March 6, 2009
The Honorable Glenn Hess
Office of the State Attorney
Fourteenth Judicial Circuit of Florida
421 Magnolia Avenue
Panama City, FL 32401-0085
Our nation is a government of laws and not men.
Dear State Attorney Hess,
I appeared as summoned at the Holmes County courthouse (FL 14th Judicial Circuit) Friday morning, Dec. 12, 2008, for jury duty. I was prospective juror #37. After Clerk of the Court Cody Taylor explained the procedures, he asked if anyone wanted to talk to the judge about being excused from duty. I raised my hand. I intended to present evidence of my charges of official police misconduct by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) and Holmes County Sheriff’s Department, illegal electronic surveillance by these two Florida law enforcement agencies and the West Florida Electric Cooperative (WFEC) Association, and conspiracy to violate my civil and constitutional rights by the aforementioned to the judge. I pointed to the cameras and asked, “What are those?” Clerk of the Court Cody Taylor told me that they are cameras, called me to the side, and told me that the judge doesn't want to talk to me and said that I'm excused. I didn’t get to present my charges and evidence to the judge as I had intended. This is the same Holmes County Courthouse in which another judge declared a mistrial in my neighbors’ drug case. The judge dismissed that case because the State Attorney and FDLE withheld evidence and testimony. I have suspicions that the evidence the FDLE and State Attorney’s Office withheld would prove my charges of illegal electronic surveillance.
I am also charging former State Attorney Steve Meadows and his Chief Assistant State Attorney, William A. Lewis, with obstruction of justice by covering up Florida law enforcement officers’ criminal misconduct and abuse of authority related to my above charges. Since I wasn’t allowed to present evidence of my charges to the Judge that day, I’m respectfully presenting my evidence to you and requesting an investigation of my charges. The enclosed VHS videotape, which I discuss below, and documents are more than enough evidence to warrant an investigation of my charges. There are either surveillance devices as I have charged- and three experts verified their presence- or there are not. A simple official investigation of my charges will resolve this complaint one way or another.
Summary: State and county law enforcement officers illegally arranged with WFEC employees for the illegal electronic surveillance devices’ installation on the two utility poles servicing the house and grounds. Both utility poles are located on private property and are not on the public roadway. The audio/video surveillance devices are capable of “bugging” between 20-40 square acres, have serial ID #’s, and are inventoried. Florida Law Enforcement Officers also arranged for the illegal installation of a remotely activated tracking device in one vehicle and supplied neighbors with a remote control to activate the device whenever they saw me leave.
Three electronic surveillance experts all verified illegal FL law enforcement "bugs" on the two utility poles servicing the house and grounds, but refused to supply their reports. The first one, Diop Kamau, said that law enforcement would arrest me if he supplied the report. Both Mr. Kamau and his employee, Doug Jones, subsequently denied saying this, but still didn’t supply their report. Mr. Kamau obtained his Florida Private Investigator’s license after failing to provide his signed report. The second one, Jim Toth, confirmed that law enforcement installed a tracking device in one vehicle and identified Audio Surveillance Devices (AIDs) as the supplier of the surveillance devices on the utility poles, but said that he would lose his FL PI license if he supplied his report. Mr. Toth agreed to be videotaped while he conducted his Technical Surveillance Counter Measure (TSCM) “sweep,” and I videotaped him refusing to check the utility pole in the backyard for any surveillance devices. Mr. Toth said that only law enforcement would install a device on the utility poles because there are too many easier places to put them. Mr. Toth said that the police had installed a GPS remotely activated tracking device in the Dodge mini-van. He also said that the authorities have a warrant and will have to tell me about it within 30 days. I observed Mr. Toth scramble the video image he obtained on his OSCOR’s screen and then remark that there’s a video camera nearby, but he couldn’t get an image. The third expert, Jim Ross, had a conflict of interest, which he didn’t disclose. Mr. Ross is a close personal friend of Mr. G. Gordon Liddy. Mr. Liddy is the founder of the Liddy Foundation, which assumed the mission of the National Intelligence Academy (NIA) after Hurricane Andrew destroyed AID’s facility in Homestead, FL (AIDs was later sold and NIA spun off). Ross also said in reference to Florida law enforcement, “They want to be in charge.” The state agency at the time responsible for investigating complaints against the two Florida licensed private investigators refused to do so.
Former FL Gov. Bush suggested that I bring any evidence of my charges to my state attorney. I sent State Attorney Steve Meadows a VHS videotape (the same one enclosed for your review) in which recorded audio phenomenon that two TSCM experts said was indicative of electronic surveillance is pronounced. The unnatural amplification and reverberation of the dog’s barking and the sounds of a low flying helicopter recorded in the VHS tape copy is indicative of electronic surveillance. Additional examples of this phenomenon are demonstrated in the enclosed VHS tape. Although not a Technical Surveillance Counter Measure (TSCM) expert, a sibling who is a Ph.D., PE, indicated that the sound appears caused by some type of advanced technology. I also sent State Attorney Steve Meadows a copy of an email, dated Dec. 3, 2004 (attached) from my neighbor, which tends to verify my version of events. Since all state law enforcement and related agencies refused to investigate, I sent a copy of the VHS tape and my charges to US Rep. Jeff Miller and requested his help. US Rep Miller found the VHS tape to be compelling evidence of my charges. In his November 14, 2005 letter (see attached), he encouraged me to contact my State Representative, Donald Brown, for help. I contacted Rep. Brown, but I never received any reply until late in the afternoon of November 30, 2005 (see attached). Earlier that morning retired FDLE Agent Betty Romminger visited the Holmes’ County library to research some articles regarding my neighbors’ bungled FDLE drug bust. This drug bust and subsequent arrests are in part responsible for the FDLE’s refusal to investigate my charges. The judge declared a mistrial in that case because the State Attorney and FDLE withheld evidence and testimony. I suspect that this withheld evidence and testimony of illegal electronic surveillance and would prove my charges of illegal electronic surveillance.
The evidence that my state rep’s assistant, Mr. Drake, referred to in his email is the VHS videotape. I contacted the respective I.G.s. On June 20, 2006, I emailed IG Harper and courtesy-copied IG Al Dennis offering to meet with them together or separately. IG Dennis replied that he forwarded my inquiry to FDLE Executive Investigations for review. Former FDLE Executive Investigations Director Jamie McLaughlin previously dismissed my earlier complaints with the pretext: “There does not appear to be a criminal predicate which would warrant investigation by the Office of Executive Investigations.” The former Director lied and officially sanctioned a cover-up. Within two days of receipt of my complaint by then FL AG Charlie Crist’s office, a FDLE Executive Investigation was initiated and Director McLaughlin resigned purportedly over charges regarding what could be considered a form of sexual harassment. According to the FDLE Executive Investigation’s report, the victim was a subordinate with whom the Director had an affair with for a number of years. I suspect that the so-called investigation and “charges” were a convenient cover story for the criminal charges contained in my complaint.
By letter, dated June 26, 2006, I notified Governor Bush that I had contacted both IG’s per my State Rep’s suggestion and shared my concerns regarding FDLE Executive Investigations’ good faith in investigating my charges. Ms. Kim Likens from the Governor's OIG phoned and left a message Monday (July 3, 2006) morning to call her. I returned her call later that afternoon and left a message. Ms. Likens called back and told me that her boss, Dawn Case, wanted her to call me and tell me that she had forwarded my letter to the Governor to FDLE IG Al Dennis earlier in the day (see attached). Likens said that this matter belongs with the FDLE. Later that same afternoon (July 3, 2006), FDLE Criminal Investigator (Inspector) Keith Wilmer called me. Director of Investigations Case’s early morning referral to the FDLE IG apparently prompted Inspector Wilmer’s call later that afternoon.
Inspector Wilmer denied that he saw earlier letters regarding this matter. However, Inspector Wilmer repeatedly quoted my earlier correspondence verbatim. When Inspector Wilmer’s questioning became silly, I asked him directly: Are there FL law enforcement bugs on the utility poles? Inspector Wilmer said that he did not know. Criminal Investigator Wilmer then told me to have WFEC check their poles and transformers quoting the exact text that I used in my initial letter to WFEC VP & CEO William Rimes requesting a search. Wilmer also instructed me to have a FL licensed mechanic search for the transponder in the mini-van. Later he refused to say whether or not he viewed a copy of the VHS videotape.
On September 5, 2006, I received an email from the FL OAG replying to my inquiry whether I should file a Florida Public Records Request with the OAG or the 14th Judicial District SAO for records in possession of the SAO. Since State Attorney Meadows wouldn’t reply to my charges and evidence, I sent a Florida Public Records Request to him for a copy of all records in his files regarding this matter. The USPS verified that the SAO received my request, which suggests that SA Meadows ignored it just as he had ignored my charges and evidence. Since State Attorney Meadows wouldn’t reply to my charges and evidence, I wanted to determine exactly what he had on file. The OAG’s email instructed that I should submit such a request to the state attorney’s office, indicating that I had filed my earlier request with the correct office. On Sept. 8, 2006 a clerk in the SAO emailed that Mr. Lewis, Chief Assistant State Attorney (Florida’s 14th Judicial District) asked her to respond to my previously ignored Public Records Request. She said that she never received a request and that I should send another, which I did. I later received a letter, dated October 2, 2006, from Mr. Lewis in which he questioned my credibility and refused to answer my question whether or not he, his boss, or newly hired SAO Investigator Guy Tunnel viewed the VHS tape. Governor Bush had sent a copy of one of my complaints to former FDLE Guy Tunnel, who never replied. I later received a letter, dated 12-6-06 from Chief Assistant State Attorney William A. Lewis (see attached), which stated that there was no basis to my charges. Mr. William A. Lewis is a liar and covering-up for law enforcement. When I asked Mr. Lewis in a subsequent phone conversation if he viewed the VHS tape, he replied that he doesn’t have to answer my questions. A subsequent FL Public Records Request to the SAO for Assistant State Attorney Lewis’ “inquiries” case file produced little and omitted a lot. For example, the produced records consisted of some of my correspondence and an altered copy of the VHS tape, but there were no records of any investigation or “inquiry.” In addition, I filed numerous Public Records Requests with both the FDLE and Sheriff’s Dept., which didn’t reveal any records of any official investigations. “Off the books” investigations and “informal inquiries” are employed to smear and discredit someone’s charges of official misconduct while serving to threaten and intimidate witnesses. As a matter of fact, the FDLE even went to a family member’s place of employment during one of these endless “investigations” on a pretext that she was a “pot head,” but did not speak to her. Her superiors, when they could stop laughing, told her what the cops said. There was no reason for this cowardly inexcusable abuse of authority by so-called law enforcement officers other than an attempt to smear and defame in order to cover-up their criminal conduct and abuse of authority.
State Attorney Steve Meadows and Chief Assistant State Attorney obstructed justice by covering up FL law enforcement officers’ criminal misconduct and abuse of authority. This is at least the second set of such electronic surveillance devices installed by WFEC under the direction of Florida law enforcement and other state officials. WFEC removed the first set under the protection of FDLE officials. In reply to my initial request for help identifying any authorized or unauthorized listening devices connected to any of their equipment servicing my residence, WFEC VP and CEO William S. Rimes wrote that he took my charges seriously and forwarded my letter to HC Sheriff Dennis Lee for action. The Sheriff’s first contact was about two weeks later when an FDLE helicopter hovered over the house late one evening for more than ½ hr purportedly searching for a neighbor, Freddie Padgett, whom the FDLE attempted to arrest that evening. Sheriff Dennis Lee was in that FDLE helicopter piloted by his first cousin. In addition to a powerful searchlight, a large infrared device mounted under the helicopter assisted in their late night “search.” Earlier in the day, an FDLE Agent disguised as a Federal Express driver delivered a 3.5 lb. package of meth to my neighbor’s residence and his wife, Lisa Padgett, signed for it. My neighbor arrived home as the bust was in progress, grabbed the package that his wife signed for, and escaped with the evidence. He outran a lot of FDLE agents in his escape. The FDLE returned later that evening on the pretext of apprehending him at his home. However, the entire event was staged in an attempt to provoke a violent incident with me and remove their illegal “bugs” in the aftermath. When I didn’t react as my “profilers” anticipated, the Sheriff ordered the agents to storm the grounds in hot pursuit of an imaginary fugitive in an attempt to provoke another incident. The FDLE arrested my neighbor’s wife on drug and theft charges and later arrested my neighbor on the same charges when he turned himself into authorities.
Sometime before her criminal trial, Lisa Padgett, who was arrested along with her husband, told me that the entire area was “bugged.” She then apologized for the FDLE late night helicopter incident. She also told me that the FDLE offered her a “deal” if she’d implicate Sheriff Dennis Lee in her operations. She told me that she declined and would rather do the time. I suspect that State Attorney Meadows and the FDLE withholding evidence and testimony was part of a second more acceptable deal. And, although 3.5 lbs of meth was involved, the DEA refused to get involved in the case.
Sometime later when I stopped an attempt by a WFEC utility crew to open the locked front gate to gain access in order to surreptitiously remove the bugs, the crew foreman summoned the Sheriff. A young deputy (recently appointed Bonifay City Police Chief) who had not been certified yet as a FL LEO arrived to assure access for the crew. The foreman fortunately agreed to reschedule the inspection, which was subsequently canceled. Sometime after this incident, I talked to this same foreman and his superior, Russell Dunaway, at the front gate. They both consented to be videotaped. They said that they were upgrading service and would have to replace the two transformers (containing the illegal “bugs”) on the property within a month or else disconnect power. I asked Mr. Dunaway if he knew anything about any illegal electronic surveillance devices on their poles. He said that he had no knowledge and that they’re not in the electronic surveillance equipment business. My questioning irritated Mr. Dunaway as he turned beet red (visible in the video). He then added that I put the device on the pole myself.
Two months later, a large contingent of WFEC employees arrived to “upgrade” services by replacing the two transformers, containing the illegal surveillance devices, with new ones. The foreman agreed for the operation to be videotape. WFEC CEO & VP William Rimes oversaw the work from the road. Rimes became visibly upset when I recognized him and videotaped him. Although they again agreed to conduct a search for illegal devices, once in they refused to search as agreed or even open the lightening arresters and fuses on the transformers. Moreover, they insisted that the lightening arrester was solid and could not be opened, which was a lie. The crew foreman threatened to call the Sheriff and have me arrested if I searched their equipment myself. I asked this foreman if he intended to reuse this transformer with the implication for surveillance purposes, and he replied that he had just the place for it. They replaced the existing transformers with new ones and left.
In his August 14, 2007 letter (copy enclosed), the Honorable Jeff Miller wrote: “I am confident that if the agency finds merit in your allegations or have further questions, they will be in touch with you. Do understand that as a matter under the Privacy Act, the agencies may not be able to report back to your or even confirm any action taken.” Representative Miller’s still hasn’t explained his inane reference to the Privacy Act to me.
I’m a former federal whistleblower, and reluctantly I finally contacted the FBI. After passing the Jacksonville FBI Field Office Day Agent’s screening, I filed a complaint with the Civil Rights Supervisor as the Day Agent instructed. When the Civil Rights Supervisor didn’t reply, I filed another complaint with the Jacksonville FBI Special Agent In Charge. When he didn’t reply, I filed FOIPA Requests with both the Jacksonville and DC FOIA FBI offices. Both offices denied receiving my complaints and evidence, despite the fact that FBI personnel had signed for all my EXPRESS MAIL packages. I then filed a complaint with FBI DC HQ regarding my charges and when HQ didn’t reply, I filed FOIPA Requests for all records related to my complaint. The FBI also denied receiving my EXPRESS MAIL that FBI HQ personnel signed for. So I filed complaints with the FBI and DOJ OIGs and they denied receiving my complaints and I got similar denials from subsequently filed FOIPA Requests. To the credit of state authorities, unlike the federal authorities, they at least eventually acknowledged my charges before summarily dismissing them. Since neither Holmes County Sheriff Dennis Lee nor State Attorney Steve Meadows won reelection, I’m hopeful that your office will investigate my charges. The “bugs” on the utility poles and the tracking device in the mini-van all have serial numbers and are inventoried. I believe that a simple accounting of outstanding Florida law enforcement surveillance devices will confirm this.
This matter has gone on entirely too long. There’s nothing noble or honorable here on the part of Florida “law enforcement” and their co-conspirators, but rather only arrogance and abuse of power that unaccountability makes possible, aided and abetted by cowardly public officials. Does the rule of law and 4th amendment still exist in Florida or not? A neighbor recently told me that “they want your meat.” Based on the increase in stalking activity and some other bizarre incidents, which have increased following the Judge’s refusal to talk to me this past December, I would like to meet with you this week or next in order to safely resolve this matter, as I do fear for my safety. In the past, local, county, and state law enforcement appeared to treat this matter as “sport” and appeared to regard themselves as “cute” or even “clever.” There’s a different mood reflected now for some reason. It’s as though they also feel that it has gone on long enough and are planning to end it. In my opinion, the above criminal misconduct and abuse of authority by Florida law enforcement officers and is a form of psychological torture intentionally employed to compel obeisance and to cover-up their official misconduct and abuse of power. Finally, what I’ve detailed above is a violation of basic human rights.
Bonifay, FL 32425-6806
Friday, March 13, 2009
Florida State Attorney Glenn Hess
State Attorney Steve Meadows fortunately didn't win re-election. If I remember correctly, the only county that he won was Holmes County. Meadows was a former cop, but even the police didn't support him this time around. The new State Attorney is Glenn Hess. So being an eternal optimist and believing that the rule of law still exists and that Florida hasn't gone completely Banana Republic, I sent my charges and evidence to Florida's new 14th Judicial District State Attorney Glenn Hess and asked to meet with him to resolve this matter. The USPS confirmed delivery of my EXPRESS MAIL envelope, Receipt Number: EH55 8363 395US, at 10:25 AM Monday, March 9, 2009. The first two paragraphs of my complaint follow: