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On March 27, United States District Judge Victoria Roberts dismissed almost all charges against seven members of the so-called Hutaree militia, stating that angry “diatribes” and “hatred of law enforcement” did not add up to a seditious conspiracy to incite armed rebellion against the U.S. government.


AFP PODCAST interviews (7:24) Hutaree spokeswoman Wendy Lineweaver on the trial and the federal government’s ignominious defeat.

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Hutaree Militia Case Highlights Perils of Aggressive, Baseless Government Prosecution

•Lifetime member details wholesome and patriotic workings of group

By Dave Gahary

As reported last week on the front page of AMERICAN FREE PRESS, on March 27, a federal judge threw out nearly all charges against the Michigan-based militia group, Hutaree, verbally scolding the government for failing to produce any evidence of a seditious conspiracy to incite armed rebellion against the United States government.

In fact, as revealed to AFP by a lifelong member of the group who was not named in the charges but attended the entire two-month-long trial, U.S. District Judge Victoria Roberts’ patience with the government’s allegations had worn so thin, that she issued a ruling from the bench, dismissing the most serious charges even before the jury had a chance to have their say.

In order to get a thorough understanding of this matter, on March 30, AFP conducted an exclusive two-hour interview with Wendy Lineweaver, a lifelong member of Hutaree and the spokesperson of the group, and a certified nurse’s assistant for over 20 years. Her description of the group’s beginnings, workings and targeting by the Department of Justice (DoJ) reveal the clear and present dangers of an out-of-control central government bent on securing convictions based on the flimsiest of evidence.

The DoJ, with the help of the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), a so-called civil-rights organization founded by Morris Seligman Dees, Jr., attempted to portray the group as something out of a cheap horror flick, as illustrated by the recent cover image of a SPLC report detailing the ostensible rise of militia groups in the U.S. The character used to symbolize a typical militiaman closely resembled the bad guy from the movie Halloween, Michael Myers, complete with his signature white mask. The SPLC “trains” nearly 10,000 law enforcement personnel every year on dealing with so-called “hate” groups.

Ms. Lineweaver made clear through repeated questioning during the interview the purpose and the activities of the group, which in previous days when America more closely resembled the republic she was set up as, would have been greeted with respect and awe, as preparation for countering unwarranted federal government power was not only the main factor that created this nation, but a vital characteristic of all patriotic Americans who wish to ensure their freedoms.

Although Ms. Lineweaver did not participate in the militia drilling dressed in camouflage and armed with weapons, she filmed the group’s activities and took part in all other activities, including search operations with the local sheriff’s office looking for a missing woman. As she recounted, the name Hutaree was a created word made up by the founder’s son when he was a baby, and the bulk of the group’s activities was cooking hot dogs and hamburgers while unwinding after their training.

The bonds formed, explained Ms. Lineweaver will never be broken, despite the disruption caused by the DoJ’s clearly illegal actions. Unfortunately, as Ms. Lineweaver stated, the time various members spent behind bars, the years lost, cannot be returned to them.

Weather Gods

• Latest spate of wildfires blamed on cloud seeders

By Victor Thorn

As 14 major wildfires rage across eight Western states, over 1,000 firefighters are battling destructive blazes near Fort Collins, Colorado that have destroyed 181 homes and charred 87 square miles of mountainous timberland. AMERICAN FREE PRESS highlighted this phenomenon in 2011 with an exclusive article that chronicled the practice of cloud seeding and the unintended effect it has on neighboring regions.

In this featured report, researcher and activist Diane MacMillan recounts how generators have been used to shoot silver iodide into the bottom of clouds so that snowfall would land west of the Rocky Mountains in order to keep lucrative ski resorts operational. Runoff from this precipitation was then fed to reservoirs, which in turn supplied cities and major housing developments. Lastly, water was also piped into the Colorado River, ultimately making its way to California.

On June 13, this writer spoke with Ms. MacMillan, about the effect cloud seeding has been having on the Southwest.

“Today there are fires in Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, California, Utah and Nevada, all of which are located east of ski areas,” she said. “In Fort Collins, we’ve lost over 50,000 acres since last week. Ten tankers that are attempting to extinguish the fires are refilling every 10 minutes. Some 40,000 gallons of fire retardant were dumped in one day alone, while one-third of the entire nation’s forest service equipment is being used to fight the fires in Colorado.”

The tales Ms. MacMillan tells are harrowing.

“Near Fort Collins, I heard radio dispatches where firefighters in their truck couldn’t see where they were going due to the intense smoke and flames,” she said. “Trapped, they were instructed to roll up their windows and let a wall of fire sweep over them. Here were these men  surrounded by 80 mph winds and fire that turns concrete to ashes. From the sound of their voices on the radio, they were clearly horrified. Although the firefighters thought being immersed by flames inside their truck was the kiss of death, they miraculously survived.”


Ms. MacMillan related one event that did end tragically: “In the North Fork Fire a couple of months ago, the grandson of Herbert Hoover lost his home to fire, destroying some of the former president’s memoirs, gifts and personal writings. Fire moved up the mountain so quickly that people couldn’t flee their homes. President Hoover’s grandson used a fire suppressant design of concrete roof and walls when building his home, yet it still ended up in ashes.”

Local radio talk show hosts, congressmen and climatologists have attempted to explain these fires as a natural phenomenon, but Ms. MacMillan disagrees.

“During the 1960s, Colorado averaged 500 fires per year,” she said. “Now, we’re averaging 2,500 fires per year. It’s not a natural phenomenon, as all the fires from Mexico to Colorado are occurring on the east side of the Continental Divide. Texas lost 4 million acres to fire last year. Due to a lack of snow cover east of the Rockies, the trees keep getting drier and exceedingly brittle.”

Ms. MacMillan said the cloud seeding process has become more technologically advanced with time, and this accounts for much of the trouble people are facing now.

“There are over 100 cloud seeding generators sitting on the ground that are strategically placed along the west side of the Continental Divide in Colorado,” she said. “The city of Denver has paid as much as $500,000 a season for cloud seeding. Controlled by cell-phone technology, the generators are sent instructions, and when conditions are right, they’re triggered to push silver iodide into the clouds.”

Ms.MacMillan said, “Clouds that would have otherwise spread farther over the mountain peaks, to the current wildfire areas, instead dump their snow on ski areas.”

Not only has the lack of moisture east of the Rockies caused a mountain pine beetle infestation of trees, minimal snow cover isn’t able to kill diseases in the soil either. As a consequence, she said, cantaloupes contaminated with listeria have made people sick.

Ms. MacMillan outlined another problem.

“Colorado is known as cow country, but there is no longer enough water to produce the hay needed to feed cattle,” she said. “Jerry Nine of the High Plains/Midwest Ag Journal reported that our current drought has culled half the cows from some ranchers’ herds. Supermarkets in Colorado are now being forced to import beef from Venezuela.”

What most troubles Ms. MacMillan is the lack of concern regarding this situation. She pointed to some obvious vested interests.

“Ski resorts need snow, municipalities need water, and climatologists are paid by the state of Colorado,” she said. “On top of that, the city of Denver owns Winter Park ski area, while farmers in drought areas receive water from reservoirs pumped in via pipelines. They stay silent because they’re afraid of being cut off if they speak out.”

When asked why she became so involved, MacMillan cited her activist grandfather. “In the 1950s we had a cabin on Lake Superior, which was then the world’s purest body of water. But Sen. Hubert Humphrey wanted to allow Hibbing iron ore mines to dump their taconite tailings into the lake. My grandfather lost the battle, and not long afterward the city of Duluth discovered asbestos fibers in their drinking water.” She also referred to the 2002 Hayman, Colorado fires. “A decade ago, 137,000 acres were burned. Today, only 17,000 acres have been restored.”

These blatant acts of contamination and widespread destruction taught MacMillan a valuable lesson. “Don’t turn your government officials loose and allow them to make decisions that will impact your country forever. I’m taking on something that I don’t even know where it’s going, but sometimes one person can make a difference.”

China Willing to Move Rivers for Water

By Victor Thorn

Water wars within the domestic U.S. are by no means the only ones taking place. A recently released U.S. intelligence report warned that America is making preparations for a global water war that will occur in as little as a decade.

Popular blogger Alexander Higgins, in a March 22 article published on his website, wrote about the State Department’s concerns:

“Information released to the public revealed that intel officials expect water shortages [could] lead to terrorism, political unrest and wars after approximately 10 years.”

Russian news agency RT confirmed this notion on the same day.

“Nations will cut off rivers to prevent their enemies access to water downstream, terrorists will blow up dams and states that cannot provide water for their citizens will collapse,” reported RT.


One of the biggest culprits has been China, which is remapping river flows and damming major waterways. Brahma Chellaney, author of the book Water: Asia’s New Battleground, stated that Chinese bankers and construction companies are building more dams than anyone else in the world. Their neighbors in India, Vietnam, Bangladesh and Pakistan are concerned that if rivers leading to their countries are dammed, China could turn off the tap anytime it desires. With at least 20 major dams being planned, China is acquiring a great deal of strategic leverage.

With China holding over $1 trillion in U.S. debt, could communist leaders also be eyeing American water resources? Skeptics may balk, but China has purchased an American movie theater chain, a U.S.-owned bank, land in Michigan and the rights to domestic gas and oil deposits. Why would water resources be any different?

Today, China has 20% of the world’s population, but only 7% of the world’s water. Average Americans use 150 gallons of water a day compared to only 22 gallons a day by the Chinese. As America’s largest foreign debtor, could China demand that U.S. debts be paid in water rather than worthless dollars?

This scenario is certainly plausible. By some accounts, as early as 2030, China will suffer a water deficit equivalent to the total amount that Lake Mead feeds into the Hoover Dam. Some 11 Chinese provinces, including Beijing, are experiencing water shortages. An estimated 190 million citizens regularly drink polluted water. With a higher than average mortality rate, China’s water is killing its people.

Chellaney summed up the situation: “National reliance on oil can be reduced through other sources of energy. There is no such hope with water. Water has no substitute.”

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Nationalism Surges

• Recent Greek election proves populists can counter globalists

By Pete Papaherakles

Despite a worldwide smear campaign against it, Greece’s nationalist Golden Dawn party managed a strong turnout in the June 17 elections and actually moved up a notch in popularity. Their vote share remained at 7% proving that, even with all the fear mongering and attacks, Greeks were not deterred.


Of significance is the fact that Golden Dawn supporters have gone from an estimated 20K in ’09 to as many as 430K today, amounting to a twentyfold increase in three years. This huge trend is impossible to ignore, demonstrating that nationalism is a growing force the globalists just cannot stop.

The pro-bailout conservative New Democracy Party (ND) barely edged a win in the elections. ND leaders quickly announced they had formed a coalition government that would keep Greece anchored with the euro and pay back international bankers, who have saddled the country with crushing debt.

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The Greek people have heard these same empty promises about sacrifices repeatedly for over two years. Many find themselves in soup lines.

The Greek economy has contracted 30%, and unemployment has soared to 23%, twice the Eurozone average. Greece also went from the lowest suicide rate in all of Europe two years ago to the highest today with the rate increasing 40% since last year. More than 2,500 Greeks have killed themselves since the crisis started in 2010. The promised prosperity is nowhere in sight as the standard of living is approaching Third World levels.

The main goal of the bankers has been to keep Greece in the euro currency and under their economic domination. When they felt that they were losing their grip after the last elections they used the media to terrorize the public about the horrors a bankruptcy and a euro exit would bring.

The four parties opposed to the bailout now represent 45% of the total Greek vote. This is the first time that opposition parties have had such a strong voice in Parliament.

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As a result, it will not be easy for the ruling government to do as it pleases. Golden Dawn members have made it clear they will come down hard on any member of Parliament who tries to push through brutal austerity plans that further strangle the Greeks.

Peter Papaherakles, a U.S. citizen since 1986, was born in Greece. He is AFP’s outreach director. If you would like to see AFP speakers at your rally, contact Pete at 202-544-5977.

The ‘Richest Jew in the World’ Funds Efforts to Oust Obama

By Michael Collins Piper

Those who want to see Barack Obama out of the White House have a tough, no-holds-barred ally in Las Vegas-and Israel-based billionaire gambling tycoon Sheldon Adelson, who some call “the modern-day Meyer Lansky,” recalling the longtime head of the national crime syndicate.

The New York Times reported on June 17 that Adelson—a key ally of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is himself a close, longtime friend of GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney—has said he is prepared to spend $100M of his own money this year to defeat Obama and help elect Republicans.

Adelson’s friend Fred Zeidman—a prominent figure in the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) of B’nai B’rith and a major player in the GOP in Texas—told the Times that Adelson is “fully committed to beating Barack Obama,” adding that the $100M Adelson is willing to spend is “a meaningless amount of money” to super-rich Adelson.


Reportedly worth some $25B, Adelson once referred to himself as “the richest Jew in the world.”

This past year, the American-born gambling chief and his Israeli wife gave $20M to a so-called superPAC supporting the presidential ambitions of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who loudly echoed Adelson’s hard-line support for Israel.

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A superPAC refers to a new breed of political action committee that was spawned from an infamous 2010 Supreme Court ruling, which allowed corporations to spend unlimited sums of money to influence elections. With federal election law loopholes in place, superPACs can avoid disclosing the names of their contributors. But unlike regular PACs, superPACs cannot donate funds directly to politicians. What they do is hire propagandists, and spend their millions buying commercials on television and placing advertisements in newspapers backing one politician over another.

Now the casino kingpin is going all out to make sure the GOP not only take theWhite House but also Congress, leading the Times to refer to Adelson’s “growing role as one of the country’s leading political financiers”—referring to Adelson’s clout here in America, rather than to his equally considerable impact in Israel.

Adelson has not only pledged an additional $10M to a superPAC supporting Mitt Romney but he has also dropped $5M into the  coffers of the Congressional Leadership Fund, a superPAC that supports GOP candidates for Congress.

And it has been reported that Adelson has given even more millions to other superPACs, some $5M going to Young Guns, a front for Rep. Eric Cantor, the House majority leader, who shares Adelson’s devotion to Israel, as well as $10M to the Crossroads Grassroots Policy Strategies run by GOP operative Karl Rove. He has even talked of handing $10M to fellow billionaires Charles and David Koch, key figures behind the tea party movement, to assist in their pro-GOP endeavors.

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If Adelson lives up to his promises, this is just the start.

Adelson joins Lady Lynn Forrester de Rothschild of the international banking dynasty and a member of the influential Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) in lining up behind Romney, another of the big names who says “Obama must go.”

Recently, Leslie Gelb, the former president of the CFR, complained to writer Edward Klein, author of the new book The Amateur (highly critical of Obama) that no president had taken more personal control over foreign policy than Obama. Klein quoted Gelb as having stated:

“This is an Obama-centric decision-making operation. In other administrations, a lot of decisions were made below the presidential level. But Obama shapes most policies. He takes pen to paper and writes decision papers. Usually presidents have other things to do than sit down and write a document that takes an inordinate amount of time. But Obama makes the calls on most every subject and with a degree of personal intensity.”

Klein suggests that Obama’s policies—especially his stance toward Israel—are “a rupture with the past” betraying the bipartisan consensus forged on foreign policy issues and carried out by officials in Republican and Democratic administrations alike.

That Klein is also taking on Obama may spell a public relations danger to the president.

Klein has been a key figure in three of the most powerful Zionist media dynasties: He was editor-in chief of The New York Times Magazine, published by the Sulzberger family; former foreign editor of Newsweek, published by the Meyer-Graham family (of Washington Post fame); and is the author of the “Walter Scott” column in the weekly Parade, owned by S.I. Newhouse, who famously saved then-Sen. Jesse Helms (R-N.C.) from election defeat by cutting off “Jewish lobby” money to Helms’s opponent, after which Helms became fervently pro-Israeli.


Michael Collins Piper is an author, journalist, lecturer and radio show host. He has spoken in Russia, Malaysia, Iran, Abu Dhabi, Japan, Canada and the U.S.

History’s Worst Spy?

• U.S. House and Senate lobby to get Jay Pollard released

By Keith Johnson

When Israeli President Shimon Peres came to the United States to collect his Medal of Freedom Award from Barack Hussein Obama, he brought with him a petition he’d received on behalf of convicted spy Jonathan Pollard. Purportedly signed by more than 75,000 supporters, the petition states: “Out of great fear for Jonathan’s health and out of a desire to see him live out the remainder of his life as a free man, we are asking you to employ your extraordinary diplomatic skills and your close relationship to President Obama to work . . . without delay for the immediate release of Jonathan.”

Peres promised to meet Obama in private to discuss the issue, but stressed, “I am doing it not as a diplomat . . . but as a human being.”

Pollard, an American who worked with the U.S. Naval Intelligence Command as a civilian intelligence analyst, was convicted in 1987 of spying for Israel and sentenced to life in prison.

However, despite supporters’ fears that Pollard will die in prison unless Obama grants clemency, the notorious spy’s days behind bars are already numbered, and it won’t be long before he goes free.


In an exclusive interview with AMERICAN FREE PRESS, Ronald J. Olive, author of Capturing Jonathan Pollard: How One of the Most Notorious Spies in American History Was Brought to Justice, told this reporter: “Pollard is due to get out of jail in three years. November 21, 2015 is his scheduled date to leave prison. He just needs to stay there [until then], because no other spy in the history of our country has stolen so many highly classified secrets [and] in a short period of time—nobody!”

As the assistant special agent in charge of counterintelligence for the Washington office of the Naval Investigative Service, Olive headed the initial investigation against Pollard and garnered the confession that led to his arrest.

According to Olive: “After he was convicted in March 1987, he was sentenced under the old guideline, which says that if an individual accused of espionage gets life in prison, and keeps a good record in prison, he must be released in 30 years. One month later, they changed the sentencing guidelines, and Pollard would have stayed in jail forever. So he was very lucky.”

Those 30 years are calculated from the day of his arrest in 1985 rather than the 1987 conviction date, said Olive. Because notorious spies like Aldrich Ames and Robert Hanssen were sentenced under espionage statutes enacted after 1987, he added, they are not privy to early release like Pollard and must serve their entire life terms.

The statutes do not justify why Ames and Hanssen are serving their time under harsh conditions in maximum-security prisons while Pollard is spending his days in relative comfort.

“Pollard was in solitary confinement in a very harsh prison earlier on,” said Olive. “But they eventually got him into Butner [Federal Correctional Complex, N.C.]. It’s not like he’s behind bars, like you see in Alcatraz. It’s like a ‘Club Fed’ there. It’s one of the best federal prisons there is.”

In fact, inmates of Butner refer to the facility as “Camp Fluffy.” It bears more resemblance to a campus than a prison—with landscaped yards, a gym, library, pool tables, a volleyball court and even an Indian sweat lodge.

In terms of the severity of Pollard’s crimes, Olive said: “He stole over 1 million hard copy pages on some of the most highly classified information this country holds. I know the guy who did the damage assessment, [who said] it would fill a closet six feet wide, six feet high, and 10 feet long.”

Olive goes on to say that the nature of the material Pollard stole includes codes, frequencies, intelligence sources and details on how the U.S. collects its information.

The Obama administration has thus far resisted the pressure from Pollard supporters demanding his early release.

“Our position has not changed and will not change today,” said White House spokesman Jay Carney. “I would simply remind you that Mr. Pollard was convicted of extremely serious crimes.”

When asked if he thinks Obama will stay true to his commitment, Olive replied: “I think he’ll stick to his guns. We’ll see what happens as it gets closer to November. But he’s got the intelligence community and other entities of the government that do not want to see Pollard released.”

What disturbs Olive the most is the bipartisan support from both houses of Congress that are clamoring for Pollard’s release.

“They don’t know what the true story is,” said Olive. “I wrote my book to tell the story from the inside. It tells them everything they need to know. It’s the true story—not just what Jonathan Pollard is saying now. It’s who he really is, what he really did and the devastation that he caused.”

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Obama Invokes Executive Privilege Over Fast and Furious Documents

• Panel votes to hold attorney general in contempt of Congress
• Holder could avoid hearing by providing missing documents

As this newspaper was going to press, a critically important vote was reached by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee led by Representative Darrell Issa (R-Calif.). The committee voted 23 in favor of contempt; 17 voted against it, all along party lines.

The panel had convened June 20 to consider holding Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for failing to produce subpoenaed documents related to the infamous Operation Fast and Furious. The federal program involved a dangerous “gun-walking” scheme to run thousands of high-powered firearms to Mexican drug cartels, claiming that by doing so, the cartels could be monitored and intelligence gathered. A committee news release noted that the documents Holder failed to produce were “specified in the committee’s October 12, 2011, subpoena.”

GOP Rep. Trey Gowdy of South Carolina swung the hardest during June 20’s deliberations, demanding that Holder turn over the documents. Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) claimed this operation only involved rogues in the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and not anyone higher up.


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The 7,000 documents that have been released are less than 10% of all documents sought, Rep. Frank Gunta (R-N.H.) noted. The remaining documents may confirm how high up in the Obama administration this matter goes.

Holder continued to stonewall, though, claiming executive privilege.

“Either we have the right to the documents . . . all of them . . . or we have no business here,” said Gowdy. “I call for Mr. Holder’s resignation,” Rep. Raul Labrador (R-Idaho) said—twice.

Tasked with unraveling a debacle that could easily dwarf Watergate, Issa issued a statement on why he scheduled the vote:

“Attorney General Holder has failed to meet his legal obligations pursuant to the October 12 subpoena. House leaders reiterated this failure in a May 18, 2012 letter. Specifically, the Justice Department has refused to turn over critical documents on the grounds that they show internal [Justice] Department deliberations and were created after February 4, 2011—the date Justice issued a false denial to Congress. Contempt will focus on the failure to provide these . . . documents.”

Issa also noted, “If the attorney general decides to produce these subpoenaed documents, I am confident we can reach agreement on other materials and render the process of contempt unnecessary.”

Let’s hope the committee’s actions aren’t all show and no substance, since Fast and Furious led to the death of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry. The federal agent was fatally shot with one of the smuggled firearms in late 2010 while on duty.

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AUDIO INTERVIEW & ARTICLE: Cop Stops Police Brutality, Gets Suspended


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Regina Tasca is a police officer in a small New Jersey town who crossed the ‘blue line,’ and has been suspended for over a year.

Her crime: she defended a disabled citizen from police brutality. Officer Tasca and her attorney, Cathy Elston, speak about this incident in this disturbing interview (39:12).


Hero Cop Gets Suspended For Protecting Disabled Resident From Police Beating

• 11-year veteran ‘crossed the blue line’; forced to turn over badge, service weapon and ID

By Dave Gahary

Bogota, N.J. – This cozy northern New Jersey town of less than one-square-mile is the scene of a vicious court battle pitting this borough’s first female police officer against a corrupt political machine more interested in covering up crimes against its citizenry than protecting and serving.

This case has national implications as well, as the proliferation of squad car dashboard cameras, or ‘dash cams’ and cell phone cameras are shining an unflattering light on police brutality across the country’s police forces. The marked increase in filming of these incidents due to improved technology has brought the beatings directly to Americans’ computers, tablets and cell phones and may point to a trend, although recent statistics claim to show no rise in police brutality in the United States.

Bogota police officer Regina Tasca has been on the force for over 11 years and loves her job in this town of around 8,000 residents. She’s dedicated to protecting and serving the citizens of her town and regularly puts their interests before those of her department and the internal politics that accompany it. She’s also an Emergency Medical Technician for over 28 years on the volunteer ambulance corps, and was recently certified in dealing with emotionally-disturbed persons.

So when a call came in on April 29, 2011, from a Bogota resident, asking for help with her emotionally-disturbed 22-year-old son, Tasca was confident it would be a routine dispatch. As she told this writer, “I know how to handle these individuals.”

On April 20, 2012, AMERICAN FREE PRESS conducted an exclusive one-hour interview with Officer Tasca and her attorney Catherine Elston. Elston was a former New York City and N.J. cop for around eight years before becoming an attorney.

“I’m an attorney for a little over 20 years and I was the municipal prosecutor in Bogota for over 10 years,” said Elston. Bogota’s police force is comprised of a total of 18 members.


AFP asked Officer Tasca how the event unfolded.

“Councilwoman Sharp had called the Bogota police department in a request to have her son (Kyle) transported to one of the regional hospitals. It was a simple transport. She wanted him to be evaluated because he is an emotionally-disturbed individual. I went up to the scene. Bogota is a small department; there’s only two of us on the road and my partner was on the desk,” detailed Tasca.

“My partner called Ridgefield Park (a neighboring town) to back me up. We pretty much both arrive on the scene. I get out of my patrol car. The mother comes out, the father comes out, and the mother tells Kyle ‘You’re gonna go to the hospital, get evaluated.’ And he looks at me and says, ‘Regina, why is there another police department here?’ And I told him ‘It’s protocol that another police officer is here as a back-up.’ He says, ‘But I don’t understand why there’s another police department here.’

“He obviously didn’t want to go to the hospital. And with that he says, ‘I’m not goin’,’ and starts to walk back towards his house. With that, Sergeant Thibault takes the kid down to the ground. I’m having a normal conversation with this kid; I have everything under control. And then Sergeant Rella comes flying out of his detective car, jumps on top of the kid, and starts pounding him in the head. I was completely in shock, like ‘Oh my God, I can’t believe this is happening.’

“There’s a lot of yelling and screaming. The mother’s screaming, ‘Get off my son, stop punching my son!’ Kyle’s screaming, ‘You’re punching me, why are you punching me?!’

“I’m trying to pry Sergeant Rella off of the kid because they’re beating him for no apparent reason. He wasn’t violent, he wasn’t attacking them, he didn’t charge them, nothing. We were having this conversation. Sergeant Rella’s yelling at me, ‘What are you doing?!’ I said, ‘What am I doing?! I don’t know how you guys handle your calls in Ridgefield Park, but here in Bogota, this is not how I handle them.’

“As I was trying to yank him off, he told me I was a disgrace to the police department ‘cause I was stopping him,” accompanied by several curse words. As the mother’s screaming for the cops to get off her son, he actually says, ‘Stand back, because you’ll be next.’”

Then the ambulance arrives on scene. The whole incident lasted only a few seconds.

Attorney Elston added:

“In these small towns in New Jersey, they have what’s called ‘mutual aid’ or ‘mutual assistance.’ And in this case Ridgefield Park was the back-up for Regina. When you’re called in for ‘mutual aid’ and ‘mutual assistance’ you’re not the one in charge of the call, it’s the town that you’re in, that’s the department who’s in charge of the call.

“Without warning to Regina, or any communication to Regina, as to ‘What do you wanna do,’ or ‘What do you wanna do here,’ or, ‘What should we do here,’ without any warning to the kid, without yelling out to the kid to stop, he just bolted up the lawn and grabbed the kid and took him down to the ground.

“So, it went against ‘mutual aid’ and ‘mutual assistance,’ and there was no communication from him with Regina or anybody at the scene prior to him doing that. And also, [Thibault] was there I think 30-seconds…and he immediately called for back-up.”

Soon after, the Chief of Police arrived accompanied by the Internal Affairs officer.

Elston explained what happened next.

“Nobody ever asked Regina at the scene what happened. Nobody made any effort to talk to their own officer about what happened at the scene before she left to go to the hospital with Kyle. The Ridgefield Park officers were never asked, in an interview or a sworn statement, what happened.”

A few days after the incident, Tasca was called into her chief’s office. Thinking she would finally be asked to give a statement, she was shocked at what was said to her.

“He says, ‘You need to turn over your service weapon, your badge and your ID. You’re suspended immediately and we need to send you for a psychological evaluation.’”

“It crushed me. I’m a police officer for so long, I love the job, I love the residents, it’s what I enjoy to do,” lamented Tasca.

Tasca’s been suspended for over a year now, drawing her $110,000 annual salary with full benefits.

AFP asked Elston what she wants for her client.

“We’re looking for a total dismissal of the disciplinary charges; they’re totally baseless and need to be dismissed. The people who were supposed to be investigated were never investigated,” said Elston.

Tasca’s not going to stop at getting her job back.

“Regina has a separate civil trial attorney who will be representing her on a civil suit against Bogota and Ridgefield Park,” explained Elston.

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Rachel Roberts, the Civil Rights Coordinator for Northern California for the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) discussed the details of this disturbing discrimination in this interview (9:51). CAIR, America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization, has called on Apple to change its policy of Farsi-speaking customers being denied service.

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Louis Freeh: The Cover-up Goes National

By Victor Thorn

Without much argument, the federal government’s biggest cover-up artist for the past two decades has been former Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director Louis J. Freeh. When one considers his involvement in concealing criminal wrongdoing in the 1992 Ruby Ridge ambush, Waco, Vince Foster’s murder, the Oklahoma City bombing (OKC), Hillary Clinton’s Filegate fiasco, Montana’s Freeman standoff, the Los Alamos espionage case of Wen Ho Lee, and even the 9-11 terrorist attacks, why would Pennsylvania State University’s (PSU) Board of Trustees appoint him to lead their internal investigation of the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal if for no other reason than to orchestrate another cover-up?

Writing for Newsmax in 2002, Charles R. Smith clearly highlighted Freeh’s ineptitude. “FBI Director Louis Freeh oversaw the longest run of FBI public disasters in its entire history.” Smith further explained how Freeh’s compromised role ate away at the very core of this bureau, altering it “from a federal law enforcement agency into a political joke.”

Another reporter, Howard Gleckman of BusinessWeek, echoed this sentiment even earlier in September 2000. “[Freeh] has overseen a bureau that has bungled investigations of high-profile criminal cases and repeatedly misled probers and judges in legal procedures.”

Even more disturbing was Freeh’s predilection to punish whistleblowers that stepped forward to expose illegal deeds within the government or other institutions. In light of this track record, how could anyone within the PSU system conceivably volunteer information if there already exists an atmosphere or framework that discourages such initiatives?

In the 1995 OKC bombing, it was Louis Freeh’s FBI that immediately and intentionally confiscated every videotape from the Alfred P. Murrah federal building after explosions partially destroyed the structure. To this day, they’ve refused to release this crucial evidence that would show who precisely exited the Ryder truck that morning which was parked in front of the building. If the most fundamental piece of evidence in this case has been concealed since 1995, will Freeh and his cohorts use a similar modus operandi to suppress witness testimony or other reports at PSU?


Likewise, following OKC, FBI officials were assigned to arrest dual foreign intelligence agent Andreas Strassmeir if he attempted to flee across the Mexican border. There were also abundantly clear indications that the Southern Poverty Law Center played a direct role in placing saboteurs within the militia enclave at Elohim City. Yet, in both instances, Freeh’s FBI dropped the ball, more than likely intentionally rather than through mere incompetence.

Again, in terms of PSU’s investigation of Sandusky—who has 52 different counts leveled against him—how can anyone place an inkling of trust in Freeh, especially since this case has so many explosive elements to it that could realistically bring down an entire university? Taken one step further, in a 2007 interview, Terry Nichols—an alleged co-conspirator in OKC—admitted that the attack was an FBI operation. In other words, it wasn’t merely a “sting gone bad,” but a deliberate plot to create a desired effect. Then, to silence witnesses, both Officer Terrence Yeakey and a prisoner named Kenneth Trentadue were murdered.

All of these incidents occurred when Freeh oversaw the FBI. But the troubles with this man don’t end there. Freeh served as vice chairman of extremely crucial PSU donor MBNA, that contributed more than $30 million to the university over a 16-year period. In fact, Freeh negotiated contracts between MBNA and PSU.

There’s more. A close business associate of Freeh’s, Ric Struthers, served on the board of Sandusky’s Second Mile Foundation. Moreover, according to Philadelphia reporter Joseph DiStefano on November 21, 2011, “Struthers, a 1977 Penn State graduate, played a key role in managing the business relationship between the Penn State Alumni Association and MBNA.” DiStefano added, “Struthers collected more than $10M a year in stock and cash payments from MBNA in the bank’s final years.” When Freeh delivered a speech at PSU in 2005 to open a new business building, Struthers was in attendance after contributing $2 million to the project. Needless to say, with such close ties, a definite conflict of interest arises.

Lastly, Freeh was appointed to lead the Sandusky internal investigation by PSU Board of Trustee member Kenneth Frazier, who is currently the chairman, president and CEO of Merck, a Big Pharma company. To show how incestuous this situation is, when Joe Paterno coached his final game at PSU to win the all-time victory record on October 29, 2011, none other than Sandusky sat in PSU President Graham Spanier’s luxury box at Beaver Stadium. Other Board of Trustees members were reportedly also present. Sandusky’s presence in this luxury box came after Spanier and the Trustees had been aware of a grand jury investigation of Sandusky since March 2011.

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Victor Thorn is a hard-hitting researcher, journalist and author of over 50 books.

PSU Cover-up: Connecting the Dots

By Victor Thorn

STATE COLLEGE, Pa.—To illustrate the prolonged, ugly and incestuous protection racket that Pennsylvania State University (PSU) erected for over a decade, on January 11, 2012, former PSU linebacker Brandon Short cited two independent sources that saw Jerry Sandusky sitting in President Graham Spanier’s luxury box during Joe Paterno’s final game as a head coach at Beaver Stadium on October 29, 2011. A number of PSU Board of Trustee members sat alongside Sandusky in this suite.

Not only had Sandusky been busted over 14 years earlier for inappropriate behavior with a minor, minutes from a March 18, 2011, Board of Trustees meeting verified that current PSU President Rodney Erickson and former President Graham Spanier heard news that a grand jury was examining allegations against Sandusky. Moreover, Short also revealed that on March 11, 2011, Spanier discussed the grand jury probe with trustees. Yet, Sandusky still basked in Spanier’s privileged box despite him and others knowing full well of an ongoing investigation.

To make this situation even sleazier, Erickson—who took over as president following Spanier’s disgraceful firing—lied about when he first heard of the Sandusky charges. He initially said that he didn’t become aware until media reports broke the story in November 2011. “Nearly all individuals at the university, including me, were not aware of any of this until we read the grand jury presentment, so how would we have known?” he stated.

That was lie number one.

A few days later, Erickson flip-flopped, saying he actually read about the Sandusky grand jury investigation in State College’s local newspaper, The Centre Daily Times, (CDT) on March 31, 2011.

That was lie number two.

As minutes from the Board of Trustees meeting confirm, Erickson knew of the grand jury on at least March 18, 2011. However, it seems an extensive hush-hush campaign had been instigated, as trustee Ira Lubert complained on November 9, 2011, “He [Graham Spanier] should have told us a lot more. He should have let us know much more of the background.”

Here’s the bottom line: in the normal world, if someone is found in questionable pedophile predicaments on multiple occasions (i.e., 1998, 2000 and 2002, at a bare minimum), employers, institutions and co-workers immediately disassociate themselves from the party in question. After all, pedophiles are the lowest scum on any social scale. Yet, Sandusky still maintained an office at PSU, Internet access, a parking pass, and regularly worked out at an on-campus gym several times a week, right up until the time of his arrest. Worse, in 2007 Sandusky gave a commencement speech for PSU’s College of Health and Human Development. Then, at Joe Paterno’s (JoPa) final game, he sat in President Spanier’s luxury box with several other Board of Trustee luminaries.

In the normal world, a pedophile with repeated accusations against him who has been censured by their employer is blackballed and ostracized quicker than greased lightning. Unless, of course, he’s being protected, he has damning information on others in his circle, or he’s part of an extensive criminal network.

1998: The Tom Corbett Connection

To understand this scandal, one must revert back to when the initial cover-up began. In early 1998 Sandusky admitted to showering naked with an 11-year-old boy inside a PSU locker room. He also confessed to hugging the pre-teen and touching his genitals. Afterward, the child told his mother, “I don’t understand, mommy. I’m just a little kid. I know what he did was wrong. Why didn’t he?”

When the prepubescent boy’s mother grew increasingly troubled, she contacted authorities. At this point, according to Sara Ganim of Harrisburg, Pa.’s Patriot News on November 11, 2011, “Then-Centre County District Attorney Ray Gricar set up a sting in the mother’s house. Sandusky had requested to meet with the mom, and Gricar had officers hide in another room and listen to their conversation.” PSU police detective Ronald Schreffler was one of those present at her residence on May 13 and 19, 1998, when the boy’s mother confronted Sandusky.

During these meetings, the woman asked Sandusky if he had touched her son’s ‘private parts.’ He replied, “I don’t think so . . . maybe.” He later broke down, “I understand I was wrong. I wish I could get forgiveness. I know I won’t get it from you. I wish I were dead.”

Another wrinkle must be introduced to the equation. Four of Sandusky’s accusers—identified as victims # 4, 6, 7 and 8—all first made their acquaintance with Sandusky between 1994 and 1997 through The Second Mile (TSM). Coincidentally, the Pa. Attorney General (AG) from 1995 to 1997 was none other than Tom Corbett, who later became AG again in 2005 before being elected Governor in 2010.

Corbett claims he only learned of the Sandusky allegations in March 2009, yet he accepted over $200K in campaign contributions from trustees of the TSM (which Sandusky founded). In the quid pro quo world of politics, Corbett also re-released to TSM a $3 million grant after being elected governor in 2011. Now, analyze the timeline. Corbett says he learned of the charges against Sandusky in 2009, yet two later he’s forwarding a cool $3 million to them.

If that’s not enough, during his second term as AG, Corbett assigned only one—yes, one—state trooper to investigate the Sandusky scandal. Then there’s this tidbit from a January 25, 2012 Sports by Brooks column. “From the month he learned of the Sandusky allegations to the day he took office as governor, Corbett’s AG office issued 42 press releases touting hundreds of arrests by the Corbett-commissioned Child Sexual Predator Unit.” Strangely enough, Corbett’s crime-fighters didn’t mention a single word about Sandusky. Zero.

Adding the final insult, when Corbett presided over the Trustees meeting (via speakerphone) where JoPa was made into the sacrificial scapegoat to divert the media’s attention, he resorted to the most despicable of tactics. “Remember that little boy in the shower,” he told the Board. Now, when it was beneficial to him, Corbett miraculously cared about an abused boy’s welfare. Moments later, after Corbett had tugged at their heartstrings, the Board terminated JoPa as PSU’s head football coach, hanging him out to dry so that other guilty parties could be protected. Tom Corbett is a man without shame.

1998: Psychological Reports

On May 8, 1998, Centre County Child and Youth Services (CYS) assigned psychologist John Seasock to diagnose Sandusky after the PSU shower incident. Seasock recounted how the naked Sandusky “came from behind [the 11-year-old boy], made a large growl and gave him a large bear hug.”

One day earlier, on May 7, Dr. Alycia Chambers, a clinical psychologist, forwarded her observations of Sandusky to PSU officer Ronald Scheffler. She wrote, “My consultants agree that the incidents meet all of our definitions . . . of a likely pedophile’s pattern of building trust and gradual introduction of physical touch.” She added, “There was very little doubt in my mind Sandusky was a male predator, someone that was in the process of grooming a young man for abuse . . . I thought my report was strong enough to suggest that this was somebody who should be watched.” Chambers concluded by classifying Sandusky as “a likely pedophile.”

There is no wiggle room here. Once Chambers laid her cards on the table, no doubt remained whatsoever that Sandusky exhibited the characteristics of a predatory pedophile. There were no excuses for inaction . . . unless, of course, Sandusky merited protection from official sources in positions of power.

1998: PSU Chain-of-Command

To completely understand the concerted PSU cover-up, one needs to be aware of the chain-of-command in place at that time in 1998. Graham Spanier— subsequently fired in 2011—was President. Athletic Director Tim Curley was charged with perjury by the 2011 grand jury. Gary Schultz, the man in charge of campus police—later to become senior vice president of finance and business—was also charged with perjuring himself. The chief of PSU police that answered to Schultz was Thomas Harmon, who once lived three houses down from Sandusky in Lemont, Pa. Finally, the commander of campus police, Detective Ronald Schreffler, had Harmon as his supervisor.

So, after Sandusky’s 1998 shower incident with the 11-year-old boy, Harmon reported it to Schultz and kept, by his own testimony, in regular contact with him. The man closest to the case among those on PSU’s campus police force was Schreffler, who stated, “At the very minimum, there was enough evidence for some charges, like corruption of minors.” Schreffler was the man who hid in an adjacent room and heard Sandusky’s confession to the boy’s mother.

But, inexplicably, Centre County District Attorney (DA) Ray Gricar informed Harmon that he would not file criminal charges against Sandusky, notwithstanding the lurid details he gleaned from the sting operation when Sandusky made his confessions. Harmon subsequently closed the case and told Schreffler that there would be no further investigation. For his part, Schreffler claims that he spoke with Gricar, who provided no explanation for his decision. “You don’t question Ray,” Schreffler recalled. “Ray was not a person to be intimidated. If he didn’t feel the events were there . . .”


1998: Ray Gricar

As you’ll see, the entire Sandusky cover-up is rooted in the 1998 incident. Particularly, why did Ray Gricar make his determination not to file criminal charges? In a December 2011 article for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, reporter Paula Reed Ward wrote, “Mr. Schreffler speculates that the DA [Ray Gricar] declined to press charges because the State Dept. of Public Welfare didn’t indicate a charge of abuse.” Schreffler added, “It’d be a little hard for them to prosecute when you have the state saying there wasn’t any abuse.”

This information is crucial, but as you’ll see, it attempts to shift blame onto the state, and therefore is patently not accurate, especially in light of the two psychological examinations cited earlier by Dr. Chambers and John Seasock. Chambers, if you recall, clearly indicated that she felt Sandusky exhibited the characteristics of a pedophile.

But, remarkably, Seasock opined that Sandusky had not sexually abused the boy. Rather, as the CDT’s Mike Dawson revealed on March 29, 2012, Seasock felt that what happened was merely “the result of a routine that coaches like Sandusky do after a workout.”

The preeminent question is: Where did Seasock come from? Answer: PSU police hired him. Question number two: For whom did Seasock work? Answer: He was a paid consultant for CYS via a grant from the federal government.

Here’s where the PSU cover-up is fully exposed. On May 8, 1998, Seasock spent a mere one-hour with the 11-year-old boy after being given no background information or documentation on the case by PSU police. On top of that, CYS was the agency that licensed Sandusky as a foster parent, thus introducing a definite conflict-of-interest.

Anyway, Seasock determined that a naked Sandusky had engaged in nothing more than “horseplay” with the naked 11-year-old boy. In his report, Seasock used the word “horseplay” two times. Coincidentally, after the 2002 shower incident when coach Mike McQueary caught Sandusky with another naked boy, Athletic Dir. Tim Curley met with JoPa and likewise used the phrase “horsing around” to describe this grown man’s actions. It seems a buzzword or precedent had been started with Seasock’s peculiar use of words, ones that clearly tried to minimize wrongdoing.

Circumstances get even stickier. It appears that even though PSU police referred to Seasock as a “psychologist” in their reports, he was nothing of the sort in 1998. In fact, Pa. state records indicate that Seasock didn’t even become licensed as a professional counselor until January 2002. Worse, the only report provided to Gricar was Seasock’s—the one referring to Sandusky as merely engaging in “horseplay.”

Now, let’s put ourselves in Gricar’s shoes for a moment. Up until 1998 he had presumably heard nothing about Sandusky’s alleged pedophile activities. Plus, Sandusky was a legend—the architect of “Linebacker U.” that helped JoPa win two national championships. So, a report is laid on his desk that says nothing happened between Sandusky and the boy. On the other hand, Gricar did initiate a sting operation that indisputably provided enough evidence from Sandusky’s own confessions to justify an investigation. Yet, two days after receiving the Seasock report provided to him by PSU police, Gricar closed the case. Moreover, a writer for Harrisburg’s Patriot News went so far as to say that their sources believe Seasock’s report was the reason why Gricar didn’t proceed. But, Seasock wasn’t a psychologist, or even a licensed counselor in 1998. Instead, he appears to have been some type of ringer or plant.

At this stage, we need to bring another individual into the mix. Specifically, Jerry Lauro, an investigator for Pa.’s Dept. of Public Welfare (DPW). Lauro went on the record with NBC News saying that neither Schreffler—nor anyone else at PSU—ever presented to him Dr. Chambers’ incriminating report about Sandusky being a “likely pedophile.”

After the scandal broke in November 2011, Lauro told NBC, “Wow! This is the first I’ve heard of this [Chambers’ analysis]. I had no idea. If I [had] seen this report, I would certainly have done some things differently. Boy, this is a shock.”

As mentioned earlier, these statements put Schreffler’s explanation in an entirely different light. The state of Pa. didn’t cover up the affair, PSU did by suppressing the Chambers document and only forwarding Seasock’s bogus distraction report to Gricar. But there’s more. Although Lauro did interview Sandusky along with Schreffler, he told the Patriot News, “I remember my last conversation with [Schreffler] concerning him hiding in that room. He didn’t tell me details. All he said was, ‘There’s nothing to it—we’re going to close the case.’ I said, ‘That’s fine. I’m going to close my case, too.’”

PSU was at the crux of this cover-up, concealing vital information from both Gricar and Lauro. Furthermore, Karen Arnold—Center County’s Assistant DA—who should have handled any matters dealing with child abuse, was not permitted to proceed on this matter. On page 32 of a Pa. State Police report, Incident no. G07-1146135, Arnold described having an “extensive disagreement” with Gricar over the PSU investigation. In the end, Gricar—and Gricar alone in the DA’s office—made the final decision not to file any criminal charges.

Joe Paterno: 1999

Despite this extensive suppression of evidence, in 1999 Sandusky shocked Nittany Lion Nation by announcing his retirement at the age of 55. According to most sources in the know, Sandusky stood as the heir apparent to takeover JoPa’s post as head coach. Now he was gone.

Not only that, but PSU had formed plans to create a satellite football program at the Altoona, Pa. branch campus, with Sandusky spearheading the endeavor. All such talk quickly ended with Sandusky’s exit. The decision to “retire” Sandusky appears to have been JoePa’s, as Schultz testified before a grand jury. “Coach Paterno felt it would be best that he make a coaching change.”

To keep everyone in the dark, explanations were floated in regard to Sandusky’s apparent retirement: (a) Sandusky wanted to spend more time working with TSM, and (b) he was disgruntled that JoPa wasn’t stepping down sooner.

To the contrary, during Sandusky’s final season with the Nittany Lions, he was allegedly abusing victim #4 on a repeated basis, including at the Toftrees Hotel where team members stayed the night before home games. Also, its important to keep in mind that PSU police had compiled a 130-page file on Sandusky by this point.

But the real indicator that JoPa was well aware of Sandusky’s proclivities came at his coach’s retirement party. During a November 11, 2011 broadcast of Anderson Cooper’s 360 Degrees, sports reporter Corry Giger of the Altoona Mirror observed, “There’s every reason to believe that Joe Paterno knew a lot about those 1998 allegations. One interesting story is at Sandusky’s retirement dinner, there was a peculiar situation. Joe spoke very briefly, only a few words, a minute or so, only stayed at the celebration for a few minutes, and then left. It was very odd to many people at the time. No one really knew exactly why. You would think that Joe would have stayed a long time. But there was every reason to believe, looking back on all this, that Joe was probably disgusted by the 1998 allegations and just wanted to distance himself as much as possible from Jerry.”

Indeed, there could be no clearer indication that JoPa saw Sandusky as a complete scumbag and wanted nothing more to do with him. Regrettably, it must have burned JoPa to no end every time he saw Sandusky still roaming the hallways, using the weight rooms, and showering in PSU’s locker rooms. JoPa may have run PSU football, but there were powers far more influential that—for whatever reason—provided carte blanche privileges to a man that was widely seen as a child predator.

Mike McQueary: 2002

In 2002 assistant coach Mike McQueary alleged that one evening inside a PSU shower room, he caught a naked Sandusky in a compromising situation with a naked pre-teen boy. Since McQueary’s account has been widely documented, only one further aspect needs to be highlighted: Harmon revealed that his superior, Schultz, never once came to him with any of McQueary’s sordid claims. The cover-up at PSU continued.

However, by some accounts, McQueary remained in contact with Gricar following the 2002 incident and felt that the DA was investigating claims about Sandusky right up until the day he disappeared.

Mark Madden

Seven months prior to when the Sandusky scandal broke, radio talk show host Mark Madden of WXDX-FM in Pittsburgh, Pa., penned an article on April 3, 2011 for the Beaver County Times. In the piece, Madden focused on the crucial 1998 incident, observing, “Did Penn State not make an issue of Sandusky’s alleged behavior in 1998 in exchange for him walking away from the program at an age premature for most coaches? Did Penn State’s considerable influence help get Sandusky off the hook?”

He continued, “In 1999, Penn State was rid of Sandusky. His reputation was unblemished, which allowed him to continue running a charitable foundation that gave him access to underage males [and] be a volunteer assistant with a high school football team, thus gaining access to underage males.”

Strangely, upon Sandusky’s “retirement,” he never coached at another college despite undoubtedly being recognized as one of the country’s premier assistants.

On November 11, 2011, Madden upped the ante during an appearance on Boston’s WEEI. Hosted by John Dennis and Gerry Callahan, Madden dropped a bombshell about Sandusky. “I can give you a rumor and I can give you something I think might happen,” he began.

“I hear there’s a rumor that there will be a more shocking development from the Second Mile Foundation—and hold on to your stomachs, boys, this is gross—that Jerry Sandusky and the Second Mile were pimping out young boys to rich donors [and] that was being investigated by two prominent columnists even as I speak,” Madden announced.

Filling in the final details, Madden stated, “I think they’ll find out that Jerry Sandusky was told that he had to retire in exchange for a cover-up. If you look at the timeline, that makes perfect sense, doesn’t it? My opinion is that when Sandusky quit, everybody knew—not just at Penn State. I think it was a very poorly kept secret around college football in general, and that is why he never coached in college football again and retired at the relatively young age of 55.”

Adding credibility to Madden’s words was Dom Cosentino, editor of Deadspin. On November 10, 2011, after the scandal became public knowledge, Cosentino referred to a conversation he had with a Pittsburgh, Pa., journalist, who told him, “He [Madden] ain’t bluffing here. I know he’s confident in what he has. Separate his on-air persona with journalistic chops [and] Mark is a hell of a reporter. Don’t dismiss him.”

In the sports world, Mark Madden is known as a bombastic blowhard that loves the limelight. He’s brash, a loudmouth, an egomaniac, and a publicity hound. Cosentino even described him as a “professional troll.”

So, considering how Madden is attracted to controversy like moths to a flame, why did he suddenly go mute after making these original statements on the radio? This writer left at least a dozen messages on Madden’s answering machine, in addition to at least a dozen emails, all with no response.

It is this writer’s contention that, after blabbing about a far-reaching pedophile network at PSU and TSM, someone quickly paid Madden a visit, tapped him firmly on the shoulder, and threatened, “Listen, boy, if you utter one more word about a pedophile network, it’ll be the last words you ever utter.”

Mark Madden isn’t stupid, and he innately understood what was being told to him.


Graham Spanier

As previously mentioned, during Graham Spanier’s tenure as PSU president, the university hosted two events that drew incredible amounts of blowback. One, in November 2000, was called CUNTFEST: a Declaration of Independence. To promote this brouhaha, huge banners with the words CUNTFEST were hoisted from campus buildings.

The second, held only months later in February 2001, went by the name Sex Faire. Games at this gala included “Pin the Clitoris on the Vulva,” “Smut and other Great Literature,” plus “Orgasm Bingo.” In addition, a “Tent of Consent” allowed participants to engage in whatever type of consensual sexual activity they so desired.

One must remember that PSU is a state-funded university using taxpayer money. When enraged legislators—prompted by incensed citizens—asked Spanier if he thought these two events were immoral, he responded, “It depends on what your definition of immoral is.”

Oddly enough, Spanier publicly pronounced that he sought to make PSU the most homosexual-friendly university in America. Moreover, while serving as Chancellor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL), Spanier requested that all faculty post pink triangles on their office doors in order to show their support for gay and lesbian students.

Creepier yet, one of Spanier’s personal associates at UNL was a man named Ronald Roskens [a past UNL Chancellor and President]. Roskens has been intimately linked to the notorious Franklin Scandal, and then received his termination notice after being photographed with young naked boys at his residence.

Gary Caradori, a private investigator that delved into Franklin, wrote of the circumstances surrounding Roskens’s firing. “I was informed that Roskens was terminated by the state because of sexual activities reported to the Regents and verified by them. Mr. Roskens was reported to have had young men at his residence for sexual encounters. As part of the separation from the state, he had to move out of the state-owned house because of the liability to the state if some of his sexual behavior was illegal.”

On July 11, 1990, after obtaining pornographic-pedophile photographs that would have irreversibly exposed Franklin, Caradori was murdered when his Piper aircraft exploded in mid-air, killing him and his eight-year-old son.

It goes without saying that the similarities between these acts of pedophilia in Nebraska show a close resemblance to the alleged Sandusky pedophilia scandal that Spanier helped cover-up at PSU. In this light, a question must be asked: Was Spanier brought to PSU because of his close ties to a far-reaching pedophile network in Nebraska? Was he the hands-on university president that oversaw what many in-the-know at PSU realized was a powder keg that could explode at any moment (and eventually did)?

On November 7, 2011, only two days after Sandusky headlines erupted across the country, Brent Goodwin—a former member of U.S. Naval Intelligence, a former Central Intelligence Agency field officer, and private detective—delivered a scathing expose on Graham Spanier.

Goodwin stated, “Spanier and Roskens are both ‘closeted’ gay men who are sexually aroused by young boys. They are classic pedophiles. Ronald Roskens has ties to former Franklin Credit Union president and convicted felon/child molester Larry King, as well as a long list of known pedophiles throughout the United States. Several of Spanier’s ‘military friends’ were recently charged in an international pedophilia scandal at the Department of Defense. Spanier and Roskens were also close friends and longtime associates of convicted child molester Dr. Daniel Schrein.”

Although Goodwin’s words are his and his alone, Roskens did work directly with Spanier at the UNL.

Oh, in case you’re wondering what happened to Spanier after being fired from his post as president of PSU, he announced on April 11, 2012 that he has a new employer: the U.S. federal government where he’ll be working in, of all things, national security. How convenient, especially since Spanier did such a stellar job protecting the ‘security’ of all those shower facilities on the PSU campus where Sandusky reportedly preyed on numerous pre-teen boys.


1) Why would PSU engage in such an elaborate cover-up for Sandusky rather than permanently cutting all ties with him (i.e., severing the cancer before it could spread any further)? After all, who in their right mind would want an alleged pedophile in their midst that had been accused multiple times?

2) Why did PSU afford Sandusky all of the many lavish perks heretofore mentioned?

3) Did Gricar harbor a bitter, ongoing resentment of the PSU football program due to being, at least partially, bamboozled by them during the 1998 incident? Is this why his nephew, Tony Gricar, stated that his uncle had had “a bitter taste in his mouth for the program, and it’s coach, and that was not much of a secret?”

4) Did PSU officials deliberately make JoPa a media target to divert attention away from what could potentially be much deeper and darker secrets?

Victor Thorn

Victor Thorn is a hard-hitting researcher, journalist and author of over 50 books.

Bilderberg Backers Busted

• Backdoor funding of globalist cabal includes donations from Gates, Kissinger

By Mark Anderson

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) may be unpopular for fining or jailing those who stumble or resist at tax time, but the tax code does require financial disclosures that often provide key information about the power structure of otherwise secretive organizations like the shadowy group of globalists known as Bilderberg.

This includes listing donors to an entity called American Friends of Bilderberg Inc. (AFB), whose 990-PF IRS form for tax year 2008, for example, shows that The Washington Post Co.—an assumed pillar of journalistic integrity among the old-guard media—donated $25,000 to AFB. And if you enjoy a swig of cold Coca Cola on a hot day, take note that the Coca Cola Company is listed as having donated $10,000 to AFB in 2008.

These are but two examples in one tax year of money flowing to AFB in support of what are formally called the Bilderberg Meetings—those annual, hyper-exclusive policy-planning sessions of the high and mighty from central banks, think tanks, government, large, well-connected corporations and the most influential large newspapers.


Other donors listed for 2008, include Henry Kissinger, $20,000; David Rockefeller, $50,000; computer giant Microsoft Corp., $75,000; the fund set up by investment billionaire Henry R. Kravis, $50,000; Wall Street firm Goldman Sachs & Co., $25,000; and investment bank Lazard Freres & Co. LLC, $25,000.

AFB is listed on the tax form under “care of” James Johnson, Perseus, L.L.C., 1325 Avenue of the Americas, 25th floor, New York City. “Perseus . . . is a merchant bank and private equity fund management company headquartered in Washington, D.C., with an office in New York and an associated advisory firm in Munich,” according to Perseus’s website. A call about Bilderberg donors to the main Washington office at press time only resulted in “We’ll have someone get back to you.” This reporter was told there is no media spokesperson in D.C., nor in N.Y.

Perseus’s chairman, Frank H. Pearl, who passed away in May, shows up as a longtime Bilderberg attendee on a comprehensive list at the website NNDB. Marie Josee Kravis, the wife of donor Henry Kravis, attended Bilderberg 2012 as senior fellow of the Hudson Institute. Donors Kravis and Kissinger attended as well. Council on Foreign Relations member James A. Johnson, Perseus’s vice chairman, the one listed on the 990-PF form as AFB representative, also attended Bilderberg 2012.

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AFP Roving Editor Mark Anderson is a veteran reporter who covers the annual Bilderberg meetings and is chairman of AFP’s new America First Action Committee, designed to involve AFP readers in focusing intensely on Congress to enact key changes, including monetary reform and a pullback of the warfare state. He and his wife Angie often work together on news projects.

‘Infocrafting’ Smears Dissenters

• How much of what you see on the Internet is true? How much is propaganda?

By Victor Thorn

The power elites in Washington are barreling headlong toward legitimizing the use of propaganda, disinformation and misinformation in order to smear Washington’s critics and shape Americans’ views on such issues as the warfare state.

Relying on dirty tricks and sweeping surveillance tactics, the Obama administration, with the approval of Congress, has compiled an official “kill list” for enemies of the state and built the legal infrastructure to arrest and detain U.S. citizens indefinitely without trial. But suspects in the U.S. war on terror aren’t the only ones being targeted. It is much broader than that, evidenced by Obama legal advisor Cass Sunstein’s academic paper in 2008 that argued the federal government should employ cyber-plumbers to infiltrate and attack what he labeled “hardcore extremist [groups] who supply conspiracy theories.”

Sunstein cited the John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King assassinations, the 1969 alleged moon landing, TWA Flight 800 and the Trilateral Commission as examples of dangerous conspiratorial beliefs. In regard to the president, Sunstein sought to quell “right wing rumors” such as those pertaining to global warming, Obama’s ties to Weather Underground terrorist William Ayers and the birth certificate controversy.

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Basically, Obama cronies like Sunstein argued that government agents should secretly take to the airwaves and the Internet to attack critics of the military-industrial-banking complex and to feed information to the public in support of the war on terrorism, among other things.

Recently two U.S. journalists came under fire after they uncovered what seemed to be an official program that authorized the U.S. military to use the Internet to sow government propaganda.

On Feb. 28, two USA Today reporters—Tom Vanden Brook and Ray Locker—revealed that nefarious characters involved in an information-operations program had waged a propaganda campaign against them. By creating phony online accounts and dummy websites, the journalists were smeared in a variety of ways, including accusations that they had even aligned themselves with the Taliban in Afghanistan.

Ironically, the reason Brook and Locker entered the Obama administration’s cross-hairs was due to their investigation of the Pentagon’s so-called “infocrafting.” Voice of America (VOA) radio show host Doug Bernard, in a May 1 article posted to the Internet, described this practice as “the transmission of information, factual or not, with the specific goal of changing beliefs.”

Brook and Locker reported in fiscal year 2011 the Pentagon spent $173M on infocrafting issues related to Iraq, much of which went to a shadowy outfit known as Leonie Industries.

On April 20, John Cook of the news website Gawker quoted a source claiming that Leonie Industries was the company responsible for initiating the fake online war against Brook and Locker.

VOA’s Bernard illustrated how tactics used on American enemies have been directed domestically toward our own citizens. “What began as a story about the questionable effectiveness of propaganda overseas is turning now into questions about its use at home,” wrote Bernard.

Congress is certainly not providing a much-needed check and balance to the White House.

On May 18, under amendment 114 of the National Defense Authorization Act, the House passed a bill that would allow the State Department and the Defense Department to utilize psychological operations within U.S. borders.

As part of a bipartisan effort co-sponsored by Reps. Adam Smith (D-Wash.) and Mac Thornberry (R-Tex.), this legislation would green light the manipulation of newspapers, radio, TV, websites and Internet media to overtly shape public opinion in America. AMERICAN FREE PRESS readers realize that such practices have already been used under Operation Mockingbird and assorted COINTEL programs.

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Indeed, the once invisible government has now fully emerged into the open. As a result, Internet journalist Michael Hastings wrote on May 18, “There are no checks and balances. No one knows if the information [being peddled under the guise of national security] is accurate, partially accurate or entirely false.” Unlimited in its scope, Hastings noted that the Pentagon has already mobilized high-tech software to eavesdrop on developments in the Bradley Manning case.

On May 31, this writer interviewed Alex Trujillo, a computer programmer and web developer, who has looked into the government’s Internet programs. “Today, with social media, everyone is so connected information-wise that propaganda has an ever-more potent effect on society,” he said.

Providing an example of how the government or superPACS may hoodwink activists, Trujillo told AFP, “Astroturfing is a process of creating false grassroots movements. They make these sites look as if many people are behind them, but in reality the accounts are fake. Rather than actually being at an event, such as a march on the Mall in Washington, D.C., they’ll use stock photos or touched-up pictures that are more show than substance.”

When asked what people can do to combat these tactics, Trujillo offered the following advice.

“One problem is the lack of critical thinking in trusting what’s written on a computer screen,” he said. “Disinformation is easily spread on websites such as Facebook. Those behind these efforts have so much money that they can abuse the entire system and affect a lot of things.”


Cognitive Infiltration: An Obama Appointee’s Plan to Undermine the 9/11 Conspiracy Theory

By David Ray Griffin

Former Chicago and Harvard law professor Cass Sunstein, who in 2009 was appointed by President Barack Obama to direct an important executive branch office, had in 2008 co-authored an article containing a plan for the government to prevent the spread of anti-government “conspiracy theories.” Arguing that such theories are believed only by groups suffering from “informational isolation,” he advocated the use of anonymous government agents to engage in “cognitive infiltration” of these groups in order to introduce “cognitive diversity,” with the aim of breaking them up. Noting that Sunstein’s proposal has evoked condemnations from across the political spectrum–not least because it, being similar to the FBI’s COINTELPRO of the 1960s, would be illegal–David Ray Griffin focuses on the fact that Sunstein’s primary target is the conspiracy theory advocated by the 9/11 Truth Movement. Examining Sunstein’s charge that this theory is both “harmful” and “demonstrably false,” Griffin uses both satire and overwhelming evidence to show that this twofold charge applies instead to what Sunstein calls “the true conspiracy theory” about 9/11-namely, the “theory that Al-Qaeda was responsible for 9/11.”

Softcover, 196 pages.


Victor Thorn is a hard-hitting researcher, journalist and the author of over 30 books.

Argentina Bucks Banking Elite

• Since debt repudiation in 2002, country has flourished; IMF, foreign oil interests ousted

By Gonzalo Baeza

In a telling rebuke of the international bankers, Argentina has once again affirmed its economic independence by repudiating its debt and taking control of its domestic oil production for the benefit of its own people.

Drawing the ire of the United States, the European Union and the World Bank, the Argentine government nationalized its oil company Yacimientos Petrolíferos Fiscales (YPF), in early May, freeing the country’s economy from the international oil cartels. The decision is the latest run-in between the populist government of Argentina and globalist forces which seek to make it conform to a model of de-industrialization and high indebtedness.

Argentina became one of the bogeymen of the international financial media when in 2002 its government decided to default on its $95 billion foreign debt with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and other usurious creditors. Until then, Argentina had been hailed as the IMF’s “model pupil” in Latin America, dollarizing its economy, selling strategic industries, such as YPF, to foreign multinationals and deregulating its financial industry. The effects of these policies climaxed shortly before the country defaulted, as dollarization made Argentina’s exports more expensive and less competitive, created massive deficits and fostered a chronic dependency on foreign capital.

After Argentina put an end to dollarization and other IMF-mandated structural reforms in 2002, financial analysts predicted ruin for the  country’s credit and the collapse of its economy. Nonetheless, it took Argentina only three years to pay its $10 billion debt to the IMF in full while continuing to pay its other creditors. As former Argentine President Nestor Kirchner said in 2005: “There is life after the IMF, and it’s a very good life.”

In spite of being effectively shunned from the international credit markets, the Argentine economy has grown 90% over the last decade—one of the fastest GDP growths in the Western Hemisphere for this period. In addition, unemployment fell from 22% in 2002 to less than 6.7% in the Q4 of 2011.

If defying the IMF’s diktats and proving expert financial analysts wrong weren’t enough, the Argentine government nationalized a 51% stake in YPF, taking ownership away from Spanish multinational firm Repsol.


What prompted the decision on the part of Argentine President Cristina Fernandez—Kirchner’s widow and the heir-apparent of his populist legacy—to take over oil production was Repsol’s inability to produce enough oil to meet the needs of an expanding Argentine economy.

Over the last decade of populist rule, oil-rich Argentina has subsidized its oil production, selling the commodity at a lower price to consumers and local industries in order to spur the local economy. This policy has been systematically questioned by both foreign oil cartels and Repsol. Even as YPF made healthy profits and distributed hefty dividends among stockholders, its officers claimed that the country’s regulation prevented them from investing more in domestic oil exploration.

From 2004 to 2011, Argentina’s oil production fell by nearly 20% and gas by 13%. YPF, which accounts for one-third of the  country’s oil production, was at the center of this decline. Oil imports doubled in 2011 to $9.4 billion and, for the first time in 17 years, Argentina became a net importer of oil and gas.

“It’s very clear that Repsol was not fulfilling its obligations to Argentina,” sociologist and veteran analyst of Latin American affairs James Petras told AMERICAN FREE PRESS. “The government’s reaction to this was to try to get Repsol to increase production. Repsol very arrogantly said: ‘You end price controls, and we’ll produce for the local market.’ They actually were using low levels of production to force a change in government policy.”

So far, the internationalists have been less than amused with the move.

World Bank President Robert Zoellick attacked it as giving in to “populism” and “protectionism.”

When asked about the nationalization of YPF during a recent tour of Latin America, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said: “Having an open market is a preferable model. Models that include competition and market access have been the most successful around the world.”

As part of its retaliatory efforts, Repsol and American financial advisory firm Texas Yale Capital Corp. filed a lawsuit against the Argentine government in U.S. District Court in Manhattan. The plaintiffs argue Argentina must launch a takeover bid for expropriated shares and should compensate Repsol for damages.

“The international community’s response has been absolutely hysterical,” Petras told AFP. “When one looks at the general pattern of the Argentine economy, they’ve been growing at a rate of 8% a year. Meanwhile, the Spanish government has been going backwards for the last five years,” Petras said. “The European Union and the U.S. government are favorable to Repsol as well. All the governments that favor Repsol have terrible records. Who are they to advise the Argentines?”

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Gonzalo Baeza is AFP’s South American bureau chief and a freelance journalist based in Argentina.