Brief Introduction Into High-Level Corruption And
Actions Taken to Silence Corruption-Exposing Whistleblower

Former federal agent Rodney Stich and his coalition of other former government agents and insiders had sought to report the corrupt activities in the government's aviation safety offices related to a series of specific airline disasters, and also criminal activities in other areas of overt and covert government activities. The authority for doing this was the federal crime reporting statute and the statute that permits any citizen to seek a court order requiring a federal official to perform a mandatory duty and halt unlawful conduct.


In response to these efforts, large numbers of federal judges, Department of Justice personnel, and over 50 lawyers and law firms embarked on multiple schemes to block the reports of the high-level corruption and silence the former federal agent acting as a whistleblower to expose misconduct resulting in major harm, many deaths, and a series of catastrophic events. Click here for more introductory information. In combination, they inflicted great harm through civil, constitutional, criminal, and human rights violations upon a former federal agent, and made possible the continuation of the prior consequences of corruption, cover-ups, and retaliations, some of which are shown below. The need to coordinate these many parallel efforts to block the reporting of very serious high-level corruption, and protect the participants, from 1982 to 2005 as they engaged in conspiracies involving massive and repeated civil, constitutional, and human rights violations, and criminal obstruction of justice and criminal retaliation against a former federal agent and witness, strongly suggests that a powerful group in the federal government was involved. The consequences of their enabling conduct is shown below.

Second Group of Lawyers
 Joined the Conspiracy

The former series of sham legal actions by lawyers were preventing former federal agent Rodney Stich from reporting the ongoing corruption that was related to a series of continuing airline disasters, and blocking the reporting of criminal activities that he and his coalition of other federal agents sought to report.

The second tier of lawyers and law firms commenced another sham lawsuit against the former federal agent in 2000a year prior to another consequence of the corruption, cover-ups, and hoard of lawyers seeking to halt the exposure activities. The ripple effects on September 11, 2001which continued the long series of catastrophic effects, made this next group of lawyers and law firms, and South Carolina judgesenablers to the subsequent disasters.

South Carolina Lawyers & Judges
Joined the Conspiracy

The second group of lawyers and law firms involved in the sham lawsuit filed against former federal agent Rodney Stich and the publishing firm of Diablo Western Press included the Charleston, South Carolina, law firm of Smith and Collins, and their attorneys, David Athell Collins and Steven L. Smith. The lawsuit was filed in a small county court where judges are even more corrupt than in the larger city courts.

The allegations in the lawsuit were immediately disproved by the facts to which they referred. The lawsuit used as the plaintiff a former resident of Elko, Nevada, whose wife was murdered shortly after she confided to her doctor that if she were found dead, her husband would have done it. A week later she was murdered. Her husband, Steve Gratzer, left the state, and at the time of the lawsuit against Stich, was reportedly a prison guard in South Carolina.

The Alleged Libelous Statements

The alleged libel arose from the printing in the book, Drugging America, of statements written to Stich, which he printed word-for-word. Among the many people who provided Stich with information about corruption in government was a former physician from Elko, Nevada, who was also a Lt. Col. in the Idaho National Guard: Dr. Geza Cserno, M.D. While discussing retaliation by Justice Department prosecutors against him, as a result of his position as the medical director in the Idaho National Guard and the refusal of the Guard Unit to join in the attack upon the Ruby Ridge family, the doctor described a conversation he had with a patient, Doris Gratzer.

Dr. Cserna described to Stich the retaliatory actions taken against him by Justice Department prosecutors after the Idaho National Guard, in which he was a medical officer, refused to provide a helicopter to attack the Ruby Ridge family. In the book, Drugging America, Stich included this reference to Doris Gratzer to complete the contents of his discussions. Nowhere in the book was it stated, or implied, that Steve Gratzer murdered his wife since that was not the nature of the subject being discussed. (However, based upon what the doctor told Stich, Steve Gratzer should be a prime suspect in the murder of Doris Gratzer.) The following is what was stated in the book:

Imprisoning A Doctor On Perjured Testimony

In 1997 I started receiving information from a physician who had been targeted in a similar gun-charge. Dr. Jed Cserna was an MD with a private practice in Ely, Nevada, and a Lt. Colonel in the Idaho National Guard, with 16 years of military service behind him. His problems started in Ely, Nevada, where he was a physician. Cserna told me how it appeared to start. While he was treating a patient, Doris Gratzer, she told him, "If I'm ever shot, Steve [her husband] did it." Dr. Cserna told this to the hospital staff and they said that she always had problems, and this occasion was no different than others. A week later, she was found dead, killed by a bullet wound to the head.

Cserna said her husband, Steve Gratzer, was influential in the town, especially with the sheriff, who was responsible for conducting an investigation into his wife's killing. Cserna was now a danger to Gratzer. According to Cserna, false statements were made by a government informant, seeking to justify his position and pay, that resulted in a raid by ATF agent Doreen on his doctor's office. His home was broken into and possessions disappeared. Participating in the ATF raid was the sheriff who he referred to as Burnie (Ronero), who would soon participate in sham charges filed against the doctor.

Cserna said her husband, Steve Gratzer, was influential in the town, especially with the sheriff, who was responsible for conducting an investigation into his wife's killing. Cserna was now a danger to Gratzer. According to Cserna, false statements were made by a government informant, seeking to justify his position and pay, that resulted in a raid by ATF agent Doreen on his doctor's office. His home was broken into and possessions disappeared. Participating in the ATF raid was the sheriff who he referred to as Burnie (Ronero), who would soon participate in sham charges filed against the doctor.

Government agents arrested Cserna a short time later and charged him with possession of a machine gun and a short-barreled rifle. The guns in question were an AR-15 that was not an automatic, and a Uzi 9mm that had been sold to him with a folding stock and various barrels. He had used both guns two and three times a week at the local police firing range and was never questioned about their legality.

DOJ Retaliation Because of Refusing Ruby Ridge Participation?

Cserna told me about an event that happened in Idaho while he was the physician assigned to the Idaho National Guard air wing. During the Ruby Ridge attack that killed Mrs. Weaver and her son, ATF agents had gone to the Idaho National Guard base and told the Commander of the helicopter division, "We are ordering you to activate your choppers to go north and strafe Ruby Ridge." The colonel refused, stating, "This is against the law, the constitution, and finally, Randy Weaver is an Idaho Citizen. Either you get out or I'll have you thrown out."

The quotation by Dr. Cserna that was in the book, Drugging America, and was privileged under law. Also, in no way did the statements imply that Steve Gratzer murdered her (although the information Stich obtained raised a strong probability that Steve Gratzer did in fact murder his wife).

It is common for prosecutors to threaten people with punishment if they don't cooperate in giving testimony, fabricating testimony, or to join a lawsuit against a particular target, and the question arises whether Steve Gratzer, who may have been threatened with being charged with his wife's murder, did not cooperate. This is only speculation, but it is entirely possible.

No Possibility of Lawyers Obtaining Money

Before the South Carolina law firm of David Collins filed their lawsuit against Stich, the law firm knew that neither Diablo Western Press, nor Stich, had any assets that could be seized, nor insurance. The only assets were the books, and taken from the publisher, these would be virtually valueless. Despite this knowledge, several dozen attorneys and half a dozen law firms had put hundreds of hours into this action during the past several years.

No Basis for Personal Jurisdiction

Stich had no connection to the State of South Carolina. Neither did Diablo Western Press. It had no office there and solicited no business there. And the charges were clearly disputed by the clear wording in the book. 

Disregarding the absence of jurisdiction over a California resident, the South Carolina judge, Jackson V. Gregory, rendered a $3 million default judgment against Stich and Diablo Western Press, on November 3, 2000. (Adobe PDF)

That order was followed by another order, Judge Patrick R. Watts, on July 9, 2001, ordering the payment of $3 million. That order had numerous false statements. One stated: "This Court has received into evidence correspondence from the Defendants showing a lack of respect for the legal system and this Court." No such statement was ever made or sent, The only communications sent to the court were the above legal filings. (Adobe PDF)

Over the next six years, the Smith and Collins law firm paid various California lawyers to file legal papers in the California courts to enter the South Carolina default judgment as a local California judgment and then take actions to seize the books exposing the corruption detailed between their covers. Collins knew that federal judges had seized all of Stich's assets and that he had none to seize; only the books.

Sampling of Corruption Consequences Known to Lawyers
Attacking the Corruption-Exposing Whistleblower


Reentry of California Judges in the Scheme

The same California judicial system that had played key roles to silence Stich, in unison with a CIA-front law firm, then refused to recognize California law that barred the filing of the South Carolina default judgment.

One of the protections was the anti-SLAPP legislation, that provides defense against lawsuits retaliating against people exposing misconduct or corruption in government offices. Further, the South Carolina judge had not personal jurisdiction over a California resident who never appeared in South Carolina. California judge Terence L. Bruiniers in Martinez, California then entered the $3 million default judgment as a California judgment, and increased it to $4,238,003.20. March 28, 2002. case # MSC01-05094.

Bruiniers made major false statements and continued the violation of due process that had been standard and continuous by California judges since the start of the continuing series of sham lawsuits in 1982. In his decision, Bruiniers false wrote:

There being no Opposition to the Court's Tentative Ruling, same is adopted as follows: Plaintiff's request for judicial notice is granted. The motion to vacate the judgment is denied; Defendant Diablo Western Press, Inc. has made no appearance in this action, because it is not represented by counsel; Merco Construction Engineers, Inc. v. Municipal Court (1978) 21 Cal. 3d 724, 731-733.

Regarding defendant Stich, the court could properly decline to consider the opening brief, since it fails to comply with the page limitation rule for memoranda of points and authorities supporting a motion. California Rules of Court,, Rule 313(d). Nevertheless, the court will address the merits of the claims raised by Stitch.

Much of what Stitch argues here appears to reiterate arguments presented to the South Carolina court. The South Carolina court determined that personal jurisdiction was established, and that judgment is now final. The South Carolina judgment is entitled to full faith an credit. CCP Sec. 1710.35, 1710.40; Liquidator of Integrity Ins. Co. v. Hendrix (1997) 54 Cal. App0.4th 971, 975. Defendant's desire to relitigate the default judgment is not a defense to that judgment.. See McGuire v. Brightman (1978) 79 Cal. App;.3d 776. Defendant Stich has made no showing which would permit this court to vacate the judgment pursuant to Sec. 1710.40 CCP, et seq. MOTION IS DENIED.

One of the many errors by Judge Bruiniers was that the California judges had no jurisdiction over Diablo Western Press, since it was a Nevada corporation. Any action taken against it had to be done in Nevada.

In a follow-up to that order, court commissioner Judith A. Sanders continued to insure that the scheme succeed. Stich filed a notice of appeal (May 3, 2002) and received notice signed by California Court of Appeal judge William R. McGuiness (June 4, 2002) denying him the right to proceed with the appeal. (Adobe PDF). The notice stated:

Rodney Stich's application for permission to proceed with this appeal is denied. He has not shown a reasonable possibility that the appeal has merit. (Code Civ. Proc., § 391.7).

McGuiness was one of the judges involved in the sham lawsuit filed by the San Francisco CIA-front law firm of Friedman, Sloan and Ross, that violated dozens of state and federal laws. When Stich exercised California state defense remedies, which were justified on the basis of any one of the dozens of laws being violated, the exercise of due process was called a frivolous act and he was labeled a vexatious litigant. In that way, California judges were able to subvert every protection in law. McGuiness continued these earlier tactics.

Stich then filed a notice of appeal with the Supreme Court of California and this was denied in a May 20, 2002, letter, claiming Stich had been declared a vexatious litigant. (Adobe PDF)

Stich first sought relief against the SLAPP action in the California courts, encountering the same massive judicial block that he had previously encountered. (MS Word) (Adobe PDF) That filing was denied, claiming that a prior order by U.S. District Judge Marilyn Patel in 1990 barred Stich, for the remainder of his life, from filing any papers in any district of appellate court.

Stich then filed a lawsuit in the federal courts at Reno, Nevada (March 28, 2002), and again, encountered the same judicial block as in prior years. (MS Word) (Adobe PDF)

Among those involved in that scheme were the lawyers David Collins, Troy Guerard Knight,  Jerome M. Yalon, Irwin J. Eskanos, Barry Adler, and Jeff Daniel; the law firms of Smith and Collins in South Carolina, and Eskianos and Adler; and the person used as the Plaintiff in the action, Steve Gratzer, who moved from Nevada to South Carolina, where he was a prison guard, and whose wife warned that her husband was threatening to kill her.

The Collins law firm hired numerous local attorneys to collect on the judgment, several of whom refused to proceed.

Law Firm Had Government Ties

An article in the San Francisco legal newspaper, Daily Journal, strongly indicated that Collins and his law firm were acting for unknown sources in government, not only against Stich, but against those who were exposing President George Bush's delinquent air national guard record. Similar acts were done to discredit Operation Tailwind. It filed a lawsuit against the people who reported the secret operation against military defectors in Vietnam known as Operation Tailwind.

Secret Source Funded the Thousands
Of Hours Involving Hoard of Lawyers

The accumulation of facts and evidence strongly indicated that:

Tens of thousands of dollars in legal fees, half a dozen law firms, and dozens of lawyers, were involved in the 23 years of sham legal actions where the lawyers knew there was no money to be obtained. Obviously, a high source in government would be the most likely funding source, since it also had to protect the perpetrators.

Sampling of prior catastrophic events, including a series of preventable terrorist attacks, caused and/or enabled to occur from prior corruption that the hoard of lawyers were attempting to cover up by attacks upon former federal agent Rodney Stich.

Subsequent Catastrophic Events Made
Possible by Obstructing Justice Conduct

The continuation of the culture of corruptionand the continuation of the cover-upsmade many people and groups enablers of subsequent preventable airline disasters, including those resulting from terrorist attacks.

Sampling of Early Consequences





Years-Later Continuation of Consequences

TWA Flight  800

U.S. Embassy Bombings

9/11 Easily-Preventable Multiple Hijackings


These few examples of the horrors associated with airline disasters enabled to occur by documented corruption withheld from the American people. The standard culture of cover-ups in the United States enabled the corruption, cover-ups, to mutate into different areas. In the aviation area, although the continuing series of airline disasters eventually came to a halt for other reasons, the culture continued, and enabled to occur a number of easily preventable airline disasters. The inbred culture created the conditions that enabled four groups of terrorists to easily hijack four airliners within a few hours of each other and kill nearly 3,000 people.

One of Over 200 Victims Choosing This Way to Die—
Made Possible by Many Enablers in United States

Victims of Other Forms of Corrupt Bureaucrats That Stich Exposed

There were many other forms of victims from the systemic high-level corruption. These included for instance victims of the:

  • Department of Justice prosecutorial misconduct, people being falsely charges with crimes in order to improve the prosecutors' career.

  • The explosion of violent crime related to drug smuggling into the United States, in which CIA assets were major players.

  • Series of financial frauds appearing every few years, with the latest housing and financial implosions surfacing in 2008.

  • Seizure of assets from innocent people.

  • And many other forms.

These offenses are described in the books written by insiders.

Corruption of the Type Described at this site does not occur in a vacuum. High-level corruption in one area is simply one tentacle of a widespread culture of corruption. And the consequences of that corruption−and the endemic cover-ups−have consequences in other areas. The culture of corruption affects the people and the nation in many other ways, That includes the latest series of financial frauds that has occurred in the housing and financial sectors. Also, the effect of the endemic corruption and endemic cover-ups−major parts of the culture in the United States−that enablers successful terrorist attacks upon U.S. interests.

Harm Suffered by People in Other Countries From
Conduct of Corrupt U.S. Leaders

In addition to the decades of harm resulting from the systemic corruption of key people and groups in the U.S. government, affecting aviation safety, financial, human rights, in the United States, there is the harm from outside sources brought about by the actions of U.S. politicians affecting people in other countries—such as the history of invading and killing foreigners—there are the successful "terrorist" attacks made possible by high-level corruption, and then there are the foreigners who are also victims from the same high-level corruption that adversely affects the American, but in a different form.

Remains of a girl—about the age of the 9-year-old Killed in Tucson in January 2011.

In criminal law, people are accomplices, and guilty, if they know of a criminal act and fail to report it to proper authorities and also to take efforts within their capability to halt their continuation. And there are endless numbers of accomplices that are complicit in these crimes and enablers of the consequences.

Suggestion to people outside the United States. Become familiar with the documented systemic corruption in the United States and show the outrage lacking of people in the United States, and:

  • Help expose the endemic corruption that seem to be acceptable to the American people, and maybe wake them up.

  • Help to protect yourselves against the decades of ham inflicted upon people of other countries by the actions of U.S. politicianssupported by much of the American public. Examples:

    • Serial lying by U.S. politicians to use as a pretense to invade Iraq and Afghanistan, killing tens of thousands of innocent people.

    • U.S. politicians shifting enabling blame from their own corrupt actions that encouraged and enabled four groups of terrorists to simultaneously hijack four airliners, and shift the blame to the people of Iraq and Afghanistanwith the help of a dumbed-down American public that is mostly too lazy to learn the truth.

Books by Professional Insiders Revealing 50 Years Of
Corruption-Enabling Tragedies







All of the books are available at, in print and on the Kindle, and at many other Internet sites. They bring together the various pieces of the puzzle to better understand the overall picture, and why the same conditions continue year after year. Information on the books by former government agent Rodney Stich

Sampling of early books reviews

Sampling of complimentary letters/faxes to author/activist Rodney Stich.

More information about these books by clicking here.

Thanks to the Very Few Who Cared Enough

Thanks are given to those very very few who have contributed funds to the non-profit organization that helps to fund these exposure activities.

Despite the 9/11 Consequences, Another
 Lawyer Group Joined the Scheme

Seeking to collect the South Carolina and California default judgment of $4 million dollars and to seize the books exposing the corruption, including the corruption that helped make 9/11 possible, another group of lawyers joined the scheme. That latest  law firm was headed by John Guerrini of Pasadena, California. He also knew there were no assets, and directed his efforts to obtaining a court order to seize the books. Details by clicking here.

Lawyers Were Enablers to Catastrophic
Events Suffered by the American People

The lawyers knew they were blocking or hindering the attempts by former federal agent Rodney Stich and his coalition of other insiders from reporting and publicizing the ongoing corruption in the government's aviation safety offices and the other criminal activities. They knew the prior consequences and those occurring during their sham attacks. They obviously knew that their obstruction of justice tactics would continuation the long pattern of prior catastrophic events. The hijackings of four airliners on 9/11 were simply one-day's continuation in a long line of tragedies arising from the corruption and the cover-ups.

Sampling of Related Pages

Email address for the author and activist against corruption in government:

For more information relating to the author and his activities put "Rodney Stich" into a search engine such as Google or The links run into many tens of thousands.







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