Graf’s defense backfired

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Admitted arson murderer Ed Graf’s defense team succeeded in creating a reasonable doubt in the minds of two jurors who refused to convict him for capital murder for setting the 1986 gasoline blaze that killed his two step sons Jason, 8, and Joby, 9, in a storage shed in order to receive a $100,000 life insurance benefit.

The panel deadlocked on the question 10 to 2 on the first vote, according to published reports, and remained so throughout their deliberations.

The accused murderer’s fortunes changed dramatically early in the trial when the boys’ mother testified on cross examination as to the family’s financial affairs when he bought the double indemnity life insurance policy on her children.

State 54th District Court Judge Matt Johnson reversed his pre-trial ruling and allowed damning testimony about Graf’s $75,000 embezzlement of Community State Bank on the record.

Prosecutors Michael Jarrett and Hilary Laborde convinced him defense attorney Mark Dyer’s cross examination of Graf’s ex-wife and mother of the victims Clare Bradburn left a false impression of Graf’s financial affairs. Her testimony “opened the door,” they said.

The ruling only served to make more credible the testimony of an admitted “jailhouse snitch.”

In his testimony, the criminal who sealed Graf’s fate offered key elements of the case that eventually led the desperate child murderer to suddenly plead guilty to murder, the same degree of crime jurors eventually agreed upon unanimously.

He painted a picture of a dreary 3-month sojourn in an eight-man tank at the McLennan County Jail during which he defended Graf from the wrath of fellow inmates who obviously despised the convicted capital murderer. After serving 25 years in prison for capital murder, Graf won a new trial through an appeal based on a claim of faulty evidence of arson used to obtain his 1988 conviction for the crime. His belated post-trial confession and guilty plea precludes any new appeal of his sentence of two concurrent 60-year terms. He is eligible for parole. 

Fernando Herrerra, 38, who has been previously convicted of burglary of a habitation and assault of a police officer, testified that he,

  • kept Graf from being beaten in jail;

  • that Graf admitted he set the fire with cotton balls soaked in gasoline;

  • told the jury Graf closed the shed door until smoke overcame them, then opened it;

  • said Graf bragged that the evidence didn’t fit, so jurors would have to acquit;

  • assured the attorney he had been offered no deal on pending charges to testify;

  • said he has been convicted of crimes 14 times previously, and used dozens of aliases;

  • admitted under defense cross examination he’d been “hearing voices” at night;

  • testified he has in the past worked as a confidential informant for police.

Testimony about the defendant’s savage beatings of the children paled in comparison. The contempt of his ex-wife for his fussy personality and difficult ways became a diminished refrain in the chorus of more than 30 prosecution witnesses who testified against him.

The impact of Dyer’s sarcastic question regarding Herrera’s use of aliases throughout his career of crime fell on deaf ears. He had asked the snitch, “Who are you today?”

For background on the trial, follow these links:

http://radiolegendary.com/2014/10/fire-a-tragic-accident/

http://radiolegendary.com/2014/10/instruct-the-witness/

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‘Instruct’ the witness

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Defense Attorney Mark Dyer’s vigorous objections derailed testimony by the prosecution’s star witness, the former Mrs. Ed Graf

WACO – District Judge Matt Johnson sent jurors to lunch when a lawyer for accused capital murderer Ed Graf  made vigorous and incessant objections to hearsay testimony about the defendant’s state of mind.

Graf is standing trial for the second time for the alleged murder for renumeration by arson of his two stepsons, Jason, 8, and Joby, 9, in a fire that engulfed a back yard tool shed in the flames of a gasoline explosion. Convicted of capital murder, he served 25 years in the penitentiary before Walter Reaves, a lawyer for the Innocence Project, won a new trial for him in an appeal that objected to testimony based on “junk science,” since discredited. All such former testimony about the fire and its cause has been suppressed. No previous testimony may be allowed, and expert witnesses have no physical evidence to investigate because the debris of the fire was buried in a landfill within days after the fire, which occurred on August 26, 1986.

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Walter Reaves, an associate of the Innocence Project, won Graf a new trial based on an appeal in which he objected to the arson evidence used in his 1986 trial

A willowy ash blonde, his former wife, the mother of the two boys, took the witness stand to answer questions about a failed marriage that started with a whirlwind courtship that included luxury trips, such as a ski excursion to Lake Tahoe. She explained that Graf, a stoop-shouldered Teuton with close-cropped iron gray hair, furnished ski togs, insulated boots, thermal gloves and warm winter clothing because she could not afford to buy them.

“I couldn’t afford to make that trip,” she recalled.

“He brought them by the store, I think,” she remembered, recalling long hours spent between 5 and 9 p.m. at an area jewelry store before her new suitor began to help her pay her bills. Did they fit? “Surprisingly, they did,” she replied.

Graf, who was forced to make restitution of $75,000 to Community State Band and Trust after he was fired from his job as cashier,  is accused of setting fire to the shed in order to collect $100,000 in double indemnity death benefits on life insurance he obtained on the boys. Jurors will have an alternative sentence of endangerment of a child for letting them have lighters or matches, not keeping them from the danger of flammable liquids, and arranging their certain death by trapping them in the burning shed. If the jurors convict him of a lesser charge, he may receive credit for time served behind bars for the previous capital murder conviction that was overturned.

Though he dropped by the credit union to make payments on her car and she was able to quit a second job, it all ended poorly the night before their marriage on a honeymoon trip to the Grand Cayman Islands.

The former Clare Graf, a kindergarten teacher estranged from the boys’ biological father, said she grabbed her purse and tried to leave their room when the former bank cashier turned State Farm Insurance adjustor asked her, “What are you doing?”

“I’m not going to start this marriage with a lie,” she said she told him.

She had previously testified in fits and starts between objections about Graf’s habit of making lists of things to do, her friends’ attitudes about his personality, and how his thinking influenced his behavior.

Defense attorney Mark Dyer made numerous objections based partly on rules of criminal evidence and partly on Judge Johnson’s rulings on a pre-trial motion seeking to limit the areas of questioning prosecutors may explore.

In a pre-trial hearing held on Tuesday, October 7, lead prosecutor Michael Jarret was overheard arguing with defense attorneys, saying, “In this day and age, just how important are pre-marital relations?” At that point, attorneys caucused at the side bar, then adjourned to the judge’s chambers. The same thing happened on Monday, October 13, when an assistant prosecutor asked  questions about her friends’ attitudes about Graf.

“As our marriage moved along, my friends grew more distant…It was because Ed always had some excuse. Ed didn’t want me to hang out with them.” In those days, “hanging out” took place on party boats and barges on Lake Waco, where she met Graf through mutual friends.

Asked to describe his personality, she said, “He’s very rigid – extremely organized…Just taking care of business all the time. A list maker.”

What kind of things went on the list? “Things like getting gas for the car, going to the bank. He just really functions off that list.”

“Did you ever make fun of the list?” She answered, “Yes.”

Did you ever make a list? “Rarely. I might make a grocery list.” Asked to describe her personality, she said “I love kids…I’m very friendly. Laid back.”

Another objection came when she said, “Sometimes, there was really no reason to be upset.” Jurors have heard opening statements and previous testimony about Graf’s anger with his stepsons, his remarks that when they died in the fire, “They got what they had coming,” and that “We’d be better off without them.”

The judge finally sent the jurors to lunch and admonished the former Mrs. Graf, saying “I want you to carefully follow the instructions of the attorneys.” He explained to her, as he had in the pre-trial hearing, that failure to follow instructions could lead to a motion for a mistrial.

When testimony resumes, she is to speak only in terms of the fact that they argued, or that their personalities clashed.

The judge’s admonishment led to the spectacle of Jarret telling his star complaining witness, “I’ve instructed you a number of times.”

In the pre-trial hearing, Judge Johnson warned attorneys that if they fail to instruct their witnesses as to his rulings and that causes a mistrial, “I’m going to be looking at you.”

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54th Dist.

Fire: a ‘tragic accident’

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Attorney Walter Reaves of the Innocence Project won Ed Graf a new trial on an appeal that characterized evidence of arson used 25 years ago as “junk science”

Waco – Prosecutors opened their arguments against Ed Graf in a re-trial of a capital murder for a 1986 renumeration-by-arson case on a weaker note than was presented 25 years ago.

The 62-year-old former State Farm insurance adjustor and local bank cashier has served 25 years in prison for a conviction appellate judges determined was obtained through the use of faulty evidence based on fire science which experts have proven to be false and outmoded.

The expert testimony offered by arson investigators in that trial is to be suppressed in this trial. Assistant District Attorney Michael Jarret told jurors, “What you will hear is evidence surrounding the circumstances surrounding this fire.”

Most of the evidence he made reference to in his opening remarks is circumstantial, but hardly excludes all other explanations for the roaring gasoline explosion that set a storage shed ablaze in the back yard of the home where the family lived in Hewitt on August 26, 1986.

Michelle Tuegel, who is one of a trio of attorneys led by Walter Reaves in Graf’s defense, said “We expect the scientific evidence will show the fire was caused by a tragic accident…We’re going to bring you 2014 science in this case, not 1986 science.”

The prosecution is seeking a conviction for capital murder and a sentence of life with possibility of parole. They will prove that Graf intended to cause the death of his two adopted sons, Jason, 8, and Joby, 9, by failing to keep the boys from having access to a storage area for flammables, failing to supervise them properly, closing the doors to the shed so they could not escape the flames, and that after he obtained a total of $100,000 in double indemnity life insurance benefits on the two youngsters, “What this man did was to require his victims to build their own death chamber.”

He reminded jurors that Graf owed Community State Bank and Trust a sum of $75,000, restitution for a circumstance which he told them existed prior to his being let go by the bank. Jurors know only that a bank executive took the witness stand to testify from bank records that there was a $75,000 discrepancy in his accounts. A Mr. Howington, executive vice president of the bank, told jurors that Graf paid back the entire amount after he left his employment there. He said that he cashed in his 401K pension plan funds and other savings to make the restitution.

A woman who worked as Graf’s secretary testified that they became close friends during his employment, and that one day over cocktails, Graf, who was having trouble with his wife over disciplining his adopted sons, told her “We would be better off without them.”

An executive of State Farm Insurance testified that during orientation as a new employee, Graf took out $10,000 term life insurance on each boy through that company, but had obtained $25,000 universal life insurance policies on each of the boys that paid double indemnity in case of a violent or accidental death through Lutheran Brotherhood Life Insurance, as well as $100,000 term life policies on himself and his wife as well as a $100,000 death and dismemberment policy through his new employer, State Farm.

The prosecutor promised he will elicit testimony from other witnesses who knew of how Graf was reluctant to buy new school clothing for the boys, and that he insisted that all the tags be left on new shirts and jeans in case there was a need to return them. He also promised he would take the testimony of a witness who says Graf told him “Those little bastards got what was coming to them.”

Ms. Tuegel told jurors the defense will show them that the universal life insurance policies may be used to finance educational benefits, that Graf financed his education at Baylor University through the use of such a policy, and that he obtained the insurance benefits for his adopted sons for that purpose.

The defense will elicit expert testimony about the true nature of fire.

“We know a lot more about fire,” she said, emphasizing that autopsies showed the boys had 75 percent carbon monoxide saturation in their lungs, which proves they were alive at the time of the fire. Autopsies also showed that neither had any injuries, nor were they incapacitated, tied up, or restrained in any way, and post mortem examinations showed neither of them had any evidence of gasoline or accelerant on their bodies or their clothing.

A mattress that burned in the shed is known to be made of a material that smolders and emits a toxic smoke filled with deadly fumes, something that was not known when expert testimony was taken at the original trial.

She had earlier told jurors that most of the evidence was generated through investigators’ interviews with “a mother who was driven mad by grief.”

When the prosecution made strenuous objections, the attorneys consulted with the judge in chambers.

All witnesses who testify are heavily instructed, according to 54th State District Court Judge Matt Johnson’s  order following pre-trial motions hearings that stipulate any references to allegations of extra-marital affairs or an alleged embezzlement of bank funds must be made out of the presence of the jurors.

In some cases, testimony from the previous record must be read into the record because the original witnesses are now deceased. Their former testimony is subject to the same rule.

“I’m charging the attorneys with instructing the witnesses,” Judge Johnson said during the hearing prior to the reading of the indictment and opening statements.  “If they violate the rule, it could lead to a mistrial and I’m not interested in that…If they violate that, I’ll be looking at you (the attorneys).

Testimony by witnesses for the prosecution will resume Wednesday morning, October 8.

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Choked by old school tie

Waco – McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna is a Baylor man hanged by his old school tie following a gossipy, contentious hearing over the prosecution of a couple employed in positions of high responsibility at the nation’s largest religious university.

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When patrol officers found the lady of the house to be a wee bit drunky-poo behind the wheel, they handcuffed her and let her husband get home on his own power because they had impounded the family car.

Though he, too, was intoxicated, they did not arrest him, and left to his own devices, the old boy got on his motorcycle and headed for the County Jail on Highway Six, where officers promptly arrested him for operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol.

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Louis Jarvis

C’est la guerre. As they say in the rooms of the 12-step programs: Alcohol is a drug, and as we all know, there is a war on drugs. Oh, yes.

Defense attorney Guy Cox, who is defending Baylor President Ken Starr’s executive secretary, Jennifer Jarvis, and her husband Louis Jarvis, who has charge of the physical plant at the sprawling campus, mounted a legal challenge to the competency and qualifications of Special Prosecutor Brittany Lannen.

He threw snake eyes and crapped out when visiting retired County Court-at-Law Judge Mike Gasaway ruled he had failed to meet the standard of proof in his  chief allegation, that Ms. Lannen withheld key exculpatory evidence when she didn’t turn over more than 100 pages of material gathered by Child Protective Services investigators in an unrelated  prosecution of a serial sex offender named Jose Antonio Guerrero-Yanez. In that case, which Ms. Lannen prosecuted, the accused drew a 70-year sentence for his improper sexual attentions to a pair of little girls

The point seems to be moot. When the accused won a re-trial on appeal, the judge wound up sentencing him to 4 consecutive life terms, plus 40 years.

The special prosecutor was able to convince the judge that she never had the material, or was unaware of its existence, or both.

But the matter didn’t end there. Ms. Lannen put her former employer’s law associate on the witness stand and elicited his testimony that as far as his records show, Reyna never represented either of the Jarvises during the association in a private defense law practice. Ouch.

Reyna’s luck just kept getting worse.

His former administrative assistant testified that she, too, had no knowledge of his ever having represented the pair. To finalize matters, it was revealed in evidence and testimony that the candidate for Special Prosecutor Mr. Cox advocated had agreed to not seek prosecution of the Baylor employees on similar grounds, an arrangement Ms. Lannen had no intention of honoring.

It is never a pleasant experience gaining admission to the Criminal Courts, and according to Legendary Reporter R.S. Gates, this was a case doubly troubling, for there was no public docket of the hearing to be found on the internet. When he finally got inside the doors of the Courthouse after clearing the metal detector by placing his hands on a table and leaning over to elevate each boot – one at time, a ritual reminiscent of getting a paddling in the principal’s office – he learned by asking someone after making the rounds of each court that the hearing would take place in the “administrative courtroom” located in the basement of the Courthouse Annex.

To reach that location, one must take the elevator to the third floor, cross the rotunda, take a corridor to a catwalk that connects the two buildings, locate the elevator, and descend four floors.

Once he found the hearing, he noted that many judges and lawyers, as well as print and broadcast reporters, had gathered for the spectacle of watching the people’s law office – the DA’s office – caught in a frustrating series of little white falsehoods.

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‘In a world of steel-eyed death where men are fighting to be warm’

Oklahoma III%er’s outside the entrance to Penn Square Mall

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We’ve had an act of terrorism here, and we’re going to acknowledge it. It’s a chance to make a statement. This is an opportunity to go proactive and let the world know we will not tolerate the beheading of innocent women.” – Floyd Breshears, commander Oklahoma III%er’s

Oklahoma City – When law enforcement and media termed the beheading murder of a 54-year-old woman at an area food processing plant to be something other than an act of terrorism, members of the militia responded.

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They gathered at Penn Square Mall, an opulent shopping center on the city’s north side, to stand up for a common sense definition for an act of terror that fits any dictionary explanation for what actually happened, an act of murder that was designed to strike fear in the population for a political purpose.

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The previous Friday, members of the Council on American Islamic Relations had appeared at the mall – by any common sense definition an example of the Arabic souk, or central market – to protest the ISIS style of jihad is not their idea of a practice of the Islamic faith.

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Asked for their opinion, these members of what legal scholars term the “unorganized militia” implied in the Second Amendment’s guarantee that a “well-regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state,” all between the ages of 14 and 70 as defined by the Oklahoma State Constitution, gave varying answers that held a common element.

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They are determined that they will not tolerate violence against the people, and furthermore, they are scornful of any view taken by self-appointed interpreters of events such as news media or law enforcement officers.

Follow this link for an audio presentation of their answers gathered on Saturday, September 27:

Bandanas

This couple arrived late, wearing impromptu masks fashioned from bandanas. They refused all comment, remained aloof, and made an extensive number of photographs of people at the gathering. Members of the III%er movement said they see them at most gatherings of patriots in the Oklahoma City area, where they always wear the masks. Asked why, the man in the mask replied, “I’m on the FBI Watch List.”

This CNN report, which aired on Saturday, September 27, quotes an ISIS spokesman who called on Islamic faithful to make lone wolf attacks throughout America and Europe.

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Symbolism of sword in hand, Koran in the other

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BULLETIN: The Commander of the 46th State Legion decided that since there would be no CAIR demonstration on Saturday, he and his men would stand down in their plans to hold a counter-demonstration at Penn Square Mall. But Commander Floyd Breshears of the Oklahoma III%er’s decided he and his men will attend, as planned, at 3 p.m.

ASKED if his outfit intends to only react to what the Council on American Islamic Relations does, he replied:

“We’ve had an act of terrorism here, and we’re going to acknowledge it. It’s a chance to make a statement. This is an opportunity to go proactive and let the world know we will not tolerate the beheading of innocent women.” – The Legendary

Oklahoma City – When Alton Nolen beheaded a 54-year-old female co-worker after his employer fired him on Thursday, September 25, nothing could have been more symbolic in this city situated in America’s heartland, a regional capital of what could pass for part of OPEC – Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana.

Nolen played out the horror of the attack against a backdrop of subdued conflict between Jews and Christians, referred to by the faithful as “the people of the book,” and the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), which on the previous Friday, September 19, staged a protest at a sprawling shopping mall on the city’s north side, Penn Square.

Fridays in the souk, or market place, are reserved for executions, polemics and other ceremonial religious events that precede the weekly sermon. Sometimes during Friday sermons, the mullah holds a sword in hand, or places one in sight, if not displaying a pike or other fearsome weapon. In this case, the Muslims had protested publicly that the methods of ISIS (Islamic State in Syria) are not those espoused by mainstream adherents of Islam. Though it made the evening news, it was a quiet affair that received little other notice.

A black man of 30, Nolen had been released from the penitentiary the previous Spring after serving time for assaulting an Oklahoma State Trooper. His record shows numerous arrests for similar assaults and drug charges. While locked up, Nolen acquired an affinity for Islam. He had been attempting to convert his co-workers at Vaughan Foods in the nearby industrial suburb of Moore. For some reason as yet unrevealed, the management summoned him to the employee relations office in a separate building at the plant near I-35 and W. 12th St., and told him his employment had been terminated.

At that point, Nolen abandoned the fabled jihad of the tongue and took up the sword. He got in an automobile and crashed into another on a brief jaunt across the parking lot, where he rushed through the front doors of the building into an area reserved for customer service.

There, he encountered Colleen Hufford, 54, an individual who was merely “in his way,” according to Sgt. Jeremy Lewis of the local police department. He stabbed her and cut her throat, then completely beheaded her before turning his attack upon Traci Johnson, 43, who had been working with a customer.

He used a knife of the type that production workers use in the food processing plant to slice, dice, and chop vegetables and fruit such as red cabbage, tomatoes,, strawberries, carrots and pineapple, to stab her numerous times.

“He wasn’t going to stop,” Sgt. Lewis told newsmen, and when former owner Mark Vaughan arrived, he used a firearm to subdue the rampaging ex-convict. Mr. Vaughan is a reserve Deputy Sheriff’s officer who now serves as the company’s chief operating officer.

Local law enforcement officials were quick to say they suspect no terrorism in Nolen’s motives.

Both Ms. Johnson and her attacker are resting peacefully in hospital, recovering from their wounds. Police invited the FBI to conduct a background investigation on Nolen.

Meanwhile, the Oklahoma III%er’s, a militia movement with members throughout the state, plan to muster in the souk – ah, that is, the Penn Square Mall – at 3 p.m. on Saturday, September 27, there to stand in stoic military formation in response to the CAIR protest of the previous Friday.

“Let them do what they choose,” said their Commander,  Floyd Breshears, who hails from Kiamichi, the land of the Winding Stair, in the southeast corner of the state. “We deploy as an a effort to keep the peace in conjunction with other militias in Oklahoma who stand up for our peace and security. We will not be in uniform and will not open carry. Chain of command to be absolutely adhered to.”

Alton Nolen

Alton Nolen

Patriots find formula that works on border

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Armed patriots encamped in “no man’s land” – a walled-off slice of America along the banks of the Rio Grande at Brownsville – have found a way to establish a presence that turns illegal aliens and drug smugglers around and sends them packing back to Mexico.

According to their Commander K.C. Massey, this sustained border presence is proving the fact that armed patriots can and do make a difference along a troubled international boundary – legally.

In a far-ranging BlogTalk Radio interview on “Conspiracy Corner,” a group of men involved in the struggle to make Americans aware that they are being short-changed by their government in the performance of one of the most important enumerated powers granted by the Constitution, Massey and others make clear and lay bare the true nature of the border disputes that exist as much between Americans and their government as between the government and the criminals who threaten the integrity of American borders.

There are allegations of FBI-controlled provocateurs operating with the aim of disinforming and misinforming the public through the creation of confusion and rumors of false flag events, as well as swindlers who are suspected of setting up funding schemes to supply armed volunteers, then abscond with the funds.

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Maestro of the trailer truckers’ DC traffic jam

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Former flip and foreclose specialist

Go figure.

In the great scheme of things, you have the builders of bridges, the scions of progress who make new bridal paths for the iron monsters; they level the hills, straighten the curves.

And then you have those who specialize in traffic jams, the creators of confusion. You will find them everywhere, but especially around the produce districts, the places where garments are produced, liquor is sold, served, consumed, in the hell towns of the frontier, where money changes hands on the turn of the wheel, a toss of the dice.

It’s an art, a game played for keeps. In the great scheme of history, some play on a grand scale that spans continents, this ringolevio perfected in the market stall, the tailor shop, the trattoria.

Consider, then, a certain bambino of bombast, Pete Santilli, a self-described guerilla journalist of social media, talk show host, an activist, a man whose hyperbolic rhetoric stands out in stark relief among overarching competition from both left and right.

For a sample of what this ex-Marine is capable of in his daily rant, follow this link:

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He creates traffic jams, and he’s good at it. There was a “Truckers’ Ride for the Constitution that was designed to jam up D.C. from the Beltway to the Mall, and could have done so, except for a certain well-known government program, more of which will be discussed anon.

Then there was this summer’s border tour from San Diego to Brownsville. At the halfway point, La Raza Unida and the El Paso Police Department helped bring traffic to a standstill on Interstate 10. But it takes two to tango, and things like that don’t happen in a vacuum. Nothing could be more repugnant to los chicanos, those seek the glory of Aztlan, than a border jammed up with big, stinking trucks driven by fat, hairy, irascible gringos with bad attitudes.

Members of the blog talk radio cognoscenti soon learned that Santilli had met his match, a certain FBI Special Agent named Daphne Hearn whose resume is studded with the esoterica of opposing the practitioners of confusion on an up close and personal basis:

“Hearn was hand-picked by former director of the FBI, Robert Mueller, in 2012 to become the “special agent in charge” of the San Diego division of the FBI.”

Hearn worked under operations for the FBI such as:

Infiltrating the La Cosa Nostra families in Buffalo, New York
• Organized Crime Task Force out of Chicago division FBI office
• Managed national initiatives for the Organized Crime Section of the Criminal Investigative Division of the FBI headquarters
• Special Operations Group out of the Kansas City field office
• Oversight of the Heart of America Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory (HARCFL), and the Cyber Crime Task Force (CCTF)
• Assistant chief of the International Operations Division (IOD)
• Special assistant to Mueller in daily operational and administrative oversight of the FBI

Hearn specialized in:

Aviation
• Surveillance
• Technical assets
• Counter-intelligence
• Cyber activities for the FBI

The Pete Santilli story has elements of all that – and a bag of chips.

The story goes that in the big middle of operations creating confusion in D.C., a certain clerk “accidentally” threw a certain frantic fax from Santilli in a wastebasket at the FBI Field Office in Sacramento. When the janitor found it, he “smuggled” it out, according to communiques from Anonymous, the hactivists who Santilli claimed were making his life miserable with their various machinations and their manipulations of his cyber presence. Oh, dear.

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Santilli’s Daphne Hearn fax (click to enlarge)

Here’s what it says:

You assured me that this would not happen and I would not be made out to be the scapegoat. That is what is currently happennig as I am being attacked on all fronts now. Where is my protection? YOU NEED TO UPHOLD YOUR END! I am losing viewership instead of gaining as was assured by Daphne Hearns. You said Susan would not be incriminated in this and now she is. Why won’t you answer my calls? This is behond pathetic at this point. You do this to everyone in trouble, and you leave them out to burn. I am not the one for this type of game. We are both on the verge of being outed and need your help now.

I need to speak with someone asap before they really come after me and my family. They are ussing death threats and posting personal information and myaddresses. They have been in and out of my systems and I don’t know what they have athis point. They could have all the docs and I can’t even verify this. Yes I was supposed to decide but I need to protect myself as is being shown now. I thought someone was going to verify what has been comprimised. This has gone to far and I need real assistance to get me out of this mess. They have anonymous organizations attacking me and I am running out of people to blame. And I assure you if I get found out, you get found out. I will use my show to broadcast MY version of everything, that you approached me and forced me into this position. I swear to god if someone doesn’t get back to me now I will NOT lose my show over this!

To watch a dramatization of exactly how these capers are arranged, follow this link. It leads to a scene excerpted from HBO’s hit series, “The Sopranos.”

http://youtu.be/aLkI3lrSIfM

 One is reminded of the Purple Gang of Detroit, the “Little Jewish Navy” who raced Customs nightly across the river from Windsor, Ontario, with loads of Canadian blend. The story goes that a crusading radio broadcasting star inveighed against their exploits on a daily basis – until elements of the gang invaded the studio and cut his throat with a straight razor – on the air. But that was long ago…

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