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DOJ Cover-Up of Murders
Involving Boston FBI Agents

For years, several CIA assets had given me the names of FBI agents involved in assassinations. I could never get myself to write about what they were telling me. It was too bizarre to comprehend that FBI agents, entrusted with protecting people, would be engaged in murdering them. And that higher FBI and DOJ officials were protecting the murders.

However, criminal proceedings and civil lawsuits filed in the Boston area in the 1990s provided proof that some FBI agents secretly worked with crime figures in murders and other crimes. Investigative newspaper reports and criminal proceedings provided the details of these happenings in the Boston FBI offices, and implicated high FBI and DOJ officials in Washington.

FBI Corruption and Murders in Boston Office
Indicated Deep-Seated Culture Throughout FBI and DOJ

Over the years the instances of corruption involving FBI personnel had been kept off the public radar, but this would change in the 1990s when decades of FBI involvement in murders and other criminal acts were exposed by courageous media people in the Boston area. Media outlets elsewhere kept the lid on this scandal. This attention was brought about by the large number of murdered victims in the Boston area associated with the FBI-criminal relationship.

If it weren’t for determined investigative reporters at the Boston Globe and the Hartford Courant, the murderous conduct would probably still be functioning as it had for the past 20 years. Helping to expose these matters were two reporters for the Boston Globe, Dick Lehr and Gerard O’Neill. They authored the book, Black Mass: The Irish Mob, the FBI and a Devil’s Deal. The following was revealed by affidavits, testimony, court proceedings, and government records.

FBI Boston Office a Criminal Enterprise—
Sanctioned by Washington FBI and DOJ Officials

The courageous media reporting and court proceedings revealed decades of FBI agents misusing their FBI positions to protect the murderous Boston-based crime group known as the Winter Hill gang headed by James “Whitey” Bulger and his partner, Steven “The Rifleman” Flemmi. Under the pretext of using Bulger and Flemmi as confidential informants, FBI agents, and particularly FBI Agent John Connolly, protected the crime group against state and federal prosecution and provided them insider information about wiretaps and pending indictments so they could protect themselves.

FBI agent Connolly’s corruption began in 1976 when he accepted gifts from Bulger and returned the favors by giving Bulger inside information. FBI agents provided Bulger and Flemmi with information about wiretaps placed upon their phones by state and federal agencies, and with information on pending indictments.

FBI agents knew that Bulger and Flemmi were committing murders, some of which occurred after FBI agents leaked information about FBI confidential informants to Bulger. Bulger was involved in numerous criminal activities and needed the FBI to protect him whenever a state or federal agency threatened him.

The alleged purpose for this cozy arrangement was for the FBI to receive information from the Winter Hill gang on the activities of rival gangs. However, the information provided to the FBI by this relationship was relatively minor, while the benefits to the Bulger group were of immense value. By providing information to the FBI about Winter Hill’s competitors in criminal activities, the gang was able to not only murder their competition in other criminal groups but also to take over their racketeering activities.

Another valuable benefit to the Winter Hill gang was that the FBI agents provided information about FBI informants, who were then tortured and murdered. This information permitted the Winter Hill gang to murder many government informants—with the full knowledge of the FBI agents and the Justice Department official in Washington—including FBI director J. Edgar Hoover.

Bulger was not only a living legend in Boston, but also had strong political connections in Massachusetts. His younger brother, William “Bill” Bulger, was powerful in the Massachusetts Senate, and later became president of the University of Massachusetts. While president of the University of Massachusetts, William Bulger refused to testify in December 2002 before a congressional committee investigating the FBI’s conduct associated with the Winter Hill gang and William Bulger’s brother. Referring to William Bulger, a New York Times article (April 10, 2003) stated:

In December, Mr. Bulger refused to testify at a hearing of the committee [House Government Reform Committee], in Boston, pleading his Fifth Amendment right against compelled self-incrimination. In December it was revealed that Mr. Bulger had told a federal grand jury looking into misconduct by F.B.I. agents in Boston, “I had an honest loyalty to my brother. I don’t feel an obligation to help everyone to catch him.” Mr. Bulger also disclosed that he had spoken with Whitey Bulger by telephone shortly after he went into hiding and had not advised him to give himself up.

Who Was Using Whom?

The FBI-Bulger connection made Bulger the undisputed crime king in New England, without any significant competition, and using the FBI for protection against prosecution for the dozens of murders committed. It was not the FBI using Bulger but rather Bulger using the FBI. The FBI was Bulger’s enabler, paving the way for an already powerful murderous organized crime group to become even more powerful.

The incestuous relationship between the biggest crime group in New England and the FBI started in the 1960s for Flemmi, and 1975 for Bulger. This relationship continued until the turn of the century. During this period, FBI agents socialized with Bulger and Flemmi, having dinner at each other’s homes, exchanging gifts, and in several cases, the FBI agents received cash from the crime group.

FBI Blocking State Police Investigations

When the Massachusetts state police sought to indict Bulger and other members of his criminal organization for murders and other crimes, FBI agents provided protection. The FBI informed Bulger of investigations, removing their names from indictments, disclosing wiretaps, and refusing to cooperate in joint task force investigations. This made possible the continuation of the murders, drug smuggling, and other racketeering activities that could have otherwise been prevented.

One Agent Exposed the Links, and High Level Cover-Up

FBI Special Agent Robert Fitzpatrick repeatedly told his superiors that Bulger was committing murders and other crimes and should be terminated as an FBI informant. He also advised his bosses that FBI Special Agent John Connolly was passing confidential FBI information to Bulger, and that this information assisted Bulger to avoid certain areas where telephone and other taps were in place. The decision was made at high FBI levels, including Washington, to continue this relationship with Bulger, knowing that people were being murdered and that racketeering activities were continuing to flourish.

Two of the many murders perpetrated by Bulger and Flemmi involved young women, Deborah Hussey and Debra Davis. Flemmi was living with his common-law wife, Marion Hussey, starting this relationship when Deborah, her daughter, was only five years old. As Deborah grew older, Flemmi started a sexual relationship with her, in addition to what he had with her mother.

When Deborah decided to end the sexual relationship, Flemmi and Bulger strangled her. Before disposing of the body, to prevent identification, they cut off Deborah’s fingers and toes and knocked out all of her teeth.

While Flemmi had sexual relations with Marion Hussey and her daughter, he also had a sexual relationship with Debra Davis. She had foolishly entered a relationship with Flemmi at the age of 18, lured partly by the gifts lavished upon her. Several years later, when she announced an intention to end the relationship, Bulger and Flemmi strangled her in a house owned by Flemmi’s mother. Flemmi and Bulger feared she would reveal what she learned about the criminal activities during her relationship with Flemmi. She was buried under a railroad trestle in Quincy, Massachusetts.

As the information became known about how Bulger and Flemmi had murdered their daughters, the girls’ mothers filed civil actions against Flemmi and several FBI informants and agents. On February 26, 2001, Deborah’s mother, Marion Hussey, filed a lawsuit and on March 7, 2001, Olga Davis filed hers.

Protection from Other Government Offices

While the FBI protected Bulger and Flemmi, protection came also from other DOJ offices—which would be ordered at the Washington level. Although it was common knowledge in the community that Flemmi and Bulger were murderers and protected by the FBI, William F. Weld, the U.S. Attorney in Boston from 1981 to 1986, did nothing to interfere. Nor did he do anything when he subsequently became governor of Massachusetts. And this protective stance continued after Weld left the governorship and became Assistant Attorney General in Washington, D.C.

In 1984, while Weld was U.S. Attorney, the DEA planned to use wiretaps against Flemmi and Bulger to obtain additional evidence of their drug crimes. The DEA asked Weld if the FBI wanted to get involved in a joint operation. Weld asked the head of the FBI Boston office, James Greenleaf, if he wanted to cooperate. Greenleaf refused. The DEA then proceeded without FBI assistance, but their subsequent wiretaps were rendered useless when FBI agents tipped off Bulger and Flemmi about the location of the wiretaps and bugs.

When U.S. Attorney Robert Mueller was responsible for the Boston office, he also covered up for the relationship. He later became director of the FBI to defend the United States against crime in the presidency of George H.Bush (Jr.). While Mueller was U.S. attorney in San Francisco, I made his office aware of considerable corruption that I and a group of other former federal agents had uncovered, much of it in Mueller’s immediate jurisdiction. Mueller and his office chose to cover up for the criminal activities.

This entire FBI-Winter Hill gang partner-in-crime relationship was known to FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover for many years, and nothing was done to halt the incestuous and criminal relationship. Hoover, the FBI, and the Justice Department became complicit in the murders made possible by FBI misconduct. In my book, History of Aviation Disasters: 1950 to 9/11, I described writing to FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover—while I was a federal agent for the Federal Aviation Administration—accusing him of criminal cover-ups. A federal agent does not get away with such accusations unless they are true.

When a secret federal indictment against Bugler occurred in 1994, FBI agent Connolly immediately informed Bugler, enabling him to flee. He is still on-the-run. Senator Bugler stated he was unaware of his brother’s criminal career, which no one, of course, believed.

Local Media Exposure Finally Forced Justice Department Action

The Hartford Courant and the Boston Globe ran a series of articles on the sordid relationship between FBI agents and the Bulger gang, while most of the national media kept the lid on the scandals. One such article was the following:

As the State of Massachusetts was about to hand down indictments against Bulger, Flemmi, and other members of the Winter Hill gang, FBI Agent Connolly alerted Bugler, who then fled, along with a female companion.

James Bulger was shown on the Internet web site of the Massachusetts State Police as being wanted by the State of Massachusetts and the DEA, offering one million dollars reward for information leading to the arrest of Bulger. The Internet site listed Bulger under Most Wanted, and “Wanted for 19 counts of murder.” The Internet site lists his female companion for harboring a fugitive: Catherine Elizabeth Greig (aka Helen Marshall and Carol Shapeton).

Defense Argument: Murders Perpetrated with FBI Permission

Defense lawyers for defendants Bulger and Flemmi argued before U.S. District Judge Mark L. Wolf that the charges should be dismissed because the government tacitly gave Flemmi and Bulger permission to commit the crimes they committed while they were acting as FBI informants. They also argued that the FBI knew of the crimes being committed and looked the other way.

FBI Aiding and Abetting Revealed in Testimony

In one of Flemmi’s affidavits, he stated that FBI agents had a practice of alerting him to avoid certain places where the FBI had placed bugs; that FBI agents told him of impending indictments, and gave him the names of government informants, who were then murdered.

Those statements were supported by John Morris, former supervisor of Boston’s Organized Crime Squad, who testified that he told FBI Agent Connolly about an informant who would be testifying against Bulger in the murder of a New England Jai Alai operator, Roger Wheeler. A short time later, the informant was killed.

The informant, Edward Brian Halloran, had information showing that Bulger killed Wheeler, and asked the Boston FBI office to allow him to testify and to put him in the government’s witness protection program. Despite the fact that this information could solve one or more murders, the FBI refused. Halloran’s name was given to Bulger, knowing that Holloran would be killed shortly thereafter.

Another FBI Agent Exposed in the Murderous Boston Office

According to testimony by a Mafia boss and a government informant, Boston FBI Special Agent H. Paul Rico was also heavily involved with criminal elements. He reportedly helped kill a gangster, and framed others for murders that they did not commit.

FBI Agent Taking Cash from Murderous Crime Group

Former FBI agent John Morris, testifying under a grant of immunity, admitted taking cash on several occasions from two informants, totaling $7000, and that the money came from Bulger and Flemmi. FBI Agent Connolly, who was Bulger’s handler—or the other way around—repeatedly refused to answer questions, invoking his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.

Thirty Years in Prison For Crime the FBI Knew He Didn’t Do

A May 4, 2001, Boston Globe headline read, “Man Imprisoned 30 Years for Crime FBI Knew He Didn’t Commit:”

Due to the withholding of evidence, Salvati was sent to prison in 1967. A Massachusetts father of four, Joe Salvati, was convicted of murder and served 30 years in prison—while the FBI, including Washington headquarters, knew he was innocent and knew the murder was committed by one of their paid informants. The known perjured testimony of an FBI informant led to his conviction and imprisonment.

Foreign News Service Reporting FBI Corruption

A June 20, 2001, Reuter’s article, titled, “FBI Agent Accused In Corruption Inquiry,” referred to an FBI agent in nearby Providence, Rhode Island, accepting expensive gifts from criminal elements. The article stated:

An F.B.I. agent has been suspended over accusations that he accepted gifts from a mob associate’s former wife … the Providence Journal reported today. The newspaper said the Federal Bureau of Investigation confirmed that the special agent, David DiLustro, has been suspended with pay.

The gifts Mr. DiLustro received included a bath house at an exclusive beach resort … The F.B.I. is investigating Mr. DiLustro’s relationship with Gail-Ann Calenda, who bribed city officials to get property-tax reductions in 1998. Two tax officers and a lawyer were convicted in the case. Mayor Vincent Cianci and five others have been indicted on corruption charges as a result of the inquiry.

Dying in Prison for Crimes They Didn’t Commit:
|Courtesy of Justice Department Personnel

Two of the men convicted with Salvati died in prison for a murder they did not commit and which the FBI knew they didn’t commit. Salvati remained in prison for 30 years until a rare lawyer’s persistence produced documents withheld by the FBI and Boston police. It took years for Salvati’s lawyer, Victor Garo, to obtain documents proving FBI agents and Boston police prosecuted Salvati to protect the identities of several FBI informants who would possibly be exposed if the real murderer were identified.

Congressional Hearings—and Then the Usual Cover-Up

A hearing was held on May 4, 2001 before the House Government Reform Committee concerning the FBI’s involvement in covering up for several of their informants who were involved in a Boston murder and how the FBI withheld information so as to convict an innocent man and father of four of murder. After listening to what occurred, Representative Christopher Shays tearfully told Joe Salvati:

Your story of faith, your story of family, your story of courage and perseverance is a gift to your nation. And we cherish it. Your testimony will insure on one else has to endure the outrageous indignities and injustices you, Mr. Salvati, Marie, and your family, have suffered.” [Don’t count on this PR statement!]

“Truth be dammed.”

Testifying before the committee, Victor J. Garo, a lawyer, said: “It was more important to the FBI that they protected their prized informants than it was for innocent people [to be sent to prison]. The truth be dammed. It didn’t matter about the truth.”

FBI Agent’s Arrogance

In response to a question from a committee member whether FBI Special Agent H. Paul Rico felt any remorse for his role in the case, he defiantly shouted, “What do you want, Tears? It’ll be probably a nice movie or something.”

Documents Showed FBI Director Implicated in Crimes

Documents presented during the criminal trial proved that FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover knew of the criminal misconduct, false testimony, murders perpetrated by protected FBI informants, sending innocent people to prison, and did nothing to stop it.

Connolly’s tip to Bulger of his indictment occurred in 1994 and enabled Bulger to flee. Many people connected to the case believe that the FBI does not want to capture Bulger so as to cover up its own decades of criminal involvement. Burger was finally discovered on a tip from a neighbor in June 2011, living in Santa Monica with his companion, Catherine Greig.

Long Overdue Federal Indictments

Federal indictments were also finally handed down against FBI agent John Connolly, who was arrested on Christmas Eve, 1999, and charged with racketeering. The trial of John Connolly took place in an atmosphere that implied his innocence. Connolly was permitted to sit in the audience with his family rather than at the defense table. U.S. District Judge Joseph A. Tauro saw no problem in that arrangement.

Sitting in the courtroom was the new FBI director, Robert Mueller, who many believe was appointed FBI director because of his capacity to cover up governmental scandals. He followed the profile of many past FBI Directors, including former FBI Director William Sessions who rose from a lowly federal district court Judge in Texas to the FBI Directorship after he cooperated with President Reagan and his Attorney-General Dick Thornburgh in the 1980’s.

In politics, rewards are handed out to those that cooperate. During the 1980s AUSA, Robert Mueller in Boston kept the lid on the FBI scandal involving the criminal group headed by Bulger. He was appointed United States Attorney in Boston, insuring that information was kept from the Boston Police Department about the crimes perpetrated by the Bulger group and by FBI agents.

Boston Police Department complained bitterly that both the Justice Department and the FBI interfered or prevented their investigations into known mob operations. Watching Connolly’s trial in May and June of 2002 was Massachusetts State Senator William Bugler, who was also the president of the Massachusetts senate. William Bulger was the younger brother of mobster James “Whitey” Bulger, who headed a powerful organized crime group in Boston, in which FBI Special Agent Connolly was involved.

Media Publicity Forced Prosecution of FBI Agents

On May 23, 2002, Assistant U.S. Attorney John Durham filed charges against Connolly, who at that time was retired from the FBI. The charges stated that Connolly “functioned as a member of a criminal enterprise;” racketeering and obstruction of justice; leaking confidential information to people in the Bulger organized crime group that resulted in the killing of three witnesses; taking bribes; active participation in sending innocent men to prison; role in murdering witnesses against the mob; covering up crimes committed by the criminal elements; and tipping off James “Whitey” Bulger, the powerful head of a Boston crime group.

Jury Finds Connolly Guilty of Lesser Charges,
With Federal Judge Proposing Leniency

The jury found Connolly guilty of racketeering, obstructing justice, and lying to an FBI agent, and innocent on the conspiracy to murder charges. Following this verdict, senior U.S. District Judge Edward F. Harrington wrote a letter to the sentencing judge requesting leniency for Connolly.

In 2002, Connolly was sentenced to ten years in prison for his conduct that resulted in FBI informants being murdered, in conduct converting the FBI offices into a racketeering enterprise, and other crimes. The sentence was less than countless numbers of men and women received for peanut quantities of drugs or no-drug conspiracies in which government agents and government informants falsely testify about drug evidence. The system protects their own!

In criminal trials against the non-government criminal defendants, one of Bulger’s brothers pleaded guilty (April 15, 2003) in U.S. district court at Boston for perjury and obstruction of justice arising from lying to federal grand juries.

Rico was charged with the 1965 murder of Tulsa businessman Roger Wheeler, a murder that Rico committed after retiring from the FBI and working for Wheeler as a security consultant. Rico murdered Wheeler at a Tulsa country club because Wheeler had discovered Rico had embezzled funds from Wheeler’s company, World Jai Alai. It could be assumed that the FBI’s tolerance of Rico’s criminal conduct while in the Boston office emboldened Rico to kill Wheeler, thinking he was immune from prosecution. While waiting to go to trial, Rico died in January 2004 at an Oklahoma state prison in Tulsa. His death prevented further information about FBI misconduct from being revealed during trial.

Subsequent Trial Nets FBI Agent Connolly 40 Years in Prison

A Miami jury convicted former FBI agent John Connolly of second-degree murder in the 1982 shooting death of World Jai-Alai president John Callahan and a judge sentenced him to 40 years in prison. Six civil lawsuits were filed, with another ten expected, from family members of people who were murdered due to Connolly’s actions.

Media Blackout Despite the Grave National Implications

The evidence showed a major scandal with national implications, but national media exposure was limited, and only a few local newspapers provided the public with details on this sordid FBI drama. These were the Boston Globe and Hartford Courant, running a series of articles that commenced in 1988. The rest of the nation’s media covered up for the sordid and widespread misconduct in the FBI. This is the FBI that would be counted upon to detect terrorists and other threats to national interests!

A CBS “60-Minutes” broadcast in April 2001, provided an abbreviated account, showing mob boss James J. “Whitey” Bulger, as being a paid FBI informant for over 20 years and protected against investigation and prosecution while he and his gang engaged in murders, drug dealings, and other crimes.

An April 6, 2001, Dateline program revealed that Robert Fitzpatrick, who was an Assistant Special Agent in charge of the FBI’s Boston Field Office in the 1980s repeatedly told his superiors that Bulger should be terminated as an FBI informant after learning of the numerous murders he committed. Fitzpatrick also said he warned top FBI officials that former FBI Agent John Connolly was leaking confidential information to Bulger. So successful was the media cover-up that I could not find a single person, including talk show hosts, who knew about the Boston FBI scandal.

Many More Involved at State and Federal Levels

Many more people in state and federal government positions were involved, either directly or through cover-ups, who escaped prosecution. One name that wasn’t mentioned in this scenario was former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld.

Weld headed the Boston U.S. Attorney’s office during much of the time Bulger & Flemmi were engaging with the FBI in a racketeering enterprise. Nor was any mention made of U.S. Attorney Robert Mueller, who was responsible for prosecutions in the Boston FBI office during part of the time these FBI crimes were ongoing.

High FBI Officials Implicated, Making Cover-Up Urgent

Among the high-ranking figures that surfaced at Connolly’s trial were Robert S. Mueller, III; former FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, and the former president of the Massachusetts senate, William Bulger. FBI Director Mueller was an assistant U.S. attorney in Boston, in charge of the Criminal Division, and for a period of time was the acting U.S. attorney, while Connolly was involved in murderous misconduct with a criminal group headed by James Bulger. Mueller never acted to halt Connolly’s misconduct.

Mueller covered up for numerous criminal activities[1] that I reported to him while he was with the FBI office in San Francisco.

Diverted Congressional Hearings

The publicity forced the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Government Reform to conduct hearings. But not to address the corruption within the FBI that went to Washington and included DOJ officials. The hearings were primarily on the advisability of using government informants!

“An institution in dire need of reform.”

An outspoken member of the committee was Congressman Bill Delahunt of Massachusetts. He said, “What happened in Boston is not just a John Connolly rogue street agent problem. What we have revealed here is an institution in dire need of reform, with no accountability, no transparency, and a total lack of controls.” Representative Delahunt spent 20-years as a local district attorney and claimed his own investigations of Whitey Bugler were undermined by FBI protection of the mobster.

As far back as 1965, FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover was told that four innocent men had been sent to prison for life for a murder which the FBI knew was committed by one of the FBI’s informants. The murder of Edward Deegan in 1965 was committed by FBI informant Vincent Flemmi. The U.S. Attorney Boston investigated whether other FBI agents were involved. In an attempt to cover its own involvement in the murders and other crimes committed by Connolly, officials in FBI Washington headquarters sent a team to investigate some of these accusations back in 1997. FBI Agent Charles Prouty and a team from the FBI and Justice Department looked into the situation discovered by U.S. District Court Judge Mark L. Wolf.

Standard Government Whitewash

Within five weeks, Prouty and his team released their report, which found no wrongdoing within a five-year statute of limitations period. Further hearing by Judge Wolf unearthed the misconduct that was eventually cited in the Connolly trial. For protecting the FBI’s role in the crimes, Prouty was promoted to the head of the FBI Boston Field Office as its new Special Agent-In-Charge.

While the Justice Department’s Criminal Division prosecuted Connolly, the civil law suits against him were being vigorously defended by the Justice Department’s Civil Division. The U.S. Department of Justice was willing to defend Connolly in these civil lawsuits because the FBI was also being sued. The standard of proof in a civil suit is much lower than in a criminal case. Here jurors base their findings on only a preponderance of evidence, not proof beyond a reasonable doubt.

Huge Civil Judgments Resulting From FBI-DOJ Criminal Conduct

Referring to the victims of the FBI corruption in Boston, an Op-Ed article in the Wall Street Journal ((August 2, 2007) by Richard Moran addressed the problem of prosecutors knowingly filing false charges against innocent people:

Last week, Judge Nancy Gertner of the Federal District Court in Boston awarded more than $100 million to four men whom the F.B.I. framed for the 1965 murder of Edward Deegan, a local gangster. It was compensation for the 30 years the men spent behind bars while agents withheld evidence that would have cleared them and put the real killer—a valuable F.B.I. informant, by the name of Vincent Flemmi—in prison.

Most coverage of the story described it as a bizarre exception in the history of law enforcement. Unfortunately, this kind of behavior by those whose sworn duty is to uphold the law is all too common. In state courts, where most death sentences are handed down, it occurs regularly.

My recently completed study of the 124 exonerations of death row inmates in America from 1973 to 2007 indicated that 80, or about two-thirds of their so-called wrongful convictions resulted not from good-faith mistakes or errors but from intentional, willful, malicious prosecutions by criminal justice personnel.

Yet too often this behavior is not singled out and identified for what it is. When a prosecutor puts a witness on the stand that he knows to be lying, or fails to turn over evidence favorable to the defense, or when a police officer manufactures or destroys evidence to further the likelihood of a conviction, then it is deceptive to term these conscious violations of the law as merely mistakes or errors.

Mistakes are good-faith errors—like taking the wrong exit off the highway, or dialing the wrong telephone number. There is no malice behind them. However, when officers of the court conspire to convict a defendant of first-degree murder and send him to death row, they are doing much more than making an innocent mistake or error. They are breaking the law.

Since so many wrongful convictions result from official malicious behavior, prosecutors, policemen, witnesses or even jurors and judges could themselves face jail time for breaking the law in obtaining an unlawful conviction.

The term “wrongfully convicted” is technically correct, and also has the potential to be misleading. It leads to the false impression that most inmates ended up on death row because of good-faith mistakes or errors committed by an imperfect criminal justice system—not by malicious or unlawful behavior.

Falsified FBI Forensic Evidence Reports

Referring to forensic evidence, the article stated that “The best trained and most honest forensic scientists can only examine the evidence presented to them; they cannot be expected to determine if that evidence has been planted, switched or withheld from the defense.” The article referred to FBI laboratory technicians making positive reports of crime evidence that they falsified, sending many innocent people to prison.

Another article referring to the FBI corruption in those Boston cases (New York Times, Aug. 5, 2007) described the harm suffered by the families of those men wrongly convicted. Louis Greco, Sr. died in prison. His wife, depressed, started drinking heavily and abandoned the children. A son, Louis Greco, Jr., depressed, committed suicide. Others suffered personal and financial tragedies due to the corruption in the FBI and Department of Justice.

FBI Agent’s Involvement in Murder of Telex Corporation CEO

Appearing on CBS’s 60-Minutes show (January 6, 2008), one of the mass killers for the Winter Hill gang, John Martorano, admitted to murdering over 18 people, and was a government witness. He admitted killing the CEO of Telex Corporation, who also owned World Jai Alai, Roger Wheeler. Martorano stated, as he had previously testified, that Boston FBI Special Agent Paul Rico provided the logistical information to carry out the murder.

In another murder, Martorano stated that FBI Special Agent John Connolly advised him and Bulger that one of their associates, John Callahan, was about to expose him for murdering Wheeler. With this information Martorano then murdered Callahan.

When asked on the show, “Do you think that John Connolly knew that you were gonna kill Callahan?” Martorano replied, “Sure. He said it. ‘We’re all going to go to jail the rest of our life if this guy doesn’t get killed.’”

[1] I offered to provide evidence to Mueller while he was in the FBI San Francisco office, and the criminal activities that I offered to report were those that I described in my book Defrauding America. They consisted of drug smuggling by people in the FBI, rampant corruption of federal judges and others in the bankruptcy courts; and others, all of which involved people in government positions. He never responded.


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FBI investigating fatal dog shooting in Glen Burnie park

5:54 PM, Dec 26, 2014

Why is the FBI involved in a investigation into the shooting death of a Great Dane in Glen Burnie

GLEN BURNIE, Md. - An FBI agent shot and killed a dog in a park in Glen Burnie Friday morning after, a spokeswoman from the bureau said, the dog broke free from its owner and attacked the agent’s dog. (See statement below.)

Carol Feldhaus still had blood on her hands when Anne Arundel County police began setting up crime scene caution tape across a footbridge near Hopkfins Corner in a Glen Burnie park.

Feldhaus was in town visiting her daughter for the holidays. She said she was walking her daughter’s 5-year-old great Dane, named Fynn, alongside her 4-year-old grandson Friday morning.

Feldhaus, who was on the bridge at the same time as the man who she says shot the dog, yelled to the man to wait until she and her grandson crossed.

“I turned around this guy just kept coming and Fynn the great Dane jerked and pulled me down,” Feldhaus said.

Feldhaus was pulled off her feet by the powerful dog, she said.

“I heard the dogs barking at each other and growl,” Feldhaus continued. “Next thing I heard was bam-bam! And I'm half way up and the dog just walks to me and drops and there's blood everywhere. I was in shock and I said ‘you shot the dog?’ And he said he was an undercover cop and he was protecting his dog.”

Amy Thoreson, a spokeswoman for the FBI, sent the following statement:

There was an FBI Agent involved in an incident in Glen Burnie this morning. Initial information is that an approximately 180 pound dog broke free from the woman walking it along a footpath near Hopkins Corner and attacked a much smaller dog. An Agent shot and killed the larger dog. No one else was hurt. We are working jointly with Anne Arundel County PD, as well as the Inspection Division from FBI Headquarters to investigate. This is an ongoing matter, and will have more information as soon as we gather more details.

Feldhaus admitted that the great Dane did some damage to the dog. Feldhaus said she understood why another dog owner would want to protect their own dog but questions his use of a gun in that situation.

“Pulling a gun and shooting another dog in a park -- what is wrong with this man?” she said.

Amanda Ericson, the dog’s owner, described Fynn as a gentle giant and said he has never attacked another dog before. Ericson added that she grew up with big dogs and has separated two dogs fighting without resorting to violence. She said she believed that Fynn could've been acting protective of her 4-year-old son.

“Kick dogs or pull them apart but to shoot them right in front of my mother,” she began.

Feldhaus added, “’If I had a gun I would have shot the man’", that's what my grandson is saying and that's not what I want. Not at all.”F

Ericson continued, “my mom and my son need therapy. My mom feels like she was almost shot. My son saw my dog get shot while my mother was laying on the ground.”

Feldhaus said she would never forget this Christmas.


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A History of America’s War on Whistleblowers and Journalists Since 9/11

By Joachim Hagopian
Global Research, January 06, 2015

The Last Whistleblowers
With 2014 fresh in our rear view mirror, an honest examination of events and developments of what’s been happening in America to whistleblowers and journalists since 9/11 under the Bush-Obama regime seems a worthwhile review, however disturbing ands foreboding. By definition a whistleblower is an individual who reports an employer’s misconduct. The Whistleblower Protection Act of 1989 (WPA) is a law that protects federal government employees in the United States from retaliatory action for voluntarily disclosing information about dishonest or illegal activities occurring within a government organization. Yet despite these supposed legal protections in place, those who have gone public disclosing illicit and immoral behavior by the federal government have been consistently singled out for discrimination and excessive punishment.

In fact, more American citizens have been indicted for allegedly violating the Espionage Act of 1917 under the current president than all other previous presidents combined. Though the law was designed to punish WWI German spies, and rarely used since for indicting those selling secrets to the enemy or efforts to undermine the American way of life, it is completely obsolete. Yet it is being misused by Obama for purely political purposes to shut down the truth. The Obama administration has also turned down more Freedom of Information Act requests than any other prior presidency with each year the denial rate rising. 2013 was 57% more than the year before, with over half the total requests rejected. Of course Obama’s mantra excuse is always using the “national security” card. He has also jailed more whistleblowers and journalists than any other president. By his over the top, punitive methods, Obama has declared war on the first amendment right to a free press in America, threatening, harassing, indicting and imprisoning those brave enough to speak the truth, accusing them of treason when the president through his administration has repeatedly violated the very Constitution that he has sworn to protect and uphold as the so called leader of the free world. His malevolent attack on free speech is even more incriminating and inexcusable as a Harvard educated lawyer who once taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago.

With their war policies both domestic and abroad one and the same, Obama has carried the totalitarian torch handed him by the Bush-Cheney administration making the United States the world’s worst human rights violator. But then they’re all cast from the same psychopathic mold as mere public front men simply following orders from their oligarch puppet masters who own and control them along with virtually everything else on this planet.

The man who after the Bush nightmare exploited Americans’ desperate need for hope and change campaigned on false promises that his administration would be far more open and transparent than his war criminal predecessor, pledging to be the most open and honest in US history. Instead Obama has only proven to be the most guarded, vindictive and secretive president in US history. With three quarters of Obama’s two term reign of terror completed, let’s look at the lives of a handful of Americans who have bravely spoken out since 9/11, some known and some lesser known. At great danger to themselves these individuals have exercised their legal rights under the Whistleblower Act and/or First Amendment and paid dearly for only doing the right thing. Their courage to expose government waste, corruption, fraud and its diabolical wrongdoing has been met with blatant retribution and extreme punishment that has systematically resulted in their unlawful firing, false imprisonment, character and career assassination and indeed even their political assassination and murder, all for standing up to injustice and wrongdoing for the greater good of Americans and humanity. These brave and honest individuals working in our government and in journalism should be heralded as our national heroes for their bold truth speaking, not silenced, harmed and/or destroyed by our own criminally treasonous rogue government.

The two biggest whistleblowers deservedly receiving the most national and international attention during the last couple years are ex-NSA analyst Edward Snowden, currently a fugitive forced on the run hiding out in Russia, and ex-US Army private Bradley now Chelsea Manning, currently serving three and a half decades of hard time in federal prison. In June 2013 Snowden released documents proving the government leaders to be liars – from Obama’s national security advisor and known perjurer James Clapper to now former National Security Agency (NSA) Director General Alexander (in clear violation of both his sworn oath upholding both the Constitution and his onetime West Point honor code).

Through the Snowden revelations Americans and in fact the entire world have come to realize the US government has been routinely conducting invasive, unlawful surveillance on every single aspect of our not so private lives, brazenly and blatantly violating Fourth Amendment search and seizure laws for decades now. Mr. Snowden pointed out what many of us already suspected, that Big Brother is watching our every move, or minimally has free unlimited access. Despite the reactive government and its controlled Mainstream Media propaganda machine claiming the NSA whistleblower is a traitor as the eighth American charged with violating the Espionage Act who weakened national security and placed Americans in danger, then not delivering a shred of forthcoming evidence, public opinion has neither been swayed nor convinced that he’s the villain. Even the New York Times has followed suit with the majority of Americans beginning 2014 with a favorable New Year op-ed article upgrading its view of Edward Snowden:

When someone reveals that government officials have routinely and deliberately broken

the law, that person should not face life in prison at the hands of the same government…

Considering the enormous value of the information he has revealed, and the abuses he has

exposed, Mr. Snowden deserves better than a life of permanent exile, fear and flight.

Of course Private Manning working as an intelligence specialist in Iraq saw numerous atrocities and crimes against humanity the US Empire was perpetrating in our name in both Iraq and Afghanistan. In good conscience in 2010 he leaked thousands of classified documents to WikiLeaksbelieving like Daniel Ellsberg four decades earlier that it might force the United States to end its war crimes, perhaps the wars themselves because the American people have the right to know what atrocities are being committed in their name. Rather than protection under the Whistleblower’s Act, like Snowden he too was slammed with treasonous charges and convicted of violating the Espionage Act with the same bogus worn out cries/lies that he also compromised national security and endangered fellow Americans. And also identical to the Snowden outcries, a Pentagon general who conducted a near yearlong investigation of the effects the leaks maintained that not one single death ever resulted from Manning’s releases.

There is something really grotesquely wrong and inverse from the way it naturally should be in America when a whistleblower performing acts of goodwill demonstrating moral conscience to save lives is maltreated with the treasonous tag of traitor and imprisoned for the next thirty five years. Rather than own responsibility for violating international laws and correcting the grave problem as any government operating with any moral compass would do, US government tyranny has it committing yet another grave injustice by in effect destroying the whistleblower’s life, confining Manning for what will likely be most of her remaining life. Private Manning should have won the Nobel Peace Prize for his moral courage and been lauded as a national hero and role model to be emulated in history books for generations to come, not cast away to rot for decades in a prison cell.

John Kiriakou was a CIA officer turned whistleblower who busted the Bush-Cheney-Obama torture practice wide open by contacting the New York Times and an ABC reporter. Though the systemic practice of enhanced interrogation torture that includes waterboarding was officially outlawed under Obama, in reality it only went further underground. That’s why Obama recently refused to prosecute the guilty members of the Bush-Cheney-Rumsfeld-Alberto Gonzalez regime including the CIA and Special Ops personnel who actively violated international and national laws. But the good man Kiriakou who called the bad men out was the one who was arrested in early 2012 simply for telling the truth while the government for years persisted in its lying game. That’s why Obama throwing the book at John threw him into the slammer where he still remains, not for passing any classified material or even violating the three counts of espionage he initially was charged with that were dropped for lack of evidence. He has been locked up purely for the political purpose to set an example for those honest and courageous enough to tell the nasty heinous truth about what America the rogue state has been propagating with impunity around the world. In his arrogant exceptionalism, Obama continues to operate above the law, defying the Whistleblower Act of 1989 he also promised to uphold. As another heroic patriot, John Kiriakou should be a free man and recognized as the hero he is.

Meanwhile, the US military-national government should be treated as the treasonous killing machine it is and severely punished for its rampant destruction and violation of both international and domestic laws. But unfortunately since 9/11, the oppressors within the militarized Empire apparatus doing the dirty oligarch bidding of the New World Order no longer comply with our nation’s rule of law and instead appear engaged in global depopulation through war, growing complicity of ethnic cleansing in Gaza, Ukraine, Iraq, Syria and Rwanda, widespread globalimpoverishment, bio-warfare and neurotoxin poisoning. The police state killing increasing numbers of innocent, unarmed, law abiding US citizens reflects the overt war on America itself. With events from Ferguson, New York City and throughout America really, the powers-that-be have long been waging successful divide and conquer campaigns, pitting class against class, religion against religion, race against race, region against region, ideology against ideology, police state against citizen.

Though the FBI fails to even acknowledge much less tally each year’s unjustifiable homicides committed by law enforcement agencies across the nation, only “justifiable” ones are counted. From 1992 through 2012 (2012 being the latest account though in 2014 an exponential spike has no doubt occurred), while violent crime in the US has steadily declined, the so called justifiable killings of Americans by police has significantly increased. Plus as law enforcement becomes more militarized with surplus military weapons and equipment from war zones being distributed in recent years to local police departments around the country, the weapon of choice that the militarized police state is currently using to kill US citizens has shifted from officer handguns to automatic rifles. It’s getting so one cannot tell the difference between the police and the military as they have emerged in both appearance and function to be one and the same. They both fight wars, domestic and foreign.

Everything happening here in the United States is simultaneously recurring throughout the Western world. It all is going as planned by that one tenth of one percent that holds virtually the entire planet’s wealth and power along with its seven billion population hostage. In the US the top 20% of American household incomes own over half the country’s wealth (53.5%) and incredibly the top 1% alone more than 40% of all US wealth. With the world’s richest nation’s form of government no longer a democratic republic but an actual oligarchy serving the interests of the privileged financial elite, draconian laws have sprung up on every continent criminalizing free speech and free press. Each passing year more journalists are being jailed or killed throughout the globe. The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) just revealed that 60 journalists were killed in action in 2014 while Reporters Without Borders counted the number at 66. CPJ maintains that 220 were imprisoned last year. It’s becoming more dangerous all the time to report the truth.

The Orwellian nightmare of a militarized global security-surveillance-police state means new national security laws are rapidly proliferating all over the world. This last year alone has seen tyrannical parliamentary acts from Australia to Spain being enacted with greater frequency. Clearly the globalists control every war, manufacturing and demonizing enemies at propagandist will. Oligarchs in the form of the international banking cabal have taken over every national government, own and control every transnational corporation, and control every national economy due to increasing dependence on a non-sustainable, bankrupt global economic system dictated and controlled by the cabal. They own and control virtually all global food production, distribution and supply as well as virtually all sources of information through fewer and fewer media outlets, with the agenda to next abolish net neutrality and eliminate the internet as the only viable independent news source for any semblance of truth and accurate information still left available. As highly alarming as this appallingly dark and austere NWO reality fast descending over every corner of the globe appears, unfortunately the worst is yet to come. We citizens of the world must fight back first with the truth by learning and disseminating it, and then with our collective will through nonviolent civil disobedience.

The increasingly probable assassination of investigative journalist Michael Hastings on June 18th, 2013 involved a high speed car crash caused by an incredibly high heat explosion that occurred prior to ending up “leaning” next to a tree in an LA police photo that shows the new model Mercedes Benz with absolutely no frontal collision damage at all, only a badly burned area confined to the driver’s seat where Michael was burned alive. Neighborhood witnesses describe what they heard as an enormously loud explosion at 4:30 in the morning sounding like “a bomb going off.” The unburned engine was strangely found at a right angle from the car lying 150-180 feet away, consistent with a powerful explosive catapulting it so far a distance from the vehicle. Also consistent with an explosion, there were no skid marks at the accident scene.

Within just a few hours after Hastings’ death, LAPD was rushing to make an open and shut case, calling it a simple accident while emphatically claiming no foul play was involved barely even after any investigation had begun. That kind of knee jerk response smacks of cover-up. Also Michael’s body went straight from the coroner’s office to the local crematory without the family’s consent against their wishes. With his body quickly cremated, any possibility of discovering signs of foul play were instantly and conveniently destroyed, raising only more suspicion.

On the very same day just a few hours before his death, the outspoken reporter was in contact with WikiLeaks lawyer Jennifer Robinson, eager to turn over his latest expose piece on the criminality of US intelligence agencies. Also on that very same day, Michael asked a friend to borrow her car indicating he knew something was not right with his own new model vehicle. Additionally, Hastings was in a rare state of anxiety all day long as he was busily emailing and contacting friends to inform them that the FBI was in fact investigating him and that he may need to lay low for a while. Though the FBI denied that he was ever under investigation, the truth was the FBI lied as he was being investigated right after his most recent Rolling Stone article came out in July 2012 featuring the highly controversial case of the only POW from the Afghanistan War Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl. A 22-page secret FBI report was the result.

Even more striking was a post on WikiLeaks of an internal email from the covert CIA contractor company Stratfor’s Vice President Fred Burton stating, “[CIA Director] Brennan is behind the witch hunts of investigative journalists learning information from inside the beltway sources.”Then Michael Hastings’ wife Elise Jordan confirmed in a CNN interview that former CIA Director Petraeus’ successor John Brennan and his efforts to seal off all leaks to the press was the very hot topic of Hastings’ next exposé. The biggest articles of Hastings’ career in journalism were most unflattering reports about the most powerful military leaders in America – Generals Stanley McCrystal and David Petraeus for Rolling Stone.

In fact, shortly after the McCrystal article was published, the military intelligence commander of Special Operations in Afghanistan’s own career was destroyed when Obama fired McCrystal for trash talking his Commander-in-Chief. There’s evidence that Hastings’ life was threatened while writing that article should his account of McCrystal not be anything more than a fluff n’ puff piece. Several years earlier it was General McCrystal who was the primary player (along with his boss my former West Point roommate the then CentCom commander General John Abizaid) in covering up Pat Tillman’s suspicious death and probable murder since the famous pro football star turned patriotic Army Ranger was renouncing his role as a Bush-Cheney poster boy unwittingly being misused for recruitment for their illegal wars. Tillman was about to blow the lid off the US government’s international drug smuggling operation that had US soldiers guarding the opium fields in Afghanistan. The friendly fire that put three bullet holes in his forehead a la execution style obviously was anything but friendly. Nor was the autopsy doctor who balked for months from acquiescing to the official cover-up version.

Two years later another scathing Hastings article placed General Petraeus in a bad light uncovering the resounding failure of “King David’s War” (as Hastings named his Rolling Stone piece) in 2010 Afghanistan, exposing the general’s lies touting false progress over his second surge in as many wars after the inflated hype had crowned him the savior in Iraq. Hastings’ unfettered truth squarely embarrassed America’s most famous general with the rock star status and presidential ambitions to jump at the chance in 2011 of abandoning his own 37-year military career, his failed combat mission and lost cause war to become the next civilian in charge of the CIA. Hastings’ no-nonsense brand of truth telling journalism made powerful enemies and tragically he paid for it with his life.

Michael Hastings boldly pissed off the elite, exposing their lies in a nation run no different from the mafia, controlled by murdering thugs within a shadowy rogue government that made Hastings their “fair game” target. Silencing him by their brazen undercover method of remote hacking and exploding his automobile was the not-so-subtle message sent to all muckraking journalists who dare print the dirty lowdown truth about the fascist tyranny state since the 9/11 inside coup unleashing the forever war on terror. Even counterterrorism insider Richard Clarke copped the conclusion that it could well have been a hacking hit job. While a militarized police force operating freely with impunity in a security surveillance state is regularly killing off innocent unarmed Americans, a totalitarian federal government is resorting to assassination of its own targeted citizens deemed a threat to the state just to keep any would-be rabblerousers in line and/or neutralized by elimination.

Just two weeks prior to Hastings’ untimely demise, Obama had launched his aggressive assault on America’s free press with his shot across the bow confiscating phone records of Associated Press reporters, harassing a Fox journalist as well as internally hacking the computer belonging to former CBS reporter and investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson. In her recent tell-all book Stonewalled, Attkisson chronicles Obama’s profound web of deceit and his aggressive, out for blood lust to destroy all truth tellers. Fresh on the heels of these events came Michael Hastings’ car blowing up. In today’s United States of America, an emboldened, in-our-face pattern of connecting the criminal dots has emerged. Those of us individuals courageous and daring enough to expose the dark ugly truth about what America the no longer free has chillingly degenerated into, are simply being taken out, exterminated by the totalitarian state that hypocritical US leaders like Obama have long accused of Russia and China.

Several months prior to Hastings death in February 2013, another controversial journalist-author and his family turned up suspiciously dead in northern California. Philip Marshall wrote the book published in 2012 called The Big Bamboozle: 9/11 and the War on Terror, dissecting the false flag 9/11 event that launched the Afghanistan and Iraq Wars. Speculation abounds over Marshall’s affiliation back in the Iran Contra days of the 1980’s when controversial CIA pilot Barry Seal was transporting cocaine for the government and later had his pilot license revoked. It was then that fellow pilot Philip Marshall was hired to transport Seal back and forth from Florida to Louisiana. After delving into covert government activities and writing about them for thirty years, Philip Marshall’s third book was an expose linking the Saudi government to the 9/11 inside Bush-Cheney job. The former United Airlines captain makes the case that a US military stand down order was in effect on the day the planes flew into the towers after Washington and Saudi Arabia had been in cahoots for that last 18 months to ensure that with CIA assistance the wire-cutting, Saudi foreign nationals were allowed free access in and out of the US while being trained to fly planes at various flight school locations around the country – in Florida, Arizona and California. Two credible sources, former Senators Bob Kerrey and Bob Graham who headed two separate 9/11 investigations also came up with the same conclusion, that intelligence sources from the Saudi government worked hand in hand with the Bush administration in preparation to pull off the 9/11 attack.

An FBI special agent and attorney Coleen Rowley working out of the Minnesota field office had stumbled upon vital information regarding suspicious activity involving Saudi national Zacarias Moussaoui taking flying lessons. After attempting to alert FBI higher-ups in DC to no avail, she soon went public as a whistleblower testifying before a Senate committee over the inexplicable breakdown in intelligence communications that led directly to 9/11. Specifically she realized that FBI headquarters actually hampered the investigation that may have stopped the 9/11 attack. Of course if the reality from top on down was a planned inside attack, then the FBI would have orders to purposely sabotage any real probe exposing the perpetrators. Coleen wrote a scathing letter to the FBI Director Robert Mueller. Ms. Rowley was one of three women selected as 2002’s Time Magazine’s Persons of the Year for her blowing the whistle on the feds’ failure to do its job. Ever since she has been a strong advocate and activist for government oversight especially once she resigned from the FBI in 2004. Coleen Rowley is another unsung American hero.

Still another courageous woman who became an FBI whistleblower involving 9/11 is Sibel Edmonds. Fluent in both Farsi and Turkish languages, Ms. Edmonds was hired right after 9/11 as a translator of sensitive intelligence documents that confirmed the FBI knew prior to 9/11 of the plan to use airplanes to attack buildings on American soil. Sibel like Coleen is a hardworking activist dedicated to exposing the truth about government improprieties. Utilizing her international contacts, she runs the extremely informative alternative news website BoilingFrogs.com.

With FBI Agent Rowley also privy to the same plan to fly planes into New York City’s Twin Towers, Rowley informed top FBI officials of this terrorist plot even prior to 9/11. Between both Rowley and Edmonds’ testimony, proof exists that the government knew about the attack and chose not to intercept its execution on 9/11. Beyond a question of a doubt, this bit of critical evidence demonstrates at a minimum the federal government’s complicity and more than likely its preplanned inside false flag operation to murder thousands of Americans on that fateful September morning. Of course 9/11 became the contrived diabolical excuse used to justify US invasions and decade long occupations of Afghanistan and Iraq under totally fabricated pretense. Of course it also constitutes crimes against humanity on an unprecedented monstrously gargantuan scale – not only crimes against the American people, but especially against the Iraqi and Afghan citizens who have lost millions of their loved ones in their failed state nations, all compliments of George Bush and Dick Cheney. Right up to this very day wars that America egregiously brought to their homelands are still raging with no end in sight.

Returning to the man recognized as “the leading aviation expert on the 9/11 attack,” Mr. Philip Marshall’s book and his next writing project he had begun must have threatened those high enough in the government who systematically silence anyone bent on uncovering their sinister false flag operations. The neocon administration has too much at stake and too much to lose should the real truth about them be known. What especially makes this story even more tragic is that Marshall’s teenage son and daughter were also shot in the head in their “safe” gated community home. Unsurprisingly, the local police and coroner hastily wrote it off as just another family homicide-suicide by another mentally unstable father estranged from his ex-wife.

Meanwhile right after the tragedy, former NSA officer and outspoken investigative journalist Wayne Madsen (WayneMadsenReport.com) spent a week in California talking to Marshall’s fellow residents in Murphys. The homes are close enough for the next door neighbor to say she could hear Philip whistling inside his house. Yet the police claimed that the homes in the community are too far apart for any neighbors to hear the four gunshots, quickly denying that a silencer was used. Moreover, none of the Marshall family friends and neighbors believe it was a homicide-suicide. Many believe that Philip’s latest work was especially incriminating to the government and that the family was murdered to silence him. Madsen also learned from the local media sources that Calaveras County Sheriff Gary Kuntz is said to be stalling in handing over the critical toxicological report on the family’s bodies as well as the Gunshot Residue report from the bullets fired from Marshall’s 9mm Glock. After conducting his own investigation, Wayne Madsen concluded that he is “100% certain” that the Marshall family was assassinated by the government.

A piece in the Santa Barbara View mentioned that during the editing and pre-marketing phase of publishing his 9/11 book, Philip Marshall displayed signs of paranoia. When one is actually being targeted for extermination through intimidation and harassment, to fear for your life is clearly not a paranoid delusion. Yet skeptics readily buy in to the official spin that targeted assassination victims are simply unstable and deranged, going off the deep end in this case killing his own family, the family dog and himself. Of course professionals who murder for a living are skilled at setting it up so suicide is always the most plausible explanation. Government thugs who operate like the mafia wouldn’t have it any other way. Those who kill for a living and have every possible resource available to enable them to get away with their sins can always make a crime scene appear like a suicide. Criminal rogue elements within the US government have been doing it for a very long time. So another truth teller and his two innocent children must bite the dust so the actual perpetrators can go free, untouched by their own evildoing.

Of course the 33-year old Hastings and 54-year old Marshall are not the only American writers likely murdered for exposing the sinister truth about the US government. In his 1996 Dark Alliance, an expose series for the San Jose Mercury News, Pulitzer Prize winning investigative journalist Gary Webb singlehandedly uncovered the Iran Contra scandal during Reagan’s 1980’s that supplied crack cocaine to South Central Los Angeles, resulting in the crack epidemic still raging in America’s urban ghettos. Webb’s ongoing investigative work exposed the illicit, morally reprehensible Contra Cocaine scandal that the CIA was running a decade earlier exchanging money and guns for Latin American drugs to finance the Contra insurgency operations fighting against the democratically elected Nicaraguan Sandinista government. Of course the Contras weren’t the “freedom fighters” Reagan idolized at all but US funded drug cartel mercenaries consisting of death squad commandos trained and led by CIA and US Special Operations forces that brutally terrorized and massacred thousands of Nicaraguans during the eighties Contra War.

A decade after Webb’s tragic death, his harrowing story was cinematically portrayed in the 2014 film “Kill the Messenger.” The Sacramento coroner that performed Webb’s autopsy quickly ruled his death a suicide despite a passing reference to the unusual occurrence of a suicide involving two bullets to the head. One shot from behind went out through Webb’s jaw so the likely murderer ensured the hit was successfully finalized by sending the second .35 caliber bullet straight into his brain. Prior to his demise, Webb had received a number of death threats and witnessed men in flight leaving his home as he pulled into his driveway. Those who believe Webb did commit suicide cite that he was broke, jobless, down on his luck and soon to be evicted from his apartment. Oh, and his motorcycle was stolen the day before he shot himself twice. Feds once again have ways to arrange circumstances so their official suicide spin gets bought.

Two years after the newspaper articles, Gary Webb published his book Dark Alliance in 1998 and continued working on another book uncovering the CIA and its clandestine operations right up till his execution style murder. Of course the big three mainstream presstitutes, the New York Times, Los Angeles Times and Washington Post thoroughly trashed Webb’s controversial findings as unsubstantiated, amateurish journalism, making a mockery of both the veracity of his investigation and his unjustifiably maligned reputation. Eventually his editor at the Mercurysuccumbed to the national pressure from the oligarch owned and operated Big Media and canned him. Subsequently the San Jose editor was rewarded for discriminately distancing the paper’s parent company Knight Ridder from the forsaken media pariah Webb. Similar to Hastings’ fate, the CIA is believed responsible for killing the journalist who was bent on exposing the evil that US intelligence forces perpetrate by shooting him twice in the back of his head in December 2004 as fatal retribution.

Gary Webb’s unveiling news was predated more than a decade earlier by Senator John Kerry’s 1985 investigation uncovering the reality that the US government knew about the drug connection between the CIA and Contra funding. Webb’s much criticized accounting was vindicated by the CIA’s own Inspector General Frederick Hitz’ 1998 reports that clearly confirmed CIA’s active involvement. Webb’s work also paved the way to learning that President Reagan and top administration officials knew and actively supported the illegal drug for money and weapons starting in the early 1980’s, placing the CIA along with National Security Council point man Lt. Colonel Oliver North in charge of the drug smuggling operation headquartered in the White House basement. This sordid covert operation right under Reagan’s powdered white nose had CIA fingerprints all over it, led by none other than former CIA chief and then VP turned President George H.W. Bush himself.

The Massachusetts Congressman who appointed me to West Point, Edward Boland, sponsored the Boland Amendment that prohibited military assistance to the Contras until 1986. Yet despite this Congressional restriction, it failed to stop CIA man Bush from secretly and illegally funding the Contra War through the lucrative drug trade. The staging area for resupplying the Contra terrorists during the 1980’s became Ilopongo Air Force Base in El Salvador. It was there that many CIA flights picking up large shipments of cocaine were then flown for drop off to America.

Even a 27-year senior special FBI agent who headed the Los Angeles, Memphis and Dallas field offices, the late Ted Gunderson, ruled Gary Webb’s death a murder and the possibility of it being a suicide “impossible.” During the last several decades of his life, Gunderson’s snooping around for the truth exposing the pervasive criminality within his own rogue elements of the FBI and CIA more than likely led to his eventual death in July 2011. During the three decades since retiring from the FBI, Ted Gunderson investigated the JFK assassination, Marilyn Monroe’s likely murder, 9/11 as an inside job, chemtrails, the Iran-Conta scandal, the Oklahoma City bombing, the Illuminati and the NWO agenda, the Bush crime family, Satanism, child kidnapping and ritualistic abuse and sacrifice. As a longtime government whistleblower and bestselling author possessing impeccable FBI credentials and decades of expert investigative experience, Gunderson made many enemies within the government. Mr. Gunderson’s treating physician of many years, Dr. Edward Lucidi, also examined Ted’s body after his July 2011 death, and concluded that Gunderson had been periodically poisoned with arsenic that eventually triggered his bladder cancer that ultimately spread to kill him.

The longtime New World Order advocate and oligarch George Herbert Walker Bush has CIA links dating all the way back to the 1961 Bay of Pigs scandal. Though once a Skull and Bones secret society initiate at Yale like his father before him and his junior namesake after, graduation in 1948 meant moving with his wife and George Jr. to Texas where he became an even richer oil man. In the early 1960’s HW worked as a CIA recruiter for the Bay of Pigs operation. It was his involvement in the CIA training of Cuban exiles in guerilla warfare in preparation for the Bay of Pigs that H.W. met anti-Castro Cuban, naturalized American citizen, drug trafficker, career CIA employee and lifelong friend Felix Rodriguez (alias Max Gomez) who was responsible for Che Guevara’s capture and killing and would surface decades later in a key role in the Iran Contra affair. FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover’s controversial JFK assassination memo dated November 29th, 1963, a mere seven days after the Kennedy murder, explicitly names the CIA’s “George H.W. Bush” for his direct JFK involvement placing him in Dallas at the time the ill-fated president was ambushed at Dealey Plaza. There is even a photo of Bush in front of the same book depository where the “lone gunman” patsy Lee Harvey Oswald allegedly fired from the second floor.

President Kennedy was indeed the most famous would-be whistleblower in-the-making during the 1000 days of his short-lived presidency. In reaction to the embarrassment of the botched Bay of Pigs scandal he inherited from the Eisenhower administration, Kennedy’s bold design included “splintering the CIA,” abolishing its covert operations and bringing home all of the US
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FBI: We don’t need no stinking warrant
posted at 7:21 pm on January 6, 2015 by Noah Rothman

In a letter released to the public last week, Senate Judiciary Committee members Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA) expressed their concerns about the FBI’s defense of the apparently widespread practice of warrantless surveillance of cellular data.
In a private briefing to committee members, the FBI apparently indicated that they do not believe they need warrants in order to secure data from cell technology using decoy towers known as “stingrays.”
“The Judiciary Committee needs a broader understanding of the full range of law enforcement agencies that use this technology, the policies in place to protect the privacy interests of those whose information might be collected using these devices, and the legal process that DOJ and DHS entities seek prior to using them,” the letter read.
For example, we understand that the FBI’s new policy requires FBI agents to obtain a search warrant whenever a cell-site simulator is used as part of a FBI investigation or operation, unless one of several exceptions apply, including (among others): (1) cases that pose an imminent danger to public safety, (2) cases that involve a fugitive, or (3) cases in which the technology is used in public places or other locations at which the FBI deems there is no reasonable expectation of privacy.
We have concerns about the scope of the exceptions. Specifically, we are concerned about whether the FBI and other law enforcement agencies have adequately considered the privacy interests of other individuals who are not the targets of the interception, but whose information is nevertheless being collected when these devices are being used. We understand that the FBI believes that it can address these interests by maintaining that information for a short period of time and purging the information after it has been collected. But there is a question as to whether this sufficiently safeguards privacy interests.
The congressional investigation was prompted in part by a report published in The Wall Street Journal in November in which the existence of these secret mock cell towers as well as Cessna aircraft that randomly surveil America’s urban centers was revealed.
“The official said discussion of such matters would allow criminal suspects or foreign powers to determine U.S. surveillance capabilities,” The Journal report read. “Justice Department agencies comply with federal law, including by seeking court approval, the official said.”
The Journal report makes it clear that most of the information caught by this form of dragnet surveillance is “let go,” but that appears to be cold comfort to the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Writing in Ars Technica, David Kravets is unimpressed with the FBI’s regard for Americans’ expectation of privacy.
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Islam, the new FBI created boogeyman replacing communism
since the fall of the Berlin Wall, eh?

when you control the media you control fear of the boogeyman

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The Necessary Embrace of Conspiracy
Robert Shetterly
Several years ago I gave a talk on Martha's Vineyard about many of the people whose portraits I've painted in the Americans Who Tell the Truth series. I spent some time talking about the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. When I talk about King, I like to focus on his last year --- the period when, defying the advice of many of his advisors in the civil rights movement, he spoke against the Vietnam War, equating racism with imperialism. King felt bound to make the point that the forces of capitalism, materialism, and militarism that were driving segregation were also driving the war, and until we confronted the source of the problem, the abuses would continue. It was April 4, 1967, in Riverside Church in New York, that he made that declaration. A year to the day before his assassination.

It has always confounded me every year when we celebrate Dr. King's life that no mention is made of that Riverside Church speech in the major media. We are always treated to sound bites of the 1963 I Have a Dream speech. That speech's oratory is as powerful as it is non-confrontational. Which is why it is re-played for modern audiences. Dr. King was about confrontation. Non-violence and confrontation, each ennobling and making the other effective. In 1967 he said, "... my country is the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today." And he explained how our economic system thrived on exploitation and violence, or, as Emma Goldman put it, "The greatest bulwark of capitalism is militarism." This was probably the most important speech King ever gave and not playing it when we ostensibly honor him, is tantamount to castrating him morally and intellectually. Just as there is a long history of White America castrating black men, there is an equal legacy of Elite America cutting the most important truths of our social prophets out of the history books. We pay homage to King's icon, the cardboard cutout, but not to his strongest beliefs and his most cogent analysis of our problems --- to what vision called forth his courage. And, if we think that he spoke the truth, to censor that truth is to promote a curious kind of segregation. He is segregated, not for the color of his skin, but for the accuracy of his perception, how close to the bone his words cut. We can't bear to hear the sound of truth's knife scraping on hypocrisy's bone. Only people who actually want to change the system dance to that music or want it to be heard.

Equally important, and part of the same neglect, is the intentional ignoring of the facts of his death. In my talk on Martha's Vineyard I spoke about William Pepper's book, An Act of State: The Execution of Martin Luther King, Jr. Pepper had been James Earl Ray's lawyer. Ray was the man convicted of killing King. But both Pepper and the King family were convinced that Ray was innocent. The King family hired Pepper to represent them in a suit; they asked only $100.00 in damages to clear Ray's name. Before the trial came to court in 1999, Ray had died in prison. The jury determined that King had been assassinated by a conspiracy involving the Memphis police, the Mafia, the FBI, and the Special Forces of the U.S. Army. Ray, the patsy, had left town before the shot was fired. Pepper had confessions from people involved from each of the organizations named. The verdict was barely mentioned in the U.S. media then and is not mentioned every year on the anniversary of his death. Why?

After my talk on Martha's Vineyard a man came up to me and said, "I enjoyed your speech and was with you until you started that conspiracy stuff about MLK, Jr." I said, "That's not conspiracy. What I told you are facts." End of conversation.

I think we're confronted with two conspiracies here: one to commit the crime, the other to ignore it even when the facts are known. ( Two sides of the same coin.) The man who accused me of slipping into the neurotic, aliens-are-among-us land of conspiracy nuts was unable to hear the evidence, perhaps because he was so utterly convinced by our government and media that conspiracies don't exist, people who espouse them are dangerous fruitcakes, and if you begin to think like that, your whole house of cards wobbles then topples. Who wants that? Better a standing tower of marked cards, than having to admit the game is rigged and the ground is shaking.

America is steeped in conspiracy, and even more steeped in propaganda that discredits those who try to expose the conspiracies. Whether we're talking about MLK, Jr., JFK, RFK, Iran-Contra, 9/11, or, most importantly, the status quo, anyone who works to uncover the truth is branded a "conspiracy nut" and discredited before any evidence has a fair hearing. The government/corporate/media version is THE VERSION. Anything else is illusory.

In fact, the cultural success of labeling investigative reporters and forensic historians, and, simply, anyone who tries to name reality, "conspiracy nuts" is perhaps the most successful conspiracy of our time. Well, not the most successful. That prize goes to the conspiracy to give corporations all the rights of individual persons under our Constitution. That conspiracy has codified and consolidated corporate power so that it controls our lives in almost every meaningful way. It controls the election funds of our candidates, and them once they are in office. It controls our major media including public broadcasting. It controls the content of our television programming. It controls how are tax dollars are spent making sure that the richest get the most welfare. It controls the laws, the courts, the prison system and the mind numbing propaganda that we are the greatest democracy on earth. It controls the values with which we raise our children. It controls our ability to dispense justice. It controls how we treat nature, how we deface our land with strip malls, and blow the tops off our mountains --- a form of corporate free speech. It dictates our modes of transportation. It controls our inability to respond to true crises like climate change. It attempts to create a spiritual deficiency in every person that can be filled and healed only with stuff --- and no stuff is ever enough.

As Richard Grossman puts it, "Isn't it an old story? People create what looks to be a nifty machine, a robot, called the corporation. Over time, the robots get together and overpower the people. ... For a century, the robots propagandize and indoctrinate each generation of people so they grow up believing that robots are people too, gifts from God and Mother Nature; that they are inevitable and the source of all that is good. How odd that we have been so gullible, so docile, obedient."

It is obvious to say that we have been engineered into a culture that values competitive consumption and consumers instead of community cooperation and citizenship. Capitalism with its obsessive and necessary appetite for consumption, expanding markets, resource depletion, and increasing profits has consumed democracy. Have you ever watched a small snake swallow a large frog? The snake's hinged jaw stretches wider and wider, squeezing the frog millimeter by millimeter into its gullet until finally the snake looks like the Holland Tunnel might if it had devoured the Titanic. Then the acids and enzymes do their corrosive work. The frog becomes the snake. And the snake claims it is the frog. Capitalism has gulped down democracy and claimed it is democracy. When, immediately after 9/11, President Bush advised Americans to demonstrate their love of freedom and their resistance to terrorism by courageously, selflessly, hurrying to the mall to buy something, he was speaking as the snake that identifies itself as a frog. He was asking us to play a little game with our brains' synapses, replace the snake icon with the frog's. Sadly, he may also have been speaking about democracy in the only way that he can understand or recognize it. And, for him, Christianity has been another tidy meal for the snake.

Perhaps this switcheroo is nowhere more obvious than in the military /industrial complex. We are told that the vulnerable frog needs protecting. The threats are grave. So we fork over our money and children's lives for war and weapons. We are told that we are building security and peace. More lives. More weapons. What we aren't told is that the largest US export to the world is weapons. What we aren't told is that enormous fortunes are being made from the arms trade. What we aren't told is that the more precarious and unstable the world is, the better the business for the arms dealers --- that the real promotion is not for security and peace but insecurity and war, that the lives of our children are the necessary collateral damage for this monster. What we aren't told is that the only real security is in cooperation, conservation, and fairness, not imperialism. The frog, who is a snake, wrapped in a flag, pleads for patriotism and counts the cash. The snake's forked tongue is a barbeque fork on which we've all been roasted.

I'd call that conspiracy.

The neocons have claimed, with some accuracy, that they can create reality faster than we can react: the deed is done, now deal with it. The troops have invaded, Halliburton, Blackwater, and Lockheed signed their contracts, the prisoners are tortured, your email is bugged, the resources for social programs are gone, the laws are changed, the Wal-Mart is built, the sludge dump has already polluted the aquifer, truth is hollowed out ---- catch me if you can! How is that not conspiracy?

The cooks & the crooks create a new status quo, legalize it, propagandize it, mythologize it, fundamentalize it, slather it with fear and patriotism, and force feed it to the complacent, sedated cow we call America. How is that not conspiracy?

Of course, ever since the Constitution was signed and didn't free the slaves or give the vote to women, poor folks, Native Americans and freed blacks so that people with power and money could continue to profit, America has been a conspiracy against itself. It's been cowboy grilling his own heart over a smoke & mirrors campfire, a CEO with inherited wealth and three hundred years of patrician, affirmative action crooning "Only in America."

The reason we can't talk about conspiracy is because it is the modus operandi. It isn't the elephant in the room, it is the room itself. We all live there. We can impeach a few elephants, and we should, but the architecture is in place. And they control it.

When I was in school, I was reminded - repeatedly --- to avoid using an indefinite pronoun without identifying whom it refers to, as in, "They are coming to get us," ... or, "They control everything." Who are They? It's bad practice to think and write like that. Without reference it just sounds like paranoia. But the hell of it is that it's damned hard to say who the They are that are in conspiracy to destroy democracy and, by exploitation, nature. Did They do it on purpose or merely discover by serendipity, like cavemen seeing copper ooze out of a rock by a fire, the wondrous possibility and power of what they had found. For instance, the invention of the TV was not a conspiracy. But once the realization of how TV could be used to submerge the public in a lobotomizing swamp of advertising, sound bites, inactivity, community destruction, titillation, false history, empty myth, consumption, and complicity in making fortunes for the sponsors, the program was clear. Conspiracy was the silent partner in the euphemism good business practice. And, once they saw the implications of giving corporations First Amendment rights, they were home free.

Time to re-think conspiracy.

We need to embrace conspiracy in two ways. One, admit that it's real, its quotidian, it's the fabric of our lives, the mercury in the air, the dioxin in the water, it's filling the airwaves and the marketplace and the courts and the halls of Congress before we even get out of bed every morning. Two, counter it with a conspiracy of our own. On our side we have the fundamental fact that although the corporate They can alter many of our realities, they can't alter Reality. They can't change the behavior of Nature. They can sell off the rain forest, but they can't leverage the effect of cutting it. They can keep the mileage of cars poor so we'll buy more gas, but they can't alter the amount of oil in the ground or the damage to the atmosphere. They can privatize every human interaction and every natural resource, but they can't privatize the laws of nature. They have conspired to change reality. We must conspire to live in harmony with Reality.

In the same way, they can conspire to kill Martin Luther King, Jr., but they can't totally eradicate the truth of who did it and why.

Con + spirare, from the Latin. To breathe together. Those are the roots of conspiracy. Breathing together doesn't sound like an activity of the ideologically deracinated whispering seditiously in a dank cellar or a board room, foul breaths denting a weak flame flickering over a candle nub, gunpowder or greed blackened fingers setting a timer, the whites of creased eyes glinting like knives with treason, murder, power, and deceit. Con + spirare sounds like healthy men and women standing in the sun figuring out how in the hell they are going to take care of each other and their aging mother Earth and love life while doing it. Breathing together, sharing the same air, plotting to make sure that what's mine is yours, conspiring to save their self-respect, their ideals, the future for their children.

I want to be part of a conspiracy. Pervasive, populist, revolutionary, and totally transparent. Grassroots. Idealistic. Simplistic. Life-affirming. Community building

A conspiracy to make the common good and the love of nature the common denominator of every economic transaction.

And the simple truth is either we start breathing together, conspiring big time, right out in the open, nakedly, unashamedly, or we will have conspired in secret, by default, in our own demise.

We have let them breathe for us, and they have stolen our breath, our air, our spirit.

Secret con + spirare is death. Open con + spirare is life.

Conspiracy is dead. Long live conspiracy!

Robert Shetterly lives in Brooksville, Maine http://www.americanswhotellthetruth.org

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The FBI has joined the Erie County Sheriff’s Office in opposing a bid by the New York Civil Liberties Union for a court order directing the Sheriff’s Office to release information on its use of cellphone tracking devices to monitor users.

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Exclusive: For many years, the East German Stasi was viewed as the most totalitarian of intelligence services, relentlessly spying on its citizens during the Cold War. But the Stasi’s capabilities pale in comparison to what the NSA can now do, notes former U.S. intelligence analyst Elizabeth Murray.

By Elizabeth Murray

On a chilly morning in late January 2015, an unlikely assortment of former U.S. and U.K. intelligence officers gathered at the former headquarters of the Stasi — the former East Germany’s Ministerium fuer Staatssicherheit [Ministry of State Security] — for a tour of Berlin’s “Stasi Museum.”

The delegation – which included ex-officers from the National Security Agency, the Central Intelligence Agency and British MI5, who count themselves among the members of the Sam Adams Associates for Integrity in Intelligence (SAAII) – had traveled to Berlin to confer the 2015 Sam Adams Award for Integrity in Intelligence on former NSA senior technical director-turned-whistleblower William Binney, for his role in exposing the extent of mass surveillance of ordinary citizens in the United States.

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In accepting the award, Binney said he resigned from the NSA in 2001 after realizing that the agency was “purposefully violating the Constitution” with its “bulk acquisition of data against U.S. citizens … first against U.S. citizens by the way — not foreigners.”

Binney had worked the Soviet target for nearly 30 years at NSA, “so it was easy for me to recognize the danger” to democracy and individual freedom posed by bulk data collection — “that’s what the Stasi did, the KGB did it – every totalitarian state down through history did that” (albeit with a lot less technological power than was available to the NSA).

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Annie Machon, a Sam Adams Associate and former MI5 officer who lived in exile for three years after blowing the whistle on MI5 illegalities along with her then-partner David Shayler, commented that the techniques used by the Stasi “brought back a lot of memories for me from the 1990s. Despite it being the analog [versus digital] era, it was startling how much personal data they could capture — and how much worse it is now for all of us.”

She observed that the Stasi Museum is “a potent warning from history,” adding that “the sense of loss of privacy in your own home, when phoning your family, and when talking to friends who may potentially be turned against you is corrosive to the human spirit.”

Machon noted that while the former East Germany “is always excoriated as the worst police state ever,” MI5 was deploying “exactly the same intrusive techniques as the Stasi against hundreds of thousands of political activists in the U.K. for decades, and only stopped in the mid-1990s.The penetration levels were not as high per capita, nor were people snatched and interrogated then (unless they were Irish) but the paranoid, barricade mentality was equivalent.”

Retired U.S. Army Major Todd Pierce — who served on the defense team for two Guantanamo Prison detainees in his capacity as a Judge Advocate General (JAG) officer — stated that “it was the Stasi that led the way in torture techniques, with us merely adopting theirs.”

The Stasi, Pierce said, “even led the way in teaching us about kidnapping-renditions, as they would kidnap West Germans and rendition them to East Germany for trial by military court (Military Commissions).”

Former FBI Special Agent Coleen Rowley — a previous recipient of the Sam Adams Award and Time Magazine’s 2002 Person of the Year for her role in exposing the FBI failure to share information that might have prevented the 9/11 attacks — commented that “what jumped out at me from that [Stasi Museum] tour in comparing all the excessive spying on the personal lives of citizens and oppression and abuse during that period of East German history was that — despite the use of different ideologies, religions and loyalty groups, and despite the use of new spy technologies — what remains constant is this form of ‘control-freak’ perceived need for domination.

“Those in power do tend to be ‘true believers’ in their own noble cause justifying their terribly wrongful, illegal methods.”

Rowley added that current “FBI-CIA methods against the Muslim community in the United States are not much different [from Stasi tactics], most likely also assisted by intelligence unlawfully gained through electronic surveillance to extort and coerce collusion.”

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Drake said he “never imagined that the model of the Stasi — which was to know everything — would turn into the collect-it-all digital dragnet.”

As the former intelligence officers-turned-whistleblowers walked among the well-preserved offices and conference rooms of a former totalitarian state’s internal spy apparatus, the sense of deja vu and irony of what the United States of America has become was clearly not lost on any of them.

Elizabeth Murray served as Deputy National Intelligence Officer for the Near East in the National Intelligence Council before retiring after a 27-year career in the U.S. government. She is a member of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS).

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The FBI withholds records the inspector general for the Justice Department should legally be able to access, and, in the process, has impacted the ability of the office to review whistleblower allegations and claims of retaliation. President Barack Obama’s administration has apparently supported this position, which hinders an office that is supposed to provide independent oversight.
Justice Department Inspector General (IG) Michael Horowitz testified at a House Oversight & Government Reform Committee hearing on February 3. He expressed concern, along with IGs from the Environmental Protection Agency and the Peace Corps, that agencies are improperly withholding documents from their offices.
The IG Act, passed by Congress in 1978, states clearly that IGs are “authorized to have access to all records, reports, audits, reviews, documents, papers, recommendations or other materials.” They are to be given access without any exception so they can conduct oversight. Yet, in August 2014, forty-seven of the 72 IGs in government signed a letter urging Congress to reaffirm the intent of the law, which is that offices are to have “timely and unimpeded access to all records available to an agency that relate to that Inspector General’s oversight activities.” [PDF]
Horowitz explained during the committee hearing that the FBI general counsel adopted a legal position in 2010, where the IG for the Justice Department could no longer have access to “grand jury, Title III electronic surveillance, and Fair Credit Reporting Act information, because of disclosure limitations in statutes other than the IG Act.” But the IG had been able to access these records before 2010 without any issues whatsoever. What changed?
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There are further delays because the IG employees have to go to the Deputy Attorney General or Attorney General for permission to access materials. The Deputy Attorney General or Attorney General then makes a decision to allow access when they decide the oversight will be helpful to their management. It effectively transforms the choice to conduct a review into their decision instead of the IG office’s decision.
“If we have to go through the agency leadership to decide whether we get records, that’s a serious problem undermining our independence,” Horowitz stated.
Horowitz claimed his office has been working to “move forward on a whistleblower retaliation allegation involving an FBI employee and the FBI wants to first review the documents to see if we’re legally entitled” to access. That is a cause of “great concern.” Prompt access to records is necessary for there to be whistleblower protections.
He indicated that an issue has been access to records related to programs, which fall under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) and PATRIOT Act. The FBI has challenged whether the IG should be able to review “raw data” from FISA.
“So, what Congress has asked us to do is oversee the FBI’s authorities in those areas to make sure they’re exercised appropriately. To do that we have to know that we’re getting everything and we’re getting everything promptly.”
Congress took action in December 2014 and included a provision in the budget that prohibits the Justice Department from “using appropriated funds to deny, prevent or impede the DOJ OIG’s timely access to records, documents and other materials in the Department’s possession.” It has helped, but President Barack Obama would like to have the provision repealed.
Obama’s new budget suggests, “The Department is unaware of any specific materials the OIG believed necessary to its reviews but to which the OIG has not been granted access.”
This is deceptive, as Horowitz explained, because it “glosses over” how the IG’s office ultimately obtains documents at issue. The FBI seeks permission from the Deputy Attorney General or Attorney General. They are not just handed over as the records should be when requested.
As these offices review allegations of waste, fraud, abuse and/or misconduct to determine if they are accurate, they are impeded when documents are not provided quickly. It makes it difficult to fix and address corruption. It reinforces a culture that encourages clampdowns on employees who challenge conduct or policies within the agency.
The Justice Department rejected a number of key reforms “whistleblower advocates” urged the agency to adopt last year. The Office of Attorney Recruitment and Management (OARM), which handles claims of whistleblower retaliation under FBI whistleblower regulations, decided it would make it possible for “compensatory damages” to be awarded. There are now more people an FBI employee can go to and make a protected whistleblower disclosure. However, it did not adopt “judicial review, the incorporation of administrative law judges, time limits for decisions on cases, hearings upon request and a requirement that federal government employees be produced to provide testimony if it would be relevant to resolving a case.
Justice Department whistleblower and director of National Security & Human Rights division at the Government Accountability Project (GAP), Jesselyn Radack, told Firedoglake these are “hallmarks of due process,” and, “as long as the Justice Department is the prosecutor, judge and jury, whistleblowers, who challenge the most politically sensitive wrongdoing, will have a hard time finding justice.”
The Whistleblower Protection Act (WPA), passed in 1989, was long ignored by the FBI and Justice Department, even though it required the Attorney General to regulate FBI whistleblowers in a manner consistent with the WPA. Not until 1997 was any action taken to implement some kind of whistleblower protections.
An FBI legislative affairs official in 2014 suggested to Senator Chuck Grassley—when he raised concerns about the Insider Threat Program intercepting whistleblower communications—that whistleblowers should register with the Program in order to be protected. This just shows how the FBI is not open to accountability whether it come from whistleblowing or oversight by an IG.
Finally, the Obama administration has branded itself the “Most Transparent Administration Ever” yet time and time again there are examples such as this that show how transparent it is that the administration is not really in favor of transparency. Instead, the administration endorses a position that promotes violations of an unambiguous law intended to enhance a system of checks and balances in government. By doing so, entire Executive Branch agencies are able to escape accountability. It also becomes harder for whistleblowers to find protection if they take their claims to an inspector general’s office.
*Horowitz’s full submitted testimony can be found here.
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FBI Gets OK on Alleged Murder Plot Info Cache

The FBI was right to withhold records about an alleged murder plot targeting the leaders of Occupy Houston, to protect its informants, a federal judge ruled.
Plaintiff Ryan Noah Shapiro is a doctoral student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His research includes "the policing of dissent ... especially in the name of national security" and "examining FBI and other intelligence agency efforts to preserve domestic surveillance capabilities while simultaneously subverting the Freedom of Information Act," according to his MIT profile.
Shapiro sent the FBI three Freedom of Information Act requests in early 2013, asking for records about "a potential plan to gather intelligence against the leaders of [Occupy Wall Street-related protests in Houston] and obtain photographs, then formulate a plan to kill the leadership [of the protests] via suppressed sniper rifles."
Shapiro told Courthouse News he learned of the alleged plot from FBI documents obtained by investigative reporter Jason Leopold.
The Houston group is an offshoot of a movement that started in New York City in 2011 and focused on the widening income gap between America's richest people and everyone else.
Shapiro said he wanted the records for his doctorate work and he intended to release urgent info about Occupy Houston to the public.
The FBI had refused to give Shapiro any documents until he filed an April 2013 federal complaint in Washington, D.C., after which the agency gave him 17 pages.
U.S. District Judge Rosemary Collyer found last year that the FBI had properly withheld some records, but took issue with its use of Exemption 7 under the FOIA, which protects from disclosure "records or information compiled for law enforcement purposes."
Collyer dismissed the lawsuit this week after reviewing the documents in her chambers.
Shapiro challenged the FBI's withholding of the names of its murder plot sources, claiming there is no privacy expectation for people who could be called to testify as trial witnesses.
But Collyer found Monday that the FBI correctly invoked FOIA exemption 7(c), which shields law enforcement records from disclosure if they could constitute an invasion of personal privacy.
The judge also agreed with the FBI that exemption 7(d) applied to the case. It allows records to be withheld if they "could reasonably be expected to disclose the identity of a confidential source."
Citing a declaration from FBI agent David Hardy that said the confidential sources are "individuals who are members of organized violent groups," Collyer said the likelihood of retaliation justified keeping the sources' identities under wraps.
Shapiro vowed to keep fighting for the records.
"I'm of course disappointed in, and disagree with, the judge's ruling. I'm now conferring with my attorney to determine next steps," Shapiro said in an email.
He said he is concerned that the FBI collected dossiers on Occupy protestors while publicly denying it.
"The FBI even flatly asserted in a separate FOIA lawsuit of mine that, '(T)he FBI determined that it had never opened an investigation on the Occupy movement,'" Shapiro wrote.
"Yet, in the course of my FOIA lawsuit against the FBI for records about the sniper plot against Occupy Houston, the FBI contradicted its own position."
Shapiro said that with recently released FBI documents about Occupy Chicago, "We are coming ever closer to finally forcing the FBI to concede it actuall
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‘ATF, Homeland Security and the FBI are all called’: clever comparison of high school in 1970 and 2015
Feb. 8, 2015
On the heels of last week’s suspension of a Texas grammar school student who threatened to use his “magic” Hobbit ring to make another student disappear, comes an online post that’s going viral across social media platforms.

The piece offers eight scenarios that could happen at a high school and then suggests the school’s reaction circa 1970…and 45 years later in 2015.

The first example refers to a time when many high schools had shooting clubs and students were permitted to bring their weapons onto sch
Example 5 makes light of the strict rules some schools impose on over-the-counter medications like aspir
In the seventh scenario, the post projects that a student’s repurposing of leftover fireworks to blow up an ant hill (presumably at home) would not have raised an eyebrow in 1970. However, doing just that in 2015 would spark a chain of events that would likely end up on the national news, as well as the student’s “permanent recor
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On Monday: How Secrecy May Uncover A Reason To Move The Boston Bombing Trial (http://whowhatwhy.org/2015/02/02/secrecy-may-uncover-reason-move-boston-bombing-trial/ by James Henry (http://whowhatwhy.org/author/james-henry/
The judge running the Boston Marathon Bombing trial has gained notice for two things: The secrecy with which he conducts some proceedings, and his steadfast refusal to move the trial. James Henry examines how the judge’s bent for closing the court may work against his decision to keep the trial in Boston.

On Wednesday: Tsarnaev Defense’s Sisyphean Task: Moving the Marathon Bombing Trial (http://whowhatwhy.org/2015/02/04/tsarnaev-defenses-sisyphean-task-moving-marathon-bombing-trial/ by Lara Turner (http://whowhatwhy.org/author/lara-turner/
Boston Marathon Bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s defense is trying to get his death penalty trial moved again. This time, they’ve asked an appeals court to overrule the presiding judge’s obstinate objections to taking the trial out of Boston. Lara Turner explains.

Also on Wednesday:
Murder or Suicide: The Deep Politics of A Death in Argentina (http://whowhatwhy.org/2015/02/04/murder-suicide-deep-politics-death-argentina/ by Curt Hopkins (http://whowhatwhy.org/author/curt-hopkins/
Be it murder or suicide, the suspicious death of the prosecutor investigating Argentina’s deadliest terrorist attack has unearthed a web of deep politics stretching from Buenos Aires to Tehran. Curt Hopkins investigates.

On Thursday: Congressman’s Prescription for Vets: A Joint a Day to Keep the PTSD Away (http://whowhatwhy.org/2015/02/05/congressmans-presciption-vets-joint-day-keep-ptsd-away/ by Joseph L. Flatley (http://whowhatwhy.org/author/joseph-l-flatley/
It may not be high on the Congressional agenda, but Rep. Earl Blumenauer wants to change the law that prohibits veterans from getting medical marijuana to treat post-traumatic stress disorder. Joseph L. Flatley looks at one attempt to hack away at the federal government’s Reefer Madness bureaucracy.

On Friday: Explosive Saudi 9/11 Evidence Still Ignored By Media (http://whowhatwhy.org/2015/02/06/explosive-saudi-911-evidence-still-ignored-media/ by Russ Baker (http://whowhatwhy.org/author/russ-baker/
Zacarias Moussaoui, the al Qaeda operative dubbed the “20th hijacker,” has given explosive testimony alleging substantial Saudi royal family support for al Qaeda right up until the Sept. 11 attacks. There may be some question about whether Moussaoui is telling the truth, but there’s plenty of evidence out there that the mainstream media has ignored for years. Russ Baker investigates.

On Sunday: RadioWHO Episode 4: The American Dream’s “Golden Cage” for Immigrants (http://whowhatwhy.org/2015/02/08/radiowho-episode-4-american-dreams-golden-cage-immigrants/ by Guillermo Jimenez (http://whowhatwhy.org/author/guillermo-jimenez/
The U.S. is the only home of the “American Dream,” a concept still so powerful that millions of illegal immigrants take grave risks to achieve just a tiny semblance of it. RadioWHO host Guillermo Jimenez interviews filmmaker Diego Quemada-Diez about his award-winning film examining the phenomenon, originally entitled “The Golden Cage.” It will debut on HBO this summer as “The Golden Dream.” Which is it? That depends on how you translate it.

** Sunday Round-up

It was a slow day on the Sunday Show circuit with little news made during interviews with Secretary of State John Kerry on Meet the Press (http://www.nbcnews.com/meet-the-press/john-kerry-extended-interview-n302496 and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on This Week with George Stephanopoulos (http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/week-transcript-sen-ted-cruz/story?id=28783675&singlePage=true . While Sen. Cruz predictably wants the U.S. to arm Ukraine in its fight against “pro-Russian separatists,” Secretary Kerry struck a more diplomatic tone. Although he promised more help for Ukraine (http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/ukraine-crisis/kerry-no-doubt-ukraine-will-get-more-help-n302381 , Kerry said bluntly that “there is no military solution” to the crisis. This may portend the coming battle between Congressional Republicans and the White House over the Administration’s policy toward Ukraine and Russia.

This issue came up earlier this week when Secretary of Defense-designate Ashton Carter said during confirmation hearings that he, seemingly unlike the Administration, supports providing weapons to the former Soviet Republic (http://www.cbsnews.com/news/defense-secretary-nominee-ashton-carter-signals-support-for-arming-ukrainians/ . That statement stoked speculation that the White House may be heading for a policy shift down the road.
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Guantanamo 9/11 case resumes despite CIA-linked interpreter
February 11, 2015
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GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba (AP) — A military judge allowed the Sept. 11 war crimes case to proceed Wednesday over objections from defense lawyers alarmed at the discovery a courtroom interpreter previously worked at a CIA "black site" where detainees were subjected to brutal interrogation.

Army Col. James Pohl turned back requests to halt pretrial proceedings at the U.S. Navy base at Guantanamo Bay while both defense lawyers and prosecutors try to determine how someone with such a background ended up in the high-profile case of five men charged in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack.

Defendant Ramzi Binalshibh brought a hearing to a halt Monday when he told the judge that he recognized the interpreter, seated next to him in court for the first time, from a secret CIA prison where he was brutally interrogated before being moved to Guantanamo in September 2006. Three other defendants identified the man as well.

The interpreter was quickly replaced and has not returned to court.

The defense is expected to file a flurry of motions in the coming days and weeks seeking more information about the man and trying to determine if his placement on the Binalshibh team was more than coincidence. They also want to know if there are any others with links to the CIA or other intelligence agencies among their translators and support staff.

"We cannot go forward in any way until we figure out what is going on here," said David Nevin, civilian attorney for lead defendant Khalid Sheikh Mohammed

- See more at: http://www.morningjournalnews.com/page/content.detail/id/791744/Guantanamo-9-11-case-resumes-despite-CIA-linked-interpreter.html?isap=1&nav=5022#.dpuf
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Moving at snail's pace, Guantanamo hearings hit new snags
| 13 February, 2015 08:24

They are slow, expensive and messy; and more than 13 years after the September 11, 2001 terror attacks, the Guantanamo Bay proceedings leading to trial for alleged co-conspirators continue to face hurdles.

Pre-trial hearings were delayed again recently after defendants identified a court interpreter who worked in one of the United States' notorious CIA torture prisons.

The Guantanamo Bay court recessed on Thursday, until April 20, after a few hours of hearings all week.

It's hard to imagine things moving more slowly, given the behavior of the defense teams, prosecutors and the military judge overseeing the proceedings against five defendants since May 2012.

Dozens of motions remain before the court that need to be addressed before moving to a trial.

Court watchers and relatives of people killed in the worst terror attack on US soil are frustrated amid the sea of procedural motions and sudden interruptions, without the real case at hand being taken up.

The head of the Office of Military Commissions, Vaughn Ary, said that in 2014 there had been only 33 days of hearings.

That broke down to 107 hours and 50 minutes before the court in Guantanamo to address four cases including the September 11 attacks, according to a memo obtained by the Miami Herald.

The cost is significant: $78 million in fiscal 2014, or $7,647 per minute, not including the wages of 153 military personnel who work at the US base in Cuba, according to the memo dated December 9.

"I believe the status quo does not support the pace of litigation necessary to bring these cases to a just conclusion," retired general Ary wrote in the memo.

No date has been set for the 9/11 trial, and another wrench was thrown into the works this week.

On Monday, two of the five defendants said that a court interpreter at the hearings had worked at a secret CIA prison where they had been interrogated and tortured.

This new session, the first after a six month pause, was immediately suspended for 48 hours.

"I ask you to stop until we can go to the bottom of this," lawyer David Nevin said on Wednesday.
ry installation in Maryland.

The defense claims to have documented numerous cases of the government meddling in the legal process, possibly violating the defendants' rights to a fair trial.

Microphones have been concealed in smoke detectors, and an FBI agent has infiltrated defense teams, the lawyers claimed.

The alleged violations have triggered days of debate.

"Today the government is doing something that we've never seen in three years. It asks for a closed hearing to both the public and the defense teams," said attorney James Connell, protesting against what he called a violation of the rights of defendants and the rules of military courts.

There are still 48 motions to examine, and they keep coming.

"We're all here, we are in accelerated time, why not get that done," chief prosecutor Mark Martins said.

As the discussion was ongoing, the judge activated the so called red light which scrambles the audio of debates for those outside the courtroom.

"You made a statement that was very close to being classified," Pohl said to Nevin.

"The government has classified virtually every fact," Connell said later.
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Civil rights group challenges FBI chief’s claim that police racial bias is ‘unconscious’
Published time: February 13, 2015
FBI director James Comey has come under fire from a leading civil rights group over controversial comments about the police and race relations.

Comey, a white Republican nominated by President Barack Obama, said this week that “unconscious racial biases” do exist among America’s police, but are far from becoming an epidemic.

“Much research points to the widespread existence of unconscious bias,” Comey told an audience at Georgetown University in Washington, DC, on Thursday. “Many people in our white-majority culture have unconscious racial biases and react differently to a white face than a black face. In fact, we all, white and black, carry various biases around with us. I am reminded of the song from the Broadway hit, Avenue Q: “Everyone’s a Little Bit Racist.’”

He added that police officers “often work in environments where a hugely disproportionate percentage of street crime is committed by young men of color. Something happens to people of good will working in that environment. After years of police work, officers often can’t help but be influenced by the cynicism they feel.”

Comey’s comments were meant to address mounting concerns in the wake of recent incidents in which African Americans have died at the hands of police – a fate suffered by Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri and Eric Garner in Staten Island, New York last year, among others. It came as part of a rare discussion on the relationship between law enforcement and minority communities.

His comments prompted a concerned response from ColorofChange.org, a 1 million-member civil rights group formed in 2005 in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. In a statement, the group said that Comey’s speech “perpetuated many of the dangerous, discriminatory perspectives that uphold the crisis of violent and abusive policing.”

The group also said: “Director Comey presented false equivalencies around the police violence facing Black and brown Americans and the growing calls for systemic policing reform. Holding police accountable for addressing the crisis of discriminatory police misconduct is not ‘unfair,’ but is rather one of the most critical challenges facing our nation.”

ColorofChange.org also disputed Comey's “argument that Black and brown communities are to blame for the daily terror and indignity of discriminatory policing. The reality is that law enforcement and leaders such as Director Comey and Attorney General Holder have the responsibility and obligation to address the violence and discrimination endemic to law enforcement.”

According to the NAACP, 43 percent of the people incarcerated in the US prison system are African American. Yet while blacks make up roughly 12 percent of drug users, according to the group, African Americans make up 59 percent of the nation’s prison population with regards to inmates serving time for drug offenses.

“The problems of law enforcement are structural just as much as they are about the implicit racial bias of police,” ColorofChange.org said. “These problems require a complete overhaul of the systems, policies and practices that uphold discriminatory and violent policing, such as Stop and Frisk, Broken Windows policing and so-called predictive policing. These practices incentivize police to target, harass and unjustly arrest Black and brown people for the most minor of issues.”

Tim Devaney, a reporter for the DC-based web publication The Hill, noted that the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) — a national group that represents the interest of law enforcement officials — took aim at Director Comey’s remarks as well.

"Police officers are constantly reminded not to generalize about ethnic groups or religious groups or groups of any kinds," Jim Pasco, the FOP’s executive director, told The Hill. "We would just remind Director Comey there are over 750,000 police officers and it is probably not good practice to generalize about them."

According to a poll published last month conducted by Reuters and IPSOS, nearly one third of the US public and almost half of African Americans believe that police "routinely lie to serve their own interests.”

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How to Subvert Social Movements: What the “Intelligence Community” is reading
By Tony Seed
Global Research, February 14, 2015
Tony Seed's Weblog 12 February 2015

The International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence is a “medium for professionals and scholars to exchange opinions on issues and challenges encountered by both the government and business institutions in making contemporary intelligence-related decisions and policy.” First published in January 1986, the journal covers a wide variety of topics, from factual information such as “The Exorbitant Cost of Counterterrorism” to the weightier dilemmas, like “To Render or Intern: Counterterrorism Methods of the FBI, SIS and CIA.”
The March 2013 edition featured an article entitled, “Subversion of Social Movements by Adversarial Agents,” written by Eric L. Nelson. Nelson’s profile provided with the article says he is a former counterintelligence agent with a U.S. Government and former police officer “in one of America’s most violent cities.” He has three master’s degrees and was completing his “individualized” Ph.D. in Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of California when he wrote the paper.
Nelson outlines “thirteen suppressive or subversive methods” to bring about “social movement failure.” Failures are classified as either “petit” or “complete,” depending on whether the targeted movement or organization is merely demoralized and shaken up, or completely “brought down.”
The article begins with the author’s definition of “social movements,” characterized as “shar(ing) a desire for structural change, and a willingness to do something about it.” Examples are given: Iron Workers picketing a non-union construction site; people in Spain protesting against banks and austerity; Ukrainian FEMEN activists protesting sulfuric acid attacks on women while visiting Turkey. Social movements, he explains, can include “matters of politics, religion, ethnicity, labor, economy, and justice, among others.”
The purpose of his article, is “to examine the intentional subversion of social movements by agents of the organization upon which the social movement is trying to force change.” Such organizations are both governmental and private companies targeted for “protest, boycotts, cyber attacks, or other harmful actions.”
The article prefaces the subversion methods with an explanatory note: “Not all social movements need urgent attention, or vigorous suppression. Some are less threatening, and may be targeted for subversion using less drastic methods. Thus, the potential subversive actions range from nugatory to substantial. Most can be operationalized either covertly or in the open.”
The methods, each of them explained and illustrated, are: 1) Suppress Information Flow; 2) Suppress Recruiting Efforts; 3) Reduce Recruiting Opportunities 4) Develop Attractive Alternatives; 5) Tempt Members to Leave; 6) Reverse Recruiting Using Demoralizing Information; 7) Operationalize Secure/Faux Concessions; 8) Expertly Directed, Incessant Proactive Manipulation of Media; 9) Resource Depletion; 10) Stigmatization; 11) Divisive Disruption; 12) Intimidation; and 13) Intrapsychic Wounding.
The article ends with a caution:
“Thirteen tested and theoretical methods of subversion reviewed here were designed to induce petit or grand failure into targeted social movements. History demonstrates that in the laboratory of real life multiple methods of subversion are generally deployed sequentially and concurrently, in accordance with the tactical strategy developed by adversarial agents specific to a targeted social movement. Withheld so far has been a discourse about the morality of subversion. Of course, no definitive answers can be given to questions about the moral rightness of subversion. That is true because people may feel that some acts of subversion are warranted, particularly towards social movements that they believe are a threat to their community’s way of life. Yet, many of those same people may also feel subversion is reprehensible when institutions to which they belong are targeted. After all, one person’s terrorist group is, to someone else, freedom fighters waging war against oppression. Because issues of morality are both important and most frequently unanswerable, no attempt has been made to engage them here.”
Finally, user beware: “[O]rganizational attorneys should be consulted before any subversive program is implemented.”
Copyright laws prevent us from providing a direct link to the article, but a summary will be published in forthcoming issues of Renewal Update.
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FBI redacts Public Records request

February 15 2015

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Everyone knows how the NSA can intercept our personal information, from account numbers and Internet history to phone passwords.

But how would you feel if certain state agencies were cooperating with the FBI to keep civilians in the dark about public information?

Documents first acquired and reported on by the Minnesota Star Tribune in December 2014 reveal that the FBI is working with State Bureaus of Investigation to “prevent disclosure” of how cell-site simulators are used to determine a phone’s 
location and intercept calls.

That’s what’s happening in Minnesota. A division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, has been pretty non-confrontational toward the FBI’s requests for secrecy.

Essentially, the FBI sent the BCA a set of conditions, which would include immediate notification if someone were attempting to obtain public information, and the BCA signed off effortlessly.

Let’s back up a bit: what are cell-site simulators and what are SBIs?

Cell-site simulators pose as cell towers so that, to your phone, the tracking device is indistinguishable from, say, AT&T. These devices intercept data on the Global System for Mobile Communications, which are networks used by AT&T and T-Mobile.

A lot of states have SBIs, and they aren’t new, either (the BCA formed in 1969). They are plainclothes, state-level detection agencies that work in criminal and civil cases inside the state and multiple jurisdictions.

This particular instance of shady FBI activity revolves around a June 2012 letter from the BCA in regards to the terms and conditions of leasing equipment from Harris Corporations — a tightlipped, federal contractor specializing in wireless electronics.

If the FBI wants to be 
notified of public requests for public governmental data, it has that right — it’s public, after all. But if the FBI wishes to continue narrowing the breadth of inquiry into its practices, it needs to be met with some resistance.

The redacted information of this particular letter denies the public knowledge of exactly what equipment is being leased and how much it would run.

The BCA’s defense for keeping the public unaware is painfully standard — how can we protect people from the bad guys if the bad guys know how we function? It’s a fair question if you’re willing to spy on every single citizen, which the U.S. government is cool with doing.

Does it not seem contrary that the FBI would want to use the Freedom of 
Information Act to deny 
information to the public?

The obsession with pre-emptive law enforcement incited by the wildly successful war on terror, coupled with bureaucratic mishandlings bound by policy documents drafted in backrooms, has created a formidably opaque governmental agency — one that has the discrete 
responsibility of protecting us, no less.
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CIA whistleblower calls for prosecution of officials responsible for torture
By Tom Hall
17 February 2015

John Kiriakou, the former CIA agent who helped reveal the agency’s use of waterboarding in a 2007 interview, was released from prison on February 3 after serving a two-year sentence.

Kiriakou was convicted in 2013 on trumped-up charges of violating the Intelligence Identities Protection Act, which he said was retaliation for “blowing the whistle on the CIA’s illegal torture program and for telling the public that torture was official US government policy.”

In an interview with Russia Today last week, Kiriakou called for the prosecution of those responsible for CIA torture, declaring, “no one went to jail but me.”

“But what really bothers me, is that there is no prosecution of CIA officers who obviously violated the law; those CIA officers who were conducting interrogations in which prisoners were killed.” Kiriakou said. “I have no idea why there is no outrage, and why those officers are not being prosecuted.”

Kiriakou said he was proud to have helped expose torture by the government, despite the great cost to him personally. “You know, I really do believe that it was worth it. I’m proud to have played a role, however small, in the outline of torture in the United States.”

He also recounted the subhuman conditions he faced while in federal prison, about which he is planning to write a book. “American prisoners aren’t even fed human-grade food,” he said. “And the medical care was even worse. There were almost a half a dozen deaths of prisoners when I was there in prison, and almost every one of those deaths was preventable.”

News reports from Kiriakou’s time in prison allege that he also faced harassment from the prison administration for posting on the liberal news site Firedoglake, in which he published an open letter to Edward Snowden urging him not to cooperate with the FBI and declaring that the FBI “is the enemy; it’s part of the problem, not the solution.”

Kiriakou’s 2007 interview with ABC News was the first time that the use of waterboarding by the CIA was publicly confirmed by a government agent, and earned him the enmity of the political establishment. With characteristic vindictiveness, the Obama administration indicted Kiriakou on trumped-up charges in 2012, including three counts of espionage under the WWI-era Espionage Act, which would have carried a maximum sentence of 45 years in prison.

Although the espionage charges were dropped, Kiriakou pled guilty to a lesser charge out of concern for the well-being of his family, who were reduced to subsisting on food stamps as a result of skyrocketing legal expenses. He was sentenced to 30 months in prison. He now faces a further three months of house arrest and another three years of probation.

Kiriakou was a 14-year veteran of the CIA and the head of counterterrorism in Pakistan at the time of the September 11 attacks. He oversaw the raid which captured Abu Zubaydah a few months later in March 2002, the first high-profile capture of an alleged Al Qaeda operative, who was then falsely described by the Bush administration as an Al Qaeda “mastermind” and the group’s third-highest ranking operative. Zubaydah was severely wounded in the operation, and at some point had his left eye removed by CIA agents.

It was Zubaydah’s case that Kiriakou’s 2007 interview centered on. Basing himself on an internal CIA cable, Kiriakou admitted that the agency had once waterboarded Zubaydah, describing the practice as official government policy. In fact, that cable turned out to be false, and it has since been revealed that Zubaydah was waterboarded a total of 81 times in CIA “black sites.”

Moreover, last fall’s Senate torture report, which mentioned Zubaydah a total of 1,001 times, revealed that the agency used him as a “guinea pig” for developing its “enhanced interrogation” techniques after 9/11. Zubaydah’s lawyer says that he is the only detainee known to have been subjected to all of them. One procedure, developed after it was discovered that Zubaydah had a fear of bugs, involved locking him in a tiny “confinement box” filled with insects. His lawyer says that Zubaydah has suffered permanent brain damage from his ordeal and can no longer even recognize his parents.

The Obama administration finally admitted in 2011 that Zubaydah was neither a top Al Qaeda leader, nor a member of Al Qaeda, nor even “formally” identified with the organization. Nevertheless, the administration refuses to release him from Guantanamo Bay, where is held to this day without charges. Zubaydah’s unimportance was practically admitted by Kiriakou in his 2007 interview, when he told ABC News that “we didn’t go after him because he was Abu Zubaydah. We went after him because he just happened to be in Pakistan and we thought there was a chance we could catch him.”

While Kiriakou struck an ambivalent tone during his 2007 interview, defending the effectiveness of waterboarding in obtaining information, he has since become a public opponent of the federal government’s torture program. In 2010 he wrote an autobiography, The Reluctant Spy: My Secret Life in the CIA’s War on Terror, which contained a damning exposure of the policies pursued by Washington under the guise of the “War on Terror.” The book release was delayed for two years by the CIA, and one of the charges tacked onto his 2012 trial was that he had allegedly lied to the CIA’s Publications Review Board while attempting to receive clearance for his book.

Last week, Reporters without Borders released its Press Freedom Index for 2014, in which the United States sunk to 49th place in the global ranking, directly below countries such as El Salvador and Burkina Faso. Reporters Without Borders justified their decision on the basis of the US government’s continued witch-hunting of whistleblowers such as Edward Snowden, the vindictive hounding of journalists such as James Risen and Julian Assange, and the wanton attacks on journalists by riot police during the violent crackdown of protests in Ferguson, Missouri last fall.

The Obama administration, which came into office on a wave of anti-war sentiment and promising the most transparent presidency in history, has not charged a single government official for war crimes stemming from the so-called “
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