The attorney for Georgie Szendrey said a prosecutor from the California Attorney General's Office agreed to delay a plea in the case until April to allow the defense time to fully examine some 150 pages of investigative documents.
State prosecutors have declined to comment on the case, which is believed to stem from information Szendrey allegedly provided to a defense attorney and the Enterprise-Record surrounding a Grand Jury investigation she conducted in 2007 into an excessive force complaint against two Paradise police officers.
Szendrey was charged by the state attorney general earlier this month with a misdemeanor count of improper disclosure of Grand Jury information, which could carry up to one year in jail.
On Friday, attorneys in the case appeared at a "clerk's arraignment" — an informal proceeding outside the presence of a judge, 15 minutes before the scheduled 8:30 a.m. hearing.
Szendrey's attorney, Michael Harvey of Oroville, said that because she is charged with only a misdemeanor, he appeared in her absence.
Harvey said Deputy Attorney General Barton Bowers had also arrived early at the court Friday morning and agreed to continue the arraignment until April 9.
According to Harvey, the criminal complaint
However, he said he won't know the basis for the allegations until he examines the inch-thick sheaf of investigative reports the prosecutor turned over to him Friday.
The case came to light in the spring of 2008, when a Chico attorney included a copy of confidential Grand Jury documents in a motion seeking to unseal the personnel file of veteran Paradise police officer Robert Pickering on behalf of Max Justin Schumacher, 30, who at the time was accused of threatening the officer and resisting arrest on a public intoxication charge.
At his trial, Schumacher claimed the officer stopped his vehicle on a dark road near the county jail, pulled him from the back seat and threw him to the pavement while he was still handcuffed.
Pickering testified that after threatening to kill him and members of his family, the intoxicated man had tried to shoulder past him when he stopped the patrol car to see if Schumacher had injured himself banging his head inside the patrol car.
In the pretrial motion seeking the names of people who had filed excessive force complaints against the arresting officer, Schumacher's attorney, Kevin Sears, included written findings by the ex-grand juror and transcripts from a videotape of a violent arrest of an underage drunken driving suspect, Justin Baltierra, by Pickering and a second ridge officer, Timothy Cooper, in December 2006.
In her unpublished written opinion, which Szendrey said she turned over to Baltierra's attorney Denny Forland after her term on the grand jury ended, she determined that the two ridge officers had failed to inform the drunken driver he was under arrest before tackling him to the pavement, as a neighbor videotaped the arrest.
After reviewing the officer's personnel file in chambers, Butte County Superior Court Judge Sandra McLean ordered the names of three people who had brought excessive force complaints against Pickering in the last two years to be turned over to Schumacher's lawyer, over objections by the town's attorney.
Schumacher's jury was shown the Baltierra arrest tape prior to acquitting him of all charges.
Last year, the FBI in Sacramento reportedly cleared both Pickering and Cooper of excessive force complaints lodged against them by Baltierra, Schumacher and a third man, Harold Funk, 51, also of Paradise.
Funk, who claimed his elbow was dislocated by the same two officers after they pursued him into a public lavatory in February 2007, was acquitted last month by a separate jury of a misdemeanor resisting arrest charge.
The case against the former grand juror was referred to the state Attorney General's Office because Szendrey's husband, Ed Szendrey, is a retired chief investigator for the Butte County District Attorney's Office.
Outside of court Friday, he said that given the recent acquittals in the resisting arrest cases, "my own confusion is why all this effort is being made to prosecute my wife, when nothing has been done about the officers and their conduct."
POSTED: 6:03 am EDT March 15, 2009UPDATED: 7:05 am EDT March 16, 2009
I reported on July 15, 2008 that the terrorist watch list reached 1,000,665 and growing, based on ACLU tally, and the government’s own reported numbers for the size of list.
The article also discussed the branding of boarding passes of decent and ordinary citizens, activists, journalists, authors, clergy, congressmen, and many others with the ominous sign of “SSSS” “Selectee for enhanced security screening,” in order to create the illusion of safety and generating a bogus watch list that targets every American citizen.
Ironically, the new ACLU tally indicates that as of March 19, 2009 the watch list is still growing and has reached the 1,163,390 with no end in sight , at a growth rate of 24,000 people per month. Eventually, every American citizen will be on this list.
The Democratic congress has been complicit in this abusive process with the Bush administration and has done nothing in the last few years to dampen the misuse of this practice of unaccountable power. In 2009, a new beginning has commenced with the new Obama administration that has promised us reform, hope, equality, fairness, liberty, and justice for all. As a result, the Democratic congress with the support of the new president has continued the same policies of Bush.
However, under extreme public pressure to change the course of constitutional abuse, this treasonous and complicit congress that endorsed the contrived Iraq war and the war on terror, as well as the disembowelment of the constitution and the bill of rights, has passed a house bill on February 2009 H.R. 559, sponsored by Representative Yvette Clarke (D-NY) to give the impression of action that might cleanse them from their sins and from the continuous violation of the rights of the American public. The new bill requires the secretary of homeland security otherwise known as the Orwellian ministry of Love to create an Office of Appeals and Redress.
The American Civil Liberty Union headed by CFR member Anthony Romero, welcomed this development, but reiterated its call on Congress and the Obama administration to reexamine the nation’s approach to the watch list, because it remains fundamentally flawed.
The mockery in this charade is that the victims who were placed on this list wrongly, randomly, or on purpose to be silenced, harassed, and intimidated will have to carry on the burden of proof to the new Home Land Security Bureaucracy to exonerate themselves from the overreaching tentacles of big brother.
Meanwhile, TSA is continuing to implement their behavioral surveillance program that was launched in 2006, and has spread to every state and every airport. It is known as Screening Passengers by Observation Techniques (SPOT). The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) denounced the SPOT program in October of 2008 in an emailed statement to media discouraging the use of behavioral patterns as a predictive measure.
The TSA program trains screeners to become "behavior detection officers" who patrol terminals and checkpoints looking for travelers who act oddly or appear to answer questions suspiciously.
Critics say the number of arrests is small and indicates the program is flawed. "That's an awful lot of people being pulled aside and inconvenienced," said Carnegie Mellon scientist Stephen Fienberg, who studied the TSA program and other counterterrorism efforts. "I think it's a sham. We have no evidence it works." .
The “SPOT” and the “SSSS” continue to subsist in their dark path of abuse, humiliation, and control of passengers, while, Home Land Security and TSA resume their investment in these programs to justify their own bureaucratic existence, and to expand government control over the people.
So next time you are in the airport, make sure that you don’t have a panic attack, be warm and sweaty, or wear sunglasses, because you might be investigated and considered a terrorist. Untrained TSA employees have become psychological Gurus who can read your intentions and your thoughts.
TSA also known as the Orwellian thought police will analyze and observe behaviors and act accordingly. Behavior analysis will continue to target specific groups. In Newspeak terms, the behavioral analysis of passengers is another expression for racial and cultural profiling.
Finally, I wonder if it is feasible for president Obama to truly govern a nation that is immersed with pundits, mentors, special interests, and financiers who guide him every step of the way.
Can Obama ever have the courage to reduce his bloated bureaucracy and eliminate these parasitic agencies like HLS and TSA that are financed by the blood and hard work of American citizens?
Bigger governments do not correlate to efficiency and safety, and new presidents do not correlate to change but more of the same. However, Orwell’s Oceania definitely correlates to today’s America .
Even as the Boston Police Department is vowing to rein in runaway overtime spending, it shelled out nearly $224,000 to cops charged with eighty-sixing the drunken shenanigans at the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade, more than double last year’s tab, the Herald has learned.
All told, the city dished out $223,904.32 to 650 officers to police the parade route, compared to $108,576.09 for 342 cops last year, according to payroll data obtained by the Herald.
Police Commissioner Edward Davis said the payout “squares very well” with BPD’s pledge to live within its means.
There weren’t enough cops to handle the mayhem at last year’s parade, Davis said, and he had to beef up the ranks to contend with out-of-town rowdies looking for trouble.
But Boston Finance Commission Executive Director Jeff Conley questioned the city’s commitment to controlling wasteful overtime spending.
“It’s hard to fathom how they can say they’re reducing overtime, especially when they doubled it (for the parade) from last year,” Conley said.
Indeed, in spite of recent belt-tightening, the BPD is poised to blow through its $30.6 million OT budget, having spent $27.3 million with about three months left in the fiscal year.
Conley noted the city spent $110,292 in 2007 on 420 cops at the parade.
“I don’t understand where public safety wasn’t a concern the year before,” Conley said. “It sounds like the police department continues to need to do more to manage its overtime budget.”
“It was money well spent,“ Davis said about the increase. “It could have been a real bad day.”
Overall, the BPD, which had announced a stepped-up push on public drinking, arrested 13 people and ticketed 400 for public drinking at $200 per citation, according to police. A year earlier, fewer cops busted 17 but cited just 67.
The South Boston parade is among the city’s most expensive festivities to police - but not its biggest OT budget buster. The all-day Carribean Festival in 2008 required 716 cops who got $311,000 in overtime.
City Councilor Stephen J. Murphy said Davis was right to flood South Boston with cops but warned there are consequences to high spending.
“Given that for every $50,000 spent there’s a job that’s going to be lost this July, they have to do better,” Murphy said.
Gang Stalking = COINTELPRO = STASI decomposition
The FBI and all law enforcement agencies are currently using a psychological warfare protocol like "COINTELPRO" which is almost identical to the STASI "decomposition". This is what people are referring to as Gang Stalking.
The earliest forms of this that I know of are from Egypt, Greece and Rome. Each of these societies had pervasive spy/informant networks that were spying on each other as well as looking for spies inside of their own empires. Anyone who did not feel that their own respective empire was the most perfect society could be considered a traitor. In other words they were looking for anyone who had thoughts beliefs and attitudes that were not approved of by the state that could instigate revolt or subversive activity or otherwise make them a danger to the empire. This obviously created a snitch culture and there were bound to be abuses. If a person was not liked by another then it was easy to persuade others to make a complaint and get that person killed or exiled. No one dare say or do anything that was politically incorrect and thus the rulers were able to maintain power and control over the people. Blatant execution or exile is common in an empire but in a democracy it is not as easy to accomplish these punishments so modern psychological operations were developed to accomplish these goals and in this way an empire can masquerade as a democracy.
The STASI decomposition protocol is an excellent example of how these modern psychological operations work. The STASI decomposition is almost identical to the FBI’s COINTELPRO. Here is a link to a document that shows an overview of the STASI decomposition.
Law enforcement agencies in concert with government and corporations are using bribery, deception, coercion & blackmail to create an informant & saboteur network out of criminals of all kinds, extremist groups, cults, patriotic zealots, the poor, the homeless, friends, family, neighbors, repair men, fire men, police, military personnel and agents to target individuals and groups that have beliefs and attitudes (such as civil rights and animal rights.) that may cause them to commit acts of terrorism at some future time or motivate others to commit terrorist acts or incite revolt. This pre-crime approach has existed numerous times throughout American history but has reared its ugly head again due to 9/11.
Unfortunately, according to former FBI agent Mike German, many post 9/11 targeted individuals are nothing more than a training exercise.
Here is a lecture by Noam Chomsky that uncovers the root mindset in America that predicates the targeting of groups and individuals.
The real power behind gang stalking and many other terrible things is the minority of the opulent but the front group making all the policy changes these days is the neoconservatives. Neoconservatisim is a cult ideology that has been bankrolled and nurtured by the opulent just like all of the other cult ideologies created or co-opted by the opulent for their machinations.
Stalin and Hitler were fanatical leaders inspired by a gang mentality and by the concept of "historic mission." They believed that intolerance and large scale brutality were necessary ingredients of social order. Each of them was also supported by the “cult of personality.” The neocons are strikingly similar.
What are the components of gang mentality?
· Extreme concern with reputation both inside and outside of the ideology. Neocons are this way.
· Extreme concern with respect both inside and outside of the ideology. Neocons are this way.
· No challenge will go unanswered. It is so with the neocons as well.
What is the concept of “historic mission”?
In a well documented conversation, Adolf Hitler berated the Austrian Chancellor Schuschnigg and stated…
"That is what you say!...But I am telling you that I am going to solve the so-called Austrian problem one way or the other...I have a historic mission, and this mission I will fulfill because Providence has destined me to do so...I have only to give an order and all your ridiculous defense mechanisms will be blown to bits. You don't seriously believe you can stop me or even delay me for half an hour, do you?"
Prominent neocon Michael Ledeen stated…
“Creative destruction is our middle name, both within our own society and abroad. We tear down the old order every day, from business to science, literature, art, architecture, and cinema to politics and the law. Our enemies have always hated this whirlwind of energy and creativity, which menaces their traditions (whatever they may be) and shames them for their inability to keep pace. Seeing America undo traditional societies, they fear us, for they do not wish to be undone. They cannot feel secure so long as we are there, for our very existence—our existence, not our politics—threatens their legitimacy. They must attack us in order to survive, just as we must destroy them to advance our historic mission.”
What is the cult of personality?
The cult of personality is explained pretty well here…
The Straussian philosophy is a cult of personality and the neocons follow the Straussian philosophy
If you select 1 percent of a population (Whistle blowers, dissidents, artists, those that look funny, and act or dress funny) and punish them severely for little or nothing, then you will gain the compliance of the other 99 percent either through fear or because they’ve been conned by the COINTELPRO/STASI type propaganda in to believing that the TI’s must be removed from society for the common good. Then you can implement the social, political and financial changes you want on a grand scale in a relatively short period of time. I.E. advance your historic mission. This has been done enumerable times throughout history.
When the average person considers what the Nazis or Stalin did, they are naturally horrified. When a banker considers what the Nazis or Stalin did they have dollar signs in their eyes. MONEY is the real reason this is happening!!! The bankers know that a one world government is not possible. Empire building has been going on for centuries and a global empire has never been realized. But if you understand finance, history, politics and the military industrial complex, then it is clear to see that it is the EXERCISE of building empires and large scale wars that redistributes the wealth of nations into the hands of the banking elite and keeps the masses under control.
Unfortunately most human beings don't understand how their own minds work nor are they well educated in multiple disciplines. Most of the people that perpetrate these crimes against humanity aren't fully aware that there is such a big conspiracy going on. It’s just that most human beings have so many inherent psychological weaknesses and such a deep lack of education that if you alter the socioeconomic landscape in just the right way, you get what you see here in America today.
Here are a few very credible documentaries that will help you to understand what’s really going on and hopefully survive…
One of the biggest mistakes people make when they become TI’s is to attempt to create a counter spy network against those that are surveilling them. This is something that the neocons and the banking elite are OK with. A global spy counter spy network is much like the cold war and the cold war was extremely profitable for the banking elite not to mention a powerful pretext to control people. The global war on terror needs a global terrorist network and since there really is not one, many targets will be manipulated into acting out in ways that can classify them as terrorists thus creating the impetus for law enforcement agencies to demand more tax payer money to fight the war on terror. Targets are all better off contacting a civil rights group and explaining that they have reason to believe they have been placed on the terrorist watch list.
Do yourself a favor and learn as much about economics and finance as possible. It will help you survive. This is all the info you will need to be an educated investor. It’s not a get rich quick thing, just a solid economics and investing education.
Also, listen to as many lectures by Professor Noam Chomsky as possible. They are all over the internet. He is brilliant and has been exposing the machinations of the opulent (Rothschild, Rockefeller etc) for decades. His research is very credible and will help you to separate the facts from the propaganda and give you a measure of mental clarity and peace. Utilizing his research will also help you gain some of your credibility back with others.
Try to explain all of this to your friends and family. Usually when people see the mission statement of the neocons from their websites (PNAC & FPI) they start listening.
According to anti-communist author Ludwik Kowalski
“Mass murder occurs when brutal and sadistic criminals, to be found in every society, are promoted to positions of dominance, when propaganda is used to dehumanize the targeted population and when children are inoculated with intolerance and hatred. It occurs when victims ("inferior races" or "class enemies") are excluded from the norms of morality, when ideological totalitarianism is imposed and when freedom is suspended. Fear and violence, the preconditions of genocide, are likely to be found in societies with large numbers of thieves and informants.”
Here is some info on how to take care of your physical health.
Visit this YouTube channel and watch everything on it. You will gain a clear understanding of what’s really going on.
The FBI's new leader of a mid-Hudson gang task force says his team is as focused as ever on the region's most violent criminals.
Supervisory Senior Resident Agent Felipe Orengo said the mission remains "absolutely the same" three years after more than 500 federal, state and local law enforcement officers swarmed the City of Newburgh in surge-style gang takedowns.
Orengo, a Middletown High School graduate, took over the FBI's local operations after the old boss, James Gagliano, was appointed deputy legal attaché in Mexico City.
Orengo's job includes oversight of the Hudson Valley Safe Streets Task Force. The hybrid unit comprising 11 law enforcement agencies led investigations that have yielded federal indictments of more than 300 defendants in Orange, Sullivan and Dutchess counties.
The bulk of the work came in Newburgh, where the task force targeted the Latin Kings and Bloods gangs, leading to convictions for drug dealing, racketeering, assaults and a half-dozen murders.
Orengo began as a state trooper in the Middletown barracks of Troop F, where he patrolled nights with New York State Police Academy classmate Joseph Tripodo. Now captain of Troop F's investigations unit, Tripodo said Orengo is a street-savvy, organized lawman.
"He's a stand-up guy, both on the personal and professional level," Tripodo said.
Soft-spoken and understated, the 53-year-old Orengo is a departure from the boisterous Gagliano, whom U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara described as a "force of nature."
Orengo is a career special agent who began his FBI days 28 years ago roaming the southern parishes of New Orleans before returning to New York to chase Colombian drug cartels and La Cosa Nostra. He's volunteered for 13 years as an assistant girls' basketball coach for John S. Burke Catholic High School in Goshen. Gagliano considered him his right-hand man on the task force.
"Jim and I don't have the same style, but we share the same passion for the mission," Orengo said. The switch to management makes Orengo the main contact for the partnering agencies that continue to lend scare resources and manpower to the task force. Without their cooperation, Orengo said, there would be no task force.
Newburgh police Chief Michael Ferrara, who devotes two detectives to the task force, said the partnership led to "unbelievable arrests" and was crucial to keeping new gang leaders from filling the void.
The Mississippi Supreme Court stayed the execution of Willie Jerome Manning, who was scheduled to die Tuesday night at 6 at the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman.
Manning was convicted in 1994 of killing two Mississippi State students in front of the campus’ Sigma Chi fraternity house.
Justices voted 8-1 to issue the stay. Justice Michael Randolph, of Hattiesburg, dissented.
Randolph was critical of the court’s decision, writing that Manning had failed to comply with the statutory requirements attached to his claim that DNA testing on a hair found in one of the victim’s cars could possibly exonerate him. Randolph took particular issue with letters submitted with the hair analysis from the U.S. Department of Justice that were unsigned.
“The letters challenge not only former FBI experts in hair, but also ballistics. Our established law and justice require more,” Randolph wrote in his opinion.
Randolph also pointed out what he felt were discrepancies in one of the DOJ letters, which said mitochondrial DNA testing became routine in 2000. Randolph cited an article published by the DOJ in 1999 that said the testing became routine in 1992, and would have been available for Manning’s 1994 trial, if he had asked that it be done.
June 24, 2013
A divided federal appeals court Friday upheld the conviction of a blogger for threatening three judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.
Two Second Circuit judges said the evidence at trial was sufficient to prove that Harold Turner committed a "true threat" of violence when he issued a blog post saying that Seventh Circuit Judges Frank Easterbrook, William Bauer and Richard Posner deserved to die when they upheld a Chicago gun ban, finding the Second Amendment does not apply to the states.
Second Circuit Judge Debra Ann Livingston (See Profile) and Eastern District Judge Brian Cogan (See Profile), sitting by designation, said the evidence at Turner's trial in Brooklyn federal court was "more than sufficient" to meet each of the elements for threatening a federal judge under 18 U.S.C. §115(a)(1)(B) and that "Turner's conduct was unprotected by the First Amendment."
Judge Rosemary Pooler (See Profile) dissented in United States v. Turner, 11-196-cr, saying "as a matter of law" Turner's speech was not a "true threat" under the statute and the First Amendment.
Turner began running the Hal Turner Show on a website in 2000 that was popular with groups such as the Klu Klux Klan and Aryan Nations. Between 2003 and 2007, he also helped the FBI by providing information on extremists who visited his web site and proposed acts of violence. The FBI dropped him in 2007 after he was admonished for his own violent speech on the website and his agent handler came to believe there were "serious control problems" with Turner, according to the circuit's opinion.
Turner published a blog post on June 2, 2009 following the Seventh Circuit 's decision in National Rifle Association of America v. Chicago, 567 F.3d 856 (7th Cir. 2009).
"Let me be the first to say this plainly: These judges deserve to be killed. Their blood will replenish the tree of liberty. A small price to assure freedom for millions," he wrote.
Turner then referred to the murders of U.S. District Judge Joan Lefkow's husband and mother in the judge's Chicago home in 2005, connecting it to Lefkow's role in a case involving white supremacist Mathew Hale and his organization "World Church of the Creator."
Lefkow had ruled against Hale in a 2002 trademark infringement case, finding that his church infringed on a trademark belonging to another group. In 2003, Hale was arrested for plotting to kill Lefkow. In 2005, Hale was convicted of soliciting Lefkow's murder, and he was sentenced to 40 years in prison.
The monthly magazine Journalisten wrote that the incident happened in 2010 and 2011. Lysglimt was general manager of e-mail service Runbox, and in March 2013, he was forced to deliver the traffic and e-mails from the servers of the company to the FBI in the United States.
According to Lysglimt, he was first contacted by NCIS in August 2010, where he was asked to assist the American police. But he demanded a court decision. After NCIS got it from the Oslo District Court, he had to give the demanded information.
- I find the whole affair as uncomfortable, not to mention that I can not talk about it with anyone. As I still choose to tell, it’s not because I’m so brave. But when you see what others, like Snowden, is willing, I think it’s a small sacrifice to reveal what happened, says Lysglimt to the magazine.
Hans Jørgen Lysglimt is now also on the parliamentary list of Pirate Party in Oslo for the upcoming elections.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation's top official in Arizona has been suspended a few days before his scheduled retirement because of his published criticism of Attorney General Janet Reno.
The official, James Ahearn, who has been with the agency for 35 years, was placed on administrative leave with pay on Tuesday for his comments in an interview on Feb. 13 in The Arizona Republic, an F.B.I. spokesman, Dean St. Dennis, said on Wednesday.
In the interview, Mr. Ahearn questioned Ms. Reno's ability to run the Justice Department, which includes the F.B.I., and criticized her for rejecting a plan to merge the bureau and the Drug Enforcement Administration.
I’m writing to you because a new and dangerous bill in the Massachusetts Legislature would allow local law enforcement to monitor and collect data on all phone calls, just like the NSA.
Click here to sign my petition to stop this.
Right now in Massachusetts, police and prosecutors are only allowed to wiretap your phone if they suspect you of involvement in organized crime. The new bill would allow police to eavesdrop on anyone suspected of even the mildest offenses. What's worse, it would grant law enforcement direct access to phone company switching stations, setting up unconstitutional "general wiretaps" that would collect data on huge numbers of residents, even ones who have never been suspected of a crime. Through my new nonprofit, Digital Fourth, I've organized a broad coalition of groups to oppose the bill, including the ACLU of Massachusetts, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Demand Progress, the Bill of Rights Defense Committee, and Fight for the Future.
The Massachusetts Legislature is on the fence about this issue. We can win this and defend privacy -- but only if *everyone* takes action. Will you add your name? It would mean a great deal to me!
The stakes are high. If this bill passes here, other states will likely follow. It’s disturbing enough to know that the NSA monitors all of us without a warrant, but imagine if every local cop in the country had access to all your phone calls.
Please use the buttons to share this petition with your friends, and send this link to anyone who might take action: http://masswiretap-digitalfourth.nationbuilder.com
Alex Marthews, President
Another person has surfaced in the already complicated investigation into an FBI agent who fatally shot a man during what authorities said was a drug sting Tuesday afternoon.
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