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Frank Keating Coverup of OKC bmbing
Ex-Congressman's aide has video of explosion?
"The Fairfax County, Va., home of John Culbertson once a member of former U.S. Rep. James Traficant's scandal-plagued congressional office was raided Friday afternoon by Oklahoma City police detectives searching for evidence related to the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing."
According to this article, Culbertson may have in his possession a number of crucial videos and still photos never known to federal or state prosecutors until recently. If true, it is inconceivable that this Culbertson would conceal, at his private residence no less, important evidence no matter who it may or may not implicate.
Further into the article it states:
"In an affidavit obtained by this newspaper, Detective Easley said Mills told him the images he was shown included the Murrah building in ''pristine condition.''
"Mills then said, ''Mr. Culbertson pushed a button and a second photograph came up with a small glow at the bottom of the building. Mr. Culbertson pushed another button and another frame appeared of a ball of fire rising from the building and the building fell."
Other videos still out there?
Martin Keating (brother of Frank Keating, former company man for the FBI and Governor of Oklahoma at the time of the bombing), bragged after the bombing that he had copies of the surveillance film from the Southwest Bell building across the street from the Murrah building.
Another odd thing about Martin Keating that just can't be ignored: Brother Martin wrote a manuscript in 1991, roughly four years before the OKC bombing. Keating could not get this work published until after the bombing.
This manuscript, now a published book, is titled The Final Jihad. In this book, Keating lays out a story of terrorists based in OKC who decide to bomb a federal building. Guess what the name of the one of the key "terrorists" in the book is? Tom McVey. And for the kicker of this fictional work: The terrorists in The Final Jihad are stopped by an Oklahoma highway patrolman for a broken tail light.
How extraordinary! We have a book in manuscript form written four years before the OKC bombing whose story line involves terrorists in Oklahoma City. This part of this fictional work comes true. We have a main character in the book by the name of Tom McVey. In real life, the bomber four years later in OKC is named Tim McVeigh.
We have the terrorists in this fictional work stopped by Oklahoma state troopers for a broken tail light. In real life, our bomber, Tim McVeigh, is pulled over by an Oklahoma state trooper because of a missing license plate.
How's that for fiction being stranger than reality? In this book, written in 1991, Martin Keating also predicts the TWA downing and the World Trade Center bombing. Was this just a premonition that Mr. Keating had? The bottom line is why hasn't Martin Keating been put under the microscope regarding his own statements that he has videos that could unlock the truth?
That aside, now we are starting to touch on the real issue in the OKC bombing: What really destroyed the building? It is the key to the crime and this two part series, I hope, will encourage the American people demand a real investigation by experts, who have no ties whatsoever to the Federal government, into all the facts and evidence about OKC.
McVeigh's Second Trial
Millions and millions of words have been written about Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols. Most of it focuses on the "anti-government" hate mongers, Tim McVeigh, Nichols and the Ryder truck filled with drums of ammonia nitrate, which once cooked and detonated, turned into "weapons of mass destruction" that brought down the Murrah Building or it is alleged.
Several weeks before McVeigh's execution, this writer authored a 228-page document titled McVeigh's Second Trial. This meticulous statement of facts was not compiled to defend Timothy McVeigh, although every defendant is presumed to be innocent until proven guilty. That was impossible in the United States v. Timothy McVeigh trial.
The greatest majority of the American people have never been told the truth about the facts surrounding that heinous act. Both the Clinton and Bush administrations, through their minions, Janet Reno and John Ashcroft, have gone to extraordinary lengths to conceal the truth and have participated in a colossal cover up pertaining to the slaughter of 168 innocent men, women, children and babies.
I am compelled to cite some of the factual details contained in McVeigh's Second Trial because it is one of my life goals to see those who perpetrated this screaming act of murder suffer the full consequences of the law at the state level; the feds have no jurisdiction to try McVeigh or Nichols for murder; see the U.S. Constitution.
These are just a tiny fraction of issues covered in McVeigh's Second Trial:
Question: With no suspects and absolutely no leads, how is it the feds zeroed in on McVeigh within 48 hours?
Fact: Because, quite conveniently, his social security number was put out to all law enforcement as a suspect within two days of the bombing. This is how patsy's are made.
Question: Was Trooper Charlie Hanger alone when he pulled McVeigh over near Perry, Oklahoma?
According to the official trial transcripts, apparently not:
Trooper Hanger under cross by the completely incompetent McVeigh defense team:
Q: Did you drive even with the driver's side of Mr. McVeigh's vehicle?
Response by Trooper Hanger: "I actually overshot him. We passed him."
"We" passed him? Was this just a slip by Hanger because he usually rides with a partner or was there another trooper in his official car that day when the real Timothy McVeigh was pulled over? If so, why was he/she never mentioned or put on the stand?
On May 20, 1995, just a few days before the evidence (the Murrah Building) was destroyed, I drove the stretch between the crime scene (the Murrah Building) and the location where McVeigh was pulled over. It would have been impossible for him to drive this distance in the time available for the government's time line to work without exceeding a consistent speed of 80+ mph.
No one has ever stepped forward to say they observed this 1977 crummy old Mercury Marquis speeding away from OKC at high speed, all the way up the interstate to the Perry turn off. Not to mention how foolish it would have been for McVeigh to draw such attention to himself. McVeigh's car had very distinct rust markings, yet no one remembers seeing this vehicle speeding away from OKC to the Perry exit. How extraordinary.
The Carol Howe Case
This case was directly connected to the investigation of the loons who lived in Elohim City, McVeigh and the bombing. During Ms. Howe's trial, a single witness destroys the government's time line regarding Timothy McVeigh. As this witness was a victim of the bombing, it isn't likely she would want to do anything to help mass murderer Timothy McVeigh, but she did. Why on earth Stephen Jones never subpoenaed her to testify at McVeigh's trial in Denver remains a mystery to this writer.
Testimony from the official transcripts of Germaine Johnston; the full transcript testimony can be read in McVeigh's Second Trial. Certain parts have been omitted for brevity. Please be prepared when you read the transcript contained in that document because the testimony of victims and their families will rip your heart out.
Q. Did you have an encounter with someone that stood out in your mind?
Answer by Ms. Johnston: Yes, I did. When I got down here, to the Southwestern Bell property, there was a car sitting facing north, and there were two young men standing by it. And as -- approached them.
Q. Do you know about how long after the bombing that would have been?
A. My estimate would be that it was 20 or 25 minutes afterwards. I think between 9:25 and 9:35 or something like that.
Q. Okay. Now, you said that there were two young men that you saw?
A. Uh-huh, there were two men standing by the passenger side of this car. It was yellow car. It was parked in the alley, close to this building right here, facing north; and they were standing by the driver's door.
Q. Now, did you recognize the type of car?
A. It was a Mercury.
Q. How do you know that?
A. My husband and I used to drive a Mercury, about that same age and about that same color.
Q. What model, year model was your Mercury?
Q. What color was this Mercury?
A. It was faded yellow.
Q. Okay. Was it a four-door?
Photos of McVeigh's car are at: [www.okcitytrial.com/content/current/April/exb41 2.jpg]
You will notice on the driver's side of the car, there is huge discoloration and rust. There is no mention of this in Mrs. Johnston's testimony above because, unfortunately, she is standing on the passenger side of the car. Did she happen to see the other side of the car before going on her way? The question was never asked, but it should have been by McVeigh's defense attorneys.
The other critical statement during Mrs. Johnston's testimony that must be considered is this:
She states that she approached this yellow '77 Mercury approximately 20-25 minutes after the bombing. That would make it somewhere between 9:25 and 9:35 am in her words. That is her testimony.
These are very, very important minutes. Why? Because Trooper Hanger stated in his testimony that "we" pulled McVeigh over at approximately 10:20 am. According to his log for that day, it says he called in the arrest at 10:22 am.
That would mean that McVeigh would have driven from the Murrah Building to the location of his arrest in 50 minutes or less. As I said earlier, unless McVeigh was flying in his clunker, which no one observed, the time line doesn't fit. Come on, with all the horror and publicity surrounding his arrest, not one single person on that highway that day at around that time came forward to report seeing McVeigh's car.
A whole lot of people saw the brown pick up with Middle Eastern looking men inside speed away from the building. However, that solid lead was quickly dropped at the altar of political correctness. How revolting.
According to the feds in McVeigh's trial, he allegedly left the Ryder truck at 9:00 am, walked quickly away and 1 hr and 20 minutes later, he was pulled over. That can be done if you drove straight as the crow flies, however, it doesnï¿½t square with Ms. Johnston's sworn testimony.
Even if McVeigh walked straight to his get-away car, the Murrah Building was not located next to the freeway on-ramp. Precious minutes would be eaten up getting to I-35 north. Trooper Hanger says McVeigh was not speeding when he approached him.
Now, let's go back to Mrs. Johnston. She says she spoke with McVeigh and another man at roughly 9:25-9:35 am. She testified that as she approached them, they were just standing there on the driver's side. She briefly spoke with them and then moved on.
The question is how long did this McVeigh and the other unidentified man continue to stand there? Did they get in this yellow car and leave? Did the unidentified man leave then and then this McVeigh get in his car and take off? We don't know.
One thing I do know: If it was 9:25-9:35 am and McVeigh was standing around near the building, there simply is no way, without traveling at a high speed all the way, that McVeigh could have made it to marker 202-203 where Trooper Hanger stopped him at 10:20 am. Also, what happened to the second man this McVeigh was with when Ms. Johnston spoke with them? It wasn't Nichols.
McVeigh would have had to leave the minute Mrs. Johnston walked away, hurry to I- 35, which would have drawn a lot of attention, some one fleeing instead of sticking around to help, and race up I-35 to travel 75 miles in the 45 minutes left to him based on Mrs. Johnston's testimony. Could you drive 75 miles in 45 minutes? This means getting to the freeway through the massive mess and heading out at a very high speed.
The time line doesn't work. Mrs. Johnston was a victim. It's unlikely she would want to mislead anyone during her testimony to protect McVeigh. This not only establishes very reasonable doubt, it also puts us once again with two McVeigh look-alikes.
In the June 1995 issue of Soldier of Fortune Magazine is a photo of three ATF agents taken in a court room during the Waco trials. Two are identified; the agent in the middle is not. He is also a dead ringer for Timothy James McVeigh.
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Vermont DMV Caught Using Illegal Facial Recognition Program - Vocativ
The Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles has been caught using facial recognition software — despite a state law preventing it.
Documents obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union of Vermont describe such a program, which uses software to compare the DMV’s database of names and driver’s license photos with information with state and federal law enforcement. Vermont state law, however, specifically states that “The Department of Motor Vehicles shall not implement any procedures or processes… that involve the use of biometric identifiers.”
The program, the ACLU says, invites state and federal agencies to submit photographs of persons of interest to the Vermont DMV, which it compares against its database of some 2.6 million photos and shares potential matches. Since 2012, the agency has run at least 126 such searches on behalf of local police, the State Department, FBI, and Immigrations and Customs Enforcement.
Former Mississippi prison chief sentenced to nearly 20 years
May 24, 2017 7:25 pm
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Christopher Epps once called himself the “tallest hog at the trough,” but he was cut down to size Wednesday when a judge sentenced Mississippi’s former corrections commissioner to nearly 20 years in prison for crimes connected to more than $1.4 million in bribes.
U.S. District Judge Henry T. Wingate handed down the sentence, rejecting prosecutors’ recommendation for a more lenient 13 years. Wingate said Epps’ decision to break into his former house to retrieve outdoor lights in October — after Epps had pleaded guilty — made him question whether the 56-year-old truly took responsibility for his crimes. He also ordered Epps to pay a $100,000 fine. Epps has already forfeited more than $1.7 million in assets.
“This is the largest graft operation that certainly I have seen, and I have seen a lot,” said Wingate, a federal judge since 1985. “He has bruised tremendously the image of the state of Mississippi.”
Epps pleaded guilty in 2015 to charges of money laundering and filing false tax returns related to bribes he extracted from contractors doing business with the prison system. The charges carried a maximum sentence of 23 years.
Illinois 16-year-old commits suicide hours after police tried to ‘scare him straight’
BY JESSICA SCHLADEBECK
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Tuesday, May 23, 2017, 1:02 PM
FBI is much more destructive than under J Edgar Hoover
Guardian: Trump Seems Primed to Return the FBI to the Hoover Era
Former FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover
Former FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover
By Editorial Board
The country is still reeling after the bombshell report that Donald Trump asked the former FBI director James Comey to shut down the bureau’s investigation into Michael Flynn. Did the president fire Comey to slow down the FBI Russia investigation? Did Trump obstruct justice?
These questions are getting the attention that they deserve. But the focus on Comey’s firing is obscuring the issue of who Trump will hire to replace him – and the threat that this appointment poses to Americans’ civil liberties and civil rights.
Recently, the journalist Ashley Feinberg uncovered Comey’s personal Twitter account; he had used the pseudonym “Reinhold Niebuhr”. Tellingly, the real Niebuhr was a theologian, public intellectual, and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient targeted for FBI surveillance because of his lawful opposition to the Vietnam war.
Niebuhr wasn’t alone. The FBI has a long history of abusing its power to serve political ends. In the early 20th century, J Edgar Hoover created his Radical Alien Division to conduct dragnet surveillance of American immigrants. It surveilled Marcus Garvey to collect evidence used in his deportation to Jamaica. It wiretapped Dr Martin Luther King Jr during the civil rights era. At President Dwight Eisenhower’s direction, Hoover compiled a “list of homosexuals” to root out gay people working for the government.
Comey had serious flaws. But he understood the past misdeeds of the FBI. He kept a copy of the original order to wiretap King on his desk and required new FBI agents and analysts to visit King’s memorial on the National Mall. As Comey put it in 2015, he tried to “to ensure that we remember our mistakes and that we learn from them”.
Changing tactics, NYPD focuses on helping drug users, rather than locking them up
BY JOHN ANNESE RICH SCHAPIRO LARRY MCSHANE
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Monday, May 22, 2017, 7:00 AM
A state-run universal healthcare system? California only? It’s fantasy.
Current legislation in Sacramento is fatally flawed and foolhardy.
Why? It would be astronomically expensive, politically impossible and beyond state government’s competence.
But it’s a rallying cry for many liberal followers of Bernie Sanders. And some Democratic legislators are seriously pursuing the idea, urged on by the politically powerful California Nurses Assn.
The nurses were marching and shouting at last weekend’s Democratic Party state convention in Sacramento. Their hero is Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, whom the nurses have endorsed to replace the termed-out Gov. Jerry Brown in next year’s election.
They like Newsom because he installed a local universal healthcare system as San Francisco’s mayor.
The activist nurses have also endorsed state Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) for California insurance commissioner. He and Sen. Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) are sponsoring the universal healthcare legislation. It’s called “single payer” because the state would pay for all healthcare in California.
Lara is chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, where his bill, SB 562, is expected to be approved and sent to the Senate floor. It’s up against a June 2 deadline for Senate passage to the Assembly.
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Miami judge rules out FOIA trial, says FBI document on 9/11 funding ...
Secret FBI information about who funded the 9/11 attacks will remain hidden ... The FBI has since sought to discredit that report, saying the unnamed agent who ...
Miami U.S. District Judge Cecilia Altonaga. Photo: Federal Bar Association, South Florida Chapter
Secret FBI information about who funded the 9/11 attacks will remain hidden indefinitely after a Miami federal judge reversed herself last week and decided that the FBI was not improperly withholding it from the public.
At the same time, Judge Cecilia Altonaga ruled out holding a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) trial to evaluate the need for such continued secrecy nearly 16 years after the 9/11 attacks. A trial would likely have included testimony from government witnesses in support of continued secrecy as well as others like Bob Graham, the former Florida senator who co-chaired Congress’s Joint Inquiry into 9/11 and believes the FBI documents should be made public.
“The court sees no need for further facts to be elicited at trial,” Altonaga wrote in her seven-page order granting the FBI’s request to keep secret large portions of an FBI slide show titled “Overview of the 9/11 Investigation.” The FBI had argued the information was exempt from public disclosure because it “would disclose techniques and procedures for law enforcement investigations or prosecutions.”
Altonaga’s decision reversed her May 16 order that the 60-page document – referred to in court papers as “Document 22” – that was shown to the 9/11 Review Commission on April 25, 2014, should be largely opened for public inspection. The commission is also known as the Meese Commission, after its most prominent member, Reagan-era attorney general Ed Meese.
Florida Bulldog attorney Thomas Julin said the judge “should have ordered the FBI to stand trial for its decision to withhold information about its investigation.” He added that an appeal is being considered.
“The order requires the FBI to release information that was illegally redacted. That information will shed light on 9/11, but we did not get everything we wanted,” said Julin. “Much of what we did get confirmed the Bulldog’s reporting about Sarasota has been 100 percent correct and the FBI lied to the public about that. This case may be headed to the Supreme Court.”
Graham disappointed by ruling
Sen. Graham was disappointed by the judge’s ruling. He said the FBI’s 9/11 overview likely contains “important information relating to the funding of 9/11 and presumably the role of Saudi Arabia in doing so. Knowledge of these facts could change public opinion and governmental actions as to the liability of the Saudis as allies and the wisdom of us supplying them with hundreds of billions of dollars of military armaments.”
Graham said, “The court essentially accepted without detailed substantiation the FBI’s assertions that techniques and procedures would potentially be compromised. I believe a trial was needed at which those unsubstantiated statements would be challenged with questions such as, ‘Over the 16 years since the events of 9/11 occurred have these techniques and procedures which proved to be so ineffective in preventing 9/11 been continued?’”
Florida Bulldog, working with Irish author Anthony Summers, first reported in September 2011 about a secret FBI investigation into a Saudi family living in Sarasota who abruptly departed their home in an upscale, gated community about two weeks before the 9/11 attacks – leaving behind their cars, clothes, furniture and food in the refrigerator. A senior counterterrorism agent said authorities later found phone records and gatehouse security records that linked the home of Abdulaziz and Anoud al-Hijji to 9/11 hijackers, including Mohamed Atta.
The FBI kept its Sarasota investigation secret for a decade. Former Sen. Graham has said the FBI did not disclose it to either the Joint Inquiry or the original 9/11 Commission.
An April 2002 FBI report released by the FBI during the litigation confirmed that account, saying agents found “many connections” between the Sarasota Saudis and “individuals associated with the terrorist attacks on 9/11/2001.” The FBI has since sought to discredit that report, saying the unnamed agent who wrote it had no basis for doing so.
The lawsuit forced the FBI to review 1,858 pages of records and to release parts of 713 pages. The FBI withheld 1,145 pages.
“The FBI violated FOIA by failing to respond to the Bulldog’s request for the Meese Commission records,” said Julin. “The Bulldog would not have gotten any of the records if it had not filed the lawsuit.”
The FBI PowerPoint pages Judge Altonaga has now ruled should remain under wraps include:
Two pages titled “Funding of the 9/11 Attacks” and “Early to Mid-2001 Additional Funding”
Pages titled: “Early to Mid-2000: Pilots/Intended Pilots Arrive U.S.”; “Investigative Findings” regarding hijacker “Identification” and “Financial. Ample Financing was provided”; “Early to Mid-2001: Non-pilots arrive U.S.”; “July-August 2001: Knife Purchases”; “August 2001: Reserving 9/11 Tickets”
Four pages titled “Ongoing Investigation”
Who bankrolled the 9/11 attacks is the central question at issue in complex civil litigation in New York in which 9/11 victims – survivors and relatives of the nearly 3,000 dead and businesses that suffered property damage – are seeking enormous damages from the oil-rich monarchy of Saudi Arabia. The country has denied any role in funding the September 11 attacks.
Seeking 9/11 Review Commission files
Florida Bulldog, through its corporate parent Broward Bulldog Inc., sued the FBI in June 2016, seeking records of the 9/11 Review Commission, a congressionally authorized body whose duties included reviewing new evidence not considered by Congress or the original 9/11 Commission. The Review Commission, whose members were chosen, paid and spoon-fed information by the FBI, issued its report in March 2015.
The FBI released a heavily redacted copy of its 9/11 Overview in February. The FBI cited national security, privacy and other reasons to withhold much information, including Exemption 7(E) of the Freedom of Information Act, which protects law enforcement “techniques and procedures.”
On May 16, Judge Altonaga ruled that the FBI had “failed to meet its burden in establishing Exemption 7(E) applies to the redacted information” in the 9/11 Overview because “much of it does not discuss any FBI investigative techniques and procedures; instead the material often encompasses facts and information gathered FBI suspects.”
In early June, the FBI asked Altonaga to reconsider her ruling, arguing that while the overview doesn’t “discuss techniques and procedures, the information contained in the document could still reveal” them. For example, the FBI said it had withheld a photograph taken by a security camera because its release “would disclose the location of the security camera,” possibly enabling future terrorists to circumvent detection.
Attorneys for Florida Bulldog countered that security measures have changed “immensely” since 9/11 and the government had not shown that security measures “that supposedly would be revealed would be of any utility to future terrorists.”
Altonaga’s new order doesn’t address that argument, but nevertheless sided with the FBI, saying the redactions are “necessary to prevent disclosure of FBI techniques or procedures.”
European Scientific Journal Concludes 9/11 was a controlled demolition ( CIA FOIA Documents 9/11 )
May 8, 2017 - The authors of the report are Steven Jones (former Physics Professor at Brigham Young University), Robert Korol (Professor Emeritus of Civil Engineering at McMaster University in Ontario and a graduate of the ...
European Scientific Journal Concludes 9/11 was a Controlled Demolition In a deafening media silence, the Europhysics News magazine published a study confirming that the 3 rounds of the World Trade Center have been subjected to controlled demolition. The European Scientific Journal , a publication of the European Scientific Institute , published an article titled “ 15 Years Later: On the Physics of High-Rise Building Collapses ,” in which they analyze the collapse of all three World Trade Center buildings.
Europhysics News is not, however, a site that the media could call "complotist" and that is the problem. It is a renowned magazine of the European physics community held by the European Physical Society. The authors of the report are Steven Jones (former Physics Professor at Brigham Young University), Robert Korol (Professor Emeritus of Civil Engineering at McMaster University in Ontario and a graduate of the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering and the Canadian Institute Engineers Mechanical design engineers with more than 25 years experience in structural design in aerospace design Anthony Szamboti (mechanical design engineer with more than 25 years of experience in structural design Aerospace and Communications) and Ted Walter (Director of Strategy and Development for Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth, AE911Truth), a non-profit organization that today represents more than 2,500 architects And engineers.
From fires collapse steel skyscrapers? Never seen.
First of all, the authors recall that never before 9/11 a skyscraper with a steel structure did not just collapse following a fire. On the site of the author, we invite you to visit this site. The only reason for these collapses would be controlled demolition. The report for why a fire can not produce the fall of such a building:
Concerning eyewitness accounts, 156 witnesses, including 135 rescuers, claimed to have seen and / or heard explosions before and / or during the collapses. The fact that the Twin Towers were destroyed with the explosive seems to have been the dominant initial opinion for most rescuers. "I thought it was exploding, in fact," said John Coyle, a firefighter. "Everybody, I think at this point thought that these buildings had been blown up."
It should be reiterated that fires have never caused the total collapse of a steel skyscraper before or since September 11. Did we attend an unprecedented event three times on September 11, 2001? NIST reports, which attempt to support this unlikely conclusion, fail to convince an increasing number of architects, engineers, and scientists. Instead, the evidence clearly leads to the conclusion that the three buildings were destroyed by controlled demolition.
Read the study here :
CIA has released to the public declassified versions of five internal documents related to the Agency’s performance in the lead-up to the attacks of September 11, 2001. The documents can be found at CIA’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) online reading room at
... 11-attacks .
Here's a direct link to download the Europhysics News report, 15 Years Later: On The Physics of High-Rise Build Collapses
And a link to the entire issue it was published in:
Confirmation hearing date set for Trump’s FBI pick
July 5, 2017
Updated July 5, 2017 4:22pm
WASHINGTON >> The confirmation hearing for Christopher Wray, President Donald Trump’s choice for FBI director, will be held July 12.
Two Republican lawmakers say their cars were vandalized
Rep. Sheldon Hanington of Lincoln and Rep. Tim Therriault of China have filed police reports, and Hanington mentioned the vandalism on the House floor during efforts to end the government shutdown.
AUGUSTA — Two Republican lawmakers say their cars were vandalized in recent days, coinciding with hot tempers and frayed nerves at the statehouse where lawmakers were trying to pass a budget amid a government shutdown.
Rep. Sheldon Hanington of Lincoln said his truck was vandalized Saturday night in the driveway of his home. A door was visibly dented and a rock was left in the bed of the truck.
Earlier in the day, protesters had clashed with Hanington in the hallways of the statehouse, according to Rob Poindexter, the spokesman for the Maine House Republicans.
Hanington mentioned the vandalism on the House floor Monday.
There were no witnesses to the damage, but the reports of vandalism prompted speculation that it was related to the unrest over the shutdown.
Poindexter said a second lawmaker, Rep. Tim Therriault of China parked his Mercedes in the legislative parking at the Maine State House on Monday. He later “noticed what he believed to be a mark consistent with a key scratch or possibly someone had hit the vehicle,” Poindexter said.
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Racing to Catch Ludicrously Fast Model 3 Production Ramp, U.S. Automakers Grew EV Sales by 102 Percent in June
Early on, Tesla recognized that responses to climate change were necessary — not just from individuals and governments, but also from industry. And Tesla realized that, when mated with wind and solar energy, electrical vehicles could become a powerful force for driving an energy transition capable of rapidly cutting global carbon emissions.
(Reduction in coal burning and lower than predicted demand for fossil fuels has helped to generate a carbon emissions plateau during 2014 to 2016. Rapid additions of renewable energy sources like wind, solar, and electrical vehicles provides a potential to begin to bend down the global emissions curve near term and reduce the damage that is now being locked in by fossil fuel based carbon emissions. Image source: IEA.)
Tesla’s Market-Driven Response to Climate Change
Electrical vehicles possess a number of key sustainability advantages that aren’t widely talked-about in the public discourse. Electrical motors are considerably more efficient than ICE engines — so broadening EV use lowers energy consumption in transportation while at the same time allowing EVs to draw power from traditional and newly emerging renewable sources. The massive batteries housed in EVs and sold after-market also have the capacity to become a major solar and wind energy storage asset that could ultimately enable the removal of peaking, high emissions, coal and gas plants.
In light of these opportunities, back in the mid 2000s, Tesla made a bold, necessary move. Its leadership decided that it would attempt to become a major automaker dedicated solely to electrical vehicle sales. This business plan would hitch Tesla’s economic future entirely to the success or failure of clean energy ventures. Unlike most present automakers, Tesla would not suffer from divided loyalties to harmful incentives linked directly to fossil fuel based economies. It decided to make its clean energy break by producing top of the market, high-quality electric-only vehicles and, then, by leveraging loyalty to a superior brand, move vertically down into broader market segments.
(If Tesla’s planned Model 3 production ramp to 5,000 vehicles per week by end of 2017 holds true, then the all-electric automaker’s quarterly deliveries are about to go exponential. Image source: EV Obsession.)
Such a disruptive end run on the world’s energy and vehicle markets was bound to encounter stiff resistance and loud detractors. However, if successful, Tesla would force traditional energy and transport players to make a tough choice — follow in Tesla’s footsteps and try to compete, or face dwindling customer bases as a massive wave of innovation completely upended markets. The automaker decided that the best way to goad a broader transition toward electrical vehicles in western markets was to lead it. And that’s exactly what Tesla has been doing.
Major EV Sales Growth on Tap for 2017 Due to Automaker Shift + Model 3 Sales
In the U.S., during 2017, the trend of an emerging industry reaction to Tesla is becoming quite clear. The major automakers are all in a scramble as the imminent arrival of the Model 3 nears. The vehicle, which begins production this month, aims to provide very high quality, Tesla’s trademark swift acceleration, top-notch tech, groundbreaking automation, and 215+ miles of all-electric range for a 35,000 dollar base price. An offering that is disruptive due to quality and accessibility alone. But add to it the 400,000 + preorders that Tesla has accumulated and you’ve got what basically amounts to a volcanic eruption in the global auto market.
In large part, as a response to Tesla’s market-transformation plan, a number of major automakers are deciding to provide their own competing offerings. This year, GM beat the Model 3 to the start line with the 200+ mile range, high-quality Chevy Bolt. Toyota, launched its competitively-priced Prius Prime plug-in hybrid. Nissan redoubled efforts to position its best-selling Leaf all electric vehicle even as it announced plans for a 200+ mile range version in 2018. Meanwhile, Volvo plans to electrify all its vehicles by 2019.
NYPD cop who encouraged 2-year-old niece to use N-word in Instagram video gets suspended without pay
BY LAURA DIMON GRAHAM RAYMAN
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Wednesday, July 5, 2017, 9:14 PM
Democrats: Did Americans help Russia hack the election?
Some Republicans say Democrats are playing a dangerous game by stoking such a charged story line without evidence.
By CORY BENNETT and MARTIN MATISHAK 07/05/2017 05:04 AM EDT
Starting in 2019, all new Volvos will be powered by an electric powertrain
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Border Patrol agent charged with lying to a San Diego grand jury in friend's fraud investigation
A Tucson Border Patrol agent is being charged with lying to a San Diego federal grand jury in connection with a military housing voucher fraud scheme, according to a complaint unsealed last month.
David Wayne Skinner was called to testify about his friend, who was a Camp Pendleton Marine, and another Marine — both reservists who had been on active duty.
Maj. Jason Wild owned a home in Oceanside while Lt. Col. Michael Strom owned a home in Laguna Niguel. As part of the scheme, both men falsely claimed to be renting the other person’s home, according to court records. Both men filed travel expense vouchers with the military asking to be reimbursed for their lease payments, resulting in $147,715 in reimbursements going to Strom and nearly $60,000 to Wild, according to documents.
Sheriff bound over on forgery charges; case shines spotlight on notary issue
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NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Wednesday, July 5, 2017, 12:32 PM
The Bootlegger, the Wiretap, and the Beginning of Privacy
July 5, 2017
Roy Olmstead, pictured arriving at a dock in Steilacoom, Washington, in 1931, was a Prohibition-era rum-runner who found himself at the center of a debate on Americans’ right to privacy.Photograph Courtesy MOHAI / Seattle Post-Intelligencer Collection
Nearly a century before a U.S. President accused his predecessor of ordering a “tapp” on his private telephone line, and before he tweeted a warning to the head of the F.B.I. that he had “better hope that there are no ‘tapes’ of our conversations,” a professional spy, armed with a pack of cigarettes and an earpiece, hid in the basement of the Henry Building, in downtown Seattle, catching crackling bits of words being spoken miles away. Richard Fryant had worked as a wiretapper for the New York Telephone Company, tasked with eavesdropping on his own colleagues, and now took freelance assignments in the Queen City. On this occasion, he was seeking dirt on Seattle’s corrupt mayor—who was suspected of having ties to Roy Olmstead, a local bootlegger—for a political rival. At the behest of his client, Fryant rigged micro-wires to a certain exchange, ELliott-6785, and began to listen.
“They got that load,” one man said, breathing heavily.
“The hell they did—who?” asked another.
The men speaking on ELliott-6785 hung up, but the conversation had only just begun.
Criminals and Prohibition officials alike called Olmstead “the good bootlegger,” a moniker that reflected his singular business philosophy. He never diluted his whiskey with water or corrupted it with poison; he declined to dabble in the seedier offshoots of his profession, such as drugs or prostitution; and he abhorred violence, forbidding members of his organization from carrying weapons (“No amount of money is worth a human life,” he cautioned). If apprehended, his men were instructed to rely on bribes instead of violence.
Olmstead had a particular respect for policemen, having been a member of the Seattle force for thirteen years, reaching the rank of lieutenant. In 1920, with the onset of Prohibition, the thirty-three-year-old married father of two ventured to the other side of the law, making midnight runs to retrieve imported Canadian liquor from tugboats in the Puget Sound. This practice earned his dismissal from the force and made him a local celebrity. With his old police colleagues on his payroll, he was free to conduct business brazenly and with impunity, often unloading his booze at high noon from trucks marked “Fresh Fish.” Seattle citizens were thrilled to glimpse Olmstead on the street, wearing a fine suit and carrying a wallet fat with money, always ready with a joke. As one acquaintance noted, “It made a man feel important to casually remark, ‘As Roy Olmstead was telling me today.’ ”
Olmstead’s organization, comprised of an ever-growing staff of attorneys, dispatchers, clerks, skippers, navigators, bottlers, loaders, drivers, deliverymen, collectors, and salesmen, dominated the bootlegging scene in the Pacific Northwest. They relied heavily upon the telephone for day-to-day operations, using it to take orders, communicate updates on deliveries, and warn of impending raids, their words coursing across a web of wires connecting the city’s fifty-two thousand devices (approximately one for every six citizens). Olmstead set up his communication headquarters in the Henry Building, just a block from the Federal Building, and established three exchanges: ELliott 6785, 6786, and 6787. One of his men, a former taxi dispatcher, sat during business hours at a roll-top desk, taking and making calls, keeping meticulous records of each transaction. If a serious matter arose, such as an employee’s arrest, Olmstead himself called a friend on the Seattle police force to have it quashed. At the end of each day, the dispatcher unplugged the three telephones, to stop their ceaseless ringing, and the routine began anew in the morning.
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It is perhaps the key piece of forensic evidence in Russia’s suspected efforts to sway the November presidential election, but federal investigators have yet to get their hands on the hacked computer server that handled email from the Democratic National Committee.
Indeed, the only cybersecurity specialists who have taken a look at the server are from CrowdStrike, the Irvine, California-based private cybersecurity company that the DNC hired to investigate the hack — but which has come under fire itself for its work.
Some critics say CrowdStrike’s evidence for blaming Russia for the hack is thin. Members of Congress say they still believe Russia was responsible but wonder why the DNC has never allowed federal investigators to get a look at the key piece of evidence: the server. Either way, a key “witness” in the political scandal consuming the Trump administration remains beyond the reach of investigators.
Charles Webb, 23, is charged with four counts of introduction of drugs into a penal institution following his indictment on June 26, according to a report from NBC affiliate WBIR in Knoxville. He had only been on the job seven months and has been terminated, according to Sheriff Armando Fontes.
Fellow jail workers Jason Phillips and Alissa Lane were fired from their jobs last week and potential civil rights violations, the sheriff noted.
Charles Webb, 23, is charged with four counts of introduction of drugs into a penal institution following his indictment on June 26, according to a report from NBC affiliate WBIR in Knoxville. He had only been on the job seven months and has been terminated, according to Sheriff Armando Fontes. Fellow jail workers Jason Phillips and Alissa Lane were fired from their jobs last week and potential civil rights violations, the sheriff noted.
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JULY 10, 2017 | JAMES HENRY
THE FBI’S INCREASINGLY ODD SILENCE ON BOSTON BOMBING
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As another mega-budget Hollywood movie about the Boston Marathon bombing nears release, the mainstream media are finally addressing the many unanswered questions concerning the mastermind of the bombing, Tamerlan Tsarnaev.
And yet — four years after the bombing and two years after Tamerlan’s younger brother Dzhokhar was sentenced to death for his role — the feds still aren’t talking.
WhoWhatWhy readers will be familiar with most of these open questions:
• How was Tamerlan able to travel back and forth to the country from which he sought asylum in 2012, despite being on multiple terror watchlists?
• Why was he not questioned about the 2011 murder of three of his friends?
• Was Tamerlan working for or manipulated by the feds for some purpose?
• Was the FBI or some other federal agency using Tamerlan’s desire to become a US citizen as leverage?
• Did the Tsarnaevs have help constructing the bombs?
• Was anyone else involved in planning or inspiring the plot?
As we highlighted in April, ABC News investigative reporter Michele McPhee published a damning exposé which documents the suspicion in Boston’s local law enforcement that the FBI is covering up its interactions with Tamerlan Tsarnaev prior to the bombing. McPhee’s investigation led her to conclude that there is indeed an FBI cover-up afoot.
More recently, WBUR’s (Boston’s NPR station) Meghna Chakrabarti produced an hour-long special titled “Unanswered Questions about Tamerlan Tsarnaev.” Taking off from McPhee’s findings, the radio program explores some of the mysteries about which the government remains tight-lipped.
Chakrabarti concludes: “There is still a tight shroud of secrecy wrapped around much of this case.”
While she is more circumspect about the possibility of a cover-up, her long and detailed account points to a raft of strange coincidences and anomalies that scream for further explanation.
Tamerlan Tsarnaev, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev
Unanswered Questions about Tamerlan Tsarnaev by Jamie Bologna and Meghna Chakrabarti (left). Maximum Harm by Michele McPhee. Photo credit: WBUR and ForeEdge
It’s not just the media that’s still being shut out.
As Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s automatic federal death penalty appeal gets underway, prosecutors are refusing to turn over “classified” documents to Tsarnaev’s appellate lawyers.
What’s in those “classified” documents? It’s impossible to say, but they would likely shed some light on the unresolved mysteries surrounding Tamerlan Tsarnaev.
The lead prosecutor in Tsarnaev’s trial, William Weinreb, told WBUR that he thinks “it is fair to say that there are still a number of questions unanswered about that case. Maybe the answers will emerge over time.”
Sounds like the lead prosecutor was also kept in the dark.
Epidemic of Secrecy
The trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was, from the beginning, cloaked in unprecedented levels of secrecy.
Various media organizations raised issues with the inordinate number of sealed motions during the high-profile trial.
The attorney who defended Whitey Bulger — another notorious Boston killer the feds were eager to distance themselves from — characterized Tsarnaev’s trial as an “epidemic of secrecy.”
Bulger, the South Boston mobster, was employed by the FBI for years as an informant — all the while carrying on his murderous mob operations in and around Boston. Bulger’s attorney, Jay Carney, told the Boston Globe “transparency should be the presumption” instead of all the secrecy and sealed documents in the Tsarnaev trial.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, Tamerlan Tsarnaev
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, FBI Suspects 1 and 2.
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That didn’t happen. The government invoked that old standby “national security,” allowing it to shroud important details of the back story in darkness.
Robert Ambrogi, executive director of the Massachusetts Newspaper Publishers Association, told Politico that the information lockdown “tells you that major parts of this case are being conducted out of the public view. If ever there was a case that cries out to be conducted in a public forum, this is it. It’s pretty shocking.”
The judge in the case, George A. O’Toole Jr., ignited a veritable firestorm among Boston media when, three months after the conclusion of the trial, he continued to refuse to release the names of jurors.
Experts quoted in media accounts at the time characterized the long delay as “unprecedented,” “an aberration,” and as having “no possible rationale.”
Even Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s defense team, who presumably have a right to unfettered access to evidence against their client, found themselves filing numerous motions complaining to the judge about a lack of cooperation from the FBI and prosecution during the discovery phase of the trial.
Compounding their difficulties, Tsarnaev was placed on draconian Special Administrative Measures (SAMs) that severely limited the defense team’s ability to interact freely with their client. It also continues to prevent Tsarnaev from communicating with anyone from the media — as WhoWhatWhy found out when we were given a Kafkaesque runaround after we requested an interview.
Congress Shut Out
Because of FBI stonewalling, a delegation of congressmen felt compelled to travel to Russia, trying to get answers about Tamerlan Tsarnaev. Upon returning, Massachusetts Rep. Bill Keating (D-MA) said the FSB were more forthcoming than the FBI. (The FSB is Russia’s federal security service.)
Russia had warned the FBI back in 2011 that Tamerlan Tsarnaev was becoming radicalized, and might be making plans to travel to Russia to engage in terrorist activity. The FBI claims to have conducted an assessment of Tsarnaev but found no links to terrorism and closed the investigation.
The FBI’s pre-bombing interest in Tsarnaev thus came under intense, albeit short-lived, scrutiny.
Sen. Chuck Grassley, chairman of the Judiciary Committee which oversees the FBI, wrote a scathing letter to then-Director James Comey complaining about a lack of transparency to his oversight committee.
When the Inspector General of the Intelligence Community published an unclassified summary of “intelligence failures” that led up to the bombing, it too noted a lack of cooperation from the FBI, writing that “access to certain information was significantly delayed.”
And when 47 inspectors general from various executive agencies sent a letter to Congress in 2014 complaining about a growing problem of stonewalling of investigations by numerous executive branch agencies, the FBI’s lack of cooperation on the Boston Marathon bombing investigation was cited front and center.
As a result of that letter, a bipartisan Congressional coalition introduced an amendment to the original 1978 Inspector General Act. Grassley, a cosponsor of the amendment, wrote at the time that a “federal agency’s failure to give its inspector general timely access to information as required by law raises red flags. It begs the question, ‘What are you trying to hide?’”
Related front page panorama photo credit: Adapted by WhoWhatWhy from Street Scene (Aaron “tango” Tang / Wikimedia – CC BY 2.0), Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (US Marshals Service) and Tamerlan Tsarnaev (Wikimedia).
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BY MINYVONNE BURKE
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Monday, July 10, 2017, 10:21 AM
Trump Suggests Fired FBI Director Broke the Law by Releasing memos
By Steve Neavling
As the pressure on Donald Trump intensifies over an evolving federal investigation of alleged collusion with Russia, the president is resorting to what he knows best: Attack his perceived enemy on an unrelated issue.
On Twitter Monday morning, Trump wrote, “James Comey leaked CLASSIFIED INFORMATION to the media. That is so illegal!”
The president also tweeted a video Monday morning from Fox & Friends in which former U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, suggested fired FBI Director James Comey broke the law by disseminating memos about his and Trump’s meetings.
“You can’t do that,” Chaffetz said. “It’s against the law.”
On Sunday evening, Chaffetz also tweeted, “Comey’s private memos on Trump conversations contained classified material. If true, this is bombshell news.”
Minneapolis cop shoots two dogs in woman's backyard while investigating canceled burglary alarm
BY NICOLE HENSLEY
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Monday, July 10, 2017, 5:41 AM
Man Busted For Phoning In Bomb Threat To Police Used Pay Phone In Precinct Lobby
Comedian George Lopez called on Trump to 'deport the police' on Instagram
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NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Monday, July 10, 2017, 11:12 AM
North Carolina priest allegedly points gun at two people during road rage incident
BY BRIAN LISI
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Monday, July 10, 2017, 11:10 AM
Afghan girls trying to attend robotics competition denied U.S. visa again
July 10, 2017, 5:55 AM
Retired prison guard faces human rights raps for being the bully of his Staten Island block
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NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Monday, July 10, 2017, 4:00 AM
July 2, 2017
WYCO deputy fired, charged with pocketing money from sex offenders
Kansas City, KS - A Wyandotte County deputy faces felony charges for stealing money intended for the Sheriff's office, according to the county prosecutor.
Jay Pennington,38, was team leader for the WYCO sheriff's Offender Registration Unit (ORU) and responsible for taking cash fees from registered sex offenders.
Prosecutor Michael Dupree alleges Pennington was making fake receipts and pocketing the $20 cash fees. It's not clear yet how much money is missing.
He was fired Thursday, June 29, and arrested.
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What Dog Shootings Reveal About American Policing
A needless assault on two Minneapolis emotional-support pets is the latest demonstration of a persistent problem in law enforcement.
The two dogs, Ciroc and Rocko, that were shot by Minneapolis police officer. Courtesy of Jennifer LeMay
Trailer released for '9/11' movie starring Charlie Sheen who said attack was 'controlled demolition'
BY NICKI GOSTIN
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Updated: Friday, July 21, 2017, 9:19 AM
A Japanese trailer has been released from the upcoming drama "9/11" starring Charlie Sheen.
What's notable is that the "Two and a Half Men" star has previously raised questions about the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
During a radio interview with Alex Jones in 2006, the 51-year-old actor claimed that the towers had collapsed because of a "controlled demolition," rather than two planes being flown into them.
"We're not the conspiracy theorists on this issue," he said. "It seems to me like 19 amateurs with box cutters taking over four commercial airlines and hitting 75% of the targets — that feels like a conspiracy theory."
He also spoke at the Neocon Agenda — a conference organized by neoconservatives, some of whom believe in 9/11 conspiracy theories — and called for people to "wake up and join us," speaking out to "unleash the juggernaut of truth."
It's also Sheen’s first
POLICE OFFICER CHARGED AFTER SHOOTING FRIENDLY DOG
Brandon Carpenter and Arzy; policeman Brian Thierbach (not pictured) claimed the dog bit his foot, prompting the officer to shoot the 14-year-old mutt in the head.
In late April, traveling musician Brandon Carpenter of Portland, Maine, experienced the tragedy of a lifetime during a trip through Sulphur, Louisiana.
Carpenter, 28, was visiting the small Calcasieu Parish town with his dog Arzy, a Labrador Retriever–Newfoundland–Golden Retriever mix, and their friend, 21-year-old Logan Laliberte. Arzy, Carpenter, and Laliberte had been traveling around the country performing, hopping trains, and hitching rides, the Portland Press Herald reports, and were on their way to stay with a friend in Lake Charles.
The trio arrived in Sulphur during a rainstorm, so they took refuge in the back of an old box truck in the parking lot of a newspaper office to wait out the bad weather. Unfortunately, their choice of shelter prompted someone to call the police.
Officer Brian Thierbach of the Sulphur Police Department was the responding officer. Carpenter says he and his friend were sleeping when Officer Thierbach arrived and ordered them out of the truck. Thierbach put Carpenter and Laliberte in handcuffs, told them to lie on the ground, and then proceeded into the truck to retrieve their belongings.
“We were extremely compliant. We did everything he asked us to do,” Carpenter insists.
Meanwhile, Arzy was inside the truck, secured by a 4-foot leash. When Thierbach asked if Arzy was going to attack him, Carpenter said there was no way, that Arzy was harmless and sweet.
“I said no, it’s an incredibly friendly dog,” Carpenter remembers.
Newspaper employee Eric Midkiff looked on as Officer Thierbach approached Arzy, the police officer allegedly even petting the dog for a few seconds.
“His tongue was out. His tail was wagging. That’s my dog,” Carpenter said of Arzy. “Arzy maybe did a little sniff, like do you want to play?”
That’s when, without warning, Officer Thierbach drew his gun, shooting and killing Arzy.
Arzy was only 14 months old when he died.
“Then [the officer] jumped down from the back of the truck and shoots my dog in the head,” says Carpenter. “I watched him convulse his last breath and twitch the life out of him.”
Carpenter says he and Laliberte watched in horror as poor Arzy’s body was disposed of, thrown into a garbage bag. When Carpenter insisted that Officer Thierbach had needlessly shot Arzy, Thierbach claimed the dog had attacked him and bitten him in his foot.
But Eric Midkiff, the newspaper employee, witnessed the entire incident. Midkiff contends that Arzy never attacked Officer Thierbach, and said as much in his official report. Midkiff confirms that Arzy was indeed wagging his tail, happily greeting Officer Thierbach in a friendly manner. Theirbach shot Arzy when the lovable dog brushed up against him.
“All he had to do is take one giant step back,” Carpenter tells the Sulphur Daily News. “Why didn’t he ask me to move the dog or just take one big step back if he was uncomfortable?”
The loss of his dog has taken a toll on Carpenter, who maintains that Arzy was an innocent victim.
“That dog wouldn’t hurt a fly. Everybody loved Arzy,” Carpenter tells the Bangor Daily News (BGN). “Everybody said, ‘Oh, he’s so friendly. So gentle.’ He was an angel in dog form.”
Following Arzy’s death, the Sulphur Police Department launched an investigation into whether or not Officer Thierbach’s conduct was appropriate given the circumstances.
“I am a dog lover and I am deeply saddened by this incident,” Sulphur Police Chief Louis Coats told the BGN in early May. “I realize there is nothing I can say that would take away the hurt this incident has caused Mr. Carpenter. The actions of Officer Thierbach did not represent what I expect from the officers of the Sulphur Police Department.”
Officer Thierbach submitted his resignation May 7, but the department continued a criminal investigation.
“Those of us who serve as law enforcement officers do so with the responsibility of serving and protecting the community as professionals,” Chief Coats added. “The resignation of Officer Theirbach was accepted so that the officers and community can heal and move forward.”
Carpenter said Thierbach’s resignation was certainly a step in the right direction, but continued to push for justice. Supporters started a Facebook group, “Justice for Arzy,” hoping law enforcement would punish Thierbach.
Finally, on June 5, a grand jury served Brian Thierbach with an indictment for one count of aggravated animal cruelty. A warrant was issued for Thierbach’s arrest. Thierbach was taken into custody and his bail has been set at $20,000.
“They came to the right decision,” Carpenter tells the Southwest Daily News.
Sources: Southwest Daily News, “Justice for Arzy”, Sulphur Daily News, Bangor Daily News, Portland Press Herald
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Minneapolis police chief says shooting death of Australian woman 'should not have happened'
BY TERENCE CULLEN
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Friday, July 21, 2017, 1:30 AM
Trump team seeks to control, block Mueller’s Russia investigation
Here's how Trump’s lawyers are trying to undercut the Russia probe
President Trump has asked his advisers about his power to pardon people in connection to the Russia probe, according to people familiar with the effort. (Amber Ferguson/The Washington Post)
By Carol D. Leonnig, Ashley Parker, Rosalind S. Helderman and Tom Hamburger July 21 at 9:47 AM
Some of President Trump’s lawyers are exploring ways to limit or undercut special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s Russia investigation, building a case against what they allege are his conflicts of interest and discussing the president’s authority to grant pardons, according to people familiar with the effort.
Trump has asked his advisers about his power to pardon aides, family members and even himself in connection with the probe, according to one of those people. A second person said Trump’s lawyers have been discussing the president’s pardoning powers among themselves.
China Cracks 100 Gigawatts of Solar Capacity as Musk Pitches More U.S. Gigafactories
When it comes to solar energy, China is on one hell of a roll.
In the first half of 2017, the massive country added a record 24.4 gigawatts of solar electrical generating capacity. This boosted its total solar capacity to 101.82 gigawatts. By comparison, China has about 900 gigawatts of coal generating capacity, but recent coal curtailments provide an opportunity for renewable energy to take up a larger portion of China’s energy market share. Such an event would provide a crucial opening for the world to begin a necessary early draw-down of global carbon emissions in the face of rising risks from climate change.
(The government of China proudly touts its clean energy advances. Trump Administration — not so much.)
This very rapid solar growth rate, if it continues, puts China on track to beat its 2016 record annual solar installation rate of 34 GW. And, already, it is 9 percent ahead of last year’s more than doubling of new annual solar capacity toward a likely 2017 build-out at around 40 GW. China is also adding new high voltage power cables and averaging about 25 GW of new wind energy capacity each year. A stunning combined wind and solar build rate that has led CNN to claim that China is crushing the U.S. when it comes to renewable energy production and adoption rates. With the Trump Administration still wallowing in climate change denial, withdrawing from the Paris Climate Summit, and courting dangerous deals with petro-states like Russia, it’s enough to make you wonder if American technology and climate leadership are a thing of the past.
Back in the states, more progressive American (it’s not tough to beat Trump in this regard) Elon Musk was trying to help prevent just such a slide into backward-looking regression. Addressing 30 state governors at the summer governor’s association meeting, Musk explained that only a 100 by 100 mile square region was needed to capture enough solar energy to power the U.S. and that the battery storage needed for such a system to provide energy 24/7 would only cover a region 1×1 mile in size.
(Elon Musk claims an area of solar panels the size of the blue square could power the U.S. The black square represents the size of the area needed for energy storage to provide 24/7 power. Image source: Tesla.)
This is less than the total rooftop and highway area of all buildings and roads in the U.S. Musk also soft-pitched the notion of new gigafactories to the 30 state governors in attendance. Hopefully, a few will take up what amounts to an amazing economic opportunity. With Nevada seeing major new growth surrounding Musk’s Gigafactory 1 site, you’d think that interest would be high.
Oddly enough, 20 governors were AWOL at the meeting. Primarily republicans, apparently they had “more important” work to attend to than helping America become energy independent while fighting to prevent the fat tail of global climate catastrophe from crashing down on their constituents like a 1960s Godzilla on a mad romp in Tokyo.
Steve Hanley of Clean Technica notes:
“Whether any of the governors will take Elon’s words to heart remains to be seen. Only 30 of them bothered to attend. Many Republicans stayed home so they could focus on challenging issues like how to discriminate against Muslims, slash Medicare rolls, promote more fracking on public lands, and prevent transgender people from using public bathrooms. When you are in government, it is important to keep your priorities straight.”
China Adds a Record 24.4 GW of Solar in First Half of 2017
NYPD worker robbed Manhattan bank by claiming to have homemade bomb:
Wednesday, July 19, 2017, 8:14 PM
The suspect is a custodial assistant for the NYPD and was arrested Tuesday on charges of robbing a bank.
Cops busted an NYPD employee who held up a Greenwich Village bank and threatened the teller with a homemade bomb, officials said Wednesday.
Calissa Alston, 27, a custodial assistant at the NYPD's Military and Extended Leave Desk, was arrested Tuesday afternoon.
Alston walked into a Chase bank branch on Sixth Ave. near W. 4th St. on July 12 and handed the bank teller a note demanding cash, police said.
The note read, "I have a homemade bomb, pass me your loose $50s and $100s. Hurry the f--- up."
Bank robbers, ages 71 and 60, busted after Manhattan heist
The frightened teller handed over the $1,100 and hit the silent alarm once Alston bolted, authorities said.
Detectives originally believed Alston, who spoke in a deep voice, was a man dressed in women’s clothing.
Alston was on a leave of absence from the NYPD when she was arrested Tuesday, although it is unclear why.
The Staten Islander was suspended from the department as a result of her arrest, cops said.
Alston is charged with robbery. She was also arrested in April for trying to cash a check of an NYPD colleague. She was charged with petit larceny and criminal possession of stolen property
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CBS NEWS July 20, 2017, 9:44 PM
Graphic body cam footage shows police officer shooting 2 dogs
MINNEAPOLIS -- Body camera video released Thursday shows how two dogs approached a Minneapolis police officer before they were shot and seriously wounded in their fenced-in backyard earlier this month, CBS Minnesota reports.
The officer was responding to a false security alarm on July 8 when he shot the dogs, according to the police report. One suffered a bullet wound to the jaw, and the other was hit multiple times in its body. Both dogs survived but will require extensive treatment.
In the body camera footage, the first dog can be seen approaching the officer, identified as Michael Mays, slowly with its tail wagging. After the officer shoots the animal in the face, the other dog dashes toward the officer and is hit by gunfire.
"I dispatched both of them," the officer reports immediately after the shooting. Video then shows Mays climb the backyard fence, walk around the house and speak to the teenage resident who tripped the alarm.
Body camera footage showing a police officer shooting two dogs in Minneapolis. MINNEAPOLIS POLICE DEPARTMENT / CBS MINNESOTA
He apologizes to the sobbing teenager for shooting the dogs, saying, "I don't like shooting dogs, I love dogs."
In a report filed the night of the shooting, Mays said that the dogs, which he described as pit bulls, charged at him.
The police union defended Mays, saying the first pit bull growled at him before approaching.
However, the body camera footage cannot verify this, as no sound was recorded until after shots were fired.
The body camera footage was released Thursday afternoon by Michael Padden, the attorney for the dogs' owner, Jennifer LeMay, who says the animals are service dogs for her children. At a news conference, Padden wanted to know why the audio on Mays' body camera wasn't turned on as the officer approached the house.
The day after the shooting happened, LeMay posted surveillance video taken by a backyard camera to Facebook, where it went viral, garnering hundreds of thousands of views. The video clearly shows Mays shooting both dogs and climbing over the fence.
A Facebook image of one of Jennifer LeMay's dogs. CBS MINNESOTA / JENNIFER LEMAY / FACEBOOK
Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau described the surveillance video as "difficult to watch." She called for an Internal Affairs use of force review of the incident and said that officer training courses on dealing with dogs will be updated.
So far, the department has yet to comment on Mays' actions.
The wounded dogs required thousands of dollars in veterinary treatment. A GoFundMe page to raise money for medical expenses has received nearly $40,000.
Harteau also said that the police department will help pay for treatment expenses.
The dog shooting is the second Minneapolis police incident this month involving questions of police and body cameras.
Over the weekend, Justine Damond, an Australian yoga teacher reporting a possible sexual assault in the alley behind her home, was fatally shot by a responding officer.
While both officers on the scene were wearing body cameras, neither was turned on when the fatal shot was fired. The shooting remains under investigation.
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