By AuxBeacon News Contributor
[Editor’s Note: We received this from a former CAP member. Thank you for your contribution.]
—– Original Message —–
To: “Dr. Phillip Blansett”
From: “Tony Pineda”
Cc: “Jim Rushing”
Sent: Tuesday, February 28, 2006 11:39 AM
Subject: Re: The Tipping Point draws nearer…
I understand that you requested info from my employer and you placed their response letter on you website. I will advised you now that posting information on active law enforcement officersn or their families is in violation of Fla Law. I am in the process of discussing this violation with the local district attorney to see if criminal charges can be file against you. If they can I will press charges against you. You have crossed the line this time and enough is enough.
—– Original Message —–
To: “Tony Pineda”
From: “Dr. Phillip Blansett”
I received an email from you earlier today, sent From: “Tony Pineda”
The email was written in broken English, and I quote a portion of it:
“I understand that you requested info from my employer and you placed their response letter on you website. I will advised you now that posting information on active law enforcement officers or their families is in violation of Fla Law.”
—– Original Message —–
To: “Tony Pineda”
From: “Dr. Phillip Blansett”
You may see for yourself the two letters that I posted at http://starrswon.com/PinedaNeedsToReport.htm . One was a letter from me to the head of Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) asking if you were a sworn officer and the dates of your service with any interruptions for any reason during that time.
The second was FDLE’s response to me.
No where did I ask for or receive Rose’s , Jennifer’s, Antonio’s or Robert’s name (received from CAP.GOV’s public document found at: http://ser.cap.gov/PinedaBio04.htm publically accessible since 2001). No where in the response that stated your dates of sworn service for FDLE was there a caution by FDLE that the information was in any way secret, confidential, or otherwise protected, and it was information also found at: http://ser.cap.gov/PinedaBio04.htm publicly accessible since 2001.
http://ser.cap.gov/PinedaBio04.htm has been publicly accessible since 2001 which has been preserved in its entirety in my archives and an off site archive, in the event that it “disappears” and new charges are made by you that I was the first to publish that ” … he was a Sworn Law Enforcement Officer”
Of interest, Antonio, is the disclosed disparity between FDLE’s policy on absence from service, your time taken off for Civil Air Patrol schools and activities, and FDLE’s disclosure that there were no breaks in service (such as excessive time over annual leave, sick time, personal time and other gratuities for trips, excursions, schools, and Civil Air Patrol leadership.) I am asking Governor Jeb Bush to explore the possibility of inappropriate compensation in the areas of work credit for retirement when you were not actually working for FDLE and your leave and flex time had been expended. I request this in light of the Department of Defense IG and GAO finding in 2002: that a culture existed with insufficient safeguards in Civil Air Patrol to detect or prevent ‘double dipping’ in flight reimbursements.
Those two letters you referenced, found at http://starrswon.com/PinedaNeedsToReport.htm do not reveal that which is revealed in Civil Air Patrol’s web page: http://ser.cap.gov/PinedaBio04.htm that reveals: “Pineda began his professional career in 1972 as a police officer and later a detective with the Hollywood, Florida Police Department. In 1980 he became a Special Agent with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, where he is current a Senior Agent. As a Special Agent with the FDLE, he was a Special Task Force leader dealing with youth gangs. He has been a supervisor of numerous Special Investigation teams and has served as the Agent in Charge of Security for Florida Governor Lawton Chiles. During the recent Governor’s Conference in Miami, Colonel Pineda was assigned as the Agent in Charge of Security for the Governor of Georgia.”
Highlights from http://ser.cap.gov/PinedaBio04.htm are found below:
Name: Antonio J. Pineda, Jr.
Both Antonio and his son Robert joined CAP in 1988
Antonio J. Pineda, Jr.’s wife, daughter and sons: His wife Rose, daughter Jennifer and sons Robert and Kevin support his involvement. One son, Robert, is a Civil Air Patrol Officer assigned to a unit in Nebraska and Kevin is a police officer with the Lauderhill Police Department in Florida.
Colonel Pineda began his professional career in 1972 as a police officer and later a detective with the Hollywood, Florida Police Department. In 1980 he became a Special Agent with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, where he is current a Senior Agent. As a Special Agent with the FDLE, he was a Special Task Force leader dealing with youth gangs. He has been a supervisor of numerous Special Investigation teams and has served as the Agent in Charge of Security for Florida Governor Lawton Chiles. During the recent Governor’s Conference in Miami, Colonel Pineda was assigned as the Agent in Charge of Security for the Governor of Georgia.
Other sites with information that you may want to threaten as having “… crossed the line this time and enough is enough.” are found at:
http://www.cap.gov/documents/Pineda_Bio_Nov_05.pdf another public and publicly published CAP document, published 3 months before I exercised “due diligence” by not repeating what I’d read but went directly to FDLE to confirm your Sworn Officer status. It wasn’t until I read http://www.cap.gov/documents/Pineda_Bio_Nov_05.pdf that I learned that your wife’s name “Rose” was, like your preferred moniker “Tony” in fact Rosemarie Helfen.
Another publicly published site is:
Which details your failed attempt to arrest the brother of a 15 year old female CAP cadet who had called you to help rescue the minor child from being forced to live with the adult. Read the article carefully, Antonio, because while you did falsely arrest him, your arrest was thrown out by the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s office, although the brother was “violated” on a different, unrelated charge of violation of his probation. The article states how the Air Force Office of Special Investigation (OSI) re-opened the investigation, which, you will be glad to know, the girl having been found now living in Texas with two children is ready to “step up to the plate” and testify how you failed to report the statutorily required child sexual abuse of a minor child by an adult.
In one case, which the OSI investigated previously, but which has now been reopened, a 15-year-old female CAP cadet was moved out of her mother’s home by then-CAP 1st Lt Robert Sims. She was moved into Sim’s home. Sims was above the age of majority. This was done with the apparent aid, assistance and support of other Florida Wing CAP senior members, including the then-Florida Wing commander, CAP Col Antonio J. “Tony” Pineda, Jr.
At one point shortly following the girl’s move out of her mother’s home, the girl’s brother allegedly confronted Sims at a CAP meeting. CAP Col Pineda, who was present at the meeting, acting under his authority as a special agent of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE), arrested the cadet’s brother. The Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office declined to charge the cadet’s brother in the incident.
The female cadet’s mother sought help from nearly everyone when her teenager was taken from her home, but apparently got nowhere.
And, there is more: Go to: http://126.96.36.199/search?q=cache:nTr2PAMqVF4J:sq36.cawg.cap.gov/pineda.pdf+Florida+Department+of+Law+Enforcement+Antonio+J.+Pineda&hl=en&gl=us&ct=clnk&cd=6
And more, at: http://ser.cap.gov/August%202004%20Newsletter.pdf
Any one of the above would make much more interesting and revealing reading than did my posting of a request for public information of a public servant, and their public reply.
You say you are “I am in the process of discussing this violation with the local district attorney to see if criminal charges can be file against you.”
Would that be the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s office [Katherine F. Rundle] of the Sims/Minor female child debacle?
I end with a renewed appeal to those sworn to protect the citizens of America, and I enlarge that appeal to the Board of Governors of Civil Air Patrol, the National Board of Civil Air Patrol (confusing redundancy isn’t it, a sign of past problems of CAP), to the CAP-USAF congressionally appointed overseers, and to the congressional representatives to protect the weak from the mighty: Instruct Major General Antonio J. Pineda, Civil Air Patrol National Commander to cease an desist from threatening me immediately.
– Dr. Phillip Blansett
Dear Doctor Blansett:
Please be advised that I published the exact same information on Tony Pineda on CAP-TALK several times during the period from 1998 to 2004 (and received the same accusations from the ignorant – “why are you trying to destroy CAP?” folks). Tony never threatened me (publicly or privately) for disclosing his employment, etc. I guess that might have been because at the time, I was actively practicing attorney in Florida. (I suppose my own past law-enforcement relationship with a person in the internal investigations unit of FDLE might have concerned Tony as well, …:-)….) I carefully examined Tony’s arrest of the teenager and concluded that Tony was either quite ignorant of Florida criminal law or had deliberately trumped up a misdemeanor charge into a felony charge so he could make an unlawful “on-view” arrest.
FWIW, it is unlawful in Florida to publish information about a law enforcement officer or his/her family which creates access to those persons; i.e., addresses, phone numbers, schools presently attended, etc. As he clearly did in the arrest of that teenager, Tony seems to have “misunderstood” the requirements of the criminal law in order to threaten you.
My personal opinion is that Tony is a blowhard that will never take any action he thinks you might be able to hang him with. I am presently serving as a federal administrative law judge, so I suspect Tony would not be enthusiastic about threatening me today, either…:-)…. FWIW, Ken Massey is one of the finest and most productive CAP officers I ever encountered and I count it a terrible shame that a low-life like Tony was able to deep-six him. I wish you the best of luck, but I feel it fair to warn you that some mighty good people have tried to convince both corporate and federal bureacrates that people like Tony are what destroys CAP and other good organizations, but he seems to be able to disguise his real personality.
God bless America
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