17 Senate Democrats, including Senator Angus S. King Jr., joined Senate Republicans to advance a bill that would rollback oversight of big banks and eliminate consumer protections.
The "Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection" Act is now headed to the floor for a vote. Supporters claim it will help community banks but it will also put us at risk of another financial crisis, allow racial discrimination in mortgage lending to go unchecked, and erode consumer protections.
This bill is a bank lobbyist's dream. It will benefit the Wall Street giants that devastated our economy in 2008 way more than community banks. Help us stop it.
Call Senator Angus S. King Jr. at (202) 224-5344. Tell them that you strongly oppose any weakening of Wall Street regulations.
IRS agent indicted on charges of rape and strangulation of summer intern
Winchester murder suspect had two dozen encounters with police in 6 years
Republicans Call for New Special Counsel to Probe FBI’s Surveillance of Trump Aide
Attorney General Jeff Sessions testifies before the House Judiciary Committee in November 2017.
By Steve Neavling
Two prominent House Republicans are urging Attorney General Sessions to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate whether the FBI improperly obtained a warrant to spy on former Trump aide Carter Page.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte and House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy pressured Sessions in a letter to appoint a special
FBI Coverup for Cleveland Cop
Cleveland cop charged in prostitution case was investigated by FBI task force
Updated 6:13 AM; Posted Mar 7, 8:02 AM
Border Patrol agent accused of lying about ties to Mexican drug traffickers
David Hernandez David HernandezContact Reporter
A San Diego federal grand jury has indicted a Border Patrol agent on charges that he lied — twice — about his ties to two Mexican drug traffickers, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said Monday.
Book Excerpt: ‘Hollywood Confidential: A True Story of Wiretapping, Friendship, and Betrayal’
A specialist on organized-crime investigations since 1974, best-selling author and independent investigative journalist Dan E. Moldea has published seven nonfiction books including, “The Hoffa Wars: Teamsters, Rebels, Politicians and the Mob.” This excerpt is being published with permission.
March 7, 2018, 4:29 PM
FBI agent, estranged wife found dead in apparent murder-suicide
An FBI agent and a woman were found dead in an apparent murder-suicide outside a home in Crownsville, Maryland, on Wednesday. The Anne Arundel County Police department said officers arrived at the scene after 8 a.m. in response to a 911 call about a domestic assault. The caller said a woman was being threatened by her recently estranged husband, police say.
Prosecutors release list of problem cops to keep off stand
— The Philadelphia district attorney’s office has released a list of current and former police officers whom prosecutors have tried to keep off the witness stand because of a wide range of wrongdoing, including lying, racial bias and brutality.
The names of 29 officers were included among a roster of 66 provided to the Philadelphia Defender Association, and obtained by The Philadelphia Inquirer and the Philadelphia Daily News. The list was in two groups: 29 officers whose serious misconduct rendered them problematic as witnesses and 37 others whose offenses were less serious. Those 37 could still testify, but their legal issues had to be shared with defense attorneys.
A judge last week ordered that the names, badge numbers, and background information of the officers to be turned over to the public defenders’ office. The defenders demanded the list from District Attorney Larry Krasner after the Inquirer and Daily News revealed its existence last month.
In a detailed fact summary about each officer on the “Do Not Call” list , prosecutors said that the 29 former and current officers had engaged in a wide range of wrongdoing and had faced criminal charges or been found guilty by the department’s internal board. The offenses included cases of lying to police investigators, filing false police reports, use of excessive force, drunken driving and burglary, among other issues.
About half of those on the list appear to be still on the force, including a lieutenant, four sergeants, one corporal and one detective.
Texas police chief arrested on sexual assault charge
police chief in Central Texas has been arrested on allegations that he forced a woman to have sex with him by warning that he would have her jailed if she didn’t comply.
Thirty-nine-year-old Quincy Deon Lee of Chilton was arrested Wednesday on a charge of sexual assault. He was the police chief in Rosebud, east of Temple, before resigning in August.
FBI Director Addresses Internet Privacy at BC Conference on Cyber ...
On Wednesday, Boston College held the Boston Conference on Cyber Security (BCCS), where keynote speaker FBI Director Christopher A. Wray addressed how the bureau can serve this need by evolving with the ever-changing internet landscape. His remarks centered around changes in cyber security since he left ...
FBI paid Best Buy Geek Squad techs to be informants, documents for 10 years
Documents obtained by the nonprofit reveal that Best Buy officials have been helping the FBI for at least 10 years. An FBI memo showed that Best Buy hosted a meeting at its Kentucky repair facility in 2008 for the FBI's "Cyber Working Group." The memo revealed that Geek Squad employees gave FBI officials a tour of the ...
More Confirmation of Nunes Memo: Steele Was Source of Yahoo ...
The New American
Another claim of the House Intelligence Committee's FISA abuse memo authored by Representative Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) has been confirmed to be true. That claim is that when the FBI and DOJ cited a Yahoo News article as part of the warrant application to conduct surveillance on Trump campaign advisor Carter Page,
St. Mary’s County Health Officer Receives FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award
March 7, 2018
The FBI Baltimore Field Office is pleased to announce St. Mary’s County Health Officer, Dr. Meenakshi G. Brewster, MD has been selected as the recipient of the 2017 FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award (DCLA).
The DCLA award was formally created in 1990 as a way to honor individuals and organizations for their efforts in combating terrorism, cybercrime, illegal drugs, gangs, and other crimes leading to violence in America
Branding Hoover's FBI
How the Boss's PR Men Sold the Bureau to America
Hunting down America’s public enemies was just one of the FBI’s jobs. Another—perhaps more vital and certainly more covert—was the job of promoting the importance and power of the FBI, a process that Matthew Cecil unfolds clearly for the first time in this eye-opening book. The story of the PR men who fashioned the Hoover era, Branding Hoover’s FBI reveals precisely how the Bureau became a monolithic organization of thousands of agents who lived and breathed a well-crafted public relations message, image, and worldview. Accordingly, the book shows how the public was persuaded—some would say conned—into buying and even bolstering that image.
Just fifteen years after a theater impresario coined the term “public relations,” the FBI under J. Edgar Hoover began practicing a sophisticated version of the activity. Cecil introduces those agency PR men in Washington who put their singular talents to work by enforcing and amplifying Hoover's message. Louis B. Nichols, overseer of the Crime Records Section for more than twenty years, was a master of bend-your-ear networking. Milton A. Jones brought meticulous analysis to bear on the mission; Fern Stukenbroeker, a gift for eloquence; and Cartha “Deke” DeLoach, a singular charm and ambition. Branding Hoover’s FBI examines key moments when this dedicated cadre, all working under the protective wing of Associate Director Clyde Tolson, manipulated public perceptions of the Bureau (was the Dillinger triumph really what it seemed?). In these critical moments, the book allows us to understand as never before how America came to see the FBI’s law enforcement successes and overlook the dubious accomplishments, such as domestic surveillance, that truly defined the Hoover era.
“A tour de force of scholarship, organization, and story-telling centered, as good stories must be, on colorful personalities rendered in coherent outline and satisfying detail.”
—Journal of American History
“A valuable addition to our understanding of the internal workings of the FBI.”
FBI now investigating North Carolina officer in jaywalking beating
BY CHRISTOPHER BRENNAN
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Updated: Thursday, March 8, 2018, 6:31 AM
Secret Service employee arrested on child porn charges
BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Thursday, March 8, 2018, 2:44 PM
Search warrant executed on Oklahoma police pension system
— Washington lawmakers have voted to make it easier to prosecute police who commit bad shootings, updating a law that made it uniquely difficult to hold officerst criminally liable.
Gov. Jay Inslee signed the measure, ending years of wrestling over the existing law, which forces prosecutors to prove the officers acted with malice — a hurdle no other state has.
Activists had gathered enough signatures to force a vote on the measure on the November ballot, but instead, they worked with police organizations on the compromise version lawmakers approved as the legislative session drew to a close Thursday. Lawmakers had to pass two measures — the original initiative, as well as the compromise that amended it and was signed by Inslee.
Protesters sue Portland over clashes with police
three years after a police shooting that sparked protests in Los Angeles, prosecutors said Thursday they will not file charges against the officer who killed an unarmed homeless man, despite a recommendation for charges from the police chief.
Prosecutors declined to bring charges because they couldn’t prove Officer Clifford Proctor acted unlawfully when he shot Brendon Glenn in the back in 2015 in Venice, Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey said.
“We have concluded that there’s insufficient evidence to overcome a claim at trial by Officer Proctor that he did that in defense of his partner or himself,” Lacey said.
Glenn, 29, of Troy, New York, was on his stomach and trying to push himself up when Proctor shot him, according to police.
Glenn wasn’t trying to take a gun from Proctor or his partner when he was shot, and Proctor’s partner told investigators that he didn’t know why the officer opened fire, police have said.
Police Chief Charlie Beck had recommended that prosecutors charge Proctor. In addition, a civilian oversight panel found the officer violated department policy when he shot Glenn twice in the back.
https://voicesfromtheshadows.com new 2018 Book Voices from the Shadows INTRIGUING NEW VOICES SPEAK ABOUT THE KENNEDY ASSASSINATION also see https://www.amazon.com/REALLY-Killed-Martin-Luther-King/dp/1510731067/ref=pd_rhf_dp_p_img_3?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=5Z478KMSXFSSYQ1BJA09 Who REALLY Killed Martin Luther King Jr.?: The Case Against Lyndon B. Johnson and J. Edgar Hoover Hardcover – April 17, 2018 by Phillip F. Nelson (Author) One of the most infamous and devastating assassinations in American history, the murder of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., was also one of the most quickly resolved by authorities: James Earl Ray was convicted of the crime less than a year after it occurred. Yet, did they catch the right person? Or was Ray framed by President Lyndon B Johnson and FBI Director J Edgar Hoover? In Who REALLY Killed Martin Luther King, Jr.?, Phillip F. Nelson explores the tactics used by the FBI to portray Ray as a southern racist and stalker of King. He shows that early books on King’s death were written for the very purpose of “dis-informing” the American public, at the behest of the FBI and CIA, and are filled with proven lies and distortions. As Nelson methodically exposes the original constructed false narrative as the massive deceit that it was, he presents a revised and corrected account in its place, based upon proven facts that exonerate James Earl Ray. Nelson’s account is supplemented by several authors, including Harold Weisberg, Mark Lane, Dick Gregory, John Avery Emison, Philip Melanson, and William F. Pepper. Nelson also posits numerous instances of how government investigators―the FBI originally, then the Department of Justice in 1976, the House Select Committee on Assassinations investigators in 1978 and the DOJ again in 2000―deliberately avoided pursuing any and all leads which pointed toward Ray’s innocence.
police officer has been sentenced to a year in prison for making false claims about body armor he sold to law enforcement, military and defense clients.
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Kirk, I just emailed your email below to our people throughout the country. Charlie
PS. Kirk was the first person on death row found innocent by DNA.
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From: Kirk Bloodsworth <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, Nov 15, 2019 at 10:19 PM
Subject: Tonight, Rodney will hear the voice of a death row survivor.
Twenty-four hours ago, I was standing in front of the Supreme Court with my death row exoneree brother, Shujaa Graham, and the family of Rodney Reed. We were praying for a stay of execution. We were telling the nation why the death penalty must be abolished.
Then, as I was preparing to fly to the Texas capitol to continue to fight for Rodney's life, I received the news that today the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals stayed the execution and instructed the district court to review Rodney's innocence claims.
The entire Witness to Innocence family breathed a huge sigh of relief. We have sat on death row. We have had our innocence denied. We have faced execution dates. The fight for Rodney's life is a continuation of our own battles to survive death row.
Before the stay of execution, I recorded this video:
Watch the Video
Even as I write this, our work continues. Juan Melendez is on his way to do a radio show that will air inside Texas prisons. Rodney will be able to hear Juan's voice and know that the death row exonerees of Witness to Innocence are with him.
Thank you for standing with us and with Rodney Reed. The death penalty is a torturous weight upon anyone sitting in that cell, innocent or guilty. Together, we can, and we must, bring it to an end.
Witness to Innocence is the only national organization in the United States composed of and led by exonerated death row survivors and their family members. Our mission is to abolish the death penalty by empowering our members to become effective leaders in the abolition movement. We actively challenge political leaders and the public to grapple with the reality of a fatally flawed criminal justice system that sends innocent people to death row. We also seek ways to support death row survivors and their loved ones as they confront the challenges of life after exoneration.
Maine moves forward with Canadian drug importation plan absent federal guidance
A baby died after an officer crashed his Corvette at 94 mph, investigators say. He won’t face charges.
Investigators say the officer was driving his orange Corvette 94 miles an hour, nearly twice the speed limit, when he collided off-duty with a family’s SUV.
The crash killed a 1-year-old girl who went flying out of the vehicle, according to police. But the Baton Rouge Police Department’s Christopher Manuel will face no criminal charges — not even for speeding, prosecutors said this week.
Deval Patrick pushed out officials who wanted to put his brother-in-law on sex offender registry
An economist quantifies how valuable whales are to fighting climate change
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Maine Voices Live with Brother Arnold
On Tuesday, Dec. 10, hear from one of the few members of Sabbathday Lake's Shaker Village, the only active Shaker community in the U.S. with just three members.
LOCAL & STATE Posted 4:00 AM
Kelp, the forests of the sea, vanishing from southern Maine as Gulf warms
Fish don’t much like the scrubby invasive seaweeds that are replacing them, researchers find.
Commentary: Speak up now to protect Atlantic puffins and the fish they rely on
Herring conservation measures will also benefit cod, salmon and many other predatory marine species.
As a seabird lover and scientist, I am lucky enough to migrate every summer to coastal Maine to study the local seabirds. I get to watch firsthand as Atlantic puffins nest and forage for fish all summer long. Every time I boat out to one of the puffin islands, I see firsthand why they need a steady supply of forage fish. As the boat pulls up and the fog clears, streams of puffins zoom past us. Each bird departs the island many times per day with just one goal: to find enough forage fish to feed themselves and their chicks.
Atlantic puffins do best when they can find and catch a species of forage fish called Atlantic herring, which are small, schooling fish commercially harvested for lobster bait, vitamins, fertilizer and more. Puffins prefer this tiny but mighty fish because they are the right size to slide down their small beaks, an
Choose from two dozen Maine apple orchards
These orchards in southern, western and central Maine have more than just apple-picking.
Investigation into Boston police overtime fraud focused on three officers in evidence unit
By Matt Rocheleau and Shelley Murphy Globe Staff,Updated November 15, 2019, 9:41 p.m.
Far-right ‘Proud Boys’ taunt Cuomo with banners hung at NYC highway tunnels and Manhattan Bridge
By JOHN ANNESE
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS |
NOV 17, 2019 | 7:56 PM
Former police clerk gets six years in jail for filming many co-workers in bathroom
By PETER SBLENDORIO
NOV 17, 2019 | 7:57 PM
For first time, Mr. Universe bodybuilding title goes to man from India
By THERESA BRAINE
NOV 18, 2019 | 8:48 AM
World's most outrageous mug shots
13 Pennsylvania prison employees suspended after inmate killed during assault
By KATE FELDMAN
NOV 17, 2019 | 9:28 AM
These prison inmates are getting a seat at the decision-making table
On a recent Tuesday morning, a group of Maine State Prison inmates, along with prison administrators, corrections officers and state legislators, gathered around tables in the facility’s visitation room. An agenda was passed out, an inmate set up a laptop to take minutes of the meeting, then a strangely democratic process got underway. READ MORE
Wake Correctional Center part of pilot program using ankle monitors to track work-release inmates
Almost every day, 87 men walk out of the gates of the Wake Correctional Center and head off to work. And state prison officials say the work release program they take part in is all about public safety. "If they come out and are gainfully employed they are less likely to go out and commit additional crimes," said Sarah Cobb, the director of Rehabilitative Services for the NC Prison Division. "So that makes it safer for my family and for your family." READ MORE
New screening tool developed for Larimer County Community Corrections
Larimer County Community Corrections is implementing a new screening tool at the behest of the state legislature that will guide the decision-making process of the community corrections board. House bill 1251, passed on May 29, 2018, requires community corrections boards to use a research-based decision-making process to determine whether offenders will transition into corrections programs. READ MORE
Research finds benefits of correctional education programs on incarcerated individuals
New research highlights the positive impact of rehabilitative and correctional education programs on the societal reentry process of an incarcerated individual. The report, “Equipping Individuals for Life Beyond Bars” was carried out by the Washington D.C. based think-tank New America. READ MORE
Nebraska Corrections Director Frakes: Reentry programs critical in easing prison overcrowding
Lincoln Journal Star
Corrections Director Scott Frakes oversees a crowded prison system that has grown significantly over the past two years, despite reforms intended to reduce the inmate population. Frakes went to the Capitol recently to talk to the Legislature's Judiciary Committee about how the Department of Correctional Services goes about preparing inmates to reenter society. READ MORE
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Lawmakers go to prison to hear from guards, inmates on corrections conditions
A panel of state lawmakers who help develop prison policies in Vermont hit the road recently and heard from those directly impacted by their decisions: the corrections officers and prisoners working and living behind bars. The Joint Legislative Justice Oversight Committee met Friday in the visiting room of the Northwest State Correctional Facility in Swanton. READ MORE
Early intervention programs can link incarcerated individuals to HIV care prior to release
Linking incarcerated individuals living with HIV to community-care and treatment services upon release from jail is an important element of stopping HIV transmission. In a poster presented at the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care Conference (ANAC 2019) a team of investigators from Cooper University Medical Center highlighted their work in providing linkage to community care to inmates with HIV in the Camden County Correctional Facility. READ MORE
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Former Cumberland County corrections officer sentenced on drug charges
Davis Glazener will serve 10 1/2 months in prison, and his conviction has prompted the sheriff's department to change its hiring policy as it pertains to a candidate's former drug use.
Why Are Cops Around the World Using This Outlandish Mind-Reading Tool?
The creator of Scientific Content Analysis, or SCAN, says the tool can identify deception. Law enforcement has used his method for decades, even though there’s no reliable science behind it. Even the CIA and FBI have bought in.
by Ken Armstrong, ProPublica, and Christian Sheckler, South Bend Tribune Dec. 7, 6 a.m. EST
Top cop told her deputy to act like a ‘white supremacist cop.’ It was caught on tape
BY DAVID GOODHUE AND GWEN FILOSA
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Harrisburg cop suspended with pay during investigation of harassment claim: mayor
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Former officer involved in undercover cop's beating has sentencing delayed
Philly DA Asks Judge To Retroactively Change Law To Help Convict Cop Of Murder
Video: Army vet accuses Norwalk cops of excessive force during arrest
Pat Tomlinson Dec. 7, 2019 Updated: Dec. 7, 2019 2:32 p.m.
NewsdayCops: High school guard sexually assaulted teenA former Sewanhaka High School security guard has been charged with
sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl, Nassau County police said.20 hours ago
Cops boot media from State House before handcuffing climate protesters
John F. Kennedy assassination bullets preserved as detailed 3D models
Digital versions of the bullets fired from Lee Harvey Oswald's rifle will be available for the public to inspect online.
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Outrage After Cops Use Bystanders As “Human Shields” In Florida UPS Truck Shootout
By Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.
December 7, 2019
Humans Are Being Exposed to 44 Times More Infertility-Causing and Cancer-Linked ‘Gender Bending’ Chemicals Than Thought
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Wednesday, December 4, 2019
My testimony on legislation to remove vaccine exemptions in Massachusetts, Dec. 3, 2019
My name is Dr. Meryl Nass.
1. The elephant in the auditorium today is Pharma profits. Dare I say out loud that our children's arms and bodies are the delivery system for transferring money from the citizens of the Commonwealth to the pharmaceutical industry?
The pharmaceutical industry has undertaken a very ambitious campaign to legislate away vaccine exemptions in the United States and Canada. France, Italy and Germany have rescinded vaccine exemptions too, suggesting the campaign is worldwide.
The pharmaceutical industry exerts enormous influence on government regulators, their advisors,  professional medical organizations, key opinion leaders and medical journals as well as the mass media and lawmakers. This is not debatable--there are dozens of studies proving it. Merck has a list on its website of over 1,000 candidates for state and federal offices to whom they gave money in 2018. Merck also lists payments to hundreds of professional medical organizations, patient organizations, Pharma lobbying groups, and scores of Republican and Democratic PACs and committees. Julie Gerberding, the former CDC Director, became president of Merck Vaccines as soon as she was allowed. The last FDA Commissioner just left for Pfizer. The revolving door is slamming Americans.
Pharmaceutical manufacturers spent $6.4 billion on direct-to-consumer advertising in the US in 2016, and $29.9 billion total on medical marketing. Pharma money purchases the allegiance of our major media corporations, in addition to buying advertising. And it's tax deductible.
The pharmaceutical industry does not play by the rules you and I must follow. Instead, the industry makes it a rule to break the law, regularly paying civil and criminal penalties in the billions of dollars. Big Pharma CEOs have not been sent to jail in decades, and paying settlements for their illegal behaviors has become simply the cost of doing business.
This is an industry that has thrived by taking big risks--even when manufacturers knew in advance that their products killed. Merck paid out $4.85 billion to settle 27,000 Vioxx injury claims, after it was estimated the drug caused 38,000 deaths from heart attacks. But annual sales had topped $2.5 billion/year, likely leading them to at least break even.
According to Public Citizen:
"From 1991 through 2015, a total of 373 settlements were reached between the federal and state governments and pharmaceutical manufacturers, for a total of $35.7 billion."
Pharma's latest risky strategy is trying to rid the world of vaccine exemptions, to prevent vaccine opt-outs--before a new crop of vaccines, with inadequate safety and efficacy testing,and for which they will have no liability once placed on the childhood schedule, are approved.
I doubt this is what you have been told. But the industry moves deliberately, one step at a time. First it got the 21st Century Cures Act passed, in December 2016. This Act:
Getting a vaccine approved for use during pregnancy is the newest Pharma gold rush. This despite evidence  (which CDC disputes) that flu vaccine is associated with a doubling of miscarriage rates, and evidence that anthrax vaccine increases the miscarriage rate. Neither flu nor Tdap vaccines were tested and approved by FDA for use in pregnancy. According to the WHO:
"...pre-licensing clinical trials of vaccines do not usually include pregnant and lactating women. Reports available also provide limited post-licensing data, as once again, pregnant women are usually not included in clinical trials. This in turn has limited the ability to make evidence-based decisions and provide optimal guidance on the use of vaccines in this population."
Despite this, pregnant women are being told to receive both flu and Tdap vaccines during every pregnancy. Don't you see something sick in this?
The year-long media blitz over measles didn't only usher in bills to remove vaccine exemptions. It was also a bonanza for sales. Merck, which makes the only measles vaccines in the US, saw sales of its MMRV vaccine increase 58% in 2019.
It has been claimed that vaccines are, by nature, extremely safe. Yet vaccines are usually injected, bypassing all the body's natural barriers. Even minute contamination or inadequate microbial inactivation can maim or kill. Contaminated batches of vaccine do occur. Usually contaminated lots are discarded, but in the case of anthrax, polio and other vaccines, millions of doses were used. 
Vaccines have caused many autoimmune disorders, from Guillain-Barre syndrome to narcolepsy. (Both were side effects of swine flu vaccines used in the 2009 pandemic.)
Vaccines appear safe because the immediate side effects are usually mild and temporary. Serious vaccine side effects often take weeks or months to surface, and by then it is difficult to know what caused them. Only when vaccinated individuals have rates of illness 10 times higher than the unvaccinated, is the side effect likely to be linked to the vaccine.
A 2009 European swine flu vaccine (GSK's Pandemrix) caused over 1300 cases of narcolepsy, mostly in adolescents. This vaccine was linked to narcolepsy only because approximately 15 times the usual number of narcolepsy cases suddenly appeared. Countries that bought the swine flu vaccines, through WHO, were required to waive manufacturer liability as a condition of purchase. Litigation by those injured continues to be active in the UK, where both the manufacturer and the UK government deny any responsibility for injuries.
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DPA SB 1421 Police Misconduct Records - Immediate Disclosure Request and 67.21(c) request
Paul Henderson and DPA,
** Note that all of your responses (including disclosed records) may be automatically and instantly available to the public on the MuckRock.com FOIA web service used to issue this request (though I am not a MuckRock representative). Redact your responses correctly - once you send them to us there is no going back. Nothing herein is legal, IT, or professional advice of any kind. The author disclaims all warranties, express or implied, including but not limited to all warranties of merchantability or fitness. In no event shall the author be liable for any special, direct, indirect, consequential, or any other damages whatsoever. The digital signature, if any, in this email is not an indication of a binding agreement or offer; it merely authenticates the sender. Please do not include any confidential information, as I intend that these communications with the City all be public records.**
This is a new Immediate Disclosure Request under the San Francisco Sunshine Ordinance and the CPRA, made on November 27, 2019, to Paul Henderson as an individual custodian of public records and to the Department of Police Accountability as a public agency.
This is also an SFAC 67.21(c) request for statements of quantity, nature, existence, and form (even if content is exempt) of records responsive to each of 1 and 2 -- you must provide these statements within 7 days without any form extension.
All records must be provided in a rolling fashion (SFAC 67.25). If you use a web portal, you must publish all records openly without login or terms and conditions; or you may provide records as attachments to emails. You may not impose any conditions on me beyond than those of the CPRA (including any conditions that I must use a private entity's website which imposes terms and conditions).
A warning: every record you release to this publicly viewable email mailbox may become automatically visible to the public via the Muckrock.com FOIA service, and via other journalistic services that publish FOIA and public records documents for searching and indexing online. Please be absolutely certain you have correctly redacted all records prior to transmitting them to us, because there is no going back.
Please read carefully the exact wording of my request. Please follow the Sunshine Ordinance and CPRA precisely as I am auditing your agency's public records regimen. As the City is aware, every violation of the Sunshine Ordinance or CPRA will be appealed immediately, including:
- any untimely or incomplete response, failure to provide records in a rolling fashion as soon as they are available, or failing to indicate whether you have responsive records or not for each request and whether you withheld any records for each request (SFAC 67.21, 67.25, Gov Code 6253(c)),
- withholding more than the minimum exempt portion of any record (SFAC 67.26),
- failure to justify with "clear reference" to an exemption statute or case law for each and every redaction or withholding, including any so-called 'metadata' (SFAC 67.26, 67.27),
- failure to provide "exact copies" of records (Gov Code 6253(b)),
- failure to provide the "electronic format in which [you] hold the information" (Gov Code 6253.9),
- failure to provide any "easily generated" format that we requested (SFAC 67.21(l)),
- refusing to provide the quantity of exempt records (SFAC 67.21(c)),
- unlawful use of the exemptions prohibited by SFAC 67.24, including but not limited to GC 6255, any public interest balancing test,
- redacting or withholding information whose exemption you have already waived by producing it to the public before (Gov Code 6254.5).
1) IMMEDIATE DISCLOSURE: all responsive records DPA has already provided under SB 1421 to any other requestor. Since you should not redact more information for me than you have provided any other member of the public (Gov Code 6254.5), you should be able to immediately provide these.
2) REGULAR DISCLOSURE: every record retained, owned, prepared, or used by DPA of: all records of officer's discharge of a firearm at a person, all records of an officer's use of force that results in death or great bodily injury, sustained findings of officer's sexual assault of a member of the public, sustained findings of officer's dishonesty that are disclosable under DB 1421. This is of course a very large request, and you may provide rolling responses. You stated in a letter (https://sfgov.org/sunshine/sites/default/files/sotf_120419_item12.pdf, page 12) that others have made similar expansive requests and I expect you to treat me with no less priority than anyone else. Please note, I expect you to redact these records in accordance with the Sunshine Ordinance - and you must justify each and every redaction or withholding with a clear reference, such as a footnote (SFAC 67.26), to a statute or case law (SFAC 67.27). If you provide only a general list of justifications, I will appeal, and you will eventually have to do all of the redaction work again as other City agencies have had to do. (For example, consider the functionality of Adobe Acrobat that allows you to put a redaction code in every redaction.) Please do not destroy any records during the pendency of my request or appeals. All records must be provided in their original electronic record, or .EML/.MSG formats, and with all metadata and headers. Please perform record production correctly the first time, as appeals and Orders from Court, SOTF, or Sup. of Records, will be quite time-consuming to have to re do.
For the sake of building a good record for any appeals I would ask that you issue formal letters detailing your expected timelines and a notice if you would like to negotiate any part of this request, if you need to.
Please provide only those copies of records available without any fees. If you determine certain records would require fees, please instead provide the required notice of which of those records are available and non-exempt for inspection in-person if we so choose.
I look forward to your immediate disclosure.
Nancy Pelosi is bungling the impeachment inquiry into Trump
By rushing the impeachment process – and keeping the focus narrow – Pelosi may be making a grave political miscalculation
Austria struggles with marauding Krampus demons gone rogue
Police record rising violence and drunkenness in relation to traditional folkloric festivities
Kochland review: how the Kochs bought America – and trashed it
Christopher Leonard has produced a relentless accounting of the brothers grim which somehow concludes with sympathy
DECEMBER 6, 2019
Permafrost Hits a Grim Threshold
by ROBERT HUNZIKER
Evangelical magazine Christianity Today says it’s time to dump Trump
By TIM BALK
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State Police barracks commander indicted in fraud scheme
By Matt Rocheleau Globe Staff,Updated December 19, 2019, 3:41 p.m.
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World's oldest known fossil forest found in New York quarry
Trees would have been home to primitive insects about 150m years before dinosaurs evolved
To make a deaf child feel welcome, this neighborhood learned sign language
An outpouring of support in the suburbs can serve as an inspiration for all of us.
By Thomas Farragher Globe Columnist,Updated December 11, 2019, 8
Jared Golden on splitting his impeachment vote: ‘I voted my heart’
Maine's 2nd District congressman had explained his reasons before Wednesday's vote
Lewiston artist wins $25,000 fellowship
Reggie Burrows Hodges is named the Ellis-Beauregard Foundation resident.
The ducks united by a Blue Hill man’s singles ad have hit it off
Hunters Cliff Trail leads to stunning ocean views and a cobblestone beach on MDIc
Is DHS the ‘Worst Place to Work’? Employees Think So
December 19, 2019 Kylie Bielby
Target shooting enthusiast, loner, ex-security guard: What media has dug up about FSB HQ shooter so far
A man was killed after opening fire at the FSB headquarters in Moscow. Some Russian media identified the perpetrator, who turned out to be a firearms enthusiast without any obvious signs of radicalism.
The gun attack on Thursday evening left one FSB officer dead, while five people were injured, one of them a civilian. The shooter was killed in an intense firefight, which came as a shock for people in Moscow’s center. The authorities would not immediately identify the perpetrator, saying only that the incident is being investigated as attempted murder of law enforcement officers.
However, some Russian media say the gunman was Evgeny Manyurov, a 39-year-old man from Podolsk, a small satellite city located about 16km
The Denver PostDenver school board member says he’ll sit during Pledge of Allegiance to
protest shootings of black peopleNew Denver Public Schools board member Tay Anderson released a statement
Thursday saying he will stay seated during the Pledge of ...17 hours ago
Vigil honors 275 homeless and poor people who died in SF this year
Kevin Fagan Dec. 19, 2019 Updated: Dec. 19, 2019 9:36 p.m.
For inmates, the San Quentin Marathon offers 26.2 miles of life beyond bars
By By Rachel Levin | Dec. 20, 2019 | San Francisco Chronicle
WATCH: Cops Arrest Man for Recording from own Driveway, asking for Badge Numbers
Friday, December 20, 2019
'Monstrous': Docs Show Canadian Mounties Wanted Snipers Ready to Shoot Indigenous Land Defenders Blockading Pipeline
In response to the exclusive Guardian report, critics called the actions of Canadian authorities "abhorrent and unconscionable."
byJessica Corbett, staff writer
Thursday, December 19, 2019
A Leader of Grossly Immoral Character: The Chosen One Gets Unchosen
byAbby Zimet, Further columnist
Jesus, Mary and Joseph! Remember how everyone said President* Impeachment would never lose the support of see-no-evil evangelicals? Praise God, he just did. After hearings that "illuminated (his) moral deficiencies for all to see," a scathing editorial in the Billy-Graham-founded Christianity Today has called for Trump's removal due to his "blackened moral record." To those who still support the unholy one, it warns, "Remember who you are and whom you serve."
Trump's Christmas Gift to Big Oil: Killing Hopes of Electric Car Tax Credit Extension
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By Dana Drugmand • Wednesday, December 18, 2019 - 13:
July 11, 2017
During the Vietnam War, FBI used the press as a cover to “avoid embarrassment” while surveilling protests
Files on Howard Zinn show the Bureau hiring a freelance photographer to capture Selective Service protest on Boston Common
Written by JPat Brown
Edited by Beryl Lipton
A memo from Howard Zinn’s FBI file shows how the Bureau relied on third-party contractors and press coverage to avoid scrutiny of its surveillance of Vietnam protestors.
Near the end of the first section of Zinn’s file, released after a FOIA request by Chris Caesar, is an April 1968 memo from the FBI’s Boston office regarding a coordinated nationwide protest against the draft.
FBI file documents Chef Paul Prudhomme’s history of accidentally bringing loaded guns to airports
“Believe me, the only ‘heat’ I wanted to bring to Baltimore was my seasoning line.”
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Biden’s Shameful Foreign Policy Record Extends Well Beyond Iraq
by JEREMY KUZMAROV
Presidential contender Joe Biden has come under fire for his support for the 2003 Iraq War, but continues
Your Chance Of Developing Symptoms Or Dying From The Menacing Coronavirus That Now Threatens Global Human Populations Is 0.0000017482% Symptoms/ 0.0000001137% Death
By Bill Sardi
January 25, 2020
To Protect and Serve Means Only to Maim, Murder, and Control: The Empire’s Lie That is National Security
By Gary D. Barnett
Ghislaine Maxwell had special access to Buckingham Palace, former cop claims
By Lee Brown
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Benicia cop faces legal proceedings in DUI-related arrest
9/11 and Other Deep State Crimes Teleconference
Draft agenda for January 29, 2020
8 p.m. (ET) / 5 p.m. (PT) teleconference dial-in #
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*Welcome to the first teleconference of 2020! After our break at Christmas, we’re back on a regular schedule of calls on the last Wednesday of every month.
After some wonderful teleconferences over the past few months, we’re very excited to start again in 2020! And our first call, this Wednesday at 8 p.m. EST, will feature more fascinating guests.
Our first speaker will be Philip Farruggio, who will talk to us about the military industrial empire and obscene military spending. Philip is a contributing editor to The Greanville Post and has contributed to Global Research, Nation of Change, World News Trust and Off Guardian sites. He is also the host of the radio show It’s the Empire…Stupid.
We’re also very excited to have Dylan Avery, one of the creators of the Loose Change series, to tell us about the new documentary film he is making about Building 7 and the Hulsey Report for Architects & Engineers for 9/11Truth. The film is still in production with shooting having taken place in Alaska and San Francisco so far. Since his Loose Change days, Dylan has continued to hone his filmmaking skills, producing quality documentaries on important topics, including his most recent film, Black and Blue, about police brutality. This film won best documentary at the Catalina Film Festival
Following the talks by these two guests, we’ll have our regular time for announcements and suggestions for future speakers.
We think this will be a terrific all, and we hope you can all join us!
DRAFT AGENDA for Wednesday January 29, 2020 teleconference
I Roll call/minutes approval (copied below)/agenda approval (5 min)
II The military industrial empire [Philip Farruggio] (20 min. + 15 min. Q&A,)
III New doc on Hulsey Report [Dylan Avery] (20 min. + 15 min. Q&A)
VI Updates on 9/11 topics (as needed)
•New articles, books, films, or recent news about 9/11 or other Deep State crimes
•9/11 and the Deep State on the legal front, including current adjudicatory efforts by Lawyers for 9/11Inquiry, JASTA, 28 pages, William Pepper’s efforts with AE911Truth against NIST and the Dept. of Commerce
•Censorship and cognitive infiltration: new examples of censorship or harassment of members of the Truth community; MSM treatment of 9/11 Truth
•Google (et al.) censorship
•9/11 Truth political candidates
Emergency surgery required to remove sex toy from Arizona woman’s bladder
By BRIAN NIEMIETZ
JAN 27, 2020 | 1:37 PM
Michigan priest gets 60 days in jail for bubble-wrapping teenage boy
By DAVID MATTHEWS
JAN 27, 2020 | 1:03 PM
Lounging at Sundance, in an Indigenous way
Sunday, January 26, 2020
by Zinn Education Project
Ten Years After Howard Zinn’s Death — Lessons from the People’s Historian
Now is an especially good time to remember some of Howard Zinn’s wisdom.
Law Professor: Trump Could Also Have Been Impeached for War Crimes, Assassinations & Corruption
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Edward Snowden: Trump has created a global playbook to attack those revealing uncomfortable truths
JANUARY 27, 2020
Adani and the Purpose of Education
by PETER HARRISON
Recently, Survival International, the organization
UFOpen for business: Britain’s Royal Air Force to declassify X-Files kept in secret for years
27 Jan, 2020 09:52
Subject: USA TODAY: Survivors want alternatives to prison for violent crimes
This is an outstanding piece making a positive case for continuing justice reform!
Check out this story from USA TODAY: Survivors want alternatives to prison for violent crimes
More than half of those incarcerated in the USA are convicted of violent crimes. System should not be about punishment but about making victims whole.
Ronald Reagan’s “October Surprise” Plot Was Real After All
Highspire cop, wife sentenced to prison for ‘extreme abuse’ of their malnourished dog
Trial Begins for Ex Miami-Dade Cop Accused of Striking Cuffed Suspect
For this ex-cop, the drive to get homeless, addicts, and mentally ill out of the criminal justice system is personal
By Joe Eskenazi | Jan 27, 2020 | Featured, Front Page, Instagram, Mobile, Newsletter, Today'
Virginia Cops Arrest Man for Refusing to Show ID after Photographing Cop Cars
State fights attempt to reconsider ex-cop's 25-year sentence
Supreme Court Asked To Tell Cops That Consenting To A Search Is Not Consenting To Having Your Home Destroyed
Colorado Cops Defend License Plate Readers as Tech Spreads
Federal prosecutors drop two cases involving same now-transferred FBI agent Lucas
for giving false testimony
Baker’s Mass State Police reforms must pass
His proposed legislation could help change the culture of the scandal-plagued agency.
By The Editorial Board,Updated January 27, 2020, 4:00 a
State Police commander was allegedly cruising in Bermuda when he claimed to be working
By Matt Rocheleau Globe Staff,Updated January 27, 2020, 10:56 a.m.
Former Greenfield police sergeant found guilty of vehicular homicide
Retired State Police Lieutenant Pleads Not Guilty
January 26, 2020
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FBI withholds internal data of crimes prosecuted from arrests made by FBI agents
Figure 1. Monthly Trends in Prosecutions
The increase from the levels five years ago in prosecutions for these matters is shown more clearly in Figure 1. The vertical bars in Figure 1 represent the number of prosecutions of this type recorded on a month-to-month basis. Where a prosecution was initially filed in U.S. Magistrate Court and then transferred to the U.S. District Court, the magistrate filing date was used since this provides an earlier indicator of actual trends. The superimposed line on the bars plots the six-month moving average so that natural fluctuations are smoothed out. The one and five-year rates of change in Table 1 and in the sections that follow are all based upon this six-month moving average. To view trends year-by-year rather than month-by-month, see TRAC's annual report series for a broader picture.
Cases were classified by prosecutors into more specific types.
The largest number of prosecutions of these matters in September 2019 was for "Withheld by Govt from TRAC (FOIA challen", accounting for 25.2 percent of prosecutions. Prosecutions were also filed for "Drugs-Drug Trafficking" (12.6%), "Weapons-Operation Triggerlock Major" (10.8%), "Drugs-Organized Crime Task Force" (9.8%), "Project Safe Childhood" (7.2%), "Violence-Other" (5.3%), "Fraud-Health Care" (4.3%), "Bank Robbery" (3.2%), "Violence-Indian Country" (3.1%), "Other Criminal Prosecutions" (2.8%), "Fraud-Computer" (2.2%), "Fraud-Other" (2%). See Figure 2.
Donald Cabana, Warden Who Loathed Death Penalty, Dies at 67
Death At Midnight: The Confession of an Executioner
While an increasingly outspoken American public is quick to endorse the death penalty, the voices of those who experience the chilling reality of executing another human being are seldom heard. Donald A. Cabana chronicles a personal journey through the nation's prison system that culminated in giving the order to execute two death row inmates. Cabana's compelling account brings the reader inside the "secretive, mysterious world of the execution chamber" to witness the process of an execution and to experience the emotions of the executioner and the man strapped in the chair known as "black death."
FROM BOB HOOD WHO WAS WARDEN AT A CONTROL UNIT IN COLORADO
Findings of Misconduct by an FBI Attorney for Shoplifting at the United States Marine Corps Base Quantico Exchange
The Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) initiated an investigation of a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) attorney based on information that the attorney was arrested in February 2018 for shoplifting at the United States Marine Corps Base (MCB) Quantico Exchange.
The OIG substantiated and the FBI attorney admitted to placing numerous cosmetic items, valued at $257.99 and belonging to the MCB Quantico Exchange, into her purse without the intention to pay for them and did not pay for them before leaving the store. The FBI attorney further admitted that between February 2016 and her arrest in February 2018 she had shoplifted at the MCB Quantico Exchange one to two additional times, and at other private retailers in the area on two to three occasions.
The OIG concluded that the FBI attorney had violated federal criminal law and FBI policy regarding unprofessional conduct. Criminal prosecution was deferred pending the FBI attorney’s completion of 125 hours of community service, after which all charges were dismissed.
The OIG has completed its investigation and has provided its report to the FBI and the Department of Justice Office of Professional Responsibility for action they deem appropriate.
Video shows cop trailing two black men after asking them to leave Walmart for wearing surgical masks
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Wednesday, March 25
Julian Assange's lawyers to apply for bail, citing virus risk
Andy Bruce, Reuters
Those who intentionally spread coronavirus could be charged as terrorists
Josh Gerstein, POLITICO
Chicago Mayor Pressures Judge To Release Fewer Detainees As Coronavirus Spreads In Cook County Jail
Kevin Gosztola, Shadowproof
Face Surveillance Is Not the Solution to the COVID-19 Crisis
Matthew Guariglia, Electronic Frontier Foundation
Empty the Jails Now
Jonah Walters, Jacobi
Coal Industry Group Asks Federal Lawmakers to Cut Funding for Black Lung Program, Citing COVID-19
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By Sharon Kelly • Friday, March 20, 2020 - 16:17
Judge Overturns Verdict Against Man Who Flipped Off Cop
March 25, 2020
High court rules death of cop while off duty compensable
PEEKSKILL COP CHARGED WITH SEXUAL ABUSE
Delhi top cop admits to misconduct by police during lockdown; harassment reported from across country
A large amount of milk, and fresh produce items were thrown away as the police thrashed and harassed the delivery persons, even some of the warehouses of on line delivery platforms were asked to shut
Essays on the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy
By David Denton
Inside Maine’s largest prison, inmates watch coronavirus inch closer with sense of ‘pending doom’
Actress Lori Loughlin, other defendants allege government misconduct in college admissions scandal
By Jeremy C. Fox Globe Correspondent,Updated March 25, 2020, 3 hours
Man under investigation for plotting an attack at a hospital believed to be treating Covid-19 patients was killed during an FBI investigation
Updated 11:01 PM ET, Wed March 25, 2020
The F.B.I. Deemed Agents Faultless in 150 Shootings
Why the FBI Shouldn't Be Trusted to Investigate the Death of Ibragim Todashev
For at least 20 years, its inquiries have never found fault with a fatal shot taken by an agent.
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They include both Shooting Incident Review Team (SIRT) reports ... based on these documents, including The F.B.I. Deemed Agents Faultless in 150 Shootings.
FBI Discloses 700 Pages of Internal Shooting Incident Review Reports
June 21, 2016 Charlie Savage
loses 700 Pages of Internal Shooting Incident Review ...
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Jun 21, 2016 - 22, 2015; Charlie Savage and Michael Schmidt, “The F.B.I. Deemed Agents Faultlessin 150 Shootings,”New York Times, June 19, 2013.
LaVoy Finicum shooting: FBI agent indicted for alleged false statements
Updated Jan 09, 2019; Posted Jun 27, 2017
Findings of Misconduct by an FBI Deputy Assistant Director for Unauthorized Contacts with the Media, Disclosing Law Enforcement and Other Sensitive Information to the Media, and Accepting a Gift from the Media
The Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of the Inspector General (OIG) initiated this investigation upon the receipt of information from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), alleging that a then FBI Deputy Assistant Director (DAD) had numerous contacts with members of the media in violation of FBI policy. Additionally, it was alleged that the DAD may have disclosed law enforcement or other sensitive information to the media without authorization. This matter is among the OIG investigations referenced on page 430 of the OIG’s Review of Allegations Regarding Various Actions by the Department and the Federal Bur
Investigative Findings in Cases Involving Administrative Misconduct
This page contains links to summaries of our investigative findings in cases involving administrative misconduct that meet either of the following criteria: (1) cases involving as subjects members of the Senior Executive Service and employees at the GS-15 grade level or above, and Assistant U.S. Attorneys, in which the OIG found misconduct and no prosecution resulted; or (2) cases involving high profile investigations, or in which there may otherwise be significant public interest in the outcome of the investigation. A summary of investigative findings is posted following issuance to the component of our final report of investigation, after the Department, the affected component, and the subject (when appropriate) have been provided with the opportunity to review and comment on the proposed summary.
2020 | 2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | Prior to April 2015
March 16, 2020
Investigative Summary: Findings of Misconduct by a Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) Warden for Acting Unprofessionally Toward a Subordinate, Abusing the BOP Awards Program, Violating BOP Alcohol Policy, and Directing a Subordinate Not to Follow BOP Policy on the Timely Reporting of Misconduct to BOP’s Office of Internal Affairs
March 10, 2020
Investigative Summary: Findings of Misconduct by a then Assistant United States Attorney for Conduct Prejudicial to the Government and Attempted Misuse of Position
January 6, 2020
Investigative Summary: Findings of Misconduct by a Federal Bureau of Prisons Supervisor for Engaging in an Inappropriate Sexual Relationship with a Subordinate and Related Misconduct
December 19, 2019
Investigative Summary: Finding of Misconduct by a Senior Official in the Executive Office for Immigration Review for Engaging in a Prohibited Personnel Practice
November 26, 2019
Investigative Summary: Findings that an Employee of a Contractor for the Federal Bureau of Prisons Suffered Reprisal for Making a Protected Disclosure in Violation of Federal Law Protecting Contractor Whistleblowers
November 18, 2019
Investigative Summary: Findings of Misconduct by a Then DEA Section Chief for Misusing His Position
October 17, 2019
Investigative Summary: Findings of Misconduct by an FBI Senior Official for Failing to Report an Intimate Relationship with a Subordinate and for Failing to Avoid Creating the Appearance of Preferential Treatment
October 15, 2019
Investigative Summary: Findings of Misconduct by a United States Marshal for Entering into a Restricted Area of a Sheriff's Office and a County Jail Without Authorization
October 2, 2019
Investigative Summary: Findings of Misconduct by a then Assistant United States Attorney for Improperly Disclosing Grand Jury Materials to an Unauthorized Individual
Investigative Summary: Findings of Misconduct by a then DEA Assistant Special Agent in Charge for Failing to Report Misconduct Allegations
September 24, 2019
Investigative Summary: Findings of Misconduct by a BOP Assistant Director for Engaging in Inappropriate Personal Relationships with a BOP Contractor and with a BOP Union Executive, for Misusing a BOP-issued Cell Phone, and for Lack of Candor; and by a BOP Union Executive for Engaging in an Inappropriate Personal Relationship with a BOP Assistant Director
September 17, 2019
Investigative Summary: Findings of Misconduct by a FBI Special Agent in Charge for Failing to Report an Intimate Relationship with a Subordinate and for Taking Actions that Lacked Impartiality, Demonstrated Favoritism Toward the Subordinate, and Contributed to the Decline in Staff Morale
August 29, 2019
Investigative Summary: Findings of Misconduct by a Then Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Misuse of DOJ-Issued Computers and for False Statements
August 5, 2019
Investigative Summary: Findings of Misconduct by Two DEA Special Agents and a DEA Supervisory Special Agent for Violations of the DEA’s Confidential Source Policy
July 8, 2019
Investigative Summary: Findings of Misconduct by a DEA Group Supervisor for Actions Related to a Confidential Source Including Approving Payments to the Source without Proper Justification and Engaging in an Improper Personal Relationship; and by a DEA Assistant Special Agent in Charge for Failing to Properly Supervise the Group Supervisor
June 11, 2019
Investigative Summary: Findings of Misconduct by an FBI Special Agent in Charge for Using the Office for Private Gain and Dereliction of Supervisory Responsibility
June 10, 2019
Investigative Summary: Findings of Misconduct by a Senior DEA Official for Violating Ethics Regulations, DEA Standards of Conduct, and the Federal Acquisition Regulation, and for Lack of Candor; by a Member of the DEA Senior Executive Service for Aiding and Abetting the Senior DEA Official’s Misconduct; and by a JMD Senior IT Manager for Violating DOJ Contractor Security Policy
June 6, 2019
Investigative Summary: Findings of Misconduct by an FBI Unit Chief for Misusing her Position by Attempting to Ensure her Daughter Received an FBI Offer of Employment
Investigative Summary: Findings of Misconduct by a DOJ Trial Attorney for Misuse of DOJ Issued Computer and Cellular Telephone
June 5, 2019
Investigative Summary: Findings of Misconduct by a United States Marshal for Making an Inappropriate Comment about Shooting a Judge and for Lack of Candor
May 30, 2019
Investigative Summary: Findings of Misconduct by an Assistant U.S. Attorney for Possessing, Transporting, and Consuming Marijuana Edibles; Falsely Denying Controlled Substance Use on a Security Form; and Lack of Candor
May 29, 2019
Investigative Summary: Findings of Misconduct by an FBI Deputy Assistant Director for Unauthorized Contacts with the Media, Disclosing Law Enforcement and Other Sensitive Information to the Media, and Accepting a Gift from the Media
May 14, 2019
Investigative Summary: Findings of Misconduct by an FBI Attorney for Shoplifting at the United States Marine Corps Base Quantico Exchange
May 1, 2019
Investigative Summary: Findings of Misconduct by a Former Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Falsely Representing that the Former DAAG was a High-Level DOJ Official
April 30, 2019
Investigative Summary: Findings of Misconduct by an FBI Special Agent in Charge and Assistant Special Agent in Charge for Failing to Ensure Contact with a Known Drug Trafficker was Handled According to FBI Policy for Confidential Human Sources, and for Failing to Report and Preventing the Reporting of Misconduct Allegations
April 29, 2019
Investigative Summary: Findings of Misconduct by a DEA Assistant Special Agent in Charge for Failure to Act in a Professional Manner, and by a DEA Special Agent in Charge for Favoritism and Providing False Statements to the OIG Concerning the Allegations Involving the ASAC
March 11, 2019
Investigative Summary: Findings of Misconduct by a Bureau of Prisons Warden for Directing a Prison Renovation Project Without Acquiring Required Approvals or Involving Proper Personnel
February 19, 2019
Investigative Summary: Findings of Misconduct by a U.S. Marshal and Chief Deputy U.S. Marshal for Harassing and Making Retaliatory Statements About a Supervisory Deputy U.S. Marshal, Retaliating Against Another Deputy U.S. Marshal for Filing a Grievance, and Lack of Candor
February 5, 2019
Investigative Summary: Findings of Misconduct by an FBI Supervisory Special Agent for Making False Representations, Working for an FBI Contractor, Accepting Gifts from an FBI Applicant, Assisting the FBI Applicant in the Employment Selection Process, and Misusing a Government Vehicle and Cell Phone
January 29, 2019
Investigative Summary: Findings of Misconduct by Two Current Senior FBI Officials and One Retired FBI Official While Providing Oversight on an FBI Contract
The Maine Farmer Saving the World’s Rarest Heirloom Seeds
Will Bonsall has spent a lifetime scattering seeds across the country. But will his efforts fall among the thorns?
The administration official overseeing coronavirus testing efforts was pushed out of his vaccine development role at Texas A&M University over performance issues, according to a report from the Washington Post.
The Post reports:
[A]fter eight years of work on several vaccine projects, [Brett] Giroir was told in 2015 he had 30 minutes to resign or he would be fired. His annual performance evaluation at Texas A&M, the local newspaper reported, said he was ‘more interested in promoting yourself’ than the health science center where he worked. He got low marks on being a ‘team player.’
Now President Trump has given Giroir the crucial task of ending the massive shortfall of tests for the novel coronavirus. Some governors have blasted the lack of federal help on testing, which they say is necessary to enact Trump’s plan for reopening the economy.
That criticism has focused attention on Giroir and whether he can deliver results under pressure. His years as director of the Texas vaccine project illustrate his operating style, which includes sweeping statements about the impact of his work, not all of which turned out as some had hoped.
During two recent interviews with The Washington Post, Giroir blamed his ouster on internal politics at the university, not on any problems with the project.
Many public health experts have said that the economy cannot fully reopen until coronavirus testing becomes widely available; otherwise the country will risk seeing a surge in cases once stay-at-home orders are relaxed.
Trump Bungles Hit on Cuomo and Shatters Own Wrongness Record on “1917” Pandemic
April 20 2020, 6:23 a.m.
SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE DEMOCRATS TRIED TO STRIKE MILLIONAIRE TAX BREAK FROM CORONAVIRUS STIMULUS — THEN FAILED TO WARN OTHERS ABOUT IT
April 19 2020, 12:49 p.m.
EMPLOYEES SAY SMITHFIELD PLANT IN WISCONSIN CONCEALED COVID-19 INFECTIONS, PRESSURED THEM TO WORK ELBOW TO ELBOW WITHOUT PROTECTION
April 19 2020, 6:30 a.m.
If Trump Thinks It’s Safe for His Followers to Gather at Protests, Why Doesn’t He Attend One?
April 18 2020, 1:50 a.m.
LBJ: MASTER OF DECEIT
Correcting History . . .
Truth is often the first casualty in the aftermath of conflict. The creation of mythological stories about real-life historical figures has become entrenched in every facet of American culture for a very long time.
In the case of mid-twentieth-century leaders, it has taken nearly five decades for truth-seekers to sift out the myths—composed of subtle deceits and brazen lies—from the basest pure truths.
President Lyndon Johnson and FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover are the clearest examples of how the tension between myths
Sunday, April 19, 2020
Fauci the Hypocrite. Do NIAID royalties cloud his thinking?
Dr. Tony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) does well. According to the NY Times, "He is among the most highly paid federal employees, earning about $400,000 a year, more than the vice president or the chief justice of the United States. He oversees a budget of $5.89 billion for the 2020 fiscal year."
Based on reporting by the Associated Press and British Medical Journal, in addition to his salary, he has patented IL2 as a treatment for AIDS, while directing NIAID. He receives an unknown amount of royalties for that, which according to NIH rules may reach a maximum of $150,000 per year. Queried about this, he said he gives the money to charity.
I mention Fauci and royalties because his institute collects royalties on a number of patents. NIAID has a patent for therapeutic drug products to treat MERS, and seeks collaborators for commercial development. NIAID collaborated on a vaccine for MERS. And NIAID developed the use of a previously licensed, two drug combination to treat Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, or MERS. MERS is caused by a deadly coronavirus, a cousin to SARS-CoV-2.
In an interview with USA Today seven years ago, Fauci discussed MERS, which was causing an outbreak in Qatar and Saudi Arabia with over 30% mortality. Fauci sang an entirely different song than he is singing now about hydroxychloroquine. Back then, he suggested using a licensed and available drug combination to treat MERS, even though the treatment had not gone through definitive trials. (And even though the treatment is dangerous, see below.) Might this be because his institute had discovered the MERS treatment and stood to benefit, while hydroxychloroquine, at a cost of about $1.00 for a full treatment course, might save lives but would make nobody rich?
Scientists found that a combination of the antiviral drugs ribavirin and interferon-alpha 2b can stop the virus from reproducing in lab-grown cells, says lead author Darryl Falzarano of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID)'s lab in Hamilton, Mont.
That's particularly encouraging, because these drugs, now used to treat hepatitis C, are widely available, says Anthony Fauci, director of the infectious-disease institute, which financed the research.
"We don't have to start designing new drugs," a process that takes years, Fauci says. "The next time someone comes into an emergency room in Qatar or Saudi Arabia, you would have drugs that are readily available. And at least you would have some data."
Even though the treatment hasn't gone through definitive trials, Fauci says, "if I were a physician in a hospital and someone were dying, rather than do nothing, you can see if these work."
But what makes him more of a hypocrite is that the drug combination he recommended using is known to be exceptionally dangerous. It contains a Black Box warning, and its FDA label says the following:
"Alpha interferons, including PEG-Intron, cause or aggravate fatal or life-threatening neuropsychiatric, autoimmune, ischemic, and infectious disorders. Patients should be monitored closely with periodic clinical and laboratory evaluations. Patients with persistently severe or worsening signs or symptoms of these conditions should be withdrawn from therapy. In many but not all cases these disorders resolve after stopping PEG-Intron therapy. See WARNINGS, ADVERSE REACTIONS.Use with Ribavirin. Ribavirin may cause birth defects and/or death of the unborn child. Extreme care must be taken to avoid pregnancy in female patients and in female partners of male patients. Ribavirin causes hemolytic anemia. The anemia associated with REBETOL therapy may result in a worsening of cardiac disease. Ribavirin is genotoxic and mutagenic and should be considered a potential carcinogen. (See REBETOL package insert for additional information and other warnings)."
Fauci's NIH colleagues provided this warning regarding the drug combination Fauci thought should be used in the absence of clinical trials, in a 2006 NEJM review:
"Side effects of peginterferon and ribavirin affect virtually all patients who receive treatment. The most common side effect of ribavirin is hemolysis, and anemia is the major reason for dose reduction. The stress of the sudden onset of anemia can induce myocardial infarction in persons with preexisting coronary artery disease or stroke in those with cerebrovascular disease. Ribavirin is also teratogenic, and strict adherence to an effective means of birth control is mandatory for both women and men who receive this drug. Serious side effects of combination therapy occur in 1 to 2% of patients, and permanent injury and death can occur.
Yet Fauci continues to claim hydroxychloroquine is inappropriate to use for Covid-19...
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APRIL 20, 2020
A Universal Basic Income is Essential and Will Work
by ELLEN BROWN
Photograph Source: Generation Grundeinkommen – CC BY 2.0
According to an April 6 article on CNBC.com, Spain is slated to become the first country in Europe to introduce a universal basic income (UBI) on a long-term basis. Spain’s Minister for Economic Affairs has announced plans to roll out a UBI “as soon as possible,” with the goal of providing a nationwide basic wage
De-Funding the World Health Organization: Unethical, Cruel, and Dangerous for the World
Just when we thought things couldn’t get any worse than a global pandemic that has reached all corners of the earth, infecting over 2 million people and killing over 140,000 — over 31,500 so far in the U.S. — President Trump has announced that the U.S. will suspend all funding to the World Health Organization.
Trump’s reasoning — supported by such Republican Senators such as Tom Cotton and Todd Young — is that China has too much influence over the WHO, that the WHO failed disseminate accurate information to governments in the early stages of the COVID-19 crisis, and that the U.S. is best positioned to address the crisis on its own without global cooperation. This is wrong and dangerous not only for the U.S., but for the entire world. For countries whose COVID-19
Trump Is Scapegoating the WHO — But Failed to Confirm a U.S. Representative for 3 Years
Trump and the Senate GOP ignored the World Health Organization. Then came the new coronavirus pandemic.
There's One Guy Policing Trump's $2.2 Trillion Bailout, and He's Working From Home On a Laptop
Three more nominees were named to the Congressional Oversight Commission on Friday, but right now, Bharat Ramamurti says, "it's me and my laptop."
Most memorable comments from the pandemic.
By Steve Brodner
The Devastating Emotional Toll of Suspending Prison Visits
U.S. Supreme Court takes up former cop's computer fraud appeal
Police officer shot dead by fellow cop
Utah Cop not Wearing Face Mask Stands Inches from Man Yelling about his Attitude
UK cop filmed threatening to "make something up" to arrest man
Little Rock cop says he’s been mistreated since reinstatement
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