Wednesday, July 24, 2019

When the msm say someone is in prison for a minor drug crime, they're always lying

Ann Coulter

If the left has its way in the next few years, there won't be anyone left in prison because, you see, they're overflowing with innocent black men locked up for "nonviolent drug crimes." All of them!

Over the weekend, NBC News investigative reporter Leigh Ann Caldwell appeared on MSNBC's "Kasie DC" to tell the story of Bill Underwood, loving parent and prison mentor, who has already spent nearly 30 years in prison for a nonviolent drug crime.

Caldwell reported:

"William Underwood, now 65 years old, was sentenced to life in prison without parole for a nonviolent drug-related crime. It was his first felony, but in the middle of the tough-on-crime era, the judge showed no leniency. With no hope of ever walking free again, Underwood has made the best of his time in prison, mentoring others and staying devoted to his children and grandchildren, as (his daughter) Ebony fights for his release."

Another black body in prison for mere possession of a joint!

Actually, no one is in prison anywhere for possession of a joint, except in the pea-brain fantasies of chubby college coeds everywhere. We don't have the prison space.

NBC's Caldwell interviewed Underwood, noting how "for 30 years from inside prison walls, he still tried to be a father first." The poor man concurred, saying, "That's all I was ever taught, you know? Children first, first, foremost. That's what I try to emulate."

Can it be long before Ivanka pops up, lobbying for his release?

Despite what I'm sure was an exhaustive investigation, I was suspicious of Caldwell's characterization of Underwood's crime. My rule is: If you're not telling me why someone was sentenced to life in prison, there's probably a reason you're not telling me.

All we got from Caldwell was: Here's this great father behind bars; He just got caught up in something, we're really not sure what it was -- and here's his daughter, Ebony, to tell us what a terrific father he is.

Considering that she's arguing for Underwood's immediate release into the general public, it seems odd that Caldwell doesn't know what he's in prison for, nor does she have the slightest interest in finding out.

Maybe at NBC they don't have access to the internet. But I do! I spent a full 60 seconds doing a Nexis search on William Underwood.

Here are some excerpts from a Newsday article on Underwood's conviction, dated Jan. 10, 1990:

"A rock band manager was convicted yesterday as the head of a vicious Harlem drug gang that prosecutors said carried out six murders, including the controversial slaying of a witness in 1983."

Caldwell didn't bother to mention Underwood's SIX MURDERS?

NBC: We don't have room for everything. These stories are only so long.

"William Underwood, 36, faces up to life in prison without parole for his conviction in U.S. District Court in Manhattan on charges of racketeering and operating a continuing criminal enterprise -- the so-called federal narcotics 'kingpin' law."

It's weird that Caldwell never managed to turn up the fact that he was convicted of being the kingpin of a drug empire, distributing heroin throughout Harlem in the 1980s. "Yes, your honor, I was convicted of operating a CONTINUING CRIMINAL ENTERPRISE -- but it's my first offense."

"A federal jury found him guilty of heading the murderous and now-broken Vigilantes drug gang ... known for extraordinary violence. All told, police say, it may have killed as many as 23 people."

I feel like Caldwell may not have gone the extra mile in researching this story.

The evidence against Underwood included the testimony of 50 witnesses, undercover video-recordings and confessions of Vigilante gang members -- which is especially impressive, considering that he ordered the murder of witnesses preparing to testify against him. (I guess he couldn't kill all 50.) In addition to killing witnesses, Underwood's outfit killed customers, members of rival drug gangs and innocent passersby.

In a 1988 article titled, "Brutal Drug Gangs Wage War of Terror in Upper Manhattan," The New York Times reported that Underwood's heroin operation was "considered by law-enforcement experts to be the most dangerous drug gang in Harlem." All told, the gangs were "believed to be responsible for as many as 523 slayings in upper Manhattan in the last five years."

That's lots of black bodies.

Having completely lied about these crimes – deliberately withholding this information is lying -- NBC then brought out Sen. Cory Booker as the lonely voice of sanity in the Kafka-esque nightmare that is Underwood's life.

Booker, who is running for president, has introduced legislation that would allow anyone in prison for more than 10 years, such as Underwood, to petition for release -- thus, requiring the state to prove its case all over again.

But sadly, Caldwell said, "Booker has an uphill battle on passing the bill."

She asked Booker the question on everyone's mind: "If you are president and this legislation has not passed before then, would you offer clemency to someone like William Underwood?"

Booker responded: "Hell yes, hell yes. I told you, it should disturb all of us that there are people like Mr. Underwood in prison."

What's disturbs all of us is that this guy is running for president and clearly -- we hope! -- hasn't looked into Underwood's case.

This is the left's famous two-step on criminal punishment:

1. Oppose the death penalty on the grounds that "life in prison without possibility of parole" is just as good;

2. Wait a few years for all the witnesses to die or move away, and then demand the convict's release on the basis of absolutely no information about his crime.

William Underwood was tried and convicted of being the kingpin of a bloody drug empire that terrorized Harlem throughout the 1980s. Thanks to federal prosecutions wrapping up operations like Underwood's, now there are coffee shops, restaurants and multi-million-dollar brownstones in Harlem.

But if you're an investigative reporter for NBC or a Democratic presidential candidate and don't check the facts, his case goes in the "life imprisonment for a single joint" file.

Just remember: Whenever you read about a guy in prison for a "nonviolent drug-related crime," they're lying.


Portland, Oregon Police Chief Calls for Ban on Protesters Wearing Masks after Antifa Incident

Portland, Oregon Police Chief Danielle Outlaw has called for city officials to ban the wearing of masks while protesting following the assault of journalist Andy Ngo by masked protesters last month.

Outlaw has publicly called for the ban, saying that protesters wearing masks can be “emboldened” by their anonymity, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday:

City leaders in Portland, Ore., are considering making it illegal for protesters to wear masks in an attempt to address violent clashes between left-wing and right-wing activists, the latest of which occurred a few weeks ago.

“A lot of people are emboldened because they know they can’t be identified,” Ms. Outlaw said at a news conference.

Mayor Ted Wheeler has not yet voiced an opinion on the proposed ban. Eileen Park, a spokesperson for Wheeler said that the mayor “wants to weigh his options thoroughly and hear concerns from community leaders before making a decision.”

The ACLU of Oregon has come out in opposition to the ban on the grounds it “risks chilling First Amendment-protected activities, particularly for those who wear ‘masks’ for political and religious reasons,” spokeswoman Sarah Armstrong wrote in an email.

By donning masks, “We are able to move more freely and do what we need to do, whether it is illegal or not," former Antifa activist Scott Crow told CNN in an interview.


Forget 'Punch a Nazi,' Get Ready for 'Shove a Priest'

If you thought punching random people claiming they’re “Nazis” was bad, wait till you see this. We’ve clearly reached a whole new level of incivility with the left’s war on religion. Watch as a smiling protester violently shoves a priest perceived by the LGBTQWTF community as “anti-gay” off a high stage during mass in Cachoeira Paulista, São Paulo, Brazil:

I guess we should be glad she didn’t cut his head off.

Father Marcelo Rossi is a well-loved priest in Latin America with a popular radio show with over three million listeners. The gay press is not condemning this attack and instead is insulting the priest in their reports, calling him “anti-gay” and repeating statements he made about gay sex that are in line with Catholic teaching and are supposed to be what all priests believe.

“Queerty” listed quotes with no context after claiming, “Rossi has made numerous anti-gay statements throughout his career.” Because that’s the important part, right? Father Rossi may have made statements that made unhinged gay people attack. Totally his fault.

"Queerty" and other gay media are going out of their way to describe the attacker as a mentally ill person who didn’t have ties to any gay groups. We are supposed to believe that this has nothing to do with any LGBTQWTFery. Maybe. But I doubt it. When the gay mafia trains its sights on you, it’s only a matter of time until you get a milkshake in the face or punched in the face or tossed off a stage. We’ve seen this before.

Brazilian media had this to say,

The woman who pushed Father Marcelo Rossi on Sunday afternoon during a Mass in Cachoeira Paulista in São Paulo said that what happened was something between her and the priest. "Between him and me, between him and me," the assailant said as she left the police station.

One could argue that every protester who thinks it’s okay to strike out violently at opponents is mentally ill. Father Rossi was unhurt and finished the mass. He declined to press charges. What a terrible man!


UK: Carl Beech aka Nick found guilty of making up Westminster VIP paedophile ring

And the British police are exposed as utter fools for believing him

The man known as 'Nick', who sparked the Westminster VIP paedophile scandal with a series of lurid allegations against high profile figures, has been found guilty of making the entire thing up.

Carl Beech, 51, - a manipulative paedophile himself - was found guilty of 12 counts of perverting the course of justice and one count of fraud by a jury at Newcastle Crown Court, following a three month trial.

He now faces a lengthy prison sentence, after prosecutors proved he had invented a catalogue of extraordinary lies against some of the country's most prominent names in order to claim compensation.

Beech, a former paediatric nurse and father of one, told police he and other boys had been raped and abused by an organised gang which included Sir Edward Heath, the former Prime Minister; Lord Brittan, the former Home Secretary; Harvey Proctor, the former Tory MP; Lord Bramall, the former head of the Army; Greville Janner, the former Labour MP; Maurice Oldfield, the former head of MI6; Michael Hanley, the former director of MI5; General Sir Hugh Beach and Field Marshal Roland Gibbs.

It can now be revealed that Beech also claimed to have been abused by John J Louis Jr, the former US ambassador to Britain as well as a number of unnamed Saudi diplomats.

Beech not only alleged abuse but also told police he had witnessed the group murder three boys in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

Swallowing his lies hook, line and sinker, the Metropolitan Police described Beech as "credible and true", and launched the disastrous £4 million Operation Midland investigation.

Following the verdicts, Mr Proctor, 72, who lost his home and his job as a result of the malicious allegations, blasted Scotland Yard for its litany of failings.

He said: "When resources are in short supply, the Met Police should apologise to taxpayers for squandering millions of pounds - an estimated £4 million directly and indirectly - by their malice, incompetence and negligence on Operation Midland."

He added: "In these precious last years of my life I know I can never regain what has been taken from me through Carl Beech's mendacious activities and the consequent rogue malicious and apparently homophobic Metropolitan Police Service's investigation."

Lord Bramall also welcomed the verdict. He said: "I am naturally delighted that after four years someone has at last been brought to book for the appalling travesty of justice which I and my whole family and others have had to endure over all these years.

"It is of course not only the outrageous, totally untruthful allegations by Carl Beech which perverted the course of justice but also the incompetent and improper way the Metropolitan Police Service handled them at their unquestioned face value which lent them unwarranted credibility."

The family of Major Raymond Beech - Beech's late stepfather - who was the first person he falsely accused, also hit out at the way the police had handled the investigation.

Joan Harborne, Major Beech's ex-wife, said: "We tried to give them evidence that would prove what Carl was saying was not true, but it was as if they did not want to listen."

Lincoln Seligman, godson of Sir Edward Heath, said: "The impact of the ludicrous lies peddled by Beech have affected me, my family and friends of Edward Heath very deeply. "His outlandish, repellent allegations were plainly ridiculous but have been peddled maliciously around the world for some years."

The trial heard how at the same time Beech was lying to police, he was also committing his own paedophile offences, downloading a viewing appalling child abuse images and even setting up a  camera his bathroom to film a young boy urinating.

He had initially denied the allegations, suggesting his own son may have been responsible for downloading the paedophile material.

But he changed his plea to guilty just as the trial was about to begin, following what his barrister said had been a "change of heart".

Beech will be sentenced for those offences at the same time as the perverting the course of justice charges.

After being charged with perverting the course of justice last summer, Beech went on the run to Sweden and had to be extradited back to Britain to face charges.

Beech first went to the police in December 2012 in the wake of the Jimmy Savile scandal, claiming to have been abused by his late stepfather, Raymond Beech, who was a Major in the Army and Jimmy Savile.

Wiltshire Police looked at the allegations but concluded there was little could be done because the man he was accusing was dead.

Two years later, after meeting the Labour MP, Tom Watson, Beech was approached by detectives from Scotland Yard, telling them he had been a victim of a paedophile ring operating at the heart of Westminster.

Crucially he named names, telling detectives some of the country's most respectable figures, both alive and dead, had been responsible for the abuse.

Beech was given the pseudonym, Nick, and was famously declared to be "credible and true" by the police.

But after more than a year the investigation was shelved and the Met apologised to those who had been falsely accused.

The force also paid £100,000 in compensation to Lord Bramall and Lady Brittan for their ordeal.

Operation Midland proved to be one of the Met's most embarrassing episodes for years, but despite a litany of failings, none of the officers involved have been sanctioned.

In fact most of those who were intimately involved in the investigation were subsequently promoted or were allowed to retire on healthy pensions.

Lord Hogan-Howe, who was the Met Commissioner throughout Operation Midland retired from the force in February 2017 and was elevated to the House of Lords as a cross-bencher.

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Steve Rodhouse, who had overall responsibility for investigation left the Met in May 2018 in order to take up a £214,722 a year job as Director General of Operations as the National Crime Agency.

Detective Superintendent Kenny McDonald, who as head of Operation Midland described Beech as "credible and true", was cleared of any wrongdoing by the police watchdog and retired in August 2017.

Following the verdicts the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) announced that it had cleared three detectives following an investigation into how the force applied for three search warrants in the case of Beech.

The watchdog looked into how warrants were granted by a district judge to raid the homes of Lord Bramall, the late Lord Brittan and Harvey Proctor.

Following an investigation, IOPC Interim Director General Jonathan Green said: "The allegations Nick made were grave and warranted investigation and we believe those involved in applying for the search warrant acted with due diligence and in good faith at the time."

Jurors deliberated for four-and-a-half hours before finding Beeck guilty on all counts in 13 unanimous verdicts. The panel has been excused jury service for 10 years by the judge.

Mr Justice Goss thanked them for the "exceptional care and diligence" they showed over the course of the 10-week trial.

He also said they would be allowed to attend the sentencing hearing, provisionally set for Friday, having been involved in the case for so long.



Political correctness is most pervasive in universities and colleges but I rarely report the  incidents concerned here as I have a separate blog for educational matters.

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1 comment:

C. S. P. Schofield said...

"Whenever you read about a guy in prison for a "nonviolent drug-related crime," they're lying. "

No. Or not always with enough certainty to make this a tenable position. People doing get sent to prison for non-violent drug crimes. I seriously doubt that any of them are serving life sentences, although I suppose it's remotely possible. But Ms. Coulter, whose attitude I like more than not, didn't write "Whenever you read about a guy in prison serving a life sentence for a "nonviolent drug-related crime," they're lying."

The Left makes a habit of saying outrageous things, and it's tempting at all times to depict them as compulsive liars. But it isn't necessary. They tell so many lies, that it is enough to confront them with the truth, stated baldly, and let them foam at the mouth.

Also, it's possible to take a position between extremes. Black Lives Matter is a movement that has little to nothing to do with actual police misconduct, and often defends career thugs. That doesn't mean that the police have not gotten entirely too fond of serving sloppily researched warrants with raids that belong on the old UNTOUCHABLE TV show, not in real life. Far too goddamned many people are convicted of frug offenses, and the Drug War cost too goddamned much (and not just in terms of money), AND William Underwood was convicted of being an actual (as opposed to fantasy, or 'rapper') gangster, and deserves to be in prison.

'Climate Change' is a politically motivated hoax, AND there are some actual environmental issues that need to be addressed (such as water table depletion, and the effect of wind farms on bird populations) which badly need the oxygen that 'climate change' is sucking up.