Elite Conspiracy Theories and the Arrest of Dominique Strauss-KahnPosted: May 25, 2011 Filed under: collective bargaining, Economic Develpment, financial institutions, Foreign Affairs, France, Libya, Media, Pakistan, poverty, racism, Regulation, The Bonus Class, The Great Recession, U.S. Economy, U.S. Politics, unemployment, Violence against women | Tags: conspiracy theories, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Federal Reserve, France, global elites, IMF, John F. Kennedy, Naomi Wolf, Nicholas Sarkozy, rape 29 Comments
When one of us common people questions the Bush failures before 9/11 or the Warren Commission’s insistence that JFK was killed by a lone gunman, we are laughed at by the corporate media and lectured by politicians. But when one of the Global Elite gets in trouble, conspiracy theories are suddenly in vogue. Now that a global banker and possible candidate for the French presidency is accused of a sexual attack on a lowly hotel maid, elite conspiracy theories are running rampant in the U.S. and international media. I’ll give you a few examples.
At the Pakistan Observer, Ali Ashraf Kahn argues that Strauss-Kahn had to brought down, first because he would very likely have beaten the “American poodle Sarakozi” in a race for the presidency of France, and second because he (Strauss-Kahn) had offended the international banksters and corporations by proposing more liberal policies at the IMF which would have been a threat to the dollar. According to Ali Ashraf Kahn, getting rid of Strauss-Kahn would–along with U.S. military actions in Libya and Pakistan–would help to “save American predominance in the world.”
This incident goes to prove the hidden agenda of an international vested interest group trying to build and secure an American Empire for their master, which has not spared even Strauss-Kahn, who has been fixed in a rape attempt with a 32 year old hotel maid in a country where teen aged unwed mothers are a normal accepted feature. The former French Foreign Minister Strauss-Kahn, once if he was elected as president of France would have worked to strengthen the Euro to bring down dollar, which was of serious concern for the Federal Reserve Board in the already ongoing currency war with China. John F. Kennedy, US president was murdered for his only sin of canceling Federal Reserve Act of 1913 in 1963, when for the first time dollar currency was issued with the seal of US government, soon after his assassination President Lyndon B. Johnson revived this Act to continue their financial exploitation.
The author of this article appears to have a problem understanding the distinction between rape and consensual sex that results in pregnancies, but I’ll let that go for the moment. Kahn explains that Strauss-Kahn was trying to make radical changes at the IMF–so much so that Strauss Kahn won high praise from Joseph Stiglitz, which was apparently the final “kiss of death.”
Strauss-Kahn was trying to move the bank in a more positive direction, a direction that didn’t require that countries leave their economies open to the ravages of foreign capital that moves in swiftly-pushing up prices and creating bubbles, and departs just as fast, leaving behind the scourge of high unemployment, plunging demand, hobbled industries, and deep recession. Strauss-Kahn had set out on a “kinder and gentler” path, one that would not force foreign leaders to privatize their state-owned industries or crush their labour unions. Naturally, his actions were not warmly received by the banker’s mafia and multi national corporations who look to the IMF to provide legitimacy to their ongoing plunder of the rest of the world. These are the people who think that the current policies are “just fine” because they produce the desired results they’re looking for, which is bigger profits for themselves and deeper poverty for everyone else.
I have to admit, I’m in sympathy with those goals. There’s a lot more, so read the whole thing if you want more detail.
The next conspiracy theory is from Uganda. The author, Dr. Kihura Nkuba, also argues that Strauss-Kahn’s attack on the U.S. dollar is what led to his downfall. Nkuba says that police in the racist U.S. would never take the word of a poor black woman against that of a powerful white man unless motivated by a political conspiracy.
A woman from West Africa, assaulted by a famous white male, a future president of France, to be listened to by the New York Police, is amazing. But is it? [….]
New York police has [sic] been rummaging through DSK’s diaries, hotel registries, phone records, yearbooks and have made sure that the “great seducer” always appears handcuffed and dressed in a “pervie” raincoat with three-days stubble before they parade him in front of the media. He gets this treatment even though he has no criminal record and nothing, but the sketchy accusations of a room service cleaner.
What is his real crime? Strauss-Kahn was mounting an attack against the dollar and had called for a new world reserve currency that would challenge the dominance of the dollar and protect against future financial instability. He suggested adding emerging market countries’ currencies, such as the Yuan, to a basket of currencies that the IMF will administer to add stability to the global system….Strauss-Kahn saw a greater role for the IMF’s Special Drawing Rights, (SDRs) which is currently composed of the dollar, sterling, euro and yen, over time but said it will take a great deal of international cooperation to make that work.”
I love the way these male authors toss aside the charges against Strauss-Kahn–in Nkuba’s case, while complaining about racial prejudice. I guess he goes by the “bros before hos” rule: racism bad, sexism invisible.
Naomi Wolf also has a conspiracy theory about the Strauss-Kahn arrest that goes along with her defense of Julian Assange against sexual abuse charges in Sweden. She begins by comparing the NYC police response to the Strauss-Kahn case with the case of two of New York’s “finest,” Kenneth Moreno and Franklin Mata, who are on trial for raping a woman in Manhattan.
According to Wolf,
Moreno and Mata have not been asked to strip naked for “evidence” photos, were not initially denied bail, and were not held in solitary confinement, and are not being strip-searched daily. Their entire case has followed the usual timetable of many months, as evidence was gathered, testimony compiled and arguments made.
On the other hand, Wolf writes,
After a chambermaid reportedly told her supervisor at the elegant Sofitel hotel that she had been sexually assaulted, the suspect was immediately tracked down, escorted off a plane just before its departure, and arrested. High-ranking detectives, not lowly officers, were dispatched to the crime scene. The DNA evidence was sequenced within hours, not the normal eight or nine days. By the end of the day’s news cycle, New York City police spokespeople had made uncharacteristic and shockingly premature statements supporting the credibility of the victim’s narrative — before an investigation was complete.
The accused was handcuffed and escorted before television cameras — a New York tradition known as a “perp walk.” The suspect was photographed naked, which is also unusual, initially denied bail and held in solitary confinement. The Police Commissioner has boasted to the press that Strauss-Kahn is strip-searched now multiple times a day — also unheard-of.
I didn’t know that Strauss-Kahn was being subjected to daily strip-searches, but it seems to be true, according to the New York Post.
Prison brass and the NYPD have an airtight plan to safeguard the jet-setting French moneyman by having him isolated, chained, shackled — and repeatedly strip-searched — before and after court appearances, including a bail hearing newly scheduled for today.
“He will be strip-searched when he leaves Rikers Island. He will be strip-searched when he arrives in court. He’s strip-searched when he leaves court, and he’s strip-searched when he gets back to Rikers,” said Norman Seabrook, head of the correction officers union.
“When he arrives to the courthouse, he’s going to be put in an isolated cell away from other inmates,” said Seabrook. “This is for fear that another inmate would try to kill him to make a name for himself.”
Yet, as Wolf points out, hotel maids are routinely subject to sexual attacks during their work. Her conspiracy theory is that in the modern surveillance state,
men like former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer, who was investigating financial wrongdoing by the insurance giant AIG, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and Strauss-Kahn — whose efforts to reform the IMF gained him powerful opponents — can be, and are, kept under constant surveillance. Indeed, Strauss-Kahn, who had been the odds-on favorite to defeat Nicolas Sarkozy in next year’s French presidential election, probably interested more than one intelligence service.
This does not mean that Strauss-Kahn is innocent or that he is guilty. It means that policy outcomes can be advanced nowadays, in a surveillance society, by exploiting or manipulating sex-crime charges, whether real or inflated.
She has a pretty good point there. But the maid who reported Strauss-Kahn’s attack was a member of a union, as Dean Baker pointed out. Could that be why her employer made sure she was treated well by the police?
The reason that this is an important part of the story is that it is likely that Strauss-Kahn’s alleged victim might not have felt confident enough to pursue the issue with either her supervisors or law enforcement agencies, if she had not been protected by a union contract. The vast majority of hotel workers in the United States, like most workers in the private sector, do not enjoy this protection.
Dean Baker was also disappointed in Strauss-Kahn’s arrest, because whether or not he is guilty, his resignation spells the end of reform at the IMF.
Reading all these arguments for a conspiracy against Dominque Strauss-Kahn has given me pause. It certainly makes sense that the U.S. government would want to end his tenure at the IMF and prevent him from becoming President of France. But how could they know he would attack a hotel maid? Does the conspiracy require her involvement? That’s the serious hangup I have in buying into these authors’ claims–much as I do always enjoy a good conspiracy theory.
Patrica J. Williams touches all the bases in an article about the case at NPR. On the conspiracy issue, she argues for a skeptical approach to conspiracy theories, while keeping an open mind.
Politics is a complicated, dirty business, as the impeachment hearings of President Clinton ought to have instructed us. (Who guessed back then that Newt Gingrich, while skewering Clinton’s morals, was cheating on his then-wife with his present wife?) For Americans, who by and large have never heard of DSK, the possibility of his arrest being a set-up is inconceivable. But in the immediate aftermath of his detention, a majority of French citizens believe he has been purposely brought down. Why? Dominique Strauss-Kahn was well on track not just to become France’s president but its first Jewish president. As head of the IMF, he led that institution in a distinctly progressive manner. He sharply critiqued corrupt American bankers and banking practices and, early on, predicted the collapse of the mortgage market. As a center-left Socialist party member, he was close to negotiating a European Union bailout for Greece. And his elimination from the election empowers the candidacy of Marine LePen, head of the anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim and anti-Semitic National Front party, whose popularity, alarmingly enough, currently polls higher than that of Nicolas Sarkozy.
I’m certainly going to keep all this in mind as I follow the developments in the Strauss-Kahn case. I’d love to know what you all think about it too, so please chime in!
Eliot Spitzer fought to keep the Wall Street moguls honest, and so had to be brought down.
Hillary Clinton wanted to help ordinary people, and so had to be brought down.
John Edwards wanted to help ordinary people even more than Hillary Clinton, and so had to be brought down.
Al Gore was for responsive and responsible government, and so had to be brought down.
Bill Clinton tried to help ordinary people at least a little bit, and they tried their best to bring him down.
Seeing a pattern here?
Yes, but I still sympathize with the woman Strauss-Kahn attacked.
Yup, it doesn’t sound as if she (The woman in the attack) is in the political arena and she and her child have had more media attention than necessary.
Some of the people I listed had done something wrong, but an awful lot of people in high circles have done something wrong.
It just looks to me as though the picking and choosing of who will pay for wrongdoing appears to lean toward those who threaten the oligarchy in some way.
John Edwards did John Edwards in and betrayed his most loyal supporter (That should have been the one in politics.) Elizabeth Edwards, his dying spouse. A person with a terminal illness needs to have the truth, so that they can make plans accordingly.
John Edwards, can now see what support he gets from Reille Hunter…if she isn’t busy with someone else on that list of hers.
Well, er…Nicolas Sarkozy is half-Jewish.
I don’t buy the conspiracy stuff. I think the maid felt protected because she was a union member. Great point there, BB. Not only are most hotel maids not union, many are not legal immigrants.
I think the police behaved like they did because he was very high profile and they didn’t want to screw it up because it would be read everywhere. My guess is the police did it by the book to show they could do it.
This is interesting. I am one that says ‘I believe what I see.’ As Sherlock Holmes would surmise, when you eliminate everything that is impossible, all that is left is the truth, no matter how improbable that is. This is a great case of that. I have always wondered about the incredible power of bankers fueled by their incredible greed. The only way you can make someone like Hillary appear racist is with TONS of money. It would seem that powerful men are subject to their own libidos, whether it is consensual or not. I’m pretty sure that some of these ogres in the banking world are just as horny and decrepid as those, like DSK, that were caught. But you never hear about them. They (and their kids) never seem to go to jail. They never seem to be subject to the laws that we ‘regular’ people are subject to.
I’m not saying that the maid was a plant. Nor am I saying that he didn’t do what he has been accusaed of. But isnt it a bit suspect that the very worst type of person for him to be accused by (a poor AFRICAN immigrant) is who was involved?
The conspiracy theory does not absolve him from this crime. The thing to watch is who replaces him at the IMF. What kind of policies does that person support? The old adage of follow the money applies here. When Hillary was pushed out, who was left? When Gore was pushed out, who was left? When Spitzer was pushed out, who was left?
When Bill was pushed, what damage was done?
And now the true sewage that is the MSM is demonstrated for all to see. They will carry the water for their corporate masters.
We are so f*%#ed.
Great post BB!
Thanks, Rock. It sounds like he’ll be replaced by a right winger at the IMF and Sarkozy is now trailing a candidate who is more conservative. So….
Well there you have it.
We really are f*%#ed.
It strikes me as so very sad that the one time a f***ing rapist monster gets treated the way all rapists (including the rich and famous ones) should be treated, so many people seem surprised. It’s the one time that the victim wasn’t treated with suspicion, and was actually treated with respect, and the prime suspect was treated like the criminal he is. I wish all rape cases were handled this way.
That’s what makes it suspicious to these people. Why should a “little chambermaid” be treated with respect? That’s what they’re thinking. I hate that thinking, but it’s actually a good question.
Whatever the ulterior motive behind all of this, we can be thankful that we have a high profile example of how things should be done. I’d prefer to think that the management of the hotel and the police just did the right thing here, even if it is a departure from the norm.
I totally agree, Janicen.
Yes, it is a good question. I would not be surprised if the woman’s Union is part of the reason for rapid response.
I think there’s two factors here. One is the maid’s union membership. The other is that somehow, miraculously, she works at one of the few places that would stand behind an employee instead of hushing up the incident in deference to a wealthy guest. I remain pretty much stunned by the hotel’s response because it is so utterly atypical.
Well, a maid could walk into the room, but nobody but DSK could make DSK attack her. I think he owns this.
Interesting hypotheses. I’m not sure exactly what DSK could do to impact the dollar all that much, however. The IMF is predominantly Europe’s baby. The US has control over the World Bank.
Thank you for saying that, what’s most annoying about how liberal dudes rush to defend their own’s right to sexually exploit whoever they want by weaving these convoluted conspiracy theories is that they’re usually based on total bs. Yeah, sure, he’s amazing, he says all the right things, takes over the world and we all live in harmony with unicorns and puppies and rainbows and deep love from the capitalist class to the labor class and all privatized industries renationalized. Or, just maybe, he gets in and nothing much changes at all and we’re left with our bumper stickers, dirty confetti, and broken dreams spending a lot of time rationalizing why it was all worth it as the hospital wards around the Presidential Palace seem to handling a statistical jump in sexual assault cases.
I agree with both of you. DSK’s DNA is on that woman. If the sex was consensual and she was lying about the assault, why did he try to flee the country right afterwards?
No conspiracy theory makes sense, because rape is not the same as sexual entrapment.
I thought the point was that Strauss-Kahn made himself vulnerable with his sexual harrassment and attacks on women–like Elliott Spitzer did by paying for call girls. But Spitzer was caught because his hotel room was bugged. With Strauss-Kahn, it’s less clear how he could have been set up. Except that it appears he did this kind of thing constantly. In fact he propositioned two hotel employees and even a stewardess right before he was arrested. The man was out of control, so he was vulnerable.
Frankly, I just want rape treated seriously in all cases.
He was presiding over a lot of sexual harrassment at the IMF too. As far as I’m concerned, he deserves whatever he gets. It’s time these men learn that they can’t pull this sh&t and hang onto their cushy jobs.
OT: Christopher Hitchens has lost his voice to his cancer but has written an incredible essay on it at VF.
The storms are in Louisiana now too. These break outs are huge. They span nearly the entire middle of the country.
Be careful. I hope you don’t get any tornadoes.
I think it will move through here before it gets bad. Unfortunately, it’s headed towards Minx.
Poof, the storms are not going to make it here. We need the rain so desperately, I feel like Jean de Florette. I can see the clouds in the distance, and it looks so promising, but no rain.
Tornado rips through southern Indiana–injures 12.