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  • America's Third War: The U.S. Cut a Deal With the Sinaloa Cartel

    08/07/2011 2:12:34 AM PDT · by PhilDragoo · 34 replies ^ | August 05, 2011 | William Lajeunesse
    U.S. federal agents allegedly cut a deal with the Sinaloa drug cartel that allowed it to traffic tons of narcotics across the border, in exchange for information about rival cartels, according to documents filed in federal court. Click here to view the Sinaloa Cartel case document.

    02/07/2008 9:27:03 PM PST · by PhilDragoo · 61 replies · 210+ views
    The New Media ^ | February 5, 2008 | Henry Mark Holzer
    Ever since John McCain won the South Carolina and Florida Republican primaries, the Internet has been awash (ablaze is probably a better word) with assertions, arguments, and proof that he is not a conservative. See, for example, Straight Talk About The Straight-Talker. In the last few days, however, a few commentators have revived long-standing speculation about whether McCain’s non-conservative positions and conduct are rooted in something much darker than mere opportunism or closet liberalism. Some have even characterized McCain as a Vietnam War “Manchurian Candidate”—after the title of the famous 1959 novel by Richard Condon, and the subsequent movie of...
  • Straight Talk About The Straight-Talker

    01/23/2008 9:18:45 PM PST · by PhilDragoo · 66 replies · 648+ views
    The New Media ^ | January 23, 2008 | Henry Mark Holzer
    There is a scene in the classic Elia Kazan film “Viva Zapata” when a young Emiliano Zapata for the first time meets his bride-to-be’s father, a shopkeeper manifestly unimpressed with his daughter’s suitor. The father calls Zapata “a man of substance, without substance.” So, too, it is with John McCain. He is “a man of integrity without integrity”—meaning that the senator is reputed to have great integrity, but in fact has little, given the definition of that word: “the quality of possessing and steadfastly adhering to high moral principles or professional standards” (Encarta Dictionary). Two different, but related, events that...

    02/07/2004 4:02:03 PM PST · by PhilDragoo · 65 replies · 7,038+ views ^ | Thursday, February 05, 2004 | Gerald F. Merna, 1st Lt, U. S. Marine Corps (Retired)
    MILITARY AWARDS: EARNED OR NOT, WAS THE CRITERIA MET? By Gerald F. Merna, 1st Lt, U. S. Marine Corps (Retired) INTRODUCTION: Like many former, active and retired military personnel I am fairly active on the internet, I am a member of several Marine Corps and veterans organizations, and I actively participate in (sometimes two) “annual reunions” with one specific infantry company I served with during the Korean War. I have great interest in military matters generally, and more specifically in areas that I either experienced or was otherwise aware of as a result of my 22 year Marine Corps...

    01/22/2004 10:12:29 PM PST · by PhilDragoo · 115 replies · 1,718+ views ^ | January 22, 2004 | Henry Mark Holzer
    JFK (II): WAR HERO OR FAKE WARRIOR? Henry Mark Holzer Senator John Forbes Kerry, Navy veteran and candidate for the democrat party nomination for President of the United States, has for years played the “war hero” card. As the story goes, for his service in wartime Vietnam Kerry was awarded a Silver Star, a Bronze Star and three Purple Hearts. However, for all those years, and especially now, questions have been raised and doubts have surfaced about the legitimacy of some of those awards. Few people know the truth, preeminently Senator Kerry—but he’s not talking. This is not to...
  • It's Groundhog Day - but not in Punxsutawney

    07/09/2003 8:25:59 PM PDT · by PhilDragoo · 3 replies · 110+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Jul. 9, 2003 | Sarah Honig
    Jul. 9, 2003 It's Groundhog Day - but not in Punxsutawney By Sarah Honig Compulsive and obsessed, we cannot extricate ourselves from our interminable ordeal It's getting on my nerves. Night after night I keep having the same recurring dream: I'm always in a darkened movie theater and invariably treated to the same feature. Over and over. There is never any flick but Groundhog Day. As soon as I nod off, I see TV weatherman Phil waking up - always to face the same day. He is repeatedly forced to cover Groundhog Day ceremonies in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, an assignment he...
  • Free Speech is Not a Monopoly of the Antiwar Left

    04/03/2003 12:16:30 PM PST · by PhilDragoo · 22 replies · 333+ views ^ | April 3, 2003 | Erika Holzer
    Free Speech is Not a Monopoly of the Antiwar Left By Erika Holzer | April 3, 2003 Starting with the first tense days of the war against Iraq, I made it a point to watch American servicemen being interviewed on cable television. Every one of them, when asked why they were eager to fight in Iraq, in essence gave this unhesitating reply: "First, to destroy a murderous regime before it acquires the capability to attack our country and the rest of the free world with weapons of mass destruction." [It’s called "self-defense."] "Second, to liberate the people of Iraq...
  • “The Director Made Me Do It”: The “Winona” Defense

    11/15/2002 6:20:24 PM PST · by PhilDragoo · 9 replies · 301+ views ^ | November 15, 2002 | Henry Mark Holzer
    “The Director Made Me Do It”: The “Winona” Defense By Henry Mark Holzer | November 15, 2002 Criminal defense lawyers are constantly trying to find new ways to acquit their clients. Remember the "twinkies" defense, when a criminal defendant claimed he killed because the confection’s ingredients affected his mind? In the just-concluded Winona Ryder trial, her lawyer propounded yet another spurious defense. The jury didn’t buy it. Ryder was charged with three crimes: burglary, vandalism, and felony grand theft (the latter sometimes euphemistically called "shoplifting"), for helping herself to over five- thousand dollars’ worth of designer-expensive clothes and accessories...
  • Bush vs. Congress: The War Powers Resolution

    09/12/2002 8:48:26 PM PDT · by PhilDragoo · 7 replies · 734+ views ^ | September 12, 2002 | Henry Mark Holzer
    Bush vs. Congress: The War Powers Resolution By Henry Mark Holzer | September 12, 2002 On September 4, 2002, amidst a national guessing game over President Bush's intentions regarding Iraq and the role of Congress in his plans, the president sent a carefully worded letter to Speaker of the House of Representatives, Dennis Hastert. After establishing that America and the civilized world are at a crossroads regarding Iraq, Mr. Bush wrote (the emphasis is mine): I am in the process of deciding how to proceed. This is an important decision that must be made with great thought and care....
  • Greedy Trial Lawyers

    08/31/2002 5:21:25 PM PDT · by PhilDragoo · 117 replies · 505+ views ^ | August 26, 2002 | Henry Mark Holzer
    Some of the nation's most notorious personal injury lawyers are mounting an all-out assault on America's healthcare system that could batter it into a smoldering ruin before the next Presidential election. If successful, these unelected and unaccountable lawyers will raise healthcare costs to the point where millions of Americans and their employers may find themselves priced out of the system. Fresh from the tobacco wars and currently representing only a handful of plaintiffs, the lawyers' are attempting to convince a Miami-based federal judge that they should be allowed to represent almost all of the nation's 600,000 physicians as well as...
  • The case against Jane Fonda, her actions during Vietnam War

    08/12/2002 4:20:24 PM PDT · by PhilDragoo · 16 replies · 636+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | August 11, 2002 | Henry Mark Holzer and Erika Holzer
    <p>The case of Robert Walker Lindh, the so-called "American Taliban," has resurrected the issue of treason. What constitutes treason? What are the precedents? Why wasn't Lindh, who was captured early in the war in Afghanistan, charged with treason? The answers to these and many other questions can be found in a very useful new book about another high-profile case involving an American citizen, who like Lindh, arguably "adher[ed] to [America´s] enemies, giving them aid and comfort"— Jane Fonda.</p>
  • Fifth Column Mouthpiece

    07/30/2002 8:25:40 PM PDT · by PhilDragoo · 1 replies · 113+ views ^ | July 30, 2002 | Henry Mark Holzer
    In our political system, lawyers occupy a privileged position. On the civil side, only they can represent litigants. On the criminal side, as prosecutors they have the power to send people to prison; as defense attorneys only they can represent persons charged with crimes. With this government-granted monopoly power to work the levers of the legal system comes a heavy responsibility, reflected in lawyers’ codes of ethics. While a lawyer has the duty to represent his client “zealously,” at the same time there are entirely appropriate restraints on his advocacy. He can’t, for example, hide evidence, knowingly allow his client...
  • The Good Guys Won, Anyhow

    07/19/2002 12:12:19 PM PDT · by PhilDragoo · 4 replies · 217+ views ^ | July 19, 2002 | Henry Mark Holzer
    John Walker Lindh should have been hauled before a military tribunal. He probably would have been, were it not for the provision in President Bush's executive order limiting military tribunals' jurisdiction to non-citizens (a move thought by some to have been a preemptive strike against the Fifth Column's legal crowd). If Lindh had been tried by a military tribunal - whatever the specific charge(s) - given the facts, he almost assuredly would have been convicted. The death penalty was a distinct possibility. Instead, Lindh was transferred from military to civilian control, and put into the civilian judicial system. Once that...
  • Taliban John: Journey's End

    07/17/2002 2:04:23 PM PDT · by PhilDragoo · 13 replies · 310+ views ^ | July 17, 2002 | Henry Mark Holzer
    On July 15, 2002, Taliban John Walker Lindh pleaded guilty to criminal charges levied against him for his association with the Taliban and al-Qaeda. Heralded as a "surprise deal" by the Associated Press, Lindh's capitulation was anything but a surprise — not to me, nor to readers of Front Page Magazine. Ever since Lindh was flushed out of that prison basement in Afghanistan, I've been predicting that he'd cop a plea because of the strength of the government's case and the lack of a defense. For example, in February I wrote a piece entitled "Reading Brosnahan's Mind," and said: The...
  • The Fifth Column s Legal Team

    06/18/2002 9:06:42 PM PDT · by PhilDragoo · 3 replies · 331+ views ^ | June 18, 2002 | Henry Mark Holzer
    The Fifth Column’s Legal Team By Henry Mark Holzer | June 18, 2002 DESPITE ITS NAME – which is meant to suggest fealty to the Constitution and Bill of Rights of the United States of America – The Center for Constitutional Rights is a Leftist law factory that grinds out one anti-American case after another. Rather than acting to protect and preserve American constitutional values – e.g., freedom and capitalism – the Center exists to attack and undermine those values. While one could devote an entire book to demonstrating that the Center was founded by America-haters, that its agenda...
  • Taliban John: The Noose Tightens

    06/11/2002 4:54:24 PM PDT · by PhilDragoo · 7 replies · 219+ views ^ | June 11, 2002 | Henry Mark Holzer
    TALIBAN JOHN: THE NOOSE TIGHTENS Henry Mark Holzer If there has been doubt in anyone's mind about the nature of the government's principal case against John Walker Lindh, last week's court filing by the United States Attorney should have dispelled it. To understand the significance of what the government's motion papers said, it's necessary to remind ourselves about what "conspiracy" means in federal criminal law, and then about what the indictment charges Lindh with having done. Conspiracy is proved by evidence showing an agreement (which can be tacit, so long as it is clear) to do something illegal (e.g., killing...
  • Where Have All The Critters Gone?

    06/06/2002 2:52:11 PM PDT · by PhilDragoo · 232+ views ^ | June 6, 2002 | Henry Mark Holzer
    Where Have All The Critters Gone? By Henry Mark Holzer | June 6, 2002 SAN FRANCISCO STATE UNIVERSITY – a public institution, supported by taxpayer funds – is adorned with maps of the Middle East that exclude the State of Israel. Campus posters depict soup cans with labels displaying drops of blood, dead babies, and the description "canned Palestinian children meat, slaughtered according to Jewish rites under American license." This, of course, is the infamous "blood libel" that has haunted Jewry for centuries. Other signs equate Zionism with racism, Jews with Nazis. Recently, SFSU Jewish students and others held...
  • The Case Of John Walker: THE DESPARATE DEFENSE

    05/16/2002 7:00:41 PM PDT · by PhilDragoo · 21 replies · 424+ views ^ | 5-16-02 | Henry Mark Holzer
    TALIBAN JOHN: THE DESPERATE DEFENSE Henry Mark Holzer It’s obvious that despite its bravado, the John Walker Lindh defense camp is desperate. First, we saw two examples of “graymail,” a tactic used by defense lawyers in national security cases. The idea is for the defense to seek in the discovery stage of the case highly sensitive documents and testimony so that the government is put on the horns of a dilemma: comply with the request, and risk compromising important secrets (which the government, understandably, is loathe to do), or refuse to comply, and risk dismissal of the case (which the...
  • The High Cost Of Openness

    04/26/2002 6:31:42 PM PDT · by PhilDragoo · 26 replies · 380+ views
    Accuracy In Media ^ | April 26, 2002 | Notra Trulock
    The High Cost Of Openness By Notra Trulock April 26, 2002 The Energy Department recently declassified its fifth report to Congress on "inadvertent" disclosures of classified nuclear weapons information. For the past three years, classification experts have been scouring millions of pages of supposedly declassified government documents dumped into the public domain under the Clinton administration’s misguided openness policy. They have uncovered a gold mine of nuclear warhead secrets that, according to an Energy Department assessment, "would aid an adversary in obtaining a weapon of mass destruction." In 1993, citing the end of the Cold War and the "rapidly changing...
  • Taliban John: The Conventional Wisdom And the Truth

    04/16/2002 5:26:16 PM PDT · by PhilDragoo · 5 replies · 289+ views ^ | April 16, 2002 | Henry Mark Holzer
    Taliban John: The Conventional Wisdom—And the Truth By Henry Mark Holzer | April 16, 2002 NEWSWEEK MAGAZINE'S April 15, 2002, issue has published an article by Steven Brill titled, "End of Their Rope," carrying the subtitle "The Feds threw the book at John Walker Lindh, whetting the nation's appetite for vengeance. Too bad the evidence is so weak." Putting aside that the Justice Department has, unfortunately, not thrown the book at the American Taliban - he should have been indicted for treason (see - Brill's analysis reveals how little he understands about the law of conspiracy that Lindh...

    04/05/2002 2:54:27 PM PST · by PhilDragoo · 10 replies · 312+ views ^ | April 5, 2002 | Henry Mark Holzer
    Taliban John: The Discovery Motion By Henry Mark Holzer | April 5, 2002 ON MONDAY, JOHN WALKER LINDH’S LAWYERS were in Virginia federal court making what lawyers call a “discovery” motion, trying to obtain information from the government bearing on their client’s defense. Apparently treated as routine by the media – Associated Press ran a short wire service story; CNN had little to report – the hearing was anything but routine, especially because of one particular card the defense tried to play. To understand the defense tactics at play in its discovery motion, we have to differentiate between different...

    03/25/2002 8:15:38 PM PST · by PhilDragoo · 31 replies · 334+ views ^ | March 25, 2002 | Ronald Radosh
    Justice for Hanoi Jane’s Victims Ronald Radosh reviews Aid and Comfort: Jane Fonda in North Vietnam by Henry Mark Holzer and Erika Holzer | March 26, 2002 A FRIEND OF MINE -- an ex-radical who became a conservative and Deputy Sheriff of a Vermont town -- has a bumper sticker on his pickup truck that reads "Hanoi Jane Not Welcome Here." I admit to always having felt uncomfortable reading it, since it seemed to me to be an unnecessary reminder of the terrible, polarized atmosphere surrounding the war in Vietnam. It was a time when ultra-conservative supporters of the...

    03/17/2002 6:48:53 PM PST · by PhilDragoo · 12 replies · 209+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | March 17, 2002 | Geoff Metcalf interviews Hank Holzer
    The case against 'Hanoi Jane' Lawyer, author Hank Holzer tells Metcalf actress committed treason Posted: March 17, 2002 1:00 a.m. Eastern Editor's Note: Though it has been 30 years since Jane Fonda's notorious visit to North Vietnam, many Americans have been unable to forget the actress's behavior in enemy territory. By cozying up to America's communist foe in the Vietnam War, Fonda earned the nickname "Hanoi Jane" and the contempt of U.S. soldiers and patriots. In a new book titled "Aid and Comfort: Jane Fonda in North Vietnam," lawyer Hank Holzer outlines the legal case against Fonda, saying the actress...

    02/22/2002 12:44:49 PM PST · by PhilDragoo · 2 replies · 27+ views ^ | February 21, 2002 | Henry Mark Holzer
    TALIBAN JOHN: READING BROSNAHAN'S MIND Henry Mark Holzer Well, so far the ride has been pretty interesting. Here we got this kid from Marin County who winds up being flushed out of a nowhere Afghan dungeon with his al-Qaeda buddies after some CIA guy gets killed. The country wants Lindh's head. The administration's obliging. And I'm supposed to defend him. Until now its been hoopla time. Demanding I be allowed to see him in Afghanistan. Complaining he's been denied counsel. Accusing the feds of coercing him. Arguing Lindh wasn't dangerous or a flight risk. Holding sidewalk press conferences. Trying to ...

    02/15/2002 7:27:27 PM PST · by PhilDragoo · 8 replies · 34+ views ^ | February 14, 2002 | Henry Mark Holzer
    TALIBAN JOHN CHAPTER 5: THE BAIL HEARING Henry Mark Holzer A lot more happened at John Walker Lindh's bail hearing than has been reported. On the surface, the story was that the day following Lindh's indictment, a federal magistrate judge in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia denied his lawyers' application that their client be released on bail into the custody of his parents. What has not been analyzed, however, is what the bail hearing revealed about the defense's current strategy, the government's evidence, and the implications of the judge's ruling. The background to ...

    02/07/2002 4:06:31 PM PST · by PhilDragoo · 4 replies · 20+ views ^ | February 7, 2002 | Henry Mark Holzer
    TALIBAN JOHN --CHAPTER 4: THE INDICTMENT Henry Mark Holzer Chapter 1 in the tale of John Walker began when CNN broadcast photos and an interview with the filthy, wounded Taliban/al-Qaeda fighter. It ended with his transfer to first one Navy ship and then another in the Arabian Sea. Chapter 2 consisted of silence about what was happening to Walker-Lindh, but much speculation about what would happen. I predicted no treason indictment (for my reasons see, and charges being laid under 18 United States Code Sections 371 and 2332: conspiracy to kill Americans. Another possibility I suggested was providing "material ...
  • Terrorism, The "America-Last Movement," And The Courts

    01/24/2002 12:26:51 PM PST · by PhilDragoo · 5 replies · 169+ views ^ | January 24, 2002 | Henry Mark Holzer and Erika Holzer
    NOT EVEN SIX MONTHS have passed since September 11, but already the "America-Last" movement struggles to find an "issue" to use as a rallying point for undermining the Bush Administration's War on Terrorism. Along with sit-ins, candle lightings, prayer offerings, and incantations of stale, naive, anti-American slogans such as, "give peace a chance," "no 'eye for an eye’," "let's not become like them," and "violence never solved anything." But this time -- unlike during the Vietnam War -- they've run into a virtually solid wall of indifference from the American public and its elected representatives. Although the anti-war movement enjoys ...

    01/16/2002 3:42:25 PM PST · by PhilDragoo · 2 replies · 10+ views ^ | January 16, 2002 | Henry Mark Holzer
    TALIBAN JOHN - CHAPTER 3: THE CHARGES Henry Mark Holzer Chapter 1 in the tale of John Walker began when CNN broadcast photos and an interview with the filthy, wounded Taliban/al-Qaeda fighter. It ended with his transfer to first one Navy ship and then another in the Arabian sea. Chapter 2 has consumed us for the past several weeks, while the public and press debated and speculated over what Walker could, and should, be charged with. I have written here and elsewhere that while a treason indictment and conviction was not nearly as difficult as some have claimed - and ...
  • Taliban John: What Are They Thinking?

    01/11/2002 11:15:22 AM PST · by PhilDragoo · 13 replies · 11+ views ^ | January 10, 2002 | Henry Mark Holzer
    WOW, as President did I make a mistake calling that Walker kid misguided. Where were my political people on that one? This has become a real mess. Thanks to Newsweek, CNN, and other media, every day Walker looks worse and worse. He got radicalized by Malcolm X. He approved of the attacks on the Cole, the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. He trained and marched and fought with al-Qaeda, and maybe even met bin Laden. He stonewalled Mike Spann's interrogation, and may have been involved in his murder. He admitted his outfit and the camps were funded by bin ...

    12/27/2001 11:21:51 AM PST · by PhilDragoo · 19 replies · 15+ views ^ | December 26, 2001 | Henry Mark Holzer, Professor Emeritus, Brooklyn Law School
    TALIBAN JOHN: READING ASHCROFT'S MIND Henry Mark Holzer Professor Emeritus, Brooklyn Law School (Published December 26, 2001) Well, the Boss has asked for options about how to deal with Walker. The good part is that he's made it clear that I'm to ignore political considerations. Apparently, Rove and the other political mechanics in the White House aren't going to have any input into this. Maybe Rumsfeld, because of all the other prisoners we have, but not anybody else. Only the President. And the other day, he said Walker faces a grim future. The bad part is that he may not ...
  • Arafat’s Suicide Factory

    12/10/2001 4:04:24 PM PST · by PhilDragoo · 45 replies · 9+ views
    New York Post ^ | December 9, 2001 | Daniel Pipes
    Arafat’s Suicide Factory New York Post December 9, 2001 In declaring his own war on terrorism last week, Israel's Prime Minister Ariel Sharon made a surprising claim. He said that Yasser Arafat, the Palestinian leader, "is responsible for everything that is happening here," a reference to the onslaught of four suicide operations that had just left 26 Israelis dead and some 200 wounded. To which one might reasonably ask: Why blame Arafat? No one blames President Bush for the catastrophe on Sept. 11 or other politicians for the terrorism that occurs on their watch. Why should it be different with ...
  • What Can Be Done With Taliban John?

    12/06/2001 9:12:27 PM PST · by PhilDragoo · 16 replies · 48+ views ^ | December 6, 2001 | Henry Mark Holzer
    "EVERYONE LOVES HIM," said his mom. "He's a really good boy, a really sweet boy." Marilyn Walker was referring to her son, John Phillip Walker - aka Abdul Hamid - most recently seen on international television wounded, starved, and filthy from his several-day stay in the basement of a muddy makeshift prison in Northwest Afghanistan. Mr. Hamid, an American citizen fighting on the side of the Taliban (and almost certainly the Al Qaeda forces of Osama bin Laden) was flushed out of his hideout through the application of freezing water, which wrote the final chapter to the prisoner revolt at ...

    10/27/2001 9:16:31 PM PDT · by PhilDragoo · 46 replies · 555+ views
    email from author ^ | October 27, 2001 | Henry Mark Holzer
    J'ACCUSE Henry Mark Holzer In the late 1880s, Captain Alfred Dreyfus, a French Jew, was railroaded to Devils Island by military and other anti-semites as the scapegoat in a notorious espionage case. One of his champions was Emile Zola, the French writer. Zola's pamphlet, J'accuse, attacking the government, loudly proclaimed what many had only whispered, and helped turn the tide in Dreyfus' favor. Zola, however, was imprisoned. Happily, unlike Nineteenth Century France, in America my accusations against some of those who have contributed to today's terrorist threat are protected by the First Amendment. I accuse former Senator Frank Church of ...

    09/24/2001 11:00:29 AM PDT · by PhilDragoo · 38 replies · 173+ views
    Editorial via email; HanoiJane remarks WMXV 105.7, Atlanta Journal and Constitution, NewsMax | September 24, 2001 | HENRY MARK HOLZER and ERIKA HOLZER
    HANOI JANE: SOFT ON TERRORISTS HENRY MARK HOLZER and ERIKA HOLZER Jane Fonda is at it again. Nearly thirty years ago, she went to North Viet Nam and aided a Communist anti-American propaganda campaign. (See Now, in the aftermath of the September 11th terrorist attacks, she is once again undermining the United States — this time, by blurring a crucially important distinction. On September 20th, Fonda reportedly told an Atlanta radio station that Americans should “try to understand the underlying causes” of the terrorist attacks which, in her view, must “be dealt with as a crime. And when there’s ...

    07/08/2001 2:20:37 PM PDT · by PhilDragoo · 12+ views
    New York Post ^ | July 8, 2001 | Al Guart
    MEMO: CITY BUILDINGS THREATENED BY TERROR By AL GUART July 8, 2001 -- There have been "eight years of direct threats" by international terrorists against busy government buildings in lower Manhattan - despite public claims to the contrary by city officials, The Post has learned. An internal memo written last year by a high-ranking federal law-enforcement official stationed at 26 Federal Plaza stated: "The threat issue that permeates this facility's vulnerabilities is predominantly caused by international radical terrorism (IRT), which has presented eight years of direct threats to N.Y.C. Civic Center Facilities." The Civic Center includes city, state and federal ...

    03/25/2001 2:45:20 PM PST · by PhilDragoo · 1,896+ views
    Gaming Magazine ^ | Sunday, March 25, 2001 | Editorial Staff
    ""Prostitution, drugs, corruption, that money ends up there. Every African dictator has an account over there. The Russian mob has their money there." ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The masts belonging to hundreds of yachts still bob in the harbor. The Rolls-Royces still purr up to the front of the copper-domed Monte Carlo casino. But all is not quite business as usual. Damning reports, accusing Monaco of being lax on money laundering, have been coming fast and furious lately, culminating in October with a surprisingly harsh one from the French Ministry of Finance. Either Monaco would shape up, or France would shape it up, ...

    03/20/2001 9:09:49 AM PST · by PhilDragoo · 1,692+ views
    Fax/E-Mail to U.S. Consulate, Marseilles, France ^ | March 17, 2001 | Michael Jeffrey Griffith, International Legal Defense Counsel
    Consulate of the United States of America March 17, 2001 Ms. Martha Melzow 12 Boulevard Paul Peytral 13286 Marseille Cedex 6 Fax 01133491550947 Dear Marty: It was a pleasure meeting you for lunch during my stay in Monaco. I appreciate you taking the time to travel to see me during my visit. I have represented Americans imprisoned in approximately two-dozen countries in the last 25 years. I have worked closely with the Bureau of Consular Services and various country desks of the State Department to ensure that rights of Americans imprisoned overseas have not been violated. Likewise, I have been ...

    03/13/2001 4:56:05 PM PST · by PhilDragoo · 596+ views ^ | Saturday, March 10, 2001 | Christopher Hitchens Christopher Hitchens to PeterK: Subject: Re: Britannica Date: Saturday, March 10, 2001 1:12 AM Dear Peter, Thank you for inquiring about the abrupt cancellation of my advertised on-line chat with Britannica, scheduled for last Thursday 8 March, and thanks, too, to all those who were curious enough to wonder what happened. All that I can state with certainty is this. A couple of hours before the appointed time, I heard a message in a servile and lugubrious Australian accent on my voicemail, telling me that the announced and arranged exchange would not take place. I have since learned that ...

    03/08/2001 9:36:27 AM PST · by PhilDragoo · 580+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | March 8, 2001 | Mary Jane Fine
    The fiery deaths of billionaire banker Edmond Safra and a nurse in Monaco in December 1999 likely resulted from the actions — or inaction — of Monaco police, according to a report by French authorities, the Daily News has learned. The report, ordered by Patricia Richet, chief examining magistrate of the Monaco district court, concluded that police prevented firefighters from attacking the blaze for two crucial hours. The previously unpublished May report, portions of which were obtained by The News, describes a tragic Keystone Kops scenario in which police and the fire brigade were called at 5:10 a.m. Dec. 3, ...

    02/27/2001 7:12:04 PM PST · by PhilDragoo · 305+ views
    e-mail from Europe ^ | February 27, 2001 | "Profonde Gorge" or Deep Throat in Monaco
    MONACO "JUSTICE" DEMANDS 100,000-FRANCS & ROLEX AS BRIBE TO ESCAPE KAFKAESQUE SYSTEM--TED MAHER'S NOT-EXCELLENT "ADVENTURE" CONTINUES. 11/02/01 20:36 Dear Heidi, I received your fax message yesterday, in fact, it took me almost full 8 month and 11 hard discussions in front of the court of appeal to finally leave that lousy place. During my stay I spend something more than a month with Ted. His is in fact a terrible situation only in Monaco or some African country can occur. The main problem in dealing with any penal case in Monaco is that they use a particular modified French penal ...

    02/25/2001 12:44:09 PM PST · by PhilDragoo · 383+ views
    Riviera Live ^ | February, 2001 | Ted Maher's wife Heidi; Anonymous
    Letters about Safra's death in Monaco I am the wife to Ted Maher, the man wrongfully imprisoned for the murder of Mr. Safra and Vivian Torrente. I have been told from the beginning by Ted's lawyers that "Someone has to take the blame for this . . . surely you know it won't be Monaco . . . ." DNA evidence proves my husband's innocence -- skin under Mr. Safra's nails as well as Vivian's crushed neck do NOT match my husband. Drug tests from the hospital are NEGATIVE-my husband does NOT take drugs. The clothing for my husband that ...
  • DOMINICK DUNNE'S DIARY--More on Monaco death of Safra and Ted Maher (443 DAYS WITHOUT TRIAL TODAY)

    02/19/2001 10:34:24 AM PST · by PhilDragoo · 471+ views
    Vanity Fair ^ | March, 2001 | Dominick Dunne
    DOMINICK DUNNE'S DIARY (Excerpts from Article in Vanity Fair March 2001 article - only excerpts pertaining to Monaco and Edmond Safra) ANOTHER PARTY, ANOTHER CLUE The author's social life is never dull: whether he's being snubbed by angry Kennedys and friends of the duPonts or given a whispered tip on the Edmond Safra mystery by the butler who takes his coat, it's all grist for his investigative mill. Here's the latest on his famous murder cases: While I do go out entirely too much, something always seems to happen which makes going out irresistible to me. Invariably, an unexpected person ...

    02/15/2001 1:25:04 PM PST · by PhilDragoo · 24+ views
    WITNESS TO MONACO JUDICIAL CORRUPTION ^ | 2-11-01 | A formerly false-imprisoned visitor to Monaco--name withheld
    Phil's note: This sheds yet more light on the continuing exposure of the coverup in the murder of Edmond Safra, billionaire owner of Republic Bank, in his Monaco penthouse December 3, 1999. Ted Maher is the innocent framed and imprisoned 439 days without trial. This letter was sent to Ted's wife by another falsely imprisoned visitor to Monaco. He is free now thanks to a BRIBE TO A MONACO JUDGE and as you see his first language is not English, but the truth nonetheless: Dear Heidi, I received your fax message yesterday , in fact , it took me almost ...

    02/14/2001 3:10:19 PM PST · by PhilDragoo · 936+ views
    New York Post NEAL TRAVIS' NEW YORK ^ | Wednesday,February 14,2001 | Neal Travis
    I HAVE to be super careful here, but I believe the sensational case of the murder of international banker Edmond Safra is about to break open into a scandal of earth-shattering proportions. Safra, you will recall, died under mysterious circumstances in his Monaco fortress apartment last year. It seemed to some us - including Dominick Dunne, ace chronicler of crimes involving the rich and famous - that all was not as it seemed. A convenient patsy was found - Edmond's New York-based chief nurse, Ted Maher. The idea was that Ted, wanting to be a well-rewarded hero, started the fire ...
  • Banker 'was victim of assassination'

    12/02/2000 8:09:22 AM PST · by PhilDragoo · 231+ views ^ | Sat, Dec 2, 2000 |
    BILLIONAIRE banker Edmond Safra, whose death in his Monte Carlo penthouse shocked the world of high finance, was assassinated, according to a sensational new inquiry. Safra was shot twice before he was suffocated to death. A nurse who died with him, barricaded in a specially-fortified bathroom, was allegedly strangled. Another of Safra's nurses, Ted Maher, has been charged with causing his death. But American author Dominick Dunne, whose books have helped to re-open several high-profile murder cases, says new evidence proves that Maher is being blamed for what was really a well-planned contract killing. Dunne says Maher only confessed because ...

    10/26/2000 7:49:34 PM PDT · by PhilDragoo · 173+ views
    New York Post online ^ | 10/25/00 | AL GUART
    The number of federal cops patrolling high-risk government buildings in the city has been cut in half - with no plans to restore them despite recent terrorist acts against the United States, The Post has learned. The General Services Administration slashed its force of Federal Protective Services officers to 32 from 62 on Sept. 25 - and has no plans to return them in the wake of the Oct. 12 suicide bombing of the USS Cole warship in Yemen, which some officials suspect terror kingpin Osama bin Laden orchestrated. Ironically, it was the suspected work of bin Laden that got ...
  • Al Gore's Uncle Whit LaFon Allegedly Tied to Narcotics Smuggling Near Hardin County Island

    09/12/2000 10:49:29 PM PDT · by PhilDragoo · 298+ views ^ | September 12, 2000 | Tony Hays
    Federal and Tennessee state law enforcement officials have targeted Whit LaFon, Vice President Al Gore’s uncle, in a narcotics distribution and money-laundering scheme involving powder and crack cocaine and thousands of dollars of profits which covers much of southwest Tennessee. The investigation involves the FBI, the Inspector General’s office at the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Tennessee’s 24th Judicial District Task Force and the Tennessee Highway Patrol. According to state and local officers, a seaplane, allegedly containing narcotics, frequently lands on the water in southern Decatur County, Tenn., near Swallow Bluff Island on the Tennessee River. The drugs ...
  • Edmond Pope May Die in Russia

    09/01/2000 9:20:03 PM PDT · by PhilDragoo · 19+ views ^ | 9-1-00 | J. Michael Waller
    A retired U.S. Navy officer languishes in a Russian prison, his health ebbing away while the Clinton administration drags its feet and Al Gore refuses family’s direct pleas for help. As Russian President Vladimir Putin takes heat for his delayed rescue mission for the now-doomed sailors aboard the wrecked submarine Kursk, Vice President Al Gore is starting to feel the pain for his refusal to help rescue a retired U.S. Navy officer in a Russian prison. The American being held prisoner, 54-year-old Edmond Pope of State College, Pa., is suffering from preexisting cancer and Graves’ disease and, through abuse and ...
  • WORLD EXCLUSIVE!!: Napster and FriedRepublic Execs Speak Out

    07/31/2000 5:39:38 PM PDT · by PhilDragoo · 13+ views ^ | 7-31-00 | VastRightwing
    WORLD EXCLUSIVE!!: Napster and FriedRepublic Execs Speak Out [VastRightWing.Com has obtained original transcripts of an interview done by CNetNewz that is running today minus comments by JimRobb of FriedRepublic.Com,"Napster CEO fights for life of music firm." Here is the unexpurgated transcript of the interview.] Just two months after taking the helm at Napster, Hank Barry is fighting for the company's life. Meanwhile FriedRepublic's copyright suit is ignored and neglected not only by the media but by its own legal staff. Barry spoke with CNET today about what will become of Napster if the court refuses his appeal and about ...
  • Shocking Precedent Has Dangerous Implications--Top Legal Expert Horrified at Elian Decision

    06/03/2000 6:19:38 PM PDT · by PhilDragoo · 158+ views
    Insight Magazine ^ | 6/2/00 | Henry Mark Holzer, Professor Emeritus, Brooklyn Law School
    Unfortunately, my former client Walter Polovchak retains the title of "The Littlest Defector," thanks to yesterday’s decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, which unanimously upheld the INS’ rejection of Elian Gonzalez’s asylum application. There is much that must be said about the Elian episode. That Elian’s fight for freedom coalesced groups of America-haters who haven’t been heard from so vociferously since they worked for a communist victory in Vietnam. That the state of Florida dropped the ball in not fighting for Elian in the family court, thereby setting up a federalism conflict with the federal ...