Bob Fletcher provides missing terrorism briefs to City Pages

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Fletcher provided these terrorism briefs to City Pages to prove he wasn't lying
Former Ramsey County Sheriff Bob Fletcher has given City Pages a batch of documents he says are some of the terrorism briefs he has been accused of lying about creating.

The documents--some marked "Confidential Law Enforcement Only"--outline investigations of anarchist and protest groups prior to the 2008 Republican National Convention.

"Those are, in fact, domestic terrorism briefs," Fletcher told City Pages.

While Fletcher was still in office, Twin Cities Daily Planet reporter Karen Hollish submitted a data practices request asking for records of counter-terrorism investigations referred to in a chart from a 2009 budget document.

She specifically asked for the 78 "Terrorism Information Briefs" that the chart estimated had been compiled since 2005.

Her request was never granted.

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Fletcher claims that the documents he provided to City Pages prove he didn't lie about terrorism briefs, as alleged in this TC Daily Planet story
Once newly elected Sheriff Matt Bostrom took office in January, his public information officer Randy Gustafson finally sent a response. He wrote that he could not locate any written record of terrorist investigations or the "Terrorism Information Briefs."

"They never existed," he told her. "It is a very big lie."

Fletcher was quick to defend his terrorism work, saying that because the new sheriff had let go a key member of his homeland security team, it was no wonder he had no record of the investigations. Fletcher said the terrorism briefs were often paperless, and could have come in the form of emails or oral presentations.

Since then, City Pages has been trying to track down hard evidence that those briefs exist.

In a 2010-2011 budget document, Fletcher's office claimed to have distributed terrorism briefs to 65 partner organizations.

But neither the St. Paul nor Minneapolis police have any memory of receiving any terrorism briefs from Fletcher.

Same goes for the Hennepin County Sheriff's Department and the state troopers.

The Minneapolis FBI would only confirm that a member of the sheriff's department has been serving on the Joint Terrorism Task Force for years.


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6 comments
FLETCHY
FLETCHY

2878 get your work permit to drive to work. DWI 

Buh
Buh

What tunnels are they talking about here?

Thegracekelly
Thegracekelly

Good work, especially on following up with the other forces.

So if these are real, then why didn't law enforcement laugh Fletcher out of the room?

Or if these are fake, why didn't Fletcher bother to read them?

And most of all, aren't there laws broken when these briefs were not left in the files at the Sheriff's office?

Mark Gisleson
Mark Gisleson

Hilarious. Bob's sharing the DHS-generated reports with you to prove that his deputies did what he said they did.

I'm sure your staff was helplessly rolling around the floor laughing their asses off when these came in. On the other hand, I'm sure this is way more proof than Fletcher needs to tour the rightwing talk radio stations where listeners will be AMAZED by Fletcher's deep insights into how buckets of urine can be used as weapons of mass distraction.

SansDeity
SansDeity

Mpls/StP has a HUGE tunnel system of all types, sizes, and what-have-you. Just google minneapolis urban explorer

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