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Grover Norquist’s Unreported Anti-Israel Connections

Republican insider Grover Norquist has close, previously unreported ties to Palestinian, anti-Israel activists: professional and family connections that stretch back decades that have been unknown until now because Norquist himself doesn’t appear to have ever discussed them.

 

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Season One

South Dakota Is Scared

South Dakota is a big state with a small population: the place where Midwestern Nice meets the rugged West. But it’s also consistently ranked as one of the most corrupt states in all of America. Season One of Brought to Light digs up the story of that corruption and how it’s impacted the people and politics of South Dakota.

People in South Dakota are scared. They’re kept in the dark about a lot of the stories I’ll be telling you about in the next few episodes and afraid to speak out against the abuses of power that they know are happening.

Video: “The Attorney General Will Crush You”

Video: “The Attorney General Will Crush You”

Here’s another video with former state investigator Mark Black, this time discussing the threat that South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley made to get prosecutor Brandon Taliaferro fired. Black explains the goal was to protect the Department of Social Services, who had failed to protect the child victims in the Mette Rape Case.

EXTRA: The Sound of Covering Up | My Phone Call With Attorney General Jackley’s Press Secretary

EXTRA: The Sound of Covering Up | My Phone Call With Attorney General Jackley’s Press Secretary

After our recent press conference on Marty Jackley’s rape cover-up scandal made national news this past Sunday, the office of Attorney General Marty Jackley contacted Breitbart News to complain. The article contains no factual inaccuracies I’m aware of, so I reached out to Sara Rabern, the press contact who had complained to Breitbart News.

I had put in a formal interview request a month ago but had gotten no response. This is a pattern with South Dakota government: they stonewall reporters and then complain to management, as they did with the NPR story about them.

Listen to the entire phone call with Sara Rabern.

Video Extra: Information Withheld From Investigator By State’s Attorney Kimberly Dorsett

Video Extra: Information Withheld From Investigator By State’s Attorney Kimberly Dorsett

As we begin to discuss in Episode Three of the podcast, in early November, 2011 the state of South Dakota had a big problem on their hands with the Mette rape case.

In 2010, Richard Mette had been arrested for years of rape and torture to his adopted daughters. His wife Wendy was later indicted on physical abuse charges.The Department of Social Services had investigated the Mettes in 2001 and 2007 and even though their was evidence of abuse, the DSS had let the Mettes off with a warning.

Due to this negligence by the DSS. an attorney for Mette girls had gotten a lawsuit agains the state underway. South Dakota authorities including Attorney General Marty Jackley and State’s Attorney Kimberly Dorsett needed to bury the story and kill the lawsuit.

Two people were causing trouble for the Department of Social Services; prosecutor Brandon Taliaferro and children’s advocate Shirley Schwab were fighting for the child victims against the DSS. Taliaferro and Schwab became targets of Jackley & Dorsett; first they removed prosecutor Taliaferro, and Jackley later forced Dorsett to fire him.

In this video exclusive, former South Dakota DCI agent Mark Black discusses the information that was withheld from as he was ordered to begin an investigation into Brandon Taliaferro and Shirley Schwab.

EXTRA: Mark Black Statement on Mette Rape Scandal

EXTRA: Mark Black Statement on Mette Rape Scandal

My name is Mark Black.  I was a South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation Senior Special Agent until I was terminated in March 2014.  My entire adult life has been in service to my country.  I am a veteran who served 8 years in the U.S. Navy.  Service to our country is important to my family.  My father was a decorated Korean War veteran and five of the seven children in my family are also veterans of the U.S. Military.

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EXTRA: State’s Attorney Kimberly Dorsett Was Told Wendy Mette Knew About Abuse

EXTRA: State’s Attorney Kimberly Dorsett Was Told Wendy Mette Knew About Abuse

As part of our continuing expose of the Mette Rape Scandal, on Monday at our Washington D.C. press conference, we’ll be releasing audio that shows State’s Attorney was told that foster mom Wendy Mette knew about the sexual abuse of her adopted daughter…but that Dorsett proceeded work on dropping charges against Wendy Mette anyway and failed to give this information to DCI Agent Mark Black.

Here, we reveal a short excerpt from that phone call with Dorsett and I talk to Mark Black.

EXTRA | State’s Attorney Asked Witness To Lie In Mette Rape Case

EXTRA | State’s Attorney Asked Witness To Lie In Mette Rape Case

On February 23 in Washington D.C., we’re doing a press conference revealing new details in the Mette Rape Case that we discuss starting at the end of Episode 2.

Former South Dakota DCI investigator Mark Black will be at the event. In this interview, Black says he was told to lie on the witness stand in the case by State’s Attorney Kimberly Dorsett.

Episode 3 | Don’t Go Into The Basement

Episode 3 | Don’t Go Into The Basement

The whole thing seems upside down. 

  • Why did the admitted child rapist Richard Mette get 22 of the charges dropped against him and why did his wife Wendy Mette get every single charge – all 11 of them – dropped the against her?
  • How did prosecutor Brandon Taliaferro and child advocate Shirley Shirley – the people trying to help the victims and trying to prosecute Richard and Wendy Mette –  get arrested? They could have ended up in prison for forty years if the state’s case hadn’t been thrown out by the judge.
  • Why is South Dakota’s Attorney General Marty Jackley so personally involved that he testified just a couple of weeks ago to try and keep Taliaferro from being able to clear his name?
  • And why does almost nobody in South Dakota know the details of this story?

The child rapist and his wife get all but one charge against them dropped. and the Attorney General goes after the prosecutor and the children’s advocate.

How did this happen? Find out on this episode…

Episode 2 | House of Horrors

Episode 2 | House of Horrors

In this episode, we’ll dig deeper into the story of Dr. Annette Bosworth, the would be Senate canidate who’s about to go on trial and faces 24 years in prison for alleged petition fraud.

And we’ll start to unravel an especially awful case of child abuse that’s been ignored by the South Dakota media where a man named Richard Mette committed years of sexual assaults and was sentenced to 15 years.

Episode 1 | Two Nightmares

Episode 1 | Two Nightmares

I spent five months in South Dakota in 2014. I love the state, I made some great friends there but I also found a shockingly corrupt political culture that’s been able to flourish virtually unchallenged by the media.

In this episode, we’ll begin to examine what happened to one political candidate who did speak up. Annette Bosworth facing a possible prison sentence…and the maybe the end of her career as a doctor, too. Find out why…