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Dems Will Win Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-30-07 12:07 PM
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Giuliani Hires Old Friend, Accused Molesting Priest Alan Placa , "Consultant" to Giuliani Partners
Edited on Sun Sep-30-07 12:21 PM by Dems Will Win


GIULIANI'S CHILDHOOD 'FRIEND', ACCUSED MOLESTING PRIEST ALAN PLACA, HAVE A LONG RELATIONSHIP. HE MARRIED RUDOLPH TO DONNA HANOVER. OFFICIATED HIS PARENT'S FUNERALS, AND NOW IS PAID BY RUDOLPH TO BE A "CONSULTANT" TO GIULIANI PARTNERS

"he appears to have made feeble attempts at abusing a boy who was an alter server. ... He pulled up a chair next to the boy and put his right hand on his thigh. Slowly his hand began to creep up towards the boy's genital area. Alarmed, the boy covered his crotch. The conduct repeated itself within a week.

"After his first assignment," the report continues, "Priest F was transferred within the Diocese to ... a school. Priest F was cautious, but relentless in his pursuit of victims. He fondled boys over their clothes, usually in his office. Always, his actions were hidden by a poster, newspaper or a book. ... Everyone in the school knew to stay away from Priest F."


Giuliani employs his childhood friend Monsignor Alan Placa as a consultant at Giuliani Partners despite a 2003 Suffolk County, N.Y., grand jury report that accuses Placa of sexually abusing children, as well as helping cover up the sexual abuse of children by other priests. Placa, who was part of a three-person team that handled allegations of abuse by clergy for the Diocese of Rockville Centre, is referred to as Priest F in the grand jury report. The report summarizes the testimony of multiple alleged victims of Priest F, and then notes, "Ironically, Priest F would later become instrumental in the development of Diocesan policy in response to allegations of sexual abuse of children by priests."

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Placa has worked for Giuliani Partners since 2002. As of June 2007, he remains on the payroll. "He is currently employed here," Giuliani spokeswoman Sunny Mindel confirmed to Salon, adding that Giuliani "believes Alan has been unjustly accused." Mindel declined to discuss what role Placa plays with the consulting firm, or how much he is paid. Says Richard Tollner, who testified before the grand jury that Placa had molested him, " has to speak up for himself and explain himself. If he doesn't, people shouldn't vote for him." Adds Anne Barrett Doyle, co-director of BishopAccountability.org, which tracks suspected priest abuse, "I think Rudy Giuliani has to account for his friendship with a credibly accused child molester."

Placa himself did not return several calls from Salon.

Placa, now 62, has been friends with Giuliani since childhood. The boys attended Bishop Loughlin High School in Brooklyn together, where Giuliani, Placa and Peter Powers, later to become chief aide to Giuliani during his first term as mayor of New York City, were in an opera club together. Placa and Giuliani would sometimes double-date. "After we'd drop off the girls," Placa told the New York Times in 1997, "Rudy and I would spend hours in the car or walking down the sidewalks, debating ideas: religion, the problems of the world, what we wanted to be." Giuliani, Powers and Placa later attended Manhattan College together and were fraternity brothers at Phi Rho Pi.

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Though their career paths had diverged, Placa remained close to Giuliani, and was actively involved in many of the most important events of his friend's life. He was the best man at Giuliani's first marriage in 1968 to his second cousin, Regina Peruggi, then helped Giuliani get an annulment in 1982 -- over Regina's protests -- so he could marry his second wife, Donna Hanover. Placa officiated at the wedding of Hanover and Giuliani in 1984. In September 2002, while suspended by the diocese over the sexual abuse allegations and no longer permitted to perform priestly duties, Placa received special permission to officiate at the funeral of the former mayor's mother, Helen. He also officiated at the funeral of Giuliani's father and baptized both of Giuliani's children.

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Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota would not confirm to the Long Island newspaper Newsday at the time of the report's release in February 2003 that Priest F was Alan Placa. Spota would say, however, that "this is a person who was directly involved in the so-called policy of the church to protect children, when in fact he was one of the abusers." Multiple media outlets have named Placa as Priest F. Placa implicitly acknowledged as much to the New York Times in a Feb. 20, 2003, story, titled "L.I. Monsignor Scorns Jury, Insisting He Is No 'Monster'," in which he denied the specific allegations in the report. One of the victims whose testimony is cited in the report has also confirmed to Salon that Placa is Priest F.

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The report describes two alleged victims complaining to the school's rector about Priest F, and their "suspicions, later confirmed to be correct," that the priest was abusing a fourth boy. Eventually, one of the alleged victims told Priest F, in an encounter witnessed by another boy, "Don't ever fucking touch me again or I'll kill you."

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While Placa is on leave, he is employed elsewhere. In August 2002, after his suspension but prior to the release of the grand jury report, he took a job with Giuliani Partners. There is no public record, however, of what that job entails.

Since the first accusations against Placa surfaced, Giuliani has defended his childhood friend. In June 2002, he insisted that "Alan Placa is one of the finest people I know."

http://www.salon.com/news/feature/2007/06/22/placa /


http://www.bishop-accountability.org/ny-rockvillecentre...



What do you think of this? Shouldn't Giuliani be asked further questions about this? What does Placa do as a "Consultant" for Giuliani Partners, where he never shows up for work? Does Giuliani still defend Placa in the face of witnesses confirming to Newsday and Salon that he is their abuser? Why has this not been brought up before in Iowa and New Hampshire press? What does this say about the "Real Rudolph", not the image presented to the public, but the apparent amorality of the man? Do we really want such a person to be President?

If you think these questions should be asked, please recommend!
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Kagemusha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-30-07 12:09 PM
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1. It's not a new story, I think it sucks, I thought it sucked at the time...
And the media just yawned.
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Dems Will Win Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-30-07 12:12 PM
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3. Why has this not been talked about? It says a lot about Giuliani I think?
Edited on Sun Sep-30-07 12:15 PM by Dems Will Win
Can you imagine if Obama or Edwards or Hillary had this strong link? THe press would be tremendous. We need to push this and investigate ourselves.

What is the current status of the Placa case? Anyone know?

If Giuliani is able to tolerate the corruption of Kerik and stay so close, and now Placa and hire him as well, you have to wonder what corruption he would tolerate as President!
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Kagemusha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-30-07 01:38 PM
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12. Because the man's been convicted of nothing and well, 9/11.
Rudy's a hard guy to go after if you value a career in journalism.
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hisownpetard Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-30-07 12:10 PM
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2. No wonder Rudy enjoys those prostate exams so much... nostalgia!! n/t
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kskiska Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-30-07 12:14 PM
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4. I posted this story back in June
and there wasn't much response. The newz didn't pick up on it, either. Rudy has some problems choosing suitable friends - and wives.
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Fridays Child Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-30-07 12:15 PM
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5. After double dates, they would drop the girls off and spend hours together?
I'm sorry but that just strikes me as exceedingly odd.
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Dems Will Win Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-30-07 12:24 PM
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8. It might explain all the outfits Rudolph has in his closet


And why he remains so close to Placa, even after accusations of fondling little boys.

That's why this issue of personal character deserves questions in Iowa and across the nation.
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whistle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-30-07 12:17 PM
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6. Father Alan Placa molested priests? Oh, always helps to read past the headlines
....he and Rudy were boyhood friends, interesting.
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Dems Will Win Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-30-07 12:26 PM
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9. Changed it to "Molesting Priest"...
Yadda yadda Fadda Placa...
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whistle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-30-07 01:17 PM
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11. Thank you there is a world of difference between the "molester" and the "molestee"
...and certainly Rudy Gouliani knows that as well, gives a whole new meaning to the term "hand picked"! :wtf:
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defendandprotect Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-30-07 12:21 PM
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7. The story should at least be kept out there and current to ensure that everyone knows about it ---
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Benhurst Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-30-07 12:35 PM
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10. I agree. I caught the original posts, but I imagine most Americans
are not aware of this, maybe even most members of DU.
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Dems Will Win Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-30-07 03:28 PM
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13. Yup, help keep it kicked today
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opihimoimoi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-30-07 03:42 PM
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14. Its this kind of stories that will sink the Toast that is floating in the Pond
Rudy, the Toast, is sunk.
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Dems Will Win Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-30-07 06:10 PM
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15. Won't somebody get this on the Greatest Page?
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opihimoimoi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-30-07 09:25 PM
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16. K&R for the Pervie Crowd,,,jus kiddin,,,LOL
GHOULY sure knows how to energize his peeps...get a Pervie on his staff....I just knew something was wrong with the man...
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Dems Will Win Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-01-07 10:34 AM
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17. Verily
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BornagainDUer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-01-07 05:07 PM
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18. Yawn, another gay Repug.
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