Ties To Fast And Furious: Corrupt Prosecutor’s Twisted Justice

Kansas City, Kan. — Have you ever heard of being arrested and charged for a crime that you might commit? If you live in Kansas and are unlucky enough to get in the evil crosshairs of Assistant U.S. Attorney Terra D. Morehead, it is a distinct possibility. Especially when you consider that her boss, Barry Grissom, U.S. Attorney for the District of Kansas, has not responded to any of the factual evidence against Morehead and her false prosecution of Jose Velasco-Veyro, as detailed in Too Fast, Too Furious: Jose Velasco-Veyro Faces False Federal Charges.

Velasco-Veyro was unjustly named on a November 2012 superseding indictment along with five other Hispanics, including Ramon Chavez Sr. and his “mentally deficient” son, Douglas Chavez, as part of an alleged gun trafficking operation.

The US~Observer has just recently discovered from a witness that an informant told him that during Douglas Chavez’s plea bargain session, Morehead stated that she included him in the indictment only so that “Douglas would never be able to buy guns and provide them to his father.” According to information, this confession by Morehead was “recorded in open court.”

The US~Observer has also learned that, out of fear of being sent to prison for years, both Douglas Chavez and his mother, Tammy Chavez, have signed “plea bargains.” This instantly makes them criminals without any trial and, in these cases, without any competent investigations whatsoever.

Abuse at the hands of prosecutors who are supposed to acknowledge our Constitutional rights and seek justice just doesn’t get much worse than this, folks. When Grissom turns a blind eye to his assistant prosecutors’ abuse of completely innocent Hispanic individuals, he is exposing his involvement and that this is, without question, a very well-concerted conspiracy. Concerning Velasco-Veyro, Douglas Chavez and possibly some of their co-defendants, this is in part a conspiracy to cover up the criminal actions of our Federal government when it conducted its Fast and Furious gun-running program with Mexican drug cartels.

The Fast and Furious scandal became national news when Attorney General Eric Holder stonewalled Congress and attempted his all-out effort to cover up his Justice Department’s criminality in this failed and fatal operation. However, Holder was unable to stop Special Agent John Dodson from talking to a Congressional committee.

A recent Investor’s Business Daily editorial stated:

The Justice Department blocks a tell-all book by an ATF special agent on how Brian Terry, Jaime Zapata and hundreds of Mexican nationals were killed with weapons supplied by this administration.

ATF Special Agent John Dodson is a national hero who in 2011 blew the whistle on Operation Fast and Furious, the Obama administration’s gun-running operation to Mexico.

Testifying before Congress, he disclosed that his supervisors had authorized the flow of semiautomatic weapons into Mexico instead of interdicting them, weapons that found their way into the hands of Mexican drug cartels with deadly results.

No one had a clue, until the US~Observer broke the Velasco-Veyro case wide open, that the Fast and Furious cover-up actually involved the false prosecution and abuse of Hispanics on seemingly unrelated fronts.

When we boil down all the facts in Velasco-Veyro’s case, the results clearly show that Holder, the Justice Department and certain U.S. attorneys under Holder are manufacturing gun-running cases against innocent Hispanics to lessen the public scrutiny of our government’s involvement in gun-running.

Additional Attorney Abuse

This reporter has uncovered other highly suspect instances of Morehead’s abusing her position of power. For example, in 2008, defendants Guy and Carrie Neighbors (Case No. 07-20124-01-02-KHV/DJW) filed a motion with the Kansas Federal court to dismiss an indictment against them on the grounds that Morehead was guilty of “prosecutorial misconduct… Vindictive prosecution… mis-construction of statutes… perjured testimony, by deprivations of constitutionally secured due process, conspiracy and by the commencement of a vindictive prosecution by a prosecutor.” The list of grievances against Morehead and her alleged accomplice, Assistant U.S. Attorney Marietta Parker, continues with allegations for participating in “an on-going and continuing malicious, vindictive and retaliatory prosecution” and alleges that Parker “has suborned various witnesses through harassment, the bribery of deals and offering payment.” According to a CNN “iReport,” the Neighbors reported that at one point, “Terra Morehead was so angry about not getting the gag order [against the Neighbors from a judge] she started crying and sobbing in court twice.”

As regards Velasco-Veyra, gun expert Len Savage, who has had many dealings with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, said: “I am somewhat perplexed, as I have personal knowledge as well as documents from a recent Arizona case that shows (sic) that ATF’s policy is to first give the individual an opportunity to apply for a license if ATF feels they are ‘entering into the business’ and not just collecting [guns]. It is only after they give you the warning and you ignore it, they prosecute.”

Savage’s statement is correct, and we have been told the same story by other experts. However, these other cases are dealing with Caucasians selling guns, not Hispanics. And these other cases have no tie to Fast and Furious.

Velasco-Veyro has never attempted to make a business out of selling guns and he received no warnings from the ATF to apply for an federal firearms license (FFL).

It is interesting that on March 20, Morehead was involved in another case very similar to the one brought against Velasco-Veyro and his alleged co-conspirators wherein, according to Kansas’ own justice department: “Thirteen men have been charged with federal firearms violations, drug trafficking or other crimes as a result of an ATF undercover investigation.” Many of the individuals mentioned in this more recent indictment also have Hispanic last names. Conspiracy?

As we stated in our first article on this case, Morehead was overheard stating that she was under pressure “from above” to prosecute these types of cases. Again, I want to stress, considering the numerous ties to Fast and Furious, it is clear that the prosecution of so many Hispanics is Holder’s way of shifting the blame for his ill-conceived and botched operation from the ATF, the Department of Homeland Security and his office to Hispanics and innocent Mexican-Americans like Velasco-Veyro. At this point, anyone who thinks that Morehead’s direct superior, Grissom, is not involved in this obvious injustice is fooling himself.

As a further update, Velasco-Veyro is still being denied his right to have his discovery in his possession, thus hampering his ability to aid and assist in his own defense. In addition, a “miraculous coincidence” occurred only two work days after the original US~Observer article was released: The Kansas Board of Healing Arts subpoenaed all records regarding the care and treatment of Velasco-Veyro by his doctor, Robert McIntyre. This is a clear attempt to discredit, intimidate, retaliate and disgrace McIntyre for speaking the truth about the inhuman treatment suffered by Velasco-Veyro during his nearly five months incarceration, finagled by Morehead’s devious methods.

Grissom should realize that he will not escape this scandal-ridden false prosecution case. If you believe in justice for all people, whatever color their skin might be, call Grissom at 913-551-6730 and tell him to stop this abuse now.

If you or someone you know has knowledge of or has had questionable dealings with Morehead, the US~Observer urges you to contact us at lorne@usobserver.com so we may continue to build a case against this enemy of justice. We are also greatly interested in receiving information on Grissom.

–Lorne Dey

Too Fast, Too Furious: Jose Velasco-Veyro Faces False Federal Charges

US~Observer Preface: We all know about the deadly mistake made by the Justice Department authorizing and releasing guns to cartels and common criminals in Mexico, and this “Fast and Furious” gun-running scheme remains a blemish on Attorney General Eric Holder’s reputation. It, however, is being obfuscated by something more insidious: entrapment and further cover-up. The Justice Department is trying to divert attention from its own wrongdoings by framing certain innocent Hispanic-Americans for gun-running schemes that the Justice Department itself initiated. Further, by taking these law-abiding people, violating their civil rights by depriving them of medicines and placing them in dungeon-like cells, they prove themselves to be anything but the “Justice Department.”

The following article should outrage every American. Demand accountability!

Wichita, Kan. — On April 19, 2012, 66-year-old Jose Velasco-Veyro was arrested in his home after a small army of Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents and U.S. marshals stormed his bedroom at 6 a.m. with an arrest warrant naming him as a co-conspirator in an alleged gun-running operation.

After several hours of interrogation — during which he was repeatedly asked about how many guns he owned and what he knew about one of his friends and alleged co-conspirators, Ramon Chavez — Velasco-Veyro was arrested and taken 210 miles away to the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas in Kansas City to be indicted. The indictment, which includes 11 others, six Caucasians and five Hispanics besides Velasco-Veyro, is for 18 counts ranging from conspiring to “export and send from the United States, and attempt to export and send from the United States… firearms… to be intended for exportation contrary to any law and regulation of the United States” to being “willfully engaged in the business of dealing in firearms while not being a licensed dealer of firearms” — or, according to Velasco-Veyro’s quote from the ATF agent in charge of the raid, for “sending guns to the cartels in Mexico and selling guns to illegal aliens and felons.”

After arriving in court and hearing the charges against him during his arraignment, Velasco-Veyro described how he and the five other Hispanics were denied bail by Judge James P. O’Hara on the advisement of Assistant Prosecutor Terra D. Morehead, who reportedly stated that the six Hispanics were “flight risks and a danger to the community.” To this day, Velasco-Veyro wonders why Morehead considered the six Caucasian co-defendants were considered incapable of being flight risks and dangers to the community and why they were granted bail while the six Hispanics were kept locked up with no bail. Two of the six Hispanics were reportedly put in solitary confinement for no reason other than that they were Hispanic and alleged to be gun traffickers. Is this not torture and racism?

Presumed Guilty, Treated As A Convicted Felon Before Trial Or Due Process

With bail denied and allegedly after barely five minutes to confer with his court-appointed attorney and provide financial information for the court, Velasco-Veyro was whisked away and strip-searched, then put in full-body chains and loaded on to a van bound for prison. It wasn’t until August 2012, that he was finally allowed to be let out on bail by Judge Beth Phillips. According to Velasco-Veyro, Phillips “was apparently not in the hip pocket of prosecutor Morehead” because “Morehead became enraged when Judge Phillips granted him bail.”

Upon examination of the indictment, Velasco-Veyro is named in only three of the 18 counts contained therein, the first being what is mentioned above, along with a list of additional statutes.

A naturalized U.S. citizen, Velasco-Veyro has resided in the United States since 1965, when he entered the country on a student visa. He has never been guilty of breaking any law in his entire life.

Resulting from our investigation, it is also clear that Velasco-Veyro had never met any of his alleged co-conspirators before his indictment other than Chavez, Chavez’s son Douglas and Chavez’s ex-wife, Tammie Chavez.

Velasco-Veyro collects antique and custom firearms. He has only sold guns from his private collection, primarily at local gun shows. Our investigation showed that over the past 14 years, he has sold no more than 15 to 20 guns, primarily target guns or hunting rifles — certainly not the kinds of guns that would interest members of drug cartels. He said that although he has sold some of his guns at gun shows in Wichita, where he has resided for the past 28 years, he has never rented a table on his own. He said he never had enough firearms that he wanted to part with at any one time to warrant renting a full table. Instead, Velasco-Veyro stated that he rented space from his acquaintance, Ramon Chavez, one of the individuals indicted along with him and whose name appears on 13 of the total 18 counts.

False And Manufactured Charges

Velasco-Veyro was charged along with his 11 co-defendants for allegedly sending guns to Oklahoma. However, our investigation has revealed that he has never transported any guns to that State or any other State and that the prosecution has manufactured these charges in an attempt to make the alleged gun-running ring appear as large as possible.

The second count against Velasco-Veyro is for selling, as stated on the indictment, a “9mm Fratelli Tangoflio pistol… to an individual, who was a Missouri resident, at a gun show held… in Wichita, Kansas.” The “individual” has reportedly been identified as ATF Special Agent Steve Lester, who, after “wrangling over price,” purchased Velasco-Veyro’s pistol from him. Since there is no Federal law requiring unlicensed sellers to ask for identification from a potential purchaser before selling a gun at a gun show and because Velasco-Veyro had no reason to suspect the undercover agent was from another state, Velasco-Veyro sold his gun to Lester, who allegedly later took the gun to Missouri.

Convinced he had done nothing illegal, the first chance he got after he was released from his prison cell, Velasco-Veyro contacted the ATF about his alleged unlawful gun sale. The following is the emailed response that Velasco-Veyro received from the Firearms Industry Programs Branch of the ATF:

This is in response to your email to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).  In your email, you provided a scenario of an unlicensed buyer from Missouri who travels to a gun show in Kansas. The buyer purchases a handgun from another unlicensed resident of Kansas at the gun show. You want to know if that was illegal. Federal law under 18 U.S.C. §922(a)(1)(3) states in part; it shall be unlawful for any person other than a licensed importer, licensed manufacturer, licensed dealer, or licensed collector to transport into or receive in the State where he resides (or if the person is a corporation or other business entity, the State where it maintains a place of business) any firearm purchased or otherwise obtained by such person outside that State. Therefore, a person may only acquire a firearm within the person’s own State, except that he or she may purchase or otherwise acquire a rifle or shotgun, in person, at a licensee’s premises in any State, provided the sale complies with State laws applicable in the State of sale and the State where the purchaser resides. A person may borrow or rent a firearm in any State for temporary use for lawful sporting purposes.

The above statute provided by the ATF clearly puts the burden on the unlicensed purchaser and not the unlicensed seller. Since there is no Federal law that requires unlicensed sellers to ask for identification from potential buyers at gun shows and since Velasco-Veyro did not know nor was required to find out that the buyer, Lester, was allegedly from another State and/or not a licensed gun dealer (according to U.S. Code sent to Velasco-Veyro by the ATF), it was Lester who broke the law by purchasing Velasco-Veyro’s Fratelli Tangoflio pistol in Kansas and then transporting it to Missouri, where he supposedly resided.

I should note that it is common practice for unethical Federal agents to make claims like, “I told the seller that I was from another State” or in this case, “I informed Jose Velasco-Veyro that I was from Missouri.” This ATF investigation has been ongoing since 2005. Other purchases from co-defendants were videotaped or recorded. However, we have not found that the sale between Velasco-Veyro and Lester was recorded in any way. This leads us to believe that if this case goes to trial, Lester will claim he told Velasco-Veyro that he was from Missouri. With no recording, Lester’s anticipated testimony must be considered false, especially in light of Velasco-Veyro’s 66-year track record of integrity and honesty.

The third and last charge against Velasco-Veyro is that he “knowingly and willfully received and possessed the following firearms.” What follows is a woefully incomplete list of firearms that allegedly belonged to Velasco-Veyro that are mostly quoted in the indictment as “Unknown caliber Unknown manufacturer… Unknown Model… unknown serial number.”

Since the gun types alleged to belong to Velasco-Veyro are largely unidentified in the indictment as to make, model and caliber, we can report only Velasco-Veyro’s contention that his guns are primarily foreign-made target and hunting firearms manufactured before 1968 and before a Federal law that states that all firearms entering the United States be required to have an import stamp located on the firearm and that, according to an ATF letter dated Dec. 12, 2012, in response to an inquiry from Velasco-Veyro about his antique collection: “It is not unlawful for a private individual to be in possession of a firearm that does not have importer markings.”

According to Velasco-Veyro, he is a collector of many pre-World War I firearms or others that were manufactured and imported into the United States before the 1968 law required that all imported firearms have import markings stating “name of the manufacturer, country of origin, model (if assigned), caliber or gauge, name of importer, city and state of importer” and that “these markings must appear conspicuously on the frame, receiver, barrel (or slide).” The alleged conspicuous lack of most of this information associated with the firearms Velasco-Veyro is alleged to have possessed in the indictment is compelling evidence that he indeed owns the types of guns he claims. According to the ATF, they are not illegal. And as Velasco-Veyro asserts, they are the types of guns that members of drug cartels would probably not be interested in. US~Observer sources have informed us that Velasco-Veyro’s claims about his gun collection are spot-on accurate.

The above letter from the ATF is deliberately mentioned in this article because it would seem to exonerate Velasco-Veyro of any wrongdoing. The U.S. Codes quoted and sent by the ATF are extremely important, since the US~Observer has learned from a source that Morehead allegedly plans to keep this correspondence from being entered into court and, hence, from the eyes and ears of a jury. Our source also told us that the ATF did not contact Morehead regarding Velasco-Veyro, as she contends, but that it was she who contacted the ATF and then ordered it to “cease and desist” from corresponding with Velasco-Veyro in any way. If this allegation is true, then Morehead is instigating a gross miscarriage of justice; and we will do everything in our power to prevent her from following through on her nefarious schemes.

Deliberate Denial Of Jose Velasco-Veyro’s 6th Amendment Rights

Almost since the day he was arrested and thrown into prison, Velasco-Veyro — who has been declared indigent by the court and whose home is 210 miles from the prosecutor’s office and his attorney — has repeatedly asked to have in his possession the discovery in his case. In other words, he wants to see and study the evidence Morehead has against him so he can aid and assist in his own defense, something that is his Constitutional, 6th Amendment right. However, the US~Observer has learned that Velasco-Veyro’s requests have been repeatedly denied by Morehead. This is yet another violation of Velasco-Veyro’s rights, as he can’t aid and assist in his own defense if he is allowed to see the evidence against him only occasionally and for relatively short periods of time. This is particularly important in his case since, according to Velasco-Veyro, he has done a cursory examination of two recorded conversations between himself and his acquaintance Ramon Chavez that occurred in Spanish that, when translated into English by Morehead’s office, show evidence of being manipulated to make him appear guilty. It is absolutely Velasco-Veyro’s right to have these entire unmolested conversations along with the rest of his discovery at his disposal so he can take all the time he needs to pour over those entire conversations to ensure that he has not been unjustly portrayed and/or quoted out of context.

The US~Observer has learned of still another ploy used by Morehead’s office, wherein she is invoking an enigmatic “Rule 16” that allegedly allows her to deny Velasco-Veyro his right to receive in his possession his full discovery. A source has told us of a letter from U.S. Attorney Barry R. Grissom’s office and signed by Morehead that essentially orders Velasco-Veyro’s attorney not to give discovery to his client by stating: “You are not permitted to make copies of this discovery. You are not permitted to share this discovery with anyone other than your client pursuant to the court’s order.” Let me remind Morehead that in Marbury v. Madison, a monumental Supreme Court case, Chief Justice John Marshall declared that any law repugnant to the Constitution is null and void. An un-Constitutional “Rule 16” is a poor excuse to deny Velasco-Veyro his Constitutional right and only makes one wonder why Morehead doesn’t want Velasco-Veyro to be able to effectively aid and assist in his own defense. What does she fear?

Because firearms alleged to have been sold by Velasco-Veyro reportedly differ so greatly from other guns mentioned in the indictment, his attorney has asked Morehead for him to be allowed to see his confiscated collection to identify them as his (if they are) and tag them as separate from the other types of firearms in the indictment that are the kinds of guns that would interest drug cartels in Mexico. Morehead has denied this request, alleging that allowing Velasco-Veyro to view his sequestered firearms inside an ATF warehouse constitutes “possession.” If indeed Morehead intends to railroad Velasco-Veyro into appearing he is part of something illegal when he is not, it is imperative that his firearms not be shown to a jury in such a way that his “markedly different” firearms not be lumped in with the more modern, “combat type” weapons that do interest members of cartels. Not allowing Velasco-Veyro this right or to see his own guns is another Constitutional violation at the hands of Morehead. What is she hiding?

Besides racial profiling and racism, other allegations by Velasco-Veyro are that he and the other Hispanics incarcerated along with him are part of “pressure Morehead is receiving from higher up that is pushing her to prosecute people like him as part of shifting blame from the ATF agents involved in Attorney General Eric Holder’s Fast and Furious debacle and put it on Hispanics with ties to Mexico.” According to Velasco-Veyro, what has been done to him and his five Hispanic co-defendants is straight out of Katie Pavlich’s book Fast And Furious: Barack Obama’s Bloodiest Scandal and its Shameless Cover-up. Since Morehead doesn’t appear to be working for the sake of justice, just who is she working for?

Out of complete fairness, our investigation has shown that some of Velasco-Veyro’s co-defendants may indeed be guilty of illegal “gun-running.” However, we have concluded factually that Velasco-Veyro is completely innocent of the charges leveled against him.

Hopefully, the last grievous act against Velasco-Veyro by the District of Kansas “justice system” was allegedly perpetrated while he was incarcerated in prison. Velasco-Veyro has a condition called diabetic neuropathy that is a byproduct of diabetes. He has been taking medications for it since 2006. He says the medicine helps ease the pain associated with his condition, which can become especially acute in cold temperatures. During his imprisonment, Velasco-Veyro was denied these literally lifesaving medications that, among other things, keep his blood pressure from becoming lethally high. When his doctor, Robert McIntyre, called the prison physician, Donald Satterfield, to explain the absolute necessity that Velasco-Veyro be allowed to receive his medications, Satterfield told McIntire that “there are no choir boys here,” and he denied McIntyre’s request and Velasco-Veyro’s medications. Velasco-Veyro described the nights in prison as “pure torture” since he says his prison cell was “habitually kept between 50 and 55 degrees,” which caused him “such great pain that he could not sleep.” McIntyre also said that to deny Velasco-Veyro these crucial medications, he knew that the “system was either trying to break him or kill him.” George Newell Bentley, a doctor from Texas confirms, what McIntyre has reported. Both professionals are ready, willing and more than able to testify to these facts under oath. They are both also ready to testify that Velasco-Veyro is a person who possesses impeccable honesty and integrity.

To place two Hispanics in solitary confinement and deprive another innocent Hispanic of his life-sustaining medication, can only be considered pure torture and racism.

According to US~Observer sources within the Federal justice system and based on the facts in this case, Morehead is a shameful example of the public’s trust.

Morehead is under the authority of U.S. Attorney Barry R. Grissom, and ultimate responsibility for this miscarriage of justice is his. The US~Observer urges Grissom to investigate the facts in this case and the charges against his subordinate and to take appropriate action against her for the sake of all prosecutors who are required to dispense justice according to the law with fairness and without bias.

The way Velasco-Veyro has been treated at the hands of authorities who are supposed to protect his Constitutional rights is absolutely unconscionable. He has been treated like a criminal from the onset. And his valuable collection of firearms, acquired over a lifetime of expert scrutiny, has been handled like so much rubble by Federal agents who consider him guilty of the charges against him before he has been given a fair trial or investigation.

The US~Observer is incensed by this more than obvious false prosecution, and we are left wondering just how many other Hispanics are being abused and prosecuted on false and manufactured charges. How many others are being wrongfully denied bail while incarcerated in deplorable and inhumane prison cells?

Help us let others know what has happened to Velasco-Veyro. Be responsible and contact Lorne Dey at lorne@usobserver.com or at: 720-231-2038 if you have any information regarding Morehead, Lester or Velasco-Veyro’s co-defendants: Ramon Chavez Sr., Douglas Chavez, Tammie S. Chavez, Alejandro Arroyo-Campos (aka Alejandro Guzman-Campos), Carlos Cifuetes, Osbaldo Garcia-Garcia, Adam Howard, Ashley Mooney, Jordan Veal, Homero Rocha, or David G. Percival (aka “El Guero”).

Are you tired of the blatant injustice occurring in our legal system today? Are you opposed to racism? If you are, please contact Grissom by phone at: (913) 551-6730 or by email at barry.grissom@usdoj.gov and inform him that his assistant prosecutor, Morehead, is falsely prosecuting an exemplary, innocent American citizen and he needs to stop her.

Lorne Dey

 

How Do Innocent People Find Justice In America?

How do innocent people find justice in America? This is a valid question because, all too often, people don’t find justice in America’s legal system. The editors and investigative reporters at the US~Observer can attest to that firsthand. For more than 22 years, the US~Observer has worked hard and done what most attorneys fail to do. It has vindicated more than 4,200 people who had been wrongfully charged with or convicted of a crime.

Apart from the Innocence Project, which generally doesn’t take cases unless they are tied to DNA, there is absolutely nowhere except the US~Observer that innocent people can turn after the so-called American justice system has attacked them.

Early in the life of the paper, founder Edward Snook learned: “The only thing corrupt individuals fear, whether they work in the public or private sectors, is exposure. Corrupted individuals love to spend time in relatively obscure courtrooms or behind closed doors, but they hate it when their depravity is publicly exposed to their friends, neighbors, family and, most of all, the public.” And therein lies the power of a newspaper.

The Internet is tremendous for disseminating news and information; however, in the world of false prosecutions, the hard-copy newspaper is an absolute prerequisite to ensure vindication.

Police departments and prosecutors’ offices almost always place information in the local mainstream newspaper whenever they arrest and charge someone with a crime. The majority of the public immediately considers the person guilty, simply because the “honest officer” arrested the individual and the “conviction-driven prosecutor” filed criminal charges. The public — or, better stated, the jury pool — must be directly informed of the truth about a falsely charged person and his case; otherwise, the innocent person is in grave danger of being convicted at trial. The only way this can be accomplished effectively is by having a factual article containing the entire truth delivered via a hard-copy newspaper to a majority of the public in the person’s community.

More than 200 years ago, a core group of individuals, America’s Founding Fathers, birthed our Constitutional republic with the understanding that bringing change had to come at the grassroots level. They reached out with the message of freedom, using newspapers to garner support for their important endeavor. With the help of newspapers, they changed the hearts and minds of men and women and, ultimately, the course of history. Newspapers saved many individuals from false prosecution and the horrendous results of conviction. Today, this very same course must be taken in order to fix our completely broken justice system.

In this age of too much of everything, the US~Observer stands alone. Our Nation is failing, and many people wonder what can be done about it to affect real change, real protection for innocent people. The answer is you can join the US~Observer in its mission to perform a desperately needed service to the public and help us expose the corruption. You can begin to take back your justice system and country by starting an affiliate newspaper in your city or State.

With years of successes exposing government corruption and proving innocent people’s innocence, the US~Observer has factually shown itself to be both profitable and an effective vehicle to vindicate the innocent.

Do you want to help save America by producing a monthly newspaper like no other, vindicate the innocent and make a substantial income at the same time? Then join the US~Observer’s Joint-Venture Project.

As a network of independent but united newspapers bringing truth to the people, this unique opportunity can counter the mainstream media and be what the press was originally intended to be: the watchdog of our freedom and the voice of the people.

For more information on the Joint Venture Project, call the US~Observer at 541-474-7885 or email editor@usobserver.com.

–Lorne Dey

The Gross Injustice Of Obamacare

As a writer for the US~Observer, I’m accustomed to finding injustice within government and the justice system; but one injustice among many from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare, is particularly shameful.

I’m talking about the fines that people will have to pay for not signing up for having their money taken and receiving little, if anything, good in return from Obamacare. Many people who don’t have healthcare now don’t because either they don’t want it or can’t afford it.

For those who currently want healthcare but can’t afford it now, they really won’t be able to afford Obamacare with rates for healthy individuals allegedly doubling or even tripling, according to a July 2013 article in Forbes by Avik Roy. Estimates like this are typical from those analyzing the higher costs associated with the boondoggle. But when people don’t sign up for it because they can’t afford it, they’ll be fined. According to Henry Blodget of Business Insider, in 2014, the fines will be $95 per person. Then in 2016, the fines will increase and start at $695 for households making between $9,500 and $37,000 a year and go up from there for households with greater incomes.

Imagine fining someone for something he is physically unable to do. And therein lies the most egregious injustice of Obamacare.

For those who don’t want Obamacare or any other health insurance, one can hardly blame them.

Back in 2000, the Journal of the American Medical Association reported that doctors are the third leading cause of death in the U.S. The study upon which the article was based found that many deaths in hospitals for patients under doctor “care” were a result of: unnecessary surgeries, infections, medication and other medical errors, and “non-error, negative effects of drugs.”

As of 2011, the statistic hasn’t changed much, with nearly 784,000 deaths in that year attributed to doctor screw-ups or 24.5 times more than all gun-related deaths combined. It’s a small wonder why some people choose to opt out of healthcare coverage altogether, and there is every reason to believe that things will be worse under Obamacare.

Also, just because some opt out of health insurance, it doesn’t mean they can’t afford to pay for it; some choose to pay out of pocket or carry catastrophic coverage instead.

In 2009, when Obama was busy misrepresenting the alleged 46 million people who did not have healthcare coverage in the Nation, he conveniently left out the fact that about 17.6 million of the 46 million made enough money to be able to afford it. But for various reasons like the one mentioned above, simply chose not to buy it, which was and still should be the right of every American.

It is a travesty of justice to fine people for something they don’t want or can’t afford and shouldn’t have to pay for to begin with. But when you allow socialism/communism to slither into power, this is what you get.

Take a page out of the US~Observer playbook and become proactive! Contact your representatives immediately and demand they alter or, better yet, abolish Obamacare. If they don’t listen, find out what they have to lose by not listening to their constituents. Then go after them publicly, without mercy and make sure they lose whatever it is. Look, there are so many citizen reporters out there doing great work; dig into the officials. If they are taking bribes, find out. If they are cheating on their spouses, find out. Then they have a choice: Do what is right and what is wanted by the people or face ruin.

It’s time to demand accountability.

–Lorne Dey

Ex-Cop Sues City Over Wrongful Termination

Basehor, Kan. US~Observer Special Report — When the act of bullying comes to mind, one tends to think that it is primarily a problem that kids and school principals have to deal with. But sometimes it’s an issue adults must cope with as well. Such appears to be the case for Jason Cory, who worked as a police officer in Basehor, Kan., from September 2007 to July 2010 and is now suing the city for his wrongful termination.

Cory’s lawsuit alleges that although many city officials considered him an exemplary officer, during his nearly three years on Basehor’s police force, he was regularly “ridiculed and belittled” by Police Chief Lloyd Martley and his right-hand man, Lieutenant Robert Pierce.

It seems Cory’s ill treatment at the hands of his superiors wasn’t because he was a bad officer, but apparently because he was guilty of performing his job too well and for “speaking out about ongoing policies and conditions… which he considered dangerous and/or unethical.”

The lawsuit states that in one instance, he was inexplicably ordered by Martley not to report as a crime a clear case of identity theft involving the stolen Social Security number and forged signature of a local citizen. When Cory attempted to follow correct police procedure by filling out the necessary paperwork for the crime, Martley reportedly became “enraged.”

Other highly suspect, “accepted” practices were also allegedly met with a blind eye by Martley, such as on-duty officers “disappear[ing] for extended periods” or “to sleep on the job,” thereby leaving fellow officers without backup. The lawsuit alleges that when Cory attempted to express his concerns about these issues and others, he was “warned” by his superiors “to mind his own business, to stop talking and to stop asking questions.”

One particularly dangerous allegation involved shotgun shells being repeatedly removed from police shotguns stowed in patrol cars. When Cory reported the problem to Martley, he was told: “It’s not my [Martley’s] responsibility” and “it is no concern of yours [Cory’s].” Apparently, the safety of police officers and that of the citizens they are supposed to protect is no concern of Martley’s. When Cory told Pierce about the problem concerning the shotguns, Pierce reportedly told him he was a “F*****g… goober” and that he is “the only person that comes in here and asks stupid questions.”

In another instance, Cory reported that he was physically assaulted by Pierce in the presence of Martley, which resulted in no subsequent action taken against Pierce by the department. Cory was ultimately compelled to report the incident to the Leavenworth County Sheriff after he was unable to get Martley or then city administrator, Mark Loughry [who has since been fired for allegedly other unethical practices], to respond appropriately.

For reasons involving additional “costs,” as the lawsuit alleges, it was also important to Martley that his officers not be first responders to emergency calls that involved the fire department or emergency medical technicians (EMTs). In one instance, according to the lawsuit, Cory witnessed officers being “berated” by both Martley and Pierce for being the first on the scene where a 9-year-old boy was reported to be experiencing a severe asthma attack that ultimately led to the child’s death. It appears that Martley wants his officers, who have CPR and other first-responder training, to hold back in such cases until others can arrive on the scene and be responsible for making first-responder decisions — yet another dangerous policy for citizens relying on a police department that is supposed to make public safety its highest priority. In addition, according to the lawsuit, Martley’s response to the above incident was, “What kind of morons run with lights and sirens to a dead kid?”

Finally, in July 2010, Cory received a telephone call from Martley telling him he was being terminated. Although, according to the lawsuit, no explanation for his termination was stated at the time, Cory had allegedly already been told by Martley that “if he wanted to let… [Cory] go he could do so at any time for any reason.” Martley had allegedly also told Cory previously that he “could let… [Cory] go at any time despite… [Cory’s] claim of hostile work environment provided that he [Martley] could create a pretext to give the department and the city a claim of ‘just cause.’” Also, according to the lawsuit, Martley added: “If anyone questions the basis for your termination, they will always ‘go with the investigators.’” Martley and Pierce were the “investigators.”

When this reporter attempted to contact several former city officials who could shed light on Cory’s situation and other allegations of corruption within the city, few were willing to share their experiences. However, one former city council member who knew both the plaintiff and defendants in the lawsuit stated that he would “lean toward” Cory’s case having merit. However, the unwillingness of so many to talk about what goes on inside Basehor’s government makes this reporter wonder if there is a prevailing climate of fear — of either lawsuits or threat of retaliation — residing within the people in and around the township of Basehor.

As a result of his experiences working for the Basehor Police Department and the hardship his alleged wrongful termination has had on his family, Cory is now advocating special legislation designed to specifically protect first responders in both fire and police departments, including EMTs, from wrongful termination and unjust retaliation by their superiors. Cory contends that police, fire personnel and EMTs who arrive first on the scene of a crime, fire or health-related emergency often have to make split-second decisions that sometimes don’t turn out to be the best solution for the situation. Cory asserts that official personnel should not have to risk losing their jobs or face unfair harassment as a result of difficult decisions made under highly stressful conditions, reporting public corruption or, in some instances, even having to ticket or arrest a government official. Cory contends that nonpublic employees have many resources to turn to if they allege wrongful termination from their jobs, but government employees like police and firefighters have almost none. Cory’s bill seeks to change that. To learn more about Cory and his legislation, go to Facebook and search: protectthebadge.com.

Perhaps the good people of Basehor who read this article will demand more accountability from those who are hired to protect the people they serve, including police officers; and the stress that Cory and his family have gone through will not be in vain.

–Lorne Dey

Prevalent Corruption In U.S. Justice System

Before I began investigating legal cases as a journalist for the US~Observer, I had no idea how corrupt the justice system has become in many of America’s States and counties. I soon learned that in such places the American system of law has begun to resemble what I used to fear in Third World or underdeveloped countries like Mexico. Sadly, and it appears all too often, far too many Americans become casualties of these criminally unjust systems.

The first mistake typically made by victims is hiring the wrong attorney, who is more concerned about getting paid than he is in vigorously representing his client. Then, before the victim can fully fathom his precarious predicament, he winds up in front of a judge who is better at practicing cronyism than he is at dispensing fair and just law. Meanwhile, the victim’s disinterested lawyer is either an accomplice, unable or unwilling to do anything about the injustice.

After months or years of hiring a series of fresh lazy and/or unprincipled attorneys and coming before the same nefarious brotherhood of dishonorable judges who all preside over the same district, the victim is often completely broke, in jail or both. But the syndicate has done its job; it has successfully transferred the victim’s and his family’s assets into the local coffers or the attorney’s bank account, to further enrich those who practice their own version of fraud within it. All of this has been brilliantly outlined on the US~Observer’s “Falsely Accused” page.

What I am most amazed at is these bureaucrats who appear to be devoid of consciences carry out this destruction of innocent lives with cold-blooded indifference.

Fortunately, society as a whole has yet to degenerate to the low level of corrupt bureaucrats, as these practitioners of fraud still don’t want the general public to know what they do behind closed doors and in relative obscurity. And that is where I begin to really enjoy my job working for the US~Observer by exposing these corrupt attorneys, prosecutors, trustees and judges, along with their actions to the light of day and public scrutiny.

Our justice system’s corruption is like a ravaging cancer that, if unchecked, destroys everyone within its clutches — including the perpetrators — and contributes to the overall downfall of a society.

–Lorne Dey