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Failure of a partnership

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Chief Deputy Matt Cawthon left, arms crossed, Sheriff Parnell McNamara, right, white shirt, white hat

FIRST IN A SERIES…

Waco – Details are beginning to emerge of the schism that split what began as a stellar partnership between two lawmen of near legendary status, and ended in a squabble, shrouded in mystery.

Former Deputy U.S. Marshal Parnell McNamara and retired Texas Ranger Matt Cawthon took on the establishment, beat an opponent with many years on the job in the hotly contested Republican primary election of 2012, and as a team got themselves elected to the number one and two spots in the McLennan County Sheriff’s Office by a margin so wide – roughly 7 out of 10 votes cast – it was nearly out of sight.

In less than two years, the partnership unraveled, leaving both men silent and unwilling to talk about the fundamental disagreement in police administration that led to their sudden disaffection when Chief Deputy Cawthon abruptly resigned his post, effective Oct. 31. Six weeks later, Sheriff McNamara has announced no plans to replace him.

We at The Legendary received a copy of an internal investigation into the brutal abuse of a valuable K-9 unit, a drug detection dog named “Ace,” who became so confused and maddened by his treatment that he became unreasonably aggressive and injured at least one officer and attempted to bite others involved in his training.

Two ranking department heads of the rank of captain signed off on the investigation alleging “unacceptable conduct” and “dereliction of duty,” only after the company that originally sold Ace to the Sheriff’s Office for $15,000 recommended either his complete retraining at a cost of an additional $1,200, or that he be put down due to his ill behavior, the clear result of abuse by his handler, according to their investigation.

Prior to this, the dog handler had been allowed to make a lateral transfer, along with the promotion to the rank of Corporal, to another division that did not include working with K9s, according to a confidential informant, who mailed the material anonymously.

The Sheriff will attempt to make one believe that he took steps against the deputy by removing him from the canine program as some sort of punishment. Quite to the contrary, it was the deputy leaving the canine program that brought to light the problems within the canine program…”

Sheriff McNamara received an official request for public information regarding the matter on Monday, December 8, and when he had not responded by Friday, December 12, we determined to publish this first article in a series devoted to similar conflicts that led to the resignation of Matt Cawthon. He declined a request to be interviewed for attribution for the material developed for this series.

After Corporal Joseph Ballew left the K9 unit, Deputy Esteban Bustillos reported with Ace to USK9, a Kaplan, Louisiana, training school for police dogs, where Ace became so aggressive and agitated that he tried to bite both he and members of the training staff. They sent him packing, back to Waco, and wrote Lt. Mike Gates an e-mail saying, “The training staff believes that these issues were developed by allowing people to pick on or constant teasing of the dog.” Bustillos informed Captain Shawn Lippe and Chief Deputy Matt Cawthon, who ordered a complete internal investigation into why Ace had become so aggressive.

At the time, Sheriff McNamara was on a three-week sabbatical to Switzerland. When he returned, the results of that investigation awaited his attention. So far, according to anonymous sources, he has taken no action.

Here is what was learned.

On August 8, 2014, Deputy James Wolfe was seated at a computer, typing a report, when Ballew and Bustillos brought Ace into the office. Ballew began to command Ace to jump on top of a filing cabinet, a perch so lofty and ungainly that, according to Wolfe, the dog opted instead to jump on the desk where he was at work. In reaction, he pushed his chair backward when Ace put his forepaws on him, which caused the dog’s rear paws to fall off the desk. “When I did so, Ace bit my forearm causing a small wound…While pulling him away from me, Ace nipped the backside of my left elbow leaving a small bruise.” Officers gave Wolfe first aid for the puncture wound he received; he declined hospital emergency care.

Sergeant Kevin Ferguson stated he once saw Ballew fire a child’s cap pistol at Ace while he was in a cage in his patrol unit, an action which caused the dog to bark loudly while he tried to escape from the cage. Ballew related he discovered Ace’s extreme reaction when his little girl shot her cap pistol at him while playing in the yard. Ferguson also told other deputies he saw Ballew kick Ace in the rear end. At times he fired the cap pistol at him to the extent that the began to shake the SUV patrol unit with his aggressive jumping and lunging inside his cage. Ferguson said he expressed his disapproval to Ballew.

Sergeant James Bradam of the Killeen P.D., who sometimes trained with Ballew, recalled similar inconsistencies and confusion caused by Ballew’s handling of another dog named Impulse. He concluded in a statement, “My observations of training tactics and inconsistent training have frustrated and confused Ace. Couple this with his traits and any other social factors Ballew threw at Ace, he is now aggressive.

Deputy Bustillos stated that Sergeant Chris Eubank and Ballew often agitated Ace by tapping on the glass of the patrol unit, making him bark, and had him jump up on the car, then on its roof before attempting to make him jump from one vehicle to the other. “I have no professional opinion or experience on the behavior of a dog or the required training, but I do not agree when a professional tool is treated like a toy. I do acknowledge that in this incidents I have stood by and did not attempt to stop the behavior.”

Lt. Michael Gates and Lt. Ben Toombs concluded that “There is no clear learning objective for randomly firing a toy cap gun near the canine…It was reported that Cpl. Ballew randomly fired the cap gun inside and outside of his patrol unit, while other deputies are present. The deputies reported that Ace would bark and get extremely agitated to the point that Cpl. Ballew’s patrol vehicle would shake. This is not appropriate and is consistent with the allegation from USK9 Unlimited.”

In a sad, final note, Matt Cawthon wrote that on a feral hog hunt attended by Department of Public Safety SWAT an SRT Team members, Ballew disapproved of the performance of a dog who either refused to attack or hunt a hog and “grabbed the dog by the hind legs and slammed the dog onto the ground as some form of punishment or correction.” Members of the hunting party expressed their disapproval at the time. He wrote that he and others are still looking for a report written to former Sheriff Larry Lynch, who promised them he would correct Ballew’s behavior.

Why did the confidential informant approach The Legendary? Here’s a clue.

Local Waco media seems too weak to follow through with this type of revelation of truth. It is hoped that you will be able to expose this in a manner that it will garner attention from other media well outside the Waco market.”

In a preceding statement, the informant alleges a felony in the shredding of part of a personnel file of an employee who was allowed to resign rather than be terminated for misconduct.

The ranking deputy ordered the documents to be shredded so that no other law enforcement agency attempting due diligence in a pre-employment background investigation would discover the documents and automatically disqualify the former jailer from the hiring process.”

…This investigation will also be made available to you but only after it is determined what will become of the canine investigation…”

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Top cop on open carry

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Waco – Sheriff Parnell McNamara thought hard about open constitutional carry of firearms; he answered a remark about people shooting cops and cops shooting people.

“I had to be certified by the U.S. Marshal’s Service in 1987. I was hired in 1970, and later I had to be certified; that was in 1987.”

He recalled the opening day of class, how the Justice Department instructor started things off with a bang, how they flashed a macbre picture of the U.S. Marshal for the jurisdiction of South Dakota  – dead – laid on the medical examiner’s slab, his body riddled with bullets, his soul departed, long gone and far away, to a better place.

Was he one of the federal officers who got it at Pine Ridge, the Rosebud Reservation – Wounded Knee?

“No. He was shot to death by an illegal tax protester,” he said. “He was in the act of talking to the man, giving him a chance to give up, when the old boy shot him to death.”

That wasn’t all there was to the story.

On the slab next to the dead Marshal, lay the body of another individual, also shot, this one once, between the eyes.

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A dragon

As he began to explain whose body it was, his voice was carried away by the sound of the crowd of excited kids who were rushing from exhibit to exhibit, their adrenaline pumping, high strung from the fearsome presence of giant replicas of dinosaurs that have appeared in movies. The moment passed, the mind’s eye wandered on.

His visage was turned away, roaming the crowd, his stance bladed, left shoulder leading, right hand by his side, ready to defend with deadly force, at the drop of a hat.

You don’t see it, but if you know what you’re looking for, you know it’s there.

More important, you know he will use it. There’s nothing to say about it. That’s just the way it is.  It’s a skill, no less than roping, cutting steers out of a herd, bringing a cow pony to a rapid halt, neck reining. The hat is crimped in a special way. You can order one with the Parnell McNamara…He was for many years a prize-winning team roper. Times change, people don’t.

This man answers question with accurate stories that come straight out of his personal experience, stories with a beginning, middle, and an end. That’s the way this is, an archetype, with the quality of a parable.

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Grand juries in 50 states indict Officer Pantaleo

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New York – Fifty common law grand juries – one for each state – filed Presentments of Indictment against New York Code Enforcement Officer Daniel Pantaleo in federal court for the Southern District of New York for the murder of Eric Garner, suspected of selling untaxed tobacco on a Staten Island street in July, according the National Liberty Alliance.

The murder took place when “the victim was robbed of life by said officer under the color of law protected by the Amendment V.” This is a violation of the amendment’s guarantee that no person shall be deprived of life, liberty or property, “without due process of law…,” the indictment says.

Homicide is an essential element of murder and is shown in the evidence presented, according to the presentment, because of the use of a choke hold, which has been outlawed by the New York City Police Department, and “at the time more than 9 Code Enforcement Officer had arrived and many other options were now available including the possiblity of Eric Garner cooperating.”

The presentment further alleges that a code infraction requires no arrest when a civil summons may be issued.

A homicide deserves a trial,” said John Darash, a key leader in the National Liberty Alliance. He criticized the Staten Island County Grand Jury for “trying the case” rather than determining if there is probable cause that an offense was committed.

One may read the presentment by following this link: http://nationallibertyalliance.org/sites/default/files/officer_pantaleo_ny._presentment.pdf

To hear an extended statement from Mr. Darash, follow this link:

http://youtu.be/SaSHKZP0NtI

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School district spin cycle

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Waco – The spin doctor is in.

Since rumors have the “have the potential to damage…any organization,” the school district has a website that will “refute” false information as reported by the community.

Here are some items Waco school administrators are giving their attention these days. Predictably, their rejoinders are a little on the dry side of the spectrum.

CSCOPE, the curriculum management tool used by Waco ISD, promotes Islam and states that instigators of the Boston Tea Party were terrorists.”

The spin doctor says it’s all part of a program to teach kids about the world’s religions, their founding and core beliefs, but it’s hardly a “promotion.” The idea is to broaden a kid’s knowledge in accordance with the goals of Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) evaluation. Islam is just one of a pantheon: “One of the religions addressed is Islam and there is a lesson on the founding principles, history and beliefs of this religion just as there are for Christianity, Judaism, and other major world religions.”

After all, a very large percentage of the petroleum refined in the world’s energy production center, Houston, is extracted in principalities, kingdoms, emirates and republics where the state religion is – guess what – Islam.

The notion that “‘instigators of the Boston Tea Party were terrorists’ is a misinterpretation of the lesson.”

Tiptoeing around the issue no one talks about any more than the elephant perched on the sofa in the living room, the spin doctor became rather poetic, amplifying on the subject: It seems “the lesson explores how this same event would be viewed from the perspective of King George III. In hindsight, CSCOPE developers acknowledge a different historical event should have been used.”

And how. The Texas Grand Lodge A.F. & A.M. stands at the corner of W. 8th and Columbus Ave. A large part of legal, financial, political and corporate leadership pours into town the last weekend of December each year for its Grand Annual Communication, much the same way a similar cross section of the Craft poured out of the lodge room above the harborside tavern in Boston on that fateful 18th Century night, dressed in Indian regalia and hell-bent on the destruction of coffee and tea held in bond for additional excise taxes imposed between the time the order was placed and the time of its shipment. Such a deal. Somewhere, the Knights of Columbus are smiling.

Here’s one for you. Where were the guards who were assigned to safeguard the King’s impounded goods? Asleep at the wheel, or having a snort over at the tavern?

It’s a closed-mouth fraternity, to say the least. Still, it’s a fair question.

Attendance zones to change next year? Not a problem. Population concentrations shift from year to year. “With the help of a demographer, the School Board will be exploring possible attendance zone adjustments in the coming months.” Nothing to see here, folks. Carry on.

Additional school closures and consolidations will happen soon.” The answer: “The facts: Because the State Legislature has repeatedly slashed public school funding…” Here we go again.

What is being said: Salaries for teachers were recently “cut” because of a mistake by Human Resources.” Nah. The the bean counters made a mistake that averaged about $7 per check in certain folks’ pay days. The over payments are being extracted each pay period through the end of the year, the underpayments in a similar fashion.

Hey, it’s a large corporation, and the tax burden is the largest percentage in any rate payer’s budget. Madison Avenue said it best. “What you have is good, the services your organization performs are valuable. Got troubles? Tell your story early, often, long and loud. Have a central source for your statements, an accountable place where the buck stops, and stay on message, at all costs.”

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Breathtaking developments…

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“NEW YORK’S VERDICT: WE CAN’T BREATHE!” – headline in a tabloid… It’s simple enough, what happened. Eric Garner bought himself some untaxed – that is, packs of tailor-made Carolina cigarettes unstamped by the New York Department of Revenue – from the Mafia, and he was peddling them on the sidewalk in an upscale shopping district of Staten Island – the quietest, almost countrified, borough of the Big Apple. Wrong, wrong. wrong. Someone, probably a merchant, got uptight and let the finest know. They warned the big man. He weighed nearly 400 pounds, all flab and phlegmatic, asthmatic, and arrogant difficulty packed onto a massive and lofty frame, outfitted with an enlarged heart. Then they warned him, again. And again. He said so. You saw the video. When they came to arrest him, he got loud, raised hell, and a certain wiry little Italian cop with generations of the black hand etched in his family name – Pantaleo – saw and accurately sized up what he perceived as a giant piece of cake, a bird’s nest sitting on the ground. He grabbed him in a choke hold, his buds chimed in and someone put a knee on Garner’s back so he couldn’t gasp for breath as he slowly died from asphyxiation, his lungs compressed by the cops’ weight and the massive tub of guts and rolls of flab on his abdomen. Anyone can see that. Anyone with any common sense knows that the downtown connection, the folks who make it off rents and taxes and graft and good time Charlie’s blues, aren’t going to change a damn thing they do – ever – over this kind of dispute. After all, let’s all act our age. Don’t be ridiculous. Murder is murder. Common sense is common sense. Come on. There is a difference, you know. One more thing. In terms of true cost accounting, what is the markup on that quick, untaxed trip to Marlboro Country? Add in cost at the distributor’s, freight, bribes, and all, versus, city, borough and state sales taxes, federal and state excise taxes, and the peripheral gouges they pile on top of that? It’s like asking the CIA how much is the true cost of putting boots, beans, bullets and band-aids in the hands of “insurgents” or “freedom fighters” – they’re both for sale, you know – a machine gun in the hands, rounds in the chamber, boots on the ground. Their answer? You don’t know; you don’t want to know, not really. Why? Aw, shucks, man. You can’t afford it. What else you got? – The Legendary

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Ferguson cop no-billed

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Prior to the 8 p.m. announcement, crowds blocked traffic on streets throughout the St. Louis area

St. Louis – Citing a legal authority for a law enforcement officer to use deadly force when necessary and the human right of all persons to use deadly force to defend themselves, St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch announced that after an exhaustive 3-month investigation, the Grand Jury returned no true bill of indictment against against Officer Darren Wilson on all of five counts leveled against him.

The prosecutor remarked that many witnesses who alleged he shot Michael Brown, 18, in the back, changed their stories or merely refused to testify once they were confronted with physical evidence to the contrary.

“Physical evidence does not change…,” he said, after outlining a case in which at least 9 members of the Grand Jury found they neither believe a crime was committed, nor that Darren Wilson was the person to have committed the crime.

McCulloch said all evidence used in the Grand Jury’s deliberations will be released immediately following the announcement of the grand jury’s findings.

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Signs of money woes

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U.S. District Courthouse for the Southern District of Texas, Houston

Houston – There are clear indications that both federal and state governments have extreme trepidation about financial collapse, and these indicators have been in place since the worldwide economic collapse of 2008.

Who didn’t have at least a moment of anxiety as the Dow Jones tanked in those dark days? Who didn’t look with some trepidation at downsized 401(k)s? Not Mike Milby, clerk of court in the Southern District of Texas, and 25 of his fellow clerks. Milby oversees a nearly $3 billion fund for the Judiciary that sailed through the downturn. “We didn’t have to worry about our money,” said Milby. Here’s why.

Back in the mid-1980s, Texas was in the midst of its own financial crisis, complete with the largest number of bank failures since the Great Depression. The clerk of court in the Southern District of Texas, like clerks in federal courts nationwide, served as the custodian for monies belonging to litigants, witnesses, and other participants during litigation, opening individual accounts at local banks for every case. For example, if an insurance company knew it would owe money to people in a case, the money would be held in an interest-bearing account until the case was decided and the parties received their money. The clerk of court would be responsible for the proper collection, maintenance, accounting, and disbursement of all monies.

At the time, Milby was a young financial administrator in the Southern District of Texas. “Enough banks were failing,” he recounts, “that our clerk of court Jesse Clark said he was having trouble sleeping at night, worrying about the safety and accessibility of our accounts.”

That’s when Milby came up with the idea of the Court Registry Investment System (CRIS). Essentially, CRIS pools all the money scattered among individual accounts and deposits it in the U.S. Treasury, buying Treasury bills, without depositing registry funds at a private financial institution.

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The State of Texas at the State-level has approximately $53.77 billion of the taxpayer’s money it is not using, i. e. surpluses equal to $2,417 for every man, woman and child in Texas or $9,670 for a family of 4. This does not include all the additional surpluses that exist in the school districts, cities, or counties in Texas.

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(AUSTIN) — Texas Comptroller Susan Combs said today that state sales tax revenue in October was $2.41 billion, up 12.9 percent compared to October 2013.

“Strong growth in sales tax receipts was apparent across all major economic sectors,” Combs said. ““Notable increases from retail trade and the oil and natural gas-related sectors led the growth, indicating increased spending by both consumers and businesses.”

Combs will send cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts their November local sales tax allocations totaling $723.1 million, up 10.5 percent compared to November 2013.

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http://www.cafrman.com/Articles/Art-TX-S1.htm

Pretending to be asleep

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Thomas Maddux, Lost Prairie

It is impossible to awaken someone who is pretending to be asleep – a saying of the human beings

Limestone County, Texas – Koloneh would know. He spent time in this country.

In this country, the people strive to be hard-headed, are obedient to their dreams, and live to be free. No one knows it better than the riders of the great, shiny two-hearted beasts, the bikers.

They are not satisfied, as usual, with the way the man behind the badge handles the fact of their right to keep and bear firearms – who can and can’t carry one, and in what matter. It’s for their own protection, the badges say.

A chief of the III%er’s, Thomas Maddux, explains:

This is a picture of his great friend, the legislative lobbyist Bill “Sputnik” Strain, founder of the Texas Motorcycle Rights Association, departed in 2010, who caused the present law regarding carrying a pistol to be passed. It is widely known that he was unsatisfied, at the time, but accepted his dissatisfaction. Before he met the Great Spirit, Sputnik had the word “Free” tattooed on his forehead.

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This is Brian Jones, a Navy veteran of the Desert Storm War, who lived in the community for only 7 days before the welcome wagon came to call on October 14 – three deputy sheriff’s officers who cuffed him, searched his residence and his papers without a warrant, and went on their merry way without so much as a by your leave.  He has a Concealed Carry Handgun License, but all it bought him was grief. Now, hear his story:

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Brian Jones

Follow this link to read a report and listen to an audio interview of a couple whose son met death at the hands of a Limestone County Deputy serving an arrest warrant at their place of business located in Groesbeck, the county seat:

http://radiolegendary.com/2014/07/death-by-arrest-warrant/

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1949 Indian Chief

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War and rumors of war

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When it’s way, way too late to just say no…

Meridian, Bosque County, Texas – It’s been a long war.

Even at home, the iron fist in the velvet glove is in all ways both seen and heard, as 220th District Judge Phil Robertson instructs the veniremen called for jury duty on a frosty Monday morning.

They are so-called because the Latin elliptical, venire, recalls the antiquated opening phrase of a writ to a Sheriff ordering a jury summons, to cause you to come. He is light-hearted and cheerful as he explains the large number of no-shows and just why it takes so much time to call the roll of a throng that completely packs a ceremonial courtroom covering the entire second floor of the towered Italianate palace of justice.

Formerly, the jury wheel was composed of registered voters. “As you may imagine,” he tells the standing room only crowd, “those who bother to register to vote will likely bother to show up.”

But all that is thing of the past, the judge declares. Now, one need only hold a driver’s license to be placed on the list of those who are summoned. Due to the long stretches between license renewals, many of those who are summoned are no longer receiving mail at their former address.  Others just can’t be bothered. To qualify for jury service, one must be a legal resident of the jurisdiction, that is, Bosque County, be of lawful age, and a non-felon.

“You will notice there is not an exemption for being too rich, or too poor, or for having your own business – or too old, or too young – or because you just don’t care.”

He shrugs, grins, adds the information that those who did not show up will be obliged to return the following Monday with $200 in cash or certified money order in order to avoid becoming a guest of the Sheriff and his able staff.

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Jury duty – cast iron

There is a ripple of uneasy laughter, a little something to assure one self that it was wise to decide to show up, after all, and accept $6 in pay for services that are vital to the cause of justice. Judge Robertson explains, again, that it’s important – a very big deal – that there were more than a half-dozen felony cases scheduled for the session, and all but two of them elected to plead out and accept the judgment of the Court. “They did that because of you.” The statement hangs in the air.

In the instant case, guilt is conceded by a defendant accused of an unattractive offense involving non-forcible sexual assault of a female juvenile, a child, a girl who is aged less than 17. The defense attorney says the offense is “what was commonly called statutory rape,” a case of an individual being younger than the “age of consent” which the Legislature considers valid in such a dalliance. The prosecution need only show that sexual intercourse involving genital or anal penetration did occur, a moot point conceded by the defendant.

The Court will pronounce the man guilty, but the defendant has elected that a panel of 12 jurors must then hear evidence and testimony regarding his punishment for a second degree felony punishable by not less than two years confinement or more than 20, a $10,000 fine, or both. The full range of punishment, prosecuting and defense attorneys tell the venire, can include anything from probation to doing hard time. In any case, the defendant must for the rest of his life register as a sex offender. That is given.

A number of ladies answering questions during the voir dire – Latin, again, for “to speak the truth” – declare they can in no way render a fair and impartial verdict; they are unable to consider the full range of punishment indicated by the black and white statutes of the Texas Penal Code. They don’t wait for Judge Robertson to dismiss them; they are already walking away, their heels striking the floor with the imperiously syncopated clack, Clack, CLACK affected by women who are expressing their rage as they vote with their feet, their shoulders squared, the rear view of their stomping gait clearly signaling their anger.

Has anyone on the fourth row of veniremen been involved in criminal litigation involving sexual offenses?

A man dressed in a brown horse-hide flight jacket raises his hand. He is identified as Col. Tommy Williams, USAF, by a name patch sewed over his heart.

He tells the defense attorney that as a Commanding Officer, he once presided over the Court Martial Board in a case of a female subordinate, a woman involved in air/sea rescue work attached to a tactical readiness command. He has twice in his career led men and women into war, in Bosnia-Herzogovinia, and in Iraq and Afghanistan. He is a fighter jock, an F-15 “Tomcat” pilot, someone with “the right stuff,” an occupant of the tier very near the top of the fabled ziggurat described by Tom Wolfe in his non-fiction novel about the NASA Mercury Program.

“She raped a female child at a church camp,” he declares. Would he have any problem considering the full range of punishment, based on evidence and testimony presented?

“No.” He bites the word off as if it is half leather and all gristle. His demeanor is militant, stoic; there is a command presence suddenly felt throughout this crowded, palatial, dimly lit room with a ceiling at least 30 feet above the peoples’ heads.

The lawyer, a thin-faced blonde from the Norwegian enclave community of Clifton, bends to make a notation on her jury selection form, then straightens up to say, “By the way, sir. Since it’s near Veterans Day, I would like to thank you for your service.”

“Thank you.”

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The moment passes, but once dismissed, Williams turns to shake hands with the journalist, and we chat on our way out of the building.

He listens with interest to a description of the testimony given by victims of the senseless attack on helpless, unarmed soldiers at Ft. Hood in November, 2009, by the U.S. Army psychiatrist, Maj. Abu Nidal Malik Hasan, M.D., so targeted simply because they were slated for deployment to Afghanistan and wearing the Army Combat Uniform of multi-hued green camouflaged fatigues.

He is visibly shaken when he learns that Hasan was during his enlisted career an actor who dressed in Arab costume and played the role of an insurgent at Fort Irwin, California, the National Training Center, where combat-bound troopers are subjected to the sights, sounds, smells and sensations of actual combat in terrain and simulated urban settings that leave no novel or unique impressions to be experienced in real time assaults and gun fights of a future yet to be passed.

His complexion turns from the ruddy and weathered visage of a warrior to a shocked, nearly-whitened pallor when he learns that every wounded veteran of that bloody assault that left 12 persons dead, one of them a pregnant woman dressed in combat fatigues who died screaming, “My baby! My baby!” told the prosecutor that, at first, they just assumed that what was taking place was merely a training exercise.

“My God,” said Major General Tommy Williams, the Mobilization Assistant to the Commander, First Air Force (Air Forces Northern), Tyndall Air Force Base,  Florida. “That’s just like something I did.”

He explains that he took over a combat unit that had rotated stateside following a series of overseas disasters involving loss of rescue personnel, helicopter crashes, and fiery death.

“I was there to fix that unit,” he recalled. “I wanted to make an impression. To do it, I had to rent an auditorium. There wasn’t one available on-base.”

Dressed in his combat uniform, a tactical .44 magnum revolver loaded with blanks in a shoulder holster, the same weapon Parachute-Jumpers carry into battle, he stood at a podium on-stage and declared that the Global War On Terror involves a resolute and implacably hostile enemy bent on jihad, a man or woman who lives amongst us all…

At that moment, a superbly conditioned combat jumper, a special ops warrior who specializes in extractions and rescues, assaults and insertions, on his cue rushed the stage dressed in the clothing of the mujahideen, the muzzle of an AK-47 blazing away, as he, then-Colonel Tommy Williams raised the revolver and fired point blank at his simulated attacker.

“It made an impression,” he recalled, ruefully. He couldn’t hide the thousand-yard stare typical of a combat veteran, as the color returned to his complexion.  He added that his number two, the executive officer on the command, was standing behind him with a weapon loaded with live rounds, “Just in case I did something crazy.”

Drawn further into the conversation, he expressed despair at the readiness of our Armed Forces for the battle to come.

“Ten years ago, I thought I had a grasp of affairs, the way things are. I thought the Saudis were in control, that Israel was safe, the Communists were beat – that it was a stable world situation.

“In no time at all, the conditions have changed. ” He shakes his head. It is a moment, and as it passes, somehow you just know that this man is telling the truth.

To read his resume, follow this link:

http://www.af.mil/AboutUs/Biographies/Display/tabid/225/Article/108643/brigadier-general-tommy-j-williams.aspx

To read a Presidential press release announcing his appointment as a Major General, follow this link:

http://www.defense.gov/Releases/Release.aspx?ReleaseID=16339

To read a presentation white paper Gen. Williams authored about the combat readiness of American troops to fight a war on terror on American soil, follow this link:

http://www.dtic.mil/ndia/2013expwar/TWilliams.pdf

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AG CORRECTS DA, ORDERS REYNA TO HAND OVER INFO

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Moody, Texas – In a lightning-quick response, the Attorney General’s Office responded to a complaint by Legendary Reporter R.S. Gates.

Lance Kutnick, an assistant Attorney General, determined that the DA’s office violated “various sections” of the Public Information Act by withholding requested information in the murder of Caitlynn Reed, a young mother of two who perished from a gunshot wound at her home near Tokio:

http://radiolegendary.com/2014/10/why-is-the-da-so-secretive/

When he originally requested the information in May, Assistant District Attorney Mark Parker determined that since the matter is under investigation, no information would be given.

The DA’s office defied an opinion issued on Oct. 4 that Parker erred by not seeking an opinion from the Attorney General’s office.

” I have never seen a determination (made) this quickly,” said Gates. “I sent the e-mail yesterday.”

Mr. Kutnick wrote:

November 3, 2014

“…The McLennan County District Attorney Office violated various section(s) of the Public Information Act. The McLennan County D.A. should have sought an opinion from the Texas Attorney General on whether or not it had to release information to R.S. Gates instead of making that determination on its own in its letter to R.S. Gates on May 13, 2014…

“…The McLennan County District Attorney has four days after receipt of this notice to cure the alleged violation(s). The McLennan County District Attorney office should release to R.S. Gates all documents that he requested that are allowed to be released to him pursuant to the PIA and as specified in OR2014-18158 and which have not already been released to Mr. Gates on October 23, 2014.

“Lance Kutnick, Assistant Attorney General”

Kutnick also said the DA’s staff should double check the file to determine if information requested in May was in the file at the time of the request, and if so, it, too, should be turned over, including text messages.

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http://radiolegendary.com/2014/05/cost-of-criminal-info-blackout-a-womans-life/

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