There's more than one page, it appears, one from Louisiana and one from California, and they're different ages.
The emails were to the 16-year-old from LA, pretty innocent, nothing criminal. The IMs were to the kid who turned 18 by the time Foley was doing the cybersex thing with him (but Foley had typed some creepy IMs to him before he was eighteen as well).
It appears Foley knew the law. He was scouting them while they were pages but waiting until after they were eighteen. That's why he kept asking when their birthdays were and apparently avoided illegal conduct while they were underage.
ABC knew all this. But they could skew it into a hitjob on the GOP and Hastert. The goal: the House in Dim hands.
To: George W. Bush
The age of consent in DC is 16, and Foley lived in DC and the pages' dorm is in DC, so not illegal.
Maybe a violation of some ethical rule, I dunno.
I haven't read the explicit stuff, every time I see something that says, "warning, explicit language" I skip it. My stomach isn't that strong.
Apparently Foley's homosexuality was an open secret, everybody that wanted to know knew, everybody else suspected it but didn't want to make a big deal about it.
If it turns out that the hoorah is just about the fact that some Republicans are Religious Right, well, so what? Some aren't. I don't care whether someone's gay.
posted on 10/05/2006 8:48:31 AM PDT
(Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. Moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.)
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