Terrorists, Treason and Truth
By Bill E. Branscum
As a Private Investigator, you deal in a valuable commodity
known to man, and valued by mankind since the beginning of time.
What I am talking about is truth.
Sadly, we live in a world of of individual prejudice
and collective agenda where the truth is often deliberately obscured
by those who would pervert it for their own ends. Individual, local,
regional, national, international . . . the truth is a baseline
from which postures, positions and politics divurge.
As I write this, I am angry and disappointed. I have
the pervasive feeling that my community and I have been betrayed,
and sense that I am looking at the tip of an ice berg. I suspect
that we are all going to be seeing a lot more of this as the USA
PATRIOT Act and Homeland Security take over.
On Thursday, October 10, 2002, I was taking my kids
to the bus stop as the radio announced that our Region 6 Domestic
Security Task Force had arrested twenty "potential terrorists"
right here in Naples, Florida. As I listened to the story, I had
the pronounced feeling that someone was blatantly misleading our
local community - something about the story did not ring true.
You can read the news article HERE;
and I would suggest that you read it carefully, and form your own
conclusions, before proceeding to review what I have to say. Personally,
I think it may just be the finest example of political propaganda
as anyone would be likely to find in a local newspaper; it was a
wonderfully vainglorious news conference they had too.
The twenty arrestees were described as "Ripe
for terrorist recruitment," and two of them sought
commercial licenses and one even went so far as to try to get the
"endorsement to transport hazardous materials."
Our Sheriff described that as, "particularly ominous."
Our Sheriff, the highest law enforcement authority in
our county, went on to say, "We've been careful
not to suggest they are terrorists,but they certainly represent
the potential for recruitment."
Steve Lauer, the chief of Florida Domestic Security,
said, "We may never know...we could have stopped
a terrorist attack."
It's a sad thing for a Sheriff to lie to his community,
sadder still when the lie is self-aggrandizing and terribly derogatory
to people denied voice to object. I personally found this to be
particularly contemptable since many of these "terrorists"
were little more than kids.
Being detectives, you did notice the ages of the arrestees
It took less than an hour to verify that my suspicions
were true. Given names and ages, it was a simple matter to identify
the people and contact their families.
In Florida, and probably elsewhere, illegal immigrants
are no longer allowed to obtain driver's licenses or renew the ones
they have. If you cannot establish that you are legally here, your
license will be revoked as soon as you appear at DMV for renewal
even if you have had one for twenty years.
I wrote a Letter to the Editor - it was the first time
I had ever written a Letter to the Editor in my life. I did manage
to make myself reasonably clear. The Naples Daily News published
my letter, pretty much unedited, the following Monday, October 14,
2002. Click HERE
Much to my surprise, the Sheriff's Department responded
and maintained the pretense saying, "You may believe
the existence of a terrorist cell in your community is a civil right.
Sheriff Don Hunter does not." Read it for yourself,
Frankly, I don't know what strikes me as more asinine
- making the ridiculous representations to begin with, or sticking
to the story and trying to make it sound as if questioning this
nonsense makes you a terrorist sympathizer. I wrote my second Letter
to the Editor, published Thursday, October 24, 2002. Click HERE.
Having spent my law enforcement career here in Naples,
I know more than a few members of our local law enforcement community.
I did not receive a single negative call.
One member of our local community did speak up in a
Letter to the Editor of their own. Although they joined me in demanding
answers to my questions, no further response was forthcoming. You
can read their letter HERE.
Ladies and Gentleman, during the tremulous times to
come, I think we can expect to see more and more of this sort of
nonsense. You and I are in a unique position to expose it, denounce
it, and defend those who are oppressed under the new rules as promulgated
in this awful piece of legislation they are calling the USA Patriot
Act; I suspect that less than 10% of Amerca realize that it should,
in fact, be USAPATRIOT Act as it is an acronym for the true name
of this legislation, "Uniting and Strengthening America [by]
Providing Appropriate Tools for Intercepting and Obstructing Terrorism..
"USA PATRIOT Act?" I wonder whose bright idea
it was to come up with this egregious oxymoron.
Branscum is a licensed Private Investigator and owner of Oracle
International, an investigative agency he established in Naples,
Florida following his career as a federal agent. His experience
includes investigations related to narcotics smuggling, money laundering,
securities fraud, the unlawful exportation of critical technology,
the sexual exploitation of children and contract murder.
International maintains a web site at http://www.OracleInternational.com.
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