FBI, CIA, the Mob, and Treachery
The Richard Taus Case
This is a story of lies, treachery, corruption and it never made it into the mainstream media and for good reason.
Richard Taus was a top investigator in the New York FBI’s Counter-intelligence Division. In 1991, he was sentenced to a record breaking 32 to 90 years for questionable charges of pedophilia. Supporters claim he was railroaded for doggedly investigating a CIA-linked operation involved in narcotics, Iran/Contra and the mafia.
There is more to the Richard Taus case than meets the eye. Some believe he was asking a lot of questions and wasn’t listening to the right people.
According to Taus, while he was serving in Vietnam and as a special FBI agent, he witnessed CIA involvement in criminal activities, namely that of transporting illegal drugs. When he reported what he saw to his FBI superiors, he was told to turn a blind eye. But Taus couldn’t and he persisted in getting the truth out. His letters to FBI chief William Sessions and to congress about the criminal activities he discovered required that he be silenced or discredited.
Ultimately, criminal charges were brought against him in alleging sexual misconduct with several young boys who were members of the Freeport Soccer Club. During the trial,according to Taus, Judge Baker refused to allow evidence to be presented showing how the boys who made the charges had first denied that there were any sexual violations.
Judge Baker also refused to allow testimony showing that the boys had been earlier charged with criminal offenses and that the charges were dropped after the boys had testified as the prosecutors wanted them to do. Also that the boys were themselves threatened with incarceration if they did not testify as the prosecutors wanted them to do. There were other major judicial violations that denied Taus a fair trial. And there were just too many inconsistencies in the case.
Even if Taus was guilty of the charges brought against him, 32 to 90 years is quite a stretch considering the relatively minor charges against the hundreds of Catholic and other priests who prey on boys. Even a convicted murderer gets off with a lighter sentence. Supporters of Taus believe that he was railroaded and that the length of time given to Taus would forever seal his lips about the criminal activities that he discovered and reported. Taus’s case isn’t an isolated case. Other whistle blowers have met the same fate.
Gary Eitel, a former Vietnam helicopter pilot, CIA courier and whistle blower brought to the attention of congress in 1993, a scheme to divert millions of dollars worth of military aircraft to covert operators with CIA ties. As a result of going public, he has been totally discredited and has lost everything.
Former Green Beret William Tyree brought a lawsuit naming the CIA and others involved in sanctioned drug smuggling, murder and cover up. He is currently serving a life sentence for the murder of his wife. Some believe that he was framed for his wife’s murder in order to suppress the truth.
During Taus’s trial, psychiatrists and psychologists hired by the prosecutor admitted under questioning that in their many years of experience, they felt that he was telling the truth. Despite all this in November 1990, the jury found Taus guilty of some of the charges. Judge Baker then sentenced Taus to 32 to 90 years to Dannemore state prison and where he still remains today.
Taus’s FBI performance ratings as a special agent were outstanding as were his military records. During two tours of duty flying combat missions in Vietnam, he received three Bronze Star medals and seven Air Medals as well as several decorations for meritous service.
In 1967-1968 as an armed forces courier officer he fought in the TET offensive and flew in the siege of Khe Sanh. In 1970-1971 as a helicopter unit commander for the First Cavalry division, then Captain, he flew Boeing CH-47 Chinook helicopters directing rescue and recovery operations. He flew many dangerous missions.
He was granted audience with Vietnamese President Thieu and former U.S. President Lyndon Johnson concerning his desire to adopt a Vietnamese orphan. He was successful in the adoption and his son, David, has tirelessly worked on clearing his father’s name over the years and has appeared on radio recounting his fathers case.
In the year 1982, there was a U.S. Supreme Court decision rendered, stating that a federal employee had a greater duty to report criminal activities by his superiors than a duty to cover up for such crimes because of an employee secrecy agreement. It is also a statutory requirement to report federal crimes such as required by federal criminal statute, Title 18, USC Section 4, superceding any secrecy agreement required to be signed by government employees or agents.
Taus said he did all he could to report these federal crimes but the cover-up was too pervasive reaching senior FBI officials such as ADIC Oliver “Buck” Revell, who had earlier stalled and stopped legitimate FBI investigations concerning both the Irangate and Iraqgate scandals.
Taus also explained that one of the events that triggered retaliation against him was his refusal to falsely sign the FBI’s yearly statement requiring FBI agents to certify that they know of no unreported criminal activities. The form requires agents to report on that form any criminal activities that they know to exist. His supervisory wanted him to sign that he knew of none when in fact he knew of a great amount of criminal activities which they wanted covered up.
When Taus refused to falsely state on that yearly form that he knew of no criminal activities, he was warned that he wasn’t on the team. What followed were false charges against him that resulted in a virtual life sentence.
Rodney Stich’s explosive new book reveals the injustice of the Richard Taus case. Here is what one reader said:
….this book should shake lethargic Americans right out of their lethargy, from coast to coast. Hey, we have a drug problem — here is evidence that it’s the CIA that’s been importing the drugs and/or covering it all up for decades. Our police and government agencies are going after the little guys — dealing in hundreds of dollars. Meanwhile, the real drug abusers, sellers, and launderers are making millions and going scot free. One man, Richard Taus, learned about it and attempted to get something done. They have stashed him away in Dannemora Prison for eighty years to keep his story away from YOU… PLEASE — read this book!
Read it and decide for yourself.
I have been a supporter of this patriotic American for five years. Richard says that life in prison can be quite lonely despite the constant “company” of notorious inmates and demanding guards.
Justice is long overdue.