Rights Group Says Former NSA Assistant Director For Cyber Crimes & Intelligence Is ‘Unfit For Public Position’

Source: SNL

A local rights group, Justice Forum Liberia (JFL) is requesting the Senate’s Committee on National Security, Defense, Intelligence and Veteran Affairs headed by Lofa County Senator Steve Zargo to declare the former National Security Agency (NSA) Assistant Director for Cyber Crimes and Intelligence, Mr. Joseph Jake Brown a ‘non-governmental material.

JFL Executive Director, Mr. Maxson S. Kpakio wants the Senate’s Committee on National Security, Defense, Intelligence, and Veteran Affairs to render Mr. Brown morally unfit to occupy any public office for his involvement in the circulation of sexual content on Social media where a minor was been molested. He also requests the Senate’s committee to ensure that the NSA Assistant Director be prosecuted.       

JFL request comes weeks after the House of Representatives passed a motion to have Mr. Brown incarcerated at the Monrovia Central Prison (South Beach). The plenary of the House of Representatives overwhelmingly took the decision following a motion from Lofa County’s District #3 Representative Clarence C. Massaquoi for the former NSA operative to be incarcerated for three days for lying under oath of being in the employ of the NSA.

Representative Massaquoi: “Mr. Speaker, on such a graved issue, we expect our witnesses appearing before this body; will fall not short of the truth based on the oath that they took before the people’s representatives. Mr. Brown, haven’t deviated; haven’t broken that sacred oath that he took by presenting to us here that he’s in the employ of the NSA, the director of the NSA is here, and has reported to us, and not just on the basis of the verbal presentation by the director.”

The Lofa County Lawmaker Furthered: “Because of that act of misleading this August body, Mr. Brown be sent to jail for 72 hours, and that Mr. Brown deposit into government’s revenue, Liberian dollars $4,999¢, and a flagged receipt indicating the deposit of the said amount be presented to the office of the Chief Clerk who will furnish the office with the evidence. And such a payment should be made not later than tomorrow being Wednesday, the 4th of August 2021. Additionally, that he will publish in three local daily, an apology to this August body, for misleading us; for three days beginning Wednesday, August 4th, 2021, and copies of those papers should be presented to the secretarial. If I can be seconded.”

But in a communication dated 9 August 2021under the signature of JFL Executive Director, Mr. Maxson S. Kpakio addressed to the Chairman on the Senate’s Committee on National Security, Defense, Intelligence and Veteran Affairs, Senator Steve Zargo, JFL noted that the gravity of Mr. Brown’s action calls for his removal from any position of public service and entreats the Senate’s committee to render a vote of no-confidence in the NSA Assistant Director.

According to JFL, Mr. Brown’s action contravenes his Term of Reference (ToR) as Assistant Director for Cyber Crimes and Intelligence. JFL pointed out that Mr. Brown has been found to be a culprit of the same crimes he should have been preventing, as such he should be dismissed and made to face the full weight of the law.

JFL: “Hon. Zargo, because of the gravity of this matter, especially given that the very individual who is involved, Mr. Brown is holding a position which is supposed to be fighting the very crime he committed, we are asking your committee to have this man dismissed with immediate effect. Under no condition should this man who is happy to abuse a kid be allowed to live on taxpayer’s money and at the same time serving in such position”.

JFL disclosed that similar communication has been sent to Mr. Juan D. Mertinez, Political Officer at the US Embassy to place Mr. Brown on the US watch list of child molesters. It is reported that Mr. Joseph Jake Brown is a former officer of the United States Marines Corps.

JFL communication also seeks the Chairman of the Senate’s Committee on National Security, Senator Steve Zargo to engage the US Embassy in ascertaining relevant information regarding Mr. Joseph Jake Brown’s conduct while serving in the US Marine.  

Since the circulation of the oral sex video of a minor was posted on his social media (Facebook) account, the than Assistant NSA Director for Cyber Crimes and Intelligence has been publicly criticized for his unlawful action.

The video in which a minor believed to be under the age of 9 was engaged in oral sex with an unidentified man. This situation has created a serious uproar among several Civil Society Organizations (CSO) who have called for Mr. Brown’s immediate dismissal and subsequent prosecution.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.

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