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Jim Traficant Free From Jail, Free To Speak Out

Former Congressman Jim Traficant of Ohio is free to speak out about the government once again, having never issued any statements from prison.  Traficant served 17 years in Congress.  In July of 2002 he  received an eight year prison sentence after being convicted of racketeering, bribery, obstruction of justice and tax evasion. The House, using the trial transcript, expelled him.

Traficant refused to apply for clemency or a reduction in his sentence, saying that to do so would force him to admit his guilt and apologize for his crimes.  He says he did not commit any crimes, so he would not admit to them and was not going to apologize for something he says he did not do.  He did not want his family to see him in prison and he and his wife, Tish went 7 years without seeing each other.

Traficant is famous for his unique one minute “beam me up” speeches, many listed here at http://www.thememoryhole.org/traficant/ Now a private citizen on probation, Traficant has already began speaking out about the government and what he thinks needs to be fixed at a sold out, welcome home appreciation party held Sunday, September 6, 2009 in his hometown of The Mahoning Valley-Youngstown, Ohio.

Traficant is scheduled to be on Fox News’  On the Record at 10 p.m. ET Thursday, September 10, 2009, hosted by Greta Van Susteren.  

As you know, we went to Ohio today to interview former Congressman Jim Traficant.  He got out of prison about a week ago and gave us a long interview today (you will see tomorrow night on ON THE RECORD at 10pm.) What was rather interesting was how many people went up to Traficant and hugged him and thanked him.  I pulled out my camera to grab some of the citizen meetings for you so that you can see for yourself:  http://gretawire.blogs.foxnews.com/2009/09/09/sneak-peek-jim-traficant/?action=late-new&order=asc.  His hair still appears to have its trademarked weed whacker look in this photo- 

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Traficant’s more famous speech, “The Bankruptcy of the United States” delivered on the floor of Congress in 1993 proclaimed:

“The United States Federal government has been dissolved by the Emergency Banking Act, March 9, 1933, declared by President Roosevelt. The receivers of the United States bankruptcy are the International bankers, via the United Nations, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. All United States offices, officials and departments are now operating within a de facto status in name only under Emergency War powers. This new form of government is known as a Democracy (instead of a Republic), being an established Socialist/Communist order under a new governor for America.” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ek_3X2ONCx0&feature=related 

THE SELL-OUT OF AMERICA
May 2, 2001- Congressional Record, Congressman Traficant
“Mr. Speaker, the Great Lakes are now open. The first foreign ship to dock in Cleveland, Ohio, carried 10,000 tons of steel from Russia. While mills are closing in Cleveland, Youngstown, and Pittsburgh, steel mills are closing all over America. Ten thousand tons of illegally dumped steel just came in to America. Unbelievable.  Think about it. It is getting so bad the Army almost bought, without Congress’ interference, black berets for the Army from China. Beam me up. If our trade program is so good, why does Europe not do it? Why does Japan not do it? Why does China not do it?  I think it is time to put things in order in America, my colleagues. Enough is enough. I yield back the sell-out of America, wholesale, to Communist dictators, and the loss of jobs to these socialist, communist countries.

BUYING OUR WAY INTO BANKRUPTCY
February 7, 2001- Congressional Record, Congressman Traficant
Mr. Speaker, the trade deficit is at $10 billion a week, $40 billion a month, a half trillion dollars a year. Unbelievable. Japan continues to take $60 billion out of our economy a year, and China is now taking over $100 billion a year out of America, and both Japan and China continue to keep American products out.  Now, if that is not enough to neuter your dragon, China has missiles pointed at us.  Beam me up. A Nation that buys more than they sell will go bankrupt, and a Nation that allows illegal trade destroys all American industry. I yield back the bankruptcy of America’s steel industry. Day after day the filings continue to mount up.

BRING SOME COMMON SENSE TO FOREIGN RELATIONS
November 5, 1997- Congressional Record, Congressman Jim Traficant
Mr. Speaker, see if this makes sense. America gives billions of foreign aid to Russia; Russia then takes American cash and builds new weapons; Russia then offers to sell the old weapons to Iran. America trying to keep nuclear technology from Iran, and they buy the old weapons from Russia. Russia then asks America for more foreign aid. America trying to keep the Marx brothers out of Russia, and I do not mean Groucho, give Russia more foreign aid. After all this, the State Department labels the National Council Resistance, the opposition party in Iran, fighting for democracy, trying to throw those bums out. They label them a terrorist group.  Unbelievable. How dumb can Uncle Sam be? Let us tell it like it is. Those Russian nuclear scientists are not hanging around Iran to watch belly dancers. What is next? Will the Pentagon lease Tehran?
Beam me up, Mr. Speaker. With a foreign policy like this, I do not know how we still have our sovereignty.

While Ron Paul and others might be a fan of his, the federal authorities are not.  Traficant says, “I was a target of the administration…I have been targeted.”  One must wonder if he is still a target.

Mike Piper’s book, Target Traficant is available at www.AmericanFreePress.net with a video introduction here  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NbxdiZkp6l4

For a little more history, read Jim Traficant, Fighting His Way at  http://ahrcanum.wordpress.com/2009/01/13/jim-traficant-fighting-his-way/

And from politico- http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0909/26675.html

What, no comment from fellow Democrat, President Obama?

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Thinking of recent developments in politicians who are supposed to fight crime and not commit crimes, I am reminded of former Congressman Jim Traficant of Ohio.  Famous for his unique one minute speeches, http://www.thememoryhole.org/traficant/  A partial biography can be found here http://www.freetraficant.com/bio.html.

Traficant served 17 years in Congress but in July of 2002,  received an eight year  prison sentence after being convicted of racketeering, bribery, obstruction of justice and tax evasion. The House, using the trial transcript expelled him.  Traficant is currently incarcerated at the Federal Medical Center in Rochester, MN but with six months to go to the end of his sentance, he had the option of being transferred to his hometown of Youngstown in a half-way house. 

Usually non-violent federal inmates are permitted the chance to spend the last six months of their sentences in a half way house, but on Jan. 12, 2009,  The US Bureau of Prisons notified directors with the Youngstown based Community Corrections Association half way house, that Traficant planned transfer has been canceled.  As reported by local paper, The Vindicator.  What?  Why? Who wouldn’t want a get out of jail card?

James A. Traficant, that’s who.  Traficant reportedly told prison officials he did not want to go to CCA because its director Richard J. Billak, CCA chief executive officer testified against him during his racketeering trial.  As the former Congressman would have said in his the one-minute House speeches -the phrase “Beam me up.”

Rather than have to deal with Billack and have work privileges, weekend passes, and other perks afforded to rehabilitated inmates, he chose jail.  

In 1983 while being a Youngstown sheriff , he was charged with racketeering for accepting bribes by the mob. In 1980, Youngstown found itself in the middle of a Mafia turf war.  At the time, the city had two major organized-crime factions.  One was the Carabbia brothers–Ron (who had been convicted of murder and was doing time in prison), Charles and Orland; their principal loyalties were to the Cleveland syndicate.  The other faction, aligned with the Pittsburgh mob, was led by James Prato and Joey Naples.  Charles Carabbia and Prato were the bosses of the two crime groups.      Although Carabbia and Prato were rivals, they often worked together on certain operations, such as buying off local politicians.

Traficant, who represented himself in the criminal trial, claimed that he accepted the bribes only as part of an undercover investigation into corruption and was was acquitted of the charges.  He pleaded not guilty, telling the press, “To all those politicians who want me to resign: Go fuck yourselves.”

Question:  What did the people of Youngstown, Ohio, do when their sheriff was accused by the FBI of taking payoffs from the Mafia, signed a “confession,” and then beat the wrap by defending himself in court?

     Answer:  They elected him to Congress. source- http://www.moldea.com/Traficant.html 

Surely prosecutors never forgot his actions, indifference and attitude and upon being brought up again on RICO charges and yet again defending himself, they pounced and found him guilty.

The Traficant conviction wasn’t without controversy with allegations of  malicious prosecutions.  The Justice Department declined to investigate sworn allegations of witness tampering, despite a public request from then Congressman (now Ohio Governor) Ted Strickland. http://www.governor.ohio.gov/

“Richard Detore, former chief operating officer of  U.S. Aerospace Group, told the House Ethics Committee that Assistant U.S. Attorney Craig Morford in Cleveland, on orders from former Attorney General Janet Reno, pressured him to lie to win Traficant conviction. http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,58248,00.html 

When the National Democrat Party Committee accepted a $10 million contribution from a General in the Red Chinese Army, Traficant charged that Attorney General Janet Reno, was a traitor for failing to investigate the issue. Traficant made his charges on the floor of the Congress.

a) China’s trade surplus with America is now over $150 billion per year, and China is buying missiles and nuclear submarines with American dollars.b) Traficant also charged Janet Reno for the Waco tragedy.c) AIPAC and Janet Reno were incensed, “Traficant had to go!” http://truthilizer.livejournal.com/

Morford became a national celebrity when the President appointed him Acting Deputy Attorney General but left in 2008 never having made a Senate testimony and a  Senate confirmation would have been required for permanent appointment of Morford as the Deputy AG .  Detore testified before the ethics panel without an attorney or a promise of immunity. No one else backed up his claims and Morford has denied them.  Morford wento on to work at Cardinal Health.  http://www.reuters.com/article/pressRelease/idUS139557+18-Mar-2008+PRN20080318

Traficant’s final address to the reiterated his pleas of innocence and that “I am not going to shut up”  http://www.thememoryhole.org/traficant/final-speech.htm

“People identified with me having the balls to stand up.  When you think about it, that’s what it is: balls,” said Traficant. 

Balls enough to stay in prison rather than work for and live within reach of a man who helped convict you?  Seems so.  I wonder what he is going to have to say upon his release?

The colorful outspoken maverick has never before painted anything-other than perhaps the side of a barn or fence.  However, in January of 2005 at the Federal Medical Center in Rochester, Minnesota he took to “art” like a duck to water. Some of his original paintings can be found at http://www.beammeupart.com/  

For those who may be interested -””After reading Traficant’s speech, “The Bankruptcy of the United States” delivered on the floor of Congress in 1993, it was evident why THEY wanted to shut him up. He proclaimed, “The United States Federal government has been dissolved by the Emergency Banking Act, March 9, 1933, declared by President Roosevelt. The receivers of the United States bankruptcy are the International bankers, via the United Nations, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. All United States offices, officials and departments are now operating within a de facto status in name only under Emergency War powers. This new form of government is known as a Democracy (instead of a Republic), being an established Socialist/Communist order under a new governor for America.””
Posted near the bottom of http://truthilizer.livejournal.com/

Traficant is now expected to remain behind bars until his release date, now projected for this September.

James A. Traficant
Reg. No. 31213-060
Federal Medical Center
PMB 4000
Rochester, Minnesota   55903-4000
 
Addendum Edit– For what its worth I found a link to a book  on Traficant’s ordeal on of all the odd places, David Duke’s website.  http://www.davidduke.com/general/michael-collins-piper-reports-on-the-railroading-of-rep-jim-traficant-mp3_4771.html
the direct link for the book is here-

Updated September 10, 2009 in a related post- http://ahrcanum.wordpress.com/2009/09/10/jim-traficant-free-to-speak-out-again/

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