Jan B. Tucker for Vice President: LGBTI issues


 

LGBTI Issues

In 1970, the California Peace & Freedom Party made history by calling for an end to discrimination against LGBT people, well before any other political party even recognized the categories of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people as being oppressed and discriminated against. At its 1970 Long Beach State Convention, PFP went on record for:

  • Abolishing all laws against consenting adult sex (young people may not realize that until 1974 California had criminal laws against consenting adult same-sex couples)
  • Eliminating all political and social discrimination against LGBT people
  • Requiring that LGBT lifestyles be taught in schools in mandatory sex-education classes as legitimate alternative lifestyles.

At that time, PFP and the Gay Liberation Front shared an office and GLF West Coast founder Morris Kight pledged in his notorious campaign to take over Alpine County that it would have been a victory for PFP along with the GLF (the inside story of that campaign is one to be told over drinks…).

Another Gay liberation organization at the time, The Lavender People, was headed by PFP activist Len Evans.

I still stand by the ideals expressed in that platform to this day, but I didn’t wait for decades – as many liberal Democrats did – to get around to publicly espousing or implementing those precepts. As a young junior high school student activist at Pacoima Junior High, we organized a debate club. I espoused getting rid of the oppressive laws against LGBT people and their social stigmatization.

When a girl wanted to join our then all-male debate club, I insisted that she be allowed in and defended her when other boys in the club Lesbian-baited her. I made clear that I couldn’t care less if she was or was not a Lesbian (she wasn’t out of the closet at that point and was denying it), she had a right to be a member (this was before laws were implemented banning discrimination in campus clubs). Years later, when I was campaigning for Lieutenant Governor in 1978 I ran into her at U.C. San Diego. She was now out of the closet and reminded me of the incident where I stood up for her all those years ago. It’s one of the things I’ve done of which I am proudest.

In 1998, I was endorsed for State Treasurer by the Northern California based Lesbian Voter Action Caucus. They called to quiz me on the issues they were concerned with and when they asked me about how I stood on same sex marriage, I replied, “Are you kidding? My running mate for Lieutenant Governor is a Lesbian.”

The person questioning me wasn’t satisfied. She insisted, “But you still have to answer the question.’ So I continued, “Okay, let me put it this way. Our slate held it’s major fundraiser in a Lesbian bar.”

She still wanted to know specifically where I stood on the issue, so finally I said, “Let me put it this way: I am the only candidate who has ever PERFORMED a same sex marriage. I performed the ceremony for Lisa and Paula, the co-presidents of the West Hollywood NOW Chapter, in front of the Federal Building in Van Nuys to protest DOMA [the Defense of Marriage Act]. Does that answer the question?”

She was satisfied with that answer.

During that campaign, our slate also produced a leaflet which explained why, with the Democrats as friends, LGBT people might not need enemies. The Democratic Party was extolling the virtues of their having made discrimination against LGBT people in the workplace unlawful. The problem was that discrimination against them was already deemed illegal by a State Supreme Court decision which had actually criminalized discrimination against LGBT people (Gay Law Students vs Pacific Bell). The Democrats in the legislature codified but decriminalized discrimination when they passed their law. Previously, employers who discriminated against LGBT people could have gotten six months in jail.

The solution should have been to extend the criminalization of discrimination in the workplace to protect all people on the basis of race, creed, color, political belief, national origin, sex, gender orientation, and all other arbitrary bases. By doing what they did, the Democrats left the only kind of discrimination that is punishable by jail as discrimination by an employer on the basis of political belief, activity, and affiliation. If elected to Vice President, I will work to criminalize intentional discrimination on a national basis.

Aside from my record in fighting discrimination based on sexual orientation, I have more than average experience at combating discrimination on the basis of gender orientation, i.e., Transgender issues. As a private investigator, I have worked on:

  • An insurance discrimination case involving bad-faith failure to pay a death claim on a transvestite who listed herself as female
  • The gang rape of a transsexual (MTF) intentionally placed in a male-only cell by a Wackenhut security guard at a privatized San Diego County jail in violation of policy
  • The harassment of and physical attack on an L.A. County Mental Health worker (MTF) by her co-workers after a fellow employee illegally accessed her medical file and out-ed her at work.

My work on these kinds of issues and cases has convinced me over and over again of the need to both criminalize intentional workplace discrimination, harassment and retaliation. We must also legislate the Model Policy on Workplace Harassment which I authored and which has been nationally adopted as policy by the League of United Latin American Citizens. That policy was originated by SFV/NELA NOW and introduced by then-Assembly Member Cindy Montanez in the 2002-3 California legislative term as AB 1617.

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Jan B. Tucker for Vice President: The Aftermath of the Foreclosure Crisis


 

Addressing the Foreclosure Crisis Starts with a Moratorium on Foreclosures and Treating Criminals Like Criminals

If the people who helped to create the mortgage meltdown were running classic fraudulent scheme in which unwitting people were manipulated into participating what they think is an entirely different fraud, so that when they were ripped off they would be afraid or too embarrassed to go to the police, prosecutors and a police bunco squad would treat the people who got ripped off as victims and not charge them with a crime in exchange for testimony against the real criminals.

Corporate criminals in the mortgage industry depend on people not coming forward to say that they were solicited and cajoled into submitting false financial papers to get sub-prime mortgages because in essence, these victims who got talked into it participated in a fraud. However, they remain just as much victims as people who get taken every day by street level confidence schemes.

We need a nationally coordinated criminal procedure policy to start at the bottom and work up the food chain to put corporate mortgage criminals behind bars:

  • Congress should appropriate a fund for polygraph examinations for the victims of these frauds and for higher ups who are prepared to give truthful testimony to implicate those higher up than themselves
  • A law granting amnesty should be passed for any person who got a mortgage with false financial statements if they pass a lie detector examination demonstrating that they were solicited to do so by employees or agents of the mortgage broker or lender
  • Appropriate leniency should be encouraged by prosecutors to mortgage industry employees who implicate higher ups
  • Congress should make the results of polygraphs conducted by American Polygraph Association examiners admissible when done according to APA ethics and guidelines for federal criminal and civil prosecutions for these cases

As this process will undoubtedly lead to “predicate acts” as defined in the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act (RICO) law (18 USC 1961 et seq), mortgage companies and their officers and directors who participated in these practices should be prosecuted under the RICO Act, just like organized crime, because that behavior is exactly what they engaged in.

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Jan B. Tucker for Vice President: Israel & Palestine


 

PEACE FOR ISRAEL & PALESTINE

The first problem with arguments about the Middle East and what to do to bring peace to the peoples of Israel and Palestine suffer from the fallacies of ambiguity, a variety of informal fallacies in the formal study of logic. That is because everybody has their own idea of what certain ideologies are all about when in fact they mean very different things to many different people. The word “Zionism” is the worst problem.

Contained within the term “Zionism” are many sub-ideologies, some of which are not even compatible with each other. One group calls itself “Labor Zionist” and purports to seek to establish a Jewish state in Palestine, i.e. Israel, that is socialist, democratic, and protects the equal rights of all Israelis whether or not they are Jewish. The “Zionist Revisionists” on the other hand want a Jewish state, Israel, that literally encompasses “Israel on both sides of the Jordan River,” meaning they want to not only annex the West Bank (Cis Jordan) but also the East Bank (Trans Jordan, i.e., the current Kingdom of Jordan). These are just two examples. It didn’t help the discussion when then Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meier dumbed the concept down by asserting that “all Jews are Zionists” and that “if you support Israel’s right to exist you are a Zionist” after the United Nations passed a resolution denouncing Zionism as racism.

Prior to World War II, the major opposition to Zionism was Bundism, represented by the Jewish Labor Bund, a socialist political movement that espoused that Jews had the right to live and be culturally autonomous anywhere and especially in Europe where most Jews lived at the time. Hitler and the Nazis put an effective end to that movement.

Another trend was the Reformed Jewish traditional teaching prior to World War II that Jews were simply a religion, that they were and of right ought to be citizens of any nation they lived in, and not a people. During World War II the American Council for Judaism argued that the ideology of Zionism, which pre-supposes that Jews are a “people” as well as a religion, was based upon the proposition that Jews had to go to Palestine and become a majority state because gentiles were supposedly inherently Anti-Semitic. The American Council for Judaism even compared the belief that gentiles were inherently anything the flip-side of Nazi ideology and questioned what the Jews would do to a non-Jewish minority that was by definition of Zionism Anti-Jewish. Again, Hitler and the Nazis did much to discredit these arguments by the Jewish emotional reaction to the Holocaust, but these questions were prescient then and more important now that there is an Arab minority within Israel and a Palestinian majority under Israeli occupation in the West Bank.

There are also significant ultra-Orthodox Jewish sects which assert their own theological position that Israel can only be created by the Messiah and that Jews are barred from creating Israel as a Jewish state in the absence of the Messiah.

Just as important it is critical to advance the American ideals of secularism, feminism, opposition to racism, and the strict separation of church and state. Israel’s formal recognition of so-called “official” religions and the formal recognition of religious authorities to control all aspects of family law, from marriage to divorce and child custody matters, is an abomination and irrational in the modern world. Equally abhorrent are proposals by the Israeli Jewish right-wing parties to legally define Israel as a “Jewish state” as though non-Jews are somehow not equal before the law.

It is high time to stop arguing about the past and find a way forward. If we believe in the traditional American belief in “self-determination of nations” that Woodrow Wilson advanced at the World War I peace discussions, then we must recognize that rightly or wrongly it appears that most Israelis and most Palestinians support a two-state solution. Because that appears to be the self-determinative course for those who will have to live with the consequences, the United States should adopt the following foreign policy:

  • Adoption of Activist Neutrality foreign policy by the United States towards the adversarial parties in Israel/Palestine disputes (“Activist Neutrality” is a foreign policy doctrine originated by and adhered to by Ireland regardless of which party has been in power in that nation) which includes but is not limited to a policy of no unilateral U.S. vetoes of U.N. Security Council resolutions on the subject
  • Recognition of Palestinian Independence
  • Israeli and Palestinian joint sovereignty over Jerusalem, with Jerusalem’s municipal government unitary and residents allowed to chose citizenship in either or both states
    Promoting the re-naming of the “State of Israel” to be the State of Israel and Ishmael” in recognition of the historical roles of the children of Abraham and the right to equal protection of law
  • Complete separation of church and state in Israel and the usurpation of family law by the State, with one feminist oriented family code to cover all people (instead of decisions based upon Orthodox Jewish law for Jews, Sharia for Muslims, and Christian doctrines for various Christian denominations…)
  • Adoption of the International Covenant on Civil & Political Rights as a self-executing document and as the basis of a written constitution by all states in the Middle East (Spain and Andorra have in large part adopted the ICCPR as their basic constitutional law)

Furthermore, the Peace & Freedom Party strategically and tactically should support Middle East peace efforts by:

  • Opposing organizations such as Hillel which slavishly promote the right-wing government line of Israel by suppressing internal debate within its college chapters (which has resulted in the Swarthmore Chapter and other college units courageously disaffiliating because of their own commitment to peace and reconciliation with our Palestinian cousins)
  • Promoting PFP organization in our neighboring State of Oregon in opposition to right-wing U.S. Senator Ron Wyden who was once described by CounterPunch Magazine as to the right of Ariel Sharon in the context of Israeli politics
  • Promoting better understanding and unity amongst American Jews, Muslims, and other Middle Eastern peoples living in the U.S.

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Black Like Her: Rachel Dolezal’s Rejection of White Skin Privilege


 

Black Like Her: Rachel Dolezal’s Rejection of White Skin Privilege

When I was a little boy, my parents took me to Los Angeles Valley College’s Monarch Hall to see John Howard Griffin, author of Black Like Me. Years later I saw the movie made about his life, Wikipedia on Black Like Me. Read up about  John Howard Griffin on Wikipedia which begins:

John Howard Griffin (June 16, 1920 – September 9, 1980) was an American journalist and author, much of whose writing was about racial equality. He is best known for darkening his skin and journeying through Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia to experience segregation in the Deep South in 1959. He wrote about this experience in his 1961 book Black Like Me.

I am kind of incredulous that of all the pundits and journalists talking about Rachel Dolezal, I seem to be the only person to make the connection with John Howard Griffin. Because of that connection, this is the letter I sent to her a few days ago:

Dear Sister Dolezal:

I posted the following on my Facebook page:

She has rejected white skin privilege, going a step farther than those of us who have been NAACP members and branch officers like myself who happen to have white skin. I applaud her doing so. I respect her for doing so. It takes a lot of courage, just as John Howard Griffin — the author of “Black Like Me” did impersonating an African American man in the segregated South. My hat is off to you Rachel!

If there is one thing worse than driving while Black or driving while Brown in America, it is “DWI,” “Driving While Interracial.” My late significant other, Valerie Monroe, was a lawyer and had served as Southern California Legal Redress Chair for California NAACP State Conference. I am a prominent private investigator and served an unprecedented seven (7) terms as Chair of the Board of the world’s largest organization of private investigators.

In spite of her bar card and my PI license, the scariest thing in the world for us was being followed by a police car and it didn’t matter what the race of the cop was, we just assumed that there was a likelihood that it was a racist cop who Black or white wouldn’t appreciate us as an interracial couple.

I’ve been shot at, had swastikas daubed on my car and office, and the like throughout my career and political activities so sister, I know what you’re going through. As General “Vinegar Joe” Stilwell told our troops in the darkest days of World War II, “Don’t let the bastards grind you down.”

If I can be of any personal assistance regarding the threats you are receiving, do not hesitate to contact me.

Till Victory is Won, Jan B. Tucker

Several of the people whose opinion I find really valuable on race relations and racism have joined the fray in discussing Rachel Dolezal:

Tim Wise (who I met years ago at the Committees of Correspondence National Conference at San Francisco State University, and who is likely a distant cousin of my sister-in-law from Tennessee):

Hah, now for an extra special kicker…turns out I’ve just been informed by a friend and ally at Eastern Washington U. (who was involved in bringing me to campus to speak there last semester), that it was Rachel Dolezal who had objected to me coming, because I, as a white man, can’t speak to race issues involving black people. First, they got a dictionary at EWU where she can look up “irony?” And second, her objection is perfectly indicative of her problem. She thinks I seek to speak from authority on blackness. No, that’s not me, that’s YOU Rachel. I only seek to speak about whiteness. Her confusion on that point is the source of pretty much all this bullshit: not knowing the difference between confronting whiteness and seeking to speak for blackness.

and,

It strikes me that there is an important, and largely overlooked likely explanation for Rachel Dolezal’s deception. And it has real implications for white people seeking to work in solidarity/allyship/followership with people of color. Allyship involves, at its best, working with people of color, rather than speaking for them. And I suspect Rachel discovered, perhaps while at Howard, that “gee, ya know what, black folks don’t automatically trust me, and this proving myself stuff is hard and takes time, and allyship is messy, and I’m impatient, so…let’s cut out the middle man and just be black.” That way she didn’t have to work with or follow, she could speak for and lead. It is a horrible betrayal of what the proper role for white folks in the work is; a slap in the face to the history of solidarity, from John Brown’s family to John Fee to the Grimke sisters to Bob and Dottie Zellner and beyond. She wasn’t willing to pay her dues, to follow the lead of people of color. She didn’t want to do the hard and messy work, struggling with other white folks and challenging them (which is what SNCC told us white folks to do in 1967, and what Malcolm said shortly before his death). She wanted to be done with white folks altogether; to immerse herself in blackness, but as a white person, she knew she could never do that fully. And so, this…There is a lesson for us, for we who are white and care deeply about racial equity, justice and liberation. The lesson is this: authentic antiracist white identity is what we must cultivate. We can not shed our skin, nor our privileges; we must work in conjunction with people of color to overturn the system that bestows those privileges. But the key word is WITH people of color, not AS people of color. We must be willing to do the difficult work of finding a different way to live in this skin. THIS skin.

Scotty Reid of Black Talk Radio (http://www.blacktalkradionetwork.com/) retorts to Tim Wise:

So now Tim Wise wants to pile on that white lady…now I know I am done for the night…screw Tim Wise and any and everything he has to say about anything. An admitted racist pretending to be an anti-racist calling out another white person pretending to be black and accusing them of practicing racism is just way too much confusion for me. I’ll let yall delve into that one.

Earl Ofari Hutchinson (http://thehutchinsonreportnews.com/) said on MSNBC today that he’d delved into the record of the Spokane NAACP under Rachel Dolezal’s leadership and while he critiqued her holding herself out as being Black and extolling the virtues of “Black is Beautiful” and “Natural” hair styling as though she was Black, the record of the Spokane NAACP and her as a leader of the chapter were “spot on” on all issues.

Joe South wrote a song, Walk a Mile in My Shoes, which he recorded in Atlanta in 1969 that became a hit in 1970, which according to Wikipedia, “concerns racial tolerance and the need for perspective and compassion.”  South, who was a white man born in Atlanta in 1940, along with his brother Tommy and Sister-in-Law Barbara, sang:

If I could be you, if you could be me for just one hour
If we could find a way to get inside each other’s mind, mmmm
If you could see you through my eyes instead of your ego
I believe you’d be surprised to see that you’ve been blind, mmmm

Walk a mile in my shoes, walk a mile in my shoes
Hey, before you abuse, criticize and accuse
Walk a mile in my shoes

Now your whole world you see around you is just a reflection
And the law of Karma says you’re gonna reap just what you sow
So unless you’ve lived a life of total perfection
You’d better be careful of every stone that you should throw – yeh-heh

And yet we spend the day throwin’ stones at one another
‘Cause I don’t think or wear my hair the same way you do, mmmm
Well, I may be common people but I’m your brother
And when you strike out you’re tryin’ to hurt me it’s hurtin’ you
Lord, have mercy

Walk a mile in my shoes, walk a mile in my shoes
Babe, before you abuse, criticize and accuse
Walk a mile in my shoes

And there are people on reservations and out in the ghettos
And brother, there, but for the grace of God, go you and I, yeh-heh
And if I only had wings of a little angel, well
Don’t you know, I’d fly to the top of a mountain and then I’d cry

Walk a mile in my shoes, walk a mile in my shoes
Babe, before you abuse, criticize and accuse
Better walk a mile in my shoes
Try before what you’re doing

Walk a mile in my shoes, walk a mile in my shoes
Oh, before you abuse, criticize and accuse
Walk a mile in my shoes…

Benjamin Franklin once wrote that “Words may show a man’s wit, actions his meaning.” Her record as Branch President of the Spokane NAACP is the truest test: her actions as Earl Ofari Hutchinson put it were SPOT ON and to that I say, RIGHT ON.  Rachel Dolezal has walked many miles in a Black woman’s shoes.

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Persistence of the ISIS Threat in California: a guest opinion by Robert Dougherty


 

Introduction, by Jan B. Tucker

My readers may or may not know that a considerable part of my professional work involves investigation and security consulting regarding parking lots. Aside from the normal aspects security for my clients, like thefts, employee embezzlement and pilferage, shake-downs for phony traffic accident claims and the like, parking lots are part of our nation’s critical infrastructure, just like any other component of our transportation system. Remove any part of the transportation system from the equation in any urban area like Los Angeles and chaos results.

Because of that role and other aspects of my work, I became a member of InfraGard, a private sector organization sponsored by the FBI. People not professionally involved in security or investigation might wonder why the parking industry is so important. Let me give you a couple of real life examples that illustrate the point.

In the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, the underground parking lot was critical to the plot to bring down the buildings. As Wikipedia partially explains:

On February 26, 1993, a truck bomb was detonated below the North Tower of the World Trade Center in New York City. The 1,336 pounds (606 kg) urea nitrate–hydrogen gas enhanced device[1] was intended to send the North Tower (Tower 1) crashing into the South Tower (Tower 2), bringing both towers down and killing tens of thousands of people.[2][3] It failed to do so, but did kill six people and injured more than a thousand.[4]

The reason that the plot failed in its ultimate goal was because the rental truck filled with the explosives couldn’t find the right parking spot. It was supposed to park as close as possible to one corner of the building, but there were no spots available.

Have you ever tried to park in the underground garage of the U.S. Bank Building in downtown Los Angeles? You will have to jump through a bunch of hoops that don’t apply to any other building in Los Angeles. My guess is that terrorists have already tested this and know what I’m talking about, but for propriety’s sake I’m not going to go into details in public so nobody else gets ideas about how to avoid the security measures.

Why so much precaution at the U.S. Bank Building? Because it’s the tallest DTLA high rise and as such is a known terrorist target. When an Al Qaeda affiliated cell was busted in Spain the Spanish police found a camera with photos taken in the Bay Area (of San Francisco Bay Area bridges) and of the U.S. Bank Building in Los Angeles. They were casing these locations to assess how to attack them.

On top of these examples, there is at least one individual in the parking industry in Los Angeles who is a naturalized American citizen from a Middle Eastern nation who is a spy and a traitor. I detected his activities, reported him and have worked with the appropriate authorities, but as he has not been arrested (and I assume he’s under continued monitoring for intelligence purposes), I can’t discuss the details.

A few years ago, I participated in a training exercise in which a team of Sheriff’s Deputies swept a Los Angeles subway train during a simulated terrorist attack.  I posed as a simple passenger:   little did the deputies know or suspect that I was actually a private sector professional myself, and their actions and omissions that night left much to be desired.  That said, I was extremely concerned to hear of the plans of Nicholas Teausant–who was last known to be on medication for schizophrenia–to bomb the Los Angeles subway system:

http://www.sacbee.com/news/local/crime/article2607845.html

Just last month, May 2015, two Californians were arrested and indicted on terrorist charges and as alleged in the Federal Affidavit filed in their case (SA-15-CR-275M):

[O]n May 3, 2015, Elhuzayel saw a tweet from Elton Simpson, one of the two gunmen who were killed trying to attack a conference in Garland, Texas. In this tweet, Simpson stated that he and his “bro” had pledged allegiance to the leader of ISIL. In response, Elhuzayel tweeted his support for the attempted attack and praised Simpson as a “martyr.”

In recorded conversations last month, Badawi and Elhuzayel “discussed how it would be a blessing to fight for the cause of Allah, and to die in the battlefield,” and they referred to ISIL as “we.” When Badawi expressed concerns about ISIL struggling due to airstrikes by Coalition forces, Elhuzayel responded that they had to be patient and “can you imagine when al-Qaeda joins with Islamic State?”

… Badawi responded: “We will be huge.” The two men also discussed local Muslim leaders and Elhuzayel complained that these leaders were not “legitimate” because they believed in democracy and were not fighting for an Islamic State. The men discussed where in the Middle East they would rather be, and Elhuzayel said he wanted to fight and did not want to be in the United States.

… On May 7, Badawi allowed Elhuzayel to use his credit card to purchase a one-way airline ticket for travel from Los Angeles to Tel Aviv, Israel, via Istanbul, Turkey, on a Turkish Airlines flight scheduled to depart on May 21. Badawi indicated that he would be traveling to the Middle East in the future.

With that said, you should read with great interest the following piece by my friend and colleague, retired CIA Officer and now private sector professional, Robert Dougherty….

Persistence of the Terrorist Threat in California—Robert Dougherty

While the metropolitan Los Angeles area is most certainly number three (behind New York City and Washington D.C.) on Al-Qaida’s Homeland “hit list,” the California area has been spared in the last decade from major, large-scale terrorist attacks or incidents. Much of the credit for this is due to excellent, aggressive law enforcement and intelligence work carried out by the various components of local law enforcement and U.S. Federal Government elements. That said, Al-Qaida has repeatedly tried to carry out terrorist attacks in California in the past, and will continue to do so for the immediate future.

Potential targets for terrorist attacks in California are up-scale shopping malls, local sporting events with large amounts of people present, large commercial office buildings housing businesses and companies, banks and financial centers, transportation networks including major airports and rail, subway and bus lines, and the headquarters of large U.S. companies. These are the type of targets that would most interest Al- Qaida or other Sunni extremist groups to carry out an attack against American economic interests.

We must also remember that Al-Qaida has shown and clear and consistent interest in targeting California in the past:

– In December 1999, Al-Qaida operative Ahmed Ressam was stopped while entering the U.S. from Canada equipped with explosive material to bomb Los Angeles International Airport

– Two of the 9/11 hijackers spent several months in Los Angeles and the San Diego area prior to the 9/11 plot

– There is some indication that in late 2000, several of the 9/11 hijackers in San Diego may have been looking for a ship target in San Diego harbor to attack in conjunction with the October 2000 attack on the USS Cole in Aden, Yemen

– Khalid Shaykh Muhammad (KSM), the mastermind of the 9/11 attacks, originally intended the 9/11 attacks to be both a West Coast and East Coast plot

– In late 2001, U.S. forces in Afghanistan identified a possible mockup of the LAX runway system at an Al-Qaida training camp near Qandahar

– In 2002, KSM had developed a follow-on 9/11 plot for Southeast Asian extremists to pilot planes into targets in Los Angeles, notably the Library Tower (now the U.S. Bank building) in downtown Los Angeles

– In late 2003, there were Al-Qaida issued warnings for “all Muslims to leave Los Angeles, New York City and Washington D.C.”

– In 2004, two separate Al-Qaida operatives were tasked with conducting surveillance and looking at possible targets in the Southern California area, including shopping malls

– In 2005, Al-Qaida spokesperson and native-born American convert Adam Gadahn released a video in which he stated Los Angeles was a target for Al-Qaida

– In 2011, letters written by Usama Bin Ladin, and found at his safehouse in Abbottabad, urged Al-Qaida elements to strike at U.S. transportation networks, especially railroad lines in the Western U.S.

Author Contact Information:

Mr. Robert Dougherty, 805-328-0790 robert@adridenglobal.com

About the Author, Robert Dougherty:

Bob Dougherty has worked for the past 25 years (1986 – 2012) as an Operations Officer for the CIA. He has deep operational experience in the U.S., Europe, Central America, South America and the Middle East.

Bob has successfully worked against foreign terrorist groups (as currently or formerly designated by the U.S. Government) such as Al-Qaida, Hezbollah, Sendero Luminoso, Tupac Amaru Revolutionary Movement, the Japanese Red Army, the Palestine Liberation Organization, and the various Sunni extremist groups that are offshoots of Al-Qaida. In addition, Bob has extensive experience in working against Iranian State Sponsored Terrorism, and Government of Iran Intelligence and Procurement operations worldwide.

Bob has served as a Subject Matter Expert Instructor for the past ten years (2002 – 2012) on Terrorism and Countering Terrorist Cells inside the U.S. and overseas for a variety of classes attended by law enforcement, U.S. Government federal officers, U.S. Military officers, and civilian specialist first-responders. Bob is also a Subject Matter Expert on all aspects of Human Intelligence (HUMINT) – with a specialized focus on the effective utilization of HUMINT to penetrate and neutralize Terrorist/Extremist networks and cells located within the U.S. and in overseas environments. Bob has personally developed, managed and carried out several high profile operations during his career that lead to the capture of several high profile terrorists, and the effective dismantling of terrorist networks.

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Injunction Against Robert Leo St. George of Hermosa Beach


 

J.B. Tucker & Associates

 

For Immediate Release: May 12, 2015

For Information: Jan B. Tucker, 818.720.3719

Dropbox access to video on request to: pr@janbtucker.com

INJUNCTION ISSUED AGAINST MAN WHO ONCE SHOT

ACTOR JAMESON PARKER & MOLESTED DEVELOPMENTALLY DISABLED GIRLS

An injunction was issued this morning by Judge John A. Slawson in Dept H of the Torrance Courthouse against former contractor Robert Leo St. George, whose past felony convictions include a prison sentence for shooting “Simon & Simon” Actor Jameson Parker in 1993 (LASC Case No. LAVLA012160) and a 2003 conviction for molesting two developmentally disabled girls under the age of 14 (Case No. MALSA045269). According to Private Investigator Jan Tucker, who accused the District Attorney’s Office of “outrageous leniency” in agreeing to a probationary plea bargain sentence for St. George in the 2003 case, “St. George lives right by an elementary school because of the District Attorney’s incompetence which I made public in 2011 and because of that he was left at liberty to harass and terrify my client who had the misfortune of renting an apartment from him.”

In his 2011 “Detective’s Diary” blog posting [http://janbtucker.com/blog/2011/03/24/a-tale-of-3-sex-offenders/] Tucker claimed that a District Attorney investigator went to the courthouse and was unable to verify the existence of a restraining order from St. George’s divorce even though Tucker and his fellow National Organization for Women members had already provided a copy of it to then Assistant District Attorney Bill Hodgman. In that case [LASC Case No. D 121521], St. George’s ex-wife swore in a declaration that during a telephone call he said to her:

It’s up to you, you –. I’m going to see that you get what’s coming to you. You better keep looking over your shoulder because when I see you alone I’ll get you on the ground and will put my hands around your neck…when you cry out your last breath I’ll finish you off and then spit on you.

The woman who obtained the injunction today contacted Tucker from his blog-site after a terrifying incident in which she encountered St. George in her apartment without notice and was lucky enough to get the incident on audio/video with her smart phone.

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Detective’s Diary: 1.5 million hits!


 

Thanks to my readers, Detective’s Diary has just passed the all time 1.5 million hits mark.  Here are the stats:

Site Statistics

Unique Pages Served: 56875Total Sessions: 467012Total Page Hits: 1501040

Mil gracias, and keep reading…

 

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Discrimination in Victorville


 

FROM:  CALIFORNIA LEAGUE OF LATIN AMERICAN CITIZENS (CALLAC)
April 24, 2014

Michelle Medina/Silvia Ramirez
Cypress Pointe Homeowners Association
First Choice Community Management
P.O. Box 300
Victorville CA 92393

Dear Ms. Medina & Ms. Ramirez:

We have received a complaint of racial discrimination being perpetrated against the residents of 15852 Desert Poppy. The prima facie allegations, if true, indicate that your Homeowners Association and Management Company have become complicit in the alleged abuse. The allegations include but are not limited to:

  • A pattern and practice of harassment against all African American families in the area in an attempt to run them out of the community
  • An outrageous demand in violation of the residents’ Article I, Section 1 State Constitutional rights to remove the display of an American flag from their residence—especially egregious in light of the resident’s status as a United States Army Veteran
  • Body language and gestures threatening violence in violation of the Ralph Civil Rights (Section 51.7 Civil Code) and Bane Civil Rights Act (Section 52.1 Civil Code)
  • Allegations against the family that constitute libel per se (Section 46 Civil Code) by accusing them of crimes, including but not limited to accusations of gun brandishing

Please note that it is a violation of the Ralph Civil Rights Act to aid, incite, or conspire in the denial of constitutional rights. The allegations we have received on their face indicate that your firm and the HOA are aiding the perpetrators to violate the Ralph Civil Rights Act by initiating a fine based on what appear to be unsubstantiated allegations.

We are requesting that you voluntarily divulge to us the following:

1. A copy of all writings as defined in California Evidence Code 250 demonstrating the investigation conducted to substantiate and/or corroborate allegations made against the residents of the property in question;
2. All writings as defined in Evidence Code Section 250 demonstrating that any of the allegations made against the residents were reported or not reported to the police;
3. All writings as defined in Evidence Code Section 250 demonstrating that whoever investigated the allegations against the residents was licensed as a private investigator or exempt from licensing;
4. All writings as defined in Evidence Code Section 250 demonstrating that whoever investigated the allegations met investigative industry standards of competence based upon their background, training, education and experience to conduct an appropriate investigation;
5. All writings as defined in Evidence Code Section 250 demonstrating that the people who considered as triers of facts the allegations against the residents had training in how to detect deception in an interview;
6. All writings as defined in Evidence Code Section 250 demonstrating that the people who considered as triers of facts the allegations against the residents had been tested on their ability to detect deception.

Thanking you for your prompt attention, I remain,

Respectfully Yours,
Jan B. Tucker
State Director, CALLAC

cc: Kevin Kish, State Director, Department of Fair Employment & Housing; Eva M. Plaza, Assistant Secretary DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT (HUD), Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO)

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What’s worse than Armenian Genocide Denial?


 

When it comes to Armenia and Armenians, there are actually things worse than Holocaust/Genocide denial. Before I get to that issue though, let me recount my own history of dealing with Armenian international and domestic issues and explain how I came to be the only non-Armenian founding Vice President of ARAMAC, the Armenian American Action Committee (an affiliate of the Armenian Assembly).

In the early 1990s during the Bosnian civil war, tens of thousands of women were raped primarily by Serbian forces. The issue is explained in detail in Wikipedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rape_during_the_Bosnian_War which states in pertinent part, “Estimates of the number of women and girls raped range from 12,000 to 50,000, the vast majority of whom were Bosniaks raped by Bosnian Serbs.[4][5] The Serb forces set up “rape camps”, where women were subjected to being repeatedly raped, and only released when pregnant.[5] Gang rape and public rapes in front of villagers and neighbors were not uncommon.[26]”

San Fernando Valley/Northeast Los Angeles NOW (my National Organization for Women chapter) launched a demonstration at the federal building (11000 Wilshire Blvd Westwood) demanding American government action to put a stop to these and other atrocities in that horrendous war. We were joined in this action by Amnesty International, the Coalition Against Ethnic Cleansing, the League of Croatian Women, the Muslim Womens League, and many other human rights groups, including as it turned out, an ad hoc group of Armenian feminists led Tara Petrosian, who would later become my great friend and comrade in arms. I was in charge of public relations for the event and many of the logistics. I arranged for the Armenians to have as a speaker for the event, Yelena Bonner, (half-Armenian half Jewish) human rights activist and wife of noted Soviet dissident and physicist Andrei Sakharov.

Following this event, how I would initially become involved in Armenian American activism was recounted to the Los Angeles Times [July 7, 1996, Valley Man is a Rebel with Disparate Causes] by Tara Petrossian. Reporter Henry Chu wrote:

It was at a NOW rally a few years ago in support of rape victims in Bosnia that Tucker met restauranteur Tara Petrosian, president of the Armenian American Action Committee Western Region, and now one of Tucker’s biggest fans.

Impressed with the media coverage Tucker helped generate for the NOW event, Petrosian telephoned him soon afterward to enlist his help for her own committee, which wanted to publicize Azerbaijan’s blockade of Armenia. Tucker readily signed on.

“I really agonized calling this strange person and asking for favors. However, he was very open,” Petrosian said. “I asked if he would help us. ‘He said yes, he would.’ I said we have no funds and he said ‘no problem.'”

My next question was, “Why would you do this for nothing.” There was a long pause and he said, “‘I’m still one of those crazy people who believes in living life according to principles.’ He’s a great humanitarian. He’s always for the underdog.”

Over lunch at what was already one of my favorite restaurants, Chez Nous, Tara gave me a mini-course in Armenian domestic politics. I summed up by saying, “so what you’re telling me is that there are two major Armenian American political organizations: the Armenian National Committee and the Armenian Assembly. Because unity is of course out of the question, they have two competing resolutions in Congress. The ANC, the more militant of the two, has a resolution which has Congress asking the State Department to ask the Turks and Azeris to be nice to Armenia. The AA, as the more moderate group has its competing resolution asking Congress to ask the State Department to politely ask the Turks and the Azeris to be nice to Armenia, because of course, they’re more moderate.”

I then told Tara: “I won’t get involved with the existing strategy. It’s bullshit. I’m a Jew and we’ve learned not to go begging for our rights; the last time we tried that it cost six million of us. However I’m not suggesting that we reinvent the wheel. Let’s take a page out of how we ended Apartheid in South Africa: hit them where it hurts, in the pocket book. Who’s investing in Azerbaijan?”

Tara told me that AMOCO and UNOCAL were investing in the Azeri Caspian Sea oil fields. “Oh great,” I said. “UNOCAL is headquartered right here in Los Angeles.”

The strategy I hatched and unleashed is the reason why UNOCAL eventually had to sell their 5th Street downtown Los Angeles headquarters building and move down to Buena Park. Within months we put together a coalition with everybody under the sun who had grievances against UNOCAL, including Burmese Pro-Democracy activists (UNOCAL was destroying their rain forest using slave labor and women forced into brothels to service the slave labor); the Cree Indians of Canada (UNOCAL leased their reservation supposedly to explore for oil then put a mustard gas plant there instead); the Quechua Indians of Ecuador (where UNOCAL was screwing up their rain forest), and so on and so forth.

Within months we had 300 screaming Armenian high school students parading around and blockading UNOCAL headquarters.

CAL STRS—the State Teacher Retirement System, our state’s second largest pension fund after CAL PERS, turned out to be the 10th largest investor in UNOCAL stock. I ran for State Treasurer in 1994 and 1998 on a platform demanding divestiture of UNOCAL stock by STRS and testified before the STRS corporate governance committee on the issues. Along with Glendale College Professor Levon Merashlian and Tara Petrosian, I wrote a militant resolution demanding STRS divestiture which unanimously passed the Representative Assembly of California’s largest teacher’s union, United Teachers of Los Angeles (UTLA) without debate or amendment.

Now while all this was going on, aside from personal friends I enlisted in the cause, I can’t think of one single American Jew or one single Jewish politician who was willing to raise a finger in support of these efforts, or of another strategy I came up with, a demand that the Department of Commerce designate Armenia as a friendly nation targeted by a boycott (it is a reasonable premise that a blockade is wholly inclusive of a boycott and then some). The so-called anti-boycott law which was passed to protect Israel from Arab economic boycott doesn’t even mention Israel and can be applied to any friendly nation.

Why wouldn’t American Jews get involved with my crusade? Very simply because their blind support of Israeli foreign policy made them turn a blind eye towards Armenia, because of Israel’s long time alliance with Turkey which at that time was at a high point. Even with Israel’s relations with Turkey strained, Israel still won’t even admit that Turkey’s World War I massacre of Armenians constitutes genocide [http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/1.636058]:

Israel does not plan to recognize the Armenian genocide perpetrated by Turkey, Rafael Harpaz, Israel’s ambassador to Azerbaijan, told Azeri website Trend.

“Israel is a democratic country, everybody has two opinions, not one opinion,” Harpaz said. “The government has a very clear opinion.”

He said Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman had made Israel’s policy clear.

Harpaz told Trend he hoped Israel’s troubled relations with Turkey would improve.

“There are enough common interests and issues in the world for us to cooperate,” Harpaz reportedly said. “I would like to take an example of Turkish Airlines. Turkish Airlines is the biggest foreign airline which is active in Israel. Istanbul is the biggest hub for Israelis. The same goes for tourism, trade which is up. We hope that our political relations with Turkey will improve.”

This Israeli foreign policy trade-off is unconscionable. It makes me thankful that I am a Jew first and not an Israeli or an apologist for Israel, because my Jewish sense of right and wrong makes me come to a very different conclusion.

More recently, I went to the neighboring City of Carson where I joined hundreds of Armenians confronting hundreds of Turkish Americans in opposition to the City accepting an offer of a monument to war criminal Mustafa Kemal Ataturk….for the City’s Peace Garden! See http://asbarez.com/132718/carson-city-council-unanimouly-rejects-ataturk-monument-measure/ My old friend Levon Merashlian spoke eloquently explaining why Ataturk was completely and thoroughly inappropriate for commemoration in America.

So, coming full circle, what exactly could be worse than Armenian genocide denial? Well, the position that the leadership of my own political party, the Peace and Freedom Party, took on the issues involving the blockade of Armenia, are far worse than genocide denial. Their position was (and remains to this day) de facto support for the continuing blockade of Armenia, a blockade which in one year alone in the early 1990s resulted in the death of 1% of the entire population of the nation.

As the party’s candidate for State Treasurer in 1994, I repeatedly tried to get a resolution on the agenda for State Central Committee meetings to join me in supporting (a) amendment of the Freedom Support Act to strengthen it with additional sanctions against Azerbaijan for blockading Armenia, (b) demanding Commerce Department designation of Armenia as the target of an illegal corporate boycott, and (c) divestiture by CAL STRS of stock in UNOCAL. I also attempted to enlist PFP perennial candidate Marsha Feinland, a member of the teacher’s union in Berkeley, to get her union to join UTLA in calling for STRS divestiture. I figured that as a fellow Jew, Feinland ought to understand that like Jews and Roma (Gypsies) Armenians are kindred peoples who have faced both genocide and diaspora. Feinland didn’t lift a finger to help.

Even worse, when I finally got a hearing on my proposed resolution from the State Executive Committee, I was met with outright racist anti-Armenian statements like one from later PFP State Chair Kevin Akin, who justified his opposition by saying stuff like “All the Armenians I ever knew……” If he had said “All the Blacks” or “All the Chicanos” or, or, or it would have been intuitively obvious that it was a prejudicial, bigoted and racist statement, but the voting members of the SEC ….. well it went past them like water in a stream without protest.

Given that Kevin’s son, Isaiah, is a senatorial aide and is now chief foreign policy wonk for Senator Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) I’m now no longer surprised: Wyden is considered to the right of Likud when it comes to anything to do with Israel or its foreign affairs.

They wound up adopting a resolution whose sole actual effect if implemented into law would have imposed sanctions on Armenia for the crime of having been blockaded by Azerbaijan and Turkey. On February 17, 1993 HR 86 was introduced and some of its “whereas” clauses explain just how unconscionable this position was:

To express dissatisfaction with the Republic of Azerbaijan’s failure to work toward a peaceful and fair settlement to the dispute over Nagorno Karabagh by continuing the devastating blockade and economic boycott of the Republics of Armenia and Nagorno Karabagh.

Whereas the Azerbaijani government has failed to terminate the blockade and other uses of force against Armenia and Nagorno Karabagh, as set forth in the Freedom Support Act;

Whereas the blockade of Armenia and Nagorno Karabagh by Azerbaijan has directly resulted in extreme hardship, loss of life and economic devastation in both Armenia and Nagorno Karabagh;

Whereas the lack of medicine and adequate health facilities in Armenia and Nagorno Karabagh has resulted in an alarming increase in the mortality rate among the elderly and newborn infants;

Whereas the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has identified tens of thousands of Armenian refugees to be at risk of exposure and starvation this winter, due to the Azerbaijani blockade of Armenia;

Whereas the European Parliament has passed a resolution condemning the Azerbaijani blockade of Armenia and Nagorno Karabagh and demanding that Azerbaijan immediately cease the embargo

“Loss of life.” Let me explain that in human terms. During the year preceding the introduction of HR 86, 1% of the population of Armenia died from the cold and starvation. Then-Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy III (D-MA) described to me at the time as an eyewitness of how babies died as soon as they were born because it was 40 degrees below zero in obstetrics rooms in hospitals. Every single tree in the capital city of Yerevan had already been cut down for fuel. Kennedy and his staff had to sleep in the Embassy van with the engine running to keep themselves from freezing.

The PFP leadership position on Armenia is reprehensible as well as unconscionable. It is so extreme that it is to the right of the Turkish embassy’s position and even to the right of former Vice President Dick Cheney, who as former CEO of Halliburton (profiting from the blockade and his company’s operations in Azeri Caspian sea oil) received the Azeri American Chamber of Commerce “Freedom Support Award.”

This is just one reason why over the next couple of years I will do my little part to support Armenia’s right to live in peace and for recognition of the historical wrongs the Armenian people have endured, by running for the PFP nomination for Vice President (I want to be Roseanne Barr’s running mate) on a platform as I originally proposed it in 1994. If you want to help me in this quest, contact me at your earliest convenience at pr@janbtucker.com.

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Attorneys Greg Yates & Neville Johnson Sue to Stifle Free Press


 

News Release
P.O. Box 433 Torrance CA 90508-0433
Tel: 310.618.9596 Fax: 310.618.1950
Cell: 818.720.3719 pr@janbtucker.com

Criminal Justice Columnist, Counter Punch Magazine
Commentator, Black Talk Radio
“Public relations guru”–Los Angeles Times 1996
Former 1st Vice President, LA Newspaper Guild
Member, CWA Local 39521, Pacific Media Workers Guild

For Immediate Release: April 22, 2015
For Information: Jan B. Tucker, 818.720.3719

Lawsuit Pits Goliath Attorney Against David Reporter
in Aftermath of Mayday 2007 Litigation

Trial has been set in the case of Gregory A. Yates vs Patricia Nazario on June 11, 2015 in Department 36 of the Los Angeles Superior Court (111 N Hill St) in which Yates, an attorney who represented then-KPCC reporter Nazario against the City of Los Angeles after she was beaten by a police officer at a Mayday 2007 immigration demonstration, is suing her. Yates now claims Nazario libeled him in her creation of a website, which exposes his alleged malfeasance. Nazario contends the website is a public service based on a collection of public records.

Yates gained fame through his representation of victims of LAPD “Ramparts” division abuses. He also later represented Native American tribes in Tribal Trust fund litigation against the federal government, winning multi-million dollar settlements, but the quality of his representation has been called into question in a Detective’s Diary on-going investigation into why those tribes wound up with approximately one-third less than tribes represented by the Native American Rights Fund and other law firms.

Nazario’s website, www.gregoryyates.org, cites a litany of cases, including complaints against Yates for Breach of Contract, Malpractice, and his 1986 State Bar discipline records in which his license was suspended for two years. Other lawsuits posted on the website, include:

  • Vensel v Yates in which Yates had to pay $100,000 and mediation fees over allegations that he botched the handling of a medical malpractice case and then abandoned the client
  • Moreno v Yates in which a law firm alleged that Yates stiffed them on fees they were entitled to from representation of “Ramparts” litigants
  • Taschner v Yates, another case of a law firm alleging that Yates withheld fees from them in “Ramparts” litigation
  • FAMCO v Yates, a lawsuit involving over $11,000 worth of embezzled checks
  • Rubin v Yates, in which Rubin alleged that following a traffic accident that Yates assaulted him and called him a “fucking faggot.”

According to Nazario, who wound up receiving nothing from the jury verdict in her favor while Yates took the entire award, Yates has consistently used his lawsuit to pressure her into taking down her website and to demand that she try to get other journalists to stop reporting on Yates’ questionable business practices. “During settlement negotiations Yates’ attorney, Neville Johnson, demanded that I get another blog that I have no control over taken down,” said Nazario. “Even more telling is that while they sued me, Johnson and Yates were offering me money to settle.”

 

 

Jan B. Tucker, who was the target of Johnson’s demands, said that when he belatedly found out that Johnson had issued but never served him with a subpoena that was seeking access to his own journalistic files on Yates, he launched his own inquiry on Johnson. “That produced a very interesting look into Johnson’s own malpractice litigation history that I have recounted at http://janbtucker.com/blog/2015/03/03/neville-lawrence-johnson-whats-he-up-to-and-why/,” Tucker explained.

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For additional background:  http://janbtucker.com/blog/2012/08/29/greg-yates-paul-ingels-in-the-skeletons-closet/

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