A short history
of a very corrupt sheriff
in a very corrupt state
It likely will not surprise you that
this disturbing story
of political corruption,
of police civil rights abuses,
of high-level cover ups
originates from within the
State of Louisiana.
recently speculated on who will
win the century's title as the
most corrupt state in the union,
Louisiana or Illinois.
“Corruption in Illinois is mainly
pedestrian and shameful.
“In Louisiana, it's flambuoyant
Jacob Weisberg, NEWSWEEK, publ.
This presentation reports on but
one incident of the
“bayou” state's corruption.
But it is an important story.
For it shows not just the crimes
of a prominent Louisiana
law enforcement official
against his own people;
it shows the savage and brutal
means to which he would resort to
hide those crimes and punish
those citizens who report them.
“ Louisiana wins the
corruption super bowl
This corruption originates from the
Southeast corner of Louisiana,
about sixty from New Orleans.
* In Louisiana our “counties” are called “parishes”.
Political corruption is rampant
in south Louisiana.
Nowhere more so than in
the infamous Lafourche Parish.
Our last three Lafourche Parish sheriffs
went to federal prison.
But the current law enforcement regime
in Lafourche has taken
and brutal cover up tactics
far beyond that of the
administrations of the past.
The current administration has
taken corruption to a radically new
level of citizen abuse,of
intimidation and of threatened violence,
to intolerable campaigns
of repression and fear
which far surpasses anything that
we experienced in the past.
Both companies market
services and devices.
The problem and legal issue is
that Webre's companies
market these expensive
law enforcement services and devices
to parish citizens and courts
over whom he maintains
jurisdiction and control
through the sheriff's office..
Seven years ago
the State of Louisiana
told Webre that it was not lawful
for him to market these products
to his own parishioners and courts.
The State told Webre that his
making of a personal profit from
Lafourche Parish law enforcement and
judicial matters would constitute
a gross conflict of interest
between his office as sheriff and
his personal business ventures.
This was south Louisiana, folks.
Even if he was caught in violation of
the state's ruling, Webre believed that
he could extricate himself
through legal technicalities and through
those good ole boys down at the courthouse. .
As Webre indicated to many in the parish,
even if he was caught in violation of
the state's ruling,
he could extricate himself
through legal technicalities and those
“boys” down at the court. .
Louisiana Ethics Administration
eventually grew tired of Webre's
infamous arrogant defiance of the law.
The Ethics Administration
finally brought charges against Webre
two months ago for
the commission of his
multiple conflicts of interest and
other mass ethics violations.
The bondsmen would tell
prospective bail bond clients,
ie. Webre's own PRISONERS
that their bail bond underwriters
would post their bond ONLY if
the client simultaneously purchased a
“bond securing “ electronic home
detention device, which was not ordered
by the arraigning court,
Craig Webre's AEMS corporation
is the designated legal “reseller” for
The conflicts of interest between
Webre's duties as Sheriff and
his lucrative private business ventures
have been evident to Lafourche Parish
citizens for a long time.
So were the obvious adverse
repercussions to their jobs, families
and lives were they to voice public
comments about it.
Inevitably the ever-expanding
network of Webre's conflicts of interest
into huge political as well as legal
problems for the sheriff.
In 2007 Webre was up for re-election
in Lafourche Parish.
Webre also had just assumed the
Presidency of the prestigious
NATIONAL SHERIFFS' ASSOCIATION
in Alexandria, Virginia
Over $3 million of the NSA's
is derived through grants
United States Justice Department.
Webre's alleged massive wrongdoing
back on the bayous of Louisiana
potentially represented serious adverse
exposure and public scrutiny
to the NSA if it were exposed
in the national media.
Webre knew that most of the whistle
blowing and the public outcry over his
conflicts of interest and
malfeasance in office
Were originating from south Louisiana.
Webre began to unleash a ruthless
campaign to retaliate against and
to silence any Lafourche Parish citizen
who dared even publicly mention his
apparent misuse of his elected office
forpersonal gain and profit.
To Webre and his advisors,
Lafourche Parish citizens had become
their “enemy combatants”.
Lafourche Parish started to resemble
A secret police state in the old
Webre and his Internal Affairs Chief
initiated surveillance of Internet
forums and blogs within and
outside of the parish.
In their increasingly desperate minds
Webre and his attorney created their
own version of
“reasonable legal cause” under which
to monitor the cell phone and Internet
communications of citizens.
Reasonable cause was any discussion by
or among citizens that even alluded to
Webre's misuse of his office for
personal financial reward.
Computer IP addresses, emails,
cell phone directories and other
electronic-identifying info on parish
citizens was steered
into the hands of Webre's
reelection “task forces”.
Webre's private investigators were sent
on reconnaissance missions to local
In order to determine who
may be using
public computers to post adverse
comments about his administration.
Lafourche is a rural parish.
Many residents do not have home PC's.
Many still use parish library facilities
for Net access and to engage in
political dialogue and commentary.
Webre and his people tried to
totally chill that open public dialogue
in the parish.
Webre's staff began issuing
public Internet announcements to
“warn” citizens: citizens were told that
“using parish computers”
to post negative comments
about the sheriff
was against the law.
Letters were sent to individual
Internet forum participants,
whose Internet addresses Webre's
staff had hacked into, instilling
more and more fear
of the adversity which could come
to them from any anti-Webre posts.
HOW MANY GOT THOSE LETTERS AGAIN?
● Thibodaux Daily Comet, April 15, 2009
To Webre, the Constitution,
freedom of speech, freedom of
assembly, freedom of the press
Donald Harang was the attorney for the
Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office.
Harang began circulating his theory
derived from the trendy book,
The Art of War; whoever insinuated
Webre's illegal business activity
was in effect
“conspiring to undermine
law and order in the parish.”
Parish businessmen could deal
with no more of the repression:
Sheriff Craig Webre had to go
Instead of backing off from his
repressive attacks and the backlash
which they were triggering, Webre
accelerated his retaliation and reprisals
against area citizens and businessmen.
When his critics and opponents
attempted to air television reports
of his corruption, Webre had the
reports taken off the air.
Webre's attorneys went to a local judge
who was a Webre political backer;
the judge issued an injunction
prohibiting such public TV disclosures.
Parish citizen groups
had to go to a Louisiana appellate court
to get the censorship ban lifted.
RADIO FREE LAFOURCHE
Appellate court overrules Webre censorship:
Houma Courier, October 16, 2007
Webre's surveillance tactics became
As is the case in most sheriff's offices,
selected staff members possess
federal password authorizations which
are used to access Justice Department,
FBI, and other federal computer data on
In Webre's case, he had used his
connections with the
National Sheriff's Association and
to obtain access to even more
Restricted citizen data base files
which are maintained
by the federal government.
The records are are to be accessed
ONLY FOR legitimate law enforcement
purposes pursuant to an actual
28 C.F.R. Part 20
United States Code of Federal Fegulations
Title 28 Judicial Administration;
Part 20 Criminal Justice information Systems
28 C.F.R. Part 23
United States Code of Federal Fegulations
Title 28 Judicial Administration;
Part 23 Criminal Justice information Systems
Webre tossed these stringent
Justice Department computer access
regulations to the wind.
Webre's staff repeatedly breached
the regulations, mining into FBI, NCIC,
Homeland Security and other federal
data bases for his own political ends.
Webre personnel then began hacking
Into the private employment and
confidential banking records
of his critics.
Webre's goal: to collect confidential
computer data on Lafourche Parish
citizens and businesses who were
exposing his apparent corruption and
malfeasance in office;
and to then distort it and to publicly
release within the official parish
to discredit and intimidate all
whistle blowers and critics.
Webre even allowed
outside campaign workers,
who are expressly forbidden from
accessing ANY government data files,
to delve into the confidential
federal/private computer records.
Every informant, every whistle blower
who was reporting the sheriff's
alleged misuse of his office to
federal and state agencies
became a repeat target for the
Illicit computer searches .
Eg. offshore oil supplier Gordon Rice:
Rice early on became a target of
Webre's unlawful searches and data
dissemination of Justice Department
files; Rice had tried to publicly reveal
Webre's corrupt misuse of his office
for profit in the local news media.
Eg. Nicholls State University
Police Chief Craig Jacuzzo: Mr. Jacuzzo
vehemently opposed Webre's secrecy in
his settlement of brutality suits which
were repeatedly brought against the
parish; Jacuzzo became another prime
target of the Webre federal computer
Scores of other businessmen
and everyday citizens fell victim
to the invasion of Justice Department
and Homeland Security citizen files.
At one point Webre's
private investigative force is said
to have been actually reading
the computer notes of FBI agents
who were investigating his
Time after time the extracted computer
data would be altered and distorted;
falsified claims would be made as to
its content; the citizens who were run
would be accused of illicit activity;
the falsified reports would then be
published within the on line forums of
the parish's official news journal.
Respected citizens, ordinary
businessmen who were speaking out
against Webre found themselves
publicly accused of perjury, of fraud,
of psychotic episodes, of sex crimes,
of involvement in drug dealing.
THINKSTREAM software enables
law enforcement agencies,
on a fee basis,
to link into its huge Baton Rouge
in turn link into into the
THINKSTREAM maintains a
stringent user agreement with the
FBI in order to maintain these
to the restricted federal computer data.
As part of the user agreement,
THINKSTREAM is required
to provide 24/7 monitoring
of all federal computer searches
which are initiated through its servers.
All unauthorized or suspect
computer searches must be
immediately reported to the FBI and
the incidents must be subsequently
documented within the biennial and
annual audits which the company
must submit on federal data
accessions through its facility.
In 2007 THINKSTREAM
President Barry Bellue and
Vice President Paul San Soucie
made a startling discovery.
Bellue and San Soucie confided to
their legal counsels, employees and
confidantes: Webre was in
major legal trouble.
THINKSTREAM possessed hard-copy
disk evidence: Webre and his personnel
had been running unauthorized,
warrant-less searches through the
Homeland Security computers for
reasons having nothing to do with
law enforcement activities.
Webre was running the searches to
assemble additional information
on critics, whistle blowers and other
citizens which he would use in his
THINKSTREAM's information on
Webre's criminal misuse of the
federal computer files leaked out.
Lafourche Parish was in shock.
Businessmen issued a
public demand to the
United States Attorney's Office in
immediately take action to arrest
Webre for authorizing the illegal
federal computer searches
on Louisiana citizens; immediately
halt his alteration and dissemination
of falsified federal data through
the Internet and media.
Prominent Louisiana attorney
led the demands for action.
The U.S. Attorney's Office was
Provided with documentation and
testimony of the illegal searches.
A civil law suit simultaneously was
commenced in federal court in New
Orleans by many of the citizens and
businessmen who were victims of the
illegal Webre computer searches.
CITIZENS OF LAFOURCHE VERSUS WEBRE
October 16, 2007
But Webre did not relent from his
citizen attacks; his defiance worsened.
Within two weeks Webre's attorney
was on the telephone to Bellue at
THINKSTREAM, urging that
a deal be cut for THINKSTREAM
to conceal and suppress its
Webre' revenge continued
to soar out of control.
Read now the account of another
of Craig Webre's specially-targeted
victims, Daniel Morris.
Up until the time that he was forced
to move out of Lafourche Parish
in fear for his life, Morris lived in
Thibodaux, the seat of the
Lafourche Parish government and the
headquarters of Webre's
“ I was one of the citizens who
first reported Sheriff Craig Webre's
alleged misconduct to federal and
state law enforcement and judicial
Webre knew that I had reported
him. His attorney Donald Harang
admitted it to me several times.
In fact, Harang harassed me for
months to give him the names of
everyone else whom I knew who
had reported Webre's alleged
malfeasance to state or federal
In revenge for my reporting him,
Webre and several of his attorneys
assembled what was to become
known within Lafourche Parish as
his Internet retaliation possé.
The Webre possé was a group of
Internet writers who posted in his
behalf in the on-line news forums
of the Thibodaux Daily Comet
The possé included Webre's
attorneys, his private investigators
ex sheriff's office employees, rogue
deputies and task force members,
along with several of campaign
The initial mission of the “possé”
was to publish attacks on my and
other citizens' credibility on the on-
line Internet forums of the Daily
The Internet retaliation and
intimidation started in late August,
'Hell in a hand basket for Mr.
Morris', a Webre attorney notified
me through his forum
'I'd duck if I were you but it won't
'I am the New Son of Sam, Daniel,'
exclaimed another possé member
who adopted the name of the
notorious Brooklyn serial killer.
My concern worsened. So did most
other middle-aged readers. We
understood the reference. This in
not something with which to target
another forum reader.
'You will never lose me',
New Son of Sam then notified
every forum poster whom he
believed to be me. He was the
predator. I was his prey. He was
flagrant in stating his intent; he
was as he stated my “stalker”.
My medical records were illegally
accessed by this New Son of Sam.
Medical diagnoses were twisted,
mocked, and published on the
Cyber harassment was one thing.
What this character Sam was doing
was beyond harassment. It was but
DAILY COMET INTIMIDATION 6.PDF
JUSTICE IS COMING FOR DANIEL
March 7, 2008
DAILY COMET INTIMIDATION 7.PDF
JUSTICE IS COMING FOR DANIEL
March 7, 2008
Webre's e-possé realized that their
Internet harassment had failed to
stop me from communicating with
government investigators who
were examining his alleged
misconduct as sheriff.
They turned up the heat. Webre
knew through his attorneys of the
deteriorating attack. He did
I had become Mr. Webre's example
for other Lafourche Parish
citizens: 'this is what will happen
to you too if you so dare as suggest
that your sheriff is implicated in
No one in the parish (pop. ~
90,000+) was prepared for the
ensuing insanity of the Webre
instigated Internet campaign.
The possé's Internet tactics took
their turn for the worse in early
late spring of 2008. Their linked
forum posts became totally bizarre,
threatening physical violence.
Internet posts began in Latin, under
the screen name of one of a deceased
colleague, Dr. R.N. Sabatini of Loyola
and Nicholls State University .
“rattle, rattle , cough , cough, “ a
reference to Sabatini's death from
lung cancer became the constant
refrain which would start the
'You will soon find yourself in a
small dark interrogation room and it
will not be comfortable,' I was
More mental derangement
A hyperlink to an audio file from
Jack Nicholson's horror movie,
The Shining, was inserted into
another Webre posse Internet post
which targeted me.
“D.T.M., I will toast God
three times with the blood
of your murder.”
Another Internet possé member
immediately reinforced the threat.
“ I see dead people,” he posted.
These threats had a deep impact; I
truly felt that I likely was looking
at the loss of my life, if not at that
specific moment then in the very
Friend after friend began to call,
'Daniel, you have to get out of here.
There seem to be heavy-duty
mental problems with several of
these Internet posters who have
been targeting you.'.
'A normal person would never
publish threats this deranged,
imbued with blood and gore; you
have no police protection; Webre
knows this Internet violence is
going on; he and Harang are
facilitating it by refusing to act to
stop it. THEY STARTED IT'
Trust me, this was a horribly
situation.And, it continued to
Three months after their April-
May “drink your blood” threats,
these same Webre Internet
stalkers tracked me down on a
trip I had made to the Pacific
Northwest, 2700 miles from the
A communication was posted to
me on the Comet forums. My
exact location, Seattle, was
published. I truly had become the
I became so alarmed I notified TSA
at the Sea Tac Airport before I
would consider getting on my
flight back to Louisiana.
“You will never lose me,'” the New
Son of Sam had warned me 11
months earlier through the Daily
Comet's Internet forums.
Craig Webre has achieved the
vengeance against me that he so
wanted. He has for all intent and
purpose destroyed all peace of
mind and sense of safety and
The stalking and death threats
which these men have imposed on
me remain, I presume, to this day.
The state ethics board's decision
to prosecute Webre probably
makes the execution of those
threats more likely than ever.
You are talking about a huge
amount of money which Craig
Webre is making from his corrupt
misuse of his office. I really do not
believe that he will let go of his
riches and his near-psychopathic
desire for retaliation on his own.
Only if the state intervenes to
incarcerate Mr. Webre and his
rogue possé will this threat ever be
gone from my life.
Webre is a brutal and vindicative
sheriff. I am convinced that he and
those who take orders from him are
just as physically dangerous to the
other citizens who spoke out
against his corruption as they are
to me. “
Daniel T. Morris
Returning from Mr. Morris's testimony,
we clearly see on fact:
Craig Webre ran the gamut of
some of the most extreme
and police brutality in the
history of even this corrupt
State of Louisiana.
Craig Webre continues to roam the
bayous of south Louisiana , like the
legendary loup garou, with his
Badge in one hand and his
business card in the other.
Craig Webre continues to prey
On south Louisiana's citizens.
As Mr. Morris says, Craig Webre
and his intimidation team
still appear until this day
to pose a real danger:
a danger to the
civil rights and physical safety
of anyone who dared to question, or
still would have the courage,
to publicly question
his misuse of his elected office.
Louisiana Governor and Republican
Presidential hopeful Bobby Jindal
continues to do nothing which would
bring his political buddy
Craig Webre to justice.
The Fletcher investigation
was stopped in its tracks, less
then a week before Fletcher was
scheduled to fly to Louisiana to take
additional sworn statements
which were needed for a
Only Mr. Obama and the Congress
now seem in a position
to stop Webre: to stop his illegal
federal computer searches; to stop
his civil rights abuses; to stop his
citizen intimidation, reprisals and