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Where is Justice?

Is the Iranian assassination plot against a Saudi Diplomat a legitimate threat to national security, or yet another case of messy informant handling, or something else altogether? Plus – those who have been listening to us for any length of time have heard our broadcasts on Fast and Furious and the House of Death.  What we increasingly run into is the fact that, no matter who’s in office, the same kind of boneheaded policies stay in place – that result in death and mayhem.  Why?  Tonight, we delve into the subject with Bill Conroy and Sandalio Gonzalez.

About the Guests:

Bill Conroy has worked as a reporter or editor for the past eighteen years at newspapers in Wisconsin, Arizona, Minnesota and Texas.

His investigative reporting over the past five years has focused on corruption and discrimination within federal law enforcement agencies.

He is also a journalist for Narco News. His investigative pieces, particularly those on the House of Death, have made him our most-favored guest.

In 1978 Sandalio Gonzalez joined the DEA as a Special Agent in the Los Angeles Field Division. In 1983 he was transferred to San Jose, Costa Rica where he served as Assistant Country Attaché. In 1989 he was assigned to the Inspection Division at DEA Headquarters in Washington, D.C., where he served as a Unit Chief in the Office of Security Programs and later as an Inspector in the Office of Professional Responsibility. In 1992 he was promoted as the DEA Advisor to the Commander in Chief of the U.S. Southern Command in Panama where he served until 1994. Mr. Gonzalez returned to Washington as Chief of the Drug Suppression Section in the Office of Cocaine Investigations, and in 1995 took over as Chief of the South America Section in the Office of International Operations, where he was in charge of DEA operations in South America. In January 1998 he reported to the Miami Field Division as an Assistant Special Agent in Charge, and later that year he was promoted to the Senior Executive Service of the United States as Associate Special Agent in Charge. On January 18, 2001, Mr. Gonzalez was reassigned as the Special Agent in Charge of the El Paso Field Division, El Paso, Texas.

Mr. Gonzalez has received several performance awards while assigned to foreign and domestic DEA offices. He has participated in numerous undercover assignments and complex criminal investigations involving domestic and international drug trafficking organizations. As Advisor to the Southern Command and as a Headquarters Section Chief he provided direction and supervision to implement DEA policy in Latin America.

As a Senior Executive Service management official in the DEA, Mr. Gonzalez reported serious allegations of wrongdoing and cover-ups by federal agents and prosecutors in Miami, Florida and El Paso, Texas. He became the target of an internal investigation and was involuntarily transferred and retaliated against by the Department of Justice and the DEA.

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2 comments to Where is Justice?

  • Anthony

    The object is to compile negative story lines against your opponett—-until the moment of attack—-political gamesmenship–between the US and Iran—built up suspicians to assist the court of public opinion when needed..

    Justifying the actual unlawful activities that are now being questioned–in order to stop terrorism we’ve got to pretend to be as they are.. Drug running–gun running–Jihadists—

    Oil company has operatives in Iran hoping to get paid after the fall of Iran—Iraq–afghanistan–Libya–all had insiders for any type of service needed—

    I always suspected things like this being done to keep the ppl of Gaza oppressed—placing insiders inside with access to missles to inflict the pain needed on the population of israel–to justify hostilities..

    I believe fast furious/gun walker– is just the labels of this homeland operation and this is being done in every nation—transfering arms to terrorists and drug runners was never more successful than in Libya–They got some very good war tools..

    iraq—weapons were left for pick up–entire shipments of small arms disappeared–along with entire shipments of cash–not to mention the cash found inside iraq…

    Afghanistan given the same–DMZ—situation as vietnam—Pakistan intelligence producing adequate warrior enemies for nato to keep security a mystery–keeping the need for occupation…

    Criminal investigation?
    The question then is–who should investigate who? The–op– was inherited—the worst of it had already taken place? Holder knows the ppl asking the questions(Issa) may not realize
    the whole committee are the guilty…

    I’m just bored–had a thought—Loved ground zero—everything I –thought–about that was actually true–and like now–I’m was just guessing! Good show!

    Keebler truckss transporting funny cookies?
    I wonder what coca cola ships in from colunbia? lol

  • Mike and Mark, Wonderful and gutsy show as usual. Also, applying the foreseeable consequences standard of law, no public employee, even inheriting an existing op, especially from a previous administration, can or should use or take the existence of any program as further license and authority to continue it per se. The probable or highly likely and foreseeable consequences in the fast and furious case were clear but a whole lot of testosterone, machoness and group-think allowed these geniuses to continue the carnage. And even if the initial op passes the “good-faith” test of a mistake versus criminal mens rea, the cover-ups after certainly are criminal in act and intent and do warrant investigation and prosecution. Who will investigate? We the people use whatever skills and capablities we have developed, just as Mike and Mark are doing this courageous reporting, and then we keep going, like the energizer bunny, and each time the law enforcement authorities refuse to even look at the obvious in front of them begging for investigation, we document it on paper, keep the paper trail, and go higher and higher and more public and more public. That is about all we can do right now except also do our homework, have our facts straight, be willing to admit and corrrect errors, and find new venues and approaches to linking up with others.

    Thanks to Mike and Mark for your courage and work of real substance on issues of real substance

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