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 FBI agent suspected of murdering couple
COLD-CASE INVESTIGATION | Husband, wife were shot execution-style in their SUV in West Rogers Park in 2002 -- while baby sat in back seat

February 24, 2009

BY STEVE WARMBIR AND FRANK MAIN Staff Reporters

A former FBI agent is a suspect in the 2002 murders of a married couple shot to death in their BMW on the North Side while their 3-month-old child sat in the back unharmed, the Chicago Sun-Times has learned.

Vo Duong "Ben" Tran, 41, was an FBI agent in 2002, when the victims, Timme and Vickie Le, were killed execution-style in West Rogers Park, court records show.

Tran, who investigated organized crime for the FBI, was fired from the bureau in 2003 after he allegedly admitted to FBI officials that he tried to bribe a Vietnamese official when he traveled to the country, among other infractions.

The Chicago Police cold-case unit is investigating the murders. Initially, Tran was not a suspect but detectives recently received information from the FBI raising the possibility that he was involved, a police source said. Cold-case detectives want to question Tran. Police declined on Monday to discuss their evidence in the slayings.

Tran is on trial in California on charges of planning to rip off a drug house, but in reality, the whole matter was an FBI sting operation.

During the investigation in California, he was secretly recorded by a confidential informant as he spoke generally about past murders and about other people he wanted to kill, as well as ways to avoid arrest, court records alleged. Chicago police have asked the FBI for copies of those recordings, a law enforcement source said.

Tran allegedly told a government informant that he had been a sports bookmaker and wanted to kill people across the country who owed him hundreds of thousands of dollars.

"I want blood," Tran said, according to a government transcript. "I have to make sure it has to be done right because all my hits, they are clean."

In another recording, Tran allegedly talked about shooting people "in the eye, f - - - - - - blow out of the, the back of the brain."

On his MySpace social networking site, Tran inserts a chilling quote in the "About Me" section: "Man knows no pain till he's taken a man's life."

The former FBI agent has faced criminal charges twice before -- one for allegedly impersonating a police officer, another time on gun-related charges. But he beat both cases.

Tran's attorneys in the California case argue he wasn't doing anything wrong but simply trying to help law enforcement by playing along and gathering information about the drug house ripoff.

Federal prosecutors counter it was much more than talk, pointing to the arsenal that Tran and his alleged accomplice had assembled to rob the drug house. The weapons and equipment included a fully automatic machine gun; a semiautomatic assault rifle with a silencer; a .22-caliber Ruger with a silencer and netting to catch discharged casings; 600 rounds of ammunition; four bulletproof vests, and zip ties to tie up people expected to be inside the drug house.

Tran's alleged connection to the double murder in Chicago first came to light in court documents filed by prosecutors in the California case as part of a list of other alleged bad deeds by Tran that could be introduced at trial.

Family members of the victims were stunned when told of the prosecution's filing. Before she was killed, Vickie Le ran a popular Gold Coast nail salon, and her husband owned a restaurant in Uptown. Vickie Le's brother, Vu Hoang, said he did not know if the couple knew Tran.

Prosecutors have referred in a court filing to Tran and Timme Le as former business partners.

"I am completely flabbergasted by the whole thing," Hoang said.
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Top NJ FBI agent receives presidential award

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Weysan Dun was given the 2008 Presidential Meritorious Executive Rank Award by FBI Director Robert Mueller in a ceremony at FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C. on Friday.

The award is given by the president and recognizes the accomplishments of career civil service employees. The FBI had 11 recipients for 2008.

Dun has been the special agent in charge of the FBI's Newark field office since 2007. Before that he worked for the FBI in San Francisco, Omaha, Neb., Chicago, Hartford, Conn., and was the special agent in charge of the bureau's division based in Springfield, Ill.
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When the Law Enforcement agency commits a crime like assassinating President Kennedy, Martin Luther King or Robert Kennedy the law enforcement agency can  make sure critical evidence gets destroyed linking them to the crime.




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U.S. Attorney: Rift hurt Whitey Bulger search

                                                               

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If not for a “rift” between squabbling law enforcement agencies, fugitive South Boston mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger might be behind bars, U.S. Attorney Michael J. Sullivan believes.

“I cannot sit here and say that if not for a rift we would have captured Bulger,” the state’s outgoing top legal eagle said yesterday during an editorial board meeting with the Herald, “but . . . we would have had a better chance of catching Bulger.”

Until he tendered his resignation Jan. 20 with the advent of a Democratic White House, the Republican Sullivan, 54, of Abington, was also acting director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives for 2 years.

Mum about his immediate plans as he waits on word of his successor in Boston, Sullivan said, “I think it’s healthy to move on,” and admitted lunching with former U.S. Attorney Wayne Budd, now senior counsel at the international firm Goodwin Procter.

Not wanting to uproot the youngest of his four children, a high school sophomore, the Holbrook native conceded he is focusing his job search locally.

Sullivan said his “greatest disappointment” in the past eight years of combatting terrorism, busting allegedly corrupt politicians and kneecapping organized crime was that the aging Bulger - charged with 21 murders - has evaded arrest for 14 years, “not withstanding extraordinary efforts.”

While admitting to a certain naivete on his part, Sullivan told the Herald when he transitioned from Plymouth district attorney to U.S. attorney in September 2001, “the public would have been outraged” to know his office, the FBI, state police and other agencies were too territorial over collaring the prized wiseguy to work together “on one of the most important fugitive investigations in our country.”

The “breadth of divide” has since closed, he said, but not without casualties. Former state police colonel “Tom Foley put this investigation together, and there’s no question his investigation was harmed” by ill will, he said.

“I’m not trying to be critical,” he said, “but I was frustrated.”

FBI Boston spokeswoman Gail Marcinkiewicz said in response, “The FBI remains committed with its law enforcement partners to locate and apprehend fugitive James ‘Whitey’ Bulger.”

State police spokesman David Procopio said, “We value our partnerships with other law enforcement agencies and remain as committed as ever to catching Whitey Bulger.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
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Monday, March 23, 2009

               
                                                                       
                                                                                                                                               
                                                               
                                                               
                                                                                                                               

Ex-FBI chief keeps clients to legal course

Del.'s Court of Chancery provides the stars to steer by

        By MAUREEN MILFORD • The News Journal • March 22, 2009

       
       
  • What’s this?
       

With his résumé and brand name, former FBI director Louis J. Freeh could have started his legal services business anywhere.

               
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But he chose Wilmington to start Freeh Group International, in part, because Delaware has its own brand as the nation's corporate capital, thanks to Delaware's influential Court of Chancery.

Corporate legal counsels throughout the world look to Delaware courts for guidance in keeping on the right side of the law. Freeh recalled being in the offices of general counsels in Europe and spotting a pile of Chancery Court decisions on their desks.

Fanned by public outrage over recent banking and investment scandals, companies face increasing risk of liability. That makes consulting on ethics and compliance with the law a fertile line of business today, experts say.

The stakes are high for companies and organizations that find themselves on the wrong side of the law, with one recent penalty topping $1 billion. At the same time, the plethora of regulations worldwide can be tricky to navigate, experts say.

Now Freeh is doing his part to keep organizations and their directors from winding up before judge or jury. Freeh, who served as general counsel to MBNA's credit card bank from 2001 to 2006, has founded a legal services company that combines a variety of services to help clients reduce their risk of misconduct that can result in tarnished reputations, huge financial penalties, criminal liability or total destruction of an organization. Services can range from corporate governance help to regulatory compliance to building an ethical culture in a company.

"Compliance is not just making sure your foreign exchange rate is accurate. You have to make sure employees aren't breaking the law," said Freeh, 59, who served as FBI director from 1993 to 2001.

Companies must be careful to adhere to provisions of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002; the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act of 1977; Bank Secrecy Act/Anti-Money Laundering; and U.S Securities and Exchange Commission regulations. What's more, organizations must pay attention to laws of foreign countries in which they do business.

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The economic meltdown and recent rash of scandals, including the $65 billion Ponzi scheme run by Bernard L. Madoff, will only increase the pressure by the public for more government regulation and stricter enforcement, said Roy Snell, chief executive of the Society of Corporate Compliance and Eth

It's more likely that investors will insist that companies run effective compliance programs, Snell said.

There's been an explosion of compliance officers and compliance programs at organizations. The sea change in compliance began in 1991, when the U.S. Sentencing Commission issued guidelines for judges when sentencing corporations, partnerships, associations and other organizations under federal felony laws.

Organizations with effective programs to prevent and detect criminal conduct can get credit should they be charged with a crime. After Sarbanes-Oxley, companies began putting ethics into the mix to create ethical organizational cultures.

A 'leading ethics officer'

In 1996, Chancery Court issued a landmark decision in the so-called Caremark case that legal scholars said is one of the most prominent decisions ever involving oversight.

Former Chancellor William Allen held that boards of directors have an obligation to institute an information-gathering and reporting system that is designed to promote compliance with the laws to which the business is subject. Today, it is called the Caremark standard.

So, organizations reach out to companies such as Freeh Group International, said Tim Mazur, chief operating officer with Ethics & Compliance Officers Association. Freeh's clients have included Bank of America Corp. the DuPont Co., Daimler AG and Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

Charles Elson, director of the Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance at the University of Delaware, said Freeh is perfect for the role.

"If you want someone to review your integrity, ethics and compliance issues, who better than the former head of the FBI?" Elson said. "In that job, he was our government's leading ethics officer."

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To get an idea of the kind of work Freeh Group International does, consider a job it undertook for a U.S. client that was interested in getting an investment from a Middle Eastern sovereign wealth fund.

               
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Freeh flew to Abu Dhabi to investigate the fund because his client has a gaming unit that requires state licenses.

Freeh's task was to make sure there was nothing in the activities of the sovereign wealth fund that could jeopardize the gaming licenses of his client.

There wasn't.

In a recent case in Los Angeles, the company conducted an internal investigation for a major client, and then Freeh personally worked with police and prosecutors.

"In most cases, we advise our clients to find out all facts, what's going on and to self-report. Not only is it good self-governance, but it's good business. If we find wrongdoing, go out and report it," Freeh said.

During an investigation, depending on what type of expertise is needed, Freeh Group International will use its own staff but also tap subcontractors.

"One of our advantages is we have a very big network out there of CPAs, lawyers, former investigators and judges," Freeh said. "There are equally good or better law firms and accounting firms that can do this. The difference is, we can do this in Wilmington or Riyadh or Pretoria."

Freeh group also has offices in New York, Washington, London and Rome.

What's more, the company, particularly overseas, can draw on Freeh's network and an international group of partners to access local prosecutors, police, judges, ministers and important stakeholders.

"In internal investigations, we actually go out and make contact with the people who are on the other side," he said.

Ten years ago, it would have been hard to sustain a niche business such as Freeh Group International, Mazur said.

But, thanks to growing public outrage over organizational misconduct, there has been an increase in regulation, enforcement and penalties, Snell said.

Before 1991, when the government began cracking down on misconduct, some organizations would do a risk-benefit analysis when assessing certain conduct, experts said. The fines and sentencing guidelines were so lenient, some organizations would continue activities they knew were wrong or illegal, experts said.

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"Far too many companies had a game-playing attitude to regulation," Mazur said. "That sort of mentality really upset a lot of people."

               
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Today, the stakes are much higher for organizations that have employees who have been involved in fraud, bribery, extortion or unethical behavior, Mazur said. Sometimes, sexual harassment, political lobbying and gifts and gratuities can become criminal acts, he said.

For example, in certain countries, a pharmaceutical representative for a drug company could be accused of bribing a government official if the gifts were handed out to a physician employed by a government-owned hospital.

What's more, the U.S. government is cracking down on companies with international operations under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, experts said.

Corrupt corporate culture

In December, Siemens A.G., the giant German engineering company, and three of its subsidiaries pleaded guilty in federal court to violating anti-bribery and books and records provisions of the act. It agreed to pay more than $1.6 billion in fines and disgorgement of profits. The penalty was the largest monetary sanction since the law was passed in 1977.

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said in December that the "company's inadequate internal controls allowed the conduct to flourish."

The SEC said the misconduct revealed a corporate culture long at odds with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

"The tone at the top at Siemens was inconsistent with an effective FCPA compliance program and created a corporate culture in which bribery was tolerated and even rewarded at the highest levels of the company," the SEC said.

In February, Kellogg Brown & Root LLC, a global engineering and construction firm based in Houston, pleaded guilty to charges under the same law for participating in a scheme to bribe Nigerian government officials, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

It agreed to pay a $402 million criminal fine and to hire an independent monitor to review the company's compliance program, according to the agency.

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A market opportunity

Organizations can lose their charters or be barred from doing business in a country.

               
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This motivates organizations "to do whatever they can to prevent misconduct," Mazur said.

Because the economy is putting increased pressure on management to deliver financially, most compliance and ethics officers expect violations to increase, Snell said.

That will mean greater demand for services offered by companies such as Freeh's, experts said. These companies might be brought in periodically to refresh management and boards on ethics, compliance and good corporate governance matters, Mazur said.

For example, Freeh was recently in India giving a compliance program to a company board.

"We said, 'This is what you need to do,' " Freeh said.

Or Freeh Group International might be called on to do sensitive investigations the company doesn't want to handle internally, such as allegations against the chief executive officer or the general counsel, he said.

"Valuable people like Mr. Freeh can be brought in to do the investigations," Mazur said.

Sometimes a company like Freeh Group International can serve as court-appointed monitor, Mazur said. All these services can command a lot of money, he said.

"It can be very lucrative," he said. "There's a heck of a lot of money to be made."

After MBNA was sold to Bank of America in 2006, Freeh said, he had the option of moving to Charlotte, N.C., with Bank of America to head up global compliance.

Having settled his wife, Marilyn, and six sons in Wilmington, Freeh said, he wasn't keen on relocating.

"When I first met Louie, the thing that struck me most about him is what a family man he is," said Lance Weaver, a former executive of Bank of America.

Other post-MBNA options included joining a law firm. But then Freeh landed a consulting job with DuPont working on a corporate governance matter and another job with Daimler on a compliance issue.

Freeh saw there was a market opportunity to start his own business offering independent and thorough services in corporate compliance and corporate governance. In September 2007, the company opened a sleek office in the new WSFS tower at 500 Delaware Ave.

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"It's exciting -- and terrifying," he said of being an entrepreneur.

               
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Freeh said that beyond its international network and investigative expertise, the company's value lies in its credibility and independence.

"And, beyond our independence, our core model is to have a small number of clients," he said.

That allows the client to have access to the firm's principals, he said.

"CEOs like that," he said.

Although Freeh is affiliated with the New York law firm of Freeh Sporkin Sullivan, Freeh Group International normally does not take on traditional legal clients.

When Freeh Group International got calls from clients of Madoff, the New York investment adviser who has pleaded guilty to charges related to masterminding an investment fraud, Freeh turned down the opportunity to represent them because it was traditional attorney representation.

Freeh Group International has represented a private Russian company that was having problems with some of the country's power players. It worked with a foreign automaker on corporate compliance matters. At the end of last year, he was chosen to be the court-appointed examiner in U.S. Bankruptcy Court to investigate trading losses at an oil transporting company.

The company does not disclose annual revenues.

'In the middle of it all'

It hasn't hurt that Freeh continues to be in the news.

He testified in January before the Senate Judiciary Committee in support of the confirmation of Eric H. Holder Jr. as the U.S. attorney general.

Freeh has been a special agent with the FBI and a deputy U.S. attorney. He was chief of the organized-crime unit and was a U.S. District Court judge for the Southern District of New York from 1991 to 1993.

As an assistant U.S. attorney in New York, Freeh was the lead prosecutor in the "Pizza Connection" case. It involved U.S. drug trafficking by Sicilian organized-crime members who imported drugs and laundered money overseas. He won convictions of 16 of the 17 co-defendants.

"Given his background and abilities, he's carved out a nice space for himself," Elson said of Freeh.

Because Freeh could have started his business anywhere, Delaware was fortunate Freeh stayed in the state, Weaver said.

Freeh said he chose Delaware, in part, because he lives here. But that wasn't the only reason. Bankruptcy Court in Wilmington is one of the busiest dockets in the country; the major companies are incorporated in the state; and it's a short hop to New York City or Washington, D.C.

"I was over by Rodney Square and I saw the sign that said: 'Wilmington: In the middle of it all.' That's true. It's in the middle of everything," he said.







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If You're So Famous...
One author's fleeting brush with celebrity.
by Ted Schwarz

The Emperor's New Groove
The author, caught in a peaceful moment between creditor calls.

    * Walter Novak
    * The author, caught in a peaceful moment between creditor calls.

I should have known I was in trouble when my 15 minutes of fame began on the toilet. It was 4:30 on a Saturday afternoon, and I had spent the day with my three kids and the car radio tuned to Radio Disney. It was not the best way to keep up on current events. That's why I was unprepared when my wife entered the bathroom, holding a portable telephone, her hand covering the mouthpiece. "Don't flush!" she whispered. "Ted Koppel's office is calling. He needs you to appear on an ABC News special tonight."

"There's no time to fly you to New York," I was told by the excited producer. "We need you by 7 p.m. We can arrange for the interview to take place at WEWS . . . Can you do it?"

"Of course," I said. "What do you want me to talk about?"

And that was when I learned that John Kennedy Jr., his wife, and sister-in-law had died in a plane crash. It was the latest tragedy to strike the Kennedy family, but there was no time to contemplate the deeper implications. Network television was calling.

Six years before, I had written a book titled The Kennedys: The Third Generation. It was an insider's look at the family co-written with Barbara Gibson, a woman who had gone from a career with the FBI to being matriarch Rose Kennedy's assistant.

The book research began when John Jr. was perhaps the most inept young prosecutor in the Manhattan District Attorney's office. He twice flunked the bar exam, then almost lost his first case. A woman had surprised a burglar in her Manhattan apartment. The arresting police officer found the man cowering between the sheets of her bed. However, John forgot to show that the woman and the burglar were strangers. The judge, hoping to use an open-and-shut case to better train the bungling young counsel, had Kennedy go back and establish all the facts to ensure a conviction.

People magazine would name Kennedy the "sexiest man alive," a designation editors invented so they could put his chiseled face on their cover and sell extra copies. The following year, though John was as handsome and eligible as ever, someone else won.

"You're America's Ken Doll," I wrote John. "Everyone dresses you up and pretends who they want you to be. I'd like to know the real you. I'd also like to know why you couldn't remain the sexiest man alive for more than one year."

John's secretary called. He loved my letter, wouldn't talk, but encouraged friends and acquaintances to not shun me when I called. The result was a book that enjoyed modest success and enough access so other Kennedy biographers interviewed Barbara and me when our sources wouldn't speak to them. Then, five years later, we received an even more modest offer for reprint rights. My share was $1,000. The book was expected to sell a few thousand paperback copies -- just enough to earn back the advance.

I updated the book, adding 100 new pages to account for weddings, births, and the inevitable "dumb Kennedy tragedy." On Friday, July 16, 1999, I faxed the final corrections for the new edition, due out in November, to the publisher. On Saturday, Ted Koppel called. I spent two more days of interviewing people connected with the ill-fated flight, and the book was reedited and sent for printing four months ahead of schedule.

"They [the publisher] were going to print 65,000 copies and thought they'd sell two-thirds," the editor soon told me. "Now they've upped the printing to 125,000 copies."

By the next morning, the numbers had begun to rise. "We have 175,000 back orders," the editor said joyously. Back orders are firm prepublication orders from stores around the country. Within three days, there were 375,000 back orders, and the senior editor was telling Barbara our first check would be more money than if either one of us had a real job.

The networks and cable companies came calling. Barbara got CNN. I had Ted Koppel. Both of us had Fox.

The London arm of the publisher called, wanting gossip. I provided an outrageous theory a friend had downloaded from the Internet: John, said the web posting, would return to New York after cousin Rory's wedding and announce his candidacy for the U.S. Senate. Hillary Clinton, livid at the thought, had arranged for the secret military installation at Montauk to use an experimental particle ray gun to shoot down the plane.

"We can't use that. It's so negative," the American publisher said. London insisted on my adding the story, noted as an unfounded rumor, to the British edition.

At the same time, I learned that my publisher was paying a large sum for the 1,500-title backlist of a bankrupt publishing company. It would take control of all previous titles, then be able to reissue the books. This was further proof that the publisher was having great financial success. And I was busy being famous.

Bookstores had me sign books that moved swiftly off the shelves. Friends saw me on network TV. The New York Times Best-Sellers List with my name on it was mailed to me weekly. A writer friend for Hollywood Reporter sent me blank business cards to autograph. Only after I returned them did he tell me that the owner of a used bookstore paid him $5 for each, pasted them into past editions of my books, and marked them up an additional $10.

Collection agency calls stopped. Creditors offered me payment extensions. Everyone knew I would soon be solvent.

My royalty check was due near the first anniversary of John's death. Again I was making the talk show rounds. E! was rerunning unrelated documentaries on which I had appeared -- biographies of Roseanne Barr, John DeLorean, and others -- allegedly taking advantage of my renewed fame. Then the check came.

The money received was less than a fifth of what was promised, though industry trade journals never reported any problem with sales, as they routinely do for all major books in trouble.

Shocked, I began calling. One editor said the book had done well, but whatever accounting I received was accurate.

Another editor told my co-author the Times list did not really reflect sales. The book was a bomb, said the editor, perhaps the biggest of 1999. We might be overpaid with the current small check, a comment that, in our paranoia, we took as orders to shut up.

None of this jibed with what bookstore people were telling me. I suspected the publisher had used my royalties to purchase titles from the bankrupt company, but I had no proof. I could not afford an audit. Then the publisher sent me an invitation to come to Washington, D.C., to celebrate its 1999 success with a luxury dinner at the Four Seasons.

Now I'm on assignment in New York. Other publishers still congratulate me on the best-seller. Strangers in my hotel lobby call me by name -- "aren't you . . .?" But meals are being taken in obscure, ultra-cheap Asian restaurants. My sons are tired of Aldi's chicken and hot dogs. My wife would like to put more than a down payment on a tank of gas for our overburdened van (130,000 miles and counting). And every third telephone call is a creditor with the same question:

"If you're so famous, how come . . ."

Ted Schwarz is the author of numerous books. He lives in East Cleveland.





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American revolutionary Mark Rudd, one of the founders of the Weather Underground, writes about past incitements and mistakes in his autobiography, "Underground." Reviewer Jon Wiener finds that "Rudd's historical judgments are, to use a phrase from the era, 'right on.'"

    Much of what the Weathermen did had the opposite effect of what we intended. We de-organized SDS while we claimed we were making it stronger; we isolated ourselves from our friends and allies as we helped split the larger antiwar movement around the issue of violence. In general, we played into the hands of the FBI..... We might as well have been on their payroll.
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Lead candidate to replace sheriff has fans, critics

2:00 a.m. April 19, 2009

William Gore

PROFILE

WILLIAM GORE

Age: 61

Residence: Mission Hills

Occupation: San Diego County undersheriff

Family: Wife, Natalie; adult son, Ryan

Experience: Sheriff's Department, five years; various FBI positions over 32 years, including head of San Diego office

San Diego County's sheriff apparent is a native son with a master's degree in public administration who spent decades with the FBI and whose family roots in local law enforcement date to the 1940s.

William Gore is widely expected to be appointed interim sheriff by the county Board of Supervisors, which will start the process of replacing retiring Sheriff Bill Kolender this week.

The appointment could give him an edge in the 2010 sheriff's election, which already has four other candidates.

Supporters say Gore is a true professional, a natural leader with experience at many levels. Critics say he never walked a beat or staffed a patrol car, and never worked overnight on New Year's Eve. They question his role in two national imbroglios for the FBI.

Even before Kolender said he would retire in July – with 18 months left in his fourth term – Gore earned a wealth of endorsements in addition to the sheriff, a longtime family friend.

The district attorney, three mayors, one member of Congress and dozens of community leaders are among those who signed on to the Gore campaign. Three of five county supervisors also endorsed Gore.

Gore, 61, said he accomplished much in his few years as undersheriff. He pointed to a regional crime lab, new citizen advisory boards, updated radio systems, automated record keeping and a commitment to community policing.

The sheriff “has given me pretty much leeway in things I want to do and things I want to implement,” Gore said in an interview last week in his office, where an award of merit signed by President Bill Clinton hangs on the wall. Gore's desk bears a chunk of granite carved with the words, “Attitude is Everything.”

In the family

Gore was born in 1947 at Mercy Hospital in Hillcrest, the third son of budding San Diego police investigator William Gore.

In the late 1950s, the elder William Gore took Kolender, then a young officer, under his wing. Kolender made lieutenant inside a decade and was named chief of police in 1975.

All three Gore sons followed in their father's law-enforcement footsteps. Larry Gore spent 33 years with the San Diego police before serving as the West Sacramento police chief. Michael Gore was a sheriff's deputy for 15 years before turning to private security.

The Gore boys grew up in the College Area. The youngest son attended Crawford High School and was admitted to the University of San Diego. William Gore embraced public service early; at USD, he majored in public administration and served briefly as a Navy aviator during the Vietnam War.

After his discharge, Gore didn't take the local law-enforcement path. He joined the FBI. He was sent to Kansas City and then Seattle, where he met his wife, Natalie Sabin, one of the first female FBI agents. He earned a master's in public administration from Seattle University.

Ruby Ridge

After assignments in Honolulu and Washington, D.C., Gore returned to Seattle as special agent in charge. In August 1992, he arrived at a remote mountaintop in northern Idaho, where a U.S. marshal and a 14-year-old boy had been killed in a gunfight that broke out as marshals tried to arrest the boy's father, Randall Weaver.

The scene was chaotic. Dozens of agents converged on the ridge and set up a perimeter while Weaver and his family holed up in their cabin. The next day, an agent mistakenly shot and killed Weaver's wife, Vicki, as Weaver and another man appeared outside the cabin, armed.

Gore and other commanders didn't know at the time that Weaver's wife and son were dead. Agents found the boy's body in an outbuilding near the main cabin on the third day and learned about Vicki's death later.

“All of a sudden, you're saying, 'No wonder they were reluctant' ” to come out again, said Gore, who served in a command-support role to Salt Lake City FBI chief Eugene Glenn.

After a tense showdown with more than 100 agents stretched into its 11th day, Weaver gave up.

The FBI was criticized for its actions. A dozen agents were suspended or demoted for lying about what happened. Gore was not among them. He was promoted to assistant FBI director and returned to Washington, D.C., in 1994.

Still, the incident remains a rallying cry for those who say the government was out of control, and Gore's involvement could taint him.

“The Ruby Ridge fiasco shows poor judgment on the part of the people involved, and my understanding is he was one of the principals,” said Ron Godwin, who manages a gun store in El Cajon and hosts a gun-rights radio show. “Putting him in as an appointee is simply so he can run as an incumbent (sheriff) and make it more easy for him.”

Gore was among four agents who refused to testify at a U.S. Senate hearing on Ruby Ridge. He said his lawyer advised against it because an Idaho prosecutor was pursuing murder charges against agents.

In 1997, Gore learned there was an opening to head the San Diego field office and he jumped at the chance to move home. When he got the job, he quickly focused on fighting drug smuggling along the U.S.-Mexico border, especially the Arellano Félix cartel.

“To not work them as a No. 1 priority would have been negligent,” he said.

The national spotlight found Gore once again after the terror attacks Sept. 11, 2001. An inspector general's office report chided the San Diego office for failing to follow a 1998 directive from headquarters to make counterterrorism – not the drug trade – its top priority.

Furthermore, two hijackers on the plane that crashed into the Pentagon spent most of 2000 in San Diego, even taking flying lessons at San Diego's Montgomery Field and renting a room from a known FBI informant.

Gore praised the work San Diego field agents did after the attacks and blamed a lack of communication for not identifying the threat earlier.

“It's a tragic breakdown in the whole Sept. 11 scenario,” he said. “Clearly, had the CIA given that information to the FBI back in October 2000, after the bombing of the Cole (a U.S. Navy destroyer) . . . we probably could have tracked the two hijackers.”

Still, Gore has a fan in Randall Hamud, the San Diego immigration attorney who defended three Muslim men held as material witnesses in the months after Sept. 11.

Hamud credited the former San Diego FBI chief for balancing the needs of a nation in anguish with the civil rights of thousands of Muslim-Americans in this region.

“Our communities were able to bring concerns to his office, and they were looked into,” said Hamud, who criticized the Bush administration after Sept. 11. “At the same time, when mistakes were made, (Gore) was there to accept responsibility as an individual and on behalf of the government.”

Gore left the FBI after 32 years in January 2003, 16 months after the attacks, and took a job overseeing investigations for District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis. He says his departure was voluntary, and he rejects the notion that local FBI agents could have thwarted the terrorist acts.

One year later, Gore moved to the Sheriff's Department, where he became a top assistant to his father's protégé – Kolender, who had been elected sheriff in 1994.

Even then, there was talk that Gore was being groomed for the top job, that the aging sheriff would not finish his term. Those rumors persisted despite Kolender's repeated vow to serve all four years he sought from voters.

So far, five candidates have filed to run for sheriff. The others are former San Diego Police Chief David Bejarano, former Deputy Sheriffs' Association President Jim Duffy, former undersheriff and Assemblyman Jay La Suer and former sheriff's Sgt. Bruce Ruff.

All but Gore urged county supervisors not to appoint the undersheriff, saying to do so would give him an unfair advantage in the run-up to June 2010.

Gore said the best-qualified person should get the appointment.

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New FBI Special Agent in Charge in Birmingham, Alabama


By Thomas Allen

Published: April 20, 2009

Patrick James Maley has been named Special Agent in Charge (SAC) of the FBI’s Birmingham Division. Director Robert S. Mueller, III appointed him to this position to replace Carmen S. Adams, who retired. Most recently, Mr. Maley served as Chief Inspector, where he led the implementation of a new risk based inspection process.

Mr. Maley entered on duty as an FBI special agent in 1982. Upon completion of training at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia, he was assigned to the Charlotte Division investigating White Collar Crime. In 1983 he transferred to the Portland Division, where he successfully investigated the Division’s first major bank failure. He was assigned to the Silver Spring Resident Agency in the Baltimore Division in 1985, where he worked White Collar Crime and Violent Crime. While assigned to the Baltimore Division, he was selected to serve on the Presidential Commission investigating the Space Shuttle Challenger accident.

In 1990, Mr. Maley was promoted to a supervisor in the Inspection Division’s Program Evaluation Unit. During his tenure, he conducted management studies for executive management to include a major project streamlining FBI Headquarters.

Mr. Maley was promoted in 1993 to Supervisory Senior Resident Agent for the Covington Resident Agency in the Louisville Division, where he had responsibility for all programs and investigations in northern and eastern Kentucky. During his tenure, he established a Safe Streets Gang Task Force, a Joint Terrorism Task Force, and an Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force.

In 2003, Mr. Maley was appointed Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Columbia Division, where he had responsibilities for all national security, criminal, and administrative programs. During his tenure, he established the division’s National Security Branch.

Mr.. Maley returned to FBI Headquarters in 2007 after being promoted to an Inspector in the Inspection Division. In this position, he conducted field office inspections, managed special projects, and led Shooting Incident Review Teams.

Mr. Maley earned his undergraduate degree in Accounting from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1980 and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Baltimore in 1989. His professional career began as a financial auditor in the international accounting firm of Peat, Marwick & Mitchell in Raleigh, North Carolina, where he was a senior financial auditor.
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This is the second time FBI  agent Ryan Seese has been arrested inside a girls bathroom.

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http://wn.com/Man_accused_of_indecent_exposure


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http://www.kold.com/global/story.asp?s=6572538

FBI Agent Arrested On UA Campus

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Mark Stine KOLD News 13 Reporter

"I'm completely disgusted. It's really creepy. I use that bathroom all the time."

Lauren Canty's like most students hearing the news for the first time. They just can't believe something like this would happen.

"No, I can't especially on campus, it seems like he almost wanted to get caught, that's kind of strange," Canty explained.

Three weeks ago a man, according to police documents, was caught masturbating in one of the stalls in a women's restroom. Caught when a woman cleaning the bathroom saw him with his pants down.




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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.

·         http://www.scribd.com/doc/71863415

·         http://www.mediafire.com/?5w80dni99qc1c8w

 

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.

 

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·         http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/COINTELPRO

 

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Here is a lecture by Noam Chomsky that uncovers the root mindset in America that predicates the targeting of groups and individuals.

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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.

·         http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_for_the_New_American_Century

 

·         http://www.newamericancentury.org/

 

·         http://www.newamericancentury.org/lettersstatements.htm

 

·         http://www.newamericancentury.org/statementofprinciples.htm

 

·         http://www.newamericancentury.org/iraqclintonletter.htm

 

·         http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foreign_Policy_Initiative

 

·         http://www.foreignpolicyi.org/

 

·         http://www.foreignpolicyi.org/foreignpolicy2011

 

·         http://www.abovetheswamp.com/articles/political-issues/74-the-neocon-mind

 

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?

 

Reputation

·         Extreme concern with reputation both inside and outside of the ideology. Neocons are this way.

 

Respect

·         Extreme concern with respect both inside and outside of the ideology. Neocons are this way.

 

Retaliation

·         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…

·         http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cult_of_personality

 

The Straussian philosophy is a cult of personality and the neocons follow the Straussian philosophy

·         http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13145.htm

 

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.

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·         http://brainz.org/ten-most-revealing-psych-experiments/

 

 

Here are a few very credible documentaries that will help you to understand what’s really going on and hopefully survive…

 

·         http://metanoia-films.org/psywar/#watch

 

·         http://metanoia-films.org/human-resources/#watch

 

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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.

 

·         http://www.mediafire.com/?f0ep3y537y6hlxy

 

·         http://www.mediafire.com/?7jyqc3yjoy78uqr

 

·         http://www.mediafire.com/?hrxa7ca24n7h0uk

 

 

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.

·         http://www.mediafire.com/?obd4zl5rrjbvwr1

 

Visit this YouTube channel and watch everything on it. You will gain a clear understanding of what’s really going on.

·         http://www.youtube.com/user/phrygian20

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On May 13, 2004, Buffalo attorney Michael Kuzma filed an application with the US Department of Justice for all records in its possession relating to one Frank Black Horse. Kuzma represented Leonard Peltier, a federal prisoner since 1976, convicted of killing two FBI agents on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota on June 26, 1975, during a siege of a reservation ranch by federal agents.

Last Friday, on Kuzma’s behalf, local attorneys Peter A. Reese and Daire Brian Irwin filed a suit in the US District Court in Buffalo seeking an order directing the Justice Department to release the requested records of Black Horse. (Reese has represented both Artvoice and one of its staffers.)

Black Horse, whose real name is Frank Deluca and who is no Indian despite his alias, has been a resident of Canada since 1976 when, under federal indictment, he fled this country after shooting and wounding an FBI agent at Wounded Knee, South Dakota. He and Peltier were both arrested in Hinton, Alberta on February 6, 1976, but only Peltier, a leader of the American Indian Movement (AIM), was extradited to the States to stand trial. Despite the federal indictment against him, Black Horse has remained free across the border ever since. Peltier’s supporters, legal counsel and a number of independent observers have regarded this shadowy figure as someone who could shed light on what they regard as a concerted effort by federal authorities to railroad Peltier for crimes he didn’t commit. Hence, Kuzma’s long, dedicated, and tortuous attempt to obtain the Justice Department’s records on Black Horse.

The paper filed in federal court by Reese and Irwin included a list of events, turns and turnarounds in Kuzma’s unsuccessful over seven-and-a-half-year-long quest, accompanied by 21 copies of correspondence between him and either Justice or the FBI. Reese and Irwin’s suit alleges that Kuzma “has exhausted the applicable administrative remedies with respect to his FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) request,” and that the government “has wrongfully withheld the requested records from the plaintiff.”

Very early in his tangled negotiation with the federal government, Kuzma agreed to accept only those “public-source” records in the government’s possession—such as news reports—and not seek any documents whose release could invade the privacy of third parties. These public-source documents, he explained in an interview Tuesday in his office, are very difficult or impossible to track down today because of their obscurity, age, and lack of availability on the Internet. The fact that the FBI collected them may be significant in explaining what its goals and methods were in this case.

And on November 14, 2008, after a number of delays and dead ends, an FBI official, David M. Hardy, wrote Kuzma informing him the bureau had “located approximately 927 pages which are potentially responsive to your request.” Hardy even provided an estimate of the cost to duplicate them: $82.70. But after Kuzma promptly remitted that sum, it was returned, with no explanation. In response to his puzzled inquiry, the bureau eventually told him that it had no public-source records it could share with him, after all. Despite several subsequent twists, including backing off from and then reinstating this position, Justice and the FBI have continued to deny Kuzma’s applications. (In a brief telephone interview, US Attorney William Hochul said he was unaware of the suit, but doubted that Justice would have any comment. Maureen Dempsey, a press representative at the FBI’s Buffalo office, said it knew of the action but could not make any statement about a pending civil suit.)

Peltier’s arrest, conviction, and imprisonment have long been regarded by many people as a product of the FBI’s illicit COINTELPRO (counter-intelligence program) that was secretly operated from the 1950s through the 1970s, all too often in violation of the law and federal court decisions. The Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. was a targeted victim of the FBI’s spying and character assassination, as depicted in Clint Eastwood’s recent movie, J. Edgar. In his A People’s History of the United States, the late Boston University historian Howard Zinn described the government’s massive response with over 200 heavily armed federal agents when AIM occupied the reservation village of Wounded Knee in 1973 to protest the Bureau of Indian Affairs’ miserable treatment of Native Americans. This was the political backdrop to the charges against Peltier.

Kuzma said that “the FBI set the wheels in motion that got its agents killed.” It had apparently infiltrated AIM with informants, including the bogus and violent Black Horse. Kuzma cites a document, previously obtained by Peltier’s defense, from January 15, 1976, in which Deputy Director General (Ops) M. S. Sexsmith of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RMCP) wrote to a colleague about Black Horse’s surreptitious provision of information from inside AIM.
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By Dennis Romboy, Deseret News

 March 21 2012




SALT LAKE CITY — A federal judge on Wednesday continued to question the FBI's explanation for not producing videotapes associated with the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing that a Salt Lake lawyer has sought for nearly six years.

It's quite astounding that documents as important as these went missing and the FBI says, 'Well, they're gone,'" U.S. District Judge Clark Waddoups said during a motion hearing.

At issue is whether the FBI adequately responded to Jesse Trentadue's Freedom of Information Act request for footage of Timothy McVeigh parking a truckload of explosives at the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building on April 19, 1995. Specifically, the Salt Lake attorney is after a building surveillance tape and dashcam video from the Oklahoma state trooper who stopped McVeigh 90 minutes after the explosion that killed 168 people.

The FBI has submitted several declarations from its top records manager to show the agency has searched electronic databases and evidence warehouses without success. But Waddoups said the declarations lack credibility because they do not include firsthand knowledge or details about who, when, where or how the searches were conducted.

"That's not good evidence," he said.

Waddoups delayed ruling on the FBI's motion to dismiss the case and allowed the agency until June 15 to provide a more complete explanation of the searches.

"This is a matter of significant public interest," the judge said, adding it's time for it to be resolved.

U.S. Department of Justice attorney Kathryn Wyer argued the FBI has conducted a search in this case using procedures other courts have recently upheld as reasonable.  Trentadue essentially wants to use his FOIA request as a search warrant, which goes beyond the scope of the law, she said.

Trentadue contends the FBI has acted in bad faith by not providing the videotapes he has sought since December 2006.

"Their response has been, 'We looked for it. We can't find it,'" he said.

Wyer said Trentadue has not produced any evidence that the tapes exist. Trentadue counters that the FBI hasn't shown that they don't exist.
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        In the early 1970s, the Federal Bureau of Investigation considered it pertinent biographical information that The New York Times' Tom Wicker suffered from “mental halitosis.” Since this is not, strictly speaking, a medical condition, they qualified the classification with “apparently.”  

       


        Internal documents obtained by Capital New York through the Freedom of Information Act reveal that the bureau began keeping tabs on Wicker, who died last November, after he published a wide-ranging article for the New York Times Magazine asking, “What Have They Done Since They Shot Dillinger?”

        The 1969 article took the F.B.I. to task for expending its resources on bank robberies and sensational murders that garnered them publicity while doing little to no work investigating criminal syndicates and the nuanced financial crimes of much more consequence to the national public interest. Wicker laid the blame at the feet of the man who embodied the bureau—its one and only director, J. Edgar Hoover—for being a practiced P.R. man more than a crime fighter, too concerned with bureaucratic protocol, too slow on civil rights, and too long in the job to right the bureau’s course.  

        With that article, the F.B.I. began a file on a man they had ignored as “a screwball” despite his having been the Washington bureau chief for the most influential newspaper in the country. It would contain rumors from an unknown third-hand source, a hunt for ulterior motives, and the director’s general disdain. In short, Wicker’s file provides a case study of the personal terms in which the bureau dealt with critical journalists in the final years of Hoover’s reign.  

        ON MARCH 30, 1970, A LETTER REACHED HOOVER at his desk in F.B.I. headquarters. It had been expedited in its delivery via the director’s “Special Correspondents List,” from a retired special agent named Leon A. Francisco. Francisco felt it his duty to report a conversation he’d had with “an acquaintance of mine here in Washington, Connecticut … a professional writer,” in which he learned that Wicker had received a $60,000 advance—approximately $350,000 today—to write a book “which will attack you and the Bureau.”  

        “The book is to come out within about six months, and, presumably, will be along the scurrilous lines of Wicker’s New York Times Magazine article of December 28, 1969,” Francisco wrote. His writer friend did not know the name of the publisher, only that his source was reliable and that “a $60,000.00 advance is an unusually large one.”  

        In an accompanying memo, assistant director for the Criminal Records division Thomas E. Bishop noted that a review of bureau files showed “previous cordial relations” with the professional writer—whose identity was not released as it might constitute an invasion of privacy—“whom we have assisted in connection with his writing.” As for his recommendation on Wicker, Bishop wrote, “This matter is being followed by the Crime Records Division with a view toward obtaining an advance copy of Wicker’s forthcoming book.”   

        This was not the first they’d heard of a Wicker book. An earlier F.B.I. memo recorded that on the morning of February 9, 1970, Wicker’s research assistant—name redacted—called to request an interview with someone knowledgeable at the bureau to discuss items for a possible book. Wicker, the caller said, “wanted to get the “other side,” that is “both sides,” of the various matters discussed by Wicker concerning the Director and the F.B.I. in the magazine article.”

        The caller, who identified himself as “regularly employed as a reporter for Congressional Quarterly,” was likely Dupre Jones, who had managed the Times’ Washington research library and assisted Wicker on his 1968 book, JFK and LBJ. Jones passed away in January. 

        In fact, another bureau memo indicates that Wicker did his due diligence: His secretary phoned the director’s office five weeks in advance of the article’s publication. Hoover declined to speak with him then, too.    

        ON NOVEMBER 19, 1970, THE TIMES PRINTED A WICKER column titled “Calvin Coolidge’s Revenge,” after Hoover’s latest broadside against his critics. Wicker playfully mocked the director’s hypersensitivity, but noted “this kind of thing stops being funny when it is realized that the F.B.I. is a police agency” with a mountain of personal dossiers on American citizens. He concluded that no president would dare fire him or even simply “tell the old boy to shut up.”  

        Hoover had the article duplicated for nearly every high-ranking bureau member listed on his interoffice stationery, including a note, in excellent penmanship: “This jerk has mental halitosis,” with his powerful “H” struck beneath.   

        The column appeared just as Hoover received an update from Special Agent Francisco, with more news from the professional writer. “[Name redacted] informed me yesterday that the publishing of the book had been held up for reasons not known to him, but that now his agent has advised him that the book is being prepared for publication on an unknown date by Random House.”   

        The publisher identified, they now had leverage. Milton A. Jones, a top aide in the Crime Records division, wrote in a memo, “As you are aware, Random House published Don Whitehead’s 'The F.B.I. Story,' as well as a young reader’s edition of this work, and 'J. Edgar Hoover on Communism,' and has indicated an interest in publishing a book by the Director on the New Left movement.”   

        Jones also dug up some pertinent information on Wicker at the request of Clyde Tolson, Hoover’s faithful Number Two. The memo included a brief sketch of Wicker’s early life, career, and his relationship with the F.B.I.

        “The Bureau has never conducted an investigation concerning Wicker,” the final memo said. “Files do reflect that he was characterized by at least one associate as a 'screwball.' In 1957, he reportedly went over Great Falls in the Potomac River and received considerable publicity.” Wicker, then a correspondent for the Winston-Salem Journal, capsized in his canoe and became one of two people known to have survived the 76-foot plunge and its multiple drops over massive, craggy rocks.  

        More to the point of Jones’ memo was determining the source of Wicker’s discontent with the F.B.I. It reported that Wicker had taken his son and a group of boys on a tour of bureau headquarters in 1967, and that the journalist had once been invited to a party for a Communist leader held at the Cuban mission to the United Nations (it could not be confirmed whether he attended). The memo catalogued his criticisms of Hoover going back five years, taking offense at a 1968 column that suggested President-elect Nixon could have gotten dovish presidential candidate Eugene McCarthy to join his administration if he had named McCarthy director of the F.B.I. and Hoover ambassador to the United Nations.  

        Yet finding no outwardly symptoms for his criticisms, Jones pointed the finger at two familiar culprits: the Kennedys and the Times.  

        “A review of [Bureau files] fails to indicate any obvious reasons for Wicker’s antagonism towards the F.B.I. Would appear he is strongly entrenched in the Kennedy political camp and the longtime antipathy of 'The New York Times' is well known.”

        It continued, “Wicker wrote the introduction to [name redacted’s] current book and probably wrote most of the book for [redacted].” This almost certainly refers to John Osborne’s first annual installment of The Nixon Watch, which had just been published.  

        And, as with many small insults the director bothered to write, Hoover’s diagnosis became F.B.I. dogma. Regarding the “Coolidge’s Revenge” piece, the memo on Wicker to the bureau files would read, “In connection with this column the Director commented that Wicker is apparently suffering from mental halitosis.”  

        "MENTAL HALITOSIS" WAS A FAVORITE INSULT OF HOOVER'S, one he used many times over the years. That it was directed at Wicker was originally reported by Anthony Summers in his 1993 book Official and Confidential: The Secret Life of J. Edgar Hoover, along with other instances of the Director’s hyperbolic media commentary. Drew Pearson was “a jackal” and Jimmy Wechsler “a rat,” while Walter Lippmann was the “coyote of the press” and Art Buchwald a “sick alleged humorist.” Hoover did worse to others, maliciously divulging secrets, like telling the White House that columnist Joe Alsop was gay.

        More slights toward Wicker would follow and be filed away for reference. Hoover distributed a 1971 William F. Buckley, Jr., column that accused Wicker of selective reporting on the prison death of Black Panther George Jackson. “This clearly portrays Wicker’s bias + tendency to angle the real facts. H.” He had this to say about a 1971 Wicker article in the Boston Globe: “The usual Wicker lies interspersed with innumerable “faceless informers.” H.” (Along with that clipping, the name of the paper’s editor was attached.)  

        In the meantime, the F.B.I.’s concerns over a Wicker book had been put to rest. A December 11, 1970 memo from Bishop relayed a conversation he had had with someone—name redacted—at Random House, who “emphatically stated that Random House was not in the process of publishing any book written by Wicker and would not under any circumstances publish a book by him that would be critical of the Bureau or the Director.” (Though Wicker may have explored the idea, his high-dollar book advance was nothing but a rumor.)

        The redacted Random House employee “stated that he would like Mr. Hoover to know that he considers the Director a “friend” and would never publish any book critical of him.” Furthermore, the source “stated that he saw Wicker a week or so ago at a cocktail party, at which time Wicker told him he was very busy with his normal duties for the “New York Times” and that he has no time to write any books.” Yet, the Random House source couldn’t rule out whether Wicker might be collecting material for a future publication.

       

        WICKER'S FILE TOOK A TURN IN TONE after Hoover’s death in May of 1972. The article clippings with reassuring letters from Hoover loyalists around the country stopped. Wicker continued to make mentions of the bureau in his reporting, but with Hoover gone, it had stopped paying attention.  

        Then in June 1974, Wicker called F.B.I. headquarters to request some interviews for a follow-up to his 1969 Times magazine piece. An internal memo said, “He intends that the current article … to be a comparison of the Bureau today with what it was at the time of the previous article.”   

        The memo revisited the Wicker file compiled in the Hoover years and then made these observations: “Although experience demands that we be guarded in our approach to Mr. Wicker, his requests afford us an excellent opportunity to demonstrate the professional validity of the “open stance” policy with the media and to present our side of many crucial issues to a major news outlet.”   

        Two weeks later, a date was set for Wicker to interview the F.B.I. director.

        The article never ran.

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Kim Dotcom Megaupload Case In Trouble Due To Legal "Stuff Ups"

By Wire Services | Monday | 23/04/2012
The New Zealand legal system is now questioning whether there will ever be a trial of Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom after the FBI and the US Government were accused of "legal stuff ups".

The New Zealand Federal judge Liam O'Grady said recently "I frankly don't know that we are ever going to have a trial in this matter."
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Dengue Fever Outbreak Leads Back to CIA & Army Experiments
by Hank P. Albarelli Jr.*, Zoe Martell*

The recent outbreak of dengue fever is being portrayed by the media as a fortuitous reemergence of the disease in Florida and elsewhere in the United States after 75 years. Yet Hank Albarelli’s probe reveals that the US Army and CIA have been experimenting with dengue fever for years with the aim of weaponizing insects to be released against unwitting populations, as was previously done in Florida and elsewhere. Moreoever, Albarelli draws attention to the eerie similarity between dengue fever symptoms and those linked to the toxic emanations in the Gulf of Mexico and warns of the looming disaster that could unfold from the overlap.
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In 1999 the Martin Luther King family sued one of the assassins of Martin Luther King in civil court. They did this because Eric Holder of the Department of Justice would not reopen the investigation after the Martin Luther King family uncovered evidence that the FBI, CIA, and Memphis police had assassinated Dr King. The King family also wanted to enter their evidence into a public record so it could be accessed.The jury returned a verdict in favor of the King family and juror members held a press conference saying it was a clear cut case of the FBI assassinating Dr King. There was a media blackout of the trial. Details of the trial can be viewed here or by reading the book called ACT OF STATE THE EXECUTION OF Martin Luther King written by the trial attorney William Pepper. http://www.lewrockwell.com/spl2/mlk-conspiracy-exposed.html
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http://www.sfgate.com/news/crime/article/Sentencing-date-set-for-in-stolen-FBI-guns-case-4265255.php Sentencing date set for in stolen FBI guns case Updated 7:45 am, Saturday, February 9, 2013 HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — A man convicted on a charge of theft of government property related to several guns and other equipment stolen from an FBI agent's car will be sentenced March 19.
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FBI agents have teamed up with American Corporations in a program called Infra Gard to make sure only people with the correct military-industrial complex views find employment Back in the 1950's it was called "black listing". To see full story of your tax dollar in action click on links couple of reads 1st read http://www.law.com/jsp/lawtechnologynews/PubArticleLTN.jsp?id=1202588062959&Legal_Tech_Reactions_to_Obama_Security_Order&slreturn=20130116032704 Legal Tech Reactions to Obama Security Order Law Technology News February 13, 2013 Obama Announces Cybersecurity Executive Order President Obama's cybersecurity executive order, released Tuesday night, had legal technology experts split in their opinions Wednesday. The order (full text) calls for specific actions: civil liberty and privacy protection; collaborative development of tiered security standards based on the context of an organization's data; creation of federal cybersecurity technical guidelines; identification of critical infrastructure; periodic policy review; and periodic unclassified security reports. Law firm computer security, and by association the security in electronic discovery products, is increasingly considered important because the firms and technology company networks hold valuable client data. "We have hundreds of law firms that we see increasingly being targeted by hackers," Federal Bureau of Investigation cybersecurity expert Mary Galligan said at LegalTech New York this month. FBI officials have long acknowledged that they regularly share cybersecurity information with private companies, often through a project called InfraGard, which has 56 chapters nationwide. The group's membership is not disclosed, although Hogan Lovells partner Jeffrey Lolley co-chairs InfraGard's cybersecurity committee. Hogan partner Harriet Pearson blogged about the executive order. "President Obama noted that this executive order is meant to fill a gap while Congress continues to pursue legislation," she observed. 2nd read http://www.americanlawyer.com/firmProfile.jsp?name=Hogan+Lovells Firm Profiles More Profiles :: IN-DEPTH RESEARCH REPORT on Hogan Lovells - Financial Information - Compensation - Billing Rates - Lateral Partner Moves - Pro bono - Key Contacts Hogan Lovells Designation: Verein Head Count: 2,253 Gross Revenues: $1,665,000,000 Revenue Per Lawyer: $740,000 Profits Per Partner: $1,165,000 Year Over Year Change: 1 For industry watchers, the 2010 merger catapulting Hogan Lovells into the uppermost echelon of legal powerhouses couldn’t have come as too much of a surprise. The two firms in that alliance had long understood the benefits of a good pairing. After teaming up nearly a century ago, Frank Hogan (famous for his trial work in the Teapot Dome scandal and other politically charged cases) and Nelson Hartson (former solicitor of internal revenue) quickly hit on a successful division of labor: Hogan developed the litigation practice; Hartson the business practice. Eventually, Hogan & Hartson would rank as Washington, D.C.’s largest firm, coming in at number one on the 2010 Legal Times 150 list. Another successful match—a 2002 merger with Squadron Ellenoff Plesent & Sheinfeld—would give it a sizable presence in the key markets of New York and Los Angeles, as well. 3rd read http://www.progressive.org/mag_rothschild0308.html The FBI Deputizes Business By Matthew Rothschild, March 2008 Issue Today, more than 23,000 representatives of private industry are working quietly with the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security. The members of this rapidly growing group, called InfraGard, receive secret warnings of terrorist threats before the public does—and, at least on one occasion, before elected officials. In return, they provide information to the government, which alarms the ACLU. But there may be more to it than that. One business executive, who showed me his InfraGard card, told me they have permission to “shoot to kill” in the event of martial law. InfraGard is “a child of the FBI,” says Michael Hershman, the chairman of the advisory board of the InfraGard National Members Alliance and CEO of the Fairfax Group, an international consulting firm. InfraGard started in Cleveland back in 1996, when the private sector there cooperated with the FBI to investigate cyber threats.
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2 high-ranking officials at Orleans sheriff's office charged in bribery scheme

February 26, 2013 

  Another focus of the probe has been DRC Inc., the embattled disaster recovery contractor based in Mobile, Ala. The company is run by former FBI agent Robert Isakson, who once headed the public-corruption squad at the New Orleans branch of the FBI.
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Look at what very special FBI  agent Brad is doing these day.The look at what Brad did before the FBI  promoted him.
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Panel to address women’s issues, international affairs
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By Sarah Cunningham

Tuesday, March 13, 2012



Human trafficking is often thought of as only sex slaves of foreign women. However, human trafficking is not limited to foreign sex slaves.

Thursday, March 15, Point Park University is hosting a panel of discussion in honor of International Women’s Day to raise awareness of the severity of the issue of human trafficking.

Bradley Orsini, a supervisory special agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, said there is human trafficking in our area.

 “Keep in mind human trafficking is three industries, sex, forced labor and domestic servitude,” Orsini said on a phone interview last Thursday morning. “They involve victims forced into prostitution and labor. Another case that is Human Trafficking is the prostitution of minors.”

Speaking at the panel on Thursday, along with Dr. Mary Burke and Dr. Muge Kokten Finkel, Orsini hopes to raise awareness as to what human trafficking is and the FBI’s involvement with the issue.

The FBI, the Young Women’s Christian Association, and the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh have combined officials and skills to work on this project.


The look at what Brad did before the FBI  promoted him.




World famous forensic pathologist Dr Cyril Wecht angered taxpayer funded FBI agents
writing books about the President Kennedy assassination presenting evidence the FBI
and other government agencies might be behind the assassination. he also organized Annual Conference showing the Warren Commission autopsy report on President Kennedy was a lie. see
http://www.duq.edu/events/jfk

also see
http://triblive.com/opinion/qanda/3292514-74/commission-kennedy-warren#axzz2JTKaMJWP

So the FBI sent very special FBI agent Bradley Orsini to put down 80 year old Cyril Wecht.
Seems Dr Wecht wouldn't go down for the count and all 84 charges against Dr. Wecht were
dismissed.
Here is some information on taxpayer funded FBI agent Bradley Orsini who was promoted to FBI
Supervisor after the trial. see below
http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/local/uncategorized/wecht-investigators-discipline-file-opened-492916/


Wecht investigator's discipline file opened
U.S. judge orders FBI records unsealed
July 11, 2007

A federal judge yesterday unsealed records revealing that the lead FBI agent in the criminal case against Dr. Cyril H. Wecht was disciplined elsewhere for forging other agents' names and initials on chain-of-custody forms, evidence labels and interview forms.

Further, in September 2001 Special Agent Bradley W. Orsini was demoted and received a 30-day suspension without pay for a series of policy violations that occurred from 1993 through 2000, which included having an inappropriate relationship with a subordinate; making improper vulgar and sexual comments; threatening a subordinate with violence; and improperly documenting the seizure of a weapon and ammunition from a search.

The U.S. attorney's office filed Agent Orsini's records under seal on April 7, 2006, asking U.S. District Judge Arthur J. Schwab to determine if it was required to turn them over to Dr. Wecht's defense attorneys.

What followed was a 15-month legal battle that ended this week when the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a final order in the case, making the disciplinary reports public.

Judge Schwab unsealed the records late yesterday afternoon. He also vacated a previous decision in which he'd ordered a contempt hearing for the defense attorneys for their failure to follow his orders.

He wrote "this Court considers the 'time-out' caused by the interlocutory appeal to the Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit as providing an opportunity for a 'fresh start.'"

U.S. Attorney Mary Beth Buchanan would not comment on the reports' release. It was unclear if she was aware of Mr. Orsini's background before he became the lead agent in the case against Dr. Wecht, who is charged with 84 counts of misusing his public office for private gain.

The first time Agent Orsini was disciplined was Nov. 2, 1998. He received a five-day suspension without pay for signing other agents' names to evidence labels and custody forms from May 1995 to January 1997.

He explained that he and another agent, on limited occasions, signed each other's names on evidence "to save time."

Though the investigator from the Office of Professional Responsibility found that Agent Orsini did not intend to jeopardize the evidence or cases involved, his actions could have called the integrity of the bureau into question, he wrote in his report.
The first violation listed dated to Nov. 2, 1993. Agent Orsini failed to obtain the proper consent form while searching a man's home for illegal firearms and failed to properly document the ammunition seized.
Agent Orsini was found to have falsified at least six FBI interview forms in 1993 and 1994 by writing other agents' initials on them.
"I have no idea how many times I may have done so," he said. He said he did so for "convenience and a shortcut."
The document indicates that other agents in his squad believed Agent Orsini was favoring the woman and gave her premium assignments. It also details gag gifts exchanged at the squad's Christmas parties in 1998 and 1999. One, given to the woman, was a pet collar, with a note that said, "If found, return to Brad Orsini."
But before that, he approached one of the agents in his squad and accused him of revealing the relationship. During the meeting, Agent Orsini threatened to hit his subordinate but quickly added that he was kidding.
Newark's assistant agent in charge reported that Agent Orsini "has an aggressive personality, and I would characterize him as a bully."
Other substantiated allegations in the report included that Agent Orsini punched at least one hole in the wall in the Newark office, and threw and broke chairs. He also jokingly called fellow supervisors "homosexuals," and even used a bullhorn to make his comments.
For those actions, the Office of Professional Responsibility said he failed to prevent the development of a "locker room atmosphere" in his squad that repressed professional conduct.
Team 4: Lead FBI Agent In Wecht Case Promoted
July 27, 2007
he lead FBI agent in the criminal investigation of former Allegheny County Medical Examiner Dr. Cyril Wecht has gotten a promotion. That might come as a surprise, considering the agent's disciplinary record at the FBI.
Orsini stands to get a pay raise to go along with his promotion. As an agent, his salary cap is $99,000, but as a supervisory agent, Orsini can make up to $117,000 a year.
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Waco siege 20 years on: the survivor's tale By Cole Moreton
24 Mar 2013

Livingstone Fagan is waiting for the end of the world as we know it, which he believes is coming soon. “The tables will turn,” he says, pacing his bare council flat in a tower block in Nottingham. “We endure what is thrown at us, no matter how extreme, because the day will come, as David says.” This trim 53-year-old with ashen dreadlocks is talking about David Koresh, the self-declared messiah who was holed up in a compound in Waco, Texas, with an armed group of followers, 20 years ago today. Fagan was there, willing to fight in defence of his family and the man he believed was a second Christ. He had done so in the gunfight at the beginning of the siege in late February 1993, when federal agents attempt to storm the compound and were repelled. And when it all finished with another attack, 51 days later, Fagan lost his wife, his mother, and many of his friend. “We understand why God executes vengeance,” says this intense man, who was jailed during the siege and served time for voluntary manslaughter and a firearms offence before being deported to his home town of Nottingham six years ago. Related Articles Fanatic cult in armed siege near Waco site 01 Sep 2000 Innocent man released after 23 years in jail suffers heart attack on second day of freedom 23 Mar 2013 Swigging from a bottle of cider vinegar and water, dressed in dark slacks and a grey sweatshirt, he could still be a prisoner. Fagan lives simply, waiting for the return of Koresh, which he believes to be imminent. The Branch Davidian cult compound near Waco burns (AFP) “The anniversary is significant,” he says, as we approach the date when it all ended, April 19. The world’s media watched on that day in 1993 as the FBI attacked the compound with tanks and tear gas and a fire broke out that quickly destroyed the buildings. At least 76 men, women and children died. The former attorney general Ramsay Clark called it “the greatest domestic law-enforcement tragedy in the history of the United States”. Fagan saw it all from a prison cell, having left the compound in mid-March to act as an envoy to the outside world. “I didn’t want to go, but I was asked to do so by David. In the event that we were all killed, there needed to be some voices outside to tell the story from our point of view.” He had hoped to help with the negotiations. “That’s not how it turned out. I was placed in the county jail with little or no contact into what was going on there.” He saw the tragedy unfold on television, along with millions of others. “That was quite ... that was quite something.” His voice falters, for the first time. His son and daughter, aged four and seven, had been among the children who left the compound during negotiations. His wife Yvette and his mother Doris were still inside, however, along with others that he loved. “The thought of tears, as I watched it ... I couldn’t let that happen.”
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