Washington DC - (Associated Mess): The White House was mounting a fierce rearguard action around President Bush's personal reputation today as former colleagues of Mark Foley began their testimony before the House page-boy scandal committee, alleging that the President may have ratted on one of his own.
The move comes amid continuing revelations that a spectacular George Bush own-goal may have secured Foley's outing as child-sex fiend after a Presidential wire-tap decree which bypassed US Constitutional requirements for police authorisation warrants netted the hapless Florida Congressman in the flagrente delicto act of lurid messaging to adolescent lads working in Capitol Hill.
The President has made no comment on this nor on continuing reports that Mark Foley was part of a Bush Family Evil Empire covert ring that recruited impressionable young men, indoctrinated them into Republican TheCon ideology, brainwashed them into quasi-suicidal campaigns of promoting Bush Family fantasy survival strategies and then planted them in key floating-voter sites as sleepers awaiting inevitable instructions.
Reports that note the Bush connection to Foley's folies-a-deux have been discovered after investigative journalists began probing the Congressman's relationship with financial backers of Florida Governor Jeb Bush's own election campaigns.
The move was triggered after aggrieved Asian families - who are now suing the Ruler of Dubai Shaikh Mohammed McTomb-Raider for child-slavery in the Florida courts.
The law suit is claiming $$$$$$$$$$$s in compensation from McTomb-Raider and his cohorts who own extensive real estate holdings in the Sunshine State.
Plaintiffs' lawyers hired private investigators who soon found a connection between Jeb Bush's blind trust bagmen, Mark Foley's West Palm Beach coterie of trusty rent-boys, McTomb-Raider's horse training empire and the Emirate Ruler's attempts to purchase key US military port installations on the eastern seabord earlier this year.
President Bush had gone overboard in his enthusiasm for supporting McTomb-Raider's bids to buy up the port sites, citing the Dubai Ruler's overwhelming patronage of his Administration's War on Terra and fearless invasion of Iraq as eminent qualities for a prospective owner of prime US military real estate.
But all the while, the Pentagon was trailing Foley and caching his little black contact book of personal correspondence recipients....all without the cumbersome burden of a legit authorisation warrant to snoop on his private life....
It is not known whether the Bush covert wire-tap policy ever extended to snooping on the Bush family itself.
But recent red faces in the UK communications department that deals with the Blair-Bush secure transatlantic hot-line may have come a cropper as the UK's Metropolitan Police continue their trail-blazing investigation into Blair's own foles-a-deux...and the bungs-for-peerages scandal that sae the July arrest of his own blind trust portfolio bagman Lord Levy.
Expect more news in this column shortly.