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January 09, 2005

A Corrupt Governor and a Homeland Security Scam Involving the State Police

Vincent J. DeRosa was named director of the state Homeland Security Department under former Gov. John G. Rowland.

Mar. 7, 2002
Copyright 2005, Hartford Courant

More in the “Read More” Section

VINCENT DEROSA, longtime friend and driver of then-Gov. John G. Rowland, reportedly described to federal investigators the influencing of state contracts from the governors� office � and from a Vermont ski house � in return for cash, gifts and other favors. Rowland and DeRosa, right, are shown arriving for the 1998 funeral of a Connecticut State Lottery shooting victim.

Mar. 6, 1998
Copyright 2005, Hartford Courant

More of the story from the Hartford Courant

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August 16, 2003

Is Rape not Rape if Committed by a Police Officer?

Abolish Police Unions Nationwide and promote Civilian Oversight of Police with quality control questionnaires should go out to those requiring police service and that call in.

In the early 70's, Serpico, played by Al Pacino in the movie, shows us that police should not police themselves. Serpico could not find a single officer nor NYC police official that was either willing to take his corruption complaint, not taking bribes, didn't care, or was not part of the corruption.

Connecticut Police officers have been accused of rape, shaking down prostitutes for cash and sex, harassing citizens, shooting unarmed citizens, harassment, acting as 'Armed Revenue Collectors' for towns and the State, pulling over motorists based on race, etc.


Probe of sex allegation urges punishment for constable
By Christine McCluskey, Journal Inquirer August 07, 2003

ELLINGTON - State police have finished their investigation of Michael Nieliwocki, the town constable accused by a Glastonbury woman of sexually assaulting her in February 2002, and recommend that Ellington discipline Nieliwocki.

Town labor lawyer Anthony J. Palermino said Wednesday the discipline recommended could range "from suspension to discharge."

Abolish Police Unions Nationwide and promote 'Civilian Oversight of Police' with quality control questionnaires should go out to those requiring police service and that call in.

The early 70's, Serpico, played by Al Pacino in the movie, shows us that police should not police themselves. Serpico could not find a single officer nor NYC police official that was either willing to take his corruption complaint, not taking bribes, didn't care, or was not part of the corruption.

Connecticut Police officers have been accused of rape, shaking down prostitutes for cash and sex, harassing citizens, shooting unarmed citizens, harassment, acting as 'Armed Revenue Collectors' for towns and the State, pulling over motorists based on race, etc.

Probe of sex allegation urges punishment for constable
By Christine McCluskey, Journal Inquirer August 07, 2003

ELLINGTON - State police have finished their investigation of Michael Nieliwocki, the town constable accused by a Glastonbury woman of sexually assaulting her in February 2002, and recommend that Ellington discipline Nieliwocki.

Town labor lawyer Anthony J. Palermino said Wednesday the discipline recommended could range "from suspension to discharge." Palermino said it is up to the town whether Nieliwocki will be disciplined at all, and if so what form that discipline will take, because Nieliwocki is a town employee.

The months-long state police internal affairs investigation found no reason to prosecute Nieliwocki, Palermino said. "They found no reason for an arrest or a prosecution on the claim of sexual assault ... there wasn't enough evidence," he said. "But the internal affairs investigation feels there is still cause for some form of discipline." "Had there been an arrest or something, there might have been some action taken," Palermino added.Nieliwocki was put on administrative duty last fall pending the results of the investigation.

Ellington officials have been waiting for the investigation results before taking any further action. First Selectman Michael Stupinski is still reviewing the report.

Birthday party gone wrong According to a lengthy Vernon police report, on the night of Friday, Feb. 8, 2002, the woman was celebrating her sister's 21st birthday at Cioppino's Restaurant and Pub on Route 83 in Ellington.

Nieliwocki responded to a call that a fight had broken out at Cioppino's and found the drunken woman fighting with her sister outside, the report states.

Nieliwocki, who was 38 at the time, drove the 23-year-old woman to a Vernon hotel. "She stated that she cannot remember what happened with the police, but remembers that all she wanted to do was to go home with" her sister, Vernon Detective Michael E. Greenier wrote.

But police "would not let them leave together because they were fighting," the report continues. "She said that a police officer named Michael told her that she could not drive home and she could not go home with" her sister. "So she had to go to a motel."According to the report, Nieliwocki drove the woman to the Holiday Inn Express on Kelly Road in Vernon, where he helped her check in, left, and later returned in his private vehicle after he was off duty at 3 a.m. on the morning of Saturday, Feb. 9.

He was still wearing his uniform, however.

A hotel clerk saw the two together and said the woman spoke loudly and slurred her words. Later that night, the clerk said he walked by the room and heard what sounded like consensual sexual activity, the report says.Another trooper who responded to the fight at the bar told Vernon police that Nieliwocki was in the parking lot with the woman and "at the time he told his trainee that the way Nieliwocki was allowing her to get so close to him was totally unsafe," the report says.

According to the report, the woman woke up in the hotel room Feb. 9 wearing only socks.

She went to Rockville General Hospital on Feb. 9 with bruises on her legs.

Around 10 p.m. that night, a hospital nurse called Vernon police on behalf of the woman to make a sexual assault complaint.

The woman told police she had been "really drunk and stoned" the night before. Later, she cooperated with Vernon police, making phone calls to Nieliwocki while police listened.

Invited in?

Nieliwocki later told police the woman had invited him to her hotel room, and that he went there after the end of his shift. He said they did not have intercourse but that they did engage in sexual activity.

"This is a problem, I know it was consensual ... This is every man's nightmare. You have sex and then someone says it was rape," Nieliwocki told Greenier, according to the report.

Nieliwocki told police he could not tell whether the woman was intoxicated. "He stated that he could not tell if a person was intoxicated without running them through tests first."I then questioned that if he [is a] trained police officer, and he could not tell if she was intoxicated, then perhaps he could explain to me why the desk clerk felt that she was.

"He stated that not everyone could tell when a person was intoxicated," Greenier wrote.An 11-month investigation by the Vernon Police Department and the chief state's attorney's office found insufficient evidence to criminally charge Nieliwocki.State police conducted their own internal investigation of Nieliwocki because, although he is a town employee, as a constable he reports to the town's resident state trooper.

Though state police had said the findings of the internal investigator were expected in February, it was not until last month that the report was released to the town.On June 25, state police spokesman Sgt. J. Paul Vance said the reason for the delay was that this is a "very involved report" that had to be "scrutinized" by several people.

The woman's lawyer, William H. Paetzold of Glastonbury, could not be reached for comment today.Paetzold said in January that his client intended to file a federal lawsuit against Nieliwocki and the town.

P.S. Enfield, Connecticut, Police were sent to doors collecting overdue library fines. This just goes to show us it is about the cash not about the criminals.

-Steven G. Erickson (Vikingas)

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Arthur L. Spada head of DPS, Connecticut State Police demoted the highest ranking woman in the State Police allegedly because she was a woman. There also have been accusations of bias against minorities lodged against CT departments.

From the Hartford Courant, September 27, 2003:

Police Officer Wins Settlement
Hartford To Pay More Than $200,000 In Compensation

September 27, 2003
By TINA A. BROWN, Courant Staff Writer

The city must pay a Hartford police officer more than $200,000 in back wages and other compensation because it failed to reinstate him when a larceny charge was dismissed eight years ago.

The settlement was accepted Friday in Hartford Superior Court by Judge Thomas Corrigan. The city did not acknowledge wrongdoing but agreed that Juan A. Morales would receive $206,874 in back pay, $20,874 for sick days and $34,995 in pension benefits, and an undisclosed amount for attorney fees, the court document shows. After taxes and a pension deferral, the payment totals $225,000.

Additionally, Morales was reinstated on paper to his position as a patrol officer. He then resigned effective January 2004. Over the next five months, Morales is expected to continue accruing time toward his pension. In addition to the lump sum, the city will pay Morales more than $1,000 a week until his retirement becomes official, the agreement says.

"I think this is an excellent disposition," Morales' lawyer, Michael A. Georgetti, said Friday.

The settlement reached Friday marks the fourth time in recent years the city has paid back wages to a Hartford police officer accused of on-duty corruption.

Morales, Joseph Smith, now known as Joseph Davis, and Matthew Rivera, all were accused of stealing city time after a grand jury, following an 18-month investigation, accused them of hanging out at the Charter Oak Package store during their shifts. The charges were later dismissed. Rivera and Smith returned to work after they obtained lump sum payments from the city.

Also, the city was ordered to pay another officer, Eric Smith, more than $120,000 in July after that officer was cleared of sexual assault allegations. His arrest did not stem from the grand jury's findings.

Morales was a 12-year police veteran when he was arrested and accused of loafing in July 1995. He tried unsuccessfully over the past eight years to get his job back. He sued the city in 2001 seeking back wages, pension benefits and attorney fees. Georgetti said Morales was forced to sue the city because he could not obtain a hearing. He said Morales might have gone back to work as a patrol officer if the city had given him a hearing.

The city attorneys declined to comment for this story.

Gates Landry, police union president, said, "It's a reasonable settlement. All parties are in agreement. Hopefully this ends an unhappy chapter in the police department and we can all move on with our lives."

Courant Staff Writer Matt Burgard contributed to this story

Posted by: Steven G. Erickson at September 27, 2003 07:53 AM

'The biggest Affront to our American Values'

Click on my name below to be transported to link as noted above.

Posted by: Steven G. Erickson at October 19, 2003 11:23 AM

I came to this sight from

This is disgusting, STeve, I hope this is not the norm in Connecticut

Posted by: gh at October 23, 2003 09:42 AM

Steal Billions, kill your ex-wife leave your DNA and glove, shoot your neighbor cut his body up, rape little boys at your Neverland Ranch �

Click 'more' for more.

Posted by: more at January 6, 2004 08:39 AM

Cops Should be put in jail for their crimes.

Posted by: at January 16, 2004 02:29 PM

Cops Should be put in jail for their crimes.

Posted by: at January 16, 2004 02:29 PM

Cops Should be put in jail for their crimes.

Posted by: at January 16, 2004 02:29 PM

Connecticut cops can beat, rip you off, and even murder you and nothing is done about it. Rape is just something the cops in Connecticut think they are entitled to, along with $1/rents for single family houses and other freebies.

The state is the biggest employer in Connecticut, so they protect their own, and if a taxpayer says anything a whole angry bee's nest of State employees will respond and punish those that speak out.

Posted by: at May 25, 2004 08:18 AM

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August 14, 2003

Police easy on Police for Misconduct

Fired Police Have It EasyAugust 13, 2003 (Hartford Courant, Connecticut)

HARTFORD -- The Hartford police union's defense of two veteran officers who were fired after an internal investigation found them guilty of misconduct would be comical if it weren't so appalling.

Fired Police Have It Easy
August 13, 2003 (Hartford Courant, Connecticut)

HARTFORD -- The Hartford police union's defense of two veteran officers who were fired after an internal investigation found them guilty of misconduct would be comical if it weren't so appalling.

One officer, Roy E. McCravey, was arrested at a Wal-Mart in Charlotte County, Fla., where, according to police records, he was caught switching price labels on various pieces of merchandise to pay less for them.

He is scheduled to go to trial in Florida this week.

Officer John Nisyrios, meanwhile, was granted a form of probation for first-time offenders known as accelerated rehabilitation for a charge of pilfering spare parts from a Hartford auto yard. Accelerated rehabilitation results in no plea, no jail time and no criminal record after 18 months, as long as Mr. Nisyrios makes a $500 charitable contribution and stays away from the auto yard.

Residents don't typically expect the police union to aid someone accused of thievery. But union President Michael Wood says he plans to challenge the decision to fire the officers, claiming to have evidence that would allow them to keep their jobs.

As it is, Mr. McCravey, 47, and Mr. Nisyrios, 44, are getting off easily.

Relatively young and able-bodied, within six months they'll be able to collect pensions of about $50,000 a year, based on 19 years of service each in the department.

Sticking up for colleagues who clearly deserve to be terminated adds to the perception that Hartford officers are not as interested in law enforcement as they are in fattening pensions and preserving generous work schedules that give them at least 15 extra days off per year and generate record overtime pay.

Yet the union would have the public believe that its members are victimized by staff shortages and poor leadership. Residents, meanwhile, are left to wonder how low a threshold an officer must cross before his colleagues consider him unworthy of wearing a badge. (Now Expired)


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Journal Inquirer, Manchester Connecticut

Manchester releases details of accusations against ex-cop

By Doreen Guarino, Journal Inquirer August 07, 2003

MANCHESTER - Former Officer Jonas Searle, who retired from the Police Department in April amid efforts to fire him for misconduct, had kissed a female police volunteer, asked her to go skinny-dipping, commented on the size of her breasts, and told her he wanted to cheat on his wife with her, according to a police internal affairs report released Wednesday by an assistant town attorney.

Those are some of the details previously blacked out of a heavily redacted report on the Searle misconduct investigation that was released by the Police Department in May.In response to the Police Department's blacking out certain information on all but one of the 32 pages that made up the Searle report, the Journal Inquirer filed a complaint with the Freedom of Information Commission.

While the Journal Inquirer was never seeking the name of the woman who filed the complaint - any reference to her identity had been blacked out of the report - the newspaper objected to other information that was blacked out.Lt. Joseph Morrissey, who conducted the investigation, had said that revealing more information might pose "potential embarrassment to others."

Assistant Town Attorney Timothy P. O'Neil, after meeting recently with a Journal Inquirer editor, restored all of the previously blacked-out information that did not have to do with the female complainant's identity.

O'Neil said Wednesday that while Morrissey might have thought the release of certain information in the report might be an invasion of personal privacy, he felt that it wasn't and released it.

In response to O'Neil's action, the Journal Inquirer has sent notice to the Freedom of Information Commission that it is withdrawing its complaint against the town.Searle, 53, a married father of two daughters, retired April 30 after nearly 30 years with the department.

He retired before disciplinary action could be taken against him for a pattern of unprofessional conduct while in uniform that included making sexual remarks to a female police volunteer, a 45-year-old married mother with children, according to police.

At the time of his retirement Searle had been the subject of three separate internal affairs investigations into allegations of misconduct.

Only one of those investigations - the one involving sexual remarks Searle was alleged to have made to the female volunteer - was completed at the time of his retirement. It was the outcome of that investigation that led Morrissey, who is in charge of the office of professional standards and internal affairs, to recommend that Police Chief Gerald Aponte fire Searle.Neither Searle nor his lawyer, Jan P. Van Der Werff of West Hartford, could be reached for comment.

Other allegations now made public in the report state that the woman told police Searle commented that her toenails and fingernails turned him on, that he couldn't stop thinking about her, and that he once asked if she were wearing any underwear, the report stated.

Searle, who was interviewed by Morrissey during the investigation, either denied making any sexual remarks to her or could not recall certain situations and comments she alleged, according to the report.

Searle indicated, through his answers during the interview, that it was the woman who was being untruthful in her accusations against him, and that he had no idea why she would accuse him, Morrissey wrote in the report.

Morrissey's investigation sustained four of the eight situations alleged by the woman where Searle had acted inappropriately toward her, according to the report.
�Journal Inquirer 2003
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Name: Steve Erickson
Date: Aug, 13 2003
Just one more reason there should be 'Civilian Oversight' of police so they do their jobs efficiently, legally, and in the public's best interest. -Steve Erickson

Number of Opinions: 1 1 - 1 of 1 (Expired)

Connecticut Officer, Scott Smith, allegedly chased down a suspect and stood on the suspect's back firing a round through the suspect's back, killing him. Scott Smith lost his job and I believe now is on probation on appeal for what any non-officer would be charged with 2nd Degree Murder.

From talking with officers they seemed upset that Scott had to lose his job. Police should not police themselves. Checks and Balances are American. It is time to Americanize our American Police Force with Civilian Oversight

My Story:

I called Connecticut Police, Armed Revenue Collectors in letters to the editor and suggested 'Civilian Oversight of Police' to local politicians. I was told to leave Connecticut by police. I did not leave and was arrested at near midnight 10-11-01 when an alleged police informant that police had allegedly encouraged to harass me, jumped me in my dark driveway demanding money.

I pepper sprayed him after being beaten from behind. I was sentenced to one year in prison, 3 years probation, Anger management, fines, and strict reporting. The attempted robber received no punishment. It seems the 1st Amendment does not apply in the Constitution State of Connecticut.

I have lost everything I had ever worked for including regular contact with my family, pets, my home, investments, credit, and retirement. I was run out of Connecticut by police for having been critical of them in newspapers regarding downtown crime and rampant drugs and had suggested 'Civilian Oversight of Police' which was very unpopular with police.

What is your opinion on Civilian Oversight of Police?

-Steven G. Erickson (Vikingas)

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Is Arthur L. Spada the kingpin of a crime syndicate, The Connecticut State Police?

Posted by Vikingas at August 14, 2003 10:30 PM | TrackBack

But then, that's what union's are for!

Right, Will?

And people wonder why I hate unions. Between stories like this one, and the story last week of the union thugs beating up the recall supporters, it's amazing that unions get such respect from such a large segment of our society. I think they're time has passed.

Posted by: Del Simmons at August 15, 2003 09:14 AM

End the cycle of abuse, State Police should only be on the highways and support the local cops when needed. They should not oversee each other as they lie and cover-up for each other.

Posted by: at March 21, 2004 08:08 AM

Here, here

Posted by: at April 9, 2004 11:53 AM

"Connecticut Police Misconduct" were the words just put in a yahoo search engine and this post was the number 2 listing just behind the ACLU, showing the power and amount this site is read.

Posted by: Steven G. Erickson at April 13, 2004 07:21 AM

now the #1 listing on yahoo.

Posted by: Steven G. Erickson at May 7, 2004 10:15 PM

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April 21, 2004

Is Arthur L. Spada the kingpin of a crime syndicate, The Connecticut State Police?

You decide.


I may have pissed off the man who may think he is a god, by asking him to take the U.S. Dept of Justice webpage on community policing off the Connecticut State Police website citing that the policies were not being followed. Story found here.

Did Spada demote a police woman because women are not good enough to be in high authority? Story found here.

I proposed Civilian Oversight of police to local politicians and was critical of Connecticut State Police and of Governor Rowland and the cigarette taxes starting in 1998. Connecticut State Police officers began to harass and threaten me telling me to leave Connecticut. Connecticut State Police officers were investigating, harassing, and arresting Connecticut Sheriffs and employees in the bid for political supremacy and the Sheriff system in Connecticut was later abolished. I spoke out in newspapers in �98, making me a target of the police.

An alleged Connecticut State Police C.I., Barbara Sattal was allegedly offered $10,000 to compromise me to make me lose my 2 Stafford Springs, CT, multi family houses. I had spent 100�s of thousands of dollars, had tractor trailer trucks from Home Depot delivering supplies, fixing up the eyesores at the gates to downtown up from a boarded up condition.

I dated Barbara. When I found out she was investigating me and trying to ruin me, I called her a �Fucking lying whore,� and then dumped her. She told me that if I did not continue dating her I would have problems with the Connecticut State Police and if I did continue dating her that she could protect me.

She allegedly called one of the Connecticut State Police officers at Troop C, Tolland Connecticut, �Dad.� It was possibly LT. Davoren(now a Captain), head of Troop C.

When I complained to Davoren about Connecticut State Police Officers harassing and threatening me because I had written negative things about police in newspapers about police doing little to nothing about downtown crime and drug problem, harassing homeowners and business owners, and merely acting as armed revenue collectors, Davoren told me his main job was, �Protecting the Integrity of the System.�


That tells me police officers will lie and worse to protect each other regarding their main job of collecting revenue, not protecting and serving the public, or even honoring the US Constitution.

I know of cases where rapists, armed robbers, and other criminals with a long criminal history have not gone to prison in Connecticut.

Judge Jonathan Kaplan sentenced me to a year in prison, 3 years probation for �overreacting� while being beaten during a robbery attempt after I was jumped from behind in the dark at my home! I had no previous record.

My assailant admitted demanding money while threatening my life and in harassing me before and after the incident. He was never arrested and Kaplan told my assailant not to do it again knowing that the criminal was never arrested.

Kaplan told me police, prosecutors, and judges can do whatever they want in his juvenile tirade before sentencing me. I believe Spada may have influenced Judge Kaplan into throwing me in prison and out of Connecticut. Connecticut State Troopers, Ameral and Langlais, committed perjury while armed and uniform up on the stand at my trial to get me convicted.

So, I ask that a mafia style organization be dismantled, the Connecticut State Police.

-Steven G. Erickson (Vikingas)

Why police should not be able to abuse us using the Matrix System

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Added April 25, 2004, 1:15 PM EST

More possibly too typical police behavior in Connecticut:

State Police - (1-9-02) The Hartford Courant reports veteran police Sergeant William Pagoni has been fired following an internal affairs investigation over allegations that he accepted a $500 bribe.

Sergeant William Pagoni used to be a Lieutenant until he was disciplined two years ago over an incident where he downloaded internet pornography using official policy computers. William Pagoni is a 19 year veteran of the department.

Foster - (11-01-99) Off-duty County Sheriff David Avery has been arrested for 4 counts of assault with a dangerous weapon, carrying a firearm without a permit, carrying a firearm while intoxicated, and driving while intoxicated.

David Avery allegedly shot and rammed a car, driven by Heather Washington, after she drove past him on Route 6, near Brooklyn. Witnesses say David Avery chased Ms. Washington for nearly 25 miles to a Texaco station, where he continued to wave his gun around, before he walked inside of a bar next door.

Hartford - (9-29-00) The Associated Press reports former state prosecutor

Anthony Martin received special consideration and a lesser sentence of probation on charges he sexually assaulted a Hartford woman. Anthony Martin was arrested in April, after the woman filed a complaint that he offered her a ride home, and instead took her to an abandoned housing project, where he attempted to forcibly sexually assault her.

Since Anthony Martin was part of the Justice system (pronounced "Just-Us System"), this would-be rapist was allowed to enter the "Accelerated Rehabilitation program," which offers him the opportunity to wipe his record clean if he successfully completes six months of probation.
Aren't you glad this man can go free?

Hartford - Federal Agents arrest dirty cops (The Associated Press, 04-07-99)
A federal grand jury has been investigating alleged corruption in the department, including allegations that officers pressured prostitutes into providing sexual favors - 18 other officers have been called in. The grand jury is also looking into a connect between these officers and two unsolved slayings.

Officer Jesus Rivera - arrested
Officer Michael Basile - arrested
Officer Salvatore Abateillo III - pleaded guilty to aiding in the crimes
Officer Jose L. Pizarro - pleaded guilty to aiding in the crimes

Hartford - Good Cops, Bad Cops
Closing the Door On Dirty Harry
Drive-By Racism

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Hartford - (8-4-99) The Associated Press reports Sergeant Wilfredo Rivera, of the Hartford Police Department, died in his sleep. Wilfredo Rivera was accused of using cocaine, socializing with a major drug dealer and being present while drugs were prepared for sale by his tenant.

This piece complete with links was found here.

He was charged with perjury and sale of narcotics and conspiracy to sell narcotics. His case had languished in Hartford Superior Court for more than four years and 33 pretrial conferences.

New Haven - (12-15-00) New Haven Police Department Captain Brian Sullivan has been arrested and charged with felony hindering prosecution and tampering with evidence in a 1996 murder investigation. Captain Brian Sullivan allegedly ordered a halt to an investigation of a murder, despite a witness' statement that could have led to an arrest. It is not clear if Captain Brian Sullivan received some benefit by obstructing the investigation.

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A six-member Hartford Superior Court jury Friday found Hartford police Officer James K. Meehan Jr. guilty of three counts of perjury, three counts of possession of cocaine and one count of larceny.

The 37-year-old Meehan, who was suspended from the force after the charges and now lives in Meriden, was one of eight police officers - a state police trooper, five Hartford officers and two New Britain officers, arrested in late 1994.

Meehan is the son of former Hartford assistant police chief James Meehan Sr., who along with his wife, daughter, James Meehan Jr.'s wife and other family members watched the trial closely from the spectator's section, behind the defense table.

James Meehan Jr.'s arrest with the other officers stemmed from an 18-month police corruption inquiry conducted by a one-man grand jury, former Senior Superior Court Judge Arthur L. Spada, now state commissioner of Public safety.

Meehan's trial was a closely contested affair. Veteran Hartford defense attorney Michael Budlong attacked the state's key witnesses, two drug dealers, two drug users and a street criminal, as liars looking for leniency.

But Assistant State's Attorney Michael Gailor insisted their testimonies were corroborated by one another, as well as by other witnesses.

And, in rebutting Budlong's attacks on the state's witnesses, Gailor relied heavily on a hair expert who found that an examination of Meehan's hair in August 1994 showed he had been using cocaine regularly. Meehan agreed to the test requested by the state several months after witnesses charged he was involved in illegal drug use and stealing cash from a drug user while frisking him.

"No matter how you dissect this case, there was cocaine in [Meehan's] hair. Now how did it get there?" Gailor asked the jurors.

Budlong countered with another expert who attacked the state's examination of Meehan's hair as outdated and unreliable. During their deliberations, the jurors asked for the defense expert's entire testimony and cross-examination by Gailor to be read back to them.

The crux of the state's case, however, leaned upon those with long, short and medium criminal records.

Budlong said to the jury: ``They either didn't know what the truth was, or they were not motivated to tell what the truth was. They were either intimidated [by the grand jury] or they figured something out," Budlong said.

They figured out they wanted lenient treatment for their crimes, he added. But Gailor said none of them received any consideration whatsoever for their testimony and one of them, David Perez, was already serving a 17-to-18 year prison term.

Perez and Elba Lozada testified that they sold cocaine to John Levesque inside the Hour Glass Cafe on Park Street in Hartford in early 1994, and Levesque testified that on three occasions he sold the drug to Meehan.

Two other witnesses, Manuel Villamarin, a vehicle mechanic and former heroin user, and Vincenzo Befi, another heroin user, testified that when they were frisked by Meehan, he stole, respectively, $240 and $100 in cash from them on separate occasions about three to four months apart.

Neither Befi nor Villamarin was arrested after they were searched, they said. Meehan was charged only with the theft of money from Villamarin. Befi was used at trial by the state to show the policeman had a proclivity to steal.

Meehan's perjury convictions Friday stemmed from charges that he lied three times to Spada, the grand juror. In that testimony, Meehan denied using drugs at the time Levesque said he gave him the cocaine.

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Police Corruption in Hartford, CT

By Brian Carnell
Tuesday, February 6, 2001

There's police corruption and then there's police corruption. The Hartford Courant reports that former Hartford, Connecticut, police officer Julio Comacho admitted in court that he "handcuffed a woman, drover her in his cruiser to a construction site and raped her over the trunk of the car."

Why would Comacho openly confess to the rape? Because investigators have connected him to criminal sexual acts with at least two other women and this was part of a plea agreement. But that's hardly the end of Comacho's legal troubles. Comacho's girlfriend, Rosa Delgado, was murdered and beheaded and the 4 year-old daughter of Delgado and Comacho disappeared. Guess who the prime suspect is?

There are always going to be bad apples on a police force. Is it fair to condemn the Hartford police as a whole for the actions of a single rogue cop? Perhaps not, but according to the Courant, Comacho is the seventh former Hartford officer to be convicted of on-duty sex crimes.

In fact the Hartford police department has been the subject of a wide ranging corruption probe initiated by the state attorney general's office that included numerous criminal sexual assaults (in one case officers told a suspected prostitute that they would arrest her if they didn't perform sex acts with the officers), botched cases that sent innocent people to jail and possibly even several murders. In 1999, the FBI was reportedly investigating Hartford officers' connection to at least three murders, including the Delgado case.

The problem in Hartford is largely the same as it is in other areas that have had problems with police corruption -- a complete lack of accountability at the highest levels of police administration. The officers charged in the recent corruption probe brought to 16 the number of officers charge with crimes since police chief Joseph F. Croughwell Jr. took over in January 1994. Yet after the story broke, several Hartford city council members were quick to defend Croughwell for reducing crime in Hartford.

Detective Stanley Wasilewski, however, laid the blame at Croughwell's feet telling the Courant, "I blame Croughwell. Problems here just fester. There have been complaints involving cops and prostitutes going back before 1990 and nothing gets done. Supervisors have stopped turning [wayward subordinates] in because discipline is selective -- it depends on who you are."

Some officers within the police department apparently told a grand jury that the entire department was lax about filing paper work and incident reports, and that records related to the activities of the officers accused of misconduct were destroyed.

Ex-City Officer Admits Rape. Josh Kovner, The Hartford Courant, February 6, 2001.

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As disgusting as this behavior is, police departments keep getting more and more power, personnel, and the ability to covertly destroy anyone who lobbies, writes, or is critical of police with prison and/or expulsion from one�s life and out of the state.

I was renting cars to avoid police harassment and retaliation as Connecticut State Police would allegedly pull over women I had dates with telling them not to date me after searching them, besides directly threatening me, telling me to leave the State, "or else." What kind of world do we live in?

I no longer consider Connecticut part of the United States of America, as I went to prison, losing everything, after being critical of police in newspapers and lobbying politicians to pass, "Civilian Oversight of Police."

-Steven G. Erickson (Vikingas)

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added April 26, 2004, 7 AM EST:

Subject: Asking for removal of a Connecticut Judge

To Whom It May Concern:

I think a judge should act within the law and in the public�s best interest. Judge Jonathan Kaplan has not in my opinion and I ask that he and my case be looked into for his removal.

I think a judge should know the difference between a Connecticut home/business owner being attacked on his/her own property after being stalked, harassed, having his/her life threatened (my attempted robbery assailant boasted of this all to Judge Jonathan Kaplan but was never arrested nor prosecuted), regularly using illegal drugs, and drinking 12 or so pints of beer, daily, and a person without a record attacked from behind in the dark, forced to defend him/herself.

The Judge should have recused himself as we had past animosity. I accused Kaplan of bias towards the self-employed in a Small Claims case, Haas vs. Erickson, where I tried to inform the Judge I believed Haas had committed Insurance Fraud, possibly again, and using the court to steal from me, in letter to the court with the docket number addressed to Kaplan.

I then went to Sen. Anthony Guglielmo, the former Rep. Mordasky, and two landlord groups lobbying to have Judge Jonathan Kaplan removed, for years. Why should he then allow himself to sit in judgment of me in a criminal matter, after?

Rep. Mordasky and Sen. Guglielmo are aware to the problems I was having with vandals, drug dealers, and common criminal parasites and police harassment of me for begging for service, BEFORE I was attacked on my property during the robbery attempt that landed ME in prison, out of my home and out of my family and everything I had ever worked for and my father�s loan of $50,000 in addition to my 100�s of thousands to purchase and fix up, boarded up apartment houses in Stafford Springs, Connecticut.

I think the maximum fine, jail time, probation, and the harshest conditions should be reserved for a heinous crime or repeated criminal behavior. I had no record and was forced to defend myself and use pepper spray as I feared for my life that night and over weeks the individual stalked, harassed and threatened me again over and over all the way up to trial.

The Judge knew I had a family to support, a home in Connecticut, a business, credit, and would lose everything I had ever worked for and that my family would suffer if I went to prison, and he did it anyway. I think that he acted in collusion with the police from the highest levels because I had been politically active trying to get protection and service for downtown home and business owners, was critical of police and the judiciary, especially in newspapers, for trying to direct police through legislation, and for his own personal vendetta.

Information on my case can be found here:

I am posting this email for the world to see at:

I ask that you remove a judge that is not acting in the public�s best interest and along with the heads of the Connecticut State Police, promoting crime, misery, delinquency of minors, hurting Connecticut business, home owners, and taxpayers.

Thank you,
Steven G. Erickson
PO Box 730
Enfield, CT 06083

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Posted by: at April 21, 2004 04:03 PM

Transfer For State Police Major
Gambling Accusation Leads To Desk Job

April 21, 2004
By TRACY GORDON FOX, Hartford Courant Staff Writer (

A state police major who oversees the casino unit has been transferred to a desk job after complaints were made that he regularly gambles at Foxwoods Resort Casino, in violation of his own orders.

Public Safety Commissioner Arthur Spada also has ordered an internal affairs investigation into the actions of Maj. Frank Griffin, one of two supervisors who signed a "special order" that advised members of the casino unit that they are "prohibited from gambling at any Connecticut casino at any time."

Griffin had been commander of the bureau of criminal investigations unit, which oversees the gambling unit and several other units within the state police. He was transferred Tuesday to the administrative services division, which oversees training, support services and records. Maj. Cheryl A. Malloy will replace Griffin in the bureau of criminal investigations, based in Meriden, state police said.

Two lawyers, representing state troopers in the unit who are litigating claims of unfair treatment by the department, say Griffin is a regular at Foxwoods, where he often plays the slot machines. Troopers also said it is widely known that Griffin gambles at Foxwoods. They said that they have seen him there off-duty and that he has commented on whether he has won or lost.

A trooper speaking on the condition of anonymity said troopers were relieved that Griffin was transferred because "it was the do as I say, not as I do thing, and he was setting a bad example."

Spada decided to launch an internal affairs investigation last week, saying it was the first he had heard of the allegations that Griffin gambles at the casinos, state police said.

"The information was brought forth last week. The commissioner, as a result of hearing that, directed internal affairs to look into any violations," said Sgt. J. Paul Vance, a state police spokesman.

According to the order dated April 25, 2003, troopers from the gambling unit are not allowed to remain at the casinos after their shifts.

John R. Williams, a New Haven lawyer representing one of the troopers, said Tuesday that transferring Griffin "is a positive step."

"The only thing that is troublesome is that Commissioner Spada had to wait to learn about it from the press instead of knowing about it like everyone else knew it," Williams said. "Either he doesn't care or he is the most out of touch commissioner in the history of the department."

Williams is representing Trooper James Kvedar, who is suing Griffin for unfairly disciplining him over an incident with a patron who was accused of damaging property at the casino.Rather than arresting him, Kvedar required the man to pay the casino $250 in cash and casino chips for the damage.

Williams has said he plans to depose Griffin later this month about his playing the slots at the casino and question his management of the unit.

But Assistant Attorney General Mark P. Kindall, who is representing Griffin in the civil suit, filed a motion last week asking that his client not be asked about the gambling issue because it is irrelevant to the issues raised in the case.

"All of these things are fair game," Williams said Tuesday.

Posted by: Steven G. Erickson at April 21, 2004 04:19 PM

Who are worse criminals, police or criminals?

Posted by: at April 25, 2004 01:39 PM

Telling the head of a State (Connecticut State Police Commissioner, Arthur L. Spada) and his lackey puppet (Governor Rowland) to go fuck themselves ...


Posted by: Steven G. Erickson at April 26, 2004 05:39 PM

Maybe a first on the internet and on, right here, right now.

Posted by: Steven G. Erickson at April 26, 2004 05:41 PM

Has anyone ever told heads of state to eat shit as a blogger, ever?

Well, if they can't shut us up, the power is in the blogger.

A soap box on a corner, years ago, few, if any would listen. Many had legitimate gripes and were beat up, tortured, and worse just wanting to express themselves over real issues.

I think Dell is providing many with an outlet, it is time more of us support this site and log on to Del's Pay Pal.

Posted by: Steven G. Erickson at April 26, 2004 06:22 PM

Spada was on CT news last night regarding Connecticut amusement parks because of the death at Six Flags up in Massachusetts on the roller coaster.

Spada is shy. He normally doesn't talk to media and is quite arrogant. Why is he trying to get good press, Why?

Maybe he is on the run and has something to hide.

Governor Rowland probably can't take a piss unless, Spada or someone else on the Connecticut State Police holds his dick for him.

Posted by: at May 5, 2004 08:29 PM

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A US Iron Curtain?

Ritt Goldstein proposed Civilian Oversight and Accountability of Police Investigations to an independent body and was so terrorized by the Connecticut State Police he sought political asylum in Sweden. Don Christmas proposed Civilian Oversight of Police to elected officials, threatened to sue police for civil rights violations, and got �mouthy� to reporters and was attacked on his property in Enfield, Connecticut, by a police officer�s mascot, the police officer’s 16 year old prostitute girlfriend. I did as Donny had done, politically, previously, and was attacked on my property by a police officer�s mascot, a drug using, violent criminal, drunk. Each of us faced a year and a half in prison for being a crime victim on our own property. Do you sheeple see a pattern or do you have to see it in front of your own eyes happening to you when it is already too late?

I spent time in a Connecticut Prison for proposing laws to elected officials and for testing Free Speech in Connecticut.

-Steven G. Erickson aka Vikingas

When will Connecticut and the US be run like our forefathers intended, not as if they consult a Mafia, “How to,” book?

Do judges that question illegal police tactics go down and can police investigation outcomes be changed when a powerful person asks?

Is Arthur L. Spada the kingpin of a crime syndicate, The Connecticut State Police?
April 21, 2004, post


Investigative journalist Ritt Goldstein’s chronicle on the rise and ramifications of US police power...from both journalistic and personal perspectives.

On the 4th of July I wrote “Welcome to the 1930’s”. (post)

What follows is an explanation of how America came to where it is, and how I have come to where I am, what I am - an underground US refugee in Sweden.


A US citizen, Ritt Goldstein, has applied for asylum in Sweden. Goldstein has strong evidence indicating that he was systematically harassed and threatened by police ever since he founded a coalition on civilian oversight of law enforcement. Swedish immigration authorities have turned down his application on the summary grounds that the US is an internationally recognised constitutional democracy. The final outcome of the case is likely to have international implications as regards the right of nationals from stable Western democratic countries to seek asylum in a EU country.

The plight of a US rights activist
In 1993, Ritt Goldstein was a typical representative of America’s white upper middle-class. After receiving a BA in Economics, and after university studies in Business, Goldstein worked in a number of marketing and sales positions before starting his own company in 1988. The firm thrived, and Goldstein won all the attributes of a well-doing bachelor and businessman. He had a handsome home, a nice sports car, and a net worth of approximately 1 million dollars.

Politically, Goldstein was thoroughly mainstream. Although a Democratic Committeeman and Justice of the Peace in Norwalk, in the State of Connecticut (CT), he never concealed his sympathies for some aspects of the political agenda of the Republicans.

Just four years later, in 1997, Ritt Goldstein had become a destitute asylum seeker in Sweden, living in constant fear of forceful return to the USA.

Goldstein left his home country on July 3rd, 1997, hoping to escape mounting terror, ranging from constant pepper spray and mace attacks against his person, to the destruction of his home and office, and murder attempts (i.e. somebody disabled the steering of his car).

Goldstein’s problem is that he is not just good at doing business. He is also a man who cares. He likes to quote one of the Founding Fathers of American democracy, Thomas Jefferson: “The price of freedom is eternal vigilance”. Goldstein’s “mistake” was that he acted accordingly. Where others preferred to remain silent, Goldstein spoke out on one of the most sacred taboos, not only in American society, but in about every country of the world: the police.

Goldstein’s plight can be traced back to an incident in 1993. That year, a black youth, Keith Sumpter, was shot to death in Norwalk, CT. Four eyewitnesses claimed a police officer shot him, but an internal investigation by the Norwalk Police found Sumpter had died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound...1)

Goldstein, who had formed a citizens group to monitor the behaviour of the Connecticut police, questioned the police�s account in the press.


US planning to recruit one in 24 Americans as citizen spies
By Ritt Goldstein

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, 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.

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Was West Hartford Connecticut Attorney Jim Brewer taken down because he had the ‘goods’ on police and Connecticut Judges?

The Steven G. Erickson aka Vikingas Office, Favorite Links, and Contact Information

It’s not just me, it’s you or anyone else that dares question the bastards about THEIR illegal, corrupt behavior. There are enough of you out there that have been abused exactly as I have for Free Speech. Numbers working together will mean we win, AND THEY GO TO JAIL.

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I just did a search of Ritt Goldstein and came up with two of my posts and this came up as #3

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by Justice Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2002 at 3:55 PM

Ritt Goldstein broke the stories on TIPS and the Administration’s internment camps. Here’s some background regarding him and an easy way to find more.

by Justice

While some have hailed him and others attacked him, it seemed time to discover a little about Ritt Goldstein, an American who sought political asylum in Sweden.

Searching on and putting his name in quotes, then doing a second search to include the omitted items, I found reports by the European Parliament supporting Goldstein, as well as an article from The Guardian reporting how a European Parliament committee urged the Swedes to “re-think” giving him protection. Other stories dated from when Goldstein was leading a drive for police accountability, the articles from the Fairfield County Weekly and The Massacusetts Daily Collegian being particularly interesting. It appears Goldstein’s for real.

To his detractors, hate to break the news, but the fact is that the Swedes found that Goldstein had been attacked repeatedly. He brought police reports with him documenting: how the steering on his car was purposefully unscrewed; that he was shot at; that he was repeatedly pepper sprayed, etc.

According to sources familiar with the case, he also passed several lie detector tests regarding his story, submitting those in evidence to Swedish authorities and Amnesty International’s Swedish section.

What Swedish immigration said was that the attacks against him were by “individual police”, acting without authorization, and so Goldstein didn’t need protection as the US is a “democracy with a just legal system”.

Part of Goldstein’s apparent problem was that he had no hard evidence to prove the police attacks (ie, video, witnesses willing to testify, etc), only that he had been attacked. Given the treatment of the guy who supplied the video in Inglewood, one can appreciate how that might happen. The other part of Goldstein’s problem was said to be the willingness of people to condemn him, regardless of the facts. And since people acquitted the officers who beat Rodney King at their first trial, despite the video of the beating, some unsettling questions come quickly to mind.

In a radio interview of his I recently heard, he likened it to the way rape victims were once treated, saying that it’s easier to demonize the victim than address the problem. Amnesty International documented that police, themselves, routinely demonize police abuse victims as well. And Goldstein added that many police abuse victims are just assumed to have done something to “deserve it”, or are fabricating their stories for an ulterior motive...just as once happened with rape victims.

Since Goldstein has some pretty sound journalism pieces that are being printed all over the world (check the net), including one that warned of internment camps two weeks before the LA Times broke their story, and since he broke the news on TIPS too, it seems that maybe it’s not him that’s so crazy.

the above found here

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Original article is at Print comments.

by RITT GOLDSTEIN Sunday, Aug. 25, 2002 at 7:28 PM

Extraordinary revelations from the investigative journalist who broke the TIPS story. Versions of this article have been printed in Australia and Europe, but this is Goldstein’s full-length, un-edited copy.

By Ritt Goldstein
copyright 2002
all rights reserved

America as you know it is changing dramatically. The democratic freedoms which long defined American life are under siege. Today’s Bush administration is moving towards America’s military pursuing law enforcement, internment camps are on the horizon, and a member of the US Civil Rights Commission previously broached Arab-American internment. As the FBI pursues an unprecedented investigation of Senators for leaking the truth, Bureau monitoring of domestic dissent and internet traffic has intimidated many into comparative silence. Concurrently, the US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) poses an unseen threat to the America we know, recalling a darkly obscure side of recent US history.

Hidden behind FEMA�s benevolent face as the body whose chief responsibility is disaster relief, another FEMA exists. It is a FEMA that few know has been �charged by the Bush Administration with leading the nation�s anti-terrorism effort�, and a FEMA whose history includes nightmarish episodes in this vein.

The birth of FEMA�s dark side originated in secret during the Reagan administration. FEMA’s domestic disaster management role was then broadened to allow it to practice for the imposition of martial law and the internment of so-called aliens and radicals. During this period, a joint exercise was held with the military to prepare for such a contingency, Rex-84. Concurrently, FEMA began assembling files on those whom the Agency might target.

Today, most Americans know only FEMA�s benevolent side. However, in a little known move, President Bush returned FEMA (headed by former Bush/Cheney 2000 campaign manager Joe Allbaugh) to the forefront of national security, in May 2001 designating FEMA as the agency in charge of terrorism response.

Under President Bush’s newly released ``National Strategy For Homeland Security’’, FEMA would be placed under the Office of Homeland Security. Both Homeland Security and the Department of Defense planned to participate ``in homeland security training that involves military and civilian emergency response’’, provoking comparison to Rex-84. And now, the Bush adminisration is moving to give FEMA disturbing new responibilities.

On 14 August the Los Angeles Times ran an article entitled ``Camps for Citizens: Ashcroft’s Hellish Vision’’, relating to Attorney General John Ashcroft’s announced desire to create ``camps for US citizens he deems to be ‘enemy combatants’”. The Los Angeles Times article reported that Ashcroft aides �have indicated that a �high-level committee� will recommend which citizens are to be stripped of their constitutional rights and sent to Ashcoft�s new camps�. Footnoting events, on 15 July reported that FEMA is said to be pursuing a “crash effort” to build �sprawling temporary cities to handle millions�. The NewsMax report also noted that FEMA indicated the temporary cities are for those fleeing weapons of mass destruction. It added that FEMA had been given a deadline of having the cities �ready to go by January 2003.’’ And in a subsequent posting to the website, a copy of FEMA’s project particulars noted that those contractors seeking to participate in the program ``must demonstrate capability of establishing group housing developments (designing, developing, constructing, and acquisition of property) and maintenance of complex(s) for periods exceeding 2 years’’. states that FEMA spokesman Chad Koltun has confirmed some portions of their story, challenging others. On 7 August NewsMax reported “Let me state for the record that FEMA is moving ahead with plans to create temporary cities that could handle millions of Americans...”

While FEMA has no domestic intelligence apparatus of its own to presently target those deemed suspect, FEMA’s Operation TIPS stated aim was to recruit ``millions of American workers’’ to report ``suspicious activity’’. But as the TIPS program became public knowledge, a broad spectrum of Americans voiced substantive concern that whomever an eager TIPS volunteer might somehow deem ``suspicious’’ would be labeled ``suspect’’, harshly treated as such by US authorities.

At present, US media highlights the occasional strip-search of elderly women, the routine targeting of those who appear of Arabic or South Asian extraction, and an ongoing stream of ``terrorist alerts’’ by US authorities. Individuals have been questioned by the FBI over ``suspicious posters’’, academics disciplined for ``improper’’ discussions of current events, and a substantive number of innocent individuals have endured public transportation nightmares in the name of security. With US law enforcement now free to engage in previously prohibited spying on domestic political and religious groups, many consider America’s most basic freedoms under siege.

Sounding a warning, Gregory Nojeim, Associate Director of the American Civil Liberty Union (ACLU) Washington office, said the ACLU is ``very concerned about the government’s apparently insatiable appetite for new powers and new measures that threaten basic American liberties as set forth in the Constitution.’’ Nojeim also warned that, ``military law enforcement jeopardizes rights at the most fundamental level because soldiers are trained to kill the enemy, not to make arrests’’. Sure to inflame concern further, FEMA has a much discredited, but relatively unknown history of compiling dossiers on those it might seek to intern.

According to research compiled by investigative authors Ward Churchill and Jim Vander Wall, before FEMA’s dossier effort became extensive, FBI intervention halted it. The dossier episode detonated when the FBI challenged FEMA’s right to pursue domestic spying, resulting in FEMA’s turning over ``12,000 political dossiers’’ to the Bureau. In a dark reflection of that period, FEMA’s Operation TIPS had been designed as a vehicle where citizen informant’s reports would be ``maintained and analyzed in a single (TIPS) database’’ for future reference and/or action, according to the Department of Justice (DOJ).

Earlier, President Bush had ensured there would be no current FBI/FEMA conflict, mandating that FEMA work closely with the DOJ (of which the FBI is part), creating what Bush called a ``seamlessly integrated’’ network. With this bond between FEMA and the DOJ, the Administration effectively voided the inter-departmental checks which stopped FEMA’s earlier abuses.

At the time of those abuses, then FBI Director William Webster objected to FEMA’s pursuing domestic intelligence under the veil of counterterrorism. Appreciating the validity of Webster’s complaint, alarmed as to both the aim and scope of FEMA’s excesses, then Attorney General William French Smith charged that there were ``serious policy and legal objections to an ‘emergency czar’ role for FEMA.’’ Smith also conveyed alarm regarding a drift into an effective exaggeration of events, circumstances allowing what he termed ``the expansion of the definition of severe emergencies to encompass ‘routine’ domestic law enforcement emergencies’’, thus engaging FEMA’s extraordinary powers.

Details of FEMA’s national security role first emerged during the Reagan-era Iran-Contra scandal. Iran-Contra involved the clandestine selling of weapons to Iran, illegally using the proceeds to fund US backed Central American insurgents, the Contras. It was an episode that led to felony convictions for some of the Reagan administration’s key figures, such as John Poindexter and Eliott Abrams, both of whom are in the present Bush administration, as are others from that period.

As one of his last acts as President, Bush Sr. pardoned those still implicated by the scandal. Others, such as John Poindexter and Oliver North, had their convictions reportedly reversed on the basis of ``congressional immunity’’.

Reagan’s legacy also included the US’s so-called ``Dirty Wars’’ in Central America, what has been called the creation of the region’s ``killing fields’’. It was a time marred by members of the Reagan administration engaging in both questionable and criminal activities, pursued in the name of National Security. It is against this backdrop that FEMA’s controversial roles and powers were drafted, powers which also provided for the Government to be administered solely by the President and FEMA alone.

According to the Washington Post, the creation of a US ``shadow government’’ was also a part of the Reagan initiatives. When the Post revealed the shadow government’s existence on 1 March 2002, the Bush administration explained it as a precaution to ensure the continuation of government in case of a terrorist attack. But on 2 March the Post ran a subsequent headline, that the US Congress had been unaware the shadow government existed. However, present law does provide for the Speaker of the House, followed by the President of the Senate, to assume the presidency should both the President and Vice President become unable to perform their duties. Should the Constitution be suspended, control of the country pass to the President and FEMA alone, succession provisions remain beyond public record. In this context, it should also be noted that the shadow government is physically located within a FEMA facility.

Reagan initiated the roots of today’s extraordinary concerns in the period when he was California’s governor. In 1971 Reagan reportedly inaugurated the idea of utilizing the military and law enforcement to combat dissent, creating the California Specialized Training Institute (CSTI), a ``counterterrorism training center’’. Reagan also appointed a retired National Guard general, Louis Giuffrida, as his ``emergency czar’’. It was at this time that Giuffrida developed plans for martial law, plans which were never implemented, but which were reportedly designed to ``legitimize the arrest and detention of anti-Vietnam war activists and other political dissidents’’.

When Reagan became President, Giuffrida was appointed to head FEMA, promptly opening a ``Civil Defense Training Center’’ based on CSTI. FEMA also worked with the Pentagon, their joint position paper, ``The Civil/Military Alliance in Emergency Management’’, an early exploration into the effective use of the military for law enforcement purposes, a precursor to America’s present debate regarding the military’s role.

At FEMA, Giuffrida worked with Oliver North, the central figure of Iran-Contra, in developing FEMA’s then emerging scope and powers. According to a 1990 report authored by Diana Reynolds, presented by the liberal think-tank Political Research Associates, the resulting Reagan initiatives were designed to ``change civil defense planning into a military/police version of civil society’’, a charge with particularly current resonance today.

It was paradoxically 1984 when FEMA mounted its national exercise with the Department of Defense, its exercise to prepare for the arrest and detention of so-called aliens and radicals, Rex-84. The exercise’s purpose was to test military capabilities in anticipation of ``civil disturbances, major demonstrations’’, incidentally illustrating the evolution of civil defense into civil control.

At present, the final contents and disposition of the Reagan security initiatives, part of a national crisis plan, remains beyond public knowledge. But given the “War On Terror’s” scope, even if a formal crisis is not declared, speculation exists that a de facto drift into an effective deployment of FEMA�s crisis powers could occur. And this February, the former FEMA executive, John Brinkerhoff, who reportedly drafted the martial law/internment portions of the national crisis plan, revealed it was �approved by Reagan, and actions were taken to implement it.�

Posted by Vikingas on 08/14 at 10:14 AM
  1. “A US Iron Curtain?”

    Poppycock. You should know better than this, Steve—you’re an international traveler yourself.

    There is nothing easier than leaving the United States. Just get on a plane. Nobody even asks to see your passport, nobody asks why or where you’re going. You can just go.

    The opposite is true in places where there is an “iron curtain,” or anything like one. Try leaving China, for example. Even as a US citizen with a passport declaring me to be such, I spent hours working my way through lines and approval forms, past government checkpoints and inspectors, in order to get approved to get on the plane to fly home.

    That’s what an Iron Curtain is. The people cannot be allowed to leave—because they would.

    Your boy Goldstein can go anywhere he wants, as long as he satisfies the visa requirements in that country. Assuming his name means what it would appear to mean, for example, he can go to Israel and stay there forever. The US won’t try to stop him. The US won’t try to get him back. The US doesn’t care. He is free to go.

    You know I have a lot of sympathy for the movement to restrain police toward acting within Constitutional restraints. But let’s not engage in foolish rhetoric. The US is a free country, even if some policemen abuse their power. We have some weaknesses in bringing government officials—and celebrities, and the rich for that matter—to account for their abuses. But that doesn’t change the fact that this remains a free country, and absolutely nothing like a USSR or even a modern China.

    Posted by Grim on 08/14 at 11:10 AM #
  2. Grim,
    I used to believe only guilty criminals got arrested and then got what they deserved.

    I then thought there might be some grey area when someone arrested, but they only got punishment if they were truly guilty.

    Now I think someone that is arrested must have pissed off a cop or another official and question whether evidence was suppressed, manufactured, and planted, and whether or not witnesses were intimidated into not speaking or in helping fabricate a false account.

    Prosecutors will stop at nothing to win, innocence doesn’t get in their way and doesn’t come into play.

    Yes, the majority are still criminals being punished for crimes, but political prisoners being held and arrested is on the rise in the US.

    I am not the first to say this and a reader out there has already said just that in fewer words, so I am revoicing that person’s opinion which is also my own, but said better and more to the point than I have previously.

    Grim it is going to take more patriots such as yourself to see and believe what is really going on, before anything is done, that is, hopefully before it is too late for America and for Freedom.

    -Steven G. Erickson aka Vikingas

    Posted by Vikingas on 08/14 at 12:07 PM


Anonymous Anonymous said...

all the links to the old posts no longer work.

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