Comment: Is The Akufo-Addo Cocaine Story True?
Author: Nana Akyea Mensah, The Odikro
Date: 2011-08-22 17:01:05
Comment to: Steve Mallory Owes “Credibility” Billions of D
OFFICE OF THE ODIKRO
a companion of the black star!
Was Nana Akufo-Addo once arrested for possession of narcotic drugs at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City, USA?
I am wondering why you should devote several parts of an article trying to destroy the credibility of a journalist who is simply contradicting a misleading impression being made by Akufo-Addo that he has the necessary proof that he has never been arrested in the US for drug offences?
If what he is saying are not facts, point out which one of them and say why. At least, Mr. Steve Mallory explained why he thinks the Akufo-Addo team is being extremely economical with the truth!
What they are saying is that, a "categorical statements obtained from the major federal agencies more actively involved with drug cases in the U.S. would have lent more credibility to Akufo-Addo’s lawyer’s statement, and would have gone a long way toward clearing the candidate’s reputation".
"The three-sentence letter from the Port Authority states: “Your letter of February 27, 2008 was received in my office on February 21, 2008, for processing under the Port Authority’s policy on Freedom of Information, copy enclosed. You seek copies of any arrest records related to Nana Akufo-Addo for years 2003 through 2008. We have searched our files and found no records responsive to your request.” The letter was signed by Kathleen P. Bincoletto, indentified as the administrator who handles media inquiries based on the U.S. federal law called the Freedom of Information Act. But according to critics, while the letter makes clear that no records of an Akufo-Addo arrest were found in the Port Authority’s office, it does not confirm that no such arrest ever occurred."
"The statement from Akufo-Addo’s lawyer did not say whether any other American agencies (federal or local) besides the Port Authority and Metropolitan Authority were contacted regarding possible drug-arrest records.
However, the local media in Ghana contacted the DEA office at the U.S. Embassy in Accra for verification of the letters and to seek possible DEA records on the matter. The head of the DEA office at the Embassy, Jeffrey Breeden, was reported as saying “the two letters you sent me are from legitimate law enforcement agencies in the U.S., which state the subject has no criminal record in the U.S.,” and that he saw “no need to provide any further verification reference this issue.”
"The Drug Enforcement Administration is concerned with major drug-trafficking operations. Customs and Border Protection’s primary duties include apprehending individuals attempting to enter the U.S. illegally, and stemming the flow of illegal drugs, and agents of the Transportation Security Administration inspect baggage for prohibited items, including illegal drugs."
"Categorical statements obtained from those three U.S. federal agencies would have lent more credibility to Akufo-Addo’s defense and would have gone a long way toward clearing his battered reputation. But a media offensive – with information only from the managers of regional transportation facilities – helps keep the questions coming."
Kwame Okoampa, try to deal with the problem on hand! If I say "one plus one is equal to two", and you write a million articles about my credibility, it does not affect the equation!
Forward Ever! Backwards Never!!!
Secretary to the Odikro.