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NB GOP Candidate Ben Sasse
Tied To Old Scandal

Wayne Madsen
Posted By Permission

May 21-22, 2014 -- Nebraska GOP Senate candidate is "establishment" but also linked to an old Nebraska scandal

While the Republican Party and its advocates in the media bask in the results of recent primary elections that saw establishment Republican figures vanquish Tea Party upstarts, there is a downside for the jubilation in one state -- Nebraska -- that saw GOP Harvard and Yale Ivy Leaguer Ben Sasse win the GOP nomination for the U.S. Senate.

Barring unforeseen developments, Sasse will be elected the junior senator from Nebraska, an overwhelmingly Republican state. Sasse has worked for the well-connected McKinsey & Company and the Boston Consulting Group, the former having once employed Chelsea Clinton and the latter employing Mitt Romney.

However, it is Sasse's job as one of four proctors and a tutor for the U.S. House of Representative Page Program from 1996 to 1998 that has raised eyebrows in both Nebraska and Washington, DC. The House Page program, at the time of Sasse's employment, was experiencing one of its many scandals, in which members of Congress were accused of pressuring underage male House pages for sex. Sasse's time as a page proctor includes the time frame when Representative Mark Foley (R-FL) and Representative Jim Kolbe (R-AZ) were accused of molesting underage male House pages. Foley resigned his House seat in 2006 after sexually explicit instant messages he sent to current and former House pages were revealed to the media.

Sasse's principal responsibility as proctor and tutor was the welfare of the pages, a job for which he failed miserably as seen by the number of pages who came forward with stories of molestation and sexual harassment from Foley and Kolbe.

In 2006, as Foley came under investigation, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Arizona  investigated Kolbe for a camping trip he took in July 1996 that included two underage male former congressional pages. Although cleared of any wrongdoing, Kolbe decided not to run for another term in 2006, although he was a shoo-in for re-election. Justice Department sources told WMR that in lieu of prosecution for inappropriate contact with the pages, Kolbe agreed to step down from the House. It is a known Justice Department procedure to ask law-breaking members to step down from Congress rather than engage in a sensitive prosecution where other factors, like Kolbe's homosexuality, are involved. The Justice Department decided not to seek a fraud indictment of Representative Bill Gray (D-PA), the first African-American Majority Whip in the House, and an Israeli espionage indictment of Representative Jane Harman (D-CA), because of the black and Jewish factors, respectively. Gray decided to resign from Congress in 1991 and Harman resigned in February 2011 just after her re-election.

Sasse worked for the House Page program while obtaining his M.A. at St. John's of Annapolis.

Sasse also faces another potential problem. He was chief of staff for the Department of Justice's Office of Legal Policy, headed by Jay Bybee, now a federal judge, when the department produced the infamous "torture memos" between 2003 and 2005. Sasse also coordinated  the torture policy with John Yoo, the Deputy Assistant U.S. Attorney General in the Office of Legal Counsel. It is inconceivable that Sasse did not have direct input on the policy that concluded that detainees of the U.S. government, including U.S. citizens, could be subjected to "enhanced interrogation techniques," or simply, torture.

After working at Justice, Sasse transferred to the Department of Homeland Security for a few months and then took up a professorship at the University of Texas in Austin. From 2007 to 2009, Sasse served as principal adviser to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on policy development. Sasse was a principal adviser to Secretary Michael Leavitt.

In 2009, Sasse, at the age of 37, became one of the youngest presidents of any American university, when he assumed presidency of Midland University in Nebraska.

Sasse (pictured right with his family) has been mentioned as a potential future Republican nominee for President of the United States. However, Nebraska, the home of the infamous Franklin pedophile scandal of the 1980s, will bring attention to the Sasse campaign that will not be welcomed. The Franklin scandal, involving Lawrence King, a aspiring African-American national GOP figure, involving the use of child prostitutes by leading political figures in Nebraska and throughout the United States.

Sasse's involvement in another phase of the endemic pedophilia problem that plagues both political parties in Washington is sure to refocus public attention on Sasse and Nebraska and an issue that is swept under the carpet by the Democrats, Republicans, and major media. The recent "suicide" of Tennessee GOP Senator Lamar Aklexander's chief of staff, Ryan Loskarn, for possession and distribution of child pornography may cause Nebraskans to take another look at their "wonder boy"

Sasse has been endorsed by Tea Party favorite Ted Cruz (R-TX) and other leading conservative GOP leaders. Polls show Sasse with a comfortable double-digit lead over his Democratic rival, U.S. Army Judge Advocate General veteran and attorney David Domina, who has represented opponents of the Keystone XL pipeline. Political long shot Dan Buhrdorf of the Tax Wall Street Party is also challenging Sasse for the senate seat.


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