All-Out War on Syaed Ali

16 Jan

Glenn Gramigna has two stories detailing the apparently illegal harassment that Ali suffered at the hands of law enforcement because he allegedly sent out some emails accusing Byron Brown of teh gay and Joe Illuzzi of soliciting blow from Steve Casey. All of those emails were so over-the-top that they were patently false to any objective observer. I’m sure the Mayor was pissed beyond belief, but it doesn’t mean you break the law. Two wrongs, etc.

HT Dick Kern

17 Responses to “All-Out War on Syaed Ali”

  1. Brian January 16, 2009 at 9:12 am #

    I would consider the source.

  2. Chris Smith January 16, 2009 at 9:41 am #

    Gramigna is bought and paid for by Lenihan and Illuzzi does the dirty work for the Brown/Pigeon alliance. Neither of these guys have any credibility on anything in my eyes. All 200 of their readers will be excited to read this quasi-news. Linking to Glenn assures he’ll get more page views today then he usually gets in a month.

    I’ll stick with whatever Geoff Kelly reports on this one since he is universally disliked by both political organizations. 🙂

  3. geoff kelly January 16, 2009 at 10:04 am #

    Thanks, Chris, nothing so affirming as a reminder that everyone hates you. Those sufficiently interested in the story to read the notice of claim can find it here: http://blogs.artvoice.com/avdaily/. More soon.

  4. Denizen January 16, 2009 at 11:01 am #

    Buffalo is the new Nicaragua

  5. indabuff January 16, 2009 at 11:28 am #

    @Denizen

    That is the first laugh I had all day…thanks.

  6. buffalowatchdog January 16, 2009 at 11:41 am #

    I don’t know why yet, but I think people are being swindled. I just don’t buy it. It’s about as over the top as the original emails that surfaced last year.

  7. Pauldub January 16, 2009 at 11:55 am #

    Then again Watchdog, just because someone is paranoid, it doesn’t mean that someone isn’t out to get them…

  8. Dick Kern January 17, 2009 at 11:25 am #

    It often appears that Bflo gets the government it deserves.

    The lack of concern about this latest outrage by the Byon Brown administraition is troubling.

    Is nobody troubled by a “Mayoral spokesman” alleging that all threats against the Mayor are investigated (& then some?) by Bflo police, as Cutler himself profited immensely by the cover-up (by cops, a judges & the DA) of his DWI-Hit-&-Run on Oct 15, 2005?

    AND . . . Is the same Police Commissioner who vigorously helped cover-up the late-night demolition derby by Byron Jr also at the center of this debacle?

    Does justice matter in Bflo?

    From WKBW . . .

    COPY: http://www.wkbw.com/news/local/37748544.html

    Buffalo Man Says Mayor To Blame In Dispute With City

    Story Published: Jan 16, 2009 at 11:24 PM EST

    It’s a story that starts on November 7th of last year, at a home in the City of Buffalo. A man named Syaed Ali tells Eyewitness News police executed a search warrant at his house and took his computer hard drive, his cell phone, and personal documents. “They ransacked the house. They took stuff that’s more than what they listed in the warrant. They wouldn’t let us see the warrant. They held everyone in the house down. There were six cops,” said Ali

    Ali says he was arrested for computer fraud and aggravated harrassment, even detained by the FBI and the New York State Attorney General’s office. When his family questioned authorities about what was happening he says this is what they were told. “They said because he made the mayor really mad,” said Ali.

    Ali is referring to mayor Byron Brown.

    The City of Buffalo still has his stuff and to this day he has never been formally charged. He’s filed a notice of claim with the City of Buffalo saying the warrant was flawed because it cited law that dealt with damage of a premises for religious purposes. His claim says the warrant had nothing to do with computer fraud or harrassment.

    Ali’s attorney Richard Grimm III says there is also an affidavit that he can’t get from police that showed why there was a need for a search warrant in the first place. Ali believes he is a political target of the mayor. “The whole purpose of this was to implicate that Mickey Kearns (Buffalo Common Council) and Sam Hoyt (State Assemblyman) put me up to this, and used me as some sort of paun for their own political gain,” said Ali.

    The mayor wouldn’t comment on the situation, but sources tell Eyewitness News Ali may have been harassing the mayor. “Anytime there is a situation where the police department feels it’s necessary to investigate a matter relative to something that might have some bearing on the mayor, wether it’s a threat or political threat, they’ve done that and they will continue to do that,” said Peter Cutler a spokesperson for the mayor.

    Buffalo Police spokesperson Mike DeGeorge told Eyewitness News, “The incident remains under investigation at this time by the Buffalo Police Department. Police routinely investigate matters involving the mayor. But to comment on specifics of the case could jeopardize not only the investigation but security issues.”

    Ali denies any harrassment.

    Eyewitness News spoke with Kearns who said he was aware of the situation but did not want to comment. Hoyt denied any involvement and is calling for an investigation to get to the truth. “The allegations are very very serious. Wether it’s the common council or some sort of independent investigator or another level of government, it seems to me that it ought to be fully investigated,” said Hoyt.

    Ali wants that investigation to include the mayor for what he says is false arrest and illegal seizure of his property. “I want my stuff back, and all the materials back. I want these people to go away,” said Ali. He is expected to file a law suit against the city very soon.

    Eyewitness News did contact the FBI and the New York State Attorney General’s office they did not return our calls.

  9. The City January 17, 2009 at 9:02 pm #

    I want to applaud AV news editor Geoff Kelly for bringing attention to this travesty. As reported in The Buffalo News, the search warrant was signed by Judge Craig Hannah, a close friend and political associate of Brown. Brown appointed Hannah to City Court soon after taking office. Hannah is a longtime volunteer on Brown’s past campaigns for elected office and his 2005 campaign for mayor. Hannah also donated money to the campaign and other Brown campaigns

    Who can Ali turn to for justice? The Attorney General’s office and local FBI allegedly played a role in the illegal detention of Mr. Ali. There are so many unanswered questions. What role if any did Mr. Ali’s ethnic background played in the illegal arrest? What triggered the arrest? What role did the Police Commissioner and his 2 deputies played in carrying out the arrest? Where is the missing affidavit that is supposed to trigger these types of search warrants? Who signed the affidavit it? Did Hannah, the Police Commissioner and his 2 deputies avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest? Ultimately, what did Brown and Casey know and, when did they know it?

    I know the answers to these questions. Will honorable journalists pursue this story to the end? The alleged crime is bad. The cover up will be bigger. Isn’t that always the case with these types of public corruption cases? WBEN, WNED, WGRZ, WIVB, and Business First are you there?

  10. Dick Kern January 18, 2009 at 2:08 pm #

    Happily< Jim Heaney has eloquently entered this deeply troubling situation.

    Does this indeed mena that new DA Fran Sedita will be forced to show his true colors regarding political corruption?

    And Craig Hannah will be forced to “remember” his role in amking this travesty possible?

    From Jim Heaney’s blog . . .

    COPY:
    http://buffalonews.typepad.com/outrages_insights/

    January 18, 2009

    But they don’t fingerprint burglary scenes

    We may have the makings of our own little “gate” involving Mayor Byron Brown’s possible use of the Buffalo Police Department for political purposes. Artvoice first broke the story, and has done a follow. There’s been followup coverage by The News and commentary by the Buffalo Pundit. In addition, New WNY Politics has done a couple of stories, here and here, but in reading them, keep in mind the site is run by a former sidekick of Joe Illuzzi.

    Here’s how Artvoice reported the story:

    At seven o’clock on the morning of November 7, Syaed Ali and his family were awakened by a team of Buffalo police officers bearing a search warrant.

    The warrant, signed by Buffalo City Court Judge Craig Hannah one week earlier, accused Ali of aggravated harassment and empowered police to search his home and seize any and all electronic equipment — computers, discs, cell phones, etc. — that might provide evidence of the charge. Police searched Ali’s home, carted away boxes of seized material, and took him downtown for questioning, without an arrest warrant, without reading him his rights, without allowing him to contact relatives or an attorney.

    Two months later, Ali hasn’t been charged and he can’t get his possessions returned. The person that Ali says he was accused of harassing: Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown.

    All this supposedly revolves around some nasty e-mails that have circulated about the mayor earlier this year. The Artvoice story goes on to detail some scary stuff, if Ali’s attorney is to be believed, and coverage from some of the other media outlets goes further.

    For example, Ali told New WNY Politics:

    “The officers told my brother that they had an arrest warrant for me charging me with computer fraud and aggravated harassment of the Mayor of Buffalo. Yet, when a family member and later I asked them why they were doing this, two different officers replied, ‘Because you made the Mayor really mad!’ ”

    This is potentially explosive stuff and we all need to avoid jumping to conclusions. That said, the word’s of the mayor’s own people are noteworthy, as much for what they don’t say as what they do.

    Of course, there’s the usual, “we don’t talk about ongoing investigations,” uttered by by Peter Cutler, the mayor’s spokesman, and Mike DeGeorge, spokesman for the police.

    Cutler, however, passed when given the opportunity by Artvoice to deny that a complaint from the mayor triggered the whole affair.

    I found DeGeorge’s words particularly interesting.

    “It’s my understanding there was no formal complaint [made against Ali] from the mayor’s office.”

    Hmmm. No “formal” complaint, you say.

    DeGeorge continued.

    “Police routinely investigate matters involving the mayor. He’s the highest public official in the City of Buffalo, so there will be situations that come up.”

    So, Mike, what exactly is the “situation?”

    “… to comment on specifics could certainly jeopardize not only the investigation, but security issues.”

    Of course. Security issues. We should all stop asking questions.

    A few other things have caught my eye.

    Among them is the judge who signed the search warrant, City Court Judge Craig Hannah, who Brown appointed to the bench 11 days after taking office. The judge and the mayor go way back and Hannah has been a major campaign contributor. Then there’s the way the police handled the auto accident a few years ago involving the mayor’s son. Doesn’t exactly inspire confidence.

    This looks like a matter that someone needs to get to the bottom of. How about our new district attorney, Frank Sedita? Since taking office a few weeks ago, he’s been trying to show people he’s a different cat than his predecessor, Frank Clark, widely perceived, among other things, as disinterested in the misdeeds of public officials. Well, Mr. New DA, here’s your chance to show the public you’re really different than the Human Quote Machine.

    I can’t close without harkening back to blog posts I wrote on New Year’s Eve and back in April about the introduction of police surveillance cameras throughout the city without any rules in place to safeguard against abuses. Some of you readers responded by dismissing such concerns as paranoid.

    Well, I stick by those concerns, especially in light of these latest developments. In fact, make that a double.

    (END QUOTE)

  11. mike hudson January 18, 2009 at 4:47 pm #

    that’s funny. i saw the name sayed ali and figured he was one of the 1,250 palestinian men, woman and children slaughtered in the late israeli onslaught.

    instead it’s about “the latest outrage” perpetrated by evildoer byron brown, who has launched an “all-out war” on some guy who dissed him.

    it’s all a matter of perspective, i guess.

  12. mike January 18, 2009 at 6:44 pm #

    Hey hudson, now i see why your so bent about the jews, today’s picture in the news looks just like the view from your building on buff ave!!

  13. Full Page ARTICLE Parlato January 18, 2009 at 8:09 pm #

    @Hudson. I can see how the wholesale “slaughter” of the Palestinians by the evil Jewish empire weighs so heavily on your grinch-like heart. Therefore, it is safe to assume that this weeks paper is NOT going to pull any punches on what has been this weeks most important issue to you. You must stand your ground on this position and make your Jewish “slaughter” comments as fervently and as confidently as you have here. You MUST educate all your readership and not just the few in this sad-sack, “amateur” blogging community. Otherwise, we are liable to believe that what you spew here is just cage-rattling and your paper really is only for the bought and paid for opinions that keep the “Reporter” afloat.

  14. mike hudson January 18, 2009 at 10:52 pm #

    so “the jews” correlates in your mind with the israeli government? that’s as wacky as people thinking being “american” has something to do with supporting the bush policies of the past eight years. when the body count totes out to 100-to-1, as it does in gaza and as it did at wounded knee, the word slaughter is entirely appropriate, in my view.

  15. mike hudson January 18, 2009 at 10:53 pm #

    and this coming week’s issue is dedicated to a celebration of our awsome new president, barack obama!

Trackbacks/Pingbacks

  1. The Smell of Defamation In the Morning | Buffalo Pundit - February 18, 2009

    […] If I had written the offending emails – which I didn’t – I would have reprinted them last summer, when they were originally sent, allegedly by Mr. Gramigna’s newest advertising client, Syaed Ali. But I didn’t print them last summer. Indeed, I alluded to them a couple of times only in an off-handed manner. I had theories as to who might have been sending them, but someone in law enforcement somehow landed on Mr. Ali, and he alleges that he was subsequently placed into custody and that his belongings have been confiscated. I’ve gone on record saying that, if what Ali said is true, it’s a grave injustice. […]

  2. Syaed Ali’s Claims are like an Iron Mountain | Buffalo Pundit - February 23, 2009

    […] unfortunately, Mr. Ali embodies that caveat. Again – I have been nothing but supportive of him, if what happened to him actually happened as it’s been described in the media and his Notice of Claim. Certainly, there appears to have […]

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