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Wednesday, 14 January 2015 17:53
FBI Counter-Terrorism Expert: ISIS Likely Did NOT Hack Centcom … Anonymous Collective: Centcom Hackers Were In MARYLAND

http://www.collapsenet.com/free-resources/collapsenet-public-access/news-alerts/item/13011-fbi-counter-terrorism-expert-isis-likely-did-not-hack-centcom--anonymous-collective-centcom-hackers-were-in-maryland
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INVESTIGATIONS
Judge suspects ATF attorneys of fraud in ex-agent's suit


see link for full story

http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/arizona/investigations/2015/01/29/federal-judge-suspects-atf-attorneys-fraud-jay-dobyns-case/22551977/



A federal judge suspects that seven attorneys representing the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives committed fraud in the case of a retired federal agent who infiltrated the Hells Angels motorcycle gang in Arizona.

Court of Federal Claims Judge Francis Allegra banned the attorneys from filing documents in his court, and he ordered additional hearings to investigate the attorneys' actions, essentially creating a trial within a trial.
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https://www.dvidshub.net/news/154327/92nd-mp-battalion-hosts-unique-seminar#.VN3oopv0BDs

92nd MP Battalion hosts unique seminar Staff Sgt. Mark Patton
Kansas City FBI Special Agent Bryan Witt was one of several guest speakers from around the state of Missouri during the two-day Senior Leader Law Enforcement Seminar in St. Robert, Mo., Feb. 4-5. The seminar was hosted by the 92nd Military Police Battalion, 4th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, 1st Infantry Division.
ST. ROBERT, Mo. - An FBI special agent, a captain with the Kansas City Police Department, a judge and a chief counsel with the Missouri Attorney General's Office were just a handful of the legal and law enforcement professionals that spoke to troops from the 92nd Military Police Battalion during a recent seminar.

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http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_27550301/police-officers-cleared-fatal-shooting-outside-evans-pool



Police officers cleared in fatal shooting outside Evans pool hall
Posted: 02/18/2015 10:28:04



Police officers involved in the shooting death of a man outside an Evans pool hall have been cleared by the Weld County district attorney of criminal wrongdoing.

Michael Ray Rodriguez was fatally shot by police on Jan. 4 outside Paradise Billiards, 818 31st St., after officers were called on a report of a "man armed with a gun threatening bar patrons and assaulting his girlfriend," the DA's office said Wednesday in a media release.

When officers arrived, Rodriguez pointed "what appeared to be a handgun at the officers" and he refused officers commands to drop the weapon, said the DA's office.
A police investigator videotapes a Chevy Tahoe pickup involved in a fatal police shooting in front of Paradise Billiards, located at 818 31St in Evans, on
A police investigator videotapes a Chevy Tahoe pickup involved in a fatal police shooting in front of Paradise Billiards, located at 818 31St in Evans, on January 5, 2015. The shooting occurred the night before. (Jim Rydbom, The Greeley Tribune)

Eleven rounds were fired by two officers, one from the Evans Police Department and the other from the LaSalle Police Department. Four bullets struck Rodriguez. He was holding a Hilti nail gun when shot by officers.

District Attorney Michael Rourke "de
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https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2015/03/03/petraeus-plea-deal-reveals-two-tier-justice-system-leaks/


The Intercept

Petraeus Plea Deal Reveals Two-Tier Justice System for Leaks

March 3 2015



Featured photo - Petraeus Plea Deal Reveals Two-Tier Justice System for Leaks

David Petraeus, the former Army general and CIA director, admitted today that he gave highly-classified journals to his onetime lover and that he lied to the FBI about it. But he only has to plead guilty to a single misdemeanor that will not involve a jail sentence thanks to a deal with federal prosecutors. The deal is yet another example of a senior official treated leniently for the sorts of violations that lower-level officials are punished severely for.

According to the plea deal, Petraeus, while leading American forces in Afghanistan, maintained eight notebooks that he filled with highly-sensitive information about the identities of covert officers, military strategy, intelligence capabilities and his discussions with senior government officials, including President Obama. Rather than handing over these “Black Books,” as the plea agreement calls them, to the Department of Defense when he retired from the military in 2011 to head the CIA, Petraeus retained them at his home and lent them, for several days, to Paula Broadwell, his authorized biographer and girlfriend.

In October 2012, FBI agents interviewed Petraeus as part of an investigation into his affair with Broadwell — Petraeus would resign from the CIA the next month — and Petraeus told them he had not shared classified material with Broadwell. The plea deal notes that “these statements were false” and that Petraeus “then and there knew that he previously shared the Black Books with his biographer.” Lying to FBI agents is a federal crime for which people have received sentences of months or more than a year in jail.

Under his deal with prosecutors, Petraeus pleaded guilty to just one count of unauthorized removal and retention of classified information, a misdemeanor that can be punishable by a year in jail, though the deal calls only for probation and a $40,000 fine. As The New York Times noted today, the deal “allows Mr. Petraeus to focus on his lucrative post-government career as a partner in a private equity firm and a worldwide speaker on national security issues.”

The deal has another effect: it all but confirms a two-tier justice system in which senior officials are slapped on the wrist for serious violations while lesser officials are harshly prosecuted for relatively minor infractions.

For instance, last year, after a five-year standoff with federal prosecutors, Stephen Kim, a former State Department official, pleaded guilty to one count of violating the Espionage Act when he discussed a classified report about North Korea with Fox News reporter James Rosen in 2009. Kim did not hand over a copy of the report — he just discussed it, and nothing else — and the report was subsequently described in court documents as a “nothing burger” in terms of its sensitivity. Kim is currently in prison on a 13-month sentence.

“The issue is not whether General Petraeus was dealt with too leniently, because the pleadings indicate good reason for that result,” said Abbe Lowell, who is Kim’s lawyer. “The issue is whether others are dealt with far too severely for conduct that is no different. This underscores the random, disparate and often unfair application of the national security laws where higher-ups are treated better than lower-downs.”

In 2013, former CIA agent John Kiriakou pleaded guilty to violating the Intelligence Identities Protection Act by disclosing the name of a covert CIA officer to a freelance reporter; he was sentenced to 30 months in jail. Kiriakou’s felony conviction and considerable jail sentence — for leaking one name that was not published — stands in contrast to Petraeus pleading guilty to a misdemeanor without jail time for leaking multiple names as well as a range of other highly-sensitive information.

Kiriakou, released from prison earlier this year, told The Intercept in an emailed statement, “I don’t think General Petraeus should have been prosecuted under the Espionage Act, just as I don’t think I should have been prosecuted under the Espionage Act. Yet only one of us was
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Covert Warfare Coming to Texas
Military to see if soldiers can infiltrate without being noticed
Covert Warfare Coming to Texas        



http://www.infowars.com/covert-warfare-coming-to-texas/



A key component of the controversial Jade Helm military exercise set to take part in nine U.S. states this summer will involve soldiers operating “undetected amongst civilian populations,” to see if they can infiltrate without being noticed.
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http://foxsanantonio.com/news/local/mmw-angelika-nino


MMW: Angelika Nino
BY YAMI VIRGIN
MONDAY, DECEMBER 5TH 2016

If you have any information on Angelika Nino please call the U.S. Marshals at 210-657-8500.


The U.S. Marshals need your help to find Angelika Nino. Nino had done 97 months behind bars for 2 counts of Bank Fraud, 2 counts of Witness Tampering and 9 Counts of Wire Fraud. Nino is the ex-wife of a former FBI agent, who was in a tough situation after she was arrested for defrauding victims of more than 200,000 dollars. While doing supervised release, 5 years ordered by a judge, Nino allegedly violated the rules by failing to pay restitution. She also stopped reporting to her probation officer.

If you have any information you can call the U.S. Marshals' Lone Star Fugitive Task Force at 210-657-8500.

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http://farsight.org/demo/Time_Cross_Project/Time_Cross_Farsight_main_page.html


http://touch.latimes.com/#section/1133/article/p2p-92035786/



http://touch.latimes.com/#section/2426/article/p2p-91731669/

Dec. 5, 2016
How free coupons for patients help drugmakers hike prices by 1,000%



Matt Schmitt, an assistant professor at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, co-wrote a study that found coupons covering patients' co-pays are propelling drug companies to charge the "the highest price possible."

December 5, 2016, 9:00 a.m.
Horizon Pharma charges more than $2,000 for a month’s supply of a prescription pain reliever that is the combination of two cheap drugs available separately over the counter.

Another company, Novum, sells a small tube of a prescription skin rash cream, containing two inexpensive decades-old medicines, for nearly $8,000.

What is key to the companies’ business plan of raising prices by 1,000% or more?  

The answer: coupons that deliver Horizon’s pain reliever Vimovo and Novum’s skin cream Alcortin A for as little as nothing to the patient, while leaving America’s health system to pick up much of the rest of the price.

Experts warn that the coupons, increasingly being used by dozens of companies, are sharply adding to the nation’s medicine bill. That cost is passed along to most Americans through higher insurance premiums and taxes needed to pay for government health programs.

The success of Horizon and Novum using this strategy demonstrates how America’s convoluted and opaque system of paying for prescription drugs enables executives to set extraordinary prices on modest medicines that have been around for years. The coupons





http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20161204_FBI_Agent__Sting_informant_says_he_was_told_not_to_target_Republicans.html?mobi=true


FBI Agent: Sting informant says he was told not to target Republicans
Updated: DECEMBER 4, 2016 —


Tyrone B. Ali, right, along with attorney Alan J.Tauber, left, arrive at the Dauphin County Court house for a hearing Monday, March 28, 2016 in Harrisburg, Pa.
by Craig R. McCoy and Angela Couloumbis, STAFF WRITERS
An FBI agent has said the undercover operative in the controversial sting run by the state Attorney General's Office told him he was discouraged from targeting Republicans, raising questions about the integrity of an investigation that has netted five convictions of Democrats.

In a new court filing by the last sting defendant still fighting charges, FBI Special Agent Robert J. Haag said that the operative, Tyron Ali, told him the state office seemed "more interested in targeting Democrats than Republicans."

And in an email Haag wrote in 2013, he said Ali told him he was "reprimanded" for contacting Republicans during the probe and instructed "not to take any initiative in contacting Republicans in the future."


On Saturday, former state prosecutor Frank Fina and Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams rejected any suggestion the probe had a partisan agenda - or that Ali was told to go after only Democrats.

Said Fina: "Never, ever was he told to steer towards one party or another."

They said the idea that Ali was told to keep clear of Republicans was a distortion of tactical decisions made to avoid certain officials for fear his cover would be blown.


Fina launched the probe before former State Attorney General Kathleen Kane shut it down. Williams resurrected the investigation into the payments and obtained the convictions.

Kane said Saturday that the filing vindicated her.

"The FBI file speaks for itself and confirms what I have always said: that this investigation was fatally flawed from the beginning."

A sworn affidavit by Haag, along with the email, quoted in length in the filing, was recently turned over by federal prosecutors in response to a demand for sting-related documents by defense








http://touch.capitalgazette.com//#section/-1/article/p2p-92040214/

Annapolis caucus plans rating system for law enforcement agencies





CIVIL RIGHTS LEADER CARL SNOWDEN TALKS ABOUT RACIAL ISSUES DURING A MEETING OF THE CAUCUS OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN LEADERS THAT RESULTED IN A VOTE OF NO-CONFIDENCE FOR ANNAPOLIS POLICE CHIEF MICHAEL PRISTOOP.

Updated December 3, 2016
The Caucus of African-American Leaders hopes to develop a criteria to rate departments with law enforcement officers in Anne Arundel County and the Baltimore metropolitan area.

A subcommittee of the caucus has been formed to put together those plans and the group is meeting this weekend to refine its goals and criteria before taking the plans to police leadership. The group hopes to include Anne Arundel County, Annapolis and Baltimore County fire and police departments as well as Anne Arundel and Harford County sheriff's offices.

Caucus convener Carl Snowden declined to speak on the subject as the final plans were still underway. The caucus is a local advocacy group that focuses on equality issues in the city and county.

But emails obtained by The Capital shed light on the early plans for the rating criteria.

"The idea is to create a criteria to rate police departments," Snowden wrote in his email to Caucus members and an ACLU attorney. "The proposed criteria would include how diverse their departments are, how many complaints of alleged police misconduct has been filed against the agency... How transparent is the police department?"

There currently is no rating system like it in the area, hence their desire to create it.

An Annapolis police spokeswoman declined to comment on the planned system until there were more details. ACLU attorney David Rocah declined to talk about the proposed program as well.

But The Capital did receive a copy of his response to Snowden's inquiry. He provided some guidance to set up the program and compare data especially between departments of varying sizes.

"So to make comparisons between departments, you'd need to not only file public records requests to get the total number of complaints filed by year, but you'd also need to file requests to get information on the size of the force, and perhaps look up census data for size of the jurisdiction."

While there is no rating system locally, law enforcement agencies can seek accreditation from the aptly named Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies. That agency sets up criteria within six major law enforcement areas such as relationships with other agencies, organization and management, personnel, law enforcement operations and court-related and technical services, according to the CALEA website.

The caucus is hoping to release a report from the rating system around the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, Jan. 16, according to the emails.

The emails on the caucus' rating program were sent about 10 days after the caucus held a vote of no confidence in Annapolis Police Chief Michael Pristoop. The caucus laid out several claims alleging the police department treats white and black police officers differently.

The main case they have championed is former police officer Jason Thomas, who was fired after a protracted legal battle regarding an injury he suffered while on duty.

The department claims it ordered Thomas back to work full-duty and eventually fired him when he did not return. Thomas claims his doctors ordered him back to work at least on modified or light duty. He filed a federal lawsuit on Monday alleging discrimination.

Pristoop has defended his department from these claims. The Annapolis City Council set up a subcommittee to review and investigate the claims made by the caucus.

Emails by city officials obtained by The Capital through a request under the Maryland Public Information Act after that vote show a concentrated effort to show support for the chief after the caucus vote as well as sharing stories and comments of the city's legal victories

Snowden tipped off the vote in a column in The Capital in which he discussed the caucus plan to hold the vote that night. After the vote, Alderman Ross Arnett and Jared Littmann sent emails noting their support for the chief. Arnett's support led to a resolution of support being drafted, but that was delayed after the subcommittee was created.

News media reporters also began sending inquiries after the no confidence vote. Annapolis Captain Scott Williams wrote "And so it begins" after seeing an inquiry from WBAL-TV.

Pristoop also received support from FBI Special Agent Wendy Hassett, who wrote "I like it!" when Pristoop shared a comment admonishing The Capital on a story about Thomas losing his lawsuit in state




http://www.collective-evolution.com/2016/12/03/fbi-chief-exposes-mk-ultra-programs-that-murder-use-traffic-children-high-level-people-involved/

With regards to pedophellia, ever since Donald Trump brought to light the allegations against Bill Clinton and his treatment of women, others have come forward to corroborate his story.

One of the most recent examples is former U.S. State Department official Steve Pieczenik. His roles within U.S. politics were many, having been the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State under Henry Kissinger, Cyrus Vacne, and James Baker, and also serving the presidential administrations of Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Regan, and George H.W. Bush. If you’ve done research into U.S. politics, being associated with names like Kissinger and Bush is an automatic red flag. What’s even more concerning to some is that he was a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a group many consider to be corrupt and even evil, operating under the guise of good deeds. However, he was removed from the membership as early as October 2012, the same time he started whistleblowing.

He says: “We know that both of them have been a major part and participant of what’s called The Lolita Express, which is a plane owned by Mr. Jeff Epstein, a wealthy multi-millionaire who flies down to the Bahamas and allows Bill Clinton and Hillary to engage in sex with minors, that is called Pedophilia.”  (source)

Here is some background coverage that was done on it last year. I’m not saying these examples are proof of a massive elitist global pedophile ring, but there have been several examples like this, and various scandals that have gone completely unreported by mainstream media.

Former U.S. representative Cynthia McKinney also knew about pedophilia within the government in 2005. She grilled Donald Rumsfeld on DynCorp’s child trafficking business of selling women and children. (source)

This is important information to share, especially with all that’s going on with the Pizzagate scandal,  which the elite are also trying to debunk. Here is another Pizzagate video put together by the underground resistance network.

It’s hardly surprising that they are trying to discredit this story, but with all of the other stories from investigations out there that are already verified, it’s important that we don’t ignore this and that somebody within the power structure actually initiates an investigation.

Investigations Reveal That It Goes Far Beyond Pedophilia

Unfortunately, investigations into this type of behaviour reveal that many working for mainstream politics, its corporate structure, the big banks, and parts of the military industrial complex (CIA, contractors, etc.) could be involved in even more disturbing things.

Not only are these children abused, they are tortured and often murdered as part of ‘satanic’ sacrifice ceremonies. Many of them, based on my research




http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/an- ... hirtyEight
Politics
An FBI Error Opens A Window Into Government Demands For Private Info

Dec 3, 2016 at 1:14 PM
An FBI Error Opens A Window Into Government Demands For Private Info

The Internet Archive, a nonprofit organization that has built a digital library and maintains an archive of web pages on the internet, revealed on Thursday that it had received a National Security Letter from the FBI demanding information about the services the library provided to a possible user. National Security Letters such as this one have been criticized by civil liberties groups in part because they can include a nondisclosure requirement or “gag order” that prevents recipients from revealing anything about the letters — including the fact that they received them.
This letter was particularly troublesome to privacy advocates because it contained misinformation about the rights of a letter recipient to challenge the nondisclosure requirement. The letter stated that the Internet Archive could “make an annual challenge to the nondisclosure requirement.” The Electronic Frontier Foundation, an advocacy organization that is legally representing the Internet Archive, pointed out in a press release that the passage of the USA Freedom Act in June of 2015 changed the law to allow letter recipients to challenge the National Security Letter at any time, not just once annually. In response to the EFF’s claim, the FBI withdrew its National Security Letter, allowed the Internet Archive to publish a redacted version of the letter containing the error and promised to correct the mistake by informing everyone else who got the same erroneous language.


http://www.collective-evolution.com/201 ... -involved/



FBI Chief Exposes MK Ultra Programs That Murder, Use, & Traffic ...
Collective Evolution-7 hours ago
FBI Chief Exposes MK Ultra Programs That Murder, Use, & Traffic Children – High .... Ted Gunderson, former FBI special agent and head of their L.A. office, ...



http://motherboard.vice.com/read/enter-the-glass-room-where-privacy-goes-to-die

http://motherboard.vice.com/read/enter- ... oes-to-die
Enter 'The Glass Room,' Where Privacy Goes To Die
Motherboard-5 hours ago
... Congress failed to block a procedural rule change that gives the FBI the legal authority to hack millions of computers around the globe under a single warrant.








http://ticklethewire.com/2016/12/02/border-patrol-agent-headed-trial-allegedly-lying-federal-authorities/

http://ticklethewire.com/2016/12/02/bor ... thorities/
Border Patrol Agent Headed to Trial for Allegedly Lying to Federal Authorities
By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com
The Border Patrol agent accused of lying to federal agents about a drug conspiracy case is headed to trial in early January.
Eduardo Bazan Jr. pleaded not guilty Thursday in federal court, the Monitor reports.
Bazan, 48, of Edinburg, was arrested on Nov. 3 and has been on administrative leave since.
Authorities allege he lied to Homeland Security investigators during an Oct. 31 interview.
“Bazan admitted he had lied to agents Oct. 31, 2016, and that Bazan had in fact received information from an individual that led to a seizure of 66 kilograms of cocaine; seized on Feb. 18, 2007,” the criminal complaint reads.


http://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/briefs/u-s-judge-won-t-release-ids-of-informants-in/article_801d6bb5-50b5-568b-b4cb-e62d7fe08e3a.html

US judge won't release IDs of informants in prison gang case
Santa Fe New Mexican-
The Albuquerque Journal reports that an FBI case agent wrote in a search warrant affidavit that all nine informants would be marked for death if their identities





FBI refuses to investigate pedophile

http://www.theadvocate.com/new_orleans/news/politics/article_f22bf75e-b9bc-11e6-acd7-2bdbc8a569c5.html

Teen at center of Mike Yenni sexting scandal reveals identity to rebut claims he is lying
BY RAMON ANTONIO VARGAS | RVARGAS@THEADVOCATE.COM DEC 3, 2016 - 7





https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/painful-lessons-from-loss-of-cuban-fencing-team-in-1976/2016/12/04/d26cb772-b990-11e6-b994-f45a208f7a73_story.html


CIA blows up Cuban airliner

1976 bombing that killed Cuban fencing team requires painful reflection



Protesters carry portraits of victims on Oct. 6, during a 40th-anniversary remembrance of the Cubana Flight 455 bombing. (Ernesto Mastrascusa/European Pressphoto Agency)
By Kevin B. Blackistone December 4 at 7:33 PM Follow @ProfBlackistone
By noon on Oct. 6, 1976, at Seawell International Airport in Barbados, it was humid, raining and 80 degrees. A McDonnell Douglas four-engine DC-8 jet adorned with Cubana Airlines’ blue, white and red tail sat on the tarmac, just arrived from Port of Spain, Trinidad. It was in the midst of a hopscotch trip across the Caribbean that started in Georgetown, Guyana; was headed to Kingston, Jamaica; and destined for Havana, Cuba.

Among the passengers were 24 teenage athletes. They were members of Cuba’s national fencing team. They caught their country’s flagship airliner in Trinidad after competing in a tournament of Central American and Caribbean countries.

But neither the Cuban fencers nor the other 49 souls on Cubana Flight 455 made it home.

At what must have been the nadir of the U.S. government’s detestation for Fidel Castro, who died last week at age 90 after a lifetime of being a burr in Washington’s saddle on the Western Hemisphere, Cubana Flight 455 exploded in the sky above the Caribbean Sea after two bombs planted by men working for once-CIA-connected, anti-Castro Cuban exiles detonated.


The Cubana Flight 455 mass murder is not seared in our memory like the massacre of 11 Israeli athletes at the 1972 Summer Games. It didn’t play out live on national television like the bloodshed in Munich. It hasn’t been memorialized in dramatic film.

But the two dozen Cuban athletes who perished represent the most horrific attack against innocent sportsmen we’ve ever seen. The downing of their flight remains a rare mid-air bombing of a civilian airliner in the Western Hemisphere.

And the U.S. government’s behavior in the 40-year wake of those deaths remains shameful.

[Fidel Castro laid to rest in private, closed-door funeral]

To be sure, just two months ago, on the 40th anniversary of Cubana Flight 455’s downing, the National Security Archive, which has done yeoman’s work on this event, asked the Obama administration to declassify what intelligence records remain on Luis Posada Carriles, the onetime CIA operative convicted in Panama of Cubana 455’s bombing but pardoned in 2004 by then-outgoing Panamanian President Mireya Moscoso, who was supported by Washington. Posada, now 88, resides in Miami.

A 1976 document sent at the time to Secretary of State Henry Kissinger by two high-ranking State Department officials who investigated Castro’s charge that the United States had downed Cubana 455 implicated Posada as the likely planner.


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“We have now pursued in detail with CIA (1) what we know about responsibility for the sabotage of the Cubana airliner and (2) how any actions by CIA, FBI, or Defense attache´s might relate to the individuals or groups alleged to have responsibility,” the document stated, “… but any role that these people may have had with the demolition took place without the knowledge of the CIA.”

Posada’s co-conspirator in planning the bombing was Orlando Bosch, who was acquitted in a foreign court of the attack. But a declassified CIA report quoted Posada as saying: “We are going to hit a Cuban airplane” and “Orlando has the details.” An FBI report quoted an informant as saying that one of the men who planted a bomb on the plane called Bosch afterward to tell him that the plan succeeded.

Bosch died in 2011 in Miami, where he lived at least since 1988, when he was arrested there for violating parole. The anti-Castro Cuban community in Miami successfully lobbied President George H. W. Bush, through Jeb Bush, to grant Bosch a pardon on all charges, of which there were many, against him in the states.

Investigations showed that Posada and Bosch had hatched their plan during a meeting in Washington. Posada originally tried to defeat Castro by helping organize the failed Bay of Pigs invasion. After this he became an agent for the CIA, trained at Fort Benning and joined a series of United States-backed efforts




http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/04/opinion/all-the-fake-news-that-was-fit-to-print.html?_r=0


Who started Fake News Planting?
The FBI





http://www.commondreams.org/news/2016/12/05/career-trumps-top-ethics-lawyer-marred-questionable-ethics

Monday, December 05, 2016

Career of Trump's Top Ethics Lawyer Marred by Questionable Ethics
Don McGahn is a "vociferous defender" of Citizens United, among other things

Election lawyer Don McGahn was described by Politico as "one of a growing number of people with ties to the Kochs to join Trump's administration." (Photo: Getty)

The attorney named as President-elect Donald Trump's White House counsel, Donald McGahn, has been called "kryptonite to campaign finance reform," "a totally partisan politico," and "notorious for politicizing and crippling enforcement of federal campaign finance laws."

Indeed, journalist Jon Schwarz wrote at The Intercept on Sunday that McGahn "bears as much responsibility as any single person for turning America's campaign finance system into something akin to a gigantic, clogged septic tank."

As one of six members of the Federal Election Commission (FEC) from 2008-2013, McGahn "demonstrated a much stronger interest in expanding the money-in-politics swamp than draining it," Common Cause vice president Paul S. Ryan told Schwarz.

As the Center for Public Integrity reported in May, when McGahn was merely serving as an adviser to the Trump campaign:

McGahn was "perhaps the most consequential member of the FEC in its history," said Jan Witold Baran, a well-regarded Republican election lawyer and co-chairman of the election law and government ethics practice at law firm Wiley Rein. Baran said McGahn checked the authority of the agency's staff and general counsel and used his experience as a lawyer representing clients to win rights for political committees under the FEC's jurisdiction, including those the commission is investigating.

FEC Commissioner Ellen Weintraub, a Democratic appointee, who frequently clashed with McGahn while both were on the commission, sees it differently.

"He was consequential like a sledgehammer was consequential," she said, adding, "he did his best to undermine the law."

"Now, as Trump's White House lawyer, McGahn will provide crucial advice on the nomination of judges, including to the Supreme Court," Schwarz noted. "While Trump has criticized Citizens United, and called the Super PACs that sprang up in its wake 'horrible' and a 'total phony deal,' McGahn is a vociferous defender of the ruling."

As White House counsel, McGahn will also be tasked with managing and mitigating Trump's many conflicts of interest and potentially establishing a trust to manage the president-elect's business holdings.

In other words, USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism professor Marty Kaplan wrote last week, "If a U.S. foreign policy decision appears to favor a Trump commercial project, it's McGhan's job to blow the whistle on the president."

"If you think that's going to happen," Kaplan quipped, "I've got a golf course with a nice view of a wind farm that I'd like to sell you."

He's already shown he's not up to the job, Arn Pea





http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/couple-finds-spray-painted-racial-slurs-swastikas-ohio-home-article-1.2899684

Inter-Racial Couple finds spray-painted racial slurs, swastikas in Ohio home
BY ELIZABETH ELIZALDE
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Monday, December 5, 2016, 8:07 PM




FBI agent create another terrorist event


http://arstechnica.co.uk/tech-policy/2016/12/court-secret-spying-of-would-be-christmas-tree-bomber-was-ok/


Court: Secret spying of would-be Christmas tree bomber was OK
Ars Technica UK-
Undercover FBI agents posed as jihadis and presented Mohamud with the means to conduct the operation, which turned out to be wholly bogus. Mohamud was ...



http://sports.yahoo.com/news/child-porn-government-devices-hidden-security-threat-213543609.html

Child porn on government devices: A hidden security threat
Explicit images of minors, which have been discovered on federal workers' computers across the government, can be gateways for criminal hackers and foreign spies. What's the best way to combat the problem?


Daniel Payne, director of the Pentagon's Defense Security Service, admitted this spring to encountering “unbelievable” amounts of child pornography on government computers.

The comment came during an event in Virginia where military and intelligence officials gathered to address threats posed by federal workers. Mr. Payne, who spent much of his career in senior CIA and intelligence community roles before taking the Pentagon post, wanted to stress the value of monitoring employees' systems to ensure they remained fit to handle top-secret information.

But the revelation raised many more troubling questions. Who was downloading the sexually explicit and criminal material? How much of it was on intelligence agency networks? And why didn't the federal government deploy more robust technologies to keep child pornography from spreading on its networks?

While the notion of government employees and contractors with high levels of security clearance looking at child pornography was disturbing on its own, internal records retrieved through the Freedom of Information Act revealed the problem is not limited to military and intelligence agencies.

In the past three years, agencies ranging from the Postal Service to the Federal Highway Administration substantiated about 40 allegations that employees or contractors opened child




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Scorching 129 Degree (F) Temps Hit Iran; Severe June European Heatwave Attributed to Climate Change; Satellite Data Confirms Rapid Global Warming


In a slew of climate change related news this week, Iran’s city of Ahvaz saw temperatures hit near the highest readings ever recorded on Earth, a new scientific model study has found that climate change made the recent heatwave that hit Europe this June two to ten times more likely, and climate change deniers lost a major cherry-picked talking point as the most recent satellite data now confirms the rapid global temperature rise that ground stations have been reporting all along.

129 F in Iran — Near Record for Globe, But Not a 35 C Wet Bulb Reading

On Thursday, in Ahvaz, Iran, temperatures hit a blazing 53.7 degrees Celsius or 128.66 degrees Fahrenheit. These temperatures were just shy of the 54 C (129.2 F) global records in Mitribah, Kuwait on July 21, 2016 and in California’s Death Valley on July 30, 2013 identified by Chris C Burt of Weather Underground. The reading was also the hottest temperature ever recorded in Asia.


This very severe high temperature came just one day after the thermometer struck 52.9 C (127.2 F) on Wednesday and is the strongest temperature spike of a broader Middle Eastern heatwave that has been baking the near-Persian-Gulf-region for many days. Such severe heat did not, however, tip wet bulb readings above the 35 C human self-cooling threshold despite an extremely hazardous heat index near 142 F. A combined dew point of 72 F, a 129 F temperature, and 995 hPa pressure resulted in wet bulb readings of around 30.2 C for the city — quite dangerous, but not beyond the human limit for temperature self-regulation.

June European Heatwave Attributed to Climate Change

As the Middle East was testing new all-time high temperature records for planet Earth, Europe was also sweltering under combined severe heat and drought. Throughout June, dry weather and high temperatures have plagued Europe. Extreme record heat sweltered the UK, France, Switzerland, the Netherlands, and Belgium — setting off heat emergencies and forcing some regions to ration water. Belgium as a country saw its highest night-time temperature readings on record. England endured its hottest day since 1976. Meanwhile, the heat and extreme dryness set off wildfires that resulted in the tragic loss of 64 lives in Portugal while 1,500 were forced to evacuate from similar extreme blazes in Spain.



(June heat set off a rash of extreme conditions across Europe. World Weather Attribution has linked this extreme event to climate change. Image source: Climate Central.)

This kind of heat is becoming more typical around the world as global temperatures have increased, on average by around 1.2 C since the 1880s. And a recent climate change model attribution study has confirmed that this particular heat wave was a lot worse than it otherwise would have been without the added kick provided by human-forced warming. For a study by World Weather Attribution found “clear and strong links between June’s record warmth and human-caused climate change.”

According to the new study:

“These high temperatures are no longer rare in the current climate, occurring roughly every 10 to 30 years depending on the country. The team found that climate change made the intensity and frequency of such extreme heat at least twice as likely in Belgium, at least four times as likely in France, Switzerland, the Netherlands, and central England and at least 10 times as likely in Portugal and Spain.”

Satellite Data Confirms Rapid Global Warming

In another climate science related development, remote sensing researchers at the University of California have significantly revised their lower troposphere temperature record. The revision corrected for orbital decay in satellites that caused the world to appear to warm more slowly than actual trends. As a result of these revisions, a significant subset of the satellite data now largely confirms the more accurate land based temperature record showing significant global warming over the past few decades.



(Satellite data revised to correct for orbital decay now basically confirms land-based observations of global temperature increase. Image source: Carbon Brief. Data Scource: RSS and NASA.)

Dr Carl Mears, a co-author of the new findings, in a statement to Carbon Brief noted:

By correctly accounting for the changes in satellite measurement times, the new satellite data are in better agreement with the surface data.

Carbon Brief goes on to add that:

Unlike the satellite temperature record, where only a few satellites are measuring temperatures at any given point of time, there is a large amount of redundancy in surface temperature observations, with multiple independent sets of data producing consistent results. Therefore, it is not too surprising that corrections to problems with satellite data would move them closer to surface records.

Climate change deniers (self-labeled skeptics), have long pointed to satellite data showing the Earth warming at a slower rate than land-based measures. These ‘skeptics’ have then gone on to falsely claim that such data throws the whole issue of human-caused climate change into doubt. But this same group has failed to acknowledge the fact that orbital decay, as pointed out by the very researchers that run the satellite sensors, tends to result in artificially cool readings.

The recent reworking of satellite data to account for orbital decay along with researchers’ direct acknowledgement of the higher accuracy of land-based data removes the rational scientific basis for this line of ‘climate skeptic’ argumentation and renders past assertions in this vein mostly moot.

Links:

Mercury Tips Record 53.7 C in Iran

World Weather Attribution

Europe’s Extreme June Heat Clearly Linked to Climate Change

Chris C Burt

Major Correction to Satellite Data Shows 140 Percent Faster Warming Since 1998

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The GOP operative leading a team looking for Hillary Clinton’s 33,000 missing emails—the same ones Donald Trump had publicly implored Russia to find—was active as a Republican bagman in what Hillary Clinton famously called the “vast right-wing conspiracy” during the Bill Clinton-era Troopergate sex scandals.

Chicago financier and leading GOP donor Peter W. Smith last year launched a well-funded quest for Clinton’s missing emails, according to a pair of stories by Shane Harris in the Wall Street Journal.

During his hunt for the stolen emails Smith told computer specialists he approached that he was working with Michael Flynn, then a top Trump foreign policy adviser, as well as Kellyanne Conway and Steve Bannon.

Smith, an old Clinton foe and an enthusiastic backer of Trump, died of undisclosed causes less than two weeks after talking to the Journal.

Corroboration for the story came from a former British government intelligence official who said he was approached last summer by the veteran Republican operative to help verify hacked Hillary Clinton emails from a mysterious and most likely Russian source.



The incident, recounted by Matt Tait, who was a information security specialist for British intelligence (GCHQ) and now runs a private internet security consultancy in the UK, sheds new light on pathways used by the Russians to influence the 2016 presidential election in Donald Trump’s favour.

Tait’s account, published on the Lawfare national security blog, shows Republican operative Peter Smith’s willingness to collude with the Russians, as well as possible collusion by Trump aides.



Troopergate bagman revealed



In his efforts during the campaign last year, Smith reprised a role he first played in 1992 as a Republican bagman, passing out an estimated $ 80,000 cash while trolling for dirt on Bill Clinton.

“Chicagoan was trooper bagman” was the headline of a United Press International report on March 31, 1998.

“A Chicago banker says he played a pivotal role in getting the so-called ”Troopergate” story into print. Investment banker Peter W. Smith says he paid out $80,000 to two Arkansas troopers and their lawyer as part of a plan to bring sexual misconduct allegations against President Clinton into the mainstream press.

“The story led to the Paula Jones sexual harassment suit against Clinton, which led to the special prosecutor’s sex-and-cover-up investigation involving former White House intern Monica Lewinsky and others.”

A revealing April 10, 1995 story in Crain’s Chicago Business headlined “NEWT’S DOLE: HIS ILLINOIS PATRONS” stated:

“When Newt Gingrich talks, a lot of people listen these days. What a lot of people don’t know is that when Peter W. Smith talks, Newt Gingrich listens.

Smith started his own political efforts in 1988, organizing the Republican Candidates for the Future Political Action Committee (PAC). Shortly thereafter he met Newt Gingrich.

“I was introduced to him by some people from Goldman Sachs in New York,” said Smith. ”I became a supporter pretty much on the spot.”

“In addition to his support for GOPAC, Mr. Smith is a major backer of the Heritage Foundation, a Washington-based conservative think tank, as well as a contributor to various GOP candidates for Congress.

“He also hosts lunches in his Wrigley Building offices every month or so for visiting GOP luminaries, such as Mr. Gingrich, Sen. Phil Gramm, R-Texas, and noted Republican strategist William Kristol.

“In 1992 Smith began an effort to dig up dirt on Clinton to help re-elect George Bush president. Although the White House contended there is an anti-Clinton network, Smith said he worked alone.



Another lone wolf financier?

Yet there is ample evidence this was not the case, and that Smith was assisted by operatives who were also officials in the Republican party.

For example, Richard W. Porter, a law partner in Whitewater independent counsel Kenneth Starr’s private practice, provided advice and shared information with Smith’s covert investigation of President Clinton’s sex life conducted between 1992 and 1994.

At the time that Porter first began assisting Smith, he had been directing an opposition research effort against Clinton for the Bush reelection campaign,” Salon magazine reported. Billing records showed Porter was paid for “legal strategy” and prepared a memo on “investigative leads” that could embarrass Clinton.

That Richard W. Porter, a key player in Smith’s efforts, was also Kenneth Starr’s law partner was never admitted in Starr’s statements to the attorney general’s office, which supported Clinton’s assertions that a perjury trap had been set for him.

During the 1992 presidential race, then-President George Bush suggested that Clinton might have done something unpatriotic, saying that Clinton should disclose to voters “how many demonstrations he led against his own country from a foreign soil.”

Salon magazine reported that Smith discussed underwriting an investigative effort to obtain information about a college trip that President Clinton made to the Soviet Union in 1969.

Sources said Smith discussed probing Clinton’s Soviet trip in a meeting with other conservative activists. The sources, two of whom participated in the discussions, said that Clinton’s trip was only one of a number of issues that Smith thought worthy of investigation.



“Condolences on your recent death”

Anyone who suspects that the Trump campaign’s defense will be to paint Peter Smith as a “lone wolf financier” may find it profitable to check out the encomiums to Smith that have been left on a ‘Life Tributes’ page at Reuland & Turnbough Funeral Directors in Smith’s hometown of Lake Forest, Illinois.

The first to leave a message of condolence was conservative columnist Charles K. Ortel, who wrote “Peter was a great American patriot who helped me enormously in an ongoing investigation of the Clinton family charity frauds.”

Ortel, who a financial writer calls “A Harvard MBA Guy out to Bring Down the Clintons,” has often been featured on Breitbart. A story headlined “Al-Jazeera, Global Jihad, and the Suicide of the West” noted “Cliff Kincaid is holding another one of his amazing press conferences at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.”

“One speaker, Jerry Kenney, an independent television producer, has uncovered evidence of public television stations illegally turning over their airwaves to foreign propaganda channels, including Al-Jazeera and Russia Today (RT) television. He has filed a complaint with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) over this illegal activity and will tell us all about it.”

Another one of the featured participants was Charles Ortel, “who’s been warning that many initiatives launched by the Obama Administration constitute a “War on Capitalism.”

The War on Capitalism aside, Ortel was obviously out of sympathy with expressions about “public television stations illegally turning over their airwaves to foreign propaganda channels, including Al-Jazeera and Russia Today (RT) television.”



“Vault 7: Plan 9 from outer space for nerds

Because when Russia’s Sputnik News wanted to stir up comment about whether the release of WikiLeaks’ “Vault 7” would contain anything comparable to the Iraq War Logs or the Podesta emails, Ortel was only too happy to share his views “on the mysterious “Vault 7″ and secret materials which may find their way out in the near future.”

Ortel responded to Sputnik with what some might say sounds like a winking aside.

“I am happy to try answering your questions with the caveat applying to each of my answers that I am joining you in making educated guesses — I have no connection, direct or indirect, with WikiLeaks or with anyone connected to WikiLeaks.”

“I suspect that the next set of WikiLeaks papers may drop earlier than this coming April — if they are extensive, they may need many days to disseminate this information to the general public,” Ortel said.

Then he serves the main course, noting:

“If Vault 7 is a reference to the 7th Floor at the US State Department (which it may or may not be), then it is possible that the forthcoming release will document more intervention in foreign elections and referenda and show previously unseen communications and deliberations involving US government personnel, possibly including Hillary Clinton, her aides, and other members of the Obama Administration.”



Bagman with a mean streak

Republican moneyman Smith was spreading cash around in Arkansas in 1992 in hopes of securing some devastating sex stories. Yet when Hillary Clinton responded to the Monica Lewinsky meltdown by positing a “vast right-wing conspiracy,” she was widely mocked as an X-files-type fantasist.

Journalists also sniffed at disclosures by Salon magazine and elsewhere tracing hundreds of thousands of dollars in conservative money into the pockets of anti-Clinton investigators and operatives like Peter W. Smith.

An In These Times story headlined “Was Hillary Correct? Right-Wing Conspiracies & Hardball Politics” by reporter Robert Perry reviewed reports of Smith’s efforts to catch Bill Clinton with his pants down, then offered an unexpectedly poignant passage:

“At the time Hillary Clinton told confidants she did not believe any of the troopers’ allegations.

“The troopers’ stories were circulated after one of the troopers was caught by his wife with the telephone number of a woman in his pocket while doing her husband’s laundry, the first lady told friends.

“When the trooper’s wife demanded an explanation, according to the first lady’s version of the story, he falsely said that he had obtained the phone number for the governor. After the incident, Hillary Clinton told her friend stories began to circulate about the troopers assisting Clinton in meeting women.

“Said the friend who was told the story: “You listen to the story and you know that it’s not plausible. But you don’t have the heart to say anything.”

Then, more than 20 years later, it happened again.

That the same Republican moneyman who helped finance the sex scandals during Bill Clinton’s presidency was leading a search more than 20 years later for Russian hackers who could deliver Hillary Clinton’s missing emails for public consumption is, for Clinton,




By this time next year, CIA whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling will be out of prison. But in the meantime, Jeffrey and his wife Holly continue to endure a very painful ordeal.

For both of them, you’re been a lifeline -- signing petitions in support of Jeffrey, maybe donating to the Sterling Family Fund, maybe writing to Jeffrey. Whatever you’ve done has been vitally important, lifting their spirits.

Now, please read the new message from Holly below.

-- The RootsAction.org Team

_________________________________________

Dear Friends,

The anticipation of the appellate court issuing its decision is over. On June 22, the court upheld the unjust convictions of my beloved husband Jeffrey. An entire judicial system failed him yet again. We are grieving another horrific loss and miscarriage of justice that has been allowed to continue for so many years. We always maintained the hope and belief that the truth would prevail and true justice would be delivered; instead we are devastated and reliving the nightmare of the conviction once again.

The start of this summer also marked completion of the second year of Jeffrey's incarceration. He had this to share reflecting on this tragedy:

"Two years of imprisonment have given me ample time to reflect on the circumstances in which I find myself today. I often retrace my steps, carefully recalling each conversation I had and action I took that landed me in this prison. However, in the two years that I have served, my position has never wavered. I know who I am, and I know what my values are. My name is Jeffrey Alexander Sterling, and I am an innocent man who has been wrongfully convicted of espionage after dedicating my life to serving the U.S. government.

"I was convicted of espionage against the U.S. government for being in communication with a reporter. The CIA accused me of offering New York Times journalist James Risen classified national defense information regarding Operation Merlin, a top-secret operation that targeted Iran’s nuclear program, which Risen later described in his book ‘State of War.’

“Though I have persistently maintained that I never disclosed any classified information to Risen and was only in touch with him regarding my discrimination case against the CIA, I was nonetheless convicted of espionage based solely on metadata from phone calls and emails we had exchanged. Despite the lack of any direct evidence proving I was the source for Risen’s book, I am now entering the third year of my three-and-a-half-year prison sentence.”

Jeffrey and I are beginning to look forward to and preparing for his return home as his official release date is June 14, 2018.

Please continue to support and assist us in those preparations:

** Your help for the Sterling Family Fund would continue to grant me the privilege of visiting Jeffrey in Colorado and provide funds for essential preparations. You can make a donation by clicking here. Contributions of any amount are a real help and gratefully received.

** Please continue to send words of support and encouragement to my beloved husband. Your sentiments will lend much-needed support and strength handling the news of this latest injustice. You may write letters and/or send cards to him at the following address:

JEFFREY STERLING, 38338-044
FCI ENGLEWOOD
FEDERAL CORRECTIONAL INSITUTION
9595 WEST QUINCY AVENUE
LITTLETON, CO 80123

Jeffrey and I continue to find solace in your unwavering support. We remain eternally grateful as you have remained by our side through this seemingly endless nightmare. Thank you to each of you for your warm sentiments and overwhelming generosity. All of you are in our thoughts and we wish you continued health, happiness, and peace.

Your friend,
Holly Sterling

PS from the RootsAction.org Team: We hope that you can write to Jeffrey and/or click here to make a contribution to the Sterling Family Fund. The thoughtful letters and the donations, no matter how short or how small, loom large for providing vital ongoing support to Jeffrey as a CIA whistleblower who is paying a steep personal price for his courage.

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>> BBC News: "Jeffrey Sterling's Trial by Metadata"
>> John Kiriakou: “CIA Whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling Placed in Solitary Confinement”
>> ExposeFacts: Special Coverage of the Jeffrey Sterling Trial
>> Marcy Wheeler, ExposeFacts: "Sterling Verdict Another Measure of Declining Government Credibility on Secrets"
>> Norman Solomon, The Nation: "CIA Officer Jeffrey Sterling Sentenced to Prison: The Latest Blow in the Government's War on Journalism"
>> Reporters Without Borders: "Jeffrey Sterling Latest Victim of the U.S.' War on Whistleblowers"
>> AFP: "Pardon Sought for Ex-CIA Officer in Leak Case"
>> Documentary film: "The Invisible Man: NSA Whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling"
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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Gay Equality is Coming Quickly


Usually public opinion on important and emotional subjects shifts gradually. The realization that discrimination against African Americans and women was wrong came very slowly. For more than a century, Americans spoke out against sexism and racism. In the 19th century, they were considered radicals, advocating unpopular political positions against traditional beliefs in white male superiority. By the 20th century, opinion in America was split and some discriminatory laws were changed, but common practices based in prejudice persisted.

Only after World War II did majority public opinion shift away from entrenched discrimination, but even then progress was halting. The two Supreme Court decisions that declared school segregation (1954) and laws against mixed-race marriages (1967) unconstitutional were 13 years apart, and they were just way stations along a much longer journey toward equality. In both cases, defenders of discrimination used religious arguments to oppose equal treatment for blacks and women, citing Biblical verses written thousands of years ago to claim that God had declared the superiority of white men for all time.

Change comes more quickly in modern society, as we can see in the technological innovations which replace each other with bewildering rapidity. In 1999, Ray Kurzweil proposed the “The Law of Accelerating Returns”; he believed that change in a wide variety of evolutionary systems, including technology, would come with accelerated speed. We might see this “law” operating in the third great shift in public opinion about traditional discriminatory practices, the acceptance of homosexual people as normal and deserving of equal rights.

Data from the Pew Research Center shows a dramatic recent shift in American public opinion on same-sex marriage, which may be taken as an indicator of more general attitudes about homosexuality. After years of relative stability, in the last 8 years the proportion of Americans who oppose gay marriage dropped from 54% to 32%, as the number who favor it rose from 37% to 62%. That same amount of opinion shift on inter-racial marriage took about twice as long.

The popular shift has been rapid, but not smooth. After Massachusetts became the first state to legalize same-sex marriage in 2003, 12 states passed constitutional amendments outlawing it in the next year alone, and eventually 30 states passed such backlash legislation. The Supreme Court decision in 2015 that rights guaranteed by the Constitution to all citizens included the right to get married came four years after support for same-sex marriage reached majority status.

Like many shifts in social attitudes, this was led by young people. The latest Pew survey shows 18- to 29-year-olds against discrimination by 79% to 19%, while Americans over 72 remain opposed to this change by 49% to 41%. But every demographic group, whatever their attitudes were a few years ago, has shifted towards acceptance. Opposition remains concentrated among white evangelical Protestants, conservative Republicans, and the oldest Americans, groups which considerably overlap. Those who demonize their neighbors who have a different sexual orientation continue to use arguments derived from Christian tradition as justification.

What caused this rapid shift in public opinion? When Pew asked why people had changed their minds, the most common answer was that they knew someone who is homosexual. Visibility has been a significant factor in the increasing acceptance of gays in America. While race and gender are usually obvious, homosexuality was not.

I grew up in an America where homosexuality was queer, meaning strange and unnatural. It was dangerous for a gay person to reveal their orientation, which could cost them their jobs. Homosexual relations were criminal across the country, until Illinois was the first state to decriminalize same-sex relations in 1962. So I didn’t know any homosexuals. I, like most Americans, had no evidence from life experience that gay people were not as they were portrayed in medical practice (sick), in official propaganda (dangerous), and in common talk (weird).

Over the course of 30 years, the proportion of Americans who said that someone they knew revealed to them that they were gay rose from 24% in 1985 to 75% in 2013. Since it is unlikely that the incidence of homosexuality has changed significantly, what did change was the realization that there are gay people in everyone’s social circle.

The end of discrimination against homosexuality is determined by changing public opinion and political practice, which differ from country to country. Germany, in many ways more officially opposed to discrimination of all kinds than the US, just legalized gay marriage last week. A recent poll showed that 83% of Germans approved of same-sex marriage, much higher than in the US. But the politics of the conservative party, the Christian Democrats, who have led the government since 2005, prevented any vote on the issue until now.

Bigots will keep using religion as a cover for prejudice, as in the so-called religious freedom laws. But the shift toward acceptance of homosexuality will continue, as older opponents are replaced by younger advocates. Because our gay relatives and friends do not fit the prejudicial stereotypes, discriminatory impulses will lose their persuasive power.

Happy birthday, America.

Steve Hochstadt
Springbrook, WI
Published in the Jacksonville Journal-Courier, July 4, 2017


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Syrian rebel defector says his US-trained unit sold arms to ISIS | 01 Sept 2017 | Not only were the US-backed ‘moderate’ militants in southern Syria never meant to fight ISIS [I-CIA-SIS], but their commanders actually traded US-made weapons and ammunition to terrorists, a rebel defector claimed in an interview with Rossiya-24. Asaad As-Salem says he defected from the US-backed Maghawir al-Thawra group stationed at the At-Tanf base in southern Syria, and surrendered to Syrian government forces…”When we learned that our unit’s leader was selling weapons to ISIS terrorists, we reported that to American base command, but following our report no action has been taken, the Americans only ramped up the support to the man who was appointed our commander and who was dealing with ISIS,” As-Salem said. “And he was selling all sorts of weapons our unit possessed, US-made small arms, M-16 and M-4 rifles, recoilless rifles, various machine guns and ammunition for them.”





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WHO IS THE SERIOUS, VIOLENT, HABITUAL OFFENDER?

A Speech by: Andrew H. Vachss
NEW DESIGNS
January-February 1983

When discussing the "serious, violent, habitual juvenile offender," we should attempt to reach at least a glimmering of consensus as to whom we are talking about. Some people see serious offenders, violent offenders and habitual offenders as individual types. Because we are here to talk about the type of individual who has all three characteristics, it seems that we are talking about some new breed of juvenile. If you read the papers, watch T.V. or listen to politicians you will believe that somehow genetics and culture have combined or conspired over the years to produce a new kind of child: a kid who rapes and robs and murders with impunity, with abandon, and who seems to enjoy this work. Such a child seems to be completely unresponsive to anything we have to offer. But that's been kind of an excuse. The kids they write about today, whose faces now appear in the newspapers and on television, are the same kinds of kids who existed 10 years ago, a decade ago, a generation ago ... a hundred years ago.

"...One of the reasons that our profession has been willing to accept the idea that there is a new breed of juvenile is that this profession does not want to face the fact that it has failed with a particular, tiny segment of the population for which we are responsible."
—Andrew Vachss
One of the reasons that our profession has been willing to accept the idea that there is a new breed of juvenile is that this profession does not want to face the fact that it has failed with a particular, tiny segment of the population for which we are responsible. It is much easier to say we are geared up to deal with "delinquents," that we can handle all kinds of "juvenile" crime, and that there's a certain type of kid whom we call the "life–style violent juvenile" (I'll get into that definition in a moment) whose very existence is a threat to every single one of our treasured principles about juvenile justice. Every single bill of goods that we've been selling the public for the last century is at risk because of this kid. This kid is the failure of our profession but our fight now is to keep this kid. When I say keep this kid, I mean keep him within our jurisdiction. Keep him within our zone of responsibility. To fight against the idea of waiver, bind–over, transfer, certification, whatever term you choose to use. But to fight against the concept of washing our hands and throwing this kid out with the garbage. That fight is the strength of our profession too. I'm not always proud of our profession, but I am proud of the fact that we are not buying into the idea that we are going to surrender on this critical issue.

Now, what am I talking about? Who is this kid? What are his characteristics? (And when I say "his," obviously there are female delinquents who also fit within this category. So far, their numbers are relatively small so there's been little focus on them. So when I use the term "his" or "he," picture in your mind that the terms are somewhat interchangeable with "her" and "she"). This kid is characterized by a complete lack of apparent empathy for other human beings. He feels no pain but his own. This is the type of kid who will kill three people on separate occasions for no apparent reason, commit a subway robbery, do a push–in mugging, blow somebody away because they "looked at him wrong." He will show no remorse, and then come into the office of an institution just enraged, veins bulging out of his neck, sweat pouring off his forehead, eyes wild, incoherent almost to the point of tears ... all because someone broke his portable radio. And he'll see no contradiction whatsoever. He simply does not feel anyone's pain but his own. This is a learned response. People are not born like this.

The second characteristic is lack of perception of the future. He has none. If you ask a kid like this, "What are you going to be doing next year?" you will get an absolutely blank stare. Not because he's stupid, but because he simply cannot conceptualize such a distance from right now. If you want to speak with this kid, you have to speak within his time frame, and that time frame isn't ever more than a few hours from the present.

This kid does not relate behavior to consequences. He does not see a causal connection between his acts and a response. What do I mean? To this kid, life is a lottery. Everyone rolls the dice, but not everyone pays the price. He has no perception as to how the dice will come up. In his world, everyone commits crimes. Everybody. Some smaller percentage of that number are arrested. A still smaller percentage go to court; an even smaller percentage go to trial. A smaller percentage still are actually found guilty (or "adjudicated delinquent" if you prefer), and a smaller percentage of that group are committed to a youth authority. Lastly, an even smaller percentage are actually incarcerated.

In his mind, everybody commits these crimes. He sees no connection between his acts and the consequences. He is marked by a chronicity of violence, usually an escalating pattern. Violence permeates his existence until it is his existence. It is not the extent of his criminality that frightens us, but its regularity. Crime is not so much an occupation in the sense of a professional criminal, but a way of life, with violence as the structural underpinning.

He has translator mechanisms in his head. You think of earning money; he thinks of taking money. You think of romance; he thinks of rape. Criminal sophistication is almost totally lacking. He takes money: he doesn't plan in any real sense; he's not organized in his criminality. Even what to do with the money is not pre–planned. The money itself has an ephemeral quality. He gets up in the morning about 11:00 a.m., puts on his sneakers, listens to the radio, looks in the refrigerator, sees nothing there ... maybe some old corn–flakes. Hits the street with his friend, hangs out. He waits for an elderly woman to come home from the supermarket; follows her to her house. Gets on the elevator with her; she presses the button for the fourth floor; he presses it for the second floor. Jumps off at the second floor and runs up the stairs, watches her open her apartment door, slams forward, shoves the door open and the woman inside, kicks the door shut behind him, smashes the woman in the face until she hits the ground, snatches whatever little money she has. And goes back downstairs to the same corner. If there was enough money, he may buy some soda, some pizza, some marijuana; he may go to a movie downtown. He'll be back tomorrow. Sooner or later one of the elderly women dies. And then the crime is treated in the media not as an organic continuation of a lifestyle but as some kind of nova–blast of episodic crime. That's not the way it really is, and we all know better.

I'm not here to excuse or condone such crimes. But I want you to understand them. I'm not talking about an episodic offender. I'm not talking about some human being that just snaps out and hurts other people. I'm talking about a person who has violence so inexorably woven into his life that a fatality is, in fact, predictable at some point in his career.

WHO ARE THE ROLE MODELS FOR THESE OFFENDERS?

Who are his role models? Those who are, in his mind, successful criminals. He doesn't know any real successful criminals. He knows no embezzlers. He knows no computer criminals. He knows no politicians. He knows only what he perceives as success. And what tells him someone is a success? A diamond ring, fine clothes, a car. Not a home, because his perception doesn't extend that far. He focuses on the things you can carry around with you. And when he goes to jail, that perception doesn't change. So when you read about one kid stabbing another to death over a fancy pair of sneakers in a juvenile institution, don't dismiss it as insanity. It may be insane, but it's consistently so.

So who are the role models? Pimps, dope dealers, armed robbers. And when this kid thinks "armed robbery," he's thinking like a cowboy. He's thinking about the guys who kick in the door of a social club, blow away three or four people, and end up with five hundred dollars. He doesn't even conceptualize a large–scale robbery, such as an armored car job. He doesn't even conceptualize stealing anything but cash, or things readily convertible to cash.

This obsession with visible symbols of power and respect translates into the ultimate perversion of the American version of manhood. If you ask one of these kids, "how do you know you're a man?", he'll answer you like this: "I'm a man because I can make a life, and I can take a life." That kid, that's his world. Is he dangerous? Of course he's dangerous. Is he too dangerous to be at large? Very probably so.

IS HE BEYOND OUR REACH?

Now here's the question: is he beyond our reach? If we can't say "No!" to that, we should give it up. We've been ducking and dodging that issue for too long a time. If we face reality, this is what "prevention" is all about. Part of the profession wants to say: "We can't deal with this kid; this kid is (you fill in the blanks with whatever you want ... an animal, a beast, a lunatic); we can't deal with him. Let the adult system take him. We'll work with the good kids, the other kids." Now part of our profession wants to accept and acknowledge our collective responsibility for this kid. But even that part doesn't say: "I'll take him." No. What we say is: "We're going to prevent him. We're going to stop this deadly flower from reaching full bloom." Well, people, that's a joke, a real joke. And the joke is on you and on the American public. You cannot prevent this kid if you persist in starting where you have been. There's a continuum of production that results in this kid being among us. There's a virtual assembly line, with components being attached at each stage until this human being has reached his full dangerous growth. By the time you start to "prevent," it's already too late.

WHY SHOULD WE CARE?

Now why should we care about this kid at all? The whole profession keeps saying, in a very self–comforting kind of way, that this kid represents only a tiny minority of the juvenile population. A minority within a minority, we keep telling ourselves. People draw pictures that show us this kid is maybe one percent of the whole mixed bag of juveniles. In fact, I've talked to people from some states who swear "We don't have any such kids. Not in the whole damn state. After all, we don't even have apartment buildings."

There's a reason to care. First, these kids have a disproportionate impact on crime in any community. Allen Breed has quoted some scary statistics. He has said that twenty–four percent of all violent crime was committed by people under eighteen years of age. But he didn't say that twenty–four percent of all criminals are under eighteen. And the fact is that each and every one of these kids is a crime wave. Each and every one of them. They are very few. In Professor Wolfgang's famous "Cohort Study" he found that about six percent of all juveniles in his study were responsible for sixty–six percent of repetitive violent crime. Think about it. These young human beings impact explosively on communities. Then, too, they have high visibility. These kids are a politician's dream. People have been elected to office on the backs of two or three violent kids. All because the public loves hypodermic solutions to problems. The public desperately wants to believe that there's a pill or an injection that will stop crime. So these kids have been a bonanza for politicians. You can pass laws that will provide all kinds of Draconian consequences for kids who engage in this violent behavior on a daily basis, but you are doing nothing whatsoever to stop the behavior itself.

The real reason these kids are so important is that they destroy every piece of mythology that has been built up about juveniles over the past century. This kind of kid does not fit within any "program." I'll tell you what I mean.

Not too long ago, we were fighting another battle, the battle for de–institutionalization. We knew, instinctively, intuitively, and intellectually that institutions were bad for kids. They damage human beings; they are criminogenic. We called them "crime factories" and "sodomy schools" and we were right. We wanted to take kids out of institutions.

Community–based programs came into vogue in the late 60s and early 70s, and some folks had some fantastic programs. Some programs really worked. And then along would come one of these special kids, one life–style violent juvenile and, boom! ... no more program. All by himself, one of these kids could dismantle a program.

So why did the programs take these kids? Well, there are two basic reasons. Number one, sometimes when people hit on an idea that works, they think it's infinitely expandable, and that's a mistake. The second mistake is that these community–based programs were always dependent on funding, unlike juvenile prisons. The more successful the program, the more likely you are to have one of these kids dumped into it.

Now how do they blow up a program? I'll give you one example. When I was running an institution, we had a young man there I'll call Raphael. He was a member of a gang in which manhood was expressed in ways I've already described to you, and with one additional feature: skill with a knife was most highly exalted. Skill with a knife and distorted visions of manhood and respect.

So Raphael cut a lot of people, hurt a lot of people. In fact, before we arrived, he hurt a lot of people within the institution. He settled all disputes, all conflicts, with a knife. Now, after a while, he was doing okay with us, and by "okay" I mean he wasn't stabbing anybody. You understand what I'm talking about? I don't mean he was "self–actualized." I don't mean to say he was a heavy participant in group therapy. He wasn't on the road to college, but he wasn't stabbing anybody. And we knew, unlike most of the people who seem to run institutions, that some day he would leave us and would be judged in the real world not on our success inside, but on how he acted on the streets. He was making progress.

Now he was a good–looking young man and had the gift of gab. And one day a group of people came in to see us. They're running a "program;" I won't characterize it, a group home of some kind. They were looking for candidates for their program. They had some empty beds and they wanted some of our kids. We were opposed to this. But, of course, we were not running the state government. So they roamed around and made a selection, and Raphael was a selection. We sat them down and tried to talk to them like human beings. We said "You don't want this kid. Ever. You don't want him in life. He's going to hurt somebody." And what do they tell me? "You're a thug." "You don't understand. You have to reach out and touch him." You know the story.

The temptation was to say "Go ahead and take him" but we still resisted. And we lost. So they took Raphael and figured they'd go to work on him right away. They had a procedure there that they called the "hot–seat." They'd put one kid in a chair, circle around it, and then verbally attack him. They'd rip him up and then tell him that the house rules are "no violence."

So they put Raphael in the chair and they decided that the reason he stabbed people, the reason he had tattoos, the reason he carried himself as he did, was that he was a homosexual. They confronted him with this so–called "reality" about himself. He excused himself, got up very calmly and went into the kitchen, found a knife, and gutted another kid, like you would a fish.

Raphael stabbed the other kid, sat down, said "I'm a man" and waited for the police to come. Big deal; an instant replay of his life. The program was totaled.

This happens a lot, and the program people in this case were not completely to blame. They thought they had something good; they wanted to go with it; there was heavy pressure on them to take more people. But every time you try and co–mingle one of these kids with their natural prey, it's not going to work.

WHERE DO THESE YOUNG PEOPLE COME FROM?

Where did this kid come from anyway? Is he a bio–genetic mutation that has evolved after hundreds of years of reproduction in the human race? I hope you don't believe that, and I hope you don't believe that he's a cultural aberration. Or that once the economy gets back on its feet, he will disappear. I hope you don't believe it's as simplistic as a "breakdown of family values." Let me tell you something. He comes from us. He is a product of the human services profession.

"...I have never seen one of these kids that hasn't been within our child protective and child–caring system for years and years before the juvenile justice profession is asked to "intervene."
—Andrew Vachss
I have never seen one of these kids that hasn't been within our child protective and child–caring system for years and years before the juvenile justice profession is asked to "intervene." We have to create the beast. It cannot be born whole. If you look at adult life–style criminals (and again I emphasize life–style, not people who made a lot of headlines with one explosive act), you can be guaranteed to see one thing in their background. No matter where such people are politically or socially: from a berserk neo–Nazi like Charles Manson to a prison–created revolutionary like George Jackson, from the Boston Strangler to Carryl Chessman, from John Dillinger to Gary Gilmour, to Carl Panzram to Clyde Barrow (of Bonnie and Clyde). They all did time as juveniles. Amazing, isn't it?

You probably never heard of Carl Panzram. He was a mass murderer who killed more than a couple of dozen people at different times in his short life. He killed for the fun of it. He liked to kill people. The only things he liked better than killing people were sodomizing little boys and arson. He caused more destruction than a small army.

Finally, Panzram, who was intelligent despite his lunacy, decided he wanted to die. But the state wouldn't kill him. He kept killing, but he didn't die. Finally, he killed a prison guard and ended up on trial for his life. Do you know what lie he told the jury? "I am what you made me. You put me in that training school for boys and you trained me that the greatest joy in life is sodomy and murder. And if you don't kill me now, while you have the opportunity, I'm going to kill some of you. The state gave me birth, let the state take my life." The state finally did.

Now I'm not Carl Panzram's attorney. I'm not trying to excuse his behavior.

Even if I could explain it, he was too dangerous to walk among us. But he spoke the truth. When Charles Manson said, "You can see me in the eyes of your ten–year–olds," that was not an original line. We have been producing the life–style violent criminal for generations, and the factory has been the child protective and juvenile justice system.

In order to create the kind of sociopathic, non–empathetic, violent human being I've been talking about, you need an institution. You need a controlled environment. You need an environment where might makes right.

You need an environment where there is a hierarchy of exploitation; where the rule is "be exploited or exploit others." For many, many years we have run our institutions on a jungle model where the strong not only survive, but thrive. And when the beast is released, we all pay.

HOW DID WE GET WHERE WE ARE?

Now how did we get to this stage?

First, all we've ever done as a profession is react. From the beginning of juvenile justice, we've reacted to things. How did this all start? At the turn of the century, we said to the public: "You can't lock up adults and children together. It's going to criminalize the juveniles. Prison is a bad experience." And when the public bought this proposition, we proceeded to simply react to the opportunity without going further. We did not say that prisons were a bad experience because of the way they are run. We did not design particular kinds of incarcerative options ranging from ultra–minimum to full maximum security. All we did was take the kids from the adult prisons and then replicate the adult prison system, brick for brick, program for program, and failure for failure.

Then we invented a whole lot of euphemisms. We changed all the names. Crime becomes "delinquency," a "finding of delinquency" is substituted for guilty, prisons become "training schools." We kept talking about "the best interests of the child," "the needs of the child," and it was all nonsense. We didn't develop anything, we simply reacted, like any politician would.

We've been in hot pursuit of "rehabilitation" for a hundred years and we haven't caught it yet. We bought into a medical model that we knew in our hearts was pure junk. You break a bone, you go to physiotherapy, you work with the therapist, you follow the program, you take the medicine, the cast comes off, the arm works again ... it's rehabilitated. But the kids we're talking about today never functioned. They dysfunctioned starting before they ever came into the juvenile justice system. What can we return them to?

Child protective and juvenile justice professionals pay a terrible price for not being willing to take responsibility for these kids. That price is giving up the control we need to prove once and for all that we can do the job.

"...Child protective and juvenile justice professionals pay a terrible price for not being willing to take responsibility for these kids. That price is giving up the control we need to prove once and for all that we can do the job."
—Andrew Vachss
We don't want to bite the bullet and admit that there are certain human beings on this planet, in this country, in our cities who need basic socialization before they can be among us. I don't mean that these kids need exotic drugs; I don't mean that they need bizarre treatment modalities. I mean they need to learn how to be human beings. They can#39;t learn that on the street. They can't learn that in group homes.

There are people who require incapacitation, because if it's not provided, we end up where we are today, with a public that doesn't trust us a good goddamn. The public has been listening to us, albeit with a jaundiced ear, for a century. And we've been promising them the moon. Now the only promise the public wants to hear is that we are going to do something about the crimes that affect the quality of their lives. We are too fond of parables that are just plain nonsense. Here's one of my favorites: "It costs less to send a kid to Harvard than it does to incarcerate him for a year." If Harvard would take them, we'd ship them to Harvard. Well, Harvard won't take them, and if we want out from under the domination of these kids, we can't get there with clever sayings.

What we have to realize is that kids will be adults. If all we do is put them on ice until we are no longer administratively responsible for their behavior, we've committed a mortal sin. If we get a kid that's, say, 15 years old we probably will hold him in some kind of suspended animation, doing nothing but time until he's eighteen. If after he's released he kills a cop, he's an adult. And we have nothing to do with it. Well, maybe not legally, but certainly morally. The public's finally waking up to the fact that once you put your hands on something you have a responsibility for it.

I agree that we should fight wholesale institutionalization, but we should not fight it so hard that we abandon the field to our traditional adversaries. We should be against institutionalization, but we must also understand that we must have the capacity to remove the tiny percentage of life–style violent juveniles from society while work is being done. Without secure treatment units we show society nothing, and we show the kids nothing.

What do we do with the criminally insane, violent juvenile? The hospitals won't take him. Nobody will take him. So he ends up in a juvenile institution, doing time with others who are criminal, but not insane. What other profession does this?

CAN WE "INDIVIDUALIZE THE OFFENDER?"

If we were truly to "individualize the offender," we would take the responsibility upon ourselves, not pass it along to prosecutors, or to legislators. We would keep it. And if we were to respond to the problem by establishing secure treatment units for this tiny minority, we would take a crushing weight off the entire juvenile justice system.

Our skilled professionals then could get on with doing their business, freed from constantly watching their backs for the emergence of one of the kind of kid who can destroy their programs. Because we've known for a long time that if we could just get the life–style violent juvenile and the criminally insane juvenile out of our system, we could make that system work. In reality, we have to take collective responsibility for all kids, below whatever age the legislature establishes, and on a statewide basis. Accepting this as fact, within our collective responsibility we can and must make our own decisions. No law can prescribe the treatment required for an individual. The law can only define what constitutes an offense. Most people believe that murder is the worst offense of all. To me, murder is the offense for which there are the broadest possible range of motives. If I were told about a 15–year–old boy only that he killed somebody, I would actually know very little about him and I would certainly not be prepared to make an incarcerative placement or treatment decision about him. But we do that all the time.

Child protective and juvenile justice professionals pay a terrible price for not being willing to take responsibility for these kids. That price is giving up the control we need to prove once and for all that we can do the job. The public will accept construction of secure treatment units, not only because they guarantee incapacitation of those that they fear, but because such units are a visible symbol of the jurisdiction's commitment to do something about violent crime. All we're doing now is fighting a losing battle against the concept of treating juveniles in the adult criminal justice system. The fact is, if we say to the public, don't send the kid to adult corrections, the public has a right to ask us "What are you going to do with him? More experiments? More R&D? No thanks. The risks are too high. Go ahead and conduct your experiments. Take a chance and see if maybe you can help this kid. But do it in some place where the kid can't come around and visit me at night." Until we can promise this to the public, we haven't said a thing.

What the public really wants is a kind of "soft death penalty" for these kids: not to kill them, but to knock them out for a few years and then have them emerge, reborn as good citizens. We have sold the public a bill of goods about that too. We quote the old "burn out" baloney. "Kids who commit acts of vandalism burn out. They stop eventually. Kids who steal cars for joy rides; kids who get into fist fights, kids who shoplift. They may all burn out."

But the kid who gets up every morning for crime and goes to sleep each night dreaming of violence doesn't burn out. He burns people up. We've got to stop selling that bilge to the public. We have to advocate strongly for special programs for the life–style violent juvenile.

Years ago, the so–called "wolf children" were found in Europe. They had, apparently, been raised by wild animals. They were completely amoral, unsocial. They were feral, wild things. They lacked any semblance of social control; just responded, as animals, to stimuli. And millions and millions of dollars were spent understanding those kids.

Today we have "wolf children" in every city... and they scare the hell out of us. So, we try the "quick fix" solution: make them into adults. That will work. That will give the public half of what's wanted. It will, in fact, temporarily, cage the animal.

New York, for example, has a life sentence possibility—for 13–year–olds. A kid may serve nine, 10, 15 years on a life sentence by the time he reaches the age of 28. Half his life has been spent in a maximum security prison. Is he going to rejoin society as a computer programmer? Of course not. He's going to hurt people, very quickly, and, depending on what he's learned in prison, perhaps very efficiently. This is not the solution to the problem of violent juvenile crime.

The public doesn't really care about crime. The public cares about violence. The public cares about robbery, rape, arson, and murder. A bomb is ticking within the juvenile justice system. We have (and we have had before) the opportunity to defuse that bomb and we've been wasting time passing the buck instead.

There has been a lot of talk about "prevention," but if by "prevention" we are talking about preventing vandalism we are probably perpetrating another rhetorical rip–off. If we're serious, we're going to try to prevent violent crime.

We are just beginning to realize that the protection of children from child abuse is protection of society in the long run. We are finally waking up to the fact that victims don't just shrug off child abuse and go about their normal lives.

"...We are just beginning to realize that the protection of children from child abuse is protection of society in the long run. We are finally waking up to the fact that victims don't just shrug off child abuse and go about their normal lives."
—Andrew Vachss
CHILD ABUSE AND THE VIOLENT OFFENDER

Here's the problem: a kid progresses from birth until the time he finally impacts on our system. I have seen (and please, don't anybody ask me to "look at the numbers" because I haven't received $3 million in federal funds to reinvent the obvious), as have others, an astounding causal connection between children who were horribly abused at an early age and those who end up as tenants in our juvenile institutions, convicted of serious violence.

Here, then, is the paradox. When social workers get an abused kid that's been tortured, they say the kid is a victim. Several years later, when the juvenile justice system gets the kid, the kid is a predator.

When the kid kills, the newspaper coverage is sure to include a line about how this kid was known to the juvenile justice profession. He was on probation, on parole, a graduate of one program or another, a runaway from a training school... it doesn't matter.

"...Here, then, is the paradox. When social workers get an abused kid that's been tortured, they say the kid is a victim. Several years later, when the juvenile justice system gets the kid, the kid is a predator."
—Andrew Vachss






http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/social-workers-knew-7-year-old-boy-fed-pigs-tortured-article-1.3461341

Social workers knew 7-year-old boy killed and fed to pigs was being tortured by parents, lawsuit claims  
BY MINYVONNE BURKE
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Friday, September 1, 2017, 2:40 PM





http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/chairwoman-ccrb-not-criminal-complaints-article-1.3461501



CCRB chairwoman wants to stop considering criminal history of citizens complaining about police


Friday, September 1, 2017,
Criminal histories have been included in the closing reports given to the board for a finding throughout the agency’s 24-year history. (TILLSONBURG/TILLSONBURG)
A rap sheet should not be contained in the final report on a citizen’s complaint about the cops, the brand new head of the city’s police watchdog group says.

Deborah Archer, who now chairs the Civilian Complaint Review Board, wants the board to stop considering the prior criminal records of people seeking probes of police abuse, the Daily News has learned.

“I never saw it as relevant,” Archer said at the board’s Aug. 24 meeting. “In 95% of the cases, it is not relevant to the credibility (of complainants). Even in the small percentage of cases where credibility is an issue, I would err on not including it.”

But Archer, who is on leave as a law professor at NYU, thinks the complete prior complaint history of officers should remain in the reports.

Councilman wants exonerated chokehold cops' records from NYPD
Her idea was slammed by the police unions. “Clearly, she should step down from her position,” said Ed Mullins, of the Sergeants Benevolent Association.

“She has already exposed her inability to remain impartial. This is another case of the lunatics running the asylum.”




http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-california-heat-wave-weekend-20170901-story.html


San Francisco's all-time heat record of 104 degrees falls during hottest summer on record


In almost 150 years of record keeping, it has never been as hot in San Francisco as it was on Friday.

Amid a brutal heat wave that has broiled California for a week while intermittently knocking out power to thousands and fueling more than a dozen wildfires, downtown San Francisco hit 104 degrees.

“ALL-TIME RECORD high temperature broken in San Francisco. 104 degrees as of 2:43 p.m. PDT,” the National Weather Service’s Bay Area station crowed on Twitter. “Records for downtown San Francisco, California date back to June of 1874.”

But that was not even the worst of it for Northern California. By 3 p.m., the East Bay valley cities of Livermore and Pleasanton were at 110 degrees. Livermore was expected to flirt with its all-time record of 115 degrees Friday and Saturday.


“When we’re approaching all-time record highs, that’s very unusual,” said Steve Anderson, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

The heat wave marks the finale for what has ended up being the hottest summer on record, UCLA climate scientist Daniel Swain said.

In a tweet, Swain said June through August temperatures were above average everywhere in California except the north coast.

The heat wave is part of a high-pressure system that’s gripped the West Coast. Virtually no one is being spared.

According to the National Weather Service, 36.5 million residents, or 98% of Californians, were under a heat advisory Friday as a high-pressure system roasted the state from the Oregon to Mexico borders.

On Friday afternoon, an extremely fast-moving brush fire broke out in the Verdugo Mountains near Sun Valley. Fueled by light grasses, extremely high temperatures and a light breeze, the flames jumped the 210 Freeway and threatened homes, triggering evacuations.

In Northern California, school districts in Los Gatos, Novato and Orinda announced that students would be let out early Friday to dodge the worst of the heat. Outdoor festivals and youth sports leagues also canceled events through the weekend. Concord, Santa Rosa and Antioch, among other cities, have opened cooling centers for the weekend.

In Los Angeles, the Department of Water and Power braced itself for what the utility said it expects to be its biggest day ever for power demands as residents look for relief from triple-digit temperatures in the valleys, foothills and high desert.

If so, that would break a record set just the day before. On Thursday, the DWP announced that its customers used more electricity than ever in the agency’s history. Customers hit a peak demand of 6,502 megawatts at 4:15 p.m., shattering the previous record of 6,396 megawatts on Sept. 16, 2014.

The statewide demand led the California Independent System Operator to issue its fourth flex alert of the year, calling for voluntary electricity conservation.

DWP officials advised residents to set their thermostats at 78 degrees or higher and to use major appliances before or after peak hours. They also said that turning off unnecessary lights would go a long way toward reducing the strain on the utility’s electrical equipment and overall power system demand.

Temperatures could reach 114 Friday in the Antelope Valley and the 90s in downtown L.A., forecasters said. Similar temperatures are expected across the San Joaquin and Sacramento valleys.

“Even the typical cool coastal areas will be subjected to much warmer than normal temperatures as the usual onshore flow


https://www.courthousenews.com/sessions-tells-alabama-gathering-violent-crime-back-vengeance/

Sessions Tells Alabama Gathering Violent Crime ‘Back With a Vengeance’





Link du jour

http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1112436_chanje-electric-delivery-truck-from-china-to-go-on-sale-this-year


http://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/Nipple-equality-Women-could-go-topless-in-12168213.php

https://www.courthousenews.com


http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1112383_chinas-electric-car-sales-now-twice-those-in-us-for-jan-june-2017

http://www.latimes.com/sns-bc-eu--germany-giant-x-ray-20170901-story.html

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2017/sep/02/the-20-photographs-of-the-week

http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1112394_autonomous-electric-truck-prototype-can-be-controlled-remotely


https://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/michael-w-chapman/judicial-watch-files-lawsuit-records-fbi-deputy-director-gov

Judicial Watch Files Lawsuit for Records on FBI Deputy Director ...
CNSNews.com-
(CNSNews.com) -- Judicial Watch filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit today on behalf of retired FBI Special Agent Jeffrey A. Danik, seeking records ...



http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-california-records-20170902-story.html

More all-time heat records broken as California broils



FBI Presstitutes

https://www.broadwayworld.com/bwwtv/article/Scoop-2020-on-ABC-Sunday-September-3-2017-20170901

Scoop: 20/20 on ABC - Sunday, September 3, 2017
Broadway World-
While the defendants claimed self-defense, last month a jury unanimously found 33-year-old Molly Martens Corbett and her ex-FBI agent 67-year-old father, Tom ...





https://www.advocate.com/politics/2017/9/02/klan-affiliate-reportedly-threatens-gay-florida-politician

Klan Affiliate Reportedly Threatens Gay Florida Politician



https://www.courthousenews.com/ruling-shows-no-secrets-left-keep-clinton-email-case/

Ruling Shows No Secrets Left to Keep in Clinton-Email Case
 September 1, 2017
WASHINGTON (CN) – Seeing no need for secrecy with much of the information about Hillary Clinton’s private email server already public, a federal judge cleared the way Thursday for the release of details about the FBI’s email-retrieval efforts.


https://www.courthousenews.com/man-forced-eat-pot-traffic-stop-sues/


Man Forced to Eat Pot During Traffic Stop Sues


 September 1, 2017
PHOENIX (CN) – A Phoenix man has sued the city and several police officers who he claims forced him to eat a gram of marijuana they found in his car.



https://www.courthousenews.com/new-york-sues-epa-allowing-dumping-long-island-sound/


New York Sues EPA for Allowing Dumping in Long Island Sound

August 18, 2017




https://www.courthousenews.com/dying-navy-sailors-push-trial-fukushima-meltdown/

Dying Navy Sailors Push for Trial on Fukushima Meltdown


September 1, 2017
SAN DIEGO (CN) – Representing cancer-ridden Navy service members who say they were exposed to radiation on a humanitarian mission in Fukushima, former Sen. John Edwards urged a federal judge Thursday to set a date for trial.

Over a decade after serving as John Kerry’s running mate in the 2004 presidential election, Edwards now represents hundreds of Navy sailors who were aboard the USS Ronald Reagan as part of a humanitarian mission trip to Fukushima, Japan — bringing food and supplies to the city in March 2011 after it was devastated by an earthquake and ensuing tsunami.

“We have all these sailors whose case is now five years old, who have died or are in the process of dying right now,” said Edwards, whose firm Edwards Kirby is based in North Carolina.

Edwards noted that some of his other clients have seen their children born with birth defects. He said he made the trip from Raleigh to San Diego to “try to get this thing moving.”

Japan’s earthquake triggered a nuclear meltdown at the power plant run by Tokyo Electric Power Co., and Edwards’ clients say the radiation exposure has caused them to develop cancer and other illnesses.

The suit is one of two pending against TEPCo and General Electric in the Southern District of California — the first filed in 2012 and an additional lawsuit naming more than 150 sailors filed last month.

Thursday’s hearing before U.S. District Judge Janis Sammartino came after the Ninth Circuit ruled in June that the lawsuit could proceed in federal court, rejecting an effort to have the case sent to Japan.

Edwards urged Sammartino to bypass the procedural hurdles, “so we know there’s a deadline over there.”

“Instead of just staying still and going with the pleadings and the motions to dismiss, is there a way to get us a trial date and a structure,” Edwards asked.

“I hate to see these sailors and say we filed motions, went to the Ninth Circuit, went to Washington, and I hate to say I don’t know when [we’ll get our day in court],” Edwards said.

He asked for a May 2019 trial date.

TEPCo attorney Gregory Stone said the Japanese utility accepts responsibility for the radiation released but maintains the amount Navy service members were exposed to was negligible.

He thanked the service members present at the hearing for their efforts, but said that radiation exposure is not necessarily the cause of 300 to 400 sailors out of 70,000 on the humanitarian trip getting sick.

“It only indicates what epidemiologists tell us: people get sick at different times of their lives for different reasons,” Stone said.

“We don’t think the exposure was at a level sufficient to cause the injuries,” Stone continued, amid muttered comments from the audience. “They don’t agree with us and are probably talking about it now.”

GE attorney Michael Schissel said the length of the case and trial will be significantly impacted if GE remains a defendant in the case. Unlike TEPCo, GE is not admitting liability over the failure of its Boiling Water Reactors. Schissel said this would then require a liability phase at trial, significantly lengthening the process.

Sammartino called the case a “moving target” as the attorneys threw out different ideas for how best to approach setting deadlines and moving forward. She said she would issue an order setting dates.

In an interview with Courthouse News following the hearing, Edwards said they are pleased the case will be tried in America. If the case were in Japan, Edwards said there was a concern that the possibility of traveling across the world would cause his clients to lose hope.

“From the perspective of a lawyer, it’s a wonderful cause,” Edwards said. “Here are these completely innocent people whose lives have been taken away from some of them and they were there trying to help the Japanese people. It was such a just and righteous cause that they were there for and they’ve had their lives changed forever as a result



http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/ex-cop-seeks-job-back-crazy-b-h-axed-lawsuit-article-1.3462417

Ex-NYPD officer seeks reinstatement after ‘crazy b---h’ cop got him axed, lawsuit claims


BY DENIS SLATTERY
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Friday, September 1, 2017, 11:54




http://lawofficer.com/news/the-other-side-of-hate-fbi-warning-on-violence-of-antifa/

‘THE OTHER SIDE OF HATE’: FBI WARNING ON VIOLENCE OF ANTIFA
Posted by Law Officer | Sep 2, 2017 | Investigations, News | 2





http://www.politico.com/story/2017/09/01/antifa-charlottesville-violence-fbi-242235

FBI, Homeland Security warn of more ‘antifa’ attacks
Confidential documents call the anarchists that seek to counter white supremacists ‘domestic terrorists.’
By JOSH MEYER 09/01/2017 04:55 AM EDT
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http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/2nd-video-shows-man-punching-calif-shooting-graphic-article-1.3517601



Second video shows California cop getting punched by man moments before he shoots him (WARNING: GRAPHIC)





Pentagon defies Trump order to halt climate change actions
Defying Trump, Pentagon Moves To Protect Bases From Climate Change

DeSmogBlog, Sept. 18, 2017

The Pentagon is moving forward with plans to protect its bases and operations from rising seas and other impacts of climate change, despite an order by President Trump to halt climate planning.

On March 28th, 2017,  President trump issued an executive order that rescinded all climate change actions within federal agencies.

These actions had been mandated by a rule from the former Obama administration that required federal agencies to take the necessary steps to protect their respective agencies from climate threats. The original Obama order required military bases to factor climate change into their planning operations for expansions, existing structures, and future developments.

President Trump signed the March 28th executive order while flanked on either side by coal miners and fossil fuel executives, where he proudly proclaimed to the miners that this order meant that they would be “going back to work,” as reported by The New York Times. However, in spite of his promise, the coal industry has continued on a steady decline even after the rescinded climate protections.

Even though the executive order issued by Trump in March put an end to the requirement that government agencies plan for climate impacts, the Pentagon is still moving forward with plans to protect its military installations in the United States from the growing threat.

As The Military Times points out, the Obama administration order on climate change required the Department of Defense to draft what came to be known as a climate change roadmap in 2014. In 2016, the DoD issued directive 4715.21 which required military bases to begin factoring climate change threats into their planning as a way to preserve bases if catastrophic events like floods or severe storms were to pose an imminent threat.

The Military Times has more:
 “…the 2014 roadmap was invalidated by Trump’s March 28 executive order, the Pentagon said. It is also now reviewing directive 4715.21, “to determine if it should be suspended, revised, or rescinded,” Pentagon spokesman Lt. Cmdr. Patrick Evans said.”
While directive 4715.21 is being reviewed, the Pentagon has instructed all branches to treat the directive as if it is still in place, meaning that military bases are still doing what they can to prepare themselves for the threat of climate catastrophes. The military is also trying to get around Trump’s executive order by excluding the mention of “climate change” as they work on flood mitigation, drought, and storm plans for their bases.

Regardless of which political party is in power, the United States military has long been at the forefront of climate awareness. As far back as 1965, scientists and advisors began warning then-President Lyndon Johnson about the threat of rising carbon pollution. Unearthed memos from both the Ronald Reagan and George Bush Sr. administrations show that military leaders were concerned about the threat that climate change posed to the United States, a sentiment that was echoed by the Pentagon during the George W. Bush administration.

The fact that the military has long considered climate change a threat gives hope that we may someday move beyond the politically squabbling over science and move into an era where those in power take the threats seriously and work together to stop looming catastrophes from becoming realities.

https://www.desmogblog.com/2017/09/18/defying-trump-pentagon-moves-forward-plan-protect-bases-climate-change-threats







Link du jour
https://www.theguardian.com/inequality/2017/sep/24/revealed-britains-most-powerful-elite-is-97-white

http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/steelers-reportedly-stay-locker-room-national-anthem-article-1.3517780


http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/dirt-bike-rider-hurt-crash-drunk-probation-article-1.3516141


https://www.boston.com/culture/travel/2017/09/21/13-new-england-food-festivals-to-visit-this-fall


https://www.boston.com/news/local-news/2017/09/23/on-the-common-gathering-together-as-a-symbol-for-peace


https://www.boston.com/news/history/2017/09/23/how-macys-famous-red-star-has-roots-in-nantucket

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/new-york-focus-gallery-1.3516371








http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/players-kneel-national-anthem-protest-trump-gallery-1.3517651


Players kneel during the national anthem following Trump's comments

Though they're usually competing against one another, NFL players came together on Sept. 24, 2017 following President Donald Trump's harsh comments against those who kneel during the national anthem. "Would you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag say, 'Get that son of a b---- off the field right now. Out, you're fired!" Trump said on Sept. 22, 2017. Colin Kaepernick began kneeling during the national anthem last year as a way of peacefully protesting police brutality against African Americans.



https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/sep/23/jeremy-corbyn-election-theresa-may

‘We can provide a politics of hope, a politics for the people’
Jeremy Corbyn






https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2017/sep/24/why-lack-of-sleep-health-worst-enemy-matthew-walker-why-we-sleep

The shorter your sleep, the shorter your life: the new sleep science
Leading neuroscientist Matthew Walker on why sleep deprivation is increasing our risk of cancer, heart attack and Alzheimer’s – and what you can do about it




http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/people-shot-tennessee-church-article-1.3517836


Six people shot at Tennessee church
BY DAVID BOROFF
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Updated: Sunday, September 24, 2017, 1:09 PM



https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/feb/01/bosch-bruegel-joseph-leo-koerner

Bosch and Bruegel review – more gripping than a thriller
Two master painters of the macabre and the mundane come together in Joseph Leo Koerner’s frightening, fascinating study





Ocean heating provides quickest way to detect warming
It takes just 4 years to detect human warming of the oceans

New paper illustrates the rapid, consistent warming of Earth’s oceans
The Guardian (U.K.), Sept. 20, 2017

We’ve known for decades that the Earth is warming, but a key question is, how fast? Another key question is whether the warming is primarily caused by human activities. If we can more precisely measure the rate of warming and the natural component, it would be useful for decision makers, legislators, and others to help us adapt and cope. Indeed, added ocean heat content underlies the potential for dangerous intense hurricanes.

An answer to the “how fast?” question was partly answered in an opinion piece just published on Eos.org, the daily online Earth and space science news site, by scientists from China, Europe and the United States. I was fortunate enough to be part of the research team.

To measure how fast the globe is warming, we focused on the extra heat that is being trapped in the climate. The key to measuring the extra heat is by comparing the incoming and outgoing energy – just like you watch your bank account, keeping track of income and expenses to tell whether your bank balance will increase or not.

Okay so how do we measure these incoming and outgoing flows? In our view, the best way is in the oceans. We know that the oceans absorb almost all of the excess heat – so, perhaps we can detect energy increases in ocean waters?

Measuring the oceans is challenging. They are vast and they are deep – measurements can be noisy. Detecting a long-term trend (a signal) within the noise can be a challenge. But this challenge is exactly what we focused on. We wanted to know how large the signal-to-noise ratio is for ocean heat measurements because this would tell us how many years of data are needed to detect warming. Can we detect global warming with one year of measurements? With a decade? Or do we need multiple decades of measurements to be sure the climate is changing?

Our work shows that scientists need less than 4 years of ocean heat measurements to detect a warming signal. This is much shorter than the nearly three decades of measurements that would be required to detect global warming if we were to use temperatures of air near the Earth’s surface. It is also slightly better than the nearly 5 years of sea level rise data that are needed for detecting a long-term trend. This means that the warming is not natural, but rather stems from the human-induced climate change, primarily from increases in heat-trapping gases in the atmosphere.

This finding should help change the way we talk about global warming. Normally scientists and the public wait for the official annual “global temperatures” to be released (every January or February) by major research groups like Nasa, Noaa, and the Hadley Centre in the UK. Avid consumers of global warming news often use these air temperatures to “prove” or “disprove” global warming. If it was hot last year, “its global warming!” If last year was cool, “global warming is over!”

But the year-to-year fluctuations of air temperatures are predominantly associated with El Niño and weather variability and mislead those who use any one year as climate-change proof. We saw the impact of fluctuations over the past two decades where a slowing of the rise of global surface temperatures led to false claims that global warming had “stopped” or that there was a “hiatus.” No such cessation occurred for ocean heat content.

Hence global ocean heat content data isn’t so noisy. It represents the total thermal energy in the ocean waters, and is now known with a high degree of certainty (see the figure below), in part because scientists have improved ocean temperature sensing methods and increased the number of sensors throughout the ocean waters.

According to our analysis, the top 10 warmest years of ocean heat content are all in the most recent decade (following 2006) with last two years being the hottest. The heat storage in the ocean corresponds to 3×1023 Joules (a 3 with twenty-three zeroes after it) since 1960. Prior to the 1980s, values are not as well known, and the global record is unreliable prior to about 1960.

In the most recent 25 years, the Earth has gained approximately 0.7 Watts for every square meter of surface area. That may not sound like much but think about how many square meters are required to cover the surface of the Earth. To put these numbers in perspective, the heat increase in the oceans since 1992 is about 2000 times the total net generation of electricity in the USA in the past decade.

We believe, and argue, that ocean heat content is the key to quantifying how fast the climate is changing, and it has important implications for regional patterns of climate. According to Trenberth:

A key reason for the exceptionally active Atlantic hurricane season this year is because of the regional build-up of ocean heat along with its global warming component that fuels hurricanes.

“Ocean Heat Content” should become a standard metric not only for measuring climate change but for testing our computer models that are used to predict the future climate.
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/climate-consensus-97-per-cent/2017/sep/20/it-takes-just-4-years-to-detect-human-warming-of-the-oceans




http://www.latimes.com/opinion/editorials/la-ed-juvenile-justice-bills-20170922-story.html

Opinion  Editorial
Editorial Life in prison? Interrogation without a lawyer? Kids aren't little adults. Stop treating them that way




http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/bill-o-reilly-plays-thousands-empty-seats-baltimore-article-1.3518385

Bill O'Reilly plays to thousands of empty seats in Baltimore
BY DAVID ZURAWIK
BALTIMORE SUN Sunday, September 24, 2017, 5:49 PM



http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/louisiana-restaurant-protests-saints-kneeling-not-showing-game-article-1.3518074

Louisiana restaurant doesn’t show Saints game because of national anthem protests
BY NICHOLAS PARCO
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Updated: Sunday, September 24, 2017, 3:12 PM
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What’s New Pussycat
October 17, 2017UncategorizedArmy battle rifle, asset forfeiture, decapitation, Hillary, Iraq, plague, prostitution, shadow work, space launches, Suchomel, the collective, travel ban, UFOs, Vegas, Weinstein, wildfires, wireless
What’s New Pussycat

“… so let me get this straight. The Army doesn’t know how to shoot as it is, and while focusing on racial diversity, gender issues, gays in the military, women in combat arms, and declining physical standards, are going to teach young boys and girls in the “Big Army” how to shoot 1200 meters with a battle rifle that will have a larger punch (to the shooter), be more physically demanding to shoot, and have no civilian analogue? ….”

http://www.captainsjournal.com/2017/10/16/army-considers-6-5mm-for-its-future-battle-rifle/

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http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-10-17/trump-drug-czar-nominee-withdraws-after-60-minutes-exposé

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Plague outbreak leaves 57 dead, more than 680 infected in Madagascar

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MONDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2017

Big Bang, Big Prinz

“Trump Ignores Advisers on Iran Deal, Follows Money” (Clifton/Lobe). Note the shekels for Cotton, to whom Trump has punted. We talk a lot about Sheldon, but Singer may be the real problem.

“Trump puts Israel first with UNESCO withdrawal” (Abunimah). “Donald Trump: My master, Benjamin Netanyahu, tells me to decertify the Iran deal” (Alexis). The UNESCO-Iran one-two sends a clear message that shekels have replaced MAGA. Sad!

Has anyone calculated the cumulative cost of all the sanctions on American businesses by sanction-mad Washington? Remember that the sanctions turn American business opportunities into Chinese or Russian business opportunities. It is madness.

“Israeli TV Shows Footage Of ISIS Training Camp On Israel’s Border”. Israel plans to use it’s headlopper pals to undo the unwanted Palestinian unity deal: “Showdown looms between Hamas and Gaza Salafis”.

“Iran’s Top General Meets With Kurdish President Barzani As U.S. Neocons Push For War”. You don’t send a general, even a famous one, to negotiate, you send him to lay down the facts of life.

“Casualties Reported After Iraqi Troops Enter Oil Rich Kurdish City Of Kirkuk; Oil Spikes”. Iran and Iraq appear to be resetting the boundaries of Kurdistan to the traditional Kurdish areas, a sensible precursor to federalism negotiations.

It is curious – or not – that the Turks are notably absent from the Greater Kurdistan issue and are instead fooling around in Syria: “Turkish army expands deployment in Syria’s northwest – rebels”. What we’ve seen of Erdoğan is that he is much like Trump – he does foolish, impetuous, stupid things based on the emotion of the moment, but lacks the heart to fully commit, and backs off at the slightest resistance. I get the strong impression that the real players don’t take Turkey seriously.

“How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938″. Good reminder, in the middle of an obvious CIA campaign to slaughter Russian diplomats, of the importance and rarity of exceptional diplomats.

“Embroiled Israeli Spin Doctor Rocks Austria With ‘anti-Semitic’ Campaign Against Chancellor Candidate”. This is some sophisticated rat-fucking, and it worked! The allies of Israel are the European extreme right.

For what it is worth: “UAE planned to invade Qatar with Blackwater-linked mercenaries: Report”.

“Q&A with Mayim Bialik: An observant Jew in Hollywood”. “Harvey Weinstein: Big Bang Theory star Mayim Bialik accused of ‘victim blaming’ in New York Times op-ed”.

“Israeli Child Abusers” (Aangirfan).

Assange tweet, tweet (!).

AT 10/16/2017 04:44:00 AM

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https://therearenosunglasses.wordpress.com/2017/10/16/pentagon-sponsoring-both-kurdish-and-iraqi-sides-in-kirkuk-dogfight/

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https://willyloman.wordpress.com/2017/10/16/syrian-air-defenses-respond-to-new-israeli-violation/

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https://uprootedpalestinians.wordpress.com/2017/10/16/syria-war-report-october-16-2017-government-forces-liberate-city-of-mayadin-from-isis/

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US-Backed Forces Capture Raqqa From ISIS

New York Times

[Ed.: Res ipsa loquitor.]

Anthony Scaramucci’s media company asked Twitter to vote on the number of Jews killed in the Holocaust

Washington Post

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http://www.moonofalabama.org/2017/10/iraq-the-end-of-the-kurdish-independence-project.html

http://www.moonofalabama.org/2017/10/how-the-washington-post-deceives-us-about-the-war-in-syria.html

http://www.moonofalabama.org/2017/10/syria-iraq-how-the-kurdish-independence-project-died.html

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http://turcopolier.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8341c72e153ef01b7c92a9505970b-800wi

http://turcopolier.typepad.com/sic_semper_tyrannis/2017/10/kurdistan-yet-another-long-term-british-and-us-policy-triumph-.html

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http://pennyforyourthoughts2.blogspot.com/2017/10/annexing-raqqa-ethnic-cleansing-and.html

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http://robinwestenra.blogspot.com/2017/10/a-war-between-israel-and-hezbollah.html

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UFO’s



https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=30&v=rO-hAm4g47o

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SECRET SPACEX FALCON 9 LAUNCH WITH MYSTERY PAYLOAD PLANNED FOR NOVEMBER

Regulatory Filings Suggest Elon Musk Is Planning a Secret Rocket Launch In Mid-November. According to Spaceflight Now, federal regulatory filings suggest SpaceX will launch a mysterious payload on a Falcon 9 rocket mid-November. Mainstream media remains silent on the event considering the payload is top secret. Filings indicate the payload has no public claim of ownership– from any government or private corporation.

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http://careandwashingofthebrain.blogspot.com/2017/10/survivor-of-las-vegas-terror-massacre.html

https://richardedmondson.net/2017/10/16/vegas-massacre-survivor-mysteriously-dies-after-posting-vivid-account-of-multiple-shooters/

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http://trineday.com/paypal_store/product_pages/Last_Circle/index.html

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http://greencrowasthecrowflies.blogspot.com/2017/10/cawrant-events-55.html

[Ed.: I wish the lady, with whom I communicate now and again, all the best in her campaign to get Americans to act en masse. That is not going to happen in an world that is heavily engineered socially, surveilled totally, and policed heavily. It would be like herding cats. It is literally impossible under the conditions we live in to get anything to happen with extreme synchronization; even they can’t do it, and they have the tools. What is needed is a sea change in attitude and approach, which may be equally difficult to effect, but we are working on it.]

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https://gizadeathstar.com/2017/10/jfk-template-redevivus-first-contrarian-vegas-narrative-witness-dies/

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[Ed.: Those of us who are in the so-called”alternative media” should a) form an association; b) hire ourselves a good lawyer; c) create appropriate mechanisms of liaison with appropriate agencies and associations and interest groups like EFF, schools of journalism, blogging and investigative research, and politics and media (if anyone with a clean records and reputation remain); and more.

One possible sideline might be connections for the purposes of training, funding, and production of documentary, detailed, serial or satiric and/or parody programming. An example might be a 15-minute vignette entitled CSI Las Vegas.]



http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_dbUb714yZJw/TI2L5smQJRI/AAAAAAAAADo/Fe7OfupE2Fk/s1600/csi_las_vegas002.jpg

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http://www.abeldanger.org/intellihub-exclusive-on-scene-investigator-banned-from-mandalay-bay-mgm-for-life-after-he-discovered-this/

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“I’M CONCERNED… IT’S HIGHLY UNUSUAL” – VEGAS MASSACRE SECURITY GUARD REMAINS MISSING

Following reports of his disappearance late last week, after numerous timeline changes and ‘fact’ clarifications by The Mandalay Bay, The FBI, and Vegas PD; Jesus Campos, the secuirty guard, who may or may not have been shot by Vegas Massacre shooter Stephen Paddock, remains missing and friends and family are concerned. SOURCE: ZERO HEDGE

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The 2-4-2 Foxtrot

THE VEGAS SHOOTER, GENERAL AVIATION, & CIA PLANESPOTTING

It is a circumstance unparalleled in American history. Two weeks after a gunman started pouring down fire from a 32nd floor window in Las Vegas on people at a country music festival, police and the FBI remain in the dark over why he did it—and why he stopped. Something hinky this way comes The tragedy hit with no warning and took fifty-nine of our number. And despite being recorded in real time on thousands of cellphones, there is still no explanation for it. SOURCE: DANIEL HOPSICKER, MADCOW MORNING NEWS

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https://gizadeathstar.com/2017/10/jfk-template-redevivus-first-contrarian-vegas-narrative-witness-dies/

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“There’s something wrong with Hillary Clinton,” Assange tweeted. It is not just her constant lying. It is not just that she throws off menacing glares and seethes thwarted entitlement,” he added. The Wikileaks founder went further, tweeting, “Watch closely. Something much darker rides along with it. A cold creepiness rarely seen.”

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/10/16/hillary-clinton-wikileaks-subsidiary-russian-intelligence-assange/

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https://twitter.com/wikileaks/

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encryption key?

http://robinwestenra.blogspot.com/2017/10/hillary-clinton-cold-creepiness-rarely.html

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https://theinternetpost.net/2017/10/17/i-was-running-downstairs-in-heels-with-a-cup-of-coffee-and-fell-backwards/

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http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-10-16/fusion-gps-founders-refuse-comply-congressional-subpoena

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FBI Uncovered Russian Bribery Plot Before Obama Administration Approved Controversial Nuclear Deal with Moscow

October 17th, 2017

Via: The Hill:

Before the Obama administration approved a controversial deal in 2010 giving Moscow control of a large swath of American uranium, the FBI had gathered substantial evidence that Russian nuclear industry officials were engaged in bribery, kickbacks, extortion and money laundering designed to grow Vladimir Putin’s atomic energy business inside the United States, according to government documents and interviews.

Federal agents used a confidential U.S. witness working inside the Russian nuclear industry to gather extensive financial records, make secret recordings and intercept emails as early as 2009 that showed Moscow had compromised an American uranium trucking firm with bribes and kickbacks in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, FBI and court documents show.

They also obtained an eyewitness account — backed by documents — indicating Russian nuclear officials had routed millions of dollars to the U.S. designed to benefit former President Bill Clinton’s charitable foundation during the time Secretary of State Hillary Clinton served on a government body that provided a favorable decision to Moscow, sources told The Hill.

The racketeering scheme was conducted “with the consent of higher level officials” in Russia who “shared the proceeds” from the kickbacks, one agent declared in an affidavit years later.

Rather than bring immediate charges in 2010, however, the Department of Justice (DOJ) continued investigating the matter for nearly four more years, essentially leaving the American public and Congress in the dark about Russian nuclear corruption on U.S. soil during a period when the Obama administration made two major decisions benefitting Putin’s commercial nuclear ambitions.

The first decision occurred in October 2010, when the State Department and government agencies on the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States unanimously approved the partial sale of Canadian mining company Uranium One to the Russian nuclear giant Rosatom, giving Moscow control of more than 20 percent of America’s uranium supply.

When this sale was used by Trump on the campaign trail last year, Hillary Clinton’s spokesman said she was not involved in the committee review and noted the State Department official who handled it said she “never intervened … on any [Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States] matter.”

In 2011, the administration gave approval for Rosatom’s Tenex subsidiary to sell commercial uranium to U.S. nuclear power plants in a partnership with the United States Enrichment Corp. Before then, Tenex had been limited to selling U.S. nuclear power plants reprocessed uranium recovered from dismantled Soviet nuclear weapons under the 1990s Megatons to Megawatts peace program.

“The Russians were compromising American contractors in the nuclear industry with kickbacks and extortion threats, all of which raised legitimate national security concerns. And none of that evidence got aired before the Obama administration made those decisions,” a person who worked on the case told The Hill, speaking on condition of anonymity for fear of retribution by U.S. or Russian officials.

The Obama administration’s decision to approve Rosatom’s purchase of Uranium One has been a source of political controversy since 2015.

That’s when conservative author Peter Schweitzer and The New York Times documented how Bill Clinton collected hundreds of thousands of dollars in Russian speaking fees and his charitable foundation collected millions in donations from parties interested in the deal while Hillary Clinton presided on the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States.

The Obama administration and the Clintons defended their actions at the time, insisting there was no evidence that any Russians or donors engaged in wrongdoing and there was no national security reason for any member of the committee to oppose the Uranium One deal.

But FBI, Energy Department and court documents reviewed by The Hill show the FBI in fact had gathered substantial evidence well before the committee’s decision that Vadim Mikerin — the main Russian overseeing Putin’s nuclear expansion inside the United States — was engaged in wrongdoing starting in 2009.

Then-Attorney General Eric Holder was among the Obama administration officials joining Hillary Clinton on the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States at the time the Uranium One deal was approved. Multiple current and former government officials told The Hill they did not know whether the FBI or DOJ ever alerted committee members to the criminal activity they uncovered.

Spokesmen for Holder and Clinton did not return calls seeking comment. The Justice Department also didn’t comment.

Posted in Dictatorship, Economy, Elite, Energy, Fraud, Outsourced

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http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-10-16/us-deploys-special-forces-decapitation-team-south-korea

Actually, did that occur 4 weeks ago?

https://special-ops.org/news/navy/us-navys-advanced-submarine-flies-infamous-jolly-roger/

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http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-10-16/sears-crashes-after-second-largest-shareholder-resigns-board

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http://boydownthelane.com/2017/10/17/fountain-of-youth/

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October 17-18, 2017 — Journalist assassinated in Malta was on trail through Baku that leads to Trump (in: GENERAL ARCHIVES October 2017)

Oct 17, 2017

Is the murder of Maltese journalist connected to FBI investigation of Trump family ties to Azerbaijan?

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https://www.rt.com/news/406963-assange-reward-caruana-galizia-death/

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Malta Car Bomb Kills Panama Papers Journalist

October 16th, 2017

Via: Guardian:

The journalist who led the Panama Papers investigation into corruption in Malta was killed on Monday in a car bomb near her home.
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What’s New Pussycat

“… so let me get this straight. The Army doesn’t know how to shoot as it is, and while focusing on racial diversity, gender issues, gays in the military, women in combat arms, and declining physical standards, are going to teach young boys and girls in the “Big Army” how to shoot 1200 meters with a battle rifle that will have a larger punch (to the shooter), be more physically demanding to shoot, and have no civilian analogue? ….”

http://www.captainsjournal.com/2017/10/16/army-considers-6-5mm-for-its-future-battle-rifle/

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http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-10-17/trump-drug-czar-nominee-withdraws-after-60-minutes-exposé

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Plague outbreak leaves 57 dead, more than 680 infected in Madagascar

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MONDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2017

Big Bang, Big Prinz

“Trump Ignores Advisers on Iran Deal, Follows Money” (Clifton/Lobe). Note the shekels for Cotton, to whom Trump has punted. We talk a lot about Sheldon, but Singer may be the real problem.

“Trump puts Israel first with UNESCO withdrawal” (Abunimah). “Donald Trump: My master, Benjamin Netanyahu, tells me to decertify the Iran deal” (Alexis). The UNESCO-Iran one-two sends a clear message that shekels have replaced MAGA. Sad!

Has anyone calculated the cumulative cost of all the sanctions on American businesses by sanction-mad Washington? Remember that the sanctions turn American business opportunities into Chinese or Russian business opportunities. It is madness.

“Israeli TV Shows Footage Of ISIS Training Camp On Israel’s Border”. Israel plans to use it’s headlopper pals to undo the unwanted Palestinian unity deal: “Showdown looms between Hamas and Gaza Salafis”.

“Iran’s Top General Meets With Kurdish President Barzani As U.S. Neocons Push For War”. You don’t send a general, even a famous one, to negotiate, you send him to lay down the facts of life.

“Casualties Reported After Iraqi Troops Enter Oil Rich Kurdish City Of Kirkuk; Oil Spikes”. Iran and Iraq appear to be resetting the boundaries of Kurdistan to the traditional Kurdish areas, a sensible precursor to federalism negotiations.

It is curious – or not – that the Turks are notably absent from the Greater Kurdistan issue and are instead fooling around in Syria: “Turkish army expands deployment in Syria’s northwest – rebels”. What we’ve seen of Erdoğan is that he is much like Trump – he does foolish, impetuous, stupid things based on the emotion of the moment, but lacks the heart to fully commit, and backs off at the slightest resistance. I get the strong impression that the real players don’t take Turkey seriously.

“How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938″. Good reminder, in the middle of an obvious CIA campaign to slaughter Russian diplomats, of the importance and rarity of exceptional diplomats.

“Embroiled Israeli Spin Doctor Rocks Austria With ‘anti-Semitic’ Campaign Against Chancellor Candidate”. This is some sophisticated rat-fucking, and it worked! The allies of Israel are the European extreme right.

For what it is worth: “UAE planned to invade Qatar with Blackwater-linked mercenaries: Report”.

“Q&A with Mayim Bialik: An observant Jew in Hollywood”. “Harvey Weinstein: Big Bang Theory star Mayim Bialik accused of ‘victim blaming’ in New York Times op-ed”.

“Israeli Child Abusers” (Aangirfan).

Assange tweet, tweet (!).

AT 10/16/2017 04:44:00 AM

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https://willyloman.wordpress.com/2017/10/16/syrian-air-defenses-respond-to-new-israeli-violation/

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https://uprootedpalestinians.wordpress.com/2017/10/16/syria-war-report-october-16-2017-government-forces-liberate-city-of-mayadin-from-isis/

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US-Backed Forces Capture Raqqa From ISIS

New York Times

[Ed.: Res ipsa loquitor.]

Anthony Scaramucci’s media company asked Twitter to vote on the number of Jews killed in the Holocaust

Washington Post

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http://www.moonofalabama.org/2017/10/iraq-the-end-of-the-kurdish-independence-project.html

http://www.moonofalabama.org/2017/10/how-the-washington-post-deceives-us-about-the-war-in-syria.html

http://www.moonofalabama.org/2017/10/syria-iraq-how-the-kurdish-independence-project-died.html

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http://turcopolier.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8341c72e153ef01b7c92a9505970b-800wi

http://turcopolier.typepad.com/sic_semper_tyrannis/2017/10/kurdistan-yet-another-long-term-british-and-us-policy-triumph-.html

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http://pennyforyourthoughts2.blogspot.com/2017/10/annexing-raqqa-ethnic-cleansing-and.html

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http://robinwestenra.blogspot.com/2017/10/a-war-between-israel-and-hezbollah.html

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UFO’s



https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=30&v=rO-hAm4g47o

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SECRET SPACEX FALCON 9 LAUNCH WITH MYSTERY PAYLOAD PLANNED FOR NOVEMBER

Regulatory Filings Suggest Elon Musk Is Planning a Secret Rocket Launch In Mid-November. According to Spaceflight Now, federal regulatory filings suggest SpaceX will launch a mysterious payload on a Falcon 9 rocket mid-November. Mainstream media remains silent on the event considering the payload is top secret. Filings indicate the payload has no public claim of ownership– from any government or private corporation.

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http://careandwashingofthebrain.blogspot.com/2017/10/survivor-of-las-vegas-terror-massacre.html

https://richardedmondson.net/2017/10/16/vegas-massacre-survivor-mysteriously-dies-after-posting-vivid-account-of-multiple-shooters/

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http://trineday.com/paypal_store/product_pages/Last_Circle/index.html

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http://greencrowasthecrowflies.blogspot.com/2017/10/cawrant-events-55.html

[Ed.: I wish the lady, with whom I communicate now and again, all the best in her campaign to get Americans to act en masse. That is not going to happen in an world that is heavily engineered socially, surveilled totally, and policed heavily. It would be like herding cats. It is literally impossible under the conditions we live in to get anything to happen with extreme synchronization; even they can’t do it, and they have the tools. What is needed is a sea change in attitude and approach, which may be equally difficult to effect, but we are working on it.]

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https://gizadeathstar.com/2017/10/jfk-template-redevivus-first-contrarian-vegas-narrative-witness-dies/

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[Ed.: Those of us who are in the so-called”alternative media” should a) form an association; b) hire ourselves a good lawyer; c) create appropriate mechanisms of liaison with appropriate agencies and associations and interest groups like EFF, schools of journalism, blogging and investigative research, and politics and media (if anyone with a clean records and reputation remain); and more.

One possible sideline might be connections for the purposes of training, funding, and production of documentary, detailed, serial or satiric and/or parody programming. An example might be a 15-minute vignette entitled CSI Las Vegas.]



http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_dbUb714yZJw/TI2L5smQJRI/AAAAAAAAADo/Fe7OfupE2Fk/s1600/csi_las_vegas002.jpg

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http://www.abeldanger.org/intellihub-exclusive-on-scene-investigator-banned-from-mandalay-bay-mgm-for-life-after-he-discovered-this/

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“I’M CONCERNED… IT’S HIGHLY UNUSUAL” – VEGAS MASSACRE SECURITY GUARD REMAINS MISSING

Following reports of his disappearance late last week, after numerous timeline changes and ‘fact’ clarifications by The Mandalay Bay, The FBI, and Vegas PD; Jesus Campos, the secuirty guard, who may or may not have been shot by Vegas Massacre shooter Stephen Paddock, remains missing and friends and family are concerned. SOURCE: ZERO HEDGE

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The 2-4-2 Foxtrot

THE VEGAS SHOOTER, GENERAL AVIATION, & CIA PLANESPOTTING

It is a circumstance unparalleled in American history. Two weeks after a gunman started pouring down fire from a 32nd floor window in Las Vegas on people at a country music festival, police and the FBI remain in the dark over why he did it—and why he stopped. Something hinky this way comes The tragedy hit with no warning and took fifty-nine of our number. And despite being recorded in real time on thousands of cellphones, there is still no explanation for it. SOURCE: DANIEL HOPSICKER, MADCOW MORNING NEWS

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https://gizadeathstar.com/2017/10/jfk-template-redevivus-first-contrarian-vegas-narrative-witness-dies/

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“There’s something wrong with Hillary Clinton,” Assange tweeted. It is not just her constant lying. It is not just that she throws off menacing glares and seethes thwarted entitlement,” he added. The Wikileaks founder went further, tweeting, “Watch closely. Something much darker rides along with it. A cold creepiness rarely seen.”

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/10/16/hillary-clinton-wikileaks-subsidiary-russian-intelligence-assange/

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https://twitter.com/wikileaks/

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http://robinwestenra.blogspot.com/2017/10/hillary-clinton-cold-creepiness-rarely.html

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https://theinternetpost.net/2017/10/17/i-was-running-downstairs-in-heels-with-a-cup-of-coffee-and-fell-backwards/

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http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-10-16/fusion-gps-founders-refuse-comply-congressional-subpoena

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FBI Uncovered Russian Bribery Plot Before Obama Administration Approved Controversial Nuclear Deal with Moscow

October 17th, 2017

Via: The Hill:

Before the Obama administration approved a controversial deal in 2010 giving Moscow control of a large swath of American uranium, the FBI had gathered substantial evidence that Russian nuclear industry officials were engaged in bribery, kickbacks, extortion and money laundering designed to grow Vladimir Putin’s atomic energy business inside the United States, according to government documents and interviews.

Federal agents used a confidential U.S. witness working inside the Russian nuclear industry to gather extensive financial records, make secret recordings and intercept emails as early as 2009 that showed Moscow had compromised an American uranium trucking firm with bribes and kickbacks in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, FBI and court documents show.

They also obtained an eyewitness account — backed by documents — indicating Russian nuclear officials had routed millions of dollars to the U.S. designed to benefit former President Bill Clinton’s charitable foundation during the time Secretary of State Hillary Clinton served on a government body that provided a favorable decision to Moscow, sources told The Hill.

The racketeering scheme was conducted “with the consent of higher level officials” in Russia who “shared the proceeds” from the kickbacks, one agent declared in an affidavit years later.

Rather than bring immediate charges in 2010, however, the Department of Justice (DOJ) continued investigating the matter for nearly four more years, essentially leaving the American public and Congress in the dark about Russian nuclear corruption on U.S. soil during a period when the Obama administration made two major decisions benefitting Putin’s commercial nuclear ambitions.

The first decision occurred in October 2010, when the State Department and government agencies on the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States unanimously approved the partial sale of Canadian mining company Uranium One to the Russian nuclear giant Rosatom, giving Moscow control of more than 20 percent of America’s uranium supply.

When this sale was used by Trump on the campaign trail last year, Hillary Clinton’s spokesman said she was not involved in the committee review and noted the State Department official who handled it said she “never intervened … on any [Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States] matter.”

In 2011, the administration gave approval for Rosatom’s Tenex subsidiary to sell commercial uranium to U.S. nuclear power plants in a partnership with the United States Enrichment Corp. Before then, Tenex had been limited to selling U.S. nuclear power plants reprocessed uranium recovered from dismantled Soviet nuclear weapons under the 1990s Megatons to Megawatts peace program.

“The Russians were compromising American contractors in the nuclear industry with kickbacks and extortion threats, all of which raised legitimate national security concerns. And none of that evidence got aired before the Obama administration made those decisions,” a person who worked on the case told The Hill, speaking on condition of anonymity for fear of retribution by U.S. or Russian officials.

The Obama administration’s decision to approve Rosatom’s purchase of Uranium One has been a source of political controversy since 2015.

That’s when conservative author Peter Schweitzer and The New York Times documented how Bill Clinton collected hundreds of thousands of dollars in Russian speaking fees and his charitable foundation collected millions in donations from parties interested in the deal while Hillary Clinton presided on the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States.

The Obama administration and the Clintons defended their actions at the time, insisting there was no evidence that any Russians or donors engaged in wrongdoing and there was no national security reason for any member of the committee to oppose the Uranium One deal.

But FBI, Energy Department and court documents reviewed by The Hill show the FBI in fact had gathered substantial evidence well before the committee’s decision that Vadim Mikerin — the main Russian overseeing Putin’s nuclear expansion inside the United States — was engaged in wrongdoing starting in 2009.

Then-Attorney General Eric Holder was among the Obama administration officials joining Hillary Clinton on the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States at the time the Uranium One deal was approved. Multiple current and former government officials told The Hill they did not know whether the FBI or DOJ ever alerted committee members to the criminal activity they uncovered.

Spokesmen for Holder and Clinton did not return calls seeking comment. The Justice Department also didn’t comment.

Posted in Dictatorship, Economy, Elite, Energy, Fraud, Outsourced

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http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-10-17/fbi-uncovered-russian-nuclear-bribery-plot-before-obama-approved-uranium-one-deal

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http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-10-16/us-deploys-special-forces-decapitation-team-south-korea

Actually, did that occur 4 weeks ago?

https://special-ops.org/news/navy/us-navys-advanced-submarine-flies-infamous-jolly-roger/

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http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-10-16/sears-crashes-after-second-largest-shareholder-resigns-board

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http://boydownthelane.com/2017/10/17/fountain-of-youth/

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October 17-18, 2017 — Journalist assassinated in Malta was on trail through Baku that leads to Trump (in: GENERAL ARCHIVES October 2017)

Oct 17, 2017

Is the murder of Maltese journalist connected to FBI investigation of Trump family ties to Azerbaijan?

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https://www.rt.com/news/406963-assange-reward-caruana-galizia-death/

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Malta Car Bomb Kills Panama Papers Journalist

October 16th, 2017

Via: Guardian:

The journalist who led the Panama Papers investigation into corruption in Malta was killed on Monday in a car bomb near her home.

Daphne Caruana Galizia died on Monday afternoon when her car, a Peugeot 108, was destroyed by a powerful explosive device which blew the vehicle into several pieces and threw the debris into a nearby field.

A blogger whose posts often attracted more readers than the combined circulation of the country’s newspapers, Caruana Galizia was recently described by the Politico website as a “one-woman WikiLeaks”. Her blogs were a thorn in the side of both the establishment and underworld figures that hold sway in Europe’s smallest member state.

Her most recent revelations pointed the finger at Malta’s prime minister, Joseph Muscat, and two of his closest aides, connecting offshore companies linked to the three men with the sale of Maltese passports and payments from the government of Azerbaijan.

No group or individual has come forward to claim responsibility for the attack.

Posted in Assassination, Economy, Elite, Fraud

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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2017

Toe or ankle?

“Kurdish Peshmerga flees Kirkuk after facing several casualties in clashes with Iraqi Forces”. Makes perfect sense in a world where perfect sense is so hard to find. Iranian general goes to meet leader of Iraqi Kurds. Then the Peshmerga, who fight famously hard, simply fade away when the Iraqi army comes to retake Kirkuk. The real enemy of mankind are the Israeli, Saudi and American demons, so why are the good people allowing themselves into being tricked to killing each other? Kirkuk is not a Kurdish city, and the problem of the Kurds is really Turkey, a problem Iran can help with, so there are common-sense deals to be made.

It is important for all players to put on the table, right at the beginning, that the Israeli plan is to promote Zionist interests by tricking everybody into killing each other. There are other, wise, options.

It is a shame an Iranian general couldn’t meet with Trump: “How Netanyahu Pulls Trump’s Strings” (Parry). Shekels.

“Iran: We will stick to nuclear deal if Europe does”. Smart. Question: Why do the American keep shooting themselves in the foot by marginalizing themselves? Answer: See link above.

“An Al Jazeera Reporter Went Undercover with the Pro-Israel Lobby In Washington”. This should be good, but, of course, Americans won’t be permitted to see it, or even hear about it.

“Syrian Forces discover dozens of Israeli-made weapons and equipment in ISIS dens”. “Neocon Max Boot: Legal and illegal aliens need to enlist in the US army and die for Israel” (Alexis). Alexis starts with the supremely important Irving Kristol quote, the single most important factor in current American geopolitics.

Trump publicly met with Kissinger just before he ‘decertified’.

“Austria’s neo-Nazis find friends in Israel” (Abunimah).

“Jews are Playing the “Antisemitism” Card to Defend Weinstein”. Fair enough, all the perps are Jews, so what else can it be?! “BIG H DELIVERS: Clinton Foundation Won’t Give Up Weinstein Money! HA!”. By the way, on a tour to pimp her book in Britain, Big H had another neurological incident (though they are having trouble with the cover story, but be clear it is as far as possible from the head!). I was amused by the number of days it took her to denounce Weinstein, no doubt carefully using feminist supercomputers to calculate her net shekel position between denouncing and keeping quiet.

“Any chances for Mohammed bin Salman to retain power?” Curious Russian warning to Salman to watch out for the Americans!

Laugh of the day: “Jesus Campos, Vegas security guard shot before rampage, appears to have vanished”.

“Why is he the ONLY one on that floor saying anything??” “Probably the same reason there were only 30 people on each of the 9/11 planes that held 300. The whole floor was likely vacant.” “9/11 flight passenger numbers”.

AT 10/17/2017 06:21:00 AM

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https://twitter.com/TrinedayKris

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https://jpaulson.blogspot.com/2017/10/pussycat-dolls-singer-we-were.html

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Gavin Polone on Harvey Weinstein and Who’s to Blame: “Accomplices Must Be Exposed”

Hollywood Reporter

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http://thefreethoughtproject.com/5-critical-stories-being-ignored-while-we-all-watch-hollywood-burn/

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http://www.strike-the-root.com/

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Deckard (Occupied America)

Who Whacked Harvey Weinstein?

Weinstein put out a pro-Palestinian film called Miral.

And: Zionist rag, the Tablet, has had to apologize for this anti-Jewish (because anti-Semitic is not accurate) piece that they published.

The Specifically Jewy Perviness of Harvey Weinstein

http://www.waynemadsenreport.com/articles/20171017_1

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Leaked ICE Guide Offers Unprecedented View of Agency’s Asset Forfeiture Tactics

October 17th, 2017

Via: The Intercept:

AN INTERNAL HANDBOOK obtained by The Intercept provides a rare view into the extensive asset seizure operations of ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations, an office that trains its agents to meticulously appraise the value of property before taking it.

HSI’s 71-page “Asset Forfeiture Handbook,” dated June 30, 2010, underscores the role seizures play in “helping to fund future law enforcement actions” and covering costs “that HSI would otherwise be unable to fund.” It thus offers an unprecedented window into ICE’s wide-ranging asset forfeiture operations and the premium the agency places on seizing valuable property. Forfeiture proceeds can bolster ICE’s partnerships with local police departments, which are now the subject of heightened debate given the Trump administration’s hard-line immigration agenda.

ICE confirmed to The Intercept that the handbook reflects the agency’s most up-to-date guidance on asset forfeiture. Agents under its instruction are asked to weigh the competing priorities of law enforcement versus financial profit and to “not waste instigative time and resources” on assets it calls “liabilities” — which include properties that are not profitable enough for the federal government to justify seizing. “As a general rule, if total liabilities and costs incurred in seizing a real property or business exceed the value of the property, the property should not be seized,” the document states.

The handbook also instructs ICE agents on the various ways laws can be used to justify the seizure of a property, and devotes a significant portion of its pages to the seizure of real estate. The manual instructs agents seeking to seize a property to work with confidential informants, scour tax records, and even obtain an interception warrant to determine whether “a telephone located on the property was used to plan or discuss criminal activity” in order to justify seizing the property.

The handbook acknowledges that civil forfeiture can be used to take property from a person even when there’s not enough evidence for a criminal indictment.

Posted in Dictatorship, Economy, Fraud, Police State

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Wildcards – Week of 10.15.17

Evidence of Military Grade EMF Accelerants Used in Sonoma Napa Fires

YouTube | 13 October 2017

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WPA2 Cracked

October 16th, 2017

Via: KRACK Attacks:

We discovered serious weaknesses in WPA2, a protocol that secures all modern protected Wi-Fi networks. An attacker within range of a victim can exploit these weaknesses using key reinstallation attacks (KRACKs). Concretely, attackers can use this novel attack technique to read information that was previously assumed to be safely encrypted. This can be abused to steal sensitive information such as credit card numbers, passwords, chat messages, emails, photos, and so on. The attack works against all modern protected Wi-Fi networks. Depending on the network configuration, it is also possible to inject and manipulate data. For example, an attacker might be able to inject ransomware or other malware into websites.

The weaknesses are in the Wi-Fi standard itself, and not in individual products or implementations. Therefore, any correct implementation of WPA2 is likely affected. To prevent the attack, users must update affected products as soon as security updates become available. Note that if your device supports Wi-Fi, it is most likely affected. During our initial research, we discovered ourselves that Android, Linux, Apple, Windows, OpenBSD, MediaTek, Linksys, and others, are all affected by some variant of the attacks.

Posted in Technology

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Severe flaw in WPA2 protocol leaves Wi-Fi traffic open to eavesdropping | Ars Technica

Posted by Michele Kearney at 10:03 AM

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https://twitter.com/TrinedayKris

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https://solari.com/00archive/web/solarireports/Articles/20171016_Shadow_Work.pdf

http://craiglambert.net/about-shadow-works/

I have read and recommended his book Mind Over Water: Lessons on Life from the Art of Rowing (Houghton Mifflin, 1998) as an example of superlative writing.

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“…. they have Google, Twitter, Facebook, the US Senate, cyberwarfare companies, the technocrats, universities, and God knows who else – all attempting to mitigate the tiny voices of dissent….”

https://journal-neo.org/2017/10/11/the-telltale-signs-the-western-oligarchs-are-doomed/
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