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http://rt.com/usa/201039-nypd-arrests-mcgovern-petraeus/

NYPD arrests, ‘brutalizes’ peace activist McGovern ahead of Petraeus speech
Published time: October 31, 2014 02:49

CIA, Human rights, Police, Protest, War
The New York Police Department has detained prominent peace activist and former CIA agent Ray McGovern, with witnesses saying he was “yelling in pain” during arrest. McGovern was detained ahead of a David Petraeus speech that he planned to attend.

McGovern was detained before the start of a talk between former CIA director David Petraeus, retired US Army Lt. Col. John Nagl, and author Max Boot on American Foreign Policy at the 92nd St Y., an Upper East Side cultural community center.

Anti-war group 'The World Can’t Wait' said the activist was arrested “at protest of speech.” He was reportedly prevented by security from entering, charged with criminal trespass and disorderly conduct, and will not be arraigned until Friday. The group has called for McGovern’s release on Twitter and Facebook.
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http://dailyfreepress.com/2016/09/26/group-holds-speak-out-following-police-shootings-around-country/



Rahim said that the last thing she said to her son was, “I’ll see you later” before he left the house on the day he was killed.

“I didn’t see Usaamah again until I saw him laying in the emergency room on a stretcher, and he was dead, and his face was still warm,” Rahim said during the event.

Upon leaving the emergency room, Rahim said both she and her daughter found that the FBI had impounded their cars.

“We were homeless and without transportation, without our cars, without anything,” Rahim said. “And I said to this woman who said she was an FBI agent, ‘How are we going to get home?’ and she said, ‘The best way you know how.’ And she turned her back on us and walked away.”

Rahim and her daughter were able to take a taxi to their respective houses, but by the time they arrived, the FBI had locked them out of their homes as well.

“We had nowhere to go … no way of trying t




Link du jour



http://www.occurrencesforeigndomestic.com/2016/09/26/debatable/

https://prisonwatchnetwork.org/

http://copwatchnyc.org


http://www.copwatch.net/forums/


http://www.politico.com/story/2016/09/donald-trump-secret-service-campaign-travel-payments-228553

Secret Service Pays Trump’s Company $1.6M to Fly with the Candidate




Taxpayers forked over $1.6 million to one of Donald Trump’s companies for Secret Service protection on his private plane.

The money was for reimbursing TAG Air – one of Trump’s companies – for flying Secret Service agents to protect the candidate, Politico reports, citing Federal Election Commission records.

While its standard practice to cover the costs of the Secret Service traveling with the candidates, it’s very unusual for the money to enrich a candidate’s companies.

“The taxpayers are actually reimbursing Trump for the travel of the Secret Service agents,” said Brett Kappel, a campaign finance lawyer at the law




https://theintercept.com/2016/09/23/fbi-and-doj-vow-to-continue-using-junk-science-rejected-by-white-house-report/

FBI and DOJ
VOW TO CONTINUE USING JUNK SCIENCE REJECTED BY WHITE HOUSE REPORT

Sep. 23 2016, 2:10 p.m.

ALTHOUGH A REPORT released this week by the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology concludes that there is scant scientific underpinning to a number of forensic practices that have been used, for years, to convict thousands of individuals in criminal cases, the U.S. Department of Justice has indicated that it will ignore the report’s recommendations while the FBI has blasted the report as “erroneous” and “overbroad.”

The report, titled “Forensic Science in Criminal Courts: Ensuring Scientific Validity of Feature-Comparison Methods,” concludes that a number of common, pattern-matching forensic disciplines – bite-mark analysis, fingerprint and firearm comparison, shoe-tread analysis, and complex DNA mixture analysis – need additional support to be deemed scientifically valid and reliable – a conclusion in line with that reached in the groundbreaking 2009 report on forensics issued by the National Academy of Sciences National Research Council.

In a statement reported by the Wall Street Journal, Attorney General Loretta Lynch said that the agency remains “confident that, when used properly, forensic science evidence helps juries identify the guilty and clear the innocent, and the department believes that the current legal standards regarding the admissibility of forensic evidence are based on sound science and sound legal reasoning.” As such, she said, while “we appreciate their contribution to the field of scientific inquiry, the department will not be adopting the recommendations related to the admissibility of forensic science evidence.”

The DOJ did not respond to The Intercept’s request for ad

http://www.heraldbulletin.com/news/former-apd-officer-sentenced-to-months-on-drug-charges/article_b5965ca4-8400-11e6-8914-17c703d4269f.html

APD officer sentenced to 8 months on drug charges


INDIANAPOLIS -- U.S. District Court Judge William Lawrence sentenced former Anderson Police Department officer Donald Jordan to eight months in prison and three years probation. 

Jordan pleaded guilty in June to two counts of possession with intent to distribute controlled substances.





http://www.truthdig.com/avbooth/item/john_oliver_delves_into_hillary_clinton_donald_trump_scandals_20160926

John Oliver Delves Into Numerous Scandals of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump (Video)

Posted on Sep 26, 2016

On Sunday’s show, the “Last Week Tonight” host called the political scandals plaguing both major candidates “the electoral equivalent of seeing someone puking so you start puking and then someone else [is] puking and pretty soon everyone is puking 2016,” a phenomenon also known as the 2016 elections.



http://www.clickondetroit.com/news/prosecutor-worthy-hosts-detroit-sexual-assault-kit-summit-at-rencen

NEWS
Prosecutor Worthy hosts Detroit Sexual Assault Kit Summit at RenCen

Posted: 8:35 AM, September 26, 2016
DETROIT - The Detroit Sexual Assault Kit Summit begins Monday at the Renaissance Center in Detroit.

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy is hosting the summit and is expected to speak Monday morning.

Over 290 prosecutors, victim advocates, police officials and forensic and behavioral scientists from across the county are expected to participate in the summit which runs through Wednesday.

The event will feature victim-centered approaches to handling sexual assault cases, focusing on offender behavior instead of victim behavior and will feature a multi-disciplinary approach to cold case sexual assault investigations where all tam members are trained in the effects of trauma on behavior and memory.

Local 4’s Steve Garagiola will be the emcee for the welcoming ceremony Monday in the Mackinac Ballroom.

Expected speakers include Rep. Debbie Dingell, Rep. Brenda Lawrence, Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette, Mayor of Detroit Mike Duggan, Wayne County Executive Warren Evans, Detroit Police Chief James Craig and FBI agent Ray Johnson.




http://dailycaller.com/2016/09/24/claim-top-state-dept-official-pointedly-asked-fbi-to-reverse-classification-of-clinton-email/
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Claim: Top State Dept. Official ‘Pointedly Asked’ FBI To Reverse Classification Of Clinton


10:59 AM 09/24/2016
A top State Department official “pointedly asked” the FBI to declassify a Hillary Clinton email that the bureau had determined contained classified information about counter-terrorism operations, a State Department official told federal investigators.

That request, which was allegedly made in a meeting last May by Patrick Kennedy, State’s under secretary for management, was just one example of internal pressure at the State Department to not classify Clinton’s emails, the State official, who works in the office of information programs and services (IPS), told the FBI in an Aug. 17, 2015 interview.

The IPS official, whose name is redacted in interview notes released on Friday, said that he “believes there was interference” with the formal Freedom of Information Act review process.

Specifically, the official said that State’s Near East Affairs Bureau upgraded several of C


FBI Ocropus showing FBI tentacles




FBI agent becomes new undersheriff
WEAR-
OKALOOSA COUNTY, Fla. (WEAR) — The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office has a new undersheriff. Steve Harker worked for the FBI for 24 years as a Special ...




http://www.michigansthumb.com/news/crime/article/Man-who-retired-as-police-officer-after-arrest-9286564.php

Cop was allowed to retire as a police officer and
collect full pension after arrest gets 8 years
Updated 1:01 pm, Monday, September 26, 2016





INDIANAPOLIS — A man who retired as an Anderson police officer after he was accused of selling drugs while in uniform has been sentenced to eight years in prison.
The (Anderson) Herald Bulletin reports (http://bit.ly/2cXjLWd) U.S. District Court Judge William Lawrence in Indianapolis also ordered Donald Jordan to serve three years of probation during the sentencing Monday. Jordan retired from the police department in December after 23 years serving as a police officer.
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https://www.theblaze.com/news/2018/01/28/judicial-watch-reveals-fbi-is-refusing-to-turn-over-more-text-messages-heres-who-they-belong-to

Judicial Watch reveals FBI is refusing to turn over more text messages — here’s who they belong to




http://historynewsnetwork.org/article/167878

The FBI’s Maoist Faction

1/28/18
by Aaron J. Leonard
Aaron Leonard is author of Heavy Radicals: The FBI’s Secret War on America’s Maoists (Zero Books, 2015), and A Threat of the First Magnitude—FBI Counterintelligence & Infiltration: From the Communist Party to the Revolutionary Union—1962-1974 (Repeater Books, UK, January 2018). He lives in Southern California.

Among the Maoist organizations to arise out of the political tumult of the 1960s was a group known as the Ad Hoc Committee for a Marxist-Leninist Party (initially called the Ad Hoc Committee for a Scientific Socialist Line). The entity, begun in 1962, was said to be a secret faction within the US Communist Party working against the “revisionism” of Nikita Khrushchev and US party leader Gus Hall. That the entire operation was an FBI construct was a mystery to all but a handful of FBI agents and informants.








http://thehill.com/opinion/white-house/371112-fbi-agents-texts-reveal-disgusting-hypocrisy

FBI agents’ texts reveal disgusting hypocrisy



https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/jan/28/the-fbis-war-on-trump/

The FBI's war on Trump
Washington Times-
Mr. Strzok also officially launched the FBI's investigation into the alleged Russia-Trump collusion that Special Counsel Robert Mueller is directing. Mr. Strzok was removed from that probe last summer after messages to Ms. Page surfaced in which Mr. Strzok denounced Mr. Trump as an “enormous douche” and an “idiot.




https://www.bainbridgereview.com/opinion/trumps-53rd-week-in-office-in-cartoons/

Trump's 53rd week in office | In cartoons
Bainbridge Island Review
It's the 53rd week of Donald J. Trump in the White House and we can't even look at Jell-O the same way anymore. Thanks, Trump! Our cartoon chronicle of the 45th president continues with more fallout from his comments about Haiti and African countries, the FBI investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 Presidential ...



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https://www.venganza.org


https://www.semesteratsea.org/voyages/spring-2018/program-fees/


http://www.mediacosm.com/eating/

http://www.normgoldblatt.com




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http://norfolkdailynews.com/news/omaha-officer-found-to-have-had-inappropriate-relationship-while-on/article_401b9d88-c765-5b54-871b-ec336f93c2e1.html


Omaha officer found to have had ‘inappropriate relationship’ while on Lincoln force



Jan 27, 2018 Updated Jan 27, 2018

An Omaha police officer who formerly served in Lincoln reportedly was found to have participated in an “inappropriate relationship” with a woman while on the Lincoln force.

The officer, Jared Grayson, was one of five Lincoln police officers involved in an internal investigation that began in October, the Lincoln Journal Star reported. The newspaper reported it had confirmed Grayson’s identity using public records and “sources close to the situation.”


The investigation was prompted after the Nebraska State Patrol looked into a report of an inappropriate relationship and sexual assault of a woman by a sixth officer, Gregory Cody, who was charged in November with first-degree sexual assault. His trial is pending, and he has denied the allegations. Lincoln Police Chief Jeff Bliemeister said Wednesday that the internal investigation involving the other officers has concluded.

Grayson wasn’t named in Bliemeister’s statement, but the chief said the investigation found that an officer participated in an inappropriate relationship that “was not in accordance with our policies and Code of Ethics. The officer had previously resigned in 2016.”

Grayson was a member of the Omaha police recruit class that graduated in March 2017. He resigned from the Lincoln department in 2016. Grayson had served three years as a police officer in Lincoln.

Lincoln’s internal investigation had only recently been revealed to Omaha officials by the Lincoln Police Department, said Omaha Police Deputy Chief Greg Gonzalez.

A background investigation conducted by the Omaha Police Department during the hiring process in 2016 did not uncover anything concerning about Grayson, Gonzalez said.

Grayson had multiple positive references from the Lincoln department, Gonzalez said.

“We don’t investigate incidents during employment that occur from a prior employer,” Gonzalez said.






http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/01/28/texas-woman-who-said-was-being-stalked-shot-dead-by-police.html

Texas woman who said she was being stalked shot dead by police



https://www.rferl.org/a/russia-navalny-police-try-to--pull-plug-youtube-protest-rolls-on/29003353.html

Russian Police Try To Pull The Plug, But Navalny's YouTube Protest Rolls On




http://www.oaoa.com/editorial/columns/guest_columns/article_a91cd46a-0160-11e8-a554-c3f524597fef.html?mode=jqm

Why FBI's missing texts is worse than Watergate


Richard Nixon’s secretary Rose Mary Woods erased 18 minutes of tape recording of the president and became infamous in1972. The FBI failed to preserve five months of text messages and expects the American public to believe it was a random mistake.

This is worse than Watergate. The text messages between agents Peter Strozk and Lisa Page are instructive for several reasons.

First, the texts were sent in the lead-up to Robert Mueller being named a special counsel in the investigation of Russia and the 2016 presidential election.

Second, earlier messages that have been released included not only the involvement of outgoing FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, but the desire of top-level FBI officials to create an “insurance policy” against a Donald Trump presidency.

Strozk and Page eventually ended up working on Mueller’s probe into possible Russia connections to the Trump campaign. However, Strozk was removed after the Justice Department’s inspector general revealed Strozk’s extramarital affair with Page, and also disclosed the anti-Trump bias that was animating Strozk and Page. Page had already left the probe before the texts were discovered.

The period in question – Dec. 14, 2016 to May 17, 2017 – includes several key moments in the FBI’s investigation into alleged Trump campaign-Russia collusion. These include activities by Michael Flynn, who briefly served at national security adviser before he was fired by President Trump; Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ recusal from overseeing the investigation; significant leaks from the FBI investigation, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) Court reprimanding the unmasking of U.S. citizens, and finally, the firing of former FBI Director James Comey.

All of these events surely would have involved Strozk and Page. But now we can only speculate what level of misconduct occurred after President Trump took office.

This apparent FBI cover-up and failure to retain evidence must be met with the harshest penalties available under the law. It is reassuring that Sessions promised to leave “no stone unturned in an investigation,” and that, “If any wrongdoing were to be found to have caused this gap, appropriate legal disciplinary action measures will be taken.”

Sessions is on solid legal ground to demand answers. The missing text messages may have included evidence of a crime having been committed, and that itself is a crime. 18 U.S.C. Section 1519 states: “Whoever knowingly alters, destroys, mutilates, conceals, covers up, falsifies, or makes a false entry in any record, document, or tangible object with the intent to impede, obstruct, or influence the investigation or proper administration of any matter within the jurisdiction of any department or agency of the United States or any case filed under title 11, or in relation to or contemplation of any such matter or case, shall be fined under this title, imprisoned not more than 20 years, or both.”

Now, we don’t know what is contained in these missing messages. But even if they did not contain evidence of crimes per se but were simply relevant to investigations by congressional committees’ and the Office of Inspector General at the Justice Department, those institutions were entitled to have the messages.

If the texts were destroyed intentionally, then that would absolutely be a crime.

It is beyond convenient that key pieces of potential evidence are disappearing before the American peoples’ eyes as congressional committees struggle to get answers about how the Trump campaign, transition and administration were targeted by the nation’s law enforcement and intelligence agencies. This only fuels suspicion and further erodes public trust in these institutions.

If one was not already cynical about how power is wielded in Washington against political opponents, there is little left to keep public confidence intact. The entire manner in which the Obama administration seems to have carried out its investigation into the Trump campaign – which then carried over into the transition and administration in 2017 – could turn out to be one of the greatest scandals in modern U.S. history.

This is very much worse than Watergate. We’ll know more when the House Select Committee on Intelligence releases its own memo revealing its findings into this whole affair.

The only thing that separates the U.S. from a banana republic is respect for the outcome of elections – that is, the consent of the governed. Donald Trump was elected president in 2016, and now we are learning of what looks to be an attempt by our own government to target his campaign before he ever won by setting up an “insurance policy” investigation – and doing so using dubious sources like the infamous dossier paid for by the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton campaign.

After Trump won, the investigation appears to have been put on steroids with the seeming incredible ultimate goal of overturning the 2016 elections.

Without prejudging the contents of either Chairman of the House Select Committee Devin Nunes’ memo or the erased texts, it is clear that the American people need to know what was done by the Obama FBI and Justice Department to attempt to interfere with the 2016 election and the peaceful transfer of power.

We can deal with how best to reform these institutions after we know the facts. But right now what we need is the truth – so that this can never happen again.

Richard Manning is president of Americans for Limited Government.



https://networks.h-net.org/node/5299/reviews/338496/schorman-cecil-branding-hoovers-fbi-how-bosss-pr-men-sold-bureau

Schorman on Cecil, 'Branding Hoover's FBI: How the Boss's PR Men Sold the Bureau to America'

Author:
Matthew Cecil
Reviewer:
Rob Schorman

Matthew Cecil. Branding Hoover's FBI: How the Boss's PR Men Sold the Bureau to America. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 2016. 344 pp. $29.95 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-7006-2305-1.

Reviewed by Rob Schorman (Miami University of Ohio Regionals)
Published on H-FedHist (October, 2017)
Commissioned by Caryn E. Neumann

Matthew Cecil, in Branding Hoover's FBI: How the Boss's PR Men Sold the Bureau to America, lays out a case that the prestige and public trust enjoyed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) during most of J. Edgar Hoover’s tenure resulted not so much from the agency’s investigative prowess as from a finely tuned public relations apparatus that began operation only a few years after the term “public relations” was coined. As Cecil puts it: “The bureau practiced, at an early stage in the development of the field, sophisticated public relations techniques on a nationwide scale” (p. 15). Cecil sees the success of this effort as the achievement of specific, talented individuals. He suggests that had they not been on the scene, the agency would have fared much differently in the public estimation from the mid-1930s to the mid-1960s, and that had they not departed, the agency might have avoided its precipitous fall from grace in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

In-depth coverage is given to the careers of both Louis Nichols and Cartha “Deke” DeLoach, the two most prominent overseers of the agency’s PR efforts, the former from 1935 to 1957 and the latter from 1959 to 1970. Nichols established the template for agency policies, and the book details the manner in which he led efforts to control its image in popular radio shows, fought to head off critical findings from a presidential commission, strategically leaked information on alleged Communist sympathizers to force them from public office, and recruited liberal “moles” to offer intelligence about such organizations as the American Civil Liberties Union. DeLoach followed the template but with a different style. Whereas Nichols was a sometimes subtle manipulator of a vast network of media contacts—both friend and foe—DeLoach focused his attention on “managing upward” and influencing decision makers in the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Justice Department, and White House (p. 263).

Nichols and DeLoach are well-known figures, although their methods have never been examined with such care. Perhaps even more valuable, the book provides an equally detailed appraisal of the contributions of agency staff members who are never more than bit players in standard FBI histories. These include Milton Jones, who for almost thirty years was personally responsible for maintaining the content standards for thousands of letters, memos, speeches, articles, and reports the agency produced, and Fern Stukenbroeker, who among other things was the chief ghostwriter for publications that appeared under Hoover’s name, ranging from law journal articles to the best-selling book Masters of Deceit: The Story of Communism in America and How to Fight It (1958), which sold more than two million copies. The book includes readable character sketches of these people and many others with whom they interacted, along with analysis of their activities.

Cecil’s work has an impressive research base, most notably an extensive review of the FBI’s own files of correspondence, memos, and handwritten notes. At its peak, the FBI department responsible for public relations employed almost two hundred people and in a single year responded to about seven thousand letters a month, placed dozens of articles in national magazines, wrote hundreds of speeches and official statements for bureau employees, and performed thousands of “name checks” for the White House. For the network television series The FBI (1965-74), it rewrote scripts, vetted cast and crew members (blackballing “subversives”), and had two agents permanently assigned to the set while filming occurred. Censure, probation, demotion, and reassignment were penalties imposed on agency personnel for offenses as small as a typographical error on a letter that went out on the agency’s letterhead.

The book also covers the tsunami of criticism that led to a decline in the FBI’s reputation at the end of Hoover’s tenure. By that time, the health and vigor of Hoover and his top aide, Clyde Tolson, were in decline, and Nichols and DeLoach had moved on. Cecil states: “It seems likely that the Bureau could have weathered the kinds of public relations challenges it faced in the late 1960s and early 1970s had its leadership team been at full strength” (p. 252). I suppose that’s possible—certainly he provides examples of inept and inadequate response by the agency during this period. He also notes, however, that by the late 1960s the “FBI represented mainstream 1950s values in a counterculture America” (p. 214), and one wonders if any PR effort could have countered the rising suspicion and scrutiny of public institutions that were fueled by civil rights and Vietnam protests, the culture of scandal and investigative reporting that began to permeate Washington media, and the collapse of the Cold War consensus that had dominated public perception and discourse since World War II.

Branding Hoover’s FBI is well done in every respect. The book is well written and organized, its use of both primary and secondary sources is excellent, and overall its argument is convincing. It is a valuable addition to our understanding of the internal workings of the FBI.

Printable Version: http://www.h-net.org/reviews/showpdf.php?id=49531





http://napavalleyregister.com/news/local/from-fbi-agent-to-pi-the-life-of-a-napa/article_df926b5c-6ce9-5660-9d9f-2380cfece77c.html


From FBI agent to PI: The life of a Napa private investigator
Napa Valley Register-
King, Napa's only female private investigator, started her career after leaving her former job as an FBI agent. ... With encouragement from her boyfriend and other agents she met, in 1989 she applied to become an FBI agent. ... In one case, King and other FBI agents spent days surveilling one particular robbery suspect.






https://www.thedailybeast.com/man-claims-fbi-conspiracy-in-overturned-conviction

Man Claims FBI Conspiracy in Overturned Conviction
George Perrot spent 30 years in prison for a rape he did not commit. He says his overturned conviction was based on a forged confession and testing the FBI admits is faulty.




https://www.muckrock.com/news/archives/2018/jan/29/robert-parry-cia-archive/

January 29, 2018
In honor of Robert Parry, read a collection of his work curated by the CIA
The legendary investigative journalist’s articles live on in the archives of the very agency he worked to expose
Written by JPat Brown
Edited by Michael Morisy
This weekend, I was saddened to read about the sudden passing of legendary investigative journalist Robert Parry. Parry, whose work helped unearth the Iran-Contra scandal and its connection to the 1980 October Surprise, was a major influence on me personally.

In particular, I was interested in his concept of “stolen history”, with huge chunks of historical context being denied to the American public “for their own good” by agencies ostensibly operating in their name, and the insidious damage that practice does to a functioning democracy.

Ironically, perhaps the greatest tribute to Parry’s work is the extent to which it was followed by the groups he was reporting on. The Central Intelligence Agency archives contain over 100 of his articles, primarily focused on his Associated Press work from the mid-to-late ’80s.



While the sheer volume of material speaks to the impact Parry’s reporting was having on the Agency internally, perhaps the single greatest indicator of how the CIA felt about Parry is summed up by this handwritten note from the Agency’s Director of Public Affairs.

If there’s any one takeaway to be gleaned from Parry’s legacy, it is that we should all strive to have the CIA know us on a terrified first-name basis.

You can read the CIA’s collection of Parry’s work via the button below. We’d also ask that you please consider a donation to Parry’s website, the Consortium for Independent Journalism.







https://theintercept.com/2018/01/27/nypd-predictive-policing-documents-lawsuit-crime-forecasting-brennan/

TRANSPARENCY ADVOCATES WIN RELEASE OF NYPD “PREDICTIVE POLICING” DOCUMENTS

January 27 2018, 11:58 a.m.

LAST MONTH, a Manhattan judge ordered the New York City Police Department to release documentation about the department’s use of secretive and highly controversial “predictive policing” surveillance technology, scoring a win for advocates of transparency on police policy. The documents came to light as part of a lawsuit against the city filed by the Brennan Center for Justice, a New York-based policy institute.

Little is known about how the largest domestic police force in the United States uses crime forecasting software, which works through analysis of historical crime data like arrest records, incident reports, gang documentation, and “stop and frisk” encounters to generate individual or geographic predictions of crime. In July 2015, then-NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton branded predictive policing as “the wave of the future” and entered into a trial program with at least one predictive policing company, the Philadelphia-based Azavea.

“The ‘Minority Report’ of 2002 is the reality of today. There are no secrets.”
“The ‘Minority Report’ of 2002 is the reality of today,” said Bratton. “There are no secrets. There are none. If two people share a piece of information, it is no longer secret.”

While Azavea’s pilot program with the NYPD was publicly announced, documents obtained by the Brennan Center through its lawsuit and shared with The Intercept show two more companies were brought in to try out their crime forecasting approaches — the Bronxville, New York-based KeyStat Inc. and PredPol, a Santa Cruz, California-based company. PredPol has positioned itself as an early market leader in predictive policing with a highly publicized — but dubiously effective — geographic prediction model derived from battlefield research in Iraq. All three companies were granted 45-day trials to show the NYPD what their predictive policing software could do




https://theintercept.com/2018/01/27/a-4-year-old-girl-was-the-sole-survivor-of-a-u-s-drone-strike-in-afghanistan-then-she-disappeared/

LOSING SIGHT
A 4-Year-Old Girl Was the Sole Survivor of a U.S. Drone Strike in Afghanistan. Then She Disappeared.

January 27 2018, 8:37 a.m.

Asadabad, the sylvan capital of Kunar province in eastern Afghanistan, has a population of half a million but the feel of a village. Little happens there without being noticed. Were you out surveying the bazaar on September 7, 2013, you might have seen eight men, three women, and four young children climb into a red Toyota pickup. Most were members of an extended family, returning home after running errands. The pickup was just large enough to accommodate the women and children, with the men piled into the back alongside the sacks of flour they had purchased. Their village, Gambir, was a 2 1/2-hour drive northwest on a rough and undulating road. The village had no electricity or running water, and whatever food that couldn’t be grown had to be brought in from town. To get a phone signal, you climbed a hill. To feel warm to the bone, you waited for spring.





http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/charges-delayed-tasered-pregnant-bronx-teen-lawyer-article-1.3786553

Prosecutors delaying charges for cop who Tasered pregnant Bronx teen, lawyer says
BY CHRISTINA CARREGA
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Monday, January 29, 2018,

https://mashable.com/2018/01/29/two-canadian-cops-marijuana-edibles-too-high/#23gL4rXmaOqX

2 cops allegedly ate some marijuana edibles, got way too high, and called for backup






http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/ohio-newsman-gunned-exposing-corrupt-cops-1920s-article-1.3783707

Ohio newspaper editor gunned down after exposing corrupt cops in 1920s crusade
BY DAVID J. KRAJICEK
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Sunday, January 28, 2018, 4:54 AM







http://www.nydailynews.com/newswires/news/world/mexico-city-mayor-missing-teen-detained-police-located-article-1.3784686

Mexico City mayor: Missing teen detained by police located


Sunday, January 28, 2018, 11:33 PM


MEXICO CITY — A 17-year-old university student whose disappearance after being detained by police prompted an outcry on social media and a protest at a central monument has been located, Mexico City's mayor said late Sunday.

Earlier authorities placed two officers under "provisional" arrest in connection with the case.







CRIME 01/26/2018 08:37 pm ET

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/family-of-woman-missing-12-years-fed-up-with-florida-cops_us_5a666abce4b002283005d58b

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Family Of Woman Missing For 12 Years ‘Fed Up’ With Florida Cops
Jennifer Kesse’s family is filing suit for access to police records.






https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/crime/leveling-of-the-playing-field-families-of-those-killed-by-police-to-get-attorneys-in-king-county-inquests/?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=article_left_1.1

‘Leveling of the playing field’: families of those killed by police to get attorneys in King County inquests






http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/bronx/bronx-man-dies-grab-gun-cuffed-article-1.3785383

Bronx man dies after being cuffed, trying to grab cop’s gun during bust
BY NICOLE HENSLEY JOHN ANNESE
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Monday, January 29, 2018, 3:15 AM



http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2018/01/aclu_found_nj_law_agencies_underuse_programs_that.html

Cops vastly underuse programs that keep kids out of jail, new study ...
NJ.com-Jan 28, 2018
There's a common scene in movies: police break up a house party where there's red Solo cups filled with booze and bring the offending teens down to the police station where they'll get a stern warning, and maybe some community service. New Jersey has programs designed to work like this, where a ...





http://interactive.nydailynews.com/longform/2018/nypd-detective-false-reports/the-victims/

Cops promised to follow up, but 'nothing ever happened'
New York Daily News-Jan 27, 2018
Gurdeep Singh stepped out of his Queens home one morning in January 2012 focused on the workday ahead — but he never made it to his job as a truck mechanic, because his blue Subaru was gone. Singh, 32, called the police and filed a report. He then found his car a few blocks away, but all of his ...



http://news.abs-cbn.com/news/01/30/18/more-cops-face-charges-over-kian-killing

More cops face charges over Kian killing
ABS-CBN News-
Kian Loyd Delos Santos, 17, a student from a Catholic school, is taken by crime scene operatives (SOCO) after he was killed in a police operation at Riverside, Brgy. 160, Caloocan City on August 16, 2017. Vincent Go, ABS-CBN News. Conspiracy in the killing of Kian - DOJ. MANILA - More policemen from Caloocan City ...



http://nbc4i.com/2018/01/29/family-outraged-as-7-year-old-boy-is-handcuffed-while-being-transported-by-cops/

Family Outraged as 7-Year-Old Boy Is Handcuffed While Being ...
NBC4i.com-
The parents of a 7-year-old boy who was handcuffed while being transported to a Florida hospital are distressed about the treatment of their young son. In a video posted by the child's mom to Facebook, the 7-year-old can be seen stepping out of a Miami-Dade Schools police officer's patrol car as he is escorted by police ...




https://m.mid-day.com/articles/mumbai-woman-attempts-suicide-after-police-fail-to-file-fir-against-her-daughters-molester/18993169

Story image for cops from Mid-Day
Mumbai: Woman attempts suicide after police fail to file FIR against ...
Mid-Day-
Following the incident, Komal, 22, then approached the cops around 7.30 pm, to file a case against him. However, Maurya claimed that while the police took cognisance of the issue, they refused to register an FIR. Maurya decided to confront the cops, a few hours later. The argument, however, took an ugly turn, when she ...






http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/story/news/2018/01/29/another-green-bay-police-officer-might-lose-job-because-night-shift-harassment-case/1076127001/

Another Green Bay police officer might lose job because of night-shift harassment case
Doug Schneider, USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin Published 5:38 p.m. CT Jan. 29, 2018 | Updated 5:47






https://luxoraleader.com/im-just-flabbergasted-lawyers-say-fbi-coerced-terror-defendant-to-falsely-confess/592162/


'I'm simply flabbergasted.' Attorneys say FBI coerced terror ...
Luxora Leader-
“There's clearly weapons training, there's explosives training,” an agent tells Hayat in one of the videos. Defense attorneys are attempting to show that Hayat's confession that he attended a terror training camp was the product of fatigue and of FBI agents persuading him to admit to something he didn't do.




Link du jour
https://www.nps.gov/pefo/learn/historyculture/newspaper-rock.htm



http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Ranch-99-employees-fired-raw-meat-cart-Costco-12532236.php


https://www.pressherald.com/2018/01/28/in-brownville-deer-have-found-a-dear-friend/


http://neven1.typepad.com/blog/


http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/anti-sanctuary-city-sign-hung-bay-bridge-tunnel-12532025.php


https://forum.arctic-sea-ice.net

http://bangordailynews.com/2018/01/27/business/how-portland-craft-beer-wound-up-in-900-pubs-in-the-u-k/
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https://whowhatwhy.org/2018/01/29/whowhatwhy-launches-election-integrity-news-feed/

ELECTION INTEGRITY, FEATURED
JANUARY 29, 2018 | WHOWHATWHY STAFF
WhoWhatWhy Launches Election Integrity News Feed
There are so many threats to democracy that it is hard to keep track of them all. That is why WhoWhatWhy is launching an Election Integrity News feed that provides an overview of all developments in this crucial area.


https://www.desmogblog.com/2016/11/23/uk-climate-diplomats-cut-again-post-brexit-links-trump-and-us-climate-deniers-strengthen

UK Climate Diplomacy Staff Cut Again as Post-Brexit Links to Trump and US Deniers Strengthen
By Mat Hope • Thursday, November 24, 2016 - 00:00


With Donald Trump set to become the President of the United States, the international climate change political scenery has shifted.

The president-elect’s stance on “quitting” the Paris Agreement seems to have softened in recent days. But countries are still going to need strong diplomatic teams to shore-up the global commitment to tackling climate change, reiterated at the Marrakech climate talks last week.

So it’s notable that the UK’s climate diplomacy team appears to weakening.

For the second year in a row, the foreign office reduced the number of people working on climate change and energy, documents released by the government this week under a freedom of information request show.
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