Denver, Colorado (PRWEB) July 22, 2014
Advocacy group, A Just Cause, announces today that its team has had recent successful meetings with members of Congress in Washington D.C. regarding the IRP6 case. The team shared information with Congress about the law enforcement software that IRP Solutions had developed and found that there is still a need for legislation to support equipping law enforcement agencies with innovative investigations software. A Just Cause believes that the software developed by the IRP6 is critical to the United States fight against terror.
The IRP6 case concerns an African-American company (IRP Solutions Corporation) in Colorado that developed criminal investigations software for federal, state and local law enforcement. The IRP6 were convicted in 2011 and have been incarcerated at the Federal Prison Camp in Florence, Colorado for two years while A Just Cause questions the unusual length of time for getting an appellate decision. The IRP6 and supporters continue to maintain their innocence and are seeking intervention from Congress (D. Ct. No. 1:09-CR-00266-CMA).
The advocacy organization believes that the federal government's efforts to track terrorist organizations and collaborate with other agencies in the war on terror could be resolved with Case Investigative Lifecycle (CILC) software developed by the now-jailed CEO and former executives of IRP Solutions Corporation. "A Just Cause is pushing for the release of the IRP6 so they can get back to what they were doing... helping to make this country safe," argues Sam Thurman, A Just Cause.
“We have found that the software developed by IRP Solutions meets or exceeds many of the requirements called out by the 9/11 Commission, as well as what is suggested as best practices by the National Institute of Justice," says Sam Thurman, A Just Cause. “While the 9-11 Commission Report was released some time back, the issues still exist. The CILC software made such a splash in the market that it was featured in the Law Enforcement Technology Magazine (http://www.officer.com/search?q=irp+solutions), Police Magazine (http://www.policemag.com/channel/technology/articles/2004/02/software-spotlight.aspx and http://www.policemag.com/channel/technology/photogallery/2010/01/law-enforcement-software.aspx), and it was referenced in the 8th Edition of 'Criminal Investigation,' a textbook written by Wayne Bennett and Karen Hess (Criminal Investigation, Bennett and Hess, 2007, Thomson Wadsworth)," adds Thurman.
Efforts to track terrorist activities was brought to the forefront with the 9/11 Commission Report. The 9/11 Commission Report states, “The FBI did not have the capability to link the collective knowledge of agents in the field to national priorities.” The report further stated, “The FAA’s capabilities to take aggressive, anticipatory security measures were especially weak.” (National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, August 2004, http://www.9-11commission.gov/report/).
The 9/11 Commission analysis stated, “The FBI did not have an adequate mechanism for validating source reporting, nor did it have a system for adequately tracking and sharing source reporting, either internally or externally” (National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, August 2004, http://www.9-11commission.gov/report/).
Based on forensic evidence presented during the IRP6 trial, we believe that IRP's CILC software is designed will fulfill the government's requirements," says Thurman (Califorensics Analysis, Case 1:09-cr-00266-CMA Document 298-2, 10/8/10 USDC Colorado).
"I am 100% confident that CILC can immediately help the FBI resolve the case management challenges identified by Jack Israel. CILC was designed to be able to do what no other investigative software in the world could - morph itself to work within the process of any law enforcement agency," says Gary Walker, IRP6 (CEO, IRP Solutions Corporation).
Court records (Ct. No. 1:09-CR-00266-CMA) show that during the trial of the IRP executives, software forensics expert Don Vilfer of Califorensics analyzed the CILC software. According to the analysis conducted by Califorensics, “The software (CILC) contained many notable features, making it a functional product for the intended consumer (Califorensics Analysis, Case 1:09-cr-00266-CMA Document 298-2, 10/8/10 USDC Colorado)." Court records also show that the report stated, “No one software application would meet the needs of all agencies, but the functionality that we observed in our review of the CILC software would undoubtedly be of interest to many law enforcement agencies (Califorensics Analysis, Case 1:09-cr-00266-CMA Document 298-2, 10/8/10 USDC Colorado)."
“Court records show that evidence of the validity of the CILC software, as well as other key testimony were not allowed during trial," says Thurman. “There is solid proof that the executives of IRP Solutions were engaged with the Department of Homeland Security to the extent of providing a quote to deliver one module of their software to the government… a quote that exceeded $100 million (for the Consolidated Enforcement Environment Initiative). I must add that the federal government has already spent over $1 Billion on what the government has called failed efforts at this type of software (Virtual Case File and Sentinel, http://www.justice.gov/oig/reports/FBI/a0740/intro.htm)," concludes Thurman.
“This week I visited a Congressman in Washington, D.C. who conceded that federal agents still do not have the tools needed to track and fight terrorism," says Lamont Banks, A Just Cause. “God forbid a terror attack on the scale of 9/11 strikes this nation again. Let’s imagine if the IRP6 were not incarcerated and their software was in full use throughout the country, could something like the Boston Marathon bombing have been avoided," questions Banks. “That is a very real scenario that people need to consider while six patriots sit in prison for over two years waiting on an appeal," adds Banks. “We are asking American citizens to take a hard look at this case and demand that the IRP6 be released. These men believe in this country, and I believe that they have developed something that is truly vital in our war on terror," says Banks.
A Just Cause has released information showing that court records (Ct. No. 1:09-CR-00266-CMA) confirm expert witnesses for the IRP6 were not allowed to testify during trial. Andrew Albarelle, Principal Executive Officer of Remy Corporation, a Denver-based staffing company, took the stand to testify on behalf of the defendants, but Judge Arguello dismissed Mr. Albarelle before he could testify. (Discover: Albarelle Letter, Ct. No. 1:09-CR-00266-CMA). “The anomalies in this case are egregious without question”, says Thurman. “When you consider the expert witness situation, Judge Arguello violating the men’s Fifth Amendment, and then the gross injustice of denying them over 200 pages of transcript that we believe will prove their innocence…there is no question in our minds that the IRP6 should not be in prison. There is also no question in our mind that there is enough evidence to warrant an investigation in this case," adds Thurman.
“In addition to the unusually long lag in the appellate process, A Just Cause questions the inconsistent feedback from the various court employees,” states Ethel Lopez, A Just Cause. “The Judicial Assistant to Appellate Judge Hartz stated that they are done with the case, but the former Deputy Clerk of the Court Doug Cressler stated previously that it has not been decided, and yet another time it was stated that the case is with the ‘writing judge’. These inconsistencies raise a red flag,” argues Lopez.
The IRP6 (Kendrick Barnes, Gary L. Walker, Demetrius K. Harper, Clinton A. Stewart, David A. Zirpolo and David A. Banks) have been incarcerated for over two years (US District Court for the District of Colorado, Judge Christine M. Arguello, D. Ct. No. 1:09-CR-00266-CMA; Case Nos: NO. 11-1487, Case Nos. 11-1488, 11-1489, 11-1490, 11-1491 and 11-1492).
Appellate Court panel includes the Honorable Senior Judge Bobby R. Baldock, Honorable Judge Harris L. Hartz, and Honorable Judge Jerome A. Holmes
For more information about the story of the IRP6 or for copies of the legal filings go to http://www.freetheirp6.org.
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