SOURCE: A Just Cause

A Just Cause

June 01, 2015 09:09 ET

The Answer to the FBI's Struggle With Homegrown ISIS Supporters Is Sitting in Federal Prison in Florence Colorado, Says Advocacy Group, a Just Cause

Advocacy Group, A Just Cause says Six IT Executives Sit In Federal Prison Who Developed Software to Maximize Surveillance Efforts Against Terror Suspects in the United States

DENVER, CO--(Marketwired - June 01, 2015) - Advocacy group, A Just Cause continues its investigation and fight for exoneration in the case of the wrongful prosecution and conviction of six executives of a Colorado-based company, IRP Solutions Corporation. The advocacy organization believes that the recent FBI concerns of a surge in homegrown terror cases could have been resolved a decade ago by software that was developed by the former executives of this small minority-owned software company.

According to a CNN report, “The New York Police Department and other law enforcement agencies around the nation are increasing their surveillance of ISIS supporters in the U.S., in part to aid the FBI which is struggling to keep up with a surge in the number of possible terror suspects, according to law enforcement officials.” (http://www.cnn.com/2015/05/28/politics/fbi-isis-local-law-enforcement/)

In a recent press conference on tracking ISIS terror suspects in the United States, FBI Director James Comey commented, “It is an incredibly difficult task that we are enlisting all of our state, and local, and federal partners in, and we are working around it every single day, but I can’t stand here with any high confidence when I confront a world that’s increasingly dark to me and tell you that I’ve got it all covered.” (http://www.cnn.com/2015/05/28/politics/fbi-isis-local-law-enforcement/)

“It is a tragic situation our country is in when leaders of our largest law enforcement agencies have no confidence in the capabilities of their agencies, and are not sure how to keep America safe from terrorists”, says Sam Thurman, A Just Cause. “What is more tragic is that the IRP6, IT executives who developed the Case Investigative Lifecycle software that can help clean up this homegrown terror mess, are sitting in prison in Florence Colorado following what we know to be a vindictive prosecution and wrongful conviction. They have been incarcerated for three years now”, says Thurman.

The IRP6 case concerns a Colorado-based company (IRP Solutions Corporation) that developed the Case Investigative Life Cycle (CILC) criminal investigations software for federal, state, and local law enforcement. The IRP6 (Kendrick Barnes, Gary L Walker, Demetrius K. Harper, Clinton A Stewart, David A Zirpolo and David A Banks) were convicted in 2011 after being accused of mail and wire fraud. (D. Ct. No. 1:09-CR-00266-CMA).

“Through our work with the IRP6, A Just Cause is keenly aware of the state of affairs regarding this nation’s fight against terrorism”, adds Thurman. “The Tenth Anniversary Report of the 9/11 Commission findings confirms what the IRP6 have maintained over the past several years… that being the Department of Homeland Security, the FBI, NYPD, and other similar agencies are far from having a viable solution to help law enforcement fight terrorism”, exclaims Thurman. “It’s no secret that programs like the federal government’s Virtual Case File and the Sentinel projects fell significantly below the threshold of what intelligence and law enforcement agencies needed”, says Thurman.

The original 9/11 Commission Report stated, “The FBI did not have the capability to link the collective knowledge of agents in the field to national priorities.” The report further stated, “The FAA’s capabilities to take aggressive, anticipatory security measures were especially weak.” (http://govinfo.library.unt.edu/911/report/index.htm)

The 9/11 Commission analysis found the FBI's case management system to be antiquated and that their processes contributed to information sharing failures leading up to the tragic attack on the United States homeland that resulted in thousands of lives lost. (http://govinfo.library.unt.edu/911/report/index.htm)

“It is now over a decade later and the FBI's case management and surveillance systems fall short of the mark”, says Thurman. According to the Bipartisan Policy Center’s 9-11 Tenth Anniversary Report, “The threat remains grave, and the trend lines in many parts of the world are pointing in the wrong direction. We cannot afford to be complacent -- vigorous counterterrorism efforts are as important as ever. Without public support, the government will not be able to sustain the robust capabilities and policies needed to keep Americans safe.” (Tenth Anniversary of The 9/11 Commission Report (July 2014), Bipartisan Policy Center, www.bipartisanpolicy.org)

The July 2014 Bipartisan Policy Center report reflected on the growth of groups internationally like the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). The report states, “(Recent events) show us that the terrorist threat has not disappeared. Rather, it is evolving in new and worrisome directions. The challenge today is to identify, understand, and be proactive about these changes -- before they develop into attacks against the United States.” (Tenth Anniversary of The 9/11 Commission Report (July 2014), Bipartisan Policy Center, www.bipartisanpolicy.org)

“Nearly a year ago the Bipartisan Policy Center Report warned that the United States needed to take action before the situation turned into ‘attacks against the United States’”, says Thurman. “Unfortunately it looks like the BPC Report is becoming a reality when it comes to tracking terrorist on our homeland”, adds Thurman.

“Also a troubling aspect of the recent Bipartisan Policy Center report is that the IRP6, did several demos for the Department of Homeland Security 10 years ago showing their Case Investigative Lifecycle (CILC) software”, says Thurman. “The IRP CILC software addresses many of the concerns that unfortunately still exists when it comes to securing our homeland”, Thurman adds.

Court records (Ct. No. 1:09-CR-00266-CMA) show that during the trial of the IRP executives, software forensics expert Don Vilfer of Califorensics analyzed the CILC software. According to the analysis conducted by Califorensics, “The software (CILC) contained many notable features, making it a functional product for the intended consumer (Califorensics Analysis, Case 1:09-cr-00266-CMA Document 298-2, 10/8/10 USDC Colorado)." Court records also show that the report stated, “No one software application would meet the needs of all agencies, but the functionality that we observed in our review of the CILC software would undoubtedly be of interest to many law enforcement agencies (Califorensics Analysis, Case 1:09-cr-00266-CMA Document 298-2, 10/8/10 USDC Colorado)."

Records show that CILC® was marketed as a software that was built on a methodology and framework that rapidly adapts to agency-specific processes and procedures across diverse investigative genres, including anti-terrorism, administrative, criminal, civil, regulatory, and compliance investigations. CILC® software is a web portal solution manufactured expressly for handling all types of investigations, and the functionality and design makes it accessible by agency personnel anywhere in the world. The web-based GUI is a key part of the operational concept for the CILC® application. It guides the user into certain norms of interaction with the application to accomplish conventional operational procedures.

“The CILC software that we developed is a unique tool that helps law enforcement agencies in their efforts with Criminal Intelligence and Crime Analysis”, explains David Banks, IRP6 (IRP Chief Operating Officer). “Managing intelligence operations with the vast amounts of non-integrated incident and investigative data is a complicated problem for law enforcement agencies. Intelligence organizations must be able to rapidly collect, collate, evaluate, analyze and disseminate contextually accurate information for effective forecasting, prediction and planning of interdiction operations. CILC can do this and more”, Banks adds.

A Just Cause found that the CILC software offers over 40 features to include it being: secure, adaptable, web-enabled, audit capable, multi-level case management, confidential sources/informants module, leads management, tip referral, operations management, investigations case management, information sharing, document management and imaging (forms generation and management), chain of custody, and evidence tracking.

Retired Federal Judge H. Lee Sarokin wrote a five-part series for Huffington Post regarding the IRP6 case and the judge questions the validity of the convictions. According to Judge Sarokin’s assessment, he wrote, “(this is a case) of failing to pay debt.” (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/judge-h-lee-sarokin/the-case-of-the-missing-t_3_b_5651489.html) “A Just Cause and the IRP6 are very appreciative of Judge Sarokin’s interest in this case”, says Thurman. “The Judge hit the nail on the head when he refuted the government’s erroneous charges against the IRP6”, adds Thurman. According to Judge Sarokin’s review of the case, he wrote, “If a scam, would you single out law enforcement agencies as your sole customers? Would you work for years developing the program? Would you leave other gainful employment to join in the venture? Would you hire former law enforcement personnel to work on the project? Would you spend your own time and money for years to improve it? Would you personally guarantee the corporate debts and risk your own financial security? If a scam, wouldn't the perpetrators make some money out of it? The only possible way that the defendants could profit was if the company were a success!” (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/judge-h-lee-sarokin/the-case-of-the-missing-t_3_b_5651489.html).

“A Just Cause will continue to fight for the exoneration of the IRP6”, proclaims Thurman. “The safety of our homeland, and the future of our children and grandchildren depend on it. When there are six men sitting in prison who never ever did anything wrong, and they have the answer to the challenges facing our nation’s top law enforcement agencies, that would seem like a slam dunk… those men should be released immediately and be about the business of helping our nation remain safe and secure. Should we risk our nation’s safety because of a debt collection case (presented as a scam)? I think not”, Thurman concludes.

For more information about the story of the IRP6 or for copies of the legal filings go to http://www.freetheirp6.org.

Related press releases: http://www.a-justcause.com/#!press-releases/c21pq

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