Video Investigations Point To Cover-Up and Insider Participation
The American people should demand a new investigation of the events of the devastating attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Here’s a few free on-line videos to get started on a “trek to the truth.”
9/11 Myth and Reality – David Ray Griffin
9/11 Explosive Evidence – The Experts Speak Out.
A Message to the American People by Danish Journalist Tommy Hansen
Loose Change – An American Coup
9/11 Mysteries: The Demolitions
9/11 Ripple Effect – Dave Von Kleist and William Lewis
9/11 And Other Mysteries – Jim Marrs
9/11 In Plane Site (Director’s Cut) – Dave Von Kleist and William Lewis
Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth
There’s much, much more on this subject. Videos and reports that “follow the money” that has been totally covered up. Millions made by “unidentified” parties who “shorted” stocks of the airlines just before 9/11. There’s Dan Hopsicker’s investigation into the alleged hijackers romp through Florida, hauling gold out of the country, living with a pink-haired stripper, etc. (Hey, we thought they were Muslim fanatics?) trying to learn to fly small planes at very strange flight schools. And then there’s the phony “colleges” on the West Coast used to get some of the “hijackers” into the country. The phony schools run by a multi-millionaire with possible CIA/Air Force connections; The muzzled FBI agents who were told to not look into the computer laptop of one of the suspects; The Pentagon scandal – explosives went off inside the building before the planes hit; the team of accountants tracking the missing 2.1 Trillion Dollars blown up inside the building; the so-called anthrax attack that shut down the government right after 9/11. It was a big operation, folks, the biggest false-flag to ever be perpetrated to push a country into continuous wars and use as an excuse to put in a spy culture around the world.
Youtube Hires 10,000 Censors To Purge Alternative News Channels
Google/youtube has hired an army of “invisible” censors to purge information and videos that are at odds with the elite establishment and the military-industrial complex. This army of 10,000 purge agents is also in the process of training robotic Artificial Intelligence software programs so that the censorship can be multiplied by a factor of four or more.
This has come in a period when Americans are watching more and more videos, rather than reading news reports. Video has become a powerful tool to expose war crimes, political dirty tricks, fraud, and government misconduct. The explosion of video and the internet has led to many diverse folks to start their own channels because they are fed-up with the so-called mainstream news setting the agenda and ignoring important issues.
This censorship benefits only the current elite and the huge military-industrial-pharma complex, who are losing their ability to propagandize and pull the wool over the eyes of the average American. The government has lied to the American people for years about many things, foreign wars being one the biggest and continuous lies. Alternative news channels have sprung up to show videos and first hand reports of the slaughter of innocent civilians around the world by these military operations. These videos are now being taken down from youtube. The government does not want you to see the horrific damage in countries like Syria and Yemen. Seeing human rights violations and the killing of thousands of innocent women and children is something the neo-con war boys do not want you to see.
This massive purge of truth crosses to all areas of the political spectrum, from progressive and anti-war sites to Ron Paul Libertarian videos, to independent investigators to alt-right. Here is a snip from the website of the World Socialist Website, for instance:
YouTube began removing photographic and video documentation of war crimes in Syria in August, terminating some 180 accounts and removing countless videos from other channels, including footage uploaded by Airwars of coalition air raids that have killed civilians, according to Hadi al-Khatib, the founder of Syrian Archive. YouTube later stated that it would work to “quickly reinstate” any videos and channels that it “removed mistakenly.”
In November, YouTube removed over 51,000 videos concerning Anwar al-Awlaki, the Yemeni-American imam who was assassinated via missile raid by the Obama administration on September 30, 2011. Awlaki was never charged with, let alone convicted of any crime. The mass removal was praised by the New York Times, one of the largest mouthpieces of the American ruling elite, as a “watershed moment.”
The Goal of the Purge is to Eliminate Both the Progressive Left and the Alt Right From The Political Landscape
Susan Wojcicki, CEO of youtube, and the leader of the secret 10,000 censors, is shown in the above photo at the elitist World Economic Forum. This secretive group of elites hate being exposed for their attempted control of the world and its resources. Did Wojcicki get her marching orders from the WEF?
The Political Purge was started in the late summer of last year. We know that tens of thousands, maybe hundreds of thousands off videos have been purged and banned. We know that hundreds of youtube channels are gone, wiped out overnight without a trace. We know that de-monitization of videos on many sites has caused great financial distress to youtube creators who are working full-time on their projects. In addition, since last August, a sinister youtube program run by AI software has placed untold thousands of videos in a Video Stasis, or “Limited State”. These videos are not searched by google, are removed from the youtube owners playlist, and are placed in a “Stasis” somewhere on the web where nobody can possibly find them. This operation sounds like some strange science fiction story. It is so insane that it is unimaginable, but shows the lengths that these authoritarian elites will go to shut down any truth.
It is imperative that folks protest this outrage. It is time for the U.S. Government to seize google entirely as a monopoly. Youtube should be separated and run as a government sponsored social media platform, dedicated to all free speech.
The Secret Space Program, Chemtrails, and the Space Fence
A hard science researcher, Elana Freeland, in a startling revelation last week, claimed that the U.S. Military is weaponizing space and has secret programs to build “space fences” to protect our satellites and “kill” other satellites belonging to other nations. In addition, the military-industrial companies are using pulse weapons and many other secret operations to gain “full spectrum dominance” over not just the earth, but the space area around planet earth.
This has serious implications, leading to another round of military adventures with many nations gearing up for a “war” in space that could have very serious consequences to those of us living on the planet. Ms. Freeland also shared her research on the so-called “Chemtrail” controversy, leaving little doubt that there is a secret program conducted by the U.S. and its allies to use “aerial spraying” for various nefarious plans and experimentation on the population.
You can listen to this complete, shocking report, by clicking on the video box below.
We Were Warned Years Ago, Now Media Consolidation is Worse Than Ever Before
Last Minute Anti-Trust Division Action Stops Tribune Monopoly Plans
by Ed Murray
Dateline: Orange County
As we reported earlier, the Los Angeles Times has some big plans to extend their newspaper monopoly to the entire Southern California region. In a previous article entitled: The Los Angeles Times, the Shameful Showboat of a Powerful Press Monopoly, we wrote that the Tribune Company, owner of both the San Diego Union and the L.A. Times, was sneaking around the bankruptcy court hearings offering to loan the owners of the Riverside Press-Telegram and the Orange County Register 3 million dollars at no interest to tide them over for a while until the bankruptcy court held an auction, where they planned to buy up the Register and the Press Telegram. Here’s what we said:
“Things have since become even stranger, when the Orange County Register filed for bankruptcy late last year. The same company also owns the Riverside Press Telegram. So here comes the Tribune, now owner of the Times and San Diego Union, offering a 3 million dollar loan at zero interest rate to the company that owns the Register and Press-Telegram. This would give them a crack at buying the two papers out of bankruptcy, and thus increase their monopoly over all of Southern California. If that works out, the Tribune will own the Times, the San Diego Union, The Riverside Press-Telegram and the Orange County Register. Any beginning psychic can see more layoffs, consolidated printing, consolidated news, and immense power over the entire Southland. Oh, and the big hurt on real freedom of the press.”
Plot Foiled by Alert Anti-Trust Attorneys
Luckily for the entire population of the Southland, the Anti-Trust Division of the Justice Department was paying attention to all this. Today, March 17, 2006, the Justice Department filed suit to block this outrageous monopoly grab by the Tribune Company. Below is the complete Press Release from the Department of Justice:
Justice Department Files Antitrust Lawsuit to Stop L.A. Times Publisher from Acquiring Competing Newspapers
Acquisition Would Monopolize Newspapers in Orange and Riverside Counties in California
The Department of Justice filed a civil antitrust lawsuit today seeking to block the acquisition by Tribune Publishing Company, publisher of the Los Angeles Times, of Freedom Communications Inc., publisher of the Register in Orange County, California, and the Press-Enterprise in Riverside County, California. Tribune was selected as purchaser of Freedom’s newspapers following a bankruptcy auction and will seek bankruptcy court approval of its acquisition on March 21. The department is seeking a temporary restraining order to prevent the sale to Tribune from proceeding.
According to the department’s complaint, filed in federal district court in Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Times and the Register together account for 98 percent of newspaper sales in Orange County and the Los Angeles Times and Freedom’s newspapers together account for 81 percent of English-language newspaper sales in Riverside County. Tribune’s acquisition of its most significant competitor would give it a monopoly over newspaper sales in each county and allow it to increase subscription prices, raise advertising rates and invest less to maintain the quality of its newspapers.
“If this acquisition is allowed to proceed, newspaper competition will be eliminated and readers and advertisers in Orange and Riverside Counties will suffer,” said Assistant Attorney General Bill Baer of the Justice Department’s Antitrust Division. “Newspapers continue to play an important role in the dissemination of news and information to readers and remain an important vehicle for advertisers. The Antitrust Division is committed to ensuring that competition in this important industry is protected.”
Tribune Publishing Company is a Delaware corporation headquartered in Chicago. It publishes 11 major daily newspapers across California, Illinois, Florida, Maryland, Connecticut, Virginia and Pennsylvania.
If Not Blocked, Newspaper Competition Will Be Eliminated
The Justice Department did make one small error in that in Los Angeles and San Diego, newspaper competition is already defacto non-existent and has been for decades due to the Times either buying up their competition or secretly financing certain owners of “competing” papers that won’t really compete. If this bankruptcy sale goes through, the Tribune will “own” the Southland. It’s not just the advertising revenue that is at stake, it is the cultural control and even more important, the political control. Which candidates, for instance, will get “press coverage”, and which candidates will be endorsed by the Tribune political tribunal? We sincerely hope that the Justice Department is successful in their efforts to prevent this press monopoly from going any further.
Despite Rio Tinto’s Slick Propaganda – Its Worldwide Mining Operations Are Exposed
As if we don’t already know enough about Rio Tinto and their proxy Resolution Copper in their role of manipulating Sen. John McCain’s “land swap” deal into last year’s National Defense Authorization Act, new information has surfaced about their horrible record of treatment of their own workers world wide in a study released by IndustriALL Global Union. Now that Resolution has its hands on the ancient Apache land of Oak Flat and the 160 billion dollars of copper underneath it, what can be expected from the company in dealing with its workers?
A recent report entitled “Rio Tinto: The Way It Really Works“, documents how the stated propaganda and public relations spin in the mainstream press ignores the facts on their dealings with indigenous peoples around the world. Rio Tinto was slammed in the report for their “systematic failures in environmental, social and governance factors.” Rio Tinto is charged with anti-union behavior, failures in worker health and safety, including their role in many deaths of workers around the world, irresponsible political activity, and failure to respect indigenous peoples’ rights, among many other charges. This report should give pause to the U.S. Senate, and hopefully help the Apache Native Americans reverse the unethical “land-swap” deal. Here is the entire report:
As Ron Johns, an editor on the graphic novel “Red Eden a Vision of Mars” has stated about the Rio Tinto copper scheme in Arizona: “Really, it’s like the last straw in a 200 year rampage against (Native Americans), broken treaties, banishment to desert so-called reservations, starvation, slaughter. And now this Oak Flat thing, where McCain gives away something that even President Eisenhower said should be left to the Apaches and the public forever, untouched. You can’t even make up this kind of stuff in fiction, nobody would believe it,” Johns said.
Pacifica Whistleblower Charges Ruling Board Withheld Gary Null’s Offer of Settlement Terms
Lawsuit To Be Turned Over To Feds
by Ed Murray
The clock has been ticking on the Pacifica Foundation legal front, but for them there are clocks ticking in every room of the building. First, there are matters under investigation by the State of California, Attorney General, including the fraud charges filed by Pacifica Board member and whistleblower Steve Brown. Then there is allegedly an investigation of Pacifica’s long-time attorney Dan Siegel that is at the California Bar Association, although a quick check on their website does not reveal any pending case. Thirdly is a lawsuit filed by Gary Null, charging fraud, and violations of the F.T.C. Mail Order Rule, Intellectual Property Theft, Trademark Infringement, Trademark Counterfeiting, Copyright Infringement, and False Advertising.
The serious charges do not end there. Pacifica in Exile reported recently that the new Chief Financial Officer had discovered the possibility of internal fraud. Here’s the text: Berkeley-While Pacifica waits and waits and waits for an audit of the 2014 fiscal year, which ended 17 months ago, new CFO Sam Agarwal informed the national finance committee that “fraud was a major concern of the auditor”, which is currently Armanino LLP. In fact, he said it twice in a minute and a half. Agarwal added that “we don’t know if all the donations have been accounted for” and that “it would be very easy for anyone to open up a bank account and deposit the donations and that would not be recorded in the Pacifica books”.
As whistleblower Steve Brown points out in his recent document sent to Pacifica Board members and the entire Pacifica community, Gary Null’s offer has been withheld from the greater board by the ruling clique, so it will be turned over to the FTC and possibly the FBI. The Pacifica Board has not even bothered to launch an internal investigation, or offer an apology to Null, or even to acknowledge the lawsuit. This could mean serious consequences for members of the Board.
Here’s the document sent by whistleblower Steve Brown:
Attached is a letter that was sent by Gary Null’s attorney to Dan Siegel (Pacifica’s attorney) on March 2. It concerns Gary Null’s lawsuit against Pacifica management (civil action no: 1:16-cv-241, united states district court, eastern district of new york).
The letter offered a settlement that might help Pacifica’s officers, station management, and national board members avoid facing federal prosecution, paying thousands of dollars in fines, and serving prison sentences of up to 5 years.
Because the letter affects not only the welfare of Pacifica (which could face multi-million-dollar fines), but also the welfare of at least 12 members of the Pacifica National Board (who could be fined personally for refusing to stop criminal activities of which it had been made aware), every board member has a legal right to read this letter – and, as Pacifica’s ultimate governing body, a legal duty to decide how to respond to it.
But you were not allowed to exercise that right. That is because Gary Null’s letter (along with other important information about the risk to Pacifica and its board members) was not shared with you as board members. Ooops, sorry. That is too mild a description. What I meant to say is that this information was deliberatelywithheld from you as board members. This means that decisions that only the board is legally empowered to make, in the open, are being made, in secret, by Dan Siegel, Lydia Brazon, and their tiny “inner circle,” who have been making fools out of you for the past three years. And may soon make you defendants in a federal prosecution as well.
In addition, Dan Siegel, the foundation’s attorney, has issued (either knowingly or stupidly) dangerously incorrect and misleading information about the federal statutes that Pacifica has violated. He says that those statutes do not apply to Pacifica. As an attorney, he ought to know better, and I suspect that he does. Nevertheless, he is telling Pacifica staff members to go right on committing more of the same illegal actions.
Because Gary Null has received no response to this or prior letters, let alone assurances that Pacifica management will agree to stop the commission of criminal acts and fire those responsible (regardless of whose friends they are or whose factions they belong to), this matter will be turned over to the federal government for prosecution.
When that happens, none of the members of this board will be shielded from personal liability, since you were all put on notice, multiple times, about the nature and scope of the criminal activities at Pacifica, and urged to stop them – which you would not do. Moreover, a majority of this board, whose names are on record, also deliberately voted to defeat a board motion that would have compelled an investigation into these criminal activities.
Why is Gary Null suing Pacifica and its management?
Although Gary Null has suffered financial and related damages as a result of the illegal activities that were condoned and apparently deliberately committed by members of management, he is not seeking monetary gain from this lawsuit (even though his statutory reimbursement for compensatory and punitive damages could be at least $600,000 and possibly as much as $3 million). Instead, as he has told me (and as his letter clearly states in Item 9), his only purpose is to bring about a cessation of illegal activities at Pacifica and the dismissal of those responsible — who have by their actions shamed and dishonored the foundation to which he has devoted more than 40 years of his life.
However, because the settlement offer in his letter has not been accepted (that is, because Pacifica management refused to stop the illegal activities or dismiss those responsible), this matter will be turned over to the federal authorities. At that point, Gary Null will no longer have control over the prosecution or the penalties, which will be in government hands. Federal statutes dictate fines of up to $16,000 per violation by the FTC, and since there are at least 5,000 violations already in evidence — and perhaps 25,000 more that could be added in discovery – well, do the math; your calculator probably can’t even count that high. There are also fines of up to $250,000 per violation for the criminal intellectual property thefts committed by management, which carry prison terms of 5 years (even for first offenders).
But I guess none of you board members give a damn. Or maybe you feel bullet proof. In any case, it looks like you will continue to twiddle your thumbs, evade your responsibility to guide the foundation, and let Siegel, Brazon, Wilkinson & Co. drag you and the Pacifica down with them.
That is why I am distributing this message along with Gary Null’s letter to the entire Pacifica community, so that they will know whom to blame for whatever fines are levied on Pacifica – and whom to sue, in a shareholder’s derivative suit, in order to recover those fines for Pacifica, out of your pockets and those of management. Which is likely, because a quick search on Google reveals that, in such lawsuits, the courts are being increasingly attentive to the claims of shareholders seeking reimbursement from negligent and/or lawbreaking management and boards of directors. Especially in non-profit corporations.
In fact, the wheels are already turning. For the past 11 months or more, Dan Siegel has been under investigation by the California Bar Association for professional misconduct in this and other matters (Case No. 15-0-15488); and Pacifica management is also under investigation, for this and other matters, by the Office of the Attorney General of California (Case Filename: Pacifica Foundation Radio CT011303). Soon, it appears, the federal government may join them.
So sleep soundly, Dan Siegel, Lydia Brazon, Margy Wilkinson, and the majority board members who voted down the motion to investigate the criminal behavior in Pacifica. You may soon be trying to cover your faces with a hat as you are “perp-walked” out of Pacifica headquarters in handcuffs by an FBI SWAT team.
Stephen M Brown
Director, Pacifica National Board
Whistleblower on Pacifica National Board Exposes Years of Fraud and Violations of FTC Rules at Pacifica Stations Across the Country.
by Ed Murray
Dateline: Sacramento, California
On February 20, 2016, Steve Brown, a member of the Pacifica National Board, filed a very serious complaint with the State of California Registry of Charitable Trusts. In his complaint, Mr. Brown asserts that there has been ” a continuing pattern of serious criminal activities at Pacifica (still going on) that has been condoned, abetted, and/or committed by members of Pacifica management and its board of directors during (at least) the past three years.”
Mr. Brown, after much agonizing, has decided to become a whistleblower, and expose the mail – order practices of several of the Pacifica radio stations and its management, who have chosen to look the other way and ignore Mr. Brown’s frequent demands that the practices stop. He outlines a consistant pattern of fraud at Los Angeles station KPFK, station WPFW in Washington D.C., and at WBAI in New York City.
The charges put forth by Mr. Brown relate to the millions of dollars these stations took in while promising the donors they would receive “premiums” in the mail, often they would be DVDs, or CDs. These charges have been ongoing in the internet media for some time. Other websites, such as www.PacificaInExile.com have also reported the anger of donors who did not receive product that they had ordered. These violations have amounted to thousands of dollars over the years, leaving angry donors.
Here is the complete text of the charges filed with the California Attorney General’s Office.
Deputy Attorney General
State of California
Department of Justice
Registry of Charitable Trusts
P.O. Box 903447
Sacramento CA 94203-4470
February 20, 2016
Re: Pacifica Foundation Radio Complaint # CT011303
Dear Ms. Mossler:
I write to inform you of new and even more serious violations of civil and criminal statutes by the persons originally named in Complaint # CT011303. They make intervention by your office more critical than ever. It may be the last chance to save the Pacifica Foundation.
Complaint # CT011303 was filed by 8 former Pacifica board directors (with my approval and support as a current director) because the foundation’s executive director, Margy Wilkinson (and her successors) – together with the foundation’s corporate counsel, Dan Siegel, and the board majority faction they control – had been colluding in a pattern of illegal activities that could not be blocked by normal internal controls.
However, now the situation has worsened. Because your office has not yet taken action (perhaps because our foundation is too small?), those persons have been emboldened to behave even more recklessly – and illegally – thereby placing the assets and safety of the Pacifica Foundation at even greater risk.
For example, a lawsuit (civil action no: 1:16-cv-241, united states district court, eastern district of new york) has just been filed by Gary Null against the foundation and three of its executive directors for violations of the FTC Mail Order Rule (16 CFR Part 435) and violations of federal criminal statutes dealing with intellectual property theft.
Although the current and former executive director, and the majority board members of their faction, had been put on notice, numerous times, by myself and other minority directors, that illegal violations were occurring (and had been occurring for at least 2 years), they refused to stop these activities or fire those responsible, apparently because the violations increased foundation revenue. If the above-referenced lawsuit against the foundation and its officers and directors prevails (as I believe it will, because its causes of action are valid), the statutory fines and penalties that can be imposed on the foundation – especially by the FTC, Justice Department, and US Postal Service – could amount to tens of millions of dollars. This would absolutely destroy the foundation. That it is why it is so important that your office intervene.
Here are only a few recent violations of law that have been abetted and/or committed by Pacifica’s management and controlling board faction, which neither I nor the foundation’s minority directors have been able to block or roll back.
1. Violations of the FTC Mail Order Rule (16 CFR Part 435)
by Pacifica Radio Station KPFK
In a recent fund drive, Pacifica Radio Station KPFK solicited on-air donations of approximately $800,000 from about 7,500 California residents by promising to send them a variety of merchandise (value: $50 to $300) in return for their donations. The FTC Mail Order Rule https://www.ftc.gov/enforcement/rules/rulemaking-regulatory-reform-proceedings/mail-internet-or-telephone-order requires that such merchandise be delivered within 30 days of receiving payment, unless otherwise stated in the solicitation; or, if it is known that delivery will take longer (but not more than 60 days), a specifically worded notice specifying when delivery will take place, or offering a refund, must be sent to each recipient.
However, the station did not deliver any of the merchandise within 30 or 60 days, nor did it send the required delay notices. Instead, the station manager privately informed her staff – and also let it be known to the foundation’s executive director and board – that she had already spent the money intended for acquisition of the promised (and paid-for) merchandise, and therefore would not deliver that merchandise until a year(!) past the order date (with a good chance that it would not be delivered at all). This violates 16 CFR Part 435 in numerous ways, for which the station can be fined as much as $16,000 per violation. These statutory fines apply even if the merchandise is eventually delivered. And each late and/or undelivered item of merchandise counts as a single violation, making Pacifica’s possible exposure $16,000 x 7,500 = $120,000,000.)
2. Violation of the FTC Mail Order Rule (16 CFR Part 435)
by Pacifica Radio Station WPFW
In a recent fund drive, Pacifica Radio Station WPFW solicited on-air donations of between $300-$400,000 from approximately 4,000 Washington, DC, resident by promising to deliver a variety of merchandise (value $50-$300) in return for their donations. In this case, it is my understanding that — not only was no merchandise delivered and no notices sent — but station management knew, in advance of solicitation, that it did not have the money to acquire that merchandise, and would probably never deliver it to any of those who had paid for it. Because this is a “knowing violation,” in addition to the statutory fines (of up to $64,000,000), the matter could be referred to the Justice Department for further prosecution and penalties.
3. Violation of the FTC Mail Order Rule (16 CFR Part 435)
by Pacifica Radio Station WBAI
In a recent fund drive, Pacifica Radio Station WBAI solicited approximately $500,000 in donations by promising to deliver a variety of merchandise (value $50-$300) to approximately 5,000 New York City Metro Area residents in return for their donations. However, only a fraction this merchandise was delivered, and that was long after the 30- or 60-day limit allowed by the FTC. Moreover, no FTC-mandated delay notices were sent, and the balance of the merchandise has not, to my knowledge, been delivered, and may not ever be.
Hundreds of complaints about non-delivery of merchandise by this station have been received personally by me and others, after the donors were unable to elicit a response from the station. To verify for myself the station’s illegal delivery practices, I sent $200 to WBAI on February 2, 2015, in response to one of its numerous on-air fundraising solicitations; in return for my donation it was promised that I would receive a book and a DVD by Webster Tarpley (approximate value $50). It is now one year later, but I have not received this merchandise, nor do I expect that I ever will.
I estimate that, in the last 12 months, at least 5,000 orders have been unfulfilled by this station, and many more fulfilled late, in violation of FTC regulations. Those 5,000 orders alone risk statutory fines of up to $16,000 x 5,000 = $80,000,000. If solicitations from the past 36 months are included, the number of unfilled orders – merely at WBAI alone — could rise to 15,000 or more, risking statutory fines of up to $240,000,000.
The only way to determine the exact number of delinquent orders is to examine the records at all 5 Pacifica stations. However, when I requested these records at WBAI – and by law, as a director, I am entitled to examine all foundation records without exception – my requests were ignored and the records withheld. Absent action by your office, these records will remain hidden, and the defrauding of tens of thousands of residents in the foundation’s five broadcasting areas – Los Angeles, San Francisco, Houston, Washington DC, and New York – will continue.
4. Violation of federal criminal statutes against intellectual
property theft by Pacifica Radio Station WBAI
Much of the merchandise used by Pacifica radio stations to solicit donations consists of commercially produced CDs and DVDs, mostly feature-length films, documentaries, and self-help videos. Normally, the stations would purchase these items from reputable vendors at wholesale prices ranging from about $10-$20 each, and then deliver them to donors. But at Radio Station WBAI, in some cases (I do not know how many, because records have been withheld) the station manager would purchase only a few copies from vendors, then illegally duplicate tens or hundreds or thousands more to fulfill the balance of orders. This has been going on at WBAI and other Pacifica stations for many years. Because the practice can save the foundation up to $100,000 or more a year, it is not stopped by the foundation’s officers or the board faction in control, no matter how often the practice is brought to their notice and protested. Not only does this break the law; it also cheats the donors by sending them fraudulent substandard copies instead of the genuine merchandise they were promised in return for their money.
I and two other minority directors have first-hand personal knowledge of illegal CD and DVD duplication at WBAI. I collected some of these fraudulent copies myself, and know of two specific vendors whose copyrighted products have been illegally duplicated in this way. One of them, Gary Null (whose lawsuit I referenced at the beginning of this letter), has acquired some of these illegal copies on his own and identified them as fakes. Intellectual property theft is one of the causes of action in his lawsuit. I understand that statutory fines for theft of intellectual property are $250,000 per violation, and include prison terms of 5 years for first offenders.
I do not know how many vendors have been defrauded, or how many illegal copies have been made. The documents and records that would reveal these numbers have, as I noted, been withheld from me — either with the acquiescence of foundation officers and board members, or their active cooperation.
5. Pacifica’s attorney provides deceptive and destructive
advice to management and staff members
In response to one of my frequent protests against Pacifica’s ongoing FTC violations and illegal duplication of copyrighted material, a staff member at KPFK said she would cease to solicit donations for the station because of the risk of civil or criminal penalties against her and/or the foundation. In response, the foundation’s attorney, Dan Siegel, issued an email announcement saying that she should continue her solicitations, because Pacifica was exempt from punishment under the FTC Mail Order Rule. This was false and misleading advice, which Siegel had reason to know – as an attorney – since the statute explicitly states that non-profits and charities such as Pacifica are not exempt.
Siegel is not an FTC lawyer; he is an employment lawyer. Had he exercised reasonable fiduciary diligence and called the FTC for a Staff Opinion, he would have quickly been told that Pacifica is not exempt, and that its practices are indeed actionable violations of FTC law. Nor is there any exemption for Pacifica from federal criminal statutes that prohibit the theft of copyrighted material.
Sadly, Dan Siegel’s deceptive and (what I must regard as) self-serving advice to foundation staff members carried great weight, because Siegel, in addition to being the foundation’s attorney, has also served as its executive director. This willingness to wink at or deliberately violate state and federal law seems to be just one example of the recklessness with which Siegel and his faction have been running (and running down) the foundation.
In the earlier filing of this complaint, it was noted that the goal of Dan Siegel and his faction was apparently to bankrupt the foundation, so that its licenses and assets (estimated to be worth $100 million or more) could be acquired by a shadow corporation named “KPFA Foundation,” which Siegel and another board member had created for this purpose 27 months ago. This shadow corporation, I might add, was created in secret, its existence deliberately withheld from the foundation’s executive director and board of directors. However, as our corporate attorney, was not Siegel legally obligated to disclose to the board (1) the existence of that corporation, (2) its purpose, which was inherently antithetical to the welfare of Pacifica, and (3) his controlling interest in that corporation? But he never did so, until its existence was uncovered, accidentally, 4 months ago, by the secretary of the Pacifica board, to her great astonishment.
After its discovery, Siegel then admitted that the purpose of his shadow corporation, whose legal address is that of the law firm he owns, was indeed to acquire the licenses and assets of the Pacifica Foundation, in the event that it went bankrupt (an event that he and his faction were uniquely placed to engineer, and towards which they have apparently been working). Therefore, the only way Siegel’s secret corporation could succeed, is if Pacifica were to fail. Is this not an unacceptable conflict of interest for Pacifica’s attorney, and a reason for him to be severed from the foundation? Yet because his faction controls the board, he is impossible to remove, and therefore continues to exert what seems to be a deliberately destabilizing influence on the health of the foundation.
Although I am not an attorney, I would think that if a corporation’s officers and board of directors are made aware of illegal activities under their control, but refuse to use their authority to stop those activities, they are in effect abetting those activities – and are therefore accessories after the fact. As such, do you think they are appropriate custodians in whom to entrust the care of such a valued public asset as Pacifica?
The fines and penalties that Pacifica might suffer due to the reckless and illegal behavior of its management would be a number with so many zeroes that it could not fit on the output screen of my calculator. It would mean the death of Pacifica. I hope your office will not stand by and allow the current management faction to wreck our foundation. I hope, as well, that if you decide to act, it will not be too late.
Stephen M Brown
Director, Pacifica National Board
When contacted about this story Rachele Huennekens, Press Secretary of the Office of Attorney General Kamala D. Harris stated “We don’t comment on any potential or ongoing investigation, as a matter of law and policy.”
An Historic Mouthpiece for Downtown Financial Interests, its Monopoly Status Has Led To Unnoticed Corruption in Local Southland Cities, The Tragedy of Bunker Hill, The Chavez Ravine Scandal, Secret Deals, and Suppression of Big Stories. Now in the Hands of Out of State Business Interests, the Local Pols and the Wealthy Elites Want it Back in Their Hands.
by Ed Murray
Dateline: Los Angeles
Media Mogul Rupert Murdoch says the Los Angeles Times may be sold soon to some local wealthy investors. The Tribune Company denied it, but Mr. Murdoch may be right, he knows a lot of important people, and he hears things: the whispers of the high and mighty, the beeping digital sounds of huge amounts of cash flowing into investment accounts, the rustling of papers as they are being readied by high powered lawyers. Mere mortals can’t hear things like that. Only a demi-god, only The Murdoch can detect these things.
Since achieving near monopoly status in the City of Los Angeles in the 1950’s, the Los Angeles Times has used its influence to push the agendas of the City’s wealthiest players, and also to push around poor people, Hispanics, and anyone else who got in their way. The tale of social destruction spans through the last six decades, and it is now an opportune time to explore a little of the sordid history of this once-powerful media giant, now that rumors are floating around that the paper might once again be sold to some interested wealthy elites and brought back under control of the downtown Moguls of Business and Real Estate.
The Destruction of Bunker Hill
Bunker Hill, just west of City Hall, used to be a stronghold of working class people in the 1940’s. The City bigwigs hated the area, they saw it as having a blockade effect, preventing them from expanding westward. They thought that Bunker Hill was, well, too damned big and way too tall. So Mayor Fletcher Bowron and the Los Angeles Times started a campaign to “clear the slums” from Bunker Hill. Having poor and working class people living up there on the Hill was just not right. Why, all those poor folks were literally looking down on the rich Moguls and Real Estate Kings who headquarted out of the L.A. City Hall. What would be next, having some of them run for City Council?
The plan that was eventually put out was to launch the largest “redevelopment” project in the nation. Everything up on that damned hill was to go: The people, the buildings, even the Hill itself was to be cut way down. Millions upon millions were to be spent. It was a tough fight. There were around 10,000 people living up on the Hill, and they did not want to move. Many worked in the downtown area, and were quite happy up there. Things really heated up in the 1952 City elections. Norris Poulson ran for Mayor against incumbent Fletcher Bowren. Looking back on it, both men wanted to say “bye bye” to Bunker Hill, so one wonders what all the fuss was about. Probably over spoils, but who keeps track of that in this City? Not the L.A. Times. In fact, incumbent Fletcher Bowren claimed that the Times wanted to control City government and have their own puppet in the Mayor’s office by supporting rival Norris Poulson. It turns out Bowren was a psychic, as well as a politician.
The owner of the Los Angeles Times in those days was Norman Chandler. He championed the Bunker Hill “slum clearance”, and also pushed for folks to vote for proposition bonds to get the money to do it. The downtown bankers liked that a lot, Bonds are a good business. In 1959 the Bunker Hill Project was approved. The only long-faces were the thousands of ordinary working-class people who were pushed out of their homes and apartments, not to speak of the many businesses, shops, hotels and other commercial entities.
With the coming of the 1960’s the destruction began. It also marked a change in leadership at the Times – Otis Chandler took over. To get the feel of what Bunker Hill was like, here’s a great video of author Jim Dawson, with an illustrated lecture on the Lost Realm of Bunker Hill, which was at Book Soup in 2012. It’s a wonderful history lesson.
And just in case you are wondering, yes, the “redevelopment” project was still chugging along last year, 2015. The Hill is now dotted with massive condo projects, office buildings and other monuments, including the Dorothy Chandler Pavillion (yep, Norman Chandler’s wife), the Disney Music Center, art museums and churches, and super rich guy Eli Broad’s Museum, one of the men whispered about as a possible buyer of the Times. In addition, we have the huge occult Aztec type layout of Grand Park which runs westward from City Hall, and is lined with City and County Offices and Courts. It has more than a symbolic reference to the Aztec pyramid and sacrificial grounds. It’s where the working and poor people sacrifice their hard earned wages to pay the fines and tributaries to the various courts and government buildings. The centerpiece, the Los Angeles City Hall, with its Egyptian style pyramid atop it, was designed by John Austin, a 33rd Degree Mason.
Bait and Switch Tactic Wiped Hispanics out of Chavez Ravine and Built Dodger Stadium.
Another pet project of the Times and Norman Chandler was Chavez Ravine. In the 1940s and 1950s it was home to several thousand working class hispanics and whites. The “slum clearance” slogan was pushed here also during the Bowren regime. Some progressive folks in the Los Angeles Department of Housing had a plan to spend over 100 million dollars to build a series of public housing structures in Chavez Ravine. This was the excuse to move in and buy up the housing from the working class who lived there. The City acquired most of the property on the cheap, promising the folks the grand new public housing they were going to get.
After Poulson took over as Mayor in 1953, the Times and the Elites decided to put an end to the socialist virus called public housing. They accused a few housing department employees of being “reds”, and having communist affiliations. These accusations caused a big uproar and a surge of anti-communist feeling. So in 1957 the City gave a shout out to Walter O’Malley, owner of the Brooklyn Dodgers, inviting him to come to Los Angeles, where the City would build him a swell ball park. This was a much better solution – who would want some public housing full of Mexicans and communists? A major league baseball team would be so much better, and bring more cash into the pockets of the wealthy moguls, so the bait and switch worked, and on May 8, 1959 an army of County Sheriffs forcefully removed the remaining Hispanic hold-outs and a convoy of bulldozers flattened the houses and quaint farms that had dotted the hillsides in Chavez Ravine. A big win for the Times. A big loss for the 3,800 folks who were pushed out of their homes with nowhere to go.
Here’s a video that tells the truth of this ugly incident. One wag said that maybe the Chavez Ravine operation is what Donald Trump is referring to when he wants to “make America great AGAIN”.
L.A. Times Monopoly
Although the Times did not become the “official” monopoly newspaper in Los Angeles until the Herald-Examiner went out of business in 1989, it was basically the defacto monopoly by the mid 1970s. What happened was a devastating strike hit the Herald in the late 1960s and lasted until 1977, but by this time the Hearst owned paper was in dire straits, with circulation plunging to around 350,000 daily. The Times took full advantage of the Hearld’s woes, and boosted its ad revenue and circulation. With power and money, the paper went on a binge, buying up competition papers in small towns in the early 1990s.
The Times bought the Glendale News-Press and the Burbank Leader, both local Southland papers, and merged them into a once a week couple pages of the Times local editions. They purchased other Southern California papers as well. The effect of this was not only to increase their monopoly on news, but the merged papers carried little more than local puff and news-release type stories. Gone were the good old days free-swinging local papers investigating scandals and keeping their eyes on City Halls and corrupt influences. When the Tribune Company bought both the Times and later the San Diego Union it just made the situation worse. Not only were the reporting staffs cut back for economic reasons, but only the biggest national scandals can barely be covered, the local wrong-doing in City Halls and Redevelopment Agencies across the Southland are hardly ever mentioned.
The Underground Press Bursts Forth
About the time of the Herald strike in the late 1960s a counter-culture revolution developed in the big cities across America. Fueled by the peace movement against the war in Indochina, and a general rejection of the status quo values, the youth and a big chunk of the working class wanted something different, the truth in news reporting for a start. Pot smoking and mind-altering drugs came into general use. This cultural revolution also give birth to an array of alternative newspapers and comix. Most big cities eventually had so-called “underground” newspapers, publishing stories that the young generation really wanted to read, not only in politics, but also music, art, poetry and human psychological exploration. An arts and crafts movement began, packaged food was rejected for fresh, healthy vegetarian fare, and suddenly folks wanted to grow their own food and their own dope.
Los Angeles became a cultural battleground, and a small fledgling underground called The Los Angeles Free Press, exploded on the streets. The stories were all the things that the Los Angeles Times refused to print or just ignored. In the alternative world view the cops weren’t always so good, the Black Panthers were heroes, pot was almost necessary to deal with the lies of the establishment, and rock n’roll electrified the soul. The Freep, as it was usually referred to, fielded armies of hippies to sell the weekly paper on major corners, supplying the long-haired vendors with some extra money to live on, and greatly increasing the status of the Freep and other undergrounds, like Open City, The Staff, and the Los Angeles Star.
Did all this bother the Times? Sure it did. They had lost a big portion of the young generation as readers. This is the generation that later piled into the internet. The hippies hated the Times, and carried those feelings forward as they aged. The working class never trusted the Times, and the Herald was in a decades long strike on its own road to oblivion, so no support from labor on that front. The effects on the Times was really felt 15 -20 years later as their once loyal readership finally started to age and wane. No fresh blood to replace them, partly because of the memories of the youth of the 1970s. The Times also got caught in a moral vice of its own making. Because it was so opposed to the counter-culture revolution, it missed out on millions of dollars of advertising revenue. A big part of that revolution was the sexual awakening, when “free love” ruled the day. Massage Parlors opened everywhere, many actually nothing more than low level cat houses, but their ads were refused by the Times. The Freep, on the other hand, had a different policy, called the “show me the money” policy, and soon the massage parlor and personal sex ads were fueling the growth of not only the Freep, but many of the undergrounds. The money was enough to sustain the entire movement for years. And the Times never got a dime of it.
The Times Fails to Defend Real Freedom of the Press
Freedom of the Press had exploded onto the streets of Los Angeles by the early 1970s. Scores of new alternative papers were published and distributed in metal newsracks that were placed on busy corners. Some of the hippy Freep distributors got into newsrack distribution, flogging sexual freedom newspapers like Swing, Saturday Night Swinger, Impulse, His and Hers, and many others. Hemp related and a stunning array of other odd political and religious newspapers appeared out of nowhere. Rolling Stone started its life as a newsrack paper selling for 25 cents. In front of the old Ships Restaurant in Westwood, for instance, there were somewhere around 50 newsracks at one time, making it difficult to even get on the bus at the corner. This was a huge burst of actual freedom of the press, but neither the Herald or the Times liked it one bit. The phalanx of alternative papers were cutting into the big boys, and that had to end.
Cities across the Southland started to pass ordinances, coincidentally all alike, limiting newsracks to only 2 per corner. Many cities demanded that the owner register the newsrack and pay a yearly fee. Since the Herald and the Times held most of the good spots and were thus protected they had no interest in joining any lawsuits to defend freedom of the press and fight these laws. Many of the newsrack dealers in fact suspected that the Times was somehow pushing these laws, using its power and influence behind the scenes with various city officials, something never proven. Times and Herald newsrack dealers put many of their racks on private property locations, where the sometimes controversial, and often randy alternatives could not go. Denny’s and Bob’s Big Boy coming to mind. These ordinances killed freedom of the press as far as newspapers go. Yes, you can PRINT a newspaper, but you can’t realistically DISTRIBUTE it, thus nullifying true freedom of the press as far as distributed newspapers go. The Times failed to protect and fight for that freedom, a shameful stance that may someday come back to bite them.
Times Secret Loans to Control Newspaper Market
A little known episode in 1998 sheds light on how the Times has striven to keep control of the Los Angeles newspaper market. When the Daily News came up for sale, the Times was afraid that the Orange Counter Register would buy it and give the Times some tough competition that it didn’t want. Really, just how much “conservative” news can there be? It would have been like Cheech and Chong fighting over a doobie, whoever wins, the doobie goes up in smoke.
So the Times did the only thing that true gentlemen of the wealthy elite always do, they financed another media group to buy the Daily News on the condition that they wouldn’t give the Times a lot of grief. A secret $50 million dollar loan helped the other group buy the paper, and to make sure the new owners didn’t get too full of themselves and think they could move in on the Times main territory, the Times got an option to buy the Daily News, as reported by Editor and Publisher and by the Times itself in a special edition published years later when snoopy accountants found out about it.
Things have since become even stranger, when the Orange County Register filed for bankruptcy late last year. The same company also owns the Riverside Press Telegram. So here comes the Tribune, now owner of the Times and San Diego Union, offering a 3 million dollar loan at zero interest rate to the company that owns the Register and Press-Telegram. This would give them a crack at buying the two papers out of bankruptcy, and thus increase their monopoly over all of Southern California. If that works out, the Tribune will own the Times, the San Diego Union, The Riverside Press-Telegram and the Orange County Register. Any beginning psychic can see more layoffs, consolidated printing, consolidated news, and immense power over the entire Southland. Oh, and the big hurt on real freedom of the press.
The Dawn of a New Monopoly?
If this big business deal plays out in favor of the Tribune Co., then they could really ask a high price for the group if they indeed want to sell. On the other hand, maybe the money losing papers will drag the whole mass of their Empire down the drain, including all the local newspapers they also own. The Dawn of a New Monopoly or the Black Hole of all Southland Newspapers? Only the Times will tell.