Monday, June 04, 2007

Woodland's Harrison Jack Charged With Plotting To Overthrow Laos Government

If this is not a bizarre story, then I do not know what is.

The men, including Harrison Ulrich Jack, a 1968 graduate of West Point who now lives in Woodland and operates a consulting firm, allegedly conspired to to obtain hundreds of AK-47s, Stinger missiles, anti-tank missiles, mines, rockets and C-4 explosive, as well as smoke grenades, to overthrow the Laotian government, all while he was appointed as Yolo County Ombudsman.

You can read the full coverage by the Sacramento Bee on this story. Unbelievable!

This has gained national and international attention and is being shown by every major news station. Channel 3 has been running around Woodland doing interviews and chasing down leads.

Here is the entire criminal complaint.

Here is the story on Channel 3.

Here is the story in the Fresno Bee. Thanks to Anon.

You can read the press release here when Yolo County hired Jack.

Here is my favorite quote.

“The appointment of Harrison Jack signals our Board’s sincere desire to create a “safe place” for employees who have concerns that they may feel can not be addressed through other channels,” said Yolo County Board of Supervisors Chair
Mariko Yamada. “We are especially pleased to have Mr. Jack available to our employees with his extensive background in analyzing workplace strengths, weakness and opportunities.”



The other story here:


Many claim that genocide is still a common occurrence in Laos. Rebecca Sommer has a web page
http://www.rebeccasommer.org/ and has done a documentary on the terrible acts taking place in that region. The documentary portion called "Hunted Like Animals" tells of child slavery, rape and other terrible acts against the Hmong people. When you see how terrible it is to help someone and to be still paying the price 35 years later, you can begin to understand where a person like Jack is coming from. I do encourage you to watch this documentary. At least to see his point of view.


I have to believe that there is more to this story, given Jack's background in Vietnam. I would guess he helped recruit Hmong people during that era for the CIA and now feels bad about it. Helping them was his only option.


That is just a guess, I could be wrong, probably am. I still see a movie or book being made from this.

28 comments:

The Realist said...

Mr Jack, I am having a problem with my Supervisor. Do you think you could order me up a couple of cruise missiles? Do those come with video so I can see the explosion?

Anonymous said...

That is the most awesome thing I have ever heard.

Finally, a Woodlander we can all be proud of.

Josh

Anonymous said...

Isn't he a good friend of tom and meg stallard.

humint said...

Someone who has the Balls to step and up and overthrow a corrupt government and he gets arrested. G.W. Bush did it and no one said crap, which I might add needed to be done. These men should be given medals in opinion! This is Bull. This has CIA written all over it, someone got sloppy is all that happen and the FBI got wind of it. Follow the money and I am sure it leads right back to Langley.

Dino said...

Here's the county's press release after they hired Jack - http://www.yolocounty.org/docs/press/YC-Hires-Ombudsman.htm

The article states he has a PhD in Hypnptherapy and he was born and reared in Woodland.

The Channel 10 Web site has other information you might find interesting - http://www.news10.net/display_story.aspx?storyid=28648

Prosecutors say the Hmong tribal clan conspiracy committee recruited Jack because of his contacts in the American defense, homeland security and defense contractor communities.

Of course, we'll have to see if the charges stick, but maybe there's the city identifier we've been looking for.

Anonymous said...

Is he the new City Manager?

Anonymous said...

the Fresno Bee article is really informative. Most of those arested came from Fresno or Clovis. www.fresnobee.com

Anonymous said...

The difference between a terrorist and a patriot is victory.

Anonymous said...

It will be interesting to to see all the names of people who helped him with money. I wonder if any body from Woodland assisted him with money as well?

JerMaurer said...

I'm betting the "langley" comment has more truth to it than meets the eye. I think it smells like something the CIA would or wouldn't do.

old friend said...

I believe Woodland will be in news for a long time? I don't believe it going to be to positive for Woodland but that life. I have known Harrison for some time and this was total surprise to me. I wish his family well because they are great people.

The Realist said...

I posted the Criminal Complain in the middle of the story. Check it out. It is very interesting.

The Realist said...

Wow, I just watched all of the clips on the documentary. Not hard to see why Jack would help. Thank God we were born here and live here. We do not have to move daily, we can buy food at any store. All I can say is wow. Please watch the video clips. The one is graphic, it says not for children.

Anonymous said...

OMG...my former scoutmaster is fommenting revolution...don't know if that's a good thing or a bad thing...

Anonymous said...

no dispute of the situation in Laos, however before we give Mr. Jack a pass...

Read the whole complaint, the beloved Mr. Jack carefully negotiated a commission running to hundreds of thousands of dollars, which he just as carefully hid from his hmong friends. This was no altruistic endeavor.

And speaking of the Hmong, Gen. Pao has been collecting "donations" with what has bordered on extortion for thirty years, all in the name of a regime change back home with no apparent progress. The big news to most hmong out of this is that he was actually DOING something for once.

And does anybody REALLY think it is ok to buy and sale antiaircraft missiles, rocket launchers and machine guns, out of the back of anonymous RV's here in northern California? I don't see any way we can say that it is ok depending on the cause.

Anonymous said...

I'm shocked at the comments defending this man. He was contemplating mass murder. And people think he's a patriot? The brain pool in Woodland is at a new low.

The Realist said...

I do not think the concept of what he was trying to do was bad. Trying to do it privately was bad. He should have used his political power to get the government involved. Your statement does not make a ton of sense to me. It is mass murder for a private party to plan this.... Do you feel it is ok if the USA does it? I feel OK with the USA doing it. If you call overthrowing a communist country mass murder, then I guess it is. It was mass murder when we had the revolutionary war, Vietnam war, Korean war, World war 1, 2, and so on... War is a terrible thing, but it is sometimes neccesary. So no, I do not care about that part, I care that he broke our laws and went about it the wrong way. Private Party or Government, the outcome would be the same. It would have saved us some tax dollars. Eventually, we will be over with our troops again.

Anonymous said...

I totally agree, Jeff. All the way to the last sentance. Why would we go there if they have no oil? LOL.

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Anonymous said...

The last blog is totally out of line. Harrison's wife had nothing to do with this. Get off it and leave her alone. Show some compassion if you can?

Anonymous said...

I don't think the intent was to accuse Jack's wife of being involved, just that she has a bad taste in men.

The Realist said...

If it were criminal to have a family member commit a crime, then most of us would be guilty. We should not bring her into this.

Anonymous said...

Of course it is murder if a private individual does it! Come on! It does not then follow that I conceive it be mass murder if a country does, assuming that the war is "just" and that the killing consists of one military against another. This man was attempting to be a mercenary, in other words, contemplating the killing of others, for the receipt of personal gain (money). It's a despicable practice and it always has been. No amount of sugar coating is going to make this guy out to be anything other than what he was aspiring to be: a terrorist.

Anonymous said...

jeff do us all a favor and please remove all the slanderous remarks about Jack's wife and daughter. They had nothing to do with anything. So why do we have to put them through the ringer. You dont think theyve been through enough? Im sick of this town, you all disgust me. Check your own closets before you bag on someone else. so please just remove them thanks. hows the family?

The Realist said...

I do not think money was Jack's motive. Second, the revolutionary war was started by individuals and they planed to kill thousands of people. You have a point about money as a motive. If that was the motive, then that would be a little different. But they were spending money, not making it. They had to pay solders, just the same as we do. I would like to hear some other views on this.

Anonymous said...

VIVA JACK!!!!

Anonymous said...

Since when was Jeff Monroe a Laotian?

o said...

I am the filmmaker of Hunted Like Animals, and I request that you remove the link to my film. What this man "Jack" did - is unforgivable, he deceived the Hmong people, including the Hmong leaders in the USA. The Hmong in hiding in Laos didn't asked for weapons, they want to come out, and be left in peace. My film, and the people in my film are not to used by you or anyone else, to verify the actions of this crazy, ruthless, shameless non-Hmong man that you try to defend here on this site.