The Latest on Shaun Hansen

You may remember that back in March Shaun Hansen, former co-owner of the Sandpoint, Idaho based tele-marketing firm Mylo Enterprises, was indicted on charges of conspiring to commit telephone harrassment in connection with a Democratic “get out the vote” campaign during the 2002 election in New Hampshire. The jamming scheme helped secure the victory of Sen. John Sununu (R-NH) over Democrat Jeanne Shaheen. According to a March 27th press release from the Justice Department:

Hansen, 34, is charged with conspiracy to commit telephone harassment and aiding and abetting telephone harassment.The indictment alleges that Hansen was contacted by others involved in the scheme and asked to assist in making harassing phone calls to five telephone numbers associated with the New Hampshire Democratic Party and one number associated with the Manchester Professional Firefighters Association on Election Day, November 5, 2002. Hansen allegedly agreed that, in return for $2,500, employees of Mylo Enterprises would place repeated hang-up calls to those numbers on that day. The indictment charges that, at Hansen’s direction, employees of Mylo Enterprises in Idaho placed several hundred hang-up calls to those New Hampshire telephone numbers on that morning before the scheme was discontinued.

A report from Raw Story claims that Hansen’s lawyer has filed a motion contending that the Bush Administration gave approval to the harrassment scheme.

His lawyer’s motion signals that Hansen intends to argue that he was entrapped because the Administration allegedly told his superiors the calls were legal. The filing indicates, however, that Hansen does not have firsthand knowledge of Administration intervention.

“Mr. Hansen may assert that the government, or an agent therof, actually induced the offenses with which Mr. Hansen is charged, and was not otherwise prediposed to commit,” Hansen’s lawyer Jeffrey Levin writes.”Mr. Hansen may asserts [sic] the defense of “derivative entrapment” in which the government uses a private party as its agent,” Levin adds.

Hansen is a small player in what appears to be a “dirty tricks” operation orchestrated by the White House. Phone records show during the period of time when the scheme was being planned and carried out, hundreds of phone calls were made from the New Hampshire Republican Party to the White House Office of Political Affaris by James Tobin, Bush’s presidential campaign chairman for the New England region in 2004. Tobin has already been conviced of phone jamming, but denies that the calls to the White House were to discuss the jamming scheme. Former Mississippi Governor and Chairman of the Republican National Committee Haley Barbour has also been implicated in the jamming scheme. He was part owner of an organization called GOP Market place who subcontracted the actual placement of the hangup calls to Mylo Enterprises. Nixon had the “plumbers,” Bush apparently had the “jammers.”

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