Friday, June 05, 2015

ANDREW KREIG : WIFE - BEATING SIEGELMAN JUDGE RESIGNS, ENDS HORRID CAREER WITH CIVIC LESSON

A thorough investigation is in order for Fuller, prosecution for crimes and re-opening of all cases he has presided over  

JUSTICE INTEGRITY PROJECT
By Andrew Kreig
06/04/2015

A notorious federal judge has resigned under the threat of impeachment — and thus provided a harsh but useful lesson for civic activists everywhere.


U.S. District Court Judge Mark Fuller following 
his arrest on a battery charge in Atlanta
According to a federal court order June 1, fellow judges within the Atlanta-based Eleventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals recommended to the national Judicial Council that Alabama U.S. District Judge Mark E. Fuller be impeached as a first step for removal from his lifetime appointment. Fuller, a federal judge since 2002, announced through his attorneys his resignation effective Aug. 1. The resignation provides important civic lessons in the career of a judge whose disgraceful conduct we have been documenting for six years.  But the system has protected him until an Atlanta policeman arrested him last August in Atlanta on a misdemeanor charge of battery against his then-wife, Kelli Gregg Fuller.


Fuller has also became widely known in legal reform circles for presiding over the 2006 trial and sentencing of former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman in a federal corruption prosecution tainted by claims of gross legal irregularities. The Bush-era prosecution has been ratified by the courts and the Obama administration. Siegelman is not scheduled for release until mid-2017 for conduct that occurred in 1999.

A close study here and elsewhere of Fuller’s record has shown that his legally dubious decision-making has:

  • Benefited his political allies and other cronies;
  • Inflicted great suffering on political and personal targets appearing in his court;
  • Become involved in repeated personal scandals; and
  • Received until now minimal correction from timid oversight systems in the courts, Executive Branch and congress.

Alabama blogger Roger Shuler summed up the abuses in a column this week, Mark Fuller was the face of a system that allowed shadowy characters, like Bob Riley, to avoid scrutiny.

Shuler, who has written hundreds of columns about Siegelman, particularly his ordeals under Fuller, asserted a de facto alliance between the Republican judge Fuller and Siegelman's Republican rival, two-term Gov. Bob Riley (2003-2011).


Roger Shuler
"Fuller played a central role in the most notorious political prosecution of the period — and perhaps in American history — when he presided over the case of former governor Don Siegelman in the Middle District of Alabama," wrote Shuler, who has fled Alabama with his wife after they were charged with contempt of court in a libel case brought by a prominent Alabama attorney Rob Riley, son of the former governor Riley and himself a prospective congressional candidate. Shuler, arrested on the contempt charge and beaten in his garage by a deputy sheriff, was convicted in state "kangaroo court" proceedings of resisting arrest. He was held without bond through his trial for five months until he agreed in March 2014 to spike his columns about the younger Riley, all in gross violation of federal First Amendment precedents, among other due process issues.


"Siegelman remains at a federal prison in Oakdale, Louisiana, for a crime he did not commit — for a "crime," in fact, that does not exist under U.S. law," Shuler continued.


Former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman
"But this is where the Mark Fuller story becomes breathtakingly dark. Under judges like Fuller, and prosecutors of the Bush Department of Justice, it's not just a matter of innocent people winding up behind bars. Such a broken system allows individuals who have genuine ties to criminality to operate with impunity."

Out of Fuller's gross misconduct, however, comes a valuable lesson for civic activists frustrated by other such derelictions nationally, especially in such normally prestigious positions as the judiciary and prosecution offices:

Shame those who enable official misconduct, not simply the miscreant.


That is a harsh and difficult remedy, especially for those with scant influence compared to a wealthy judge holding a lifetime appointment.

But recent developments illustrate the need for persistence.

Let's consider the incentives and risks for office-holders inclined to abuse their power. Those who achieve high-prestige posts often protect their colleagues, at least at first. That's both human nature and professional courtesy. Most abuses are not so flagrant as to be obvious without study.


But upstanding professionals do not want to be smeared by others' misconduct.

Fuller's conduct and that of his judicial peers fits this pattern, as does our reporting. Most recent was our Court Ruling Against Siegelman Compels New Strategies, a hard-hitting column last week that targeted the entire Atlanta-based U.S. Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.


That appellate court presiding over federal litigation in Georgia, Alabama and Florida has been supervising Siegelman appeals and also a disciplinary investigation of Fuller following his arrest last August.

We shall return to this topic shortly, with a more comprehensive recap of Fuller's career, misconduct, and the forces that brought him down, including the heroic whistleblowers, other concerned citizens, journalists, lawyers and tiny few public officials who took a stand against hsi misconduct in a range of cases and personal scandals.

We began our coverage in May 2009 after an extensive investigation that the Huffington Post published on its front page: The Huffington Post published on its front page the first column, Siegelman Deserves New Trial Because of Judge’s ‘Grudge’, Evidence Shows….$300 Million in Bush Military Contracts Awarded to Judge’s Private Company. 

We have reported here upon such scandals many times since in the past six years, as indicated by a search of this site and of the links to a sample of columns below.

Among our exclusive reports was the first use of photos such as that below of taken by freelance photographer Phil Fleming of the then-rarely photographed judge.

Fleming told us the judge invited him and a courtroom sketch artist into judicial chambers to create portraits moments after the 2006 jury verdict in a second trial for Siegelman and co-defendant businessman Richard Scrushy on charges that Scrushy corrupted donated to a non-profit group to win reappointment to a gubernatorial commission in 1999. Fleming suggested to the judge that he "cut the Cheshire cat look" because smiling on such an occasion might look undignified.


For now, we focus briefly on the news and lessons learned.

As background, I began my career in 1970 as a reporter for the Hartford Courant in Connecticut and covered federal courts from 1976 to 1981 as a reporter for the Hartford Courant and later as legal columnist for Connecticut Magazine. In general, my work provided positive views of the court system that propelled me to earn degrees at two law schools, Yale and Chicago, and clerk for a prominent federal judge in Boston, Mark Wolf, whose 30 years on the bench have included eight years as chief federal judge in Massachusetts.


But my discovery of occasional irregularities in the legal system as a reporter previous to my legal work required me to report scandals resulting in the resignations of two longtime federal judges in Connecticut, one a bankruptcy judge and the other an administrative law judge presiding over Social Security disputes. In both instances, the judges who were performing conscientiously did not want to be associated with dishonor, especially if it were being reported prominently in a way bringing deserved embarrassment on the court system.

In the more recent situation of Mark Fuller, serious problems ranged from his personal life to his courtroom decisions. We here have repeatedly invited him or his attorneys to comment on these matters.


Bush nominated Fuller to the bench
He did respond once that he was foreclosed from comment by his official position, and we have since sought to report his defenses form other sources.

In general, he and his defenders have denied misconduct.

Any official sanction has been complicated up to now by his lifetime appointment received in 2002 from the U.S. Senate after his nomination by President Bush.



Other factors protecting him have been his power as chief judge from 2014 to 2011 for the federal judicial district based in Alabama's state capital of Montgomery, his wealth, his close ties to the Republican political establishment, and his hidden ties to the powerful defense and intelligence sectors illustrated by his secret control as by far the largest shareholder of a company that trained U.S. and overseas Air Force pilots, including from Saudi Arabia.

An additional protective factor whose importance cannot be over-estimated is the servile posture that most establishment "thought-leaders" in such positions as academia, law and journalism, automatically adopt towards judges. The University of Alabama Law School, for example, honored Fuller by inviting him to speak about ethics several years ago when even a cursory look at his record indicated cause for alarm.


Gerald B. Tjoflat
At last, fellow judges on the appeals court took strong action after a thorough investigation. The chief judge of the court is Ed Carnes. Former Chief Judge Gerald B. Tjoflat, shown at left, presided over a still confidential inquiry into Fuller's conduct. There were enough red flags upon his nomination in 2002 so that one should have been accomplished during his confirmation hearing in 2002, which was a superficial view if not a cheer-leading session led by Democratic then-chairman Pat Leahy of Vermont in concert with Fuller's two senatorial backers from Alabama, Republicans Jeff Sessions and Richard Shelby.


Belatedly, both Alabama senators last year urged Fuller's resignation because of his arrest, as did most others in Alabama's congressional delegation and media.

In Washington, House Judiciary Committee leaders issued a joint Statement on Judge Fuller Resignation this week saying the judge would lose his pension upon resignation and would be subject to an impeachment action if he does not resign.

Finally, congratulations are in order for all those who brought this result. We shall recognize them at length in a future report.

But there has always been much more to this scandal than what has been on the surface. Even more frightening are the potential parallels elsewhere so long as the main facts in this remain so long long hidden.



Andrew Kreig is Justice Integrity Project Executive Director and co-founder with over two decades experience as an attorney and non-profit executive in Washington, DC.

Andrew Kreig, Esq.
As president and CEO of the Wireless Communications Association International (WCAI) from 1996 until 2008, Kreig led its worldwide advocacy that helped create the broadband wireless industry. 

Previously, he was WCAI vice president and general counsel, an associate at Latham & Watkins, law clerk to a federal judge, author of the book Spiked about the newspaper business and a longtime reporter for the Hartford Courant.


Listed in Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in the World from the mid-1990s and currently, he holds law degrees from the University of Chicago School of Law and from Yale Law School. Reared in New York City, his undergraduate degree in history is from Cornell University, where he was a student newspaper editor, rowing team member, and Golden Gloves boxer. 


700 Schools In South Korea Closed As The MERS Outbreak Continues To Spread

The key with this outbreak again is DO NOT PANIC - avoid air travel when possible, public places; take appropriate sanitary precautions such as hand washing, N95 masks, surgical gloves: STOCK RIBAVIRIN (COPEGUS) WHEREVER POSSIBLE, the only known antiviral drug to slow the replication of this "novel" corona virus  

BUSINESS INSIDER
06/04/2015

SEOUL (AFP) - 

Hundreds more schools closed on Thursday in South Korea as officials struggled to ease growing panic over an outbreak of the MERS virus that has infected 35 people, killed two and caused thousands to cancel travel plans.


MERS
More than 700 schools -- from kindergartens to colleges -- have now shut their gates in response to public fears over what has become the largest outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) outside Saudi Arabia.

Five more cases were confirmed on Thursday, bringing the total number of known infections to 35, the health ministry said.

The first case -- reported on May 20 -- was of a 68-year-old man diagnosed after a trip to Saudi Arabia.


Since then, more than 1,300 people who may have been exposed directly or indirectly to the virus have been placed under varying levels of quarantine.

Some were isolated at state-designated facilities while many were strongly advised to stay at home.


South Korean airport authorities taking outbreak seriously - avoid air travel whenever possible

In Seoul, growing public concern has been reflected in the daily increase in the number of commuters wearing face masks on buses and subways.

And the anxiety has been exported, with the Korea Tourism Organisation (KTO) reporting Thursday that around 7,000 tourists -- mostly from China and Taiwan -- had cancelled planned group trips to South Korea.


Quarantine stations are now being set up; utilise them if exposed

"A mass cancellation of this scale is very unusual... and many travellers cited the MERS outbreak as the main reason," a KTO spokesman told AFP. 

President Park Geun-Hye's administration, and health officials in general, have been criticised for responding too slowly to the initial outbreak.

In an emergency meeting with health officials on Wednesday, Park called for "utmost efforts" to curb the spread of the virus and ease public fear.

MERS has now infected 1,161 people globally, with 436 deaths. More than 20 countries have been affected, with most cases in Saudi Arabia. 


Take appropriate precautions and above all DO NOT PANIC

The virus, which has no known cure or vaccine, is considered a deadlier but less infectious cousin of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), which killed hundreds of people when it appeared in Asia in 2003. 

The World Health Organisation said it expected more infections in South Korea, but stressed that there was "no evidence of sustained transmission in the community."



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OPEC Heads Towards Holding Output As Oil Price Slides

The question here is why are Americans still paying sky-high gas prices for an obsolete, mass-polluting product that is almost worthless? WHY isn't the "mainstream media" asking this question and WHY is the public continuing to allow the destruction of their groundwater supplies by fracking during the largest oil glut in decades?

STRATEGIC CULTURE FOUNDATION
06/04/2015

OPEC headed towards holding its crude output levels steady at its Friday production meeting, sending oil prices sliding under $59 on concerns of global oversupply.


Obama doing his dead-level best to keep gas prices
sky-high and oil company kickbacks pouring into his
bank accounts
Ministers attending a two-day OPEC seminar before the output gathering said Thursday they would be happier with prices between $75 and $80 a barrel to boost precious revenues and help balance their budgets.

However, US benchmark West Texas Intermediate for delivery in July delivery dived $1.30 to $58.34 a barrel, as the market was plagued by stubborn fears over the supply glut.

Brent North Sea crude for July shed $1.50 to stand at $62.30 a barrel in late afternoon London deals on Thursday.


"We are still surviving - it's not the situation we prefer of course. It all depends on the second half now for oil prices," Kuwaiti Oil Minister Ali al-Omair told reporters at the seminar in Vienna's Hofburg Palace.

Asked if he was pleased with the current state of the market, Omair replied: "It is improving of course."

He added: "If the price does not rise to $77 a barrel, then the Kuwaiti budget will in deficit."


Obama, Congress criminals not about to give up their coke, whores, perks just because of an oil glut

Angola, Ecuador, Iran, Iraq and Venezuela have all appealed for a fair price for crude this week, but Saudi Arabia has expressed contentment with OPEC's strategy.

The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, whose dozen members pump one third of the world's crude, is still seeking to curb shale and deep-water oil producers that need high prices to make their operations profitable.

World oil prices tumbled between June 2014 and January on the back of faltering global energy demand and growing oversupply - which many observers regard as being fuelled by booming US shale oil output.


Obama, Congress traitors continue to scream that the U.S. needs to be "self-sufficient" in oil supplies yet they continue to sell American oil and gas extracted from Federal lands overseas to the highest bidder - so where is the taxpayer benefit for the sale of a product they own?

At OPEC's last meeting in November, the cartel held its daily official production target at 30 million barrels per day (bpd), where it has now stood for around three and a half years.

That decision initially contributed to prices slumping to six-year lows, but some analysts say the strategy, backed by OPEC kingpin Saudi Arabia, has paid off as US shale oil producers have been squeezed and crude has recovered somewhat in recent months.

Oil ministers also argue that the improved economic outlook has since helped prices bounce back.

Qatar's Energy Minister Mohammed Al-Sada noted Thursday that the market faced "depressed economic conditions of 2014" but added that "the world economy is expected to improve in 2015".


EPA criminals continue to receive oil company kickbacks for authorising fracking and the destruction of U.S. groundwater supplies for profit during the world oil glut, where gasoline prices should below one dollar

Despite the collective target, OPEC is actually producing about 31.21 million bpd according to International Energy Agency data, due to extra supplies from Saudi Arabia and also Iraq which has ramped up output in southern and northern areas not hit by Islamic State jihadists.

Analysts fear the market could be further saturated with oil from Iran, after the Islamic Republic reaches a nuclear energy deal with world powers.

Tehran's Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh indicated Wednesday in Vienna that Iran could pump an extra one million barrels within six to seven months of Western sanctions eventually being lifted.

OPEC insisted Wednesday that it welcomed all unconventional oil producers, adding that they help balance the global market.




SEB commodities analyst Bjarne Schieldrop told AFP that OPEC should lift its target to 35 million bpd to dispel confusion over its actual output.

"It would give a very clear message of what they are already saying and doing: OPEC should not be the one to reduce production," he said.

"We know that Saudi Arabia needs to increase exports and revenue in order to compensate for lost income with the lower price.

"We know Iran and Iraq will increase production and we know Libya will eventually come back into market. It easily adds up to 35 million bpd."



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EPA Finds No Major Water Impacts From Fracking (Sort Of)

Time to shut down corporate controlled rogue agency; defund their operations, prosecute frauds posing as environmental protectors: Fracking must be completely outlawed and especially now during the largest oil glut in decades that should see gasoline below a dollar a gallon at the pumps

FOREIGN POLICY
By Keith Johnson
06/04/2015

Since the “fracking” revolution began in the United States several years ago, environmentalists have warned that blasting open underground shale formations with concentrated chemical cocktails could threaten water supplies.


On Thursday, the Environmental Protection Agency appeared to give fracking a clean bill of health, concluding in a long-delayed study that hydraulic fracturing has not produced evidence of any “widespread, systemic impacts on drinking water resources.”

The draft study, which has been in the works for four years, doesn’t address all the possible environmental impacts from fracking, focusing instead on the potential threat it poses to drinking water. 


But the generally favorable report, coming from the Obama administration’s always zealous environmental regulatory arm, seems to sweep away the threat of any new federal regulations to control fracking’s impact on water supplies.

“At first blush, today’s study appears to largely vindicate hydraulic fracturing,” said ClearView Energy Partners, an energy consultancy, in a note. 


Oil company criminals determined to destroy U.S. groundwater supplies - with an assist from their friends and allies at the EPA

The oil and gas industry also cheered the study, saying it reinforces their claim that proper techniques for drilling wells and disposing of millions of gallons of wastewater from fracked wells can minimize the environmental impact from the revolutionary technique.


But many environmental groups like the Sierra Club seized upon the report’s cautious language to warn that fracking still poses risks. 

The report noted that there have been cases of groundwater contamination, but that the number of incidents is very small compared to the thousands of wells that have been fracked. 


The study also noted that a paucity of data makes it hard to draw definitive conclusions about all of fracking’s impacts on water supplies.

With its cautious conclusion, the EPA report quickly turned into a Rorschach test for both supporters and detractors of the practice. “EPA’s report on hydraulic fracturing confirms what we have known for over 60 years when the process began in Duncan, Oklahoma –hydraulic fracturing is safe,” said Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.).




Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) read the same study, but found the glass half empty. “This draft report verifies what we have known for years, that hydraulic fracturing and related activities have the potential to severely impact drinking water and endanger public health and the environment,” he said.


The EPA thinks this is "sort of" O.K.
The EPA study focused solely on fracking’s impact in the United States. But it could have an impact overseas, too. 

A number of nations, including Argentina, China,Algeria, and the United Kingdom, have been trying to copy the U.S. fracking revolution to unlock cheap oil and gas, but have faced vocal public opposition at times, in part because of concerns over water supplies. 


The seemingly clean bill of health from the EPA could assuage those environmental worries. 

But it will do little to affect the fundamental hurdles that have slowed the shale gale’s spread overseas, including tricky geology, weak regulation and fickle government policies, and a dearth of nimble energy companies that can quickly drill hundreds of wells.


Obama needs to keep gas prices as high as possible 
in order to keep oil company bribes and kickbacks
flowing into his bank account(s)
Even in the United States, concerns over fracking’s impact won’t be put to rest by the EPA report. 

Some cities, even in frack-happy Texas, are fighting to ban the practice. 

Some states, such as New York, have banned fracking outright after warning of much graver environmental threats than the EPA has yet discovered.



And the EPA report did not address one of the growing areas of concern around the longer-term impact of fracking and wastewater disposal: A sharp uptick in the number of “man-made” earthquakes in places like Oklahoma.



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ANDREW KREIG: EXPERTS REJECT FIRE AS CAUSE FOR 9/11 WTC COLLAPSES

The real truth on 9/11 slowly continues to bleed out

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Technical experts are mounting major challenges to official U.S. government accounts of how three World Trade Center skyscrapers collapsed in near-freefall after the 9/11 attacks 15 years ago.

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The Geopolitics Of The United States, Part 1: The Inevitable Empire

The Empire and the inevitable fall of the Obama criminal regime

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STRATFOR Editor’s Note: This installment on the United States, presented in two parts, is the 16th in a series of STRATFOR monographs on the geopolitics of countries influential in world affairs.

Like nearly all of the peoples of North and South America, most Americans are not originally from the territory that became the United States.

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Geopolitics Of The United States Part 2: American Identity And The Threats of Tomorrow

A look back at 2011 predictions for the future in order to put events of today into perspective

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By Robert S. Finnegan

This e-mail outlines and confirms the acts of espionage against Indonesia and Indonesians by Akiko Makino and the others involved both in Kobe University and in AI Lab at University of Airlangga, Surabaya; Bahasa Indonesia original follows English translation...

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UPDATED 01/07/2015 : FOX NEWS CORPORATE PHARMA SHILL MEGAN KELLY AND FOX NEWS QUACK DOCTOR NOW PUSHING TAMIFLU FOR PREGNANT WOMEN AND CHILDREN;

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THE 5TH ESTATE UNEQUIVOCALLY WARNS THE PUBLIC NOT TO TAKE OR GIVE THIS PROVEN DANGEROUS, INEFFECTIVE DRUG TO ANYONE

Obama criminals now resulting to biowarfare in quest to destroy Chinese and ASEAN economy; "novel virus substrain" points directly to a Kawaoka / Fouchier / Ernala-Ginting Kobe lab virus weaponized and genetically altered to specifically target and infect the Asian population: Ribavirin...

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The 5th Estate has just purchased a library on H5N1 "Novel" virus pandemics, there are dozens of PDF and Exel documents we feel will assist you in saving lives following intentional releases of the H5N1 and now MERS viruses; we will begin by printing those that appear to be extremely relevant here: H5N1 Kobe-Kawaoka-Ernala series continues soon with more "Smoking Gun" e-mails from Teridah Ernala to The 5th Estate . . .

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By Robert S. Finnegan

On October 12, 2002 the Indonesian island of Bali experienced a terrorist attack that rocked the world. It was unquestionably well-coordinated and executed, the largest in the country's history.

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