Fed Judge in Detroit Compared Illegal Immigrants to Insects
U.S. District Judge Robert H. Cleland
DETROIT — The language from the federal bench in Detroit was stark and unsettling.
U.S. District Judge Robert H. Cleland compared illegal immigrants to an insect and menacing Japanese beetles in 2013 while sentencing a 21-year-old undocumented immigrant from Mexico. A couple years later, a fellow judge called that analogy disturbing.
“One little attractive iridescent emerald beetle from Japan is not really any threat at all,” Judge Cleland said. “But when it multiplies and hundreds of millions of its offspring or relatives emerge and devastate the ash tree population in the continental United States and elsewhere, it’s a serious problem.
“So the one very attractive little insect is nothing more than interesting, but it’s an example of a very large problem. And I think that’s what I have here.”
The colorful remarks, contained in a transcript recently obtained by Deadline Detroit, seem germane at a time when immigration is a hot-button issue and more criminal cases are likely to end up before federal judges like Cleland, who continues to serve on the bench.
“It’s very offensive and racist,” comments Brent A. Wilkes, national executive director of the League of United Latin American Citizens in Washington, who was contacted by Deadline. “I feel anyone coming before him would not get a fair hearing because of that racist mentality.”
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I wrote in this space about the advisability of eliminating the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in the aftermath of several scandals, including a semi-secret lawsuit over cigarette smuggling and the well-known “Fast and Furious” debacle.
That post drew thoughtful responses from two former border patrol officers and a former FBI agent. The commenters wrote to underscore a position I have long held: that, in the Obama administration, malfeasance by insiders at all levels went unpunished while innocent outsiders were routinely prosecuted for political purposes.
The former FBI agent, John Shipley, wrote that he was wrongfully convicted in a case related to a firearm recovered in Mexico. I do not have firsthand knowledge of Shipley’s case, so I am not prepared to weigh in on whether the jury’s verdict was incorrect or unsupported. But I can observe that his story fits an all-too familiar pattern in the previous administration’s actions. Behavior that is not commonly thought to be criminal, but which was undesirable in the administration’s opinion (or unpopular with its political base), was prosecuted as a crime in order to make a point. In Shipley’s case, the result was a conviction.
Shipley says he was an amateur gun collector who bought and sold guns to finance his hobby. Prosecutors said he was an arms dealer, and therein lay his alleged offense. How many full-time FBI agents have time to run a gun dealership on the side? And how many individuals in law enforcement, at all levels, buy and sell guns from time to time because they like to trade or collect them?
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Memos in Roscoe Hillenkoetter’s FBI file reveal the CIA and FBI Directors met and discussed the Agency’s “blundering and corruption”
A recently released copy of the Federal Bureau of Investigation file for Central Intelligence Agency Director Admiral Roscoe Hillenkoetter reveals that shortly after his retirement, Hillenkoetter admitted to FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover that elements of the Agency were corrupt.
The relationship between Hillenkoetter and Hoover appears to have long been cordial and forthright, with the CIA Director repeatedly praising the Bureau and Hoover returning the compliment. Following Hillenkoetter’s retirement from the CIA in order to return to the Navy, he kept in contact with the Bureau, acting as both an informant and liaison, and at times using his position to expedite matters for the Bureau. One of the most historically significant moments shared between the FBI and Hillenkoetter came from shortly after his retirement, when he described the “blunder and corruption of OSS and certain elements of CIA” in a private meeting with Hoover, according to memos obtained by MuckRock.
Following Hillenkoetter’s retirement on October 7th, 1950, he contacted the Bureau just two weeks later to inform them he would be leaving for San Francisco to assume his new command, and that he wished to speak with Hoover before he left. According to a memo informing Hoover of the request, Hillenkoetter wanted to thank him for his hard work and cooperation, and to “confidentially advise the Director of various circumstances surrounding CIA’s ‘frequent blundering.’“
At 10:15 am on the 24th, Hillenkoetter had his meeting with Hoover. According to a four sentence memo written by Hoover, Hillenkoetter came to thank Hoover for his cooperation with the Agency, a sentiment which Hoover returned in kind. Without going into detail, Hoover said they also had a “general discussion about the problems” that General Walter Bedell Smith, the incoming Director of Central Intelligence, would have to face at the CIA.
A memo written to the Director the following day reveals more about the meeting. After leaving the Director’s office, Hillenkoetter spoke confidentially with Cartha “Deke” DeLoach, the FBI agent who had escorted him to see Hoover. According to the memo, Hillenkoetter said that he had spoken with Admiral Sidney Souers about William Jackson, the Deputy Director of CIA, who Hillenkoetter considered unfit for the position. Admiral Hillenkoetter was the first CIA Director, Souers had been the first to hold the title of DCI during the earliest days of the Central Intelligence Group, CIA’s direct predecessor. Following his departure from CIG, Souers joined the National Security Council, a post he held until 1950 when he retired from public service. Even after his retirement, however, he remained a confidant and advisor for President Dwight Eisenhower.
Hillenkoetter felt that Souers would use this relationship to “attempt to do something about replacing Jackson,” referring to a feud MuckRock has previously touched upon.
The memo added that the Hillenkoetter expressed relief at discovering that Hoover “fully ‘knew the score’ about the blundering and corruption” of the Office of Strategic Service, the World War II predecessor to CIG and CIA, and of “certain elements of CIA,” using similar language to what the previous memo, written by a different FBI official, had used when quoting Hillenkoetter.
It’s not immediately clear what elements of the Agency Hillenkoetter was referring to, or what he meant by corruption. While provocative, the term is vague and it’s unclear whether it referred to ordinary corruption or corruption caused by Soviet agents, which his successor, Smith, felt with “moral certainty” had compromised the Agency. Requests for additional information about the meeting have been filed with FBI and CIA, along with referenced file numbers.
In the meantime, you can read Hillenkoetter’s comments to Hoover embedded below, and the rest on the request page.
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