Spokane Police Abuses: Past to Present

The People of Spokane vs. Law Enforcement Abuse, Impunity, Corruption, and Cover-up

FBI Watchlist — Spokane Edition (Updated)

Posted by Arroyoribera on September 3, 2007

(Updated 09/03/2007 from original 08/02/2007 post)

Andy Castor — FBI supervisory agent in the Spokane office of the FBI. Castor previously worked as special assistant to the FBI chief information officer. Prior to that he was the assistant special agent in charge at the FBI’s San Antonio office. Castor was involved in the FBI’s investigative confusion about the Benites Saimon Sichiro murder-by-jail-guard case and the Otto Zehm murder-by-police case, both in early 2006. According to Castor, “In this particular case, we did not ask ourselves enough questions to make sure we were talking about the same inquiry…I hope we don’t make too many more errors like this.” (from Spokesman-Review — 4/7/06)

Castor was also involved in similar FBI confusion regarding the FBI’s involvement in the May 4, 2004 assault on anti-war protesters David Brookbank and Al Mangan. In that matter, the FBI’s Seattle office reported to U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell’s office that Mr. Brookbank “was assaulted after he assaulted the passing driver”. The Spokane Police Department’s investigative report and 911 tapes of witness statements contradict this characterization. While repeatedly denying that it carried out an investigation of the matter, James H. Burrus, Acting Assistant Director of the FBI’s Criminal Investigative Division in Washington, DC, wrote on 2/17/06 to tell Sen. Cantwell that the Spokane Residency Agency of the FBI’s Seattle Office “conducted a thorough review of this matter and forwarded the results to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division. Despite requests under Freedom of Information Act for information on this matter, neither Cantwell’s office nor Mr. Brookbank has been provided with any information. Spokane Police positively identified the driver of the jeep involved in the assault on Brookbank and Mangan as Justin Clare. No charges were filed in the case and Spokane Police detective Crystal Jolley closed the case prior to speaking with two primary witnesses.


Frank Harrill — FBI special agent in Spokane who specializes in computer crimes.


Egon “Dez” Dezihan — Head of the Spokane FBI office. According to his staff, he spent several months in the Middle East in mid-2004, perhaps in regard to Abu Ghraib activities. He is the author of “Color of Law Matters”, an unpublished FBI document, as well as the co-author of “Oleoresin Capsicum: A Natural Alternative”, a paper dealing with pepper spray (Oleoresin Capsicum: A Natural Alternative, Peace Officers Association of Los Angeles County, November 1993).

Yakima Valley News


Jason Oakley — self-described “terrorism” agent for FBI-Spokane. Oakley is involved in monitoring, tracking, and “harassing” local activists.


Joseph Cleary — FBI-Spokane/Joint Terrorism Task Force Special Agent. Served in Afghanistan at Bagram and Kandahar. (1)


Norman C. Brown — FBI’s Inland Northwest Joint Terrorism Task Force supervisor.



Laura Laughlin, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Seattle FBI Office.


Fred Gutt — FBI special agent in the Seattle office of the FBI. Gutt has been involved in the case of FBI spying on peace organizations such as the Peace and Justice Action League of Spokane (PJALS).


Rich Kolko — FBI special agent in the FBI’s Washington, D.C. headquarters. In regard to FBI spying on peace groups, Kolko was quoted as saying, “We don’t investigate groups. We investigate criminal activity.” In regard to FBI record keeping, he stated, “We don’t purge records. If we write something down, we keep it.”


The Inland Northwest Joint Terrorism Task Force investigates cases in Eastern Washington and northern Idaho, including domestic and international terrorism. The task force is made up of federal, state and local law enforcement, and is funded through the FBI’s budget. Domestic terrorists — as defined by the bureau — are U.S. residents who commit acts of terrorism on our own soil. Spokane was the site of 2 of the seventeen acts of domestic terrorism committed in the U.S. from 1990 to 1996.


FBI Informant Posed as Journalist in Spokane

The FBI in Peace and War

Police Surveillance — Intimidation and Suppression of Spokane dissidents

Quarantining dissent — Fascism on our doorsteps

Law enforcement tasers suicidal man who then jumps

Dept of Justice report — Continued problems between FBI and other police agencies in spokane

FBI fabricating bogus information false ballistic information

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