Resisting the War, One 1040 at a Time (CUNY grad paper Advocate)

this article previously published in 2007 in print and on

Philip Fairbanks

Review of this article from The Picket Line: “

Philip Fairbanks, at the CUNY Graduate Center Advocate brings us an examination of war tax resistance that’s much more in-depth than what you usually see in the papers, though somewhat more sloppily-edited.

It covers the usual bases, but goes much further into the history of war tax resistance, its connection with the Nuremberg Principles, the recent convictions and imprisonments of the Restored Israel of Yahweh resisters, penalty funds, the organized and disorganized war tax resistance movement, boycotts of war profiteers, the “Peace Tax Fund” boondoggle, and my own DON Method.

If only more reporters dug this deep…”

Well researched, deep digging and awful grammar? Yup sounds about like me… Anyway, a rare one from the vaults here. Seeking scans of some of my previous print publications to add here bit by bit as well.

“Let them march all they want as long as they pay their taxes.”

Tax resisters protest outside
the IRS building in Washington, D.C.

This quote, by Alexander Haig, former U.S. Secretary of State, is found on many websites that advocate or explain the phenomenon of war protest known as tax resistance. Underscoring the truth of this is a quote by Henry David Thoreau, “If a thousand men were not to pay their tax bills this year,that would not be as violent and bloody a measure, as it would to pay them, and enable the State to commit violence and shed innocent blood.” The war machine is hungry and depends on astronomical amounts of money to continually wage war.

Although figures from the White House Office of Management and Budget’s 2008 budget report suggest that military expenses comprise only 21% of the federal budget, the War Resister’s League, which produces it’s own annual figures, estimates that the actual figure is much closer to 51%. According to the data released by the War Resister’s League, the big difference between their budget and the federal government’s is that the White House Budget and Management Office does not discriminate between social security funds, which are collected and used separately from the rest of the budget, and federal taxes. In other words, for the federal government, the revenue generated by social security is counted as part of the over all tax, despite the fact that it is collected separately and already earmarked for social services. In addition to this, the budget office does not take into account the cost of ongoing veteran’s benefits from previous wars and the interest on the national debt from previous military spending, which, believe it or not, makes up for a full twenty percent of the annual federal budget. That means that as much as 20% of the taxes we pay each year are spent paying for the costs of previous wars alone. It is in response to figures like these, and what these figures entail — less money for education, less money for health care, etc. — that many war resisters and pacifists decide to go the extra step and become tax resisters: an illegal move that involves a huge amount of conviction and dedication, but which more and more people are choosing to do as the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq continue unabated.

As most people know, conscientious objectors can be freed from military service if they object to the taking of human life for religious or ethical reasons. Every taxpayer, however, willingly or otherwise ends up supporting the building of missiles and bombs. For this reason, there is a long history of war tax resistance. The first official case of war tax resistance in America took place before the United States even existed. In the early 1600’s, the Algonquin Indians opposed funding a Dutch fort by refusing to pay Dutch taxes. During the American Revolution, the Quaker Society of Friends refused to pay taxes and many of them were jailed and had their property seized because of their refusal to fund the war. It is the Indochina war, however, that may be seen as the real starting point of the modern movement of War Tax Resistance. Backed by such socially concerned artists as folk singer Joan Baez, linguist and nonconformist Noam Chomsky, and “beat” legend Lawrence Ferlinghetti, the Indochina war tax resistance grew from a little more than 200 in the mid-60’s to upwards of 20,000 by the early 70’s with telephone tax resisters existing in even greater numbers. The movement became so popular that in the late 60’s, The War Resisters League, founded in 1923, had to found the National WTR, War Tax Resisters as a sister resistance group.

Further support for war tax resisters came in 1982, in the form of a new coalition of groups with common goals known as the National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee. The NWTRCC, pronounced “new trick” provides material and moral support for tax resisters and advice for those considering becoming tax resisters.

According to NWTRCC, there are two possible arguments you can present to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for your refusal to pay taxes on grounds of your conscience objection to war. According to Principle IV of the Nuremberg Principles: “The fact that a person acted pursuant to order of his government or of a superior does not relieve him from responsibility under international law, provided a moral choice was in fact possible to him.” This would not only excise Mennonites and Quakers and any other genuine individuals who have a moral opposition to supporting war in any way, but would actually indemnify them for not acting in accordance to their beliefs. Another possible tax loophole is the fact that the 16th Amendment, the tax amendment, was supposedly not legally ratified and that filing the forms violates the 5th amendment right against bearing witness against yourself, not to mention the fact that the IRS is reputed to violate 4th Amendment injunctions against search and seizure as well as violating rights to due process. As sketchy as this sounds, occasionally the IRS finds it more profitable not to pursue legal recourse against such gadflies. One such objector is Bob Schulz. Mr. Schulz began a hunger strike on July 1, 2001, until the government had given him a response and redress of grievances in regards to the questionable legality of the income tax. Bob Schulz and the “We the People Project” also took out an ad in 2000 in USA Today addressing their points regarding the dubious character of the IRS. Joseph Banister, former special agent of the Criminal Investigation division of the IRS, and Mr. Schulz hand-delivered copies of the remonstrance to members of the three branches of government.

Possible penalties for this form of protest include levies, fines, audits, seizure of property, and possible prison time. During the 80’s there was a resurgence of property seizures in response to the growing numbers of war tax resisters. Since 1999, there have been no cases of property seizure, but this doesn’t mean that the IRS is just looking the other way. In December of 2004, Joe and Inge Donato and Kevin McKee were convicted of “willful evasion” of federal taxes and “conspiring to defraud the United States.” The three were business partners and members of a small Bible study community in New Jersey numbering less than 50 members known as the Restored Israel of Yaweh Bible Community. Mr. Donato and Mr. McKee were sentenced to terms of 27 and 24 months respectively and Inge was sentenced to six months in prison. The Restored Israel of Yaweh Community has a history of war tax resistance. The group was founded by Leo J. Volpe, a WWII conscientious objector and draft resister who became a pacifist religious activist. Volpe spent a four-month stint in jail for refusing to file tax returns. Since Volpe’s sentence in 1983, members of the community had not been bothered by government officials until this more recent action.

Presiding U.S. Federal District Judge, Jerome B. Simandle, recommended that the government erase the amount owed to IRS and allow them to pay an equal fine that would not go to fund any war they refused on moral grounds to materially support. The Donatos and Mr. McKee agreed to this proposition, but the IRS rejected it. “We would always have gladly paid our full share of taxes if only the government could assure us that the amount we paid would not go to fund war making,” said Joe Donato. “The lack of any provision like that forced us to either violate our religion or risk being branded as criminals. At that point, we saw no choice but to honor our beliefs.”

Founder of the National War Tax Resistance Coordination Committee, Ed Hedemann has not paid federal income taxes since 1970. He owes somewhere around $70,000 in back taxes, all of which has been relegated to causes he believes in. “I run a risk of getting in trouble for not paying my taxes, but not as big a risk as the people of Iraq will suffer if I do pay.” Hedemann receives notices often and occasionally receives personal calls from agents to his apartment. At one point he was taken by the U.S. Justice Department to Federal District Court to ask why he should not be held in contempt for not giving information to the IRS.

Hedemann refused the Vietnam draft and believed from then on that it was “inconsistent” to then pay for others to die in his place. Like most war resisters, he resists war personally and refuses either to kill or pay to have people killed in his name. “Not only do I think the military actions the U.S. is taking in Iraq and Afghanistan are criminal, but I think the U.S. has done more to increase the level of terrorism in the world than any other country, thus making the world far less safe for Americans, Afghanis, Iraqis and others.” Hedemann refuses the 3 percent federal telephone excise tax. The telephone excise tax was instated in 1898 to help fund the Spanish-American War and is a popular means of war tax protest, as the IRS usually finds it more expensive to attempt legal action so few cases are pursued. Hedemann also refuses to pay any federal income tax. According to Hedemann, it’s impossible to get a definitive count of the number of war tax resisters because many war tax resisters don’t always contact NWTRCC or other groups. But some estimate that 5,000-10,000 people are refusing to pay some or all of their federal taxes to protest the current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

This may be in part due to the phenomenon observed by author of “The Picket Line” blog and the DON (Don’t Owe Nothin’) method of tax resistance, David Gross. “I’ve done some work in concert with NWTRCC and with our local group (Northern California War Tax Resistance) [but overall] the tax resistance movement isn’t very tightly coordinated. It tends to attract people who have an individualistic bent (coming from antiauthoritarian dissenter churches like the Quakers, or American anarchism of the Thoreauvian mold)…and there’s a lot of ideological and tactical differences that discourage coordinated actions. Many conscientious tax resisters are content to go at it alone without ever reaching out to the community at large or organized tax resistance groups.”

In addition to groups such as The War Resisters League and NWTRCC, there are other groups, like the CMTC Escrow account, that can provide support. War tax resisters can deposit money into the escrow account where it can be later withdrawn to pay off debts. There is also the War Tax Resisters Penalty Fund, which has reimbursed over $185,000 to over 280 war tax resisters to help resisters pay for interest and fines imposed by the IRS. Presently under consideration, H.R. 2631, called the Religious Freedom Peace Tax Fund, would possibly give an alternative for conscientious objectors to have their taxes funneled into nonmilitary funds. The problems with the Peace Tax Fund, however, are brought up by David Gross, who says that “It’s no good in that it will not have any beneficial effects — I that is, if the bill were to become law, Congress would continue to spend tax money in the same terrible ways it would otherwise, and all taxpayers, including the ones who check the ‘peace tax’ box on their forms, would in reality be contributing to all of it just as before. In other words, the ethical cover the law gives ‘peace tax’ payers is completely phoney.”

There already are methods of legally showing solidarity to the war resistance movement financially. One method of showing financial solidarity in the war resistance movement is to boycott organizations that serve as Defense Contractors. According to the nonprofit group Center for Media and Democracy’s Source Watch there are a large number of groups, some of which include familiar names like Boeing, The Carlyle Group, Exxon Mobil, General Electric, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Texas Instruments, Verizon and many others, which contribute to war.

Another, perhaps more radical, and certainly more Thoreauvian, method of war tax resistance involves actually living below the taxable income level. Jessica Ramer, the author of the blog “War Tax Resistance,” chooses this method of war tax resistance. Ms. Ramer works at a non-profit group called the Kushi Institute for a modest salary plus room and board to avoid earning enough income to be taxed. Another blogger, David Gross, also came to the conclusion that it was worth quitting his job and sacrificing luxury to support his conscience.

Gross’ blog “The Picket Line” outlines the DON or “Don’t Owe Nothin'” method of war tax resistance. The method is one legal option for conscientious objectors to stop funding the military. The DON method is a non-confrontational, “by the book” method of ensuring that your money doesn’t go to fund a war you don’t believe in. The method is not for everyone and involves a lot of paperwork and complicity with the bureaucracy that some protestors may abhor more than simply handing over their dollars for guns. Information on this kind of resistance is available at a link at The Picket Line with NWTRCC’s PDF document “Low Income/Simple Living as War Tax Resistance.”

For those who feel that passive means of protest such as picket lines and letters to members of Congress is not enough, war tax resistance may be a more direct route. Whether your resistance comes in the form of refusing telephone tax, refusing a symbolic portion, or all of your federal income tax, or modifying your lifestyle to live below taxable income, it is possible to ensure congruency between your beliefs and your wallet. For those seriously considering any method of war tax resistance, a good starting point is NWTRCC’s website

Walking the Wire Podcast Aftershow featuring Philip Fairbanks

Between next week and early April should have a 3 hour interview (possibly in two parts) coming soon from independent journalist B.Z. Douglas. First half we talk about my book. In the second we talk about how we met, our shared love of The Wire and how a Twitter mutual friend introduced us due to our both being targeted for harassment by lawyers who don’t like the factual reporting we’ve done on their clients. On our first zoom call, The Wire, the early 2000s HBO crime drama came up. We talked a lot about how the show encapsulates corruption in the system and ended up discussing the idea of doing a podcast based on The Wire from the perspective of two indie journos. Each episode we cover one of the shows with help of a special guest. Mostly people who come from one of the walks of life in the show whether that’s dock workers, union members, ex drug dealers, former prisoners, former cops or whistleblowers. We’ve already got quite a few interesting guests lined up and have recorded the first 4 episodes which we should begin releasing by April if we stay on schedule.

Meantime, we are going to be doing Twitter spaces aftershows that will be restreamed on YouTube and Facebook. Today was our second aftershow and first livestreamed video afterparty. The stream only covers the first part, a Baltimore native came on and shared some inside scoops about certain characters in the show based on real people (David Simon even used real names of Baltimore homicide detectives like Jay Lansdale and many characters are based on real people or composites of multiple people).

Once we have a schedule will be shared with the next aftershow. We welcome audience engagement and even if you haven’t seen the show or heard the podcast you’re welcome to come join us (warning, spoilers abound).

You can check out B.Z. Douglas at where you can also find his YouTube, Substack, Patreon and social media including his music. That’s right, both B.Z. and I are guitarists and Tom Waits fans so the first two seasons of Walking the Wire podcast just may have versions of us covering the song… To keep up to date follow @walkingwirepod on Twitter.

Don’t forget to check out the new book Pedogate Primer: the politics of pedophilia now available at Amazon in paperback and on Kindle. Also available at independent booksellers like Powell’s and Skylight Bookstore if you’d rather not support Bezos and the chain stores like Barnes & Noble, Books-a-Million, Target and Wal-Mart. It is also available from some overseas sellers in Taiwan, Poland, UK, Australia, Germany and a couple other countries.

From the Archives: Dr. Louis “Jolly” West Docs On Possession, Dissociation & Alien Abduction

CIA MK-Ultra researcher Dr. Louis Jolyon West, known to some as “Dr. Jolly” was one of the foremost figures studying mind control. Today I am going through some of the most recent documents I’ve had released from the UCLA special collections. Huge thanks to William Ramsey of William Ramsey Investigates who used alumni status to help me get some of these files released sooner.

Background music “John Carpenter style synth mix” courtesy of White Bat Audio, royalty free music.

Currently working on the Kai the Hitchhiker book and after that will get back to the “6 degrees from Ted Kaczynski to Epstein” book but I will continue to collect as much of the LJW special collections and hopefully in a couple years will be ready to start working on the first definitive biography of one of the leading CIA MK-Ultra researchers.

Kai the Hitchhiker Uncovers Possible Pedophile Ring & Cover Up in New Jersey, Part 2

Last week I began a series going into the many covered up instances of prosecutors, judges, politicians and other attorneys receiving a slap on the wrist for crimes against children in New Jersey, including some specifically from the 20th Legislative District of New Jersey. That is, Union County, where the lawyer Kai alleges drugged and raped him lived. Where the prosecutor and judge and public defender who were friends of the deceased alleged rapists surrounded Kai in court.

One thing I noticed while going through this list was the name Boylan showing up multiple times. There is also a coincidence regarding a Boylan in New Jersey whose law firm is apparently connected to insurance companies, specifically the law firm Golden Rothschild Spagnola Lundell Boylan & Garubo in Bridgewater, New Jersey. I am planning to cross-reference a couple background check sites to see if it can be determined whether E. Richard Boylan of New Jersey (former Judicial Clerk in the New Jersey Superior Court before joining GRSLBG&B in 1986) who represents “insurance companies and self-insured companies in the defense of these claims.” I have also emailed E. Richard Boylan via his listed email at GRSLB&G.

Fittingly, the first case we will look at today is related to Prudential Property & Cas. Ins. Co. v Boylan 307 NJ Super 162 (App Div 1997).

Kai writes: “NJ Judge James F. Boylan helped his son Ryan avoid jail time for molesting a 5 year old. No record remains o it except for this lawsuit by the child’s parents.”

Sure enough, I found no news coverage related to the molestation of a child of a judge, the same judge who was involved in defrauding the state and having sex with women in exchange for diminished sentences. We’ll cover that in just a minute. The only mention of Ryan Boylan’s rape of their five year old daughter as he was babysitting her is in the case text for this lawsuit, as Kai mentioned.

In this case: “The motion judge ruled that Prudential’s homeowners policy provided coverage to James and Linda Boylan and that the policy’s business pursuits exception did not apply because this was a ‘one time only casual accomodation to babysit in an emergency.’ The judge also ruled that the insurance policy covered fifteen year old Ryan Boylan as a matter of law because he was deemed to lack the requisite intent or mental capacity to understand the nature of his acts.”

That’s right, this 15-year-old rapist of a 5-year-old deemed too young to understand that molesting a small child is wrong. Prudential Insurance applied for but was denied access to Ryan Boylan’s juvenile court records. Whether there are other exampoles of this type of behavior we will never know. I did search for Ryan Boylan in New Jersey state and federal sex offender registries. No record of Boylan being on the RSO list exists.

The case ended with a judgement in favor of the plaintiffs for nearly $400,000 plus prejudgement interest. Ryan Boylan “babysat” the 5-year-old girl and her little brother, taking them upstairs where they “played some games” then went to bed. The daughter was taken to a bedroom where Ryan Boylan forced the little girl to perform oral sex on him. Boylan admitted to this act.

The defendants in the case argued “that we should declare the law of New Jerseyu to be that in cases where a minor sexually abuses a much younger child it is the minor’s subjective intent that should apply, rather than the objective intent standard that would apply to adults.” Now yes, the judge’s son was a minor, but there is a major difference between a 5 and 15-year-old.

In the suit it’s argued that “N.J.S.A. 2C:4-11a(1) creates a presumption of maturity for an individual over the age of fourteen, it is manifest that this fifteen year old boy knew what he was doing to this five year old girl.”

Once again, it is noteworthy to mention that Ryan Boylan is the son of James F. Boylan who a few years later would face charges of coaching female defendants to lie in court to reduce their fines and penalties in exchange for sexual favors. Former Municipal judge Boylan admitted these actions to the court. In addition to coercing women into having sex in exchange for reduced sentences, Boylan defrauded the City of Jersey City to the tune of somewhere between $10,0000 and $20,0000. This was also admitted openly to the court.

For some strange reason the court ruled that “the offense level is not determined under [section] 2C1.7(c) (1), (2), or (3).” U.S.S.G. § 2C1.7, comment. (n.4). Since the offense level is not determined under any of these subsections, the abuse of position of trust or use of special skill adjustment is not applicable.” As for how a judge coercing sex from women using his position is not an abuse of power and trust, I have no clue. It’s also interesting that Boylan was ruled financially unable to pay a fine and “not likely to become able to pay any fine in the future.”

Boylan at the very least was disbarred and a very short article at New York Times was written up on the case. This is one of only two of the nearly couple dozen (so far) names on this list to have had any media coverage of the major crimes by these various judges, politicians, prosecutors, public defenders and Union County jail staff to have committed awful crimes without so much as a drop of newspaper ink coverage.

Another name I’ll have to cross-reference in background searches is Matthew P. Boylan of New Jersey, director of the State Division of Criminal Justice in New Jersey. Matthew Boylan is mentioned in the New York Times article from 1974, “8 Are Accused of Fraud in Insurance Take-Over.”

In the case of Harry Parkin, similar to Boylan, we have an indictment regards to “a scheme to defraud the public of his honest services in his role as Chief of Staff to the Mercer County Executive.” In the case of Parkin, he was indicted on twelve counts of mail fraud as well. Parkin was also accused of extortion.

Parkin tried to argue his sentence received was “unreasonable” by nature of his standing in the community and prior military service record:

“This is a sad situation. Everything that I see indicates that before this
period of time the defendant was [a] well respected, highly successful attorney, he served honorably in the nation’s military and was respected by a number of people and indeed served as the person responsible for the ethics in the county.”

Similar to friend of Joseph Galfy and former prosecutor in the Caleb McGillivary (Kai the Hitchhiker) trial even the District Court itself noted that Parkin was “very highly respected” and that “[p]eople say a lot of good things about him . . . .” (Id. at 240.) The District Court read from a letter Parkin wrote to the Court in which Parkin cited his long years in public service as well as his military service. (Id. at 243.) The District Court considered this letter as well as “the letters of all the people that knew Parkin and spoke well of him.”

Parkin appealed the sentence of 90 months followed by 3 years of supervised release and $26,000 fine. $26,000 isn’t that much when you consider the amount Parkin defrauded the taxpayers ran well into six figures.

Next up is another case similar to that of Boylan and Parkin. The matter of In Re Quatrella 237 NJ 402 (2019) is also cited in the Matter of Angelo M. Perrucciby the Disciplinary Review Board of New Jersey, decided as recently as late August of 2021.

Yet another case of a New Jersey judge caught up in wire fraud.

David L. Quatrella was temporarily suspended after one count of wire fraud. Quatrella failed to appear on the Order directing him to show cause why he not be disbarred. It appears that it was Quatrella’s failure to attempt to defend himself and not the fraud and corruption that led to him being disbarred.

The Quatrella Matter is cited in a New Jersey DRB decided February of last year. Once again, coincidentally, insurance policies and fraud are involved.

Meanwhile, the 2020 New Jersey Courts Disciplinary Summaries shows that the situation has far from abated. Eval Katzman “solicited high school-aged girls for sex in exchange for money. He showed no remorse for his conduct and attempted to shift blame to his victims.” Brian P. Meehan entered a no contest plea regarding “statutory sexual assault, victim 11 years or older.” Jeffrey Toman “engaged in sexually explicit txt messages with a fourteen-year-old girl whose mother he was representing in a child custody proceeding.” Guess what, no news coverage of the Katzman case.

Yes, you heard that right. The middle-school aged girl was his client’s daughter and the case was a custody hearing. This sort of disgusting conflict of interest should never be allowed to exist, as we see over and over again though things operate just a little differently in Galfy country, it seems. We also have the crooked public defender Andrew Michael Carroll “engaging in a sexual relationship with a client while appointed her public defender.”

In the case of Tobin G. Nilsen, this New Jersey lawyer was finally disbarred after federal court conviction of enticing a minor to engage in sexual activity and state court conviction of second-degree child luring. Nilsen had bought a ticket to fly from New Jersey to Atlanta to meet up with what he believed to be a 32-year-old mother of a nine-year-old daughter who he expected to have sex with. He had been arrested previously by New Jersey law enforcement for soliciting yet another “mother-daughter pair for sexual activity.” Why was he not disbarred immediately then? Once again, it appears this is just the way business is taken care of in New Jersey. As per the usual, neither of the Nilsen cases were deemed “newsworthy” apparently, no results in Google News for Tobin Nilsen New Jersey returned.

Despite a “2010 conviction of lewdness and years-long pattern of inappropriate sexual conduct” Todd C. Sicklinger only received a three month suspension. John Rex Powell was disbarred in 2016 after “one count of engaging in child pornography enterprise and two counts of sexual exploitation of a minor.” David J. Witherspoon in 2010 received a one year suspension “for offering discounted legal services or fee reductions to three female clients and the daughter of another client in exchange for sexual favors, practicing law while ineligible to do so for failure to pay the annual assessment to the New Jersey Lawyers’ Fund for Client Protection, and failing to maintain the books and records required of attorneys.”

In 2009, Stephen W. Thompson was disbarred due to conviction for sexual exploitation of a minor. He had been temporarily suspended already in 2005. The case of Steven C. Cunningham, related to sexually explicit chats with what he believed to be a 12-year-old boy resulted in disbarment in 2007. Andre McGuire was finally disbarred in 2007 after a guilty plea to four counts of sexual assault in the third degree. This after previous disciplinary meeasures: a six months suspension in 1994 and temporary suspension in 2006.

Kenneth Fink just got a three year suspension in 2003. He had previously been disbarred in the State of Delaware based on his conviction of 15 counts of felony possession of child pornography. He had been previously disciplined with a temporary suspension. Then there’s Stephen A. Gallo. Gallo was disbarred following his being charged with “four separate acts of the fourth degree crime of criminal sexual contact.”

William S. Wolfson got a paltry six months suspension after pleading guilty to an accusation of fourth degree criminal sexual contact. What’s more this assault wqwas of a “female employee at his doctor’s office.” He admitted that he had a habit of this having “touched six female employees at his doctor’s office between 10 and 15 times.” Once again though, as we’ve learned here New Jersey doesn’t seem to be too concerned with judges, prosecutors, public defenders and state legislators being accused of sex crimes, even against children, even multiple instances of such. Wolfson lucked out with a “Pre-Trial Intervention Program.”

James W. Kennedy is another case of the six-month suspension slap on the wrist despite fourth-degree endangering the welfare of a child involved in his admission of downloading between 20,000-30,000 images of children under 16 engaged in sexual acts. Salvatore J. Maiorino was “reprimanded” before the review board for fourth degree sexual assault of a minor. The Supreme Court of New Jersey “held that a reprimand was the appropriate discipline for an attorney who pleaded no contest to an information filed in the state of Connecticut” related to the sex crime against a minor.

Terry G. Tucker also received no more than a “reprimand” from the N.J.S.C. related to “unwanted, sexual advances to a bankruptcy client.” If behavior like that or these numerous crimes against children isn’t behavior unbefitting a member of the bar, I honestly don’t know what would be considered such.

James I. Peck, IV received a whopping 21 month “time-served suspension” as discipline for his charge of child pornography possession. Like several other cases noted here and in part I, this wasn’t Peck’s first rodeo. He had been temporarily suspended 2 years earlier in October of 2001 (In re Peck, 170 N.J. 4). Donald S. Rosanelli, another six month suspension over child pornography and child endangerment was mentioned in the previous article in this series.

A one year suspension from law practice was deemed sufficient and appropriate discipline for Donald M. Ferraiolo for “attempted endagnering [of] the welfare of a child” and sexually explicit chats with “Jay” who he believed to be a 14-year-old boy. Ferraiolo repeatedly asked Jay to come to his home “to engage in numerous sexual acts, some of which were explicitly stated.”

At least in the case of Gerard Gilligan the New Jersey Supreme Court finally found a a second degree aggravated sexual assault charge enough (after a temporary previous suspension the year prior).

In the case of Ty Hyderally a “reprimand was the appropriate discipline for an attorney whose certification to practice of law before Navy courts or boards was suspended by the Judge Advocate General of the United States Navy for two years as a result of sexual advances that the respondent made to two women who were his legal aid clients
while he was in the Navy.” Kind of ruins the end of A Few Good Men thinking of the JAG lawyers being predators, huh?

Once again, this is just getting us over the halfway point (as far as I can tell currently). Stay tuned…

Kai The Hitchhiker Uncovers Potential Pedophile Ring & Cover Up In New Jersey

Caleb McGillvary, better known to the world as Kai the Hitchhiker has clued me in to decades of judiciary corruption and media cover up related to several cases involving prosecutors, judges, state legislators and other prominent persons receiving slaps on the wrist for sex crimes related to children… over a period of over 30 years.

I mentioned the Cleveland Street Scandal in my first article about Kai’s situation in the Inquisitr back in 2017. The Cleveland Street Scandal which embroiled Oscar Wilde, in which at Wilde’s indecency trial the prosecutor, judge and others were shown decades later to have been involved in a child trafficking ring that catered to the well-to-do elites and may have extended as far as Prince Albert himself.

The Cleveland Street Scandal is mentioned in chapter one of my book Pedogate Primer: the politics of pedophilia. There is also a chapter on the 7th floor group ambassadorial sex crimes cover-up and Operation Flicker which exposed multiple people distributing and downloading child pornography on Department of Defense networks. Including people with top security clearance at the NSA and elsewhere.

This issue came up occasionally in the news off and on since Hillary Clinton’s stint as Secretary of State under Barack Obama. Even a bill was written, the SEND Network Abuse act of 2019, a bipartisan bill. The End National Defense (END)Network Abuse Act was a bipartisan bill. Introduced to the Senate in 2019, it was then referred to the Committee on Armed Services. There was scant mention of it in the press between July and December 2019 and no actions to report since then.

By the way, if you’d like to sign Kai’s petition at to have state employees screened you can sign here. Also if you’d like to support Kai’s legal fundraising effort, you can do so here. If you’d like to keep up with what’s going on apart from keeping an eye on the “Kai the Hitchhiker” tag at this site, you can check out the Kai the Hitchhiker blog regularly updated at Facebook.

KAI: I found some extremely disturbing news.
Joseph Galfy and his brother James weren’t the only ones in the Union County Legal Community preying on the innocent.
When head prosecutor Theodore Romankow said he was “in the same circles” as the Galfy’s;
He was apparently talking about a sex predator ring that goes back DECADES.
You may be wondering why I haven’t brought this up before now.
The fact is, I wasn’t able to find out until recently.
For years, in Union County Jail, I was never allowed to access a law library computer. I had to put in a request form, and an employee of the jail would decide what, if anything, I would receive.
After arriving at New Jersey State Prison, I spent over 2 years perfecting my appeals; so that I’m now ready to bring my case before a federal judge.
I recently got 4 free hours at the law library, after all my work was done. I decided to use the opportunity to answer the burning question:
“How many more Galfys ARE there in New Jersey?”
I tried looking up criminal cases, but those sneaky creeps hide the proceedings. Then I had a “Eureka!” moment.
I checked the Bar Disciplinary Proceedings.
I was like, “Holy Shit.”
First of all, I found “In Re Legato 229 NJ 173 (2017)”; a case involving 3 lawyers from those “circles”; who were each caught masturbating in front of kids from 9-12 years old… and attempting to lure them into secluded areas. In that case, the New Jersey Supreme Court held, verbatim:
“The Court refrains from establishing a bright-line rule requiring disbarment in all cases involving sexual offenses against children.” Legato 229 NJ at 182
The Court then admitted that, up until recently, they didn’t really care about lawyers sexually abusing children:
“In the fifteen years since Ferriaolo, we have recognized changing societal attitudes towards child sexual offenders.” Legato 229 NJ at 186
There were DOZENS more cases like that.
There were AT LEAST dozens more Galfys.
And these are just the ones with so much evidence; and so many witnesses; that they COULDNT cover it up.
(remember how hard they worked to cover up the Galfy in my case: destroyed evidence, perjured cops and judges, witness tampering, shifted burden of proof, etc, etc)
These are just the tip of the iceberg: we’ll never know how many they covered up. The Newspapers wouldn’t even report any but ONE of THESE ones!
Don’t just take my word for it; use Google Scholar or Leagle to look up these cases for your own self:

And I did just that. Below you will see Kai’s notes interspersed with the Disciplinary Review Board write-ups. Several for some of these folks and as I said, these are no small potatoes. Judges whose crimes are covered up in the media and then able to get their son’s sex crimes covered up as well. (No sex offender registry records either). Prosecutors, state legislators, the list goes on.

And so there’s no confusion about what Kai claimed, I added relevant portions from the DRB records that relate to this stream of sex offenders and pedophiles in New Jersey getting their crimes covered up in the media, slap on the wrist in the court room and a few months suspension. Of the first 7 here (of 18 so far) only one got jail time that I could see. Was seeing up to 30, sentenced to 5 years. Did 12 months.

It’s not a smoking gun regarding outright media blackout, but like with the Jeffrey Epstein case or Ed Buck, powerful people with connections get stories quelled all the time. Peter Nygard will be in a courtroom soon, but for years he had stories about his trafficking ring suppressed. If Joseph Galfy, the man Kai alleges drugged and raped him, a lawyer and brother of a former sheriff who was inexplicably in the active crime scene unattended around the time that the mugs and glasses Kai said were drugged were run through a dishwasher, but then later drug tested anyway?

I’ve wondered for a while why no reporters apart from myself seem to have been interested enough to look into the discovery documents, crime scene photos and other evidence that bears out Kai’s claims. Whether its a media blackout to keep Kai in prison so he can’t move forward with his civil suit for the 4+ years he spent in solitary in Union County (New Jersey’s 20th district, which, incidentally shows up several times in the following case studies.

Again, like Kai told me though, don’t take my word for it. The links are below and the lengthy portions under each case are direct quotes from the caselaw text or DRBs. Except for one case, none of these many stories of corruption, crimes against children and a system that slaps them on the wrist and sets them on the way presents itself time and again.

1.) Collins v Union County Jail 291 NJ Super 318 (Law Div 1995)
KAI: Union County Jail Officer Gayland Robinson repeatedly forcibly anally raped inmate Jessie Collins. Robinson never went to jail for it. The newspapers never reported it.
I checked Kai’s claim, thought he was wrong when I saw a news story from the New York Times, the article however is just explaining how it was determined the raped inmate had no civil recourse because the PTSD and psychological scars weren’t physical and thus no compensation was deemed worthy.
2.) In Re Cohen 204 NJ 588 (2011)
KAI: NJ Assemblyman Neil M. Cohen was caught distributing child porn from his office at THE NJ STATE LEGISLATURE. His receptionist found some printouts in his desk and alerted the press, so for once there was coverage.

The facts of this case are undisputed. In July 2008, printouts of pornographic images, some of which depicted young female victims, were found in a receptionist’s desk drawer at the district office of New Jersey’s Twentieth Legislative District. At the time, respondent was an assemblyman representing the Twentieth District. The discovery led to an investigation by the New Jersey State Police, which revealed that this was not the first time pornography was encountered at the office; staff had previously discovered sexually explicit images in the office during morning work hours or following a weekend. As a result, the Office of Legislative Services required passwords on the computers.

When confronted, respondent admitted to the State Police that he had visited pornographic sites and printed the sexually explicit pictures. He acknowledged that the sites he viewed and the printed images contained both adult and child pornography. He explained that he had accessed the receptionist’s state-issued computer with a password that he instructed another member of his staff to obtain. Interviews also revealed that staff members observed respondent viewing pornography on the receptionist’s computer on prior occasions.

In total, the police recovered thirty-four images of child pornography that respondent accessed on computers at the district office and at respondent’s law office. The images retrieved from respondent’s law office depicted nineteen girls under sixteen years old.

In some circumstances, we have disbarred attorneys involved with child pornography, rather than imposing a lengthy suspension. Disbarment is the most severe punishment, reserved for circumstances in which “the misconduct of [the] attorney is so immoral, venal, corrupt or criminal as to destroy totally any vestige of confidence that the individual could ever again practice in conformity with the standards of the profession.” In re Templeton, 99 N.J. 365, 376, 492 A.2d 1001 (1985).

For example, we concluded that disbarment was an appropriate discipline for an attorney who had been actively viewing child pornography for ten years, had in his possession the equivalent of 753 images of child pornography, and had traded these images with other persons. In re Burak, 208 N.J. 484 (2012). We found particularly unsettling the fact that several of the images portrayed children engaged in “sadistic or masochistic conduct or other depictions of violence,” such as bondage. The respondent in Burak pleaded guilty to one count of possession of child pornography, in violation of 18 U.S.C.A. § 2252A(a)(5)(B) and (b)(2), and was subsequently sentenced to more than eight years in prison. We also took into account that the attorney had been indicted for criminal sexual contact with a minor female relative during the time that the FBI was investigating his child pornography activities.

Similarly, we disbarred an attorney after he pleaded guilty in the United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire to felony possession of child pornography, a violation of 18 U.S.C .A. § 2252A(a)(5)(B). In re Sosnowski, 197 N.J. 23, 961 A.2d 697 (2008). The attorney admitted to possessing sixty-seven images of child pornography and eight sexually explicit video files of children engaging in sexual acts and exposing their genitals. In addition, the attorney had placed hidden cameras in a child’s bathroom and bedroom. He was sentenced to thirty-seven months in prison, with five years of supervised release, and was ordered to pay a $100 assessment.

More generally, attorneys who have been convicted of offenses involving the physical sexual assault of children have typically been disbarred by this Court. In re Wright, 152 N.J. 35, 35, 702 A.2d 830 (1997) (disbarring attorney convicted of aggravated criminal sexual assault for digitally penetrating his minor daughter’s vaginal area); In re “X”, 120 N.J. 459, 464–65, 577 A.2d 139 (1990) (disbarring lawyer who sexually assaulted his three daughters over an eight-year period); cf. In re Herman, 108 N.J. 66, 67, 527 A.2d 868 (1987) (suspending attorney for three years for purposely touching the buttocks of a ten-year-old boy, a second-degree sexual assault).

Most recently, we disbarred an attorney who pleaded guilty to third-degree endangering the welfare of a child, in violation of N .J.S.A. 2C:24–4(a). In re Frye, 217 N.J. 438 (2014). There, the respondent admitted to improperly touching a nine-year-old child in 1999, with the intent to “impair or debauch the morals of the child.” Respondent was sentenced to five years’ non-custodial probation, community supervision for life, and was prohibited from having contact with the victim. In September 2003, the respondent was found guilty of violating his probation by failing to report to his probation officer on six dates and failing to attend sex therapy. On September 19, 2003, he was sentenced to continued probation. We based his disbarment sanction on the crimes themselves and respondent’s failure to notify the OAE of his conviction for more than fifteen years, during which he continued to practice law with impunity.

In the case at hand, after analyzing and weighing the circumstances of respondent’s criminal offense, as well as respondent’s alleged mental illness, his own experience being sexually abused as a child, and his cooperation in seeking treatment and his progress thus far, we have determined to impose, for the first time, discipline not formerly used. We hold that respondent shall serve an indeterminate period of suspension, pursuant to Rule 1:20–15A(a)(2). This form of discipline is a step short of disbarment and is the most severe suspension that can be imposed on an attorney.

Imposition of the indeterminate suspension in this case places all attorneys on notice of the consequences that may follow sexually-related offenses. Respondent may not seek reinstatement for five years from the date of his temporary suspension. In addition, he must establish his fitness to practice law prior to being readmitted to the practice of law in New Jersey. Proof of fitness will be subject to vigorous review.

Deputy Majority Leader of NJ Assembly 2002 – resignation, Dep Minority Leader from 96-01, Minority Whip from 94-95.
(error 404 from Wikipedia link)
(updated 2019) “Union County Assemblyman two of the sources said a legislative staffer initially discovered the images, then notified Lesniak and Cryan. Cohen could not be reached for comment” “under psychiatric care”
“Cohen, 57, is in his 17th year in the Assembly, having served from 1990 to 1991 and continuously since 1994. He chairs the Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee and is one of seven deputy speakers. He also is a long-time member of the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Ethical Standards.”
He had a law practice in Montclair with Sen. Nia Gill (D-Essex) at this point the article from turns into an odd sort of hagiography, whitewashing this serial pedophile.

“Among the more than 100 laws Cohen has sponsored is one that created a 24-hour hotline for members of the public to report computer crimes, including child pornography. He also co-sponsored a law that retroactively removed immunity from churches, schools and other charities that negligently hire employees who sexually abuse children.

“He also supported measures to support stem cell research, provide health insurance for mammograms, restrict strip searches and expand eligibility for the Pharmaceutical Assistance for the Aged and Disabled program. […] one of the leaders last year of the effort to save the life of Congo, a German Shepherd condemned as a vicious dog after mauling a landscaper.”
His staff seem to have liked him anyway (apart from the receptionist who found the child abuse images in her desk, unless she was one of the ones who just got tired of it having apparently happened multiple times even there at the office).
“Let me just give you one statement. This is how I feel. I have nothing but respect for Neil. I have no comment on any of the accusations,” said Gleshia Givens, his chief of staff.
He did 1 yr, 2 months of a 5 year sentence (Nov 4, 2010 to Jan 4, 2012) that’s for multiple counts of possession and distribution of CSAM of very young children. Could have faced 30, sentenced to 5. Just one year and two months. I have to wonder if this case resulting in, albeit minimal incarceration is due to the fact it is the sole exception to the apparent media blackout that went on for over 30 years in New Jersey often right in Union County, New Jersey where Joseph Galfy allegedlly drugged and raped Kai. Seeing as he died when, as per New Jersey law, Kai fought him off in a drugged stupor. He didn’t even realize that he was dead until being questioned, as evidenced by an odd sigh of relief when he hears that the attorney, friend of the judge and public defender and prosecutor alike, was dead.
In a plea agreement, the state dropped the official misconduct charge and three of four child pornography counts, and on April 12, 2010, Cohen pleaded guilty to the charge of endangering the welfare of a child by distributing child pornography. Facing 30, sentenced to 5, did 14 months.
only result in google news search for “neil m. cohen”
missing sites from wikipedia related to sex crimes

3.) In Re Haldusiewicz 185 NJ 278 (2005)
KAI: Deputy NJ Attorney General Joseph J. Haldusiewicz was caught with 996 images of small child porn ON HIS PROSECUTOR’S OFFICE COMPUTER. He got his wrist slapped with a 6 month suspension; then went right back to practicing law. The Newspapers never reported it.

should be suspended from the practice of law for a period of six months based on his plea of guilty in Superior Court to violation of N.J.S.A 2C:24-4(b)(5)(b) (fourth-degree endangering the welfare of a child), conduct in violation of RPC 8.4(b) (criminal act that reflects adversely on honesty, trustworthiness or fitness as a lawyer);
no results in google news search for Joseph Haldusiewicz,

Christmas 2016 Obituary:
“He passed away Dec. 13. Joseph was a career attorney and served as New Jersey Deputy Attorney General under Governor Christine Todd Whitman.”

Of these 77 websites, at least 10 contained child pornography.
No news sites covered these, but the judicial watchdog blog No Ethics covered at least a few, I noted:

“A forensic examination of Joe’s desktop computer found a total of 996 images of child pornography. The examination also observed numerous homosexual and adult pornographic images. The examiner concluded that because of the volume of suspected child pornography found, that much more would be discovered if the examination continued.

6 mo. suspension of law degree, Judge Harold W. Fullilove of the Superior Court criminally punished Joey by presenting him with three years of probation and a $1500 fine. The real punishment in Joey’s opinion was Fullilove’s order that he was prohibited from having any unsupervised contact with children under the age of sixteen.”

Yet another case where it was literally done on office time on state of New Jersey computers:

“Mr. Haldusiewicz was using the shared computer when a BPU employee walked into the office. The defendant appeared ’pale and surprised’ and immediately shut down the computer with the power button instead of doing a proper shutdown.

On July 18, 2003, Judge Fullilove sentenced respondent to a three-year term of probation.
$1,500 and total costs of The court also imposed a fine of $157, and further ordered that
respondent have no unsupervised contact with children under the age of sixteen. Respondent was also directed to continue psychological treatment.

In New Jersey, attorneys who have pleaded to or been found guilty of child pornography offenses have been suspended for periods ranging from six months to two years.”
Even the dissenting opinions only dissent saying “maybe suspend their license a few more months:”

We respectfully dissent from the majority’s determination that respondent should receive a six-month suspension for his misconduct. Our disagreement with the majority is two-fold.
First, we do not agree with the majority’s premise that respondent’s illegal conduct was not related to his duties as a public servant. Second, although disciplinary cases are factsensitive and must be decided on a case by case basis, possession, of child pornography is a very serious offense that, absent special circumstances, should be met with a long-term suspension. In our view, the six-month suspension imposed by
the majority is insufficient. In two child-pornography cases decided by the Court in 2003, In re Rosanelli, 176 N.J. 275 (2003) and In re Peck, 177 N.J. 249 (2003), we expressed our opinion that at least a two-year suspension is warranted for this serious crime, which demeans and exploits children.

We are unable to agree with the OAE’s position that discipline should be “enhanced” because of respondent’s (former)’ position as a deputy attorney general. We do not believe we should create two levels of discipline, one for the private bar,
another for state employees, for the same offense. It is true that, in the past, attorneys who held positions .of public trust and were guilty of unethical conduct received enhanced levels of discipline because of their violation of that trust. That,
however, should not be the case here. Respondent’s misconduct had no bearing on his work as a deputy attorney general. […] Although respondent’s misconduct occurred in his workplace, it did not ’ Rb refers to respondent’s brief to us. involve his duties as a public servant. We find it unnecessary and unfair to increase the level ~f discipline for respondent simply because he was a state employee.

4.) In Re Rosanelli 176 NJ 275 (2003)
It arises out of respondent’s failure to file an affidavit of compliance with R~ 1:20-20, following his November 2009 temporary suspension and his September 2010 three-month suspension, both of which remain in effect.

In June 2003, respondent was suspended for six months as a result of his conviction of fourth degree endangering the welfare of a child. In re Rosanelli, 176 N.J. 275 (2003). The criminal charge was the result of respondent’s having downloaded twenty-three pictures of children engaged in various sexual acts. On March 26, 2004, he was reinstated to the practice of law. In re Rosanelli, 179 N.J. 289 (2004). On October 23, 2009, respondent was temporarily suspended, effective November 23, 2009, until he satisfied an award of a district fee arbitration committee and paid a $500 sanction to the Disciplinary Oversight Committee. In re Rosanelli, 200 N.J. 439 (2009). On September 22, 2010, in a default matter, the Supreme Court imposed a three-month suspension on respondent for gross

At first I checked and looked like he was currently listed at with practice located at 56 Park Place, Newark, NJ. A number was also listed and at the business directory listed it was founded 1981, with $95k/annual, 1 employee (he had a solo practice).
Died 2015, (“Donald S. Rosanelli, Esquire”)
Obviously no mention of pedophilia or crimes against children or his long delinquency from the bar for multiple violations:

“Don was involved in various non-profit organizations and causes dedicated to the environment and national policy.”
Community activism is a thread I see multiple times. Especially concerning when one of the crimes against children, victims were groomed and targeted when the wrist-slapped child molester was a “volunteer” coach for a charity league.

Ordered restored to law practice also ordered to pay administrative and other costs to disciplinary review board.

ORDERED that respondent shall not be reinstated to the practice of law unless and until he satisfies the fee arbitration. award and sanction as Ordered by this Court on October 23, 2009, and September 22, 2010, and it is further
Donald S Rosanelli, same child porn charge as Haldusiewicz, same 6 month suspension, same practicing law. No Newspapers. (no results in google news for “donald s. rosanelli” or “donald rosanelli”
5.) In Re Armour 192 NJ 218 (2006)

KAI: 6 mo. suspension, cited in Neil M. Cohen
Frank L Armour, same as Haldusiewicz and Rosanelli, child porn, 6 months, back to practicing law. No Newspapers.
[At this point, you’re probably realizing their kiddie porn ring has newspaper editors in their pocket. But wait ’til you hear the next one…]
7.) In Re Ruddy 130 NJ 85 (1992)
KAI: Jeffrey P Ruddy sexually assaulted SEVERAL prepubescent boys, but was only suspended from practicing law for 2 years. No Newspapers covered this.

In Re Ruddy 130 NJ 85 (1992)
(Also cited in In re Witherspoon, 203 N.J. 343, 3 A.3d 496 (2010):
Witherspoon-The charges included in the three-count complaint can be summarized briefly. Count One charged respondent David Witherspoon with sexual harassment, sexual discrimination and conflicts of interest, in violation of RPC 1.7(a)(2), RPC 4.4, RPC 8.4(d), and RPC 8.4(g). Count Two charged respondent with practicing law while ineligible based on respondent’s failure to pay the required annual assessment to the Lawyers’ Fund for Client Protection, in violation of RPC 5.5(a)(1) and RPC 8.4(d). Count Three charged respondent with recordkeeping violations comprised of failing to maintain fully descriptive client ledgers, failing to conduct monthly trust account reconciliations and failing to maintain a running balance in the trust account checkbook ledger, all in violation of Rule 1:21-6 and RPC 1.15(d). Respondent admitted that he had practiced for more than a year while ineligible, arguing in mitigation that this was merely due to oversight. He also conceded that he had failed to properly maintain his books and records, offering in mitigation that he *346rarely used the trust account because of the nature of his practice and that no client had been harmed or had even complained about the way in which trust funds were handled. We have, in the past, imposed shorter periods of suspension as the sanction for other types of sexual criminal convictions. See, e.g.

Excerpts from caselaw text of Ruddy is below.

In Re Ruddy 130 NJ 85 (1992)

Disciplinary Review Board docket no. DRB 91-391

In June 1987, the Essex County Grand Jury returned a fifteen-count indictment against respondent, charging him with seven counts of second degree sexual assault (N.J.S.A. 2C:!4-2b) and eight counts of the third degree crime of endangering the welfare of a child (N.J.S.A. 2C:24-4). The alleged victims were four pre-teenage boys who knew respondent through his service as a volunteer athletic coach. The fifteenth count of the indictment.

The respondent, over a two-and one half year period, without the consent of the children, touched three of them on their bare buttocks and touched a fourth on both his bare buttocks and penis. The children were visitors in respondent’s home when the offenses occurred and ranged in age between ten and twelve years.

June 28, 1991, sentenced to four concurrent terms… of five years’ probation. That’s right, sentenced to probation and psychotherapy and ordered to have no involvement with youth groups (many of these predators were involved in charitable groups and activism, as I mentioned earlier, likely for reputation laundering in part, as well as access to victims in some cases. That was only ordered “while on probation” in the DRB docket.

It was in Ruddy, I ran across “In re X” which perked my interest. Why don’t we have a name for this lawyer who raped his daughters for years?

In In re X, 120 N.__~J. 459
(1990), the attorney had sexually assaulted his three daughters… for years.

“Pursuant to a plea agreement, respondent pled guilty on September 28, 1988, to three counts of second-degree sexual assault. At the plea hearing, he admitted that he had sexually assaulted his three daughters, one of whom was under the age of thirteen years, and two of whom were between the ages of sixteen and eighteen years at the time of the assaults. He was sentenced on February 22, 1989, to three concurrent terms of five years at the Adult Diagnostic and Treatment Center at Avenel.”

As promised, this is just the tip of the iceberg. There are 11 more names on the list for now, there may be more and Kai and I are both tracking them down as well. Stay tuned for future installments related to this series uncovering what seems to be a possible pedophile ring featuring prominent politicians, judges and prosecutors who are getting slaps on the wrist when people getting beat and raped in Union County Jail are not getting justice.

Is Preferring Govt Funded Fentanyl Test Kits & Clean Needles Over Free Crack Pipes Racist?

Philadelphia Inquirer recently published an article calling the outcry against the Biden administration initiative adding free “smoking kits” with meth or crack pipes to their opioid epidemic strategy “racist.” As someone who has known many addicts and, sadly, more familiar with the realities of hard drugs through first hand experiences, people I care for, etc. I definitely have great empathy for people trapped in the desperation of addiction, so fentanyl testing kits, needle exchanges and thinks likely to save lives I’m all for. Apart from cutting yourself on a pipe that busted under the heat though, I just don’t feel there’s the same inherent danger in the delivery device when it comes to cocaine or crack. And pointing that out, or the fact that people using meth (mostly white, where I came from) or cocaine or crack end up highly stimulated, with libido in overdrive and inhibitions dropping away is not “racist.”

In the video I also talk a bit about actually racist drug narratives and policies related to crack. And also point out the lack of empathy towards many poor rural white folks afflicted by the opioid epidemic or widespread usage of methamphetamines. And just because you can’t talk about crack without bringing up the CIA’s role in the crack epidemic, I also dip into Iran Contra and my personal conspiracy theory related to the timing of positive Hip Hop’s decline after Sugar Hill Records had their catalog of music stolen by a shady “distribution deal” right before the rise of Yo! Mtv Raps. Especially considering the rise of the for profit prison industry and the school to prison pipeline, the role that some gangsta rap has had on certain impressionable teens and young adults of all races, is probably worth exploring at some future date…

Do the Forced Labor Bop: a previously published underground film review

This article was originally published in the apparently defunct, waywordwell website. Some correspondence between myself and Sara Weis and Arturo Cubacub the filmmaker artists behind the film seemed to have been in the works to be published at the also now defunct GetUnderground webzine. I will be republishing the waywordwell article today. I also just today learn that Arturo died December of 2018. He was an amazing artist and innovator who took the time to correspond me in great deal. As I said, I had planned to publish some quotes and snippets from correspondence and an editor was on track to do so but said magazine no longer exists so I will be reprinting here at some time once I’ve had time to process Arturo’s death. A man who I spent maybe an hour with on the phone and just a couple dozen or more pages of correspondence but just his taking his time and taking me seriously made quite a difference at that time. He will be missed and the art world suffers with his loss.

Do the forced labor bop

Philip Fairbanks

It started as a harmless Youtube search. Because I can’t get enough of my fix of Japanese bossa nova, I decided to do a search for Shibuya-kei, a Japanese musical movement epitomized by bands like Flipper’s Guitar, Pizzicato 5 and Fantastic Plastic Machine. I see this clip for a “mini-epic,” entitled B-17. It’s a trailer for a short film inspired by Shibuya-kei and manga. This, I thought, has got to be dreadfully awesome, or painfully terrible.

Turns out it was dreadful, painful and terrible. Most of all, though, it was awesome. It’s the story of Silly White Girl AKA Sarah Weis, who spends her days making pro-war polo shirts and being a sex slave locked in a sub-sub-sub-basement of the White House. Major Orwellian overtones and black comedy in the vein of Brautigan and Vonnegut combine with disturbing scenes of the life of a girl who wakes up to find herself trapped and under constant surveillance in a dungeon/pleasure den.

It’s kind of a musical, in that there are two scenes that are as much music video montage and story and the soundtrack, performed on moog and theremin, was written and performed by Sarah Weis and Arturo Cubacub.

Arturo films and directs the piece based on a performance piece by Sarah. Arturo, internationally acclaimed for his award winning films, directs the piece which is based on 19 year old Sarah’s performance piece.

I would give a synopsis, but according to Sarah and Arturo, the air of mystery is too important. Suffice it to say, in all but the last scene, Sarah is the only human actor. Other parts are played by, according to the credits the Man(nequin). The film is disturbing, disorienting and makes me want to join Amnesty International. It’s humorous in a very dark way, but after reading news about detainees being stripped of dignity and tortured, I can’t laugh too hard. The film conceptualizes the madness of post-9/11 America. It envisions a world where no one is safe from our protectors who already have the right to surveillance, phone taps and other civil rights breaches.

The entire film is available on and can be found at Check out the trailers and start at episode one if you want it to make any sense. Don’t miss chapters like “The brand of the free,” or “I heart the war on terrorism.” I contacted the creators and gave them my impression. I said they made John Waters and David Lynch look like Walt Disney and Norman Rockwell. Arturo jokingly replied that their aim was to “make Walt Disney and Norman Rockwell look like Joseph Thorak and Leni Riefenstahl.” Copies of the dvd are for sale at

Dreamtigers – Ellapsis Album Review from New Noise Magazine

The latest album from Dreamtigers, released by Skeletal Lightning, opens with Six Rivers which was wisely first to be released as a single last November. It has me hooked from the opening swells, the cinematic gloom and the intricate percussion brings to mind Godspeed, You Black Emperor a bit.

Some of the same alternate history nostalgia I get from a few other groups, among them the “sinister surf” rock tones of The Allah-Las. It feels a bit more grungy, but still somehow has a clean, crisp sound as well. I am a nut for echoey, textured, wall of sound and can get down with the shoegazey, raw, but controlled feel of the album. The vocals also can contort with emotion, at times they bring to mind the dark, dissonant vocal harmonies of classic Alice in Chains. Other times they call to mind the frenetic energy of The Wagner Logic, psychedelic indie rock out of Kasilof, Alaska.

I’d listened to a couple tracks available from the new album at Bandcamp, then found some of their earlier work on YouTube but listening to the album from start to finish over just under 1.5 beers (right near the perfect amount of not drunk/not sober for most creative tasks for which muscle memory is already built in). Just a couple weeks ago, the official music video for “I See the Future” also dropped at YouTube which is worth a view.

Of course, the album art and name would have called out to me enough to have me at least try to find some sample of the group online. And sure enough, for me at least the name Dreamtigers jumped out, after all I’m a fan of magical realism and Borges and Kafka are two of my favorites. The collection of poems and essays by Jorge Luis Borges. But with all that in its favor, the percussion, the luscious sound engineering, the percussion and vocals, and of course the stories carried along in the lyrics as well.

The album title “Ellapsis” is a made-up word related to the idea of “Time Sickness.” The idea is how time, grief, loss, sadness and pain can compound over time. Between one best friend and three mentors dying in the past 3 years and finding myself at the far edge of my 30s, impending 40somethingness upon me, as well as having come to terms with mortality and frailty after an injury left me bedridden and in need of surgery, these are some concepts I’ve had a lot of time to ponder on in the last calendar year.

The latest album from Dreamtigers, released by Skeletal Lightning, opens with Six Rivers which was wisely first to be released as a single last November. It has me hooked from the opening swells, the cinematic gloom and the intricate percussion brings to mind Godspeed, You Black Emperor a bit.

Some of the same alternate history nostalgia I get from a few other groups, among them the “sinister surf” rock tones of The Allah-Las. It feels a bit more grungy, but still somehow has a clean, crisp sound as well. I am a nut for echoey, textured, wall of sound and can get down with the shoegazey, raw, but controlled feel of the album. The vocals also can contort with emotion, at times they bring to mind the dark, dissonant vocal harmonies of classic Alice in Chains. Other times they call to mind the frenetic energy of The Wagner Logic, psychedelic indie rock out of Kasilof, Alaska.

I’d listened to a couple tracks available from the new album at Bandcamp, then found some of their earlier work on YouTube but listening to the album from start to finish over just under 1.5 beers (right near the perfect amount of not drunk/not sober for most creative tasks for which muscle memory is already built in). Just a couple weeks ago, the official music video for “I See the Future” also dropped at YouTube which is worth a view.

Of course, the album art and name would have called out to me enough to have me at least try to find some sample of the group online. And sure enough, for me at least the name Dreamtigers jumped out, after all I’m a fan of magical realism and Borges and Kafka are two of my favorites. The collection of poems and essays by Jorge Luis Borges. But with all that in its favor, the percussion, the luscious sound engineering, the percussion and vocals, and of course the stories carried along in the lyrics as well.

The album title “Ellapsis” is a made-up word related to the idea of “Time Sickness.” The idea is how time, grief, loss, sadness and pain can compound over time. Between one best friend and three mentors dying in the past 3 years and finding myself at the far edge of my 30s, impending 40somethingness upon me, as well as having come to terms with mortality and frailty after an injury left me bedridden and in need of surgery, these are some concepts I’ve had a lot of time to ponder on in the last calendar year.


Phone Message to Lambert Worldwide Law Firm In Re: Attempt To Have Me Pull Article

Some of the most important reporting in recent years is that of Daphne Galizia. So important and groundbreaking was her reporting on money laundering, bank secrecy etc. that she was assassinated as a result. Lambert Worldwide in the US along with the Thomson Atkins firm in the UK both worked to get articles pulled. Little is available about Lambert Worldwide… for now, but any law firm that makes a habit of intimidating reporters obviously makes me list.

As for the Anirban Haldar reporting on the Houston story, not only will it not be pulled but since Lambert complained about a “lack of context” a document dump will ensue this month. I’ve only released a small percentage of the info I’ve gathered since 2019 on this gang of alleged and accused fraudsters, but something about being pushed around makes me want to move up the date of that activity. Read the original story that caused the controversy here (and don’t forget to share far and wide, the fact that they are burning money on lawyers to shut me up means I am on to something, so like a dog with a bone, won’t be letting go any time soon).

A Message to Anirban Haldar, Lucky Srinivasan, Assorted Other Alleged Conspirators and the Lambert Worldwide Law Firm Plus a Tom Petty Cover

I have tried to no avail to get statements from the alleged conspirators in fraud in the story that Lambert Worldwide has asked me to remove. I will not refuse said story without proof that my sources (named and unnamed) are all lying and that the pages and pages of documents I have are somehow falsified despite being obtained through public, often government sources and platforms like PACER. It is unfortunate perhaps to the parties involved that their name is associated with their past acts, but I am but the messenger and as the old saying goes: don’t shoot the messenger.

I am more than willing to speak with anyone from Lambert or any other agent of Anirban, Lucky and the rest of the alleged co-conspirators. I have much more evidence that is yet to be revealed and a fraud inspector is working on an analysis of the highly irregular activity involving the group’s connection to a verified check-kiting scheme and Plains Capital Bank. Lambert Worldwide assured me there is more context to the story, I am sure of that. This is why I attempted multiple times to contact Lucky, Gwen, Anirban, Alvar and others involved. None wanted to share their side of the story, and I still have hours of on the record testimony yet to be published regarding this whole affair.

Please do respond to my email in regards to your request to pull my reporting. I am very proud of this story and stand by the facts presented within. I am aware of Lambert’s history of SLAPP suits related to various news outlets in Malta, so I am aware you have experience attempting to exercise a chilling effect on the media but I do not think this will turn out exactly as you had planned. I would also hereby like a comment from anyone at Lambert, Ben Lambert or any of his subsidiaries, 50% of whom would recommend working there according to GlassDoor, regarding the allegations of SLAPP suits against Maltese reporters in defense of powerful interests.

Hope you enjoy the Tom Petty cover!

Now for everyone who isn’t an alleged ponzi ring member or law firm supporting such:

You guys like the song, “Don’t back down?” Well, if you can get through the few minutes of me explaining how silly it is that this law firm that has threatened multiple Maltese outlets with SLAPP suits to intimidate reporters is trying to intimidate me you can hear my rendition. It’s, of course dedicated to Lambert Worldwide. They said I don’t have enough context in my story. I offered to speak with them further but they want it off the record, told them I couldn’t promise that. I will however start publishing some public domain documents in the interim that support my reporting since they feel that more context is needed. to read the story a Houston ponzi ring and their law firm don’t want you to see, click the link. Please share far and wide, don’t let them keep the truth hid so they can continue to potentially accrue more victims. We found that they were still recruiting marks as recently as 2020 and I’ve heard since then that the hunt for new rubes to feed the ponzi scheme continue to this day.