December 20, 2009
By Ken Krayeske • 10:10 AM EST
Jon Lender at the Courant this morning has a piece about my lawsuit: "Activist Claims State Police Engaged in 'Political Spying' Online." Specifically, the story discusses e-mails I recovered from a variety of Freedom of Information Act requests I did in connection with the CT State Police and my arrest from January 3, 2007.
These e-mails show that the Connecticut State Police use fake e-mail adresses to monitor political activists, parties and protests. Lender and the Courant did not put the documents up online, and I'd like everyone to have an opportunity to read them and draw their own conclusions.
Of course, the last sentence is always the most important:
Krayeske, now a law student, also said Rell's chief of staff, M. Lisa Moody, forwarded to the state police governor's security detail an e-mail that a state employee had sent to her, in which Krayeske had advertised a civil rights rally on the steps of the Supreme Court Jan. 30, 2007, while his criminal case was still pending. Krayeske cited it as another indication of improper scrutiny of political activity. Rell's office declined comment on the allegation.
So, for your viewing pleasure, as posted above, I offer a few of the documents showing "email@example.com" and the Lisa Moody e-mail (download it here).
For identification purposes, Lt. Greg Chelso was the head of the Governor's Security Unit in 2006. The firstname.lastname@example.org on John DeStefano is first. I spoke with Gabriela Campos, Dan Piper and Mark Rutkowski, all members of the Central Connecticut State University Progressive Student Alliance, and none of them know an "Earl Williams," the name to whom the email is "registered."
For additional ID purposes, look at the names on Campos' post to the CCSU_PSA forum - Dave Pudlin, Evelyn Mantilla, David Blitz, Dave Ianno, Dan Piper, Dave McCluskey and Danny Strahanich. And, oh yeah, DeStefano's chief of staff, Shawn Matteson. Why do state police need to know what elected officials like McCluskey are up to?
Then one of Chelso's google blog alerts set to receive any blog posting saying "jodi rell" then is the Lisa Moody email to the state police.
I sent the email on January 26, 2007, and I bet many people here got a copy. I sent it to everyone in my email list, including Carol Wilson, a Department of Administrative Services employee who had previously shown interest the40yearplan.com.
Despite Wilson's comments "he just won't leave me alone," according to an FOIA request on her email inbox, the last time I had emailed her prior to January 26, 2007 was April 2006, and she responded positively about attending a forum I was hosting at La Paloma Sabanera.
Below is the entirity of the first FOIA request I did to the CT State Police, which shows the first "email@example.com" e-mail (at page 32). The email address is blacked out because it is an investigatory technique not otherwise known. Download the entire .pdf here.