Friday, May 13, 2005
This time the feds are calling it - "Operation Lively Green." (I often wonder who names the government operations, and when they retire do they go into newspapers to write the headlines.) And a good number of guilty pleas are coming from this undercover government operation. According to a DOJ Press Release, "16 current and former U.S. soldiers and law enforcement officers have agreed to plead guilty to participating in a widespread bribery and extortion conspiracy." The press release states:
"In documents filed today in federal court in Tucson, Arizona, each defendant agreed to plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to enrich themselves by obtaining cash bribes from persons they believed to be narcotics traffickers. Those individuals were actually Special Agents from the FBI, and the defendants used their official positions to assist, protect and participate in the activities of what they believed was an illegal narcotics trafficking organization engaged in the business of transporting and distributing cocaine from Arizona to other locations in the southwestern United States."
The people pleading guilty include "a corrections officer with the U.S. Bureau of Prisons," a former Arizona Police Officer, a "former[ ]sergeant in the United States Army," individuals associated with the "Arizona Army National Guard" and more. Are you telling me I can't trust the police and the military? Gosh, next thing you know, someone will be trying to tell me that I can't trust the Boy Scouts (see here).