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Judge: FBI-tied child porn collector 'not a danger' to school
Seattle man gets $1,000 fine, isn't banned from home across from Ballard school

BY LEVI PULKKINEN, SEATTLEPI.COM STAFF Updated 3:06 pm, Friday, April 8, 2016

from Matt Connolly retired Mass Assistant DA


This just in from attorney Mike Kuzma





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Seattle FBI chief weighs in on sentencing of child pornography offender


'These are our children'

BY LEVI PULKKINEN, SEATTLEPI.COM STAFF Updated 10:16 pm, Friday, April 8, 2016

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Cops' romp with hooker on N.J. flight part of FBI probe into NYPD, report says


April 18, 2016 at 10:45 AM, updated April 18, 2016 at 5:03 PM

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Three Oakland cops probed for allegedly having sex with girl
Friday, May 13, 2016

Oakland Officers Under Investigation In Underage Sex Scandal
CBS San Francisco


00:00 / 02:32
Three Oakland police officers are being investigated for allegedly having sex with an underage girl — and another cop who killed himself may have also been involved.

The teenage victim was identified by several news outlets as Celeste Guap, now 18 or 19 years old, who may have been victimized by dozens of cops starting when she was 16.

Guap made several references to the scandal on Facebook before taking the page down entirely on Friday. She denied having any improper connections to the cops, writing that she had "harmless relationships," within the department, according to CBS in San Francisco.

Last month, she posted a photo of Oakland cops letting her off near her home, according to the station. "Took me back to Richmond in style," she said.

Statute of limitations denied these victims from se

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May 29 2016

Kristin Davis, a former hooker, says ex-cop Michael Rizzi came to her for busines advice
The disgraced ex-cop who got caught running his own prostitution ring sought business advice from the “Manhattan Madam,” according to former hooker Kristin Davis.

The one-time madam who claims the “Luv Guv” Eliot Spitzer was among her clients said she met retired cop Michael Rizzi a few years ago — and he plied her with inappropriate questions.

“He sort of mentioned that he was trying to open some sort of business,’’ Davis said Sunday during an interview with told AM radio host Frank Morano on his “Morano in the Morning” show.

“Didn’t know him before that,” she said.

Ex-NYPD cop with mob ties busted for running prostitution ring
“So he alluded basically to maybe getting your help in running some sort of prostitution ring?” Morano prodded.

“Yes,” Davis answered.

“I said repeatedly, ‘I don’t want to talk about these things because that’s in my past and I don’t want to talk with some stranger about entering into an illegal venture that he kept trying to discuss,’ ” said Davis.

The publicity-loving ex-madam also whined that Rizzi got a far low



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Baltimore police to distribute manual of 26 'core operating policies' to all officers

Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun
Updated June 3, 2016
All 2,300 officers in the Baltimore Police Department will receive a new, printed manual of the department's 26 "core operating policies" by the start of next month, to refer to while on the job and unable to access a computer, police officials said Friday.

The policies — governing things like the use of force and the standards for investigative stops — are the most important and most frequently used among the 208 policies that make up the department's full general orders, which are distributed to officers in digital format, said Police Commissioner Kevin Davis. Because of that, they "absolutely must be at the fingertips of all Baltimore police officers all the time," and officers must know them "backwards and forwards," he said.

"We want to do as much as we can to make this job as appealing as possible and to make opportunities for police officers to grow and to know their profession," Davis said. "We think this

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Suicides by cops under investigation are troubling

NEWS Wednesday, June 15, 2016, 2:40 PM

Last month, NYPD Inspector Michael Ameri, after several visits from the FBI over an ever-widening corruption scandal, got into his car, parked it near a local golf course, and took his own life.

During a single month in 2012, four different NYPD officers killed themselves.

We can’t know why exactly why Michael Ameri took his life. As the FBI probe deepened, it appears he panicked. Peers and others within the department have struggled to make sense of it.

In isolation, that's understandable, but what Michael Ameri did by taking his own life in the middle of an investigation seems to be an increasing occurrence.

Just last week an NYPD officer accused of sexually assaulting his 13-year-old niece killed himself.

This past April, a Philadelphia Police lieutenant, Vincent Testa, killed himself just a day before he was scheduled to meet with investigators over a theft investigation.

Oakland, Calif., Officer Brendan O'Brien took his own life last year. In a suicide note, he mentioned a series of officers involved with a sexual misconduct scandal that is now engulfing the entire Oakland Police Department. The police chief and several officers have now resigned over the scandal, and it increasingly appears O'Brien was also having sex with a minor. Not only that, but there was an idea he killed his own wife a year earlier, in a death first ruled suspicious, but then later deemed a suicide.

The scene of the suicide of NYPD Sgt. Joel Doseau: his childhood home in Brooklyn.
In May of 2015, after being indicted on 40 different counts of molesting a young girl he seduced online, NYPD Officer Joel Doseau, age 43, killed himself in his childhood home.

Veteran Illinois Lt. Charles Gliniewicz, under investigation for stealing and laundering money from a youth program, staged his own suicide to look like he was killed by local men so that his family would collect the full life insurance benefits. For days on end, as a manhunt ensued, the Black Lives Matter Movement was actually blamed for his murder by popular conservatives.

An Arlington, Tex., officer who was under investigation killed himself.

The same was true for a state trooper in Massachusetts.

The bigger they are: Churning NYPD scandal snares top cops
Missing Brooklyn mom found ‘doing her thing’ on street corner
NYPD Inspector Michael Ameri laid to rest after suicide
Judge allows NYPD lieutenant promotions amid cheating scandal
NYPD captain who went home when cops were shot gets demotion
NYPD plans 20 more gang takedown raids over next two months
Brock Turner 'creeped out' other women prior to 2015 rape
And an officer in Chicago.

And Detroit.

And Houston.

NYPD Deputy Inspector Michael Ameri committed suicide in May amid an FBI probe into the department’s ethics.
And Florida.

And New Mexico.

This list, could go on and on and on. With their backs against wall, faced with the possibility of doing jail time, many officers choose to take



Senator: FBI Is Down 6,000 Agents Despite Increasing Threats of Terrorism

Sen. Lindsey Graham

By Steve Neavling

Budget cuts have left the FBI with too few agents to properly address the terrorism threat, Sen. Lindsey Graham said.

“The FBI has lost 6,000 agents due to budget cuts. The Army is going to be at 1940 levels – the Navy at 1950 levels. I want to restore our defense cuts and our intelligence cuts so we can fight a war we can afford to win,” he told the FOX Business Network’s Stuart Varney.

On Monday, House Democrats supported legislation that would give the FBI authority to rejec



FBI agent accused of using influence to gain football tickets
June 15, 2016 at 2:13 pm

FBI agent accused of using influence to gain football tickets
Maria Biery
An FBI agent stands accused of using his position to get all-access passes to a professional football game, according to a Justice Department report.
The passes allowed the agent and two of his friends to access the field for a short period of time.
The Justice Department Office of the Inspector General states that this act was "in violation of FBI ethical guidelines" and a "misuse of position".
In order to defend his actions, the FBI agent noted that he wanted to provide a memorable experience to a friend with a terminal illness.

The agent is also accused, however, of soliciting gifts from subordinates who traveled overseas and making "unprofessional and disparaging comments" about his fellow


FBI Looking To Hire Hundreds Of New Agents, Thousands For Other Positions
June 15, 2016 12:45 PM

– Looking for a job? The FBI is hiring.

The federal agency has a plan to recruit 740 agents throughout this year, according to Felix A. Rivera, Assistant Agent in Charge in Detroit. They’re also looking to hire 240 intel analysts and more than 2,000 professional staff employees.

Rivera told WWJ’s Zahra Huber they’re looking for candidates wh



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U.S. World Politics
Fla. sheriff shoots self after jail release on child porn charges

Wednesday, June 15, 2016, 8:44 PM

A 17-year veteran Florida sheriff shot himself on Wednesday, just hours after being released from jail on child pornography charges.

Sgt. Kreg Costa, 43, of the Broward County Sheriff's Office, shot himself at his Sunrise home at around 5:30 p.m. and called 911 around the same time. He was found outside of the home and is listed in grave condition, a spokesperson for the Sheriff's officetold the Sun-Sentinel.

Costa, a father of five, was arrested on June 9 for perusing child pornography for several hours during his midnight shift. He was released from jail on Wednesday on $250,000 bail after being held for six nights on 29 charges related to child porn and illicit sex.


Crime U.S. World Politics
Police officer caught in undercover sting of sexual predator


Updated: Wednesday, June 15, 2016, 1:39 PM

Christopher Dunkes is a Montgomery County police officer.
Police in Virginia went undercover to catch predators online — and they caught a cop.

Montgomery County Police Officer Christopher Dunkes, 27, was one of seven people arrested this month as part of a perv sting by Prince William County police, authorities said.

The creeper cop fell for a Craigslist ad by an undercover officer posting as a 15-year-old, according

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Cop who watched women abuse kids online will plead guilty

Friday, July 1, 2016, 9:04 PM


A depraved NYPD sergeant facing trial next month for hooking up with women on Skype in order to sexually abuse their young kids has decided to throw in the towel, the Daily News has learned.

Alberto Randazzo will plead guilty on July 12 to several charges, including conspiracy

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California police officer charged with on-duty sexual assault of five women
Former officer Noah Winchester allegedly targeted ‘vulnerable women’ as young as 17 while with the San Mateo police in north

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Two more women claim former Syracuse cop sexually abused them

Tuesday, August 9, 2016, 4:00

Two more women claim former Syracuse cop sexually abused them

Two more alleged victims have come forward to accuse a former Syracuse cop of sexually abusing them while he was on the job — while a third revealed to the Daily News harrowing details of her alleged encounter with the disgraced officer.

The women all claim Chester Thompson forced them to perform sex acts on him while he was armed and in uniform.

The department booted Thompson in December 2015 after the rogue cop pleaded guilty to official misconduct, a misdemeanor. Under the arrangement with Syracuse District Attorney William J. Fitzpatrick, the disgraced officer ducked any jail time and was instead sentenced to three years' probation.

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I had sex forced on me by a person who I know was an agent. It was a scar that will heal. It does not make any sense to do these things to people. I dont know why this was done to me but the person raped me repeatedly. I felt degraded knowing that this person was a cop. I will pray for your healing.

God Bless

Terry Mitchell

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no police officers arrested for pedophilia

4 Oakland Officers Fired, 7 Suspended In Sexual Misconduct Investigation
September 7, 2016 5:18 PM


— Officials in Oakland announced Wednesday that four police officers would be terminated and an additional seven officers would be suspended in the wake of the now completed investigation into the teen sex scandal that rocked the department.

The press conference held by Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf and City Administrator Sabrina Landreth late Wednesday afternoon announced that the investigation into the underage sex scandal

In interviews, Guap said she had sex with 14 officers from Oakland police department, as well as five from the Richmond police department, three Alameda County Sheriff’s deputies and a Livermore cop. She says she only had sex with three officers — all from Oakland PD — while she was underage.


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Dec. 26, 2016
The author, scholar and activist, Angela Davis, will be the keynote speaker at a banquet Jan. 14 in Memphis, said Mid-South Peace and Justice Center Executive Director Brad Watkins.

"Her huge body of work in the history of resistance and social change has been an inspiration to so many people," Watkins said.
Watkins said there is "no better time to reaffirm our commitment to the struggle for positive social change, to oppose bigotry and sexism and racism. I think she'll be a perfect person to bring the experiences of the past into a modern context and get us all ready for the work that is to come."
Davis, 72, a professor in the History of Consciousness and Feminist Studies Departments at the University of California, Santa Cruz, has lectured across the country and internationally. She is the author of nine books including, "Women, Race, and Class," "Are Prisons Obsolete?" and "The Meaning of Freedom."
Davis' activism began as a young person in Birmingham, Alabama. In 1970, Davis was placed on the FBI's 10 Most Wanted list. She was arrested, incarcerated and ultimately found not guilty of murder, conspiracy and kidnapping in a Marin County, California courtroom shootout. The prosecution had alleged she was involved in a plot to take hostages and free three prisoners known as the Soledad Brothers. Her incarceration sparked the "Free Angela Davis" campaign.
Davis visited the University of Memphis in 1992 at then-Memphis State University where she spoke to an overflow crowd of more than 500 people and challenged students to question history as they knew it. She returned to the University of Memphis in 2008 where she voiced support for restoring voting rights to people convicted of crimes and opposition to the prison system.
January's event is sponsored by the criminal justice reform advocacy group Just City, Rhodes College and the Women's Foundation of Greater Memphis.
"In an age of social media activism I find myself often in awe of activists of days past," said attorney Carlissa Shaw, 29, of Memphis, who plans to hear Davis speak. "Activists that put their lives and livelihood in jeopardy to support their cause. Angela Davis makes the short list of


Ex-NYPD boss defends city’s Muslim spying, welcomes Trump's plan

Sunday, December 25, 2016, 2:15 PM

Here in Maine it cost $55,000.00 to warehouse
one man in prison for 1 year.
Here is what the taxpayer gets in return.


Ex-cons: Florida's forgotten minority
Florida Today
Then there is recidivism. A study by the National Institute of Justice reveals that three-fourths of inmates released from prisons are rearrested within three


The presentation of the Top 25 stories of 2015-2016 extends the tradition originated by Professor Carl Jensen and his Sonoma State University students in 1976, while reflecting how the expansion of the Project to include affiliate faculty and students from campuses across North America has made the Project even more diverse and robust. During this year’s cycle, Project Censored reviewed 235 Validated Independent News stories (VINs) representing the collective efforts of 221 college students and 33 professors from 18 college and university campuses that participate in our affiliate program.

A Note on Research and Evaluation of Censored News Stories
How do we at Project Censored identify and evaluate independent news stories, and how do we know that the Top 25 stories that we bring forward each year are not only relevant and significant, but also trustworthy? The answer is that each candidate news story undergoes rigorous review, which takes place in multiple stages during […]

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25. NYPD Editing Wikipedia on Police Brutality
In March 2015, Kelly Weill reported in Capital New York that computers operating at One Police Plaza, the headquarters of the New York Police Department (NYPD), had been used “to alter Wikipedia pages containing details of alleged police brutality,” including the entries for Eric Garner, Sean Bell, and Amadou Diallo. As Mother Jones subsequently reported, […]

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24. India’s Solar Plans Blocked by US Interests, WTO
The United Nations Conference on Climate Change, held in December 2015 in Paris, featured lofty rhetoric about international cooperation to tackle climate change, including overtures by the US and other nations to include India. Anticipating the Paris summit, World Trade Organization (WTO) director-general Roberto Azevêdo wrote, “The challenge is not to stop trading but to […]

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23. Modern-Day Child Slavery: Sex Trafficking of Underage Girls in the US
In December 2015, D. Parvaz published “Selling American Girls,” a seven-part investigative report for Al Jazeera America that documented sex trafficking in the US. Each part of her report examined a different role in the sex trafficking trade and its enforcement, from the prostitutes and their buyers, pimps, and advocates, to law enforcement officers and […]

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22. Department of Education Cooperates with ALEC to Privatize Education
The Department of Education and school districts throughout the US are working with billionaire families such as the Waltons and Netflix CEO Reed Hastings to under


State Department Employee Makes Deal in Child Porn Case
December 26, 2016

Summary: A Department of State diplomatic security officer made a plea to one felony count for child pornography.

Diplomatic security officer for the Department of State was caught in an undercover FBI child pornography operation.  The officer pleaded guilty to one felony count after striking a deal with federal prosecutors. James Cafferty, 45, pleaded to transporting child pornography. Cafferty faced a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison but the judge could have sentenced him up to 20 years. In the end, he was sentenced to seven years.

Cafferty’s most recent position was at the U.S. Embassy in London. In the plea agreement filed in a U.S. District Court in Tampa, he admitted to bringing 15,000 images of child pornography on three hard drives with him on his trip back from England in August. The images were both photos and videos.

A search of his Largo, Florida home by law enforcement found over 30,000 child porn images on digital storage media devices. When questioned by federal agents, he admitted to “photo-shopping himself into scenes constituting


'Brendon didn’t have to die': Family of man fatally shot by LAPD in Venice says they're left grieving


West Oakland Action Feeds Folks, Saves a Home, Denies Cops a Photo Op
Tue Oct 25 2016 People's Block Party Supplants Oakland Police "Copaganda" Effort, Saves Home

Word got out that the Oakland Police Department had intentions to do neighborhood outreach in West Oakland on October 18. Knowing that OPD holds public relations events such as these to whitewash their earned reputation as racist, violent, and corrupt, the Anti Police-Terror Project set out to prevent OPD from exploiting local residents for a propagandistic photo op.

Oakland police planned their "copaganda" event for 3pm at 24th and Linden streets, so the Anti Police-Terror Project (APTP) beat them to it by arriving a little after 1:30pm. As tents, a children's play area, and a barbecue were being set up for a community block party, folks noticed a tow truck a few houses up the street preparing to make off with a parked recreational vehicle while a civilian Oakland police technician supervised.

Just as the tow truck began to drive away with a man's home, several people rushed in front of the truck, preventing it from leaving. About an hour later, after plenty of back and forth with police, it was agreed that the tow truck would release the RV and the owner would be afforded time to take care of legal requirements for a non-operational vehicle.


More to story than Christopher Young allegedly distributing child porn, ex-Jefferson Parish president's brother argues
DEC 26, 2016 - 2:25 PM (3)

The Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control, headed by Commissioner Troy Hebert, right, and Louisiana State Police, headed by Superintendent Col. Michael D. Edmonson, left, announce the details of a monthlong undercover operation named 'Operation Trick or Treat' naming five strip clubs as having allegedly been locations of acts of prostitution, illegal drug use, and lewd or improper acts in front of the Louisiana Supreme Court Building in the French Quarter in New Orleans, La. Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015.
Joe Gyan

Six months after alleging that federal child porn charges against him are the result of a "selective and vindictive" prosecution, the war of words between Baton Rouge lawyer and former state liquor lobbyist Christopher Young and prosecutors rages on in court filings.

Young, the brother of former Jefferson Parish President John Young, claims the only reason he's being prosecuted in U.S. District Court in Baton Rouge is because he refused to cooperate with federal authorities in a public corruption probe.

Federal prosecutors counter that nothing could be further from the truth. The truth, they say, is that a Baton Rouge federal grand jury indicted Christopher Young in May on possession of child pornography and distribution of child pornography charges because he forwarded videos of boys engaging in sex acts with donkeys to friends, family, clients and others

U.S. District Judge John deGravelles held hearings in September and October on Young's motion to dismiss the federal charges but hasn't issued a ruling.

In court documents filed since the hearing, Assistant U.S. Attorneys Cam Le and René Salomon insist there's "no improper motive" behind the prosecution of Young.


Man claims FBI 'extorted' him on sex charge in swap for dirt on ex-ATC chief Troy Hebert
Young's attorneys — Billy Gibbens, Marci Blaize and Taylor Townsend — beg to differ and say federal authorities were interested in Young only because of his lobbying activities before the Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control and his relationship with former ATC Commissioner Troy Hebert.

"Rhetoric aside, Young knows that he is being prosecuted because he engaged in illegal child sexual exploitation by repeatedly distributing, over a two-year period of time, graphic child pornography bestiality videos to his friends, family, clients and colleagues," the prosecutors argue in asking deGravelles to deny Young's motion.

Just because Young claims he had no lustful interest when he distributed and possessed the videos doesn't mean he should be shielded from federal prosecution, the government attorneys add.

Le and Salomon note that the investigation arose out of an unsolicited referral from a local lawyer to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

"Subsequent forensic analysis revealed that Young … distributed child pornography bestiality videos, on 33 separate occasions, to 38 different individuals," the prosecutors state.

Young's attorneys argue that what began as a child porn investigation quickly morphed into a public corruption probe when the federal government learned of Young's lobbying activities and his friendship with Hebert.

"It took a child pornography case that it normally would not have prosecuted and used it to try to force Mr. Young to become a government agent in a fishing expedition for public corruption," his lawyers contend.

Not true, according to Le and Salomon, who say Young's decision not to cooperate with law enforcement "was not the motivation for the Government's decision to seek an indictment."

"Defendants regularly reject plea agreements; there is no evidence that Young's choice to do so here made prosecutors retaliate against him," the prosecutors argue.

Young testified in deGravelles' courtroom in September that FBI agent Maurice Hattier Jr. told him that "whatever is on that phone doesn't have to become public if you cooperate with us in a public corruption investigation."

Hattier also testified and denied making that statement to Youn


Timeline of BART Police Killings and Militarization
Sun Nov 20 2016 Center for Convivial Research and Autonomy Documents BART Police Violence

A timeline mapping Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) police violence and militarization was collectively generated as part of a larger ongoing convivial research effort to expose low intensity war across the Bay Area and state. The timeline was produced through a collaboration between the Center for Convivial Research and Autonomy (CCRA) and Carville Annex Press as part of the struggle for Justice for James "Nate" Greer.

The timeline is a tool that remembers, counts, mourns and honors our dead. It is a collaborative effort of documentation over time that makes visible the many resistances that have refused erasure. This refusal itself is a confrontation against state violence. The timeline reflects our insurgent and organized community across the Bay Area and in its detail is reflected the work and tears and blood of many over time.

Construction of the BART system in the 1960s notoriously cut through Black and Brown communities across the San Francisco Bay Area, disrupting vibrant social life and vernacular circuits of activity. It forced the relocation of Black and Brown families, businesses, and civic institutions often creating competition between the two. When BART began running in 1972 it already had a state sanctioned police force and by 1976 BART police exercised full police powers across all 52 California counties.


Oakland Police Veteran Says OPD Covered Up Domestic Murder by Officer
Sat Nov 5 2016 Sergeant Mike Gantt Sues Oakland Police for Retaliation Related to Murder Investigation

Oakland police sergeant James "Mike" Gantt has come forward with allegations of the Oakland police department and city leaders retaliating against him for his investigation as to whether fellow officer Brendan O'Brien murdered his wife, Irma Huerta-Lopez, on June 16, 2014. With a long record as a homicide inspector for OPD, Gantt unequivocally states that he believes O'Brien did indeed murder his wife and OPD covered it up, retaliating against him for attempting to do an honest examination of the evidence.


Joe Kennedy Democrat says no to the FBI

Ten members of the Encryption Working Group signed off on the report, including Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), Fred Upton (R-MI), Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI), Bill Johnson (R-OH), Yvette D. Clarke (D- NY), Darrell Issa (R-CA), Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), James Sensenbrenner (R-WI) and Suzan DelBene (D-WA). Two other members—Joe Kennedy (D-MA) and Adam Kinzinger (R-IL)—reportedly refused to put their names on the report.

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from the G-men-say-it's-totally-legal-and-whatnot dept

Perhaps sensing the wave of civil asset forfeiture reform might eventually come crashing against the seized beach houses of the federal government, the FBI has decided to post a defense of the oft-abused process at its website.

The post speaks in warm terms about federal partnerships with state law enforcement agencies -- partnerships often abused by local authorities to route around restrictive state laws governing forfeiture. Of course, there's no mention of this particular facet of federal partnerships in the FBI's post. Instead, the post does all it can to portray it as a legitimate tool of law enforcement, rather than the analogue for legalized theft it's become.

The FBI tries to spin this as a limited-use tool that only affects convicted criminals. But even in its defense of the process, it can't help but enthuse about the near lack of limitations it enjoys.

Many—though not all—federal crimes have forfeiture provisions, but just about every law the FBI is charged with enforcing has some forfeiture aspect—from organized crime activities, financial frauds, drug trafficking, and cyber crimes to public corruption, child pornography, human trafficking, and terrorism.

Not "Just For Drug Dealers™," as so often seems to be the case. All sorts of criminal acts -- even those committed with zero criminal intent -- can result in people (or their parents, relatives, roommates, etc.) losing their property to the government. How many laws allow for forfeiture? The FBI doesn't say, but it's probably in the thousands. Here's a recent federal criminal law count:

There are at least 5,000 federal criminal laws, with 10,000-300,000 regulations that can be enforced criminally.

"Many" is the word the FBI uses, so it's not just the rogue's gallery they trotted out in defense of the controversial process. It also can be owners of small restaurants or guitar manufacturers or whoever runs afoul of a few hundred thousand federal regulations.

But don't worry, says the Feeb, we have to do stuff to take stuff.

In all Bureau cases, the burden of proof to demonstrate that the property in question is forfeitable under the applicable federal law rests with the government.

This looks like it means the government has to prove the seized property is directly derived from criminal activity. But that's not what the sentence actually says. All the government has to prove is that the law provides for its forfeiture. Actually proving seized property is derived from criminal activity isn't something the government has to do. It only has to do this if the seizure is challenged. If it isn't, the normal boilerplate assertions about agents' information and belief are usually enough to net the government some extra spending money or fine auctionables.

The real fun begins when the FBI talks about civil forfeiture -- the process in which assets are treated as suspected criminals while the suspected criminals who own the property are sidelined by the legal process.

Civil forfeiture [...] is brought against property rather than the actual wrongdoer—it’s not dependent on a criminal prosecution, it’s based on the strength of the evidence at hand, it’s available whether the owner of the property is living or dead, and it allows us to obtain the assets of fugitives who have escaped the arm of the law or subjects who reside outside our borders.

This is law enforcement's favorite brand of forfeiture, as it eliminates tons of paperwork, arraignments, courtroom testimony, Fourth Amendment "technicalities" that spring suspected criminals, and dangerously unpredictable juries.

The most laughable part of this sentence is what the FBI claims civil forfeiture is used against -- fugitives and foreigners. In "many" cases (to borrow the FBI's vague term), the people assets are taken from are not only not fugitives or foreigners, they're also left uncharged and unjailed while their belongings begin the streamlined process of becoming government assets.

The FBI freely admits it engages in another form of parallel construction to better ensure the government ends up with something in every forfeiture case.

In some instances, the FBI—in conjunction with U.S. Attorney’s Office—will run parallel criminal and civil forfeiture cases. There are several reasons for this. Parallel proceedings help us get the proceeds of a crime back to the victims more quickly. Also, if the case involves depreciating assets (like cars), we can civilly forfeit those assets faster than in the criminal proceeding, then liquidate the assets and get them back to the victim at a better return than if we had held the assets until the criminal case was completed. We also do parallel cases to ensure we can forfeit the assets civilly in case the defendant flees or dies before the forfeiture order is handed down.

Handy. If the government can't get a conviction, it can still possibly take property from someone it couldn't prove was an actual criminal. By running them in parallel, defendants are left with almost no time to fight for the return of their property after they're exonerated.

And there's another laughable statement hidden in this paragraph: the notion that asset forfeiture has anything to do with "returning" the proceeds of criminal activity to victims. The FBI says it has returned $100 million over the last two years to crime victims. Sounds impressive, but that's only when presented without context, as the FBI does here. Scott Shackford of Reason provides some much-needed fiduciary bracketing:

In just 2014 the federal government deposited $5 billion in seized assets. That was just one year. So this $100 million in restitution over two years is a drop in the bucket compared to what they've taken. Most of the money is kept for themselves or shared with local law enforcement agencies.

The government's do-gooding only looks like do-gooding when deprived of context. The FBI -- and countless local law enforcement agencies now facing pushback from legislators and


FBI Probing Sundance Cyberattack as Filmmakers Cry Foul (Exclusive)


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A Sundance spokesperson said: "The FBI is reviewing the case. At this point, we do not have any reason to believe the cyberattack was targeted towards a specific film."

The plot is thickening in the tale of the mysterious cyberattack that crippled the Sundance Film Festival's box-office systems over the weekend.

The FBI is investigating the hack and is working with Sundance officials to identify the culprit, a festival spokesperson tells The Hollywood Reporter. Although the festival was able to get its ticketing systems back online within an hour of the Saturday breach, multiple other denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks on Sundance’s IT infrastructure followed. A DDoS attack works by flooding the bandwidth or resources of a targeted server.

Reached for comment, an FBI spokesperson says the agency is looking into the matter. A Sundance Film Festival rep offers the following statement: "The FBI is reviewing the case. At this point, we do not have any reason to believe the cyberattack was targeted towards a specific film. No artist or customer information was compromised."

At the time of the hack, the festival offered little in the way of explanation of what happened, but hinted that filmmakers at the annual celebration of independent cinema may have been the target. "We have been subject to a cyberattack that has shut down our box office," the festival tweeted. "Our artist’s voices will be heard and the show will go on.”


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One producer of a Sundance documentary critical of the Russian government believes his film could have played a role in the attack.

“There's been speculation that our film may have sparked retribution,” Icarus consulting producer Doug Blush tells THR. “It does not paint a flattering picture of [president Vladimir] Putin.”

Icarus, which made its world premiere at the festival the day before the hack, centers on a Russian doctor who oversaw and then spoke out about Russia's widespread state-sponsored sports doping. The Bryan Fogel-helmed film, which is being pitched to distributors, has played throughout the weekend in Park City at screenings for both press-and-industry and the public.

Icarus isn’t the only Sundance film that could antagonize the Russian government and Putin. Evgeny Afineevsky’s Cries From Syria -- one of several docs tackling the war-torn nation -- also takes a critical look at Putin and Russia's military intervention in Syria. Cries From Syria made its world premiere at Sundance on Sunday, the day after the initial box-office cyberattack.

Afineevsky, who is Russian but has lived in the United States for 17 years, downplays the idea of a connection between his film and the hack.

“If it was Russia, they would have blown the whole system out,” he says.

Russia, of course, has been at the center of a U.S. government probe into the hack of the Democratic National Committee before the November election. But other projects playing at the festival take aim at groups known to have hacking capabilities. The New Radical looks at the new cyber-warfare b





Microsoft Asserts Clients' Rights in FBI E-Mail Searches Fight


s effort to halt the FBI's so-called sneak-and-peek searches of e-mails may ride on whether it's allowed to defend its customers' constitutional rights. The judge ...

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Dd the Feds Indict the Wife of Orlando Shooter for Sins of Her Husband?


The JFK lover who revealed cracks in his facade: New book looks at Kennedy’s vulnerability

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Judge orders Sorrento and ex-police chief to pay $40K in legal fees

A federal judge has awarded nearly $40,000 in fees to attorneys for a woman who accused a former Louisiana police chief of sexually assaulting her in his office while she was drunk and he was on duty.

The woman's lawyers sought nearly $90,000 in fees, but






76 rape kits submitted from Athens County since 2011

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Former FBI Criminal Investigations Director Joins DLA Piper in Miami

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Parker: Supreme Court Strengthens Qualified Immunity for Law Enforcement Officers’ Use of Deadly Force



It was a tough year for law enforcement officers. Line of duty deaths, especially intentional killings of police, were up dramatically. Several categories of violent crime, including homicides, rose significantly after two decades of steady decline in crime statistics. Recruitment of new officers is becoming difficult, and officers confronting deadly situations are justifiably wary about the public (and media) second-guessing life or death decisions that had to be made under pressure within seconds.


Heather MacDonald, in her recent book The War On Cops, blames these developments on an anti-law enforcement movement led by groups like Black Lives Matter, accentuated by media attention, and facilitated by the policies of the Obama Administration. Whether you buy all of her conclusions, she does make a persuasive case that the current atmosphere in some segments of the public about law enforcement has resulted in officers being less aggressive in discretionary policing and that is a factor in a new crime wave, especially in the nation’s cities.


Into this troubling and dangerous situation, a potential boost in law enforcement confidence came this month from an unlikely source, a per curiam opinion by the U.S. Supreme Court.


Per curiam (Latin: by the Court) decisions are judgments by appellate courts as a whole in which no particular judge or Justice is identified as the author. In the Supreme Court per curiam opinions are almost always unanimous and usually represent brief rulings on non-controversial subjects. They tend to be short. They seldom set an important precedent or alter the rule of law.


But there are exceptions. In 1972 the per curiam opinion by the Court in Furman v. Georgia turned capital punishment upside down when it struck down every death penalty law and practice in the country as arbitrary and capricious under the 8th Amendment. It took four years for the states to re-institute death penalty statutes and, in many ways, the case began to diminish the role of the supreme penalty which continues to this day.


Bush v. Gore


In Bush v. Gore (2000) the Court issued a per curiam opinion in one of the most controversial cases in the Court’s history. The Court upheld the razor-thin Florida vote which gave the presidency to George Bush by a single electoral vote over Al Gore. The 5-4 vote followed party lines with the Republican appointed Justices in the majority, but the ruling was brief and unauthored.  Harvard Professor Alan Dershowitz called it the “single most corrupt decision in Supreme Court history,” but others thought it was a profile in courage which preserved the republic.




Earlier this month the Court decided another per curiam opinion which has gotten much less attention but which could have profound implications, especially to law enforcement officers on the front line. White v. Pauly was an appeal from a civil ruling by a federal district court against New Mexico State Police Officer Ray White, who had shot and killed Samuel Pauley in a police confrontation outside of Santa Fe.


Witnesses had called 911 to report Pauley as a drunk driver. Two police officers went to his residence where he lived with his brother Daniel Pauly in a secluded area to talk with Pauly. They ordered him to open the door.  It was asserted in the complaint that the brothers had not heard the officers identify themselves. The Paulys got their firearms.


A few minutes after the initial confrontation, Officer White arrived at the scene outside of the Pauly residence. The Paulys yelled that they had guns and Daniel fired two shotgun blasts outside the back door. Samuel stuck his handgun outside a window in the front of the house and pointed it in the officers’ direction. All three of the officers took cover, White behind a stone wall. One of the initial two officers fired his gun at Pauly and missed. Officer White fired and killed Samuel Pauly.





Border Patrol Chief Steps Down After Trump Reveals Wall Plan

Border Patrol chief, Mark Morgan



The Border Patrol chief stepped down Thursday after President Trump signed executive orders increasing border security.


It remains unclear whether Border Patrol Chief Mark Morgan resigned voluntarily or under pressure, CNN reports.







Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: FBI Went too Far Running a Child Porn Site




The FBI is supposed to protect children from predators, not use them as pawns in a pornography sting. That is what happened, however, and now the agency is under fire from civil rights groups, defense attorneys and even some scholars and federal judges. Not for the first time — remember when agents impersonated a journalist in pursuit of a teenager who was making bomb threats to a school? — the FBI has demonstrated embarrassingly poor judgment in an internet-based investigation.


For two weeks in 2015, after seizing control of a child porn website, the FBI not only allowed the site to remain operational but operated it, becoming what The Seattle Times called “one of the largest purveyors of child pornography on the internet.” The goal of Operation Pacifier was to identify those who used the site and file charges against them. By the time the FBI pulled the plug, it had the goods on nearly 190 people, thanks to special technology it used to hack into users’ computers.


When is distribution of child porn not a crime? According to the FBI, when it’s the one doing the distributing. Its operation of the site allowed visitors to access pornographic images, further exploiting the victims. It’s even been accused of improving the site’s functionality, making it friendlier for porn-seekers to use during the sting.






Trump May Bring Back Secret CIA Torture ‘Black Site’ Prisons




President Trump may bring back so-called CIA “black site” prisons where terrorism suspects are held and were once tortured.


President George W. Bush used the black sites to combat the “war on terrorism” following the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, but former President Barack Obama closed them.


In the next few days, Trump is expected to sign an executive executive order to call for a high-level review into “whether to reinitiate a program of interrogation of high-value alien terrorists to be operated outside the United States” and if the CIA should run the facilities, Reuters reports.


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The FBI's Colossal Failure Investigating GamerGate


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Border Patrol chief says he's been forced out


The former FBI agent briefly led the internal affairs department at the Border Patrol's parent agency before heading the agency of roughly 20,000 agents.



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Trial for former BRPD officers accused of abuse of power involving sex act continues

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The trial of three former Baton Rouge Police officers accused of abuse of power related to a sex act that allegedly occurred in a park is now in its second day.


Travis Wheeler, Emerson Jackson, and Isaac Bolden are accused of going up to a man and woman in a car at a BREC park and telling the man to leave and asking the woman to perform a sex act on one of the officers while the two other officers watched.




Thursday's testimony included the man who was with the woman in the car, along with a







Texas prisoner dies of lethal injection after last-minute appeal fails

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FBI Informant Ahned Salem confirned as creator of 1993 World Trade Centee bombing


Few Americans will mourn sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman, who died after two decades in prison for conspiracy to overthrow the U.S. government.

To most, the blind sheik was the cartoon-caricature jihadist who masterminded the first World Trade Center bombing.

Having represented him for a short time, with the late William Kunstler, I have a different view of the case and the man.

The sheik was convicted entirely upon the content of conversations he had with a federal informant, an agent of the hated Mubarak regime. There was no evidence that he ever participated in orders, or directed others, to commit any crime against the U.S. or against Americans.

Indeed, Abdel-Rahman liked being in the United States. From a modest apartment in New Jersey, he recorded and sent cassettes of his teachings to his followers in Egypt, without fearing arrest and torture.


FBI Crime family authorized some informants to engage in unlawful activity at refuge

FBI Informants engaged in unlawful activity

While Bretzing was questioned further about the FBI's use of informants or if he gave any approval for them to engage in unlawful activity while at the refuge, he said he didn't have direct knowledge.

Bretzing said he would have been "briefed on the activities of informants,'' but wasn't familiar with them by name, other than that of informant Mark McConnell. He said he couldn't say whether or not an FBI informant had participated in guard duty or fortifying the refuge.

"I'm not familiar with each place the confidential human source may have been at,'' Bretzing said.

In contrast, FBI Special Agent Ronnie Walker, who was called by the government as a witness later in the day, was very clear. He testified that some informants were authorized to engage in "otherwise unlawful activity'' during the occupation.

Prosecutors have said there were nine informants sent into the refuge during the occupation.

Walker, the FBI's trial agent for the case, said informants' range of stays at the refuge ran from two hours to 23 days.

Fabio Minoggio, who was outed by the defense in the first Oregon standoff trial, was the last informant to leave the refuge on the night of Jan. 26, 2016, after the fatal police shooting of occupation spokesman Robert "LaVoy" Finicum on U.S. 395 between Burns and John Day.

Some informants, including Minoggio, were allowed to carry guns when they went to the refuge, Walker testified.

If one was asked by occupier Ryan Payne to do guard duty at the refuge, "I would encourage the informant to do so, simply to maintain credibility,'' Walker told jurors.

Under cross-examination by defense lawyer Jesse Merrithew, Walker confirmed that Payne asked an informant to lead one of the security teams of occupiers.

Walker said he didn't know if the informant directed others to do guard duty or take other security measures, but said it would be "fair to infer'' that the informant would delegate responsibilities to others.

Asked if he knew Minoggio was training those at the refuge in hand-to-hand combat, Walker responded, "Oh yes, of course."

Merrithew continued, asking Walker if he knew Minoggio trained people at the refuge in the use of weapons. "That's one way of putting it,'' Walker said.

During redirect, Assistant U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Barrow asked the FBI agent if any informant participated in the initial occupation of the federal refuge. Walker said no.

"Did any informant initiate the idea of security teams'' at the refuge, Barrow asked.

"No,'' Walker answered.

Why, Barrow asked, was informant Minoggio allowed to train people.

Walker said it was done "to make the place safer.''

Minoggio heard shooting by the boat launch and went to check it out, Walker said.

"He saw firearms behavior that was unsafe,'' Walker said, so Minoggio "interjected himse


An off-duty NYPD cop accused of attacking a subway train conductor tried to deflect blame for the bizarre incident, court papers show.

"I didn't push her. She landed on me," Tremel Davis, 33, allegedly told a fellow cop investigating the incident inside a downtown J train subway car at Essex and Delancey St. during the morning commute on Sept. 14, 2016.

Davis, who also identified himself a police officer in the aftermath, is accused of violently attacking 38-year-old J train conductor Kiyya Rivera during an explosive episode around 9 a.m.


Music and control of chaos in the brain


Recent researches revealed that music tends to reduce the degree of chaos in brain waves. For some epilepsy patients music triggers their seizures. Loskutov, Hubler, and others carried out a series of studies concerning control of deterministic chaotic systems. It turned out, that carefully chosen tiny perturbation could stabilize any of unstable periodic orbits making up a strange attractor. Computer experiments have shown a possibility to control a chaotic behavior in neural network by external


Taking Back Our Lives

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

The World is Laughing at America

On a Sunday at the end of January, a Dutch television program aired a satirical video with a voice-over pretending to be Donald Trump. The TV host, Arjen Lubach, began by showing a clip of Trump saying at his inauguration, “From this day forward, it’s going to be only America first.” Lubach said about Trump, “He had a clear message to the rest of the world: ‘I will screw you over big time.’”

Then he played the video, supposedly an official Dutch government introduction of the Netherlands, in English, to the new American President. “We speak Dutch. It’s the best language in Europe. We’ve got all the best words. All the other languages failed. Danish – total disaster. German is not even a real language. It’s fake.” The video shows a Dutch dike: “This is the Afsluitdijk. It’s a great, great wall, that we built to protect us from all the water from Mexico.” The video made fun of the crowd at Trump’s inauguration, his negative comments about NATO, and his attitudes toward blacks. The Dutch politician Jetta Klijnsma is shown using a walker: “We also have a disabled politician for you to make fun of.”

The video ends, “We totally understand it’s going to be America first. But can we just say, the Netherlands second? Is that okay?” The clip was downloaded 42 million times from the show’s Facebook page.

A German late-night TV host reacted to the viral video about a week later. Jan Böhmermann said he was furious that the Netherlands wanted to be second. “Stop, Holland! We want to be number two. Germany wants to be second, because we are strong, we are big. And who, if not us, deserves a third chance?” So he presented a similar video, saying he wanted to make it as simple as possible for our President, who “reads nothing”. “Mr. President, this is for you.”

The German video is more pointed. There are photos of Hitler, who “made Germany great again. Steve Bannon absolutely loves him.” “Germany hosted two world wars in the last 100 years. They were the best world wars in the world, and we won both of them. Bigly. Anyone who says anything else is fake news.” “We built a great German wall. And we made the Russians pay for it.” The video referenced Trump’s comments about being backstage at the Miss Universe pageant and about grabbing women. It’s very funny.

By that time, similar videos were being produced by late-night shows across Europe. They all poked fun at their own nation’s histories and politics, and at their neighbors, by references to Trump. Most of them are not as funny, perhaps because they are less subtle. Serbia: “Mr. President, just like you, we also like to grab women by the genitals.” Poland: “You want to destroy the EU, we’re already doing it from the inside.” Switzerland said the KKK were Trump’s friends. “We also love to treat our women badly. Love it. We didn’t let them vote until 1971. In some places, even until 1990. We grabbed them by the civil rights. And they let us do it. It was great.” Norway: “We might even award you the Nobel peace prize. You’ve already done more than Obama to bring people of the world together. Against you.”

Soon the viral video craze spread beyond Europe. A version from India said, “We know you love grabbing women by the [cat meows]. We have an ancient manual, the Kamasutra, which lists more than 245 ways to grab someone by their [cat meows].” Mexico: “We build walls. Nobody builds walls better than us.” An Israeli one was very funny, saying that Jews controlled Hollywood, but that Alec Baldwin was not Jewish. It contained frequent references to sexual assault and making fun of the handicapped. The website collecting the videos displays 29 of them, mostly from Europe, but ranging to Australia and Namibia. A bit of web surfing reveals many others.

The idea seemed so good that non-nations got into the act. A video from the 566 sovereign nations of the USA, meaning Native American tribes, said, “We know all about cleansing, immigrants coming in, destroying your communities, taking your water, taking your land, taking your women.” Others came from Mars, Mordor (the evil empire in the Lord of the Rings trilogy), the Galactic Empire, former East Germany, and the North Pole, which stresses all the different white animals there. “Everybody is white for sure.”

These videos typically make fun of insignificant issues, like the size of Trump’s hands or the way he combs his hair. But they all address in a joking way much more serious issues. His most important policy ideas, his demeaning behavior towards the handicapped, and his prejudices about blacks, Mexicans and Muslims are treated in his own words, seemingly in his own voice. Trump’s comments about grabbing women come up in all of these videos.

The whole world is invited to laugh at, and simultaneously disdain, the American President. After showing the video, Böhmermann said in English: “When the whole world is standing up to make fun of you, you really achieved something truly great.”

America has become the laughingstock of the world. That’s not so great.

Steve Hochstadt
Published in the Jacksonville Journal-Courier, February 21, 2017


Cop still collecting salary after downloading child porn

In September 2016, an undercover Wahoe County Sheriff's Sgt. Dennis Carry in Reno, Nev. spotted nearly two dozen computer files containing child pornography available on a sharing site for download from a computer with an IP address leading to Trenton home of 29-year Detroit Police Officer Miguel A. Martinez, according to the complaint filed in Detroit's federal court Wednesday.

The videos showed prepubescent children engaged in sexual acts with each other and adults, according to the complaint.

In response to a subpoena, AT&T provided the officer's home address and further investigation revealed 100 or more files on his computer containing suspected child pornography. The federal complaint says the number of files were increasing through January.

On Feb. 21, Martinez agreed to an interview and admitted to investigators he frequented a peer-to-peer, bit torrent website and "may have seen" child pornography files.


Congress correctly ended gun background check rule

February 23, 2017
The writer of the letter to the editor referring to Rep. Charlie Dent's vote on the HJ Resolution 40 (requiring Social Security to report all persons receiving disability benefits, due to mental illness, to the FBI) suggests the mass shootings at Virginia Tech in 2007 could have been prevented by such Social Security reporting on folks receiving benefits for mental illness.

Unfortunately, it does not appear that the shooter at Virginia Tech ever received any benefits from Social Security for treatment of mental illness. Though I've not made any exhaustive search, it appears that none of the other mass shooters, who were considered as suffering from some sort of mental illness, received Social Security treatment benefits at the time of the shootings.

No doubt there exist many shortcomings concerning the need for better cooperation between those providing care for the mentally ill and law enforcement. Nevertheless, such arbitrary Social Security requirement is even opposed by the ACLU, not a usual supporter of gun-rights folks.

Donald Neuman


Customs and Border Protection Officer agent arrested wearing body armor after shooting roommate in the hand
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Vincent Schroeder is facing a long time in prison if convicted of six felonies after allegedly shooting a 34-year-old Lincoln Park man in the hand Feb. 20.

Schroeder, 32, was arraigned by video in 25th District Court. He is charged with one count each of discharging a firearm in a building, assault with intent to do great bodily harm, possession of a controlled substance (the drug commonly known as ecstasy), assault with a deadly weapon, wearing body armor in the commission

FBI best buddy US Senator Grassely


Angry, frustrated crowds follow Grassley to Charles City

Becky Higgins, of Nora Springs, criticizes Sen. Grassley in Charles City on Thursday.

Sen. Charles Grassley speaks at a town hall meeting in Charles City on Thursday.
CHARLES CITY | U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley heard North Iowans express disgust and distrust in government and with President Trump during a town hall meeting at the Floyd County Courthouse Thursday morning.

A crowd of about 125 squeezed into a third-floor courtroom to comment and question Grassley about Obamacare, the Supreme Court, President Trump's cabinet picks, his credibility and stability and many other topics.


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Boy Scouts in Eastchester and Tuckahoe enjoyed a live demonstration by members of the FBI bomb squad. Photo Credit: Contributed Boy Scouts in Eastchester


Prosecutors move to dismiss charges against former Scout leader

January 3, 2007

NEW HAVEN, Conn. --Federal prosecutors have moved to dismiss charges against a retired FBI agent who was indicted on child sex charges dating back more than a decade when he was a Boy Scout leader, in response to the death of his accuser.

William Hutton, 63, of Killingworth, was arrested in February on charges he enticed a member of his Scout troop to Maine for the purpose of sexual activity in 1994 and 1995.


Former Scout leader, FBI agent indicted on child sex charges
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Saturday, February 4, 2006

NEW HAVEN- A retired FBI agent was indicted Friday on federal child sex charges dating back more than a decade when he was a Boy Scout leader.
William Hutton, 63, of Killingworth, was arrested Friday. The federal grand jury indictment accuses Hutton of enticing a member of his Scout troop to Maine for the purpose of sexual activity in 1994 and 1995.

"It's obviously devastating. He was an FBI agent in this district and was reputed in this district," defense attorney Hugh Keefe said.

"The people who worked with him in the U.S. attorney's office and FBI respected him."

Keefe said the investigation has been going on for years. He would not discuss the details of the case or how the allegations surfaced.

Investigators asked anyone who knows anything about the case to call the FBI. U.S. Attorney Kevin O'Connor said that's standard practice whenever there might be more victims.

"In any case that's a concern," O'Connor said. "Whether that's the situation here I can't say."

If convicted on all four charges, Hutton faces up to 30 years in prison and up to $250,000 in fines.

Hutton was released on a $200,00 bond. He may not own any firearms or have any unsupervised contact with children. He was also ordered to stay away from playgrounds, schools, arcades or anywhere children congregate.


FBI Workers Suspected of Secretly Taping Teens in Dressing Room

Two FBI workers are accused of using surveillance equipment to spy on teenage girls as they undressed and tried on prom gowns at a charity event at a West Virginia mall.

The FBI employees have been charged with conspiracy and committing criminal invasion of privacy. They were working in an FBI satellite control room at the mall when they positioned a camera on temporary changing rooms and zoomed in for at least 90 minutes on girls dressing for the Cinderella Project fashion show, Marion County Prosecutor Pat Wilson said Monday

9/11 and Other Deep State Crimes Teleconference

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** Draft minutes, January 25, 2017

February 17, 2017
Craig McKee, Secretary 9/11 Monthly Teleconference Call

Draft minutes for the Wed., January 25, 2017 regular conference call

Present were:

Ken Freeland, Teleconference co-facilitator, Houston 9/11Truth
Cheryl Curtiss, Teleconference co-facilitator, Connecticut 9/11 Truth
Craig McKee, Teleconference secretary, Truth and Shadows
Graeme MacQueen, 9/11 researcher
Kee Dewdney, 9/11 researcher
Bill Wilt, Mass. Congressional candidate
John O’Malley, DC911Truth
Cat McGuire, 9/11 Truth Outreach
Barbara Honegger, Behind The Smoke Curtain
Wayne Coste, Truth Action Project
David Cole, Nine Eleven Accountability Team
Barton Bruce, Massachusetts 9/11 Truth
Tim Michael, Truth Action Project
Nita Renfrew, NY 9/11 activist
Charles Ewing Smith, The Demolition of Truth
James Hufferd, 9/11 Grassroots
Michael Cook, AE911Truth

The minutes of the December 28, 2016 conference call were APPROVED.

The draft agenda was APPROVED.

UK 9/11 poll
Graeme MacQueen made a presentation about a poll that found that just 4% of Muslims in the UK believe the official story of 9/11. You can find his article on the subject on globalresearch.ca (http://houston911truth.us5.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=84a2c6cbe080c5515da932a5d&id=65401be512&e=91763ac879)

* The results of the survey of last week’s Pentagon debate listeners were announced: 10 voted that Craig McKee made the stronger case (that no plane was destroyed at the Pentagon), 2 concluded that Barbara Honegger was more effective (in saying that a plane was destroyed), 1 found that both were equally effective, and 1 found that neither party was effective.
* Richard Gage of AE911Truth contacted the teleconference about his concern that Barbara Honegger had indicated during the Jan. 18 debate that he had endorsed her theory or theories about what happened at the Pentagon. He asked that this statement be read: “AE911Truth does not endorse any particular theories or researchers regarding what happened at the Pentagon on 9/11. And while I have been initially impressed by various presentations on this subject, and offered quotes implying such, these quotes should in no way be construed as an endorsement of any presentations, theories or researchers.”
* Ken Freeland added that he, too, did not intend for his supportive comments about Barbara’s overall research efforts to be construed as support for “any particular theories or conjecture on Barbara’s part regarding explanations of elements of her research.”
* Barbara congratulated Craig for the debate result and added that she had not implied in any way that Richard Gage had supported any specific theory about the Pentagon.

Call began at 8 p.m. EST and adjourned at 9:40 p.m. EST/5 p.m. to 6:40 p.m. PST

Audio of the January 25 call can be heard here: http://houston911truth.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=84a2c6cbe080c5515da932a5d&id=8f85e85120&e=91763ac879 The next monthly teleconference will take place on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 8 p.m. EST, 5 p.m. PST. Please email agenda items for next call to facilitator Ken Freeland (diogenesquest@gmail.com) by February 18. Please use subject line “Agenda item for 911 Truth Teleconference.” Please include a brief description of your item and any relevant links you’d like participants to be aware of, together with your estimate of the number of minutes your agenda item will require.



Dr. Cyril Wecht on JFK’s Murder: A “Coup d’état in America” - WhoWhatWhy
Acclaimed forensic pathologist Cyril Wecht spoke recently about the Kennedy assassination. He laid out his case for doubting the official explanation — and asserted that this horrific event was nothing less than the overthrow of the government.


Wednesday, February 22, 2017
5 top Russian diplomats die in 3 months--plus Putin's chauffeur died in freak car wreck in September--and former CIA Acting Director Mike Morell told Charlie Rose he would assassinate Russians "to make them pay a price"

100 Strange Russian deaths

Vitaly Churkin, Russia's UN ambassador since 2006,  died unexpectedly at age 64 in the consulate, two days ago.  And while it was said initially that Churkin died of a heart attack, that is not the case, according to his autopsy.

He is the fifth Russian diplomat to die unexpectedly in 3 months.  Turkish ambassador Karlov was shot at an art exhibition in December, Soviet Foreign Ministry officer Polshikov was shot in his Moscow apartment in December, Indian ambassador Kadakin died "from illness" in January, and Greek consul Malanin's death in January is unexplained. 

Putin's chauffeur is the sixth politically important Russian to die recently and suspiciously. 

Don't forget that on Christmas day, a Russian military jet went down over the Black Sea, killing 60 members of the Red Army choir and 33 others.

Sergei Krivov, said to be a security officer, died in the Russian consulate in NY on election day 2016 from an undisclosed cause, possibly head trauma.

The video of Putin's chauffeur crashing and dying (passenger less) looked like no ordinary wreck.

And here is another odd coincidence:  none of the western mainstream media have reported this spate of Russian diplomat deaths, at least not with my Google search.

Churkin's autopsy did not show a heart attack, stroke or pulmonary embolism (all generally easily identifiable).  These are the 3 usual (non-drug) causes of sudden unexplained death. Following the autopsy, the NY Medical Examiner said that toxicology and other studies will need to be performed to determine why Churkin died.

This looks suspiciously like the Deep State (aided by rogue intelligence officers) trying to provoke Russia.  Or at least, send (several) messages to Putin, while sending another interesting message to Trump.

Six ways from Sunday

It appears that Trump may not be in control of his intelligence services, and furthermore, Churkin's death happened in Trump's home town.  Which is also the home of Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, who said Trump was "really dumb" to threaten the CIA. “Let me tell you, you take on the intelligence community, they have six ways from Sunday at getting back at you,” Schumer told MSNBC's Rachel Maddow on January 3, 2016.

Since when do Senators threaten Presidents in such an open manner?  These are no ordinary times.

Who is in control of assassinations of US 'enemies'?  Who designates who our 'enemies' are? Recall that after JFK fired CIA Director Allan Dulles, and said he would destroy the CIA, it was Kennedy who got killed, while the CIA prospered.  

Please watch this short Charlie Rose interview with former CIA Acting Director Michael Morell--it is really scary.  Morell talks about his plan to assassinate Russians ("to make them pay a price") and kill Iranians, and destroy Assad's helicopter or plane, on the ground, to send Assad a warning. The interview was broadcast August 8, 2016. And now, his threats have come true. Will Schumer's also come true?

Last month, on "Meet the Press" Senator Lindsey Graham said Trump should "make Russia pay a price for trying to interfere" in the election.  Are assassinations the price, despite no evidence being proffered that Russia hacked the election--and who is extracting the price? Who is calling the shots? 

Putin will have to do something about this. He has been patient, until now. Who will have to pay the next price?


Who at the FBI is responsible for withholding Ivins’ Notebook 4282, containing the notes from the time of the Fall 2001 anthrax mailings?

Posted by Lew Weinstein on February 17, 2017

* OGIS Mediation has proved ineffective in avoiding litigation with the FBI over its withholding of Notebook 4282

* The FBI reports that it will look for the emails from Patricia Fellows and Mara Linscott and Dr. Ivins’ Notebook 4282 — all of which the FBI provably has and has wrongfully withheld for years


Crockett County deputy Fields held without bond
Jackson Sun-
Fields had driven his patrol car through the area of the shooting, and coached the suspect in the shooting on the best route to avoid police.

Crockett County Sheriff's Office deputy Calvin Fields is being held without bond after testimony Thursday indicated he assisted in a drive-by shooting and admitted to assisting in transporting cocaine through Crockett County.


WASHINGTON — The Justice Department will step up enforcement of federal laws against recreational marijuana, White House spokesman Sean Spicer said Thursday, offering the Trump administration’s strongest indication to date of a looming crackdown on the drug, even as a solid majority of Americans believe it should be legal.


Regina Smith spent 120 days by herself, shackled and bound, praying that she wouldn’t lose her mind.

“There are people who are literally losing their mind, who are being abused, tortured and we don’t know,” Smith said Thursday. “For women, it’s brutal because we go through emotions that no one knows, only a woman can really experience that.”

Smith, who served three and a half years on drug charges, spent 120 consecutive days in solitary confinement at Albion Correctional Facility in upstate Orleans County.

On Thursday, she joined about two dozen protesters in Harlem, calling for the passage of the Humane Alternatives to Long-Term Solitary Confinement
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