Thursday, November 29, 2007

1 in 32 Americans in Prison, on Probation, on Parole

The Injustice System in America

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A compelling documentary, Directed and produced by Cary Silberman, with Executive Producer Rik Walters. Join us while we explore the inequities in America's justice system, focusing on the higher rate of incarceration experienced by minorities and the disparate conviction rate for African-American drug offenders. Interviews with experts including San Francisco public defender Jeff Adachi; Stanford Law School's Michelle Alexander; and Vernell Critendon of San Quentin Prison shed light on this disturbing issue.

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Did "Big Mouth" AKA Steven G. Erickson learn a lesson?

Police Officers and members of the Judiciary in Connecticut were out to teach me a lesson about not reporting their corruption. Did "Big Mouth" as they called me, learn a lesson?

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[Faces of a Police State]

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Judges, Beware Bloggers!

Judges Feel Legal Blogs' Glare

By Julie Kay
The National Law Journal
November 28, 2007

In May, Dale Ross, chief judge for the Florida circuit court in Broward County for 16 years, stepped down following a year of embarrassing scandals, gaffes and bad behavior by his judges.

Although pressure was building for Ross to resign for years, many legal observers say it would not have happened if not for the new Broward courthouse blog,
JAA Blog.

That blog hammered Ross on a daily basis and reported on such incidents as a judge arrested for smoking pot in a park, another judge making an off-color sexual remark and another judge allegedly taking a loan from a defense lawyer appearing before him.

The JAA Blog was started in August 2006 by a group of criminal defense lawyers fed up with the way things were being run in the Broward courthouse. They believed that it operated like a "good ol' boys network" rather than the second-largest county court in Florida.

The blog's founders include criminal defense attorney Bill Gelin of Tribune Legal Services in Fort Lauderdale and assistant public defenders Brian Reidy and Vivian Gariboldi.

"I have strong feelings about what is going on in Broward," Gelin said. "People are upset about the ways things are being done in the criminal justice system. So we formed a group and then thought, 'Why not have a blog?' "

Ross declined to comment.


The Broward blog is one of a handful of legal blogs that have started in South Florida in the past two years that have shone a spotlight on the justice system.

Supporters credit the blogs with providing valuable information about the inner workings of the court system, and bringing change. Critics counter that the blogs can be venues for inaccurate information and unsubstantiated personal attacks.

"The [JAA] blog absolutely effectuated change," said Broward County public defender Howard Finkelstein. "There is no question in my mind that it had a great deal to do with the toppling of the past judicial administration."

Russell Adler, a partner at Rothstein Rosenfeldt Adler in Fort Lauderdale, noted that "[s]ince a lot of it is posted anonymously, it gives people the ability to fabricate things and state things that are not true.

"It's like being shot by a sniper -- you don't know where the shot is coming from and you don't know what the motivation is," Adler said.

Justice Building Blog is anonymous and written by a Miami criminal defense attorney who calls himself "Rumpole of the Bailey."

South Florida Lawyers, started anonymously a month ago, covers civil law in the southern part of the state. The Southern District of Florida blog is run by David O. Markus, a prominent Miami criminal defense attorney and president of the Miami chapter of the Federal Bar Association.

While the Southern District of Florida and South Florida Lawyers blogs are intended to share discourse and aggregate newspaper stories, the JAA Blog and the Justice Building Blog are clearly intended to make waves.

"People underestimate the impact of the Justice Building Blog, but I believe that every state-court judge, particularly criminal, reads it routinely as well as most of the practitioners," said Brian Tannebaum, a defense lawyer at Tannebaum Weiss in Miami.

"There are a lot of things that happen in the building that people didn't know about. I think it's had a huge impact on the way people operate in the criminal courthouse," Tannebaum said.

The downside to the blogs, say readers, is that anonymous responders post information about judges routinely not showing up for work, judges and lawyers having affairs with each other and other salacious rumors. The JAA Blog is not moderated and anyone can post any comment. The anonymous author of the Justice Building Blog recently began moderating the comments section and bans personal rumors and attacks from his blog.

"I think it would have a lot more credibility if you had to register your name. Right now, it's a tremendous catalyst for a lot of controversy that didn't exist before," Adler said.

Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Leonard Glick said he reads the Justice Building Blog "two to three times a day" and sometimes writes in.

"I think it's an interesting exchange of ideas," he said. "Some people spoil things by posting juvenile and hurtful things. But it's not totally a gossip mill. There are elements of important

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From the JAABlog:


Broward State Attorney Mike Satz



*A "Residue Case" refers to a seizure of drug paraphernalia or a storage container that has minute, microscopic, or burned particles of cocaine, heroin, or other felony class drugs. The device or container is sent to the BSO Crime Lab, analyzed through Mass Gas Spectrometry, and if the chemical compounds contained in an illicit felony drug are detected, a felony drug charge is filed, triggering the Sentencing Guidelines. The Legislature gives discretion to the State Attorney whether to file the case as a felony, or in the case of a pipe or other paraphernalia, as a misdemeanor, or to decline the case all together. In Palm Beach County and Miami-Dade, residue cases are rarely, if ever, filed as felonies. Likewise in Broward, misdemeanor cannabis residue cases are rarely, if ever, filed.

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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Asking Vance a question about writing police officers traffic tickets

Connecticut State Police
Public Information Office

Lt. J. Paul Vance
Commanding Officer
Lt. J. Paul Vance

The Public Information Office gathers and disseminates timely and accurate information regarding law enforcement efforts to the public through various print and broadcast media in the state of Connecticut.

Through the media, the PIO staff brings information to the public. This information might include serious highway accidents, missing persons or help wanted from potential witnesses to crimes or accidents. Information is distributed to Connecticut citizens through new releases, press conferences and special events. The PIO office of the Connecticut State Police is committed to ensuring that the public is aware of our activities, our services and our presence.

Click on the “press releases” link at left for the latest news from the Connecticut State Police. Click on “FAQs” for the most frequently asked questions of the PIO office.

Phone: (860) 685-8230

Fax: (860) 685-8301


Office Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

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subject of email to Vance:
blog post inquiry about the laws in Connecticut regarding writing police officers traffic tickets

Text of Email:
Dear Sir,
I understand you are the media liaison.

I would like you to answer a few of my questions.

1. Are police officers required to follow traffic laws in the State of Connecticut if they aren't using their emergency lights and sirens?

2. Can citizens submit video so that officers may be written traffic tickets? If this is possible, what is the procedure, and contact people?

3. If police are caught breaking the law while on duty, or off, on video tape, is it legal for the officer to confiscate the camera and the footage, or destroying video footage?

I am reposting this email to you [here]

Thank you,
Steven G. Erickson

P.S. will you do a 20 minute interview with me that I intend on posting to

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Monday, November 26, 2007

9/11 False Flag Terrorism Annie Machon Whistleblower 2007

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"The official story of 9/11 is a crock of lies"

Annie Machon - co-author of the book "Spies, Lies and Whistleblowers" with David Shayler, was a government spy who has worked at the sharp end against modern terrorist threats.

Machon's book, is a damning indictment of the operations and personalities within MI5 today.

February 10th 2007
Charles Wilson Building
[Glasgow University]

Annie introduced William Rodriguez on his Glasgow
appearance of the "Last Man Out Tour" which was scheduled to start after the "Stop the War"
Conference in the building that day.

The "Last Man Out Tour" event was organised by the Glasgow 911 Truth Organisation

Annie Machon, is a former intelligence officer for MI5. She and infamous truthteller David Shayler walked away from MI5 after deciding that they could not morally justify withholding from the British public the unpleasant realities that made up the workaday intelligence lifestyle. This included criminal practices that went as far as subletting an assassination attempt on Libya's Qaddafi to a terrorist organization with al-Qaeda links—3 years after the first WTC bombing in 1993.

Shayler learned that the plot to kill Qaddafi not only failed, but innocent civilians were killed by a misplaced bomb, and bystanders were also shot by Qaddafi's security. The "terrorists" were funded by MI6. The leader of the terrorists, "Tunworth", an associate of Bin Laden.

Machon gives a first-hand view of British intelligence, mostly unglamorous.

Special thanks for the making of this public access media production to Annie Machon, C21 Troy, Peter Jakobson, The Glasgow 911 Truth Movement.

To view the Annie Machon Interview at the Glasgow 911 Truth Movement / Last Man Out tour please copy and paste the following link in your browser

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Sunday, November 25, 2007

Chess Champ Jailed Over Anti-Putin Protest

Garry Kasparov

Kasparov Given Five-Day Sentence

MOSCOW -- Former chess champion Garry Kasparov is heading to jail. He has been given a five-day sentence for leading thousands in protest against Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Kasparov was among dozens detained after riot police clashed with the Kremlin opponents.

After the sentence was read, Kasparov told the courtroom that everything they heard was "all lies" and that there wasn't a "single word of truth."

Two riot police testified in court that they had been given direct orders to arrest Kasparov. And one of the officers acknowledged he had filed contradictory reports.

The wife of another protester said her husband was beaten unconscious in the courthouse and taken away in a police van.

Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Supreme Court to rule on gun ownership rights

By Bill Mears
CNN Washington Bureau
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WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to decide whether the District of Columbia's sweeping ban on handgun ownership violates the Constitution's fundamental right to "keep and bear arms."

Washington, D.C., leaders asked the high court to intervene in the gun case.

The justices accepted the case for review, with oral arguments likely next February or March. A ruling could come by late June, smack in the middle of the 2008 presidential election campaign.

At issue is one that has polarized judges and politicians for decades: Do the Second Amendment's 27 words bestow gun ownership as an individual right, or do they bestow a collective one -- aimed at the civic responsibilities of state militias -- making it therefore subject to strict government regulation.

City leaders had urged the high court to intervene, saying refusal to do so could prove dire.

"The District of Columbia -- a densely populated urban locality where the violence caused by handguns is well documented -- will be unable to enforce a law that its elected officials have sensibly concluded saves lives," wrote attorneys for the city.

Washington Mayor Adrian Fenty and other officials held a public rally in September, with the message that more handguns will only mean more serious crime.

"I see the results of gun violence every day," said Washington Police Chief Cathy Lanier. "The weakening of the district's gun law will inevitably lead to an increase in injury, and worse, death."

A federal appeals court in March ruled the handgun ban to be unconstitutional as well as a provision that rifles and shotguns -- which are legal to own in the city -- be kept in the home unloaded and fitted with trigger locks or disassembled. The rifle regulations are not at issue before the Supreme Court.

The city's 31-year-old law has prevented most private citizens from owning and keeping handguns in their homes.

Only Chicago, Illinois, and Washington among major U.S. cities have such sweeping handgun bans. Courts have generally upheld bans in other cities of semiautomatic weapons and sawed-off shotguns.

Several Washingtonians first challenged the law, some saying they wanted to do something about being constant victims of crime.

"I want for myself the right to protect my home and my family in the event of a violent attack," plaintiff George Lyon said in March after winning a lower court victory. "The District of Columbia is not what I call the safest jurisdiction in the world."

The city reported 137 gun-related murders last year.

The Supreme Court's conservative majority has been supportive of local jurisdictions crafting gun-control laws. But the high court in 2003 refused to accept an appeal challenging California's ban on assault rifles.

Similar weapon control laws in other cities also could be in jeopardy, and Maryland, Massachusetts, Chicago and San Francisco, California, have filed briefs supporting Washington.

The National Rifle Association and other groups support the gun owners, but both sides have privately expressed concern over how the justices will decide the issue, because the legal and political implications could be sweeping in scope.

Recent polling finds gun control remains an important political issue with voters. An NRA convention in September attracted seven Republican presidential candidates.

In June, the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives passed legislation to strengthen the national system that checks backgrounds of gun buyers. It followed the April shooting at Virginia Tech in which a gunman killed 32 students and faculty on campus.

Legal experts said that given the unanswered constitutional questions, it was little surprise the justices decided to tackle the case.


"This issue is so monumental and so sweeping, and such a change from prior rulings on gun control that it was basically on a freight train to the U.S. Supreme Court for the justices to finally decide," said Thomas Goldstein, an appellate lawyer and founder of the popular Web site.

A separate petition by five city residents asked to be included in the case. A federal court earlier had rejected that appeal on standing grounds. E-mail to a friend E-mail to a friend

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Protest abusive police actions

The below, [found here]

Welcome to

It is no crime to protest against warmongers.
It is no crime to complain about police brutality.
It is no crime to complain about dangerous medical malpractice.
Dr. Catherine Wilkerson will fight back. Will you stand with her?

--Things You Can Do to Help--
1. Spread the word to friends and fellow justice and peace activists by e-mail.
2. Phone or send a letter to the prosecutor urging him to drop the charges.
3. Sign the online petition.
4. Let friends and allies in southeast Michigan know about the case and the Committee and encourage them to get involved.
5. Hold a fund raising event--Dr. Wilkerson could teleconference or maybe send a video--or make a donation to the Committee.
6. Get organizational endorsements of our work.
7. Write an article or do an interview on the case.
8. If you have connections to any high-profile cultural or political figures who might send a letter of support then please let us know.

--Trial Information--
Jury selection is scheduled to continue on the first day of trial, which is November 26th at 1 PM. The trial continues on the 27th, 28th and 30th at 8:30 AM every day. All events take place in the courtroom of 15th District Court Judge Elizabeth Pollard-Hines. The court is located at 101 E. Huron St. (corner of Main St.) in downtown Ann Arbor. For directions go here. The court phone number is (734) 222-3380. We'll try to keep you apprised of scheduling changes but if you're coming in from out-of-town then you may want to call first.

--New Committee Endorsements--
Thanks to the efforts of Paul L., the Committee to Defend Catherine Wilkerson has two new Florida-based endorsing organizations: Bolivarian Youth and the Broward AntiWar Coalition. Welcome and thanks to our friends and allies in Florida for joining with our earlier endorsers: National Lawyers Guild, Detroit & Michigan Chapter; Council on American Islamic Relations, Michigan Chapter; Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality; Huron Valley Greens; Green Party of Michigan; Michigan Emergency Committee Against War & Injustice; and, the Gray Panthers of Huron Valley.


Defend Wilkerson Flier

Wilkerson Will Fight Political Repression & Police Brutality

The Committee to Defend Catherine Wilkerson was formed in April, 2007, to help Catherine Wilkerson, MD, fight back against political repression, police brutality, and apparent retaliatory misconduct by the University of Michigan (UM), Ann Arbor Police Department (AAPD), and Washtenaw County Prosecutor Brian Mackie. On January 23, 2007, Dr. Wilkerson was charged by Mackie's office with two counts of attempting to assault/resist/obstruct "a person … performing his or her duties" in connection with a police disturbance last November on the University of Michigan campus. In fact, Dr. Wilkerson's only 'crimes' were to take responsibility for the well-being of a man apparently rendered unconscious by UM police and to file a written complaint about the police brutality she suffered at the hands of AAPD Officer Kevin Warner.

Last year, the American Movement for Israel invited Ray Tanter, PhD, to speak at the UM. In his 1998 book, Rogue Regimes, Tanter admitted to being an unindicted co-conspirator in the illegal Iran-Contra arms deal. In October, 2002, Tanter told the Michigan Daily that the coming US invasion of Iraq would be "an antidote" and that there would be no backlash. "Arab people won't go crazy, Muslim people won't go crazy. They'll roll over because they hate Saddam Hussein." Vanity Fair reported that in a speech in late 2005: "Tanter went as far as to suggest that the U.S. consider using tactical nuclear weapons against Iran." During his UM presentation, Tanter advocated reversing the State Department's designation of the Mujahedeen-e Khalq as a "foreign terrorist organization" so that they could receive funding to expand their terror campaign in Iran and bring about a "civil war."

It was against this backdrop that an informal group of local peace and justice activists, including Dr. Wilkerson, decided to stage a nonviolent protest. The protest began uneventfully outside the UM's Michigan League, where Tanter was to speak on November 30, 2006. It was inside that things went awry when UM police physically attacked to suppress the free speech rights of an Iranian-born woman who was heckling Tanter, as is explicitly permitted under the UM's policy on "Freedom of Speech and Artistic Expression."

In the ensuing overly aggressive police response, three people were arrested. As the senior medical professional on scene, Dr. Wilkerson took responsibility for the well-being of a middle-aged man who was forced by police to the floor. The man, at least twice, told the two police officers on top of him, "I can't breathe." After he lost consciousness, Dr. Wilkerson exhorted police to get off him and allow her to check his breathing and pulse. Wilkerson later protested when Emergency Medical Service (EMS) personnel adopted a punitive, potentially dangerous approach and breached ethical medical practices by forcing ammonia into the man's nostrils and face. It was at this time that she was physically assaulted and detained by Ann Arbor police. To this day, Wilkerson still requires physical therapy for the shoulder injury she needlessly suffered at the hands of Officer Warner. Wilkerson was never handcuffed or even required to produce identification because she had committed no crime in advocating for a patient in her care. However, nearly two months after the incident and just seven days after she filed a police brutality complaint, she was charged by the Washtenaw County Prosecutor Brian Mackie's office, at the request of the UM police, with two attempted felonies—one against Officer Warner and one against the EMS personnel.

A pdf flyer including this article may be downloaded at

For more information on how you can get involved or make a contribution to Dr. Wilkerson's legal defense fund, contact Aimee Smith at (734) 761-9901, DefendWilkerson-owner[AT], or go to The Committee's work is supported by the National Lawyers Guild, Detroit & Michigan Chapter; Council on American Islamic Relations, Michigan Chapter; Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality; Huron Valley Greens; Green Party of Michigan; Michigan Emergency Committee Against War & Injustice; Gray Panthers of Huron Valley; Bolivarian Youth (Miami); and, the Broward (FL) AntiWar Coalition.

The Committee to Defend Catherine Wilkerson, P.O. Box 8041, Ann Arbor, MI 48107

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Friday, November 23, 2007

Ritt Goldstein

Ritt Goldstein proposed Civilian Oversight of Police at a legislative hearing in Hartford, Connecticut. He fled to Sweden seeking political asylum. What does that say about the current state of the union? [more on Ritt's saga]

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Trooper Zaps Driver Over Speeding Ticket

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Thursday, November 22, 2007

Going to elected officials about public corruption

Either Everyone's rights are protected, or Nobody's are

I did. I was falsely arrested, a corrupt judge sentenced me to prison on the excuse that I overreacted to being mugged on my property. The mugger, a felon, was given immunity for his crimes so that I could get prison for resisting him, losing everything.

It was about retaliation, not justice. Rights aren't protected. The US Constitution does not apply. It may never have.

I was put into prison October 2002. I haven't had a normal holiday, birthday, or any day since. Believing the crap about freedom and "justice" in America taught to little kids and adults all the way up in American schools can cost you absolutely everything.

Former prisoners lose their credibility, ability to earn, lose their family infrastructure, retirement, credit, health insurance, ability to get most apartments, never mind ever own a home again, and their children, parents, siblings may have little to do with someone put in prison, wrongly or rightly.

A former inmate is perceived to not be able to be trusted around children, can be considered a thief whether guilty of theft or not, and can be perceived to be a sexual deviant or child molester just for having been in prison. More and more fathers in America are put in prison for just being unable, not unwilling, to pay child support and alimony, to be forever estranged from their children.

More and more, America is about lies and making a select group, the connected, organized crime, the corporate and Blue Blood Elite, all rich at everyone else's expense.
-Steven G. Erickson

Why should Iran trust the US and Israel with their security?

With Bush in office, Iran, the American people, and the world are getting massive lies out of the US. It is about theft. The Blue Blood Elite in the US are taking everything they can, worldwide, at everyone else's expense.

Iran: Middle East security at risk

TEHRAN, Iran (CNN) -- Iran's chief nuclear negotiator warned on Thursday that any threat against Tehran would undermine the stability of the entire Middle East.

Saeed Jalili: "The world knows that any meddling in Iran's security will have a domino effect."

Saeed Jalili told reporters at a seminar in the Iranian capital that meddling in Iran's security would have a "domino effect" across the region.

Jaili's comments were made with Iran under growing pressure from the U.S. and other western countries to curtail its nuclear program. Iran insists it wants to develop nuclear power for peaceful purposes and deplores the use of atomic weapons.

But the U.S. fears Iran is developing weapons of mass destruction, prompting speculation that it could take military action if sanctions and diplomatic negotations fail.

"The world knows that any meddling in Iran's security will have a domino effect," said Jalili, who is due to meet European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana next week in Europe. "We are ready to protect our own security and regional security as well."

Jalili added that any attack on Iran would have to answer to the world community, and claimed Iran enjoyed significant authority and respect for its "positive role" in promoting peace and stability in Iraq and Afghanistan.

He also reiterated Iran's right to develop nuclear power for peaceful purposes and said Iran supported global nuclear disarmanent.

"All the countries that believe proliferation of weapons of mass destruction or even the availability of weapons of mass destruction would be detrimental to international peace and security can cooperate with us on this common view," he said.

"We believe that such weapons are illegal, illigitimate and even ineffective." E-mail to a friend E-mail to a friend

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State Police Begin New Internal Probe

By TRACY GORDON FOX | Courant Staff Writer
July 18, 2007

State police have begun an internal affairs investigation into a racially offensive video and still photograph that were e-mailed several months ago among troopers assigned to the state police forensic laboratory, including to its commander.

One e-mail shows a still photograph of a black man lying on the street surrounded by watermelon rinds and chicken bones. The headline on the e-mail read "fatal overdose?" Another e-mail had a video attachment of a tow-headed white girl with a lisp, who sat at her kitchen table in a yellow shirt and spewed hateful racial slurs with the encouragement of two adults. The subject line simply says: "Little girl with a speech problem." [more]

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So, what are our troops fighting for? It certainly isn't about freedom and for the rights of ANY citizens.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Wiretapping Battle Exposes Administration

November 20, 2007

The administration's demand that Congress shield the telecommunications industry from lawsuits for aiding in the systematic warrantless wiretapping of Americans has far less to do with protecting national security than its own exposed flanks.

Make no mistake, telecom immunity is about keeping a flagrantly illegal program from public scrutiny and maintaining the illusion that the president ordered a small, precision surveillance program, when the opposite is true.

After The New York Times unearthed the administration's warrantless domestic wiretapping program in December 2005, President Bush assured the nation that what he had authorized the National Security Agency to do was very limited.

In his weekly radio address, Bush said he had ordered the NSA "to intercept the international communications of people with known links to al-Qaida and related terrorist organizations." And he promised that "before we intercept these communications, the government must have information that establishes a clear link to these terrorist networks."

The president was essentially saying that only Americans in overseas communication with known terror suspects would have their privacy invaded. But as with so much of what Bush says, this does not pass the pants-on-fire test.

Former telecommunications technician Mark Klein worked for more than 22 years for AT&T before retiring. He knows the specifics of Bush's program and witnessed "the NSA's vacuum cleaner surveillance infrastructure." He calls it "a vast, government-sponsored warrantless spying program," and has detailed internal documents to back up his claims.

In 2003, Klein was assigned to oversee AT&T Internet operations at a company facility in San Francisco. Klein says that there was a secret NSA room into which flowed a copy of all Internet traffic — vast amounts of which were purely domestic — including all e-mails, documents, pictures, Web browsing and Voice-Over-Internet phone conversations. Klein says it was he who connected the circuits carrying Internet data to optical "splitters" that made a copy of the traffic and sent it to the NSA room.

According to Klein, going through this "splitter" were AT&T's links to other Internet providers, such as Sprint, Qwest and many others, meaning that the wholesale surveillance scooped up customers of these entities as well.

In conversations with other technicians, Klein says he was told of other secret NSA rooms in Seattle, San Jose, Los Angeles and San Diego, and he has an AT&T document that mentions Atlanta. The document also implies that there are other such rooms across the country.

So here it is, a dragnet bigger than one's brain can conceive, the ultimate Big Brother. Government computers watching what millions of us do on the Internet, plucking out for a further look-see anything that they find suspicious.

We are all suspects now.

The administration claims it wants telecom immunity from lawsuits because those companies came to the nation's rescue during a national emergency. Well, that might be true if the program lasted only a few days or weeks after 9/11. But it has been years. The telecoms have smart lawyers and knew this was illegal. Qwest Communications reportedly wouldn't go along for that very reason.

No, the fight over immunity has to do with trying to keep the startling breadth and invasiveness of this program from court review.

One of our inalienable rights is that we don't have to live in a fishbowl. But for those who think anything that furthers security is justified, the truth is that this kind of build-a-bigger-haystack approach to finding terrorist-needles is actually counterproductive.

Last year, The New York Times reported that the flood of telephone numbers, e-mail addresses and names sent from the NSA to the FBI for follow-up was causing hundreds of agents to go on wild goose chases. "After you get a thousand numbers and not one is turning up anything, you get some frustration," one former FBI official told The Times. And former senior prosecutor told the paper that the NSA information "never led to anything."

In Congress, the House-passed version of a new domestic surveillance bill does not include retroactive immunity for the telecoms. The Senate, however, is being wobbly, and may accede to Bush's demands. If immunity is granted, the Democrats in power should be ashamed.

In 2005, the president assured us that his surveillance program was "consistent with U.S. law and the Constitution." It was a lie. Otherwise, he wouldn't be so abjectly terrified by the dozens of lawsuits the program has spawned.

Robyn Blumner is a columnist for Tribune Media Services.

Copyright © 2007, The Hartford Courant

Monday, November 19, 2007

Reasons the US Constitution doesn't apply

Probably my most comprehensive, and to the point, account of my personal story, proving the US Constitution doesn't apply and your rights aren't protected in America. [click here]

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Should police get away with years of targeting and harassing citizens?

Hartford Connecticut Detective Nathaniel Ortiz

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Saturday, November 17, 2007

An "Oops" or an indicator of official "unspoken" policies?

Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security for Immigration and Customs Enforcement Julie Myers speaks during a news conference at Justice Department in Washington in this Sept. 26, 2006 file photo. Just when it appeared that Myers was a cinch to keep her job as the nation's top immigration official, questions about her conduct at an office Halloween Party have turned her confirmation process into a nightmare. (AP Photo/Lawrence Jackson, File)
AP Photo: Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security for Immigration and Customs Enforcement Julie Myers speaks during a...

Costume flap imperils immigration post

By SAM HANANEL, Associated Press Writer 1 hour, 21 minutes ago

WASHINGTON - Just when it appeared Julie Myers had cleared every hurdle in her quest to officially become the nation's top immigration official, a dreadlocked wig and a prisoner's outfit could cost her the job.

Myers, director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, ran into trouble earlier this month after she and two other agency managers gave the "most original" costume award to a white employee who came to the agency's Halloween party dressed as an escaped prisoner with dreadlocks and darkened skin.

The incident drew complaints of racial insensitivity and an apology from Myers. It also cast doubt on whether she'll get a confirmation vote before the end of the year, when her original appointment expires.

It would be a stunning collapse for Myers, 38, a native of Shawnee, Kan., who worked hard over the past two years to convince skeptical lawmakers that someone with little immigration experience was up to the task of running the government's second largest investigative force.

With just a few more weeks to go before the end of the session, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., has not scheduled a vote on Myers. Spokesman Jim Manley said this week that Reid has "serious concerns" with the nomination and is consulting with other lawmakers about how to proceed.

Myers met resistance in 2005, the first time President Bush tried to appoint her to the Homeland Security Department post, after Democrats and Republicans said she had weak credentials for the high-profile job. To avoid a fight, Bush installed her during a Senate recess and her position expires at year's end unless the Senate votes to confirm her.

Questions about nepotism also came up because Myers is the niece of Air Force Gen. Richard B. Myers, the former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. She is married to John Wood, the U.S. attorney in Kansas City and former chief of staff to Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff.

Even some of those expected to defend Julie Myers seemed shaky.

"The way things are going, we may not ever vote on her nomination," Sen. Kit Bond, R-Mo., who is a second cousin of Myers' husband, said Friday. "Our nation's immigration enforcement agency needs non-controversial leadership. That would be best served by going in a different direction with this nomination."

Bond's reaction was a surprise, said ICE spokeswoman Kelly Nantel, and Myers is trying to speak with the senator about it.

Despite Bush's decision to circumvent the Senate, it was clear in hearings earlier this year that Myers had won over many doubters with her performance in stabilizing the agency's financial problems and improving its management.

Some key lawmakers have rallied to her defense, including Joe Lieberman, the Connecticut independent who chairs the Senate Homeland Security committee, and Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, the panel's top Republican.

"Senator Lieberman regrets her lapse in judgment regarding the Halloween incident," spokeswoman Leslie Phillips said. "He is inclined to support her nomination, given the committee's review of her entire record, the fact that the union representing 7000 ICE employees supports her and her year's experience in office."

Myers has apologized repeatedly for the costume incident, saying she was "shocked and horrified" to learn the employee had altered his skin color and conceding "it was inappropriate for me to recognize any individual wearing an escaped prisoner costume."

"She took very direct steps prior to address what she felt was a bad judgment call, bad decision and to take responsibility for what was an offensive costume worn by an employee," Nantel said.

The employee was placed on administrative leave and Myers issued a formal apology to all ICE employees two days after the episode. She also reached out to a black employees group to express her regrets. The group, the National Association of African-Americans in the Department of Homeland Security, sent a letter to Reid this week praising Myers' commitment to black employees.

Still, it was not the kind of image many lawmakers wanted to see from the agency responsible for arresting and incarcerating illegal immigrants.

Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., one of Myers' harshest critics even before the costume episode, placed a hold on the nomination while lawmakers sought more details. While McCaskill does not support Myers, she is willing to allow an up or down vote in the full Senate.

"I can forgive anyone who apologizes for a wrong deed," said McCaskill. "But it doesn't change the fact that the incident showed a woeful lack of judgment."


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Smoking out photo hoaxes with software

Dartmouth College professor Hany Farid is no fan of Josef Stalin, but he acknowledges that the photo retouching done during the Soviet era was top notch.

"That was impressive work. I've seen some of the originals," Farid said. The Soviets just didn't airbrush their victims out, he added. They painted in new backgrounds on the negatives.

Farid's interest in photo retouching isn't just historical. The professor of computer science and applied mathematics runs the university's Image Science Group, which has emerged as one of the chief research centers in the U.S. for developing software to detect manipulation in digital photographs. [more]

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There are a growing number of individuals in the scientific community that are asserting that NASA photos of the moon landings are doctored and altered. It isn't about the conspiracy theory that we never went to the moon, but in the controversy of there being artificial structures on the moon and evidence that the missions to the moon were being observed by other world intelligence. I haven't seen or read enough to have an opinion either way, but the subject is becoming more interesting, at least to me. There are assertions that NASA was or is out to destroy footage taken of Apollo missions and possibly now from Mars missions. Taxpayers paid for it, so it shouldn't be destroyed or kept from view. The below, [found here]

Richard C. Hoagland

Biographical Information

Richard C. Hoagland is a former museum space science Curator; a former NASA Consultant; and, during the historic Apollo Missions to the Moon, was science advisor to Walter Cronkite and CBS News. In the mid-1960's, at the age of 19 (possibly "the youngest museum curator in the country at the time"), Hoagland created his first elaborate commemorative event -- around NASA's first historic unmanned fly-by of the planet Mars, Mariner 4. A simultaneous all-night, transcontinental radio program the evening of the Encounter (linking the museum in Springfield, Mass., and NASA's JPL control center, in Pasadena, Ca.), co-produced by Hoagland and WTIC-Radio, in Hartford, Ct., was subsequently nominated for a Peabody Award, one of journalism's most prestigious.

In the early 1970's, Hoagland proposed to Carl Sagan (along with Eric Burgess) the placement of a "message to Mankind" aboard Pioneer 10 -- humanity's "first unmanned probe of Jupiter"; subsequent to its 1973 Jovian Encounter, celestial mechanics resulted in Pioneer 10 becoming the first artifact to successfully escape the solar system into the vast Galaxy beyond -- carrying "the Plaque" -- whose origins were officially acknowledged by Sagan in the prestigious journal, SCIENCE (175 [1972], 881).

In the early 1980's, based on NASA data from the more sophisticated unmanned Voyager fly-bys of the outer planets, Hoagland became the first to propose (in a widely-quoted series of UPI and AP stories on his startling paper, published in 1980 in Star & Sky magazine) the possible existence of "deep ocean life" under the global ice shield perpetually surrounding the enigmatic moon of Jupiter, Europa. At the time, most (though not all) NASA scientists instantly derided this idea; two outstanding dissenters from the unfortunately then-common NASA view were Director of the Goddard Institute for Space Studies, Dr. Robert Jastrow, and well-known science writer and visionary, Arthur C. Clarke. In the sequel to his outstanding epic "2001" ("2010: Odyssey Two"), built entirely around this extraordinary concept of "eon-old life in the ice-covered oceans of Europa," Clarke wrote:

"The fascinating idea that there might be life on Europa . . . was first proposed by Richard C. Hoagland [in a 30-page article] in the magazine Star & Sky... This quite brilliant concept has been taken seriously by a number of astronomers (notably NASA's Institute for Space Studies, Dr. Robert Jastrow), and may provide one of the best motives for the projected GALILEO Mission."

Remarkably, before recent NASA press conferences and television documentaries, celebrating the successfully GALILEO probe of Jupiter's atmosphere, December 7, 1995, NASA scientists' "belated" acceptance of the startling possibility of "life in Europa's oceans" has been widely presented and discussed. As is GALILEO's potential acquisition of new data from its upcoming Europa fly-bys which could lead to actual confirmation (!) of the "Hoagland model." Curiously, despite clearly prior publication and detailed elaboration of the concept, Hoagland's name is not being mentioned anywhere by NASA, or by current GALILEO scientists, in connection with "Europa"...

In the early 1990's Mr. Hoagland led a team of volunteers and consultants in the creation of a pioneering "space-age" inner-city educational effort at Dunbar Senior High, just off Capitol Hill, in Washington D.C. The experiment was built around the concept of "student involvement in real time' mission planning and data acquisition" during various NASA planetary exploration missions, such as "Hubble" and the ill-fated "Mars Observer." Starting as an after school extracurricular activity, and using donated state-of-the-art computer imaging equipment and enhancement algorithms, "The Enterprise Mission" and "becoming a crew member of the 'U.S.S. Dunbar'" eventually became an accredited course in the Dunbar school curriculum. Over the years, scores of senior NASA Headquarters and Goddard Space Flight Center personnel have enthusiastically participated in the project, including installation of a student satellite data link direct to NASA and on-site briefing of students on many current NASA projects. Education advocate, then First Lady Barbara Bush, personally came to Dunbar early in the project, for a personal briefing by the students; this -- the original "ENTERPRISE Mission" -- was ultimately nominated for a White House "Point of Light" award.

For the last 13 years, since 1983, Hoagland has been leading an outside scientific Team in a critically acclaimed independent analysis of possible intelligently-designed artifacts on NASA (and other) data sets -- beginning with the unmanned NASA VIKING mission to Mars in 1976, and its provocative images of a region called "Cydonia." Hoagland and his Team have been invited at least four times to various NASA Centers since 1988, to brief thousands of NASA scientists and engineers on the results of their on-going "Cydonia investigation." In 1989, Hoagland and his colleagues briefed then-Chairman of the House Committee on Space Science and Applications, Representative Robert Roe, on the status of their "Mars Investigation." Chairman Roe, before his sudden and unexplained resignation from the Congress, directed NASA to acquire better images from Mars during its then-upcoming "Mars Observer mission"; Mars Observer's equally sudden and tragic disappearance in 1993 precluded any new data relating to "Cydonia." In 1993, Hoagland was awarded the International Angstrom Medal for Excellence in Science by the Angstrom Foundation, in Stockholm, Sweden, for that continuing research. In the last 4 years, he and his Team's investigations have been quietly extended to include over 30 years of previously hidden data from NASA, Soviet, and Pentagon missions to the Moon -- with startling results.

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Monday, November 12, 2007

Give them an inch and they'll take a thousand miles

Intelligence deputy to America: Rethink privacy

WASHINGTON (AP) -- As Congress debates new rules for government eavesdropping, a top intelligence official says it is time that people in the United States change their definition of privacy.


Donald Kerr, principal deputy director of national intelligence, wants Americans to redefine privacy.

Privacy no longer can mean anonymity, says Donald Kerr, the principal deputy director of national intelligence. Instead, it should mean that government and businesses properly safeguard people's private communications and financial information.

Kerr's comments come as Congress is taking a second look at the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

Lawmakers hastily changed the 1978 law last summer to allow the government to eavesdrop inside the United States without court permission, so long as one end of the conversation was reasonably believed to be located outside the U.S.

The original law required a court order for any surveillance conducted on U.S. soil in order to protect Americans' privacy. The White House argued that the law was obstructing intelligence gathering because, as technology has changed, a growing amount of foreign communications passes through U.S.-based channels.

The most contentious issue in the new legislation is whether to shield telecommunications companies from civil lawsuits for allegedly giving the government access to people's private e-mails and phone calls without a FISA court order between 2001 and 2007.

Some lawmakers, including members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, appear reluctant to grant immunity. Suits might be the only way to determine how far the government has burrowed into people's privacy without court permission.

The committee is expected to decide this week whether its version of the bill will protect telecommunications companies. About 40 wiretapping suits are pending.

The central witness in a California lawsuit against AT&T says the government is vacuuming up billions of e-mails and phone calls as they pass through an AT&T switching station in San Francisco, California.

Mark Klein, a retired AT&T technician, helped connect a device in 2003 that he says diverted and copied onto a government supercomputer every call, e-mail, and Internet site access on AT&T lines.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation, which filed the class-action suit, claims there are as many as 20 such sites in the U.S.

The White House has promised to veto any bill that does not grant immunity from suits such as this one.

Congressional leaders hope to finish the bill by Thanksgiving. It would replace the FISA update enacted in August that privacy groups and civil libertarians say allows the government to read Americans' e-mails and listen to their phone calls without court oversight.

Kerr said at an October intelligence conference in San Antonio, Texas, that he finds it odd that some would be concerned that the government may be listening in when people are "perfectly willing for a green-card holder at an [Internet service provider] who may or may have not have been an illegal entrant to the United States to handle their data."

He noted that government employees face up to five years in prison and $100,000 in fines if convicted of misusing private information.

Millions of people in this country -- particularly young people -- already have surrendered anonymity to social networking sites such as MySpace and Facebook, and to Internet commerce. These sites reveal to the public, government and corporations what was once closely guarded information, like personal statistics and credit card numbers.

"Those two generations younger than we are have a very different idea of what is essential privacy, what they would wish to protect about their lives and affairs. And so, it's not for us to inflict one size fits all," said Kerr, 68. "Protecting anonymity isn't a fight that can be won. Anyone that's typed in their name on Google understands that."

"Our job now is to engage in a productive debate, which focuses on privacy as a component of appropriate levels of security and public safety," Kerr said. "I think all of us have to really take stock of what we already are willing to give up, in terms of anonymity, but [also] what safeguards we want in place to be sure that giving that doesn't empty our bank account or do something equally bad elsewhere."

Kurt Opsahl, a senior staff lawyer with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, an advocacy group that defends online free speech, privacy and intellectual property rights, said Kerr's argument ignores both privacy laws and American history.

"Anonymity has been important since the Federalist Papers were written under pseudonyms," Opsahl said. "The government has tremendous power: the police power, the ability to arrest, to detain, to take away rights. Tying together that someone has spoken out on an issue with their identity is a far more dangerous thing if it is the government that is trying to tie it together."

Opsahl also said Kerr ignores the distinction between sacrificing protection from an intrusive government and voluntarily disclosing information in exchange for a service.

"There is something fundamentally different from the government having information about you than private parties," he said. "We shouldn't have to give people the choice between taking advantage of modern communication tools and sacrificing their privacy."

"It's just another 'trust us, we're the government,"' he said. E-mail to a friend E-mail to a friend

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All About U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court

Top Cops, Organized Crime, and Big Business

How do they all fit together?

Well ask Bernard Kerik. [more from CNN]

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Bill Curry on M. Jodi Rell

I believe that when a chief executive is marched out of office for impeachable offenses, we should have an election to fill the remainder of the term. The idea that a member of Rowland's posse simply follows in Rowland's footsteps is a bad one.

CCR: Has the Lt. Governor, Jodi Rell, been implicated?

CURRY: When her son was found by state environmental officers to be running a stolen property ring out of her basement for Skidoos, the environmental officers who made the arrests had their careers threatened.

They suffered until it hit the press and then the administration backed off. She denied any involvement in the retaliation.

Again, Connecticut's extraordinary unwillingness to investigate the apparent corruption of its own elected officials saved her from further public embarrassment. In any event, she has been a happy, willing partner and an insider in the Rowland administration for nine years. [click here for complete transcripts]

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[click here] for my letter to the FBI

[click here] for the text of the letter I mailed to former Connecticut Governor John G. Rowland meant to arrive for his first day of federal prison telling him to go "F" himself.

Installing Judges that owe you favors is not unique to the US

Musharraf presides over a military meeting at his army headquarters in the Pakistani city of Rawalpindi.

Excerpt from CNN piece:

Speaking at his first news conference since the order, he restated his vow to step down as military chief once a newly installed Supreme Court approves his third term in office.

"The moment they give a decision ... I shall take the oath of office as the civilian president of Pakistan," Musharraf said. "I hope that happens as soon as possible."

Musharraf replaced the previous court shortly after issuing the emergency order -- a move that his opponents said amounts to a power grab. [click here for more]

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Bush didn't win the election. Supreme Court Justices decided Bush was to be President. Judges should rule at the will of the people, facing elections. Fixing the judiciary means everything else is fixed. The US judiciary from the Federal level all the way down needs to be reformed.

Is George W. Bush so disinterested in the upcoming US Presidential elections as he doesn't intend on stepping down after he starts yet another war?

Saturday, November 10, 2007


Vermont US Senator Patrick Leahy [click here for website]

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What is going on regarding NSA Wiretapping? [click here]

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I was talking recently to Francis C. P. Knize down in Fairfield County, Connecticut.

He told me that lawyers get up to 98% of settlements. I don't know if that is just for class actions or is true across the board. I'll email him for clarification and post it here when and if he responds by email.

Francis told me also that there is transcript evidence where Colorado courts are exposed for ruling against Pro Se litigants across the board. Meaning, that if you defend yourself, you are automatically ruled against, punished for daring to not hire a lawyer.

I recall reading of a case, possibly happening in New Haven, Connecticut, where a preacher of color was hassled by police. He didn't produce and ID fast enough, or some similar offense. So he was arrested and when he went to court, the citizen decided to defend himself. He was deemed "crazy" for wanting to defend himself and then locked up. I believe it is the court system, nationally, in the US, that is "crazy".

Francis C. P. Knize would like to do a video conference with a Presidential Candidate. I would like to interview Senator Patrick Leahy up here in Vermont, hopefully with Francis' help.

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Text that I typed in Leahy's contact web form:
Dear Honorable US Senator Leahy and/or staff:

I would be interested in doing a video interview of Senator Patrick Leahy. I believe he is key for citizens across the nation looking to elected officials for honest, ethical judicial reform.

If you want an example of the type of installments we are looking to capture on video for a documentary, go to and do a search on the words, "In the Interest of Justice"

Thank you,
Steven G. Erickson

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An installment of, "In the Interest of Justice" [click here]

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Eminent Domain Citizen Abuse, Norwalk, CT

senator leahy, opposing mukasey --11.02.07

US Attorney General Gonzales was as bad as it can get, except for bad humans that are worse, like Mukasey.

Vermont US Senator Patrick Leahy, as Judiciary Committee Chairman, shows his outrage at how "American Justice" is used to sway elections:

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[click here] for a post on the Connecticut State Police "game" of making false arrests for DUI, "The 100 Club"

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Thursday, November 08, 2007

DCF kicking down doors acting as police in Connecticut?

I talked with John Dibiase Jr. of Meriden, Connecticut, tonight. John is the director of the Meriden Men's Center (203-630-1338). He is an advocate for non-custodial parent's rights.

Should Connecticut Department of Children and Family workers be able to kick down doors, search and seize property without warrants? Should these rogues that knowingly take false reports to make quota be allowed to continue to alienate children from the non-custodial parents so a state out of control can make millions in federal tax dollars, blood money, paid to abuse families and children?

Connecticut, the state, makes money by officially kidnapping children. Children often are abused less in bad homes than they are in state "prison-like" DCF custody.

John told me off camera that Attorney Beth Levy told him that parents with disabilities almost always have their rights and visitation abridged severely or taken away. That is against ADA laws. The Americans with Disabilities Act is not followed in Connecticut. Fathers lose out. Non-custodial parents lose out. Children lose out. Society loses out. If Connecticut judiciary members can't follow the rules all cases heard in Connecticut courts are suspect for abuse and to be overturned due to illegal, unfair, and Unconstitutional rulings.

Official Connecticut profits.

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Connecticut Governor M. Jodi Rell shaking hands with Steven G. Erickson 12:15 PM EST July 1, 2005 Posted by Picasa

I brought up Chris Kennedy.

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John Dibiase, Jr. (left) and Chris Kennedy (right) in front of Hartford Court on Lafayette St., Hartford, Connecticut. Posted by Picasa (picture taken at 9:15 AM EST, July 1, 2005)

Chris Kennedy of Ellington Connecticut was a little miffed when the charges were thrown out against his wife for having stabbed him and she was then awarded sole custody of their 3 children. [more]

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DCF in Connecticut can take away kids by diagnosing parents as having "None Other Specified", otherwise known as "NOS". NOS means you might have a sprinkling of elements of various disorders, but no defined disorder. What!!!???

There also taking away children at birth, "Predicting", their might be possible harm to the child in the future. Again Connecticut and DCF are trying to suck up every last federal dollar they can at the expense of society, children, and families.

Exiled Father: Joey Watley (CT):

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At the Family Preservation Rally, Lincoln Memorial, 8/18/07, Joey, a Connecticut father, expresses his amazement and outrage at the injustice and lack of caring by government officials in his case who kidnapped his children at birth, predicting neglect, psychology as an absurd, vague pseudo-science, yet used as a basis to determine child custody. (poster image: "Lost Dogs" - original image courtesy of Center for Children's Justice,, copyright 2006 CCJ used by permission)

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