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Several Michigan news outlets are reporting that the FBI, Homeland Security, the Joint Terrorism Task Force and local law enforcement authorities have executed numerous search warrants related to a conservative Christian militia group located in Adrian. Reports indicate five people had been arrested.
The raids occurred Saturday night in the Lenawee county town of Adrian and focused on members of the group Hutaree. Hutaree bills itself as Christian group that “will one day see its enemy and meet him on the battlefield if so God wills it.” It also claims on its website to be “Preparing for the end time battles to keep the testimony of Jesus Christ alive.”
The Southern Poverty Law Center reports Hutaree is one of 47 active militia groups in Michigan.
While some news sources have reported the raids were directed at the Michigan Militia, the raids and arrests in Michigan were directed at Hutaree.
Lee Miracle, coordinator for the Southeast Michigan Volunteer Militia, says his group was not connected with Hutaree. He said his group withdrew from working with Hutaree because members of Hutaree were “forceful towards recruiting,” and “they had this you’re with us or against us mentality.”
Miracle said his group is secular, interested in protecting the Constitution, while Hutaree was a religious group that excluded people who did not believe in their particular brand of Christian thought.
“They think the end times are coming and they need to protect themselves and even worse, enforce their Christian beliefs on others after the end times,” Miracle said of Hutaree’s beliefs.
President Obama has won the healthcare argument in Congress but the nationwide debate still rages. RT talks now to one of the opponents, Congressman Ron Paul. He say the plans provide a right that should not be offered by government.
Back in Solomon's day, judges were lauded for their wisdom. Not so today.
Take the lesbian prom case out of Itawamba County, Mississippi, for example. School officials canceled this year's soiree when they learned that lesbian Constance McMillen and her girlfriend planned to attend as a couple.
The Federal Judge in the case, U.S. District Judge Glen H. Davidson, used a procedural gimmick to split the baby, so to speak, ruling in favor of the ACLU's argument that tolerance and the "Equal Protection" clause of the 14th amendment dictate that McMillen and date be allowed to attend the school-sponsored prom. However, he refused to provide any relief until after a trial on the matter that is scheduled for sometime after April 2nd. Of course, the trial date is scheduled to take place after the prom.
Instead of waiting, parents organized and sponsored a private dance that was officially unaffiliated with the school and an event that the Equal Protection clause could not interfere with. It only applies to government-sponsored activities. The decision to scrap the school-sponsored prom remains in force.
Some politicians enjoy proclaiming that the United States is a country founded on the "Rule of Law." That means that judges are duty bound to apply the law blindly, without regard to whether it is wise.
Thus, the judge in the McMillen case can't decide, as he apparently wanted to, that in his opinion as a duly appointed judge--selected because he had lived a long time, been a lot of places, seen a lot of things, lived his life well, garnered the respect of his community--that it was simply unwise to run a school dance this way. So he was forced to resort to procedural trickery to obtain the same result.
In this country, because judges are not allowed to apply wisdom in their rulings, they are selected for their knowledge of the law and are expected to rule on that basis alone.
In other words, our country is founded on the rule of law as opposed to the rule of wisdom.
VERNON (Connecticut) - Two men who have served 16 years in prison for murder were ordered released today by the judge who overturned their convictions a week ago.
Judge Stanley T. Fuger Jr. ruled today in Superior Court in Rockville that 51-year-old Ronald Taylor and 48-year-old George Gould should be freed.
He placed a 10-day delay on his order that will expire April 1, the last business day before the end of the 10-day period.
Fuger set bail at $100,000 non-surety each, meaning that they do not have to post bail to be released but would owe that amount if they fail to appear in court.
On March 17, in a sharply worded ruling, Fuger ordered their "immediate" release after DNA evidence and testimony convinced him that the men did not commit the crime. Prosecutors appealed, and the state Appellate Court ruled Monday that Fuger did not have the authority to order their immediate release from prison and that court rules provide for a "stay" of the order to allow for the filing of appeals.
The two men were convicted of killing New Haven shop owner Eugenio Deleon Vega in 1993.
Joseph Visone, Gould's lawyer, argued that "the interests of justice require" that the men be released. He said he did not believe there were grounds for the state's appeal. "[Fuger] is on solid footing," Visone said.
Peter Tsimbidaros, Taylor's lawyer, said Taylor was being treated for cancer and that his imprisonment is cruel.
Prosecutor Michael O'Hare left the courtroom without saying whether he planned to appeal Fuger's ruling. Comments posted so far to the Hartford Courant article:
Cyact, I'd trust a "street hooker" over a prosecutor, most of the time. The court-judicial system creates a climate of sloppiness and dishonesty. And "street hookers" are as honest a days work as are lawyers.
Corrupt Prosecutors, & detectives, Plus all those that got power over the courts. In 04/19/06 A Thompson CT. Men shot two Humans as they were running down on a public RD. After he did the shooting he came back in to his property set fire to a small-old-barn to cover his tracks, and at the same time with help from those that got power-over-the-courts. frame a used car dealer owner, of Arson In this case the shooter name is Joseph S Gionet,Prosecutor name Bonnie R Bentley, Kids In College at W.N.E.C. Julia Bentley & Joseph S Gionet Jr. What could clear the used car dealer owner of any wrong doing will be the shooter Mr. Gionet phone records, In 2007 the judge sign a EX-PARTE for those phone records from 2006, but someone alter that EX-PARTE and the phone records that were presented in court were from 2007,not from 2006, The Chief State's Attorneys Office has been inform,plus the CT. Pubic safety office, The big question is are they going to take action on those that got power over-the-courts. And play "DIRTY"???
If CT's death penalty advocates had their way with the law and it's practice, they may have been exonerrated posthumously. Heh.
I know, it's not a death penalty case. But the system makes mistakes and these are particularly hard to rectify if the wrongly-accused has been executed in an overly-swift fashion. Thunderhanded (03/24/2010, 3:48 PM )
What about the Cheshire case where two men committed such a horrific crime, know they did it? I am an advocate for the death penalty in such crimes like this one. Thanks
You guys are surprised the arrogant Ct prosecutor and court system convicted innocent men? There is allot of arrogance in the state of Connecticut. God bless these two men and their families that NEVER gave up on them. I hope the sue and get millions. It should come out of the pocket the prosecutor that convicted them or maybe this prosecutor should spend time in prison so he can feel what it might be like to be innocent but behind bars. Thanks
The arrogence of state prosecutor O'Hare to appeal should be grounds for his dismissal. As well as for the original prosecuter & those lying cops. Even the highest courts are stymied by the corrupt prosecutorial corps. They serve themselves,not justice.
* * * * The Rockville Vernon Superior Court, and other Connecticut courts, should be shut down. This blogger, without a record, got sentenced to a year in prison for resisting being mugged at a time when prisons were too crowded to give child molesters raping children prison sentences. http://thegetjusticecoalition.blogspot.com/2010/03/usdoj.html
Gov. M. Jodi Rell Wednesday nominated Superior Court Judge Dennis G. Eveleigh of Hamden to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Christine S. Vertefeuille -- and nominated 10 new judges to fill vacancies on the Superior Court bench.
The nomination of the 10 Superior Court judges sets up a potentially bitter conflict between the governor and key legislators who say that the state doesn't need the judges -- and before they'll vote to confirm any new ones, the governor must join them in addressing severe funding shortages in the state's judicial branch.
The two most prominent of the 10 Superior Court nominees are public safety commissioner John Danaher and state budget director Robert Genuario. The others are Republicans Laura Flynn Baldini, Susan A. Connors, and Brian J. Leslie, along with Democrats Susan Q. Cobb, Jane B. Emons, Kathleen McNamara, and David Sheridan. Unaffiliated voter John Carbonneau was also nominated.
The nomination of Eveleigh, 62, to the Supreme Court came quickly after the disclosure Wednesday morning that Vertefeuille will retire and become a senior justice effective June 1, at age 59 after 10 years on the high court. Vertefeuille gave no reason for her decision to step down 11 years shy of the court's mandatory retirement age.
Eveleigh has served at Waterbury Superior Court since October 1998. He graduated in 1969 from Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio, and got his law degree from the University of Connecticut in 1972. He worked as an attorney in private practice prior to being nominated to the bench.
"I have every confidence in Judge Eveleigh and I am grateful he is willing to take on the task of serving on our state's highest court," Rell said. "I know that Judge Eveleigh possesses these qualities and shares my commitment to openness - and I believe the Legislature will agree."
The legislature's judiciary committee co-chairman Michael Lawlor, D-East Haven, said he and fellow lawmakers don't have a problem with filling the Supreme Court vacancy -- but the 10 Superior Court nominees are a different story.
He said his committee is obligated to hold hearings and vote favorably or unfavorably on the nominees no later than seven days before the scheduled May 5 adjournment of the legislative session.
But, unless Rell agrees to legislation that relieves severe budgetary problems - which are forcing plans to close courthouses and causing manpower shortages among court marshals who maintain security - Lawlor said he expects that he and the majority of judiciary committee members will vote to give "unfavorable" reports to the full General Assembly regarding confirmation of the Superior Court nominees.
Beyond that, Lawlor said he's had enough conversations with members of the Democrat-controlled legislator to convince him that none of Rell's 10 Superior Court nominations would even be acted on by the House or Senate during the current session - no matter whether they are reported out of the committee favorably or unfavorably.
Lawlor said that the 10 nominees seem to be qualified, and he is familiar with some of them personally, but "we can't afford this." Each one would cost the state about $250,000 a year, including salary and benefits, and that $2.5 million should be used for "core" judicial functions such as keeping courthouses open and providing security.
"These nominations will not be confirmed unless the [judicial branch] budget situation is resolved, in some way," Lawlor said. "The bottom line is that these nominations will have to wait until we know what the situation is at Judicial."
He said the governor shouldn't be exercising her political prerogative to hand out judgeships before addressing the budget crisis in the judicial branch.
"The governor is putting the cart before the horse," Lawlor said. "Step 1 is address the problems of the judicial branch." Then, he said, after the judicial branch's budgetary needs are addressed with legislation that the governor agrees not to block. "Step 2" would be to "find out how many judges they really need."
Only after those first two steps should the governor have thought of nominating judges, Lawlor said.
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ned Lamont released a statement Wednesday consistent with Lawlor's view.
"At a time when Connecticut is facing a $3.5 billion budget deficit and more than 170,000 Connecticut residents are unemployed, the last thing our governor should be doing is nominating new people for high-paying state jobs with eight-year terms," Lamont said. "I'm not questioning the qualifications of these nominees, but I'm very concerned about the timing of their nomination. As Governor, I'm going to look for every way to make our state run more efficiently, starting at the top, with my own salary, the commissioners, and the middle management."
Here is a detailed account of the controversy's background from Courant Staff Writer Edmund H. Mahony:
For weeks, judges have been grumbling and some legislators complained aloud about what they suspected was Rell's plan to reward political allies with as many as a dozen highly sought-after judgeships.
The belief that Rell would exercise her patronage perquisite on the $150,000-a-year positions was particularly troubling to supporters of the judiciary, who said that the judicial branch is under such sustained attack by administration budget-cutters that it is making plans to close courthouses and forgo a top personnel goal of expanding its thin court security staff.
The governor's office has been silent, declining to comment about how many judges Rell might nominate, when she might do it and who the candidates were going to be. But despite silence from her office, it had been clear since early last winter that the governor was making arrangements.
Both of the legislature's Democratic majority's legislative leaders - state Senate President Pro Tempore Donald Williams and House Speaker Christopher Donovan - disclosed in January that the governor asked them a month earlier to each recommend two lawyers as candidates for judgeships. Both admitted submitting recommendations, but would not name them.
With the patronage machine working in the back ground, Chief Court Administrator Barbara M. Quinn told the judiciary committee in mid January that "a series of extraordinary, unprecedented and unworkable allotment reductions" imposed on the judiciary by the administration has caused the judicial branch to draw plans to close three courthouses, as well as six of the law libraries on which judges rely to research decisions.
In addition, with a hiring freeze that began in June 2008, Quinn said the branch needed to fill vacancies among court security officers, juvenile and adult probation officers, juvenile detention staff, court monitors, interpreters and the staff that supports judges in the courtroom.
The governor's desire to appoint new judges was widely criticized by state judges themselves, many of whom called an addition to their ranks unnecessary and difficult to justify even in good economic times. But apart from Quinn's legislative testimony, judicial branch administrators were reluctant to speak candidly about new judges or budget talks for fear of angering budget officials in the governor's office.
Whenever the subject of new judges arises, there is always talk about increasing judicial efficiency. But there is just as much talk of patronage. Governors and legislative leaders have created a rich tradition of rewarding friends and supporters with judgeships - prestigious, safe, good-paying positions with superior benefits. Judges' terms are eight years, but they normally are renominated and reconfirmed for new terms until mandatory retirement at age 70. Even after that, they can work as senior judges for $220 a day.
Genuario, Rell's budget director, and Danaher, the public safety commissioner, Danaher had long been mentioned as potential nominees -- and the talk proved true Wednesday with Rell's announcement.
Quinn has said in recent months that the state judicial branch could use six new judges. But others, Lawlor among them, suggest that the statement was a diplomatic response to Rell's desire to make new appointments.
This video is about my concerns of the rigging of the law enforcement, the courts, oversight, and ethical checks and balances of the whole system of government in Connecticut. It has long been broken and the way judges are nominated is only making a monumentally big problem, worse. Connecticut and rogue states like it need to be investigated and cleaned up from the outside.
John A. Danaher III has had an interesting work history and comes from a line of powerful people. I believe that Danaher is a plant into the Connecticut Judicial System to corrupt the system for elected officials who have to worry about being investigated and prosecuted, and for fixing cases in favor of the Connecticut State Police, their operatives, and to keep the court systems from being exposed for the taxpayer bilking fraud that it is.
John A. Danaher III went from Connecticut US Attorney, to Connecticut State Police Commissioner, to be nominated by Republican Connecticut Governor M. Jodi Rell who has some serious election rigging allegations against her administration. Political rivals can be arrested on sight once put on the Connecticut State Police Enemies List. Just ask Ken Krayeske. There has also been a history of racism, sexism, and abuse of citizens. Retaliation of whistle blowers and big mouth citizens is unwritten policy. Danaher is allegedly responsible for covering up a perpetrator in possession of military grade Anthrax during the Anthrax scare of 2001. Check out the links with this video for the smoking gun racist emails and more.
Should an alleged corrupt, law breaking Governor nominate and alleged case and investigation rigging insider to the position of judge in Connecticut? No matter where you live, please look into this scandal and express outrage to the appropriate prominent citizens and investigating bodies. Thank you.
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ROCKVILLE - Connecticut prosecutors are challenging a judge's order that overturned the murder convictions of two men who served 16 years in prison.
Prosecutors say in their court appeal that they were denied a chance to challenge the circumstances around a woman's decision to recant her 1993 testimony against Ronald Taylor and George Gould.
Taylor and Gould were released last week after a judge said they were wrongly convicted of the killing of a New Haven store owner. The star witness now says she was not there and was "dopesick" from drug withdrawal when police interviewed her.
The statute of limitations to prosecute her for perjury has expired, and prosecutors say they should get the chance to question the timing, motives and candor of her recantation.
If the FBI, elected officials, or others involve themselves in a conspiracy to deny a citizen his, or her, civil rights, the below law could be a useful tool.
CA9: laying down the law on “conspiracy” liability
California Appellate Report points to US v. Garcia. In footnote one, the 9th says that the AUSA mislead the District Court. Why did he do it? Why the District Court fall for the trick. Whatever the case, it causes the 9th to lay out some principles of conspiracy liability, which I reproduce below:
We are troubled that it appears the prosecutor brought charges against Garcia on Counts IV through VI — and the district court allowed those charges to go to the jury — based on the prosecutor’s misstatement at trial about the extent of conspirator liability. On appeal, the government conceded that the prosecutor “persuaded the judge of an incorrect proposition of law,” specifically that “under the general law of conspiracy, if you join an ongoing conspiracy, you’re responsible for everything that went on before it.” This proposition is correct only in the context of establishing vicarious liability for acts establishing the crime of conspiracy itself rather than vicarious liability for other substantive offenses committed in the course of a conspiracy. [A bunch of citations to cases and treatises] It is thus unclear whether Garcia would have been charged with Counts IV through VI if the prosecutor had not misunderstood conspiracy liability, but in any event, we conclude that the government did not present sufficient evidence that Garcia had joined the conspiracy in July 2003, and we reverse Garcia’s conviction on that basis.
Supreme Court refuses Noriega's rehearing request on proposed extradition to France
Staff AP News
Mar 22, 2010 12:43 EDT
The Supreme Court will not reconsider former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega's request to stop his extradition to France on money laundering charges.
The high court turned down Noriega's petition for rehearing Monday.
A federal judge declared Noriega a prisoner of war after he was convicted of U.S. drug trafficking charges. Because of his POW status, Noriega contends under the Geneva Conventions he should have been repatriated to Panama after his prison sentence ended in September 2007.
Lower courts rejected that argument. He is still being held in a Miami prison.
Source: AP News
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The Spy Who Was President? Emile de Antonio Looks At George H. Bush
Text with video: This is the third segment from an hour long interview with documentary filmmaker Emile Di Antonio about George H. Bush. In this segment we look at the career of the 41st president oil man, twice failed senate candidate, secretary to the UN, ambassador to China, head of the Republican party, head of the CIA, and ending with his election as vice president. The question under discussion in all this is was he an agent over these years Is George Bush the spy who would be president?
This interview was from a San Antonio Texas public access show called Alternative Views (#396). It aired most of the 80's and into the 90's and covered the underside of the Reagan revolution. Their guests were ex CIA whilstleblowers, investigative reporters and documentary filmmakers. You can access a number of their programs at the Internet Archive http://www.archive.org/index.php
George HW Bush 1988 Campaign Interview with Dan Rather Iran Contra CIA
Text with video: The Expert at Terrorism and Middle East Affairs. George HW Bush Campaign Interview with Dan Rather 1988 Iran Contra CIA cocaine drug smuggler president ..... The affair was composed of arms sales to Iran, and funding of Contra militants in Nicaragua. Direct funding of the Nicaraguan rebels had been made illegal through the Boland Amendment the name given to three U.S. legislative amendments between 1982 and 1984, all aimed at limiting US government assistance to the rebel Contras in Nicaragua. The affair emerged when a Lebanese newspaper reported that the U.S. sold arms to Iran through Israel in exchange for the release of hostages by Hezbollah. Letters sent by Oliver North to John Poindexter support this. The Israeli ambassador to the U.S. has said that the reason weapons were eventually sold directly to Iran was to establish links with elements of the military in the country.
Oliver North and John Poindexter were indicted on multiple charges on March 16, 1988. North, indicted on 16 counts, was found guilty by a jury of three minor counts. The convictions were vacated on appeal on the grounds that North's Fifth Amendment rights may have been violated by the indirect use of his testimony to Congress which had been given under a grant of immunity. In 1990, Poindexter was convicted on several felony counts of conspiracy, lying to Congress, obstruction of justice, and altering and destroying documents pertinent to the investigation. His convictions were also overturned on appeal on similar grounds. Arthur L. Liman served as chief counsel for the Senate during the Iran-Contra Affair.
The Independent Counsel, Lawrence E. Walsh, chose not to re-try North or Poindexter. Caspar Weinberger was indicted for lying to the Independent Counsel but was later pardoned by President George H. W. Bush.
In 1992 George H. W. Bush pardoned six administration officials, namely Elliott Abrams, Duane R. Clarridge, Alan Fiers, Clair George, Robert McFarlane, and Caspar Weinberger.
George W. Bush selected some individuals that served under Reagan for high-level posts in his presidential administration. They include:
Elliott Abrams: under Bush, the Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director on the National Security Council for Near East and North African Affairs; in Iran-Contra, pleaded guilty on two counts of unlawfully withholding information, pardoned. Otto Reich: head of the Office of Public Diplomacy under Reagan.
John Negroponte: under Bush, served as the Ambassador to Iraq, the National Intelligence Director, and the Deputy Secretary of State.
Admiral John Poindexter: under Bush, Director of the Information Awareness Office; in Iran-Contra, found guilty of multiple felony counts for conspiracy, obstruction of justice, lying to Congress, defrauding the government, and the alteration and destruction of evidence, convictions reversed.
In Poindexter's hometown of Odon, Indiana, a street was renamed to John Poindexter Street. Bill Breeden, a former minister, stole the street's sign in protest of the Iran-Contra Affair. He claimed that he was holding it for a ransom of $30 million, in reference to the amount of money given to Iran to transfer to the Contras. He was later arrested and confined to prison, making him, as satirically noted by Howard Zinn, "the only person to be imprisoned as a result of the Iran-Contra affair."
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Heroin Smuggled in Body Bags of GIs Reported by Military Eye Witness
WantToKnow.info received the below email on April 20, 2004. It is written by a career military man who personally witnessed a very large-scale drug smuggling case with likely involvement by elements of the US government and military. At the end of this email, you can see how we are working to powerfully get this news out in the open.
Email from Bob Kirkconnell To WantToKnow.info
I am Bob Kirkconnell, a retired Air Force chief master sergeant. I spent 27 years on active duty, and now teach high school. I was involved in an investigation of heroin smuggling into the US using killed-in-action human remains out of Vietnam. This happened in 1972 or 1973, and since then I have been looking for any information that would explain the whole picture. Your web site is the first info I have been able to find in over 30 years.
I was an Air Transportation Supervisor in those days stationed at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan. One day we had an Air Force C-5 come in that was only scheduled for a few hours servicing (intransit), and then to continue on to Travis Air Force Base, California. This plane contained between 80 and 90 transfer cases (87 is the number I recall) containing human remains, killed-in-action, out of Vietnam. When it arrived, the plane broke, went into maintenance, and we had to order parts that would take over 24 hours to receive.
On intransit aircraft, Japanese customs did not get involved unless the plane was going to be on the ground more than 24 hours. This was the case with this C-5. After the plane was fixed we noticed that the two couriers for the human remains could not be located. This was highly unusual. One of the couriers was an Army major and the other was an Army master sergeant. We started looking for them and notified Japanese customs that something was very suspicious. We discovered that the master sergeant had take another flight to Hawaii. The name he was traveling under was Sutherland. We never did find the major, and I do not recall his name.
Japanese customs opened the transfer cases and found that all of the bodies had had their internal organs removed, and that they were stuffed with bags of pure heroin. An Air Force Office of Special Investigations, OSI, agent contacted me and told me "not to release any documents pertaining to the incident to anyone but him." One of my responsibilities was for processing and storage of all cargo and passenger documentation. He told me that he would let me know what he needed at a later date. I passed this info on to my people that worked the night shift. That night an Army investigator from Criminal Investigations Division, CID, came to the records section and demanded these records. He threatened to put our personnel in jail for obstructing an investigation, etc. The shift supervisor refused to give him the records, and eventually he went away.
Master Sergeant Sutherland (this was an alias) was apprehended in Hawaii a few days later, and was charged with several offenses. He was tried in a federal court in Washington, DC, and one of our captains testified at the trial. The OSI agent in Okinawa came to me before the trial and signed for all related documentation (orders, aircraft manifest, etc.). He sent this via US registered mail, signature service required, to the federal prosecutor in Washington.
The evidence never got to the court. I know this because I was concerned that the records needed to be returned to the files, and I inquired about them about once a week. The OSI agent eventually told me that the records had disappeared and signed a statement that the documentation was missing and could not be returned. I put this in the files. He also told me that Sutherland was convicted of only one charge--unauthorized wear of a US military uniform. None of the other charges were proven because of lack of evidence. He also told me that Sutherland was not his real name, and that he and the major with him had never been in the Army.
I knew this OSI agent because I had researched several other cases of drug smuggling on military aircraft. I usually did not ask him questions which I thought he was not at liberty to answer. He always told me everything that I needed to know to research illegal activities. Most of the cases were relatively smalltime drug smuggling. This case was something that was way over-the-top. All of us that knew the enormity of this case were flabbergasted. The forged documentation was flawless and had to have been done by experts in the air transportation field. Also, our people who saw the two impostors said that their uniforms and ID cards were perfect.
Further, when we talked about this, we were astounded with the enormity of this operation. The mortuary in Vietnam had to have put the heroin in the bodies, and the one at Travis Air Force Base, California had to remove the heroin, and it had to be distributed, ID cards had to be obtained, orders had to be made, etc. This was no smalltime operation.
I never forgot this event and it changed the way I looked at things from that time on. I recall hearing Maxine Waters, Congresswoman from California, talk about the FBI dumping enormous quantities of heroin in the inner-cities to destroy the social fabric of black communities. I also think about the fact that about one-third of African American males have criminal records and cannot vote in many states. And then there was Iran-Contra that involved cocaine smuggling. I wonder about the so-called "War on Drugs." Maybe it is really a war against African Americans. I also notice that Afghanistan has a bumper crop of opium, and I wonder if that might have had something to do with our invasion and the Northern Alliance taking over much of the country. Finally, I have never been stationed on an Air Base that I didn't suspect was being used for drug smuggling.
No, I have not read the book you mentioned, but I think I will. If there is anything that I have not made clear or any other info that you need please let me know.
BROOKLYN, N.Y. – A federal judge declared a mistrial Wednesday in the retrial of ultra-right wing shock jock and former FBI informant Hal Turner after a jury deadlocked on whether Turner threatened the lives of three federal judges.
U.S. District Judge Donald E. Walter dismissed the panel of seven men and five women after they failed to reach a unanimous verdict on the third day of deliberations in the weeklong trial.
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Hal Turner leaves Federal Court in Brooklyn with his son, Michael.
The impasse was an obvious disappointment for Turner, whose previous trial in December on the same charge also ended in a mistrial, with a 9-3 majority in favor of acquittal.
Jurors, citing an instruction from the judge, declined to comment on their deliberations and refused to disclose how they voted.
Walter set a new trial date for April 12 and appointed Peter Kirchheimer, the chief federal public defender in the district, to represent Tuner, who filed for bankruptcy in New Jersey on the eve of trial.
Asked whether the government will prosecute Turner for a third time, Assistant U.S. Attorney William Hogan said prosecutors will review the matter, but added, “I’d say it’s highly likely.”
Turner’s lawyers — Nishay K. Sanan of Chicago and Michael A. Orozco of Newark — who represented him in both trials, said the government should be “embarrassed” because it had called the three judges to testify at the this trial and still couldn’t get a conviction.
“It’s not the victory we wanted, but it’s definitely a victory,” Orozco said.
“After two trials he’s still not convicted, so that’s a win,” Sanan said, adding that Turner went head-to-head with three of the nation’s top judges.
Turner’s mother, Kathy Diamond, 66, said his family was disappointed that Walter didn’t dismiss the charges.
“They put on their finest show, judges and all. It’s time to say ‘uncle’ and let everybody get on with their lives,” Diamond said.
Turner, 47, of North Bergen, who grew up in Ridgefield Park, built an audience of white supremacists and neo-Nazis with an Internet radio show and blog that featured racist rhetoric and frequent calls for violence against public officials with whom he disagreed.
But while he maintained a public persona as an ultra-right wing shock jock, Turner also worked as a confidential informant for the FBI’s counter-terrorism squads, gathering intelligence on the Aryan Nation, the National Alliance, skinheads and white power groups.
In June, FBI agents acting on complaint filed in Chicago arrested Turner on a charge of threatening to murder or assault three judges from the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in an incendiary blog post in which he wrote they “deserved to be killed” for upholding a local gun ban.
The judges, who were not called at Turner’s first trial, testified last week that they took the threat seriously, though they didn’t request additional protection and were never harmed.
Turner testified he was merely exercising his First Amendment right to offer an opinion and that his FBI handlers had coached him on what was protected speech and what was not.
Powerful evidence of that came in the form of FBI documents which showed that after Turner opined that another Chicago judge was “worthy of being killed” in his blog and on national television in 2005, FBI lawyers concluded he was operating within their guidelines.
Turner’s lawyers acknowledged that financial reasons played a role in their parting but also said Turner wants a “new set of eyes” on the case.
The judge cautioned Turner to adhere to a gag order imposed as part of his $500,000 bail.
“You must not do anything to get the press further involved in this case,” Walter warned. “I do not want to move the case to Juneau.”
Walter, a Louisiana-based judge, was assigned to preside over the case after Turner was indicted in Chicago this past summer. He moved the trial to New York so Turner would not have to stand trial in the same building where the three judges work.
Earlier in the afternoon, the jurors sent a note to the judge saying they had taken numerous votes but couldn't break the deadlock.
"Unfortunately, positions have solidified and folks have stated they they will not change their minds no matter how much longer we continue," the jury forewoman wrote.
Are the CIA, FBI, and the military complicit in funneling heroin and cocaine into the US from Reagan, maybe as far back as JFK, into the US? Are citizens and non-citizens in the US who get in the way held as political prisoners without release dates? Click above link.
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Splintering Groups, A Government Plan
BEWARE OF GOVERNMENT RUN PSYOPS, SPOOKS AND AGENT PROVOCATEURS.
Text with video: COINTELPRO is an acronym for a series of FBI counterintelligence programs designed to neutralize political dissidents. Although covert operations have been employed throughout FBI history, the formal COINTELPROs of 1956-1971 were broadly targeted against radical political organizations.
An example of a COINTELPRO agent?
If you recall he's been trolled by certain internet forum-goers in the past, and he attracted such trolling for good reason. He made outrageous statements and claims, such as demanding that a black congresswoman Cynthia McKinney BE LYNCHED.
Why? Because it was mandated by the individuals overseeing the COINTELPRO operation to DEFAME, AND DISCREDIT RIGHT WING REPUBLICANS.
Watch the video, it's been PROVEN that he was working for the FBI ALL ALONG! THIS IS NOT A JOKE! THE U.S GOVERNMENT IS ACTUALLY DOING THIS!
Hal Turner has been at this for a while now, so consider that, this has all been a GAME, a game to run the republican party into the ground starting with Bush, and subsequently by INSTALLING provocative commentators to further discredit the party.
They're doing this ALL OVER, EVEN ON YOUTUBE. KEEP YOUR EYES AND EARS OPEN TO THOSE WHO MAKE OUTRAGEOUS, DEFAMATORY STATEMENTS.
[click here] for: If you are out protesting or complaining about Connecticut Police Misconduct, is this the goon squad that is out to get your photo and name for the Connecticut State Police "Enemies List" where you are a click away from having your life ruined?
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My Complaint to the USDOJ
"Dying for Liars" Are US Troops who are told they are upholding the US Constitution, fighting for Freedom, and making the world a better place, being lied to? Are they lying down their lives and suffering horrifically for lying liars who think nothing of stepping over their corpses?
Click below link for video and link to text of Steven G. Erickson's complaint. Text mailed to the United States Department of Justice, Washington DC. Sent out March 11, 2010: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AuruL8O6v58
Should Enfield, Connecticut, US Senator John A. Kissel be arrested and prosecuted for seeing a constituent going to prison just for asking that Judge Jonathan J. Kaplan be removed, exposing Connecticut State Police misconduct? Kissel sent a letter to me in prison. I asked him what he was going to do about me being railroaded to prison for free speech and for redressing grievances to me. His response to me in a letter mailed to me in a Connecticut prison was, "Life is unfair".