U.S. Attorney General coughs up money to House of Death whistleblower

The U.S. government is going to pay, literally, for its shameful efforts to silence Sandalio Gonzalez, the DEA field-office chief who exposed the House of Death cover-up.

The U.S. Attorney General (that would be Alberto Gonzales, the Comandante en Jefe of the Justice Department) has agreed to pay $385,000 of the U.S. taxpayers’ money to settle a discrimination lawsuit that Sandalio Gonzalez filed against the government in federal court in Miami. That lawsuit stemmed, in part, from the ignoble treatment Gonzalez received from his employer after he brought to light the U.S. government’s complicity in the House of Death mass murder in Juarez, Mexico.
The case went to a jury trial late last year, resulting in a verdict in favor of Gonzalez. The government initially indicated it planned to file an appeal in the case, but in a recent settlement reached with Gonzalez’ attorneys, lawyers with the Department of Justice agreed to drop the appeal and to cough up the money.

The U.S. government’s willingness to abort its appeal and pay through the nose — which is a concession that it did, in fact, discriminate against Gonzalez — is yet more evidence that Gonzalez’ claims about the House of Death cover-up are on the mark.

Gonzalez, a former special agent in charge of DEA’s El Paso, Texas, field division, in February 2004 wrote a scathing letter to his counterpart at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in El Paso. A copy of that letter also found its way to U.S. Attorney Johnny Sutton in San Antonio — whom President Bush describes as a “dear friend.”

In that letter, Gonzalez expressed his outrage at the role ICE and a U.S. prosecutor in El Paso had played in enabling a government informant to participate in multiple murders at the House of Death.

Gonzalez claimed in pleadings in his legal case in Miami that DEA had retaliated against him for a variety of reasons, including:

  • His participation in activities exposing DEA’s discrimination against Hispanics within its ranks;
  • For the letter sent to ICE and Sutton exposing the government’s complicity in torturing and butchering a dozen people at the House of Death in Juarez;
  • For an earlier act of whistleblowing on his part in which he demanded that DEA investigate a missing 10 kilos of cocaine related to an investigation in Miami in the late 1990s.
In the wake of the latter incident, Gonzalez was transferred in 2001 from his post as associate special agent in charge of DEA’s Miami field office to a less-prestigious post in the much smaller DEA outpost in El Paso. After that, until he retired in 2005, DEA refused all his requests for transfers or promotions.

Gonzalez argued that he was transferred from Miami to El Paso in retaliation for exposing the missing coke in Miami and that the retaliation only intensified after he blew the whistle on the House of Death cover-up in El Paso. The government’s treatment of him eventually led Gonzalez to retire from DEA on Jan. 8, 2005.

Gonzalez claims further that the cover-up of the House of Death murders goes to the highest levels of the departments of Justice and Homeland Security and that DEA Administrator Karen Tandy initiated the retaliation against him at the behest of President Bush’s buddy, U.S. Attorney Sutton.

But don’t expect Congress or the mainstream media to pay attention to Gonzalez’ legal victory — or the fact that it provides more than a little validation of his claim of a cover-up in the House of Death mass murder.

Congress and the pro drug-war pack media already have too much on their plates as they prepare to push on the American people the Bush Administration’s soon-to-be officially announced “Plan Mexico” — which is expected to provide hundreds of millions of U.S. taxpayers’ dollars to a narco-corrupted Mexico government to “fight” drug trafficking.

You have to wonder how many more Houses of Death that will help to spawn along the border.

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