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Bonus Read

http://www.seattlepi.com/local/crime/article/Seattle-child-porn-collector-with-FBI-ties-7236986.php

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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





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from Matt Connolly retired Mass Assistant DA
http://mattofboston.com/

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This just in from attorney Mike Kuzma

http://www.dailypublic.com/articles/04052016/redux-pickering-vs-usa

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http://www.occurrencesforeigndomestic.com



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Seattle FBI chief weighs in on sentencing of child pornography offender

http://www.seattlepi.com/local/crime/article/Seattle-FBI-chief-weighs-in-on-sentencing-of-7238217.php

'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

http://www.nj.com/bergen/index.ssf/2016/04/sex_with_hooker_on_flight_from_nj_part_of_nypd_probe_report_says.html


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

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/oakland-cops-probed-allegedly-sex-girl-article-1.2636187


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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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Madam'

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



http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/pimp-sought-business-advice-manhattan-madam-article-1.2654142


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http://touch.baltimoresun.com/#section/1358/article/p2p-87454053/
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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Bonus Read



http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/king-suicides-cops-investigation-troubling-article-1.2675021

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.
(BYRON SMITH/FOR NEW YORK DAILY NEWS)
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






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http://ticklethewire.com/2016/06/15/senator-fbi-is-down-6000-agents-despite-increasing-threats-of-terrorism/



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

Sen. Lindsey Graham

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

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


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http://m.gazette.com/fbi-agent-accused-of-using-influence-to-gain-football-tickets/article/feed/361696




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





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http://detroit.cbslocal.com/2016/06/15/fbi-looking-to-hire-hundreds-of-new-agents-thousands-for-other-positions/



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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http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nyc-crime/off-duty-nypd-sergeant-probed-pulling-gun-confrontation-article-1.2672659

Off-duty NYPD sergeant probed for pulling gun in confrontation - NY Daily ...
New York Daily News › nyc-crime › off-...
- Off-duty cop pulls gun on a bicyclist in apparent fender-bender. An off-duty sergeant was videotaped ...



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http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nyc-crime/nypd-traffic-agent-wanted-groping-woman-arrested-article-1.2674501



NYC Crime Bronx Brooklyn Manhattan Queens Education Obituaries
NYPD traffic agent wanted for groping woman twice arrested
BY JOHN ANNESE
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Wednesday, June 15, 2016, 7:15 A



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http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/sheriff-shoots-jail-release-child-porn-charges-article-1.2675579

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.


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

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/police-officer-caught-undercover-sting-sexual-predators-article-1.2674921

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

Christopher Dunkes is a Montgomery County police officer.
(POLICE HANDOUT)
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



http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nyc-crime/watched-women-abuse-kids-online-plead-guilty-article-1.2696537



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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https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/jul/21/san-mateo-police-officer-noah-winchester-sexual-assault



California
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

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/women-claim-syracuse-sexually-abused-article-1.2743535
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.

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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


http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2016/09/07/4-oakland-officers-fired-7-suspended-in-sexual-misconduct-investigation/

— 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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http://fcir.org/

http://www.fox5dc.com/news/local-news/225636036-story


https://m.facebook.com/events/1600386876935355/


http://macedoniaonline.eu/content/view/30800/2/


Blink Tank






http://www.commercialappeal.com/story/news/local/2016/12/26/activist-angela-davis-visit-memphis/95659068/

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



http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/ex-nypd-boss-defends-city-muslim-spying-welcomes-trump-plan-article-1.2923524


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.

http://www.floridatoday.com/story/opinion/contributors/2016/12/25/ex-cons-floridas-forgotten-minority/95626688/

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



http://projectcensored.org/category/the-top-censored-stories-of-2015-2016/

THE TOP CENSORED STORIES OF 2015–2016
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 […]

Continue Reading…
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


http://www.jdjournal.com/2016/12/26/state-department-employee-makes-deal-in-child-porn-case/


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




http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-glenn-lapd-shooting-20161226-story.html



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



https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2016/10/25/18792671.php

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.




http://www.theadvocate.com/baton_rouge/news/courts/article_43d6d082-c6d4-11e6-ab83-c35e57a66980.html

       
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.

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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


https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2016/11/20/18793938.php

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.




https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2016/11/05/18793142.php


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.




http://mobile.eweek.com/security/congressional-report-backs-strong-encryption-police-decryption-rights.html

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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Rapper Soulja Boy charged with possessing gun stolen from Huntington Beach police

 

 

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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

 

 

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

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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

 

 

 

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76 rape kits submitted from Athens County since 2011

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FBI agents protected Cohen?

 

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FBI OCTOPUS

 

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

 

http://ticklethewire.com/2017/01/27/border-patrol-chief-steps-trump-reveals-wall-plan/

 

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.

 

 

 

 

http://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2017/01/26/Not-justified-FBI-sting-that-used-actual-child-porn-went-too-far/stories/201701310059

 

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.

 

 

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-prisons-idUSKBN15922L

 

 

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.

 

The information comes from a copy of

 

 

 

 

http://gizmodo.com/the-fbis-colossal-failure-investigating-gamergate-1791708294

 

The FBI's Colossal Failure Investigating GamerGate

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North Randall police officer who sold guns to felons loses ...

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Lumpkin also said FBI agent Michael Haynie should not have been allowed to testify about whether he thought Lumpkin was lying in an interview. Rogers wrote ...

 

 

 

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Border Patrol chief says he's been forced out

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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

Thursday, January 26th 2017, 6:25 pm ESTThursday, January 26th 2017, 6:25 pm EST

 

 

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.

 

http://www.ksla.com/story/34358417/trial-for-former-brpd-officers-accused-of-abuse-of-power-involving-sex-act-continues

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jan/26/texas-death-row-supreme-court-appeal-terry-edwards

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

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