Briana Waters: Victimized by Green Scare State Terrorism - by Stephen Lendman
An earlier article discussed her case, accessed through the following link:
Content from it is repeated below before updating her status. An innocent woman, she's one of many victims of US state terrorism, in her case for courageous environmental activism. Her web site provides more information, accessed through the following link:
On March 30, 2006, she was arrested, then falsely accused of being a lookout in connection with a 2001 arson at the University of Washington Center for Urban Horticulture.
In fact, she's a California resident, a professional musician, violin teacher, and mother of a young child. Yet, she was bogusly indicted, then reindicted with other defendants on May 10, 2006, including charges of using a destructive device, carrying a mandatory 30 year sentence if convicted.
On December 26, 2007, her lawyers filed a motion, accusing the Justice Department of concealing vital exculpatory information as well as producing a fraudulent FBI report. The agency commonly uses bogus "evidence," getting manipulated/paid informants to affirm it. Nonetheless, a hostile federal judge denied defense's motion. Moreover, he ruled against letting his expert rebut government "evidence," claiming a delayed incendiary device was a bomb.
Expressing outrage, one Waters attorney said:
"The government hand-pick(ed the) judge (and) manipulat(ed) court procedures. This is a classic case of a corrupt prosecution, and a judge who apparently (chose) to look the other way."
It's unsurprising at a time two-thirds of all federal judges are from or affiliated with the extremist Federalist Society. It advocates rolling back civil liberties; ending New Deal social policies; opposing reproductive choice, government regulations, labor rights and environmental protections; as well as subverting justice in defense of privilege.
As a result, Waters was disadvantaged at trial, begun on February 11, 2008. She was further jeopardized by an indictment based on testimonies of two co-defendants. In return for leniency, they copped a plea and agreed to cooperate, knowing an innocent woman would be harmed.
As a result, on March 6, she was convicted on two arson counts, but jurors deadlocked on more serious charges of a destructive device and conspiracy. Despite prosecution claims, no devices were found nor was evidence of conspiracy proved.
At issue is willful Justice Department (DOJ) fraud and deceit, falsifying evidence, then lying to jurors about it. In America's war on terror, it's common practice to indict, convict and imprison innocent people for political advantage. Many others like Briana have been harmed.
In her case, circumstantial evidence was crucial, including a folder containing radical pamphlets with an alleged note she wrote. She categorically denied it or its views. DOJ attorneys claimed otherwise.