NY Probe Breaks the Story, WaPo Whitewashes It
Feds Spin Wheels in Probes, DC’s “Chicken Hawk” Scene, The New York Connection, Foreign Agents Buy “Call Boy” Customer Names, Famous Names Named, Coming Next: Who’s Still On the Case
WMR has obtained copies of the reporter's notes of Lou Chibbaro of Washington's Blade newspaper on his in-depth and pioneering investigation of the blackmailing of clients, many of whom were members of Congress, in the early 1980s by intelligence agents of Israel and the then-Soviet Union. Of the top intelligence agencies identified in the blackmail of U.S. clients of underage call boy services, only the Israeli Mossad still exists as a major intelligence force in the nation's capital. The KGB disappeared along with the Soviet Union in 1991.
The revelations about foreign intelligence use of the client lists of various call boy services in Washington, DC and its suburbs in the late 1970s and early 1980s were first brought forth by a special investigator for the New York State Select Committee on Crime, Its Causes, Control and Effect on Society named Dale Smith at a hearing in New York City on July 27, 1982. Smith named Soviet, Israeli, and British intelligence agents as involved in buying client lists from the call boy companies.
The Washington Post reported on the testimony by Smith in a July 28, 1982 article, with a highly-misleading headline,"Sale of Male Sex Client Lists Unconfirmed, Ex-Investigator Says." No mention is made that the males involved were juveniles nor was there any mention in the entire article of Israeli intelligence. The article led off with "A former investigator for a New York state crime committee has testified that Washington area out-call male prostitution representatives have told him that lists of clients have been sold to Soviet and other foreign intelligence agents." The lack of a reference to Israel was not the first time that the Post waved its "blue and white" colors in corrupting news stories.
The New York Post got the story right, along with stating that Israeli intelligence was involved in buying call service client information.
The New York committee, which conducted an investigation that should have been conducted by the U.S. Congress since the underage prostitution ring involved members of the U.S. Senate and House, was composed of Ralph J. Marino, the Republican chairman, and Senators Abraham Bernstein, Howard Babbush, John Calandra, John B. Daly, James Donovan, Dale M. Volker, and Owen H. Johnson.
Then-U.S. Representative Margaret Heckler (R-MA) wanted the House of Representatives to appoint an outside special prosecutor to investigate the involvement of House members with the underage prostitution ring but she was rebuffed by House Speaker Thomas P. "Tip" O'Neill. The charges of improper actions by House members with underage prostitutes, including House pages were brought by a page from Arkansas named Leroy Williams. O'Neill wrote Heckler a letter that stated: "If the Congress cannot conduct an honest and comprehensive probe of these charges and punish those found guilty of these illegal acts, then the Congress has no right to make the laws that govern this nation." Another member who urged a full airing of the charges against House members was Representative Robert K. Dornan (R-CA).
The House Ethics Committee named former Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare Joseph Califano, Jr. as special counsel to the House Ethics Committee to investigate the charges involving male pages and outside underage prostitutes.
Williams allegations were backed up by two other House pages who said that 14-to-18 year old male pages were constantly subjected to sexual harassment by members of Congress.
O'Neill's cover-up of the early 1980s page sex scandal would serve as a template for a cover-up some two decades later of a similar page sex scandal by House Speaker Dennis Hastert.
The scandal was covered by the Washington investigative paper, "The Deep Backgrounder," for which former CIA agent Victor Marchetti served as a contributing editor. The paper named three congressman and a senator as being involved with the use of male underage pages and prostitutes for sex. Those reported as being named by Williams, the former House page, were Senator David Pryor (D-AR); and Representatives James Coyne (R-PA), who, after his defeat for re-election in 1982 went on to serve in the Reagan White House; James Hansen (R-UT), an unsuccessful candidate for Governor of Utah in 2004; and Larry Craig (R-ID), later elected to the U.S. Senate and found guilty in 2008 of propositioning an undercover police officer in a men's room at Minneapolis International Airport. Former Senator Pryor was nominated for a six-year term in 2006 by President Bush to serve on the board of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Pryor's son, Mark Pryor, currently serves in the U.S. Senate.
According to the Chibbaro notes, the FBI, Arlington County, Virginia police, Prince William County, Virginia police, Baltimore Police, and, possibly, the CIA were involved in investigating the call boy network that operated out of modeling agencies and gay bars in the Washington area. The principal modeling agency, used as a front for the out-call services, was Friendly Models, owned by Richard Kind. Another firm that dealt almost exclusively with 14-year old boys was "The Stables" in Arlington, Virginia.
There is also evidence from Chibbaro's notes that a runaway youth house run by Special Approaches in Juvenile Assistance (SAJA) in Washington, DC served as a nexus for underage male prostitutes. Apparently, straight runaways had problems at the house dealing with "cross dressers."
The Baltimore FBI field office investigated a Rockville, Maryland man who was alleged to have been part of a pedophile "masturbation club."
The multi-agency law enforcement probe also involved the distribution of child pornography. FBI agents raided a film processing lab in Syracuse, New York called "Spectra."
FBI agents termed their investigation of underage prostitutes and their clients as a "chickenhawk" patrol.
One gay bar of interest to FBI and CIA investigators was the Chesapeake House on a New York Avenue strip of such bars in Washington. The bar became of interest to the investigators after Lee Eugene Madsen, a Navy yeoman assigned to the Strategic Warning Staff at the Pentagon, tried to sell Top Secret documents to an undercover FBI agent masquerading as a KGB agent.
Other Washington, DC "New York Avenue Strip" bars of interest to the FBI and police were Naples, Lone Star, and Frat House. FBI agents apparently called the bars "pederast cribs." Special investigator Smith also focused on similar bars on Manhattan's West Side. The bars had names like Lambda, Mineshaft, and "Toilet."
In their testimony before the New York Senate Committee, Washington police officers Anne Fisher and Carl Shoffler provided further details on the national pedophile ring. Shoffler said a major child porn operation operated out of Star Distributors in New York City. Fisher said for young girl prostitutes there was a definite "California connection." She said underage girls would be brought to DC from California and sent to ply their trade at 14th and K Streets in downtown Washington. She also said there was a young boy pedophile/prostitution network that involved Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, New Orleans, New York, and Washington, DC. She testified that boys would be sent from one city to another. Fisher also said the ring involved the use of credit cards that would be charged to photo studios, modeling agencies, and book stores that were merely fronts for prostitution.
Responding to a question from Senator Bernstein about whether she concluded that the boy prostitutes were not pressured into their activities, Fisher stated, "I think it's almost like if you get into this area of mind control. You take someone, you get them out of their normal society, and you bring them into this area. Perhaps, you start coming down on them a little hard, and then you treat them with niceness, and you have them basically sucked into you. They might want to get away, but they can't get away because they see no alternative, and that's a form of coercion. It's a mental coercion."
Chibbaro's notes about the New York scene contain a reference to "Det. Rothstein." New York Detective Jim Rothstein would later become a major investigator in the disappearance in 1982 of 12-year-old West Des Moines paper boy Johnny Gosch.
The Chibbaro notes claim that a driver for Friendly Models named "Phil" would regularly drive underage models to an East Capitol Street address that housed congressional pages.
The reporter's notes also indicate that the FBI task force investigating the pedophile prostitution ring had purchased two books by author Clifford Linedecker, "Children in Chains" and "The Man Who Killed Boys," the latter a book about serial killer John Wayne Gacy.
Investigator Smith testified that he first began assisting the New York City Police Department in 1977 and 1978 in the arrest of a juvenile call service operator named Paul Abrams operating out of the West Side of New York. Smith testified that Abrams' service involved children. After pleading guilty to the charge of prostitution, Abrams received probation. In answer to a question from Senator Bernstein, Smith said the courts were not doing enough to help law enforcement deal with the juvenile prostitution problem. He testified: "There doesn't appear to be any support from the courts."