Thursday, March 27, 2014

A Look at the Evidence: California State Senator Yee Faces 125 Years in Prison

After reading the affidavit to the court provided by Special Agent Emmanual V. Pascua, we were blown away at the proportion of the charges against California State Senator Leland Yee. If it is proven in a court of law that he did what they alleging, then it is highly unlikely the Senator will ever taste freedom in this lifetime again. 

On just one of the counts he allegedly was lining up a deal with Filipino Muslim Rebels (M.I.L.F.) to sell automatic firearms to an undercover agent he thought was a New Jersey mobster. The Senator specifically noted that these rebels were previously funded by Gaddafi, were not party to the current truce, and looking to overthrow the Philippine government. In return the "mobster" (undercover agent) would help  fund his campaign for California Secretary of State. In this plan, the firearms were to be brought to the United States and then transferred to North Africa. Perhaps, Senator Yee was creating a ruse in order to keep garnering campaign funds, but the information given points to him being complicit in some form of criminal enterprise to illicit campaign donations. 

There is plenty of other incriminating evidence against Senator Yee and his associates with a big focus on political "favors" in exchange for campaign funds in one form or another. In one case an agent posing as someone in the medical marijuana business was looking to create barriers to entry within California by getting legislation passed that would require a doctor onsite at dispensaries in exchange for campaign donations. It is alleged that Senator Yee did his part by helping persuade other Senators to support this position. 

Senator Yee summed up his own ill moral compass well in one quote from the affidavit where he stated, "People want to get whatever they want to get. Do I care? No, I don't care. People need certain things." Clearly, he was all for keeping constitutionally legal firearms out of the hands of law abiding citizens simply to boost his political agenda, all the while he was willing to help individuals obtain illegal firearms out the backdoor from Muslim Rebels looking to overthrow their government in the Philippines, simply so he could rise in the political echelons. 

We have provided the full affidavit below. This case will be huge and certainly would make for an interesting movie. There is a lot more to this story than a California Senator being locked up for the rest of his life. There are many actors at play here in what appears to be a massive criminal enterprise including very close political associates of the Senator that could be brought down after several years of intensive investigation and through the hard work of many F.B.I. agents. You can see each of the seven charges levied against Senator Leland at the bottom of the affidavit along with the allotted sentence if found guilty. There is a lot of great background information provided, but the key explanation for the charges against the Senator start up at the middle of page 96.