By Amy Silverman
By Olivia LaVecchia
By Monica Alonzo and Stephen Lemons
By Chris Parker
By Michael Lacey
By Weston Phippen
Nothing but Net
In response to John Whalen's article "On Lion Controversy" (July 25), from the sound of it, the FBI thought it had a real terrorist when it arrested Jose Saavedra for allegedly threatening the life of wildlife hater California State Senator Tim Leslie. Maybe not.
This fits the m.o. of the FBI when it comes to groups/people who threaten the corporate/U.S. government status quo dating back to the Nixon/Hoover years of CoIntelPro (domestic counterintelligence program), which targeted the anti-Vietnam war movement, American Indian Movement, black power movement and many more groups which sought to address issues of peace and justice. What CoIntelPro revealed was that the U.S. government in the form of the FBI was illegally fabricating evidence against targeted groups, infiltrating and promoting acts of violence among mostly nonviolent groups.
What makes anybody with a historical view of the feds think they have changed? The present-day targets are the antivivisection/animal-rights movement, the Muslim/Arab movement and antigovernment movements. I can't wait to see whom the FBI blames for the TWA Flight 800 disaster.
David C. Brainerd
The idiotic charges filed against the poor hacker from El Paso make even less sense if you know anything about the alleged target. California State Senator Tim Leslie is a publicity-seeking backbench Republican with a rural district, but he has set his sights on statewide office.
The mountain-lion initiative--rejected by the voters of California--was little more than an effort to curry favor with the NRA moneybags and neomilitia types who populate the remote rural California hinterlands that sent this paranoid individual to Sacramento.
Leslie's stand on the Internet crime was nothing more than a cynical headline grab--no more, no less.
Jose Saavedra's statement that he is looking for an Internet service provider that can protect his personal information is a bit disingenuous, considering that Primenet never had his personal information on file--the zumaoPRIMENET.COM ACCOUNT WAS SIGNED UP FOR WITH FALSE INFORMATION. SAAVEDRA WAS ARRESTED BECAUSE, AFTER THE ACCOUNT WAS SUSPENDED, HE CALLED IN ON PRIMENET'S 800 NUMBER--WHICH RECORDS THE CALLER'S TELEPHONE NUMBER--IN ORDER TO COMPLAIN.
IF SAAVEDRA IS INNOCENT, HE SHOULD OFFER SOME EXPLANATION FOR WHY HE WAS CALLING ABOUT AN ACCOUNT THAT DIDN'T HAVE ANY VALID USER INFORMATION ASSOCIATED WITH IT. HE MAY HAVE BEEN SHARING THE ACCOUNT WITH SOMEONE ELSE WHO ACTUALLY POSTED THE MESSAGES, BUT HIS TELEPHONE CALL INDICATES THAT HE DID HAVE SOMETHING TO DO WITH IT.
JIM LIPPARD, PRIMENET
AS AN EARLY PRIMENET SUBSCRIBER, I'VE SEEN PLENTY OF BONEHEADED BEHAVIOR BY OTHER PRIMENET SUBSCRIBERS, BUT I MUST SAY THAT WHEN I READ ABOUT THE CASE OF YOUNG JOSE SAAVEDRA ON PRIMENET.GENERAL, I WAS APPALLED THAT THE FBI COULD POSSIBLY JUSTIFY A MULTISTATE WITCH HUNT TO CRUCIFY ONE PERSON FOR SUCH A WEAK CASE.
THE MOST AMAZING THING JIM LIPPARD DETAILED FOR PRIMENET SUBSCRIBERS ABOUT THE EXTENT OF PRIMENET'S INVOLVEMENT IN THE INVESTIGATION, WHICH DIDN'T EVEN MAKE IT INTO NEW TIMES' STORY, IS THAT SAAVEDRA'S ACCOUNT AT PRIMENET WAS OBTAINED THROUGH FRAUDULENT MEANS. WHEN THE FBI SUBPOENAED PRIMENET'S RECORDS, IT INITIALLY CAME UP EMPTY.
PRIMENET TRACED THE CALLS MADE TO ZUMA'S ACCOUNT. ONCE IT HAD A PHONE NUMBER, PRIMENET HANDED IT OVER TO THE FBI.
THE ZUMA CASE ILLUSTRATES THAT A GOOD HEADLINE IS MORE IMPORTANT TO MODERN LAW ENFORCEMENT THAN GOOD JUDGMENT.
NORMALLY I LEND NO CREDIBILITY TO ANONYMOUS LETTERS TO THE EDITOR, BUT SINCE I HAVE A CHILD WHO WAS DIRECTLY INVOLVED IN THE WADE HUTCHINS CHILD-MOLESTATION CASE ("ONCE MORE WITH FEELING," Paul Rubin, JUNE 20), I DO NOT FEEL COMFORTABLE SIGNING MY OWN NAME.
THIS CASE HAS GENERATED ENORMOUS PUBLICITY, SOME OF WHICH HAS BEEN EXAGGERATED AND TAKEN OUT OF CONTEXT. SOME HAS BEEN HELPFUL IN IMPLEMENTING CHANGE WITHIN THE PARADISE VALLEY UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT, SUCH AS POLICY REGARDING CHILD MOLESTATION BEING WRITTEN AND PASSED BY THE SCHOOL BOARD. TRAINING HAS ALSO BEEN WRITTEN AND IMPLEMENTED. ALL TEACHERS AND SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS ARE REQUIRED TO PARTICIPATE IN TRAINING. THE DISTRICT HAS MADE A COMMITMENT TO CONTINUE UPDATING POLICY AND TRAINING. SADLY, ONLY A HANDFUL OF SCHOOL DISTRICTS WITHIN ARIZONA HAS ADDRESSED THIS ISSUE.
BEFORE SENTENCING WADE HUTCHINS, JUDGE SUSAN BOLTON FELT COMPELLED TO SPEAK. A PART OF WHAT SHE SAID WAS, "WHAT I FOUND DIFFICULT ABOUT THIS CASE WAS THAT I HAVE BEEN UNDER THE IMPRESSION BEFORE THIS CASE THAT FOR THE PAST 20 YEARS THERE HAD BEEN SIGNIFICANT EDUCATION IN THE COMMUNITY, IN THE SCHOOLS, IN THE PLACES WHERE CHILDREN GO FOR RECREATION AND IN THE POLICE DEPARTMENTS TO ALERT THOSE PEOPLE THAT ARE IN THE POSITION OF CARING FOR CHILDREN OR INVESTIGATING COMPLAINTS ABOUT CRIMES AGAINST CHILDREN OF THE FACT THAT TRUSTED ADULTS COMMIT CRIMES AGAINST CHILDREN."
WE WILL DO ALL THE CHILDREN INVOLVED A GRAVE INJUSTICE IF WE DO NOT WAKE UP. WE NEED TO REQUIRE ALL SCHOOL DISTRICTS IN OUR STATE TO HAVE WRITTEN POLICIES, PROCEDURES AND TRAINING REGARDING CHILD MOLESTATION AND SEXUAL HARASSMENT. IF WE NEGLECT TO DO SO, WE ARE SUSTAINING A CLIMATE THAT ALLOWS INDIVIDUALS TO CONTINUE TO HURT AND ABUSE OUR MOST VALUABLE RESOURCE--OUR CHILDREN!