JUNE 8, 2014 – PRESENT DAY
The cover-up started immediately on the night of HOBBS’ arrest on June 8, 2014. FBI-LA and FBI-BKK Agent Chris Donohue were waiting for HOBBS at Banglamung police station when he arrived. HOBBS was immediately brought to a private interview room where the doors were closed and FBI-LA informed HOBBS of his identity and that “the FBI had an agreement with the RTP to interrogate him first before being turned back over to the RTP to complete his arrest”.
HOBBS learned that this is false and a violation of the FBI’s investigation rules and that FBI agents are forbidden to conduct interrogations in foreign countries without foreign police being present and furthermore the reading of HOBBS’ US Miranda rights without first obtaining RTP approval was also a violation of the FBI’s investigative procedures. Why was this necessary?
It must be concluded that if PEARCE, FBI-LA and ICE had even the most minimal competence as law enforcement officers they, at the very least, had suspicions of what NOJA and the RTP had done. More plausible based upon the evidence is they knew exactly what they had done and contributed to it for their part to frame HOBBS and secure HOBBS’ warrant.
Since FBI-LA and ICE had deliberately concealed the crimes and investigation from CBIP for eleven months, their intention was to continue to conceal the presence and prior arrest of STRIKE from RTP. FBI-LA would have clearly had concerns prior to the interrogation of HOBBS that information about STRIKE might arise since HOBBS may have known him and had already printed out an online media report about STRIKE’s arrest and given to RTP before being brought to the police station. Furthermore many witnesses came forward immediately to confirm STRIKE’s arrest to RTP.
Not wanting to confront questions from HOBBS about STRIKE in front of RTP, FBI-LA needed to manage the interrogation without RTP in the room. In front of RTP, FBI-LA could not say as he did “We know all about STRIKE. He is in Hawaii” because this most certainly would have drawn questions from RTP which would likely have thwarted his frame of HOBBS because the RTP might not have continued with his arrest. Therefore, it was imperative that FBI-LA conduct the interrogation without RTP present. RTP have testified that FBI-LA and Agent Donohue left that evening and said nothing about STRIKE.
Within days of HOBBS’ arrest, all DOJ officials at the US Embassy Bangkok conspired to obstruct HOBBS. FOIPA released ICE emails confirm that the cover-up continued immediately following HOBBS’ arrest with “all law enforcement Agencies at the Embassy are under specific orders for the cognizant US Attorney (PEARCE)” not to speak with HOBBS. Why would this be necessary if the DOJ had nothing to hide and how can this be considered furthering the pursuit of Justice and protecting the children from becoming the scape goats for the US DOJ’s malfeasance?
FBI-BKK Agent Cantrell verbalized his anger about HOBBS receiving bail telling investigator Peter Fretten then informed Mr. Fretten not to get involved and contacting HOBBS on June 17, 2013 telling him not to contract the Legal Attache office again.
Two days after his arrest, HOBBS immediately attended a meeting with FBI-BKK and Agent Donohue where he provided seven backup drives for investigation. Since FBI-BKK stated he would not investigate STRIKE because he already knew about him, HOBBS pleaded that the FBI-BKK investigate him to help proved the RTP wrong. When HOBBS’ backup drives were returned from the FBI-BKK on July 16, 2014 the latest backup was corrupted and when HOBBS recovered the data it was found that all exculpatory evidence had been professionally shredded. FBI files show that FBI-LA was incapable of completing this minor task for eight months and finally received a report on March 2, 2015.
When HOBBS showed up at the Embassy on June 12, 2014 providing evidence in the form of seven computer backup drives and willing to submit to a lie detector test, FBI-BKK and Donohue were immediately resistant to any assistance of any kind to HOBBS or considering any investigation of either himself of STRIKE. This reaction from the FBI-BKK and Agent Donohue was the second indication to HOBBS that the FBI was behind this matter.
On July 23, 2014, FBI-LA finally replied to HOBBS’ many telephone calls. FBI-LA refused to accept any evidence from HOBBS stating “Do not send anything until after I inspect your computers for contraband materials” [pages 43-44] . Nothing further was ever heard from FBI-LA including the closing of his case file on May 6, 2015 the day STRIKE was convicted and he was incapable of completing an inspection of HOBBS’ backup drives for one year [pages 66-67] after they had been submitted.
From that point forward FBI-LA however continued his obstructive behavior which included making false statements to the Maui prosecutor suggesting HOBBS and STRIKE were roommates to which there is no evidence. If in fact FBI-LA had any evidence to suggest this, then this important evidence was also concealed from RTP during the meeting on December 12, 2013 or again on April 3, 2014 and at any other time.
On July 31, 2014, FBI-LA also demanded a detailed confession from STRIKE before he would consider any investigation of him. FBI-LA stated to lawyer William Harrison on August 8, 2014 “He said the US had no interest in interfering with the Thai investigation” and “he was really not interested in the documents and information you had”. As the evidence shows, nothing could be further from the truth.
HOBBS’ lawyer on August 29, 2014 and again on November 10, 2014 issued a letter to the RSO at the Embassy requesting a meeting. The Embassy has not replied to either of these requests. HOBBS filed complaints with the DOJ Office of Inspector General on September 14, 2014 to which the OIG reply was “The criminal justice system has mechanisms to expose any investigative or prosecutorial misconduct” .
PEARCE followed this same obstructive behavior in his meeting with HOBBS and his legal team on December 17, 2014 where he refused to consider any investigation of STRIKE or offer any assistance to HOBBS. At the meeting, PEARCE insisted on becoming the “single point of contact with the Embassy” but refused to take any action.
HOBBS had previous informed PEARCE that he had been stopped and searched on three occasions for seven hours upon returning to the US to which PEARCE’s January 15, 2015 most absurd reply was “I found no indication that the U.S. Embassy played any role in that” . It was not until PEARCE was informed by lawyer Peter Henner that HOBBS would hold him responsible for future border harassment received by HOBBS as a result of him being placed on the DHS watch list that PEARCE decided it was necessary to have the watch list updated to confirm “proceedings in Thailand have been completed”. He then also moved to have HOBBS’ backup drives investigated one year after being received.
This was followed by PEARCE’s refusal to investigate or prosecute STRIKE and his February 5, 2015 misleading statement to superiors in the DOJ Washington about his knowledge that the RTP had issued a warrant and indictment for STRIKE on September 24, 2014.
As a final act and even more deliberate and utterly ludicrous statement by FBI-LA to conceal his botched investigation he stated in his closing EC “RTP has not collected additional exonerating or implicating evidence in this case” [page 111]
This was followed on June 11, 2015 by PEARCE’s refusal to attend a Thai senate justice committee hearing stating “I do not plan to attend. Please do not correspond with me further. If Thai authorities make a request for formal assistance, then this matter will become relevant to my duties”. FBI-LA and ICE files do not have any formal requests from Thai authorities for assistance with their investigation of the crimes at MIDTOWN. So why were FBI-LA, FBI-BKK and ICE Agents all involved in an investigation for eleven months without informing RTP? How could either Thai authority, CBIP or RTP issue such a request if they were not told to the crimes until December 12, 2013?. Now PEARCE requires some form of formal request “before this matter will become relevant to my duties”.
Again on August 11, 2015, PEARCE, in an email to RSO Vandenbrink stated “the matter which began with the Thai boys identified you as procuring sex from them for money” which is completely false and contrary to FBI-LA’s and RTP’s records.
Furthermore PEARCE continues to object to investigate or prosecute STRIKE and insists that HOBBS stop contacting others at the Embassy stating he “I ask that you please do not contact my Embassy colleagues, and will only meet your latest legal team on the condition that afterwards to no longer contact me about your dismissed Thai case, prosecuting STRIKE or related matters”. Why would PEARCE not prosecute STRIKE since RTP have a warrant for his arrest? Why would PEARCE want to make a deal with HOBBS to stop contacting other at the Embassy after he issued “specific orders” to all DOJ officials not to speak to HOBBS?
HOBBS simply wanted to provide the RTP with evidence about STRIKE that PEARCE, FBI-LA and ICE had failed to provide them or more accurately stated concealed from them. The FBI, US Embassy, Department of State, Department of Justice only responses to HOBBS’ requests has been “Your case has nothing to do with the US Government. Your in the Thai legal system. Get a good lawyer”. The “evidence” that HOBBS has now obtained confirms that this could not be further from the truth.
After the fact, “all law enforcement Agencies at the Embassy” have conspired to conceal their illegal activities from HOBBS, Thai authorities and others. However the conspiracy to defraud Thai authorities started with the letter of November 29, 2013 from the Ambassador’s Assistance Robert Colin Bunker to CBIP requesting STRIKE be arrested and deported.
If RSO Bunker had prior knowledge that FBI-LA had an open and unresolved investigation of child abuse crimes at MIDTOWN and/or ICE had a similar twenty five day open and unresolved investigation before issuing this letter then the Ambassador’s office is a co-conspirator in the deception of Thai law enforcement agencies and the willful obstruction of Thai justice.
“Evidence” confirms that individuals in several agencies in the DOJ were directly involved with an intentional act to defraud and deceive Thai authorities and frame HOBBS. The only remaining question is whether the Department of State and the Ambassador’s office contributed to that deception.
The DOJ’s malicious attack on HOBBS, STRIKE’s evasion of justice, the continuing exploitation of abused children as scape goats and the loss of support from RTP and their disciplinary proceedings are the direct responsibility of none other than the US DOJ. All have become collateral victims of the US Embassy or DOJ’s failure to monitor the actions of officials representing the United States Government in Thailand.
These actions can only be characterized as “reckless misconduct” and an effort by FBI-LA, FBI-BKK AND PEARCE and possibly RSO Bunker with no other intention except to obstruct the pursuit of justice, conceal from RTP, Embassy and DOJ superiors their actions and continue to allege HOBBS is a “prolific pedophile” which is the defamatory rhetoric they have stated to other Embassy’s.