Monday, August 28, 2006

Who can you trust?


Well, if you know someone or have resided in Connecticut or a similarly abusive place, then you know what this post is about.

A decline in population and an increase in spending and official hiring in all departments of government including police, the courts, and personnel to take away children, DCF, only points to one thing, greater and greater abuse of the citizenry.

Tyranny is alive and well in the USA, maybe it has always been.

Families are turned against each, neighbors are just out to report on their neighbors, and there is a general sense of unease and fear.

Spending time in Vermont, upper state New York, Maine, New Hampshire, rural Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Mississippi, Louisiana, rural Florida outback, rural Alabama, and so many other places in the US, I get a sense of calm and peace.

I just have not had peace sense having invested in property in Connecticut, residing there (here), and operating a business. I never knew that so many Federal Taxpayer dollars could be spent just to covertly wreck lives, financial well being, and family unity. There is truly a place of pure evil.

Where you choose to rest your head can mean your survival, your thriving, your family staying intact.

Choose Connecticut or a state that has that many crooked officials and you, too, may have the life sucked out of you. Connecticut’s important people as they think of themselves, feel they can rule the world, and everyone else is to be harvested for their enrichment and sick pleasures. Other states can be as bad, but there are more [add proper blue language] in Connecticut than anywhere else.

It is never too late to leave unless you find yourself confined as a political prisoner. Something that is bound to happen to me unless I get out of the Evil Corridor of Humanity, Connecticut.

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Another Connecticut Conspiracy to deny Human Rights and the Ability to Sue Government
Ms. Scruggs said she intended to sue, Connecticut retaliated.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Former Governor John G. Rowland of Connecticut is still screwing over the power residents. A State that is so bad to minorities should be shut down.

A State that is run so corruptly should be shut down. The courts about who you know, not about justice.

Connecticut just plain sucks.

Rowland is a criminal dirtbag and should have spent the rest of his life in prison.

Chief Justice William J. Sullivan of the Connecticut Supreme Court is another dirtbag that needs to spend the rest of his life in Federal Prison.

Official criminal should also become inmates, not just the poor and those that are held as political prisoners.


Rowland's Bantam Cottage Is Sold

$550,000 Deal, But Ex-Wife Wants Cut
September 1, 2006
By DAVE ALTIMARI, And DAVID OWENS Courant Staff Writers Former Gov. John G. Rowland has sold his Bantam Lake cottage, reaping a hefty profit thanks in part to the free renovations performed by state employees and contractors that led to his downfall.

Rowland sold the cottage for $550,000 to two Litchfield sisters, Elizabeth Boynton and Susan Pollock. The street on which the cottage is located was named after their grandfather, William Van Winkle, one of the founders of the White Memorial Foundation.

"We grew up in the cottage two doors down from the governor's and this was an opportunity to come back home and have our extended families share the same experiences that we had," Pollock said Thursday.

The sale was approved recently by the White Memorial Foundation, which owns the property and held the $110,000 mortgage Rowland took out when he purchased it in 1997.

It's unclear how much of the profits Rowland will actually garner. His former wife, Deborah Rowland, filed a lien last year claiming that Rowland owes her more than $272,000 from their divorce settlement.

Her attorney, James R. Greenfield of New Haven, could not be reached Thursday for comment. John Rowland also could not be reached for comment Thursday.

Attorney General Richard Blumenthal said Thursday that his office will continue looking into whether the state should file a lawsuit to recoup losses suffered as a result of the corruption that took down Rowland's administration.

Repairs to the cottage were among the more than $100,000 in gifts that prosecutors charged that Rowland received in exchange for the former governor's help in obtaining state work.

Rowland resigned July 1, 2004. Later that year, he pleaded guilty in federal court to a corruption charge. He served 10 months and was released in February of this year.

Building permits showed that Rowland had about $13,500 worth of work done on the cottage. When The Courant reviewed those records and talked with subcontractors, it became clear that far more work was performed.

Rowland at first insisted that he had paid for all of the work. At a press conference in his hometown of Waterbury, Rowland downplayed questions about the cottage, saying that the cabinets were off the shelf from The Home Depot and that he had bought a hot tub that was sitting in the backyard.

He complained at that time about the high mortgage he and his wife Patty were paying.

Within days of the press conference, The Courant revealed that the hot tub was really a gift from a governor's office subordinate and her husband, a Rowland political appointee.

It was later revealed that much of the work had been done free, either by Rowland cronies or by employees of TBI Construction, owned by William Tomasso. Former Rowland aides Peter Ellef, Lawrence Alibozek and Vincent DeRosa had either paid for or arranged some of the work.

Ellef and Tomasso were later indicted for fixing state contracts. Both are in federal prison.

Pollock said she and her sister were aware of the cottage's history, but it didn't factor into making the purchase. She said despite all the repairs, the cottage will need some renovations. She said it did not come with a hot tub.

The Rowlands moved to West Hartford when he resigned as governor. Since his release from prison, Rowland has been working on a book, titled "Falling Into Grace," and has given at least one motivational speech about his downfall.

Rowland notified the White Memorial Foundation in June that he was going to put the property on the market. The foundation had the right of first refusal to buy it back, but declined.

Keith Cudworth, White Memorial Foundation executive director, said Pollock and Boynton rented the cottage from Rowland for one month last summer and then decided to buy it.

"That cottage is certainly in much better condition now then when we sold it to him nine years ago," Cudworth said.

Contact Dave Altimari at at the Hartford Courant if you have any more information

Friday, September 01, 2006 8:55:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Check out

Friday, September 01, 2006 9:26:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do the math.

Ports of Profit

Dubai Does Brisk War Business
by Pratap Chatterjee, Special to CorpWatch
February 24th, 2006

Every morning, from dawn till about noon, cargo and passenger flights to Iraq and Afghanistan make Dubai airport’s Terminal Two possibly the busiest commercial terminal in the world for the "global war of terrorism." Conveniently located between the two countries, Dubai is the ideal hub for military contractors and a lucrative link in the commercial supply chain of goods and people between Afghanistan or Iraq and the rest of the world.

The trade from this relatively small air terminal is completely legal but some of the flight operators have been known to flout the law in order to keep the profitable business going. Tickets to either destination go for about $400 a seat round-trip, cargo travels for about $2 a kilogram.

The European and American travelers arriving at the much larger Terminal One never see this part of the world's second busiest sea/air hub. They are whisked away by banks of gleaming silver escalators to duty-free shopping, sunbathing at the seven star resorts and the famous gold markets.

But at Terminal Two, the most common destinations on the overhead list are Baghdad and Kabul, via airlines like African Express, Al Ishtar, and Jupiter. Most of the passengers on these flights are Afghan or Iraqi, but every morning a few Americans, Indians and Philippinos arrive, often accompanied by minders to make sure that they catch their flights. Some are from the United States embassy or military, others from Halliburton subsidiary, Kellogg, Brown & Root (KBR), the biggest contractor in both countries.

check out the link at top of comment

Friday, September 01, 2006 9:32:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why isn't there more about this:

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR [Hartford Courant, Connecticut]

Common Sense Lacking In Trial
August 31, 2006
Were I a juror having just been virtually incarcerated by the state of Connecticut to sit in judgment of Gregory Senick for the past three months, I think my first order of business would be to ask the judge whether there's any way that we could punish the state.

Sure, former state police Maj. Gregory Senick may have taken advantage of the laxness of the state with regard to his sweetheart housing arrangement. And, sure, that may have cost the taxpayers of Connecticut some thousands of dollars. And I don't mean to condone his abuse, but where's the common sense or justice of spending what has to be a minimum of several hundred thousand dollars (with Senick doubtless paying more than that for his defense) to chase this guy?

Spending that money and taking a quarter of a year from the lives of these jurors, their families and their employers is the crime here. It is not hard to have predicted that this would be a long trial, but it is inconceivable that someone made a rational decision that this three-month ordeal was the best use of the resources of the state and a reasonable use of juror time.

Don Reder
West Hartford

Sunday, September 03, 2006 10:46:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


`Is That It?'
Senick Jury Asked
Panel Waited In Vain To Hear `Case-Breaker'
September 2, 2006
By TRACY GORDON FOX, Hartford Courant Staff Writer

MERIDEN -- When they finally sat in the jury room to deliberate in the larceny trial of former state police Maj. Gregory Senick, all six of the jurors had the same reaction.

"What did he really do?" jury foreman Kevin Martin said. "When they rested their case, we were like, `That's it?' You were always waiting for the big case-maker."

That's why the largely blue-collar jury of five men and one woman came back with a not guilty verdict in just two hours Tuesday.

After listening to 33 witnesses sporadically over three months, including Senick, the jurors agreed immediately they could not prove any intent that he committed any crime, an element necessary to come back with a guilty verdict. There was no smoking gun, no proof that he had done anything intentionally wrong, other than not knowing how to fix things himself in the state-owned house he rented almost free, jury members said.

Martin, of Hamden, a computer programmer, said the jury placed more blame with the state Department of Public Works and the contractor for the state, DeMarco, Miles and Murphy, than with Senick. Joseph Murphy, a partner in the management firm, is still awaiting trial on larceny and conspiracy charges.

"I felt sorry for [Senick]," said Bob Miller of Cheshire, an alternate for the jury, who spoke about the case along with Martin on Thursday. "Here's a guy who didn't do anything wrong. Even with the not guilty verdict, his life has been completely trashed."

As an alternate, Miller sat with the jury through the whole trial but did not participate in deliberations.

Senick's trial centered on the alleged theft of about $11,000 in services during the time he lived in the former Altobello complex in Meriden.

Although the trial illuminated a political atmosphere of entitlement that existed under former Gov. John G. Rowland and his Public Safety Commissioner Arthur Spada, jurors said they quickly saw through any politics to the case of larceny, which they said the state simply failed to prove.

"It's politics. You have to separate the two. One is a sideshow, the other one is the main act," Martin said.

The sideshow began when during jury selection, Senick's defense attorney, James Wade, said the list of witnesses could include Gov. M. Jodi Rell, her chief of staff, Lisa Moody, Chief State's Attorney Christopher Morano and others to show that Senick's arrest was politically motivated. But the prosecution objected and Superior Court Judge Nicola Rubinow agreed those witnesses would not be relevant to the larceny case.

The jury never learned that Rell had announced Senick's arrest the day she succeeded Rowland in July 2004, and said in a press conference that Senick's situation illustrated her concern about the state's "culture of corruption."

Although the political atmosphere never came up in jury deliberations, jurors received a glimpse of it during some of the testimony.

"Halfway through the trial when the state was putting on evidence, I was thinking there must be another reason for doing this," Miller said.

After the verdict, when he read newspaper stories, Miller said he realized "the new governor wanted to crack down on anything that was not right."

"I think it's just part of the whole Rowland thing, trying to tie it all together, and let's get as many people as we can," Martin said.

Jurors were made privy to how Senick got to live in a state-owned house on the Altobello property in Meriden, first for $1 a year, and then under a new lease for $150 a month between 1999 and 2004.

He had been going through a divorce, and was living with another trooper at Heublein Tower atop Talcott Mountain State Park. But the tower was being renovated, and Senick needed another place to live. Instead of bothering with a real estate agent, he asked his boss, former state police Lt. Col. Timothy Barry, to help him find another rent-free lodging on state property.

Barry went to one of Rowland's close friends, former state Trooper Vincent DeRosa, whom Wade dubbed "the go-to guy." DeRosa hooked Senick up with a deputy commissioner at the Department of Public Works, who pointed him to the colonial house at the Altobello property.

"This was an eye-opening thing," Miller said. "There is a go-to guy? You hear about that in the movies."

Barry, one of the first witnesses, did not impress the jury, both Miller and Martin said.

"When Barry came on the stand, it was like, good Lord! It was just so over the top," Martin said, adding that Barry made it a point to swing his chair around to face the jury. "It was sickening."

On the stand, Barry accused Spada of breaking the law by driving his state car to a political function and he said the former judge interfered in a murder investigation by holding a "secret meeting" in his office with the victim's family.

The jury felt the legal system worked in this case, setting an innocent man free. But jurors wonder how much the state spent to make an example of Senick. Just to pay the jury alone, the state paid about $8,000, about three-quarters of what Senick was said to owe.

"You kind of knew stuff isn't right within the state," Martin said, "but this gave me a whole new viewpoint of how bad things are

Sunday, September 03, 2006 11:18:00 AM  

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