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Obama Associates Cover Up Sex Abuse of Black Kids in Chicago [DOCUMENT LEAK INCLUDED]

Chicago Democrats with close ties to Barack Obama have been implicated in a massive cover-up of sexual abuse and human trafficking (1) targeting black children in poor neighborhoods. The allegations have emerged from a series of lawsuits brought by abuse victims and their families.

The crimes span a period of at least 40 years, and involve torture, kidnapping, gang rape and sexual enslavement of hundreds of African-American children.

Through the years, victims coming forward to report these crimes have faced harassment and threats from private investigators (2) and city police. (3)

These abuses unfolded during the long reign of the “Daley Machine” – a period when two Richard Daleys, father and son, ruled over the Windy City, with near-dictatorial powers. Each held the reins for more than 20 years (Richard the Elder from 1955 to 1976 and Richard the Younger from 1989 to 2011).

We now know that the Mayor’s Summer Youth Employment Program — established by Richard the Elder in 1969 — long served as a federally-funded playground for child molestors. Pedophiles working in the program preyed on black children from poor neighborhoods, often placing them on government payrolls as “phantom” or “ghost” employees, with no other duties than to satisfy their tormentors’ sexual appetites.

The widening scandal threatens to become an embarrassment for President Barack Obama, whose political career largely grew from Daley’s patronage, and whose White House is filled with Daley operatives, including William Daley, brother of the former mayor, whom Obama has appointed chief of staff.

Targeting Black Children in Poor Neighborhoods

The scandal came to light mainly through the efforts of Seattle attorney Phillip Aaron, who has been fighting Chicago’s pedophile mafia since 2001.

Aaron, who is African-American, discovered a veritable epidemic of sex abuse against impoverished black children in Chicago.

He has brought suit against the City of Chicago, the Chicago Archdiocese and Chicago Archbishop Francis George, among others. He also founded African-American Advocates for Victims of Clergy Sexual Abuse (AAVCSA), a victim support group headed by Ruby Harris.

Aaron commissioned a study which shows that the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago has pursued a long-term policy of transferring child-abusing priests to African-American neighborhoods. (see box labeled “DOCUMENT LEAK” below)

The study shows that priests in Chicago who were “credibly accused” of molesting children – that is, priests who were identified as likely pedophiles in the Church’s own documents – were systematically pulled from white neighborhoods and transferred to poor, black communities, over a period of several decades. The results were horrific. Perverted priests preyed on black children at will. City and church officials turned their backs on the problem, and cooperated in covering up these crimes.

In court filings, Aaron has accused the Daley political machine of working hand-in-hand with the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago to obstruct investigations, intimidate witnesses and suppress media coverage of the scandal.

DOCUMENT LEAKThe Wilbon-Kopp Report:
by Arunice Wilbon and Robert Kopp
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Readers are urged to download copies of the Wilbon-Kopp Report as soon as possible. The PDF link may go dead at any time. It has already been removed from the Web site of the Phillip Aaron law firm, where it used to appear on the front page. The link does not appear on any other Web site. This writer managed to find the link only through a Google search, where it still appears on a cached page.

An Unholy Alliance of Church and State

In November 2006, Church lawyers settled out of court with three of Aaron’s clients for an unusually large sum, totalling seven figures. The victims – now grown men – claim they were abused, as children, by one Father Terence Fitzmaurice.

Fitzmaurice was more than a priest. He was also a city official – a supervisor for Mayor Daley’s Summer Youth Employment Program (now known as “Youth Ready Chicago“). Each summer Fitzmaurice supervised hundreds of teen workers for the city.

Mayor Richard J. Daley – father of Mayor Richard M. Daley – launched the program in 1969 to provide training and summer jobs for impoverished black and Hispanic youth. Catholic parishes around the city took part in the program, which was run in partnership with the Archdiocese of Chicago School Board.

Fitzmaurice, who was white, would scour poor neighborhoods, seeking black and Hispanic teens in need of work. Many got legitimate jobs, such as painting walls, doing yard work and helping the elderly. Others were selected for a different sort of “work.”

Court papers allege that Father Fitzmaurice maintained a “clubhouse” near his church where he invited young recruits to hang out, play air hockey or watch TV. Some were taken to a back room where they were seduced or raped by Fitzmaurice and other priests.

Aaron alleges that Fitzmaurice placed many of his young recruits on the city payroll, with no duties other than to provide sexual services for priests. In many cases, Fitzmaurice had to falsify their ages on official documents, because they were not yet 14 – the minimum age for participation in the city job program. Several of his underage recruits lived at the rectory, available round the clock for sexual abuse by Fitzmaurice and other priests.

Court filings say that one African-American boy named Peter Collins was kidnapped from a playground at the age of ten, “forced to ingest alcohol,” then gang-raped by four priests, including Father Fitzmaurice. Collins was one of the three Fitzmaurice victims, mentioned above, who received a six-figure settlement in 2006.

More than 220 victims have come forward, claiming they were molested by priests who recruited them through the Mayor’s summer work program.

Fitzmaurice retired in 1988, and died in 2009. He never faced criminal charges.

Suppressed NBC 5 Chicago News Report, Plus Other Local CoverageSUPPRESSED
Aired August 6, 2009
Report on Black and Latino Victims of Clergy Sexual Abuse
NBC 5 Chicago, WMAQ-TV

News reports on the Catholic Church sex-abuse scandal have saturated major media for years. Yet African-American victims are strangely absent from most accounts. On August 6, 2009, NBC 5 Chicago (WMAQ-TV) broke the taboo with a news report featuring several of Phillip Aaron’s clients, and using video interviews done Aaron’s filmmaker son, Bles Aaron. NBC 5 posted the report on its Web site, but soon pulled down the video, apparently under pressure from the Chicago Archdiocese.(4) The forbidden video can still be viewed on YouTube.


Aired August 16, 2009
Perspective with Monique Caradine Kitchens, MY50 Chicago, WPWR-TV
PART 1: Interview of Ruby Harris, Gigi Moore from African-American Advocates for Victims of Clergy Sexual Abuse (AAVCSA)

PART 2: Interview of David Nolan, Ruby Harris and African-American Advocates for Victims of Clergy Sexual Abuse (AAVCSA)

PART 3: Interview of Dan Nolan, Ruby Harris and African-American Advocates for Victims of Clergy Sexual Abuse (AAVCSA)

PART 4: Interview of Bles Aaron, filmmaker and documentarian for African-American Advocates for Victims of Clergy Sexual Abuse (AAVCSA)


Obama Judge Shoots Down Federal Racketeering Lawsuit

On December 10, 2009, Aaron filed suit on behalf of more than 40 victims. Defendants included the City of Chicago, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago, and Chicago Archbishop Francis George, among others.

Aaron charged the defendants with racial discrimination, alleging that the Catholic Church deals more harshly with black victims of sexual abuse than with white victims. He alleged, among other things, that the Church holds black victims to a higher standard of proof, gives them smaller settlements and subjects them to intimidation at the hands of lawyers, private detectives and police.

Aaron also alleged federal racketeering, stating that federal funds had been used to facilitate pedophile activity and to pay bribes and hush money to victims and their families.

When Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman was appointed to hear the case, it seemed a good sign. A black woman who had worked in the child protection division of the Illinois Circuit Court, Coleman was nominated to the federal bench by President Barack Obama on February 24, 2010 . She seemed more likely than most to empathize with Aaron’s mostly African-American clients.

But, on January 10, 2011, Judge Coleman dismissed the suit, on dubious grounds. She denied that the crimes Aaron alleged fell under federal jurisdiction.

The Daley Connection

Perhaps the result was predictable. Born and raised in Chicago, Judge Coleman came up through the ranks of Mayor Daley’s political machine.

In fact, Daley was her boss for nearly five years. During Daley’s seven-year tenure as Cook County State’s Attorney (1981-1989), Coleman served as Assistant State’s Attorney, from 1984 to 1989.

She was a product of the Machine. Her decision on January 10 reflected that.

Regarding the Daley Machine, Chicago writer Ben Joravsky observed in 2007, “With the exception of a few political oddballs and misfits, almost everyone around here is part of Daley’s team. They really have no choice. For better or worse, Daley controls the schools, parks, and police, not to mention hundreds of pay rollers and billions of property-tax dollars. If you want a zoning change, building permit, or a business license, you have to go to Daley, or at least to people he has appointed or hired. The attitude in Chicago is you can’t beat him — so you might as well succumb.”

As Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel prepares for his May 16 inauguration, many Chicagoans hope the new regime will rise above the corruption of the old. But the Daley Machine has deep roots in Chicago. Emanuel himself is a Daley operative from way back.

Collins v. Fitzmaurice et al

January 29, 2007
CIVIL DOCKET FOR CASE #: 1:09-cv-02842
Doe 1 et al v. Vader et al

May 8, 2009

CIVIL DOCKET FOR CASE #: 1:09-cv-07656
Doe 1 et al v. The Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago, et al

December 10, 2009


Criminal Charges May Lie Ahead

Aaron’s allegations could lead to criminal charges, if proved. Prosecutors have begun dealing more harshly with clergy sex abuse, as recently demonstrated in the case of Monsignor William Lynn, an official of Philadelphia’s Roman Catholic Archdiocese. Lynn has been charged with two felony counts of child endangerment, for transferring abusive priests to other parishes while keeping mum about their crimes.

If the Chicago cases are treated with the same strictness, church and city officials who took part in the cover-up may face jail time.

Mishandling of Sex-Abuse Scandals May Be FactorA front-page story in the Chicago Tribune on March 18 announced that Chicago Archbishop Francis George will submit his resignation to the Vatican — but not until January of next year. It’s a routine procedure, said the Tribune. Cardinal George turns 75 in January. All Cardinals must submit resignation letters at age 75.All well and good. But if the procedure is routine, why did the Tribune play this story on the front page – a full ten months in advance of the Cardinal’s anticipated resignation?

One explanation may lie in the Archbishop’s mishandling of sex-abusing priests.

In a January 30, 2008 deposition, George admitted under oath that he allowed Father Daniel McCormack to stay on as pastor of an African-American parish, despite repeated warnings that McCormack was a likely pedophile, including a recommendation from the Archdiocese’s own Independent Review Board to suspend McCormack from ministry.

McCormack was considered a “rising star” in the Archdiocese, a white man with a unique “passion” for black culture. The Chicago Tribune reports that McCormack would preach to his African-American parishioners “in the rolling cadences of a black Baptist clergyman.”

McCormack was arrested in January 2006 and sentenced to five years in prison for sexual abuse of children. At least 23 alleged victims of McCormack have come forward.

The Cardinal’s resignation announcement may be calculated to put some distance between George and the McCormack scandal. Perhaps it is also intended to lower his profile on law-enforcement radar screens.

No doubt, Cardinal George is keeping a wary eye on Philadelphia, where prosecutors have charged an Archdiocesan official with felony child endangerment, for keeping pedophile priests in ministry. Cardinal George and his retired colleague Bishop Raymond Goedert, have done much the same thing, as they admitted in sworn depositions.

Deposition of Cardinal Francis E. George OMI, January 28, 2008
Deposition of Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus Raymond E. Goedert, November 13, 2007

1. Under international law, human trafficking is considered a “crime against humanity”. Such crimes can be investigated by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and may be prosecuted by the International Criminal Court (ICC). Article 3, paragraph (a) of the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons defines “trafficking in persons” as the “recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion… for the purpose of exploitation. Exploitation shall include… sexual exploitation, forced labour or services, slavery or practices similar to slavery, servitude or the removal of organs.” The United States ratified the Protocol on November 3, 2005, and President Barack Obama has called upon the American people to prioritize the struggle against human trafficking. In Chicago, Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart has launched a major offensive against sex trafficking. See Jan Jeffcoat, “ Sex Trafficking in Chicago: Cook County Sheriff’s Dept. Helps Raise Awareness,” FOX Chicago News/, March 30, 2011; “Cook County Had First Sex Trafficking Conviction Under Dart’s New Initiative,” FOX Chicago News /, March 31, 2011, and “Illinois and the Swedish Prostitution Model,” The Human Trafficking Project, November 27, 2009.

2. In court filings, attorney Phillip Aaron has alleged that some of his clients have been “followed and investigated by defendants’ investigators,” and that “Said investigators interviewed victims’ neighbors, friends, acquaintances…” See Jane Doe 1 et. al. v. Father Anthony Vader et. al., Complaint for Damages and Demand for Jury Trial, United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois, Case No. 1:09-cv-02842, May 8, 2009, paragraph 65.

3. Morgan Lord, “Alleged Sex Abuse Victims Accuse Chicago Police of Wrongdoing,” Chicago Defender, July 20, 2005

4. John Doe 1 et al., v. The Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago, et al., United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois, Case No. 1:09-cv-07656, 12-10-09, paragraphs 62-64

Posted on Mon Apr 04 2011 21:43:27 GMT-0400 (Eastern Daylight Time) by Laurentius


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