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annm4peace Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-23-11 07:37 PM
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Minnesota's Ramsey County Sheriff Fletcher liked about 33 Terrorists during RNC 08
Edited on Sun Jan-23-11 08:08 PM by annm4peace

MN's Ramsey Co. Sheriff Fletcher made up stories of local terrorist groups so that he and his Dept would receive much more pay
and could abuse their own citizens. There are two kids sitting in prison based on Fletcher's lies ? Shameful.

The deputies who knew of Fletcher's actions should have spoken out. If I was taxpayer of Ramsey Co I would demand answers from the Mayor and City Council members as well as the head of MN's FBI. They had to have known of his actions.

Remember the house raids of the young people in MInneapolis just before the RNC ? Eight of them faced many hearings and a trial, which ended up in 3 taking plea bargins and the rest dismissed. For two years, their lives were turned up on end and there was much money spent to defend them.

It is really shameful of the two young men sent to prison after being talked into buying supplies for making molotov cocktails by undercover agents.

What is hard for me is that hundreds of us wrote our city council members, and our state Reps to call for an investigation into Sheriff Fletcher's rogue shenanigans.
None of them called for investigation.

**** Here is a really great investigative story of County Sheriff created lies and his own little secret army. This corruption should be investigated. ...

January 21, 2011
Just weeks into the new Ramsey County Sheriff administration, we finally know why former sheriff Bob Fletcher ignored Minnesota Data Practices requests for the 78 Terrorism Information Briefs he boasted about preparing and disseminating since 2005.

"They never existed," Randy Gustafson, the new public information officer for Sheriff Matt Bostrom, said in a telephone interview on January 19. "It is a very big lie."

While Gustafson was looking for answers to the Daily Planet's October 20 Data Practices Act request, he discovered that some of Fletcher's most shocking figures, such as his claims that Ramsey County citizens were threatened by 22 domestic and 11 international terrorist groups in 2009, had been made up, too.

"I think that they came from an active imagination," Gustafson said.

"I think the number," he added, "just kind of sounded like a good number."

Gustafson, whose official response to the Daily Planet's request can be read here, said he had to prod some of his new colleagues to get this information. He speculated that Fletcher, as well as Fletcher's employees who supposedly did this anti-terrorism work, had a self-serving reason to stretch the truth.

"What they told the county board was a little bit exaggerated," Gustafson said, "but if they hadn't worded it that way it wouldn't have justified the thousands of dollars of salaries they were getting."

Bob's "secret little army"

Sources within the department said Fletcher's anti-terrorism unit was shrouded in secrecy.

One of the few descriptions of it can be found on this contentious 2005 e-democracy thread, in which Gary Olding, who identified himself as the leader of the department's Weapons of Mass Destruction - Prevention, Research, and Preparedness Unit, stepped in to describe his work.

"We conduct investigations, surveillance, and develop informants to preempt and solve crimes involving weapons of mass destruction and terrorism before they occur," Olding wrote.

But if one of the unit's crowning achievements was supposedly the creation and distribution of dozens of Terrorism Information Briefs -- which never existed -- just how did Olding and his team members spend their time?

Olding, who left his post a week after Fletcher was gone, didn't respond to the Daily Planet's requests for an interview. His 2009 salary, according to this searchable database on the Pioneer Press website, was $92,380.52.

Just how that public money was spent, and exactly how many people worked underneath Olding, remains unknown.

One deputy who's been with the department for more than ten years described Olding's WMD unit as "Bob's secret little army." At least a half-dozen deputies worked in it, said the deputy, who asked that his name not be printed for fear of retaliation. (City Pages' Matt Snyders documented some of that retaliation in a 2009 article.)

"They existed because they carried out Bob's little secret war," he said, "and his secret war was to create a story, get him in the paper and get him reelected."

An example of the "secret war," he said, was the department's infiltration into activist groups that planned to protest the 2008 RNC convention.

The day-to-day work of the unit's members may have been more mundane, according to what Gustafson has already learned in his short time on the job. Much of the unit's "research" into groups like People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and Animal Liberation Front happened through virtual channels, he said.

.. click on link to read more..


Fletcher and the RNC in 2008. ( how much support did the FBI give this rogue Sheriff ?)

"Bob's secret little army" did get around in the run-up to the 2008 Republican National Convention. His office spent hundreds of thousands of dollars chasing anarchists in the year before the convention, culminating in a middle-of-the-night raid on the headquarters of the RNC Welcoming Committee before the convention, and raids on private homes, in collaboration with the FBI.

Fletcher's investigation started after he viewed a satirical video by the RNC Welcoming Committee, according to a report by the Center for Investigative Reporting published in MinnPost:

"Ramsey County Sheriff Bob Fletcher and his team would cite the video among other things in later warrant affidavits as a basis for his probe into the Welcoming Committee when police stormed the group's headquarters just before the convention began as thousands of reporters and more Republican delegates converged on St. Paul.

"But court affidavits ignored something crucial. The Molotov cocktail in the video is phony and lands in a barbecue grill lighting charcoals ablaze as an outdoor chef smiles thankfully. The bolt cutters are passed to another individual beyond the fence who uses them harmlessly as hedge clippers. ...

"The film was a juvenile satire of popular anarchist imagery, but police allowed their fear and enthusiasm for fighting terrorism to prevail."

Fletcher's anti-terrorism crusade led him to clash repeatedly with St. Paul police over RNC security.

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annm4peace Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-23-11 09:19 PM
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1. I meant Fletcher Lied.. not liked the 33 Terrorist groups
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myrna minx Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-23-11 09:32 PM
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2. Wow! Thank you for posting this. K&R n/t
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CubFan7125 Donating Member (154 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-23-11 10:24 PM
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3. Ours?
By "our city council members" do you mean the ones that work for the citizens of St Paul like myself or are you referring to the ones in Fresno? Just wondering.
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kickysnana Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-24-11 10:48 AM
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4. St Paul City Council stopped working for most citizens a long time ago.
Edited on Mon Jan-24-11 10:54 AM by kickysnana
It was why I was not sorry to move to the suburbs in 2004. I was born in St Paul but moved just a block north of the city in 1953 with my parents. My grandparents, many of my parents friends, cousins and an Aunt and Uncle remained in St Paul. I moved back into St Paul when I was 18, married and bought an "urban homestead" in Frogtown in 1976.

In 1980 my mixed race sons and I were coming back from the Kindergarten Round up at Jackson School. We were at the 4 way stop at Western and Thomas and there was a police car approaching from the North, no lights or sirens. He was supposed to stop. We stepped off the curb and I heard him accelerate. My youngest 3 1/2 broke free from my hand so I had to grab him by the shirt and yank him back, he fell back as the car sped by. I was totally shaken and was checking to see he didn't get hurt in the fall and calming the two of them down so I did not look for a car number nor did I see where he eventually went but when I got home I called to complain. I was told they could not track down that officer without a car or license number and when I said "but he tried to run us down", the dispatcher laughed. I had to answer the question. "Why did the policeman try to run us down?"

We repaired the home and the old carriage house behind the house (not on an alley) but in 1984 a neighbor, with a brand new house who had a cousin on the council did not like "the way it looked" and asked the cousin to make sure I took it down (her husband actually left her over this.) I was scheduled after someone who had a slum property and had been given multiple chances to fix it but did not and despite documentation the slurs by that council member, "Here is another one." "She will probably burn it down for the insurance" over rode my documentation from contractors. I did not know I was being singled out before the meeing, or that I was going to need to hire a lawyer and I sure could not afforded one at that time. Worst part was that I brought my kids to see how government worked. Instead I had to answer "why did that lady (Councilwoman Macabee) would tell those lies" about me.

About 1986 gang affiliated drug dealers had moved in West of us and and someone who worked for the city organized a neighborhood meeting to try to address that and other issues. It was a great meeting. Neighbors got to meet neighbors blocks away and we started working on the issues. She was fired for organizing the community. That meeting did spawn a non city affiliated group that with the help of the police did get rid of the worst of the worst. The kids thought that the adults getting together would be a good thing because they were pretty much grounded that summer. I had to tell them nothing was going to get done because someone in the city did not think we should be meeting.

In 1991 I sold my home, bought a relatives home and moved to the Hamline-Midway neighborhood. In the fall of 1990, before the actual sale. I attended the first neighborhood meeting that was totally scripted even "the discussion groups". Out of time they asked if there were any thing else we wanted to discuss and I commented that I was very glad they had an active community council and that I hoped that it would keep the gangs out instead of having to try to get them out like in Frogtown and the group leader thought "I should stay there and battle gangs and not come there as they didn't think that that topic was appropriate." I was stunned.

When "traffic calming" was proposed for our neighborhood I took it upon myself to take a non biased survey to the neighbors on my street between Snelling and Fairview to see what they thought of the ideas. Most had no idea that they were being proposed. Many were college student renters who thought they should not have an opinion even though the restricted parking would affect them. So I explained the proposal, told them I wanted honest opinions and left surveys for those who had just heard about it and wanted to think about it. I bout about 70% returned. Opinions were evenly split but most did not want the changes if it impeded snow plowing, which it did. I tallied the responses and forwarded them to my council member who never even acknowledged that they got them. I cannot remember who right now.

When I went to a second DFL neighborhood meeting of a prospective council member about 1994 Midway neighborhood and listened to a current council member talk about getting rid of undesirables, those who let their lawn grow above 2 inches and did not remodel their houses once every two years (their words). I asked if they saw a neighbor who was struggling if they went and asked if they needed some help they looked at me like I had two heads.

When it was decided to bring in development to University, rather than treating the long time old car enthusiasts as citizens even though they were citizens and patronized St Paul businesses when they gathered. it was decided to paint them as law breaking low lives and using the police department mounted a terror campaign against drivers and spectators. Our city council member was on board with it. It was a wholesome pastime. My two sons got into it and I asked if there were gangs, drug dealing, theft or other crime that was going on and they said that there was an occasional person who would act out but that the community would deal with them and stop it right away because that was not what that was about. Someone organized a petition asking to be heard but they were ignored even by our own councilman, Benanov (sp) and driven out along with their disposable income (you cannot do this unless you work) to the suburbs.

There is more but not for a public forum.

As far as I can tell Council members only care about some citizens and sure don't want to hear from the rest.

As to Fletcher. He has been corrupt for as long as I can remember and the honest to goodness police state that existed here during the RNC would not have been possible without the help of elected St Paul officials. It was the final straw. I no longer could say that St Paul was a "good place to live" or even "safe for the average citizen from government corruption and exploitation."

I will not buy a home in Minnesota again. I do not have children I have to raise to be good citizens with no local government role models to point to. I can no longer protest because that is now a crime and I cannot go to jail and leave my home bound Aunt alone so I guess it is now the fight of others. But I sure tried. My rose colored glasses broke years ago but some here still use theirs.

Middle winter rant off.
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tb1988 Donating Member (72 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-24-11 11:12 AM
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5. And of course the corporate media won't cover this
and many people will continue to believe the lies about terrorist groups at the RNC. Outrageous.
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annm4peace Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-24-11 01:44 PM
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6. that is what is really sad.
you still see people post comments on Star Tribune and Pioneer Press of the terrorism by the anarchists that aren't even true.

we should send this article to the news outlets and demand they cover it.

I wish the RNC8 and other could/would sue the Sheriff. It would hurt St. Paul but it would also make the elected officials more accountable.
they have responsiblity in this also.
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Eric J in MN Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-25-11 10:34 AM
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7. Here is a direct link
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glinda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-25-11 03:18 PM
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8. kick
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annm4peace Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-25-11 09:30 PM
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9. Thankfully they proved me wrong
It was good to wake up to both the Star Tribune and Pioneer Press covering TC Daily Planet's story on Fletcher

Pioneer Press

Star Tribune
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CubFan7125 Donating Member (154 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-25-11 09:33 PM
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10. Online
I presume you were looking at the online versions of those papers. it's either that or they have begun delivering to Fresno.
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kickysnana Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-26-11 09:42 AM
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11. Agent Mike is that you? n/t
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