Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Ed Woods Unmasked


Ed Woods Unmasked
by
William Leeman

Introduction

Cincinnati is truly a “charming” city. During the 1990’s, the Ku Klux Klan regularly erected a cross during the Christmas season in Fountain Square. It is a town where the late Marge Schott, former owner of the Cincinnati Reds baseball team, not only directed slurs towards African-Americans, Jews, Japanese, and gays, but proudly proclaimed that Hitler was good when he came into power. In April of 2000, Cincinnati became the scene of largest urban disorder since Los Angeles riots of 1992. Four days of rioting ensued in reaction to the fatal shooting of Timothy Thomas, a 20-year old black male, by police.

Cincinnati is the place retired FBI agent Edward P. Woods calls home. Given the political and social atmosphere of Cincinnati, Woods undoubtedly feels quite comfortable there. Ed Woods, as he likes to be called, is the person behind No Parole Peltier Association (NPPA). NPPA was launched on April 30, 2000 by Woods, with the help of his brother, “a seasoned private investigator,” to spread disinformation regarding Native American activist and political prisoner, Leonard Peltier. Peltier was wrongfully convicted in the United States District Court for the District of North Dakota in 1977 for the 1975 the shooting deaths of two FBI agents at the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. In 2003, the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit recognized that, “Much of the government’s behavior at the Pine Ridge Reservation and in its prosecution of Mr. Peltier is to be condemned. The government withheld evidence. It intimidated witnesses. These facts are not disputed.” See Peltier v. Booker, 348 F. 3d 888, 896 (10th Cir. 2003).

Since that fateful day in April of 2000, Woods has churned out misleading information and half truths about Leonard Peltier and his case. The question to be asked is who is Ed Woods and why has he “become somewhat obsessed” with Leonard Peltier?

Woods had as he describes it, a “miserable childhood.” He had “no fond memories growing up” and “left home at 18.” Woods grew up in an all white Long Island suburb. Woods entered the army not long after high school and later became a Green Beret officer.

Cover-Up

Woods spent 30 years with the FBI. Half of his career was spent in New York and the remainder was spent in Cincinnati. While assigned to the FBI field office in New York, Woods concealed information for well over a year from the New York Police Department (NYPD) regarding the death of Mr. Samuel Charles.

On July 10, 1972, Mr. Charles, a black male, was brutally stabbed to death in the vicinity of 45th and Broadway. Prior to his death, Mr. Charles had been involved in an altercation with Alfred Ianniello, the owner of the Broadway Pub. Ianniello asked an individual by the name of Warren “Chief” Schurman if he would kill Mr. Charles. Schurman agreed to kill Mr. Charles. After murdering Mr. Charles, Schurman reportedly stated, “Nobody’s going to worry about that nigger, so I killed him, so what.” Special Agent Woods came into possession of information concerning the identity of Mr. Charles’ killer in December of 1982. In spite of this fact, he did not furnish this information to the NYPD for well over a year! At the time, Woods claimed that disclosure of the information would disrupt a “sensitive” undercover investigation. The reality was that Woods wanted to protect FBI informant, “Crazy” Eddie Maloney, who had been paid thousands and thousands of dollars for his snitching activities by authorities. Maloney, it should be noted, was involved in a wave of kidnappings that took place in New York City in the early 1970’s. Schurman, who is white, was indicted on June 14, 1984 for the murder of Mr. Charles and was subsequently convicted after trial and sentenced to an indeterminate prison term of from 25 years to life. Schurman was released from the Fishkill Correctional Facility in Beacon, New York on April 21, 2010.

Birds of a Feather

Shawn Kenny of Cincinnati is an admitted bank robbery conspirator for the Southern Ohio Chapter of the Aryan Nations, and an associate of the late Timothy McVeigh. Woods became acquainted with Kenny as a result of his involvement in the BOMBROB probe. BOMBROB was an FBI investigation into a series of Midwest bank robberies committed by members of the Aryan Republican Army in 1994 and 1995. United States military regulations prohibit recruits who have visible swastikas or other racist tattoos. Kenny sports two such tattoos. Kenny called one of his tattoos a “crucified skinhead.” The second is “Toten Kopf,” German for “death head.” Under the skull is “SS,” the initials for Hitler’s storm troopers. In addition to his racist tattoos, Kenny had a 1990 felony weapons conviction. Nonetheless, these things did not keep Kenny out of the military. Kenny was sworn into the United States Army on February 3, 1995, where he served until he was honorably discharged in 2005. Kenny now makes his home in Cincinnati, where he works with CTL Transportation, LLC. He is also pursuing an Associates of Arts degree in business management from Phoenix University.

While in the army, Kenny was formally charged with violations of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, Article 128, assault; and Article 134, indecent acts and liberties with a child. Kenny had provided alcohol to and inappropriately touched and kissed his 11-year old niece. After serving a minimal administrative suspension and sentence in an Article 15 proceeding, Kenny received a promotion to Senior Non-Commissioned Officer (E-7).

Alarming numbers of white supremacists, neo-Nazi, and skinhead groups have taken advantage of lowered armed services recruiting standards and lax enforcement of anti-extremist military regulations by infiltrating the United States armed forces in order to receive combat training and gain access to weapons and explosives. By joining the ranks of the fiercest fighting machine, the United States military, these racists are preparing for a racial holy war or “rahowa.” Most recently, in August of 2012, four members of the 4th Brigade Combat Team of the 3rd Infantry Division in Fort Stewart Georgia were charged for being involved in a plot to overthrow the government and assassinate President Barack Obama.

In spite of the increasing number of racists infiltrating the military and the fact that Kenny was clearly ineligible to join the ranks of United States armed forces, Woods had no qualms about helping Kenny enlist in the United States Army. Woods felt that Kenny deserved to have his life changed. Perhaps Woods was making his contribution to the rahowa by helping Kenny gain entry into the army?

Birth of NPPA

In establishing NPPA, Woods claims that “someone had to do it.” The facts reveal that altruism was not what prompted Woods to set up NPPA. Rather, it appears that a $6,000 allocation of taxpayer funds may have gotten got Woods’ attention, not to mention his cushy federal pension that he has been collecting for over a decade. A memo dated November 29, 2000 from the FBI Criminal Investigative, VCMOS/Indian Country Unit/Room 11163 to Criminal Investigative, Attention: AD Ruben Garcia, Jr., Room 7116, indicates that a retired agent would be paid $6,000 to prepare a final and definitive summary of the events surrounding the RESMURS case. The source of this funding came from the Violent Crime and Law Enforcement Act of 1994. The name on the November 29, 2000 memo has been redacted, so it cannot be said with one hundred percent certainty that Woods is the retired agent mentioned therein. However, Woods is one of only a handful of retired agents who has relentlessly waged a disinformation campaign against Leonard Peltier. Further, on November 2, 2000, Mr. Fernando E. Mata provided Woods via email and regular mail a copy of a letter Miami Mayor Joe Carollo sent to President Clinton opposing clemency for Leonard Peltier. This communication makes it clears that Woods was coordinating his anti-Peltier efforts with his cohorts at the FBI. The objective of the FBI in assisting with the establishment of the NPPA website and blog is to continue the unjust incarceration of Leonard Peltier and to obfuscate the FBI’s misconduct in his case.

Conclusion

Between 1956 and 1971 the FBI established the counterintelligence program (COINTELPRO). FBI COINTELPRO tactics included, but were not limited to, discrediting targeted individuals and organizations through psychological warfare, smearing individuals and groups, using forged documents, and planting false reports in the media. Although COINTELPRO was allegedly ended by the FBI in 1971, the conduct of Ed Woods, as he spews out his venom about Leonard Peltier from his home in lily-white southeast Cincinnati, makes it clear that COINTELPRO is alive and well.