NOAA’s document-shredding chief assigned to Gulf of Mexico


Shredding report shows NOAA chief as obstructionist, Gloucester Times, February 21, 2011:

The remnants of [NOAA administrator Jane] Lubchenco's credibility went down the drain last week with confirmation that Inspector General Todd Zinser — in documents obtained by the Times — notified Lubchenco that the shredding operation carried out by former NOAA enforcement police chief Dale Jones and his henchmen was hardly the routine house-cleaning purge NOAA had claimed, but rather an effort that "implicates that it was done to conceal information from the (inspector general)," ...

[I]t destroyed 75 percent to 80 percent of the files in Jones' office. ...

When did Lubchenco know this, and how did she respond? On April 2, 2010, according to Zinser's correspondence. And that was six months before Lubchenco assigned Jones — by then, out of his police post — to a new position as a "fisheries program specialist," where he's "specializing" on work in the Gulf of Mexico, at an annual salary of $152,000. ...

Perhaps she views Jones as the best candidate to shred any signs of her missteps in the Gulf as well...

[T]he fact she named Jones to his Gulf post after being told of his obstructive shredding scheme shows that she endorses it, facilitating the chances for it happening again.

Read the report here.

NOAA Facing Further Criticism Due to Shady History of Employees
, The Berniard Law Firm, November 15, 2010:

NOAA is now facing even further scrutiny and criticism in light of hiring Dale J. Jones Jr., who has been accused of serious misbehavior that calls into question his capacity to aid Gulf Coast residents affected by the BP oil spill. Mr. Jones initially was a fisheries program specialist. However, when allegations came forward and were subsequently investigated by the Attorney General, Mr. Jones was deposed as director of federal fisheries law enforcement and sent to the Gulf Coast to work for NOAA in assisting Gulf Coast residents. ...

Mr. Jones was ultimately terminated from being the federal fisheries law enforcement officer after the Inspector General testified before a congressional subcommittee that Mr. Jones explicitly authorized a massive document shredding while the Inspector General was actively investigating...

However, Mr. Jones will not be sent to work the BP oil spill alone as he will be joined by another individual who, coincidentally, was also admonished for misbehavior. Charles Juliand, the senior attorney for enforcement and litigation in the Northeast Division, based in Gloucester, was described by Commerce Department Inspector General, Todd Zinser, as "the epicenter of excessive law enforcement prosecution activities undertaken against the fishing industry." ...

[T]he Inspector General made numerous reports which exposed Mr. Juliand to have an ugly attitude of disrespect of the fishing industry. The final report cited multiple statement and stated that "Juliand bears animus against fishermen and the industry." The Inspector General's report continued to state that "such written remarks, actions and predispositions from a federal government attorney empowered with virtually unchecked prosecutional discretion constitute serious lack of judgment and conduct unbecoming a federal government attorney charged with enforcing the law." These men represented everything negative that individuals fear in people who sit in seats of power: abuse of citizens, abuse of power, and utilizing fear as a tool of control.

Read the report here.

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