Mr. Kreig, I'm interested in some of the same subjects you are. I try to keep up and follow the real news. I try to read whatever you write when I see it. I posted a video of you regarding another large Ponzi scheme, a movie, when you appeared in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and uploaded the video here.
I've talked with a retired FBI agent who stood up for himself, and his family, and is now a target of official corrupt Connecticut and is now mocked by former colleagues in the FBI. He told me that the FBI policy is to look for a way to arrest and prosecute citizens who report public corruption, police brutality, and judicial misconduct. They look for any grammar mistakes, or any of the smallest mistakes in recollection to prosecute citizens for lying to the FBI. The FBI is a government goon squad, not a public servant. The USDOJ is more about covering up judicial misconduct and going after whistle blowers than anything to do with actual justice.
I happened to get a call back from the FBI, maybe 10 years too late. Agents from the Meriden Connecticut FBI agents called me from a cellphone. They were beating on a car and sounded like teen gang members out on a joy ride. The arrogance, immaturity, and lack of public service was evident to me in that call.
When hasn't the FBI tried to send idiots on a mission to blow something up or break laws? 1993 WTC bombing and White Supremest FBI paid radio misinformer, Hal Turner, are good examples of why there should be Civilian Oversight of J. Edgar Hoover's Goon Squad.
June Trial Looms As Obama DOJ Crusades Against CriticsBy Andrew Kreig (about the author)
The Obama administration's shocking crackdown on government whistleblowers became more prominent this week with the New Yorker Magazine's publication of a hard-hitting article about the plight of former National Security Agency senior executive Thomas Drake. He faces a June 13 trial on charges of violating the Espionage Act, obstructing justice and lying to federal agents. Drake's supporters raised his profile further May 18 by releasing a video of his acceptance speech for the annual Ridenhour "Truth-Telling Prize." Drake is shown below receiving his award from a previous winner, Jesseyln Radack, at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.
Drake's speech alleged that the Obama Justice Department is instilling fear amongst government employees who might consider informing the public about official waste and other misconduct, including criminal violations. He continued, in a speech here on YouTube:
Truth-tellers, such as myself, are those who are simply doing their jobs and honoring their oaths to serve their nation under the law of the land. We are dedicated to the proposition that government service is of, for, by the people. We emphatically do not serve in order to manipulate on behalf of the powerful, nor to conceal unlawful, illegal or embarrassing secrets from the public, because truth does matter.Via OpEd News in January, our Justice Integrity Project published a comprehensive article, "Whistleblower Says: Obama's DOJ Declares War on Whistleblowers," about the Obama crackdown on critics of government waste and misconduct. The column quoted four of the country's most prominent recent internal government critics as describing why they thought the Obama administration was worse than the Bush administration in punishing critics.
One of them, Dana Jill Simpson, confirmed that view this week. She is the Alabama attorney who stepped forward in 2007 to provide sworn evidence on how her fellow Republicans were framing Democratic former Gov. Don Siegelman on corruption charges for political reasons traceable to the White House. But she now sees the Obama administration as worse. This is, in her view, because it has left key malefactors in office, failed to investigate documented scandals such as the Bush political prosecutions, and is actively seeking to file charges against critics, often (as in the Drake case) under a claim of national security. "Obama," she told me in a phone interview this week, "has undertaken an all-out war on whistleblowers."
The New Yorker article about Drake released this week was authored by Jane Mayer, and is a landmark in mainstream reporting about such criticisms. Mayer reported the government's allegation that Drake leaked government secrets to an unnamed newspaper reporter, identified as Siobhan Gorman of the Baltimore Sun, who wrote a prize-winning series about waste and questionable legal practices in counterterrorism programs. Drake faces up to 35 years in prison if convicted. His trial is in Baltimore's federal courthouse.
In contrast to the Obama administration's effort to imprison Drake, the group named for the late Vietnam veteran Ron Ridenhour honored Drake. Ridenhour helped alert the world during the Vietnam War to the notorious My Lai Massacre, the U.S. Army's mass murder in 1968 of hundreds of unarmed civilians.
The award-presenter Radack, now working for the Government Accountability Project, had been fired by the Justice Department as an ethics advisor in 2002. This was after she rendered a legal opinion that the FBI violated ethics in its 2001 interrogation without Miranda protections of John Walker Lindh, the so-called "American Taliban" captured during the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan. This was part of DOJ's disgraceful effort to hide from the courts the circumstances of its interrogation of Lindh, who ultimately pled guilty to reduced charges.
Bush investigators targeted Drake as a suspect in revealing its warrantless wiretapping program and suspended his security clearance. This led him to resign voluntarily from the NSA before his indictment.
Among many other such situations are: the White House outing of CIA undercover operative Valerie Plame in retribution for her husband's Iraq weapons of mass destruction (WMD) analysis contradicting official themes. Another was the long-running and recently ended federal investigation of Thomas Tamm, a former lawyer in the United States Department of Justice's Office of Intelligence Policy and Review in 2004. Tamm and other senior Justice officials fought against the widening scope of warrantless NSA surveillance. Separately, authorities indicted former CIA employee Jeffrey Sterling in January on felony charges that involved reporter contacts.
Other firings include NSA analyst Russell Tice, FBI contract translator Sibel Edmonds and DOJ paralegal Tamarah Grimes. Those indicted include former NSA analyst Kenneth Ford and former CIA asset Susan Lindauer. Our Justice Integrity Project has chronicled Ford's suspicious imprisonment on a six-year term for possessing confidential papers after he wrote a memo disputing the White House WMD themes justifying our Iraq invasion. The DOJ fired Grimes after she described irregularities in the Siegelman prosecution she witnessed as DOJ's top full-time paralegal during that frame-up of a potential future Democratic presidential candidate.
Lindauer this spring published her account in, Extreme Prejudice: The Terrifying Story of the Patriot Act and the Cover Ups of 9/11 and Iraq. The book describes her work in Iraq and Libya from 1995 to 2003 as a CIA operative and her subsequent indictment on secret charges. Her trial judge, Michael Mukasey, the future Bush Attorney General, approved her indictment and state of limbo for nearly five years without trial, because of prosecution claims she had psychological problems. This included a year in pre-trial jailing, a Stalin-type tactic that limits a defendant's right to confront witnesses. The DOJ dismissed all charges and released her on Jan. 15, 2009, five days before Obama's inauguration. Lindauer, whom I interviewed May 20, is a vigorous opponent of extending the Patriot Act, which a bipartisan coalition reportedly plans next week to approve for four more years with scant discussion.
The criticism of Obama by whistleblowers is well-known to OpEd News readers but is likely confusing to many others who still define the president by his anti-war rhetoric during the 2008 campaign. It's much more complicated than that, of course.For example, former Navy and NSA analyst Wayne Madsen, now a broadcast commentator and investigative reporter, strongly supported Obama during the 2008 election. But Madsen focuses now on disclosing scandals in the administration, often via OpEd News. As a result, he believes authorities have worked to set him up. He says, for instance, that he's heard that he and New York Times reporter James Risen are among those whose work is under scrutiny by a federal grand jury based in Alexandria, VA. Also, he says someone claiming to be a "reporter" phoned him almost every day for a year seeking an interview, which Madsen believes was a ruse to get information.
On a more cerebral and policy level, Salon commentator Glenn Greenwald has repeatedly reported the astonishing implications of Obama's 2009 vow to "look forward, not backward," thus sending a message to Obama appointees to ignore legal abuses by the Bush administration. Also, Greenwald published, "Obama Confidant's Spine-Chilling Proposal," about Obama's White House regulatory czar, Cass Sunstein, portrayed above. Sunstein has long been a constitutional law scholar at the University of Chicago and Harvard University. His wife, Samatha Power, holds an influential post at the State Department.
Sunstein published a "working paper" (available here) during the 2008 presidential campaign. In it, he floated the idea that the U.S. government forbid conspiracy theories, or tax them -- or at least secretly hire reporters or academics who could infiltrate suspicious circles where bad ideas flourish and work to thwart their spread. For such reasons, it's reasonable to fear the president not simply for his administration's prosecutions against whistleblowers. Far worse, Obama and his team are creating a scholarly framework to justify monumental Executive Branch power-grabs that distort, perhaps forever, our nation's historic First Amendment and other civil rights.
These disputes are seldom discussed in mainstream political discourse. So, we provide this recap of the week's developments and the looming drama of Drake's trial next month. Drake, in his award-acceptance speech, said:
The government made my cooperation with official investigations a criminal act. It is now apparently a federal crime to report illegalities, malfeasance, fraud, waste and abuse perpetrated by our own government. The government is making whistleblowing a crime. They are making dissent a crime, especially when it embarrasses the government and calls the government to account. What is the difference between my situation and that of the Chinese artist who was detained when trying to leave his country because Chinese authorities deemed him a threat to national security?
More generally, Jane Mayer closed her New Yorker article by quoting Mark Klein, the former AT&T technician who exposed how the NSA was working with AT&T (and presumably other carriers) illegally to intercept, monitor and store in searchable databases billions of American consumer emails and phone calls. Klein has told me he had great difficulty persuading any news organization to cover the story because of their fears of antagonizing authorities on a so-called national security issue. Ultimately, the New York Times published it in 2005, but at least partly because Risen, the Times reporter, was planning to disclose the story in a book. Regarding Drake, Klein told Mayer:I think it's outrageous. The Bush people have been let off. The telecom companies got immunity. The only people Obama has prosecuted are the whistle-blowers.
The Justice Integrity Project site provides an appendix to this column of links to more articles about whistleblowers
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I, Steven G. Erickson, have been asked why I blog, blog, and blog, so angrily. Well, when I co-founded the Stafford Springs, Connecticut, Crime Watch, Town Constable (Police Officer) "Fat Frank" Prochaska told me he'd arrest me if I proposed legislation to elected officials and seemed to want to take my wife away from me. He was a no personality idiot living with Mommy. So, he slammed me against my house and assaulted me, and then later arrested me for having called 9-11 when a drug dealer I wanted out of the area bit my ear and punched me repeatedly in the face and fled the scene. [that story with pictures of me and my former European Lingerie Model Wife]
The former selectman John Julian of Stafford Springs, Connecticut, told me to sell my properties to his mob friends, "Or Else". I told John that if I didn't get a tractor trailer sized dumpster like his mob friends got when they bought rental properties to get rid of initial debris, I would paint one of the main properties on the way into Stafford, near the town green and cannon, pink. I further told him I put a row boat up on the roof, and paint a big sign, "Steve's Oar House", and then tell the media why if I didn't get the dumpster. I was just being an ass back to him. That is when Connecticut State Police Officers threatened brutality and murdering me.
Prosecutor Keith Courier allegedly got a blow job, or blow jobs, from a prostitute "tenant" who moved in without my permission, Lana Thompson. Courier told me on the phone if I evicted Lana I would be arrested and go to prison.
I was later arrested for resisting being mugged.
Why should I have to pay for a prosecutor's blow jobs? Courier refused to give me AR, Accelerated Rehabilitation, a program I was entitled to as a first offender, for the charges of my resisting being mugged on my own property. I got a year in prison for having pepper sprayed the mugger, one of the police informants sent out by police. Since self-defense isn't legal in Connecticut, the mugger who committed felonies stalking me, threatening my life, and trying to rob me at knife point was given immunity to prosecute me.
Peter Coukos, a crack smoking, alcoholic, prostitute user, possible psychopath was allegedly given first dibbs on my rental properties and offered help in getting a gun permit to carry concealed pistols by Stafford Police Officer Frank Prochaska and Stafford Resident State Trooper Mulcahey to sexually stalk and harass my then 14 year old daughter, help enforce their "no dating policy" on me, and terrorize me out of the State of Connecticut.
I could go on, and on. My latest letter to my Vermont elected officials [click here, post includes my mugshot]
I have nothing, my daughter and most of my family won't talk to me and I have a bogus criminal and prison record, for retaliation and for my Free Speech, not for crimes committed. I was held in the US as a political prisoner. I'm angry. There is no one who'll do anything from the local Town Hall to US President. So, I blog.
stevengerickson AT yahoo Dot com
Added May 23, 2011, 3:12 AM EST, a follow up comment to Mr. Kreig's piece:
I saw the CBS clip on RawStoryI viewed the video and story here. Drake says, "Do not tell truth to power", If you work for the government, or not, if you expose government fraud, waste, and illegal behavior, you, the whistle blower, can be arrested, tried in a rigged trial, and then spend the rest of your life in prison.
Just make a police misconduct complaint and tax dollars may be used to hire a police informant to kill you.
From a street corner to the White House, America is doomed if something isn't done about what is organized crime from Town Hall to the White House.
In Springfield Mass, Police investigated a solved murder for months saying it was unsolved. That is fraud and theft. Officers collect "protection" from prostitutes in 24 hour convenience stores coolers sitting on dairy crates. DARE and narcotic officers who want a car or SUV bad enough will make sure the driver is busted for drugs, guilty or not, and drive away in the vehicle. Own property and if organized crime wants it, the State Police and the courts will oblige. If a police officer, or one of their important friends wants your daughter, wife, girlfriend, or significant other for themselves, and you get in the way, expect a beating, arrests, and maybe prison. Word search my name, it is all there.