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

| Mon Nov. 30, 2015 2:20 PM EST

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

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

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

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

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

Full details here.

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How America Became an Oligarchy

by Ellen Brown, from ellenbrown.com

April 6, 2015

The politicians are put there to give you the idea that you have freedom of choice. You don’t. . . . You have owners. — George Carlin, The American Dream

According to a new study from Princeton University, American democracy no longer exists. Using data from over 1,800 policy initiatives from 1981 to 2002, researchers Martin Gilens and Benjamin Page concluded that rich, well-connected individuals on the political scene now steer the direction of the country, regardless of – or even against – the will of the majority of voters. America’s political system has transformed from a democracy into an oligarchy, where power is wielded by wealthy elites.

“Making the world safe for democracy” was President Woodrow Wilson’s rationale for World War I, and it has been used to justify American military intervention ever since. Can we justify sending troops into other countries to spread a political system we cannot maintain at home?

The Magna Carta, considered the first Bill of Rights in the Western world, established the rights of nobles as against the king. But the doctrine that “all men are created equal” – that all people have “certain inalienable rights,” including “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” – is an American original. And those rights, supposedly insured by the Bill of Rights, have the right to vote at their core. We have the right to vote but the voters’ collective will no longer prevails.

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A Christmas Story: A Good Cop Dying Young: Murdered by the FBI’s Top Echelon Informant Program – 2 of 3
December 22, 2015Uncategorized        

() NaimovichThe names of the people we started to do the bug and wiretaps on might mean nothing to you now but let me tell you how they were described in a September 16, 1979 in a Boston Herald American article.

Abe Sarkis: “Attended mini meeting with Jerry Angiulo – 1975. Numerous convictions for tax evasion, possession of a gun, federal bookmaking charges. One time listed as among top five gamblers in Massachusetts by State Crime Commission. . . . Sarkis employs 50 workers and associates – connected to Illario Zannino mob.”

Mel Berger: “Convicted bookmaker. Serving federal prison for contempt, he refuses to answer questions by grand jury about mini-Mafia meeting he attended at Café Pompeii with Jerry Angiulo. Indicted November 1977, for $25 million gambling operation . . . “

Their past troubled had not slowed them down. They had only grown in stature and influence. The Herald American article was written in 1979. Also going on at that time according to the same article was this:

“James J. Bulger, 49, of Logan Way, South Boston is one of two men vying for the leadership of the Howard Winter mob in Somerville. [Winter was convicted in 1978 doing an 18 – 20 year sentence.] Bulger, whose nickname is “Whitey” admitted to a series of bank robberies and was sentenced to 20 years in prison in the mid-50s. He has since become a key member of the Winter gang and is considered one of the most vicious enforcers for loanshark debts”

“Stephen J. “The Rifleman” Flemmi, 45, of Milton, wants to head the Howard Winter mob in Somerville with James “Whitey” Bulger of South Boston. Considered a vicious enforcer, he was indicted in the 1968 car bombing of John E. Fitzgerald, the attorney for Joseph (Barboza) Baron, an underworld informant. Six years later charges were dropped for “insufficient evidence.” Dennis Condon, the guy now over the State Police, was instrumental in bringing that about.

The staff writers in the Herald, Dick Levitan and George Brooks knew what they were talking about. Whitey and Stevie did take over. They started to move into taking over the booking in the Boston area. Chico Krantz a former independent had been forced to pay them tribute. He would be squeezed into testifying against them.

Mel Berger and Abe Sarkis had been also continuing along their criminal ways. It was likely they also were paying tribute. We were at the point where with some hard work we may have been able to get evidence against Whitey and Stevie. We went into operation against both Sarkis and Berger.

Naimovich is the guy in charge of our operation. He met with me on an almost daily basis keeping me advised of the progress of the investigation. At one point reading the log of the prior day’s wiretap I noticed a short call that went to Sarkis. I listened to it on the tape. He was asked to meet the caller right away at the Venetian restaurant near Edward Everett Square in Dorchester where the gangsters often met. It sounded like something we were waiting for.

I asked Naimovich what happened at the meeting. He said it wasn’t surveilled. I remember being upset. We should have had troopers on hand to watch who Sarkis had met. Naimovich, as usual, covered for his guys. My gut told me something was wrong since the SSU guys were always on top of things like this. How was I to know that the guys who were supposed to be doing our surveillance were watching Naimovich and not the gangsters at the behest of the FBI.

When Mattioli came in, he started to give the information we were obtaining to the FBI something I knew nothing about and something I never would have done. Not that I knew back then the FBI was protecting Whitey and Stevie; it is just that I always operated on a need-to-know basis. For the first time we had the FBI watching us and controlling what we did through its State Police supplicants. Keep in mind, it was 7 years earlier where the State Police refused to do a wiretap with the FBI on Lancaster Street because of its connections with Whitey and Stevie. Now they were providing them the evidence we were gaining against them. The foxes were in the hen-house.

Mattioli put Foley and his guys into our investigation. Sometime around that time Foley was frightened into thinking the FBI thought of him as a leak to Vinny Ferrara, a Mafia guy. Let me read what Foley wrote: “[Ring] let me twist in the wind with the vague allegation that I was behind the leaks, and then set me to nail Naimovich.” You can bet Foley worked overtime to prove his innocence. Ring knew how to press the right button.

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urors in murder trial unlikely to hear about payments to witnesses
Judge: Allegations of undisclosed deals not relevant in murder trial

January 13, 2016 Updated: January 13, 2016 6:41pm


Vernon Brooks is on trial for murder in the death of Sergio Saldana. His attorney Paul Morgan said prosecutors withheld information on witness deals.

A Houston murder case at the center of alleged prosecutorial misconduct began Wednesday after a judge ruled that jurors are unlikely to hear any of the accusations.

Defense lawyers for two men accused in a 2012 slaying have accused a Harris County prosecutor of making secret deals to reward witnesses in the case.

It is an allegation fervently denied by the District Attorney's Office, a position that seemed to gain ground Wednesday.

The revelation last year that three witnesses were paid a total of $5,000 after they testified in February against a murder suspect fueled allegations of misconduct in September.

On Wednesday, one of the witnesses, Rose Henderson, testified in a pretrial hearing in a related case that she was never promised the money that she received from the FBI after her testimony.

She said prosecutor Sarah Mickelson Seely offered her help with her criminal case and her sister's criminal case if she testified, but there was not a firm offer.

Henderson's admission bolstered prosecutors' denials about any secret deals but could still affect the cases against Joseph Bailey and the man whose trial began Wednesday, Vernon Brooks. Both were charged with murder

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FBI Gaming


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I had the chance to interview Ray Mc Govern not too long ago.

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January 27, 2016
Iraq, Rumsfeld and Other Thugs

by Ray McGovern

There is a lot more than meets the eye in the newly revealed Joint Chiefs of Staff intelligence briefing of Sept. 5, 2002, which showed there was a lack of evidence that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction (WMD) – just as President George W. Bush’s administration was launching its sales job for the Iraq War.

The briefing report and its quick demise amount to an indictment not only of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld but also of Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Richard Myers, who is exposed once again as a Rumsfeld patsy who put politics ahead of his responsibility to American soldiers and to the nation as a whole.

In a Jan. 24 report at Politico entitled “What Donald Rumsfeld Knew We Didn’t Know About Iraq,” journalist John Walcott presents a wealth of detail about the JCS intelligence report of Sept. 5, 2002, offering additional corroboration that the Bush administration lied to the American people about the evidence of WMD in Iraq.

The JCS briefing noted, for example: “Our knowledge of the Iraqi (nuclear) weapons program is based largely – perhaps 90% – on analysis of imprecise intelligence.”

Small wonder that the briefing report was dead on arrival in Rumsfeld’s in-box. After all, it proved that the intelligence evidence justifying war was, in Rumsfeldian terms, a “known unknown.” When he received it on Sept. 5 or 6, the Defense Secretary deep-sixed it – but not before sending it on Sept. 9 to Gen. Richard Myers (who he already knew had a copy) with a transparently disingenuous CYA note: “Please take a look at this material as to what we don’t know about WMD. It is big. Thanks.”

Absent was any notation such as “I guess we should tell the White House to call off its pro-war sales campaign based on Iraq possessing WMD since we don’t got the goods.” Without such a direct instruction, Rumsfeld could be sure that Gen. Myers would not take the matter further.

Myers had already proven his “company man” mettle by scotching a legal inquiry that he had just authorized to provide the armed forces with guidance on permitted interrogation techniques. All that it took to ensure a hasty Myers retreat was a verbal slap-down from Rumsfeld’s general counsel, William James Haynes II, as soon as Haynes got wind of the inquiry in November 2002. (More on that below.)

The more interesting story, in my view, is not that Rumsfeld was corrupt (yawn, yawn), but that so was his patsy, Air Force Gen. Richard Myers, the country’s top uniformed military officer at the time. Myers has sported a well-worn coat of blue Teflon up until now.

Even John Walcott, a member of the Knight-Ridder team that did the most responsible pre-Iraq-War reporting, lets the hapless Myers too easily off the hook in writing: “Myers, who knew as well as anyone the significance of the report, did not distribute it beyond his immediate military colleagues and civilian boss, which a former aide said was consistent with the role of the chairman of the Joint Chiefs.”

Principal Military Adviser to the President

That “former aide” is dead wrong on the last point, and this is key. The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs works directly for two bosses: the President of the United States, whom he serves as the principal military adviser, and the Secretary of Defense. The JCS Chairman has the statutory authority – indeed, the duty – to seek direct access to the President to advise him in such circumstances, bearing on war or peace.

Indeed, in his 2009 memoir, Eyes on the Horizon, Gen. Myers himself writes, “I was legally obligated to provide the President my best military advice — not the best advice as approved by the Secretary of Defense.”

But in reality, Myers wouldn’t and he didn’t. And that – quite simply – is why Rumsfeld picked him and others like him for leading supporting roles in the Pentagon. And so the Iraq War came – and, with it, catastrophe for the Middle East (with related disorder now spreading into Europe).

Could Gen. Myers have headed off the war had he had the courage to assert his prerogative to go directly to President Bush and tell him the truth? Sad to say, with Bush onboard as an eager “war president” and with Vice President Dick Cheney and Rumsfeld intimidating the timid Secretary of State Colin Powell and with National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice and CIA Director George Tenet fully compliant, it is not likely that Myers could have put the brakes on the rush to invade Iraq simply by appealing to the President.

After all, the JCS briefing coincided with the start of the big sales pitch for the Iraq War based on alarming claims about Iraq possessing WMD and possibly developing a nuclear bomb. As White House chief of staff Andrew Card explained the September timing of the ad campaign, “From a marketing point of view, you don’t introduce new products in August.”

Just three days after the date of the JCS intelligence report depicting the shallowness of the intelligence on the issue of WMD in Iraq, the White House, with the help of The New York Times and other “mainstream media,” launched a major propaganda offensive.

On Sept. 8, 2002, a New York Times front-pager – headlined “US Says Hussein Intensifies Quest for A-Bomb Parts” by Judith Miller and Michael Gordon – got the juggernaut rolling downhill to war. Their piece featured some aluminum tubes that they mistakenly thought could be used only for nuclear centrifuges (when they were actually for conventional artillery). Iraq’s provocative behavior, wrote the Times, has “brought Iraq and the United States to the brink of war.”

Or as NSC Advisor Rice summed it up on the Sunday talk shows later that day, “we don’t want the smoking gun to be a mushroom cloud.”

But it was clear the fix was in even earlier. The British “Downing Street Minutes” of July 23, 2002, show that Tenet told his British counterpart, Richard Dearlove, that – as Dearlove described the message to Prime Minister Tony Blair – that “Military action was now seen as inevitable. Bush wanted to remove Saddam, through military action, justified by the conjunction of terrorism and WMD. But the intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy.”

However, despite the obstacles, Richard Myers, like so many of us, took a solemn oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies foreign and domestic. For many of us who wore the uniform and took “duty, honor, country” seriously, it is hard to give Myers a get-out-of-jail-free card when it comes to blame for the Iraq War.

No matter the odds against success, his duty was to go directly to the President and make the case. If he was rebuffed, he should have quit and gone public, in my view. (How long has it been since anyone of high rank has quit on principle?)

The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs quitting over plans for an unnecessary war? Not even The New York Times and The Washington Post – as fully in the tank as they were for the Iraq War – would have been able to suppress that story in 2002. And, had Myers gone public he might have succeeded in injecting slippery grease under the rollout of Card’s “new product.”

Imagine what might have happened had Myers gone public at that point. It is all too easy to assume that Bush and Cheney would have gotten their war anyway. But who can tell for sure? Sometimes it takes just one senior official with integrity to spark a hemorrhage of honesty. However the outcome would have turned out at least Myers would been spared the pain of looking into the mirror every morning – and thinking back on what might have been.

A Modern Rumsfeld General

This was not the first time that Myers, who served as JCS chairman from 2001 to 2005, was derelict in duty by playing the toady. He had acquiesced in Bush’s and Rumsfeld’s approval of torture in February 2002, even before going along with a gross violation of international law – launching the attack on Iraq absent any imminent threat and without the required approval by the UN Security Council.

On torture, the seldom mentioned smoking gun was a two-page executive memorandum signed by George W. Bush on Feb. 7, 2002, in which the President declared that Common Article 3 of the Geneva Conventions did not apply to Al Qaeda and Taliban detainees. Instead, they would be treated “humanely and, to the extent appropriate and consistent with military necessity, in a manner consistent with the principles of Geneva,” the memo said, using vague and permissive language that, in effect, opened the door to torture and other abuses. Gen. Myers was one of eight addressees.

On May 11, 2009 Myers was in Washington peddling his memoir Eyes on the Horizon and spoke at a Harvard Business School Alumni dinner. I seldom go to such affairs, but in this case I was glad I had paid my dues, for here was a unique opportunity to quiz Myers. I began by thanking him for acknowledging in his book “the Geneva Conventions were a fundamental part of our military culture.” Then I asked what he had done when he received Bush’s Feb. 7, 2002 memorandum unilaterally creating exceptions to Geneva.

“Just read my book,” Myers said. I told him I had, and cited a couple of sentences from my copy: “You write that you told a senior Pentagon official, Douglas Feith, ‘I feel very strongly about this. And if Rumsfeld doesn’t defend the Geneva Conventions, I’ll contradict him in front of the President.’ Did you?”

Myers claimed that he had fought the good fight before the President decided. But there was no tinge of regret. The sense the general left with us was this: if the President wanted to bend Geneva out of shape, what was a mere Chairman of the Joint Chiefs to do?

Pushing my luck, I noted that a Senate Armed Services Committee report, “Inquiry Into the Treatment of Detainees in U.S. Custody,” had been issued just two weeks earlier (on April 23, 2009). It found that Myers had



Ray McGovern Portrait by Robert Shetterly
c Robert Shetterly/Americans Who Tell The Truth
Ray McGovern
Retired CIA Officer : b. 1939
"Allegations keep cropping up in the press that CIA alumni are undermining the Bush/Cheney administration. In at least one sense, I suppose, this is true. For when an administration embarks on a war justified by little or no intelligence, speaking the truth can be regarded as treachery. The country could use more of that kind of ´treachery.´"

Ray McGovern is an activist who writes and lectures about, among other issues, war and the role of CIA. He holds an M.A. in Russian Studies from Fordham University, a certificate in Theological Studies from Georgetown University, and is a graduate of Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program.

In 1996, McGovern caught the attention of the media when he criticized the Pope’s position on women priests. It was his analysis of the war in Iraq, and of the CIA’s role in bringing the war about, that made McGovern one of the country´s most powerful, anti-war voices.

“Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” Those words are carved into the marble facade of the entrance to the CIA. Ray McGovern worked to adhere to this credo during his 27- year career as an analyst at the CIA, understanding the inscription to mean that, “the primary function of the Central Intelligence Agency is to seek the truth…and to be able to report that truth without fear or favor.”

His intelligence work, beginning in US Army and continuing at the CIA, spanned seven presidents from President Kennedy to President George H.W. Bush. As an analyst on foreign policy, McGovern would synthesize material given to him on a daily basis and then brief senior White House advisers with his conclusions. Now retired, McGovern is proud of the fact that he reported his findings “without fear or favor” to the politicians and was supported in his work by his superiors.

As a co-founder in 2003 of Veterans Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS), McGovern speaks out against what he sees as corruption in the CIA, which allowed the agency´s integrity to bend to the will of President George W. Bush and his White House officials. He asserts that the war in Iraq was manufactured and sold to the United States under false pretenses –- the real reason being oil. In a 2007 letter to former CIA Director George Tenet, McGovern and other former intelligence officers called Tenet onto the carpet for signing documents he knew to be fraudulent (one, for example, that stated that Iraq was buying uranium from Africa), and for testifying that Iraq had links to Al-Qaeda, when actual intelligence reports found no link between Iraq and Osama bin Laden. In short, they accused Tenet of “dovetailing” intelligence to fit with what politicians wanted to hear in the push for an unnecessary war with Iraq.

McGovern sees the damage done to the faith in intelligence work as profound, believing it will take years to correct. He hopes to see the CIA become again an entity independent from political administration.

During both the Bush and Obama years, the White House has eyed an attack on Iran to stop its apparent development of nuclear capabilities. McGovern has raised concerns over why an attack would be necessary, writing, "The very same men who...brought us the war in Iraq are now focusing on Iran, which they view as the only remaining obstacle to American domination of the entire, oil-rich Middle East."

He also called for the impeachment of President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney, suggesting, "Why not focus on a high crime that the Bush administration has already admitted to, with claims it is above the law and the Constitution: electronic eavesdropping on Americans without the required court warrant."

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Canada's "drug problem" was quite profitable for Stephen Harper, Jeb Bush, Mike Huxtable & Terry Nelson

February 1, 2016 - 10:57am

It may still be the case. But for almost 20 years, Stephen Harper and perhaps a few before him, as well as his personal friend Mike Huxtable, made it easy and profitable for loads of cocaine to be flown into Weyburn (SKN) and Chapeau (MTL) by the Uncle Sam cowboys Terry Nelson, Steve Finta and their pilots Curt Emmer and others. The below chart surfaced at worldlawdirect.com where a user "Nico" posted part of book manuscripts seized from a former U.S. agent that sought sanctuary in Canada as a refugee in 2000. The guy's name was Bruce Gorcyca and within days of visiting Amnesty International he was detained illegaly by Immigration Canada in maximum security confinement for 10 months "at the request of the U.S. Justice Department".

Maybe just a coincidence that his book exposed former U.S. Justice Department officials Edward Chism (http://americanfinancialgroup.worpress.com) and corupt FBI agent Terry Nelson, both friends of the BUsh family and both comitting crimes in Canada for the Bush family. Chism worked in Panama for 20 years for Uncle Sam where he married Teresita Tapia the personal banker, translator, sexretary of General Manuel Noriega, who according to Noriega's former pilot, was business partners with George H. Bush and a CIA asset according to former DEA Director John Lawn. Terry Nelson who lived less than 7 miles from Chism in Miami had Atty. Steve Finta deliver $16 million in cash to AFG offices at the request of Nelson who was met at the Bush Florida home by former CIA pilot Chip Tatum (Google him).

According to Gorcyca and other witnesses (George Morales, Johnny Molina, Alberto Duque, Erling Ingvaldsen, and others including a handful of honest DEA and RCMP officials) after Oliver North's operation was busted in 1986, all those planes full of cocaine started flying in to Canada, where Nelson and Huxtable were actually caught red-handed in 1997 - and allowed to jump bail http://www.mapleleafweb.com/forums/topic/24998-will-harper-unseal-terry-...

But with Gorcyca and Ingvaldsen in Canada there was a good chance they could blow the lid off all of the above and both were arrested on fabricated charges to discredit them in case they talked on their own, or subpoenaed by others in an RCMP corruption probe involving another Nelson bud RCMP Pierre Jeanette. Since Huxtable was a friend of PM Stephen Harper, Bush and Nelson used Mike to give Harper a $3 million gift to keep matters well concealed. http://www.worldlawdirect.com/forum/law-news/91146-uncle-sam-seized-book...

But now that Harper is playing golf and with his cats, he is no longer in a position to cover up the massive drug smuggling allowed on his watch. Both Ingvaldsen and Gorcyca brought the matter to his attention in writing, and he simply ignored the correspondence, and did his best to get both Ingvaldsen and Gorcyca booted out of Canada before they could become witnesses against him and his generous friends from America. http://www.opnlttr.com/letter/open-letter-pm-justin-trudeau-help-exiled-...

So odd that all the whistle blowers and witnessed involved either get slain (murdered) or become victims of fake criminal charges eh? For a real hoot read the 11 page sworn report of Canadian private investigator Ed Reiken in the exhibit section of this Law Society complaint: http://bruceslawsocietycomplaint.wordpress.com

Ooops! Gave you guys a bad link... here is the one that has not been deleted yet http://americanfinancialgroupfraud.wordpress.com and this one from the Toronto Star which never went beyond the tip of the iceberg: http://www.investorvoice.ca/PI/229.html

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Federal Judge Saylor Tells Catherine Greig He May Give Her Life in Prison
February 4, 2016Uncategorized
Life in prison! According to reports Judge Saylor said he can impose a punishment on 64-year-old Catherine Greig of such magnitude that she may spend the rest of her life in prison. She is already doing 8 years plus an additional nine months for civil contempt. This to a woman who never committed a violent act.

Think of it. Please think of how these judges have treated others in the Whitey Bulger saga. John Martorano who murdered 20 people was given 12 years in prison and $20,000 upon his release; Kevin Weeks who murdered five was given six years in prison and allowed to keep his lottery winnings; Frankie Salemme got a handful of years and none for his murders or perjury; Stevie Flemmi who murdered two young women and a dozen or so other people is now in a Club Med confinement if not back on the street and he kept millions of dollars of his property.

These violent murderers all got good deals because they told the prosecutor Fred Wyshak what he wanted to hear about Whitey Bulger. (He wanted to really hear something bad about Billy Bulger. No one had a bad word to say about him no matter how much Wyshak begged and cajoled and promised. ) Greig who stood up to him and refused to render him any cooperation must now suffer his wrath.


This is a preview of Federal Judge Saylor Tells Catherine Greig He May Give

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US Intel Vets Warn Against Torture
March 23, 2016

Exclusive: Experienced intelligence professionals reaffirm that torture – while popular with “tough” politicians – doesn’t work in getting accurate and actionable information, says ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern.

By Ray McGovern

To those living “outside the Beltway” it may seem counterintuitive that those of us whose analysis has been correct on key issues that the U.S. government got criminally wrong – like the invasion of Iraq in 2003 – would be blacklisted from “mainstream” media and ostracized by the Smart People of the Establishment. But, alas, that’s the way it is.

Forget the continuing carnage in which hundreds of thousands have been killed and millions made refugees. Within the mainstream U.S. media and around Washington’s major policy circles, there is little serious dialogue, much less debate about what went so hideously wrong; and Americans still innocently wonder – regarding the people on the receiving end of the blunderbuss violence – “why they hate us.”
President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney receive an Oval Office briefing from CIA Director George Tenet. Also present is Chief of Staff Andy Card (on right). (White House photo)

President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney receive an Oval Office briefing from CIA Director George Tenet. Also present is Chief of Staff Andy Card (on right). (White House photo)

After more than 13 years of presenting thoughtful critiques to senior officials – and having little discernible impact – we Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity are strongly tempted to take some solace in having made a good-faith effort to spread some truth around – and, now, go play golf. But the stakes are too high. We can’t in good conscience approach the first tee without having tried one more time.

Accordingly, we repeat the offer we extended on Feb. 26 – this time to the winnowed candidate roster of Hillary Clinton, Ted Cruz, John Kasich, Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump – to make our deep experience and proven expertise available to those of you interested in the tell-it-like-it-is analysis that has been our niche for so many years.

Given our 13-year record for accuracy and insight, we had hoped that at least one or two of you would take us up on the offer, especially since a few of you have faced criticism for a paucity of foreign policy and national security experts.

Of more immediate importance to the nation and the world, statements by some of you in reaction to the Monday bombings in Brussels, seem to betray:

A) Gross naiveté about how to counter terrorism;

B) Demagogic disregard for the civil liberty protections embodied in the U.S. Constitution; or

C) Both of the above.

We can help round out your understanding of terrorism, its causes and its possible cures – but with respect to “A” above, you may wish to begin by reading VIPS memorandum #15 (of June 18, 2007), How Not to Counter Terrorism, drafted by our VIPS colleague, former Special Agent Coleen Rowley, who was FBI Division Counsel, Minneapolis, during 9/11. (Rowley later blew the whistle about the ineptitude at FBI headquarters that thwarted the simple steps that would have prevented those terrorist attacks.)

On Torture, Pols & Polls

Based on our lengthy experience in intelligence, we know that torture doesn’t “work.” So we confess to a certain disgust with the “new normal,” fostered not only by some presidential candidates but also


Retired Marine, FBI agent to sign books

March 24 2016

Emerald Isle will host a book signing on Thursday, March 31, with a retired Marine and FBI agent who has written a tale that will hit home to many area residents.
Munden Instory + Mobile

John Ligato, who lives in North Carolina, will sign his new book, Dirty Boys, from 6:30-8 p.m. in the town hall.

According to publicity material, the novel “documents the steady decline of the United States as a world power. It answers the question of, ‘What happens if America continues down its current path of political correctness in dealing with our sworn enemies.’”

Dirty Boys is the tale of a maverick FBI undercover agent ordered back into the office and assigned to the Joint Terrorism Task Force. He uncovers an international terrorist plot to destroy America without firing a single bullet.

Unable to convince his bosses that this sleeper cell exists, former Marine John Booker goes rogue and must battle both terrorists and the bureaucracy. Mr. Booker forms a task force of misfits who are comfortable working “off the books.” They realize that the government does not understand our enemies.

Mr. Ligato originally hails from south Philadelphia. He attended Slippery Rock University, earning a degree in secondary education and a master’s in educational psychology.

In his 23 years in the FBI, his assignments included, Pittsburgh, Memphis, New York City, Buffalo and Cleveland. The 2006 movie, “10th and Wolf” was loosely based on his life. It featured Val Kilmer, Dennis Hopper, Tommy Lee, Brad Renfro, Giovanni Ribisi, James Marsden and Lesley Ann Warren.

As a young man, Mr. Ligato was with the lead contingent of Marines into Hue City, Vietnam, during the 1968 TET offensive. He received three Purple Hearts for wounds suffered in Vietnam.

He has been an adjunct college professo


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April 9, 2016 Uncategorized Clinton’s subway campaign, Facebook’s weapons bazaar, financial misconduct, Guccifer, Hastert, heroin, Lackland AFB event, Sanders, sexual misconduct, skin scrub, Vaxxed

“… The 74-year-old Republican managed to keep any hint of sexual misconduct quiet throughout a political career that carried him from the Illinois Legislature to the halls of Congress and eventually to the speaker’s office, where he was second in the line of succession to the presidency.

Hastert pleaded guilty in October to breaking banking laws as he sought to pay $3.7 million to someone referred to as Individual A to ensure the person kept quiet about Hastert’s past misconduct…..”


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Federal prosecutors on Friday laid bare some of the lurid allegations of sexual misconduct against former U.S. House speaker Dennis Hastert and asked a federal judge to subject the Illinois Republican to a sex offender evaluation.


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Two airmen were killed in a “a workplace violence incident” on Friday at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, military officials said, with media outlets reporting that an airman shot his commanding officer and then himself.



April 8-10, 2016 — It’s not £30,000 in Cameron’s offshore account, it’s at least £2 million

(in: GENERAL ARCHIVES April 2016) WayneMadsenReport.com

Apr 8, 2016

Cameron took a major bribe for British railway modernization project.





CIA’s Venture Capital Arm Is Funding Skin Care Products That Collect DNA



In Libya, you can buy an anti-aircraft gun on Facebook. An online marketplace for illicit weapons is thriving in the Middle East and North Africa, according to a recent study that found sales of machine guns, rocket launchers, and anti-aircraft guns.







FRIDAY, APRIL 08, 2016


“Panama Papers Mossack Fonseca Tally”: “Released to date: .00161%”. They are following the Crazy Pierre/Glenn glibertarian model that any information that comes into your hands is your own personal property, to be doled out to the proles as and when needed to advance your own personal politics/wallet (as opposed to the WikiLeaks model, which sees this information as part of the political common, and therefore ought to be made universally accessible).

“‘Corruption’ as a Propaganda Weapon” I don’t think they anticipated that Soros would become a major part of the story. “VIDEO: What Has George Soros Funded Over the Years?”

“Rothschild Says Ukraine President’s Trust Up to International Standards” That’s a great headline! Note that World Jewry wants to replace Poroshenko.

“#panamapapers – Why Critic Craig Murray Needs the Scorecard Before He Can Name The Players” Pure nonsense from Naked Capitalism.

“Days After Iceland’s PM Resigns Over “Panama Papers”, Its Bankers Are Released From Jail Years Early”:

“There was some “conspiratorial” speculation whether the explicit hit on ex-PM Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson was precisely due to Iceland’s crackdown on the country’s criminal bankers. As a reminder, Iceland is the only nation that sent bankers found guilty of crimes resulting from the financial crisis, to prison.

It turns out there may have been something valid in said speculation . . . ”

“#Iceland: the real story behind the scandal of #PanamaPapers #PanamaLeaks” The cleverness is that the shenanigans of the ‘journalists’ misusing this information will impugn all of it, including the information concerning real crooks.

“Not Good, Not Good At All” For the first time, Sanders is lightly criticizing Clinton, and the Clintonistas are freaking out. Revisionism: “Two Washington Post headlines says it all”

“Oops! Bill Clinton Says He ACCIDENTALLY Took $500,000 From Algeria During Key Arms Negotiation With State Department”. I’ve never seen a more obvious bribe.

“Milo Yiannopoulos & “Allies of Color”” It appears that Trump is going to limp into the convention with a majority of delegates, but no momentum, and the Jews will yoink the nomination from him and present it on a silver – platinum, surely – platter to somebody like Ryan, at which point the fury of the massive group of Trump supporters will inevitably lead to them not voting in the election , resulting in a sure Democrat landslide victory (as planned by Bill and Donald in that golf-course conspiracy, with the only glitch being Sanders). What happens to the ‘alr-right’ then?

“E.U. Suspects Russian Agenda in Migrants’ Shifting Arctic Route” This is particularly rich coming from the NYT when the obvious massive conspiracy is the Zionist-Turkish conspiracy to the south.

“A Few Black Caucus Members Have Some Questions About Israel”

“The US Pulls Out Of Yemen: Why So Sudden?” A suggestion that Iran may have information on the support of the US for al-Qaeda.

AT 4/08/2016 08:10:00 AM

“I would reject the premise or the assertion that we’re in any way involved in the actual leak of these documents.”

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“There was another problem with Clinton’s ride aboard the 4 Train, one that the media all but ignored: Hillary Clinton broke the subway rules, and did so not only within full sight of New York City officials and law enforcement, who stood around and watched her do it” [Guardian].

According to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s (MTA) Rules of Conduct, the subway system is for transporting riders to their destinations, and nothing else. But the rules list several exceptions, including “campaigning”. So far, so good, Hillary Clinton.

However, Section 1050.6(c)1 of the subway rules states unequivocally that none of these activities may be performed on the actual subway cars.

This is the rule Clinton broke. Clinton’s defenders might think the short subway trip wasn’t actually campaigning, but I’d urge them to watch a video of her two-stop ride – from Yankee Stadium to 170th Street – that clearly shows Clinton glad-handing on the train itself.

She’s aided in doing so by Rubén Díaz Jr, the president of the borough of the Bronx, who introduces her to strap-hangers as “the next president of the United States, Hillary Clinton”. If that wasn’t enough, Clinton then takes some questions from the press aboard the 4 Train car.

The incident is all the more galling because there are actual, regular New Yorkers trying to make ends meet who are arrested for violating the same rules that Clinton disregards with impunity. These regular New Yorkers are, of course, the acrobatic showtime performers and musicians – a cultural point of pride for the city – who perform legally on platforms and other areas of the transit system (not always without harassment) but are barred from playing on board subway cars by the same rules that should have prevented Clinton’s campaigning.

Laws are for little people!

“The 10 Best Reactions to Hillary Clinton’s Epic Subway Fail” [Cosmopolitan]. *** swipe swipe swipe swipe swipe ***


“On President Obama’s first day in office in 2009, he issued an executive order to close ‘the revolving door’ between government and the private sector by restricting the hiring of any registered lobbyists for positions in his administration” [New York Review of Books]. “But Obama himself eventually hired at least seventy lobbyists, many of whom then returned to lobbying after a stint in his administration. So much for Obama’s campaign pledge that he would ‘tell the corporate lobbyists that their days of setting the agenda in Washington are over.’ The executive order has since been dropped, and the number of business lobbyists in Washington has continued rising rapidly.”




“… The Hillary Clinton campaign and establishment media have virtually merged. Two days after Wisconsin, CNN ran a near-continuous loop of Hillary on the NYC subway, woman of the people, kissing babies and using her Metro card. It looked more like a Clinton campaign commercial than a journalistic report on a candidate who hasn’t held a press conference in weeks.

What has terrified the establishment is the realization that the political revolution that Bernie has openly instigated may in fact be a real revolution; and that Bernie is right when he says that, when millions of us stand together, there is nothing that can’t be done. The establishment knows that millions of us standing together is the only way inverted totalitarianism can be overturned….”



“Hillary Clinton ratcheted up her attacks on Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ gun control record Monday, telling a private gathering of state legislators near the State Capitol that many of the guns used by New York criminals come across the border from the Green Mountain State,” Politico New York reports. While the meeting was closed to Democrat legislators, lobbyists and supporters, and a recording of actual words spoken has not surfaced, statements from attendees, including Democrat Assemblyman Kevin Cahill and State Assembly Speaker and former Bronx Democratic Committee Chairman Carl Heastie summarize Clinton’s reported comments.

“She said that many of the guns that are found to be involved in crimes in this state are found to have their origins in Vermont,” Cahill recalled.

“She did mention that [Vermont] doesn’t have gun laws, and she brought that up when she was contrasting her position on guns and votes in Senate with Senator Sanders,” Heastie added.

With a reported claim like that, and with the blame being placed on what “progressives” refer to as “lax gun laws,” a fact check is in order. And to do that, we can consult ATF’s firearms trace data report for New York (2014 is the most current year’s data released at this writing).

It’s true, Vermont is one of the “top 15 states for firearms with a New York recovery,” coming in at #14 with 55 traces. New York itself, with draconian gun edicts, did just fine without the boost, easily taking the #1 slot with 1,397 traces.

As long as the “flow” is being presented as an imminent problem, one other piece of information is also relevant: Time to crime, the span between when a firearm was originally sold by a retailer to when it was “recovered” by law enforcement: The New York average is 14.8 years. Compare that to the national average of 10.88 years.

Then compare Vermont’s violent crimes with, say restrictive New York’s. So much for the problem being “easy access” to guns.

And there’s one other factor, a great big caveat ATF places prominently as a preamble to their report — the firearms trace data disclaimer:

Firearm traces are designed to assist law enforcement authorities in conducting investigations by tracking the sale and possession of specific firearms. Law enforcement agencies may request firearms traces for any reason, and those reasons are not necessarily reported to the Federal Government. Not all firearms used in crime are traced and not all firearms traced are used in crime. [Emphasis added.]

All things considered, it looks like Hillary is lying again for personal gain, and your rights be damned…..”




Michael Dukakis was known for riding the T every day while serving as Governor of Massachusetts. Even in old age, he still rides the subway, and encourages elected officials, like Governor Charlie Baker, to stay connected with people by riding the rails.

“There was nothing hokey about it. I’ve been riding the T since I was 5. But it doesn’t hurt to have a chief executive who’s on it,’’ Dukakis told the Boston Herald in December. “I learned more about the T and my own administration riding the T than I did in the State House.’’

Even in the ’80s, the commuting habits of the self-professed “rail romantic” were noteworthy. ”I’m on board two or three days a week,” he told the Christian Science Monitor in 1984, adding that it gave him ”a chance to meet folks I otherwise would not meet.”




White House Makes a Big Deal of New Heroin Efforts — But Says Nothing about Stemming the Flow or Why We’re Still at War in Narco-State Afghanistan

Posted on April 7, 2016 by WashingtonsBlog

By Meryl Nass, M.D. Dr. Nass is a board-certified internist and a biological warfare epidemiologist and expert in anthrax.

[Ed.: Scroll down to the bottom of the right hand column at http://www.cryptogon.com/ to grab the publication details about that site’s header image.

Kevin, I trust you, the wife, the kids and your businesses and farmlet are all thriving.]



THE MAYOR’S OFFICE DID IT. The film Vaxxed, exposing criminal fraud at the CDC and the CDC’s concealment of a link between the MMR vaccine and autism, was shut down in Houston. Locked out 2 days ago. It was supposed to open at the Worldfest Houston International Film Festival, but Hunter Todd, the head of the Festival, admitted in writing that “high government officials” in Houston had threatened the Festival—so Vaxxed was axed. Now I have confirmation that it was the Houston Mayor’s office that did the deed. The threat was about $$. The city government supports the Festival with grants. Show the film—no grants. More censorship.



The new film Vaxxed (trailer) highlights one whistleblower, researcher William Thompson, who publicly admitted he and his CDC colleagues lied, cheated, and committed gross fraud in exonerating the MMR vaccine and pretending it had no connection to autism. Now we have another: Dr. Peter Fletcher. The Daily Mail has the story (3/29/16): “Former [British] science chief: ‘MMR fears coming true’”. “A former Government medical officer responsible for deciding whether medicines are safe has accused the Government of ‘utterly inexplicable complacency’ over the MMR triple vaccine for children.”


“Why was Vaxxed shut down?

The answer? Jane Rosenthal and her (ex) husband, Craig Hatkoff.

That’s my opinion, my story, and I’m sticking to it.

Yes, there were other pressures on Robert De Niro. I know all about them. But Jane Rosenthal and her husband Craig are very, very tight with De Niro.

How tight?

From Crain’s New York Business 2007: “Jane Rosenthal is the business brains behind the wheel of New York’s most famous taxi driver: Robert De Niro. The duo, who founded Tribeca Productions in 1989, has produced 22 movies.

“Perhaps Ms. Rosenthal’s most important contribution to the city, however, came in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks. She and Mr. De Niro, along with Ms. Rosenthal’s husband, real estate financier Craig Hatkoff, launched the Tribeca Film Festival to help revive downtown.”

Getting the picture?

Now, moving along: Jane Rosenthal’s husband, Craig Hatkoff, sits on the board of the NYU Child Study Center in New York—and that major, major Center is deeply involved in the research, study, and treatment of child psychiatric disorders. In case you’ve forgotten, autism is officially listed as a psychiatric disorder.

The NYU Center would never, ever, in a million years imagine that vaccines could cause autism. If they did imagine it, they’d shut up and march straight ahead with their brain imaging studies and other mainstream distractions.

The NYU Child Study Center is surrounded by important names. Among past Center honorees: Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg; Governor George E. Pataki; Whoopi Goldberg; Former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani; Senator Hillary Clinton.

Among the attendees at a 2008 Center awards dinner, which raised $8.8 million, and was hosted by CBS News anchor Katie Couric: New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine; real estate mogul Larry Silverstein; and of course, the Tribeca founders, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff.

The Rosenthal-Hatkoff duo have been on the scene at a number of Center fundraisers and awards dinners. They’re active. They’re visible. They’re players.

Here is a statement from the NYU Child Center’s website: “At the Child Study Center, the Center for Neurodevelopmental Disorders (CND) is committed to research in neurodevelopmental disorders, leveraging establish[ed] strengths in Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD and animal studies on early development, as well as collaborating closely with our clinical partners.”

The Center has an Autism Spectrum Disorders Clinical and Research Program, where it carries out orthodox and “cutting edge” work on autism.

And the Center is expanding. This is a big-time operation:

“The NYU Child Study Center has three main affiliates: the Nathan S. Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research (NKI), Rockland Children’s Psychiatric Center (RCPC), and Bellevue Hospital Center.

“Through collaborative efforts, these organizations work with the NYU Child Study Center to integrate the highest level of clinical care, ground-breaking research, and training for the next generation of leaders in child and adolescent mental health. In addition, the diverse locations open the doors to treatment for families in Westchester, Rockland and Putnam Counties; as well as throughout New York City.

“With the partnerships among these world-class institutions, we are establishing a new multidisciplinary model for advancing the prevention, identification and treatment of child psychiatric disorders on a national scale.”

A film that claims to show a link between the MMR vaccine and autism would be a hideous affront to the NYU Child Study Center, where Craig Hatkoff, co-founder of the Tribeca Film Festival, sits on the Board.

A plan to actually show Vaxxed at the Tribeca Festival, which Hatkoff and Rosenthal co-founded, would be a blow to the face of the NYU Center…..”




“The extradition of Romanian hacker “Guccifer” to the U.S. at a critical point in the FBI’s criminal investigation of Hillary Clinton’s email use is “not a coincidence,” according to an intelligence source close to the case.

One of the notches on Guccifer’s cyber-crime belt was allegedly accessing the email account of Clinton confidant Sidney Blumenthal, one of Clinton’s most prolific advice-givers when she was secretary of state. It was through that hack that Clinton’s use of a personal account — clintonemail.com — first came to light.

Former law enforcement and cyber security experts said the hacker, whose real name is Marcel Lehel Lazar, could – now that he’s in the U.S. – help the FBI make the case that Clinton’s email server was compromised by a third party, one that did not have the formal backing and resources of a foreign intelligence service such as that of Russia, China or Iran.

“Because of the proximity to Sidney Blumenthal and the activity involving Hillary’s emails, [the timing] seems to be something beyond curious,” said Ron Hosko, former assistant director of the FBI’s Criminal Investigative Division from 2012-2014…..”





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Judge 'manipulated' 9/11 attacks case, court document alleges
Army colonel effectively conspired to destroy evidence to defend Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, accused architect of the terror attacks, according to court document

The judge prevented Khalid Sheikh Mohammed’s defense team from learning he had permitted the Obama administration to destroy the evidence, according to a scathing court document.
Tuesday 31 May 2016 13.20 EDT
The judge overseeing the premiere military tribunal at Guantánamo Bay effectively conspired with the prosecution to destroy evidence relevant to defending the accused architect of the 9/11 attacks, according to a scathing court document.

Army Col James Pohl, who this week at Guantánamo is presiding over a resumption of pretrial hearings in the already troubled case, “in concert with the prosecution, manipulated secret proceedings and the use of secret orders”, the document alleges, preventing Khalid Sheikh Mohammed’s defense team from learning Pohl had permitted the Obama administration to destroy the evidence.

9/11 judge and prosecutors should step down over 'destroyed evidence', defense demands
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The accusation comes in a 10 May defense filing that the military commissions have recently unsealed. It contains significant detail about an episode that Mohammed’s attorneys say has permanently tainte



Inspector General’s office violated protocol by conspiring with the FBI to punish Binney and his cohorts.

"They attempted to prosecute all of us," he says. "They fabricated evidence…They attempted three times to indict us."

Binney had authored his own analysis program, known as ThinThread. Invented to monitor individuals suspected of terrorism, Binney’s algorithms included a number of safeguards to insure that the privacy of Americans remained intact. The NSA, however, was not interested in these precautions.

"They used our software and corrupted it and turned it against the people of the United States," he says. "That was fundamentally a violation of the First, Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Amendments of the Constitution. So they were scrapping the Constitution, they were doing this all in secret."

Consumers Demanding Online Privacy in Light of Snowden Leaks
The motive behind the mass collection of raw data may have less to do with security and more to do with budgetary concerns.

"It commits the government and We the People to more taxing to keep increasing the budget of NSA to keep up with the volume of material being passed around the world," Binney says. "In other words, it’s an ever-increasing amount of communications occurring year after year, which means they have to have an ever-increasing capability to collect it all and store it all, which takes more and more money year after year."

"It’s like a self-licking ice cream cone that keeps going on and on and on…"

The NSA justified its actions as necessary to protect American citizens. But for Binney and other NSA whistleblowers, that defense is far too reminiscent of those made by Nazi Germany.

"The president can declare anyone a terrorist threat and have the military take them off the street, anywhere, and incarcerate them indefinitely without any due process. Those are violations of fundamental rights of the Constitution," he says.

Fired Pentagon Official: DoD and Obama Retaliate Against Whistleblowers
"That’s exactly what Special Order 48 issued by the Nazis in 1933 did, right after the Reichstag fire. It says almost exactly the same thing."

The US intelligence apparatus is detailed by Binney as acting exactly like a police state.

"They are now basically declaring openly that they are going to use the NSA collected data to prosecute people internally in the United States," Binney says.

"It’s not just inside the US, it’s worldwide. [The NSA] gives them power and evidence to use to intimidate and manipulate members of parliament in any government in the world. Any commercial company that’s doing things [the US] doesn’t want to happen, they’ve got data on them to."

"It gives them a great deal of power. Knowledge is power.


Texas cop accused of sexually assaulting girl every week

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Wednesday, May 4, 2016, 9:34 AM

San Antonio Officer Juan Ruiz-Carrillo was busted for sexually assaulting a child.
San Antonio's police chief admitted an “embarrassment to the department” as an officer was arrested for sexually assaulting a girl nearly every week for four years, starting when she was 15.

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Voter ID and Other Laws Try to Suppress the Vote

North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory pretends to believe in unicorns. Photo credit: DonkeyHotey / WhoWhatWhy (CC BY-SA 2.0) See complete attribution below.
On Thursday, Terri Rote made national news. She was arrested after trying to cast votes for Donald Trump at two separate polling stations in Iowa. Rote now faces up to five years in jail.

The reason her case has attracted so much attention is that it is the only instance of in-person voter fraud so far this year — out of nearly 20 million votes that have already been cast.

Even though that is a tiny percentage, we are still ahead of the average. The most cited study on the issue has identified 31 possible cases of in-person voter fraud out of almost 1,000,000,000 ballots cast.

Why is it such a rare crime? Because, no offense to Ms. Rote, only a moron would commit in-person voter fraud. The penalty for getting caught is off the charts compared to the benefit of casting one additional vote.

It’s the equivalent of finding a single termite in a house and burning it down as a remedy.

Some of these Voter ID laws were struck down — either fully or in part. The court rulings leave little doubt what the motivation was for passing them in the first place.

“Although the new provisions target African Americans with almost surgical precision, they constitute inapt remedies for the problems assertedly justifying them and, in fact, impose cures for problems that did not exist,” said the decision in the North Carolina case.

The court noted that “the State has failed to identify even a single individual who has ever been charged with committing in-person voter fraud in North Carolina.”

While the concept of showing identification to vote might not be bad — and has broad public support — it only works if the government can assure that every single voter can easily obtain this ID at no cost. But that is never the goal when it comes to these laws.

Take Alabama, for example. After the 2014 Shelby County vs. Holder Supreme Court decision, which made it easier for states with a history of bad civil-rights records to disenfranchise minority voters, the state passed a more stringent Voter ID law — and then promptly tried to close DMV offices in the counties with the highest percentage of black voters.

That shows how ridiculous it is to pretend that these laws are about fighting the phantom crime of voter fraud. Indisputably, they are a cynical attempt by Republican-run states to hang on to power by any means necessary — even if that means disenfranchising millions of voters.

Voter ID laws are only one piece of the puzzle. Not allowing felons to vote, even those who have already repaid their debt to society, as well as attempts to reduce early voting opportunities are all part of these Machiavellian schemes.

The election is not being rigged by a handful of idiots like Ms. Rote but instead by hundreds of state lawmakers who would rather try to keep certain groups of people from casting their ballots than compete for their votes by instituting policies such voters favor.

The cartoon above was created by DonkeyHotey for WhoWhatWhy from these images: Pat McCrory caricature (DonkeyHotey / Flickr – CC BY 2.0), North Carolina Capitol building (D

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Sunday, October 30, 2016
I recently wrote 3 articles about the US heroin epidemic and its source. The 2nd article has disappeared off my (google) blog. Here is an early version from a Canadian website that reposted it.

Media Disinformation and the US Heroin Epidemic
The New York Times Gets it All Wrong
By Dr. Meryl Nass
Global Research, January 29, 2016
Anthrax Vaccine 24 January 2016

On October 30, 2015 the NY Times published an in-depth article on the heroin epidemic, focused on New Hampshire, which saw the greatest increase in deaths from drug overdoses (74%) in the US between 2013 and 2014.  New Hampshire is a bucolic place, where villages of tidy white capes and saltboxes lie sprinkled among the mountains and pine forests. 
Manchester, New Hampshire’s largest city, has a population of 110,000.  In one 6 hour period on September 24, Manchester police responded to 6 separate heroin overdoses. Manchester saw over 500 overdoses and over 60 deaths between January 1 and September 24, 2015.
At presidential campaign stops throughout the state, candidates were forced to respond to the problem when New Hampshire citizens demanded answers.  Hillary has a $10 billion dollar plan for prevention and treatment of abuse.  Chris Christie prefers treatment to jail time for first offenders. Obama announced a $5 million initiative in August to combat heroin addiction and trafficking. NH has designated a drug czar. NH Senator Ayotte says “We’ve got to reduce the stigma.”  Narcan, an opiate antidote that has been made widely available, is admittedly a band-aid.  It saves lives from acute overdoses, but does absolutely nothing to stem the tide of abuse.
The solutions being touted by politicians and the media include “working together:” police, citizens, and health-care facilities–though to what end is unclear; educating; reducing the stigma of heroin use (now that users are predominantly white and middle class we can relabel addiction a disease, not a crime); adding treatment facilities; and adding more police.
I call this salutary–but almost entirely missing the mark.
Overdose deaths and heroin users are at an all time high in the United States. Between 2 and 9 of every thousand Americans (0.2-0.9% of the population) is currently using heroin. In Maine, 8% of babies are born “drug-affected”–a stratospheric rise from 178 babies in 2006 to 995 babies in fiscal 2015.
Despite what you have heard, the cause of our current heroin epidemic is not as simple as doctors overprescribing narcotics.
While nationally, heroin overdoses jumped from 1.0 per 100,000 in 2010 to 3.4 per 100,000 in 2014, the number of prescribed narcotics held steady over the same period. A 2015 UN document noted that“A recent [US government] household survey in the United States indicated that there was a significant decline in the misuse of prescription opioids from 2012 to 2013″ (page 46).
According to CDC itself, “CDC has programmatically characterized all opioid pain reliever deaths (natural and semisynthetic opioids, methadone, and other synthetic opioids) as ‘prescription’ opioid overdoses.” That means illegally produced drugs in these categories are being designated as prescription drugs, when they are not. A further confounder is that heroin metabolizes to morphine, which is a prescription drug. So if fully metabolized at the time of autopsy, a death due to heroin will be labeled as due to a prescription narcotic.
The true cause of the current heroin epidemic is massive amounts of heroin flooding into the US, exceeding what can be sold in our large cities, and now finding its way into even the tiniest hamlets.
Here’s the problem with the NY Times’ and the politicians’ solutions:  neither fifty individual states nor thousands of towns and villages can treat, educate, exhort, investigate or imprison their way out of the heroin maelstrom. There are nowhere near enough police, social workers, prisons, treatment facilities or sources of funding.  Narcan and clean needles don’t cut the mustard. There is only one possible solution, and that is stemming the supply. 
In my September 7 blog post, I showed that 96% of US heroin does not come from Mexico and Colombia, as claimed by US government sources. Mexican and Colombian production is inadequate to supply even half the US market.
At least Canada knows where its heroin comes from:
 “According to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police National Intelligence Coordination Center, between 2009 and 2012 at least 90 per cent of the heroin seized in Canada originated in Afghanistan.” (page 46)
If one wants to get into the weeds on this issue, a 2014 RAND report titled What America’s Users Spend on Illegal Drugs: 2000-2010 is a good place to start.  The  report, performed under contract for DHHS and released by the White House, looks at multiple databases and identifies many problematic issues with estimates of heroin country-of-origin.
It shows that while Colombian opium was allegedly supplying 50% of a growing US heroin market between 2001 and 2010 (pages 82-83), Colombian production actually sank from 11 metric tons in 2001 to only 2 in 2009.
Furthermore, US government estimates for the 2000-2010 decade of Mexican production relied on a claimed 3 growing seasons per year, while in reality there were only two. RAND admits Mexican production estimates were inflated. Mexico historically produced lower quality, “black tar” heroin, used west of the Mississippi, while the influx of heroin to the US has been of higher quality white powder, and the greatest increases in use have been in the eastern US, far from the Mexican border.
Meanwhile, according to RAND:
“in recent years, there have been no [heroin] seizures or purchases from Southeast Asia [Myanmar, Laos, Thailand] by DEA’s Domestic Monitoring Program.”
Back in 1992, DEA estimated that 32% of US heroin came from Southwest Asia (mainly Afghanistan). Since then, Afghan opium production has tripled. But in the years 1994 through 2010 only 1-6% of US heroin had a southwest Asian origin, according to DEA’s Domestic Monitoring Program. Yet Afghan production accounts for 90% of the world heroin supply.
It would be great if we could point to improved US interdiction at the source, or to poppy field eradication to explain this anomaly.  But neither is the case. Seizures of heroin in Afghanistan dropped from 27 metric tons in 2010  to 8 metric tons in 2013, according to the UN, figure 41. Only 1.2% of poppy fields were eradicated in 2014, also according to the UN.

It is undeniable: there has been profound, systematic deception regarding the amount of heroin reaching the US from Mexico and Colombia by the US government, presumably to conceal and protect the actual source(s) of most US heroin.
We know where and how to look for heroin:  Afghanistan and Myanmar are the world’s #1 and #2 producers.   Historically, heroin bound for the US leaves these countries by air. There are a manageable number of flights departing Afghanistan and Myanmar.  We could put all the needed personnel in place, today, to fully inspect every flight and every airport.
The fact that we have looked the other way and pointed in the wrong direction is itself the smoking gun.
Meryl Nass, M.D.  is  a board-certified internist and a biological warfare epidemiologist and expert in anthrax. Nass publishes Anthrax Vaccine.
The original source of this article is Anthrax Vaccine
Copyright © Dr. Meryl Nass, Anthrax Vaccine, 2016


The Seven-Lesson Schoolteacher - By John Taylor Gatto, New York State Teacher of the Year, 1991
John Taylor Gatto

Call me Mr. Gatto, please. Twenty-six years ago, having nothing better to do at the time, I tried my hand at schoolteaching. The license I hold certifies that I am an instructor of English language and English literature, but that isn't what I do at all. I don't teach English, I teach school -- and I win awards doing it.

Teaching means different things in different places, but seven lessons are universally taught from Harlem to Hollywood Hills. They constitute a national curriculum you pay for in more ways than you can imagine, so you might as well know what it is. You are at liberty, of course, to regard these lessons any way you like, but believe me when I say I intend no irony in this presentation. These are the things I teach, these are the things you pay me to teach. Make of them what you will.


A lady named Kathy wrote this to me from Dubois, Indiana the other day:
"What big ideas are important to little kids? Well, the biggest idea I think they need is that what they are learning isn't idiosyncratic -- that there is some system to it all and it's not just raining down on them as they helplessly absorb. That's the task, to understand, to make coherent."
Kathy has it wrong. The first lesson I teach is confusion. Everything I teach is out of context. I teach the un-relating of everything. I teach disconnections. I teach too much: the orbiting of planets, the law of large numbers, slavery, adjectives, architectural drawing, dance, gymnasium, choral singing, assemblies, surprise guests, fire drills, computer languages, parents' nights, staff-development days, pull-out programs, guidance with strangers my students may never see again, standardized tests, age-segregation unlike anything seen in the outside world....What do any of these things have to do with each other?

Even in the best schools a close examination of curriculum and its sequences turns up a lack of coherence, full of internal contradictions. Fortunately the children have no words to define the panic and anger they feel at constant violations of natural order and sequence fobbed off on them as quality in education. The logic of the school-mind is that it is better to leave school with a tool kit of superficial jargon derived from economics, sociology, natural science and so on than to leave with one genuine enthusiasm. But quality in education entails learning about something in depth. Confusion is thrust upon kids by too many strange adults, each working alone with only the thinnest relationship with each other, pretending for the most part, to an expertise they do not possess.

Meaning, not disconnected facts, is what sane human beings seek, and education is a set of codes for processing raw facts into meaning. Behind the patchwork quilt of school sequences and the school obsession with facts and theories, the age-old human search lies well concealed. This is harder to see in elementary school where the hierarchy of school experience seems to make better sense because the good-natured simple relationship of "let's do this" and "let's do that" is just assumed to mean something and the clientele has not yet consciously discerned how little substance is behind the play and pretense.

Think of the great natural sequences like learning to walk and learning to talk; following the progression of light from sunrise to sunset; witnessing the ancient procedures of a farmer, a smithy, or a shoemaker; watching your mother prepare a Thanksgiving feast -- all of the parts are in perfect harmony with each other, each action justifies itself and illuminates the past and the future. School sequences aren't like that, not inside a single class and not among the total menu of daily classes. School sequences are crazy. There is no particular reason for any of them, nothing that bears close scrutiny. Few teachers would dare to teach the tools whereby dogmas of a school or a teacher could be criticized since everything must be accepted. School subjects are learned, if they can be learned, like children learn the catechism or memorize the Thirty-nine Articles of Anglicanism.

I teach the un-relating of everything, an infinite fragmentation the opposite of cohesion; what I do is more related to television programming than to making a scheme of order. In a world where home is only a ghost, because both parents work, or because too many moves or too many job changes or too much ambition, or because something else has left everybody too confused to maintain a family relation, I teach you how to accept confusion as your destiny. That's the first lesson I teach.


The second lesson I teach is class position. I teach that students must stay in the class where they belong. I don't know who decides my kids belong there but that's not my business. The children are numbered so that if any get away they can be returned to the right class. Over the years the variety of ways children are numbered by schools has increased dramatically, until it is hard to see the human beings plainly under the weight of numbers they carry. Numbering children is a big and very profitable undertaking, though what the strategy is designed to accomplish is elusive. I don't even know why parents would, without a fight, allow it to be done to their kids.

In any case, again, that's not my business. My job is to make them like it, being locked in together with children who bear numbers like their own. Or at the least to endure it like good sports. If I do my job well, the kids can't even imagine themselves somewhere else, because I've shown them how to envy and fear the better classes and how to have contempt for the dumb classes. Under this efficient discipline the class mostly polices itself into good marching order. That's the real lesson of any rigged competition like school. You come to know your place.

In spite of the overall class blueprint, which assumes that ninety-nine percent of the kids are in their class to stay, I nevertheless make a public effort to exhort children to higher levels of test success, hinting at eventual transfer from the lower class as a reward. I frequently insinuate that the day will come when an employer will hire them on the basis of test scores and grades, even though my own experience is that employers are rightly indifferent to such things. I never lie outright, but I've come to see that truth and schoolteaching are, at bottom, incompatible just as Socrates said they were thousands of years ago. The lesson of numbered classes is that everyone has a proper place in the pyramid and that there is no way out of your class except by number magic. Failing that, you must stay where you are put.


The third lesson I teach kids is indifference. I teach children not to care about anything too much, even though they want to make it appear that they do. How I do this is very subtle. I do it by demanding that they become totally involved in my lessons, jumping up and down in their seats with anticipation, competing vigorously with each other for my favor. It's heartwarming when they do that; it impresses everyone, even me. When I'm at my best I plan lessons very carefully in order to produce this show of enthusiasm. But when the bell rings I insist that they stop whatever it is that we've been working on and proceed quickly to the next work station. They must turn on and off like a light switch. Nothing important is ever finished in my class, nor in any other class I know of. Students never have a complete experience except on the installment plan.

Indeed, the lesson of the bells is that no work is worth finishing, so why care too deeply about anything? Years of bells will condition all but the strongest to a world that can no longer offer important work to do. Bells are the secret logic of schooltime; their logic is inexorable. Bells destroy the past and future, converting every interval into a sameness, as the abstraction of a map renders every living mountain and river the same, even though they are not. Bells inoculate each undertaking with indifference.


The fourth lesson I teach is emotional dependency. By stars and red checks, smiles and frowns, prizes, honors and disgraces I teach kids to surrender their will to the predestined chain of command. Rights may be granted or withheld by any authority without appeal, because rights do not exist inside a school -- not even the right of free speech, as the Supreme Court has ruled -- unless school authorities say they do. As a schoolteacher, I intervene in many personal decisions, issuing a pass for those I deem legitimate, or initiating a disciplinary confrontation for behavior that threatens my control. Individuality is constantly trying to assert itself among children and teenagers, so my judgments come thick and fast. Individuality is a contradiction of class theory, a curse to all systems of classification.

Here are some common ways it shows up: children sneak away for a private moment in the toilet on the pretext of moving their bowels, or they steal a private instant in the hallway on the grounds they need water. I know they don't, but I allow them to deceive me because this conditions them to depend on my favors. Sometimes free will appears right in front of me in children angry, depressed or happy about things outside my ken; rights in such matters cannot be recognized by schoolteachers, only privileges that can be withdrawn, hostages to good behavior.


The fifth lesson I teach is intellectual dependency. Good people wait for a teacher to tell them what to do. It is the most important lesson, that we must wait for other people, better trained than ourselves, to make the meanings of our lives. The expert makes all the important choices; only I, the teacher, can determine what you must study, or rather, only the people who pay me can make those decisions which I then enforce. If I'm told that evolution is a fact instead of a theory, I transmit that as ordered, punishing deviants who resist what I have been told to tell them to think. This power to control what children will think lets me separate successful students from failures very easily.

Successful children do the thinking I appoint them with a minimum of resistance and a decent show of enthusiasm. Of the millions of things of value to study, I decide what few we have time for, or actually it is decided by my faceless employers. The choices are theirs, why should I argue? Curiosity has no important place in my work, only conformity.

Bad kids fight this, of course, even though they lack the concepts to know what they are fighting, struggling to make decisions for themselves about what they will learn and when they will learn it. How can we allow that and survive as schoolteachers? Fortunately there are procedures to break the will of those who resist; it is more difficult, naturally, if the kid has respectable parents who come to his aid, but that happens less and less in spite of the bad reputation of schools. No middle-class parents I have ever met actually believe that their kid's school is one of the bad ones. Not one single parent in twenty-six years of teaching. That's amazing and probably the best testimony to what happens to families when mother and father have been well-schooled themselves, learning the seven lessons.

Good people wait for an expert to tell them what to do. It is hardly an exaggeration to say that our entire economy depends upon this lesson being learned. Think of what would fall apart if kids weren't trained to be dependent: the social-service businesses could hardly survive; they would vanish, I think, into the recent historical limbo out of which they arose. Counselors and therapists would look on in horror as the supply of psychic invalids vanished. Commercial entertainment of all sorts, including television, would wither as people learned again how to make their own fun. Restaurants, prepared-food and a whole host of other assorted food services would be drastically down-sized if people returned to making their own meals rather than depending on strangers to plant, pick, chop, and cook for them. Much of modern law, medicine, and engineering would go too, the clothing business and schoolteaching as well, unless a guaranteed supply of helpless people continued to pour out of our schools each year.

Don't be too quick to vote for radical school reform if you want to continue getting a paycheck. We've built a way of life that depends on people doing what they are told because they don't know how to tell themselves what to do. It's one of the biggest lessons I teach.


The sixth lesson I teach is provisional self-esteem. If you've ever tried to wrestle a kid into line whose parents have convinced him to believe they'll love him in spite of anything, you know how impossible it is to make self-confident spirits conform. Our world wouldn't survive a flood of confident people very long, so I teach that your self-respect should depend on expert opinion. My kids are constantly evaluated and judged.

A monthly report, impressive in its provision, is sent into students' homes to signal approval or to mark exactly, down to a single percentage point, how dissatisfied with their children parents should be. The ecology of "good" schooling depends upon perpetuating dissatisfaction just as much as the commercial economy depends on the same fertilizer. Although some people might be surprised how little time or reflection goes into making up these mathematical records, the cumulative weight of the objective-seeming documents establishes a profile that compels children to arrive at certain decisions about themselves and their futures based on the casual judgment of strangers. Self-evaluation, the staple of every major philosophical system that ever appeared on the planet, is never considered a factor. The lesson of report cards, grades, and tests is that children should not trust themselves or their parents but should instead rely on the evaluation of certified officials. People need to be told what they are worth.


The seventh lesson I teach is that one can't hide. I teach children they are always watched, that each is under constant surveillance by myself and my colleagues. There are no private spaces for children, there is no private time. Class change lasts three hundred seconds to keep promiscuous fraternization at low levels. Students are encouraged to tattle on each other or even to tattle on their own parents. Of course, I encourage parents to file their own child's waywardness too. A family trained to snitch on itself isn't likely to conceal any dangerous secrets.

I assign a type of extended schooling called "homework," so that the effect of surveillance, if not that surveillance itself, travels into private households, where students might otherwise use free time to learn something unauthorized from a father or mother, by exploration, or by apprenticing to some wise person in the neighborhood. Disloyalty to the idea of schooling is a Devil always ready to find work for idle hands.

The meaning of constant surveillance and denial of privacy is that no one can be trusted, that privacy is not legitimate. Surveillance is an ancient imperative, espoused by certain influential thinkers, a central prescription set down in The Republic, in The City of God, in the Institutes of the Christian Religion, in New Atlantis, in Leviathan, and in a host of other places. All these childless men who wrote these books discovered the same thing: children must be closely watched if you want to keep a society under tight central control. Children will follow a private drummer if you can't get them into a uniformed marching band.


It is the great triumph of compulsory government monopoly mass-schooling that among even the best of my fellow teachers, and among the best of my students' parents, only a small number can imagine a different way to do things. "The kids have to know how to read and write, don't they?" "They have to know how to add and subtract, don't they?" "They have to learn to follow orders if they ever expect to keep a job."

Only a few lifetimes ago things were very different in the United States. Originality and variety were common currency; our freedom from regimentation made us the miracle of the world; social-class boundaries were relatively easy to cross; our citizenry was marvelously confident, inventive, and able to do much for themselves independently, and to think for themselves. We were something special, we Americans, all by ourselves, without government sticking its nose into our lives, without institutions and social agencies telling us how to think and feel. We were something special, as individuals, as Americans.

But we've had a society essentially under central control in the United States since just before the Civil War, and such a society requires compulsory schooling, government monopoly schooling, to maintain itself. Before this development schooling wasn't very important anywhere. We had it, but not too much of it, and only as much as an individual wanted. People learned to read, write, and do arithmetic just fine anyway; there are some studies that suggest literacy at the time of the American Revolution, at least for non-slaves on the Eastern seaboard, was close to total. Thomas Paine's Common Sense sold 600,000 copies to a population of 3,000,000, twenty percent of whom were slaves, and fifty percent indentured servants.

Were the colonists geniuses? No, the truth is that reading, writing, and arithmetic only take about one hundred hours to transmit as long as the audience is eager and willing to learn. The trick is to wait until someone asks and then move fast while the mood is on. Millions of people teach themselves these things, it really isn't very hard. Pick up a fifth-grade math or rhetoric textbook from 1850 and you'll see that the texts were pitched then on what would today be considered college level. The continuing cry for "basic skills" practice is a smoke screen behind which schools preempt the time of children for twelve years and teach them the seven lessons I've just described to you.

The society that has become increasingly under central control since just before the Civil War shows itself in the lives we lead, the clothes we wear, the food we eat, and the green highway signs we drive by from coast to coast, all of which are the products of this control. So, too, I think, are the epidemics of drugs, suicide, divorce, violence, cruelty, and the hardening of class into caste in the United States products of the dehumanization of our lives, the lessening of individual, family, and community importance, a diminishment that proceeds from central control. The character of large compulsory institutions is inevitable; they want more and more until there isn't any more to give. School takes our children away from any possibility of an active role in community life -- in fact it destroys communities by relegating the training of children to the hands of certified experts -- and by doing so it ensures our children cannot grow up fully hum


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Sun does not rise during winter in Artic

Energy and Environment
The North Pole is an insane 36 degrees warmer than normal as winter descends
By Chris Mooney and Jason Samenow November 17 at 1:41 PM
Political people in the United States are watching the chaos in Washington in the moment. But some people in the science community are watching the chaos somewhere else — the Arctic.

It’s polar night there now — the sun isn’t rising in much of the Arctic. That’s when the Arctic is supposed to get super-cold, when the sea ice that covers the vast Arctic Ocean is supposed to grow and thicken.

But in fall of 2016 — which has been a zany year for the region, with multiple records set for low levels of monthly sea ice —

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Trump Selects Controversial Sen. Jeff Sessions for Attorney General

Jeff Sessions

By Steve Neavling

President-elect Donald Trump’s choice for attorney general is Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions, a controversial pick because of his staunchly conservative positions on immigration, gay rights and Muslims.

The 69-year-old, four-term Alabama Republican also has a history of making racist statements, which kept him from getting a judgeship under President Reagan in 1986.

Sessions, for example, said the NAACP and other organizations are “communist inspired” and “un-American organizations with anti-traditional American values,” the New York Times reported at the time.

During a committee hearing in 1986, Thomas Figures, a black assistant U.S. attorney who worked for Sessions, testified that the Alabama Republican said he thought KKK members were “OK, until he learned that they smoked marijuana.”

Sessions also has argued that immigrants don’t have constitutional protections and that prison sentencing shouldn’t be overhauled for drug convictions.

When Trump proposed a complete shutdown on Muslims entering the U.S., Sessions defended the idea.

Asked whether he would serve in Trump’s administration Thursday, Sessions said he’d be “honored.”


Secret Service Can’t Find Tons Of Its Guns, Phones, Badges And Cars

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Secret Service agents stand beside the U.S President Barack Obama's limousine following his arrival at the Eleftherios Venizelos International airport in Athens, Greece, November 15, 2016. REUTERS/Michalis Karagiannis ∧

Thousands of sensitive assets belonging to U.S. Secret Service agents, including firearms, computer laptops, work badges, telephones and even motor vehicles, have been lost during the past 15 years, according to documents obtained by nonprofit government watchdog Judicial Watch.

“This is supposedly an elite law enforcement agency — how did all this equipment get stolen?” or lost. “This is alarming. Every American should be alarmed about this,” Judicial Watch’s Irene Garcia told The Daily Caller News Foundation.

Secret Service agents reported 11,780 lost or stolen assets between fiscal years 2001 and 2016, according to the data Judicial Watch received, although the agency didn’t distinguish between lost and stolen items.

A total of 121 “weapons/pistols” were lost or stolen from 2001 through 2016, including 69 in 2002 alone. The Secret Service also reported 736 cell phones, 571 badges and six vehicles as lost or stolen in that same period. (RELATED: DHS Lost Thousands Of Badges, Hundreds Of Guns Since 2012)

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Inventory reports obtained by Complete Colorado show various DHS agencies reported more than 1,300 badges and credentials were either lost or stolen in recent years. DHS agencies also reported 165 firearms and 589 cell phones were lost or stolen.

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In the years leading up to the events of Sept. 11, 2001, FBI agents based in Arizona conducted a significant investigation focused on two Middle Eastern men attending Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s (ERAU) Prescott Campus.

The investigation resulted in one of those agents, Kenneth Williams, writing what famously became known as the “Phoenix Memo” to his superiors in Washington, D.C.
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Following the white rabbit

Soldiers on the scene of Parliament Hill shooting in 2014.

Oct. 25, 2016

By Barrie Zwicker

For 15 years I was paid to mainly find fault with the media, while on occasion celebrating well-crafted reporting, excellent think pieces, and the advent of independent journalism. A recent opinion piece that is worth celebrating is Prof. Graeme MacQueen’s op-ed in the Hamilton Spectator published on October 21st.

In the article (reproduced in its entirety below), MacQueen raises a series of questions rarely posed in the media concerning the Parliament Hill shootings in Ottawa in October 2014. What is truly impressive is not just the considerable depth of research that went into compiling the questions but also that these doubts about the official story of this event were printed in a mainstream newspaper at all.

But first, some context. I’m on board with other media critics, paid and unpaid, professional and amateur, who are frustrated in general with most media, both mainstream and so-called alternative. Fed up with how day in and day out they kowtow to the establishment. How they distract readers, listeners and viewers with superficial McNugget journalism. With how they repeat big lies, omit big truths, over and over again. How they fail to question, let alone engage in, investigative journalism on the life-and-death issues of war, the corporatization of the world, vast inequalities, environmental destruction. How in general— name your important topic area—they are part of problems rather than part of solutions.

There are honourable exceptions. One current example is mainstream media coverage of aboriginal grievances. Another is justice for thalidomide survivors. But, again, those exceptions were very late showing up.

Despite this and many other faults, there’s a reason that mainstream media should not be written off. For the honourable exceptions, yes, but even more because of a stubborn fact that still holds, despite the welcome rise of dissident Internet sites and “citizen journalism.” That fact is this: it’s from the mainstream media that most people still get most of their information on most subjects most of the time. We must respect the readers, listeners and viewers who are more important, finally, than media they may accept or even love but which are betraying them.

For that reason alone those of us who are aware, for instance, of the prevalence, perfidy and terrible outcomes of false flag operations (9/11 still the worst, so far) cannot give up on somehow trying to reach all those readers, listeners and viewers through whatever opportunities, within the MSM, still exist to do so.

There seem to me three basic opportunities. One is for writers, even amateur ones, to look for a magazine (or possibly a newspaper section) that still shows some independence and is willing to take a risk once in a while, then research and write a non-mainstream approach to one of those important topics that one knows about and feels passionate about. An example, and I grant that they’re all too rare, was a piece in Toronto Life magazine in November 2014 by Naheed Mustafa, entitled “The Jihadists of Suburbia.” The injustice of the conviction of the “terrorists” in the “VIA Rail plot” was spelled out with detailed gumshoe work and a sense of story.

Another opportunity is letters to editors. It’s been a constant since newspapers came into being that the letters page is the second most read after the front page. There are whole treatises on how to write an effective letter to the editor and get it published. But if you want to point out that the official story of 9/11 is a fiction you nevertheless have an uphill slog, even or especially around 9/11’s anniversaries. Same with writing a letter about false flag operations. Editors seem positively allergic even to the phrase. A few letters along these lines, however, sneak through. And letters pointing out the sham and shame of the so-called “war on terror” are actually seen far more frequently these days than earlier.

This brings us to the final opportunity: the opinion pages. Same barriers. Same types of editors. Same thing. It’s almost always Rejection City. This is why, when an op-ed is published pointing out that an official narrative should be questioned, it does show that once in a while the barrier can be breached, an editor can be reached.

Here’s how MacQueen did it. First he chose an anniversary, in this case the second anniversary, of his subject as timing for submitting his piece. He submitted it 20 or so days before the anniversary, so editors would not be rushed. This also gave him time to submit it elsewhere if The Spec rejected it.

Second he decided against trying the Toronto Star first and opted instead for his local paper. A local (and preferably substantial) person will have an edge over an out-of-towner. It’s a total no-no to submit simultaneously to two publications, even for a letter to the editor. One must choose. The Star might have run it. We’ll never know. But it’s wise to go with the odds.

The length, 553 words, is right. The title MacQueen wisely suggested was “We Need a Public Inquiry into the Ottawa Shootings of October 22, 2014.” Proven wise because that was the headline The Spec went with. Wise also because it was the action point of the piece and also its last line. Bookended and reinforced.

The tone was right. At the beginning he empathizes with the grieving family of Hamilton’s Nathan Cirillo. But MacQueen goes on immediately to question the Harper government for using Cirillo’s death to push Bill C-51 through Parliament.

MacQueen: important questions.

MacQueeen then chooses to highlight a scandal, that Ontario’s Chief Coroner has never ordered an inquest into Cirillo’s death (nor that of Mr. Zehaf-Bibeau).

And then the questions—nine of them. And following them reference to (what he has already partly proven) “a troubling lack of transparency” and more. Finally, the last sentence, which repeats the headline. A++.

MacQueen’s approach and style deserve to be seen as a template which others who hope to surmount barriers the mainstream media maintain can augment with their own passions and voices.

We should not despair (although I admit to finding it hard to avoid, a good deal of the time). We should remember what author and activist June Callwood once said: “Nothing is lost in the universe.” Give it a whirl, as below. See what the universe says.


We need a public inquiry into the 2014 Ottawa shootings

Hamilton Spectator

By Graeme MacQueen
On Oct. 22, 2014, Hamilton’s Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, standing guard at the National War Memorial in Ottawa, was shot to death. The perpetrator, Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, then entered the Centre Block of Parliament with his loaded rifle, creating the worst security breach on Parliament Hill in Canada’s history.

Cirillo lost his life, and his family and friends suffered grievously. The repercussions of the event, however, go beyond this. Stephen Harper’s government used this attack, as well as an assault on two soldiers on Oct. 20, 2014 in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, near Montreal, to push Bill C-51 through Parliament. This controversial bill, now law in Canada, gives intelligence agencies increased power and diminishes the civil rights of Canadians.

On Oct. 22, 2014, CBC news anchor Peter Mansbridge said that Canadian journalists, as well as members of Parliament, would relentlessly investigate the attack. This has not happened. Instead, the anniversary of Cirillo’s death has been used as an occasion for flag waving, even though key questions about the case have not been answered.

If the perpetrator had lived, there would have been a public trial and the central facts would have been disclosed. But when security forces killed Zehaf-Bibeau they ended the possibility of a trial.

We have not even had an inquest. Ontario’s chief coroner could have ordered an inquest into the death of Mr. Cirillo or the death of Zehaf-Bibeau but has not done so.

In 2015, several police reports related to this case were released, but these did not ever raise the most important questions, much less answer them.

How was this homeless man able to buy the car that was crucial to his crime? Since he was evidently a good planner, why did he take the risk of driving this car for three hours on the highway without licence plates? Since he had a police record that prohibited him from purchasing firearms, how did he get hold of a rifle? Where did he acquire his bullets and knife? Why did police initially confirm that there had been more than one perpetrator? Why did the RCMP commissioner say there had been “no advance warning” when the evidence suggests there were at least six warnings? Why was the B.C. legislature taking precautions because of these warnings while security forces in Ottawa were caught flat-footed? Why did security forces find it necessary to shoot Zehaf-Bibeau 31 times? Was he wearing body armour in Centre Block as some have claimed and, if so, where did he get it?

There is a troubling lack of transparency about the government’s treatment of these events. Canadians have a right know that their physical security and the security of members of their armed forces, such as Corporal Cirillo, are being honestly addressed. They also have a right to see the evidence in a case where inroads are being made on their civil rights. The fact that a police killing has prevented a trial from taking place is no excuse for withholding evidence from the public.

We need a public inquiry into the events of Oct. 22, 2014.

Graeme MacQueen is a retired McMaster University professor who in 2015 produced the report “The October 22, 2014, Ottawa Shootings: Why Canadians Need a Public Inquiry.”


I think it is worth mentioning that I sought and received approval from Professor MacQueen to reproduce his work here. Also, the report mentioned at the conclusion of the article just above can be read here.—Craig McKee


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FBI Arrests Blogger Gary Hunt For Divulging Informants' Names


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Video Shows Cop Slam, Beat Black Pedestrian After Alleged Jaywalking

Video: Calif. PD launches probe after UOF incident goes viral

The department said the officer displayed "unacceptable conduct"

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Video released Monday shows an officer throw an alleged jaywalker to the ground and repeatedly strike him in the face. 

Police told NBC News that an officer confronted Nandi Cain Jr. to detain him for “allegedly unlawfully crossing the street.” 

In the video, the unidentified officer and Cain can be seen having a conversation before the officer grabs Cain and throws him to the ground. Cain told KCRA that he removed his jacket beforehand to show he was not armed.

"For an unknown reason, the officer threw the pedestrian to the ground and began striking him in the face with his hand multiple times," the department said in a statement.





Fla. officer charged with shooting autistic man's caretaker

Officer Jonathan Aledda is charged with attempted manslaughter and misdemeanor culpable negligence


MIAMI — Officials say a Florida police officer who shot an autistic man's caretaker is facing criminal charges.

A news release from the Miami-Dade State Attorney's office says North Miami Police Officer Jonathan Aledda was charged Wednesday with attempted manslaughter and misdemeanor culpable negligence.

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Authorities say Aledda shot Charles Kinsey in the leg July 18 as he lay in the street next to his adult client. Arnaldo Rios had walked away from the group home where he lives. Kinsey was trying to coax him back when a woman called 911 saying a suicidal man was walking down the street with a gun. Rios was actually carrying his toy truck.

A cellphone video captured events leading up to the shooting






Talk by pro-police author disrupted at Calif. college

Instead, conservative commentator and author Heather MacDonald spoke before a handful of observers while the college live-streamed the event

LOS ANGELES — Administrators expressed disappointment and threatened discipline in the wake of a demonstration that disrupted a planned public event last week featuring conservative commentator and author Heather MacDonald at Claremont McKenna College.

The campus demonstration was among the latest nationwide to impede the appearance of a conservative speaker.

At Claremont McKenna, east of Los Angeles, about 250 protesters on Thursday blocked the entrance to the Athenaeum, where MacDonald was scheduled to appear. Many chanted “black lives matter” and “black lives — they matter here.”

Campus officials and security decided not to force entry into the venue on behalf of those who came to hear MacDonald speak.

“Based on the judgment of the Claremont Police Department, we jointly concluded that any forced interventions or arrests would have created unsafe conditions for students, faculty, staff and guests,” Claremont McKenna College President Hiram E. Chodosh said in a statement. “I take full responsibility for the decision to err on the side of these overriding safety considerations.”

Instead, MacDonald spoke before a handful of observers while the college live-streamed the event to a viewing audience that Chodosh estimated at 250 — about the same num







Portland cops accused of tackling wedding guest, pulling down dress and ‘exposing her down to her waist’


A group of off-duty Portland police officers attending a wedding are accused of assault in a new $412,500 lawsuit.


Wednesday, April 12, 2017, 11:45 AM

A group of off-duty Portland cops were accused of falsely confronting a woman about a stolen wallet — then choking and tackling her before pulling down her strapless gown and “exposing” her at a wedding, according to a recently filed $412,500 lawsuit.

The confrontation took place on Aug. 22, 2015 at a home in Boring, Oregon, between Jessica Stradley and officers Patrick Mawdsley and Matthew Ginnow, according to the suit. Other officers were allegedly involved, but are not named in the suit.

The nuptials were attended by 200 to 250 guests, many of them cops as the groom, Ryan Mele, is a Portland police officer, Oregon Live reported.

Neither Stradley nor her husband are law enforcement officers, but friends of the couple getting married. The majority of the guests had been drinking for hours when the altercation began.

The incident was sparked after Mawdsley spotted his fiancee’s wallet sticking out of Stradley’s purse, according to the lawsuit cited by Oregon Live. He accused the 35-year-old woman of attempting to steal it, but Stradley brushed it off as a misunderstanding.

She told the officer the wallet “had obviously been placed there by accident” and placed it on a table.

Stradley’s husband pointed out how ridiculous it’d be to steal at wedding so heavily attended by law enforcement — and then one of the officers grabbed his wife and began to shake her, according to the suit.

Another cop rushed at Stradley from behind, shoving her into a different officer, who then pushed her to the ground.

The suit additionally claims an officer held Stradley down, clamping his hand onto her throat as he said, “I’m going to f--king kill you.”

When Stradley stood back up, another officer allegedly pushed her into a pole, cutting her head. She then tried to walk away when an officer “pulled down on her strapless dress, exposing her from the waist down.”

During the altercation, Stradley threatened to call the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office.

“Go ahead and call the f--king police,” one officer allegedly replied. “We are the police.”

“I’ll tell them that your wife punched me in the face. Who do you think they’re going to believe, you guys? Or a bunch of cops?” another officer allegedly told Stradley's husband.









More Than 1,000 Immigrants Held at Detention Centers Reported Being Sexually Assaulted


More than 1,000 people held at immigration detention centers reported being sexually assaulted in a little more than two years, according to an advocacy group, which cited Homeland Security data.

Community Initiatives for Visiting Immigrants in Confinement obtained the information from a public records request, the Associated Press reports. 

The AP wrote:

  • Homeland Security inspector general’s office disclosed that it received 1,016 complaints from detainees reporting sexual abuse or assault from May 2014 to July 2016. More than 90 percent involved Immigration and Customs Enforcement, an agency within Homeland Security that has more than 30,000 beds at detention facilities nationwide.
  • The inspector general received more than 33,000 allegations of a broader range of abuses from January 2010 to July 2016, including 702 for coerced sexual contact, 714 for physical or sexual abuse and 589 for sexual harassment, according to the group. The group’s analysis showed the inspector general





Portland police chief under investigation, city searches for new police leader

Police Chief Mike Marshman is currently on paid administrative leave pending an investigation regarding police bureau training

PORTLAND, Ore. — An investigation of the police chief and his executive assistant is underway after the assistant allegedly signed in the chief to a training session he never attended. 

According to the Oregonian, Police Chief Mike Marshman and his executive assistant, Lt. Mike Leasure, were placed on paid administrative leave on March 24 as the city investigates. Marshman did not confirm what led to the investigation.


The command staff training regarded the use of the Employee Information System, which is used to identify at-risk employees who are flagged by high numbers of complaints and patterns of excessive use of force. The system was a part of a settlement the city reached with the U.S. Department of Justice after a 2012 investigation that uncovered excessive use of force against mentally ill people. 

An anonymous source reported the chief’s lack of attendance to internal affairs, which then notified the





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Trump’s Former Campaign Manager Paul Manafort To Register As Foreign Agent: Reports

Manafort is reportedly the second former Trump adviser to emerge as a foreign agent.



WASHINGTON ― President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort will register with the Department of Justice as a foreign agent, according to reports by The Associated Press and NBC News.









Later today, subject to any legal intervention by Shell, we will publish the story of former FBI Special Agent Crockett Oaks III.  

He joined Shell in 2003 and until recently was paid over $300,000 per year as head of Shell Security in the Americas.



How Shell fell out with former FBI Special Agent Crockett Oaks III

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Tax March: how a law professor sparked a global event to demand Trump's returns

Inspired by the Women’s March in January, Jennifer Taub ‘impulsively’ called for action. Now people from New York to Tokyo are preparing to take to the streets






Ky. sheriff accused of stealing painkillers resigns

– Apr 5, 2017


Sheriff Jamie Kinman resigned after pleading guilty to charges stemming from the theft of painkillers from a terminally ill cancer patient


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Teenage LA police cadets arrested for theft of patrol cars, radios and stun guns
Two boys and a girl aged 15, 16 and 17 used sergeant’s name to get the cars then caused police chases that end in two crashes

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The Feds Are Not Our Friends: The Troubled History of Our ‘Nonpartisan’ FBI

Much ado has been made on both sides of the political aisle over the nonpartisan role the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) is meant to play within America’s judicial system.

When James Comey sent a letter to members of Congress 11 days before November’s presidential election informing them he had reopened the probe into Hillary Clinton’s handling of classified information, overjoyed Republican lawmakers praised the maneuver as an act of transparency while Democrats chided Comey for influencing the vote. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer announced he had “lost confidence” in the FBI Director.

When President Trump fired Comey this May amid the ongoing investigation into Russian collusion with his campaign, Schumer criticized Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein (who up until now has had a reputation as a nonpartisan) for drafting a memo at the White House’s behest that gave Trump cover for axing Comey.

“If Mr. Rosenstein is true to his word,” Schumer told reporters on May 10, “that he believes this investigation must be, quote, ‘fair, free, thorough and politically independent,’ if he believes as I do that the American people must be able to have faith in the impartiality of this investigation, he must appoint a special prosecutor and get his investigation out of the hands of the FBI and far away from the heavy hand of this administration.”

Trump’s political opponents got what they wished for two days later when the Justice Department announced former FBI Director Robert Mueller would be stepping in as special counsel to investigate Trump. Meanwhile, Republican lawmakers who soured on Comey during the Russian probe have defended his firing. The president complained on May 19 that he is the victim of “the greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history.”

Whenever either political party has been wounded by the FBI of late its members have called for a return to impartiality, to nonpartisanship. But the bureau is undeserving of such sentimental longing. Its history of using extrajudicial means to achieve political aims goes back to its founding.

The FBI particularly does not take well to critics, as Marcus Garvey found out. In 1919, the founder of the 4-million strong, multinational United Negro Improvement Association, wrote an article in the Negro World criticizing underhanded investigators. FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover directed his agents to find cause to deport Garvey as an undesirable alien (hiring their first Black agents to do the job). Finding no grounds for prosecution, the FBI manufactured a mail fraud case against Garvey. He served five years in prison and was deported. This was one of the FBI’s first big political acts, along with rounding up and deporting roughly 6,000 foreign-born radicals, including the Russian anarchist Emma Goldman, during the Red Scare of 1919.

Emma Goldman’s mug shot. The Russian anarchist was among roughly 6,000 foreign-born radicals rounded up and deported during the Red Scare of 1919.
The National Lawyers Guild incurred Hoover’s wrath in 1950 when it issued a “Report on the Alleged Practices of the FBI,” among which were warrantless searches and breaches if attorney-client privilege. The report — based on documents released in McCarthy-victim Judith Coplon’s trial — concluded:  “On a strictly numerical basis, the FBI may commit more federal crimes than it ever detects.”  

Documents subsequently released revealed that, over the course of four decades, the bureau used more than 1,000 informants, tapped phones and broke into Guild offices to steal membership lists. The FBI compiled biographies on 125 Guild officers and members, justifying its scrutiny because the Guild “consistently favored measures beneficial to labor,” advocated progressive taxation and supported anti-lynching legislation.

In 1961, Hoover directed his agents to gather information on twelve leaders of the Puerto Rican independence movement “concerning their weaknesses, morals, criminal records, spouses, children, family life, education and personal activities,” as part of the Counterintelligence Program known as COINTELPRO. During the 60’s and 70’s, when the movement for independence was strongest, an estimated 75,000 Puerto Ricans were under surveillance.

In the 1980’s, participants in a hodgepodge of left-wing political causes — the sanctuary movement, the nuclear freeze movement, the Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador (CISPES) —  were all spied upon by the FBI, as shown by Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Ross Gelbspan. His 1991 book,  Break-ins, Death Threats and the FBI detailed how the FBI used a Salvadoran ex-Baptist Minister named Frank Varelli to turn CISPES from a peaceful opponent of U.S. intervention in Central America into “an agent of domestic terrorism.”

A decade earlier on the Pine Ridge Sioux Reservation in South Dakota, there had been 57 violent deaths of Native Americans, none of which were investigated by the FBI. In 1973, the American Indian Movement (AIM) began a 71-day occupation of Wounded Knee, site of George Custer’s infamous 1890 massacre. The FBI, Bureau of Indian Affairs and state police laid siege to the occupation, resulting in two deaths, 562 arrests and 185 federal indictments. Despite all the FBI’s efforts, few charges resulted in convictions. Rather, so much evidence of government misconduct and witness manipulation came to light that FBI Associate Director Mark Felt came to Rapid City to testify in court to defend his agency against the critics.

There is no evidence that the Feds circling the White House are doing anything other than what the FBI has always done — defending the political status quo.
Attorney William Kunstler, representing AIM activists Dennis Means and Russell Banks, noticed during the trial a door repeatedly opening and shutting. Kunstler quietly motioned to the judge, walked over to the door and yanked it open. Two FBI agents practically fell into the courtroom. They thoroughly denied they had been listening in.  

Unbeknownst to AIM at the time, Kerr McGee and Union Carbide had by then discovered uranium in the Black Hills. The 22.5 million acres recognized as Indian territory by the 1868 treaty were ultimately whittled down to less than half that size.  It did not serve corporate interests, nor the FBI’s,  to have AIM asserting their right to control their own resources.

Not content with witness-tampering, after 9-11 the FBI began aggressively recruiting informants to spy on Muslim communities, utilizing coercive tactics like putting them on a “no fly” list unless they agreed to spy. Shahed Hussein, facing criminal charges of his own, successfully entrapped four petty criminals in Newburgh with a fake plot to bomb a Bronx synagogue in 2009. Before that, using a slightly different identity, Hussein was able to convict a pizzeria owner in Albany of material support for terrorism.

FBI agent Robert Fuller ran both the Newburgh sting and one in Fort Dix in 2006 in which 5 Albanian brothers were tricked into buying weapons supposedly for an attack on military personnel. They were sentenced to life plus 30 years.  Each sting took 13 to 16 months to bear fruit, in the form of chargeable offenses.  When one of the five, early in the operation, tried to make a report of the weapons trading to the FBI, the FBI refused to accept the report.

James Comey deserves credit for racing to Alberto Gonzales to the bedside of Attorney General John Ashcroft in March 2004 to thwart an extension of the NSA’s warrantless domestic eavesdropping.  But it was also Comey (under then-FBI Director Robert Mueller) who asserted in May 2002 that the United States could pick up and detain American citizen Jose Padilla in a Navy brig, without access to counsel, hold him for years and interrogate him without articulable suspicion “to see what he knows” of alleged terrorist conspiracies. This was the trial created the designation “enemy combatant” and Padilla was the guinea pig.  
Asked in an interview if he intended to present the charges to a grand jury as required by the Fifth Amendment, Comey answered no. “I don’t believe that we could use this information in a criminal case,” he explained, “because we deprived him of access to his counsel and questioned him in the absence of counsel. . . We’ll figure out down the road what we do with José Padilla.”

Former FBI Director and now Special Counsel Robert Mueller chose as General Counsel to the FBI Valerie Caproni, in August 2003. A report made by the Office of Inspector General Glenn Fine found that between 2003 and 2006, Ms. Caprioni approved the use of so-called exigent letters containing false information to obtain personal phone records for more than 5,500 numbers in 722 locations. Rather than being fired as some in Congress urged, she was appointed a federal judge for the Southern District of New York in September 2013.

While Comey was fired for the Russian inquiry (Trump himself has basically admitted as much) and Mueller’s appointment as special counsel certainly puts the president in hot water, viewed through an historical lens these recent developments do not indicate the FBI has somehow become apolitical nor that it is on the side of activists opposing Trump. There is no evidence that the Feds circling the White House are doing anything other than what the FBI has always done — defending the political status quo, in this case from a man in the seat of power who so clearly reveals its flaws. Business could soon be back to usual.



Judicial Watch Demands FBI Recover Records Unlawfully Removed by Former Director James Comey – Warns of Lawsuit
Contact: Jill Farrell, Judicial Watch, 202-646-5172
WASHINGTON, June 15, 2017 /Standard Newswire/ -- Judicial Watch today announced it sent Acting FBI Director Andrew G. McCabe a warning letter concerning the FBI's legal responsibility under the Federal Records Act (FRA) to recover records, including memos Comey subsequently leaked to the media, unlawfully removed from the Bureau by former Director James Comey. The June 14 letter from Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton states:

As you are well aware, former FBI Director James Comey gave sworn testimony last week before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. Among other things, Mr. Comey confirmed that, while in office, he created various memoranda regarding his meetings with President Trump. Mr. Comey also confirmed that, after his departure from the FBI, he provided at least some of these memoranda to a third party, Columbia Law School Professor Daniel Richman, for the purpose of leaking them to the press. Various media outlets now have reported that Professor Richman has provided these memoranda to the FBI. It is unclear whether he still retains copies of the memoranda.

I am writing to you on behalf of Judicial Watch, Inc., a not-for-profit educational organization that seeks to promote transparency, accountability, and integrity in government and fidelity to the rule of law. In furtherance of its public interest mission, Judicial Watch regularly requests access to the records of the FBI through the Freedom of Information Act and disseminates its findings to the public. In fact, on May 16, 2017, Judicial Watch submitted a FOIA request seeking these specific memoranda removed from the FBI by Mr. Comey. Judicial Watch also has pending FOIA lawsuits in which the memoranda may be at issue.

These memoranda were created by Mr. Comey while serving as FBI director, were written on his FBI laptop, and concerned official government business. As such, they indisputably are records subject to the Federal Records Act. 44 U.S.C. §§ 2101-18, 2901-09, 3101-07, and 3301-14. The fact that Mr. Comey removed these memoranda from the FBI upon his departure, apparently for the purpose of subsequently leaking them to the press, confirms the FBI's failure to retain and properly manage its records in accordance with the Federal Records Act. Even if Mr. Comey no longer has possession of these particular memoranda, as he now claims, some or all of these memoranda may still be in possession of a third party, such as Professor Richman, and must be recovered. Mr. Comey's removal of these memoranda also suggests that other records may have been removed by Mr. Comey and may remain in his possession or in the possession of others. If so, these records must be recovered by the FBI as well.

MORE: http://www.judicialwatch.org/press-room/press-releases/judicial-watch-warns-fbi-obligation-recover-records-unlawfully-removed-former-director-james-comey/




Black Michigan man convicted on single hair freed after 41 years
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Houston fears climate change will cause catastrophic flooding: 'It's not if, it's when'
Human activity is worsening the problem in an already rainy area, and there could be damage worthy of a disaster movie if a storm hits the industrial section


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Demand That Charges Against Winner Be Dropped

June 15, 2017 by BORDC/DDF

Demand That Charges Against Winner Be DroppedOn this centennial of one the worst pieces of legislation ever passed, join us in standing up to yet another abuse of it. Reality Winner and all other whistleblower should not be charged with any crime at all.
We Won! No Spy Planes Over Miami.

June 14, 2017 by Sue Udry

Responding to community outcry, police director Juan Perez withdraws his proposal to implement a Wide Area Surveillance program in Miami Dade County
Why Is A Senate Committee Bringing Message of Anti-Muslim Street Protests Onto Capitol Hill?

June 14, 2017 by Rights & Dissent

Why Is A Senate Committee Bringing Message of Anti-Muslim Street Protests Onto Capitol Hill?If the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC) is interested in learning more about terrorism and effective strategies to protect against it, they should call as witnesses experts on terrorism, not purveyors of half-truths and innuendo.
Why Wide Area Surveillance is a Big Deal

June 12, 2017 by Susan Gaissert

Why Wide Area Surveillance is a Big DealMilitarization of American police forces is becoming more and more common and, as a result of digital-age technologies and the use of smaller-scale surveillance cameras both publicly and privately, many people living in the United States today believe they have no privacy and, indeed, no right to expect privacy. They are misinformed.
UN Experts Decry Surge in Anti-Protest Bills in US States

June 10, 2017 by Suraj K Sazawal

UN Experts Decry Surge in Anti-Protest Bills in US States“These state bills, with their criminalization of assemblies, enhanced penalties and general stigmatization of protesters, are designed to discourage the exercise of…fundamental rights.”
Spy Planes Over Miami

June 8, 2017 by Sue Udry

Spy Planes Over Miami The highly invasive technology was developed by the US Air Force during the Iraq War and features Cessna airplanes flying over an area filming all that goes on in a 32 square mile area below. But activists are fighting it.
Who Is This Guy? Trump Nominates Christopher A. Wray To Be FBI Director

June 7, 2017 by Sue Udry

Who Is This Guy? Trump Nominates Christopher A. Wray To Be FBI DirectorTrump announced his nominee via twitter this morning. Wray isn’t a household name, even among civil liberty advocates, so we’re still researching those details. Here’s what we’ve got so far…
Expansive Protections Against Police Abuses Win Approval in Providence

June 2, 2017 by Shahid Buttar

Expansive Protections Against Police Abuses Win Approval in ProvidenceOn Thursday night, the capital of the smallest state in the union adopted a wide-ranging police reform measure with national and historic implications. The ordinance was inspired by our Local Civil Rights Restoration Act.
So Maybe it ISN’T Constitutional to Deafen Protesters?

June 2, 2017 by Rights & Dissent

So Maybe it ISN’T Constitutional to Deafen Protesters?US District Judge Hon. Robert W. Sweet denied a bid by the City of New York to dismiss key assault and battery, excessive force, and failure to train claims in a landmark federal civil rights lawsuit against the City of NY and NYPD officers who used an LRAD “sound cannon” against Black Lives Matter protesters, journalists, and bystanders in December of 2014.
Senators push Justice Department nominee for answers on secret law

June 1, 2017 by Jesse Franzblau

Senators push Justice Department nominee for answers on secret lawThe OpenTheGovernment coalition advocated for questions that would shed light on the Justice Department’s justifications for withholding OLC opinions, including opinions justifying controversial policies such as mass surveillance practices, targeted killing programs, and use of torture in interrogation practices.


 Melted Texas-Sized Section of Ross Ice Shelf Surface During 2016
“In West Antarctica, we have a tug-of-war going on between the influence of El Niños and the westerly winds, and it looks like the El Niños are winning. It’s a pattern that is emerging. And because we expect stronger, more frequent El Niños in the future with a warming climate, we can expect more major surface melt events in West Antarctica (emphasis added).” — David Bromwhich, co-author of a recent study identifying massive summer surface melt in West Antarctica during 2016.


If you’re concerned about human-caused global warming, then you should also be concerned about ice. In particular — how warming might melt a miles-high pile of the frozen stuff covering the massive continent of Antarctica.

During recent years, scientists have become more and more worried as they’ve observed warming oceans eating away at the undersides of floating ice sheets. This particular process threatens numerous cities and coastal regions with swiftening sea level rise as ice margins melt and glaciers the size of mountain ranges clamor for release into the world’s oceans.

Major Antarctic Surface Melt Event During 2016

But another potential process in a still warmer world threatens to compound the impact of the heating waters that are already melting so many of the world’s glaciers from the bottom up — large scale surface melt.

(A major warming event during January of 2016 turned a Texas-sized section of Antarctica’s surface into slush. This occurred as a storm running in from the Southern Ocean delivered warm air and rainfall to sections of West Antarctica. Scientists are concerned that more major surface melt is on the way for Antarctica as the Earth’s climate heats up and that repeated warming and rainfall events in this typically-frozen region may further quicken rates of sea level rise. Image source: Earth Nullschool.)

During January of 2016, as a very strong El Nino was combining with human-caused global warming to spike atmospheric temperatures to 1.2 C above 1880s levels, something pretty strange and concerning happened. Over the course of about 15 days, a 300,000 square mile section of the Ross Ice Shelf surface and nearby lands over West Antarctica experienced melting. This mass slushing across Antarctica’s surface occurred as a warm storm swept in from the Southern Ocean (see image above) to deliver an unheard of rainfall event to the region.

West Antarctica is typically too cold for such weather. It is also often too dry. The region is well know by climate researchers as a frozen desert. But as human-forced climate change has warmed the nearby ocean, warm, moist winds blowing in from these heating waters have become more frequent.

Westerlies Interrupted by Warming Ocean

Antarctica is typically protected by strong westerly winds that keep both heat and moisture out. But a warming ocean environment, according to Ohio State researchers, is enabling El Nino to interrupt these westerlies and hurl increasing volumes of heat and moisture over the glaciers of Antarctica. In 2016, these winds bore with them an odd rainstorm that set off a massive surface melt event.

(Surface melt over a large section of West Antarctica lasted for as much as 15 days as heat and moisture from the surrounding ocean beat back a protective barrier of westerly winds and invaded the frozen continent. According to scientists, these events are likely to become more frequent and long-lasting as the climate warms. Image source: Ohio State University.)

When combined with already-active melt from ocean warming, surface melt could further serve to destabilize ice sheets and swiften sea level rise. This was exactly the concern that David Bromwich, an Antarctic researcher at Ohio State and co-author of the paper that identified this strange event highlighted in this statement (please see related Washington Post article here):

“It provides us with a possible glimpse of the future. You probably have read these analyses of West Antarctica, many people think it’s slowly disintegrating right now, and it’s mostly thought to be from the warm water eating away at the bottom of critical ice shelves. Well, that’s today. In the future, we could see action at the surface of these ice shelves as well from surface melting. So that makes them potentially much more unstable (emphasis added).”

It’s worth noting that this particular storm, though unusual and noteworthy, did not produce too much in the way of surface melt ponding. Instead, the storm turned a large section of the Antarctic surface to a slurpee-like slush. But this event did deliver a considerable amount of heat to the Ross Ice Shelf region. And repeated instances could serve to seriously soften this massive ice formation.

Eventually, as warming worsens, significant surface melt and flooding could help to shatter large buttressing ice shelves like Ross or even generate risks of surface glacial outburst flooding in instances where permanent surface melt lakes form behind an ice dam. But the primary concern at this time is that these warm rain events provide a compounding melt influence that adds to risks for more rapid sea level rise this Century.


Widespread Snowmelt in Antarctica During Unusually Warm Summer

Scientists Stunned by Antarctic Rainfall and Melt Area Bigger Than Texas

Scientists Report Large Scale Surface Melting Event in Antarctica During 2015-2016 El Nino

The Ross Ice Shelf

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Naomi Oreskes on How to Write about science

HISTORY OF SCIENCE professor Naomi Oreskes talks about climate change the way one might expect of both an earth scientist and a historian. “Science has to be part of the conversation on climate change,” she says, “but it’s not the whole conversation. At this time, I actually don’t think it’s the most important piece. There’s a basic issue of justice here, and we desperately need economists and sociologists and philosophers and artists to be heard.” Her humanist instincts allow her to move a wide audience in a way most scientists never achieve. Her work has helped broaden the public’s acceptance of climate change as an issue of scientific consensus rather than debate, and for taking up this public mantle of climate change advocacy, she will be honored with the Schneider Award for Outstanding Climate Science Communication this winter. Oreskes recently talked to Harvard Magazine about the climate-denial industry, the political role of scientists, and writing about academic research for a wide audience.

Oreskes insists that she never intended to become a “climate-change warrior.” In 2004, when she was researching how scientific consensus and dissent emerge, she published “The Scientific Consensus on Climate Change,” a review of the scientific literature that made clear the widespread agreement among scientists that climate change is real and created by humans. One journalist, she remembers, thanked her for the article; every time he wrote about climate change, he told her, readers accused him of bias for not covering the contrarian side, and her paper helped him show that there was no legitimate contrarian side.

Then she became the target of attacks herself. “So I ended up trying to figure out why I was being attacked for publishing a fairly straightforward analysis of the state of scientific discussion, and what I discovered was a remarkable story, which at the time was not understood. There was an organized climate-change denial network—a group of people and think tanks largely funded by the fossil-fuel industry, who were deliberately trying to persuade the American people that there was a big scientific debate about climate change.” In hindsight, that network might agree that it erred in targeting a historian of science who was also a good writer. In 2010, she published Merchants of Doubt, about the strategies used by the tobacco, fossil-fuel, and other industries to undermine the authority of scientists. The book captured a wide audience at a moment when climate change was gaining acceptance as an issue of public concern.   

It isn’t just the business interests of the fossil-fuel industry that drive climate denial, Oreskes stresses. “It’s also about an ideological argument about the role of government. This is partly why it resonates with a lot of people who don’t necessarily have stock in ExxonMobil.” Anti-government ideology has made climate denial particularly hard to counter, she believes, because its purpose is to politicize science, and scientists don’t like to be political. “Imagine you’re a science professor and you want to teach factual information. But if you stand up in class and say climate change is real, you can be accused by your students of being political in the classroom. I have been accused of this.”

Should academics become more comfortable, then, taking moral and political positions related to their work? There’s been a move among economists, for example, to think more seriously about questions of distribution and fairness. Oreskes answers in two parts. “I think economics is different because all the social sciences are engaged with questions about society,” she argues. “For many years, the economics profession tried to put forward the idea of economics as a value-neutral science. I think that was intellectually erroneous. I don’t think you can have a discussion about the distribution of goods and services that isn’t at least in some ways implicitly involved with creating a just world.” The natural sciences, she argues, are different because scientists can answer empirical questions in a way that doesn’t diminish moral questions. “If we’re asking, ‘Has the planet warmed up?’ that’s a question about the chemistry of the earth, and it can be answered with empirical data and it can be separated from the question of what we should do about it. I think it’s important for scientists to be clear in their minds about that separation.”

Questions about the moral and civic dimensions of climate change are for other thinkers to answer, Oreskes suggests. “Much more we’re seeing people in the social sciences, the humanities, the arts, realizing that we need to hear their voices. Ultimately, if you ask, ‘Why does climate change matter?’ The answer gets back to questions of our values and the common good. Climate change matters because people are getting hurt, because people are going to lose their livelihoods and communities, because the people who will be hurt the most are not the people who created the problem.”

In this respect, Oreskes says she’s often been misinterpreted. “Sometimes people think that because I am very publicly engaged in discussing climate change, that means that I think all scientists should be,” she says. “But that is not my view. We need some scientists to explain the science, but most scientists just want to do science, and that’s fine. Moreover, if we start getting into the moral questions, well, scientists are not necessarily the best experts.”

On some level, it appears that climate-change denial is diminishing among politicians who wish to be taken seriously, or is, at least, becoming less acceptable than it once was. That may appear to be true, she says, but denialists understand that the debate is a moving target, and adjust their arguments to the political climate. Even if it’s less acceptable to deny climate change outright, that is a separate question from whether the nation is prepared to do anything about it. “There was a time when the tobacco industry denied that tobacco was harmful. Then they said, ‘OK, there’s some harm, but people are grown-ups, and they can decide for themselves.’ We see the same thing to some extent with climate denial. People first said there is no climate change. Then they said it’s not caused by people. Then they said there is climate change and it’s caused by people, but it would be too expensive to fix.”

“Donald Trump has said publicly that climate change is a hoax created by the Chinese in order to undermine our economy,” Oreskes adds.  His widespread appeal might support the theory that the group she calls “merchants of doubt” has weakened the legitimacy of science in the minds of ordinary Americans. Still, she complicates the narrative that the public is mistrusting of academics: “Public-opinion polls show that the American people still overall trust science and scientists much more than they trust politicians or business leaders.”  

A frequent writer for the public, Oreskes has reflected a great deal on the role of the media in people’s understanding of academic research. It can be difficult even for responsible journalists to write about a single study or idea without overstating its significance. What might writers do to be more honest in their reporting? Is it ever legitimate to write a news story about a single study—a practice that’s pervasive in the media, including this magazine? “In a perfect world, the answer would be no,” she responds. “On some level, it is irresponsible. But there’s tremendous pressure to do that. Scientific knowledge is never based on one paper, not even the most important papers in the history of science.”

Reporting on isolated studies can not only create confusion about the intellectual process, but also undermine faith in the process itself. If the press embellishes one study and its findings are later repudiated, as often happens, that can create the impression (potentially ripe for exploitation by merchants of doubt) that scholars are always changing their minds. To science writers thinking about these questions, Oreskes offers the following advice. Beyond the need to contextualize a study even more than seems necessary, journalists should also consider it a duty to challenge editors who ask for a dishonest story. If that means taking more time than the writer has been assigned, she jokes, that’s okay, because “science stories are rarely emergencies.”

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Mary D. Powers, dead at 93, called for police accountability
CHICAGO 06/28/2016,

Through many Chicago mayors, police superintendents and commanders, Mary Powers called for improved police accountability.

Mrs. Powers, who worked for decades for the watchdog group she helped found, Citizens Alert, died Saturday at 93 at Evanston Hospital, according to her family.

In 1965, she worked to bring Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. to Winnetka, where he made a fair-housing speech on the village green.

In 1969, while touring the building where Black Panthers leaders Fred Hampton and Mark Clark were killed during a police raid, Mrs. Powers confirmed that all the bullet holes — except one — appeared to have been fired from outside, a revelation first reported by the Chicago Sun-Times. She joined the chorus rejecting the official story that it was a shootout.

In 1991, she called for action against Chicago police Cmdr. Jon Burge, who had been linked to extracting confessions via torture by John Conroy in the Chicago Reader. Nearly 20 years later, she attended Burge’s trial, where he was convicted of perjury and obstruction of justice.

In 2006, in a letter co-written to the Sun-Times, she called for an independent civilian review board to replace the police Office of Professional Standards.

“Taxpayers’ money has been thrown down the drain for years to disguise the stench of brutality and degrading behavior on the part of abusive cops,” she said, “while uninvolved professional officers are subjected to undeserved hostility and resistance and the reputation of our city is tarnished.”

A longtime resident of Winnetka, Mrs. Powers rejected reporters’ descriptions of her as a gray-haired suburban matron. “It’s a distraction,” she said, “from the issues.”
“She was just a wonderful soldier in the struggle for justice,” said Peoples Law Office attorney Flint Taylor. “She was not only there in court and on the streets but meeting with superintendents.”


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Religious leaders get high on magic mushrooms ingredient – for science

Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore enlists priests, rabbis and a Buddhist to test the effects of psychedelic drugs on religious experience
The experiment aims to assess whether a transcendental experience alters the participants’ religious thinking.

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A Catholic priest, a Rabbi and a Buddhist walk into a bar and order some magic mushrooms. It may sound like the first line of a bad joke, but this scenario is playing out in one of the first scientific investigations into the effects of psychedelic drugs on religious experience – albeit in a laboratory rather than a bar.

Scientists at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore have enlisted two dozen religious leaders from a wide range of denominations, to participate in a study in which they will be given two powerful doses of psilocybin, the active ingredient in magic mushrooms.

Dr William Richards, a psychologist at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland who is involved in the work, said: “With psilocybin these profound mystical experiences are quite common. It seemed like a no-brainer that they might be of interest, if not valuable, to clergy.”

The experiment, which is currently under way, aims to assess whether a transcendental experience makes the leaders more effective and confident in their work and how it alters their religious thinking.

Despite most organised religions frowning on the use of illicit substances, Catholic, Orthodox and Presbyterian priests, a Zen Buddhist and several rabbis were recruited. The team has yet to persuade a Muslim imam or Hindu priest to take part, but “just about all the other bases are covered,” according to Richards.

After preliminary screening, including medical and psychological tests, the participants have been given two powerful doses of psilocybin in two sessions, one month apart.

The sessions will be conducted in a living room-like setting at New York University and Johns Hopkins in Baltimore with two “guides” present. The participants will be given the drug and then spend time lying on a couch, wearing eyeshades and listening to religious music on headphones to augment their inward spiritual journey.

“Their instruction is to go within and collect experiences,” Richards said, after presenting his work at the Breaking Convention conference in London this month. “So far everyone incredibly values their experience. No one has been confused or upset or regrets doing it.”

A full analysis of the outcomes will take place after a one-year follow-up with the participants, whose identities are being kept anonymous. “It is too early to talk about results, but generally people seem to be getting a deeper appreciation of their own religious heritage,” he said. “The dead dogma comes alive for them in a meaningful way. They discover they really believe this stuff they’re talking about.”

There is also a suggestion that after their psychedelic journey, the leaders’ notions of religion shifted away from the sectarian towards something more universal. “They get a greater appreciation for other world religions. Other ways up the mountain, if you will,” said Richards.


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FBI agents caught committing voter fraud in 1987

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Election Wire-tap Alleged
Cincinnati Bell Denies Charges
The following paragraphs are excerpts from an article in the Cincinnati Post right before the November, 1987 Cincinnati Council Election. - Jim Condit Jr.

by Randy Ludlow
Post staff reporter
Cincinnati Bell security supervisors ordered wire taps installed on county computers before elections in the late 1970s and early 1980s that could have allowed vote totals to be altered, a former Bell employee says in a sworn court documents

Leonard Gates, a 23-year Cincinnati Bell employee until he was fired in 1986, claims in a deposition filed Thursday in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court to have installed the wire taps.

Cincinnati Bell officials denied Gates' allegations tha are part of a six-year-old civil suit that contends the elections computer is subject to manipulation and fraud.

Gates claims a security supervisor for the telephone company told him in 1979 that the firm had obtained a computer program through the FBI that gave it access to the county computer used to count votes.

The deposition does not say if vote totals ever were changed. Gates claimed to have installed wire taps on county computers befoore the elections in 1977 through 1981 and believes, but wasn't certain, in 1982 and 1983.


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Officer wounded in deadly Baton Rouge ambush sues Black Lives MatterDeRay Mckesson and four other Black Lives Matter leaders are named as defendants in the suit filed on behalf of one of the officers wounded in the attack

IACP forms new task force to address violence against LEOsIn 2016, 21 out of 145 officers killed in the line of duty were killed in ambush-style attacks


Lee Fang
July 8 2017, 7:01 a.m.

THE NEW CHIEF of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which monitors significant public health concerns, including the impact of sugary beverages on obesity and heart disease, will be led by Brenda Fitzgerald, a Georgia physician whose signature childhood obesity project was underwritten by Coca-Cola.

The announcement to appoint Fitzgerald as the CDC director was made on Friday by a Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price.

Fitzgerald, a former Republican candidate for Congress and adviser to Newt Gingrich, most recently served as the Georgia Public Health Commissioner. Price and Gingrich both previously represented the 6th Congressional District in Georgia, now held by Republican Karen Handel.

During her tenure as Georgia’s public health watchdog, in a state that has one of the highest obesity rates in the nation, Fitzgerald and Gov. Nathan Deal launched SHAPE, a statewide effort to address childhood obesity through “physical activity before class, physical activity during class, and more structured recess.”

Muhtar Kent, the chief executive and chairman of Coca-Cola Company, appeared with the governor and Fitzgerald to promote the initiative, along with a pledge of $1 million from his company to fund it. Clyde Tuggle, a Coca-Cola executive responsible for the company’s lobbying strategy, was initially appointed to the board overseeing the state anti-obesity strategy, including Fitzgerald’s SHAPE initiative. (Tuggle announced his retirement from Coca-Cola in March of this year.)

“This generous award will have a significant impact on the lives of our children today and well into the future,” Fitzgerald said at the news conference. “Unless we address this obesity epidemic facing our children right now, they will likely suffer life-long consequences of obesity — diabetes, hypertension and heart disease. With this money we can make a real difference.”

Coca-Cola was so fond of Fitzgerald’s approach to obesity issues that an opinion column authored by Fitzgerald is featured prominently on Coca-Cola’s website.

Public health officials around the country have made obesity a top issue of concern. The United States has the distinction of having the highest rate of childhood obesity in the world, according to a recent report from the New England Journal of Medicine. And multiple reports have found that regular consumption of sugary beverages is a leading driver of obesity, which is linked to heart disease, diabetes, kidney diseases, cancers and hypertension.

More exercise, of course, is a good thing, but the Georgia SHAPE program notably eschewed another well-known step toward healthier living: curbing sugary beverage consumption. Touting Coca-Cola’s support of her program on local news station WXIA-TV, Fitzgerald explained her approach. “We’re going to concentrate on what you should eat,” she said, before simply suggesting that children eat more fruits and vegetables. Fitzgerald did not recommend the approach adopted by public officials around the country, namely that children should cut sweetened soda and junk foods from their diet.

The contrast was laid out explicitly in a presentation in 2015. In explaining SHAPE, officials from the Georgia Department of Public Health overtly contrasted the “Georgia vs. California” model on the obesity epidemic. Cities in California, the slide noted, passed the first tax on sugary drinks. Georgia, on the other hand, proposed the largest exemption to new federal rules curbing the sale of junk food in public schools.

Coca-Cola, along with PepsiCo and other sugar industry interests, has worked obsessively to defeat attempts to regulate sugary beverages. Sugar industry interests, including Coca-Cola, have spent at least $67 million on campaign efforts to defeat sugar taxes and related labeling ballot measures. Emails hacked from Democratic officials during the 2016 presidential campaign revealed that executives from Coca-Cola, including Clyde Tuggle, the Coca-Cola vice president overseeing SHAPE, attempted to pressure the Hillary Clinton campaign to back down from voicing support for a soda tax. The company was also caught setting up a front group, called the Global Energy Balance Network, designed to downplay the health risks associated with sugary drinks.


BERLIN — A group of Berlin police officers helping with security ahead of next week's Group of 20 summit in Hamburg has been sent home after some reportedly partied excessively at the barracks where they were staying.

More than 220 officers were sent back to the German capital after what Hamburg police called "inappropriate and unacceptable behavior" by a minority of the group.

Berlin's B.Z. newspaper reported that the antics allegedly included police officers urinating on a fence and an officer dressed in a bathrobe dancing on a table with a weapon in her hand.


Portland Copwatch - a project of Peace and Justice

People's Police Report #71 - May 2017

Table of Contents (under construction-June 2017)

• Portland Police Kill Black Teen, Wound White Man in Mental Health Crisis on Same Day
• Oregon Police: 25 Shootings 2016, Six+ in 2017
• City Disbands Oversight Board Meant to Ensure Police Reform
• First Misconduct Case at Council in 14 Years
• Changes Made to Accountabilty System
• Protests Met with Violence or Hugs, Depending
• Newspaper Reveals Profiling Widespread
• Community Survey Shows People of Color Fear Profiling
• Problems Plague Jail, Deputy Violates Law by Yelling "Trump"
• Training Council Focuses on Tasers, Force

• Quick Flashes PPR 71
• Trooper Who Slapped Son Loses Gun and Job
• Chief, Aide Put on Leave
• Business Owner Kills Houseless Man, Isn't Charged
• Council Passes Law to Exclude People from Meetings


The resistance now: it's recess week, but Republicans are hiding from constituents


Los Angeles mosque prayers leader in FBI custody for hours
July 8, 2017 - 8:34 PM News Code : 841173 Source : Tasnim Link:

(AhlulBayt News Agency) - The US Federal Bureau of Investigation released Imam Mujahid Abdul Karim, the prayers leader of “Masjid Al-Rasul” mosque in Los Angeles after taking him in custody four hours.
The US security forces raided Imam Mujahid Abdul Karim’s home on Friday and arrested him but he was released after four hours being in custody.

FBI forces have also confiscated personal computer of the prayers leader of mosque.

Imam Mujahid Abdul Karim is now consulting with his lawyers on the issue.

He was scheduled to travel to Chicago in order to inaugurate a Mosque there. FBI forces prevented his trip by arresting him.

Imam Mujahid Abdul Karim (born Benjamin Farmer, December 26, 1944) is an African-American convert to Islam, who is best known for his involvement and "spearheading" of the April 26, 1992 Watts Gang Truce between the four influential rival gangs— Watts Hacienda Village Bloods, Grape Street Watts Crips, Bounty Hunter Watts Bloods, and PJ Watts Crips. He is imam of Masjid Al Rasul mosque in Watts, Los Angeles and the leader of the Imam Mahdi Movement.

During this period of his community social activism, he also had his first encounters with several Iranian foreign students who were at the time attending UCLA and were regularly attending the Friday prayer service being held at the mosque. These students were followers of the Shiite school of Islamic thought and gave him a book to read about the grandson of the Prophet of Islam, Muhammad (PBUH), Hussain ibn Ali (AS). After reading this book, and being convinced of the validity of the Shiite school of Islam through other proofs, Abdul Karim decided he was going to convert his masjid to the first ever indigenous African American run Shiite mosque in America.

During the period spanning from 1983-1989, Abdul Karim felt it was necessary to go to the holy seminary city of Qom, Iran, in order to further enhance his knowledge of Islam.

However, in 1990, Abdul Karim was forced to return to America to continue the work of "building" a lasting peace among gang leaders in the Watts community of Los Angeles, California.

Mujahid Abdul Karim has been granted special awards, honors, and recognition including Ambassador for Peace award presented by Senator Roderick Wright, Special Recognition for originating Watts Peace Treaty by Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Certificate of Recognition for the 20th Anniversary of the Watts Peace Treaty by Councilman Joe Buscaino.

Masjid Al-Rasul Vision

According to the official website of Masjid Al-Rasul, Imam Mujahid Abdul Karim founded Masjid Al-Rasul, in 1980, over 30 years ago, in the Watts community of Los Angeles, California, which is currently the only Shiite Masjid in the United States that is strategically located in an historical indigenous Community. In addition, Masjid Al Rasul of Watts, Los Angeles, is also the first Masjid to be established in the United States, based on the Ja’fari school of thought, which is exclusively owned and operated by Indigenous American Shiites

Masjid Al-Rasul’s vision is to build Masjids and Islamic communities in the poorest neighborhoods in the US, in order to help improve the lives of people that are the most impoverished, oppressed and forgotten people of America.

In 1992, Masjid Al-Rasul of Watts, Los Angeles became the site of the first-ever “ceasefire” truce between the two largest national rival gangs “Crips” & “Bloods.” A treaty was signed at Masjid Al-Rasul by dozens of high ranking gang members from across the Los Angeles, California area. This historical truce not only successfully reduced the murder rate in Los Angeles, California, but it was also the catalyst to similar “ceasefire” truces with other gangs across America, thereby significantly reducing violence throughout the United States. Sheikh Mujahid makes an historical analogy of this truce with that of the truce between the two major warring tribes, ‘Aws’ and ‘Khazraj’ during the time of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

Consequently, during a violent period in American history — a time when riots ran rampant across America, due to the aftermath of the “Rodney King Incident,” Masjid Al-Rasul was instrumental in helping to reduce violence and bring peace to America by pioneering the Peace Initiative between gangs throughout the US.

Furthermore, prior to the above-mentioned peace treaty, the community of Watts, Los Angeles was far too dangerous for any significant community development, due to gang violence (i.e., drive-by shootings and armed robberies). As a direct result of Masjid Al-Rasul’s impact on the Watts community, its members can now feel safe to benefit from community improvement


Convicted of Murder, and Now Swept Up in U.S.-Cuba Shift

Ishmael Muslim Ali now lives a quiet life in Cuba, where he remains wanted by the F.B.I. for aircraft piracy. Credit Cave 7 Productions
For more than 30 years, Ishmael Muslim Ali has lived a relatively full and unremarkable life in Cuba. He taught English in the nation’s public schools, worked as a translator and raised a family — a quiet coda for an international fugitive.

Or at least, that was the case until last month, when President Trump announced a partial halt to relations with Cuba unless certain conditions were met. Handing over Mr. Ali, who resides on the F.B.I.’s most-wanted list for hijacking an American Airlines flight and fleeing to Cuba to escape multiple life sentences for the murder of eight people, is one of those conditions.

Mr. Trump’s demands contained the usual requirements for Cuba: free and fair elections, allowing a political opposition and opening up its economy. But they also included a call for the extradition of all American convicts who had fled to the island for asylum. Among them are Assata Shakur, also known as Joanne Chesimard, who is wanted for escaping from prison while serving a life sentence for the murder of a New Jersey state trooper, and an estimated 70 others who have taken refuge in the communist nation.

As to the threat of being sent home, Mr. Ali, 69, harbors no concern. The Cuban government has already made it clear that the extradition of those granted asylum is off the table — along with the other demands laid out by the president.


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‘FREE SPEECH’: Amherst College is under fire after a student hung an anti-war banner on the same day the school remembered those lost during the 9/11 terror attack

Amherst College officials blasted a “deeply insensitive” anti-war banner hung from a campus building, roiling the western Massachusetts campus as it remembered those killed — including three of its own — on the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

But college officials said they don’t intend to remove the homemade sign, saying it has an obligation to uphold the community’s right to free speech.

The banner, which first caught students’ and officials’ attention yesterday morning, was slung above a doorway on Valentine Dining Hall and read in large, capital letters: “There is no flag large enough to cover the shame of killing innocent people,” a quote that is largely attributed to American historian Howard Zinn.










President Trump says Harvey and Irma haven’t changed his stance on climate change
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Thursday, September 14, 2017, 4:10 PM


Red list: ash trees and antelopes on the brink of extinction
Scientists warn once-common species are disappearing faster than they can be counted as North America’s ash trees join IUCN’s list of endangered species due to threat of an invasive beetle

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The Newest Americans: portraits from the 'most diverse' US university
Photoville, a collection of 75 exhibitions, focuses on the lives of the incredibly varied student and faculty population of Rutgers University, in New Jersey
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A new lawsuit has challenged the FBI to release advice it gave Attorney General Jeff Sessions about whether his contacts with Russia’s ambassador to the U.S. during the 2016 election should have been included on his security clearance application.

After CNN revealed Sessions had at least two meetings with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak in May, the attorney general said he left contacts with the dignitary off his application because he was told to by the FBI.

Later it was revealed Sessions met with Kislyak as many as three times after he testified: “I did not have communications with the Russians” during his Senate confirmation hearing. Sessions released a redacted copy of his application form in July.

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Badge, gun, holster, skateboard … meet Canada's first skateboarding cop
Thierry Hinse-Fillion, a police officer in Longueil, near Montreal, is combining policing with his love of skateboarding to try to improve community relations


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Trump told Sessions to resign after Mueller appointment: report
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Updated: Thursday, September 14, 2017, 4:05 PM


Former transit officer caught on video questioning passenger's immigration status gets $50,000 settlement
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Thursday, September 14, 2017, 10:00 AM


Drunken bigot attacks Jewish mom, daughter he mistook for Muslims at Queens subway station: 'Get out of my country'
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Thursday, September 14, 2017, 1:07 PM


Why Fox doesn't want Americans to see NFL players protesting about race


India starts work on bullet train line with £12bn loan from Japan
Gujarat to Mumbai 217mph train will cut journey time from eight hours to three and is funded with low-interest Japanese

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Flight records indicate LVMPD helicopter’s transponder went dark after picking up mercenaries armed with M-239 SAW-like machine guns on the night of the massacre –FAA logs and aircraft transponder data show that an LVMPD helicopter may have gone rogue on the night of the massacre | 27 Oct 2017 | Flight records obtained by Intellihub indicate that the transponder on an LVMPD aircraft went dark after several heavily armed men boarded the chopper. The following timeline details the whereabouts of LVMPD helicopter “N911WY” between the hours of 10:25 p.m. and 11:35 p.m., Oct. 1, 2017…10:51 p.m. – N911WY lands in the parking lot of the Harley dealer located at 5191 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89119, where it waits on the hard for the next 8 minutes (rotors spinning) while several mercenaries gear up for what appears to be either a combined aerial/ground assault on the city or some type of aerial counter-sniper defense. One of the men is masked…10:59 p.m. – N911WY’s transponder goes dark and is not accounted for during the next 5 minutes.

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A Case of Judicial Murder? The Boston Bombing, “Get a Guilty Verdict”

By John Remington Graham
Global Research, October 27, 2017
Paul Craig Roberts Institute for Political Economy 26 October 2017
Region: USA
Theme: History, Law and Justice, Media Disinformation

I have been asked many times why I have intervened in the federal prosecution of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the young man who was convicted and sentenced to death in the Boston  Marathon bombing case where two brothers, on April 15, 2013, allegedly detonated pressure cooker bombs on Boylston Street in front of the Forum Restaurant that killed or maimed many people.

As I wrap up my career of fifty years as a member of the bar, including service as a public defender in state and federal courts, co-founder of an accredited law school, and chief public prosecutor in Minnesota state courts, I am apprehensive that my country might be entering into an era of judicial murder.

Judicial murder is the practice of designing a trial to get a guilty verdict, regardless of the facts, and a death sentence carried out. It has happened in many countries in all ages. It has been recognized as a threat of public justice by the United States Supreme Court in Powell v. Alabama, 287 U. S. 45 at 72-72 (1932). Judicial murder is followed by corruption and destruction of society. The judicial murder of Socrates was followed by loss of the classical civilization of ancient Greece. The judicial murder of Jesus of Nazareth, whether son of God or venerable philosopher, was followed by the destruction of Jerusalem and the second temple. The judicial murder of Joan of Arc was followed by loss of most English lands in France. The judicial murder of Charles the First was followed by loss of the free constitution of England. The judicial murder of Louis XVI was followed by 150 years of defeat, ruin, suffering, and chaos in France. Judicial murder in the Third Reich was followed by humiliating defeat of Germany. Judicial murder in the Soviet Union was followed by collapse of the Soviet empire. If the justice system cannot be trusted, evil consequences follow.

My active intervention in the case began when I assisted the Russian aunt, herself a lawyer, of Dzhokhar file pro se papers in the federal district court in Boston, asking that she be recognized as a friend of the court so she could present evidence conclusively showing, by FBI-gathered evidence, incorporated by reference into the indictment, that Dzhokhar could not have detonated the bomb he was supposed to have detonated. I proceeded in this way as instructed by the bar liaison officer of the federal district court and the clerk’s office. Dr. Paul Craig Roberts wrote up this legal adventure in his column of August 17, 2015, in a way which draws from the judicial record, and portrays the scenario clearly enough. The link is this. Those unfamiliar with this case need to read that article.

The claim of the Russian aunt sounds fantastic only so long as one believes newspapers and does not pay attention to critical, undeniable facts gathered by the FBI, and the language of the indictment as returned on June 27, 2013, especially paragraphs 6, 7, and 24. A number of things have caused me to doubt Dzhokhar’s guilt.

The FBI crime lab determined from fragments at the scene of the explosions by no later than April 16, 2013, that the culprits were carrying heavy-laden black backpacks on Boyleston Street just before the explosions. This was not an evaporating investigation theory, but was incorporated into the indictment, was part of the government’s case-in-chief, and was never disavowed by anyone involved in the trial. On April 18, 2013, the FBI determined that the culprits were portrayed in a street video maintained by the Whiskey Steak House on Boyleston Street. Two still frames were used to identify the brothers Tamerlan, who was shot dead by police, and Dzhokhar, who survived, and was charged, convicted, and sentenced to death. A third still-frame from the same street video shows Dzhokhar, carrying not a heavy-laden black backpack, but a light-weight white backpack over his right shoulder. The very evidence used by the FBI, and described in the indictment to identify Dzhokhar eliminates him as certainly as white is distinguished from black. The FBI evidence of an exploded backpack is black and the FBI’s identification of Dzhokhar at the scene of the crime shows him with a white backpack. This exculpatory evidence was kept out of the trial.

What of the confessions attributed to Dzhokhar? The law has always known that, contrary to popular belief, confessions are highly unreliable, often contrived or staged by artifice, or otherwise false, which is why the law has long used safeguards to assure that alleged confessions are received only cautiously under proper circumstances. The alleged confession by Dzhokhar written in the dark on the side of a boat under which the boy injured from gunshot woulds was hiding is highly suspect. Moreover, if Dzhokhar was willing to confess, why was he hiding? The confession at sentencing was plainly enough scripted for him, and is not corroborated by what the law calls the “corpus delicti.”

But more troubling evidence exists. Dr. Lorraine Day was the chief of orthopedic surgery at San Francisco General Hospital for some twenty-five years. She treated many grave injuries, and is an impeccable medical expert. She prepared a decisive report, dated May 4, 2015, on the Boston bombing case, which she concluded was a hoax. She observed, for example, that photos of the scene after the explosions revealed no blood when it should have been visible everywhere, and that, when blood did appear, it was of a bright orange red Hollywood color, not maroon as real blood appears in real life. The Boston marathon case appears to be at least contaminated by crisis actors if not entirely a false flag event. The video of the man showing no trauma whose leg is purported to be blown away being wheeled down the street sitting upright in a wheelchair is a dead giveaway as to the presence of crisis actors. Any such casualty mishandled in such a way would have quickly bled to death.

The trial of Dzhokhar raises more serious questions. Mr. Tsarnaev was defended by court-appointed lawyers who did not do their job. His chief counsel had powerful exculpatory evidence available, yet she forcefully asserted that he was guilty in her opening statement, never used the exculpatory evidence at trial, and did not even ask for a verdict of not guilty in her final argument to the jury. Dzhokhar had no defense. As a lawyer with a half century of experience, it was painful for me to watch what looked like a show trial in which the verdict and sentence were assured in advance.

On verge of retirement, I have no interest in acquiring notoriety to build a practice. I have nothing to gain from coming to the defense of a person abandoned by law, the media, and everyone but his aunt. But my country has everything to lose from judicial murder in behalf of some government agenda. We must examine if that is the case and, if so, prevent it.

As a last hurrah as a lawyer, I recently filed a motion in behalf of three American citizens before the First Circuit in the appeal of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, asking that they be recognized as friends of the court, so they can show that, on the basis of facts actually of record before the federal district court in Boston, Dzhokhar did not detonate a pressure-cooker bomb on Boylston Street on April 15, 2013, as charged in the indictment. The government and major media of the United States have created such confusion and libelled the accused so foully that it is impossible for the average citizen relying on newspapers to imagine that Dzhokhar is innocent. Major media waged a lock-step propaganda campaign against Mr. Tsarnaev.

However, perhaps a turning point occurred on Monday of this week. Newsweek on October 23, 2017, reported, two years and two months after Dr. Roberts’ report on my filing in behalf of Dzhokhar’s aunt, Maret Tsarnaeva, that evidence might exist of Dzhokhar’s innocence. If other of the American media would join Newsweek in informing the public that there is doubt about the conviction, perhaps not only a possible case of wrongful conviction can be corrected, but also a case of possible judicial murder could be prevented.

John Remington Graham of the Minnesota Bar (#3664X), jrgraham@novicomfusion.com

The original source of this article is Paul Craig Roberts Institute for Political Economy


No charges against ex-FBI agent in Reno clash with sheriff

Originally published October 31, 2017 at 1:48

Nevada prosecutors say no charges will be filed against a former FBI agent turned speaker who got into a scuffle with a Minnesota sheriff this summer.

Retired agent John Guandolo and Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek clashed during a National Sheriffs’ Association conference in Reno in June.

At Stanek’s request, the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office investigated the incident as a case of misdemeanor battery. But a spokeswoman for the District Attorney’s Office told the Star Tribune Tuesday “the evidence just was not there.”


Scientists elevate quantum dot solar cell world record
October 31, 2017
DOE/National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Researchers have established a new world efficiency record for quantum dot solar cells, at 13.4 percent.

Over 400,000 people without power in Maine as temps hover around 33 degrees in the evening
Maine was just hit with hurricane


Utility crews working around the clock, aim to restore power to most customers by Saturday
CMP expects 600 more line and tree workers to arrive today from as far away as Illinois, Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia. Nearly 400,000 CMP and Emera Maine customers are still without power.


Outage sends millions of gallons of raw sewage into Merrimack River
Laurel J. Sweet Tuesday, October 31, 2017


By Dialynn Dwyer  10:34 AM
Thousands of people across Massachusetts remained without power Tuesday after a storm of high winds and heavy rains hit Sunday, bringing down power lines and trees in the region.

A map from the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency shows more than 115,000 customers had no electricity as of about 10 a.m.

More than 300,000 Massachusetts residents were left without power Monday morning after an overnight storm brought high winds and heavy rains to the state.

The strongest wind gusts were felt along the coast and Cape Cod, according to the National Weather Service. Mashpee experienced 82 mile-per-hour winds, compared to the gusts of 68 miles per hour and 62 miles per hour felt in Plymouth and Rockport, respectively. The Greater Boston area meanwhile only saw gusts of about 54 mph.

FBI Octopus

Former FBI Agent Brent Chambers named TJC director of public safety
Tyler Morning Telegraph-Oct 30, 2017
Former FBI senior agent Brent Chambers has been named director of public safety at Tyler Junior College. Chambers began Monday and will ...


New FBI Science helps solve mystery of unidentified corpses

New fingerprint algorithm helps ID bodies found decades


FBI Science helps execute innocent men mostly black

FBI Acknowledges Flawed Forensic Testimony Affected At Least 32 Death Penalty Cases | Death Penalty Information Center
FBI Acknowledges Flawed Forensic Testimony Affected At Least 32 Death Penalty Cases ... The Department and the FBI are also committed to ensuring the accuracy of future hair analysis testimony, as well as the ...

(Click on image to enlarge). The Federal Bureau of Investigation has formally acknowledged that examiners from the FBI Laboratory's microscopic hair comparison unit for decades provided flawed forensic testimony purportedly matching crime scene hair evidence to the hair of defendants charged with those crimes.  As part of an ongoing review of inaccurate forensic evidence, the FBI admitted that, In the 268 trials examined so far, its forensic experts systematically overstated the certainty of matches between crime scene hair evidence and defendants' hair.  That flawed testimony favored prosecutors more than 95% of the time.  The FBI admitted providing inaccurate expert testimony in 32 capital trials in which defendants were sentenced to death, including 10 cases from Florida and 5 each from Pennsylvania and Texas.  9 of the defendants -- including all 5 from Texas -- have since been executed. Studies have shown that inaccurate forensic evidence is frequently present in innocence cases -- and improper hair comparison testimony may already have contributed to at least one wrongful execution.  Senator Richard Blumenthal, a former prosecutor, said, “These findings are appalling and chilling in their indictment of our criminal justice system, not only for potentially innocent defendants who have been wrongly imprisoned and even executed, but for prosecutors who have relied on fabricated and false evidence despite their intentions to faithfully enforce the law.”

The FBI and the Justice Department said they "are committed to ensuring that affected defendants are notified of past errors and that justice is done in every instance. The Department and the FBI are also committed to ensuring the accuracy of future hair analysis testimony, as well as the application of all disciplines of forensic science."The report likely covers only a fraction of affected cases, as many more are still under review, and FBI examiners trained hundreds of state and local crime lab analysts in the same flawed techniques. (Click image to enlarge.)

(S. Hsu, "FBI admits flaws in hair analysis over decades," The Washington Post, April 18, 2015; Image credit: Washington Post) See Innocence and Arbitrariness.


FBI Lead Bullet Science sends innocent men to Death Row

INNOCENCE: Criminal Convictions in Question after FBI Bullet Evidence Discredited | Death Penalty Information Center
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An investigation by The Washington Post and 60 Minutes has cast doubt on at least 250 criminal cases in which the defendant was convicted based on FBI bullet-lead test evidence. Since the early 1960s, the FBI has  ...


FBI Whistleblower First Exposed Forensic Flaws
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Frederic Whitehurst Vowed to Help Wronged Defendants

Washington, D.C. April 17, 2012. Dr. Frederic Whitehurst originally exposed forensic flaws that may have led to many wrongful convictions, as reported in today's Washington Post front-page story. For years, Dr. Whitehurst has urged the Justice Department to act on systemic flaws that he witnessed while serving as the top explosives expert in the FBI Crime Lab. The NWC and FBI whistleblower Dr. Frederic Whitehurst assisted the Washington Post in its investigation into the Justice Department's failure.

In response to Dr. Whitehurst's original whistleblower disclosures, the Justice Department formed a Task Force to review thousands of cases impacted by Dr. Whitehurst's allegations and to determine if any individuals were wrongly convicted. Although the Justice Department and FBI pledged to correct their mistakes, documents obtained by the NWC through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) suggest a government attempt to suppress embarrassing mistakes at the expense of innocent defendants.

As reported by the Washington Post today, convicted defendants were left uninformed of serious flaws in the forensic evidence presented in their cases long after the Justice Department had confirmed that serious problems existed.

When he left the FBI Crime Lab in 1998, Dr. Whitehurst vowed to continue his work to find all the defendants harmed by the FBI's misconduct. It was then that he established the NWC's Forensic Justice Project.

Dr. Whitehurst stated, "Imagine that you were an individual who was innocent, and yet an FBI scientist gave testimony that caused people to believe in your guilt. There was nobody anywhere who could or would help you, except the National Whistleblowers Center, a small, underfunded group of people dedicated to finding truth. Today's story joins a long saga that has exposed this tragedy, and yet the Justice Department fails to act."

General Counsel for the NWC David K. Colapinto added, "This information never would have come to light without the perseverance of Dr. Whitehurst. After blowing the whistle on the misconduct at the FBI Crime Lab, he never stopped. After the headlines faded, he worked with the NWC for over 10 years to find out who was harmed."

Dr. Whitehurst is an NWC Board Member and the head of the NWC's Forensic Justice Project. He first blew the whistle on this misconduct at the FBI Crime Lab in the 1990s and his work has become the heart of today's Washington Post front page article.

Dr. Whitehurst and Mr. Colapinto will appear on the April 17, 2012, episode of Honesty Without Fear to discuss the efforts to correct mistakes made in the FBI Crime Lab.


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How good are FBI agents at disinformation?

Well they have experts.

Tuesday's hearing offers lawmakers a direct and highly public opportunity to question tech company officials about how their platforms were manipulated, what they did in response, and what they plan to do to thwart similar efforts in the future. None of the companies are sending their top internal security researchers to the hearing, opting instead to send senior company lawyers. Also testifying will be Clinton Watts, a former FBI agent and disinformation expert from the Foreign Policy Research Institute, and Michael S. Smith III, a terrorism analyst.


Professor Sues FBI After False Arrest for Being Chinese Spy and ...
Professor Xiaoxing Xi was arrested in front of his family, strip-searched, and held at gun-point by FBI agents, all over an error stemming from allegedly illegal ...

Professor Xiaoxing Xi was arrested in front of his family, strip-searched, and held at gun-point by FBI agents, all over an error stemming from allegedly illegal government surveillance, according to a lawsuit currently pending in federal court.

The interim chair of Temple University’s physics department, Xi states in his new amended complaint that his indictment, which was later dismissed by prosecutors, was based on “fabrication of evidence.” He claims that includes “false statements and representations and material omissions of facts,” in an FBI agent’s report.

According to court documents, Xi was accused of giving Chinese entities information about a device known as a “pocket heater” that belongs to U.S. company Superconductor Technologies Inc. (STI), but the information the feds found really pertained to technology that Xi himself invented. Not only that, Xi claims that information on the pocket heater’s technology was already publicly available anyway.

The lawsuit claims not only that FBI Agent Andrew Haugen knowingly or recklessly made false statements that Xi’s communications were nefarious, but that the government illegally spied on him to view his communications. Xi alleges that warrantless surveillance of Chinese universities and institutions—with which Xi communicated for academic purposes—led federal agents to come across his emails, which they then misinterpreted.

Xi, who was born in China but has lived in the U.S. since 1989, also claims that the FBI racially profiled him, in violation of his due process and equal protection rights. He also alleges that as a result of his arrest, he was placed on administrative leave, suspended from his position, and passed over for the position of permanent chair of Temple’s physics department.


Documents reveal Paul Harvey's long friendship with FBI | Muckety - See the news
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Jan 25, 2010 · Folksy radio commentator Paul Harvey, who died a year ago at age 90, was a sub rosa broadcast voice for the FBI who maintained a mutually beneficial friendship with bureau director J. Edgar Hoover ...


WHEN TWO MEN opened fire at the “Draw Muhammad” contest in a Dallas suburb in 2015, the FBI had an undercover agent on the scene, newly filed court documents reveal.

On May 3, 2015, two men from Arizona armed with assault rifles — Elton Simpson and his roommate, Nadir Soofi — attacked a convention center in Garland, Texas, where Pamela Geller had organized the “First Annual Muhammad Art Exhibit and Contest.” The two attackers shot a guard outside the convention center and were then killed in the parking lot by Texas police.

Hours earlier, the FBI had sent a bulletin to local police with Simpson’s photo, warning that he was “interested in the event.” FBI Director James Comey said in a press conference following the shooting that the FBI did not have reason to believe Simpson was planning to attack the event, even though the bureau had spent years trying to build a case against him.

The new information came to light in an indictment filed Wednesday against Erick Jamal Hendricks, 35, of Charlotte, North Carolina, who allegedly recruited people online to join the Islamic State. An affidavit in the case reveals that an FBI undercover agent was at the “Draw Muhammad” event and was communicating with Hendricks about security there. The affidavit raises questions about whether the FBI knew, or should have known, that the event was a likely target of attack.

It’s unclear, in the affidavit, whether the communication between Hendricks and the undercover agent was via text or through another messaging system.

“If you see that pig [Geller] make your ‘voice’ heard against her,” Hendricks wrote to the undercover agent.

Hendricks then asked the agent a series of questions to gauge security at the event.

“How big is the gathering?”

“How many ppl?”

“How many/police agents?”

“Do u see feds there?”

It’s unclear from the affidavit what information the FBI agent provided in response. It’s also unclear whether any of the information the agent provided to Hendricks was, in turn, passed on to the men who attacked the drawing event.

But the affidavit states that the FBI was aware that Hendricks and Simpson were in contact to some degree. In fact, according to the document, Hendricks had made an online introduction between Simpson and the undercover agent and was the nexus between them. As a result of that introduction, Simpson and the undercover agent corresponded online. After Simpson posted a link to the “Draw Muhammad” event, the undercover agent wrote: “Tear Up Texas.”

Simpson appears to have suggested violence.

“Bro, u don’t have to say that … U know what happened in Paris … I think … Yes or no?” he wrote, referring to the January 7, 2015, attack on Charlie Hebdo.

“Right,” the agent responded.

“So that goes without saying,” Simpson responded.

After the Garland shooting, Hendricks posted a statement online in which he referenced the shooters as “a new Muslim of 2 years and another of 11 years.”

Simpson had told the undercover agent he’d been a Muslim for 11 years. The agent’s cover was that he’d been a Muslim for two years. Simpson’s actual accomplice, Nadir Soofi, was born a Muslim. In the affidavit, the FBI admits that Hendricks, not knowing about Soofi, had assumed the undercover agent was the second shooter.

The undercover agent got back in touch with Hendricks after the shooting and said he watched as police shot Simpson and Soofi.

“Keep in touch with me,” Hendricks told the agent. “If you need a safe house, let me know. This is why I’m here.”

Less than two weeks later, Hendricks cut off contact with the undercover agent. It took the FBI another 15 months to arrest Hendricks, and the affidavit does not disclose what was happening during that time period.

Top photo: Investigators work a crime scene the day after a shooting occurred at Curtis Culwell Center during the “Muhammad Art Exhibit and Cartoon Contest” in Garland, Texas, on May 4, 2015.


Driver in Halloween terror attack identified as 29-year-old Sayfullo Saipov, man from Florida
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Tuesday, October 31, 2017, 6:46 PM


Faso holds FBI forum on terrorism preparedness

FBI Special Agent Vadim Thomas (podium) spoke of differences
between domestic and international terrorism
ESOPUS – Congressman John Faso (R, 19) held a public safety program Monday in Esopus, designed to help protect soft targets, including houses of worship, from terrorism.

Vadim Thomas, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Albany Division, discussed the sensitive issue, joined by members of his FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force, local law enforcement, and leaders of local faith communities.

“People are concerned about threats to houses of worship, because of incidents we’ve seen around the country,” Faso said. “The session on Monday was a good opportunity to bring the FBI together with members of the community, to better understand what they should be doing and considering. Every church should be looking at having specific discussions about security arrangements in their facility, with the State Police, or FBI, or local law enforcement.”  

The goal is to establish and enhance the dialogue between communities of faith and law enforcement, so that they are not just speaking to each other when there is an emergency, that they know each other ahead of time, the lawmaker said. “Better to create these lines of communication now, when you have a period of normalcy, as opposed to trying to establish them when there’s a period of crisis,” Faso said.

Thomas spoke for nearly an hour, detailing in general terms the differences between international and domestic homegrown terrorists.

Key points made include the availability of active shooter training, which can be provided free of charge to faith organizations by law enforcement agencies.

FBI agents assassinate Reverend Martin Luther King


MLK Day: The Plot to Kill Martin Luther King: Survived Shooting, Was Murdered in Hospital | Global Research - Centre for Research on ...
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... in Hospital. Martin Luther King was murdered in a conspiracy that was instigated by then FBI director J. Edgar Hoover. Review of William Pepper's Book. By Craig McKee. Global Research, July 23, 2017.


Rep. Devin Nunes: ENTIRE FBI May Be Lying About Who Was Funding Anti-Trump Dossier (VIDEO)
October 30, 2017


House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) joined Laura Ingraham tonight on her launch of The Ingraham Angle on FOX News.


FBI approves publication of all materials on the Kennedy assassination
October 31, 2017

Banned doc details evidence for FBI assassinating President Kennedy

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