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FBI has quiet plan for mass hacking
13 September 2016

The FBI will be able to hack into computers anywhere in the world if changes to the US Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure are allowed to become law, as they will on December 1.
Democrat Senator Ron Wyden has drafted a one-line bill that would prevent the organisation from getting these powers through the changes to rule 41.

These changes would give judges the power to grant warrants to search and seize electronic media outside their own jurisdictions if information was "concealed through technological means", according



Former Clinton email tech aide won’t testify at congressional hearing Tuesday

Former secretary of state Hillary Clinton testified before the House Select Committee on Benghazi in Washington on Oct. 22, 2015. (Melina Mara/The Washington Post)
By Spencer S. Hsu September 12 at 9:40 PM
Lawyers for a former State Department staffer who worked on Hillary Clinton’s private email system have notified a House committee that their client will not testify Tuesday morning, saying that he previously invoked his constitutional right against self-incrimination before another Republican-led panel of Congress.

Bryan Pagliano, who worked on Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign before setting up a server for Clinton in her New York home in 2009 during her tenure as secretary of state, last year invoked the Fifth Amendment and declined to answer questions by a House committee investigating the 2012 attacks on U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya.

On Monday, Pagliano’s attorneys sharply criticized a new subpoena



Chokehold cop's pay rises after killing Eric Garner

Monday, September 12, 2016, 8:19 PM

Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo is making big bucks while on desk duty. (NEW YORK DAILY NEWS)
Chokeholds apparently pay at the NYPD.

The cop who killed Eric Garner two years ago earned a hefty $119,996 last year from the department, a jawdropping amount that’s $20,000 more than what he was making before he was placed on modified


Minneapolis Star Tribune
Justice Dept. announces code of conduct for forensic labs
In February, department officials announced a review of forensic sciences practiced by the FBI to ensure that experts are not overstating their findings and that ...


The Hill
Grassley blasts FBI over Clinton probe release
The Hill (blog)-
The Iowa Republican, who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, said Monday the FBI is keeping a "vice grip" on what information can be shared publicly ...


12 September 2016

‘Free Leonard Peltier’ call to Obama echoed at Belfast’s famous International Wall



Why this FBI whistleblower seconds Jill Stein's call for a new 9-11 ...
Huffington Post-Sep 11, 2016
After the events of September 11, 2001, as a longtime FBI agent and division legal counsel, I blew the whistle on the FBI's failure to act on information provided ...



Congress: The Clinton Case Was ‘Different in a Lot of Ways’

12 Sep 2016
WASHINGTON, D.C. — House Oversight Committee member Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio got results Monday with his performance at a rare evening hearing to probe details of the FBI’s Hillary Clinton email investigation, which did not result in an indictment.
Just days after Breitbart News’ bombshell report on FBI Director James Comey’s crony-capitalist financial relationships, including his links to the Clinton Foundation, Jordan interrogated



Former Wells Fargo executive Carrie Tolstedt oversaw a unit of the bank where employees ran a customer account scam that led to $185 million in fines.

She left with nearly that much cash getting stuffed into her pockets.

Tolstedt received a $124.6 million golden parachute from Wells Fargo when she left in July — and didn’t have to pay



Immunity is not a Guarantee Says Judicial Watch on DOJ’s Odd Deal With Hillary Email Deleter


     Monday, September 12, 2016 at 3:48pm

“Why would the DOJ give immunity to someone who arguably obstructed investigation?” asks Judicial Watch president, Tom Fitton, responding to reports that the Department of Justice granted immunity to the computer expert responsible for deleting Hillary’s emails.

The supposed immunity deal is as odd as the findings of the FBI investigation, and really, the whole email scandal.

The New York Times covered the matter fully (and it’s worth reading in its entirety), but the gist is as follows:

WASHINGTON — A computer specialist who deleted Hillary Clinton’s emails despite orders from Congress to preserve them was given immunity by the Justice Department during its investigation into her personal email account, according to a law enforcement official and others briefed on the investigation.

Republicans have called for the department to investigate the deletions, but the immunity deal with the specialist, Paul Combetta, makes it unlikely that the request will go far. Representative Jason Chaffetz of Utah, the top Republican on the House oversight committee, asked the


Oregon standoff: Judge to admonish feds, but deny motion to ...
Olson argued in court on Friday that a federal prosecutor and an FBI agent gave the court inaccurate information during two separate court hearings this summer ...


FBI to Congress: File FOIA request for Clinton email files
Washington Examiner (blog)-
Chaffetz then issued a subpoena for the files. After he chided Herring for suggesting the committee file a FOIA request for the interview summaries, the FBI agent ...



Enforcement Administration, FBI, Orleans Parish Coroner host event at Loyola University New Orleans during National Heroin and Opioid Awareness Week




FBI Director Comey refused to testify on Clinton emails
Washington Examiner (blog)-
During a heated exchange with an FBI agent present at the hearing, Chaffetz issued a subpoena for summaries of all interviews conducted with witnesses


How the US Government Has Used 9/11 to Criminalize People of Color
In These Times-
A former law enforcement agent also answered yes to that question. ... FBI agents can use Section 505A of the Act to obtain personal information such as phone ...



Chaffetz: FBI Tried To Recover 27 Clinton Emails From Congress
Daily Caller-
FBI officials have asked House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform (HOGR) members to return 27 emails they gave the committee in a document

FBI Octopus

PA-8: Fitzpatrick Emphasizes Roots in First TV Ad (VIDEO)
And, it's a lesson I carried with me as an FBI agent sent to Iraq to fight terrorists,” he concluded. “And, as your Congressman, it is a lesson I'll never forget.”.



FBI to right-winger: If you go to Israel, you will be detained
Arutz Sheva-
“This week a man called me and introduced himself as an FBI agent. He left his number and asked that I call him,” Ashriko told Maariv, “I wanted to verify that ...



Culpeper sheriff brings back controversial “jihadi threat” training
The Daily Progress-
Culpeper County Sheriff Scott Jenkins, right, introduces former FBI agent John Guandolo at a 2014 event about the "Islamic threat" in America.The local sheriff is ...


11 Private Security Firms Guarding Donald Trump
Daily Beast
Xmark LLC and its president, Edward “Eddie” Deck, have been paid $206,350 since October 2015. Deck is a former FBI agent who, according to the Hartford ...


ATF sting in Milwaukee flawed from start
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel-
From the outset, an undercover gun-buying sting by federal agents in Milwaukee ... The FBI was invited to collaborate with the ATF in the Fearless Distributing ...


Beach town reels over chief's death after gun investigation

September 12, 2016 10:00:11 AM
BAY ST. LOUIS -- Worries would seem to be few and far between in Bay St. Louis, a community of sandy beaches and monthly art walks that bounced back strong after 2005's Hurricane Katrina all but wiped it out. But the death of the city's well-respected police chief who shot himself in the chest after being suspended from duty has shaken many in the small Mississippi Gulf Coast community. 
The shooting -- in the police station's parking lot -- happened soon after police chief Mike DeNardo had learned authorities were investigating allegations he illegally sold city-owned firearms, including an assault rifle, a sheriff's deputy said. 
Hancock County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Don Bass told The Associated Pr
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draft agenda for Wednesday 28 September Teleconference
Sep 24, 2016, 7:29 PM
From 9/11 and Other Deep State Crimes Teleconference

9/11 and Other Deep State Crimes Teleconference
Draft Agenda for 9/28/16 Teleconference

8pm (ET)/5pm (PT)   Teleconference # 1-218-895-6835    Access code: 9112001#

Greetings all,

We are  honored to announce that the "Dean of the 9/11 Truth movement,"  yes, David Ray Griffin himself, will be joining us for the first part of Wednesday's teleconference.  This prodigious author has yet another book in publication -- he'll give us his first-hand account of it and answer our questions.  Don't be late for this one!

Last month's teleconference featured an appeal by veteran 9/11 Truth activist Fran Shure on how to support Colorado 9/11 Truth's Colorado Public Television fund drive, featuring the video Demolition of Truth [tongue]sychologists Examine 9/11 , by veteran Hollywood filmmaker Charles Ewing Smith. "Chuck" will join us on Wednesday to give a short report on the making of this outstanding 9/11 truth documentary, and to answer any questions.

Wayne Coste is at it again, this time with a presentation challenging the "9/11 mini-nuke" hypothesis (as presented by Jim Fetzer on last month's call).  Wayne's accompanying PowerPoint presentation, replete with graphics, can be viewed or downloaded here.

Postponed from last month is Pablo Novi's request for the Teleconference's endorsement of his 9/11 Truth Unity Manifesto, which can be viewed here.

Nita Renfrew will bring us up to date on the harassment (by the usual suspects) experienced during the recent Christopher Bollyn speaking tour on the East Coast.

And Cheryl Curtiss offers a special rule for our consideration that would require only those present for an issue's discussion to vote on decisions regarding it (see below for details).

As always, a final opportunity for your announcements of importance.

Please join us Wednesday for this very special Teleconference!

Ken Freeland
Cheryl Curtiss


DRAFT AGENDA for Wednesday 28 September Teleconference

I Roll Call, minutes approval, agenda  (5 min)

II Motion to expel David Slesinger from the Teleconference [Craig McKee, Cheryl Curtiss, Barbara Honegger] (5 min)
"On our August teleconference, David Slesinger accused Kelly David, the COO of AE911Truth, of being a police agent. He was offered the opportunity on our list serve to substantiate this allegation and he could not. He also has made it clear that he will not retract his remarks. In fact, he has created a web site to smear Kelly’s name.
Subsequent to this, David issued a series of threats against the teleconference (in addition to calling us all sycophants and cowards with no integrity). He threatened to cause problems for us as he had done to three other business entities. Worse than that, he said he would begin helping the adversaries of the 9/11 Truth Movement if we expel him from the call or if we don’t allow him to continue his attack on AE911Truth on the September teleconference.
"We move that David Slesinger be expelled from the teleconference, effective immediately."

III Bush and Cheney: How they ruined America and the World  [David Ray Griffin]  (15 min plus Q & A)

IV  The Demolition of Truth: Psychologists Examine 9/11 [Charles Ewing Smith] (5-10 min + Q & A)

V  Challenging the mini-nuke theory [Wayne Coste, PE] (15 min, including discussion)

VI Proposal for 9/11 and Other Deep State Crimes Teleconference endorsement of 9/11 Truth Unity Manifesto [Pablo Novi] (10-15 min) { Postponed from previous teleconference}

VII  Update on Chris Bollyn tour [Nita Renfrew] (5-10 min, including discussion)

VIII Special rule proposal [Cheryl Curtiss] (5 min)
"On any decision made by the teleconference, only those present from the commencement of its discussion are eligible to vote."

IX Announcements

X  Any available updates on issues of identified ongoing concern (if any remaining time -- highly yunlikely):
28 pages campaign
New articles, books, and films
The 9/11 Crash Test
Cass Sunstein and cognitive infiltration, official statements on “conspiracy theorists”
The MSM treatment of 9/11 Truth
The 9/11 Consensus Panel
William Pepper’s efforts with AE911Truth against NIST and the Dept. of Commerce
Deep State crimes in the news
9/11 Truth political candidates
XI Adjournment (by 9:30 p Eastern if possible)

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Albie Barden - My Sacred Stones #14C

Shipping Weight: 0.2lbs

Many years ago, while building two soapstone heaters in Vermont, my clients suggested that I sit with a gifted seer in Norwich. The wise woman told me that in a previous life I had known how to speak with stones, and more importantly, that



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October 1, 2016UncategorizedBuilding 7, cognitive infiltration, debate rigging, deplorable, Deutsche Bank derivatives, Gaddafi’s death, Hunter’s prescience, ignorant, JASTA, Obama, prayer circles, Presidential depravities, psychopathic politics, Putin, thinking dangerously, Van’s returned
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Petition: make the FBI explain why they didn't bring criminal charges against bank execs

Last month, Senator Elizabeth Warren published an open letter to FBI director James Comey observing that, in revealing details of its investigation into the Clinton email scandal, the Bureau had seemingly abandoned its longstanding policy of not sharing its deliberations, meaning that there was no longer any reason to keep secret its reasoning for not bringing criminal charges against the bankers who did trillions of dollars' worth of damage to the world economy, sparking wars, starvation, and personal ruin for millions of people.

The Credo Action petition demands that the FBI do just that, and quickly, before the statute of limitations runs out.

If FBI Director Comey is willing to spend hours publicly detailing the ins and outs of an investigation, surely we should start with the failure to prosecute the bankers who crashed the economy, cost countless Americans their jobs and homes, and stole millions of dollars out of Americans’ pockets.

Stand with Sen. Warren: Tell the FBI Director and Justice Department to explain the failure to prosecute bankers.

The 10-year statute of limitations on many of these crimes runs out in 2017. We are running out of time to demand accountability. Bringing people to trial would not guarantee a guilty verdict or jail time. It would not bring back the jobs and homes lost. But prosecutions would send a clear message to Wall Street and help prevent the next financial crash. As Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission Chair Phil Angelides put it: “If you can steal $1,000 and settle for $20 would you do it again? Probably.”5

Stand with Sen. Warren: Tell the FBI to explain failure to prosecute bankers [Credo Action]


Two California cops who fatally shot a mentally ill homeless man tried to run him over with their police cruiser just seconds before opening fire, new dashcam video shows.

“F--k this guy,” one of the officers said as the Sacramento partners sped toward Joseph Mann. “I’m going to hit him.”

Officers Randy Lozoya and John Tennis were placed on modified duty after


88,000 Americans Demand Congress Investigate FBI Political Spying

September 20, 2016 – In response to revelations that the FBI and DHS have been spying on Black Lives Matter, Occupy, anti-pipeline activists and peace and solidarity activists, individuals and 131 civil society organizations asked the House and Senate Judiciary Committees to find out the true extent of improper spying.


Home / Dissent NewsWire / Who Was Frank Wilkinson And Why is the House Science Committee Talking About Him?
Who Was Frank Wilkinson And Why is the House Science Committee Talking About Him?

September 16, 2016 by Chip Gibbons

Dr. King, Frank Wilkinson, Carl Braden and Dr. James Dombrowski the night before Wilkinson and Braden entered jail

During the House Science Committee’s hearing on its Constitutional authority to issue subpoenas one name got bandied about quite a bit–Wilkinson.
The reference was to the 1961 Supreme Court case Frank Wilkinson v. United States, which still to this day defines the extent of Congress’s subpoena power. However, the Frank Wilkinson named in the suit happens to be our founder.
Little was said during the hearing about who Frank was or about the facts of the case, which was probably for the best since while it may be the law of the land the facts and circumstances of the case are not ones the committee and its supporters would want to cite in their favor.*
Frank had been an employee at the Los Angeles Housing Authority and was working on creating a very progressive, integrated public housing project in Chavez Ravine. Real estate developers didn’t like his project and the FBI was able to lend them a hand by giving them Frank’s FBI file. During an eminent domain hearing in which Frank was testifying as an expert witness, lawyers for developers, using Frank’s FBI file, began to ask him questions about his political affiliations.
When he refused to answer the questions he was disqualified as a witness, lost his job at the Los Angeles Housing Authority, and was subpoenaed by both the California Senate Committee on Un-American Activities and the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC). At each hearing, Frank refused to answer questions about his political affiliations stating that being compelled to do so violated his First Amendment rights. Many people who were called before HUAC invoked their Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination, which didn’t carry legal consequences, but did lead to being blacklisted, lost jobs, and getting expelled from civil society organizations. When individuals cited the First Amendment, however, they were frequently cited for contempt and jailed.
It was the second time Wilkinson was summoned before HUAC that brought him to the Supreme Court. By 1958, Wilkinson had become an anti-HUAC activist. When HUAC held hearings in Atlanta, Georgia–aimed at intimidating the civil rights movement–civil rights activists Carl and Anne Braden asked him to come to help organize against the hearing.When Frank arrived in Atlanta he discovered that he had now been subpoenaed, which was remarkable given that the hearing was ostensibly about Communist activities in the South and prior to this incident Frank had never been to the South. The Committee claimed they were subpoenaing Frank, because they had information that he had been sent to the South for “the purpose of developing a hostile sentiment to HUAC.”
All of the witnesses except for Frank and Carl pled the Fifth Amendment; Frank and Carl cited the First Amendment in their refusal to testify. As a result they were charged with and convicted of contempt. Both men appealed their conviction all the way to the Supreme Court where they lost. Ultimately, Frank and Carl would serve nine months in federal prison.
While Frank may have lost before the courts, he ultimately won the political battle. The movement he helped to build successfully led to the abolition of HUAC. HUAC would go onto live in ignominy, forever synonymous with political repression, while Life Magazine would chose to celebrate Frank’s commitment to civil liberties in its Bill of Rights bicentennial issue.
Throughout the House Science Committee’s inquisition against environmental groups we have frequently cited our own history and the story of Frank Wilkinson as part of our opposition to their antics. Today by resting their claim to legitimacy on Wilkinson, a case in which the Supreme Court approved of one the worst abuses of the HUAC era, our fears have been proved true.
We had urged the House Science Committee to learn the lesson of HUAC and Frank Wilkinson.
They did apparently.
Just the wrong lesson.
*Whether the House Science Committee actions were constitutional, even taking Wilkinson into account is a separate story. We maintain, as do many other leading First Amendment scholars and advocates, that the House Science Committee’s actions are unconstitution


Cops doubling as venue security sidelined after contracts expire
By Melissa Klein October 2, 2016 | 6:26am


Trump tax returns show he could have avoided paying for 18 years
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Updated: Sunday, October 2, 2016, 12:42 PM

James Comey Salary, Net Worth: FBI Director Benefits From Hillary Clinton Foundation?

: Sep 30, 2016
FBI Director James Comey has been under fire for his handling of the investigation of Hillary Clinton. Now a review of his professional history and relationships has raised concerns that he politicized the criminal probe against the Democratic nominee.

The review shows that the FBI Director is deeply entrenched in the cronyism culture of Washington D.C. which might have played a part in the FBI’s refusal to investigate Clinton.

Comey reportedly accepted millions of dollars from a Clinton Foundation defense contractor. He was also a former member of a Clinton Foundation corporate partner’s board.

According to Breitbrat, James Comey allegedly made over $6 million in one year alone while working for Lockheed Martin. The aerospace company then became a Clinton Foundation in 2010, the same year Comey left.

James Comey Made Millions From Clinton Foundation

Records later revealed that the company is a member of the American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt. The same organization later paid Bill Clinton $250,000 to deliver a speech in 2010.

Lockheed Martin seemed to benefit from the partnership not long after. The company reportedly won 17 approvals for private contracts. All of them from Hillary Clinton’s State Department that very same year.

New York Daily News
Arthur Browne: The devil in Donald Trump

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Saturday, October 1, 2016, 5:00 PM

As old-school as a Brooklyn-Queens real estate developer could be in post-World War II New York, family patriarch Fred Trump gave Donald Trump his start in life.

But, as close to a snake in nature and look as a human could be, it was lawyer Roy Marcus Cohn who taught Donald Trump how to live.

More specifically, Roy Cohn mentored Trump to:

Donald Trump’s newly opened, luxury hotel in downtown Washington D.C. was defaced on Saturday with phrases often associated with social justice movements.

The words “Black Lives Matter” and “No Justice No Peace” were spray-painted on either side of the grand doors leading into the Trump International Hotel, which opened

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D., Texas) wore a gold Hillary Clinton campaign pin Wednesday to a House Judiciary Committee hearing on the FBI investigation into Clinton’s private email server.
FBI Director James Comey testified on the email probe and the bureau’s controversial decision not to recommend charges against Clinton for mishandling classified

Minneapolis Star Tribune
Federal officials investigate use of stun gun on handcuffed man by ...
Winston-Salem Journal-
The Asheville Citizen-Times reports the Department of Justice and the FBI are investigating the case of Jack Slaughter, who the judge said suffers from .

James Comey's' jarring phrase: 'We are not weasels'
Washington Times-
That's why current FBI Director James Comey's insistence at a congressional hearing last Wednesday that, “We are not weasels” was so jarring. I've never heard ...


Press Virtually Ignores Two-Week Old Story of 19 Dead People Registered to Vote in VA
By Tom Blumer | October 2, 2016 | 6:02 PM EDT

The left continues to insist that voter fraud is a myth, specifically that "voter fraud


Lawyers Ready to Move Forward With Cases Against Saudi Arabia Over 9/11


   Sunday, October 2, 2016 at 1:30pm
Plaintiffs must convince the courts of Saudi Arabia’s involvement.

The Senate voted to override President Barack Obama’s veto of a bill that allows families of 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia, which means lawyers have started to move ahead with cases already pending in court:

James Kreindler, whose New York firm represents hundreds of victims’ families, said attorneys would soon file papers at the Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York seeking to reinstate Saudi Arabia as a defendant in lawsuits filed shortly after the 2001 terrorist attacks and consolidated in the New York-based federal court.

“If we haven’t done it by today, we’ll do it Monday,” Mr. Kreindler said in an interview.

But what challenges do the plaintiffs face? The families and victims have sued across the country, but “consolidated into one suit in the Southern District of New York.” Lawyers have admitted that the 9,000 plaintiffs face an uphill battle:

“Although there is loose talk of 10 billion dollars’ worth of judgments against Saudi Arabia, in fact the deck remains stacked against the plaintiffs,” said Raj Bhala, a professor of international and comparative law at the University of Kansas Law School.

The plaintiffs must convince the court that Saudi Arabia had a hand in the terrorist attack that left almost 3,000 dead and tens of thousands injured. Unfortunately, the investigations and reports from the U.S. government have not shown direct involvement from the kingdom:

The 9/11 Commission found “no evidence that the Saudi government as an institution or senior Saudi officials individually funded” Al Qaeda. But the commission’s phrasing left some to speculate that there might be evidence of involvement by other, lower-ranking officials.

Some investigators have long believed that the various inquiries never unearthed the tru


OCTOBER 2, 2016 4:54 PM
Look at Freeh’s record

More than 15 years ago, an employee brought evidence of child sexual abuse to the attention of superiors. The most powerful people in the organization ignored the employee’s concerns, and also retaliated against the employee. They endangered other children by not interviewing the victim even though he might have had information about other victims.
Louis Freeh was FBI director when the law enforcement professional in question, Jane Turner, brought her concerns to him and other superiors. The incident involved the forcible rape of 9-year-old boy at the Turtle Mountain reservation in Minot, N.D. Other FBI personnel wrote off the boy’s injuries to an “auto accident” to avoid having to investigate a crime outside the FBI’s usual purview. A court later found that Turner’s superiors had retaliated against her, and awarded her damages.
Penn State’s trustees, including current Chair Ira Lubert, Vice Chair Mark Dambly and Homecoming Marshal Joel Myers, knew Freeh’s record when they hired him to investigate Penn State because Turner’s attorney at the National Whistleblowers Center informed them and President Rodney Erickson in writing in November 2011.
They nonetheless permitted Freeh to write a report that best described his own performance at the FBI rather than anything at Penn State, and then failed to review or challenge

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Record-Hot 2016 Marks the Start of Bad Climate Consequences, Provides “Fierce Urgency” to Halt Worse Harms to Come
“…there is now strong evidence linking specific [extreme] events or an increase in their numbers to the human influence on climate.” — Coumou and Rahmstorf 2012.

“We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. …We may cry out desperately for time to pause in her passage, but time is deaf to every plea and rushes on. Over the bleached bones and jumbled residues of numerous civilizations are written the pathetic words, ‘Too late.'” — Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. [emphasis added]


2016 is on track to be a record-hot year for the history books. Accumulations of heat-trapping gasses in the range of 402 ppm CO2 and 490 ppm CO2e have pushed the global temperature trend into an inexorable upward rise. Meanwhile, increasingly severe climate change-related events ranging from mass coral bleaching, to glacial and sea ice melt, to tree death, to ocean health decline, to the expanding ranges of tropical infectious diseases, to worsening extreme weather events have occurred the world over. This global temperature spike and related ramp-up of extreme events continued throughout a year that is setting up to follow 2014 and 2015 as the third record-hot year in a row.

(2015 saw a substantial jump in global temperatures. 2016 is also on track to hit new record highs. The above graph, by Gavin Schmidt of NASA GISS, provides a vivid illustration of an inexorable warming trend with 2016 as the hottest year yet. According to Gavin, a strong new record for 2016 appears to be a lock. Image source: Climate of Gavin.)

Now, after NASA’s report showing that September 2016 was 1.13 C hotter than 1880s averages (or 0.91 C hotter than NASA’s 20th-century baseline measure), this year is setting up to be the warmest ever recorded by a wide margin. Overall, the first nine months of 2016 have averaged 1.25 C above 1880s temperatures. Meanwhile, the climate year — which runs from December through November — is tracking 1.26 C above 1880s temperatures during the ten-month period of December to September.

2016 as much as 1.25 C Hotter than 1880s Averages

As a result, it appears likely that 2016 will see temperatures in the range of 1.19 C to 1.25 C hotter than 1880s averages. That’s about 0.1 C hotter than 2015 — which is pretty significant considering the fact that the average rate of decadal warming (the rounded rate of global warming every 10 years) has been in the range of 0.15 C since the late 1970s. This year’s temperatures now appear set to exceed 1998’s values by around 0.35 C — or about one-third of the entire warming total seen since large-scale human greenhouse gas emissions began during the late 19th century. This excession should permanently put to rest previous widely circulated false notions that global warming somehow stopped following the strong El Nino year of 1998.

Many responsible sources are now warning that current temperatures are uncomfortably close to two major climate thresholds —


U.S. government dumping guns in the hood?
September 20, 2016

by Isaac Davis

There is a well-documented history of the U.S. government supplying weapons and arms to both friends and foe for political purposes and for profit. In addition to publicly known global arms deals to U.S. political allies like Israel and Saudi Arabia, revelations about the rise of ISIS indicate that U.S. arms and military trainees have been a critical factor in the rise of the terror group.

From 2006 to 2011, the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms ran a gun smuggling operation into Mexico to ostensibly dismantle Mexican drug gangs, accomplishing the precise opposite however, in what has affectionately become known as Fast and Furious. Further back in time, we have covert operations like Oliver North’s Iran Contra scandal of the mid 1980s, and America’s involvement in arming rebels in Central America to destabilize uncooperative governments. The list goes on.

Furthermore, it is alleged that the CIA, DEA and other government agencies have been involved for decades in the destruction of American communities by covertly shipping in drugs. Former DEA agent Cele Castillo has been persecuted by the U.S. government for seeking accountability of the George H.W. Bush administration for drug smuggling into the U.S. He would know, as he was directly involved.

There is a well-documented history of the U.S. government supplying weapons and arms to both friends and foe for political purposes and for profit.

Former L.A. police narcotics officer Michael Ruppert alleged in the mid 1990s that the CIA was directly involved in running drugs throughout the United States, corroborating information presented in the book, “Dark Alliance,” by investigative journalist Gary Webb, whose death in 1994 by two gunshot wounds to the head was deemed a suicide. Michael Ruppert committed suicide in 2014.

“I will tell you, Director Deutch,” Ruppert said, “emphatically and without equivocation that t


Your FBI: Too Many Agents Who Are Bored, Underworked, Frustrated, Yearning for the Excitement.
October 18, 2016
There is a right way and a wrong way to do things. My mother an astute observer of me used to remind me after one of my exploits that “the Devil makes work for idle hands.” That is absolutely the case when it comes to the FBI. It is the only thing that can account for some of its behavior. If I were an agent I would be ashamed and embarrassed if I participated in these actions but apparently many are not.

I was involved in well over a hundred investigations involving arrests of drug dealers, gangsters, and criminals who had a potential for violence. Most of these we figured out how to do so that little notice would be taken of them. Against those thought most dangerous we rarely used more than six officers or troopers. The idea was to


FBI urges judge to dismiss lawsuit
against the FBI
Over South Carolina Church Shooting

The FBI is urging a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit that alleges the bureau should have prevented Dylan Roof from purchasing a gun that was used in last summer’s South Carolina church massacre.

The FBI argues it was unable to take action because of state and federal limits on background checks and local errors in record-keeping, ABC News reports. 

Roof, who is white, shot nine black parishioners inside Emanuel AME Church on June 17, 2015, with a .45-caliber handgun. Family of the victims argue in the lawsuit that Roof was barred from purchasing

How The FBI Infiltrates Movements—And What You Can Do To Stop Them - ...
http://www.returnofkings.com › how-the-fbi-in...
- A handful of government employees have told me that I'm almost certainly on a FBI “watchlist.” While I have no conclusive evidence to prove that, a look into the ...


Teachers oppose FBI Anti-Extremism Video

The FBI hoped to discourage teenagers from becoming extremists by introducing a video called, “Don’t Be a Puppet.” 

The idea was to counter homegrown extremism by teaching users how to identify young people who are gravitating toward radical ideology.

But now the American Federation of Teachers union and other groups are vocally opposing the video, saying it could lead to more distrust of peaceful Muslims, the Wall Street Journal reports. 

Clinton's FBI Files Literally Mention “The Shadow Government” at the State Dept. Wow. - Activist Post
http://www.activistpost.com › Politics
1 hour ago - How much of a conspiracy is it when the FBI's own documents confirm the existence of something referred to as “The Shadow Government”?


‘Rigged’ Was Hillary Clinton’s FBI Case
Democrats are lucky in Trump but the scandal will follow her to the White


6 Detroit Police Officers
suspended amid probe into abandoned car-towing scheme, sources say
Officers would make $100 for finding cars to tow, sources say
Posted: 3:11 PM, October 18, 2016
Updated: 6:51 PM, October 18, 2


Oct. 18, 2016 75°

Michael Moore to release surprise Trump film in L.A. on Wednesday


The FBI investigation in Springfield Twp. occurred at a house where Eric Sullivan, an ex-Clark County sheriff’s sergeant, and his wife live.

Sullivan and his wife, Jeanette, said agents seized a computer and software. They also said they were scared because agents and Ohio Highway Patrol troopers who assisted at the scene had weapons drawn when they came into the house on Meadow Lane in Meadow Lane Estates, just east of Springfield.

The Sullivans said they think the raid is in retaliation for their challenging of Eric Sullivan’s firing and an online site Jeanette Sullivan runs regarding allegations about Sheriff Gene Kelly and his administration.

The search lasted more than two hours.

Todd Lindgren, public affairs specialist with the FBI office in Cincinnati, said he could not get into specifics about the investigation because it involves a sealed federal warrant issued out of the Southern District of Ohio.

“It is an FBI investigation,” Lindgren said.

Eric Sullivan was fired in October — as were sergeants Krista Cox and Carrie Taylor — for dereliction of duty after an incident in which former deputy Christopher Dent was drunk in the lobby of the Clark County Jail.

A five-month internal investigation found that Dent was left alone in the lobby for three hours and the sergeants failed to take proper action after being notified that he was intoxicated, possibly falling down and had urinated in a corner.

He was eventually arrested by Eric Sullivan and pleaded no contest to charges of public indecency and disorderly conduct.

The sergeants have challenged their firings. Jeanette Sullivan has filed a complaint with the Ohio Attorney General against the sheriff’s office, alleging officials manipulated public records.

She is part of a group called the TruthSeekers and posts on Facebook about alleged abuses of office by Kelly and other members of his administrative team. They’ve recently begun a signature campaign

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FBI agents allow another terrorist event to happen

Security Guard Wounded In ISIS Attack: “FBI Responsible”
November 3, 2016 10:08 PM

GARLAND (CBSDFW) – The security guard who survived last year’s ISIS terrorist attack on the Culwell Center in Garland said not only are the terrorists responsible but so is the FBI for his injuries and the attack itself.

“I feel like they are not coming clean,” said Bruce Joiner about the FBI.

Joiner, 59, was the Garland school district security officer, shot in the leg by Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi. The two ISIS recruits drove to the Culwell Center and started firing before they were killed by Garland Police. Joiner managed to help them stop Simpson and Soofi before they ever got close to the ballroom with about 200 people at a contest for cartoons of the Muslim prophet Muhammad. Joiner was treated at a hospital and released hours after suffering a lower leg wound.

But Joiner said there’s more to what happened that day. He has now claimed that three officers told him an undercover FBI agent was following terrorists in another vehicle.

“I know that there was a third person. I know he had his life saved by claiming he was an FBI agent,” said Joiner.

Joiner said Garland officers had guns pointed at the man dressed in Middle Eastern attire and quickly taken away by federal agents.

“He was detained put in the back of a squad car,” said Joiner. “They put a bag over his head and took him away to another location.”

But both the FBI and Garland Police have refused to confirm or deny that account.

Still Joiner is using that information as the basis for a possible lawsuit, accusing the FBI of allowing the violent plot to go forward.

“I think they allowed it to go too far,” said Joiner.

“They are responsible… they have an intentional tort on their hands,” said Trent Roberts, Joiner’s attorney.

Roberts said the government has stonewalled him about its undercover activities before the attack.

The FBI arrest affidavit stated that an undercover agent was tracking the terrorists for weeks even sending a text urging them to quote “tear up Texas.”

FBI Director James Comey said Garland was sent a bulletin three hours before the attack warning that someone could be on their way.

Joiner believes and may soon try to prove in court that the FBI could have stopped it but chose not to.

“I don’t know of any undercover agent that can allow their fellow officers and citizens to be fired upon in the course of an investigation you have to stop that before that happens,” said Joiner.

Joiner said were it not for the quick thinking of Garland SWAT officers he bel


Cop Fired For Allegedly Giving ‘Fecal Sandwich’ To A Homeless Man
“This was a vile and disgusting act.”
An officer with the San Antonio, Texas, police department is on “indefinite suspension” after his colleagues accused him of giving a homeless man two pieces of bread filled with feces.

The San Antonio Express-News, which first reported the story Friday, referred to the item as a “fecal sandwich.” San Antonio Police Department spokeswoman Romana Lopez provided the disturbing

Trump supporter and confidant
Rudolph Giuliani Backstory



Guliani’s law firm has long been general counsel to the FBI Agents Association (FBIAA), which represents 13,000 former and current agents. The group’s leader, agent Rey Tariche, resigned from the FBI New York office on Monday following Director James Comey’s release of a memo saying the agency was once again looking into Hillary Clinton.

From Barrett’s story:



Rudy Giuliani promotions of Bernard Kerik

Rudy Giuliani at a State Department briefing with Bernard Kerik and others. September 2002.
Rudy Giuliani, as mayor of the City of New York, promoted the career of Bernard Kerik (by appointment or recommendation) on several occasions. Critics have charged that Giuliani showed consistently poor judgment in doing so.

History of promotions         Edit
Bernard Kerik, who started out as a New York Police Department detective driving for his campaign, then became the city's Commissioner of the Department of Correction and later New York City Police Commissioner and a founder of Giuliani Partners. Kerik also served as bodyguard for Giuliani.[1][2] Giuliani is godfather to Kerik's two younger children, by Kerik's third wife, Hala Matli (born 1972, married 1998): Celine Christina and Angelina Amber.[3]

More than half of mayor Giuliani's cabinet opposed his 2000 appointment of Kerik as police commissioner.[4] Kerik's selection came despite the fact that he lacked a college degree. (Kerik was a high school dropout with a General Equivalency Diploma.[5]) Possession of a college degree was a requirement of police department officials at the captain rank and higher,[4] a practice instituted by former police commissioner Benjamin Ward.

After Giuliani's terms as mayor completed, Kerik became a founder of Giuliani Partners.

Giuliani then pushed President George W. Bush to nominate Kerik to be Secretary of Homeland Security, at which point multiple scandals derailed the nomination and Kerik's career; subsequently Kerik pleaded guilty to corruption charges dating from his Corrections days (1999). (He pleaded guilty in Bronx court to state misdemeanor charges related to undeclared acceptance of $165,000 in apartment renovations performed by Interstate Industrial, a reputably mob-associated firm.)[4][6] In March 2007, The New York Times reported that Kerik was likely to also be indicted for tax fraud and illegal eavesdropping, and also disclosed that Giuliani had testified under oath in April 2006 that he had in fact been briefed on Kerik's mob links in 2000 — prior to his appointment of Kerik as Corrections Commissioner. Giuliani had previously denied knowing of these connections until years later.[7] Kerik is also under investigation for conspiracy to eavesdrop on the conversations of the husband of Jeanine Pirro, Albert Pirro, whom Ms. Pirro suspected of having an affair.[8]

Briefing of Giuliani         Edit
Mayor Giuliani said that neither he nor his aides could remember being briefed about Kerik's involvement with Interstate Industrial. However, a late 2007 New York Times investigation of the diaries and investigator's notes of Edward J. Kuriansky, the city investigations commissioner, indicates that such a meeting did indeed occur. Additionally, Kuriansky also remembered briefing one of Giuliani's closest aides, Dennison Young Jr., about Kerik's involvement with Interstate Industrial just days before the police commissioner appointment. Regarding Giuliani's appointment patterns and loyalty as a factor in professional relationships, former deputy mayor (under Giuliani) Fran Reiter said, "Rudy can fall for people big time, and sometimes qualifications are secondary to loyalty."[4]



Rudy Giuliani's Five Big Lies About 9/11
TUESDAY, JULY 31, 2007 AT 4 A.M.
Nearly six years after 9/11, Rudy Giuliani is still walking through the canyons of lower



9/11 Suspects: Rudy Giuliani : The Corbett Report
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Sep 5, 2016 - On the day of 9/11, while the remains of the twin towers and WTC7 were still smoldering, one of Mayor Giuliani's first concerns was clearing away ...

Lance Tapley is a former tenant whom I first
rented to in the late 1970's.

He is a graduate of Dartmouth and close friend of Ralph Nader.
His research and publications on torture in prisons earned
him the ACLU Roger Baldwin award.

to many cites to list for him

google lance tapley maine

This email just received from him

Lance Tapley
Friday, November 4, 2016 1:44 PM

Dear Friends,

Here below is a link to my column today, "The Progressive Case for
President Hillary Clinton," in two dailies, the Kennebec Journal in
Augusta, Maine, and the Morning Sentinel in Waterville, Maine--both print
and online.


If you think doing so is worthwhile, please forward it extensively,
including on Facebook; tweet it; and use any other medium you can. I've
just made it "public" on my Facebook account.

It is Maine-oriented because the state is something of a swing state now
(explained in the piece), but the arguments hold, I believe, for many other

These are desperate times.

Best wishes,


The FBI looks like Trump's America
According to numbers from August, 67 percent of FBI agents are white men. Fewer than 20 percent are women. The number of African-American agents hovers ...


NOV. 3 2016 4:10 PM
The Theory That the FBI Is Out to Get Clinton Is Becoming More Plausible

When Democrats reacted to FBI Director James Comey's letter to Congress about the sort-of-reopened investigation into Hillary Clinton's private server by accusing Comey of trying to meddle in the election on behalf of the Republican Party, the accusation seemed far-fetched. Comey was, until last Friday, generally despised by Republicans for his earlier decision to recommend against prosecuting Clinton. But while there's been of yet no evidence revealed that Comey himself has an ax to grind, a number of data points have emerged indicating the presence of a politically motivated anti-Clinton faction within the agency.

For one, leaks keep coming out of the FBI that are unflattering to Clinton. First there was the revelation that the Clinton emails the FBI is currently checking for classified info came from Anthony Weiner's computer. (A good rule of thumb is that no political candidate wants his/her name anywhere near a headline that also involves the notorious A-Weens.) Then there was a story on Fox News (and a much more measured one in the Wall Street Journal) about the existence of an investigation into potential corruption at the Clinton Foundation. And the FBI also tweeted about a document release related to Bill Clinton's controversial pardon of Marc Rich.

On a parallel track, there was a report Thursday in the Guardian about FBI agents actively supporting Trump:

“The FBI is Trumpland,” said one current agent ... The currently serving FBI agent said Clinton is “the antichrist personified to a large swath of FBI personnel,” and that “the reason why they’re leaking is they’re pro-Trump.”
Longtime Trump expert Wayne Barrett wrote Thursday in the Daily Beast, meanwhile, about the connections between Trump and the FBI. The FBI Agents Association—a unionlike 13,000-member group—has close ties to Rudy Giuliani, a top Trump surrogate, and Giuliani has said on Fox News that he's in touch with current agents who are upset about Comey's decision not to prosecute Clinton. A former agent named Jim Kallstrom has appeared on Fox several times saying the same thing; Kallstrom's Marine Corps Law Enforcement Foundation has received funding from Trump and the Trump Foundation, and one of its directors is Rush Limbaugh.

The Guardian piece notes that other sources besides its quoted agent "dispute the depth of support for Trump within the bureau." And Barrett is writing only about Trump allies making claims of connections to current agents; we don't know whether those connections are in fact as strong as Giuliani and Kallstrom make them out to be, or whether said agents are upset about the Clinton email situation specifically because they support Trump. But when you combine the Guardian/Barrett reports with the kind of leaks that are comin


Why We Should All Fear the Rot Inside the FBI

11.05.16 12:01 AM ET
When a black church burned in Greenville, Mississippi, leaving charred walls and roof and the words “vote Trump” scrawled on the side of the building, local authorities called in the FBI. Its offices in Jackson, the state capitol, and Washington D.C. were put on the case.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation has been doing that kind of work for decades. It was the FBI, under pressure from Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, that sent scores of agents to Philadelphia, Mississippi in June of 1964 to investigate the disappearance of three civil rights workers: Michael Schwerner, Andrew Goodman and James Chaney, who had themselves been investigating the firebombing of a black church that was to serve as a “freedom school,” in preparation for registering black Mississippians to vote. When the three men were found dead—lynched and discarded in an earthen dam—it was FBI agents who made the discovery, acting on an informant’s tip.
The FBI has had its dark days, too. It was the federal law enforcement agency, under director J. Edgar Hoover, that tried to harass Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. literally to death; and that infiltrated, sabotaged and set up members of the civil rights movement, anti-war movement, the Black Panthers, and more; from COINTELPRO to infiltrating and spying on groups opposed the 2003 invasion of Iraq. The most recent target of massive surveillance by the FBI: protest movements organized under the broad banner of Black Lives Matter, which collectively are aimed at reforming policing, to reduce often fatal violence against unarmed black civilians.

Americans have, at various times, leaned on the FBI for a measure of justice that local and state police couldn’t be counted on to deliver, and recoiled in fear at their exercise of raw federal power. That uneasy trust; the combination of need and dread, is the lot that FBI agents live with day to day.
The events of the past two weeks have made it all but impossible to have much faith in the FBI now. The agency has, through the actions of a minority cell of unknown size, been severely tainted, potentially dragging down the reputations of even the finest agents in its ranks.
After all, how can we trust the nation’s foremost federal law enforcement agency now that it has become clear that a faction of its agents used a conspiracy theory-hawking political book to launch a partisan probe into a presidential candidate?

FBI Octopus

Honesdale police chief charges council violated Sunshine Act
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However, by then, Mr. Kominski had resigned from the department and council had hired a new police chief: Mr. Southerton, who is a retired FBI agent who ...

FBI agent visits Morehead campus
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FBI special agent, Lori Greenwell, spoke with students at MSU Career Services on Tuesday, November 1, 2016. Photo by Leah Floccare.


Sanders Would Have Easily Defeated Donald Trump ‘Without the Baggage’

VarietyNovember 5, 2016

Although he supported Bernie Sanders in the primaries, Michael Moore couldn’t allow himself to sit on the sidelines of the 2016 election. In September, over 11 days, he shot a secret documentary, “TrumpLand,” in an Ohio auditorium, urging voters to elect Hillary Clinton as the next president. And he’s been a vocal critic of Donald Trump on Twitter, blasting his policies and criticizing FBI director James Comey for trying to hurt the Democratic nominee by publicly re-opening an investigation into her email server.

Moore talked to Variety about “TrumpLand,” which is playing in theaters and iTunes, as well as the election.

When you made this movie, the word “TrumpLand” meant something else — it described the region of the country where you shot the film. Now people are using it as a code word for the FBI.  
Yeah, I saw that today. It was The Guardian that broke the story of the FBI agent inside, saying the agency was so pro-Trump and anti-Hillary, that they call it “TrumpLand.” I texted the guy at iTunes to see if there was an uptick [in my movie’s sales]. I think what Comey did was disgraceful.

The national police are trying to tip the election. It is one of the things that begins to happen when you have a real police state, which we don’t have yet. When you have federal police trying to affect the outcome of an election, trying to scare people into not voting for her, implying she’ll be under investigation for her entire term. You have a very dangerous situation. You have people trying to thwart democracy. The same thing happens when Trump says he may not accept the results of the election if it goes against him. The difference between liberals and conservatives is that liberals don’t think that way. Somebody said to me the other day, these theaters showing your movie should be showing another movie, it should be equal-time. I said, “You’re implying there’s right-wing art.” Go ahead, tell me the right-wing movies, the right-wing directors.

What about Dinesh D’Souza?
He’s a propagandist whose fake documentary has been completely disproven.

Have you seen his movie?
No. It’s not a movie. You keep calling it a movie! It’s a long-form political ad piece of propaganda that’s full of lies.

Do you have a prediction for who will win the election? 
I’m not a pundit. I can tell you living in Michigan, what it feels like, and it doesn’t feel good.

Does it feel like Trump will win?
It feels like he has an excellent chance, and because the election this year is in the second week of November, which is what we call winter, if there’s low-voter turnout that would benefit him. It’s about the turnout.

The reason I ask is that you wrote an essay over the summer, with five reasons why Trum

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Five myths about the FBI
No, it’s not apolitical, and the White House doesn’t control the FBI director.

Could FBI Director James Comey have kept the Clinton probe quiet until after the election?
November 4 at 1:16 PM
FBI Director James Comey’s 9.0-magnitude political earthquake, announcing in a vague letter to Congress 11 days before the election that new evidence of unknown importance had surfaced in the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s email server, has shined a bright light on the bureau’s unique role in Washington. Here are some myths about its culture and power.

The FBI isn’t political.
One of J. Edgar Hoover’s first acts when he became director of the FBI in 1924 was to clean house of the bureau’s political appointees — and ever since, directors have proudly bragged that the FBI is completely nonpartisan. It’s simply a “fact-finding agency,” Hoover often promised. This summer, Comey himself assured that the Clinton server investigation had been conducted “in an entirely apolitical and professional way.”

But while the FBI may technically be nonpartisan, it has long been one of the most politically astute institutions in the government. Its files have regularly been deployed as political weapons, from the 1948 election — in which Hoover backed Thomas Dewey over Harry Truman — to Watergate, where leaks from then-Deputy Director Mark Felt helped bring down Richard Nixon. Moreover, the bureau spent much of the 20th century as something akin to America’s “morality police,” shifting resources decade by decade to combat perceived threats to the nation’s social fabric, from Harlem Renaissance authors in the 1930s to antiwar activists in the 1960s to “deadbeat dads” in the 1990s. During his 48-year tenure, Hoover used the power of the traditionally conservative bureau to cozy up to powerful politicians and to bludgeon, publicly and privately, civil rights leaders, political dissidents, gays and especially communists.

Comey has made a point to try to stand against that era: FBI recruits visit the Holocaust Memorial Museum to understand, Comey has said, “in a palpable, nauseating and gut-wrenching way, the consequences of the abuse of power on a massive scale.” He’s ordered new recruits to learn about the bureau’s history with the Rev. Martin Luther King, whom Hoover tried to blackmail into giving up his efforts. But the bureau (and particularly its director) retains a black belt in behind-the-scenes political judo: It skillfully navigated the politics of the 9/11 Commission, halting a move to break it apart following its failure to prevent the Sept. 11 attacks. It uses its reputation for integrity, moral authority and justice to push presidents and lawmakers to back its programs and budget requests. Presidents know: You don’t want to be on your FBI director’s bad side.

The FBI director can’t be fired.
While many national security roles, such as CIA director, typically turn over at the beginning of a presidential term, the FBI directorship over the past 40 years has been seen as an apolitical post. Ever since director-for-life Hoover died in May 1972, FBI chiefs have been appointed to a congressionally mandated, nonrenewable 10-year term. When Comey’s predecessor, Robert Mueller, reached the end of that term, President Obama asked him to stay an additional two years — a move that required a special act of Congress.

But that fixed term doesn’t limit how or why a president can remove an FBI director, and, according to U.S. law, a firing doesn’t have to be “for cause.” When Bill Clinton took office in 1993, Director William Sessions was already under siege for mismanagement. A scathing 161-page inspector general report said he misused government transportation and engaged in other abuses of his office. Clinton, with the recommendation of Attorney General Janet Reno, fired Sessions outright after the director refused to resign.

The White House controls the FBI director.
The FBI is part of the Justice Department, so technically the director reports up through the attorney general and to the White House itself — which is why this summer’s “social” meeting on the tarmac at a Phoenix airport between Bill Clinton and Attorney General Loretta Lynch

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L.A. sheriff's deputies disciplined after horrific torture death of 8-year-old boy

It was the worst case of child abuse that local officials had ever seen.

The death of 8-year-old Gabriel Fernandez became a grim symbol of the failure of Los Angeles County’s child welfare system, prompting criminal charges against four social workers and far-reaching reforms of how authorities oversee abused and neglected children. Gabriel’s mother and her boyfriend were charged with his murder.

But far less public scrutiny has been given to the role of L.A. County sheriff’s deputies who investigated Gabriel’s situation in the months before his 2013 death.

A Times review of grand jury testimony, child welfare records and recently filed court documents shows that deputies visited Gabriel’s home multiple times during the eight months prosecutors say he was being tortured and beaten. But the deputies found no signs of abuse and did not file paperwork that


SEE IT: North Carolina cop slams high school student to ground
: Tuesday, January 3, 2017, 3:54 PM


Philadelphia PD investigating officer fight video
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Tuesday, January 3, 2017, 2:58 PM

Police are looking into a video that shows allegedly shows a female police officer fighting a teenage girl.
Police in Philadelphia are looking into a disturbing video that appears to show an officer fighting a teenage girl


NAACP protesters arrested for occupying Jeff Sessions' office
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Updated: Tuesday, January 3, 2017, 8:21 PM


Americann University Removes Controversial Statue of Man Convicted of Killing FBI Agents

American University is removing a controversial statue of a Native American activist who was convicted of murdering two FBI agents in 1977.

The decision to remove the statue of Leonard Peltier came after the president of the FBI agents association urged the university to take down the work of art because it was offensive.

Many Native Americans believe Peltier was wrongly convicted and sentenced to two life terms.

The university released the following statement:

“American University strongly supports the mission of museums to present thought provoking art to inform and educate. Within the AU Museum at the Katzen Arts Center, we have hosted numerous


FBI Won’t Follow Nevada’s New Gun Control Law, Saying It’s Unenforceable

A voter-approved measure in Nevada to require more gun background checks isn’t enforceable, says the FBI and Nevada’s attorney general.

Under the measure, which was supposed to go into effect on Jan. 1, gun transactions between private citizens must involve federal screenings through the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System.

But according to the Washington Times, the FBI won’t conduct the checks.

In a letter to state officials, the FBI said the state is tasked with background checks and the ballot initiative’s approval “cannot dictate how federal resources are applied.”

The measure prohibits the state from conducting the background checks involving private sales.

“It is manifestly unjust to criminally penalize someone for failing to perform an act that is impossible to perform,” Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt, a Republican


Daily Planner: January 4
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"Suicide Bombers Today," talk by Ron Loose, Alvernia University professor and retired FBI agent, 7 p.m., West Lawn-Wyomissing Hills Library, 101 Woodside ...


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NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Updated: Wednesday, January 4, 2017, 4:24 PM


Trump’s FEC Filings Reveal Ominous Patterns
If Donald Trump runs his administration the way he ran his campaign, expect a lot of subterfuge and large sums of money finding its way into his own pocket.

Youth Activists Want Tillerson Deposed on Suppression of Climate Change Facts
Activists suing to force the federal government to fight climate change want ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson (now Donald Trump’s choice for Secretary of State) to reveal when the fossil fuel industry knew of its effect on global warming — and what it did to hide it.


US prosecutors identify FBI agent accused of leaking insider trading ...
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MARY BRASWELL: Tuesday is National Cereal Day

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In 1936, former FBI agent Melvin Purvis hosted a children's radio program called “Junior G-Men.” He became the face of Post Toasties from General Mills.




San Fransisco Won't Cooperate with Federal Terrorism Taskforce


The group claimed cooperation with the FBI under President Donald Trump's ... a retired FBI special agent who founded the National Counterterrorism Center, ...




'Gun for hire': how Jeff Sessions used his prosecuting power to ...

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Opponents concluded that Sessions used his federal prosecutor's office, and the FBI agents who worked for him, as political weapons, according to more than ...






Louisiana anti-jihad seminar leader fires back at critics, takes aim at ...


Declaring the Southern Poverty Law Center is giving aid to a terrorist organization, John Guandolo, the former FBI agent and founder of an anti-Islamic ...








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In the October Heat Street report, Louise Mensch reported on the existence of a secret “FISA warrant”, approved by a court, which allowed FBI agents to do ...




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The widow and former father-in-law of Irishman Jason Corbett are to go on trial for his killing in the US. Molly Martens and retired FBI agent Thomas Michael ...




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Victim in Garland terror attack tormented by belief that FBI knew of ISIS plot

  • May 26 2017

The Garland cop and the school security guard stood beside each other in the shade through most of the day, trading stories about chasing bad guys and raising kids.

Just before 6:50 p.m., a voice crackled over the radio saying the event they were guarding was over. It had been controversial and dangerous — a cartoon contest sponsored by anti-Muslim activists to see who could make the most outrageous drawings of the prophet Muhammad.

"Looks like we might get out a little early," said the unarmed security guard, a 60-year-old Sunnyvale man named Bruce Joiner.

Joiner had no idea that, at the same moment, court records show, an undercover FBI agent investigating terrorism was sitting in a nearby car, snapping a cellphone photo of him and Garland police Officer Greg Stevens.


Seconds later, a black sedan pulled up. Two men with assault rifles jumped out and began shooting. Joiner was struck in the left calf as he ran behind a tree. His wounds marked him as the first ISIS victim on U.S. soil. Stevens returned fire with his service pistol, striking the shooters, Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi, who both died on the scene.






Former TSA Chief John Pistole Under Consideration for Top FBI Job

John Pistole, the former TSA chief who had been appointed by President Obama, is now being considered for the position of FBI director, CNN reports. 

Pistole, who was named deputy FBI director in 2014, met with Deputy Attorney General









June 26, 2004

John Pistole Decision Not to Explore Quashed FBI Investigations Prior to 9/11 Tarnishes Hearings

At the twelfth and final public session of the 9/11 commission hearings this week in the NTSB building in Washington, DC, the disappointment was palpable among family members of the 9/11 deceased. A less-than distinguished panel of FBI and CIA agents took turns praising the ingenuity and resourcefulness of Al-Qaeda, and offered little hope that future efforts would be successful in stopping terrorism. But give the CIA and FBI this: they can still recognize a marketing opportunity when they see it.

Apparently unfamiliar with the concept of shame, representatives from two of the agencies whose failures bear clear responsibility for the events of 9/11 saw the morning session as an opportunity to shill for ‘patience’ and, tacitly, more money. One after another, in front of the surviving family members, many of whom clutched pictures of their dead sons, daughters, husbands and wives, the agents fawned over the incredible resourcefulness, commitment and dedication of Al Qaeda operatives (in one notable exchange, Al Qaeda was glowingly described as “innovative,” “creative” and “entrepreneurial”—why not just say you were outsmarted?) The CIA agents referred familiarly to Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and Osama Bin Laden as ‘KSM’ and ‘UBL’. The uninitiated might have gotten the impression they were speaking of protégés, and not hated enemies. Earlier, in a jaunty tone completely incongruous with the substance of his statement, the CIA’s Dr. Kay told the commission that “(Al-Qaeda) may strike next week, next month or next year, but it will strike.” The agencies took no responsibility for the attacks, and they were not challenged to.

But the nadir of the morning session came when commissioner James Thompson asked all of the panelists how best to combat the new type of stateless enemy Al-Qaeda represents. FBI special agent Mary Deborah Doran answered last. She had already warned the Commission in her introductory remarks that, as a “street agent”, she was removed from the “policy and administrative decision-making processes” that determined the scope of the FBI’s investigation of Al Qaeda, and thus could not speak to them (no one did that day, including Executive Assistant FBI Director John Pistole, seated to her right). Her answer to Thompson’s question was: “I think what we need to do . . at the FBI street-agent level, is to continue what we’ve always done, and that is to pursue all the information that we do get. . . to its logical end. . .”

Here, in classic doublespeak fashion, Doran gives an answer that is a non-answer. She had to be aware that several FBI “street-level” investigations into the activities of the 9/11 terrorists were stymied by higher-ups in the weeks prior to 9/11, each under strange circumstances, and well before the street-level agents felt like they had reached their “logical end”. Consider the following cases, all drawn from mainstream news sources, summarized in David Ray Griffin’s well-researched expose, “The New Pearl Harbor”:

1) Ken Williams of the Phoenix FBI office sent a now-famous July 10, 2001 memo to the counterterrorism division of the FBI suggesting that the organization institute a national program to keep tabs on suspicious flight-school students. This came just a few weeks after the CIA learned that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the mastermind of the 9/11 plot and a well-known terrorist at that time who the CIA was monitoring, was recruiting jihadists to come to the US to take part in attacks here. Williams, who had previously been transferred to an unrelated arson case despite tracking the hijackers for more than a year, had been back on the case for about a month when he wrote the memo, which also warned of a possible “effort by Osama bin Laden to send students to the US to attend civil aviation universities and colleges” (Fortune, May 22, 2002). His suggestion for a national program was ignored before 9/11;

2) FBI agent Robert Wright of the Chicago field office, who had been investigating a suspected terrorist cell for three years, was informed in January 2001 that the case was being closed. This despite Wright’s contention that his case was growing stronger. His investigation included individuals from the notorious Ptech, a software company which provided product for the White House, Congress, FBI, CIA, IRS, Army, Navy, and FAA and which was raided by federal agents in December 2002.

Three months before September 11, Wright wrote a stinging internal memo charging that the FBI was not interested in thwarting a terrorist attack, but rather “was merely gathering intelligence so they would know who to arrest when a terrorist attack occurred.” (UPI, May 30, 2002, cited in Griffin, p. 83);

3) Legal officer Colleen Rowley worked in the FBI’s Minneapolis field office when agents arrested Zacarias Moussaoui in August of 2001. The commission made repeated mention of the fact that Moussaoui, by that time, was considered a very dangerous person capable of crashing a plane into the World Trade Center. The Minneapolis felt so strongly about the need to detain him that a request was sent to FBI headquarters to search Moussaoui’s laptop computer under the Federal Intelligence Surveillance Act.

Approximately 10,000 requests under FISA over the past 20 years had been made without a single request being turned down, but the Minneapolis agency’s request never got out of the FBI. The request had been excised of the critical intelligence that made the case for Moussaoui’s connection to Al Qaeda in Chechnya on its path to FBI headquarters. Excised of that justification, the request was never forwarded for FISA consideration, spurring Rowley to charge that the FBI was “sabotaging” the case, and another agent to charge that headquarters was “setting this up for failure.” (Senate Intelligence Committee, October 17, 2002; Time, July 21 and July 27, 2002 and Sydney Morning Herald July 28, 2002, each cited in Griffin, p. 81);

4) On Aug 28, 2001 the New York FBI office requested opening a criminal investigation in soon-to-be hijacker Khalid Almihdhar based on evidence he had been involved in the USS Cole bombing. The request was turned down, on the basis that, as Griffin puts it, “Almihdhar could not be tied to the Cole investigation without the inclusion of sensitive intelligence information.” This led one frustrated FBI agent to write in an email that “someday someone will die–and. . . the public will not understand why we were not more effective.” (Congressional Intelligence Committee, cited in Griffin, p. 83). Perhaps Doran, a New York FBI agent herself, knew something about this? She was not asked directly.

What these examples make clear is that FBI “street agents” and translators don’t have the power to follow their investigations to their logical ends when they are obstructed by their superiors. In light of these facts, Doran’s breezy recommendation that the FBI street agents “keep doing what we’ve always done” is entirely inadequate, and inspires no confidence. Neither Thompson nor any other commissioner pressed for a better answer. And while the FBI’s “unprecedented transformation” after 9/11 testified to by FBI Executive Assistant Director For Counterterrorism John Pistole on April 14 may sound impressive to some, it does not explain nor address the past obstruction of promising investigations. Factor in the erosion of civil liberties required for its execution, and the “unprecedented transformation” appears to be of dubious value.

There are several other aspects about the FBI’s behavior pre- and post-9/11 that scream out for further investigation. One of the most bizarre cases still unfolding involves the targeting of former FBI translator Sibel Edmonds, who was fired by the agency shortly after reporting a number of complaints to her superiors. According to a June 7, 2004 story in The New Republic, those complaints included the charge that a fellow FBI translator, Can Dickerson, tried to recruit Edmonds into a foreign organization whose documents Dickerson had been translating and which had been under investigation by the FBI. Edmonds then filed a wrongful termination suit and took her grievance to Senators Charles Grassley and Patrick Leahy, as well as the television program “60 Minutes,” which aired an interview with her in 2002.

But the FBI has since gone to extraordinary lengths to silence Edmonds. In May, the Bureau re-classified all of the information it presented to Sens. Grassley and Leahy, nearly two years after it had become public. It even violated its own rules for reclassification in doing so. The reclassification has had the effect of silencing Grassley and Leahy on the matter, too, who had been pressing the Bureau for a fuller account of the matter. Now they were limited to writing classified letters to the FBI.

Edmonds, meanwhile, has seen her wrongful termination suit delayed for two years and most recently was informed by Judge Reggie Walton on June 14 that her hearing was delayed once again (for the fourth time), with no date set for a rescheduling. The delays result from an effort from Attorney General John Ashcroft to invoke the State Secrets Privilege, which can quash lawsuits on the basis that their continuation would damage national security. Judge Walton is still waiting for the government to make its case for the invoking of the States Secrets Privilege. In the meantime, as the New Republic notes, while Edmonds herself is not gagged, she is not permitted to reference any of the now-classified information that could substantiate her claims.

At her June 14 press conference outside the E. Barrett Prettyman United States Courthouse in Washington, DC, Edmonds summarized her charges clearly, stating that for more than two years, “John Ashcroft has been relentlessly engaged in actions geared toward covering up my report and investigations into my allegations. His actions. . . .include gagging the United States Congress, blocking court proceedings on my (wrongful termination suit) by invoking the State Secrets Privilege, quashing the subpoena for my deposition on information regarding 9/11, withholding documents requested under the Freedom Of Information Act and preventing the release of the Inspector General’s report of its investigations into my report and allegations.”

She threw down a gauntlet to all citizens, members of Congress and federal officials that so far have not spoken out, saying, “To become an American citizen, I took the citizenship oath. In taking this oath, I pledged I would support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States and America against all enemies, foreign and domestic. Therefore, not only do I have the right to challenge John Ashcroft’s anti-constitution(al) and un-American actions, but as an American citizen I am required to do so. So are you.”

Edmonds did testify with the 9/11 commission behind closed doors, but a host of disturbing questions still remain before the commission:

• Why weren’t any of the agents mentioned above called to testify in the commission’s public hearings? What legitimate claim to a thorough investigation can be made without their public testimony?

• Were the FBI agents who saw their investigations stymied at least deposed in private sessions?

• Why was Robert Wright’s investigation derailed, and why did the government move to block significant portions of his book in 2002, such that it remains unpublished to this day?

• Why was the information connecting Moussaoui’s connection with rebels in Chechnya excised before it reached the FBI Deputy General?

• And why have lower-level agents been demoted and/or punished for doing their jobs while their superiors, who spiked, obstructed or otherwise compromised their promisin




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Orlando shooter: deeper hidden ties to the FBI?

Orlando shooter: deeper hidden ties to the FBI?

by Jon Rappoport

June 13, 2016

The website Cryptogon has pieced together some interesting facts, and a quite odd “coincidence.” I’m bolstering their work.

First of all, the Orlando shooter, Omar Mateen, changed his name in 2006. As NBC News notes: “Records also show that he had filed a petition for a name change in 2006 from Omar Mir Seddique to Omar Mir Seddique Mateen.”

Why is that important? Why is his original last name, Seddique, also spelled Siddiqui, significant? Because of a previous terrorism case in Florida, in which the FBI informant’s name was Siddiqui. And because that previous case may have been one of those FBI prop-jobs, where the informant was used to falsely accuse a suspect of a terrorist act. The New Yorker (cited above) has details:

“This is not the first time that the F.B.I. has attracted criticism from national-security experts and civil-liberties groups for generating terrorism cases through sting operations and confidential informants. In ‘The Imam’s Curse,’ published in September, I reported on a Florida family that was accused of providing ‘material support’ to terrorists. In that case, a father, Hafiz Khan, and two of his sons were arrested. The charges against the sons were eventually dropped, but Hafiz Khan was convicted and sentenced to twenty-five years in prison. At Khan’s trial, his lawyer, Khurrum Wahid, questioned the reliability of the key [FBI] informant in the case, David Mahmood Siddiqui. Wahid accused Siddiqui, who’d had periods of unemployment, of lying to authorities because his work as a confidential informant was lucrative. For his role in the case, Siddiqui had received a hundred and twenty-six thousand dollars, plus expenses. But in a subsequent interview with the Associated Press, Siddiqui stood by his testimony and motives: ‘I did it for the love of my country, not for money.’”

The website Cryptogon, which pieced this whole story together, comments: “What are the odds that an FBI informant in a [previous] Florida terrorist case shares the same last name as the perpetrator of the worst mass shooting in U.S. history—also in Florida—[Omar Mateen] a lone wolf cop poser with multiple acknowledged contacts with the FBI, who was formerly listed on the terrorist watch list and associated with a suicide bomber… while holding a valid security guard license?”


And in case you think Siddiqui is a common last name, here is a statement from Mooseroots:

“Siddiqui is an uncommon surname in the United States. When the United States Census was taken in 2000, there were about 4,994 individuals with the last name “Siddiqui,” ranking it number 6,281 for all surnames. Historically, the name has been most prevalent in the Southwest, though the name is actually most common in Hawaii. Siddiqui is least common in the southeastern states.”

If for some reason the name Siddiqui throws you off, suppose the last name was, let me make something up, Graposco? A few years ago, an FBI informant in Florida, Graposco, appeared to have falsely accused a man of terrorist acts—and in 2016, another Graposco, who changed that last name to something else, killed 50 people in a Florida nightclub shooting—after having been investigated twice by the FBI? Might that coincidence grab your attention?

Again—the 2016 Orlando shooter had extensive contact with the FBI in 2013 and 2014. The FBI investigated him twice and dropped the investigations. The FBI used an informant in a previous Florida case, and that informant had the same last name as the Orlando shooter. It’s quite possible the previous informant was told to give a false statement which incriminated a man for terrorist acts.

You can say this is a coincidence. Maybe it is. But it seems more than odd. Are the two Siddiqui men connected?

Was the Orlando shooter involved in some kind of FBI plan to mount a terror op that was supposed to be stopped before it went ahead, but wasn’t? Was the Orlando shooter “helped” over the edge from having “radical ideas” to committing mass murder?

I could cite a number of precedents. Here is one I reported on in 2014:

There seems to be a rule: if a terror attack takes place and the FBI investigates it, things are never what they seem.

Federal attorney Andrew C McCarthy prosecuted the 1993 World Trade Center Bombing case. A review of his book, Willful Blindness, states:

“For the first time, McCarthy intimately reveals the real story behind the FBI’s inability to stop the first World Trade Center bombing even though the bureau had an undercover informant in the operation—the jihadists’ supposed bombmaker.

“In the first sentence of his hard-hitting account, the author sums up the lawyerly—but staggeringly incomprehensive—reason why the FBI pulled its informant out of the terrorist group even as plans were coming to a head on a major attack:

“’Think of the liability!’

“The first rule for government attorneys in counterintelligence in the 1990s was, McCarthy tells us, ‘Avoid accountable failure.’ Thus, when the situation demanded action, the feds copped a CYA posture, the first refuge of the bureaucrat.”

That’s a titanic accusation, coming from a former federal prosecutor.

Yes, the FBI had an informant inside the group that was planning the 1993 WTC bombing that eventually, on February 26, killed 6 people and injured 1042.

His name is Emad Salem, a former Egyptian Army officer. Present whereabouts unknown. Yanking Salem out of the group planning the Bombing was a devastating criminal act on the part of the FBI.

But there is more to the story.

On October 28, 1993, Ralph Blumenthal wrote a piece about Emad Salem for the New York Times: “Tapes Depict Proposal to Thwart Bomb Used in Trade Center Blast.” It began:

“Law-enforcement officials were told that terrorists were building a bomb that was eventually used to blow up the World Trade Center, and they planned to thwart the plotters by secretly substituting harmless powder for the explosives, an informer [Emad Salem] said after the blast.”

Continuing: “The informer was to have helped the plotters build the bomb and supply the fake powder, but the plan was called off by an F.B.I. supervisor who had other ideas about how the informer, Emad A. Salem, should be used, the informer [Emad] said.”

The FBI called the “plan” off, but left the planners to their own devices. No “harmless powder.” Instead, real explosives.

The Times article goes on: “The account, which is given in the transcript of hundreds of hours of tape recordings Mr. Salem secretly made of his talks with law-enforcement agents, portrays the authorities as in a far better position than previously known to foil the Feb. 26 bombing of New York City’s tallest towers.”

This is a shockingly strong opening for an article in the NY Times. It focuses on the testimony of the informant; it seems to take his side.

Several years after reporter Blumenthal wrote the above piece, I spoke with him and expressed my amazement at the revelations about the FBI—and wondered whether the Times had continued to investigate the scandal.

Blumenthal wasn’t pleased, to say the least. He said I misunderstood the article.

I mentioned the fact that Emad Salem wasn’t called as a prosecution witness in the 1993 WTC Bombing trial.

Of course, why would the Dept. of Justice bring Salem to the stand? Would they want him to blame the FBI for abetting the Bombing?

Again, Blumenthal told me I “didn’t understand.” He became angry and that was the end of the conversation.

I remember thinking: letting the bomb plot go forward…what else do you need for a criminal prosecution of the FBI?

Here is an excerpt from one of those tapes Emad Salem made when he was secretly bugging his own FBI handlers. On this phone call, he talks to his Bureau friend John. Others have claimed this is an agent named John Anticev. The conversation is taking place at some point after the 1993 WTC Bombing. The main topic is Salem’s fees for services rendered as an informant. He apparently wants more money. He also wants to make sure the Bureau will pay him what they’ve agreed to. During the conversation, Salem suddenly talks about the bomb. His English is broken, but his meaning is clear enough. When he finishes, his Bureau handler John just moves on without directly responding.

Salem: “…we was start already building the bomb which is went off in the World Trade Center. It was built by supervising supervision from the Bureau and the DA and we was all informed about it and we know that the bomb start to be built. By who? By your confidential informant. What a wonderful great case!”

According to Salem, there was a bomb, it was built under FBI and “DA” supervision, Salem himself built it, and it exploded.

Questions remain. Did Salem literally mean he built the bomb? Or was he claiming he successfully convinced others to build it? As a provocative agent for the FBI, did Salem foment the whole idea of the WTC attack and entrap those who were eventually convicted of the Bombing? Without his presence, would they have planned and carried out the assault? Was the truck bomb set off under the North Tower the only weapon? Were there other bombs? If so, who planted them?

But the role of the FBI seems to be clear enough. They aided and abetted, and at the very least, permitted the 1993 attack on the Trade Towers.


What about Omar Mateen in 2016, in Orlando?

As the LA Times, reports, the FBI investigated him on two occasions (LA Times, June 13, “Orlando terror attack live updates…”):

“While working as a courthouse guard in 2013, Mateen made ‘inflammatory and contradictory’ statements to co-workers about having relatives in Al Qaeda, the radical Sunni terrorist group, [FBI Director] Comey said. Mateen also claimed to be a member of Hezbollah, Lebanon’s Shiite militia, and his remarks drew an 11-month FBI investigation, Comey said. Both groups oppose Islamic State.

“Comey said the FBI also briefly investigated Mateen in 2014 for allegedly watching videos by Al Qaeda propagandist Anwar Awlaki and attending the same mosque as an American who would later become a suicide bomber for Al Nusra Front in Syria — another Al Qaeda affiliate opposed to Islamic State.

“Both investigations were closed without charges.”

Did the FBI just investigate the Orlando shooter? Or did they in some way enlist him in an operation?

Is it merely a terrible mistake that enabled the shooter to work nine years for G4S, the world’s “biggest guarding company” and one of the biggest contractors to the DHS, as Bloomberg News states? Is it merely a terrible mistake that G4S was aware the FBI was investigating the shooter in 2013 and did nothing about it?

Or did some federal group intervene and tell all parties to leave the shooter alone and in place—because he was part of an operation?

Jon Rappoport

The author of three explosive collections, THE MATRIX REVEALED, EXIT FROM THE MATRIX, and POWER OUTSIDE THE MATRIX, Jon was a candidate for a US Congressional seat in the 29th District of California. He maintains a consulting practice for private clients, the purpose of which is the expansion of personal creative power. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, he has worked as an investigative reporter for 30 years, writing articles on politics, medicine, and health for CBS Healthwatch, LA Weekly, Spin Magazine, Stern, and other newspapers and magazines in the US and Europe. Jon has delivered lectures and seminars on global politics, health, logic, and creative power to audiences around the world. You can sign up for his free NoMoreFakeNews







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There was probably a time when the average citizen didn’t spend much time thinking about the work of the FBI. Those days are pretty much long gone. Now, because of the current tenuous status of the entire world, because of atrocious actions, the work of this agency has taken on increased importance.


In an effort to educate the public about what the FBI actually does, a new series focuses not only on the activities of the agency but also on the people who spend their lives working to enforce the law and provide global security.



Inside the FBI: New York follows the agency and its various units (counterterrorism, cyber crimes and human trafficking, among others) as they deal with various crimes and criminals.


“The FBI is basically a secret institution that everyone knows about, but no one knows what they really do,” explains series executive producer Marc Levin. “Their default answer for 50 years to virtually every question has been, ‘no comment.’ Until now.”



Working with uber scripted television producer Dick Wolf, Levin says that former FBI director James Comey was onboard with the series because he felt it was important for the public to know about the inner-workings of the agency.


But just because Wolf and Comey wanted to do it doesn’t mean it wasn’t without trouble, explains Levin. “First, we had to determine what the term ‘access’ really meant. Fortunately, we were pretty much all on the same page about that. And, then there had to be a real level of trust on both sides—we had to trust that they would let us show as much as we wanted and they had to trust that we were going to show everything with a certain level of respect. I think we worked it out so really everyone’s happy about what we’re showing viewers.”


Levin says that he and his team were embedded during a very interesting time within the agency. “We were inside the FBI during two historic moments that were not good—this change in global terrorism which shifted from organized groups to these sort of social media lone wolf types acting out—and the whole suspicion of Russia hacking the U.S. election.”


The subject matter here is awfully heavy, admits Levin, saying, “I got scared watching a lot of this. There were things that I never gave much thought until I worked on this show. A lot of what happens rocks you, but this is the world we live in and it’s better to be in the know than to try and hide from it. You can’t just hide from it. It’s not going to go away.”


The recent surge in news coverage about the agency actually worked in the series favor, in a way, says Levin. “The intense focus on the FBI by the media made more people within the organization want to work with us because they felt they were being attacked. Every day there are people screaming that the FBI is corrupt. They felt like they were unseen and that nobody understood what they do. I think that worked in our favor in a strange way.”










Branding Hoover's FBI

How the Boss's PR Men Sold the Bureau to America


Matthew Cecil


Hunting down America’s public enemies was just one of the FBI’s jobs. Another—perhaps more vital and certainly more covert—was the job of promoting the importance and power of the FBI, a process that Matthew Cecil unfolds clearly for the first time in this eye-opening book. The story of the PR men who fashioned the Hoover era, Branding Hoover’s FBI reveals precisely how the Bureau became a monolithic organization of thousands of agents who lived and breathed a well-crafted public relations message, image, and worldview. Accordingly, the book shows how the public was persuaded—some would say conned—into buying and even bolstering that image.


Just fifteen years after a theater impresario coined the term “public relations,” the FBI under J. Edgar Hoover began practicing a sophisticated version of the activity. Cecil introduces those agency PR men in Washington who put their singular talents to work by enforcing and amplifying Hoover's message. Louis B. Nichols, overseer of the Crime Records Section for more than twenty years, was a master of bend-your-ear networking. Milton A. Jones brought meticulous analysis to bear on the mission; Fern Stukenbroeker, a gift for eloquence; and Cartha “Deke” DeLoach, a singular charm and ambition. Branding Hoover’s FBI examines key moments when this dedicated cadre, all working under the protective wing of Associate Director Clyde Tolson, manipulated public perceptions of the Bureau (was the Dillinger triumph really what it seemed?). In these critical moments, the book allows us to understand as never before how America came to see the FBI’s law enforcement successes and overlook the dubious accomplishments, such as domestic surveillance, that truly defined the Hoover era.


“This unique, creative, and excellent study makes a significant contribution to the literature on the FBI. Cecils brilliant mining of FBI personnel files has resulted in a fascinating, richly detailed, and wholly satisfying look at the inner workings of Hoover’s FBI.An outstanding work on an important subject.”


—Douglas Charles, author of Hoover’s War on Gays: Exposing the FBI’s “Sex Deviates” Program


“Branding Hoover’s FBI is a path-breaking assessment of former FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover’s public relations initiatives. Cecil’s brilliantly researched study documents Hoover’s success in transforming the image of the FBI from a minor and suspect to a powerful and autonomous agency, in the process reshaping American politics in the twentieth century. His thoughtful monograph has particular contemporary relevance highlighting how control over information undermined a constitutional system based on accountability and transparency. ”


—Athan Theoharis, author of The FBI and American Democracy: A Brief Critical History


About the Author


Matthew Cecil is Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities, Minnesota State University, Mankato. He is the author of The Ballad of Ben and Stella Mae: Great Plains Outlaws Who Became FBI Public Enemies Nos. 1 and 2 and Hoover’s FBI and the Fourth Estate: The Campaign to Control the Press and the Bureau’s Image, both published by Kansas.












Family of Boston Marathon-bomber's friend sue agents over death


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The parents of a Chechen man who was fatally shot while being questioned in Florida about a Boston Marathon bombing suspect in 2013 have sued four law enforcement agents for wrongful death.


The lawsuit was filed Monday in federal court in Orlando by the estate of Ibragim Todashev and Todashev's parents against two Massachusetts state troopers, an FBI agent and an Orlando police officer who was working under the FBI's supervision. Todashev's estate is being represented by an official with the Council of American-Islamic Relations Florida.


The lawsuit seeks damages for lost earnings as well as funeral and medical expenses.


The agents interviewed Todashev four years ago as they looked into the background of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev. The men had been friends in Boston through mixed martial-arts circles.


The agents have said Todashev became agitated during the interview, grabbed a weapon and was killed. But the lawsuit claims that Todashev was leaving his apartment when he was shot, and agents tried to rearrange the scene.


"The actions of the law enforcement agents were designed to escalate conflict and attempt to justify the wrongful use of force," the lawsuit said.


FBI spokeswoman Kristen Setera in Boson declined to comment because of the pending litigation. Massachusetts State Police spokesman David Procopio also said he couldn't comment on pending litigation, but that "we expect that a vigorous defense of our personnel will be presented in court."


The lawsuit alleges that FBI agents followed, harassed and repeatedly questioned Todashev in the weeks after the Boston bombing even though he had nothing to do with it. The lawsuit also says the FBI was negligent in its investigation into the death of Todashev, who was shot seven times, and that the FBI agent who fired the shots had a history of misconduct.


"Todashev's death ... was the result of excessive force by FBI agents and negligent hiring/ supervision by the FBI — all of which resulted in Todashev's wrongful death," the lawsuit said.








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Many analysts have argued that the next FBI director shouldn’t be a politician. But try telling that to Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Md.), who has been pressing Senate Democratic leaders to consider former GOP congressman Mike Rogers (Mich.) for the post.


Ruppersberger told me Wednesday that in conversations with Democratic leadership, he had endorsed Rogers’s “integrity, competence and patriotism.” Rogers, a former FBI agent who served as House Intelligence Committee chairman until his retirement in 2015, has also been endorsed by the FBI Agents Association. The group said in a May 13 statement that Rogers “exemplifies the principles that should be possessed by the next FBI director.”










Saudi Arabia and the U.S. Intelligence Community: Allies Against 9/11 Transparency?


February 4, 2015 28 pages, 9/11, Bob Graham, CIA, cover-up, FBI, ISIS, Norm Coleman, NSA, Richard Clarke, Saudi Arabia

By Brian McGlinchey


One of the distinguishing hallmarks of the drive to declassify the 28-page finding on foreign government support of the 9/11 hijackers is the absence of vocal opposition. That’s not to say there are no opponents—only that they are working quietly and effectively behind closed doors.


It’s likely that among the most powerful of those unseen opponents of 9/11 transparency are two strange bedfellows:

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia—which has fueled the growth of terror

The U.S. intelligence community—which is charged with thwarting terror

Saudia Arabia’s Broad Influence on U.S. Policy


Saudi Arabia has claimed it wants the 28 pages released, but the kingdom is surely bluffing. At a January 7 press conference promoting the reintroduction of a House resolution urging the president to declassify the 28 pages, former Senator Bob Graham was pointed in describing how Saudi Arabia figures in the censored chapter of the report of a joint Congressional intelligence inquiry into 9/11: “The 28 pages primarily relate to who financed 9/11 and they point a very strong finger at Saudi Arabia as being the principal financier.”


Like many other countries, Saudi Arabia has invested heavily in building influence within American shores, and that influence may be a big reason why Barack Obama hasn’t reversed George W. Bush’s extraordinary redaction of 28 consecutive pages of a Congressional intelligence report, and why most of our federal legislators haven’t even bothered reading those pages despite the strong urging of peers who have.


Former Senator Norm Coleman: On the Saudi Payroll

Former Senator Norm Coleman: Once a Saudi Critic, Now on Kingdom’s Payroll

One relatively new pillar in Saudi Arabia’s influence infrastructure illustrates its strength. In September, The Nation’s Lee Fang—in a piece outlining the remarkable depth and breadth of the Saudi web of influence—revealed that Saudi Arabia had made an eyebrow-raising addition to its army of lobbyists: Norm Coleman, former United States senator and current chair of the Congressional Leadership Fund, a prominent Republican super PAC.


The hire breaks new ground, writes Fang, as Coleman “appears to be the first leader of a significant Super PAC to simultaneously lobby for a foreign government.” The move also reveals cringe-inducing hypocrisy: In 2005, Coleman signed a letter condemning Saudi Arabia for fostering Islamic extremism around the world, and today he serves on the board of the National Endowment for Democracy.


While noteworthy, Coleman is just one star in a broad constellation of Saudi Arabian influence on American policymakers. As The New York Times reported in a September expose, another major avenue of foreign government influence is the funding of American think tanks:


“The money is increasingly transforming the once-staid think-tank world into a muscular arm of foreign governments’ lobbying in Washington. And it has set off troubling questions about intellectual freedom: Some scholars say they have been pressured to reach conclusions friendly to the government financing the research.”


The pressure on scholars isn’t always indirect: Some “donations” are accompanied by an explicit quid pro quo understanding that the think tank will advance the interest of its foreign state benefactor.


According to a Times infographic, Saudi Arabia has given money to many of the think tanks that journalists and policymakers turn to for analysis, including The Atlantic Council, Brookings Institution, the Middle East Institute and the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).


Does the work product of these think tanks reflect their Saudi sponsorship? Consider the rather Saudi-friendly insights the CSIS’s Anthony Cordesman recently offered decision-makers on the transition of power following the death of King Abdullah. In it, Cordesman heralds Abdullah as “one of (Saudi Arabia’s) most competent and impressive kings” and “a strong ally.”  While he touches briefly on extremism, strikingly absent from Cordesman’s examination of Saudi Arabia’s role as a “close partner” in U.S. counterterrorism efforts is any mention of the country’s well-documented financial support of Islamic extremism and terror. To the contrary, Cordesman declares that Saudi Arabia “has been critical to preserving some degree of regional stability…during the rise of Islamic extremism.”


Considering Saudi Arabia’s think tank sponsorship, it’s no wonder that 28Pages.org is only aware of one occasion where one of these influential entities has allowed an analyst to use its platform to promote the release of the 28 pages: Last month at the American Enterprise Institute, Michael Rubin urged their release and implored journalists to make the 28 pages a 2016 campaign issue.


Intelligence Community’s “Pervasive Pattern” of Covering Saudi Role


Saudi Arabia’s reasons for wanting the 28 pages kept secret are clear, but what about America’s intelligence community? Actually, its motives are likely identical: Shielding itself from public humiliation and the consequences that would accompany it.


Former Senator Bob Graham

Former Senator Bob Graham

The intelligence community would have us believe that publishing the 28 pages would somehow pose a threat to national security, a notion that’s been pointedly rebutted by many who’ve read them, including former Senate intelligence committee chairman Graham.


At the January 7 press conference, Graham said, “Much of what passes for classification for national security reasons is really classified because it would disclose incompetence. And since the people who are classifying are also often the subject of the materials, they have an institutional interest in avoiding exposure of their incompetence.”


The intelligence community’s failure in the years and months leading up to 9/11 isn’t exactly secret, but the 28 pages may shed powerfully unflattering new light on it. Remember, they’re found in the report of the “Joint Inquiry into Intelligence Community Activities Before and After the Terrorist Attacks of September 11, 2001.”


Secrecy about American intelligence agencies’ performance before and after the 9/11 attacks stretches far beyond the 28 pages. Perhaps the most prominent example of that broad veil relates to a 9/11 hijacker cell in Sarasota: Graham says the FBI failed to disclose its knowledge of that cell to the joint congressional intelligence inquiry he co-chaired.


When the cell later came to the attention of investigative journalist Dan Christensen at FloridaBulldog.org, the FBI first denied that it found any connection between 9/11 hijackers and a wealthy Saudi family that suddenly fled the country two weeks before September 11, and then denied it had any documentation of its investigation. Now we know the FBI indeed found direct links between that family and the hijackers, and a federal judge is studying more than 80,000 pages of FBI documents relating to the Sarasota investigation for potential release in a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit.


Relating the FBI’s Sarasota secrecy to the 28 pages, Graham said, “This is not a narrow issue of withholding information at one place, in one time. This is a pervasive pattern of covering up the role of Saudi Arabia in 9/11 by all of the agencies of the federal government which have access to information that might illuminate Saudi Arabia’s role in 9/11.”


Richard Clarke

Former Counterterror Czar Richard Clarke

The CIA may want the 28 pages kept secret, too. Richard Clarke, who was the White House’s counter-terrorism czar in the Clinton and Bush administrations, says the CIA never told him that two known Al Qaeda operatives were living in southern California under their own names. Considering the San Diego cell figures prominently in the joint inquiry report, the 28 pages may shed light on the CIA’s motives for its history-altering failure to inform Clarke or the FBI or elaborate on what disaster-averting information the CIA had and didn’t share.


Like the CIA, the NSA also knew about the San Diego-based hijackers well before September 11. Keeping the 28 pages under wraps may serve the agency in its fight to preserve the post-9/11 mass surveillance programs revealed by Edward Snowden: If the 28 pages amplify the fact that the government had all the information it needed to thwart the 9/11 attacks without those controversial programs, the NSA’s arguments would be further weakened.


A Deadly Bargain


Amid all this discussion of the actions and inactions that enabled the terrible loss of life on 9/11, one shouldn’t lose sight of the fact that lives continue to hang in the balance—and the fact that former Senator Graham and current Congressmen Walter Jones, Stephen Lynch and Thomas Massie have all said that declassifying the 28 pages is imperative to understanding and countering the ongoing terror threat.


Said Graham at the 28 pages press conference that came just hours after the terror attack on the offices of French magazine Charlie Hebdo: “There is no threat to national security in disclosure (of the 28 pages). I’m going to make the case today that there’s a threat to national security by non–disclosure, and we saw another chapter of that today in Paris.”


According to Graham, shielding Saudi Arabia from scrutiny of its role in 9/11 has emboldened the kingdom to continue its sponsorship of extremism and, in the process, enabled the rise of ISIS. If so, the continued censorship of the 28 pages has cost more lives around the world than were lost on September 11, 2001—and with growing U.S. involvement in the fight against ISIS, American lives could become increasingly imperiled.


Americans may not be surprised that a faraway monarchy would be willing to gamble the lives of innocents in a bid for continued power, but they should be deeply troubled that the U.S. intelligence community would—wittingly or not—make the same deadly bargain. By shielding themselves from the oversight that’s vital to our system of government, our national security agencies also shield Saudi Arabia from accountability. In so doing, they endanger the very lives they’re charged with saving.


Brian McGlinchey is the founder and director of 28Pages.org.


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Grayson to Submit New Request to Read 28 Secret Pages on 9/11


January 26, 2015 28 pages, 9/11, Alan Grayson, Intelligence Committee, Mike Rogers, NSA

Congressman Alan Grayson

Congressman Alan Grayson

Congressman Alan Grayson, one of three representatives who last week joined the growing movement to declassify a 28-page finding on foreign government support of the September 11th hijackers, told 28Pages.org he did so because “the American people have the right to know what happened on 9/11 in every regard.”


As he takes a stand for releasing the 28 pages to the public, he remains determined to read the 28 pages himself. Denied permission by the House intelligence committee in the waning weeks of the last Congress, Grayson will try again in the new one.


The Florida congressman said the December 1 refusal of his first request was “politics, pure and simple.”


“There are people on the intelligence committee who are unhappy with the fact that I have been a staunch opponent of pervasive domestic spying here in the United States,” said Grayson. “The vote was almost entirely on party lines because the Republican chairman (Mike Rogers) misrepresented information to the committee about my actions.”


Rep. Grayson on the House Floor, June XX 2013

Grayson Speaking on the House Floor, June 2013

In June 2013, amid the first wave of Edward Snowden’s revelations of NSA mass domestic surveillance, Grayson delivered a speech on the House floor that was accompanied by a display of NSA briefing slides that had already been published in The Guardian and The Washington Post. Grayson said the information he shared in the speech relied “solely on information in The Guardian…and that was misrepresented to the (intelligence) committee members as my misusing classified information.”


“Frankly, if they’re going to be playing those kinds of games, it’s a wonder that good people ever get to find out anything about the octopus tentacles of the spying-industrial complex,” said Grayson.


Grayson is hoping for a different outcome when he submits a new request to read the 28 pages.


“Chairman Rogers is no longer chairman of the committee—in fact he’s no longer on the committee or even in Congress—and I hope the current chair will not try to twist the facts the way that Rogers did and I’ll be able to see the information that not only I should be able to see but also every member of the public,” said Grayson.


Grayson cast doubt on the notion that releasing the redacted information could pose a risk to national security or intelligence operations.


“It’s inconceivable to me at this point, more than 13 years later, that there’s any actionable information the administration needs to keep secret in order to be able to do anything with it,” said Grayson, who represents Florida’s 9th congressional district. “No one has ever claimed there’s anything in those 28 pages that needs to remain classified in order to protect current U.S. interests,” he added.


Grayson’s criticism of the continued secrecy of the 28 pages is echoed by many who have read them, including former Senator Bob Graham—who co-chaired the joint congressional inquiry that produced the 28-page chapter in an 838-page report—and Congressmen Walter Jones, Stephen Lynch and Thomas Massie.


While Grayson is well-known as an outspoken Democrat, support for the declassification of the 28 pages on Capitol Hill comprises a near-perfect 50/50 mix of Republicans and Democrats united by a common belief that foreign government links to the 9/11 terrorists shouldn’t stay secret.


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CIA whistleblower: Mueller’s FBI computers spied on Trump and SCOTUS

The FBI's James Mueller, now special prosecutor for Russia-Trump, helped expand the NSA's program of domestic surveillance. He and James Comey oversaw the program that spied on Donald Trump. So why is Mueller leading the investigation?

Jul 13, 2017

WASHINGTON, July 13, 2017 — Former FBI Director Robert Mueller, currently Special Counsel in the Russia investigation, provided FBI computers to a secret CIA/NSA surveillance program that was launched in 2004. That program morphed into a domestic surveillance program that spied on Donald Trump and his associates.

This is according to former CIA/NSA/DIA subcontractor-turned-whistleblower Dennis Montgomery and his attorney Larry Klayman.

According to Montgomery:

“This is very, very, very powerful technology, and it was created under Robert Mueller’s watch. The last person I would think that should be investigating Donald Trump is Robert Mueller, who was collecting information on Donald Trump ten years ago … Mueller has a huge conflict of interest, a huge conflict of interest.”

Klayman, the founder of Judicial Watch and Freedom Watch, did not mince words when explaining the dangerous high-stakes maneuvering around Montgomery’s case:

“These are vicious people. These people are capable of killing people to keep this thing secret. That’s why, Congress I believe, doesn’t want to look into this. They are afraid of them too. They are more powerful than the President of the United States … This government knows no bounds.”

Special Counsel Mueller’s alleged involvement in a secret surveillance program said to have targeted Trump came to light during the July 8, 2017 broadcast of the radio program “Special Prosecutor with Larry Klayman.”

According to former billionaire Tim Blixseth, whose ex-wife was Montgomery’s business partner, the CIA decided in 2009 to expand the surveillance program by dedicating $5 million in additional computer hardware.

According to Blixseth, the new equipment gave the surveillance program the far greater technical power needed for hacking into secure networks and devices.

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Dennis Montgomery (Image: GoFundMe.com)
On Klayman’s radio show, Montgomery discussed his claim that under Mueller, the FBI provided computers used to spy on Trump and other Americans.

Montgomery added journalists and reporters to the list of individuals and groups that he has identified as alleged surveillance targets. He also added embattled Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy. Montgomery had previously indicated that Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts and 156 judges were also surveillance targets.

Bundy, who is currently incarcerated while awaiting trial, has been under surveillance since 2003, claims Montgomery.

Read more at http://www.commdiginews.com/politics-2/cia-whistleblower-muellers-fbi-computers-spied-on-trump-and-scotus-91264/#vdx5w7uzHjpirVKR.99


Colorado Bob

Student of the Natural Sciences and Human Folly


Democrats lead charge to build new FBI building

Senate Panel to Look Into Decision to Kill FBI HQ Project
Plan includes new suburban D.C. FBI building, redeveloping downtown site


The FBI considered charging the American Indian Movement’s John Trudell with “Insurrection”
by Curtis Waltman
July 13, 2017
To mark the 49th anniversary this week of the founding of the American Indian Movement (AIM), we’re taking a look at the FBI files of John Trudell, esteemed Santee Dakota poet, writer, speaker, and musician who was a key member of AIM, rising to the rank of National Chairman by the mid seventies. To the Bureau, Trudell was a renowned “agitator,” but within his community he was a motivator who inspired Indigenous peoples across the nation to strive for a better life.
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Cleveland Division of FBI recruiting new special agents
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DOJ provides court-ordered disclosure on Jeff Sessions' Russia contacts a day late
Form proves Sessions lied about meetings with Russian officials.

Published : July 13, 2017

The Justice Department has reportedly missed a court-ordered deadline to release parts of Jeff Sessions’ form to obtain security clearances dealing with contacts with Russian officials.

In response to a lawsuit by a Washington-based watchdog group, a federal judge said on June 12 the department had to provide the information within 30 days. That deadline passed on Wednesday.

Jeff Sessions’ disclosure form detailing the attorney general’s contacts with foreign governments was submitted Thursday morning, NPR reported.

In the filing with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, the Justice Department released the part of Sessions’ security clearance form that asks, “Have you or any of your immediate family in the past seven (7) years [bold font in original] had any contact with a foreign government, its establishment (such as embassy, consulate, agency, military service, intelligence or security service, etc.) or its representatives, whether inside or outside the U.S.?"

Sessions answered, “No.”

The form confirms what the public already knows: Sessions did not disclose meetings he had last year with Russian officials when he applied for his security clearances.

Jeff Sessions met with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak at least two times last year. He did not note those meetings on his form or in his Senate confirmation hearing.

The ethics watchdog group, American Oversight, filed a Freedom of Information Act request into Session’s Russian contacts in March. The organization filed suit against the government a month later when it wasn’t provided the documents, The Hill reported.


Great sexual assault evidence collection policies exist, but continue to be the exception to the rule
by Vanessa Nason
July 12, 2017
The best sexual assault policies adopted by this country’s law enforcement agencies illustrate a careful balancing act - Gardner, Massachusetts, with its victim-focused approach, a team of officers trained in handling sexual assault, and clear evidence collection policies, stands out. But until every police department in the country has these, the national backlog will continue to exist.
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Former President Jimmy Carter hospitalized for dehydration in Canada during Habitat for Humanity trip
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Updated: Thursday, July 13, 2017, 2:01 PM


Judge orders documents sealed in case against FBI agent in Malheur
Statesman Journal-
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A federal judge says government documents from a case against an FBI agent will remain sealed to protect the identities of other law ...


North Carolina officer charged for killing pedestrian he struck while driving 100 mph
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Thursday, July 13, 2017, 8:42 AM


CIA’s 60 year war with the Government Accountability Office: The ‘70s Part 2
by Emma Best
July 13, 2017
In an April 1975 letter for CIA Director William Colby, the Agency’s Assistant Legislative Counsel laid out the arguments the Agency intended to make against a bill requiring they allow the Government Accountability Office access to CIA records. In an accompanying cover letter, the Agency lawyer drafting the letter noted they “really slung the B.S.,” and asked for Colby’s help in determining if they had overplayed the CIA’s position a bit.
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98 environmental
defenders have been killed so far in 2017
while protecting their community’s land or natural resources


Trump’s Russian Laundromat
How to use Trump Tower and other luxury high-rises to clean dirty money, run an international crime syndicate, and propel a failed real estate developer into the White House.
July 13, 2017

Trump’s Russian Laundromat

In 1984, a Russian émigré named David Bogatin went shopping for apartments in New York City. The 38-year-old had arrived in America seven years before, with just $3 in his pocket. But for a former pilot in the Soviet Army—his specialty had been shooting down Americans over North Vietnam—he had clearly done quite well for himself. Bogatin wasn’t hunting for a place in Brighton Beach, the Brooklyn enclave known as “Little Odessa” for its large population of immigrants from the Soviet Union. Instead, he was fixated on the glitziest apartment building on Fifth Avenue, a gaudy, 58-story edifice with gold-plated fixtures and a pink-marble atrium: Trump Tower.

A monument to celebrity and conspicuous consumption, the tower was home to the likes of Johnny Carson, Steven Spielberg, and Sophia Loren. Its brash, 38-year-old developer was something of a tabloid celebrity himself. Donald Trump was just coming into his own as a serious player in Manhattan real estate, and Trump Tower was the crown jewel of his growing empire. From the day it opened, the building was a hit—all but a few dozen of its 263 units had sold in the first few months. But Bogatin wasn’t deterred by the limited availability or the sky-high prices. The Russian plunked down $6 million to buy not one or two, but five luxury condos. The big check apparently caught the attention of the owner. According to Wayne Barrett, who investigated the deal for the Village Voice, Trump personally attended the closing, along with Bogatin.

If the transaction seemed suspicious—multiple apartments for a single buyer who appeared to have no legitimate way to put his hands on that much money—there may have been a reason. At the time, Russian mobsters were beginning to invest in high-end real estate, which offered an ideal vehicle to launder money from their criminal enterprises. “During the ’80s and ’90s, we in the U.S. government repeatedly saw a pattern by which criminals would use condos and high-rises to launder money,” says Jonathan Winer, a deputy assistant secretary of state for international law enforcement in the Clinton administration. “It didn’t matter that you paid too much, because the real estate values would rise, and it was a way of turning dirty money into clean money. It was done very systematically, and it explained why there are so many high-rises where the units were sold but no one is living in them.” When Trump Tower was built, as David Cay Johnston reports in The Making of Donald Trump, it was only the second high-rise in New York that accepted anonymous buyers.

In 1987, just three years after he attended the closing with Trump, Bogatin pleaded guilty to taking part in a massive gasoline-bootlegging scheme with Russian mobsters. After he fled the country, the government seized his five condos at Trump Tower, saying that he had purchased them to “launder money, to shelter and hide assets.” A Senate investigation into organized crime later revealed that Bogatin was a leading figure in the Russian mob in New York. His family ties, in fact, led straight to the top: His brother ran a $150 million stock scam with none other than Semion Mogilevich, whom the FBI considers the “boss of bosses” of the Russian mafia. At the time, Mogilevich—feared even by his fellow gangsters as “the most powerful mobster in the world”—was expanding his multibillion-dollar international criminal syndicate into America.

In 1987, on his first trip to Russia, Trump visited the Winter Palace with Ivana. The Soviets flew him to Moscow—all expenses paid—to discuss building a luxury hotel across from the Kremlin.Maxim Blokhin/TASS
Since Trump’s election as president, his ties to Russia have become the focus of intense scrutiny, most of which has centered on whether his inner circle colluded with Russia to subvert the U.S. election. A growing chorus in Congress is also asking pointed questions about how the president built his business empire. Rep. Adam Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, has called for a deeper inquiry into “Russian investment in Trump’s businesses and properties.”

The very nature of Trump’s businesses—all of which are privately held, with few reporting requirements—makes it difficult to root out the truth about his financial deals. And the world of Russian oligarchs and organized crime, by design, is shadowy and labyrinthine. For the past three decades, state and federal investigators, as well as some of America’s best investigative journalists, have sifted through mountains of real estate records, tax filings, civil lawsuits, criminal cases, and FBI and Interpol reports, unearthing ties between Trump and Russian mobsters like Mogilevich. To date, no one has documented that Trump was even aware of any suspicious entanglements in his far-flung businesses, let alone that he was directly compromised by the Russian mafia or the corrupt oligarchs who are closely allied with the Kremlin. So far, when it comes to Trump’s ties to Russia, there is no smoking gun.

But even without an investigation by Congress or a special prosecutor, there is much we already know about the president’s debt to Russia. A review of the public record reveals a clear and disturbing pattern: Trump owes much of his business success, and by extension his presidency, to a flow of highly suspicious money from Russia. Over the past three decades, at least 13 people with known or alleged links to Russian mobsters or oligarchs have owned, lived in, and even run criminal activities out of Trump Tower and other Trump properties. Many used his apartments and casinos to launder untold millions in dirty money. Some ran a worldwide high-stakes gambling ring out of Trump Tower—in a unit directly below one owned by Trump. Others provided Trump with lucrative branding deals that required no investment on his part. Taken together, the flow of money from Russia provided Trump with a crucial infusion of financing that helped rescue his empire from ruin, burnish his image, and launch his career in television and politics. “They saved his bacon,” says Kenneth McCallion, a former assistant U.S. attorney in the Reagan administration who investigated ties between organized crime and Trump’s developments in the 1980s.

It’s entirely possible that Trump was never more than a convenient patsy for Russian oligarchs and mobsters, with his casinos and condos providing easy pass-throughs for their illicit riches. At the very least, with his constant need for new infusions of cash and his well-documented troubles with creditors, Trump made an easy “mark” for anyone looking to launder money. But whatever his knowledge about the source of his wealth, the public record makes clear that Trump built his business empire in no small part with a lot of dirty money from a lot of dirty Russians—including the dirtiest and most feared of them all.


Evangelicals scratch Donald Trump's back – and he's returning the favor
Daniel José Camacho

FBI Octopus


Job One at Homeland Security Under Trump: Immigration
New York Times-
... the rise, said Erroll Southers, a former F.B.I. agent who is the director of a program at the University of Southern California that studies homegrown extremism.


Unfair to judge officers' actions in hindsight, experts say | WJLA
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Sep 22, 2016 - ... based on only their judgment and training,” said Tyrone Powers, director of the Homeland Security and Criminal Justice Institute at Anne Arundel Community College and a former FBI special agent.


Haverhill Mass

Middle East discussion: The Council on Aging is hosting a discussion group on terrorism in the Middle East.

Jay White, a retired FBI agent and a former member of the Joint Terrorism Task Force, lead the discussion. White is an adjunct faculty member at several area colleges.

The group meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 10 a.m. at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St. Call 978-374-2390 if you wish to participate.


Blacked out page of Sessions security clearance form is out
Boston Herald-
A department spokesman says the FBI agent who helped with the form said those encounters didn't have to be included as routine contacts as part of Sessions' ...


Five pounds of meth lost in ‘reverse sting’ in Albuquerque
By Mike Gallagher / Journal Investigative Reporter
Thursday, July 13th, 2017 at 12:02am

FBI agents lost 5 pounds of methamphetamine last month during a “reverse sting” in a parking lot on Coors near I-40.

The incident also sent a member of the FBI Safe Streets Task Force to a hospital after he was struck by the suspects’ car in the Home Depot parking lot.

Agents fired their weapons at the suspects but didn’t hit anyone.


Democrats signal support for quick vote on FBI nominee Wray

By SEUNG MIN KIM 07/13/2017


Too Much Free Time
Thu, Jul 13th 2017

Desk Jockeying: FBI Puts Out The Call For 'Cyber Security Furniture'
from the bringing-the-war-to-work dept
If you're going to fight in the Cyber Front, you're going to want the most up-to-date office chairs. Here's an unlikely use of federal tax dollars, as spotted by the EFF's Dave Maass: "FBI Cyber Security Furniture."

Disappointingly, the FBI isn't actually looking for something along the lines of Matrix dental exam chairs for office drones to monitor... uh... multiple monitors during crucial cyber operations. Instead, the FBI is looking for standard office furniture to furnish its new Colorado cyber security office.
But the scope of work doc [PDF] indicates not just any office furniture will do. On the FBI's Cyber Titanic, reshuffle-ability of deck chairs is crucial.
The furniture solution for the workspace (individual and team) is expected to be adjustable, adaptable and easily interchangeable into different configurations as required by the work force.

Technology will be integrated at all levels of the project. Furniture must be adaptable to the continuously changing technology solutions required to maintain a collaborative, mobile, and sustainable work environment.
In total, the FBI is looking for 24 workstations, 30 office chairs, and an out-of-the-box "STEELCASE Private Office" [pictured below].
If any vendors carry something more cybertastic than what's described in the request, they are cordially disinvited from responding. The FBI is going sole-source and pouring federal dollars back into the local economy.
The General Services Administration has a new requirement that it intends to sole source for New Steelcase and Mayline Office Furniture from Officescapes, LLC a local dealer in Colorado.
The sole-source provider won't have it easy, though. The demands for bog standard office furniture are far more rigorous than most demands for off-the-shelf solutions. It needs to do far more than prevent FBI cyber warriors from having to perform their duties sitting on the carpet. The new furniture must also work as a "quality of life patch" for the field office. Here's part of a long list of things purchased furniture is expected to do:
Improv[e] work/life balance
Attract and retain the best talent
Hopefully no employees signed with the new Cyber Security office in hopes of being part of the office of the future. Team Cyber (Denver, CO) will be doing its work in the more familiar "office of the present," with all of its boring chairs, workstations, and conspicuous lack of monitor-covered walls.

Moving Beyond Backdoors To Solve The FBI's 'Going Dark' Problem
There Is No 'Going Dark' Problem
EFF Sues FBI Over Withheld NSL Guideline Documents
Trump Lawyer Threatens To Report A Former FBI Employee To The Inspector General

13 Jul 2017 @ 2:41pm
The FBI Wants Backdoors, Except When They Don't

From the STEELCASE Private Office website:
A traditional advantage of the private office is the ability to concentrate and protect confidential information. Yet this security and control is compromised if workers are approached from behind by guests entering the office.
So the FBI doesn't want any information getting out via backdoors. Hmm.


Hugh M. Hefner Foundation Announces First Amendment Award Winners for 2017

Jul. 12, 2017, 09:00 AM
LOS ANGELES, CA--July 12, 2017) - The Hugh M. Hefner Foundation is pleased to announce its 2017 First Amendment Award winners to those who have dedicated their profession, and some their lives, to upholding and exercising their First Amendment rights.

Christie Hefner established the Awards in 1979, in conjunction with Playboy Magazine's 25th anniversary, to honor individuals who have made significant contributions to protect and enhance First Amendment rights for all Americans. A press reception with the winners and judges will be held on August 7, 2017 at the Playboy Mansion.

This year's Lifetime Achievement Award will be bestowed upon Burt Neuborne, the Norman Dorsen Professor of Civil Liberties at NYU Law School, who for 45 years has been one of the nation's foremost civil liberties lawyers. He receives a Hugh M. Hefner First Amendment Award for his unwavering defense of civil liberties and civil rights and who, as founding legal director for The Brennan Center for Justice, had the vision and foresight to spearhead its establishment.

Highlights of Professor Neuborne's career include serving as National Legal Director of the ACLU from 1981-1986, Special Counsel to the NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund from 1990-1996, and as a member of the New York City Human Rights Commission from 1988-1992. He has argued numerous Supreme Court cases and has litigated hundreds of important constitutional cases in the state and federal courts. From 1995 to 2007, he directed the legal program of the Brennan Center, focusing on efforts to reinforce American democracy and secure campaign finance reform. The Brennan Center was established in 1994 to honor Justice William Brennan, Jr.'s monumental contribution to American Law.

"For decades, the First Amendment Awards have honored and celebrated distinguished individuals whose actions support and often fight to preserve the values of the First Amendment," says Christie Hefner, Chairman of the Hugh M. Hefner First Amendment Awards. "Especially now, it feels like the First Amendment is under assault, so it is more important than ever that we recognize those who fight to preserve this precious right."
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Resource: Investigate the FBI & DHS Letter From 131 Civil Society Groups

Civil Society Letter Demands that Congress Investigate the FBI and DHS

by Defending Dissent Foundation




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2 KKK Members Who Served as Correctional Officers in Fla. Convicted in Plot to Kill Black Inmate

Charles Thomas Newcomb and David Elliot Moran
Two Ku Klux Klan members who also somehow managed to serve as correctional officers for the Florida Department of Corrections were both convicted in a plot to kill a black inmate upon the man’s release, Attorney General Pam Bondi announced on Tuesday.

As News4Jax reports, David Elliot Moran, 49, and Charles Thomas Newcomb, 45, were both found guilty of one count each by a Columbia County jury for plotting to kill the inmate over some fight that he had with a third guard, identified as 27-year-old Thomas Jordan Driver, who is also a member of the KKK.

Driver already pleaded guilty in March to one count of conspiracy to commit murder and has been sentenced to four years in prison.

At the time of the murder plot, Driver and Moran were both active correctional officers at the Florida Department of Corrections. Newcomb was a former correctional officer.

“These men had positions of trust, which they violated when they conspired to kill a former inmate, and we worked closely with our law enforcement partners to ensure they are held accountable for their crimes,” Homeland Security Investigation Tampa Special Agent in Charge James C. Spero told the news station.

The three men were arrested back in 2015 after an investigation by the North Florida Joint Terrorism Task Force, spearheaded by the FBI and HSI with help from other federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.

“These Klansmen plotted to murder a black inmate after he was released from prison, but swift action and clever investigative tactics on behalf of investigators foiled their plot and may have saved a life,” Attorney General Bondi said. “We will continue to work daily to ensure the KKK or any other hate-filled organization is unable to inflict violence on the citizens of our great state.”

Driver handed a picture of the inmate that they wanted to attack over to an FBI informant who had managed to infiltrate the Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan. Driver told the agent that he had a fight with the inmate, who remains unidentified, and added that he and Moran wanted the inmate, who was out on supervised release, “6 feet under.”

Over the next few months, the FBI said that their agent met with all three men to discuss how to kill their target, including potential plans to shoot him during a car ride or inject him with insulin to make the death look like an accident.

Looks like those racist dummies had been watching too many crime shows.

The FBI even went as far as to stage a homicide scene, taking pictures of the former inmate to make it look like he had been murdered.

“Photographs were shown to each of the men. They expressed happiness. They shook the source’s hand and the source even went to the point of asking is this what you wanted,” said Nick Cox, state prosecutor.

The FBI took the former inmate into protective custody while they infiltrated the Klan and investigated the case, ultimately arresting all three losers.

According to the Associated Press, Moran and Newcomb both face up to 30 years in prison. A sentencing date has not yet been set.


Prisons on trial: Department of Corrections settlements
by Beryl Lipton
August 15, 2017
State Departments of Corrections nationwide are regularly taken to court by employees and inmates, and returns from an initial round of MuckRock requests begin to provide some insight into how prevalent those conflicts are.
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A top FBI investigator has unexpectedly stepped away from special counsel Mueller's Russia probe

A highly experienced FBI investigator and former army officer hired by special counsel Robert Mueller to examine Russia's interference in the 2016 election has unexpectedly stepped away from the probe, ABC News reported on Wednesday.

Peter Strzok, a veteran counterintelligence investigator, is now working for the FBI's human resources division, according to ABC. It is unclear why he stepped aside, or if he did so voluntarily.

Asha Rangappa, a former FBI counterintelligence agent and associate dean at Yale Law School, said that she had "never heard of an agent being moved to the human resources department."

"I have seen instances where if some issue comes up, the agent might be moved to another investigation or to the operations center, where you essentially field calls all day," Rangappa said. "But why he would be moved to HR is just bizarre."

Rangappa did not want to speculate on what may have happened in Strzok's case, but said there were many factors — ranging from small administrative violations to more significant incidents — that could raise questions about an agent's ability to stay on a case.

A former FBI agent who worked with Strzok on and off over several years in the bureau's counterintelligence division said that Strzok's move to HR means he has now been separated from counterintelligence work altogether.

The FBI sometimes parks agents in the human resources department, the agent explained, when they need to be reassigned quickly away from substantive matters and there's no other place to put them. Christopher Wray, who was confirmed as the new FBI director two weeks ago, would have played a role in reassigning Strzok.

Strzok headed the FBI's counterespionage division last year and was one of the top officials overseeing the criminal investigation into whether Hillary Clinton mishandled classified information while she was secretary of state. He had previously worked on some of the "most secretive investigations in recent years involving Russian and Chinese espionage," according to the New York Times.

Rangappa noted that the DOJ's Office of the Inspector General (OIG) opened an investigation in January into the FBI's handling of the email probe, including former FBI Director James Comey's decision to announce a new inquiry into her email server 11 days before the election. It is not clear whether Strzok, who supervised elements of the email probe, was caught up in the OIG investigation.

The OIG declined to comment. But their website lists the probe as ongoing.

Strzok's departure also came one week after The Washington Post reported that Mueller had obtained a search warrant to raid the home of President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort. The Post report cited "people familiar with the search," prompting questions about whether anyone on Mueller's team had leaked the existence of the search warrant to the Post.


AUGUST 15, 2017


State Department diplomatic courier delivers pouched items to a US Embassy Paris officer on the airport tarmac in Paris (left). Diplomatic courier hands a diplomatic pouch through a window of the Orient Express to the US Vice Consul Raymond Baine in Milan, Italy (top right). .38 caliber revolvers. Photo credit: DS Records / DoS, DoS and Adapted by WhoWhatWhy from Hmaag / Wikimedia (CC BY-SA 3.0).la
“JUSTIFICATION: Murder is not morally justifiable. Self-defense may be argued if the victim has knowledge which may destroy the resistance organization if divulged. Assassination of persons responsible for atrocities or reprisals may be regarded as just punishment. Killing a political leader whose burgeoning career is a clear and present danger to the cause of freedom may be held necessary.

But assassination can seldom be employed with a clear conscience. Persons who are morally squeamish should not attempt it.” — CIA Training Manual, 1952

Nor, apparently, should the morally squeamish be assigned to examine the means by which such noble ends are accomplished.

July 24 was a big day for JFK assassination researchers. The National Archives began releasing the remaining trove of classified/redacted documents related to the tragedy of November 22, 1963.

WhoWhatWhy is now combing through these files, which were either fully or partially held back from an earlier release of several hundred thousand documents during the 1990s. By law, the remaining files must be made public by this October — unless President Trump agrees with the originating agency’s appeal to yet again keep the documents secret.

The release included over 3,000 “formerly released in part” documents — meaning they had previously been seen only with some key portions redacted. However, documents, especially official documents, do not always say what they mean, or mean what they say.

Notable in Harvey’s planning for operational security is his order that there be no notes or records of the recruitment of hitmen and that the Agency’s own “201” personnel files be phonied up to disguise their mission. The Agency blinded itself and anyone else who would rely on the documentary record.
Each of these releases must be examined not simply for what they literally say, but for the deeper meaning, revealing or obfuscatory, when placed in context with earlier and subsequent versions.

One eye-opening document we found was a report from the Rockefeller Commission titled Summary of Facts: Investigation of CIA Involvement in Plans to Assassinate Foreign Leaders (file name: DOCID-32105829.pdf; previously released under RIF# 178-10004-10116, dups. 178-10003-10355, 178-10004-10189, 178-10003-10241; also in the Ford Library).

Written in 1975, this report spelled out the lengths that the CIA was willing to go to in 1960 to effect regime change. It describes a secret operation to help dissidents overthrow an old ally, military dictator Rafael Trujillo in the Dominican Republic. Fearing Trujillo’s sadistic tyranny had so alienated the population that his continuation in power would spark a communist-led uprising like Cuba’s the year before, the Eisenhower administration opted to support liberals who hoped to replace the dictator with a pro-US military-civilian junta.

That’s not news. This is: The newly unredacted portions of the document (quoted below in bold) shed new light on a gun-smuggling operation via diplomatic pouch:

On March 22, the CIA Station Chief renewed his request that headquarters send him three .38 calibre revolvers and ammunition by diplomatic pouch.


Three days later, on March 25, the Deputy Director of Plans (Editor’s note: Richard M. Bissell, Jr.) cabled the station setting forth United States policy with respect to the Dominican Republic and stating that the revolvers and ammunition would be sent by diplomatic pouch in the near future.

The use of a diplomatic pouch to send weapons for such purposes was prohibited by regulations of the CIA’s Clandestine Services, and it is also illegal under international law. The Deputy Director of Plans approved the waiver of the internal regulations. There is nothing to indicate that the Department of State was informed of the use of the pouch, and the fact that the March 25 cable instructed the Chief of Station not to advise the Consul General of the use of the pouch suggests that the CIA acted unilaterally in this regard.


The CIA files indicate that the revolvers were passed to the dissidents, and the Department of State files indicate that one was passed by the Consul General and the other two by Agency officers. Neither the Consul General nor the former Chief of Station has any particular recollection of the matter.



(Editor’s note: The following section refers to a separate attempt to smuggle in three M3 submachine-guns.)

The Chief of Station returned to Washington for consultations in early April. He was able to convince his superiors that the pouch was the only feasible and secure means of getting the weapons into the Dominican Republic for delivery to the dissidents. The Deputy Director for Plans approved on April 10, and the pouch was sent on April 14 but with the restriction that the weapons not be passed without further approval.


…and that the United States could not afford a precedent which might convince the world that our diplomatic pouches are used to deliver assassination weapons.


In each document of this trove, the same question arises: Why exactly did the government initially withhold or censor this particular phrase or fact? Beyond the usual reasons — disclosure of sources and methods that could put spies and agents at risk — what justification might there have been for withholding evidence of official law-breaking, even murder of political foes, from investigative agencies and the public?

At first glance, you might think this document was censored in order to disguise an embarrassing exception to the general prohibition against using diplomatic cover — that repeatedly redacted word “pouch” — to transfer weapons in violation of international law, specifically the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations of 1961, which codified earlier bilateral treaties.

The shipping country certifies that the container (and there’s no limit on size) does not hold anything inconsistent with diplomatic use; in return, Article 27.3 bars the host country from opening or inspecting the contents, even with an X-ray.  But such secrecy was (and is) simply too tempting for criminally inclined diplomats and countries alike.

The US has always denied using diplomatic pouches to smuggle contraband, drugs, guns, poisons, detonators, nuclear material — Or, at least, its representatives have “no particular recollection…” — while demanding that its word be taken as true.

Conveniently, there’s no way of proving otherwise, except with a confession or accidental discovery.

Cynicism and hypocrisy lie behind this diplomatic word of honor. “Gentlemen do not read other gentlemen’s mail,” President Herbert Hoover’s Secretary of State Henry Stimson once sneered. (They leave that to the FBI and CIA, both of which established long-running and illegal programs to do just that.)

More likely, the key to the redactions comes in the last line of the above quote: The real motive was to hide the fact that the weapons were to be used in an attempted assassination of a head of state — an action specifically prohibited by both internal policy and US law.

The punctilious obedience to policy expressed in this report was actually the exception, whereas breaking the rule, in the manner described here, was common practice in CIA tradecraft — as evidenced by the fact it required authorization from higher authority in the CIA in order to avoid embarrassment by “rogue” operations. So the earlier release of a strategically redacted version actually served as a kind of meta-cover-up, a strategy to reveal a little to conceal a lot.

Nelson Rockefeller, President Gerald Ford, Henry Kissinger
President Gerald R. Ford meeting with Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and Vice President Nelson Rockefeller, April 28, 1975.
Photo credit: National Archives / Wikimedia

This can be seen more clearly if viewed in historical context. The President’s Commission on CIA Activities Within the United States, empanelled in 1975 by President Gerald Ford in the wake of the Watergate scandal, was headed by Ford’s newly installed Vice President, Nelson Rockefeller.

Rockefeller had a long and intimate relationship with the CIA. His family’s businesses worldwide provided information, cover for agents, and safehouses going back at least to the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) in World War II, and the future vice president himself supervised operations in Latin America for CIA’s forerunner, the Office of Policy Coordination. And Ford’s National Security Adviser Henry Kissinger had been plucked from academia as Nelson’s foreign policy tutor in 1958, then loaned to Nixon.

Damage Control
Given this nexus, it defies the odds that either man was not already privy to the Agency’s secrets, including assassinations. The purpose of releasing the carefully redacted documents was not to reveal those activities but to head off congressional investigations already underway — in short, damage control — as Kissinger and former DCI Richard Helms made clear in this “memorandum of conversation” in the White House.

The Rockefeller Commission gingerly examined allegations that the spy agency had engaged in assassinations of foreign leaders, among other activities that violated US and international laws. The assassination targets included not only the much-hated dictator Trujillo but earlier the elected president of Guatemala, Jacobo Arbenz, as evidenced by materials finally released by CIA in 1997.

These included a carefully compiled and vetted hit-list of suspected communists with the victims’ names still redacted — 25 years after the fact — to prevent disclosure of whether the murders contemplated on the “Junta disposal list” were successful.

Later, Patrice Lumumba of the newly independent Congo and other leaders were marked for murder, most notably, Fidel Castro in Cuba, along with, possibly, Ngo Dinh Diem of South Vietnam, during the Kennedy years and later, Salvador Allende of Chile and his military chief, Gen. Rene Schneider, by Nixon, Kissinger himself and DCI Helms, all of whom denied responsibility for the work of their henchmen.

“The Health Alteration Committee”
The assassinations were planned by the CIA’s Special Affairs Staff, which had a “Health Alteration Committee” to evaluate targets. This was an operational unit hidden in the Signals Intelligence section “D” of the Foreign Intelligence division, code-named KUTUBE/D. The actual program, dubbed “Executive Action” and the Cuban component code-named ZR RIFLE, was managed by a veteran CIA officer, William Harvey, and his deputy, Sam Halpern.

To maintain the “plausible deniability” of the president and of the CIA itself, the so-called “wetwork” was hired out to henchmen of organized crime (the Sicilian-American Mafia), who recruited foreign gangsters and mercenaries as cut-outs, decoys and patsies.

In some cases, Harvey’s program empowered ambitious and sympathetic foreign military units or mercenaries on loan to do what the US wanted but couldn’t do without unacceptable repercussions, ranging from diplomatic embarrassment to war. Harvey notoriously called this murder program “the last resort beyond last resort and a confession of weakness.”

Notable in Harvey’s planning for operational security is his order that there be no notes or records of the recruitment of hitmen and that the Agency’s own “201” personnel files be phonied up to disguise their mission. The Agency blinded itself and anyone else who would rely on the documentary record.

Then, to compound the epistemological problem (how do we know what we think we know?) veteran CIA officers like E. Howard Hunt, hired by the Nixon White House to conduct psychological warfare against political opponents, fabricated cables to implicate JFK personally in the decision of the CIA’s coup plotters to kill Diem.

Rafael Trujillo's,1957 Chevy
Rafael Trujillo’s bullet ridden 1957 Chevy.
Photo credit: LatinAmericanStudies.com

Trujillo was in fact assassinated in March 1961 by Dominicans who riddled his car with a machine gun.

The CIA, of course, claimed it had nothing to do with it. Presumably, any fingerprints, literal or figurative, had been carefully wiped from the guns slipped into diplomatic pouches or otherwise conveyed to the assassins. (In Arbenz’s case, United Fruit Co. loaned CIA a freighter for a multi-ton delivery of weapons to troops it trained for the coup, but Arbenz fled into exile and later committed suicide in a New York hotel room.)

It was the bungled attempts to kill Castro that prompted the so-called Church and Pike Committees — Senate Select Committee to Study Governmental Operations with Respect to Intelligence Activities, chaired by Sen. Frank Church, (D-ID), and the House subcommittee chaired by Otis Pike, (D-NY) — to reveal the existence of the program in 1975 and to request documents like this one.

But according to historian John Prados, Ford’s deputy, Richard Cheney, personally edited materials, including the summary provided to the Rockefeller Commission that was based on a CIA history of the Guatemala coup, commissioned in 1967. The Guatemala operation, codenamed PBSUCCESS, provoked an uprising of peasants who were denied the land reforms Arbenz had promised; this led to a 50-year civil war in which tens of thousands were killed by the US-supported army and police.

In the Dominican Republic, the assassination of Trujillo (“he may be a son-of-a-bitch but he’s our son-of-a-bitch,” FDR once said) led to a crackdown by his son, which provoked an uprising that the US suppressed by sending in airborne troops in 1965 to install another regime.

In the end, the Rockefeller Commission accepted the CIA’s word — that is, Cheney’s heavily redacted version — that such operations were prohibited by policy and law. Nonetheless, as suggested by the Commission in its 1975 report, Ford issued an executive order that formally reiterated a ban on political murder — a policy that remains honored in the breach.

In other words, “We didn’t do it and we promise to never do it again.”


Flash-bang grenade injures hand of FBI agent in lower Manhattan as it detonates in his hand

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Denver pushes electric vehicles to ease climate change
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Our request for data and policies regarding the collection, maintenance, and testing of backlogged rape kits in Dallas shows that, as of May 2017, more than 1,000 kits still have not been submitted to crime labs. Of those submitted, only 50% have been tested, and just 35% of those tested have been uploaded into CODIS.
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Attkisson Calls Out the FBI for Lying Again About Surveillance

Aug 16, 2017 6:00 PM
Attkisson Calls Out the FBI for Lying Again About Surveillance

You may recall reporter Sharyl Attkisson's battle with CBS over what she called biased coverage. Attkisson, who often pursued stories on Obama administrations scandals like Fast and Furious and Benghazi, insisted that CBS had blocked her from airtime. She resigned in 2014 and wrote a book about her experience, “Stonewalled: One Reporter’s Fight for Truth in Obama’s Washington," in which she described her alienation.

The scandal went beyond CBS. In 2013, reports confirmed that someone had hacked into Attkisson's computer. Because of the nature of her negative reporting, she fully suspected the Obama administration to be the culprit.

In October 2014, Attkisson shared video footage of what she believed to be the government directly hacking into her computer. In the footage, you can see words being deleted from her documents. She was so convinced the government was involved that she sued the Obama White House. The Justice Department denied the allegation.

The FBI reportedly opened an investigation into the hacking without her knowledge. In April, she asked why the agency was withholding her entire file with no explanation. "What on earth is in there?" she tweeted.

To this day, Attkisson has reason


A counterintelligence agent says there are 3 strategies you can use to connect with anyone

F up to a stranger at a party, a networking event, or just a new acquaintance and wanted to make sure they left the conversation with a positive impression?

Robin Dreeke, a Naval Academy graduate, former Marine, former head of a federal behavioral analysis program, a current FBI agent, and coauthor of "The Code of Trust" shared three strategies with Business Insider to connect with anyone, anywhere. Following is a transcript of the video.

Three ways to build connections with people is by asking questions, active listening, and decoding nonverbal behavior. It's really pretty simple because when you ask questions, the other person's brain's automatically engaging. It's the best thing you do.

Again, when you're asking questions, again, nonjudgmentally or in a challenging way, but from a seeking to understand way, you're demonstrating their value and you're demonstrating an affiliation, and their brain is really rich and rewarded for it.

Did you ever hear the expression, "Hey, you want to plant seeds for someone to think about tomorrow?"

You don't do that by telling someone what to do, or telling them your thoughts and opinions. You do that by asking them questions because their brain will engage those things and they can't stop. So, that's the first one.

Active listening — that is really simple for me because, by just demonstrating that you're listening by following up  on the statements and information they're giving you during an encounter.

Get rid of the things that you think you had to say in any kind of script, and pay attention to what they're saying and follow up with even deeper questions about understanding who they are and their thoughts and opinions.

And finally is the nonverbals. And what we're in nonverbal behavior to demonstrate that we actually do have affiliation and liking going on, is we're looking for the smiling, maybe a little head tilt, exposing a carotid artery, trusting the world not to rip out my jugular.


Home / Dissent NewsWire / Statement on Rasmea Odeh’s Departure From The United States
Statement on Rasmea Odeh’s Departure From The United States

August 14, 2017 by Rights & Dissent

Rasmea Odeh, a Defending Right & Dissent Patriot Award winner, is leaving the United States as a result of the culmination of a years long, politically motivated witch hunt. Rasmea, became a naturalized citizen in 2004, but was stripped of her citizenship and sentenced to 18 months in prison in 2014 after being convicted of unlawful procurement of naturalization in a politically motivated trial that was marred by due process errors. Due to these errors Rasmea was granted a new trial, but in a retaliatory move the prosecutor brought a superseding indictment adding that Rasmea had failed to disclose she was a member of a terrorist organization. Given the political climate, Odeh pled guilty to unlawful procurement of naturalization on the agreement that she would leave the country without facing prison time.

We are deeply saddened to see Rasmea leave and are angered by the circumstances under which she departs. Rasmea has worked tirelessly as a community organizer. Even the last few months, she has continued to fight for social justice, acting as one of the organizers of the March 8 International Women’s Strike.

It is shameful that instead of honoring Rasmea’s contributions to the community at large, the US government instead chose to go to elaborate lengths to persecute her, remove her citizenship, and then deport her from her home of over 20 years.

Defending Rights & Dissent gives Patriot Awards to individuals and organizations who have dedicated themselves to fighting for civil liberties, social justice, or human rights. Recipients have included grassroots organizers, federal whistleblowers, and others who courageously speak truth to power. Regardless of what federal prosecutors may think,  Rasmea embodies the ideals of our Patriot Award and it was an honor to bestow it upon her.

Related: Rasmea Odeh Named December 2015 Patriot Award Winner

Background on Rasmea’s Case

In 1969, as the result of a confession coerced through torture, Rasmea was convicted by an Israeli military court, which have a 99% conviction rate, of a supermarket bombing that killed two people. Odeh was released a decade later as part of a prisoner exchange. In the following decades, she was outspoken about her experience as a torture survivor.

Rasmea immigrated to the United States in 1994 and became a US citizen in 2004. During this time, she was a community activist. She helped found and run the Arab Women’s Committee of the Arab American Action Network, which serves over 600 immigrant women in the Chicago area. She also during this time continued to speak out about being a torture survivor.

In September 2011, the FBI raided the homes of anti-war and socialist activists. Osteniablly these raids were about “material support for terrorism” and were based on the claims of an undercover FBI infiltrator, who had concocted a phony story about how her deceased father wished to give a $1,000 to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, which the State Department has designated as a Foreign Terrorist Organization. The activists all refused to testify before a grand jury and to this date no charges have been brought.

Related: Solidarity Foils the FBI’s Material Support Habit

Rasmea was not one of those targeted by the FBI raids, but one of her co-workers was. It is believed that it was during this fishing expedition that federal authorities first became aware of Rasmea. Federal authorities discovered that in spite of the fact that Rasmea answered on her naturalization form that she had never been arrested, she had been tried and convicted (based on a confession coerced through torture) in an Israeli military court. This didn’t require much effort on the part of federal officials, as Rasmea had always been outspoken about her experience of being tortured.  

Rasmea was barred from presenting evidence about her torture to the jury nor was a PTSD expert allowed to testify on behalf of the defense. Prosecutors, on the other hand, were allowed to put into evidence inflammatory Israeli military documents. Rasmea was convicted and sentenced to 18 months in prison, as well as to lose her citizenship.

Following a successful appeal, Rasmea was set to have a new trial, during which an expert witness on PTSD  was to be allowed to testify. However, given the prosecutor’s new superseding indictment and the worsening political climate in the US, along with the chance that Rasme, a torture survivor with PTSD, could be incarcerated and then deported, Rasmea agreed to a plea deal.
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Yesterday three high ranking Russian officers were killed in an “ISIS attack” in eastern-Syrian. It is likely that they were killed by U.S. special forces or insurgents under U.S. special forces control. The incident will be understood as a declaration of war.

The U.S. Central Command in the Middle East wants the oil fields in east-Syria under control of its proxy forces to set up and control a U.S. aligned Kurdish mini-state in the area. The Syrian government, allied with Russia, needs the revenues of the oil fields to rebuild the country.








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Two anecdotes and a brief assessment of North Korean capability exposes the futility of “preventive” war.

How North Korea Plans to Survive a U.S. Attack | The National Interest

Daniel L. Davis, 9/20/2017

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SEPTEMBER 25, 2017

[Ed.: An informative title and two footnotes too…]

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By Robert Parry | Consortium News | September 25, 2017






Gen. David Goldfein to Be Second Jewish U.S. Air Force Chief

The battle-tested pilot participated in operations in Iraq and the Balkans and is well known to Israeli officers.

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Now You See It, Now You Don’t

Science & Technology – Week of 09.24.17

Secret US Army Invisibility Cloak

YouTube | 15 February 2013

Is the future already…

Almost Impossible – E01 Invisibility Cloaks

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British military recently tested an…








President Trump’s condemnation of NFL players that choose to kneel, rather than stand for the national anthem, reignited a national debate that began with Colin Kaepernick’s decision not to stand for the anthem last season as a protest against police brutality. Over the weekend a plethora of players and even entire teams chose to either kneel or stay in the locker room during the playing of the national anthem – while many NFL owners released statements eliciting support for players who choose not to stand.

“… What many people are missing in this debate is the fact that prior to 2009, NFL teams did not generally stand for the anthem. While having the option to do so individually if they chose to, most of the time they stayed in the locker room during this pregame ritual.

In fact, Tom E. Curran of Comcast Sportsnet New England reported, in August 2016, that NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy confirmed that the now common practice of players standing on the field together for the national anthem only began in 2009….”

http://www.blacklistednews.com/ via FreeThoughtProject




“… In theater, there is a phrase, “breaking the fourth wall.” It’s used to describe plays that address the audience directly and shatter the illusion of viewing a self-contained world on stage.

This is where the deeper story of football enters the scene. For fans, the political/sports commentary and the protests on the playing field are breaking the fourth wall.

They can’t watch the games in a trance.

They can’t enjoy the vicarious thrills and chills.

The same thing is happening in the television news business. During the Obama presidency, there was the (promoted) mainstream illusion that White House business was being conducted in the usual hermetically sealed container. It was a controlled stage play—and people could sit in front of their television sets in a popcorn trance and watch it unfold. All in all, with major exceptions, the hypnotic spell held. For a while.

But then along came Trump. He broke the fourth wall. He laughed at the press. He called them idiots. He attacked them mercilessly. He said they were fake.

This was quite disturbing to many news fans. It certainly was disturbing to the major news networks. They make their living by hypnosis.

And now it’s happening to one of the nation’s most cherished institutions of distraction: football….”







Chelsea Manning posts online that she was denied entry to Canada

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Excerpt: “The U.S. territory of Puerto Rico continues to grapple with destruction, dislocation, and suffering in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, with the power grid still decimated and water and cellphone service both scarce. “The devastation in Puerto Rico has set us back nearly 20 to 30 years,” said Puerto Rico’s nonvoting representative in Congress, Jenniffer Gonzalez. The damage assessment extends to the world of meteorology, as new photos on Sunday revealed. Both the radar dish and the surrounding radome were scoured clean from the pedestal of the National Weather Service’s TJUA radar. Winds of 145 mph were measured before the radar went down, according to weather.com’s Jonathan Belles.”








“… A survey conducted in part by the California Emergency Management Agency showed that less than 20 percent have prepared their homes and only 40 percent have stocked enough supplies.

“That is a big problem for us,” Kelly Huston, deputy director of the California Office of Emergency Services, told NBC News Friday.

[ See http://www.oesnews.com/dont-wait-until-the-big-one-to-be-earthquake-prepared/ ]

“It means… we will spend a lot of unnecessary time helping people who could have otherwise helped themselves, but decided they didn’t want to or didn’t have time.” ….”



[Ed.: That’s an interesting comment about helping people who won’t, can’t or didn’t take the time to help themselves. Russell Dynes, who once told me that my “Jeffersonian” paper on coalescing effective commuinity disaster response would never fly at the Federalist FEMA, writes about social capital, Katrina and other hurricanes, and the earthquake in Lisbon.



“… the earthquake on November 1, 1755 can be considered the first “modern” disaster because it was first to evoke a coordinated state emergency response as well as a forward looking comprehensive effort for reconstruction which included mitigation efforts to reduce future disaster efforts…..”

http://dspace.udel.edu/bitstream/handle/19716/294/PP%20333.pdf?sequence=1 ]


The Steep Price of Disaster in Mexico

Rebuilding with no insurance and little government aid.

Increasingly, the world will find itself without the financial means to recover from natural disasters. — RF

Official: Hurricane Maria set Puerto Rico back decades

Hurricane-ravaged U.S. cities hit by rising cleanup costs

The Fed’s ‘out of control’ balance sheet is a major threat

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Mosquitoes Carrying Deadly Diseases Could Invade 75% of America, Warns US Government

Independent | 22 September 2017

Aedes aegypti map range…

Florida Fights Zika Virus by Releasing Thousands of Bacteria-infected Mosquitoes

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Governments Are Testing Their Own Cryptocurrencies

September 25th, 2017

Via: MIT Technology Review:

The people of Sweden are breaking up with cash. The number of banknotes and coins in circulation has fallen to its lowest level in three decades. Riksbank, Sweden’s central bank, estimates that cash transactions made up only 15 percent of all retail transactions last year, down from 40 percent in 2010, thanks in large part to massively popular mobile payment services.

The situation has left Sweden’s central bankers wondering: should the country introduce a purely digital form of government-backed money? And if so, should it use technology similar to that underlying Bitcoin?

Posted in Economy, Police State, Social Engineering, Surveillance, Technology




Governments Turn Tables by Suing Public Records Requesters

September 25th, 2017

Via: AP:

An Oregon parent wanted details about school employees getting paid to stay home. A retired educator sought data about student performance in Louisiana. And college journalists in Kentucky requested documents about the investigations of employees accused of sexual misconduct.

Instead, they got something else: sued by the agencies they had asked for public records.

Government bodies are increasingly turning the tables on citizens who seek public records that might be embarrassing or legally sensitive. Instead of granting or denying their requests, a growing number of school districts, municipalities and state agencies have filed lawsuits against people making the requests — taxpayers, government watchdogs and journalists who must then pursue the records in court at their own expense.

Posted in Perception Management


Government Sues Citizens for Requesting Information – #NewWorldNextWeek




Tidbits from http://thehill.com/ TheHill.com:

Via The New York Times’s Rick Gladstone, North Korea’s foreign minister said that President Trump’s threatening rhetoric is a “declaration of war.” He also threatened to shoot down American warplanes, even outside of North Korean airspace.

Some bars didn’t show the games during the national anthem: Photo: http://bit.ly/2flz4ZG

Anthony Weiner, the former Democratic congressman who later ran for New York City mayor, was sentenced on Monday to 21 months in prison for sending lewd messages to a minor, according to multiple reports. More?





128 minute video of Ole Dammegard at the 2017 OpenMind Conference in Coopenhagen


At the same conference:

Echoes of WWI: China, the US, and the Next “Great” War

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Cynthia McKinney on Awangate & Zionist Lobby



Deloitte hit by cyber-attack revealing clients’ secret emails

Exclusive: hackers may have accessed usernames, passwords and personal details of top accountancy firm’s blue-chip clients

Monday 25 September 2017 08.00 EDT

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One of the world’s “big four” accountancy firms has been targeted by a sophisticated hack that compromised the confidential emails and plans of some of its blue-chip clients, the Guardian can reveal.

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Security Guard Wounded - FBI Culpable

by Phil Vasile on October 6, 2017 at 10:59 AM
During the reign of Obama, there were several incidents which indicated his allegiance to Islam, but in 2015 he may have outdone himself.  There is apparently evidence indicating that the FBI was complicit in the Garland, Texas jihad attack at a free speech event co-organized by Pamela Geller.  The following are excerpts from the Washington Examiner.

The security guard wounded in a 2015 ISIS-inspired terrorist attack at the “Draw Muhammad” event in Garland, Texas, is suing the FBI, and argues the bureau is liable for his damages because an agent “solicited, encouraged, directed and aided members of ISIS in planning and carrying out the May 3 attack,” according to court documents filed Monday.

If the plaintiff, Bruce Joiner, doesn’t settle with the bureau, the case could shake loose hundreds of documents from both local and federal officials about what happened that day, and could answer the question of why an FBI agent was in a car directly behind the attackers and did nothing as the events unfolded.

In May of 2015, Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi drove from their home in Phoenix to the Curtis Culwell center in Garland where the “Draw Muhammad” contest was being held, in a car loaded with three rifles, three handguns, and about 1,500 rounds of ammunition.

The two never made it inside, as guards, including Joiner, stopped them outside at a perimeter checkpoint, at which time Simpson and Soofi opened fire. Because the event was heavily guarded, the two were quickly shot and killed and barely made past the checkpoint where they opened fire.

Joiner was the only victim that day. He took a bullet to the left leg, and ISIS would later claim credit for orchestrating the attack, making it the first ISIS-backed terror event on U.S. soil.

Joiner’s lawsuit is seeking just over $8 million in damages, and argues that the FBI essentially allowed the attack to happen.

“The FBI helped the terrorists obtain a weapon that was used in the attack by lifting a hold during a background check, incited the terrorist to attack the Garland event, and even sent an agent to accompany the terrorists as they carried out the attack,” the court filing said.

The filing also alleged that former FBI Director Jim Comey lied in a “post-attack cover-up” about the bureau’s knowledge of how the attack unfolded and what Comey and the bureau knew about what was likely to transpire.

“In the aftermath of the attack, former FBI Director James Comey lied to the American people by claiming that Simpson was a needle in a haystack’ that was ‘invisible to us,'” the filing alleged. “Even after it had come to light that an undercover FBI agent had been communicating extensively with the terrorists during the week prior to the event and had accompanied them as they carried out the attack, the FBI continued to assert that “[t]here was no advance knowledge of a plot to attack the cartoon drawing contest.”

The FBI did not respond to a request for comment.

Since the attack, a separate court case and a “60 Minutes” report in March revealed that an undercover FBI agent was in the car directly behind Simpson and Soofi when they opened fire, and was even taking pictures of the car about 30 seconds before the first shots were fired. That case even revealed that the agent had texted Simpson just weeks before with the message, “Tear up Texas.”

Shortly after the first shots were fired, the agent fled, and was briefly detained by Garland Police, as seen in a video still from WFAA TV in Dallas.

Because of a separate court case tangentially related to Simpson and Soofi, it’s known that the FBI had been monitoring Simpson for years, and that the FBI agent was undercover in the Phoenix ISIS cell had direct contact with them routinely in the months leading up to the attack.

Joiner’s attorney, Trenton Roberts told the Washington Examinerthis year that he now believes the FBI might have been willing to let the attack unfold to even greater lengths.

“It seems like it had to have been one or the other,” Roberts told the Washington Examiner in April. “Just a complete botched operation where they [the FBI] don’t want the attack to actually take place, or, it’s something where they need the attack to take place in order for this guy [the agent] to advance in the world of ISIS.”


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The Terror Factory: Inside the FBI's Manufactured War on Terrorism Hardcover – January 15, 2013
by Trevor Aaronson  (Author)
A groundbreaking work of investigative journalism, The Terror Factory: Inside the FBI's Manufactured War on Terrorism exposes how the FBI has, under the guise of engaging in counterterrorism since 9/11, built a network of more than 15,000 informants whose primary purpose is to infiltrate Muslim communities to create and facilitate phony terrorist plots so that the Bureau can then claim it is winning the war on terror.

An outgrowth of Trevor Aaronson's work as an investigative reporting fellow at the University of California, Berkeley, which culminated in an award-winning cover story in Mother Jones magazine, The Terror Factory reveals shocking information about the criminals, con men, and liars the FBI uses as paid informants--including the story of an accused murderer who has become one of the Bureau's most prolific terrorism snitches--as well as documenting the extreme methods the FBI uses to ensnare Muslims in terrorist plots, which are in reality conceived and financed by the FBI.
The book also offers unprecedented detail into how the FBI has transformed from a reactive law enforcement agency to a proactive counterterrorism organization that traps hapless individuals in manufactured terrorist plots in order to justify the $3 billion it spends every year fighting terrorism.


Trevor Aaronson
May 17 2017, 5:12 p.m.

WHEN DONALD TRUMP asked FBI Director James Comey in February to drop the investigation of former National Security Adviser (and then-unregistered foreign agent) Michael Flynn, the president apparently didn’t realize that Comey would behave like one of his more than 13,000 special agents.

As the New York Times reported from a source close to Comey, the FBI director went back to his office and wrote down from memory a summary of his conversation with Trump.

“I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go,” Trump told Comey, according to a memo the FBI director wrote. “He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go.”

About three months after Trump allegedly said this, the president fired Comey.

Had this been a normal criminal investigation, and had Comey been a special agent in the field, the memo he would have written would have been known, in the FBI’s parlance, as an FD-302. The FBI does not record conversations with subjects related to criminal investigations. Instead, FBI agents, using their memory and sometimes handwritten notes, draft memos that summarize the conversations and include purportedly verbatim quotes. Federal judges and juries have consistently viewed these memos as indisputable fact. For this reason, Comey’s memo is no normal government memo. It could do lasting damage to Trump’s presidency, if not contribute to costing him the nation’s highest office altogether.

While Comey is now positioned for history to remember him as the cop who took down Trump, or tried to at great professional expense, there should be wariness about lionizing Comey in the way the news media have in recent days. Under Comey, the FBI pushed investigative and surveillance powers to new and controversial limits and employed tactics that were morally and ethically bankrupt.

In short, Comey’s FBI did some terrible things.

Trevor Aaronson’s conversation with Jeremy Scahill on the FBI can be heard on the latest episode of the Intercepted podcast:


In an effort to stop terrorist attacks before they happen, Comey expanded the practice instituted by his predecessor, Robert Mueller, to use undercover agents and informants to catch would-be attackers in sting operations. These stings never caught terrorists on the eve of their attack. Notably, the FBI twice investigated Omar Mateen, the Orlando nightclub shooter who killed 49 people and wounded 53 others while claiming allegiance to ISIS in a 911 call, but did not deem him a threat. At the same time, Comey’s FBI agents aided in the prosecution of Sami Osmakac, a Florida man caught in a sting operation, despite having called him in private conversations a “retarded fool.” They also busted penniless, mentally ill homeless men who claimed to be associating with ISIS. In one of those cases, an informant even gave a homeless man $40 so he could purchase the machete and knives he needed for his supposed plot. To catch a lonely Michigan man, the FBI used two female informants to set up a honeypot, in which the FBI informants claimed to be in love with the target so as to manipulate him. The target, in turn, claimed to have an AK-47 and to have attempted to travel to Syria. But it turned out he was just saying all that to impress the ladies.

When the FBI busted the dark web child-porn site Playpen, agents did not shut down the enterprise, going against previous FBI policy. In investigations of child pornography under Mueller, the FBI shut down child-porn websites immediately, believing that allowing distribution of the images and videos would further victimize the children who had been exploited. Comey’s FBI continued to operate Playpen for nearly two weeks in an effort to surreptitiously install tracking software on the computers of its users; child pornography was available from FBI servers during this period of time.

Just days before his firing, Comey testified before Congress that one-half of all smartphone and computer devices analyzed by the FBI can’t be examined “with any technique” due to encryption. During his tenure, Comey worked aggressively to give the FBI access to encrypted devices. Notably, Comey battled in court with Apple over the tech company’s unwillingness to help unlock the iPhone of one of the San Bernardino shooters. The FBI later paid a hacker somewhere in the neighborhood of $1 million to help unlock the phone. At the time, Comey told a House committee: “There is no such thing as absolute privacy in America.”

Despite being portrayed as flawless by movies and television shows, the FBI Laboratory turned out to be a vehicle for bad science and injustice. In 2015, the FBI acknowledged that examiners in its microscopic hair comparison unit had given flawed testimony, including in 32 cases in which defendants were sentenced to death.

Comey endorsed the practice of FBI undercover agents posing as members of the news media, though he called the practice “rare.” Of known cases in which FBI agents pretended to be journalists, they emailed a bomb-threat suspect near Seattle by posing as Associated Press employees, claimed to be a documentary film crew to investigate Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and his supporters, and purported to be an investigator working with a journalist to conduct an undercover inquiry in Colorado.

Other examples of problems under Comey’s watch include the following:

An FBI translator, Daniela Green, traveled to Syria in 2014 and married Denis Cuspert, an ISIS operative and former German hip-hop artist. The FBI employee wasn’t undercover when this happened. She was in love. When she returned to the United States, Green received favorable treatment by becoming a cooperating witness — just two years in prison for making false statements — despite dozens of FBI cases in which ISIS sympathizers do far less and receive significantly harsher sentences.
More than a year after two men attacked a convention center near Dallas where Pamela Geller had organized the “First Annual Muhammad Art Exhibit and Contest,” the FBI admitted in a court filing that it had an undercover agent embedded close to the two attackers, Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi. After one of the attackers posted a link to the “Draw Muhammad” event, the undercover agent wrote: “Tear Up Texas.” The undercover agent was on site during the attack but fled when the shooting started. In April, after CBS’s “60 Minutes” covered the story, Sen. Charles Grassley, chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, wrote a letter to Comey asking, among other questions: “Did the FBI suspect that Simpson and Soofi planned an attack at the drawing contest? Did the FBI have any formal or informal operational plan to intervene to stop Simpson and Soofi from carrying out an attack?”
The FBI expanded its authority to investigate people in the United States even when they are not suspected of being involved in criminal activity. This is commonly done in the service of recruiting informants, of which the FBI has more than 15,000. According to a classified FBI manual on the handling of informants that was updated under Comey, FBI agents are encouraged to build files on possible informants, may use undercover identities to recruit informants, and with proper clearances may recruit minors as well as journalists, clergy, and lawyers. The FBI under Comey also codified a policy of using immigration as leverage to recruit informants and the threat of removal to keep coerced informants productive.
Top photo: FBI Director James Comey during his testimony at a House Appropriations hearing on “World Wide Threats” on Capitol Hill in Washington in 2016.


JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters Paperback – October 19, 2010
by James W. Douglass  (Author)



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October 5, 2017
J. Edgar Hoover’s “subversive” pal, Jack Shelley
FBI files show the congressman’s cordial relationship with the director - despite his being labeled a security threat
Written by JPat Brown
Edited by Michael Morisy
Labor organizer, Californian congressman, and mayor of San Francisco John Francis “Jack” Shelley is typically cited among the most prominent figures on J. Edgar Hoover’s “Emergency Detention” list of “subversives” that were to be arrested if war with the Soviet Union became “inevitable.” However, as Shelley’s FBI file shows, being marked as a potential threat to the country didn’t stop Hoover and Shelly from enjoying a cordial, if not down downright friendly, relationship during the latter’s time on the Hill.

Even leaving aside the “secret detention order” thing for a moment, the relationship between the two didn’t exactly have a promising start. Shelley first shows up in the Bureau’s files as part of a perjury investigation into a Justice Department informant who had fingered both Shelley and fellow California congressman Franck R. Havenner as card-carrying communists.

Havenner and Shelley both vehemently denied those charges, and understandably, the exchange got heated. At one point, the FBI agent in charge of the investigation rather testily reminded the two that while they might not be members of the party themselves, they had enough association with them to warrant suspicion as fellow travelers.

Then, a few months into the investigation, Shelley’s mother died. Hoover, a noted mother-lover himself, wrote a personal note to Shelley (which the file notes the Bureau had had “limited cordial correspondence with prior) expressing his sympathies.

In response, Shelley wrote to thank Hoover …

and that, as they say, was the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

Between those two letters, the Bureau had received a request for a background check on Shelley from the Army, ahead of Shelley’s visit to the Far East Command in Japan.

Although the Bureau noted that Shelley had rubbed elbows with a few commies back in his labor days, they ultimately gave him a generally clean bill of health. Shelley was no Red.

So what had happened to change the Hoover’s view of Shelley from the enemy within to a bonafide American? Was it really so simple as a Batman v Superman-esque reminder that they both had mothers?

Not exactly. For starters, earlier that year, Shelley had approached the Bureau about potentially informing on communist infiltration of the labor movement.

That, combined with the findings of the perjury investigation, had led to the Bureau’s conclusion that Shelley was a “political opportunity.”

And while Hoover could never conscience a communist, a political opportunist is another thing entirely. Hoover could work with a political opportunist.

Following Shelley’s reelection, their relationship continued to improve, with Hoover a frequent guest speaker at the youth organizations that Shelley was involved in.

Their personal relationship was a factor when Shelley received a letter from a constituent urging him, as a fellow union man, to put an end to the Bureau’s “witch-hunt” in the labor movement …

which Shelley immediately forwarded on to Hoover himself.

The Bureau checked its files, determined that the man who wrote the letter was a deviant with an “inadequate personality,” and Hoover wrote back to Shelley, assuring him that the whole thing was being blown out of proportion.

The closest thing to a snag between the two was a brief run-in with the mid-century equivalent of #fakenews. During Queen Elizabeth’s visit to the U.S. in 1957, Shelley was unable to visit his son at a hospital Her Royal Highness was visiting. The tabloids reported Shelley railing against the “FBI, Secret Service, Scotland Yard, and the State Department” …

which Shelley insisted had been a misquote. He had just been mad about the State Department.

Other than that minor blip, it was a non-stop lovefest from here on out, with the Bureau noting approvingly that Shelley was a potential challenger to Jimmy Hoffa …

and Shelley bragging about how cool everyone thinks he is because he had the director on speed dial.

That last part wasn’t exactly an exaggeration. Shelley, who at this point had “grown up” and abandoned his earlier delusions about communism, was given not one, but two direct lines to the Bureau if he could be of assistance with their investigation into the labor movement.

While none of that information made it in the file, it does include Shelley passing on a constituents’ suggestion to use 24/7 radar surveillance to stop all crime.

To which Hoover responded, “we’re working on it.”

Their last exchange came after Shelley had left Congress to become San Francisco’s first Democratic mayor since 1910. An agent had sent Shelley a copy of Hoover’s latest article about the Soviet threat, and Shelley had written back a letter of appreciation.

The agent forwarded the letter to Hoover, telling him to check the note at the bottom …

which if you’re having trouble deciphering, was helpfully transcribed by the Bureau.

Who says subversives can’t be sweethearts? Read the full file embedded below, or on the request page


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12,000 years ago, Florida hurricanes heated up despite chilly seas
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Across the country, many of us are experiencing changes in weather — winters are colder, summers are hotter, storms are hitting harder, and wildfires are burning longer. When these events strike, they have a profound and detrimental impact on our economy and daily lives. And changes likes these are expected to continue and get worse over time.


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Warming Football Season
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Warming Football Season

Published: September 27th, 2017
By Climate Central

Football season is in full swing, but it’s just not as cold as it used to be. Just this past Sunday, Green Bay was 89°F at kickoff, the hottest home kickoff the Packers have had at Lambeau Field. Swaths of other football towns across the Northeast and Midwest had similarly sweltering conditions.

This Sunday’s heat is a single data point, but our analysis reveals widespread warming in NFL cities. We examined the average temperature for each of the 30 NFL cities for September through December since 1970 and found that all of them are trending warmer.

Football season temperature trends in these NFL cities
Some of the cities in colder climates, such as Detroit, Green Bay, and Minneapolis have seen football season heat up more than 3°F since 1970. Minneapolis is the fastest-warming NFL city with temperatures 4.8°F warmer than in 1970. These results are in line with larger trends which indicate that colder climates are generally warming faster than warmer climates, particularly during the winter and fall.

But global warming isn’t just roughing the climate in northern cities. Football season in Houston, New Orleans, and Phoenix is also more than 3°F warmer than in 1970. While the mild weather may make for more pleasant December tailgates outside of enclosed stadiums, it could feel like football season is off to a false start for September games. Outdoor tailgates are hotter, and practices can take a greater toll on players.

For the teams going full throttle in outdoor stadiums, the increasing heat raises the risk of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Relentless heat can also tire players out, raising the risk of injury. The heat is only likely to get more intense as the world warms, pointing to the reality that we can’t punt on addressing climate change.

METHODOLOGY: We computed the average temperature for the four month period September through December using the daily average temperature in each of the 30 NFL cities. The analysis goes back to 1970 because data is only complete for all cities through that time. We used temperature data from the largest city within each team’s coverage area in the


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In 2007, students building a house in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon hung a touchscreen monitor on the wall and connected it to the internet through a desktop computer. They developed software so people could touch the screen to turn the lights on or off, monitor energy use and control the security system.

“That was before the iPad existed,” said Joe Simon, competition manager for this year’s Solar Decathlon, which runs in Denver through Oct. 15. “Two years later, schools had better-looking programming. They had the iPad integrated. Two years after that, a team had modified the Microsoft Kinect (game controller) so that everything in the house could be controlled by hand movements. Two years after that, those students founded a company for energy management, which is now being used by Southern California Edison and has venture funding.”


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Trans Maine teen kicked out of old school voted homecoming king

NORTH BERWICK, Maine A transgender Maine teen who said he was kicked out of his former high school for his gender identity has been named homecoming king at his new school.

The announcement of Stiles Zuschlag as king was made Friday evening at halftime of Noble High School’s homecoming football game.

He tells


Former trooper testifies at excessive force trial in NH

October 07, 2017

NASHUA, N.H. — A former New Hampshire trooper says he was wrong to punch a motorist after a pursuit that had dragged on for more than an hour last year.

Andrew Monaco testified Friday during the trial of Massachusetts State Trooper Joseph Flynn that he no longer works in law enforcement after pleading guilty to assault in the May 2016 altercation captured by a TV news helicopter. Monaco acknowledged throwing the first punches before Flynn joined in.


Oregon officers investigated for staging nude photo shoot in courthouse
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Saturday, October 7, 2017, 3:42 PM
A nude photo shoot allegedly staged by a group of Oregon deputies at the county courthouse sparked an internal investigation and has resulted in at least one top officer being put on administrative leave.

Clackamas County Sheriff Craig Roberts and local news outlets received an anonymous letter alleging the officers were taking pictures at the courthouse for a calendar they gave to a retiring colleague.

A source close to the sheriff’s office told KPTV more than a dozen deputies, at least one sergeant and a captain within the civil division were at the courthouse when the raunchy photo shoot occurred on Sept. 23.

The calendar allegedly contains photos that include nude deputies with objects like a gun belt or a hat hiding their genitals, Oregon Live reported. Another image supposedly sees a deputy naked on a desk with his backside facing the camera while another shows a different officer posing shirtless in a flower bed on courthouse’s second floor, according to the anonymous letter.

An internal investigation at the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office in Oregon City is underway after several deputies and supervisors did a nude photoshoot inside the Clackamas County Courthouse (seen here) on September 23, 2017.  (KPTV)
The note continued on to suggest that the photo shoot was intended to mock gay men and while its writer did not identify himself, he did say his wife — a state worker — told him a courthouse deputy was “laughing and bragging to her” about it last week, according to the news site.

“I take this complaint very seriously and can assure the public that we will investigate this quickly and thoroughly,” Roberts said in a statement. “If we find that employees have violated any law or policy they will be held accountable.

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“Behavior like this, if true, is unacceptable and extremely troubling.”

After the investigation was launched on Thursday, officials found reason to place Captain Dave O’Shaghnessy on paid leave.

The 24-year department veteran is in charge with supervising the courthouse deputies, among others.

A spokesman for the sheriff’s office told KPTV they “are working diligently to secure any and all information related to his matter,” including surveillance cameras in use outside the courthouse.
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ACLU: New Mexico deputies kept pulling over black US agent

Dec. 07, 2017


A black female federal immigration agent on assignment in New Mexico was repeatedly pulled over by sheriff’s deputies — and twice by the same deputy — with no probable cause, according to a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico.

The group filed a lawsuit Tuesday in state district court on behalf of Sherese Crawford, 38, against the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department stemming from three traffic stops that the ACLU said amounted to racial profiling.

Crawford, a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement deportation agent, was first stopped in April on suspicion of driving a stolen car but was actually driving a rental car provided by her agency, the lawsuit said.

Later that month, Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Deputy Patrick Rael then pulled her over for tailgating, the lawsuit said. When he examined Crawford’s license, court documents said he recognized her name and asked her if she had been pulled over the week before. Rael said he remembered Crawford’s name because an officer also with her federal agency and a sheriff’s deputy present at the first stop had said that she had an “attitude,” according to the lawsuit.

Days later, Rael pulled over Crawford for driving too slow, the lawsuit claimed.

Crawford did not receive warnings or citations during any of the traffic stops, the lawsuit said.

“Our client is an accomplished federal agent who was targeted for driving while black,” said ACLU of New Mexico attorney Kristin Greer Love. “BCSO unlawfully and repeatedly stopped her because she fit a racial profile. Targeting people because of the color of their skin is unconstitutional and bad policing.”

Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Felicia Maggard said the department cannot comment on pending litigation. A Facebook message left seeking comment with the union representing sheriffs’ deputies, the Bernalillo County Deputy Sheriff’s Association, was not immediately returned.

The ACLU seeks an unspecified amount in damages for Crawford and policy changes on racial profiling within sheriff’s department.

According to the department’s website, Undersheriff Rudy Mora, during his two decades in law enforcement, has helped to develop various policies, including one addressing racial profiling.

As for the sheriff’s office, Maggard said its standard operating procedures are posted online.

Those procedures state that the department takes seriously any allegations of bias-based policing. Deputies who witness incidents or are aware of them are required to report them to supervisors.

The lawsuit comes as the Bernalillo County deputies who patrol the state’s largest metro area in and around Albuquerque have been involved in nine shootings in a four-month period, spurring criticism from civil rights groups and activists.

Sheriff Manuel Gonzales also has drawn criticism for saying that no one has provided him with data showing that body cameras on deputies make the community safer.

He said last month that he won’t require his deputies to wear them because he said the media would use the footage to criticize the officers. Gonzales told KOAT-TV that the video “gives a lopsided, one-sided story, which I think is a disservice to the whole


Fox guest floats possibility of FBI assassination plot against Trump
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One used a gun that fires bean bags to break a window and discovered Cacatian’s body inside. Cacatian was under investigation over allegations that he may have committed sexual acts with a child under the age of 14 in 2014, Las Vegas Metropolitan police spokeswoman Laura Meltzer told the San Francisco Chronicle.


Justice served in South Carolina
The Post and Courier of Charleston, South Carolina Dec 19, 2017
Justice was not swift, but it has been served.

On Dec. 8, U.S. District Judge David Norton sentenced former North Charleston Police Officer Michael Slager to 20 years in prison for the shooting death of Walter Scott, bringing to an end a painful chapter in the city’s history.

Mr. Norton’s decision came on the third day of testimony in a sentencing hearing after Mr. Slager pled guilty in May to federal civil rights charges. Mr. Slager shot Mr. Scott in the back five times in April 2015 as Mr. Scott was running away from police following a routine traffic stop.

Judge Norton had a wide range of sentencing options: Mr. Slager could have received a life sentence or he could have been set free.

It is frustrating that the case could not have been resolved in a state trial, which ended with a hung jury in December. Consequently, Mr. Slager, who is white, was sentenced under a federal civil rights violation of using excessive force to deprive Mr. Scott, a black man, of his rights under the law.

The underlying charge was second-degree murder, according to Judge Norton. The federal prison system does not have parole, meaning that Mr. Slager will have to serve his entire term, barring a successful appeal.

Mr. Slager’s guilty plea and his sentence mark milestones in the ongoing effort to bring greater accountability to police departments and address racial disparities in policing both here in the Lowcountry and nationwide.

It is a particularly critical moment for North Charleston.

The city still struggles with violence — this year has been its deadliest on record — and a strong and effective police department is as important as ever. But the work of keeping North Charleston residents safe will rightly proceed with supportive oversight from citizens who have stepped up to serve on a police review board.

Ever since cellphone video evidence surfaced revealing that Mr. Slager shot Mr. Scott in the back as he was fleeing, the North Charleston Police Department and city officials, including Mayor Keith Summey, acted commendably in condemning Mr. Slager’s actions and working to improve the city’s law enforcement.

The city’s swift and decisive action helped prevent the kind of unrest that has harmed other communities like Ferguson, Missouri, and Baltimore. North Charleston set an example that other cities dealing with officer-involved shootings would be wise to follow.



House to Attempt to Pass Spy Bill Without Treading Coattails

December 19, 2001

House Republicans will attempt to reauthorize a controversial surveillance program that allows the government to collect foreign intelligence on U.S. soil without attaching it to any spending bills or other must-pass legislation.

The high-stakes plan, according to GOP lawmakers who attended a conference meeting with House Speaker Paul Ryan Tuesday morning, is to release one reauthorization bill that combines recommendations previously endorsed by the House and Senate Intelligence committees, and the House Judiciary Committee.

The decision to handle reauthorization of Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act as a separate item comes amid outcry from a handful of Senate Republicans, including Rand Paul of Kentucky and Mike Lee of Utah.

Both Rand and Lee warned Tuesday that their support for any short-term spending bill to keep the government open beyond next week would only be granted if permanent reauthorization was taken off the table and renewal wasn’t rammed through without debate.

Section 702, which was adopted in 2008 and renewed in 2012, grants intelligence agencies the ability to collect “foreign intelligence that is vital to protect the nation against international terrorism and other threats.”

The program is regularly blasted by Democrats as well as privacy and civil rights advocates. They contend Section 702 is a thinly-veiled domestic spy program that tramples the Constitutional rights of ordinary, law-abiding Americans.

On Tuesday, Sen. Paul dismissed the idea of a permanent reauthorization, saying the intelligence community needed “more oversight, not less.”

Sen. Lee agreed, saying, “a permanent reauthorization of Section 702 would be completely unacceptable.”

Section 702 will expire on December 31 unless Congress acts.

Paul and Lee share common ground with democratic Sens. Ron Wyden, of Oregon, and Patrick Leahy, of Vermont.

Both Wyden and Leahy have long opposed permanent reauthorization. Republican Sen. Steve Daines, of Montana, has also called for short-term renewal only.

Wyden and Paul aren’t strangers to collaboration. The lawmakers cosponsored a Section 702 reform bill, the USA Rights Act, in October. That legislation specifically called for an end to backdoor searches on Americans.

“[The CIA and the NSA conduct] more than 5,000 searches for the content of Americans’ communications and more than 30,000 for metadata,” Wyden wrote for Just Security, a New York University-affiliated think tank.

“Opponents of reform also fail to mention that the FBI’s backdoor searches, which it refuses to even count, can be conducted for evidence of a crime or for foreign intelligence unrelated to terrorism, or that the results of those searches can be used by the government for purposes that have nothing to do with national security,” he continued.

The legislation has since stalled.

Another bill, sponsored by Rep. Devin Nunes, of California, would not only reauthorize the surveillance program through 2021, but would also increase the power granted to intelligence agencies.

Nunes’ bill redefines statutory terms like “foreign power” and “agent of foreign power” to include cyber-related activities deemed a national security threat.

In a possible combination bill, like Sen. Ryan suggested Tuesday, lawmakers would be tasked with balancing three different proposed revisions.

In addition to a change of terms in Section 702, the House Intelligence Committee’s bill also creates a new hurdle for the FBI: agents must first obtain a court order from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court before conducting a search on a “known United States person.”

The House Judiciary Committee’s proposed legislation goes a step further and demands the FBI, in criminal cases, obtain a warrant before even viewing a single query on an American whose information may be in the National Security Agency database.

This would not apply to counterterrorism or counterintelligence cases, however.

Regardless of the hurdles, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence said Tuesday it fully expects Section 702 to survive.

“If Congress did not reauthorize the FISA Amendments Act by year-end, Section 404(b) of that statute makes very clear that ‘any order, authorization, or directive issued or made under title VII of [FISA] … shall continue in effect until the date of the expiration of such order, authorization, or directive,’” the office said in a statement.


December 19, 2017
After he shot Lee Harvey Oswald, Jack Ruby’s psychosis was diagnosed by the same CIA doctor who had once killed an elephant with psychedelics
MKULTRA researcher wanted to continue his mind control experiments at the same time he was treating Ruby
Written by Emma Best
Edited by JPat Brown
Some researchers in the JFK assassination community are aware of the fact that one of the doctors that treated Jack Ruby was none other than Louis Jolyon West, a figure equally infamous for allegedly killing an elephant with LSD and for his work in MKULTRA - the Central Intelligence Agency’s infamous interrogation, hypnosis, and mind control program. An analysis of available documents from the CIA’s declassified archives and the recovered MKULTRA files shows that not only did West want to continue his work with the Agency during the period he was treating Ruby, the University he researched at thought that’s exactly what he was doing.

In August of 1977, CIA attorney Anthony A. Lapham sent out a form letter to eighty or more institutions which had been used in the MKULTRA program and whose identities were suddenly revealed in the cache of documents that had recently been discovered to have escaped the shredding and burning of all MKULTRA-related files ordered by former CIA Director Richard Helms. When Paul F. Sharp, the president of the University of Oklahoma, received his letter he wrote back to the Agency and requested “all information possible” about the project’s operations at the University. To date, neither Sharp’s letter nor the CIA’s response have been made public, although a copy of the form letter sent by Lapham has been located.

In a UPI article published by the New York Times, Sharp reveals the the University performed LSD tests on animals in the 1960s, which included the time period when West killed Tusko the elephant with LSD (and other drugs). According to an Associated Press article, the university president believed that this referred to the research that had been conducted by West. According to the same article, West said that he received funds from the Geschickter Fund sometime “before coming to Oklahoma.” Surviving MKULTRA documents and his resume show that he began MKULTRA work with money from the “Geschickter Foundation for Medical Research” in 1955 - the year he came to the University of Oklahoma.

West also said that his LSD research was limited to animals, although it’s known from the recovered documents that he worked with humans. While he publicly denied being aware that the project was CIA funded, documents show that he was explicitly aware of it and he was in direct contact with the CIA project heads.

A recovered CIA document listing different MKULTRA subprojects shows that Subproject 43, associated with West and occurring at the University of Oklahoma, began in 1955 and ended in 1956 (when he also retired from the Air Force). The LSD work with animals that he and Sharp referred to took place years later and may or may not have involved human experimentation (although it’s known that his earlier work did). It might be easy to dismiss this, if not for the proposal for West to continue his MKULTRA work with CIA for another 11 years.

Other researchers who previously examined some of the documents embedded at the bottom of the article missed crucial facts. Colin Ross’ examination in The CIA Doctors describes the proposal, but fails to note the fact that it was written after the $20,000+ documented funds that West received from CIA. The letter accompanied with the proposal is dated February 1956, and clearly references upcoming work for the next fiscal year.

In the first subsection of the proposal itself, West says that he wants to continue the work for another 11 years. ”It is proposed that the experiments begun during 1955-56 involving hypnotizability, suggestibility, and the roles of certain drugs in altering these attributes, be continued and extended during 1956-67.” This would place West’s treatment of Ruby about three years before the proposed end of this particular MKULTRA subproject. In the proposal, West describes several elements of experiments that match the isolated experience of Ruby and West’s stated reason for going to see him.

Ruby had an isolated cell constructed for him to live in as he awaited his fate and contemplated the possibility of being executed. The proposal stated that “There is reason to believe that environmental manipulations can affect the tendencies for dissociative phenomena to occur. Isolation, in particular, can markedly change the individual’s response to suggestion in the form of verbal communication. It is proposed that new experiments utilizing special environmental manipulations, including sensory isolation, be begun …”

West’s proposal specifies that these can produce marked personality changes, which Ruby appeared to have undergone in West’s examination of him. The report asserts that Ruby was psychotic and delusional at the time.

In his report, West said that “hypnosis and intravenous sodium pentothal were included among possible techniques” to be used on Ruby. In his proposal to CIA for continuing his MKULTRA work with them, he proposed that “the combined use of hypnotic techniques and autonomic drugs be exercised.” Sodium pentothal, as a barbiturate, is one such autonomic drug that - frequently used in various MKULTRA experiments and other interrogation or hypnosis related programs. In total, West requested an additional $35,995.00 for the next year’s work, not including the other ten years of research he had proposed. This included $5000.00 for “polygraphic, electroencephalographic, electromyographic, and special stimulatory apparatus.”

The Agency’s response to West’s proposal was apparently ordered destroyed along with all the other MKULTRA records. However, he continued to appear in CIA files as late as 1991. According to one document, West was indirectly involved in the STARGATE program which had a surprising amount of crossover with MKULTRA and its sister programs. While this particular project was undertaken by the Defence Intelligence Agency, the CIA’s counterpart in the Department of Defense, it was considered a CIA equity.

According to the document, “Serious government-funded research of both these domains began in 1973 when the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) initiated a modest effort to determine if a genuine anomalous phenomenon could be verified and to assess the degree to which it could be applied to general intelligence problems.” Coincidentally, 1973 is the same year that the MKULTRA program was officially terminated.

While the research project’s stated goal was studying anomalous phenomena such as remote viewing and remote interference, the experiments themselves focused on remotely altering someone’s perceptions and nervous system, essentially making the research dual-purpose. If it had been successful, the research could have been used not only as part of a psychic remote viewing program but to design a way to remotely interfere with someone’s perceptions, personality, or consciousness. While many of the documents relating to this program wound up in declassified CIA files, being CIA equities and an extension of a CIA program, many more seem to remain classified.

Whatever evidence there was about CIA’s continuing relationship with West, and whether or not they accepted his proposal to continue his MKULTRA research, was destroyed decades ago. This blanket destruction removed any chance to properly exonerate the Agency, leaving just enough information to provide disturbing glimpses into the potential connections between Ruby and MKULTRA after Oswald was assassinated.

You can see a selection of CIA documents relating to West below, along with the report of his examination of Ruby and his description of the latter’s psychosis.

CIA CREST Database
Image by Jack Beers via Wikimedia Commons


Cleveland plans to hire outside company to investigate outstanding citizen complaints against police officers

Updated Dec 18, 3:38 PM; Posted Dec 18, 1:52 PM
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The city of Cleveland plans to hire a private company to complete a backlog of unfinished investigations into citizen complaints filed against police officers.

The new measure was detailed in a court filing the city filed Friday that outlines its plans to prop up the beleaguered Office of Professional Standards, which has struggled for years to either complete investigations or conduct them in a proper fashion.

In general, the city's plan calls for the six full-time investigators and six temporary ones to eventually focus solely on completing investigations into complaints filed in 2018. Employees from an outside investigative company, once hired and trained, would address the backlog of cases filed between 2015 and 2017, according to the court filing.

There were 378 open investigations as of Nov. 30, with 218 of those coming from complaints filed in 2015 and 2016, the filing says. The city anticipates it will receive between 200 and 240 complaints in the coming year.

(You can read the filing here or at the bottom of this story.)

A federal monitor hired in 2015 as part of a settlement the city reached with the Justice Department found hundreds of cases stretching back to 2014 were in various stages of completion and has also been critical of the investigations OPS has completed.


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Alleged lewd cop accused of flashing three more girls in the Bronx

Wednesday, December 20, 2017, 12:08 AM

Four more people, three of them young girls, are accusing an NYPD cop of exposing himself to them in the Bronx.

Adam Fridson, 43, who was busted in October on charges he flashed two young girls, was hit with two new public lewdness and child endangerment charges Tuesday in Bronx criminal court.

In the first new case, he beckoned a woman to his SUV on Merry and Corrington Aves. in Schuylerville on Jan. 10, and asked for directions, according to a criminal complaint.

He allegedly was exposed and masturbating when she approached.

Off-duty cop arrested for allegedly flashing young girls in Bronx
“Do you want to watch?” he asked, according to the complaint.

On Oct. 13, he exposed himself to a 12-year-old girl, and two 13-year-old girls, at a bus stop


ALBANY — A coalition of child abuse survivors and advocates is pushing for a meeting with the head of the state Senate to discuss passing a bill designed to make it easier for victims to bring cases as adults.

The coalition, New Yorkers Against Hidden Predators, requested the meeting after Senate GOP Leader John Flanagan recently told the Daily News that he would be “more than willing to sit down to have real adult conversations that inure to the benefit of everyone.”

The Senate GOP has blocked the Child Victims Act from coming to the floor for a vote. The Assembly earlier this year passed the bill for the first time since 2008.

In the letter to Flanagan (R-Suffolk County), New Yorkers Against Hidden Predators said “we have been, and continue to be, ready to meet with you to convince you of the merits of the legislation and encourage you to stop blocking the bill.”

“Senator, as the #metoo movement sweeps the nation, calling out those who failed to protect the vulnerable, you do not want to be on the wrong side of history,” the coalition’s founders, Marci Hamilton, Stephen Jimenez and Kathryn Robb wrote.


FBI once feared ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’ featured communist themes

FBI Octopus

Why Silicon Valley Is Hiring Ex-Federal Agents

FBI Anti-Bribery Official To Leave for Consulting Firm
Wall Street Journal
An anti-bribery official at the Federal Bureau of Investigation is leaving government for Exiger, a compliance risk consulting firm. George “Ren” McEachern, a supervisory special agent in the Washington, D.C. field office for the FBI's international corruption unit, will leave government at the end of the year, the FBI confirmed.


Sheriff McDonnell was not aware of some misconduct, says list of problem deputies is key to reform

DEC 19, 2017 | 8:50 AM

Exclusive: Barry Farber is old enough to remember when Americans revered the FBI

Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2017/12/j-edgar-call-your-office/#ARij5yScAYYIadx3.99


‘TRIPwire' program links business owners, Lou. FBI agents spot potential terrorists


FBI Agent Arrested For Driving Without Pants and Allegedly Trying to Seduce a Truck Driver



White House takes down “We the People” petitions site without responding to a single one
The White House has taken down a popular online tool created by the Obama administration that allowed citizens to create online petitions, some of which required an official response.


The Texas boys were beaten, abused, raped. Now all they want is an apology
The youngsters at Cal Farley’s Ranch in Texas were subjected to years of abuse. But the institution’s feeble response has been a slap in the face to survivors
Steve Smith brought together victims in a Facebook group. They say the abuse was systemic, affecting hundreds of others who went through the Ranch.

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Steve Smith was just eight when his mother left him in the care of Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch, a Texas institution for at-risk children. From the moment he got there in 1959, the place didn’t sit right with him.

“I cried probably more than any boy that I know that came out [of] there, just homesick, and I didn’t take it very well.”

Almost immediately upon his arrival, Steve was subject to the first of many beatings. For the following decade, he endured regular and arbitrary violence at the hands of staff. He also had to watch helplessly as his younger brother, Rick, was beaten by adults until he couldn’t stand.

Along with the physical punishment, Steve’s pets were killed, and his friends were worked to the bone in atrocious conditions. Some boys, including Rick Smith, were also sexually abused while under the care of the ranch.

The ordeal has permanently damaged their lives.

At the kitchen table in his immaculate home in the Amarillo suburbs, Steve, now almost 70, goes through all of the details of what happened to him without showing much pain. He’s a tough man – he served in the Vietnam war and was wounded in the line of duty – and his piercing blue eyes only sprout tears twice.

The first time is when he describes how a succession of dogs he owned, all called Boots, were killed by staff members. The other is when he talks about what happened to his younger brother Rick, and how powerless he was to help him.

Rick, Steve, and six other men the Guardian spoke to named staff members responsible for the abuse, which lasted from the 1950s until at least the early 1990s. They say the abuse went beyond them, and was systemic, affecting hundreds of others who went through the ranch.

They say Lamont Waldrip, a long-serving superintendent, was one of the worst abusers. Last month, at the behest of a wealthy donor who wrote a cheque for $1m to build a new dormitory, the ranch named the new building Waldrip House.

The ranch’s current CEO, Dan Adams, acknowledged the weight of the accusations against Waldrip, who died in 2013, but he said that other boys had had “very different experiences” with him and “admired and liked” him.

For the survivors who want to make the ranch accountable for the abuse – and have been encouraged to break their silence after Steve Smith brought them together in a Facebook group – this is an unbearable affront.

A very wealthy ranch – and a revolt

Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch is accustomed to the generosity of well-heeled donors, but is less used to having its reputation called into question. Almost since its foundation, the “Christ-centered” but nondenominational institution has been a byword in Texas for juvenile reform and a can-do spirit. There is no suggestion that there is abuse at Cal Farley’s now – indeed, there is broad acknowledgment, even from advocates for the men, that current practices at the ranch are in line with the best in the sector.

With 100 direct employees and 526 across its subsidiaries, it is no small fish, and notable individuals from the ranching and oil industries queue up to serve on its board. Cheques like the one that funded Waldrip House are not unusual: the most recent publicly available tax filings show an annual income for the ranch just north of $56.8m. About $43m of that came from contributions and grants. The ranch also owns parcels of land as far away as California.

The ranch’s founder, Cal Farley, was a professional wrestler and Amarillo businessman. He had been a prominent college athlete before he moved to Amarillo, where he gained prominence as the owner of a tire shop. Throughout the 1930s, he ran a sporting club, The Mavericks, which tried to channel the energies of troubled and abandoned boys in the panhandle. Eventually he was gifted land in Tascosa, a ghost town, by a local rancher, so he could set up a more permanent home for the boys.

But for all their organizational success, Farley and his staff had no special training to deal with wayward children. In 1950, the superintendent was overpowered and thrown in the river by a group of boys who staged an effective revolt, and for a brief moment they were running things to suit themselves.

My brother didn’t even have clothes on, just his underwear. He was screaming and begging and I couldn’t do anything
Steve Smith
In an otherwise laudatory biography of Farley published in 1959, A Shirttail to Hang To, this moment is presented as a major crisis for the ranch. The situation “demanded immediate attention. One ‘revolution’ or mass runaway would mean that Cal would never again win public support for his project.”

Faced with a risk to the ranch’s prestige, Farley replaced his superintendent with a professional wrestler named Dorrance Funk, who turned to violence as a solution to the discipline problem at the ranch.

In A Shirttail to Hang To, author Beth Day writes that in the wake of the revolt, “Funk’s immediate problem was to command their respect and obedience”. He would invite “the big boys to ‘work out with him’ on the wrestling mat … Funk illustrated wrestling holds and techniques, and also managed to get over to each boy the suggestion of potential power … After a round apiece with Funk on the mat, not one of the leaders of the embryo revolution suggested they might throw *him* in the river.”

By the time Rick and Steve Smith arrived in 1959, there were about 250 residents, and Texas courts had taken to diverting young offenders out of the juvenile justice system and into the ranch. Those boys were thrown together in dorms with others who had never committed a crime, but whose parents could not take care of them.

‘They made me run in front of horses’
Ed Cargill lives in New Mexico now, after a stint in the US army and some years of riding motorcycles all over the south-west. His time in Cal Farley’s overlapped with Rick Smith’s.

After years of living in what he calls “a paradise for adult abusers”, he made repeated escape attempts. Each time he was caught, and punished. On one occasion, he says, Lamont Waldrip delivered a punishment straight out of the Old West.

“I ran away on foot and got about halfway to Amarillo when they caught me, using a helicopter. Lamont Waldrip and another staff member then took me 10 miles away from the ranch, and made me run in front of these horses all the way back. Anytime I floundered, they’d hit me with coiled-up rope or run over me with the damn horse.”

Several of the men say that another escapee was dragged for miles behind two horses back to the ranch. Again, one of the horses was ridden by Waldrip. The man in question talked about the incident in a private survivors’ group on Facebook, which was set up by Steve. His comments were seen by the Guardian.

Cruel punishment wasn’t the only ordeal students had to endure. Sexual abuse also happened, and Rick Smith says he was raped by another boy while under the care of the ranch.

The way Steve tells it, his brother “has been nervous all his life, like he was hiding something. Just in the last year he told me that when he moved into Maynard [his dorm], one of the bigger boys said he’d beat the hell out of him if he didn’t sleep with him that night. He’s had it bottled up in him all that time.”

Cargill says that the wife of a staff member was having sex with him and three other boys – in effect, statutory rape. It’s only in retrospect he has come to realize how damaging this was. “I didn’t realize how bad it was fucking me up. And, she was committing a fucking felony,” he says.

As for Steve Smith, he recalls seeing a dorm parent make a boy take his penis out and hit it with a ruler.

‘He was screaming and begging and I couldn’t do anything’
For decades, the men say, a culture of abuse prevailed at Cal Farley’s.

Martin (not his real name) was sent to the ranch in the early 1980s aged five after being brutally abused and mutilated by his father. Of that time, he says, “if you wanna know what it’s like to die over and over again and watch yourself die in the mirror – I know that”.

On his first night at the ranch, an older male student “dragged me out of the bed, and I went into the bathroom and he basically stuck his dick in my mouth”.

Steve Smith’s standard release form from Cal Farley’s.
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Steve Smith’s standard release form from Cal Farley’s. Photograph: Steve Smith
When he committed a minor infraction not long after, Martin’s female dorm parent ordered him to jump in a trash can and scrub it in freezing weather.

“When you put a little kid who’s been tortured inside a trash can, upside down, and make it like a little prison cell and have him scrub … You know, you got these tiny little holes at the top just to let a little light in, you’re scared, you’re freezing, you know?”

Cargill says that his dorm parent would also encourage other boys to administer physical punishment. “I saw him hit two boys with his fist and then tell the rest of the dorm, ‘You better finish what I started or it’s all gonna happen to you.’

“So I watched as they literally beat these two guys half to death, and me and another guy tried to intervene. We didn’t get beat up as bad, but we got beat up.”

Cargill says “their only crime is they were gay. Which, that’s not my place to judge, or my place to punish.”

Steve Smith remembers his helplessness while his brother was beaten mercilessly. “A staff member did it. I heard Rick screaming at the top of his lungs so I ran down there. I looked into his room and the guy was beating the hell out of him with a belt. My brother didn’t even have clothes on, just his underwear. He was screaming and begging and I couldn’t do anything”.

Afterwards, Rick’s nervousness at being at the ranch led to a pattern of behavior that only led to more beatings.

“I pissed the bed till I was probably 10, and for that they beat the hell out of me till I bled,” he says.

Bill Varnado, who was there at the same time as Steve Smith, says “you really didn’t have to ‘get in trouble’ for them to beat the hell out of you.” Normally, he says, “they used a belt, but as you got older they used their fists on boys.”

Joe Stroud, who was there in the 1980s, says the ethos of punishment at Cal Farley’s “went all the way from how people treated themselves, down to how people treated animals, to how people treat anything. It was a culture of violence.”

‘It’s not that I don’t believe it, it’s just that it’s past’
Jan Heimlich, a former journalist, now runs a nonprofit in Austin called the Child Friendly Faith initiative. Through her work and in a book, she has worked to expose religious groups that abuse children. “I am always in search of faith-based organizations that are really great,” she says.

When she first wrote about Cal Farley’s, she used it as an example of best practices in youth care. She still maintains that currently Cal Farley’s appears to be in keeping with modern and humane standards of childcare, and says they “run a flagship program for cutting-edge child therapy”.

In 2015, after she published a laudatory post about Carl Farley’s on her blog, Steve Smith left comments. He wrote about the constant abuse, and the beating meted out to Rick. Alarmed by what she was reading, Heimlich got in touch with Adams, the ranch CEO.

“I asked Dan, ‘Is what this guy is saying true?’ He said, ‘Yes. But we’re evolved.’”

Heimlich decided to help Steve talk it out with Adams.

Their first conversation was a two-and-a-half-hour meeting on 23 March this year, which Heimlich attended as an observer via Skype. She observed that Adams’s attitude to Smith was sympathetic. “We were both blown away with what Steve was telling us. Every so often Dan would reach out and touch Steve’s shoulder.”

On 7 and 8 April, the three of them met in Amarillo, first at a coffee shop, and then the next morning for breakfast. At this point, she started to become concerned about how the ranch was going to deal with Smith’s allegations.

“I thought that meeting was his opportunity to say, ‘Here’s what we’re going to do’, but I was getting nothing from him.”

At breakfast, she presented a draft letter suggesting the approach Cal Farley’s could take. These included investigating allegations of abuse, setting up a fund for survivors’ medical needs, and ensuring that information on their website and in their marketing material was “truthful and not misleading”.

Adams, she says, was uncomfortable. Most of all, he was resistant to the idea of going public with any it. “He thought that involving the media would not bring the men the healing they were looking for,” she says.

It got ingrained into me for a period of five years that violence fixes everything
Arnold Wells
At the same meeting, Adams told Heimlich that the ranch was planning to name a new dorm after Lamont Waldrip.

For survivors, she says, it was a slap in the face.

In conversation with the Guardian, Adams acknowledged that abuses had occurred in the past, but also reaffirmed his stance.

“I can’t deny Steve or anybody else their experience,” he said. When asked if the behavior of staff at the time sounded like abuse, he responded, “absolutely, no doubt about it”. But he stressed that practices had changed, including the phasing out of corporal punishment since he took over in 1996.

“I knew Lamont. And there are guys today that had very different experiences with Lamont and admired and liked him. In his early days, I think he probably was way over his head in terms of knowing how to deal with all those kids … any time you have a system that’s scantily staffed, and not trained, abuse happens.”

Adams has no plans to change the dedication of the new building.

“I do think when it comes to honoring founders or former employees, that’s a collective thing, that’s bigger than me, it’s not arbitrary. I think [a public apology] can be disruptive, because I’ve got 260 kids out there that we’re working very well with, and we have a lot of younger people whose experience has been good at Boys Ranch, and a lot of families that count on us.

“I don’t say it’s hearsay and I don’t deny it. It’s not that I don’t believe it, it’s just that it’s past.”

‘I want somebody to stand up and say, Hey, I’m frickin’ sorry’
The men the Guardian spoke to say they have carried the scars of this experience for decades, as well as a sense that their lives have been misshapen by their time there. Many talked about extensive substance abuse, suicide attempts,
and incarceration among alumni.


Edwards says he asked ex-State Police leader to live onsite

Despite auditors’ criticism it was improper and possibly illegal, Gov. John Bel Edwards defended the living arrangements of retired Louisiana State Police leader Mike Edmonson, saying he asked Edmonson to live in a state-owned home as agency superintendent.

Edmonson moved into the house at state police headquarters in 2008, after he was named superintendent by then-Gov. Bobby Jindal. Edwards kept Edmonson in the job when he took office in 2016 and said he asked the state police leader to remain in the house, because the governor thought it was the best way for Edmonson to quickly respond to emergencies.

Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera’s office suggested living in the house without paying rent, utilities or taxes could have violated state law.

“I’m less than convinced that the legislative auditor got it right relative to the use of the residence by Col. Edmonson,” Edwards said Wednesday at a wide-ranging news conference.

Edwards didn’t defend Edmonson, however, against other charges raised by auditors that Edmonson misused tax dollars to finance a lavish personal lifestyle. The governor called those allegations “very troubling.”

Edmonson had been the state police’s longest-serving superintendent, holding the job for nine years before retiring in March amid questions about lax spending practices and his leadership style. Edwards tapped Col. Kevin Reeves to fill the position.

“I have 100 percent confidence in Col. Reeves and in his leadership abilities, in the changes that he’s already made in the organization. I think that morale among state troopers has increased, and I believe the professionalism of that agency will be fully restored,” the governor said.

Auditors suggested Edmonson used the Louisiana State Police troopers and equipment for personal gain. They say he put family and friends in New Orleans hotel rooms planned for troopers assisting with Mardi Gras safety, used troopers to run personal errands for him and his family and asked state police staff to perform maintenance on family members’ vehicles.

Edmonson left the agency after criticism erupted about troopers billing thousands of dollars to taxpayers for overtime and expenses on a 2016 trip to a law enforcement conference in San Diego, during which they took sightseeing trips to Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon.


Off-duty Detroit cop charged with assaulting shopper


A Detroit police officer who was moonlighting as a security guard has been charged with assaulting a shopper at a Meijer store.

The Wayne County prosecutor’s office says Officer Lonnie Wade was wearing his police uniform during the Oct. 10 incident. A shopper, David Bivins, was hit in the head and face with a baton after Wade questioned him about bags in his cart.

The prosecutor’s office says there was no evidence of aggressive behavior by the 23-year-old Bivins. The incident was recorded on video and witnessed by other shoppers.
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A Congressional Probe Is Needed Given The FBI’s Destruction Or Loss Of Every Single Email That It Relied Upon In Pitching its Controversial “Ivins Theory” In Mueller’s Amerithrax Investigation


Posted by Lew Weinstein on January 23, 2018


Search for the word “e-mail” in the FBI’s Amerithrax Summary



Then compare the quoted emails to the ones that the FBI for the past 5 years have failed to produce.


And look at all the emails quoted in Dellefera Affidavit in support of the search of Ivins’ residence.


The loss or destruction — the proven failure to produce — these emails is a flagrant violation of FOIA and the rule of law.


It constitutes spoliation of evidence if they are not produced.  The report to the federal judge on this issue is January 30, 2018.


Amerithrax was Robert Mueller’s biggest whodunnit.  I was Mueller’s biggest fan.  Still am.


But the FBI’s withholding of these emails is just beyond the pale.


And which would be worse — its failure to maintain them or lying and saying they can’t find them.


Either is unacceptable and requires imposition of attorneys fees and sanctions against the individuals who continue to fail to produce them.








If FBI agents wanted to acquire weapons grade plutonium


what kind of facility do you think they would infiltrate?






Originally founded and established as Project Y of the Manhattan Project, the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) occupies approximately 36 square miles of DOE land situated on the Pajarito plateau in the Jemez mountains of northern New Mexico. The closest population centers are the cities of Los Alamos and White Rock. The closest large metropolitan center is Santa Fe, 35 miles away. It includes 47 technical areas, 42 of which are actively in use, and over 2,100 individual facilities covering some eight to nine million square feet worth $5.9 billion.




Facilities within the technical areas include a reactor (which is shut down); criticality experiment areas; particle, neutron and ion accelerators; sealed source and x-ray radiography facilities; research laboratories; depleted uranium and explosive test facilities; a plutonium recovery, metal production, and metal fabrication; and radiological-contaminated environmental areas in various stages of remediation; and decontamination and decommissioning projects.




As a DOE national security research institute, the LANL’s primary responsibility is ensuring the safety, security, and reliability of the nuclear stockpile. This mission has expanded from the primary task of designing nuclear weapons to include non-nuclear defense programs and a broad array of non-defense programs. In addition to the Lab's core national security mission, its conducts work in bioscience, chemistry, computer science, earth and environmental sciences, materials science, and physics disciplines. Past missions of LANL have included development of nuclear test devices and other research projects. LANL is now focusing on nuclear weapon stockpile stewardship and nonproliferation.




Lab hires new counterintelligence director


Would-be Los Alamos National Laboratory hackers watch out — the lab has named experienced FBI cyber-counterintelligence agent Daniel Lee Cloyd to lead LANL's Office of Counterintelligence beginning in January.




Cloyd was the assistant director of the FBI's Counterintelligence Division before taking his new position, according to information from LANL. Cloyd's 25-year FBI résumé has a lot of "counters" — counterespionage, counterterrorism, counterproliferation — and also includes intelligence and law enforcement. His work has taken him to Buffalo, N.Y.; Washington, D.C.; and Norfolk, Va.







FBI agents’ texts call Congress “less than worthless” and “contemptible”


By Rex Santus Feb 7, 2018








America's serial killers prey on women 


According to never-before-released  data, women accounted for 70 percent of the 1,398 known victims of serial killers since 1985. By comparison, women represented only 22 percent of total homicide victims.


SHNS is conducting an investigation into the nation's more than 185,000 unsolved homicides committed since 1980.


According to local police reported that about 33,000 homicides of women remain unsolved









‘Engaging with the kids:’ black FBI agents mentor Trowbridge School students as part of nationwide program



POSTED 6:15 PM, FEBRUARY 7, 2018,         

MILWAUKEE -- A lucky group of children from Milwaukee are getting a firsthand look at what it means to be part of the FBI. Trowbridge School is partnering with the FBI to encourage students to make good choices.



Leonard Peace, FBI Milwaukee public affairs officer

The FBI Milwaukee is taking the school under its wing as part of the FBI's nationwide Adopt-A-School program.









A FBI agent  has been

sentenced to seven years in prison for having sex with a 9 year old girl





Under a plea agreement, he was sentenced to seven years in

prison with another 15 years suspended. He also was ordered to pay

ten-thousand dollars in restitution to cover the cost of the girl's

mental-health counseling.


Authorities say John  Lesko engaged in a sex act with her nine times.


Lesko's attorney says he worked  at

the FBI for 17 years .


According to the plea, Lesko said he was a victim in the case.

He said the girl initiated the contact.










FBI agent allowed to retire and collect full pension

files petition to enter guilty plea for child pornography charges




according to court documents, Donald Sachtleben hid behind the email ‘ pedodave69@yahoo.com ’ and openly traded child porn. In one email he attached nine images of child pornography and child erotica and wrote:


“Saw your profile… Hope you like these and can send me some of (y)ours. I have even better ones if you like.”

Sachtleben, a Northwestern University graduate, worked for the FBI from 1983 until his retirement in 2008.









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