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White House should be careful of Kamala Harris –1

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White House should be careful of Kamala Harris –1

Now that Kamala Harris has is going to be the Democrat Party’s vice-president, I am plugging here excerpts from a book. Sadly, I don’t think a single mainstream news site or portal has reviewed or covered it. So here goes:

“Kamala Devi Harris was born to Donald Harris, her Jamaican-born father and Dr. Shyamala Gopalan, her Tamil Brahmin mother from India. Her father is a Marxist economist who taught at Stanford University.”

Who is Willie Brown and what’s the connection?

“In 1994, she met Willie Brown, who at the time was the second-most-powerful man in California politics. As Speaker of the State Assembly, Brown was a legend in Sacramento and around the state.”

Brown was under investigation several times, by the State Bar of California, Fair Political Practices Commission, the FBI.

In 1986 …as California Assembly Speaker, he “received at least $124,000 in income and gifts — from special interests that had biz before the Legislature.”

Now this is neither here nor there for me, except for the political angle:

Brown was sixty at the time he began dating Kamala, who was twenty-nine. Brown was actually two years older than her father. Their affair was the talk of San Francisco in 1994.

Kamala’s mother defends her daughter’s decision — and offered choice comments about Brown. “Why shouldn’t she have gone out with Willie Brown? He was a player. And what could Willie Brown expect from her in the future? He has not much life left. He (Willie Brown) put Kamala on the State Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board and later the California Medical Assistance Commission. The MAC paid $99k a year in 2002. UIAB US$114k. Both posts were part-time.

At the time, she was working as a county employee making US$100k.

During his tenure, Brown came under FBI investigation twice for corruption involving lucrative contracts flowing from the city to his political friends. “I thought it was only in Third World countries that people were forced to pay bribes to get services they’re entitled to from their government,” said U.S. district judge Charles Legge about the rampant corruption under Brown. “But we find it right here in San Francisco.

In January 2003, shortly after announcing her campaign, (Kamala) Harris had signed a form saying that she would stick to the city’s US$211,000 voluntary spending cap for the campaign (for the San Francisco district attorney election). “

Harris signed the pledge-and then blew right past the spending limit. By the end of Nov, she had raised US$621,000.

The San Francisco Ethics Commission vote to fine Harris was unanimous. Her campaign had to pay a US$34,000 fine, a record in city elections.

Moving on to the next, and by far the most disturbing aspect: Harris often recounts her background as a sex crimes prosecutor earlier in her career to attack others for their legal failings in this area. During her decade-and-a-half tenure as a chief prosecutor, Harris would fail to prosecute a single case of priest abuse and her office would strangely hide vital records on abuses that had occurred despite the protests of victims groups.

Harris’s predecessor as San Francisco district attorney, Terence Hallinan, was aware of and had prosecuted numerous Catholic priests on sexual misconduct involving children. And he had been gathering case files for even more.

Hallinan’s office had launched an investigation and quickly discovered that the San Francisco Archdiocese had extensive internal records concerning complaints going back some seventy-five years.

In spring of 2002, Hallinan demanded the church turn them over to his office. A month later, the archdiocese reluctantly complied. The secret documents were explosive and reportedly contained the names of about forty current and former priests in the San Francisco area who had been identified in sexual abuse complaints. Hallinan used the information from the files to begin pursuing legal cases against them. In nearby San Mateo and Marin County, prosecutors obtained the same church records and those in Marin charged Father Gregory Ingels in 2003, but by June 2003, Hallinan and other prosecutors had hit a roadblock: the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that California’s law extending the statute of limitations for priest abuse cases was unconstitutional.

The records that Hallinan had in his possession touched on well-connected institutions at the heart of California’s power structure. St. Ignatius College Preparatory School, in the Archdiocese of San Francisco, counted California governor Jerry Brown — as alumni.

Now comes the Kamala connection

According to San Francisco election financial disclosures, high-dollar donations to Harris’s campaign began to roll in from those connected to the Catholic Church institutional hierarchy. For some reason, she did not want the documents released in any form. Harris’s office claimed that the cover-up was about protecting the victims of abuse. Victims’ groups wanted the documents released and Harris was stopping it. ‘

To be continued …

Sohail Choudhury is the Executive Editor of Blitz

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