Wombaticus Rex » Sat Jun 25, 2022 12:13 pm wrote:2. David Leavitt is likely a State Dept / CIA spook who has been involved with ongoing operations in Ukraine. He runs a nonprofit charity front, The Leavitt Institute for International Development (site), in cooperation with the State Department's Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL). His work brought him to Ukraine just before the Orange Revolution, where his office overlooked Independence Square. He later had to leave in a rush. He was also in a rush to get to his apartment in Kyiv to "secure documents" and "collect some personal effects" as the latest conflict with Russia broke out. Then he was looking to find 500 families on behalf of an anonymous donor to get out of Ukraine and into the United States. Just regular County Attorney things.
KSL News Radio
UTAH COUNTY, Utah — Utah County Attorney David Leavitt is heading to Ukraine to help an anonymous donor select 500 families to support for an entire year.
“He wants to be generous, but he doesn’t necessarily want the credit for it,” Leavitt said.
Finding 500 families to support
To help with this generous donation, Leavitt will be on the ground in Ukraine trying to identify those 500 families. Once the families are identified, Leavitt says Visa gift cards will be provided to each family for immediate financial assistance until bank accounts can be set up.
“Really what we’re trying to do is humanize what’s going on in people’s lives,” he said.
Leavitt is more than familiar with the war-torn country, it’s almost a home away from home of sorts for Leavitt and his wife. For 14 years (2004 to 2018), they worked in legal reform efforts in Ukraine as part of The Leavitt Institute for International Development.
“Our role was to teach the jury trial and American criminal law in 35 law schools throughout Ukraine and Moldova,” Leavitt said.
During their time there, the Leavitts made many friends, and even have a home there.
“Kyiv is as much a home city for us as Provo or Salt Lake is,” he said.
Second trip to Ukraine
This is the second trip to Ukraine this year for Leavitt. He says he was there just before the Russian invasion to take care of some personal family issues, regarding their home.
“And now we’re going back to help our friends and others who are refugees,” Leavitt said.
The process of identifying the families that will be supported figures to be a huge undertaking.
“We are taking applications and hearing stories and trying to identify people who have lost everything,” he said.
Getting to Ukraine won’t be easy, however. Leavitt says he will first fly from Salt Lake City to Amsterdam. From there, he will fly to Romania, and will travel by ground the rest of the way into Ukraine.
Salt Lake Trib via MSN
Utah County Attorney David Leavitt makes quick exit out of Ukraine, but is now stuck in Amsterdam with COVID-19
Jessica Miller - Jan 26
When Utah County Attorney David Leavitt decided to go to Ukraine earlier this week to collect documents from his Kyiv apartment, he’d planned for several contingencies in case the city was invaded by the Russian military.
He had extra cash in case the internet went down and the ATMs didn’t work. He’d also rented a car, deciding it safest to not rely on public transportation in case the trains stopped running.
But something unexpected happened that halted what was supposed to be a quick trip to Ukraine to gather a few personal items: Leavitt is stuck in Amsterdam after he tested positive for COVID-19.
It’s the second time Leavitt has been ill with the coronavirus.
Leavitt, who taught in Ukraine with the American Bar Association for more than a decade, has owned an apartment in Kyiv for several years. With news of a threat of a Russian invasion, Leavitt said in an interview on Wednesday that he’d booked the hasty trip to Ukraine to get paperwork proving ownership of his apartment and to collect some personal effects.
“We flew from Salt Lake to Amsterdam and Amsterdam to Kiev,” he said Wednesday, “and spent 24 hours there and got things taken care of then visited with some close friends of ours.”
FOX 13 Investigates: Video raises questions about Utah Co. Attorney's adoption of Native American child
The video was entered into evidence as part of a human trafficking investigation into David Leavitt
The FOX 13 Investigates team has obtained a video of Utah County Attorney David Leavitt discussing his "strategy” to adopt a Native American baby, allegedly taking advantage of his political influence to overcome a federal law designed to protect Native American children from being adopted by non-Native families.
The video was recorded by a documentarian in 2020. It has since been submitted to Homeland Security Investigations as part of a criminal human trafficking investigation.
The 17-minute clip first shows Leavitt expressing his struggle with the decision whether to pursue the adoption.
Leavitt went on to explain how he tried to broker a deal with the Northern Cheyenne Tribe in Montana, offering them the ability to export buffalo to Ukraine.
Although he is not blood-related to the child, the little girl was considered Leavitt’s step-foster-great niece.
“I’m thinking to myself, ‘How in the world am I going to do this?’” Leavitt described. “Finally, this strategy comes into my head, and if you’ve got five minutes, I’ll tell you the story.”
The “strategy,” as Leavitt described, involved boarding a plane to Montana in 2017. Upon arrival, Leavitt said he walked onto the reservation for an unscheduled meeting with the president of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe.
FOX 13 News has confirmed the tribal president at the time was Lawrence Jace Killsback.
“And I say to him, ‘I’m here for two reasons,’” Leavitt described. “I said, ‘I’m here to tell you the second reason first, but I’ll tell you the first reason second – but before I tell you the second reason, I’ll tell you a story.’”
Leavitt’s story touched on the importance of family. Then it highlighted his close friendship with former Ukranian president Victor Yuschenko.
“Victor and I have this goal of introducing buffalo into western Ukraine,” Leavitt recounted, “and you’re a sovereign nation, and you have a buffalo herd, and Ukraine is a sovereign nation, and it doesn’t have a buffalo herd, but it wants one, and so I’m here to see if we can form a bilateral agreement between the people of the Northern Cheyenne and the people of Ukraine to introduce buffalo to western Ukraine.”
“At that point, (Killsback) was all ears,” Leavitt continued. “And I said, ‘That’s the second reason why I’m here. The first reason why I’m here is this. We want to adopt one of your people.’”
Leavitt said Killsback gave his blessing, but Tribal Social Services did not.
“Tribal Social Services looked at us and said, ‘We’re not giving you this baby,’” Leavitt said. “I just said, ‘You know what? You are shameless.’ I just let her have it with both barrels... There’s such a prejudice in the Native community about a non-Native adopting a Native.”
As a last-ditch effort, Leavitt said he went back to the tribal president for help.
“(Killsback) said, ‘Listen, the Leavitts are friends of the tribe... They’re assets to the tribe for more than just this,’” Leavitt said. “I left, and five minutes later the phone rang and it was the social worker saying, ‘I think I’ve figured out a way to get this child to you.’”
Leavitt said he took home the child that same day in 2017.
Killsback declined to comment. At the time of the 2020 interview, he was in prison for fraud in an unrelated case.
After the child's adoption, Tribal President Jace Killsback served time in prison for an unrelated case.
I spoke with him briefly on the phone. So far, he has chosen not to comment on the claims made by Leavitt.
Stephanie Benally, a Native American specialist for Utah Foster Care, said the adoption of any Native American child raises questions about the Indian Child Welfare Act.
“It’s best for the Native children to remain in Native communities,” Benally said. “Not every child needs to grow up in the city, green grass, white picket fence house.”
Benally explained the cultural and historical significance of the Indian Child Welfare Act, which was passed in 1978 in order to protect Native American children from being adopted by outsiders.
“It’s federal legislation to protect the Native children and Native families to keep them together,” Benally said. “Prior to the act, 25-35 percent of Native children were removed from their home and placed in non-Native homes.”
When asked about the child’s relationship to Leavitt as a “step-foster-great niece,” Benally said that the designation of “family” is up to the tribe, even if not related by blood.
“Let me put it this way: I would like our elected officials to be servants of the public, and not self-serving."
According to court documents obtained by FOX 13 News, the child’s biological mother willingly gave up her parental rights, but the biological father did not.
The court ultimately ruled in Leavitt’s favor, approving the adoption.
Linda F. Smith – a member of the Utah State Bar Ethics Advisory Opinion Committee and former ethics professor at the University of Utah – agreed to review the video.
“Let me put it this way: I would like our elected officials to be servants of the public, and not self-serving,” Smith said. “He was clearly politicking to get his way... It was a little smarmy way to talk somebody into letting you adopt a child that might otherwise be better raised by the tribe.”
Leavitt is the same county attorney who named himself as the subject of a ritualistic child sex abuse investigation. Last month, he held a press conference to announce he is not a murderer, a cannibal, or an abuser.
Then he accused Utah County Sheriff Mike Smith of playing politics shortly before the primary election.
The Utah County Sheriff’s Office did not name Leavitt as a subject, even after the press conference.
“This is not a politically motivated investigation,” the sheriff insisted at his own press conference. “We won’t be intimidated by Mr. Leavitt, by his attempts to derail our investigation... We do not discuss the names of victims, and we do not discuss the names of suspects.”
Noel Engels, a former analyst with Homeland Security Investigations, confirmed his team had been investigating sexual allegations against Leavitt for several years.
Then, in 2020, Engels received a copy of the video. HSI added the video to the case file, investigating Leavitt on suspicion of human trafficking.
“It’s literally our job to make sure children are safe,” Engels said. “Is it disturbing? Yeah, it is. You have to kind of separate that and not let emotions affect your investigation at all.”
Five months after receiving the video, documents show Engels and his team were removed from the case.
The HSI case against Leavitt was eventually reassigned.
Engels has since filed a whistleblower complaint and received a letter from the United States Office of Special Counsel in response.
“You alleged that HSI improperly terminated an investigation into allegations involving current Utah County Attorney David O. Leavitt,” wrote attorney John U. Young. “We emphasize that, while (Office of Special Counsel) has found a substantial likelihood of wrongdoing based on the information you submitted in support of your allegations, our referral to the Secretary for investigation is not a final determination that the allegations are substantiated.”
“This remains an open matter under investigation until the agency’s final report is forwarded to the President and Congress.”
FOX 13 News reached out to Leavitt for an explanation last week.
According to his spokesperson, “Mr. Leavitt would be happy to tell the entire story.”
More than 72 hours later, the spokesperson later clarified that Leavitt is not able to meet until after the primary election.
“Anything related to what you’ve brought up has no bearing on his performance as the Utah County Attorney and is not relevant,” she wrote.
By December 1989, it had become clear that the victimization of children went well beyond the original family system investigated by the joint police and child protection team. There were also individuals outside this family who were preying on these children as well as others. Were these people part of a satanic cult? An organized sex ring? How far did the abuse go? How many children were in danger? These things weren't so clear at the beginning.
Part of the reason the Ministry reacted as quickly as it did may have had to do with what appeared to be an upsurge of apparent ritual abuse cases in Ontario, and a desire to get a better handle on them. Although the first disclosures seemed to point in this direction, Gummer stresses that the investigators "never labelled the case ritual abuse per se, because the term is so ambiguous."
Several years earlier, two little girls in Hamilton had made allegations of sexual abuse with ritualistic overtones eerily similar to those in Prescott. There had also been a comparable case in Oshawa. Although criminal charges were never laid in either case, the children were removed from their homes and allegations of satanism became the focus of the child protection hearings in both cases. This sidetracked the court, unnecessarily prolonging the trials and left the children's fate in limbo for two and a half and four and a half years respectively.
In order to avoid these problems, the police and FCS decided early on to concentrate the investigation and criminal prosecution on the crimes related to the abuse itself. Allegations of satanism or ritualism can easily overshadow offences of sexual abuse and an inability to prove these allegations can discredit the evidence of the children. What is often described as 'satanism" or 'ritualism' is actually pure sadism. Children are, and have been, subjected to cruel and sadistic practices used during their sexual abuse to terrorize or silence them. Lack of evidence associated with "satanism" such as bodies, caves or altars does not necessarily mean that a child is fabricating stories. What it may mean is that the child has been tricked or intimidated by the perpetrator into believing that these things are real.
'There have been an awful lot of attempts to prove the existence of satanic conspiracies in child abuse cases in North America," says Crown Attorney, Desmond McGarry, "and almost universally they haven't panned out. You can spend so much time and investigative resources trying to prove the existence of the so-called satanic conspiracy that you don't spend the time and resources necessary to prove the existence of the crimes. It is not a crime in this country to be a satanist. It is a crime to abuse a child."
FCS Legal counsel Jennifer Blishen remembers how easy it can be to "get carried away with the media hype surrounding allegations of ritual abuse."
Wombaticus Rex » Sun Jul 03, 2022 2:36 pm wrote:Of particular interest is the "SUNP" sequence, which appears to depict a hidden camera confrontation between Roselle Stevenson and one of her daughters. I believe her husband Ford Stevenson, BYU archivist, makes an appearance at the end. It is both hard to watch and full of strange asides. There is some discussion of the odd incidents outlined in Victim Statement #8, where Roselle and Ford were attempting to access records from therapist "Judith or Judy Harding." More questions than answers so far.
Wombaticus Rex » Wed Jul 13, 2022 4:24 pm wrote:So this sequence is right from the thick of it, and this also explains the events recorded in Victim Statement #8, where Roselle and Ford are attempting to access records from therapist Judith Harington, who the daughters had been seeing since ~2008-09 ("for five years" per the 2013 statement). Like so many of these dead ends, I have not been able to suss out who is writing this statement.
Wombaticus Rex » Wed Jul 06, 2022 10:42 am wrote:Regardless of the "Satanic" aspects, there is absolutely a culture of ritual abuse in the American Southwest revolving around these polygamy groups. LDS has tolerated this -- warily, grudgingly, but tolerated it just the same.
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