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October 7, 2015 | Edward Curtin
Why Americans Should Closely Watch Unfolding Events in Guatemala, Part 2

This is the backstory to the recent arrest of Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina on corruption charges. It details the US involvement in the training of Molina and many others in the most effective techniques of torture and killing at the School of the Americas at Ft. Benning, Georgia.

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Disgraced head of BPD Narcotics set for release

October 26, 2015 - 12:00am
The sheer size of the seized cocaine was such that it was locked in the old jail in the basement of the police station in downtown Beaumont.Michael Siebe (inset) somehow obtained a key.

Michael R. Siebe, the central figure in the worst scandal in the history of the Beaumont Police Department, is scheduled to be released from federal custody Nov. 1. Siebe, 65, has spent the past 21 years in various federal prisons and currently resides in a halfway house in Houston. He will reportedly move in with his former in-laws near Vidor where he will be under federal supervision for five years.


Interstate 10 is the southernmost transcontinental highway in the United States. It stretches from the Pacific Coast Highway in Santa Monica, California, to I-95 in Jacksonville, Florida – and it runs right through the middle of Beaumont. When a massive federal effort targeted Florida smugglers, the Colombian cartels changed tactics and started bringing their dope across the border from Mexico. Like before, the main narcotics corridor was I-10, but now the contraband was traveling east – through Beaumont.

Lt. Mike Siebe was commander of the BPD narcotics division in 1992 when two Colombian men driving a U-Haul truck were stopped on Interstate 10 by Beaumont officers Don Froman and Gerald LaChance, who were working in narcotics interdiction – and their beat was I-10. A search of the truck turned up 350 pounds of cocaine worth $13 million. At the time it was the largest highway drug bust in Southeast Texas history. The sheer size of the seized cocaine was such that it overwhelmed the police evidence vault, so it was locked in the old jail in the basement of the police station in downtown Beaumont.

Unbeknownst to officials, Siebe had somehow obtained a key to the cell where it was stored. Apparently the temptation of the money and the cocaine proved too much for Siebe, and hundreds of pounds of cocaine disa

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Sunday, November 8, 2015
Oregon County Passes Initiative Allowing Sheriff to Void Gun Control Laws If He Thinks They’re Unconstitutional
Coos County residents smoothly approved the Second Amendment Preservation Ordinance Tuesday with more than 60 percent voting for its passage. The ordinance bars public employees from using county funds to enforce any laws the sheriff deems unconstitutional. It also prohibits enforcement of Oregon’s recent law requiring background checks on private gun transfers, including transactions between friends. County employees who violate the measure could face a $2,000 fine.

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Harvard 'black tape' vandalism brings law school's controversial past to fore

Tape placed over portraits of tenured black faculty comes after ‘art-action’ by black students attempting to draw attention to school seal’s slavery roots
The Harvard Law School’s seal is derived from the crest of Isaac Royall Jr, a wealthy and ruthless slaveholder whose endowment founded the school.
The Harvard Law School’s seal is derived from the crest of Isaac Royall Jr, a wealthy and ruthless slaveholder whose endowment founded the school. Photograph: Chitose Suzuki/AP

Saturday 21 November 2015 07.00 EST
Last modified on Saturday 21 November 2015 16.45 EST

Derecka Purnell was one of the first Harvard law students to see the black tape placed over about six portraits of Harvard Law School’s tenured black faculty Wednesday morning. “I was surprised to see it ...” Purnell said, before reconsidering: “Actually, I wasn’t surprised at all.”

The incident comes at a moment when, nationwide, college students are demanding action against the entrenched white supremacy and racism they say still pervades campus life. Even at elite liberal universities such as Harvard – places where some might believe that racist symbols and behavior are a relic of the past – these discussions and protests persist.

And it’s working. In response to student demands, administrators at Princeton University announced Friday that they would consider renaming a dormitory currently named for former US president Woodrow Wilson, based on his well-documented racist views.

At Harvard, the tape that was pasted across the faces of black professors appears to have been taken from an “art-action” in which student activists placed black gaffer tape over the law school seal in several locations of the school’s main hub, Wasserstein hall. The action was carried out by members of the campus group Royall Must Fall (RMF) and was intended to draw attention to the seal’s history as the family crest of the wealthy and ruthless slaveholder Isaac Royall Jr.
The Harvard Law School seal.
The Harvard Law School seal. Photograph: Wikimedia

Royall, whose endowment founded the law school in 1817, gained his immense wealth by way of his family’s Antigua plantation, where in the mid-1730s “seventy-seven enslaved people were burned alive, six were hanged, and five were broken on the wheel” in retaliation for a slave uprising, according to an open letter from RMF to the school’s dean, Martha Minow. The school adopted his family crest in 1936 as a part of a fundraising campaign.

Alexander Clayborne, a spokesperson for RMF, told the Guardian that the art-action was meant to be educational. “It was purely meant to call attention to the fact that the Harvard seal is the seal of a slaver and should be removed.”

He called the response of taking that tape and placing it on the faces of black professors “an act of blatant racial intimidation”.

“I think it’s part and parcel of the backlash that black students have seen around the country,” Clayborne said, referencing threats like those made against black students at the University of Missouri and Howard University last week.

Clayborne said that while the campus protest movements around the country have catalyzed RMF’s efforts, they drew their inspiration from student protests in South Africa which successfully organized to force the removal of a statue of Cecil Rhodes from the University of Cape Town campus. Rhodes was one of the architects of South African apartheid and the Royall Must Fall movement is part of a larger effort to decolonize the campus.

Eve Ewing, a doctoral candidate at Harvard’s school of education said that the incident had meaning for black students throughout Harvard’s campus, not just at the law school. “The act of putting the tape over the crest is a symbolic act that’s meant to say the legacy of slavery is not going to encompass what we want this institution to stand for.

“To take that tape and say, ‘Actually, we’re going to erase the legacy of important scholars who have paved the way for black scholars in higher ed’ makes it even more insulting.”

This is not the first time controversy has bubbled up around Royall’s legacy at the school. In 2003, when now supreme court justice Elena Kagan was named dean of Harvard Law School, she declined the endowed Royall professorship and instead chose a new chair in the name of Charles Hamilton Houston, the first black American on the Harvard Law Review.

Dr Ronald Sullivan, one of the black professors whose face was vandalized by the tape, said: “I’ve learned more

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Homeland Security Committee Chief Calls for More Funding for FBI, DHS


Following the Paris terror attacks, the chairman of the House Homeland
Security Committee is calling for “an increase in funding” to protect
the U.S. from a similar attack, CNSNEws.com reports.

Asked on ABC’s “This Week” what needs to be done to protect the
homeland, Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, responded:

“Well, it’s — it’s very difficult and



GOP rep wants non-FBI official to lead hostage recovery team
- 11/30/15 01:36 PM EST

A Republican congressman is expressing concern about an interagency
office known as the hostage recovery fusion cell created this year to
better respond when Americans are held hostage.

“My concern with the existing structure of the fusion cell is that the
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) remains in primary control,”
Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) wrote in a letter to President Obama on
Monday. “Given that the FBI is chiefly a law enforcement organization,
it remains my belief [that the] FBI--despite its best intentions and
efforts--is neither organized nor developed to lead hostage recovery
in hostile areas.”

Hunter’s letter comes on the heels of Obama signing into law this
year’s National Defense Authorization Act, which includes a provision
that requires Obama to appoint an interagency hostage recovery
coordinator within 60 days.

To address his concerns, Hunter is requesting Obama appoint a
coordinator from outside the FBI.

“My strong recommendation is to appoint a hostage recovery coordinator
with direct control and oversight of the fusion cell--and someone
without a direct relationship to the FBI,” Hunter wrote.

“Doing so will dramatically improve our long-term hostage recovery
efforts in the post-9/11 world and provide the consistency and
coherency that is needed,” he added.

In June, the fusion cell was created as part of policy changes that
followed a wave of executions of American hostages by the Islamic
State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Chief among the changes was to allow
families of American hostages to offer ransom payments to their
captors without the threat of prosecution.

In addition to the FBI, the fusion cell includes officials from the
State Department, the Pentagon and the CIA.

In his letter, Hunter expressed concern that the FBI does not have the
resources or experiences in hostile areas that other government
agencies have.

“Retaining the FBI as the lead government entity in hostage recovery
(in areas of conflict) is a disservice to those in captivity and their
families, and it takes away from other issues of focus that demand the
FBI’s expertise and resources,” he wrote.

“I was shocked,” he added, “to learn that a lead agent in one case had
never stepped foot in Afghanistan.”



Today in State Secrets: The FBI Wants Both Your Day and Evening Phone

—By Kevin Drum
| Mon Nov. 30, 2015 2:20 PM EST

Back in 2004, the FBI served Nicholas Merrill with a National Security
Letter. Merrill owned Calyx Internet Access, and the FBI wanted him to
turn over transactional records about his clients. As usual with NSLs,
this was done without a subpoena or a court order. Merrill was
forbidden from revealing the contents of the NSL or even publicly
acknowledging that he had received an NSL.

Merrill went to court, and US District Judge Victor Marrero initially
ruled against him. Merrill subsequently reached an agreement with the
government that allowed him to discuss the NSL but not to reveal which
records the FBI had requested. Merrill continued to fight, and today,
in Merrill v. Lynch,1 Marrero finally ruled definitively in his favor.
In cases like this, the government has to demonstrate that disclosure
would cause specific harm, and Marrero found that they hadn't done so.
Among other things, he points out that the Department of Justice
itself already publishes a manual that includes sample language for
NSLs. It includes most of the transactional data the the FBI requested
from Merrill, and the remaining items would hardly be difficult for a
potential target to figure out.

Still, the FBI argued that there were some differences, and those
should be kept secret. Marrero provides an example that he finds
singularly unimpressive:

Many of the remaining redactions in the Attachment are even harder
to justify than the categories discussed thus far. For example, the
Government seeks to prevent Merrill from disclosing that the
Attachment requested "Subscriber day/evening telephone numbers" even
though the Government now concedes that the phrase "telephone number"
can be disclosed. The Court is not persuaded that there is a "good
reason" to believe that disclosure of the fact that the Government can
use NSLs to seek both day and evening telephone numbers could result
in an enumerated harm, especially if it is already publicly known that
the Government can use NSLs to obtain a telephone number, more

Thanks to Marcy Wheeler for pointing this out. You may consider it
your entertainment for the day. That is, you could consider it in that
light if it weren't a pretty important subject. And unfortunately, the
court's ruling is quite narrow: the only reason Marrero changed his
mind is because the investigation has been closed, the target has been
revealed, and virtually everything else about the NSL is already
public. In other words, this will have very little impact on the
government's future power to issue tens of thousands of NSLs with
virtually no oversight. We now know what information the FBI wanted in
2004, but we're no closer to knowing what they routinely ask for



Young Greek women are selling sex for the price of a sandwich as six
years of painful austerity have pushed the European country to the
financial brink, a new study showed Friday.

The study, which compiled data on more than 17,000 sex workers
operating in Greece, found that Greek women now dominate the country’s
prostitution industry, replacing Eastern European women, and that the
sex on sale in Greece is some of the cheapest on offer in Europe.

“Some women just do it for a cheese pie, or a sandwich they need to
eat because they are hungry,” Gregory Laxos, a sociology professor at
the Panteion University in Athens, told the London Times



Here is all the information the FBI can ask for without a warrant and
without you even knowing

November 30 2015

Thanks to court documents released today (Nov. 30) Americans can for
the first time glimpse one of the US government’s powerful
surveillance tools: the National Security Letter, or NSL.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation sends out tens of thousands of
these letters every year to financial institutions, travel agencies,
telecommunications companies, and credit-reporting agencies demanding
a wide range of information on the individual it is investigating,
without a warrant from a judge. The Patriot Act, signed into law in
2001, drastically increased the FBI’s mandate to issue NSLs.

Nicholas Merrill filed a First Amendment lawsuit after receiving an
NSL in 2004 regarding one of the customers of his New York internet
and consulting business, Calyx Internet Access. A federal judge has
now ordered the release of Merrill’s NSL, which was handed to him by
an FBI agent along with an order not to discuss it with anyone.

Here is some of the information on his client that Merrill was ordered
to hand over, per the unredacted document:

DSL account information
Subscriber name and related subscriber information
Addresses associated with the account
Subscriber day/evening telephone numbers
Screen names or other online names associated with the account
Order forms
Records relating to merchandise orders/shipping information for
the last 180 days
All billing related to account
Internet Service Provider (ISP)
All email addresses associated with account
Internet Protocol (IP address) assigned to the account
All website information registered to the account
Uniform Resource Locator (URL) address assigned to the account
Any other information which you consider to be electronic
communication transactional reco


NASA satellites reveal something startling about the future of food on
Business Insider By Tanya Lewis
Nov 30, 2015 12:10 PM

As world leaders convene in Paris this week at the United Nations
Climate Summit (COP21) to discuss solutions to the growing threat of
climate change, we could all use a little perspective.

And what better perspective than from space?

Climate change due to human activity is causing visible shifts on our
planet, and NASA is uniquely positioned to observe these effects.

"If we continue on our current course, it's going to be hard to feed
this planet because it's so hot," Ellen Stofan, NASA's chief
scientist, told Business Insider.

In fact, photosynthesis — the process all plants use to convert carbon
dioxide into carbohydrates — declines rapidly at temperatures above
about 95 degrees Fahrenheit, Stofan explained during a talk October 16
at The James Beard Foundation Food Conference, a meeting to discuss
the future of food.

And the evidence suggests that we could reach too-high temperatures
too soon.
An alarming trend

Stofan has spent most of her career studying Venus, a planet with a
major greenhouse effect — a fancy term for a planet's atmosphere
trapping the sun's heat and warming its surface.

Here on Earth, NASA satellites are seeing a similar trend, and it's
veering toward dangerous levels. This warming trend is bad news for
our ability to grow food.

Here's an animation of global surface temperature anomalies from 1880
to 2013. Higher-than-normal temperatures are in red and
lower-than-normal temps are in blue:

As you can see, the number of hotter-than-average patches has
drastically increased in the last few decades.

This is actual data — "this is not a model," Stofan said.

This wouldn't be the first time human-caused climate change has
affected our ability to grow food, Stofan pointed out. The Dust Bowl
of the 1930s, which had a devastating effect on agriculture in the US
and Canada, can be traced to poor farming practices and severe drought
brought on by climate change.

The difference today is that NASA has the tools to help farmers on
Earth cope with climate change and become more resilient.

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The CIA and the State Department conspired to exploit a bureaucratic loophole to keep records hidden

by Emma Best

October 10, 2018

In 1955, the Central Intelligence Agency’s Psychological and Paramilitary Operations Staff made some inquiries through their point of contact at the State Department about the storage and accessibility of records concerning CIA operations. When they didn’t receive the answer they wanted, an informal suggestion led to a formal policy to circumvent those requirements by manipulating technicalities and appearances, and in some cases ignoring the records even existed.

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The postcard that pitted the ACLU against the FBI

by JPat BrownCarolyn Komatsoulis

October 11, 2018

The recently released Federal Bureau of Investigation file for former head of the American Civil Liberties Union Roger Baldwin document numerous times the groups came into conflict with each other. One notable incident, related to the Bureau’s wartime “Postal Censorship” program, led to a testy exchange between Baldwin and FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover after the Bureau investigated the writer and pioneering Libertarian Rose Wilder Lane over her comments on a postcard.

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SRCCON 2018 • June 28 & 29 in Minneapolis








Eoin Higgins

October 9 2018

ONE OF BARACK Obama’s first decisions after being elected president continued to haunt the country over the weekend, as Brett Kavanaugh was sworn in as the fifth hard-line conservative on the Supreme Court.In January 2009, George W. Bush left office with an abysmal 22 percent approval rating, the lowest ever recorded. Almost everyone with anything to do with his administration was considered politically






The Plot to Kill Martin Luther King: Survived Shooting, Was Murdered in Hospital

Global Research › ca



Apr 6, 2018 · Martin Luther King was murdered in a conspiracy that was instigated by then FBI director J. ... The hospital story was told to Pepper by a man named Johnton Shelby, whose mother, Lula Mae ...







7 Traits of the Modern Sociopath and Psychopath ( working in Law Enforcement )

7 signs of the ruthless and the heartless.

Posted Oct 07, 2018


— Robert Hare

Antisocial personality disorder, sometimes identified interchangeably as sociopathy or psychopathy, is defined by the Mayo Clinic as: “A mental condition in which a person consistently shows no regard for right and wrong and ignores the rights and feelings of others. People with antisocial personality disorder tend to antagonize, manipulate or treat others harshly or with callous indifference. They show no guilt or remorse for their behavior.”






Assessment of Police Officers & Others in Dangerous Jobs

Assessment of police officers can reduce risk of errors in judgement on the job.

Posted Jun 30, 2015






FBI refuses to tell US Senate if Trump’s phones are tapped: ‘Is NSA or FBI listening in on our President?’

October 10, 2018 | Tom Tillison |  Print Article






David Wise, author and CIA expert who exposed 'invisible government,' dies at 88







 Nassau cop charged with exposing himself to two women










FBI's Wray confirms White House limited Kavanaugh probe


By JOSH GERSTEIN 10/10/2018 11:05 AM EDT Updated 10/10/2018 01:33 PM EDT






State Police tried to destroy payroll records during investigations 

The department sought to destroy boxes filled with potential evidence in the department’s ongoing internal audit, as well as federal and state criminal probes, into alleged overtime fraud. 10:46 am






L.A. County watchdog investigating team of deputies that stopped thousands of innocent Latinos on 5 Freeway




We're Watching the Slow Poisoning of the Supreme Court


Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation was unusually contentious and bitter, but it wasn't an aberration.







Judge gives Dzokhar Tsarnaev team time to study FBI interview on Waltham slays

Laurel J. Sweet Monday





DNC Lawyers Met With Top FBI Official Before Spy Warrant Targeting Trump Campaign Was Doled Out


Matt Vespa




Posted: Oct 08, 2018 1:45 




FBI informant in terror stings owned limo in deadly crash, state source confirms


By Brendan J. Lyons and Larry Rulison Updated 10:27 pm EDT, Monday, October 8, 2018


NYPD detective son of two retired high-ranking cops busted on drunken driving charges after Harlem crash







Treasure hunters challenge FBI over dig for legendary gold

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