Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Incompetent or Just plain Lazy? - You Decide

March 14, 2007

Around 6:00p.m. I received a call from FBI agent John Ireland. He wanted to reschedule our meeting...the one he canceled last week.

Turns out Ireland wasn't interested in looking into the evidence I have concerning myself and a Judge who talked to his DA wife about a trial during the trial, or abuse of San Diego Police under color of authority, and a California attorney who engineered it...

Ireland informed me he was only interested evidence I have concerning certain City, County and State officials. (I am three for three in this area.) But not in any others. Why? Because he either can't, or doesn't want to see a connection. Makes his job easier.

Ergo, does this the FBI's own pr on how they see itself,
Not Worth the Time it Takes to Read?

My guess is "Yes."

In 2003, when my attorney and I first dropped by, I still believed government officials were interested in doing their job. But I was younger then and she hustled me out saying that the FBI Day Agent was but a window dressing.

This seems to be true in the case of Ireland. But is he a typical example of a not-willing-to-investigate, agent?

Don't know. No clue. So I asked Ireland the name of his supervisor, and additionally that he telephone me, tommorow.

Ireland's supervisor is LEN DAVEY and we'll see if he calls.

However, is it any wonder people are so disgusted with government?

It's almost as if government is determined to remain broken. Common sense dictates When the Justice Department issues a report featuring many FBI personnel violating the rights of thousands of Americans, they can at the Very least conduct a thorough investigation.

Yet this concept seems not only almost completely foreign to Ireland...but one he has no interest in grasping.

Time will tell if the supervisor is any better.

Stay tuned. But meanwhile for a little light reading.

FBI informers' hotel orgy led U.S. prosecutor to shelve cases

Dennis Wagner
The Arizona Republic
Jul. 8, 2006

U.S. Attorney Paul Charlton refused to prosecute a major Arizona corruption case after learning that FBI informers sexually abused an unconscious prostitute during a Las Vegas hotel orgy, according to a letter sent by Charlton to the bureau's top Arizona agent at the time.

There are no allegations that FBI personnel participated in the orgy. However, Charlton's letter complained that agents did not mention the incident in official reports nor did they advise prosecutors of possible crimes committed in the hotel room, including knowledge that "one of the women in the suite may have been raped."

Charlton's conclusion: "Our office will not prosecute any additional cases involving any of these individuals (informers) until the circumstances of the Oct. 16, 2002, incidents in Las Vegas are fully investigated."

Seventy-one U.S. military personnel, prison guards and law enforcement workers have been convicted in the sting known as Operation Lively Green, which involved undercover operatives and agents posing as Mexican narcotics traffickers. The government employees were bribed to haul cocaine from southern Arizona to Phoenix and Las Vegas, sometimes wearing uniforms and using military vehicles.

Charlton's letter of March 29, 2004, to Charlene Thornton, then-FBI special agent in charge for Arizona, suggests that crimes by informers and questionable conduct by agents were so troubling that he backed away from the case entirely.

Thornton said in an interview that she recalls the letter and Charlton's decision to drop the case. She said Charlton sought an investigation by the Inspector General's Office. After that request was declined, she said, the FBI's Office of Professional Responsibility reviewed the allegations and exonerated all agents.

Charlton declined to comment.

Deb McCarley, a bureau spokeswoman in Phoenix, describes Lively Green as "one of the most successful public-corruption cases in the FBI's history" but said she could not comment further because prosecutions still are pending.

The Justice Department's Office of Public Integrity wound up pressing charges, allowing each defendant to plead guilty to a single felony with no public trials or disclosures in U.S. District Court.

Charlton's letter to Thornton spells out the Nevada events of Oct. 16, 2002, in detail: Eleven suspects had just delivered 132 pounds of cocaine from southern Arizona to Las Vegas. FBI agents rented the presidential suite at the MGM Grand Hotel for three informers who invited a half-dozen targets to join them. That night, five prostitutes were hired to participate in an orgy with the men.

The letter says one of the prostitutes fell unconscious because of drug or alcohol consumption and was draped naked over a chair. It says she may have been sodomized by informers and suspects, who also posed for pictures with the woman.

Disclosure papers from a military court previously revealed that the photographic evidence was destroyed after an FBI agent told one of the informers he "did not want to see them again."

Charlton said in his letter that, under Justice Department rules, he felt obliged to tell state or county prosecutors in Las Vegas about the suspected criminal conduct of FBI informers.

Clark County, Nev., District Attorney David Roger said he never was contacted about the MGM Grand incident by the U.S. Attorney's Office or the FBI. Police in Las Vegas said they never were asked to investigate.

Thornton said Charlton's letter contained "some conclusions that wouldn't be supported by the facts," but she declined to elaborate.

She also disputed a disclosure report in military court that says a key FBI agent was removed from Operation Lively Green as a result of the Office of Professional Responsibility inquiry.

"There was no misconduct found," Thornton said, "so there was no action taken as a result of the internal investigation."

Five months after Charlton wrote the letter, Thornton was appointed by FBI Director Robert Mueller as assistant director at the bureau's Inspection Division, in charge of internal investigations and professional conduct. She said she had no part in reviewing behavior by agents in Lively Green.

According to the military court disclosure, there was no surveillance on the hotel suite during the night in question. It is unclear why FBI agents, amid a major sting operation, would not have set up eavesdropping devices in a room rented for informers.

McCarley, the Phoenix FBI spokeswoman, said Lively Green "underscores the FBI's commitment to fighting public corruption at all levels of government. . . . (When) all remaining prosecutive activity is complete, the FBI will be in a position to offer comment on this investigation.