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.
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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
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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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