Government Press Releases

Federal Judges Condone Outrageous FBI Misconduct by Failing to Dismiss Indictment Against LASD Officials

Logo"If not for the federal judges shirking their responsibility to justice by disregarding the outrageous conduct of the FBI, nine Los Angeles County Sheriff (LASD) officials, the "LASD9" (Undersheriff Paul Tanaka, Capt. Tom Carey, Lt. Stephen Leavins, Lt. Greg Thompson, Sgt. Scott Craig, Sgt. Maricela Long, Deputy Mickey Manzo, Deputy James Sexton and Deputy Girard Smith), would not be convicted felons and serving time in prison," says Lamont Banks, Executive Director of A Just Cause. "During a covert FBI sting into alleged LASD deputy abuses of inmates, federal agents allegedly committed a crime under both California and federal law and allegedly violated FBI policy when they orchestrated the smuggling of a cell phone into a violent inmate informant, Anthony Brown housed at an LASD jail, endangering not only the lives of LASD deputies and inmate population, but also the public," adds Banks.

Colorado Defendants Discuss Their Decision to Represent Themselves in Federal Criminal Case

LogoWhat makes the IRP6 case so unusual and unprecedented is that the six Colorado defendants (David A. Banks, Demetrius K. Harper, Kendrick Barnes, David A. Zirpolo, Clinton A. Stewart and Gary L. Walker) fired their attorneys on the same day, in the same room and chose to personally represent themselves to fight for their innocence in a frivolous federal criminal case (Dist. Colo. case no. 09-cr-00266-CMA) that criminalized corporate debt. Former federal appeals judge H. Lee Sarokin told the Washington Post that these six corporate information technology executives of the IRP Solutions Corporation were "indicted and imprisoned for not paying their bills" (www.wapo.st/29jXqsc). According to the Post, the executives were anticipating gaining a contract with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and other law enforcement agencies and were supposed to pay their bills to dozens of temporary employment agencies after IRP Solutions had used software developers and their payroll services. "Our court appointed attorneys were apathetic and never developed or discussed a coherent strategy or tactical plan based on mastering the obvious debt nature of our case," says IRP6 defendant David Banks. "They simply wanted us to plea to a crime we didn't commit, and we could not risk our liberty with attorneys who were not willing to defend our innocence or mount an aggressive defense," adds Banks. "We had no choice but to go it alone," says Banks.

A&T Systems (AWS Advanced Consulting and Government Competency Partner) Exhibits at Amazon Web Services' 2017 Public Sector Summit

A&T Systems, an Advanced Consulting Partner and Government Competency Partner in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Partner Network (APN), Authorized Government Reseller and Value Added Reseller, is proud to participate as an exhibitor and sponsor at the Amazon Web Services' (AWS) 2017 Public Sector Summit on June 12-14, 2017 in Washington, DC. A&T is in Booth 310.

WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange Denies Collusion with Russia

Stansberry Investor Hour co-hosts Porter Stansberry and Buck Sexton spoke to banished WikiLeaks founder & publisher Julian Assange on a wide variety of political and security topics. Assange has been accused of various crimes, but he was quick to note that his portrayal among the media and public is factually inaccurate.

Inmate Alleges Sexual Abuse by Prison Guard at Federal Prison in Florence, Colorado

LogoAn inmate at the federal prison in Florence, Colorado filed a grievance against a correctional officer for extending a mirror underneath a bathroom stall to peep at him while on the toilet and said there are numerous inmates who have been victims of the sexual misconduct. The Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) defines this type of sexual abuse as "voyeurism."

Inmate Alleges Sexual Abuse by Prison Guard at Federal Prison in Florence, Colorado

LogoAn inmate at the federal prison in Florence, Colorado filed a grievance against a correctional officer for extending a mirror underneath a bathroom stall to peep at him while on the toilet and said there are numerous inmates who have been victims of the sexual misconduct. The Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) defines this type of sexual abuse as "voyeurism."

DOJ Prosecutor Allegedly Used Character Assassination to Wrongly-Convict Former LA County Undersheriff Paul Tanaka

LogoThe prosecution of former Undersheriff Tanaka and eight other Los Angeles County Sheriff Department (LASD) officials came after Sheriff Lee Baca allegedly took full responsibility and admitted he personally ordered and directed an investigation into FBI agents orchestrating the smuggling of cell phones and narcotics into a violent inmate housed at an LASD jail as part of an FBI sting. Although both federal law and California law makes it clear that orchestrating the smuggling of cell phones into a county jail is a felony, Assistant United States Attorney Brandon Fox put the FBI above the law, alleging 1) that there was no probable cause for LASD to investigate the FBI, 2) that the LASD's investigation was a "sham" and 3) prosecuting and wrongly-convicting nine LASD officials who followed Baca's orders and conducted a lawful investigation, of obstruction of justice for interfering with the FBI's investigation.

Congress Asked to Investigate Complaint Against Four Colorado Federal Judges

LogoThe 10th Circuit Judicial Council has failed to respond to an August 18, 2016 judicial complaint appeal related to alleged misconduct of district court judge Christine M. Arguello, and 10th Circuit appellate judges Harris L. Hartz, Bobby Baldock and Jerome Holmes (Dist. Colo. case no. 09-cr-00266-CMA, 10th Cir. case no. 11-1487). A Just Cause is now asking select members of Congress to inquire into why the 10th Circuit refuses to answer on the complaint that has been pending for nearly 10 months.

Senator Bernie Sanders Is Featured on AJC Radio's Spotlight on Capitol Hill as a Just Cause Honors His Contributions to the United States

LogoAdvocacy group, A Just Cause, announces this Thursday's, May 25, 2017 segment of AJC Radio's, "Spotlight on Capitol Hill" will shine the spotlight on Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) (www.AJCRadio.com, 8-10 PM ET).

A Just Cause Discusses Alleged Crimes And/or Abuses by Feds in Prosecution of Los Angeles County Sheriff Officials

LogoThere is no doubt that the LASD9 (Undersheriff Paul Tanaka, Captain Tom Carey, Lt. Steve Leavins, Lt. Greg Thompson, Sgt. Scott Craig, Sgt. Maricela Long, Deputy James Sexton, Deputy Mickey Manzo and Deputy Gerard Smith) were wrongly-convicted," says Lamont Banks, Executive Director of A Just Cause. "Sheriff Lee Baca had the law on his side and should have stood his ground and defended LASD professionals under his leadership who followed his orders to investigate the FBI, for not only enlisting the services of a violent career criminal to investigate alleged LASD deputy abuses, but smuggled cell phones and narcotics into LASD jails," says Banks. "Using a violent career felon, who had just been sentenced to over 400 years in prison by the California justice system, to investigate California law enforcement officials is outrageous government conduct," adds Banks.

A Just Cause Discusses Alleged Crimes And/or Abuses by Feds in Prosecution of Los Angeles County Sheriff Officials

LogoThere is no doubt that the LASD9 (Undersheriff Paul Tanaka, Captain Tom Carey, Lt. Steve Leavins, Lt. Greg Thompson, Sgt. Scott Craig, Sgt. Maricela Long, Deputy James Sexton, Deputy Mickey Manzo and Deputy Gerard Smith) were wrongly-convicted," says Lamont Banks, Executive Director of A Just Cause. "Sheriff Lee Baca had the law on his side and should have stood his ground and defended LASD professionals under his leadership who followed his orders to investigate the FBI, for not only enlisting the services of a violent career criminal to investigate alleged LASD deputy abuses, but smuggled cell phones and narcotics into LASD jails," says Banks. "Using a violent career felon, who had just been sentenced to over 400 years in prison by the California justice system, to investigate California law enforcement officials is outrageous government conduct," adds Banks.

Orlando, Florida Host RLC National Biennial Convention

Republican Liberty Caucus (RLC) activists from throughout the country will converge Saturday, May 27th in Orlando at the Rosen Centre Hotel for the 2017 Biennial RLC National Convention. The convention will feature activist training, more than a dozen speakers and multiple information packed panels.

Los Angeles County Sheriff Officials & IRP6 Are Victims of Similar Prosecutorial Abuses, Says a Just Cause

LogoThe wrongful conviction and imprisonment of nine Los Angeles County Sheriff law enforcement officers known as the LASD9 (Undersheriff Paul Tanaka, Captain Tom Carey, Lt. Steve Leavins, Lt. Greg Thompson, Sgt. Scott Craig, Sgt. Maricela Long, Deputy James Sexton, Deputy Mickey Manzo, Deputy Gerard Smith) and six Colorado information technology executives known as the IRP6 (David A. Banks, Kendrick Barnes, Gary L. Walker, Demetrius K. Harper, David A. Zirpolo and Clinton A. Stewart) is not only about an epidemic of prosecutorial abuses of power that destroys careers and hurts families, but also exposes the cruelty of the U.S. justice system and explains why American citizens continue to account for 25% of the world's prison population.

Defunding Camps Will Help Solve Crisis at Federal Bureau of Prisons, Says a Just Cause

LogoAccording to USA Today (April 9, 2017) the U.S. Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) paid $2 million dollars in bonuses to top administrators despite failures to deal with overcrowding, chronic staffing shortages, sexual harassment problems and providing inadequate healthcare to thousands of inmates. One former BOP official told government auditors that medical staffing vacancies had reached a "crisis level" and in 2016, the Inspector General found that prison authorities were struggling to provide adequate healthcare to thousands of inmates due to persistent staffing shortages. The staffing shortages, according to a USA Today examination last year, were cascading across the system, often forcing unqualified nurses, physical therapists and other senior medical staffers to fill gaps on guard duty and other security-related shifts -- a poor decision that has endangered both prison staff and the public. "Fraud waste and abuse at federal prison camps is the real crisis for the BOP," contends Lamont Banks, Executive Director of A Just Cause.

Defunding Camps Will Help Solve Crisis at Federal Bureau of Prisons, Says a Just Cause

LogoAccording to USA Today (April 9, 2017) the U.S. Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) paid $2 million dollars in bonuses to top administrators despite failures to deal with overcrowding, chronic staffing shortages, sexual harassment problems and providing inadequate healthcare to thousands of inmates. One former BOP official told government auditors that medical staffing vacancies had reached a "crisis level" and in 2016, the Inspector General found that prison authorities were struggling to provide adequate healthcare to thousands of inmates due to persistent staffing shortages. The staffing shortages, according to a USA Today examination last year, were cascading across the system, often forcing unqualified nurses, physical therapists and other senior medical staffers to fill gaps on guard duty and other security-related shifts -- a poor decision that has endangered both prison staff and the public. "Fraud waste and abuse at federal prison camps is the real crisis for the BOP," contends Lamont Banks, Executive Director of A Just Cause.

GovernmentContract.com E-Learning Site Launched to Help Professionals and Organizations Successfully Compete and Win Government Business

LogoGovernementContract.com launched a free online learning website designed to help industry professionals and executives successfully enter and compete in the government marketplace. Developed for those new to government contracting as well as seasoned professionals, members will have access to insights and courses developed by subject matter experts to expand government contracting knowledge and increase company sales.

Notes on Quotes: Almost Losing Our Bill of Rights, Gordon and Marcia Mercer

As the Philadelphia Constitutional Convention recessed in 1787, the delegates were reasonably confident that their work on a strong national constitutional form of government with separation of powers and checks and balances would be easily ratified. As delegates began to arrive home, however, they were hit with a "firestorm". They had not put in a Bill of Rights with freedom of assembly, freedom of religion, freedom of the press, trial rights, the right to bear arms and the many rights we value today.

Newsmakers Network Announces Political Radar Echo with Cassandra Hautala

LogoNewsmakers Network today announced the addition of Political Radar Echo, a weekly political discussion show to its Political Radar channel. The show will be hosted by Cassandra Hautala and will feature a wide array of guest panelists having many different political points of view.

Los Angeles County Undersheriff Paul Tanaka and Other LASD Officials Allegedly Wrongly-Convicted

LogoOn September 27, 2011, the LA Times reported that the "FBI orchestrated an undercover sting" to smuggle a cell phone into an inmate at a Los Angeles County Sheriff Department (LASD) jail and about Sheriff Lee Baca's public comments that the FBI's actions were criminal (lat.ms/2nPxAJ1). "Our review of the case shows the FBI may have engaged in misconduct and possibly committed a crime that endangered the lives of LASD deputies," says Lamont Banks, Executive Director of A Just Cause. "When Baca ordered a lawful and legitimate internal investigation into alleged FBI misconduct, the FBI cried obstruction of justice, claiming the Baca and subordinates who were conducting the investigation against FBI agents were interfering with their federal probe," adds Banks. "As a result, Undersheriff Paul Tanaka and eight other LASD subordinates were wrongly convicted and sent to prison for following orders of Baca to investigate," says Banks. "A Just Cause is hurting for these, their spouses and their children and will fight to vindicate them and tell their side of the story where the mainstream media failed to do so," adds Banks.

Los Angeles County Undersheriff Paul Tanaka and Other LASD Officials Allegedly Wrongly-Convicted

LogoOn September 27, 2011, the LA Times reported that the "FBI orchestrated an undercover sting" to smuggle a cell phone into an inmate at a Los Angeles County Sheriff Department (LASD) jail and about Sheriff Lee Baca's public comments that the FBI's actions were criminal (lat.ms/2nPxAJ1). "Our review of the case shows the FBI may have engaged in misconduct and possibly committed a crime that endangered the lives of LASD deputies," says Lamont Banks, Executive Director of A Just Cause. "When Baca ordered a lawful and legitimate internal investigation into alleged FBI misconduct, the FBI cried obstruction of justice, claiming the Baca and subordinates who were conducting the investigation against FBI agents were interfering with their federal probe," adds Banks. "As a result, Undersheriff Paul Tanaka and eight other LASD subordinates were wrongly convicted and sent to prison for following orders of Baca to investigate," says Banks. "A Just Cause is hurting for these, their spouses and their children and will fight to vindicate them and tell their side of the story where the mainstream media failed to do so," adds Banks.

civ.works and Activism Engine Announce Strategic Partnership and Launch

Logociv.works, the privacy-protected social network for civic engagement, in partnership with Activism Engine, has launched an innovative mechanism to provide personalized opportunities for civic engagement for the civ.works community. This powerful new feature will place time-sensitive and important local, regional, state and national actions directly into a subscriber's activity feed based upon their issue affinity and their location.

House Judiciary Committee and Trump Asked to Close Wasteful Federal Prison Camps

LogoAccording to the February 8, 2017 Bloomberg Criminal Law Reporter (Vol. 100, no. 18, pg. 393), House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and Ranking Democrat John Conyers (D-MI) are ready to release criminal justice reform legislation but are waiting on a green light from the White House. A Just Cause is urging Congress and President Trump to close 76 federal prison camps and eliminate this wasteful extension of the welfare system that, according the Federal Bureau of Prisons website, houses, clothes, feeds and provides healthcare for nearly 22,000 non-violent offenders.

House Judiciary Committee and Trump Asked to Close Wasteful Federal Prison Camps

LogoAccording to the February 8, 2017 Bloomberg Criminal Law Reporter (Vol. 100, no. 18, pg. 393), House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and Ranking Democrat John Conyers (D-MI) are ready to release criminal justice reform legislation but are waiting on a green light from the White House. A Just Cause is urging Congress and President Trump to close 76 federal prison camps and eliminate this wasteful extension of the welfare system that, according the Federal Bureau of Prisons website, houses, clothes, feeds and provides healthcare for nearly 22,000 non-violent offenders.

House Judiciary Committee and Trump Asked to Close Wasteful Federal Prison Camps

LogoAccording to the February 8, 2017 Bloomberg Criminal Law Reporter (Vol. 100, no. 18, pg. 393), House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and Ranking Democrat John Conyers (D-MI) are ready to release criminal justice reform legislation but are waiting on a green light from the White House. A Just Cause is urging Congress and President Trump to close 76 federal prison camps and eliminate this wasteful extension of the welfare system that, according the Federal Bureau of Prisons website, houses, clothes, feeds and provides healthcare for nearly 22,000 non-violent offenders.

Newsmakers Network Announces New Political Radar Lineup

LogoToday, Newsmakers Network Founder and President Daniel Jones announced a major expansion to the company's Political Radar channel.