Current Update Archive

    Day 500-580 (Through Sunday December 31, 1998)

    The Government and their agents continue to deny any wrongdoing as to the seizure of all the Sweeney's personal possessions.
    They now say that they took NO INVENTORY when the property was seized and no one will admit to the massive cover-up and possible destruction of valuables, documents and evidence.

    U.S. Department of Justice is now suggesting that John Sweeney was attempting to burn down his family homestead.
    United States Attorney Sheila Sawyer in letter dated November 9, 1998 to Sweeney attorney states......
    "First and foremost the United States Marshals Service did not 'seize' anything belonging to your client on the day of his arrest, other than a couple of 'smoke sticks' which your client apparently contemplated using as an accerelant, and two gas cans located in the basement which appeared to have been rigged to disseminate gas around the perimeter of Sweeney's house"

    Recent Federal and State court rulings against the Sweeney property are under appeal.

    Day 488-499 (Through Sunday, October 11, 1998)

    THE SWEENEY PROPERTY HAS BEEN TRASHED, DESTROYED, MUCH IS MISSING AND THE REMAINDER IS COMPLETELY IN SHAMBLES...At a court ordered viewing it became immediately clear that justice is being obstructed, possible evidence has been tampered with and something is very, very wrong. The FDIC, the U.S. Attorney, the moving company and all the others involved now face serious accountability.

    Day 401-487 (Through Tuesday, September 29,1998)

    SUPERIOR COURT ORDERS THAT ALL DEFENDANTS MUST ALLOW SWEENEY LAWYERS TO VIEW AND INVENTORY THE SWEENEY'S PERSONAL PROPERTY AND EVIDENCE....Assistant US Attorney tells Sweeney lawyer that no inventory of the Sweeney property was taken at the time the property was seized but in a sworn affidavit the owner of the moving company swears under oath .." I was hired by the F.D.I.C. to move the property and store it in a warehouse. The F.D.I.C. and the U.S. Marshall's office prepared an inventory and documented what goods were removed from the plaintiff's premises."
    What really is going on here between the government, the moving company and the Sweeney's possessions and evidence?
    Has evidence been tampered with or destroyed?

    Hamilton-Wenham Chronicle front page headline "SWEENEYS CONTINUE TO FIGHT FOR ACCESS TO THEIR PROPERTY--There are two 40 foot trailers somewhere with John & Rhetta Sweeney's personal household goods inside.For seven months the Sweeneys having been trying to locate and gain access to the trailers. This Monday they learned that the property has been sold to a third party....Mass. Superior Court in Boston issued a restraining order on September 10 to We Haul, the company contracted by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation [FDIC] to remove the Sweeneys personal belongings......"

    SUMMONS & RESTRAINING ORDER ISSUED BY SUFFOLK SUPERIOR COURT
    Judge John C. Cratsley...."We command you, said defendant, to immediately disclose to the plaintiff the exact location of the property discribed in this complaint and shall immediately allow plaintiff's attorneys during reasonable business hours, the opportunity to view and inventory this property, and (2)Defendants shall not sell, dispose of, auction, insinerate, throw out, damage or otherwise alter the property described in this complaint, until further order of this court:"

    Motions have now been filed requesting an immediate hearing in front of Judge Keeton to order the Government and it's agents to release all of the possessions and "to preserve exculpatory evidence" essential to John Sweeney's right to a fair trial.
    Sheila Sawyer, Assistant US Attorney replaces Timothy Q. Feeley as the Government Prosecutor....WHY?

    GOVERNMENT CONTINUES TO HOLD ALL OF THE SEIZED SWEENEY POSSESSIONS PREVENTING JOHN SWEENEY FROM GAINING ACCESS TO KEY RECORDS, DOCUMENTS, EVIDENCE AND PERSONAL PROPERTY. WHY?
    What is the Government hiding?
    Have key documents and evidence been destroyed or are missing?
    Why does the Government not want Sweeney to have a jury trial?
    What really is going on here?

    Day 324-400 (Through Thursday, July 4, 1998)

    FDIC SELLS BOTH SWEENEY HOUSES..The Hamilton-Wenham Chronicle reported on June 10, 1998 that the Meyer Lane house with ten acres was sold to Manok Yarian of Westwood, MA for $475,000 and that the Bay Road house with four acres was sold to Christina 0'Shea and Kevin Brophy for $320,000.

    JOHN SWEENEY is demanding his right to a jury trial that will finally expose the known FRAUD and the U.S. Government's cover-up of this FRAUD.
    John C. McBride of McBride and Associates, 240 Commercial Street, Boston, MA 02109; 617-367-8844 will be defending John Sweeney against the U.S. Government's false charges.

    CATO's latest letter

    Government wants to keep Sweeney from having a Jury Trial
    "Not only has the government deprived him of his real estate without due process of the law, the government has now indicated they will oppose his right to a jury trial"....They (prosecutors) are afraid to have a jury trial" said Sweeney's lawyer John McBride of Boston, MA.
    Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy Feeley said yesterday he expects to oppose Sweeney's bid for a jury trial.
    McBride said it is highly unusual for the government to attempt to block a jury trial. He said he will appeal all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court if necessary to win a jury trial on the contempt charge. He said he will show that the order to force Sweeney to leave his house was illegal.
    "The Government doesn't want to prosecute Mr. Sweeney---They want to persecute him".

    Sweeney pleads "NOT GUILTY". US Attorney Feeley tells Judge that the penalty could be "$250,000 or LIFE IN PRISON" for Sweeney at the arraignment Monday.
    FDIC requested that US Marshals (Department of Justice) raid and seize the Sweeney property and now the US Attorney says that the Department of Justice has nothing to do with the FDIC in this case.
    WHAT'S REALLY GOING ON HERE?"

    Hamilton Police are being paid $30/hour, 24 hours a day($720/day) by the FDIC to guard and patrol the Sweeney Property...Since March 1 to April 20 (51 days)
    Cost to the taxpayers $36,720 and growing....WHY?

    FRONT PAGE ARTICLE in USA JOURNAL April 17-19...A must read!!
    http://www.freerepublic.com/forum/a191001.htm

    Day 294-323 (Through Saturday, April 18, 1998)

    Our Hamilton phone number is now working again: 978-468-1536 and our address for correspondence and "Defense Fund" Contributions is:
    PO Box 2191, S. Hamilton, MA 01982.
    Thank You & God Bless You All...John & Rhetta

    FRIDAY, APRIL 17 ARRAIGNMENT AGAIN MOVED TO MONDAY, APRIL 20 @ 10:00 AM IN WORCESTER. Monday is a state holiday (Patriot's Day) in Massachusetts but the Federal Court will be open.

    The arraignment today (April 9) was once again postponed until Friday, April 17, 1998 @2:00PM in Worcester.

    CATO's latest letter to the Committees of Correspondence.

    The Arraignment Friday morning was postponed once again until Thursday, April 9,1998 in Worcester at 2:00PM. Magistrate Judge Swartwood wants John Sweeney to have an attorney to represent him. The Judge wanted to immediately appoint one of the Boston Federal Court's "Public Defenders" but Sweeney refused.

    Preparations are in progress for the upcoming ARRAIGNMENT of John Sweeney on Friday.

    Day 278-293 (Through Thursday, March 19, 1998)

    At 11:18AM today (Wednesday March 18) a SECRET GRAND JURY indicted John Sweeney for Criminal Contempt in violation of Title 18, U.S.C. Section 401 (3). He was not notified until he arrived at the court house in Worcester, MA at 2:00PM for his scheduled "Probable Cause" Hearing. By using a Grand Jury to "secretly" indicte John, the Government avoids any public hearing whereby under cross examination they have to prove "Probable Cause" for arresting John in the first place. He will be arraigned in Worcester, MA at 10:30AM on Friday, March 27, 1998. More Details to follow soon...........

    THE "PROBABLE CAUSE" HEARING FOR CRIMINAL CHARGES AGAINST JOHN SWEENEY IS STILL SCHEDULED FOR 3:00PM WEDNESDAY MARCH 18, 1998 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT LOCATED AT 595 MAIN STREET, WORCESTER, MA. MORE INFORMATION COMING SOON

    Sweeneys preparing for the upcoming "Probable Cause Hearing" in Worcester, MA on Wednesday, March 18,1998 at 3:00PM. Many unanswered questions remain as to the actions of the U.S. Marshals, Judge Harrington, the U.S. Attorney and other law enforcement entities handling the Sweeney arrest and the Criminal Charges. New information will be forthcoming soon. Please keep checking this site regularly.

    "Today is our 33rd wedding anniversary and even in 'exile' from our home and property we are truly blessed. The Lord is faithful and we thank you all for your love and support and for caring" John & Rhetta Sweeney

    THE TRUTH WILL COME TO LIGHT
    "You may take our home, you may take all our possessions, but you will NEVER take our spirit"...The Sweeney Family

    Much controversy is now surrounding the arrest of John Sweeney. Lawyers say he was arrested even "before he ever committed a crime". FDIC and Marshals acting footloose with the law. Secret orders issued by Judge Harrington still under seal. WHY?
    Senator Tarr yesterday called for a investigation by Janet Reno of the FDIC and their activities against the Sweeneys and many other people in Massachusetts who have come forward with their stories of abuse by the FDIC/RTC and ComFed Bank.
    PLEASE CONTACT SENATOR TARR'S OFFICE at 617-722-1600 or fax 617-722-1310 to voice your support or register your complaint of abuse.
    PLEASE send a email to Senator Tarr at BTarr@senate.state.ma.us to thank him and tell him you support his leadership.

    IMPORTANT....See new letter to the Committees of Correspondence... Cato

    NEW SWEENEY SEIZURE CONTACT LIST with phone numbers, faxes and emails so you can call and voice your opinion to those that count and need be held accountable.

    At the suggestion of many supporters a "Sweeney Defense Fund" has been opened up to help with the mounting legal, operational and now living expenses. Mail is being picked up daily and can be sent to: Sweeney Defense Fund, Rhetta & John Sweeney, PO Box 2191, South Hamilton, MA 01982. Thank you and God Bless You.

    Day 253-277 (Through Tuesday, March 3, 1998)

    JOHN SWEENEY IS OUT ON $10,000 BAIL
    AFTER BEING CHARGED WITH CRIMINAL CONTEMPT OF COURT AND ACCEPTING THE CONDITIONS OF HIS RELEASE, JOHN RETURNED TO THE STREETS OF WORCESTER, MA, WHICH WERE FILLED WITH REPORTERS, YESTERDAY AFTERNOON. (3/2/98) AFTER INTERVIEWS, JOHN RETURNED TO HAMILTON TO STAY WITH FRIENDS.

    ISIAH 53:7

    HE WAS OPPRESSED AND AFFLICTED, YET HE DID NOT OPEN HIS MOUTH, HE WAS LED LIKE TO A LAMB TO THE SLAUGHTER, AND AS A SHEEP BEFORE HER SHEARERS IS SILENT, SO HE DID NOT OPEN HIS MOUTH.

    YESTERDAY BETWEEN 5 AND 6 PM JOHN SWEENEY WAS ARRESTED AND TAKEN TO ESSEX COUNTY JAIL IN MIDDLETON,MASS. WHERE HE WAS FIRST TAKEN TO THE INFIRMARY, THEN WAS PLACED IN A ONE ROOM CELL BLOCK WITH 60 TO 70 OTHER INMATES. WE ASSUME AT THIS TIME THAT THERE WAS NO WARRANT FOR JOHN'S ARREST, AS HE DOES NOT KNOW OF THE CHARGES AGAINT HIM. HE IS AWAITING ARRAIGNMENT TOMORROW MORNING.

    RHETTA SWEENEY AND BISHOP MARK DYER MET WITH REP. TIERNEY THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 26,1998,IN WASHINGTON,D.C. RHETTA MET WITH REP. D'AMATO THIS MORNING ON CAPITOL HILL.(FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 1998)

    THERE WAS A PRESS CONFERENCE HELD TODAY, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 1998, AT THE SWEENEY RESIDENCE WITH JOHN SWEENEY SPEAKING FROM THE BACK DECK OF THE HOUSE.

    THERE STILL ARE NO ANSWERS TO THE THE SECRET ORDERS.

    KEEP WATCHING THIS PAGE FOR NEWS UPDATES!

    RHETTA SWEENEY LEFT THE PROPERTY SEVERAL DAYS AGO. SHE IS NOW IN WASHINGTON, D.C., DEMANDING ANSWERS FROM CONGRESS. U.S.MARSHALS FOLLOWED HER TO CAPITOL HILL AND SERVED HER PAPERS, STATING THAT SHE MAY NEVER RETURN TO HER HOME.

    MARSHALS TRYING TO SET UP SWEENEYS ON CRIMINAL CRIMINAL CHARGES!
    FEDERAL JUDGE HARRINGTON ISSUES 5 SECRET ORDERS UNDER SEAL, AND THE MARSHALS REFUSE TO ADMIT THEIR EXISTANCE!
    AN ELDERLY CHURCH VOLUNTEER WAS SERVED NOTICE AT HER HOME BY U.S.MARSHALS, STATING THAT, "IF SHE WENT ON THE SWEENEY PROPERTY AGAIN SHE WOULD BE ARRESTED.
    KEEP CHECKING THIS PAGE HOURLY FOR BREAKING EVENTS.

    AUTHORIZATION to allow Federal, State and Town Officials to speak out.

    MARSHAL PLAN TO USE "SECRET ORDERS UNDER SEAL" IN RAID ON SWEENEYS IS EXPOSED!
    RENO WARNED!!!

    Our Qui-Tam website is now copied and ready to go up on various sites in this country and outside the United States should we be shut down.

    VERY IMPORTANT: Read the letter from Cato to the "Committees of Correspondence"

    Hamilton Town Officials asked to investigate US Marshals/Police Chief spying activities.
    Congressional Champions for Private Property Rights contacted for testimony by Sweeneys in upcoming House Banking Committee Hearings.

    FEDS WANT NEIGHBORS TO SPY ON SWEENEYS.
    JANET RENO
    and U.S. MARSHALS NOTIFIED BY SWEENEY ATTORNEY AS TO UNLAWFUL ORDERS.

    Day 249-252 (Through Saturday, February 7, 1998)

    Sweeneys request invitation to testify at U.S. House Banking Committee meeting scheduled for February 24, 1998.

    Day 241-248 (Through Tuesday, February 3, 1998)

    Senator Tarr and Representative Clark have asked the Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General to investigate alleged wrongdoing in the Middlesex Superior Court.

    Day 233-240 (Through Monday, January 26, 1998)

    ATTORNEY GENERAL JANET RENO is asked to begin Criminal Prosecution of FDIC Employees.
    Negotiations are ongoing. Massive FRAUD and COVER-UP are the key issues.

    Day 225-232 (Through Sunday, January 18, 1998)

    SWEENEYS DEMAND ANSWERS FROM CONGRESSIONAL COMMITTEES:
    See: Senate Banking and Judiciary Committee.
    See: House Banking and Judiciary Committee.
    Answers to:
    1. FDIC Cover up of known fraud.
    2. FDIC use of Federal Marshals to silence Sweeneys.
    3. BEHAVIOR of Federal Judge protecting a lawyer colleague.

    MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS IN THE NEGOTIATIONS
    1. Sweeneys Lawyer Summarizes Negotiations to date.
    2. Sweeneys put Massachusetts Governor Cellucci on notice for help.
    3. Sweeneys contact FDIC Chairman & Directors directly.

    "WHISTLEBLOWER" efforts concerning "Cost to the Taxpayers" have been reported by the Sweeneys to both U.S. Senate and U.S. House Regulatory Committees and to the Press. Freedom of Information (FOIA) Reports and other documents now reveal new facts and evidence and huge legal fees paid by the FDIC/RTC to three Boston law firms costing the taxpayer millions. Incredibly, these fees have been paid by taxpayer dollars after the Sweeneys were awarded a $4 million judgment in State Court which found that ComFed Bank had committed "unfair and deceptive trade practices" against them. The COVER-UP of the Sweeney 45 page judgment and current FDIC abuse is costing the taxpayer millions. Please help our"WHISTLEBLOWER" efforts by contacting your Congressional Representatives

    Day 222-224 (Through Saturday, January 10, 1998)

    JANET RENO SPEAKS OUT-MEDIATION EFFORTS MOVE FORWARD.

    Janet Reno is now aware or the Sweeney situation, and serious efforts at mediation continue. Please keep watching this site for breaking updates on a regular basis.
    PARTIAL LIST OF SCHEDULED RADIO TALK SHOWS:
    Tonight: January 10th
    WRKO 680AM, Boston, MA 9:00-10:00PM
    PRI Public Radio International 10:00-11:00PM

    Day 220-221 (Through Wednesday January 7, 1998)

    BREAKING GOOD NEWS- MEDIATION TO CONTINUE
    Senator Bruce Tarr of Massachusetts met with the Sweeney family on Tuesday evening, January 6, informing them that Congressional leaders are assisting him in scheduling talks with FDIC Chairman Hove in Washington. Bishop Mark Dyer, a member of the Sweeney mediation team, and Senator Tarr will be scheduling this meeting as soon as possible.

    In addition, Senator Tarr reaffirmed his commitment to schedule hearings before the Massachusetts Senate, investigating the violations of state law against the Sweeneys.
    Senator Tarr also assured the Sweeneys that he would continue to assist D. A. Burke with criminal prosecutions against the individuals who knowingly, unlawfully, removed and concealed the Sweeneys’ original state court records.

    Day 208-219 (Through Monday, January 5, 1998)

    Major media and their television and radio crews are surrounding our property, waiting to see if U.S. Marshals will move in to try to seize our home saying that "they are only following orders". Orders which they know are not valid and have been obtained through fraud.
    WE ARE NOT LEAVING!

    MEDIATOR ENDS MEDIATION... Judge's Orders lift the "cease and desist" restraint of US Marshals as of 5:00PM, Monday, January 5, 1998.

    Day 201-207 (through Wednesday, December 24, 1997)

    A Blessed Holiday Season and a heartfelt "Thank you" for all of your prayers and support during these difficult times from the entire Sweeney Family.
    Shadow's Christmas Prayer

    Sweeneys Respond:

      Linda Thompson letter to Mediator
      Linda Thompson response to FDIC Attorney.

    A Prayer for the Sweeney Family

    Day 195-200 (Through Wednesday, December 17, 1997)

    BREAKING NEWS...."SWEENEY versus The Feds may be reaching crisis stage"
    Hamilton Wenham Chronicle front page headlines, Wednesday December 17, 1997

      Click here to read the Article.
      Click here to read the Editorial/Opinion.

    Day 189-194 (Through Friday, December 12, 1997)

    MEDIATION CONTINUES:
    Assisting the Sweeneys are Bishop Mark Dyer, and Massachusetts Senator Bruce Tarr. In a letter dated December 9, 1997, to Judge Mazzone -- acting mediator between the Sweeneys and the FDIC -- Senator Tarr raises important unresolved issues, to include:

    1. Federal Jurisdiction in the Sweeney case.
    2. Violations of Massachusetts Criminal Statutes against the Sweeneys, including tampering and concealment -- by ComFed lawyers --of their original state court $4 million judgment.
    3. Massachusetts legislative oversight.
    PLEASE send a email to Senator Tarr at BTarr@senate.state.ma.us to thank him and tell him you support his leadership.

    Day 184-188 (Through Saturday, December 6, 1997)

    "WHISTLEBLOWER" efforts concerning "Cost to the Taxpayers" have been reported by the Sweeneys to both U.S. Senate and U.S. House Regulatory Committees and to the Press.
    Freedom of Information (FOIA) Reports and other documents now reveal new facts and evidence and huge legal fees paid by the FDIC/RTC to three Boston law firms costing the taxpayer millions.
    Incredibly, these fees have been paid by taxpayer dollars after the Sweeneys were awarded a $4 million judgment in State Court which found that ComFed Bank had committed "unfair and deceptive trade practices" against them.
    The COVER-UP of the Sweeney 45 page judgment and current FDIC abuse is costing the taxpayer millions. Please help our"WHISTLEBLOWER" efforts by contacting your Congressional Representatives

    Day 174-183 (Through Monday, December 1, 1997)

    Because no legislative correction has been made by Congress with respect to the FDIC/RTC's unlawful application of the D’Oench Duhme doctrine, we have requested further Congressional inquiries be made by the U. S. Senate Governmental Affairs Committee; U. S. Senate Banking Committee; and U. S. House Banking Committees.
    We stated in our correspondence to the U. S. Congress on Thanksgiving Day, "As you celebrate your Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays - please remember that for many families there cannot be a holiday celebration because of criminal acts by federal agencies. In fact, many families have lost their homes because of the FDIC/RTC’s unlawful use of the D’Oench Duhme doctrine."

    A Blessed and HAPPY NEW YEAR and a heartfelt "Thank you" for all of your prayers and support during these difficult times from the entire Sweeney Family.

    Day 167-173 (Through Friday, November 21, 1997)
    The Sweeney family has requested further Congressional inquiries be made by the U. S. Senate Governmental Affairs Committee because additional research during the mediation process has produced the following set of facts:Mediation Facts
    See also, Testimony by Rhetta B. Sweeney before the U. S. Senate Governmental Affairs Committee, January 31, 1995; See U. S. Senate

    MEMORANDUM
    Date: November 21, 1997

    TO: U. S. Senate Governmental Affairs Committee
    Senators: Thompson; Bennett; Smith; Collins; Brownback; Domenici; Cochran; Nickles; Specter; Glenn; Levin; Lieberman; Akaka; Durbin; Torricelli; Cleland.

    From: John and Rhetta Sweeney

    Please have this Memorandum serve as a request for your committee to assist in the current mediation efforts between the FDIC and the Sweeney family which are ongoing in the U. S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts with Judge David Mazzone acting as mediator. In particular, please be available to meet with members of our team, including the Right Reverend Bishop Mark Dyer and Massachusetts Senator Bruce Tarr in an effort to clarify the FDIC/RTC’s misapplication of federal legislative statutory policy and law.

    Thank you for your efforts in the past, including your hearings on this dispute of January 31, 1995. We look forward to assisting your committee with the continued work in an effort to gain answers to the atrocities we and all taxpayers have suffered at the hands of the individuals who ran ComFed and it’s subsidiary companies as a criminal enterprise.

    In addition, you will recall that many of these issues were also before the U. S. Senate Banking Committee on June 14, 1995, and the U. S. House Small Business Committee on September 25, 1996. U. S. House

    Day 161-166 (Through Friday, November 14, 1997)
    We have made a formal request for CRIMINAL PROSECUTION directed at those individuals responsible for the unlawful tampering of our original state court records and the subsequent concealment of our $4 million dollar judgment.
    See the attached letter to District Attorney Burke , and supporting Affidavit
    Please contact Massachusetts District Attorney for Essex County, Kevin Burke, Governor Cellucci, and Senator Tarr and tell them that you are in support of the prosecution efforts.

    Kevin Burke
    District Attorney
    Museum Place
    2 East India Square
    Salem, MA 01970
    1-978-745-6610
    1-978-741-4971 (fax)

    Governor Paul Cellucci
    STATE HOUSE
    Room 360
    Boston, MA 02133
    617-727-3600
    617-727-9725 (fax)
    goffice@state.ma.us

    Senator Bruce E. Tarr
    Room 507
    The State House
    Massachusetts Senate
    Boston, MA 02133-1053
    617-722-1600
    617-722-1310 (fax)

    Day 154-160 (Through Saturday, November 8, 1997)
    The SWEENEY MEDIATION BRIEF is now on the internet for the world to see.
    See the Table of Contents, the Full Text, and the Index of Exhibits.
    The brief was submitted to Judge A. David Mazzone, the mediator, on September 12, 1997 at his request and contains all the facts and NEW EVIDENCE that has been discovered. We are waiting for the FDIC to submit their response in writing. For further details see Mediation.

    Day 139-153 (Through Saturday November 1, 1997)
    Still no word concerning Linda Thompson's son David who has been missing since September 19,1997.
    Please check her web site about David. http://www.snowhill.com/~lindat/index.html
    Any help you can give her would be appreciated.
    Mediation continues slowly but much of the new evidence presented to the FDIC remains unanswered at this time.

    Day 125-138 (Through Saturday, October 18, 1997)
    ***** NOW ON SITE**** OUR OWN INTERNATIONAL SHORTWAVE COMMUNICATION ***** RADIO STATION N1BHQ
    For regular updates by radio contact N1BHQ on 3996 kHz. + or - at 1300Z

    Senator Cheryl A. Jacques, Chairperson of the Massachusetts Senate Post Audit and Oversight Committee, has asked Congressman John F. Tierney to join her in requesting the GAO (General Accounting Office) to investigate the FDIC abuse and handling of the case of the Sweeney family in Hamilton, Massachusetts. She wrote:

    Dear Congressman Tierney:

    As Chairperson of the Massachusetts Post Audit and Oversight Committee, I have been asked by several colleagues as well as supporters of the Sweeney family to investigate the handling of their case by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. However, the Post Audit and Oversight Bureau’s investigative mandate does not extend to federal agencies.

    I referred this request to the Acting Regional Director of the U.S. General Accounting Office (GAO) in Boston. However, she responded that without Congressional direction, the GAO cannot act. I am therefore forwarding to you the requests I have received regarding the Sweeney family of Hamilton.

    Thank you for your attention to this matter. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

    Sincerely,
    Cheryl A. Jacques

    Please contact Congressman Tierney and ask him to request the GAO investigation immediately:The Honorable John F. Tierney, Massachusetts 6th District, 17 Peabody Square, Peabody, MA 01960; Phone 508-531-1669; Fax: 508-531-1996 or 120 Cannon House Office Building, Washington, DC 20015; Phone: 202-225-8020, fax: 202-225-5915.

    Day 110-124 (Through October 4, 1997)
    Linda Thompson is asking for help in finding her missing son David. Linda has been working on several "high profile" cases recently, including our court ordered mediation talks, when suddenly her youngest son David, who is sixteen years old, was reported missing. She believes that he has been kidnapped. He was last seen in Whiteland, Indiana. The following week volunteers found the body of a teen age girl who also disappeared within a half block of the same location where David was last seen. Parents: Al & Linda Thompson: 334-735-9050, further information e-mail:lindat@snowhill.com; Edinberg Police, Mrs. Shelby Lutz(Investigator) 812-526-2636.

    Please contact the following to say "What are you doing to find David Thompson? We are watching"
    Steve Goldsmith, Mayor of Indianapolis: 317-327-3601 email: goldsmit@iquest.net
    Frank O'Bannon, Governor of Indiana: 317-232-4567
    J.D. Richards, Johnson County Sheriff: 317-736-9155
    Please pray for a safe and speedy return of David to his family. Thank you and God Bless.

    Day 106-109 (Through Friday, September 19, 1997)
    Rhetta and Faith Sweeney both gave testimony damaging to the financial industry, in public hearings held in Room 222 of the Massachusetts State House. The hearings were held by Mr. Michael T. Duffy, Director of the Massachusetts Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulations, to investigate the lending practices used by the mortgage industry.

    Please call, fax, write or e-mail Mr. Duffy, at the address below, to thank him and tell him that "We are especially outraged about the Sweeney situation and we are watching the outcome of these hearings to see what specific actions the committee is going to take to stop the mortgage lenders fraud and abuse."

    Mr. Michael T. Duffy, Director
    Massachusetts Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulations
    One Ashburton Place, Room 1411
    Boston, MA 02108
    617-727-7755 Phone
    617-227-6094 Fax
    email: MDuffy@state.ma.us

    Day 104-105 (Through Monday September 15, 1997)
    Here are four more key facts among many that keep coming to light.

  1. Secret documents that the court had ordered "destroyed" have been obtained. These papers reveal that the government agencies, in their own bank examinations, knew as early as 1985, and again in 1988 and 1990 of the fraud going on at ComFed Bank citing specifically the same exact individuals who had harmed us. Although our government banking agencies were established with our tax dollars to regulate banks like ComFed when wrongdoing occurs, they did nothing about it to protect us or any if the many other customers of the ComFed Bank who were defrauded.
  2. Confidential settlement agreements we now have in our possession clearly show that the RTC cut "sweet heart" deals with the major bank officers and directors who had caused the bank to fail, only 40 days before the RTC went out of existence.
  3. The lawyers who illegally removed our $4 million judgment and  other papers from the State Court have on two separate occasions "lied" to the court in sworn affidavits stating that they represented the FDIC/RTC. We now have a letter in which the FDIC/RTC admits that this same law firm "never" has had a "legal services agreement" to represent them at any time.
  4. Certified state records show that ComFed Mortgage Company, the bank subsidiary and the same company that we have our $4 million judgment against, and which defrauded thousands of people throughout New England, has never gone out of business, even after the bank failed. The mortgage company was operated for four years by private individuals in Columbus, OH and is now located in the very same offices as the FDIC in Hartford, CT and is being operated by "individual officers and directors who are also employees" of the FDIC.

    Day 99-103 (Through  Saturday, September 13, 1997)
    The second mediation hearing was held yesterday (September 12, 1997). More facts continue to come to light concerning "Collusion, Conflicts and Deceit" by the attorneys representing the FDIC/RTC.

    "Excerpts" of  some of the facts being put together as part of a complete summary will be made available on this web site soon.
    The facts will show COLLUSION, CONFLICTS AND DECEIT LEAD TO FRAUD.

    Day 89-98 (Through Monday, September 8, 1997)
    New facts that are coming to the surface that demand to be addressed, acknowledged and explained by the FDIC.

  1. The Sweeney $4 million judgment was won against more than one defendant, namely ComFed Savings Bank and ComFed Mortgage Company, a subsidiary of the bank. The bank failed in 1990 and was taken over by the FDIC. It was recently learned and documents obtained that ComFed Mortgage Company never went out of existence and for four years was run by individuals in a private company in Columbus, Ohio, and now it is learned ComFed Mortgage Company is being run by officers of the FDIC and is located in the very same offices as the FDIC at 101 E. River Drive in Hartford, CT.

  2. A settlement agreement, signed by an unidentified attorney of the RTC, literally lets the worst wrongdoer, James G. Baldini, the former CEO of ComFed Mortgage, off the hook for a measly $100,000 in cash and a promissory note for $185,000. In one year alone 1985 Baldini was paid a base salary of $360,000 and a bonus of $2,944,381, totaling $3,304,381, the following years his base salary remained at $360,000 but his bonus was capped at $800,00 in 1986, $1,300,000 in 1987 and $1,350,000 in 1988 respectively. On top of letting Baldini off with a clearly di minimis payment, the agreement purports to provide a "bar" to anyone suing him (it could be seen as an agreement by RTC/FDIC to indemnify him, too, but this would be outrageous).  The Compromised Settlement Agreement and Release was entered on November 20, 1995, 40 days before the RTC was abolished.

  3. Documents have been located that show that a massive ComFed loan servicing portfolio was sold to private interests, including Goldman Sachs, before the RTC became receiver (which would have been a wholly unlawful transfer).  Current Secretary of the Treasury, Robert Rubin, was a partner at Goldman Sachs during this time.

  4. Other documents have been located from FDIC that claim the note in the Sweeney case was passed in 1991 to either Ryland (now indicted), Potomac, or State Street Bank, any one or all of which should have deprived FDIC of any standing in this action.

  5. John Hanify of Hanify & King, had a clear conflict in representing all the ComFed Defendants, jointly, in the initial litigation (particularly when many of the top officials of ComFed Savings Bank were under criminal investigation already). He had an even worse conflict representing the RTC because the RTC was tasked with investigating the underlying bank failure on behalf of the U.S. government.  The RTC's interest was thus clearly adverse to ComFed Savings Bank and the interests of ComFed Savings Bank were clearly adverse to those of ComFed Mortgage, ComFed Advisory, and Furey's interests were adverse to all the other defendants.  Despite these clear conflict of interests , John Hanify, in two sworn affidavits, claimed that he represented the RTC/FDIC.  Documents from the RTC/FDIC prove that John Hanify was not retained to represent the RTC/FDIC and never had a legal services agreement (required by the government)  to represent the RTC/FDIC.  These facts, coupled with Hanify's proven wrongdoing in removing this case, manifest clear intent to defraud, both the Sweeneys and the United States Government.

    Day 79-88 (Through Friday, August 29, 1997)
    In response to a request from State Senators Bruce Tarr and Robert Hedlund and Representative Forrester Clark, the Massachusetts State Senate Post Audit & Oversight Committee Chairperson, Cheryl A. Jacques, has requested and referred an investigation concerning whether or not our rights have been infringed upon by federal agencies, particularly the FDIC, to the United States General Accounting Office (GAO). In her August 21, 1997 letter to Senator Hedlund she states "I have forwarded your letter to Michelle Roman, the Acting Director of the United States General Accounting Office (GAO), requesting on your behalf that she investigate whether or not the federal agencies involved in this matter have acted properly and within the scope of their mandates. In addition, I have asked Ms. Roman to contact you as a liaison from the Senate Post Audit and Oversight Committee in order to help the GAO outline the potential investigation."

    Mediation preparation work continues for the next meeting scheduled in early September.

    Day 72-78  (Through Tuesday, August 19, 1997)
    Much new data is coming to the surface which will play an important role as the mediation talks continue with optimism. Volunteers also continue to come and be with us on the property. Weekly radio updates throughout the country are being held seven days a week as interest of our current situation runs high. We have met with our local Chief of Police, Walter Cullen to keep him updated and to thank him and the Town of Hamilton for their support. State Senator Bruce Tarr continues to be an enormous support and will be holding State Senate hearings this fall.

    Day 67-71 (Through Tuesday, August 12, 1997)
    Mediation talks are now in process. A "court order" has been put in place by the Judge staying any action by the U.S. Marshals while good faith mediation proceeds. Assisting on the Sweeney team in mediation are Linda Thompson and the Rt. Reverend Mark Dyer, Episcopal Bishop from Pennsylvania who is also an assistant to the ArchBishop of Canterbury in Christian peace resolutions throughout the world.

    Day 64-66 (Through Wednesday, August 06, 1997)
    Mediation talks have begun. We are all optimistic. A special thanks to
    "Shepherd Dynamics" for a contribution of food and support.

    Day 58-63 (Through August 4, 1997)
    On Saturday, August 2 at 11.00AM a small support rally was held, press statement and picnic will be held on the Sweeney Property in advance of the proposed "court ordered" mediation on Wednesday in Boston.

    There was a grill set up, people brought sandwiches, hot dogs, soft drinks etc...., and a good time was had by all.

    Day 54-57 (Through Tuesday, July 29, 1997)
    The United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit has ordered parties to attend mediation on Wednesday, August 6, 1997 at 10:30 AM in Boston, MA.

    To date the FDIC will not agree to anything in writing that would suspend or rescind the U.S. Marshal's orders to evict us in order to participate in mediation.

    Day 48-53 (Through Friday, July 25, 1997)
    Although repeated requests have been made for settlement resolution by our attorney and refused by the FDIC attorney Joe Shea (See Settlement Talks) the FDIC has now put a motion before the First Circuit Court of Appeals requesting that we be "ordered" by the court into mediation and dictating that the mediator will be Judge David Mazzone from the First District Court of Massachusetts.

    We have sent a proposed "draft" Relief Bill to Congressman John Tierney and Senator John Kerry asking that they consider introducing it before Congress which would bring us immediate relief and end this situation. (Click on "Draft" Relief Bill)

    At the suggestion of many supporters a "Sweeney Defense Fund" has been opened up to help with the mounting legal, operational and administrative expenses. Please see "WE NEED HELP" for details. Thank you and God Bless You.


    Day 41-47 (through Saturday, July 19, 1997)
    Please read the series of letters between our attorney and the FDIC attorney Joseph Shea of Nutter, McClennen & Fish.  (click on Settlement Talks)  You will readily see who has been serious about settlement talks and who is merely running up the bill in the form of legal fees to the American taxpayer.

    Day 38-40 ( Through Saturday, July 12, 1997)
    Massachusetts State Senator Bruce Tarr and other state delegates have written to Acting FDIC Chairman Andrew Hove requesting that settlement talks begin after eviction proceedings are halted for a sufficient period of time (30, 60, 90 days) and that a mutually adopted set of agreeable rules be created by which negotiations can begin. (Click Tarr Letter 7/11/97) Copies of this letter were sent by Senator Tarr to: Senator Edward Kennedy, Senator John Kerry, Congressman John Tierney, Governor William Weld, U.S. Marshals Service, Boston Globe, Boston Herald, John & Rhetta Sweeney, Massachusetts Grand and General Court, and Attorney General Janet Reno.

    We have also contacted Secretary of the Treasury Robert Rubin as a follow up on July 11, 1997 regarding the settlement proposal of July 3, 1997 (Click on Rubin's July 3 letter) and informing him of Senator Tarr's involvement along with other Massachusetts delegates. (See Settlement Talks)

    Day 35 - 37 (through July 9, 1997)
    Today we have released an extensive answer to the FDIC Acting Chairman Hove's letter of June 30, 1997.  (Click on Media)

    DAY 28-34 through JULY 6, 1997
    Another tense week highlighted by the terse letter received from Acting FDIC Chairman Hove, stating; "while we remain willing to entertain a settlement offer from you, you must first peacefully resolve the outstanding eviction order with the U. S. Marshal Service and leave our property. Once you have vacated our property we will consider a reasonable settlement offer from you as well as other offers from other interested parties."

    We are not leaving "our" property and we will not relinquish our rights. Given Mr. Hove’s position as quoted above and that he has been an active participant in the cover up of the fraud against us for over five years, we have had no choice but to take our settlement offer directly to U. S. Treasury Secretary Rubin, who has jurisdiction over the FDIC. (Click on Settlement Talks.)

    The U. S. Marshals have taken a sensible and wise position as stated in the Boston Globe, Saturday July 5, 1997. The head of the Marshal Service, Nancy J. McGillivray stated; "we are not going in there while mediation is going on." (Click on U. S. Marshals)

    A separate letter has been sent to the FBI in Boston by the White Mountain News Association apprising them of the Sweeney situation. (Click on FBI)

    Many members of the media continue to follow our story. Look for the upcoming Back Bay Courant story.

    A quiet and blessed Independence Day weekend was shared with all of the wonderful people on the property who enjoyed a delicious New England boiled corn beef and ham dinner sent from our friends in Maine. A simple Sunday church service was celebrated with a message given from Psalm 35 and prayers of peace and thanks were offered.

    Day 25-27 (Through Sunday June, 29, 1997)
    New information has been presented to us linking the lawyer John Hanify of Hanify & King in Boston, MA to Ted Kennedy.  (Please click on the link "Senator Kennedy".)

    Press interest and radio interviews continue each day. A wonderful church service was held Sunday outside in front of the main house under the trees for all those who have been giving of themselves to help guard the property. People from Maine, Western Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire and the Sweeneys all participated in giving thanks to God.

    Day 21-24 (Through Thursday June 26, 1997)
    Settlement talks still have not begun despite efforts by Congressman John Tierney and others. The FDIC still will not agree to suspending the U.S. Marshall's orders to evict us as of this time so that we may participate in these talks.

    Press attention continues to build with  daily interviews on talk radio and short wave. Articles appeared in the Washington Times Weekly, The Washington Post, The Stan Solomon Show, WFAU in Florida, WERC in Alabama and The American Freedom Network.

    PLEASE NOTE: Important information concerning the connection between Senator Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts and the Federal Judge Edward Harrington and the lawyer John Hanify will be released on this web site within the next few days. This information will concern  "Chappaquiddick Revisited-The Kennedy Connection."

    Day 19-20 (Through Sunday, June 22, 1997)
    Many have responded to our requests to contact your representatives. Thank you very much. However, we have been informed from many sources that our representatives have not been responsive. The letter to Representative Gingrich from Russ and Linda Hamilton illustrates this point. Please continue to contact your representatives, request immediate hearings, and demand subpoena power be issued to include but not limited to Senator Kennedy, Senator Kerry, and Governor Weld. All three of these leaders have been contacted by us for several years. Not one leader has attempted to corrected the problem. Every American has the right to know what they are covering up in Massachusetts. Thank you so much for your continued support.

    Day 17-18
    We received notice that Representative James A. Traficant (D-Ohio) brought our situation to the floor of the House of Representatives.

    Mr. Traficant on the House Floor, June 17, 1997:

    Subject: Traficant on the Sweeneys
    Date: Friday, June 20, 1997 1:14 PM

    AMERICANS ARE FED UP WITH FEDERAL BUREAUCRATS
    (House of Representatives - June 17, 1997)
    [Page: H3809]

    (Mr. TRAFICANT asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute.)
      

    Mr. TRAFICANT. Mr. Speaker, in Boston for the last 14 days the Sweeney family has literally barricaded their property, fighting the Federal Government who they say is trying to take their home. Now, I do not know who is right or wrong in this case, but one thing is for sure. Many American people are fed up with fat cat government bureaucrats. Open your eyes, Congress. EPA, IRS, FBI, FDIC, ATF, intimidation, liens and seizures, technicalities, regulations, on and on, and every single day more messages and signals keep coming to Washington; and no one here seems to be listening.

    Mr. Speaker, it is not just Texas and Idaho, now it is Michigan, New York, and even the wealthy suburbs of Boston. I say, Mr. Speaker, what is next? Maybe another Tea Party? Do not be surprised when a nation that forgets their history is many times apt to revisit it.

    Day 14 - 16 of the Siege

    Tom Brokaw, NBC Nightly News aired our story Monday evening, June 16; The Washington Times ran a front page story on June 17 and numerous live talk radio interviews continue to include WBUR National Public Radio - Boston; Mark Coernke and John Stadtmiller's "Intelligence Report";  The Allan Keyes Show from Washington, DC; WAAM in Ann Arbor Michigan; and Clapprood & Company Update on WRKO - Boston.

    Ground rules for settlement talks continue to be discussed. Our main concern remains getting written assurance from the FDIC that the orders issued to the U.S. Marshals will be withdrawn to insure our safety. This is crucial because in 1994 the FDIC/RTC in the midst of  "good faith" settlement talks held an illegal auction on our property while we were visiting our daughters in Georgia for Thanksgiving.

    We have written the new Acting Chairman of the FDIC Andrew Hove expressing our willingness to participate in talks in an effort to find a peaceful resolution to end our nightmare.  (Thanks to all of your calls to the FDIC we were able to confirm that Ricki Helfer resigned on Monday June 2, 1997 as the acting Chairman of the FDIC.)  Please see the new link on our page titled "Settlement"

    We have received a letter from our local Essex County Sheriff expressing his willingness to work with Chief Cullen from the Hamilton Police Department.

    Day 13, Mediation talks,  thanks to Congressman Tierney, hopefully will begin soon after the following points that we have requested are addressed by both parties.

  1. The need for the FDIC to withdraw the U. S. Marshal orders so that we can safely participate in meaningful discussions. We feel this is imperative because the Boston Globe article of Saturday, June 14, 1997 stated:  "The FDIC has said it will ask the U.S. Marshal's Office in Boston to evict the couple."
  2. The need for a list of possible spokespersons and their credentials so that both parties can review them and agree on a suitable person for these negotiations.
  3. The need for a  written "mediation agreement" signed by all parties which would outline the ground rules.  We have been advised that in doing so this will help both parties have a better chance for a successful resolution.

    Day 12, story has broken in the Sunday London Times
    "Militias rally to siege couple"

    DAY 8-11, (Current Update)

    We understand our Congressman John Tierney has been in contact with the FDIC as to putting a stop to this situation but nothing definitive as of Day 11.

    There has been tremendous interest and coverage over the last four days as this story moves across the country and now internationally. Here is a partial list:

    TV: NBC Nightly News, Washington, DC
    CBS Evening News, New York, NY
    CNN Headline News, Atlanta
    King TV, Channel 5, NBC, Seattle, WA
    Radio/Newsprint:
    London Daily News
    "Clapprood & Company", WRKO Boston, MA
    "Zoh Show" WBCN, Baltimore, MD.
    KIRO Seattle, WA.
    KDKA Pittsburgh, PA
    "Joey Mitchell Show" Sacramento, CA
    KNUS, Denver, CO
    WOKQ, NH,ME & MA
    Media By-Pass Magazine
    Boston Globe, Boston, MA
    Boston Herald, Boston, MA
    Salem Evening News, Salem, MA

    Day 6 and 7, U. S. Marshals contact Sweeney's attorneys. No word from the FDIC. Calls of inquiry concerning property seizure coming from as far as Colorado.

    Day 5, "Sweeney Support Picnic" held on the Bay Road property. Support Petition signed and a peaceful coming together of local and regional citizens.

    Day 4, Faith Sweeney interviewed by WRKO-AM, "Clapprood and Company", talk radio show at 6:30 AM. Other radio interviews include Talk America Radio Network and the nationally syndicated "Chuck Harder Show".

    Day 3, The Town of Hamilton's Planning Board voted unanimously to send a letter to the Inspector General of U. S. Treasury and ask for an immediate investigation into the known fraud. The Planning Board also voted unanimously to approve all of the remarks of their member Peter P. Britton. Radio interviews with the "ZOH Show", Baltimore, MD-Washington, DC and Bloomberg of Boston.

    Day 2, No Federal Marshals on property. Supporters coming from as far as Houlten, Maine, Nashua, New Hampshire and Connecticut. The press arrived, including; Associated Press, NBC, New England Cable News, Local TV channels 4, 5, 7, 25, 56. Local Press included, Hamilton-Wenham Chronicle and the Salem Evening News. Radio interviews with WRKO and WZLX, Boston and WGIR, Manchester, New Hampshire. Calls to the FDIC Ombudsman from Sweeney supporters shut down their lines.

    Please also see "We Need Help" list.