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tell them to fire the Police Chief

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City Manager's Office
389 Congress St.
Room 208
Portland, ME 04101
Phone: 207-874-8685
Fax: 207-874-8669


Maine couple sues Portland officer after May arrest

PORTLAND, Maine - The American Civil Liberties Union of Maine filed a lawsuit Tuesday on behalf of a Bar Harbor couple who were arrested after trying to film police officers in Portland. The group filed the lawsuit in Hancock County Superior Court against Sgt. Benjamin Noyes, Jr. of the Portland Police Department claiming the couple's arrest was illegal and unconstitutional.

The ACLU said that Jill Walker and Sabatino Scattoloni tried to film an interaction between five police officers and a woman on May 24, 2014 when they were told to leave or they would be arrested. The ACLU said the two were arrested after they asked the officer "why" and "what they were doing wrong?" They were charged with obstructing government administration, but the charges were later dropped.

"It was shocking and surreal and very disturbing that something like this could happen in Portland, Maine," said Walker. "You hear about things like this that happen in bigger cities and bigger states. You know, I was born and raised and have lived in Maine my entire life, and it is sad, a sad day to think that citizens are going to be arrested for observing police officers."

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Statutory rape victim forced to pay child support

September 3, 2014

PHOENIX — Nick Olivas became a father at 14, a fact he wouldn't learn for eight years.

While in high school, Olivas had sex with a 20-year-old woman. As he sees it now, she took advantage of a lonely kid going through a rough patch at home.

State law says a child younger than 15 cannot consent with an adult under any circumstance, making Olivas a rape victim. But Olivas didn't press charges and says he didn't realize at the time that it was even something to consider.

The two went their separate ways. Olivas, now 24 and living in Phoenix, graduated from high school, went to college and became a medical assistant.

Then two years ago, the state served him with papers demanding child support. That's how he found out he had a then-6-year-old daughter.

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Woman beaten by CHP officer settles, but activists 'want him in prison'a

September 23. 2014

Civil rights activists plan to launch a new campaign Thursday for the criminal prosecution of a California Highway Patrol officer caught on video repeatedly punching a woman on the 10 Freeway in Los Angeles, saying the officer's resignation and a $1.5-million settlement do not go far enough.

The CHP announced Wednesday that Officer Daniel Andrew was stepping down and that the agency had agreed to pay $1.5 million to settle a civil rights lawsuit brought by the woman, Marlene Pinnock, 51.
CHP officer altercation
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David Diaz
In this image made from video provided by motorist David Diaz, a California Highway Patrol officer straddles a woman while punching her in the head on the side of the 10 Freeway.
Caption Maisha Allums
Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times
Maisha Allums, daughter of Marlene Pinnock, left, becomes emotional as attorney Caree Harper, right, talks about how Marlene was repeatedly punched by a CHP officer recently at a press conference in the Crenshaw District in Los Angeles on July 10.
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Maisha Allums, daughter of Marlene Pinnock, sixth from right, wipes a tear from her eye as attorney Caree Harper, third from right, talks about how Marlene was repeatedly punched by a CHP officer recently at a press conference in the Crenshaw District in Los Angeles on July 10.
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Caption Robert Pinnock
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Robert Pinnock, center, husband of Marlene Pinnock, listens as attorney Caree Harper talk about how Marlene was repeatedly punched by a CHP officer recently at a press conference in the Crenshaw District in Los Angeles on July 10.

The settlement will establish a special-needs trust for Pinnock to "provide a mechanism for her long-term care," according to a statement released by CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow.

But the CHP announcement did little to quell civil rights activists, who have called the incident a horrifying case of excessive force.
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"Our call has always been for L.A. County District Attorney Jackie Lacey to prosecute Andrew for beating Pinnock," Project Islamic Hope Director Najee Ali said in a statement. “The settlement with her changes nothing. If anything it makes a prosecution more urgent now than ever."

Pinnock's attorney, Caree Harper, said there were two conditions that were key to the negotiations: That her client be taken care of "for life," and that the officer who hit her lose his job.

"If they did not do that, the case was not going to settle yesterday," Harper said. "It's important that the community be protected against that officer."

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Done Resister Led from Court in Chains

http://www.defendingdissent.org/now/new ... in-chains/

Sue Udry , October 3, 2014, In : Dispatches

Jack Gilroy, 79, was led from the courtroom in cuffs and chains on October 1, after being sentenced to 90 days in the county jail for trespass and obstructing governmental administration during an anti-drone protest. The prosecutor had asked the judge to lo ck Gilroy up for a full year.

Gilroy’s trial was part of a series of events we’re monitoring in upstate DeWitt Town Court, near Syracuse. MQ9 Reaper drones flying missions in Afghanistan are piloted fromHancock Air National Guard Base. It’s been the site of dozens of protests during which scores of activists have been arrested for non-violent civil disobedience actions involving sitting or standing in the driveway to block traffic. While charges of trespass and obstruction are expected as a result of civil disobedience, several years ago Judge Gideon began imposing Orders of Protection (usually used to keep abusers or stalkers away from people who fear for their safety) on protesters in a clear attempt to vilify them and keep them from protesting. The person they are ordered to stay away from is a commander at the base.

Two activists have been convicted of violating their Orders of Protection: Maryanne Grady Flores for standing across the street from the Air Base photographing a protest; Mark Colville for arriving outside the base to deliver a “People’s Order of Protection for the children of Afghanistan and their families”. Grady Flores was sentenced to a year in jail, but is out on bail, pending appeal. Colville will be sentenced on December 3. Gilroy is appealing his conviction also.

See local coverage here.

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Police Departments Retaliate Against Organized "Cop Watch" Groups Across the US
Thursday, 02 October 2014 10:13
By Candice Bernd, Truthout | Report

Police on duty in New York City (Photo: Jamie Kenny)

When communities attempt to police the police, they often get, well... policed.
In several states, organized groups that use police scanners and knowledge of checkpoints to collectively monitor police activities by legally and peacefully filming cops on duty have said they've experienced retaliation, including unjustified detainment and arrests as well as police intimidation.
The groups operate under many decentralized organizations, most notably CopWatch and Cop Block, and have proliferated across the United States in the last decade - and especially in the aftermath of the events that continue to unfold in Ferguson, Missouri, after officer Darren Wilson fatally shot unarmed, black teenager Michael Brown.
Many such groups have begun proactively patrolling their communities with cameras at various times during the week, rather than reactively turning on their cameras when police enter into their neighborhoods or when they happen to be around police activity.
Across the nation, local police departments are responding to organized cop watching patrols by targeting perceived leaders, making arrests, threatening arrests, yanking cameras out of hands and even labeling particular groups "domestic extremist" organizations and part of the sovereign citizens movement - the activities of which the FBI classifies as domestic terrorism.
Courts across the nation at all levels have upheld the right to film police activity. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and photographer's assocications have taken many similar incidents to court, consistently winning cases over the years. The Supreme Court has ruled police can't search an individual's cellphone data without a warrant. Police also can't legally delete an individual's photos or video images under any circumstances.
"Yet, a continuing stream of these incidents (often driven by police who have been fed 'nonsense' about links between photography and terrorism) makes it clear that the problem is not going away," writes Jay Stanley, a senior policy analyst at the ACLU's Speech, Privacy & Technology Project.
Sources who have participated in various organized cop watching groups in cities such as New York; Chicago; Cleveland; Las Vegas; Oakland; Arlington, Texas; Austin and lastly Ferguson, Missouri, told Truthout they have experienced a range of police intimidation tactics, some of which have been caught on film. Cop watchers told Truthout they have been arrested in several states, including Texas, New York, Ohio and California in retaliation for their filming activity.
More recently, in September, three cop watchers were arrested while monitoring police activity during a traffic stop in Arlington, Texas. A group of about 20 people, a few of them associated with the Tarrant County Peaceful Streets Project, gathered at the intersection of South Cooper Street and Lynda Lane during a Saturday night on September 6 to film police as they conducted a traffic stop. A video of what happened next was posted at YouTube.
Arlington police charged Janie Lucero, her husband, Kory Watkins, and Joseph Tye with interference of public duties. Lucero and Watkins were charged with obstructing a highway while Tye was arrested on charges of refusing to identify himself.
Arlington police have defended the arrests of the three cop watchers, but the watchers say they weren't interfering with police work, and were told to move 150 feet away from the officers - around the corner of a building where they couldn't film the officers.
"When we first started [cop watching, the police] seemed kind of bothered a little bit," Watkins told Truthout. "There was a change somewhere where [the police] started becoming a little bit more offended, and we started having more cop watchers so I guess they felt like they needed to start bringing more officers to traffic stops."
On the night of Watkin's arrest, his group had previously monitored two other traffic stops without any confrontation with Arlington police officers before the incident that led to the arrests.
Sometimes, though, retaliation against cop watching groups goes far beyond arresting cop watchers on patrol.
Cops Label Cop Watch Groups Domestic Terrorists

On New Year's Day in 2012, Antonio Buehler, a West Point graduate and former military officer, witnessed two Austin police officers assaulting a woman. He pulled out his phone.
As he began photographing the officers and asking questions about their activities, the cops assaulted and arrested him. He was charged with spitting in a cop's face - a felony crime.
However, two witness videos of the incident surfaced and neither of them showed that Buehler spit in Officer Patrick Oborski's face. A grand jury was finally convened in March 2013 and concluded there was not enough evidence to indict Buehler on any of the crimes he was charged with.
A few months after the New Year's Day incident, Buehler and other Austin-based activists started the Peaceful Streets Project (PSP), an all-volunteer organization dedicated to stopping police abuse. The group has held "Know Your Rights" trainings and a Police Accountability Summit. The group also regularly organizes cop watch patrols in Austin.
Since the PSP was launched, the movement has grown, with local chapters popping up in other cities and states across the United States, including Texas' Tarrant County chapter, which the three cop watchers arrested in Arlington were affiliated with.
But as the Peaceful Streets movement spread, police retaliation against the groups, and particularly Buehler himself, also escalated.
"[The Austin Police Department (APD)] sees us as a threat primarily because we shine a spotlight on their crimes," Buehler said.
The group recently obtained documents from the APD through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request that reveal Austin police colluded to arrest Buehler and other cop watchers affiliated with the Peaceful Streets Project. Since the New Year's Day incident, Buehler has been arrested three more times by APD officers. At least four other members of PSP have been arrested on charges of interference or failing to identify themselves during their cop watching activities.
The emails indicate APD officers monitored Buehler's social media posts and attempted to justify arresting him for another felony crime of online impersonation over an obviously satirical post he made on Facebook, as well as reveal that some APD officers coordinated efforts to stop PSP members' legal and peaceful activities, even suggesting reaching out to the District Attorney's office to see if anything could be done to incarcerate members of the group.
Another internal email from APD senior officer Justin Berry identifies PSP as a "domestic extremist" organization. Berry writes that he believes police accountability groups including PSP, CopWatch and Cop Block are part of a "national domestic extremism trend." He believes he found "mirror warning signs" in "FBI intel." Berry makes a strange attempt to lump police accountability activists and the hacker-collective Anonymous in with sovereign citizens groups as a collective revolutionary movement.
"Sovereign citizens" groups generally believe federal, state and local governments are illegitimate and operate illegally. Some self-described sovereign citizens create fake license plates, identification and forms of currency to circumvent official government institutions. The FBI classifies the activities of sovereign citizens groups as domestic terrorism, considering the groups a growing "domestic threat" to law enforcement.
Buehler told Truthout the APD is working with a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) fusion center to attempt to identify PSP as a sovereign citizens group to associate its members with domestic terrorism with state and federal authorities. DHS fusion centers are designed to gather, analyze and promote the sharing of intelligence information between federal and state agencies.
"They have spent a fair amount of resources tracking us, spying on us and infiltrating our group, and we are just peaceful activists who are demanding accountability for the police," Buehler told Truthout. "They have absolutely no evidence that we've engaged in any criminal activity or that we've tried to engage in criminal activity."
APD officials did not respond to a request for comment.
"They've pushed us; they've assaulted us for filming them; they've used their horses against us and tried to run us into walls; they've driven their cars up on us; they illegally detained us and searched us; they get in our face and they yell at us; they threaten to use violent force against us," Buehler said. "But we didn't realize until these emails just how deep this intimidation, how deep these efforts were to harm us for trying to hold them accountable."
Buehler also said the group has additional internal emails which have not been released yet that reveal the APD attempted to take another charge to the District Attorney against him for felony child endangerment over the activities of a teenaged member of PSP.
He said he and other members of PSP were interested in pursuing a joint civil action against the APD over their attempts to frame and arrest them for their First Amendment activities.
This is not the first time a municipal police department has labeled a local cop watching group as an extremist organization.
In 2002, internal files from the Denver Police Department's (DPD) Intelligence Unit were leaked to the ACLU, revealing the unit had been spying on several activist groups in the city, and keeping extensive records about members of the activist groups. Many of these groups were branded as "criminal extremist" organizations in what later became a full-scale controversy widely known as the Denver police's "spy files." Some of the groups falsely branded as "criminal extremist" groups included three police accountability organizations: Denver CopWatch, End the Politics of Cruelty and Justice for Mena.
Again, from October 2003 through the Republican National Convention (RNC) in August 2004, intelligence digests produced by the New York City Police Department (NYPD) on dozens of activist groups, including several police accountability organizations, were made public under a federal court order. The NYPD labeled participants of the "Operation CopWatch" effort as criminal extremists.
Those who participated in "Operation CopWatch" during the RNC hoped to identify undercover cops who might attempt to provoke violence during demonstrations and document police violence or misconduct against protesters.
Communities Benefiting From Cop Watch Patrols Resist Police Retaliation Against Watchers

In some major urban areas, rates of police harassment of individuals drop considerably after cop watchers take to the streets - and communities band together to defend cop watch patrols that experience police retaliation, say veteran cop watchers.
Veteran police accountability activist José Martín has trained and organized with several organizations that participate in cop watch activities. Martín has been detained and arrested several times while cop watching with organized patrols in New York and Chicago.
His arrests in New York are part of a widely documented problem in the city. In fact, retaliation in New York against cop watchers has been so widespread that the NYPD had to send out an official memo to remind officers that it is perfectly legal for civilians to film cops on duty.
Martín described an experience in Chicago in which he felt police unjustly retaliated against him after a local CopWatch group formed and began regularly patrolling Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood. After the group became well-known by the Pilsen community, residents gathered around an officer who had detained Martín after a patrol one night in 2009, calling for his release. The officer let him go shortly after.
"When cop watchers are retaliated against, if the community is organized, if there is a strong relationship between cop watch patrols and the community, but most importantly, if the cop watchers are people of the community, that community has the power to push back against retaliation and prevent its escalation," Martín said. "Retaliation doesn't work if you stand together."
Another veteran cop watcher, Jacob Crawford, co-founder of Oakland's We Copwatch, is helping the community of Ferguson, Missouri, organize cop watch patrols and prepare the community for the potential of police retaliation. His group raised $6,000 to pass out 110 cameras to organizers and residents in Ferguson, and train them to monitor police activity in the aftermath of the upheavals that rocked the city after Wilson killed Brown.
"I do expect retaliation, I do expect that these things won't be easy, but these folks are in it," Crawford told Truthout. "This is something that makes more sense to them than not standing up for themselves."
Copyright, Truthout. May not be reprinted without permission.


Candice Bernd is an assistant editor/reporter with Truthout. With her partner, Garrett Graham, she is co-writing "Don't Frack With Denton," a documentary chronicling the anti-fracking movement in Denton. Follow her on Twitter @CandiceBernd.
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Bernard von NotHaus, “Architect” of the Liberty Dollar to be Sentenced

Liberty Dollar creator and self proclaimed “monetary architect” Bernard von NotHaus, who was found guilty in US federal court in North Carolina on March 2011 of Counterfeiting and Fraud, is scheduled to appear on December 2nd before U.S. District Court Judge Richard L. Voorhees. The now 70 year old von NotHaus has been awaiting sentencing for over 3 1/2 years.

NotHaus liberty dollars sm Bernard von NotHaus, Architect of the Liberty Dollar to be Sentenced The Justice Department asserted that von NotHaus was placing gold, and silver coins, along with precious metals currency into circulation with the purpose of mixing them “into the current money of the United States.”. In short, the government accused von NotHaus of counterfeiting.

Von NotHaus did appeal his conviction stating….[1]

“…if anything is clear from the evidence presented at trial, it is that the last thing Mr. von NotHaus wanted was for Liberty Dollars [to] be confused with coins issued by the United States government…His intention – to protest the Federal Reserve system – has always been plain. The jury’s verdict conflates a program created to function as an alternative to the Federal Reserve system with one designed to [deceive] people into believing it was the very thing Mr. von NotHaus was protesting in the first place…the Liberty Dollars was not a counterfeit and was not intended to function as such. The verdict is a perversion of the counterfeiting statutes and should be set aside.”
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Judge Voorhees rejected von NotHaus’s appeal.

Mr. von NotHaus developed the Liberty Dollar in 1998. as an “inflation-proof” alternative currency to the U.S. Dollar, which he has claimed has devalued since the Federal Reserve was established in 1913. The silver and gold “coins” were produced by the Sunshine mint in Idaho on behalf of the Evansville, Illinois-based Liberty Services, which also issued paper notes which the group says are backed by silver reserves.

In November of 2007, federal officials raided the group’s headquarters, located in a strip mall and seized all documents and the gold and silver that backed up the paper certificates and digital currency being distributed thought Liberty Services website. In addition all coins, bullion

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Dispatches from the War on Terror: Ex-CIA Officer John Kiriakou Speaks
John Kiriakou is the only CIA employee to go to prison in connection with the agency’s torture program. Not because he tortured anyone, but because he revealed information on torture to a reporter.

Kiriakou is the Central Intelligence Agency officer who told ABC News in 2007 that the CIA waterboarded suspected al-Qaeda prisoners after the September 11 attacks, namely Abu Zubaydah, thought to be a key al Qaeda official. Although he felt at the time that waterboarding probably saved lives, Kiriakou nevertheless came to view the practice as torture and later claimed he unwittingly understated how many times Zubaydah was subjected to waterboarding.

In January 2012, Kiriakou was charged by the Justice Department for allegedly and repeatedly disclosing classified information to journalists. The Justice Department accused Kiriakou of disclosing the identity of a CIA officer involved in Zubaydah’s capture to a freelance reporter. The reporter did not publicly reveal the official’s name, but his name did appear on a website in October 2012. Kiriakou also allegedly provided New York Times reporter Scott Shane information on CIA employee Deuce Martinez, who was involved in Zubaydah’s capture and interrogation.

After agreeing to a plea deal in October 2012, Kiriakou was sentenced in January 2013 to 30 months in prison. That sentence made him the second CIA employee ever to be locked up under the Intelligence Identities Protection Act, which bars the release of the name of a covert agent; the first was Sharon Scranage, who in 1985 pled guilty to disclosing the identities of intelligence agents in Ghana after giving classified information to a Ghanaian, reportedly her lover.

Kiriakou is not without support from former colleagues. His friend and former boss, Bruce Riedel, sent a letter to President Obama, signed by other CIA officers, urging him to commute Kiriakou’s prison sentence. That did not happen.

A father of five children, Kiriakou says the CIA asked his wife to resign from her job at the agency immediately following his arrest, and he is in major debt from his legal fees.

Kiriakou is is scheduled for early transfer out of federal prison in Loretto, Pennsylvania on February 3. In a wide-ranging phone interview with The Intercept, Kiriakou, 50, shared his thoughts on the Senate Intelligence Committee report on CIA interrogation techniques, on his incarceration, and on his future after prison.

You don’t have access to the internet in prison, so have you been able to see just one page of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report?

Well, my cousin ended up printing the entire thing and sent it to me. Yeah, he sent it to me in five different envelopes.

So was there anything in the report that surprised you? Did you feel even more despair at being the only CIA officer jailed since the program came into existence?

One thing that I think most everybody has missed is, we knew about the waterboarding, we knew about the cold cells, we knew about the loud music and the sleep deprivation. We knew about all the things that have been ‘approved’ by the Justice Department. But what we didn’t know was what individual CIA officers were doing on their own without any authorization. And I would like to know why those officers aren’t being prosecuted when clearly they’ve committed crimes and those crimes were well documented by both the CIA and the Senate Committee of Intelligence.

One thing that certainly was an eye opener, even to close observers of this program, was the brutal treatment of these prisoners. The tragic death of Gul Rahman, an Afghan, comes to mind.

Gul Rahman is probably the best example. The man was murdered in cold blood, so where’s the prosecution? You come home, you murder somebody in cold blood, you get a promotion and a $2,500 bonus. That is not the message we ought to be sending.

There have been some who have tried to exempt George W. Bush from any blame from the program. They claim that he knew about the specifics in 2006, as the report mentions. Do you agree with that assessment from those defending him?

That’s just simply not true. They knew about it all the way up to the top. I remember sitting at a meeting with one of the top three officials at the CIA when the program was approved. And throughout the conversation, he kept on saying, “I can’t believe the president signed off on that program. I can’t believe it.” He kept saying it. Because it was so radical and violent that even internally we didn’t think there would be permission forthcoming. And there was. And it got out of hand, and it was a slippery slope and the ball kept rolling down the hill. And the next thing you know, we’re killing people.

As a CIA agent for 18 years, what is your summary of this program from both an operating perspective and a moral one?

When I was in the counter terrorism center, an official came up to me and asked me if I wanted to be certified in the enhanced interrogation techniques. And I said, “Look, I have a moral problem with this. I think there’s a slippery slope, I think somebody is going to get killed. There’s going to be an investigation. And a bunch of people are going to go to prison, and I don’t want any part of it.” And ironically, I was the only one who went to prison.

After almost two decades of service, can you talk about the most stressful situation you have been in?

I came within a quarter of a mile of being killed. Twice, twice, I have survived assassination attempts. Once in the Middle East, I wrote about it in my book. And then in Greece. And in Greece, instead of killing me, they killed [British military attaché] Stephen Saunders because he was a quarter of a mile ahead of me [in June 2000]. And they said in their communiqué that they saw me in my car but they knew it was armored and that I was armed. And Stephen Saunders was just in his vehicle he shipped from London and he didn’t have a gun on him. And they killed him instead.

I’ve devoted my whole entire, adult life to the national security. And I’ll go to my grave knowing that I did the right thing.

Now that you have seen the report, did the “rectal hydration” shock you as another detail you didn’t know?

Sickening. I can’t imagine under any circumstances a justification for something like that. There are ways to hydrate prisoners, there are ways to provide nourishment for prisoners who are on hunger strikes. It’s not by shoving hummus up their asses. That’s not how you provide nutrition for somebody that’s in your custody. That was shocking to me.

Another startling detail was the $81 million dollars given to a company set up by two psychologists, James Mitchell and Bruce Jessen. Did you know anything about these two figures?

I remember those guys very well. They had two little offices in the back. The counter terrorism center is a very, very enormous office. It’s a cubicle farm. Everyone else is in a cubicle. But there are private offices around the edges, along the walls. And those guys just sort of showed up one day and got private offices. And yeah, we were like, who were these guys? They’re not even blue badgers, they’re not even staff employees. They’re green badgers, they’re contractors. And we were told, don’t ask questions about those guys.

Did the gruesome conditions at the Salt Pit and other torture sites surprise you?

I had no idea. That was a revelation. I actually took a tour of the new Bagram prison when I was with the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Man, that was a nice place. It was great. In many ways, it’s better than what we have here [in Loretto]. But the fact of the matter is that we weren’t housing prisoners in that prison. We were housing them in a dungeon on the other side of the base that has been called a ‘salt pit.’ There were atrocities taking place at the ‘salt pit.’

That fancy prison that we spent millions and millions of tax payer dollars on is completely empty.

Editor’s note: The Bagram detention center was closed in December 2014. It remains unclear what the balance of prisoners was between that facility and the so-called “Salt Pit,” a CIA black site, when both were operational.

Jose Rodriguez, the former director of the CIA’S National Clandestine Service, apparently went against the wishes of his own agency’s lawyers over adequately screening potential interrogators. When they expressed concern over his selection process, he replied, ‘It is simply not your job.’ What are your thoughts on this?

He’s the worst of the worst. With Jose Rodriguez especially, here you have a guy who made the decision to make the tapes… He’s the one who ordered the tapes be made of CIA officers torturing first Abu Zubaydah and others after him. And then he gets promoted to deputy director for operations and he makes the decision to destroy the tapes after being specifically told by (then Senior Deputy General Counsel) John Rizzo don’t destroy the tapes. And he did it anyway. There’s no fallout or punishment. There’s no nothing.

Editor’s note: It’s been reported that the decision to tape the CIA interrogations “was made in the field.” The tapings began taking place roughly around the time Rodriguez became director of the CIA’s Counterterrorism Center. Rodriguez said in a 60 Minutes interview, “The reason why we taped Abu Zubaydah was because….we wanted to show the world that we actually had nothing to do with his death.” It’s not clear if he personally decided to make the tapes.

After the House Intelligence Committee heard closed testimony from Rizzo, the committee’s senior Republican member, Peter Hoekstra, stated of Rodriguez, “it appears that he got direction to make sure the tapes were not destroyed.” At the time, Rodriguez’s lawyer disputed that account, saying that “nobody, to our knowledge, ever instructed him not to destroy the tapes.”

Advocates of the detention and interrogation program, like Dick Cheney, continue to publicly defend the CIA programs, and have labeled the torture report as a partisan witch hunt. He has also said they would still implement the program if they had to do everything all over again.

The reason why these guys are on TV all the time, aside from the fact that the corporate media allows them to be, is that torture is their legacy. When their obituaries are written, their obituaries are going to be about torture and their role in it. And they’re desperately trying to spin the story to make it seem like they were patriots and not criminals. It’s utterly nonpartisan. The Senate Committee on Intelligence used primary source information. They used the original CIA cables to come up with this report. Those cables are not partisan, those cables don’t tell one side of the story. The cables are the actual information written as it was happening. So to call it partisan is just simply untrue. It’s not partisan. What’s partisan is that a certain group of political leaders doesn’t want the organization, the agency, to take responsibility for their actions.

You told the RT network in 2013 that you would lose a lot of friends inside the CIA for your actions. Has that still been the case?

I was wrong in what I said to [RT host] Abby Martin. It turned out that the number of CIA friends who walked away from me, I can count on one hand. I’m going to say three dozen CIA officers have written to me here and almost all of them are regular correspondents. My former colleagues at the CIA have rallied for me. It’s been wonderful. Now a lot of them can’t use their names. Some of them are undercover, some of them just don’t want the heat. But they’ve been wonderful. I just have no complaints at all. And some of them are senior CIA officials.

How are your children doing? Do they have the main idea about the decisions you’ve made and what has happened to you as their father?

My two older boys are in college. One’s finishing his senior year at Ohio State and the other is at Cleveland State as a freshman. So they saw all of this, the whole process, and they understood what was happening. But even my little kids (as well). I have a ten-year-old boy, and eight year old girl and a three year old boy. The ten year old and eight year old have very hard felt opinions on things like the FBI and torture. They saw the FBI completely surrounding our house 24 hours a day just like I did. They aren’t blind. They saw the FBI come into the house and take all of our electronics. Had the FBI following us to Target, Applebees and to church.

So what does a former CIA agent do after getting out of prison and no longer being able to work for the agency?

As part of this conviction, I lost my pension. I had $770,000 saved in that pension. And it’s just gone. So, I’ve got to start rebuilding. And I still owe my lawyers almost a million dollars.

I have a temporary job when I get out, doing some business development work for a medical group. But it’s just a temporary position. What I’d like to do is go to a think tank. I like to

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Anti-Muslim cast to St. Mary’s forum prompts FBI speaker to cancel

January 30, 2015 Updated: January 30, 2015 9:00pm
John Guandolo has been criticized for saying the CIA director is a secret Muslim agent. John Guandolo has been criticized for saying the CIA director is a secret Muslim agent.
The FBI has canceled its participation in an upcoming St. Mary’s University forum on “domestic jihad” after a Muslim civil rights group criticized the school’s Center for Terrorism Law for inviting a speaker it called “an anti-Muslim conspiracy theorist.”

CAIR sent out a news release Wednesday asking the FBI to pull Special Agent Andrew Bringuel II from the Feb. 13 program because it also featured John Guandolo, a former FBI agent.

Guandolo has been criticized by the Southern Poverty Law Center for saying the CIA director is a secret Muslim agent and that American Muslims have no First Amendment rights and are attempting to subvert the Constitution and subjugate Americans.

CAIR also took issue with the Center for Terrorism Law’s acceptance of a sponsorship for the event by a group called ACT for America!, whose founder, the SPLC says, “has repeatedly made statements that conflate all Muslims with terrorists.”


Nichols says bombing was FBI op | Deseret News
Feb 22, 2007 - Potts was no stranger to anti-government confrontations, having been the ... Trentadue said he plans to seek that deposition of Nichols, but "I ...
Attorney: Ashcroft Gagged Nichols From Exposing McVeigh's OKC ...
Feb 22, 2007 - Trentadue drops new bombshell on Alex Jones Show ... the Deseret Morning News identified the accused FBI provocateur as Larry Potts.
Feb 23, 2007 - Trentadue's death a few months after the April 19, 1995, bombing ... The agent Nichols refers to is none other than the notorious Larry Potts, ...
Confirmed: FBI Got Warning Day Before OKC Bombing Alex Jones ...
Feb 8, 2011 - The feds' attempt to make Nichols accept responsibility for the phone call ... “ Trentadue believes the government was desperate to reach the box before ... declaration from Nichols in which he fingered FBI agent Larry Potts as ...
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Mar 25, 2013 - The FBI accused Nichols of helping build the bomb and arranging a ... Lake City, Nichols accuses Larry Potts, an FBI official, of having taken part in the ... A Utah lawyer, Jesse Trentadue, interviews Nichols in regards to the ...
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... McVeigh had a FBI handler prior to the Oklahoma City bombing. google nichols potts trentadue ... Lists. These user-created lists contain the word ' trentadue'.
Confirmed: FBI Got Warning Day Before OKC Bombing
Feb 14, 2011 - The feds' attempt to make Nichols accept responsibility for the phone call ... “ Trentadue believes the government was desperate to reach the box before ... declaration from Nichols in which he fingered FBI agent Larry Potts as ...
Jack Cashill - Terry Nichols Talks And Much of What He Says Is True
Feb 26, 2007 - Attorney Jesse Trentadue secured Nichols' signed and sealed declaration as ... As Nichols recounts his conversation with McVeigh, “Potts had ...
Did Eric Holder Cover Up FBI's Role In '95 OKC Bomb Plot ...
Dec 31, 2011 - An affidavit from Oklahoma City conspirator Nichols about the explosives ... Both were handled by FBI agent Larry Potts, a senior FBI official who had ... and I think they planned to catch them in the act,” stated Jesse Trentadue, ...
Terry Nichols Alleges FBI Played Role In Oklahoma City Bombing ...
Feb 22, 2007 - Nichols named gun dealer Roger Moore and Potts as ... Trentadue, a Salt Lake City attorney, has been involved in litigation against the U.S. ...


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Protest over Pasco police shooting death of Antonio Zambrano-Montes remains peaceful
Protesters link unarmed man to Michael Brown and Eric Garner
Cousin: ‘We are angry but we know getting violent is wrong
Video of the incident appears to show Zambrano-Montes running away from officers and raising his hands momentarily before he is shot.

Saturday 14 February 2015 18.01 EST

Protesters in Pasco, Washington heeded police and community calls for calm on Saturday, following the fatal shooting by officers of Antonio Zambrano-Montes, an unarmed 35-year-old Mexican national, earlier this week.

Around 1,000 people gathered in Volunteer Park, outside Franklin County Hall and about nine blocks away from where Zambrano-Montes died, for what organisers claimed was one of the largest

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RABBLE ROUSER: Peace activists give food for thought

February 20, 2015

The morning keynote speaker was Ray McGovern, who was a CIA analyst for 27 years, "routinely presenting the morning intelligence briefings at the White House." His CIA career began under President John F. Kennedy, and lasted until the presidency of George H.W. Bush. At his retirement in 1990, he received the CIA's Intelligence Commendation Medal.
McGovern has been an outspoken commentator on intelligence-related issues since the late 1990s. In 2002, he was publicly critical of President George W. Bush's use of government intelligence in the lead-up to the war in Iraq. In January 2006, McGovern began speaking out on behalf of the anti-war group Not in Our Name. In 2006, McGovern returned his Intelligence Commendation Medal in protest of the CIA's involvement in torture.
He reminded us that in Nazi Germany, many people had to look the other way to allow for the horrendous atrocities while others risked their lives and paid a high price. He also pointed to the historical reality of the FBI illegally spying on both blacks and Peace Groups during the Vietnam era.
He reminded us that it was courageous whistle-blowers and good investigative journalists who brought to light the Pentagon Papers and the Watergate break-in. Where are today's courageous whistle-blowers? Chelsea Manning is in jail and Edward Snowden is in exile.
After McGovern's informative talk, people broke into discussion groups. He provided the groups with some thought-provoking questions for discussion. The first question — "What did "obedient Germans" and the German church do in similar circumstances? — provided much thought-provoking discussion. Another — "What might we be called to do; what risks should we be taking?" — forced participants to explore their responsibilities as peacemakers.
After a break for a free lunch, we got to hear Bonnie and John Raines, who on March 8, 1971, were part of an eight-member ring of anti-Vietnam War protesters who — while much of the country was gripped by the so-called "Fight of the Century" in New York between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier — broke into the FBI's headquarters in Media, Pennsylvania.
At the time of the break-in, they were a young couple with three young children. Members of the burglary team, armed with little more than a crowbar and wearing suits and ties, walked off undetected with suitcases stuffed with sensitive bureau files that revealed a domestic FBI spying operation known as COINTELPRO. The bureau's legendary director, J. Edgar Hoover, launched a massive but ultimately futile manhunt.
The Raineses shared their story and credited The Washington Post for having the courage to release the information in the documents when two other prominent newspapers turned the documents over to the FBI. They also credited Carl Stern, a legal affairs reporter for NBC, for his persistence that led to the files being exposed. All this eventually led to better oversight of the FBI.
The day ended with the three speakers answering questions. One important question that keeps coming up at these events is "Where are the young people in the peace movement?"
Ray, John, and Bonnie continue as prominent members of the anti-war and peace movement. It was a thrill to see John and Bonnie of the Media 8 break bread with Michael Doyle of the Camden 28. The FBI never caught any of the burglars and the story was finally told in 2014 by Betty Medsger in her book "The Burglary."
I helped organize this as a member of the Peace Community at Sacred Heart. The Peace Community has been hosting these events every February for the past 10 years. Our keynote speakers donated their time and efforts. The success of this event was made possible with the help of our supporters and co-sponsors, Brandywine Peace Community, Catholic Peace Fellowship, Coalition for Peace Action, and Pax Christi New Jersey.
The writer lives in Hainesport.

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Activist Sharon Rice Vaughan remembered
By Sarah Martin |
March 29, 2015

Minneapolis, MN - Sharon Rice Vaughan, a longtime and respected member of Women Against Military Madness (WAMM) and the Twin Cities peace and justice movements, died in a car crash in Havana, Cuba on March 24. Her sudden and untimely death leaves a big hole in our community.

Sharon was an early member of WAMM. She joined over 30 years ago and has been an active and important member. Board member Marie Braun said, “She was an enthusiastic supporter of WAMM and the issues we work on.” Braun, organizer of the weekly vigil on the Lake Street Bridge, said that when Sharon retired she made a commitment to come to the vigil every Wednesday. She rarely missed, and never because of weather.

Sharon was key in the founding of the movement to end domestic violence against women. Mary Beaudoin, former director of WAMM and current editor of the newsletter said, “Sharon's advocacy for nonviolence extended to resisting war. She recognized that women and their children were often victims of war and among the most deeply affected by the violence of war. As a committed anti-war activist, she participated in marches, rallies and other events against war. In the last few decades, she frequently participated in the Lake Street/Marshall Avenue Bridge vigil, opposing U.S. wars and U.S. threats of war. She was an active member of Women Against Military Madness and held the position of co-chair of WAMM.”

Sharon understood the importance of standing up against political repression. Without hesitation she drove with me to Canada for the trial of a local Central America and Cuba solidarity activist accused of helping a couple seeking political asylum to cross the U.S.-Canadian border. Her presence along with others who filled the court room, impressed the judge and resulted in no further jail time for the brother.

In 2010, after many years on the WAMM board, she intended to take a very deserved break. However, I, along with 22 other anti-war and solidarity activists, had just become targets of the FBI and a federal grand jury in Chicago. Without hesitation she decided she needed to stay on the board and support me. Since then she became a very good friend of the Committee to Stop FBI Repression.

Several years ago Sharon answered a call to go to Alaska and stand in solidarity with a young woman going on trial. She did not know her but responded to the woman’s need for support. She traveled to Alaska several times to be with her through the trial. After the woman was convicted and sent to prison, Sharon continued to visit her. She was transferred to the Carswell Federal Medical Center prison in Fort Worth, Texas. During one of those visits, Sharon spotted imprisoned people’s lawyer, Lynne Stewart in the visiting room with her husband. Sharon was eager to introduce herself as one of many Minnesotans following Lynne’s case. Lynne still remembers that encounter.

We really miss Sharon. She was warm, generous, compassionate, a great story teller and solid activist who really walked the talk.

A memorial celebration will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 2, at Unity Church-Unitarian, 733 Portland Avenue, St. Paul, MN.

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NYPD Strips Badge from Joint Terrorism Task Force Cop Who Bullied Uber Driver

The NYPD cop who was caught on video berating an Uber driver with a profanity-laden, xenophobic rant has been identified as Detective Patrick Cherry of NYPD's Joint Terrorism Task Force. NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton has subsequently stripped Detective Cherry of his badge and gun, placed him on desk duty, and announced that he will be kicked off of the elite Joint Terrorism Task Force.

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Students protest injustice in Million Student March
November 13, 2015

At 2:30 p.m., Nov. 12, approximately 100 students gathered from Drexel University and the University of Pennsylvania for a Million Student March, sparked by the recent protests at the University of Missouri and Yale universities.

The original purpose of this wave of protests was to fight for free tuition to public colleges and universities, but has spread to encompass related systemic oppression against women and people of color.
Becquerel Dalton: The Triangle

Becquerel Dalton: The Triangle

“We just want to get out there. There’s using your voice and then there’s action, and marching is kind of like doing both,” said one protester. “We’re not here to keep people from going to work and waste gas, we’re here to make people aware of what’s going on,” she continued.

The students, predominantly women of color, met at the intersection between Market and 33rd streets. They marched toward Center City with a police escort at 3:00 p.m., chanting slogans including “Whose streets? Our streets! Whose schools? Our schools!” and “Show me what democracy looks like! This is what democracy looks like!”

At each intersection, the crowd stopped for a few minutes and one or two individuals stepped forward to share their experiences with oppression.

“We’re representing all the minorities who go through this every day. We are very tired,” a student said. “It really annoys me when you hear people complaining about stuff like these marches. There’s a reason people are yelling: people are angry, people are mad and we want to get our voices out there, because being polite isn’t going to really do anything,” she finished.

The march stopped at the intersection between Market Street and Schuylkill Ave., where the participants sat in a massive circle that covered the entire intersection for 19 minutes and 50 seconds in representation of the year African American student were first admitted to the University

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66 arrested at McCormick Place in protests at police conference
written by Mitchell Armentrout posted:

Sixty-six people were arrested Saturday while demonstrating outside the International Association of Chiefs of Police annual conference at McCormick Place, where Mayor Rahm Emanuel and police Supt. Garry McCarthy had spoke

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Carol Doda, Big-Boobed Bombshell Pioneer of Topless Entertainment, Dies at 78
An Elegy on the Passing of a Great Ecdysiast

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r Vigil 2015: Building a Culture of Justice and Peace         PDF                


Saturday morning, 11/21 in Lumpkin, GA

#ShutDownStewart Livestream!

Friday, 11/20 in Columbus, GA (See More Photos Here)

Activists arrived from Mexico, Chile, El Salvador, Venezuela, Panama and around the US to gather for the first workshops in the 2015 Vigil, exploring resistance to US empire. Georgia Peace and Justice Coalition presented Why We Must #ShutDownStewart to get us ready for Saturday’s march to the Stewart Detention Center, discussing the intersections of racism, militarism, and mass incarceration that are embodied at Stewart and other detention centers throughout the US.

National Religious Campaign Against Torture screened Breaking Down the Box, exposing the torture of solitary confinement in the context of mass incarceration in the US. Two of the victims of the right-wing extremist violent attempts to overthrow the democratically-elected government discussed the Struggle Against Impunity in Venezuela. Pax Christi USA hosted a discussion led by youth organizers for the Dream Act in NJ, and SOA Watch activante Jonathan González Quiel spoke on human rights and militarism in Panama.

Two members of the jury of the International Tribunal of Conscience on Mexico on the anniversary of the disappearance of the students from the rural teacher’s school in Ayotzinapa were featured in a workshop on Mexico’s Crimes Against Humanity and the Complicity of the US. And SOA Watch LA screened Testimony: The Maria Guardado Story, shared personal remembrances and also poetry from Maria’s newly released (bilingual) book of poems, Quisiera Escribir Cosas Bellas.

We heard a report-back on the Colombian Peace Process from Witness for Peace, and from organizers in Costa Rica and Mexico about mining, militarization and the disappeared. NETWORK Lobby shared an analysis of 2015 congressional legislation, and another workshop discussed how early Christianity was co-opted and transformed into a violent, patriarchal tool of empire. SOA Watch leaders also led Peacemaker, Legal Observer, Nonviolent Direct Action and Legislative trainings, and packed the house for an exciting opening plenary that closed out the transformative evening.

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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 ...

The Heights-

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


Matthew Cecil


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


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


“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.”


—H-Net Reviews






FBI now investigating North Carolina officer in jaywalking beating


NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Updated: Thursday, March 8, 2018, 6:31 AM






Secret Service employee arrested on child porn charges


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.






new 2018 Book

Voices from the Shadows


also see


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 investigatorsthe FBI originally, then the Department of Justice in 1976, the House Select Committee on Assassinations investigators in 1978 and the DOJ again in 2000deliberately 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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Former Alton police officer charged with criminal sexual abuse — again


York pediatrician says he was victim of police brutality


Who’s afraid of William Blake? Art lovers vexed Tate Britain felt 200-year-old paintings needed ‘violence & suffering’ warning
Published time: 2 Oct, 2019 11:17


March of anger’: Thousands of cops protest in Paris over working conditions, pension reforms & suicides
Published time: 2 Oct, 2019 15:47


‘Not racist but …’: White police officer who killed innocent black man in his home sent offensive texts


Exceptional heat wave topples October records across much of the U.S.


Jared Golden walks fine line on impeachment inquiry, saying Trump’s intent matters most


Bronx cop accused of sleeping with 15-year-old prostitute acquitted of sex abuse charges; convicted of tampering with a witness


WSU student leaders demand retrial of former Pullman cop accused of sexual misconduct
Oct. 2, 2019 at 9:22 am Updated Oct. 2, 2019 at 10:05 am


Black police deputy says he was forced to quit after 20 years of service because he 'disgraced' his uniform by wearing an afro wig while directing traffic – on his last week on the job
* Atlanta cop Antonio Perryman said he had wanted to 'make p


Ex-cop on trial for rape admits porn addiction
October 1, 2019 5:19 pm


Minneapolis cops told not to wear uniforms to political events, comes ahead of Trump rally


Discover the Maine camp that attracts people who say they can talk to the dead


Don’t you do it’: Reports detail shooting by FBI agent
Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019 at 10:36pm


He applied for a green card. Then the FBI came calling
A shadowy federal program is ensnaring thousands of Muslim immigrants


Tea Party of Portage County protests for government accountability outside of Cleveland FBI Office


'This looks so bad,' says white Texas cop on horseback, leading black man on a rope


Self-defense or excessive force? Jurors will decide cop's fate in naked vet's killing
By: Christian Boone and Bill Rankin with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Updated: Oct 3, 2019 - 5:34 PM

FOR SUBSCRIBERSNJ cops might need license, new physical test after USA TODAY NETWORK New Jersey investigation



Judge Slams Secret Psych Test for Neptune Cop
Sarah Wallace has the new twist in the saga of a police sergeant benched for 18 months over a battle involving psychological tests.
(Published Thursday, Oct 3, 2019)


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