Paula Abdul Voicemails Not Linked to Terrorism, Feds Say Federal agents reportedly recorded the messages that American Idol judge Paula Abdul left f
May 5, 2005

Paula Abdul Voicemails Not Linked to Terrorism, Feds Say

Federal agents reportedly recorded the messages that American Idol judge Paula Abdul left for Idol wannabe Corey Clark as part of a terrorist sting operation. The agents, who were monitoring Clark's phone calls under a provision of the Patriot Act, were after suspected Jordanian terrorist Buelah Abdul.

WASHINGTON, DC—Inquiring minds want to know: exactly how did ABC get the hot-and-heavy voicemail messages left by American Idol judge Paula Abdul for Idol-wannabe Corey Clark? Blame it on the Patriot Act, says a high-ranking US intelligence official who claims that Ms. Abdul was the unintended victim of a sting operation intended to sniff out Jordanian terror suspect Buelah Abdul. The messages were recorded by federal agents under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

"I can't give you a lot of details," says the intelligence source. "But I can confirm that Paula Abdul is no longer being investigated as a suspected terrorist, and the voicemail messages that she left for Mr. Clark have been returned to him."

Paula no friend of Patriot Act
The FBI agents who conducted the top-secret investigation apparently confused the Hollywood A-list Abdul with her similarly named counterpart on the US terror list. They reportedly relied on roving wiretaps to monitor the lovebirds' conversations as well as to tape numerous voicemails left by Ms. Abdul for the 22-year-old Clark. Under the Patriot Act, passed in the weeks after September 11, 2001, the federal government may monitor the phone calls of individuals "proximate" to the primary person being tapped, in this case, Ms. Abdul. Read on...

RIP, Baron Edward Von Kloberg III, 1942-2005

Edward Von Kloberg is dead. The former public relations man to Saddam Hussein and Mobutu Sese Seko, while on vacation in Rome, leapt to his death from the parapet of a castle, a State Department spokesman said late last night. A suicide note written by the self described "Washington representative to the damned" was found at the scene, but has not yet been made public.

Speculation as to why Von Kloberg might have killed himself revolved around the fact that he was in failing health. My surmise is that his conscience finally caught up with him.

That last comment might appear on its face to be somewhat cruel and insensitive, considering my words have been written so soon after his passing. But before anyone jumps on me for my insensitivity (We don't want a headline in the New York Post declaring "Bloggers Decry One of Their Own for his Incivility", do we?) I should say I knew Edward Von Kloberg quite well. Well enough to know that if he were here now reading this post, he would almost certainly heartily laugh, and say as he was apt to do, when we spent time together, "Well said, young man... Well said, indeed!"

The only story that I have found so far online about his death, Read on...

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