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3/27/2014

Dem State Senator Who Allegedly Trafficked in Automatic Weapons and Missiles Favors . . . Gun Control

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 10:24 am

Of course.

The allegations against Leland Yee are . . . remarkable:

A California state senator has been arrested for promising shoulder-fired automatic weapons and missiles from a Muslim separatist group to an undercover FBI agent in exchange for campaign donations, according to court documents unsealed Wednesday.

In San Francisco, FBI agents have charged California State Sen. Leland Yee with conspiracy to deal firearms and wire fraud. The allegations were outlined in an FBI affidavit against Yee and 25 others. The allegations against Yee include a number of favors he requested in exchange for campaign donations, as well as performing “official acts” in exchange for donations to get himself out of a $70,000 debt incurred during a failed San Francisco mayoral bid, according to court documents.

Yee discussed helping the undercover FBI agent get weapons worth $500,000 to $2.5 million, including shoulder-fired automatic weapons and missiles, and showed the agent the entire process of how to get those weapons from a Muslim separatist group in the Philippines into the United States, according to an affidavit from FBI Special Agent Emmanuel V. Pascua.

Yee favors gun control and closing loopholes in laws against assault weapons.

Hey, if you can pass laws that increase the demand for your product, why not, right?

60 Responses to “Dem State Senator Who Allegedly Trafficked in Automatic Weapons and Missiles Favors . . . Gun Control”

  1. Ding.

    Patterico (c29bec)

  2. Create a problem – Solve a problem = Effective legislator.

    daleyrocks (bf33e9)

  3. Actually, I’m pretty sure Leland Yee was a cheerleader for pretty much the entire left-wing agenda of California Democrats, not just gun control. I know that the Democrat media is now trying to claim that he was a “loner” and not a party stalwart, but if you read closely you can see that their main gripe was that he criticized the party from the left, e.g. his vote against the budget because he thought it cut too deeply into social spending.

    What this shows is something that us right-wingers have been saying all along: that liberalism is often just a convenient mask for someone who wants to enrich themselves via government, that those who claim to work on behalf of “the poor” are very often only working on behalf of themselves and their allies, and that the more you demand that government be involved in everyone else’s life, the more you justify exempting yourself from its effects.

    JVW (9946b6)

  4. the Democrat media is now trying to claim that he was a “loner” and not a party stalwart

    I wonder if he’ll roll on others to avoid dying in prison. I’m willing to bet that several other senators are sanitizing their emails and such as I type.

    Kevin M (b11279)

  5. 3. …I know that the Democrat media is now trying to claim that he was a “loner” and not a party stalwart…

    Comment by JVW (9946b6) — 3/27/2014 @ 10:55 am

    I guess this statement of support from Pelosi in a letter to the governor kind of kicks the legs out from under that lie.

    http://weaselzippers.us/180803-nancy-pelosi-strongly-supported-dem-state-senator-who-was-arrested-for-trying-to-make-arms-deal-with-islamic-rebels/

    Steve57 (a017ec)

  6. His website is still up.

    http://sd08.senate.ca.gov/

    Let’s see…

    Legislator of the Year

    American Psychological Association
    California School Employees Association
    California Association of School Psychologists
    California School Nutrition Association
    CTA/NEA Community College Association
    California Psychiatric Association
    Faculty Association of California Community Colleges
    California Independent Grocers
    California Mental Health Directors Association
    Associated Students of UC Davis
    California Staffing Professionals
    Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons of California
    California Partnership to End Domestic Violence
    California Chiropractic Association
    Hearing Healthcare Providers of California
    California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
    People’s Vanguard of Davis
    California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
    California Society of Certified Public Accountants
    San Francisco Women’s Political Committee
    California Faculty Association
    American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME 3299)

    Awards and Honors

    Freedom of Information Award by the California Newspaper Publishers Association
    Labor Warrior Award by the California Labor Federation
    Ellison Onizuka Memorial Human Rights Award by the National Education Association
    Alumnus of the Year by the Cal Berkeley Democrats
    Phil Burton Badge of Courage Award by the Sierra Club San Francisco Bay Chapter
    Modern Day Abolitionist Award by the San Francisco Collaborative Against Human Trafficking
    Children’s Hero Award by the California Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
    Clean Money Champion by the California Clean Money Campaign
    Resource Conservation Award by the California Resource Recovery Association
    Distinguished Service to Journalism Education Award by the Journalism Association of Community Colleges
    Service Award by Community Overcoming Relationship Abuse of San Mateo County
    Cultural Diversity Award by Asian American Seniors Association
    Outstanding Achievement Award by the California College Media Association
    Advocate of the Year by the San Francisco Young Democrats
    Profile in Courage Award by the California Psychiatric Association
    Clean Water Champion Award by Clean Water Action
    Special Friend of Children Award by the National Association of School Psychologists
    Building a State of Equality Award by Equality California
    Coastal Steward by Vote the Coast
    Person of the Year by GamePolitics.com
    Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Neighborhoods by the Coalition for San Francisco Neighborhoods
    Outstanding Service Award by the California Psychological Association
    Legislative Superstar by AFSCME
    Moscone Award by the California School Nutrition Association
    Advocacy Award by the California Association for Bilingual Education
    Champion of Journalism Education Award by the California Journalism Education Coalition
    Cornucopia Award by California Women for Agriculture
    Special Recognition Honoree by the Asian Heritage Awards
    Beacon Award by the First Amendment Coalition
    Friend of Scholastic Journalism Award by the Journalism Education Association
    Leadership Award by the California Animal Association
    Norman Hill Award by A. Philip Randolph Institute
    Legislative Champion Award by the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence
    Freedom of Information Award by the Northern California Society of Professional Journalists
    Hero of High Speed Rail Award by the US High Speed Rail Association
    Sunshine Award by the San Diego Society of Professional Journalists
    Environmental Champion by Environment California
    Community Ally Award by the Harvey Milk Democratic Club

    Some loner.

    Steve57 (a017ec)

  7. The Koch Brothers framed Leland Yee.
    Or something.

    Elephant Stone (6a6f37)

  8. California Attorneys for Criminal Justice

    He’s going to need their help.

    Sammy Finkelman (2c707f)

  9. I don’t think it will be up long. The links that go to the .senate.ca.gov address don’t work anymore.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leland_Yee

    He’s been in politics since 1988. That’s when he first became a member of the SF schoolboard. he later became President. That’s interesting because his time on the school board seems to overlap with one of his co-conspirators/co-defendants, Keith Jackson.

    Steve57 (a017ec)

  10. Good thing he wasn’t a loner, Sammy.

    Steve57 (a017ec)

  11. now, if only Sammy would leave us alone…

    redc1c4 (abd49e)

  12. Jim Geraghty has an excellent essay that explains liberal hypocrisy:

    Being a conservative means you’re going to spend some time disagreeing with your allies. Progressives and liberals spend much less energy, time, and elevated blood pressure fighting each other — at least beyond the comments section of liberal blogs. They’re much quicker to refocus on the big picture and unite in the battle against the Right. Even as titanic a battle as Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama’s 2008 primary fight was resolved within a few months, with Hillary serving in Obama’s Cabinet.

    Many progressives organize their worldview in the reverse order: They pick the good people — themselves — and everything else is negotiable. And as it’s currently practiced, liberalism doesn’t really require much of anything. ***

    The currency of progressivism isn’t policies, and it certainly isn’t results. It’s emotions.

    I agree, but there’s more to his analysis and argument so read the whole thing.

    DRJ (a83b8b)

  13. I am sure, that upon closer examination, anything Lee did will be proven to have been…..

    “For the Children”

    Orcadrvr (38828c)

  14. Many progressives organize their worldview in the reverse order: They pick the good people — themselves — and everything else is negotiable. And as it’s currently practiced, liberalism doesn’t really require much of anything.

    Nowhere is that more apparent than progressives treatment of Bill Clinton. He’s spent his whole career careening from the party savior who would redeem the Baby Boom generation to the guy who sold out progressivism in order to be reelected to the brilliant triangulator charting a moderate third way to the reckless self-indulgent narcissist whose incessant whoring was destroying his causes to the wise avuncular elder statesman with his finger on the pulse of the country to the rich out-of-touch multimillionaire who spends too much time paling around with CEOs in Mailbu, Aspen, and Palm Beach to the humanitarian whose charitable foundation is curing disease in Africa and empowering women all over the third world. But the whole time his stature in the Democrat Party is entirely contingent upon whether he can bring in money and/or votes, so he is always welcome at party confabs.

    It really is largely a party of and for the unprincipled when you get right down to it.

    JVW (9946b6)

  15. I expecting interview as follows:

    “None of us knew him very well; he kept mostly to himself. He was always very quiet and polite, but you knew that there was maybe something just a bit off.

    It’s always the quiet ones, it seems”

    Kevin M (b11279)

  16. By next week, the Matty Yglesiases and MSNBCs of the world will be describing Leland Yee as a tea party Republican who watches Fox News, attends church, and is a paid shill for the NRA.
    Or something.

    Elephant Stone (6a6f37)

  17. Painted Jaguar (Gleam in eye): Sen. Yee is all in favor of the saying, “Outlaw guns, and only outlaws will have guns.”
    ;-)

    Painted Jaguar (a sockpuppet) (f9371b)

  18. Weaselzippers put something together on Uncle Leland’s homeboy, Shrimp Boy.

    http://weaselzippers.us/180878-meet-raymond-shrimp-boy-chow-notorious-gangster-given-awards-by-diane-feinstein-other-sf-dem-politicians/

    The embedded videos are pretty amusing. Did he have people fooled. Not all, but quite a few.

    Steve57 (a017ec)

  19. Ten years ago a conservative needed some cash so Rush stepped in to publicize his bake sale, which netted amounts that would have helped with Yee’s campaign debts. A mainline California DemocRat needs some bucks so he arranges with Philippine terrorists to smuggle shoulder-fired missiles into the U. S. The implications of Yee’s readiness to work with muslim terrorists on such a project are huge. In Yee’s world, it must have been rather ordinary to have such dealings. You would have a hard time writing a novel using this premise. And yet this is the reality. Can anyone else see the elephant in the lobby?

    bobathome (c0c2b5)

  20. Sounds like something out of Burn notice,

    narciso (3fec35)

  21. Although someone made a comparison to that show ‘the Wire’

    narciso (3fec35)

  22. Comment by bobathome (c0c2b5) — 3/27/2014 @ 4:58 pm

    A mainline California DemocRat needs some bucks so he arranges with Philippine terrorists to smuggle shoulder-fired missiles into the U. S.

    I think that was a sting operation. There were no actual Phillipine terrorists who were going to sell their weapons.

    His defense will probably be entrapment, or that he had no intention of supplying any weapons – he only wanted to swindle the man who turned out to be an FBI agent.

    Sort of like the father of newly elected Congresswoman Grace Meng, (former state Assemblyman Jimmy K. Meng) who lied when he claimed he had a connection into the Manhttan DA’s office and there was someone there who would take a bribe.bribe to obtain a lower sentence for tax fraud. He told him that for $80,000 in cash he would receive a sentence of no more than one year, but the target turned around and went to the prosecutors.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/13/nyregion/ex-assemblyman-jimmy-k-meng-sentenced-in-bribery-scheme.html?_r=0

    The implications of Yee’s readiness to work with muslim terrorists on such a project are huge. In Yee’s world, it must have been rather ordinary to have such dealings. You would have a hard time writing a novel using this premise. And yet this is the reality. Can anyone else see the elephant in the lobby?

    Sammy Finkelman (2c707f)

  23. If he, and others in the United States really has connections to a Muslim separatist group in the Philippines that’s much bigger news than his indictment and the tip of an iceberg.

    Sammy Finkelman (2c707f)

  24. In the ‘mountain out of a moundhill’ category;

    http://minx.cc/?post=348175

    narciso (3fec35)

  25. Why does everyone have to be so hard on Leland Yee ?
    He’s merely facillitating the northern California strategy of Eric Holder’s ‘Fast & Furious.’

    Elephant Stone (6a6f37)

  26. It would seem very stupid to even entertain a gun running operation to the Moro Liberation Front, sounds like something out of the Departed, in that case, it was microprocessors to the Chinese,

    narciso (3fec35)

  27. microprocessors to the Chinese

    Toshiba got caught selling advanced milling machines to the Soviet submarine industry at the height of the Cold War.

    Kevin M (b11279)

  28. Sammy,

    “Yee discussed helping the undercover FBI agent get weapons worth $500,000 to $2.5 million, including shoulder-fired automatic weapons and missiles, and showed the agent the entire process of how to get those weapons from a Muslim separatist group in the Philippines into the United States…”

    Note the operative phrase “Yee … showed the agent the entire process …” etc. The FBI didn’t offer the weapons and the delivery, a golden-haired boy wonder of the DemocRat party took that role. So what gives with the politicos in Sacramento?

    What else are they up to?

    bobathome (c0c2b5)

  29. Hey, if you can pass laws that increase the demand for your product, why not, right?

    See? Crony capitalism at work!

    J.P. (bd0246)

  30. I want a suppressed MP5 in the worst way, and I could get one direct from the factory, perfectly legal, if I had a Class 3 dealer’s license. I wonder if Mr. Yee could have gotten me one (the license). Too late now, nobody tells me anything.

    nk (dbc370)

  31. Apparently, the State Senate has now suspended all three Dems who are in legal trouble.

    Lights. Cockroaches. Scurry.

    http://www.latimes.com/local/political/la-me-ln-state-senate-suspends-three-lawmakers-20140328,0,4464252.story

    Kevin M (b11279)

  32. They were not expelled, however, and will continue to be paid.

    Kevin M (b11279)

  33. Lets see now…

    The new chant from the Brady Campaign:

    “Guns for Yee but not for thee!!

    The newest super villians coming soon to a Marvel film:

    Two Gun Yee and his henchman Shrimp Boy Chow

    “All the finest disgraced politicians moonlighting as gunrunners support gun control.

    angry webmaster (c2a001)

  34. To give credit where credit is due, Yee should be complemented for acting on the principle that when guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns … Of course this ignores the SWAT teams that are becoming an increasingly common part of “civilized” life. They are heavily armed and armored whether in pursuit of the St. Francis Animal Shelter scofflaws, or an assistant county prosecutor who irrated a convicted felon on the far side of the continent.

    bobathome (c0c2b5)

  35. make that irritated … not sure how one would irrate something.

    bobathome (c0c2b5)

  36. Another one!

    FBI raids another Dem office holder’s home and office—-followed up with his resignation.

    There’s got to be a party purge of miscreants going on. Too coincidental.

    http://www.redstate.com/2014/03/27/openly-gay-speaker-rhode-island-house-resigns-fbi-raid/

    elissa (89f75d)

  37. I don’t know anything about these sort of things (purges) but I bet these same names will come up later in a different context. Maybe these guys have info that would help enemies of the party so they must be discredited now! Like I said, I know nothing!

    felipe (6100bc)

  38. From the caption under the photo:

    “He resignation followed an FBI raid in which most, if not all, of his stuff was boxed up and taken away”.

    Who wrote this, a 12 year old? “…all of his stuff..”

    felipe (6100bc)

  39. There just might be a connection with the Rhode Island raid and the raid of the Ilinois State Rep and resignation which occurred in the same general timeframe. That one turned out to be child porn. If the Dems want to rid themselves of their biggest potential embarrassments before Nov. and also give the public time to forget it, this is a good month to do it.

    elissa (89f75d)

  40. They write for a 12-year old reading level, felipe. It’s been surveyed. The NYT is probably the highest level at 8th-grade.

    nk (dbc370)

  41. I aim for that, myself. It gives me a folksy, guy-next-door style. It does have the risk, though, of making me seem condescending. (That means talking down to people.)

    nk (dbc370)

  42. Yes, in terms of diction, in terms of ideology, it might as well be written in crayon,

    narciso (3fec35)

  43. Your metric (grade level vs age) is more accurate than mine, what with 12 year olds in Universities.

    felipe (6100bc)

  44. I know what you mean, nk. There are 10 kinds of people in the world; those who understand binary and those who don’t.

    felipe (6100bc)

  45. I’m generally amazed they can keep there, their and they’re straight at most of these outlets.

    Kevin M (b11279)

  46. Also, then/than.

    felipe (6100bc)

  47. This apparently is the first time a Rhode Island House Speaker’s official office has ever been raided by police during the day and in the middle of a legislative session.

    Considering the reputation of RI politicians, and RI in general, this is quite a feat. Do they usually do it at night?

    Kevin M (b11279)

  48. Also, then/than.

    That fails a lot.

    Kevin M (b11279)

  49. Now, if I might suggest a few more raids here in CA:

    Governor Brown (bullet train land scheme)
    Rep Maxine Waters (embezzlement from hubby’s bank)
    Sen Barbara Boxer (keeping slaves in basement)
    AG Kamala Harris (covering up for Yee)

    Pretty please?

    Kevin M (b11279)

  50. To be fare fair, the stuff felipe quoted is from Red State not the Providence Journal.

    nk (dbc370)

  51. And, you would think there might be some arrests at the IRS, but no.

    Kevin M (b11279)

  52. Has anybody else read through the entire 137 page complaint? I did, and as a result I like Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow a lot more than Senator “Uncle Leland” Yee.

    I don’t know how it will turn out. I don’t know what really are the elements of all the crimes charged.

    Still, Shrimp Boy seemed like he didn’t want to live the life anymore. He was doing it, but what other options did he have? He’s an ex-con.

    Meanwhile “Uncle Leland” had all kinds of options but his lust for power meant he’d break the law. How bad Chow wanted to quit is an open question. But if the affidavit is true Yee wanted his hand in.

    At some point in the affidavit the undercover agent notes that Yee didn’t think Chow could be trusted because Chow “told on his friends.”

    I wonder what Yee is going to do when he’s sitting in a cell instead of a state senator’s office? I bet he’ll be aching to make a deal. The kind of thing he looked down on “Shrimp Boy” before.

    Disclaimer: When I say I find “Shrimp Boy” the more sympathetic of the two it doesn’t mean I want to hang out with him or “Uncle Leland.”

    Steve57 (a017ec)

  53. It does have a ‘House of Cards’ feel to it,

    narciso (3fec35)

  54. Don’t read too much into this. “Who is the leader of a kabuki chorus?” “The second man from the left in the third row.” Yes, I know kabuki is Japanese, but you get the point. Even the Italian mob has cutouts and frontmen, and it’s very hard to pin anything solid on the don.

    nk (dbc370)

  55. too much chow and shrimp
    Yee Gods its a Chinese Buffet
    heh all you can jail

    Colonel Haiku (cd2f41)

  56. Well consider the Bulger bros, one didn’t operate without the other’s protection,

    narciso (3fec35)

  57. Shrimp Boy Chow was troubled to read his fortune cookie Tuesday night… “Okay to look at past and future… just don’t stare.”

    Colonel Haiku (cd2f41)

  58. 38. Comment by elissa (89f75d) — 3/28/2014 @ 6:24 pm

    There’s got to be a party purge of miscreants going on. Too coincidental.

    Even simpler: a policy decision, almost orders, not to make arrests too close to an election.

    FBI cases run on for years, so a bunch of them are getting closed.

    Sammy Finkelman (3bf07f)


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