News, Comment, and Opinion

* * *
A thoughtful compilation and analysis of some important, but underreported and under-researched news stories, with particular focus on keeping the People informed about all Enemies, Foreign and Domestic.




  • Kelo v. New London, Eminent Domain: Supreme Court ...
  • Sandy Berger Participated in a National Security P...
  • CHINA - TAIWAN - UNITED STATES Beijing anti-secess...
  • "Republic of Texas" Again Pushes for Independence
  • As I suspected -- the People's Republic of China h...
  • United States and Japan issue joint security state...
  • China Increases Trade Presence in the Caribbean
  • Five Democratic campaign staffers in Wisconsin ord...
  • New Information on the FairTax
  • Alachua County Sheriff's Deputies Behave Like High...


  • November 2004
  • December 2004
  • January 2005
  • February 2005
  • March 2005
  • April 2005
  • May 2005
  • June 2005
  • July 2005
  • August 2005
  • September 2005
  • October 2005
  • November 2005
  • December 2005
  • January 2006
  • February 2006
  • March 2006
  • April 2006
  • May 2006
  • June 2006
  • July 2006
  • August 2006
  • September 2006
  • October 2006
  • November 2006
  • December 2006
  • January 2007
  • February 2007
  • March 2007
  • April 2007
  • May 2007
  • June 2007
  • July 2007
  • August 2007
  • September 2007
  • October 2007
  • November 2007
  • December 2007

  • Subject Matter:
  • Alternative Energy
  • Asset Forfeiture
  • Astronomy
  • California
  • China
  • Congress
  • Connecticut
  • Constitution
  • Corruption
  • Economy
  • Education
  • Eminent Domain
  • Energy
  • Environmental Concerns
  • Europe
  • European Union
  • Florida
  • France
  • Germany
  • Georgia
  • History
  • Identity Theft
  • Illegal Immigration
  • International Law
  • International Relations
  • Islam
  • Israel
  • Japan
  • Law
  • Liberty
  • Massachusetts
  • Media Bias
  • Medicine
  • Mexico
  • Militant Islam
  • Militaristic Aggression
  • New Jersey
  • North Korea
  • Police State
  • Privacy
  • Rhode Island
  • Russia
  • Science
  • Second Amendment
  • Slavery
  • Social Security
  • Space Exploration
  • Supreme Court
  • Surveillance Society
  • Taiwan
  • Taxation
  • Technology
  • The ACLU
  • The FairTax
  • The FBI
  • The IRS
  • The President
  • Tyranny
  • United Kingdom
  • United Nations
  • Virginia
  • World Tax


  • Realm of Sovereigns
  • A Republic, if you can keep it
  • American Jury Institute/Fully Informed Jury Association
  • American Sons of Liberty
  • Amy Ridenour's National Center Blog
  • Anglerealm
  • Atlas Blogged
  • Badtux the Snarky Penguin
  • Big Brother Loves You -- Obey Big Brother
  • Black Box Voting
  • Castle Coalition
  • Conservative Punk
  • Constitutional Concepts Foundation
  • Constitution Death Pool
  • Copshots
  • Copwatch
  • David N. Mayer
  • Downsize D.C.
  • Future Musings and Desultory Glances
  • Gateway Pundit
  • GeoBandy
  • Gun Owners of America
  • Historium
  • historyteacher
  • How to Contact Congress or the White House
  • individ
  • Institute for Justice
  • Jack Yoest: War Archives
  • Jake Porter
  • Know Your Land Rights
  • Leaving Babylon
  • Libercontrarian
  • Libertarian Outlook
  • Liberty's Outpost
  • Libertythink
  • Live Free or Die
    -----The 'Civil Flag' -- Forgotten Flag, or Flag of Fraud and Fiction?
  • Mark Gilmore
  • Mike's America
  • Modern Tribalist
  • MoveOff
  • Mythusmage Opines (Old Link)
  • News, the Universe, and Everything
  • Obey
  • Oh, That Liberal Media!
  • Ordering a Pizza Under a National Computerized ID Database
  • Propaganda Matrix
  • ScrappleFace: News Fairly Unbalanced. We Report. You Decipher.
  • Steve's America
  • Tapscott's Copy Desk
  • Technorati (A useful blog search engine)
  • The Asylum
  • The City Troll
  • The FairTax
    -----Status of the 'Fair Tax Act of 2005' (H.R. 25; S 25)
  • The Fountain of Truth
  • The Free State Project
  • The Gun Toting Liberal
  • The Sentinel of Alachua County, Florida
  • Tomato 7
  • Tom’s Fireside Chat
  • TRIMonline
  • Truth in Justice
  • Victims-of-Law

  • Games:
  • Customary Checkers
  • The Basic Rules of Checkers (ACF Approved)
  • Abalone

  • Weights & Measures:
  • Nearly Everything You Need to Know About Weights and Measures
  • The Dozenal Society of Great Britain
  • Footrule

  • Miscellany:
  • Don McAlvany's International Collectors Associates (ICA)
  • The Relative Value of the Dollar (Use this CPI calculator to determine how the value of the current dollar stands up against past dollar values)
  • Writing Help (proofreading, copyediting, and research)
  • Common Errors in English
  • Useful Definitions of Political Terms

  • Charity:
  • AmeriCares
  • International Mission Board
  • Feed the Children
  • World Vision: Building a Better World for Children
  • - - -

    Powered by Blogger

    Anyone is free to comment on this site. Therefore, outgoing links posted by third parties may contain objectional material, but do not reflect the views of this site's owner. When linking to an outside page, links should not direct the reader to nude pictures, erotic stories, or other forms of pornography. Nor should links appear to sites using excessive profanity. Use common sense. If you would be ashamed for your church-going grandmother to see it, you shouldn't link to it. In addition to not linking to any inappropriate material, commenters should watch their language, else their posts will be deleted. Likewise, libelous statements will not be tolerated.

    [Most Recent Quotes from]

    [Most Recent Quotes from]

    [Most Recent USD from]

    Sunday, February 27, 2005

    Orange County Sheriff's Office deprives man of liberty, Orlando Police storm troopers terrorize family at Christmas

    This is the story of Trason Brooks and his friend, Chris Brussow, who suffered mightily at the hands of Beate Faanes(1), with the Orange County Sheriff's Office and the Orlando Police Department as willing accomplices. Beate Faanes, besides having a silly name, is described as being absolutely gorgeous (I don't see it, myself. She's not unattractive, but there must be something extra that she projects in person if she is to be described as unusually beautiful). She is 25 years old, 5'9" tall, has an athletic figure, blonde hair, blue eyes -- a real attention-getter among those of us who happen to be male.(2)

    Faanes had a boyfriend by the name of Trason Brooks. They dated on and off over a period of 18 months, but Brooks broke off the relationship for good. Apparently, she was looking for marriage and he wasn't.(3) After two months of having no contact at all with Faanes, he was surprised to find himself being taken into custody by the Orange County sheriff's Office and "charged with attempted first-degree murder and aggravated stalking" -- of Beate Faanes.(4)

    The Sheriff's Office said that Faanes had been attacked (she had the injuries to prove it) and she had fingered Brooks as the attacker -- that was enough probable cause, they thought, to arrest Brooks.(5) Now, to those of you who think that sheriff's deputies and police officers always act only in their capacity as peace officers, you might think that arresting Brooks was the right thing to do. However, it will become clear to you that in this case, the Orange County Sheriff's Office (OCSO), and later the Orlando Police Department, behaved in this scenario much more like common thugs and storm troopers than like peace officers. In fact, if you apply the Sauce for the Goose Rule, their actions were no less than criminal, but more on that later.

    You see, Brooks has solid alibis for two of the three attacks that Faanes had alleged. "He told Orange County investigators as much, but 'they didn't care. They relied on her word 100 percent,' he said. The sheriff's office attitude, he said: 'You beat this girl, she has the marks, she has no witnesses, but you're guilty.'"(6) And it gets worse.

    According to OCSO records, Faanes had "attempted suicide in January 2004 over a break-up with another boyfriend. And, investigative records state, she admitted lying to Brooks about having aborted his baby in an attempt to gain his love -- in fact, she was never pregnant."(7) Despite this character evidence, and despite the fact that Faanes had no witnesses whereas Brooks had several, Detective Brian Cross, the lead sheriff's detective, maintained that she was still credible. "At the time, based on the evidence at hand, he said the most likely apparent danger would be to not arrest Brooks and risk having Faanes later turn up dead. So Brooks, a 28-year-old golf instructor and aspiring real estate salesman, went to jail with no bond."(8) In my opinion, this makes Brian Cross guilty of willful negligence in not investigating Brooks' alibis. Personally, I think he should be brought up on criminal charges, as I would be for false imprisonment. The thugs down at the OCSO, who didn't even consider that Faanes might be lying, dutifully put Brooks in a maximum-security lockup where he stayed for the next 93 days.(9)

    Now enter Brooks' good friend, Chris Brussow. Brooks had not, in fact attacked Faanes, and Brussow knew it. How did he know it? Because Brooks was with Brussow one of the nights that Faanes (and the malefactors down at the OCSO), allege that he attacked her. As any good friend (or good citizen) would do, Brussow went before a judge to testify as to what he knew so that, hopefully, his friend would be released from jail.(10)

    Unfortunately, his testimony would end up having the opposite of its intended effect. You see, Faanes was in the courtroom when Brussow gave his testimony, and, like magic, she suddenly had been attacked by Brussow as well. Nearly two months after his testimony, Faanes "came forward with a new allegation: that Brussow came to her apartment and attacked her, punching her face and cutting her side. . . There were new bruises and a cut, so this time it was Brussow being carted off to jail. "No matter what I said to anybody, they laughed at me," he recalled. "'Sure you're innocent.' 'Sure you didn't do it.'"(11) As you can see, the arresting officers are behaving a lot more like thugs than like peace officers.

    Unlike his friend, Brussow was able to get bond after four days in jail.(12) His freedom, however, would not last. "On Christmas Day, Faanes told police Brussow again attacked her, this time with a knife, almost slitting her neck."(13) So, like the dutiful little malefactors they apparently are, without doing any background research into the situation, the thugs of the Orlando Police Department "stormed Brussow's condo within hours with a warrant for attempted murder."(14) These Orlando police storm troopers brazenly interrupted Christmas, with weapons at the ready, shouting, "'get face down, face down,' probably seven officers at least one dog. We're [Brussow & his family] all on the ground in handcuffs. It's very disheartening to look up see my mom in handcuffs,' [Brussow] said. 'All I could think about is this girl who's done this to me. I'm obviously terrified because now I'm going back to jail again.'"(15)

    In my opinion, these actions of the Orlando Police Department amount to criminal negligence, and I think that everyone who participated in this operation should be arrested and charged criminally under the laws of the State of Florida with assault and battery. Now, how can I say that? After all, these police officers were just doing their jobs, right? We don't want to deter them from catching criminals do we? Well, no, they weren't doing their jobs, and I want to keep them focused on catching criminals, which is not what happened here. You see, "[w]hile out on bond on house arrest, Brussow was attached to an ankle bracelet that tracked his every move. And it proved he was home on Christmas when Faanes claimed he attacked her miles away."(16) If the malefactors over at the OPD had bothered to look into the matter instead of immediately dispatching storm troopers, they would have known that Brussow was innocent of the charges. But, no, instead of doing what we pay them to do, these thugs thought it would be fun to go bust up someone's Christmas gathering. It disgusts me even thinking about it.

    Also, by this time, "Brooks' lawyers produced a dozen alibi witnesses and dental records proving he was in Jackson County when Fannes claimed he last attacked her in Orange County, 300 miles away. Finally, a prosecutor asked Orlando police to seek the truth Brooks and Brussow had been claiming all along. . . Both are consulting lawyers about possibly suing Faanes and law enforcement agencies for not diligently checking out her claims before arresting them. But for now they're just glad they're not in jail or prison."(17)

    Brooks and Brussow should, in my opinion, be allowed to seek file criminal charges against the law enforcement agencies involved in this matter. In the case of Brian Cross and the Orange County Sheriff's Office, it was a case of willful negligence that led to the unjustified incarceration of Trason Brooks. In the case of the Orlando Police Department, it was gross negligence that led them to send storm troopers to terrorize the family of Chris Brussow at Christmas. In the face of such negligence, it shouldn't be a case of merely 'oops, sorry' and payment of money damages, there should also be some jail time -- at least 93 days dished out to some so-called law enforcement personnel here.

    You have a sheriff's office that refused to corroborate that Brooks was, indeed, Faanes' attacker, you have sheriff's deputies who taunted Brussow and judged him guilty with absolutely no objective evidence, and you have a Police Department willing to storm a family gathering no-questions-asked when they can find out whether they should simply by picking up the telephone. I'm sorry if you think law enforcement personnel deserve special treatment -- I do too, but not in a case like this where it is clear that there has been willful and gross negligence; not just an honest mistake. In cases like this, the Sauce for the Goose Rule(18) should be applied. In other words, if law enforcement personnel engage in behavior that I would be arrested for and charged with a crime, then they also should be arrested and so charged.

    Again, before I get hate-mail from law enforcement people and their families, let me reiterate that it is my strong belief that to carry out his legal duties, a peace officer must be granted a little leeway for honest mistakes committed while carrying out those duties. But the key word is honest. When a member of a law enforcement agency engages in willful or gross negligence, he should be brought up on criminal charges -- which is exactly what he would insist on if you or I had committed similar negligence. If punishment for this sort of malfeasance were standard practice, our police and sheriff's deputies would be much more responsible in the performance of their duties, and people like Brooks and Brussow would not have to suffer in the manner that they have.

    As for Beate Faanes, I hope she goes to prison for a long time. She has been arrested and is currently being charged with perjury and filing false reports. But who is the bigger malefactor, here? Faanes? Or the law enforcement agencies that made it possible to do what she did? Americans like me have had enough of this kind of thing and it needs to stop. Now.
    ---------Orange County Sheriff's Office (407-254-7000)
    ---------Orlando Police Department (407-246-2470)


    (1) In the early days of coverage, there was a misprint in the spelling of Ms. Faanes' name. As a consequence, many web publications spell her name as Beate Faanis.
    (2) Pipitone, Tony. "Woman Faces Perjury Charges After Men Jailed In Bogus Attacks," WKMG-Local 6 News, 2005 February 11,, last accessed on 2005 February 27.
    (3) Ibid., paras. 3 & 37.
    (4) Ibid., paras. 4-6.
    (5) Ibid., paras. 5 & 8.
    (6) Ibid., paras. 6-7.
    (7) Ibid., para. 10.
    (8) Ibid., para. 11.
    (9) Ibid., paras. 13-14 & 16.
    (10) Ibid., para. 20.
    (11) Ibid., paras. 21-24.
    (12) Ibid., para. 25.
    (13) Ibid., para. 26
    (14) Ibid., para. 27.
    (15) Ibid., para. 28.
    (16) Ibid., para. 30.
    (17) Ibid., paras. 31-32 & 44.
    (18) Sauce for the Goose Rule: If the sauce is good for the goose, then it's also good for the gander.

    * * *

    Technorati Tags:


    Blogger costa rica said...

    These articles are fantastic; the information you show us is interesting for everybody and is really good written. It’s just great!! Do you want to know something more? Read it...:Great investment opportunity in Costa Rica: condo costa estate real rica, condo costa rica, condos for sale in costa rica. Visit us for more info at:

    10/05/2007 6:38 PM  

    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I worked with faanes at the time and she had us all fooled for a while. Unfortunately, her folks got her out of the country and I believe she is back in her native Norway.

    9/19/2012 1:30 AM  

    Blogger Zheng junxai5 said...

    nike sb janoski
    louis vuitton handbags
    nike outlet
    true religion outlet
    coach factory outlet online
    louis vuitton handbags
    christian louboutin sale clearance
    coach factory outlet online
    oakley sunglasses
    louis vuitton outlet stores
    adidas outlet store
    air jordan 8
    replica watches
    nike roshe run
    tory burch flats
    hollister jeans
    polo ralph lauren outlet
    lebron 12
    ralph lauren home
    vans sneakers
    hollister clothing store
    toms shoes
    polo ralph lauren outlet
    ray ban sunglasses
    asics shoes for men
    hollister clothing store
    michael kors outlet
    louis vuitton bags
    tiffany and co
    nike store
    adidas wings
    kate spade outlet
    michael kors outlet
    cheap louis vuitton handbags
    montblanc pen
    air max
    supra footwear
    ray ban
    burberry handbags
    michael kors outlet clearance

    5/25/2016 5:28 AM  

    Blogger Zheng junxai5 said...

    nike sb janoski
    louis vuitton handbags
    nike outlet
    true religion outlet
    coach factory outlet online
    louis vuitton handbags
    christian louboutin sale clearance
    coach factory outlet online
    oakley sunglasses
    louis vuitton outlet stores
    adidas outlet store
    air jordan 8
    replica watches
    nike roshe run
    tory burch flats
    hollister jeans
    polo ralph lauren outlet
    lebron 12
    ralph lauren home
    vans sneakers
    hollister clothing store
    toms shoes
    polo ralph lauren outlet
    ray ban sunglasses
    asics shoes for men
    hollister clothing store
    michael kors outlet
    louis vuitton bags
    tiffany and co
    nike store
    adidas wings
    kate spade outlet
    michael kors outlet
    cheap louis vuitton handbags
    montblanc pen
    air max
    supra footwear
    ray ban
    burberry handbags
    michael kors outlet clearance

    5/25/2016 5:28 AM  

    Blogger LindaAtkinson said...

    Today below we exist how to download and install Mobdro for PC laptop Know More computer or Mobdro for Windows or MAC OS computer. mobdro Anyway, before mosting likely to the procedure to download and install download mobdro Mobdro for PC, we have to clear that it is not the mobdro download official approach to set up.

    4/17/2017 7:51 AM  

    Blogger lindaatkinson7k48075 said...

    Keep in mind that also if you cannot break out in app check this site acquisitions because app/game, it does not mean that Creehack doesn't operate in CreeHack Download for your Android & PC - What is CreeHack? your gadget. You can attempt CreeHack APK it on various other applications or CreeHack video games.

    6/19/2017 7:54 AM  

    Post a Comment

    Return Home

    * * *

    "If you love wealth more than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, depart from us in peace. We ask not your counsel nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you. May your chains rest lightly upon you and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."

    --Samuel Adams

    Sovereign Commentary · · Copyright © 2004-2007