Saturday Morning an anonymous comment was posted on this blog.
"It is also rumored that CMPD is reading all emails and listening to all phone calls of CMPD employees they are trying to "get". Would this even be legal? People have started using their personal phones to communicate with one another. It's also being rumored that they are going after Cedar Posts to find out identity of posters and that they have somehow hacked Cedar to obtain identities, ..... Whatever is true....paranoia has hit an all time high!"
Forty years ago on July 24, 1971 Richard Nixon's White House created the "Plumbers" the covert White House Special Investigation Unit. Its task was to stop the leaking of classified information to the news media. Its members later branched into illegal activities working for the Committee to Re-elect the President, including the Watergate break-in and the ensuing Watergate scandal.
The "Plumbers" are some of the most infamous names in Washington history including E. Howard Hunt, Charles Colson, G. Gordon Liddy and Egil Krogh. Liddy even coined his own sensitivity indicator for the group in the form of "ODESSA" for "Organization Directed to Eliminate the Subversion of the Secrets of the Administration".
Just as the comment today stated about Monroe's CMPD, back in 1971 at the Nixon White House paranoia was running rampant.
Last year two former CMPD officers were threatened with legal action by Major Vicki Foster over stories posted on the Cedar Posts Blog. Foster was convinced the two were "Cedar Posts" and that they had published untruths about Foster and her boyfriend Melvin Keys. Since truth is a defense the simplest way to defend themselves was to present Foster's lawyer with proof of the truth and that was the end of that. The letter from Foster's lawyer is here.
Early this year another CMPD officer was dragged in front of certain members of the Command Staff including Vicki Foster. This career officer was told that they knew he was Cedar Posts. The officer of course wasn't Cedar Posts, but the verbal beating continued for an hour. In the end the veteran officer was demoted and assigned to the 3rd shift.
Other officers have been accused of being or posting on the Cedar Posts blog. Emails are scanned, phone calls recorded. It would indeed be unwise to post a comment on the Cedar Posts Blog from a CMPD computer. But Cedar Posts has no record of who posts comments. The Blog doesn't require you to identify yourself or sign in.
As far as having your calls and emails screened by Rodney's ODESSA Team, welcome to the world of paranoia and the White House Plumbers.
Threats are made by CMPD command staff every day, this is just how the department rolls. Threats over Comstat Numbers, dumbing down crime reports, threats over leaking IA investigation about one officer's sexual misconduct, threats of 3rd shifts, and losing your take home car. The list goes on and on.
Rob Turfano last week told a local reporter he ignores Cedar Posts. A few months ago Vicki Foster went postal when another station's reporter asked about CMPD news that broke on Cedar Posts. A week later the chief sent out an email chastising a local news station for giving credit to Cedar Posts:
"Lastly, we would like to emphasize that the unofficial blog site, which was quoted in your story, is not a credible source of information. The information published on this site is not fact based. As a blog, the users and subscribers can write anything they wish, regardless of validity. It is our hope that a responsible and ethical news organization would examine all of their sources before publishing a story. The fact is, the citizens of Charlotte deserve to receive accurate facts and information, especially as it relates to the law enforcement agency that serves them."
If there is one thing Rodney Monroe doesn't like is the lack of control. Which is why the "Significant Event Log" is no longer on line, why the "Calls for Service" is no longer on line, why Internal Affairs reports are not on line, why the minutes of the civil service board are no longer on line and why the CMPD budget is no longer published.
It's all about control. The driving force behind the Nixon White House and his henchmen known as the Plumbers.