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J. Edgar Hoover, left, and Art Buchwald (CBS/ AP)
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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.”
By MAUREEN MILFORD • The News Journal • March 22, 2009
With his résumé and brand name, former FBI director Louis J. Freeh could have started his legal services business anywhere.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
"Far too many companies had a game-playing attitude to regulation," Mazur said. "That sort of mentality really upset a lot of people."
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.
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.
Organizations can lose their charters or be barred from doing business in a country.
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.
"It's exciting -- and terrifying," he said of being an entrepreneur.
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.
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.
2:00 a.m. April 19, 2009
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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