homely soul and your miserable failure as a human being soul.

Anonymous said...

How you say,,, cha-ching

Anonymous said...

LUXURY you don't know LUXURY is,,, Luxury has the ability to lower per capita all the while drawing a hefty pay check.

Anonymous said...

Why because your a White greedy Thief?

Nazi- ghetto negro stealing thief.

Thiefing from the native americans!

Shove that per-capita casino money up your goat smellin krut smellin azz!!

Stay the f#+k away from the Natives trust funds + tribal elder's livilhood funds!

Oh, that's right you have already stolen their funds.

smokeybear said...

Anonymous said...
You just don't get are being played....but I will humor you for the sake of argument and agree with you and chalk it up to "misery loves company"....I think you are better than that....but if you insist that being called dumb monkeys by jack abramoff is accurate...well by all means have at it and buy her book.

No, I get it. But the man is "Angery" and "Lashes Out" with some "Hasty" comments that can be somewhat "Inappropriate." That is a "Flaw" in "Human Nature" that we all "Possess" when turned on by the people that you have tried to help and "Blind Sided" from within, by your own. This is all too "Comonplace" in a "World Of Injustice" that we call "Indian Country." Susan gives us "Insight" into the "Inner Workings" of what is, as does "Don and Erick," all in their own way, and we do "Appreciate their Opinions." You don't have to agree with what they say, but you need to embrace their "Right to say it!" So in retrospect, tell us why you think we are being "Played?" For in reality: "It is a twosides "Coin."

Anonymous said...

their argument seems shallow when they have to use racial epithets.

That's all they've got is name calling?

Anonymous said...

White, mean looking, nappy headed & quite homely...this is how the the research center, describe the nazi-nigger witin the chippewa tribe.
The joke going throughout town the local rez.

To a tee - it just isn't hard to know, who exactly they have been talking about...laugh, laugh...the one whom has stolen from the National Archives in Washington...which they know is you.
All of the State and local research centers...has your number, your mode of operation.

And here all along you were never borned in the United States of America.

Nazi, Germany is nazi country, where you are from.
You are a disillusioned disfunctional negro krut.

Go live on your nazi reservation in Germany you ole miserable ugly ass cunt.