NM Police academy instructors punished for whistleblowing

KOB Eyewitness News 4 has learned former instructors at New Mexico’s Law Enforcement Academy say they were ostracized — three of them fired — after reporting superiors for illegal activity and for refusing to encourage cadets to cheat.

Those men are suing some of the biggest names in New Mexico criminal justice for whistle-blower retaliation…

The defendants include current Albuquerque PD chief Gorden Eden and LEA director Jack Jones.

All four plaintiffs have extensive law enforcement experience outside New Mexico — they were brought in to make the academy better.

But when they started asking questions and making changes they say they got into trouble.

Now they’re fighting back.

“When you have a 20 year veteran with a sparkling, clear, not a blemish on his resume — and then you get hit with this, because someone is trying to cover their ass, that’s wrong,” said Joe Campbell.

Campbell represents four men with similar stories…Their names are George Puga, Anthony Maxwell, Earl Voiles and a name that may sound familiar to KOB viewers — Phil Gallegos.

They were told they needed to teach the test,” said Campbell. “From the very beginning, my clients said, ‘We can’t do that…'”

Gallegos and his fellow instructors tried to do something…”They made the ultimate recommendation that the law enforcement academy be shut down, revamped from the beginning, so you’d miss a class,” said CampBell.

But Campbell says that cost Gallegos his job…

Gallegos and his former colleagues say orders to teach exam questions to cadets came from the very top — from former DPS secretary now Albuquerque police chief Gorden Eden…

Current DPS secretary Greg Fouratt sent KOB this statement:

“Neither the Secretary nor the Chief Legal Counsel of DPS nor the Director of the NM Law Enforcement Academy has seen a copy of the lawsuit. Nonetheless, the department intends to vigorously defend against the allegations and believes them to be entirely without legal merit.”

Meanwhile, I get to sit back and look at two sides of the same coin: New Mexico’s education sucks so bad folks who want to be coppers aren’t capable – apparently – of passing the courses without illicit help. Our corrupt bureaucrats – of the police variety – are prepared to teach the test to assure students pass. Get to join one or another police department around the state.

The saddest part is that this affects all the good cops who worked their butts off to get through the academy without special help. I’ve been to graduation ceremonies at the LEA. Applauded friends who worked 24/7 studying and training to get through courses at the highest possible standard – because they wanted to be good cops. They’re still out there because they believe that “Protect and Serve” still means what it says.

Philippine top court defies Catholic Church – Backs birth control

The Supreme Court in the Philippines has approved a birth control law, in a defeat for the Catholic Church…The law requires government health centres to distribute free condoms and contraceptive pills.

The court had deferred implementation after the law’s passage in December 2012 after church groups questioned its constitutionality.

Supporters of the law cheered as the court found that most of the provisions were constitutional.

The government of President Benigno Aquino defied years of church pressure by passing the bill…It says the law will help the poor, who often cannot afford birth control, and combat the country’s high rates of maternal mortality.

The provisions will make virtually all forms of contraception freely available at public health clinics…Sex education will also be compulsory in schools and public health workers will be required to receive family planning training…There will also be medical care for women who have had illegal abortions.

The Philippines is about 80% Catholic, and with a population approaching 100 million, has one of the highest birth rates in Asia.

The church fought fiercely against the bill, denouncing it as evil and a threat to life. It denounced politicians who supported it, including President Aquino.

While most of the world’s candyass media keeps the focus of their attention on the nice guy with the big ring in Rome – throughout the rest of the world, especially developing nations, the Catholic Church continues with the iron fist in the velvet glove. Fully committed to the suppression of women and reproductive freedom, the church is satisfied with tying society to the ignorance of 14th Century minds.

Fuel from the sea proof of concept — Naval Research Lab

Fueled by a liquid hydrocarbon—a component of NRL’s novel gas-to-liquid process that uses CO2 and H2 as feedstock—the research team demonstrated sustained flight of a radio-controlled P-51 replica of the legendary Red Tail Squadron, powered by an off-the-shelf and unmodified two-stroke internal combustion engine.

Using an innovative and proprietary NRL electrolytic cation exchange module, both dissolved and bound CO2 are removed from seawater at 92 percent efficiency by re-equilibrating carbonate and bicarbonate to CO2 and simultaneously producing H2. The gases are then converted to liquid hydrocarbons by a metal catalyst in a reactor system…

The predicted cost of jet fuel using these technologies is in the range of $3-$6 per gallon, and with sufficient funding and partnerships, this approach could be commercially viable within the next seven to ten years. Pursuing remote land-based options would be the first step towards a future sea-based solution…

The process efficiencies and the capability to simultaneously produce large quantities of H2, and process the seawater without the need for additional chemicals or pollutants, has made these technologies far superior to previously developed and tested membrane and ion exchange technologies for recovery of CO2 from seawater or air.

Delightful stuff. Field expediency and cost efficiency over time – both potentials addressed in a single experiment.

Thanks, Mike