Legislative Reforms Needed
Connecticut State Rep. Tim O'Brien [website]
I didn’t like heroin and crack cocaine being sold near the boarded up properties that I bought and fixed up. [video]
Connecticut State Police were aiding corrupt Stafford Springs politicians and their friends to rid the town of poor whites and minorities and to eliminate business competition for the connected and powerful in town. Should these racist/elitist policies of Separate and Unequal continue in Connecticut?
I went to Tony Guglielmo [more], my State Senator to tell him what was going on suggesting a solution in proposed legislation, “Civilian Oversight of Police”.
If citizens can be arrested and put in prison for wanting ethical government, courts, and police, what is Connecticut coming to? When is enough, enough?
I like, Ken Krayeske, [story pics] was placed on the secret Connecticut State Police “Enemies List”. I have suffered since, for years, and so has my family and daughter. I lost my home, my small business I built over 2 decades, my dog, retirement, health insurance, credit, and ability to get most jobs and housing, all for what?
Police commit perjury and worse and there are no consequences. Informant funds are used to set up citizens that want ethical police practices. Will legislators review cases of those retaliated against for wanting honest courts, police, and State Government? Will our bogus records be expunged? Will there be compensation?
Should I and others suffer for the rest of our lives because we were covertly ruined as targets of out of control Connecticut State Police? Should the Connecticut Department of Administrative Services operate like a domestic spying organization?
Will you help victims of the Official Connecticut Corruption Goon Squads? [pics story]
Steven G. Erickson
972 Putney Rd # 156
Brattleboro, VT 05301
(former Connecticut Political Prisoner # 305662)
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Tuesday, March 6, 2007
BY PAUL HUGHES
Copyright © 2007 Republican-American
HARTFORD Ã¢Â€Â” State lawmakers are proposing greater legislative scrutiny of intelligence gathering in Connecticut. The calls for more oversight come from a Jan 3 arrest of freelance journalist and political activist Kenneth Krayeske during Gov. M. Jodi Rell's inaugural parade.
Krayeske was on a watch list of potential threats to disrupt the governor's inauguration that state police had circulated. His arrest while photographing Rell brought the list to light and caused a furor.
The legislature had previously paid little heed to intelligence gathering by law enforcement agencies in the state. Now, committees are asking questions, holding hearings and drafting legislation.
Three House Democrats want to establish an intelligence oversight committee to protect against the possible abuse of investigative powers. The Government Administration and Elections Committee voted to redraft the trio's bill in January.
The bill proposed to grant the intelligence committee authority to review confidential documents and procedures of the state's homeland security office and other agencies. Its members would be prohibited from disclosing any secret information.
The Judiciary Committee is separately drafting legislation on the oversight of intelligence gathering by law enforcement agencies.
Rep. Michael P. Lawlor, the committee's House chairman, said the bill will also propose giving the co-chairs and ranking members of certain committees access to confidential information.
He said his committee's legislation will likely impose some reporting requirements on law enforcement agencies, including the criteria used to determine when someone poses a risk to disrupt a public event and the number of individuals deemed such a threat annually.
"This obviously flows from the Ken Krayeske incident," Lawlor said.
State police denied keeping a political "enemies list" immediately after the Krayeske arrest. However, the department reported it does provide information on individuals considered threats to disrupt public events.
Additionally, the Program Review and Investigations Committee voted last week to study the state Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security. The bipartisan, 12-member committee serves as the legislature's watchdog over executive branch agencies.