Monday, January 13, 2020

U.S. Secret Service File Release Highlights 2008 Threat Made Against Obama Chicago Presidential Election Rally in Grant Park by High Ranking Member of White Supremacist Group "World Church of The Creator"

The U.S. Secret Service is slowly but surely releasing files regarding the agency's 2008 activities surrounding the November 4th, 2008 election of U.S. Senator Barack Obama as the 44th U.S. President, including the agency's activities in and around Chicago's Grant Park.

On Monday, January 13th, 2020, the U.S. Secret Service released 42 pages of documents to Chicago-One News as the result of a federal Freedom of Information Act Request, some of which were more highly redacted than others.

The file highlights threats made against Obama investigated by the Secret Service between the dates of November 1st and November 5th, 2008. The most serious threat the USSS responded to is one suspected to have been made by someone the agency referred to in a protective intelligence document as "a high ranking member of white supremacist group World Church of The Creator"

The above document shows that the suspect, only known as "subject 2", had an address in Chicago at the time of the investigation.

The World Church of the Creator is a white nationalist organization that was born from the white supremacist "creativity movement" founded by Ben Klassen (1918-1993) who committed suicide. Klassem was responsible for founding an organization recognized by his worldwide following as a "church" they called "Church of The Creator" until one of their "ministers" was found guilty of the murder of a black U.S. veteran. The person found guilty was George Loeb.

An individual named Matt Hale took over the group in 1996 after a lawsuit won by the family of the murder victim forced it out of business.

A check of the online FBI Records Vault maintained by the FBI did not return results, but that does not mean files on Klassen or his organization do not exist.

The same night on November 4th, 2008, the Rosemont Police Department stopped an individual with several weapons who the Secret Service was told had an interest in Obama.

Yet another person with ties to Chicago caught the interest of the USSS when he got frustrated with the Obama campaign's text messages to his cell phone. See what he did to draw the ire of this agency by checking out or downloading the entire 42 page file below.

USSS November 04th 2008 Protective Intelligence File

Commentary on Second City Cop - "Why Do These Files Exist?"

SCC's Response to the recent Cook County Circuit Court ruling mandating the city to produce nearly 5 decades of police misconduct files that CPD officers say shouldn't exist

The answer:

Generations of CPD brass, FOP leadership, COPA / OPS, and CPD Records Division chain - of - command dropped the ball.

Another answer from the legal side of this:

There is no state or federal law tied-in with FOIA, and no current or past provision in Illinois FOIA mandating citizens, or anyone else who is legally in possession of records they obtained via the FOIA process to destroy their copy of those records.

What that means:

Even IF there were strict enforcement of records retention laws / policies / regulations / FOP contractual mandates, the records may STILL exist somewhere. That means records could be posted online as part of someone's research or as part of a commentary on those records, even as part of a news piece. Remember, free press isn't limited to multi-million dollar corporate news companies. Due to decades of federal and state court rulings, everyone is the press under the 1st Amendment.

Here's an example of FOIA at work vs. FOP contractual agreements and CPD policies:

Any Officer / Detective / Sgt, or someone else up the chain either creates an official document, or is the subject of official documentation of ANY kind. That document has a destruction date once it's complete. Whether by law, by dept policies, or FOP contractual obligation. Before that document reaches its destruction date, it is perfectly responsive to FOIA. There could possibly be TENS, HUNDREDS, THOUSANDS, or even scores more people holding perfectly legal copies of that document. Now that documents are mostly electronic or are easily digitized, there honestly is no such thing as a "destroyed" document.

Any I.T. expert will tell you that once something exists in digital form, it's forever. Deleting it doesn't make it go away. Overwriting that digital space won't make it go away, either.