Target: TRAFICANT; The Outrageous Inside Story of How the Justice Department, the Israeli Lobby and the American Mass Media Conspired to Set Up and Take Down Congressman Jim Traficant by Michael Collins Piper (ePub download)
From the special American Free Press insert, pages A1-A3, Volume VIII, Number 36, September 8, 2008:
TARGET: TRAFICANT The outrageous never-before-told inside story of how the Justice Department, the Israeli lobby and the mass media conspired to set up and take down Ohio’s outspoken Congressman Jim Traficant . . .
. . . From the pen of AFP correspondent Michael Collins Piper — the only journalist Jim Traficant agreed to speak to from prison after being convicted on trumped-up corruption charges. Traficant wouldn’t even speak to The New York Times!
If you ever had any doubt whether Jim Traficant was guilty of the charges on which he was convicted, they’ll be erased after you’ve read this amazing volume. The media was lying to you all along.
Here are the facts . . .
THE MASS MEDIA IN AMERICA played a considerable role in the illicit set-up and take-down of Congressman Jim Traficant by corrupt elements inside the Justice Department and the FBI. Time and again the media LIED to the people of Traficant’s congressional district and to all of the American people when they reported on the Traficant case. Only American Free Press told you the truth about the WHY and HOW of the Traficant case and why “THEY” were out to get him, determined to silence this courageous U.S. congressman. TARGET: TRAFICANT examines the campaign to “get” Traficant and exposes it for the outrageous fraud that it was. You’ll be astounded to see the lengths to which crooked prosecutors went to destroy Jim Traficant — a story you need to know about!
Here’s the Evidence Proving Beyond Any Doubt ‘They’ Railroaded Jim Traficant:
Jim Traficant refuses to accept a presidential pardon (or a reduction in his federal prison term) for this very simple reason: he will not agree to admit to — and apologize for — crimes he did not commit . . .
In TARGET: TRAFICANT, veteran author Michael Collins Piper—whom Jim Traficant has said was the only journalist to tell his story truthfully and correctly from the beginning—has assembled this eye-opening and disturbing overview of the campaign by high-level forces to set up and take down the no-nonsense populist congressman.
If you have ever had any doubts about Traficant’s integrity—doubts instilled by a long-standing media cacophony attacking Traficant—you’ll soon realize that the Traficant case represents one of the most outrageous and thoroughly illegal hit-and-run operations ever orchestrated in our “democracy.” It is perhaps all too representative of the high-level corruption for which the “Justice” Department has been found responsible time and time again.
Piper dissects the intrigues of the Justice Department and the FBI (as well as the maneuvers by the federal judge who oversaw the Traficant trial) and demonstrates, beyond any doubt, that Jim Traficant was absolutely innocent of all of the charges on which he was convicted . . .
Twenty years ago, Michael Collins Piper was the only journalist on the entire planet to expose the outrageous Justice Department and FBI frame-up of Pennsylvania State Treasurer Budd Dwyer . . .
On January 21, 1987, following his conviction on trumped-up corruption charges and facing a lengthy prison term, Dwyer continued to protest his innocence; and—at a crowded press conference broadcast on live television — Dwyer shot himself. Moments before he died, Dwyer begged for the press to tell his story, but his plea was ignored by the major media. Independent journalist Michael Collins Piper was the only one to take up Dwyer’s challenge . . .Now — in TARGET: TRAFICANT — Piper has turned his attention to the equally outrageous (and successful) campaign by the Justice Department and the FBI to destroy Jim Traficant.
TARGET: TRAFICANT features a special appendix outlining
the whole shocking story of the Budd Dwyer affair!
From the article that appeared on page 12, American Free Press, Issue 39, September 29, 2008:
Target: Traficant Serves as Warning,
Wake-Up Call for America
By Anne D. Cronin
[In this article the author combines some of her own thoughts with points made by Michael Collins Piper in the Introduction to Target: TRAFICANT]
The totality of the evidence demonstrates beyond any question that the judicial lynching in 2002 of former Congressman Jim Traficant (D-Ohio) by corrupt elements inside the U.S. Department of [so-called] Justice was, beyond any question, an outrageous politically motivated frame-up.
Even the vicious targeting of the late Pennsylvania State Treasurer Budd Dwyer (who committed suicide in 1987 after being unfairly prosecuted for crimes he did not commit) virtually pales in comparison.
There is absolutely no doubt that Traficant was thoroughly and completely innocent of the false charges upon which he was convicted and sent to prison. Although Traficant remains in prison and is likely to serve out his term — apparently the longest term levied in recent years against any member of Congress — we can only hope that the new book Target: Traficant will serve as a warning to Americans of what they can expect in the days ahead unless they finally rise up and take hold of their government and bring the real criminals to justice.
Although there are probably dozens of members of Congress who could be indicted and convicted for major criminal offenses involving high-stakes bribery and influence peddling that is often quite open and never prosecuted, the Justice Department spent many years and millions of dollars coming up with a handful of dubious charges against Traficant.
Ask anyone who knows how it works in official Washington and they’ll privately admit that the real reason Traficant was indicted on criminal charges was simply the fact that “the powers that be” didn’t like Traficant: he was just too honest and too outspoken. Here were some of Traficant’s real “crimes” in the eyes of the elite who railroaded him into federal prison:
• Criticizing the Internal Revenue Service and calling for expanded protections for the rights of taxpayers under fire from the IRS;
• Taking a hard-line stand against NAFTA, the World Trade Organization, and so-called “free” trade and urging protectionist measures to preserve American jobs and defend domestic industry from predatory global speculators;
• Tackling not only corruption inside the FBI and the Justice Department, but also personally assailing the integrity of former Attorney General Janet Reno;
• Attacking Wall Street wheeling and dealing and raising questions about the enrichment of high-level financial interests through the lending practices of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.
•Accusing then-Vice President Al Gore of “trying to Target: Traficant Serves as Warning, Wake-Up Call for America steal the election” in the midst of the long-and-drawn-out post-election debacle in 2000;
• Calling for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from trouble spots around the globe and questioning constant U.S. meddling in the affairs of other nations;
• Charging American policy-makers with treason for having given top-secret U.S. defense and nuclear technology to the butchers in Peking;
• Coming to the defense of Ukraine-born Cleveland autoworker John Demjanjuk who was falsely charged by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and the Justice Department’s Office of Special Investigations of being a “Nazi war criminal,” — only to be cleared, ironically, by an Israeli court. (Ultimately, with Traficant sidelined in his own federal trial, they went after Demjanjuk again on “new” charges and restarted the process of seeking to deport the beleaguered old man. Demjanjuk has been ordered to be deported; the final disposition of his case has yet to be determined.)
• Demanding that U.S. troops be sent to guard the Mexican border and prevent continuing hordes of illegal aliens — and potential terrorists — from entering into the United States; and — last but far from least:
• Challenging one-sided U.S. aid and support for Israel, saying that the biased policy was to the detriment of America’s security and Middle East interests.
Traficant was the only member of Congress — the day after the Sept. 11 tragedy — to point out that U.S. support for Israel and open borders were root problems leading to the tragedy.
While Traficant enunciated these truths, other members of Congress squirmed uneasily, sitting in silence, as Traficant spoke out — even in the face of his impending trial — never one to be cowed.
Traficant was most assuredly lynched by the Justice Department just as if he had been taken by force and hanged from a lamp post near the U.S. Capitol in Washington — a method of justice that certainly should be applied to many of the corrupt individuals who continue to misrule America from their positions in Congress and throughout official Washington.
However, what happened to Traficant could happen to any American should he or she fall into the gunsights of the powerful forces that reign supreme in America.
The Traficant case is the proverbial tip of the iceberg, for the truth is that sitting alongside Traficant in prisons today — federal, state and local — there are probably thousands of Americans who were as much victims of an unjust system as Traficant.
These people, too, are political prisoners in the plainest sense of the word. But we haven’t heard about these folks because they didn’t have the high public profile of the outspoken Jim Traficant.
So the lesson to be learned is very simple: Even someone in a position of influence — such as a U.S. congressman — can be railroaded into prison by the very people whose job it is to enforce the laws.
[See ad for Target: Traficant on page 18.—Ed.]
Anne D. Cronin is the director of FIRST AMENDMENT BOOKS. Her career in publishing spans 40 years at both The Spotlight and now American Free Press and First Amendment Books.
[Ad for Target Traficant on page 18]
TARGET: TRAFICANT The Outrageous Inside Story of How the Justice Department, the Israeli Lobby and the American Mass Media Conspired To Set Up and Take Down Congressman Jim Traficant
In TARGET: TRAFICANT, author Michael Collins Piper — whom Jim Traficant has said was the only journalist to tell his story truthfully from the beginning — has assembled this eye-opening overview of the campaign by high-level forces to destroy the no-nonsense populist congressman.The Traficant case represents one of the most outrageous hit-and-run operations ever orchestrated against an American public official. Piper dissects the intrigues of the Justice Department and the FBI and demonstrates, beyond any doubt, that the congressman was absolutely innocent of all of the charges on which he was convicted and that, in fact, the entire criminal case against him was fabricated through and through. If you ever had any doubts about Traficant’s integrity, this is the one book that will put all of your doubts to rest. Includes a special appendix outlining the previous Justice Department frame-up of former Pennsylvania State Treasurer Budd Dwyer resulting in his tragic public suicide. Target: Traficant, softcover, 176 pages, #TT, $25/ Order from FIRST AMENDMENT BOOKS, 645 Pennsylvania Avenue SE, Suite 100, Washington, D.C. 20003. No charge for shipping & handling inside the United States. Call 1-888-699-6397 toll free to charge to Visa or MasterCard.
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As per usual, any product from American Free Press/The Barnes Review are always in the condition they say it is. Always top notch. This book was delivered quickly. They have a lot of great books with factual history not the "fake history" pushed on us by the 'Court Historians'.
Mike Piper was a wonderful writer/researcher. He was always a nice, courteous, friendly man with me be it on the phone or at conventions. He filled the older brother role for me. I miss him quite a bit and he is missed by a great many others. He was a TRUE patriot.
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