Wednesday, November 15, 2006

A Blast from the www.freespeech.com past:

Note: All links to www.freespeech.com posts below, no longer go to the www.freespeech.com posts, that is the reason for this blog post. The links to other blog post do however, mostly work.

September 23, 2004

A pattern of deceit, retaliation, and dirty backroom deals

CT Officers ask AG to investigate state police
By Beth Berlo





GOAL/NE Vice President, Det. Michael Carney

Following what the Gay Officers Action League (GOAL) of New England has described as a series of discarded complaints in the internal affairs department at the Connecticut State Police, the organization is now asking the state’s attorney general to step in.

According to Det. Michael Carney, a Springfield, Mass., police officer and vice president of GOAL/NE, several troopers have filed internal affairs complaints which he believes have been swept under the rug.

Most recently, two high-ranking supervisors have been accused of harassing troopers who they suspected to be gay or lesbian. According to Carney, one of the troopers complained to GOAL that he was called a ``fudge packer” by a superior, while another, he said, experienced a more direct threat by a supervisor who reportedly threatened, ``I’m going to bury you.” (more in the “Read More” section)

Related Posts:

Do the brass at the Connecticut State Police treat women in the ranks fairly?

How about minorities?

Abolish the Connecticut State Police

Can cops rape, rob, beat, and murder with immunity?

Police in the USA concentrate on Revenue Collection Areas, not Crime Areas

Anatomy of the Good Ole Boy Network

Bias in the Courts

Steven G. Erickson�s Plan for Reducing Crime

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On Aug. 13, state police spokesperson Sgt. J. Paul Vance told Bay Windows that Lt. Wayne Rioux, a 25-year veteran, and Master Sgt. Fred Peters were transferred at their request to state police headquarters in Middletown, Conn., pending the outcome of the investigation. The Connecticut Attorney General’s office did not return Bay Windows calls by deadline.

Vance could not talk about the investigation, but did say that no complaints of ``this nature” have been filed in the past several years. ``Going back five or six years, we were ahead of the curve as far as providing sensitivity training to all sworn and non-sworn [personnel]. � Quite frankly, we believe the state police provides a good working environment for everyone.”

But over the past decade, Carney says at least three troopers were forced out of the state police, because of their sexual orientation. In addition, the state has settled at least one federal lawsuit from a former trooper who left her job after being harassed by command staff because she was a lesbian, he said. Today, she’s a police officer with the Los Angeles Police Department, and the department’s liaison to the gay community.

Unlike Massachusetts, Connecticut does not have a state police gay or lesbian liaison. In fact, Massachusetts is the only state in the country that does. Municipal liaisons are, on the other hand, installed in several cities throughout the country.

One reason for that, Carney suspects, is because ``state police are more militaristic than municipal agencies. There’s more of a military atmosphere within a state police structure.”

Sgt. Lorraine Cambria, a supervisor with the Massachusetts State Police, is also president of GOAL/NE. Much of the upper echelon among state police in all states embodies that of what she calls ``an older, straight, white male attitude, many of who grew up in a time when it was all right to be anti-gay and, they still have those attitudes today.”

One of the underlying problems during misconduct investigations, GOAL says, is that those being investigated can ask for and often receive transfers.

Says Cambria: ``If they’re transferring them at their request, I don’t think that’s any type of punishment, and if they find these allegations are true, that’s not sending a positive message out into the troops.” On the other hand, she said, ``If they’re transferring them out of disciplinary action, that sends a clear message that there will be zero tolerance.”

Carney agrees: ``You can’t reshuffle staff and expect the culture to change.”

Carney has a meeting scheduled with Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal in two weeks, he said.

``We’re asking the Connecticut State Police to look at their neighbor [Massachusetts] and see how we recruit gay and lesbian candidates to become troopers, how we train the recruits on GLBT issues, how we interact with the gay community and how that benefits the Massachusetts State Police.”

The whole concept on policing today, Carney believes, is based on community policing. ``I feel that every department and every law enforcement agency should have a department that reflects the communities it serves,” he says. ``That to me is a department that is integrated by race, gender and sexual orientation. We live in a multicultural society. It’s time for these public agencies to reflect the society that we work with.”


Beth Berlo is a staff writer at Bay Windows. Her e-mail address is bberlo@baywindows.com.

Comments, criticism or praise regarding this article or writer—or just about any other subject of interest to the lesbian and gay community—are always welcome.

Send comments for publication to letters@baywindows.com.

Send comments not for publication to news@baywindows.com.

The above piece was found here on the web.

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I didn�t have any homosexual issues with the Connecticut State Police, but do realize they are reluctant to take complaints against their own officers. I complained in newspapers about Connecticut State Police misconduct and Connecticut State Troopers felt comfortable threatening me with arrest if I didn�t leave Connecticut and encouraging others to threaten me and worse, giving them immunity from prosecution.

I see that they have a pattern of abuse, covering up illegal deeds of officers and are not an organization that is worthy of public support and tax dollars.
-Steven G. Erickson (Vikingas)

What happens when you piss off the head of the Connecticut State Police? This is my story. Do you think there is any excuse Connecticut State Police Internal Affairs will either blatantly refuse to investigate a citizen�s claim, intimidate a citizen into not complaining and keeping quiet, and why the Attorney General and U.S. Attorney for Connecticut just might be running interference keeping the members of the Connecticut State Police from being prosecuted and investigated for illegal behavior?

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Connecticut State Police website

Why don�t you email the Connecticut State Police and tell them that they, AND THEIR POLICIES, SUCK?

Connecticut State Police general email: DPS.Feedback@po.state.ct.us

Telephone: (860) 685-8441 Fax: (860) 685-8354

Probably the worst offenders, Troop C, Tolland, Connecticut State Police: 860-896-3200



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August 24, 2004

A new police commissioner has decided to go after criminals, not mainly speeders

A new police commissioner has decided to go after criminals, not mainly speeders.

This is amazing insight in a field that is usually more concerned with the bottom line on what revenue can be collected and what assets and cash can be confiscated.

Wow, going after criminals committing crimes what a novel idea.

Those going to and from work still have to worry about having to feed the bears, but maybe they�ll have less of a fear of being beaten, robbed, raped, or murdered out and about or in their homes. (story below the fold)
-Steven G. Erickson (Vikingas)

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Should police decide what you are allowed to say and what laws you can propose to elected officials? (Constitutional Amendments don�t apply, unless they are enforced)

Many revise their crime views.

The Arrogant Arizona Sheriff

Drugging and Drinking ‘COP STYLE’

Government and Law Enforcement on the Sleazy Side

Is there power behind the punch here on FreeSpeech.com? Can we influence politicians, policy, and individual�s thinking? Answer: a resounding, MAYBE (more below)

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Investigations Are New State Police Priority
August 24, 2004
By TRACY GORDON FOX, Hartford Courant Staff Writer (ctnow.com)

MIDDLETOWN—Newly appointed Public Safety Commissioner Leonard C. Boyle said Monday he will gradually shift more state police resources from catching speeders to investigating organized crime, narcotics and gangs.

Six days into his new job, Boyle’s emphasis on larger-scale criminal investigations is just one of the ways the former federal prosecutor is showing how different he will be than his predecessor, Arthur Spada.

Spada, who was asked by Gov. M. Jodi Rell to resign Aug. 1, put much of the department’s manpower into nabbing speeders, allowing the Bureau of Criminal Investigation units that investigate major crime, gangs and narcotics to fall to the lowest staffing levels in years.

While Boyle said “hitting people in the pocketbook” is the appropriate response for traffic violators, he said the state police investigative units are in dire need of more manpower.

During a two-hour interview at Department of Public Safety headquarters, Boyle also said he will drive his state vehicle himself. Spada was criticized for having a state trooper assigned to drive him to everything from crime scenes to golf appointments and radio appearances.

“I do not intend to have a driver,” Boyle said, laughing at the question. “I find driving relaxing. I’ve spent most of the past 12 years driving around the state of Connecticut, taking my kids to sporting events.”

And Boyle, a former East Hartford police officer, said he definitely will not stop any speeding motorists himself, as Spada did on one occasion.

“I would not do that. I’m a civilian,” Boyle said. “If I have a problem, I’ll radio it in.”

Soft-spoken and shy by nature, Boyle does not seem eager to draw attention to himself, as Spada did during his four-year tenure. Boyle said simply he would like to make the department’s image a more positive one.

It is no surprise that Boyle, 51, is focusing on criminal investigations. He has prosecuted high-profile crime figures such as former Boston FBI Agent John J. Connelly Jr. and former Waterbury Mayor Joseph Santopietro.

“I think we need to be fully involved again in long-term investigations, particularly organized crime and narcotics investigations,” he said.

“The numbers [of state troopers assigned to investigative units] are certainly down from where they used to be, and you simply can’t do effective long-term investigations unless you’ve got a sufficient number of people.”

He has the support of Chief State’s Attorney Christopher Morano, who as a Hartford prosecutor worked on many gang-related cases.

“I absolutely concur with his vision in this area,” Morano said. “I believe he is correct in saying that if you want to make the most impact on the criminal element, you need to go after criminal enterprises rather than just one individual at a time.”

The Bureau of Criminal Investigations includes the department’s organized crime task force, the statewide narcotics task force, the major crime squad, the casino unit, the firearms task force and the auto-theft unit.

As a local police officer and federal prosecutor, Boyle was most familiar with the Bureau of Criminal Investigations. But he said he will strive to learn the needs of the entire agency, from the 12 barracks around the state to the fire marshal’s office, which also falls under the department’s jurisdiction.

“I really have to get out to all the troops and all the district commands in the next several weeks, meet with the folks out there,” Boyle said.

His experience with local, state and federal law enforcement authorities should allow Boyle to deal easily with agencies at every level.

“I don’t think there will be any turf wars at all,” he said.

Before he started the job last week, he was told by legislators and troopers that state police are more than 100 troopers below a minimum recommended staffing level of 1,248 set by the state legislature. He said he hopes to alleviate the staff shortage with a class of 70 troopers slated to begin in September.

The shortage of troopers on the road is an issue that will be stressed by the state police union and state representatives, particularly in the rural areas where troopers are stretched thin.

Union President David LeBlanc acknowledges the investigative units “are down to the bare bones minimum,” but he adds that “one of our concerns is patrol strength.”

“We can’t forget the front-line officer, the person who deals with the day-to-day calls for service,” LeBlanc said.

Rep. John Stone, R-Fairfield, said the investigative units need to be bolstered “when we get more manpower.”

“They are spread so thin now, especially with the increased terror alert,” Stone said.

Beyond bringing in his own civilian chief of staff, former state police Sgt. Andrew Crumbie, Boyle said he plans no immediate personnel changes, including demoting any of the eight majors who serve at the pleasure of the commissioner.

“I had a staff meeting today and I told all of our managers that I have no specific plans to reallocate any of our managerial resources,” Boyle said. “I don’t know the people in those positions at this point.”

Before Spada left, Boyle met with him about the job. “He was very gracious. He gave me his perspective, and advice on what he thought I should keep in mind as I take over.”

Boyle said he will listen to advice and requests, and “ultimately make the decision I think is in the best interest of the state.”

“It’s a big job, but one that I am happy to tackle,” he said.

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Picture and post on Leonard C. Boyle, Connecticut’s new police commissioner

Discrimination, looking down on women, and going after those that speak out, a post on the former Connecticut Commissioner

The former commissioner’s chief of staff is arrested for theft and fraud

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I wonder if the new police commissioner read my letter to him and did think it expedient to put more funds and efforts into going after criminals, not mainly collecting money from those going to and from work in traffic fines.

I have only been harping on this particular issue, in print, since 1998.

I have been asked in the past if I feared for my safety because of what I post here on FreeSpeech.com

The answer is yes, I do.

My life was ruined when I wrote tamer stuff in local Connecticut newspapers.

But, then I was IN Connecticut and had many soft targets for angry police officers to hit as I had a business and rental property, spending time mostly at and working on my houses, the addresses were well known to police. I was often followed by police, place to place.

State Troopers would hang out in front of my house until I left for work and follow me, sometimes 2 cruisers at a time BEFORE they had an incident to exploit.

State Police officers allegedly pulled over and searched a woman I was dating, TWICE, on her way home from my house, telling her I was bad news. I was a bad human for having written critical things about police going after revenue of honest citizens with more zeal and frequency than going after criminals and drug dealers. The TRUTH STINGS.

The writing was on the wall.

I had many close calls and almost was railroaded to prison when a retired Connecticut cop, a tenant, kept flooding my basement with sewage, and I was called negligent for not being able to clean it up fast enough day after day. The retired officer did thousands of dollars of damage and ruined my stored furniture, items, files, office and electronic equipment. He called the health department on me and tried to have me brought up on serious criminal charges for HIS activities. If the Somers Connecticut Sewer Dept. Manager didn�t break ranks and tell the truth, I could have done time for having been flooded day after day with raw sewage.

For the retired police officer’s inconvenience he took me to small claims court and won. I guess it is alarming and my fault I couldn�t clean up his mess fast enough, day after day, costing me thousands and so many days of lost work, I�m the bad one.

What do others think of my plight and outspokenness?

I have been thanked and told not to use their names, saying they would like to say what I say, but fear speaking out and having their lives ruined as I have for speaking my opinion and for trying to expose injustice.

Most people just plain don�t care, until it has to do with them. People have to start caring if they want any freedoms at all for themselves and for future American generations. We the People, should practice what we preach to others.
-Steven G. Erickson

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June 22, 2004

Abolish the (Connecticut) State Police





(This picture accompanied a letter to the editor I wrote and that was printed in the July 19, 2003, Hartford Courant, asking why police were not being punished for illegal searches, but citizens that complained while being illegally searched, were.)

Why?

Well let�s start with what their original job description, to protect the governor and officials from insurrection.

Then they went on to patrol roadways in search of revenue from the earliest days, so they have been operating as mere, ARMED REVENUE COLLECTORS, for most of their entire history.

Law enforcement is just an after thought. Just look at how the courts are set-up. Long cattle lines in roped off areas to negotiate your fine or face a really big fine or prison at a FIXED trial.

If you ever angered any police officer, court official, or individual with political influence your chance of getting any kind of deal are about nil, and you may just ended up serving time and not having even violated any law at all.

The Connecticut State Police had a political shit fight and power struggle with a Connecticut Institution, The Sheriffs System.

It was a power struggle and fight over funds.

Sheriffs were unfairly blasted in newspapers and Connecticut State Police began to investigate, harass, and arrest Sheriffs, until the top brass in the Connecticut State Police got their way of having the Connecticut Sheriff System abolished.

When I asked LT Davoren, now a Captain, and former head of Troop C Connecticut State Police, Tolland, CT, why drug dealers, vandals, prostitutes, informants, and common criminal parasites have a positive relationship and get protection and service from police, where some downtown small business and property owners are harassed, threatened by police, and the main targets of fines and excuses for property and asset confiscation.

I also asked why prosecutors, judges, and police, cover for each other�s misconduct, harassment and targeting of citizens that blow the whistle, the filing false reports, refusing to take complaints, refusing to investigate crimes, refusing to serve citizens they don�t feel like serving, and arresting and not arresting who they want based on personal vendettas.

My answer from Davoren was that his main job was, �Protecting the Integrity of the System.�

What does that mean?

Well, to me it means they will protect each other first, collect as much revenue as possible, and go after those that expose their illegal, immoral, and Unconstitutional behavior.

What happens to an estranged spouse of a police officer?

She may have to fear every police officer in the State, and may have to leave the State to feel safe and secure.

Police in Connecticut act more like an armed gang of thugs or Mafia, than a taxpayer supported �service.�

I was told I would be arrested and prosecuted if I tried to lodge a complaint against and have prosecuted, the man that police encouraged to harass me, that made sexual advances towards my then 14 year old daughter, and that had left threats of violence and death against my daughter and me on our home phone.

I was threatened with arrest when I brought a tape to the resident State Trooper of Stafford.

Complaining to Internal Affairs only caused the harassment to increase, and made my chances of being railroaded to prison at almost 100%

I was further told I was to leave Connecticut and the town of Stafford or that I would be arrested.

I didn�t and was sent to prison.

I was then told to leave Connecticut upon my release or face another 3 to 5 years in prison.

So police can decide if you are allowed to live in a state, have a business or home, whether you may bring up your own children, who you may date, whether or not you get arrested or are thrown in prison, or whether or not you get to keep all you have every worked for in your life, or not.

Connecticut State Police officers allegedly pulled over searched, threatened, and harassed a woman I was dating after she left my home.

I never saw her again as she said she didn�t want to get arrested or harassed by police for dating me.

I was renting cars and didn�t go out much unless I was working or had to BEFORE the incident that was used to throw me in prison and out of the State of Connecticut.

Before I was arrested, I would only feel safe when I left the State, and felt I had left a Communist State and was in America whenever I was outside of Connecticut.

I had dared to propose Civilian Oversight of Police to legislators.

What I didn�t know that any legislation regarding the police is forwarded from the elected official to a police liaison.

The police liaison squashed my proposed legislation and notified area officers of my activities so I could be retaliated upon.

Police officers would sit in front of my house and glare at me just after I attacked them in my letters to the editor printed in Connecticut newspapers.

If my name went over the radio after I had called in to complain, officers from all over the area would just come and glare at me, making threats, telling me to leave the State. There probably have been less police and cruisers at some riots.

So who is in charge in Connecticut, elected officials or unelected police officials?

Well if legislators must get the approval of police and fear retaliation of police, then police run Connecticut and Connecticut is a Police State.

Connecticut State Police Internal Affairs can refuse to investigate nor deny a citizen�s complaint or sometimes they go through the motions of an investigation, but the outcome is almost 100% predictable and the officer will not be punished for illegal behavior and misconduct, except in the rarest of circumstances.

Internal Affairs Officers will get belligerent and threatening to citizens. It would be obvious if my calls into police that were recorded are listened to.

Towns need to be policed by local cops, as State Police Officers, don�t live there, don�t care, and can refuse to protect and serve, unless they feel like it.

Their main concern is with collecting revenue, confiscating assets, property, and cash, and protecting each other, before any citizen�s concerns are even considered.

It is more beneficial if they leave common criminals and low level drug dealers on the street as their street soldiers and informants.

Job security, getting a blank check, and little scrutiny from taxpayers is almost assured.

Connecticut State Police may contribute to the delinquency of minors, drug and alcohol addiction, crime, prostitution, fraud, theft, and lower the quality of life for all. Connecticut, especially downtown areas, are criminal breeding grounds, not �lifestyle areas.�

So you are being taxed and governed without real representation.

The U.S. Constitution doesn�t seem to pass any test, that it is enforced, and rights are protected.

If complaints aren�t taken or investigated it is basically just toilet paper, not a document with any teeth.

If police are taxpayer supported, they should be answerable to us, not themselves.

What happened when Catholic priests policed themselves?

Well much worse is happening as long as police, police themselves.

Write and call your local and national legislators, write letters to the editor, and make others aware as we want our country back, we deserve to have the rights that are promised to us, and we need fair, equitable, and quality justice.

You may use searchgov.com to find your legislators and other information.

The only way to get it, is to demand it, and YOU should be willing to fight for it.

Thank you,

Steven G. Erickson
PO Box 730
Enfield, CT 06083

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Police in the USA concentrate on Revenue Collection Areas, not Crime Areas

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A merchant can get in more trouble giving away free coffee than a teen selling crack cocaine

WHAT DOES A CHILD MOLESTER LOOK LIKE?

Police Officer Harassment, Sexual Misconduct, Rape, Assault, and Committing other Crimes

Are U.S. Courts still racist, but now just a little more slick about it?

Police easy on Police for Misconduct

Is Rape not Rape if Committed by a Police Officer?

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Excerpt: Well it may at least it may start with the �fringe� benefits which others call the �trim� benefits, SEX, SEX, SEX.

A senior police officer can first offer his jr. partner a �freebie� from one of �his� hookers. From then on, the jr. officer won�t divulge any immoral, illegal, and improper conduct of his partner in crime.

A police officer offered me a �freebie�, a blowjob.

This post found here.

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

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My letter to a Congressman and other politicians

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The Rowland scandal in Connecticut and now corruption probes are working their way down

Spada Ordered To Place Aide On Unpaid Leave Report:

Senick To Face Fraud Charges


POSTED: 11:04 am EDT July 2, 2004 UPDATED: 12:44 pm EDT July 2, 2004

HARTFORD, Conn.—The chief state’s attorney’s office has arrested the chief of staff to state Public Safety Commissioner Arthur Spada and a businessman on larceny charges.

Maj. Gregory Senick and James Murphy are charged with larceny and conspiracy to commit larceny. The charges involve an alleged conspiracy to have the state Department of Public Works pay for work on the state-owned house that Senick lives in Meriden.

Murphy is a principle of a Hartford property management firm that did work on the home in which Senick lived.
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Channel 30 News in Connecticut Story (click)
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Are U.S. Courts still racist, but now just a little more slick about it?


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


Do you have to be White and Male to be inside the Connecticut Police Hierarchy?


I believe that Arthur L. Spada broke the law in my case.

-Steven G. Erickson (Vikingas)


Hopefully Governor Rell will ask Arthur L. Spada to resign or even better, fire him. With all the cover-ups and corruption with the former Governor's office and in the high ranks of the Connecticut State Police, I find it hard to believe that Spada wasn't breaking the law himself and is somehow involved in covering up for his friends, cronies, and partners in crime.


My letter to a U.S. Congressman and to local politicians regarding police corruption


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added July 5, 2004:


Rowland’s Hometown Center of ‘Corrupticut’ July 5, 2004 By SARAH COFFEY, The Associated Press, Hartford Courant (ctnow.com)


WATERBURY, Conn.—This hardscrabble city once known for its brass mills had hoped favorite son John G. Rowland would stay above the aura of political scandal that has become all too familiar in a state now tagged “Corrupticut."


Instead, the brash young politician once considered a rising star in the Republican Party has resigned amid a federal corruption investigation and a threat of impeachment - adding another name to the list of Waterbury politicians tainted by misdeeds.


There’s no arguing that the place he fondly called “the center of the universe” has become the center of something else: disgraced politicians driven from office.


Still, even as Rowland announced that he would leave office in the middle of his third term rather than battle the burgeoning scandal, his Waterbury constituents stuck by him.


“No matter what, Waterbury will roll out the red carpet for him,” said 55-year-old Charles Nappi, who lives across from Rowland’s parents.


Rowland stepped down Thursday and was replaced by Lt. Gov. M. Jodi Rell.


Rowland, 47, never forgot his roots in this city of 108,000 where he was the young wrestling star who went to Holy Cross High School, the one-time state legislator who rose up through the ranks to become the state’s youngest congressman - and then its youngest governor, first elected in 1994 at age 37.


He championed revitalization projects for his hometown - from a new campus for the University of Connecticut to restoration of a historic theater.


Those gestures weren’t forgotten.


“If they buy him a hot tub or a suit, what the hell is the big deal?” said 64-year-old resident Frank Davino. “It’s like a Christmas gift.”


The scandal broke after Rowland admitted accepting renovations at his lakeside cottage, including a hot tub. Other gifts and favors soon came to light: cigars, champagne and free or discounted vacations. Rowland insisted he never did anything in exchange for the gifts and loans from state contractors, friends and politically appointed employees.


It’s true that other recent corruption scandals have involved politicians from other cities in Connecticut. Former state treasurer Paul Silvester, from West Hartford, and the mayor of Connecticut’s largest city, Joseph Ganim of Bridgeport, both landed in prison last year for schemes involving contracts in exchange for bribes.


But political corruption in Waterbury dates back at least 60 years to the administration of Mayor T. Frank Hayes. He was convicted of raiding city coffers and served six years in prison.


Ironically, it was Rowland’s grandfather, then the city comptroller, who helped uncover municipal corruption during the late 1930s by leaking information to the Waterbury Republican-American, which won a Pulitzer Prize for its coverage. The Rowland State Office Building in downtown Waterbury is named for him.


More recently, during a probe into City Hall corruption, federal investigators stumbled upon a deeper secret: Mayor Philip Giordano was having sexual relations with the young daughter and a niece - ages 8 and 10 - of a prostitute. He was sentenced last year to 37 years in federal prison.
A decade earlier, Mayor Joseph Santopietro was convicted of embezzling federal funds, bank fraud and tax evasion.


And before Santopietro, Democratic Mayor Edward Bergin Jr. - the man Santopietro beat in 1985 - was acquitted of taking a bribe and reclaimed the mayor’s office, only to be defeated by Giordano in 1995.


Mayors weren’t the only ones tainted in Waterbury. Widespread fraud in a 1986 gubernatorial primary resulted in 10 arrests. A prosecutor was imprisoned in 1985 for taking bribes to fix cases. The same year, the chief clerk of Waterbury Superior Court resigned after being charged with tampering with his son’s court record.


Andy Sauer, executive director of the watchdog group Common Cause in Connecticut, pins part of the blame for the scandals on a lack of campaign finance laws and on candidates accepting contributions and other gifts from big-name donors.


Rising through the ranks of party politics sometimes lends a sense of entitlement, which grows with politicians’ careers, he said.


“So when they receive gifts, they look at themselves and say ‘I deserve this,’ and it’s not illegal, even though it may be unethical,” he said.

“It’s a slippery slope. Once you start down the path of the dark side, it forever dominates your destiny.”


Waterbury’s current mayor, Michael J. Jarjura, said he refuses all gifts, even holiday fruit baskets. Jarjura says he can’t explain how Waterbury has gotten its reputation for corruption.


“I don’t know, except to say it was a crucial failure of an individual involved,” Jarjura said.

“For whatever reason, these individuals had a fall from grace. I don’t think it’s anything that is a culture of corruption emanating from the city.”
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On the Net:
City of Waterbury: http://vvv.munic.state.ct.us/WATERBURY/
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Public safety chief of staff arrested


By: Kym Soper, Journal Inquirer

July 02, 2004

One of the highest-ranking state troopers, who also serves as chief of staff to Public Safety Commissioner Arthur L. Spada, was arrested on larceny and conspiracy charges Friday, prompting Gov. M. Jodi Rell to call for his badge, gun, and car.


Maj. Gregory Senick, who has been Spada’s chief of staff for the past four years, is accused of bilking the state out of more than $10,000 for the upkeep of his practically rent-free, state-owned home in Meriden.


He and Joseph Murphy, 45, a proprietor of the property maintenance company Senick is accused of using for the upkeep, were arrested by the Public Integrity Unit in the Chief State’s Attorney’s Office.


Both were charged with two counts of first-degree larceny and one count of first-degree conspiracy to commit larceny. The charges carry a combined maximum penalty of up to 60 years in prison and $45,000 in fines. According to the affidavit, Senick and Murphy conspired to have the state Department of Public Works pay for work to the house and grounds that Senick had been required to pay for under his lease.


Since 1999 Senick, 47, has leased the four-bedroom house on the grounds of the Altobello Children and Families Youth Center from Public Works in exchange for providing security to the area.


The affidavit says that he had the property maintenance company, DeMarco, Miles & Murphy, perform repairs and maintenance such as snowplowing and plumbing, and the company in turn billed Public Works. It’s alleged that Senick’s stepson works for the company.


The document says Senick did not pay for the work or materials, knowing they would be charged to and paid by Public Works. It also says Murphy directed his employees to do the work and bill the state rather than Senick.


Besides calling for his badge, Rell, who assumed office Thursday after her predecessor, former Gov. John G. Rowland, left under a cloud of corruption, also ordered that Senick be given 30 days to vacate the house.


Rowland resigned from office amid a federal contract-steering investigation and a legislative impeachment probe, and Rell has pledged to hold her administration to the highest ethical standards.


“I encourage Maj. Senick to cooperate fully with authorities,” Rell said Friday. “I have faith that the justice system will sort through these issues. In the meantime, I believe these steps are both appropriate and responsible.


“Certainly it is a sad day for Mr. Senick and a disappointment to me personally,” Rell added. Senick has lived in the 2,000-square-foot house since 1999 under a $1-a-year rental deal with Public Works. Utilities were included in that deal, which soon drew the attention of state prosecutors, but no charges were ever filed as Public Works officials set up a new 10-year deal that increased the rent in July 2001 to $150 a month.


In exchange, Senick was to pay for repairs and maintenance of the property and conduct security checks and file quarterly reports with Public Works officials.
Senick also was supposed to pay the gas bill for heat and, according to the affidavit, he complained when the first bill came in higher than expected.


Mary Ellen Lemley-Mulligan, Senick’s co-worker, told investigators he bragged about how he bought and placed electric space heaters throughout the house to stick the state with his heating bill, the affidavit states.


But fuses started to blow because of the electric overload of the heaters, so Senick had the electrical panel upgraded to handle the added power drain, according to the affidavit. And the Meriden property was not the first sweetheart housing deal Senick crafted, the affidavit reveals.
Before living in the Meriden property, Senick resided rent-free in the Heublein Tower, which at the time was state-owned under the control of the Department of Environmental Protection. Sources in the Chief State’s Attorney’s office say that he “trashed” the tower while living there, causing the need for major refurbishment after he left.


Sgt. J. Paul Vance, state police spokesman, said Senick was placed on unpaid administrative leave Friday, and an internal affairs investigation into the allegations was started.
Before Friday, “there were no real allegations against Senick, so no internal investigation was warranted,” Vance said.


State police had planned to assign Senick to administrative duties - a paid assignment - pending the outcome of the criminal charges.


Now, “everything the governor ordered will take place,” Vance said. Spada remains steadfastly behind his chief of staff.


“I’m disappointed,” Spada said of Senick’s arrest. “We feel very strongly at headquarters that he will be vindicated. We always saw it essentially as a civil dispute.”


Spada is among the few commissioners Rell is considering removing in an effort to sweep state government clean of all corruption allegations.


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Rell Moves Quickly To Show She Means Business

July 3, 2004 By MARK PAZNIOKAS, And CHRISTOPHER KEATING Hartford Courant Staff Writers (ctnow.com)


Gov. M. Jodi Rell, who promised in her inaugural address to attack the “culture of corruption,” got to act on that promise Friday in her first full day as chief executive.


Even before delivering orders to her department heads that ethics will be the new administration’s initial top priority, Rell met privately with one commissioner and demanded action. She ordered Public Safety Commissioner Arthur L. Spada to suspend without pay his chief of staff, who was arrested Friday on fraud charges.


“I meant business yesterday, and I mean business today,” Rell said. “And I think this sends that message - that what I say, I do.”


The timing of Maj. Gregory Senick’s arrest may have been propitious for a new governor eager to put words into action, but it brought Spada unwanted gubernatorial attention at a most awkward time - the day when Rell demanded pro forma resignations from every commissioner, deputy commissioner and agency head.


About 60 resignations were expected by the close of business Friday, effective Aug. 1. After meeting with every commissioner privately, beginning next week, Rell will decide which resignations to accept.


The governor has the power to remove every state commissioner except the commissioner of education, who is appointed by the State Board of Education, a spokesman said. The commissioner of the Connecticut Development Authority, a quasi-public agency, also serves at the governor’s pleasure.


Rell briefly addressed all of her commissioners, underlining the message on ethics she delivered Thursday in her inaugural. Rell succeeded Gov. John G. Rowland, who resigned in the face of an impeachment inquiry and federal grand jury investigation over his acceptance of gifts and favors.


“I told them that the message I delivered to the public yesterday was the tone that I wanted to set for all of us. That I appreciated the work that they do, but I also wanted them to understand that this is a new administration. This is a new era,” Rell said.

“We have a lot of work to do in rebuilding the confidence for the people in the state of Connecticut.”


Marc S. Ryan, who oversees the state budget as secretary of policy and management, said Rell stressed that her demand for a high ethical standard “was a very serious issue. It wasn’t just rhetoric.”


“It was very positive,” Ryan said of the mood in Room 410 at the state Capitol. “Obviously, there are some folks worried about what the future holds.”


Ryan, who was one of Rowland’s closest aides, said he did not know if he will be asked to remain.
He is widely regarded as an able leader, known for his encyclopedic knowledge of the $14.3 billion annual budget, but Ryan said he might simply be seen as too close to Rowland.


“That’s understandable,” Ryan said.


Ryan said he has offered to stay on as budget chief for at least another year, but some insiders believe he could be replaced by one of several state employees with extensive budgetary experience.


Spada has been sharply criticized by legislators and troopers who believe he should be replaced immediately. He bristled Friday when asked if Rell asked him during that session if he would resign.


“She has not asked anyone to step down,” Spada said.


Spada, who was a Superior Court judge before heading the state police under Rowland, rejected the notion that he would resign on his own accord.


“Quitting is not in my DNA. But if I’m asked to leave, I will accede” to the request by Rell, Spada said.

“I’m prepared to stay on as long as she wants me or needs me, and I’m prepared to pick up with a new life.”


At age 71, with grandchildren, Spada said he would be able to move into retirement if necessary.
Commissioners at Friday morning’s meeting said that Rell introduced her counsel on ethics, Rachel Rubin, as a continuing signal of a key theme for the new administration.


“Gov. Rell hit the ground running,” said Public Works Commissioner James Fleming, who also served as consumer protection commissioner under Rowland.


A top Rowland appointee said the most common speculation is that Rell will be replacing “the three Arts” - Spada, economic development czar Arthur Diedrick, and Department of Environmental Protection commissioner Arthur Rocque.


Rocque, whose department has been involved in multiple controversies through the years, said he would like to remain as commissioner.


With 33 years in the department, Rocque said, “I have a couple of things that I’m working on right now that I think are fairly important, and I would stay to finish them if she chooses to have me. But if not, I’m sure we can find somebody competent to move forward.”


Rocque chairs the Connecticut Energy Advisory Board, which has a December deadline to come up with solutions to the state’s thorny energy problems, including handling of power lines under Long Island Sound.


“I’m not sure that you could remove the chair and bring somebody in who is not familiar with the issues, and I do have 30-plus years of familiarity with these issues,” Rocque said. “I don’t think you’ll replace that overnight.”


But Rocque says he has “no clue” about whether his career with the state will continue.
“Call me on Aug. 2,” Rocque said. “If I answer the phone, I’m still here.”

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Is the State of Connecticut Defrauding the I.R.S. and Federal Taxpayers?

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text of fax sent ot the I.R.S., Andover, Massachusetts in the “Read More” section

P.S. I also faxed what lies below the fold to the Connecticut Governor M. Jodi Rell’s office fax.

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January 30, 2006

To Whom It May Concern at the IRS (fax 978-474-9405):

I believe the State of Connecticut is defrauding Federal Taxpayers and the I.R.S.

Those within the official system in Connecticut are targeted for job loss and retaliation if they complain and/or expose corruption and/or officials involved in corruption. Please request the transcripts of a CHRO (Commission of Human Rights) special meeting at the Capitol Building of Hartford Connecticut, 7 PM, April 14, 2005, for more on how federal taxpayers and the I.R.S. are being defrauded.
http://starkravingviking.blogspot.com/2005/04/should-connecticut-be-shut-down-for.html

Taking workers off of the tax roles and out of their jobs based on retaliation for whistleblowing defrauds the I.R.S. and Federal Taxpayers in taxes not collected due to illegal, unconstitutional, and immoral behavior. Good behavior is punished in Connecticut, bad, parasitic, illegal behavior is rewarded with federal tax dollars.

A State hording federal tax dollars to break up families to get the reported $90,000 in federal funds for each child taken away and throwing more and more citizens in prison for the $75 plus/inmate/day in federal tax dollars is an abomination. Former Governor Rowland of Connecticut seemed to be part of an organized crime outfit in trying to build “Juvie Jails” and more and more adult prisons so he and his cronies could profit in bribes and skimming off funds, federal tax dollars.

The former Connecticut State Police Commissioner allegedly helped hide corruption and helped fix State Police investigations to silence whistleblowers, for retaliation against those that dare speak out or complain, and to protect official criminals. Spada allegedly turned in bogus records regarding how Homeland Securtiy funds were spent and for his “playing hookey” out playing golf, submitting fraudulent records.

Spada also allegedly tried to shield his Chief of Staff from being prosecuted for fraud, theft, and other crimes blatantly committed. It all would be comical if it wasn’t so darn appalling.

Federal and State Courts are also fixed to protect official criminals in Connecticut and for retaliation. The ADA rules aren’t followed in Connecticut courts and if you are the wrong race, sexual orientation, or if you complain about corruption, the courts in Connecticut are a rubber stamp on abuse.

RICO Statutes need to be used to fix Connecticut.

I came to Connecticut, invested in boarded up rental property, spent 100’s of thousands of dollars and years fixing up the properties. Police aligned themselves with prostitutes, drug dealers, and other criminals to retaliate against me for having proposed Civilian Oversight of Police, for my being critical of police in newspapers, and because I did not sell my property at a loss when the Stafford Springs, Connecticut selectman told me to sell my property to someone “more important”, his friend at a loss, or else. What!!!???
http://www.freespeech.com/archives/001492.html

Because, Connecticut Officials, Police, and Members to the Judiciary illegally and unconstitutionally harassed and threatened out of my home, out of my investment property, credit, retirement, family unity, health insurance, in my being a productive/taxpaying citizen for years, wrecking me financially, 22 year career as a contractor, and my life as I knew it, I feel that that because I did not make a profit, but lost money, and haven’t been able to earn a living that I do not owe the $10,000 plus in federal taxes mistakenly assessed on me.

Please investigate the criminals in Connecticut for fraud, federal income tax payer abuse, and for other federal crimes committed in defrauding the I.R.S. and Federal Taxpayers.

Connecticut is an example of what might be a future national nightmare. Connecticut has lead the nation in testing the Constitution and seeing what can be gotten away with by officials for centuries. The party should now be over for Blue Bloods, Racists, and Corrupt Career Criminals in Corruptikut, and the IRS is the answer.

Population and business in Connecticut has remained stagnant for over a decade, but because of corruption and the lack of checks and balances and the obeying of laws by police, elected and unelected officials, and members of the judiciary in Connecticut, the amount of personnel and money being spent by the state and the size of the State Budget has increased by 25 to 30 percent with ZERO GROWTH. What!!!???

Police partnering with criminals is the result to parasite off the middle class and anyone owning property and assets that lacks political power is a way to wreck America. Connecticut police are being sent to doors to collect library fines allegedly under the threat of felony arrests citizens are being terrorized into paying money they may not even owe. What!!!???

Did the Connecticut State Police change an investigation’s results because rich and politically powerful Connecticut residents asked them to? Did Connecticut police put out a citizen that saw police illegally beating up a citizen and then daring to lodge a complaint?
http://www.freespeech.com/index.php?/legal_abuse_011205/

http://www.freespeech.com/index.php?/weblog/ct_corruption/

A small business owner giving awy faree coffee is more at risk of arrest and being ruined than a prostitute, teen drug dealer, and common criminal parasite.
http://www.freespeech.com/archives/001809.html

Thank you,

Steven G. Erickson
PO Box 730
Enfield, CT 06083

Fax 1-504-324-0585

SS# [snipped]

P.S. I finally got some work as of September 2005 and have been working in Hurricane Katrina devastated areas as a disaster relief worker in Mississippi and Louisiana and don’t have regular access to post mail. Please put, “Arthur L. Spada” in a search engine for more information. I am going to post this fax to you on www.freespeech.com

Posted by Vikingas on 01/30 at 03:38 PM

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January 12, 2005

The History of Abuse of Citizens arbitrarily caught up in the legal system:

If a judge (story) in Connecticut can be intimidated into being silent and retiring after exposing Connecticut State Police misconduct, illegal behavior, having been maliciously investigated and threatened, for acting in the name of justice trying to reverse a common occurrence in Connecticut and possibly ALL of America, police manufacturing and withholding evidence, knowingly and encouraging witnesses to make false statements, officers committing perjury, and the prosecutors and judges that are the rubber stamp on abuse are the rule, how is a common citizen to fare after exposing corruption or lodging complaints?

So what about Connecticut? Well, it could be happening in your state and maybe eventually to you.

The link to the case above tells me how common, casual, and across the board this type of abuse is.

�Testalying�, police officer�s perjury to get conviction, is so common it has a special name for that type of perjury.

Perjury of police officers is rarely investigated, never mind punished, so whether you committed a crime or not, you can wrongly spend years in prison because a cop wanted to take the lazy way out on case, instead of doing actual work, which too few do on their own, if it is not required under supervision.

Human nature and the ugliness that is possible, doesn�t mean police and the members of the judiciary are immune because of their power and position. Absolute power does corrupt.

Without Civilian Oversight of Police and the Judiciary, the cycle of abuse will only continue.

Change is up to you.

-Steven G. Erickson aka Vikingas

A blowjob, car crash, a politically powerful man dead, alleged police/court tampering, skewed investigations, and harassment allegedly orchestrated out of a governor�s office.





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Have Morals, get transferred out

If the police and judicial officials weren�t more about revenue collection, selfish interests, vendettas, and doing as little as possible, there wouldn�t be any Heroin Towns and most US downtown areas wouldn�t be pits of despair and criminal breeding grounds. Civilian control and oversight is needed.

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How can there not still be sleaze in the Connecticut Governor�s Office, if former Rowland aids are answering Rell�s phones? (post)

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Click Here for blast 2 from the www.freespeech.com past

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RITT GOLDSTEIN : US REFUGEE !
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".

http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2003/07/273694.html

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.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,3604,510028,00.html http://www.fecl.org/circular/5501.htm

This first segment - an article about the growth of US police power - I wrote about the time of 11 September, doing so as to explain what America had become, and what I perceived America becoming. I regret to say (particularly in light of the FTAA abuse) that it appears I was all too right.

Laws Angels (title, subtitle, background, and captions by Expressen - one of Sweden's four large national papers - published in Expressen 24 September 2001) Today's America is a police state on the loose by Ritt Goldstein

BAKGRUND (background)/Ritt Goldstein On the fourth of July 1997, the American businessman Ritt Goldstein landed at Arlanda. But he didn't come on business, he came to seek political asylum. For a man coming from "freedom's place of origin on earth" his story was remarkable. As a leader of a non-violent campaign for police reform he had been exposed to repeated assault, sabotage, and attempted murder - first in his homestate, Connecticut, later in the states he fled to. Hard to believe ? Yes, his asylum application was denied with the reasons that "the USA is a recognized democracy with a just legal system", and that the harassments could be qualified as "criminal acts committed by individuals, policemen or others". Today, over four years later, Goldstein still hides in a secret location in Sweden. The EU Parliament Committee for Citizens Freedoms and Rights has recognized his case, and questioned the Swedish decision. His story is doubly timely. In the USA the terror acts will certainly lead to increasing powers for police and security services, both within and without the borders of the Country. But after the riots in Gothenburg there's also a reason for us to recognize what could happen when the police are exposed to difficult pressures. In the middle of the fiery summit our Prime Minister reacted by contemplating more powers for the police. Large parts of public opinion - and the media - favored the police over the demonstrators. The police authorities became a part of a political conflict. In this article Ritt Goldstein describes what this can lead to. Mårten Arndtzén Culture Editor

The tragedy of airliners slamming into the World Trade Center has been forever burned into our consciousness, a smoldering reminder of a democracy's vulnerability. As calls for action echo through America, an inevitable effort to expand the powers of security forces will occur, the acrid smoke of terrorism blinding many to the darkness this seductive embrace provides. Though the anguish of grief cries for answers, perhaps those answers provided by America's "War on Crime" must be examined, as well as those of another conflict, one few realize is occurring.

Today there is a secret war being fought in America - though only one side is violent - a war between those who believe police need to control their communities, and between those who equally believe communities need to control their police. I was of the latter group, and a large portion of my effort was within the state where I lived, Connecticut.

Connecticut is a state which typifies many in the US, where most communities have under 75,000 people, reasonable schools, elected leaders, good living standards, and police problems. Negative headlines regarding police run from those of the occasional officer arrested for drug charges to those hoping for police accountability. They also highlight that the police problems are two : the first spawned by corruption which has long permeated elements of US police, the second from issues which evolved as police increasingly pursued a social and political agenda advancing their interests. But we were not always this way.

There was a time when the bonds between America's police and communities were fairly strong in many parts of the Country. The "us vs. them" mentality which came to color much of today's policing did not exist there and then. Police were an integral part of the communities they policed, true community leaders, particularly active in youth, religious, and assorted civic activities. These officers lived in their communities, and the informal bonds which developed between police and policed served to both limit crime and police excesses.

The Community Policing programs the US has recently invested in are an effort to restore these lost community ties, but the results have been questionable. Many officers now live outside the areas they serve, and a "hired gun" mentality is said to have come to exist as officers' only community ties are through their work.

As the fabric of the social contract between America's police and communities frayed, groups within our police forces evolved to "take charge". These officers believe that it is upon them to "bring order", feeling it their "necessary duty". Then, looking down from those heady blue heights, laws and individuals, elected officials, and anything that stands in their way appears small and insignificant, "things" to be squashed in achieving a "greater good", as they see it. Some of these groups even had names : in the city of New Haven they were called the "Beat Down Posse", named for their tactic of beating those targeted until they dropped from sight.

While tactics of intimidation were initially confined to individuals within a minority or disenfranchised group, I recall how the State's Governor (in the mid-90's) fled out the back door of a restaurant rather than face law enforcement intimidation. I also remember well an attack on the mayor of Norwalk's home.

I, myself, was shot at, had the steering unscrewed on my car, had my home destroyed, and faced daily assaults. As the mayor of Norwalk testified regarding the attack on his home, "it was meant to show even the chief elected official of the town that - who's in charge - it isn't him, it's the members of the police department". As one such officer from a neighboring region put it, "we'd just beat people in general…to show who was in charge".

And so laws came to be ignored, elected officials intimidated, activists eliminated, and community leaders targeted for retribution by the Beat Down Posses of America.

If the origins of such police problems can be traced back, they appear to date from shortly after our mayhem of the sixties. The Viet Nam era divided our society, and the violent confrontations it precipitated tore away at community/police bonds. We might have recovered, except that almost concurrent with this came the decline of America's traditional trade, service and manufacturing unions, and the decline of their ability to influence the US social and political agenda. The rise of police union power in the US began.

From the 1940's, America's traditional unions exerted their considerable political influence to advance American society. Theirs were the same social objectives many unions still pursue : better housing, health care, and educational opportunities. Perhaps crime was not so much of a US issue once as the nature of our society served to minimize its occurence. These unions helped ensure a more inclusive America ; then came their wane, a power vacuum was created.

Almost simultaneous with this wane crime seemed to escalate, increasingly capturing the Country's attention. With police union backing, "Get Tough" programs came into vogue, and increasingly larger budgetary allotments were made to law enforcement. We launched America's "War On Crime", making heroes of those in blue who were "our defenders". Ever more resources were cut from social programs and provided to law enforcement. By 1990 police union power in the US had made them the most influential national labor group ; but, far more than the power they would have by virtue of their size alone, the police unions had the power of their word - they had the public's trust.

Through the media we made our police almost infallible guardians. While we knew they had their limitations, we believed their integrity was beyond question. Then, the infamous Rodney King video provided a horrific revelation, and not for its contents.

Subsequent to King's beating, four officers involved were brought to state trial. The world famous video of the beating was shown extensively to the trial jurors. However, the officers involved said they believed King a danger to them, pointing to items such as a twitch of his leg after a blow, saying this was seen as an agressive act, not a reflex reaction to their assault. The jurors believed them, acquitting them of all charges. We had become effectively blind to police misconduct, and the following LA riots provided the wake to mourn the death of our objectivity. We stood blinded by our trust.

In 1998, the NGO Human Rights Watch (HRW) issued a report on US police misconduct, Shielded from Justice. In it they highlight that, "efforts to improve police accountability are undermined by the actions of some police unions…these groups publicly deny all allegations against police officers, even those they know are brutal ; encourage noncooperation with investigators and the 'code of silence'".

The police union vision of crime fighting relies upon the use of increasingly repressive measures, as well as increasing license for their membership. For a politician to challenge them invites police union accusations of being "soft on crime", of "tying the hands of police". With such accusations none but the very strongest have a hope to be re-elected. And so there exists a process of effective political blackmail, a process which has changed America and is changing it still.

Power is useless unless it is used. For police unions that meant influence to facilitate their growth and enact their vision of America. Better housing was replaced by better prisons, better health care with more diversified and deadlier weaponry, better education with zero tolerance. It is a question of vision, or perhaps blindness.

And now, as the cold war effectively ended in 1990 and corporations sought new markets for their confrontational products, the rise of a US Police/Prison Industrial Complex provides an answer. As to America's fate, George Orwell once described his vision of the future as "a boot smashed forever into a human face"…let us hope he was wrong.

Översättning/Translation Nils Schwartz

Photo Caption : In March 1991 Rodney King was severely beaten by police. When the policemen were acquitted one year later, violent riots broke out in Los Angeles. "We had become blind to police misconduct and the riots in Los Angeles provided the wake to mourn the death of our objectivity", writes Ritt Goldstein. Later two of the four police officers were convicted in a new trial.

And now, I hope I have been able to share something of what I have seen with you, but there's more…

I write as an investigative journalist, but one who once had written laws before he began writing articles. That was before 1997, the year I was forced to flee the States. And I am also writing this while still enduring an underground existence in Sweden - I am an American refugee, though, one with a story European papers saw fit to tell. But, it wasn't very often that torture and attempted murder forced an American into exile, though, I fear that too may change...

If my name sounded familiar, it's probably because since 2001 I have been able to publish some articles of my own, though, not about myself. The news I broke with a report revealing the Bush administration's Operation TIPS is still remembered by many.

http://www.google.com/search ?hl=en&ie=ISO-8859-1&q=%22TIPS%22ritt+goldstein%22

Since TIPS, there was a series of articles devoted to the Bush administration's Oil Agenda, with "Defence redefined means securing cheap energy" explicitly revealing a widely held Department of Defense/Administration belief in the acceptability of lying to promote oil war. The other articles were equally noteworthy, links to them allowing you to appreciate why…and also, to remember that Iraq was not the "humanitarian intervention" the Administration is presently attempting to cast it as.

"Oil has always been top of Bush's foreign-policy agenda" http://www.google.com/search ?hl=en&lr=&ie=ISO-8859-1&q=%22oil%22bush%22foreign+policy%22 "Defence redefined means securing cheap energy" http://www.google.com/search ?hl=en&lr=&ie=ISO-8859-1&q=%22defence%22energy%22military%22 Oil wars Pentagon's policy since 1999 http://www.google.com/search ?hl=en&lr=&ie=ISO-8859-1&q=%22oil%22war%22pentagon%22

In light of Tommy Franks' recent revelations foreseeing an America minus the Constitution and with military government, it might also be worthwhile to read "Foundations in place for martial law in the US", a piece I did in July 2002. It preceded the later warnings of possible internment camps by journalists of the Los Angeles Times, Detroit Free Press, and Village Voice. And now, as troops patrol a number of American cities, my piece might indeed be worth reading. It's presently the world's leading article on martial law.

Tommy Franks article http://www.rense.com/general44/atttk.htm Detroit Free Press On Internment http://www.freep.com/news/metro/civil20_20020720.htm Foundations Are In Place For Martial Law In The US http://www.google.com/search ?hl=en&lr=&ie=ISO-8859-1&q=%22martial+law%22&btnG=Google+Search LA Times on Internment Camps http://www.truthout.org/docs_02/08.15B.ashcr.camps.htm

The laws I, myself had once written were regarding police accountability, and those who forced me to flee or die were police. And while that may sound extreme, when you are threatened, then find your home and offices destroyed, are attacked daily, and endure regular torture …well, the choice to flee does become simple, doesn't it. But unlike most victims of police abuse, my story did make headlines, though, apparently not enough of them to inspire the protection which the European Parliament urged, and to which both international and Swedish law entitled me.

There was little public outcry, with the upshot being that a precedent was set which - if allowed to stand - will effectively prevent Americans from seeking sanctuary in the EU. Of course, if I had been awarded protection, it might also have made enough headlines to provide a much needed wake up call, and maybe a lot of what's happening today wouldn't be.

Of course, how can one ask : "Where were all those who have so often proclaimed their commitment to justice and all that's right ?" And though I would be reluctant to say that apathy has its price, even in moments when hypocrisy does reign, the truth is that it does.

Unfortunately, this is my seventh Christmas underground. And as was once common with rape victims, I am forced to live with the constant, but silent accusations that I have indeed done something to "deserve it". But unlike a rape victim, enduring underground means facing the daily violation that comes with such an existence. There is no end, no moment when one's violation ceases.

It is the way it is.

When I first came to Sweden, staying in refugee camps at Carlslund and Flenn, others who had tried existing underground said that they had found it extraordinarily difficult. They had said it was impossible to do so for more than a matter of months. And now, it's been 6 and a half years for me.

At times, I have been forced to move every few days, on occasion actually sleeping in a closet. And, in spite of the laws which entitle me to protection (as per The Guardian's article, "European Parliament Committee Urges Swedes to 'Re-think'") those laws were not followed, they still have not been, and circumstances do indicate that I may indeed be approaching my own end, though, not by my own hand.

Over the last few months, "pressures" have been brought to bear upon me. As usual, there are those who don't like the truth, and they like those with the courage to tell it even less. Efforts appear underway to "silence" me.

If I am able to continue, I will ; but, if I cannot, at least I have tried to do what I could - first as a concerned American, then as an honest investigative journalist…at least I tried.

Thursday, December 21, 2006 8:41:00 PM  

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