We need to start speaking out on this issue. We have to demand justice in this country or we’ll never get it. Too many of our men and women’s lives are being destroyed while nothing is being done about it. This is a very sad story. May the men and their families get the justice they deserve. The judicial system is corrupt and broken and I’ll gladly get the word out to help expose this injustice.
NOTE: Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton were contacted about the case and the horrible injustice done to these people and they declined to act.
Six IT professionals, five black and one white, had a dream of developing law enforcement software that would aid local, state, and federal agencies in sharing information. They built a small company that concentrated on developing a software application called CILC, which stands for Case Investigative Life Cycle. This software was developed to aid law enforcement in investigating a case through to prosecution. The necessity of this type of software was overly clear as the government indicated the main reason 9/11 can occur was because of the inability of government agencies to share information.
Members of the IRP6 Group:
- Gary Walker – President, CEO & Chief Technology Officer
- David A. Banks – Chief Operating Officer
- Kendrick “Ken” Barnes – Chief Information Officer
- Clinton A. Stewart – Vice President of Business Development
- David A. Zirpolo – Vice President of Professional Services
- Demetrius K. Harper – President, DKH Enterprises
Unfortunately for these six men (the IRP-6), their patriotic love for their country was rewarded with 7 to 11 year sentences in federal prison. On February 9th 2005, IRP Solutions (an 18 employee black owned company in Colorado Springs, Colorado) was raided by over twenty FBI agents. The FBI received a subpoena on the basis that IRP Solutions had “purported” software. In other words, the FBI alleged that IRP Solutions did not actually have software at all.
Coincidentally, the raid of IRP Solutions occurred a few days after the FBI had to explain at Congressional hearings why they wasted $400 million of the taxpayer’s money developing law enforcement software that did not work. The FBI was embarrassed in front of the world as being incompetent and wasteful.
During the raid at IRP Solutions the FBI attempted to herd all the employees into one room, while they went about imaging all the company’s computers. The subpoena indicated that they were there for financial records, but oddly enough they left the financial records in the middle of the floor and opted to spend a day’s worth of time seeing what information they could retrieve from IRP Solution’s intellectual property.
Why would the FBI question whether IRP Solutions had real software when Police Technology Magazine reported on the functionality of IRP Solution’s Law Enforcement Software, CILC?
How does such a strange turn of the events come about for six highly intelligent, (some of whom were ex-military men) that never committed a crime before? These six men, who attended the same church for over 20 years, were competing with global giants, such as IBM, Deloitte, and Lockheed Martin for government contracts that were literally worth hundreds of millions of dollars, scaling into the billions.
These are the stories that never make ‘main stream’ media. It’s hard to garner all encompassing empathy for people who seem to have been involved in criminal activity (as so many people see anyone who has been accosted by police much less in the prison system). What I have gathered is that these men have likely stumbled on to a money trail certain folks thought would never come to light! It is no big issue to expose the abuse that goes on in these facilities (it is constantly and consistently exposed, to no avail, change or even cover-up).
There is something awfully insidious about this case, given the turn of events. Again, this case appears to have its origin in the arena of “National Security”… for sure given what has been written to date about the 6 Business Executives alleged acts of malfeasance, if true, these acts do not pass the litmus test for the justification of Federal Imprisonment per the purported violations of civil law. Head shaking to say the least.
Here’s how you can help and share light on the subject to bring justice for these men!!! > http://www.freetheirp6.org
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