Friday, March 02, 2012

I was an Enemy Combatant, Pre-9/11


2 Skeleton Prisoners chained up to Pole [stolen from here]

I placed the below as a comment in [this OpedNews.com article written by Naomi Wolf called, "The NDAA: a clear and present danger to American liberty"]

Building a contracting business over 2 decades, raising a family, and fixing up rental properties to palaces from a boarded up condition put me on a target list to be treated like an enemy combatant. I talk about that in red italics, scroll down in a post about the demise and CNN resurrection of Eliot Spitzer [here].

A police officer came over and slammed me into my house threatening to arrest me because he was infatuated with my wife. Just found out recently that an underage teen, now in her thirties was propositioned by the same Stafford Springs, Connecticut, Police Officer who ended up arresting me for his wanting my wife. I met her in Europe. He is overweight, has no personality and lived with his mother at the time. Do we want thugs like that enforcing the NDAA for the TSA and DHS?

I ended up going to prison because police harassment only escalated from there. Complaining about police misconduct can mean property loss, loss of family, loss of job, and prison. There is a lot of police misconduct in a police state. Courts are a rubber stamp on the abuse. More people have to complain 1 in 10,000 who actually stand up for the rest of you is a recipe for complete failure. Stand up or be a slave. It is your choice.

-stevengerickson At yahoo.com


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I placed the below comment in a piece directed to an Amy Goodman article about Julian Assange, Wiki-leaks, Stratfor, and Obamas War on Truth [click for article]:

I don't believe anything I see on any of the major networks. A former CBS executive involved in the 2000 US Presidential election, claiming to be the only one who pulled an all nighter at election HQ saying he was in a position to know the whole story talked to me. It really is a Circle "F" they are running as far as any election in the US. I don't trust any network that is for and by the international corporate owners and banksters.

International interests run the US Government and Military. They run the police and courts. We are under armed occupation. To let others know what type of people are in government, who are law enforcement, and who are the mainstream media, I posted this on former New York Governor and now CNN host, Eliot Spitzer. [click for post]

I have met, and helped interview and shoot video footage of Amy Goodman. I have offered my services to her, to James Corbett of the Corbett Report, RT America, Alex Jones, and others. I can show up with a camera and a recently graduated college student to be the on camera reporter, and go anywhere there is news. We'll see if I get any bites. I'd work for a network run by Assange. [my motivation]

Stratfor, WikiLeaks and the Obama administration's war against truth

Thanks to WikiLeaks and its media partners, we have a disturbingly vivid picture of the intelligence-industrial complex


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Wikileaks founder Julian Assange
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange attends a press conference in London, 27 February 2012, about the release of more than 5m emails from private intelligence firm Stratfor. Photograph: Kerim Okten/EPA

WikiLeaks, the whistleblower website, has again published a massive trove of documents, this time from a private intelligence firm known as Stratfor. The source of the leak was the hacker group Anonymous, which took credit for obtaining more than 5m emails from Stratfor's servers. Anonymous obtained the material on 24 December 2011, and provided it to WikiLeaks, which, in turn, partnered with 25 media organizations globally to analyze the emails and publish them.

Among the emails was a short one-liner that suggested the US government has produced, through a secret grand jury, a sealed indictment against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. In addition to painting a picture of Stratfor as a runaway, rogue private intelligence firm with close ties to government-intelligence agencies serving both corporate and US military clients, the emails support the growing awareness that the Obama administration, far from diverging from the secrecy of the Bush/Cheney era, is obsessed with secrecy, and is aggressively opposed to transparency.

I travelled to London last Independence Day weekend to interview Assange. When I asked him about the grand jury investigation, he responded:

"There is no judge, there is no defense counsel, and there are four prosecutors. So, that is why people that are familiar with grand-jury inquiries in the United States say that a grand jury would not only indict a ham sandwich, it would indict the ham and the sandwich."

As I left London, the Guardian newspaper exposed more of Rupert Murdoch's News Corp phone-hacking scandal, which prompted the closing of his tabloid newspaper, the largest circulation Sunday newspaper in the UK, the News of the World. The coincidence is relevant, as the News of the World reported anything but what its title claimed, focusing instead on salacious details of the private lives of celebrities, sensational crimes, and photos of scantily-clad women. Through this and his other endeavours, Murdoch amassed a reported personal fortune of $7.6bn.

Meanwhile, Assange – who, like Murdoch, was born in Australia (Murdoch abandoned his nationality for US citizenship in order to purchase more US broadcast licences) – had engaged in one of largest and most courageous acts of publishing in history by founding wikileaks.org, which allows people to safely and securely deliver documents using the internet in ways that make it almost impossible to trace. He and his colleagues at WikiLeaks had published millions of leaked documents, most notably about the US wars and occupations in Iraq and Afghanistan, and thousands of US diplomatic cables, true "news of the world".

The Sydney Peace Foundation awarded Assange a gold medal for "exceptional courage and initiative in pursuit of human rights". In contrast, the US government targeted him, possibly under the Espionage Act. Rupert Murdoch is hailed as a pioneering newsman, while a pundit on Murdoch-owned cable-television outlets has openly called for Assange's murder.

The Stratfor emails will be released over time, along with context provided by WikiLeaks' media partners. Already revealed by the documents are the close, and potentially illegal, connections between Stratfor employees and government-intelligence and law-enforcement officials. Rolling Stone magazine reports that the US Department of Homeland Security was monitoring Occupy Wall Street protests nationally, and the Texas Department of Public Safety has an undercover agent at Occupy Austin who was disclosing information to contacts at Stratfor.

Stratfor also is hired by multinational corporations to glean "intelligence" about critics. Among companies using Stratfor were Dow Chemical, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon and Coca-Cola.

Fred Burton, Stratfor's vice-president of intelligence, and a former head of counterintelligence at the US State Department's diplomatic corps, wrote in an email, "Not for Pub – We have a sealed indictment on Assange. Pls protect." Burton and others at Stratfor showed intense interest in WikiLeaks starting in 2010, showing intense dislike for Assange personally. Burton allegedly wrote: "Assange is going to make a nice bride in prison. Screw the terrorist. He'll be eating cat food forever." According to another leaked email, a Stratfor employee wanted Assange waterboarded. In a statement, Stratfor would neither confirm nor deny the provenance of the leaked material.

Michael Ratner, legal adviser to Assange and WikiLeaks, told me:

"The Obama administration has gone after six people under the Espionage Act. That's more cases than happened since the Espionage Act was actually begun in 1917 … What this is about is the United States wanting to suppress the truth."

1917 is also the year when US Senator Hiram Johnson famously said, "The first casualty when war comes is truth." The White House is holding a gala dinner this week, honoring Iraq war veterans. Bradley Manning is an Iraq war vet who won't be there. He is being court-martialled, facing life in prison or possibly death, for allegedly releasing thousands of military and diplomatic documents to WikiLeaks revealing the casualties of war. President Barack Obama would better serve the country by also honoring Assange and Manning.

We should pursue the truth, not its messengers.

• Denis Moynihan contributed research to this column

© 2012 Amy Goodman; distributed by King Features Syndicate

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I placed the below in [this Opednews.com article called, "Andrew Breitbart and Olympia Snow:An Eerie Synchronicity" by Danny Schechter]

Retired Hartford Connecticut Detective Richard Murzin and the source of my first Press Pass, AJ Fontain both died of natural causes before we were to do a documentary on DCF, Department of Children and Families, the court system, lawyers who sell you out, public corruption, FBI complicity in the abuse, and State Police involvement in organized crime activities and narcotics trafficking. So, the two people with whom I was to begin a project with, died of natural causes. We had funding and the project was ready to go.

We were to put the low budget project on public access television, youtube, liveleak.com, blip.tv etc. Connecticut State Police telling me I would take my last ride with my teeth kicked out in the trunk of a cruiser opened my eyes. Police enforcing a "no dating policy" where I would lose my rental properties, my daughter, and go to prison if I didn't continue dating a woman police had hired to do me in was beyond ridiculous. [links] [more links]

If police can do this in states like Connecticut, God help us all. We the people must do something about this national problem. Let's do it now.

stevengerickson At yahoo.com


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