An Orgy Sponsored by the FBI

Jul 23rd, 2007 | By Michel Marizco | Category: General News, Organized Crime, Politics
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THE BORDER REPORT

He commented that in his thirty years as an attorney, he has never seen such egregious action; an orgy at government expense, drugs and prostitutes. -- ASSISTANT U.S. ATTORNEY JESSE FIGUEROA IN THE OFFICIAL INVESTIGATION

Last week, I detailed the possible sexual assault of a woman by confidential informants involved in the largest corruption sting in FBI history. This week, I'll explain why I have to use the conditional "possible," and not simply state what every person familiar with this case believes: The informant and the Lively Green defendants raped the woman. The FBI used three confidential witnesses in the sting: Frank Arvizu, his brother Armando Arvizu and Hal Turner. In October 2002, the FBI had 11 targeted officials run cocaine from Arizona to Las Vegas. Frank, Armando and Hal were in on the sting. Each of the targets received a partial payment for their services from the undercover FBI agents on October 16, 2002. The rest of the money would be paid the next day. As part of the scam, the FBI had arranged for a stay in the Presidential Suite at the MGM Grand Hotel in Vegas. Frank, Hal, Armando and six of the targets were in the suite at different times. Three federal prosecutors got wind of the sexual assault of a prostitute in the room. They sat down with Frank on March 18, 2004, asking him if there was anything they should know about what happened in the suite. U.S. Attorney Paul Charlton took one look at the case, the "possible" sexual assault of a passed-out woman, and slammed the case down. He contended that there was no way his office would take the case because the confidential informants were damaged and the FBI tried to cover up the case. The corruption sting had turned into a fiasco. The Office of Inspector General was called in, the FBI opened their own investigation - and subsequently closed the case. According to the investigation, released to BorderReporter.com under the Freedom of Information Act, this is what happened to case: First, a brief explainer. The FOIA is a redacted copy; the names of the confidential witnesses and the FBI agents were blocked out. Typical. However, Charlton's letter to the FBI names two of the agents as Tim Jacobson and Robert Zelina. Because I don't know if they were specifically involved, I have to refer to the agents in the FOIA as (The FBI agent). Two agents documented the FBI-sponsored orgy but declined to tell the federal prosecutors that the targets and the informants had pulled a train on a woman who may have been unconscious. According to the OIG investigation, two FBI agents were noticed for failing to report that the snitches had engaged in criminal activity. I presume it's the same two agents. On Aug. 31, 2004, the Special Agent in Charge of the FBI's Phoenix Field Office, Charlene Thornton, recommended that no action be taken against the FBI agents. Here's the kicker, the issue at stake wasn't the "possible" sexual assault of the woman; her case was never investigated. To this day, nobody knows what her name is. According to the Las Vegas Police Department, no assault charges were filed for Oct. 16 or 17, 2002, the day the orgy took place. Instead, what was being argued between FBI and Charlton was a slice of law embedded in the Justice Department's Guidelines Regarding the Use of Confidential Informants. The law states: Whenever a Justice Department Law Enforcement Agency has reasonable grounds to believe that a Confidential Informant ... has engaged in any unauthorized criminal activity, a Special Agent in Charge of the JLEA shall immediately notify the following Chief Federal Prosecutors of the CI's criminal activity ... " A separate section of the law requires that local prosecutors in which the crime took place also be notified. Instead, Thornton pushed for the allegations of misconduct against the two FBI agents be buried. The OIG determined that the two FBI agents did not have "first-hand knowledge of the events." To break down their line of reasoning, the FBI agents were told that a rape may have occurred, they neglected to tell the prosecutors about it, but, because they didn't witness the orgy, they weren't at fault. Federal prosecutor Jesse Figueroa was brought in. "Figueroa advised he believed a prostitute was assaulted and sodomized in the suite by the confidential witnesses and the subjects. He does not believe the case can proceed. He commented that in his thirty years as an attorney, he has never seen such egregious action; an orgy at government expense, drugs and prostitutes. He decided not to prosecute the case based on the credibility of the confidential witnesses." OIG then brought in federal prosecutor James T. Lacey. He's even more blunt, accusing the FBI of doing nothing about the rape. "Lacey said that based on interviews, a girl that (one of the targets) brought to the room was "passed out" during these acts. Lacey believed that the subject's defense team would have received all the information about the events in Las Vegas and feared that the DOJ and FBI could be viewed as engaging in misconduct as the defense might argue that the DOJ and FBI knew or should have known a rape of the stripper took place and the FBI and DOJ did nothing about it." One of the snitches told the OIG that the FBI agents knew about the incident since the entire group was being monitored. Two FBI agents showed up at his house two weeks later. He showed them the pictures of the orgy. The FBI agent admonished him. After they left, the snitch destroyed the photographs. He told the OIG the FBI agents never told him to dispose of the photos.

"COULD NOT SPECIFICALLY RECALL"

Another of the snitches was brought in. The FBI agent asked him if he had ever been cited or arrested by a cop during a party on Oct. 17, 2002. "(He) said he was not specifically asked by (the FBI agent) whether he paid for acts of prostitution for himself or others." The FBI agent was questioned. (The FBI agent) stated that after the debriefing, he began to hear jokes and banter from other FBI agents in reference to the confidential witnesses and subjects' behavior in the early morning hours of Oct. 17, 2002. He heard that there was an orgy, that prostitutes were present, that both confidential witnesses and subjects were naked and a fight broke out and someone's nose was broken and that a police officer came but took no action. "Although the confidential witnesses were present, no clear allegation arose which linked the confidential witnesses involvement in the crime of prostitution or any other felony crime. Since I had no direct corroboration based on my monitoring, ... I thought these general conversations, banter, and jokes, were just unsubstantiated talk." Here's where the FBI started playing with the information. During a de-briefing, the FBI agent saw the photos. "He could not tell if she was unconscious. He asked them what they were and was told that they were taken at the party. (The FBI agent) did not take possession of the photographs because he did not believe they had any evidentiary value and considered them private property. (The FBI agent) never communicated to the confidential witnesses to destroy the photographs. He could not specifically recall but it was possible that the confidential witnesses may have discussed a woman being passed out and a number of guys lined up behind her." It wasn't until Charlton went after the FBI that the agent realized he was being lied to by the confidential witnesses. He stated that he would have reported any criminal misconduct had he known. He also told OIG he was not derelict in the execution of the investigation. A little pontification? Sure, why not. One FBI agent hears banter and jokes about the passed out woman. Here's an example of one of these jokes from the FBI video of the aftermath: Voices are heard on the video: “I checked to see if the bitch was breathing.” “All of you are going to jail.” “Bitch half dead.” “She should get an Oscar.” “Two men in line by the woman.” Darius Perry says: “Fuck all the whores you want.” Another male voice: “Even if they are passed out.” Another: “(Armando) gets up and bitch looks dead.” Funny stuff but nothing interesting. Nothing concrete here, of course. OIG brought in the second FBI agent. His story was even better. "To the best of (his) recollection, he 'did not hear or learn, at the time, that the confidential witnesses or subjects paid these women to engage in sexual activities.' "It is evident to me now that these women were prostitutes hired by the subjects, but not the confidential witnesses, according to information I've learned indirectly.'" Analysis by the investigators: "There is no disputing the fact that there were prostitutes ... But the evidence does not support a finding that (the FBI agent) failed to report a possible rape or that confidential witnesses engaged in criminal activity."

LEGALESE

The report makes that decision off two conclusions: The charge that the first agent failed to report criminal activity is unsubstantiated. The second agent says he heard about the women coming up to the room but did not know they were being paid. With no knowledge, no reasonable grounds can be established. With no reasonable grounds, no cause to ask more questions. No more questions, no investigation. No investigation, no case. End of story. In summary: On Oct. 16, 2002, three snitches, the Arvizu brothers and Hal Turner, and eleven targeted officials ran a load of cocaine up to Las Vegas. To celebrate, the group ran a load of women up to the room. One of the women was draped over a chair. A group of the men formed a line behind her. They took turns sodomizing her. Others came in, they pressed their cocks against her face and against her mouth, snapping pictures. Someone touched her arm to make sure she was still alive because "bitch half dead." The group makes jokes about her. Weeks later, FBI agents in the Tucson field office are still laughing and joking about it. Nothing is done about the "possible" rape. Nobody bothers to investigate the case. The U.S. Attorney's Office turned down the largest corruption sting in FBI history because Charlton refuses to take testimony from snitches who may have participated in a gang-rape and sodomy of an unconscious woman. He called for a full investigation. The "full investigation" consisted of questioning five people, most who can't seem to recall who said what. The top FBI boss in Arizona shut down the case. Case closed. Except, and there's always more, for one more thing. But that'll have to wait until tomorrow. A U.S. tomorrow, I promise.

-- Michel Marizco

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