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What Did Senate Candidate Ben Sasse
Know About The House Page Scandal?

By Wayne Madsen
Special Report - Printed By Permission Of Author

From outward appearances, 42-year old Ben Sasse [pronounced "Sass"], the GOP's U.S. Senate candidate from Nebraska, would seem like a perfect candidate.  Sasse came from four percent name recognition before the GOP primary to defeat three other candidates, including former Navy pilot Shane Osborn, the pilot of the U.S. Navy reconnaissance plane forced to land in Hainan island, China in 2001, in the primary. Sasse ran as a "Tea Party" outsider but an examination of his record suggests that he is anything but an outsider but a consummate insider who represents the dark political side of the Republican Party, namely the Christian Dominionists who favor the establishment of a Christian theocracy in the United States. Sasse, whose campaign cash mostly poured in from out of state, outspent Osborn by a wide margin. Another candidate, Pinnacle Bank president Sid Dinsdale, criticized by the far-right allies of Sasse for being a covert Obama supporter, was forced to loan his own campaign $1 million but it was to no avail.

The Dominionists are largely wealthy Republicans who have been extremely active in Nebraska politics. The upset victory of Sasse in the primary echoes that of Nebraskan Chuck Hagel in 1996. Hagel, the chairman of American Information Systems, won his U.S. Senate seat in a surprise victory of Attorney General Don Stenberg. It also just so happened that Hagel was the chairman of an election machine company, which later became known as ES&S, that counted 80 percent of the votes for Hagel. American Information Systems had been owned by the Howard Ahmanson family of California. Ahmanson is a well known Christian Dominionist or "Reconstructionist" and was a longtime disciple of the father of Christian Reconstructionism, P. J. Rushdoonie. Ahmanson later sold his shares of American Information Systems to the McCarthy Group and the World Herald Company, the latter the owner of Nebraska's largest newspaper, the Omaha World Herald, now owned by native Nebraskan and multi-billionaire Warren Buffett.

Sasse's connections to Dominionist politics is clear. Although he did not receive a law degree, his M.A. and PhD in Philosophy from Yale, his M.A. from St. John's  College in Annapolis, and B.A. in History from Harvard were considered sufficient for him to work under U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft as chief of staff in the Office of Legal Policy, where he worked with the CIA to draft the infamous torture memos. The "torture memos," which gave legal justification to President George W.  Bush to carry out "enhanced interrogations" of prisoners and detainees, have tainted both the Bush and Obama administrations. From the Department of Justice, Sasse was able to parlay his religious academic credentials to serve as an adviser to Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff in 2005 and as assistant secretary for planning and evaluation at the Department of Health and Human Services under Secretary Michael Leavitt from 2006 to 2007. Sasse also served as chief of staff to Representative Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE), who has a post-graduate degree in theology. While Sasse was earning additional Washington "insider" points working for Fortenberry, another rising GOP staffer, Ryan Loskarn, was honing his political skills under Representatives Wally Herger (R-CA) and Marsha Blackburn (R-TN). Earlier this year, Loskarn allegedly committed suicide after he was arrested for possession and distribution of child pornography.

It is inconceivable that Sasse, whose degrees were more in keeping with those of an aspiring theologian, would have been involved with career attorneys in the Justice Department. Sasse had already punched the right "tickets." From 1994 to 1995, Sasse worked for the Boston Consulting Group, Mitt Romney's and Binyamin Netanyahu's old firm. From 1996 to 1998, Sasse was a tutor and proctor for the U.S. House of Representatives page program.

It is during his job in the House page program that Sasse's meteoric political career met its first scandal. One of the members of the House Page Board while Sasse served as a tutor and proctor was Representative Jim Kolbe (R-AZ). Sasse had the responsibility to protect the underage teen House pages from among other threats, predatory members of Congress.

The chair of the House Page Board in 1998, Sasse's final year as proctor/tutor, was Representative Tillie Fowler (R-FL). Fowler died suddenly from a brain hemorrhage on March 2, 2005, after allegations about the sexual abuse of pages first hit the front pages.

In 1996, while Sasse was a proctor and tutor for the pages, Kolbe, a member of the oversight House Page Board, took two 17-year old male pages on a three-day Independence Day camping trip to the Grand Canyon in Arizona. Kolbe also said he was aware of ex-GOP Rep. Mark Foley's (R-FL) e-mails to underage male pages as early as 2000. However, Foley's indiscretions with the pages reportedly began as early as 1998, while Sasse was still a proctor/tutor. Foley later resigned after it was publicly revealed that he had made sexual advances toward male pages, including attempts to coax them from their dormitory on Capitol Hill.

Kolbe later stepped down as chairman of the House Page Board after questions were raised about his camong trip with the pages. Sasse, as a proctor and tutor for the pages, had the responsibility of stopping Kolbe from taking the pages out of state for possible illegal purposes. Sasse's closeness to the House Page Sex Scandal begs the fabled Washington scandal question: "What did Sasse know and when did he know it?" If Sasse was unaware of the activities of Kolbe and Foley with House pages between 1996 and 1998, why did he not know? As a proctor and tutor, it was his job to know. If Sasse was aware of the activities of Kolbe and Foley and chose not to report it to the House leadership, that makes Sasse an accessory to criminal behavior.

Sasse's superiors in the House Page Program in 1998 were, in addition to Kolbe, Representative Dale Kildee (D-MI), House Clerk Robin Carle, and House Sergeant-at-Arms Wilson Livingood. Sasse could have approached Kildee, Carle, or Livingood with information about Kolbe's and Foley's improper relationships with the pages. Fortunately for Sasse, House ethics investigations are usually mired in secrecy with no transparency afforded to the proceedings or documents arising from House Ethics Committee investigations.

Officials of the Nebraska government in Lincoln (above) tried in vain to stop the use of their state for child sex trafficking during the infamous "Franklin Scandal." WMR photo.

Sasse has received the political support of Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, and Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI), the latter two former GOP vice presidential candidates. Sasse is also well-funded by the Club for Growth, an extremist capitalist group that favors shrinking government and eliminating regulation of the private sector, including parochial schools and child protective services.

It is easy to see how Sasse would favor deregulation of government oversight of foster care programs, orphanages, and other child services. Nebraska was ground zero for the infamous "Franklin Scandal," the use of children for sexual prostitution by prominent Republicans in the state, including Franklin Credit Union president Lawrence King, a rising African-American star in the Republican Party. King was later convicted for embezzling funds from the minority-owned Franklin Credit Union, but thanks to pressure from the Reagan and Bush 41 administrations, there were never any prosecutions for child molestation and trafficking across state lines.

Sasse, who home schools his children, is clearly tainted by the House Page Scandal in a state with a sordid history involving the sexual abuse of children, including orphans from Boy's Town near Omaha.

Beyond Sasse's involvement in a scandal that ultimately led to the abandonment of the House Page program in 2011, Sasse's adherence to the Christian Dominionist philosophy is troubling to many Nebraskans. While living in Boston, Sasse served as Executive Director for Christian United for Reformation (CUFR), which merged with the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals (ACE). Sasse moved to Anaheim, California to head up ACE.

Ben Sasse, a Christian Dominionist who appears to have helped cover up the Kolbe/Foley House Page sex scandal wants to be a U.S. Senator.

Sasse, who claims to be a Lutheran, became deeply immersed in neo-Calvinist theology that appears to agree with the goals of the Christian Dominionists: remaking the United States as a reformed Christian theocracy and maintaining fervent opposition to "Romanism," militant fundamentalist code for the Catholic Church. Sasse has reportedly proposed moving the capital of the United States from Washington, DC to Lincoln, Nebraska. In fact, had Nazi Germant conquered the United States, the Germans also had plans to move the U.S. capital to Lincoln. Sasse is also reported as telling college classmates in Harvard and Yale that he would be the "45th President of the United States." Obama is the 44th president.

Sasse was also associated with the Westminster Seminary of Escondido, California. Westminster has advanced the cause of the anti-ecumenicalism within Christianity. It is affiliated with the Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry of Meridian, Idaho, which provides Internet trolls with "cut-and-paste" comments for sock puppets to post on Internet chat rooms. The pre-written comments debase the beliefs of atheists, Unitarians, Roman Catholics, Eastern Orthodox, Mormons, Muslims, Jehovah's Witnesses, as well as homosexuality.

Sasse's beliefs also appear to mirror those of the powerful "Fellowship" or "Family" that dominates politics in Washington, DC. If Sasse was aware of the activities of Kolbe and Foley with the House pages and failed to act, it may have something to do with fundamentalist forgiveness of even pederasty if the transgressor submits to Jesus. Fellowship founder Douglas Coe once stated, "Let's say I hear you raped three little girls. What would I think of you?" To which a young man in his audience replied, " You'd think I was a monster." Coe answered, No. I wouldn't." Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton once called Coe a "genuinely loving spiritual guide and mentor."

The Democrats may be complicit in paving the way for Sasse. The Democratic candidate is David Domina, a lackluster trial lawyer who is receiving little to nothing in campaign cash from the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. The "fix" appears to be in for the seat of retiring GOP Senator Mike Johanns in Nebraska. Challenging this "fix" is Dan Buhrdorf who is running on the Tax Wall Street Party ticket. Buhrdorf is currently canvassing Nebraska for the 5000 petition signatures required to appear on the ballot in November.

Sasse's doctoral dissertation at Yale took on American atheist leader Madalyn Murray O'Hare. The dissertation was titled: "The Anti-Madalyn Majority: Secular Left, Religious Right, and the Rise of Reagan's America." Sasse's dissertation postulated that a conservative Protestant alliance could take over political power in the United States. The rhetoric, coupled with Sasse's belief in the "just war," is strikingly similar to the Dominionist/Reconstructionist beliefs of P. J. Rushdoonie and his adherents, including the Ahmanson family, the former owners of the election machine company that helped propel Hagel and possibly other Nebraskan politicians into the U.S. Senate and House.

Sasse is going directly for the U.S. Senate without the typical preliminary run for the U.S. House. It is noteworthy that the House disbanded its page program while the Senate Page Program remains as active as ever.


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