Thursday, July 2, 2015

Fortress America

In recent American history, Asa Hutchinson stands out as the latest Achilles in America's long war.

Pick your poison tell me what you doin' Everybody gon' respect the shooter. But the one in front of the gun lives forever.


New York, NY (May 29, 2015) – JLL Partners, a middle market private equity firm, announced today that it has acquired Point Blank Enterprises (“Point Blank” or the “Company”) from an affiliate of Sun Capital Partners. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
Headquartered in Pompano Beach, Florida, Point Blank is the largest supplier of ballistic and soft armor systems to U.S. military and law enforcement customers, with an established group of international customers. The Company develops, manufactures and distributes a range of high performance protective solutions, including bullet, fragmentation and stab resistant apparel and related accessories. Point Blank’s products are widely considered to be the most technologically advanced systems available, and are supported by the Company’s state-of-the-art internal R & D and testing capabilities and its partnerships with leading ballistic material suppliers. The Company has long-standing relationships with federal, state and local procurement agencies and has an established network of distributors throughout the U.S.

2013 NRA "National School Shield Initiative" Task Force
In the wake of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the National Rifle Association (NRA) assembled a task force of experts in homeland security, law enforcement training, and school safety to review school security standards in select areas of the country. The goal of the task force was to come up with a comprehensive plan to address the safety of children in schools and to prevent such shootings in the future. Hutchinson served as the leader of the task force.

VTI is seeking damages in excess of $2 million for lost profits as a result of the unauthorized release of its confidential information and the loss of the Halifax program contracts.  The complaint also seeks an injunction against L-3 Communications for any future use or release of the confidential information. 
Lee Thompson, CEO of Vision Technologies stated in reference to the lawsuit:  "There is nothing more important to a technology business than its technical data and trade secrets.  The loss of this confidential information costs Vision Technology millions of dollars in sales and the goal of this suit is to recover our damages and to protect our proprietary information."
Vision Technologies is represented by Asa Hutchinson, Senior Partner of the AH Law Group PLC in Rogers, Arkansas.

2010 The Constitution Project's Guantanamo Task Force

Hutchinson agreed to serve on The Constitution Project's Guantanamo Task Force in December 2010.[9][10][11] He told the Associated Press he agreed to join the task force because he believed it was "something important for our national security and our war on terrorism."
Ultimate Escapes, whose 1,200 members paid at least $70,000 apiece for pampered holidays in villas and yachts from Tuscany to Costa Rica, is taking a trip to bankruptcy court. "Let me start off with the bad news," Chief Executive Officer Jim Tousignant, 49, began a Sept. 9 letter to members. The six-year-old club, he continued, was in default on a $90 million loan and "increasingly likely" to seek bankruptcy protection. On Sept. 20 it went into Chapter 11 with debts of $100 million to $500 million, becoming the latest casualty in the destination travel industry.
A federal judge approved on Monday the sale of company’s membership list, intellectual property and 11 of its properties to Demeure, another luxury travel service, for about $14.6 million in cash. Demeure also agreed to lease an additional 45 homes, which it has the option of buying.
Ultimate Escapes’ deal is the end of a rushed monthlong sales process meant to keep the company’s core business afloat, after it filed for bankruptcy because it had defaulted on a $90 million loan.
During the company’s bankruptcy case, Ultimate Escapes sold a few properties, but focused most of its attention on an auction process that would avoid a fire sale. Demeure’s bid was valued at more than a “stalking-horse” bid by Ultimate Escape’s primary lender,CapitalSource Finance, which set a baseline value. CapitalSource’s offer would have essentially converted its claims into equity.
Members of Ultimate Escapes, the bankrupt provider of luxury vacations to places like Tahoe and Tuscany, needn’t worry about losing their status.
A federal judge approved on Monday the sale of company’s membership list, intellectual property and 11 of its properties to Demeure, another luxury travel service, for about $14.6 million in cash. Demeure also agreed to lease an additional 45 homes, which it has the option of buying.
Ultimate Escapes’ deal is the end of a rushed monthlong sales process meant to keep the company’s core business afloat, after it filed for bankruptcy because it had defaulted on a $90 million loan.
During the company’s bankruptcy case, Ultimate Escapes sold a few properties, but focused most of its attention on an auction process that would avoid a fire sale. Demeure’s bid was valued at more than a “stalking-horse” bid by Ultimate Escape’s primary lender,CapitalSource Finance, which set a baseline value. CapitalSource’s offer would have essentially converted its claims into equity.
“Our goal is to move the membership and portfolio to a safe and secure financial footing as soon as possible,” Peter Schwartz, Demeure’s chairman and chief executive, said in a statement last week when the plan was announced.
The Demeure deal is contingent on acceptance by 67 percent of Ultimate Escape’s 1,247 members. The company has begun soliciting votes and hopes to secure enough support to satisfy the deal’s requirements by Nov. 5.
“I believe that this is a good result for all constituencies, particularly for members and employees,” Sheon Karol, Ultimate Escape’s chief restructuring officer, told DealBook in a statement.
Founded by Roger Tousignant, a former Morgan Stanley executive, after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Ultimate Escapes aimed at the stratospheric end of the travel market. The company offered time-share-type access to vacation spots throughout the Americas and Europe. The bonus was high-end concierge services, local hosts and — if necessary — private jet travel.
Admission to the club wasn’t cheap: the lowest tier, Premiere Club, requires a $70,000 minimum initial payment and $8,000 in annual dues. The highest offering, Elite Club, requires a $200,000 initial outlay and $16,000 in annual dues.
Ultimate Escapes grew in part by buying up other properties. But the industry was battered by the recession, with several other players in the sector filing for bankruptcy.
By August, the company ran into trouble, and hired Mr. Karol’s firm, CRG Partners, as a restructuring adviser. When it filed for bankruptcy last month, Ultimate Escapes had already defaulted on the $90 million loan. It reported almost $189 million in assets and $222 million in debt.
According to a court filing, the company’s largest unsecured creditor is Trump International Hotel and Tower, which is listed as a destination on Ultimate Escape’s Web site.
Mr. Karol said that he had sought to avoid a wholesale liquidation of the company. But the still-sizable amount of properties that remain — Ultimate Escapes had about 92 properties and 27 leases — will be sold off in bankruptcy.
Ultimate Escapes Holdings, LLC owns and operates luxury destination clubs. The company was incorporated in 2007 and is based in Kissimmee, Florida. Ultimate Escapes Holdings, LLC was formerly a subsidiary of Ultimate Escapes, Inc.

2009 Secure America Acquisition Corp. > Ultimate Escapes Holdings, LLC

Secure America Acquisition Corp., formed to invest in the homeland security arena, has decided that a luxury vacation is a better game plan.

Secure America (NYSE Amex: HLD) announced Thursday that it agreed to invest in privately held Ultimate Escapes Holdings LLC. Ultimate Escapes is a luxury destination club that offers its members access to multi-million dollar private homes and luxury hotels. Ultimate Escapes management will remain in place to continue operating the business. Upon completion of the acquisition, Secure America will change its name to Ultimate Escapes Inc.

“After reviewing a significant number of potential targets in the homeland security sector, we determined that reaching outside of our target industry presented more attractive acquisition opportunities in the current market, and thus was more aligned with our goal of maximizing shareholder value,” said Secure America chairman Thomas McMillen. “The luxury destination club market is a unique segment of the hospitality sector with what we believe to be significant long-term growth potential, and Ultimate Escapes has, in our opinion, emerged as a leader in this market,” McMillen said.

Arlington, VA, October 29, 2009 – Secure America Acquisition Corporation (NYSE Amex: HLD, HLD.U, HLD.WT) (“Secure America” or the “Company”) announced today that it has closed its business combination with Ultimate Escapes Holdings, LLC following yesterday’s approval of all of the proposals related to the business combination and the amendment of certain terms of its warrants at Secure America’s special meeting of stockholders and warrantholders. Secure America has changed its name to Ultimate Escapes, Inc., and its common stock, warrants and units continue to trade on the NYSE Amex under the same ticker symbols HLD, HLD.WT, and HLD.U, respectively. However, it is anticipated that, on Friday, October 30, 2009, the Company’s common stock, warrants and units will begin trading under the new ticker symbols UEI, UEI.WT, and UEI.U, respectively, on the NYSE Amex.

“The closing of this transaction is an important milestone in the evolution of Ultimate Escapes and the entire destination club industry,” stated Jim Tousignant, President and CEO of Ultimate Escapes. “As the only pure-play public company luxury destination club, we are excited about the growth opportunities that lie ahead in this highly attractive segment of the luxury leisure market and are well positioned to take this business to the next level.”

“We are very excited that our stockholders approved the business combination with Ultimate Escapes,” stated Mr. C. Thomas McMillen, former Chairman and Co-Chief Executive Officer of Secure America. “We look forward to working with the Ultimate Escapes management team, as it strengthens its position as the premier operator of luxury destination clubs and builds shareholder value over the long-term.”

2007: Point Blank Body Armor & DC Law Firm


2006: Fortress America

Asa Hutchinson, the Republican candidate for governor, has turned $ 2, 800 into $ 1 million as a founding shareholder in a company that went public with no revenues, products or employees — but with a stock offering that promised lavish profits for insiders risking tiny sums.
As a “blank-check” company, Fortress America Acquisition Corp. ’s only business plan was to find and buy an unspecified company doing business in some aspect of homeland security. In the wake of an initial public offering that raised $ 42 million, Fortress America announced its acquisition Tuesday.
The deal not only gives the empty shell an identity but moves Hutchinson and Fortress America’s other politically connected insiders significantly closer to a hefty payday.
Hutchinson said his $ 1, 080, 000 windfall is all on paper, that the investment is “highly speculative” and that he could still lose all the money he invested.
He acknowledged that the $ 2, 800 he put up wasn’t much.
“In this case,” Hutchinson said in an interview Tuesday, “the investment is almost biblical in proportion: A little up front, but a whole lot of sweat equity.”
Hutchinson, who draws no salary as a special adviser to Fortress America, said he spent two long days in presentations to potential investors and an unspecified number of hours screening takeover targets and offering advice in conference calls to Fortress America’s headquarters in Arlington, Va.
Despite those efforts, he overlooked his Fortress America holdings on the financial-disclosure form he is required to file as a gubernatorial candidate. On the form, filed May 4, Hutchinson listed his stock and options in two other companies, and even disclosed bank and credit-union accounts with balances under $ 1, 000. He said he forgot to list his 200, 000 shares in Fortress America.
“Just totally an oversight,” Hutchinson said Tuesday.
Hutchinson disclosed the holding in an amended form filed May 5. He checked the little box that reported the stock’s value at “over $ 12, 500,” the most specificity the form requires.
Blank-check companies have never fit neatly into little boxes. Hardly normal investments, the quirky companies collect money from investors without telling them what they’re buying. All investors get is a vague promise that the organizers will try to find a company to buy. Fifty blank-check companies have gone public since January 2005.
With no operating history to pitch, blank-check companies have to sell the qualifications of their management teams.
The six founding shareholders in Fortress America include former U. S. Rep. Tom McMillen of Maryland, former U. S. Sen. Don Nickles of Oklahoma, and a private-equity firm that counts former CIA Director James Woolsey among its partners.
Hutchinson fits in that group. He can point to three terms in Congress and two years as undersecretary for border and transportation security at the federal Department of Homeland Security.
The founders put up a total of $ 25, 000 to stake Fortress America in March 2005. For that, they awarded themselves 1. 75 million shares, according to Securities and Exchange Commission filings.
They paid 1. 4 cents a share.
Four months later, they took Fortress America public, issuing 7 million shares, packaged with 14 million warrants, at an offering price of $ 6. A warrant entitles the holder to buy more stock, at a later date, for a specified price. The shares, listed on the Over the Counter Bulletin Board, were trading Tuesday for $ 5. 40. At that price, the founders’ $ 25, 000 stake is now worth about $ 9. 5 million. There is a catch: Under the rules for blank-check offerings, Hutchinson and the other founding shareholders can’t touch their shares for two years. And they can’t get them out of escrow at all unless they close the deal they announced Tuesday.
SEALING A DEAL Fortress America had a oneyear deadline to sign a deal and 18 months to close it, or else return the $ 42 million raised in its initial public offering. The $ 38. 5 million purchase of beat the first deadline by one month. But Fortress America stockholders still have to approve the acquisition by an 80 percent vote, or the deal is off. VTC, which is based in Beltsville, Md., and does business as Total Site Solutions and as Vortech LLC, makes its niche in the development of “missioncritical” facilities, some of which are classified, Hutchinson said.
VTC has $ 58. 6 million in revenues, and it is profitable.
Hutchinson said VTC’s key executives will stay on. But his own role in the company he helped to create only 15 months ago is far less certain.
Hutchinson said he doubts he will be named to the board of the combined company, to be known as Fortress International, and he is unsure whether he will be retained as a special adviser.
Early on, Hutchinson said, he traveled to New York and Connecticut and spent two days in presentations to hedge-fund managers — “a bunch of 30-somethings that control billions of dollars” — and other institutional investors.
Besides Hutchinson’s experience, Fortress America could tout the homeland-security credentials of such Washington heavyweights as Woolsey and retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Kenneth Minihan, former director of the National Security Agency.
Woolsey and Minihan are partners in Paladin Capital Group, a Washington-based private-equity firm whose homeland-security fund was a founding investor in Fortress America.
McMillen, the former University of Maryland and National Basketball Association player, Rhodes Scholar and three-term congressman from Maryland, started Fortress America in December 2004, hoping to tap into the billions of dollars that governments and companies have been plowing into homeland security since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorism attacks.
HUNTING VTC In an interview Monday, Mc-Millen said Fortress America looked at 40 to 50 companies before settling on VTC. “We think we’ve found a pretty good one,” said McMillen, who bought 575, 000 shares for $ 8, 050 that are now worth $ 3. 1 million. He said he and Harvey Weiss, Fortress America’s president and chief executive — who also has 575, 000 shares — have put in significant sweat equity. “Harvey and I spent an enormous amount of time reviewing deals over the last year,” McMillen said. He said Hutchinson also has made valuable contributions, participating in board meetings and offering advice.
“We talked about a few deals,” McMillen said. “He’s directed us to a couple of companies. We use his counsel to determine whether this is a good area to be in and not to be in. He knows, I think, what is a growth opportunity, what is not a growth opportunity.”
Despite a paper profit of more than $ 3 million on his own investment, McMillen said there is no guaranteed windfall for him or other insiders. “It’s not a slam dunk,” said the 6-11 McMillen, who played center for the Atlanta Hawks.
McMillen said Fortress America was the first blank-check company to go public seeking a homeland-security niche, and it is the first to announce an acquisition.
But there has been a stream of initial public offerings lately from blank checks, also known as special-purpose acquisition companies. Dealogic, which tracks public offerings, tallied 29 blank-check offerings that raised $ 2 billion last year, up from 13 worth $ 451 million in 2004. So far in 2006, there have been 21 offerings worth $ 1. 6 billion, and there is a backlog of 26 more deals, according to Dealogic.
Despite the recent popularity, critics say blank-check companies’ stock deals typically reward select insiders with outsized gains at the cost of other investors.
“It just has a very slimy feel to it,” said David Menlow, president of IPO Financial Network, a Wall Street research firm. Menlow said he can understand a company founder getting rich after struggling to build a business and finally taking it public. But he said the profits that a few savvy insiders are reaping from blank-check companies such as Fortress America are difficult to justify. “This is how people legally get taken care of without violating the law,” he said.
SAFEGUARDS Blank checks have a reputation to overcome. According to the Securities and Exchange Commission Web site: “In 1990, the U. S. Congress found that offerings by these kinds of companies were common vehicles for fraud and manipulation.” But investor safeguards have been put in place since then, and the blank-check concept is attracting big names in business and government. Among those who have put their names on recent blank-check offerings: Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple Computer Inc., and ESPN Chairman Emeritus Herbert Granath.
Under the tightened regulations, investors who buy shares in blank-check companies in the public markets can choose to cash out if they don’t like the look of the company being acquired. The company must make an acquisition within a year or 18 months, or else liquidate. Founding shareholders must put their shares into escrow, typically for three years after the public offering.
Big paydays for insiders are also a typical feature, Menlow said. While the inside shareholders gain from ultra-cheap shares, the new buyers lose.
Fortress America discloses this in the prospectus outlining the offering for prospective investors: “Our existing stockholders paid an aggregate of $ 25, 000 or approximately 1. 4 cents a share for their shares, and accordingly IPO buyers will experience immediate and substantial dilution... of approximately 29 percent” of the money they invest.
Hutchinson said he and the other Fortress America officials pitching the stock to investors pointed out the issue at every meeting. The investors buy anyway, because they think the value will go up, Hutchinson said. “They’re very knowledgeable investors, and they said the growth potential exceeds that,” Hutchinson said.
“In today’s world, people are looking for growth opportunities.”
He has served as the chief executive officer of Hutchinson Group LLC, a homeland security and business consulting group, since March 2005, and as a partner in the law firm of Venable LLP in Washington, D.C., from March 2005 to March 2006 and since January 2007. Mr. Hutchinson is also the principal of Hutchinson Security Strategies, a consulting firm that develops comprehensive security plans for companies. Mr. Hutchinson currently serves as a director of Fortress International Group, Inc., where he serves as a member of the compensation committee, and also currently serves on the board of directors of SAFLINK Corporation. Mr. Hutchinson received a Bachelor of Science in accounting from Bob Jones University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Arkansas School of Law.

Messrs. McMillen and Weiss, each of whom is one of our Co-Chief Executive Officers and a member of our board of directors, were also executive officers and directors of Fortress America Acquisition Corporation, a blank check company formed in December 2004 for the purpose of effecting a merger, capital stock exchange, asset acquisition or other similar business combination with an operating business in the homeland security industry. In addition, Asa Hutchinson, one of our directors, was a special advisor to and a stockholder of Fortress America Acquisition Corporation. Fortress America Acquisition Corporation completed its initial public offering in July 2005 (and over-allotment closing in August 2005) and raised gross proceeds of $46,800,000 at an offering price of $6.00 per unit. In January 2007, Fortress America Acquisition Corporation consummated a business combination with each of VTC, L.L.C., doing business as “Total Site Solutions,” and Vortech, LLC, which are together referred to as TSS/Vortech. TSS/Vortech provides a single source solution for highly technical mission-critical facilities such as data centers, operation centers, network facilities, server rooms, security operations centers, communications facilities and the infrastructure systems that are critical to such functions. TSS/Vortech’s services include technology consulting, engineering and design management, construction management, system installations, operations management, and facilities management and maintenance. In connection with such acquisition, Fortress America Acquisition Corporation changed its name to Fortress International Group, Inc. Fortress International Group Inc.’s units, common stock and warrants are traded on the Over-the-Counter Bulletin Board under the symbols FAACU.OB, FAAC.OB and FAACW.OB, respectively. On June 22, 2007, the closing prices of the units, common stock and warrants of Fortress International Group, Inc., as reported by the Over-the-Counter Bulletin Board, were $6.06, $4.95 and $0.59, respectively.
In addition, C. Thomas McMillen, our Chairman and Co-Chief Executive Officer, has held senior positions in other companies that have completed an offering similar to this offering. See “Management  —  Prior Involvement of Principals in Blank Check Companies” below for more information with respect to each such blank check company, initial public offering and business combination and Mr. McMillen’s roles with each such blank check company following its business combination.

Asa Hutchinson created The Hutchinson Group in 2005. The Hutchinson Group operated in Little Rock through 2009, but it never paid business personal property taxes in Pulaski County. Asa Hutchinson formed Hutchinson Security Strategies in April 2005. Hutchinson Security Strategies, in August 2005, started operating as the Hutchinson Group. (Arkansas Secretary of State Records for Hutchinson Security Strategies and the Hutchinson Group)

Employment History

PeriodEmployerTitleAdditional Info
2005-Hutchinson Group
Revolving Door Personnel: (1)
Founding Partner
2005-2006Venable LLP
Revolving Door Personnel: (77)
  The firm's Homeland Security practice advises corporations, government
 institutions, government contractors, and an emerging segment of start-up
 companies born of the new security regulatory system.  In September 2004, the
 firm authored Homeland Security Deskbook: Private Sector Impacts of the
 Defense Against Terrorism, the first legal treatise examining all aspects of
 the nation's new homeland security regime.  The 17-chapter deskbook is
 published by LexisNexis Matthew Bender.

In early 2005, Hutchinson founded a consulting firm, Hutchinson Group, LLC with partners Betty Guhman and Kirk Tompkins, in Little Rock and accepted a contract for a one-year position with Venable LLP in Washington, D.C., as the chair of its Homeland Security practice. Hutchinson ended his contract with Venable LLP in March 2006 to focus on his gubernatorial campaign and his consulting firm in Little Rock. In January 2007, Hutchinson rejoined Venable.[16]

Chair, Homeland Security Practice
 Outgoing Homeland Secretary Tom Ridge echoed that view, calling Mr.
 Hutchinson "an excellent choice to lead Venable's Homeland Security practice.
 His dedication to fostering the public-private partnership will be a
 tremendous asset to the firm's work in this vital area."
     Venable's Homeland Security practice, one of the first of its kind, was
 formed in 2002 shortly after the adoption of legislation creating the DHS.
 With its deep bench of former government officials, experienced legislative
 practitioners and top-tier Washington attorneys working across a broad
 spectrum of practice areas, Venable has proven to be particularly well suited
 for making its mark in the homeland security arena.
  "We are extraordinarily fortunate to be gaining a respected lawmaker and
 government leader in Asa Hutchinson," said Benjamin Civiletti, former U.S.
 Attorney General and Chair of Venable.  "America's domestic security apparatus
 has undergone a complete overhaul since September 11. Asa was not only present
 at the creation of this vast new security infrastructure, he was one of its
 chief architects and implementers."
 "Although I may be leaving the DHS, I remain fully committed to
 strengthening domestic security on behalf of U.S. business, industry, and
 state and local governments.  I sought to partner with a law firm that had not
 only shown a dedication to homeland issues, but also one that understands how
 homeland security impacts business and industry," said Mr. Hutchinson.
 "Venable exceeded those expectations.  It was one of the first firms in the
 country to create a full-fledged homeland security practice.  Additionally, it
 has tremendous all-around practice strengths, and is an indisputable D.C.
     Mr. Hutchinson will split his time between Venable's Washington office and
 Little Rock, Arkansas, where he will pursue additional personal and business

2006 Governor's race[edit]

Shortly after his return to Arkansas, Hutchinson announced his intention to run for governor in 2006. Initially, Hutchinson was to face three-term Lieutenant Governor Winthrop Paul Rockefeller, who was favored in most pre-election polls, in the Republican primary. However, Rockefeller's withdrawal and death from a blood disorder in early 2006 led to Hutchinson winning the primary. He was defeated in the general election by the Democratic candidate, then-Arkansas Attorney General Mike Beebe.
Firm lobbying profile
2003-2005Dept of Homeland Security
Revolving Door Personnel: (65)
Undersec, Border & Trans Security the nation's first
 Under Secretary of Border and Transportation Security
 Mr. Hutchinson was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as Under Secretary of
 Homeland Security in January 2003, shortly after the department was created.
 As one of the nation's top-ranking homeland security officials after Secretary
 Tom Ridge, he was responsible for more than 110,000 federal employees housed
 in such agencies as the Transportation Security Administration, Customs and
 Border Protection, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and the Federal Law
 Enforcement Training Center.  Mr. Hutchinson was in charge of managing the
 overall security of U.S. borders and transportation systems.  He also set
 immigration enforcement policies and developed and implemented visa security
     Among the many initiatives led by Mr. Hutchinson during his tenure as
 Under Secretary are: modernizing border inspections through the successful
 reorganization of Customs and Border Protection; advancing new border
 technology, including development of the US-VISIT program . a historic
 biometric entry-exit system for foreign visitors to the United States;
 enhancing the security of transportation systems through new federal security
 requirements for the aviation, rail and transit sectors; innovative technology
 pilot programs for passenger and baggage screening; and more effective cargo
 inspections, as well as increased information sharing among formerly
 fragmented agencies.
Agency lobbying profile
2001-2003Drug Enforcement Administration
Revolving Door Personnel: (8)
Director:  Prior to serving in DHS, Mr. Hutchinson led the U.S. Drug Enforcement
 Agency for two years.
Agency lobbying profile
2001-2002House Permanent Select Intelligence Committee
Revolving Door Personnel: (32)
Cong Cmte profile
1999-2002House Government Reform Committee
Revolving Door Personnel: (52)
Member - impeached Clinton - the kid from Hope, ArkansasCong Cmte profile
1997-2002House Judiciary Committee
Revolving Door Personnel: (175)
Member  He served three terms in the U.S. House of
 Representatives, where he was a prominent member of the Judiciary and
 Intelligence Committees. 
Cong Cmte profile
1997-2002House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee
Revolving Door Personnel: (72)
MemberCong Cmte profile
1997-1998House Veterans' Affairs Committee
Revolving Door Personnel: (58)
1997-2001US House of Representatives
Revolving Door Personnel: (460)
MemberAgency lobbying profile
1990-1995Arkansas State Republican Cmte
Revolving Door Personnel: (1)
1982-1985US Attorney's Office
Revolving Door Personnel: (105)
US Attorney, W Dist of Arkansas  In 1982, President Reagan appointed Mr. Hutchinson
 U.S. Attorney for Western Arkansas, making him the youngest U.S. Attorney in
 the country. While in that post, he prosecuted the violent white supremacist
 group The Covenant, The Sword, and The Arm of the Lord.  Mr. Hutchinson helped
 negotiate the surrender of Covenant leader James Ellison and prosecuted 13 of
 the group's members.
In 1984, CSA member Richard W. Snell was stopped near De Queen (Sevier County) by Trooper Louis Bryant of theArkansas State Police. During the traffic stop, Snell fatally shot Bryant and eventually was charged with capital murder and sent to prison. Snell was also suspected in the 1981 murder of a Jewish pawnshop owner inTexarkana (Miller County).
On April 21, 1985, after years of complaints by local citizens and informants, federal agents from the FBI, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, as well as assorted state and local agencies, surrounded Zarephath-Horeb. After a three-day standoff, law enforcement officers entered the compound. This raid involved more than 300 law enforcement officers and resulted in the seizure of weapons, ammunition, explosives, gold, and thirty gallons of potassium cyanide. The CSA intended to use the potassium cyanide to poison the water supply of several large cities in order to expedite the coming of the second Messiah.
During the raid of Zarephath-Horeb, federal authorities obtained evidence supporting additional indictments on key members of the CSA. In these indictments, Ellison was charged with conspiring to overthrow the U.S. government. Although Ellison was not convicted of sedition, he was convicted of various illegal weapons charges and violations of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) statute. After a conviction and sentence of twenty years in prison, Ellison negotiated a reduced sentence by testifying against key leaders of the Aryan Nations of Idaho. The case against Ellison and other members of the CSA was prosecuted by Asa Hutchinson, the U.S. attorney for the Western District of Arkansas during this period. Hutchinson later served as a third district congressman from Arkansas, as well as in executive positions within the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.
Since the raid on Zarephath-Horeb in 1985, activity by the CSA has been almost non-existent. Richard W. Snell was executed by lethal injection on April 19, 1995, twelve hours after white supremacist Timothy McVeigh detonated a truck bomb destroying the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Many suspected that McVeigh selected April 19 as the day of his attack because of Snell’s execution and the anniversary date of the 1993 federal raid at the Branch Davidian Compound in Waco, Texas—an event that has become a central theme in anti-government rhetoric.
1977-1978City of Bentonville, AK
Revolving Door Personnel: (1)
City Attorney

     In moving to Venable, Mr. Hutchinson joins a formidable list of former
 high-ranking elected and appointed officials.  In addition to Mr. Civiletti,
 the firm's partnership includes the former U.S. Secretary of Transportation;
 the former head of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office; several former
 Assistant U.S. Attorneys, ex-SEC enforcement lawyers, and former FCC staff
 members; senior bank regulators and Coast Guard officials; as well as elected
 officials from both the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives.
     Mr. Hutchinson earned his J.D. from the University of Arkansas School of
 Law, Fayetteville, and his B.S. from Bob Jones University.
     As one of America's top 100 law firms, Venable LLP has lawyers practicing
 in all areas of corporate and business law, complex litigation, intellectual
 property and government affairs. Venable serves corporate, institutional,
 governmental, nonprofit and individual clients from its base of operations in
 and around Washington, D.C.  For more, visit

Money Trees: The Botany of American War

"I have seen the drug war from all sides — as a member of Congress, as a federal prosecutor, and as a parent — and I know the importance of fighting this battle on all fronts."
Asa Hutchinson, Bentonville

"the streets is an animal, yeah, it eat you like it's Hannibal"
Jay Rock, Compton

Pick Your Poison

“In today’s world, people are looking for growth opportunities.”
Asa Hutchinson, Bentonville

Pick your poison, tell me what you do with that
Jay Rock, Compton

Money Trees tells the story of American war from the point of view of American plants:

  1. tobacco, 
  2. cotton
    2. America's five centuries deep in cotton money
  3. corn and sugarcane, bananas
    2. When American pioneers pushed west of the Allegheny Mountains following the American Revolution, the first counties they founded covered vast regions. One of these original, huge counties was Bourbon, established in 1785 and named after the French royal family. While this vast county was being carved into many smaller ones, early in the 19th century, many people continued to call the region Old Bourbon. Located within Old Bourbon was the principal port on the Ohio RiverMaysville, Kentucky, from which whiskey and other products were shipped. "Old Bourbon" was stencilled on the barrels to indicate their port of origin. Old Bourbon whiskey was different because it was the first corn whiskey most people had ever tasted. In time, bourbon became the name for any corn-based whiskey.[10]
    3. concurrent resolution adopted by the United States Congress in 1964 declared bourbon to be a "distinctive product of the United States" and asked "the appropriate agencies of the United States Government... [to] take appropriate action to prohibit importation into the United States of whiskey designated as 'Bourbon Whiskey.'"[13][14] Federal regulation now defines "bourbon whiskey" to only include "bourbon" produced in the United States.[15]
  4. marijuana x coca x poppy. 
    1. the big 3

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

From All Sides: Arkansas Vs The World

"I have seen the drug war from all sides — as a member of Congress, as a federal prosecutor, and as a parent — and I know the importance of fighting this battle on all fronts."

Asa Hutchinson

As it turned out, that was the last time Hutchinson campaigned for a Democrat, he said, but his interactions with Clinton continued.
“Our paths crossed [again] when I was U.S. attorney and he was governor at that time,” Hutchinson said of Bill Clinton in the interview. I remember him calling my home [about] this terrorist group up in northern Arkansas. We worked together [on a stand-down].”
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In the 1980s, Hutchinson, then a Reagan-appointed U.S. attorney, “had the unfortunate responsibility” of prosecuting Clinton’s half-brother, Roger, who eventually went to jail on drug charges. But in the former president’s memoirs, published after he left office, Clinton wrote that the jail time probably saved Roger Clinton’s life — and he had praise for Hutchinson’s conduct.
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Insalaco describes Clinton as an ongoing fixture in the state who “never really left. That’s the thing most people don’t understand.” Clinton, Insalaco said, returns for everything from family friends’ funerals to ribbon cuttings to high school reunions and, of course, campaigns.
This year’s ballot, in particular, is full of friends and foes of the former president, a dynamic that makes the election unusually personal for him.
At the top of the ticket is former congressman Mike Ross, Clinton’s campaign driver from his 1982 gubernatorial run who is running for governor. Ross’ opponent is Republican Asa Hutchinson, another former House member who served as an impeachment manager when Clinton faced impeachment charges in 1998.
“Clinton’s never forgotten that,” says one Arkansas Democrat. “It’s one thing to vote for impeachment, but to take a leadership role against the governor of your own state? That’s bullshit and there are a lot of people who would tell you that.”

This post examines the American drug war from several view points across 30 years:
  1. the prosecutor that arrested and prosecuted Bill Clinton's brother, Roger, in Arkansas in 
  2. the member of the United States House that allied with the Clinton Administration in the summer 1999 to promote taking treasure from war 
  3. the lead prosecutor contra 
  4. the current Governor of Arkansas
All four perspectives are held by the same individual. This post examines the drug war through the life and career of Asa Hutchinson. 

In the intimate world of Arkansas politics, the Hutchinsons' careers brushed against Clinton's many times.
Tim Hutchinson was a state legislator for eight years while Clinton was governor. Asa Hutchinson became a U.S. attorney and in 1984 sent Roger Clinton to jail on drug charges, winning praise from the governor for "saving my brother's life."
In 1992 Tim Hutchinson won the U.S. House seat that Clinton failed to capture in 1974 and arrived in Washington the same year Clinton moved into the White House. The Whitewater affair that hounded Clinton shaped Tim's fate as well, prompting a state political reshuffling that suddenly left the way open for him to win a vacant Senate seat in 1996. That allowed Asa Hutchinson to win his brother's old House seat.
"Politics in Arkansas gets quite personal," said Art English, a political science professor at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. "The same people keep bumping into each other."
Now comes the impeachment trial.
With their families in Arkansas, the Hutchinsons live together during the week in a spartan apartment in Pentagon City, Va., where they have vowed not to discuss the particulars of the case to prevent a conflict of interest. Asa Hutchinson is preparing for his star turn as one of three House members to make the case against Clinton: His job is to argue Article 2, the obstruction of justice charge.
"Asa's holed up in his bedroom working all day and all night," said Tim Hutchinson, noting that Asa wouldn't even take a break to see "A Civil Action" with him. "He took a lonely card table and set it up in his bedroom as a desk. It's covered with papers."
Asa sees good reason to be nervous about performing in front of Tim: "He'll probably be the toughest critic."
A hint of sibling rivalry, even the good-natured kind, is to be expected. The two were born 16 months apart and since then have competed in the same games -- from football to politics. Arkansas political observers always believed Asa would make the bigger splash.

Asa Hutchinson.

When the Senate allows opening statements in the trial this afternoon, Asa Hutchinson will take a turn as a lead House member making the case against Clinton.
Sitting in judgment will be his older brother, Tim, one of the 100-member Senate jury that will decide whether Clinton should be removed from office.
In the center of it all will be Clinton, a Democrat the Hutchinson brothers have known, served alongside and politicked against for years.
"It's a very sad experience," Sen. Tim Hutchinson said this week. "In Arkansas, your lives and careers intertwine."
The experience today, he said, will feel "surreal."
The number (25) of white stars around the border of the diamond represents Arkansas' position as the 25th state to join the union. The blue star above "ARKANSAS" represents theConfederate States of America, which Arkansas joined in secession.
The three stars below "ARKANSAS" have three separate meanings:[2]
  • The three nations to which Arkansas has belonged (SpainFrance, and the U.S.)
  • The Louisiana Purchase, which brought Arkansas into the U.S., was signed in 1803.
  • Arkansas was the third state (after Louisiana and Missouri) formed from the Louisiana Purchase.

War Treasury

The Civil War,_The_Sword,_and_the_Arm_of_the_Lord

The number (25) of white stars around the border of the diamond represents Arkansas' position as the 25th state to join the union. The blue star above "ARKANSAS" represents theConfederate States of America, which Arkansas joined in secession.