Another uninvited guest made it into the White House state dinner made famous by gate-crashers Tareq and Michaele Salahi, the Secret Service announced Monday -- exposing more holes in the security perimeter around President Obama.On December 11, the Ask Miss A blog reported that rumors were floating around Washington that Carlos Allen may have also crashed the White House dinner:
Unlike the Salahis, this newly revealed crasher got into the White House with the official Indian delegation...
A congressional source, who was granted anonymity to speak about the ongoing investigation into porous security at the White House, identified the man as Carlos Allen, a D.C. party promoter who runs an event space in Mount Pleasant. The source saw Allen's name in official e-mails and documents pertaining to the Secret Service probe. Allen, 39, did not respond Monday to repeated e-mails and phone messages. The Post spoke with him last month regarding a comment he made to a blogger about having attended the state dinner; in the brief exchange, he denied knowledge of anything to do with the dinner...
The Secret Service released its statement following a report by Ronald Kessler, a journalist who writes for Newsmax.com. Kessler reported that the agency discovered the third crasher after examining surveillance video of arriving guests and found one tuxedoed man who did not match any name on the guest list.
The White House declined to comment about the breach, although an administration official, who asked to speak without attribution, said the White House has known about the third crasher since mid-December.
On his Web site, Allen promotes his event space as the "HushGalleria Mansion." Like the Salahis, he has a knack for getting himself into photos with famous people: Gen. David Petraeus at one black-tie gala last fall, rapper Drake and actor Jeremy Piven at other events featured on his Facebook page. An acquaintance of Allen's said Monday that she spotted photos of Allen, purportedly at the state dinner, on his Facebook page in the hours after the dinner, but that the photos later disappeared after the Salahi controversy broke...
Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton said the new discovery may implicate not only the Secret Service, which is under the jurisdiction of the Homeland Security Committee, but also the State Department: "This incident, along with the terror attempt on a Northwest Airlines flight on Christmas Day by Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab may well show that the State Department is a weak link in U.S. security." ...
There are rumors floating around Washington that Tareq and Michaele Salahi may not have been alone in crashing the State Dinner. It seems that Carlos Allen, CEO of Hush Society Magazine may have also crashed President and Mrs. Obama’s first State Dinner, too:Here's the buzz, Miss A is referring to.
Interestingly, Carlos is friends on Facebook with the Salahi’s former attorney Paul W. Gardner. Did Paul Gardner help get Carlos and the Salahi’s into the State Dinner? I have no idea, but this is apparently the buzz.
From Politics Daily - Dec. 2, 2009:
I have some questions for Paul Gardner, attorney for the world's most famous uninvited guests...And, now I notice that Miss A. put a new post up today with some additional information:
I get the impression the Howard Law School graduate played a role in getting Mr. and Mrs. Salahi through the White House's East Entrance. The Baltimore lawyer has been linked through Facebook to a Defense Department official [Michele Jones, who happens to be one of Gardner's Facebook friends] whose e-mail correspondence reportedly led the couple to believe they could attend the state dinner a week ago.
Gardner, who advertises on MySpace, also shares the services of their publicist, Mahogany Jones. [Editor's note: Michele Jones - the Defense Dept. official who is Paul Gardner's Facebook friend - is an Obama appointee. Jones reportedly told the Salahis that she would try to get them tickets to the dinner. However, Jones later issued a statement saying: “I did not state at any time, or imply that I had tickets for ANY portion of the evening’s events. I specifically stated that they did not have tickets and in fact that I did not have the authority to authorize attendance, admittance or access to any part of the evening’s activities. Even though I informed them of this, they still decided to come."]
Tareq and Michaele... told NBC's "Today" show that the Gardner Law Group got them into a September formal dinner hosted by the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation. [This is not the White House state dinner that took place in November in honor of Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. But, the question arises as to whether Mr. Gardner may have also gotten them into the White House dinner.]
A Congressional source has confirmed to the Washington Post’s Reliable Source that Carlos Allen, CEO of Hush Society Magazine is the “Third Crasher”. The blogger mentioned in the Post’s story was an AskMissA.com contributor, Sanam Toossi who mentioned in her write up of a Thanksgiving volunteer event at the Hush Mansion that she met Carlos Allen and that he said he attended the State Dinner. Seems that he was cool with telling everyone he was there….until he saw what happened to the Salahi’s.Indeed, the Salahis are certainly no strangers to corruption and shady charities:
After the Salahi’s Gate-Crashing story broke, a few Facebook friends of Carlos noticed that his State Dinner photos had disappeared from Facebook. One frenemy in particular started talking to various media outlets and telling all the dirt about how the Hush Society Mansion — now a charity — was once really a Swingers club, and may still be used in the evenings for some debauchery. I’ve also heard that Carlos and possibly the Salahi’s former attorney Paul Gardner have ties to Obama officials who may partake in this Swinger stuff and don’t want it getting out. Hush Mansion….Hush Money??? Interesting, isn’t it?
Supposedly, these contacts in the Obama administration helped get them all into the State Dinner. I have no idea if this is true or not, but that’s part of the dirt that was being told. After some of the undercover videos I’ve seen on ACORN nothing would surprise me. It’s only natural for President Obama’s grassroots support to have a little ”crabgrass” mixed in...
It will be interesting to see what will happen, if anything, to Mr. Allen and the Salahi’s. My guess is that no charges will be filed for the State Dinner, as I don’t think the White House wants to air their disorganized Social and Security laundry. I would imagine that the Salahi’s are being investigated by other government agencies in addition to the Secret Service and that is where their real troubles lie. As for Mr. Allen, I have developed a strong sense of “shade-ar” and something tells me something shady is going on there. We shall see.
From Accuracy in Media:
What is known about the Salahis is that their past includes a bankrupt winery; a long string of civil suits, some of which involve Loudoun businesses; cars and at least one boat repossessed; a residence in foreclosure; and his elderly parents evicted from their home."A few more tidbits:
In addition, according to the article, Charles Muldoon says he was asked by Tareq Salahi to help him organize the inaugural America's Cup polo match to help raise money for Journey for the Cure, Salahi's "personal charity."
According to the Loudon Times, "Not only did virtually no money go to Journey for the Cure..., but many of those who participated in the event were not paid for their work, for the supplies they had to purchase, for their time and effort. Salahi, Muldoon claims, even went so far as to stiff the local civic club that provided for parking cars."
More unwelcome attention to the Sulahis came from a blogger known as TaxGirl, who found that the Salahis have failed to file some of their corporate tax returns, had tax liens filed against them, and were spending money on items such as Redskin luxury boxes while failing to pay some of their taxes that were due.
Several weeks ago, bloggers took notice of a photo posted on the Internet showing the Salahis - in November of 2008 - posing together with then-Democratic Presidential nominee, Barack Obama. The photo was taken at an Americas Polo Cup Pre-Event. [The Salahis created the America's Polo Cup.] However, I have still not ascertained whether Obama was actually at the event or if his image was merely photo-shopped on to the picture.
The Salahis also attended the 2008 World Snow Polo Championships in Aspen, as well as various other polo events. Ironically, Craig Allen posted a picture of himself [on his website] attending an International Polo Club event in Palm Beach Florida. Birds of a feather, I suppose...
Incidentally, there is plenty of more corruption involving the Salahis and the America's Polo's Cup. To read more about that, see the Washington Post [Dec. 2, 2009] and Ask Miss A [November 28, blogpost].
And finally, in a separate article [on December 3], the Washington Post wrote that the Salahis' former attorney, Paul Gardner, will likely be called to testify before a congressional committee about the 'Crashgate affair:
The couple's previous lawyer, Paul W. Gardner, is himself embroiled in the affair. Gardner is one of the few Facebook friends of Michele S. Jones, the Pentagon official with whom the couple corresponded about coming to the event, and the Salahis cited the entertainment lawyer as the person who invited them to a Congressional Black Caucus dinner they are now suspected of crashing. Gardner has himself acquired legal representation: Mark Dycio, a Virginia lawyer, who said that Gardner was no longer speaking for himself as he had become part of the investigation.So, as it turns out, both Carlos Allen and Michele Jones are Facebook friends of Paul Gardner, who just happens to be the Salahis' former attorney, and who just happened to get them into a Congressional Black Caucus dinner that - like the White House dinner - they are now suspected of crashing.
"It is expected that he will be called before the committee just as the Salahis were," Dycio said.
But wait, Paul Gardner is not only Facebook friends with Michele Jones, he is also, by his own admission, Miss Jones' attorney [or at least he was, at one time]:
From Paul Gardner's twitter account:
[My] client is being honored along with Sheryl Lee Ralph, Susan Taylor and Honorable Barbara Lee. My client is CSM [(former) Command Sergeant Major of the Army] Michele Jones!Carlos Allen, the Salahis and the White House, a tangled web of dirt and corruption - indeed!