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In October of 1995, Sparky and his crew's interrogation of Dominican national drug suspects marked the beginning of an investigation that would eventually document the funneling of U.S. drug money to the campaign of Dominican Presidential candidate Jose Francisco Pena-Gomez.

A victory for Pena-Gomez would insure that "narcotics would flow much easier into the U.S." Pena-Gomez's, Dominican Revolutionary Party (PRD) was backed by the C.I.A. and State Department. In fact, the Vice President was all too happy to attend a fundraiser held on his behalf, well attended by PRD officials.

When Sparky refused to back off or cooperate with the C.I.A., he became a target. His life began to unravel.

All of his pending cases were thrown out. News stories began appearing indicating that McLaughlin was the subject of an ongoing "police corruption" investigation. The FBI confiscated folders connected with his cases. In short, his career was destroyed as the Philly DA and his former boss, under apparent direction from the CIA, pulled every conceivable nasty trick in their effort to punish John McLaughlin including personal attacks which were fended off viciously by Sparky's former Police K-9.

The ‘damnatio memoriae' method of disappearance was practiced in the Soviet Union. When an important political figure was convicted, for instance during the Great Purge, artists would retouch them out of photographs; books, records and histories would be recalled, rewritten or re-enacted; pictures, busts and statues would be taken down; people would be discouraged from talking about them, and the government would never mention them again. They were made to have never existed - unpersoned - in the same way as was used by the Ministry of Truth in George Orwell's novel Nineteen Eighty-Four. Notable examples range from prominent Russian revolutionaries who took part in the Russian Revolution but disagreed with Bolsheviks, to some of the most devoted Stalinists (for instance Nikolai Yezhov) who fell into disfavor. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

But this is America, where a person is innocent until proven guilty. Sparky's case was different. He knew too much. He had to be ‘disappeared'.

Since 2001, as part of its War on Terror, the United States' Central Intelligence Agency has operated a network of off-shore detention facilities, commonly known as black sites, which are used as part of the system of extraordinary rendition used to hold and interrogate "high-value" foreign combatants captured during the US's wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The ACLU has stated they consider extraordinary rendition to be an illegal form of forced disappearance and called for the detainees to receive trials and the camps to be closed; the US government argues that since the combatants are captured while participating in active military conflict against the United States and officially designated as "Illegal Combatants" under the Geneva Convention, the detentions are legal under international law.

The International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance, adopted by the UN General Assembly on 20 December 2006, also states that the widespread or systematic practice of enforced disappearances constitutes a crime against humanity. Crucially, it gives victims' families the right to seek reparations, and to demand the truth about the disappearance of their loved ones. The Convention provides for the right not to be subjected to enforced disappearance, as well as the right for the relatives of the disappeared person to know the truth. The Convention contains several provisions concerning prevention, investigation and sanctioning of this crime, as well as the rights of victims and their relatives, and the wrongful removal of children born during their captivity. The Convention further sets forth the obligation of international co-operation, both in the suppression of the practice, and in dealing with humanitarian aspects related to the crime. The Convention establishes a Committee on Enforced Disappearances, which will be charged with important and innovative functions of monitoring and protection at international level. Currently, an international campaign of the International Coalition against Enforced Disappearances is working towards universal ratification of the Convention.

Disappearances work on two levels: not only do they silence opponents and critics who have disappeared, but they also create uncertainty and fear in the wider community, silencing others who would oppose and criticize. Disappearances entail the violation of many fundamental human rights. For the disappeared person, these include the right to liberty, the right to personal security and humane treatment (including freedom from torture), the right to a fair trial, to legal counsel and to equal protection under the law, and the right of presumption of innocence among others. Their families, who often spend the rest of their lives searching for information on the disappeared, are also victims. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

"Screw Them"

Simple, short and to the point; Sparky was pissed.

A civil rights lawsuit filed in 1997 on behalf of McLaughlin and fellow agent Charles Micewski was ultimately dismissed.

Undeterred, the agents filed a second lawsuit claiming the state attorney general and his deputies had retaliated against them for the first lawsuit.

Sparky's problem's weren't over though; after winning the suit he found himself suddenly placed on the TSA terrorism no fly list despite filling out all the necessary paperwork and contacting his local Senator for help. By the way Sparky was entrusted on a daily basis with "secret classified" information and had powers of arrest for violations of weapons of mass destruction.

*The first public incident left his daughter crying at the first class counter as she thought her dad was being taken away instead of going on a much needed family vacation with his daughter he only had for one week a year.

*A mangled Black-Ops contractor finally gets identified through a central figure in the ‘Filegate' scandal. He had been attacked by Sparky's K9 Blitz.

*A former Assistant United States Attorney out of New York is suddenly identified as the rogue CIA Agent now working as the 'backroom fixer' for the world's second largest Professional Services Firm according to a relative.

Many more obstacles on the road back to "Visibility"
 

Reviews Sparky Has Written

Forgotten Chronicles: The Fifth, Goran's 4th Draft

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Forgotten Chronicles

Overall Recommendation:
3 stars
 
Premise:
3 stars
 
Story structure:
2 stars
 
Character:
2 stars
 
Dialogue:
3 stars
 
Emotion:
3 stars
 
March 17, 2015
This script goes into to many other stories. It plays at first like the IRA "Troubles" and also the legend of the Red Hand in Ulster (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_Hand_of_Ulster) with your character names. Then I see that there is a mention of a Japanese sword? (The ninjato (忍者刀, ninjatō), also known as ninjaken (忍者剣) or shinobigatana (忍刀), is the most common name for the sword that the ninja of feudal Japan) Also One character dressed in Japanese clothes?

He is wearing A DARK GREEN SERAPE WITH A HOOD, A RED SAMURAI
TROUSERS AND BLUE TABI SHOES.

Tabi (足袋) are traditional Japanese socks. However a Character name of Gael points to Celtic origins.

I believe you may have to either stay with the Viking sounding names or the Irish. Even though they were close descendents of the Uí Néill clan, The story seems to jump from "Loyalists" (Tory's and Whigs) to some other time in history. Make the names of your characters easier to pronounce especially if it's an animation. You have a narrow market. People will shy away from the term Loyalists because of the connection to History. You are writing "Kinsmen" which connects to the Celtic clans especially with the character having Red Hair. If you want to go Celtic stay in that theme, don't mix up the different times in history. I understand this is just fantasy but stay in one theme. Also you need to Proofread. Do not rely on the computer for proof reading, read your script aloud where the spelling mistakes will jump out at you.

You can do this but research more into the direction you want to go.
 

WizardsQuest Video 2 - Recut Critical Hit

1 stars
Not Interested
December 13, 2013

The Immigration Fraud Interview Video 1 - The Immigration Fraud Interview

1 stars
ICE gives plenty of opportunities for "Aliens" to get their information. They can also contact LEGATS in any country to verify information. Check out the functions of Interpol as well.
November 20, 2013

Children of Others Video 5 - 2

1 stars
Need more background and research on what Homeland Security actually does. Film doesn't work well alongside the story. Story premise is Ok but film leaves me wondering what it is about.
November 01, 2013

ZvG: Zombies Vs Gladiators, Joseph's test movie 2

1 out of 1 people found the following review helpful:

Zombies Vs Gladiators, Joseph's test movie 2

Overall Recommendation:
3 stars
 
Premise:
1 stars
 
Story structure:
2 stars
 
Character:
3 stars
 
Dialogue:
3 stars
 
Emotion:
3 stars
 
October 21, 2013
Not a zombie fan; however should do more research. Got a little confused about the line concerning the Barbarians Drinking Blood. Thought that might be more connective to vampires or voodoo. The storyboard characters are good for the premise. Google Zombie History Timeline for some interesting ideas including :

"Father give me the Bull of Heaven,
So he can kill Gilgamesh in his dwelling.
If you do not give me the Bull of Heaven,
I will knock down the Gates of the Netherworld,
I will smash the doorposts, and leave the doors flat down,
and will let the dead go up to eat the living!
And the dead will outnumber the living!"- The Epic of Gilgamesh

Drinking Blood RE: Zombies, might be related to Voodoo as practiced in the Caribbean. Might introduce a bull instead of a tiger and refer to religion and have the gladiators be the right hand of God through some revelation of a leader.

Check out this link for some background as well http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epic_of_Gilgamesh
 

Seed Video 68 - Seed Book Trailer Contest Winner

4 stars
Does what it is supposed to do; create interest.
October 17, 2013

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