The Secret Raids of Alberto Gonzales: 10,000 Swept Up


Richard Moore

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Subject: Operation Falcon: 10,000 Swept Up
Date: Sat, 21 May 2005 22:24:47 -0700

May 18, 2005

The Secret Raids of Alberto Gonzales
Operation Falcon: 10,000 Swept Up

There's only one way to make sure that the machinery of
state-terror is operating at maximum efficiency; flip on the
switch and let er rip. That was thinking behind last month's
massive roundup of 10,000 American citizens in what was
aptly-christened Operation Falcon.

Operation Falcon was a massive clandestine dragnet that
involved hundreds of state, federal and local law-enforcement
agencies during the week of April 4 to April 10, 2005. It was
the largest criminal-sweep in the nation's history and was
brainchild of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and his
counterpart in the US Marshal's office, (Director) Ben Reyna.

The secret-raids "produced the largest number of arrests ever
recorded during a single initiative," Reyna boasted.

The details are mind-boggling. Over 960 agencies (state, local
and federal) were directly involved acting on 13,800 felony
warrants and spending nearly $900,000 on the operation. As the
conservative Washington Times noted, "The sweep was a virtual
clearinghouse for warrants on drug, gang, gun and sex-offender
suspects nationwide."

It's clear that the Marshal's office knew where the vast
majority of the suspects were or they never would have had
such stunning success rounding them up; which, of course, begs
the question, "Why did they wait to apprehend alleged'
murderers, when they already knew where they were hiding?"

According to the press releases, which celebrated the dazzling
display of law enforcement, the raids netted "162 accused or
convicted of murder, 638 wanted for armed robbery, 553 wanted
for rape or sexual assault, 154 gang members and 106
unregistered sex offenders." (CNN)

Okay, that's roughly 1,000 criminals; what about the other
9,000? Traffic tickets, late child-support payments,

"We're really amazed. We had no idea we'd apprehend more than
10,000 bad guys," said one federal law enforcement official
who asked not to be identified. "We didn't know what to
expect, but the response from law enforcement personnel
everywhere was truly amazing." (CNN)

The media's approbation does little to disguise the real
purpose of Operation Falcon. (which is an acronym for "Federal
and Local Cops Organized Nationally.")

The Bush administration is sharpening its talons for the
inevitable difficulties it expects to face as a result of its
disastrous policies. With each regressive initiative, the
governing cabal seems to get increasingly paranoid,
anticipating an outburst of public rage. Now, they're
orchestrating massive round-ups of minor crooks to make sure
that every cog and gear in the apparatus of state repression
is lubricated and ready to go.

Rest assured that Attorney General Gonzales has absolutely no
interest in the petty offenders that were netted in this
extraordinary crackdown. His action is just another indication
that the noose is tightening around the neck of the American
public and that the Bush team is fully prepared for any
unpleasant eventualities. They want to make sure that everyone
knows that they're ready when its time to thin out the ranks
of mutinous citizens.

(Note: to date, the US Marshall's office has issued no public
statement to the press as to whether the 10,000 people
arrested in operation Falcon have been processed or released.)

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