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| pdf file 2008 Dues Form | pdf file President's Message | Officers of the New England Chapter | Upcoming Events | Employment Opportunities | FBINAA New England Chapter By-Laws | New England Chapter Top|

Chapter Events

 

The new SAC Warren Bamford swears in President Larry Guglietta

In order from left to right: NE Chapter Secretary Harold Murphy, SAC Warren Bamford, SA Russell Kleber, Guest Speaker US Attorney Robert Corrente, 1st Vice President Chief Rick Smith, Immediate Past President Deputy Chief Paul Stavenger, 4th Vice President Michael Allen, President Larry Guglietta

Other pictures from the Rhode Island FBINAA New England Chapter Luncheon/Business Meeting held at Bella Restaurant in Burrillville. Over 90 FBINAA NE members attended including SAC Warren Bamford, ASAC Mark Morelli from the FBI Boston Division, US Attorney from the District of Rhode Island Robert Clark Corrente, and the Town Manager of the Town of Burrillville Michael C. Wood.

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Homeland Security Presidential Directive 8 (HSPD-8): National Preparedness

Comprehensive List of Staffing Recipients for National Preparedness Goal,

Universal Task List (UTL), and Target Capabilities List (TCL)

Homeland Security Presidential Directive 8 (HSPD-8) tasks the Secretary of Homeland

Security, in coordination with the heads of other appropriate Federal departments and

agencies and in consultation with State and local governments, to strengthen the

preparedness of the United States to prevent and respond to threatened or actual domestic

terrorist attacks, major disasters and other emergencies by requiring a national domestic

preparedness goal; establishing mechanisms for improved delivery of Federal

preparedness assistance to State and local governments, and outlining actions to

strengthen preparedness capabilities of Federal, State, and local entities.

To this end, the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of State and Local

Government Coordination and Preparedness (DHS/SLGCP) has consulted with Federal,

State, local, tribal, and private sector representatives throughout the development of the

National Preparedness Goal, the Universal Task List, and the Target Capabilities List.

These documents have also been sent out to over 1,500 organizations for broad national

review and made available online through the Office for Domestic Preparedness (ODP)

Secure Portal (http://www.odp.esportals.gov) and the Lessons Learned Information Sharing

website (http://www.llis.gov). Stakeholders have submitted hundreds of comments on HSPD-8

documents via a dedicated e-mail address (hspd8@dhs.gov).

National Preparedness Goal

In coordination with the Homeland Security Council (HSC), DHS/SLGCP submitted an

initial draft of the National Preparedness Goal for national review on August 20, 2004.

Following the first national review, SLGCP worked with the HSC to further revise the

Goal. In coordination with the HSC, SLGCP sent out the revised draft of the National

Preparedness Goal for national review on February 14, 2005. A list of the Federal, State,

local, and tribal entities involved in both national reviews is provided below. Please see

Appendices A – G for a detailed list of individuals and entities.

August 20, 2004 (Draft Goal released for first national review)

HSPD-8 Integrated Concept Teams

HSPD-8 Senior Steering Committee (convened August 25, 2004, to review Goal)

DHS components through DHS Executive Secretary

State, local, and tribal entities through DHS/SLGCP

State, Local, and Tribal Working Group through DHS/SLGCP (convened

September 2, 2004, to review Goal)

Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC) Emergency Response Senior

Advisory Committee through DHS HSAC Executive Director (briefed September

21, 2004; and on November 16-17, 2004)

HSAC State and Local Senior Advisory Committee through DHS HSAC

Executive Director (briefed September 21, 2004)

DHS/SLGCP

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Domestic Threat Reduction and Incident Management Policy Coordinating

Committee (DTRIM PCC) members through HSC (briefed July 21, 2004)

February 14, 2005 (Draft Goal released for second national review)

HSPD-8 Federal UTL-TCL Working Group

HSPD-8 Senior Steering Committee (scheduled to meet March 3, 2005, to review

Goal)

DHS components through DHS Executive Secretary

State, local, and tribal entities through DHS/SLGCP

State, Local, and Tribal Working Group through DHS/SLGCP

HSAC Emergency Response Senior Advisory Committee through HSAC

Executive Director

DTRIM PCC members through HSC (scheduled to meet March 4, 2005, to review

Goal)

Universal Task List

The Universal Task List (UTL) identifies the tasks that need to be performed by all levels

of government and a variety of disciplines to prevent, protect against, respond to, and

recover from terrorist attacks, natural disaster, and other emergencies. The UTL,

developed with extensive involvement from all levels of government, contains a

comprehensive library of tasks for all levels of government from the national strategic to

the incident level. DHS/SLGCP will continue to incorporate feedback from national

stakeholders to strengthen the UTL over time. The following is an outline of the UTL

stakeholder engagement process to date. Please see Appendices A – G for a detailed list

of individuals and entities.

June 23-25, 2004 (UTL Workshop – 160 participants)

HSPD-8 Integrated Concept Teams

State, local, and tribal entities through DHS/SLGCP

July 12-26, 2004 (National review of draft task list by scenario)

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UTL Workshop participants

HSPD-8 Integrated Concept Teams

State, local, and tribal entities through DHS/SLGCP

HSC Scenario Working Group

August 13-27, 2004 (National review of UTL: Version 1)

UTL Workshop participants

HSPD-8 Integrated Concept Teams

State, local, and tribal entities through DHS/SLGCP

HSC Scenario Working Group

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December 17, 2004 (National release of UTL: Version 2)

HSPD-8 Integrated Concept Teams

State, local, and tribal entities through DHS/SLGCP

UTL and TCL Workshop Participants

Members of Lessons Learned Information Sharing Website

Members of ODP’s Secure Portal

Target Capabilities List

The Target Capabilities List (TCL) describes 36 capabilities required to perform almost

200 critical tasks. Critical tasks are defined as those tasks that must be performed during

a major event to prevent occurrence, reduce loss of life or serious injuries, mitigate

significant property damage, are essential to the success of a homeland security mission,

and require coordination among a combination of Federal, State, local and tribal entities.

The target capabilities are combinations of resources that provide the means to achieve a

measurable outcome resulting from performance of one or more critical tasks, under

specified conditions and performance standards. A capability may be delivered with any

combination of properly planned, organized, equipped, trained, and exercised personnel

that achieve the expected outcome. DHS/SLGCP will continue to incorporate feedback

from national stakeholders to strengthen the TCL over time. The following is an outline

of the TCL stakeholder engagement process to date. Please see Appendices A – G for a

detailed list of individuals and entities.

October 12-14, 2004 (Capabilities Workshop - 350 participants)

HSPD-8 Integrated Concept Teams

State, local, and tribal entities through DHS/SLGCP

December 8-10, 2004 (Working Group Meetings)

State, Local, and Tribal Working Group

December 17, 2004January 17, 2005 (National review)

HSPD-8 Integrated Concept Teams

State, local, and tribal entities through DHS/SLGCP

UTL and TCL Workshop Participants

Members of Lessons Learned Information Sharing Website

Members of ODP Secure Portal

January 6-7, 2005 (Working Group Meetings)

State, Local, and Tribal Working Group

Federal UTL-TCL Working Group

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February 15, 2005 (National release of TCL: Version 1)

HSPD-8 Integrated Concept Teams

State, local, and tribal entities through DHS/SLGCP

UTL and TCL Workshop Participants

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APPENDIX A – HSPD-8 SENIOR STEERING COMMITTEE

Senior Steering Committee

Representative

Organization

Matt Mayer

DHS – State & Local Government Coordination and Preparedness

Matthew Broderick

DHS – Information Analysis and Infrastructure Protection (IAIP)

Bill Lyerly

DHS – Science and Technology (S&T)

RADM Thomas Gilmour

DHS – United States Coast Guard (USCG)

Bob Stephan

DHS – HQ Operational Integration Staff

Darrell Darnell

DHS – HQ Operational Integration Staff

Lew Podolske

DHS – Emergency Preparedness and Response (EP&R)

Jim Fairobent

Department of Energy (DOE)

Roger Bohnert

Department of Transportation (DOT)

Robert Claypool

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

David Howe

Homeland Security Council

James A. McAtamney

Department of Justice (DOJ)

Robert Elliot

Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA)

Thomas Dunne

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Chief Michael Freeman

Los Angeles County Fire Department

Governor Dirk Kempthorne State of Idaho

Commissioner Karen Miller National Association of Counties

Chief William Phillips

Aroostook Band of Micmacs

Mayor Anthony Williams

Office of the Mayor, District of Columbia

Chief Gary McLhinney

Maryland Transportation Authority

Marsha Evans

American Red Cross

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APPENDIX B – HSPD-8 INTEGRATED CONCEPT TEAMS

Training, Exercises, and Lessons Learned Integrated Concept Team

Representative

Organization

Rachel Canty

DHS – Border and Transportation Security (BTS)

Charlie Dickinson

DHS – EP&R

Steve Sharro

DHS – EP&R

William Ranger

DHS – IAIP

Patty Kalla

DHS – S&T

Andrew Cox

DHS – Transportation Security Administration (TSA)

Jeffrey Graves

DHS – TSA

Linda King

DHS – TSA

CDR Jeff Hughes

DHS – USCG

Ashley Moore

DHS – USCG

Trish Moore

DVA

Ron Houle

American Red Cross

Peter J Mangan.

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF)

Mark Roupas

Department of Defense (DOD)

Mike Chapman

DOD

Pat Daly

DOE

Thomas Rotella

DOE

Leona Partis

DOE

Paul Stoudenmire

DOE

Holly Bratcher

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)

Jon Murray

U.S. Marshals Service

David Lehman

DOT

Liz Mullikin

DOT

Frank Peluso

DOT

Bill Finan

EPA

Warren Bamford

FBI

Bill Forsyth

FBI

Balanced Investments Integrated Concept Team

Representative

Organization

David Larimer

DHS – EP&R

Tom Smith

DHS – EP&R

CDR Lynn Slepski

DHS – S&T

Harold Hunt

DHS – USCG

LCDR Dan Norton

DHS – USCG

Robert Pond

DHS – USCG

David Ippolito

Department of Labor (DOL)

James A. Taylor

DOT

Brad Austin

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

Anant Shah

Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

Sumner Bossler

Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)

Alexandr Kosyak

HRSA

Laura McNally

HRSA

Melissa Sanders

HRSA

Errol Etting

Fraternal Orders of Police

Michael Fraser

National Association of City & County Health Officials

Robert Porter

National Association of City & County Health Officials

Billy Zwerschke

International Association of Emergency Managers

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Representative

Organization

David Resch

FBI

Jim Stefanak

FBI

Brad Austin

HHS

KC Decker

HHS

Holtermann Keith

HHS

Matthew Payne

HHS

Anant Shah

CDC

Lynn Steele

CDC

Terri Spear

 

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FBI  agent Mark Putnam was sentenced to prison for murdering his informant after het got her pregnant. His fellow FBI  agents did everything in their power to prevent an investigation into this murder that occured in Kentucky in the late 1980's. See if you can detect which article has the FBI  spin....
You might want to read the book about this case written by Joe Sharkey

TRUE CRIME ABOVE SUSPICION By Joe Sharkey. Simon & Schuster, $23.

and read an excerpt from a female FBI  agent about this case here...

http://books.google.com/books?id=EOAZ8QWKZRoC&pg=PA236&lpg=PA236&dq=mark+putnam+fbi+sentenced&source=web&ots=-Ah3M7XGna&sig=ALj1GhyesoGrOCBvkz_-IwISHlI


 

 

Ex-F.B.I. Agent Admits Slaying and Gets 16 Years

Published: June 13, 1990

LEAD: A former agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation was indicted on a manslaughter charge today, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 16 years in prison.

A former agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation was indicted on a manslaughter charge today, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 16 years in prison.

It was believed to be the first time anyone had been charged with committing a crime involving homicide while an agent for the bureau, said Terry O'Connor, special agent in charge of all F.B.I. offices in Kentucky.

Today's rapid developments followed weeks of negotiation between Commonwealth's Attorney John Paul Runyon and 30-year-old Mark Putnam, who resigned from the F.B.I. last Friday and who with his plea today admitted the slaying last year of a pregnant woman, Susan Daniels Smith, 27, with whom he was romantically involved.

Ms. Smith had met Mr. Putnam while he was assigned to the bureau's office in this city 120 miles southeast of Lexington and she was serving as an informer in a car theft case. Last week, a year after she disappeared, Mr. Putnam led the police to her remains near an old coal-mining road nine miles north of town.

In return for an indictment charging Mr. Putnam with manslaughter instead of murder, Mr. Runyon received the agent's admission that he strangled Ms. Smith on June 8, 1989, in a quarrel over the baby they were expecting. Mr. Putnam had apparently offered to adopt the child, but Ms. Smith wanted him to leave his wife.

The indictment, returned by a Pike County grand jury, said Mr. Putnam killed Ms. Smith ''while under extreme emotional duress.''

If convicted of murder, Mr. Putnam could have received the death penalty or a life prison term.

 

 

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Bob Foster became the chief investigator for Attorney General Jack Conway on Jan. 16.

Bob Foster, the new chief investigator for Attorney General Jack Conway, is reviewing the Kentucky Bureau of Investigations and will present a series of recommendations to improve the agency in April.
Foster spent almost 30 years with the FBI and was later director of security for the Transportation Security Administration. On Jan. 16 he became commissioner of the KBI, with a monthly salary of $7,100, and said he's excited about taking the job.
"It's challenging and I enjoy it very much," Foster said. "It has met all my expectations and then some."
Foster joined the FBI office in Frankfort in 1987 and helped conduct the BOPTROT investigation in 1992 that led to the conviction of more than a dozen lawmakers on charges of bribery and corruption.
"I feel my experience in the FBI coincides very closely with the job I'm doing now," he said.
The TSA was a new agency when Foster joined, and he said he had to build partnerships with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies. He said those contacts and experience will be important in his new job.
"We want to maximize our resources by conducting joint investigations," Foster said.
In his new position, Foster will supervise the cases pursued by 37 investigators in four offices across the state. Former Attorney General Greg Stumbo created the KBI in September 2004 to improve efficiency. Staff members investigate Medicare fraud, drug cases and allegations of public corruption.
Foster said one of his first priorities will be to conduct a review of the agency and introduce proposed organizational changes in April.
Foster said the investigators are efficient and experienced.
"I'm very impressed with the ability and competence of the investigators," he said. "They are very efficient for the manpower they have."
Conway has also pledged to create a new unit to investigate cyber crimes such as identity theft. Foster said he will introduce a plan in April to align the KBI with Conway's investigative priorities.
Creating a cyber crimes unit will require money to purchase new equipment and train investigators, Foster said. However, Gov. Steve Beshear's proposed budget would impose funding cuts for a number of state agencies, including the attorney general's office.
"As we move into new jurisdictions, we may need additional assets and if they are not available, it could definitely impact our investigative ability," Foster said. "But we are committed to it even with the budget cuts."

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Members of the Schaumburg Business Association today learned of the role businessmen and businesswomen just like themselves play in combating Chicago-area organized crime.

At its monthly breakfast meeting in Schaumburg, the group heard from an FBI agent and federal attorney involved in the investigation and prosecution at the recent "Family Secrets" mob trial.

Assistant U.S. Attorney John Scully told the association that the Chicago Crime Commission was formed in 1919 out of the frustration legitimate businesses felt from the influence of organized crime.

Since 1919, there have been more than 1,000 gangland murders committed in the Chicago area, FBI Special Agent Michael Maseth said.

Though the Chicago Crime Commission has enjoyed many successes, only 14 of these gangland murders have ever ended in convictions, Maseth said.

The "Family Secrets" case brought about some of the most significant victories in the law's long battle with the mob, he added.

The five men found guilty last September were James Marcello of Chicago, Frank Calabrese Sr. of Oak Brook, Joseph "The Clown" Lombardo of Chicago, Paul Schiro of Phoenix and Anthony "Twan" Doyle of Wickenburg, Ariz.

But one of the first challenges prosecutors faced, Scully said, was to prove the Chicago Outfit actually existed.

The mob's coded language and code of silence long prevented isolated arrests from doing any significant damage to overall operations.

"To be honest, for a while (former FBI director) J. Edgar Hoover wouldn't even acknowledge that there was a mob," Scully said.

The creation of racketeering charges - which target illegal business operations rather than traditional criminal acts like theft and murder - helped law enforcement widen its net.

But the key that helped unlock years of investigative work in Chicago and its suburbs was the offer of help the FBI received from Frank Calabrese Jr. in July 1998.

Maseth said Calabrese was willing to turn informant and spy on his father, Frank Calabrese Sr. - breaking a cardinal rule of the mob.

The younger Calabrese's change of heart came not from any sudden insight of right and wrong, but because his father had shoved a gun in his mouth after learning of his embezzlement of a million dollars of the outfit's money.

The significance of Calabrese's help was that it helped show evidence already collected in a new light.

"A lot of the indictments were based on work that had been done years and years before," Scully said.

One of the prominent pieces of evidence was a strange 1976 photo showing all of the mob's prominent figures together at a restaurant - the type of photo they'd all avoided before and after. It was conclusive proof that all knew each other well.

The younger Calabrese's help netted his brother, Nick Calabrese, who turned informant himself.

"Nick told us things we never dreamed we would hear," Maseth said. "He confessed to 15 murders."

"We really had no idea that Nick Calabrese was a killer," Scully added.

The two lawmen also detailed other aspects of the investigation, including the funding of Las Vegas casinos with money from the Teamsters' pension fund and the bombing of cars belonging to resistant extortion victims.

There were some aspects of the investigation they still couldn't talk about as the trial of one remaining suspect, Frank Schweis, is still coming up. Illness prevented Schweis from being tried with the rest.

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Retaliation and Censorship at the FBI

Attorney Stephen Kohn, left, whispers to his client, FBI whistleblower Bassem Youssef, before Youssef responds to a question during the American Library Association meeting in Philadelphia on Saturday Jan. 12, 2008. (AP Photo/ Joseph Kaczmarek)
Attorney Stephen Kohn, left, whispers to his client, FBI whistleblower Bassem Youssef, before Youssef responds to a question during the American Library Association meeting in Philadelphia on Saturday Jan. 12, 2008. (AP Photo/ Joseph Kaczmarek)

January 11, 2008, Washington, DC. Take Action! Click here to contact Attorney General Mukasey and tell him that he must not tolerate further retaliation against whistleblower Bassem Youssef by managers at the FBI. The Department of Justice is charged with overseeing the FBI, and it is time they begin doing just that.

As reported on NPR, in the Wall Street Journal, and on the Whistleblower Protection Blog on January 11, 2008, the FBI is threatening to retaliate against Special Agent Bassem Youssef...again.

Mr. Youssef, who has exposed misconduct and ineptitude in the War on Terror (more info here>>, is scheduled to give a presentation to the American Library Association on Saturday, January 12. The FBI was fully aware of this speaking engagement, and had already granted permission for Mr. Youssef to speak. Unfortunately, when certain individuals within the FBI hierarchy caught wind of the fact that Mr. Youssef's presenation might in some way critique the Bureau, Mr. Youssef was threatened, and was issued documentation detailing secret censorship requirements that he cannot share with anyone outside of the Bureau. 

Due to this intimidation from higher-ups at the FBI, Mr. Youssef is unable to give his prepared speech. He will only appear to take questions from audience members. (For more information, see the blog post)

This format change will not stop the retaliation that Mr. Youssef faces every day at work. Being threatened for speaking in the public interest is wrong, and Mr. Mukasey should make that clear. Click here to Take Action Now!

FBI Whistleblower's Court Award Tops $1.3 Million

January 4, 2008 Washington, D.C. - This morning Chief U.S. District Judge James Rosenbaum issued a final order in the case of former FBI Agent Jane Turner, bringing her total court award, including attorney's fees, to nearly $1.4 Million. The judge's ruling dealt yet another blow to the FBI, which had filed an objection to Ms. Turner's request for reimbursement of her attorneys fees.

Turner was a highly regarded child crime agent working in the "Indian Counry" of North Dakota for thirteen years. She experienced retaliation from her managers after blowing the whistle on, among other issues, sex discrimination within the FBI. In January 2007, a Minneapolis jury awarded Turner over 500,000 for retaliation and backpay - which by law was capped at $360,000.

The FBI initially appealed the ruling, but the Solicitor General of the United States intervened and forced the FBI to drop their appeal.

Stephen Kohn, Ms. Turner's attorney and President of the National Whistleblower Center, called the Turner decision "vindication for an irrational attempt by the FBI to destroy one of its highly decorated veteran agents after she exposed highly discriminatory practices by her management."

In addition to disclosing discrimination, Ms. Turner also reported widespread theft by FBI agents at the 9/11 crimescene. A subsequent DOJ investigation found that scores of employees had stolen items belonging to the victims, including a crystal Tiffany globe and bloodstained clothing.  

"FBI management at the highest levels must be held accountable for their crude attempt to cover up official misconduct. What the Bureau did to Jane Turner is unacceptable in modern law enforcement." Added Kohn.

FBI Whistleblower to Speak Out

December 28, 2007, Washington, D.C. - The American Library Association has announced that FBI whistleblower Bassem Youssef will speak at it's winter conference in Philadelphia on Saturday, January 12th. Mr. Youssef is the Chief of the FBI's Communications Analysis Unit (CAU), and he is responsible for administering two highly controversial warrantless search programs created under the provisions of the USA PATRIOT ACT, including the "National Security Letters" program which was reported widely earlier this year.

Mr. Youssef is expected to speak about failures in the FBI's Counterterrorism program, and his experiences as a whistleblower.

The ALA has long been a champion for civil liberties, privacy, and intellectual freedom.

Senate Passes Major Whistleblower Reforms

December 18, 2007, Washington, DC. Last evening the U.S. Senate, by unanimous consent, passed the Federal Employee Protection of Disclosures Act (S.274). This law enhances the protection for federal employee whistleblowers by expanding the scope of protected activity to cover complaints within an employees chain of command.

Passage of S.274 now sets the stage for a conference between the House and Senate to agree final legislative language. On March 14, 2007 the House enacted the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act (H.R. 985), which expanded the scope of whistleblower protections to national security related agencies, permitted employees to obtain jury trials in federal court, provided enhanced protections for federal contractors and protected employees who exposed misconduct to their managers.

"The House and Senate whistleblower protections laws complement each other. They need to be melded together in conference and immediately enacted into law. Only by combining the best of both bills will federal employees obtain realistic protection. Until then, the taxpayers and citizens will remain the losers in this debate, as billions of dollars in waste remains unreported and government officials who violate the law and mislead the American people escape accountability," said Stephen M. Kohn, the President of the National Whistleblower Center.

"The Senate Action now sets the stage for the final passage of what will be one of the most important laws enacted by this Congress," added Kohn.

The House and Senate bills were strongly endorsed by a broad coalition of public groups, including the National Whistleblower Center, the Project on Government Oversight, the Government Accountability Project and Taxpayers Against Fraud, the No Fear Coalition, the Make it Safe Coalition, the National Employment Lawyers Association, OpentheGovernment.org, the Liberty Coalition, and the Bill of Rights Foundation, among numerous others.

For more information, visit the Whistleblower Protection Blog

Major Civil Rights Tax Case Filed With Supreme Court court_front_med

December 13, 2007, Washington, D.C. – Today, The U.S. Supreme Court was asked to hear a key civil rights tax appeal which could affect thousands of past and future victims of civil rights offenses and whistleblower retaliation. In Murphy v. IRS, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit reversed its own original ruling in deciding that court awards for damages such as emotional distress and loss of reputation are taxable as income.

The case was brought by Marrita Murphy, an environmental whistleblower who won her case before Department of Labor, and was awarded compensatory damages to vindicate her rights under six federal environmental whistleblower statutes. Murphy filed suit when the IRS demanded that she pay taxes on the “make-whole” award as if it were income. After having her case dismissed, Murphy filed an appeal.

After full briefing and oral argument, the Appeals court initially held that Murphy’s award was not income and the tax on her damages violated the U.S. Constitution. Then, under pressure from the Bush Administration, the judges decided to rehear the case. In this ruling, Murphy II, the D.C. Circuit reversed its own previous decision, declaring that non-physical compensatory damages are taxable as gross income.

For the first time the issue of whether compensatory damages for non-physical injuries are taxable income is squarely before the Supreme Court. This is a major issue impacting all cases in which any person obtains compensatory damages for a mental distress or illness, or for physical problems resulting from or associated with emotional distress.

David K. Colapinto, General Counsel for the National Whistleblower Center and attorney for Marrita Murphy said he is requesting that the Supreme Court review the issue because "The D.C. Circuit’s reversal stands reality on its head." 

Colapinto went on to say that, "The D.C. Circuit’s decision in the Murphy case is the first time that any court has construed the tax code to imply an 'excise' tax on the 'privilege' of utilizing the 'legal system' to vindicate a federal statutory right."  

“However, Congress did not pass a special tax demanding payment from people who use the legal system to prevent retaliation against whistleblowers or to vindicate civil rights. It was error for the D.C. Circuit to imply such a tax," he added.

FBI Stonewalled Bullet-Lead Record Request

Washington, D.C. - November 19, 2007. The Washington Post and 60 Minutes reported that the convictions of hundreds of defendants have come into question because a bullet-lead analysis used for 40 years has been discredited and that the FBI and Justice Department has failed for more than 2 years to properly notify those convicted about these problems. Read The Article

This story has been over 10 years in the making, and is the direct product of work done by the National Whistleblower Center and its Forensic Justice Project, which is a special project of the Center.

Dr. Frederic Whitehurst, Executive Director of the Forensic Justice Project, has for years cited the need for outside oversight of the FBI Laboratory. "In 1997 the FJP was formed with the motto, ‘Stop It, Fix It, and Find Out Who Was Harmed,'" Dr. Whitehurst said.

Dr. Whitehurst and the FJP have worked extensively with scientists, defense lawyers, the news media and members of Congress to force the FBI to address the serious problems and misconduct in the FBI's misuse of bullet-lead analysis in criminal cases.

Additionally, documents obtained from the FBI by the FJP as the result of two separate lawsuits filed under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) were shared with the Washington Post-60 Minutes investigation about the bullet-lead scandal. These FBI documents pertain to some of the hundreds of bullet-lead cases and provided important leads for discovery of other information from public court records, as reported in the Post-60 Minutes investigation. In addition, the FJP obtained under FOIA FBI emails and other internal FBI records referenced in the Post-60 Minutes investigation documenting the FBI's failure to properly address the bullet-lead issue and communicate the problems to criminal defendants and the courts.

However, "the FBI and Justice Department have strongly resisted efforts by the FJP to determine the names of those defendants who were treated unfairly as a result of bad forensic science," said Dr. Whitehurst.

The FJP and Dr. Whitehurst are currently suing the FBI and Justice Department in court over their refusal to process the FJP's FOIA request submitted in September 2005 seeking release of all bullet-lead case files from the FBI Lab. The FJP and Dr. Whitehurst requested these files so the FBI's bullet-lead cases can be independently reviewed by scientists and attorneys.

All of the FBI's bullet-lead information should have been disclosed to the courts as well as criminal defendants and their attorneys years ago," said David Colapinto, General Counsel of the National Whistleblower Center.

Instead, the FBI and Justice Department deliberately chose to operate in the dark, out of public view, and conceal the evidence that is scientifically flawed but which was still used in criminal cases," Colapinto said. "This has severely prejudiced people who have been hurt by the FBI Lab's misconduct," he added.

The FJP and the National Whistleblower Center congratulate the Washington Post and 60 Minutes for undertaking a joint journalistic investigation to publicly expose this scandal.

"Without this reporting by the Washington Post and 60 Minutes, the FBI and Justice Department would continue to delay release of the bullet-lead case files and notification of defendants and the courts about these problems," said Dr. Frederic Whitehurst.

"The last thing the Justice Department should do is what has been done, to aggressively stop parties from discovery of those citizens harmed," Dr. Whitehurst said.

You can visit the Whistleblower Protection Blog, at http://www.whistleblowersblog.org for further information on the bullet-lead issue. We will have original documents from the FOIA lawsuit, as well as blog posts from former FBI Crime Lab whistleblower (and Executive Director of the Forensic Justice Project) Dr. Frederic Whitehurst and the General Counsel for the National Whistleblower Center, David Colapinto.

Whistleblower Blog Launches

Washington D.C. - November 16, 2007. A new whistleblower-support blog was launched by the National Whistleblower Legal Defense and Education Fund (NWLDEF) to provide critical information on cutting edge whistleblower issues and breaking news stories related to whistleblower rights.

The new blog, entitled the Whistleblower Protection Blog, is located at http://www.whistleblowersblog.org.

Among its features are:

  • Legislative updates
  • Public forum for discussing whistleblower issues
  • News analysis
  • Information on how to protect yourself when exposing wrongdoing
  • Review of important new whistleblower legal decisions

News organizations, whistleblowers and whistleblower-advocates are encouraged to sign up for the Whistleblower Protection Blog RSS News Feeds to have the latest whistleblower issues downloaded right to your web browser.

The NWLDEF is a non-profit law firm associated with the National Whistleblower Center. Since 1988 both the Center and the NWLDEF have provided legal support and resources to whistleblowers. The Editor-in-Chief of the blog is Mr. Marshall Chriswell, who can be contacted at mc@whistleblowers.org.

FBI’s Office of General Counsel and ITOS Managers Knew of NSL Violations in 2005

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Is the FBI doing its best to combat terrorism?
Highest-ranking Arab-American agent says no, sues for discrimination
FBI communications analysis unit chief sets forth facts related to the FBI’s conduct in response to a information request from Senator Charles Grassley 

Washington, D.C., March 21, 2007.  In response to a request for information filed by U.S. Senator Charles Grassley, the Unit Chief responsible for the Communications Analysis Unit of the FBI set forth a detailed explanation of who in the FBI learned of the problems with NSL letters, how the violations were first identified and steps taken by the Unit Chief to have the problem(s) resolved in 2005-06.  Senator Grassley’s letter was sent to the attorney for the Unit Chief (Bassem Youssef) on March 16, 2007.  The response from counsel for Mr. Youssef was dated March 17, 2007.  Senator Grassley placed these letters onto the record of the hearing conducted today before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

In a statement issued today, the President of the National Whistleblower Center (who also serves as Mr. Youssef’s lead attorney) issued the following statement:

Background information on FBI Counter-terrorism Unit Chief Bassem Youssef:

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Also see Inside the FBI: Counterterrorism

 

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Congressman Dennis Kucinich revealed that he is initiating an investigation into the insider trading that took place leading up to 9/11, particularly in regards to put options placed on American Airlines and United Airlines stock.

Kucinich said that he had personal questions about the implications insider trading had.

"I've indicated a long-standing interest in gathering information and trying to get to the bottom of exactly what happened with respect to all the stock activity that took place preceding 9/11." Kucinich said.

Kucinich said it was the bizarre record-level put options that caught his attention initially. The odd trades heavily indicate prior knowledge of the September 11 attacks and have raised a number of questions that Kucinich hopes to probe.

"First of all, I'm not afraid to ask questions about 9/11," Kucinich told the Alex Jones Show.

"From my own personal standpoint, I've had long-standing questions about why this volume, why those airlines, why that time, who made the buys, why did they buy them, who told them to make the buys, who was involved? There are questions there that need to be answered as part of an effort to get to the truth," Kucinich said.

He made clear he was not yet pointing the finger. "I don't know what happened. I'm not alleging anything here. But I sure want to find out how it happened."

But Kucinich hopes that inquiries in a committee hearing would clarify the information and answer questions.

"I think we need to talk to the people who were involved in making those transactions in order to try to figure out why they were made, for example, American Airlines and United Airlines stock." Kucinich said.

At least two FBI agents have been previously charged for their smaller roles in the insider trading. The NY Times has reported on the cases, but larger coverage of the issue has been largely ignored by the mainstream media, and no larger probe has been underway until now.

Kucinich has also promised to hold hearings on the health of 9/11 first responders. He has already met with a number of rescue workers to hear their stories and is in the process of bringing forth information to committee.

The Congressman warned, however, that his seat has been hotly contested by 'Cleveland corporate interests' who have sunk millions into defeating Kucinich. He pleaded for help to win his local election, but remained steadfast.

"I can't be bought and I can't be bossed." Kucinich said. "I'm going to keep speaking the truth, I'm going to keep seeking the truth, and as long as people are there to support that, I'll be in Congress."

To find out more about Kucinich's Congressional race and/or help his campaign, visit http://www.Kucinich.us.

SEE ALSO:

Suppressed Details of Criminal Insider Trading Lead Directly to the CIA's Highest Ranks

Prison Planet: 9/11 Prior Knowledge Archive
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Narco News Investigation: Cocaine Planes Cross Paths with Corporate America’s Green Movement

Men Who Sold Three Planes Later Used by Narco-Traffickers Also Run Biofuel Company Together With Government Communications Contractor


By Bill Conroy
Special to The Narco News Bulletin

February 25, 2008

The web of U.S. government connections to the Gulfstream II jet that crashed in Mexico in late September last year with some four tons of cocaine onboard has taken on an eco-friendly green hue.

The jet, which had a tail number (N987SA) linked by European investigators to past CIA rendition operations, was owned, just prior to its crash landing, by a gringo duo, one of whom was Greg Smith — whom a CIA asset named Baruch Vega claims served as a pilot for past CIA, DEA and FBI undercover missions.

Smith and his partner, Florida pilot Clyde O’Connor, purchased the jet, according to a bill of sale, about a week before its cocaine payload unexpectedly hit the ground in Mexico’s Yucatan on Sept. 24, 2007. The seller was a Florida company called Donna Blue Aircraft Inc. — which is owned by two Brazilians, one of whom is Joao Malago.

Howard Altman of the Tampa Tribune reported recently that Malago is a business partner in a “green” company called Atlantic Alcohol with an individual named Larry Peters, who owns Skyway Aircraft Inc. in St. Petersburg, Fla. Skyway also happens to have sold two planes to Venezuelan buyers in recent years that have since been identified as aircraft that were subsequently used in drug-trafficking operations.

Peters’ company sold a Beech 200 aircraft to a Venezuelan purchaser in October 2004, about a month before it was apprehended in a Nicaraguan cotton field linked to a payload of some 1,100 kilos of cocaine. In addition, a recent FBI affidavit filed in federal court in Miami identifies another plane, a Cessna Conquest II (tail number N12DT), that was sold by Skyway in 2006 to a Venezuelan purchaser allegedly linked to a drug trafficking organization (DTO).

“This particular type of aircraft was utilized by DTO’s to transport cocaine from Venezuela to Africa,” the FBI complaint alleges.

The FBI affidavit characterizes the seller of the aircraft (Skyway) as an “unwitting” party in the aircraft’s eventual use as part of a money-laundering and narco-trafficking racket.

But the facts are the facts, nonetheless. Peters and his business partner, Malago, between them have sold a total of three aircraft over the past four years that were subsequently used in Latin America for narco-trafficking operations. At least two of those aircraft, the Beech 200 as well as the Gulfstream II, as Narco News has previously reported, also have been linked to past CIA use.

The Beech 200 was found in Nicaragua bearing a false tail number (N168D), which Federal Aviation Administration records show is registered to a North Carolina company called Devon Holding and Leasing Inc. (The Beech 200’s real tail number was N391SA.)

According to press reports and an investigation conducted by the European Parliament into the CIA’s terrorist rendition program, Devon Holding is a CIA shell company and N168D is a tail number to a CIA aircraft.

In addition, the Gulfstream II, according to DEA sources, was being used as part of a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) undercover operation, called the Mayan Express, when it crashed in Mexico. Those sources contend the operation is being run “unilaterally” without the knowledge or cooperation of Latin American governments.

CIA asset Vega further claims that a notorious Colombian narco-trafficker named Nelson Urrego works as an informant for the U.S. government, both ICE and the CIA, and that he helped to arrange the Gulfstream II’s cocaine payload through Colombian paramilitary groups. Panamanian authorities arrested Urrego on money-laundering charges about a week before the Gulfstream II crashed. Urrego has since told the Panamanian press that he is, in fact, a CIA asset.

Given this backdrop, several Narco News sources, including Mark Conrad, a former supervisor special agent with ICE’s predecessor agency, U.S. Customs, have suggested that the CIA, not ICE, is actually the U.S. agency controlling the Mayan Express operation.

Due to the multiple allegations linking at least two of these cocaine planes to U.S. intelligence agency operations, questions do arise as to whether the current DEA and FBI investigations into the cocaine planes will be allowed to get to the bottom of this mystery, according to law enforcement sources who spoke with Narco News. They explain that any individuals or companies involved in a CIA-backed operation, even ones that are complicit in drug trafficking, would be off limits to U.S. law enforcers due to the cloak of national security the CIA can invoke.

Sandalio Gonzalez, a retired DEA veteran who used to run the agency’s South American operations, in commenting on the Mayan Express operation, told Narco News previously:

What sense does it make for the government to smuggle drugs into the country itself just to make cases? I find it strange for a law enforcement agency to be running a unilateral operation [the Mayan Express] involving that much dope being moved out of Colombia. It’s an indication to me that something illegal is going on involving either crooks and/or government people.”

However, Gonzalez adds:

Intel collection in exchange for letting a narco-trafficker run his business is standard operating procedure for the Agency. I personally have witnessed it. DEA has a law enforcement agenda; the CIA is a law-breaking agency.

As far as Carlos Mitchem, spokesman for DEA’s Mexico City office, is concerned, though, the agency’s investigation is moving forward.

“We are running a separate investigation from the FBI,” Mitchem told Narco News. “It is a progressing, active investigation right now.”

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Narco News contacted Malago by phone and he confirmed that he does serve as a “South American representative” for Atlantic Alcohol, which lists Skyway’s Peters as one of its principals and officers.

Atlantic Alcohol is essentially a broker for biofuels, in particular ethanol, according to a brochure the company produced to promote its business. Malago explains that Atlantic Alcohol purchases ethanol from third parties and then resells and distributes the fuel to buyers primarily in the United States and Europe.

He confirms that the company operates a warehouse facility in Brazil that is used to store biofuels. In addition, the company’s promotional literature indicates Atlantic Alcohol has operations in the British West Indies and in the Dominican Republic.

“We buy biofuels in Brazil and sell them to companies looking to buy it. …We are trying to get out of the plane business and into the fuel business because you don’t have the problems associated with it, unless you can carry drugs in ethanol,” Malago quips. “There is a big market for ethanol now.”

Both Peters and Malago have previously told Narco News that they have no control over what happens to aircraft they sell once the new buyers take possession of the planes. Neither of them have been identified as targets of the ongoing, separate DEA and FBI investigations into the cocaine planes — although Malago says he has provided information to the U.S. Embassy in Brazil with the goal of assisting investigators looking into the crash of the Gulfstream II aircraft.

Peters did not return calls to Narco News seeking comment on Atlantic Alcohol’s operations.

Malago and Peters are not alone in their Atlantic Alcohol venture. The company’s brochure lists several other people as officers of the company, including David Janney and Neil Singer.

Narco News contacted Janney via telephone for a comment for this story. Janney suggested that Narco News contact Singer, “who is in charge of media” for the company.

Singer told Narco News that he had “never heard of” the cocaine planes and that he has “no relationship with Skyway.” He declined to comment beyond that other than to confirm that he owns a high-tech computer-assisted design company in the Washington, D.C. area., called the Cornerstone Companies and that a St. Petersburg, Fla.-based real-estate investment firm called Bison Financial Group Inc. “on occasion has been a customer of mine.”

Behind the Curtain

Despite Singer’s reluctance to speak with Narco News, a paper trail does exist that illuminates his career interests to an extent.


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Singer is actually listed as the owner of Atlantic Alcohol, which is located at 341 8th Ave. Southeast in St. Petersburg, Fla., according to Dun & Bradstreet, a popular business research service. That’s the same address listed on the Web site for Larry Peter’s Skyway Aircraft Inc.

Singer also is listed as the registrant of Atlantic Alcohol’s Web site, according to public Internet records. In addition, the Web site and brochure for Atlantic Alcohol lists both Peters and Singer as principals and officers of the company.

Several Web sites also mention Singer’s past and present employment experience and also include biographical information of interest.

For example, the following background on Singer can be found at a cached Web site for a high-tech real estate company called the SettlementRoom:

Neil Singer joined SettlementRoom on a permanent basis after being the lead developer on the original SettlementRoom development contract. He has significant expertise in process automation, database integration, and dynamic content generation. He is also experienced in a wide variety of database architectures, graphics and system design software, and a variety of hardware and operating system environments. Over the past 12 years, Mr. Singer has worked as a consultant on major government contracts and large commercial systems, including projects for AT&T, Blue Cross, CSC, HUD, NASA, and the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Neil Singer has a B.S. degree from Cornell University.
[Emphasis added.]

Singer also is listed as a board member of a small nonprofit group called the Israel Fund. His bio on that group’s Web site states the following:

Neil Singer is the president of The Cornerstone Companies, with offices in Washington, DC and Tampa, FL. Twenty years of national and international operations have required him to work in widely disparate communities, with contrasting opportunities and needs. New ventures include seeking opportunities to promote ethanol and other clean-fuel alternatives to petroleum power.

His undergraduate work at Cornell University in both Natural Resources and Business management was followed by graduate work at American University in International Development. These programs provided a foundation for Mr. Singer to bring the priorities of continuing education and fair labor practice into the world of entrepreneurial business. …

And, finally, this link on the Web site for Bison Financial actually lists Singer as one of the “principals” of the firm and offers this insight into his career experience:

Neil, 36, was born and raised in Buffalo, New York and graduated from Cornell University in 1988. Neil brings fourteen years of experience in corporate communications in both independent contracting, corporate and government information technology consulting.

Neil’s involvement in IT and business communications projects has earned him experience living and working in San Francisco, Boston, San Antonio, Houston, Orlando, Baltimore and Washington, D.C., before making Fairfax, Virginia his base of operations in 1997. Neil is now happily spending more time living and working on projects on Florida’s Gulf Coast.

Neil has built front-end websites and back-office data systems for Fortune 100 companies and Federal Government Agencies. Neil has experience supporting the US Marine Corps and the US Army with Internet technology, training and support services, and he carries a current security clearance. [Emphasis added.]

Neil supports Bison with his technical perspective, and helps keep Bison Financial Group at the leading/bleeding edge of the important business computer and Internet tools of the 21st century.

Although Singer was reluctant to talk with Narco News over the phone, he did suggest we send him an e-mail with questions we might have about his business endeavors. Given Singer’s extensive background in doing work for the U.S. government, including the fact that his Bison Financial profile indicates he holds a “current security clearance,” it seems that he might be of great value to U.S. government investigators in helping to track down the mystery of the cocaine planes.

After all, Singer’s business partners, Peters and Malago, have been taken advantage of by unscrupulous drug traffickers, so it doesn’t seem out of the question that Singer might want to be of some assistance to U.S. government investigators in helping to bring the criminals who duped his business partner to justice.

So, that was the nature of the e-mail Narco News sent to Singer:

Neil,

We spoke on the phone today concerning Atlantic Alcohol and a company called Skyway Aircraft in St. Petersburg, Florida.

The brochure for Atlantic Alcohol lists you and Larry Peters as well as an individual named David Janney as officers of the company. Mr. Peters also owns Skyway Aircraft.

I spoke with Mr. Janney briefly and he recommended I talk to you about Atlantic Alcohol.

You said you are not aware of the media coverage involving Skyway and the fact it sold two planes to Latin American buyers who subsequently used those aircraft in narcotics-trafficking- and money-laundering-related activities. Mr. Peters has previously stated that he had no knowledge of how those planes were being used after his company sold them and cannot control what third parties do with the aircraft once they have been sold.

Another Atlantic Alcohol representative, Joao Malago of Brazil, also was involved the sale of a plane … that subsequently crashed in Mexico with nearly four tons of cocaine onboard. Mr. Malago likewise says he cannot control what happens to a plane once he has sold it.

However, the FBI and DEA are conducting separate investigations involving those planes.

Given these connections, it does not seem improbable that federal agents might have approached individuals associated with Atlantic Alcohol as well as Skyway to question them about the planes. Mr. Malago has already confirmed that he has supplied information to the U.S. Embassy on the matter.

So my questions to you are the following:

Have you been questioned by law enforcement officials on this matter, or are you cooperating with law enforcement or intelligence officials with respect to these aircraft and their past use in narco-trafficking- and money-laundering-related operations?

Also, is there any insight you can provide into the situation and how it affects Atlantic Alcohol?

I realize you may be constrained in answering these questions, but any help you can provide is appreciated. …

Unfortunately, Singer has not yet replied to the e-mail, nor has he returned several calls seeking to assure he received the e-mail correspondence.

But we should think the best of this.

If these cocaine planes are linked to CIA operations, as signs point to in at least two of the aircraft, and Singer (who has a history of doing highly sensitive work for the U.S. government) and/or his business partners at Atlantic Alcohol are assisting the Agency in this endeavor in some way, it is very likely Singer would not be at liberty to discuss that with the press, right?

So that means the answers to the questions this story raises cannot be answered with certainty at this point.

For now, we’ll all have to be satisfied with the less-than-settling recognition that there is no three-strikes rule under U.S. law when it comes to private companies selling aircraft to narco-traffickers.

Stay tuned…

Past Stories in Cocaine Planes Series:

Third Cocaine Plane Surfaces and is Tied to Web of Government Connections

Cocaine Jet Crash in Mexico Linked to Narco-Trafficker Who Worked for U.S. Government

Jet Case Colored with Shades of Iran/Contra and “House of Death”

Cocaine Jet That Crashed in Mexico Part of Cowboy Government Operation, DEA Sources Claim

New Document Provides Further Evidence That Owner of Crashed Cocaine Jet Was a U.S. Government Operative

Mysterious Jet Crash Is Rare Portal Into the “Dark Alliances” of the Drug War

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Email of Feb. 29, 2008 from Riad Elsolh Hamad, addressed to an Austin attorney and copied to the Texas Civil Rights Review. Posted by permission of the author--gm

We had a very unpleasant visit from the FBI and IRS agents yesterday morning and they walked out with more than 40 boxes of tax returns, forms, documents, books, flags, cds, etc.

The special agent said that they have a probable cause for money laundering, wire fraud, bank fraud, etc., and I think that all of it stems from more than 35 years of watching me.

When I applied for my citizenship in 1996 the attorney asked for my record under the FOIC and got a file bigger than the NY city yellow pages with a lot of black lines to mark the names of the informants.

The names of my children who are now adults -- Rita, a graduate of Berkeley medical school at the top of her class and an ex-Harvard graduate; my son Abdullah, who is a UT graduate with a B average in math, physics and linguistics -- are also listed.

The FBI agents spoke to my son who is ill and disabled and said that they would come again and they spoke to him without a search warrant. When the special agent in charge was asked about the probable cause, he said that the judge knows but he could not tell us.

Bottom line, I need help and was wondering if you know anyone who has time on his/her hand to help me as I am broke not because of my work for the children of Palestine and contribution to free the families from Hutto last year that cost me over $15,000 dollars in legal, airline tickets and shipping their furniture.

Looking forward to hearing from you, and thanks for your work for justice. You can see some of my work through the links below which i think fermented the current situation.

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two easy reads ...one about how FBI agents used your tax dime to create 911...
the other how FBI  agents used your tax dime to triple their budget  after 911....

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http://www.911pressfortruth.com

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Chiliad, the Company That Solved the 9/11 'Connecting the Dots' Problem, Hires Dan Ferranti as CEO

Industry veteran CEO Dan Ferranti assumes command to expand Chiliad’s presence

WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--For nearly 10 years Chiliad™, Inc., has been quietly working behind the scenes to develop some of the most powerful and innovative software in the U.S. government’s anti-terrorism arsenal. With the addition of Dan Ferranti, a veteran CEO with a proven 27-year track record in the information technology field, the Washington, D.C.-based company is preparing to extend the benefits of its ground-breaking technology beyond its already-impressive client base.

Chiliad’s founders were influenced by the space shuttle Challenger disaster and the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Investigations into both events concluded that information stored in incompatible databases and documents maintained by different departments and organizations could have allowed managers and officials to prevent those disasters. But there simply was no existing technology to “connect the dots” across so many incompatible systems and organizations. Efforts to solve this problem hastened development efforts within Chiliad and drove the first deployment of Chiliad’s software within the U.S. intelligence community to create a virtual knowledge environment across distributed information stovepipes, databases and applications.

“The phrase ‘connecting the dots’ is central to understanding Chiliad’s principal software product, Chiliad Discovery/Alert™,” says Ferranti. Ferranti adds, ”Chiliad Discovery/Alert is a comprehensive platform that provides search, information extraction, on-the-fly analysis, real-time knowledge fusion, dynamic navigation and real time alerting. Our key differentiator is the ability to seamlessly tie together all of an organization’s distributed ‘stovepipe’ applications and disconnected data repositories. In some of our U.S. government deployments, we even go across different agencies to get at the heart of the ‘9/11 problem.’ Our software makes all of these resources appear as a single virtual repository to any authorized user.”

“We go much deeper than simply linking the user to multiple systems in a federated search environment,” Ferranti continues. “Chiliad’s software has the capacity and intelligence to analyze and compare data from a variety of networked repositories simultaneously. This means we can deliver the best information available to the user, and also uncover hidden connections in the data that would otherwise be missed.”

“The company has operationally proven itself in some of the most challenging search, analysis and alerting deployments in existence within the U.S. government,” Ferranti concludes. “Chiliad has demonstrated the ability to solve challenges that have stumped vendors in the search, analysis, business analytics, and database management fields.”

Both the FBI and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence – the lead U.S. agencies in the war on terrorism – have seen the unique value Chiliad offers and have deployed the company’s software to tame the mountains of data that must be sifted and analyzed to accomplish their mission.

After an extensive evaluation of available technologies, the FBI turned to Chiliad to create its Investigative Data Warehouse. Not only did Chiliad succeed where other vendors had failed, but the FBI engagement has proven to be one of the shining successes in the war on terror. Chiliad’s software helped the FBI earn the only “A” score on the “national counter-terrorism report card,” issued by the bi-partisan members of the 9/11 Commission for efforts in tracking money laundering. The FBI reported that Chiliad’s software reduced the time to process important counter-terrorism tasks from 32,000 hours to 30 minutes, saving the cost and time of 170,000 analyst hours over a four-month period, and representing a return-on-investment in productivity savings of 300 percent over the first four months of use.

Describing one of the company’s largest installations, Ferranti says, “Today, Chiliad software powers the first-of-its kind, peer-to-peer comprehensive search, analysis, and alerting capability within the largest multi-agency distributed analysis and alerting counter-terrorism system serving the nation’s lead agency for domestic counter-terrorism.”

The customer Ferranti refers to is the FBI, with 8,000 active user accounts representing intelligence analysts and agents from FBI and multi-agency joint counter-terrorism task forces. These users execute one million searches and analyses each month to connect the dots across more than 700 million records and documents from more than 50 multi-agency, multi-format data sources, connected to the National Counterterrorism Center and to databases of the Department of Homeland Security, the CIA, the NSA and the Pentagon, with an average execution time of four to six seconds.

“The performance achieved in this deployment represents just the ‘tip of the iceberg’ in the scalability potential of this system, and we now are rolling out a larger deployment that will dwarf this system,” Ferranti adds.

On the strength of its success at the FBI, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence selected and funded Chiliad to create the first operational pilot to achieve and demonstrate effective, secure decentralized information sharing across U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies – a direct and successful response to one of the 9/11 Commission’s most pointed recommendations.

Based on success within the homeland security arena, Chiliad’s board of directors made the decision in early 2007 to hire a proven CEO to lead Chiliad to the next level. Chiliad Chairman Terry Lutes comments, “Once we found Dan Ferranti, a CEO with the impressive track record of building five software and technology services companies from early-stages to mid-cap size, we decided to wait until Dan was available to join us.” In June 2007, Dan was wrapping up the sale of DolphinSearch, Inc., to another technology company. During Ferranti’s tenure as CEO of DolphinSearch, it provided search-related software products and application services to the Fortune 1000, government and legal markets. Two days after completing the DolphinSearch merger, Dan took the helm of Chiliad.

Ferranti sees Chiliad’s success in the intelligence and law enforcement field as only the beginning. In his years in the enterprise software field, Ferranti has seen many of the same problems Chiliad has solved for the intelligence and law enforcement fields manifest themselves throughout civilian government and large corporations.

“Major corporations in almost all industries, including pharmaceutical/life sciences, financial/banking, retail, marketing, energy, aerospace, healthcare, supply chain and many other fields face problems similar to the ones we have solved for the government,” Ferranti recently told his management team. “Business organizations throughout the globe are unable to effectively ‘connect the dots’ across decentralized and incompatible data collections – both internal and external to their enterprises – leaving much of the actionable business intelligence undiscovered and unused. This loss impacts both the top line and bottom line of our largest corporations every day. We can now empower them with what one government executive calls the ‘holy grail’ of actionable intelligence.”

Ferranti says, “Companies that utilize Chiliad’s software for real-time search and analysis across their decentralized and heterogeneous data collections will have an enormous advantage over their competitors. They will possess more useful and timely business intelligence, which will translate into quality improvements, reduced time-to-market, increased productivity, and increased market share.”

Ferranti sums up Chiliad’s strategy this way: “Our company’s mission is to become the predominant technology platform underlying almost all business applications throughout commercial and government organizations. In just a few years, Chiliad will be known as principal arms supplier to the information age.”
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John Connolly “was a criminal who had a day job as an FBI agent,” the U.S. Department of Justice said yesterday by way of characterizing the infamous ex-G-man, as it scrambled to distance itself from the wrongful-death suits wrought by his brazen treachery.

Debating the definition of “scope of employment,” DOJ attorney Thomas Bond has asked a panel of federal appeals court judges in Boston to rule that Connolly was motivated by the greed of a black heart - and not the pursuit of justice - when he buddied up to mobsters James “Whitey” Bulger and Stephen “The Rifleman” Flemmi and “helped (them) kill people.”

“Only one conclusion is compelled here: He’s a traitor to the FBI,” Bond insisted.

                                                                                                       


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The feds are challenging the $3.1 million that U.S. District Court Judge Reginald C. Lindsay awarded a Quincy mother for the 1984 death of her son, John McIntyre.

Acting on a tip from Connolly that McIntyre, 32, was going to accuse them of trying to smuggle arms to the Irish Republican Army, Flemmi testified in 2006 that he and Bulger chained McIntyre to a chair and tortured, choked and shot him to death before cutting out his teeth and tongue and burying him in the basement of a South Boston home.

How the appellate judges rule will have a powerful domino effect on a half-dozen other wrongful-death actions awaiting trial. Was Connolly, 67, a loose cannon in the FBI arsenal? Or was the bureau itself culpable for murder because it allowed the rogue agent to trade McIntyre’s life to preserve Bulger and Flemmi as star informants.

State law holds public employers liable for injuries and death caused by employees acting within the scope of their job.

Attorney William Christie, defending 79-year-old Emily McIntyre’s right to reparation, told reporters he found it “disturbing” the DOJ “will admit what (Connolly) was, but not what the FBI” allowed him to do.

Convicted in 2002 of racketeering and obstruction of justice, Connolly was sentenced to nine years behind bars. He is currently awaiting trial in Miami on charges he conspired with Bulger to whack former World Jai Alai president John Callahan in 1982.

Bond said Connolly was “way off the reservation” for violating a sacred FBI rule to “never disclose informants’ identities.”

“The FBI’s job (was) not to protect Bulger and Flemmi at all costs and it (wasn’t) Connolly’s job,” Bond said.

                                                                                               
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Connolly brother-in-law trial opens
First defendant in Mass. gambling ring
James O'Brien Senior Reporter

Attorneys presented their cases yesterday in the trial of a Gardner man connected by an alleged criminal gambling operation to the brother-in-law of convicted ex-FBI agent John J. Connolly, Jr.

Dennis O. Jenks, 55, allegedly collaborated with Connolly's brother-in-law Arthur Gianelli, 49, of Lynnfield, according to U.S. Attorney Michael J. Sullivan's office.

Gianelli is allegedly part of a 13-person crime ring accused of 520 counts, including extortion, loan sharking, arson, and racketeering.

Gianelli's operation allegedly worked to shake down and take over bars in the Boston area.

Jenks is charged with operating an illegal gambling business in 2006, and with witnesses tampering in Worcester County grand jury proceedings.

Connolly, currently in prison for obstruction of justice and racketeering in connection to his relationship with James "Whitey" Bulger, faces trial in Florida on a murder charge.

Local defendants
Boston-area residents charged in the U.S. Attorney's 13-person September 2006 indictment:

    * Joseph Yerardi, Jr., 52, of West Newton
    * Rafia Feghi, 59, of Newton
    * Philip Puopolo, 50, of Revere
    * Stephen Russo, 25, of Revere
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Connolly brother-in-law trial opens
First defendant in Mass. gambling ring
James O'Brien Senior Reporter

Attorneys presented their cases yesterday in the trial of a Gardner man connected by an alleged criminal gambling operation to the brother-in-law of convicted ex-FBI agent John J. Connolly, Jr.

Dennis O. Jenks, 55, allegedly collaborated with Connolly's brother-in-law Arthur Gianelli, 49, of Lynnfield, according to U.S. Attorney Michael J. Sullivan's office.

Gianelli is allegedly part of a 13-person crime ring accused of 520 counts, including extortion, loan sharking, arson, and racketeering.

Gianelli's operation allegedly worked to shake down and take over bars in the Boston area.

Jenks is charged with operating an illegal gambling business in 2006, and with witnesses tampering in Worcester County grand jury proceedings.

Connolly, currently in prison for obstruction of justice and racketeering in connection to his relationship with James "Whitey" Bulger, faces trial in Florida on a murder charge.

Local defendants
Boston-area residents charged in the U.S. Attorney's 13-person September 2006 indictment:

    * Joseph Yerardi, Jr., 52, of West Newton
    * Rafia Feghi, 59, of Newton
    * Philip Puopolo, 50, of Revere
    * Stephen Russo, 25, of Revere
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Press Release

For Immediate Release
April 14, 2008
       

Washington D.C.
FBI National Press Office
(202) 324-3691

Keith B. Bolcar Named SAC of Los Angeles’ Counterintelligence and Cyber Divisions

Keith B. Bolcar has been named Special Agent in Charge (SAC) for Counterintelligence and Cyber in the FBI’s Los Angeles Division. Director Robert S. Mueller, III appointed him to this position to replace SAC Peter Brust, who retired. Most recently, Mr. Bolcar served in a detail position at the CIA.

Mr. Bolcar entered on duty as a special agent with the FBI in September 1985. Upon completion of training at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia, he was assigned to the Washington Field Office. During this assignment, he investigated overseas homicide cases involving U.S. citizens, including the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, in December 1988.

In December 1994, Mr. Bolcar was transferred to FBI Headquarters as a supervisor in the Middle East Unit of the Counterterrorism Division’s International Terrorism Operations Section, where he handled the FBI’s Iraq Program. In December 1997, he was transferred back to the Washington Field Office as the supervisor of the extraterritorial squad investigating terrorist incidents overseas. He traveled extensively in furtherance of these investigations, including the bombing of Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia and the bombings of the U.S. Embassies in Nairobi, Kenya and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, in 1998. Mr. Bolcar also served as the supervisor of the squad responsible for the Washington Field Office’s investigation of the 9/11 attacks.

In July 2002, Mr. Bolcar was designated as the Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC) of the Counterintelligence Branch at the Washington Field Office. In this capacity, he had oversight responsibility for all counterintelligence investigations handled by the FBI in the Washington, D.C. area. He was subsequently designated as the ASAC of the Washington Field Office’s Espionage Branch in December 2003, responsible for the management of all FBI espionage matters in the Washington, D.C. area. In March 2005, Mr. Bolcar was selected as the Special Assistant to the Executive Assistant Director for the National Security Branch. He served in this position until August 2006, when he was assigned to a detail position at the CIA.
Mr. Bolcar was born in Pennsylvania, and received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Pennsylvania State University in 1982. He received his Juris Doctor degree from the Widener University School of Law in Wilmington, Delaware, in 1985.

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Lockerbie Investigator Disputes Story
Richard Marquise led the U.S. task force that investigated the bombing

by Ludwig De Braeckeleer

Global Research, October 6, 2007
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"Proper judicial procedure is simply impossible if political interests and intelligence services -- from whichever side -- succeed in interfering in the actual conduct of a court … The purpose of intelligence services -- from whichever side -- lies in secret action and deception, not in the search for truth. Justice and the rule of law can never be achieved without transparency." --Hans Koechler, U.N. observer at the Zeist trial On Sept. 6, OhmyNews International published a story related to a sensational document known as the Lumpert affidavit. (See "Key Lockerbie Witness Admits Perjury.)

Ulrich Lumpert was a key witness (No. 550) at the Camp Zeist trial, where a three-Judge panel convicted a Libyan citizen of murdering 270 persons who died in the bombing of Pan Am 103 over Lockerbie.

"I confirm today on July 18, 2007, that I stole the third hand-manufactured MST-13 Timer PC-board consisting of 8 layers of fiberglass from MeBo Ltd. and gave it without permission on June 22, 1989, to a person officially investigating in the Lockerbie case," Lumpert wrote.

On Sept. 7, the agent who led the Lockerbie investigation for the FBI wrote to me and criticized the article on several grounds, but most importantly, he alleged that the Lumpert affidavit was a "total fabrication."

Richard Marquise led the U.S. task force that investigated the Lockerbie bombing. He has authored a book on the subject: Scotbom: Evidence and the Lockerbie Investigation. He wrote to me:

"Lumpert's new statement is a total fabrication. He was interviewed several times, including at a judicial hearing in Switzerland as well as the trial itself and he never wavered in his story. His statement that he gave a "stolen timer" to a Scottish officer in 1989 does not even fit the timeline since we had no idea about the origins of PT-35 at that time. We identified MeBo in the summer of 1990. With all due respect, I must state very unambiguously that I remain convinced that the document is authentic and that the story is not a hoax. Moreover, I have obtained a document that strongly suggests that the timeline of the events related to the identification of the MST-13 timer has been fabricated."

Since the publication of the article, a well-informed source has told me that Lumpert has signed four affidavits. The documents were certified by notary Walter Wieland under Nr. 2069 to 2072.

I am now in possession of one of these four documents and I have received confirmation from the proper Swiss authority that Wieland indeed certified these documents on July 18 and that he is competent for doing so.

Although I was initially very skeptical of the Lumpert affidavit, I came to the conclusion that I have no reason to doubt its authenticity or the truthfulness of its content.

Indeed, both the timing of Lumpert's admission of perjury, his motivation for doing so as stated in the affidavit, as well as the content of the document led me to believe that the story is not a fabrication.

Lumpert wrote that he wishes to clear his conscience and that he can no longer "be prosecuted for stealing, delivering and making false statements about the MST-13 Timer PC-board, on grounds of statutory limitation."

Moreover, as I explained at length in the Sept. 6 article, the Lumpert affidavit, in just seven paragraphs, elucidates all of the longstanding mysteries surrounding the infamous MST-13 timer, which allegedly triggered the bomb that exploded Pan Am 103 over Lockerbie on Dec. 21, 1988.

Conspiracy Theory?

I wish to add that I am obviously not the only one who had reached such a conclusion. The possibility that evidence has been fabricated in order to secure the conviction of the Libyans has gained support among many people who could hardly be described as conspiracy theorists.

Jim Swire, Robert Black and Hans Koechler are among the best-informed people about the extremely complex Zeist trial.

Black QC FRSE (Queen's Council and Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh) has been Professor of Scots Law in the University of Edinburgh since January 1981, having previously been in practice at the Scottish Bar. He is now professor emeritus.

For various periods he served as head of the Department of Scots Law (later Private Law). He has been an advocate since 1972 and a QC since 1987. From 1987 to 1996 he was general editor of The Laws of Scotland: Stair Memorial Encyclopedia (25 volumes). From 1981 to 1994 he served as a temporary sheriff (judge).

He has taken a close interest in the Lockerbie affair since 1993, not least because he was born and brought up in the town, and has published a substantial number of articles on the topic in the United Kingdom and overseas. He is often referred to as the architect of the Lockerbie trial at Camp Zeist in the Netherlands.

Black's support for the story is obvious from the fact that he posted my article on his Web site. In a comment posted on OMNI, Black went out of his way to express his agreement with the 18-page analysis of the consequences of the Lumpert affidavit. "A masterly review of the weaknesses in the Lockerbie court's conviction of [Abdelbaset Al] Megrahi," Black wrote.

In April 2000, professor Koechler was appointed by U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan as international observer at the Lockerbie bombing trial that was held at Camp Zeist, Netherlands.

Koechler has also posted the article on his Web site. He wrote this comment on OMNI:

This is a well-researched analysis which precisely reveals the serious mistakes and omissions by the official Scottish investigators as well as the carelessness and lack of professionalism of the judges in the Lockerbie case. The Scottish judicial authorities are under the obligation to investigate possible criminal misconduct in the investigation and prosecution of the Lockerbie case. On July 4, 2007, Koechler wrote to Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond, reiterating his call for a "full and independent public inquiry of the Lockerbie case."

Dr. Swire, who lost his daughter in the Lockerbie bombing, is a founder and the spokesperson of the U.K. Families 103, which campaigns to seek the truth about the worst act of terror ever committed in the U.K. In a letter addressed to my editor, he wrote that the article was "one of the best informed and most realistic" he had seen.

I promised Richard Marquise that I would make an effort "to see things from the other side." And I will. But for now, we must agree to disagree. I leave him with a comment posted by Iain McKie -- someone who knows all about the consequences of forensic mistakes.

Another Lockerbie mystery is why, given this latest opportunity [Megrahi's second appeal] to uncover the truth about this terrorist outrage that claimed the lives of people from 21 countries (including 189 Americans), and given the U.S. and British high profile "war on terror," is the political silence so deafening?

I find it increasingly difficult to argue with Dr. De Braeckeleer's conclusion: "Shame on those who committed this horrific act of terror. Shame on those who have ordered the cover-up. Shame on those who provided false testimony, and those who suppressed and fabricated the evidence needed to frame Libya. And shame on the media for their accomplice silence." The McKie's know best than most the cost of injustice. Shirley McKie was a successful policewoman until her life was shattered in February 1997 when four experts from the Scottish Criminal Records Office incorrectly identified a thumbprint from a crime scene as hers.

Marquise has made other comments about the article that I will discuss at a later time. However, I wish to point out that Marquise is right to state that the quotes attributed to Michael Scharf, formerly of U.S. State Department's Office of the Legal Adviser for Law Enforcement and Intelligence, although correct do not represent exactly his opinion, as they have been printed out of context by the British media. (Scharf helped draft the sanctions against Libya.)

Scharf wrote to me:

"The text of the quotes is more or less accurate but is out of context, giving the misimpression that I thought that the two Lockerbie defendants were innocent and the U.S. government knew this all along. In fact, I referred to them as "fall guys" because I felt the case should not have focused exclusively on them, but rather should have gone up the chain of command all the way to Khadaffi [Muammar al-Qaddafi], and should also have focused on the possible involvement of third countries.

It is true, as your quote indicates, that I felt the evidentiary case presented at Camp Zeist was not as strong as the Department of Justice had led the Department of State to believe it would be at the time we were pushing for sanctions against Libya in the U.N., but that is not to say that I thought the defendants were actually innocent of wrong doing, which is the impression left by the quotes. If there is one thing we can all agree on, it is the fact that no one except the judges is satisfied with the Lockerbie trial."

Meanwhile, new extraordinary revelations have surfaced that support my view that the Lockerbie trial was engineered by Western intelligence services to frame Libya.

'Secret' Lockerbie Report Claim

Crucial information in the possession of the CIA that is related to the timer issue was withheld from the defense. The Heraldof Glasgow revealed on Oct. 2 that "a top secret [CIA] document vital to unearthing the truth about the Lockerbie bombing was obtained by the Crown Office but never shown to the defense team."

"The Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission (SCCRC) has uncovered there is a document which was in the possession of the crown and was not disclosed to the defense, which concerns the supply of MST-13 timers. Moreover, the commission has determined the decision to keep the document from the defense may have constituted a miscarriage of justice," the paper reported a source as saying.

The prosecutors have refused to make public the ultra secret document on the basis of national security. Many have been wondering what national security has to do with the Lockerbie bombing. "It is shocking to me that after 19 years of trying to get to the truth about who murdered my daughter national security is being used as an excuse," said Swire.

After having seen the CIA document, the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission team that investigated the conviction of Abdelbaset Al Megrahi decided to grant him a second appeal. The document has not yet been seen by the defense. The document is thought to dispute the pivotal fact that the bomb was triggered by the MST-13 timer that linked the case to Libya.

The non-disclosure agreement was signed by Norman McFadyen, then one of the leading members of the prosecution, on June 1, 2000.

In an exclusive interview earlier this week, Koechler told Gordon Brewer of the BCC's "Newsnight Scotland,"

The withholding of evidence by the investigators and the prosecution from the defense at the Lockerbie court is a serious breach of the fundamental norms of a fair trial. If such action occurs on the basis of a written commitment given to a foreign intelligence service, as has now been revealed concerning crucial evidence related to the timer that allegedly triggered the explosion of Pan Am 103 over Lockerbie, the judicial nature of the entire proceedings is to be put into question.

If a foreign intelligence service is allowed to determine what evidence may be disclosed in court and what not, judicial proceedings before a court of law are perverted into a kind of intelligence operation the purpose of which is not the search for the truth, but the obfuscation of reality. Black has said,

If a foreign intelligence agency says they would be prepared to give the crown access only if they promise to keep the information secret, then it is the responsibility of the crown to say we cannot do that. They have an ethical responsibility not to sign such agreements.

This tends to indicate that the crown has not changed its fundamental stance that says they will decide what the public interest is and what information should or should not be disclosed. That is fundamentally wrong. The source in the Herald's report agrees: "The commission was unable to obtain authority for its disclosure. Without access to this document, the defense is disabled from putting before the court full and comprehensive grounds of appeal as to why the conviction should be quashed."

CIA Offered $2m to Lockerbie Witnesses

It now appears that huge amounts of money were offered by U.S. officials to at least three key witnesses. The defense was never told that the CIA had offered millions of dollars to their star witnesses.

"We understand the commission found new documents which refer to discussions between the U.S. intelligence agency and the Gaucis [Tony and his brother Paul] and that the sum involved was as much as $2m," a source close to the case told The Herald, according to an Oct. 3 report. "Even if they did not receive the money, the fact these discussions took place should have been divulged to the defense." Tony Gauci was an instrumental witness in the case.

On Oct. 5, Edwin Bollier, head of the Zurich-based company MeBo, told Koechler that during a visit to the headquarters of the FBI in Washington, D.C., at the beginning of 1991, he was offered an amount of up to $4 million plus a new identity in the U.S. if he would testify in court that the timer fragment that was allegedly found on the crash site around Lockerbie stemmed from a MST-13 timer that his company had delivered to Libya.

Media Silence

Will the media finally cover this extraordinary affair? Perhaps. In France, Le Figaro has published a couple of stories, one of which was entitled: "And if Libya Was Innocent …" Television channel France 3 reported the story of the Lumpert affidavit.

In the U.K., The Herald has picked up the latest developments in the story. The BBC has published a few lines about it. The London journal Private Eye is rumored to be running the story in its next edition. U.S. media remain amazingly silent.

Quo Vadis?

"In view of all these revelations and serious allegations, Koechler renewed his call for an independent international investigation of the handling of the Lockerbie case by the Scottish and British authorities," wrote Gordon Brewer of the BCC's "Newsnight Scotland."

"It remains to be seen whether the Scottish judicial and political system will live up to the challenge and whether the authorities will allow a full and objective inquiry," Brewer said. I have very little hope that the Scottish judicial and political system will allow an independent international investigation.

For now, I encourage my readers to reflect upon a Persian saying. "Shame on those who committed the deed. Shame on those who allowed the deed to be committed."

Ludwig De Braeckeleer has a Ph.D. in nuclear sciences. He teaches physics and international humanitarian law. He blogs on "The GaiaPost."


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FBI offered me $4m: Lockerbie bomb witness
MICHAEL HOWIE HOME AFFAIRS CORRESPONDENT (mhowie@scotsman.com)

A WITNESS in the Lockerbie case has claimed he was offered $4 million (£2 million) by American investigators to lie to the trial judges.

Edwin Bollier, head of the Swiss company MEBO that was said to have manufactured the timer used to detonate the Pan Am bomb, claims he was offered the money by the FBI at its Washington HQ in exchange for making a statement that supported the main line of inquiry - that Libya was responsible for the bombing.

He has told Dr Hans Koechler, who was a UN observer during the trial of Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi in the Netherlands, that he was offered a "new life" in the United States if he testified that the timer found in the plane wreckage had been supplied to Libya.

"I rejected this and said this could not possibly be the case," he said. He added that there was a "loud dispute" after he rejected the offer.

The claim follows news that the Maltese shopkeeper Tony Gauci, whose evidence led to Megrahi's conviction, was offered $2 million by the CIA.
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The CIA and the Raid on Ecuador

Spies Without Borders

By WILLIAM BLUM

When Andreas Papandreou assumed his ministerial duties in 1964 in the Greek government led by his father George Papandreou, he was shocked to discover an intelligence service out of control, a shadow government with powers beyond the authority of the nation's nominal leaders, a service more loyal to the CIA than to the Papandreou government.

This was a fact of life for many countries in the world during the Cold War, when the CIA could dazzle a foreign secret service with devices of technical wizardry, classes in spycraft, vital intelligence, unlimited money, and American mystique and propaganda. Many of the world's intelligence agencies have long provided the CIA with information about their own government and citizens.

The nature of much of this information has been such that if a private citizen were to pass it to a foreign power he could be charged with treason. [William Blum, Killing Hope, pages 217-8.]

Leftist Ecuadorian president Rafael Correa declared in April that Ecuador's intelligence systems were "totally infiltrated and subjugated to the CIA," and accused senior Ecuadoran military officials of sharing intelligence with Colombia, the Bush administration's top (if not only) ally in Latin America.

The previous month missiles had been fired into a camp of the Colombian FARC rebels situated in Ecuador near the Colombian border, killing about 25. One of those killed was Franklin Aisalla, an Ecuadorean operative for the group. It turned out that Ecuadorean intelligence officials had been tracking Aisalla, a fact that was not shared with the president, but apparently with Colombian forces and their American military advisers.

"I, the president of the republic, found out about these operations by reading the newspaper," a visibly indignant Correa said. "This is not something we can tolerate." He added that he planned to restructure the intelligence agencies so he would have greater direct control over them. [New York Times, April 21, 2008.]

The FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) is routinely referred to in the world media as "Marxist", but that designation has not been appropriate for many years. The FARC has long been basically a criminal organization -- kidnapings for ransom, kidnapings for no apparent reason, selling protection services to businesses, trafficking in drugs, fighting the Colombian Army to be free to continue their criminal ways or to revenge their comrades' deaths.

But Washington, proceeding from its declared ideology of "If you ain't with us, you're against us; in fact, if you ain't with us you're a terrorist", has designated FARC as a terrorist group. Every stated definition of "terrorist", from the FBI to the United Nations to the US criminal code makes it plain that terrorism is essentially a political act.

This should, logically, exclude FARC from that category but, in actuality, has no effect on Washington's thinking. And now the Bush administration is threatening to add Venezuela to its list of "nations that support terrorism", following a claim by Colombia that it had captured a computer belonging to FARC after the attack on the group's campsite in Ecuador.

A file allegedly found on the alleged computer, we are told, suggests that the Venezuelan government had channeled $300 million to FARC, and that FARC had appeared interested in acquiring 110 pounds of uranium. [New York Times, March 4, 2008]

What next? Chavez had met with Osama bin Laden at the campsite?

Amongst the FARC members killed in the Colombian attack on Ecuador were several involved in negotiations to free Ingrid Betancourt, a former Colombian presidential candidate who also holds French citizenship and is gravely ill. The French government and Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez have been very active in trying to win Betancourt's freedom. Individuals collaborating with Chavez have twice this year escorted a total of six hostages freed by the FARC into freedom, including four former Colombian legislators.

The prestige thus acquired by Chavez has of course not made Washington ideologues happy. If Chavez should have a role in the freeing of Betancourt -- the FARC's most prominent prisoner -- his prestige would jump yet higher. The raid on the FARC camp has put an end to the Betancourt negotiations, at least for the near future.

The raid bore the fingerprints of the US military/CIA -- a Predator drone aircraft dropped "smart bombs" after pinpointing the spot by monitoring a satellite phone call between a FARC leader and Chavez. A Colombian Defense Ministry official admitted that the United States had provided his government with intelligence used in the attack, but denied that Washington had provided the weapons.[9] The New York Times observed that "The predawn operation bears remarkable similarities to one carried out in late January by the United States in Pakistan."[10]

So what do we have here? Washington has removed a couple of dozen terrorists (or "terrorists") from the ranks of the living without any kind of judicial process. Ingrid Betancourt continues her imprisonment, now in its sixth year, but another of Hugo Chavez's evil-commie plans has been thwarted.

And the CIA -- as with its torture renditions -- has once again demonstrated its awesome power: anyone, anywhere, anytime, anything, all laws domestic and international be damned, no lie too big.

William Blum is the author of Killing Hope: U.S. Military and CIA Interventions Since World War II, Rogue State: a guide to the World's Only Super Power. and West-Bloc Dissident: a Cold War Political Memoir.

He can be reached at BBlum6@aol.com

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If Carmen “The Cheeseman” DiNunzio did not exist, in all his 400-pound munificence, the FBI surely would have invented him.

For a law enforcement agency in desperate need of proving it can catch a Boston gangster, instead of marrying one (see Whitey), the Cheeseman is just what these accountants - er, cops - ordered.

“Like shooting fish in a barrel,” one seasoned cop guffawed in the wake of this hapless mafioso’s latest blunder into indictment. Actually, it was a good deal less sporting than that. Nailing the Cheeseman, as he allegedly tried to bribe his way into the Big Dig, was more like shooting an elephant at 10 paces with a grenade launcher.

And this particular elephant, according to his lawyer, happens to be afflicted with sleep apnea, Type 2 diabetes, an overburdened heart and clogged lungs, to name just a few of his ailments.

Still, it appears that Jerry Angiulo’s obese successor was healthy enough to throw every ounce of his monstrous bulk in the face of an undercover G-man posing as a state highway inspector on the take.

For a down payment of $10,000, the Cheeseman and his two amigos planned to snare a $6 million contract to blanket the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway with 300,000 cubic feet of sand, silt and horse manure, otherwise known as loam. Genius!

“Lookit . . . I’m the Cheeseman,” DiNunzio bellowed straight into the open microphone of the G-man assuming the role of a skittish highway inspector. “You ask anybody about me. We straighten out a lot of beefs.”

Somewhere in the catacombs along Prince Street, or by the sea in Nahant, Papa Jerry had to be laughing, or crying . . . or both. A generation after the North End’s favorite underboss was shipped off to jail for shooting off his mouth in the vicinity of an open mike, his nitwit successor gets caught bragging to a stranger that he’s the real Tony Soprano.

La Cosa Nostra has become a caricature of itself. Much like the last days of the Third Reich, the Mafia, at least around here, is degenerating into a confederacy of the foolish and the infirm. It hasn’t been two years since they rolled the Cheeseman into a North Shore court for the threats he allegedly made to a flock of bookies. And now, he pops back up on the FBI’s version of YouTube - video as well as audio - up to his ears in the cheese, so to speak. What a pitiful commentary on the Mafia’s talent pool.

The most hilarious part of the Cheeseman’s latest misadventure is played by his supporting dumbbell, Andrew Marino, who seals DiNunzio’s fate by blabbing to the fed’s informant that the Cheeseman “is the guy in the North End - the head of the (bleeping) organization. That’s the guy that’s always in the news.” Not necessarily the kind of validation that a truly effective Mafia guy craves.

The informant then asks Andrew Marino: “Is he (DiNunzio) a Big Dig guy?”

“No,” Marino replies, “he’s the head of the Mafia. He’s got the Big Dig guys, the inspectors, in (his) pockets.” Mafia guys, Big Dig guys - what’s the difference?

“So, we’re covered?” the skeptical informant asks Marino.

“The Cheeseman,” Marino assures him, “nobody’s gonna get (bleeped).”

Well, it looks as if everybody in this pathetic fandango is going to get bleeped. And the Cheeseman will have to make some long-term arrangements to have his sleep apnea machine delivered to his cell. Maybe Papa Jerry can spend what free days he has left welcoming the ever-dwindling supply of true North Enders to the Cheeseman’s store.

Just when the FBI has been hit with about $120 million in civil damages for the way it crawled into bed with a far more sinister breed of local gangster talent, it has the cheap luck to stumble across a sickly Mafia elephant who sells cheese and doesn’t quite know how to get out of his own way.

                                                                                                                               
                                                               
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Notorious Boston mobster Carmen “The Cheeseman” DiNunzio.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               


       


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Carmen DiNunzio, reputed Mafia capo, owner of Fresh Cheese in the North End and self-described “Cheeseman,” is facing a smorgasbord of charges, including these:

  • Conspiracy to Commit Bribery Concerning Programs Receiving Federal Funds: DiNunzio was arraigned and jailed Friday on this pungent, slightly nutty count relating to his alleged involvement in a scheme to give a state official $10,000 to secure a $6 million Big Dig contract.
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  • Extortion: This old Mafia favorite stems from a rich, zesty 2006 Essex County case that alleges DiNunzio shook down drug dealers.
  • Organizing and Promoting an Illegal Gaming Enterprise: DiNunzio collected funds from several North Shore betting operations, according to this bold, aromatic 2006 charge.
  • Conspiracy to Violate Gaming Laws: This modest but not subtle count is a natural complement to the other two from 2006.
  • Stupidity: DiNunzio exhibited a soft, runny quality in his alleged dealings with the thoroughly wiretapped undercover agent - or, as U.S. Attorney Michael J. Sullivan put it, he proved the Mafia is “as dumb as they have always been.”
  • Chutzpah: On the other hand, DiNunzio also exhibited a refreshing, tangy gall in citing sleep apnea among his health problems in requesting a release from jail on bail Friday.
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    Luis Posada Carriles, a terror suspect abroad, enjoys a 'coming-out' in Miami

                                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                                                           
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    In a photo taken last year, Luis Posada Carriles is helped out of the car by his daughter, Janet Arguello, in Miami. Posada allegedly masterminded a series of Havana hotel bombings in the late 1990s in an effort to crush Cuba's budding tourism business.
                                           
                                                                                                   
    A dinner with 500 fellow Cuban exiles honors the militant and former CIA operative, now 80 and still wanted in Venezuela on terrorism charges.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
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    May 7, 2008
                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            MIAMI -- The dapper octogenarian in a crisp blue suit, his face smoothed by plastic surgery, swanned from table to table in the candlelit banquet hall, bestowing kisses and collecting accolades.

    An aging movie star being feted by fans? A veteran politico taking his bows?

    No, the man being honored by 500 fellow Cuban Americans at a sold-out gala was Luis Posada Carriles, the former CIA operative wanted in Venezuela on terrorism charges and under a deportation order for illegally entering the United States three years ago.

    Posada, 80, has mostly kept a low profile since his release from a Texas prison a year ago and a federal judge's dismissal of the only U.S. charges against him -- making false statements to immigration officials.

    But recent events like the Friday dinner and an exhibit and sale of his paintings last fall show that the man who spent his life trying to topple the communist government of Fidel Castro has returned to the social forefront of this city's exile community.

    "We are coming to the end of a terrible stage. The end of our struggle is near," Posada told the crowd of supporters in evening dress, referring to Castro's failing health.

    Venezuela's ambassador in Washington, Bernardo Alvarez Herrera, condemned the celebration of Posada as a mockery of justice and evidence of a Bush administration double standard in fighting terrorism.

    "This is outrageous, particularly because he kept talking about violence," Alvarez said of Posada. "He said that the whole thing now is 'to sharpen our machetes' " for a confrontation with leftist regimes in Latin America.

    The U.S. government has never given Venezuela a formal answer to its 3-year-old request for extradition of Posada, despite a treaty providing for such cooperation that has been in effect since 1922, the ambassador said.

    Posada is alleged to have masterminded the bombing of a Cuban airliner in 1976 on which all 73 on board were killed, including a youth fencing team returning from a tournament in the Venezuelan capital, Caracas. He is also suspected of plotting a series of hotel bombings in Havana in the late 1990s, one of which killed an Italian tourist.

    He has boasted of his many attempts to kill Castro and has allegedly been involved in, according to court documents, "some of the most infamous events of 20th century Central American politics."

    Posada was serving time in a Panama prison for a 2000 assassination attempt on Castro when outgoing Panamanian President Mireya Moscoso pardoned him and three accomplices in August 2004 in what some observers saw as a favor to President Bush to rally the Cuban-dominated Florida vote for his reelection.

    The three other Cuban Americans returned to Miami as heroes; Posada arrived six months later, reportedly fetched from Mexico by a shrimp boat owned by an anti-Castro benefactor.

    As Venezuela, Cuba and human rights groups clamored for Posada's extradition for trial on the plane-bombing charges, federal authorities here arrested him in May 2005 for illegal entry. A federal judge in Texas ordered him deported, but another judge prohibited his being sent to Venezuela, heeding claims by Posada's lawyers that he could face torture or execution there.

    None of a half-dozen friendly countries contacted by the State Department would agree to take Posada.

    An immigration fraud case was brought by federal prosecutors later that year but dismissed in May 2007. U.S. District Judge Kathleen Cardone accused federal authorities of using trickery, fraud and deceit in pursuing a criminal case against him.

    Federal prosecutors appealed and are waiting for a ruling from the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, said Dean Boyd, spokesman for the Justice Department.

    Analysts speculate that the U.S. government has dodged calls for prosecution of Posada for fear he would disclose details of CIA involvement in coups, assassination plots and scandals, including the Iran-Contra Affair.

    Peter Kornbluh, head of the Cuba Documentation Project at George Washington University's National Security Archive, has compiled declassified CIA and FBI documents on Posada that show he remained in close touch with Washington handlers throughout his covert service.

    "The spectacle of a wanted international terrorist being publicly feted as a hero in Miami makes a mockery of the Bush administration's commitment to wage a war on terrorism," he said of Posada's coming-out party.

    Rep. William Delahunt (D-Mass.) convened a congressional hearing in November on the administration's handling of the Posada case, arguing that there was "compelling evidence" implicating Posada in the plane bombing.

    Delahunt said Tuesday that "there doesn't seem to be much enthusiasm" under the current administration for prosecuting Posada, but that he would push again for legal action against Posada after the November election.

    "To have Posada honored in such a way sends a terrible statement to the rest of the world," the congressman said of the tribute.

    Posada, still under a supervision order with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, entered the banquet to a standing ovation, his face beaming and minus the scar from a 1990 attack by gunmen in Guatemala.

    "He's a real hero for Cuba. He's been fighting for the freedom of Cuba since the day he arrived in the United States," said Hector Morales-George, a retired surgeon who attended the dinner.
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    L.A. Courts Literally Go To Shit As Notorious Director Faces Obscenity Trial

                                   

    duchamp_3I01505.jpgDefamer would like to take just a moment to salute a true American hero — a local filmmaker whose vision, dedication and utter depravity have resulted in some of the bravest and most honest films of our time. His name is Ira Isaacs; you may know him as the maker of such "shock art" (i.e. fetish porn) masterworks as Laurie's Toilet Show, Gang Bang Horse (Pony Sex Game) and Hollywood Scat Amateurs No. 7, and soon you may also know him as the man sent up the river in what Radar today describes as perhaps "the most extreme obscenity trial in U.S. history."

                                   

    Correspondent Susannah Breslin has Isaacs' noble and only mildly revolting story via Q&A, hopefully in a disinfected room or on a phone with a condom pulled over it:


    ISAACS: I was one of the first to do this. Getting actresses to participate in this art venture is not the easiest thing in the world. Picasso had problems as well. And [Marcel] Duchamp with the toilet [Urinal, a signed urinal exhibited in an art gallery]. [James Joyce's] Ulysses was up for obscenity. I felt like I'm never going to be a great musician, I'm never going to be a great oil painter. Here, I had a chance to shock a lot of people. My movies that I make, there's a lot contrast, there's a lot of social commentary. How people deal with taboos. How people see something so mundane. The contrast between feces and a beautiful girl. Good and evil. ...

    RADAR: Were you worried about getting busted?

    ISAACS: January 17 [2007], I'm going to my office in Koreatown, and there's 20 to 25 FBI agents. They're in my office. They're in my hallway. There's these two big guys. "Are you Mr. Isaacs?" they say. "Come with me." They walk me down the hallway, into my office. There's FBI all over the place. But I'll tell you, they were very, very pleasant people. They were really nice. Those guys would rather be fighting terrorism than being the sex police. The FBI guy was as curious as you are. He asked me, "Off the record," he asked me, "How do you convince girls to do this kind of stuff?" I said, "I do it very well."

    Transfixed as we are by the concept of "good and evil" as represented by a dump on someone's face, we're afraid we must sit this trial out at risk of our own standards-and-practices violation and/or years of nightmares. You are in luck, though, dear reader, as indefatigable Huffington Post legal correspondent Allison Hope Weiner will be moving on to this shitty case upon the end of jury deliberations in the Anthony Pellicano trial. Good luck to Mr. Isaacs; may we never know first-hand what a true master he is.

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    The Report of a Consummate Washington Lawyer: Insights from Robert Bennett's "In The Ring"
    By JOHN W. DEAN
    Friday, Jul. 11, 2008

    Bob Bennett is one of the best-known attorneys in Washington, DC, a city with more lawyers per capita than any place in the United States, if not the world. Although I’ve never met Bennett, I suspect we must have passed one another in the halls at Georgetown University Law Center, where he graduated the year before I did.

    Bennett has had – and continues to have – a fascinating legal career in which he has represented the “who’s who” of Washington (and elsewhere) in a steady stream of high-profile media-saturated cases. Recently, he has shared highlights from his career in his new book In The Ring: The Trials of a Washington Lawyer. For me, his memoir is more than a trip down memory lane, for he places a number of highly-political criminal prosecutions in which he lead the defense in appropriate historical perspective.

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    “Washington,” Bennett says, is not only a “tough” town, but also a “mean” one. He certainly makes the case for this contention with his reminiscences of his representation of two Washington attorneys and icons: Clark Clifford, a Democrat, and Caspar Weinberger, a Republican. His stories are chilling.

    Defending Against the Attack on Clark Clifford: The Fall of a Democratic Icon

    Clark Clifford was a Washington legend. Tall and always elegantly dressed, he was a distinguished-looking man with his premature gray hair and movie-star features. He had long been one of Washington’s most eminent attorneys, as a former White House counsel to President Truman, a personal attorney to President Kennedy, a former Secretary of Defense for President Johnson, and as a private adviser and international emissary for President Carter. Late in his career, and for the mere challenge of it, Clifford had agreed to server as chairman of the board of First American Bank, in Washington, with his law partner Robert Altman serving as president. They had made a failing bank into a great success.

    After serving some nine years in this role, Clifford was eighty-five and in failing health when first New York City District Attorney Robert Morgenthau, and then Assistant U.S. Attorney General Robert Mueller (today Director of the FBI), targeted Clifford, along with Altman, as being complicit in the scandal involving the Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI), which was in trouble all over the world. BCCI began to implode, following charges of its having laundered drug money and engaged in other nefarious activities, and investigators soon learned that contrary to New York and federal banking laws, BCCI owned First American Bank.

    Both Clifford and Altman denied being aware of this ownership relationship, but prosecutors did not believe them. Soon, the prosecutors began leaking their case to the news media and it quickly became a major scandal. How could the savvy Clark Clifford have been deceived and misled by the Arab money men behind BCCI? It did not seem possible.

    When Bob Bennett was retained, he and his associates prepared a lengthy submission to show prosecutors that they were wrong – that they had no case – for neither Clifford nor Altman had in fact been aware of the BCCI ownership, nor had they violated any law. Nonetheless, a race was on between the New York District Attorney and the Department of Justice in Washington to prosecute these men. On July 30, 1992, Morgenthau and Mueller both announced their separate (but coordinated) indictments of the two men for allegedly lying to banking officials, accepting bribes, and falsifying records.

    Bennett, who always reaches to be fair to his opponents, reports how these prosecutors literally did their best to kill Clifford. Because of Clifford’s failing health, he sought an early trial date, seeking to exonerate himself before he died. When, at Bennett’s request, a federal judge in Washington set the trial for October 26, 1992, the New York prosecutors set their own trial date on October 22, 1992 in New York City. As Bennett explains, normally the state defers to the federal case, and the Department of Justice insists on proceeding. But Mueller’s office “shamelessly capitulated and agreed that the New York trial could go first.” Bennett believes that the reason for the decision was that the feds knew they had no case, so they were happy to let Morgenthau proceed.

    Bennett explained to the New York prosecutors that Clifford was not physically capable of traveling to and enduring a trial in New York, but the prosecutors fought him, until a New York judge sent a team of doctors and then found that, indeed, Clifford was too ill. Nonetheless, prosecutors still insisted on proceeding against Altman, whom they tried to force into pleading guilty so they could nail Clifford, but Altman refused, and went to trial. Meanwhile, Clifford went through open heart surgery, and while he survived it, Bennett says he never truly recovered.

    After five months of the prosecution’s presenting evidence at trial, the case was so weak that the judge dismissed the bribery charges (the heart of their case), but the prosecutors plowed on, forcing the jury to decide. The jury’s verdict regarding Altman: Not guilty. Bennett reports that, after their verdict, “The jurors eagerly met with the press to criticize the prosecution and proclaimed that Altman was unquestionably innocent.”

    Bennett does not report whether Morgenthau or Mueller ever dismissed the case they had constructed against Clifford, whose only vindication was Altman’s acquittal. He remained too ill to stand trial. Bennett says he was later asked by news people how they got it so wrong. “I told them that the story line – an icon’s fall from grace – was too good and caused them to get carried away and accept at face value all that was told to them by out-of-control prosecutors.” He adds, that while the press ultimately knew they had been misled, “this was of little consolation to Clifford,” who died on October 10, 1998, under the shadow of his fabricated disgrace.

    Defending Against the Attack on Caspar Weinberger: The Fall of a Republican Icon

    Caspar Weinberger was selected by President Nixon to serve as Chair of the Federal Trade Commission. Nixon later moved Weinberger to the White House, first as Deputy Director and then as Director of the Office of Management and Budget. In 1973, Weinberger became the Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare, a position in which he remained during the Ford Administration.

    President Ronald Reagan selected Weinberger to be his Secretary of Defense, a post he held for over six years. As one of Reagan’s key national security advisers, however, Weinberger objected to the sale of arms to Iran. When the Iran-Contra scandal erupted, and former federal judge Lawrence Walsh was appointed Independent Counsel to investigate the sale of arms to Iran, Weinberger fully cooperated with the inquiry for some five years. Late in the investigation, however, Walsh advised a shocked Weinberger that he was now among its targets.

    Weinberger hired Bob Bennett. In all the accounts that Bennett shares in his book, he goes out of his way not to personally criticize those who were his prior opponents, but there is one exception: Lawrence Walsh. For example, at one point in his account, Bennett states, “The best reason why the independent counsel law should never be brought back to life is Lawrence Walsh. Walsh’s prosecution of Weinberger was one of the greatest abuses of prosecutorial power I have ever encountered.”

    Bennett backs this up with page after page describing Walsh’s unprofessional conduct. When, for example, Bennett provided Walsh with evidence of Weinberger’s innocence – such as the fact that though Walsh was claiming Weinberger had made material false statements to the Senate, the Senate committee that had heard Weinberger’s testimony disagreed – Walsh became outraged. He did not want the fact he had ignored getting in the way of his prosecution. When Bennett convinced the court to dismiss charges in the indictment, Walsh issued a new indictment – just before the election in which President George H. W. Bush would lose to Bill Clinton – suggesting that Bush was involved in the Iran-Contra matters through Weinberger. (This new charge of another purported false statement to Congress was quickly dismissed too, for it did not fall within the statute of limitations, a fact that suggested that Walsh had added it simply for political purposes, as the election approached.)

    Those who have followed the Iran-Contra investigation always had good reason to suspect that the trophy Walsh truly wanted was President Reagan. Bennett confirms this suspicion, based on his direct dealing with Walsh. Walsh told Bennett that if Weinberger “would cooperate by providing evidence against President Reagan and other high-level officials of his administration, they would accept a misdemeanor plea and would support a recommendation of no jail.” Weinberger refused, because he was not guilty of anything and had no incriminating evidence against others – and because he had no interest in lying for Walsh.

    As Bennett prepared for trial, after the election of Bill Clinton, he also began suggesting to friends on Capitol Hill, and to White House counsel Borden Gray, that a pardon from Bush would end it all. Over the Christmas holiday, Bush pardoned not only Weinberger, but others who had been involved in the Iran-Contra matter as well. Needless to say, Walsh was outraged, and ranted and raved about corruption at the highest levels. Bennett disagrees. Based on his knowledge, he says, Weinberger was “innocent of all the charges made against him, and I believe he would have been fully vindicated at trial.” Again, uncharacteristically mincing no words, Bennett adds, “His indictment was a gross miscarriage of justice perpetuated by an irresponsible prosecutor.” Indeed, he compares Walsh to the crazed Ahab of Moby-Dick.

    While this is not a book review, I can only close by saying this book is a great read for anyone interested in the way Washington works. In addition to the matters I have discussed above, it also includes accounts of Bennett’s service as Special Counsel to the Senate Ethics Committee when investigating the Keating Five (he feels Senators Glenn and McCain did not engage in inappropriate behavior, while Senators Cranston, DeConcini and Riegle were up to their necks in improperly assisting the S & L mogul); his representation of the politically-incorrect owner of the Cincinnati Reds, Marge Schott (he even protected Marge’s dog and the team’s mascot, Schottzie 02, from the numbskulls of Major League Baseball); his handling of New York Times reporter Judith Miller’s contempt of court (Tom Brokaw visited her in jail); and, of course, his representation of President Bill Clinton during the Paula Jones litigation and Ken Starr investigations (he thinks Starr, his friend, was out of his league) – to mention only a few more of his tales well told.


    John W. Dean, a FindLaw columnist, is a former counsel to the president.
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    FBI and Bureau of Prisons Do Not Do Reference Checks for Law Enforcement Applicants

     
     
     
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    The Department of Justice, which hires about 10,000 new employees a year, generally does not check the references provided by job applicants, even when they are applying for jobs in law enforcement or corrections, according to a new report from the DOJ Inspector General Office. Perhaps most surprising is the fact that the FBI and the federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP)—the two agencies with the most gun-toting employees—conduct no reference checks for their armed personnel.

     

    Although no government-wide mandate to check references exists, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) encourage federal agencies to do so for every applicant as a way to verify the information provided, predict job success, and obtain information about their professional reputation and accomplishments. The Justice Department, however, requires reference checks only for new career attorney applicants, and allows its constituent agencies to set reference checking policies for other occupations.

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    Attorney Charged with Orchestrating Murder of FBI Informant on Trial – Again

    Steve Neavling
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    Prominent New Jersey attorney Paul Bergrin, who is accused of using his law firm to commit crimes, including drug trafficking, prostitution and the murder of an FBI informant, is on trial in Newark federal court, Reuters reports.

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    Minister: Iceland refused to help FBI on WikiLeaks

     Friday, February 1, 2013 12:30 pm

    Iceland's interior minister said Friday that he ordered the country's police not to cooperate with FBI agents sent to investigate WikiLeaks two years ago, offering a rare glimpse into the U.S. Department of Justice's investigation of the secret-busting site.

    Ogmundur Jonasson told The Associated Press that he was upset when he found out that FBI agents had flown to the country to interview an unidentified WikiLeaks associate in August 2011.

     

    "I, for one, was not aware that they were coming to Iceland," he said in a brief telephone interview. "When I learned about it, I demanded that Icelandic police cease all cooperation and made it clear that people interviewed or interrogated in Iceland should be interrogated by Icelandic police."

    Jonasson said that Icelandic diplomats protested the FBI's trip to their U.S. counterparts.

     
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    Utah: Anti-war activist Jess Sundin speaks out against FBI repression
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    Salt Lake City, UT - State-sponsored repression and infiltration of anti-war groups is nothing new. But it can certainly take on new and particularly nasty forms, as Jess Sundin can tell you.

    On Feb. 12, Sundin told the students of Westminster College a stunning tale of FBI repression that changed her life and the lives of her fellow activists. More than a dozen attended to hear her speak at the event hosted by the Revolutionary Students Union.

    “I've dedicated my life to building international solidarity and friendships across borders,” she said. “Two and a half years ago that dedication brought the FBI to my door.”

    She, her partner, and of other activists were the focus of a nationwide raid that involved more than 70 FBI agents and six locations, with the purpose of silencing them and ending their efforts. Sundin said her belongings were searched and seized, and she was ordered to testify before a grand jury that sought to investigate “material support of terrorism.”

    She and all other activists under investigations refused to testify in front of the grand jury. The possibility of indictments is still a real danger.

    “It's still hanging over us,” she said. “The police could come to our home tomorrow and arrest us.”

    Sundin explained that an FBI infiltrator exploited the gender and sexual orientation of members of the Minneapolis Anti-War Committee in order to spy on their legal organizing. “Karen Sullivan,” who lied about being a queer mother to gain trust, joined the well-known and respected group, pretending to be a friend and fellow activist.

    All the while, Sullivan was informing government officials of their activities, who even went so far as to prevent a group of activists from entering Palestine to meet with a legal women's group there.

    Sundin said that international solidarity work remains not only commendable, but also essential.

    “In fact the case against us, the work that we've done that's being criminalized, is the same kind of work that helped to bring apartheid in South Africa to its knees,” she said.

    Throughout the presentation, Sundin, a member of the Committee to Stop FBI Repression, stressed that she is free today due to the work of people willing to stand up against repression and support both her cause and the cause of others. Hundreds of people rallied to prevent the trumped-up case against her from moving forward, she said.

    She also spoke about the support for Carlos Montes, a Chicano activist from California who faced similar repression, and the Holy Land 5, currently in prison in the U.S. for their charity work for Palestine. She said that to demand their freedom is also a demand to the freedom of all activists. She said hundreds of people are currently in prison for daring to fight against war and disagree publicly with U.S. policy.

    “It's about this: there is a conflict and the U.S. has picked a side, and when we pick a different side, the government says it is illegal to extend a hand of friendship,” she said. “That's what we've been targeted for.”

    Nevertheless, Sundin says that she remains committed and encouraged others not to be daunted by the tactics used to silence those who are trying to build a better world and end U.S. wars.

    “Don't be afraid - because the fact is that being open and being outspoken in defense of ourselves and our work has done more to expand the political space for all of us to continue to build solidarity between each other and across the globe.”
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    Ex-U.S. Attorney says he felt ‘betrayed’ by FBI mishandling of Bulger
    March 6, 2013

    Former U.S. Attorney Wayne Budd found himself in unprecedented defensive mode today, telling members of the Governor’s Council he felt “very much betrayed” by the FBI’s mishandling of gangster James “Whitey” Bulger and its “stonewalling” of his efforts to bring him down.

    “We had no clue that the bureau in Boston was compromised,” Budd said. “I wish I was smart enough to know that the guy (Bulger) was tipped. Everywhere we turned we were countered. With frightening regularity, he was ahead of the game.”

    Budd made the remarks in defense of Robert L. Ullmann, the chief of his criminal division from 1985 to 1995 and now Gov. Deval Patrick’s nominee for a Superior Court judgeship.

     

    Ullmann, 57, at his confirmation hearing before the council, was assailed with questions about the mobster accused in the slayings of 19 men and women.

    Ullmann, a Harvard graduate who has been in private practice 18 years, said, “In retrospect, we were a little naive.

    “I was one of the people who was trying to do the right thing. We all should have realized the depth of the protection and the depth of the wrongdoing sooner than we did. I’m human.”

    Said Ullmann, “We didn’t turn a blind eye. We tried to get answers. No one knew the depth of protection and the corruption. We did not know who committed the murders. We did not know he was an informant.”

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    Investigator Speaks Out On Roger Wheeler Hit
     Apr 28, 2009

     


    By Lori Fullbright, The News On 6

    TULSA, OK -- Of all the murders in Tulsa over the years, the mob hit of Roger Wheeler remains one of the most shocking.  It took place at Tulsa's most prestigious golf course, involved a string of mafia murders and didn't get solved for nearly 20 years because corrupt FBI agents ran interference for the killers.


    Now, for the first time, the only investigator to know Wheeler before the homicide, is speaking candidly about what happened behind the scenes.

    Roger Wheeler was a smart, tough, very successful businessman who decided in 1978 to spend $50 million to buy a business called World Jai Alai, a gambling game with one location in Connecticut and four in Florida.

    "I just randomly got handed Roger Wheeler's file to do his background investigation," said Dan Twomey.

    At the time, Dan Twomey worked for the Connecticut State Police and his job was to do background checks on people buying into gaming facilities with connections there.  He says it didn't take Wheeler long to suspect the business wasn't what it seemed.

    "We'd go out to eat and he'd say, ‘Dan, are these people I'm involved with, are they reputable people?' And, I remember saying Mr. Wheeler, you didn't buy into a church, you bought into a gambling facility. If bad guys can infiltrate a facility, they will," said Dan Twomey.

    He says Wheeler soon discovered the Boston mob was skimming a million dollars a year from his business and he wasn't going to stand for it.

    "The bad guys in Boston had a meeting. They find out this guy found out what's going on. We're either going to lose a million a year or take him out and they decided to take him out," said Dan Twomey.

    And, that's exactly what happened in May of 1981, but the case wasn't solved until 18 years later when the triggerman began pointing the finger at other mob members and the corrupt FBI agents who had covered for the killers.
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    http://www.scotsman.com/news/scottish-news/top-stories/cia-wanted-to-kill-lockerbie-bomber-before-trial-1-2989568


     

    CIA ‘wanted to kill Lockerbie bomber before trial’

    05/07/2013 
     
    THE CIA wanted to assassinate Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi and his co-accused, Al-Amin Khalifa Fhimah, before their trial, a former Washington lobbyist has claimed.
    William C Chasey, 73, made the sensational allegation in his autobiography, Truth Never Dies, which is to be turned into a film.
    He claims agents tried to convince him to plant homing devices on Megrahi and Fhimah as part of the plot.
    However, a former FBI chief has dismissed the claim as “nonsense”.
    Pan Am Flight 103 exploded over southern Scotland in 1988, killing 270 people. Megrahi, who died last year in Tripoli, was the only person convicted of the murders. Fhimah was acquitted in the 2001 trial at Camp Zeist in the Netherlands.
    Mr Chasey, president of the Foundation for Corporate Social Responsibility, a non-governmental organisation, became involved with Libya and the Lockerbie investigation when he was a lobbyist in Washington.
    “On behalf of business clients, I went on a lobbying mission in 1992 with a US congressman in a bid to stabilise relations between the US and [Muammar] Gaddafi’s hated regime,” he said.
    He told how he was taken to a private meeting with the two Lockerbie accused at a house in Tripoli. “Myself and the congressman and his wife then met Gaddafi and heard his pleas for help within Washington to get sanctions lifted, and heard his claims that Libya was not involved in Lockerbie,” Mr Chasey said.
    “He spoke of the death of his daughter in a US air attack on his home and appealed directly to the congressman’s wife, as a mother, to get her husband to use his influence.”
    Mr Chasey claims this clandestine meeting raised suspicions at the FBI, which launched a lengthy investigation into him.
    Then, in 1995, he wrote a controversial book, Foreign Agent 4221: The Lockerbie Cover-Up, which claimed Libya was not responsible for the bombing.
    “The FBI investigation, along with a probe by the US tax service, damaged my business and put incredible pressure on my wife, Virginia, and our young daughter Katie,” he said.
    The family moved to Poland, where Mr Chasey had ties.
    He said: “I was hit with 21 felony charges over crimes including wire fraud, mail fraud, money laundering, tax evasion, even larceny and forgery over allegations I stole headed notepaper from congressional offices.”
    He denies the claims and says all but one were dropped in 1998 when he agreed a plea bargain and admitted a charge of filing a false tax return.
    It was at this point he claims he was contacted by the CIA at Dulles Airport in Washington. “An agent approached me and asked if I could meet again with Megrahi and Fhimah to pinpoint their location so the CIA could assassinate them. In return, the charge would be dropped and my record expunged,” he said.
    “He wasn’t explicit but my belief is that the CIA wanted the suspects eliminated to stop any trial taking place and bury the alternative view that Iran and Syria were behind Lockerbie.”
    Mr Chasey, 73, was sentenced to 75 days in jail, 75 days in a half-way house and two years probation for the tax offence. He said: “I was sent to Allenwood Federal Prison in Pennsylvania and was amazed when I was joined in the canteen one day by the same CIA agent and one of his colleagues, dressed as inmates.
    “They offered to free me and clear my record, but I said I would not take part in their plot to put electronic homing devices in the suspects’ residences so they could be targeted. I told them, ‘With all of your vast resources, the one thing you will never be able to destroy is my character’.”
    Mr Chasey said he had decided to speak out now after being diagnosed with incurable cancer.
    “Apart from my wife, no-one has known about this until now. I love my country, but I fear my government”, he said.
    Dr Jim Swire, whose daughter Flora, 23, died in the bombing, believes Megrahi was innocent. He said he had read Mr Chasey’s book and thought it was believable. “I think Bill Chasey is telling the truth about the CIA,” he said. “He is a respected philanthropist and was a leading lobbyist in Washington, so he’s not a crank.”
    However, former FBI assistant director Buck Revell, who oversaw its Lockerbie investigation until 1991, said of Mr Chasey’s claims: “That’s nonsense.”


    Amazing how American voters and taxpayers continue to allow Congress to fund the FBI  after a 1999 Memphis Jury declared
    it was FBI  agents who had assassinated Martin Luther King. You do know what to do, eh?
    Boo! did I scare you?
    Here is another victim of a FBI  assassination.

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    New suit seeks to know fate of civil rights activist who vanished in 1973

    July 4, 2013



    No one doubts Ray Robinson is dead.

    After all, it’s been 40 years since the black activist from Selma, Ala., a disciple of Martin Luther King Jr. and Jesse Jackson, went missing.

    He was last seen at Wounded Knee, S.D., where he had gone in April of 1973 to preach the importance of nonviolence and stand with American Indians in their fight against the federal government.

    Robinson never made it home and, by all accounts, was murdered.

    Even now, decades later, his widow and children, eager to have him brought home, wonder where he’s buried.

    A new lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Buffalo seeks to answer that question.

    “This may sound silly after all these years, but we just want to bury him,” said Tamara Kamara, one of his daughters who lives in Michigan. “We just want to know he’s gone and have a place to take my children and grandchildren and say this is where he’s buried.”

    Robinson’s disappearance is, in many people’s eyes, one of America’s great unsolved murders.

    It’s been the topic of books and newspaper stories and, four decades after he went missing, it’s now a national story with a Buffalo angle because of the two local lawyers who filed the family’s suit here.

    “The family and the American people have a right to know what happened to Ray Robinson,” said Michael Kuzma, a Buffalo lawyer representing the family. “They have a right to know who murdered him and where he’s buried so they can bring him back home.”

    Kuzma’s Freedom of Information suit in Buffalo federal court seeks information from the FBI and others on what happened to Robinson and, perhaps even more important, what happened to his body.

    “We’ve come to the understanding that he’s dead and that he died inside Wounded Knee,” Kamara said. “The worst part is not knowing where he’s buried.”

    At Wounded Knee

    Robinson’s standing as a civil rights activist was well-established long before he traveled to South Dakota. He marched with King in Washington, D.C., in 1963 and was one of the demonstrators in 1968 who set up Resurrection City, an encampment on the Washington Mall designed to focus attention on America’s poor.

    And yet, it wasn’t until his disappearance at Wounded Knee, a historic and some might say inspiring moment for Native Americans, that the world learned of his legacy.

    The 71-day siege in 1973 was well under way when Robinson backpacked into the Pine Ridge reservation, where Wounded Knee was located. He told friends and family that he wanted to build a bridge between the black civil rights struggle and the American Indian movement.

    What happened next is unclear and the subject of an often-ugly debate between Robinson’s family and members of the American Indian Movement, or AIM.

    “He was there,” Steve Hendricks, author of “The Unquiet Grave,” a book on the FBI and the American Indian movement, said of Robinson. “In all probability, and I say this with 99 percent certainty, he was murdered at Wounded Knee by activists in AIM.”

    By some accounts, Robinson’s message of nonviolence didn’t sit well with AIM’s leaders or members of the Oglala Lakota tribe that had seized control of the small town with the bloody history.

    Until then, Wounded Knee was best known for the 1890 massacre of Lakota Indians, nearly half of them women and children, by a U.S. cavalry unit.

    What started as an internal protest against the Oglala Lakota’s leadership, viewed by many as corrupt, quickly turned into an armed occupation directed at a federal government many thought had thumbed its nose at treaties between the two sides.

    The often bloody stand-off resulted in the death of two Indians, the wounding of a federal agent and the rumored murder of others, including Robinson.

    “This is a guy who was there on the side of justice,” said Daire Brian Irwin, a Buffalo lawyer representing the Robinson family. “This guy’s a hero, and only a few people know his story.”

    Ongoing investigation

    Technically, the investigation into Robinson’s disappearance remains open.

    An FBI official in Minneapolis confirmed as much but said he could not comment on the work its office was doing in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

    “We have an ongoing case on Ray Robinson,” said Gregory Boosalis, a division counsel for the FBI.

    While Irwin and Kuzma seek answers to the question “What happened to Ray Robinson?” there are FBI documents, now public, that suggest he was indeed there.

    The documents are based on FBI interviews with witnesses who claim they were at Wounded Knee and saw or heard about two black people who were on the reservation.

    Robinson’s widow, Cheryl Buswell-Robinson, has said the two were probably her husband and a black woman from Alabama who, unlike her husband, made it home after the occupation.

    There also are a handful of accounts, none of them verified, as to what happened to Robinson.

    In a 1974 letter to a friend, Buswell-Robinson wrote that she had heard her husband was shot for entering Pine Ridge without reporting to AIM leader Dennis Banks.

    In still another account, AIM member Richard Two Elk told the Associated Press in 2004 that he saw someone shoot Robinson in the knees but didn’t see him die. He said Robinson had refused to pick up a gun.

    Allegations of apathy

    AIM’s leaders have repeatedly denied any role in Robinson’s death, and Banks, in an interview with the AP last year, said he doesn’t remember meeting Robinson or hearing anything about him until well after the siege had ended.

    “Over the years,” Banks said at the time, “the Robinson name has popped up, and I’m not sure even who would have that information or where it was.”

    Hendricks is convinced Robinson is buried at Wounded Knee and that he was most likely shot by AIM activists. He also thinks it’s possible AIM suspected Robinson was an FBI informant. “I come up with no other scenario,” he said. “We know there were FBI informants at Wounded Knee. That’s clear.”

    Hendricks, the author, doesn’t believe Robinson was an informant, and Kamara said her mother has fought long and hard to refute those rumors. “That went against his core,” she said.

    Attorneys Kuzma and Irwin agree, but they believe the FBI played a role in Robinson’s disappearance.

    They wonder why the agency has failed, after 40 years, to come up with a single suspect while at the same time successfully investigating the killing of AIM activist Anna Mae Aquash at Pine Ridge two years later. Two people are currently serving life sentences for her murder.

    “They’re not going after it,” added Hendricks. “They’re not even remotely interested, not even interviewing the most obvious witnesses.”

    ‘No anger’

    The suit filed by Kuzma and Irwin seeks information about the FBI’s investigation into Robinson’s disappearance and includes a letter from the agency indicating some of their records have been destroyed.

    Why would the FBI destroy documents while an investigation is ongoing?

    “It’s possible the referenced letter is talking about other cases that referenced Ray Robinson,” said Boosalis, the FBI official in Minneapolis. “To my knowledge, no documents in our case have been destroyed.”

    While others speculate about who may have killed Robinson, his family is reluctant to point fingers at either the FBI or AIM.

    They do believe, however, that both sides know where he’s buried.

    “I’m hoping that AIM people can look in their hearts and realize this was a good man. This is a brother,” Buswell-Robinson told the AP in 2012. “This is a man that was willing to give his life for justice, for what’s right.”

    Kamara says the same message applies to the FBI.

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    http://dissidentvoice.org/2013/07/hemingway-and-salinger-died-for-your-sins-an-independence-day-exchange/

    Hemingway and Salinger Died For Your Sins

    An Independence Day Exchange

    Adam Engel: (in media res) …nobody gives a damn what authors do or do not do, outside “our crowd” of hopelessly romantic lefties…

    Gary Corseri: Don’t agree with that! I don’t think we’re “hopelessly romantic lefties” and more and more Americanos are disenchanted with life here, dream of abroad-dom. Authors settling and writing about life abroad and seeing US from aerie of expatriation–could be important to spur others. It’s a venture I am considering myself within the next couple of years.

    AE: Speaking of disenchantment with the odd and sundry farcical, though ultimately tragic, excesses of Empire… I just read this biography of Salinger that blew my mind. J. D. Salinger: A Life, by Kenneth Slawenski.

    Of all the dozens of “war movies” I’ve seen and books I’ve read (The Crimean, American Civil War; WWI, Spanish Civil War, WWII, Korea, the omnipresent Vietnam, etc.), I have never, ever read anything so harrowing as the three chapters in this book that describe Salinger’s  experience from a month before the Normandy landing to his unit being the first Allied force to liberate and enter the concentration camps eleven months later. All he wrote about — published, anyway — was the effects of the War, without ever describing, a la Mailer, battle scenes, for fear such writings be mis-interpreted as glorification of war. Truly incredible, terrifying shit!

    GC: I’ve considered him one of our greats since my NYC high-school days when my best public school English teacher—the poet George Bailin–introduced his works to us. Wish he had written more… but what he did write is worth re-reading and re-reading and what author can ask for more?

    AE: Apocalypse Now, Full Metal Jacket, Hamburger Hill,  etc. — nothing comes remotely close to what I’ve read over these chapters covering Salinger’s war experience. This is something Coppola or Kubrick would have sacrificed their own children to put into film — or Mailer would have capitalized on for decades. It’s almost unbelievable. Of about 4000 men in Salinger’s battalion, only himself and 350 others survived.

    GC: This war-driven, war-insane Empire needs to keep hearing about, reading about, vomiting over those kinds of experience!

    AE: Makes me want to put that Zionazi Americanischer dumbzeit, Spielberg, in Salinger’s place.

    GC: He’s definitely one of the schmucks of the Universe!

    AE: That opening scene of the corn-ball patriotic Saving Private Ryan, truly captured the nightmare that was the Normandy landing — before Spielberg went back to fantasy-land.

    GC: I saw part of that crapola on TV. Somehow, I missed the first (best?) part of it. Tom Hanks is another Mr. Clean who is really covered in shit! I’m anti-celebrities anyway. I think Occupy movements should protest “grand openings,” etc. “World War Z”! Give me a fuckin break!

    AE: For Salinger and the 12th Infantry — his division suffered the worst casualties at Normandy, battle of the Bulge, and throughout the war– The Normandy landing was just an appetizer. What followed was four straight weeks of fox-hole-warfare, accompanied by land-mines, artillery, snipers, etc.

    They got brief reprieve to shower and change their clothes for the first time in a month, then more hell-fire and damnation to liberate Paris, where Salinger met Hemingway, who was writing dispatches for Collier’s Magazine, publisher of several of Salinger’s early stories. Hemingway recognized Salinger from his photograph. This book paints Hemingway in a different light. He’s actually a decent guy, totally freaked out by what he’s seen; the arrival of a fellow writer and the chance to talk books was as welcome to him as it was to Salinger.

    GC: I wrote a very good (and, to be expected!) unproduced screen-play about Hemingway. He is one of my writer-heroes!

    AE: After a brief stay in Paris, Sargent Salinger was off to months and months of even worse, if worse can be imagined. Lost in the Hürtgen (or something like that) forest in the thicket of what was called the “Siegfried line” — a section of forest deliberately planted by the Nazi command at the start of the war, with 100-foot tall trees planted a few feet apart so fox-holes could not be dug, air-cover could not find soldiers to cover, and the enemy, like the “notorious” Viet Cong, was always unseen. Stuck there in the worst winter in decades, it was like Stalingrad; many died from frostbite alone. Then a brief reprieve, they thought, until they realized they were surrounded and attacked in what were the first heavy blasts of the Battle of the Bulge…

    GC: As a teen, war novels, sci-fi and poetry and drama, Thoreau and Emerson were my favorite reading! I know something of the horrors of the Battle of the Bulge. (btw, one excellent, short novel was A Walk in the Sun — later a movie. There were a few. But,  you’re right. Far too much glorification of the whole sordid affair!)

    AE: During all this shit, Salinger was writing. Some of his best stuff yet, or ever, according to the biographer, Slawenski, who describes them well (he read them in the Princeton or University of Texas or whatever Salinger collection—as well as his only stories directly about the war and the experiences he’d had. These were never published, nor were they meant to be.).

    Get this: Salinger was a non-commissioned officer in Counter-Intelligence! His task was to interrogate Nazis and collaborators among POWs and the civilian population, and to report any “subversive activity” among his fellow soldiers. The artist/soldier Salinger wrote the stories, highly critical of the Army, the War, the Machine-like consumption of soldiers as disposable parts, murder of civilians, etc., then the Intelligence agent Salinger censored/hid them, lest he be forced to arrest himself for subversion

    GC: It’s been going on forever, eh?  Bradley Manning, Snowden!  Nothing new!

    AE: They finally reach Germany proper. Salinger has to leave the regular troops to go on Intelligence missions, literally busting into houses, arresting Nazis and collaborators, then interrogating them in French or German, both of which he was fluent in.

    Finally, finally, he thinks he’s outta there. Think not! He and other Counter-Intelligence operatives are sent in as “special units” to liberate POWs and interrogate guards, etc. Only these weren’t regular old POW camps, they were concentration camps. The 12th Infantry was the first Allied unit to enter Bergen-Belsen, etc. Many of the soldiers lost their shit then and there, even the Intelligence guys.

    He’s then sent off to do more bust-and-interrogate work, but checks himself into a military hospital for “combat fatigue” (nervous breakdown). The last letter he wrote before he went in was to Hemingway, who was not in the fighting, but close enough to report, to his credit, the truth of the Army’s many fuck-ups, like letting thousands die in the forest over a few yards of land, and was on the verge of cracking up himself. Salinger expressed concern over Hemingway’s “state of mind,” which was not good at all – Hemingway was unable to write for years after the experience.

    GC: Those experiences — and similar — must have haunted H. to the grave.  In the last years of his life, H. was convinced he was being “shadowed” by the CIA, FBI, whatever.  H. suspected “Intelligence” was after him because of his anti-war views, etc.  Recall that he lived for years in Cuba, was friends with Fidel!  (He spent many years abroad, actually, besides Cuba.)  Richard Wright was another great American writer who was convinced the US government was out to get him for his sassy, truth-telling, “uppity” (one of our greatest Black writers!) ways!  Wright died under mysterious circumstances in Paris.  H. lost his powers to write, to concentrate, to think clearly.  He thought the government might be poisoning him!  (Carlos Baker and A.E. Hotchner have written well about this!)  He finally blew his brains out in Idaho.  I think he was 62…

    AE: One doesn’t have to know an artist’s biography to know his work — it’s all implied offstage in Salinger’s work — but there’s a bit more than the “I don’t want to talk about it” kind of thing my uncles displayed after WWII; he literally could not talk about it — cause he was a spook and might have incurred a boatload of shit upon himself.

    But good god! All that bullshit about his “silence” and his “arrogance” in distancing himself from his “adoring public” was exactly that—bullshit! The guy wrote not for the “Baby Boomers” and their children, but for soldiers and victims of the war; hence, his whole “spiritual journey.”

    Funny — not really: a year before his death, he had to appear in public, age 90, to prevent someone from publishing a novel with “Holden Caulfield” as its protagonist. Seems his “adoring public” was angry at him for “not letting Holden go” and spectators, and members of the press, made fun of the guy for being almost totally deaf. At age 90. Turns out it wasn’t just age that was to blame: the noise of constant shelling had rendered him significantly deaf by the end of the war…

    It’s interesting that while Salinger and Hemingway were literally like a balm to each other’s frazzled nerves during that surreal winter in the Hürtgen forest, apocalyptic beyond words, and they remained bonded through that experience — neither of them being able to write again for several years — Salinger did write to one of his friends that he had to distinguish Hemingway the person, who gave him shelter in his tent, which had a heat generator, after Salinger had spent a week literally sleeping under a low bush in sub-zero weather (most of the losses that month came from frost-bite and exposure) from Hemingway the persona, whom he criticized in his work and letters for glorifying war and “putting emphasis on courage as the ultimate virtue, which I don’t understand, possibly because I have none of it at all” (?!) Salinger wrote to a friend.

    GC: Hemingway had problems with that “persona” throughout his life!   I recall that he punched some jackass critic in the face because the guy publicly questioned his masculinity—implied that all that macho stuff was H’s way of compensating for not being really “man” enough!  (Recall that the hero, Jake, of The Sun Also Rises is rendered impotent because of war injuries after WWI!)  There’s a similar theme, btw, in that first-rate movie with Ava Gardner and Humphrey Bogart: The Barefoot Contessa

     I do think Hemingway has been too handily interpreted by some of his more facile, less-thoughtful critics.  He did admire courage, but not blind, idiotic, charge-the-machine-gun-nest courage.  It was what we might call thoughtful courage, or what he called “grace under fire.”  That’s what he admired in bullfighters, soldiers, an old guy battling a monster fish, or an old guy maintaining his dignity in A Clean, Well-Lighted Place.

    Somehow in war, being a “good soldier” gets tangled with being a “man,” having a big cock, whatever!  I’m convinced it’s one of the ways young men and boys “still wet behind the ears” are turned into professional killers!  The fear of being thought “unmanly” is worse than the fear of the enemy!  That same fear motivates too much of “patriotism.”  The root of that word, of course, is pater or “father.”  War becomes a test of manhood, a test of one’s ability to “father” the next generation!  When will we dead awaken?

    AE: The initial reason for Salinger’s not daring to show the battle-scene stories to anyone was that they were hugely critical of the army and the concept of “modern warfare” in general, though sympathetic to his fellow soldiers. One stunning story, at least as the biographer recounts it, called “Ghost in a Foxhole,” entails a soldier suffering “battle fatigue” claiming to see a strange soldier in a “futuristic uniform and helmet” dodging from foxhole to foxhole. The soldier catches up with this “ghost” who explains to him that he is the soldier’s own not-yet-born son.

    GS: Wow!  There’s that “fathering” theme again!

    AE: The soldier resolves to kill his future son, so “this can never happen again.” The scene shifts to a medical unit where medics are working on casualties of a sudden bombardment, and the soldier wanders into the camp, obviously out of his mind. “Did you kill your ‘son?’” asks another soldier, who is himself on the verge of madness. “No, he said he wanted to be here,” came the reply. Typically “explosive” Salinger ending. He literally “called” Vietnam 20 years before the Gulf of Tonkin, when the “unborn son” would have been just the right age to be “called to duty.”

    In the book White Collar, C. Wright Mills intuited all this through analysis of the facts at hand: modern techno warfare is not “warfare” in the classic sense of “men using their strength and skills against other men.” It’s an insane slaughter in which the “lower orders” serve as guinea pigs for power’s latest high-tech-whirly-gigs. Total crap-shoot. Achilles is as powerless as Woody Allen. The latter might even have the advantage in that he’s smaller, and might be quicker to duck for cover and fit into some nook behind a tree or rock when a missile comes in to blow all and sundry to smithereens and turn the great shield of Achilles into a mangled lump of scrap-iron about as useless and meaningless as the bent lid of a trash-can.

    GC: Pat Tillman is a good example of a modern Achilles who could not make it in modern warfare!  The fact that he was done in by “friendly fire” is also telling to me! Word is that he was going to whistle-blow about the shit he saw going on there! “They” got to him the same way they got to Senator Paul Wellstone, etc.!

    AE: Salinger personally vowed — through a character in another, published story — never to speak openly of what he’d seen, cause “they’ll” turn it into sentimental, romantic propaganda, “we just have to stop this from ever happening again.” That, and his Counter-Intelligence role, are part of it; the other part is his attempt, after Nine Stories was published, to destroy or have destroyed or made unavailable the 30 some-odd stories he’d published prior to the Nine, even those that had already been anthologized in “Best of the Year” and “Great Modern Story” type anthologies.

    All of his work up to  Franny and Zooey,  including  Nine Stories  and  The Catcher in the Rye,  was an attempt to somehow “turn around” the nightmares in his head, or at least make sense of them, particularly “For Esme, With Love and Squalor.” The biographer pointed out something I’d never noticed: Holden’s refusal to let go of his dead brother was so symbolic of his and other soldiers’ refusal to let go of the dead companions left behind and try to “live” again, in some fashion, was betrayed by a “slip of the pen.” The dead brother had appeared in earlier stories under the name of Frank or something, but in the final draft of Catcher in the Rye it becomes “Allie” (Ally)…

    GC: Ally!

    E: No one has ever had the control, or the power to control, his own publications before or since, the way Salinger did. It was he himself who came up with the famous maroon-and-yellow cover for the paperback version of The Catcher in the Rye. Ever notice that his are the only books in the classics section, or anywhere, that are still the size and relative low price that all paperbacks used to be when the term, “pocket books” actually meant just that; as did “Everyman’s Library?”

    GC: Adam, that’s one of the best reviews of a book I’ve ever read!… and you didn’t even put it in standard review form, use footnotes, annotations, etc.  I regret to inform you that the New York Review of Books will never publish your review (nor get within ten yards of it!)  I’m sure this news will break your heart!

    AE: Well, J. D. Salinger: A Life is an excellent and timely combination of biography and close literary criticism.

    GC: Pretty timely review for all the 4th of July hoopla, ey?  Nice antidote to all that flag-waving, cockadoodling-do!  In this Internet Age, I’d like to see more reviews written this way!  Writers can bounce off each other’s ideas; it broadens the conversation! 

     





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    How the Pentagon Papers Came to Be Published by the Beacon Press, Told by Daniel Ellsberg and Others

    Thursday, 04 July 2013
     
    Forty-one years ago, Beacon Press lost a Supreme Court case brought against it by the U.S. government for publishing the first full edition of the Pentagon Papers. It is now well known how The New York Times first published excerpts of the top-secret documents in June 1971, but less well known is how the Beacon Press, a small nonprofit publisher affiliated with the Unitarian Universalist Association, came to publish the complete 7,000 pages that exposed the true history of U.S. involvement in Vietnam. Their publication led the Beacon press into a spiral of two-and-a-half years of harassment, intimidation, near bankruptcy and the possibility of criminal prosecution. This is a story that has rarely been told in its entirety. In 2007, Amy Goodman moderated an event at the Unitarian Universalist conference in Portland, Oregon, commemorating the publication of the Pentagon Papers and its relevance today. Today, we hear the story from three men at the center of the storm: former Pentagon and RAND Corporation analyst, famed whistleblower, Daniel Ellsberg, who leaked the Pentagon Papers to The New York Times; former Alaskan senator and presidential candidate Mike Gravel, who tells the dramatic story of how he entered the Pentagon Papers into the congressional record and got them to the Beacon Press; finally, Robert West, the former president of the Unitarian Universalist Association. We begin with Ellsberg, who Henry Kissinger once described as "the world’s most dangerous man."
    TRANSCRIPT:
    AMY GOODMAN: We turn now from Snowden to Daniel Ellsberg. Forty-one years ago, a small, independent press, the Beacon Press, lost a Supreme Court case brought against it by the U.S. government for publishing the first full edition of the Pentagon Papers. It’s now well known how The New York Times first published excerpts of the top-secret documents in June of 1971, but less well known is how the Beacon Press, a small nonprofit publisher affiliated with the Unitarian Universalist Association, came to publish the complete 7,000 pages that exposed the true history of U.S. involvement in Vietnam. Their publication led the Beacon Press into a spiral of two-and-a-half years of harassment, intimidation, near bankruptcy and the possibility of criminal prosecution. This is a story that’s rarely been told in its entirety.
    In 2007, I moderated an event at the Unitarian Universalist conference in Portland, Oregon, commemorating the publication of the Pentagon Papers and its relevance today. Thousands of people were in the audience. Today, we hear the story from the three men on the stage at the center of the storm: former Pentagon and RAND Corporation analyst, famed whistleblower, Daniel Ellsberg, who leaked the Pentagon Papers to The New York Times; we also hear from former Alaskan senator and former presidential candidate Mike Gravel—he’ll tell the dramatic story of how he entered the Pentagon Papers into the congressional record and got them to the Beacon Press; finally, Robert West, the former president of the Unitarian Universalist Association.
    We begin with famed whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg, who Henry Kissinger once called "the world’s most dangerous man."
    DANIEL ELLSBERG: There were 7,000 pages of top-secret documents that demonstrated unconstitutional behavior by a succession of presidents, the violation of their oath and the violation of the oath of every one of their subordinates—I, for one—who had participated in that terrible, indecent fraud over the years in Vietnam, lying us into a hopeless war, which has, of course—and a wrongful war—which has, of course, been reproduced and is being reproduced right now and may occur again in Iran. So the history of that, I thought, might help us get out of that particular war.


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    CSFR Solidarity with the BDS Movement of France
    Published on Wed, 2013-06-26 16:42
    CSFR Solidarity with the BDS Movement of France

    The Committee to Stop FBI Repression in the US sends solidarity greetings to our brothers and sisters of the boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel in France. We stand with you against the outrageous attempts by the French government to slander and criminalize you. The US and French governments and courts cannot hold back the international movement for freedom, justice and equality in Palestine!

    We understand what you are up against. In 2010, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) raided our homes, claiming to investigate “material support for terrorism,” which carries a minimum 15-year prison sentence. The FBI took our belongings and ordered 23 antiwar, and Palestine and Colombia solidarity activists, to appear before a grand jury in Chicago. Grand juries are secretive courts, run solely by US prosecutors, with no judge, and no right to a lawyer or to present evidence favorable to you. All 23 refused to appear, risking going to jail. There was a tremendous outpouring of support for us, with protests in 70 cities and solidarity statements from unions, and peace, community, religious and student groups.

    Today, the Assistant US Prosecutor Barry Jonas claims the “investigation is ongoing” and refuses to return the belongings of Palestinian-American leader Hatem Abudayyeh of Chicago. Jonas is a pro-Israel ideologue responsible for putting the Holy Land Five, Muslim and Palestinian-American charity leaders, in prison for up to 65 years. We say education, health care, housing and food for Palestinians is a human right! Charity and solidarity is not a crime!

    There are now nearly 200 Palestinian-American, Arab-American, and Muslim men in US prisons for similar political cases. The repression is continuous and expanding.

    But we have an international movement against war, occupation and repression that is growing more powerful. The US, its NATO allies including France, and Israel, are in decline and growing more isolated in the world. Because they are losing, they are acting more desperate. Their rulings and laws will not hold us back. It only makes us more determined! Because of the BDS movement in the US, people are learning that Israel is a country of repression and super-exploitation like Apartheid South Africa. Opposition to US funding for Israel is growing.

    We hope you will accept a token donation of “material support” from the Committee to Stop FBI Repression for your legal defense fund. We stand in solidarity with our sisters and brothers of the BDS movement in France!

    Tom Burke, for the Committee to Stop FBI Repression at http://www.StopFBI.net

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    http://www.sfgate.com/nation/article/FBI-ordered-to-explain-withholding-of-documents-4643966.php


    FBI ordered to explain withholding of documents
    Tuesday, July 2, 2013

       

    A federal judge has ordered the FBI to explain its refusal to release documents about its surveillance of the Occupy movement in Northern California, saying general claims of "national security" and "law enforcement" aren't enough.

    In response to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union, the FBI provided 13 pages of documents in September and withheld 24 pages, citing privacy, security, law enforcement concerns and "the interest of national defense or foreign policy."

    On Monday, U.S. District Judge Susan Illston of San Francisco said the FBI's explanations were not specific or detailed enough to justify nondisclosure.

    For example, she said, the FBI said it withheld some documents because they were collected for law enforcement purposes, to assist local police agencies and aid in investigations of "crimes and terrorism." But she said the FBI did not identify the laws it was enforcing or explain how release of the documents would interfere with any current investigation.

    The FBI also said one document, if released, would threaten "serious damage to the national security" by disclosing intelligence-gathering methods and an assessment of one source's "penetration of a specific target." But Illston said the FBI had failed to explain how any such disclosures would affect national security.

    The judge also said one document the FBI released, about a November 2011 protest at the Port of Oakland, contained evidence that the agency hadn't searched all of its files for surveillance records.

    In that document, the FBI said it had contacted police in Stockton to "share intelligence" about Port of Oakland demonstrators, an indication that the bureau had something to share, Illston said. But she said none of the documents, including those the FBI withheld, contained intelligence about protesters in Oakland, information that presumably is stored elsewhere.
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    Reorting from the Whitey Bulger Trial
    August 2, 2013
    Not something you'd forget

    FBI Agent Todd Richards started off the day by talking of a meeting he had with Kevin Hayes.

    The issue boiled down to whether when Mick Murray called Hayes and said to him that "Kevin Weeks wanted to meet him right away," or did he say as Hayes testified, "Kevin Weeks and Whitey wanted to meet him right away."

    Don't you think that was an important issue? Does anyone remember why Kevin Hayes was going to the meeting or what happened at the meeting?

    The next witness to testify was retired FBI Agent Matthew Cronin. He came in dressed in a suit, dress shirt and tie, as I'd expect an FBI agent would dress when in court. (Same as Richards,)

    Cronin was in the C-7 unit that did thefts and stolen property investigations. He'd come from ten years in New York City which is the biggest office in the country. He said as soon as he got here things felt different. In New York everyone minded their own business while in Boston it seemed everyone was minding everyone else's business. He felt uncomfortable with the atmosphere.

    His first eye-opening came when he went out to meet with the state and local police which was part of what his job entailed. He found there was a strong sentiment among them that there was a leak in the office and they identified the leak as John Connolly. He said it caused a great uneasiness in the office and he had to operate close to the vest because of the distrust. He said he would not put things in writing because he didn't know what would happen to them.

    He talked to his partner Jim Crawford about it and to his supervisor. When asked why when nothing was done he didn't go higher he pointed out that you had to follow the chain of command. He said it just wasn't wise to go outside of it if you were concerned with keeping your job.

    This all goes into the ideas I've been writing about for a while as I said in my book Don't Embarrass The Family that the FBI has a lot of good agents but its structure makes them ineffective. It's almost like the leadership doesn't want to know there are any problems so everyone who sees something wrong has to walk around with her mouth shut for to do otherwise will result in some sort of punishment. We see that in the almost three-month investigation of the homicide of a man by an FBI agent in a room in front of other law enforcement officers, an investigation that should have taken three days at the most.

    The FBI operates in a world of fright. Everyone is frightened to step out of line. It's quite a tragedy and something that is not good for our country. I see Congressman Keating is looking for answers from the FBI as to what happened at the time of the Marathon Terrorist Attack; he should talk to his fellow Massachusetts Congressman Lynch who has been waiting for two years for an investigation to finish up which is supposed to tell him into why Mark Rossetti a capo in the Mafia was a top echelon informant for the FBI. If our Congressman are afraid of the FBI, and the agents are afraid of the FBI, who is it that wields all this power to bring about this horrid state of affairs.

    Cronin gave a slight indication of how things work when he and his partner went to see Jeremiah O'Sullivan about a leak problem. He said the conversation went from him feeling pleasant to angry. Why did he get angry? O'Sullivan threw him out of his office.  Makes you feel good about all this stuff going on.

    Then he tells how he was the affiant in a wiretap for Heller's Cafe, a successful federal wiretap done on Mike London who had a little gambling going on at his place but his main business was to wash money, he was mentioned as the guy who'd cash checks for the bookies. One witness said how he would have his clients make out the checks to "Ted Williams" or "Yogi Berra" and London would cash them.

    Cronin went on to say that he had a three-phase investigation: Heller's, Vinny Ferrara; and Whitey Bulger. He said he did Heller's and after that Morris removed him from the case. The thread of protection of Whitey and distrust of Connolly ran throughout the early part of his testimony.

    Later he got into the times, six times he said, when he met Olga Davis, the mother of Deborah Davis.She told them her daughter was missing and expressed her concern that Flemmi had murdered her and also told them she believed Flemmi had murdered her husband. It seemed Cronin and Crawford made an effort to look into the disappearance but did not do any work with respect to Flemmi. Cronin said Flemmi was organized crime and that was the job of another squad.

    Of interest Cronin never reduced anything Olga told him to writing. He felt that her safety was at risk and didn't want anyone to know she was talking with him. He wouldn't go so far as to say he thought if it was in writing it'd be leaked out to Flemmi, but it seemed clear that was his fear.

    He talked about how he tried to have Olga confront Flemmi on a recorded phone line but she seemed reluctant. He mentioned that there was or had been a wiretap on the Davis home in Randolph around that time. That might have been a wiretap I had done on that house although I did not think the FBI was involved in it.

    The pre-morning recess ended with prosecutor Kelly asking Cronin the following question: "If someone does a lousy job investigating a case that doesn't give someone the right to murder someone, does it?"

    That question shows the level this case has descended to.
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    Boston FBI SAC  Vincent Lisi found
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    Boston Leadership
    Boston SAC Vincent Lisi
     

    Special Agent in Charge
    Vincent Lisi

    Assistant Special Agents in Charge
    - Peter F. Kowenhoven
    - Kieran Ramsey
    - Jeffrey S. Sallet
    - Lucia M. Ziobro
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    Senators Grassely and Leahy are two made members of the FBI  crime family.

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    Tough questions for FBI over Marathon Bombing response

    Posted: Oct 17, 2013 
     

    FOX UNDERCOVER (MyFoxBoston.com) -- A top U.S. Senator is demanding answers from the FBI about what they knew about the Tsarnaev brothers and when they knew it, asking if agents had recruited either suspected Marathon bomber as informants and if the bureau had the pair under surveillance before releasing their images to the public.

    The FBI issued a strongly worded denial that the Joint Terrorism Task Force, which they lead, knew the identities of the Tsarnaevs before the shootout in Watertown that ended one of their lives or that they were ever sources for the FBI.

    But in a letter to the head of FBI, which was obtained exclusively by FOX Undercover, U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley is asking the questions that have been on the minds of many in state and local law enforcement. Grassley, a Republican from Iowa, is the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, with broad oversight over the Department of Justice and the FBI.

    Grassley's questions get to a nagging doubt in many minds: if the FBI had the Tsarnaev brothers on its radar before publicly identifying them, could the death of MIT Police Officer Sean Collier have been prevented along with the firefight in Watertown that nearly took the life of MBTA Transit Officer Richard Donohue.

    "Did the FBI have the suspects under physical surveillance at any time prior to releasing the photos to the public?" Grassley wrote in his letter to FBI Director James B. Comey, Jr. The FBI aired the photos of the then-unnamed suspects during a 5 p.m. press conference on the Thursday after the bombing, about five hours before Collier was shot and killed.

    Grassley also writes that his office has learned through sources that, "In the hours leading up to the shooting of Collier and the death of the older suspect involved in the bombing, sources revealed that uniformed Cambridge Police Department officers encountered multiple teams of FBI employees conducting surveillance in the area of Central Square in Cambridge. It is unclear who the FBI was watching, but these sources allege the Cambridge Police Department, including its representation at the (Joint Terrorism Task Force), was not previously made aware of the FBI's activity in Cambridge."

    Grassley asks if the surveillance was being conducted in Cambridge, and if so, were the Tsarnaevs or their associates being watched.

    The Cambridge surveillance drew such pointed questions from Grassley not only because it goes to the explosive question of whether the Tsarnaevs slipped through FBI surveillance and went on their path of destruction, but also because the information about surveillance, regardless of who was the target, wasn't shared with local police.

    "Continued reluctance on the part of the FBI to share information with local law enforcement, especially in the wake of the Whitey Bulger saga and your ongoing Mark Rossetti investigation, would be extremely troubling," Grassley writes. Rossetti is a made captain in the Boston mafia, a suspected murderer, who was also revealed to be a long-time FBI informant, an issue that previously drew the scrutiny of Grassley as well as U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch, D-South Boston.

    FOX Undercover has learned one explanation why there were at least some FBI surveillance teams in Cambridge: several MIT students were being looked at as suspects.

    Referring back to the FBI's review of Tamerlan Tsarnaev in 2011, prompted by a tip from the Russian government, Grassley asks if the FBI tried to recruit him as a source, and if not, why not.

    In a statement, the special agent in charge of the Boston office, Vincent Lisi, said the Tsarnaev brothers were never sources for the FBI and denied knowing any link between the Tsarnaevs and the bombing until after the Watertown shootout.

    ""Members of the Joint Terrorism Task Force did not know their identities until shortly after Tamerlan Tsarnaev's death. Nor did the Joint Terrorism Task Force have the Tsarnaevs under surveillance at any time after the assessment of Tamerlan Tsarnaev was closed in 2011," Lisi said.

    That was echoed by Rick DesLauriers, the special agent in charge during the Marathon Bombing, who said in an interview with FOX Undercover reporter Mike Beaudet that his office only learned their identities after fingerprinting Tamerlan's body after he was killed in the Watertown shootout. DesLauriers also called any suggestion that the FBI is somehow to blame for Collier's death, "irresponsible".

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    http://www.pressherald.com/news/FBI_s_new_chief_in_region_faces_biggest_challenge__sequestration.html?pagenum=full



    October 28 2013

    New regional FBI chief sees threat from sequestration

    He says the agency will ‘do less with less’ when federal cuts slash its budget by $700 million.

     

    The FBI’s new special agent in charge of the Boston field office, which covers Maine, led the investigation into the post-Sept. 11 anthrax attacks, was stationed in Yemen after the U.S. Embassy there was bombed in 2008, and helped lead the nation’s counterterrorism efforts out of FBI headquarters in Washington.

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    Vincent B. Lisi, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Boston field office – which covers Maine – says, “Sequestration is the biggest challenge.”

     

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    Vincent B. Lisi, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Boston field office – which covers Maine – says, “Sequestration is the biggest challenge.”


    But for the challenges facing the nation’s premier law enforcement agency now, it’s his 3½ years of experience as a certified public accountant before he joined the bureau that may be most helpful.

    “Sequestration is the biggest challenge,” said Vincent B. Lisi, who has been Boston’s special agent in charge for the past three months.

    The budget-cutting agreement that requires across-the-board cuts to most federal programs will result in a $700 million cut to the FBI this year. Personnel accounts for 68 percent of its budget, fixed costs like rent for much of the remainder. Cut training, and agents aren’t as prepared as they should be to do their job, he said.

    “We finally realized we’re going to do less with less,” he said, discussing the bureau’s effort to prioritize its missions to focus on the most important, though he would not say what areas might be scaled back.

    Lisi introduced himself to the Maine press corps Monday at the office of U.S. Attorney for Maine Thomas E. Delahanty II in Portland along with the resident agent in charge of the Maine FBI office, Aaron Steps.

    Steps has been on the job in Maine for eight months.

    He previously was stationed in Pakistan and in Nairobi, Kenya, where he lived about two blocks from the Westgate Mall, which was attacked by Somalia-based al-Shabab terrorists last month.

    “I would occasionally stop there. When my parents came to visit, we had dinner there,” Steps said. “I was friends with a number of the Kenyans that were working the case. I consider them friends. ... It’s very difficult not to be there when that happens.”

    Steps said he did not participate in that investigation but the Portland office did have to follow up on the suggestion – later deemed erroneous – that one of the mall attackers was from Maine’s Somali population.

    Steps said the need to check the Somali population for information about possible threats was unfortunate but necessary.

    “I think for the vast majority of them it’s very painful that this is going on,” he said of the terrorism attacks in that country. “They understand we have to check into it. We try to keep our footprint to a minimum.”

    Lisi said the need to respond to such possibilities is one reason it is so important for the FBI to maintain relationships not only with law enforcement agencies throughout the state but with other groups to facilitate communication about potential threats.

    Maine’s contingent of FBI agents is relatively small, with 13 agents, not including Steps, spread between Bangor, Augusta and Portland offices, as well as four task force officers assigned to the bureau by police agencies in Maine.

    One of the biggest challenges to the bureau here is geography, Steps said. It can take a full day of two Bangor agents’ time to drive to Fort Kent to knock on a door, he said.

    Maine has one of the lowest crime rates in the United States, but he said the caseload is proportional to other parts of the country.

    “Quite frankly, the biggest impact on the health and well-bing of the people of Maine is prescription drug abuse,” Steps said.

    One initiative that is unique to Maine is FBI assistance in investigating pharmacy robberies.

    Last year, Maine was hit with more than 50 pharmacy robberies, unheard of in other jurisdictions.

    Delahanty, who attended Monday’s meeting, said he requested the FBI’s help in response to the wave of pharmacy robberies.

    “It was really an epidemic,” he said, adding that the numbers have dropped this year.

    Steps said the FBI agents in Maine also focus on white collar crime, such as financial fraud and health care fraud.

    On the national level, as well as in Boston and to a lesser extent Maine, a major focus of the bureau is on counterintelligence.

    Years ago, that meant looking for spies other governments may have stationed in the United States, Lisi said. Now, counterintelligence usually entails defending against and investigating cyberattacks.

    The bureau’s programming experts work with defense contractors and other high-tech companies researching sensitive technology to make sure their defenses against hackers are adequate. When the FBI learns of a new cyberespionage technique, it alerts businesses that might be targets and works with researchers in academia to make sure the latest innovations are available to important private sector companies, Lisi said.

    Lisi takes over for Richard DesLauriers, who was head of the Boston FBI field office during the Boston Marathon bombings and oversaw that investigation.

    The Boston office covers Massachusetts, Maine, Rhode Island and New Hampshire, operating joint terrorism task forces in each state.

    Lisi said the bureau may explore incentives to have employees retire early to speed up attrition as a way of meeting cutbacks required by sequestration.

    A pending retirement in the Maine office won’t be filled, he said.

    “The FBI is probably not going to hire another single person for another maybe two years,” he said.

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    By the way if any of you have any unwanted pets taxpayer funded FBI  agents sure could use them for their SWAT in-service training programs.
    Seems like very special taxpayer funded FBI  agent Lovett Ledger got the neighbors 10 year old girl's 3 lb Chihuahua  and a neighbors Labrador up the street.
    After all you never know when a very special agent will be called to defend this country against a known terrorist like Vicki Weaver who was shot and killed standing on her porch
    holding her baby at Ruby Ridge . One of the FBI  supervisors involved in the ensuing coverup   would later go on to direct his informant Timothy McVeigh.  see  the
    following three stories

    see link fror full story
    http://fortheloveofthedogblog.com/news-updates/dog-killing-fbi-agent-gets-a-slap-on-the-wrist-video


    Dog Killing FBI Agent Gets a “Slap on the Wrist” VIDEO
    Sunday, July 12th, 2009 at 8:40 am 

    Lovett Leslie Ledger indicted for shooting dead of neighbor's dogThere are times when I’m not sure why I ever actually expect more from our justice system.  Last February, a Waco, TX FBI agent, a sniper and member of the FBI SWAT team, Lovett Leslie Ledger, Jr. shot and killed a neighbor’s little 3-lb chihuahua named Sassy, with a pellet rifle and although indicted for felony animal cruelty the only ones who paid for this crime were the dog with its life and the family who lost their tiny little furry family member.

        Cyndi Mitchell, who lives across the street from FBI agent, Lovett Leslie Ledger, told authorities that she witnessed Ledger shoot the dog in front of her house with a pellet rifle on Feb. 29.

        Mitchell has said that her dogs were barking and she went to the door and saw Sassy walking on Estes Road in front of her house.

        The dog lurched to one side upon being shot, then rolled into a yard where she died, she has said.

        “I’ve never heard a noise like that from an animal,” Mitchell said, describing it as “a screaming sound.”

        As neighbors gathered around the fallen dog, Ledger took the pellet gun, turned and walked inside his house with one of his children.

        Initially when confronted by authorities about the crime, Ledger lied but changed his story when witnesses came forward.

    He was later indicted by a grand jury for cruelty to animals, a state jail felony punishable by up to two years in a state jail and a $10,000 fine.

    Pleading no contest, Judge Matt Johnson in 54th District Court sentenced Ledger to two years deferred probation and ordered to perform 300 hours of community service. Not only that, if he completes the term of probation, the conviction will be expunged from his record.

    FBI spokesman Erik Vasys said Wednesday the agency will determine whether Ledger faces any sanctions, which could range from suspension to dismissal, after an internal inquiry is completed. Initially it was reported that if convicted of the felony, that would mostly likely be the end of his career, with Ledger getting deferred adjudication probation, the FBI will probably just let him get away with it too. After all, if the justice system doesn’t care, why should they. It was “just a dog” after all!

    Yet another injustice from our justice system! Sure, shoot and kill a 3-lb dog for no reason…. who care…. just a dog!


    2nd story
    see link for full story
    http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/remember-ruby-ridge

    Remember Ruby Ridge
    By Tim Lynch
    This article was published in National Review Online, Aug. 21, 2002.


    On August 21, 1992 a paramilitary unit of the U.S. Marshals Service ventured onto the 20-acre property known as Ruby Ridge. A man named Randy Weaver owned the land and he lived there with his wife, children, and a family friend, Kevin Harris. There was an outstanding warrant for Weaver’s arrest for a firearms offense and the marshals were surveilling the premises. When the family dog noticed the marshals sneaking around in the woods, it began to bark wildly. Weaver’s 14-year-old boy, Sammy, and Kevin Harris proceeded to grab their rifles because they thought the dog had come upon a wild animal.

    A firefight erupted when a marshal shot and killed the dog. Enraged that the family pet had been cut down for no good reason, Sammy shot into the woods at the unidentified trespasser. Within a few minutes, two human beings were shot dead: Sammy Weaver and a marshal. Harris and the Weaver family retreated to their cabin and the marshals retreated from the mountain and called the FBI for assistance.

    During the night, FBI snipers took positions around the Weaver cabin. There is no dispute about the fact that the snipers were given illegal “shoot to kill” orders. Under the law, police agents can use deadly force to defend themselves and others from imminent attack, but these snipers were instructed to shoot any adult who was armed and outside the cabin, regardless of whether the adult posed a threat or not. The next morning, an FBI agent shot and wounded Randy Weaver. A few moments later, the same agent shot Weaver’s wife in the head as she was standing in the doorway of her home holding a baby in her arms. The FBI snipers had not yet announced their presence and had not given the Weavers an opportunity to peacefully surrender.


    Embarrassed by the outcome, FBI officials told the world that there would be a thorough review of the case, but the Bureau closed ranks and covered up the mess. FBI director Louis Freeh went so far as to promote one of the agents involved, Larry Potts, to the Bureau’s number-two position.



    3rd story
    http://www.deseretnews.com/article/660197443/Nichols-says-bombing-was-FBI-op.html?pg=all

    Nichols says bombing was FBI op

    Detailed confession filed in Salt.Lake city about Oklahoma City bombing plot
     Feb. 22 2007


    The only surviving convicted criminal in the April 19, 1995, bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City is saying his co-conspirator, Timothy McVeigh, told him he was taking orders from a top FBI official in orchestrating the bombing.

    A declaration from Terry Lynn Nichols, filed in U.S. District Court in Salt Lake City, has proven to be one of the most detailed confessions by Nichols to date about his involvement in the bombing as well as the involvement of others.
    The declaration was filed as part of Salt Lake City attorney Jesse Trentadue's pending wrongful death suit against the government for the death of his brother in a federal corrections facility in Oklahoma City. Trentadue claims his brother was killed during an interrogation by FBI agents when agents mistook his brother for a suspect in the Oklahoma City bombing investigation.

    The most shocking allegation in the 19-page signed declaration is Nichols' assertion that the whole bombing plot was an FBI operation and that McVeigh let slip during a bout of anger that he was taking instruction from former FBI official Larry Potts.

    Potts was no stranger to anti-government confrontations, having been the lead FBI agent at Ruby Ridge in 1992, which led to the shooting death of Vicki Weaver, the wife of separatist Randy Weaver. Potts also was reportedly involved in the 51-day siege of the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas in 1993, which resulted in a fire that killed 81 Branch Davidian followers.

    Potts retired from the FBI under intense pressure and criticism for the cover-up of an order to allow agents to shoot anyone seen leaving the Weaver cabin at Ruby Ridge.
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    http://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/2014/11/05/alcohol-boat-crash-fbi-workers/18530967/


    November 5 2014


    Coroner: Alcohol involved in boat crash that killed FBI workers


    The barge involved in the fatal wreck sits in the middle of the Ohio River Downtown.
    Alcohol played a factor in the Ohio River crash that killed two FBI employees in September, an official at the Campbell County Coroner's Office said.

    Bryce Eastlick, 28, and John Stack II, 29 — both off-duty employees of the Cincinnati FBI office — were killed late Sept. 25 when their 19-foot pleasure boat slammed into a massive barge traveling down the Ohio River between Cincinnati and Newport, a Cincinnati fire official said.
    "The toxicology report did confirm that it was alcohol related," an official at the coroner's office said Wednesday.
    The coroner declined to release specifics, such as the men's blood alcohol content, and said the full autopsy report is not yet available.
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    two reads

    see links for full story


    1st
    FBI Investigating After Denver Cops Punch Unarmed Suspect Six Times, Trip Pregnant Girlfriend, Delete Video of Incident


    http://reason.com/blog/2014/11/28/fbi-investigating-after-denver-cops-punc


    Nov. 28, 2014


    undercover police in Denver targeted suspected drug dealer David Flores for arrest. Flores allegedly put a sock full of heroin in his mouth. Uniformed cops showed up to help in the arrest and one of them punched Flores six times in an effort to get him to spit the drugs out. When cops saw a bystander recording the incident with his tablet, they seized it. When they returned it to the bystander, Levi Frasier, the video was deleted, but a few months later he realized the video had been uploaded to a cloud.

    He made the video available to Fox 31 in Denver, which did not release it in its entirety because it shows undercover cops on tape. Fox 31 reports on its contents:

    The videotape shows [Officer Christopher] Evans holding down the suspect’s legs. A burly undercover officer can be seen bear-hugging Flores, lying on his side on the asphalt parking lot. Flores has his hands pinned behind his back.

    [Officer Charles] Jones can be heard yelling at Flores to, “Spit the drugs out! Spit the drugs out!”

    When Flores fails to open his mouth, Jones punches him with a closed fist six times in the face.

    The video shows the suspect’s head bouncing off the pavement as a result of the force.

    And then:

    While Jones was punching Flores, the video captures the loud sounds of a woman screaming in Spanish for police to stop.

    A few seconds later, a visibly pregnant woman approaches the area where the officers are on top of Flores. Jones reaches out and sweeps her feet out from under her.

    It appears on video, the woman, 25-year-old Mayra Lazos-Guerrero, falls hard on her stomach and face.

    Jones reported to a superior he thought the woman was going to kick him.

    Frasier disagrees with that and describes the punches he saw thrown: “Those were the hardest punches I have ever heard. I’ve seen some people get punched in the ring and on TV and whatnot, but the sound of those resonating

    2nd

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/03/12/AR2008031203783.html

    FBI Official Gets Six Years
    Carl Spicocchi
    Thursday, March 13, 2008
    In a courtroom crowded with his friends from law enforcement, a former FBI official was sentenced yesterday to six years in prison for torturing his girlfriend at knifepoint and gunpoint during a six-hour ordeal in her Crystal City high-rise apartment.

    Carl L. Spicocchi

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    two reads

    see links for full story


    1st
    FBI Investigating After Denver Cops Punch Unarmed Suspect Six Times, Trip Pregnant Girlfriend, Delete Video of Incident


    http://reason.com/blog/2014/11/28/fbi-investigating-after-denver-cops-punc


    Nov. 28, 2014


    undercover police in Denver targeted suspected drug dealer David Flores for arrest. Flores allegedly put a sock full of heroin in his mouth. Uniformed cops showed up to help in the arrest and one of them punched Flores six times in an effort to get him to spit the drugs out. When cops saw a bystander recording the incident with his tablet, they seized it. When they returned it to the bystander, Levi Frasier, the video was deleted, but a few months later he realized the video had been uploaded to a cloud.

    He made the video available to Fox 31 in Denver, which did not release it in its entirety because it shows undercover cops on tape. Fox 31 reports on its contents:

    The videotape shows [Officer Christopher] Evans holding down the suspect’s legs. A burly undercover officer can be seen bear-hugging Flores, lying on his side on the asphalt parking lot. Flores has his hands pinned behind his back.

    [Officer Charles] Jones can be heard yelling at Flores to, “Spit the drugs out! Spit the drugs out!”

    When Flores fails to open his mouth, Jones punches him with a closed fist six times in the face.

    The video shows the suspect’s head bouncing off the pavement as a result of the force.

    And then:

    While Jones was punching Flores, the video captures the loud sounds of a woman screaming in Spanish for police to stop.

    A few seconds later, a visibly pregnant woman approaches the area where the officers are on top of Flores. Jones reaches out and sweeps her feet out from under her.

    It appears on video, the woman, 25-year-old Mayra Lazos-Guerrero, falls hard on her stomach and face.

    Jones reported to a superior he thought the woman was going to kick him.

    Frasier disagrees with that and describes the punches he saw thrown: “Those were the hardest punches I have ever heard. I’ve seen some people get punched in the ring and on TV and whatnot, but the sound of those resonating

    2nd

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/03/12/AR2008031203783.html

    FBI Official Gets Six Years
    Carl Spicocchi
    Thursday, March 13, 2008
    In a courtroom crowded with his friends from law enforcement, a former FBI official was sentenced yesterday to six years in prison for torturing his girlfriend at knifepoint and gunpoint during a six-hour ordeal in her Crystal City high-rise apartment.

    Carl L. Spicocchi

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    http://www.opednews.com/populum/pagem.php?f=The-FBI-s-Harassment-of-Ma-by-Phil-Nelson-Edgar-Allen-Poe_Lyndon-Johnson_Martin-Luther-King_Martin-Luther-King-Jr-150116-54.html



    The FBI's Harassment of Martin Luther King Jr.: Directed by J. Edgar Hoover --

    January 16, 2015 at 18:38:47

    President Lyndon B. Johnson with Martin Luther King, Jr.
    (image by LBJ Library)
    by Phillip F. Nelson and Roger Stone

    Amidst all the brouhaha related to the allegedly "false" portrayal of Lyndon B. Johnson in the movie Selma caused by the LBJ Library's director, Mark Updegrove, in hid Politico Article "What Selma Gets Wrong," it is noteworthy to call to the public's attention how the "LBJ defenders" have attempted to absolve President Johnson from involvement with that sordid chapter in American history. Updegrove's article was quickly followed by one from Joseph Califano, printed in the Washington Post, that even claimed the Selma march was Lyndon Johnson's idea. All of it was quite opposite of the truth, and no amount of "LBJ revisionism" will make it fact.

    From the time that Martin Luther King Jr.'s name came to national prominence in December, 1955, J. Edgar Hoover began monitoring his activities, even as King and his closest associates mistakenly presumed, according to Andrew Young, that "we thought of the FBI as our friends, the only hope we had."[i] By 1959, Hoover had decided, on his own and without higher authorization, to order his agents to burglarize the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) offices to obtain personal information about Dr. King and install telephone wire taps as well as "bugs" to record non-telephonic conversations and assorted other noises. This brazenly illegal activity, of which there were many other cases in addition to King's, continued into the Kennedy administration. By 1961, the freedom rides that had begun that year revealed which side the FBI was really on, and it was not King's. Attorney General Robert Kennedy had attempted to bring the wiretapping under control, however by that time the SCLC and King had begun fighting back, culminating in a special report attacking the FBI on January 8, 1962. By then, the FBI had obtained evidence that two people in King's entourage, Stanley Levison and Jack O'Dell, had ties to the American Communist Party, making it difficult for the Kennedys to cooperate with King until that issue was dealt with or, conversely, for them to end the surveillance under the continuing pressure wielded by Hoover. [ii]

    During the five years of Hoover's sleuthing before JFK was sworn in, Hoover had become obsessed with destroying King, and in 1961 he called on his Special Agents in Charge (SACs) of his field offices to cull their files for all the "subversive" information they could gather and send it to the "SOG" (as he called himself, the "Seat of Government"). Hoover's assistant, Cartha "Deke" DeLoach, was put in charge of compiling this assortment of innuendo, half-truths and whole lies, sprinkled with sufficient "facts" to make it salable. [iii] By October, 1963, six weeks before JFK's assassination, Robert F. Kennedy, under pressure from Hoover, approved the FBI wiretap of King for a 30 day period ending on November 21, 1963. His tenuous relationship with Hoover had, at that point in time, been seriously compromised by his need to solicit the FBI's help in protecting his brother JFK's own secrets regarding his involvement with a number of ladies who had been procured on his behalf by none other than Bobby Baker, all as choreographed by Lyndon B. Johnson. This required RFK to delicately "deal with" not just one "devil" but three, simultaneously: Hoover, Johnson and Baker. He had no choice but to approve those temporary wiretaps but he fully expected to review, and possibly end, that surveillance, at the end of the 30 days, but his brother's assassination ended his control over that process; there was no review until 1965 because Hoover ignored RFK's condition and the "King wiretapping went on and on,"[iv] to Lyndon Johnson's personal pleasure.

    After JFK's assassination, RFK became ineffectual in his position, cut off from above by Johnson and from below by Hoover, both of whom liked to play the recordings of King's sexual trysts for their own amusement or at cocktail parties for others as well. LBJ played them for long time crony, a long-time Texas pal of Johnson's, then Lieutenant Governor Ben Barnes, who described it in his memoir. There are numerous reports about how these recordings were delivered to President Johnson, who took great delight in listening to them, especially King's sexual exploits. One such account was a 2011 article in the Atlantic Monthly magazine, which stated: "He listened to the tapes that even had the noises of the bedsprings," Time correspondent Hugh Sidey reported in 1975. Johnson would say to anyone having nice things to say about MLK, "Goddammit, if you could only hear what that hypocritical preacher does sexually."[v] Lyndon Johnson's description of King was the same in 1967 as it had been three years earlier, despite how they had "collaborated" on the passage of the legislation in between.
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    FBI Agent's 2nd Murder Trial to Begin Tuesday in Stafford


    http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/Ex-FBI-Agents-2nd-Murder-Trial-to-Begin-Tuesday-in-Stafford-289139901.html


    Tuesday, Jan 20, 2015 • Updated at 8:28 AM EST
    A former FBI special agent is going to trial a second time on charges of killing his wife.
    Arthur B. Gonzales' first trial ended in a mistrial in March 2014 after jurors couldn't reach a unanimous verdict. The 43-year-old's second trial is scheduled to begin Tuesday in Stafford County Circuit Court.

    Gonzales is charged with second-degree murder and using a firearm in the commission of a felony. The 43-year-old is accused of fatally shooting his wife, 42-year-old Julie Serna Gonzales, on April 19, 2013. He testified at his first trial that he shot his wife in self-defense after she attacked him
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    Robert Sylvester, 73, and his wife Kathy Lester, 61, are both retreat participants as well as spiritual advisers.

    Sylvester, a retired FBI agent with a master’s degree in counseling, said his own battles with addiction led him to become interested in all forms of mental health counseling. He has weaved all of life’s experiences into his passion for spiritual direction.

    “I have been a spiritual director for about 10 years,” he said. “It is now my full-time ministry. I’m on staff (with WVIS) as a spiritual director and retreat director. I will be available as a spiritual director during the Almost Heaven Retreats. If there is time at the end, I will take a couple of days for my own retreat. Time for myself provides opportunity for prayer and most importantly for quiet. These are silent retreats. It’s an opportunity for being with the God of my understanding. It opens prayer life away from the world and gives me time to refocus where I understand my God wants me to be.”

    Kathy Lester, a financial consultant, said the retreats offer the chance to unplug from technology and the demands of life while focusing upon spirituality.

    “It’s protected, sacred time,” she said. “The whole focus is to improve your relationship with God and be at peace with who you are. You’re open to whatever God has to say to you. Prayer is also about listening.”

    The donation requested for the Almost Heaven Retreats is $85 per day at Wes

    - See more at: http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150122/DM06/150129689/1281#sthash.5bNCJINx.dpuf
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    http://www.berkeleyside.com/2015/01/29/how-quirky-was-berkeley-the-social-justice-posters-of-the-red-sun-rising-collective/




    How Quirky was Berkeley: The social justice posters of the Red Sun Rising collective
    January 29, 2015 10:40 am
    The Red House collective was at Parker St. This poster of the collective was made in 1972.
    The Red Sun Rising collective was a commune in Berkeley in the 1960s and 1970s. It was located at 2239 Parker St., although not all of the members lived in the house. This painting of the collective was made in 1972.
    To the Berkeley of 2015, the Berkeley of the 1960s and early 1970s seems a long-gone relative. Some of us remember what it looked like, but it is a distant memory. Even so, the Berkeley of then informs both the perception and reality of Berkeley today. The intact collection of the social justice posters of the Red Sun Rising collective is a powerful reminder of those days.

    Berkeley was filled with communes and collectives in the late 1960s and early 1970s, intentional communities in which New Left politics and counterculture values and behaviors coexisted in a way that they never had before or have since.

    Red Sun Rising existed for several years on Parker Street. It was, along with the Red Family on Bateman and several others, at the radical end of the spectrum. Several other collectives called Parker Street home, including the Cholima Collective (Chollima was a 1956 state-sponsored movement in North Korea intended to promote rapid economic development), and an anarchist collective that embraced the philosophy of Nestor Makhno, an anarchist/communist Ukrainian revolutionary who led a rogue anarchist army during the Russian Civil War

    The musicians who would become Red Star Rising were frequent visitors on Parker Street and sang at the different collectives. The drawing on the album cover above may depict the back of the Red Sun Rising house.



    As was the custom of the time, the collective’s walls were filled with social justice posters. The dozen collective members were united by intensely anti-Establishment, New Left politics. They embraced many causes, and the art celebrating those causes. They dabbled in poster-making themselves, and were close friends and comrades in arms with the East Bay Media workshop, which, under the guidance of Frank Rowe, produced many notable posters between 1971 and 1973.

    Lincoln Cushing, archival consultant of the All of Us Or None collection of social justice posters at the Oakland Museum of California, says that “posters are among the significant ephemera of the long 1960s. They were densely packed with cultural viruses capable of transmitting such abstract concepts as ‘solidarity,’ ‘sisterhood,’ or ‘peace’ all over the world.”

    Speaking of the “modern political poster renaissance,” Cushing says that “two key vectors were crucial — the means for making the posters and the means for distributing them. Both existed in the Bay Area; drawing from the rock and counterculture posters from San Francisco, and the visually radical new imagery from Cuba, the new social justice posters became vibrant public documents that promoted a wide range of social issues.”

    Somewhat miraculously, the Red Sun Rising collective’s entire poster collection was preserved by a collective member, giving an up-close-and-personal look at the social justice art of one intense, whimsical, passionate Berkeley collective. About a dozen of the posters are presented here, while all are presented in this Quirky Berkeley post.

    Police

    The poster shown above needs no words. The police were the enemy. Everywhere. The image here is of Oakland police at the 1967 Oakland Army Terminal demonstrations. The demonstration turned into something of a battle.

    Oakland-Seven-486x300

    Seven demonstrators were indicted for their actions – Mike Smith, Steve Hamilton, Frank Bardacke, Reese Erlich, Terry Cannon, Bob Mandel, and Jeff Segal. They were acquitted.

    Kent-StateKent State was a defining moment for a generation. On May 4, 1970, the Ohio National Guard shot 13 unarmed students at Kent State. Some were walking to class, some were observing the protest, and some were protesting the American invasion of Cambodia which President Nixon had announced on April 30. Four died. Of the wounded, one was paralyzed for life. It was a time of horror for the country. The media focused on the victims, while the Left focused on both the victims and the killers.

    Coral-Sea

    As the Vietnam war dragged on, morale fell among U.S. troops in Vietnam, and with the falling morale open defiance of authority increased. Outright mutiny was rare, but did happen and it did happen a few miles from Berkeley on the U.S.S. Coral Sea. The Coral Sea was docked in Alameda in the fall of 1971, scheduled for a tour of bombing duty in Vietnam. A core of crew members launched a petition-drive that built into a movement known as “Stop Our Ship” or SOS. The petition said: “We the people must guide the government and not allow the government to guide us! The Coral Sea is scheduled for Vietnam in November. This does not have to be a fact. The ship can be prevented from taking an active part in the conflict if we the majority voice our opinion that we do not believe in the Vietnam war. If you feel that the Coral Sea should not go to Vietnam, voice your opinion by signing this petition.” The Left in Berkeley rallied behind the sailors and SOS.

    Bank-America-Isle-Vista

    We think of the University of Santa Barbara as quiet and party-friendly, yet it was not always thus. On Feb. 25, 1970, students/protesters pushed police out of town and burned the Isla Vista branch of the Bank of America at 935 Embarcadero Del Norte. Issues at play in Santa Barbara at the time were the April 1969 Union Oil offshore spill, the firing of popular assistant professor Bill Allen of the Anthropology Department, and growing opposition to the Vietnam War.

    The burning of the bank was seen by the young/New Left as a glorious blow against the empire. In 1979, retired FBI agent Crillon C. Payne II wrote in Deep Cover that FBI agents embedded in the student community in Santa Barbara had acted as agents provocateurs and incited the bank burning, a classic Counter Intelligence Program action.

    Kezar

    The rally advertised in this poster took place in 1972. The Chronicle reported that 25,000 to 30,000 attended. Robert Scheer, a good friend of Red Sun Rising, was a speaker at the rally. He led a chant of “Support the Seven Points!” The Seven Points were found in the Peace Proposal of the Provisional Revolutionary Government of the Republic of South Viet Nam, dated July 1, 1971. Dick Gregory spoke, as advertised, and announced that he was starting a 40-day fast.

    MJ-10-673x1024

    This 1972 poster was probably the most successful poster printed by East Bay Media. Doug Lawler designed it. It was the policy of East Bay Media not to identify the artist, or even itself as the print shop. Collective members included Peggy White, Harold Lucky, Stephanie Jones, Suzanne Korey, and others. They first operated out of a garage on Regent Street, and then, when the Berkeley Tribe ceased operating, they moved into the Tribe office at 1701 Grove.

    War-Tribunals

    This poster is unusual in that it does not reference a specific event or group or issue. Created by Bruce Kaiper of the East Bay Media Project in 1970, it suggests a war crimes tribunal. The words in the lower left are those of Edward Teller: “In our conflict with the powerful communistic countries which strive for world domination, …. the flexible power of clean nuclear explosives would put us in a position where we could resist aggression in any part of the world, practically at a moment’s notice.” Teller had recently advocated using nuclear weapons against Hanoi, as we are reminded by the headlines in the newspaper shown in the poster.

    A former Red Sun Rising member explains the campaign: “The War Crimes Tribunal was actually the idea of Tom Hayden and Red Family to protest Berkeley faculty’s direct complicity with the war including scholars such as Richard Scalapino, a southeast Asia expert who worked with the National War College and the Pentagon. We audited his class but several students were suspended for disrupting it. At that time many social scientists, from anthropologists to political scientists, directly worked with CIA/military.”

    The five identified as war criminals were all nuclear physicists or chemists who took played key roles in development of America’s atomic weapons – Glenn Seaborg, Edwin McMillan, Robert Oppenheimer, John Lawrence, and Edward Teller.

    Wanted-by-Thieu

    This is a Red Sun Rising production. Nguyen Tang Huyen was a Vietnamese student studying psychology at Cal. He came to the United States in March 1968 with a scholarship from the Agency for International Development. He graduated in honors and in 1972 had been accepted for graduate work in clinical psychology at Case Western. Because Huyen spoke out against the war, the Thieu regime in Saigon asked the US government for his immediate return to Vietnam. Our government terminated his scholarship and initiated deportation proceedings.

    Berkeley radicals accepted Nguyen Tang Huyen as one of theirs. He campaigned for asylum from his apartment on Dana Street. Congressman Ron Dellums sought political asylum for him. A committee was formed to support him, the National Committee to Defend the Rights of South Vietnamese Students with a Berkeley post office box address.

    Prison-Conference

    The image in this poster is from the Attica Prison Uprising/Riot (what you called it revealed your politics) of September, 1971. Over a four-day period in which prisoners controlled the prison and then were subdued, 33 inmates and 10 guards and prison administrators were killed.

    Many on the Left, especially in California, and more especially the Bay Area, were inspired by the self-proclaimed revolutionary ideology among California inmates. They remembered Marx writing that prisoners were capable of “the most heroic deeds and most exalted sacrifices.” They were especially inspired by Ho Chi Minh’s saying that “when the prison gates fly open, the real dragons will emerge.” The Left embraced the San Quentin Six and provided support for their legal defense on many levels. After a 16-month trial, one was convicted of murder, two of assault, and three were acquitted. The radical prisoner movement rose in the early 1970s and largely subsided by late in the decade.

    Presidio-March

    The Presidio 27 were prisoners at the Presidio stockade in San Francisco. On Oct. 14, 1968, the 27 (plus one who backed down) engaged in a sit-down strike and ignored orders to disperse. Walter Pawolski read their demands – improve prisoner conditions and end the war. They were charged with mutiny. The first defendants to go through court martial proceedings received sentences of 14-16 years of hard labor.

    Presidio-SFX

    Their resistance drew national attention. Anti-war GI’s organized a march to the Presidio on April 6, 1969; that was before most members of Red Sun Rising matriculated at Cal, making this poster a historic relic even at the time that it was on the collective’s walls. In 1970 the Court of Military Review voided the long sentences and imposed instead shorter sentences for willful disobedience of a superior officer. Most prisoners were released that year. Three had escaped to Canada.

    The Red Sun Rising collective disbanded in 1972. The women in the collective were drawn to second-wave feminism, and there are persistent rumors about the role that counterfeit tickets to the June 1, 1972 Rolling Stones concert in San Francisco may have played in the collective’s demise. The collective is gone, but the posters remain. They both informed and reflected the values of an element of young, radical Berkeley in the early 1970s. The Free Speech Movement, as a marker,had produced no posters. A few years later, the floodgates of graphic expression opened.

    Tom Dalzell, a labor lawyer, created a website, Quirky Berkeley, to share all the whimsical objects he has captured with his iPhone. The site now has more than 8,600 photographs of quirky objects around town as well as posts where the 30-year resident muses on what it all means.




























































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    * The Week at WhoWhatWhy
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    On Monday: Who’s Really Benefiting from the Alleged Chinese Hack Attacks (http://whowhatwhy.org/2015/02/09/whos-really-benefiting-alleged-chinese-hack-attacks/ by Curt Hopkins (http://whowhatwhy.org/author/curt-hopkins/
    The news that hackers stole 80 million people’s data from health insurer Anthem quickly led to the blame game, with favorite villain China making an early appearance. Just as swiftly, the government sprang into action to exploit the headlines and rally support for a bigger, more powerful security-industrial complex.

    On Tuesday: Here’s What the Boston Bombing Trial Judge Thinks a Good Juror Looks Like (http://whowhatwhy.org/2015/02/10/heres-boston-bombing-trial-judge-thinks-good-juror-looks-like/ by Andy Thibault (http://whowhatwhy.org/author/andy-thibault/
    Once again, the judge in the Boston Marathon Bombing trial is insisting that there will be no problem seating an impartial jury in the city traumatized by the attack. His latest motion denying the defense’s request to move the trial holds up one juror as a shining example of fair-mindedness. Andy Thibault looks at some of the juror’s statements which didn’t make it into the judge’s ruling.

    On Wednesday: How Turkey’s Dirty Energy Boom Left 432 Children Fatherless (http://whowhatwhy.org/2015/02/11/turkeys-dirty-energy-boom-hyperactive-hyperbolic-hydrocarbonated/ by James Ryan (http://whowhatwhy.org/author/james-ryan/
    Turkey’s rush to privatize state assets and mine its natural resources is turning a nation blessed with tremendous clean energy potential into a dirtier one. And it’s not just the environment that’s polluted. James Ryan investigates from Istanbul.

    On Thursday: BOSTON WRONGED: Hollywood Twists Boston (http://whowhatwhy.org/2015/02/12/boston-wronged-tsarnaev-takedown-goes-hollywood/ by Joanne Potter (http://whowhatwhy.org/author/joanne-potter/
    Hollywood has never let the truth get in the way of a good story. One cop’s tale about Boston Marathon Bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s capture is a sterling example. Joanne Potter points out the plot holes.

    Also on Thursday: BREAKING: Appeals Court Will Hear Tsarnaev’s Change of Venue Request (http://whowhatwhy.org/2015/02/12/breaking-appeals-court-will-hear-tsarnaevs-change-venue-request/ by The WhoWhatWhy Team (http://whowhatwhy.org/author/the-whowhatwhy-team/
    The First Circuit Court of Appeals will hear Boston Marathon Bombing defendant Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s argument that he can’t get a fair trial in Boston. Don’t hold your breath for any revelations though: the appellate court has forbidden lawyers for either side to talk about the details at the heart of the argument.

    On Friday: The Radical Experiment in Democracy That Defeated the Islamic State in Syria (http://whowhatwhy.org/2015/02/13/radical-experiment-democracy-defeated-islamic-state-syria/ by Victor Kotsev (http://whowhatwhy.org/author/victor-kotsev/
    The American allies that beat back a five-month Islamic State onslaught on the Syria-Turkey border are running a bold experiment in democracy started by … terrorists. From Istanbul, Victor Kotsev examines the Kurdish warrior-democrats doing Washington’s heavy lifting.


    ** Sunday Round-up
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    “Lackluster” is a good way to describe today’s line-ups on the various Sunday Shows. Most of the morning was filled with mainstream talking points on the specter of terrorism (http://abcnews.go.com/ThisWeek/video/terror-attacks-denmark-28982612 and predictable regurgitations of the conventional wisdom about the 2016 Presidential Election.

    Military-friendly Martha Raddatz (http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/week-transcript-battle-isis/story?id=28969737 opened This Week with George Stephanopoulos with an “embedded” report from Jordan on the U.S. war against the Islamic State. All the shows discussed the oddit
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    http://www.naplesnews.com/news/politics/jeb-bush-nigeria-and-the-fbi-how-a-business-deal-soured_27839794


    Jeb Bush, Nigeria and the FBI: How a business deal soured
    Matt Dixon
    5:48 PM, Feb 28, 2015

    TALLAHASSEE – Jeb Bush was the son of the sitting U.S. president when he was greeted in Nigeria as a hero, leading a 21-person delegation to the country in 1989.

    “The visit was the grandest celebration of U.S.-Nigeria friendship we have seen in recent memory,” read a U.S. State Department diplomatic cable at the time titled “Nigeria Goes All out for Jeb Bush visit.”

    During a visit to Lagos, then-Nigerian President Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida and former External Affairs Minister Jaja Nwachukwu gave Bush gifts. Bush returned the favor by giving a medal from the inauguration of his father, President George H.W. Bush.

    But this was a business trip for Jeb Bush, part of his job helping in sales for MWI Corporation, a South Florida company that last year was found guilty in a federal civil case of misleading the U.S. government to secure taxpayer-funded loans.

    New details uncovered by Naples Daily News-Treasure Coast newspapers in depositions and confidential FBI interviews reveal claims that Bush made more on MWI business deals than the $648,000 he has acknowledged publicly and he made money on the Nigeria project at the center of the federal investigation. Former MWI employees contradicted Bush’s earlier statements insisting that he never received a penny from the Nigeria project, but those workers did not provide proof nor did investigators seek it, according to the documents.

    Bush, who co-owned the Bush-El company to work with MWI, was never a target or accused of any wrongdoing in the federal case that ended with a verdict last June against the company. Federal investigators could find no evidence tying him to wrongdoing discovered in the Nigeria pump deal, although at the time they didn’t rule it out, according to a confidential January 2002 U.S. Department of Justice memo obtained by Naples Daily News-Treasure Coast newspapers.

    “We do not now have evidence that Bush had any involvement in the contracts at issue in the relator’s complaint, though this remains a possibility,” according to the memo.

    As Bush prepares a run for president, his business record will come under intense scrutiny. The MWI deal is the second venture in which investors eagerly sought his involvement, yet ultimately the deals ended in litigation and federal scrutiny. Bush also has faced questions about ties to a bankrupt South Florida company whose leaders were convicted of fraud and money laundering.

    The Naples Daily News-Treasure Coast newspapers offered Bush an opportunity to review and discuss his company’s work with MWI, but spokeswoman Kristy Campbell said he declined.

    “Governor Bush’s previously released tax returns detail all of his earnings from Bush-El. As he has confirmed multiple times, he recused himself from any compensation related to the projects in Nigeria. Anything to the contrary is flat out not true,” Campbell said in a written statement.

    “The federal government specifically did not include a company Governor Bush previously worked with in the complaint they filed. Two years ago, a judge in the ongoing MWI litigation specifically declined to include anything related to Bush-El in the litigation because there is not even a mention of the former company in the plaintiff’s complaint. There is nothing suggesting that Governor Bush has done anything that was not appropriate,” Campbell’s statement reads.

    *******

    For roughly three years starting in 1998, MWI was in the crosshairs of FBI agents and federal prosecutors. And Bush’s name came up several times, according to investigative records and other case documents, including confidential FBI reports of interviews, obtained by Naples Daily News-Treasure Coast newspapers.

    Investigators were interviewing former employees of the pump company to determine if they should intervene in a whistleblower lawsuit filed by a former company vice president. The feds were interested in the case because the Nigeria deal was financed through the Export-Import Bank, a federal entity that offers loans so that U.S. companies can increase exports to spur job creation.

    Over a two day span in March 1992, the bank gave final approval to eight separate loans totaling $74.3 million. The money went to Nigeria, which used it to purchase MWI pumps.

    In January 2002, federal prosecutors filed a civil case against MWI, accusing the company of failing to disclose nearly $30 million in commissions paid to Alhaji Indimi, its Nigerian sales agent who later became an oil baron and one of the richest people in Africa.

    After a more than 12-year legal saga, a federal jury in Washington found MWI guilty in June of not reporting the commissions used to buy luxury cars, mansions, and a swanky golf outing for Indimi.

    While never accused of wrongdoing, Bush’s role with MWI came up during FBI interviews and depositions as investigators reviewed the company’s practices. They wanted to know more about Bush-El, the company Bush ran with MWI owner David Eller from 1988-1993 to market MWI pumps oversees.

    During his failed 1994 bid for Florida governor, Bush said he reported $648,000 on tax returns for his work at Bush-El, but no income came from the Nigeria project.

    Federal investigators heard a different story from former MWI employees, who said he earned a higher figure, although all offered different amounts.

    The Justice Department memo citing Bush also references an FBI interview from former employee Mike Carcamo, who worked at MWI from 1988-1994. He told FBI agents that Bush-El had a contract with MWI to receive 3 percent on projects in a handful of countries, including Nigeria.

    Irma Needelman, who served as secretary to the company’s sales staff for nine years, also told FBI agents and federal prosecutors that Bush made amounts greater than he had publicly acknowledged from MWI. Another former executive said Bush’s company made 5 percent on projects, including from Nigeria.

    *****

    The Justice Department memo came from the office of Robert D. McCallum, who ran DOJ’s civil division at the time. A Yale University classmate of President George W. Bush, fellow member of the Skull and Bones society and decades-long friend, Bush appointed McCallum in 2001 as assistant attorney general for the civil division.

    In an interview with Naples Daily News-Treasure Coast newspapers, McCallum said he did “not have recollection of the case.”

    While his name surfaced in the investigation, Jeb Bush was not cited, nor was Bush-El, in the federal government’s civil complaint. That meant any money he or his company received and anything about his role with MWI could not be brought up at trial.

    The whistleblower suit, filed by former company vice president Robert Purcell, did cite Bush-El. Purcell said in his lawsuit, among other things, that commissions to Indimi were higher than Export-Import bank allowed so he could bribe Nigerian officials, and that MWI transferred commissions he was supposed to receive to Bush-El.

    Nicole Navas, a Justice Department spokeswoman, declined to comment on why Bush-El was left out of the government’s lawsuit, noting it’s “still pending litigation.”

    Through a company attorney, Eller and other current MWI employees declined comment because of an ongoing appeal in the case. Purcell also declined comment.

    ****

    Bush-El was a company created, in part, to harness Bush’s political star power, according to testimony in the civil case.

    “He was the high lama. I mea
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    http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/mar/04/shots-fired-near-nsa-headquarters




    Shots fired near NSA headquarters
    National Security Agency building at Fort Meade damaged, say Maryland authorities, while two people are wounded by gunfire on nearby highway


    Tuesday 3 March 2015 23.49 EST


    The FBI was leading an investigation into reported shots fired on Tuesday near National Security Agency headquarters in Maryland and damage to an NSA building, an NSA spokeswoman said.

    There were no reports of injuries to NSA personnel, spokeswoman Meagan Roper said in an email.

    US park police spokeswoman Sergeant Lelani Woods said shots were reported near an exit to Fort Meade, site of the spy agency, along the Baltimore-Washington Parkway.

    Officers found damage to an NSA building “and they are investigating if it is damage from shots fired,” Woods said.

    The incident came after Maryland Transportation Authority Police reported two people suffered minor injuries from shots fired at a vehicle on the Inter-County Connector, a highway about 12 miles (19km) from the NSA.

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    Numbers don't lie
    America needs a reliable death-by-police database


    http://fusion.net/story/57901/america-needs-a-reliable-death-by-police-database/


    | March 5, 2015


    “We know the number of hogs and pigs living on U.S. farms, but we don’t know how many police shootings there were,” says Ezekiel Edwards, director of the ACLU’s Criminal Law Reform Project.

    According to the USDA, as of September 1, 2014 there were 65.1 million pigs and hogs in the U.S. The data about police shootings is not as recent as that about farm animals; last year, the FBI reported that there were 410 justifiable homicides in 2012 — the most recent data available. While the USDA doesn’t specify the number of farmers who contributed to their count, the Washington Post noted that out of over 17,000 police departments in America, only 750 submitted information to the FBI’s report. That’s because, shockingly, filing these reports is not mandatory.

    Late last year, in the wake of the Michael Brown shooting and the aftermath in Ferguson, President Obama established the Task Force for 21st Century Policing to look into some of the shortcomings of America’s law enforcement policies and practices, as well as recommend improvements for police departments around the country. This past Monday, the Task Force released its first report. The Task Force seemed to notice that the voluntary nature of the death reporting is problematic. We’ve excerpted a few parts of the report; italics are ours:

    “In-custody deaths are not only deaths in a prison or jail but also deaths that occur in the process of an arrest. The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) implemented the Arrest Related Deaths data collection in 2003 as part of requirements set forth in the Deaths in Custody Reporting Act of 2000 and reenacted in 2014, but this is a voluntary reporting program.”

    The Deaths in Custody Reporting Act was passed 15 years ago to monitor the deaths of prisoners, but Congress passed a new beefed-up version of the law in December. It now requires the reporting of citizen deaths that happen while in an officer’s custody or while being pursued by officers. But it only requires police departments receiving federal funds to do the reporting. (With all of the weapons the Department of Defense has been granting to police departments, it seems like that should be a high percentage of them.) If officers fail to report such incidents, ten percent of the federal grants for their departments can be deducted by the Attorney General in their state.


    Dr. Brian Burghart, a professor and publisher of the Reno News and Review, created Fatalencounters.org a crowd-sourced site for tracking officer-involved shootings. Burghart thinks the penalties for failing to comply should be harsher. “Attach some criminal penalties for non-compliance, instead of leaving it up to the U.S. Attorney General’s discretion,” Burghart said by e-mail. “Because the AG is a political appointment, they tend to act politically. Which means they will never withhold funding from police agencies that don’t comply.” Burghart tries to bring attention to fatal encounters every way he can, and he
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    . Todd Jones to leave the ATF with speculation he may be headed to the NFL


    Updated: March 20, 2015 - 9:37 PM

    The former U.S. attorney for Minnesota won’t say if he is taking a position with the NFL.
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    B. Todd Jones, who won a bruising U.S. Senate fight two years ago to become the first permanent director of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), announced on Friday that he was resigning, effective March 31.

    The ATF said the former U.S. attorney for Minnesota planned to “pursue opportunities in the private sector.”

    Sources told the Star Tribune he is expected to go to work for the National Football League, but it is unclear in what capacity.

    “I will truly miss leading and working side-by-side with these men and women in their pursuit of ATF’s unique law enforcement and regulatory mission,” Jones said in a statement on the ATF website.

    Asked about working for the NFL, Jones, 57, said in a text message to the Star Tribune, “I cannot confirm anything until I am gone on 3/31.”

    Attorney General Eric Holder said Friday that Jones “has cemented his reputation as an exemplary leader, a consummate professional, and an outstanding public servant.”

    Some associates of Jones were caught off guard by the resignation. But Thomas Kayser, a friend and former partner at Robins, Kaplan, Miller and Ciresi law firm, where Jones once worked [it’s now Robins Kaplan] said Jones had been contemplating a change. “I knew he was looking around because he had been in public service” for years “and he wanted to try something else.”

    Another friend said Jones had been considering a departure from the ATF since last fall, similar to other members of the Obama administration who are leaving as the president’s second term winds down.

    Jones was U.S. attorney in Minneapolis from 1998 to 2001, and again in 2009. He was named acting ATF director in 2011 and nominated for the permanent post, remaining U.S. attorney until he was confirmed.

    The ATF nomination got bogged down in the Senate Judiciary Committee where Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa, the ranking Republican, tried to block it.

    Jones faced questions about a whistleblower complaint filed by a member of his U.S. attorney’s staff who claimed he was mistreated, and criticism from a former special agent in charge of the Minneapolis FBI office.




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    Bill by Jim Sensenbrenner would dissolve federal ATF agency
    http://www.jsonline.com › Watchdog Online › Watchdog Reports
    Jul 9, 2014 - Citing ATF's recent operational failures and its overlap with other federal law enforcement, Sensenbrenner is preparing a bill to dissolve the ...

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    http://www.foxnews.com/us/2015/03/24/shoddy-stats-fbi-figures-tweaked-to-show-phony-increase-in-mass-shootings-says/


    FBI figures tweaked to show phony increase in mass shootings, report says

    Published March 25, 2015


    Dec. 14, 2012: In this file photo provided by the Newtown Bee, a police officer leads two women and a child from Sandy Hook Elementary School. (AP/Newtown Bee)

    Crime stats published by the FBI and relied upon by the media distort the gun violence and leave the public with the impression "mass shooting" incidents are a much bigger threat than they really are, according to a criminologist and Second Amendment scholar.

    The bureau's annual reports tabulating and classifying a wide range of crime throughout the nation have been historically free of politics, but John Lott, president of the Crime Prevention Research Center, said the latest statistics contain numbers that are misleading at best and deliberately fudged at worst. Lott believes the numbers may have been presented to overstate for political purposes the true risk of being a victim of random gun crimes.



    "The FBI put out a clearly incorrect set of numbers on public shootings shortly before the November election last year,” said Lott, a frequent opinion writer for FoxNews.com and author of "More Guns, Less Crime." “I have been reading FBI reports for 30 years and I have never seen anything like this.It is one thing for the Bureau of Justice Statistics or the National Institute of Justice to put out politically biased studies, but there ha
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    http://www.berkeleycopwatch.org/
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    yes Virginia there is a Santa Claus..l.lol...

    http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2015/11/06/stingray_surveillance_technology_new_bill_would_force_local_state_law_enforcement.html


    New Bill Would Make Local and State Law Enforcers Get a Warrant to Use Stingrays

    Federal lawmakers have introduced a new bill that would require state and local law enforcement agencies to obtain a warrant before they could use stingray surveillance devices.

    The Cell-Site Simulator Act of 2015, also known as the Stingray Privacy Act, was introduced in response to a new Justice Department policy, announced last month, requiring all federal agencies to obtain a search warrant before using stingrays—devices that simulate a cell phone tower in order to track the location of mobile phone users.
    Sponsored Content Comedian, Author, Chef And Cultural Firecracker Eddie Huang On The Power Of “No"

    The new policy forces prosecutors and investigators not only to obtain a warrant but also to disclose to judges that the specific technology they plan to use is a stingray, as opposed to some other surveillance tool.

    Civil liberties groups had criticized the federal policy because it covers only agencies like the FBI, U.S. Marshals Service, and Drug Enforcement Agency—while failing to address state and local police and sheriff’s departments, who use the technology extensively, and often borrow the devices from federal agencies.

    Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) introduced the bill in the House of Representatives on Monday
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    The Intersect
    What you need to know about Anonymous’s big anti-KKK operation
    November 5 2015

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-intersect/wp/2015/11/05/what-you-need-to-know-about-anonymouss-big-anti-kkk-operation/

    A protester wearing an Anonymous Guy Fawkes mask. (Hrvoje Polan/AFP/Getty Images)

    Today is the day that Anonymous plans to leak information on as many as 1,000 Ku Klux Klan members and supporters — a campaign that is being hyped as a mass unmasking of the hated white supremacist organization.

    But as a few confusing developments related to the campaign this week have demonstrated, operations like this are rarely straightforward. So here’s a short guide to what we know about this particular release, and what to keep in mind as it rolls out Thursday.
    What we know already:

    Operation KKK says it has identifying data on as many as 1,000 KKK members and supporters. On Oct. 22, an Anonymous-associated Twitter account announced that the hacking collective had accessed a Klan-associated Twitter account. Through that, they promised, Anonymous would be able to out about 1,000 Klan members by name. A later news release promised that the operation would release “names and Web sites, new and old” of “more than 1000″ members of the hate group.

    This isn’t the first time Anonymous has beefed with the KKK. Anonymous waged a campaign against a Missouri-based Klan organization last year after the group threatened to use “lethal force” in defense of themselves against protests in Ferguson,
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    The release also stated that Miles stole approximately 16 pounds of marijuana from an evidence room, and later sold it to a known drug dealer for $4,000.



    Tallassee's ex-assistant police chief pleads guilty to multiple charges


    http://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/story/news/crime/2015/11/17/former-asst-police-chief-pleads-guilty-obstruction-justice-other-charges/75930978/



    Conrad was originally charged with more than 100 counts of sexual assault, but after Miles’ coercive tactics came to light, the case unraveled and local authorities had to relaunch the investigation.

    Miles faces up to 10 years in prison for the deprivation of rights charge, up to five years for each of the obstruction of justice charges and up to five years for the possession charge. A sentencing date has not been set.

    He will remain out on an undisclosed bond until sentencing.

    State charges are still pending against Miles. He was charged in Elmore County Circuit Court with theft, after an Alabama Bureau of Investigation probe showed he allegedly stole a 9-mm. Beretta handgun from the Tallassee Police Department evidence locker when he was serving as assistant chief, courthouse records show.
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    Congressman Calls For DEA Chief's Removal After He Calls Medical Marijuana A 'Joke'
    "Rosenberg is clearly not the right fit for the DEA in this administration."
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    Mollie Reilly
    Deputy Politics Editor, The Huffington Post

    Posted: 11/18/2015 01:22 PM EST


    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/earl-blumenauer-dea-chief_564ca653e4b06037734be861
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    Cops took more stuff from people than burglars did last year



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    November 23 at 6:00 AM

    Here's an interesting factoid about contemporary policing: In 2014, for the first time ever, law enforcement officers took more property from American citizens than burglars did. Martin Armstrong pointed this out at his blog, Armstrong Economics, last week.

    Cops can take cash and property from people without convicting or even charging them with a crime -- yes, really! -- through the highly controversial practice known as civil asset forfeiture. Last year, according to the Institute for Justice, the Treasury and Justice departments deposited more than $5 billion into their respective asset forfeiture funds. That same year, the FBI reports that burglary losses topped out at $3.5 billion.

    Armstrong claims that "the police are now taking more assets than the criminals," but this isn't exactly right: the
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