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FBI Video Shows Detroit City Council Aide Accepting Bribes
TBI ^ | 6-9-2011 | Gus Lubin

Posted on 06/09/2011 6:38:16 AM PDT by blam

FBI Video Shows Detroit City Council Aide Accepting Bribes

Gus Lubin
Jun. 9, 2011, 6:39 AM

FBI survellance videos obtained by The Detroit News show city corruption in action.

In one video, former aide John Clark is handed a wad of cash from James Rosendall Jr., vice president of sludge-hauling firm Synagro Technologies Inc., which was awarded a $1.2 billion sludge-hauling contract.

Rosendall tells Clark: "I'm going to be gone for a few weeks and I wanted to swing by and give you a little advance on helping us with that tax stuff. Whatever you can do I'd appreciate. You know I know we didn't finish our contract yet or none of that crap. Here you go... That's just an advance on what we're going to need in the future."

"An official advance?" Clark asks.

Rosendall laughs. "An official advance between you and me."

This video is part of a three year old federal probe into Detroit corruption, which has led to 17 felony convictions.


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TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bribes; corruption; detroit; fbi

1 posted on 06/09/2011 6:38:22 AM PDT by blam
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To: blam

I suspect the aide is going under the bus.

2 posted on 06/09/2011 6:40:16 AM PDT by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: blam

No big deal. You can bet the other council members are as clean as whistles.

3 posted on 06/09/2011 6:48:35 AM PDT by umgud
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To: blam
A Detroit politician? Corrupt???

WHO'D a thunk it?!?!

4 posted on 06/09/2011 6:50:35 AM PDT by J40000
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To: blam

Must be a Tea Party member or a Republican right? I missed the party affiliation in the article. /s

5 posted on 06/09/2011 6:54:00 AM PDT by SanFranDan
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To: J40000
A Detroit politician? Corrupt???

Substitute the name of almost any municipality and the statement reads the same.

6 posted on 06/09/2011 6:54:23 AM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: J40000

Results from Democrats, Unions and other socialists.

A must read for all!! Think about all of this!!


(Frosty Wooldridge (born 1947) is a US journalist, writer, environmentalist, traveler)

By Frosty Wooldridge

For 15 years, from the mid 1970’s to 1990, I worked in Detroit, Michigan. I watched it descend into the abyss of crime, debauchery, gun play, drugs, school truancy, car-jacking, gangs and human depravity. I watched entire city blocks burned out. I watched graffiti explode on buildings, cars, trucks, buses and school yards. Trash everywhere!

Detroiters walked through it, tossed more into it, and ignored it. Tens of thousands, and then hundreds of thousands today exist on federal welfare, free housing, and food stamps!

With Aid to Dependent Children, minority women birthed eight to 10, and in one case, one woman birthed 24 children as reported by the Detroit Free Press, all on American taxpayer dollars.

A new child meant a new car payment, new TV, and whatever mom wanted. I saw Lyndon Baines Johnson’s ‘Great Society’ flourish in Detroit. If you give money for doing nothing, you will get more hands out taking money for doing nothing

Mayor Coleman Young, perhaps the most corrupt mayor in America, outside of Richard Daley in Chicago, rode Detroit down to its knees... He set the benchmark for cronyism, incompetence, and arrogance. As a black man, he said, “I am the MFIC.” The IC meant “in charge”.

You can figure out the rest Detroit became a majority black city with 67 percent African-Americans.

As a United Van Lines truck driver for my summer job from teaching math and science, I loaded hundreds of American families into my van for a new life in another city or state.

Detroit plummeted from 1.8 million citizens to 912,000 today. At the same time, legal and illegal immigrants converged on the city, so much so, that Muslims number over 300,000. Mexicans number 400,000 throughout Michigan, but most work in Detroit. As the whites moved out, the Muslims moved in.

As the crimes became more violent, the whites fled. Finally, unlawful Mexicans moved in at a torrid pace. Detroit suffers so much shoplifting that grocery stores no longer operate in many inner city locations. You could cut the racial tension in the air with a knife! Detroit may be one of our best examples of multiculturalism: pure dislike, and total separation from America.

Today, you hear Muslim calls to worship over the city like a new American Baghdad with hundreds of Islamic mosques in Michigan, paid for by Saudi Arabia oil money. High school flunk out rates reached 76 percent last June, according to NBC’s Brian Williams. Classrooms resemble more foreign countries than America. English? Few speak it! The city features a 50 percent illiteracy rate and growing.

Unemployment hit 28.9 percent in 2009 as the auto industry vacated the city. In Time Magazine’s October 4, 2009, “The Tragedy of Detroit: How a great city fell, and how it can rise again,” I choked on the writer’s description of what happened. “If Detroit had been ravaged by a hurricane, and submerged by a ravenous flood, we’d know a lot more about it,” said Daniel Okrent. “If drought and carelessness had spread brush fires across the city, we’d see it on the evening news every night.” Earthquake, tornadoes, you name it, if natural disaster had devastated the city that was once the living proof of American prosperity, the rest of the country might take notice.

But Detroit, once our fourth largest city, now 11th and slipping rapidly, has had no such luck. Its disaster has long been a slow unwinding that seemed to remove it from the rest of the country.

Even the death rattle that in the past year emanated from its signature industry brought more attention to the auto executives than to the people of the city, who had for so long been victimized by their
Dreadful decision making.”

As Coleman Young’s corruption brought the city to its knees, no amount of federal dollars could save the incredible payoffs, kickbacks and illegality permeating his administration. I witnessed the city’s death from the seat of my 18-wheeler tractor trailer because I moved people out of every sector of decaying Detroit.

“By any quantifiable standard, the city is on life support. Detroit’s treasury is $300 million short of the funds needed to provide the barest municipal services,” Okrent said. “The school system, which six years ago was compelled by the teachers’ union to reject a philanthropist’s offer of $200 million to build 15 small, independent charter high schools, is in receivership. The murder rate is soaring, and 7 out of 10 remain unsolved. Three years after Katrina devastated New Orleans, unemployment in that city hit a peak of 11%. In Detroit today, the unemployment rate is 28.9%. That’s worth spelling out: twenty-eight point nine percent.

At the end of Okrent’s report, and he will write a dozen more about Detroit, he said, “That’s because the story of Detroit is not simply one of a great city’s collapse, it’s also about the erosion of the industries that helped build the country we know today. The ultimate fate of Detroit will reveal much about the character of America in the 21st century.

If what was once the most prosperous manufacturing city in the nation has been brought to its knees, what does that say about our recent past? And if it can’t find a way to get up, what does that say about Americas future?”

As you read in my book review of Chris Steiner’s book,”$20 Per Gallon”, the auto industry won’t come back. Immigration will keep pouring more and more uneducated third world immigrants from the Middle East into Detroit, thus creating a beachhead for Islamic hegemony in America. If 50 percent illiteracy continues, we will see more homegrown terrorists spawned out of the Muslim ghettos of Detroit. Illiteracy plus Islam equals walking human bombs.

You have already seen it in Madrid, Spain, London, England and Paris, France with train bombings, subway bombings and riots. As their numbers grow, so will their power to enact their barbaric Sharia Law that negates republican forms of government, first amendment rights, and subjugates women to the lowest rungs on the human ladder. We will see more honor killings by upset husbands, fathers and brothers that demand subjugation by their daughters, sisters and wives. Muslims prefer beheadings of women to scare the hell out of any other members of their sect from straying. Multiculturalism: what a perfect method to kill our language, culture, country and way of life.



“Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote.”

7 posted on 06/09/2011 6:56:37 AM PDT by JayAr36 (Education is what we had before educators. Mark Steyn)
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To: Don Corleone
Substitute the name of almost any municipality and the statement reads the same.

I was thinking the same thing. Detroit has just been at it longer than most. However the mayor, while being a democrat is a pretty straight shooter who is willing to make some tough choices.
8 posted on 06/09/2011 7:02:05 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: JayAr36

If you want a bird’s eye view of the fine inhabitants of Detroit, just tune in to Hardcore Pawn (on the History Channel, I believe)

The ignorant, rude, foul-mouthed patrons of this establishment underscore which part of society will take over when the productive folks all take a hike. Their antics would be hilarious if it weren’t so tragic.

9 posted on 06/09/2011 7:11:07 AM PDT by doc11355
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To: blam

I suspect that sludge-hauling is an increasingly important industry in what’s left of Detroit.

11 posted on 06/09/2011 7:13:26 AM PDT by BfloGuy (Workers and consumers are, of course, identical.)
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To: doc11355
I had to stop watching Animal Cops in Detroit. I started having nightmares about what they're doing to their pets there.
12 posted on 06/09/2011 7:14:53 AM PDT by blam
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To: blam

13 posted on 06/09/2011 7:29:55 AM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open ( <o> ---)
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To: smokingfrog

City Council aide John Clark can be seen accepting a wad of cash from Synagro Technologies Vice President James Rosendall Jr.
14 posted on 06/09/2011 7:49:19 AM PDT by WaterBoard
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To: WaterBoard

Holy cow...a black crook in Detroit.

15 posted on 06/09/2011 7:55:36 AM PDT by BubbaJunebug
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To: blam

I just saw this repeat on TV this weekend.

Leave it to CBS

16 posted on 06/09/2011 8:19:06 AM PDT by 11johara28
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To: JayAr36

Bump for later.

17 posted on 06/09/2011 10:20:02 AM PDT by brityank (The more I learn about the Constitution, the more I realise this Government is UNconstitutional !!)
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