There is an 809-page report entitled:
Histórica del Conflicto y sus Víctimas
Febrero de 2015
and I have little idea what it says, because I don’t speak Spanish, and thus I must rely on translations, but here is the original text, somewhat mutilated by my inability to type “ó”:
The website “Colombia Reports” initially treated the allegations as credible, then changed its tune.
The first report was as follows:
Posted by Adriaan Alsema on Mar 23, 2015
US soldiers and military contractors sexually abused at least 54 children in Colombia between 2003 and 2007, according to a recently released historic document on the country’s conflict. The suspects have allegedly not been prosecuted due to immunity clauses in bilateral agreements.
The 800-page independent historic report was commissioned by the Colombian government and rebel group FARC to establish the causes and violence aggravators of the 50-year-long conflict they are negotiating to end.
The document is to help negotiators determine who is responsible for the more than 7 million victims of the armed conflict between leftist rebels and the state while they are negotiating peace.
One of the scholars that helped redact the historians’ report, Renan Vega of the Pedagogic University in Bogota, focused part of this historic document on the American military that has actively supported the Colombian state in its fight against drug trafficking and leftist rebel groups like the FARC and ELN.
According to Vega, “there exists abundant information about the sexual violence, in absolute impunity thanks to the bilateral agreements and the diplomatic immunity of United States officials.”
In his report, the historian cited a 2004 case in the central Colombian town of Melgar where 53 underage girls were allegedly sexually abused by nearby stationed military contractors “who moreover filmed [the abuse] and sold the films as pornographic material.”
According to Colombia’s leading newspaper, El Tiempo, the victims of the sexual abuse practices were forced to flee the region after their families received death threats.
Other Americans stationed at the Tolemaida Air Base allegedly committed similar crimes, but possibly also never saw a day in court due to an immunity arrangement for American soldiers and military contractors agreed by Washington and Bogota.
|“Yes, we took her and we raped her. So what?”
Alleged words of US Sergeant Michael J. Coen to the mother of a 12-year-old rape victim.
One case that has called most attention in Colombian media was that of a 12-year-old who in 2007 was raped by a US Army sergeant and a former US military officer who was working in Melgar as a military contractor.
Colombian prosecutors established that the girl had been drugged and subsequently raped inside the military base by US sergeant Michael J. Coen and defense contractor Cesar Ruiz.
However, prosecution officials were not allowed to arrest the suspected child rapists who were subsequently flown out of the country.
The case has caused major indignation among Colombians for years.
Nevertheless, the rape victim, her little sister and mother were forced to flee Melgar and eventually moved to the city of Medellin as forces loyal to the suspects were threatening the family, the mother told Colombian television.
In 2009, the US embassy in Bogota told Miami newspaper El Nuevo Herald that the US government did not rule out the possibility to reopen the apparently closed case against Coen and Ruiz.
However, according to El Tiempo, no US court has since indicted both suspects for their alleged crime in the six years since.
According to news website El Turbion, the case of the 12-year-old girl is not the only one.
“In 2006 there were 23 reported cases of sexual abuse committed by active American soldiers and another 14 in 2007,” the website said. Colombia Reports was unable to confirm this claim with other online sources.
However, if this claim is confirmed, there would be more than 90 cases of sexual violence against women and children committed by American soldiers between 2004 and 2007 alone.
According to the governmental National Victims Unit, 7,234 Colombian women have been registered as victims of sex crimes within the context of the conflict in the decades that it has lasted.
While the FARC and the administration of President Juan Manuel Santos are negotiating who is responsible for the 7.2 million registered victims of the country’s half-a-century armed conflict, US President Barack Obama sent Special Envoy Bernie Aronson to Colombia to assist in the process.
Aronson has so far met with Santos and, reportedly, with negotiation team members of the FARC and the government, and will be the intermediary between Bogota and Washington.
The special envoy will possibly have to deal with the role of the US military and its members in the alleged victimization of Colombians.
His most difficult task will be balancing the US government’s duty of “protecting American interests” — as he was reminded by Tea Party Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) — and trying to “stand by Colombians’ side in this journey,” as Aronson said himself.
- Contribucion Al Entendimiento Del Conflicto Armado En Colombia (Historic Commission for the Conflict and its Victims)
- Entonces, Quien Responde? (Semana)
- Siete Años De Vergonzosa Impunidad En Caso De Niña Violada En Melgar (El Tiempo)
- Impunidad Para Soldados Del Plan Colombia? (El Turbion)
Apparently, the sympathies of web journalists are fickle, because a few months later, the same website posted two pages accusing Vega of incompetence and deception, as follows:
Posted by Adriaan Alsema on May 2, 2015
While US Army chases possible urban myth, other Colombia sex crime charges are ignored
The scholar who accused the US army of sexually abusing 53 girls in central Colombia has admitted to having no evidence to substantiate his claim. Meanwhile, other allegations of sex crimes remain unattended.
The scholar, Renan Vega from the Pedagogical University in Bogota, made his claim in the historic report of the armed conflict that had been commissioned by the Colombian government and rebel group FARC who are currently negotiating an end to 50 years of armed conflict.
In the report that Vega made with 11 other historians and political scientists, the scholar claimed that “in one of the most notorious cases, 53 minors were sexually abused by mercenaries in [the town of] Melgar and the neighboring Girardot who also filmed [the alleged abuse] and sold the tapes as pornographic material.”
The claim caused a storm in international media and spurred the US Army, which is stationed at a base in Melgar, to announce an investigation of the accusation.
However, after weeks of ongoing investigations by Colombia Reports and US news website Fusion, the university professor proves to have failed to check for accuracy before filing his historic report.
Vega has refused to talk to Colombia Reports, but in an interview with US news website Fusion the scholar admitted to have no evidence whatsoever to substantiate the claim made in the report.
The university professor said he made the claim based on media reports and a 2008 study from the Free University in Berlin which in turn based its allegations on media reports.
“I didn’t have an opportunity to do fieldwork,” Vega told Fusion. “I’m not a journalist or a sociologist … so I relied on the sources that I just told you about.”
Vega’s apparent lack of commitment to truth and the basic principles of scientific methodology jeopardizes the credibility of the report that pretended to lay the basis for future legal procedures in the event a truth commission establishes the legal responsibility of war crimes committed during the 50 years of armed conflict in the South American country.
How the accusation ended up in the historic report
Several people who were in Melgar in 2004, and media reports from that year, have confirmed the existence of videos in which Americans are seen having sex with young Colombian women and possibly minors.
However, there have been conflicting testimonies about whether these were DVDs, VHS video tapes or even floppy disks.
Some of the videos sent to Colombia Reports as evidence of the alleged abuse of minors showed senior professional porn actors like T.T. Boy or Nacho Vidal who were filming porn with local women across Latin America at the time.
Additionally, the Melgar prosecution office and the town’s human rights office have only one complaint of US sexual violence on record.
The only registered file of sexual abuse allegedly committed by US military personnel is that of a then-12-year-old girl from Melgar who was drugged and raped, but whose suspected American rapists were taken out of Colombia.
US Army spokesman Chris Grey dismissed this case as “unfounded” in spite of local authorities’ consistent claim that the rape did take place and that the alleged rapists, a US army sergeant and a contractor, were the only suspects in the case.
So, are the US army and Dyncorp in the clear?
While no evidence has been found on record, Colombia Reports has been unable to verify the existence of video material that could have been blocked on the internet because of the alleged involvement of minors.
Most amateur porn websites have strict policies regarding the admittance of material involving minors which would filter exactly the alleged abuse claimed by locals and scholars, and implied by local media.
One online video did show an American English-speaking man wearing a standard camouflage jacket, camouflage underwear and a “Mi tierra Colombia” bracelet having sex with a Colombian woman.
A video on the free porn website Youporn.com with “Melgar” in the title shows two American English-speaking men having sex with a young Colombian woman.
While US media focused mainly on the Melgar porno allegations, local media have registered other alleged cases of sexual violence across Colombia.
The editor of news website El Turbion insisted to both Colombia Reports and Fusion he has seen files of dozens of cases of sexual violence in Melgar at the prosecution office, a claim implicitly denied by the Prosecutor General’s Office and implicitly excluded from the US Army investigation.
Additionally, there are indications of American sexual violence in the southern provinces of Caqueta, said Turbion editor Omar Vera.
A victims rights group from Medellin claimed that a local girl had disappeared the minute she stepped on a plane to the Unites States with her boyfriend, a US soldier. The girl’s mother allegedly also disappeared after filing a missing persons report.
Other victims rights organizations remain to be consulted by this website.
Additionally, allegations by radio station Caracol that the US military was involved in the sexual abuse of minors in the Pacific port town of Tumaco in 2013 were confirmed to Colombia Reports by an anonymous source. Local authorities have yet to respond to requests for information.
Fusion talked to women from Melgar who claimed to have been impregnated by Americans stationed at the Tolemaida air base who refused DNA tests and left the country without recognizing their child, leaving the mother and child without support.
While the Melgar porn case appears to largely be an urban myth, the conflicting reports on abuse between locals and journalists on one hand, and authorities on the other, it remains unlikely that there will be conclusive clarity about possible abuse by the US Army and Dyncorp.
Another piece appeared at the same site with a different byline, accusing Vega of having no proof at all:
Posted by Alice Bradshaw-Smith on May 2, 2015
Who is the scholar who accused the US of mass rape without fact-checking?
The scholar who accused the US military of sexually abusing more than 50 children in 2004 has no evidence to substantiate his claims, raising serious questions about his integrity.
Colombia Reports exposed last month a recently released historic document that claims US soldiers and military contractors sexually abused at least 54 children in Colombia between 2003 and 2007.
The document — published by the Historic Commission on the Colombian Conflict and its Victims — was commissioned by the Colombian government and rebel group FARC.
It aims to help negotiators determine who is responsible for the more than 7 million victims of the armed conflict between leftist rebels and the state while they are negotiating peace.
However, after weeks of investigations, this website has been unable to verify the claim, while the scholar who made the accusation, Renan Vega of the Pedagogical University, was forced to admit he never verified his claims.
Who is Renan Vega?
A historian and author of over 20 books, Vega is employed by Colombia’s Pedagogic University. His decades-long career includes investigative research on a wide range of controversial topics surrounding Colombia’s more than half-century-long conflict.
Vega’s career has not gone unrecognized and he is well-established in his field. His two-volume work discussing the importance of social science methodology earned him the Liberator of Critical Thinking award in 2008, considered the Nobel of Social Sciences by Latin American communists.
The outspoken Marxist generally avoid mainstream and independent media and restricts his publications to leftist publications, which has generated support from radical leftist political forces across Latin America.
Former Cuban President Fidel Castro, for example, labeled Vega’s 2012 article entitled “Echoes of the Summit of the Americas” as “the most devastating article I have seen at this time on Latin America.”
Threats against Vega
Vega’s provocative research, outspoken bias and documentation of the conflict has led to multiple threats.
In 2012, Vega was advised by the Pedagogic University to leave his position, after they did not see fit to support him when he was subjected to slander and defamation from an anonymous text released from within the university.
The text, entitled “The Pendulum of Renan,” was sent by a self-titled group “Thinkers in the U,” and suggested that Vega’s analysis consistently distorts the truth.
The accusations escalated to threats against the academic’s life, at which point the University recommended the scholar leave not only his job, but the country. Vega was hugely disheartened by this, as he felt having such fear in his work took away from the very point of its creation.
“They have reached the conclusion that I am not an academic, because I confuse academia with politics, as if the two things can be separated. Many have accused me of never arriving to adulthood, and that I am not a professor, in reality, but a student,” Vega told Colombian news agency Prensa Rural at the time.
In June 2012, he was further threatened, this time by the “Aguilas Negras” – a term given to groups of paramilitary successors who tend to challenge lawyers, human rights defenders and union leaders in their involvement with Colombia’s conflict.
A statement from the UPN’s Association of University Teachers revealed in November 2012 on top of this, a series of raids had been carried out on the academic’s home, amongst others, “with the purpose to obtain information and to intimidate the teacher and the union.”
Historic Commission on the Colombian Conflict and its Victims
Vega was included in the make-up of the 12-member Historic Commission on the Colombian Conflict and its Victims, the creation of which was announced in August 2014 from Havana, Cuba.
The FARC-EP representatives published at the time a letter from the Havana talks, describing the role of the new body.
“We are aware of the significance of a historical approach to gain an understanding not only of the complexity of the conflict we have faced for decades between armed rebellion against the state and the ruling classes, but particularly in finding the path towards overcoming it, because in our knowledge no others exist in the construction of peace with social justice,” stated the letter.
The letter further notably referenced Vega’s contribution regarding the US, asking: “How can we create a history of the conflict and the responsibilities in it without considering the role and interference of foreign powers; in particular the United States?”
However, since then, the scholar has publicly criticized his colleagues on the commission for refusing to change the general text of the report after Vega’s criticism.
Vega’s recent work
Vega directed a letter at rebel group ELN in July 2014, in which he emphasized the necessity for Colombia to grasp a “concept of positive peace,” which can not be achieved only with the participation of insurgency, it requires the participation of sectors of the population in the countryside and the city, firstly in the regions affected by armed conflict.”
In the same month Vega undertook a tour of conferences through Colombia’s Cauca Valley, entitled “50 Years of Controversy. From Marquetalia to Oslo. Current Challenges to the Peace Process.”
Appearing on a panel at the University of Cundinamarca, Vega reiterated his scepticism that politically achieving a peace deal between the Colombian government and the FARC will put an end to the country’s conflict in reality.
“To reach an agreement between the FARC and the government, and eventually between the ELN and the government does not mean that the conflict will disappear,” said the academic.
“This is what the media say… that when the guerrilla movements disappear, social movements and protests will automatically go away. That is stupid, and typical of political scientists, TV presenters and presidential candidates, who are not very different from one another,” Vega asserted.
El Paso de Renán Vega Cantor por el Valle del Cauca (Marcha Patriotica)
Crean comisión histórica del conflicto en Colombia (Prensa Rural)
Amenazas contra los historiadores Renan Vega y Adolfo Atehortúa Cruz de la UPN (Memoria y Palabra)
En defensa de la dignidad de Renán Vega (Colectivo de abogados)
Renán Vega Cantor: “Hablar de posconflicto es desafortunado, mentiroso” (Colombia Informa)
Comentario de Atilio Boron sobre Renan Vega (Renan Vega Cantor)
The year 2015 also saw numerous reports of other USA officials abusing detainees.
One need only perform a simple google search to see the atrocities carried out by this nation’s public servants. On a daily basis, police officers make the digital blotter with stories of sexual assault, molestation, child porn, and worse.
Not only are police involved in the illegal version of rape, but they are not afraid to legally rape individuals in search of a plant. On Thursday, the Free Thought Project reported on the horrific case of Charnesia Corley, who had her vagina penetrated by police in a public parking lot because they smelled weed.
It is no wonder that if this group of people can consciously carry out forced vaginal rape in search of a plant, that they are far more likely to commit sexual assault than the average American.
The rates of sexual assault and domestic battery within the ranks of police officers are almost double that of the average citizen, according to a study conducted by Bowling Green State University.
Last November, the Free Thought Project covered 40 cops involved in different incidents from child rape to sexual abuse in just a 30-day period.
In just the last week, we’ve seen multiple horrific acts of sexual abuse and child porn possession from law enforcement officers.
Oklahoma cop, Courtney Schlinke, racked up dozens of rape and sodomy charges after being caught sexually assaulting children last month.
Sgt. Martin F. Zaloga Jr., an 18-year veteran of the Albany County Sheriff’s department resigned last week after he was connected to another officer in his department who sexually assaulted a child while working as a school resource officer. Zaloga, who was somehow put in contact with these young girls and began sending them sexually explicit messages.
Jacksonville Sheriff’s Officer, Clarence Thomas Jr., was arrested after it was found that he was having sex with students at the high school where he was also the football coach.
Last week, Cody C. Smith, a former deputy with the Cache County Sheriff’s Office pleaded no contest to forcing children to have sex with him.
A Colorado deputy, whose name is being withheld to protect the victim, is facing charges of aggravated incest. The reason the court will not release his name is because the victim is his young daughter.
Dallas police officer, Oscar Araiza, 41, pleaded guilty to raping a sleeping woman last week. But thanks to a plea deal, likely stemming from his cop status, Araiza will not see one day in jail, nor will he be required to register as a sex offender.
31-year-old Jeffrey Adgers Jr., of the Connecticut Department of Corrections, was arrested last month and charged with second-degree illegal possession of child pornography.
Last week, the Mount Pleasant Police Chief, Brian Fanelli, pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography.
Mark David Wallevand, 42, of the Fargo Police Department was charged Wednesday with a felony count of promoting a sexual performance by a minor and five felony counts of possession of certain materials prohibited.
And the list goes on.
One of the people held at the Chicago police’s notorious “black site” at Homan Square claims the officers sexually abused him into agreeing to participate in a drug sting. Security footage from the facility shows the man was indeed held there.
Angel Perez, now 33, claims several Chicago PD officers seized him, took him to a sparsely furnished room and bent him over a bench, according to a report by the Guardian. He said the room smelled of urine and recalled seeing bloodstains. One of the officers first ran a metal object along his back and then allegedly jammed it up his rectum. Perez believes it was a handgun.
“He jammed it in there and I started jerking and going all crazy – I think I kicked him – and I just go into a full-blown panic attack,” Perez told news outlet. “The damage it caused, it pretty much swole [sic] my rear end like a baboon’s butt.”
On February 7th of 1987, the Washington Post ran an interesting story that did not at first seem to have any particularly national significance. The article concerned a case of possible kidnapping and child abuse, and material discovered in the Washington area that they say points to a 1960s style commune called the Finders, described in a court document as a “cult” that conducted “brainwashing” and used children “in rituals.” DC police who searched the Northeast Washington warehouse linked to the group removed large plastic bags filled with color slides, photographs and photographic contact sheets. Some showed naked children involved in what appeared to be “cult rituals,” bloodletting ceremonies of animals and one photograph of a child in chains.
Customs officials said their links to the DC area led authorities into a far-reaching investigation that includes The Finders — a group of about 40 people that court documents allege is led by a man named Marion Pettie — and their various homes, including the duplex apartment in Glover Park, the Northeast Washington warehouse and a 90 acre farm in rural Madison County, VA.
It was the US News and World Report that would ultimately provide the follow-up to the Finders story, noting that there is a certain Customs Service memorandum that was written at the time of the original investigation, written by Ramon J. Martinez, Special Agent, United States Customs Service, describing two adult white males and six minor children ages 7 years to 2 years. The adult males were Michael Houlihan and Douglas Ammerman, both of Washington, DC who had been arrested the previous day on charges of child abuse.The children were covered with insect bites, were very dirty, most of the children were not wearing underpants and all of the children had not been bathed in many days. The men were somewhat evasive under questioning and stated only that they were the children’s teachers and were en route to Mexico to establish a school for brilliant children. The children were unaware of the functions of telephones, television and toilets, and stated that they were not allowed to live indoors and were only given food as a reward.
A Detective Bradley had initiated an investigation on the two addresses provided by the Tallahassee Police Department during December of 1986. An informant had given him information regarding the cult, known as the “Finders,” operating various businesses out of a warehouse located at 1307 4th Street, N.E., and were supposed to be housing children at 3918/3920 W St., N.W.
The information was specific in describing “blood rituals” and sexual orgies involving children, and an as yet unsolved murder in which the Finders might be involved.
Cursory examination of documents revealed detailed instructions for optaining children for unspecified purposes. The instructions included the impregnation of female members of the community, purchasing children, trading and kidnapping. There were telex messages using MCI account numbers between a computer terminal believed to be in the same room, and others located across the country and in foreign locations.
There were pictures of nude children and adult Finders, as well as evidence of high-tech money transfers. There was a file called “Pentagon Break-in,” and references to activities in Moscow, Hong Kong, China, Malaysia, North Vietnam, North Korea, Africa, London, Germany, “Europe” and the Bahamas.
There was also a file labeled “Palestinian.”
One such telex specifically ordered the purchase of two children in Hong Kong to be arranged through a contact in the Chinese Embassy there. Other documents identified interests in high-tech transfers to the United Kingdom, numerous properties under the control of the Finders, a keen interest in terrorism, explosives, and the evasion of law enforcement.
There was also a set of instructions that appeared to broadcast via computer an advisory to the participants to keep the children moving through different jurisdictions and instructions on how to avoid police detection.
A photo album contained a series of photos of adults and children dressed in white sheets participating in a blood ritual. The ritual centered around the execution of at least two goats. The photos portrayed the execution, disembowelment, skinning and dismemberment of the goats at the hands of the children. This included the removal of the testes of a male goat, the discovery of a female goat’s “womb” and the “baby goats” inside the womb, and the presentation of the goat’s head to one of the children.
There was also a large amount of data collected on various child care organizations.
The warehouse contained a large library, two kitchens, a sauna, hot tub and a ‘video room.’ The video room seemed to be set up as an indoctrination center. The organization had the ability to produce its own videos. There appeared to be training areas for the children and what appeared to be an altar set up in a residential area of the warehouse. Many jars of urine and feces were located in this area.
Group leader Marion Pettie spoke in an interview in Steamshovel Press in 1998, noting that in World War II he kept house maintly to intelligence people in Washington and OSS people passing through.
Official US Customs investigation reports which have been completely authenticated by the investigating officers who wrote them and by a well respected investigator who personally knows these Customs officials are irrefutable evidence that:
A case of obvious child neglect/abuse involving child pedophile sexual abuse/child pornography/Satanic cult ritualistic abuse wherein the perpetrators were caught directly in the act by law enforcement, arrested on the basis of irrefutable evidence at the scene, and faced serious charges which typically bring sentences of decades in prison.
Search warrants were obtained for the “Finders” cult office in Washington, DC and a complete search was enacted by law enforcement which provided irrefutable pictures, movies and documents of such abuse/neglect evidence and access to the confidential arrest reports on the “Finders” cult from the arrests in Tallahassee which occurred only a day earlier (suggesting very high level connections to US intelligence in and of itself.)
All investigation of the “Finders” cult by the FBI, US Customs and local law enforcement was ordered stopped by the US Justice Department on the grounds of “national security” and the matter of the “Finders” cult was turned over to the Central Intelligence Agency as an “internal security matter,” since the “Finders” is and has been a domestic and international covert operation of the Central Intelligence Agency.
Any and all investigation of the “Finders” was immediately stopped, all evidence was supressed and denied, and the abused children were released back to the adult perpetrators who had been arrested “in the act” and the CIA resumed its ongoing covert operation of the “Finders” cult which is used to procure and produce.
The story of the Finders cult is the story of the development of child/assets to be used to entrap politicians, diplomats; corporate and law enforcement officials; to sell child/victims to wealthy perverts to raise money for covert operations, to train some of the child/victims to be professional operatives and assassins of a totally cold, multiple personality, mind control nature.
To date only one media outlet has dared publish anything about this (US News).
In the last few years there have been more “smoking guns” proving that US intelligence agencies traffic in children, sell them and abuse them. Some of these covert operations have been tied to long term and massive importation, and distribution of narcotics into the US by the same iintelligence agencies.
BELOW IS AN ARCHIVE OF EXISTING RECORDS INVOLVING THIS CHILLING STORY OF CIA INVOLVEMENT IN CHILD RITUAL SEXUAL ABUSE.
I am presenting this U.S. Custom Service Document (1) and news article (2) for the purpose of discussion of Satanic ritualistic abuse of children;
that an organized, computer-literate, terrorist group, “The Finders”, was found in participation of the Satanic ritualistic abuse of children (1) and that, with the coming of Millennium Prophecy, more groups may form with Satanism used for the empowerment of their agenda;
that “The Finders”, were found to be group involved in “competitor intelligence for a variety of mostly foreign clients” (2) and were headquartered in Washington DC close to governmental facilities raising the legitimate question of connections between Satanic ritualistic abuse of children and government agencies;
that evidence was found for international connections in “London, Germany, the Bahamas, Japan, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Africa, Costa Rica, and “Europe.” There was also a file identified as “Palestinian.” (1) This Customs report raises the legitimate question of international connections for Satanic ritualistic abuse of children.
In a recent letter to Congresswoman Tauscher I wrote: ‘In the latter regard, I think the populations at risk of targetting by Satanic Cults may be younger teens and preteens who are Internet proficient. In an article on Internet pedophiles: “pedophiles are using digital cameras to televise live, interactive molestations in cyberspace” (“Cops Go Undercover Online to Nab Internet Pedophiles”, SF Chronicle, December 7, 1998; pg A21). It was of further curiosity to me that the Internet child molestations cases in the later article did not mention a possible link to Satanic Cults opening up the question of whether or not Satanic Cults ‘recruit’ children off the Internet for Satanic Rituals.
I would say that, on the behalf of the children and adults who have been subjected to Satanic ritualistic abuse that these acts are not be tolerated; that parents need to feel that their children are safe from this threat; and that any hint of it should be rapidly and throughly investigated as hate crimes in thought and deed.
United States Customs Service Documents
Department of the Treasury United States Customs Service
Report of Investigation
To: Resident Agent in Charge Date: 021287 Subject: Finders
This office was contacted by the Tallahassee Police Department on February 5, 1987, who requested assistance in attempting to identify two adult males and six minor children, all taken into custody the previous day. The men, arrested and charged with multiple counts of child abuse, were being very evasive with police in the questions being asked of them pursuant the children and their condition.
This agent contacted SS/A, Bob Harrold, RAC/Reston, Virginia, and requested telephone numbers and names of police persons in area police departments in an attempt to follow-up on two leads which were a Virginia license number and that the children had commented about living in a Washington, D.C., commune.
Subsequently, this office received a telephone call from the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Police Department inquiring about the men and children. This office put the MPD and the TPD in contact with each other.
Walter F. Kreitlow II Special Agent
Fredric D. Maiduk Resident Agent in Charge
Office of Enforcement 227 N. Bronough St. Rm 6045 Tallahassee, FL 32301
DETAILS OF INVESTIGATION:
On Thursday, February 5, 1987, this office was contacted via telephone by Sergeant JoAnn VanMETER of the Tallahassee Police Department, Juvenile Division. Sgt. VanMETER requested assistance in identifying two adult males and six minor children ages 7 years to 2 years.
The adult males were tentatively identified by TPD as Michael HOULIHAN and Douglas AMMERMAN, both of Washington, D.C. who were arrested the previous day on charges of child abuse.
The police had received an anonymous telephone call relative two well-dressed white men wearing suits and ties in Myers Park, (Tallahassee), apparently watching six dirty and unkempt children in the playground area. HOULIHAN and AMMERMAN were near a 1980 Blue Dodge van bearing Virginia license number XHW-557, the inside of which was later described as foul-smelling filled with maps, books, letters, with a mattress situated to the rear of the van which appeared as if it were used as a bed, and the overall appearance of the van gave the impression that all eight persons were living in it.
The children were covered with insect bites, were very dirty, most of the children were not wearing underwear and all of the children had not been bathed in many days.
The men were arrested and charged with multiple counts of child abuse and lodged in the Leon County Jail. Once in custody the men were somewhat evasive in their answers to the police regarding the children and stated only that they both were the children’s teachers and that all were enroute to Mexico to establish a school for brilliant children.
The children tentatively were identified as Mary (deleted), white female, age 7; (deleted) LIVINGSTON, white male, age 6; (deleted) FRANKLIN, white male, age 4; (deleted) EVANS, white female, age 3; B.B., white male, age 2; and that they lived in tents in a commune in the Washington, D.C., area and were going to Mexico to go to a school for smart kids.
This office contacted the Office of the RAC/DC and spoke with SS/A Bob Harrold. This agent requested telephone numbers and names of police persons in area departments that might be aware of said activities described by the children and to follow-up on leads which were the Virginia license number and a check on the men’s names with local law enforcement.
A short time later this office was contacted by Detective, Jim Bradley of the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Police Department. Bradley indicated that the case here in Tallahassee appeared to be strongly related to a case he was currently working in the Washington, D.C. area.
He stated that the actions of the two men in custody in Tallahassee relative the children just might give his case enough probable cause for search warrants to search premises occupied by a cult group called Finders.
This agent directed Bradley to telephone TPD and discuss with police directly any activities forthcoming relative the instant case. At this time it was determined that there was no Customs violations found to exist and therefore, this case is being closed pending receipt of additional information.
ACTION TO BE TAKEN BY LESD/TECS: Create a permanent DRR/TECS record.
IDENTIFYING DATA/TECS-FIN QUERIES: ______________
To: Resident Agent in Charge Date: 02/07/87 From: Special Agent
Subject: Customs cooperation/interest in Tallahassee/Washington MPD child abuse investigation.
On Thursday, 2/5/87, the duty agent, SS/A Bob Harrold, received a call from SS/A Walter Krietlow, USCS, Tallahassee, Florida. SS/A Kreitlow was seeking assistance in contacting an appropriate local police agency to coordinate a child abuse investigation in with the Tallahassee Police Department. SS/A Krietlow further requested assistance in checking some names, addresses and a vehicle through the Customs Child Pornography Unit data base, and stated there was some suspicion of the subjects being involved in supplying children for the production of child pornography. Further, he was informed by the Tallahassee Police Department that the children may have been enroute to Mexico from the Washington, D.C. area. The possibility of Customs interest in the investigation due to possible violations of the Child Protection Act of 1984, and the alleged nexus with the U.S./Mexican Border were discussed and agreed upon. SS/A Krietlow related the following background information. SS/A Krietlow was contacted by the Tallahassee Police Department for assistance in identifying six children and two adults taken into custody in the Tallahassee area. U.S. Customs was contacted because the police officers involved suspected the adults of being involved in child pornography and knew the Customs Service to have a network of child pornography investigators, and of the existence of the Child Pornography and Protection Unit. SS/A Krietlow stated the two adults were well dressed white males. They had custody of six white children (boys and girls), ages three to six years. The children were observed to be poorly dressed, bruised, dirty, and behaving like wild animals in a public park in Tallahassee. The police were notified by a concerned citizen and all eight persons were taken into custody. The subjects were living out of a white 1979 Dodge van, Virginia license no. XHW 557. Upon being taken into custody, the adult white males refused to cooperate, one of whom produced a “business” card with a name on one side and a statement on the other. The statement indicated that the bearer knew his constitutional rights to remain silent and that he intended to do so. Upon interviewing the children, the police officers found that they could not adequately identify themselves or their custodians. Further, they stated that they were enroute to Mexico to attend a school for “smart kids.” SS/A Kreitlow was further advised the children were unaware of the function and purpose of telephones, televisions and toilets, and that the children had stated they were not allowed to live indoors and were only given food as a reward.
After receiving the request from Tallahassee, SS/A Harrold contacted me while I was on official business at Customs Headquarters. He requested that I conduct computer checks on the Customs Child Pornography Unit data base. The checks were to be conducted on the names, addresses, and a vehicle provided by SS/A Krietlow. After conducting the computer checks, I made direct contact with SS/A Krietlow to inform him that all the checks were negative. At that time I was informed by SS/A Krietlow that the Tallahassee police had discovered large quantities of records, to include computer discs and a U.S. passport in the van. From some of these records the police had obtained tentative identification of the two adults, and partial identification of the children. Furthermore, the two Washington, D.C. addresses had been discovered through these documents, one of which was verified through the vehicle registration. I advised SS/A Krietlow I was leaving Headquarters and he would be receiving a response to the remainder of his request from SS/A Harrold. I then left as stated and proceeded to conduct other business in the District.
A short time later, at approximately 11:30 a.m., SS/A Harrold contacted me by radio, and advised me that a Detective Jim Bradley of the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) was interested in the information provided by SS/A Krietlow, was in contact with Tallahassee, and would very probably be conducting search warrants in the area later in the day. He also informed me that U.S. Customs was invited to participate due to the continuing possibility of violations of law enforced by the Customs Service. As I was already in Washington, I terminated my other business and proceeded to make contact with Detective Bradley, Intelligence Division, MPD.
Upon contacting Detective Bradley, I learned that he had initiated an investigation on the two addresses provided by the Tallahassee Police Dept. during December of 1986. An informant had given him information regarding a cult, known as the “Finders” operating various businesses out of a warehouse located at 1307 4th St., N.E., and were supposed to be housing children at 3918/3920 W St., N.W. The information was specific in describing “blood rituals” and sexual orgies involving children, and an as yet unsolved murder in which the Finders may be involved. With the information provided by the informant, Detective Bradley was able to match some of the children in Tallahassee with names of children known alleged to be in the custody of the Finders. Furthermore, Bradley was able to match the tentative ID of the adults with known members of the Finders. I stood by while Bradley consulted with AUSA Harry Benner and obtained search warrants for the two premises. I advised acting RAC SS/A Tim Halloran of my intention to accompany MPD on the execution of the warrants, received his permission, and was joined by SS/A Harrold. SS/A Harrold accompanied the team which went to 1307 4th St, and I went to 3918/20 W St.
During the execution of the warrant at 3918/20 W St., I was able to observe and access the entire building. I saw large quantities of children’s clothing and toys. The clothing consisting of diapers and clothes in the toddler to pre-school range. No children were found on the premises. There were several subjects on the premises. Only one was deemed to be connected with the Finders. The rest were renting living space from this individual. He was identified as Stuart Miles SILVERSTONE, DOB/061941, U.S. Passport No. (deleted). SILVERSTONE was located in a room equipped with several computers, printers, and numerous documents. Cursory examination of the documents revealed detailed instructions for obtaining children for unspecified purposes. The instructions included the impregnation of female members of the community known as the Finders, purchasing children, trading, and kidnapping. There were telex messages using MCI account numbers between a computer terminal believed to be located in the same room, and others located across the country and in foreign locations. One such telex specifically ordered the purchase of two children in Hong Kong to be be arranged through a contact in the Chinese Embassy there. Another telex expressed interest in “bank secrecy” situations. Other documents identified interests in high-tech transfers to the United Kingdom, numerous properties under the control of the Finders, a keen interest in terrorism, explosives, and the evasion of law enforcement. Also found in the “computer room” was a detailed summary of the events surrounding the arrest and taking into custody of the two adults and six children in Tallahassee the previous night. There were also a set of instructions which appeared to be broadcast via a computer network which advised the participants to move “the children” and keep them moving through different jurisdictions, and instructions on how to avoid police attention.
One of the residents was identified as a Chinese National. Due to the telex discovered referencing the Chinese Embassy in Hong Kong, he was fully identified for future reference: WANG/Gengxin, DOB/092747, POB/Tianjin, People’s Republic of China Passport No. (deleted), entered the U.S. on January 22, 1987, admitted until December 31, 1987. He is in the U.S. as a graduate student in the Anatomy Department of Georgetown University. His Visa was issued on November 10, 1986, in London, England, number 00143.
During the course of the evening, I contacted Sector 4 to initiate a TECS check on SILVERSTONE, and initiate an archives check on him for the last four years. I also contacted SS/A Halloran to keep him advised of the proceedings and asked for and received permission to contact SS/A John Sullivan of the CPPU to query some names through the CPPU data base. SS/A Halloran told me he would call Southeast Region Headquarters to keep them posted on the proceedings as well. I later contacted SS/A Sullivan for the stated purpose, and in the discussion that followed I gave him some background on the purpose of the request. I advised him that the information was not for dissemination at Headquarters, that Region was being notified, and that Region would probably contact Headquarters later if deemed necessary. SS/A Sullivan assured me that the information would go no further until official notification was made by Region. No positive matches were obtained from the CPPU data base. I was later joined at the W Street address by SS/A Harrold. SS/A Harrold advised me that there were extremely large quantities of documents and computer equipment at the warehouse, and that MPD was posting officers inside the building there and sealing the building until morning, in which a second warrant for that premises would be obtained and executed. SS/A Harrold also advised me that the news media had been notified and had been waiting for the execution of the warrant at the 4th Street address. Detective Bradley later stated that the MPD Public Information Officer had been contacted by a Tallahassee reporter. When it became apparent that the PIO had no information on the search warrants, the reporter contacted local media representatives and a check of public records containing the affidavits for the search warrants disclosed the locations and purpose of the warrants. Detective Bradley surmised that someone on the Tallahassee Police Department was the original source of the information for the press. I advised SS/A Halloran of the involvement of the press, and he stated that he would, in turn, relay the information to Region. SS/A Harrold and I assisted in the transport of the evidence seized pursuant to the warrant and cleared MPD after the press left the area.
On Friday, 2/6/87, I met Detective Bradley at the warehouse on 4th Street, N.E. I duly advised my acting group supervisor, SS/A Don Bludworth. I was again granted unlimited access to the premises. I was able to observe numerous documents which described explicit sexual conduct between the members of the community known as Finders. I also saw a large collection of photographs of unidentified persons. Some of the photographs were nudes, believed to be of members of the Finders. There were numerous photos of children, some nude, at least one of which was a photo of a child “on display” and appearing to accent the child’s genitals. I was only able to examine a very small amount of the photos at this time. However, one of the officers presented me with a photo album for my review. The album contained a series of photos of adults and children dressed in white sheets participating in a “blood ritual.” The ritual centered around the execution of at least two goats. The photos portrayed the execution, disembowelment, skinning and dismemberment of the goats at the hands of the children. This included the removal of the testes of a male goat, the discovery of a female goat’s “womb” and the “baby goats” inside the womb, and the presentation of a goat’s head to one of the children.
Further inspection of the premises disclosed numerous files relating to activities of the organization in different parts of the world. Locations I observed are as follows: London, Germany, the Bahamas, Japan, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Africa, Costa Rica, and “Europe.” There was also a file identified as “Palestinian.” Other files were identified by member name or “project” name. The projects appearing to be operated for commercial purposes under front names for the Finders. There was one file entitled “Pentagon Break-In,” and others referring to members operating in foreign countries. Not observed by me but related by an MPD officer were intelligence files on private families not related to the Finders. The process undertaken appears to be have been a systematic response to local newspaper advertisements for babysitters, tutors, etc. A member of the Finders would respond and gather as much information as possible about the habits, identity, occupation, etc., of the family. The use to which this information was to be put is still unknown. There was also a large amount of data collected on various child care organizations.
The warehouse contained a large library, two kitchens, a sauna, hot-tub, and a “video room.” The video room seemed to be set up as an indoctrination center. It also appeared that that the organization had the capability to produce its own videos. There were what appeared to be training areas for children and what appeared to be an altar set up in a residential area of the warehouse. Many jars of urine and feces were located in this area.
I should also mention that both premises were equipped with satellite dish antennas.
I discussed the course of action to be taken by MPD with Detective Bradley. He stated that he was only interested in making the child abuse case(s). I was assured that all of the evidence would be available to U.S. Customs in furtherance of any investigative/criminal action pursued. MPD personnel were to begin around the clock review and sorting of the evidence until completed. Customs will have access after this is accomplished. This will include several U.S. Passports discovered during the search.
Upon leaving the 4th Street premises, I encountered a news media representative and was asked the reason behind U.S. Customs involvement in the investigation. I advised the reporter that I could not discuss anything and I referred her to the PAO/DC. I left immediately thereafter.
There is no further information available at this time. It will take three to five days for all the information to be sorted, reviewed and logged by the MPD. I will maintain contact with Detective Bradley until the evidence is again accessible.
Ramon J. Martinez Special Agent, USCS
To: Resident Agent in Charge Date: 04/13/87
On Thursday, February 5, 1987, Senior Special Agent Harrold and I assisted the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) with two search warrants involving the possible sexual exploitation of children. During the course of the search warrants, numerous documents were discovered which appeared to be concerned with international trafficking in children, high tech transfer to the United Kingdom, and international transfer of currency.
DETAILS OF INVESTIGATION:
On March 31, 1987, I contacted Detective Jim Bradley of the Washington, DC Metropolitan Police Department (MPD). I was to meet with Detective Bradley to review the documents seized pursuant to two search warrants executed in January, 1987. The meeting was to take place on April 2 or 3, 1987.
On April 2, 1987, I arrived at MPD at approximately 9:00 a.m. Detective Bradley was not available. I spoke to a third party who was willing to discuss the case with me on a strictly “off the record” basis.
I was advised that all the passport data had been turned over to the State Department for their investigation. The State Department in turn, advised the MPD that all travel and use of the passports by the holders of the passports was within the law and no action would be taken. This included travel to Moscow, North Korea, and North Vietnam from the late 1950s to mid 1970s.
The individual further advised me of circumstances which indicated that the investigation into the activity of the Finders had become a CIA internal matter. The MPD report has been classified SECRET and was not available for review. I was advised that the FBI had withdrawn from the investigation several weeks prior and that the FBI Foreign Counter Intelligence Division had directed MPD not to advise the FBI Washington Field Office of anything that had transpired.
No further information will be available. No further action will be taken.
ACTION TO BE TAKEN BY LESD/TECS:
No action to be taken on the basis of this report.
***(2) *U.S. News & World Report*, Dec. 27, 1993/Jan 3. 1994
Through a glass, very darkly Cops, spies and a very odd investigation
The case is almost seven years old now, but matters surrounding a mysterious group known as the Finders keep growing curiouser and curiouser.
In early February 1987, an anonymous tipster in Tallahasse, Fla, made a phone call to police. Two “well dressed men” seemed to be “supervising” six dishevelled and hungry children in a local park, the caller said. The cops went after the case like bloodhounds, at least at first. The two men were identified as members of the Finders. They were charged with child abuse in Florida. In Washington, D.C. police and U.S. Customs Service agents raided a duplex apartment building and a warehouse connected to the group.
Among the evidence seized – detailed instructions on obtaining children for unknown purposes and several photographs of nude children.
According to a Customs Service memorandum obtained by U.S. News, one photo appeared “to accent the child’s genitals”. The more the police learned about the Finders, the more bizarre they seemed: There were suggestions of child abuse, Satanism, dealing in pornography and ritualistic animal slaughter.
None of the allegations was ever proved, however. The child abuse charges against the two men in Tallahassee were dropped; all six of the children were eventually returned to their mothers, though in the case of two, conditions were attached by a court. In Washington, D.C. police began backing away from the Finders investigation. The groups practices, the police said, were eccentric – not illegal.
QUESTIONS. Today, things appear to have changed yet again. The Justice Department has begun a new investigation into the Finders and into the group’s activities. It is also reviewing the 1987 investigation into the group to determine whether that probe was closed improperly. Justice officials will not elaborate, except to say the investigation is “ongoing” and that it involves “unresolved matters” in relation to the Finders.
One of the unresolved questions involves allegations that the Finders are somehow linked to the Central Intelligence Agency. Custom Service documents reveal that in 1987, when Customs agents sought to examine the evidence gathered by Washington, D.C. police, they were told that the Finders investigation “had become an internal matter.”
The police report on the case had been classified secret. Even now, Tallahassee police complain about the handling of the Finders investigation by D.C. police. “They dropped this case, one Tallahasse investigator says, “like a hot rock.” D.C. police will not comment on the matter. As for the CIA, ranking officials describe allegation about links between the intelligence agency and the Finders as “hogwash” perhaps the result of a simple mix up with D.C. police. The only connection, according to the CIA: A firm that provided computer training to CIA officers also employed several members of the Finders.
The many unanswered questions about the Finders case now have Democratic Rep. Charlie Rose of North Carolina, chairman of the House Administration Committee, and Florida’s Rep. Tom Lewis, a Republican, more than a little exercised. “Could our own government have something to do with this Finders organization and turned their backs on these children? That’s what all the evidence points to,” says Lewis. “And there is a lot of evidence. I can tell you this: We’ve got a lot of people scrambling, and that wouldn’t be happening if there was nothing here.”
Perhaps. But the Finders say there is nothing there – at least nothing illegal. The Finders have never been involved in child abuse, pornography, Satanism, animal slaughter or anything of the kind, says the group’s leader, Marion David Pettie. Pettie, too, says the group has never been connected to the CIA. In an interview with U.S. News, Pettie described the Finders as a communal, holistic-living and learning arrangement. The group numbers some 20 members, Pettie says; they do freelance journalism, research and “competitor intelligence” for a variety of mostly foreign clients. The Finders work for no foreign governments, Pettie says. Their duplex, in a residential Northwest Washington neighborhood, is decorated with global maps and bulletin boards. Residents in Culpepper, Va., 90 minutes from Washington, say the Finders operated an office there, too, from time to time. That office contained computer terminals and clocks reflecting different time zones from around the world.
CIA officials say they referred all matters concerning the Finders and the police investigation to the FBI’s Foreign Counterintelligence Division. FBI officials will not comment. Law enforcement sources say some of the Finders are listed in the FBI’s classified counterintelligence files.
None of this fazes Pettie. He says the CIA’s interest in the Finders may stem from the fact that his late wife once worked for the agency and that his son worked for a CIA proprietary firm, Air America. Overall, says Pettie, “we’re a zero security threat. When you don’t do much of anything, and you don’t explain, people start rumors about you.” To judge from the latest case, some of the rumors can last an awfully long time.
By Gordon Witkin and Peter Cary with Ancel Martinez