Spotlight: Bradley Birkenfeld
"Defendant Birkenfeld['s]... substantial assistance has been timely, significant, useful, truthful, complete and reliable." (Department of Justice, August 18, 2009). The DOJ also admitted that "but for Mr. Birkenfeld [the UBS] scheme would not have been discovered by the U.S. government." Bradley Birkenfeld commenced serving a three-year and four-month sentence in federal prison on January 8, 2010, a direct result of blowing the whistle on one of the largest tax fraud schemes in U.S. history.
Bradley Birkenfeld filed his official clemency petition on Tax Day, April 15th. Your support is urgently needed! Take action by clicking here.
Julia Davis, while serving as a Customs and Border Protection Officer, fulfilled her duty of protecting American citizens from terrorism when she filed a report to the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Joint Terrorism Task Force (FBI/JTTF) exposing serious shortcomings in the processing of aliens from terrorist countries. These aliens entered the U.S. on the 4th of July, 2004 - a date that was designated as a Special Date To Watch in intelligence alerts that warned that members of Al Qaeda were planning to enter the U.S. on national holidays (with special emphasis on Independence Day).
The Department of Homeland Security perpetrated retaliation
against Julia for her whistleblower disclosure, embarrassing the corrupt
elements within the system. In retaliation, the agency dispatched a Blackhawk
Attack Helicopter and a Special Response Team to storm the Davis' residence.
Twenty-seven DHS Agents and US Marshal Andrew Haggerty arrived armed with
assault weapons to conduct an extended warrantless search of her property.
Julia Davis was baselessly declared a "domestic
terrorist" and listed as "armed and
dangerous" in law enforcement databases. In the course of the raid,
Julia's parents were attacked, brutalized and unlawfully detained.
ICE Agents Kaufer and Deal opened 54 investigations against Julia, conducted warrantless searches of the Davis' residence and office, subjected Julia Davis and her husband, renown filmmaker BJ Davis, to two false imprisonments, two malicious prosecutions, years of warrantless surveillance, wiretaps and other egregious privacy violations. BJ and Julia Davis have been maliciously prosecuted and twice imprisoned for felony crimes they did not commit. In the end, federal prosecutor Assistant United States Attorney John Lee admitted that the Davis Family should have never been prosecuted in the first place. Judge Bryan Foster issued a finding of factual innocence, ordering the arrest records to be sealed and destroyed. Additionally, Judge Foster ordered the government to return the proceeds of both warrantless searches. In another court order, Judge Daniel Leach ruled that Julia's resignation was involuntary and was caused by the Department of Homeland Security's illegal conduct, unnecessary harassment and impermissible discrimination against her.
Julia Davis' husband, filmmaker BJ Davis stated with the regards
to the settlement, "Due to the criminal actions
of Agents Kaufer and Deal, lives were lost, careers destroyed and other
irreparable damages were inflicted. The TV Series and the upcoming feature film
will tell all, to ensure that such egregious acts don't happen to anyone else.
We will continue to lobby in DC with Congress to have these individuals, terminated
from federal service and prosecuted. We are also seeking permanent amendment of
the Whistleblower Protection Act, which is toothless at the present and
completely incapable of protecting whistleblowers."