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Occupy Valley Forge…

Once again, due to health issues (sciatica and degenerative arthritis of the lower back and left leg)), I have to apologize for failing to post my regular articles on this site for the past month. Fortunately, I have VA/Medicare coverage and hope to be up and running normally soon. Meanwhile, I’ll do my best to address certain commentary on topical events that I find informative and of potential interest to y’all…

Coming projections...

I’m sure most everyone is following the news related to the awakening of popular protests across the nation, indeed, around the world in the form of numerous “occupations.” In the US, that process started in NYC (Wall Street), September 17th. more…

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Weasels & Cowards…

I’m sure that many of us recall occasions when we were children and were tormented by aggressors and bullies. Often, supervisory adults rewarded the offensive behavior by “channeling” these individuals into positions of authority over the rest of us, their victims.

How far away?

They made them hall monitors, safety patrol, sports “leaders,” or other positions of sanctioned control. And, I suppose in many instances, this turned out to be generally good practice.

But, I can also correlate the fact that many of these mean muthaf****s grew up to become social predators, either of the extreme criminal type, or—if they managed to avoid a criminal record—cops and other forms of “lawful authority.” more…

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Criminals, Police & Other Felons…

I got a real chuckle over watching the “news” on General Electric’s NBC the other day. They announced the apprehension of Whitey Bulger (81), one the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted after 16 years of being on the lam. I’ll have to admit, I was surprised.

James "Whitey" Bulger 1953...

Having known several of Whitey Bulger’s associates in prison and following the news of the time, I was quite aware of his history as an informant/protégé of the FBI and other police agencies, and how they created him as a mob boss.

NBC, ever more following in the tabloid/profit-driven steps of News Corp (Rupert Murdoch), was true to form in leaving out all of the more salient facts of Whitey’s and the FBI’s history.

Whitey’s central partner in the FBI was Special Agent John Connolly (now 70). John grew up in the same South Boston neighborhood and knew Whitey. Connolly would later be convicted himself for his role with Whitey’s mob and sent to federal prison for 10 years. more…

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Killer Kops & Their Enablers…

For 17 yrs prior to my conviction and subsequent 25-yr sentence to federal prison for a bogus cocaine conspiracy, I was a Criminal Defense Investigator (CDI) in Detroit, MI.  Most of my casework was in the area of rapes, drugs, and homicides.

Melvin Williams & Mathew Dean Moore...

A current case in the news involving the conviction of two New Orleans police officers in the vicious beating death of Raymond Robair, 48, a month prior to Katrina, reminds me of some of my earlier investigations. more…

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Katrina Killer Kops Go Down…

In a rare show of justice, two of the killer cops in the Henry Glover murder during the post-Katrina events have received significant sentences.

Police-torched car...

Federal Judge Lance Africk sentenced New Orleans cops David Warren to 25 years, and Greg McRae to 17.  This site previously included this case in a report on New Orleans’s police entitled “State Terrorists & Their Gangs.”

The case was only able to move forward due to the persistence of the family, witnesses, and investigations by ProPublica and The Nation magazine forced a federal response.  more…

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Kops & Kowboys…

A BOP lieutenant listening to me speak with a group of prisoners commented, “You know what Jesse Jackson once told a black audience?  He said, ‘You know what the most dangerous threat is to a black man walking down the street?  Another black man!’”

Kop Land Day Dreams...

I recall replying, “You know what the most dangerous threat is to a cop responding to a potential crime scene?  Another cop!”  The lieutenant left to go bother someone else.

Fortunately for the police, they usually know each other.  But when they don’t… more…

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To Serve & Protect…

I recall an occasion when a couple of fellow prisoners who were from LA were arguing about which was the most deadly gang, the Bloods or the Crips.  One turned to me as a respected arbiter, to make a judgment.  With no hesitation, I replied, “The one in blue.”

“Ha!” said the Crips supporter.  “I told you so!”  Holding up my hand, I said, “You misunderstand.  I’m talking about the most powerful gang on the streets of America: The police.”

Not all that long ago in universal years, groups of humans found that their societal relationship was growing complex.  Ideally, we sat down in communal conference and decided to appoint one or more of our own to a position of trust and power over any of us in the enforcement of our common decrees.  more…

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Public vs. State Criminals…

One of the tasks that society extends to and depends upon the police for, is the investigation and apprehension of social predators.  But what do we do when the predators are the ones with the badges?

The Real Dirt in the Sandwich...

When criminals with badges violate that voluntary oath and prey upon the populace, they deserve all the sanctions that social predators should get—and more.

This site–American Tribune: The Prison Experience Connection–in no way condones or defends those amongst us who prey upon others.  Whomever they may be, we call for equal justice for all.

One of the more egregious examples where certain police, prosecutors, and judges have acted as predatory criminals was in the case of Jerry Hobbs of suburban Chicago (Zion), Illinois.  more…

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A Short History of Police…

Back in the ‘60s, many in the antiwar and revolutionary movements consciously adopted the epithet of “pigs” to refer to the police.  This was largely a reaction to police provocations.

Recent Home Foreclosure...

When groups find themselves in conflict with state forces, or even states against states (such as WW-I, II, etc.), there’s a tendency to objectify the perceived enemy.

Germans become Huns, Boche, or Krauts.  Asians become gooks.  And so on.  In conflict, the use of these names is a propaganda tool to dehumanize those you wish to control or even exterminate. more…

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State Terrorists & Their Gangs…

As gov’t increasingly resorts to the mass criminalization and incarceration of its citizens, it creates paramilitary forces and with a resultant mentality among its police.  Many officers come to see their role in the community as an occupying army where all civilians are suspect of being the enemy.

Hurricane Katrina, August 2005

Certain types of individuals who are already well set in an attitude of authority and control over others, tend to gravitate toward outlaw criminality, even in in-law roles as state actors.  In many respects, they are perfectly interchangeable.

As some of the trials of New Orleans police who engaged in crime during Katrina are coming more into recent news, we can conclude that the most dangerous gang for the public in New Orleans at the time were the police themselves. more…