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"I spent most of my life as an undercover narcotic agent. Take it from me, John "Sparky" McLaughlin is one of a very few law enforcement officers whose talents, creativity and courage have brought him face-to-face with those highly placed criminals in our own government who have betrayed all of us with their covert support of international drug traffickers. Sparky did not back down. He obeyed his oath to protect and serve, went after them, and paid the price for his courage. Now he is left with his final weapon: the pen. When you read the first page of this book, it will hook you in the way it did me. What a ride."

Mike Levine, author of New York Times Best-seller "Deep Cover" and "The Big White Lie".


"John "Sparky" McLaughlin is a well-decorated and hard-hitting cop who is unafraid to expose people and agencies that "put their thumbs on the scales of justice." His documented conclusions and well-founded opinions deserve your closest attention. We need to recognize that "Sparky" McLaughlin made enormous personal and career sacrifices for the better good of all of us. With 30 years' experience as a DEA Special Agent serving ‘round the world, I am convinced that the drug war could actually be won with the likes of more John "Sparky" McLaughlin's on the job. He is among the best of the best!"

Richard A. "Rick" Horn Special Agent DEA (ret.)

After 16 years of litigation, Horn won a $3 million dollar lawsuit against persons and agencies that sabotaged DEA Operations and were shown to have "put their thumbs on the scales of justice". 


Narco News

The Dominican Connection

Drug Money Pipeline

Damned from Memory Highway Pursuit


John "Sparky" McLaughlin was the kind of guy other cops called ‘driven' or to his closest friends ‘psycho', because he didn't care whose shoes he stepped on during an investigation. If you were ‘dirty' you were ‘swept up' by "the Bastard Squad", a pejorative term labeled by the brass in the Attorney General's Office when referring to the four Narcotic Agents that had raised hell up and down the East Coast, throughout the CIA, the Department of State and onto Latin America following the truth; however ‘inconvenient' it might be for Washington heavyweights.

Sparky began his career as in 1977, and moved on through Special Units (K9, Highway Patrol) and in 1992; he transferred to the Bureau of Narcotics Task Force. His immediate success earned him a spot as a "Narcotic Agent" with Pa. Attorney General's Office in February of 1995.

In October of 1995, Sparky and his crew's interrogation of Dominican national drug suspects marked the beginning of an investigation that would eventually document the funneling of U.S. drug money to the campaign of Dominican Presidential candidate Jose Francisco Pena-Gomez.

A victory for Pena-Gomez would insure that "narcotics would flow much easier into the U.S." Pena-Gomez's, Dominican Revolutionary Party (PRD) was backed by the C.I.A. and State Department. In fact, the Vice President was all too happy to attend a fundraiser held on his behalf, well attended by PRD officials.

When Sparky refused to back off or cooperate with the C.I.A., he became a target. His life began to unravel.

All of his pending cases were thrown out. News stories began appearing indicating that McLaughlin was the subject of an ongoing "police corruption" investigation. The FBI confiscated folders connected with his cases. In short, his career was destroyed as the Philly DA and his former boss, under apparent direction from the CIA, pulled every conceivable nasty trick in their effort to punish John McLaughlin including personal attacks which were fended off viciously by Sparky's former Police K-9.

The ‘damnatio memoriae' method of disappearance was practiced in the Soviet Union. When an important political figure was convicted, for instance during the Great Purge, artists would retouch them out of photographs; books, records and histories would be recalled, rewritten or re-enacted; pictures, busts and statues would be taken down; people would be discouraged from talking about them, and the government would never mention them again. They were made to have never existed - unpersoned - in the same way as was used by the Ministry of Truth in George Orwell's novel Nineteen Eighty-Four. Notable examples range from prominent Russian revolutionaries who took part in the Russian Revolution but disagreed with Bolsheviks, to some of the most devoted Stalinists (for instance Nikolai Yezhov) who fell into disfavor. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forced_disappearance

But this is America, where a person is innocent until proven guilty. Sparky's case was different. He knew too much. He had to be ‘disappeared'.

Since 2001, as part of its War on Terror, the United States' Central Intelligence Agency has operated a network of off-shore detention facilities, commonly known as black sites, which are used as part of the system of extraordinary rendition used to hold and interrogate "high-value" foreign combatants captured during the US's wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The ACLU has stated they consider extraordinary rendition to be an illegal form of forced disappearance and called for the detainees to receive trials and the camps to be closed; the US government argues that since the combatants are captured while participating in active military conflict against the United States and officially designated as "Illegal Combatants" under the Geneva Convention, the detentions are legal under international law.

The International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance, adopted by the UN General Assembly on 20 December 2006, also states that the widespread or systematic practice of enforced disappearances constitutes a crime against humanity. Crucially, it gives victims' families the right to seek reparations, and to demand the truth about the disappearance of their loved ones. The Convention provides for the right not to be subjected to enforced disappearance, as well as the right for the relatives of the disappeared person to know the truth. The Convention contains several provisions concerning prevention, investigation and sanctioning of this crime, as well as the rights of victims and their relatives, and the wrongful removal of children born during their captivity. The Convention further sets forth the obligation of international co-operation, both in the suppression of the practice, and in dealing with humanitarian aspects related to the crime. The Convention establishes a Committee on Enforced Disappearances, which will be charged with important and innovative functions of monitoring and protection at international level. Currently, an international campaign of the International Coalition against Enforced Disappearances is working towards universal ratification of the Convention.

Disappearances work on two levels: not only do they silence opponents and critics who have disappeared, but they also create uncertainty and fear in the wider community, silencing others who would oppose and criticize. Disappearances entail the violation of many fundamental human rights. For the disappeared person, these include the right to liberty, the right to personal security and humane treatment (including freedom from torture), the right to a fair trial, to legal counsel and to equal protection under the law, and the right of presumption of innocence among others. Their families, who often spend the rest of their lives searching for information on the disappeared, are also victims. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forced_disappearance

"Screw Them"

Simple, short and to the point; Sparky was pissed.

A civil rights lawsuit filed in 1997 on behalf of McLaughlin and fellow agent Charles Micewski was ultimately dismissed.

Undeterred, the agents filed a second lawsuit claiming the state attorney general and his deputies had retaliated against them for the first lawsuit.

Sparky's problem's weren't over though; after winning the suit he found himself suddenly placed on the TSA terrorism no fly list despite filling out all the necessary paperwork and contacting his local Senator for help. By the way Sparky was entrusted on a daily basis with "secret classified" information and had powers of arrest for violations of weapons of mass destruction.

*The first public incident left his daughter crying at the first class counter as she thought her dad was being taken away instead of going on a much needed family vacation with his daughter he only had for one week a year.

*A mangled Black-Ops contractor finally gets identified through a central figure in the ‘Filegate' scandal. He had been attacked by Sparky's K9 Blitz.

*A former Assistant United States Attorney out of New York is suddenly identified as the rogue CIA Agent now working as the 'backroom fixer' for the world's second largest Professional Services Firm according to a relative.

Many more obstacles on the road back to "Visibility"

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