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Islamic State in Iraq & Syria

 A message from ISIS

(Translation by Google)

ISIS Logo

Conquests of the Islamic State in the northern regions / the western state of Nineveh Praise be to Allah and peace and blessings be upon the Messenger of Allah and his family and companions and allies; After:

Lost from God to the soldiers of the Islamic caliphate and is pleased to have opened many northern regions - western bordering

The jurisdiction of Nineveh, the proud first and foremost (Sinjar, and aspects of Zammar and Rabia and Oana, a large number of villages in the Her), after intense battles fought by the state with the black gangs "peshmerga" militias "asayesh" Kurdish Secularism, they have been used all kinds of weapons, and incurred during the apostates heavy loss of life and equipment,

The Mujahideen were able, from the families of hundreds of them, including officers and leaders of the flock and huge quantities of arms and mechanisms And various types of ammunition, during 6-7 September 2014, corresponding to 2-3 August 2014, and this side

Photos of Blessed Invasions

Photo account from the Twitter page of ISIS as they take northern Iraq


Battle For Iraq - 5 part series from Vice

Susan McDougal was an American political prisoner.

Susan McDougalSusan McDougal is an American hero (to some) and fellow Arkansan but noteworthy for her stint as a political prisoner of Ken Starr and the United States during his Whitewater witch-hunt of the 1990's. McDougal served what I would call "hard-time" because she was kept in-transit while in the Federal system.  She was remanded to custody because she would not lie nor succumb to the immense pressure that a Federal Special Prosecutor can apply. While I can not attest that she did not commit a fiduciary crime; it was not commensurate with the price she paid. I awe her fortitude.

The tentacle of the investigation that found Monica Lewinsky was McDougal's saving grace. Monica Lewinsky allowed Ken Starr to shift the focus of the investigation from the growing embarrassment that was "Whitewater" including the Special Prosecutor's treatment of Susan McDougal, to the salacious details of the relationship between Lewinsky and President Bill Clinton.

I recall meeting Susan McDougal when I worked at Collins, Locke & Lasater in Little Rock around 1983. I have not seen or spoken to her since. I was acquainted with many of the players at the heart of several of "Clinton Conspiracies"; Volume I from the 90's. What the Witch-hunters of Whitewater won't say, I will. There was no there there then or now. The only scandal relating to Whitewater was the way it was prosecuted.

As for conspiracies - Whitewater was just a bad business deal; Dan Lasater was no drug overlord; Mena had nothing to do with Clinton; Vince Foster was not murdered, and on and on.

The ignorant GOP representative who defended Benghazi this week by stating that "if it's a witch-hunt then there must be a witch", proves my point. Benghazi is a farce, but that doesn't mean it can't be made spectacle of. The problem for Benghazite theorists is the VA scandal; it is too far removed from Hillary and real, so it will not go away. If it gets too obvious they are ignoring a real scandal for "Faux Ghazi", it looks bad.

Benghazi was to be a bow shot warning to Hillary but it will turn out a dud. Still one shouldn't blame her if she shudders at the memories of Whitewater and decides to wait until necessary to announce her candidacy. After all, FoxNews was just cutting its teeth then and since has proved claims of a vast right-wing conspiracy against the Clinton Administration, true.

But Hillary will announce and I'd postulate Benghazi will be exploited for all it can by the GOP now; as it did then with Whitewater, and again as then, overplay the hand. In the interim, Hillary will recall how even bullshit scandals take a toll, as she takes in the pomp of Chapter One from the "Clinton Conspiracies Volume II: Benghazi".

http://www.encyclopediaofarkansas.net/encyclopedia/entry-detail.aspx?entryID=4064

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Susan_McDougal

http://www.arkansasbusiness.com/article/33272/club-fed-ex-inmates-lawyers-describe-reality-of-life-behind-bars?page=all

 

Notes from El Reno

When you arrived at the old prison; if you weren't afraid, you were in the right place.

El Reno in 1985 was the scariest place I would behold in the struggle for my custodial jurisdiction. The Federal Prison in El Reno was a major hub in the transit system utilized by U.S. Marshals to transport inmates. In my opinion, there was no worse way to spend time in the federal  prison than that lost "in-transit".  I learned the closest distance between to places was no straight line.

If being in-transit wasn't bad enough; El Reno got it the rest of the way. More than anything; I remember how El Reno helped me appreciate the existence of prisons.

Mercifully during the week or so there I was was housed in the administrative segregation unit, so I would not be among the general population. It was jail within in jail. Showers were once a week in Ad-Seg. At the allotted time the inmate would disrobe completely in his cell, then wait for the guard to handcuff him through the bars. Inmates were led in groups of three; naked and handcuffed, down a walkway passing the cells of other inmates in route to the shower cell. Once in the shower, each inmate would would present his hands through the bars so the cuffs could be removed. All the while, guards were positioned outside the shower cell to observe any interaction.

A couple of hours after returning from the shower to my cell, an inmate-orderly dropped off the following "kite" to my cell.  The note was from another inmate who observed my trek to the shower cell.

On receiving the "note"; for a moment, I was horrified but realized I was in no danger. I was isolated behind a set of bars and in that moment, happy it was so.  I cannot say precisely why I responded but it seemed rational at the time. I recall I needed a stamp and an envelope .

For whatever reason, I chastised "Rodney" in my reply for wasting his amazing gift to write in a sad effort to mess with my head. I questioned his rationale for writing such a note and I wrote of the journey that brought me there. The tonal difference in the subsequent notes from Rodney was astonishing.

Notes from El Reno 1985 - Letter 1 (Caution: Graphic Adult Language) by Tony Alardin

Sixty days in solitary

Current news reports have it that NY is reforming its use of solitary confinement. I find this heartening as I have first-hand experience. I estimate that at least 90 days of my first 120 in federal custody prison in 1985 was spent in some form of solitary confinement. This excerpt from Leaving Little Rock offers background on what brought me there.

Let me preface by saying I do not believe myself a victim in this matter and deserve no sympathy.  There are scores of people who unjustly endure far worse; at least I was culpable for what I was there for.  I cannot imagine anything worse than serving time or death for a crime yet absolutely innocent. It brings to mind Damien Echols sentenced to death in Arkansas and  Cameron Todd Willingham executed by the state of Texas in 2004; each convicted of unfathomable crimes he  did not commit. These guys were victims; I am merely recounting an experience. As much as I may want to ponder what if (my probation were not revoked); I believe being taken from the environment I was in, when I was, the way I was, probably saved my life. I wrote judge Roy a letter to tell her as much some years later.

My 25th birthday occurred during the midst of a sixty day stint in solitary confinement at the Federal Correctional Institution - Ft. Worth in July of 1984. The incident which begat my confinement in solitary occurred when I was physically assaulted by another inmate. I had been in Fort Worth for around 35 days and was just settling in when I was attacked. My attacker and me were confined in segregated isolation during investigation of the incident. Most distressing to me then was that I was to be transferred to a Federal Prison Camp in Big Springs, Texas.

If you had to serve Federal time at that time; FCI - Fort Worth was a good place to be. There was little violence there. (my altercation an unfortunate exception) The institutional culture focused on rehabilitation over punishment. They had a renowned drug-alcohol treatment program and it served as the best mechanism to get assigned there. Also the prison was co-ed with both men and women incarcerated at the facility. The dormitory housing was segregated by sex but the common areas including education, work, cafeteria, recreation and visitation were co-ed. They had a modern convalescent center where old mobsters and politicians were often assigned to.

I was surprised and excited to find a friend from Little Rock, Roger Clinton serving time there as well. While Roger and I were more social acquaintances than close friends, we did hang out more just prior to his incarceration. He lived in an apartment next door to the one I shared with my sister, Lisa. On the night before he was to report to prison we hired a limo to party the night away on a double date. We were both at a low point of our lives out for a night to forget. Me with no clue I would be joining him in prison very soon.

The only physical contact permitted between the male and female inmates was to hold hands. "Walkie" was the moniker used to identify an inmate's preferred "hand-holding-while-you-walk-around" friend. The inmate who assaulted me did so out of jealousy; I had been innocently striking up a friendship with his walkie. I recall he was in motorcycle club; he was quite a bit bigger than me and he hit hard. He and I got to know each other a bit through the conversations we could manage from separate cells in isolation; he apologized for the assault and I believed him to be sincere.

I was informed the longest I could be held in detention under "investigation" was 60 days and ironically that is how long I was.  Locked in a cell for 23 hours a day; one hour was offered to walk around alone in a small enclosed court yard, I seldom went. I was depressed. During the investigation; all my personal property was taken except for the underwear and t-shirt I was wearing, a pillow and a blanket. No TV and no radio. There was controlled access to a few donated books to read, a bible or legal books. I was allowed a pen and paper on request. The light switch to my cell was controlled from outside. The door to my cell was solid except for a horizontal narrow slit of Plexiglas and a hinged slot lower on the door for a food tray to pass through. There was a narrow vertical window opposite the door that could not be opened and was painted over. I was able to shower twice a week.  I recall a haunting emptiness but I have always been good being alone.

What I am sure of is that the degree of negative effect of not just isolation, but incarceration in general, is relative to the person. In prison, the line for the pay phone was an enlightening vantage to size up who was how. It was in their eyes as they waited in line to make a phone call home. Panic, crying...hanging up when their time is up only to get back in line to call again. It was painful to watch but I learned from it; the difference was "allowing time to do them" rather than "doing their time".

writing in progress...

Leaving Little Rock

Leaving Little Rock: To the best of my knowledge this story happened exactly as I remember. With that in mind, it is subject to revision.

  • Bucket Shops and Bond Daddies
  • Firebombs at the Checkmate
  • Collins, Locke & Lasater
  • Probation
  • The Janitor at the Wine Cellar
  • Sounding the Warnings
  • Revocation
  • Murder
  • Cause and Effect

Did Dan Kavanaugh murder the McStay family?

McStay_Family_244x183A book written by Rick Baker on the McStay family disappearance postulates that Summer killed her husband, Joey McStay and is in-hiding with their children. Mr. Baker's book goes to great lengths to defame Summer's memory and he owes her family a heartfelt apology. While Baker's speculation has proven to be bullshit, much of the research and interviews he did then now offers a very different perspective.

At a time most people (even the authorities) were speculating the McStay family had voluntarily disappeared, or at the worst, Summer may have murdered her husband and was in-hiding with the kids, an employee of Joey McStay, Dan Kavanaugh suggested the title for Chapter 2 in an upcoming book be "NO BODIES, NO CASE". While this alone doesn't mean Mr. Kavanaugh had anything to do with the McStay murders, that is just one compelling fact of many that may prove culpability or guilty knowledge.

Now that bodies of the four family members have been found buried in a shallow grave in the desert, the words and deeds by those with motive and proximity, offer another perspective and a very different conclusion. The McStay family was murdered over greed for money and an $81,000 project may prove to have been the catalyst. I do believe this case will be solved...soon.

People who have had extensive personal contact with him have described him as "like a sociopath." Baker alleges Dan Kavanaugh made a physical visit to the house post-disappearance and then made statements that I expect with hindsight are much more telling. He is known to have sold fountains which were never installed through Joseph's company after his disappearance, he assumed a fake alter ego, "Vince," to deal with customers and had some funds transferred into his grandfather's bank account as well as his own. Kavanaugh repeatedly warned Joseph McStay in an IM exchange how dangerous he was to cross and stated that he felt crossed.

Dan Kavanaugh isn't the only suspect. From what I have read, I question whether Kavanaugh could have pulled this off alone, much less whether he was "mastermind" of the murder conspiracy, but his actions and deeds belie guilty knowledge. If Dan Kavanaugh wants folks to think he is innocent; and he may be, then he shouldn't have done and said such stupid stuff.

Below See: Email and IM string re: Joey McStay and Dan Kavanaugh

So who is Daniel Vincent Kavanaugh, born 1981?

http://courtindex.sdcourt.ca.gov/CISPublic/casedetailr?casenum=SCD249328&casesite=SD&applcode=R

http://www.cheaterville.com/?page=cheaters&id=10506  Is this the same Dan Kavanaugh? (with over 4.5 million views!)

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Business partner Charles Ray "Chase" Merritt warrants close scrutiny as well. A Google search yields a plethora of RipOff Reports for selling fountain systems and not delivering the goods. It appears this may have been a business practice that he and Joey McStay engaged in together. As I understand it, an $81k project is one of few ever finished (completed after the McStay disappearance) yet the money unaccounted for.

  • Who is Charles Ray "Chase" Merritt, DOB 05/02/1957?
  • What is the relationship between Dan Kavanaugh and Chase Merritt?
  • Does Michael McStay figure into the mix?
  • Michael James McFadden's name has emerged as well.

Anyone with information please email us at info@TexArville.com.

Thanks to those we have heard from.

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Email and IM string re: Joey McStay and Dan Kavanaugh
> From: josephmcstay69@hotmail.com
> To: support@authoritydomains.com
> Subject: Re. Issues w/ my Earth Inspired Products-EIP website, Dan Kavanaugh....
> Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2009 14:46:40 -0800
>
> Hello Paul,
>
> Thanks for taking my call. I really do appreciate it.
>
> First of all I want to thank you for all of your efforts in keeping EIP ranked these past years and as of recently, allowing us to pay late, reduced amount, etc. I really do appreciate it. It's nice to know there are those out there who genuinely want to help others be successfull. As you are well aware, it's been extremely difficult these past months due to I think primarily this dismal economy and we do sell a "luxury item" which is the 1st to go when people are simply trying to survive and only buy necessities. We haven't formally met... I simply pay you folks each month these past years. I allowed Dan to deal with you since he is the SEO specialist for the site....
>
> As of recently, due to the declining sales, etc... Dan Kavanaugh and myself have been having a "falling out." To give you some history.... We met around 2001 when he helped build our Electronics Website and we became friends....He is extremely talented, but young... So, from time to time he'd need $$$, I'd give it to him and he'd give me software, etc... He was just a kid at 21-22 back then.... He didn't have a car, so I let him use a Volks Vanagon I wasn't using to help him out. I've been doing building fountains since 1998 and originally built earthinspiredprducts.com in 2000. I'm passinate about fountains...I built them & love them...It's not just for $$$ for me. The site didn't do much till 2005 when I got together with Dan & suggested we revamp EIP from the dead and give it a go... Then 1000's of hrs redesigning began, re-establishing relationships with past vendors, etc.... A lot of late nights & cofee among other things... Since then with your help, PPC, etc... we've built it up pretty good... yet 2008 was tough at times and extremely difficult this past 3 months in particular....
>
> I'm 39 years old..have a wife & 3 kids... Dan is 28, single, no kids....very few responsiblities & parties like a rock star...heck can't blame him.... But, the success of eip is much more critical to me than to him... I can't couch hop as he could, I have mouths to feed.... I know from experience, that you "have to save up for the rainy day" and i did now for 4 yrs.... Dan never did...Whether he made 3k or 8k in a month...it was gone as soon as he got it.... Although, I was raised by a single Mom, was like a father & mom, strong & solid w/ a good work ethic.... Dan didn't have that luxury... It was difficult for him, thus its made him who he is.... Abandonment issues, Lack of Trust, etc...
>
> Having said all the above... Dan has become quite malicious towards me to the point of affecting my family....Please see IM string below....It's quite sad, since we considered him like family, w/ my 2 youngest calling him "uncle Dan.".... I would appreciate your input and any help you could recommend.... Fountains are my life, EIP feeds my family... I can't have EIP disappear off the face of the earth and end up back in a cubicle working for someone else....but, if I have to for me and my family to survive...I will.
>
> I do wish the best for Dan... I wll not be malicious as he is being....And perhaps we can work through this or part ways amicably... I don't know... Either way, I wanted to give you folks a "heads up" on the situation... I appreciate your help...
>
> IM String:
>
> Dan says:
> the later you respond and deal with this, the worse its gonna be
> Dan says:
> but do what u want
> Dan says:
> i dont give a fuck
> Josepe' says:
> what
> Dan says:
> ?
> Dan says:
> ill speak with u on the phone or somethin
> Dan says:
> dont im me
> Dan says:
> unless you want to talk about some shit
> Dan says:
> i know u prefer it done over instant message
> Dan says:
> its cool
> Dan says:
> no worries
> Dan says:
> ill be here when ur ready
> Dan says:
> late
>
> Dan says:
> Dan says:
> like i said tho, if u try and postpone handling this because u dont like confrontation
> Dan says:
> it wont be to ur benefit
> Dan says:
> but live the dream lol
> Dan says:
> ur dreaming
> Dan says:
> it will be about 30 days from today that your site is gone from the search engines if u just wanna ignore me
> Josepe' says:
> And why is that?
> Dan says:
> why not
> Dan says:
> u treat me like a kid like im dumb or some shit
> Dan says:
> 1. your site will be gone from the engines
> Dan says:
> 2. i will make my own fountain site
> Dan says:
> and 3
> Dan says:
> i dont need it anyway
> Dan says:
> im fucking killing it on other shit
> Dan says:
> so get it out of your head that i cant do anything
> Dan says:
> be realistic
> Dan says:
> i made an offer to let u have the site
> Dan says:
> and buy me out
> Dan says:
> u fumbled that one
> Josepe' says:
> Now, I, Summer & Kids know the "Real You" and what you would potentially do to harm me and my family... Your a great guy Dan... FK'n Sad...
> Dan says:
> dont try your guilt trip shit on me bro
> Dan says:
> you and i had a business
> Dan says:
> do what u want man
> Dan says:
> i wish the best to u and ur fam
> Dan says:
> but dont burn fools
> Josepe' says:
> Yay right... do you see the "contradiction"... You wish the best for me & my family, but have no problem destroying our livelihood? Your sick or something...
> Dan says:
> ive told u the options
> Dan says:
> you choose whats best for you
> Dan says:
> you can disreguard my offer to buy me out
> Dan says:
> and continue thinking your site is permanent
> Dan says:
> or you can simply do it, and keep your site
> Dan says:
> and i wont do anything to harm it
> Dan says:
> ill give u ppc access to my shit and everything
> Dan says:
> and keep ur links up
> Dan says:
> not pointing to my new fountain site
> Dan says:
> and you can keep the site that isnt even that good , like u said yourself
> Dan says:
> all i did was find the backlinks guys anyway right
> Dan says:
> youve built six sites like it you said yourself
> Dan says:
> lol
> Josepe' says:
> Your a great guy Dan... At least we all know your true colors...
> Dan says:
> word
> Dan says:
> be more legit in ur future biz ops
> Dan says:
> with partners
> Dan says:
> and you might go far
> Dan says:
> we had a good thing goin for a while
> Dan says:
> apparently its not worth salvaging though to you
> Dan says:
> i gave u chances
> Dan says:
> no worries, better luck on ur next one
> Dan says:
> but u wont get another me
> Dan says:
> and theres lots of you
> Dan says:
> your lazy
> Dan says:
> smart, but lazy
> Dan says:
> thats why you never built any other sites like mine
> Josepe' says:
> What do you want Dan?
> Dan says:
> i want to be treated fairly, and more respected as a owner of this business
> Dan says:
> not simply some kid you throw a bone to once in a while
> Josepe' says:
> Even if we came to a $$$ amount and you were paid...Given the malicious things you have written above.... you would take the $$$ and still do those malicious things....Whats the point? There is no reasoning with you or fairness with someone like you....
> Dan says:
> heres the deal
> Dan says:
> ill give u a gentlemans promise
> Dan says:
> since were bros for years
> Dan says:
> and i dont hate you
> Dan says:
> we just had a falling out
> Dan says:
> were buddies
> Dan says:
> u think i want to fuck with u like that
> Dan says:
> wrong
> Dan says:
> ill respect your site
> Dan says:
> and your future with ur family
> Dan says:
> and even help u with the site still
> Dan says:
> with ppc, seo
> Dan says:
> ill make authority domains confirm it
> Dan says:
> that i havent pulled any of ur links
> Dan says:
> youll rank for years
> Dan says:
> when things bounce back youll do well
> Dan says:
> or
> Dan says:
> whatever u want man
> Dan says:
> point is
> Dan says:
> ill honor our deal
> Dan says:
> if u buy me out
> Dan says:
> nothing malicious of any kind will be done
> Dan says:
> its an offer on the table
> Dan says:
> a legit one
> Dan says:
> i dont wanna see my hard sweat and tears to make that beauty flush down the toilet
> Dan says:
> its still a site that makes me proud for what it is
> Dan says:
> think about it
> Dan says:
> ill give you a day to come up with what you wanna do
> Dan says:
> and get back to me with a dollar amount thats fair
> Dan says:
> and we'll get past this
> Dan says:
> it was nothing
> Dan says:
> youll get control of my ppc accounts to see what keywords people have bought with for the last 6 months
> Dan says:
> and access to keep buying links
> Dan says:
> even more if u want
> Dan says:
> for better keywords
> Dan says:
> ill also help u in the future if u need shit done on the site
> Dan says:
> seo, etc
> Dan says:
> we dont have to end this badly
> Dan says:
> and you dont have to buy me out all up front
> Dan says:
> you can make payments
> Dan says:
> we can work something out
> Dan says:
> so you can stay afloat
> Dan says:
> but without me, the site will die
> Dan says:
> and it took 4 years to get it where it is
> Dan says:
> dont waste all that money u spent on links and making it
> Dan says:
> hit me up tomorrow and let me know what u decide
> Dan says:
> sleep on it
> Dan says:
> whats that site worth to you
> Dan says:
> and your future
> Dan says:
> cuz i can make more
> Dan says:
> youd be pretty screwed
> Dan says:
> just an update, authority domains will be available for you to call so you know your safe
> Dan says:
> when we make our deal
> Dan says:
> im on with them now, telling em you might buy me out
> Dan says:
> so they will have ur back still
> Dan says:
> im giving you till tomorrow
> Dan says:
> and im not fucking around
> Dan says:
> but as i said, ill honor anything we agree on 100%
> Dan says:
> and youll continue with your great rankings
> Dan says:
> i dont have time to compete against you, or even do a fountain site
> Dan says:
> but ill put that php seo friendly cart up in a sec and point all ur links to it in a heartbeat if i have to
> Dan says:
> and your wack domain and 2002 site design will go to page 1000 for every keyword
> Dan says:
> so now that you know how serious i am, and what im capable of..you can make a better decision how to end this
> Dan says:
> what did they tell ya lol
> Dan says:
> authority domains
> Dan says:
> nah i already know
> Dan says:
> theyre gonna call u back
> Dan says:
> and let u know what up

>
>Sincerely,
>Joseph McStay

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Obama needs a turd blossom

Backlash the GOP has ginned up against Obamacare of late can be disheartening to fans of an affordable healthcare act.

From the administration's self-inflicted website problems, mixed-message communication concerning existing policy grandfathering exemptions, tax credit toward premiums and so on. Frustration is in high supply. If perception is reality then President Obama needs a turd blossom of his own.

A negative meme; culled with bias from the multitude of real-life people who will be cancelled by their current health provider (for a variety of reasons) as well as rural areas where a lack of providers (some with obstinate governors) make for higher premiums, can drown out the cry for help from those who just want a system that works for them too.

President Obama's turd blossom would see the stars aligning for progressive change, then promote this confusion as opportunity to define the contrasts of position between the two parties as well as the consequence of.

Democrats do not need to back down, waiver or delay anything. The time is now to double down. Democrats need to campaign on a fix to many of the issues the GOP claims to be concerned about. That fix is a public option - which will leave many more people in a better position than repealing the ACA will. When it gets right down to the heart of the matter, self-interest will win in the ballot box, even in red states.

It is time to define the 2014 campaign debate with a public option on the ballot with Democrats.

DA Ken Anderson hid evidence in murder trial

KAnderson-WRONGFUL_CONVICTION-PROSECUTOREvil can take many forms and wear many hats. It is one thing for an honest mistake to be the grit in the gears of justice; quite another when those tasked with measuring the scale put weight to pervert the system.

But for the grace of God, Michael Morton would have shared Cameron's fate. A court found that former DA and Judge Ken Anderson hid evidence in Morton's murder trial. Pamela Colloff of the Texas Monthly has done some fine reporting in a two part story titled Innocent Man.

Editors' note: The first half was published in the November 2012 in Texas Monthly and can be read here.

Editors' note: The second half can be found here.

 

A Posthumous Pardon for Cameron Todd Willingham?

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Cameron Todd Willingham: Posthumous Pardon Filing Documents

We have expounded for several years here about the wrongful execution of Cameron Todd Williams and the state of Texas' efforts to cover it up.

Did prosecutors in the controversial Cameron Todd Willingham case use false testimony to win a conviction? Did they hide information about that in order to keep the appeals court process and Governor Rick Perry in the dark? Those accusations were made last Friday as a formal petition was made to give Willingham a full pardon.

The petition filed last week cites new evidence that could indicate Willingham's trial was plagued by perjury and prosecutorial misconduct. Indeed Willingham maintained his innocence throughout his incarceration. At last weeks announcement, Willingham's stepmother Eugenia Willingham said, "Todd’s dying wish was that we help clear his name."

When Governor Perry bragged last year that he has "never lost a minute of sleep to doubt about any execution under his watch", I expect there is little doubt the Cameron Todd Willingham case was in the back of his mind. If Perry has any fear of a karmic justice it should haunt him for the rest of his life.

That Governor Perry would make such an outlandish statement concerning the guilt of Willingham and the propriety of putting him to death in these circumstances is hard to stomach. It was a weak case from the start and falling apart rapidly as Perry signed off on the execution order.

Sadly for Cameron, it was 2004 and Texas Governor Perry had President Bush boots to fill that required the infallible certitude of a true decider in waiting. The inescapable truth is in Texas under Governor Perry's watch, a father was executed for starting a fire that killed his three daughters based on worse than questionable evidence. Governor Perry was the fail-safe to prevent an innocent person from paying the ultimate price in the state of Texas. In that regard, he failed Cameron Todd Willingham, individually and inexcusably but he failed the people of Texas as well because we all have the blood of Cameron Todd Willingham on our hands.

It is a fact doubt about Willingham's guilt began to emerge prior to the eleventh hour. Governor Perry could have stopped the execution of Cameron Todd Willingham yet chose not to for what appears to be political asides. If Perry is sincere; then he is one of two things, diabolically evil or fecklessly negligent and unfit for office.

The next shoe to fall may be of the cover-up. In retrospect, the efforts by Perry cronies and loyalists to help tamp down scrutiny has been shameless. My guess is that Perry will deny the pardon request because to do otherwise will leave him open to criticism.

For a good introduction to the case read this September 2009 article, "Trial by Fire" by David Grann for the New Yorker.  

    Texas Gov. Perry halts investigation into execution of innocent man.

    Texas AG aids Perry in Willingham cover-up

 

 

Senator Wendy does Texas Proud!

davis_ActionTexArville is in Wendy Davis' Senate District 10. We could not be more proud. Sadly, our U.S. Congressional Representatives or U.S. Senators do not have her scruples, grit or integrity. Wendy Davis is a ray of hope in state rife with legislative ignorance.

Thank you Senator Wendy.

 

 

 

 

Wendy Davis filibuster

http://www.davis.senate.state.tx.us/

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