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10 Quotes from FBI Case against Uncle Leland Yee, CA’s Anti-Gun, Gun-Runner

By on March 28, 2014
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This week, a prominent San Francisco Democrat, who has been one of the state’s leading proponents of gun control, was arraigned in federal court on charges of working with Chinatown gangsters and brokering arms deals with a Muslim rebel group based in the Philippines.

The investigation involving State Senator Leland Yee includes accusations of arms dealing, murder-for-hire, money laundering and international weapons trafficking.

Here are the Top 10 Quotes from the FBI’s 137-page criminal complaint.

10. Think Globally, Arms Deal Locally

Uncle Leland Yee on his expanding weapons trafficking business: “Because, I’m getting a little more into this, it’s not just Russia; the Muslim countries have sources too . And so, that has been brought to my attention recently.”

Uncle Leland Yee: “I want to protect the entire enterprise.”

9. Chinatown Gangster: San Francisco politicians are dirty

Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow reportedly told an undercover agent that while San Francisco may look clean, San Francisco was dirtier because of public corruption. Chow disapproved of San Francisco politicians.

Shrimp Boy: “If I’m into the game, I would step on them, I would nail those guys… all the people, they play the little dirty shit around me… Oh, I’m dirty too, you know, but I’m not dirty to my people.”

8. The Allure of Secretary of State? No one tell Debra Bowen.

Uncle Leland Yee: “I’m just trying to run for Secretary of State. I hope I don’t get indicted.”

7. Sheeeeit. Life Imitates The Wire

The catch-phrase of The Wire’s Clay Davis appears frequently in the indictment.

Uncle Leland Yee: “$15k man, shit. For what we did man? Shit. You know, we got him close to [State Senator 1]”

Uncle Leland Yee: “there’s got to be some trust around here man, shit”

Uncle Leland Yee: “shit, as much as I want that five thousand, I can’t do that man. Shit. Fuck. Shit.”

Uncle Leland Yee: “[s]hit. That’ s pay to play and you can’t do that. You cannot connect. You could go to jail fo r that . … They got to understand, it’ s about the long term. It ‘s not about the short term.”

Uncle Leland Yee: “We control 6.8 billion, man. Shit.” On possible election as mayor of San Francisco.

6. Psychoanalyze This: Because I’m Unhappy as a Child Psychologist

When an undercover agent told Yee, a child psychologist, that he lived a great life, Yee responded that he was unhappy and thought about hiding out in the Philippines.

Uncle Leland Yee: “There’s a part of me that wants to be like you. You know how I’m going to be like you? Just be a free agent there.”

5. It’s a Marathon, Not a Sprint

Keith Jackson, not the sports announcer: “You know, he just, he sees this as a long-term relationship and he don’t, he don’t you know, he don’t want to fuck things up.”

4. Liberal SF Democrat driven by money

Yee, who thought Africa was a largely untapped market for trade, was eager to get the goods and make money. 

Uncle Leland Yee: “Do I think we can make some money? I think we can make some money. Do I think we can get the goods? I think we can get the goods.”

3. Pillow Talk for Capitol Fundraisers

Uncle Leland Yee: “Just give me the goddam money, man shit…you should just tell them, write some fucking checks, man.”

2. Playing Mortal Kombat in the Philippines

Yee, who authored California’s unconstitutional ban on the sale of violent video games to children, said he was “agnostic” to working with a Muslim rebel group, which he knew to be responsible for “kidnapping individuals, killing individuals and extorting them for ransom.”

Uncle Leland Yee: “People want to get whatever they want to get. Do I care? No, I don’t care.”

1. Which is Better: 10 Months or 8 Years?

Uncle Leland Yee: “I can be of help to you for 10 months or I can be of help to you for eight years. I think eight years is a lot better than 10 months.”

Not if you’re talking time in federal prison.



About John Hrabe

John Hrabe spends his time traveling the world as a freelance journalist. When he isn’t on an international flight, John writes about state and national politics for,, Huffington Post and the editorial pages of the Orange County Register. John’s most recent high-profile investigation uncovered the questionable labor practices of Goodwill Industries, the nonprofit organization famous for its secondhand clothing stores.