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Charles H. Kable, IV Named Special Agent in Charge of Counterintelligence Division of the Washington Field Office
Washington, D.C. December 09, 2015        

FBI National Press Office (202) 324-3691

FBI Director James B. Comey has named Charles H. Kable, IV as the special agent in charge of the Counterintelligence Division at the Washington Field Office. Mr. Kable most recently served as the chief of the Counterespionage Section at FBI Headquarters (FBIHQ) in Washington, D.C. In this capacity, Mr. Kable provided leadership and oversight to the field offices engaged in espionage, economic espionage, and insider threat investigations.

Mr. Kable entered on duty with the FBI in 2000 and was assigned to the San Francisco Field Office, Oakland Resident Agency, where he specialized in counterespionage investigations and counterintelligence operations.

Mr. Kable was then promoted to program manager and acting unit chief in the Chinese Counterespionage Unit within the Counterespionage Section at FBIHQ, where he provided leadership, guidance, and oversight to the field divisions on numerous high-profile counterespionage investigations.

In 2007, Mr. Kable was promoted to supervisory special agent of a counterintelligence squad in the San Antonio Field Office, Austin Resident Agency.

In 2009, Mr. Kable became the Chief of the Civilian Intelligence Officers in the Operations and Investigations Unit at FBIHQ, where he led investigations and operations directed against known and suspected Chinese intelligence officers in the U.S.

In 2011, Mr. Kable served as the assistant section chief of the Counterespionage Section, and in 2012 Mr. Kable was promoted to assistant special agent in charge of the Counterintelligence Branch of the Los Angeles Field Office.

Before joining the FBI, Mr. Kable was a Surface Warfare Officer in the United States Navy in the Pacific and, during his last fleet assignment, commissioned the guided missile destroyer USS Milius (DDG 69).

Mr. Kable reports to the Washington Field Office in the middle of December.

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FBI agents



Coup still shares laughs after 75 years together

Published: Saturday, December 12, 2015 at 1:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, December 4, 2015 at 3:14 p.m.

For the past 75 years, Phil and Bea Stewart have shared love, laughter and happiness.

While sharing their 70th wedding anniversary Dec. 1, they reflected on what has kept them together.

“Glue,” Bea said, jokingly.

The couple met in the ninth grade when they were 14 years old in Detroit.

“We grew up together, really,” Bea said. “It was a different world then. There were rules and restrictions, and we lived by them.”

The two married right out of high school while Bea was attending Wayne University on a full scholarship, and Phil enlisted in the Navy. He attended the same university after serving in World War II on a Navy destroyer ship performing anti-submarine sonar maneuvers.

“I do – those two little words meant something. Divorce – you didn't even spell it back then. People were just together forever,” Bea said.

After two years of teaching, Phil left the profession when his brother suggested that he become an FBI agent. He did that for 29 years.

“We thought, 'Oh this is great, we will travel the world,' but we ended up in Baltimore


RFK assassination witness tells CNN: There was a second shooter ...
Apr 30, 2012 - No more cover-ups." ... RFK assassination witness comes forward 06:24 .... Rhodes-Hughes tells CNN the FBI's eight-shot claim is "completely false. ..... which confirms the existence of the cover-up efforts," he told CNN.
Who Killed Robert Kennedy? by Philip Melanson
Far fewer are aware that the investigation into Robert Kennedy's death was ... With the FBI's assistance, they spent the next fourteen months investigating the murder. ... The files made it clear that the LAPD had engaged in a massive cover-up, ...
Robert F Kennedy assassination witness says FBI covered up fact ...
Apr 30, 2012 - Robert F Kennedy was shot dead by two gunmen and not just 'lone wolf' .... The constant cover-ups, the constant lies - this has got to stop.' ...
The Robert F. Kennedy Assassination: New Revelations on the ...
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A reexamination of the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy presents new ... F. Kennedy Assassination: New Revelations on the Conspiracy and Cover-Up, .... and, the official investigation authorities (LAPD, FBI) covered up evidence that

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couple of reads about what is hot about the FBI


The FBI Agents That Arrested Martin Shkreli Are Pretty Hot
NextShark-22 hours ago
The two FBI agents flanking the 32-year-old CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals in arrest photos have been singled out for their good looks and tailored suits.



Texas: In February, 2004, John Conditt Jr., 53, the former head of the FBI's internal affairs unit at the Office of Professional Responsibility was sentenced to 12 years in prison in Tarrant County court after he admitted molesting the daughters of two FBI agents after he retired in 2001. Conditt had been an FBI agent for more than 30 years before retiring. A retired FBI whistleblower said she had brought allegations of child abuse on Indian reservations to Conditt's attention and the FBI had not aggressively pursued the allegations. She now questions whether having a pedophile in charge of an FBI office would influence how aggressively child abuse charges were investigated.


FBI kept quiet about sexual relationship between agent, star witness in Jefferson trial
Bruce Alpert, NOLA.com | Times-Picayune By Bruce Alpert, NOLA.com | Times-Picayune
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on September 27, 2009 at 5:58 AM, updated September 27, 2009 at 3:57 PM

As the corruption case against former Rep. William Jefferson was about to go to trial in June, prosecutors learned from their star witness that she had had a sexual relationship with the undercover FBI agent who drove her to all the meetings where she secretly taped and delivered cash to the New Orleans Democrat.

william-jefferson.JPGMichael DeMocker / The Times-PicayuneOn Monday, Judge T.S. Ellis III denied a request by Jefferson's lawyers for a new trial, a request based in part on defense claims that Ellis erred in not letting them bring up Lori Mody's relationship with an FBI agent at trial.

But according to court documents unsealed last week, the FBI and its Office of Professional Responsibility knew at least as far back as last December that the agent, John Guandolo, "had had an intimate relationship with a confidential source that he thought could damage an investigation." But they never passed that information to the U.S. attorney's office prosecuting Jefferson or the lead FBI agent in the investigation.

The failure to provide the court and the prosecutors with such explosive information raises questions about FBI conduct, even as the revelation about Guandolo's relationship with Lori Mody, the northern Virginia businesswoman at the center of the Jefferson probe, adds a new layer of intrigue to the case.

It also shows how the actions of a single agent could have wrecked the long and meticulous Justice Department pursuit of Jefferson. Mody did not testify at the trial, but the tapes she secretly recorded were allowed to be played for the jury and were a key to the conviction of the nine-term congressman on 11 of 16 corruption charges.

"This is just unbelievable, " said George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley, who has followed the case closely. "If the FBI was aware that an agent had an improper relationship with a confidential source, it is information that should have been disclosed to the court."

"It's very disturbing, " said Harvey Silverglate, a Boston lawyer and author of a recent book critical of the federal law enforcement. "First of all, an agent shouldn't be having an affair with a government informant. And if it does happen, of course it must be disclosed because it could affect the credibility of the informant and the individual agent and investigation."

FBI agent resigns

Guandolo resigned from the FBI on or about Dec. 1, before the bureau's Office of Professional Responsibility could question him about his sexual liaisons with Mody, as well as with women FBI agents, relationships detailed in a document Guandolo had prepared.

FBI spokesmen at the Washington, D.C., field office and at national headquarters said Friday that they could not comment on personnel matters. William Carter of the FBI National Press Office said he had brought the question of why the FBI did not pass along what they knew about Guandolo to the federal court, to the FBI's Office of General Counsel for their review.

On Friday, Guandolo declined to go beyond a statement he gave to the FBI on June 7, in which he expressed his "deep remorse" for his sexual relationship with Mody, and his hope that it wouldn't damage the case against Jefferson.

After Mody told prosecutors of her relationship with Guandolo, the government announced that they would not call her as a witness and scrambled to have the lead FBI agent in the case provide the testimony to establish the surveillance tapes.

On Monday, Judge T.S. Ellis III denied a request by Jefferson's lawyers for a new trial, a request based in part on defense claims that Ellis erred in not letting them bring up Mody's relationship with Guandolo at trial. After sentencing Oct. 30, fter sentencing Oct. 30, the defense is expected to appeal Ellis' decision to deny a new trial.

Chance of appeal

Turley and other expert observers said that defense chances of a successful appeal based on the new information are slim. But Turley said that Guandolo's brazen behavior in such a high-profile case raises questions about the "FBI culture, " especially in light of somewhat similar claims in the botched prosecution of former Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens.

Stevens was convicted of corruption last October, but on Dec. 2 -- right when Guandolo was leaving the FBI -- one of two FBI agents assigned to the Stevens case filed a complaint suggesting, among other things, that there has been an "inappropriate relationship" between Mary Beth Kepner, the lead FBI agent in the case, and the key government witness, Bill Allen. Earlier this year, Attorney General Eric Holder dropped the charges against Stevens.

Ellis ruled that Guandolo's relationship with Mody was irrelevant, and telling the jurors would have had a "prejudicial" effect on their deliberations.

But, Turley said, "the judge was very forthcoming with the government in allowing highly damaging and personal facts about Jefferson to go before the jury, including the fact that he had slept over at the house of a female aide." The aide said they slept in separate rooms.

The relationship between Guandolo and Mody is all the more stunning because she was described as being a volatile and vulnerable figure, especially in her relationships with men.

'Mild intimacy'

According to a statement from Mody included in the unsealed document, she and Guandolo engaged in "mild intimacy" in New Orleans in April 2005, and that on subsequent occasions Guandolo made "inappropriate sexual advances" in a car, at her townhouse and at her parents' home. On one occasion, she said, he was "overly aggressive" but she fended him off. Then once or twice, between late April and the end of May 2005, they had consensual sex.

lori-mody.JPGLori Mody

On May 12, 2005, Mody and Jefferson shared a four-hour dinner at which she talked to Jefferson about her problems with men while Guandolo, posing as her driver, waited in the car.

According to the law enforcement Web site "Tickle the Wire, " the FBI learned of Guandolo's misbehavior because he had, on the advice of his therapist, made a list of his sexual affairs so he could better see the damage he had done to his marriage.

Asked how the list came into the hands of FBI officials, Guandolo said Friday, "it's a lot simpler than you think." He did not elaborate.

At his last meeting with Mody, in early 2006, after the Jefferson investigation had ended, Guandolo, a counter-terrorism expert in the FBI, asked her to contribute $75,000 to one of several anti-terrorist organizations.

Since leaving the bureau, Guandolo has been writing and speaking about the Islamic terrorist threat in America, which he has said the leadership in the FBI is being inadequately aggressive in combating

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E.W. Priestap Named Assistant Director of the Counterintelligence Division
Washington, D.C. December 21, 2015        

FBI National Press Office (202) 324-3691

FBI Director James B. Comey has named E.W. “Bill” Priestap as the assistant director of the Counterintelligence Division at FBI Headquarters (FBIHQ) in Washington, D.C. Mr. Priestap most recently served as the deputy assistant director of the Intelligence Operations Branch in the Directorate of Intelligence at FBIHQ.

Mr. Priestap entered on duty with the FBI in 1998, working organized crime and drug matters in the Chicago Division. Following the September 11, 2001 terror attacks, Mr. Priestap focused on counterterrorism investigations in Chicago.

In 2003, Mr. Priestap was promoted to supervisory special agent in the Office of Congressional Affairs (OCA) at FBIHQ. While in OCA, he was detailed to the U.S. Senate’s Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, where he assisted with the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004.

In 2005, Mr. Priestap was appointed the special assistant to the assistant director of the Directorate of Intelligence at FBIHQ.

In 2006, Mr. Priestap was assigned to the New York Field Office, where he held counterterrorism and intelligence supervisory positions. He was then promoted to assistant special agent in charge, and he served in the Intelligence and the Counterintelligence Divisions of the New York Field Office.

In 2012, Mr. Priestap was promoted to section chief in the Counterintelligence Division at FBIHQ, and, in 2013, Mr. Priestap was named

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Joe Yurgine to discuss his book, "Deuce," 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Kankakee Public Library, 815-939-4564, lions-online.org. Yurgine, a former new York FBI agent who handled Russian espionage cases. In his new book, "Deuce"' he weaves together history and fiction to create a riveting chronicle of life inside the FBI and how Harlem was saved from burning. Books will be available for purchase and signing.


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Ex-FBI agent wants to serve jail time in style
Jan. 6, 1988

AUGUSTA, Maine -- A retired FBI agent serving nine months in jail for sexually abusing a 12-year-old girl is asking to serve a subsequent house-arrest term at an Idaho apartment complex with a swimming pool, tennis court and jacuzzi.

John H. Kenoyer, 65, who retired from the FBI a decade ago after serving 30 years, made the motion in a handwritten letter to a SuperiorCourt judge, who scheduled a hearing for today.

In his letter to Judge Donald Alexander, Kenoyer said the move would allow him to 'get away from the scene of all my troubles ... (and) to alleviate the arthritis in my hip by living in a climate that is much drier and milder than Maine.'

Kenoyer, who once jumped bail, said he would also like to live away from the woman to whom he was engaged to marry at the time of his conviction.

Kenoyer of Winthrop is expected to be released from jail next month, when his nine-month sentence for the assault on a young girl in his neighborhood ends. But then, he must serve a two-year period of house arrest -- a confinement that is not in a jail or prison but in private quarters.

He said he hopes to spend those years at the Lake Villa Apartments in Coeur D'Alene, Idaho, where he lived as a fugitive prior to his arrest last February. The apartment complex has a swimming pool, jacuzzi and tennis court.

District Attorney David Crook said he did not plan to object to Kenoyer's request.

'I think it is a reasonable request, provided all the other conditions of probation are met,' Crook said. 'I think it is pretty routine.'

Kenoyer was indicted in March 1986 but later jumped bail and disappeared until last February.

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2 stories one about FBI agents killing trapped women and children



FBI to deal with militia group at Malheur Refuge
Officials will work with local officials to try to bring an end to the situation
Colin Miner and KOIN 6 News Staff Published: January 3, 2016, 11:45 am Updated: January 3, 2016, 4:02 pm



Waco Rules of Engagement

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couple of backstories first about FBI Director
Louis Freeh

1. Louis Freeh was principal architect behind the coverup
of the downing of TWA Flight 800 over
Long Island by a US Missile

2.Louis Freeh was principal architect behind
the coverup/murder of Bill and Hillary
Clinton friend Vince Foster

3. Louis Freeh has a summer home in Vermont



10 Jan 2016

Famed attorney Alan Dershowitz has retained former President Bill Clinton’s FBI director to help show Clinton was not present at alleged sex orgies thrown by his former client, a convicted pedophile and close Clinton friend.

Clinton’s friendship with a convicted child sex predator, Jeffrey Epstein, again is coming under increased scrutiny, thanks in part to a recent civil lawsuit for defamation filed in Florida against Dershowitz by representatives for two of Epstein’s alleged victims. Dershowitz served as Epstein’s lawyer during Epstein’s criminal criminal.

Not only has Bill Clinton’s name come up in the court proceedings, but Dershowitz, one of the key figures in the case, says that he cannot conclusively deny that Clinton was present at lavish sex orgies thrown on a Caribbean island by Epstein. What’s more, one of the victims said that Bill Clinton in fact was present at an Epstein island orgy.

Epstein pleaded guilty in 2008 to soliciting prostitution from a minor. Though he was represented at trial by Dershowitz, he still had to serve 13 months in prison on an 18-month sentence.

Flight logs also connect Clinton as they show he made multiple trips on Epstein’s private plane, including a September 2002 jaunt to Africa with actor buddies Kevin Spacey and Chris Tucker. So does Epstein accuser Virginia Roberts, who claimed that she was used as a sex slave by Epstein and his friends, said that she met Bill Clinton on one of his trips with Epstein when she was only seventeen, but that she did not have sex with him.

Super-lawyer and Clinton and Epstein pal Dershowitz recently testified in circuit court in Broward County, Florida. Transcripts of his testimony reveal that Clinton administration FBI chief Louis Freeh has been called in to run interference. Freeh served as FBI director from 1993 to 2001, during almost the entirety of the Clinton presidency.

Freeh is representing Dershowitz , who recently has been at the center of civil claims involving allegations that he had sex with underage women on Epstein’s private plane and at parties on Epstein’s private island, including at times when Clinton also was on the island.

“Well, we have made a Freedom of Information request,” Dershowitz testified. “My — my attorney in New York, Louis Freeh, the former head of the FBI, has made a FOIA request for all information


Hillary Clinton Vince Foster murder
Hillary Clinton and the cover-up of the murder of her friend Vince Foster by Kenneth Starr.



TWA Project Files Lawsuits Against Navy Seals and Missile Defense ...
Aug 19, 2013 - Tom Stalcup, independent investigator of TWA Flight 800 Crash FILES SUITS IN BOSTON FEDERAL COURT TO ... Kristina Borjesson Director ...


Former FBI director Freeh injured in VT wreck

Aug 26, 2014

Former FBI director Louis B. Freeh

BARNARD – Former FBI director Louis Freeh was seriously injured in a car crash Monday afternoon in Barnard, the Vermont State Police confirmed Monday night.

State police in Royalton received a 911 call at 12:16 p.m. regarding a one-vehicle crash near 2762 Vermont 12. Troopers responded, along with rescue and fire personnel from the Barnard area.

Freeh, 64, of Wilmington, Del., was airlifted from Barnard to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H., for treatment, police said. He has a summer home in Barnard.

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the FBI funded by our taxes, has never needed legislation
to violate you.

they have been doing it since 1920
Before that thw Pinkertons and local policwe did it.

couple of reads about violating you
as always funded by your taxes



NSA boss says FBI director is wrong on encryption
CNNMoney- January 13 2016
Encryption protects everyone's communications, including terrorists. The FBI director wants to undermine that. The ex-NSA director says that's a ...


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" reach out and tap someone" by Greg Flannery

"Reach Out and TAP Someone" by Gregory Flannery, In These ...
Mar 22, 1989 - In These Times Archives. All Years = 17,501 Articles ... In the World. Reach Out and TAP Someone. by Gregory Flannery. In These Times.
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by Gregory Flannery. Eavesdropping Left and Right ... In These Times. , September 6, 1989, p. 7 - PDF · Reach Out and TAP Someone. by Gregory Flannery.
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Hot on the Press. by Gregory Flannery. Did Police Torch a Cincinnati Paper? In These Times. , September 6, 1989, p. 7 - PDF · Reach Out and TAP Someone.

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Are the documents Phil Eil is requesting from the DEA public?

January 22, 2016

philIf you follow Phil Eil on social media you’ve surely heard about his public records request of the DEA. Eil is working on a book about Paul Volkman, a doctor who was convicted to four consecutive life sentences for dealing drugs under the guise of writing medicine prescriptions.

Eil has requested from the DEA all the evidence presented at the trial, he says he’s requested more than 200 pieces of evidence that the DEA has interpreted as 15,000 pages of documents. The trial ended in May of 2011 and Eil filed his FOIA request in February, 2012.

Is Eil getting the run-around from the feds? He told me an FBI agent subpoenaed him as a witness during the trial and he wonders if that was a ploy to keep him from covering the trial as a journalist. Or is he requesting documents that aren

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AG likely to indict former head of "Israeli FBI" Arbiv for breach of trust
Jerusalem Post Israel News-14 minutes ago
Arbiv, whose was essentially the former head of the “Israeli FBI,” resigned from his post on February 9, 2014 over the scandal, though he continues

AG likely to indict former head of "Israeli FBI" Arbiv for breach of trust
Thu, 28 Jan 2016, 12:39 PM
A statement from Weinstein's office said that Arbiv was suspected of having had inappropriately close relations with Rabbi Yoshiyahu Yosef Pinto from 2010-203.

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see link for very very special agent boys and girls


New local FBI chief vows collaborative approach


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March 19 2016

As a smart criminal justice consumer
you now understand FBI agents covered
up the Bill /Hillary Clinton assassination
of Vince Foster.

2 stories about the FBI.
One is FBI spin



CSPAN: Legal Expert Holds Up Copy of ‘Clinton Cash,’ ‘FBI Agents Are Required to Read This’
Audiobook Cover

18 Mar 2016

In a Friday interview on C-SPAN, former U.S. Attorney for the District of Colombia Joseph diGenova held up a copy of Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich and said, “I know from conversations with former FBI agents that the FBI, believe it or not, has a copy of this book, Clinton Cash.”

“And they have delved into it deeply,” diGenova said about the federal agents currently investigating the multiple email accounts and the private server that then-secretary of state Hillary Clinton and her aids used to conduct official government business while she was in office.



Welcome to our website about the murder of Vince Foster, Deputy White House Counsel under President Clinton. A federal court ordered Independent Counsel Ken Starr to include evidence, found in government records, of an FBI cover-up, to Starr’s own Report. Hillary Clinton remains silent about this evidence, submitted to the court by Patrick Knowlton, John Clarke, and Hugh Turley.

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March 22 2016


FBI agent faces gun-possession trial

Updated Tuesday, March 22nd 2016 at 10:48 GM
FBI Agent Richardson Clyde Roller and Mercy Shirley Mwendwa at Mombasa Court.

A former Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agent was Monday charged in Mombasa, alongside his wife, with illegal possession of firearms.

Richard Clyde Rollier (left) and his Kenyan wife Mercy Shirley Mwendwa, who were arrested on Saturday, were charged with possession of two stun guns without lawful authority.

They denied the charges when they appeared before Chief Magistrate Susan Shitubi and were released on a Sh500,000 bond with a similar surety.

The two were arrested while at their home in Nyali, Mombasa, according to police records.

The magistrate directed the American to deposit his passport with the court and report to the Anti-Terrorism Police Unit (ATPU) once a month.

"Considering your citizenship, you shall deposit your passport with the court and report to the ATPU once per month," directed Ms Shitubi.
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Prosecutor Sarah Ogweno opposed bail, saying the American was likely to leave the court's jurisdiction if freed pending trial.

"If the accused is granted bail, he should report to the CID offices in Mombasa and go to the ATPU," said Ms Ogweno.

According to the police reports, the American was arrested for the second time in a month over the alleged importation of banned goods.

The retired FBI agent, who came to Kenya 11 years ago, has been under police investigation for possession of explosives.

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April 7, 2016
Michigan Cop and FBI Agent Beat Wrong Suspect, Deleted Videos by Witnesses

An undercover Michigan cop with an FBI agent beat up an innocent man, then stopped to force bystanders to delete all footage of the actual incident.

James King was walking down th

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Bonus read


FBI Trying to Sneak In Ability to Access Emails Without Court Order
An attempt to secretly expand what can be gathered with National Security Letters

|May. 26, 2016 4:55 pm

Right now Congress is attempting to hammer out rules that would eliminate an old loophole that permits the government and law enforcement to get access to Americans' old emails with a simple court subpoena instead of a warrant.

But at the same time, the FBI is trying to write up special new rules that would let them use a National Security Letter (NSL) to get access to email records without any sort of court order.

NSLs are secret orders that allow the government under the PATRIOT Act to not just demand data from Internet and telecom companies about specific users but also to legally gag these companies from communicating any information about their existence. Currently, NSLs can get all sorts of information and metadata (like phone records) that way, but not emails. The 2017 Intelligence Authorization Act would change the rules. Senate Intelligence Committee leaders Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), originators of proposed encryption legislation that would utterly destroy everybody's cybersecurity, put out a statement in support of the legislation, which passed a committee vote.

There was one dissenter, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) who has been the primary voice in that committee against unwarranted surveillance. CNet takes note of his response and warning:

But Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), the lone dissenting voice on the 15-member Senate committee, vowed to work on reversing the "dangerous provisions."

"This bill takes a hatchet to important protections for Americans' liberty," he said in a statement. "This bill would mean more government surveillance of Americans, less due process and less independent oversight of US intelligence agencies. Worse, neither the intelligence agencies, nor the bill's sponsors have shown any evidence that these changes would do anything to make Americans more secure."

Jenna McLaughlin at The Intercept has more about the FBI's lengthy efforts to try to use NSLs to secretly access email communications here.

Note that the FBI is now taking some hits by judges over its insistence on secrecy. Yesterday a federal judge tossed out evidence the FBI had collected in a child pornography case because they refused to reveal to the defense the tools that they had used to exploit Tor to track pedophiles, even if that information was kept


Did the CIA Help Kill Mexican Journalist Manuel Buendia?

Mexican journalist Manuel Buendia, who was killed on May 30, 1984. | Photo: EPCSG


Published 25 May 2016
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Manuel Buendia was the most influential investigative journalist in Mexico, exposing state corruption, organized crime and the drug trade.
Manuel Buendia was walking to the parking lot where he used to park his car everyday in the center of Mexico City, but on May 30, 1984, a hired killer was waiting for him. He was shot and killed, taking four bullets in the back. 

At the time Buendía was the most influential investigative journalist in Mexico, his column Red Privada ("Private Network")—which exposed state corruption and took on organized crime—distributed and read in over 200 newspapers across Mexico.

Impunity Is The Beast That Keeps Killing Journalists in Mexico

But his influence cost him his life, his killing coming after he uncovered links between Mexico's federal police agency, the CIA and long-time fugitive drug lord Rafael Caro Quintero. His murder is known as the “first crime of narcopolitics,” and for five years it went unpunished.

The case was handled by Jose Antonio Zorrilla Pérez, then the head of the infamous Federal Security Directorate (DFS), which led the “dirty war," persecuting political dissidents between 1960 and 1980. Dubbed “the Mexican FBI,” the directorate was abolished in 1985.

Zorrilla, later accused of masterminding the murder of Buendia, was the first to arrive at the murder scene and paid for the journalist's funeral. According to later investigations, however, Zorrilla had ordered the collection of all the evidence from Buendia’s office, including documents that tied Zorrilla to drug traffickers and the CIA, which was operating in Mexico by training Guatemalan guerrillas in the west state of Jalisco at a ranch owned by Caro Quintero.

Killed Journalist in Mexico Made the Powerful Uncomfortable

The relationship between Zorrilla and the most powerful drug kingpin of the 1980s was quite close. When Caro Quintero fled to Costa Rica in 1985, he was traveling with a safe-conduct pass signed by the police head.

Zorrilla’s agents arrested 10 young “porros” (state-sanctioned thugs) and accused them of murdering Buendia. However, this story fell apart in 1990, when Zorrilla was himself charged with the crime and sentenced to 25 years in prison along with Juan Rafael Moro Avila Camacho, the alleged hitman and grandson of former president Manuel Avila Camacho, both are free now. 

However, some colleagues of Buendia claim the CIA was also interested in silencing the journalist, especially after he wrote his book "The CIA in Mexico," in which he tied various fascist organizations to the U.S. spy agency, which helped the Mexican far right combat leftists up until the early 1990s. 

Hector Berrellez, a former DEA supervisor and special agent who served in Mexico in the 1980s, told Xinhua last year that the CIA killed Buendia, claiming that the order came from the then-Interior Minister Manuel Bartlett.



Charges dismissed against Pocatello FBI worker
By Debbie Bryce For the Journal 20 hrs ago (0)

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Attorney Aaron Thompson gives his client Jennifer Barnett a hug after her case was dismissed in a preliminary hearing Wednesday afternoon.
POCATELLO — A charge was dismissed against an FBI worker accused of tipping off her husband about a child pornography investigation that was being launched against him by Pocatello police.

Jennifer Barnett, 38, of Pocatello, was charged with destruction, alteration or concealment of evidence.

Barnett is the head of building security at the FBI office in Pocatello.

Sixth District Magistrate Rick Carnaroli dismissed the charge without prejudice, meaning that the state can refile charges against Barnett in the future.

During the preliminary hearing Wednesday, Barnett was represented by Aaron Thompson of May Rammell and Thompson law firm, and Deputy Prosecutor Ashley Graham argued the state’s case against Barnett.

Pocatello Detective Niko Gordon was the first to testify Wednesday.

Gordon said he was investigating a report that involved Barnett’s husband, David Phillips, 41, and Barnett’s 17-year-old daughter.

According to the report, the victim was made to stand in her underwear in front of two male friends and Phillips for four minutes. Then she was forced to stand naked for an additional five minutes as punishment for bad grades.

The incident was reported by another high school student.

Gordon said he interviewed the victim and witnesses in the case and then contacted Barnett.

The detective said he informed Barnett that he was investigating inappropriate sexual contact between Philip and the underage victim and that it was possibly a criminal investigation.

Following an interview with the victim and Barnett at Bright Tomorrows Child Advocacy Center on May 4, Gordon said a safety plan was developed, and he instructed Barnett to not discuss the case with her husband.

On May 11, Gordon said he obtained a search warrant to examine all electronic devices in the home. However, investigators discovered that two computer towers had recen


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Espinosa, a former FBI agent, federal prosecutor and trial judge appointed to the high court by Malloy in 2013, suggested the re-examination of the Santiago decision was a farce.

"Dismissing the state’s arguments in the present case in a per curiam opinion creates the appearance that the outcome was predisposed, and that oral argument was allowed merely to avoid the perception that the state was being treated unfairly," Espinosa wrote. "Indeed, Mark Rademacher, the assistant public defender who argued this appeal, stated that the purpose of granting the state’s motion for oral argument was  ‘[to make] the state feel good about losing.’ ’’


FBI refuses to release Tor exploit details, evidence thrown out of court
The FBI has been taught a lesson: if you won't reveal your method, don't expect the court to consider your evidence.

By Charlie Osborne for Zero Day | May 26, 2016 -- 09:55 GMT (02:55 PDT) | Topic: Security

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Aberration in the Heartland of the Real: The Secret Lives of Timothy McVeigh by Wendy S. Painting, PhD

I'm about 150 pages into this and it's must reading.  There are four to six paragraphs in the prologue that provide an overview for all crimes of the deep state that are simply some of the best stuff written ...  Her next work is based on the research ... and it's obvious she's become an expert in investigative research .. of a previous writer who went to ground after she discovered some things. 

Bonus Read


In memory of Vince Foster who cannot rest in peace
By World Tribune on October 30, 201

Allegations of cover-up by lead investigator

Kenneth Starr’s at-the-time lead investigator, US attorney Miguel Rodriguez,[8] emphatically disagreed with Starr’s conclusion that Foster committed suicide, referring to photographs and medical testimony suggesting a second gunshot wound on Foster’s neck, evidence he asserts Starr suppressed.[9] Concerning the cover-up, he wrote in his resignation letter, “As an ethical person, I don’t believe I could be involved in what they were doing.”[10]

Other theories

James Norman, former senior editor at Forbes Magazine, discussed[11] and wrote about Vince Foster having a Swiss bank account and possible espionage.[12] An FBI interview report by agent Russell Bransford and a handwritten note from the Office of Independent Counsel found at the National Archives refer to Vincent Foster’s Swiss bank account.[13]

The comments of Patrick Knowlton, a grand jury witness who had been at the park where Foster’s body was found, were included as part of Starr’s Report over Starr’s objection. Judge John D. Butzner wrote to Judges Peter Fay and David Sentelle after Knowlton submitted a motion that his comments be included as part of an appendix to the final report, “I suspect that if we deny this motion we will be charged as conspirators in the cover-up,” and concluded “I suggest we let the motion and attachments speak for themselves.”[14] Judge Peter Fay wrote that Knowlton contradicted “specific factual matters and takes issue with the very basics of the report” filed by Kenneth Starr.[15] Knowlton’s comments were ordered[16]included as part of the official report on September 26, 1997. Two days later, Kenneth Starr filed a 9-page motion[17] to appeal that the comments by Knowlton not be included in the report. The next day, Starr’s motion was denied[18] and Knowlton’s comments were included as part of the final official Report on the Death of Vincent W. Foster.[19]

John H. Clarke, attorney for Patrick Knowlton, argued that by using the FBI, the Office of Independent Counsel employed “the very agency it [was] designed to be independent from, the Justice Department.”[20] Clark further stated “The investigation under the auspices of…Mr. Fiske was little more than an FBI investigation. Publicly available official federal government records indicate that throughout the 16-day U.S. Park Police investigation into the case, FBI participation was significant.[21] Attorney Clarke’s letter argues, “The publicly available federal government record upon which the Fiske Report is based is replete with evidence that the FBI concealed the true facts surrounding Mr. Foster’s death.”[22]

The Arkansas Project

On May 2, 1999, the Washington Post published new details on the pursuit of a Vincent Foster conspiracy in an article by David Brock, a key figure in the Troopergate and Whitewater scandals whose disillusionment with the political corruption motivating what would come to be known as the Arkansas Project ended his lifelong commitment to the Conservative movement and facilitated public dissemination of insider details on G.O.P. machinations. The article explains how Brock was “summoned” to a meeting with Rex Armistead in Miami, Florida at an airport hotel. Brock claims that Armistead laid out for him an elaborate “Vince Foster murder scenario” – a scenario that he found implausible.[23]

In an interview for Salon.com in 2000, Brock also revealed that he and Armistead received funding throughout Clinton’s two terms in office from Richard Scaife for the initiative known as the Arkansas Project.[24] The Project aimed to discredit the sitting president and first lady through investigations into a range of issues that could potentially prove problematic for the couple, from rehashed drug smuggling allegations to their long-standing relationship with Foster and other professionals/officials in Arkansas.

Another prominent reporter to have received funds from Scaife was Christopher W. Ruddy[25] – a former writer for the Scaife-owned Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (and later founder of NewsMax). Eventually, Scaife became the third-largest stockholder of Ruddy’s Newsmax;[26] and both NewsMax and the WorldNetDaily continued to publish materials that showed the Clintons in a negative light.[27]

Ruddy also enjoyed the backing of Joseph Farah and Farah’s organization, the Western Journalism Center. This group supplied him with “additional expense money, funding for Freedom of Information Act requests, legal support and publicity” around his book deal & the requisite research into a conspiracy surrounding Foster’s death.[28] He published his findings in 1997 under the title The Strange Death of Vincent Foster (pub. Simon & Schuster).[29] In the book, he discusses mistakes and transgressions that occurred in the original investigations – in particular, alleged obstruction of justice by White House Counsel Bernard Nussbaum – but stops short of positing an original theory on the circumstances surrounding Foster’s death. Interviews revealed his person


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Distracted by Election 2016, No-one Resisted the Deep State’s Patriot Act 2

Nathaniel Mauka, Staff Writer
Waking Times

Congress overwhelmingly voted for the Patriot Act nearly 16 years ago, and our civil liberties have never been the same since. As if this singular bill, passed by George W. Bush, wasn’t invasive enough, allowing big banks to demand our internet data, and more — the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA) makes cyber-spying by the shadow government and the financial entities controlling it, a forgone conclusion.

As with most shadow government legislation, the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act is packed with hidden surveillance allowances. CISA was quietly passed to allow government to demand that private companies hand over personal information to them at will. It also allows companies to mine data, under the auspices of government-created urgency.

The mere fact that this act passed in late 2015 is monumental, since it has been before Congress in different forms for over a decade. The election seems to have offered the perfect cover, as Americans and activists were too busy arguing over Trump vs. Hillary.

Scott Talbott, senior vice president of government relations at the Electronic Transactions Association believes the value of sharing our personal data as a means to be alerted of ‘cyber threats’ outweighs any hazard to our civil liberties. Talbott states,

“The value is that everyone can be alerted to cyber threats and take precautionary countermeasures before they materialize and spread,” he said. “Before CISA, corrective measures could be taken only after the cyber threat had done its damage. CISA allows each company to serve as an early warning system to the entire economy.”

Who exactly would be determining if someone is a ‘threat’ is the meat of the sandwich, though. CISA is ripe for abuse, just as the Patriot Act has been.

The Patriot Act has made it legal for law enforcement to spy on people, without probable cause – to enter their homes, or even to strip search them before they’ve been to court, had the opportunity to argue a case, or given ‘authorities’ a motive for this type of interrogation.

The stated purpose of the Patriot Act was to deter terrorist acts in the United States, but what do you do when the terrorists have already taken over your country? CISA simply expands the reach of a shadow government which has already been proven to reach beyond the boundaries of constitutional law.

More importantly, who specifically is CISA targeting? After multiple hack­ers have in­filt­rated com­puter sys­tems at the White House, the State De­part­ment, the Pentagon, and the Of­fice of Per­son­nel Man­age­ment, along with the Democratic National Committee, and numerous multinational banks run by the cabal, is the shadow government simply


Family disputes police account of the killing of black mentally ill South End man

in Boston.

Hope Coleman grieved for her 31-year-old son, Terrence Coleman, who was fatally shot by Boston police early Sunday.

OCTOBER 30, 2016
Hope Coleman called for an ambulance early Sunday morning to come to her


Why Oregon Standoff Verdicts Set Dangerous and Far-Reaching Precedent
Malheur acquittals raise stakes for next year’s trial in Nevada and beyond
byTaylor McKinnon

A member of the Oregon chapter of the Oath Keepers stands guard at the Sugar Pine Mine in Medford, Oregon in this file image. (Photo: Reuters)
I was nearly killed earlier this year while counter-protesting the paramilitary seizure of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon. After accusing me of being an FBI agent, the armed occupiers there worked themselves into a mob. Hog-faced militia thugs barked, “he’s a fed.” Some pawed their pistols. I was told snipers were trained on us. It was dangerously close to violence.

"The cradling of the Bundy’s media circus at Malheur, and the government’s over-confident bungling of the ensuing prosecution—sets a dangerous and far-reaching precedent for the kind of paramilitary intimidation and right-wing violence that underpins their movement."
For weeks last January a small rag-tag group of public lands supporters protested the Malheur occupiers. There was a handful of us, and dozens of them—all 30 miles from the nearest law enforcement. We crashed press conferences, staged counter protests, and marched into their occupied barracks with signs. We were threatened, harassed, blasted with bull horns and trailed by thugs with assault rifles.

We saw first-hand what was live-streamed to the world: An illegal paramilitary seizure of one of the crown jewels of our national wildlife refuge system, and the months-long social, cultural, economic, and environmental terrorization of an entire community. So, like many others, I was jarred by last Thursday’s acquittal of seven defendants: How could such an obvious, video-taped crime could go unpunished? Here’s how: Federal fumbling.

The Bundy clan and their followers peddle a dangerous brand of radicalism. Their core ideas—that the federal government lacks authority to own public land, and that county sheriffs are the highest form of law enforcement—are rooted in hard-right racist ideologies created to sidestep federal civil rights laws by elevating local authority. They’re perfectly suited to ranchers, like Cliven Bundy, who refused to pay deeply subsidized federal grazing fees.

After Cliven Bundy’s 2014 Nevada standoff—where militia thugs with assault rifles stood down federal officials corralling Cliven’s illegally-grazing cows—the Obama administration did nothing. The standoff was a big win for anti-government militants, and in the two years following, facing no arrests or federal enforcement, the movement grew, spawning the Malheur seizure last winter.

"It’s a stepping stone toward fascism, not nonviolent civil disobedience."
There, the kids-gloves stayed on. Militants were free to come and go from the refuge. They visited town, harassed locals, and crashed community meetings armed. They held press conferences, trenched Burns Paiute sacred sites, and shook hands with the FBI in front of news cameras. And because refuge employees were told to stay home, the jury could cynically find that the lynchpin charge in the government’s boldly-narrow prosecution—that occupiers had conspired to impede federal employees from doing their jobs—wasn’t supported by evidence.

All of this—the federal inaction following the Nevada standoff, the cradling of the Bundy’s media circus at Malheur, and the government’s over-confident bungling of the ensuing prosecution—sets a dangerous and far-reaching precedent for the kind of paramilitary intimidation and right-wing violence that underpins their movement. Social change in America depends on nonviolent civil disobedience, like the brutal struggles of indigenous activists in North Dakota and Black Lives Matter activists throughout the U.S. But right-wing paramilitary intimidation is different. It’s a stepping stone toward fascism, not nonviolent civil disobedience. Its rise should concern anyone who cares about America’s public lands, civil rights, and a political system that refuses to be bullied by violenc


What a Hillary Clinton Presidency Means for Your Financial Future
Hint: It’s not looking good.
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Why There’s An ‘I’ In FBI
10/30/2016 07:44 pm ET

Matthew Chapman
Writer/director, ‘The Ledge’; Author, Trials of the Monkey’; President, ScienceDebate.org
It is interesting that FBI director James Comey, who must know how many emails are involved, has not, as far as I know, released any precise

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James E. McDonald
Miami's Community Newspapers-11 hours ago
His other public service includes serving as an FBI agent, assistant counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives' Select Committee on Crime, special counsel ...

FBI to present cyber security program in Schaumburg
Chicago Daily Herald
FBI Assistant Special Agent In Charge Todd Carroll will speak at the 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, Suburban Chicago Apple Users monthly program. Carroll will ...


Official says FBI knew for weeks about newly discovered emails
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In his letter that roiled the White House race, FBI Director James Comey said he ... Nor was it clear when agents would complete the process of reviewing the ...

Donald Trump
Kellyanne Conway: Trump fan yelling ‘Jew-S-A’ behaved in


Hannity: FBI Knows They Are About to Be Exposed By WikiLeaks
Instead, Hannity suspects that the FBI is protecting itself because they know that ... Now there were reports out today that FBI agents were reportedly close to ...

Townhall Tipsheet Leah Barkoukis
New Trump Ad: Clinton Launched Her Career By Giving Clemency to Terrorists
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American Express disowns Pink Floyd singer Roger Waters because of pro-Palestinian views
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When it comes to aiding Israeli Apartheid, American Express is just another brick in The Wall, according to a new report.

Roger Waters, lead singer behind Pink Floyd, lost a multimillion dollar American Express sponsorship for his 2017 US+Them tour after expressing solidarity this month with Palestinian students trying to end Israel’s apartheid system of military occupation using the same protest tactic that helped dismantle South African Apartheid (and, earlier, America’s Jim Crow): Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions, or BDS.

“I’m going to send out all of my most heartfelt love and support to all those young people on the campuses of the universities of California who are standing up for their brothers and sisters in Palestine and supporting the BDS movement,” Rogers said, according to CBS News, “in the hope that we may encourage the government of Israel to end the occupation.”

American Express decided it would be a good idea to leak the cancellation of the contract to the New York Post, where Page Six’s Emily Smith has the exclusive story.

“Roger is putting on a huge show. The company was asked to sponsor his tour for $4 million, but pulled out because it did not want to be part of his anti-Israel rhetoric,” an American Express spokesman told the paper. “We never committed to sponsoring Roger Waters’ upcoming tour. When we were approached with the options, w


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"Democracy Now" Gets Nuclear Ban Vote Totally Wrong
"Democracy Now" sadly continues its descent, which I've alluded to occasionally on twitter. To fully tell this story would require a very long and detailed piece, but the latest chapter of this is worth noting in more than a t

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Pacific Northwest threatened by hottest weather ever recorded; Seattle could hit 100
By Jason Samenow August 2 at 4:19 PM

Excessive heat warnings blanket the western third of Northern California, Oregon and Washington state. High temperatures just inland from coastal locations are forecast to soar to between 100 and 110 degrees.

“We are talking about one of the major sustained heat waves in a long time around here,” writes Cliff Mass, professor of meteorology at the University of Washington. He said that “there is a lot of confidence” temperatures will at least reach the mid-90s in Seattle and notes the GFS model projects a high of 100 on Thursday — a reading he can’t “remember ever seeing”.




Mistrial declared for Long Island cops accused of shoving bullet in man’s rectum

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Each year, more law enforcement officers die by suicide than from gunfire and traffic accidents combined, according to Badge of Life, a nonprofit group that tracks police suicides in the United States. The group, which has conducted periodic surveys between 2008 and 2016, found that the national rate of police suicides last year was just slightly lower than the rate of civilian suicides. And law enforcement suicides


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NAACP issues travel advisory for Missouri in wake of police brutality incidents, passage of ‘Jim Cr

Wednesday, August 2, 2017, 8:18 AM

The NAACP has adopted a travel advisory for Missouri, the first of its kind issued in the organization’s 108-year history.

The warning to travelers comes after several high-profile police brutality assaults on black residents in the last few years as well as a new “Jim Crow Bill” that makes it harder to sue for discrimination.

“The advisory is for people to be aware, and warn their families and friends and co-workers of what could happen in Missouri,” Rod Chapel, president of the Missouri NAACP, told the Kansas City Star. “People need to be ready, whether it’s bringing bail money with them, or letting relatives know they are traveling through the state.”

Chapel’s state chapter first issued the advisory in early June, and the national organization adopted it last week. The advisory will be ratified in October.

Missouri inmate sexually, physically abuses cellmate for days
Advisories typically come from the State Department and warn about visiting other countries with unsettled political conditions or health hazards.

But the Missouri NAACP crafted its warning in part because of recent incidents that included racist statements to University of Missouri students, a hot glue gun attack on black teens in St. Louis and the May death of Tory Sanders.

Sanders, 28, suffered from depression and lived in Nashville when he went for a drive on May 5, the Riverfront Times reported at the time. A wrong turn landed him in Mississippi County in southeast Missouri, where the married father of eight ran out of gas.



LAPD officer accused of sexually abusing teen cadet took girl to Six Flags on day of assaults, sources say



SEE IT: MTA cop repeatedly punches drunken man in the face during rough Midtown arrest
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Video shows a second group of Baltimore cops allegedly planting evidence in drug bust


Tuesday, August 1, 2017, 7:37 PM


bodycam video showing a second group of Baltimore cops apparently planting evidence has been uncovered, the Maryland public defender’s office announced Monday.

The video shows seven officers “working together to manufacture evidence,” according to The Baltimore Sun.

Police said the video includes “two arrests and the recovery of drugs from a car during a traffic stop.”

The footage released by the public’s defender’s office and obtained by ABC News shows the officers searching through the driver’s car before turning their body cameras off and on. An officer allegedly plants something in the car, and then the others discover the drugs, the video shows.

SEE IT: Baltimore cop suspended after 'drug planting' footage
Charges against the driver in the November arrest were dropped, according to the network.

The same office released a video last month depicting an officer apparently planting drugs in an alley filled with trash. Officer Richard Pinheiro was suspended as a result, and two other cops, Hovhannes Simonyan and Jamal Brunson, were placed on administrative duty.



Tennessee bride arrested for pulling gun out of wedding dress, pointing it at new husband

Wednesday, August 2, 2017, 10:19 AM


Pennsylvania police chief defends officer who shot and killed man’s pet pig

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Disgraced Staten Island FBI agent /Congressman Michael Grimm wants his job back after going to prison for tax fraud

Grimm represented Staten Island and a part of Brooklyn as a Republican from 2011 to 2015. In 2014, the feds indicted the pol, once an FBI agent, on multiple charges.

He won reelection — despite being under indictment — before he gave up his seat after pleading guilty.

Grimm copped to helping prepare a false tax return.

When he pleaded guilty, he admitted to concealing more than $900,000 in receipts from Healthalicious, a Manhattan restaurant he owned.


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Black Boy hospitalized after teen uses rope to hang him from tree
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Monday, September 11, 2017, 12:11 PM

FBI Misdirection
Towers taken down in controlled demolition


Saudi embassy may have funded 9/11 'dry run': report
New York Post reports FBI evidence in a lawsuit alleges Saudi Arabia's US embassy may have funded test run for Sept 11. 10 Sep 2017 13:59 GMT.
It alleges the embassy paid for two Saudi nationals to fly from Phoenix to Washington two years before planes hit the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and slammed into a field in Pennsylvania as part of a "dry run" for the attacks.

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The Myth of Deep Throat
Mark Felt wasn’t out to protect American democracy and the rule of law; he was out to get a promotion.

September 10, 2017

Columnists, talking heads and op-ed writers are holding open auditions for a role that presumably needs to be filled if we are ever going to get to the bottom of what seems fated to be dubbed, for better or worse, Russiagate: a new Deep Throat.

I get it. In the years since Watergate, the Washington Post’s famous golden source—later revealed to be former FBI No. 2 executive W. Mark Felt—has become practically synonymous with the ideal of the noble leaker. The original Deep Throat “was instrumental in thwarting the conspiracy and bringing [President Richard] Nixon down,” Harry Litman, a former deputy assistant attorney general, approvingly wrote in the Los Angeles Times in May. “Was it wrong for Deep Throat, as FBI official Mark Felt was then known, to guide the investigation?” Washington Post columnist Margaret Sullivan asked in June, in the midst of a column praising leaks and anonymous sources, and inviting more. New York magazine columnist Frank Rich has gone a step further and already announced his casting choice: James Comey is today’s Deep Throat.

The unarticulated presumption, which Sullivan, Litman and Rich are not alone in making, is that Felt—the FBI’s deputy director in June 1972, and subsequently the parking-garage interlocutor who steered Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein to reportorial heights—was an honorable, selfless whistleblower intent on exposing the lawlessness rampant in the Nixon White House. Or, as David Remnick spelled out in the New Yorker—echoing Deep Throat’s original hagiographers, Woodward and Bernstein—Felt “believed that the Nixon administration was corrupt, paranoid and trying to infringe on the independence of the bureau.” The president and his top aides ran, Felt believed, “a criminal operation out of the White House, and [Felt] risked everything to guide” the Post reporters. A new biopic about Felt, starring Liam Neeson, is due out on September 29th and shows every sign of continuing to portray Deep Throat as a profound patriot and dedicated FBI lifer.

But here’s a heretical thought: Mark Felt was no hero. Getting rid of Nixon was the last thing Felt ever wanted to accomplish; indeed, he was banking on Nixon’s continuation in office to achieve his one and only aim: to reach the top of the FBI pyramid and become director. Felt didn’t help the media for the good of the country, he used the media in service of his own ambition. Things just didn’t turn out anywhere close to the way he wanted.

Only recently, more than four decades after Nixon’s downfall, has it become possible to reconstruct Felt’s design and what really happened during those fateful six months following the Watergate break-in. Doing so requires burrowing through a great number of primary documents and government records against the backdrop of a vast secondary literature. Nixon’s surreptitious tape recordings rank first in importance, but only mark the starting point. One has to also research documents from the FBI’s vast Watergate investigation; the bureau’s subsequent internal leak investigation; records from the Watergate Special Prosecution Force; documents from Felt’s own FBI file; and lastly, two unintentionally rewarding books: Mark Felt’s original 1979 memoir, The FBI Pyramid, and the slightly reworked version published in 2006, A G-Man’s Life.

What you’ll end up with is the real story of Deep Throat. And you might be left with this realization: No matter what happens to Donald Trump—whether he’s absolved, exposed or neither—you should hope there’s nobody as duplicitous as Mark Felt manipulating our understanding of Russiagate.


On May 1, 1972, John Edgar Hoover was days away from marking his 48th year as FBI director, or as one of his arch-critics labeled him, the “No. 1 Sacred Cow of American Politics.” The wily, 77-year-old bureaucrat was the closest thing to a cult of personality in the federal government that has ever existed; not even an unprecedented, year-long spate of bad publicity beginning in late 1970 had loosened his grip on the directorship. Sycophancy within the FBI was rife. Presidents and underlings came and went, but Hoover seemed invincible if not immortal, as inseparable from the law-enforcement empire he had built as the empire was unimaginable without him.

Yet behind the scenes, Hoover’s selfish refusal to step down when he reached the mandatory retirement age of 70 in 1964, and two presidents’ lack of gumption to force him out, had put into motion a fierce, no-holds-barred struggle within the FBI to succeed him. It bore a striking resemblance to what used to happen inside the Kremlin, once a doddering Soviet leader neared the end of his term. More than a few top FBI executives saw a potential director when they looked in the mirror during their morning shave. And Hoover’s unwillingness to let go had unleashed what the dean of Watergate historians, the late Stanley Kutler, noted as the “war of the FBI succession.”

The executive with the inside track during Nixon’s first years was William C. Sullivan, who carried the title assistant to the director. A mercurial, intense, secretive personality, Sullivan was regarded by Hoover for a time almost like a son. The standard measure for where subordinates stood with the stern and formal Hoover was his method of addressing them. If someone was “Miller” instead of “Mr. Miller,” that person had achieved a high level of familiarity. Hoover called Sullivan, who oversaw the bureau’s all-important counterintelligence and domestic security responsibilities, simply “Bill.”

Yet Sullivan had a character flaw that became fatal the closer he got to the top of the pyramid: He was impatient. When the Nixon administration soured on the aging Hoover—chief of staff H. R. “Bob” Haldeman acidly described the director as a “real character out of days of yore”—Sullivan saw an opening, encouraged by like-minded Justice Department officials. He began leaking derogatory information about Hoover to journalists considered sympathetic, including, most notably, Robert Novak, the reporting half of the Rowland Evans and Robert Novak syndicated column.

Hoover’s FBI leaked all the time, of course, to favored reporters. The bureau may not have invented the practice, but it had perfected the art. No federal agency rivaled the FBI in terms of the well-placed, exquisitely timed disclosure designed with an end in mind. Information is the currency of power in Washington, and leaking to the press was instrumental to the bureau’s unofficial clout, the reason the FBI engendered fear in many quarters beyond its actual brief. But until Sullivan came along, leaking had largely been controlled, sanctioned and institutional—that is, directed against the bureau’s perceived adversaries or to burnish the FBI’s image and reputation. Never had leaks been employed for personal gain at Hoover’s expense.

Hoover soon figured it out. He fired Sullivan for disloyalty, insolence and insubordination, but not before a confrontation that instantly became part of FBI lore. In October 1971, Sullivan returned from a leave to find the locks in his office changed. Sullivan exchanged harsh words with the FBI executive who had thought up that particular touch. When the executive called him a “Judas,” the perpetually rumpled, bantam-sized Sullivan promptly challenged his dapper, six-foot tall adversary, William Mark Felt, to a fist fight.

Following Sullivan’s hasty exit, Felt became the front-runner to replace Hoover, despite being widely disliked internally. His nickname inside the bureau was the “White Rat.” He had acquired that sobriquet during the six years he headed up the Inspection Division, Hoover’s instrument for enforcing discipline and meting out punishment. Felt’s martinet-like inspection tours, where he out-Hoovered Hoover to curry the director’s favor, had earned him the enmity of agents and agents-in-charge throughout the country. Felt’s inspection report after the infamous break-in at the Media, Pennsylvania, FBI office in March 1971 by anti-war activists was typical. Felt’s report absolved the “Seat of Government” (as FBI headquarters was immodestly called during Hoover’s reign) of all culpability, and made the Media agent-in-charge the scapegoat, as former Washington Post reporter Betty Medsger wrote in her 2014 book, The Burglary. “We would probably not have pissed on [Felt] if he was on fire,” retired agent Robert P. Campbell recalled in a 2011 interview, reflecting the rank-and-file’s disdain.

Felt never enjoyed strong support within the Nixon administration either, unlike Sullivan. While “Crazy Billy” had worn his ambition to succeed Hoover on his sleeve, Felt was self-serving in an unattractive way. Though consumed with what he believed was his rightful inheritance, Felt often exhibited a false humility, perhaps out of fear that his ambition would become too obvious to Hoover. “If you wanted to ruin somebody’s career in the FBI,” a former agent later recalled, “all you had to do [was] leak it to somebody in the press that so-and-so [was] being groomed as Hoover’s successor.” The result was that Felt “did not interact with credibility” with his peers, recalled Donald Santarelli, then an associate attorney general at the Justice Department, in a 2011 interview.

FBI officials (including Felt) join Acting Atty. Gen. Richard G. Kleindienst as honorary pallbearers following the casket of J. Edgar Hoover at the National Presbyterian church in Washington, D.C., on May 4, 1972.
FBI officials (including Felt) join Acting Atty. Gen. Richard G. Kleindienst as honorary pallbearers following the casket of J. Edgar Hoover at the National Presbyterian church in Washington, D.C., on May 4, 1972. | AP
On the morning of May 2, 1972, Hoover’s lifeless body was discovered on the floor of his bedroom one hour after the ever-punctual director failed to come downstairs for his 7:30 a.m. breakfast. Later, mourners at the funeral home were stunned by what they saw in the casket. There in the coffin lay a small, gray-haired, frail-looking man. The mortician had washed Hoover’s hair and all the dye had come out—from his eyebrows too.

Felt was not surprised by the portrait of infirmity. For all intents and purposes he had been running the bureau for more than a year, confident that if he bided his time (unlike Sullivan), Nixon would inevitably turn to Hoover’s natural legatee.

Felt was wrong.

Nixon’s surprise appointment of a dark horse outsider, assistant attorney general L. Patrick Gray, to be acting director within hours stands as one of the most far-reaching personnel decisions ever taken by a president inadvertently. His attention consumed by the upcoming election, geopolitical strategy and the effort to withdraw U.S. ground troops from Vietnam, Nixon was anxious to avoid having Hoover’s FBI become an issue in 1972. For the first time, a director was going to have to win Senate confirmation, and Nixon was leery of giving Democrats on the Judiciary Committee the opportunity to work over a nominee in an election year, possibly even block his confirmation. The president considered the appointment equal to nominating a chief justice to the Supreme Court. Nixon wanted a vigorous man who would occupy the post long after his second term ended. Gray’s acting appointment was roundly criticized on the grounds that he was a Nixon crony. But he otherwise aroused little opposition because he was as colorless as his name.

Gray wasn’t promised the permanent appointment, only that he would be considered for the post if he did a creditable job. Yet the message behind Gray’s interim status—that Nixon was intent on bringing in someone from outside the bureau—was an unmistakable signal to several executives angling for the job, and they decided to retire. The ambitious Felt saw the acting designation, however, as a small opening. It still left six months in which to persuade Nixon to “see the light” by nominating an insider, as Felt wrote in his 1979 memoir.

Felt was acting the part of Gray’s indispensable top deputy, while simultaneously belittling the interim director behind his back, according to interviews I conducted with contemporary FBI officials, when the Watergate break-in serendipitously occurred on June 17, 1972. The burglary of the Democratic National Committee headquarters in the Watergate office complex by Nixon campaign operatives presented Gray with a dilemma that Felt could easily exploit to his advantage. If Gray could not manage the FBI’s politically sensitive Watergate investigation to the White House’s satisfaction, he risked alienating the president and losing out on the nomination. Yet if Gray didn’t allow an unbridled investigation to run its full course, he might fail to win confirmation before what was sure to remain a Democrat-controlled Senate. Gray essentially resolved the dilemma by absenting himself as much as possible, while leaving supervision of the investigation in the hands of professional subordinates, most prominently, Felt.

Gray’s decision facilitated Felt’s recourse to that bureau specialty, the artful leak. As John Dean has confirmed in numerous interviews beginning in 2011, Felt knew that nothing was more likely to incite the White House against Gray, and prove he was Hoover’s unworthy successor, than stories in the press about the politically sensitive probe. As White House counsel and desk officer for the cover-up, Dean was person most frequently tasked with conveying the president’s ire to Gray. Similarly, Democrats’ hackles would be raised by any stories suggesting that the FBI was conducting a lax or superficial investigation.

Felt acted quickly. On June 20, three days after the break-in, the Washington Post published a story headlined, “White House Consultant Tied to Bugging Figure.” The article, citing “Federal sources close to the investigation,” revealed that a one-time White House consultant named E. Howard Hunt, who was also a former CIA officer, had an as-yet undetermined connection to the five burglars nabbed red-handed at the Watergate office complex. Hunt, of course, would turn out to be the co-ringleader of the break-in, along with G. Gordon Liddy, the Nixon campaign’s finance counsel.

In his 2005 book about Felt, The Secret Man, Woodward described in detail how Felt provided the “critical and substantial buttress” for the scoop about Hunt. Although this investigative development would have become public inevitably, the fact that it happened so swiftly stunned a White House still grappling with how to respond to the break-in. The White House’s initial pose was to appear nonchalant and above the story, as captured in Ron Ziegler’s infamous, contemptuous observation that he would not be commenting on “a third-rate burglary attempt.” But the morning the article appeared special counsel Charles Colson roared to the president, as captured on an Oval Office recording, “Pick up that God-damn Washington Post and see that guilt by association!” Colson had been responsible for hiring Hunt, and instantly, the administration became obsessed with how information known only to the police, Justice Department prosecutors and the FBI had come out. “Where the hell are all these leaks from our side coming from?” Nixon wondered aloud. The impulse to circle the wagons, rather than make a clean breast of the campaign’s culpability, took root.

Yet that kind of Watergate story was only half of Felt’s influence operation. Four days later, Felt managed to get fabled Time magazine reporter Sandy Smith interested in allegations that Gray had conferred with John Mitchell, the head of the president’s campaign, right after the break-in, and that Gray had been overheard boasting that the FBI’s investigation would be wrapped up in “24 to 48 hours”—the clear inference being that the probe would be a whitewash. Smith presented the allegations for comment to Gray, who vehemently denied both. Merely being asked such questions left him furious. He knew that a journalist of Smith’s caliber, who had access to the highest echelons in the bureau, would not be posing such questions unless the allegations came from someone Smith firmly believed was in a position to know. When the Time story actually appeared in print on June 26, the piece was thankfully “trimmed of its falsehoods,” Gray noted in a memo. Apparently, Sandy Smith had been unable to corroborate the allegations to his or his editors’ satisfaction—which was hardly surprising, since neither of them was true. The leak to Time came from Felt himself, as Deep Throat’s revised autobiography, published in 2006, acknowledged. Subsequent leaks to Smith would prove more successful.

In the four months that remained before the election, Felt continued to feed the Washington Post and Time tidbits—ranging from the connection between Watergate and the White House operatives known as “plumbers” to how campaign funds had been laundered through Mexico—although the weekly magazine never received the public acclaim the daily newspaper later did. Felt could leak with relative impunity because Watergate was not, and never became, a significant issue during the campaign, and therefore, presented no threat to the only presidential candidate who might appoint Felt director—Richard Nixon. George McGovern, the Democrats’ nominee, was a “jackal” in Hoover’s parlance, anathema to every Hoover disciple and vice versa. The South Dakota senator had spent much of 1971 publicly lambasting the late director for various deficiencies, including alleged senility. Nixon, on the other hand, did discuss potentially appointing Felt to the position at one point, according to Oval Office tapes.


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Laughing on the Way to Armageddon

The United States shows the world such a ridiculous face that the world laughs at us.

The latest spin on “Russia stole the election” is that Russia used Facebook to influence the election. The NPR women yesterday were breathless about it.

We have been subjected to ten months of propaganda about Trump/Putin election interference and still not a scrap of evidence. It is past time to ask an unasked question: If there were evidence, what is the big deal? All sorts of interest groups try to influence election outcomes including foreign governments. Why is it OK for Israel to influence US elections but not for Russia to do so? Why do you think the armament industry, the energy industry, agribusiness, Wall Street and the banks, pharmaceutical companies, etc., etc., supply the huge sum of money to finance election campaigns if their intent is not to influence the election? Why do editorial boards write editorials endorsing one candidate and damning another if they are not influencing the election?

What is the difference between influencing the election and influencing the government? Washington is full of lobbyists of all descriptions, including lobbyists for foreign governments, working round the clock to influence the US government. It is safe to say that the least represented in the government are the citizens themselves who don’t have any lobbyists working for them.

The orchestrated hysteria over “Russian influence” is even more absurd considering the reason Russia allegedly interfered in the election. Russia favored Trump because he was the peace candidate who promised to reduce the high tensions with Russia created by the Obama regime and its neocon nazis—Hillary Clinton, Victoria Nuland, Susan Rice, and Samantha Power. What’s wrong with Russia preferring a peace candidate over a war candidate? The American people themselves preferred the peace candidate. So Russia agreed with the electorate.

Those who don’t agree with the electorate are the warmongers—the military/security complex and the neocon nazis. These are democracy’s enemies who are trying to overturn the choice of the American people. It is not Russia that disrespects the choice of the American people; it is the utterly corrupt Democratic National Committee and its divisive Identity Politics, the military/security complex, and the presstitute media who are undermining democracy.

I believe it is time to change the subject. The important question is who is it that is trying so hard to convince Americans that Russian influence prevails over us?

Do the idiots pushing this line realize how impotent this makes an alleged “superpower” look. How can we be the hegemonic power that the Zionist neocons say we are when Russia can decide who is the president of the United States?

The US has a massive spy state that even intercepts the private cell phone conversations of the Chancellor of Germany, but his massive spy organization is unable to produce one scrap of evidence that the Russians conspired with Trump to steal the presidential election from Hillary. When will the imbeciles realize that when they make charges for which no evidence can be produced they make the United States look silly, foolish, incompetent, stupid beyond all belief?

Countries are supposed to be scared of America’s threat that “we will bomb you into the stone age,” but the President of Russia laughs at us. Putin recently described the complete absence of any competence in Washington:

“It is difficult to talk to people who confuse Austria and Australia. But there is nothing we can do about this; this is the level of political culture among the American establishment. As for the American people, America is truly a great nation if the Americans can put up with so many politically uncivilized people in their government.”

These words from Putin were devastating, because the world understands that they are accurate.

Consider the idiot Nikki Haley, appointed by Trump in a fit of mindlessness as US Ambassador to the United Nations. This stupid person is forever shaking her fist at the Russians while mouthing yet another improbable accusation. She might want to read Mario Puzo’s book, The Godfather. Everyone knows the movie, but if memory serves somewhere in the book Puzo reflects on the practice of the irate American motorist who shakes a fist and gives the bird to other drivers. What if the driver receiving the insult is a Mafia capo? Does the idiot shaking his fist know who he is accosting? No. Does the moron know that the result might be a brutal beating or death? No.

Does the imbecile Nikki Haley understand what can be the result of her inability to control herself? No. Every knowledgeable person I know wonders if Trump appointed the imbecile Nikki Haley US ambassador to the world for the purpose of infuriating the Russians.

Ask Napoleon and the German Wehrmacht the consequence of infuriating the Russians.

After 16 years the US “superpower” has been unable to defeat a few thousand lightly armed Taliban, who have no air force, no Panzer divisions, no worldwide intelligence service, and the crazed US government in Washington is courting war with Russia and China and North Korea and Iran.

The American people are clearly out to lunch in their insouciance. Americans are fighting among themselves over “civil war” statues, while “their’ government invites nuclear armageddon.

The United States has an ambassador to the world who shows no signs of intelligence, who behaves as if she is Mike Tyson or Bruce Lee to the 5th power, and who is the total antithesis of a diplomat. What does this tell about the United States?

It reveals that the US is in the Roman collapse stage when the emperor appoints horses to the Senate.

The United States has a horse, an uncivilized horse, as its diplomat to the world. The Congress and executive branch are also full of horses and horse excrement. The US government is completely devoid of intelligence. There is no sign of intelligence anywhere in the U.S. government. Of or morality. As Hugo Chavez said: Satan is there; you can smell the sulphur.

America is a joke with nuclear weapons, the prime danger to life on earth.

How can this danger be corralled?

The American people would have to realize that they are being led to their deaths by the Zionist neocon nazis who, together with the military/security complex and Wall Street, control US foreign policy, by the complicity of Europe and Great Britain desperate to retain their CIA subsidies, and by the harlots that comprise the Western media.

Are Americans capable of comprehending this? Only a few have escaped The Matrix.

The consequence is that America is being locked into conflict with Russia and China. There is no possibility whatsoever of Washington invading either country, much less both, so war would be nuclear.

Do the American people want Washington to bring us this result? If not, why are the American people sitting there sucking their thumbs, doing nothing? Why are Europe and Great Britain sitting there permitting the unfolding of nuclear armageddon? Who murdered the peace movement?

The World and the American people need desperately to rein in the warmonger United States, or the world will cease to exist.

An International Court To Preserve Life On Earth needs to be assembled. The US government and the war interests it serves need to be indicted and prosecuted and disarmed before their evil destroys life on earth.


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As I've recounted in more than 30 articles here at PJ Media over the past three years, virtually every Islamic terrorist who has conducted an attack in the West since 9/11 has already been known to authorities, which prompted me to coin the phrase "known wolf" terrorism.

Amidst the commemoration of the 16th anniversary of 9/11, it bears recalling that 9/11 itself was a "known wolf" attack, too.

The CIA had intelligence that two Saudi 9/11 hijackers were living in the United States, but they deliberately refused to share the information with the FBI. The FBI had authority to act on such information and possibly prevent the 9/11 attacks:

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 FBI agent was sentenced Monday to three years in federal prison for stealing more than $136,000 in cash during drug investigations and spending it on lavish gifts for himself and loved ones.

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Three U.S. Customs agents and a Federal Bureau of Investigation agent were charged with stealing cocaine and laundering $200,000 in drug money after they were caught on camera during a U.S. Customs sting (Rachel Swarns, "Federal Agents Busted in Drug Sting: Hidden Cameras Recorded Theft of Cocaine, Cash," Miami Herald, 1/28/93, 1B; From news services, "Four Federal Agents Arrested," Washington Post, 1/28/93, A12).

The federal lawmen allegedly stole drugs and money from drug dealers, according to Leonard Freedman, regional internal affairs director for Customs. More federal agents may have been involved, Freedman said. The 18-month investigation snared Customs agents Orlando White, 42, Alcides Licona, 47, Ricardo Laurel, 37, and FBI agent Louis Reveiz, 27.


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Petition alleges corrupt cop framed 15 additional people on drug charges

Shortly after making bond on a 2003 drug case, Leonard Gipson filed a complaint with the Chicago Police Department alleging Sgt. Ronald Watts framed him because he'd refused to pay "protection" money.

It was an allegation being made with alarming frequency by those living in the South Side housing projects where Watts and his tactical team regularly patrolled. But like the others, Gipson's complaint went nowhere.

Four months later, with his drug case pending, Gipson was visiting his girlfriend in the Ida B. Wells complex when he again ran into Watts, who had been notified of the complaint against him.

"Let me see if you can bond off on this," Watts said to Gipson before handcuffing and planting 28 grams of heroin on him, Gipson alleged in a court filing. After two years in jail awaiting trial, he pleaded guilty on the advice of his attorney, who noted it was his word against the police.


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In 2009, a federal civil lawsuit accused Tenaha elected officials of stopping African-Americans on U.S. Highway 59 and seizing their money and property by threatening them with criminal prosecution. The story made CNN. That's when the FBI assigned Fillmore to look for criminal activity.

"There was nothing that we found to be illegal that would rise to the level of putting someone in jail," Fillmore said.

The case was almost closed when Fillmore got a letter shared by Fred Walker, the constable at the time.

"It was an extortion letter and it was from someone calling themselves Jack Frost,” Fillmore said. “Jack Frost claimed that Fred Walker and another individual named Rod McClure were stealing narcotics out of the Tenaha City Marshal's evidence room and that Jack Frost, in this extortion letter, wanted $70,000 from both of them for his silence.”

Jack Frost, believed to be a DEA agent, cooperated with authorities. Everything in the letter proved to be true.

"In fact, Walker and McClure had been stealing the narcotics out of the evidence room and selling it for profit,” Fillmore said.


The Church of Morris Dees

By Ken Silverstein -- Harper's Magazine, November 2000

How the Southern Poverty Law Center profits from intolerance

Ah, tolerance. Who could be against something so virtuous? And who could object to the Southern Poverty Law Center, the Montgomery, Alabama-based group that recently sent out this heartwarming yet mildly terrifying appeal to raise money for its "Teaching Tolerance" program, which prepares educational kits for schoolteachers? Cofounded in 1971 by civil rights lawyer cum direct-marketing millionaire Morris Dees, a leading critic of "hate groups" and a man so beatific that he was the subject of a made-for-TV movie, the SPLC spent much of its early years defending prisoners who faced the death penalty and suing to desegregate all-white institutions like Alabama's highway patrol. That was then.

Today, the SPLC spends most of its time--and money--on a relentless fund-raising campaign, peddling memberships in the church of tolerance with all the zeal of a circuit rider passing the collection plate. "He's the Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker of the civil rights movement," renowned anti- death-penalty lawyer Millard Farmer says of Dees, his former associate, "though I don!t mean to malign Jim and Tammy Faye." The Center earned $44 million last year alone--$27 million from fund-raising and $17 million from stocks and other investments--but spent only $13 million on civil rights program , making it one of the most profitable charities in the country.

The Ku Klux Klan, the SPLC's most lucrative nemesis, has shrunk from 4 million members in the 1920s to an estimated 2,000 today, as many as 10 percent of whom are thought to be FBI informants  . But news of a declining Klan does not make for inclining donations to Morris Dees and Co., which is why the SPLC honors nearly every nationally covered "hate crime" with direct-mail alarums full of nightmarish invocations of "armed Klan paramilitary forces" and "violent neo-Nazi extremists," and why Dees does legal battle almost exclusively with mediagenic villains-like Idaho's arch-Aryan Richard Butler-eager to show off their swastikas for the news cameras.

In 1987, Dees won a $7 million judgment against the United Klans of America on behalf of Beulah Mae Donald, whose son was lynched by two Klansmen. The UKA's total assets amounted to a warehouse whose sale netted Mrs. Donald $51,875. According to a groundbreaking series of newspaper stories in the Montgomery Advertiser, the SPLC, meanwhile, made $9 million from fund-raising solicitations featuring the case, including one containing a photo of Michael Donald's corpse.

Horrifying as such incidents are, hate groups commit almost no violence. More than 95 percent of all "hate crimes," including most of the incidents SPLC letters cite (bombings, church burnings, school shootings), are perpetrated by "lone wolves." Even Timothy McVeigh, subject of one of the most extensive investigations in the FBI's history-and one of the most extensive direct-mail campaigns in the SPLC's-was never credibly linked to any militia organization.

No faith healing or infomercial would be complete without a moving testimonial. The student from whose tears this white schoolteacher learned her lesson is identified only as a child of color. "Which race," we are assured, "does not matter." Nor apparently does the specific nature of "the racist acts directed at him," nor the race of his schoolyard tormentors. All that matters, in fact, is the race of the teacher and those expiating tears. "I wept with him, feeling for once, the depth of his hurt," she confides. "His tears washed away the film that had distorted my white perspective of the world." Scales fallen from her eyes, what action does this schoolteacher propose? What Gandhi-like disobedience will she undertake in order to "reach real peace in the world"? She doesn't say but instead speaks vaguely of acting out against "the pain." In the age of Oprah and Clinton, empathy--or the confession thereof--is an end in itself.

Any good salesman knows that a products "value" is a highly mutable quality with little relation to actual worth, and Morris Dees-who made millions hawking, by direct mail, such humble commodities as birthday cakes, cookbooks (including Favorite Recipes of American Home Economics Teachers), tractor seat cushions, rat poison, and, in exchange for a mailing list containing 700,000 names, presidential candidate George McGovern-is nothing if not a good salesman. So good in fact that in 1998 the Direct Marketing Association inducted him into its Hall of Fame. "I learned everything I know about hustling from the Baptist Church," Dees has said. "Spending Sundays on those hard benches listening to the preacher pitch salvation-why, it was like getting a Ph.D. in selling." Here, Dr. Dees (the letter's nominal author) masterfully transforms, with a mere flourish of hyperbole, an education kit available "at cost" for $30 on the SPLC website into "a $325 value."

This is one of the only places in this letter where specific races are mentioned. Elsewhere, Dees and his copywriters, deploying an arsenal of passive verbs and vague abstractions, have sanitized the usually divisive issue of race of its more disturbing elements-such as angry black people-and for good reason: most SPLC donors are white. Thus, instead of concrete civil rights issues like housing discrimination and racial profiling, we get "communities seething with racial violence." Instead of racially biased federal sentencing laws, or the disparity between poor predominantly black schools and affluent white ones, or the violence against illegals along the Mexican border, the SPLC gives us "intolerance against those who are different," turning bigotry into a color-blind, equal-opportunity sin. It's reassuring to know that "Caucasians" are no more and no less guilty of this sin than African Americans, Asian Americans, Native Americans, and Hispanics. In the eyes of Morris Dees, we're all sinners, all victims, and all potential contributors.

Morris Dees doesn't need your financial support. The SPLC is already the wealthiest civil rights group in America, though this letter quite naturally omits that fact. Other solicitations have been more flagrantly misleading. One pitch, sent out in 1995-when the Center had more than $60 million in reserves-informed would-be donors that the "strain on our current operating budget is the greatest in our 25-year history." Back in 1978, when the Center had less than $10 million, Dees promised that his organization would quit fund-raising and live off interest as soon as its endowment hit $55 million. But as it approached that figure, the SPLC upped the bar to $100 million, a sum that, one 1989 newsletter promised, would allow the Center "to cease the costly and often unreliable task of fund raising. " Today, the SPLC's treasury bulges with $120 million, and it spends twice as much on fund-raising-$5.76 million last year-as it does on legal services for victims of civil rights abuses. The American Institute of Philanthropy gives the Center one of the worst ratings of any group it monitors, estimating that the SPLC could operate for 4.6 years without making another tax-exempt nickel from its investments or raising another tax-deductible cent from well-meaning "people like you."

The SPLC's "other important work justice" consists mainly in spying on private citizens who belong to "hate groups," sharing its files with law-enforcement agencies, and suing the most prominent of these groups for crimes committed independently by their members-a practice that, however seemingly justified, should give civil libertarians pause. The legal strategy employed by Dees could have put the Black Panther Party out of business or bankrupted the New England Emigrant Aid Company in retaliation for crimes committed by John Brown. What the Center's other work for justice does not include is anything that might be considered controversial by donors. According to Millard Farmer, the Center largely stopped taking death-penalty cases for fear that too visible an opposition to capital punishment would scare off potential contributors. In 1986, the Center's entire legal staff quit in protest of Dees's refusal to address issues-such as homelessness, voter registration, and affirmative action-that they considered far more pertinent to poor minorities, if far less marketable to affluent benefactors, than fighting the KKK. Another lawyer, Gloria Browne, who resigned a few years later, told reporters that the Center's programs were calculated to cash in on "black pain and white guilt." Asked in 1994 if the SPLC itself, whose leadership consists almost entirely of white men, was in need of an affirmative action policy, Dees replied that "probably the most discriminated people in America today are white men when it comes to jobs."

Contributors to Teaching Tolerance might be surprised to learn how little of the SPLC's reported educational spending actually goes to education. In response to lobbying by charities, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants in 1987 began allowing nonprofits to count part of their fundraising costs as "educational" so long as their solicitations contained an informational component. On average, the SPLC classifies an estimated 47 percent of the fund-raising letters that it sends out every year as educational, including many that do little more than instruct potential donors on the many evils of "militant right-wing extremists" and the many splendid virtues of Morris Dees. According to tax documents, of the $10. 8 million in educational spending the SPLC reported in 1999, $4 million went to solicitations. Another $2.4 million paid for stamps.

In the early 1960s, Morris Dees sat on the sidelines honing his direct-marketing skills and practicing law while the civil rights movement engulfed the South. "Morris and I...shared the overriding purpose of making a pile of money," recalls Dees's business partner, a lawyer named Millard Fuller (not to be confused with Millard Farmer). "We were not particular about how we did it; we just wanted to be independently rich." They were so unparticular, in fact, that in 1961 they defended a man, guilty of beating up a journalist covering the Freedom Riders, whose legal fees were paid by the Klan. ("I felt the anger of a black person for the first time," Dees later wrote of the case. "I vowed then and there that nobody would ever again doubt where I stood.") In 1965, Fuller sold out to Dees, donated the money to charity, and later started Habitat for Humanity. Dees bought a 200-acre estate appointed with tennis courts, a pool, and stables, and, in 1971, founded the SPLC, where his compensation has risen in proportion to fund-raising revenues, from nothing in the early seventies to $273,000 last year. A National Journal survey of salaries paid to the top officers of advocacy groups shows that Dees earned more in 1998 than nearly all of the seventy-eight listed, tens of thousands more than the heads of such groups as the ACLU, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, and the Children's Defense Fund. The more money the SPLC receives, the less that goes to other civil rights organizations, many of which, including the NAACP, have struggled to stay out of bankruptcy. Dees's compensation alone amounts to one quarter the annual budget of the Atlanta-based Southern Center for Human Rights, which handles several dozen death-penalty cases a year. "You are a fraud and a conman," the Southern Center's director, Stephen Bright, wrote in a 1996 letter to Dees, and proceeded to list his many reasons for thinking so, which included "your failure to respond to the most desperate needs of the poor and powerless despite your millions upon millions, your fund-raising techniques, the fact that you spend so much, accomplish so little, and promote yourself so shamelessly." Soon the SPLC win move into a new six-story headquarters in downtown Montgomery, just across the street from its current headquarters, a building known locally as the Poverty Palace.

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sheriff’s female forensic investigator charged with murdering another female deputy

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Friday, October 20, 2017, 2:22 PM

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LAPD Becomes Nation’s Largest Police Department to Test Drones

October 18th, 2017


Middle school probes racist locker room videos showing simulated sex acts

October 20, 2017 | 11:57am | Updated
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Police and school officials in Virginia are investigating repugnant Snapchat videos showing middle school football players simulating sex acts with black students while shouting racist remarks.

The disturbing videos show black students from Short Pump Middle School in Glen Allen pinned to the ground of a locker room with other students on top of them, NBC12 reported.

One of the aggressors included a white student, a parent told CBS6.

One of the Snapchat captions reads, “We gonna (expletive) the black outta these African-American children from Uganda


US-backed militias declare ‘total liberation’ of Raqqa from ISIS

By Yaron Steinbuch October 20, 2017 | 10:11am
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Dozens of ISIS fighters reportedly surrender in Raqqa

Russia gives warning to US in Syria

US-backed forces in Syria say ISIS on verge of losing Raqqa
After a four-month-battle, US-backed militias on Friday declared the “total liberation” of Raqqa, the de-facto capital of ISIS in Northern Syria.

Talal Silo, spokesman of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, claimed a “historic victory” over the jihadists and said the extremist group had suffered a “brutal” defeat, CNN reported.

Despite completely leveling Raqqa Dresden-style, the US deliberately let 1000 ISIS fighters escape, and, get this: AIR-LIFTED! them to Deir ez-Zor, to aide in the battle against Russia and Syria there.

Can’t make this stuff up.



Deep States Warns About “ISIS™” Attacks Days After Busing them Out of Raqqa
Posted on October 20, 2017 by willyloman


Insider Trading and Financial Anomalies Surrounding the Las Vegas Attack
DateSaturday, October 7, 2017 at 1:01PM by AuthorKip Herriage -VRAletter.com

Insider Trading and Financial Anomalies Surrounding the Las Vegas Attack
October 7, 2017
Note: With this report, I make no claim to specific knowledge of any wrongdoing or improprieties. Instead, this report includes trading patterns, news releases and/or public record SEC filings.
We will examine the share price movements of two gun manufacturers (American Outdoor Brands and Sturm Ruger) and the share price movement of MGM (which owns Mandalay Bay). We will also examine additional financial events surrounding MGM, including what can only be referred to as massive levels of insider selling in the shares of MGM, by the CEO/Chairman and MGM officers/directors. As you'll see, more than $200 million in MGM shares were sold in the weeks leading up to the attack.


Man reportedly moons President Trump’s motorcade on his way to D.C. gala
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Thursday, October 19, 2017, 9:31 PM


NYPD bodybuilding cop filed complaint against sergeant claiming she grabbed his crotch

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Thursday, October 19, 2017, 8:42 PM


Judging by Mueller's staffing choices, he may not be very interested in justice


Number of US adults without health insurance up 3.5m this year, study finds
Rising premiums and political turmoil over Obamacare undermine the gains that drove the nation’s uninsured rate to a historic low


Assistant U.S. Attorney's Affair with married FBI Agent Results in Bar Suspension
Nothing happens to FBI agent


A federal prosecutor who had sex mwith a married FBI agent has been barred from practicing ... Assistant U.S. Attorney Mignonne Griffing of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District


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FBI Sued Over Negligence In 1994 Shooting murder by Informant
By Rachel Graf

Law360, New York (October 20, 2017, 7:19 PM EDT) -- The FBI is to blame for the 1994 murder of a man shot in a case of mistaken identity because the agency failed to properly monitor the illegal activities of its cooperating witnesses, according to a suit filed Friday in Massachusetts federal court.

Michael Romano’s ex-wife Michelle O’Neill and his children said he was killed as part of a conspiracy by informants Mark Rossetti and Stephen Flemmi and their criminal associate Frank Salemme, who mistakenly identified Romano as their intended target, Enrico Ponzo. FBI agents failed...


Las Vegas casinos are in bed with the police

LAS VEGAS: While the LVMPD and the FBI are jointly involved in the investigation of ... Two former LVMPD officials and one retired FBI agent also ran corporate ...


A Cub Scout questioned a Colorado state senator at a meeting. Now he’s been kicked out of his den.
Sen. Vicki Marble spoke to Broomfield scouts last week


Hokkaido releases manga comic to combat North Korean threat
Weeks after missiles overflew Japanese island, officials produce comic advising residents what to do in event of test launch


I-Team: Former vice cop and deputy DA ordered to appear in court
Questions about possible police corruption

Posted: Oct 20, 2017 02:51 PM PDT
Updated: Oct 20, 2017 03:40 PM PDT

LAS VEGAS - The legal tables were turned Thursday for a well-known prosecutor and a former star detective.

Attorneys for a convicted pimp used subpoenas to get deputy district attorney Liz Mercer and former vice cop Chris Baughman to court for depositions under oath.

At issue, are some of the same allegations being pursued in an ongoing FBI probe of police corruption.

The I-Team was present for part of the hearing then was ordered to leave.

For years, vice detective Chris Baughman and prosecutor Liz Mercer were regular fixtures at news conferences and in high-profile trials.

Baughman was often the lead investigator and star witness in cases made against big time pimps and Liz Mercer was the principal prosecutor in those same cases, including the one that sent Ocean Fleming to prison for life.

Fleming alleged during his original trial that Baughman and Mercer had coached witnesses to exaggerate his crimes, and that Baughman and other vice cops had engaged in sexual relations with prostitutes who testified against their pimps.

On Thursday, both were back in court, but this time, on the other side. Both Baughman and Mercer -- who are now a married couple -- were subpoenaed so Ocean Fleming's attorneys could depose them as part of Fleming's bid for a new trial.

Almost immediately, special prosecutor Adam Gill asked the judge to kick the I-Team out of the courtroom.

"Their camera, I believe, is running now and I think it is incredibly inappropriate," Gill said. "I'd ask that it be shut down now judge."

The reason private attorney Adam Gill is representing the state in the case is that the DA's office recused itself once it was established that Liz Mercer, who still works for the district attorney, had been less than forthright about her relationship with Baughman.


Michigan State Police director loses pay for Facebook post calling NFL players who kneel 'anti-American degenerates'

Thursday, October 19, 2017, 8:12 PM


Pollution kills 9 million people each year, new study finds
If accurate, that means pollution kills three times more people each year than HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined


Brother of fallen Maine Marine says Trump never called family


Meet Playboy's first transgender Playmate, Ines Rau


Company seeks to build island off Alaska for Arctic drilling


Drought conditions beginning to reappear in parts of Maine


Oxford accused of 'social apartheid' as colleges admit no black students
Labour MP attacks university where one in three colleges failed to admit a black British student with A-levels in 2015


Maine HS football coach canned after claims of ‘hate-laden’ taunts


Monsanto sues Arkansas board for banning disputed herbicide

Friday, October 20, 2017, 4:46 PM


The Left has gun-toting militias of its own, Charlottesville lawsuit reveals


The forgotten founder of code-breaking: How a Quaker mother of two became a pioneer of government intelligence - taking down Nazi spies, capturing rum runners during Prohibition, and jailing Al Capone's gang - while J. Edgar Hoover took all the credit

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5001868/Elizebeth-Friedman-forgotten-founder-code-breaking.html#

Maclear’s documentary stands in stark contrast to the current Ken Burns documentary, The Vietnam War, which is nothing more than historical revisionism, sprinkled with massive doses of cognitive dissonance, served up as healing. More at the link:





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Cleveland police officer turned fugitive rape suspect fatally shoots self after six-hour SWAT standoff

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Wednesday, October 25, 2017, 1:12 PM




Suffolk County DA indicted for covering up police chief's beating of man who stole his sex toys

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Updated: Wednesday, October 25, 2017, 3:31 PM

There was no immediate response to messages left Wednesday seeking comment from the men's attorneys.

Last year, Burke was sentenced to nearly four years in prison for orchestrating a department cover-up after beating a handcuffed man for stealing embarrassing items from his SUV.

In a pre-sentencing letter, prosecutors said "high-ranking officials" from other county agencies helped Burke silence potential whistleblowers after he pummeled a heroin addict who had taken his gun belt, ammunition, a box of cigars and a bag containing sex toys and pornography.






SEE IT: Sheriff’s deputy caught on camera stealing from home of dead Irma victim


NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Wednesday, October 25, 2017, 2:15 PM



Actress Heather Lind accuses former President George H.W. Bush of sexual assault

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Updated: Tuesday, October 24, 2017, 11:28 PM



SEE IT: Off-duty NYPD cop throws violent tantrum inside Godiva chocolate shop in Connecticut

Tuesday, October 24, 2017, 10:47 PM

An off-duty NYPD officer flipped out inside a Connecticut chocolate shop in a caught-on-tape tantrum that left "blood and chocolate all over the floor," cops said.

Amanda Villafane, 30, went berserk at 6 p.m. on Sunday night when workers at a Godiva store in the Stamford Town Center Mall told her the shop was closed and asked her to leave, authorities said.

“She was stating at some point that she was an NYPD officer,” said Stamford Police Sgt. Brian Butler.

Ralph Jimenez, 18, whose sister works at the store, recorded the fit with his cell phone, and shared that video with the Stamford Advocate, the newspaper reported.

“No, I will knock you the f--k out!” Villafane is seen hollering.

Her companion, Christopher Salvadore, 32, tried to hold her back, until he saw Jimenez filming and socked him in the face, cops said. Villafane, a cop since October 2015, is charged with trespassing, criminal




Trooper mistakenly kills K-9 partner during pit bull attack

GREIG, N.Y. A state police trooper accidentally killed his K-9 partner when trying to protect it from a pit bull attack during a search of a New York residence.




Vice President Pence casts tie-breaking vote to nullify rule allowing consumers to sue banks and credit card companies

Tuesday, October 24, 2017, 10:58 PM




Navy: Shipyard security wasted $21M on gear, vehicles

PORTSMOUTH, Va. U.S. Navy investigators say security personnel at a public shipyard in Virginia created an unauthorized police force that wasted up to $21 million on equipment, manpower and vehicles that included a high-speed boat.




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Clinton campaign, DNC paid for research that led to Russia dossier

Clinton’s campaign helped fund the research that led to the Russia dossier

The Washington Post’s Adam Entous looks at the role that Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee played in funding the research that led to a dossier containing allegations about President Trump’s links to Russia. (Video: Bastien Inzaurralde, Patrick Martin/Photo: Melina Mara/The Washington Post)
By Adam Entous, Devlin Barrett and Rosalind S. Helderman October 24 at 7:21 PM
The Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee helped fund research that resulted in a now-famous dossier containing allegations about President Trump’s connections to Russia and possible coordination between his campaign and the Kremlin, people familiar with the matter said.

Marc E. Elias, a lawyer representing the Clinton campaign and the DNC, retained Fusion GPS, a Washington firm, to conduct the research.

After that, Fusion GPS hired dossier author Christopher Steele, a former British intelligence officer with ties to the FBI and the U.S. intelligence community, according to those people, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.



Missing Las Vegas Shooting Witness Shot Dead Outside Church Chad Nishimura killed after giving conflicting statement about Stephan Paddock

21st October 2017 @ 9.16am

Las Vegas shooting witness Chad Nishimura was shot dead on his way to church A key witness in the Las Vegas shooting massacre, who mysteriously vanished shortly after giving a statement that conflicted with the "official" narrative, has been shot dead outside a central Las Vegas Valley church.Chad Nishimura was a valet worker from the Mandalay Bay hotel, who parked the suspected Las Vegas shooting gunman's car, and gave an interview saying Stephen Paddock was a "normal guy" who "didn't have many bags".Nishimura gave a statement to ABC affiliate, KITV4 News, but the article was later pulled from the network's website.After his account was published, Nishimura disappeared and all of his social media accounts were deleted with his friends and coworkers saying he was "totally unreachable".

Read more at: http://www.nnettle.com/news/2976-missing-las-vegas-shooting-witness-shot-dead-outside-church





OCTOBER 13, 2017

Just over a week after living through the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history in Las Vegas on October 1, shooting survivor and witness Kymberley Suchomel passed away at the age of 28. Suchomel was uninjured in the shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival, and after the terrifying event she used her Facebook presence to contradict the official story of a lone gunman. According to Kymberley Suchomel’s posts, there were multiple shooters involved in the horrific mass shooting that left 58 people dead and 546 injured. In fact, Suchomel, who was the co-founder of the High Desert Phoenix Foundation (a charity that financially assists victims of tragedies), claimed that she and those in her party were “chased” by more than one active shooter.

“Bullets were coming from every direction. Behind us, in front of us, to the side of us. But I know, I just know, that there was someone chasing us. The entire time I felt this way. The farther we got from the venue, the closer the gunfire got. I kept looking back expecting to see the gunmen- and I say MEN because there was more than one person. There was more than one gun firing. 100% more than one.
As we were running, we kept changing direction, because it felt like no matter what direction we took, we were being followed.”
As Seacoast Online reports, Las Vegas shooting survivor Kymberley Suchomel was found dead early Monday in her home by her grandmother and High Desert Phoenix Foundation co-founder, Julie Norton. According to Norton, she found her granddaughter deceased in her bed at around 8:30 a.m. on October 9. Norton had reportedly come to the home to babysit Suchomel’s 3-year-old daughter.

(Since the original publication of this article, Kymberley Suchomel’s Facebook has been made private. The post including her lengthy account of what she says happened in the Las Vegas shooting has been archived, however, and is available here.)

According to Norton, she believes that her granddaughter must have died in her sleep sometime between when her husband left for work at 4:30 a.



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Published: October 24, 2017


Lanza was carrying weapons which nearly weighed more than he did.

Also, as the NY Daily News just reported, according to portions of the documents, Lanza was also visited by federal agents before the shooting—who offered him a job.

The FBI documents reveal a visit to the home he shared with his mother by federal agents after he hacked into a government computer.

“The authorities told her that if her son was that smart, he could have a job with them someday,” according to one of the heavily-redacted reports, as reported by the NY Daily News.

As the News reports, Lanza, at that point in the ninth grade, landed on investigator’s radar after hacking his way into an unidentified agency’s computer. The teen made it through two levels of security before his efforts were thwarted, the documents showed.

“Nancy had to convince the authorities that her son was just very intelligent and was challenging himself to see if he could hack (his way in),” the report said of Lanza’s mother.

This revelation about Lanza being visited by federal agents several years before the shooting, leads to so many more questions and opens the floodgates for more conspiracy theories.

Another question on the minds of Americans is why this 20-year-old kid, with no history of violent behavior, would ever do such a thing. Investigators even noted in their reports that Lanza was never violent, but often required special tools to avoid hurting himself by accident.




Third type of diabetes can be misdiagnosed as Type 2
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Wednesday, October 25, 2017, 5:54 PM




Some domestic violence survivors call Durham sheriff's support 'ironic'

DURHAM, N.C. — The Durham County Sheriff's Office donned purple on Wednesday to take a photo to support survivors of domestic violence, but some of the survivors called the gesture "ironic."



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FBI’s Latest Terror Sting Sounds Like A Right-Wing Fever Dream
A Honduran immigrant thought he was working with ISIS to bomb a Miami shopping mall, authorities say.


WASHINGTON ― An immigrant from Honduras who federal investigators say supports ISIS faces charges he attempted to blow up a fake FBI-supplied bomb at a Miami shopping mall.





Inside the Terror Factory
Award-winning journalist Trevor Aaronson digs deep into the FBI’s massive efforts to create fake terrorist plots.
TREVOR AARONSONJAN. 11, 2013 11:01

Editor’s note: This story is adapted from The Terror Factory, Trevor Aaronson’s new book documenting how the Federal Bureau of Investigation has built a vast network of informants to infiltrate Muslim communities and, in some cases, cultivate phony terrorist plots. The book grew from Aaronson’s award-winning Mother Jones cover story “The Informants” and his research in the Investigative Reporting Program at the University of California-Berkeley.


Quazi Mohammad Nafis was a 21-year-old student living in Queens, New York, when the US government helped turn him into a terrorist.

His transformation began on July 5, when Nafis, a Bangladeshi citizen who’d come to the United States on a student visa that January, shared aspirations with a man he believed he could trust. Nafis told this man in a phone call that he wanted to wage jihad in the United States, that he enjoyed reading Al Qaeda propaganda, and that he admired “Sheikh O,” or Osama bin Laden. Who this confidant was and how Nafis came to meet him remain unclear; what we know from public documents is that the man told Nafis he could introduce him to an Al Qaeda operative.

It was a hot, sunny day in Central Park on July 24 when Nafis met with Kareem, who said he was with Al Qaeda. Nafis, who had a slight build, mop of black hair, and a feebly grown beard, told Kareem that he was “ready for action.”

“What I really mean is that I don’t want something that’s, like, small,” Nafis said. “I just want something big. Something very big. Very, very, very, very big, that will shake the whole country.”

Nafis said he wanted to bomb the New York Stock Exchange, and with help from his new Al Qaeda contact, he surveilled the iconic building at 11 Wall Street. “We are going to need a lot of TNT or dynamite,” Nafis told Kareem. But Nafis didn’t have any explosives, and, as court records indicate, he didn’t know anyone who could sell him explosives, let alone have the money to purchase such materials. His father, a banker in Bangladesh, had spent his entire life savings to send Nafis to the United States after his son, who was described to journalists as dim by people who knew him in his native country, had flunked out of North South University in Bangladesh.

Kareem suggested they rent a storage facility to stash the material they’d need for a car bomb. He said he’d put up the money for it, and get the materials. Nafis dutifully agreed, and suggested a new target: the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Nafis later met Kareem at a storage facility, where Nafis poured the materials Kareem had brought into trash bins, believing he was creating a 1,000-pound car bomb that could level a city block.

In truth, the stuff was inert. And Kareem was an undercover FBI agent, tipped off by the man who Nafis had believed was a confidant—an FBI informant. The FBI had secretly provided everything Nafis needed for his attack: not only the storage facility and supposed explosives, but also the detonator and the van that Nafis believed would deliver the bomb.

On the morning of October 17, Nafis and Kareem drove the van to Lower Manhattan and parked it in front of the Federal Reserve Bank on Liberty Street. Then they walked to a nearby hotel room, where Nafis dialed on his cellphone the number he believed would trigger the bomb, but nothing happened. He dialed again, and again. The only result was Nafis’ apprehension by federal agents.

“The defendant thought he was striking a blow to the American economy,” US Attorney Loretta E. Lynch said in a statement after the arrest. “At every turn, he was wrong, and his extensive efforts to strike at the heart of the nation’s financial system were foiled by effective law enforcement. We will use all of the tools at our disposal to stop any such attack before it can occur.”

How many of these would-be terrorists would have acted were it not for an FBI agent provocateur helping them? Is it possible that the FBI is creating the very enemy we fear?
Federal officials say they are protecting Americans with these operations—but from whom? Real terrorists, or dupes like Nafis, who appear unlikely to have the capacity for terrorism were it not for FBI agents providing the opportunity and means?

Nafis is one of more than 150 men since 9/11 who have been caught in FBI terrorism stings, some of whom have received 25 years or more in prison. In these cases, the FBI uses one of its more than 15,000 registered informants—many of them criminals, others trying to stay in the country following immigration violations—to identify potential terrorists. It then provides the means necessary for these would-be terrorists to move forward with a plot—in some cases even planting specific ideas for attacks. The FBI now spends $3 billion on counterterrorism annually, the largest portion of its budget. Our nation’s top law enforcement agency, traditionally focused on investigating crimes after they occur, now operates more as an intelligence organization that tries to preempt crimes before they occur. But how many of these would-be terrorists would have acted were it not for an FBI agent provocateur helping them? Is it possible that the FBI is creating the very enemy we fear?

Those are the questions I set out to explore beginning in 2010. With the help of a research assistant, I built a database of more than 500 terrorism prosecutions since 9/11, looking closely and critically at every terrorism case brought into federal courts during the past decade. We pored through thousands of pages of court records, and found that nearly half of all terrorism cases since 9/11 involved informants, many of them paid as much as $100,000 per assignment by the FBI. At the time of the story’s publication in Mother Jones in August 2011, 49 defendants had participated in plots led by an FBI agent provocateur, and that number has continued to rise since.

Historically, media coverage of these operations—begun under George W. Bush and continuing apace under Barack Obama—was mostly uncritical. With their aggressive tactics essentially unknown to the public, the FBI and Justice Department controlled the narrative: another dangerous terrorist apprehended by vigilant federal agents!

But in late 2011, the conversation began to shift. A couple of months after my story in Mother Jones and following the announcement of a far-fetched sting in which a Massachusetts man believed he’d been poised to destroy the US Capitol building using grenade-laden, remote-controlled airplanes, TPM Muckraker published a story headlined: “The Five Most Bizarre Terror Plots Hatched Under the FBI’s Watch.” Author David K. Shipler, in an April 2012 New York Times editorial, questioned the legitimacy of terrorism stings involving people who appeared to have no wherewithal to commit acts of terror: “Some threats are real, others less so. In terrorism, it’s not easy to tell the difference.” Stories in other major news outlets followed suit, and by October 2012, a post in Foreign Policy was asking: “How many idiot jihadis can the FBI fool?”





The FBI’s Political Meddling
Mueller is the wrong sleuth when his ex-agency is so tangled up with Russia.
By Holman W. Jenkins, Jr.
Oct. 24, 2017 6:17 p.m. ET
Let’s give plausible accounts of the known facts, then explain why demands that Robert Mueller recuse himself from the Russia investigation may not be the fanciful partisan grandstanding you imagine.




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Branding Hoover's FBI
How the Boss's PR Men Sold the Bureau to America

Matthew Cecil

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

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

“This unique, creative, and excellent study makes a significant contribution to the literature on the FBI. Cecils brilliant mining of FBI personnel files has resulted in a fascinating, richly detailed, and wholly satisfying look at the inner workings of Hoover’s FBI.An outstanding work on an important subject.”

—Douglas Charles, author of Hoover’s War on Gays: Exposing the FBI’s “Sex Deviates” Program

“Branding Hoover’s FBI is a path-breaking assessment of former FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover’s public relations initiatives. Cecil’s brilliantly researched study documents Hoover’s success in transforming the image of the FBI from a minor and suspect to a powerful and autonomous agency, in the process reshaping American politics in the twentieth century. His thoughtful monograph has particular contemporary relevance highlighting how control over information undermined a constitutional system based on accountability and transparency. ”

—Athan Theoharis, author of The FBI and American Democracy: A Brief Critical History

About the Author

Matthew Cecil is Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities, Minnesota State University, Mankato. He is the author of The Ballad of Ben and Stella Mae: Great Plains Outlaws Who Became FBI Public Enemies Nos. 1 and 2 and Hoover’s FBI and the Fourth Estate: The Campaign to Control the Press and the Bureau’s Image, both published by Kansas.


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Lobster 74
Winter 2017
The view from the bridge (PDF) by Robin Ramsay Updated 11 Nov 2017
A bullet to the head for the James Files JFK ‘confession’ (PDF) by Garrick Alder
The British state’s failed attempt to kill off the Freedom of Information Act (PDF) by Garrick Alder
Using the UK FOIA (PDF) by Nick Must
To the halls of Montezuma, from the shores of Tripoli: Donald Trump as ‘anti-Wilson’ (PDF) by Dr. T. P. Wilkinson
Deception and distraction strategies relating to the John F Kennedy Assassination (PDF) by Garrick Alder
An accidental tourist? -- A British connection to the death of Otto Warmbier (PDF) by Nick Must
Still thinking about Dallas (JFK) (PDF) by Robin Ramsay
Labour, Corbyn and anti-semitism (PDF) by John Booth
Collapse of stout party: Eden, Suez and America(PDF) by Simon Matthews
Anti-Semitism in the Labour Party (PDF) by Colin Challen
Phil Shenon - a cruel and shocking twist (PDF) by William Kelly
Using the Freedom of Information Act to keep things secret (PDF) by Colin Challen

Book Reviews

The Hotel Tacloban, by Douglas Valentine (PDF) reviewed by Dr T. P. Wilkinson
Adults in the Room: My battle with Europe’s deep establishment , by Yanis Varoufakis (PDF) reviewed by Robin Ramsay
The Secret War: Spies, Codes and Guerrillas, by Max Hastings (PDF) reviewed by Bernard Porter
Intelligence, Security and the Attlee Governments, 1945-51: An Uneasy Relationship?, by Daniel W B Lomas (PDF) reviewed by John Newsinger
Governing from the Skies: a Global History of Aerial Bombardment, by Thomas Hippler (PDF) reviewed by John Newsinger

President Trump's earliest appearance in Panama Papers revealed

, November 24, 2017, 10:04 PM

A real estate deal from the early 1990s is the earliest instance of President Trump's name appearing in the Panama Papers, the massive trove of leaked documents detailing the ways in which the world's richest people hide their business dealings from scrutiny and taxation.

The discovery, first flagged by investigative reporter Jake Bernstein on Friday afternoon, involves the purchase and subsequent sale of a condo at the newly constructed Trump Palace on the Upper East Side in the 1990s.

NYPD investigating whether cops tried to make 18-year-old woman withdraw rape allegations

Friday, November 24, 2017, 4:50 PM

The NYPD opened an investigation Friday into whether cops tried to pressure an 18-year-old woman who claimed she was raped by two detectives in Brooklyn to withdraw her allegations.

The allegations came from the alleged victim’s lawyer Michael David, who said nine police officers from the 60th Precinct tried to intimidate her to back off at when she and her mom went to Maimonides Medical Center at about midnight on Sept. 16. She was there to get a rape kit.

“They were trying to get her to go back on her story and say they weren’t real cops,” said David, who represents the victim in her impending lawsuit against the city.


Court delay for Tennessee sheriff charged with forged titles



A court hearing for a Tennessee sheriff indicted on 12 felony charges of holding vehicle titles that had been forged or altered has been delayed until next month.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports the hearing to set a trial date for Bradley County Sheriff Eric Watson had been scheduled for Monday. It has been reset for Dec. 21.

Watson allegedly bought 11 used police vehicles at government auctions out of state to sell in Tennessee, where the maximum he could sell without an auto dealer’s license was five.

Watson has pleaded not guilty. His attorney, James F. Logan Jr., argues the state hasn’t offered any evidence that the sheriff violated state law and has challenged the constitutionality of the state law under which Watson is charged.


Information from: Chattanooga Times Free Press, http://www.timesfreepress.com

Smaller police departments embrace cameras; Madison and Dane County hold back


Who are Sufi Muslims and why are they the target of Muslim extremista?


Op-Ed The Bundys are poster boys for America's rural/urban divide


Net neutrality process “corrupted” by fake comments and vanishing complaints, officials say
As the Federal Communications Commission prepares to dismantle its net neutrality rules for internet providers, a mounting backlash from agency critics is zeroing in on what they say are thousands of fake or automated comments submitted to the FCC that unfairly skewed the policymaking process.

Allegations about anomalies in the record are quickly becoming a central component of a campaign by online activists and some government officials to discredit the FCC’s plan.

“The process the FCC has employed,” wrote New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman this week in a letter to the FCC, “has been corrupted by the fraudulent use of Americans’ identities .”

For the past six months, Schneiderman continued, the New York attorney general’s office has been reviewing the comments filed at the FCC on net neutrality. It found that “hundreds of thousands” of submissions may have impersonated New York residents – a potential violation of state law. But, he said, the FCC has declined to provide further evidence that could help move the investigation forward, such as data logs and other information.

Some consumers have complained that their own names or addresses have been hijacked and used to submit false comments to the FCC that they did not support. Others have pointed to the bizarre appearance of comments submitted by people who are deceased. Public comments play an important role at the FCC, which typically solicits feedback from Americans before it votes to make significant policy changes. The agency didn’t respond to a request for comment.


9/11's Trainer in Terrorism Was an FBI Informant

(Peter Dale Scott Talk in Palo Alto, October 27, 2006)

If I had an hour, I would talk to you about how the 9/11 Report failed to reconcile Dick Cheney's conflicting accounts, which cannot all be true, of what he did on the morning of 9/11 in the bunker beneath the White House. But that story takes two whole chapters of my forthcoming book, The Road to 9/11. So instead I will expand on what I spoke about a month ago in Berkeley, concerning Ali Mohamed, Washington's double agent inside al-Qaeda, and also a chief 9/11 plotter.(1) I want to add important new material tonight. Ali Mohamed, an Egyptian, was a close ally of Osama bin Laden. As he later confessed in court, he also aided the terrorist Ayman al-Zawahiri, a co-founder of the Egyptian Islamic Jihad, and by then an aide to bin Laden, when he visited America to raise money.(2) It is now generally admitted that Ali Mohamed worked for the FBI, the CIA, and U.S. Special Forces.
Patrick Fitzgerald, who testified to the 9/11 Commission about Ali Mohamed, knew him well. In 1994 he had named him as an unindicted co-conspirator in the New York landmarks case, yet allowed him to remain free. This was because, as Fitzgerald knew, Ali Mohamed was an FBI informant, from at least 1993 and maybe 1989.(3) Thus, from 1994 "until his arrest in 1998 [by which time the 9/11 plot was well under way], Mohamed shuttled between California, Afghanistan, Kenya, Somalia and at least a dozen other countries."(4)

What I first wrote in 2004, and again in 9/11 and American Empire, has to my knowledge has not yet been in the US press: it is that in 1993 Ali Mohamed had been detained by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Canada, (when he inquired at an airport after an incoming al Qaeda terrorist who turned out to be carrying two forged Saudi passports). Mohamed immediately told the RCMP to make a phone call to the FBI in the United States, and the call secured his release.(5) This release enabled Ali to go on to Kenya, take pictures of the U.S.. Embassy, and deliver them to bin Laden for the Embassy bombing plot.

In August 2006 there was a National Geographic Special on Ali Mohamed. We can take this as the new official fallback position on Ali Mohamed, because John Cloonan, the FBI agent who worked with Fitzgerald on Mohamed, helped narrate it. I didn't see the show, but here's what TV critics said about its contents:

Ali Mohamed manipulated the FBI, CIA and U.S. Army on behalf of Osama bin Laden. Mohamed trained terrorists how to hijack airliners, bomb buildings and assassinate rivals. [D]uring much of this time Mohamed was ... , an operative for the CIA and FBI, and a member of the U.S. Army.(6) ... Mohamed turned up in FBI surveillance photos as early as 1989, training radical Muslims who would go on to assassinate Jewish militant Meir Kahane and detonate a truck bomb at the World Trade Center. He not only avoided arrest, but managed to become an FBI informant while writing most of the al Qaeda terrorist manual and helping plan attacks on American troops in Somalia and U.S. embassies in Africa.(7)

That Mohamed trained al Qaeda in hijacking planes and wrote most of the al Qaeda terrorist manual is confirmed in a new book, The Looming Tower, by Lawrence Wright, who has seen US Government records.(8) Let me say this again: one of al-Qaeda's top trainers in terrorism and how to hijack airplanes was an operative for FBI, CIA, and the Army.

But what we have heard so far is a fall-back cover-up of even worse truths. Peter Lance, who first wrote the script for the National Geographic special, told about Mohamed's detention and release in Toronto. This important detail, along with others, was cut from the program. Lance withdrew from the project and complained on his website about these and other cuts, such as this one:

"Within days of 9/11 Cloonan ... interviewed Ali, whom the Feds had allowed to slip into witness protection, and demanded to know the details of the plot. At that point Ali wrote it all out - including details of how he'd counseled would-be hijackers on how to smuggle box cutters on board aircraft and where to sit, to effect the airline seizures."(9)

So let us sum up what we know so far about Ali Mohamed:

A key planner of the 9/11 plot, and trainer in hijacking, was simultaneously an informant for the FBI.
This operative trained the members for all of the chief Islamist attacks inside the United States -- the first WTC bombing, the New York landmarks plot, and finally 9/11, as well as the attacks against Americans in Somalia and Kenya.
And yet for four years Mohamed was allowed to move in and out of the country as an unindicted conspirator. Then, unlike his trainees, he was allowed to plea-bargain. To this day he may still not have been sentenced for any crime, and may even be in witness protection.(10)
Peter Lance has charged that Fitzgerald had evidence before 1998 to implicate Mohamed in the Kenya Embassy bombing, yet did nothing and let the bombing happen.(11) In fact, the FBI was aware back in 1990 that Mohamed had engaged in terrorist training on Long Island; yet it acted to protect Mohamed from arrest, even after one of his trainees had moved beyond training to an actual assassination.(12)

Mohamed's trainees were all members of the Al-Kifah Center in Brooklyn, which served as the main American recruiting center for the Makhtab-al-Khidimat, the "Services Center" network that after the Afghan war became known as al Qaeda.(13) The Al-Kifah Center was headed in 1990 by the blind Egyptian Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman, who like Ali Mohamed had been admitted to the United States, despite being on a State Department Watch List. (14) As he had done earlier in Egypt, the sheikh "issued a fatwa in America that permitted his followers to rob banks and kill Jews."(15)

In November 1990, three of Mohamed's trainees conspired together to kill Meir Kahane, the racist founder of the Jewish Defense League. The actual killer, El Sayyid Nosair, was caught by accident almost immediately; and by luck the police soon found his two co-conspirators, Mahmoud Abouhalima and Mohammed Salameh, waiting at Nosair's house. They found much more: There were formulas for bomb making, 1,440 rounds of ammunition, and manuals [supplied by Ali Mohamed] from the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center at Fort Bragg marked "Top Secret for Training," along with classified documents belonging to the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff. The police found maps and drawings of New York City landmarks like the Statue of Liberty, Times Square -- and the World Trade Center. The forty-seven boxes of evidence they collected also included the collected sermons of blind Sheikh Omar, in which he exhorted his followers to "destroy the edifices of capitalism."(16)

All three had been trained by Ali Mohamed back in the late 1980s at a rifle range, where the FBI had photographed them, before terminating this surveillance in the fall of 1989.(17)

The U.S. Government was thus in an excellent position to arrest, indict, and convict all of the terrorists involved, including Mohamed.

Yet only hours after the killing, Joseph Borelli, Chief of NYPD detectives, struck a familiar American note and pronounced Nosair a "lone deranged gunman.."(18) Some time later, he actually told the press that "There was nothing [at Nosair's house] that would stir your imagination ... ..Nothing has transpired that changes our opinion that he acted alone."[19]

Borelli was not acting alone in this matter. His position was also that of the FBI, who said they too believed "that Mr. Nosair had acted alone in shooting Rabbi Kahane." "The bottom line is that we can't connect anyone else to the Kahane shooting," an F.B.I. agent said."(20)

In thus limiting the case, the police and FBI were in effect protecting Nosair's two Arab co-conspirators in the murder of a U.S. citizen. Both of them were ultimately convicted in connection with the first WTC bombing, along with another Mohamed trainee, Nidal Ayyad. The 9/11 Report, summarizing the convictions of Salameh, Ayyad, Abouhalima, and the blind Sheikh for the WTC bombing and New York landmarks plots, calls it "this superb investigative and prosecutorial effort" (i.e. by Cloonan and Fitzgerald).(21) It says nothing about the suppressed evidence found in Nosair's house, including "maps and drawings of New York City landmarks," which if pursued should have prevented both plots from developing.

Almost certainly, the 9/11 Commission knew more about this scandalous situation than they let on. It cannot be just a coincidence that they selected to write the staff reports about al Qaeda and the 9/11 plot, and conduct the relevant interviews, Dietrich Snell, who had been Fitzgerald's colleague in the Southern District of New York U.S. Attorney's office. (Thus Snell presumably drafted the praise for the superb effort by his former colleague Patrick Fitzgerald and the FBI). Of the nine people on Snell's team, all but one had worked for the U.S. Government, and all but two for either the Justice Department or the FBI.(22)

If you go to my website, http://www.peterdalescott.net, you will know that: Shortly after 9/11, in October 2001, U.S. and British newspapers briefly alleged that the paymaster for the 9/11 attacks was a possible agent of the Pakistani intelligence service ISI, Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh. There was even a brief period in which it was alleged that the money had been paid at the direction of the then ISI Chief, Lieutenant-General Mahmoud Ahmad.(23)

Others have since argued that Saeed Sheikh worked for both America and Britain, since "both American and British governments have studiously avoided taking any action against Sheikh despite the fact that he is a known terrorist who has targeted U.S. and UK citizens."(24) The claim what Saeed Sheikh was recruited by MI-6 in Great Britain has been made by myself, by John Newman, and by Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed; recently it has been pointed to in the new book by Pervez Musharraf, the President of Pakistan.(25)

And there may have been other double agents. Last month Robert Baer, a former CIA officer, told an Australian newspaper that ''In 1996, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed [the al-Qaeda mastermind of the 9/11 plot] was in Doha [the capital of Qatar], the CIA found out about it, and wanted to arrest him and people in Washington stopped them. That has never been answered in the 9/11 commission report, why that arrest was stopped."(26)

One week after 9/11, in a story for Pacific News Service, I wrote the following (which is still on my website):

It is important to learn from the serious mistakes made by the United States and CIA in the past. The usual CIA mode of undermining foreign governments it does not like -- from Russia to Cuba to Iran -- has been to organize and train their opponents in criminal activities, including sabotage and smuggling. But time and again this strategy backfires. The problem is that as soon as the United States loses interest in its agents' cause, the sabotage techniques it has taught will more than likely be turned back against it.(27)

This is what happened with al Qaeda.

When I wrote this I did not yet know about the scandal of Ali Mohamed's tolerated terrorism. In 2004, when I did know, I reported a story in the London Independent (but not this country) that Mohamed was on the U.S. payroll at the time he was training the Arab Afghans, and that the CIA, reviewing the case five years after the first WTC bombing, concluded in an internal document that the CIA itself was "partly culpable" in the World Trade Center attack.(28)

I cannot tell you whether (as I would like to think) Mohamed and Saeed were examples of rogue agents out of control (in which case we have a CIA problem), or whether they were agents not out of control (in which case we have of course a much worse CIA problem). One way or the other, we have a fundamental and on-going problem, for which we need a more serious remedy than just putting a Democrat in the White House. As has happened after past intelligence fiascoes, our intelligence agencies were strengthened as a result of the 9/11 Commission, not brought under control, and their budgets were increased.

It's time to confront the reality that these agencies themselves, and their own sponsorship and protection of terrorist activities, have aggravated the greatest threats to our national security. Scott Ritter and others have written that, at this very moment, CIA-backed bombings are being undertaken in Iran by the Mujahideen e-Khalq (MEK or MKO), an opposition group listed by the United States State Department as a Foreign Terrorist Organization.(29) It appears that, as if having learned nothing, the CIA is still sponsoring terrorists.

I want to admit, in all fairness, that certain notable victories have been achieved in the narrow pursuit of al Qaeda. At the same time, after five years of the new broadened war on terrorism, we can say with confidence that the net result to date is a far more dangerous world than we had before.

Peter Dale Scott's latest book (co-edited with David Ray Griffin) is 9/11 & American Empire: Intellectuals Speak Out (Olive Branch Press, 2006). His website is http://www.peterdalescott.net.


I discuss Ali Mohamed in a book I co-edited with David Ray Griffin: David Ray Griffin and Peter Dale Scott (eds.), 9/11 & American Empire: Intellectuals Speak Out (Northampton, MA: Olive Branch Press, 2006), 74, 76-77.
This admitted connection to al-Zawahiri has led some to identify Mohamed (Abu Mohamed al Amriki) with the al-Amriki alleged by Yossef Bodansky to have acted as go-between between Zawahiri and the CIA: "In the first half of November 1997 Ayman al-Zawahiri met a man called Abu-Umar al-Amriki (al-Amriki means "the American") at a camp near Peshawar, on the Pakistan-Afghanistan border. High-level Islamist leaders insist that in this meeting Abu-Umar al-Amriki made al-Zawahiri an offer: The United States would not interfere with or intervene to prevent the Islamists' rise to power in Egypt if the Islamist mujahideen currently in Bosnia-Herzegovina would refrain from attacking the U.S. forces there. Moreover, Abu-Umar al-Amriki promised a donation of $50 million (from unidentified sources) to Islamist charities in Egypt and elsewhere. This was not the first meeting between Abu-Umar al-Amriki and Zawahiri. Back in the 1980s Abu-Umar al-Amriki openly acted as an emissary for the CIA with various Arab Islamist militant and terrorist movements ... then operating under the wings of the Afghan jihad ... . In the late 1980s, in one of his meetings with Zawahiri, Abu-Umar al-Amriki suggested that Zawahiri would need "$50 million to rule Egypt." At the time, Zawahiri interpreted this assertion as a hint that Washington would tolerate his rise to power if he could raise this money. The mention of the magic figure, $50 million, by Abu-Umar al-Amriki in the November 1997 meeting was interpreted by Zawahiri and the entire Islamist leadership, including Osama bin Laden, as a reaffirmation of the discussions with the CIA in the late 1980s about Washington's willingness to tolerate an Islamic Egypt. In 1997 the Islamist leaders were convinced that Abu-Umar al-Amriki was speaking for the CIA -- that is, the uppermost echelons of the Clinton administration" (Bodansky, Bin Laden, 212-13). As we shall see, it is the case that Mohamed was allowed to travel to Afghanistan even after his designation as an unindicted co-conspirator in 1994 (San Francisco Chronicle, 10/21/01).
Peter Lance, "Triple Cross: National Geographic Channel's Whitewash of the Ali Mohamed Story," Huffington Post, 8/29/06, http://news.yahoo.com/s/huffpost/20060829/ cm_huffpost/028270. Unfortunately Lance's book on Mohamed, Triple Cross, was not yet available as this book went to press. Cf. Lawrence White, The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 (New York: Knopf, 2006), 181-82; Daniel Benjamin and Steven Simon, The Age of Sacred Terror (New York: Random House, 2002), 236; Lawrence Wright, New Yorker, 9/16/02: "In 1989 -- Mohamed talked to an F.B.I. agent in California and provided American intelligence with its first inside look at Al Qaeda."
Raleigh News & Observer, 10/21/01, http://www.knoxstudio. com/shns/story.cfm?pk=ALIMOHAMED-10-24-01&cat=AN.
Toronto Globe and Mail, 11/22/01, http://www.mail-archive. com/hydro@topica.com/msg00224.html; Peter Dale Scott, "How to Fight Terrorism," California Monthly, September 2004, http://www.alumni.berkeley.edu/Alumni/Cal_Monthly/September_2004/How_to_fight_terrorism.asp. Mohamed's companion, Essam Marzouk, is now serving 15 years of hard labor in Egypt, after having been arrested in Azerbaijan. Mohamed's detention and release was months after the first WTC bombing in February 1993, and after the FBI had already rounded up two of the plotters whom they knew had been trained by Ali Mohamed.
Dave Shiflett, Bloomberg News, 8/28/06, http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601088&sid=aNWwkZYujCIs&refer=home.
Glenn Garvin, Miami Herald, http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/entertainment/columnists/glenn_garvin/15310462.htm
Lawrence Wright, The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 (New York: Knopf, 2006), 181. The Report claims (56) that "Bin Ladin and his comrades had their own sources of support and training, and they received little or no assistance from the United States." But Wright reports that Mohamed, while on a leave from the U.S. army, went to Afghanistan and trained "the first al-Qaeda volunteers in techniques of unconventional warfare, including kidnappings, assassinations, and hijacking planes." This was in 1988, one year before Mohamed left active U.S. Army service and joined the Reserve.
Peter Lance, "Triple Cross: National Geographic Channel's Whitewash of the Ali Mohamed Story," Huffington Post, 8/29/06, http://news.yahoo.com/s/huffpost/20060829/cm _huffpost/028270.
According to publicity for the National Geographic special, Mohamed is "currently in U.S. custody," but "his whereabouts and legal status are closely guarded secrets" (Rocky Mountain News, 8/28/06, 2D). Lance wrote that Mohamed was put into the witness protection program. "David Runke [Ruhnke], a defense attorney in the African embassies bombing case, says, ``I think the most likely thing that will happen is he'll be released, he'll be given a new name and a new identity, and he will pick up a life someplace.''' (Shiflett, Bloomberg News, 8/28/06). As of November 2001, Mohamed had not been sentenced and was still believed to be supplying information from his prison cell.
"Ali Mohamed had stayed in [El-Hage's] Kenyan home in the mid 90's as they plotted the bombings. Another agent in Fitzie's squad Dan Coleman, had searched El-Hage's home a year before the bombings and found direct links to Ali Mohamed and yet Fitzgerald failed to connect the dots" (Lance, "Triple Cross," Huffington Post, 8/29/06).
Peter Lance, 1000 Years for Revenge (New York: Regan Books/ Harper Collins, 2003), 29-37.
Robert Dreyfuss, Devil's Game: How the United States Helped Unleash Fundamentalist Islam (New York: Metropolitan Books/Henry Holt, 2005), 278; John K. Cooley, Unholy Wars: Afghanistan, America, and International Terrorism (London: Pluto Press, 1999), 87-88; Lance, 1000 Years for Revenge, 29-31; Independent, 11/1/98.
Rahman was issued two visas, one of them "by a CIA officer working undercover in the consular section of the American embassy in Sudan" (Peter L.. Bergen, Holy War, Inc.: Inside the Secret World of Osama bin Laden [New York: Free Press, 2001], 67). FBI consultant Paul Williams writes that Ali Mohamed "settled in America on a visa program controlled by the CIA" (Paul L. Williams, Al Qaeda: Brotherhood of Terror [[Upper Saddle River, NJ]: Alpha/ Pearson Education, 2002], 117). Others allegedly admitted, despite being on the State Department watch list, were Mohamed Atta and possibly Ayman al-Zawahiri (Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed, The War on Truth: 9/11, Disinformation, and the Anatomy of Terrorism [Northampton, MA: Olive Branch Press, 2005], 205, 46).
Wright, The Looming Tower, 177.
Lance, 1000 Years, 34.
Lance, 1000 Years, 31; Peter Lance, Cover Up: What the Government Is Still Hiding about the War on Terror (New York: Regan Books/ HarperCollins, 2004), 25.
Newsday, 11/8/90; quoted in Lance, 1000 Years, 35.
New York Times, 11/8/90; Robert I. Friedman, Village Voice, 3/30/93.
New York Times, 12/16/90.
9/11 Report, 72.
Kean and Hamilton, Without Precedent, 273 (chapters); Lance, Cover Up, 212-20 (reports). Snell was assisted by Douglas MacEachin, the former CIA deputy Director for Intelligence.
Peter Dale Scott "Who Paid the 9/11 Hijackers? Al-Hawsawi? Mahmoud Ahmad?" GlobalResearch.ca, 10/14/04, http://www.globalresearch.ca/articles/SCO410A.html. Cf. David Ray Griffin, The 9/11 Commission Report: Omissions and Distortions (Northampton, MA: Olive Branch Press/Interlink, 2004), 104-07; Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed, The War on Truth: 9/11, Disinformation, and the Anatomy of Terrorism (Northampton, MA: Olive Branch Press, 2005), 137-44; Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed, The London Bombings: An Independent Inquiry (London: Duckworth, 2006), 169; Peter Dale Scott, "The CIA's Secret Powers: Afghanistan, 9/11, and America's Most Dangerous Enemy." Critical Asian Studies, 35:2 (2003), 233-258.
Ahmed, The War on Truth, 142; cf. John Newman, Remarks, Omissions and Errors in the Commission's Final Report, Rep. McKinney 9/11 Congressional Briefing, 18 August 2005, http://911readingroom.org/bib/whole_document.php?article_id=422.
Pervez Musharraf, In the Line of Fire: A Memoir (New York: Free Press, 2006), 225: "It is believed in some quarters that while Omar Sheikh was at the LSE he was recruited by the British intelligence agency MI6. It is said that MI6 persuaded him to take an active part in demonstrations against Serbian aggression in Bosnia and even sent him to Kosovo to join the jihad. At some point he probably became a rogue or double agent."
Courier Mail (Australia), 9/23/06; cf. Robert Baer, Sleeping with the Devil (New York: Crown, 2003), 18-19.
Peter Dale Scott, "Made in the U.S.A. - How the U.S. Manufactures Terrorists," Pacific News Service, Sep 19, 2001.
Peter Dale Scott, "How to Fight Terrorism." California Monthly, September 2004; citing Andrew Marshall, Independent, 11/1/98, http://billstclair.com/911timeline/1990s/independent110198.html.
Scott Ritter, "The US war with Iran has already begun," ZNet, 6/21/05, http://www.zmag.org/content/showarticle.cfm?itemid=8126.: "President Bush has taken advantage of the sweeping powers granted to him in the aftermath of 11 September 2001, to wage a global war against terror and to initiate several covert offensive operations inside Iran. The most visible of these is the CIA-backed actions recently undertaken by the Mujahadeen el-Khalq, or MEK, an Iranian opposition group, once run by Saddam Hussein's dreaded intelligence services, but now working exclusively for the CIA's Directorate of Operations. It is bitter irony that the CIA is using a group still labelled as a terrorist organisation, a group trained in the art of explosive assassination by the same intelligence units of the former regime of Saddam Hussein, who are slaughtering American soldiers in Iraq today, to carry out remote bombings in Iran of the sort that the Bush administration condemns on a daily basis inside Iraq." I have not yet seen Scott Ritter, Target Iran: The Truth About the White House's Plans for Regime Change (New York: Avalon Publishing Group, 2006)..


Police push back on report criticizing body-worn camera policies
Arizona police departments cited say study filled


EFF follow ups on ComputerCop’s suspicious endorsement from the Treasury Department

Three years ago, the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Dave Maass did a deep-dive into ComputerCop, a company that tapped into asset forfeiture funds at police departments around the country to sell software that monitored keystrokes on computers of students and children.

Maass’ investigation found a host of problems:

The way ComputerCOP works is neither safe nor secure. It isn’t particularly effective either, except for generating positive PR for the law enforcement agencies distributing it. As security software goes, we observed a product with a keystroke-capturing function, also called a “keylogger,” that could place a family’s personal information at extreme risk by transmitting what a user types over the Internet to third-party servers without encryption. That means many versions of ComputerCOP leave children (and their parents, guests, friends, and anyone using the affected computer) exposed to the same predators, identity thieves, and bullies that police claim the software protects against.
That investigation also found that ComputerCop apparently altered letters from the Department of Treasury to make a letter from the agency appear to be a broad endorsement rather than the narrow approval it was.

That story sparked a broader investigation, and while the agency’s Inspector General did indeed find that the document was improperly altered, it also found that the statute of limitations had expired. Maass reports in his latest investigation:

A document obtained through the Freedom of Information Act shows that, in response to EFF’s research, the Treasury Department’s Inspector General launched an investigation into ComputerCOP. The final report concluded that the company had, in fact, doctored a government letter to improperly convince law enforcement agencies to spend asset forfeiture funds to buy the product.
The EFF posted the primary IG report the piece was based on, as well as other supporting documents obtained through FOIA.

Bipartisan support for more transparency in Kansas

I missed the follow up reaction to the Kansas City Star’s broad investigation into the high cost of secrecy.

The reaction is promising: Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer, set to become governor if Gov. Sam Brownback is confirmed in the senate, told the paper that “transparency is absolutely critical to increase Kansans’ confidence in government. I look forward to taking steps to increase transparency and improve public trust when I become governor.”

Other politicians pledged to push for specific reforms in increasing transparency on many of the issues that the Star raised.

Exposing empty oversight

Lauren Stanforth has a good piece for the Time Union looking at about two dozen New York ethics boards, many of which had not met in years.

A two-month examination of the practices of nearly two dozen Capital Region ethics boards revealed many of the panels meet only “as needed” and do not update their codes or proactively conduct investigations — throwing them into a state of dormancy that can last years. Many localities also leave ethics board positions unfilled, leaving the bodies without enough members for a quorum. The towns of Clifton Park, Colonie, Glenville, Malta, North Greenbush and Rotterdam, as well Schenectady County, could provide little to no record of their ethics boards meeting in the last five years. Officials with the town of Niskayuna acknowledged it is supposed to have an ethics board according to town code. Niskayuna’s attorney said the town would take steps to appoint one.
Local meeting minutes are often a constant fight to obtain, and this investigation is another example of why they matter.

And some of the quotes are incredible. “I guess I’m still on the board. I’ve never been notified that I haven’t been,” one ethics board member told Stanforth. “It has been a very long time since we’ve met.”


Japanese mayor says he’ll end SF sister city status over comfort women statue
By Evan Sernoffsky

Updated 4:20 pm, Friday, November 24, 2017

NYPD quietly using military tracking device locating suspects through cell phone signals Saturday, November 25, 2017, 6:32 PM

Part of the problem, privacy experts say, is the devices can also collect data from anyone within a small radius of the person being tracked. And law enforcement goes to great lengths to conceal usage, in some cases, offering plea deals rather than divulging details on the StingRay.

“We can’t even tell how frequently they’re being used,” said attorney Jerome Greco, of the Legal Aid Society, which recently succeeded in blocking evidence collected with the device in a New York City murder case. “It makes it very difficult.”

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Republicans say man who attacked woman with hammer can keep post as secretary

Republican Party leaders in Florida are moving on after discovering one of their officials changed his name and allegedly attempted to hide an act of horrific violence.

The state party leaders ruled that Rupert Tarsey can remain secretary of the Broward County Republican Executive Committee despite his criminal past and attempt from the committee's chairman to suspend him.

Following a May election that saw the little-known newcomer get elected to the committee, defeating two opponents with deeper ties to the GOP, members found out that despite being just 28 years old, he'd already lived another life as a wealthy high schooler named Rupert Ditsworth, who savagely attacked a young girl with a hammer after trapping her in his car, but never spent a drop of time behind bars.

"When you have a lot of money, you can kind of get away with stuff," Celeste Ellich, vice chair of the Broward County Republican Party, told the Los Angeles Times.

In high school in 2007, Tarsey asked schoolmate Elizabeth Barcay out to lunch.

On their way back to school, he took a detour and they wound up on a dead-end street, where he parked his Jaguar with his victim's door up against a wall, took a hammer out of his book bag and began bringing the blunt object down upon her body.

GOP groups stray from Moore despite Trump, RNC support

After dozens of strikes to Barcay's head and leg, she would be left with 40 visible wounds in total, including a split-open scalp and two black eyes.

"Her hair and face were caked with blood," Barcay's mother, a physician, told the Sun Sentinel. "On the left side, her head was shaped like a football."

The blows from the hammer only stopped because the tool broke. At that point, Tarsey took Barcay by the neck and tried to strangle her.

Finally, she was able to bite one of his fingers, causing him to end his carnage.

Five days later, Barcay would go to her prom in a wheelchair.

In the years after, Tarsey changed his identity, relocated to Florida and got involved in politics, particularly with Donald Trump's presidential campaign.

Thanks to a plea agreement, he was able to plead no contest to one felony count of assault with a deadly weapon and was given six years’ probation.

When the board first became aware of what Tarsey had done in September, some members called for his resignation

He declined.

"I don't think that Tarsey should be an officer, or even a member, of any Republican Party given his past history and current penchant for intentionally misleading people. He should have resigned for the good of the Party and unfortunately, he did not," said Florida Republican Chairman Blaise Ingoglia.

"I also believe anybody with a criminal record embarrasses the Party and should resign."

When reached by the LA Times, Tarsey declined to comment, other than to say, "I don't really see how it's a controversy — this is not a state-level position


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Killing of Rio de Janeiro Councilwoman Critical of PoliceRattles Brazil

New York Times-Mar 15, 2018
RIO DE JANEIRO — On the eve of her killing on a downtown street on Wednesday night, a Rio de Janeiro councilwoman suggested that the death of a young man earlier in the week had been the latest act of policebrutality. “How many more must die for this war to end?” Councilwoman Marielle Franco ...

Against state law, former SF police union head uses rap sheet as ...

San Francisco Chronicle-Mar 15, 2018
It's against state law for Delagnes, a retired police inspector who now works as the union's consultant, to have access to rap sheets, let alone print them out for public view. Yet he and Police Officers Association President Martin Halloran used the private criminal record as a prop during a Jan. 24 public ...

List of 'troubled' Philadelphia police filled with inconsistencies

The former aides who drew up the list saw it as an in-house reference sheet for frontline prosecutors to consult as they went over lists of potential police witnesses for cases. It ultimately was seen as a tool to eliminate testimony from officers who might lie on the witness stand. The Philadelphia Defender ...

Bayonne police brutality suit cost at least $1.5 million to settle

At least $1.5 million was paid to settle a police brutality lawsuit brought by a family that was beaten and pepper-sprayed by Bayonne police, according to a confidential deal released Friday after a year-long court battle by The Jersey Journal. The family of Brandon Walsh sued the city of Bayonne and the ...

Police: Teen who stabbed 3 had been monitored

Fox News-
He's in custody in a juvenile detention center while a grand jury decides whether to charge him as an adult. The Associated Press does not generally identify juveniles charged with crimes. Police say the FBI and other authorities had been aware of threats the teen had made in the past and had considered ...
How heroin overdoses in the suburbs exposed Baltimore's corrupt police squad, the Gun Trace Task Force

Family members say West Valley City police officers broke down their door, harassed and assaulted them as they mourned the death of their infant son

Baltimore police officer arrested, charged with assault and misconduct

Police: Customs and Border Protection officer killed dog, dumped body in Va.


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Watch the banned film Titicut Follies

Review: Police, violence and an artist who paints to provoke


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Details emerge in sting arrest of NM State Police officer
By Ryan Boetel / Journal Staff Writer
Sunday, July 8th, 2018 at 5:53pms


Albuquerque youth experience FBI Teen Academy
By Matthew Reisen / Journal Staff Writer

Sunday, July 8th, 2018 at 5:30pm

Alabama police officer indicted in child porn case


JUL 08, 2018 | 5:15 AM

Date: July 6, 2018
Contact: Say Something Real Press LLC
Photos: Available upon request
New Book Explores the Texas Connections to the JFK Assassination
Noted researcher and political cartoonist Richard Bartholomew’s new book, THE DEEP STATE IN THE HEART OF TEXAS, takes a fresh – and often-stunning – new look into the forces behind the most important murder in 20thcentury American history. Available in paperback and Kindle beginning July 4, 2018, this book delivers truth in a detailed yet engaging style. From the alleged murder weapon, to the Zapruder film, to a vehicle possibly used in the assassination being found in Austin, as well as essays covering political strategies for the present and future, THE DEEP STATE IN THE HEART OF TEXAS provides real history in all its gory detail, without a need for theorizing.
“While I have always insisted that the assassination resulted from a collaboration including the most powerful people in the country, I also believed full well that a Texas axis was instrumental in carrying out the plot and cover-up.,” writes researcher Ed Tatro, of THE MEN WHO KILLED KENNEDY, in his forward. “Richard Bartholomew’s research is an excellent place to continue searching for the truth.”
While the 45th American President continues to abuse the term “deep state,” it retains its original meaning as coined by Peter Dale Scott, in reference to the private corporate and public interests that intertwine with one another in the road to power. Bartholomew’s book goes beyond simple media biases into the actual machinations of how deep state events are planned and produced.
A co-founder and director of the Center for Deep Political Research, Richard Bartholomew’s research has appeared in many publications, including The Fourth Decade. He has also presented at various conferences over the years, including the the 2018 JFK Historical Group Conference in Sterling, VA, and his critique of Joan Mellen at the 2016 JFK Assassination Conference in Dallas, TX.
For more information, see: http://www.saysomethingrealpress.com/bartholomew.html

Former police officer accused of molesting girl kills himself in jail


JUL 06, 2018 | 1:30 AM

Lawyers For Boston Marathon Bomber Want FBI Tapes With Brother’s Associate, Todashev
July 05, 2018
Lisa Creamer


Reports on OSP trooper's past shootings don't have to be shared with indicted FBI agent
Updated Jul 3, 3:31 PM; Posted Jul 3, 3:21 PM

Ex-trooper admits to overtime fraud amid ongoing probe

AP, 6:04 PM
BOSTON (AP) — A former Massachusetts State trooper has pleaded guilty to receiving overtime pay for shifts he didn’t work.


NYPD lieutenant busted for drunken driving in Queens on 4th of July


JUL 04, 2018 | 8:35 AM


SF federal judge schools FBI on who can approve search warrants
By Bob Egelko Updated 3:35 pm PDT, Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Anti-cop leftist politics spur Seattle police 'mass exodus'

Sunday, July 1, 2018
Michael F. Haverluck (OneNewsNow.com)


S & COURTS  Posted Yesterday at 11:03 AM Updated July 2
Feeling ‘deeply ashamed,’ retired state trooper sent to prison for selling drugs
Jeffrey Linscott of Buxton, whose lawyer says he sold cocaine and fentanyl to support an addicted woman he knew, receives a one-year sentence and must forfeit a truck and cash.

SEE IT: Off-duty cop slams into car in hit-and-run, punches victim who chased him down


JUL 03, 2018 | 10:15 AM


The FBI and I: A Long Trek Over The Past (1 of 7)
July 3, 2018Uncategorized

All art in this series on the law by Artist Charles Bragg

I wrote a book called “Don’t Embarrass the Family.”
I explained why


South Carolina police object to high-school reading list
Union says depictions of brutality in The Hate U Give and All American Boys promote distrust of police and ‘we’ve got to put a stop to that’


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Olympic Organizations And The FBI Knew Larry Nassar Was Abusing Young Gymnasts But Didn’t Do Anything For Over A Year
A congressional report found that the agencies had opportunities to stop the doctor but failed to do so and “knowingly concealed” his abuse.


Chris Wray's FBI continues to cover for Team Comey's Russia shenanigans


Cop claims NYPD ignored her sexual harassment complaints against fellow officers, lawsuit says


JUL 30, 2019 | 5:47 PM




Mark Meadows bypasses FBI to appeal for release of info linked to FISA abuse report
by Daniel Chaitin
 & Jerry Dunleavy
 | July 30, 2019 04:59 PM


WATCH: Cop Won't give Man Reason for Stop, Holds him at Gunpoint, Arrests him


Oklahoma court to rule on appeal of ex-cop convicted of rape
Published: Tue, July 30, 2019 12:54 PM Updated: Tue, July 30, 2019 12:55 PM


State board says Paterson police officer in sex case should not get full pension

Joe Malinconico, Paterson Press Published 8:18 a.m. ET July 30, 2019 | Updated 11:50

PATERSON — In the latest development in a case that has cost city taxpayers more than $2 million, a state board ruled against giving a full pension to a retired cop who spent nine years being paid for not working after he was accused of sexual misconduct.
The retirement board decided on July 8 that the former cop, Ma


Cop commander on the hook for missing cash from drug fund, state auditors say
*                 Lauren Cross lauren.cross@nwi.com, 219-933-3206 Jul 30, 2019 Updated


N.J. cop charged with killing newborn daughter will remain jailed, mom charged with endangering set free
Updated Jul 30, 5:55 PM; Posted Jul 30, 3:23 PM


California cop guilty of insurance fraud


Downingtown cop charged with inappropriate relationship with minor

A 44-year-old former Downingtown police officer is charged with


Cop Convicted of Body Slamming 66-Year-Old Nurse at Hospital gets 45 Days Jail


Lebanon cop accused of assaulting boyfriend expected to make plea
*                 By John Koziol Union Leader Correspondent Jul 30, 2019 Updated 1 hr ago


abusive cop barred from contacting wife

WILKES-BARRE — The Wilkes-Barre police officer accused of threatening to slit his estranged wife’s throat and kill himself reached an agreement Tuesda

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"None of us can afford to be insensitive to the grave implications of unjustified and unlawful spying by the Government. It poses a very real danger to the personal freedoms which are the cornerstone of our democratic system." 93rd Cong., 1st sess., Congressional Record 119 (September 11, 1973) at 29146.        


Addressing Sexual Offenses and Misconduct by Law Enforcement:


Judge to DOJ: Make Decision on McCabe Charges—or Face Release of FBI Records
Audrey McNamara
Published 10.01.19 2:33PM ET 


Revenge of the Intelligence Nerds
Trump has long worried that America’s intelligence professionals would try to undermine him from the shadows. All they had to do was play by the rules.


Knoxville FBI analyst accused of ‘contact’ with target of investigation
Defendants in the prosecution of a massive pill mill case are raising concerns that the misconduct affects their cases.


FBI Ordered to Expunge Threat Assessment of Anti-War Reporter


FBI agent’s records unsealed in Wecht case

JASON CATO | Wednesday, July 11, 2007 12:00 a.m.

The FBI agent leading the public corruption case against Dr. Cyril H. Wecht has been investigated by the bureau for seven infractions that led to a demotion and two suspensions without pay, according to internal disciplinary records made public today.
Special Agent Bradley W. Orsini, 44, was described by former colleagues in the Newark, N.J., office as “abrasive and self-centered,” with a former supervisor characterizing him as a “bully.”
The Office of Professional Responsibility, the department which investigates allegations of wrongdoing by agents, initiated four investigations into Orsini’s behavior between 1997 and 2000. Those investigations, which were consolidated into one case, found Orsini:
• Engaged in a prohibited sexual relationship with another agent for nearly two years, which came to light after Orsini presented his paramour at bureau Christmas parties in 1998 and 1999 with a pet collar inscribed with the note “If found, please return to Brad Orsini” and a toy wheel with a guide for assigning the best cases, which always landed on her picture when spun
• Threatened a subordinate whom he believed told superiors about his relationship with the female agent
• Damaged government property by punching holes in office walls with his fists and breaking chairs
• Made unprofessional and insensitive “homophobic remarks” while joking around with other agents in the office.
For those transgressions, Orsini was demoted from a supervisor’s role within the Newark public corruption squad to a street agent working narcotics investigations in an outlying field office. He also was suspended without pay for 30 days, placed on probation for one year and forced to undergo sensitivity training.
That investigation also found Orsini violated bureau procedures by signing other agents’ initials to interview reports in 1993 and 1994. Orsini told investigators he did not know how many times he had done so, but said he did it only because “it was a convenience and a shortcut,” according to the reports.
In 1998, Orsini was suspended for five days without pay for falsifying chain of custody forms and evidence labels by signing other agen


Who Killed Kennedy?: The Definitive Account of Fifty Years of Conspiracy Paperback – July 1, 2014
(Author), Cyril H. Wecht (Author)

See previous article


Dirty Tricks
Nixon, Watergate, and the CIA
Shane O’Sullivan1
New York: Skyhorse Books, 2018; £20.00 h/b; 536 pages, notes, index
Robin Ramsay
So what can a major reappraisal of Watergate


Lobster Issue 77 - Summer 2019


Rare reversal of AG finding in officer-involved shooting after Claremont cop convicted of lying
*                 By Damien Fisher Union Leader Correspondent Oct 1, 2019 Updat


City to Approve $125,000 Settlement for Woman Who Says Phoenix Cop Stalked Her
MEG O'CONNOR | OCTOBER 2, 2019 | 6:30AM


“Driving While Female” Abuses Continue
* In the Media posted by Samuel Walker
The recent arrest of an Oklahoma City police officer for sexually assaulting seven women while on duty between February and June of 2014 dramatized the continuing problem on-duty sexual abuses by police officers. Read the story here: DWF2014  The problem was highlighted in 2002 by Sam Walker and Dawn Irlbeck’s report Driving While Female. Read the report here:   Partly in response to the report, but also because of growing concern about the issues, The International Association of Chiefs of Police in 2011 issued a Task Force report on Addressing Sexual Offenses and Misconduct by Law Enforcement. Read the IACP report here: IACPAddressingSexualOffenses


Mother claims cop gave her 'retaliatory' ticket for breastfeeding in car at Philadelphia airport
BY MORGAN GSTALTER - 10/01/19 11:59 AM EDT


Montana's U.S. senators call for more FBI agents

by KECI StaffTuesday, October 1st 2019


CNN exclusive: FBI misconduct reveals sex, lies and videotape

Source: CNN

Washington (CNN) -- An FBI employee shared confidential information with his girlfriend, who was a news reporter, then later threatened to release a sex tape the two had made.

A supervisor watched pornographic videos in his office during work hours while "satisfying himself."

And an employee in a "leadership position" misused a government database to check on two friends who were exotic dancers and allowed them into an FBI office after hours.

These are among confidential summaries of FBI disciplinary reports obtained by CNN, which describe misconduct by agency supervisors, agents and other employees over the last three years.


Dems on FBI report: Not even a halfway effort
The Lead
The FBI has completed its investigation into sexual misconduct allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, and while Republican senators are confident with the report, Democrats disagree.


FBI Probed Geraldine Ferraro
*                 OCTOBER 31, 2011JOSE BAYONA
The FBI investigated Geraldine Ferraro after her historic run for vice president, questioning the Queens Democrat for five hours about how she financed her first election to Congress, documents show.
At least one Reagan Administration Justice Department attorney wanted to put the politically charged case before a grand jury – but the agency later reversed course, according to the documents. The FBI ultimately recommended against prosecution.
The revelations – and accounts of how Ferraro was subjected to death threats after she joined former Vice President Walter Mondale on the Democratic presidential ticket in 1984 – are contained in her 143-page FBI file. The documents were obtained under a Freedom of Information Act request, which calls on the agency to release certain documents after the subject’s death.
Ferraro, a former schoolteacher and lawyer who became the first woman to represent a major party in a national election, died in March at age 75 after battling a blood cancer.
Threats and a Probe
The FBI dossier contains 59 pages that detail four incidents of men who threatened Ferraro during the peak of her political career – including one Dallas man who mixed in insults against women and Italians, and another who uttered threats on a San Francisco-bound flight. The FBI redacted numerous passages and withheld two pages from the file, citing national security and privacy reasons.
The bulk of the file – 84 pages – outlines the ethics probe the F


Congressional Supervision of America's Secret Agencies: The Experience and Legacy of the Church Committee
Loch K. Johnson
Public Administration Review
Vol. 64, No. 1 (Jan. - Feb., 2004), pp. 3-14


Stealing J.Edgar Hoover's Secrets
January 7, 2014


The Assassinations: Probe Magazine on JFK, MLK, RFK and Malcolm X
edited by James DiEugenio, Lisa Peas

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NYPD defends rules for releasing body cam footage; City Council says not good enough





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To curb racial bias, Oakland police are pulling fewer people over. Will it work?









Two guards arrested in Jeffrey Epstein suicide probe





NOV 19, 2019 | 9:30 AM






Sweden drops rape investigation into Wikileaks founder Julian Assange





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The truth about the NYPD and DNA: Keep open vital database invaluable in solving crimes





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Video: A Cop Tased a Woman for Complying. He Was Fired...Two Years Later






Former cop pleads not guilty to punching woman  prisoner







4 cops earned $250K last year in one N.J. town. Here’s how they gamed the system.

Updated 8:53 AM;Today 6:45 



Four police officers in Somerset County’s largest town earned more than $250,000 last year, using a combination of union work and overtime to swell their salaries to astronomical levels, an NJ Advance Media investigation shows.

In addition, 22 other Franklin officers logged overtime or comp time on the same day they took a paid day off for union business on at least 220 occasions since 2016. Often, it meant taxpayers footed the bill for hundreds of hours of pay when officers weren’t policing and then paid them overtime for other work they d








Off-duty cop implicated in killing of Ethiopian teen charged with negligent homicide

The indictment states the defendant was pelted with stones by Solomon Tekah and 2 other teens and suffered a subchorionic hemorrhage, prompting him to fire off one bullet into the ground which ricocheted and killed the 19-year-old


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Cop in fatal crash would’ve lost his car under councilman’s safety bill

By Ben Cohn and Jorge Fitz-Gibbon

November 18, 201






Former St. Albans Cop Says He Told Chief of Altercation Months Earlier









The KnowFormer Westminster cop pleads guilty to civil rights violation in federal 

court for sexually assaulting woman in his custodyA former Westminster police officer who sexually assaulted a woman in his 

police car in 2017 has pleaded guilty in federal court to violating that ...18 hours ago











The TrentonianFormer Trenton cop admits to sex abuse of kidsThe then-cop was arrested in September 2018 after authorities said he 

abused two children on "multiple occasions in Burlington County," ...19 hours ago






Investigation: YouTube video was playing when Gwinnett officer rear-ended woman’s SUV






Miami Beach Cops Fired Taser, Shouted N-Word at Man Recording Them, Lawsuit Alleges











The Mercury NewsLetter: I’m angered by the anti-police bias in ‘Criminal Cops’ seriesRe: “California's Criminal Cops” (Page A1, Nov. 11):. As a member of a law 

enforcement family, I was once again angered by your newspaper's ...1 hour ago









Pacifica TribuneLetter: Police officers who gave their lives far outweigh ‘criminal cops’Re: “California's Criminal Cops” (Page A1, Nov. 11):. I don't condone 

criminal activity by a police officer, but if it happened and justice 

was ...2 hours ago






Brooklyn DA's Office Latest To Release A List Of Cops It Doesn't Want Anywhere Nears Its Prosecutions

Legal Issues

from the permanently-uninvited dept

Mon, Nov 18th 2019 3:35pm — Tim Cushing

The trickle of "Brady lists" continues, further enraging New York City's police unions. The last batch of cops considered too dishonest or crooked to be called on to testify in court led the Sergeants Benevolent Association to claim the Bronx DA's release of its "naughty list" was an attempt to "smear honest, hardworking cops."

It was a super-strange claim to make about cops that were too dishonest to be allowed in court, suggesting the SBA felt misconduct and perjury were just part of everyday police work. It's a stretch to call a list of cops even prosecutors don't trust a smear attempt. These reputations are already besmirched. The only difference is that the public now knows, rather than just Bronx prosecutors.

Another list of bad cops has been released to Gothamist. This one comes courtesy of a public records request sent to the Brooklyn DA's office.

Brooklyn prosecutors, complying with a Freedom of





Suspects Protesting Berkeley Group Arrested In Robes, Masks: Cops

The suspects, including at least one Berkeley resident, blocked the entrance to Westminster Woods camp, Sonoma County authorities said.








'Crossfire Hurricane' and the FISA Court: An expert's view








Tyler ISD hires FBI agent as director of safety and security








Boston Marathon Bomber’s Friend Confessed To 2011 Triple Murder Before Being Killed, Affidavit States

By  Steven Emerson






Andrew McCabe: There Is 'No Deep State' or Government Resistance 'Pushing Against This President








Ralph Nader's Countdown - By GNN (2001






Mills's The Power Elite, 50 Years Later

by G. William Domhoff

NOTE: This is a reprint of a journal article with the following citation:

Domhoff, G. William. 2006. "Mills's The Power Elite 50 Years Later." Contemporary Sociology 35:547-550.


Fifty years ago, C. Wright Mills completed his trilogy on American society with the publication of The Power Elite, which encompassed, updated, and greatly added to everything he had said in The New Men of Power(1948) and White Collar (1951). The book caused a firestorm in academic and political circles, leading to innumerable reviews in scholarly journals and the popular press, most of them negative. Bristling with terms like "the warlords," "the higher immorality," "the power elite," "crackpot realism," and "organized irresponsibility," it nonetheless contained a very large amount of research, much of it in the 47 pages of Notes. It became a classic because it was the first full-scale study of the structure and distribution of power in the United States by a sociologist using the full panoply of modern-day sociological theory and methods.

The Power Elite also broke new ground because it was one of the few critical studies of the American power structure inside or outside the academy that did not start with a class-struggle perspective, which caused it to be criticized as vigorously by Marxists as it was by liberals and conservatives. According to Mills, there was "political determinism," i.e., a potentially autonomous state in today's terms, and "military determinism" as well as "economic determinism," the concepts he used to criticize what he saw as the overemphasis on the primacy of the forces and relations

Theories of Power











The American Deep State: Wall Street, Big Oil, and the Attack on U.S. Democracy (War and Peace Library)

by Peter Dale Scott (Author)

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The Deep State: The Fall of the Constitution and the Rise of a Shadow Government Paperback – September 13, 2016

by Mike Lofgren (Author)








GNN: Aftermath (Part 2 of 4)






ATF pays $450,000 to settle discrimination lawsuit involving a boss with a Nazi tattoo

Nov. 18, 2019 at 7:16 pm






November 19, 2019

The U.S. needs to “get AI right” — and fast — says government group

National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence warns of foreign and domestic challenges

Written by Beryl Lipton

Edited by Michael Morisy

China, private industry, and adversaries abroad could all prosper at America’s expense if the federal government does not move to support and lead the direction of artificial intelligence, the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence said in a report released earlier this month.

More than 30 countries in the last five years have publicly committed to some nationwide strategic investment in AI capabilities. In February, President Donald Trump signed an executive order to prioritize the use and development of AI-based technologies across the government.

With a flurry of recent AI advances, there is growing pressure to set rules on how to proceed — along with raised stakes.

“We’ve gone through a few of these cycles now, and there’s at least some reason to believe that this time it might be the real deal,” said Ryan Budish, assistant research director at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society. “There have been advances in large-scale datasets that enable more advanced AI. There’ve been breakthroughs in building AI systems. There have been advances in processing powers and GPU or custom silicon to enable more AI developments. I think that there is reason to think this time AI will have substantial transformative impacts. We’re already seeing that in some places.”

The NSCAI, created last year as part of the National Defense Authorization Act, has been studying AI’s potential to both advance and threaten U.S. national security interests. The group is considering how current options, like trade tariffs and other economic controls, can be used to mitigate unjust threats to intellectual property, support American enterprise interests, and direct development in an economically and ethically favorable way. The release is its most recent step toward recommendations for federal action on AI, which w


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West Virginia governor fires 34 cadets and instructor over Nazi salute photo

  • Correction officer trainees made gesture during class photo
  • Jim Justice: ‘I condemn the photo … in the strongest terms’








Australia bushfires: towns devastated and lives lost as blazes turn the sky red

Thousands shelter on beaches as fires rip through Victoria and New South Wales





What an insult': CES names Ivanka Trump as keynote speaker







Like a chemical in the water': alarming amounts of nanoplastics pollute the ocean





How we saw America in 2019 – Guardian US's favorite photographs

Crissy Robbins holds her son Kenneth Koy-o-woh in front of the prescribed burn in Weithpec, California in October. Photograph: Alexandra Hootnick/The Guardian

The photographers Guardian US worked with treated each story with care and creativity, making images that provide a stunning view of the past year

  • Images selected by Jehan Jillani






Native American 'land taxes:' a step on the roadmap for reparations








Denver County judge rules urban camping ban unconstitutional

DECEMBER 30, 2019 12:37:07 PM Jacob Dougherty





A Denver County Court judge ruled on Friday that Denver’s ordinance banning urban camping violates the Eighth Amendment.

In his opinion, Judge Johnny C. Barajas wrote that the ordinance specifically violates the Cruel and Unusual Punishments Clause, which “imposes substantive









Where Even the Children

Are Being Tracked

By Charlie Warzel and Stuart A. Thompson

Photography by Damon Winter

DEC. 21, 2019






After Years Of Complaints, NYC Will Compensate Jail Visitors Who Were Subjected To Invasive Searches


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NIST Study Of 189 Facial Recognition Algorithms Finds Minorities Are Misidentified Almost 100 Times More Often Than White Men

(Mis)Uses of Technology

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Alien Ink: The FBI's War on Freedom of Expression


by Natalie Robins






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Alien Ink is the most comprehensive book written on how the FBI warred against American writers & readers. Robins reveals assaults on freedom of expression began before J. Edgar Hoover joined the Justice Department & made his name synonymous with that of the FBI for over 40 years. The war carried over into the 80s, when librarians, as part of a Library Awareness Program, were recruited to spy on readers. Drawing on nearly 150 files released under the Freedom of Information Act, her narrative offers documentary evidence about the hounding & intimidation of writers ranging from John Reed to Allen Ginsberg, from Edna St Vincent Millay to James Baldwin, & from Walter Winchell to Robert Lowell--a virtual Who's Who of American letters. Alien Ink is the story of hidden agendas & powers, & contains many surprises--among them, that Hoover, known for rightist sympathies, not only inhibited left-wing expression, but harassed right-wingers as well. Robins shows how the FBI combed papers, books, plays, films & radio broadcasts for "alien ink"--anything "anti-American" or "anti-FBI"--& describes how those incriminated endured phone taps, mail searches & character assassinations. She reveals the pressure tactics FBI agents employed to make them toe the line, as well as the astounding criminal lengths (including extortion & entrapment) that the FBI went to in order to "get something" on those writers who wouldn't capitulate. She explains the FBI's attitude toward the group of writers it considered the most threatening: journalists. Confirming her findings are dozens of interviews--dramatic dialogs--with living writers & others of all ideologies, who bear witness to the FBI's investigative crusade.


The files

The formal witnesses

1.The Russian Revolution & WWI. Before Hoover; The arrival of Hoover

2.The 20s: undeclared wars, the rise of fascism & the Sacco-Vanzetti case. The arrival of new aliens: 1920-29

3.The Spanish Civil War. Images in their minds; The search for new aliens; The 1930s; "A little bit in awe of them"; The friendlies; The friendlies, cont.; The unfriendlies; The unfriendlies, cont.

4.WWII & the Cold War. A broader net; Pound, Boyle, Hecht, Stein; Hemingway, Wilder, Sherwood, MacLeish, Cowley; Rukeyser, Herbst, Porter & Fast; Wouk, Cozzens, Mitford, Parker, Hammett, Hellman, Lowell

5.McCarthy's war & the Korean War. Sinister influences; Matthiessen, Untermeyer, Hughes, Wright; Adams, Shapiro, Williams; Trilling, Agee, Capote, Gardner, Miller

6.The continuing Cold War & Vietnam War. The 60s aliens; Mailer, Ginsberg, Frank; Baldwin, Baraka, Schwartz, Roethke, Stout, Williams, Paley, Doctorow

7.After Hoover. A broader outlook: 1970-present; Spies in the stacks

8.Preparing for 2000s: is the past past? "Most of damage was invisible"

Appendix A. Writers, editors, agents & publishers indexed by the FBI because they signed civil rights &/or antiwar protests during the 60s

Appendix B. Additional files

Appendix C. An epilogue


Selected Bibliography

Index (less)







Police murder journalist?



Chile: was a young woman murdered for photographing anti-government protests?

Albertina Martínez found dead two days after covering a protest in Santiago amid speculation she was targeted because of her job





RSF yearly round-up: “historically low” number of journalists killed in 2019









You Won’t Believe the Bizarre Banned Items Confiscated at Airports in 2019












CoreCivic Prisons in Tennessee Have Twice as Many Murders, Four Times the Homicide Rate as State-Run Facilities

Loaded on JULY 16, 2019

Filed under: Corrections Corporation of America/CoreCivicPrison/Jail MurdersArticles About PLNPLN related. Location: Tennessee.

On June 10, 2019, the Human Rights Defense Center and No Exceptions Prison Collective reported that from 2014 through June 2019, there were twice as many murders in the four Tennessee prisons operated by CoreCivic (formerly Corrections Corporation of America) than in the 10 prisons run by the Tennessee Department ...













Nearly 30 officers to be hanged for torturing, killing teacher in Sudan





DEC 31, 2019 | 12:02 PM








Murder trial for ex-Philly cop may be delayed by legal battle over use-of-force law

by Chris Palmer, Updated: December 31, 2019- 5:26 PM









Newark cop accused of killing wife is indicted on charges of murder, attempted murder






How a Rich Cop Wannabe Wound Up On the Wrong Side of the Law



He donated hundreds of thousands to police, fancied himself a cop—then was caught with a gun and a list of enemies.


Published Dec. 31, 2019 6:24PM 









Philadelphia Picks First African-American Woman Top Cop






Cop charged after hitting and killing 4-year-old with police cruiser, MO officials say

Read more here: https://www.kansascity.com/news/nation-world/national/article238847398.html#storylink=cpy







Nearly 11,000 people sign petition calling for white NYPD cop to be fired after he was sentenced to just FIFTEEN days in jail for a racist drunken rampage in a black family's home - but will remain in his job










Buy Now

Former Jefferson County Deputy Janelle Gericke made her initial appearance Monday afternoon at the Jefferson County Courthouse with her attorney, Michael C. Witt. She is accused of burglarizing homes when residents were attending funerals.









Final pretrial hearing set for former Joliet cop in theft case 






Kelowna cop accused of sending explicit photos and threatening domestic-violence victim

A woman claims she had to leave the Kelowna area to avoid further harassment by RCMP members







Daniel Morcombe cop who allegedly sent his ex-wife a photograph of himself holding a tomahawk to his throat is charged with fourth domestic violence breach






Federal Agents Avoid Slander Claim Over Tax Case Media Interview

Dec. 31, 2019, 9:39 AM






FBI agent, estranged wife found dead in apparent murder-suicide









For the Massachusetts State Police and FBI, a reversal of fortune







Judge finds former FBI agent not guilty of voluntary manslaughter in wife's death






FBI agent found not guilty in case related to LaVoy Finicum shooting death


by KATU, Associated PressFriday, August 10th 2018









20 Years Ago at Ruby Ridge: FBI Sniper Slays Mother Holding her Baby

by Jim on August 22, 2012

Today is the 20th anniversary of the killing of Vicki Weaver. Following is an article I wrote on this back in 1995, followed by the response from FBI director Louis Freeh, which claimed that I “grossly mischaracterized” the details of Vicki Weaver’s killing.








FBI agent acquitted of shoplifting charge









FBI Is Accused of Intimidation By Attorneys for Hispanic Agents

https://www.nytimes.com › 1988/08/27 › fbi-is-accused-of-intimidation-by-a...

Aug 27, 1988 - F.B.I. Is Accused of Intimidation By Attorneys for Hispanic ... The plaintiffs' attorneys, Hugo Rodriguez and Antonio Silva, said the bureau had ...









Former federal agents' spy story opens Pandora's box for FBI





Perez v. FBI, 707 F. Supp. 891 (W.D. Tex. 1989)









Aída Chávez

December 31 2019, 7:53 a.m.









Get Ready for a Stop-Bernie Onslaught Like You’ve Never Seen






This Is What It’s Like to Be the Only Man in Washington Lobbying for UFOs

A closer encounter with our 2016 story.


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FBI Translator to Be Sentenced Today for Making False Statements in Terrorism Case


Abdirizak Jaji Raghe Wehelie.

By Steve Neavling


A former FBI translator is expected to be sentenced in federal court today after he pleaded guilty to making false statements in a case involving a terrorism suspect.

Abdirizak Jaji Raghe Wehelie, 68, of Burke, Virginia, was arrested in May on charges of lying to investigators about having contact with a man accused of joining a militant Somali group tied to terrorism.

In November, Wehelie pleaded guilty to making false statements, saying he doctored transcripts to hide the fact that he received a phone call from the 








30 Georgia state troopers fired for cheating on test after woman blows whistle on ex-boyfriend





JAN 30, 2020 | 10:23 PM






Poroshenko ‘most corrupt president ever,’ Hunter Biden’s board job may have been bribe for his father – UkraineGate documentary

30 Jan, 2020 13:36







Posted Yesterday at 9:27 PM Updated January 29


Three Senate Democrats from red states waver on impeachment votes

The trial of President Trump is nearing its climax, but how senators from Alabama, West Virginia and Arizona will vote remains unclear.






Stone Cutter Journal






Advice columnist who says Trump raped her seeks his DNA











Chicago cop who topped 110 mph in Chesterton high-speed chase stripped of powers






JANUARY 29TH, 2020

Cop Accused Of Rape. His Colleagues Help Destroy Him.





















JANUARY 30, 2020

Trump’s Deal of the Century Won’t Bring Peace…That Was the Plan



Photograph Source: The White House – Public Domain

Much of Donald Trump’s long-trailed “deal of the century” came as no surprise. Over the past 18 months, Israeli officials had leaked many of its details.

The so-called “Vision for Peace” unveiled on Tuesday simply confirmed that the US government has publicly














Crooked Ex-Chicago Cop Fights To Get His Pension

Dan Mihalopoulos

January 30, 2020





'It’s a cop-out’, attorney says of Gov. Whitmer’s 3rd refusal to fire Jackson County sheriff











Retired officer paid to have sex with 14-year-old ‘sex slave,’ NJ prosecutors say


Sergio Bichao

January 30, 202



Read More: Retired officer paid for sex with 14-year-old 'sex slave' — cops | https://nj1015.com/retired-officer-paid-to-have-sex-with-14-year-old-sex-slave-nj-prosecutors-say/?utm_source=tsmclip&utm_medium=referral








Hennepin County Sheriff's Office Patrol Division Launches Repair Voucher Program

January 29, 2020 (Minneapolis) – The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office is proud to be the newest law enforcement agency participating in the Lights On! program. Starting today, the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office will no longer be issuing fix-it tickets for broken headlights, taillights, brake lights, or turn signals. Instead, deputies will be handing out vouchers to have these issues fixed at a participating auto service provider.

The Lights On! program is a partnership between law enforcement agencies and MicroGrants, a Minneapolis non-profit focused on helping low-income people break the cycle of poverty. Fixing minor issues such as a broken brake light can go a long way towards breaking the cycle of poverty – individuals who ignore a fix-it ticket are at risk of having their license suspended. A study by the state of New Jersey found that 42 percent of people whose licenses were suspended lost their jobs, and 45 percent of those who lost their jobs could not find new employment.






“Programs like Lights On! are a win for everyone,” said Hennepin County Sheriff David P. Hutchinson. “These vouchers lead to safer cars on the road and better interactions between law enforcement officers and the public. Most importantly, by avoiding tickets, we’re preventing a ripple effect that can seriously affect the financial stability of low-income individuals.”

More information about the Lights On! program, including a list of participating auto service providers, can be found here. To donate to the MicroGrants organization, click here.





Police task force leader: Cop laughed while tasing me five times

By Lisa Backus, CTNewsJunkie.com Published 10:47 am EST, Friday, January 31, 2020


















Indiana Man Who Provided Gun in Cop's Killing Gets 46 Years


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Prince Andrew has ‘completely shut the door’ on cooperating with federal prosecutors in Jeffrey Epstein probe





MAR 09, 2020 | 11:57 AM








This week’s FOIA roundup: Shady police tech and legislation to watch

The week in transparency and accountability battles, threats, and wins

Written by Beryl Lipton

Edited by Sarah Alvarez

Every week, MuckRock brings to you this roundup of transparency and accountability battles, threats and wins. Have you recently read a news story about why government transparency — or a lack of it — matters? Let us know, and we could include it in our next roundup!

FOIA finds

California has banned the use of facial recognition on police body cameras, and the largest purveyor of these cameras, a company called Axon, said it won’t be adding the technology to their equipment until there’s a better grasp of facial recognition’s shortcomings and risks. But one company’s caution is another’s money making opportunity, and OneZero, Medium’s tech and science site, used public records requests to find another company, Wolfcom, is now marketing body cameras with live facial recognition capabilities to its 1,500+ police department customers. Read more on OneZero.

FOIA fights

Police unions have worked hard to protect their members, going so far as to move for the destruction of disciplinary records that could protect the public from abusive actors and civil rights violations. Dan Papscun wrote about the issue challenging accountability efforts in law enforcement for Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press.

The FOIA Advisory Committee met yesterday to continue discussion of recommendation to improve the Freedom of Information Act. You can catch up on the conversation via Youtube and review the group’s notes on the website of the National Archives. The next meeting will be held on May 1, 2020.


Ty West, Editor-in-Chief of the Birmingham Business Journal, is frustrated with the state of records access in Alabama. Even basic, uncontroversial records in Alabama like contracts outlining how taxpayer dollars are being spent are often withheld.

“Currently, public officials in Alabama have little incentive to comply with public records requests because the law is one of the weakest in the nation,” West wrote this week in support of an Alabama bill to overhaul the records law. “They can essentially ignore the request and dare media outlets or members of the public to file suit to obtain records that should be available for public inspection.”

MuckRock has had its share of trouble with requesting in Alabama, one of the few states to require requesters to be state residents and also permits agencies to charge an upfront fee before beginning any processing.

By the way, are you a resident of Alabama interested in helping MuckRock and our users file within your state? Please get in touch.

Legislation to look at

A committee in the Utah Senate has approved a bill making standards and inspection reports at county jails public record, bringing it one step closer to law.

Amye Bensenhaver, a co-founder of the Kentucky Open Government Coalition, warned readers of the Advocate-Messenger about plans from the Kentucky League of Cities to push efforts limiting the state’s records to only its residents










Democrats and Their Media Allies Impugned Biden’s Cognitive Fitness. Now They Feign Outrage.

Glenn Greenwald

March 9 2020, 12:23 p.m.









Alleen Brown

March 9 2020, 8:48 a.m.

















MARCH 9, 2020

Joe Biden is Demented Racist Shark Food



Photograph Source: Matt Johnson – CC BY 2.0

I suppose the politically correct thing is to pretend that corporate-imperialist Joe Biden winning the Black vote isn’t like the late Jeffrey Epstein being hailed as a mentor of teenage girls.

Sorry, I don’t do politically correct.

Biden helped author and worked to pass the racist federal mass incarceration Three Strikes crime bill of 1994.  He has boasted of his ability to work with segregationists as a U.S. senator in the 1970s, when he opposed federal desegregation busing orders and worried about sending his children to desegregated schools.

He boasts about his ability to work with racist Republicans today.

He offered creepy racialized praise for presidential candidate Barack Obama by calling him “articulate” and “clean.”









MARCH 9, 2020

Why the Trump/Modi Relationship is So Dangerous


In May 2019, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led by Narendra Modi was reelected in India, a development many of us concerned about social, economic, and environmental justice denounced as very dangerous.

We were wrong. It turned out to be exponentially more dangerous






MARCH 9, 2020

They Stripped Us of Our Clothes and Assigned Us a Number



Photograph Source: John Woodruff – Public Domain

Scholarship on Indigenous affairs is sophisticated, contentious and radically revisionary. And Canadians, myself included, have not yet faced up to the fundamental meaning of the Ca






A Charity for Disabled Veterans Raised Nearly $300 Million. Why Did Most of the Money Barely Reach Them?

An embattled veterans charity had the chance to make a “fresh start.” It’s still struggling.







Put Elizabeth Warren in Charge of Writing the Democratic Platform

The senator should chair a supercharged platform committee and lead in the forging of an agenda for big, bold structural







Published on

Monday, March 09, 2020

byCommon Dreams

'All You Need to Know': Biden Reportedly Weighing Billionaires Michael Bloomberg and Jamie Dimon for Cabinet Posts

"The establishment wing of the party didn't fall into line behind Biden despite the fact that he'd put Bloomberg and Jamie Dimon in his cabinet. They did it because of that. This is who they are."

byJake Johnson, staff writer






Published on

Monday, March 09, 2020

byCommon Dreams

While Biden Says 'Happy to Talk About That Later,' Sanders Holds Coronavirus Roundtable With Medical Experts

"Health experts agree that the spread of the coronavirus will likely get worse before it gets better. Donald Trump must stop spreading lies and fear, and leave the science to scientists and health professionals."








MAR 09, 2020


The One-Choice Election




Mr. Fish

There is only one choice in this election. The consolidation of oligarchic power under Donald Trump or the consolidation of oligarchic power under Joe Biden. The oligarchs, with Trump or Biden, will win again. We will lose. The oligarchs made it abundantly clear, should Bernie Sanders miraculously become the Democratic Party nominee, they would join forces with the Republicans to crush him. Trump wou







Banker-heavy Biden cabinet ‘leak’ triggers outrage, echoes of Obama’s ‘Citigroup cabinet’








Watch bare-breasted protesters being CHASED by Paris police after denouncing ‘PATRIARCHAL PANDEMIC’

9 Mar, 2020 11:14





US Supreme Court Rejects Ex-Cop's Appeal of Rape Convictions

The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal for a former white Oklahoma City police officer convicted of raping and sexually assaulting black women he encountered while patrolling the city's low-income neighborhoods.


March 9, 2020, at 6:57 p.m.









Judge rules Schaumburg cop can’t withdraw guilty plea to charges he helped run a drug ring





MAR 09, 2020 | 10:59 AM






Man says he wasn’t told Atlanta cop who shot him got probation










March 8, 2020






Man Shot By Cop Was Not Holding A Gun






'I am telling the truth' - female cop questioned over rape claims at Northland motel

9 Mar, 2020 11:30am







Google tracked his bike ride past a burglarized home. That made him a suspect.

"I was using an app to see how many miles I rode my bike and now it was putting me at the scene of the crime," the man said.







Cop charged with killing girlfriend freed after over 10 years









FBI Norfolk taking applications for 'Future Agents in Training' program

Posted: 10:45 AM, Mar 09, 2020 





MARCH 9TH, 2020

Politico: Major Questions Swirling About Joe Biden’s Brother After FBI Raid, Legal Filings









FBI Weaknesses Left Openings for Homegrown Terrorists, DOJ Watchdog Says

BY ISABEL VAN BRUGEN March 9, 2020 Updat








Ataligs want expert on FBI interviewing techniques to testify


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