America's Unrecognized
Heroes & American Martyrs

This site provides a minute sampling of former government agents and other insiders who sought to expose and fight some segment of the endemic corruption that has mutated throughout the government of the United States. These are not the "heroes" that Americans worship: the professional ball players and the many others recipients of the title is an insult to the real heroes. America has a host of real heroes, but possibly not recognized as it makes others who fail to stand up to corruption in government look like cowards. This information is an introduction to intrigue beyond anyone's expectations!

These real heroes paid a heavy price for attempting to fight the Trojan horse corruption responsible for an endless series of harm to the American public and the United States. The most recent consequences of their failed quest would include the series of major terrorist attacks upon the United States during the lasts decade, and the massive frauds in the housing and financial sectors. For instance:

FBI Agent and War Hero: Richard Taus

Like most of the others, public apathy helped put him where he is, in a New York State prison. Richard Taus was a highly decorated helicopter pilot, risking his life many times to rescue wounded soldiers during the Vietnam War. After the war he became an FBI Special Agent in the New York City offices. During these official duties, Taus discovered corrupt and criminal activities that the FBI was required by law to investigate. Taus was repeatedly blocked from carrying out his official duties by his supervisor, DeVecchio.

Among the corrupt and criminal practices that Taus sought to report were the following:

 The Rest of the Story

This writer would discover additional and even more serious misconduct relating to the retaliatory actions taken against Taus. For instance:

In February 2009, Taus filed a motion for clemency with New York Governor David Paterson. Taus' release threatened many people who were involved in the above matters or covered up for them.

Former federal agent Rodney Stich took that opportunity to not only speak in support of Taus' motion, but also to expose a much larger problem−with tentacles to 9/11, murders involving a key FBI supervisor, and the culture within the U.S. Department of Justice. (MS Word) (Adobe PDF)

Additional letters and faxes were sent, every one going unanswered.

Taus receiving medal for bravery.

Richard Taus and the Vietnam Orphan That He Adopted


Taus' Mother, Yolanda−who died in 2012, waiting for her son's release

Clemency Letters Sent to N.Y. Governor David Paterson

Unfortunately, by releasing Taus, it risked exposing vast areas of criminal activities involving key FBI-DOJ personnel, including multiple murders perpetrated by his supervisor, Lindley DeVecchio, that were perpetrated with Mafia capo known as "The Killing Machine."

Former U.S. Customs Agent: John Carman

John Carman, former agent of U.S. Customs, Immigration Service, and Secret Service agent. He is now incarcerated at the MCC at San Diego, after seeking to expose corruption of officials in U.S. Customs and other government offices. To get an idea of why Department of Justice officials wanted to silence him, go to his web site (before it is taken down) at

Former Customs Agent: Darlene Fitzgerald

After years in criminal justice and law enforcement, including U.S. Customs, Darlene Fitzgerald quite her Customs employment over protests of corruption that allowed suspected shipments of drugs and aliens in railway cars and vehicles to pass uninspected. Visit her website at for more information.



INS Agent Joseph Occhipinti 

Discover how Department of Justice prosecutors helped continue drug smuggling in the New York-New Jersey area, and facilitated the funding of the New Jersey terrorists who bombed the World Trade Center in 1993, by filing false charges against INS agent Joseph Occhipinti. Full story in the book, Drugging America, and highlights here.

INS Agent Rumaldo Solis

Discover how Department of Justice prosecutors protected a DEA agent that was a kingpin in drug smuggling along the Mexican border and who killed a Mexican, in Mexico, when the hapless Mexican discovered the DEA agent's identity. The full story in the book, Drugging America, and highlights here.

Ronald Rewald: Head of CIA Proprietary

Titular head of a covert CIA operation based in Honolulu, Ronald Rewald was falsely charged with criminal activities by DOJ prosecutors conspiring with CIA officials, so as to divert attention from the CIA involvement after the cover was blown on the operation by a Honolulu television reporter. Ten years in prison, failing health, and IRS hounding to this day, was part of the price paid by Rewald and his family for the culture of corruption that controls American today. Details in the books, Disavow: A CIA Saga of Betrayal; Explosive Secrets of Covert CIA Companies; Defrauding America; and Drugging America. Highlights here.

Former DEA Agent: Stephen Swanson

Stephen M. Swanson, retired DEA agent. After he retired, while carrying out verbal authority from DEA agents to infiltrate a drug smuggling operation, DOJ prosecutors charged him with being the kingpin in the operation. During trial, and under heavy emotional stress from the false charges and false arguments presented to the jury by the U.S. attorney, Swanson committed suicide in 2000 so that his dying wife would not be denied the medical benefits that were part of the retirement benefits, but would be lost if he was held guilty.  Details in the book, Drugging America, with additional details here.

Former FAA Inspector: Mary Diefenderfer

Mary Diefenderfer was a federal aviation safety inspector-investigator, the principle operations inspectors for Alaska Airlines. She left her government position after being repeatedly harassed for reporting the defective maintenance practices at Alaska Airlines. Shortly thereafter, an Alaskan DC-9 aircraft plunged into the ocean off Southern California, with the death of all on board. The NTSB found defective maintenance related to lubrication of a jackscrew that controlled the horizontal stabilizer. Numerous other examples of FAA personnel in similar situations is described in the book, History of Aviation Disasters: 1950 to 9/11,and two dozen other books on how Americans are defrauded.

Former CIA Agent Spying on the Soviet Union—
And Then Discarded

Former FAA inspector: Rodney Stich

Another Unexpected Courageous Whistleblower

In addition to those listed, many others became confidants to granddaddy of whistleblowers, Rodney Stich. One, however, was extremely unexpected. His contribution, if not deep-sixth, could have enabled measures to be taken that could have prevented the first in a series of catastrophic attacks that led to two wars and an escalation of people wanting to kill Americans, and which will continue for generations. That person is former Colombo Mafiosi, Gregory Scarpa, Jr. Details from years of communications and FBI documents can be found in the books, Terrorism and Deadliest Scandals of 21st Century, and Crimes of the FBI-DOJ, Mafia, and al Qaeda.

Evidence of Creditability of Information Provided

Sampling of Others Suffering The
Consequences of Reporting Deadly corruption

Another list witness List and whistleblower retaliation. These are only the tip of the iceberg. Media people don't report them, so the only people knowing of the countless human tragedies arising from the arrogance and corruption in the three branches of government are the victims, if they are still alive, and their families and friends.

One of the very latest victims was former DEA agent Celerino Castillo, who paid the price for exposing the drug smuggling involved with the Iran-Contra operations during the Reagan-Bush administrations.

Consumed by such trivia as Michael Jackson, Sarah Palin, Nicole Smith, Britney Spears, the American public could care less about how they had been, and would continue to suffer, from the Trojan Horse corruption. They were following the footsteps of the German people under Adolf Hitler, and were blissfully indifferent to be taken for fools.

People Under Hitler, and People in United States


A poem was written by Martin Niemoller that depicts a fact of life that most Americans have yet to learn:


    First they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out, because I was not a Jew.
    Then they came for the Communists, and I did not speak out, because I was not a Communist.
    Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out, because I was not a trade unionist.
    Then they came for me, and there was no one left to speak out for me.


                    Pastor Martin Niemöller


Pastor Martin Niemöller (1892–1984) first supported the rise of Adolf Hitler, and then upon learning the truth, and objecting, he was imprisoned. He wrote a poem about the state of denial of Germans about what Hitler was doing. Probably no better example could be shown than what has been done to the American people, in their name, while they lazily ignored the outrages.

U.S. Supreme Court Justices' Attacks On
Government Personnel Reporting
High-Level Corruption

The Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a May 30, 2006, decision that government power can be used to retaliate against anyone in government exposing corruption, and that includes corruption subverting the United States. That decision is known as Garcetti  v. Ceballos, 128 S.Ct. 1951.  

In 2007, the Senate was ready to vote on a whistleblower bill to provide protection to government whistleblowers, but Senator Tom Coburn of Oklahoma raised objections, and the vote was blocked. By a very undemocratic rule, any senator can raise objection to further vote on a bill. (A prior Oklahoma senator, Senator David Boren, chairman of the aviation subcommittee, also blocked actions that would result in many preventable airline tragedies, as detailed in the book, Unfriendly Skies: 20th & 21st Centuries.)

Upon hearing of Senator Coburn's action, former federal agent Rodney Stich sent Coburn a letter, with copies to the other members of the Senate judiciary committee, objecting to the hold and giving examples of how urgent the legislation was. (MS Word) (Adobe PDF)

Sampling of forewarned aviation disasters associated with attempts to report corruption responsible for their occurrence.

There Were, However, Consequences To These Attacks,
Throughout the Years of Retaliation Against Whistleblowers!

Many factors motivated former federal agent Rodney Stich to continue fighting the seemingly hopeless David vs. Goliath battle to halt the corruption and resulting tragedies. In the beginning, when the primary consequences were the steady stream of preventable and usually forewarned aviation disasters, the motivation included concern over the horrors experienced by people involved in the actual aviation disaster, and the lifetime of emotional and financial pain suffered by family members.

As a result of the widespread corruption in overt and covert government operations, the systemic cover-ups that treat high-level corruption as the "third-rail," and the retaliation against whistleblowers, great American tragedies have repeatedly occurred, and will continue to occur.

Sampling of Early Consequences



Progression of Consequences


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 Less Catastrophic Events

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

These offenses are described in the books written by insiders.

Harm to People Overseas From
High-Level Corruption in the United States

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.

Documenting the Sordid Conduct and Consequences

Books by insiders that document
decades of covert and/or corrupt activities by
America's secret government.






All of the books are available at, in print and on digital formats, 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.






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