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News :: Human Rights : War and Militarism
Framing the Innocent: Crimes Under Color of Law at the Massachusetts US Attorney's Office
11 Mar 2011
When: Thursday, March 24, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Northeastern University Law School 240 Dockser Hall

Confirmed speakers include:

Chuck Turner--Five-term Boston City Councilor representing Roxbury and Dorchester, and a lifetime activist for social justice, recently targeted by the FBI and the Massachusetts US Attorney

Bob Boyle--Attorney representing many activists and political prisoners targeted by the FBI's nfamous Counter-Intelligence Program COINTELPRO)
Over the past few years, an atrocious history of government misconduct at the Massachusetts US Attorney's office has emerged in the court record, but few people have heard about it.

In the case Ferrara v. US, the court found that US Assistant Attorney Jeffrey Auerhahn worked with an FBI agent to coerce a witness into maintaining false testimony, withheld evidence of the witness's recantation from defense counsel, and perjured himself in court. Other members of the office have

--Withheld information about misconduct by FBI agents

--Consistently and deliberately withheld evidence of the innocence of defendants from defense counsel and from the court

The head of the Massachusetts US Attorney's office has shielded assistants and acted to cover-up government misconduct. Auerhahn was given responsibility to prosecute "terrorism" cases, where he continues to handle government informants and "cooperating witnesses."

The Massachusetts US Attorney has also demonstrated a clear set of political priorities: contempt for basic civil liberties and due process rights; an anti-immigrant agenda; selective prosecution of black political leaders; and the prosecution of an overwhelming number of indigent defendants and people of color.

Although the US Attorney's office has extraordinary power, people who are concerned about government abuses have paid comparatively little attention to its role within the criminal justice system.

Come participate in a public discussion about the Massachusetts US Attorney's Office and what we can do to hold it accountable to our concerns.

This work is in the public domain.
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My experience with Cointelpro
11 Mar 2011
As a psychiatrist in Seattle between 1983 and 2002, I also saw examples of Cointelpro agents railroading people into psychiatrist hospitals.

In fact it happened to me in 1987, after the FBI targeted me for supported two Black Panthers in their effort to create an African American Museum. I write about this in my recent memoir THE MOST REVOLUTIONARY ACT: MEMOIR OF AN AMERICAN REFUGEE ( I currently live in exile in New Zealand.
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