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Corruption in Micronesia: 8
: CONVICTED FORMER FSM HOUSE SPEAKER SLIPS THE LEGAL NET AGAIN :

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Sat, 08 Jan 2005

If this wasn't such a study in bizarre arrogance, it would be funny; but it isn't funny. In Part Seven I reviewed the complex criminal complaint filed by the FSM Justice Department against longtime Speaker of the House, Congressman Jack Fritz. I reported that in the 11 count indictment, Fritz, other colleagues in Congress and businesspeople had conspired to misuse public money. On August 20, 2004, the now "former" Speaker, Jack Fritz was convicted on four criminal counts and sentenced to four years in prison and $4,000 in fines. Not surprisingly, imposition of the sentence was suspended. Fritz was immediately granted probation on the strict condition that he not break any laws, which is tough for Fritz, who believes he is above the law. Three weeks later, Fritz stole a government owned pickup truck.
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Corruption in Micronesia: 7

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Wed, 01 Sep 2004

My last report concerned the curious and self-serving "Amnesty Bill" that the FSM Congress tried to float when former Speaker of the House Jack Fritz was indicted on 11 counts of abuse and misuse of public money. Fritz's trial was looming, as were rumors of pending indictments against other members of the FSM Congress. The Congress wanted protection from criminal prosecution and they also wanted the prosecuting attorneys deported. Both plots failed. It seems ironic that one year after the FSM Congress deported me and closed my newspaper, the mice began to play more seriously - almost out in the open. This says something about having a fierce and independent fourth estate in any country.
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Corruption in Micronesia: 6

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Sun, 20 Jun 2004

The people of Micronesia may be starting to fight back!

 

In 1997 I was ousted from the Federated States of Micronesia by a cabal of corrupt government officials for the crime of publishing an independent newspaper. Seven years later, power still seems to be tightly controlled by a few politicians and the media they seem to control. But recent events indicate that the people aren't being fooled as easily as in the past. When I criticized those in power, I was branded a criminal for behavior "contrary to custom and tradition.". My crime? I published the disastrous results of public government and program audits conducted by Deloitte & Touche, LLP. Those audits revealed widespread looting within government agencies and programs. All fingers pointed right to the top: to members of the unsupervised, unicameral FSM Congress and other politicians.


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Corruption in Micronesia: 5

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Sun, 30 Mar 2003

The U.S.A. bought the Federated States of Micronesia a vote in the United Nations (American tax money pays for the FSM's annual dues at the U.N.) and the investment continues to pay off.  Late in February, the FSM formally announced its complete support for George Dubya's administration and their intentions regarding Iraq. Even though the FSM is thousands of miles away from both Japan and Bikini Atoll, it declared rather mysteriously: "We are among few in the world who know the horrific power and consequences of weapons of mass destruction."  The FSM specifically denied that its support for Bush had anything to do with the fiscally generous Compact of Free Association with the United States. A few years ago, the FSM was one of only three countries in a U.N. vote who supported Israel's intention to build more communities in Palestine (the other two were Israel and the U.S.A.).
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Corruption in Micronesia: 4

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Wed, 07 May 2003

 Micronesia's omnipowerful Speaker of the House Jack Fritz, after being indicted this past Christmas season with 11 counts of fraud, abuse of power and corruption ( see  http://www.twistedbadge.com/micronesia_3.htm )  went on a taxpayer paid junket to the US West Coast, where he visited several large populations of (voting) Micronesians in Washington and Oregon.  He was running hard for the 4-year position of Senator At-Large, representing the islands community of Chuuk State in the FSM. 
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Corruption in Micronesia: 3

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Wed, 12 Feb 2003

 Billions of American tax dollars flow into former and current Trust Territories in the Pacific. These exotic areas include Amerika Samoa, the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), the Marshall Islands,  the U.S. Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands (CNMI), Guam, and Palau (to name a few).  Here's a brief snapshot of current events in some of these areas, all heavily funded by your tax money.
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Corruption in Micronesia: 2

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Wed, 08 Jan 2003

 Micronesia, an expensive archipelago in the Western Pacific, gained sovereignty in 1986 and renamed itself the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM).  At that time, it also obtained U.S. financial support in a 15-year treaty called a Compact of Free Association.  In 1986, the FSM's population was approximately 85,000. This Compact cost U.S. taxpayers close to $5 billion, which works out to about $60,000. for each FSM resident. A new Compact of Free Association is in the final stages of re-negotiation for an additional 20 years and this one will cost U.S. taxpayers more than $5 billion. According to a 1996 census, the FSM population was then about 138,000, an increase of over 50,000 souls within 10 years, all crowded into finite island communities.  After 15 years (and $5 billion in support), there are few roads, fewer schools (mostly staffed by the undereducated), hospitals that are understaffed and in deplorable condition, a chronic shortage of medicines, dubious sanitation facilities, frequent outbreaks of e-coli and cholera, a pandemic of obesity and diabetes, and a huge, angry population bulge largely consisting of unemployed males between the ages of 15 and 29.
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Corruption in Micronesia: 1

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Wed, 31 May 2006

In 1986, four island states in the Western Pacific ocean coalesced and became a sovereign country called the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM).  At that time, their collective population was 90,000.  In all four states (Yap, Chuuk, Pohnpei, and Kosrae) there was no industry, no trade, no economy,  no exports, little educational infrastructure, terrible health management, and no discernible plan for the future.
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