This blog is the continuation of The Stark Raving Viking blog. The author of all the posts here is Steven G. Erickson a.k.a blogger Vikingas. Keywords: Human Rights Watch China USA World Civil Judicial prosecutorial attorney Judge misconduct brutality police action Connecticut Politics State Martial Law US Constitution
Thursday, November 29, 2007
F the Connecticut State Police (revisited)
The Connecticut State Police spokesman answers me [here]
F the Connecticut State Police
From : Steve Erickson Sent : Wednesday, April 18, 2007 4:53 PM To : firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org Subject : Connecticut State Police Reaccreditation
Dear Governor M. Jodi Rell and K. Shepard,
Not only would I like to see the Connecticut State Police not receive reaccreditation, I would like to see the Connecticut State Police abolished, reasons for this to follow. [more]
By DANIEL P. JONES | Courant Staff Writer November 28, 2007
WEST HARTFORD — - Three nooses have been found hanging at locations in West Hartford, and police are looking into the possibility of a connection to a similar episode in Stamford.
In two of the incidents, one on Monday and the other Nov. 19, construction workers at the Blue Back Square development found the nooses. The third noose was found at Home Depot on New Park Avenue.
The general contractor on the Blue Back Square job is Turner Construction Co., which is based in New York City. On the day that the first noose was discovered at Blue Back — Nov. 19 — nine nooses were found at a Turner construction site in Stamford, West Hartford police said.
News reports indicate that an employee of one of the subcontractors working for Turner at the Royal Bank of Scotland site in Stamford may have been the target of the attacks.
Capt. Lori Coppinger, a West Hartford Police Department spokeswoman, said Tuesday that detectives are operating on the assumption that a construction worker, or workers, probably hung the nooses.
With the same company working at the West Hartford and Stamford sites, she said, police are investigating whether there is a connection between the incidents in the two communities.
Police are looking into whether any employees worked at both sites, and whether workers at Blue Back might have gone to Home Depot to buy supplies.
There have been several similar incidents in Connecticut this year.
A noose was left in the bag of a black cadet aboard the U.S. Coast Guard Academy's training ship, Eagle. A second noose was found in early August on the floor of the office of a white female officer who had been conducting race relations training at the academy in New London in response to the first incident.
In November, a noose was discovered under the police cruiser of a black Bridgeport officer, prompting an investigation.
A suspended noose typically is a symbol of bigotry toward blacks, a painful reminder of lynchings. Police said no graffiti or writing was found near the nooses.
West Hartford Mayor Scott Slifka quickly condemned the incidents.
"It's despicable, and it's cowardly," he said. "And it's particularly shameful if it's at all done with the intent of intimidating a minority worker from pursuing employment or from pursuing minority contracts."
Officials at Turner could not be reached for comment Tuesday. They released a statement after the incidents in Stamford, saying the company has a zero tolerance policy for harassment, news reports say.
In the Nov. 19 incident at Blue Back Square in West Hartford, a noose was found hanging from the ceiling in one of the buildings in the development, police said.
In Monday's incident, a Turner worker found a noose hanging from a pipe about 12 feet up in the parking garage at 20 Isham Road, police said.
Also on Nov. 19, a worker at Home Depot on New Park Avenue found a small cord fashioned into a slipknot hanging from the ceiling in a public restroom, police said.
The British version of America's policy of Political Assassinations and Lying to the Public
Ex-MI5 Officer Speaks at "Trial of Tony Blair"
Text with video: This clip shows part 1 of ex-MI5 Officer, Annie Machon speaking at a "Trial of Tony Blair". The trial was a fringe event at the Labour Party Spring Conference held in Manchester, UK on 12 March 2004--organised by the Stop the War Coalition.
Tony Blair was staying at the plush Midland Hotel in central Manchester less than a hundred yards from the hall where the trial took place. In between was a veritable army of police, armed officers from the Tactical Aid UNit (TAU), and the Special Branch (the UK's political police). Blair had of course been invited to the meeting to defend himself, but, curiously, declined to attend.
The case for the prosecution was presented by Chris Coverdale of Legal Action Against War (LAAW), former MI5 whistleblower David Shayler and his partner Annie Machon--also a former MI5 officer. Ghada Razuki of the Stop the War Coalition also spoke. They were followed by 40 witnesses from the floor who were given 1 minute each to speak. The meeting was presided over by a "judge" in full regalia including a superb wig. Two grinning statues of Blair also adorned the platform.
The jury--the people at the event--voted Blair gulity. The verdict was unanimous.
The "Trial of Tony Blair" was a fringe event at the Labour Party Spring Conference held in Manchester, UK on 12 March 2004--organised by the Stop the War Coaltion. Tony Blair was staying at the plush Midland Hotel less than a hundred yards from the hall where the trial took place. In between was a veritable army of police, armed officers, Tactical Aid Group and Special Branch (the UK's political police). Blair had of course been invited to the meeting to defend himself, but, curiously, declined to attend.
The case for the prosecution was presented by Chris Coverdale of Legal Action Against War (LAAW), former MI5 whistleblower David Shayler and his partner Annie Machon. Ghada Razuki of the Stop the War Coalition also spoke.
They were followed by 40 witnesses from the floor who were given 1 minute each to speak.
The meeting was presided over by a judge in full regalia including a superb wig. Two grinning statues of Blair also adorned the platform.
The jury--the people at the event--voted Blair gulity. The verdict was unanimous.
This video clip is also an excerpt from a 60 minute film about the Manchester Anti-War Movement 2001-5. It is available at:
The Bush Administration aims to recruit millions of United States citizens as domestic informants in a program likely to alarm civil liberties groups.
The Terrorism Information and Prevention System, or TIPS, means the US will have a higher percentage of citizen informants than the former East Germany through the infamous Stasi secret police. The program would use a minimum of 4 per cent of Americans to report "suspicious activity".
Civil liberties groups have already warned that, with the passage earlier this year of the Patriot Act, there is potential for abusive, large-scale investigations of US citizens.
As with the Patriot Act, TIPS is being pursued as part of the so-called war against terrorism. It is a Department of Justice project.
Highlighting the scope of the surveillance network, TIPS volunteers are being recruited primarily from among those whose work provides access to homes, businesses or transport systems. Letter carriers, utility employees, truck drivers and train conductors are among those named as targeted recruits.
A pilot program, described on the government Web site www.citizencorps.gov, is scheduled to start next month in 10 cities, with 1 million informants participating in the first stage. Assuming the program is initiated in the 10 largest US cities, that will be 1 million informants for a total population of almost 24 million, or one in 24 people.
Historically, informant systems have been the tools of non-democratic states. According to a 1992 report by Harvard University's Project on Justice, the accuracy of informant reports is problematic, with some informants having embellished the truth, and others suspected of having fabricated their reports.
Present Justice Department procedures mean that informant reports will enter databases for future reference and/or action. The information will then be broadly available within the department, related agencies and local police forces. The targeted individual will remain unaware of the existence of the report and of its contents.
The Patriot Act already provides for a person's home to be searched without that person being informed that a search was ever performed, or of any surveillance devices that were implanted.
At state and local levels the TIPS program will be co-ordinated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which
was given sweeping new powers, including internment, as part of the Reagan Administration's national security initiatives. Many key figures of the Reagan era are part of the Bush Administration.
The creation of a US "shadow government", operating in secret, was another Reagan national security initiative.
Ritt Goldstein is an investigative journalist and a former leader in the movement for US law enforcement accountability. He has lived in Sweden since 1997, seeking political asylum there, saying he was the victim of life-threatening assaults in retaliation for his accountability efforts. His application has been supported by the European Parliament, five of Sweden's seven big political parties, clergy, and Amnesty and other rights groups.
* * * * Ritt Goldstein fled Connecticut seeking political asylum in Sweden after making the below video, "Under Siege". Richard "Ritt" Goldstein merely proposed judicial reform and civilian oversight of police legislation to elected officials.
By Associated Press 5:20 PM EST, November 21, 2007
SALT LAKE CITY - Authorities are speeding up their investigation of a state trooper who zapped a motorist with a Taser now that video of the traffic stop has been posted on YouTube, the Utah Highway Patrol said Wednesday.
The video, taken from Trooper John Gardner's patrol car, shows him drawing his Taser after Jared Massey refused to sign a speeding ticket Sept. 14 and walked away from the officer on U.S. 40 in eastern Utah.
A surprised Massey asks, "What the heck is wrong with you?"
Gardner fires, and Massey shrieks and falls.
"Face down! Face down! Put your hands behind your back!" Gardner orders.
A woman screaming hysterically emerges from the passenger side of the sport-utility vehicle Massey was driving, and the trooper tells her to get back inside "or you're going to jail, too."
Massey could not be reached for comment Wednesday. There was no phone listed for him in the Vernal area, where authorities said he is from. The highway patrol declined to make Gardner available for comment.
"I can't speculate on what was happening in the trooper's mind," said Trooper Cameron Roden, a patrol spokesman. "We have an internal investigation going on. ... With it coming out on YouTube, we have expedited the investigation."
The 10-minute video landed on YouTube after it was released to Massey under a public records request.
"We definitely have received a lot of feedback on it, calls and e-mail," Roden said.
Signing a speeding ticket is not an admission of guilt, Roden said. He described it as a promise that a motorist "will take care of the citation."
Under patrol policy, troopers can use a Taser if someone is a threat to themselves or others and other means of control are unreasonable, Roden said. Massey has filed a complaint, Roden said. He didn't know the status of the speeding ticket.
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Follow up video
Utah state cop who was video of Tasering Jared Massey
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Going to elected officials about public corruption
Either Everyone's rights are protected, or Nobody's are
I did. I was falsely arrested, a corrupt judge sentenced me to prison on the excuse that I overreacted to being mugged on my property. The mugger, a felon, was given immunity for his crimes so that I could get prison for resisting him, losing everything.
It was about retaliation, not justice. Rights aren't protected. The US Constitution does not apply. It may never have.
I was put into prison October 2002. I haven't had a normal holiday, birthday, or any day since. Believing the crap about freedom and "justice" in America taught to little kids and adults all the way up in American schools can cost you absolutely everything.
Former prisoners lose their credibility, ability to earn, lose their family infrastructure, retirement, credit, health insurance, ability to get most apartments, never mind ever own a home again, and their children, parents, siblings may have little to do with someone put in prison, wrongly or rightly.
A former inmate is perceived to not be able to be trusted around children, can be considered a thief whether guilty of theft or not, and can be perceived to be a sexual deviant or child molester just for having been in prison. More and more fathers in America are put in prison for just being unable, not unwilling, to pay child support and alimony, to be forever estranged from their children.
More and more, America is about lies and making a select group, the connected, organized crime, the corporate and Blue Blood Elite, all rich at everyone else's expense. -Steven G. Erickson
POSTED: 6:59 pm EST November 16, 2007 UPDATED: 8:13 pm EST November 16, 2007
HARTFORD, Conn. -- A Hartford police officer facing criminal charges appeared in court on Friday.
Detective Nathaniel Ortiz asked for a special form of probation where the charges would be dropped if he stays out of trouble for two years.
Ortiz was arrested in 2004 along with another officer and charged with two counts of tampering with evidence after a drug bust at a Hartford apartment.
Prosecutors said Ortiz planted marijuana in an evidence bag and lied about where he found a handgun.
The other accused officer, Sgt. Franco Sanzo, had his case dismissed through accelerated rehabilitation -- a special form of probation where charges are eventually dropped.
"There was no real criminal intent by my client," said Ortiz's attorney, Michael Georgetti. "Everything that occurred that was wrong occurred because of poor police procedures, poor police training and poor police supervision."
Prosecutors argued Friday that the charges are too serious for accelerated rehabilitation, as did an attorney for a woman who lived in the apartment where the bust occurred.
Raynetta Woodard's lawyer said Ortiz had been harassing Woodard's family for years and that she wants to see him punished.
"My client was retaliated against by Detective Ortiz, and he violated a public trust. It's for that reason that she's objecting to AR," said Woodard's attorney, Kimberly Graham.
Judge David Gold said that he wants to review court transcripts and some of the other paperwork involved in the case before making a decision on granting accelerated rehabilitation.
Ortiz has promised that if granted accelerated rehabilitation, he'll resign from the police department, will not sue the city, and won't seek his full police pension.
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[click here] for my letter to the Washington, D.C., FBI
NORWALK - The head of the Norwalk Police Department's detective bureau is under investigation on an allegation of sexual misconduct with a minor, Police Chief Harry Rilling said.
Rilling confirmed Sunday that Lt. Thomas Cummings is not on active duty while state prosecutors investigate the complaint from a 15-year-old Weston boy. The probe was first reported Saturday by The Advocate of Stamford.
"He will not be back on duty or in his capacity as a police officer until this is cleared up one way or another," Rilling said Sunday.
Rilling said he sought an outside agency to investigate the boy's allegations.
The 46-year-old Cummings, a 24-year veteran, has not been charged with any crime.
Police searched Cummings' Norwalk home. They seized his personal computer.
The chief said the alleged incident took place while Cummings was off duty.
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Police get away with sexual and gross misconduct, especially in Connecticut. Police will even have citizens beat up, falsely arrested, commit perjury to have victims of police retaliation locked up in prison, and pay to have hit men kill citizens that lodge police misconduct complaints. [click here for more]
A 15 year old is accused of murder because he is the only convenient suspect. Police and members of the judiciary often take the path that involves the least amount of work for a desired outcome. The 15 year old is now 36. Too often this is how America justice works. [click here for story]
No Warrants, DCF kicking down doors, acting as police
John Dibiase, Jr., of Meriden, Connecticut claims the DCF knew there were no children in his house and DCF kicked in his door on the bequest of his soon to be ex-wife. Are DCF workers now equals to judges in courts and police on the beat?
[click here] for more information on the above theme
By PAT MILTON | Associated Press Writer 6:47 AM EST, November 9, 2007
NEW YORK - Less than three years ago, Bernard Kerik stood proudly at a White House podium, being introduced as President Bush's pick to head the Department of Homeland Security. Now Kerik stands to face what could be the decisive chapter in a downfall as stunning as his rise.
Kerik, a former New York police commissioner under then-Mayor Rudy Giuliani and a failed nominee for homeland security secretary, has been indicted by a federal grand jury on corruption charges, a person close to the investigation said. Kerik was expected to surrender to authorities Friday to be arraigned, a federal law enforcement official said, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the secrecy of grand jury proceedings.
The charges in the indictment include mail and wire fraud, tax fraud, making false statements on a bank application, making false statements for a U.S. government position and theft of honest services, according to the person close to the investigation. The theft charge essentially accuses a government employee of abusing his position and defrauding the public.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the indictment was sealed and wasn't expected to be unsealed until Kerik's arraignment Friday.
The indictment does not include any charges stemming from allegations of eavesdropping related to former Westchester County District Attorney Jeanine Pirro's pursuit of information about whether her husband was having an affair, the person said.
Another person familiar with the investigation, who wasn't authorized to speak publicly, said Kerik would turn himself in Friday morning and be arraigned at noon in U.S. District Court.
Prosecutors had been presenting evidence to a federal grand jury for several months, asking jurors to consider charges including tax evasion and corruption.
The investigation of Kerik, 52, arose from allegations that, while a city official, he accepted $165,000 in renovations to his Bronx apartment, paid for by a mob-connected construction company that sought his help in winning city contracts.
Kerik pleaded guilty last year to a misdemeanor charge in state court, admitting that the renovations constituted an illegal gift from the construction firm. The plea spared him jail time and preserved his career as a security consultant, but his troubles resurfaced when federal authorities convened their own grand jury to investigate allegations that he failed to report as income tens of thousands of dollars in services from his friends and supporters.
Kerik was police commissioner on Sept. 11, 2001, and his efforts in response to the terrorist attacks helped burnish a career that came close to a Cabinet post.
Before the apartment scandal broke, Giuliani, now a Republican presidential candidate, endorsed Kerik's 2004 nomination to head Homeland Security. But only days after Bush introduced Kerik as his nominee, Kerik announced he was withdrawing his name because of tax issues involving his former nanny.
A federal indictment of Kerik could complicate matters for Giuliani as the first presidential primaries draw near.
The ex-mayor frequently says he made a mistake in recommending Kerik to be Homeland Security chief, but that might not be enough to avoid the political damage of a drawn-out criminal case involving his one-time protege.
During a campaign stop Thursday in Dubuque, Iowa, Giuliani was asked whether he still stood by Kerik. He sidestepped that question and said the issue had to be decided by the courts.
"A lot of public comment about it is inconsistent with its getting resolved in the right way in the courts," Giuliani said.
MARK ALVAREZ is running a write-in campaign against state Sen. Lou DeLuca for town meeting moderator in Woodbury. "Its crazy, under the circumstances, that he should run unopposed," Alvarez said. (MICHAEL MCANDREWS / October 31, 2007)
WOODBURY [Connecticut] - In this quaint New England town of antique shops and well-manicured lawns, the politics are almost as genteel as the ambience.
Woodbury is one of the state's most reliably conservative communities, and Republicans have controlled politics here for decades, long before the town supported Barry Goldwater in the lopsided presidential election of 1964.
Democrats have held the first selectman's seat for only four years since the town was settled more than 300 years ago; they haven't even bothered endorsing a candidate for the town's top post for the past four elections.
But this year is different.
The town's longtime Republican kingpin - state Sen. Louis DeLuca - is facing possible expulsion from the Senate after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor charge of conspiring with a garbage executive facing accusations of racketeering to threaten his granddaughter's husband.
And Tuesday, DeLuca is facing an unexpected challenge in a local election for a second office that he holds: town meeting moderator.
The unpaid position requires the moderator to keep order at the old-fashioned town meetings, and this election has become a referendum on DeLuca himself.
Mark Alvarez, a 59-year-old Dartmouth College graduate and former five-term selectman, joined the race less than three weeks ago as a write-in candidate because he believes DeLuca should not be permitted to run uncontested.
"It's crazy, under the circumstances, that he should run unopposed," said Alvarez, an author who has written seven books, including several about sports. "The Democrats know, by and large, that they have no shot at this office, but this is a special case."
Alvarez, who is married to a former federal prosecutor who is now a magistrate, said he launched the race out of principle and steadfastly insisted it is not a prelude to a potential 2008 run against DeLuca for a seat in the state Senate.
"The moderator should be a person who doesn't have the kind of baggage that Lou is carrying around these days," Alvarez said, sitting last week at a wooden picnic table outside the town library.
"Lou has forfeited the confidence of the town. To a certain extent, it's that simple. ... To expect to have a free ride to this particular office is bizarre. Let the people decide."
But in a town controlled by Republicans, Alvarez immediately felt the backlash for trying to hit DeLuca at a time when he is particularly vulnerable.
"It tends to be a pretty polite town. They think I'm being impolite to someone who's suffering difficulties," Alvarez said.
One of DeLuca's close political friends for the past 35 years, Woodbury First Selectman Richard Cranesaid Alvarez's run is an example of "piling on" a person who has already pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor, been fined $2,000 and been ordered to make a $1,500 charitable contribution.
Despite DeLuca's problems, he clearly still has support in the town where he has lived since 1972.
"At this point, I'd say it's overwhelming support," Crane said Friday. "There's a lot of people who think he's being railroaded. People are constantly commenting to him and me that it's a shame. Calling him an embarrassment to the town is unconscionable."
At the age of 74 after 17 years in the Senate, the race for town meeting moderator could be one of the last in DeLuca's political career.
"I'm not sure he's going to run again [for Senate] - even if he's exonerated," said Crane, who is not running for re-election for his own position as first selectman. "He may run if he gets angry enough. I would be surprised if he ran, to be honest with you."
Crane said he is confident that DeLuca will win on Tuesday night, but Alvarez said he could not predict the outcome in a local race in which as few as 1,500 people could vote.
With about $4,000 for a local election in a town that has fewer than 10,000 people, Alvarez is well-financed and has sprinkled the town with red-and-white signs that say, "Mark for Moderator." He's not using his last name, a testament to how well known he is in Woodbury.
While walking down Main Street, Alvarez waved to the UPS driver in the little brown truck.
"Hi, George!" he yelled to a man who was walking near the white-steepled First Congregational Church near Mountain Road.
Alvarez moved to this classic New England town when he was 7, and he graduated from Woodbury High School before heading to Dartmouth. He is well known as the past chairman of the Region 14 school board and the current chairman of the library's board of trustees.
With an adult daughter, Alvarez never expected to be in a contested local election at this stage in his life.
"I'm worn out in local politics," Alvarez said. "But I thought somebody's gotta do this. [DeLuca] has had basically a free ride his entire political career."
One of the unknowns in Tuesday's election is how the constant publicity regarding DeLuca's case over the past several months will affect the voters.
DeLuca initially refused to answer questions under oath when being interviewed by a six-member special Senate committee last month, but he later swore that the answers he gave were true. He has also refused to release copies of his statements to an undercover FBI agent who offered a $5,000 cash bribe to DeLuca while posing as an associate of Danbury trash hauler James Galante, who is alleged to have mob ties.
DeLuca declined the bribe, saying he was "afraid of them guys ... tracing things."
Alvarez conceded that it is always difficult for any candidate to win a write-in election without his name on the ballot, but he said Tuesday's election is a special case without precedent that is tough to predict.
"I just don't know," Alvarez said. "I think that most people in town agree with me. It's hard for me to judge, but most people know what the issues are."
DeLuca, who has frequently declined to answer questions about his recent troubles, could not be reached for comment for this story.
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After receiving countless letters and links to videos like the one included below, I feel that now is the time for certain mysterious concepts to be dealt with in the light of day. For too long, our government has lied and mislead us about so many things that it is difficult at times for us to separate their truth from their fictions. As cited in the video below, even past presidents such as Bill Clinton wanted answers to questions such as "Who killed J.F.K.?" And "Are there U.F.O.s?" MILLIONS of people have seen UFOs, and no less than 100,000,000 Americans believe that there is SOMETHING happening in the skies, whether natural, alien or otherwise. They want and DESERVE answers.
On the UFO question, the government's paternalistic position that (1) they are a security threat that we cannot respond to and thus (2) their existence and all evidence of them is to be suppressed because (3) the People cannot handle the truth, is NO LONGER ACCEPTABLE. Only through truthful, candid disclosure will trust at the highest levels be restored. If there is a security threat to which we are impotent, then You and I deserve to know about it. We CAN handle the truth. If there are physical phenomenon which defy physical explanation, this points to great blind spots in our knowledge of nature, and should be investigated. I cannot imagine any scenario, no matter how X-Files, which justifies the further delay in revealing ALL of the truth about this subject to the People.
A comprehensive, independent, CIVILIAN-run study exploring the many well-documented occurrences of unidentified flying objects in our skies should be undertaken in order to help to restore the confidence of the public in our government. This study will be backed by My administration with all of the power of the office. All evidence and findings should be made available on the web.