Masseuse/Governor Fitial Story is National News















January 14, 2010

The Washington Post, the Miami Herald, Houston Chronicle, and Atlantic Journal have picked up the AP story about Governor Fitial releasing his masseuse from prison to have her brought to his residence for a massage. This story is going to be international by tomorrow.

Hopefully, the national publicity and attention will serve as a wake up call for officials in the CNMI who think that they are above the law, can do whatever they want without consequences, and routinely mock federal law and officials.

What impact will this incident have on federal decisions that will be made concerning the transitional worker program, the federal lawsuit and visa waivers? I predict the impact will be significant. The notion that the governor or local officials should have control over aspects of the guest worker program should be moot.

The Pacific News Center reported that Governor Fitial will go before Judge Munson at 3:00pm today (Saipan time) to explain. Any slaps on the hand will likely be the cause of increased outrage. The world is watching now. Maybe literally. CBS News just picked up the story.

Angelo put the KSPN video on Youtube:

50 comments:

Anonymous said...

It should be moot, not “mute”, too.

Wendy said...

Thanks, I always do that!

Humanitarian said...

Presumably any legitimate news outlets will discuss the incredible pain caused by spinal stenosis and refer to the repeated efforts of DoC officials to contact the AG and USMS to deal with the extraordinarily exigent circumstances.

How many others in the CNMI have accute spinal stenosis, and are trying to deal with so many social problems at the same time?

The Saipan Blogger said...

Goodbye, visa waivers. Thanks, Ben!

Anonymous said...

Humanitarian,

His spine could have been protruding from his body. He still would have NO LEGAL RIGHT, NADA, NONE to remove a federal detainee from prison and have her escorted to his house at 3am.

The law is the law!

You don't pull people out of jail to serve you in anyway shape or form, especially if you are a government official.

What is wrong with you?

Think before you post and stop kissing this governor's butt.

He needs to be held accountable. This is NOT NAZI GERMANY no matter how badly Fitial resembles the F├╝hrer in his actions and his words. THIS IS THE USofA!!

Wendy said...

Humanitarian:

It's an odd choice of a name. Governor excuse maker may have been better.

Are you serious? Are you attempting to make excuses for this inexcusable behavior? Do you think that it is acceptable for elected officials to abuse their power and use their public offices to serve their own personal needs while violating the law? You cannot legitimize this behavior. It is wrong. He must have known it was wrong. The DOC officials must have known it was wrong. His wife must have known it was wrong.

Are you trying to say that the Washington Post, CBS News, the AP, The Miami Herald and other reputable media outlets are not legitimate news sources because they don't support corrupt government official's excuses to violate ethical and legal procedures? Are you kidding me?

"...and refer to the repeated efforts of DoC officials to contact the AG and USMS to deal with the extraordinarily exigent circumstances." What utter garbage.
And playing the pity card? Have you no shame? I feel compassion for people with chronic illnesses, but that is not an excuse to violate the law. You are attempting to spin this and it is an insult to the intelligence of any rational and law-abiding person. No, you will not be able to justify this, excuse this, minimize the seriousness of this, or sweep this under the CNMI rug. The genie is out of the bottle. Don't even try to put it back in.

How many others in the CNMI have accute spinal stenosis, and are trying to deal with so many social problems at the same time? Obviously, you are trying to say that the governor is in such bad shape that he cannot handle his pain and the social problems. Then he must step aside.

Anonymous said...

In the age of information superhighway, it's really incredible how news from the very tiny island of the pacific can travel that fast. It's all over the internet now...

Anonymous said...

YOU GO GIRL!

Anonymous said...

Humanitarian my butt.

Anonymous said...

How about all the drug addicts that rob pharmacies? I guess they should be forgiven because they were in pain right? And those nasty papers forgetting to stress that they had an addiction, which should be a good reason to break the law.

Anonymous said...

I pity the governor's new press secretary.

Anonymous said...

KARMA

Anonymous said...

I bet that Humanitarian is an American lawyer.

Anonymous said...

"Angles" Demapan hasn't impressed me yet. Poor guy, first day on the job and they throw him to the wolves. He is going to have to spin faster than that.

Anonymous said...

A lawyer could do a little explanation to some readers about the legal concept of “necessity,” and of the factb that DoC, the legal custodian, does indeed have discretion to deal with extraordinary circumstances.

If the feds don't like that, they could always detain her in the USMS holding cells in the Horiguchi Building, build a federal detention facility in a former garment factory, or take her to Guam, where she would likely seek asylum.

The political bias of Fitial's persecutors is showing -- the usual jumping to conclusions without knowing all the facts or the relevant law.

Again, the federal remedy is not to keep her in CNMI custody.

The Governor did absolutely nothing wrong.

Anonymous said...

Humanitarian is nuts. He thinks that because DOC made repeated efforts to contact the AG and USMS that it's okay to go ahead and break the law. Why would those offices be open past hours? What did they think these officials would say even if they could have reached them? "Sure governor, we'll drop her right over." No prisoner should be released from jail unless a judge says she should.

Anonymous said...

Noni 2:46 Let's hear from a lawyer that would argue that a massage is a necessity. Come on down lawyers and argue that one! Yeah, it's a necessity to get a massage when you have pain, but not to call a physician or a chiropractor or go to a hospital. So should I call DOC? I want a massage. What's that you say? Only if i am the GOVERNOR? IF DOC has the discretion to pull out a prisoner to give a massage and it's legal then we are in deep trouble.

"If the feds don't like that.." you say. Maybe the feds don't like it so they'll tighten up their control. Think about that smartie pants.

Humanitarian said...

Governor Fitial deserves a commendation for his self-sacrifice in continuing to serve our people despite the extraordinarily debilitating pain of extreme spinal stenosis.

Why not research that before posting your biased opinions. You are demonstrating grave evil and hatred in your unreasoning vituperation against the Governor's plight.

Any appellate court in the country would say that Fitial hasn't done a single thing wrong.

It is precisely because of your lynch mob mentality, putting emotion above real facts and the rule of law, including the “Rule of Necessity”, that our Commonwealth is in such dire straights. You should really be ashamed of yourself, Wendy.

Shame, shame, on American soil!

And Jane, as a lawyer, you should know better. You saw his deep physical pain. Apparently your legal service work is just a job and not motivated by any sincere compassion. You need to take a deep look into the mirror and your conscience at what you are doing to our community to satisfy your sordid political biases.

Double shame on you, Jane!

High-tech lynching, Part II!

Amazing.

Incivility incarnate.

January 15, 2010 3:06 PM

Wendy said...

Humanitarian

I moved your comment up to this post. The shame is on you, on the governor, and on anyone who makes excuses for this behavior. This is NOT about pain. Lots of people have chronic pain and do not make such poor choices. Poor choices that have captured the attention of the media across the nation. If this was a little thing it would not be in the national news! It's a big deal.

Lynch mob mentality? Garbage. How many comments on these posts and in the Variety have been showing support for the governor's actions?

You said, "It is precisely because of your lynch mob mentality, putting emotion above real facts and the rule of law, including the “Rule of Necessity”, that our Commonwealth is in such dire straights. You should really be ashamed of yourself, Wendy. I put the commonwealth in dire straights? Wow! Are you serious?

If the governor is in such pain, he needs to resign. You seem to be suggesting that the pain has caused him to make inappropriate choices and bad decisions. Anyone in so much pain that they would think it is okay to release a prisoner is not capable of leading.

"Grave evil and hatred?" You are so blinded by your loyalty to the governor that you cannot even admit this was a terrible choice! Furthermore, if you are so confident in your opinions, then come out from behind your anonymous name! It's easy to fling poison arrows when you don't have the courage or decency to identify yourself.

Shame on Jane. No way! Why because she has the courage to state the truth? Jane does not hide behind an anonymous name like you do either.

Shame on the defenders of corruption and on the defenders of lawlessness. And shame on you for suggesting that people who do not agree with you are not civil.

Anonymous said...

OMG, I cannot believe anyone is defending Fitial and arguing prosecutorial misconduct in one posting. That is LOL, priceless and one for the American Express ads. Get real Fool.

Anonymous said...

The charge of human smuggling for financial gain carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.

If the feds can tie him to the smuggling case, that's 220 years in prison for Mr. Fitial.

Does anyone really believe he was getting a massage? I think he was making sure our 28 year old Chinese friend had her story straight.

Did you threaten to kill her family in China, Mr. Governor?

Anonymous said...

Kill the messenger, right Humanitarian?

Anonymous said...

For them to even attempt to justify this is UNFUk**believable!!!fitial needs a reality check.in fact,they all do!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

"Lynch mob"...the Governor walking free is an insult to every horse theif that was ever hanged.

Anonymous said...

"If this was a little thing it would not be in the national news! It's a big deal."

The fact that US news outlets think something is a big deal does not mean that it really is, or really should be, a big deal. It is a good thing that CNMI public opinion has not yet sunk to the kind of hypercritical salacious scandal-mongering that has been the downfall of too many worthy public figures in the US.

Saipan Writer said...

I'm waiting to hear what happened at the 3 PM hearing. Anyone know? Or do we just wait for the 6 PM news?

Anonymous said...

There was no messeuse, this is money and getting the story straight among clever parasites.

Horse thief...LOL

Anonymous said...

5:05 Is that you oh great attorney? Stop defending the guilty like they have done no wrong. Fitial is damaging the entire CNMI.

Saipan Writer said...

There's nothing wrong with attorneys defending the guilty. They deserve representation as much as the innocent.

But I agree with the real sentiment in noni 8:08 PM's post--stop giving us a load of hogwash here and in the press.

Anonymous said...

We put Saipan in this mockery. You reelected him, that's why! He could not even trust the hospital to treat him with his back pain, this is scary!

Anonymous said...

The feds should offer the lady amnesty and a green card if she tells the entire truth about. Then the truth should come out and the governor is fried egg.

Humanitarian said...

The inuendo about “obstruction of justice” or conspiracy is proof positive of the extreme political bias of the Governor's critics. They would do anything, stoop to any level, to take him down. Amazing. Outrageous.

Undoubtedly not one of them has researched the excruciating pain caused by spinal stenosis. I applaud Ben's support of alternative medicine.

Even this evil slander can work toward good for decent people who trust God; perhaps alternative medicine will be a boon to our economy. Too bad the haters squelched Fitial's medical marijuana conference, just like they are piling on now.

There is another salutary benefit to this tempest in a teapot. Through the transparency of blogs we can see how mainstream news is made.

Here for all to read on public display are the wild factual assumptions, political misinformation, grave bias, lynch-mob mentality, sour-grapes defeated Senatorial candidate's pontifications, and all the other ephemera that go into the “liberal” news media that have formed many Americans' ideas of the CNMI.

Now we see perfectly how “activists” engineered the downfall of the garment industry and the federalization of CNMI wages and immigration over almost two decades -- but this time the activists' dirty tricks are out in the open for all to see.

This is yet another example of outsiders trying to “punish” the CNMI for standing up for Covenant Section 701.

Fortunutely for the People of the CNMI, Ben will not easily submit to martyrdom, dirty tricks, and political gamesmanship.

Let it BE!

P.S. With all the absolute villification, hatred, scorn, and opprobrium heaped on Fitial by politically biased blog commenters, why on earth, Wendy, would I want to volunteer for such persecution myself? Use of a pseudonym has nothing at all to do with my lack of decency and courage, but that of many of your dirty tricks fellow-travellers. I gain nothing from posting here except to contribute to the search for Truth.

Anonymous said...

I looked up the governor's condition. No where is massage recommended as a form of treatment. Physical therapy yes. Was she a licensed therapist? NO! IS she a medical person? NO! The governor needs a reality check. No more lies or games. Pay for your stupid mistakes. Apologize!

Anonymous said...

Wendy is right. If the governor is in so much pain that he is incapable of thinking clearly, then he must resign. Stop embarrassing yourself and stop embarrassing all of us...

Anonymous said...

Humanitarien,
Are you for realor having fun with the topic, don't you know she is not a certified massuese, an exgarment factory worker became a massuese in Garapn somewhat 2 years ago and you will know in future Govorner had a illisit relationship with her in the past. It's a public secret in some communities here in Saipan

Anonymous said...

Noni 7:01am:

Your search for the truth has led you into a hive of Fitial lies. You should have taken a left at the Mobil gas station.

How on earth do you look into your son's eyes after writing such vile nonsense and BS?

Anonymous said...

Many outstanding professionals have no formal certification, especially in alternative medicine. If Fitial had obtained positive medical results from Ms. Cheng in the past, it makes complete sense that he and his wife would have reached out to her in an emergency.

As for the baseless accusations of sexual impropriety, it would seem those gossipers have more to be ashamed of before their children than anyone else posting upthread.

I highly doubt that any Fitialite with actual knowledge of marital shenanigans would be posting here.

That this needs to be even mentioned reflects the incivility and debased rumor-mongering that passes for public discourse amongst those who cannot accept the verdict of the people just two months ago.

If there is to be a verdict rendered by a jury, time will tell on that front.

May truth prevail.

Anonymous said...

What's truly ludicrous is that politically biased “change” advocates would accuse Fitial of being the mastermind or financier of a human trafficking operation to Guam. What possible motive would the Guv have to do this? Are his accusers high? Or just Bitter?

It is only barely more likely that Ben would obstruct justice by coaching his friend Qian to lie about facts relevant to the charges she is facing, in the presence of his wife and several DoC officials.

Sure, anything is possible, but one is well advised to avoid rash judgment and leave this to the professionals at the USAO & OAG.

When self-appointed political hack blog commenters try to get “out front” of a federal investigation, it can only end badly for the cause of justice.

Those really concerned about truth, or about getting Fitial, would be well advised to keep their rash judgment and rank gossip to themselves, lest they contaminate the jury pool.

Remember the Guam corruption trial in San Francisco that ended in an acquittal?

Anonymous said...

Noni 11:15 - You said, "Many outstanding professionals have no formal certification, especially in alternative medicine." There are laws regulating alternative medicine in all states because of people like you who think any unlicensed quack can claim to be a healer. No one is PROFESSIONAL without education or training and a license. A masseuse is NOT a physical therapist.

You said, "If Fitial had obtained positive medical results from Ms. Cheng in the past, it makes complete sense that he and his wife would have reached out to her in an emergency." Lots of people got great results from shooting up so I guess we should support their habits? "It makes perfect sense?" I guess then all her other customers that got their muscles relaxed from her massages should ALSO have access to her right? Let them all take her out of jail. Why not just the governor? WHY? Because no one else is stupid enough or arrogant enough to even THINK that they could get a woman out of jail under the guise of giving a massage!!

Do you think the entire island is ignorant? That we don't know WHO is in the back rooms of the clubs?

MAY TRUTH PREVAIL!

Anonymous said...

Noni 12:58 - You said, "What's truly ludicrous is that politically biased “change” advocates would accuse Fitial of being the mastermind or financier of a human trafficking operation to Guam. What possible motive would the Guv have to do this? Are his accusers high? Or just Bitter?" Response- People are just trying to make sense of this outrageous act. It makes NO sense to spring someone for a massage. Everyone assumes there is more to the story. You do something wrong and people will talk. That's how it is. If your elected leader commits an outrageous act, the voters will call for his removal.

You said, "It is only barely more likely that Ben would obstruct justice by coaching his friend Qian to lie about facts relevant to the charges she is facing, in the presence of his wife and several DoC officials." Response - Unless there were video tapes there is no proof who was there in the room with the governor and the prisoner and even what they were doing or saying. Unless they take lie detector tests, I will never believe that these people were in the room with the governor and prisoner. And even if they were in the room, I would bet that his wife and his appointed DOC official are going to say whatever he tells them to say.

You said, "Sure, anything is possible, but one is well advised to avoid rash judgment and leave this to the professionals at the USAO & OAG." Response - No one is going to take your advice because we all know who you are and your motives for saying these things. You are an attorney and Fitial supporter. EVERYONE has a right to express their opinions. His actions were a huge breach of public trust. It is our tax dollars paying his salary, paying the salaries of DOC, and paying for government vehicles to transport prisoners. I would advise people to sign the recall petition. That way no matter what happens in court, we can control what happens in the CNMI in the future.

You said, "When self-appointed political hack blog commenters try to get “out front” of a federal investigation, it can only end badly for the cause of justice." Response - You aren't a self-appointed blog commenter? So there should only be comments that support your whacky side that Fitial did nothing wrong? Free speech is bad for justice? We are only "self-appointed political blog commenters" when we disagree with you, right?

You said, "Those really concerned about truth, or about getting Fitial, would be well advised to keep their rash judgment and rank gossip to themselves, lest they contaminate the jury pool." Response -Free speech will not contaminate a jury pool. Are you saying that you expect Fitial to go on trial?People can weigh truth from fiction. Your problem is that you only want your version of "truth" discussed. YOU aren't concerned with the truth, but are more concerned with keeping YOUR version of the story in the spotlight.

"Remember the Guam corruption trial in San Francisco that ended in an acquittal?" Response - Are you implying that if anyone has an opinion that differs from your version than there will be an acquittal? You are a bully attempting to suppress free speech.

Anonymous said...

Even the students in Kagman High are laughing at him.

Anonymous said...

Truth does not come in “versions.” Either the facts are there (or are being sought in investigation), or they are not. Most commenters to these threads are simply making things up based on political animosity. That helps no one, including the anti-Fitialites.

There is no bullying above. The quoted commenter is simply pointing out that words have consequences.

Rank speculation, inuendo, and rumor have effects on the community.

At best such jumping to conclusions leads to incivility, lack of social cohesion, diversion from other issues, and a lowering of community morale. It betrays a lack of education, or sound, orderly thinking, or both.

At worst, such politically biased attacks can result in miscarriages of justice.

The Governor may have exercised poor judgement or worse, but that remains to be seen. Vigilantism helps no one, online or off.

Anonymous said...

Noni 11:23 You are a mouthpiece for Fitial. Your comment is slanted. Who are you to say that people who uphold the law and support fair play are biased? If you disagree with a comment it is "rank", "inuendo" or "politically biased"? No, you are wrong. It is YOU that is biased in your statement. There is no vigilantism, it is called OUTRAGE. It will continue to grow like a tidal wave that will wash away the corruption of the Fitial Administration. So either get on the boat or prepared to be washed away with the rest of the people that keep the corruption alive by defending terrible acts.

You are correct in one thing. Truth does NOT come in versions. The TRUTH is that the governor is incapable of effectively doing his job. He is not capable of admitting wrong doing. He is not able to accept responsibility for his illegal acts. He needs to resign. THAT IS THE TRUTH.

Anonymous said...

RECALL HIM. The Legislators are too cowardly to impeach, no matter how much evidence piles up about his abuses of power.

Anonymous said...

Biba mob rule!

Anonymous said...

Anonymous 12:18 There is no mob rule but we won't allow the truth to be buried. Not now. Never again!

Anonymous said...

8:20 You are correct. The legislature has a Covenant majority. They will never impeach Fitial.

Anonymous said...

If only I can buy balls for all the members of the legislature, I will. They don't have the balls to stand up and do the right thing. Tina is more of a man. We should pray that one of this mornings, their conscience will wake them up so they will uphold the law and do the right thing.

Anonymous said...

let the truth finally come out.
fitial has no blood in his eyes for his people whom he serves and commands.
he has brought shame to the northern marianas islands people most especially world wide.
come on governor you sworn yourself in and this is what you do.
maybe the judge didnt seem to make sense to you.
you made our judge look BAD and you completely wasted his time.
bye fitial i promise you will be out and put away for a long time.
just like TIM. :)

Anonymous said...

gov. fitial im sorry i have to say this but bye bye.