Monday, June 25, 2012

12-06-25 What is going on in Pennsylvania? PSU's Sandursky and Luzerne County's Kids for Cash

Both cases reflect extreme abuse of minors and extreme corruption of the justice system.
Los Angeles, Juny 25 - while corruption of the justice system in Los Angeles, Southern Florida, and parts of Texas is notorious, there could have been the impression that things are different elsewhere.

However, cases like PUS's Sandursky and Luzerne County's Kids for Cash provide glimpses of conditions Pennsylvania:
  • Both cases reflect extreme abuse of minors;
  • In both cases complaints, detailing the abuse, were brought forward for years;
  • In both cases, the corruption was covered up for years.
LINKS:[1] 11-02-18 Pennsylvania Judge Guilty Of Racketeering In Kickback Case (Kids for Cash Scandal)

The Big Question about the Sandusky Case

Michael Collins

Sandusky behaved as if he were immune from punishment for his swaggering displays of deviance. Why else would he tempt the fates with the shower rapes unless he knew that fate wasn’t involved; unless he knew that he had enough power to defy the most powerful people at the university, including Coach Joe Paterno?

Jerry Sandusky has molested his last troubled boy. He is going to jail for life. But a larger question remains after Sandusky’s conviction. (Image: marsme1551)

How did Jerry Sandusky get away with his conspicuous deviant behavior all of these years when so many people in authority knew about it?

A Pennsylvania jury found the former high profile assistant football coach at Pennsylvania State University (PSU) guilty of forty-five charges of sexual abuse on June 20, 2012. The jury deliberated only twenty hours to reach the verdict. This answered the most fundamental question about Sandusky’s behavior: Was he a child molester? Yes, beyond a reasonable doubt responded the jurors with their guilty verdict.

What did they know and when did they know it?
June, 1998: Sandusky was the subject of an investigation by Center County district attorney, the late Ray Gricar. (Gricar disappeared under mysterious circumstances in 2005.) Sandusky was accused of pursuing a relationship with Victim 6, a recipient of services from Sandusky’s Second Mile Foundation for troubled and at risk youth. After three years of football games and other activities with the victim, Sandusky took the eleven-year old boy to PSU’s locker for a shower during which the boy was groped and grabbed throughout.

Victim 6 s mother reported concerns about the erotic contact to authorities. The investigation amounted to nothing despite more than enough evidence to continue investigating.

After June, 1998 we know that the Centre County district attorney’s office, police investigators, and those interviewed by authorities all knew about Sandusky’s alleged (now proven) behavior.

Fall 2000: A night shift janitor working in the Lasch Building at PSU saw something more shocking than anything he’d seen during his Korean War combat experiences. Here’s what we know from the grand jury that indicted Sandusky regarding Victim 8. Sandusky was “holding the boy up against the [shower] wall licking him.” The janitor reported the incident to his supervisor. The supervisor claims that he made no further report.

March 2001: Pennsylvania State University (PSU) assistant football coach Mike McQueary witnessed Sandusky engaging in explicit sexual activity with a boy of ten (or so) in the PSU locker room showers. McQueary, a graduate assistant at the time, told the grand jury that he saw Sandusky with Victim 2, “a naked boy, whose age he estimated to be ten years old boy, with his hands held up against the wall, being subjected to anal intercourse by a naked Sandusky.”

McQueary promptly reported the incident to Joe Paterno, who in turn, informed his superior, athletic director Tim Curley. About ten days later, McQueary attended a meeting with Curley, senior vice president for finance Gary Schulz, and Paterno. McQueary testified that he reported that Sandusky committed anal rape on a boy in the athletic department showers. Curley and Schulz denied ever hearing this. The grand jury that indicted Sandusky noted that “portions of the testimony of Tim Curley and Gary Schultz are not credible” and that both made “materially false statements” during previous grand jury hearings.

Curley reported the incident to clinical psychologist, Jack Raykovitz, PhD, the head of Sandusky’s Second Mile Foundation for troubled youth. Curley also reported the incident to then PSU president, Graham Spanier. Curley said nothing about anal rape according to Spanier.

The PSU Police function was under vice president Gary Schultz. He claimed that he didn’t report McQueary’s information to the campus police.

No one involved called the local police. All involved (with the exception of McQueary) are mandatory reporters of child abuse in Pennsylvania. There were no reports to authorities about suspected sexual abuse. According to Spanier, this was just Sandusky “horsing around” with a ten-year old in the showers.

The circle of knowledge about Sandusky’s deviant behavior was particularly broad for the March 2001 incident. From graduate assistant through legendary coach Paterno right up to the high profile president of the university, many knew that McQueary had seen Sandusky performing a violent sexual act on a ten or eleven year old in the football team showers.

With so many powerful people knowing so much, how could Sandusky get away with it?
Police, DA’s, PSU executives, and many more had heard about Sandusky’s behavior since at least 1998. They knew that Sandusky had male children from his foundation with him at public events. Some of them knew that he took them places locally. They knew he seemed shameless doing so.

When Sandusky got down to the purpose of his grooming, the sexual abuse of boys, his behavior was, at times, flagrant. Twice he was caught and reported for forcing sexual acts on male children in the PSU showers. Was Sandusky out of his mind with this ultra-high risk behavior?
Perhaps, but Sandusky behaved as if he were immune from punishment for his swaggering displays of deviance. Why else would he tempt the fates with the shower rapes unless he knew that fate wasn’t involved; unless he knew that he had enough power to defy the most powerful people at the university, including Coach Joe Paterno?

If you know anything about the story of Joe Paterno’s reign as one of the greatest coaches of all time, imagine being asked this question prior to this case. What would the coach do if his former star quarter back (McCreary) told him that his longtime assistant coach was having anal sex with a child in the team’s showers? Sandusky would have been banished from the university and turned in. He wasn’t.

If you are at all familiar with public universities, what would any university president do if he found out that his high profile football assistant coach was caught having anal sex with a child in the team showers? If for no other reason than fiduciary responsibility and concerns about liability, the president would report the incident to child protective services and banish the assistant coach from the university. PSU president Spanier did neither.

All of those powerful PSU officials who heard about the March 2001 incident did nothing. When they were interviewed by police and called before the grand jury, they claimed that McQueary never explicitly mentioned sexual activity. The grand jury and trial juries disagreed.

What power did Sandusky have?

Did he know something so compromising about the university that it got him off the hook?

Did he have friends even more powerful than Paterno, Curly, Schultz, and Spanier?

If so, what favors did they owe Sandusky to enlist their protective services?

Until we know who Sandusky had on his side to allow his flagrant public deviance, we won’t know the true story of the Sandusky case.

This article may be reposted with attribution of authorship and a link to this article.

Also see The Pennsylvania Sexual Assault Scandal, the Second Mile Foundation, and Penn State, Michael Collins, November 11, 2011

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12-06-25 Sheriff Joe Arpaio: "I'm Not Stopping Anything"

While the Sheriff is not my favorite, here is my perspective:
There are similarities between what is going on in Arizona and Montana.  It does not matter if it is immigration, the birth certificate, pot, abortion, or citizens united.  Certain state politicians/religious leaders ride the popular wave by expressing their disdain of the federal government in general and the Supreme Court of the United States, in particular, using local/religious trigger issues. 
Seen that way, it is just another symptom of the US Constitutional Crisis.  It may reach the level of physical confrontation in the not too far future, for example, in federal attempt to locally enforce unpopular decisions of the Supreme Court.
In fact, one may say that Sheriff Joe was bating the federal government, and the more they confront him on the immigration issue, while refusing to address the birth certificate issue, the more they fall into his trap.  If they imprison Sheriff Joe, he would become a national hero and rebels' cause.  If they don't - they lose control.  It's a heads you lose, tails I win situation for the feds.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio: "I'm Not Stopping Anything"

AZ Sheriff Joe Arpaio on FOX News today: "I'm not stopping anything. I'm going to continue to enforce those state laws regardless of what the federal government is trying to put pressure on me to satisfy all these activists, which by the way are in front of my building right now."

"Three and half years they've been in front of my building. So, I'm not going to bend to the federal government, especially when we still have state laws to enforce."


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12-06-25 Carter: A Cruel and Unusual Record

A Cruel and Unusual Record

By Jimmy Carter

Revelations that top officials are targeting people to be assassinated abroad, including American citizens, are only the most recent, disturbing proof of how far our nation's violation of human rights has extended.

12-06-25 Richard O'Dwyer extradition

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Wikipedia's founder calls for Richard O'Dwyer extradition to be stopped

Jimmy Wales launches campaign calling on Theresa May to stop extradition to US of UK student facing alleged copyright offences
Richard O'Dwyer
Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales has called on home secretary to stop the extradition to the US of Richard O'Dwyer (pictured) over alleged copyright infringement. Photograph: Graham Turner for the Guardian
Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales has made a rare political intervention to call on Theresa May to stop the extradition of British student Richard O'Dwyer to the US for alleged copyright offences.
Launching an online campaign, Wales said O'Dwyer, 24, was the "human face" of a global battle over the interests of the film and TV industries and the wider public, which came to a head in the global outcry against the proposed US legislation, Sopa and Pipa, cracking down on copyright infringement.
O'Dwyer, a multimedia student at Sheffield Hallam University, faces up to 10 years in a US prison for founding, a crowdsourced site linking to places to watch full TV shows and movies online.
"When I met Richard, he struck me as a clean-cut, geeky kid. Still a university student, he is precisely the kind of person we can imagine launching the next big thing on the internet," Wales wrote in a comment article for the Guardian.
"Given the thin case against him, it is an outrage that he is being extradited to the US to face felony charges for something that he is not being prosecuted for here. No US citizen has ever been brought to the UK for alleged criminal activity that took place on US soil.
"From the beginning of the internet, we have seen a struggle between the interests of the 'content industry' and the interests of the general public. Due to heavy lobbying and much money lavished on politicians, until very recently the content industry has won every battle.
"We, the users of the internet, handed them their first major defeat earlier this year with the epic Sopa/Pipa protests which culminated in a widespread internet blackout and 10 million people contacting the US Congress to voice their opposition. Together, we won the battle against Sopa and Pipa. Together we can win this one too."
Wales was at the forefront of the campaign against the Sopa and Pipa bills aimed at enforcing online copyright more vigorously, which many warned would threaten sites at the core of the internet: Google, Wikipedia and others. With other senior editors, Wales set aside for the first time Wikipedia's vaunted principle of neutrality, blacking out the online encyclopedia for a day as a warning of the consequences of too-strict copyright enforcement.
On Sunday, he launched a petition on, an international campaigning website which garnered 2.2m signatures for a campaign to prosecute the killer of Trayvon Martin in the US.
Wales's petition called on May, the home secretary, to stop O'Dwyer's extradition. Under UK law, , May must grant permission for extraditions to proceed, so she is able to stop extraditions without recourse to the courts.
O'Dwyer's cause has already attracted cross-party support in the UK from prominent MPs, including the Liberal Democrat president, Tim Farron, the chair of the home affairs select committee, Keith Vaz, and liberal Conservatives such as David Davis and Dominic Raab.
Other US extraditions, such as those of alleged computer hacker Gary McKinnon and the NatWest Three, have led to calls for reform of the US/UK extradition treaty, which campaigners say is biased against UK interests.
O'Dwyer was arrested by City of London police, accompanied by US customs officials, in his student room in November 2010. Six months later he was told the UK investigation into him would not be pursued, but that he faced extradition to the US.
O'Dwyer, a UK citizen who has not travelled to America since early childhood, faces two charges of copyright infringement and conspiracy to commit copyright infringement, each carrying a maximum of five years in prison. Under UK law, comparable offences carry a maximum sentence of six months. In his first major interview since his arrest, O'Dwyer told the Guardian he is trying to ignore his potential fate in order to complete his degree.
"It does get in the way, it distracts you … if you thought about extradition all day, you'd never get any work done. It'd be a horrible mess. It's quite difficult but I think I'm managing quite well.
"I think about it sometimes during the day, but I try to think about other things that are more important. I don't let their extradition warrant ruin my life. Otherwise you'd fail university, just sit in your room all day moaning. They'd be winning if I let it do that."
Shami Chakrabarti, director of the campaign group Liberty, said: "It is very significant that a giant of the internet has joined the campaign against Britain's dangerously unfair extradition laws.
"The nature of the web leaves people vulnerable to being dragged across the world to face trial when they never left their bedrooms, let alone their country. We need more safeguards and judicial discretion if a great deal of injustice and suffering is to be prevented."
Jimmy Wales likened O'Dwyer's website to Google – as only hosted links to videos hosted elsewhere, it worked much like the search engine. And like Google, O'Dwyer says he complied with the small number of takedown notices from copyright owners he received.
Previous court cases in America have argued that linking to other websites is protected speech under the first amendment. Website owners such as O'Dwyer should also receive protection for content submitted by their users – whether comment or links – under safe harbour provisions.
May has given her permission for O'Dwyer to be extradited, but he remains in the UK pending an appeal to the high court, to be heard later this year.

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12-06-25 ASIA and DAGAN in the HOLY LAND - TONIGHT, Monday, June 25, 9:00pm, in THE SPACESHIP

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