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HOW TO GET THINGS DONE IN THE DARK WORLD
OF CORRUPT GOVERNMENT
Highlights by William B. Trescott:
Truckers can forgive a lot of things, but not drunk driving. As billboard lawyers charged extravagant fees to compensate victims of crashes that would never have occurred if modern safety features on trucks were legal, President Trump violated the law in nominating a lawyer to head the head the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. The Motor Carrier Safety Improvement Act required him to appoint “an individual with professional experience in motor carrier safety.”
Twice convicted of drunk driving, Raymond Martinez could never have gotten a job driving a truck, much less met the minimum standard for employment in the motor carrier safety profession—an above average safety record driving eighteen wheelers. Nor did he publish articles, videos, or patent applications demonstrating expertise designing trucks or testing safety devices as any reasonable person would expect of an individual with professional experience in motor carrier safety. When he was supposedly accumulating an above average safety record driving trucks, he was actually working as an assistant to First Lady Nancy Reagan.
He was able to get away with this because in 2006 President Bush appointed his Assistant Brett Kavanaugh to sit on the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. When Martinez's predecessors refused to allow modern safety features on trucks such as stronger roofs and crash absorbent bumpers, Kavanaugh dismissed litigation to legalize them, then denied the appeal even though judges are not allowed to hear appeals of their own decisions.
As a reward for covering
up his violations of the Motor Carrier Safety
Improvement Act, President Trump appointed Kavanaugh to become
an associate justice of The Supreme Court!
In a letter to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the American Trucking Associations and Owner Operator Independent Driver Association agreed that fatal injuries to truckers could be reduced 23% if cab structural integrity was improved sufficiently to prevent crushing in rollover crashes. When the former Ralph Nader organization Public Citizen brought a case to prevent truckers from being overworked, Kavanaugh ordered our pleadings to be edited to half the length of those of our employers. When I filed a motion accusing him of bias, he was replaced by Janice R. Brown, a former assistant of a governor who had collaborated with Kavanaugh in dismissing the safety devices case.
Nicknamed "The Diva" because she had famously hired a convicted bank robber to serve as her clerk as shown on the news program 60 Minutes, Brown ruled that truckers lack standing to challenge a trucking regulation!
Judges are supposed to be assigned to cases randomly so that a corrupt judge cannot impose a predetermined outcome by suppressing evidence. Because the chances of each of the DC Circuit's fourteen judges sitting on a particular three judge panel were one in five, the odds of President Bush’s former Assistant being randomly assigned to three consecutive panels are less than one percent. It is therefore 99% certain that these judges were assigned to our cases in a non-random manner.
The FBI investigated several House and Senate committee chairmen to determine why a bill I wrote, Presidential Candidate Ron Paul’s 'Safer Truck Act', never received a hearing. Senator Ted Stevens, a Chairman of the Senate Committee who confirmed John Hill, one of Martinez's equally unqualified predecessors, without a hearing, was convicted of failing to report gifts from an oil company. The co-chairman not convicted, Presidential Candidate John McCain, owned a trucking company that distributed beer. Tom Petri, Chairman of the House Transportation Committee, agreed to retire after failing to report owning stock in a truck manufacturer.
Charges against Stevens were abruptly dropped after I filed a complaint with the FBI alleging that a dozen truckers killed in Texas had a greater than 50-50 probability of being victims of wrongful death. The chief of the section that processed my complaint resigned from the FBI a month later and Senator Stevens died in a mysterious plane crash—not unlike the Presidents of Poland, Rwanda, Panama, and Pakistan when they knew too much. The Attorney General who dismissed the charges was held in contempt of Congress in an unrelated cover up.
In consolation, the "bridge to nowhere" that Stevens
was advocating is now being built, not in Alaska, but in my hometown of
Sargent Texas—resembling a giant roller coaster for cars!
The Tea Party Movement gets its name from a 1973 trucker strike that shut down the nation's highways on the 200th anniversary of the Boston Tea Party. To prevent another such protest, on December 16th 2015, the 242nd anniversary of the Boston Tea Party, Martinez's predecessor, T. F. Scott Darling III, promulgated a regulation requiring trucks to be equipped with tracking devices so that truckers can be monitored by their employers. This meant that prototypes of modern intermodal vehicles could be tracked and searched without search warrants—effectively halting research and development because truckers had no means of protecting our trade secrets. The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) filed suit the very next day.
The case garnered the attention of right wing extremist groups because if the government won, it would legalize the use of cell phone data to track their activities. On January 7th 2016, I filed a Motion to Intervene by Right claiming that Mr. Darling, a lawyer like Martinez lacking professional experience in motor carrier safety, lacked the statutory right to promulgate such a rule because he had not been confirmed by the Senate.
A week later on January 14th 2016, the Acting Chief Judge of the District of Columbia Circuit dismissed complaints of judicial misconduct I had filed that were preventing Darling’s confirmation. The reason that an acting chief judge ruled rather than the Chief Judge is that my complaints alleged that the chief judges of both the district and appellate courts covered up my complaints of non random panel assignments. Coincidentally, the Senate Commerce Committee announced a confirmation hearing for Mr. Darling on the same day.
On January 20th 2016, The Judicial Council of the DC Circuit refused to release the acting chief judge’s opinion until ten minutes after Mr. Darling’s hearing ended. Coincidentally, Darling filed an Opposition to my Motion to Intervene on the same day which was granted a week later even though I filed Comments before the Agency and a Petition to Reconsider. On March 15th 2016, the Judicial Council of the DC Circuit upheld the opinion of the acting chief judge.
As a reward for covering
up his violations of the Motor Carrier Safety
Improvement Act, President Obama nominated the Chief Judge
who recused himself to become an associate justice of The Supreme Court
the very next day!
The overly coincidental coordination of the Judicial Council, the Senate Commerce Committee, the President, and The Department of Justice could not have been achieved without corrupt communication contrary to the principle of Constitutional separation of powers. John Hill, Darling's predecessor and head of the Indiana Department of Homeland Security, blew the whistle claiming that “political people tell the appointed people what they’re going to do.”
The Chief Judge's nomination was stopped at my request, leaving only eight justices on the Supreme Court.
On June 6th 2016, after all of the Protestants
resigned due to irregularities in the Citizens United case
legalizing unlimited campaign spending, the eight remaining Justices,
four Jewish, four Catholic, denied my petition alleging corruption
in the OOIDA case. Three weeks later, on June 27th 2016, they overruled
the decision of a majority Protestant jury upheld by the 4th Circuit
Court of Appeals convicting the former Governor of Virginia of receiving
$175,000 in gifts—legalizing the corruption!
On August 12th 2017,
two months to the day after the Supreme Court dismissed the
OOIDA's petition, a trucker organized a "Unite the right" rally at
the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. Concerned about government
use of cell phone data to track their movements, right wing extremists
joined the protest chanting, "Jews will not replace us," objecting
to the fact
that a Supreme Court staffed entirely by Catholics and Jews was able to decriminalize
corruption by overturning their governor's conviction by a majority Protestant
On Memorial Day 2018, Comedienne Rosanne Barr tweeted to her followers that the person most likely responsible for the illegal ex parte communication, Valerie Jarrett, Obama's Director of Intergovernmental Affairs, was like "The Muslim Brotherhood & The Planet of the Apes had a baby." Like those protesting the acquittal of their convicted governor, Barr was accused of racism and her top rated show was canceled in retaliation. Any employer that retaliates against a whistleblower should suffer the consequences—especially a multinational corporation like Disney that has influence over our children.
Jarrett's post had previously been held by Chuck Colson, who served seven months in prison for obstruction of justice in the Watergate cover up, but Jarrett was never investigated. In The Planet of the Apes, a petitioner (Charlton Heston) was stripped and gagged to prevent him from presenting evidence as three appellate judges wearing orangutan masks made the gestures of "hear no evil, see no evil, and say no evil." When the three judges in the OOIDA case published their opinion on Halloween, anyone old enough to remember the 1967 movie would have grasped Rosanne Barr's analogy. "Apes" outsold all other Halloween costumes that year!
Rioting and looting whenever White police officers killed Blacks, in Charlottesville the Black Lives Matter movement demanded that monuments dedicated to citizens who fought and died to limit the power of government be torn down when a Black president, a Black judge, and a Black impostor conspired to deprive truckers of safety in the workplace. Obviously, if White police officers are prosecuted for killing Blacks, then Black officials should be prosecuted for killing Whites!
When no one went to jail
for causing thousands of additional highway deaths, a disgruntled
trucker committed the most deadly attack on Jews in American history
on the 10th anniversary of Senator Stevens' conviction. When Judge Brown
did not go to jail after denying truckers standing, another irate trucker
hijacked a mail truck and shot seven people as well as himself on
the 2nd anniversary of her retirement. The media reported that these
reprisals were "racist" even though almost all of the victims were White!
While a senator in Illinois, Barak Obama collaborated with convicted Governor George Ryan to ban capital punishment. Ryan received six years in prison for causing the deaths of several children after issuing commercial driver’s licenses to unqualified truck drivers in exchange for campaign donations. Violating his pledge not to appoint lobbyists to head government agencies, Obama appointed Anne Ferro, former President of the Maryland Motor Truck Association, to be his first Motor Carrier Safety Administrator even though as the State of Maryland’s Motor Vehicle Administrator she regularly issued licenses to unqualified truck drivers with as little as two weeks of training. Martinez did the same when he was Chairman of the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission and Commissioner of the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles.
Like Martinez, Hill, and Darling, Ferro had never driven a truck for a living, much less had experience designing trucks and testing safety devices as required by the Motor Carrier Safety Improvement Act. The only possible motive for an unskilled person lacking scientific or technical qualifications to impersonate a safety professional is to profit from the deaths of innocent people.
It is difficult to imagine how the head of Maryland’s driver’s license office could have become president of Maryland’s trucking association without granting special favors like Governor Ryan did when he was head of Illinois’ driver’s license office. The president of a trucking association would normally be the owner of a successful trucking company—not a driver’s license office. According to the University of Michigan Transportation Institute, Maryland reported only one truck crash after Ferro took over, making members of her Association appear safer than trucking companies based in other states. The Department of Transportation also reported that trucks drove exactly one third more miles under Ferro than was published previously. Obviously, if crashes are under-reported and miles driven are exaggerated, an impostor with no apparent qualifications can appear to improve safety.
As a result of this corruption, modern intermodal vehicles remain illegal and a sober motorist is now twice as likely to be killed by a heavy truck as by a drunk driver. Although the first prototype unibody truck was built by General Motors prior to the first trucker strike in 1973, to protect themselves from unqualified truck drivers, motorists purchased 160% more gas guzzling SUV's with bumpers the same height as truck bumpers in 2002 than they did at the time of the last trucker strike in 1994. As pickups and SUV's continued to get larger and heavier, bicycling became increasingly dangerous. High gas prices resulting from a shortage of refinery capacity caused by these gas guzzlers triggered the 2008 recession by popping the housing bubble in outlying suburbs that were no longer economical to commute to.
When motorists switched to Diesel powered pickups to get better fuel economy, the price of Diesel fuel spiked to more than $4 per gallon, doubling the cost of shipping freight by truck. Efficiency improvements in container ships, such as steam turbines that generate additional power using waste heat from their exhaust, made it cheaper for big box retailers to import goods from from China than to ship them across the United States—destroying American manufacturing and forcing small business retailers into bankruptcy. Size and weight limits intended to protect the roads from overweight trucks prevented truckers from installing more efficient engines and exhaust heat recovery systems even though additional axles and advanced suspension systems could have dramatically reduced highway damage.
Even without including the costs of global warming, the Government Accountability Office estimated that the pollution, accident, and congestion costs of trucks are six times that of trains. According to a study by the Federal Railroad Administration, intermodalism is up to five times more fuel efficient than trucking. Even on short trips, ships and trains are twice as efficient as trucks. If either Presidential Candidate Ron Paul’s 'Safer Truck Act' or my related litigation had received a fair hearing, intermodal vehicles could have prevented the 2008 recession by capping the price of Diesel fuel at well below $2 per gallon.
Much pollution and many additional crashes could have been prevented if motorists did not have to drive long distances between cities and to and from airports. The problem with high speed rail is that a misaligned switch can derail a train and kill hundreds of people. The only safe way of getting freight on or off of a high speed track is with an intermodal vehicle. Without freight to supplement passenger revenue, high speed tracks have not proven economical.
Although most airlines shut
down due to Covid-19, the trucking industry continued to spread coronavirus
to food processing plants, causing a food shortage and thousands
of additional deaths while farmers were forced to throw away unsold produce.
The main benefit of intermodal vehicles is actually not safety or efficiency, but their ability to pickup and deliver freight absolutely anywhere without a loading dock. 18 wheelers carry their cargo high above the ground, making them dangerous for farmers and other small businessmen to load and unload. If intermodal vehicles replaced long haul trucks, entrepreneurs could compete on a level playing field with giant corporations and farmers could sell produce directly to consumers over the internet at half supermarket prices.
Inner city neighborhoods are like third world countries with vast numbers of unemployed youth that could be put to work if only they had access to transportation. Half of all trips are shopping trips. If people could buy directly from home industries and do most of their shopping at home over the internet, there would be fewer car crashes, less pollution, less highway congestion, cars would last longer, and prices and insurance rates would be lower. This is why the trucking, oil, auto, food, insurance, and retail industries are all lobbying against it.
If intermodal vehicles were allowed to deliver freight a mere five miles around industrial areas, demand for rail transportation would dramatically increase and track electrification would become economical—further reducing noise and pollution. Like most nations, the US has a surplus of nighttime generating capacity that could be used to power trains. A trucker with a modern intermodal truck that traveled less than five miles could use plug in power and never buy a drop of Diesel fuel again. This is why a United States Senator was convicted of receiving gifts from an oil company.
How much does our obsolete long haul trucking industry cost taxpayers? According to the Government Accountability Office, unrecovered pollution, accident, and congestion costs of trucks have been exceeding 112.2 billion dollars per year since 2007.