SAN DIEGO — In the two decades he led the labor union for the nation’s Border Patrol agents, T.J. Bonner carved a public profile as an aggressive advocate for his members and as a blunt, fearless critic of government policy.
Now Bonner, a Campo resident who retired from the agency two years ago, is bringing the same no-holds-barred approach to his biggest battle yet — fighting charges by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in San Diego that he defrauded the union out of hundreds of thousands of dollars over the years.
A former CBP officer will serve eight months in a federal prison for allowing his fugitive brother-in-law to sneak into the U.S. at a California border crossing and for defrauding his insurance company.
The FBI is using a racial and ethnic mapping program to collect intelligence on American communities – and it doesn’t want you to know which ones it’s spying on, or how it’s using census data to do so. The ACLU and the ACLU of Michigan filed a brief in federal court on Friday to challenge the FBI’s secrecy over its profiling practices.
FBI documents we already secured show that the Bureau is profiling some communities for intelligence collection based on false stereotypes that ascribe certain types of crimes to entire minority communities. Targeted groups include Muslims and Arab-Americans in Michigan, African-Americans in Georgia, Chinese and Russian-Americans in California, and broad swaths of Latino-American communities in multiple states.
We obtained these FBI documents through the ACLU's “Mapping the FBI” campaign. As part of the campaign, 34 ACLU affiliates filed public records requests in 2010 to uncover how the FBI is collecting and “mapping” information about racial and ethnic groups around the country. Here’s just one troubling example: a 2009 Detroit FBI field office memorandum shows that the Bureau sought to collect information about Middle Eastern and Muslim communities in Michigan – without any evidence of actual wrongdoing and based on a generalized and entirely unsubstantiated threat assertion.
The public needs – and deserves – to know more about the FBI’s racial and mapping program. For that reason, the ACLU and the ACLU of Michigan brought a federal lawsuit in July 2011 to enforce our request for records about how the program is being used in Michigan. But the Bureau refused to disclose hundreds of documents – and most problematically, it fought to keep secret its use of information from public sources.
On Friday, we filed a brief in the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals to challenge the FBI’s sweeping secrecy claims. Our brief makes a simple but important argument: the Freedom of Information Act doesn’t permit the FBI to hide its use of information about Michigan communities that is already publicly available, like U.S. Census and other demographic data.
This just makes sense. Congress passed the Freedom of Information Act to help uncover information about government programs – not to let the government claim secrecy over census statistics that are already public.
Our brief also raises another critical issue: whether the FBI (or any other government agency) can secure an entirely secret, one-sided judicial process to resolve a challenge to its potential use of the FOIA’s exclusion provision, 5 U.S.C. § 552(c). That provision allows a government agency to avoid confirming or denying the very existence of records in its possession in certain circumstances. The possibility of abuse is obvious, and that makes it all the more important that there be a meaningful process for FOIA requesters to challenge – and the public to know – whether a government agency is properly relying on the provision.
The details of this issue may sound technical, but in essence, it’s simple. The FBI proposed a one-sided, secret judicial process to decide whether its reliance on the provision was proper. We proposed to the court a fair and transparent alternative to secret process. We argue that the FBI’s proposal goes against a fundamental tenet of our judicial system: public access to courts and judicial opinions. It also undermines a critical purpose of the FOIA: to promote government transparency and accountability.
We hope the Sixth Circuit will adopt our process to resolve our claim and those of future FOIA requesters who fight back against government secrecy. And, ultimately, we hope to get the information we all need to know about the true impact of FBI racial and ethnic mapping on our civil rights and civil liberties.
Nestled on a residential street in Milwaukee's Riverwest neighborhood, a new business popped up last year.
They called it Fearless Distributing.
But it wasn't real, and it had nothing to do with distribution. It was a setup by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, a sting operation designed to lure criminals who wanted to peddle drugs and guns.
And it was seriously botched.
In a damning report last week, the Journal Sentinel's John Diedrich and Raquel Rutledge revealed an operation so bungled it would have been comedic if it hadn't been so serious.
Finally after 10 months, the agency mercifully shut down the operation. But when agents and Milwaukee police officers cleaned out the store, they forgot to take a document listing the names, vehicles and phone numbers of undercover agents. And now, the building's owner claims he is owed about $15,000 in utility bills and damages.
About 30 people were charged, mostly with low-level drug and gun offenses. That's not nothing - but it's not much. And considering that agents had the wrong person in at least three cases and in one case charged a man who was in prison, the benefits of the operation were small, indeed.
Coming so hard on the heels of the agency's "Fast and Furious" debacle along the nation's southern border, the ATF once again finds itself with embarrassing questions to answer. In that Arizona operation, agents encouraged the sale of more than 2,000 firearms to traffickers but then lost track of the weapons. Many turned up at crime scenes in Mexico, including one where a U.S. Border Patrol agent was killed.
Last Thursday, four powerful members of Congress rightly demanded answers. In a seven-page letter to the acting ATF director, the members called the Milwaukee operation "disturbing" and asked for written answers to more than two dozen questions.
The letter was signed by U.S. Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.), chairman of the House Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations; U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee; U.S. Rep. Darrell E. Issa (R-Calif.), chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, the chamber's head investigative committee; and U.S. Rep. Robert Goodlatte (R-Va.), chairman of the House Committee on the Judiciary.
In a separate letter, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) called the botched operation "troubling."
We certainly don't fault the ATF and local officers for trying to get guns and drugs off the streets. It's a hard and necessary job. In fact, we commend them for trying. And we readily acknowledge that Republicans are eager for a new chance to kick around the ATF and possibly embarrass the Obama administration. Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn had a point last week when he noted that Congress has cut funding for the agency over the years and put in place restrictions that other agencies don't labor under.
Even so, surely the ATF is better than this.
Riverwest neighbors feel blindsided by the operation and are furious that the federal government would try to lure criminals into their neighborhood, a place that has fought back vigorously against criminals, working to shut down a drug house and forming the common bonds of community that help to discourage mischief and rebuild cities. The last thing Riverwest needed was the federal government big-footing their streets in a neighborhood that, at least according to Milwaukee police, is getting safer.
Congress deserves answers for sure, but, far more important, this neighborhood needs them. And how about an apology, too?
Here's another bad idea from your state Legislature, one that could have a chilling effect on any citizen's ability to know what his or her government is doing.
According to a Journal Sentinel report, a draft bill in the Assembly would allow government agencies to once again attempt to charge hundreds - or thousands - of dollars to release public records about how police deal with and report on crime. The bill also would allow agencies to extend those charges to other areas, such as records on taxpayer subsidies to businesses.
The proposal seeks to undo a unanimous state Supreme Court ruling last summer that found the City of Milwaukee could not charge the Journal Sentinel for the time its employees spent deleting from public records some information they considered confidential.
Former airline pilot Phillip (alternately, “Philip”) Marshall spent a great deal of time around Santa Barbara last year preparing for the release of his controversial 9/11 conspiracy book “The Big Bamboozle: 9/11 and the War on Terror.”During the editing and pre-marketing process of Marshall’s book, he expressed some degree of paranoia because the nonfiction work accused the George W. Bush administration of being in cahoots with the Saudi intelligence community in training the hijackers who died in the planes used in the attacks.“Think about this,” Marshall said last year in a written statement, “The official version about some ghost (Osama bin Laden) in some cave on the other side of the world defeating our entire military establishment on U.S. soil is absolutely preposterous.”Marshall went on to say: “The true reason the attack was successful is because of an inside military stand-down and a coordinated training operation that prepared the hijackers to fly heavy commercial airliners. We have dozens of FBI documents to prove that this flight training was conducted California, Florida and Arizona in the 18 months leading up to the attack.”The veteran pilot confided that he was concerned about his 10-year, independent 9/11 study and most recent book since they pointed to the Saudis and the Bush intelligence community as the executioners of the attack that defeated all U.S. military defenses on Sept. 11, 2001. Marshall said he knew his book might cause some people to take issue with him.However, could last weekend’s killings in the remote, gated community of Forest Meadows outside the tiny town of Murphys be another conspiracy? Although sheriff’s investigators don’t know the motive, they reported that the killings as a double murder and suicide. Marshall was found in his home’s doorway in a pool of blood with a 9mm Glock pistol that he had just showed to a friend two weeks ago.The Calaveras County coroner is having a toxicology report performed on the blood of Marshall and his children to determine if any drugs are present in their blood streams, which is standard procedure in cases like this. Reports from the county sheriff indicate the children were sleeping when shot. The coroner said Macaila Marshall, 14, and Alex Marshall, 17, were lying 6 feet from each other on separate parts of a large U-shaped sectional couch.When asked whether it was possible the children were drugged, the coroner said he couldn’t say yet. “That’s a good question,” he said in published reports. “We will be checking tox on everybody. It did appear as though they were sleeping.” The toxicology results and pathologist’s report could be completed within three weeks.“Cause of death is all going to be single gunshot wound to the head for everybody,” the coroner said. The family dog also was found dead from a gunshot in a bedroom.Calaveras County officials said conspiracy theories about the deaths are growing on online comment forums below stories about the incident. Many of these stem from Marshall’s involvement with the CIA as a contract pilot in the 1980s and the books he wrote about 9/11.The children’s mother, Sean Marshall, was traveling on business in Turkey at the time of the killings. The coroner said she is expected to arrive in the area soon to make funeral arrangements.2008 crime reports indicate friction between Marshall and his spouse. Phillip Marshall was jailed briefly on suspicion of slapping Sean Marshall’s sister, but he was not prosecuted. Last year, Marshall told one of his book editors that he still was disputing custody of his children with his ex-wife, but gladly attended his son’s football games and was quite close with daughter.However, at that time Marshall was heavily involved with publishing what became his last book.“After an exhaustive 10-year study of this lethal attack that used Boeing airliners filled with passengers and fellow crew members as guided missiles, I am 100 percent convinced that a covert team of Saudi intelligence agents was the source of logistical, financial and tactical resources that directed essential flight training to the 9/11 hijackers for 18 months before the attack,” Marshall wrote. “This conclusion was determined six years ago and all subsequent evidence has only served to confirm this conclusion.”On March 1, two former U.S. senators, who headed separate 9/11 federal investigations, also raised the possibility of Saudi involvement in the attacks that killed 3,000 people and spurred the global War on Terror. In sworn statements that seem likely to reignite the debate, former senators Bob Graham and Bob Kerrey, who saw top-secret information on the Saudis’ activities, said they believe that the Saudi government played a direct role in the terrorist attacks.“I am convinced that there was a direct line between at least some of the terrorists who carried out the Sept. 11 attacks and the government of Saudi Arabia,” former Senator Bob Graham said in an affidavit filed as part of a lawsuit brought against the Saudi government and dozens of institutions in the country by families of 9/11 victims and others. Graham headed a 2002 joint congressional inquiry into the attacks and has claimed he was muzzled into silence about his committee’s findings in 2002 by former Vice President Dick Cheney and other top members of the Bush intelligence community.In his own sworn affidavit, Kerrey said “significant questions remain unanswered” about the role of Saudi institutions. “Evidence relating to the plausible involvement of possible Saudi government agents in the (9/11) attacks has never been fully pursued,” Kerrey said in a March 1, 2012, New York Times article.The affidavits, which were filed Feb. 24, are part of a multi-billion-dollar lawsuit going through federal courts since 2002. An appellate court, reversing an earlier decision, said in November that foreign nations were not immune to lawsuits under certain terrorism claims, clearing the way for parts of the Saudi case to be reheard in U.S. District Court in Manhattan.Last year, Marshall spoke on the national radio broadcast AM Coast to Coast. He said the entire 9/11 episode was “a political stunt to favor the American shadow government that is currently doing business as the U.S. intelligence community.”
Since America’s MASS INCARCERATION is driven by unjust racial/class policies, then the real solution to MASS INCARCERATION is MASS “DECARCERATION.” In other words, drastic cuts to ALL prisoner’s TIME, since TIME is the currency, the legal tender, the great equalizer and righter of wrongs in prison.
Disciplinary files from the Bureau's Office of Professional Responsibility record an extraordinary range of transgressions that reveal the chaotic personal lives of some of America's top law enforcers.
One male agent was sacked after police were called to his mistress's house following reports of domestic incident. When officers arrived they found the agent "drunk and uncooperative" and eventually had to physically subdue him and wrestle away his loaded gun.
A woman e-mailed a "nude photograph of herself to her ex-boyfriend's wife" and then continued to harass the couple despite two warnings from senior officials. The Bureau concluded she was suffering from depression related to the break-up and allowed her to return to work after 10 days.
But the sexually picture was only one of what FBI assistant director Candice Will described to CNN as a "rash of sexting cases". The network was the first to obtain the logs.
Two other employees, whose genders were not specified, sent sexually explicit messages to fellow members of the Bureau, one a work Blackberry during office hours.
The second employee included a nude photograph which "created office gossip and negatively impacted office operations".
"When you are given an FBI BlackBerry, it's for official use," Ms Will said. "It's not to text the woman in another office who you found attractive or to send a picture of yourself in a state of undress."
During another incident, an employee snapped during an argument with their spouse and went on to snap an e-reader in half. As the situation deteriorated they pointed an "unloaded gun at dog's head while dog was sitting in spouse's lap". The agent was suspended for 45 days.
The logs, which contain incidents from July 2012 to January, also describe how a woman "engaged in a romantic relationship with former boyfriend (now husband) knowing he was a drug user/dealer". She was sacked after lying about the relationship.
Musician MC Hammer, officially known as Stanley Kirk Burrell, slapped back at Dublin police via social media Saturday, suggesting he was a victim of racial profiling after he was arrested Thursday night outside a shopping center and cited for resisting an officer.
Alameda County Sheriffs officials confirmed the arrest, which Hammer reported in a burst of comments on Twitter Saturday afternoon.
Hammer tweeted that he was sitting in his car after lifting weights when an officer he described as a "chubby elvis-looking dude was tapping on my car window, I rolled down the window and he said 'Are you on parole or probation?' "
Dublin police did not return calls seeking comment. Hammer, 50, who lives in Tracy, was arrested in the Hacienda Crossings shopping center next to Interstate 580 at about 10:20 p.m. He was taken into custody and taken to Santa Rita Jail in Dublin, where he was booked, cited and released.
Hammer did not respond to a request sent via Twitter, but according to his tweets, the incident accelerated when the officer asked for his identification.
"While I was handing him my ID he reached in my car and tried to pull me out the car but forgot he was on a steady donut diet," Hammer tweeted.
"It was comical to me until he pulled out his guns, blew his whistle and yelled for help (MallCop) !!! But make no mistake he's dangerous," Hammer continued.
Hammer also tweeted: "only thing more dangerous than a scared man with a gun, is a scared man with an agenda, a gun and a badge."
Boston police have charged a Boston firefighter with heroin possession.
Stephen Hogan, 24, of Dorchester was arrested yesterday while on-duty near the intersection of Columbus Avenue and Bray Street in Jamaica Plain, according to the Boston police department.
The affidavit details an undercover federal agent's meetings with Hilario Rodela, a Longmont man who was serving a halfway house sentence on earlier drug charges at the time he was running the drug distribution operation. During some of those meetings with Rodela or his associates, according to the affidavit, the undercover agent would pay thousands of dollars in a single transaction for methamphetamine, cocaine or heroin.
The cost incurred by the city of Burbank as it continues to defend itself against a slew of lawsuits filed by former and current police officers has hit $7.1 million, officials announced recently.
Most of the cases — which center on claims of racial discrimination, harassment and wrongful termination — remain ongoing.
The largest chunk of the cost, roughly $4 million, was spent defending a multi-plaintiff lawsuit in which three Latino officers, a black officer and an Armenian officer claimed racism and sexual harassment in a lawsuit filed in May 2009, the Burbank Leader reported.
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Atty. Gen. Eric Holder Jr.
Two corporate-style jets that the FBI insisted it needed for the global fight against terrorism are primarily being used for personal and business trips by Attorney General Eric Holder, the former AG and FBI Director Robert Mueller, the Washington Guardian reports.
Taxpayers financed “non-mission flights” on the luxury Gulfstream V jet to the tune of $11.4 million between 2007 and 2011, the Guardian reported, citing an investigation by the Government Accountability Office.
Holder and his predecessor under the Bush administration took 88 personal trips, the Guardian wrote.
“If somebody asks for the expenditure of federal money for the Gulfstream, it’s to be used for the purpose it was meant to be be used for,” said Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which has oversight of the Justice Department and FBI.
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Two corporate-style jets that the FBI persuaded Congress to lease for fighting global terrorism have instead been used the majority of the time to ferry Attorney General Eric Holder, his predecessor in the Bu
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The bureau’s state-the-art, sleek Gulfstream V jets logged 60 percent of their hours between 2007 and 2011 on “non-mission flights” that cost taxpayers $11.4 million, fbi_jet_02-27-13_gao_report_final.pdf” target=”_blank”>according to an investigation by the Government Accountability Office obtained by the Washington Guardian.
The travel included 88 personal trips for Holder and former Republican Attorney General Michael Mukasey, who stepped down in 2009, and 10 for Mueller, the review found. Taxpayers were reimbursed only pennies on the dollar for those personal trips under the current rules, the audit found.
On at least one occasion a trip by Holder in 2011 left the FBI without access to a Gulfstream during a counterterrorism operation, forcing agents to scramble to charter a private plane, according to documents reviewed by the Washington Guardian.
A flash of a badge is all it takes to escape arrest in Catoosa County, Ga., if you're FBI Special Agent Ken Hillman, several officers admit.
Fort Oglethorpe Officer Greg Cross is the second North Georgia officer to tell his boss Hillman was given a ride by law enforcement after the agent was suspected of drinking and driving and that his name was kept out of any police reports.
Fort Oglethorpe Police Chief David Eubanks told the Chattanooga Times Free Press that Cross told him the story after joining the department.
According to Eubanks, Cross was a Catoosa County deputy sheriff when he pulled Hillman over after he saw the bumper on the agent's car "almost dragging the ground." Cross said Hillman appeared to be intoxicated.
According to Eubanks, Cross allowed the FBI agent to call his friend, Catoosa County Sheriff's Detective Tim Deal, to give him a ride, and then Deal removed the FBI agent's damaged vehicle from the scene.
At the time, Deal was a member of the Northwest Georgia Crimes Against Children Task Force, the task force that Hillman commands.
Five women and one man are currently suing the Metropolitan Police over alleged intimate relationships with undercover officers, a UK Parliamentary cross-party Home Affairs committee revealed recently.
One woman claimed a six-year relationship with a former PC, who posed as an environmental protester to infiltrate a group. It is alleged that two undercover police officers 'tricked' political activists into having sex with them, and the exposure of this led to the collapse of a trial.
Other claims relate to a different Metropolitan Police officer who, in 2009, it is alleged masqueraded as a lorry driver, infiltrating a small group of anarchists. Again, sexual relationships are said to have been formed.
Has the reporting of the cases over-simplified the predicament of undercover agents and their relationships?
Law enforcement agencies around the world employ psychologists to select, train, monitor and assist undercover officers. Various surveys have established that up to a quarter of active undercover agents exhibit psychological disturbance, so the FBI in the USA recognised long ago the need for substantial psychological assistance. Yet the British services, as far as we know, remain suspicious of scientific psychology, and are repeatedly suffering the consequences.
Psychologist Michel Girodo has found from his research on federal agents that the more undercover assignments are undertaken, the more drug, alcohol, and disciplinary problems are experienced.
Professor Michel Girodo, Trevor Deck and Melanie Morrison from the University of Ottawa, were recently inspired scientifically to investigate the psychological impact of undercover work, by the story of Clifton James, who had been enlisted by the British Secret Service in World War II. Assigned to impersonate General Montgomery, he complained of strain in maintaining a false identity, and of the uncontrolled re-appearance of the 'Monty' personality, after the operation was over.
Others have reported identity disturbances among secret agents of Mossad - the Israeli Secret Service. For example, the one agent infiltrating a group in Syria, became confused over his true name and identity after a few years in the role.
Girodo, Deck and Morrison describe a survey of undercover officers in Hawaii which found 21% of officers complained of experiencing their self as "unreal" during their undercover assignments. Identity disturbances include an FBI agent, undercover for two and a half years, being arrested for shoplifting, admitting to adopting his undercover persona in places that had nothing to do with his work, and unable to explain how these false persona reappearances occurred. In another case, reported by Girodo and colleagues, an FBI agent who had spent 15 years in various deep undercover roles, was arrested for attempted murder. Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID), formerly known as Multiple Personality Disorder, was entered in a diminished capacity defence. The agent's 'alter personality', it was claimed, had 'taken over', leading to a hostage siege.
In their study entitled 'Dissociative-type Identity Disturbances in Undercover Agents: Socio-Cognitive Factors behind false-identity appearances and re-enactments', Girodo and colleagues investigated 48 federal police officers undergoing undercover field training. 66% were identified as enacting their false identity outside an operational context.
One possible explanation for these results, published in the academic journal 'Social Behaviour and Personality', is that like actors, successful undercover agents incorporate as much of themselves as possible into the false identity created. Like a method actor, immersive undercover agents strive to identify personally with the part. Could this contribute to identity confusion? Are certain kinds of personality drawn to undercover roles?
In another investigation entitled 'Vice isn't nice: a look at the effects of working undercover', Professors Mark Pogrebin and Eric Poole from the University of Colorado at Denver argued the secrecy required for clandestine police work encourages self-aggrandizement, with many agents developing an exaggerated sense of power. It also has an addictive quality with experiences of intrigue, excitement and a protected contact with illegality.
The study published in the 'Journal of Criminal Justice' points out that the undercover agent typically must operate alone; moreover, the deeper the level of cover required in the investigation, the more isolated the officer becomes. Their isolation in those roles may foster real changes in attitudes, values, beliefs, manner, habits, demeanour, character, and identity.
Her findings, published in the journal 'Women and Criminal Justice', echo other research on undercover female police officers pretending to be sex-workers, which finds that generally they are disgusted with the role-playing persona and the clientele, but are thrilled by the opportunity to work undercover, as it affords an escape from routine police work.
The only 'fun' female prostitute decoys have with their assignments, appears to be adding a competitive edge or contest to see who would get the most arrests, drugs, or money, or who would achieve the fastest pick-up.
The Rachel Nickell case in the UK shows just how unstuck the police can get in an undercover operation, as this contributed to the notorious police fiasco attempting to incriminate Colin Stagg of the murder of Rachel Nikell. In 1992 Nikell had been walking with her son on Wimbledon Common when she was sexually assaulted and stabbed 49 times.
An illustration of the psychological damage involved is the six figure sum the undercover woman police officer, known as Lizzie James, was later awarded for the trauma she suffered in her attempts to get Colin Stagg to admit he had killed Rachel Nickell.
A study in the 'Forensic Psychologists Casebook: Psychological profiling and criminal investigation', examining closely all the interactions between Lizzie James and Colin Stagg, published by one of the authors of this article (DC) and Laurence Alison, Professor of Psychology at Liverpool University, found that, under wayward guidance at the time, Lizzie James was using a number of psychological devices to try to implicate Stagg.
Undercover officers do not overtly support crime. She thought she was just encouraging Stagg to talk, but in fact was subtly using persuasive techniques to get him to admit to a murder, he did not commit.
For example, the study entitled 'Rhetorical shaping in an undercover operation: the investigation of Colin Stagg in the Rachel Nickell murder enquiry', reported she would indicate interest if he offered any suggestion of getting sexually excited about violence, which she had hinted would turn her on, and imply she shared that desire with him.
It even got to the point where she subtly indicated, indirectly, that she would like sex with the sort of man who killed Rachel Nickel. Even after six months of this pressure, Stagg had not admitted the murder, yet the police still charged him with it. The judge threw out the undercover element of the case.
In contrast to the six figure sums awarded to Stagg and 'Lizzie James', Nickell's son had been granted a five figure sum from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority.
There needs to be much more and better quality psychological input into undercover operations, whether they are conducted by the police or secret service. Some of these processes were probably complicit in intelligence failures that provoked needless wars.
In the Rachel Nikell case, the real killer was left free and went on to kill again, before he was eventually caught.
School of Medicine Psychiatry Professor Charles Morgan has allegedly been conducting private research involving interview techniques with local immigrants using funding from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, according to a Friday article in the New Haven Independent.
In a Friday statement, the University said Yale was unaware of Morgan’s private work until the Independent published the findings. Recently, Morgan has been at the center of a controversy involving a military training center he had planned to propose to the School of Medicine using a $1.8 million grant from the United States Special Operations Command, but both the Department of Defense and Yale said on Feb. 22 that the center would not move forward.
The Independent article reported that Morgan has been paying local Colombians, as well as other immigrants, $150 to answer a set of questions on camera truthfully and then again untruthfully. Dean of the School of Medicine Robert Alpern told the News that as a voluntary faculty member, Morgan is not required to disclose research he is not conducting on Yale’s behalf.
“I think the point is [Morgan’s research is] not done through Yale,” Alpern said. “[Morgan is] what we call a volunteer faculty member, which means he’s not employed by us and he’s free to do whatever he wants to do outside of Yale.”
Representatives of Yale’s Office of Public Affairs and Communications, University President Richard Levin and Morgan could not be reached for comment Sunday night. Alpern said that the University released the Friday statement to clarify that the FBI-sponsored study was not conducted within the University so it would not seem like the School of Medicine was concealing a study it never reported.
Morgan conducted the research through the “Center for Research and Development,” the Independent reported. The center is run by School of Medicine Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry Vladimir Coric, according to a number of business records and directories.
Alpern said it is “hard to tell” from the Independent article whether Morgan’s study dependent on FBI funding complies with Yale research standards. The Independent reported that the informed consent form that participants sign states that the FBI is the sponsor for the study, titled “Efficacy of Interviewing to Detect Lies about Beliefs.” The article did not say how the newspaper obtained the form, but one study participant was interviewed. The Independent also reported that FBI Special Agent Ann Todd said she did not have any information immediately available about Morgan’s study.
Like the FBI study, the University also first learned about the potential Department of Defense-sponsored center through outside media coverage.
“We’re tired of being surprised,” Alpern added. “Right now we’re mostly trying to build up credibility with the community.”
Confusion over the USSOCOM center followed conflicting stories from news outlets in January regarding its alleged involvement of the city’s immigrant residents.
Some members of the Yale and New Haven communities protested the University’s involvement with the military and the center’s reliance on disenfranchised immigrants, but
After initially stating that the USSOCOM had provided the University with money for the center, Ken McGraw, deputy public affairs officer of USSOCOM, told the News on Feb. 24 that the USSOCOM had decided not to fund a center based on Morgan’s research roughly a year ago. Yale confirmed the center would not be opened the same day.
Morgan has conducted his research study out of his third-floor office in the Gold Building on 234 Church Street near Timothy Dwight College, the Independent reported.
Preemption, from wars to detention to drone strikes, lacks justification, draws retaliation.
Ten years ago, I made the ultimately futile effort of writing to FBI Director Robert Mueller warning that he needed to tell the truth about the Bush administration’s unjustified decision to preemptively invade Iraq and the likelihood it would prove counterproductive. To its credit, the Star Tribune ran the story on March 6, 2003 (“Agent: War would unleash terror, and FBI not ready”), one of only a handful of such cautionary news stories in the war-fevered weeks before the United States launched its catastrophic invasion.
At the time, Mueller well knew of Vice President Dick Cheney’s lying about Saddam’s connection to 9 / 11 and other administration exaggerations to gin up the war.
My letter compared Bush-Cheney’s rush to war with the impatience and bravado that had led to the FBI’s disastrous 1993 assault at Waco, where “the children [the FBI] sought to liberate all died when [David] Koresh and his followers set fires.” On a much more tragic scale, hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians were killed and millions more were wounded or displaced. Iraq’s infrastructure was destroyed. Severe problems remain with lack of clean drinking water, electricity and a lack of professionals in Iraq to help rebuild.
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