The Lisbon Reporter reports “Is There More Behind Lisbon (ME) Corruption? “
“Hey Lisbon Residents, Got YOUR Thinking Caps On Yet?”
Related: Click here.
Mike Gill Patch is 100% on target. View his interview HERE.
MORE SCOOP ON U.S. SENATOR KELLY AYOTTE (NH), FORMER ATTORNEY GENERAL, HERE.
During the tenure of Gov. John Lynch (D) and Kelly Ayotte’s (R) tenure as Attorney General, Kelly Ayotte and Lynch covered up official corruption. The corruption and cover up extended to New Jersey, involving Fort Lee and Bergen County Prosecutors office. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R) is fully aware, as is the Office of Inspector General, US DOJ. View response from OIG.
Is there a connection between Gov. Christie’s “Bridgegate“, US Senator Kelly Ayotte and the US DOJ? Is there political maneuvering behind the scenes? Regardless, all three have personal knowledge of state and federal crimes committed, cover up, obstruction of justice and malfeasance of office. Documented evidence supports this.
Related: N.J. ATTORNEY GENERAL PAULA DOW LEAVING THE OFFICE, click here.
The Star Ledger reports “In another day of political drama and legal maneuvering, two new legislative committees were formed Thursday to investigate the George Washington Bridge scandal and within hours, 20 subpoenas were issued to 17 key people and three organizations in the unfolding story.
The moves in Trenton provided a quick signal that the widening investigation into what role Gov. Chris Christie’s administration may have played in the bridge lane closures, which led to massive traffic jams last September, will be aggressive — and not likely to end anytime soon. Christie retained a former federal prosecutor, Randy Mastro, to respond to questions from the committees. Mastro was an assistant U.S. attorney who specialized in organized crime cases and led a federal government’s landmark racketeering suit.
The investigations come amid continuing questions over the why the Port Authority shut down several local bridge toll lanes without warning for four days, then tried to keep a lid on what had happened.
“What we’re really looking at is the ‘why?’” said Assemblyman John Wisniewski (D-Middlesex), who has spearheaded the continuing investigation.
The governor, who said he had nothing to do with the lane closures and was unaware of the involvement of anyone on his staff in what he has suggested may have been a “rogue political operation.”
On the other side of the Statehouse, the Senate approved a similar special committee by a vote of 33-0 “to further investigate all aspects of the finances, operations, and management of the Port Authority and any other matter raising concerns about abuse of government power or an attempt to conceal an abuse of government power.”
That panel will be led by Sen. Loretta Weinberg (D-Bergen), whose district includes Fort Lee and who was among the first to raise a public outcry over the still unexplained lane closures.
“The investigation will be deliberative, thoughtful and thorough,” Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D-Gloucester) said. “It will pursue all aspects of this case and go wherever the evidence takes it. We want to get the full story and we want the truth about what happened and who was involved.”
(Something to question – Is the US DOJ-OIG playing with the Port Authority???)
The questions of the governor, in the meantime, will not just be coming from the Legislature. A separate inquiry is also underway in Washington, where Sen. Jay Rockefeller IV (D-W.Va.), chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, has also asked what was behind closures on access lanes to the George Washington Bridge in September.
The Port Authority, in a response to the committee’s questions, said Thursday the closures were “aberrational,” but could not explain why they happened. The board still does not have many of the facts as to the motivations behind actions taken at the GWB. “The Port Authority officials who ordered the September 9 to 13 George Washington Bridge lane closures did not follow their agency’s own procedures,” Rockefeller said in a statement. “The Port Authority’s response provides zero evidence that the purpose of these closures was to conduct a legitimate traffic study.”
(The timing of a response from the OIG (September 19th), regarding a complaint (and investigation) involving Bergen County and Fort Lee, surely fits into this picture as a political ploy. However, both parties have questions to answer.)
Read more HERE.
The special committee voted ”to further investigate any other matter raising concerns about abuse of government power or an attempt to conceal an abuse of government power.” This “Bridgegate” scandal crosses “state bridges.”
NHGOP executive director, Matt Mowers, subpoenaed in probe of Christie administration ‘Bridgegate’ scandal. Read more HERE.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie In Hot Water…, click here.
…abuse of power and cover up extends beyond “Bridgegate”. Gov. Christie in response to complaint regarding cover up by N.J. Attorney General’s Office relative to Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office. A.G. Paula Dow failed to respond to Gov. Christie’s directive. Read more HERE.
“Chris Christie’s role in GWB bridge scandal questioned in wake of newly revealed e-mails. The e-mails sent shock waves through New Jersey’s political establishment and raised questions about how high up in the administration the bridge lane shutdown operation may have gone. Christie, in his statement, said he had no knowledge of what had transpired.”
“The e-mails suggest that Christie operatives jammed traffic in Fort Lee (Bergen County) to retaliate against Mark Sokolich, the city’s mayor, who did not endorse Christie’s 2013 reelection.”
“What I’ve seen today for the first time is unacceptable,” he said. “I am outraged and deeply saddened to learn that not only was I misled by a member of my staff, but this completely inappropriate and unsanctioned conduct was made without my knowledge. One thing is clear: this type of behavior is unacceptable and I will not tolerate it because the people of New Jersey deserve better.”
“The governor said the behavior “is not representative of me or my administration in any way and people will be held responsible for their actions.” Democrats in New Jersey on Wednesday were calling for a criminal investigation into the whole affair.”
“Gov. Chris Christie apologized Thursday for a scandal that threatens his political future, announcing that he had fired a senior aide and banished his top campaign adviser for their roles in days of traffic jams orchestrated to punish a small-city Democratic mayor.”
“Christie at once accepted responsibility as the state’s chief executive but also insisted he had no involvement in shutting down a pair of access lanes to the heavily trafficked George Washington Bridge over four days in early September. The Republican governor said he was “blindsided” by this week’s release of e-mails and text messages detailing his office’s role in the plot to create severe gridlock in Fort Lee, N.J.”
“This is the exception — it is not the rule — of what’s happened over the last four years in this administration,” Christie said. He added that he was “stunned by the abject stupidity that was shown here.”
“Christie repeatedly invoked his ignorance of key events, providing a stark contrast to his carefully cultivated image as a hands-on, can-do chief executive.”
“I am embarrassed and humiliated by the conduct of some of the people on my team,” Christie said. “There’s no doubt in my mind that the conduct that they exhibited is completely unacceptable and showed a lack of respect for the appropriate role of government. “I’ve worked for the last 12 years in public life developing a reputation for honesty and directness.”
Mere days after it was uncovered that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s staff closed traffic lanes in the town nearest the GW Bridge, he is under investigation from the federal government for misuse of Hurricane Sandy relief funds.
“Matt Mowers, executive director of the New Hampshire Republican Party, is identified as a player in the prologue to the “Bridgegate” scandal plaguing his old boss, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. Mowers was the regional political director of Christie’s reelection campaign. He had previously served in Christie’s governor’s office as a regional director of intergovernmental relations and legislative affairs. In both roles, Fort Lee was part of the Bergen County region he covered. Christie won reelection, Mowers was named as the top staffer of the New Hampshire GOP.
Both houses of the N.J. state Legislature announced they will create a special investigatory committees to continue investigating the George Washington Bridge lane closures. Incoming state Assembly speaker Vincent Prieto (D-Hudson) called the George Washington Bridge lane closures “an abuse of power.” “This has become more than a transportation issue,” Prieto said. “An abuse of power like this is not something we’re going to stand for.”
“U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone asked the inspector general of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to look into the “Stronger than the Storm” advertising campaign because he thought it “smelled.” The campaign featured television commercials featuring Christie and his family talking about the state’s recovery from the hurricane.”
Gov. Christie on Tuesday vowed in his State of the State speech ”to take steps to ensure the “breach of trust” that led to the turbulent political scandal rocking his office will not happen again. Mistakes were clearly made. And as a result, we let down the people we are entrusted to serve. I know our citizens deserve better. Much better.” I’m the governor and I am ultimately responsible for all that happens on my watch — both good and bad,” said Christie.
“New Jersey Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto announced this afternoon the names of 12 lawmakers who will sit on a new, high-profile committee looking into the George Washington Bridge scandal. The goal of the committee is to get answers to the questions that we have and continue on what the Assembly committee has already started, Prieto said, noting the focus will be in large part on public safety. We’ve got more questions than answers we’ve gotten.”
“The committee, set to be authorized Thursday, will have the assistance of a former federal prosecutor who led the case against former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.”
Christie announced today the hiring of the Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher law firm and specifically Randy Mastro to assist both with the review and an investigation by the U.S. Attorney’s office into the closings, which snarled traffic for four days in Fort Lee. Mastro, a former assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York, specialized in organized crime and racketeering cases.
Timeline of Port Authority’s George Washington Bridge controversy, HERE.
Documents gathered by the NJ State Assembly posted here.
Vice President Joe Biden literally called Jon Corzine (former N.J. Governor) for advice on what to do about the economy. View video, click here.
The link to this article is not available:
“(Weekley Standard) – Barack Obama’s reelection campaign has released the most recent list of names of fundraising bundlers. On that list is Jon Corzine, the former governor of New Jersey and embattled money man, the former head of MF Global:
Corzine, according to the Obama campaign, has once again helped raise more than $500,000.
(He was likewise named a bundler in January, when the Obama campaign last released the names of their money men.)
“MF Global and its brokerage sought Chapter 11 bankruptcy after a $6.3 billion bet on the bonds of some of Europe’s most indebted nations prompted regulator concerns and a credit rating downgrade. Corzine quit MF Global Nov. 4,” Bloomberg reported.
As ABC reported, “President Obama once hailed [Corzine] as an ‘honorable man’ and one of his ‘best partners’ in the White House.” Since that time, Obama has tried to distance himself from Corzine, who at one point was considered for the treasury secretary slot.
But apparently Obama is still willing to use campaign funds from the embattled Corzine.”
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS • January 25, 2008TRENTON — The state attorney general’s office has subpoenaed documents from the Bergen County town where a leading critic of Gov. Jon S. Corzine was mayor, prompting the former mayor to allege that he’s been harassed for criticizing Corzine policies.
The subpoenas were revealed today by Miles Feinstein, the attorney for former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan, an unsuccessful 2005 Republican gubernatorial candidate who was arrested Jan. 19 and charged with defiant trespassing after protesting outside a meeting on Corzine’s toll increase plan.
Feinstein said Lonegan’s arrest was the latest in a pattern of harassment against Lonegan by Corzine’s Democratic administration.
“This man did nothing wrong,” Feinstein said. “There is no basis for a grand jury investigation or an attorney general’s investigation except for retribution.”
The governor’s office didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
David Wald, spokesman for Attorney General Anne Milgram, would neither confirm nor deny a criminal investigation.
“But Attorney General Milgram has made clear repeatedly that politics plays no role in her office and it’s something she does not tolerate,” Wald said.
Feinstein said they want the U.S. Attorney’s Office to investigate or a special prosecutor appointed by the Legislature.
Lonegan said at least three subpoenas were sent to Bogota last fall seeking various documents.
Feinstein showed one subpoena Friday that was signed on Oct. 23 by Deputy Attorney General Jacqueline Smith and sought documents pertaining to Department of Public Works employees dating back to Sept. 1.
Lonegan, whose mayoral term expired earlier this month, said other subpoenas sought all Bogota records going back five years, a timeframe he said was later adjusted to two years.
Lonegan said he wasn’t named in the subpoenas, but said state investigators have also interviewed at least six people about him, though he declined to say who and what they were asked, other than that it has nothing to do with allegations he hired illegal immigrants to do campaign work last year.
“I don’t believe that they can find a single thing that they can accuse me of,” Lonegan said. “My record is spotless.”
Feinstein note the Oct. 23 subpoena was issued as Lonegan campaigned against several Corzine-backed Nov. 6 ballot initiatives, including a plan to ask voters to borrow $450 million for stem cell research that was defeated by voters.
Lonegan and radio personality Seth Grossman were protesting Corzine’s plan to increase highway tolls to pay state debt when they were arrested after handing out
fliers and holding signs outside a Middle Township school where Corzine was discussing the plan with residents.
State Police Capt. Al Della Fave on Thursday said that State Police Superintendent Rick Fuentes wants those involved in the arrests to explain what they recommended to local police about security.
Middle Township police said state police told them not to let anyone in the meeting with signs, backpacks and packages and to designate a protest zone.
Township officials asked the municipal prosecutor to drop the charges and apologized to the men on Wednesday.
“The Daily Caller has learned that Christie has been invited to join Paul when the libertarian-leaning Republican travels to New Jersey for a campaign appearance next month.
Paul is heading to Clark, N.J., on Sept. 13 to campaign for Steve Lonegan, the Republican nominee in the state for the U.S. Senate. Lonegan, a former mayor, is running against Booker, the Democratic mayor of Newark.”
Read more, click here.
There is a protest in front of Monmouth County Courthouse against Judge Paul Escandon this Friday, November 30th at 9:00 A.M. A group of women are coming together to speak up and bring out into the open everything that Judge Paul Escandon is trying to hide.
“We will not be silenced and we are not going away. There are abuses taking place inside Judge Escandon’s courtroom that are catastrophic to children’s safety and welfare, women’s rights, civil and due process rights.” Read more.
An investigation has discovered that at least four Islamists sit on New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s Muslim outreach committee, which was formed after Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa concluded in May that NYPD intelligence-gathering operations in New Jersey did not break any laws.
All of the information about the Islamist backgrounds of these four committee members is publicly available, yet the Christie Administration picked them to serve as liaisons to the Muslim community of the state. As a result, they are having private meetings with N.J.’s top security officials. This is just the latest example of Christie’s embrace of Islamists that should be shunned, not exalted.
The discovery that the Islamists were on the committee was made when RadicalIslam.org obtained a previously unreleased list of committee members present at a September 5, 2012 meeting at the Leroy Smith Building in Newark.
The four committee members of concern are:
• Imam Mohammad Qatanani, whose deportation is sought by the Department of Homeland Security for not disclosing on his green card application that he was arrested and convicted by Israel in 1993 for his involvement with Hamas;
• Ahmed Shedeed, a fervent supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood and President of the Islamic Center of Jersey City, a mosque with a history of Islamist leadership. Its website currently contains disturbing statements about jihad, the West, wife beating and polygamy;
• Mohammed Younes, the President of the American Muslim Union, a group with Islamist leadership and close ties to Qatanani’s mosque, which was founded by a Hamas fundraiser; and
• Imam Abdul Basit of the New Brunswick Islamic Center, a mosque founded by a radical cleric. In July, it held a Brotherhood-linked seminar featuring multiple extremist speakers.
Addressing the committee were: Attorney General Chiesa, NJ State Police Superintendent Colonel Rick Fuentes and the Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness Director Edward Dickson. These addresses were followed by dialogue with committee members.
Other NJ officials that were present at the meeting were: First Assistant Attorney General Calcagni, Special Assistant Christopher Iu, Special Assistant Paul Salvatoriello, State Police Major Gerald Lewis and Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness Community Affairs Chief John Paige.
New Jersey R.I.C.O. Case, September 1, 2010
James Sweeney, Obituary (published July 26, 2011)
N.J. Governor Christopher Christie letter, March 29, 2010
The corruption in the Farmington (N.H.) Police Department and cover up by (now former N.H.A.G.) U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte has ties to Bergen County N.J. prosecutor’s office.
I will be adding documents associated with the links below. Check back often.
Attorney Mark Lawrence (former President of the Maine Senate) was appointed District Attorney by Governor John Baldacci to fill the vacancy created when Michael Cantara became Commissioner of Public Safety. He ran for congress, 2008 election, and lost. He was later nominated by Congressman Michael Michaud for position of Maine U.S.A.G. I wrote Congressman Michaud and asked that he justify his nomination of Mark Lawrence for said position. No response. Lawrence was no longer named as a possible nominee. He has opened his own law firm.
The articles in the last edition of the Clarion Edict are excellent! They are very informative and inner-twine with each other. It is refreshing to know that the people have a place in which to have their voices heard.
I want to expand on the article by Joseph Nugent “Maine U.S. Attorney Office Non-Feasance.” Why do public officials keep passing the proverbial buck and look the other way? Joseph Nugent asked “who is going to do something about corruption? Why is it happening? Who is profiting from it? Why is no one doing anything about it? How long is this type of wrong doing going to be tolerated? And who will ultimately enforce the law, maintain the public trust and protect our faith and confidence in our system of government?”
The duties of the Attorney General are established by the Maine Revised Statutes Annotated, Title 5, sections 191 – 205. These statutes direct the Attorney General to discharge various responsibilities, including investigating and prosecuting homicides and other crimes. In addition to these statutory powers, the Attorney General is vested with certain other powers deriving from the Office’s common law powers. The leading case on the powers and duties of the Attorney General is Superintendent of Insurance v. Attorney General, 558 A.2d 1197 (Me.1989). The essential principle stated by the Court in this landmark decision is that the Attorney General possesses constitutional and common law authority, independent of the agencies represented by the Office that may be exercised by the Attorney General in the public interest.
The State Court Administrator, established by M.R.S.A. Title 4, Chapter 1 ξ 17, subject to the supervision and direction of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court, is responsible for administration and management of the court system, including investigating complaints with respect to the operation of the courts. Maine’s Court Administrator is James T. Glessner.
Why are the unlawful interferences by officials rubber-stamped by Maine’ judicial system? Why do state government agencies in place to protect consumers, fail to do so? The power of the agencies, etc. is supported by the corruption of the courts. Why do they get away with this? Because they can. The lack of oversight and accountability that exists in Maine government agencies/departments/committees/commissions, including the Judiciary, pose a real problem for small business owners and residents.
It is disgusting and appalling, through past administrations, that there has always been the excuse, including the Attorney General’s Office – top law enforcement agency in the State, that “there’s nothing we can do.” This being the case, it is my opinion that the state has 2 choices: 1) replace the person in charge of an agency or 2) if an agency is not servings its purpose/mission, eliminate the agency. This would be fiscally responsible. Paying salaries of employees who fail in their job performance is a misuse of taxpayer money. It is imperative that Governor LePage initiate investigations into the job performance of the Attorney General’s Office and Administrative Office of the Courts as this is a matter of public interest and trust.
As long as we have family connections, “revolving doors” in Augusta and legislators who leave their common sense at the door when entering the chambers, public and judicial corruption in this state will continue.
As Mr. Nugent reported, lack of action by Attorneys General Steven Rowe and Janet Mills occurred during the (former governor) John Baldacci administration. If “you wonder why public and judicial corruption is going unfettered here in our State”, connect the dots. The masquerade party ongoing in Augusta is known by more people than our officials realize. The political players dance from one elected position to another, wheel and deal with connections they’ve made, ignore the pleas for help from their constituents who pay their salaries, then eventually climb the ladder to a higher position. Then family members join the party. The individuals we thought would be great representatives of the people, and we voted for, have lost their way. They sold their souls and the future of their children, grandchildren and the American people for the sake of comfort and wealth. They have elected to take the path of corruption which, eventually, will effect them.
Baldacci – Business As Usual. Source: LANCE TAPLEY
Baldacci swears in judges with area roots. ”The swearing-in ceremony for five Maine judges seemed more like a family reunionthan an official event.”
Re Radio Address – Sen. Hobbins on Government Transparency, March 19, 2011:
“Democrats have long believed that people should know who, how, where, and what is being governed.” Hobbins “wants to work with Governor LePage moving this state forward, but he wants to do it with transparency and openness.” He stated, “Governor, I hope you will join me.”
Hobbins brought up one case in point, the Governor’s announcement of the formation of a Business Advisory Council, “however, in the Executive Order, the Governor added language exempting the Council from Maine’s Right to Know Law.” “As a founding member and former chair of Maine’s Right to Know Committee, Hobbins felt “a responsibility, a stewardship, for transparency in Maine government” and “in response to the Executive Order, he wrote a letter to the Governor asking him to re-evaluate his decision exempting the Advisory Council from the Freedom of Access Act. To date, he had not received a response from him or anyone in his administration. Hobbins stated he “will remain dogged in his efforts to allow the people of Maine access to the state’s business. Transparency is essential to an open society. A cloud of suspicion forms over elected officials and governments where the truth is shrouded in anything but openness. Sunshine Week and the Freedom of Access Act were borne out of this—this need to know, the need to hold elected officials accountable.”
Now that the shoe is on the other foot, Senator Hobbins should understand the peoples’ plights including, but not limited to, the decades of seeking justice, the decades of frustration due to the unresponsiveness of elected officials, the lack of transparency in Maine government, the lack of official accountability and the taxation without representation. Hobbins asked Governor LePage to join him in moving this state forward, but he wants “to do it with transparency and openness.” I’m asking Senator Hobbins to join me, and the people, in reining in an out-of-control government and to “do it with transparency and openness.” I, we, remain dogged in our efforts for fairness and truth. Senator Hobbins has long been a member of “there’s nothing I can do club.”
Top 25 Biddeford-Saco political players and coaches according to All Along the Watchtower. The list is not surprising to those of us in the know whose names are included:
Biddeford Police Chief Roger Beaupre. – I learned that there is an unwritten rule in Chief Beaupre’s Department. That rule “none of his police officers are to speak with me.” Why’s that? They might learn a little about the law, their constitutional duties or maybe a secret about their own chief.
William Kany – Saco-Biddeford Savings Institution.
Senator Barry Hobbins.
The Honorable Mike Cantara – Michael Cantara is a bar certified attorney. A former Biddeford mayor, Cantara was later elected to become York County’s District Attorney before being tapped by Governor John Baldacci to serve as Commissioner for the Maine Department of Public Safety and later as a Maine District Court Judge, where he serves today. Attorney Mark Lawrence (former President of the Maine Senate) was appointed District Attorney by Governor John Baldacci to fill the vacancy created when Cantara became Commissioner of Public Safety. Official corruption was brought to D.A. Cantara back in the 1990′s. However, my complaint against Atty. Michelle Robert (who was appointed to the A.G.’s office by Governor Angus King, despite his pledge of a “hiring freeze”) was dismissed by Cantara because Michelle Robert was “his friend and colleague.”
Also Pro police brutality and elder abuse.
Of importance to “all in the family” is the creation of 147 positions in government by (former governor) Angus King.
With further regard to Nugent’s concerns about the Maine U.S. Attorney General’s Office, malfeasance and non-feasance extends into Washington, D.C., including members of Congress.
In February 2007 a complaint was filed with the O.I.G. against two U.S. Attorneys on their failure to perform their duties as Federal Agents and their failure to uphold the law. The complaint was forwarded to the Executive Office of U.S. Attorneys, per correspondence of Roger M. Williams, Special Agent and dated April 12, 2007. This was during the tenure of (now former Attorneys General) Alberto Gonzales and Michael Mukasey. Involved in this cover up is H. Marshall Jarrett, the longtime chief lawyer in the Justice Department’s Office of Professional Responsibility, who was appointed by President Obama to head the Executive Office for United States Attorneys.
On December 5, 2008 I attended a Judiciary Committee Field Hearing in St. Albans, VT, chaired by Senator Patrick Leahy, re: “Community-Based Solutions to Drug-Related Crime in Rural America.”
I submitted documentation and a demand for a full investigation into drug related crimes and violations of law, rights and due process. I am quite disappointed that I was not afforded the opportunity to speak with Senator Leahy after traveling hours to Vermont. His only response to me was that he would read my documents on the plane. The evidence/documents presented to him demands a full investigation into the cover up of drug-related crimes, including a death, and extends from New Hampshire to Washington agencies, ie., DOJ, FBI, US Attorneys Executive Office, H. Marshall Jarrett, Counsel – Office of Professional Responsibility, NH U.S.A.G. Thomas Colantuono (left his position) and N.H. Asst. U.S.A.G. Mark Zuckerman, and others. I never received a response from Senator Leahy regarding this matter.
Is it not surprising that public officials keep passing the proverbial buck and look the other way? Where are the checks and balances? There are none. Governor Paul LePage must exercise his authority, per the Constitution of Maine, Art V, sec.12, and take care that the laws be faithfully executed. His enforcement of the law can restore the public’s trust, faith and confidence in our system of government.
As The Plot Thickens, Connect The Dots.